10 Things Wrong With The Doctor Who Universe We All Choose To Ignore

Far away in a distant part of the universe, there existed a species of aliens known as Time Lords, creatures that could manipulate the time-space continuum to travel backward and forward to any point in time and space. From this massively powerful species emerged a single Time Lord, who took it upon him/herself to travel all over the universe (making a surprising number of pit stops in 21st century suburban Britain) in his/her time machine called the TARDIS.

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Across his/her countless travels over a very, very long time span, this Time Lord came to be known simply as the Doctor. Thus was born the saga of Doctor Who, Britain’s most beloved sci-fi series with millions of fans around the world. But as adored as the series is, it doesn’t stop us from questioning these 10 disturbing facts about its narrative.

10 The Doctor Keeps Kidnapping Companions

The Doctor is a very mysterious being, which is, of course, part of his/her appeal. But, it does make you wonder why the multiple companions they’ve had over the years are so willing to be kidnapped? Think about it. The Doctor almost never reveals his/her true nature to his/her companions until they are actually inside the TARDIS and teleporting to a distant location.

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It is usually at this point that a normal human would panic to be trapped with a stranger in an unknown vehicle being carried to who knows where against their will. Yet, the companions never seem to pause to consider that they have just been the victims of a kidnapping.

9 The TARDIS Is A Victim Too

The Doctor is all about freedom and liberty for all creatures. Which is ironic, considering he/she’s been using a living, thinking creature as his/her personal bachelor pad/battle tank/mode of transport this whole time. That’s right, the TARDIS is part of a sentient species created by the Time Lords to do their bidding from the moment of their births.

That means the Doctor has been regularly using a creature that has known nothing but subjugation and captivity throughout the thousands of years that it’s been alive and under his/her command.

8 He/She Touches Lives, And Not Always In A Good Way

The first episode of Doctor Who under Steven Moffat showed us a little girl called Amy Pond, who met the Doctor once and then spent the rest of her life awaiting his return while being forced to question her sanity. That’s what meeting the Doctor does to a regular human. It shows them a glimpse of a world they cannot comprehend and leaves them wondering if they’re going insane.

Now, imagine the countless Average Joe side characters that the Doctor has met over the years. What kind of disturbing thoughts must be going through their heads after being introduced to the wider universe thanks to the Doctor, and will they ever be able to go back to their normal lives again?

7 He/She Has The Powers Of A God, But The Temper Of A Person

The Doctor is, to all intents and purposes, an actual god. He/she has created and destroyed entire realities, manipulated time and space endlessly, lived to see the end of the universe and annihilated entire armies and alien species. You would expect a godlike being such as this to also have the wisdom to match.

Unfortunately, the Doctor is all too human, even when exercising his/her immense power. He/she frequently plays judge, jury, and executioner and inflicts the most horrific, eternal punishments for crimes that, while terrible, probably don’t deserve unending torture for the rest of time. No more horrifying example of this behavior is needed than the ending of the episode “Family of Blood.”

6 Humanity Has No Control Over Its Destiny

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We human beings pride ourselves on being a strong, independent species that went from being cave-dwellers to a space-faring race. Yet, in the world of Doctor Who, the humans have a long history of being controlled, manipulated and regularly mind wiped by other, superior species.

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The Silence were a particularly nefarious example of an alien race controlling the course of humanity. But the Doctor has also been frequently responsible for being the puppet master standing behind the curtain, manipulating the path humanity takes and keeping them in ignorance of the larger universe and the alien species who regularly visit their planet.

5 The Doctor Has Many Contradicting Backstories

Doctor Who has been on the air for a very long time. We get that it can be difficult to keep all the parts of such a massive storyline straight at all times. But you’d think the writers would at least want to keep the Doctor’s backstory nailed down and kept the same over the years.

Unfortunately, the Doctor’s backstory seems as unreliable as that of the Joker from The Dark Knight. The Doctor once claimed to have a human mother, hence his fondness for Earth. Later, he was confirmed to be fully a Time Lord. There was also an episode where Lord Morbius looked into the past of the Fourth Doctor and saw many past regenerations that have since been completely ignored by later seasons.

4 The Doctor Doesn’t Follow His/Her Own Rules

For a show about time travel, Doctor Who sure likes to play fast and loose with the rules behind interfering with timelines. There have been countless instances where the Doctor has insisted that he must not interfere with a particular past or future event, only to later go right ahead and interfere anyway. And he’s been doing this for a very long time.

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This usually happens when one of the Doctor’s companion’s lives is at stake. Which makes us wonder how flexible the rules of time travel are for the Doctor to be constantly breaking them without blowing up the whole space-time continuum by this point. Which brings us to our next point…

3 No Real Consequences

Deaths are not always permanent in Doctor Who. Past tragedies are regularly corrected by the Doctor. So are future ones. Also, the ones that the Doctor insists must happen to preserve the space-time continuum. There are few problems, past, present or death-related, that the Doctor cannot fix with his time machine and sonic screwdriver.

Which makes it really hard to believe anything ultimately matters. Once you see the Doctor pulling the fix-everything-ever trick in multiple episodes, it can be hard to take any future threats the series raises seriously.

2 The Doctor Is Often Petty And Manipulative

The character of the Doctor has frequently been called into question by his/her friends, enemies and even those who have only heard of him/her. That is because the Doctor, despite being the ‘hero’ of the story, often does not act like one. He/she has wiped the memories of friends, led invasions against his/her own planet, and repeatedly manipulated those around him/her to achieve the end goal.

When such bullying tactics work, the Doctor is hailed for being a hero and saving the day. At other times, things go horribly wrong, people die (a lot of them), and the Doctor is left to live with the guilt.

1 The Doctor Is A Warrior, Not A Healer

For a show about a Doctor, there is actually very little healing going on in the episodes. Now, we get that the show is an adventure drama and not a medical drama, but it’s hard to forget that considering the amount of advanced, otherworldly tech the Doctor has at his disposal (not to mention an actual time machine), he could cure every ill person who ever lived, anywhere in the universe.

But the Doctor prefers to roam around the universe instead, observing alien species like a scientist and stepping in to help prevent catastrophes where possible. A noble task, yes, but it is an undeniable fact that the titular character of the show could save many more lives if they acted like a real doctor instead of a glorified police officer.

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2019-07-14 03:07:53

Neeraj Chand

Captain America’s Solo Trilogy: 5 Things It Did Right (& 5 It Did Wrong)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe began as Tony Stark’s franchise. The other heroes each had a chance to shine, but Stark was the anchor pulling the whole thing together. However, as soon as the Russo brothers took over the Captain America movies, Steve Rogers became just as important as Stark.

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It is the dichotomy between these two characters that has formed the backbone of the MCU for a good few years. It all began when the Russos showed up to get Cap’s solo franchise into shape. Here are 5 Things Captain America’s Solo Trilogy Did Right (And 5 It Did Wrong).

10 Wrong: Generic origin story

While Captain America: The First Avenger isn’t a terrible movie – it’s actually, all things considered, a pretty good one – there’s no denying that it follows the MCU’s set-menu origin story formula.

We meet Steve Rogers as a young man searching for his purpose. He has an older, wiser mentor figure who offers him the chance to fulfill his destiny. The mentor figure dies, which pushes him to fulfill that destiny. Everything’s going great until a villain shows up with similar powers to Steve and he’s finally met his match. The only non-generic thing about it is the fact that the hero is catapulted into the future at the end.

9 Right: Cap’s character arc

Captain America’s character arc as a whole lasted until Avengers: Endgame, but there is an internal one in his solo trilogy and it’s terrific. In The First Avenger, Steve is willing to do anything for his government. In The Winter Soldier, that government betrays him and he realizes he can only trust himself.

In Civil War, he actively fights against the government’s attempts to regulate his actions. The final moments of Civil War see Steve arriving at the Raft to break his allies out of prison. There’s no way we could imagine the Steve we first met doing that, yet it doesn’t feel out of character when we see it. That’s what character development looks like.

8 Wrong: Villains

The Captain America trilogy has never had particularly good villains. Despite Red Skull being Cap’s primary villain in the comics, he just came off as lame in The First Avenger.

It was an intriguing turning of the tables to have Cap’s best friend become the villain in The Winter Soldier, but ultimately, Bucky wasn’t the real villain of that movie; Alexander Pierce was, and he was another generic MCU villain with vague motivations for evil. Finally, Helmut Zemo was woefully underused in Civil War, since the focus was on the Avengers’ animosity towards each other, while his “getting caught was all a part of my plan” schtick has been done a thousand times before.

7 Right: Steve’s friendship with Sam

When we catch up with Steve Rogers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we truly see him as a man out of his time. He’s trying to get by, but it’s not easy, because all of his friends and family are dead and he doesn’t recognize the world. And then he meets Sam Wilson, a fellow vet who is similarly struggling to fit in.

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Sam wasn’t frozen for 70 years, but he did go to war and return home to find that he had no place, so the two can relate to each other. Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie have fantastic chemistry and Cap’s solo movies have used this well.

6 Wrong: Steve’s romance with Sharon

In the years between Cap going into the ice and missing his date with Peggy and his trip back to the ‘40s to spend his whole life with her, Marvel didn’t really know what to do with his romantic arc. So, they put him in a weird, kind of creepy, pseudo-incestuous relationship with Peggy’s great-niece, Sharon.

Fans were never on board with this pairing, and it seems right that the MCU just sort of forgot about it. It’s even worse in retrospect, since we now know that Steve would eventually go back in time, marry Peggy, and technically become Sharon’s great uncle.

5 Right: Upping the stakes in the second movie

All these years later, Captain America: The Winter Soldier still stands as one of the best movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It suitably upped the stakes following The First Avenger, with Steve Rogers adjusting to life in the modern world, losing his trust in the government he served (the only thing he had left), and coming face-to-face with the ultimate villain: his childhood best friend who he thought had died 70 years earlier and had been brainwashed by Nazi scientists to assassinate him. The Winter Soldier solidified Cap’s place as one of the MCU’s most well-defined and interesting characters.

4 Wrong: Third acts (except for Civil War)

The third act of Civil War is spectacular, with the conflict of the movie being stripped down to its essential elements: Tony finding out Bucky killed his parents, Tony wanting revenge, and Cap standing in his way as he’s torn between his best friend and his closest ally.

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But the third act of The First Avenger feels rushed in order to get Cap in the ice and send him into the modern day, while the third act of The Winter Soldier takes the paranoid political thriller build-up and tosses it out in favor of an all-too-familiar CGI smash-‘em-up for the final battle.

3 Right: Final lines of dialogue

The final line of dialogue in a movie is incredibly important, because they’re the words stuck in your head as you leave the theater and head home. The MCU understands this, and it’s never been on finer display than in the Captain America movies. At the end of The First Avenger, Steve finds himself hopelessly confused in 21st century New York and Nick Fury asks him if he’s going to be okay. Steve responds, “Yeah, I just…I had a date.”

His first thought is that he’s missed his chance with Peggy. At the end of The Winter Soldier, Steve tells Sam he doesn’t have to help him look for Bucky and Sam says, “I know. When do we start?” And at the end of Civil War, Steve sends Tony a letter that concludes, “No matter what, I promise you, if you need us, if you need me…I’ll be there.” Powerful stuff.

2 Wrong: Making Civil War pretty much an Avengers movie

Captain America: Civil War is often referred to as Avengers 2.5, because Iron Man, Black Panther, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch are as much a part of the plot as Cap is. While Civil War is, at heart, still a Captain America movie, it doesn’t feel like a true solo movie in the sense that The Winter Soldier does. Civil War is bigger than Captain America, and that’s its biggest problem.

That story needed to be told – the Avengers had to break up before Thanos showed up, because that’s how Thanos won – but maybe it shouldn’t have been a Cap solo movie. Cap deserved a true closer to his solo trilogy.

1 Right: Completing the Cap/Bucky arc

The MCU as a whole gives us a rounded portrait of Steve Rogers and a complete, fleshed-out character arc, but the Captain America solo trilogy focused more specifically on his friendship with Bucky.

In the first one, they fought in World War II together and Bucky “died,” spurring Cap on to sacrifice himself. In the second one, Bucky returns as a brainwashed assassin out to kill Cap. In the third one, the Avengers are torn apart and the UN pokes around in superheroes’ business. But despite the epic scale, it still didn’t lose sight of the focus on the Cap/Bucky arc and gave it some closure, which is pretty admirable.

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2019-07-13 11:07:27

Ben Sherlock

Thor’s Solo Trilogy: 5 Things It Did Right (& 5 It Did Wrong)

Out of all the MCU’s solo franchises, it’s arguable that the Thor trilogy was the one that struggled the most. Marvel fans have always loved the character and the way Chris Hemsworth plays him, but from Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespearean tragedy to Alan Taylor’s GoT-style medieval fantasy to Taika Waititi’s nutty slapstick comedy, the Thor trilogy has bounced around a few different styles, genres, and tones to see what fit.

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As it turns out, they didn’t really figure it out until the third one and even then, some fans are skeptical. Here are 5 Things Thor’s Solo Trilogy Did Right (And 5 It Did Wrong).

10 Wrong: Love interest

By the laws of Hollywood filmmaking, every MCU solo movie needs a love interest. But where some of those movies have developed complicated and interesting relationships that fans have enjoyed following, like Peter Quill and Gamora or Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, others have given us banal romantic interests played by actors who have no chemistry with the lead, like Christine Palmer, or Jane Foster.

Natalie Portman is a terrific actor – one of the best working today, some would say – so she could’ve given the MCU a brilliant character if she was given any interesting material to work with in the scripts.

9 Right: Thor’s relationship with Loki

What makes Thor’s solo franchise unique is that it’s not just about him. Since the beginning, it’s been about his relationship with his brother, Loki, who continues to deceive and betray him.

Their relationship is a little like Jimmy and Chuck in Better Call Saul; you know that one brother is constantly screwing over the other brother and the other brother should just cut them out of their lives, but since they’re brothers, you know they can’t do that. The on-screen chemistry shared by Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston is an integral part of this – if they didn’t have chemistry, it wouldn’t work.

8 Wrong: An uninspired second chapter

MCU fans are pretty much unanimous in the opinion that Thor: The Dark World is the worst movie in the franchise (or, at the very least, that it’s very near the bottom). TV director Alan Taylor was brought in and he churned out a very bland and by-the-numbers take on the character. Loki’s fake-out death is predictable, the battle scenes don’t come close to matching Taylor’s work on Game of Thrones, and Jane Foster is given both her biggest role and her least substantial material.

Being the second chapter (the one that is usually the best: The Empire Strikes Back, Spider-Man 2, The Dark Knight, The Godfather Part II), The Dark World really drags down the trilogy. The third Thor movie had to be out-and-out bananas just to make up for how uninspired the second one was.

7 Right: Family themes

The strength of the Thor saga has always been its focus on family. Since he’s royalty, family has always been an important part of the God of Thunder’s life, and it’s the key to understanding him as a character.

Thor’s relationships with his brother, father, and mother have always been at the forefront of his stories – or, at least, they’ve been at the forefront in the first and third movies, which worked better than the second. A big part of the reason why The Dark World failed is that, even with moments like Frigga’s death, it lost sight of the family themes.

6 Wrong: Pre-Ragnarok comic relief

It’s often said that Thor: Ragnarok fixed the Thor trilogy by making it funny. The problem before was not a lack of humor, just a lack of good humor. The first two movies made attempts at comedy, and aside from a couple of fish-out-of-water gags involving Thor adjusting to life on Earth in the first one, it simply wasn’t that funny.

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Kat Dennings and Chris O’Dowd gave it their all, but The Dark World’s moments of humor just didn’t land. They were completely mishandled. Of course, as soon as the brilliant mind of Taika Waititi was hired to tackle the third Thor movie, this issue was under control.

5 Right: Anthony Hopkins as Odin

A lot of the casting in the Thor franchise is spot-on, Hemsworth and Hiddleston being the most obvious examples, but since they’re players in the wider MCU, that’s not really a point in favor of Thor’s solo series, but rather the franchise as a whole.

Anthony Hopkins as Odin, however, is very much a product of Thor’s solo movies, and he did a fantastic job. In a lot of his blockbuster roles, Hopkins seems to phone it in, like in the mind-numbing Transformers: The Last Knight, but in the Thor movies, he always brought his A-game. Whether he was stripping Thor of his powers or dying, Hopkins always sold the weight of Odin’s scenes.

4 Wrong: World-building

Although we know what Asgard looks like from afar with ample sweeping crane shots (plus, we’ve seen various locations close up), the world-building in the Thor movies has left a lot to be desired. Asgard is a fascinating place in the comics, and yet none of the movies have managed to convey that. We don’t get a sense of Asgard the way we get a sense of Hogwarts or the Death Star and that’s a huge disappointment.

It meant that we didn’t really care when Asgard was destroyed in Ragnarok. The Russos have done a better job of establishing New Asgard, the small Norwegian fishing town that the Asgardians have relocated to, in just one movie than three directors did with three movies set largely in the original Asgard.

3 Right: Villains

Apart from Malekith, the primary villain of The Dark World who felt underdeveloped and, as a result, boring, the villains in the Thor trilogy have all been pretty awesome. Loki proved to be such a strong villain that he was brought back as the main villain in The Avengers (as a side-note, there should be more recurring villains in the MCU, because the one-villain-per-movie system is getting to be a drag).

Even the Destroyer felt like a real threat. And in Ragnarok, we got not one, not two, but three great villains: Cate Blanchett’s delightfully flamboyant Hela, Jeff Goldblum’s hysterically unhinged Grandmaster, and a suitably formidable Surtur.

2 Wrong: No narrative consistency

While each Thor movie technically follows on from the previous one’s narrative developments, his solo franchise doesn’t feel like a consistent three-part story in the way that Iron Man and Captain America’s solo trilogies do. Instead, it feels like it was constantly trying to “fix” itself.

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Kenneth Branagh’s Thor was too light, so Marvel hired Alan Taylor to take the sequel to darker places. The Dark World was too serious, so Marvel hired Taika Waititi to take the threequel to brighter and sillier places. The Thor trilogy doesn’t feel like a trilogy as much as two write-offs followed by the first installment in a proper Thor trilogy.

1 Right: Finishing strong

The hardest movie in a trilogy to pull off is the third one, since it has the obligation of wrapping up the story and topping the first two. In the Thor trilogy’s case, the latter wasn’t too difficult, but the third movie, Ragnarok, was still faced with a difficult challenge.

Marvel made a wise decision bringing in Taika Waititi to direct the movie as a bright, colorful, zany comedy, because it differentiated Ragnarok from the previous two installments (neither of which are MCU classics) and felt like a breath of fresh air. As it turns out, all the Thor movies were missing was humor.

NEXT: Thor: 10 Possibilities For The God Of Thunder’s MCU Future

2019-07-13 09:07:15

Ben Sherlock

Iron Man’s Solo Trilogy: 5 Things It Did Right (& 5 It Did Wrong)

The Iron Man trilogy is arguably the most important solo franchise in the MCU, because it was the first one. In 2008, the first Iron Man movie kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Tony Stark announcing to the world that he was the metal-clad superhero that had been spotted in the skies of Los Angeles and Nick Fury telling him he wasn’t the only superhero. It was then followed by two sequels, both of which received mixed reviews from critics and irked a lot of fans.

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10 Wrong: The Mandarin twist

There was a way to make the Mandarin twist work – it makes a good point about feared terrorist leaders in the public conscious being controlled by unseen puppet-masters and it’s a totally unexpected plot turn – but Iron Man 3 went about it all wrong. For starters, Ben Kingsley’s portrayal of Trevor Slattery was far too zany and over-the-top for the impact of the twist to really set in. Plus, the marketing of the movie got fans excited to see the real Mandarin, the iconic and terrifying villain from the comics, in the film. The Mandarin twist might be the MCU’s biggest missed opportunity.

9 Right: Tony Stark’s character development

Although the Avengers movies developed Tony Stark to an extent, his solo trilogy did most of the legwork. He arguably developed more in the first movie than in his entire character arc, as he realized selling weapons is wrong (after a near-death experience with a Stark Industries bomb) and decided to help others rather than himself. And as much as Marvel fans might rag on Iron Man 3, Shane Black arguably understood the Tony Stark character better than any other MCU director. By taking away his tech and forcing him to face the villains without it, Black showed us that Tony really is a hero.

8 Wrong: Unfocused second movie

There’s a lot in Iron Man 2 that fans were disappointed with, like its generic villains, but its most egregious crime is its lack of focus. As the arc reactor in Tony’s chest began to fail him, there was an opportunity for some real character development, but the sequel got too bogged down in setting up the wider MCU.

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Black Widow was crammed into it instead of getting her own solo movie and Nick Fury spent the whole movie harping on about the “Avengers Initiative.” Iron Man 2 was too preoccupied with setting the stage for The Avengers that it failed to be a great movie on its own.

7 Right: Working the events of The Avengers into the plot

All throughout Iron Man 3, Tony suffers from PTSD following his trip through a wormhole during the Battle of New York. People do suffer psychological damage after near-death experiences and it would’ve been disingenuous if Iron Man 3 ignored what had just happened to Tony in a wider plot of the MCU. The ongoing threat of the Mandarin in the early scenes of Iron Man 3 is deftly woven into his post-traumatic stress. Even though it was the very first case of a solo movie following on from a team-up movie, it still stands as one of the most effective.

6 Wrong: Recasting James Rhodes

After the first Iron Man movie, there was a contract dispute between Marvel and Terrence Howard, so the studio replaced him with Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2 onwards. This was a terrible mistake, because with Howard’s smooth charisma and genuine coolness, he was much better for the part than Cheadle. Also, being real-life friends with Robert Downey, Jr., Howard’s Rhodey had much stronger on-screen chemistry with Tony than Cheadle’s. Going back and rewatching Howard’s performance in Iron Man after nine years of Cheadle as Rhodey, it’s easy to see that the role should’ve never been recast and Howard was ideal for it.

5 Right: Origin story

The MCU’s origin stories are often criticized for following a rigid formula, but 2008’s Iron Man feels fresh. This is partly because it was the first ever MCU movie and therefore had no formula to follow yet, but partly because it’s just brilliantly made. It has a nonlinear structure, ordered perfectly to give us a pointed portrayal of Tony Stark. First, we see him get captured by terrorists. Then, we go back to see the life of excess and luxury he leads. Then, we return to his captivity as he builds a weaponized suit instead of the bomb the terrorists want him to build. As far as superhero origin stories go, this is as good as it gets.

4 Wrong: Finishing too early

Producer Kevin Feige is a huge fan of the trilogy as a narrative technique. To be fair, there is a rich history of brilliant trilogies, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The problem with that is that Iron Man’s solo franchise ended way too early. Since he had two solo movies in Phase 1 whereas everyone else had just one, Iron Man didn’t have the luxury of a solo movie at each stage of the MCU. His character arc only reached a certain stage by the end of his own trilogy and the rest of it spilled into other people’s movies. It would’ve been interesting to see an Iron Man movie in Phase 3.

3 Right: Blending action and humor

Tony Stark is one of the funniest characters in the MCU. He has a pop culture-inspired nickname for everyone and he has the perfect quip for every situation. But he’s also a superhero who flies through the sky and blows up bad guys. It can be tough to reconcile the two.

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A lot of MCU movies struggle to walk the fine line between humor and action, often letting the humor distract from the action or vice versa. But the Iron Man movies nail the action/humor combo, and it’s almost entirely thanks to Robert Downey, Jr.’s mesmerizing performance in the role of Stark.

2 Wrong: Villains

Despite adhering to the cliché of the father figure who turns out to be evil, Obadiah Stane was a pretty great villain, but he was also the last great villain in the Iron Man trilogy. Iron Man 2 had two villains – Whiplash and Justin Hammer – and they were both boring and unnecessary. The true villain in that movie was the U.S. government, so they could’ve both been cut without compromising the film at all. The big twist in Iron Man 3 was that the Mandarin was a fake all along, and the real guy pulling the strings was Aldrich Killian, who was disappointing, to put it nicely. Killian was set up as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, which could’ve been interesting and led to an actually engaging twist if Guy Pearce hadn’t played the character as a mustache-twirling villain.

1 Right: The perfect ending

While the real ending to Iron Man’s character arc would come six years later in Avengers: Endgame, involving the Infinity Stones and a timeless callback, he got a sort of ending in Iron Man 3. In one of his only genuine shows of affection to Pepper – one that wasn’t simply an expensive “Aw, shucks!” gesture – he decides to undergo a surgical procedure to have the shrapnel removed from around his heart. Then, he drives down to the shore and tosses his now-useless arc reactor into the ocean. If Tony Stark’s story had ended there, perhaps it still would’ve been satisfying.

NEXT: Tony Stark: Iron Man’s Journey Through The MCU

2019-07-13 01:07:18

Ben Sherlock

Fans Claim Spider-Man: Far From Home A Box Office Bomb (They’re Wrong)

Some people are saying Spider-Man: Far From Home is a box office bomb, but that assessment is very wrong. Earlier this month, the concluding chapter of the MCU’s Phase 3 hit theaters, continuing the story of Peter Parker. Picking up shortly after the events of Avengers: EndgameFar From Home saw Peter grappling between his desire to lead a normal life and fulfilling the responsibilities of being a superhero. Nick Fury recruited Peter for a new world-saving mission partially because he wanted to see if Peter was up to the task of becoming the next Iron Man.

Unsurprisingly, Far From Home was regarded as another entertaining and thrilling installment in the MCU. Critics were quick to praise the story, which combined typical high school romance/drama with blockbuster action spectacle into a funny and heartfelt package. When compared to several of the other recent live-action tentpoles from this summer, Far From Home was certainly a mark up in terms of quality. It also performed very well at the box office, exceeding initial expectations by making $185 million domestically in its first six days. Still, there are those who consider it another 2019 disappointment, though that’s off base.

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People who say Far From Home underwhelmed point to the film’s $92.5 million haul from Friday-Sunday during its opening weekend, but that’s not really fair to Marvel’s latest. Its opening “weekend” was heavily skewed, since it premiered on a Tuesday (July 2) and played over the Fourth of July holiday. This wasn’t a typical release, like Spider-Man: Homecoming was. The 2017 blockbuster debuted over a normal three-day frame and tallied $117 million domestically. Odds are Far From Home would have blown that figure out of the water if it was coming out this weekend instead of going for the Independence Day crowd. It’s worth pointing out that the $92.5 million is the year’s fourth-best traditional three-day weekend, narrowly edging out Aladdin.

Far From Home has also rewritten the record books early in its run. It set a new all-time mark for highest-grossing Tuesday on its first day ($39.2 million) and even made more than Endgame on the films’ respective first Wednesdays in theaters. Far From Home was a title in high demand, as evidenced by its $603.7 million worldwide total (as of this writing). It will likely repeat as weekend champ by a healthy margin, since newcomers Stuber and Crawl are entering theaters with limited fan fare and buzz. Until The Lion King opens next week, Far From Home is the tentpole of choice and will continue to draw in large crowds – especially given all the excitement surrounding its game-changing post-credits scenes. Those who didn’t get a chance to see it over a busy holiday will want to see what the hype is about.

An argument can be made here that Endgame spoiled people with its unprecedented run earlier this year. It’s paramount to remember Endgame was unlike anything the industry had ever seen before; it was essentially a series finale that wrapped up over a decade’s worth of storylines and character arcs and was the single-biggest event in Hollywood’s biggest franchise. No film, not even Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, will be able to truly compare to that. Endgame is an unfair benchmark to expect other tentpoles to reach. It was an anomaly. Far From Home has already sailed well past its break even point and has turned a nice profit for Sony. It’ll only continue to move up the list and probably make more than Homecoming by the time it bows out.

More: Spider-Man: Far From Home Ending Explained (In Detail)

2019-07-11 03:07:26

Chris Agar

Game Of Thrones: 20 Things Wrong With Tyrion Lannister We All Choose To Ignore

Tyrion Lannister is a beloved character on Game of Thrones. He keeps the show interesting with his charm and wit. Yet, like all the other characters on Game of Thrones, he certainly isn’t perfect. Not only is he morally grey like most of the other characters, but there are things that are wrong with him that some fans just ignore. Whether it’s his lack of skill at diplomacy and battle strategy when it comes to advising Daenerys Targaryen or his outburst at his trial, there are some things about Tyrion that just don’t make sense.

Of course, this does not change how well-loved and interesting Tyrion’s character is. If anything, these inconsistencies just make fans more interested in his character. Yet it’s still worth it to examine them and to attempt to explain them. In a show as big as Game of Thrones is, with its many characters and plot lines, there are bound to be things that don’t make sense. Tyrion’s characterization at times just happens to be one of those things.

It would also be interesting to think of why fans ignore these inconsistencies when it comes to Tyrion’s character. Is it just because he’s so beloved? Or are there other reasons? Could it be that fans are willing to overlook inconsistencies in the show as a whole because of how entertaining it can be? That’s definitely a possibility. It’s also possible that fans do not want to look into inconsistencies when it comes to their favorite characters.

Here are: 20 Things Wrong With Tyrion Lannister We All Choose To Ignore. 

20 He’s Not A Good Hand To Daenerys

Tyrion Lannister is smart, capable, and clever. So why is it that his advice to Daenerys is so horrible? In fact, during season seven, she did better when she ignored his advice and did what she thought was best. With many fans theorizing that he is going to betray her in season eight anyway, it’s surprising that he hasn’t lost his position. At least, not yet. You never know what’s going to happen in the world of Game of Thrones. 

Just so everyone is on the same page, let’s go over some of Tyrion’s bad advice. He advised against attacking King’s Landing when Daenerys was at the height of her strength. He advised her to attack Casterly Rock, which ended up very badly. He advised against her going beyond the Wall, without which Jon Snow and the others would have been in big trouble. Overall, his advice hasn’t been good. And it might be better off for Daenerys to listen to someone else’s advice or do her own thing.

19 …But He Was A Pretty Good Hand To Joffrey

If there’s one ruler in the world of Game of Thrones who can’t inspire loyalty in their subjects, it’s Joffrey Baratheon. He’s a very unpleasant person, and that’s putting it mildly. So why was Tyrion such a good Hand to him? One possible reason is that Tyrion wasn’t doing it for Joffrey himself but for the good of Westeros in general. Yet that argument could also be used now in his duties as Hand to Daenerys. Yet he’s apparently lost his brains now and cannot give her good advice the way he once did for Joffrey.  So perhaps that’s not it. Perhaps Tyrion was a better Hand to Joffrey because he secretly cared for the horrible king. No? Too surprising?

18 His Age Is Different From The Books To The Show

One big difference between the books and the show is the age of the characters. All of the main characters in Game of Thrones are a lot older than their book counterparts. When it comes to Tyrion, though, fans tend to ignore this. One possible explanation is that since he is not a minor in the book, his aging up is not seen as significant. Though we would argue it still is. It’s still a huge change between the books and the show and those changes definitely matter. Another possible explanation is that some show fans haven’t read the books, and therefore don’t notice the changes made from them. The show is, for some, their first— and only— exposure to the world of Westeros.

17 He Isn’t As Smart As He Thinks He Is

Though he can play the game of thrones with some success, he is not as intelligent as he appears. During season one, he hints to his siblings that he knows they hurt Bran. Given the moral ambiguity of Jaime and especially Cersei, Tyrion should have known that wasn’t a smart move. Because of this action, he should have been on his guard but he wasn’t and was later set up by Petyr Baelish before being taken by Catelyn Stark.

During his tenure as Hand of the King to Joffrey, he manages to make a lot of enemies on the Small Council. Not to mention how he earns the hatred of his sister Cersei after he sends Myrcella to Dorne. This leads to him losing any power he had and ultimately, he should have been smarter. If he was as intelligent as he believes, he probably would not have made so many dire mistakes.

16 His Actions Are Whitewashed In The Show

Though Tyrion is morally grey, he is not as much of an anti-hero as his book counterpart. In the books, he is ordered by Tywin to participate in the humiliation of his wife, Tysha. This event occurs before the timeline of the story, but is a very important one for Tyrion. He even thinks of it when he gets rid of his father, Tywin. In fact, in the book, he asks Tywin where Tysha is before Tywin passes away. Given this event and how important it was to Tyrion, you would think it would shape his character. No. Not at all. While on the run in Essos, in the books, he abuses a slave girl. He feels bad about it afterwards, but that doesn’t stop him from doing it again before she is finally able to escape him.

15 His Outburst At His Trial Doesn’t Make Sense

When he is accused of eliminating Joffrey— which he didn’t do— he is offered a deal. He can spend his life at the Wall as a member of the Night’s Watch. Given that Tyrion is supposed to be very intelligent and know how to play the game of thrones, all he had to do was take the deal. Keep his cool and take the deal. Use his intellect to get out of it later. Instead, he doesn’t use his intellect at all and ends up throwing somewhat of a tantrum. Though his anger is understandable, he still shouldn’t have allowed it to overcome him. Ultimately, his anger leads to his downfall, which leads to him having to flee Westeros.

14 He’s In Love With Daenerys

Now we kind of understand why. Daenerys is an awesome woman, after all. But you’d think Tyrion would be smart enough to not mix business with pleasure. Apparently not. One possible reason for this is to show just how wonderful Daenerys is. If even Tyrion would fall for her, she must be something special. Poor Tyrion, though. He’s not very lucky in love, is he? First Shae betrays him, now Daenerys falls for someone else. It’s got to make you wonder why he doesn’t just give up on the whole thing entirely. Is Tyrion a secret romantic? Aaw, that’s sweet. Kind of. Though Westeros is not the place to have romantic dreams. They’ll just end up being crushed.

13 …Or At Least Thinks He Is

Wait, is he in love with Daenerys or isn’t he? According to Peter Dinklage himself, it’s complicated. Tyrion is definitely impressed by Daenerys and feels a connection with her. He feels as if they have a lot in common since both of them want to escape from their family’s past. He also is cautious, though, because of his past unluckiness in love. In addition to that, he is worried about Jon Snow and Daenerys getting involved. He knows that romance and politics don’t really work well together. Therefore, their relationship could be dangerous, not only for them but for all of Westeros. It is surprising, though, that Tyrion hasn’t been able to figure out if he just admires Daenerys or if it’s something more. For a man of his intelligence and experience, you would think that would be an easy enough thing to figure out.

12 He Is Accused Of A Crime He Didn’t Commit By Catelyn Stark

This happened all the way back in season one, so it’s no wonder some fans have forgotten about it.  Still, it’s important to remember little details like this. You never know what could end up being important in the world of Game of Thrones. Just to remind everyone, Tyrion is accused of trying to harm Bran Stark, which was actually done by his siblings Jaime and Cersei. He insists that he is innocent, but Catelyn doesn’t believe him. She takes him to her sister Lysa Arryn at the Eyrie. He is then accused not only of trying to harm Bran, but of  eliminating Lysa’s husband, Jon Arryn. Tyrion is also innocent of that crime.

He requests and is granted a trial by combat. Bronn fights for him against one of Lysa’s knights and Bronn wins. This means that Tyrion is innocent in the eyes of the gods. So he manages to get out of this situation. Still, if he had been more careful in the first place, he never would have gotten into a situation like this one.

11 …And Again By His Family

You’d think one time of being accused of a crime he didn’t commit would be enough for Tyrion. Apparently not. After Joffrey passes away, Tyrion is accused of getting rid of him. Of course, he didn’t do it. Yet since his sister and father already hate him, they are happy to believe that he did commit the crime. Luckily, his brother Jaime is on his side. And Tyrion ends up getting out of yet another sticky situation. Though this time, he owes it all to Jaime and Varys.

There are so many ways this could have been avoided, though. Of course, Joffrey was a horrible person and a terrible ruler. Yet Tyrion should have encouraged a less hostile relationship with him. Perhaps then he wouldn’t be accused of trying to get rid of him. If people believed Tyrion cared about Joffrey, it would be harder to accuse him of the crime of eliminating Joffrey.

10 He Didn’t Try To Stop Tywin From Hurting Tysha In The Show

You would think, with the way Tyrion is characterized on the show, that the writers would have given him a heroic moment during this important time. They could have easily shown that Tyrion had tried to stop his father, done everything he could even, only to be defeated by Tywin. This would have made Tyrion look great. Of course, he didn’t want these events to happen, but it looks a little bad that he didn’t try harder to stop his father. Tywin is used to getting his way, true, but Tyrion should have at least tried to outsmart him. Also, it’s amazing how easy it was for Tyrion to believe that Tysha wasn’t truly in love with him. He should have trusted her more.

9 He Stops At The Inn On The Way Home, When He Doesn’t Need To

This could be just bad luck on Tyrion’s part, but you’d think he’d do his best to avoid such situations. This is, of course, when he stops at the Crossroads Inn and is captured by Catelyn Stark. As is mentioned before, this whole situation could have been avoided if Tyrion was more careful. After suggesting to Jaime and Cersei that they were behind Bran’s injury, he should have known that Cersei would want revenge. So he absolutely should have been taking better care of himself and not easily fall into any traps. Instead, he is easily captured by Catelyn Stark and has to defend himself. Luckily, he gets out of it. But things could just as easily have gone the other way.

8 He Takes Shae To King’s Landing Even Though He Knows It’s Risky

This was definitely a mistake. During season two, Tyrion becomes Hand of the King to Joffrey. He is therefore needed in King’s Landing. Defying his father’s orders to leave her behind, he takes Shae to King’s Landing with him. Since Tyrion knows how dangerous everyone in King’s Landing can be, he really shouldn’t have done this. He even warns Shae of how dangerous it can be. Yet he didn’t think it was too dangerous to bring her in the first place? Yeah, that doesn’t fully make sense. Of course, love can make people do silly things. Yet you’d think Tyrion would be the exception to that rule. Given his intelligence, he would know when to take risks like that and when not to. This is a situation where he probably shouldn’t have taken the risk.

7 His Efforts In The Battle Of The Blackwater Are Ignored By Tywin

Now, Tywin does tend to ignore Tyrion’s accomplishments. That’s true. Yet if Tyrion was a bit better at the game of thrones, his father wouldn’t have been able to pull the rug out from under him the way he did. He should have used his intelligence and political savvy to gain allies in King’s Landing. Trustworthy allies. Instead, the only person who seems to acknowledge his efforts during the battle is Varys, who is not really what you would call trustworthy. One possible reason why this occurred was to show just how unfair Tywin Lannister can be. Even though the audience and Varys know what Tyrion did during the battle, since Tywin wasn’t there himself he prefers to ignore it.

6 He Chooses To Stay In King’s Landing, Even Though It’s Dangerous

This is another case where Tyrion should’ve known not to take the risk. He and Shae could have easily run away together, yet he decides to stay in King’s Landing. Why? The explanation he gives in the show is that standing up to the others in King’s Landing is what he is good at. Yet is it? Is it really? If he was really that good at standing up to people, he would know how to do it the right way. The way that would get you more allies rather than lose them. Instead, he makes many enemies on the Small Council and in King’s Landing as a whole during season two. What a shame.

5 Varys Betrays Him…. And Tyrion Should Have Seen It Coming

Tyrion is often acknowledged, both on the show and in the fan-base, as a very intelligent person. So why did he trust Varys? As is mentioned before, Varys is not exactly trustworthy. Tyrion should have known that he couldn’t trust The Spider— which is Varys’ ominous nickname— in the first place. Varys even warns Tyrion that he will not protect him. So why does Tyrion trust him so much? Why is he so shocked by his betrayal? If Tyrion is supposed to be intelligent, then he should have known that Varys would double-cross him eventually to save himself. For a clever person, Tyrion can be pretty stupid at times. He really should have seen this one coming.

4 He Should Have Known Oberyn Martell Would Lose The Fight

Though Oberyn is a good fighter, Tyrion should have known he wouldn’t win. Not only is it very hard to defeat Gregor Clegane— also known as The Mountain— but Oberyn’s appetite for revenge definitely affected his fighting skills. Tyrion should have known that. Oberyn even admits what he wants when he offers to be Tyrion’s champion. One possible reason for this inconsistency is that in this situation, Tyrion was desperate. He wanted someone to fight for him and he got Oberyn. So perhaps beggars can’t be choosers. Still, Tyrion should not have put all his hopes on Oberyn. He should have had several backup plans, just in case things didn’t work out his way. Though Tyrion does manage to escape Westeros, he wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for Jaime and Varys.

3 He Meets With The Slavers While Daenerys Is Gone

Tyrion should have known this wouldn’t go well. First of all, they’re slavers. They enslave people for a living. That means they’re definitely not honorable people. He should have known that they wouldn’t honor any deal that they made with him. Second of all, in Daenerys’ absence, Tyrion should have listened to those closest to her, especially those who have a great deal of knowledge about slavery like Missandei and Grey Worm. Instead, he went ahead with his plan. Luckily for him, Daenerys eventually comes back and restores order. One possible reason for this inconsistency is to show that while Tyrion can give advice to rulers, he cannot rule himself. He just doesn’t have the talent for it.

2 He Tells Jon To Bend The Knee

During season seven, Tyrion tries to convince Jon to bend the knee to Daenerys. Knowing Jon as he does, Tyrion should have known that this wouldn’t work easily. Jon can be stubborn. He’s a lot like his Stark family in that way. Once he took up the title of King In The North, Tyrion should have known he wouldn’t relinquish it so easily. He would need a good reason. Jon would need to have a reason to believe in Daenerys. Tyrion should have, instead of just telling him to bend the knee, explained why he himself is following Daenerys. Instead, Jon finds out from others like Missandei and eventually accepts Daenerys as his queen after she saves his life.

1 He Could Be In Trouble— Serious Trouble— In Season Eight

“Say it isn’t so,” you may be thinking. Well, you know Game of Thrones. You never know who is going to survive and who is going to be eliminated. Tyrion could very well be in the latter group during season eight. Especially if, like many fans are theorizing, he betrays Daenerys. He could end up having an unpleasant interaction with one of her dragons and that would be the end of the fan favorite. Still, all hope is not lost. After all, Tyrion has survived this long. And though we’ve poked some fun at him in this piece and taunted him for not always being as intelligent as he says he is, we really love Tyrion. So of course we want him to survive.

Is there anything wrong with Tyrion in Game of Thrones that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

2019-04-16 06:04:39

Ann Darcy

Harry Potter: 25 Things Wrong With Hermoine Granger We All Choose To Ignore

In the Harry Potter series, we had the Golden Trio. These three characters made Harry Potter what it was and without them there would be no series. While Harry was the main protagonist, he didn’t have all the attributes that would have enabled him to take down Voldemort. His friends also got separate personalities and abilities that made them stand out in their own ways. Rivaling Harry in the best character polls is Hermione Granger. A sizable portion of the fandom consider Hermione to be the best character in the series due to her multitude of capabilities as well as her mature personality.

Hermione’s star was made brighter after Emma Watson portrayed her in the Harry Potter film series as she was quite a looker and was very close in personality to Hermione Granger. While Harry and Ron have some people who aren’t fans of them, Hermione never has anyone dislike her. She’s seen as the most complete of the trio due to her hardly ever showing tendencies that would make her unlikable. All in all, if you’re a fan of Hermione, you’re nothing special because of all the Harry Potter fandom feels the same way about her.

However, there are many things about Hermione that aren’t so great. No doubt you’ll cry about how much you dislike these points we’re about to make in the comments, but it is worth a look regardless. Hermione was, after all, still a teenage girl, so she did have flaws that need to be known.

Here are 25 Things Wrong With Hermione Granger We All Choose To Ignore.

25 She Bosses Ron Around

Most of what we saw of Ron and Hermione during the Harry Potter novels was her bossing Ron around. Ron would generally be rather silly, but Hermione would mainly counter that by telling him what to do.

In times when they weren’t butting heads, Ron would follow whatever Hermione told him to do and their dynamic generally was just this. He never complained about it other than when he was annoyed by her. Looks like he didn’t mind being the less dominant one in their relationship, so who are we to complain?

24 The Films Exaggerate Her Abilities

While Hermione did play savior to Ron and Harry in the novels, they still did pretty well without her as seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In the films, however, Hermione was pretty much the only reason the group survived. The filmmakers gave just about every useful trait Ron displayed in the books to Hermione; this made her stand out so much that Ron looked like the plucky comic relief and nothing more.

Hermione would always be a step ahead of everyone and would even get the best lines compared to the others.

23 Confunding McLaggen

As we followed the lives of Harry and his friends, we didn’t really care what happened to those these people didn’t like. One of these was McLaggen, who was pretty full of himself. However, Hermione still broke school rules when she cheated to hand Ron the position of goalkeeper in the Quidditch team.

Hermione used the Confundus charm to cause McLaggen to become groggy and miss the final save he would’ve made. Not only is it against the rules, it also sounds very illegal. But she was in love with Ron so it’s justified, right?

22 She Gets Crazy Jealous

Fleur Delacour never did anything to Hermione; she never even spoke to her, but Hermione vehemently hated Fleur for no reason. That is, unless you see how obviously she was jealous that Ron was into Fleur and ignored Hermione. Discounting Fleur, Hermione still got jealous when Ron was interested in Lavender and she was left in the cold.

We didn’t see how Hermione was like in a relationship, but you can bet she wasn’t the cool girlfriend guys hope they can find. Hermione seems to be very possessive of who she’s interested in.

21 She Was Happy About Breaking Ron And Lavender Up

When Lavender’s interest in Ron was a mere flirtation, Hermione didn’t seem happy at all. And when Ron and Lavender became an item, Hermione was completely distraught about it. Once Hermione and Ron made up from their squabble, they started spending time together again and it was because of this Lavender dumped Ron.

Rather than feeling guilty, Hermione was seen with a visible smile on her face by Harry once Ron was single again. She was inwardly happy at what had happened because of her involvement.

20 Her Greatest Fear

For someone who has always excelled at everything she has set her sights toward, Hermione could never stomach lacking in something. Her greatest fear is known to readers as this was shown in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Turns out, her greatest fear is something as menial as failure! No one likes to fail, but Hermione is morbidly afraid of failing. Her boggart was Professor McGonagall telling her she’d failed all her exams. Hermione really needed to take a breather from wanting to excel at everything because not everyone can be perfect.

19 Her Time Turner Use

Percy, Bill, and Barty Crouch Jr all took twelve subjects for their N.E.W.T exams, and passed with flourishing results. Meanwhile Hermione only took eleven O.W.Ls and yet she was supposed to be swamped?

In Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione had thirteen subjects, and needed the time turner because it wasn’t physically possible to take all the classes. Yet, the other three boys had only one subject less and passed Hogwarts without a time turner. It doesn’t make sense why Hermione ever needed a time turner in the first place.

18 Her Fear Of Voldemort

Hermione is a nerd who reads up on everything before she even has to deal with it. When she’s introduced in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Hermione already knows all about Voldemort and is shown to be as terrified of him as every other wizard.

This makes no sense, because she only has books to go from about Voldemort and was never raised to feat him like Ron. She was even terrified of saying his name until the fifth part. It doesn’t make sense why a logical thinker like her would fear something such as a name.

17 Saying Voldemort’s Name

Then there’s the fact that she can’t really decide if she’s afraid of saying Voldemort’s name at all. While it was acknowledged that she said Voldy’s name out loud in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for the first time, Hermione did say the name a couple times before.

You can even view one instance in the film version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when she says Voldemort’ name while in Hagrid’s cabin. In Chamber of Secrets, she scoffs at Lucius Malfoy for being scared of Voldemort’s name.

16 She Commited A Crime By Obliviating Her Parents

Oh, it was so sad how Hermione was separated from her parents by wiping their memories and yada yada, but that’s just glossing over the fact that she actually committed a crime.

Wiping someone’s memory is not sanctioned as the Ministry of Magic had a specific department whose purpose was to do just that. Of course, Hermione didn’t broadcast that she wiped her parents’ memories, but should someone find out that the current Minister of Magic had done this to her parents, her career would be in severe jeopardy.

15 She Had No Friends During Her Muggle Life

You must have noticed that Hermione acted like a total loser in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone before she became friends with Ron and Harry, and this was because she really was a complete loser.

She had absolutely zero friends in the muggle world before heading off to Hogwarts. In fact, Harry and Ron were her first friends ever. Hermione’s neurotic personality when she was a kid ensured no one wanted to be friends with her and she had a very lonely childhood indeed. Good thing Harry and Ron, and even Hagrid, came along.

14 She Never Made A Move On Ron

While readers are inclined to single out Ron for not having tact to ask Hermione out the whole time, the same can be said about her too. She even seemed to like him before he did but never did anything about it.

We can even forgive Ron seeing that he didn’t realize he was in love with Hermione until very late, but Hermione did know for sure she was in love with Ron. So what was stopping her from making a move? Ron would one-hundred-percent have complied had Hermione made it clear she wanted to be with him.

13 Blaming Ron For Not Asking Her Out

Once she had realized she liked Ron that way, it was clear she wanted him to ask her out. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hermione spent a large part before the Yule Ball throwing hints in Ron’s way that she wanted him to ask her to the Ball.

When he kept wanting to go with someone very attractive, she became scandalized and would treat Ron coldly, or just storm out without telling him why she was mad at him. If she wanted to go with him, why not just say it to him?

12 Never Apologizing

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione’s pet Crookshanks turned out to be right about Scabbers and he was revealed to be Peter Pettigrew in hiding. This made most forget the fact that had Scabbers not been Pettigrew, Hermione’s cat then just terrorized Ron’s pet all the time with Hermione never apologizing for it.

Ron was beside himself with anger whenever Crookshanks attacked Scabbers, but Hermione would always brush this aside. All it would have taken was an apology for her pet’s behavior, but Hermione seemed to be proud to acknowledge it.

11 Changing Ethnicity

After Harry Potter and the Cursed Child became canonical (yeah, we hated it too,) we had to accept whatever happened in it actually took place in-universe. But it made no sense how Hermione suddenly went from Caucasian to dark-skinned.

According to Rowling, she never made it clear what ethnicity Hermione had in the novels, but we do still have the movie series where Hermione was nothing what she looked like in Cursed Child. So, how does this get explained in-universe? Not only Hermione, but her daughter’s ethnicity changed as well.

10 Couple’s Therapy

According to Rowling, despite Hermione and Ron getting together and also marrying, they still had several marital problems due to Ron’s issues with inferiority and Hermione’s generally bossy attitude.

This also means that even though Hermione greatly matured from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, she still had problems with bossing Ron around. According to Cursed Child, Ron and Hermione’s wedding was far from perfect and he spent it under the influence. It doesn’t sound like Hermione was on top of things as far as her personal life was concerned.

9 Butting In Everywhere

The only reason Hermione became friends with Ron and Harry was because she would never leave the two alone. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, she would follow the two around all the time and listen in on their conversations.

Hermione would also interrupt the two when they attempted to go on their midnight duel with Malfoy. The reason she was so sad in the earlier books was because of Ron’s comments against her due to her once again eavesdropping in on what he was saying.

8 Thinking Expulsion Is Worse Than The End Of One’s Mortal Coil

When she was still in her neurotic phase, Hermione placed education at the top of her priorities list. Whenever she was faced with the prospect of expulsion, Hermione would retract her intention to break rules, even for good – although this was something she eventually started overlooking.

In Philosopher’s Stone, though, Hermione claimed losing her life wasn’t as bad as getting expelled. Ron caught this and stated out loud that Hermione really needed to sort out her priorities. Considering she returned for her seventh year, education was still top priority for her.

7 Has A Habit Of Hitting Ron

Nowadays, with people all about debating gender equality, the idea that Ron might hit Hermione for menial reasons will spark outrage from everyone. But the flip side is the fact that Hermione really seems to love hitting Ron for no reason.

Whenever she’s annoyed at Ron, Hermione takes it out on him by hitting him. This was most evident in the film version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince where she smacked Ron with a book repeatedly for not caring about where Harry was.

6 JK Rowling Want To Pair Hermione With Harry

Rowling has a horrible habit of backtracking on her own decisions and publicly announce regret at making those decisions. The one that irked people the most was when she admitted she didn’t want Hermione to end up with Ron and had wanted to pair her with Harry.

When she saw fan interest was riding behind Ron and Hermione, Rowling incorporated this into her books and went with it. This means that Ron and Hermione are together only because of the fans rather than the author’s initial plans.

5 Forcing Harry And Ron To Join S.P.E.W.

Harry and Ron were pretty much Hermione’s only friends during her time at Hogwarts and this meant they got stuck with a lot of her initiatives. Despite neither of them wanting to join, Hermione forced Harry and Ron to become part of S.P.E.W (it’s too long to write in full-form) and they had to make others join the society as well.

While they never really made any attempts to comply, Ron and Harry were still considered official members of the group and accepted their initiation into it.

4 Trying To Trick House-elves

When the S.P.E.W idea didn’t kick off in popularity in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hermione took matters into her own hands in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by knitting clothes for house-elves. The way this worked was that she would try to conceal these clothes so that the elves would pick them up and inadvertently free themselves from servitude.

Dobby was the only one who actually liked these clothes and kept all of them for himself. It was well-meaning from her part, but it was trickery nonetheless.

3 She Gets Angry When Upstaged

While Hermione never flaunted the fact that she was miles ahead of everyone else when it came to academics, she was visibly annoyed when she did get upstaged in this regard.

The best example would be in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when the prince’s notebook beat her at every turn in Potions classes. Hermione began a rivalry with the book and would try to beat it whenever she could, only to fail each time and grow to hate the book for it.

2 Has No Respect For Things That Defy Logic

Hermione is completely by-the-books to the point where she scoffs at anything she can’t understand. We saw this with divination, which she considered useless and not real magic, despite evidence to the contrary.

Hermione also clashed with Luna Lovegood for believing in outlandish things, only for those things to be proven legitimate. Then there’s the already mentioned Half-Blood Prince book which always took shortcuts in potions and defied the usual guidelines. Up until the end, Hermione kept sticking to rationality rather than faith or belief in something she couldn’t explain.

1 She Has No Connection With Her Parents

Finally, here’s the worst thing about Hermione: she doesn’t seem to care much about her parents at all. Starting from Goblet of Fire, Hermione barely ever went back to her parents. She spent most of the summers with the Weasleys in Books four and five, and then in Half-Blood Prince showed up at the Burrow only a single week after school ended.

This means her parents never really saw her from the ages 15 to 18. Hermione got a chance to spend Christmas with them in Book Five, but then retracted and came to stay at Grimmauld Place!

What do you think about Hermione from Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments!

2019-04-12 07:04:02

Saim Cheeda

Game Of Thrones: 20 Things Wrong With Jaime Lannister We All Choose To Ignore

aIt’s hard to believe sometimes that at the beginning of the Game of Thrones series, Jaime Lannister was the most hated character on the show. Everyone viewed him as the true villain of the story, at least at that point. The biggest part of the hatred fans had for Jaime spawned from a moment in the premiere. See, while in the midst of an inappropriate intimate moment with his twin sister, Cersei, young Bran Stark stumbled upon the scene. And what was Jaime’s reaction? To push him out of the window at the top of the Winterfell tower.

Though Bran survived, it put Jaime on the map as the villain of Westeros. But over time, we saw more to his character, and by season 3, we saw an entirely different empathic side to Ser Jaime. At this point, he had gone through so many trials and tribulations that the guard he had up was being torn down and his vulnerability was showing.

Since then, fans have decided he’s not as bad as they once thought, and have even begun rooting for Jaime. It’s hard not to when you’ve witnessed the intense character development he has undergone over the course of the past 7 seasons. Even so, there are plenty of flaws that Jaime has – serious ones, in fact. Yet, we all choose to ignore them in favor of supporting the Lannister knight.

Whether or not we actually should be rooting for Jaime is still up in the air. But for now, let’s look at the 20 Things Wrong With Jaime Lannister We All Choose To Ignore.

20 He Has A Superiority Complex

This was most exemplified in the earlier seasons but has still shown through now and then throughout the series. Jaime has always had a big ego and feels as though he is better than most.

In the first season, he even enjoyed ridiculing others, especially those who were “morally righteous”. A prime example would be when Jon is distraught over Bran’s fall – that Jaime caused, mind you – and to make matters worse for Jon, Jaime mocks his decision to join the Night’s Watch.

Though he appears to be purely egotistical, we know he was actually hiding resentment towards himself for his titles of “Kingslayer” and “Oathbreaker”. But taking out his insecurities on others was never going to help anything.

19 Jaime Is Sometimes Gullible

In the earlier seasons of Game of Thrones, Cersei was carrying on a relationship with her cousin, Lancel. This was happening with Jaime being completely unaware.

But later on, after Lancel found his faith and joined the movement known as the Sparrows, effectively abandoning his family name, Lancel ends up telling the High Sparrow of all of his sins. Including his relationship with Cersei.

This eventually led to Cersei’s much-talked-about Walk of Shame. At this point, it should be more than obvious to Jaime that their past is actually true. But he still sides with Cersei, seeming to just write it off as a rumor. This shows his gullible side that comes out whenever something is off with Cersei. He’d rather believe her lies than face the truth.

18 He Doesn’t Have A Backbone With His Father

Tywin Lannister was the patriarch of House Lannister and tended to pull all of the strings when it came to the families dealings. Of course, at least until Tyrion ended his life.

But before that happened, Jaime always did everything his father told him to do, whether he believed it was the right thing or not. He pretty much never questioned the man simply because he was his father. But Jaime is supposed to be a brave swordsman who fears no man, not even his dear old dad. Why was he never able to stick up for himself, or for those less fortunate who had gotten on his father’s bad side? Especially in life or death situations?

17 He Didn’t Believe Tyrion About Joffrey

In one of the most dramatic moments in Game Of Thrones history – which is seriously saying something – Joffrey was poisoned and met his ultimate demise from it. Because of Tyrion and Joffrey’s tension-filled relationship as uncle and nephew, as well as Tyrion already being a pariah in his own family, all of the blame immediately fell on Tyrion.

Most of this blame, of course, came from Cersei, who absolutely despises Tyrion. But Jaime always believed it to be the truth, also, and it took him hearing from Lady Olenna herself that she was the one behind it to finally believe his brother was innocent.

He should have believed Tyrion wouldn’t be capable of something like that, no matter how much Tyrion disliked Joffrey.

16 Jaime Is Arrogant

In the first season of GoT, Jaime is very selfish, bitter, and most obviously, arrogant. Part of this is because he was born into a rich and privileged family, plus he’s very handsome. On top of all of that, Jaime is incredibly gifted with his combat skills few other men are able to match up with.

Over time, his arrogance calms down a bit, but never fully goes away. It is one of his worst qualities and is one of the main reasons he was viewed as a villain in the early seasons. But even now, there have been times his arrogance has gotten in the way and only made things worse instead of better.

15 He Can Be A Coward With Cersei

Cersei Lannister is the type of woman who always gets what she wants, no matter at what cost or whose expense. The main person who she turns to in these situations is her brother, and lover, Jaime.

He does her bidding on several different occasions and rarely says no to her. Even in moments where his morals seem to kick in and he weighs whether what she is requesting is right or if it’s actually wrong, he still ends up doing as she says.

The only occasion where he stuck up for himself and said no to her was at the end of season 7 when he left King’s Landing and Cersei behind to fight the White Walkers, as he said he would. But it took him a long time to get the courage to stand up to his twin.

14 Jaime Doesn’t Stick Up For Tyrion In Front Of Others

It is more than obvious that most of the time, Jaime has had a soft spot for his brother, Tyrion. Tyrion has always been the outcast of the family and looked at as a “mistake”, but more often than not, his brother, Jaime, feels sorry for him.

He even helped him flee after Joffrey was poisoned and let him escape before facing Cersei’s wrath.

But, in general, Jaime doesn’t really stick up for his brother publicly. He only does so in private, with Tyrion directly. It’s a shame because, under different circumstances, the two could be close. But Jaime’s loyalty has always stayed with Cersei, who absolutely hates Tyrion and everything he stands for.

13 Well… He Lost His Hand

This was a major plot point in season 3 of Game of Thrones. Jaime loses his hand by a sell-sword of Roose Bolton. The man’s name was Locke, and knowing that he couldn’t take Jaime’s life due to his status, he hit him where he knew it’d hurt. Both literally and figuratively.

He cut off Jaime’s fighting hand. This essentially made the best swordsmen in the seven kingdoms utterly useless in battle. At least, at first.

The thing about it is after the initial shock wore off for audiences and we became accustomed to the one-handed Lannister in the Kingsguard, no one seemed to notice it anymore. But the truth of the matter is, it’s a big change for a man who had it all and should still affect him each and every day.

12 He Tried To Challenge Robb Stark To A Duel While Knowing Robb Had No Chance

Before Jaime has his hand cut off, he was the best swordsmen in all the land, quite literally. So when he challenged Robb Stark, who was just a young man at the time, to a sword fight, he knew Robb would ultimately not make it out alive.

This was an incredibly unfair challenge to make to a young Robb and shows that at this point in time, Jaime was not very honorable. Especially because the Lannisters were the aggressors with the Starks being the defenders in this battle. Fighting fair should be at the top of his priorities, but during this time, it clearly was not.

11 Jaime Attacked Ned Stark

Before Ned Stark’s untimely end in season 1, he was the Hand of King Robert Baratheon. But after they had a disagreement about assassinating Daenerys, Ned resigned as the Hand of the King. At the same time, he was aware that his wife had taken Tyrion against his will.

When Jaime finds out about this, he attacks Ned with his fellow Knights. And even though Jaime didn’t end up ending Ned’s life himself, this was one of the first events to lead to Ned’s early demise.

10 He Isn’t With Brienne

The biggest turning point for Jaime Lannister as a character was when he met Brienne of Tarth in season 2. At first, they were adversaries, but over time developed a friendship that was wonderful to watch unfold. Especially when Jaime was the one to save Brienne from being brutally harmed by Bolton soldiers when the two were taken.

The sad thing is, over the course of the past seven seasons, they have only remained friends when their chemistry is undeniable. Plus, Brienne undoubtedly made Jaime a better man and would continue to do so. Instead, he chose to stay with Cersei. We can only hope he makes a better choice when it comes to Brienne in season 8.

9 He Ended The Life Of His Own Cousin

When Jaime was taken and put in a cage with a fellow prisoner, he had formed a plan to end his fellow prisoner in an attempt to distract the guards and make his escape. This means he actually ended the life of a fellow Lannister – his own cousin – Alton Lannister, in a brutally ruthless way.

Granted, this was a cousin he hadn’t ever bonded with or really even known. And this was also a very desperate attempt for his freedom. But regardless of his desperation, this is a hard thing to overcome personally. At least, it should be. But he accepted what he had done faster than most would and moved on. We realize it was a tough year for Jaime, but that was brutal even for him.

8 Jamie And Cersei Were Romantic Next To Joffrey’s Casket

When King Joffrey met his inevitable but intense end, he had a funeral. After, Cersei was beside his casket, mourning the loss of her and Jaime’s son. Jaime shows up, and after a conversation where Cersei asks Jaime to end Tyrion’s life, they get too close.

There are two problems with it, though, aside from the obvious. One is that Jaime was seemingly forcing the situation. There has been some controversy surrounding the scene because of this. But furthermore, it is occurring at a highly inappropriate time. 

Even though we all hated Joffrey, it’s still incredibly gross to be engaged in extracurricular activities such as these here.

7 Jaime Tried To End Khaleesi’s Life

In the season 7 episode of GoT titled, “Spoils of War”, we see Jaime try to earn his title of Kingslayer once again when he charges at Daenerys Targaryen with a spear as she tries to help her dragon, Drogon.

Of course, we all knew it was unlikely that he would succeed in this endeavor, but it was still a completely surprising moment to watch unfold. He barely made it out alive after all was said and done. But it was particularly surprising because he was always very self-loathing for his Kingslayer title, yet he almost repeated history by ending Daenerys’ life.

6 He Threatened Edmure’s Son With A Catapult

When Jaime was sent to take Riverrun, he came in with guns blazing. He had planned to do whatever it takes to get back to Cersei, including making volatile threats to Edmure and his family, including his offspring.

He told him, “I’ll send for your baby boy. And I’ll launch him into Riverrun with a catapult. Because you don’t matter to me, Lord Edmure. Your son doesn’t matter to me. The people in the castle don’t matter to me. Only Cersei.”

It was a powerful and disturbing scene. It showed the lengths Jaime will go to just to please Cersei and that all rational thought leaves his brain when it comes to her.

5 He Fathered Joffrey

King Joffrey was by far one of the evilest and ruthless characters on Game Of Thrones. He was a spoiled, entitled, brat who also had a penchant for hurting anything he wanted to. He actually enjoyed seeing people suffer, whether it be emotionally or physically.

If Jaime had never gotten involved with his sister, Cersei – which is already all kinds of wrong – then they, in turn, never would have had children together, particularly not Joffrey.

Joffrey alone set off so many events that ended in tragedy for many people. But Jaime just could not resist his twin sister’s charms, evidently.

4 Jaime Can Be Ruthless

There are several examples of this. As we mentioned, he did threaten a baby with a catapult, after all. But it seems when it comes to those he loves, especially Cersei, he will do whatever it takes to get what he wants, or what she wants.

He has harmed several people, or kept quiet about his sister’s own actions, in the name of “love”. But in actuality, he has done several things that were less than honorable because he was blinded by his love for his twin.

His ruthlessness can be downright upsetting when it comes down to it and is definitely one of our least favorite traits of his.

3 He Helped Wage War Against Robb Stark

Ser Jaime Lannister himself decided to lay siege to Riverrun towards the beginning of what is known as the War of the Five Kings. Riverrun was ruled by Hoster Tully, Robb Stark’s maternal grandfather.

So when word was received by Robb that the Lannister army was attempting to take over Riverrun, he went to defend the land as King of the North.

This jumpstarted several events in the war between the Lannisters and the Starks. Jaime was at the helm of this army, and after many things occurred between the two forces, Robb eventually was led to his end at the Red Wedding, along with his wife, unborn child, and mother.

2 He Watched Cersei Become Queen Knowing She Blew Up The Sept of Baelor

Cersei did one of the meanest things she had ever done in the season six finale: she blew up the Great Sept Of Baelor with several citizens of King’s Landing inside.

She did this with the wildfire that was underneath, left there by the Mad King. When Jaime returned to the city, he saw the Sept up in smoke, and immediately put two and two together that it was Cersei’s doing.

She had no intention of attending her trial, and once everyone who was in her way was gone, she got what she wanted. But then her son, King Tommen, ended his own life, too. This made Cersei the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Jaime may have been furious, but he certainly didn’t do anything to stop her. 

1 Jaime Stayed By Cersei’s Side After Tommen’s End

You would think that after each of their children had met their fates – because of a decision Cersei had made against her enemies, mind you – that Jaime would want absolutely nothing to do with her.

But even after Tommen ended his life after witnessing his wife and everyone else in the Great Sept of Baelor meet their end because of his own mother, Jaime still stayed by her side. He even respected her wishes to not talk about their son.

It makes absolutely no sense that his anger wouldn’t have boiled over with his sister at this point, but his loyalty outweighed his fury, apparently.

2019-04-12 05:04:17

Alyssa Avina

Dragon Ball: 20 Things Wrong With Frieza We All Choose To Ignore

From a young age, we’re taught the differences between right and wrong. That’s the idea, anyway. Naturally, these are fluid concepts and it’s not always as black and white as that, but still. That time you tried to teach your little sister that it’s the younger sibling’s official job to be the Older Sibling’s Oreo-Feeder? That was pretty darn wrong.

What we are not taught, during all of these moral lessons, is that the villain is usually much, much cooler. Guys like Captain America and Superman are amazing and powerful and all, but heck, that goody-goody thing must get a little tiresome after a while. Most of the supposed superheroes like to get down and edgy every once in a while, just to mix things up.

Grey areas like Batman, the Dark Knight himself, have much more fun. Do you know who has even more fun than them? The pure, unrestrained, one-liner-spewing supervillains.

In the Dragon Ball world, nobody pulls that look off better than Frieza. He was the series’ first major villain, in a way, and his malevolent presence has been felt throughout most the franchise’s run.

He was the destroyer of Planet Vegeta, and almost singlehandedly erased the Saiyan race from existence as a result. That’s a pretty darn high benchmark to set. Couple that with his inherent meme-ability, and you’ve got a memorable and well-respected villain. This isn’t to say that there aren’t things about him that are super shonky, though.

What is he, exactly? Why’s his brother so much stronger and… cooler than he is? What the heck was the deal with Mecha-Frieza? Let’s dive into all of these embarrassing mysteries, and a whole lot more besides.

20 His Fight With Goku Lasted How Long?

We understand, we totally do. Much of anime is about melodramatic action, impossibly muscular warriors, energy beams, people, cities, and whole darn planets exploding. They’re like animated Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, and that’s exactly why fans dig it so much. It’s also a lot of what keeps us coming to watch Marvel movies.

Nevertheless, it is possible to lay these things on too thick. When Frieza attacks Namek, Goku rushes to oppose him, and their battle is excessive by anyone’s standards. Yes, this is the big conflict between the hero and their ultimate nemesis, and we want it to be big, but three and a half hours of the anime?

That’s right, friends. As we’ve reported before, their fight took up 19 hours of the original Japanese anime.

19 We Don’t Actually Know Exactly What He Is

For the best-known and most popular Dragon Ball villain in the franchise’s history, it’s a little odd how much we don’t know about Frieza. Let’s start with one of the basics: what the heck is he?

He doesn’t seem to really discriminate, hating just about every species equally, but he’s got to come from somewhere. His own enigmatic race has been referred to as the Frost Demons, or simply Friezas, but that tells us precisely nothing about his origins.

Perhaps this is all an intended part of the character’s appeal. After all, it allows him to look completely unique to most others in the show (his family aside), as well as ensuring he’s largely free of ties to a specific home or people. All of this enhances his otherworldly threat.

18 Why Is His Brother So Much… Cooler?

Yes, we’ve used that same cheap Cooler joke twice already. Here’s the thing about that, though: we like it a lot.

Hurrying back to the point, though, it’s always a shame when your older brother overshadows you, isn’t it? There you were, trying to achieve your megalomaniac dreams of being the most feared and powerful being in the galaxy, when big bro steps up and completely ruins your day.

Cooler is much more physically imposing than Frieza. Comparable in height to Goku, he’s a good deal taller than his brother, and his vanilla form is more muscular and effortlessly masculine than he could ever hope to be. He’s the main antagonist of Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge, in which he does an all-around better job of the villainy thing than Frieza tends to.

17 Heck, His Father’s Stronger Too

Well, that’s a controversial statement for sure. In any anime/manga series, it’s tough to determine who’s stronger than who, because the goalposts keep being changed. Just when you’re sure that such-and-such could never top whatshername’s power, such-and-such transforms into Golden Super Mega Mighty Such-and-Such and swallows them whole.

Is King Cold also stronger than Frieza, then? Well, that depends. During a battle with Goku, Frieza confesses that the only other being who has ever managed to harm him in battle (besides Goku himself) was his father. Later, the Z Fighters sense Frieza’s power level and determine that King Cold’s is even higher than his son’s.

It’s another very fluid concept, of course, but regardless. You don’t want to have to call up your dad for help when you’re trying to conquer the universe and prove your unmatched power, do you? That’s for when that light keeps coming on in your car something.

16 This Actually *IS* His Final Form

It’s funny how things come about, isn’t it? Queen Victoria of Britain has become famous for her dowdy ways and grumpy recitation of the phrase we are not amused. In reality, though, there’s no real evidence that she ever said this, and she’s said to have been quite the fun-lover.

To draw a parallel between Queen Victoria and Frieza, the Dragon Ball antagonist didn’t actually ever say this isn’t even my final form. The meme’s become inextricably linked to him, though, even though the line he really spoke was this is my final form.

So, there it is. Incidentally, what do Queen Victoria and Dragon Ball’s Frieza have in common? is probably one of the most bizarre trivia quiz questions of all time. If you’re ever asked that: you’re welcome.

15 Why The Heck Did He Wait So Long To Use His Golden Form?

Well, dang. This is ostentatious. This is 25 millionaire rappers rapping about how much money they have into solid-gold microphones, all together on a solid-gold stage ostentatious.

When it comes to Dragon Ball villains, the general shtick is that they have their formidable powers naturally, while Goku and his buddies must train ceaselessly to continue to match them. It’s a tough life, being a Saiyan.

What happens when Frieza finds a Mr. Motivator fitness video from the 90s, pops it in and actually decides to train for once? Golden Frieza happens, that’s what.

Unlike most of his forms (which tended to be used to suppress his enormous powers), this was Frieza really letting go and pushing himself. At the height of his powers as Golden Frieza, he was able to surpass just about anything Goku, Vegeta, or anyone else could throw at him.

It’s just a shame that it took so long for him to bother to train. The whole show could’ve been much shorter.

14 What Was The Deal With Mecha Frieza?

Of course, the mark of any good villain is not just power, but perseverance. Regardless of how many times your goodly foes think they’ve bested you, you’ve got to return again and again to spite them. Bonus points if the manner of your revival is completely absurd and impossible.

After one of his numerous defeats, Frieza returned through the old classic gather the pieces of him, Sellotape them back together, and make him a cyborg method.

While Mecha Frieza is counted as a separate character rather than another of Frieza’s forms, it could well be the weakest take on him we’ve seen. Trunks defeated the half-a-villain with little effort (although the anime and manga tell that story quite differently), before he’d really achieved much of anything.

13 Why Is There A Metal Song Dedicated To Him?

Speaking of obscure Frieza-related trivia, let’s forget about Queen Victoria for a moment. What you really need to know is that a popular Japanese metal band have dedicated a song to Frieza and his dastardly ways.

The song begins by repeating the lines It’s power! It’s power! Power! Far too many times. Having established the fact that Frieza is indeed pretty darn powerful (after the twentieth It’s power! It’s power! Power, we picked up on that subtle message), it delves into Frieza’s assault on Namek, his ruthless program of oppression and the fate of those who try to stand in his way.

The song is simply called F and was written by metalheads Maximum The Hormone. It’s pretty darn intense, all told, and proved the be super important to the franchise. As we’re about to see.

12 How Did The Song Come To Be So Prominent In Dragon Ball History?

Now, it’s not unusual for bands to write and perform songs about video games and other media. The Black Mages, for instance, were a Japanese metal group who dialed up some of the original songs of the Final Fantasy series to eleven, reimagining them in a hard rock style. It’s a thing, it definitely is.

What’s unusual about Maximum The Hormone’s effort is how influential it came to be. Series creator Akira Toriyama has stated that the song was the inspiration for the movie Dragon Ball: Resurrection ‘F,’ in which (yep, you guessed it) Frieza returned through some odd means or other and lined himself up for another eventual beating from our heroes.

That’s some pretty darn high praise for the song, right there. Can you imagine if certain fanfics became canon? It’d be a disaster.

11 Why Is He So Easily Defeated, In The Majority Of Cases?

Now, as a general rule, you’re really not supposed to be cheering for the villain of the piece. They may have edgy qualities that the heroes and heroines can never hope to rival, but they’re subjugated, crushing and destroying whole cities. Whole races. Whole planets. That’s not the sort of behavior we want to be encouraging in our children, is it now?

In most cases, then, it’s the forces of good that carry the day. For that to happen, the villain’s got to be a worthy threat, come close to victory themselves, and then just fail at the crucial moment. This has happened to Frieza time and again over the history of the franchise, and while it’s a necessary development, it really does bring his whole ‘ultimate being’ thing into question.

10 He’s Just Not A Big Deal Anymore

As we’ve established, then, Frieza is a pop culture icon. The memes speak for themselves. He was the first Big Bad™ of Dragon Ball, really, and like your first Doctor (David Tennant all the way), that sort of thing leaves an impression. He’s been a huge part of the Dragon Ball story and will always have a special place in fans’ hearts for that.

Sadly, though, his powers have been greatly exceeded by villains that appeared later in the series. This is also just a natural consequence of times changing and things having to become ever more dramatic, but there it is.

Frieza set a high benchmark, sure, but this also meant that future Dragon Ball villains had to exceed it and leave him behind somewhat.

9 Why’s He Holding Back?

Let’s get back to that issue with the various forms of Frieza, though. As we saw with the Saiyans, this is a common plot element used to eke out just a little more power from the main characters (Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan God, Super Saiyan Blue, and so forth). It’s a great way to keep things fresh, just when fans thought they’d seen everything.

Frieza is a curious case, though. Other than his brilliantly over-the-top Golden Frieza form, the majority of the forms he takes seem to be intended to suppress his true strength.

The fourth form of Frieza (which we see in select battles) is believed to be his original one, which makes us wonder how things would have turned out had he been able to unlock that potential straight off.

8 His Vision Of The Underworld Is… Actually Adorable

We’ve already covered some of the crucial aspects of top-notch villainy. You know, megalomania, cruelty, the power to destroy whole planets with just a motion of your finger, ambition, a steadfast refusal to accept to defeat… these are all givens.

Frieza ticks all of these boxes for sure. Another big one is a huge distaste for anything cute, love-dovey, pink and fluffy, and he’s got that going on in spades too.

After one defeat, he was briefly imprisoned in The UnWhilerld. Wihle there, he was subjected to the constant presence of happy, singing angels, cute stuffed animals, and cheerful music, all of which he absolutely hated. It’s a funny little aside, but it’s also a clear example of Frieza as a classic, slightly clichéd sort of villain.

7 Why’s He So Bitter About His Height?

So, we know that Frieza has some similarly megalomaniacal villains in his own family. Being the younger one, that’s a tough example to live up to, and nobody wants to be outshined by their arrogant older brother. Perhaps this is part of the reason why he pushed his ambitions for intergalactic domination so darn far.

Here’s another factor: he’s super short, and insecure about it. In Broly, for instance, he attacks Earth in hopes of obtaining the Dragon Balls, simply so he can use them to add five centimetres to his height.

Steady on there, Napoleon. We know that your brother’s older, taller and more muscular than you, but you’re probably overreacting just a smidge there. Let’s just dial things back a bit before you shatter an entire civilis… oh, you already have. Never mind.

6 Remember When He Danced In That Cheesy Commercial?

Following on from the whole issue of Frieza’s insecurity and paranoia, you can see how it’s made him desperate to prove his worth. To maintain his image as one of the most powerful and formidable warriors in the galaxy.

Now, there’s one thing that’s sure to dent that most powerful and formidable warrior in the galaxy image a little, and that’s making a little music video for a soft drink commercial. This may not have been Frieza’s proudest moment, but it’s one of those secret shames that’s certain to be brought up at the worst moment. You know, a Best Man’s speech or something.

That’s right. Here’s the scourge of the galaxy, performing a moody dance routine with some of his henchmen in the name of Kirin Mets grape drink.

5 When You’re Not Actually Sure If You’re A Frost Giant After All

We’ve already taken a look at the complex story of Frieza and the family’s origins. From everything we know, it’s clear that there’s at least an element of the Frost Giants in there, but King Cold and his children are mutants.

Cold was born of Frost Giant DNA mingling with that of another race, making them outsiders among the ‘pure’ Frost Giants. While the neighbors might be a little snarky as a result, the upside of all of this is that Cold was born with extraordinary power, a trait that he passed to his children.

All of this just muddies the issue of Frieza’s background further. Where does this other mysterious species come into the equation? As we’ve already seen in this rundown, it’s impossible to say exactly what Frieza is.

4 He Created His Own Worst Enemy… Somehow

If you’re familiar with the Harry Potter franchise, you’ll know that Voldemort himself was responsible for making Harry his archnemesis. Not only because of that grim business with his parents, but by marking him as his equal and all of that.

If you know your Dragon Ball, meanwhile, you’ll know that the exact same thing happened with Frieza. As we reported over on CBR, the Saiyans’ responses to Frieza’s actions caused several Super Saiyan transformations.

Goku, Bardock, Gohan… he thought they were a huge threat to him, and in trying to counteract that, made them a huge threat to him.

Frieza even sent Bardock back into the past to combat Chilled (by accident), which set the whole destruction of Planet Vegeta in motion. It’s all getting very complicated in here, isn’t it?

3 Wait, What’s His Motive Again?

Frieza is a complex little fellow. For all his megalomania and relentless cruelty, he’s also quite restrained in some respects. He’s softly-spoken and dignified for the most part, until he descends into that classic evil laugh that all true villains need to have on their resumes.

There tends to be at least some rhyme and reason to what he’s doing. That’s another grey area, though, especially in the case of the destruction of Planet Vegeta. He saw the Saiyans as an increasing threat to him, so they had to go boom. That makes perfect sense (you know, from a Bond villain sort of standpoint), but in Battle of the Gods, there’s a bit of confusion.

There, mighty kitty God of Destruction Beerus states that he dislikes King Vegeta and would like to destroy his planet. Therefore, did Frieza do so partly because it was Beerus’s will? What would this have meant for the overarching story? What’s really at the root here?

2 Why Didn’t He Use That Unstoppable Telekinetic Attack Again?

There’s a fine line between supervillain and hammy pantomime villain, isn’t there? Generally speaking, none of these guys really seem to care about crossing it. Often, the strongest villains are defeated precisely because they wanted to go overboard with the theatrics rather than simply get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Remember Krillin’s grim end? That was the sort of thing. You don’t need to engage in 19-episode-long battle-athons, when you can simply end you opponent that way. As we reported over on The Gamer, this psychic attack is almost impossible to defend against, and it’s clearly swiftly and brutally effective.

Seriously, Frieza, think of the time you could’ve saved. Yes, it would’ve meant less flashy fight scenes, but… oh, wait, you live for that stuff, don’t you?

1 How Did He Come Back From *THAT*?

At this point, it’s really fruitless to wonder how the heck a character managed to return again. Especially with the sci-fi bent that the franchise took later on, it was just a case of because the fans like them and we can do whatever we want, that’s why.

Even with this in mind, there’s one incident that Frieza didn’t really have any way to recover from. He still did, though.

In Dragon Ball Z: Fusion reborn, Janemba breaks the boundary between worlds, allowing warriors from the afterlife (including Frieza himself) to attack the living. When you’re defeated in the afterlife, we’re told, your very spirit is destroyed, and you essentially cease to exist in any kind of form.

Gohan utterly defeats Frieza, but the villain never got that memo and returns yet again.

2019-04-08 07:04:13

Chris Littlechild

Outlander: 25 Things Wrong With Jamie We All Choose To Ignore

When the name Jamie Fraser comes to mind, most of us immediately think of the romantic 18th-century Highlander who stole Claire’s heart in Outlander. There is plenty to enjoy about the hero of our favorite time-traveling heroine’s love story. He is fiercely loyal and loving, he is unbelievably romantic, he cares about those he loves more than anything in the world, and on top of all of that, he is quite possibly the most gorgeous Scotsman to ever exist. Plus, he is quite the warrior on the battlefield.

While there are many, many things to love about Jamie Fraser, there are things about his personality and character that is not as perfect as he seems to be. It’s understandable that it would be difficult to spot these flawed traits of his, being that he is the swoon-worthy man of our dreams.

But the flaws are indeed there. Whether it’s his tendency to be hot-headed, or the fact he got involved with Laoghaire after what she did to Claire, there are real problems here that we definitely choose to ignore because we can’t help but see the best in him. It’s understandable, though, when we’re talking about Jamie Fraser.

Buckle your seatbelts Outlander fans, because this is going to be a bumpy ride. Here are the 25 Things Wrong With Jamie We All Choose To Ignore.

25 Jamie Is Incredibly Stubborn

One of Jamie’s biggest flaws has to be his stubbornness. It tends to get in his way more often than not and actually gets him in trouble on several different occasions, especially with his wife, Claire.

Granted, Claire is just as stubborn which is why they have a tendency to clash over small things. But Jamie’s inability to sway his own thought process in any situation does him, and those around him, more harm than good. It’s a trait that is not easily broken for him.

24 He Punished Claire After She Ran

After Claire was attacked in the Highlands, she decides to go back to her own time and runs to Craigh Na Dun. Before she gets there, she is taken by Redcoats. Then, Jamie must save her from Blackjack Randall’s clutches. They barely make it out with everyone’s lives intact.

In a questionable move after the fact, Jamie decides to punish Claire for running away and putting the lives of him and his men in danger. He does learn that is not how to treat someone thanks to Claire, but it was not his finest moment.

23 Jamie Is Jealous Of Frank

Regardless of Claire’s utter love and devotion that was shown to her Jamie time and time again, he always still seemed to feel immense jealousy of Frank that he could not rid himself of, no matter how hard he tried.

Whether it was over Frank getting to raise Jamie’s daughter, Brianna, or over the relationship he shared with Claire, to begin with, his insecurities rose to the surface on more than one occasion. This would only cause further issues with him and Claire.

22 He Married Laoghaire Even After She Accused Claire Of Witchcraft

In the books, this went down much differently, but on the Starz series, Jamie knew fully well that Laoghaire was behind Claire being accused of witchcraft.

Yet, he still married her when he and Claire were apart for those two decades.

At least in the books, we could say that he was in the dark about Claire and Laoghaire’s past, but on the show, it was harder to ignore this grave mistake he made. Luckily, he and Claire got past it…eventually.

21 He Believed Claire’s Time-Travel Story Almost Too Quickly

Jamie’s love, loyalty, and trust in Claire were exemplified perfectly when she told him the truth about her falling through time and being from the future. He believed her nearly immediately. And while that definitely helped their love grow stronger, it was an odd occurrence for a man from his time to be so trusting.

This is especially true since the story should have been far-fetched to a logical man like Jamie. This may not be a serious flaw of his, but it was a strange turn of events.

20 He Had Primitive Views Before Claire

It makes sense that a Highlander from 18th-century Scotland would have differing views about, well, literally everything when up against a modern-era war nurse who turns his world upside down.

But those “traditional” values of Jamie’s made their dynamic off-kilter at the beginning of their marriage. He felt it was his duty to punish Claire, for example, because he’s her husband and his father would do the same thing. It took Claire teaching him that it doesn’t need to be that way for him to change.

19 He Was Inexperienced Before Claire

From the start of their marriage, Claire knew going into it that she was more experienced than Jamie was. He had, in fact, never been with anyone before her. This wasn’t necessarily a fault of Jamie’s, but it was odd how he went from being inexperienced to rather knowledgeable in that area literally overnight.

Sure, Claire helped him along the way, but it’s hard to ignore that impracticality of him learning so much in such a short amount of time.

18 Jamie’s Scarred Back

This isn’t something Jamie did wrong, but rather a flaw all who can’t help but love him choose to ignore. He’s undeniably gorgeous, romantic, and an all-around great man, but the large scars marring his back would typically be hard to not notice.

Yet, we all seem to let it go – and some even find it very attractive – because he is our Jamie Fraser, the fictional man everyone wishes were real. It’s really fascinating what you can get past when someone is as swoon-worthy as Jamie Fraser.

17 His Unenthused Reaction To Seeing Bree’s Photos

In yet another instance where the book was remarkably different than what occurred on the show, a creative choice left fans puzzled during an important moment in season 3.

When Jamie and Claire reunite at his print shop, she shows him photos of their daughter, Brianna. In the books, he weeps as he looks at them due to his overwhelming emotions. But Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie, decided to have a more subtle reaction.

This just seemed like an odd reaction from Jamie, who has always wanted to raise his daughter with Claire and never got the chance. You’d think his emotions would be all over the place upon seeing her face for the first time.

16 Did He Really Need To Spend So Much Time Away From Claire In Season 2?

In season 2, when Jamie, Claire, and Murtagh were in Paris, Jamie had to frequently meet with Bonnie Prince Charlie at a local grown-up establishment. But on one of these occasions, Jamie fantasized a bit more than he should have. They hadn’t been together since the events at Wentworth Prison with Blackjack Randall. It bothered Claire immensely to learn he needed to be at this establishment to be with her again, though they did makeup shortly after.

15 Jamie Dueled With Blackjack Randall When Claire Begged Him Not To

While in Paris in season 2 of Outlander, Jamie and Claire came across their nemesis, and the vilest man in the history of Outlander, Blackjack Randall. Jamie and Randall agreed to a duel, but Claire was steadfastly against it.

She didn’t want Randall’s end to ultimately destroy the lineage of Frank’s ancestral roots and inevitably make Frank cease to exist.

He ended up dueling with him, anyway, because of Randall’s attack on Fergus. But this caused Claire to lose their first child, Faith.

14 His Attitude With Jenny When They First Got Back To Lallybroch

When Jamie brings Claire to his home in Lallybroch, he reunites with his older sister, Jenny, and her husband, Ian. Things quickly get heated between the siblings, and Jamie shows a different pompous side to him that we had yet to see.

Jenny may be just as stubborn as her brother, but Jamie should have realized his sister had been taking care of their home while he was gone for those years, and he should appreciate everything she and her husband had done in his time away.

13 The Way He Reacted To Bree’s Assault

Initially, when Jamie learned of what happened to his daughter, Bree, which was unbeknownst to him, at the hands of Stephen Bonnet, he was angry and just wanted to help Brianna through this difficult time.

But when miscommunications led to misunderstandings, he thought she had lied about her attack and said some unsavory things to his daughter. She fiercely corrected him, but the damage was done, and he spent the rest of season 4 trying to right his wrong. It is going to be a difficult road to get them back on track.

12 He Attacked Roger

Roger Wakefield bravely went through the stones to follow his love, Brianna, when she went back to find her mother and biological father, Claire, and Jamie.

But after an argument with Bree, they were separated, until Roger decided to find her again. When he finally reached Fraser’s Ridge, a misunderstanding with Lizzie led to Jamie thinking Roger was the one to assault Bree. He ended up attacking Roger up in a fit of rage. This only made his reunion with Brianna that much more delayed.

Poor Roger hadn’t even done anything wrong.

11 Staying To Fight In Culloden Instead Of Running Away With Claire

One of the most dramatic and heartbreaking moments was when Jamie sent Claire back through the stones at Craigh Na Dun before the Battle of Culloden. They felt they had no other options but was the really the case?

He stayed to fight with his fellow Highlanders due to loyalty and seeing no way out. But why couldn’t he run away with Claire and their unborn child instead? They had surely been through tougher times, so what’s to say they couldn’t have made it on their own?

10 Jamie Didn’t Tell Claire He Married Laoghaire Right Away

The way Claire found out that Jamie had married Laoghaire during their time apart was quite possibly the worst way she could have. His two step-children walked in, one calling him their father. It didn’t help that she had red hair.

Then Laoghaire walks in to confront her estranged husband and the woman she despises. It would have saved them a lot of turmoil if Jamie had just been upfront with Claire about what had occurred during their twenty years spent apart from each other.

9 He Ended Dougal (His Uncle’s) Life

Dougal was one of those characters that was so larger than life that he commanded each scene he was in. He also had moments where you genuinely liked him, but most of the time, he was only focused on his own agenda rather than the greater good.

He was so dedicated to the Jacobite Rebellion, that when he overheard Claire and Jamie plotting to end Prince Charlie to avoid the war, he attacked them both.

The Uncle and Nephew got in a heated fight that was only going to end with one man coming out alive. That man was Jamie. While we understand he had no choice, it was a surprising moment that Jamie actually ended Dougal’s life once and for all.

8 He Kept The Truth From His Son Willie And Left

In season 3, we saw what Jamie had been up to in his time away from Claire. He was blackmailed by a woman of nobility to have a relationship with him before she entered an arranged marriage.

This resulted in her pregnancy, and they had a son before she passed during childbirth. His name was Willie, but Jamie never told him that he was his father. In fact, he left when Willie was still a young boy, which greatly upset the child. At this point in the story, Willie is still unaware of who his real father is.

7 He Somehow Always Lives Lavishly No Matter What

For a Scotsman who is nearly always on the run in the Highlands and doesn’t have hardly anything to his name, he sure knows how to find a way to live lavishly everywhere he goes.

It is not necessarily a huge flaw but is rather puzzling seeing as he doesn’t have a lot of money or property himself. Whether it’s in Paris, or Jamaica, or even in Fraser’s Ridge, he and Claire always end up doing quite well for themselves miraculously.

6 He Became A Criminal In Season 3

Jamie Fraser becomes an actual criminal, Claire finds out, in season 3 of Outlander. It turns out he’s a smuggler and his illegal dealings make him a man wanted by The Crown.

This is a bit of a departure from the honorable man with traditional values that we know Jamie to be. But it does show that he has changed in the twenty years he and Claire were not together, yet he still loves her just as much as the day she went back through the stones.

5 He Reacts Negatively To Bree Dressed In 20th Century Clothing

Sure, this may be looked at as pretty normal for a father to not want his daughter wearing a bikini like the one Bree was wearing in the photos Claire brought. But his reaction was so strong and negative, that it initially caused Claire to be taken aback and angry.

He may be from the 18th-century and not used to clothing such as that, but his main focus should have been seeing his daughter for the first time instead of her lack of clothing.

4 He Jumps To Conclusions Constantly

Jamie has a really bad habit of jumping to conclusions before getting all of the facts. This has gotten him in trouble on more than one occasion. One notable example is when he assumed that his sister, Jenny, had been intimate with Blackjack Randall when he and other Redcoats invaded their home in Lallybroch.

She was furious that he would assume such a thing, and he should have been more sensitive to the situation before jumping to such a big conclusion.

3 He Didn’t End Randall’s Life When He First Had The Chance

When Blackjack Randall took Claire in season 1, he took her to Ft. William, where Jamie and the other Highlanders hatched a plan to help her escape.

During Randall’s terrorizing tactics he was using on Claire, Jamie came in to save the day. After a scuffle, Jamie actually had the opportunity to end Randall’s life right then and there. He chose not to, which could be looked at as admirable.

But it actually set off many horrible events down the line for not only Jamie but many others at the hands of Randall.

2 Jamie Can Be A Hot Head

This goes back to Jamie’s inherent stubbornness and need to always be right. When this stubborn mentality of his kicks in, he can tend to be a hot head, especially if things aren’t going his way. This has made he and Claire have many arguments that got out of hand.

But this has also been an issue with other people he comes across, like his sister, or foes that get in his or Claire’s way. It rarely works in his favor.

1 Jamie Is A Fantasy Not A Reality

The thing about Jamie is that in spite of all of his flaws, he is still an incredible man that anyone would be lucky to have in their life. He is beyond romantic, completely gorgeous, and a true hero.

The only problem with all of this is he is fictional and gives women – and men – everywhere an unrealistic expectation of what a husband should be like. That’s not to say we shouldn’t still hold out hope for our own Jamie Fraser, but the chances of getting one are highly unlikely.

2019-04-04 04:04:56

Alyssa Avina