Late start tonight, or early depending on your own personal work ethic. I couldn't have imagined the response of the cult hero article, or the anger associated with not being able to fit certain archetypes on a Top 5 list. I was going to wait a week, maybe two, to do the continuation, but the litany of angry letters and death threats has forced my hand. I feel for my own personal safety, the safety of my loved ones and for the greater good, that it would behoove me to wade into 6-10.
6. Snake Plisskin: (Escape from New York & Escape from L.A.)
You need your president pulled out of New York maximum security prison? No problem. A plane landed quietly on one of the tallest buildings in the world? Piece of cake. Has your daughter run off with Cuervo Jones? He'll get her back. But he absolutely, positively, will not do windows. A solid mix of classic Nick Fury and Dirty Harry, Snake just plain doesn't give a rat's ass. A mercenary with a bad attitude, he will get the job done within 24 hours or you can kiss his ass. He is without a doubt the anti-hero to end all anti-heroes. Whether it be surfing a tsunami with Pipeline or kicking ass in a life or death game of hoops, Snake cannot and will not be beat. Do you remember Kansas City? Well, I sure as hell do.
7. Buckaroo Banzai: (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension)
Neurosurgeon, Adventurer, Rock Star, Theoretical Physicist, Gunslinger and adviser to the President. There is nothing that Buckaroo Banzai cannot do. Backed by his loyal gang of Jack of all trades, The Hong Kong Cavaliers, I for one sleep safer knowing the world is in their capable hands. Haunted by the passing of his once true love, the Queen of the Netherlands, Buckaroo is a complicated man and the perfect hero archetype for the kind of comic book themed whimsical world in which he is charged to protect. Whether it be going through solid matter via the 8th dimension using the Oscillation Overthruster, the serendipitous rekindling of love through the reincarnated version of his past love, Penny Priddy, or wrecking the plans of those menacing ministers of doom, The Red Lectroids of Planet 10, Buckaroo is ready for anything by God, anything at all!
8. Max Rockatansky: (Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior & Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome)
In a Dystopian Australia on the brink of a Post-Apocalyptic breakdown, Max Rockatansky is a cop, desperately trying to stem the tide of total societal decay, until, one day a biker gang, seeking retribution for the death of their leader, decides it would be a good idea to kill his family. Enter Mad Max. A classic tale of a man and his dog, Max only seeks one thing, blood and revenge, two pure and very admirable traits. However, like most grizzly tales of blood and revenge, his penance after a hard days work is infamy and an inability to rest in deaths warm embrace. Cursed to roam the barren wasteland of Earth, Max, like most Cult heroes, often finds himself the unwitting savior. Max is one of the rare few that are not only shaped by their hellish reality, but eventually completely slip into the clutches of madness, becoming more a lasting part of the landscape than temporary passer by. Who has two thumbs and rules Barter Town? This guy.
9. Hobo: (Hobo with a Shotgun)
He has no home, he has no past, he has nothing to lose. If you are corrupt or threaten the innocent, this vigilante vagrant will cut a welfare check right out of your ass. Armed only with his trusty double barrel shotgun, Hobo is a hero to the down trodden and stepped on with piss and vinegar running through his veins. Are you a corrupt cop? Drug pusher? Abuser of women or children? Perhaps, a pedophile Santa? Then you most certainly will have Shell to pay. He is a mad man in a mad world. Blood and mayhem ensue as Hobo rips through the city to even the score with some good ole fashion street justice. Can any of you spare some change?
10. Rick Deckard: (Blade Runner)
Deckard, a once highly respected Blade Runner turned somber drunk, is pulled out of retirement when four advanced model Replicants steal a ship and return home to find their creator. Set in a cross cultural world ruled by sensory overload, Deckard, a Mickey Spillane type detective, is charged with finding and destroying the rogue humanoids. Deckard is a stoic, hard nosed silent type armed with a bad attitude, poor people skills and a taste for the wrong woman. He, like many a flawed hero, quickly finds that he and his "enemy" are not so unlike one another as they both seek meaning in a seemingly meaningless existence.
There you go you blood thirsty vultures, numbers six through ten. Hopefully now I can come out of hiding and return to a semi-normal life, and whoever stole the dog, you can keep it. It belonged to the ex.
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Who is your favorite Cult Hero that you think should be considered for 11-15?