It’s Easter this weekend, which means that most of us will have eggs on the brain.
While the average person will probably be hoping for conventional chocolate eggs in their #Easter basket on Sunday morning, fans of film, TV, books, and comics could be forgiven for having their sights set on slightly more fantastical fare.
With this in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of the five greatest eggs across all of pop culture to help fuel these (inevitably unfulfilled) Easter-related desires.
5. Wonka-Brand Easter Egg
What’s that, you say? You don’t remember any #EasterEggs in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory?
Well, that’s because I cheated — there aren’t any. If it seems like kicking off this list with a flat-out lie makes for a rocky start, you’ve still gotta admit that even though we never actually see any Wonka-brand Easter Eggs, surely the eccentric chocolatier makes them, and surely they are ah-mazing.
From Snozzberry-centered dark-chocolate eggs through to pralines that taste like full roast dinners, #WillyWonka’s festive output would undoubtedly be truly next-level confectionery.
4. The Golden Egg
Ok, so this next entry — or more to the point, the movie it’s drawn from — is a bit niche. The Million Dollar Duck was a widely panned Disney live-action comedy from 1971 in which a penniless scientist accidentally creates a duck capable of laying solid gold eggs.
Basically, it’s a play on the classic Aesop’s Fable of “The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg,” except with a duck and excruciatingly awkward "humor" added into the mix.
Still, setting aside the less-than-stellar source material from which this particular egg is drawn — and overlooking the unforeseen complications that almost always crop up in these sorts of scenarios — it’s pretty difficult to knock the idea of poultry that can serve up 24-carat yolks, even when compared to the chocolate Easter-themed variety.
3. Phoenix Egg
So this next one is a bit of a mixed bag — after all, the arrival of the Phoenix in the Marvel Universe usually means that the end of the world is imminent, which is not usually what one wants for their Easter break.
Even so, without a Phoenix Egg — like the one ultimate Phoenix host Jean Grey hatched from in comics scribe Grant Morrison’s swan song New X-Men story arc “Here Comes Tomorrow” — we’re pretty much screwed.
After all, the role of the Phoenix Force is to ensure that evolution and thus life itself persists, and therefore to stop the apocalypse, proving the incredible value of this particular egg.
That said, for a less ominous variety of #PhoenixEgg, you can always opt instead for those as seen in Harry Potter, which are home to a more literal and benign variety of phoenix bird.
2. Humpty Dumpty
Let’s make one thing clear right up front: Ostensibly, a sentient egg creature is kinda horrifying. Certainly, it's not the obvious thing to put on a pedestal over even the most rotten of Easter egg.
But it has to be said, there’s something oddly appealing about an egg that not only acquires the ability to walk and talk, but wasted no time using this newfound intelligence and mobility to climb a wall — even if, according to Puss in Boots, said egg possessed some fairly glaring character flaws.
If you think about it, that feat alone makes #HumptyDumpty easily the most accomplished egg of all time — almost a high-cholesterol equivalent of Neil Armstrong — so it seems only right to give this doomed ovum his due.
(Sidenote: For the even more hilarious, militarized version of Humpty Dumpty, gaze upon the glory that is DC Comics villain Egg Fu)
1. Dragon Egg
If you think I’m going to justify awarding the top spot to this Game of Thrones gem by saying anything other than, “It is an egg that dragons hatch from,” you clearly know nothing, Jon Snow.
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Now it’s your turn! What’s your favorite pop culture egg? Let me know in the comments below.