Normal Characters

Characters who don't have any super powers, super weapons or special abilities of any kind. Instead they have to rely on their wits, skills, experience and whatever normal weapon or high tech gadget they have.

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  • Ogami Itto was a character of complex morals: He was tough, intelligent, independent, and a master swordsman. He was serious, straightforward, but polite.

    More than just a mere assassin for hire, he must first be paid in gold and convinced to except the job. He'll question and criticize it if the assassination is pointless.

    Ogami is not just an expert swordsmen, he's quite intelligent, and he can be pretty cunning at times. He's also a strategist, always having a trick up his sleeve to out think and out maneuver his opponent(s). He doesn't always answer questions or gives answers, just silence and a look or he won't even look at you.

    As far as I know, there have been two other versions, one from Frank Miller (hack) and another that I can't remember the name of, nor do I even want to. But they both lack substance or any kind of originality and are only for mindless action junkies.

    http://mangani.net/245627/lone-wolf-and-cub/chapter-65

  • The comic book illustrated version of the Last Of The Mohicans is horrible, but I don't want to use the main picture of the character.

    The Daniel Day-Lewis incarnation of Hawkeye was a taciturn man of action, he was tough, thoughtful, intelligent, independent, a skilled hunter and warrior. He could be serious, straightforward, polite, funny, sarcastic, and romantic.

    "Well, we kinda face to the north and real sudden-like turn left."

    --Nathaniel Poe (Hawkeye) to Maj. Heyward

    "Chingachgook, he warned me about people like you."

    "Oh he did?"

    "He said, "Do not try to understand them"

    "What?"

    "Yes and "do not try to make them understand you. That is because they are a breed apart and make no sense."

    --Nathaniel Poe (Hawkeye) and Cora Munro

    "My father's people say that at the birth of the sun and of his brother the moon, their mother died. So the sun gave to the earth her body, from which was to spring all life. And he drew forth from her breast the stars, and the stars he threw into the night sky to remind him of her soul. So there's the Cameron's monument. My folks' too, I guess."

    --Nathaniel Poe (Hawkeye) to Cora Munro.

    The book version of Hawkeye is a voluble, slightly cocky scout, who keeps banging on about being a man without a cross and is constantly at pains to point out that he is white. He was about as romantic as a block of stale cheese and then there's the part where he puts on a pathetic disguise, pretending to be a bear and everyone believes him to be one or Chingachgook being a beaver... and everyone buys it...

    Mark Twain was right about Cooper.

    http://twain.lib.virginia.edu/projects//ri­sse­tto­/of­fen­se.­htm­l

  • While Shiro is of course a Samurai, he had a somewhat stoic personality, while real Samurai did act like that, but Shiro's character didn't act like an emtionless expressionless robot 24/7.

  • A strong female character who didn't need every set of skills to be strong, she didn't need to be a Mary Sue. Yoshiko was a tough determine woman who never lost hope that her love, Shiro, would find her.

  • There's no character page for Simon Girty.

  • The cowboy of Spaghetti Westerns

  • Topps Comics and the Dynamite Entertainment comic book version of Tonto is far better than any of the TV series, The Lone Ranger comics from the 50s and of course those shitty films.

  • There have only been 4 versions of Casey Jones that I have ever liked.

    1.Mirage comics (early years)

    2.1987 Animated series

    3.1990 Film

    4.2011 Fan film

    These versions were tough kick ass vigilantes and not some weak pathetic wimp.

  • There have been only 3 versions of April O'Neil that I have ever liked.

    1.1987 Animated series

    2.1990 Film

    3.2011 Fan film

    None of these versions where turned into Mary Sues (Mirage comics, Archie comics, 2003 series, 2007 CGI film, 2012 series) who conveniently have every set of skills, abilities, powers, their connection to everyone, everything and the universe revolves around them or there just boring and do next to nothing (IDW comic).

  • Hamato Yoshi as Master Splinter makes more sense, it's better for the turtles to be trained by an actual Martial Arts master. Now TMNT is obviously not based on science fact, it's not grounded in reality, but somehow a pet rat learns martial arts simply by looking at Hamato Yoshi? The rat also somehow became an expert in life, philosophy, has leadership skills and has a Japanese accent...

  • The so-called inspiration for Batman... which actually isn't true.

    One of the best versions of the character comes from the 90s live action series. Actor Duncan Regehr possessed a truly unique combination of intelligence, athletic ability, grace, charm, class, discipline, and artistic skill to portray Zorro.

  • I guess you could say that she was almost like the Selina Kyle in the Zorro world.

  • Bruce Lee could not only fight well but he could also act.

  • From the 1st to the 22nd Phantom (1995 Marvel Comics version).

    The 22nd Phantom became somewhat famous or at least became more known when in 1995, Marvel Comics did a 1 to 3 miniseries, but I don't think it's canon.

    Son of the famous 21st Phantom, this one swore the oath in the 1970s or 80s. It has to be somewhere in that timeline because unlike the others, this Kit Walker made the suit out of body armor, has Inferred sights in his mask, small computer wrist bands, and twin Beretta handguns with scopes and laser sights... about time!

    It's said that he's regarded as the grimmest of the line, changing the Phantom costume to a much darker purple and fighting viciously and violently, although he never killed... but I don't see him being any more vicious and violent than the others. When you know how to fight, where to hit on the human body and if you want to put the person down, but not kill... well it's going hurt them, they'll bleed and you'll end up even breaking a few bones.

  • The 1982 animated film is still the best version of Flash Gordon put to screen.

    Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All (1982)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6YhSjRiVio

  • Literally a faceless villain. In the original comics he really is a man, although in the film, it was an interesting twist.

  • The 1960 film version by far, he's was pretty tough fighting those Morlocks.

    The Time Machine (1960) Morlock Fight

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Bp-BrXCOXQ

  • The film's version of the rocket pack is much better looking than the one from the comics where it looks like something from a cheap action figure. They need to make Cliff's character tougher, a better fighter, smarter, and someone with self-control, in other words his comics needs better writers.

    I never cared for how Dave Stevens wrote their characters or as a couple, Cilff always flips out the instant someone comes near Betty, because nearly every single guy is just a perverted ass who just wants to bang her. Betty is a hypocritical self-centered whore and it's not just Stevens who writes her this way, Mark Waid, Danny Bilson and Paul Demeo do so as well.

    I know relationships are not perfect, even in the fictional world, but Stevens doesn't make their relationship believable, interesting or endearing, I don't find myself rooting for them at all since it's nothing but conflict between them, it comes across as a cheap daytime TV soap opera. In The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures (2010), Betty just ups and leaves without telling him where she went, Cliff came to realize that he can't give her the kind of lifestyle that she wants and tells her to leave. Unlike her, he actually told that to her face, I was actually hoping that Betty would stay gone... but no, she shows up at then end... and even after all that, they don't grow or develop as characters or as a couple.

    It seemed as if Dave Stevens had no clue on how to write a relationship, women from the late 30s and early 40s or just women in general.

    However, Dear Betty (2011) by Kurt Busiek was able to make them into a loving and endearing couple in a short 8 page story.

  • The only time I ever liked Betty was in the short comic stories

    A Rocketeer Story (2011) by Ryan Sook

    Rocketeer Pin-Up (2011) by Mike Mignola

    Dear Betty (2011) by Kurt Busiek

    Autograph (2012) by Walter Simonson

    Coulda Been (2012) by David Lapham

    In those storylines Betty actually acted that she loved, missed and appreciated Cliff. I'm not asking her to be a perfect Mary Sue (we have enough of them in this day and age), but there are flawed characters... and then there are those who just think of themselves, they lie, their insincere and throw themselves at the nearest person just to get ahead in their careers... that's how Betty is written by Stevens, Waid, Bilson and Demeo.

  • A kind, sweet, innocent, curious child mouse who's quite brave... and a little foolish, but again he's only a kid that's 5 or 6 years old.

  • There isn't much to Ivanhoe's character from Walter Scott's novel and he's clearly a man of his time.

    The computer game version of him from Defender of the Crown 1 and 2 (not an actual sequel), the only thing that makes him different are his skills. But Ivanhoe is a pretty weak character having a rating of mostly Good or Average. It doesn't matter the rating of Jousting, it takes everyone time to learn it.

    "Wilfred of Ivanhoe, one of England's best in the tournaments."

    Leadership: Good

    Swordplay: Average

    Jousting: Excellent or Good

    "You have chosen wisely my lord, the brave Saxons will rally to my standard!"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af0vFi4sSzw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7LXq9vaVew