Mick Fleck started this superhero/villain fantasy article fiasco when he explored his powers and enemy as a hero, which you can read here. And thanks to the nomination from Ian M. Simpson, who revealed himself as a villain, it is now my turn to take on the mantle and explore my life as either a hero or villain...or maybe even both. I'll go through my superbeing choice, my powers and my ultimate nemesis in order to record my fantasy for all to see. So grab your masks, capes, fancy gadgets and weapons of mass destruction kiddos, cause it's going to be a blast!
Hero or Villain?
Having played a lot of games, and I mean A LOT, I've gained my inspiration from the heroes, villains and other superbeings that just sit in the middle, that I've encountered in my adventures across different gaming universes. But one of my all time favourite characters in a game would have to be Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2 and Borderlands the Pre Sequel. So as noted in the cover image for this article, that would make me...the goddamn hero of this story (right?).
Now now before you jump up and say, "Handsome Jack wasn't the hero of Borderlands 2 or the Pre Sequel, and that means you're not a hero either!", you just sit right there, grab a drink and let me unfold the awesome hero-ness that is me.
My Three Hero-Like Superpowers
Being the hero that I am, I require three hero-like superpowers to ensure that the good guys prevail, and the bad guys die in absolute pain and agony! So...let's begin with...
That's right, ladies, gentlemen and cavemen, fire! Well, more specifically fire manipulation, or fire bending for all you Avatar fans out there, because nothing says 'hero' like a fireball to the face! From cool fighting moves to general usefulness, a.k.a masterful tea making, fire manipulation can help me take out the bad guys, protect myself from explosions by diverting the fire around me, use it as a hot alternative to flying, and will give me enough fire puns to melt Mr. Freeze. Yes, with the power of fire in my hands I can ensure that I always save the day by burning one planet at a time...did I say that out loud?
Massive Self-Replicating Robot Army
Uuuuh I didn't design them to dance or be annoying...but at least they can kill on command! Yep, having a massive robot army has its perks, but a massive robot army that literally builds itself? Pure. Hero. Material. Now I know what you're thinking, "Having a massive self-replicating robot army isn't a super power.", but it takes quite a super individual to be able to control one - and that's where I come in. With my massive self-replicating robot army obeying my every command, I can crush the bad guys with a single word. I can have eyes, ears and guns every where at once. I can exact my revenge any time that I want to, and bring the world to it's knees. If I were you, I'd start praising your new heroic overlord right about now.
I know a lot of you are wondering why I would specifically list irresistible charm when I'm already so good looking *wink*. But the one thing that every hero like me needs is the good looks, the amazing hair-do, and the smooth sexy voice to get the job done, ensure that everyone is under my influence, and make all the ladies swoon. With my irresistible charm I can move the masses against all the bad guys, spread word of my heroic awesomeness, and ensure EVERYONE knows my name. I'll just take my 'Most Irresistible Hero of All Time' award now and save the other heroes from embarrassing themselves.
My Ultimate Nemesis
My ultimate nemesis is quite obvious to any hero. Its the one place where evil lies in wait, where injustice runs rampant through the streets and snatches away all the things you hold dear. Yes, my ultimate nemesis is...
Ah the Earth, such a beautiful blue speck in the universe, with a rather undesirable feature of having people...7.13 billion of the suckers! I know the more typical boring heroes strive to protect the Earth and the people on it, but why bother?! If I've learnt anything in my many years of being a hero is that when there's people, there's bandits, murderers, thieves, and other assorted bad guys. So let's save some time people! Just scorch the Earth in fire and rebuild it in my glorious, heroic image! Don't thank me yet, kiddo - this is only the beginning.
So that's that! I'm officially the greatest hero the world has ever seen! Now comes the interesting part...nominating someone else to either try and fill my shoes, or become a bad guy facing my fiery, but ridiculously good-looking, wrath (hint: you'd have more luck with option 1). Now, in these situations I'd normally nominate myself, and I mean...who wouldn't? But in supporting the fun that is the 'Am I a Hero or a Villian?' challenge, I nominate: Egon Mberg! Good luck, Egon, and have fun!