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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Top 5 Green Characters (Happy Saint Patrick's Day)

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! To celebrate, I will countdown the Top 5 Green Characters in movies. My rules for the list are only going to include characters with green skin, although my honorable mentions will include characters that are associated with the color green. The picks are listed by favorite personal preference of each character.

5: Grinch
How does not know of How the Grinch Stole Christmas? The story is a classic Christmas tale that children have watched and read for decades. Sure, as a character, the Grinch is not deep or developed, but few characters have such a memorable association with the color green than the Grinch!

4: Gamora
Making her film debut in Guardians of the Galaxy, this green-skinned anti-heroine is the last of her race and the adopted daughter of the Mad Titan Thanos. While arguably the least memorable of the Guardians in the film, Gamora still made an impression as the bad*ss warrior of the team with her nonsense attitude and occasionally comedic misunderstandings of human culture.

3: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Yes, all of the "Heroes in a half shell" make this list because Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello are all classic characters, although Raphael is easily my favorite of the four. As you would know from my review of the recent Michael Bay adaptation, which you can read here, this generation's turtles are kind of a disappointment for nostalgic fans like myself. Even though cartoons and 90s film might not necessarily hold up for adult audiences, the characters will never be forgotten.

2: Hulk
Originally grey in color in the first issue of "The Incredible Hulk," due to the printer's inability to consistently maintain the grey color, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby changed the character's skin to more easily reproduce, and the now iconic green that we all know today. However, the Grey Hulk continues to make occasional appearances in the comics. As for the Hulk himself, the character has finally been reproduced faithfully in 2012's The Avengers, where he almost stole the show.

1: Yoda
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” How could Yoda not be number one on this list? With his role in The Empire Strikes Back being especially noteworthy, Yoda is the exact opposite of the stereotypical "legendary warrior," which is expressed by Luke upon their first meeting. In the other films, television, and novels, Yoda's role in the universe is further expanded with even a bit of backstory to of his mysterious past.

Kermit the Frog
Well, whenever you make a green characters list, Kermit had to make it somewhere. Since I have not seen anything of the Muppets since childhood, I cannot say much about the character except that he is an iconic character in pop-culture, and thus deserving of an honorable mention.

Who are your favorite green characters? Please comment below and let me know! And do not forget to check back tomorrow for a new Reader's Choice and on Thursday for my review of Lucy.

Honorable Mentions: Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein's Monster, Greedo, Green Giant, Green Goblin, Green Lantern, Green M&M, Gojira (Godzilla), The Mask, Mike (Monsters Inc.), She-Hulk, Shrek, Slimer, T-Rex (Toy Story), Yoshi, Wicked Witch of the West,

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8 comments:

  1. Happy St. Patrick's Day! :D Fun post idea! I agree, all great character choices! Yoda is definitely the best and the Hulk was just awesome in The Avengers! :D

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    1. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! :) Thanks!

      -James

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  2. Kind of amazing how many green characters there are out there!! The Green Orion Slave Girl from the original Star Trek would make the top of my list.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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    1. Indeed it is! I was surprised by how many I could find. I remember that Star Trek character that you mention it, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

      -James

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  3. The Grinch, The Hulk and Yoda are some of the best green characters ever, though Rex and Mike would probably take the places of Turtles and Gamora on my top five. :D

    ~Jamie

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    1. Well, all of them made the honorable mentions! :)

      -James

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  4. Happy St. Patricks day!

    I like your list! Especially the honorable mention for Frankenstein's monster. He's the best<3 Also the Ninja Turtles. Mickey is my favorite out of those.

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