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#1 Matty_poo

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:57 PM

Okay please don't take this too seriously, I asked this on another board and was flamed because "police and firemen are real heroes!" I'm looking to see what heroes you look at the qualities of and strive to achieve. For me it's Hal Jordan (and the other GL's) He isn't the strongest or the fastest, but he never gives up. He gets past Adversity with only the strength of his will power (in the form of a green laser light spouting ring.) I want to do that, trump any obstacle in my life, no matter how big, just by being willing to go at it. I pick Green Lantern Hal Jordan (and the rest)

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:37 AM

Odysseus. I loved the man as a kid. Strong and powerful, yet he used his mind to trick his enemies. Charismatic and cunning, he was definitely a character I emulated.

I read Sherlock Holmes as a kid and decided I wanted to be like that. I started paying attention to people’s faces, their mannerisms, the way they talked. It was my first anthropological study. I have became pretty good at it, not on Holmes’ level or anything, but I can usually guess what a person is thinking, I can guess what my friends will do in a certain situation. It’s became a game of sorts, when a friend wants to gossip about someone, I’ll make a prediction. About 7 out of 10 times I’m correct. (See the Kant quote in my sig)

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:54 AM

thats both rad and pretty amazing

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:42 PM

Okay please don't take this too seriously, I asked this on another board and was flamed because "police and firemen are real heroes!"


Links plz

There are people in need of a good trolling, to remind them that this is the internet.


OT: I always admired anime protagonists, from the blockheaded diehards like Naruto to the quiet, brooding intelligence of Yoh.

Also, Speed Racer.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:52 PM

Can't be found I'm afraid, /b/ trolls straying over to /co/ and of course some old boards that aren't around anymore/I don't remember. But nice to see some people can still have fun on the net. Also Speed was a total bad ass...I still want the mach 5

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

Speed was a total bad ass...I still want the mach 5


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:57 PM

With me, I fear the power would go to my head. The saw blades would come out if there was even a single vehicle besides mine.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:40 AM

I mean, seriously, he had everything in that car.

It ran underwater.

It had a homing robot.

Speed Racer is a story about prepared for when shit hits the fan.



OT: Spiderman, for stopping crime while spouting humorous one-liners, no matter how much it endangers his family.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:56 AM

Too bad spider-man is dead.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:59 AM

Too bad spider-man is dead.


What?!

I has sad :(

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:30 PM

What?!

I has sad :(


yep doc ock mindswitched with pete just before his (doc ock's) body died. so petes dead and doc ock is in his body

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

Wow, what a depressing ending.

Was this during Marvels "We're going to try to be edgy" period?

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:27 AM

Odysseus. I loved the man as a kid. Strong and powerful, yet he used his mind to trick his enemies. Charismatic and cunning, he was definitely a character I emulated.

I read Sherlock Holmes as a kid and decided I wanted to be like that. I started paying attention to people’s faces, their mannerisms, the way they talked. It was my first anthropological study. I have became pretty good at it, not on Holmes’ level or anything, but I can usually guess what a person is thinking, I can guess what my friends will do in a certain situation. It’s became a game of sorts, when a friend wants to gossip about someone, I’ll make a prediction. About 7 out of 10 times I’m correct. (See the Kant quote in my sig)



The thing about Holmes, as with so many other heroes in different ways, is his incapability of having a "normal" life. Apart from say Spidey, who has to protect those he loves, Sherlock doesn't want a life different from the one he has, or be something else than what he is. But there is a very dark side to Sherlock, that I found when reading him almost endlessly for about a year. When you read him you begin to act like him, develop amateur versions of his capabilities which is Awesome because it can actually be done! But I found that it's easy to also begin feeling a bit like him, question social capabilities and need for "superficial relationships and conversations". What I'm getting at is that Holmes is one of the heroes whose powers are actually possible in our world to achieve. And that "reality" of him, is probably his best quality, at the same time as it makes it questionable to want to be like him - in case one would actually start becoming like him.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:25 PM

The thing about Holmes, as with so many other heroes in different ways, is his incapability of having a "normal" life. Apart from say Spidey, who has to protect those he loves, Sherlock doesn't want a life different from the one he has, or be something else than what he is. But there is a very dark side to Sherlock, that I found when reading him almost endlessly for about a year. When you read him you begin to act like him, develop amateur versions of his capabilities which is Awesome because it can actually be done! But I found that it's easy to also begin feeling a bit like him, question social capabilities and need for "superficial relationships and conversations". What I'm getting at is that Holmes is one of the heroes whose powers are actually possible in our world to achieve. And that "reality" of him, is probably his best quality, at the same time as it makes it questionable to want to be like him - in case one would actually start becoming like him.


That was beautifully written.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:41 PM

Wow, what a depressing ending.

Was this during Marvels "We're going to try to be edgy" period?


This just happened a few issues ago.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:59 PM

The thing about Holmes, as with so many other heroes in different ways, is his incapability of having a "normal" life. Apart from say Spidey, who has to protect those he loves, Sherlock doesn't want a life different from the one he has, or be something else than what he is. But there is a very dark side to Sherlock, that I found when reading him almost endlessly for about a year. When you read him you begin to act like him, develop amateur versions of his capabilities which is Awesome because it can actually be done! But I found that it's easy to also begin feeling a bit like him, question social capabilities and need for "superficial relationships and conversations". What I'm getting at is that Holmes is one of the heroes whose powers are actually possible in our world to achieve. And that "reality" of him, is probably his best quality, at the same time as it makes it questionable to want to be like him - in case one would actually start becoming like him.


The fact that he is only human does tend to make him easier to relate to.
Instead of wishing you could lift cars up over your head, you wish you could have a vast understanding/recogntion of the world around you.
Which as you said, is quite possible to achieve.
Quite a few people have eidetic memories (or some variant of that), the ability to judge a person on a million details that they don't even know they are showing, and boxing. Also heavy drinking and possibly having asperger syndrome.

So it isn't very far off from possible to actually become something close to Sherlock Holmes, if you try hard enough at it.

It is perfectly acceptable to fear and admire a being you could not possibly understand.


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Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:15 PM

I suppose Professor X, better known as Charles Xavier!

To me he is a hero in a certain sense. I mean he helps people explore their powers, gives them a place to stay, keeps them out of trouble. Maybe its just me but that's pretty heroic. Plus he forms an epic team, the X-Men, and tries to keep "mutants" and humans at peace.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:32 PM

I suppose Professor X, better known as Charles Xavier!

To me he is a hero in a certain sense. I mean he helps people explore their powers, gives them a place to stay, keeps them out of trouble. Maybe its just me but that's pretty heroic. Plus he forms an epic team, the X-Men, and tries to keep "mutants" and humans at peace.


He is sort of like Gandhi, except he can explode your brain if he so chooses.
Though who says Gandhi couldn't do that too, just never did because of the whole pacifist thing.

It is perfectly acceptable to fear and admire a being you could not possibly understand.


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:41 PM

Now there's an idea for a story. Gandhi was secretly the god of war Ares in human guise. He wanted to see how the pacifist lives.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:37 PM

Hellboy.
Why?
Cause everything can be solved with a big-ass fist.