Characters I can use in CaVs, Tournaments, Scenarios: Revamped June 2019

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So its about that time for me, where I revamp my current character list for debates. That includes CaVs, Tournaments, Scenarios, and every other miscellaneous method of debate on the forums. As with most lists, the characters will be relegated and sorted to their respective "tier", at least how I interpret them. Manga and non-manga characters will be grouped differently though. The former will have its own section and separated by series rather than overall tier. This list will be tuned down from most. A few updates:

  • I've dropped most of the Bat-Family. I lost a lot of interest in them. Aside from a few, I probably won't debate for them again.
  • Live Action Characters have been added in full capacity
  • Researching/Testing sections are gone. A new section in the block will be there instead

Live Action Characters

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CharacterDeadpoolBlack PantherCaptain AmericaHawkeyeWinter SoldierSpider-Man
Comic/Live Action/Game/AnimatedLive ActionLive ActionLive ActionLive ActionLive ActionLive Action
Continuity VersionFoxMCUMCUMCUMCUMCU
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesNoYesNoTBDYesTBD
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYesYes

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Comic Book Characters:

Street Level Characters:

Detective Comics:

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CharacterAzrael (JPV)Azrael (Lane)DeathstrokePrometheusRed Hood
Comic/Live Action/Game/AnimatedComicComicComicComicComic
Continuity VersionPost-Crisis/Post FlashpointPost-CrisisPost-Crisis/Post FlashpointPost-Crisis/Post FlashpointPost-Crisis/Post Flashpoint
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesNoNoYesYesTBD
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYes

Marvel Comics:

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CharacterBlack PantherHawkeyeWinter SoldierFantomexWolverine
Comic/Live Action/Game/AnimatedComicComicComicComicComic
Continuity Version616616616616616
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesYesNoYesYesNo
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYes
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CharacterIron FistKarnakLuke CageMr. Negative
Comic/Live Action/Game/AnimatedComicComicComicComic
Continuity Version616616616616
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesNoNoNoYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYes

Mid-Tier Level Characters:

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CharacterDarkhawkMr. SinisterVision
Comic/Live Action/Game/AnimatedComicComicComic
Continuity Version616616616
Regular BattlesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesNoYesNo
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYes

High-Tier, Herald,Teambuster Level Characters:

High-Powerhouse:

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CharacterWhite MartianIron ManSupermanNova Prime
Comic/Live Action/Game/AnimatedComicComicComicComic
Continuity VersionPost-Crisis/Post-Flashpoint616Post-Flashpoint616
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesNoYesNoNo
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYes

Herald-Herald+:

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CharacterGravitonMartian ManhunterH'elAdam WarlockAnnihilus
Comic/Live Action/Game/AnimatedComicComicComicComicComic
Continuity Version616Post-Crisis/Post-FlashpointPost-Flashpoint616616
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesNoNoYesNoYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYes

Teambuster:

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CharacterAdam MagusMangogUltron
Comic/Live Action/Game/AnimatedComicComicComic
Continuity Version616616616
Regular BattlesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesYesNoYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYes

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Manga/Anime Characters:

Naruto/Shippuden/Boruto:

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CharacterMadara UchihaObito UchihaKakashi HatakeSasuke UchihaNaruto Uzumaki
Continiuty VersionAllAllAllAllAll
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYes

Others:

  • Hashirama Senju
  • Tobirama Senju
  • Minato Namikaze
  • The Akatsuki (As individuals or as a group)
  • Most other Naruto Characters

Bleach:

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CharacterSosuke AizenIchibei HyosubeIchigo KurosakiShigekuni YamamotoYhwach
Continiuty VersionAllAllAllAllAll
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYes

Others:

  • Ulquiorra
  • Starrk
  • Toshiro
  • Byakuya

Assorted Series:

Not sorted because I don't use this guys often at all.

Akame Ga Kill:

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  • Esdeath: Any version, Composite
  • Tatsumi: Any version, Composite
  • Akame: Any version, Composite

Negima/UQ Holder:

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  • Evageline A.K Mcdowell: Any version, Composite
  • Fate Averruncus: Any version, Composite
  • Negi Springfield: Any version, Composite

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Well that's that. Like I said lmk if something interests you! Maybe not at the moment but in the near future I'll be ready to do a new match. Best to you all!

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The Workshop Volume Three: Getting Back into the Swing of Things!

Volume Three: One Month Later

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Yo Comicvine! So this is an update to my previous blogs, that I affectionally refer to as The Workshop Like before I'm creating this so I can keep track of all the stuff I have done so far here on CV. This particular volume will mainly include talks of the present and thoughts to the future. Mainly the following:

  • Upcoming Projects & Plans
  • Upcoming CaVs
  • Characters I can use in CaV's/Tournaments

One more thing, this is best viewed on a PC/MAC/Computer. Or if you're on mobile, desktop mode. Hope you enjoy!

3.1: Plans & Projects

All my upcoming files and threads I want to make. None of these have officially gone live. Only one idea is fully completed. The rest are either in-progress or will come soon. Look out for these if you're interested!

Tournaments/ScenariosRespect ThreadsBlogs & Misc.
Manga/Anime Back to Basics Tourney (Completed)The Ultron Files (All Forms) (In Progress)Favorite Moments from the MCU (In Progress)
Shonen PYP (In Progress)The Black Panther & Wakanda Files (616) (Not yet Started)Comicbook Reviews (TBD)
Comics vs Manga: Comicvine Civil War (In progress)DJH's Bleach Databook (Not yet Started)What makes a CAV special
Holy Grail War Team Scenario (Not yet Started)The Dark Knights Encyclopedia (Not yet Started)DJH's Workshop Volume Four

3.2: Upcoming Challenge-A-Viners

These are the main debates I have upcoming soon. If the characters have been decided, you'll see that in the title and pictures. If not, you'll see the debaters and their respective & current CV avatars. I have room for one more planned match. After that is decided I'll be full up.

1. Versus Streak619: Yhwach vs Zeref (Date 2/15/19)

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2. Versus TheWatcherKing: Carnage vs Garou (Date TBD)

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3.W/Defiant_Will versus EmperorThanos & VSW (Date TBD)

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4. Versus Kevd4wg: Ultron vs Adam Warlock (Date TBD)

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3.3: Current Usable Characters

Straightforward. Just all the characters and matchups I can potentially do. See something you like? Say something! :)

Comic Book Characters:

Street Level Characters:

Detective Comics:

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CharacterBatmanBatwingNightwingRed HoodRed Robin
IterationBruce WayneLucas FoxRichard GraysonJason ToddTimothy Drake
Continuity VersionAll VersionsPost-FlashpointAll VersionsAll VersionAll Versions
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesYesYesYesNoYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYes

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CharacterBatgirl/OrphanDeathstrokeAzraelAzrael
IterationCassandra CainSlade WilsonJean-Paul ValluyMichael Lane
Continuity VersionAll VersionsAll VersionsAll VersionsPost-Crisis
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesNoYesNoNo
Prep BattlesNoYesNoNo
Tournaments/ScenariosNoYesNoNo

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Marvel Comics:

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CharacterBlack PantherHawkeyeWinter SoldierFantomexWolverine
IterationT'challaClint BartonBucky BarnesCharlie-Cluster 7James Howlett/Logan
Continuity Version616616616616616
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesYesNoYesYesNo
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYes

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CharacterKraven The HunterMister Negative
IterationSergei KravinoffMartin Li
Continuity Version616616
Regular BattlesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYes
Prep BattlesYesYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYes

Mid-Tier Level Characters:

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CharacterVisionCarnage
IterationVisionCletus Kasady
Continuity Version616616
Regular BattlesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYes
Prep BattlesNoNo
Tournaments/ScenariosNoNo

High-Tier, Herald,Teambuster Level Characters:

High-Powerhouse:

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CharacterWhite MartianIron ManLoboSupermanVulcan
IterationCompositeAnthony StarkLoboClark KentGabriel Summers
Continuity VersionPost-Crisis616All VersionsPost-Flashpoint616
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesNoYesYesNoNo
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYes

Yes

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Herald-Herald+:

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CharacterGravitonMartian ManhunterH'elAdam WarlockAnnihilus
IterationFranklin HallJ'onn J'onnzH'elAll VersionsAnnihilus
Continuity Version616All VersionsPost-Flashpoint616616
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesYesNoYesNoYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYes

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Teambuster:

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CharacterUltron
IterationAll Versions
Continuity Version616
Regular BattlesYes
Team BattlesYes
Prep BattlesYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYes

Manga/Anime Characters:

So this part will be separated by series rather than tier since it gets pretty big from here on out. For each series I pictured my top five characters from each. They are the five I am best at using and have the most fun using. However I can use more than just those five characters from each series. Characters aside from the main five will be listed below them, non-pictured.

Naruto/Shippuden/Boruto:

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CharacterMadara UchihaObito UchihaKakashi HatakeSasuke UchihaNaruto Uzumaki
Continiuty VersionAllAllAllAllAll
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYes

Others:

  • Hashirama Senju
  • Tobirama Senju
  • Minato Namikaze
  • The Akatsuki (As individuals or as a group)
  • Most other Naruto Characters

Bleach:

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CharacterToshiro HitsugayaByakuya KuchikiIchigo KurosakiCoyote StarrkUlqiorra Cifer
Continiuty VersionAllAllAllAllAll
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYes

Others:

  • Sosuke Aizen
  • Yhwach
  • Grimjoww
  • Kenpachi Zaraki

One Piece:

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CharacterDonquixote DoflamingoSir CrocodileMonkey D. LuffyTrafalgar D. LawRoronoa Zoro
Continiuty VersionAllAllAllAllAll
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesNoYesNoNoNo
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesNo

Others:

  • Katakuri
  • Mihawk
  • Kuma
  • Various others

Assorted Series:

Not sorted because I don't use this guys often at all.

Akame Ga Kill:

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  • Esdeath: Any version, Composite
  • Tatsumi: Any version, Composite
  • Akame: Any version, Composite

Negima/UQ Holder:

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  • Evageline A.K Mcdowell: Any version, Composite
  • Fate Averruncus: Any version, Composite
  • Negi Springfield: Any version, Composite

3.4: Wrapping Things Up

Short and Sweet (I hope haha). Fairly straightforward, just some big and small things I am planning to do in the future.

So this has been a fun break from Comicvine. I feel reenergized and ready to go. If you see anything that interests you hit me up. I'm always open for a chat. See you guys next blog, and next edition of the Workshop. Peace!

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Let's just take a moment...

So I'm sure you have hear by now, one of the greats has passed away. Stan Lee, one of the titans of Marvel and the entire comic book industry. There was something about him that made him a lovable and great human being. I don't have much to say and I'm not trying to sound profound or like a white knight. But as I was going through news reports and old videos, I came across this:

And it compelled me to write this quick blurb. Just take a moment, take a step back. Remember why you are here on this site. We all love something be it comics, manga, games, movies, whatever it may be. Before you go try and "debunk", "lowball", "wank" or anything of the sort; please take a second to remember that the person on the other side of the screen loves these things just as much as you do. Please remember that, respect each other and yourselves.

Rest in peace Stan. We will all miss you dearly.

Sincerely and Excelsior,

DJH

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Characters I can use in CaVs, Tournaments, Scenarios: Revamped & Remastered

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So its about that time for me, where I revamp my current character list for debates. That includes CaVs, Tournaments, Scenarios, and every other miscellaneous method of debate on the forums. As with most lists, the characters will be relegated and sorted to their respective "tier", at least how I interpret them. Manga and non-manga characters will be grouped differently though. The former will have its own section and separated by series rather than overall tier.

Comic Book Characters:

Street Level Characters:

Detective Comics:

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CharacterBatmanBatwingNightwingRed HoodRed Robin
IterationBruce WayneLucas FoxRichard GraysonJason ToddTimothy Drake
Continuity VersionAll VersionsPost-FlashpointAll VersionsAll VersionAll Versions
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesYesYesYesNoYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYes

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CharacterBatgirl/OrphanDeathstrokeAzraelAzrael
IterationCassandra CainSlade WilsonJean-Paul ValluyMichael Lane
Continuity VersionAll VersionsAll VersionsAll VersionsPost-Crisis
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesNoYesNoNo
Prep BattlesNoYesNoNo
Tournaments/ScenariosNoYesNoNo

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Marvel Comics:

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3Gallery image 4Gallery image 5
CharacterBlack PantherHawkeyeWinter SoldierFantomexWolverine
IterationT'challaClint BartonBucky BarnesCharlie-Cluster 7James Howlett/Logan
Continuity Version616616616616616
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesYesNoYesYesNo
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYes

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CharacterKraven The HunterMister Negative
IterationSergei KravinoffMartin Li
Continuity Version616616
Regular BattlesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYes
Prep BattlesYesYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYes

Mid-Tier Level Characters:

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CharacterVisionCarnage
IterationVisionCletus Kasady
Continuity Version616616
Regular BattlesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYes
Prep BattlesNoNo
Tournaments/ScenariosNoNo

High-Tier, Herald,Teambuster Level Characters:

High-Powerhouse:

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CharacterWhite MartianIron ManLoboSupermanVulcan
IterationCompositeAnthony StarkLoboClark KentGabriel Summers
Continuity VersionPost-Crisis616All VersionsPost-Flashpoint616
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesNoYesYesNoNo
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYes

Yes

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Herald-Herald+:

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CharacterGravitonMartian ManhunterH'elAdam WarlockAnnihilus
IterationFranklin HallJ'onn J'onnzH'elAll VersionsAnnihilus
Continuity Version616All VersionsPost-Flashpoint616616
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesYesNoYesNoYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYes

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Teambuster:

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CharacterUltron
IterationAll Versions
Continuity Version616
Regular BattlesYes
Team BattlesYes
Prep BattlesYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYes

Non-Manga Characters I am Researching/Testing:

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CharacterWinter SoldierBlack PantherCaptain AmericaObsidianMangogQuasar
Comic/Live Action/Game/AnimatedLive ActionLive ActionLive ActionComicComicComic
Continiuty VersionMCUMCUMCUDC/Post-CrisisMarvel/616Marvel/616
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesTBDTBDNoTBDNoTBD
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYesYes

Manga/Anime Characters:

So this part will be separated by series rather than tier since it gets pretty big from here on out. For each series I pictured my top five characters from each. They are the five I am best at using and have the most fun using. However I can use more than just those five characters from each series. Characters aside from the main five will be listed below them, non-pictured.

Naruto/Shippuden/Boruto:

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CharacterMadara UchihaObito UchihaKakashi HatakeSasuke UchihaNaruto Uzumaki
Continiuty VersionAllAllAllAllAll
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYes

Others:

  • Hashirama Senju
  • Tobirama Senju
  • Minato Namikaze
  • The Akatsuki (As individuals or as a group)
  • Most other Naruto Characters

Bleach:

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3Gallery image 4Gallery image 5
CharacterToshiro HitsugayaByakuya KuchikiIchigo KurosakiCoyote StarrkUlqiorra Cifer
Continiuty VersionAllAllAllAllAll
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesYes

Others:

  • Sosuke Aizen
  • Yhwach
  • Grimjoww
  • Kenpachi Zaraki

One Piece:

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3Gallery image 4Gallery image 5
CharacterDonquixote DoflamingoSir CrocodileMonkey D. LuffyTrafalgar D. LawRoronoa Zoro
Continiuty VersionAllAllAllAllAll
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesYesYesYes
Prep BattlesNoYesNoNoNo
Tournaments/ScenariosYesYesYesYesNo

Others:

  • Katakuri
  • Mihawk
  • Kuma
  • Various others

Assorted Series:

Not sorted because I don't use this guys often at all.

Akame Ga Kill:

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  • Esdeath: Any version, Composite
  • Tatsumi: Any version, Composite
  • Akame: Any version, Composite

Negima/UQ Holder:

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  • Evageline A.K Mcdowell: Any version, Composite
  • Fate Averruncus: Any version, Composite
  • Negi Springfield: Any version, Composite

Manga/Anime Characters I am Researching/Testing:

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3Gallery image 4
CharacterGoku BlackCellEscanorToriko
Continuity VersionAnime/MangaAnime/MangaAnime/MangaAnime/Manga
Regular BattlesYesYesYesYes
Team BattlesYesYesNoYes
Prep BattlesNoNoNoNo
Tournaments/ScenariosyesYesYesYes

Well that's that. Like I said lmk if something interests you! Maybe not at the moment but in the near future I'll be ready to do a new match. Best to you all!

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My Top 10 Favorite Moments from the DC Cinematic/Extended Universe

The DC Cinematic Universe: Top 10 Greatest Moments

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Intro: The DCEU So Far...

So I recently did a re-watch of the DC Extended Universe while I had some free time this week. While its not the best crafted story or set of movies, there are truly some moments that I realize that I have come to greatly love and appreciate. So I don't know fully know why I'm writing this as a blog. Maybe its because I don't think the DCEU deserves as much hate as it gets. Maybe its because I just want to highlight some moments that let me relive my childhood. Either way its something I want to share with you all...

One quick thing! Don't expect any Suicide Squad lol as I don't really have any standout moments from that movie,

With that being said, let's dive into the full list shall we?

Number 10: The Return of Superman & The Rise of the Justice League

With all due respect this should have been #1, at the very least top 3. It should be on the level of seeing the Avengers unite for the first time, creating that iconic round shot that is ingrained into our minds to this day. However it falls a bit flat due to the lack of a proper build up in my opinion. While this felt like the definition of rushed, it was still a beautiful sight to see some of the original heroes I grew up with be on the big screen finally as a united front. When I first saw the shot in the thumbnail I immediately got flashbacks to the JL cartoons and comics of old. My only wish is that we had a better path here.

Number 9: Wonder Woman Crosses No Man's Land

This is where Gal Gadot, and DCEU Wonder truly shined to me. The music, the cinematography, the climbing of the ladder, and most importantly, the inspiration. Diana really gave meaning to the name "Wonder Woman" here. The only reason this is so low is because in time I have come to love other scenes just a little bit more than this, and I also have to fault my comparative lack of interest in Wonder Woman as a kid. This is still a a beautiful scene though in all forms of the phrase.

Number 8: "He is Not Our Enemy"

In re-watching this scene, I have gained a brand new appreciation for it. There is the classic easter egg of Batman (and by extension Lex Luthor) using Superman's famous weakness against him. But what truly makes this scene great to me is it a nice display of just how broken Bruce Wayne has become over the years, and he has reached the point where the only thing he can outlet his rage and powerlessness on...Superman. Also what's not to love about Jeremy Irons as Alfred?

Number 7: Superman's First Flight

I was considering putting the ending to Man of Steel here instead, because the quiet flashback of kid Clark with his first cape and Johnathan watching on is a touching and quiet scene. In the end though, "First Flight" took this spot, because of a couple key things. One being Jor-El's speech, that in my opinion exemplifies everything Superman is supposed to be:

They will stumble, they will fall, but in time... In time they will join you in the sun...

The second is the pure spectacle of this scene. I found myself truly taken aback by the wonder of this scene and this was in a post "The Avengers" world. The sonic boom, the flight to space and back, the trial and error. I absolutely love this scene.

Number 6: Battle of Smallville

This was just a kick ass, awesomely shot, and well-crafted action scene. I don't have an overly profound reason for this inclusion or why its this high. I just absolutely love it. Faora just works even with her little screen time, while Nam-Ek is a silent, grunting powerhouse that just oozes menace. Plus it was Superman's first real challenge when he encounters beings who not only have his power, but are greater in skill as well. Plus that Faora speedblitz? Yeah just freaking badass all around

Number 5: The Death of Steve Trevor & Diana's Lament

My love for this scene is definitely in the latter half of it. However its still a great scene as a whole. What makes it special though is it cements the tragedy of Wonder Woman. She came into this world a naive and budding hero, and now learns of the cost, as well as seeing the dark side of humanity. Ares speech as she goes God Mode cemented this spot for me. And it leads to a wonderful crossroads for Diana to become the person she is today. Steve Trevor of course being a huge part of that as he saved the day, but sacrificed himself so Diana could one day save the world. His belief inspired her belief.

Number 4: "Must There be a Superman?"

So this scene comes in third place for the most rewatches. I absolutely love everything about this scene. To me, it is a great counter to thoughts like "Superman is boring", and "Superman is not relatable", etc. Superman inspires discussion, controversy, thought. These are entirely human and realistic reaction and consequent reactions to what is essentially a god showing up out of nowhere and changing our world. It shows the human fear of change, the desire to follow, the abhorrent fear of giving up our uniqueness.

Someone like Superman challenges that belief just by existing, and what's ironic is that all he wants is to be like us. Its truly a beautiful scene, only enhanced by each shot, and especially when you take into account that this version of Superman is trying to find his place in the world and we won't accept him.

Number 3: Batman's Warehouse Assault/Save Martha

Come on.. you know I couldn't make a list like this and not include Batman's assault on the warehouse. This scene has practically everything I love about Batman packed into about 5 minutes. The gadgets, the little pieces of prep & intelligence, the superior fighter, the menace of Batman, Alfred, and to top it off, the good side of Batman doing what he does best. Saving people. Not to mention its a truly kickass action scene. I know anyone who felt deflated by Batman v Superman thus fas was instantly brought back to life with this scene. This along with other scenes in the movie also silenced any doubts about Batfleck, at least for a time. Overall a truly masterful scene and one of my favorites.

Number 2: Superman destroys the World Engine/Superman vs Zod

These scenes take the number two spot not only for the list but also replays. I could go on about either scene for a very long time, but I'll try to sum it up in a few words. When it comes to the World Engine, this scene made me love Superman all over again. Partly because of what it represents. Despite his fear of being rejected , Superman chooses us, his adopted world to save over Krypton. What's even better is that we aren't at the point were everyone believes that Kal-El will save us all no matter what. All the people know is that they are about to die, and Superman on the other side of the world is fighting for their lives. Plus I think that shot of him holding up against the gravity of the World Engine is my singular favorite shot of any movie, also did I mention the nod to Christopher Reeves?

As for Superman vs Zod, I have to be honest, I was wowed by this fight more than what I had seen from even the Marvel Cinematic Univese thus far. To me this was truly a comic book battle brought to life and possibly the best action in sequence in the DCEU. There's a true motivation behind the conflict between Clark and Zod, the weight of two worlds. And at the end when Superman is forced to kill him, its not just Superman kills scene, its a scene that displays a godlike being understanding the responsibility he has chosen to take up, and the learning of a lesson he will never forget.

Number 1: The Trinity vs Doomsday

So I don't care how you personally felt about Batman vs Superman, Doomsday, Superman's death, or the DCEU as a whole. I absolutely adore this entire sequence from start to finish. The biggest part of that is that my very first comic book heroes are uniting on the screen for the first time in my life and many other's lives as well. Seeing them do battle with one of their greatest foes was truly a sight to behold that rivaled the epicness of Superman vs Zod before it. It also contains one of the best character introductions in modern cinema with Wonder Woman.

Not only that, but it has the key facets about these characters that I love. Superman, the defender of his world doing anything to protect the people and planet he loves. Taking on Doomsday with everything he has. Wonder Woman being the battle hardened and beautiful warrior showing why she is truly a wonder, outshining even the titular characters with her grace and prowess. Then there is Batman, a man doing battle with gods. Yet he still does all he can to make a difference and picks his battles showing why is the most dangerous man in the world.

Then there are just the awesome action shots of course, WW leaping headlong into battle, her smile, the Heat Vision battle, Batman's iconic pose from The Dark Knight Returns. There is honestly so much to love in this scene, and its purled together masterfully with the score something very prevalent throughout the entire DCEU, but at its best here. And to top it off, we have Superman dying for a world that hasn't truly accepted him yet, a woman he barely knows, and the man who just tried to kill him. Most importantly though he protects his world, sacrificing himself to destroy the last remnant of Krypton's curse truly cementing his place as Earth's Superman.

Final Thoughts: The Best is Yet to Come

Anyway that's the list though. Again this was something I wanted to talk about. Please feel free to give your thoughts as well, love or hate the DCEU. It was truly an epic look back at what we have so far, and hopefully a better path for the future!

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Characters I Can Use in CAVs (Updated for May 2018)

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I've decided to revamp my current CAV character list like I do every few months as well as adding some new characters and taking out some others. If you find something that interests you lmk and we can set something up. With that being said, like before I will be grouping my non-manga characters by tier and power level. I'm sure there will probably be a placement or two that you disagree with, but hey that's what a debating site is all about right? Just a disclaimer as well, I haven't joined the italics club lol, just makes the actual lists look a bit sharper in my opinion.

Comic Book Characters:

Street Level Characters:

So as the section header says, this is my area where all my street levelers are at. I have them further separated into Marvel & DC. They are not separated by low, mid, or high. Pretty much everyone here I can use in the same typical format of being: Standard Gear, Character, etc. Those with an asterisk are new additions that I have recently used, still reading or become very interested in because I feel that they are pretty powerful & underrated.

Detective Comics Characters:

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  • Batman(Bruce Wayne): Post-Crisis/Post-Flashpoint
  • Nightwing(Dick Grayson): Post-Crisis/Post-Flashpoint
  • Red Hood(Jason Todd): Post-Crisis/Post-Flashpoint
  • Batwing(Lucas Fox): Post-Crisis/Post-Flashpoint
  • Azrael(JPV/Micheal Lane): Post-Crisis/Post-Flashpoint
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  • Prometheus(Curt Calhoun): Post-Crisis/Post-Flashpoint
  • Deathstroke(Slade Wilson):Post-Crisis/Post-Flashpoint
  • Orphan(Cassandra Cain):Post-Crisis/Post-Flashpoint
  • Azrael(Michael Lane):Post-Crisis
  • Red Robin(Time Drake):Post-Crisis/Post-Flashpoint

Marvel Comics Characters:

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  • Black Panther(T'challa):616, Vibranium/Non-Vibranium
  • Hawkeye(Clint Barton):616
  • Winter Soldier(James "Bucky" Barnes):616, Winter Soldier/Captain America
  • Fantomex(Charlie Cluster-7):616
  • Wolverine(James "Logan" Howlett):616*
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  • Kraven the Hunter(Sergei Kravinoff):616*
  • Mister X:616*
  • Iron Fist(Daniel Rand):616
  • Mister Negative(Martin Li):616*
  • Erik Killmonger(N'jadaka): 616*

So as you can see most of my * are Marvel Characters. They are actually pretty cool all of these guys and have taken on some of the best of the street level tier. Let's move on to the next tier shall we?

Mid-Tier Level Characters:

So this is the least populated comics tier for me. I don't have it separated by publisher because of the amount of characters and it would just be unnecessary space.

Borderline High Street/Low Mid:

Luke Cage & Carnage*

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I call these two borderline, because I have seen people call them High Street & also Low-Mid because of their respective abilities. I'm still reading a lot for both characters, but as it turns out they're pretty badass. Both are standard 616, unamped levels.

Vision, Clayface, & Midnighter*

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These guys are my more straight up mid tiers who all are a bit more op in their own way. I'm still reading some of the appearances for most of these guys. Midnighter especially. I'm actually excited for this tier the most, as its the main one outside of manga/anime that I am least familiar with. Vision & Clayface would be at their normal levels. Midnighter will be Post-Flashpoint for now. Soon Wildstorm will be a part of that. As before, if you see an asterisk, I'm still doing a lot of reading/researching

High-Tier, Herald,Teambuster Level Characters:

So just like in the street tier section, these are the characters that operate on high tier levels. I have the following based, at least to the best of my knowledge/opinion in high tier, herald tier, then teambuster & above. In addition this also isn't, like the mid section by publisher.

High:

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  • Vulcan(Gabirel Summers):616
  • Iron Man:(Anthony Stark):616
  • Anti-Man(Conner Sims):616
  • The Cull Obsidian(Black Order):616*
  • Doctor Doom(Victor Von Doom):616

Herald-Herald+:

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  • Graviton(Franklin Hall):616
  • Martian Manhunter(J'onn J'onzz):Post-Crisis/Post-Flashpoint
  • H'el:Post-Crisis/Post-Flashpoint
  • Adam Warlock:616
  • Annihilus:616

Teambuster:

Ultron Prime:616

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So that pretty much wraps up the high tier section and the comic list in general. As you can see its more than the mid tiers, but less than street level. Granted you may not feel the same placements apply to mine, but this is where I think they stand. If its that disagreeable to you, lets have a CAV and we can settle it there haha. Like before Asterisk=reading/researching.

Manga/Anime Characters:

So this part will be separated by series rather than tier since it gets pretty big from here on out. Mind you those pictured are those I am best at/most interested in using. I can use many more from each series just lmk. This hasn't really changed all that much to be honest though, since these are the main manga I debate. Considering Toriko & God of High School though!

Naruto:

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  • Madara Uchiha: Any version, Composite
  • Obito Uchiha: Any version, Composite
  • Kakashi Hatake: Any version, Composite
  • Sasuke Uchiha: Any version, Composite
  • Naruto Uzumaki: Any version, Composite
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  • Nagato Uzumaki: Any version, Composite
  • Past Hokages: Any version, Composite
  • Zabuza Momochi: Any version, Composite
  • Kakuzu: Any version, Composite

Bleach:

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  • Toshiro Hitsugaya: Any version, Composite
  • Byakuya Kuchiki: Any version, Composite
  • Grimjoww Jagerjaques: Any version, Composite
  • Ulquiorra Cifer: Any version, Composite
  • Barragan Lousienbairn: Any version, Composite
  • Coyote Starrk: Any version, Composite

One Piece:

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  • Donquixote Doflamingo: Any version, Composite
  • Dracule Mihawk: Any version, Composite
  • Crocodile: Any version, Composite
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  • Monster Trio: Any version, Composite
  • Trafalgar Law: Any version, Composite
  • Fujitora: Any version, Composite

Akame Ga Kill:

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  • Esdeath: Any version, Composite
  • Tatsumi: Any version, Composite
  • Akame: Any version, Composite

Negima/UQ Holder:

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  • Evageline A.K Mcdowell: Any version, Composite
  • Fate Averruncus: Any version, Composite
  • Negi Springfield: Any version, Composite

Well that's that. Like I said lmk if something interests you! Maybe not at the moment but in the near future I'll be ready to do a new match. Best to you all!

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The Workshop Volume Two: Current Thread History 4/2018

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So this is an update to my previous thread history. Like before I'm creating this so I can keep track of all the stuff I have done so far here on CV. This will include CAVs, RTs Completed and Upcoming, and Threads I have Created. If you are reading this, the I hope you find some interesting things here.

CAVs:

This list includes links to all the Challenge A Viners I have been a part of. They range from me having some pretty solid wins to getting utterly stomped in a debate. I have gained a lot of experience from debating all of these guys here along with tons of fun. Would love to debate or team-up with any of them in the future!

DebatesActive/Inactive/CompletedResult
Batman (Me) & Daredevil (BlackestNight93) VS Ra's Al Ghul (Foxerdes) & Pre Vizla (Xerolot)InactiveN/A
Team DarthJhawk VS Team Valor_175InactiveN/A
Batman (Me) vs Talion (High_Noon)CompletedVictory by Voting (1-0)
Madara Uchiha (Me) VS Iron Man (Krleavenger)ActiveTBD
Black Panther (Me) VS (Spider-Man) BlackSpidey2099CompletedDefeat by Voting (1-3)
MHS' High Tier Tourney: VS NecronnInactiveN/A
Zetsumoto's Nemesis Team-Up Tourney: VS Shade555CompletedVictory by Voting (3-1)
Deathstroke (Me) VS Ken Kaneki (Valor_175)CompletedVictory by Voting (3-1)
Crocodile (Me) VS Suigetsi (Valor_175)CompletedVictory by Voting (4-0)
SFW's Low High Tier PYP: VS Sly_141 CompletedVictory by Concession

SFW's Underuse PYP: VS SFW

CompletedDefeat by Voting (0-1)
SFW's Mission PYP: VS Watcher5000CompletedVictory by Voting (2-1)
Deathstroke (Me) VS Akisame (JustSomeRandomKid)CompletedDefeat by Voting (1-0)
ET's High Tier Tourney: VS Mr_IngenuityCompletedDefeat by Voting (0-2)
Dane's Suprise Showdown: VS LunacydeCompletedDefeat by Concession
Kakashi (Me) VS Trafalgar Law (Valor_175)CompletedDefeat by Voting (0-1)
Madara Uchiha (Me) VS Nagato Uzumaki (D_Aeroflame_Z)CompletedDefeat by Voting (0-2)
SFW's Mid Tier PYP: VS TheVivasCompletedDefeat by Voting (0-2)
Street Team (Me) VS 40K Soul Drinker Captain (SirFizzWhizz)InactiveN/A
Hawekye (Me) VS Batgirl (Sync1)InactiveN/A
Sasuke Uchiha (Me) VS Neji Hyuga (DarkRoseIronAvenger)InactiveN/A
Foxerdes' Mid-Street Tourney: VS LunacydeCompletedVictory by Time Limit

CAV: Superman and Wonder Woman (Darthjhawk) VS Hal Jordan and The Green Scar

CompletedDefeat by Voting (0-5)

Mission PYP R2: Chronicplane vs Darthjhawk

CompletedVictory by Time Limit

Low High Tier R2: darthjhawk vs ordeith

CompletedVictory by Time Limit

Teambusters / Crack Squads Tourney R2: Stormking vs Darthjhawk

InactiveN/A

Mission PYP Semi Finals: BoschePG vs Darthjhawk

CompletedDraw by Voting

Another Mid-Street Level Tournament Round 2: ANTHP2000 vs Darthjhawk

InactiveN/A

CaV:Meliodas(DeathHero61) and Escanor(HTA) Vs Naruto(Cosmic_Lantern) and Kakashi(Darthjhawk)

InactiveN/A

CAV: Luffy & Ichigo (Darthjhawk) vs Weather Wizard & Sandman (Major_Hellstorm)

CompletedVictory by Voting (1-0)

Tournament of Valor - High-Tier Hax Tourney R1: God_Vulcan Vs DarthJHawk!

InactiveN/A

Mid/High Tier Gambler's R1: Darthjhawk vs Causeimbatman

CompletedVictory by Voting (3-0)

PYP Missions Finals! Darthjhawk vs SSJ_God

InactiveN/A

Prep Tourney R1: CauseImBatman/Batman Vs DarthjHawk/Black Panther

InactiveN/A

CaV: Cassandra Cain(Darthjhawk) vs Ikki Kurogane(Streak619)

InactiveN/A

NARUTO CAV:OBITO (DARTHJHAWK) AND ITACHI (STREAK619 )vs NAGATO (Thenewguysnm1) AND MINATO( CALL ME BLAST)

Inactive

N/A

Low High PYP Finals: darthjhawk vs emperorthanos vs lukehero

CompletedN/A

CAV: H'el (DarthJhawk) vs The First Crown Prince (Azureus)

InactiveN/A

CAV: Azrael (DarthJhawk) VS Eggsy & Whiskey (SupremeGeneration)

InactiveN/A

CAV: Team Uchiha (Darthjhawk) vs Team Uzumaki (Thenewguysnm1)

InactiveN/A

Triple threat high tier street tourney R1: Darthjhawk vs Cable_Extreme

InactiveN/A

Three Way CaV: TheWatcherKing (Yang) vs. DarthJHawk (Iron Fist) vs. King Hellstorm (MCU War Machine)

InactiveTBD

CAV: Ultron (DarthJhawk) VS Zarathos Ghost Rider (The_Red_Devil)

CompletedVictory by Voting (6-2)

2018 High Tier PYP 1st Edition RD1: Darthjhawk vs TheWatcherKing

CompletedDefeat by Concession

Double Team Tourney: KrleAvenger/EmperorThanos Vs CauseimBatman/Darthjhawk

CompletedDefeat by Voting (0-6)

2018 High Tier PYP 1st Edition RD1: Darthjhawk vs Jardinain2

InactiveN/A

Magi vs Negima CAV: Aladdin (Valor_175) vs Negi Springfield (DarthJhawk)

InactiveN/A

Naruto vs Bleach CAV: Naruto and Sasuke (DarthJhawk) vs Yhwach (UniverseIchigo1)

InactiveN/A

CaV: Darthjhawk (Sasuke Uchiha) Vs Valor_175 (Hakuryuu Ren)

InactiveN/A

CaV: Kakashi and Obito(Darthjhawk) vs Jiraiya and Itachi(streak619)

InactiveN/A

TEAMBUSTER CAV: Thanos (causeimbatman) and Ultron (Darthjhawk) vs Dr Who (Bluejay4) and the Destroyer (AsgardianBrony)

ActiveTBD

CaV: Composite Shinigami (Brown Zeus) vs Composite Shinobi (Darthjhawk) vs Composite Marine (Shirso)

InactiveN/A

2v2 CaV : Batman (CIB) and Ra's al ghul (Foxerdes) vs Daredevil (All-Father) and Azreal (Darthjhawk)

InactiveN/A

CaV: Okhwang(HitTheAssasin) Vs Ultron(Darthjhawk)

ActiveTBD

COC Tourney Round 1: The Infinity Crusade vs The Power Cosmic

ActiveTBD

2018 Mid Tier PYP RD1: DarthJHawk vs. Gearsecond.

CompletedVictory by Voting (4-0)

CaV Saitama(TheWatcherKing) vs Iron Man(Darthjhawk)

ActiveTBD

CTF Tourney R1: DarthJHawk vs Chronicplane

ActiveTBD

So I have overall 58 CAV matches under my belt. My current record is matches is 13 wins, 11 losses, 1 Draw, 6 Ongoing, and 27 Inconclusive (I need to get on my game with those). Pretty crazy to see how far I've come.

Respect Threads:

These are the RT's that I am currently planning or in the process of doing.I realize that some may already have some and I am not doing this to discount any of the work already done. These are usually made by me so I can better keep track of my characters feats and history.

Completed:

Series/VerseCharacter
Bleach

Coyote Starrk

Bleach

Barragan Louisenbairn

One PieceSir Crocodile
DC

The Murder Machine

Upcoming:

  • Espadas #3-#10
  • The Dark Knights
  • Ultron
  • Black Panther

Thread History:

Pretty self-explanatory. Just all of the threads I have made during my time on ComicVine. I think I have them all in order by date. Note that this will not include CAVs or RTs as they are already above.

May 2017:

  1. MCU: Black Panther vs Yondu (Potential GOTG 2 spoilers)
  2. Two will Protect you, the other six will try and take you down... Who do you choose? (Please read OP)
  3. The Hunger Games: Video Game Style
  4. MCU: Team Marksmen vs Team Agility
  5. DC Rebirth: Battle of the Trinities

June 2017:

  1. Can you make a DC team to beat mine? (Pls Read OP)
  2. Elemental Smackdown Marvel vs D.C
  3. Gather your Justice Avengers to stop my Masters of Doom!
  4. Titans: The Suicide Contract
  5. Ultron and the Phalanx vs Annihilus and the Annihilation Wave
  6. Can you make a Wetworks/Black Ops Squad to clear this?
  7. Deathstroke and Deadpool vs Batman and Moon Knight
  8. Could we start a Character Tier List for the Battles Board?
  9. Street Level: Avengers Vs Justice League (Read OP)
  10. One will protect you, the other 8 will try and assassinate you... Choose Wisely
  11. When did you know your favorite character was your favorite?
  12. Invasion: Wakanda! (Read OP for Battle Scenario)
  13. Deathstroke and Deadpool run the Doppelganger Gauntlet
  14. You vs The Death Merc Squad
  15. Nightcrawler/Green Arrow vs Daredevil/Nightwing vs Mockingbird/Batwoman
  16. If you could, what fictional universe would you want to be a part of?

July 2017:

  1. Should I read/watch God of High School?
  2. Night Raid runs Manga/AnimeTeam Gauntlet

August 2017:

  1. Ask DarthJhawk anything! Birthday Special
  2. Darthjhawk's 2017 Search and Destroy Mission Tournament!

September 2017:

  1. My Top 10 Naruto Villains/Antagonists

Octorber 2017:

  1. The Battle Callout Phonebook (Inherited from Emperorthanos)

November 2017:

  1. The Comicvine Rival Team-Up Tourney

Janurary 2018:

  1. The Mid Tier/Street Crack Duo Tourney!

Feburary 2018:

  1. Tournament of Power: Mainstream Shonen Edition

March 2018:

  1. The Illuminati vs the Ultimates

April 2018:

  1. The Contest Of Champions Tourney! (With CauseImbatman)

Things I'm planning/creating:

Also fairly straightforward, just some big and small things I am planning to do in the future.

  • Finish as many of my inactive CAV's as possible! I need to get that number down. Honestly its pretty ridiculous.
  • Host a Street Contest of Champions Tourney
  • Host a Scenario (Still thinking of ideas)
  • All my RT's

So this has been one heck of an almost one year on Comicvine. I could go into the impact that its had on me, but that's a whole other blog and topic in itself and this one is big enough already. For I'll just say that I've had my ups and downs just like anyone else. But most importantly its been alot of fun! Can't wait to do more in my next year!

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Batman: The Murder Machine Respect Thread

Respect The Murder Machine:

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"You were wrong, Vic. The best thing I ever did was let him in. I still remember the fear when they surrounded me. I realized quickly that my plan was not going to work. I would not be able to affect the program in time. And when they grabbed onto me, started to spread through my entire body, I was foolish enough to scream in fear. That was the first thing my father fixed in me. He took my ability to feel fear away, my ability to feel sadness. You know, to that point I had spent my life obsessing over my lost birth parents, ignoring the one who was there right in front of me. I was free of that as well. Next came my weak, human flesh. It was growing older and more brittle by the day."

A Knight of Murder I: The Rundown

Murder MachineThe Rundown
Real NameBruce Wayne
Created ByScott Snyder(Writer), Greg Capullo(Artist)
First AppearanceDark Days: The Casting #1
Latest AppearanceDark Nights: Metal #6
Powers & Abilities
  • Techno-Organic Body
  • Superhuman Strength, Speed, and Durability
  • Energy Projection, Absorption, and Manipulation
  • Technopathy, Morphing and Forming
Current Status
  • Imprisoned within The Dark Multiverse

Character Biography & Background: Who is The Murder Machine?

On Earth -44, Bruce was the Batman of Gotham City. One day, Bane led a group of his enemies to the Batcave in the attempt to find Batman, where they ambushed and killed Alfred. After the death of his surrogate father, Bruce asked Cyborg for help.

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The Death of Alfred & Bruce's Plea (Batman: The Murder Machine)

Years ago, he had copied Alfred's mind into a program, but couldn't create a full A.I. out of it. Cyborg helped him, but the Alfred Protocol mutated into a virus, who killed all of Batman's rogues, with Bane being the last. Let into the Batcave in an attempt to shut it down by reasoning with it, Bruce was instead overcome as soon as he gave permission to enter.

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The Fall of Bruce Wayne (Batman: The Murder Machine)

The A.I. fused with Bruce, taking away his fear, his suffering, and his humanity and gave him cybernetic enhancements. Christened The Murder Machine by Cyborg, Batman then proceeded to kill the Justice League of Earth -44.

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The End of Earth-44 and the Justice League (Batman: The Murder Machine)

Notable Showings & Feats: The Power of the Murder Machine

Strength:

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Murder Machine is powerful enough to casually rip Earth -44 Cyborg's head and spine straight up and out of his body.

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Batman: The Murder Machine

Along with the other Dark Nights, MM bullies Cyborg, being strong enough to cleave his Motherbox/Promethium arm clean off

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The Flash Vol.5 #33

Murder Machine can not only casually life Steel over his head like its nothing, after one-shotting him with his tendrils but can also easily snap his hammer in two.

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Murder Machine's Tendrils are more than capable of restraining the Justice League, notably Hal Jordan, Aquaman, Barry Allen, and Wonder Woman.

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Also as shown in Dark Nights:Metal #6, his tendrils again have once again shown the capability to overpower and restrain Hal Jordan.

Speed:

So MM, like the other Dark Knights has a lack of direct speed feats to accurately gauge his speed. He does have a couple that count at least to me. You may disagree. At the very least you can scale him to the other Knights and the Justice League since he was able to react and fight most of them just fine.

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  • Scan 1: Seems to react fast enough to Hal Jordan's attack to shift into his digital form. (Dark Nights: Metal #6)
  • Scan 2: Seems to move fast enough to create afterimages and fight at blur speeds. (Batman: The Murder Machine)

Durability/Endurance:

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  • Scan 1: Tanks a hit from Steel's hammer, with no significant damage. (The Flash Vol.5 #33)
  • Scan 2: Tanks a hit from Cyborg, smiles afterward. (Batman: The Murder Machine)
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  • Scan 1: In his "digital form" Murder Machine tanks a blast from Hal Jordan and an Explosive T-Sphere from Mr. Terrific.( Bottom Right Corner) (Dark Nights: Metal #6)
  • Scan 2: Hal Jordan's construct going through him fails to faze Murder Machine. (Dark Nights: Metal #6)

Now the most controversial part of the Dark Nights durability comes from Dark Nights: Metal #3. It applies to all of the Dark Nights, but is a bit iffy in its interpretation/execution:

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Dark Nights Metal #3

According to the Devastator, the Dark Nights and beings from the Dark Multiverse have a different genetic makeup than the positive matter or Prime Multiverse beings. As such, beings made of Dark Matter can not be harmed by positive matter beings or at the very least it takes more damage than normal to hurt them. This is somewhat supported for Murder Machine considering that it took an Element X amp for any of the member of the Justice League to actually do any significant damage to him and the other Knights. (Dark Nights: Metal #6)

Versatility, Weaponry, & Technology:

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  • Scan 1: Has the capability to scan vitals and abilities of his foes. Uses it to determine Barry Allen by analyzing his speedforce connection. (The Flash Vol. 5 #33)
  • Scan 2: Can open boom tube like structures that are powerful enough to suck in GL, WW and Aquaman, Dr. Fate, and Mr. Terrific. (The Flash Vol. 5 #33)
  • Scan 3: Can technomorph his limbs into tendrils to access watchtower computers. Same Tendrils he uses to overpower and restrain his opponents. (Batman: The Murder Machine)
  • Scan 4: Has the ability to create forcefields powerful enough to easily block Cyborg's energy projection. (Batman: The Murder Machine)
  • Scan 5: Technomorphs the Watchtower to make tendrils & his arm into a knife powerful enough to cleave Cyborg limbs. (Batman: The Murder Machine)
  • Scan 6-7: Has an energy cannon that is more than capable of one-shotting and KOing Cyborg.

Technopathy:

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  • Scan 1: Murder Machine's technopathy is good enough to control The Carrier, the base of operation of The Authority, allowing the Dark Nights to travel throughout the Multiverse. (Dark Nights Rising: The Wild Hunt)
  • Scan 2: Uses his technopathy/tendrils to tae control of and dominate Steel's suit. (The Flash Vol. 5 #33)
  • Scan 3: Uses his technopathic and technoforming abilities to corrupt The Watchtower to his image and take control. (Batman: The Murder Machine)
  • Scan 4: Fools the Watchtower's sensors into believing that he is the Earth Prime Batman. (Batman: The Murder Machine)

Robo-Alfred A.I:

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  • Scan 1: Robo Alfred's are capable of harming and killing the Earth -44 Justice League. (Batman: The Murder Machine)
  • Scan 2: Alfred's are powerful enough to hold down Earth -44 Cyborg. (Batman: The Murder Machine)
  • Scan 3: Alfred's can multiply and start massacring Detroit with an army along with corrupting tech they come across. (Batman: The Murder Machine)
  • Scan 4: Are more than capable of keeping Cyborg busy and harming him. (Batman: The Murder Machine
  • Scan 5: Another showing of them being able to multiply and they have killed all of Earth -44 Batman's rouge gallery, the last being Bane. (Batman: The Murder Machine)
  • Scan 6: Able to call the A.I to him extremely quickly. (Batman: The Murder Machine)

Recommended Reading: What to Read for the Murder Machine

  • Dark Days: The Forge & The Casting
  • Batman: The Murder Machine
  • Dark Nights: Metal #1-6
  • Dark Nights Rising: The Wild Hunt
  • Bats out of Hell Tie Ins.
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My thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the Current Franchise as a whole. (Spoiler Warning)

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So I realize that I'm a bit late for everyone who has already seen Episode VIII, and this would have come earlier but I wanted to take a step back, watch the movie a few more times and try and stay as objective as possible with my review and current thoughts. With that being said, this post will first dive into my thoughts on the movie's major facets and details. So from here on out I would advise that if you have not seen the movie click away from this post to avoid any spoilers. Here we go.

The Last Jedi: The Plot

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Episode VIII had a lot to live up to. In terms of movie placement, it stood in the same place as not only Attack of the Clones, but also The Empire Strikes Back. In other words the sequel to the groundbreaking first entry into the franchise. As such the film had to tread lightly, as it could have been universally loved like Empire or almost universally panned like Clones. Instead, The Last Jedi finds itself somewhere in between and that isn't necessarily a good thing. One major thing I did not enjoy is the encroachment of the Disney formula where many moments are written off for laughs or jokes. The plot feels like a very peculiar and unnecessary mix of the original trilogy's major plot lines.

The entire Resistance Storyline before Crait feels like a super extended Tantive IV scene from a New Hope. The much more powerful First Order(Empire) led by a Dark Side User (Vader) chases down a down on their luck and depleted Resistance (Rebellion) led by Leia. Also she needs to find a wizened and mythical Jedi to save them in Luke (Obi-Wan). Even Finn and Rose going to find Benecio del Toro's character felt like a rehash of Luke and Kenobi going to find Han and Chewie on Tatooine.Somehow the First Order has a hyperspace tracker that sort of comes out of left field and creates the central conflict between the First Order and the Resistance. And funny enough just like Finn and Rose's storyline, it turns out to be pointless in the end because the resistance doesn't use that victory to really escape with their own fleet, but rather Rey, Chewbacca and the Millennium Falcon.

The Luke, Rey, Kylo, and Snoke storyline is a unequal synthesis of Dagobah, Cloud City, and the final confrontation on Death Star II. What bothers me most here is not the recycling of storylines, but rather the resolutions to plot threads set up in the previous film. I realize that Rey coming from essentially nothing is meant to make her all the better, but it feels cheap that we had all that build up and then have her humble past revealed as a throwaway line. Speaking of buildup, Snoke was a major letdown. I thought he would have more of an impact, but he did not portray half of the gravitas and mystery that was presented in The Force Awakens. I really wish we could have seen more of him and his story in this episode which could have been done instead of the half-hour given to Finn and Rose.

And finally we come to Crait, a blend of the Death Star Escape and Hoth. While I greatly enjoyed the moment between Luke and Leia and Luke's final stand (More on that later), this entire scene felt somewhat unnecessary as a way to extend the movie which was already long enough. The same escape ending could have been resolved by the Resistance finally escaping into lightspeed instead of Hoth remix, but I do get what was trying to be done here. To spark the flames of hope and rebuild the Resistance. Unfortunately for me, it falls short of expectations, which is something that can be said for the rest of the film and the expansion of canon lore.

The Last Jedi: The Characters

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Rey & Kylo Ren:

The arguable eponymous Last Jedi. Rey was alright for me in this movie. She matched expectations for what I predicted for her in this movie. She teetered with the temptation of the dark side and Kylo Ren, clashed with Luke and ultimately helped inspire him along with Yoda, but in the end became one of the final beacons of hope for an exceedingly small Resistance. I felt like the film played it safe with her character arc. What I mean by this is her heritage. Overall she felt like a young again Luke Skywalker.

Kylo Ren was not as predictable for me. For one I did not expect him to be so conflicted in the first and second acts of the story. Unexpectedly, I did enjoy this though. However in the third act, his story arc became one of the two best of the film for me along with Luke. Its nice to see Kylo fully step into his role and become what he wants to be. I hope to see good things in Episode IX.

Rey and Kylo: 7/10

Finn and Rose:

This character arc I feel was the epitome of forced and unnecessary. Their plot line dragged down the events of the film and could have been much better had they been on the First Order ship the entire time. Why not just make Rose a hacker? Most of their story seemed to me to be just to create screen time for Benecio del Toro's character. I felt like John Boyega's talents were wasted here. Overall a very uninteresting plot line and one that could have been done much better.

Finn and Rose: 3/10

Snoke:

Ah man, what can I even say about this guy. Such a letdown. Maybe he shows up in IX

Snoke: 0/10

Poe, Leia, and the Resistance:

I enjoyed Leia's character, although she became very powerful in the Force all of a sudden. As far as her overall story I felt she did what she was meant to do and aside from her two big moments, didn't contribute as much to the overall plot. The rest of the Resistance? UNNECESSARY CONFLICT, everywhere. Poe and Holdo's back and forth was just stupid imo. Just talk to each other! That's what I wanted to scream at them the entire time. Holdo's final moment was pretty badass though and one of the great visual scenes of the movie.

Leia:6/10

Poe and the Resistance: 4/10

The First Order:

Passable, they were the bad guys, they did their jobs. Gwendoline Christie and Phasma were once again massively wasted though.

First Order: 4.5/10

Luke Skywalker:

IMO, the best character of the movie. You could feel that Luke had been damaged and traumatized by the events of his life and failures. However you can still see Luke though all of this. I feel we should have had much more time with Luke and his story. His final stand, while I wish he had some over the top amazing Force feats, his final projection and moment in the sun the reflected his first moment on Tatooine was beautiful. I still don't feel that he should've died.

Luke: 8/10

The Last Jedi: My Current Thoughts of the Franchise

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So far I am not the biggest fan of the new sequel trilogy. They are decent movies, but they retread way too many plot lines and stories from the original trilogy. It seems as though they are afraid to branch out from the same stories and character interactions from before. The difference is, none of it is handled nearly as well as the story of the Skywalkers. Along with this, what continues to frustrate me is that they are afraid of exploring new ground when the had hundreds of stories to pull from in the Legends Canon. For me so far, I have not fully accepted the Disney Canon as the true extended universe canon. Call me a fanboy, a purist, or whatever you like, but I feel the Star Wars Franchise has lost its charm. And frankly its going to need something big to bring it back to its former glory. Hopefully they can find it.

Anyway that concludes my thoughts on the movie and how it impacts the franchise. I felt that it was overall disappointing, and not the best entry into the Star Wars lore. Perhaps Episode IX can remedy my feelings on this. Apologies that this is so long, but I wanted to get as much of my thoughts out as possible. Share your thoughts with me as well!

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2018 Revamped Characters that I can use in CAVs, Tourneys, ETC.

As part 2 of bringing in the New Year I've decided to revamp my current CAV character list as well as adding some new characters and taking out some others. If you find something that interests you lmk and we can set something up. With that being said, like before I will be grouping my non-manga characters by tier and power level. I'm sure there will probably be a placement or two that you disagree with, but hey that's what a debating site is all about right?

Street Levelers:

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  • Batwoman (Kathy Kane)- Pre/Post-Flashpoint, Standard Gear
  • Orphan (Cassandra Cain)- Pre/Post-Flashpoint, Standard Gear
  • Batwing (Lucas Fox)- Post-Flashpoint, Standard Gear, Prep battle, Team Battles
  • Azrael (Micheal Lane)- Pre-Flashpoint, Standard Gear,
  • Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley)- Pre/Post-Flashpoint, Standard Gear
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  • Talon (William Cobb, Calvin Rose, CoO)- Composite Talon, Standard Gear
  • Red Robin (Tim Drake)- Pre/Post-Flashpoint, Prep, Team
  • Robin (Damian Wayne)- Pre/Post-Flashpoint
  • Nightwing (Dick Grayson)- Pre/Post-Flashpoint, Standard, Prep, team, special gear
  • Red Hood (Jason Todd)- Pre/Post-Flashpoint, Standard, Prep, team, Special gear
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  • Prometheus (Original)- Pre/Post-Flashpoint, Standard, Prep, Team
  • Hawkeye (Clint Barton)- Hawkye and/or Ronin, 616, Standard, Special gear
  • Deathstroke (Slade Wilson)- Pre/Post-Flashpoint, Standard, Special Gear, Team, Prep
  • Black Panther (T'challa)- 616, Anything and Everything
  • Batman (Bruce Wayne)- Pre/Post Flashpoint, Anything and Everything

Mid Tier:

:( Nothing rn, see the Currently reading/researching section

High Tier:

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  • Vulcan (Gabriel Summers)- 616
  • Anti-Man (Connor Sims)- 616
  • Blue Marvel (Adam Brashear)- 616
  • Iron Man (Tony Stark)- 616, Anything and Everything, Any Armor, Composite
  • Doctor Doom (Victor Von Doom)-616, Standard Armor, Iron Man armor, Prep, team

Herald/Powerhouse Tier:

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  • Graviton (Franklin Hall)-616, Standard gear
  • Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz)- Pre/Post-Flashpoint, Standard, Team, Fernus
  • Superman (Clark Kent/Kal-El)- Pre/Post-Flashpoint, Standard, Team
  • Proxima Midnight- 616, Standard, Team
  • H'el- Post-Flashpoint Standard, team

Teambuster Tier:

Big Daddy err I mean Ultron-616, Composite, Any Version, Prep, Team

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Manga/Anime:

So this part will be separated by series rather than tier since it gets pretty big from here on out. Mind you those pictured are those I am best at/most interested in using. I can use many more from each series just lmk.

Naruto:

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  • Madara Uchiha: Any version, Composite
  • Obito Uchiha: Any version, Composite
  • Kakashi Hatake: Any version, Composite
  • Sasuke Uchiha: Any version, Composite
  • Naruto Uzumaki: Any version, Composite
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  • Nagato Uzumaki: Any version, Composite
  • Past Hokages: Any version, Composite
  • Zabuza Momochi: Any version, Composite
  • Kakuzu: Any version, Composite

Bleach:

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  • Toshiro Hitsugaya: Any version, Composite
  • Byakuya Kuchiki: Any version, Composite
  • Grimjoww Jagerjaques: Any version, Composite
  • Ulquiorra Cifer: Any version, Composite
  • Barragan Lousienbairn: Any version, Composite
  • Coyote Starrk: Any version, Composite

One Piece:

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  • Donquixote Doflamingo: Any version, Composite
  • Dracule Mihawk: Any version, Composite
  • Crocodile: Any version, Composite
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  • Monster Trio: Any version, Composite
  • Trafalgar Law: Any version, Composite
  • Fujitora: Any version, Composite

Akame Ga Kill:

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  • Esdeath: Any version, Composite
  • Tatsumi: Any version, Composite
  • Akame: Any version, Composite

Negima/UQ Holder:

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  • Evageline A.K Mcdowell: Any version, Composite
  • Fate Averruncus: Any version, Composite
  • Negi Springfield: Any version, Composite

Currently Reading & Researching:

Street Level:

  • Winter Soldier
  • Daredevil
  • Lady Shiva
  • Wolverine
  • Spider-Man (Mid Tier as well)

Mid Tier:

  • Vision
  • Midnighter
  • Cyborg
  • Mass Effect Characters

Upper Tiers:

  • Thanos
  • Black Adam
  • Doctor Strange
  • Doctor Fate
  • Magneto
  • Sentry

Well that's that. Like I said lmk if something interests you! Maybe not at the moment but in the near future I'll be ready to do a new match. Best to you all!

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