March Nerdness 2013 – Science Fiction and Fantasy
So it’s that time of year again. In 2011, Wolverine defeated Batman in the very first superhero-themed March Nerdness. Last year, Uncanny X-Force was the champion of the superhero teams. This year I’ve decided upon a science fiction/fantasy theme. The four divisions are Monsters, Magic Users, Robots, and Aliens.
As in past years, selecting the competitors was extremely difficult. I tried to include characters from movies, comics, television, literature, and video games. I tried to please as many nerds as possible, from Whovians to Trekies. I know that there are very deserving characters who didn’t make the tournament but let me explain why I made some of the choices I did and clarify to which version of the character I am referring.
No cyborgs: I had to draw the line somewhere in the Robots division so I decided to include androids but not cyborgs. So any character whose body was enhanced robotically could not be included. That’s why there’s no Darth Vader here and why 7 of 9 is amongst the aliens.
Bender and the Fem-bots: While I agree that these characters differ from the others in the genre from which they hail, I felt that there was room for a little comedy. I couldn’t resist this matchup.
Edward: Have faith in me, true believers. He is facing Dracula for the very reason you would want him to face Dracula.
Pyramid Head: I admit that I am no gamer, but I have to give a nod to all you nerds out there that are. While I’m sure I could have included many more, I hope this one is worthy.
Darth Maul and Yoda: While technically any of the Star Wars characters could be considered aliens I tried to pick the ones that looked the most alien.
While you can Google any of the characters and find out who they are, I feel there are a few that I want to personally clarify.
The Creature – otherwise known as Frankenstein’s monster
Lizard – from Marvel Comics (The Amazing Spider-man)
Dream – from Vertigo Comics (Sandman)
Enchantress – from Marvel Comics (Thor)
The White Witch – from Narnia
Prospero – the wizard from Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Raven – from DC Comics (Teen Titans)
Ash – the android from Alien
Roy Batty – the replicant from Blade Runner based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Sentinel – from Marvel Comics (The Uncanny X-Men)
Gort – from The Day the Earth Stood Still
Gladiator – from Marvel Comics (The Uncanny X-Men)
Jabberwocky – from Through the Looking Glass
Willow – from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Honorable mentions: The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Kraken, Rancor, Mechagodzilla, Morgan le Fay, Warf, Queen Bavmorda, Maleficent, The Brood, Kal El, Mar-Vell, The Silence, Weeping Angels, The Master, Chewbacca, and Dennis Rodman.
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