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Your Top Modern Characters part 50

Written by Chris Mitchell on Wednesday, March 25 2009 and posted in Features
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Two ladies and a Man-boy coming at ya.



echo.jpg205. Echo (19 points)

Year first appeared: 1999

Maya was born deaf, and whose father, Willie "Crazy Horse" Lincoln was working with the Kingpin of crime. When she was young, her father was killed by his boss, but ironically, Crazy Horse wanted Fisk to take care of his daughter. As he lay dying, he gave his daughter a bloody handprint over her face. Wilson took Maya to a boarding school for special children, because of her disability. There she discovered that she had a talent of instantly memorizing what she has seen and being able to copy the exact movements (photographic reflexes, much like the Taskmaster). Wilson then transferred Maya into another school for prodigies, there she became a gifted woman. One day, when Maya visited the grave of his father, she asked the Kingpin who murdered him and Fisk replied that Daredevil was the one responsible.

Kingpin arranged for Maya to meet Matt Murdock to determine his weaknesses. As soon as they met, they fell in love with each other. Maya later developed the guise of Echo, based on her talent to copy movements and painted a handprint over her face in honor of her father. She hunted Daredevil down until the point that she found out that Matt and Daredevil are one person. She also found out that Matt couldn't have murdered her father because he was still a little boy. Matt managed to correct the lies that Kingpin told to Echo and soon Maya was out for revenge for Fisk where she managed to blind him.

After that she fled and eventually returned but when she tried to reunite with Matt she realized that he had moved on and was now married to the blind Milla Donovan and lastly, the Kingpin was still alive. When Maya visited Fisk in prison, he told her that he doesn't blame her for hating him and that for what it's worth, Fisk loved her like the daughter he never had. She left again to search for herself, and in her travels she met Wolverine, who taught her about the Japanese culture and organized crime. In Japan, she finally found a peace of mind she never had.

I refuse to acknowledge anything about Ronin in this post. Except right here.


204. Willow (19 points)

Year first appeared: 1998

I prefer her on How I Met Your Mother, personally. Apparently her Birthday was yesterday.

When Buffy first met Willow she could have been described as a sweet, self conscious and often nervous girl. She would exhibit low self-esteem and sometimes she’d let people push her around. Willow plays a very important role in Buffy’s life. She, along with Xander, became the Slayer’s first friends when she arrived at Sunnydale and they have remained her best friends ever since. During the course of their friendship Willow has come a long way from being a modest helper who did some research for Buffy and sometimes quite frankly just a nuisance (Buffy having to help her out of trouble constantly), to becoming a very powerful witch and thus a formidable ally. In the early days Willow would prove useful aiding Giles digging through volumes of ancient lore in search for prophecies, information about demons, stories of vampires and many more useful knowledge that the Slayer could require at any given moment. Sometimes her computer expertise was used, for instance, hacking into government databases and such. Willow’s first contact with witchcraft came out of necessity. Angel had lost his soul and thus became Angelus a vicious murderous vampire. So to stop him, Willow created a spell to curse the vampire again with a mortal soul. After that Willow began training in the dark arts and she had a natural talent for that, so soon she became a very powerful witch.


203. Prime (19 points)

Year first appeared: 1993

Oh, the Ultraverse. I really think Marvel could so something with these characters. Hell, bring them into the Initiative or something. I think they would fit in great there. That comic highlights new characters, and these characters would be new to a good chunk of the comic reading population I am sure. I think Sienna Blaze and Reaper are still in the Ultraverse. Seriously, I loved this comic mostly because of the art. Norm Breyfogle. Huge, huge fan. I wish he was drawing Batman again, I would love that. Damn you, DC.

Prime is actually a young teenager whose Ultra-Power allows him to create a "goo" that encases him changing not only his appearance into that of an extremely buff grown man, but giving him numerous super-human powers as well. He retains the thoughts, memories and consciousness of his young self as Prime. This is a chief source of conflict for the character as he is frequently placed in adult situations and circumstances he may not be mature enough to deal with.




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