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Your Top Modern Characters part 54

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A bunch more characters for ya.

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191. The Rai (21 points) rai.jpg

Year first appeared: 1992[/b]

In 4001 A.D., a massive machine known as the Host covers the entire island of Japan. Fifty billion Japanese dwell inside this mighty construct, which is, in fact, a single, enormous robot. Rai is the hereditary defender of the Host - its living "immune system." Rai draws weapons from his own body to protect the people of Japan and his creator Grandmother, the sentient AI robot that controls Japan.

Grandmother created the line of Rai in the image of the 20th century hero Bloodshot. She hoped to inspire her people by invoking his heroism. Japan is torn by two warring ideologies. The traditionalists, who believe Grandmother should continue controlling every aspect of life; and the extremist Anti-Grannies, who want to destroy Grandmother and believe that Japan should begin caring for itself.

Early in the 31st century, the entire landmass of the island nation of Japan was blanketed by hundreds of levels of high-tech urban sprawl. In order to support such a spectacular megalopolis, with its population of over 50 billion, a tremendously powerful central computer was designed to control every aspect of the island's function. In 3050, that computer went "freewill", which meant that it took on an independent, artificial intelligence. The populace dubbed it "Grandmother" because of its clearly benevolent desire to care for and protect the people of Japan. To insure her own safety, Grandmother created a security force of one. Forged in the image of the legendary 20th century hero, Bloodshot, her Spirit Guardian would be called "Rai".

 


zealot.jpg190. Zealot (21 points)

Year first appeared: 1992

Zealot's real name is Lady Zannah of Khera. Like the other Kherubim on Earth, Zannah and her daughter Kenesha (who at the time believed Zealot was actually her sister) were stranded thousands of years ago when their Explorer ship crash-landed after a battle with a Daemonite warship. Zealot just survived thanks to her lover, Stratos, who put her in an escape pod. Zannah and the other survivors were scattered, forced to hide themselves amongst the human population. Their enemies had likewise been forced down, and though less humanoid, the Daemonites used their powers of possession and shape shifting to blend in too. For the next few millennia, a secret war raged, with the Kherubim defending the vulnerable and oblivious humans from their would-be conquerors.

Zannah took the name Zealot when she formed a sisterhood of warriors, known as The Coda, on Earth. She fought with them for many years, even leading the group for a while. However, an incident occurred in Troy (presumably during the Trojan War), causing her to be branded a traitor and expelled from the order. She arranged for the Coda to help the Greeks conquer Troy in exchange for 99 female babies to be raised as new coda. She helped Ulysses conceive of the Trojan horse and stationed Coda warriors inside it. During the fighting she decided that the killing of all of the unarmed women and children of Troy was going too far, so she saved the life of the royal family. In doing so it was decided by the rest of the Coda that she had betrayed the precepts of the Coda. She engaged in combat by her closest friend, whom she beat, but refused to kill. The friend considered this a mortal insult. The two violations of Coda precepts made her a lifetime (in their case nearly immortal lifetimes) enemy of the Coda. Subsequent to this event, Zealot spent a century serving the witch known as Tapestry. She did this as payment for Tapestry saving Kenesha's life after having been poisoned. During this period Tapestry tried to brainwash Zealot to her way of thinking, but although Zealot was changed by her time working for the witch, she managed to retain her true self inside. During her stay with Tapestry though, Zealot became a proficient wielder of magics. The magic taught though was dark magic and soul corrupting. Because of this Zealot swore never to use it again, but had to break her promise when she battled Tapestry many years after her original servitude.

For a period in the 20th century, Zealot lived in America and went by the name Lucy Blaize. During this time she worked for the US Government and went on to become a member of the ill-fated Team One, with fellow Kherubim Mr. Majestic (the father of Savant) and Lord Emp.

Years later, Zealot formed a close relationship with Cole Cash, and took the unprecedented step of training him, a man, in the ways of the Coda; he became the superhuman known as Grifter. Later both of them joined the WildC.A.T.s. She served with them for a number of years, though she also briefly joined Wildcore during a period when the rest of the WildC.A.T.s were believed dead.

At one point Zealot was believed dead, when in fact she was captured and sentenced to death by Earth's Coda Sisterhood. While captured she was tortured to near death multiple times. It was her old friend Grifter (in control of the android Ladytron) and his ragtag group of warriors that later came to her rescue.

Once more on the loose she had to team up alongside Mr. Majestic yet again to fight an evil plot from the Shapers Guild to recreate Kherubim on Earth (using a device known as the planet shaper). It was during this battle that Zealot's mother, Lady Harmony, was killed. Shortly after Savant was told that her true parents were Zealot and Majestros. Zealot then teamed up with many former Wildcat members, such as Grifter and Majestic, to fight Zealot's long time rival, Nemesis.

Currently Zealot is still with many of her ex-WildC.A.T. teammates in an as of yet unofficial form of the group as they fight with Captain Atom.

 


skull.jpg189. Skull the Troll (21 points)

Year first appeared: 1998

A lovable troll who is assigned to be a mythological animal friend to Brent a lá Pete's Dragon. Nervous and childlike, he has an occasional girlfriend named Sonya, although Skull was exposed to be female in an early comic. This was in fact revealed to be a joke. He is now typically portrayed as genderless, though Brent and Francis do their best to figure out which gender he really is (even going so far as set a lingerie magazine out, to see his reaction. Skull first acts like a typical male, whistling at the pictures, and then wondering to himself if they had a piece in his size and color). Skull debuted in another of Kurtz's web cartoons called Tales by Tavernlight, which focused on the world of Ultima Online. Though he seems to be an utterly harmless, rather clueless and childish creature that doesn't even seem to understand the nature of violence, Skull has a dark underside that the other characters sometimes see but blame on outside forces. He has actually threatened to eat Francis, and doesn't always take Brent's abuse not to mention his epic battle with the crazed Emperor Blue. His carefree, clueless and therefore very un-monster-ish nature could be a side effect of the numerous blows and shocks he's received over the run of the comic. The comic's cast page states that, as a mythological creature, Skull's only real need is attention, something not in short supply around the office. The middle name "Theodore" was recently revealed to be the long form for "the" (as "Skull The Troll"). Skull was reassigned when Brent finally got married, much to Brent's dissatisfaction. His first assignment was a young boy named Kevin with a somewhat sadistic streak, who lived near U.S. Route 422 in western Pennsylvania, at least until his death due to a reckless wagon ride after four days (reader time) with Skull. Since then, Skull has attempted to befriend parodies of the children in The Family Circus, who believed him to be a demon and tried to kill him. This escapade ended when Skull was rescued by Jason Fox. Thanks to Scratch and Shecky, he has returned to the PvP fold, and has apparently "retired" from his "mentoring" duties.

 


188. Gold Digger (21 points)

golddigger.jpgYear first appeared: 1992

Ok. So someone voted for three characters from the exact same title, and these three characters I looked and looked and looked said fuck it, I will put them all on the list together as one. So voila, we have Gold Diggers.

Gold Digger focuses on the adventures of Gina Babette Diggers, an archaeologist, treasure hunter, scientist, explorer, inventor, etc. and her bodyguard and adopted younger were-cheetah sister, Brittany "Cheetah" Diggers. While searching for both the ancient history of the world (as well as any valuable treasure to sell to museums) and in recent years other worlds as well, Gina, Brittany, and their friends have unwittingly become heroes several times over (though rarely by intention on the part of the Diggers sisters).

Gold Digger is a manga-style comic book series, written and drawn by Fred Perry, and published by Antarctic Press. Started in 1991, the comic tells the story of the extended Diggers family, who live in a fictional version of Atlanta, Georgia.

Fred Perry created the idea of Gold Digger during his tour of duty in the First Gulf War. A budding manga artist, Fred realized that his squad-mates would pay money for pictures of beautiful women. He put this together with his love of Indiana Jones films to create Gina Diggers, an archeologist/scientist. When he got home, he created a bodyguard named Brittany, who was a were-cheetah.

Gold Digger made its debut in Antarctic Press's Mangazine, beginning with issue v. 2 #11 in 1991. A four-issue miniseries followed in 1992 and 1993, followed by a regular monthly black-and-white series. The comic gradually built up a strong and loyal following, eventually reaching fifty black-and-white issues and a number of crossovers and specials, before resuming as a color series that has recently passed the 100-issue milestone, and is in the course of issuing its own multi-part character-index.

 

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