Fanart Friday returns, glad that there are no turkey leftovers this year. Last week, we celebrated my birthday a little early, but now we return to our regular schedule! Last year, Black Friday Edition celebrated the baddest of the bad, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving we'll be checking out fan-made masterpieces of our favorite heroes for this week's installment!
I'm pretty strict with my definition of "hero," so you won't see any antiheroes. These are the guys who play by the rules, the guys who put their egos second and doing the right thing first. Sorry folks, Batman's kind of a dick, so he doesn't actually fit here. Now let's get this show on the road!
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We can start off this Fanart Friday by standing atop a tree (or other high place) and monologuing about the evils of being evil, just like Slayers' resident princess, Amelia Wil Tesla Saillune. She and her father may not be the sharpest knives in the drawer, but they're more than happy to lecture before and after kicking the crap out of a villain.
The bulk of my experience with Yatterman comes from Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, but there's no denying that this classic hero is one of anime's greats. The only reason he seems to be going after the super-sexy Doronjo and her cronies is that they're bad guys--they want to steal gold! Being a good guy is as much about preventing bad things from happening as it is about stopping bad things that are immediately going on, right?
Okay, I did kinda paraphrase a Hot Fuzz quote there, but who cares? Sergeant Nicholas Angel (with Danny in tow, of course) will absolutely not tolerate any "accidents" in his town. In fact, he's one of the only characters who's not okay with bending the law at all, even in tiny Sandford.
Even with that giant smear of blood on his boot, Nightwing is the most straight-laced member of the Bat-family. It probably comes from being in Bruce's shadow for most of his life, but Nightwing is the one who will actually try and see the good in people, instead of scaring them into being good.
After you're done reliving childhood trauma, you might want to check out the rest of Sethard's gallery. What happened to the days when a solid piece of art captured the idea behind a movie and made you want to see what it was about? Now, it's just dramatic from-behind photos or close-up photos of characters. That gets old.
While we're on the subject of childhood trauma, here's Optimus Prime, whose death scarred all children in the '80s. I was honestly pretty pissed off at the live-action movies for turning him into an opportunistic jerk who murders his foes in cold blood after they've surrendered. Optimus' reluctance to kill Megatron was a key part of his character that the writers just kinda forgot.
Madoka's too wishy-washy for her own good, Miki's a little unhinged, and that red-haired chick just likes to fight. The real problem with talking about the selflessness of Puella Magi Madoka Magica's Homura is that I'd pretty much be giving away the whole damn plot in the process.
Y'know, I was actually getting kind of bored with Sword Art Online's current arc, until last week's TOTALLY F**KING AMAZING EPIC AERIAL BATTLE. Seriously, where the hell did that come from? Kirito's a pretty cool guy, too--I always enjoy how he's willing to help anybody and everybody who needs it, even people who've tried to screw him over in the past.
I've already gone into embarassing detail about how Erza is the very best part of Fairy Tail (she is), but she's also the only main character who would fit into the "Lawful Good" alignment. Natsu and Grey would fit into the "lawful dumbass" alignment. Lucy too, kinda.
In terms of real-world fandom and in terms of the DC universe, Superman just doesn't get enough respect. Superman is on-call 24/7, 365 days a year, taking care of everything from stupid kids climbing telephone poles to stupid alien overlords who severely underestimate what will happen when they piss off the entire Justice League. Supes doesn't do it for thanks or for fame--he does it because he's a genuinely nice guy, and it's inspiring to see that.
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Some members of the Strawhat crew joined for less-than-heroic reasons--in fact, they all did. Everybody's there to fulfill their dreams and to help Luffy become the Pirate King. But every single one of them is willing to throw down when they see people getting hurt, and every single one of them has shown that they care more about the crew than they do about themselves.
I can't have been the only one who was getting some serious Iron Giant vibes while watching Wreck-It Ralph. It seems like bad guys who want to be good end up doing the most good, or making the biggest impression--probably because they have the most to prove.
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I'm not as caught up on Fate/Zero as I'd like to be, but all I've heard about Rider is that he's a total selfless badass. That's good motivation for me to restart the show!
I've been religiously following Magi (no pun intended) since it started airing, and I'm damn impressed. Aladdin is another character who's hell-bent on finding the good in people, and trying to keep people from doing things they'll regret later. That's awesome!
Just because you're the most selfless, doesn't mean you're the most popular. Wild Tiger is the older, less-mature, more hot-blooded member of the Tiger & Bunny duo, but he always has one thing on his mind above all else: screw scoring points, save the people instead.
High school is hell, but the SKET-Dan can make things easier. Nobody gets turned away in SKET Dance, and even though they deal with more real-world(ish) problems like bullying and helping a girl win some insane competition to get what's basically a Gaia Online avatar item, they're always happy to put their necks on the line.
Being a good guy doesn't always mean fighting the bad guys 24/7. Sometimes, it's better to just sit down and have lunch with an antihero, because "responsibility" does not always translate to "being a sanctimonious jerk."
Early on in Naruto, Rock Lee was different from all the other "rival" characters that were introduced during the Chuunin Exam. In fact, he was so awesome, and seemed to eclipse the two actual heroes of the show so much that he was sidelined for a good long while. Even now, whenever he shows up it's an event.
Captain America's been getting more recognition as of late, and rightfully so--he's not just about being "the American ideal," but rather a worldwide symbol of liberty and freedom. He's an earnestly good person who doesn't tolerate bullies or tyrants, which are really just two sides of the same coin.
Y'know what sucks? Being an actual hero in an antihero's show. Alphas tries his best to deal with the chaos and destruction that Zetman's Zet leaves in his wake, but one man can only do so much.
Spidey was already kind of a Captain America fanboy to begin with, but it kicked into overdrive after the "No, you move" monologue. I'm with him, I'd let Cap princess-carry me too.
And that's all for this week! There's no way I could have included everybody, so who are some of your favorite heroes?
Of course, your art is always welcome here on Fanart Friday, regardless of your skill level or experience, so send your work on over! For those of you wanting to put something together for next week, we'll be taking a look at SIDEKICKS and SECOND BANANAS, the poor folks who don't get as much screentime because the main character's busy hogging the screen!
Thanks again for checking out Fanart Friday--I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving and stayed safe during Black Friday! We'll see you all next week!