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  1. Happy Birthday, Scar.

  2. Sarcasm is obviously lost on you. As for which one is the better character, that's up to the reader/watcher/player to decide. As far as this conversation goes however, Force has made a far better case for Ryan then anyone has made for Batman.
  3. Need a little clarification before I cast my opinion. First off when you say "Warhammer world", are you referring to the setting of Warhammer Fantasy or one of the many planets in Warhammer 40k? Secondly, what era do they arrive during on each world? Either way, seeing that their goal is surviving instead of conquering, I really can't see them having too much trouble with any of the settings as long as they play it smart and don't go drawing too much attention to themselves. I can't see Juggernaut really having trouble with anything on the list. The only thing that is capable of taking him down in any of these settings are the most powerful warp entities in Warhammer. Same goes for Washu after a few months of futzing around with whatever tech she can get her hands on. Giganta on the other hand is much more vulnerable. I'll get into more of that once I get the info I need.
  4. Well there's supposed to be a movie based on Steve Alten's Meg... someday? He's written an entire series that revolves around a prehistoric ecosystem hidden away at the bottom of the challenger deep and cut off from the world above. While the books have their ups and downs, they're literary masterpieces compared to the usual shit you get out of the genre.
  5. The reason Jaws stands out above everything else is at least 60% because of Robert "*vulgarity*ing" Shaw. Maybe 70%... Besides that, it is the same reason that most horror movies suck. Pacing. You never really get a good idea of how big and strong that shark is until near the end of the film. Up until that point you only get glimpses here and there of the animal. Add in a wonderful musical score, human characters you actually care about *and* great cinematography and you got yourself one hell of a movie. On the other hand Deep Blue Sea showed it's monster from the very beginning, had a throw away musical score and in place of Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider and Robert "*vulgarity*ing" Shaw, we got Samuel L Jackson. A good actor he may be, but Samuel L Jackson is no Robert "*vulgarity*ing" Shaw.
  6. Stupendous Man's powers are only limited by Calvin's imagination, potentially making him one of the most powerful characters in the entire database. Batman is in way over his head.
  7. A supernova is *not* capable of destroying an entire galaxy. It'll certainly obliterate multiple solar systems and the shockwave produced by the blast can travel for hundreds, if not thousands of light years. However, it'd have to be an extremely small galaxy for a single supernova to entirely destroy it. One a *lot* smaller in size then the Milky Way, which is over one hundred thousand light years in diameter.
  8. Just as the title says. If you were a Transformer, what would you take for your alternate form? To start off with I'll save you guys the trouble of the obvious choice.
  9. They all die bloody, with the possibility of taking one raptor with them. Really, three raptors vs one warrior is overkill, no matter who the warrior is. (I'm talking about real life, not fantasy) How about we change it to one raptor instead? That seems like a lot more common sense then just asking for somebody to get circled and killed by three hungry primordial predators Please note that all cons I give are 9/10 for the fight against the raptor, as opposed to the warrior's ability to fight another human. In order of best to worst. (1) Gladiator The gladiator has the best chance out of the bunch. Pros 1. Highly mobile - Unlike the Samurai and Viking, your typical gladiator was lightly armored and while not as fast as the raptor, would be fast enough to put up a mobile defense, something that is *key* in this fight. You just aren't going to be able to match the offense of an animal like that, even with good close combat weaponry and the know how to use it. You are also not going to last long sitting still without top notch body armor, something that prior to the development of kevlar, only the gothic knight had in spades. The 2. Experience - Gladiators regularly fought large animals in the pit. While the gladiator wouldn't have fought a raptor before, he would have fought enough animals to know the best manner in which to confront it. 3. Proper Armament - Shield and spear makes the gladiator the only one capable of actually holding his own against the raptor. The shield allows him to keep the animal at a distance, while the spear allows him to engage the animal without having to get up close and personal. If the raptor does get close however, he will still be able to put up a good fight with the gladius, which as a leaf bladed sword is well suited for thrusting. Maximum penetration (giggity) is something you want against a large animal. Cons. None outside of the consequences of being human. Viking Pros Good Defense - While the vikings armor may or may not be able to stand up to the raptors attacks as well as that of the samurai, it has the added advantage of being lighter. Also, the addition of a shield gives him a far better chance of survival in a *direct* confrontation. Passable weaponry - Seeing that the viking has somehow misplaced his most common weapon, the spear, he has to make due with his axe. Not that there's nothing wrong with a good old bearded axe. While it's not that good for fending off an animal as a gladius or the viking sword (which *were* steel in the later viking ages thank you very much), it's still going to be quick enough to deal repeated blows to the raptor, which is key if the animal gets close. Cons Could use a spear - Vikings usually carried spears in battle, seeing that they often fought in phalanx formation. In a fight against an animal like the raptor, keeping the animal at a distance is going to be the best way to survive. Samurai Pros Spear - As I said, the best weapon against a raptor is going to be a spear.. and it's really the best weapon that the samurai has for this fight. The samurai has the best chance in killing the raptor in a single strike.. but being able to deliver a blow like that one hundred percent of the time is something that is just not possible for the samurai. He just doesn't have the knowledge of raptor anatomy like he does a human beings. He does however have the ability to keep the animal at a distance with such a weapon. Cons Poor Armor - While it certainly offers more defense then the gladiators attire, it just isn't enough to make up for the fact that it's not just very heavy, but insufficiently balanced for the weight it has. Samurai armor balances its weight on the shoulders instead of spreading it out along the entire body. This lowers the samurais mobility quite a bit and a mobile defense is the best bet against a large animal like the raptor. No shield - Your best bet against the raptor is a mobile defense. Your second best bet is a heavy stationary defense. The lack of a shield is a critical flaw that the samurai has against the animal. If and when it gets up close, the samurai is just not going to be capable of putting up a good defense with the katana alone. I'll get to that next. Slow sword - I can see the responses to this one now. "The katana slow? Inconceivable! The katana is the fastest sword in the world! It can strike at mach 3.52358734, you don't know what you're talking about. Racist.. Racist! RACIST!!!" Well okay, I don't expect it from you guys but I've gotten it before in these type of debates. The fact is however that in comparison to the gladius or bearded axe, the katana is not the lightning quick weapon you see presented in popular media. It's a single edged two handed weapon and while it is certainly lighter then a two handed European sword, the lack of a dual edge means that it can not deliver repeated strikes as quickly or as fluently as its counterpart. Further more, the samurai's combat style involves cutting and slicing with strokes as opposed to penetrating flesh with full on strikes and the tip thrusting, something that would be much better suited to hurting a large animal like the raptor. For the task at hand, it's just not as good as the gladius or the axe.
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  11. The largest of the Deep Blue Sea sharks is 40 feet in length, fifteen feet longer then Jaws in the first movie and quite a bit bigger then any of the others. Even without backup, or its intelligence, it would be too much for Jaws.
  12. Alright, so pretty much the power of plot holes at work. Gotchya.
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