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Your Top Modern Characters part 80

Written by Chris Mitchell on Monday, April 06 2009 and posted in Features
Top List
Finally we have reached the Top 100. Shall I begin? Oh yes.




100. 00.05 (35 points) 00-05.jpg

Year first appeared; 2007

00.05 was one of the children adopted by Reginald Hargreeves and hand selected to save the world. 00.05 looks like the Umbrella Academy's youngest, member but is actually its oldest and one and its deadliest. Lightning quick and surgically precise in his actions and with an unmistakable panache. Before the Academy's first public appearance he ran away from home, or more appropriately ran away to the future. The future was bleak to say the least. It took him years to figure out the equation to allow him to travel backwards in time. One day it finally occurred to him in a hallucination and he finally returned to his own time. Unfortunately he didn't go back far enough and arrived shortly before Dr. Hargreeves' funeral and his body had regressed to his twelve year old body. He found out from Dr. Pogo that his body's cells aren't dying but no new ones are growing, essentially his body is stuck in time. He and Pogo go to a coffee shop to talk and wind up encountering men in red costume with laser weapons. 00.05 quickly and messily eviscerates his attackers and then departs with Pogo but not before thanking his waitress. 00.05 returns to the mansion after Vanya attacked it and finds Hargreeves' monocle and a dead Dr. Pogo. 00.05 was present at the final battle and was responsible for stopping The White Violin by shooting her in the head.

00.05 reappears in the beginning of "Dallas" at a dog track after he lost, and is then immediately ambushed by more of the red jumpsuited assassins that attacked him in the diner during "Apocalyse Suite", in greater numbers than before. He refers to them as the Temps Aeternalis" and then messily dispatches them all. But not before the last surviving member calls in for back up in the form of Hazel and Cha Cha. 00.05 immediately freaks out and blows the man's head apart, but the back up order was confirmed and Number 5 states in shock, "we're already dead."

I really need to pick up the rest of these books. It was uber trippy.


dwightmccarthy.jpg99. Dwight McCarthy (35 points)

Year first appeared: 1993

Dwight seems to have lived a life of crime prior to his first appearance in A Dame To Kill For. When we first see him, he seems like a man devoid of any pleasures, in total abstinence for fear of letting the demons that have plagued his life out. He considers even the simplest of details, such as letting his hair grow or revving his engine, as "letting the monster out". Agamemnon, his infrequent employer, calls him "Clean Liver" a reference to his lifestyle and his alcohol abstinence.

When Ava Lord shows up in his life again, she seduces him and tricks him into doing what she wants. She tells of her abusive husband Damien Lord and his manservant Manute. She reveals her master plan and almost kills him, Marv takes him to Old Town for an emergency operation. In the process, he becomes a whole new person, both in appearance and in his outlook on life. He becomes much more confident with himself, having, in theory become the monster he was so fearful of. Many times in the series he and other characters refer to his dead eyes. The eyes of a killer. He utilizes his new face to get to Ava for a final confrontation. He gets as far as Manute who reveals to him that he recognized his dead eyes, when they met. Dwight helped by the girls of Old Town battles it out with Ava's guards and Manute, Miho finally pins Manute down and Dwight confronts Ava. He can't bear to be under her control anymore and kills her.

This Dwight lets himself go, reviving a relationship with Old Town leader Gail, possibly from before his encounter with Ava. He also has seemed to become insane in a unique way, as, even though he examines insane behavior, he is completely aware of it. In a conversation with the deceased body of Jackie Boy, he realizes he has become insane and that "(he's) just imagining all this".

Unlike other Sin City heroes, he doesn't have a force to drive him like Marv's passion for Goldie or Hartigan's complete unselfishness towards Nancy. Dwight is just trying to do what's right and helps his friends, but most importantly, find his place in the world.


ripclaw.jpg98. Ripclaw (35 points)

Year first appeared: 1992

Ripclaw is a Native American descended from the ancient Iroquois Nation of North Eastern North America named Robert Berresford. Despite his ethnic heritage, Robert grew up with very pale skin and in his adolescence began to see signs of a mutation in his hands. It was during a martial arts class when, sparring with another student the issue came to a head and provoked him to confront his father about his unusual traits. He left home, seeking answers, and ended up on an Apache reservation.

Initially he fell into trouble and was even hurt seriously when stumbling into a fight. The local Shaman took him in and taught him about his ancestors. What followed was a ceremony where Robert experienced a joining and conversing with the spirits of his ancestors and the spirits of the land, who told him that he was Robert Bearclaw, and not Robert Berresford. These same spirits foretold his destiny to be that he was to be their warrior and that he was to lead the Indian People back to their true spirit and glory. When he finished the ceremony, which included tribal flesh hooks and war paint, the shaman marked him with his blood, marking his skin, reminding him always of the pain and truth of his spiritual destiny. He was raised primarily by the shaman after that, but also spent time with the Cheyenne, Navajo and Lakota Sioux tribes who taught him how to use his special talents.

Robert developed an ability to assume certain animalistic attributes, such as the teeth and claws of a bear. This physical transformation defies any kind of scientific analysis, but seems to involve some sort of manipulation of unstable molecules. Ripclaw is also able to enter the plane of the spirit world. This communion with his ancestors seems to involve some sort of heightened sensitivity, which allows him to sense things just beyond the physical boundaries of conventional defined reality, as well as psychic impressions from inanimate objects.

Although at this point his story becomes clouded, his next chapter led him to Cyberdata as a S.H.O.C. After being brought into a local sheriff’s office for attacking a man who had raped an Indian girl on the reservation, Robert’s mutations were noticed and he was brought to the attention of Cyberdata. They removed his hands and replaced them with cybernetic replacements. This had to be done under heavy anesthesia, as Robert possesses a superhuman healing factor. The bionic replacements Ripclaw received from Cyberdata became so much a part of him that they too could assume the appearance of claws just like his real hands had done.

Ripclaw exhibited the ability to manipulate his claws into normal human shape, and then back into claws. Robert was romantically linked with Misery before she betrayed his team and he joined Cyberforce




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