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I will update this with two or three every day, as I can manage between work and theatre. :)

 

 

Character - Magneto

 

Position - 50 (Joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? - Nope.

 

Stuff and nonsense - We all know who Magneto is, if you havent read the comics or seen the cartoons then you've seen the films! Sometimes leader of the X men, sometimes their biggest enemy, Magneto is a villain who transcends villainy. Even when trying to enslave non mutants you understand why, hes a product of his history! A survivor of the Nazi concentration camps; Magneto wants to avoid mutants suffering like the Jews did.

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Character - Herr Starr

 

Position - 50 (Joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? Nope

 

Stuff and nonsense - Writer Garth Ennis created one of the most colorful comic book villains of all time when he conjured up Herr Starr, foe of Preacher protagonist Jesse Custer. A former German special forces solider, Starr is recruited by the Grail and tasked with recovering Custer - but he has plans of his own. He intends to use Custer in his own scheme to overthrow the leadership of the Grail.

 

Starr's countenance is marred by a series of scars around his right eye that form star shape - they were put there by bullies in his youth whom he has long since dispatched with. He is a skilled marksman, despite not having sight in one eye, but is not especially adept at unarmed combat - his justification for this is that he has "no intention of being unarmed."

 

Through a bizarre string of punishment that is meted out to Starr, a running gag in the series, the character becomes even more disfigured. He loses a leg after being attacked by three hillbillies, he has his right ear shot off, and Jesse cuts a penis-shaped gash in his forehead. Oh, and to add insult to injury a Rottweiler bites off his genitals. After each humiliating incident, Starr merely utters a glib, "S***." That's his final word, in fact, as he's killed by Tulip who shoots a bullet through his chin and blows off the top of his head.

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Character - Shockwave (Transformers)

 

Position - 50 (Joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? - Nope.

 

Stuff and nonsense - As the Decepticons' military operations commander, Shockwave's power is second only to Megatron, and even that is disputed. His actions are carried out with the cold, brutal clarity and perfection one would expect of a purely mechanical being—his way is not that of blood lust, like so many other Decepticons, but rather that of a scientist attempting to solve a problem. And that problem is: how can he use his abilities to most effectively eliminate the greatest number of enemies? Unfortunately for the Autobots, it is rare that Shockwave does not find an answer.

 

Unlike most early Transformers Shockwave was not modified into an Earthly form, and retains his Cybertron alternate mode—a 35-foot-long ray gun. He possesses the power of flight in both modes, and commands the totality of the electromagnetic spectrum allowing him to emit beams of energy in a wide variety of forms. His high energy output makes him particularly fuel inefficient, but radioactive fuel sources stored in the reactor in his chest can help Shockwave to overcome this problem. Although his logical brain center is usually an advantage, human adversaries often pose more of a difficulty to Shockwave, as more intuitive and emotional thought processes often confound him.

 

While the animated series established Shockwave as fanatically loyal to Megatron, Shockwave's original bio and most fiction since have described him as coldly and patiently looking for ways to overthrow Megatron, not for personal power (as Starscream would) but simply because it was logical for him to do so. Shockwave concluded that he should rule so that no emotion should prevent the Decepticons from conquering the universe. This was retained in most comic books, where Shockwave became leader of the Decepticons.

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Character - Deaths Head (Transformers)

 

Position - 50 (Joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? - Nope.

 

Stuff and nonsense - Deaths Head has appeared in stories with characters as far apart as The Transformers and Doctor Who. A bounty hunter who will take any job, no matter what it is. Deaths Head has even managed to kill Shockwave!

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Character - The Sentry

 

Position - 50 (Joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? - Nope.

 

Stuff and nonsense - The Sentry is Marvels Superman... but unlike Superman he is deeply flawed. You see not only is he a super hero, but he has an unconcious alter ego (The Void) who commits acts of evil that balance out the acts of good that Sentry performs. As The Sentry he is able to battle Galactus to a standstill, but as The Void he was able to easily overpower The Hulk!

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Cool. Was just going to say I'm glad I'm not the only one who picked The Sentry. I don't like the whole 'he's a superhero who has everything and only one weakness' kind of thing, but I do like the fact that The Sentry is, literally, his own worst enemy as well. To the point that, when he was created, Marvel managed to convince everyone he'd always been around, but was so dangerous all knowledge of him had been wiped from public memory.
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Yeah I remember Death's Head from Transformers back in the day when Marvel UK published it weekly. At the time I really didn't like him (sticking with my strict G1 upbringing :P) but I've recently gone and bought the collected trade paperbacks of all the US and UK stuff, which of course features Death's Head, and he's kinda grown on me, yes.

 

Cheers!

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Character - Carnage

 

Position - 39 (joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? Nope.

 

Stuff and Nonesense - Also known as Cletus Kasady, Carnage was born killing. As a child he pushed his grandmother down the stairs, tortured his dog and burnt down his orphanage. After getting put in prison for being oh, a serial killer, his cellmate ends up being a one Eddie Brock (Venom). Brock's Venom symbiote has a baby, since they can produce asexually and all, and bonds with Kasady through a cut. Kasady becomes Carnage, Carnage escapes and then the real fun begins.

 

The Carnage symbiote ends up being stronger than Spider-Man and Venom combined. He can shape-shift, create weapons like knives and axes with its web substance and plant ideas in people's heads. He can crawl like Spider-Man, regenerate and is immune to infection and disease. This comes in handy since Kasady, without the symbiote, has a form of cancer. He feeds on his victims by just touching them and can see from any part of his body. Carnage even at one point develops immunity to the sonic booms symbiotes usually are vulnerable to. For every murder, Kasady writes "Carnage Rules" on the walls with his own blood.

 

Carnage is so powerful that Spider-Man has to make a truce with his arch nemesis Venom just to fight him. Even when Venom re-absorbs his child's symbiote, Kasady just can't stop killing. He paints himself red and goes to town as a regular human murderer. Carnage even has a psychological streak, believing that everybody wants to kill, he just has the guts to do it. He doesn't want money or power, he just likes killing. First introduced in Amazing Spider-Man #344 Carnage was modeled after The Joker to be a darker version of Venom.

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Character - Dazzler.

 

Position - 39 (joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? Nope.

 

Stuff and Nonesense - A somewhat ... surprising choice here. But each to their own.

 

Alison Blaire was born to Carter Blaire and Katherine Blaire in the Long Island suburb of Gardendale, New York. Her parents had a tense relationship: her father was a stoic law student, while her mother was a free-spirited entertainer. Ultimately, this led to Katherine walking out on Carter and a toddler-aged Alison, leaving Carter to raise Alison with the help of his mother.Katherine's leaving had a profound effect on Carter, who had kept the shameful secret of Katherine from Alison all her life. As Alison entered adolescence and developed dreams of becoming a singer, her father became increasingly intolerant to the idea. Instead, he forced Alison to choose a life path similar to his own; Alison would become an academic star, and continue on a path to law school. Alison's grandmother, Bella Blaire, was more sympathetic to young Alison, and encouraged her to explore her creative energies.

However, while performing at a middle-school dance, Alison manifested her mutant abilities, blinding all in attendance save herself. For years, Alison kept her powers a secret from those closest to her, further alienating her from her father. By the time she reached university, Alison began to explore her powers and her musical ability. She crafted her own performing suit and accessories, naming herself "The Dazzler." It was at this moment Alison decided to abandon her father's dream. While at her graduation ceremony, Alison informed Carter that she would not be attending the law school he had selected for her, and would pursue a life as a singer, without her father's blessing or financial support.The Dazzler used her light-based mutant powers as a draw for her performances. Taking the sound of the music and converting it into dazzling displays of color drew the young singer enough attention to land her gigs at several New York clubs and discotheques. However, Alison knew that she, a mutant, would have to keep the nature of her powers a secret. Marketing her light shows as a "technological secret," Alison was able to bypass critical speculation for some time. Yet while this little white lie fooled the club managers and others in her life, it did not escape the notice of Emma Frost, White Queen of the Hellfire Club, or Charles Xavier, founder and mentor of the X-Men.

 

Both the Hellfire Club and the X-Men sent entourages to a Dazzler performance to recruit Alison to their respective ideological side. The X-Men sent Phoenix, Cyclops, and Nightcrawler to have a discussion with the young woman, while the Hellfire Club sent a group of armed men to take her by force. The combined powers of Dazzler and the X-Men suppressed the foes, and the new team also worked to free other members of the X-Men held captive by the Hellfire Club. Professor Xavier offered Alison a position within the X-Men, but she declined, instead choosing to focus on her career.At this time, Alison became an increased target for superheroic phenomena. In one instance, she was possessed by the foe Lightmaster, and was thankfully saved by Spider-Man. In another, she acquainted herself with Johnny Storm -- the Human Torch -- at a posh nightclub. As the Dazzler was becoming more popular in the club circuit, she was becoming more known in the superhero circuit as well.

 

This co-mingling of superheroes and career proved both beneficial and detrimental to Alison. Needing a well-deserved break, Alison auditioned and won a performance spot at up-and-coming nightspot Numero Uno. Unfortunately, the singer bested the Enchantress, who -- so incensed by the outcome -- vowed to have revenge upon the Dazzler. As her new superheroic friends packed the club, the Enchantress summoned her minions, erupting in a large battle. It was Alison herself who sealed back the Enchantress' nefarious energies, ending her plans. While she won a battle against a powerful adversary, her performance was in ruins. Despite this outcome, Alison continued to follow her dream. When given lemons, the Dazzler made lemonade. She signed on as a singer with a reputable agent -- Harry Osgood -- and was given a formal stage manager, back-up band, and a knockout performance spot at a United Nations charity summit! Unfortunately, before she could perform, the Dazzler encountered Doctor Doom, intent on stealing one of the "Jewels of Doom" currently held on display at the UN. Dr. Doom then used the chanteuse to retrieve another of these jewels from the villainous Nightmare in his Nightmare Dimension. In the dimension, Dazzler was confronted with her own self-doubts and insecurities her father planted within her. Overcoming this obstacle, Alison retrieved the jewel and destroyed them. As Doom was to seek retaliation, the Human Torch came to her rescue. The Dazzler again survived a brutal encounter, but at the expense of her career.

 

But for Alison Blaire, her powers still proved to be a curse. While riding the New York subway, a couple was being harassed by men with armed weapons. Alison quickly used her powers to subdue them, only to find that she, then, became the enemy. The couple she "saved" quickly began harassing her, and as a crowd formed to assail her, she fled. Clearly, there was no place for mutants in the larger society.Her career fared no better. After another performance was soiled -- this time by Hulk -- Harry Osgood became increasingly curious over the nature of Alison's stage effects. The "technological secret" was in question. When Harry confronted Alison about the nature of her powers, she stormed out, defensive. How could she reveal her true identity? To make matters worse, an old enemy of Osgood sent the Enforcers -- a group of mercenaries -- to harm him. When Harry Osgood was kidnapped, Alison made it her mission to find and protect him. After defeating the Enforcers and saving Harry, she confessed to Harry her most hidden secret: that she was a mutant! Not knowing how the first non-superhero would react to such a revelation, Alison breathed a sigh of relief when Harry gave her his support, and vowed to keep her "technological secret" safe.

 

Alison's "technological secret" may have been safe regarding the average citizen, but for the U.S. Government, it was a pressing affair. Alison was whisked away by Project: PEGASUS against her will to undergo several strenuous tests regarding her mutant powers. While at PEGASUS, Dazzler witnessed several other super-powered beings being held captive, including Klaw and Solarr. As time went on, Alison became increasingly intolerant toward the members of Project: PEGASUS. The researchers found that Alison had no natural limit to her abilities, and theoretically could be the most powerful mutant on Earth, with unlimited energy potential. Intolerance swiftly turned into aggression, and -- upon witnessing Klaw being tested by PEGASUS technicians -- inadvertently freed the villain. Klaw then turned his energies upon Dazzler, unaware that her mutant ability transformed sonic energy into light-based energy. As Dazzler began to absorb Klaw's essence, she found she could not stop the process. The Dazzler had fully absorbed Klaw into her body, storing it as light energy.

 

 

 

More on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/universe/Dazzler_(Alison_Blaire)#ixzz2DoeMwHNG

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Character - Guyver 1

 

Position - 39 (joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone?- Nope.

 

Stuff and Nonesense - The Guyver is the first non Western comic character to make an apperance. A suit of bio-mechanical armour that enhances strength, speed and agility, as well as providing enough weaponry to take down pretty much everything. Ever. Oh, and it can fly.

The Guyver 1 unit is worn by 17 year old Sho Fukamatchi and is the cause of him battling against the Chronos Corperation. Guyver translated quite well into animation (shame about the terrible dubbing), but the live action versions are pure C Movie, and thats when being generous! Not even Mark Hamill could save the first film from essentialy being Power Rangers on a smaller budget.

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Character - Optimus Prime

 

Position - 39 (joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? Nope.

 

Stuff and Nonesense - You need me to tell you something about Prime? Really? OK then...

 

Prime is the leader of the Autobots, a faction of transforming robots from the planet Cybertron. The autobots are constantly waging war against a rival faction of transforming robots called Decepticons. He is depicted as a brave, powerful, wise and compassionate leader who puts his talent to use improving the universe around him. Optimus is portrayed as having a strong sense of justice and righteousness and has dedicated himself to the protection of all life, particularly the inhabitants of Earth.

 

The first generation Optimus Prime transforms into a Kenworth K100 cab over truck. Within his chest is a mystic talisman, known as the autobot matrix of leadership or the "creation matrix", carried by all autobot leaders.

 

When Optimus transforms, his cab becomes an ion blaster and his trailer disconnects, forming a combat deck. The combat deck supports a mobile battle-station and command headquarters armed with assorted artillery and beam weapons that fire automatically. The combat deck can also serve as a radio antenna for battlefield communications between the autobots. The combat deck also included "Roller", a mobile scout buggy meant to scout behind enemy lines. When Roller is deployed, Optimus can see and hear what Roller sees and hears. Injury to one component is felt by each of the others. If the combat deck or Roller were to be destroyed, Prime could survive. However, despite the slight degree of autonomy they possess, the combat deck and Roller would not be able to survive without Optimus.

 

In the animated series, Optimus is able to fire short-range optic blasts, project holographic maps, and deploy hydro-foils, designed by Wheeljack, to traverse bodies of water with ease. In the animated series, Optimus was also given the ability to retract his right hand unit and replace it with a glowing axe.

 

Across the assorted continuities of the original Transformers universe, there have been various interpretations of Optimus Prime. One of Prime's most notable characteristics over all continuities his unswaying commitment to leadership by example. The animated series' version of Optimus Prime is depicted as a straightforward, wise, and upbeat battlefield general. Additionally, the animated series' version of Optimus dislikes rap music, putting him at odds with music-loving characters like Blaster and Jazz.

 

In the Marvel Comics series, in addition to these characteristics, Prime is secretly plagued by self-doubt and a conflicted sense of pacifism that often makes him an extremely reluctant warrior.

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Character - Barbara Thorson (I Kill Giants)

 

Position - 39 (joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? Nope.

 

Stuff and Nonesense -

 

This is the first character voted for that I know nothing about. So heres the description from the voter:

 

Barbara is one of those kids who throws herself into fantasy a little too much. When she's not whupping older kids at D&D, she's out hunting "giants". Unfortunately only Barbara can see these giants, which makes her a point of ridicule for the other kids at school. It's only later on when you realise that Barbara is actually battling to cope with her mother having cancer that the story really hits home. A wonderfully portrayed emotional character, and while not necessarily a superhero, she has 10 times the internal strength of your standard cape wearing building hopper.

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Character - Fone Bone

 

Position - 39 (joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? Nope.

 

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The hero of the series, Fone Bone is the most courageous of the Bones. He and his cousin Smiley Bone help their other cousin Phoney Bone escape from Boneville after he upset the villagers, and get stuck in the valley. He is passionate about his favorite book, Moby-Dick, and is the most level-headed and the smartest of the three Bone cousins. He has an unrequited crush on Thorn Harvestar. Fone Bone is very wary of his cousin Phoney's schemes, and always suspects him of something. The suspicion usually turns out right, and Fone is often angered by Phoney not seeming to care about the Valley, (or the people in it) as Phoney constantly tries to leave to return to Boneville. After the Hooded One realizes Phoney Bone is not the person she needs to complete her ritual to revive Mim, the queen of the dragons, and realizes that Thorn was too powerful for her to control, she then seeks Fone, for in Ghost Circles, Vol. 7 of the series, it is revealed that Fone has the Locust inside him too, which likely came from either his encounter in Rock Jaw, Master of the Eastern Border, when he is knocked off a cliff, or in Old Man's Cave, when he rescues Thorn from the locusts by putting the Dragon Necklace on her. It is later taken out in Ghost Circles by Thorn, who took it herself, because she was told to by her dead mother in a Ghost Circle. This remains unknown by Fone until Crown of Horns, when they try to destroy the locust by touching the sacred Crown of Horns. He saves the day by touching the Crown of Horns while holding Thorn's hand, who is incapacitated on the ground, stuck in Kingdok's jaws, whom she killed. There they are given a choice to live or die, (there is a bright light; the light is supposedly the afterlife/heaven) both who choose 'live'. Thorn and Fone are both given pieces of the Crown of Horns as teeth which were knocked out in a fight with Tarsil's followers. The teeth apparently cause rapid healing of the two's injuries. His name comes from "funny bone," which also inspired the Mad magazine character Fonebone drawn by Don Martin. Wizard magazine ranked Fone Bone as the 28th greatest comic book character of all time. IGN also ranked Fone Bone as the 60th greatest comic book hero of all time stating that his good nature and his unrequited love for his ally Thorn make Fone the heart and soul of this fantastical book

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Character - Kurt Kilgore

 

Position - 39 (joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? Nope.

 

Stuff and Nonesense -

 

Another one I know nothing about.

'The main basis of the story is that there are two brothers who have hated each other for a good long time and are now forced to interact because one of them has died and is haunting the other. It's a big action extravaganza from there on out.'

 

Sounds like a cracker, and was co written by Todd McFarlane (writer of Spawn), so I would bet this is a great little book. You can read more about it on Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haunt_(comics)

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Character - Scott Pilgrim

 

Position - 13th (joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? Nope.

 

Stuff and Nonesense -

 

What a c*nt! Pilgrim is a shallow, unfunny, uninteresting character who has been latched onto by the hipster generation who like that hes 'quirky'. Hes not. Pilgrim is a shithead to women, a poor friend, a sponger and a general failure at life. But he has video games references, so hes forgiven. **** off Pilgrim. Just **** off.

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Most HATED List:

 

Character - Scott Pilgrim

 

Position - 13th (joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? Nope.

 

Stuff and Nonesense -

 

What a c*nt! Pilgrim is a shallow, unfunny, uninteresting character who has been latched onto by the hipster generation who like that hes 'quirky'. Hes not. Pilgrim is a shithead to women, a poor friend, a sponger and a general failure at life. But he has video games references, so hes forgiven. **** off Pilgrim. Just **** off.

 

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! I like Scott Pilgrim precisely because he's a no good slacker douchebag. It reminds me of most of my friends! :lol

 

Character - Barbara Thorson (I Kill Giants)

 

Position - 39 (joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? Nope.

 

Stuff and Nonesense -

 

This is the first character voted for that I know nothing about. So heres the description from the voter:

 

Barbara is one of those kids who throws herself into fantasy a little too much. When she's not whupping older kids at D&D, she's out hunting "giants". Unfortunately only Barbara can see these giants, which makes her a point of ridicule for the other kids at school. It's only later on when you realise that Barbara is actually battling to cope with her mother having cancer that the story really hits home. A wonderfully portrayed emotional character, and while not necessarily a superhero, she has 10 times the internal strength of your standard cape wearing building hopper.

 

Seriously, if folks have never heard of I Kill Giants, then I recommend you go and try and find some of it to read. There's only about 6 issues, and I'm pretty sure it's available as a TPB these days. That book almost had me blubbering like a child at the end.

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Character - Kurt Kilgore

 

Position - 39 (joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? Nope.

 

Stuff and Nonesense -

 

Another one I know nothing about.

'The main basis of the story is that there are two brothers who have hated each other for a good long time and are now forced to interact because one of them has died and is haunting the other. It's a big action extravaganza from there on out.'

 

Sounds like a cracker, and was co written by Todd McFarlane (writer of Spawn), so I would bet this is a great little book. You can read more about it on Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haunt_(comics)

 

 

To be honest, once McFarlane leaves the series as artist it's not worth carrying on reading. Not that the new stuff is bad, it's just not Mcfarlane.

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Character - Doctor Doom

 

Position - 37 (joint)

 

Was it voted number 1 by anyone? Nope.

 

Stuff and Nonesense -

 

Victor Von Doom, arch rival of the Fantastic Four and general menace to the Marvel Universe in general. Von Doom is able to hold his own in physical combat against foes as powerful as Spider-Man and Iron Man, and magically has been a front runner for the role of Sorcerer Supreme.

 

 

Read more here:

http://marvel.com/universe/Doctor_Doom_(Victor_von_Doom)

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