In case you missed it, I’ve started a series of articles giving my take on the current Moviefone.com 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.

Digital Villains

Match 1 – Agent Smith (The Matrix Trilogy) vs SID 6.7 (Virtuosity)

Agent Smith dominated the majority of those Matrix films, and he never had to change his tone of voice.  Three movies.  No contest.

Match 2 – Hal 9000 (2001: Space Oddysey) vs The Terminator (Terminator)

If somehow Terminator ended up on a ship controlled by Hal 9000, there might be problems.  I still think The Terminator could handle it by figuring out some sort of over-ride, though.  It’s not like Hal 9000 could do much to hurt The Terminator.  He’s a robot, so you can’t cut the oxygen on him or open the space hatch.  Hal 9000 was frightening in a world where technology is becoming more integrated into everything we do, but The Terminator is frightening no matter what the situation.

Evil Masterminds

Match 3 – Col. Hans Landa (Inglorious Basterds) vs Goldfinger (Goldfinger)

When deciding between a Nazi and a James Bond villain, I think the choice is clear.  Hans Landa wins hands down.

Match 4 – Hans Gruber (Die Hard) vs Lex Luthor (Superman by Richard Donner)

Hans Gruber committed a terrorist act which resulted in John McClane having to make his way through an office building to thwart the plot.  Lex Luthor designed a plot to destroy half of California using a missile which needed Superman’s BEST efforts to thwart… and Luthor would’ve survived were it not for Miss Tessmacher getting involved at the last moment.  Did I mention that Luthor also had to come up with a big plan to escape prison in order to even start the plan?  And then he had to steal a missile?  Clear winner, and I didn’t even need to mention that Gene Hackman is a better actor than Alan Rickman.

Round 2 Matches

Match 5 – Agent Smith (The Matrix) vs Terminator (Terminator)

A killer robot from the future who can ultimately be defeated just like any other piece of machinery…. or a dominant computer program manifestation which can replicate itself into almost anyone and is only defeated by the most powerful being it could possibly encounter.  Agent Smith gets another decisive victory.

Match 6 – Col. Hans Landa (Inglorious Basterds) vs Lex Luthor (Superman)

Lex Luthor is just far too iconic and dastardly to be defeated by somebody who just recently showed up on the villain landscape and (to my knowledge) hasn’t been involved anywhere else.  Both are undoubtedly great villains, but Luthor is tough to beat.

Bracket Finals – Agent Smith (The Matrix) vs Lex Luthor (Superman)

Obviously I think very highly of Lex Luthor, and although I wouldn’t put it past The Greatest Criminal Mind Of Our Time to figure out a way to unplug or work out a deal with Agent Smith, I saw Superman II (The Richard Donner Cut is the only real version to watch) and I saw how Luthor needed Superman’s help near the very end to avoid being destroyed while he was clearly playing fourth-fiddle to Zod & Company.  Agent Smith probably wouldn’t be as kind to Luthor as Zod was.  The bracket goes to Agent Smith.


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