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May 102017

If there’s one world that has exciting adventure, it’s the mystical and post-apocalyptic land of Ooo in Adventure Time (2010-present). The series title is appropriate since many kinds of epic adventure can be found in Ooo’s many different colorful kingdoms with bizarre characters.

The heroes are Finn the human boy with a lust for adventure and Jake the comedic shape-shifting dog. Although they live in a huge tree house, Finn and Jake mostly spend their time traveling around Ooo fighting off various enemies and saving the day, kind of like Xena or Hercules. You gotta love these guys.

The arch villain of this series is the Ice King, who is both powerful and sociopathic. He has a thing for kidnapping princesses and forcing them to marry him, mainly because he’s lovesick and misunderstood. So maybe the Ice King isn’t all bad, though he can be very eccentric sometimes.

Speaking of princesses, almost every kingdom has one and they’re all good friends with Finn and Jake. Here are some of the main ones featured. The first is Princess Bubblegum of the Candy Kingdom. She’s kind, well mannered, and proficient in science, but has a thing for spying on people. I don’t know why that is. In addition, Princess Bubblegum changes her attire more than anyone in the series.

There’s also Lumpy Space Princess (LSP for short) of an alternate dimension that’s simply called Lumpy Space. She’s spoiled, sarcastic, and talks like a valley girl, even though it does sound masculine.

Marceline the vampire queen is an aspiring rock star. Although she’s from an all-vampire family, I couldn’t help but notice the puncture marks on her neck as if she had been bitten. So was Marceline once human, or what?

If there’s one princess you don’t want to mess with, it’s Flame Princess of the Fire Kingdom. She may appear calm and collected, but Flame Princess is a loose cannon and can be very destructive when angered.

The land of Ooo also has many magical creatures like Lady Rainicorn. She is half rainbow and half unicorn and can turn objects and people different colors. Now that’s creative. Lady Rainicorn is also Jake’s girlfriend and only speaks Korean.

Another creative character is Tree Trunks the small talking elephant with a very kind persona who loves to make baked goods.

And of course, let’s not forget BMO. She is a mini living computer that resembles a Game Boy and can play VHS tapes as well as allow Finn and Jake to play video games. BMO also has an innocent persona and occasionally talks to her reflection as though it was alive.

Among many of the various characters, the most annoying is Lemongrab. He’s very dominant and has a high pitched voice. Anything he deems unacceptable, his anger goes all the way.

This is an interesting series that’s cute and funny as it is adventurous. Sometimes Adventure Time can be difficult to keep up with because it doesn’t follow a specific formula like most TV shows do. On the other hand, whenever there’s a big change among the characters, the show will always eventually go back to how it was before. That’s something I really admire about it.

Oct 282015

Welcome to another Halloween themed top 10 list. This year it’s about my most favorite wicked witches in pop culture. Just to set the record straight, there is a difference between witchcraft and sorcery, although it is hard to tell sometimes. Be sure to check out my Top 10 Wicked Sorceresses list for a comparison. Now here are the witches.

#10) Witchiepoo (Billie Hayes) from H.R. Pufnstuf: Witches don’t come any sillier than her. In fact, you can tell just by the sound of her name that Witchiepoo is more funny than creepy. She is intent on capturing young Jimmy and stealing his talking flute Freddie, but never succeeds. It doesn’t help that Witchiepoo has bumbling henchmen and a talking castle that doesn’t believe in her. Of course that’s what makes this witch so interesting and memorable.

#9) The Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus: Known as Winifred (Bette Midler), Mary (Kathy Najimy), and Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), this trio of witches intends to steal the life force from children for the soul purpose of staying forever young. They tend to bumble through situations while adjusting to the more modern world, since they’re from 300 years in the past, but that’s what makes them hilarious. However, these witches are also dangerous and creepy, so you definitely don’t want to get on their bad sides.

#8) Mirror Queen (Monica Bellucci) from The Brothers Grimm: This nameless beauty was vain and selfish, then eventually killed by the plague. Now as a vengeful spirit, the Mirror Queen has the power to possess an entire forest and capture young girls in creepy and mysterious ways to steal their youth. Seriously, what is it with old witches wanting to stay young?

#7) Maja from Adventure Time: This sky witch is known for taking various objects that contain sentimental affection for great power. In addition to that, Maja can fly, shoot bolts of electricity from her hands, and has an edgy distorted voice. At least she believes in fair trade, compared to most wicked witches.

#6) Taminella Grinderfall from Muppets franchise: This character was always cast as the wicked witch in some of the old Muppet fairytale specials like Tales of the Tinkerdee and The Frog Prince. Her methods of deceit are often silly and easy to see through, but they always seem to succeed, especially with King Goshposh. Since Taminella was never featured again after her defeat in The Frog Prince, she has definitely become underrated.

#5) Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) from Harry Potter franchise: Among many of Voldemort’s followers, Bellatrix is the most loyal as well as the most psychotic. She takes pleasure in killing anyone who crosses her and has sparked a personal vendetta with Neville Longbottom, since she was the one who tortured his parents. What really makes Bellatrix stand out is her crazy and sadistic persona, which is something any evil master ought to look for in a henchwoman.

#4) Theodora (Mila Kunis) from Oz the Great and Powerful: The Wicked Witch of the West has always been an iconic character. However, it’s the one in this movie version that stands out because it reveals how this wicked witch came to be. It’s so interesting to know that Theodora used to be good, then was driven to become a heartless monster. I’ve never been able to see the Wicked Witch of the West the same way again after that.

#3) Evil Willow (Alyson Hannigan) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow Rosenberg is a witch that has always been a loyal member of Buffy’s Scooby team. In season six, her girlfriend Tara was murdered and that pushed Willow to a breaking point. That drove her to take revenge and nearly destroy the world. It can be tough to see such a good character go bad, but Evil Willow’s edgy presence and determination makes her a witch you wouldn’t want to face in a dark alley.

#2) Queen Jadis (Tilda Swinton) from Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Best referred to as the White Witch, this self-proclaimed queen rules the land of Narnia with an iron fist and turns anyone who crosses her into stone. She won’t hesitate to hurt or kill others and is quick to judge when her servants’ loyalty is compromised.

Jadis has made appearances in the sequels and even the animated version was good. One thing is for certain. The White Witch is as evil as they come.

#1) Nancy Downs (Fairuza Balk) from The Craft: This troubled teen is the head of her coven and desires great power, so she can use it to get what she wants. Eventually, Nancy lets that go to her head and ends up losing her sanity. As wickedly crazy as she is, I think Nancy is also likable, especially when she smiles. That is why I rank her at the top of this list.