Favorite Characters Part 3.

This is part 3 of my blog posts on my favorite characters of all time. That can be from any media (Lit, Games, Comics.) Definition of subjective. Expect minor spoilers across the board, I'm not really talking about what they did, just how they are, and what makes them so great. Fun Fact: you know this article is close to 5,000 words. That boggles my mind.

Clementine

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Well first of all she’s the cutest thing of all time. She’s also the embody of what makes a great character, a great supporting character. Main characters usually get all of the development, and so even if you gather some understanding of supporting characters, you never really care about them. This is a common problem in the video game genre. But Telltale managed this with this character in The Walking Dead. And she’s got things stacked against her too. She’s supporting, she’s essentially a full time escort mission, and a kid. But she’s so cute, innocent, and genuine, that you can’t help but learn her. This is the hallmark of great character creation; specifically in video games, When I play the game, I feel sorry when I disappoint her. I stop from being a monster, because I don’t want to change her. I don’t curse around her, because I don’t want her to pick up bad habits. This is how you create great secondary characters. Sweet, wide-eyed, and so-so cute. Clem.

Monkey D. Luffy

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Where to start with the future King of The Pirates. As far as Shonen characters go, Luffy’s basically an exemplar, with only Goku being a more perfect example. He’s greedy, loves to fight, loyal and forgiving to a fault, logically dumb, a technical genius, doesn’t understand love or sex and is only seen mad or scared when his friends are put in danger. He’s beats all his main antagonists. And only really cares about his friends, food, fighting, and adventure(broke the alliteration). But like all of these heroes, there is nuance in characterization. On the surface Luffy just seems like a ditz with the blessing of being really strong, but there’s more. No better example of this than his talk with ViVi, over the nature of war and Crocodile. He’s a kid with an inherent wisdom that doesn’t surface much, but when it does it shock his companions and enemies alike with how insightful it can be. He understands politics, war, and power, even though as far as we can tell he’s never had a single day of education. Don’t get me wrong he’s still an idiot, but he carries some amount of knowledge that makes him more than typical, makes him more than average, and makes him one of my favorite characters.

Rayford Gibson

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This character is obscure amongst mainstream America. But in the African-American community this character is a comedy legend. This is Eddie Murphy’s character from the hilarious movie, Life. Ray, and his companion Claude(played by Martin Lawrence), is caught in quite a predicament in Life. They are sentenced to Life, for a crime they didn’t commit. And as such they spend movies getting adjusted to prison life, meeting weird characters on the inside, and never giving up hope that one day they’ll be free.. First of all Ray is a great comedy character. I know basically every line of dialog he says in the movie. It is comedy gold. It helps that Ray is also a determined person. Over many years Ray never gives up hope that he will find a way out of prison. He never stops, no matter how many times he gets caught, beaten, bludgeoned, and put in the hole, he never quits. Underneath his jokey exterior is a great spirit. It isn’t something you think about when watching the movie, it’s so funny and silly. But going to jail for life is a serious thing, especially when you didn’t commit the crime. And I see that as a testament to the writing that there could be such humor from such a dark premise.

Samus Aran

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Talking about the video game’s world first certified female bad---.(Excuse me oh ravenous game fans, if I forgot about some female character who came before her). I mean she’s a 6'3 fighter in power armor, I’d be sold even if she wasn’t the awesome character that she is. I think Samus’ characterization and her story is told in one of the first examples of passive storytelling in gaming. None of the first Metroid games: Metroid, Metroid 2, or Super Metroid, really get into backstory or even the current game story. There’s some text, but that’s really it. Only Samus’ internal monologue. Instead it tells Samus’ story in a very relaxed manner. You can tell from the gameplay and the fights alone, a good amount of things about Samus. She’s patient, strong, tough, fast, determined. But also mostly moody and brooding. Samus doesn’t say much, but when she does, it’s always peppered in extreme professionalism or melancholy. She can even be a bit angry calling the Federation 'Fools!’ on a number of occasions. Samus is a loner in ever since of the word. In Super Mario World, Mario has Yoshi. Fox McCloud has Star Fox. Belmonts have the Belmont clan. Who does Samus have? Nobody. Super Metroid is a prime example. They gave Samus a friend in that story, and what happened? It got killed. That’s what happens to Samus, she’s like destined to be alone. Every planet she steps foot on, explodes. And I find that refreshingly depressing. Samus has always been a bit of a more mature character than Nintendo’s typical fare anyway, but that adds another layer of it on to the melancholic hero.

Rocko

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So looking at another example of comedy gold in my opinion. Rocko is essentially the quintessential straight man. I mean, I think he’s the funniest example of all time. Typically speaking straight men are surrounded by a bunch of wacky, but realistic characters. Or at the very least humanistic caricatures. Rocko is surrounded by a bunch of impossible, hilarious, gravity defying cartoons. His world is filled with zaniness, impossible feats, and pain around every corner. So many cartoons are surrounded around the zany characters, that’s it just cool to see a quiet, timid creature. Who tries to live normally. He just wants to do his laundry, clean his house, or give his dog a bath, but the world conspires against him. Anything and everything impeding in his quest for success. Some of the funniest moments is when he breaks from his quiet nature and releases He’s just hilarious. And that’s why I love Rocko of Rocko’s Modern Life.

Doc Holiday

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Not talking about any other version, than the Val Kilmer version from Tombstone. First of all he’s just awesome. He’s a great gunslinger and poker player. But I don’t think Tombstone gets enough praise for the nuance in the character. Sure he’s romanticized, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Rarely do you see a tragic character like this. And I’m not talking about him being sick. I mean the fact that he essentially has nobody who likes or cares about him. He’s essentially a vagrant, who’s alienated everyone around him. Not even a good guy like Virgil really likes him. People look at him as a loss cause. Everyone except Wyatt Earp. Wyatt treats him like an equal and a friend. And that’s all it takes for Doc. To have one friend, he will literally ride with blood flowing out of his mouth, as a member of Wyatt’s posse. And he doesn’t even let his illness stop him from saving Wyatt’s life. Because he was nice to him, because he was his friend. I just think there is something so powerful in that characterization.

Belle

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If you’re a child of the nineties, there’s no way you don’t know who Belle is, and you should love her. If you don’t, I’ll tell you why you should(Actually you have a right to like and dislike who you want.) Belle is the protagonist of Beauty and Beast, or maybe she’s the deuteragonist, it’s debatable. But she is one of the main characters of the movie. What’s the conflict around Belle? She’s surrounding by the largest group of a-holes in the entire animated universe. They through trash at her, they stare at her, the do an entire coordinated song and dance surrounding around her. Why? Because Belle likes to read? Side note, how does a town have a working bookstore if only one girl reads? That’s always confused me. Anyway. Belle wants more from her world and life. This is one of the typical yearnings of characters in the nineties, but I think Belle carries the personality better than most. Why? Well because she actually comes off as an intellectual and an adult who knows what she wants. She isn't being impulsive or immature when she looks for more. She acts reasonable. Then she sacrifices herself for her father's well-being, and actually makes me care about a love story. Belle is just wonderful from the first moment you see her.

Vice & Mature

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These characters are probably obscure. And even fans of the King of Fighters will be like ‘Really? Why do you like them? Don’t worry I have no problem backing myself up, I’ve been doing it for 3 lists now(or would it be 2.5 because I’m not done with this one. Or maybe 2.3 or something?) Why do I like Vice & Mature? This might sound crazy(Never a good sign), but I just love how freaking crazy and psychotic these two are. These two characters don’t have too much backstory, so this love is based solely on how they act in the games. And there insanity is just so enjoyable to me. Did you know Vice and Mature were created with sole purpose of illustrating a ‘cruel woman’ and a ‘ruthless woman’ respectively. And it definitely shows in the games. But the real joy from these two comes from the pure insanity that they engage in. Like how one of Vice’s entrances is her bending over and howling at the moon. Or how she has the ability to powerbomb somebody and blow huge amounts of blood from their bodies. Or that she. . . really likes American comic books. Odd tidbit. Not to mention their sense of style! Ankle length dresses never looked so cool.

Misty Knight

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She’s essentially one of the coolest characters of all time. And I’m not even talking about design, though the cybernetic arm is awesome, I mean just straight personality. Misty is just cool. That might have something to do with her creation. She’s essentially a exemplar of the blaxploitation characters of the 70s. She’s got an afro. Last name that has to do with combat. Is beautiful, with chocolate skin. And exudes sass from her very being. Just cool. But she’s more than that. Like all heroes, she seeks to keep people safe who can’t keep themselves safe. She’s a great tactician and leader, shown through her head of Heroes of Hire. I’ve never thought there was anything wrong with heroes making money while they save lives. I mean she’s bionic a--kicking black woman, a great detective. And her partner is a a--kicking swordsman. One of the greatest duos of all time! Misty can fight, she is fast, quick thinking, she’s beautiful, and look at that fro. She is just awesome.

Katara

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Another Avatar character? Surprise! Sorry I know you’re probably sick of hearing about Avatar at this point, but I’m almost finished with them. . . almost. So Katara? Why her? Evolution is a nice place to start. Seeing Aang do awesome stuff is cool, but it really isn’t surprising because he’s the Avatar and essentially a prodigy from the start. But with Katara we really do get to see the evolution of her strength and power. In the first episode, she can barely make a ball of water stay contained, by season two she can literally ride waves likes she’s Aquaman. And it isn’t sudden, that’s a great part of Avatar’s storytelling and Katara’s character. Even when training isn’t a central part of the story, the characters are still seen doing it on the sidelines. We see Katara’s battle with learning difficult moves, eventual understanding and mastery, and even jealousy over Aang’s inherent ability. But in the end I can’t hate a character with this much warmness, sweetness, and overall positivity.

Miss Celie

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File this character under ‘Person put under amazing, terrible struggle and still finds the spirit to keep living.’ I can’t talk about what happens to Celie, without major spoilers for The Color Purple(A movie older than me), so I’ll just leave it at that. What do I like about her? Well that file name is a good start. It’s always great to see a character capable of overcoming such extreme adversity, and Celie hits just about type of adversity there is. And I mean every part. Celie is a black woman living in the early 1900s. And The Color Purple, shows how hard it was being a woman, let alone a black woman, during that time. Go watch/read The Color Purple now, to get full context.

Charlie Brown

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The single most optimistic character in the history of fiction. That is a true statement, not opinion. Charlie Brown is also one of the most tragic. Don’t think so? Name any other tragic character who’s been treated as a cosmic plaything, a chew toy, and a loser for FIFTY YEARS! I honestly can’t think of any. What did Charlie Brown do to deserve it? And why do I find it so funny? Why am I such a terrible person? I digress. Charlie Brown manages to be pretty optimistic all things considered, he is famously wishy-washy, but mostly anyway. Even though he had to suffer through fifty entire years of failure. No red-haired girl, no valentines(except for that used one that he took, with absolutely no shame), hardly any baseball wins, no kite flying, no writing a pen pal, no halloween candy, no having a dog remember his name, no respect(Shout to Rodney Dangerfield), no love, no parents, and never, not ever one single solitary kick of the football. The only people who seem to like him are Linus, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, and Lucy, when she feels like it. He never gets anything he wants. He never wins. And rarely accomplishes anything worthwhile. He and Spider-Man are like cosmic brothers or something. But he’s always certain he will. He always thinks there’s a chance, even though there never will be. He’s optimistic to an extreme fault, and I’ll never stop loving him for it.

Chun Li

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Have you ever noticed that fighting games make the main character a generic fighting guy, and surrounds them with more colorful characters. I mean even if they're stereotypes, they're still more interesting than guy trying to be the best fighter. This is the case in Street Fighter of course, which is where Chun-Li is from, why do I like the reported 'First Lady of Fighting Games.' Because she's strong and she's just goo. Unlike the other characters she doesn't really fit into a stereotype, I mean she is a detective stereotype maybe, but not an Asian stereotype. She's just an Interpol agent, seeking to bring justice on Bison for his countless atrocities, including the death of her father. She's strong and a great fighter. Also look at her. She's so dignified, and elegant, and classy. She's beautiful and sexy, but not sexualized. She's tough and she isn't shown to be any less strong than any other of her fellow fighters. She's just great. Chun-Li is just awesome and she can street fight with the best of them.

Bugs Bunny

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Who doesn’t love Bugs? And why wouldn't anyone? He’s hilarious, he’s witty, he’ quick, he’s smart. He’s surrounded by idiots. That’s always a great character. It’s always entertaining to see a person struggle with a so many stupid enemies. Now why I personally like Daffy more, Bugs is still great and classic for all of the reasons. I can watch his cartoons a hundred times in a row and laugh at them everytime.

Mr. Pink

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Tarantino again. So no backstory, but here we don’t even get the guys name! So why do I like Mr. Pink. First of all he’s the funniest character in the movie, or maybe it’s Joe. Regardless he provides some of the best moments in the movie. I also like his nervous logical mind. He’s the most logical person in the movie. Doesn’t let emotions get ahead of him. And he doesn’t get killed protecting an undercover cop

Magneto

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Obviously he’s had many different portrayals over the years. And many different adaptations, since X-Men is one of the most popular comics of all time. I’m specifically talking about his well-intentioned extremist day, when he’s closer in portrayal to Malcolm X, than an actual terrorist. Well with his powers, that is pretty hard. Nevertheless it’s always that powerful character to me, the ‘He Who Fights Monsters’ character. You get so close to the edge that you’ve essentially become what you hate. That’s a complexity that no one can really argue against. That’s the strength in Magneto. He’s not the polar opposite of Professor X, they’re actually parallels. He could’ve easily been as benevolent as him, but the things that happened in his past, and continue to happen in his future were just too horrible, that eventually became a tyrant in his own right.

Marjane Satrapi

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Kind of a cheat, because Marjane Satrapi is a real person(One of my favorite writers) and the Marjane in her autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis, is just her, but probably a little fictionalized. But still. Technically she’s a character, so I’m going to talk about it. Marjane is the protagonist, obvs, of Persepolis. It chronicles her maturation and life growing up in Iran. So it’s a bildungsroman set during the Iranian Revolution. As a kid she doesn’t exactly understand why the things are going on around her, she is a youth of course. She gets older and she understands more. And forms opinions based on that. She develops humor and a critical view. But she is not judgmental, and that’s what I like. In her adult life she has a strange living place and relationships with people.

Natsuo Ishido

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Natsuo is the protagonist of the mana Teppuu. What is this series about? It’s essentially about a seemingly perfect protagonist, Natsuo. Who gets bored from always winning. She has an MMA fight with a girl with bushy eyebrows, and loses. Is intrigued and decides to dedicate her entire life to destroying her. That is Natsuo’s tale and that’s why I enjoy the character. She’s a bit psychotic, at least a little bit. She’s actually more like the villain of the story. Technically the girl she’s fighting against seems very earnest and eager and nice, like a typical Shonen hero. Natsuo is more like the rival of the story, or the villain that you like. And I like that. It’s just hilarious how focused she gets when she thinks about this girl and how beating her seems to consume her every moment.

GLaDOS

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If you’ve played Portal then you know why I like GLaDOS. She’s psychotic, and funny, and sarcastic, and a scientist and deadpan. And everything I love about a great villain. I know Sci-Fi has literally has 100s of murderous A.I.'s(AIM from I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is one of my favorites.) But I haven’t read/seen that much Sci-Fi, so she’s a breath of fresh air for me. Here’s another example of passive storytelling through character. In the first portal you literally get no clues or text or cinematics explaining why you, that is Chell, is there and under what circumstances. But slowly GLaDOS starts revealing the sinister path, after she tries to incinerate, explaining what happened to the staff of Aperture Science and why she tried to kill you. She’s just hilarious. She’s one of the funniest villains of all time.

Alana & Marko

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These two are relatively new compared to everything else I’m talking about, and since there in a comic, I’d rather not get in depth about what they’re doing and spoil the fantastic series for you. Alana & Marko are the protagonists of Saga. These characters have strong emotions, they’re funny, they’re bad---, they’re cool. That’s all I’m going to say. Go and read Saga.

Anna

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One of the most obscure characters, Anna is the protagonist of iOS game Device 6. I don’t won’t to spoil anything, because you should buy Device 6 right now and support the awesome developer Simogo. I’ll just get into this a little bit. Anna wakes up in a strange place, that’s all I’m going to say, well maybe a little bit more. She doesn’t know where she is, but she doesn’t cry or gets scared or weep. She gets angry and indignant and impatient. She actively walks around this mysterious place to force herself out. She just active. And I think that’s an important part of a strong character. And even more important, that’s the step every writer should take when making strong female characters, one’s who aren’t cliches. A woman doesn’t have to spit one-liners or fire a machine gun, or smoke cigars to be strong. She just has to be active. Work hard for her own survival, not fall apart at the sign of adversity. And Anna that’s what Anna does. It helps that we don’t get any description of Anna in the game, and absolutely no backstory. I picture her with a scowl on her face as she’s forced to do all of these puzzles. And the defiant ending. Sad but I love it.

Rorschach

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I heard that Alan Moore expected people to hate Rorschach. Or at very least pity him. Not think he was awesome. Which confuses me, why did he write him doing such awesome things? But that’s not why he’s great. He’s one of those tragic heroes, one of the exemplars actually, with a terrible childhood, and an unshakable will against evil. Ultimately attitudes like that don’t work in the real world, hence the entire creation of Rorschach, because there aren’t many people who are pure evil, and I can’t think of anyone who’s completely good, but it’s still something that can be admired. It’s just strong to have a character who literally won’t compromise at all. That’s a different kind of character than most, even Nite Owl, the most decent of characters in my opinion, is willing to compromise for the sake of humanity. Not Rorschach and he’d rather meet his end than go back. That’s powerful, even if it is impractical.

Liesel Meminger

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This character is probably obscure because she’s from a book, and people don’t read anymore, but I do. And Liesel is the protagonist of the novel The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. It’s also a movie adaptation, but I haven’t seen it yet. Why is Liesel great? Once again, file her under ‘Person put under amazing, terrible struggle and still finds the spirit to keep living.’ Her story isn’t as terrible as Celie’s, but then nobody can really compete with Celie’s early life. But there’s still a fair amount of tragedy here. But again I won’t spoil. Just know that Liesel is funny and inquisitive and curious. And go read the book now.

Finn & Jake

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These guys are just barrels of fun and excitement. They’re funny, they love adventure. Jake has some of the funniest transformations of any character I’ve ever seen. They get really creative with his size changing powers. But they’re an understatement of more serious. Like when you watch One Piece, sure they’re having all of these zany adventures and acting goofy, but then in the past Robin’s entire island was slaughtered by the World Government. That’s how Adventure Time is in line with that, and these two characters especially. They’re are inherently goofy, but they also dedicated to fighting evil and protecting people. They have a blast doing it, being somewhat of blood knights, but they’re still doing good. And when things get dangerous, as they are subject to do, they’re always ready to put they’re lives on the line.

Will Magnus

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He just seems classic to me. He’s got a pipe, he’s an inventor. He’s essentially mission control for the Metal Men. He had a kind of relationship with one, he went crazy. He’s just great and funny. His subplot in 52 was one of my favorites by far, but my love for him starts when I read the Metal Men backup feature in a volume of Doom Patrol.

Yoshimitsu

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This guy is just weird. Plain and simple. He’s a character from fighting game Tekken. He’s my favorite character in the game. He’s a swordman, kind of cheating considering everyone else fights hand to hand, and some kind of skeleton, insect, demon, thing. His species isn’t clear. What we do know is he’s the head of a ninja clan, or multiple heads of a ninja clan, who’s essentially a cyborg Robin Hood, who literally steals from the rich to give to the poor. He has one of the zaniest fighting styles in any fighting games. He can sit in mantis style, he can teleport, he can use his sword as a pogo stick, He can spin super fast, and get dizzy, he can fly with the sword, he can use electricity, he even commits seppuku to damage himself and his opponent. He can even backspin and take away his own damage. He’s just a freak of nature, who sounds like an alien. He’s just the coolest, craziest guy.

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All of my games and sort of ranked.

How many games do you have and what are you playing? I'm in college, and broke, so I'm still stuck in the last generation . Some of them are PS1 or PS2 games, but I think you'll recognize them. I also got a lot of games that I bought during Playstation sales(Like the under the dollar sale, where I bought like fifteen games for 12 dollars) and I haven't played them yet. These are all of my PS3 Games. This is just a list. I think I'll do some explanation behind this is in a later post.

PS3 Games Ranked

Mass Effect 2

Beyond Good & Evil HD

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence HD

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance HD

Mass Effect 3

Far Cry 3

Borderlands 2

Infamous 2

Crash 3

Monster World IV

Batman: Arkham City

Fallout 3

Metal Gear Solid 4

Rayman Origins

Crash 2

Skyrim

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Saints Row The Third

One Piece Unlimited World Red

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Infamous

Child of Light

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle

Street Fighter X Tekken

Fallout: New Vegas

Dragon Age Origins

Saints Row IV

Sonic CD

Kingdoms of Amalur: The Reckoning

Mirror’s Edge

Crash Bandicoot

Killzone 3

Hydrophobia: Prophecy

Resident Evil 5

Soul Calibur IV

Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Edition

Street Fighter III: Online Edition

Heavy Rain

Prince of PErsia

Dead Or Alive 5

Echoes

Infamous: Festival of Blood

Grand Theft Auto IV

Sports Champions

Dust 514

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

Defiance

DC Universe Online

Army of Two: The 40th Day

Soul Calibur V

The Sims 3

Games I haven't played enough

Dragon’s Crown

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

Velocity Ultra

Hard Corps: Uprising

Tales of Xillia

Thomas Was Alone

Bloodrayne: Betrayal

Rayman Legends

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Games I Haven't Played at All

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD

Ultra Street Fighter IV

Tales of Xillia 2

Max Payne 3

Tomb Raider

Dishonored

Bayonetta

Zeno Clash 2

Odin Sphere

Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack

Assassin’s Creed Liberation: HD

Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse

Tokyo Jungle

Rainbow Moon

Pac-MAN Championship Edition DX Plus

Payday: The Heist

Dino Crisis

Dino Crisis 2

Breath of Fire IV

Mega Man X4

Mega Man X5

Rock of Ages

Syphon Filter

Mortal Kombat Arcade KOllection

Puzzle Agent

Ibb & Obb

Galaga Legions DX

Bionic Commando

Wild Arms

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All of my games and sort of ranked.

How many games do you have and what are you playing? I'm in college, and broke, so I'm still stuck in the last generation . Some of them are PS1 or PS2 games, but I think you'll recognize them. I also got a lot of games that I bought during Playstation sales(Like the under the dollar sale, where I bought like fifteen games for 12 dollars) and I haven't played them yet. These are all of my PS3 Games. This is just a list. I think I'll do some explanation behind this is in a later post.

PS3 Games Ranked

Mass Effect 2

Beyond Good & Evil HD

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence HD

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance HD

Mass Effect 3

Far Cry 3

Borderlands 2

Infamous 2

Crash 3

Monster World IV

Batman: Arkham City

Fallout 3

Metal Gear Solid 4

Rayman Origins

Crash 2

Skyrim

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Saints Row The Third

One Piece Unlimited World Red

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Infamous

Child of Light

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle

Street Fighter X Tekken

Fallout: New Vegas

Dragon Age Origins

Saints Row IV

Sonic CD

Kingdoms of Amalur: The Reckoning

Mirror’s Edge

Crash Bandicoot

Killzone 3

Hydrophobia: Prophecy

Resident Evil 5

Soul Calibur IV

Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Edition

Street Fighter III: Online Edition

Heavy Rain

Prince of PErsia

Dead Or Alive 5

Echoes

Infamous: Festival of Blood

Grand Theft Auto IV

Sports Champions

Dust 514

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

Defiance

DC Universe Online

Army of Two: The 40th Day

Soul Calibur V

The Sims 3

Games I haven't played enough

Dragon’s Crown

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

Velocity Ultra

Hard Corps: Uprising

Tales of Xillia

Thomas Was Alone

Bloodrayne: Betrayal

Rayman Legends

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Games I Haven't Played at All

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD

Ultra Street Fighter IV

Tales of Xillia 2

Max Payne 3

Tomb Raider

Dishonored

Bayonetta

Zeno Clash 2

Odin Sphere

Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack

Assassin’s Creed Liberation: HD

Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse

Tokyo Jungle

Rainbow Moon

Pac-MAN Championship Edition DX Plus

Payday: The Heist

Dino Crisis

Dino Crisis 2

Breath of Fire IV

Mega Man X4

Mega Man X5

Rock of Ages

Syphon Filter

Mortal Kombat Arcade KOllection

Puzzle Agent

Ibb & Obb

Galaga Legions DX

Bionic Commando

Wild Arms

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Favorite Characters Part 2

So here's part 2. Once again, 100% subjective. You might hate some of these characters, but I love them, obviously. If you didn't see part 1. I'm doing a series of blog posts about my favorite characters. In it I hope to provide insight on why I think these characters are so great. I might like characters you like for wholly different or unique reasons though. I've decided that some of these are going to be combined. Some characters are inseparable in my mind, so I will put those characters together. Also expect minor, to possibly major spoilers about Metal Gear Solid 3, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Joy Luck Club(Film & Novel). I literally can't talk about why those characters are so great, unless I go into the things they did in the plot. If you intend to play/read those pieces of media, you should probably skip these three characters: The Boss, Atticus Finch & An Mei Hsu's Mother

The Boss

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Another great start. A character from one of my favorite video games of all time. Maybe my number 1 favorite. And here's the best character from that game. Why is she great. First of all The Boss is a strong, fast, and a great fighter. Metal Gear is essentially an alternate history Earth, and this game is set in the 60s, and it's nice to see a strong and powerful woman in that time period. But that's just the surface, why do I really love her? Well it's the internal strength that she holds inside. She becomes a fake defector of the United States and is killed to keep her country safe. This might be derivative, I bet this has happens in spy media all the time, but MGS3 was basically the first spy anything I ever saw, so all of this was fresh to me. She's a beautiful woman, but she isn't used as eye candy, well not really. The Boss sacrifices herself and is killed by her prodigy in the name of her country.That amount of strength and mental stability is just overpowering and I shake in awe every time she's on screen. She makes every other person in the game shake with fear. I will always weep for you Yoyevoda, The Joy, The Boss.

Marge Gunderson

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Marge is a bit of a stereotype. At least, surface level. She's a positive and chipper, good natured Midwesterner. But she's also a police chief. Her attitude makes the viewer think that she's in over her head, with the bloody and despicable murder that occurs in Brainerd. I mean she's even pregnant, making her seem vulnerable. But she slowly but strongly shows us that she is more than capable than she appears outwardly. Extremely so. The second she gets on the scene, we see her great deductive mind at work. Accurately and quickly understanding how the murders came about and how it played out, as well as the motives. We fear for her, because of her good-natured spirit. But it isn't needed. Marge is completely capable of taking care and handling herself. Just see how she handles herself in Jerry's office. Ultimately though, the best part of Marge is her unquestionable goodness. She is in a cynical world. When she sees firsthand the atrocities committed by the criminals, she simply cannot understand it. She is so good, she can't even comprehend evil. And that's just special. A idealist, caught in a bloody and cyncial world. And she doesn't let it change her.

The Scythian

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You maybe can't tell, but the Scythian is a woman. A young lady and the protagonist of the iphone/PC game Superbrothers EP: Sword & Sworcery. So who is The Scythian. She is an adventurer and warrior who sets out on a journey to protect the people around here. See there is some very strange musical and spiritual creatures invading the simple lives of the NPC's in the game. And the Scyhtian sets to set that right, with only a sword and shield of her own. She reminds me of Asha from Monster World IV, who I talked about in Part 1. Though The Scyhtian does talk and she's funny. The entire story has this anachronistic and fourth wall breaking style, and that doesn't stop with the characters. Somtimes The Scyhtian sounds like a standard medieval killer, and sometimes she sounds like she was born in the 1990s. She's funny and sarcastic. But she's also good and strong. There are others around who could possibly help in the infraction, but no, she sets out alone with her weapon and a very strange ability. See The Scythian has the power to protrude some weird music and enchant spirits into the air. The exact power needed to save the lands. She 'rolls her eyes', but she doesn't stop in her adventure. Always determined, always musical.

Sokka

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You might get sick of Avatar characters, but I can't not include them, because of that. Sokka is one of the protagonists of Avatar: The Last Airbender. What is he to the story? He's essentially the Batman of the group. He's the only character in the five main characters who don't have powers. He shakes his head at the antics of the others, though unlike Batman he's typically sarcastic. And lastly he's the guy who they look for, when they need a plan to work. That's always a great character archetype that is appealing to me. What makes a person normal? 'Normal characters' surrounded by superhero/godlike entities. So much so that I even made a list about it, called bad--- normals. Sokka is on that list by the way. But it's really compelling to me. He's surrounded by people who can create tsunamis, burn down houses, fly, and literally pick up and wield the earth, how can he fit in there? It doesn't matter that he doesn't have power. He still has the courage and will to help fight an almost insurmountable opponent. He's always on the battlefield, he's always helping, he's always protecting others. And in those actions, he is as specials as any of the others.

Lady Shiva

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You had to know I like Shiva. She is my avatar by the way. This is technically the first villain on this list, not the last though. Why do I like Shiva so much? Well first of all she's frequently stated to be one of the deadliest fighters in the entire DC. And that's not just against people, also against metahumans. So in a world where people fly, make avalanches, are part lava, or change into animals, she's still wanted of the deadliest fighters on the planet. That's impressive. But again that's just surface. Why do I really like her? It started when I read The Question, Shiva was a minor supporting character in that. I always like characters who do what they want, without being stuck in one archetype. She is classified as a villain. But sometimes, she hangs out with Black Canary, and sometimes she saves The Question's life. She always does what she want. Her actions are important and deliberate. I think it's her very strange attitude. Which can be showcased the strongest in her interactions with Black Canary. Here are a few times where we actually, almost get some human emotions from Shiva, usually a flaming ball of unemotional focus. Shiva is a jerk and murderer and contract killer, but her philosophy and such is so strong, that I can't help but admire something about her. Hope that doesn't say anything terrible about me.

Phillip J. Fry

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First of all score one for Fry making an idiot archetype funny for me. I think the dumb character is the most overused trope in comedy, but Fry operates in this theme and still manages to be funny and likable, so kudos there. But that isn't what makes Fry such a great character. I just think it's wonderful how optimistic he manages to stay in the face of a pretty terrible life. Not his past life, but the quiet dystopia of the 31st century. Terrible, terrible things happen to him. But he never decides thinks that his various endeavors will go wrong. He's always confident that his work will turn out right, that Bender won't betray at the wrong moment, that his colleagues respect him, and that Leela will one day love him. And I respect that, the most about him. Sure he seems to be a stereotype, but there's a deepness that the series only shows occasionally. Like the movies between the cancellation. Or one of my favorite episodes 'The Late Phillip J. Fry.' All in all the most enjoyable and interesting idiot character created in my opinion.

Daffy Duck

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What is it about cartoons and making ducks so angry? We've got Daffy and Donald, two of the most famous cartoons, and their both rage monsters. But I digress. Once again if you follow me, then you know I like Daffy one of the highest submissions I ever did was for the Daffy Duck page, I'm the one that put all the information in, and got it looking so nice. So it's pretty clear I care about the character. Why? Well he's funny, but that's obvious to anyone who's seen his classic cartoons. He's also angry, once again obvious. He's a creep? He's a traitor? He's a little crazy, a little zany? And self centered? But also a friend? We've got a character who can play Robin Hood, an old west character, Errol Flynn, Dick Tracy, and all make them burst with his own personality. Therein lies the depth, he's a cartoon character, from the 40s, bursting with a distinct and evolving personality.

Dream/Morpheus/Sandman

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Like Scheherazade, a character I talked about in part one, I like Dream on the onset for representing this embodiment of stories and storytelling in general. Here it's more abstract, but still. Dream is basically a good like character and king of all dreams and that includes stories, everything that doesn't exist in reality. And that's just a cool concept. But why is Morpheus is great? I think it's extremely hard to make a godlike character of immeasurable power, feel human. I mean how do you create a level of understanding? How do you create empathy for a character who can live forever? Who has done terrible things like send people to hell? Neil Gaiman manages it. There aren't excuses maid for terrible things he does, we aren't supposed to necessarily relate to Dream. But the fact that we can understand him and feel him on a certain level makes his character more than strong. Also look to the left. His design. Man! So awesome.

An-Mei Hsu's Mother

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Another obscure character in the mix. Well obscure isn't the right word exactly. An-Mei's Mother is a character in the novel and film The Joy Luck Club. And no she doesn't have a name. Why is she great? She is strong, she is determined, and she is smart. And I will tell you why. An-Mei's Mother, who I will now only refer to as Mother, is cast aside by her family after she becomes a concubine of a rich man in China. Her family treat her as a ghost, and she respects their wishes to never see her again. But when Mother's mother, I know that's confusing, is getting ready to die, she returns and says a prayer for her mother. She even cuts a piece of her flesh off, apparently a custom of children when their parents are sick, as a way to ease her suffering and illness. An on this visit she becomes acquainted with her daughter for the first time, and decides to take her with her. The reader eventually learns that Mother carries a heavy burden in her heart, and the true reason she was forced to become a concubine. And so she sets about making sure her daughter will be strong, and will have a prosperous childhood and life. I won't spoil what she does and the plan she takes. If you haven't read The Joy Luck Club, have have to read it, if only for the smart, strong, and dedicated lady.

Spider-Man/Peter Parker

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Tackling a character whose been popular for 50 years, don't know if I can bring my own unique flavor to it, but I'll try. There's no way you don't know who Spider-Man is and simultaneously viewing this site, so I won't even get into backstory or anything like that. Spider-Man is arguably my favorite superhero. I've always liked his humor, his design, his fighting style, his science based enemies, his web(I really like the web), and just his attitude. But like so many heroes there are great things on the surface, and terrible emotions below. I've always found the dichotomous nature of Peter fascinating. Not the pure fact that he spends half his time as Peter and the other as Spider-Man, no that two simple. I mean how different the two personalities can come off. Even in his early days. He's essentially the Hulk pulled back a few paces. Angsty, 'loser' Peter, become fun loving daredevil Spider-Man. That is common of most heroes, but other heroes go through ups and downs. Spider-Man, Hulk, & Daredevil are three characters who never really get moments of true piece. They're essentially cosmic playthings whose lives are one second from getting a new upheaval. And so I've always found it strange that Peter could keep up his jovial alter ego, coping mechanism or not. The broody black suit peter seems like a logical outcome after a terrible life, but not he still manages to find some joy. Somewhere, sometimes.

Wonder Woman/Diana of Themyschria

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Now we're talking about 70 years of history. Oy. But I carry on, regardless. I'm such a fan of Wonder Woman that I even have the complete history book. Once again, backstory is understood, So I'll let that go. Well can't fault Diana for being a comic book legend. That means that it's likely that most of the great superheroines in comics are inspired by her in some way. And so she has to be lauded for that from the start, unless you don't like how typical superheroines are. I love how many layers there are to Diana. She's first a superhero, then a warrior, a delegate, an ambassador, she worked at Taco Bell. Was a secret agent, a kung fu master. So many layers. She works well because to me, she represnets the gray area between what Superman and Batman represents. Superman is obviously idealism, Batman is cynicisim. But Wonder Woman is a marrying of those two ideals. She's the spirit of Truth and is always for protecting people, but she's also a warrior and she understands acceptable losses, and also when it is needed to kill. She doesn't want to kill, but she isn't above it. I like that. I think that represents a higher moral fiber than any other character. It's relatively easy to not kill at all, as opposed to killing when it's needed and killing when it's not. That's a stronger character. And she represents that strength. all time. Whether it's in comics, tv, or games. She shows why she is THE superheroine icon.

Modesty Blaise

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Another obscure character that I don't understand why. She's been in novels, movies, comic books, and strips since the 60s. And continues to have adventures to this day, but she isn't a household name. And look at that name, Modesty Blaise. I almost wish that was my name, almost. Her books represents my favorite in spy fiction. Sabre-tooth was one of my favorite of her adventures. Essentially Modesty is one of the best fighters and tactical minds in her world. She had a terrible childhood where she was forced to fight and kill to survive, and she essentially decided that she would never have to do those things again, unless of course she wanted to. Always with her companion and best friend, Willie Garvin. She was originally a high profile criminal and head of a organization called the Network, but eventually settles into a life of luxury and decadence. But that's where the intrigue comes in. As much luxury as she has, she can't stay away from dangerous lifestyle for long. Constantly becoming apart of dangerous missions and cover operations around the world usually for her friend Sir G. But here's the most important thing. Modesty is strong, smart, tactful, beautiful, and sexy. But she isn't objectified, not really. She does use her beauty as distractions, like her move called The Nailer where she exposes her breasts to unsuspecting enemies, but the stories doesn't dwell on it. Modesty does that, and then they move on, she's beautiful, but there aren't graphic details and I love that. Modesty is a completely independent woman, and she's never at the beck and call or under the boot of a man, and this was the 60s! Love it.

Atticus Finch

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Talking about a literary icon again. The weirdest part about Atticus is that he isn't technically the protagonist of To Kill A Mockinbird. The protagonist is actually Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, so his daughter. And we only get his character out of her childlike perspective, but he still stands firm as one of the strongest characters of all time. In fact the American Film Institute named him the greatest hero in film history. So why do they feel that way? I don't know. But why do I? Well he's another example of unshakable morals that I just eat up. Atticus isn't a fighter, he isn't an action hero, he isn't anti-hero cop, or detective, he isn't a space marine, or a superhero. He isn't any of that. He's just a lawyer in a small time. He's got a simple home, with two kids he loves. That's all. But it is? No of course not. He's also got a moral character that might be the strongest. Part of Atticus' greatness comes from Gregory Peck's performance, can't take anything from him. But Atticus' personality rings true in the novel as well. Works better there, because we don't really know what Atticus' looks like. We don't know if he's strong or not. We just no he's unshakable. He takes on a case, that could probably get him killed, and or ruin his career, and he doesn't consider dropping the case. The standout scene is when he's confronted at the jail. Watch that and tell me you don't feel the power in his words. He's very much like the aforementioned Marge in that respect.

Calvin & Hobbes

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This might be a surprise to some, but I think lovers of the strip will understand. I couldn't separate them, because they can't be separated from me. Why are they great. We've Calvin and Hobbes, too deep and funny philosophers, trapped in the body of a hyperactive, selfish 6 year old, and his equally hyperactive tiger. So we get deep thoughts on fate and the nature of death, while they're sliding on a sled. So the characters embody the childhoods of many viewers, while touching on the manner of questions that their adult selves might have. And these two exemplify that. Calvin and Hobbes are complex, but they're also childlike, funny, fussy, selfish, angry, and lovable. Nothing else to say, if you don't know about them, shame on you.

Maleficent

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Second villain on this list. And she's probably more heinous than the last, probably definitely though. I enjoyed the movie sort of, but I'm talking about Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent. She isn't the most complex character. She is literally snubbed at a party, and decides to kill a kid. That's what makes her character so enjoyable for me though. We don't get any backstory or anything. She's just insanely evil. And she revels in every minute of it. Go online and listen to her laugh. She's having so much fun. But she carries mystery to her. She's beautiful and elegant, and she's clearly a menace, as everyone turns white, as she walks into the room. Why is that like that? I would've preferred to see a backstory about this crazy awesome character, but I digress again. She's also powerful which I think isn't really common with typical female villains. I mean think about Lady Tremain or The Evil Queen, they just use there abrasive attitude, and poison respectively to get their goals done. Maleficent uses chaos magic, and lightning, and turns into a dragon. She awesomely evil and I love her to death. She is Maleficent.

Iroh

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I promise there aren't that many Avatar characters left. Iroh is one of the most important secondary characters as he is the seemingly goofy, but actually wise uncle of Prince Zuko. He attempts, through a bit of weird sayings I'll admit, to stir Zuko from his path of vengeance and journey towards redemption. Why? Because he sees the destruction to Zuko's personality and psyche, and he knows he is a good person at heart. We only see Zuko as an older man, so we don't know what his past is exactly. But we can assume that he is the strongest between him and his brother, he's saw the terrible person the Fire Lord has become, and he decides that he doesn't want his nephew to get off of that path. And he is completely dedicated to that. He's awesome as well. He has the nickname 'The Dragon of The West', but that isn't why he's so great. It's his complete dedication to his surrogate son and his appeal to wisdom and peace,

Maki Aikawa

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This is kind of obscure as well. Maki is the protagonist of the anime/manga AirMaster. What is it about? It's about Maki, a former childs gymnastics star, who engages in street fights so that she can feel the same rush from her former gymnastics days. She is a six foot high school girl, and she can jump up the side of buildings. Did I mention that AirMaster isn't really realistic. Why is Maki great? First of all, she's comedy gold. She's tall and awkward, but also goofy and kind of dumb. She seems really graceful and mature, but that's just perception over a layer of idiocy. But that doesn't mean she doesn't have her depth. Maki is essentially a shriking violet, who enjoys fighting. She is sort of shy, but she will rain down a series of punches on anyone who hurts her friends. The thing is her idiocy seems to stem from the same place that, say Monkey D. Luffy's idiocy comes from. A sense of wisdom based on simple things. She understands the world and how it works. The cruelties that some have to endure, as well as heartache she's endured herself. She understands pain, as well as fighting, where this came from, you have to find out. You won't get the full story if you only watch the anime, but it's a cool ride nonetheless. For nothing than to see Maki kick a-- all up and down the streets of Tokyo.

Arale Normimaki

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This is one is also kind of obscure, at least in America. In Japan, Arale is just as famous as Goku. Makes sense they were created by the same man. Yes before Akira Toriyama was changing Journey To The West forever, he was wriging a gag strip about a little android girl and her creator, called Dr., Slump. Accoriding to Toriyama, Arale is even stronger than Goku too. Arale is the protagonist of Dr. Slump and she's just a pure ball of strength and cuteness, I mean look at her. So cute. Also she's also comedy gold, might be passe now, maybe even then, but Arale occupies that typical sentient robot humor. In that she basically doesn't understand anything about humanity. Causing her to fall for and believe things that aren't true. She's naive and lacks a deal of common sense. She can also benchpress mansions, move as fast as Quickilver and shoot laser beams, so we know where Toriyama found his niche. The best parts about Arale are here unwavering innocence and her attitude. It's just so cute.

Francine Smith

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I don't know who created Francine, but they get kudos from me. As she is the funniest character on any of McFarland's shows in my opinion. She can have smart and dumb humor. She can be naive, and not understand. What do I love about her though. She's always chipper and upbeat, even though she has a terrible family. They play with her being dumb, but she's really just a bit too overeager, hearing phrases and such, and just running with them. That's what makes her so funny. What makes her so endearing is that of all the crazy and ridiculous and terrible things that happen on McFarland's shows, she is the only one who seems human. She expects her family to act and certain way. She aspires to be closer to them. She loves and takes care of them. Obviously she suffers the same kind of negative continuity all the characters suffer, but she is most consistent than most. It's like she was supposed to be a dumb blonde character, but then they decided to give her a depth. Like the episode where she becomes an oceanographer. Or the episode where she wants to get revenge on George Clooney. Or the episode where she just wants to have a vacation with her family. She is really the only human character in the series, relatively anyway. She's funny and smart, and beautiful. She's Francine.

Jonathan Joestar

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The first protagonist of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, he typically gets cast aside by fans, for being relatively normal compared to the other crazy and fantastical characters that come after. But I still say he's one of the best, and I'll tell you why. Johnathan is the first protagonist, as I mentioned, so he kicks off the Bizarre adventure. The world after his story, is very strange, but the world before is basically regular. Johnathan lives a wealthy and prosperous young life. Everything around is really normal. Then Dio shows up and turns everything upside down. JoJo is forced to become a fighter and avenge his family, through the power of Ripples. He has to start from step 1, because before he learns ripples, he's just a regular young man. Strong maybe, but regular. He's kind of like Kenshiro from fist of the north star. One of the shonen archetypes of manliness and strength. And that might be a cliche, but I like it. He's just a straight faced hero though, with a fairly simple romantic interests. But he's still strong, caring, sensitive an awesome, even with all of his manliness. A great start to a great series.

Jolyne Cujoh

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Jolyne is the sixth protgaonist of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the star of possibly my favorite part: Stone Ocean. She's like a complete difference to Johnathan Joestar. But I love her all the same. Jolyne hasn't has a great and wealthy life like Johnathan. She's spent most of her life as a delinquent, and it's colored her personality to a bit. She can be rude and crass and bold. Some of which comes from her abandonment from her father. But like so many, that may or may not be a shell she uses to protect herself. Because she does have the ability to be a great friend, and showcase love to a degree. But that's just getting slowly into her depth. Her ability, an ability to turn into string, isn't a really powerful ability. At least in an uncreative mind. However, Jolyne does have a creative and tactical mind. She uses this ability to stun and defeat her foes in a variety of weird ways. She acts like a thug, but sometimes thinks more like a genius. And it's weird, because she's clearly not pretending to be crass and bold, that's just who she is. But the intelligence is also who she is. She isn't only that too. She can also be goofy, silly and ashamed, as well as a bit dense. But that's all apart of her, also anger. Anger and such aside, Jolyne is essentially just a good person, with a bit of a rough exterior and as such she is a highly enjoyable character, she makes Stone Ocean one of my favorite narratives and she is one of my favorites.

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Favorite Characters Part 1.

I've been wanting to do this for awhile, a blog post on my favorite characters, and why I love them. Problem is I like way too many characters to only do one blog post. So I intend to do a variety of them over the next couple of days/weeks(depends on my workload). talking about my favorite characters. The beginning might be predictable or maybe not. But I'm pretty sure I'll throw in some choices that might make you shake your head. This is clearly subjective. If your favorites don't appear, first assume I haven't read/played/watched it. I'm only 21. I've only read/played/watched a small amount of things . Is it in order? I don't know. It'd be hard to say I might like some of these guys more than others. But these are the ones I though of first, so make of that what you will. Here's part 1:

Aang

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Great start. A character from quite possibly my favorite show/piece of media of all time, Avatar: The Last Airbender. As critically acclaimed as the show was you'll probably see thousands of different articles explaining and deconstructing Aang and his supporting cast. But why do I like him? Why is he one of my favorites? I find it really weird to have such an idealistic and earnest hero in the present day. Not bad just weird. After the anti-hero surge in the 90s, it seems like most heroes can't be classified as heroes with a fair amount of darkness and angst. That's why heroes like Superman have well out of favor in the current age. But Aang still exists, intriguing. Being a part of a "kid's show" might have influenced. But still it's even rare amongst those. A self-sacrificing, helpful, all-loving hero. But why do I love Aang the most? Because he's real. By real I mean tangible. That to me is the cornerstone of a great character. When I see him and his dilemmas, they feel as real as mine. As genuine as the actions I take. When I see him struggle with his identity, his lost of culture, his philosophy, and his romantic feelings, it is a reflection of true humanity. That felt kind of emotional so I'll also say he's also an awesome fighter!

Jane Lane

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Realness is probably going to be a common factor amongst these characters. Daria is great, and maybe she'll make an appearance later(wink wink, nudge nudge), it wouldn't really be correct to say she's real. Jane is real. Jane represents the epitome of the high school student. An artist. Seemingly above the variety of ridiculous things around her, but kind of intrigued by it. Everyone else one the show is essentially a caricature. All of the other students and teachers. Or one dimensional like, Mack. Jane represents something more. A type of intelligence and logical mind, her and Daria looking down on the others in a glass boat. But while Daria watches them from the middle. Jane takes off her shoes and swishes her toes in the water, from time to time.

Jules Winfield

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The weirdest thing about Tarantino's characters is that he's essentialy trying his hardest to make really terrible people, the kind of people you want to hang with. They're cool, they're tough, and they say M-Fer a lot. And the exemplar of Tarantino's cool character is Jules Winnfield. Or is he. See from the beginning Tarantino's been deconstructing the notion of the cool character/gangster. Notice how the characters of Reservoir Dogs get that really cool slow motion walk shot, which immediately cuts to Mr. Orange bleeding in the backseat. This is continued with Jules. See some of the best characters are characters you barely know anything about. Where is Jules from? Were his parents in his life. When did he become a hitman? What was in that suitcase. . . uhh off topic. None of that matters. Only thing that matters is the character he is know. A hitman with a faith in god. I've bet there have been hundreds of this character after and maybe before. But none who have made me believe in it like him. His final monologue always chills me to the bone, it's so powerful. We see him, a cold blooded killer, at a moment of change/growth and we're actually able to sympathize with him! Bonus point: Can't hate a guy with the boldness to wear a Jheri Curl in the mid-90s.

Jade

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8/10 you won't know who Jade is. Sure she's the hero and protagonist of the the critically accalimed game Beyond Good & Evil. But in the hierarchy of video games, Jade would probably be considered small potatoes. And I don't know why. If you have heard of her, and haven't played the games, you've probably seen her on lists of the most positive female characters. That's a good enough reason for me to like her, but there's so much more. Jade is a photo-journalist, but more. She's like an old timey muckracker. Taking pictures of exposing a variety of corruption and coverups committed by the Hillys government. There's just a charm to playing as a Upton Sinclair-lite protagonist in a game. She also spends her time as the part owner of an orphanage. She also dabbles in animal research, as well as pod racing. You could chalk these up to gameplay choices but I won't. See a character like this is good, and can only exist in video games. She's so good that she makes me do things that I wouldn't normally want to, because it seems right to her character. That how strong her character is. I beat podraces and other minigames, because I felt that's what Jade would want to do. She kicks ass, but it doesn't make me question her love for things. Multi-faceted in everyway. I love Jade.

Daria

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Foreshadowing payoff! Seriously though, Daria. As I alluded to, actually stated, Daria isn't exactly real. Well she is, but she isn't. Except sometimes. Daria is both polarizing and complex. 3-Dimensional. See when the viewer first meets Daria, that is in Daria not Beavis & Butthead, she is showcased as a very intelligent girl who we should aspire to be. But it doesn't take long before, she's cast more as somebody we're supposed to pity. This eternally depressed, negative girl who can't for one second, lift her head from the pool of contempt she holds for everyone. Here is where the meat of the character lies. She isn't the misery chick, she isn't the positive chick. Well what is she? She's a confused teenager, trying to survive in a world she doesn't totally understand. That sound familiar? Every teen can relate to that in some way. One of her best quotes is this: "Look Jodie, I'm too smart and too sensitive to live in a world like ours, at a time like this, with a sister like mine. Maybe I do miss out on stuff, but this attitude is what works for me now." I don't think anything else needs to be said.

Commander Shepard

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This is probably the most subjective character on this list. Shepard is a Bioware RPG character and as such, she, my Shepard is a she, can make hundreds of different choices over multiple playthroughs. I'm obviously talking about the Shepard I played with. My Shepard was as multifacted as they come. Sometimes she would talk people out of taking revenge, and sometimes she would through people out of windows. Sometimes she would search the Citadel for food supplies, and other times she would punch reporters. Shepard did what she wanted. . . not really. Mostly she was Paragon, who tried her best not to lose lives if she could. She even spent hours mining planets so that none of her crew would be killed. Maybe Shepard's fits into a sci-fi archetype that I don't know about. But Mass Effect was one of my first steps into the genre and she felt fresh too me. And even if not every Shepard is a leader, courageous, strong, tough, romantic, heroic, and above all else. . . is a great dancer!

Solid Snake

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I know he's called Old Snake in MGS4, but I'm not going to call him that, because I don't hate snake like Kojima does. I kid, I kid. What makes Snake stand above all of the other action heroes in gaming to me? First, he doesn't run and gun. Stealth takes a bit more intelligence to manage. And there in lies Snake's depth. He looks like any old action hero, he is based off of Iroquois Pliskin from Escape from New York, and his sounds like a euphemism to a certain solid thing. But in his character he's more like a warrior poet. Genetically engineered soldier, who only knows how to fight. Who questions the viability of humanity and individuality. Of free will and destiny. He even trots on the battlefield after he starts aging quickly. He's moving closer to death, the way he complains he has to hate it, but he does so out of a sense of duty. Is it duty, or is fighting the only thing he's good at, the only thing he's ever done, and even as he leans closer to death, he still can't let it go?

Spike Spiegel

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No I didn't plan for two characters with S.S. initials to follow. It just happened I promise. Once again, I'm talking about a character universally loved, from a series universally loved. I mean you can talk about any series, and you'll have opinions for and against. I've never heard anybody say that hate Cowboy Bebop. But back to Spike, why is he great? Like Jules above, it helps that we don't know a lot about Spike and his past. Just vague hints here and there. When did he become such a good fighter? Are his parents alive? When did him and Jet meet? Did him and Faye ever hook up? All we know is he was once in the Mafia, he left the Mafia, and at some point partnered up with Jet Black. Also he apparently died. That's it. Not a lot to go on, but Bebop does a lot with it. See because we aren't caught in Spike's Past, we're only in his present. The things that affect him now, and when things from the past surface into the present, there's all the more intrigue into what those things mean to him. When it comes to dimensions doesn't go further than him. He can be goofy, serious, cold-blooded, philosophical. ruthless, greedy, caring, warm, threatening, helpful, and fatalist. And he'll make you feel each of those are a real part of his psyche. A common conceit in the story is what does being alive mean, the state of being alive, and dreaming. Spike's life is ambiguous, as as are his actions, and maybe even his end. We don't exactly know the ending of Spike. I'd like to think he, Jet, and Faye are flying through the skies in the Bebop, looking for my bounties. Maybe only in my dreams.

Korra

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Where to start with Korra? Might be best to start with Aang. It helps that Korra, at least initially is nothing like Aang. She's loud, arrogant, disobedient, brash, and a tad bit rude. And I loved that. I'm an extroverted person in real life and Korra seemed to appeal to me. Like she's not only who I wish I could be, she kind of who I am. She feels so much like a polar opposite of Aang, that feels like the creators forced these changes on Korra to make her Aang's opposite. But as you watch the series, it easy to see they aren't really that different. How you act, is inmaterial to the type of person you are. Korra was loud and brash, but she was also heroic and strong. She might've overstepped her boundaries, but it wall for the sake of protecting others. Korra is Aang, but more human. Chalk that up to time periods, where they were raised, or just personalities. Korra is Aang's attitude filtered through an actual human person. And that's why she might be the better character. When she was originally heroic, it might have been out of a since of showing off, for example, but that doesn't make her actions any less. And when she is humbled, she learns from it. She doesn't stop being the person she was, instead she becomes the stronger and more mature version of the person she already was. Avatar Korra.

She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters

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I bet most people were saying, 'were are the comic characters?' Don't worry, they'll be plenty more after this one. If you follow me activity on Comic Vine at all you probably know my love fore the Jade Giantess already, so I'll try not to gush too much. It's pretty weird that Hulk's Distaff Counterpart could become on of the characters who I love the most. Essentially the most popular unpopular character. Popular in that she's appeared in over 1,000 comics and been on teams like Fantastic Four/The Avengers/FF/Lady Liberators, but she's unpopular enough for people to think she's still a Hulk palette swap. Jennifer, in her history, is essentially Dr. Jekyll & Hyde jumbled. What if a mousy and self conscious lawyer, became a beautiful, stacked, self confident model, with the flick a light? That would be awesome, and fantastic, but what if it wasn't. Some of the most thought proving She-Hulk stories are in Dan Slott's run. Where we have Jen questioning herself and her other identity. Is that another identity? Are they both the same Jen Walters? And most importantly, if She-Hulk is her own person, then what does the world need with Jen, when She-Hulk can do everything Jen does better, and looking more fabulous? I mean she's sensational. Does Jen belong? Of course she does, she's the reason She-Hulk exists in the first place. She-Hulk is only amazing because Jen was already amazing, She-Hulk isn't a separate person, she's just Jen amplified. Turning her into the all loving, fun loving, beautiful, powerful, hero that I love. Fun fact; She-Hulk was created because Marvel was afraid tv networks would try and make a female Hulk show after the success of The Incredible Hulk series, and they wouldn't own the character. So they quickly made a She-Hulk character. And the Savage She-Hulk was born.

The Question/Vic Sage

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Doesn't matter if you're talking about the comics or his appearance in the DCAU I love them both. Though they are different, they share a common thread. Pure determination. This is classic Question of course. He's just a man, no special gadgets, no powers, no special cave. Just a man and his mind. In his early Objectivist days, he was a bit more ruthless. This is the version of the character who most inspired Rorschach of Watchmen. But the character I love was solidified during Denny O'Neil's The Question run. Here Vic fights crime and corruption in Hub City, a place worse than Gotham. Vic Sage reporter, philosopher, spiritualist, martial artist. All of those things in one and more. He's never had mainstream success, and I could kind of understand why. He's essentially a 3-Dimensional Pulp character in the present day. And that's just awesome. No gimmicks and no compromising. And then there's his relationship with Renee, a character you'll probably see in the coming time. He and Renee's story was my favorite thing about 52, and I loved everything about 52, but there story was my favorite. Vic Sage, essentially a loner. Kind of like the friend nobody likes, essentially takes on a prodigy in his last moments. Passing on his strength and determination to another. Was it the kindness of his heart, his own mortality, pity? Doesn't matter, Vic basically makes Renee his project, building her up after the world had knocked her down. And only leaving when she didn't need him anymore. The Question, Vic Sage, gone for now but not forgotten.

Big Barda

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Just look at that image to the left. Nuff said right? No? Oh okay. Like She-Hulk above, anobody who reads my lists shouldn know about my affinity towards Big Barda. But still. Barda is the character I feel needs the biggest push in DC Comics. Why? Glad you asked. She's tall, she's strong, she's beautiful, she's got a mega rod, she can quick change into her costume, she's a fighter of the highest caliber. What more could you want? Score 1 for being the stronger half in her marriage. I loved how when she first appeared she was loud and rude, and didn't take lip from anyone. She still doesn't know, but in time she's got softer, to a degree. The original Barda was just brash and bold. It made sense of course. Like Mr. Miracle, Barda is a native of hell planet, Apokolips, where manners aren't taught. And pain is love. She's always been a supporting character, but also always been multi-faceted. She's intelligent and calm, but she also loves to fight. She likes war, but she loves her husband unconditionally. Every now and then, she gets pushed pass a point, but her conscious is never compromised. She's loyal and determined. Also read JLA: Another Nail, it's a great Elseworld story, in one part of it, Barda becomes a member of the Green Langerns. It is awesome. Big Barda should be a star. I've always felt like DC was lacking in that regard anyhow. Everyone knows who Wonder Woman is, of course they do. But there aren't that many woman "superstars" in comic lore. Big Barda can be the star. She's already a star to me.

Agent 355

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Agent 355. If you've read Y: The Last Man then you already know why 355 is a great character. If you haven't read Y, then you really need to get your life on track. Firstly, 355 is the strongest, most bad--- character in the entire series. She's cool to a level that burrows into aloof. At the beginning of the series she's essentially the terminator. Focused on, and only carrying about her one goal: namely Yorick. But that terminator shell starts cracking fairly early in the 60 issue run. She wants to be the emotionless, super-agent, but she can't manage it. Slowly her personality surfaces and what do we find out about her? She's a human being plain and simple. See the best part about Y, about 355, is that it's a really strange set-up with not much strange payoff. Here is a weird event the story says, and here are real and human characters. Watch how they react. And that is epitomized in 355's case. She funny, tough, strong, loyal, determined. Sometimes scared. All in reaction to the new crazier world they live in. All in action and reaction to the crazy characters this world brings in front of her. But she never stops, never questions the mission, never succumbs to depression, and even manages to make friends along the way. It is in those interactions with Allison Mann, and of course with Yorick, that we truely see 355's character and that's where my love for the series blossomed from. In my favorites lists she's the first character I put. Is she my all time favorite character? That's debatable. One thing's for sure, she's awesome, she's cool, she's one of the loves of my fictional life. Agent 355. Also bonus picture:

Kim

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This will probably surprise the three people who'll see this blog. Probably don't even know who this is. Well hush and I'll tell you. Kim is one of the protagonists of Quentin Tarantino's love letter to B-Movies called Death Proof. There isn't much to Kim, and by that I mean she's a Tarantino character, so we get no real backstory. All we know is that she's a stunt driver and that she's a serial boyfriend stealer. That's all we get. But that is enough for me. See Kim is essentially Jules Winfield genderswapped and taken a few steps back. She isn't a cold blooded killer. She's just a stuntwoman trying to find a little fin on her day off. She likes to have fun, likes to curse, and generally be abrasive. But even then Tarantino can't just let it stay there. We get a few hints of her maybe being softer than she looks. Culminating in her bursting into tears when she thinks something's happened to her best friend. And she isn't above fighting, when a crazy stuntman threatens her life. Kim is attitude and comical. And I love every minute she's on screen. Best exchange from the movie: Abernathy: There are other things you can carry other than a gun. Pepper spray. Kim:Uh, motherf----- tryna rape me? I don't wanna give him skin rash! I wanna shut that n---- down!"

Garrus Vakarian

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This shouldn't be a surprise. I put Commander Shepard on this list, and most people prefer Garrus to Shepard, so it was a logical conclusion. Do I like Garrus more? Don't know. I see this is a common element when writers create great characters. The character you want to be, and the character you actually could be. Like Aang and Korra. Garrus is the latter. Shepard is a god among men, with an entire army under her control. Garrus is pretty godly too. He's awesome, a great shot, he even get a command post in the latter game. He's a legend amongst his race. But despite being alien, he might be more human than Shepard could ever be. Where can you find, look no further than Garrus in Mass Effect 2, specifically his loyalty mission. What he have is a man betrayed who works his hardest to bring forth retribution and in the eleventh hour, what does he do? He doesn't do it. Why? His personality, his humanity, his strength wouldn't allow it. Sure Shepard helped, but it wouldn't have worked if Garrus didn't have the foundation to balance it own. Garrus is cool, strong, determined, and always loyal. He is the best party member and the greatest asset Shepard after had.

Scheherazade

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There's a Scheherazade comic book going on right now, I'm not talking about that version. I'm talking about the original. The Arabian Nights, The Original Storyteller. Did she really exist? Doubtful, but as an English major, a lover of books, and a writer myself, I like to think of her as the patron saint of all writing and storytelling. And a great character in her own right. We're talking about a woman who's storytelling ability is so great that she staved her execution for almost three years, based solely on her suspenseful stories. What's the story? In some Arabian country, there is a king who marries a woman every night and then kills them the next morning. Scheherazade won't stand for this injustice any longer so she forces her father, the king's adviser, to offer her hand in marriage next. She marries him that night and she starts telling him a story, a great interesting story, but she stops right at morning and says she'll finish the rest later. The king postpones her execution until the next morning. This continues, She telling him the stories of Aladdin, Ali Baba, and Sinbad, for 1001 nights. At the end of those 1001 nights he decided not to execute her at all and lives out the rest of his life with her, now in love Seriously, what a great character. She's intelligent, she's creative, she's selfless, she can tell a great story. She's Scheherazade.

Asha

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One of the more obscure characters that I'm including. But obscurity means nothing to me, as long as the character is great. Asha is the protagonist of the 1994 video game, Monster World IV. I was 1 when this game was released. However it wasn't released in North America until 2012. Why? Don't ask me. So what's it about? Asha is a young woman who lives in a fairly simple/standard RPG town, with like three buildings. She hears the pleads of help from spirits and sets out to help them. Equipped with only a sword and a shield she makes her way through a variety of a monsters, traps, bosses, bottomless pits. Eventually coming across a genie, used for fast travels. And her pet Pepelogoo. What makes Asha character so great? I think it's that she doesn't talk. And no that isn't an insult. See Asha's just a regular girl. She doesn't have any special powers and she doesn't have any special equipment. Nobody gives her the quest she journeys on. Ultimately none of the conflict in the game is her problem to deal with it. But she deals with is anyway. She kind of like Chell in that regard. I'm not saying her and Chell are exactly alike just in the not talking thing. See when I play as Asha, that feels like she's bursting with this feeling of determination and defiance. As the monsters get stronger, and the world around her gets darker and darker, she doesn't cry or gasp or get scared. She just picks up her sword and shield and keep attacking. She's tenacious and strong. Silent and that's all right. I'll be there when she's ready to talk.

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My Favorite Animated Shows Part 1

Here are ten of my favorite animated series. I don't know if they're in order or if they are the top ten, but some of these are my favorite. You can tell by the way I gush.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra- This is probably the best story I’ve ever heard. Two stories but it’s a complete and shared universe. These characters are so great so authentic, you wish they real, you want so desperately for them to be real. The emotions and events. It also sports some of the most beautiful animation I’ve ever seen. For example, Aang’s energybending scene. Or the final battle scene of Korra. And without a doubt, it has some of the fastest paced, most fluid, and exciting action, I’ve ever seen. Animated or not. This is quite possibly my favorite intellectual property ever. Long Live Avatar!

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Daria- Daria and Jane’s relationship is great for one. Daria’s one liners are hilarious. But in the last two seasons, It’s great to see a progression in character between the main character. To see how much Daria, Jane, and Quinn came at the end of the series is just heartwarming. The representation of high school is exaggerated, but it creates a lot of good messages about life and living as a teen.

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Cowboy Bebop- Spike’s story is as action packed as it is tragic. The anime manages to put out as much emotion as if the characters were real, right in front of them. The ending is one of the most fitting of any story I’ve ever seen. Though It would be great to see the ultimate fate of the Bebop crew, it was still great.

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One Piece- Arguably the most diverse and unique of the shows I’ve watched. One Piece has it all. Pirates, marines, superpowers, mystical prophecies, princesses, kings, flowers, genocide, slavery, blackmail, murder, insanity. Yeah so it’s a really saccharine show, but it manages to touch on some darker themes, without being. The fact that nobody really dies, sometimes gets on my nerves, but I still love it.

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Rocko’s Modern Life- I’ve looked back on many of the shows from my past and without the nostalgia and seen that they weren’t that good, but Rocko’s Modern Life is even more hilarious since I was a kid. And hasn’t lost a step. It’s actually gotten better with age.

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Kill La Kill- The main characters are great, the animation is great. The fight scenes are the some of the best I’ve ever seen. The story is pretty unique too. Don’t want to spoil, but I’ve never thought clothes could be so integral to a character’s plot. It is extremely sexualized, but I think it’s appropriate to the story, it even has a plot point.

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Futurama- Probably my favorite of the cartoons that revolve around ‘Adult Humor.’ I always preferred it over The Simpsons. I’ve also loved the jokes, the callbacks, the smart humor. The classic and yet unique depiction of the future. Just bizarre things a murdering Santa robot. Brilliant.

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Archer- Hilarious callbacks, flashbacks, puns, historical references are some of the great points of this show. It’s the kind of show I can put in on the background while subconsciously enjoying it’s subversive humor. I’ve seen many spy comedies by this one is the best.

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Regular Show- Some of the most unconventional storytelling of all time. Is it deep or shallow? That’s debatable. The point is it’s a highly enjoyable show with some great action, some great humor, and actual human emotion sometimes.

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Airmaster- I just love the lead character. Maki is so graceful, so strong, so funny, so beautiful. It has some great fight scenes, chases, and humor. The side characters can get a little grating, but the focus is on Maki and she is wonderful.

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Favorite Series of 2013

I know it's already February, but I'm in college, and I got delayed big time. But I had been wanting to talk about my favorite series so I decided to just do it now.

FF

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1. FF- Quite possible the crown jewel of my eyes, I just love love this. A 16 issue comic series, that was paced perfectly and the story crafted greatly. I'll give anything a chance with She-Hulk in it and that's what brought me to this series, but I stayed for everything else. I had never read anything with Scott Lang in it, but it managed to make feel immediate empathy for him for the troubles he's had. The supporting children are so cute and so funny that it just increases the love and heartwarming feeling I get for the story. But then the entire comic is funny, even getting some good lines out of Uatu The Watcher. Of course, all good things have to come to end and, the final issue has been released, providing the right amount of closure

Saga

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2. Saga- I love fantasy stories. However, it seems that most fantasy keeps it self boxed in a routine of stories and stock characters. Which is highly ironic that fantasy could actually be hindered to basic things, when it could in theory be about anything. Like, Saga. Whereas you could write the actual narrative off as being a "love story" or something of the sort, I'd argue that you were wrong. I love the way the world is revealed to us, it's always delightful when they pull back the curtain to a certain degree and let us see just another taste of the world. But besides that the characterization is really strong and the artwork is gorgeous. Also Alana is the greatest

Pretty Deadly

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3. Pretty Deadly- The cover of the frist issue, seen to the left, is what first drew me into Pretty Deadly, and then the opening scene of a bunny getting its head blown off by a little girl, pulled me in. Pretty Deadly is a gorgeous affair, filled with horrific images, with some horrific villains, including Death himself. It's also one of those great stories that reveals things at a very patient and slow manner. I don't want to really get into it and ruin the plot. Just no it's awesome

The Witching Hour

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4. The Witching Hour- A great and unique one shot collection of great horror and fantastical stories set around themes of the supernatural. Now I'm not a big horror fans, so some on these plots could be typical or routine, but as a sort of introduction to these type of stories, it is glorious. The story of Birdie is my favorite.

Young Avengers

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5. Young Avengers- I actually read this entire series in December. I have never read any of this characters before, and in this was my first introduction to them. Before I even got to issue 5, I was already in love of them. Loki has always been a character that I've disliked, but I love him here, and he was an absolute delight. Artwork is great too.

Trekker Omnibus

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6. Trekker Omnibus- I had never even heard of this comic series before, sort of makes since its creation, predates my birth by 7 years and it isn't really high profile. But when I picked this up it turned out to be a treasure. Mercy St. Clair, might be one of my new favorite characters: beautiful, dangerous, and cool. Read the entire omnibus in one day.

The Adventures of Superhero Girl

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7. The Adventures of Superhero Girl- This is just hilarious, great gags and some funny outlook on the superhero genre. Sort of has a light plot, but so far it hasn't picked up much. Just really funny, with ninjas too.

Fearless Defenders

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8. Misty Knight and Valkyrie seem like an unlikely pair, but they actually make a really good team. I've always felt that both heroines deserved a push from Marvel. They could be A-List heroines, and this comic showcased it. It had good action, a good ensemble cast, featuring guest appearances by Storm, Elsa Bloodstone, and even Hellcat, and even some moments of subtle, and not so subtle, comedy. Alas, nobody was reading it and so it was cancelled. Because of that the ending was kind of rushed, but I still really like it.

The Movement

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9. The Movement- This title is just so enigmatic and weird and that's saying something considering it's a superhero comic. But it's not weird in it's convention or structure. It's more weird the characters motivations and the underlying themes. I've just never seen a superhero comic, written from this perspective. I really love the characters, especially Virtue, nothing cooler than when she stares down the detective in the restaurant.

Miss Fury

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10. Miss Fury- This comic is just crazy. It has weird characterization in that the title character is kind of written as a sociopath, with some real anger and mental issues, but it has a really different story involving time travel and nazi's and it is glorious.

Annie: The Phantom Commando & The Queen of the Martian Iguanas

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11. I honestly thought these Annie stories were going to be boring, I only picked the volumes up on a whim, but then the first story Annie gets in a plane crash and ends up the sidekick of a delusional superhero, Annie is freaking awesome. And I recommend this too anyone looking for some family friendly and good natured adventure.

Annie: Springtime in Ratznestistan & Bones of the Yucatan

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Justice League Beyond

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12. Justice League Beyond- I only wanted to read it because Big Barda is in it, and I'll read anything with her in it. Didn't even realize it was about Terry McGinnis, who I also love. I actually enjoyed this version of the Justice League, than the main Justice League title.

Avatar: The Last Airbender- The Search

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13. I was anticipating this story for a long time. Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of my favorite shows ever and I got really excited for the continuation novels. The comics may seem a little inaccessible to those who haven't seen the show, in fact you might not even understand character dynamics, but give it a try regardless. The reveal of The Mother of Faces is gorgeous and the character has one of the coolest designs I've ever seen. If you're a fan of the series, you've got to read it.

Wonder Woman

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14. Wonder Woman- Just awesome. Wonder Woman has always been one of my favorite heroines and I love this interpretation of her mythos and this new story, as well as the artwork. A lot of people are reading this though, so I don't need to say much.

Smoke/Ashes

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15. Like Trekker, I had never even seen heard of this and just picked it up hoping it would be good. It really has a great story, with interesting conspiracies, and some biting satire.

The Flash

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16. The Flash- Barry Allen, nuff said. Actually that's not enough. Well I've always had an affinity towards DC's resident speedster, so when the New 52 started I subscribed to this comic first, and I've loved it ever since.

Catwoman

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17. Catwoman- A really dark even more adult version of Catwoman's character, than is usually showcased. And I've loved it for it, At times, can get a bit too "sexual", but I still love it. Like the Flash and Wonder Woman, I've read every issue of this and I still love it two years later.

Adventure Time

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18. Adventure Time- Comics written in the creative and hilarious style of the great animated show. The comic stories would fit right at home as adventures of the T.V. show, which I commend kaboom studios for, considering it isn't written by the show's writers or producers. And it's Canon!

Adventure Time: Playing With Fire

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19. The same thing's I said above, though focused on the great character of Flame Princess teaming up with Jake.

X-Men

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20. X-Men- Adjectiveless X-Men featuring the ass kicking women

of the team. Nuff Said!

Lazarus

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21. Almost forgot about this series, not because It's forgettable, but because I was behind in the issues, but now I'm caught up. I really love this character and this unique premise, again at least I've never seen it, Forever Carlyle is just really cool, and her internal struggle about her morality and her loyalty to her family is really great.

Captain Marvel

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22. Captain Marvel- The reason why I originally started reading this was because I loved the way Carol Danvers looked, I always thought her old design was really boring, and honestly because of that I couldn't get into her character, but glad I picked this up.

Rat Queens

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23. Love, love. Awesome new fantasy serious about a group of ass kicking. . . rodent women? Great art and possibly the funniest comic of the year.

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Completely Great Yet Underused Characters Pt. 2

Underused Verb: Use (something) below the optimum level:

Scandal Savage

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Secret Six was one of the New 52 cancellations that hurt the most. It was one of my favorite ongoing series. Made partly because I love Scandal Savage so much. She's feisty, strong and determined. There are so many more stories that can be told with this character as an individual or back with the Secret Six. Hopefully she'll be appearing in a revival of that series in the coming year.

Cheshire

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Cheshire is a great villain plain and simple. though armed with no superpowers, Cheshire brings rooms of attackers their knees. And on at least on occasion, acting on the will of herself, nuked a country. She's a master of martial arts, poisons, and trickery. Why can't we see more of her. She's gathering something of a fanbase on the Young Justice T.V. show, so this might be the perfect chance to reintroduce her to the new comic fans turned on by the show.

Doom Patrol

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Robotman, Negative Man, Beast Boy, Elasti-Girl, & The Chief.

These are classic characters from one of DC's best team. They've always shown a parallel to Marvel's X-Men, In that there abilities are looked at as both a blessing and a curse. And in a world where thousands of superheroes and villains show how great it is to have powers that's a refreshing outlook indeed. Though unlike, the X-Men the Doom Patrol have never been met with mass appeal. But if 52 taught me anything is that you don't need the heavy hitting A-list to write great stories, but the Doom Patrol had already shown me that in the past.

Will Magnus & The Metal Men

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The Doom Patrol's Sister comic. I've always loved Will Magnus. And I originally couldn't saywhy. Don't get wrong he's a great character, but I really didn't know why he'd become one my favorite characters. The aforementioned 52 helped me understand. There something about his ability to try and do good and not use use gifts. Even though he knows he's capable of making remarkable, yet terrible things. The Metal Men are just as classic as the Doom Patrol and their comedic style is and like Doom Patrol is also refreshing.

Shuri

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Klaws of the Panther was one of my favorite trades that I read. It's the only comic that I've done a review for on this site. As terrible as my review is, if you read you can probably picture me squeeing with delight. I just loved Shuri so much. T'Challa is great I mean he's the classic great Black Panther, but honestly Shuri is the more interesting character. Whereas T'Challa is a level headed, thoughtful, diplomatic, restrained, and adaptable to most situations. Shuri can be brash, selfish, envious, and even blood thirsty. Over the years it's seemed like T'Challa had become this perfect hero and while his stories are usually good. Shuri's flaws would open up an entire new world for the Black Panther mythos. She recently appeared in Avengers Vs. X-Men, but she still has fewer than 100 appearances. Let's see more of her.

Maria Hill

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Maria Hill is my favorite S.H.I.E.L,D operative of all time. I always loved her intelligence and dominating personality. She's like a female Fury(no pun intended) and she's awesome. She's not with SHEILD any more but she's still great with The Avengers. Now acknowledging that she's currently being featured in the The Avengers Book, The Avenger T.V. Show & The Avengers Movie. She's not really being underused in an appearances sense, but I don't think she's being used to her optimum potential. She's a great character and if she got some spotlight on her she could really shine. Instead being a supporting character, a recurring character, or a cameo. She could very well be boasted up to a main character.

Ted Kord

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This is both selfish and a long shot. Ted Kord is my favorite Blue Beetle and one of my favorite characters. I thought he might reappear in the New 52 but with Jaime Reyes it seems that Ted won't be making any appearances. Don't get me wrong i love Jaime too. But I really wanted to seed Ted back in action again, and since he was killed off "for real" in the main continuity I'm still hoping this timeline can breath life back into the character.

In closing these are the characters I like to see more in the limelight of their respective universes. I am by no meaning saying this is some injustice or anything I just feel they would be better if they were used more.

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