On Friday, it seemed like the matchups were pretty lopsided. Even with Captain Barbossa’s ability to cheat death at every turn, he still couldn’t overpower Dutch in a head-to-head battle. Fan favorite Boba Fett crushed Hans Gruber in the other duel. Let’s head on over to the VHS and DVD brackets today to check out a couple of battles that may be a little more evenly-matched.
Two fanboy favorites go toe-to-toe in this matchup. We’ve got the man who captained the USS Enterprise and took on foes all around the galaxy, all the while keeping every bit of charisma that made him hilarious and lovable. In the other corner, we have the antithesis of lovable, The Joker. No, not Jack Nicholson’s Joker, Heath Ledger’s Joker. Let’s face it, Ledger’s Joker would kill Jack’s Joker any day of the week.
Captain James T. Kirk – There isn’t a more egotistical hero in this tournament. He’s loved the world over by ‘Star Trek’ fanboy throngs. He took on a Gorn single-handedly, amongst other foes. Also, I must say that if you’d like, feel free to add in any information from the J.J. Abrams movie. Whether that helps or hinders your decision is up to you.
Strengths: He’s one of the smartest and most devious contestants here. He actually reprogrammed the unwinnable Kobayashi Maru test so that he could beat it. There’s nothing that will stop Kirk from getting what he wants.
Weaknesses: He’s extremely reckless, to the point that it may come back and bite him if he’s not careful.
The Joker – Not since Hannibal Lecter has there been a movie villain so full of malevolence that it’s hard to even recognize the actor playing him. Heath Ledger’s Joker is the embodiment of anarchy. He’ll do absolutely anything just to watch the world burn.
Strengths: He’s a villain that you can’t ever reason with. He doesn’t want anything other than power and death. He’s also a diabolical criminal mastermind who thinks up the most elaborate scenarios, which usually involve large amounts of people in danger of being killed.
Weaknesses: Like Kirk, his recklessness could be his downfall. Even though The Joker is a cunning planner, his ego still gets the best of him.
James T. Kirk vs. The Joker
- The Joker (61%, 123 Votes)
- James T. Kirk (39%, 78 Votes)
Total Voters: 201
A modern day hero goes up against an everyday superhero right here. Supreme strength, willpower, and bulging biceps clash when the Italian Stallion, Rocky Balboa, goes up against Mr. Incredible. For the purpose of this tournament, we have to assume that these two consummate good guys would be willing to duke it out to the death. So with that settled, which one’s going to come out victorious?
Rocky Balboa – Over six movies, Rocky has defied the odds every time. He’s handed out knockouts to bigger and badder opponents, all the while keeping his optimistic outlook on life intact. He’s such a good guy that he later became friends with his mortal enemy, Apollo Creed.
Strengths: He never, ever gives up. Hit him and you only make him madder. It doesn’t matter if you tower over him like a gigantic Russian tank, he’ll still find a way to bring you down.
Weaknesses: I guess his passion and pride could be counted as weaknesses. They could get him in trouble if he’s ever in a losing fight and doesn’t know when to give in.
Strengths: Super-duper strength is his main weapon. Even being out-of-shape doesn’t change the fact that Mr. Incredible can lift a car up with one hand without even thinking about it.
Weaknesses: Can’t do everything all by himself. While Rocky usually goes mano-a-mano with someone, Mr. Incredible required the help of his whole super family to bring down Syndrome, a villain without any super powers.
Rocky Balboa vs. Mr. Incredible
- Rocky Balboa (50%, 103 Votes)
- Mr. Incredible (50%, 101 Votes)
Total Voters: 204