Quotes: Invincible Hero

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    Literature 

There is no greater bore than perfection.
General Zaroff, The Most Dangerous Game

    Web Animation 

So, you can kill a man, and take a machete like a champ. A concrete block can do that! But you can't kick one out of a moving truck and call that a character arc!

    Web Original 

John Cena is generally regarded as a good guy in real life, so how is he hated so much? It's all due to a misunderstanding by Vince in how to portray heroes and villains. Ironically, the man who wants his company to be viewed as entertainment rather than 'rasslin'' is hamstrung by the old archetype, which was a reaction to a system that no longer exists. You can't just plug Cena into the Hogan plan.... what is Cena's character flaw that he must overcome? Have any good friends turned on him? No. He's perfect. Even when he was forced by stipulation to join the evil Nexus, he just ignored everything they told him to do and beat them all up.

Cena's opponent will always be the underdog, and that's the problem. And when it's a guy like Bray Wyatt, who already has the 'flaw' of being a fat guy who doesn't fit the mold of what a wrestler looks like, and a gimmick that looks a whole lot like poor white trash — in tough economic times, who do you THINK people will root for?

I think we can all agree that if there’s one problem with Superman, it’s that he doesn’t have enough powers...of course, what list of Superman’s ever-changing power set would be complete without mentioning his brief tenure as a being of pure energy, allowing for Intangibility, Manipulation of Magnetic Fields, Light-Speed Travel, The Ability To Read A CD-ROM by Looking At It, and, perhaps most importantly, Not Having A Mullet Anymore (1997)

One of the reasons that the original story works so well is because Wolverine wasn’t the absolute unstoppable badass that he would become during the Dark Phoenix Saga. Since his only real power at the time were his enhanced senses (at the time the story originally ran, I don’t think they’d even clarified whether his claws were part of his body or just special gloves that he wore), it was easy to believe that not being able to trust them would be a crushing blow for him.

Here, on the other hand, we have a Wolverine who starts out as a super badass... Wolverine have to be afraid of? He can heal from any injury, so you can’t harm him physically — even pain is just a passing sensation with no real consequences. You can harm him emotionally, but since he has trouble with his memory, is there even any indication that emotional pain would even be lasting? I mean, I always thought it would be a cool explanation for his memory loss by establishing that he had a sort of emotional healing factor to go along with the physical one, where he just overwrote painful aspects of his past and friends he’d outlived so that he wouldn’t have to suffer from that knowledge. Whether or not that was the actual explanation (it’s not), that’s kind of how it ended up working in practice. So when you have a character who can never truly be hurt, what does he have to fear? Nothing. Wolverine has never experienced fear.
—The X-Men Episode Guide, "Proteus, Part 2"

It is a mistake to treat Batman as if he is a character. Batman, along with Superman, is the apotheosis of the Modernist 'machine made out of words' image of writing. Batman is a set of narrative functions — a set of capabilities. He is defined not as Bruce Wayne but as a particular mode of narrative. Ontologically speaking, Batman always wins.

Grant Morrison gets this. That is why his Batman stories strain all limits of credulity in favor of sheer awesomeness. Batman vs. the Devil. Batman reincarnating through history as Cave Man Batman, Witch Hunter Batman, and Pirate Batman. Batman vs. gods. Batman is axiomatically defined as that which wins. And so telling a good Batman story amounts to making that victory something interesting — not something unlikely.

Why should I care about this guy? He feels no pain and nothing can kill him, so therefore he's essentially a story device for action sequences.

We’ve officially gone from a regular bullet to the head knocking adamantium-skulled Wolverine out to dozens of bullets not even bothering regular-skeleton Wolverine.
Matt Wilson on X-Men Origins: Wolverine

The closest a fist has ever come to Steven Seagal's face in a movie is when the script calls for his character to eat a hot dog. In fact, there's a Hollywood legend that when Steven Seagal eats a hot dog, they have to slow the film down just so you can see it.

We had a whole decade of movies in the Die Hard genre that all featured a lone, scared, outmanned commoner taking on a well-armed opponent through sheer heart and determination. Those underdog stories have been replaced at the top of the box office by tales of unstoppable forces of nature beating the piss out of laughably outmatched opponents (even the Die Hard series is like this now, as of Part 4). Sure, you still get stories like The Hunger Games, but they're handily outnumbered by both superhero franchises and other films that follow the same 'invincible badasses who answer to no one' template (RDJ's Sherlock Holmes franchise, James Bond, The Fast and the Furious movies, anything made by Michael Bay).

    Web Video 

No one wants to look up to you anymore, Superman. They don't want to strain their necks.

Noah: Let me put it to you this way: Every Hulk Hogan match goes basically the same way. He starts off strong and he's just kicking this guy's ass all over the place, because Hulk Hogan's awesome and nobody can take him one-on-one. He's got the 24-inch pythons, he drinks his milk, he takes his vitamins and he's a real American. But then the bad guy does somethin' to CHEAT, that dirty sonuvabitch; anything he can do to get the advantage. And from then on, he's just pounding on Hogan. He won't give up, but every time he tries to make a comeback the fucker just goes and cheats again! COME ON, REF! Sleeper holds never work on the good guy; he almost goes out, right? But then he goes into some kinda seizure... WTF HE'S HULKING OUT! HULKAMANIA'S RUNNING WILD! NO DON'T PUNCH HIM, HE'S INVULNERABLE! (*slap!*)
Hogan: YOOOOOU!!
Noah Antwiler, "Black Hole of Board Games" (VOSTFR - Power Slam VCR Wrestling)

The most exciting thing to happen in the second one, the most implausible thing, was that he lights a trail of gasoline coming out of a jet that blows up. Now, he throws jets at people.
Half in the Bag on the character of John McClane

    Real Life 
Let the guy be a little fallible. Those are the ones I am interested in watching when I go to the movies. I want to see the flaws, the dirt under the fingernails. If he is invulnerable, how can you identify with this guy? As absurd as it may seem, you have to believe in it, or else the audience won't and they won't get their money's worth.

...I'm not half as interested in the films of Steven Seagal as I am the man. The crazy, crazy man. While Bruce Lee, a charismatic icon of timeless cool, was flying around the screen with a superhuman speed that seemed like camera trickery, Seagal barely seemed to be moving, either his face or his body. With zero emotion and never leaving his feet, his unflashy style of short punches and joint-locks felt like a slightly brawnier bathroom slap-fight between two highschool cheerleaders. An unsmiling man with the charisma of a broken toilet, and a rank matted hairpiece that looks to be made from the floor sweepings of a waxing parlour for vagrants, Seagal's merely the most visible in a whole sub-culture filled with braggers, poseurs and fantasists.
Stuart Millard, Smoke & Mirrors and Steven Seagal