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My Thoughts on Thor vs Wonder Woman
Before we get started, the first thing I want to say is I wish this Death Battle was happening later. When are we going to get a Halloween themed Death Battle? That would be amazing. Also, something tells me this fight is being done for a lot of promotional reasons as well. After all, Wonder Woman came out recently, Thor Ragnarok and Justice league are arriving in theaters on November, and then we have Avengers Infinity War coming to us in 2018. Bottom line, it's been busy for Thor and Wonder Woman in the cinema department lately. Though this is definitely a fight ScrewAttack was probably going to do anyway; I just think all these new movies coming out and are a big part of why it's being done now of all times. And just so people are aware, this is not a prediction video in the normal sense. Meaning, I am not here to discuss who I think is going to win. Instead, this will be me explaining how I think each of them can win. Or to put it another way, I'll be playing devil's advocate throu
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Avatar: The Warrior's Rebirth Episode 16 Part 1
Book 2: Inferno
Chapter 2: Explosive Problems

Fire. Air. Water. Earth. These are the four elements. For over ten thousand years, we have learned how to bend these four elements. And in every generation, there is always one who can master all four: the Avatar. In each generation, the Avatar has always been the one to bring balance to the world.
We’ve just left Ba Sing Se and are now on our way to the Fire Nation at long last. It feels forever since I last laid eyes on my father. I know I promised I would come straight home after finding Jago, but we couldn’t ignore the situation in the Earth Kingdom. All things considered, it will be really nice to see my father again, even if things aren’t so great back home.
It’s no secret that the Fire Lord, Yao Tsung, is in league with the Order of the Sun. Unfortunately, he still has plenty of influence in the Fire Nation, and he has an entire military to enforce his reign. My father is one of the few elected officia
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Negative Things About Stuff I Like
So now that I have praised some installments and franchises I'm not really into, I think it's time for me to do the opposite with some things that I like. Yeah, each of us is a fanboy or fangirl about something, and I am no different. However, I also feel that a good fanboy should also be aware of the flaws of whatever they're into. With all that said, let's get on with some good and healthy criticisms. 
1. The Star Wars prequels
Thought I'd kick things off with something I know most of you don't like. I might be one of the few people willing to admit that they like the Star Wars prequel trilogy. I have spent years defending this series, because I feel it ties in with the original movies better than they're given credit for. However, there are some things I do agree with people about were terrible, like the inclusion of Jar Jar Binks, easily the worst character to be included in the Star Wars franchise. There's nothing special about him, and his stupidity gets him into too problem
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Positive Things About Stuff I Dislike
What's up guys. As my watchers and other deviants should know is I posting deviations that have to do with fictional universes, and that I sometimes like to just talk about ones that I like and dislike. And now, I've decided to do things a little differently. I've decided to take this time to talk about some installments or franchises I'm not personally a fan of. Only this time, I wanted to say some nice things about them and try to spread some positivity. So here we go.
1. Captain America: Civil War
Overall, the biggest reason I didn't like this movie was because the script was so badly written. It started off decently enough, but then as we get further and further into the movie, the story just turned into a train wreck within a train wreck. Seriously, this movie almost made me give up on the MCU as a whole. However, Civil War had some select saving graces that were enough to make me care about the movies that followed and get me back into the MCU. The first good thing I want
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Everything Wrong With The Little Mermaid
Ah, the days when Disney limited themselves and only one logo in their intro, allowing us to get to the movie quicker. Good times, good times. Am I right? (+1)
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A trio of seagulls with dumb grins on their faces foreshadows the introduction to an extremely moronic character none of us asked for. (+1)
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Also, introductory song foreshadows our inevitable meeting of our air-headed mermaid protagonist. (+1)
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Eric: Perfect day to be at sea.
Said when turning around to see your manservant puking over the side of the ship, which you're probably just going to completely and utterly disregard. If that's the case, though, who can blame Eric. Seeing someone puke is never pretty. (+1)
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Eric: King Triton?
Sailor: Why, ruler of the merpeo
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Mugen vs Nightwolf Prelude
The Pirate Samurai vs The Shaman Defender
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All kinds of warriors have existed since the beginning of mankind, coming from many different backgrounds from around the world. Some fought in the name of defending those around them. Others fought for the sake of fighting and seeking out worthy opponents to challenge their skills.
Mugen
Hailing from the Ryuku Islands, Mugen wasn’t so much a warrior as he was a pirate. As such, he made a living by committing petty crimes such as theft and larceny. However, this way of life was not destined to last forever. Eventually, he was caught and imprisoned and he came close to being executed. Fortunately for Mugen, he managed to pull off a daring escape and left to wander the world, becoming a vagrant looking for opponents who can challenge his skill. This lifestyle took another fateful twist when he met the stoic ronin Jin and a spirited young girl named Fuu. Together, the trio traveled across Japan in search of the
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Avatar: The Warrior's Rebirth Episode 15 Part 3
Book 2: Inferno
Chapter 1: The Torch Relit

For generations, the Beifong family had become well known for joining the Avatar on his or her quests to bring balance to the world. In each generation, every Beifong had made a significant change for the world.
    The first Beifong to start this trend was Toph Beifong, who had joined Avatar Aang in his quest to end the Hundred Year War. It had been Toph who had invented the technique of Metalbending. After that, she had founded an academy for Earthbenders to learn the skill themselves.
    When she grew older, and Avatar Aang founded Republic City with his friend Fire Lord Zuko, Toph had become chief of a Metalbending police force. This position would be inherited by her oldest daughter Lin Beifong. When Avatar Korra first came to Republic City, Lin went on to help Korra many times as she went through many ordeals. Lin’s younger sister, Suyin would do the same, even teaching Korra Metalbe
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Starting between the week after my birthday and the start of November, I will be getting to work on some projects I have had planned for quite a while. I'll, of course, be sticking to my usual weekly schedule for posting my Avatar stories for the sake of my group Awesome-Avatar-Reads, which will continue ensuring I get at least one new deviation in a week. I'll also be getting started on some requests I've been meaning to do since September. Yeah, I meant to get to them sooner, but do understand, college is time consuming, sad but true. Also, I know for a fact that I'll be seeing Thor Ragnarok and Justice League in November, so I can definitely promise posting reviews for each of them.

But the really big announcement is what I have for my crossover stories. Due to my rather complicated schedule over both the summer and my fall semester, I didn't get around to writing my crossover story starring Fairy Tail's Erza Scarlet and One Piece's Roronoa Zoro like I had hoped. I found that frustrating, since I meant to do that before I started school again, but frequent play rehearsals ate up a lot of my summer, and then I had to start preparing for college. Fortunately, I am pleased to announce that I'll find the free time to get to that soon.

And now, to top things off with what will be coming next, after all this stuff is complete. That will be when I start my Mortal Kombat crossover, which as I believe I have mentioned before, is basically an alternate storyline of the rebooted Mortal Kombat. It will basically pick up just after Liu Kang has won the tournament, since I feel like that's the best place to start the story. This also has to do with the fact that this story will also be featuring Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street and Torque from The Suffering, whose involvement in the story will have a major influence on the story.
Now for anyone who has played The Suffering games before, the story will basically start off after Torque has confronted Blackmore, and for the sake of simplicity, it will be with Torque winning with good morality, though it's possible you may still see more of Blackmore later on. Anyway, Torque passes out in exhaustion, and his mind ends up in the Dream World. Where Torque tries to kill him, only to get overpowered by Torque's Creature form. This defeat sends Freddy out of the Dream World and into the Netherrealm. By this time, Outworld has lost the tournament, and Freddy gets discovered by Noob Saibot and brought before Quan Chi. Quan Chi brings Freddy to Shao Kahn just as he is reprimanding Shang Tsung and getting assurances from the sorcerer that all is not lost. Shao Kahn then gets introduced to Freddy and offers the Dream Demon all the victims he pleases in exchange for helping him take over Earthrealm. Now this is something where I can see the story going in two different directions. Later on in the story, I could have Freddy attempt to betray Shao Kahn, or he ends up enjoying working with his new allies. I am leaning toward the latter, since I feel I have more ideas to work with there, and because the former seems so cliche. 
Now I'm thinking Freddy's arrival will, of course, have a dramatic effect on the story, particularly with the fact that Mortal Kombat 9 revolved around Raiden trying to fix time by trying to make sense of the vision's he got from the future and consulting his amulet as it continues to crack. What I'm wondering is how much would Freddy's presence have on the amulet? Would it just cause more cracks, or would it break entirely, leaving Raiden completely wrong footed on what he needs to do? I feel like the latter scenario might make things more interesting to the story.
Also, as you can guess, this story will be taking each character in different directions, and some will be playing bigger roles than they did in the games, while others you shouldn't expect to hang around long. Here are some of the possible ideas that I have.
Kabal
Kabal is going to portrayed a little differently this time. I mean, why not, since we've seen him be the good guy and the bad guy before. He'll be appearing early on in the story with Kurtis Stryker. Here, the two of them are special forces agents who have been sent into Baltimore to assess the malefactor situation. They end up seeing the explosion outside the building where Torque and Blackmore are fighting and arrive shortly after Torque has won the fight and dispelled Freddy. When he comes to, he sees Kabal and Stryker trying to bring him in for questioning, causing Torque to lash out at them, killing Stryker in the process (yes I think I'll be killing Stryker for the second time in a row with my stories, so sue me) and badly mutilating Kabal in the process. Torque takes off and Kabal is rescued by Kano and persuaded to rejoin the Black Dragon Clan so he get get revenge on Torque. The hope is to give Kabal more motivation to be in the story besides just wanting to escape Outworld. Wanting to avenge Stryker seems like a good subplot for the character, and it would be neat to see him team up with Kano to accomplish his task.
Kano
Now speaking of Kano, I intend for his role in the story to help tie in the worlds of Mortal Kombat and The Suffering together in this story, small part due to the fact that Mortal Kombat was once owned by the same company that made The Suffering up until Mortal Kombat Armageddon was made. The problem I had was figuring out how to do that. The answer came through looking back the story to The Suffering: Ties That Bind and factoring in the character Jordan and her Foundation organization. Now, the foundation was funded by Blackmore and presumably Jordan got her men from him. But what if her troops were also supplied Kano providing her with members of the Black Dragon clan. So when Shao Kahn wants to prepare his inevitable invasion of Earthrealm, Kano suggest where the invasion point can be: Baltimore.
Cyrax
Now part of the story will be including a subplot with Raiden and Earthrealm's defenders trying to recruit members of the Lin Keui who don't want to go along with the cyber initiative. How is that going to get started? By having Cyrax arrive at the Shaolin temple after the first tournament is done. Yeah, Cyrax is naother character who I intend to have more of a contributing factor to the story. I don't know how many people share my point of view on this, but I liked Cyrax in his human form and wished we had got to see more of it before he got turned into a cyborg. It was a serious plot hole for MK 9: Raiden tries recruiting Cyrax, Cyrax deserts the Lin Kuei, only to return as a cyborg. Yeah, I just wish it was established how that had happened. Anyway, I feel like it would make sense for Cyrax to seek Raiden for refuge, which I doubt Raiden wouldn't object to, since he tried to recruit Cyrax to his side anyway. Then Raiden can realize something is wrong by consulting his amulet again and he begins to suspect that Shao Kahn is up to something and that every warrior that they can gather must be prepared to stand with them, which would prompt Cyrax to tell Raiden about Smoke and Kaui Liang, with Raiden wanting to find them both, though they'll only be successful in saving one, with Cyrax doing everything to give Raiden a helping hand in stopping Shao Kahn.
Jax
Now, I apologize to any Jax fans, but he's not going to be in the story long. In fact, he's sole reason for being in the story will be to help tie Torque into the story. After the ceremony, I plan for Jax to return to Earthrealm, possibly being spied on by either Ermac or Reptile, whichever makes more sense. Shao Kahn will basically be wanting to have a spy in place near Raiden's team so the know the strength of their forces. When they find out Jax is leaving, Freddy is used to divide the heroes by killing Jax and tipping them off about Torque, as part of Freddy's agreement with Shao Kahn is to find a way for him to get Torque. This also meant to set the stage for some of the characters to end up in both Baltimore and Carnate Island, which I think would be neat to do for a story. I'm still deciding which characters will be going there, but I have my heart set on sending Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage there. So yeah, that's basically all how Jax will be contributing to the story. Sorry if you were hoping Jax would play a bigger role, but I do need this to get Torque more into the swing of things.
Noob Saibot
All I'm basically going to say here is that I intend for Noob to play a bigger role than he did in the game. This was one of the few things I didn't like about the story for MK 9. There was a lot of suspense around Bi-Han eventually turning into Noob Saibot, but by the time he arrives as a servant for Quan Chi, his only real contribution is by serving as a new punching bag for the player. All he does is get beat up by Kung Lao, Kabal, Cyber Sub-Zero, and Nightwolf, so pardon me if I feel that was a bit of a letdown. Hopefully, I can give him a more promising role in my story. Only time will tell.
Now that's basically all I have for specific characters as of right now. I still need to work out some other things, like how I want to handle the Scorpion & Sub-Zero rivalry, how to fit the Edenian trio Kitana, Mileena, and Jade into the story (as they all have to be included somehow), and I also intend for there to be some fun action with the malefactors. Let's see what Mortal Kombat's lineup makes of them.
Also, if you have any suggestions for how I can improve the story, let me know, and I'll consider every idea you have. I'll be especially reaching out to the few people I know who are familiar with The Suffering and how they think it can better tied into Mortal Kombat. I'm not so worried about Freddy right now, maybe because he was a guest character once and all, but I do want Torque's inclusion to transition as steadily as possible. So yeah, any suggestions you have would be appreciated.
Alright, that's all for now. Take care, and happy Halloween. :)


Before we get started, the first thing I want to say is I wish this Death Battle was happening later. When are we going to get a Halloween themed Death Battle? That would be amazing. Also, something tells me this fight is being done for a lot of promotional reasons as well. After all, Wonder Woman came out recently, Thor Ragnarok and Justice league are arriving in theaters on November, and then we have Avengers Infinity War coming to us in 2018. Bottom line, it's been busy for Thor and Wonder Woman in the cinema department lately. Though this is definitely a fight ScrewAttack was probably going to do anyway; I just think all these new movies coming out and are a big part of why it's being done now of all times. And just so people are aware, this is not a prediction video in the normal sense. Meaning, I am not here to discuss who I think is going to win. Instead, this will be me explaining how I think each of them can win. Or to put it another way, I'll be playing devil's advocate throughout to explain the factors that could allow one to win over the other. Contrary to what some people might think, this fight is not a stomp in favor of either fighter. This is pretty much a 50-50 split. There are plenty of scenarios where it can go one way and plenty of scenarios for it to go the other way.

Now first I'm going to talk about the dumbest reasons I have heard people use to say how these two could win. First, looking at Thor, people are all like, "Thor is going to win because he's a god." Idiots. Wonder Woman has killed a god, Ares, the Greek deity of war. I'm not saying Ares is more powerful than Thor, but it's wrong to say Thor beats Wonder Woman just because he's a god is a weak argument. Now, on the flip side, I've heard people say "Wonder Woman wins because she's part of the Justice League, who would mop the floor with the Avengers." Honestly, this makes the dumb argument for Thor seem reasonable. Looks like those people have forgotten that this is an individual fight between only Thor and Wonder Woman, so neither of them are going to get any help, which is of course, one of ScrewAttack's rules: no outside help allowed. Now that that's out of the way, let's go over the advantages each of these fighters have over each other, then I'll explain how they balance each other out.

Okay, now people might assume Thor has the strength advantage by a landslide, but that's not actually true. Like Thor, Wonder Woman has beaten opponents stronger than her with a single strike. Thor has brought down the Hulk once with a single swing, and Wonder Woman has knocked out a rampaging Superman with a single hit. Considering how Hulk and Superman can take very similar beatings, this demonstrates that Thor and Wonder Woman can compete well with each other as far as strength goes. So, as far as I'm concerned, there isn't much of an advantage here one way or the other.

The durability advantage most likely goes to Thor, same with stamina. It usually takes beings as strong as Hulk to put Thor down, and even then, Thor can usually a severe beating for Thor to go down. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman has been defeated by Superman on quite a few occasions, because while she does have some useful assets to help her fight someone like Supes, he's simply the stronger of the two, and he has sometimes beaten her while holding back. With this in mind, it stands to reason that it would take Hulk longer to subdue Thor than it would take for Superman to beat Wonder Woman. Also, unless I am mistaken, I don't think Thor has limitations to his stamina, so if the fight became a full out war of attrition, Wonder Woman would eventually run out of steam. So, I would give Thor points for durability and stamina.

Now for speed and reaction time, and here is where I favor Wonder Woman. Thor is fast in his own right, as he can move at supersonic speeds. However, Wonder Woman has managed to outpace Kryptonians like Zod, Supergirl, and Superman. Kryptonians can move at speeds much faster than supersonic, and of the only other characters who is faster than them is the Flash. So yeah, Thor is going to have a hard time landing a hit on Wonder Woman, but Diana will have plenty of openings to hit Thor. With this in mind, Wonder Woman wins the speed advantage.

Now for weapons and powers, and this is the hardest one to analyze. On the one hand, Wonder Woman definitely has more to work with. She has her lasso, sword, shield, and her bracelets. Meanwhile, all Thor has is his hammer Mjolnir, but that's usually all he's ever needed. But the thing that people seem to forget is that in the comics, it has limits on what it can damage, as demonstrated by Tony Stark's Iron Man suits, Captain America's shield, and the practically indestructible adamantium. Now each of these things can be damaged by Thors hammer with enough force applied to it, but would it help against Wonder Woman's bracelets. I don't think so, since in all the time we've seen Diana in action, they have never even been scratched. Then there's the debate about whether Wonder Woman can take a hit from Mjolnir, which I think is possible, but there's no way to be definitely sure. I think Mjolnir could damage Superman, since Superman can be affected by powerful magic attacks, so Mjolnir has a legit chance of helping Thor against him. However, the limit to Wonder Woman's invulnerability is that she can get hurt from sharp weapons like bullets, arrows, swords, spears, etc. Mjolnir is a very blunt weapon, so it's unlikely that Thor can one-shot Diana with the hammer. Now these two also have healing abilities, and while it seems like Thor's is faster, he needs to have his hammer in his hand, while this is not true for Wonder Woman. Each of them can also use lightning, but it's a non factor on both ends of the spectrum. Wonder Woman may not be immune to lightning like Thor, but she can block lightning and redirect it, so I say lightning won't come into play here. Then we have Wonder Woman's sword, which can cut through atoms, so I think a precision strike to Thor will severely injure the god. But then again, Thor's hammer is capable of causing devastating storms and can manipulate the earth around the god. He's even once used it to negate the effect of Magneto's magnetic shields, and Magneto is powerful enough to influence the planet's polarity. On the other hand, there's also Wonder Woman's lasso to consider. Should Thor get bound by it, he won't break out. If not even someone as strong as Superman can escape it's grip, then the Son of Odin can't either. Then each of them has a berserker rage of sorts, and while these help increase their already insane physicality, there are also downsides to them. Thor's make him abandon all reason and intelligence completely and he becomes completely stupid. Meanwhile, the full extent of Wonder Woman's is unknown, and it is hard for her to control hers. With all that in mind, I can't tell which of them has an advantage on this score. So really, it all depends on which of them makes better use of their different weapons and powers advantages sooner, to which I don't see a definitive advantage going to one or the other.

Next we have experience and intelligence. These are both no-brainers in my opinion. Experience goes to Thor, and intelligence goes to Wonder Woman. Thor has been fighting monsters, robots, and aliens long before Diana was even thought of. He's fought through more battles than she has ever been in, often being able to beat entire armies on his own. However, when it comes to playing smart, Diana has the definitive advantage here. She has wisdom worthy of Athena and can think of strategies on the fly and execute them flawlessly. While it's true Thor has beaten smarter opponents like Loki before, it has to be remembered that Loki often uses his intellect against Thor through cunning deception and effective misdirection. When comparing him to Wonder Woman based on combat intellect, Wonder Woman makes Loki look like a joke. It also has to be noted that while Thor has beaten smarter foes, Wonder Woman also has a track record of beating more experienced foes, ranging from her fellow Amazons, to gods like Zeus and Ares. So yeah, Thor wins points for experience, and Wonder Woman for intelligence, and I think both will be contributing factors to ScrewAttack's final outcome.

And now, I want to cover what I consider to be a bit of a wild card: is Wonder Woman worthy to lift Thor's hammer? According to that Marvel vs DC crossover, yes she can. However, we need to take everything that happens in this crossover with a grain of salt, since A. it's not canon, and B. Wonder Woman barely used it. On the other hand, Wiz and Boomstick did factor in Batman and Captain America's encounter in that same crossover when giving the final verdict for that Death Battle. Either way, my opinion is that we shouldn't use this crossover comic as the sole argument for whether or not Wonder Woman is worthy of Mjolnir. Instead, we should look at Diana for who she is as a character. Either way, you have to be pure of heart and noble of mind to be deemed worthy, and Diana fits both descriptions. She is a highly gifted warrior seeking only to bring peace to the world of mankind, and will stand firmly against any challenge that comes her way. Now, if this is how we determine worthiness for wielding Mjolnir, Diana is definitely worthy. Other characters possessing those same qualities have been shown themselves as being worthy of Mjolnir like Storm, Captain America, and Beta Ray Bill. Now the question that needs to be asked is whether Wonder Woman could access Mjolnir's power, to which I say yes. Storm, Cap, and Bill have all done so in the past, so I don't see any reason why Diana couldn't. But this is all assuming that Wonder Woman get get her hands on the thing, as I do see a possible scenario where Thor holds onto his hammer throughout the continuation of the battle. Guess we'll have to wait and see. 

So yeah, I am very torn about who should win the Death Battle, and I find it probable for either fighter to win. Each of them has strength that's comparable to each other, and they both have different weapons and powers advantages that can potentially turn thing in their favor. Then on one hand, we have Thor possessing the advantage in stamina, durability, and experience, while Wonder Woman has better speed, reaction time, and intelligence. So no matter who wins, it has a 50-50 chance to go either way. The one thing I think everyone will agree on, though, is that this is  much better matchup than the ones they got saddled with back in Death Battles first season.
My Thoughts on Thor vs Wonder Woman
It's a lot closer than you think.
And here's what I think would make good puns for Boomstick in the final analysis.

If Thor wins:

Looks like Wonder Woman got hammered.

If Wonder Woman wins:

Wonder Woman just had Thor on the ropes.

Let me know what you think would make good Boomstick puns.

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Tomorrow I will be posting my overall thoughts on the upcoming Death Battle of Thor vs Wonder Woman, then after that, I'll be taking a small break on posting new deviations. I'll still be interacting with my watchers and other deviants, I just will be a little busy with school work and other things like preparing for my birthday. The only deviations I have planned to post are the next two parts of the my next Avatar story. I figured I'd post them together, since it will on the week I celebrate my birthday. On my last day before I leave to celebrate turning 21, I will be posting the prelude for my upcoming fight between Ike from Fire Emblem and Ragna from BlazBlue. If you want to vote on who you think will win, the link to the poll can be found here at the bottom of this status update and in the description for my previous fight of Mugen vs Nightwolf. So, here's hoping we get a good Death Battle with Thor vs Wonder Woman. You'll see my thoughts on it very soon. So, stay tuned.
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Book 2: Inferno
Chapter 2: Explosive Problems



Fire. Air. Water. Earth. These are the four elements. For over ten thousand years, we have learned how to bend these four elements. And in every generation, there is always one who can master all four: the Avatar. In each generation, the Avatar has always been the one to bring balance to the world.

We’ve just left Ba Sing Se and are now on our way to the Fire Nation at long last. It feels forever since I last laid eyes on my father. I know I promised I would come straight home after finding Jago, but we couldn’t ignore the situation in the Earth Kingdom. All things considered, it will be really nice to see my father again, even if things aren’t so great back home.

It’s no secret that the Fire Lord, Yao Tsung, is in league with the Order of the Sun. Unfortunately, he still has plenty of influence in the Fire Nation, and he has an entire military to enforce his reign. My father is one of the few elected officials who has been willing to stand up to him. But knowing Yao Tsung, it’s only a matter of time before he tries to make a move on my father, the only family I have left.

That’s why I need to do everything I can to help Jago prepare to restore honor to the Fire Nation, just like Aang and Zuko did so long ago. I promised to teach him everything I know about Firebending. He’s going to need all the training he can get in order to master the elements and restore balance.

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One day after Jago’s first successful Firebending test, the three young adults had come across a beautiful valley. It had been Akosha’s turn to fly Magmor that day. When she saw the valley below them, she decided it was time for them to land.

    “Why are we descending?” asked Jago. “It’s still afternoon, isn’t it?”

    “Yeah,” Kyoshi agreed. “I thought we weren’t going to stop until dark.”

    “I know what I said,” said Akosha, “but look at the valley below us. It’s the perfect spot for you to continue your Firebending training.”

    “I can’t even see it,” Jago reminded her, “but if you think this is a good idea, I suppose we better land.”

    Akosha was feeling pretty good about her choice of location. The valley was nice and wide open. There was a small forest to the east, but it was at least half a mile away from where she chose to touch down. What was more, the grass was pretty short, so there was little chance of causing a wildfire.

    “I gotta hand it to you, Akosha,” Kyoshi said not long after they had landed, “this was a pretty nice place to stop and relax. To be honest, this would make a pretty nice spot to set up a summer home or something.”

    “I wouldn’t count on something like that happening in the near future,” replied Akosha. “This is one of the most well preserved valleys in the Fire Nation. Most people wouldn’t like it if they knew someone had built a house here, even if it was just a summer home.”

    Akosha turned around to see Jago doing a full circle around his surroundings. It was as if he was trying to look around at everything there was to see. There was something else about the way he was doing it, almost as if he was trying to remember something.

    “What’s up, Jago?” Akosha asked curiously.

    “I’ve been here before,” Jago replied. “It’s been over ten years, but the ground is familiar to me. I came here once with your uncle for my earliest lessons in Firebending.”

    “What was it like?” Akosha asked, curious to know what Jago would say. After all, he had not mentioned ever coming here before now. not to mention, he had memories here with her uncle, one of her greatest mentors.

    Jago turned from Akosha to Kyoshi. “I made the same comment about setting up a summer home here. He told me it was a good thing I was not around the same time he was a boy. Evidently, if I had voiced that thought back then, they would have burned me to the stake. Of course,” he added, seeming to know Kyoshi was staring at him incredulously, “I never really knew whether he was kidding or not.”

    “I doubt it,” laughed Akosha. “If you remember Uncle Mokota as well as I do, you’d remember he wasn’t the kind of guy to kid.”

    Jago nodded in agreement. “Yeah, you’re probably right. He set his goals on teaching his students discipline. And it was here in this valley that I learned how to block Firebending.”

    “But you haven’t had to practice since you went into hiding?” asked Akosha. When Jago nodded, Akosha suddenly had an idea. “Well, I guess I know what we’ll be practicing today. Let’s see how much discipline you inherited from my uncle.”

    Jago sighed in resignation. “I can’t help but feel I’m being punished or something like that.”

    “Well, you are ten years late in saving the world, aren’t you?” teased Kyoshi.

***

After he visit to Mount Beifong, Delores had returned to Republic City to meet with Griffin. He had said Yao Tsung needed to speak to them. However, he was currently away running the Fire Nation, so he would be attending the meeting only by radio.

    “Will Gayzer also be attending?” Delores had asked casually.

    She had wanted to know what Griffin had had him doing ever since she had escaped the disaster in Ba Sing Se. She had not had contact with him since the last meeting they had attended together. Back when she had proposed killing the Tsunami of the North when she was no longer useful.

    “No, he won’t,” Griffin had replied, almost, it seemed to Delores, knowingly. “His full attention has been needed on his projects. Despite the situation in Ba Sing Se, I’ve still been able to supply him with enough benders for the primary experiment.”

    Delores had not asked anything else on the radio about Gayzer. She would have to work out the finer details for herself later. Right now, she was needed to plan the Order’s next move. Gayzer and his agenda could wait.

    Now she was back in Griffin’s office. The president of United Republic was seated behind his desk as usual, with Delores taking the seat in front of him. A radio had been placed on the desk, allowing for them to talk to Yao Tsung.

    “Thank you both for joining me this afternoon today,” said Griffin, starting off the meeting in a casual tone of voice. “As we all know, we have suffered a major setback in Ba Sing Se. We lost that battle, but we are still fighting a war, and we can still win.”

    “At least we have the Fire Nation under control,” came Yao Tsung’s voice on the radio. “In over ten years, I have ensured we have had no uprisings in the homeland.”

    “And yet there was still voices willing to speak out against your policies,” Delores pointed out. “I am of course speaking of Governor Shang. He has never been afraid to speak his mind, and after our defeat in Ba Sing Se, he’ll only be motivated into taking further action.”

    “Shang may have many qualities as a politician,” Yao Tsung replied, “but he is not a warrior. He does not have what it takes to lead an army.”

    “And yet he has remained a constant threat within the Fire Nation,” said Griffin, agreeing with Delores. “His voice has influenced many Fire Nation citizens, many of whom have become members of the New White Lotus, who are now being supplied by Earth Prime Minister Zinatsu. Not to mention, it was his daughter who discovered the Avatar in the first place.”

    “Many times in history, it has taken only one voice to stir action among people. If there is one thing people are good at, it’s listening to what others have to say. They can become inspired, and they can go on to inspire others as well. That is a dangerous weapon for our enemy to possess.

    “Only one thing can be done about this. Governor must be silenced for good. Leachun must be taken over. Without Shang speaking up, the chances of rebellion in the Fire Nation will die.”

    There was a long pause from Yao Tsung. Finally, he said, “I do not believe this is necessary, but I will see to it that Leachun is taken. But I will need time to prepare my invasion force. I will need assistance from the United Republic as well. Your forces will be closer to Leachun than I am.”

    “Understood, Yao Tsung,” said Delores, rising from her chair, “and you need not worry about time. I am on my way, and I have already made it so you have all the time you need.”

    “How so?” asked Yao Tsung. “And when were you going to tell this to me?”

    “When it became relevant,” said Delores, “like it just did.”

***

Of all the places Lee had wanted to visit in his lifetime, this swamp was not high on his list. Of course, he knew all about this swamp and what things were like here. Still, that didn’t mean he had ever wanted to come here to this place himself.

    It also wasn’t helping his mood that Liara had run straight in here claiming she had heard a voice only she could hear. How was he supposed to help an amnesiac woman if she ran off on him and got herself hurt or killed? Already, he could tell it was going to be a long day.

    On the positive side, he had comfort in knowing Katrinus was with him. The two of them had been through so much together. From fighting crazy Airbenders to helping the New White Lotus, Lee had come to trust his new friend with his life.

    As they called for Liara, ducking under vines and leaping over roots, Lee noticed Katrinus’s look of worry. It was clear he wanted to get out of here as soon as possible. Clearly, he didn’t like it here anymore than Lee did.

    “I don’t know what Liara was thinking,” Katrinus commented eventually. “Of all the places to get lost in, this was the worst. We’ll be lucky to get out of here at all.”

    “Yeah,” Lee agreed. “Not the first place that comes to mind when you want to build a summer home, is it?”

    “I wouldn’t know,” Katrinus said. “Never thought to make a summer home, did I?”

    That was when Lee looked up ahead and saw Liara down her knees. From the sound of it, she was crying. Any annoyance Lee had previously had with her suddenly vanished. He didn’t know what had happened, but he wanted to know.

***

Katrinus saw Liara at around the same time Lee did. He could hear her crying and knew something unpleasant had just happening. However, something told him it had nothing to with being lost.

    Katrinus approached Liara first, tentatively placing a hand on her shoulder, which made her shake. Liara jerked over to the side and saw Katrinus looking down at her. Her eyes had become red, fresh tears on her face.

    “Oh, it’s you two, thank goodness,” Liara said, her voice shaking.

    “Liara, what happened?”

    Liara tried to stand, but when she did, her legs started to shake again, and so she remained on her knees. She took a few shaky breaths, wiping away her tears as she did so. Eventually, she locked pleading eyes with them.

    “The voice I heard,” she finally said. “Not long after I heard outside the swamp, it just vanished. I tried to find it somehow, but I gave up after I tripped over here. I’m starting to think I might have been imagining things, but I’m sure I wasn’t. That voice, it felt familiar. What if it belonged to someone from my past?”

    Katrinus saw Lee look down at Liara sympathetically. Offering her his hand, he helped Liara stand up before leading her to a thick tree root. There the three of them sat together for a long moment.

    “I didn’t hear it,” said Lee, “but can you tell us what the voice said?”

    Liara shook her head in frustration, causing the bangs on the left side of her head to cascade over her face. “It kept saying the same thing. It said I needed to come here. That if I wanted to start understanding my past, I would only truly start my journal to discover who I am here.”

    “Well, that’s interesting,” a voice said behind them.

    Taken by surprise, all three of them jumped off the tree root, falling face first into the water below. When they turned around, it was to see what appeared to be a badger toad. It seemed impossible, but Katrinus had a feeling it had just spoken to them.

    But animals don’t talk. Then it occurred to him. Maybe it wasn’t an animal after all. What if this was a spirit? Katrinus suddenly became excited. He had never met a spirit before, yet he knew they were all over the world. the next thing he knew, he had stood up and approached the badger toad.

    “Are you a spirit?” he asked the badger toad, uncomfortably aware of Lee and Liara looking at him in confusion. If he was just talking to an animal, he was going to feel really stupid. Just when he was sure it was his imagination all along…

    “Well, aren’t you a scholar, my friend,” said the badger toad in a high pitched female voice. “It seems you Airbenders are better at noticing spirits in animal form than I thought. I suppose you deserve more credit than I thought.”

    These words took Katrinus by surprise. So this was his first encounter with a spirit after all. Not only that, but the first spirit he meets, and she was giving him attitude. Not how he would have expected a meeting like this to go.

    “Who are you?” asked Liara. “Why were you eavesdropping on us?”

    The spirit smirked, the first time Katrinus had ever seen a badger toad with that kind of expression on its face. Turning her head in Liara’s direction, she replied, “Oh, I eavesdrop on anyone I see in the Swamp. It’s actually a fun pastime of mine. Granted, most of the things I hear are rather dull, but not what from you, my pretty.”

    “My pretty?” asked Liara. “Really?”

    “Anyway,” said the spirit, “I believe you asked me for my name. I am called Magheera by my friends, and yes,” she added at the disbelieving look on Lee’s face, “I do have friends.”

    She turned back to Liara. “You said you heard a voice call out to you, right?” When Liara nodded, Magheera added, “You are not unique in this regard, honey. Many before you have been called into the Swamp here. I can only imagine you will discover something important to you soon enough.”

    “But how am I supposed to know what that is?” Liara demanded. “I don’t remember my own past! I won’t know whether anything is familiar to me or not!”

    “That’s the beauty of the Swamp,” said Magheera, turning into a flying lemur, “it’s always full of surprises.”

    All three of them stared at Magheera in astonishment. “What?” she asked. “Never seen a shape shifter before? I can tell you, it’s been a fun ability to use practical jokes and pranks.”

    “I can imagine,” agreed Lee, muttering under his breath.

    “I heard that,” said Magheera.

    Katrinus laughed a little, looking up into the sky. There was a long gap between two trees, so the Airbender had a good view of the blue sky in front of him. Suddenly, he saw a long shadow of something big. It was bigger than anything he had ever seen. It almost seemed familiar, but it couldn’t be…

    “Did anyone else just a see sky bison?” he asked.

    Magheera looked at him for a moment, then replied. “Nah, you’re probably going crazy or something,” she replied jokingly.

***

It had not taken Jago long to get into a proper stance when Akosha had begun his training for the day. First, she had told him the correct movements needed to block fire. They spent a few minutes going over the moves slowly, making sure he was doing it correctly.

    After half an hour, Akosha nodded in satisfaction. “Alright, ready to do it in real time?” she asked the Avatar.

    “As long as he doesn’t send any fire at the trees behind him,” commented Kyoshi as she began feeding Magmor some fish she had just caught. Jago could swear the dragon was laughing at him.

    “Oh hush, both of you,” he commented indignantly. “If anyone causes a wildfire here, I won’t be the one who sets it off.”

    “Still,” said Akosha, “Kyoshi has a point.”

    Jago sighed and muttered how impossible women could be, but agreed to turn around so he was a considerable distance away from the trees. He then got back into the correct stance and faced Akosha, using his seismic sense to find her.

    “Alright, I’m ready,” he called to her, “as ready as I’ll ever be,” he added in an undertone.

    He felt Akosha get into a battle stance, Jago tensed, readying himself for her first shot. He had to admit he was nervous. He had fought Firebenders while trying to save the Earth Kingdom, but he had mostly relied on his unique skills with Earthbending. But he knew that since he was the Avatar, he had to master all the elements.

    “Think fast, Jago!” Akosha called.

    And in that moment, Jago heard the sound of the fire ball coming his way. Not ready for the sudden projectile heading for him, Jago felt himself get forced backward. He groaned a little, regaining his footing.

    Jago cursed himself, feeling he had not done enough to prepare himself. How was he supposed to intercept something he could not see? He had a feeling this lesson was a bad idea. But he couldn’t give up now. That had only been one mistake. He had to try again, prove he could do this.

    “It’s okay, Jago,” Akosha called encouragingly. “Let’s try that again.”

    Jago nodded to indicate Akosha should send her next fire ball. He felt her kick outward in his direction. Another flaming sphere was sailing toward him, but Jago stood his ground. Once it was feet away, he gestured with his hands, dissipating the fire.

    “I got it!” he called to her in excitement. “I didn’t see it, but I blocked it!”

    “That was really impressive, Jago,” Akosha agreed, admiration in her voice. “My uncle taught you well. You don’t know how much it means to me to help you continue what he started.”

    “Oh, I have a pretty shrewd idea you’re feeling proud of yourself,” Jago replied, smiling.

    He felt Kyoshi step between them, and something about the way she was walking gave Jago the impression she was up to something. Sure enough, when she spoke, it was in that tone of voice that was always she used when she was trying to mess with them.

    “That was pretty good interception from Jago,” she commented. “But Akosha, wouldn’t your teaching be more useful if you were to shoot at Jago with more than one fire ball at a time? I mean, that ought to help him improve his technique if he ends up in a literal fire fight.”

    Jago was all set to deliver a clever retort back at Kyoshi, but he faltered. He had just felt something in the earth. He suddenly heard footsteps, walking purposefully toward them. It gave the Avatar a great sense of foreboding.

    “Guys,” he called, “I think we better move. I think someone else is…”

    That was when the world blew up around him.
Avatar: The Warrior's Rebirth Episode 16 Part 1
Part 1 of Avatar: The Warrior's Rebirth Episode 16
Disclaimer: I don't own Avatar. No copyright infringement is intended.
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So now that I have praised some installments and franchises I'm not really into, I think it's time for me to do the opposite with some things that I like. Yeah, each of us is a fanboy or fangirl about something, and I am no different. However, I also feel that a good fanboy should also be aware of the flaws of whatever they're into. With all that said, let's get on with some good and healthy criticisms. 

1. The Star Wars prequels
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Thought I'd kick things off with something I know most of you don't like. I might be one of the few people willing to admit that they like the Star Wars prequel trilogy. I have spent years defending this series, because I feel it ties in with the original movies better than they're given credit for. However, there are some things I do agree with people about were terrible, like the inclusion of Jar Jar Binks, easily the worst character to be included in the Star Wars franchise. There's nothing special about him, and his stupidity gets him into too problems to make him enjoyable. Also, I do agree there were plenty of times when the plot seemed to turn into a drag, though this was fortunately redeemed by the nicely choreographed fight scenes that took place. Then there are the complaints about the choices of casting, which I thought were more hit or miss. On the one hand, we got good quality actors in key roles like Liam Neeson, the late Christopher Lee, Samuel Jackson, and we even the legendary Frank Oz reprising his role as the voice of Yoda. And who do we get for the role of Anakin Skywalker? One of the worst actors in the world, Hayden Christensen. His acting tarnished what fans had been hoping to see in Anakin as he was described in A New Hope by Ben Kenobi. Instead, we got a whining, brooding douche who complained about everything being unfair and just being a creep to the girl he had a crush on. I think what Anakin was meant to be got properly shown in the Clone Wars television series, but as good as Matt Lattner's voice acting was, it's unlikely to make any of us will forget the damage that was done by Christensen's acting.
2. Fairy Tail
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Ever since I started watching Fairy Tail, it quickly earned a place on my list of favorite animes of all time. The majority of its stories are good, it has great characters with ever-developing story arcs, and above all it has memorable action scenes. Heck, this anime makes me want to go out and get a tattoo of the Fairy Tail emblem one of these days. So what is the biggest problem I have with this series? Well, for me, it's because a lot of the plots are extremely repetitive. Usually, it starts out with the heroes going off on some trip or adventure that starts out normal, but then gets them caught up in conflict with dark wizards who start overpowering them at first, only for them to make some big comeback. Sure, things are adjusted by adding new engaging characters into the mix and adding to the developing stories of the characters, but it was the same formula used over and over again. Then there was that fifth season in the anime that was basically a bunch of ideas put together that weren't inspired from the manga whatsoever, and that somehow just didn't work for me. If this season killed anyone's interest in Fairy Tail, I honestly don't blame them. Better to skip that one and move along to the one after that, I say.
3. Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero
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Okay, now this more of a two for the price of one kind of entry. Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero deserve to be mentioned together, though, since they're part of the same continuity, with Fate/Zero being a prequel to Fate/stay night. The anime adaptations of this series were very enjoyable, with me slightly liking Zero more for its darker story depths, and most of the characters are fun to see in action. The biggest problem I have has to do with the reasons why all of them are fighting at all. That's right, I consider the entirety of the Holy Grail War to be absolutely pointless. The only purpose it effectively serves is taking lives. Sure, we have some honorable fighters like Saber and Lancer, most of the heroic spirits are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve victory, which includes taking innocent lives. To make matters worse, a lot of the mages commanding these heroic spirits are selfish assholes. Not to mention that the wars have often torn loving families apart, as demonstrated with the Tohsakas. And then in Fate/stay night, we had a drastic change within Shirou Emiya that happened so fast that I couldn't find it believable. Seriosuly, he spends most of the series struggling to get anything done to suddenly being able to challenge Gilgamesh. It just didn't work for me in the short span of the second season's final runtime. I still like Shirou and all as an overall character, but I didn't buy how he easily magic came to him at the end of the series. So yeah, the Grail Wars suck, and that's all there is to it.
4. Legend of Korra
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Now I have already gone in depth about all the things I like about Legend of Korra in a previous deviation, so I won't get too detailed about the reasons I enjoyed it so much. I don't think it is on the exact same level of Last Airbender, but I feel it was a worthy continuation of the Avatar series. After all, it features great characters, stories with unique conflicts that weren't explored in the original series, and I found it easier to relate to Korra than I did trying to relate to Aang. One of the biggest problems I had was that I feel there were some subplots that interfered with good potential character development. The most infamous one of all being, of course, the love triangle with Korra, Mako, and Asami. This was made all the worse to endure because they were my three favorite characters, and it isn't until the second half of the season that this was finally dropped. I suppose better late than never, but it would have been nicer if hadn't extended for two whole seasons. I also didn't start liking Bolin until the middle of Season 2, as he just struck me as a douche, and every time he had a cool moment, he did screwed up, and I even had foreshadowing that this role would get filled by Tenzin's son Melo once I started liking  Bolin when Season 2 had wrapped up. Speaking of its second season, while it was nice that the show got more than one storyline, the second season is undeniably the weakest in the series, no small part thanks to the show's lamest Korra villain Unalaq, the only Korra antagonist who I didn't enjoy. Amon, Zaheer, and Kuvira were all great in their own special ways, but Unalaq was completely dull, and that goes for his two kids too. So yeah, there were some bits and pieces that took a while to move in a better direction. It didn't ruin my overall enjoyment of the series; I just wish these flaws didn't exist.
5. Young Justice
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I first got into Young Justice when some of my friends who knew I was a Teen Titans fan recommended the show to me, telling me that if I liked Teen Titans the the show would be something I could get into. Well, it turns out they were right. While I still like Teen Titans more, Young Justice proved to be another favorite. As of today, I still think Season 1 had the best stories, and I didn't fuss a whole lot about the way the series originally ended (I felt like most of the complaints about Season 2's ending were more whiny than reasonable). So that's not the problem I had with Young Justice. The problem I had had more to do with the team, as it I took to certain members right away and had to take my time before I could like others. Aqualad, Superboy and Miss Martian were the characters I enjoyed the most, but Kid Flash and Robin got on my nerves a bit, and I spent half of Season 1 reserving judgement on Artemis, not fully liking her until her solo adventure with Zatanna. By the time I got to like to the entire team, Season 1 ended, and then only half of them return as official members of the team, replaced by an entire new line-up, so the time skip sort of threw me off my game. This was made worse by the fact that I didn't care for many of the newer characters, with the obvious exception of Blue Beetle, and I felt like the different story arcs introduced got in the way of the overall story with the Light and the Reach. I am still planning to give the new season a shot, but I still don't see Young Justice holding a candle to Teen Titans.
6. Firefly
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And now, I come to the final entry, one I have a feeling few of you expected to see featured on this list here. Yup, even this masterpiece of Joss Whedon's is not free of flaws. However, this show was very successful in depicting great stories about people together who have nothing in common except that they live in the same place. No one could have asked for a better cast than the one we got for Firefly, and it always gives me pleasure purchasing movies featuring them in other works, so I can be all like, "I remember you from Firefly!" The only problem I have is that I have met plenty of Firefly fans who love it with immense extremity, insisting that you can't be a true Firefly fan unless you like every character. Obviously, I think that point of view is a very stupid one, and yes, there were select characters I didn't like. After seeing his actions nearly get River abducted by the Alliance, I developed contempt for Shepard and did my best to ignore his presence. This grudge eventually went away after I got halfway through the series, but I never moved past a neutral point of view on him, and by the time I was just starting to like him, he was killed off in Serenity, which was depressing, though not as depressing as Wash's death. And then, there was River, who I thought was boring. She just felt more like a plot device than an actual character. I know she has the ability to read people's thoughts and all, but I was always aggravated when she kept speaking people's thoughts out loud, especially since one particular incident nearly got her burned at the stake unless Mal and the others hadn't come back for her and Simon. So yeah, I couldn't blame Jayne for saying "Shut up, or I will shut you up," to her back when he ended up getting them caught by the alliance. I only started caring about River until the very last episode, as well as the movie Serenity, but I do wish deep down I could have got into her character sooner. This is the biggest reason I wish Firefly hadn't been so abruptly cancelled. Joss Whedon was on a roll, and he definitely would have done more to develop the crew of Serenity if wasn't cancelled. Sadly, we no longer have much reason to hope that that will ever happen in the future.

So, there you have. As the old saying goes, no one is perfect, but I would extend that to apply to everything else. Nothing about the world we live in is perfect, which includes the franchises we know and love. Everything I care about is no exception. For the quality I think each of these franchises have, they also each possess noticeable shortcomings in certain aspects. No of these flaws got in the way of my overall enjoyment of them, but they exist all the same. There's always going to be something that people find to criticize, and I've got some criticisms for thinking the way I do, or for liking certain things that other people don't particularly care for. But when all is said and done, I am willing to accept whatever flaws my favorite movies, shows, etc. have without letting them detract from the overall enjoyment they provide for me. 
Negative Things About Stuff I Like
Now that I've spread some positivity about some stuff I'm not into, I thought it would be fitting for me to address some issue I have with certain I franchises I love to death. Seemed like the thing to do.
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Starting between the week after my birthday and the start of November, I will be getting to work on some projects I have had planned for quite a while. I'll, of course, be sticking to my usual weekly schedule for posting my Avatar stories for the sake of my group Awesome-Avatar-Reads, which will continue ensuring I get at least one new deviation in a week. I'll also be getting started on some requests I've been meaning to do since September. Yeah, I meant to get to them sooner, but do understand, college is time consuming, sad but true. Also, I know for a fact that I'll be seeing Thor Ragnarok and Justice League in November, so I can definitely promise posting reviews for each of them.

But the really big announcement is what I have for my crossover stories. Due to my rather complicated schedule over both the summer and my fall semester, I didn't get around to writing my crossover story starring Fairy Tail's Erza Scarlet and One Piece's Roronoa Zoro like I had hoped. I found that frustrating, since I meant to do that before I started school again, but frequent play rehearsals ate up a lot of my summer, and then I had to start preparing for college. Fortunately, I am pleased to announce that I'll find the free time to get to that soon.

And now, to top things off with what will be coming next, after all this stuff is complete. That will be when I start my Mortal Kombat crossover, which as I believe I have mentioned before, is basically an alternate storyline of the rebooted Mortal Kombat. It will basically pick up just after Liu Kang has won the tournament, since I feel like that's the best place to start the story. This also has to do with the fact that this story will also be featuring Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street and Torque from The Suffering, whose involvement in the story will have a major influence on the story.
Now for anyone who has played The Suffering games before, the story will basically start off after Torque has confronted Blackmore, and for the sake of simplicity, it will be with Torque winning with good morality, though it's possible you may still see more of Blackmore later on. Anyway, Torque passes out in exhaustion, and his mind ends up in the Dream World. Where Torque tries to kill him, only to get overpowered by Torque's Creature form. This defeat sends Freddy out of the Dream World and into the Netherrealm. By this time, Outworld has lost the tournament, and Freddy gets discovered by Noob Saibot and brought before Quan Chi. Quan Chi brings Freddy to Shao Kahn just as he is reprimanding Shang Tsung and getting assurances from the sorcerer that all is not lost. Shao Kahn then gets introduced to Freddy and offers the Dream Demon all the victims he pleases in exchange for helping him take over Earthrealm. Now this is something where I can see the story going in two different directions. Later on in the story, I could have Freddy attempt to betray Shao Kahn, or he ends up enjoying working with his new allies. I am leaning toward the latter, since I feel I have more ideas to work with there, and because the former seems so cliche. 
Now I'm thinking Freddy's arrival will, of course, have a dramatic effect on the story, particularly with the fact that Mortal Kombat 9 revolved around Raiden trying to fix time by trying to make sense of the vision's he got from the future and consulting his amulet as it continues to crack. What I'm wondering is how much would Freddy's presence have on the amulet? Would it just cause more cracks, or would it break entirely, leaving Raiden completely wrong footed on what he needs to do? I feel like the latter scenario might make things more interesting to the story.
Also, as you can guess, this story will be taking each character in different directions, and some will be playing bigger roles than they did in the games, while others you shouldn't expect to hang around long. Here are some of the possible ideas that I have.
Kabal
Kabal is going to portrayed a little differently this time. I mean, why not, since we've seen him be the good guy and the bad guy before. He'll be appearing early on in the story with Kurtis Stryker. Here, the two of them are special forces agents who have been sent into Baltimore to assess the malefactor situation. They end up seeing the explosion outside the building where Torque and Blackmore are fighting and arrive shortly after Torque has won the fight and dispelled Freddy. When he comes to, he sees Kabal and Stryker trying to bring him in for questioning, causing Torque to lash out at them, killing Stryker in the process (yes I think I'll be killing Stryker for the second time in a row with my stories, so sue me) and badly mutilating Kabal in the process. Torque takes off and Kabal is rescued by Kano and persuaded to rejoin the Black Dragon Clan so he get get revenge on Torque. The hope is to give Kabal more motivation to be in the story besides just wanting to escape Outworld. Wanting to avenge Stryker seems like a good subplot for the character, and it would be neat to see him team up with Kano to accomplish his task.
Kano
Now speaking of Kano, I intend for his role in the story to help tie in the worlds of Mortal Kombat and The Suffering together in this story, small part due to the fact that Mortal Kombat was once owned by the same company that made The Suffering up until Mortal Kombat Armageddon was made. The problem I had was figuring out how to do that. The answer came through looking back the story to The Suffering: Ties That Bind and factoring in the character Jordan and her Foundation organization. Now, the foundation was funded by Blackmore and presumably Jordan got her men from him. But what if her troops were also supplied Kano providing her with members of the Black Dragon clan. So when Shao Kahn wants to prepare his inevitable invasion of Earthrealm, Kano suggest where the invasion point can be: Baltimore.
Cyrax
Now part of the story will be including a subplot with Raiden and Earthrealm's defenders trying to recruit members of the Lin Keui who don't want to go along with the cyber initiative. How is that going to get started? By having Cyrax arrive at the Shaolin temple after the first tournament is done. Yeah, Cyrax is naother character who I intend to have more of a contributing factor to the story. I don't know how many people share my point of view on this, but I liked Cyrax in his human form and wished we had got to see more of it before he got turned into a cyborg. It was a serious plot hole for MK 9: Raiden tries recruiting Cyrax, Cyrax deserts the Lin Kuei, only to return as a cyborg. Yeah, I just wish it was established how that had happened. Anyway, I feel like it would make sense for Cyrax to seek Raiden for refuge, which I doubt Raiden wouldn't object to, since he tried to recruit Cyrax to his side anyway. Then Raiden can realize something is wrong by consulting his amulet again and he begins to suspect that Shao Kahn is up to something and that every warrior that they can gather must be prepared to stand with them, which would prompt Cyrax to tell Raiden about Smoke and Kaui Liang, with Raiden wanting to find them both, though they'll only be successful in saving one, with Cyrax doing everything to give Raiden a helping hand in stopping Shao Kahn.
Jax
Now, I apologize to any Jax fans, but he's not going to be in the story long. In fact, he's sole reason for being in the story will be to help tie Torque into the story. After the ceremony, I plan for Jax to return to Earthrealm, possibly being spied on by either Ermac or Reptile, whichever makes more sense. Shao Kahn will basically be wanting to have a spy in place near Raiden's team so the know the strength of their forces. When they find out Jax is leaving, Freddy is used to divide the heroes by killing Jax and tipping them off about Torque, as part of Freddy's agreement with Shao Kahn is to find a way for him to get Torque. This also meant to set the stage for some of the characters to end up in both Baltimore and Carnate Island, which I think would be neat to do for a story. I'm still deciding which characters will be going there, but I have my heart set on sending Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage there. So yeah, that's basically all how Jax will be contributing to the story. Sorry if you were hoping Jax would play a bigger role, but I do need this to get Torque more into the swing of things.
Noob Saibot
All I'm basically going to say here is that I intend for Noob to play a bigger role than he did in the game. This was one of the few things I didn't like about the story for MK 9. There was a lot of suspense around Bi-Han eventually turning into Noob Saibot, but by the time he arrives as a servant for Quan Chi, his only real contribution is by serving as a new punching bag for the player. All he does is get beat up by Kung Lao, Kabal, Cyber Sub-Zero, and Nightwolf, so pardon me if I feel that was a bit of a letdown. Hopefully, I can give him a more promising role in my story. Only time will tell.
Now that's basically all I have for specific characters as of right now. I still need to work out some other things, like how I want to handle the Scorpion & Sub-Zero rivalry, how to fit the Edenian trio Kitana, Mileena, and Jade into the story (as they all have to be included somehow), and I also intend for there to be some fun action with the malefactors. Let's see what Mortal Kombat's lineup makes of them.
Also, if you have any suggestions for how I can improve the story, let me know, and I'll consider every idea you have. I'll be especially reaching out to the few people I know who are familiar with The Suffering and how they think it can better tied into Mortal Kombat. I'm not so worried about Freddy right now, maybe because he was a guest character once and all, but I do want Torque's inclusion to transition as steadily as possible. So yeah, any suggestions you have would be appreciated.
Alright, that's all for now. Take care, and happy Halloween. :)

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SilencedChicken Featured By Owner 14 hours ago
Thank you for the favs :)
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kirk327 Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
You're welcome. :)
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Km92 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow! One more precious llama in my team! Thank you! : llamathankyouplz : by Gasara
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kirk327 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
You're welcome! :)
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Fatefulbrawl Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the fave, what did you like about a late ending to the early BRawl though.
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kirk327 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I just felt like Dante was the more likely winner and that some things from the earlier brawl didn't add up.
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Fatefulbrawl Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Would you mind telling which points exactly I'd like to hear your input on the earlier verdict.
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kirk327 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
There's honestly no need for me to do so. Everything I would say has already said by the other deviants who commented, particularly GokuvsSuperman117.
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Cloudcuckooman Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
Greetings, captain.
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kirk327 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Hello there.
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