In case you missed it, I’ve started a series of articles giving my take on the current Heroes and Villains tournament.  Essentially half the bracket is comprised of Hero vs Hero battles, leading to the finals where the ultimate hero will meet the ultimate villain (as voted by anyone who goes to the site), who went through a similar bracket of fellow baddies.  I’ve already given my analysis for who would advance from the heroes side of the brackets, and now it’s time to get down to the next set of 8.  Feel encouraged to respond with your take on things.

Comic / Fantasy

Match 1 – General Zod (Superman ’78 & Donner’s ’80) vs Gozer the Gozerian (Ghostbuster)

A guy as powerful as Superman with the experience of commanding armies?  Works for me.  Gozer was powerful in his own right, but he wasn’t as prevalent in multiple sources as Zod has been.  Regardless of how you cut it, General Zod wins this one… though don’t expect Gozer to kneel.

Match 2 – Khan (Star Trek) vs Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter)

I’ll admit personal bias on this one, as I’m not nearly as knowledgeable about Khan as I am about Lord Voldemort, but if you’re going to consider overall impact into their respective worlds, Voldemort is the central figure in the world of Harry Potter and has caused countless deaths and commands a strong, loyal following.  Khan is just a character in a couple of movies which had very little impact in the overall Star Trek landscape.

Match 3 – Sauruman (Lord Of The Rings) vs Darth Vader (Star Wars)

I’m sure to get a lot of flack from Lord Of The Rings folks on this one, but I don’t even think it’s close.  Darth Vader is hugely iconic and was at the forefront of the majority of the Star Wars saga.  Sauruman played an integral role, but he was not nearly the fighter nor influential individual as Vader.  In terms of popularity, Vader easily wins.

Match 4 – The Joker (Dark Knight) vs Wicked Witch of the West (Wizard of Oz)

Although both are iconic, The Joker clearly has the edge in this one in all aspects of the battle.  in fact, in terms of the story, the Wicked Witch Of The West might’ve just been a figment of Dorothy’s imagination.  The Joker was very real and caused plenty of havoc and was a master-mind in his own right.

Round 2 Matches

Match 5 – General Zod (Superman) vs Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter)

Both of these guys have plenty of power, but I have to think that something in Lord Voldemort’s bag of tricks would find a way to put an end to General Zod.  Unlike his wizarding counterpart on the other side of the bracket, Voldemort has no problem using curses which kill… and I’m not convinced that Zod would be exempt from that just because he’s tough as steel.

Match 6 – Darth Vader (Star Wars) vs The Joker (Dark Knight)

As much as I’m a fan of The Joker, he doesn’t stand much of a chance.  There’s no way I can envision Joker even hurting Vader, nor is there any chance that Vader could be tricked into any outcome over than the Sith Lord being victorious.  If you’re going based on popularity, I’d say they’re just about even, which means the other factors come into play all the more.

Bracket Finals – Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter) vs Darth Vader (Star Wars)

I truly think that their powers are equal, and while each of them can disarm one another from their primary weapon (Voldemort’s wand and Vader’s lightsaber), Darth Vader’s force choke and ability to move inanimate objects would be the difference in this one.

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