I'm not gonna deny it. I liked doing that Alphabet Adventure post from last time. It challenged me as well as I hoped it challenged you to think outside the box of a top 10 or top whatever, and focus on one thing that is a constant all around; the alphabet. Well, at least in my case the English alphabet. I liked it so much (call me a glutton for punishment) that I decided to bring it back to another List O' whatever post. This time; the most badass cartoon characters of all time (of course this is solely my opinion, but that's what you get when browsing into my blog.) There's no time period restrictions or genre limitations in this list, just as long as they were animated. No CGI phonies allowed here. I want to see moving pictures of the cartoonish kind here. So whether you're for kids or adults, serious or comedic, action or slapstick, it'll be on this list.
Just and FYI, I went a little link crazy trying to find links to support my decision on these choices. Realistically just found the first good link that was represented each selected character that I could find off of Google.
So let me just shut up and get this list started...
Aang (Avatar, The Last Airbender) : The most creative protagonist in recent cartoons. If you're not a fan of the series, after the first few episodes will get you hooked. He carries the show from beginning to the epic, and I mean EPIC finale.
Batman (Batman, The Animated Series) : The best cartoon in the 90's showcasing the most epic detective ever... Need I say more...
Charlie Brown : He's the everyman, no doubt about it. The epitome of Murphy's Law and yet because of his setbacks, he is well loved for the pure determination of the one lone chance of not failing... I love ya Chuck, but you're a smuck...
Devestator (Transformers, Generation One) : A hodgepodge of transformers forming an ultimate distructive force, I felt like I found love again
Egon (The Real Ghostbusters) : I just love the movies and found that Harold Ramis' character was the most interesting of them all. Figured that was the first E I could come up with... (onset is sinking in fast that this might be a harder task than I thought these alphabet things.)
Fred Flintstone (The Flintstones) : An icon in his own right, Fred and company were ahead of their time spawning new ground to what is now common place for cartoons; prime time television. He was a mixture of cartoon slapstick and 60's era sitcom satire. The Simpsons and Family Guy aren't that pioneering of cartoons now that you think about it.
Gohan (Dragonball Z) : He is actually the epicenter of the entire series. He has the most power growth of them all and ideally, the series revolves around him, not Goku. Take a good long look at it all and it'll make sense. I'm sure of it.
He-Man (He-Man and The Masters of The Universe) : A protagonist that didn't need a story to be awesome. In fact, I don't think it had a story, just a standard plot format for each episode. Probably a good thing because if it did had an ongoing plot, that would've probably killed it. Thankfully, we got the Dolph Lundgren movie to blame for that.
Iroh (Avatar, The Last Airbender) : Until recently I did not know that he was voiced by Mako before he passed away, which that in itself is awesome. Plus the character is the wise sage of the series helping Zuko and giving consul for the heroes of the series.
Joker (Batman, The Animated Series) : Mark Hamill is insane, and this is just the perfect role for him. The hell with Star Wars, this was his calling.
Kenny McCormick (South Park) : The early seasons were awesome, even though I heard the later ones are awesome too, I just haven't seen them. Pretty much when they permakilled Kenny for like a season and then decided to not kill him after bringing him back, my interest faded from the series. Plus the movie was sick too...
Lex Luthor (Superman: The Animated Series) : This guy was the epitome of what a diabolical genius is supposed to be. Wealthy, smart, had a political grasp over Metropolis' day to day running of business and archetype as well as practically everyone there, this guy was seemingly untouchable. Unless you're the son of Krypton.
Megatron (Transformers, Generation One) :Another prime badguy, so cocky yet he could back it up most of the time. Plus I got to give him credit for putting up with such a whiny little snake that is Starscream.
Nelson Muntz (The Simpsons) : Trust me, I tried to think of someone for N but I couldn't, and I felt like the list was going 'ha ha' to me, so Nelson was the obvious choice.
Optimus Prime (Transformers, Generation One) : His voice alone presents leadership and respect from his comrades. And until this day, I still tear up a little bit seeing him die in the Transformers movie (which brings me to the following statement; Michael Bay, you can suck it!)
Patty Mayonnaise (Doug) : We all had jones'd on someone hard as Doug Funnie did for her in our youth at that age at one point or another. This is for that person that we all wanted but couldn't find the balls to approach them.
Q (You really think it's easy to try to find anyone with the letter Q, none the less remotely awesome?!? I dare ya to try.)
Ra's al Ghul (Batman, The Animated Series) : Who wouldn't be a little freaked out buy a guy who is practically immortal. He organized world wide crime syndicates and when he's near death, he just takes a dip in the Lazarus Pit and BAM, back in action to cause more hell.
Spawn (Todd McFarlane's Spawn) : Speaking of hell, he's all like been there, done that, got the t-shirt. A former Marine turned special ops merc (I supposed, it's complicated even if you'd read the comics.) gets killed, goes to hell, exchanges his soul for another chance to be with his wife, and has came back as a hellspawn to complete a demon's needs. And for a twist, he defies the demon and goes rouge. The only bad thing is that the series ended before it's time (a shame if you knew what happens in issue 100, one of my favorite comic book issues ever. But that's another list.)
Tick (The Tick) : It was so random, so bizarre, and yet, so brilliant. This guy had a few to many screws loose and that he somehow manages to get the bad guy at the end of every episode (with the obvious collateral damage caused in chasing the poor bastard) makes me want to go back and see the blue oaf over and over again.
Unicron (The Transformers: The Movie) : A transformer that transforms into its own planet and is voiced by one of the most notable voices of all time Orson Welles. Can't get much more epic than that. Once again I like to add on that Michael Bay can suck it, just for good measure.
Venom (Spiderman) : Probably the best rendition of the villain to the comic book source. They really tried to make it as close as the person inside filled with the rage to get even with Peter Parker as possible, even though it rarely followed the story arc. Character-wise, Venom gets my vote.
Wolverine (X-men) : He is hands down the best mutant out there. Period. It would be an injustice to talk about Wolverine without missing out a thing or two.
X (Hey, just be glad that this time I was only unable to find things for Q and X in this list. Be greatful why don't cha.)
Yakko Warner(Animaniacs) : Just one part of the trifecta of loony (the others obviously Wakko and Dot) Yakko makes it in that of all the others, he was easiest to find a letter for. But seriously, him and his siblings started the degeneration of cartoons and pushing the censors to the limits. And for that I salute you. Plus I still can't get the song about the countries of the world out of my head. United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama...
Zuko (Avatar, The Last Airbender) : The story of a tortured soul who is trying to find his destiny. In the end he finds his place in life helping whom he thought was the enemy and striking back those whom lead him to his dark path of destruction. Perfect way to end the list.
I hope once again that you appreciated this unique trip to cartoon awkwardness...
BootLeG sampler.. signing out...