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The Top 10 Masked Characters is a review done by Willcraft Animations, uploaded on August 20th, 2015. It focuses on Will's opinions on various masked characters from various franchises/series.
I like masks. Is anyone shocked?
*The video starts out in Will's room, camera focused on Will and Lawrence, whom is sitting on his shoulder.*
Will: For those of you who haven't noticed, I'm wearing a mask. Just throwing that out there.
Will: What? I needed a segway!
*Lawrences falls off his shoulder, and Will stares at him before moving on*
Will: Top Ten Masked Characters!
For whatever reason, I love masks. Somehow, they can be more expressive than faces, not to mention pretty to look at. Masks have been used in media for a long time for several reasons. The three main ones are to dehumanize, create mystery, and intimidate. And I happen to love the inhumanity, mystery, and horror! There are less impressive examples, like the Stormtroopers in Star Wars. The mask makes them less human, meaning we are completely okay with seeing our heroes kill them in cold blood. In this case, the masks are only used to justify brutal murder. But we're not here to focus on that, we're here to focus on the Hannibals, the Spawns, the Scarecrows, the one's who's masks are part of the reason why they're so awesome. Here are the rules for this list: I'll be judging a character by personality, appearance, abilities, all that usual stuff. And of course I'll judge their mask and how well they hide their identity, IF that is, they're trying to do that. Which most are. In order to be qualified, the character can be from any fictional media: A movie, a game, a comic, anything. And finally, the mask must cover enough of their face, at least *this* much. So, sorry Sly, I have to put you somewhere else.
10. Miraak (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
You all know that I love Minecraft. But you know what game I also love? Skyrim. I won't list the reasons why, since that isn't why I'm here today, and you probably already know them, but one of the reasons are all the wonderful characters you meet. And most likely kill. And then reanimate and kill again. And eat what's left. However, I have noticed that the Elder Scrolls series has trouble making good villains. That's why this guy is all the way down in #10. Still, he's pretty neat. So what makes him neat? Well, this.
Trailer: (As the camera shows Miraak absorbing a dragon's soul) You didn't think that you were the only one; He was the first. Dragonborn
Will: Go ahead, TELL me that doesn't get you hyped. We both know you're lying! Seeing how Skyrim kept telling us how powerful and important the Dragonborn is, knowing I wasn't the only one got me really pumped up. Finally, someone I couldn't just sneeze away; Someone who could actually be my RIVAL. And after the disappointing battle with Alduin, that was very welcome. And Miraak isn't just (a) Dragonborn, he's the first! Not only that, but he's also the ex-champion of my favorite Daedric, good ol' Hermaeus Mora.
Hermaeus Mora: My word, is as true as fate, as inevitable, as destiny.
Will: I want to hear that voice reading me a bedtime story....anyway, what makes Miraak a cool villain is simply the buildup. Throughout the questline of the Dragonborn DLC, we learn just how strong he is. He can control minds, suck out dragon souls with greater ease than you can, and can even tame dragons. He also has a bad*** look. And a bad*** voice.
Miraak: This realm is beyond. You have no power here.
Will: He also has a kinda-interesting backstory. Of course, you'd have to care enough to actually look it up if you want the full story. Which I do. But what makes Miraak bad? Well, first of all, he has a pretty generic "villain" personality. As a character, he's pretty interesting, but as a person, nope. Second of all, he's embarrassingly easy to kill. Even on Legendary difficulty. Not to mention boring. He fights just like the enemies you've fought before. A few spells, some melee attacks, a couple of shouts. The only unique part is when he sucks out the soul of a dragon to regain health, which tends to take up most of the battle when I'm fighting him. There's just so much potential for this battle, I mean, you ride up to Miraak on a freaking DRAGON, and then you don't even use it in the actual battle. How cool would it be if you and Miraak were BOTH riding dragons throughout the battle? Well, it would be cool if dragon-riding didn't suck, but still. Or why not make shouting a vital part of the battle, after all, that is one of the most unique Dragonborn traits. How about one of those magic ray battles, but with shouts? That would have been amazing!! Or just SOME UNIQUE MECHANICS!!! What makes me sad is that you CAN find unused dialogue for Miraak in the game files, that implies that the battle should have been more grand. So, why wasn't it? EXPLAIN YOURSELF, DEVELOPERS. So, to sum up, Miraak is a pretty cool character until you actually meet him. Great buildup, horrible, disappointing payoff.
Lawrence: You mean like the Hobbit movies? The third one, ugh...
Miraak: And when the world remembers, that world will cease to be.
9. Yokai (Big Hero 6).
Ah, Big Hero 6. What a beautiful union of Disney and Marvel. I had my doubts in you, but you turned out pretty well. So I'm putting your villain on my list. You're welcome.
Now, this character really hit the miss for me. On one hand, he's awesome. On the other hand.....you know what, let's start with the really good stuff. Yokai starts off as a complete bad***. He's got an evil trenchcoat, an evil mask, and an evil army of tiny robots to aid his calls. His lack of dialogue and unknown motivations made him even more intriguing and intimidating. But then he took a turn for the worse when his mask came off. If you haven't seen the movie yet, please skip this part since I'll be spoiling a lot of stuff. That is, if you give a flying ****.
First off, his identity was so obvious that when his mask came off, I was less surprised than the last time I looked up at the sky and realized it was still there. But there is a bigger problem. Villains like King Candy (Wreck-It-Ralph) CAN have an obvious secret identity and still do well simply by becoming an even more intimidating monster when it is revealed. Yokai, or should I say Callaghan, becomes a complete sissy once the mask is removed. And that's a shame, because I see how they could have made him so much better without actually changing his character. They could have made him blinded by rage because of the loss of his daughter and making him turn into a reckless monster. Instead, we got someone who acts like a desperate crybaby. Don't make him run away in the most ***** way possible from a squishy death machine; Don't make him sound like he's about to cry while shouting in anger, make him so consumed with hatred that he has completely abandoned common sense.
I know that's obviously not what the movie was aiming for, seeing how the heart of the movie is the loss of a loved one, so they just wanted to show a different side of the subject without dehumanizing the characters too much. So, I can understand why they made Callaghan this way, and I know making him my way wouldn't be good for the movie. BUT, it would have been good for this list. So therefore, I'm giving him plus points for everything before his mask comes off, and everything after gives him minus points.
8. Bane (The Dark Knight)
Now, I'm talking (about) the Dark Knight version, not comic Bane. The reason why is because I haven't read any comics with him. Maybe the comic version is better, or the same, I don't know.
Feel free to leave any complaints in the comments section. I PROMISE not to read them.
What I like about Bane is that he is the thinker and the brute combined. I've seen a lot of boring characters that are all force and no brains, or the other way around, but Bane is both. And such a delightful mix. First off, let's take a look at, well, his look. He's one of those masked characters who don't wear a mask for fun, but because he has to. That's good, it's always a plus if the mask can give us some explanation to who the character is and what has happened to them in the past. He also wears a trenchcoat, and if I didn't mention it when I was talking about Yokai, I think that's the perfect piece of clothing for evil bad***es. Then we have his abilities. As stated, he's both the brain and the brute. He plays both roles well, and instead of sometimes acting smart and sometimes just being big and violent, he mixes the two together, doing stuff like explaining the next step of his master plan while crushing someone's skull. It also helps that they gave him such a pleasant voice.
Bane: And we give it back to you! The people. Gotham is yours!
Will: It's so oddly soothing when he calmly talks with that voice while beating the crap out of Batman...however, he is of course not flawless. My biggest problem with him is that he's just the pawn of another villain. And his motivation isn't that interesting either. But aside from that, he's an enjoyable villain.
Daggett: I'm in charge!
Bane: Do you feel in charge?
7. Darth Vader (Star Wars)
How could I possibly ignore one of the most iconic villains, or heck, MOVIE CHARACTERS ever? In fact, do I even need to SAY anything about him? We already know him and why he's so good. His deep voice, the robotic breathing, everyone recognizes that he can kill with a thought, the awesome outfit, just an overall awesome villain. He has great villain moments, as well as good emotional moments. We know how much he is suffering every day, both physically and psychologically. We know what he has to go through just to stay alive another day. We feel the immense determination that must be keeping him going. So if he's so great, why is he so far down? Well, one word should be enough to explain that: Prequels.
I'd just like to say that I don't actually HATE the Star Wars prequels as much as everyone else. Sure, there's a lot of bad stuff, but people rarely give it credit for the GOOD stuff. It has some good action scenes, some epic music, and even good characters. For instance, I like the performance of Obi-Wan. I really saw a younger version of the same character, not someone trying to imitate a character. And the emperor went from being one of the least interesting characters to one of the highlights. That being said, Darth Vader took a hit from these movies. One thing that the classic trilogy left out was Darth Vader's past. How did he become the way he is, what are his motivations, tons of questions that needed answers. If only it would have been left unanswered. Now, those of you who haven't SEEN the prequels must be wondering what backstory they give one of the most iconic villains of all time.
Well, it was all because of love. You may now slam your head into your desk. I will wait.
Lawrence: Can you help me a little? Inanimate toy, you know.
Will: Sure, buddy. *slams Lawrence into an offscreen desk, while Lawrence screams, "OW! You ******* *****!"*
Lawrence: You broke my ******* leg off, you psychopath!
Will: *apologetic* Oh my goth, I'm so sorry, that was a lot harder than I intended to....look, I'll fix you up later, but now let's just finish the video. I'll hold you like this, is this good?
Lawrence: Nothing is good! I got a missing leg, and everything hurts! *curses again*
Will: Just stick with it for now, I'll fix you later.
I mean, could they have chosen something more cliche? What's worse is that they don't even execute it well! I never cared about the relationship between Anakin and his wife (Padme)! And the dialogue is as forced as it is cheesy.
Anakin: You're so.....beautiful.
Padme: It's only because I'm so in love.
Will: *gags noisily* Yeah, the prequels successfully dragged down Darth Vader on this list. However, it wasn't all bad. I actually think that Hayden Christensen made a pretty decent performance as Anakin.
*Repeats clip of Anakin speaking vomit-inducing love line*
Yeah, yeah, but YOU try putting effort into your acting when saying lines like that. But I think he does well when shutting up. Just look how evil he can glare at you....that look alone earns him some plus points. It looks like he's about to kill a bunch of children.
*plays clip of Anakin activating his lightsaber, about to massacre the padawans*
Oh, right. Well, I'll give him some plus points for that (too). Partly because of how evil it is, and partly because I find satisfaction in death of little children.