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The Entertainment Trifecta is when a character or team make a successful move into all three of the entertainment categories; comics, video games and the big or small screen (movies or tv). Some may consider movies and tv to be separate categories, which is fare, but that really makes it hard.
I've found seven examples who have had indisputably great comics, video games and a film or tv show. There are many close calls and some depend on your opinion of the product but I think these one's are undebatable. I want to make a list of runner-ups soon but if you feel like I missed anything important just let me know.
So here, in no order, are the characters and teams how have achieved the Entertainment Trifecta and what got them there:
1) BATMAN: This should come as no surprise. Batman's had great comics for how many years? For movies, you could use any number of examples, including animated films, but The Dark Knight is my favourite. Equally you have many options for video games. I'll use the original Arkham Asylum game though.
--Batman also has a handful of great tv shows. My favourite was Batman the Animated series.
2) SPIDER-MAN: Once again you've got a long history of great Spider-Man comics. Films aren't a problem either, thanks to Sam Raimi. My favourite's Spider-Man 2. Plus his great video games are prolific. I still remember the first time I played Spider-Man 2 and how much time I spent webslinging around New York.
-- Spider-Man also has a great 90s cartoon and a bevy of new cartoons that a lot of people seem to like.
3) HULK: Hulk's one of the most forgotten on this list but I can't tell you how much fun I had playing Ultimate Destruction. One of the best games I played on PS2. The Incredible Hulk film is also one of my favourite Marvel Studios movies but even if it's not your favourite it still belongs on this list.
4) X-MEN: Comics are no problem for the X-Men, that's a no brainer. They've also had a host of fun games. My favourite is X-Men Legends 2, but they've had good fighting games as well. Movies... That's a bit tougher. For some it'd be easy to just put First Class and Days of Future Past in here and call it a day but I never liked those movies much. To me X2 was the best of the franchise. But regardless, they're on the list.
-- What's that? Another awesome 90s cartoon? I guess you can guess what decade I grew up in :p
5) THE PUNISHER: Comics are no problem for the Punisher. Games and movies are a bit tougher though. Personally, I'll watch the Thomas Jane Punisher movie anytime. I loved it (ok it wasn't perfect but it was good). And the Punisher video game that came out of it was super fun as well. Didn't get to play it? Don't torture yourself about it (that's an inside joke for the people who've played it).
6) TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: Comics, check. Video games, check. Movies, check! Ok, movies aren't as prolific for this mega-franchise but the original live-action movie was amazing, the second one was... interesting, but for me there's actually a recent film that could make this list. Turtles Forever was a really cool animated movie.
-- Maybe I should have put up a tv show instead of a movie because almost all the shows have been extremely popular.
7) SCOTT PILGIM: Oh wait? Did you forget about Scott Pilgrim? Great comic, Great movie then low and behold... a great video game! I loved playing Scott Pilgrim vs The World even more than I loved watching the movie. Great retro gameplay, tuned to perfection.
8) THE WALKING DEAD: Did I say 7? Weeeeeell I meant 8. I totally forgot about the Walking Dead. The comic is a huge success as is the show (every season of which I've enjoyed thoroughly! I don't care what anyone says). The game from Tell Tale Games was definitely the biggest surprise though. They tried a few other genres but the creepy point and click adventure was definitely the only way to play.