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Monday, August 19, 2013

Top 36 Heroes - Part 3

It's part 3 of my long list of my top 36 heroes. Well, I might as well start with a vampire... no, not that Cullen boy.

24. Angel
Well, if I have to throw one vampire on here, it’s going to be the tortured one with the soul. Sorry, Blade.  Angel, aka Angelus, is from the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. As Angelus, he was a simple vampire who did some bad, bad things in his time. When Gypsies restored his soul, he gained a conscience and over time decided to atone for his past sins by becoming a champion for the innocent and changing his name to Angel.

He’s willing to risk everything in order to save innocents. Just watch the series finale to Angel for that. There’s also his constant battle with his own dark sides. Most of all, he’s well acted by David Boreanaz. He’s just a cool character in general. The character may be why I stopped watching Buffy after he left. It just didn't feel the same.

23. Teal’C from Stargate: SG-1
Teal’C was my favorite from the team. Yes, I even liked him over “MacGyver.” I think most of has to do with the fact that he was a bad mofo! He was the main muscle of the group. On Stargate: SG-1, Teal’C was a Jaffa who joined O’Neill’s crew to fight the Goa’uld. He was also the one who had the most to fight for since he wanted to free his people from the Goa’uld’s influence. He was trustworthy and somewhat wise at times. I especially loved his interactions with O’Neill and Daniel.  Overall, Teal’C was the alien warrior Earth needed to win. I do wonder one thing: what the heck was up with that blonde goatee from Season 4?

22. Vash the Stampede from Trigun
As I said before, I’m not big on anime but there are some shows that are pretty awesome. Trigun is one of them. The reason for that is because of the main character: Vash the Stampede. Vash is a gunslinger who has a high, high bounty on head. While it seems like he’s the baddest of the bad, we learn he’s actually a pretty decent guy with some major issues. I think one of the things I like about the character is his personality. While he may look like an easy-going, funny goofball at times, there’s a lot more to him than that. He’s also a pacifist, an awesome marksman, not entirely human, and is voiced by John Yong Bosch, the second Black Ranger.  

21. Dick Grayson aka Robin aka Nightwing aka Batman
Now… this is a cheat since you know Batman is going to be on this list somewhere. Still, I think Richard Grayson’s been around long enough to stand apart from the Dark Knight. As you well know, Dick Grayson was Batman’s sidekick for many years. It wasn’t until he left Batman’s side that he got interesting. Dick eventually got rid of the red and yellow and traded it in for something blue with a cool collar (yeah, I like that costume!).  I like Dick because he’s a lot like Batman but he doesn’t have all of the brooding darkness around him. He's kind of a cheerful guy but he's not that cheerful. He led the Teen Titans, he has a thing for redheads, and he may be the only guy who could be Batman after Bruce.

20. Gandalf from Lord of the Rings
There aren’t many men who can say “You Shall Not Pass!!!” and back that up with something. Gandalf is a wizard from Middle Earth and he’s essentially leading the Ring bearer to Mordor. He doesn’t really succeed at that because he “dies,” but he does come back and kick loads of butt. He also does what he can in trying to keep Middle Earth from falling under Sauron’s control. So, what makes Gandalf a cool hero? He’s willing to risk his life in order to protect his friends, he’s usually the one who has the answer, and he’s got eagles on speed dial. Most of all, he’s played by Sir Ian McKellan.

19. Harry Callahan
Of all of the characters Clint Eastwood has played in his long acting career, “Dirty Harry” is the best of them. He’s a San Francisco detective who takes no crap from criminals. He’s a bit rebellious and is not a big fan of authority. He’s a guy who just wants to get the job done. I think he’s actually the first anti-hero, a hero who doesn’t have many of those heroic qualities. Some heroes like the Punisher, Wolverine, and the Bride from Kill Bill fit that bill. I’ve seen three of the five “Dirty Harry” movies. My favorite, of course, is the first movie. All in all, Harry is a guy I really don’t want to tick off.

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Well, that's all for today. I'm out, ya'll!

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