Striga Respect Thread

Striga

"Well, then Adda gave birth. And now listen, because this is where it all starts. Only a few saw what she bore, but one midwife jumped from the tower window to her death and the other lost her senses and remains dazed to this day. So I gather that the royal bastard - a girl - was not comely, and she died immediately." - Velerad, The Last Wish

Strigas are women turned into monsters through the use of a curse. The most famous striga is Adda the White of Temeria, the daughter of King Foltest cursed by Osrit. The curses of strigas can be lifted, which is how the White Wolf Geralt of Rivia first gained fame. They are sensitive to silver like most monsters, since it is magic that turns them into beasts.

Be warned that there is some mature content in the spoiler blocks, so read at your own risk.

Appearance:

'The princess looks like a striga!' he yelled. 'Like the most strigish striga I have heard of! Her Royal Highness, the cursed royal bastard, is four cubits high, shaped like a barrel of beer, has a maw which stretches from ear to ear and is full of dagger-like teeth, has red eyes and a red mop of hair! Her paws, with claws like a wild cat's, hang down to the ground! I’m surprised we've yet to send her likeness to friendly courts! The princess, plague choke her, is already fourteen. Time to think of giving her hand to a prince in marriage!'

- The Witcher III, The Last Wish

"The description had been accurate. The disproportionately large head set on a short neck was surrounded by a tangled, curly halo of reddish hair. Her eyes shone in the darkness like an animal's."

- The Witcher VI, The Last Wish

"'Four-feet tall and a body like a barrel of beer. A mouth from ear to ear, filled with dagger-like teeth. Claws like a wildcat and red, irate eyes.'"

- Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

Reputation:

"'Right. Do you know what, Geralt? This,' Velerad slapped the proclamation, 'let it go. It's a serious matter. Many have tried and failed already. This, my friend, is not the same as roughing up a couple of scoundrels.'"

- The Witcher II, The Last Wish

"'But then Foltest stepped in again. Wisdom dictated that the royal bastard should have been burned or buried in the wilderness. Instead, on the orders of our gracious king, she was laid to rest in a sarcophagus in the vaults beneath the palace.'

'It's too late for your wisdom now.' Geralt raised his head. 'One of the Knowing Ones should have been sent for.'

'You mean those charlatans with stars on their hats? Of course. About ten of them came running later, when it became known what lay in the sarcophagus. And what scrambled out of it at night. Thought it didn't start manifesting straight away. Oh, no. For seven years after the funeral there was peace. Then one night - it was a full moon - there were screams in the palace, shouting and commotion! I don't have to tell you, this is your trade and you've read the proclamation. The infant had grown in the coffin - and how! - grown to have incredible teeth! In a word, she became a striga.'

'Pity you didn't see the corpses, as I did. Had you, you'd have taken a great detour to avoid Wyzim.'"

- The Witcher II, The Last Wish

Teeth/Claws:

The World of The Witcher
The World of The Witcher

Official artwork depicts a striga biting/clawing a hole in steel plate armour.

"'...Unfortunately one, a jester with a pointed hat and a bald pate, a hunch-backed hermit, argued it was magic: the spell could be undone and the striga would turn into Foltest's little daughter, as pretty as a picture. Someone simply had to stay in the crypt throughout the night, and that would be that. After which - can you imagine such a fool? - he went to the palace for a night. Little of him was left in the morning, only, I believe, his hat and stick...'"

- The Witcher II, The Last Wish

Devours a man completely.

"'The fanged princess spread his entrails over a considerable distance.'"

- The Witcher II, The Last Wish

Teeth and fangs are sharp enough to scatter entrails over a large distance.

"'Does she always devour her victims?'

Velerad spat vehemently on the straw.

'Come on, Geralt, it'll be supper soon. Pish! Devours, takes a bite, leaves aside, it varies—according to her mood, no doubt. She only bit the head from one, gutted a couple, and a few more she picked clean to the bone, sucked them dry, you could say. Damned mother's—!'"

- The Witcher III, The Last Wish

Can bite heads from people and eat flesh to the bone.

"The following day, late in the evening, the miller was brought to the small chamber above the guardhouse allocated to the witcher. He was led in by a soldier in a hooded coat.

The conversation did not yield any significant results. The miller was terrified; he mumbled and stammered, and his scars told the witcher more than he did. The striga could open her jaws impressively wide and had extremely sharp teeth, including very long upper fangs—four of them, two on each side. Her claws were sharper than a wildcat's, but less curved. And it was only because of that the miller had managed to tear himself away."

- The Witcher IV, The Last Wish

Teeth and claw description.

"He reached for her hand, which was buried in her tangled hair. Before he took it he saw her open eyes. Too late.

She swiped him across the neck with her talons, cutting him deeply. Blood splashed onto her face. She howled, striking him in the eyes with her other hand. He fell on her, grabbing her by the wrists, nailing her to the floor. She gnashed her teeth—which were now too short—in front of his face. He butted her in the face with his forehead and pinned her down harder. She had lost her former strength; she could only writhe beneath him, howling, spitting out blood—his blood—which was pouring over her mouth. His blood was draining away quickly. There was no time. The witcher cursed and bit her hard on the neck, just below the ear. He dug his teeth in and clenched them until her inhuman howling became a thin, despairing scream and then a choking sob—the cry of a hurt fourteen-year-old girl.

He let her go when she stopped moving, got to his knees, tore a piece of canvas from his sleeve pocket and pressed it to his neck. He felt for his sword, held the blade to the unconscious girl's throat, and leaned over her hand. The nails were dirty, broken, bloodied but…normal. Completely normal.

The witcher got up with difficulty. The sticky-wet grayness of early morning was flooding in through the crypt's entrance. He made a move toward the stairs but staggered and sat down heavily on the floor. Blood was pouring through the drenched canvas onto his hands, running down his sleeve. He unfastened his tunic, slit his shirt, tore and ripped rags from it and tied them around his neck, knowing that he didn't have much time, that he would soon faint…

He succeeded. And fainted."

- The Witcher VII, The Last Wish

"He saw the whitened walls and beamed ceiling of the small chamber above the guardroom. He moved his head, grimacing with pain, and moaned. His neck was bandaged, thickly, thoroughly, professionally.

'Lie still, witcher,' said Velerad. 'Lie, do not move.'

'My…sword…'

'Yes, yes. Of course, what is most important is your witcher's silver sword. It's here, don't worry. Both the sword and your little trunk. And the three thousand orens. Yes, yes, don't utter a word. It is I who am an old fool and you the wise witcher. Foltest has been repeating it over and over for the last two days.'

'Two—'

'Oh yes, two. She slit your neck open quite thoroughly. One could see everything you have inside there. You lost a great deal of blood. Fortunately we hurried to the palace straight after the third crowing of the cock. Nobody slept in Wyzim that night. It was impossible; you made a terrible noise. Does my talking tire you?'

'The prin…cess?'

'The princess is like a princess. Thin. And somewhat dull-witted. She weeps incessantly and wets her bed. But Foltest says this will change. I don't think it'll change for the worse, do you, Geralt?'

The witcher closed his eyes.

'Good. I take my leave now. Rest.' Velerad got up. 'Geralt? Before I go, tell me: why did you try to bite her to death? Eh? Geralt?'

The witcher was asleep."

- The Witcher VIII, The Last Wish

"She sat on the edge of the bed and skillfully unwound the linen bandages wrapped thickly around the witcher's neck. He grimaced in pain.

As soon as he had arrived in Ellander, Nenneke had removed the painfully thick stitches of shoemaker's twine with which they had stitched him in Wyzim, opened the wound and dressed it again. The results were clear: he had arrived at the temple almost cured, if perhaps a little stiff. Now he was sick again, and in pain. But he didn't protest. He'd known the priestess for years and knew how great was her knowledge of healing, how rich and comprehensive her pharmacy was. A course of treatment at Melitele's temple could do nothing but good.

Nenneke felt the wound, washed it and began to curse. He already knew this routine by heart. She had started on the very first day, and had never failed to moan when she saw the marks left by the princess of Wyzim's talons.

'It's terrible! To let yourself be slashed like this by an ordinary striga. Muscles, tendons—she only just missed your carotid artery! Great Melitele! Geralt, what's happening to you? How did she get so close to you? What did you want with her? To mount her?'

He didn't answer, and smiled faintly.

'Don't grin like an idiot.' The priestess rose and took a bag of dressings from the chest of drawers. Despite her weight and low stature, she moved swiftly and gracefully. 'There's nothing funny about it. You're losing your reflexes, Geralt.'

'You're exaggerating.'

'I’m not exaggerating at all.' Nenneke spread a greenish mush smelling sharply of eucalyptus over the wound. 'You shouldn't have allowed yourself to get wounded, but you did, and very seriously at that. Fatally even. And even with your exceptional powers of regeneration it'll be months before your neck is fully mobile again. I warn you, don't test your strength by fighting an agile opponent during that time.'"

- The Voice of Reason 2 I, The Last Wish

After the curse was lifted and Adda is turning back into a human, she slices Geralt's throat with her claws which causes him to pass out. Most of Geralt's throat was exposed and everything inside was visible. It was described as a fatal wound which Geralt only survived because of his healing factor, and even with it Geralt needs months for it to be fully healed.

Combat:

"'...I don't suppose I have to say that the striga, in the meantime, was getting her teeth into all sorts of people every now and again and paying no attention to the fraudsters and their spells. Or that Foltest was no longer living in the palace. No one lived there anymore.'"

- The Witcher II, The Last Wish

"'...His promised reward, the three thousand, has attracted any number of cranks, stray knights, even a shepard known better throughout the whole region as a cretin, may he rest in peace. But the striga is still doing well. Every now and again she gets her teeth in someone. And at least those heroes trying to reverse the spell have a use - the beast stuffs herself on the spot and doesn't roam beyond her palace. Foltest has a new palace, of course, quite a fine one.'

'In seven years,' Geralt raised his head, 'in seven years, no one has settled the matter?'"

- The Witcher II, The Last Wish

The Witcher: Curse of Crows #2
The Witcher: Curse of Crows #2

Foltest had to evacuate his palace and have another one built because nobody could subdue the striga.

"'...And witchers, castellan? Have they tried?'

'There were a few. But when they heard the spell was to be lifted and the striga wasn't to be killed they mostly shrugged and left. That's one of the reasons why my esteem for witchers has grown, Geralt. And one came along, younger than you - I forget his name, if he gave it at all. He tried.'

'And?'

'The fanged princess spread his entrails over a considerable distance.'

Geralt nodded. 'That was all of them?'

'There was one other.'

Velerad remained silent for a while, and the witcher didn't urge him on.

'Yes,' the castellan said finally. 'There was one more. At first, when Foltest threatened him with the noose if he killed or harmed the striga, he laughed and started packing his belongings. But then'—Velerad leaned across the table, lowered his voice to almost a whisper—'then he undertook the task. You see, Geralt, there are some wise men in Wyzim, in high positions, who've had enough of this whole affair. Rumor has it these men persuaded the witcher, in secret, not to fuss around with spells but to batter the striga to death and tell the king the spell had failed, that his dear daughter had been killed in self-defense—an accident at work. The king, of course, would be furious and refuse to pay an oren in reward. But that would be an end to it. The witty witcher replied we could chase strigas ourselves for nothing. Well, what could we do? We collected money, bargained…but nothing came of it.'

Geralt raised his eyebrows.

'Nothing,' repeated Velerad. 'The witcher didn't want to try that first night. He trudged around, lay in wait, wandered about the neighborhood. Finally, they say, he saw the striga in action, as she does not clamber from her crypt just to stretch her legs. He saw her and scarpered that night. Without a word.'"

- The Witcher II, The Last Wish

Kills a witcher, and another witcher who had accepted the contract fled after seeing the striga in action.

"'Geralt, do not spoil my impression of witchers! This has been going on for more than seven years! The striga is finishing off up to fifty people a year, fewer now people are avoiding the palace...'"

The Witcher II, The Last Wish

Kills fifty people a year.

"'No. This isn't an easy task. The king is offering three, and sometimes it's easier to lift a spell than to kill. But one of my predecessors would have done so, or killed the striga, if this were simple. You think they let themselves be devoured out of fear of the king?'"

- The Witcher II, The Last Wish

Geralt claims that the witchers killed by the striga would have been trying to kill it despite the king's orders.

'So I heard. Do you know what, Geralt? I’m going to the crypt with you.'

'Out of the question.'

Foltest turned, his eyes glinted. 'Do you know, sorcerer, that I have not seen her? Neither after she was born, nor later. I was afraid. I may never see her, am I not right? At least I have the right to see my daughter while you're murdering her.'

'I repeat, it's out of the question. It is certain death. For me as well as you. If my attention, my will falters—No, your Majesty.'"

- The Witcher IV, The Last Wish

Geralt thinks that faltering even for a moment during the fight is enough to ensure death.

"'The striga appeared by the tower! I was sent to get a witcher. Already five soldiers have breathed their last! Help us!'"

- Viziman guard, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

Kills five armed guards.

The Witcher: Curse of Crows #2
The Witcher: Curse of Crows #2

Kills a group of Knights of the Flaming Rose.

Physicals:

"'The description, although vivid, is reasonably accurate, and that's what you wanted, isn't it, witcher? Velerad didn't mention that the princess moves with incredible speed and is far stronger for her height and build than one would expect. And she is fourteen years old, if that is of any importance.'"

- The Witcher III, The Last Wish

Very fast and strong.

"The slab blocking the entrance to the crypt opened and fell to the floor with a thud. Geralt, prudently behind the staircase balustrade, saw the mishappen figure of the striga speeding swiftly and and unerringly in the direction of Ostrit's receding footsteps. Not the slightest sound issued from the striga.

A terrible, quivering, frenzied scream tore the night, shook the old walls, continued rising and falling, vibrating. The witcher couldn't make out exactly how far away it was—his sharpened hearing deceived him—but he knew that the striga had caught up with Ostrit quickly. Too quickly."

- The Witcher VI, The Last Wish

Striga can sprint silently and Geralt describes it as moving "too quickly."

"The moment the striga tensed and leapt the chain whistled through the air and, coiling like a snake, twined itself around the monster's shoulders, neck and head. The striga's jump became a tumble, and she let out an ear-piercing whistle. She thrashed around on the floor, howling horribly with fury or from the burning pain inflicted by the despised metal. Geralt was content—if he wanted he could kill the striga without great difficulty. But the witcher did not draw his sword. Nothing in the striga's behavior had given him reason to think she might be an incurable case. Geralt moved to a safer distance and, without letting the writhing shape on the floor out of his sight, breathed deeply, focused himself.

The chain snapped. The silver links scattered like rain in all directions, ringing against the stone. The striga, blind with fury, tumbled to the attack, roaring. Geralt waited calmly and, with his raised right hand, traced the Sign of Aard in front of him.

The striga fell back as if hit by a mallet but kept her feet, extended her talons, bared her fangs. Her hair stood on end and fluttered as if she were walking against a fierce wind. With difficulty, one rasping step at a time, she slowly advanced. But she did advance.

Geralt grew uneasy. He did not expect such a simple Sign to paralyze the striga entirely but neither did he expect the beast to overcome it so easily. He could not hold the Sign for long, it was too exhausting, and the striga had no more than ten steps to go. He lowered the Sign suddenly, and sprung aside. The striga, taken by surprise, flew forward, lost her balance, fell, slid along the floor and tumbled down the stairs into the crypt's entrance, yawning in the floor."

- The Witcher VI, The Last Wish

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Snaps silver chains securing her body, which dampens her powers and puts her in pain, and then resists the Aard Sign and pushes back against it despite it showing its power in that specific instance.

"To gain time Geralt jumped on to the stairs leading to the gallery. He had not even climbed halfway up when the striga ran out of the crypt, speeding along like an enormous black spider. The witcher waited until she had run up the stairs after him, then leapt over the balustrade. The striga turned on the stairs, sprang and flew at him in an amazing ten-meter leap. She did not let herself be deceived by his pirouettes this time; twice her talons left their mark on the Rivian's leather tunic. But another desperately hard blow from the silver spiked gauntlet threw the striga aside, shook her. Geralt, feeling fury building inside him, swayed, bent backward and, with a mighty kick, knocked the beast off her legs."

- The Witcher VI, The Last Wish

After being kicked down into her crypt, the striga has already ran outside of it before Geralt can climb stairs. Afterwards, she leaps ten metres.

"The conjurer struggled with the striga for hours."

- Disenchanting a Striga, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

The striga fights Geralt for hours on end, with neither tiring.

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Drags a man across the ground into her crypt on all fours.

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Tanks getting beaten around by Geralt of Rivia with strikes hard enough to knock her off her feet.

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Fine after being launched into a wooden staircase hard enough to break it.

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Easily climbs up a castle wall.

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Gets up right after being punched off a castle wall by Geralt, and then gets up again after being kicked in the face hard enough to cause a blood spatter which covers the screen.

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Leaps through roofs head-first without sustaining any damage.

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The Witcher: Curse of Crows #1/2

Strigas are generally much better than werewolves in every category, including strength and speed.

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The Witcher: Curse of Crows #2

Tosses a witcher at a brick wall hard enough to damage it and rips another witcher's arm off.

The Witcher: Curse of Crows #2
The Witcher: Curse of Crows #2

Ragdolls rooms full of people at once.

The Witcher: Curse of Crows #3
The Witcher: Curse of Crows #3

Geralt describes its physical attributes and says it was one of the hardest contracts he's ever taken. Though it should be noted that his aim was to lift the curse rather than to kill the beast.

Miscellaneous:

"The roar she gave was louder than all the previous ones. Even the plaster crumbled from the ceiling."

- The Witcher VI, The Last Wish

Screams loud enough to crumble plaster off of the ceiling.

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Ozymandias Respect Thread

Adrian Alexander Veidt, Ozymandias

"What, in life, does not deserve celebrating?"

Born to German immigrants in 1939, Adrian Alexander Veidt was found to be gifted at a young age. His unusually high test scores raised suspicion and for the next few years he purposely achieved only average grades. After the death of his wealthy parents, he gave away his inheritance to charity in order to prove that people with nothing can build themselves up. He followed Alexander of Macedonia's warpath, following in his idol's footsteps, and ultimately discovered that all Alexander really did was resurrect the age of Egyptian Pharaohs. Adrian returned to America as the costumed Vigilante "Ozymandias" and retired two years before the Keene act was put in place. Labelled "The World's Smartest Man" and the head of a multi-billion dollar company, Adrian realised the threat of nuclear war and decided that he could save the world.

I am planning to make Respect Threads for most major Watchmen characters at some point. Be warned that for this Respect Thread and others, there will be Doctor Manhattan nudity. Tell me if there is anything I've missed.

General:

"I met a traveller from an antique land..."

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Has a daily workout routine with Bubastis.

Watchmen #10
Watchmen #10

Adrian Veidt's self-improvement guide.

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Watchmen #11

Interview with Adrian Veidt. The scans with feats, anyway.

Equipment:

"...Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone..."

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1

Costume, gauntlets, headband and weapons.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Ozy's headband can ricochet.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3

Has a hidden stiletto under his gauntlet which can be thrown.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #4
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #4

Has twin stilettos under his gauntlets.

Strength:

"...Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand..."

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1

Shatters a boy's kneecap with a kick so that he never walks again, pushing the bone through his skin at the age of ten.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1

Punches downwards through several bricks and balances his entire body on one finger.

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1

Breaks through a load of wooden planks covering an open space with his body.

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Without moving his body or showing any strain, bends a man's arm back to the point of breaking before launching him a few metres off-panel with an open-palm shove.

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Watchmen #1

Breaks a chain fastening a door by kicking it down, which leads the police to say it was either two assailants or "one guy on serious drugs". He lifts up Eddie and throws him out the window through "strong glass". The type of glass and Eddie's weight lead the police to believe that there were two attackers.

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Watchmen #5

Brutalises an assassin by hitting him with a pole and slamming him into a Pharaoh figure.

Watchmen #12
Watchmen #12

One-shots Silk Spectre.

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Kicks open a locked wooden door.

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Casually catches The Comedian's wall-busting punches and then slams him through a glass table. He then tosses him across the room. Eddie weighs 225lbs.

"67 years old. 6'2", a solid 225. Guy was built like a linebacker."

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Breaks The Comedian's wrist.

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Slams The Comedian through a counter and then lifts him overhead and tosses him out the plate glass window.

"That's plate glass. You'd have to step on the gas just to put a crack in it."

"Had to have been thrown."

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Hits Roy Chess off his feet with a pole found near him.

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Kicks Rorschach into a wall hard enough to make him ricochet off it and go a few metres.

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Easily manhandles Nite Owl, a man of remarkable strength wearing gear.

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Tosses Rorschach across the room by his foot after swinging him round.

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Kicks Nite Owl away from him, causing him to spin in the air.

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One-shots Silk Spectre with a lying down kick.

Doomsday Clock #3
Doomsday Clock #3

Severs a rope with a palm slice.

Speed:

"...Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown..."

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Grabs a gun and moves it away from him after the shooter tightens his finger on the trigger.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Runs across a warehouse with thugs on the ground and a shooter on the rafters. Because of his speed, people shoot where he was and swing where he had already been, unable to hit him.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

A police officer comments that nobody could possibly move that fast as Ozymandias escapes an attempted arrest.

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3

Crosses a fair distance to The Comedian when Eddie is "momentarily blinded".

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Watchmen #5

After an assassin shoots his assistant, Ozy deflects a shot aimed at him.

Watchmen #12
Watchmen #12

Tells Nite Owl before he performs the feat that he's capable of catching a bullet.

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Watchmen #12

Catches a bullet when taken off guard.

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Twists his body to avoid being hit by a mug thrown by The Comedian and when Eddie pulls up his gun, Adrian has already crossed the room and appeared next to him.

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Dodges a knife thrown by The Comedian, and then catches a cleaver.

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Avoids gunfire from Roy Chess, a professional assassin, and closes the distance between them to engage in melee.

"Veidt's behind everything. Why? What's his endgame? I cannot imagine a more dangerous opponent. Used to joke he was fast enough to catch a bullet. He could kill us both alone in the snow."

He's been saying he's fast enough to catch a bullet for a long time, so it's a sure thing when he does it.

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Catches a bullet fired at close range.

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Avoids being grabbed by Doctor Manhattan.

Doomsday Clock #2
Doomsday Clock #2

Ducks a bullet from The Comedian after being shot by surprise, but is still skimmed by the bullet.

Doomsday Clock #3
Doomsday Clock #3

Dodges multiple bullets from The Comedian by tilting his head out the way, when in the same scan Eddie proves himself a good enough marksman to ricochet bullets.

Endurance:

"...And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command..."

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Perfectly fine after leaping on the hood of a car hard enough to damage it.

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Watchmen #12

Doesn't seem to feel pain after he bleeds from a bullet.

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Doesn't change his facial expression as he pulls a bullet out of his hand.

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Tanks being pushed into televisions hard enough to break them and then takes eight punches and two headbutts to the face from Nite Owl. Ozy is unharmed by the fifth, bruised by the sixth and blood is drawn with the eight.

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Dan has some ridiculous striking power.

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Doomsday Clock #2/3

Is in good condition after being grazed by two bullets.

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Doomsday Clock #3

Tanks being hit hard enough by The Comedian to knock him off his feet and into plate glass without any clear damage, when the windows were capable of withstanding gunshots even when damaged.

Agility:

"...Tell that its sculptor well those passions read..."

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1

Stays balanced in the air whilst only supporting himself with one finger.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Makes his way through a warehouse filled with attackers, leaping over them, using acrobatic maneuvers and jumping up onto lights and then rafters.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Keeps his balance as he jumps on the hood of a moving car in order to stop it.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3

Balances perfectly on three balls with one finger as The Comedian shoots each one.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #6
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #6

Scales a skyscraper using his fingertips.

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Watchmen #7

Performs acrobatics on television.

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Leaps well over a diving Rorschach, who is 5'6".

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Jumps across a massive room.

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Doomsday Clock #3

Jumps out a skyscraper window and uses his agility to get to a ledge before leaping to a platform across the street.

Doomsday Clock #3
Doomsday Clock #3

After being shot twice, falls from a large building onto a car hard enough to break it and survives.

Skill:

"...Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things..."

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1

At the age of ten, graduates a Kung Fu dojo with honours faster than any student has been able to do so before, and easily beats up a bully much older and larger than himself.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1

Takes down four Turkish thugs using weapons and says that, "in moments, they all lay broken and bloodied" at his feet.

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Stomps a knife wielder "with all the skill of a long-time professional."

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Takes down a warehouse full of armed thugs.

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3

Is equal to a prime Comedian, and loses on purpose.

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #4

Takes down the Flying Tiger gang.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #5
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #5
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Before Watchmen: Doctor Manhattan #4

Stomps a group of museum robbers, with both Doctor Manhattan and himself agreeing it was easy and that the outcome was in no question.

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Watchmen #1

Comedian's Death Scene | Watchmen (2009) | 4K ULTRA HD - YouTube

Doomsday Clock #2
Doomsday Clock #2

Stomps an old Comedian, though Ozy had studied his moves.

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Watchmen #11

Ozymandias vs Nite Owl II and Rorschach HD - YouTube

Stomps Rorschach and Nite Owl at the same time.

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After being shot and ambushed, gets the better of a prepared Comedian before Eddie uses the environment to gain the upper hand.

Combat Knowledge:

"...The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed..."

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

When confronted with a shooter, he ejects the ammo clip as well as the bullet in the chamber, and then disassembles the gun. When the attacker pulls out a knife, Adrian is able to identify which artery the blade is angled at.

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3

Throws a stiletto down the barrel of The Comedian's gun so that it blinds him when he fires it, allowing Ozy to close the distance. Trying to end the fight quickly, he applies pressure to the carotid artery.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3

Identifies a strike The Comedian attempts to use on him which would have been fatal and blocks it, and then tries the same move on Eddie.

Stealth:

"...And on the pedestal these words appear..."

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Hides from a gang behind a boarded up area, and then ambushes them.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Sneaks up on an informant, and then disappears silently.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #4
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #4

Easily breaks into the Oval Office.

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Silently crosses the room and surprises The Comedian when he isn't where he thought he was.

Doomsday Clock #2
Doomsday Clock #2

Breaks into Lex Luthor's office in his LexCorp building undetected.

Perception:

"...'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings..."

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1

Says that he "could literally smell" people sneaking up behind him. However this could just be because they're smelly.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Fights effectively with a cloud of cocaine obscuring his vision.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Notices The Comedian behind him and reacts before he is shot at.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3

Notices The Comedian almost imperceptibly tighten his trigger finger.

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Watchmen #10

Is able to take in all the information of countless monitors. He does this in all of his major appearances.

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Watchmen #11
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Detects a stealth attack from Rorschach and reacts accordingly.

"I've known Jon long enough to see he isn't devoid of emotion. His subtle facial twitches wouldn't be noticed by the layman, but to me, he might as well have been sobbing."

Notices Doctor Manhattan's emotion.

Accuracy:

"...Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'..."

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Performs a quadruple ricochet with his headband.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Disarms The Comedian with a bin lid across a fair distance.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3

Sends a stiletto "with unerring accuracy" into the barrel of The Comedian's gun after he tightens his trigger finger.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #5
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #5

Throws a stiletto dead centre into a paint can.

Watchmen #11
Watchmen #11

Hits Nite Owl in the nose with a pot lid.

Tactics:

"...Nothing beside remains: round the decay..."

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Uses a nearby bin lid to deflect The Comedian's gunfire, and then uses it as a projectile to disarm him. This disables Eddie's gun.

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3

When The Comedian is on top of him, Adrian bites off the end of his cigar and spits it back into his face as he breaks free.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #4
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #4

Deals with the Flying Tigers' gliders by slicing them with his stilettos.

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Throws a stiletto into a paint can in order to temporarily blind the boy threatening him, by having the paint spray into his eyes.

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Watchmen #5

Uses a piece of Egyptian decor to deflect a bullet when caught as Adrian Veidt, and then brutalises the assassin with the environment.

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Watchmen #11

Pins Rorschach to a table by sticking a fork into his coat, and deflects Nite Owl's laser with a pot lid before throwing it at him.

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Watchmen #11

Uses a drink mat to stop the fork Rorschach tries to impale him with, and then pulls around Walter's mask in order to obscure his vision.

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Uses a pole thing he finds as a weapon.

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As Nite Owl tries to laser him, Adrian throws a chair which blocks the laser and knocks Dan to the ground.

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Breaks Nite Owl's laser to stop it being a factor.

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Turns off a building's lights and has a rocket fly past the building he's in as a distraction.

Miscellaneous:

"...Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare..."

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

He can make his perception of time slow to a crawl and then stop, whilst he surveys the area and calculates all possibilities, eliminating coincidence from the equation. When up against thugs, he describes being "seven steps ahead of them" and can ricochet his headband with perfect accuracy. As he kicks somebody off the rafters, he angles their fall perfectly so that they land on a pile of cocaine beneath. Because of his training, he can effectively fight without breathing which he uses to his advantage by having cocaine block breathing in his area.

Fights:

"...The lone and level sands stretch far away."

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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3

Vs. The Comedian 1

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Watchmen #1

Comedian's Death Scene | Watchmen (2009) | 4K ULTRA HD - YouTube

Doomsday Clock #2
Doomsday Clock #2

Vs. The Comedian 2

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Watchmen #11

Ozymandias vs Nite Owl II and Rorschach HD - YouTube

Vs. Nite Owl & Rorschach

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Doomsday Clock #3

Vs. The Comedian 3

My Respect Threads

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My fan-cast for The Witcher Netflix series

Now that a Netflix series for The Witcher series of games, novels and comics has been announced, I can't help but get excited. Almost no details have been announced as of yet, but I thought I'd share with you guys my dream castings for some of my favourite characters in one of my favourite franchises. I hope you enjoy!

Geralt of Rivia - Hugh Jackman

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Zoltan Chivay - Peter Dinklage

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Yennefer of Vengerberg - Kristen Stewart

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Dandelion - Idris Elba

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Triss Merigold - Scarlett Johansson

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Vilgefortz of Roggeveen - Kevin Spacey

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Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon - Aramis Knight

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Letho of Gulet - Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

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Milva - Orlando Bloom

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Leo Bonhart - Ian McKellen

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Gaunter O'Dimm - Shia LaBeouf

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Geralt of Rivia vs Letho of Gulet: A Fight Analysis

Geralt of Rivia or Letho of Gulet: Who had the upper hand?

"It's a pity we're on opposite sides."

This is something I've been interested in doing for awhile. I've gone over it a bit in other threads, but I don't think I've ever done a full analysis on their two fights and who had the advantages where. Here I'll be going over their fighting styles and just giving details on who I think was better. Remember that their two fights happened in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, so this will be comparing how they were there, before Geralt had his mutations enhanced further in Blood & Wine. If you disagree with anything I've said, please let me know. Just bear in mind that this is just my personal opinion so there are bound to be some disagreements. Spoiler alert.

First Fight:

Combat

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The two match in speed and skill, both performing advanced techniques such as pirouettes and avoiding the other's blows.

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The two clash their swords more than briefly while they exchange words, with neither giving any ground. Notice how Letho is the one who instigated the clash with Geralt in a defensive position, showing that Letho is the more aggressive fighter and Geralt likes to stand his ground and keep a strong defense. Their occupations play a role here. Geralt is a witcher, somebody who spends almost all of his time fighting monsters who outclass him physically, and as a result he takes a more skill-based and defensive approach to battle, because that's how he wins against the opponents he usually faces. He uses a broad/longsword against almost all his opponents, and that includes Letho here because they are effective against physically superior opponents. Letho quit being a witcher long ago, and turned to the life of an assassin. As an assassin the opponents he faces are humans or humanoids, people who he can blitz without difficulty as is made clear throughout the game. Even Elves, who are naturally more dexterous than humans, can't hope to keep up with him. This makes him use a much more aggressive fighting style because the people he fights are often much worse physically than him, so he doesn't need to defend and take care the way Geralt does. Fight scenes with Geralt are the only times in this game that Letho uses anything other than daggers. This is because daggers are effective for finishing fights you know you will win quickly, whereas actual swords are better for battles up in the air, where there is actually a battle to be had, rather than just a slaughter. Geralt carries a dagger with him always as well, but unlike Letho he only uses it on certain occasions rather than as the standard. Every time he uses it is to blitz people, when he doesn't want to get into a full fight. This supports Letho's use of them for blitzing. Of course Geralt is the only opponent we see Letho fight who he can't blitz, so he uses a weapon good for actual fights: a greatsword. Notice how he wields this weapon just as fast and effectively as Geralt does his smaller and lighter sword, and during the fighting gameplay he'll sometimes use it one-handed for quick attacks. With him pushing the advantage using a much bigger sword, it seems clear that Letho is the stronger of the two, but Geralt isn't far off. In conclusion, Letho is much more aggressive than Geralt and Geralt is much more defensive than Letho. Another thing worth mentioning to do with their occupation is that the only sword Letho has is is steel greatsword, rather than the steel and silver traditionally expected of a witcher. This probably means he no longer runs into monsters to fight, and sees no need for a weapon that kills them. Geralt having more equipment on him could be what them even in speed, when Letho's sword is heavier. He wants to be as fast as possible, so it makes sense he'd travel light. Letho was formerly a witcher though, so he undoubtedly knows how to fight and beat things with better physicals than himself.

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Letho's strength pushes Geralt to retreat, and they both fall down a conveniently placed hole in the ground that moves them to a better fighting location. Thanks, Elves! They both recover from the fall pretty quickly. Geralt landed on his back into water, and Letho sees what happened and turns his nosedive into a flip, allowing him to land on his feet. They are ready to fight after this.

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Geralt tries to switch things up and takes the offensive, which Letho immediately exploits. He shows blatant physical superiority by ducking Geralt's sword swing, before pinning him under the water with one hand and then using that single hand to throw Geralt a few metres into a wall with enough force for Geralt to keep travelling onwards even after breaking through it. Letho is casually holding his greatsword in the other hand while this happens. Letho catches Geralt off guard and then pins him in the water in order to daze him so that he doesn't resist the throw, so Letho isn't straight-up overpowering Geralt. Still, this shows that taking the offensive against Letho is the wrong move because of his better physicals and almost equal skill.

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Geralt looks dazed after the throw, and Letho jumps down to the same level with a smile on his face, and the two prepare to reengage in battle.

Quotes

Throughout most of The Witcher 2 Geralt had amnesia, which included his first fight against Letho. During the fight, Letho makes some comments on Geralt's skill. Remember that Letho knew Geralt before he lost his memory, so he should be a reliable source on Geralt's combat prowess. Remember that Letho - contrary to his appearance - is one of the smartest, most deceptive and cunning people in the series, so everything he says in both fights could just be a taunt and have no actual meaning. Some of his quotes contradict, so take them as you will.

I see you still know how to fight.

He says this at the end of the first fighting cutscene. It implies that losing his memory hasn't affected Geralt's skill, which is backed up in the first game by Geralt going into combat straight after losing all of his memories. If I remember correctly, there was a line of dialogue about it not making much of a difference as well. This could show that the first fight cutscene was Letho testing Geralt to see how good he was

You fight well, but you were better once.

Said during the fighting. Implies that Geralt's skill is still great, though he isn't at his peak. This is said in response to Geralt's line, "You should have surrendered when you had the chance." With this timing of the line, Letho could be acknowledging that Geralt at peak strength is a better fighter than him but he can beat him as he is here. It's possible that he was just saying this to throw Geralt off though, because Geralt retorts, "The muscles remember." Of course Geralt doesn't know how good he was previously, so he isn't completely reliable. It could be said that Letho subtly acknowledges what Geralt says to be true though when he responds, "One thing the Wild Hunt couldn't take from you!"

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After the gameplay segment, Geralt and Letho switch styles. This time Geralt is making much more movement and pushing his advantage with pirouettes to make him harder to pin down, and Letho is conserving energy and fighting more defensive, trying to tag Geralt who is pushing him into a corner which would limit his maneuverability. It's possible that because of Letho's fighting style, the shorter a fight is the more of a chance he has of winning. The longer it draws out the lesser his chances. That's why defensive styles are the best type to use against him. People who exploit physicals will often lose against him if their physicals don't match up, which he knows and takes advantage of. If a fighter slips up early on against Letho, it's practically over for them. People who can defend themselves until he tires out have the best chance, but Letho is still matching Geralt's sword and avoiding being hit despite having slowed down.

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This time it's Geralt who pushes the brief clash, and Letho drops his sword. It's ambiguous whether Letho was disarmed or purposely dropped it. If the former, it shows Geralt to be the more skilled fighter of the two, but the latter could show Letho realising victory isn't certain is sword combat and backing out in order to catch Geralt off guard with a Sign.

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The two witchers clash Signs, with Letho's Aard overpowering Geralt's, ending the fight. Witcher Signs are a result of the Trial of the Grasses, and Geralt got extra mutations compared to other witchers. This could make you wonder why Letho's Signs are more powerful, and the size of Letho's arms are important here. I've done some research into it, and it isn't naturally possible to have muscle growth like that. What's likely is that Letho had a unique reaction to witcher mutations, increasing his physicals more than would usually happen for witchers which balances out with Geralt's extra mutations, and gives him more powerful Signs. That's why other witchers aren't really presented at the level these two are. Letho lets Geralt live after defeating him as payment for Geralt saving his life before, so he was holding back to a degree in this fight. Similarly, Geralt wanted to clear his name of the murder of King Foltest so he was most likely doing the same.

Second Fight:

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Just before their second fight though, Geralt recovers his memories completely and Letho still seems confident that he can beat him. (Rewind a bit.) This could connote that Geralt's amnesia had no effect on his combat ability, because he is sure that fighting Geralt with his memory will play out the same way as the time they fought when Geralt had amnesia. He then makes comments about Geralt throughout the fight. Remember that they are fighting to the death this time.

I'm better. I can tell already.

Could be acknowledging that Geralt has improved because of his regained memories, but not by enough to win.

You tire quickly.

Probably just used to taunt Geralt into attacking him and making him lose his cool. Lots of his comments can actually be viewed this way. The last fight had Letho wearing himself out, so this could bear some relevance to that.

I don't want to kill you.

Before the fight Letho seems genuinely confident that he'll win, but still says that Geralt can walk away anyway because they're now even. When Geralt chooses to fight rather than walk away, Letho repeatedly taunts him and acts confident. This line plays when Letho is on half health, so it could show that he's worried that he'll get beaten.

You're nowhere near my level.

Probably just another taunt.

I've had enough of this dance. Goodbye, Geralt!

Letho is angry when he says this. Could indicate that up until this point Letho wasn't taking the fight seriously and he is now determined to finish Geralt off. Doesn't seem to be worried, so he probably has faith in his ability to win if he fights seriously. He can see his defeat at this point and realises he has to keep complete focus and not taunt in order to win.

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Geralt is much more fluid and maneuverable than Letho because of their difference in size, and Geralt makes much more movement once again. Even though Geralt looks faster here, they are both able to block swords and dodge blows, and they don't seem to be any different in raw skill. Notice in this part as well as others that Geralt has an exaggerated dance-like fighting style, as opposed to Letho's minimalist movements to conserve energy. Letho most likely fights like this to end battles quickly which supports his primary use of daggers, and Geralt fights the way he does to throw opponents off guard and to make him harder to predict. Geralt is from the School of the Wolf and Letho is from the School of the Viper as their medallions show, so the fighting styles could just be a school difference like with weapons and armour.

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Geralt narrowly avoids Letho's blade. This is the first time in the fight anyone is shown to be in real danger, and it's Letho with the advantage.

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Letho lands the first hit, a slice across the gut, as the two are close together. Letho gets past Geralt's guard when no sword hits had landed in this fight or the one before.

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Geralt slides under Letho's arms when they run at each other. After that, Geralt unambiguously disarms Letho with a spin attack, which knocks his opponent off balance and allows him to kill him in the same move. Geralt is adapting to their previous fight, by knocking Letho off balance as he disarms and finishing it quickly so that Letho can't overpower Geralt with Signs again like he did when deprived of his sword in their last fight. The blow is fatal, leaving Geralt as the victor and Letho dead.

Portrayal:

What's worth noting is that they are portrayed as almost dead-equals throughout the game, and no matter how much we analyse it the developers only expect people to take the fights at face value. For other things that show they are similar, Letho outruns Geralt chasing after him near the beginning of the game, and there are certain bits where Letho stands in for Geralt. At one point in Loc Muinne you get a choice to either save Triss Merigold on your own or save Anaïs La Valette with Vernon Roche. If you pick the latter option, it is later revealed that Letho broke into a Nilfgaardian war camp, killing all the soldiers inside and saving Triss in Geralt's place with no real difference between the two. In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Letho is an optional ally in the battle of Kaer Morhen. If he is recruited there is a bit where he rams a Wild Hunt warrior into the ground in order to help out Lambert who is being pinned down, and if he is not recruited, Geralt does exactly the same thing in exactly the same way. The character models are just swapped.

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Underrated Game of Thrones Characters

Game of Thrones has so many great characters in it, major and minor, and I wanted to give recognition to some of the characters with smaller roles. I feel they often get overlooked, so here are some nontraditional names. I may update this list and expand, giving reasons for my picks. Let me know if you agree with the characters I've named. This list is in no particular order.

  1. Jorah Mormont
  2. Ser Bronn of the Blackwater
  3. Podrick Payne
  4. Davos Seaworth
  5. Samwell Tarley
  6. Theon Greyjoy
  7. Robert Baratheon
  8. Tormund Giantsbane
  9. Osha
  10. Yara Greyjoy
  11. Olenna Tyrell
  12. Littlefinger
  13. Melisandre
  14. Varys
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CaVs I'd like to do

I'll have some free time soon, so I'm going to make a list of the CaVs I'd like to partake in so that people interested can take me up on it. This wouldn't be now, I still have another CaV to finish, but this way I can jump into one without having to find an opponent first. Tell me if you're interested in one of the matches and I'll reserve you. This will be updated, and characters I'll be representing will be bolded. Tell me if there are any CaVs you'd like me to partake in, because I'm probably forgetting some.

Geralt of Rivia vs Captain America

Green Arrow vs Captain America

John Matrix vs Nathan Drake - Reserved

Green Arrow vs Big Boss

Green Arrow vs Hawkeye (616/Ultimate)

Geralt of Rivia vs Talion

Green Arrow vs Red Hood

Nolan Batman vs Ezio Auditore

Nolan Batman vs Sam Fisher

Green Arrow vs Sam Fisher

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Green Arrow (Post-Crisis) Respect Thread

Oliver Jonas Queen, the Green Arrow

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"You ask hard questions. I thought about it. Perhaps if the courts were more concerned with justice than 'law' there would be no need for men like me. Look around and see a young woman murdered by a man on work release from prison... Or a three-time rapist let out after only a year in jail... And I have to ask myself: where's the justice? I don't envy you your job. You have to deal with the law and the law is very clear. But when you're forced to watch some psychopath turned loose on the streets because of a technicality, don't you ever ask yourself... Where's the justice? I'll admit, I started doing this for fun. But that was a long time ago when things were a lot simpler. Now we've got kids on the street who kill for pocket change. When some scumbag beats an eighty year old woman for her social security check... And the court can't touch him because he's a juvenile who's back on the street in sixty days, a lot of people want to know... Where's the justice? For people like that... The answer is people like me."

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After being shipwrecked on an uncharted island after being thrown overboard of his yacht, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen had to hunt to survive. Forced to rely on his survival instincts, Oliver picked up his bow and discovered his natural talent as a hunter. After taking down pirates on the island he was on and getting rescued he returned home to Star City as the vigilante Green Arrow.

I have compiled this Respect Thread for Post-Crisis Oliver Queen after reading through all of his appearances between 1985-2011. (Though this isn't complete yet.) I've included pretty much every major feat during this time-frame and as a result there may be some inconsistencies in ability or feats you consider outliers. I want to state now that there are some feats here that I personally see as above Oliver's consistent level, but I'm providing all of them so that people can decide Ollie's standard for themselves. If there's anything I've left out, or anything I can improve, please let me know. I always appreciate feedback. I've done the scans as links, so click on them for feats. It'd be much more work for me to embed with the three-scan rule, unfortunately.

Natas Training

Equipment: Arrows

Conventional Arrows:

Fire Extinguisher Arrows:

Restraint Arrows:

Grappling Arrows:

Cryonic Arrows:

Smoke Arrows:

Zipline Arrows:

Electrical Arrows:

Explosive Arrows:

Blunt Arrows:

Flashbang Arrows:

Gas Arrows:

Incendiary Arrows:

Grenade Arrows:

Glue Arrows:

Net Arrows:

Boxing Glove Arrows:

Technology Arrows:

Rope Arrows:

Sonic Arrows:

Other Arrows:

Features:

Equipment: Bow/Miscellaneous

Bow:

Quiver:

Combat-Based:

Flechettes:

Other Equipment:

Marksmanship

Long Distance Shooting:

Bodypart/Clothing Targeting:

Small Targets:

Moving Targets:

Pinpoint Accuracy:

Shooting Things Out Of Peoples' Hands:

Multiple Arrows:

Ricochets:

Barrel/Trigger Shots:

Bowless:

Mixed:

Miscellaneous:

Strength

General Strength:

Striking:

Maneuverability

Reflexes:

Gunfire Evasion:

General Speed:

Fast Shooting:

Agility:

Endurance

Blunt Force:

Grapples:

Explosions:

Pain Tolerance:

Recovery:

Miscellaneous:

Melee

Stealth/Senses

Stealth:

Senses:

Mentality

Survival/Tracking:

Deduction:

Trapping:

Medical Knowledge:

Tactics:

Resourcefulness:

Craftsmanship:

Willpower:

Environmental Abuse:

Miscellaneous:

Fights

My Respect Threads

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Top 10 Arrow Characters

Top 10 Arrow Characters

Here is a definitive list of the top ten characters in the CW's Arrow television show. They are ranked on personality, character development and enjoyability in general. Possible spoiler warning, but there shouldn't be anything too major.

10. John Diggle

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This character isn't that good, but I needed to fill up the list somehow. He adds an interesting dynamic I guess, but he has too much screentime and takes away from the focus of the show. Not a bad character by any means, but not particularly interesting. He could be better.

9. Liza Warner

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A former police officer, who is clearly morally conflicted. It is heart-wrenching to see the battle between good and evil going on inside of her, as she straddles the line between the path of a police officer and the path of a criminal. We clearly see her motivations and why she decided to go rogue, which makes her very relatable.

8. Joanna de la Vega

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A great supporting character, who it was sad to see go. One of Laurel's best friends, she always made the lawyer scenes in the first season highly enjoyable and developed the plot lines. She even had some of her own, like with Firefly.

7. Baron Reiter

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A darhk and intimidating villain, relating to the main (But worse) villain of the season, Damien Darhk. He was chronologically the first magic user to appear in the show, and the best too. He felt much more threatening than Damien Darhk and he was facing a worse Oliver Queen, which drastically upped the stakes. At many times during the season 4 flashbacks, I feared for Oliver's life.

6. Rob Scott

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The bodyguard Oliver should have stuck with. He may not have had much screentime, but he had amazing development for the short time he was in the show. The guy has five years S.W.A.T. experience and would have made a valuable ally. I really hope he returns in the future, so that we can get more of his backstory.

5. Curtis Holt

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The best vigilante on the new team. He is a very down to earth guy, with marriage difficulties because of his superheroing. It makes him a very complex character with deep motivations, who has an amazing sense of humour despite all the bad things happening around him. We really feel for him as a character and want things to get better.

4. Constantine Drakon

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Arguably the best and most fleshed out villain in the Arrowverse. He is an expert fighter and the first real threat we see Oliver face. He isn't all brawn though, as he commands other security guards as part of his job as the head of security. He is a match for our hero in both brains and brawn, and really pushes him to the limit.

3. Donna Smoak

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A quirky and hilarious character, I cannot stop laughing whenever this masterpiece of a character is on-screen. When she's in the show, we see things from the perspective of an outsider who does not fight crime and who is not as smart as the others. She isn't particularly smart, but that makes her very down-to-earth and makes us feel more attached to her character. She has lots of character development and is much more than she appears on the surface, proving herself time and time again to be an amazing mother.

2. Marc Guggenheim

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Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Marc Guggenheim had to bring Arrow to greatness from the mediocrity that was seasons 1 and 2. He did this by adding some much-needed relationship drama and deepened the characters with this. Uncle Guggie made Arrow arguably the best show on television.

1. Olicity

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What else did you expect? Is there really anything else that could take this space as the best character in Arrow? Now you may think I'm cheating, but you can't have Oliver Queen without Felicity Smoak. It just can't happen. They come as a pair and cannot be separated. This is arguably the greatest ship in all of fiction, and will bring us glorious Olicity babies. I've recently been writing some Olicity fan-fiction to make the wait for future Olicity scenes more bearable.

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Spider-Man (MCU) Respect Thread

Peter Benjamin Parker, Spider-Man

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"When you can do the things that I can, but you don't, and then the bad things happen, they happen because of you."

Bio:

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Spider-Man has only appeared in one movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though he has feats from guidebooks and tie-in comics. I haven't included feats from Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers because we're lacking context on some feats,.

Strength:

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Catches a 3000lbs car, moving at 40 miles per hour.

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Smashes through an airport terminal's window and kicks Falcon off his feet with one leg.

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Easily catches Bucky Barnes' metal arm.

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Throws a barrier into an airport kiosk from across the room, hard enough to break it.

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Kicks Bucky and Falcon through a metal railing, breaking it.

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Sends Captain America flying with a kick to the face.

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Supports a collapsing walkway tunnel to an airplane.

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Hurts Giant Man with a punch, who is confirmed to have his durability exponentially enhanced in that form and can take hits from superhumans without harm.

Speed/Agility:

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Catches a tube of webbing thrown by Tony Stark without looking.

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Dodges a rocket fired by Falcon.

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Jumps across debris launched by Scarlet Witch.

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Avoids repeated hits from Giant Man.

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Avoids gunfire from Falcon.

Senses:

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Easily sees through goggles which Tony Stark can't, and says that his senses were "Dialed to eleven".

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Confirmed to have Spidey-Sense, which alerted him that a piece of debris was going to be thrown in his direction.

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Alerted by his Spider-Sense that a barrier is about to be thrown at him and then dodges it.

Webbing:

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Can climb up walls.

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Tony Stark says that the "Tensile strength is off the charts" for Peter's webbing.

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Webs a guy off his feet as he swings past.

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Webs Tony Stark's hand to a door.

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Webs Captain America's shield out his hand, and webs Steve's hands tightly enough that he's unable to break out.

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Disables Falcon's wings.

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Immobilizes Falcon, as well as Bucky's metal arm.

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Gets past Captain America's guard by going for the legs, before pulling him in close.

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Restrains an out of control War Machine in flight.

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Takes down Giant Man by webbing his legs.

Durability:

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Gets up almost immediately after a hit to the face from Captain America's shield.

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After being kicked into a plane support leg hard enough to dent it by Captain America, Peter gets up to hold the falling terminal.

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Unharmed after being slammed into a truck hard enough to tip it over, whilst latching onto War Machine.

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Takes a backhand from Giant Man hard enough to break crates with his body, and is only rendered unconscious for a short amount of time with no lasting damage.

Intelligence:

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Identifies the material that Falcon's wings are made out of, and the benefits of that material.

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Creates high-quality webbing.

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Brick Respect Thread

Daniel Brickwell, Brick

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After Star City was invaded by demons, killing lots of the population and leaving a power vacuum, mob enforcer Danny Brickwell stepped up and took power, eventually becoming the biggest crime boss in the city. A metahuman with enhanced strength and durability, Brick has been both an ally and enemy to the Green Arrow.

Strength:

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Green Arrow #40

Rips off a man's arm during a handshake.

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Green Arrow #40

Pushes two gang members' heads into a wall, hard enough to fracture the wall and kill them.

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Green Arrow #42

Breaks a man's hand by squeezing it.

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Green Arrow #45

Breaks one of Oliver Queen's arrows with one hand, and then pushes him up against a concrete column with his palm hard enough to leave cracks in it. He then backhands Ollie off his feet.

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Green Arrow #60

Smashes a man's head into the ground with a rock.

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Green Arrow #60

A gang all jumping on him and trying to pull him down at once doesn't budge him.

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Green Arrow #63

Sends people flying with a shockwave as he lands on the ground, and pushes a zombie's head through a brick wall.

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Green Arrow #64

Tosses about a mob of zombies.

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Green Arrow #64

Tears down an apartment wall, and easily lifts a hatch that Green Arrow can't move on his own.

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Green Arrow #70

Grabs Red Hood's head and swings him around, blocking his view and making him unable to breathe.

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Green Arrow #70

After throwing Red Hood, Brick punches through the bricks in the wall and stamps into the ground, breaking it.

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Green Arrow #71

Punches a hole in the road and flips a car. As Batman tries to climb a building-side ladder, Brick bends it.

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Green Arrow #71

Almost crushes Batman's armoured neck with one hand.

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Green Arrow #73

Chokes a man as he holds him up with one hand, before tossing him aside.

Durability:

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Green Arrow #40/43

Has his subordinates blow up a building he's in with members of a rival gang, and is unharmed from the explosion that killed everybody else. A surface-to-air missile was used.

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Green Arrow #45

Barely affected by Oliver Queen's arrows, which can penetrate metal.

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Green Arrow #45

Lets Green Arrow punch and kick him multiple times to no effect, just to prove a point.

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Green Arrow #60

Stands unharmed as five gang members empty their clips on him.

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Green Arrow #63

A guy hits Brick with a baseball bat which ends up breaking the bat, and multiple automatic sub-machine gun rounds to the face do nothing but anger Brick.

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Green Arrow #64

Tanks one of Oliver Queen's impact grenades.

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Green Arrow #70

Tanks one of Red Hood's explosives and gets shot in the face by him repeatedly.

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Green Arrow #71

Tanks being blown a massive distance into a wall by Batman's equipment.

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Green Arrow #71

Tanks being set ablaze by one of Batman's gadgets. He claims it hurts him, though he smiles and shows no signs of pain.

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Green Arrow #74

Is only affected by the Canary Cry in a minor way and it doesn't stop him, though it's still a hindrance.

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Green Arrow #63/74

Tanks a fall so high that his landing creates a shockwave capable of knocking people off of their feet, and jumps out a skyscraper without any negative repercussions.

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Green Arrow/Black Canary #18

Says that a load of seemingly high-caliber bullets tickle.

Speed/Agility:

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Green Arrow #70/71

Puts his hand over Red Hood's head before he can react, which leads to a comment about Brick being much faster than a guy his size should be. Later in this arc, Jason regularly arrow-times. In the second scan, Brick catches up to Batman who has a large head start and he leaps around on his way.

Fights:

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Green Arrow #45

Vs. Green Arrow. Brick is winning at first, but loses when Ollie uses trick arrows.

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Green Arrow #65

Casually beats a gang full of fighters with weapons. The comic implies he does this regularly. We see that a hit from a crowbar does nothing to him.

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Green Arrow #71

Vs. Batman. Indecisive, because Brick was distracting Batman as part of Red Hood's plan to capture Mia Dearden.

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