In our experiences, top ten lists normally have two flaws: they're poorly formatted for quick reading and they are normally wrong. Just check all the comments of any top ten list, and you'll see lots of other folks think the list is wrong, too.
With our TL;DR Top Ten Lists, we're going to fix both problems. . . with your help. We're just gonna give you a couple of things on our top ten list (to make it faster to read), and you fill out the rest in the comments below (to make sure the list is accurate). Add to the list, argue with us, argue with each other, but most importantly be nice and have fun.
Today's TL;DR Top Ten List topic is:
Top 10 Literary Justice League Members!
Okay, so not literal Justice League members - this is a list of literary characters who have pretty interesting comic book counterparts (if you connect the dots in the same way that we do).
- Edmund Dantes is... Batman!
Edmund Dantes and Bruce Wayne start off their lives expecting to be successful and happy. But then fate intervenes, sending both into tailspins of despair. Neither one accepts defeat, though. Edmund and Bruce pursue learning everything they can about everything, and then use their knowledge and wealth (both, it could be argued, inherited) to become emissaries of justice. They move through the world in disguises (The Count of Monte Cristo (for one) and, well... Batman) to put their plans in motion. And both truly crush their enemies not using strength, but rather using their intelligence, patience, and belief that (when her blindfold is removed) the sword of Justice eventually cuts through all deception and evil. Remember, always be Batman... but if you can't, be Edmund Dantes!
- Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is... Two-Face!
Hamlet is faced with a deep injustice in the world and vows to right the balance of Justice's scales. As District Attorney, Harvey Dent takes the same oath as he attempts to rid Gotham of evil. And then as the gravity of their situations and (possible) madness settle in, both Hamlet and Two-Face have difficulties making decisions. "To be or not to be" is just about the same as a flip of a coin, isn't it? Plus, each has been almost played by unique casting choices: Lando Calrissian in what would have been Tim Burton's third Batman movie, and Conan the Barbarian in Last Action Hero!
- Dorothy Gale is... Wonder Woman!
Dorothy and Diana start off living a peaceful life. Diana's parentage is quite questionable (miraculously born after 3,000 years of no children on Paradise Island, molded from clay and given life by the gods, etc.) and Dorothy's parents are also unknown (as she lives with her Aunt and Uncle who might just be a foster family). Diana and Dorothy travel from their home to a wild new land, teeming with customs and peoples and sights that they have to adapt to. They are strong women, who take control of their destinies and become heroines to all around them. Also, both are armed with magical clothing accessories (bulletproof bracelets and magical slippers).
And now it's your turn. What do you think numbers 4-10 are? Do you agree with our numbers 1-3?
Take to the comments and help us connect the dots between classic literary characters and comic book hero(in)es!
Written by Mindel, a certified Master of Disguise (so long as the disguise looks just like him).