Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Badass baddies. From 10th to 1st.

Having just been linked by my sister to her blog to read her opinion on her top 10 baddie characters from cartoons, I've decided to make my own list, with the only exception to the "cartoon" rule being the plasticine one. But, that is animation which all cartoons fall under.

Without further ado, here is my top ten.

10. Team Rocket
The late 90s evil trio. More often in the later series being comic relief, they were originally ruthless, patronising and actually had pokemon from the original 151. Always trying to capture pikachu or sometimes a pokemon that was the focus of the episode, and seemingly thwarted every time by Ash and being sent "blasting off again" with a finishing *ting*. Worst evil geniuses ever.

9. Bowser
You may be thinking that this is a video game bad guy, BUT, there was a short-lasting tv series about mario and the mushroom people and peach late 80s early 90s. Therefore, he is in my list. Of course, he's been kidnapping the same girl for over 2 decades and still is out done by an Italian plumber (question is, when was the last time that guy plumbed anything? The pipes are clogged with snapping plants!). This can only be because he does not think his plan through, and should really not give power stars back when he's lost a fight; what kind of strategy is that?

8. Venom
Absolutely ruined in the film, but, we're not discussing that here. Venom is originally from space, he get's attached to the hero, spiderman. They fall in love, have a few kids, then WHAM, spidey ditches him at the church tower (please note that this is not to be taken at face value). Venom then spirals out of control with a Mr. Eddie Brock, and they put spidey in heart-pounding situations. Venom later finds that he's pregnant, and gives birth to the bastard child Carnage and my goodness is that a terrifying onslaught of enemies. They both however have this really bad weakness to sonic/ high pitched sounds and this proves only to easy for spiderman to counter the alien onslaught. In the end, venom crashes like jelly.

7. Shere Kahn
Not much I can actually say about this guy. It was a long time ago since I last watched the Jungle Book and all I can really remember is it took several vultures, a boy and even a bear to conquer this tiger. I forget his motives but it was clear he was a challenge to bring down, and it was only when the vultures did something that it happened (I think). Anyway, yeah, Shere Kahn everyone.

6. Clayton
Voiced by the excellent Brian Blessed. This man had a knack for shooting most things and thinking of consequences later, which ultimately brought his demise. He had insane eyes in the thick of the film which just added that extra "OMG BAD GUY!" He also managed to manipulate a "missing link" ape man to show his family home so that he could rake in the gorilla cash. That, is pure genius.

5. Mrs Tweedy
Gotta love her northern accent, really adds spice to her whole character. Her ambitions to turn her husband's farm into a multi-billion company got the better of her though and she couldn't see the fact that, if the chickens can fly, they're not worth keeping. Bullied her husband and had awesome dress sense.

3. General Woundwort
Controlled his warren with an iron fist (paw), similarities to 20th century European/soviet Russian dictators. Was determined to make every rabbit suffer, and didn't seem to fear anything, except for a dumb seagull. This no-fear policy ultimately brought his reign of terror to an end, as he took on a dog in a fight that probably didn't last very long; no one knows. He was seen though easily taking down a rabbit with one lethal bite to the neck. I bet he had a hairball after.

2. The Groke
This purple monster gave me nightmares when I was a wee lad. There was one specific scene where another character walked past her, though we could only see a dark, shadowy figure on the screen. He then noticed her and turns to look at her and there is then an extreme close up of her face showing no emotion, though she was fully capable of just grabbing him then. She was a lonely, misunderstood creature though, who only actually wanted company but froze everything she touched.

1. Feathers McGraw
A penguin that manages to fool the world with his disguise as a chicken. A very subtle difference it was too. Stole a diamond that I am sure is bigger than any diamond the Tower of London possesses and nearly got away with it too, if it wasn't for that clever dog and his dumb owner. The chase scene around the house was just too epic to really not be seen as one of the greatest bad guy/good guy showdowns ever. Nick Park is a plasticine GOD.

So, there you have it. My top 10. Feel free to comment on what you think about this list, and whom you would rather pick.

Maybe I'll do a top 10 good guys list.

Until next time,

Toodles xx

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