Monday, March 15, 2021

MARCH MADNESS: HEROES VS. VILLAINS IS BACK

                                      

Guess what's back, back again!

Since 2015, I have conducted a "Heroes vs. Villains" entertainment bracket every March as a way to celebrate it being the month it is, as well as the March Madness that is so famous this time of year. Instead of basketball though, I pit some of the most popular, coolest heroes and villains from movies and TV to battle it out for superiority. Over the years, we've seen superheroes, super-spies, cops, soldiers, and just, plain good-hearted characters face off against supervillains, dark lords, monsters, vampires, and all forms of evil. It's been fun watching the votes go down and this year won't be any different!

Last year, our final four were Batman, The Mandalorian, Arthur Fleck and Harley Quinn, which just goes to show were our pop culture is at this very moment. Will these characters reign supreme again? Or will the new challengers listed below make their mark? Batman has won all but one competition, can he win again? 

It's all up to you. Starting March 17th, I will once again post a bracket using Google Documents, and you will be able to vote right here on the site. Why I didn't just do this the first few years is beyond me, forgive me for being not very tech-savvy. But I want to make it as easy as possible to vote, which is what will happen here. Voting will begin on March 17th for First Round. Second Round voting will begin on March 21st. Third Round voting will begin March 24th. Fourth Round voting will begin March 29th. The Final Four vote will begin April 1st. The Final battle between the biggest hero and the biggest villain will commence on April 5th. 

Here's who is competing this year, listed by seed:

MOVIE HEROES

  1. Batman (Batman films)
  2. Samwise Gamgee (Lord of the Rings)
  3. Princess Leia Organa (Star Wars franchise)
  4. Thor (MCU)
  5. Joe Gardner (Soul)
  6. Laurie Strode (Halloween franchise)
  7. Clarice Starling (Hannibal franchise)
  8. Black Canary (Birds of Prey)
  9. Cyborg (DCEU)
  10. Elizabeth Swan (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise)
  11. Prince Akeem (Coming To America franchise)
  12. Austin Powers (Austin Powers franchise)
  13. Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Deadpool films)
  14. David Dunn (Unbreakable franchise)
  15. J.J. Gittes (Chinatown)
  16. Sonic The Hedgehog (Sonic The Hedgehog)
TV HEROES
  1. The Mandalorian (Disney+ The Mandalorian)
  2. Wanda Maximoff (Disney+ WandaVision)
  3. Johnny Lawrence (Netflix's Cobra Kai)
  4. Michael Burnham (Paramount+ Star Trek: Discovery)
  5. Father Gabriel Stokes (AMC's The Walking Dead)
  6. Lt. Columbo (NBC's Columbo)
  7. Jim Hopper (Netflix's Stranger Things)
  8. Billy Butcher (Amazon Prime's The Boys)
  9. Ser Davos Seaworth (HBO's Game of Thrones)
  10. Beth Harmon (Netflix's The Queen's Gambit)
  11. Atticus Freeman (HBO's Lovecraft Country)
  12. Ted Lasso (AppleTV+ Ted Lasso)
  13. Meredith Grey (ABC's Grey's Anatomy)
  14. Lt. Terry Jeffords (NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
  15. Stargirl (CW's Stargirl)
  16. Harvey Birdman (Cartoon Network's Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law)
Movie Villains
  1. Arthur Fleck (Joker)
  2. Amon Goeth (Schindler's List)
  3. The Shark (Jaws franchise)
  4. The Witch King (Lord of the Rings trilogy)
  5. Bride of Frankenstein (Bride of Frankenstein)
  6. Steppenwolf (DCEU)
  7. The Candyman (The Candyman)
  8. Darth Maul (Star Wars franchise)
  9. Buffalo Bill (Hannibal franchise)
  10. Dr. Robotnik (Sonic The Hedgehog)
  11. Hela (MCU)
  12. Dr. Evil (Austin Powers franchise)
  13. Mr. Glass (Unbreakable franchise)
  14. Syndrome (The Incredibles)
  15. Kaonashi (Spirited Away)
  16. Amy Dunne (Gone Girl)
TV Villains
  1. Harley Quinn (HBOMax's Harley Quinn)
  2. Agatha Harkness (Disney+ WandaVision)
  3. John Creese (Netflix's Cobra Kai)
  4. Beta (AMC's The Walking Dead)
  5. Petyr Baelish (HBO's Game of Thrones)
  6. Commander Fred Waterford (Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale)
  7. Reign (CW's Supergirl)
  8. Katherine Pierce (CW's The Vampire Diaries)
  9. Bobby Axelrod (Showtime's Billions)
  10. The Hormone Monster (Netflix's Big Mouth)
  11. Constance Langdon (FX's American Horror Story)
  12. Head Six (Syfy's Battlestar Galactica)
  13. Hush (CW's Batwoman)
  14. Randall Flagg (Paramount+ The Stand)
  15. Livia Soprano (HBO's The Sopranos)
  16. Mumm-Ra (Cartoon Network's Thundercats)
Voting begins in a couple days. As always, have fun all!

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