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Your Top Modern Characters part 109

Written by Chris Mitchell on Thursday, April 23 2009 and posted in Features
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0topmodern.gifHere we are folks, the final three. And you know what? I am completely happy about this. On my list, this is how the characters would be done one placement with Jaime/Blue Beetle taking the first place slot, and since that didn't happen this is the next best thing in my opinion. Its kinda funny how it turned out, I will go into more detail when I get to the 2nd place vote. I will predict some finger pointing going on...



3. Yorick Brown (370 points - 12 first place slots)

Year first appeared: 2002

"One of the most realistic and relatable characters in all fiction, imho."

"He's one of my top 3 because he's probably one of the two most well rounded and real character I've read in comics for the last twenty years. A testament that comic characters don't have to be superheroes to be interesting."

"The centerpiece of one of the greatest comic book stories ever."

I love this book, it was brilliant on so many levels. I really don’t know how to describe better then that. If you love all things comics, pick this up. It’s the best comic BKV has ever written. Yes, even better then Runaways.

Y: The Last Man, a comic where society is plunged into chaos as infrastructures collapse, and the surviving women everywhere try to cope with the loss of the men, their survivor guilt, and the knowledge that humanity is doomed to extinction. Vaughan crafts the new society that emerges out of this chaos, from the conversion of the Washington Monument into a monument to the dead men, to the genesis of the fanatical ultra-feminist Daughters of the Amazon, who believe that Mother Earth cleansed itself of the "aberration" of the Y chromosome, to male impersonators becoming valued romantically and professionally.

Though the subject matter of the series is entirely serious, Y: The Last Man is also noted for its humor. The star of the comic in particular is a source of one-liners, although the other characters have their moments as well.

The star of said comic: Yorick Brown. Yorick Brown was an amateur magician/escape artist in love with his girlfriend, Beth, and training the monkey Ampersand, to do domestic chores for quadriplegics, when the plague hit. Every male creature on Earth died a sudden, bloody death simultaneously one day except for Yorick and Ampersand. Yorick sets off to find Beth, who is in Australia, meeting up with Agent 355 of the secret Culper Ring and cloning expert Dr. Allison Mann, both of whom see humanity's last hope in Yorick.

During their four years apart, he has only slept with one other woman, Beth II the flight attendant, and kissed two others. Since learning that Beth was still alive he has become obsessed with trying to reunite with her, often leading to arguments with Agent 355 and Dr. Allison Mann over what their priorities should be. In issue #55, he and Beth finally reunite in Paris and the next issue has them sharing an apartment as they reconnect. However, Beth shocks Yorick by revealing that she had planned to break up with him just before the plague hit, making Yorick realize his entire quest was seemingly for nothing. While Beth says she has changed her mind due to the plague, an angry Yorick still leaves, just missing his older sister Hero and the other Beth who got preggo during that night of unprotected sex in an abandoned church. Kinky.

In the end, he spends his last days placed in a padded cell, by his daughter, who fears he'll try to kill himself. In the final pages of issue #60, however, he manages to escape.

Yorick's attitude is characteristically witty, and he often prioritizes opportunities for clever quips over his own safety. It is later revealed that Yorick in fact has something of a death wish when a former Culper Ring agent and friend of 355 interrogates him in a seeming S&M domination scenario. This reveals some of Yorick's underlying depth, as do his apparent hang ups about sex in a seeming paradise of willing women.

It has been revealed that the only reason that he has survived the plague is that he handled his pet monkey Ampersand's feces (who was a former test monkey) and gave him a resistance to the plague.


2. Tim Drake/Robin (382 points - 14 first place slots)

Year first appeared: 1989

"The best ROBIN out there."

"Just a tight, upstanding, and worthy successor. And he beats Jason Effing Todd any year of the millennium."

"He is the best Robin ever pure and simple. He's the first Robin to really come into his own, not just a sidekick or teammate. Also his Robin didn't have scaly panties with elf shoes. Remember folks real men wear pants."

"I know he's the likely winner, but there's a good reason for that. The first Robin to feel like a Batman in training. Dick is my favorite, but he always felt like he was destined to step out of the shadow of the Bat, Battle for the Cowl be damned. Jason was too reckless. But Tim was a natural detective. A kid that worked hard to find out who Batman was and then willingly stepped into the role out of a desire to fight on the side of good, and not because of tragedy. He's an awesome character who deserves whatever spot he ends up with in the top 5."

"Probably the coolest of all the Robins. Any reasons I probably have for naming him, others surely have mentioned them."

"Dick Grayson may have the rights to the thrown since he was the first, and probably the better fighter, but Tim is the son who has the potential to match Bruce as the world's greatest detective."

"As the world's biggest Dick Grayson fan, even I can admit that Tim might be the greatest Robin of them all; the unquestioned leader of DC's youngest generation of current heroes, Tim has established himself as not just a worthy successor to Dick, but to Batman as well; he originally started out as a good natural detective who wasn't pushed by tragedy but just a desire to do good; this has since changed (drastically, for that matter), yet Tim keeps plugging away at the good fight, learning from his mentors while also applying his own unique skills to defend Gotham and the world, and maintain the honor of the legacies he's upholding; as well-rounded and fully-fleshed-out as any character in comics, Tim Drake is the best character of the last 2 decades, and maybe longer."

What can I say, I thought he would come in first as well. And as you can see the numbers were damn close, but I know two individuals who voted that could've changed the outcome of this list. One had Tim on his list in the 8th place slot, but took him off to add another character that felt needed to be represented. And another person, decided to leave Tim Drake off his list all together because "It’s doubtful Tim needs the points at all". Kinda funny now that you look back on it huh, Mr. Voter? And even if the first person kept Robin on the list, he would only be 7 points behind the first place slot, so he would've still come in 2nd place but if they other one decided to put him on the list all he needed was that 7 points to win because if there was a tie, the Tie Breaker Rule would come into effect and Robin would win simply because he has more first place votes. Oh well, coulda, woulda, shoulda, eh?

Tim Drake used his detective skills to discover that Bruce Wayne was the masked vigilante Batman. Drake begged Batman to make him his new partner in crime as Robin, but with the memory of Jason Todd's death still fresh, Batman hesitated to take on a new apprentice. He allowed Drake to do research on ongoing cases while he trained. During a rash of seemingly random murders committed by average citizens wearing a death mask, Drake deduced the Scarecrow was causing the crimes. Batman went to confront the master of fear, but was captured. Drake tracked down the Batmobile confronted the Scarecrow and rescued Batman. To reward his hard work and perseverance Batman agreed to make him the new Robin.

Tim began teaming up with other young heroes around his age, but also teamed up with heroes like Superman and the Flash. Robin, Superboy, and Impulse would eventually team up and realize that they worked well together. As a result, the three of them created Young Justice. Robin was the leader of the group for a period of time before he had to take a temporary leave to assist in the Imperiex War. When Tim had to rescue the Young Justice from Apokolips, he discovers that more then half the team had lost trust in Tim due to the actions of Batman. Many of the heroes discovered that Batman had been keeping tabs on everyone and had a plan that would defeat anyone if they crossed the line.

When Tim returns to the Young Justice, the whole team decided to vote for a leader instead of letting Tim retake leadership. Wonder Girl wins the election, but Tim worked closely with Wonder Girl, helping her with leadership, and the team still looked to Tim for tactical advice. Young Justice eventually disbanded after the death of Donna Troy. Robin, Superboy, Impulse, and Wonder Girl would go on to join the new Teen Titans and fight alongside Cyborg, Starfire, and Beast Boy. Even though Robin was one of the younger members and was not the leader of the Titans (Cyborg was the leader), Tim often took leadership amongst the younger members.

During Identity Crisis, Batman and Robin were investigating the crimes related to the problem in the JLA. Oracle sent them a message saying that Tim’s father needed to speak with Tim immediately. Tim arrived and they figured that someone was threatening him. Jack assures Tim that whatever happens is not his fault. Eventually the mystery man turns out to be Captain Boomerang (Digger Harkness). Jack and Captain Boomerang exchange shots and in the end killed each other. Batman and Robin arrived too late to save Jack. Bruce offers to adopt Tim. However Tim did not like the idea. Instead, Tim decided to create fake records about an Uncle living in Blüdhaven. His fake uncle would be his legal guardian and Tim would eventually move to Blüdhaven. The reason his stepmother Dana did not take custody was because she checked in to a mental hospital to help her deal with the death of her husband. Batman would eventually be able to uncover the lies Tim tried to hide and discovers what he was truly doing. Batman became impressed with Tim rather than angry, and offered to teach him how to fully cover his tracks.

robin2.jpgWhile attending the one-year anniversary of Superboy's death, Robin joins the rest of the superhero community to have a memorial service in which to honor Conner Kent and all those who died during World War III. Tim had been trying to rebuild the Teen Titans, but only he and Ravager, the daughter of Deathstroke, were on the roster. He attempts to convince Wonder Girl to return, but she refuses, feeling abandoned by Robin following Superboy's death. Jimmy Olsen asks why he has changed his uniform to red and black. Tim replies that it was "his colors" in which he was referring to Superboy.

Unable to let his best friend go, Tim sets up a secret facility beneath Titans Tower for the specific purpose of recreating Superboy via replicating his DNA (although all his attempts have so far failed). He also keeps Conner's costume similar to how Batman grieved the death of Jason Todd.

Wonder Girl returns to the team full time, and goes in search of Robin to inform him of her decision. During the search, she discovers his secret lab. Tim confesses how much he misses Conner, and the two share a passionate, unexpected kiss. Wonder Girl has attempted to speak to Tim about the incident several times, but Robin continues to avoid her.

Later, Deathstroke's Titans East makes a full out assault on the Teen Titans, picking off each member except for Rose and Jericho. Tim has been personally targeted by Deathstroke who, with Batgirl, is holding him captive in an unknown underground location. In a mocking sort of gesture, Slade has surrounded Tim with trophy cases containing Superboy's costume, along with that of Stephanie Brown (Spoiler, his former girlfriend), clothing from his parents, Jack and Janet Drake, and his stepmother, Dana Drake.

Deathstroke ordered Cassandra Cain to inject Tim with the same formula that once granted him control over Rose and current control over Cassandra. Tim managed to escape and inject Cassandra with an antidote he developed in case Slade ever managed to re-inject Rose. With Batgirl now free of Slade's influence, she has joined Robin and the Titans against Slade's Titans East.

Along with Duela Dent and past Titans, Nightwing, Donna Troy, Beast Boy and Flash (Bart Allen), the Titans defeat the Titans East, although Slade and Inertia manage to escape. Batgirl, who attempted to murder Slade in revenge, is stopped by Nightwing and disappears soon after.

Since then, the Titans have experienced a bit of a rough patch. The introduction of the Terror Titans withdrew Ravanger from their ranks, and soon after, one of the team’s tech-twins was murdered in an attack on Wonder Girl. The team did however regain an alliance with Bombshell, and Blue Beetle has become a permanent member. The team recently decided to hold tryouts to replenish their numbers, and excitement is promised.

And I refuse to talk about anything Battle of the Cowl and Batman RIP related.


1. Hellboy (392 points - 13 first place slots)

Year first appeared: 1991

"There's no doubt he belongs in the top 10."

"This is a guy who was destined to destroy the world but due to a little bit of good luck and a good man raising him decided differently. He's a big red demon who is just as comfortable drinking a good beer as he is kicking some monsters butt and frankly would rather be drinking the beer. Hellboy's also the world foremost and probably worse paranormal investigator. He doesn't really investigate as he finds a threat and smacks it down. Gotta love that."

"I hedged between him and Spawn, because both are important milestones in creator owned properties, and both have become wildly popular at the box office. I went with Hellboy because Spawn always seemed to lack the substance of Hellboy, and because Spawn's interest has really petered out over the years. Big splash, but few ripples."

"Two hit movies, a wonderful series of books... did I mention I used to own an art page that I believe to have been the FIRST Hellboy sketches?"

"Just read his name...a boy from hell."

"Unique, fun, and timeless."

"Paranormal detectives had been done to death. However not with as cool a character and design as him, one of the premiere creator owned characters."

"Truthfully, others will explain this one much better than I, so I got nothing to add but this: Big Red kicks much ass."

hellboy2.jpgComics. Movies. Animated DVDs. This boy has done is all. I love this character. And I cannot express how happy I am that he came in first. I have nothing against Tim Drake, he woulda been 3rd on my list, right behind the Big Red Machine here. This is one of the few comics I did read when on my 10-year absence from comics. I loved the art style of Mignola's ever since Cosmic Odyssey and been collecting his stuff for years. So when I found out he was doing some paranormal comic with a Devil carrying a big gun as the star, how could I pass this up? The supporting cast, the villains, and the guest stars this comic is truly awesome and makes for a fun read each and every time. I am sure some are made that Timmy D didn't make the first slot, but hell, he made it damn close. Enjoy this moment.

Hellboy's mother Catherine Tanner-Tremaine was born 1681. She was born in East Bromwich, England and was a rich heiress to a Tobacco merchant. Catherine parents died when she turned 19 and for the longest time, she had lived alone in her home, painting. Catherine would later end up obsessed with German literature and would often dream of spirits and magic. She was able to acquire from her London Bookseller and eventually came to own an important collection of different magical objects one of them being Dr. John Dee's fabled magical box. She was even able to summon a high level demon and willingly found intimacy with him. This would be one of the happiest but yet also terrifying moments for Catherine. This would also change her life forever. Catherine's soul would be changed to darkness and its acrid aftertaste made the rest of her life a road of repentance. With her soul lost she did everything she could have to gain it back but her marrying a pastor, giving away money to charity and anything else helpful wasn't good enough and she ended up dying out of grace. She was buried with her two human children a nun and a pastor. Before dying she confessed about what she had done and prayed for her soul to be out the way it once was before her soul would be claimed by her Dark paramour. With her last breath her demon lover took her and her human children had been killed by him as well and so fast that all the windows in Tremaine Manor had shuddered. When she died their souls had joined and her demon lover would promise that within her body still remain their unborn spiritual son. Waiting to incarnate and fall to Earth. She lay dormant until her child was summoned forth by Grigory Effimovich Rasputin in autumn of 1944. A baby demon was brought to Earth destined to be the bringer of the apocalypse. He was quickly rescued by the Allied troops during World War II and was found with one extremely large rock arm. He was raised by Professor Broom, the founder of Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense who called the baby Hellboy.

Professor Broom would also come to raise Hellboy as his own son and would help him develop his powers. Hellboy grew fast and was incredibly inquisitive. He had the most vivacious eyes and showed interest in most mechanical things -frequently smashing them to pieces with his stone hand. Hellboy was under the supervision hellboy3.jpgof General Norton Rycker who would test him daily and arranged frequent biopsies that would be done to obtain tissue samples. He was even able to communicate with animals especially dogs but had lost this while getting older. Professor Broom was asked by the President to keep Hellboy's existence a secret and that the U.S. government would take care of everything. Even though it was meant for him to be a secret he met a lot of people. He met Einstein who flew to New Mexico in order to spend an afternoon with him and found him delightful and bright. In 1946, he threw a rock at Babe Ruth's head and he even called Clark Gable "Sewer breath". Hellboy would also be told about to Joseph Stalin who thought he wasn't real but had finally met him in 1949 and knew of him being a U.S. secret weapon. When Hellboy would find out that Professor Broom had cancer, they would discuss with Hellboy about his origins. Learning of his dark heritage, Hellboy was conflicted with who he was destined to be and what he felt was right. He struggles to understand his identity and if his heart was in the right place. Hellboy would turn out to be a champion of good battling evil forces on Earth. In 1952 he was given the status of being and honorary human and became a field agent for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.). Hellboy would eventually become the lead agent in the B.P.R.D, where he worked with Abe Sapien (an icthyo sapien), Elizabeth Sherman (a hydrokinetic), and Roger (a large homunculus).

Hellboy has demonic strength and is able to lift 10 tons. Another power Hellboy has is tracking and can locate his enemies wherever they are if he picks up their scent. Hellboy is also able to adapt to his environment whether the condition is extremely harmful. Though his durability is great, he can still be damaged. When he is damaged, he has a powerful healing factor that allows him to recover from fatal wounds. He has been savagely beaten by large opponents, thrown through walls and even been shot in his chest multiple times, yet be continues to fight. Hellboy’s stamina is amazing. He can continue fighting for hours. Hellboy's right arm is a solid rock carved with occult symbols, which can be used as a good hand-to-hand combat weapon. He is 8 1/2 feet tall and has supernatural density, strength, and is in good shape.

And there you have it ladies and gents, your Top Modern Characters. I wanna thank all of you for voting, posting in the thread, having discussions and flipping out. They make all my hard work worth it. I wanna thank a few people too. Greg, thanks for all the help you did on the more obscure characters on the list, who the hell woulda thought there were so many Spawns out there?!? And King Impulse, thanks for helping me with the picture search, much appreciated indeed. To the Outhouse Writing staff for those last minute SOS's I sent out for you, very much appreciated. And again, thanks to misac for not only posting the lists but also keeping all the info a secret. I dunno if I could do it if I was in his shoes. And finally Jude and Lord Simian, Jude you have worked hella hard on this site and my lists wouldn't looks as good as I do without your hard work, and Lord Simian, thanks for letting me monopolize your slide show and server space with all my jibba jabba.

So yeah, what’s the next lists folks? Well, for those of you who are pretty damn slow I will give you a hint:









If you still can't figure it out, please do not send me a list.

Later Gators.


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