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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 weapon or equipment they have.

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  • Not only was he a very wise man, but a genius inventor.

    Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 08 "Travels in Space and Time" (25:32)


    Leonardo da Vinci: Greatest Quotes


  • Archimedes was, arguably, the world's greatest scientist, the only person who ever came close to him was Albert Einstein.

    Ancient Computer NOVA HD


    There's no proof that Archimedes made the Antikythera, but it's possible.

  • PLATO - Incredible Life Changing Quotes [Stoicism] Part 1




  • Carl Sagan's Cosmos: 3. The Harmony of the Worlds


    "Somnium - The Dream" (first sci-fi novel) by Johannes Kepler





  • He's been dead since 322 B.C, but many of his words still ring true.

    Aristotle: LIFE CHANGING Quotes (Ancient Greek Philosophy)


    But like everyone else, he was still a flawed person.

    The Great Library at Alexandria by Carl Sagan (10:30)


  • 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.

  • The comic book illustrated version of the Last Of The Mohicans is horrible, the first cover is crap and the page here uses the one the from the League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen... also, nearly all the images of the character that people uploaded all got deleted for whatever bullshit reason they can think of...

    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"


    "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.


  • 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 but Wilderness is the most accurate written account of his life.

  • A great example of a reluctant but likeable hero, one of very few protagonist who does everything right in a horror movie situation, or at least as much as he can and he's portaged as very human. He's the not the big tough 80s action star, he doesn't have super strength, he's not super buff or has unlimited stamina, he's not saying one tough catchphrase after the other and he doesn't have all the answers.

    "I don't know how. 'Cause it's different than us, see? 'Cause it's from outer space. What do you want from me? Ask him!"

    "I'm gonna hide this tape when I'm finished. If none of us make it, at least there'll be some kind of record. The storm's been hitting us hard now for 48 hours. We still have nothing to go on. One other thing: I think it rips through your clothes when it takes you over. Windows found some shredded long johns, but the nametag was missing. They could be anybody's. Nobody... nobody trusts anybody now, and we're all very tired. Nothing else I can do, just wait... R.J. MacReady, helicopter pilot, US outpost number 31."


    Near the end, MacReady has accepted his fate, he knows that the only way to beat the Thing and to stop it from reaching the rest of the world is to sacrifice himself. He and the others that are left knows what's at stake, it's not panic, their not in tears crying or still trying to find a way to stay alive.

    "Whether we make it or not, we can't let that Thing freeze again. Maybe we'll just warm things up a little around here. We're not gettin' outta here alive. But neither is that Thing."


  • 10 reasons Jim Cameron's ALIENS is the best feminism movie ever made

    1. Leads men by positive example.

    2. Believable attributes.

    3. Acknowledges the importance of masculinity.

    4. Doesn't play the victim.

    5. Looks natural.

    6. Dresses practically.

    7. Embraces motherhood.

    8. Appreciates a decent man.

    9. Doesn't lecture endlessly about moral superiority.

    10. Fights corruption and danger NOT MEN.


  • Killing off Newt and Hicks in Alien 3 was one of thy dumbest things they could have done. They terated them as if they were just nothing more than background characters dispite all the character development they went through in Aliens.

    Instead we're given a bunch of dumb prisoners who are rapist... I was actually routing for the Alien to kill them... even David Fincher, the director, hated it and when the director of the movie itself wants nothing more to do with it... that pretty much says it all.

  • Described as an Australian Jimmy Stewart because of how nice and easy going he is, Dundee is a character we need more of now than ever these days in films, TV, books, comics, video games and so on. I like tough anti-heroes as much as the nest person, but there are too many of them who are just straight up assholes.

  • The cowboy of Spaghetti Westerns.

  • This could have been a great comic, a Punisher type character during the late Wild West... but it's a typical Chuck Dixon half-ass storytelling with sloppy artwork.

  • 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.


    But let's not forget others such as

    Douglas Fairbanks - The Mark of Zorro (1920)


    Tyrone Power - The Mark of Zorro (1940)


    Henry Darrow - The New Adventures of Zorro (1981 animated series)


    Antonio Banderas: The Mask of Zorro (1998)

  • 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 that way at all. 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)


  • 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


  • The number #1 detective of the classic film Noir genre, the only actor I cared for in the role was Humphrey Bogart, Elliott Gould was alright (Nina van Pallandt was hot), Robert Mitchum and Powers Boothe weren't bad, but everyone else was a joke. Sadly, he's one of those character's who got the black-wash treatment in the 90s. Philip Marlowe is a middle age white straight male American set in the 1940s... that shouldn't be hard to do, but Noir is something Hollywood can't do anymore, or anything else for that matter.

  • 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 a lot 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 (what a shock), 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 the end because... reasons... and even after all that, they don't grow or develop as characters or as a couple at all...

    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 their 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!"