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This was the first list where my #1 didn't make it. Lost doesn't get a lot of love these days, but Ben Linus is still a fantastic villain.
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Was the winner like Cesar Romero Joker? Or was it maybe Batman Animated mark Hamill Joker? Cause those are literally the only good Jokers.
Every other Joker is bad.
33. Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Released for Genesis on October 18, 1994 (US)
Score: 70 points
Rated the highest by: Beta Metroid & Madhair60 but not Knuckles
Genre: Side-scrolling platformer & Knuckles.
90s factor: Required add on & Knuckles.
Playable characters: Sonic, Tails & Knuckles.
You know, I was afraid of how many people would vote for Sonic 3 & Knuckles or Sonic & Knuckles and dilute the vote... but turns out that dilution was negligible, so that solved itself nicely.
For the young people out there - there was a time where add-ons or accessories were considered to be "cool" (or at least weren't derided). And every now and then somebody would come with something to justify that notion. And Sonic & Knuckles was one of these.
Sonick & Knuckles was a stand-alone game that featured something amazing at the time: Lock-On Technology. Unlike other Sega's buzzwords *cough!*blast processing*cough* there was something about this one: you could "lock" Sonic 3 above Sonic & Knuckles, and that would enable you to play both games under the title Sonic 3 & Knuckles, letting you use Knuckles in Sonic 3 or Tails in Sonic & Knuckles. The resulting game is considered to be the definitive version of both games.
What I found amazing about Lock-On was that it worked with Sonic 2, and it powered a lot of fantasies in my young mind. Imagine the possibilities! Maybe adding new playable characters to Super Mario World? Or letting you play extra dungeons in Zelda? Rumors that new games were planning to use something similar floated around, but never materialized, and the death of the cartridge meant also the death of Lock On.
Just as well, I guess. While the possibilities of adding content to old games were fun to ponder, maybe it would have ended in a bad place, what with the greed videogame companies could show every now and then. Maybe they would have ended me charging $30 for a cartridge that only added a new saddle for Yoshi or something.
Bonus points for being the one indispensable game in the Sega Tower of
I remember that for this one, I made a list that specifically excluded any "major" titles— no Mario, Sonic, Zelda, Metroid, Final Fantasy or whatnot— and stuck to relatively more obscure titles. That was fun to put together. I think Terranigma was my #1.
Yeah, I should say that, even without any self-imposed restriction, Terranigma would easily be in my top five, and even have a shot at #1— I love it dearly. That's why the list was so fun: even limiting what I could choose, I never felt like I was "settling" for lesser games, and I felt really positive about the list I submitted. That generation was just overflowing with great games!That's a good #1!
2. Rainbow Connection
The Muppet Movie
When does it happen?
At the very beginning of the film, after they establish the framing device. Kermit is in his swamp, playing the song on his banjo.
Covered by whom?
The song's kind of a trademark Kermit musical number. He's sung it in multiple productions with other muppets and celebrities. However, Wikipedia has a list of artists that have covered the song independent of him:
The following artists have also covered the song:
- Judy Collins, on the 1980 album Running for My Life
- Kenny Loggins, on the 1994 album Return to Pooh Corner
- Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, on the 1999 album Are a Drag
- Willie Nelson, on the 2001 album Rainbow Connection
- Sarah McLachlan, for the 2002 compilation album For the Kids
- The Dixie Chicks, for the 2004 compilation album Mary Had a Little Amp
- Weezer and Hayley Williams, for the 2011 compilation album Muppets: The Green Album
- Jim Brickman, on the 2012 instrumental album Piano Lullabies
- Gwen Stefani, for the 2015 compilation album We Love Disney
- Todd Smith, as "El-Creepo!", on the 2016 album Bellissimo!
Yeah, I was looking through some of the old lists several months back, and was surprised to see that people were initially hostile to the joke #1. You'd see reactions like "Oh my god, we're doing this again?" or "Are you done? Can we finish the list now?". And now it's a beloved tradition!while Octo started the Joke #1s, 16-Bit Games and Musical Numbers are the two contests that codified the tradition.
#2 The Sandman
Mentions: 13, Points: 295
Writer: Neil Gaiman, Artists: Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Michael Zulli, Charles Vess, Jill Thompson, P Craig Russell, Mike Allred, J H Williams III, Yoshitaka Amano, and many others; covers by Dave McKean
Genre: wikip. sez "Dark Fantasy"; also horror, mythology, etc
Publication: 75-issue series 1989-1996, plus several mini-series and stand-alone books
Rank trivia: With the same # of mentions and # of first ranks, this barely edged out Bone thanks to three 2nd-place ranks.
Everything changes: but nothing is truly lost.
The Sandman is, overall, the story of Dream of the Endless, a group of immortal personifications also including Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Destruction and Delirium (nee Delight). It is also many, many other stories.
The work started out as more of a horror book firmly placed within the larger DC universe, with appearances from the likes of John Constantine, Etrigan, and even the Justice League. The original Sandman, a pulp detective character from Golden Age DC, also cameos; Dream is a very different being, but occasionally carries over some of his iconography like the use of sand and a gasmask. From there, the story becomes very much is own thing with only tenous ties to DC continuity.
I'm at a bit of a loss to provide any summary as the series is about so many things, but the overall arc is one of owning one's own mistakes - themes of responsibility and rebirth figure heavily in many different contexts.
The Sandman was a huge cult success as well as a breakout property for DC, attracting tons of new readers to the medium and launching Gaiman's career as (somewhat to his own befuddlement) a goth icon, as well as a master storyteller of modern mythologies. The mean series had several follow-ups over the years, including two mini-series focused on Death, The Dream Hunters (a collaboration between Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano), Endless Nights (a collection with each chapter focussing on another member of the Endless with several high-profile artists), and most recently Sandman: Overture, a gorgeous prequel miniseries. There's also been several spinoffs written by other authors: anthologies called The Dreaming and Taller Tales, manga-style Death books by Jill Thompson, and an entire 75-issue series on Lucifer by Mike Carey.
Getting your hands on The Sandman can prove a bit daunting at this point - the original trade paperbacks aren't individually expensive, but there's ten of them. Sometimes you can find a good deal. (You can also get them digitally but it's looks like they're still around $13/volume.) If for some reason money is no object, the newer 5-volume Absolute editions are gorgeous. There's also a massive 2-volume Omnibus edition.
Sandman and its spinoffs put together have evidently racked up over 26 Eisners.