The Vampire Diaries Universe: 5 Strongest Friendships (& 5 Weakest)

The Vampire Diaries and its two spin-offs, The Originals and Legacies, have brought us interesting storylines, captivating characters, and epic romances. In addition, each show focused on family unity, complexity, and redemption.

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Everything is amplified with these supernatural and human beings: their loves, hates, hurts, and friendships. While there could be a long list of the friendships present in The Vampire Diaries Universe,  we narrowed it down to the top 5 strongest and the top 5 weakest.

10 Strongest: Stefan and Lexi

We begin the list on an exceptionally strong note with The Vampire Diaries’ Stefan and Lexi. These two consider each other best friends and have known each other for decades. Stefan, a brooding character, lightens up with Lexi around.

In Season 1, Lexi is back in town for Stefan’s birthday. With Lexi, Stefan smiles more, even entertains dancing around. They reminisce about a time when they met Bon Jovi. Stefan asks Lexi if Bon Jovi would remember them, and Lexi quips back, “We’ll make him remember us.” Apart from having a good time together, Lexi calls Stefan out. When she meets Elena and sees that she looks exactly like Stefan’s former love, Katherine, she confronts him, “Are you out of your freaking mind.” When Stefan dies, Lexi is waiting for him on the other side. There is no better friend than that.

9 Weakest: Elijah and Marcel

In The Originals, Marcel always seemed part of the family, but still apart from the original family of vampires. Klaus considered Marcel a son. For Rebekah, he was the most epic love of her life. Elijah, seemingly the most civil of his family, also loved Marcel.

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However, when a prophecy suggested that Marcel was going to kill Elijah’s original family or at least mark the downfall, Elijah had no problem in killing Marcel. This shows that Elijah never really considered Marcel a part of the family. Luckily for us, Marcel came back. Their friendship did not.

8 Strongest: Elena and Bonnie

At one point when Katherine (Elena’s doppelganger) had taken over Elena’s body, she asked Matt to tell her which friend Elena liked best–Bonnie or Caroline. Matt tells her that Elena liked both equally.

However, we would disagree. Elena has the stronger bond with Bonnie. She confides in Bonnie in ways that she wouldn’t confide in Caroline. Bonnie sacrifices a lot for Elena again and again. Their friendship may have changed a little throughout The Vampire Diaries, but these two are like those childhood friends that are almost family. No matter what, they will always care for each other.

7 Weakest: Alaric and Dorien

Although both characters are in the other shows, mainly The Vampire Diaries, their friendship can be more easily seen in Legacies.  Alaric serves as the headmaster of the school, and Dorien is the librarian. They are united in their desire to help the supernatural young students.

Both men respect each other, and Alaric frequently depends on Dorien, taking stock in Dorien’s knowledge. However, in the end, due to both liking the same woman, they are no longer friends. For a friendship to be so easily broken, it would have to be a weak friendship to begin with. While they both care about the school, Dorien no longer respects or cares much for Alaric.

6 Strongest: Davina and Josh

Davina and Josh meet in Season 1 of The Originals. Davina, living alone in a church attic to protect her from other witches, develops a friend in Josh. She performs magic to help Josh get Klaus out of his mind (Klaus compelled Josh to do what he wanted). They bond while she helps him, and it takes time to remove Klaus from his mind.

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Their friendship continues throughout the series. Josh is probably one of the only vampires (besides Marcel) that Davina really trusts. In Season 3, when she decides to “die” in order to get some witch information from Kol (her witch/vampire dead boyfriend), she chooses Josh to be her lifeline. As he holds her hand, she tells him, “Whatever happens, don’t let go. You’re my link to the living.” That loyalty, trust, and love equals a very strong friendship.

5 Weakest: Stefan and Klaus

As much as we may grow to love Klaus in The Originals, he is very much the villain in The Vampire Diaries. We find out that Klaus and Stefan had been friends during the 1920s when he had his humanity turned off and was a Ripper. Apparently, Klaus misses his old pal, and he forces Stefan to be a Ripper again.

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Friends are supposed to bring out the best in us, but Klaus encourages the worst in Stefan. He makes it seem that the only Stefan that Klaus really enjoys is the worst Stefan. Once Stefan is his better self, Klaus doesn’t find him that interesting.

4 Strongest: Landon and Rafael

Although we don’t know the full details of their history, it is clear that these two are tight. They regard each other as brothers. At first, Rafael (a werewolf) says that he won’t stay at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted without Landon. Then Landon convinces Rafael to stay.

Later when people are against Landon, Rafael stands up for him and leaves the school to be with his brother. These two are tight, which is why the potential love triangle with Hope is especially dangerous. We hope that these two friends retain their close friendship in Season 2.

3 Weakest: Hayley and Tyler

Back in The Vampire Diaries, Hayley worked to help Tyler break the Klaus-hybrid sire bond. They were helping other werewolf-vampire hybrids do the same. Then Hayley makes a deal with Klaus. In exchange for information about her heritage, twelve hybrids are sacrificed. While Hayley did save Tyler from being one of those twelve, her betrayal showed that she wasn’t a good friend.

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Later, in The Originals, Tyler kidnaps a very pregnant Hayley and jabs a syringe in her pregnant belly to gather blood from her hybrid baby in order to make a hybrid army against Klaus. Regardless to say, Tyler and Hayley may have been good friends to other characters in these two shows, but they weren’t good friends to each other.

2 Strongest: Bonnie and Damon

While we are willing to call this a tie with Caroline and Stefan, Bonnie and Damon squeak ahead, partly due to their story. These two didn’t start out as friends, and it is fair to say that Bonnie hated Damon. When they are stuck in the prisoner world together, they bond out of necessity. Damon gets back to the real world before Bonnie does. When she does return, she goes immediately to find Damon. Their reunion is joyous with Bonnie giving Damon a flying hug.

At the end of the 6th season, Bonnie’s life was linked to Elena’s by a spell, meaning that while Bonnie was alive, Elena was in a sleep state. While many thought that Damon would just kill Bonnie to get Elena back, Damon didn’t. You could say that it was because he knew that Elena would be unhappy with him when she woke up, but really it was because Bonnie had become his best friend.

1 Weakest: Enzo and Damon

Damon’s friendship with Enzo was when he was at his worst. In a flashback, we see that they met in a science lab where both vampires were being experimented upon in The Vampire Diaries. They worked together to think of an escape plan. When Damon gets out, he leaves Enzo, and Enzo remains experimented upon for years.

While Enzo still gives Damon another chance, we don’t know if we would be as forgiving. At that time of his life, Damon had been one horrible friend. It took many series and a beautiful friendship with Bonnie (and Alaric) to redeem Damon.

The Vampire Diaries Universe, the epic stories, and the complex friendships continues in its last spin-off, Legacies. We are excited to see what other strong and weak friendships will be in it as the show enters Season 2.

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2019-07-12 05:07:34

Heather Frankland

Naruto: Every Major Clan Ranked, From Weakest To Strongest

In the world of Naruto, every ninja has their own special way of doing things. However, oftentimes their skillset heavily relies on their clan. Though no two ninja are exactly the same, most all shinobi clans have certain skills, abilities, and preferences. Some are specific, others just happen to be their style. For example, the Uchiha clan is the only one with the Sharingan, but their love for fire and lightning abilities is hardly exclusive.

While all clans have some sort of talent, few rise above the others and become revered. Throughout Naruto, various clans feuded over different topics like land, power, and simple hatred. Specific groups, such as the Uzumaki and Senju, earn respect through generations of powerful ninja continuing on their bloodlines.

There can only be one best clan, though. This universe consists of countless strong ninja, but a few clans are in a different league. With all the powerful families around, clan strength is an important matter. Especially when the Shinobi are so prone to war.

Here is Every Major Clan Ranked, From Weakest To Strongest.

25 Iburi

One of the most unique clan abilities comes form the Iburi. This family can turn into smoke at a moment’s notice. However, there is a serious flaw: they don’t have completely control over it. Worse, if they randomly turn into smoke and the wind separates their body too much, they will lose their life. Going outside in any way is a serious danger for them.

Even though their power is distinct and they are a definitive clan, the conditions of their abilities makes them a danger to themselves. These poor people struggle to live a normal life. In one of Orochimaru’s more helpful moments, applying curse marks to each member let them regulate their power. However, they still rely on this to stay safe.

24 Lee

Throughout Naruto, the shinobi make it very clear that it’s nigh impossible to become an effective ninja without ninjutsu. Considering the Lee clan has none, it easily makes them one of the weakest family in Konoha. However, Rock Lee wasn’t deterred. With only taijutsu at his disposal, he wanted to become a shinobi at any cost. After all, he risked his life in surgery to continue his training.

With Rock Lee, the Lee clan’s power changed drastically. Between him and his son, there is honor and strength  in their blood. However, before them, their family hardly measures up. Furthermore, no matter their achievements, they still can’t perform ninjutsu. They still never could reach the power levels of ninja clans with such abilities.

23 Kagetsu

Once upon a time, the Kagetsu clan was a family of simple, happy herb farmers. However, they eventually became a wealthy, serious people. Money changed them quite a bit, souring all their moods and making their family dynamic tragically different. The patriarch of the family was so desperate to make his clan happier that he willingly faked his own end. He hoped it would put a smile of his grandchildren’s face. The fake-loss brought the family back together, making them all the stronger.

While they aren’t a ninja clan, their copious wealth still makes them a powerful and influential group in the world.

22 Wagarashi

For many years, the Wagarashi and Wasabi clans have been battling for control over the Land of Tea. While the Wasabi clan tries to keep things above books, the Wagarashi are willing to do anything to claim what’s rightfully theirs. Naruto and friends are put in serious danger because of their deals with Amegakure, an infamously merciless mercenary village.

This clan definitely has a lot of power and money, but so many sneaky dealings and under-handed plots have tainted them. Over time, they’ve become the bad guys in a turf war. A turf war that they have lost and may never win again.

21 Wasabi

In the Land of Tea, no shinobi village exists to bring order. Ergo, instead the main village is run by two warring familes, the Wasabi and Wagarashi clans. While neither is above paying for outside help, the Wasabi pay for protection while the Wagarashi pay for assassins. They both do more than just fair and equal combat, but the Wasabi are more honorable about it all.

For their people’s benefit, the clans decided to battle for power in a race, instead of causing undue bloodshed. Taking in orphans and wanting best for their people, the Wasabi clan is wealthy in money and leadership skills.

The Land of Tea is at its best under their rule.

20 Hoshigaki

Most of the time, clans in Naruto have signature looks, but nothing to do with their specializations. The Hoshigaki clan is not one of those. Every member of this family, in some way, has gills and shark-like features. Their most infamous member, Kisame, joined the Akatsuki and caused havoc across several lands. Not only did he have gills, but sharp teeth and fish skin. If fans didn’t know better, he’d easily pass for a bizarre Orochimaru experiment.

These people, some of Kirigakure’s more violent members, love battle and competition. Even generations later, when Kirigakure is more peaceful, Shizuma Hoshigaki tries to cause more combat and trouble in the now-peaceful village.

19 Fuma

Across all of the Land of Fire, the Fuma clan is a revered and masterful group of ninja. Other shinobi know this clan for their warrior nature and their signature, giant Fuma Shuriken that they wear on their backs. Though initially this giant shuriken used to be unique to the Fuma, it has spread across the nation.

As shuriken-lovers, the Fuma are master projectile users and blades-man. They know how to use their tools in battle better than most anyone else.

Considering a Fuma member contended against Jiraiya in a fight and was good enough to become a Path of Pain, they aren’t a family to trifle with. The Fuma clan is aggressive and powerful.

18 Tsuchigumo

Running their own village, the Tsuchigumo clan prides themselves in self-sufficiency. By the Third Shinobi War, though, they tired of getting caught in the crossfires. Their leader devised a technique to destroy entire villages, giving them the proper firepower to protect themselves. However, he promised to forbid the jutsu if Konoha protected them under any circumstance. The Third Hokage (understandably) agreed.

Unfortunately, the Tsuchigumo technique eventually put the village in danger. A gang planned on using the ninja embedded with the ability, Hotaru, to destroy her own village. While they didn’t succeed, Hotaru chose to let the technique end with her.

Tsuchigumo clan, innovative and strong, needed to find another way to protect themselves.

17 Inuzuka

As one of the more unique ninja clans, the Inuzuka are proficient warriors because of their bonded relationships with their dogs. Not only do they become strong ninja, but they raise impressive and intimidating Ninken. When an Inuzuka member comes of age, they are given their own dog(s) to raise. This becomes their constant companion, learning ninja skills and combo moves to become the best shinobi team they can be.

While Kiba is the Inuzuka fans know best, his mother and sister are also powerful and respected shinobi. They helped resolve the Fourth shinobi war alongside all other Konoha ninja.

For their own strengths and their practical dog-breeding abilities, they are an important clan in their village.

16 Karatachi

When under the wrong circumstances, power and jinchuriki influence can make a monster out of anyone. During Kirigakure’s worst times, when children were forced to battle in bloody combat, Yagura Karatachi rose to power. Not only was he incredibly strong but also ruthless. With the Three-Tailed Beast in him, any opposing him rarely stood a chance. Though the Akatsuki ended his life, the ramifications of his actions rippled through the village for years.

His grandson, Kagura, is young but shinobi already know him as a genius ninja. He’s proficient in direct combat, swordsmanship, and out-witting opponents. However, he does all he can to have a very different reputation than his grandfather.

Despite their disturbing darkness, the Karatachi are an undoubtedly powerful people.

15 Kurama

Not all clans’ power levels are good, though. The Kurama clan is an otherwise unremarkable group, save the ninja born every few generations that is more powerful than the rest of the clan combined. This gift (or curse) gives the ninja in question the ability to warp their world into complex illusions. They can even end a person’s life with illusions. Unfortunately, the drawback is that they will have little control over the ability, which can make emotional outbursts extremely dangerous. Even their mind acknowledges the power, oftentimes creating a secondary personality to regulate the ninja’s powers.

When Yakumo Kurama’s alter personality became malicious, she fatally wounded her parents and harmed several shinobi. No ninja should ever underestimate the most powerful Kurama clan members.

14 Hatake

Any clan that has the mysterious and impressive Kakashi in it, of course, is powerful. However, Kakashi and his father were the only known ninja family members. Otherwise, the Hatake clan didn’t take part in shinobi ways, at least not enough for others to notice them.

Of course, Sakumo and his son changed that. They became two of the most famed ninja in shinobi history. Kakashi even became Hokage, much to his chagrin.

Though the father-son duo were outliers, their power alone raises the Hatake clan’s strength status far higher than it should be. No one can call Konoha’s White Fang or Kakashi of Sharingan weak.

13 Yamanaka

Of all the Shika-Ino-Cho members, the Yamanaka clan is arguably the weakest. Not because they aren’t powerful, but because their abilities work best with a team and are harder to use without comrades around. After all, the user’s body is safer if their friends protect it while they possess an enemy ninja’s mind.

However, with a team, the Yamanaka powers can become an ace in the hole against unsuspecting foes.

With such rich family history as protective shinobi, the Yamanaka clan are always prepared to do what their village asks. Also, they have a flower shop. Who wouldn’t admire a clan with diversified assets?

12 Hurano

While the Hurano family isn’t exactly a big clan, the members of its family are too important not to mention. Both Kizashi and his daughter Sakura are powerful ninja that make great contributions to Konoha. In another life, Kizashi could have become Hokage. Meanwhile, Sakura became one of the strongest medical-nin to ever exist, between her own chakra prowess and her teachings from Tsunade.

Furthermore, though her daughter classifies as an Uchiha, Sakura did raise an immensely powerful and intelligent ninja. Sarada doesn’t just impress because of her Uchiha blood, but also because of her Hurano discipline and intelligence.

Though the group doesn’t have many members, the Hurano line created enough of an impact to earn rank as a powerful clan.

11 Akimichi

In the early days of Naruto, Choji turned into the long-running fat joke, that kid who just likes eating. However, when part of the Konoha 11 go to retrieve Sasuke from the Sound 4, he shows he’s much more than just eating. Even better, his love for food is actually important to his strength. The Akimichi clan may act like jolly eating machines, but they rely on calories to power their ninja abilities.

Choji, his father, and his daughter Chocho (along with all their ancestors) use their caloric intake as fuel to give them impressive body-changing powers. Between contributing to the Shika-Ino-Cho triad and packing quite a punch, they are an impressive clan that deserves recognition.

10 Raikage

The people of Kumogakure can be odd at times (see Killer B, the rapping ninja,) but they are powerful and intense. Not only do they harness lightning, but they also house the violent Eight-Tailed Beast. Their customs are a bit bizarre, naming their children things like A and B, but they are strong protectors. After all, they dedicate themselves to leading and guarding all the people in their land.

Fans may never fully understand this unique clan, but they cannot deny their powers. Killer B is one of a very few people who can face off against Naruto. They raise their children resilient and fearless, in battle or while performing.

9 Aburame

Though the Aburame clan may make some people a little squeamish, no one can deny their power. With a symbiotic relationship to bugs, they can control mass swarms with a flick of their wrists. For an onlooker, that can be pretty overwhelming. During his time as a genin, Shino impressed others with his innate abilities and intelligence.

Having bug powers makes being a teacher even easier, too. Shino hardly struggles with keeping an eye on them.

Throughout Naruto, fans don’t get to learn nearly enough about the Aburame clan. However, from what they do know, they are intelligent ninja that pack quite a punch.

8 Nara

There are quite a few well-revered clans in Konoha, and few are known for their missions skills as the Nara clan. Not only are they proficient in shadow manipulation, but they also are strategic geniuses. Even at their laziest, they are always several steps ahead. Furthermore, they are apart of the famed Shika-Ino-Cho trio, a team that traverses several generations. Shikadai leads his, as did his father Shikamaru, and his father Shikaku.

Konoha wouldn’t be the same without their clan abilities. Tactical experts aren’t easy to come by in a world full of hot-heads. The Nara clan members are natural leaders who make the ninja around them all the better.

7 Kazekage

While the Kazekage family could use a lesson or two on parenting, they do raise intimidating and powerful ninja. Gaara horrified any ninja that met him. His sand powers, boosted by his jinchuriki status, were unlike anything many people knew. However, his siblings were no slouches. Temari could destroy dozens with her fan maneuvers and Kankuro deceptively tricked others with his clever puppets.

Despite the family instabilities, it’s clear they have inherent strength. Any child from their family is destined to find their own, unique powers.

If only they didn’t have such aggressive tendencies. And, of course, a flair for deception. Though they’ve improved greatly, they still have a long way to go.

6 Sarutobi

Until the Third Hokage, the role fell to members of the Senju clan. When both men lost their lives, though, their friend Hiruzen took over the job. Powerful in his own right, the young Sarutobi became an honored and beloved leader. Not only was he proficient working with earth releases and also working in tandem with his summoned ape friend, Enma.

From Hiruzen came a line of ninja dedicated to Konoha. They didn’t have the flashiest powers, but they were efficient and intelligent. As a mere child, his grandson Konohamaru was already working on transformation jutsu. Between them, Asuma, and Mirai, there are few ninja clans more diligent and innately loyal to Konoha.

5 Uzumaki

Fans could never discuss powerful clans without mentioning the iconic Uzumaki. Not only did they lead to Naruto Uzumaki, Kurama’s host and the Seventh Hokage. This clan was known for not only their intense chakra reserves but also for being the infamous Nine-Tailed Fox’s jinchuriki. Their oldest known member, Mito Uzumaki, was the beautiful and impressive wife of Hashirama Senju. She was the first to save her city from Kurama, but not the last.

While the previous bold red hair may be extremely rare now, Naruto and Boruto carry the name proudly. They may not be Uchiha levels of overall power, but they’ve created some powerful ninja over the years that have changed Konoha for the better.

4 Hyuga

Though the Hyuga clan starts off mysterious and vague, over time fans learn how truly powerful they can be. When their clan power is so coveted that they curse most all family members, there’s genuine and fearsome power there. Neji showed off the damage even a young Hyuga can do during his time in the Chunin Exams. In the years afterwards, he and Hinata only continue to show off that strength.

While there are more powerful eyes out there, the Hyuga’s Byakugan succeeds as a catch-all ability that can make anyone a stronger healer, scout, combatant, and more. The Byakugan is not something to take lightly, as its versatility is invaluable. Every member of the family is intense and powerful in their own way.

3 Otsutsuki

A long time ago, Kaguya Otsutsuki came to earth to devour the planet. Instead, she fell in love with a human. Though the planet ultimately did not suit her, her children passed on the ninja abilities that would become commonplace centuries later.

As the literal birth-family of ninja, the Otsutsuki clan are powerful. While they can be outmaneuvered and outnumbered, their raw power is unmatched. They may not have some of the powerful Kekkei Genkai of other clans, mutated over time, but they are still the source. Any member of this clan is a fierce foe. All ninja should fear their natural prowess in battle.

2 Senju

When the first Hokage hails from a certain clan, of course that family will be very powerful. Before Konoha was created, the area had two particular warring clans: The Senju and the Uchiha.  Haunted by losing family members to war and in-fighting, Hashirama Senju decided to create a village where ninja could learn and live in peace.

As direct descendants of Asura Otsutsuki, they control one of the purest bloodlines to the source of ninja abilities. Specializing in wood release, healing, and possessing strong chakra, they are an impressive family. Both the First and Fifth Hokage were of Senju blood. Not only do they have inherent powers, but they have honor and dedication that makes then even stronger.

1 Uchiha

While fans can go on and on about the Naruto and Sasuke debate, there’s no debate when it comes to overall clan strength. The Uchiha clan is by far the most powerful. The Sharingan alone gives them base abilities beyond most ninja. With that power comes an even more dangerous volatility, the Uchiha Curse. Their capacity for hatred is terrible.

Though they can become intimidatingly powerful, their best abilities come at a high cost. For example, the Mangekyo Sharingan is only activated by the user witnessing the passing of someone close to them. Worse, the eye only stabilizes by taking the eye of a fellow Uchiha. Horrible, huh?

Despite this, they still have the greatest capacity for power, making them the strongest clan in Naruto.

Are there any more powerful Naruto clans that should have been ranked? Let us know in the comments below!

2019-04-21 05:04:24

Stephanie Marceau

Harry Potter: 20 Creatures Ranked From Weakest To Strongest, Officially Ranked

Harry Potter is a franchise that needs no introduction. It’s the series that introduced a whole generation to reading (for pleasure, that is, not just because they were assigned material for that school year). The series that has captured the imagination of fans of all ages.

Yes, grown-ups might have preferred to pick up the editions with the darker, edgier, grown-up covers, but it’s still the same book inside. Like a good Nintendo console, the whole for all ages thing really does apply here.

There’s just something extraordinary about the world J.K. Rowling has created. It’s contemporary and relatable, yet steeped in the Medieval image of vast castles lit by flaming torches. It’s familiar, yet completely original and unique. Rowling blends fantasy tropes of wizards, dragons and trolls with the hurly-burly of normal (or rather, Muggle) life.

Harry meets several dragons along the way and writes on parchment with a quill, but he also sits on the subway in London, attracting some funny looks from fellow commuters (because the gigantic Hagrid is with him). These days, those commuters are just staring at their cell phones and wouldn’t notice if another passenger was on fire, but otherwise, that’s the intriguing juxtaposition of Harry Potter.

This is also seen in the great variety of different magical creatures Harry encounters. There are fantasy classics like dragons, trolls, and unicorns, but there is also all manner of fascinating beasts of Rowling’s own creation.

From the humble Flobberworm to the monstrous Lethifold, let’s take a look at some of the most powerful (and most pitifully weak) magical creatures featured in the series.

20 The Flobberworm

That’s right, friends. We’re kicking this party off the right way, with the most tedious, disgusting, and slimy-leaking creature in the franchise. If there’s a Harry Potter food chain, this thing’s right there at the bottom. Heck, even a passing House Elf could threaten these things into handing over their lunch money.

The Flobberworm is an entirely uninteresting brown worm, known only for two qualities: the slime it secretes from both ends (which can be useful in potion-making) and the fact that it can actually be pretty darn big. Flobberworms can grow to around ten inches long, which is… well, that’s quite a darn powerful worm.

Other than that, there’s absolutely nothing interesting to say about them whatsoever. Don’t worry, though. Once you hit Literal Flobberworm on the boring-o-meter, the only way is up.

19 The Gnome

Gnomes may not be too much of a step up from the Flobberworm, power-wise, but we’re taking things slowly here. Don’t worry, there are some huge, slathering dragons that will crush your sad, fleshly little body into hunks of defeated spam coming up later, we promise.

If you’re familiar with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second entry in the series, you’ll know that the Weasley family have a gnome infestation in the yard of their extremely magical home, The Burrow. The gnomes of this universe aren’t the cute little guys with fishing rods and white beards that we know, but potato-y looking little creatures with big heads.

The Weasleys expel them from their yard by spinning them over their heads (to make them dizzy) then throwing them over the wall; the idea being that they won’t be able to find their way back afterward. They’re harmless enough but can deliver a tough little bite if provoked.

18 The Niffler

That’s right, friends. You’ve seen one of these little guys in action in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and you instantly fell for its adorable nature and wanted to adopt fifteen of them for yourself. Just about everybody who saw that movie did, so don’t worry about it. You’re not alone.

The thing is, though, Nifflers are more than just super-cute, mischievous little slices of adorable furriness. Their desire for anything and everything glittery can be bad, when coupled with their mole-like tendency to dig, dig, and dig some more.

If you introduce a pet Niffler to your home, you’re… well, not going to have a home for very much longer. These burrowing British beasts will wreck the place faster than a group of toddlers at a birthday party.

17 The Doxy

The Doxy is nicknamed the Biting Fairy, which probably tells you all you need to know about its malevolent intentions (and its tiny stature).

These teeny winged humanoid creatures are distinguished from fairies by their extra limbs, as well as the dark hair that covers its body. They may look about as threatening as a sleeping Flobberworm, but they boast a potent weapon: very sharp teeth that inject venom into the bitten victim.

Couple this with their tendency to lurk in dark, damp places and surprise those who come across them, and you’ve got a real menace on your hands here. In the novel Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the residents of Grimmauld Place come up against an infestation of Doxies, and it was a real battle.

16 The Bowtruckle

Some of you Potterheads may think that this is a little too high to rate the humble Bowtruckle. It’s still darn early in the rundown, but come on. These things are just stick insects, aren’t they?

Well, yes. That’s probably what most woodcutters thought, moments before their eyes were bouncing on the forest floor.

Bowtruckles are teeny little forest guardians, found in the woods of Britain, Scandinavia and elsewhere in Europe. If the tree they call home is threatened, they’ll set upon the ‘attacker’ and try to gouge at their eyes with their tiny-yet-vicious clawed hands.

They’re completely docile and painfully shy most of the time, yes, but you do not want to underestimate a Bowtruckle. Oh, heck no.

15 The House Elf

If Bowtruckles are constantly underestimated and their power levels snarked on, imagine how the poor old House Elves feel. Not only do they have to make huge, lavish feasts for the residents of Hogwarts (and have you seen the kinds of school meals they serve at this place? Holy heck), but Dobby was there unclogging the Malfoys’ toilets and all of that sort of thing.

It is not easy being a House Elf. Nevertheless, you’d better not doubt that these little guys and gals have some powerful magic of their own. Once Harry freed Dobby from the Malfoys’ control, the little elf effortlessly repelled Lucius Malfoy’s attack and sent him sprawling on the floor.

House Elves can apparate where witches and wizards cannot, and are even able to carry people with them. Dobby was a formidable fighter in his own way, there’s no doubt about that.

14 The Mandrake

In the next episode of “Magical Creatures That Look Pathetic But Will Utterly Ruin You And The Life That You Live If You Cross Them,” we have the Mandrake.

Mandrakes have long been a part of folklore, an odd sort of plant-humanoid hybrid that may or may not (according to the particular story) possess a fatal cry or otherwise doom those who dig it up.

The magical Mandrake of the Harry Potter series also appears in Chamber of Secrets, being re-potted as part of a second-year Herbology lesson. These ones are seedlings, so do not have the fatal cry of mature Mandrakes, but would still knock the students unconscious for several hours if they heard it. Hence the earmuffs.

That’s a whole lot of power and a whole lot of unsettling, all wrapped up in a teensy package.

13 The Unicorn

Now we’re taking, friends. The Unicorn may not possess venomous bites, incredible strength, or sharp, furious little claws, but when it comes to powerfully magical creatures, this magnificent beast is right up there.

Folklore has attributed all kinds of qualities to Unicorns over the centuries, and the take on the animal that we see in Harry Potter borrows various elements from them. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the blood of the Unicorn is shown to have incredible powers, keeping the Voldemort/Quirrell head-thing alive but cursing him/it horribly into a bargain.

As with Centaurs, these legendary creatures are powerful in a completely different way. Fighters? Perhaps not, but they command great respect in the magical world. Leave them the heck alone and let them do their thing in peace, that’s the message here.

12 The Hippogriff

Another familiar (and brilliantly peculiar) creature from real-world folklore, the mythical Hippogriff is a creature which is half eagle and half horse.

In the world of Harry Potter, Hagrid manages to get his hands on one, names it Buckbeak, and attempts to tame it. In his defense, it’s not the most super-threatening of animals Hagrid has ever dealt with, and he does succeed in taming his beloved ‘Beaky’ to a certain extent.

Again, with Hippogriffs, it’s all about respect. Draco Malfoy was injured by Buckbeak because he wasn’t listening to Hagrid’s explanation of how to handle the beast. Sure, he totally deserved it, but it just goes to show: you won’t like Hippogriffs when they’re angry. They’re not as menacing as some of the creatures we’re about to meet, though, not by a long chalk.

11 The Troll

Next up, we’ve got one of the most popular fantasy tropes in the book. When you’re working in the fantasy genre and you need a big, brute-strength sort of beast that isn’t too big in the brain department, you call on the troll.

In the movie adaption of The Sorcerer’s Stone, the mountain troll that Hermione, Harry and Ron encounter looks totally silly. Heck, we don’t want to traumatize the children watching so early in the series, do we (save that for the Dementors in a couple of years)? Even so, it was a vast, hulking brute, and that club it’s holding would have instantly ended the entire film career of any of the trio.

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Tradition dictates that they’re rather stupid, but darn strong and very aggressive. That’s not a great combination.

10 The Werewolf

Werewolves are tough creatures to rank, in terms of power level. There are so many darn factors to consider here. For one thing, Werewolves are regular old mortal, squishy humans the majority of the time, so some of that’s going to depend on the individual.

In Harry Potter, these sorts of matters are complicated further. Remus Lupin and Fenrir Greyback are very different sorts of Werewolf. Lupin is sickly, unwilling to transform, and a lot of that is reflected in his furry form in the movie.

Greyback, meanwhile, is half-beast most of the time, not even needing the full moon to hunt.

All of these complications aside, though, the fact remains that Werewolves are almost unique in actively hunting humans as their preferred prey, which is… well, we tend to frown upon that sort of thing.

9 The Sphinx

Generally, the Harry Potter movies did a great job of encapsulating the magic of the books (especially compared to some other franchises we could mention). Compromises inevitably had to be made, though, and one of the most unfortunate was the maze from the third task of the Triwizard Tournament. In the book, there were all kinds of fascinating creatures roaming the hedge maze, which would have been just great to see on screen.

There was a darn Sphinx in there, friends. Rowling’s take on the creature is again very similar to that of folklore, depicting a cunning, brilliant being with a human head on a lion’s body. Generally speaking, it’s dangerous only when the treasure it’s guarding is threatened, or when interlopers answer its riddles incorrectly.

8 The Phoenix

We all know the story of the mythological phoenix. While it’s not a physically-imposing or powerful creature, in terms of raw strength, this bird (whose size ranges from eagle-like to ostrich-like, depending on the account you’re reading) is able to become reborn in its own flames and begin life anew. Who wouldn’t want to be able to do that, when the grey hairs start showing?

Rowling’s take on the Phoenix is even more powerfully magical than the familiar beast of Greek and Roman legend. Dumbledore’s own Fawkes can carry immensely heavy loads, and its tears are able to heal almost any wound. It’s a tremendously intelligent creature, too, as it demonstrated during Harry’s battle with the basilisk in Chamber of Secrets.

Could Dumbledore have had a more beautifully symbolic pet?

7 The Kelpie

With Hogwarts castle being located up in the highlands of Scotland, it’s only right that we include a mythical beast of Scottish folklore in this rundown.

The kelpie is probably fresh in all fans’ memories, having stolen the show in a scene in the recent Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. In the series, it’s a malevolent water creature from Britain and Ireland, which takes many different forms but is most commonly seen as a horse.

Its party trick is deceiving people into riding it, then dashing into the water and consuming the rider below the surface. To defeat a kelpie, Rowling tells us, witches and wizards can put a saddle on its back using a placement charm, which will make it docile. As for us Muggles? Well… don’t ride mysterious horses with bulrushes for a mane. That’s probably best.

6 The Acromantula

Ah, yes. Here we go, friends. We’re definitely not kidding around anymore. The last crop of creatures in this list are formidable indeed. Firstly, we’ve got the one that was sure to be the worst nightmare of arachnophobes everywhere.

The Acromantula is, simply put, an enormous spider. The best-known specimen was Aragog, Hagrid’s beloved pet, which was once believed to be the monster that lived in the Chamber of Secrets (we’ll meet the real culprit in a couple of entries’ time).

Intelligent creatures capable of human speech, Acromantula are highly dangerous. Most importantly, though, we’re talking about spiders that reach legspans of fifteen feet. That’s a very firm, very definite and very final nope from us, right there.

Come on, Hagrid, what were you thinking here? Even the Blast-Ended Skrewts were more lovable.

5 The Dementor

So, yes. We’ve seen a lot of iconic creatures from mythology given a Harry Potter airing here. trolls, unicorns, hippogriffs, sphinxes, werewolves… that’s all well and good, but we’ve got to pay homage to one of Rowling’s original creations, one of the most fearsome beings in the series: the dastardly dementor.

These hideous, cloaked beings have the power to extract all happiness and all resistance from their victims. They were famously employed (if ‘employed’ is the right word) as prison guards at Azkaban, a role they performed super well until they… you know, joined Voldemort and let all their charges escape. That’s the kind of thing that takes a point or two off your TripAdvisor review.

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Nevertheless, we’ve all seen how frightening these creatures are and what they’re capable of. The Dementor’s Kiss (in which the creature consumes the victim’s very soul, leaving them empty but still alive) is one of the most horrifying concepts in the series.

4 The Hungarian Horntail

So, yes. We’ve established that Hagrid has no qualms with more exotic pets. If something like a lizard is going a little too far for you, don’t even stop by Hagrid’s place. In his time, he’s owned a dragon, a gigantic three-headed dog (which he named Fluffy), and all kinds of other abominations. How frightening does the Hungarian Horntail have to be, then, for the man himself to admit that it’s “a right [tough] piece of work?”

This dragon species hails from Hungary, of course, and is widely considered to be one of the most dangerous and aggressive dragons of all. It has a reptilian appearance, a foul demeanor, and far more spines and spikes than any creature really has any right to have. Dang.

3 The Lethifold

That’s right. A bit of a curveball, perhaps, the Lethifold is much more obscure than some of the other formidable beings this high on our list. Still, it’s believed to be related to the Dementor is some way and is every bit as imposing. Plus a dash extra. Fans in the know are fully aware of what a nightmarish creation this thing is. Remember when The Crimes of Grindelwald showed off promotional images of the above, and Lethifold-bells started going off?

The Lethifold is a rare creature that has only been sighted in the tropics. It resembles a dark, black cloak, and glides around in a similar fashion to dementors. It is most feared for its penchant for hunting humans, as well as its method of doing so: it silently glides into houses, suffocating sleeping victims and consuming them there and then, leaving nothing but an empty bed.

So, there it is. If you’re reading this shortly before going to bed, we’re very sorry. The good news is, in another similarity to dementors, the Patronus charm has proven very effective at repelling them.

2 The Basilisk

The Lethifold might be a little obscure, but even if you’ve just casually dabbled in the series, you probably recognize this great scaly menace.

That’s right. During the original incident, Aragog the Acromantula was believed to be the beast that lived within the Chamber of Secrets. As we discovered, though, it was actually a basilisk, a legendary serpent with incredible potent venom and a deadly glare.

In the movie, Ron states that the basilisk (or, rather, the skin it had recently shed) “must be 60 feet long… or more.” There’s a real discrepancy here (the book only claims that it’s “twenty feet long at least”), but still. Whichever way you slice it, this is more than enough darn snake to be getting on with. What a beast.

1 The Chimaera

Up here among the Basilisk, Hungarian Horntail, and other such mighty magical creatures, it was tough to pick a clear winner. We’re going to opt for the Chimaera, though, and if you ever came across one while taking a shortcut down a dark alley at night, you probably wouldn’t question that decision.

While creatures like the Hippogriff and Centaur are curious combinations of two different species’ characteristics, the Chimaera goes one better than that. It has the tail of a dragon, the body of a goat, and the head of a lion.

Later in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, the story goes that a Chimaera is loose in the grounds of the school, which is certainly a little unsettling considering the description of the creature in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:

There is only one known instance of the successful slaying of a Chimaera and the unlucky wizard concerned fell to his [demise] from his winged horse shortly afterward, exhausted by his efforts.

Hagrid, that fan of monstrous beasts everywhere, once claimed that Chimaeras would be a good, interesting topic to learn about in school. Thankfully, he never had a chance to own one.

NEXT: 10 Weirdest Things J.K. Rowling Has Made Canon About Harry Potter

2019-04-20 04:04:42

Chris Littlechild

Ranked: The 10 Strongest Monsters In The Godzilla Universe

In the 65 years that he’s been on screen, Godzilla has faced a multitude of different monsters. Sometimes are evil, while others act as benevolent protectors. Some stick around for a while, but most usually vanish forever after the credits roll.

Whatever the case, the Godzilla universe is home to some of the greatest giant monsters in all of science fiction. They’ve challenged the King of the Monsters time and time again, and while most aren’t successful, some of them leave a lasting impression on the series.

10 Anguirus

Anguirus is Robbin to Godzilla’s Batman. Always there when Godzilla needs him, he was a common sidekick in the Showa era. While he was first introduced as Godzilla’s enemy, Anguirus seemed to patch things up with the big G and decided to fight on his side. With a back covered in sharp spikes, Anguirus is difficult to attack from behind, and Godzilla often bounces enemies off of it for added damage.

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But While Anguirus may be a trusted ally, he’s pretty useless by himself. Without any range attack, his ability to hold his own is limited, and if a monster ever manages to kick him onto his back, his belly is left exposed to potential damage. Still, despite enduring the most damage out of any of Godzilla’s allies, he keeps coming back to help his buddy time and time again.

9 Gigan

With a pair of curved blades for arms and a saw in his belly, Gigan is a mishmash of different monsters thrown together. Part machine and part animal, Gigan’s body doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. But Gigan is still considered one of the toughest foes of the 1970s.

Gigan is pretty much a giant Swiss Army Knife. He has a laser that he shoots out of his forehead, he can pull enemies into his spinning blade, and he can fly. Sadly, Gigan is one of the more arrogant monsters of the Godzilla universe, and it is here where he often meets his demise.

8 Megalon

Another Swiss Army Monster, Megalon can seemingly do anything he wants. He can fly, and burro underground. He has a pair of spinning drills for arms. The thing that sticks out of his head shoots lightening bots. He looks like a cockroach from hell, and was sent from a group of underground humans to conquer the world.

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But even with everything going for him, he still needs Gigan to help him fight off Godzilla and Jet Jaguar. And he still managed to loose. Much like Gigan before him, Megalon was simply not cunning enough to withstand Godzilla and his allies.

7 Biollante

Part plant, part Godzilla, and part human, Biollante makes Audrey II look like a daisy. The result of a freak accident at a lab, Biollante begins life as a rose, before morphing into a freakish monster that takes root in Tokyo bay. Despite her ugliness, she’s actually an ally to mankind, who’s possessed by the spirit of a girl who died in a bombing.

Biollante’s mouth is full of hundreds of razor sharp teeth, and she spits an acid that melts flesh. She also has an army of Venus Flytraps that can extend as long as she needs them. They can sprout out of the water and hold an enemy down, or pull them into her jaws. While Godzilla was too much for her to bear, the spirit that occupied her continues to live on.

6 Space Godzilla

Another creature born who is part Godzilla, Space Godzilla was created when some of Godzilla’s skin sells were accidentally carried into space by Mothra. The result was a creature equal to Godzilla in almost every way, with the addition of psychic abilities that put him a cut above his earth born counterpart.

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Space Godzilla can pick up and throw things with his mind, including Godzilla, and he was able to spawn crystal pits that give him power. He could also levitate and fly in order to get to where he needs to be. In the end, though, Godzilla and G-Force’s Moguera unit made quick work of this Godzilla wannabe, and his potential was ultimately wasted.

5 Mecha King Ghidorah

A frankinstine-like monster, combining pieces of the dead King Ghidorah with mechanical parts, Mecha King Ghidorah is the most advanced and powerful mech of the Heisei era. Created in the 23rd century, the cyborg was sent back almost three-hundred years in the past to prevent the destruction of Japan by Godzilla.

Combining advanced, almost otherworldly technology with Ghidorah’s size and strength, Mecha King Ghidorah was the best of both worlds. In addition to firepower from three heads and powerful grapples that were strong enough to restrain anything, Mecha King Ghidorah could have been the death of Godzilla himself. And while he was defeated, his mechanical remains were used by G-Force to build Mechagodzilla.

4 Destoroyah

Created by the oxegen destroyer that killed the first Godzilla in 1954, Destoroyah is the grim reaper of the Godzilla series. Appearing around the same time that Godzilla was dying, Destoroyah threatened to end the human race with his army of crab-like minions. And with Godzilla’s death threatening to cause the apocalypse, Destoroyah’s spawn could’ve replaced the human race as earth’s dominate spieces.

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Able to break himself down into smaller versions of himself, Destoroyah is a threat on every level. His arsenal of attacks includes a horn that could turn into a katana, able to slice through anything and everything. Not even Godzilla could kill Destoroyah, and he defeated, it was a hollow victory.

3 Mechagodzilla

There have been three incarnations of Godzilla’s robotic doppelganger in the live action Toho films. The first from 1974 was built by space aliens to take over the world. The second was created by G-Force using the remains of Mecha King Ghidorah. And the third, sometimes called Kiryu, was brought to life using DNA from the 1954 Godzilla.

But no matter who built him, Mechagodzilla has remained one of Godzilla’s most formidable foes. Possessing state of the art weaponry like missiles, lasers, and jetpacks, Mechagodzilla has everything he needs to tame his adversaries. While Godzilla usually beats him in the end, there have been more than a few times when Mechagodzilla has come close to toppling the King of the Monsters for good.

2 King Ghidorah

Godzilla’s arch nemesis, Ghidorah is the Joker of the Godzilla universe. A three headed dragon of otherworldly origins, Ghidorah appears and re-appears regularly to give Godzilla a good thrashing. Perhaps the biggest of the Godzilla kaijus, he towers over all those who oppose him.

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His wings generate hurricane-force winds, his serpentine necks can asphyxiate his victims like a boa, and each head shoots yellow lightening. But it’s the sound he makes that stands out the most, a telltale laugh that makes it seem as though he’s mocking his opponents.

1 Mothera

While not indestructible, Mothera is easily the smartest and most cunning creature in the Godzilla universe. Possessing human-like emotion and empathy, she’s able to easily outsmart her attackers, exploting gaps in their judgement to bring down even her toughest adversary.

Mothera’s greatest asset of all is her sense of duty. Sent to protect the earth from potential harm, Mothera is willing to do whatever it takes to complete her mission, even if that means sacrificing her life, a feat that most monsters are unwilling or unable to do. And while she may not live to see another fight, her legacy lives on in her offspring, who go on to take her place.

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2019-04-19 03:04:38

David Chiodaroli

Ranked: The Various Races In Lord Of The Rings From Weakest To Strongest

Few authors create worlds with the richness and depth of J.R.R. Tolkien. The landmarks, landscapes, creatures and races he created have inspired generations of people around the globe. Each race is fully fleshed out with its own unique culture. Some even have fully developed languages spoken by avid fans. We’ve analyzed the races from the Tolkien universe and ranked them from weakest to strongest.

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In a world as diverse as Tolkein’s it’s important to know where each race stands in the pecking order. The positions of some races my surprise you. Humans rank pretty low on the list. We think you’ll agree that the average man on the street wouldn’t stand a chance against most of Tolkien’s characters.


Hobbits are one of the most important races in all of Lord Of The Rings lore. They’re celebrated for their contributions to shire culture and both Bilbo and Frodo are legends. The main hobbits featured in the books and films are an exception to the rule.

Most are not brave, hearty and adventurous. Hobbits are one of the weakest races in the LOTR universe. Most could be defeated by simply ruining their lunch. Hobbits are charming and valuable people but they aren’t a very strong race.


Trolls may be huge and physically very strong but they lack the basic skills that make most other races much more formidable. They don’t have the intelligence to use even the most basic strategy. Trolls are incredibly easy to outsmart.

A human child could lay a successful trap for these cruel and dim creatures. Trolls have no forethought and seem to have little self-preservation instincts. Their sensitivity to the sun makes them vulnerable every day. With a weakness that huge and no ability to evade mind games they’re easily defeated.


Men hold an interesting place in the list. While most other races in the Tolkien universe can easily beat men for strength and constitution few possess the intelligence that makes this race so threatening. Men are masters of strategy capable of outwitting most creatures.

They’re also capable of great feats of endurance and can outlast opponents by sheer force of will. The indomitable spirit of man makes him a fierce opponent, especially in large numbers. For what they lack in size they make up for with cunning and courage.


Don’t let the small stature of Dwarves fool you. They are stout and hearty folk with who are renown for their iron will and battle readiness. A Dwarven army is a force to be reckoned with. This race of steadfast fighters are small but incredibly strong.

Female Dwarves are just as ferocious and skilled as their male counterparts. Most races would easily find themselves bested by a force or dwarves. Singled out by creatures larger than themselves they may easily fall, but in large numbers, they’re a brutal and efficient fighting force.

6 Orks

The orcs are a strong race that is exceptionally ferocious. They are dark, cruel and twisted. They find themselves unencumbered by morality or conscience. Orcs are physically very muscular but they have a serious weakness.

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They can not stand sunlight rendering them defenseless during the day. Their minds are also weak against great evil and they are easily dominated. Ork armies can raze cities to dust and fell armies. They are also a clever and cunning race capable of intelligent battle strategy.


Uruk-Hai are bigger, badder orcs. They were designed exclusively for battle and thrive at war. They’re strong, resilient and intelligent. The Uruk-Hai mind has been designed to think of nothing but battle and victory.

They aren’t distracted by other interests like many races. Their armies are highly organized and disciplined increasing their ferocity in numbers. An Uruk-Hai army is not a force many would relish facing. Even in single combat, an opponent would have to be highly trained to defeat an Uruk-Hai.


Similar in size to men you may think of elves as equals to humans. Elves live much, much longer lifespans than mortal men. They are considered immortal unless they choose to die. They don’t have to live in fear of old age or disease.

They possess skills and that eclipse those of humans. They’re more agile, faster and have sharer senses. Elves have always been looked to for aid against the forces of evil. One notable elf was even said to have defeated a Balrog alone.


Dragons could easily be considered one of the strongest races in the Tolkien universe based on incredible size alone. Dragons are massive, dwarfing almost all other creatures. They possess the ability to fly which allows them to best any grounded race.

They’re also adept swimmers capable of remaining submerged for extended periods of time. A dragon’s fiery breath and powerful claws make this race dangerous and deadly. They aren’t unintelligent creatures but their unmatched avarice can make them easy to trick.


The Eagles are a wise and ancient race that have many impressive strengths. They’re faster and more agile than dragons. If they successfully avoid a dragon’s flaming breath they could potentially best one in battle. These powerful creatures can take to the sky to avoid most retaliation from grounded foes.

They are susceptible to areal attack and siege weapons but their incredible reflexes give them the ability to avoid most projectiles. These majestic, ancient birds are an impressive race with few natural enemies.


Few creatures could overpower a Balrog. These ancient fiends are so powerful even the great Gandalf was terrified to face one. Balrogs are the demented result of a great wizard being twisted by evil. They take on the living form of fire and shadow and appear as great winged demons. The Balrog were once immortal spirits who inhabited the mortal bodies of wizards.

Once they became dark and irredeemable they took their demonic forms and served in the armies of Melkor. Most of them were defeated at the end of the First Age but some escaped and hid deep into the earth.

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2019-02-22 01:02:10

Power Rangers: 10 Strongest Red Rangers (And 10 Laughably Weak), Ranked

Usually the leader of the Power Rangers, the Red Ranger has a history of being the strongest, most capable member of the team. The Red Ranger is one of only two colors of Rangers to be included in every season and is often perceived as being the most important member of the team. Even when dubbed the red-hot rookie, the Red Ranger is often bestowed with the most powerful weapons of any Power Ranger, whether it’s the traditional sword or more contemporary blaster. The Battlitzer Armor, which is almost the Power Ranger version of the Mario super star, is even usually given to the Red Ranger. In short, the Red Ranger is often a capable, powerful leader who is able to go up against villains alone and whom many fans admire.

Some incarnations of the Red Ranger, however, have missed the mark, giving us Rangers who are not only weak to the point of embarrassment, but who even faded into the background. Some of these Rangers were obvious plot devices, and others were developed to change things up a bit. Too many awesome Red Rangers can make things dull and predictable, so while it’s understandable that there are almost as many weak Red Power Rangers as there are strong ones, that doesn’t stop some of the weak ones from being disappointing, especially after having witnessed the power and capabilities of previous Red Rangers.

Whether due to their attitudes or actions, their physical prowess (or lack thereof) or leadership skills, here are Power Rangers: 10 Strongest Red Rangers (And 10 Laughably Weak), Ranked.

20 Weak: Andros – Space Rangers

From telekinesis to masking his own voice to hand-to-hand combat, there’s not much that Power Rangers in Space’s Andros can’t do. His treatment of the Turbo Rangers, however, points at his greatest weakness as a leader: his inability to trust others. The Turbo Rangers, including his beloved Ashley, might not have ever become Space Rangers at all had Alpha 6 not convinced Andros to fork over the Astro Morphers.

Then there’s the fact that a lot of Andros’ supposed victories are pretty much flukes. When he took out Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd, Divatox, and Astronema, it was simply by destroying his energy rube, which was, again, a decision he had to be pushed into making. With his great powers, Andros could be an excellent leader if he could make better decisions.

19 Strong: Wes – Time Force

Wesley Collins of Power Rangers Time Force played his role as second in command brilliantly. Although he was the Red Ranger, the real leader was the Pink Ranger, Jen. Wes was happy to take on the role during battle as a field commander, but it’s Jen who serves as leader of the group.

Wes has the qualities of a good leader, and they’re not limited to working well with Jen. He’s strong, brave, and self-sacrificing; willing to send his teammates back to the future in order to save their lives even if it risks his own. When he remains a Red Ranger in order to command the Silver Guardians, he even acknowledges his need to work with capable teammates, requesting Quantum Ranger Eric at his side. Leaders know when to ask for help.

18 Weak: Jack – Power Rangers SPD

Walking through walls and saving everybody from an incoming meteor are pretty cool bragging rights for a Red Ranger, but Jack Landors of Power Rangers SPD just isn’t leader material at the end of the day. Not only does Jack really lack the experience that most of the best Red Rangers have had, but he also lacks the desire to lead, which is just as crucial.

Fans also point out that Jack shouldn’t have been made a Red Ranger in the first place, especially given how the Blue Ranger was much more adept for the role during Power Rangers SPD. Jack seems to have existed to prove that no matter how brave, kind, and caring a person is, that doesn’t mean that he or she is cut from leadership cloth.

17 Strong: Leo – Lost Galaxy

Like several other Red Rangers, Leo Corbett wasn’t even supposed to be the leader of the team. His brother ensured that Leo took on the Red Ranger sword during his final moments in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. He’s definitely not the perfect leader and he even finds himself a damsel in distress at times, but he’s a powerful and capable Red Ranger at the end of the day. What’s more, he demonstrates significant character growth throughout the season that makes him one of the most learned leaders who is willing to change.

Leo adapts to leadership quite well, becoming adept at creating and carrying out plans. He is even able to take out a major villain with his Battlizer before his time in red is through.

16 Weak: Scott – RPM

Power Rangers RPM‘s Scott Truman isn’t all bad, but he does exemplify some of the worst qualities in a bad leader. Not only is he cocky and unforgiving, especially when it comes to disobedience, but he’s also obsessed with a lot of things that shouldn’t matter, like his dad’s approval and his vehicles. While most siblings have to live up to their older brothers and sisters, Scott has the opposite issue.

If Scott could focus on being an authoritative yet compassionate leader instead of one-upping his little brother who passed away, he could be a great leader. Some of Scott’s better moments, which include exhibitions of bravery worthy enough of one of his father’s medals, only serve to highlight that fact.

15 Strong: Mack – Operation Overdrive

If we judged Mackenzie Hartford of Power Rangers Operation Overdrive by first sight, he’d seem like one of the weakest Red Rangers. He stole his own father’s morpher to obtain the title, after all, which isn’t a particularly noble move.

Mack’s not an ordinary Power Ranger, though. As an android, Mack faces a lot of conflict about who he is and what he should be, but ultimately, his choices and actions make him one of the strongest Red Rangers. His ultimate sacrifice for the greater good proves that he’s willing to put others before himself, making him a brave and strong leader, even if he’s a bit boring at times.

14 Weak: Tyler – Dino Charge

While we can’t blame Dino Charge’s Tyler Navarro for wanting to search for his missing father, he should have followed this pursuit in his own time rather than during his job as a Power Ranger. Not only did he endanger his teammates by not being mindfully present as a leader, but he even unwittingly sabotaged a mission to take down Sludge through his own selfish actions.

It’s really too bad that Tyler was so focused on the recovery and avenging of his father rather than his job as the team leader. As a good fighter with a keen mind, he could have been an excellent leader.

13 Strong: Carter – Lightspeed Rescue

While he may not be the physically strongest or the number one Red Ranger, Carter Grayson has the most heart of any Red Ranger. Anyone who doubts that the Power Rangers are superheroes should look no further than Carter, whose heroism was inspired by his own hero; a firefighter who saved his life when he was a child. Carter’s ethics are of the admirable Superman variety, and he puts saving people’s lives first in his own life as a result.

Carter’s not without his faults, though. He’s not very good at dealing with teammates who don’t want to follow his orders, and his character is a little stagnant. He’s also lacking in creativity, but he’s still one of the strongest leaders the show has seen.

12 Weak: Casey – Jungle Fury

Casey Rhodes has spirit. He stands up to bullies, which is why he became the Red Ranger above more qualified students at Phi Zhua Academy. Unfortunately, his “cub” status is what makes him one of the weakest team leaders, as he was still very wet behind the ears when he took on the mantle. The fact that he failed his Master Stripes test because he followed what other students were doing, and the fact that he was the only student who failed for that very reason, proves that he’s just not leader material.

As a teacher, Casey spreads the philosophy of never asking questions and blindly following your Master, which is also disheartening.

11 Strong: Lauren – Super Samurai

Although we didn’t get to see Lauren Shiba as the rightful leader of the Super Samurai team at first, once she comes out of hiding and gives Jayden the boot, she proves that she’ll be a strong and capable leader. The first female Red Ranger (who didn’t turn evil), Lauren unfortunately doesn’t hold the position for long.

She is an accomplished fighter who is easily much more skilled than her brother was, and sacrificed her time in order to master the Sending Seal, wanting to be the leader the team needed that season. Upon witnessing Lauren’s skills, many fans felt cheated, especially as the first woman leader on the team was only there for a few episodes after her brother covered for her.

10 Weak: Rocky – MMPR

To be fair to Rocky DeSantos, replacing Jason after the first season of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers wasn’t going to be an easy task for any Ranger. Even so, it was a huge letdown, as not only was Tommy the leader of the team at the time, rendering the Red Ranger less important, but Rocky was just not a great Power Ranger.

He neglected his duties, had major self-esteem issues throughout his time on the show, and even sent in a 12-year-old kid to fight in his place after he’d injured himself. Rocky’s the only Red Ranger who wasn’t ever a leader on the team, and he was so weak that his 12-year-old stand-in took his place on the team for good.

9 Strong: Cole – Wild Force

Wild Force Red Ranger Cole Evans already had strong leadership skills from being raised in the jungle. He’s got cool powers like being able to communicate with Wild Zords, incredible agility, and almost superhuman senses. He’s physically one the strongest leaders, and he’s an adult, rather than the teen we’ve come to expect with Red Rangers.

Cole’s only drawback is that he wasn’t willing to take the advice of teammate, Taylor Earhardt, whom many believe should have been the actual Red Ranger. Cole brings an emotional awareness to the team, but he does lack the balance it takes to be the number one Red Ranger.

8 Weak: Jassssson – Meower Rangers

While not a canonical member of the actual Power Rangers, Jassssson, The Red Meower Ranger, was in the official web series cat parody of the show. When it’s Meowphin Time, Jassssson leads his team about as well as a cat can, and performs so admirably that he’s not even the weakest Red Ranger in the history of Red Rangers. Going up against Akita Rrrepulsa and Goldar Retrievar is no simple feat and with the help of his fellow Meower Rangers Billllly, Trrrini, Zzzzack, Kimpuuurly, and Tommmmy, Jassssson manages to pull through– or to do so as well as we’d expect a cat to do.

Played by both Franki and Maru the cats, Jassssson never looks all that comfortable in his uniform, so he gets points for being a trooper as well as for mastering the perfect cat glare.

7 Strong: Shane – Ninja Storm

Shane Clarke has trouble working with a team. He’s a strong and capable Power Ranger who has to learn to work as a unit rather than a lone wolf, but he serves the team well with more skills than many other Red Rangers have brought to the table. Shane’s resistance to mental attacks and manipulation coupled with his super speed, ability to control air, and array of other abilities learned at the Wind Ninja Academy make him a true force to be reckoned with.

One of Shane’s biggest weaknesses is his inability to trust, but his caution has helped to protect his team. He eventually earned his Battlizer armor, but retired from the team in order to teach at the Academy, still serving humankind.

6 Weak: Troy – Megaforce

Power Rangers Megaforce and its sequel, Power Rangers Super Megaforce, were interesting enough, but there were a few things that weighed both series down– including a pretty weak Red Ranger in Troy Burrows. He’s as basic as a Power Ranger can get. While he’s not particularly powerful physically, it’s his milquetoast personality and lack of character development that make him so weak.

Not only does Troy get all angsty for no apparent reason, he really has no driving force behind him. While he’s kind and caring, he doesn’t go anywhere or really take the team toward any higher level. Troy is what would happen if the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stuck with the 1980s cartoon version of Leonardo forever.

5 Strong: Tommy – Zeo/Turbo

One of the most popular Power Rangers of all time, Tommy Oliver is among the best leaders a team has ever seen, even when he’s not the Red Ranger. He’s self-sacrificing without being stupid about it, he’s one of the best fighters, and when he struggles with the Red Battlezord he seeks wisdom within himself through a spiritual quest, rather than abandon ship or give up like we’ve seen other Red Rangers do.

Given that Tommy was a better leader when he was a Green, Black, and White Ranger, he’s not the number one Red Ranger, but he sure is close.

4 Weak: Nick – Mystic Force

What good is being the most powerful wizard if you’re just going to keep giving up, doubting yourself, and becoming such a trite, overused character that viewers get sick of you? That’s what happened to Power Rangers Mystic Force’s Red Ranger Nick Russell. When you’re the leader, you’re supposed to be a commanding and encouraging force behind your team. Seeing Nick’s team have to be his cheerleaders only made him appear weak.

From being a pooor leader who doesn’t think things through to going to the dark side for a while, Nick is everything we don’t want to see in a Red Ranger– and then some.

3 Strong: T.J. – Turbo

One of the strongest Red Rangers in history, T.J., or Theodore Jay Jarvis Johnson, was selected by Tommy to succeed the former Red Ranger. Not only is T.J. strong and brave, but he’s also got one of the best hearts of any Red Ranger.

T.J. is known to advocate for and rescue anyone, no matter what they’ve done to others, as was the case with Bulk and Skull. The self-sacrificing Ranger was given the short end of the stick, only serving as the Red Ranger for half a season before his demotion to Blue Ranger. He could have done a lot more good had he been kept in the leadership role.

2 Weak: Jayden – Samurai

Jayden Shiba’s heart is usually in the right place, but he just can’t seem to get things right a lot of the time. The Power Rangers Samurai and Power Rangers Super Samurai: Rise of the Bullzooka Red Ranger comes off as aloof and even cruel at times, particularly when he refuses to let the Gold Ranger, Antonio, on the team.

What makes Jayden the weakest Red Ranger isn’t just poor leadership skills, but the fact that he’s not even supposed to be the Red Ranger. Once Lauren returns, Jayden just tosses his hands in the air. He’s just not that impressive in terms of Red Rangers, especially given the standards the strongest Ranger first set.

1 Strong: Jason – MMPR

He’s the original Red Ranger from the groundbreaking Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and he gave every subsequent Ranger enormous shoes to fill. Jason Lee Scott was such a popular Power Ranger that he returned as the Gold Ranger in Zeo Rangers. Ever since the accomplished martial artist said, “Zordon said these Power Morphers would give us power! Let’s do it!Power Rangers fans have been hooked.

Jason is an excellent leader, correcting problems and working to create the best team. He’s also a teacher who both enjoys and excels at his job. The only thing that could make Jason weak is how deeply he cares, as he often feels as if he is to blame for anything and everything that goes wrong. Jason’s indomitable spirit and quest to be the best leader make him the most powerful Red Ranger.

Who’s your favorite Red Ranger in Power Rangers? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-12-25 01:12:54

Dragon Ball: Every Trunks Transformation Ranked From Weakest To Strongest

The Dragon Ball universe is full of exceptional characters who are powerful beyond comprehension and only get stronger as the series goes on. The franchise has done a good job at increasing the sense of danger as new threats arise, but at a certain point, the scale was thrown out of balance and now everyone is just extremely overpowered. Dragon Ball has learned new ways to generate suspense and intrigue its audience, but one element that’s still in full bloom is the series’ love for new transformations and hitting new plateaus of power.

Dragon Ball can get tunnel vision when it comes to the series’ longstanding rivalry between Goku and Vegeta, but another major character who has frequently saved the day is Trunks — whether it’s Future Trunks or the one from the normal timeline. Both of these versions of Trunks have been integral throughout Dragon Ball. They’ve also gone through plenty of transformations that highlight their journeys as fighters. However, when there are so many transformations present, it can be easy to lose track of which are the best and which are the duds.

With that said, here is Every Trunks Transformation In Dragon Ball Ranked From Weakest To Strongest!

20 Ball Form

One of the more unfortunate transformations that afflicts Trunks is one that he happens to have no control over. During Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Trunks: Xeno attempts to recruit Majin Buu to fight in the Hero Colosseum against the Future Warrior. However, Buu would much rather play ball than fight, so he uses his Transfiguration Beam to turn Trunks: Xeno into a bouncy ball.

Ball Trunks is rather helpless, but he can still communicate telepathically with people as well as bounce around on his own volition. Thankfully Buu turns him back to normal not long after.

19 Future Trunks In Ginyu’s Body

The Xenoverse games have a lot of fun with “What If?” scenarios and the alternate approaches that they take with some of their storylines. Xenoverse 2 features an occasion where Captain Ginyu switches bodies with Future Trunks and history gets altered so that when Goku first encounters the Ginyu Force on Namek, Ginyu is in Future Trunks’ body.

Future Trunks makes the most of his time in Ginyu’s body, but he’s still held back by the limitations of the character’s form. When Ginyu eventually tries to steal Goku’s body, Future Trunks gets in the way and history is set back to what it should be.

18 Ultra Super Saiyan Trunks

This is a very rare occurrence for Trunks, but when an increasing amount of Dragon Ball video games were released, more alternate histories and liberties were taken to give the titles something new and fresh. Accordingly, Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warrior 2 brings up a new storyline that involves Cooler. This features a somewhat grown version of Trunks who turns Ultra Super Saiyan during a battle against Cooler.

Trunks handles this bulky Super Saiyan stage much like how his future counterpart does and it fails to be effective in battle. Trunks eventually turns to other tactics, and this is likely the reason why this is the only time he uses this skill.

17 Ultra Super Saiyan (Super Saiyan Third Grade) Future Trunks

There was an exciting period in Dragon Ball Z during the Cell Saga when all sorts of half-stages of Super Saiyan were being discovered. Future Trunks becomes a big champion for the Ultra Super Saiyan stage, which offers a huge boost of power. However, the increase in muscle mass also results in a heavy loss in speed and mobility.

Due to these huge downfalls, the transformation is basically phased out and deemed useless. However, even still, Future Trunks pulls out this skill when he returns in Dragon Ball Super and gets rightfully mocked for it.

16 Super Saiyan Trunks

When your father is Vegeta, it only makes sense that he drills intense training habits into you and doesn’t hold back. Vegeta wants Trunks to be the very best and, because of this, he treats him like an adult when it comes to his training. As a result, Trunks becomes a Super Saiyan at an incredibly young age and much earlier than his future counterpart.

Trunks’ first appearance as a Super Saiyan occurs during a training session with Vegeta for the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament. It’s such a boost in power that it allows him to comfortably train in the gravity chamber at 150 times the Earth’s gravity.

15 Super Saiyan Future Trunks

Future Trunks undergoes a much more torturous process to tap into his inner Super Saiyan. It’s a transformation that is a much more traditional ascension into a Super Saiyan. It’s also built on pain and loss, which is similar to what Goku and Vegeta went through. When Future Trunks witnesses the loss of his mentor, Gohan, at the hands of the Androids, he’s finally pushed over the edge and taps into this new power.

Future Trunks makes his Super Saiyan status well known and his infamous first appearance in Dragon Ball Z is highlighted by his transformation. It is a signal that this character is a very big deal.

14 Super Saiyan Second Grade Future Trunks

After the bulk of the Saiyans had the basics of transforming into a Super Saiyan under their belt, there was obviously the temptation to push them further. However, the writers didn’t want to bring on the next official stage of Super Saiyan quite yet. The advent of Super Saiyan Third Grade turned out to be a dud, so a compromise between that stage and a regular Super Saiyan was reached.

Super Saiyan Second Grade still features an increase in strength and muscle, but it’s it doesn’t negatively impact speed. This transformation requires a mastery of the form and pushes the powers to their limit without losing anything in the process.

13 Baby Infected Trunks

Dragon Ball GT was met with a lukewarm reception from many Dragon Ball fans due to some of the questionable decisions that it makes and Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama’s lack of involvement. Nevertheless, the series still does a lot of fun things and, regardless of whether it’s seen as canon or not, it provides some unique transformations.

The evil, vengeful Tuffle, Baby, is on a mission to take down the Saiyans and become a king. Before he settles on Vegeta as his prime host, though, he hops into a few other bodies, one of which is a grown Trunks. Baby Trunks poses some problems for Goku, but Baby soon moves on to greener pastures.

12 Villainous Mode Future Trunks

The original Dragon Ball Xenoverse features a conclusion that goes all out and sees the demon Demigra gain possession of Future Trunks and corrupt him. This Villainous Mode that Future Trunks undergoes is a lot like the Majin spell, but it is even stronger.

For instance, Future Trunks has zero control over his body while Demigra possesses this hold over him. That being said, while his body is helpless, Trunks can still mentally fight off Demigra’s powers and manages to get through to the Future Warrior. If nothing else, it’s interesting to see Future Trunks act as a villain for once and it makes for a worthy battle.

11 Future Gohanks

Future Trunks also experiences some truly interesting fusion transformations throughout the ancillary series in the Dragon Ball universe that also deserve some attention. Dragon Ball Fusions is a game that’s all about the exploitation of absurd fusion combinations, but one of the combinations that actually makes some sense is Future Gohanks.

Future Gohanks is the fusion dance result of protégé and mentor, Future Trunks and Future Gohan, and it feels like the next step in their training. Future Gohanks exhibits Future Gohan’s scars but also retains Future Trunks’ sword. The character was also popular enough to return in a mission in Dragon Ball Heroes.

10  10. Vegenks: Xeno

Another unusual fusion that stands out is the combination between Trunks: Xeno and Vegeta: Xeno, creating Vegenks: Xeno. Vegenks: Xeno is a last-ditch effort to take down the Demon God Towa in Super Dragon Ball Heroes. Trunks: Xeno and Vegeta: Xeno utilize Chronoa’s Potara earrings here and this fusion between father and son makes a lot of sense. They’re the perfect team and it’s easy to picture these two resorting to such measures to save the world and those around them.

For what it’s worth, there’s a regular Vegenks that appears in Dragon Ball Fusions, but Vegenks: Xeno just looks so much better. The design is fantastic and this is the most recent interpretation of the character.

9 Gotenks

Dragon Ball Fusions and Dragon Ball Heroes may provide plenty of strange, new fusion combinations to have fun with, but when it comes to Trunks fusions, everyone knows that Gotenks is the most popular, reliable transformation of the lot. Trunks and Goten have become an incredible fighting team and that beautifully translates into their fusion dance byproduct, Gotenks.

Gotenks has a ton of ridiculous attacks, but he even can become Super Saiyan 3, which, beyond Goku, no one else achieves in the main Dragon Ball Z anime. This is a testament to the power of this fusion and the character still lends his talents to the Z Fights  in Dragon Ball Super.

8 Super Saiyan 2 Future Trunks

When Future Trunks returns in Dragon Ball Super, he primarily uses his Super Saiyan 2 form and never returns to the normal base level. It’s revealed in Dragon Ball Super’s manga that Future Trunks attains this skill after he witnesses Future Dabura take down Future Kibito. Super Saiyan 2 Future Trunks eliminated all of Buu’s disciples after this and ended the problem for his timeline.

Future Trunks masters Super Saiyan 2 so well that it’s said to be as powerful as Goku’s Super Saiyan 3 level. Goku even has to briefly become a Super Saiyan God to take down Future Trunks at this stage.

7 Super Saiyan 3 Trunks

The Dragon Ball Heroes series is notorious for not only introducing plenty of new fusions into the mix, but also allowing various versions of the same character to intermingle with one another. For example, there’s Future Trunks as well as GT Trunks, who is the grown version on Trunks in that series, even though they look nearly identical.

GT Trunks attains Super Saiyan 3 status in Dragon Ball Heroes, but it was a popular enough transformation that the character even returns in the series’ spin-off manga, Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission. Clearly this character has many fans.

6 Super Saiyan 3 Future Trunks

A Super Saiyan 3 version of the Trunks from Dragon Ball GT may seem like a bit of a stretch considering how much the character has been slacking on his training, but a Super Saiyan 3 Future Trunks sounds about right. Dragon Ball Heroes lets Future Trunks have some fun in this state, and if any character can successfully rock the caveman brow look, it’s him.

Super Saiyan 3 Future Trunks is some fun wish fulfillment, but the game’s accompanying manga provides a little more context. Apparently, Future Trunks can only utilize the transformation for ten seconds when he takes down heaps of Demon Realm and Shinigami Soldiers.

5 Ultra Fusion Trunks

Gotenks may be Trunks; most consistent fusion form, but it’s likely that his Ultra Fusion form may be slightly more powerful due to the sheer amount that it packs in. Dragon Ball Fusion introduces a Five-Way Fusion technique that the Ginyu Force puts together.

Trunks can perform this five-way with Goten, Kid Goku, Pan, and Tekka, with the combination resulting in a powerful Ultra Fusion. Ultra Fusions are rare occurrences in the game, but it goes without saying that this character is extremely strong. Trunks has a wealth of resources at his disposal when in this Ultra Fusion state.

4 Sword Of Hope Future Trunks

Future Trunks goes to some incredible places over the course of Dragon Ball Super. Future Trunks goes through tons of huge transformations throughout the show and many of these have been translated to recent Dragon Ball video games with much care. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 tried to remain as current with Dragon Ball Super as possible and, thankfully, a number of DLC additions made that very possible.

DLC Super Pack 4 brings Future Trunks’ Sword of Hope into the mix. To be fair, the Sword is just a byproduct of Future Trunks’ Spirit Bomb Super Saiyan maneuver, but Xenoverse 2 treats it like an actual transformation that takes over the character since his sword transforms.

3 Super Saiyan Rage Future Trunks (Super Trunks)

Arguably the strongest story arc out of Dragon Ball Super is the Goku Black Saga and the terrors of Fused Zamasu. The villain is unstoppable in a way that’s never been present in the series before and it’s extremely satisfying when Future Trunks gets to be the one who solves the problem and takes him down.

During the climax of the Fused Zamasu battle, he taunts Future Trunks by telling him that all of this damage is his fault for travelling through time. This pushes Future Trunks into a colossal rage that allows him to hold off both Fused Zamasu and Goku Black. He’s basically as strong as a Super Saiyan Blue in this state.

2 Super Saiyan Blue Future Trunks

Future Trunks doesn’t achieve Super Saiyan Blue status in the anime or the manga, but Dragon Ball Fusions writes a few new chapters during Dragon Ball Super’s Goku Black Saga that push the character in that direction. In a bonus story, Goku and Vegeta decide that it wouldn’t be a bad idea for them to train Future Trunks and Tekka’s teams to turn Super Saiyan Blue. While it’s never explicitly shown, Future Trunks comments on how he’s learned the technique.

Super Saiyan Blue Future Trunks would likely be more stable than Super Saiyan Rage Future Trunks, but it seems like a slim difference in power.

1 Spirit Bomb Super Saiyan Future Trunks

The coup de grace in the final showdown with Fused Zamasu comes from Future Trunks. After already doing tons of damage in his shiny, new Super Saiyan Rage form, Future Trunks turns up the heat a little higher. Future Trunks uses this new strength to call upon all of the energy from the planet — just like with Goku’s Spirit Bomb — and channels it into his sword.

As a result, the sword grows and becomes consumed with energy, which finally gives Trunks enough of an advantage to defeat Fused Zamasu. It looks like truly the apex of power and achieves what both Goku and Vegeta were unable of doing.

What do you think? Which Trunks transformation is the most powerful in Dragon Ball? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-12-21 01:12:08

25 Of The Strongest Anime Characters, Officially Ranked

Anime is pretty great by itself and talking with other anime fans in digital or physical spaces can greatly enhance the experience. Some of the longest running conversations in the anime fandom center on which characters are stronger than other characters, or who would win in a fight. Even with the upcoming Jump Force game and countless crossover specials, these debates are likely to go on for as long as new anime air every season.

While anime can tell a broad range of stories and the affordances of animation allow anime to tackle just about every genre of fiction, combat-focused anime usually in the shounen category tend to be some of the most popular and commercially successful anime around. With so much combat focused content in anime, it’s no surprise that debates about which character is stronger than another are a staple of the fandom. Of course, this conversation is always in flux since there’s currently more anime airing than ever before and everyone’s favorite protagonists are getting stronger all the time.

It may be impossible to say for sure who would win in a one on one fight, this list will attempt to definitively rank the strongest characters in anime when they are at their strongest and most capable. These 25 characters are by far some of the strongest in all of anime and while we may never actually see any of them duke it out, this list attempts to argue who is definitively the strongest of the bunch.

Here are 25 Of The Strongest Anime Characters, Officially Ranked.

25 Light Yagami – Death Note

Light Yagami, the protagonist of the dramatic and suspenseful Death Note anime, would get smoked in a heartbeat if he fought any of these other anime characters in a direct fight. However, he doesn’t really have to fight anyone directly.

His genius intellect and utilization of the lethal Death Note allow him to end anyone in any way he desires so long as he knows their full name. Light ends countless people effortlessly in Death Note and defeats nearly everyone who tries to uncover his diabolical plot. With these abilities, Light can defeat nearly any other anime character in existence.

24 Kenshiro – Fist of the North Star

Master of the Hokuto Shinken, Kenshiro wonders a post-apocalyptic world and fights against those who abuse the weak and defenseless. He possesses incredible strength, a ridiculously honed battle sense, and the ability to end any opponent if he strikes the correct pressure points.

While he has quite a bit less of a character arc than the other entries and doesn’t get much stronger over the course of his series, Kenshiro is still a devastating opponent who can defeat any foe if they let their guard down for even a moment.

23 Guts – Berserk

The Black Swordsman, Guts is a powerful warrior who manages to end impossibly powerful demons with his massive Dragon Slayer sword, prosthetic arm containing a hidden cannon, and pain suppressing armor.

While his exploits are best viewed in the Berserk manga than in the anime, Guts slays demons like a man possessed and even manages to butcher gods during his quest to take down his former comrade Griffith. Although he has no mystical powers to speak of, he stands at the absolute peak of humanity and could emerge victorious from nearly any battle against even the most powerful foes.

22 Baki Hanma – Baki the Grappler

Baki Hanma is a ridiculously muscular teenage boy with the sole goal of defeating his father, and the world’s strongest living creature, Yujiro Hanma. Baki constantly trains his body by placing himself in dangerous situations.

He defeats countless masters of various fighting styles; including the prehistoric Pickle, a caveman who could take down any dinosaur and survived to the modern age while frozen in a glacier. Baki’s immense strength comes entirely from honing and disciplining both his body and fighting technique, making him one of the most formidable martial artists in all of anime.  

21 Edward Elric – Fullmetal Alchemist

A young man who gained a natural command over alchemy after tragically losing his right arm and left leg while trying to bring his mother back to life, Edward Elric is extremely powerful. He can alter the terrain of any battlefield with his alchemy skills, and transform nearly any substance into a weapon to complement his versatile fighting style.

His abilities all him to go toe to toe against homunculi and even beat a god-like figure into oblivion. Although he relinquishes his powers at the end of Fullmetal Alchemist, at his peak Edward could best just about any other anime character.

20 Inuyasha – InuYasha

The half-demon Inuyasha is a warrior from feudal Japan who can slay any opponent who gets in his way, whether they are human or demon. The son of the most powerful demon in the world, Inuyasha is the most powerful half demon and his strength only grows over the course of the anime as he gains new mystical transformations and techniques for his shape-shifting sword.

His skill in battle is almost unrivaled and with the ability to absorb the energy of his opponent and turn it against them, he and his mystical blade are an almost unstoppable force.  

19 Akira Fudo – Devilman

Akira Fudo, the protagonist of numerous Devilman anime and other works by Go Nagai, gains the power to transform into the powerful Devilman after conquering a demon spirit that tries to possess his body.

Gaining the strength and speed to take on the fallen angel Satan and his apocalyptic forces, Akira is humanity’s last hope as long-hidden demons begin to rise up. Although his efforts proved futile in the end, Akira’s power is undeniable and he obliterates even the strongest of demons with ease as he tries to save the world.  

18 Natsu Dragneel – Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail mage and fire dragon slayer, Natsu Dragneel is a monstrously powerful wizard. He learned his versatile magic from his adoptive dragon father, Igneel, and is able to push his body past his natural limits by consuming material embedded with magic.

When he enters this ‘Dragon Slayer Mode’ he can defeat immortal and apocalyptic beings like the Black Mage Zeref. Fighting primarily with flame-enhanced melee attacks and the occasional blast of fire breath, Natsu is famous for destroying anyone who challenges him or his guild and destroying anything in the vicinity of his brawl.     

17 Yusuke Urameshi – Yu Yu Hakusho

Spirit Detective Yusuke Urameshi starts off as a delinquent who passes in a car accident and by the end of Yu Yu Hakusho becomes a nigh-unstoppable half-demon who is feared by demons all across the spirit world.

His spirit gun can destroy landscapes miles long and mortally wound even the highest class of demons. Furthermore, his mastery of the Spirit Shotgun and the Spirit Wave technique makes him a versatile fighter capable of dealing with any opponent, regardless of their fighting style. Growing both as a person and a fighter over the course of Yu Yu Hakusho, Yusuke is both a terrific character and combatant.    

16 Korosensei – Assassination Classroom

An experiment gone awry, Korosensei is a usually yellow squid man with nearly unmatched speed and destructive power. He can easily avoid gunfire, outfly a fighter jet, and is able to punch a hole through the moon.

He takes the entire world hostage and threatens to destroy it unless a group of troubled children are able to end him before the end of an academic year. With a keen intellect, inhuman abilities, and a body with more tricks than tentacles; Korosensei is able to obliterate nearly any opponent if he so chooses.   

15 Meliodas – The Seven Deadly Sins

The Dragon’s Sin of Wrath, Meliodas is the son of the Demon King and is as strong as he is durable. Possessing monstrous strength, command over the flames of hell, the ability to reflect any magic, and a cursed immortality; Meliodas is perhaps the strongest character in The Seven Deadly Sins and anime in general.

While his small stature and cute appearance might imply a lack of physical prowess, he actually holds an incredible demonic strength that’s yet to fully appear in either the anime or the manga version of the series.   

14 Ken Kaneki – Tokyo Ghoul

Over the course of Tokyo Ghoul, Ken Kaneki goes from a timid bookworm to a figure of worship known as the One-Eyed King. After transforming into a half Ghoul and training his body, he’s able to destroy entire cities easily and command legions of monstrous beasts that can transform others into Ghouls.

In exchange for only being able to consume coffee and human flesh, Kaneki gained superhuman strength and the ability to regenerate limbs and even his entire body. This makes him a borderline undefeatable fighter who only grows stronger with each injury he sustains.

13 Ichigo Kurosaki – Bleach

This oranged haired Shinigami has a broad, and sometimes confusing, set of powers that allow him to defeat even the most overpowered of foes. His strength and swordsmanship allow him to take down all-powerful deities and reality-bending gods while he gains new powers from each set of foes he defeats.

His ability to adapt to new opponents is almost unrivaled and he best nearly any foe with a combination of his keen intellect and lethal energy slashes. Even if fans were never able to see the full extent of his abilities in Bleach, Ichigo is undoubtedly one of the strongest characters in anime.  

12 Naruto Uzumaki – Naruto

Everyone’s favorite loudmouth ninja, Naruto can go toe to toe with nearly any other character in anime. His ability to enter Sage Mode and his control over the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox grant him impossible strength and the ability to form massive monsters out of chakra.

Furthermore, his relationship to the other tailed beasts lets him wield every element of chakra and even combine them for greater devastation. Even without these abilities, he can still create an army of clones that allow him to overpower any foe that tries to fight him or do harm to his friends.

11 Alucard – Hellsing Ultimate

The mythic Dracula goes by the name Alucard in Hellsing Ultimate and he does the legendary figure justice. Functionally immortal at the beginning of the series due to the number of souls inside of him, and then literally immortal by the end of it, Alucard cannot be ended.

His dual pistols are also essentially cannons and he is able to summon the souls of those he’s eaten to form an army of servants. As if those aren’t enough, Alucard has an army of demon dogs at the ready that can tear nearly any enemy it shreds in an extremely painful instant.  

10 Isaac Netero – Hunter x Hunter

The former chairman of the Hunter Association, Isaac Netero is one of the strongest martial artists in anime. After subjecting himself to training that was supposed to end him, Netero gained incomprehensible speed and strength.

If those ever fail him, though, he is also able to summon a massive karate god that can destroy nearly anything and stop the most durable foes in their tracks. He will see victory even in his passing, though, as he has a small but lethal bomb implanted in his chest that will obliterate whoever manages to end him and poison anyone who manages to survive the blast.

9 Eren Yeager – Attack on Titan

The titan shifter Eren Yeager is a very powerful anime character who has the ability to transform into a 15 meter tall Titan with incredible regenerative abilities. However, the reason he’s so high up on this list is because of his ability command legions of Titans with the power of the Founding Titan inside of him.

Using this ability, he can bring entire nations to ruin with a simple command that brings thousands of 50 meter tall Titans to action. Entire armies could not stand against this ability, and that makes Eren one of the strongest characters in anime.

8 Mob – Mob Psycho 100

Kageyama Shigo, or more commonly known as Mob, is an ultra-powerful esper who can destroy anyone or thing with a simple thought. His powers are so intense that he has to shackle his emotions to keep them from running wild.

However, if he feels something too strongly or falls unconscious, his abilities come rushing to the surface and wields powers on par with large-scale natural disasters. Not only does the nature of his abilities make them impossible to guard against, but the strength behind them is also so great that even the strongest psychic buckle beneath them.  

7 Jotaro Kujo – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

Jotaro Kujo is the main protagonist of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, and one of the strongest characters in anime. He’s as smart as he is tough and able to discern and counter the abilities of anyone who tries to fight him.

His standability, Star Platinum, allows him to stop time and strike his enemies with impossibly powerful blows both within and outside of frozen time. There’s no way to defend against this technique and it’s powerful enough to mortally wound anyone who stands against him.

6 Simon – Gurren Lagann

Simon is a simple earthling who incorporates spiral power into the attacks of his giant mech for devastating results. Commanding a mech so large it spans galaxies, Simon can create a drill with the ability to rip reality apart and destroy literally anyone or thing that stands in his way.

With a nearly god-like command over life and the afterlife, as well as reality itself, this metaphysics bending warrior is nearly unstoppable and can obliterate the universe itself if he chose to. Only beings with the ability to destroy entire universes can hope to stand a chance against him.

5 Son Goku – Dragon Ball Super

The strongest martial artist in all of anime, Goku is the strongest fighter his own universe and all of the other universes in Dragon Ball.

With his newly acquired Ultra Instinct form, he can beat any fighter so long as he is able to tap into that power. Even outside of this form, though, if he clashes with strong enough foes for long enough he runs the risk of destroying an entire universe as collateral damage. With these impressive abilities, it’s hard to believe that his story started with him as a young, monkey-tailed boy living alone in the woods.  

4 Tetsuo Shima – Akira

Tetsuo Shima, the de facto antagonist of Akira, awakens his immeasurable psychic powers after a collision with another psychic. His powers quickly grow in strength and before long he runs the risk of obliterating the entire universe.

Thankfully, before that can happen, he warps himself to a place outside of reality and the force of his psychic explosion gives birth to a whole new universe. Few other anime characters possess the ability to both create and destroy reality, and that’s what makes Tetsuo one of the strongest characters in the medium.

3 Kyubey – Madoka Magica

Kyubey from Madoka Magica is the personification of entropy, or the heat ending of the universe. He is omnipotent, immortal, and lives only to bring all of existence to ruin. Although he is not particularly strong himself, he manipulates people and reality into continuing the cycle of destruction that inevitably leads to the erasure of all matter in existence.

If something exists, Kyubey will destroy it eventually and there is virtually no way to escape his destructive force. Quite simply, his power is oblivion and there are only a few anime characters that hope to stand a chance against this overwhelming power.  

2 Zeno – Dragon Ball Super

Zeno is the ruler of every reality in Dragon Ball Super and he can both create and destroy all of existence in a single instance. The child-like god possesses absolute power and can erase anyone and thing on a whim. He doesn’t have any techniques or special moves, he is simply an all-powerful god that commands space and time with youthful abandon.

He’s destroyed numerous realities for his own entertainment and plays with galaxies as though they were marbles. There is no way to stand against this god and only a single other anime character has a chance of beating this god in a fight.    

1 Saitama – One Punch Man

Saitama from One Punch Man is the strongest character in anime. One Punch Man is different from most other combat anime, in that the protagonist is already the strongest person around, rather than striving to reach that goal. After three years of rigorous training, he can withstand any blow and defeat any enemy with a single serious strike.

However, this unbeatable strength leaves Sitama depressed, and the series explores the emptiness that follows achieving a lifelong goal. Saitama is the most powerful character in anime because the entire point the character is that the pursuit of strength or one’s goal is more fulfilling than holding such a position.

Are there any other anime characters you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-12-07 05:12:22

20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them)

James Gunn may be off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 project after being fired by Disney for some controversial tweets surfaced from long ago, but not only has he apologized and insisted that he’s a much different person than he was at that period in his life; he’s reportedly also getting another stab at creating a comic adaptation with the next Suicide Squad film.

While Marvel fans mourn the loss of the man behind some of the best movies in the MCU, it’s quite possible that Gunn will give the DC universe the boost it desperately needs to really compete with Marvel.

While we’ll have to wait and see what the actual film brings to the party, we have plenty of time to speculate about what its plot might be, what kind of tone to expect and above all, which characters might be included and who might be cast in those roles. While many of us are hoping to see some members of the Squad from the first film return, we’re also crossing our fingers, wishing for a chance to meet more members who weren’t included in the first movie. There’s really an endless amount of speculation to enjoy here and many fans have already photoshopped their choices for the best portrayals of characters audiences have loved for decades.

Casting for these iconic personalities won’t be an easy task, but here are 20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them).

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

Let’s be honest: Margot Robbie is a sure-in for Harley Quinn at this point. The star surprised many fans while proving others right with her incredible performance as the psychiatrist turned psychopath. Ensuring that Quinn not only shone as the premiere talent in a film with its problems, but that she would endure for her own film afterward, Robbie is a fan favorite, through and through.

We could definitely see this version of Harley in a Gunn movie.

If for some reason Robbie had to back out of the project, as much as it would pain fans, some have taken to casting other ideas for actresses who could play Harleen Quinzel. Artist D3SIGNMILTIA’s piece depicts an interesting version of the character that might work well with Christina Ricci.

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

We’ve seen so many incarnations of The Joker over the years that it’s getting more and more difficult to choose the perfect person to play an updated version of Batman’s most notorious foe. Whether or not he’ll be in the next Suicide Squad film is unclear. Who can measure up to Jack Nicholson’s chilling Joker and Heath Ledger’s perfect monster?

Joaquin Phoenix, currently starring in Todd Phillips’ solo Joker, is certainly one candidate. Phoenix, who’s also utilized some unorthodox acting methods in the past, might give us a bit more grave swagger as the criminal mastermind. His ongoing presence in the DCEU will likely depend on the success of Joker, due out in October 2019.

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

Everyone’s favorite child doctor has grown up to become a much beloved singer, showman, and nemesis of the Baudelaire children. Neil Patrick Harris shines in just about everything he’s in, so including him in the next installment of Suicide Squad makes perfect sense.

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

He’s got the chops to bring the perfect blend of humor and intelligence that the Riddler needs to truly succeed, which might hopefully replace the slapstick Riddler we got in Batman Forever years ago. Harris isn’t everyone’s favorite for the Riddler, though; stay tuned for more artist manipulations involving the Riddler later.

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

Given the fact that the Arrowverse and TV adaptations of DC stories have proven so successful, it makes sense to borrow from that character pool to not only connect the universe but to help ensure the success of Suicide Squad 2. If Gunn and company are planning on including Deathstroke in the sequel, we think Manu Bennet would be a clear choice for the character.

While some fans speculate that Joe Manganiello will play the part, since he is Mr. Wilson in Justice League and has announced that he’s working on three more films featuring the character, his involvement in Suicide Squad 2 remains speculation at this point. Many believe that Deathstroke will indeed be a primary villain in the film, and Bennet has already proven that he would do the character justice.

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

Lots of fans are imagining Marvel actors in DC roles, which is pretty delightful for those of us who Make Ours Marvel and DC. Sophie Turner, who gave us the Jean Grey that we were waiting for in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to reprise the role in Dark Phoenix, would also make an excellent Oracle.

Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle has included a gig as tech support for the Suicide Squad.

With Ruby Rose’s debut as Batwoman and a Batgirl movie announced, the inclusion of Oracle could provide some timeline intrigue. Plus, after decades of Batman saturation, this much Bat-women power would be so much fun.

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

Viola Davis was a pretty stellar Amanda Waller, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Viola Davis in anything. Davis could read a grocery list and deserve an Oscar. That said, Kode Logic has imagined what Oprah might bring to the role and we have to say that it looks impressive. Firm, ruthless and beautiful, Oprah’s Waller seems to give the character a bit more experience points, which are conveyed in that hard gaze.

Davis has said that she loved playing Amanda Waller, who is aligned so well with her character Annalise Keating in the hit TV drama How to Get Away with Murder in many ways, but how much fun would it be to see Oprah bend the rules?

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

You don’t mess with what works, and Will Smith certainly worked as Deadshot in the original Suicide Squad. He did so well, in fact, that plenty of people thought that he deserved his own film and said that they’d have watched Suicide Squad again if it only starred Smith. This really isn’t a surprise, given Smith’s star power, and it’s been announced that he’s returning to the franchise in the role again.

It’s a good thing that we have some time before the movie’s released, too, since Smith is set to star in Bad Boys for Life and Bright 2 around the same time. Smith’s got three films releasing in 2019 alone, and while one is only a vocal role, he’s definitely going to be busy for the next couple of years.

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

Utter the words “Jeffrey Dean Morgan” in the same sentence as “The Batman” and you’re bound to get a room full of excited fans. He’s absolutely perfect for Wayne in an adaptation of something like Batman Beyond, but we could definitely see him as the Batman in just about any adaptation of the series, and DeviantArt user evelius has given us some visual art to really picture the idea.

Morgan has the darkness and the voice necessary for Batman to match this ragtag team of violent convicts.

While Bale and Affleck had their time in the cowl, it’s time for a new man behind the mask. Why not Negan?

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

While Katana was featured in the first Suicide Squad film, most people believe her role was too small to really critique or appreciate. Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara wasn’t bad in the role; she just didn’t get much to do.

Adding Rila Fukushima in the second movie might lend Katana some traction given that she already portrays the character in the Arrowverse.

While Fukuhara, who is set to play Glimmer in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV series, is rumored to be reprising the role, Fukushima, star of last year’s Ghost in the Shell, was also fantastic as Yukio in The Wolverine, which would give us another fun link between the DC and Marvel universes.

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

Who doesn’t love quirky, smart, and funny Emma Stone? The actress would be perfect for an updated role as Poison Ivy following Uma Thurman’s beautiful but wonky portrayal of Pamela Isley. One of BossLogic’s many creative manipulations, this artwork features Stone as the iconic plant-loving villain and it’s pretty impressive.

We already know that Ivy will be a big part of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film, which will also feature Harley Quinn and Catwoman at its heart, so why not include her in the Suicide Squad movie as well? There are several other cool artist manipulations of actresses who might be great in the role, such as Jessica Chastain, so it’s going to be a tough one to cast.

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

Many of us can’t stop celebrating Kristen Wiig being cast as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984. The strongest thing the DC movies have going for it right now is all the incredible female characters, most notably Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, and we can’t wait to see where Aquaman takes us. If all goes well it would make perfect sense to include Wiig in Suicide Squad 2, especially since weaving in characters from multiple films would help provide better continuity for the DCEU.

Wiig is funny, smart, and beautiful, and we think she’s going to make an excellent foe for Wonder Woman.

In that case, her inclusion in another movie would also be fantastic to see.

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

DeviantArt artist farrou has created some truly amazing fanart of DC characters, and one of them, which features Nathalie Emmanuelle as Vixen, makes us believers. While we’re not sure if Emmanuelle has a Tantu Totem, we’re pretty sure she could make it work if Gunn and co. gave her one. The actress, best known for her role as Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is definitely ready for a a super suit and action in a big movie like this.

Then again, Jada Pinkett Smith has expressed interest in the role of Vixen, which would not only be interesting due to her husband’s presence in the movie but also due to her previous DC role as Fish Mooney in the TV series Gotham. Both actresses would be well-cast for the movie.

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

Do we really need the Riddler to come out and play in Suicide Squad 2? After the weirdness of Batman Forever and the sinister developments of Gotham, perhaps it’s time to reinvent the villain. Jake Gyllenhaal makes sense to play the villain not only because he was David Goyer’s original choice to play Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies, but because this fanart made by Vaskoho is something to behold.

While there are several people who could pull off the role, we think Donnie Darko has a fighting chance.

Fans point out that there were some Riddler Easter eggs in the Batman v Superman movie, so it’s possible that we’ll see The Riddler on film someday.

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

Can we all agree that, no matter the context, Dave Bautista must appear in Suicide Squad 2? Not only has the Drax actor delighted us all with his hilarious yet poignant portrayal in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but he’s also publicly stated that he supports Gunn and wants to be involved in his next project.

We’re pretty sure any role could be molded to make room for such a beloved actor, but as as BossLogic has pointed out, he’d make an excellent Bane. After having two Banes that didn’t work so well in the Batman universe, we could definitely use a fresh face for the role. If he’s not Bane, Bautista would make a fantastic Solomon Grundy, too. We’re not too picky on this one.

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

Could Black Manta make an appearance in Suicide Squad 2? It’s too early to rule anything out and many fans think he’d make a good inclusion, particularly following the Aquaman movie. While the majority of his screen time might simply have his head shrouded in a big bubble, his casting would be nonetheless important. Artist diamondking13 suggests actor Michael K. Williams for the job and we love the idea.

It would be cool to see how Gunn and co, would update the suit for a more modern, movie-friendly look.

Famous for his critically acclaimed roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, Williams was just cast in Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, but Suicide Squad 2 is far enough in the future to give him time for both gigs.

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us just don’t care to see Jared Leto return as The Joker and it’s quite possible that The Joker won’t even see a second of footage in the second film. While we’d all probably be okay with that, if a new Joker is cast, Bill Skarsgård is a fantastic choice.

Skarsgård is hot right now following his success as Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. He also played a less troubling character in Castle Rock over the summer, proving his mettle yet again in King’s world. Considered one of the good things to come out of Netfix’s Hemlock Grove, Skarsgård could probably do the Joker justice, as artist aikoaiham has shown.

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

After witnessing Killer Frost in the Arrowverse, many fans are calling for her inclusion in Suicide Squad 2. DeviantArt creator farrou has imagined what it might look like if Teresa Palmer played the villain and it’s a pretty spot-on representation.

The Australian actress is no stranger to action movies and could do well in the role.

Kristin Bauer van Straten has already voiced Killer Frost in the animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, while Danica McKellar voices her in Lego DC Superhero Girls. She’s also been in 2009’s Public Enemies animated feature between Batman and Superman, but she’s never been in a live action movie before. Danielle Panabaker portrays the character in The Flash, but she hasn’t made a film in a few years.

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

Jon Bernthal is another actor already present in the MCU, portraying the most accurate and adept version of the Punisher we could ever hope for, so tossing the talented actor into the DC mix would just be plain fun. It’s not that Joel Kinneman was terrible as Rick Flag, and he’s done a great job standing up for the original film and its purpose, but Jon Bernthal would just be better.

The skill Bernthal has in striking that tricky sweet spot between ruthlessness and gravitas while still being a compelling, empathetic human being isn’t something anyone can do. Artist Riku7kun shows us what Bernthal as Flag might look like. It’s a little bare in comparison to Kinneman’s look, but that might actually work with Bernthal.

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

It’s no secret that Josh Gad wants the role of The Penguin, having pushed for it himself in social media, and fans are clamoring for the opportunity to see the voice of the snowman, Olaf, and Gaston’s buddy LaFou in a much more sinister role.

Whether or not Gad will show up in The Batman remains to be seen but he definitely has the flippers to play the beloved villain.

BossLogic has given us some art imagining what he might look like in the role and it can only get better from here. In March, Gad started hilariously trolling Matt Reeves on Twitter, sending him animated penguin GIFs and hinting at what he could bring to the Batman franchise.

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

It’s an obvious inclusion, but it’s necessary. While the original Suicide Squad, hyped up to be the most incredible DC movie of all time, had plenty of problems, most fans and critics agree that the shining star of the whole production was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s portrayal was everything we hoped for– brutal, nuanced, and a delicate balance between her joker obsession and Harley coming into her own person without being too over-the-top.

Who isn’t excited to see Robbie return as Harley in theBirds Of Prey adaptation featuring the awesome women of DC, which is so ardently anticipated that it pushed Suicide 2 to the back burner? After this much love, Robbie has to be in this universe.

Who do you most want to see in a new Suicide Squad movie? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-11 02:10:45 – Sara Schmidt

22 July Review: Paul Greengrass Delivers Another Intense Docudrama

Despite some general storytelling issues, Greengrass succeeds in delivering another well-crafted and intelligent docudrama-thriller with 22 July.

In-between his efforts on the Bourne movies, journalist-turned filmmaker Paul Greengrass has spent much of his career making docudrama-thrillers about real-world events, ranging from the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. (United 93) to the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama in 2009 (Captain Phillips). While there’s an inherent risk of exploiting a real-world tragedy that comes with any such project, Greengrass has long been celebrated for his ability to dramatize terrible events on the big screen in a manner that’s intense, yet sensitive and ultimately insightful in its presentation. Thankfully, that remains the case with his Netflix Original 22 July, even if it doesn’t necessarily represent the writer/director at his finest. Despite some general storytelling issues, Greengrass succeeds in delivering another well-crafted and intelligent docudrama-thriller with 22 July.

22 July picks up on July 21, 2011 in Oslo, Norway, as Anders Behring Breivik (Anders Danielsen Lie) – a self-declared right wing extremist – prepares to carry out a terrorist attack on the city the next day. He begins his assault by setting off a bomb in a van near the main office of the then-current Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (Ola G. Furuseth), killing eight people in the process. Breivik then proceeds to continue his attack by gunning down 69 members of a summer camp organized by the AUF – the youth division of the Norwegian Labour Party – on the island of Utøya, before he is ultimately apprehended by the police and taken into custody.

Among the members of the summer camp is one Viljar Hanssen (Jonas Strand Gravli), who manages to survive Breivik’s attack despite being shot multiple times and left permanently maimed. As Viljar struggles to recover both physically and psychologically from what happened to him (along with everyone else who survived the Utøya shootings and their loved ones), Breivik works with his chosen lawyer Geir Lippestad (Jon Øigarden) to mount a defense and use his trial as a platform to publicly announce his political agenda (which calls for the immediate deportation of all Muslims and heavier restrictions on immigration to Norway, among other things). When it becomes clear to Viljar what Breivik intends to do, he grows increasingly determined to continue his rehabilitation and testify against him in court for not only himself, but also every other person whose lives were affected by what took place on July 22.

Adapted from the book One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway — and Its Aftermath by Åsne Seierstad, Greengrass’ script for 22 July has a very clear-cut three act structure – with the first act focused on the July 22 attack, the second part set during its immediate aftermath, and the final third centered on Breivik’s trial. The film is strongest during its first and third acts in particular, as those chapters (respectively) play to Greengrass’ strengths as a suspense-thriller storyteller and provide the emotional payoff to Viljar and, thus, Norway’s overarching journey of recovery and survival. It’s the second act where things start to drag and get a little muddled, especially as 22 July splits its focus between not only Viljar’s story thread, but also Lippestad and Breivik’s trial preparation, and the investigation into Stoltenberg’s administration and its failure to prevent a terrorist attack. While there’s nothing in the second act that feels inessential, 22 July struggles to divide its attention evenly between its three plotlines and the film’s pacing suffers for it.

On the whole, however, 22 July does a nice job covering a fair amount of narrative ground, even when taking its pretty substantial runtime into consideration. It helps that Greengrass (as he’s known now for doing, as a director) never fully lifts his foot off the gas pedal and keeps the film’s proceedings feeling on-edge throughout, even during its more purely dramatic portions. The filmmaker, working this time around with DP Pål Ulvik Rokseth (The Snowman) and Oscar-winning Argo editor William Goldenberg, uses essentially the same vérité cinematography and restless editing style that he has on his previous movies, in order to fully immerse viewers in the film’s setting and action. At the same time, Greengrass slows things down a bit here and, in turn, delivers a movie that’s more visually cohesive than some of his weaker efforts in the past (see the last Bourne sequel, in particular). This serves 22 July well, allowing it to effectively work as both a grounded drama and thriller.

Given the sheer amount of information that 22 July strives to cover, though, there’s not a lot of room for the film’s actors to really shine – not in the way that Barkhad Abdi and Tom Hanks did in Captain Phillips, for example. Even so, the 22 July cast is uniformly strong across the board, with Gravli especially doing an excellent job of portraying Viljar’s struggles with his physical injuries, PTSD, and the sheer amount of emotional baggage that he’s saddled with after barely managing to escape the attack on Utøya with his own life. Actors like Thorbjørn Harr and Isak Bakli Aglen are similarly moving in their smaller roles as members of Viljar’s family, as is Seda Witt as Lara Rashid, a young woman who starts to make a romantic connection with Viljar before both of their lives are shattered by Breivik’s attack. As for Breivik himself: Lie is quite compelling in the role and portrays the terrorist as a fully-developed person – one whose rationalization of his behavior makes him chilling and pathetic in equal measure.

As with his previous films, Greengrass uses 22 July as a means for delivering larger sociopolitical commentary about the state of things in the world, specifically where it concerns the rise of xenophobic and nationalist ideologies in various countries (the U.S. included). While his scripted dialogue can start to become a bit on the nose as its strives to get these points across (especially in the third act), Greengrass largely succeeds in allowing the story here to shine a light on these issues organically, without getting up on his figurative soapbox to drive the point home. If there’s a downside to the filmmaker’s approach, though, it’s that July 22 winds up handling its subject matter in a way that’s more engaging intellectually than emotionally and, thus, lacks the emotional resonance of Greengrass’ best work to date.

All things considered, however, Greengrass does a very good job of bringing the true story behind 22 July to cinematic life. The final result is a film that makes for an enlightening and otherwise respectful documentation of a horrifying real-world event, rather than one that comes off as exploitative or manipulative. 22 July is showing in select theaters now – in order to qualify for next year’s major film awards shows – and it certainly benefits from being seen on the big screen, but can still be appreciated just as much as a Netflix Original on your home TV. While it’s obviously not a light-hearted viewing experience, 22 July is very much worth checking out if you’ve enjoyed Greengrass’ previous non-Bourne efforts and/or would like to know more about Norway’s own infamous modern terrorist attack.


22 July is now available for streaming on Netflix and is playing in select U.S. theaters. It is 143 minutes long and is rated R for disturbing violence, graphic images, and language.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!

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2018-10-10 01:10:22 – Sandy Schaefer