Admit it, the idea of a beer-battered Ursula is appealing to you...
Sink your teeth into these delicious fictional characters.
One of the many joys in growing up during the last few decades is the access we’ve had to kid-friendly entertainment. We’ve all spent at least one Saturday in our pajamas, eating multiple bowls of cereal while we watched cartoons for hours. Classic stories like The Three Little Pigs were brought to life through captivating animation, and a parade of Disney characters have stolen our hearts.
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Some of the antics cartoons get into are as iconic and timeless as any regularly programmed TV show. Who will ever forget Bugs Bunny’s signature phrase “What’s up, Doc?” or the dozens of times the poor Wile E. Coyote had yet another anvil dropped on his little head? Most of the time, you find these quips entertaining but were unable to relate to them. Then there is that one skit that occurs in almost every type of animation, the one where the character’s eyes become big as saucers and suddenly, the other cartoon character they were staring at morphs into a tasty meal. Sylvester felt the same way about Tweety Bird as Elmer Fudd did about Daffy Duck: those cartoons looked like lunch! Now that is a feeling we can easily relate to.
Admit it, in those mindless hours of watching cartoons you've probably thought about just ridding that fictional world of their evil players. Really, wouldn't Ursula have made a better calamari dish than an evil octopus? And what if you could have won Super Mario Bros. by simply turning Bowser into turtle soup?
In an attempt to rid the world of useless villains, we created a list of some of the more evil characters that would happen to better serve society as an entrée. While all of them aren’t the worst fictional characters around, they are guilty of some sort of shenanigans. We rounded up some of the characters we’d love to take a bite out of if they were real and we could do that sort of thing while remaining socially acceptable.
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
Instead of terrorizing New York and forcing the Ghostbusters to take him down, why couldn’t we all have eaten him? Think all of all of Fluffernutter sandwiches we could have enjoyed!
The Big Bad Wolf
Don't you just hate a bully? The Big Bad Wolf is no stranger to making people feel awful and while we aren't sure he would taste very good, we wouldn't feel too guilty if he weren't around.
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9 Fictional Places That Children Would Love To Visit
Admit it. As a kid, you totally tried pushing on the back of your parents’ wardrobe to see if you could reach Narnia. We’ve all dreamed of winning the golden ticket to visit Mr Wonka’s chocolate factory, or fantasized about receiving a letter inviting us to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Children’s fiction is replete with places of the imagination, which children dream about visiting. Here, we’ve put together a list of nine favourites, including notes on where they’re supposed to be located… just in case you want to go looking.
9 Fictional Presidents You Wish You Could Elect In 2016
Efforts from the #NeverTrump and #BernieOrBust movements were all for naught: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are officially the Republican and Democratic candidates for president, respectively. While it’s no secret many voters are less-than-thrilled with the results of primary season, it’s time to face facts… Chances are, one of these individuals is going to be our next president.
In case the reality of our situation is just too much to bear between now and Election Day, we’ve compiled a list of fictional presidents you wish you could elect come November. We recommend giving this a read in between bouts of sobbing into your coffee cup or scrolling past the never-ending political posts clogging up social media. From the heroic to the inspirational (and even the ineffective), these characters are some of the most memorable heads of state found in movies and TV.
We certainly hope our future commander-in-chief won’t face the same kinds of obstacles as some of the men and women below. But the next time Russian terrorists seize control of Air Force One or alien spaceships threaten to destroy the world, he or she can at least look to these fictional counterparts for some guidance on how to respond.
Selina Meyer portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus in “Veep”
Despite the moniker of HBO’s political satire, Louis-Dreyfus’s alter ego ascends to the presidency in the show’s season 3 finale when her boss steps down to care for his ailing wife. While President Meyer’s administration is inept at best and corrupt at worst, her foul-mouthed tirades and occasional attempts at doing some actual good — feeble as those attempts may be — provide no shortage of acidic humor (mixed with a dash of genuine horror, of course). Whether she’s blaming Chinese hackers for a nasty tweet she sends about a rival or accidentally directing $10 billion to the military instead of children living in poverty, somehow viewers still root for her to succeed (when they’re not laughing at her, that is). Clinton is unquestionably more qualified than Selina for the highest office in America, to be sure. But in times of political turmoil and often-contentious leadership, don’t we at least deserve to laugh?
Andrew Shepherd portrayed by Michael Douglas in “The American President”
Aaron Sorkin dialogue + Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas = a principled president we can get behind, despite his ill-advised romance with a lobbyist pursuing passage of a clean-air bill. The relationship leaves the widowed President Shepherd vulnerable to character attacks from political enemies, but instead of retreating, the normally pragmatic leader of the free world is emboldened to address his critics head-on and toss aside a “soft” crime bill in favor of hard-hitting gun-control legislation. In today’s political climate, it’s difficult to imagine any politician with the guts to tackle such an issue without tiptoeing around the language.
Josiah “Jed” Bartlet portrayed by Martin Sheen in “The West Wing”
While some of the characters on this list are notable for their feats of strength during times of crisis (see: President James Marshall in “Air Force One”), President Bartlet stands out for his wit, intelligence and ability to deliver a well-reasoned and stirring argument. Remember when he shot down a talk-show host who said homosexuality was an “abomination”? He responded with a mic drop for the ages , and it’s well worth revisiting:
“I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I had you here. I’m interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She’s a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be?
“While thinking about that, can I ask another? My chief of staff, Leo McGarry, insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or is it okay to call the police?
“Here’s one that’s really important, ‘cause we’ve got a lot of sports fans in this town. Touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean, Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point?
“Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother, John, for planting different crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads?
“Think about those questions, would you? One last thing: While you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the ignorant tight-ass club, in this building when the president stands, nobody sits.”
Lisa Simpson voiced by Yeardley Smith in “The Simpsons”
Season 11 of the long-running sitcom introduced viewers to a 38-year-old Lisa as the first straight female president (take that, Clinton!). Hilariously, President Simpson’s term begins as she’s trying to rebuild the United States after an economic downfall caused by her predecessor… who’s none other than Trump himself. (Prophetic much?) While she initially plans to impose a tax hike to fix the nation’s serious budget crisis , President Simpson later meets with America’s creditors to find an alternative solution — and with Bart’s help, she’s able to stall the debt collectors and save the day. As a reward, she promises Bart she’ll “legalize it” (“it” presumably being marijuana). What more can you ask from an animated president who hasn’t aged in decades?
Tom Beck portrayed by Morgan Freeman in “Deep Impact”
A decade before Barack Obama made history as the nation’s first black president, Freeman played one of the first African-American presidents in film when he took on the role of Tom Beck in this 1998 disaster flick. President Beck stands out for his character’s stoic leadership in the face of what the movie referred to as an “Extinction-Level Event” (better known as “E.L.E.” to fans of the flick). As a massive comet hurtles toward Earth and threatens all of humanity, President Beck is hard at work on a behind-the-scenes survival plan — and when initial efforts to destroy the comet fail, he offers words of comfort to a frightened populace confronting its mortality. If any voice can soothe a nation’s fears right before the end of the world, it’s Freeman’s. Plus, who can forget the image of President Beck standing in front of a smoldering White House as he addresses the nation post-impact?
Thomas Whitmore portrayed by Bill Pullman in “Independence Day”
President Thomas Whitmore begins “Independence Day” with plummeting approval ratings, thanks to his reputation as a “wimp” who tends to compromise instead of sticking to his guns. But later – with the help of Will Smith, of course –he fends off an alien invasion, thanks to his experience as a pilot in the Gulf War. (Hey, didn’t Trump take advantage of multiple deferments to avoid being drafted during the Vietnam War?) Well, “single-handedly” might be a little generous, but like President Bartlet, he delivers a kick-ass speech before leading a final assault on the alien spaceships intent on conquering Earth and consuming its natural resources:
“And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: ‘We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive!’ Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!”
James Marshall portrayed by Harrison Ford in “Air Force One”
Han Solo’s turn as a badass head of state battling Russian terrorists is especially timely, given the role of the real Russian government in the recent Democratic National Committee hacking scandal. While Trump is quick to boast that his presidency would be “so much better for U.S.-Russian relations,” President Marshall is quick to fight back against the insurgents who take control of Air Force One and threaten to kill civilian hostages unless a Russian radical is released from U.S. custody. He refuses to take advantage of the plane’s escape pod and return to safety, instead choosing to stay behind and confront the terrorists — even managing to kill a handful himself. Imagining Clinton in this scenario is simply implausible, and who else thinks a President Trump wouldn’t hesitate to get himself out of harm’s way? WEAK!
Mackenzie Allen portrayed by Geena Davis in “Commander in Chief”
Like President Meyer, Mackenzie Allen becomes an accidental POTUS when the guy in charge suffers an aneurysm. She was added to the ticket not because she shared her running mate’s conservative values, but because the campaign wanted to take full advantage of her “woman card” (sound familiar?) to woo female voters. Though she’s initially asked to resign , she decides to go ahead with the oath of office. Her inclusion on this list stems from her decisive leadership style and refusal to accept a multitude of offensive comments lobbed her way because of her gender. When Nathan Templeton, the right-wing speaker of the House, tells her Islamic nations will balk at her presidency, President Allen’s fiercely feminist response had female viewers shouting “YAS QUEEN!” long before the phrase began dominating popular culture 10 years later:
“Not only that, Nathan, but we have the whole once-a-month, ‘will she/won’t she press the button?’ thing.”
Plus, the show referred to President Allen’s husband as “First Gentleman,” which should really put an end to the speculation around what Bill Clinton would be called should his wife become president. That, or “First Dude.”
Bill Mitchell/Dave Kovic portrayed by Kevin Kline in “Dave”
The only entry on this list who isn’t a president, everyman Dave Kovic — who bears a striking resemblance to the leader of the free world — is hired by President Mitchell to serve as his stand-in for a brief public appearance (but really to help cover up his illicit affair with a White House staffer). When Mitchell suffers a stroke during a rendezvous with his mistress, Kovic ends up playing president for a little longer than originally intended. But instead of only providing the literal face of the Mitchell administration, Kovic gets to work and helps revive the real president’s sagging popularity. When the slimy chief of staff tries to veto a funding bill that would benefit a homeless shelter, Kovic enlists an accountant friend to help him balance the federal budget later, he announces a jobs plan to put Americans back to work and ends up exposing government corruption in front of the entire nation. Kudos, Dave.
Bonus: Kid President portrayed by Robby Novak on “Kid President: Declaration of Awesome”
Twelve-year-old actor and wunderkind Robby Novak gave an inspiring pep talk to the nation via a YouTube video posted three years ago. His message was simple yet poignant: “If you want to be awesome, you have to treat people awesome.” The real-life Novak, who suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta — a condition that results in frequent bone fractures — created the character of Kid President with his brother-in-law Brad Montague. From his snazzy black suit and red tie to his infectious and spirited personality, Kid President became an Internet sensation with such straightforward messages like:
“If we’re on the same team, let’s start acting like it.”
“If it doesn’t make the world better, don’t do it.”
Raise your hand if you think Congress should amend the Constitution to make Kid President eligible for the real presidency. In the meantime, let’s get #ROBBYNOVAK2040 trending now.
9 Fictional Proponents of a Plant-Based Diet (Only Fans Will Know #4!)
As a plant-based diet become more popular (3.4 percent of Americans are vegetarian or vegan, at last count), so do their representations in fiction. Don’t believe us? Here are nine fictional vegans and vegetarians fighting the good fight – whether it’s between the pages of a novel or onscreen.
1. Hazel Lancaster, “The Fault In Our Stars,” by John Green
The protagonist of the young adult novel and critical and commercial success “The Fault in Our Stars” suffers from stage four cancer throughout the story. As she comes face to face with her own mortality, as well as the mortality of those around her, she remains a stalwart vegetarian because, as she says she “wants to minimize the number of deaths (she) is responsible for.”
2. Jonathan Safran Foer, “Everything is Illuminated,” by Jonathan Safran Foer
Author Foer not only named the protagonist of his debut novel after himself he also made the character Jonathan a vegetarian, something that emerges, rather uncomfortably, when Jonathan is dining in Ukraine and, after succumbing to a battery of questions about his diet, ends up having to order “a potato on a plate.”
3. Temperance Brennan, “Bones”
Temperance Brennan, nicknamed “Bones,” is a forensic anthropologist at the fictional Jeffersonian Institute in Washington D.C. After seeing how pigs are slaughtered over the course of a criminal investigation, Brennan vows to become a vegetarian.
One wonders if her portrayer, Emily Deschanel, had anything to do with this character decision as Deschanel herself has eaten a vegan diet since high school, when she read John Robbins’ “Diet for a New America.”
4. Rachel Berry, “Glee”
Rachel Berry may be another character whose portrayer had something to say about her diet, as both Rachel and Lea Michele are nominally vegan. Fans have noticed some inconsistencies on the show, when Rachel, for example, eats pizza or prepares duck, but Lea Michele has admitted to Shape that she’s an “on-and-off” vegan, too.
5. April Burns, “Pieces of April”
Usually, vegetarianism or veganism in a fictional context is just one part of a character, but in “Pieces of April,” it’s an essential part not only of Katie Holmes’ April but of the plot as a whole: the film tells the story of the vegetarian April’s journey to cook Thanksgiving dinner for the family she has never gotten along with. Her vegetarianism is just one of many things that makes April stand out from the rest of her family.
6. Ian Miller, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
The highly quotable “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” features John Corbett as Ian Miller, the vegetarian fiancé of Nia Vardalos’ Toula. While his diet poses no problem for Toula, her “big fat Greek” family is horrified, particularly her Aunt Voula, who then, suddenly, seems placated and says, “That’s OK, I make lamb.”
7. Phoebe Buffay, “Friends”
Phoebe has long been one of our favorite TV vegans, from her songs in favor of plant-based living (“The cow in the meadow goes moo/Then the farmer hits him on the head and grinds him up, and that’s how we get hamburgers.”) to the stress of dealing with people who don’t care about her lifestyle, including future husband Mike’s family, who make veal for dinner when she comes to visit.
While Phoebe briefly deviates from her vegan diet while pregnant (but only after Joey becomes a vegetarian, so that she can consume only what he would normally be eating and thus feel like she isn’t contributing too much to the global meat consumption average), Phoebe is generally a stalwart supporter of the plant-based way of life.
8. Mr. Copeland, “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” by Carson McCullers
Mr. Copeland’s vegetarian character in “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” actually very interestingly makes a concession that many plant-based eaters wouldn’t. When asked if he minds if his collard greens are cooked in meat, he says that while “for purely private reasons” he is a vegetarian, he is not bothered by this.
This reminds us of a lot of times when people have offered to serve us a portion of chicken soup without chicken in it, and it says a lot about Mr. Copeland’s character that he accepts rather than argues.
9. Mr. Spock, “Star Trek”
Apparently, the plant-based way of eating transcends interplanetary borders: Vulcan Mr. Spock was a vegetarian – makes sense, when you know that the Vulcans live with a philosophy of logic and nonviolence. It also makes sense that Spock was rather upset when he realized he had “eaten animal flesh and enjoyed it” in the episode, “All Our Yesterdays.”
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21 Real - The Flintstones' House
While everyone knows the Flintstones from their cartoons and commercials, their house is just as memorable in terms of design. Made completely out of rocks, it somehow manages to have working electricity and conditioning like a modern house which the show never really explained but we didn’t really care because it looked cool (at the time). But then a famous television personality named Dick Clark decided to build a house that looks just like the Flintstones’ abode in Malibu, California. Costing “3.5 Million US$ to build,” as stated by Thrillophilia, it’s one of the most popular houses in that area.
4. Medium Reconnaissance Vehicle
M113 Medium Reconnaissance Vehicle in the Puckapunyal Army Camp, Victoria, Australia. (Photo: Wiki user Bukvoed)
Almost as soon as the Australians received the M113’s, they began splicing them together with other components. First, they took the turrets from their retiring Saladin armored cars and mounted them on the M113 to make the Fire Support Vehicle.
This vehicle was just an interim measure, though, while the Medium Reconnaissance Vehicle was being developed. This vehicle used the newer turret from British FV101 Scorpion tanks along with upgrades to the hull.
9 Fictional Characters Who Should Walk the Runway
I'm still not over the fact that Zoolander and Hansel walked the Valentino runway at Paris Fashion Week (and I'm especially not over this Zoolander-hijacked Vine, which is pure gold). You know what makes it even more of a landmark event? The fact that mere days earlier, everyone's favorite denizen of Westeros Brienne of Tarth appeared in the Vivienne Westwood show. Well, to be fair, it was actually her real-life counterpart, Gwendoline Christie, who took the stage (she didn't walk in character the way Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson did). But either way, can you say "Best Paris Fashion Week ever?"
The whole smorgasbord of wonderfulness got me thinking: There are tons of fictional characters out there who would look (almost) as fierce as Zoolander, Hansel and Brienne (though their combined fierceness is an awe-inspiring thing).
Who would you nominate? There are those who just have that natural strut, those that have a particularly groundbreaking style, and those who'd just look darn fabulous making their way down a runway — I mean, there are stone cold badass fashion plates like Princess Leia, and then on the other side of the spectrum, you've got fashion innovators like Luna Lovegood. Who else should make the cut? Read on to find out!
Aside from Brienne, it was tough to choose just one Game of Thrones lady: There's Daenerys and her amazing assortment of halters, then there's Sansa with her epic makeover, and Arya's new Season 5 digs are quite fabulous as well. but when it really comes down to it, Margaery's the one whose costumes are based on Alexander McQueen's designs, so she might have the most fashion street cred.
Speaking of fashion street cred, Amy Pond was an actual model (for about a hot second. somewhere between being a kissogram and a travel writer), so she should definitely hit Paris Fashion Week!
Elsa designed her own dress in about half a second, using only her brainpower, magic and of course, ice. Besides, she's a natural fit for Elie Saab — her iconic dress looks like it came right from one of their recent couture shows.
He can deliver Blue Steel (or as he calls it, "The Smolder") almost as well as Derek Zoolander, so why not?
The Empress of China
I haven't actually seen Fan Bingbing as Wu Zeitan in The Empress of China, but judging by all of the gifsets I've seen floating around Tumblr, her fashion game is pretty darn awe-inspiring. I mean, check out that headdress!
She's a fashion risk-taker/pioneer if ever there was one. She'd look especially fetching in Rodarte's Death Star dress, IMHO.
Girl makes her own radish earrings, butterbeer cork necklaces, and enchanted lion headdresses: Give her a fashion contract, stat!
Lisa Carol Freemont
I can think of no one more qualified to stun on the Paris runways than Lisa Carol Freemont, Grace Kelly's iconic character from Rear Window. After all, she even manages to look this fashionable while catching murderers!
Wouldn't all of these characters (or even just one of them!) make PFW even more awesome than usual? Fingers crossed for next year — because post-Valentino/Zoolander, who knows what could happen.
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9. Fictional realism.
This is the most fascinating branch of multiverse theory. Superman is real. Yes, some of you would probably choose a different story, for argument&rsquos sake, Harry Potter might be real too. This branch of the theory argues that given an infinite number of universes, everything must exist somewhere. So, all of our favorite fiction and fantasy may be descriptive of an alternate universe, one where all the right pieces came in to place to make it happen.
- So by this theory, all our &lsquofictional&rsquo characters can exist within their own universes, simply by definition of the fact that we cannot disprove their existence. This is a solid philosophical theory. :D
You cannot prove Harry Potter, the Doctor, Sam and Dean, Sherlock and John do not exist, and therefore they do exist simply by that fact.
8. (Glenn) Quagmire, from "Family Guy"
I'm not sure how much Meg ages in the show, but some internet sleuthing says she is assumed to be 15 since the show's start. Sorry Quagmire you're not just creepy, you're on your way to committing a crime if you keep coming on to Meg like that.
Also similar to Joey, his main catch phrase is centered around sex. Giggity Giggity is his way of either saying he thinks someone/something is bangable or his way of calling out something not intended to sound sexual but actually does (think "that's what she said").
Quagmire's Offenses: 1. He's hit on Meg, his best friend's daughter. 2. He's hit on Lois, his best friend's WIFE. 3. He hits on everything that moves, man, woman, even dog. 4. When/if he finally does sleep with someone, they're more of an object than a person
9 fictional deaths we&rsquoll never get over
When J.K. Rowling apologised for killing off Fred Weasley this weekend, it got me thinking about all the other fictional characters we&rsquove loved and lost.
I know these characters died for a reason &ndash a conflict on set, a new project, a plot development &ndash but that doesn&rsquot make the loss any easier to bear. When a character is written well, on the page or on screen, you invest in their lives, you root for them, cry for them and sometimes see yourself in them (even though they have shinier hair and far more interesting love lives).
Some deaths are momentarily upsetting, but easy to gloss over others break your heart (RIP Derek Shepherd).
From Eddard Stark in Game of Thrones to Ellie Fredricksen in Up, the fictional death toll is endless, but here are 10 deaths that made us cry the most:
Emma Morley (One Day)
David Nicholls, you utterly broke my heart with this one.
Just when you think Emma&rsquos found happiness with her University sweetheart, Dexter, a cruel twist of fate snatches away their happy ending.
I think this one particularly hurts because, as readers, we follow the trajectory of Emma and Dexter&rsquos tumultuous relationship through so many rites of passage &ndash University, first jobs, parents&rsquo deaths &ndash that it feels as if we&rsquove known them for years. But that&rsquos also probably why this book was a best-selling phenomenon.
Derek Shepherd (Grey&rsquos Anatomy)
I&rsquom a diehard, &lsquoover a bridge&rsquo Shonda Rhimes fan. But killing off McDreamy? That was a bold move, even for the first lady of television.
While there is a petition to bring Derek back (no, really) it&rsquos obvious that Patrick Dempsey and his ferryboat scrub caps are gone for good.
The only silver lining? Derek&rsquos death is at least an excuse to re-watch the best MerDer moments from previous seasons.