In life, there are those who stand for and uphold justice. Those who sacrifice everything, for the sake of equality and balance. Despite whatever obstacles come their way, they use the law to their advantage and overcome any opposing force. In this list, we’re going over some of the best “Lawful Good” characters in pop culture.
Cedric Daniels-“The Wire”
In the iconic (and possibly the best cop show ever) series, The Wire, Cedric Daniels has seen a lot. From majors juking stats on crime to politicians lying about how the police department is handling cases, to his own men not being good police, Daniels is an example of what a cop should be. Rather than play the game, Daniels’ integrity won’t allow for foolishness under his command. He’ll take the brunt of his superiors’ wrath and protect his team, rather than sell them out. Daniels is a true example of “good police”, doing his best to clean up the department, instead of leaving it in worse condition for the next generation. Even if he must fire some of his own people for the sake of doing the job right.
Optimus will (and has) laid down his life for justice, not only for his fellow Autobots, but for all creations of life. A towering robot, with weapons and technology superior to that of Earth, Prime chose to protect mankind from the Decepticons. What’s even more, Prime has allowed himself to be governed by the laws of mankind, answering to the U.S Military and never leaving his allies behind. Even in the face of being hunted but the very ones he swore to protect, Prime will do what’s right, rather than seek revenge.
Matt Murdock has been raised to do the right thing, no matter what. Instilled at a very early age by his father, Matt learned the true purpose of justice. Even after his father was murdered, Murdock kept his father’s promise and became a lawyer. By day, he defends’ his clients, but by night, he protects Hell’s Kitchen as Daredevil. Although breaking the law by being a vigilante, Murdock picks up where the law leaves off. With his morality influenced by law and his faith in Catholicism, Murdock will throw hands with anyone to protect his city. But he’s not above answering for his past transgressions. On multiple times, Matt has surrendered himself to the police, not just out of some sort of penance, but because he feels it's right. Talk about dedication to the law.
Superman- “DC Comics”
For too long now, whenever we see Superman, we see a twisted version of the hero. But he’s a true boy scout. Standing up for truth and Justice, Clark Kent was taught to see the good in everyone. With the powers of a god, Superman instead taught to live as a man. Humble to the end, Clark has stood up for people everywhere, not just against alien tyrants and invasions, but against corrupt lawmakers and officials. Superman is not beneath answering to the governments of the world for his actions.
Lin Beifong-“The Legend of Korra”
The dutiful police chief of Republic City, Lin is a strict enforcer of the law. A no-nonsense Earth-Bender and the daughter of legendary Toph Beifong, Lin wanted to be just like her mom. Perhaps too much like her. Nearly uncompromising, and a staunch believer in procedure, Lin will arrest anyone who breaks the law. From her own sister (who was just hanging with the wrong crowd) to the Avatar Korra, herself. Very rarely, will Lin break protocol, unless it's for the greater good.
Misty Knight-Marvel Comics
A Harlem detective with a bionic arm, Misty Knight is a detective who, in her own words, “stalks justice”. Misty takes protecting her neighborhood seriously. Taking the law and being a cop seriously, Misty Knight doesn’t rest until corruption is stomped out. A great example is when in the “Luke Cage” series, she investigates dirty cops, and crooked politicians and often teams up with Cage to stop mob wars and superpowered criminals on the street.
That’s all for this list. Did I miss any out? Post who you think is a good candidate for the “lawfully good” category. What category should I do next? Till next time, fellow blerds.
Dragon Ball fans rejoice (especially my fellow Gohan fans!)! We have a new movie that’s centered around Gohan and former mentor Piccolo in Dragon-Ball Super: Super Hero! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
The movie’s major plot involves the reborn Red Ribbon Army (the same evil organization that Kid Goku ended way back, in DragonBall, and the one that created the Androids and Cell). The next generation wants revenge on Goku and his allies for what they’ve done. However, the grandson of Dr. Gero wants to create superhero-inspired androids. They manage to strike an agreement and create a plan to gain their revenge. With Goku and Vegeta off-world, it’s up to Gohan and Piccolo to save Earth!
Man, when I heard that the next movie was going to be centered around Gohan and Piccolo, I was like FINALLY!!! Don’t get me wrong, I did Goku and Vegeta, but it’s only so many times where they can be the main characters. Plus, both Gohan and Piccolo have been kinda reduced to side characters. In the T.O.P arc in Super, we got a glimpse of the two getting some shine, but that’s quickly overshadowed Goku and Ultra Instinct. Here, though, Piccolo and Gohan both get new transformations! Piccolo gets a new form by wishing it with the Dragonballs to unlock his full potential. As for Gohan, while he’s still the same bookworm that we’ve seen throughout the years, he’s still able to go to his “Ultimate” form with no problem. But when the “ish” hits the fan, Gohan unlocked a new form. Called “Gohan Beast” (a wack name, but ok), Gohan, along with an aged-up Goten and Trunks, Krillen, Gamma 1, and Orange Piccolo manage to defeat the newly resurrected Cell Max!
It's also great to see Gohan’s daughter, Pan, get some training from Piccolo, who’s giving “grumpy uncle” vibes. The fight scenes are animated great but could be a bit longer. For those wondering where Goku and Vegeta are, when all of this is going on, there is an explanation. Goku and Vegeta with Whis and Beerus, training Broly. When Bulma (Vegeta’s wife.) tries to reach them, but can’t. There’s also a brief sparring match with Goku and Vegeta, but we don’t see most of it. However, we do know who won…VEGETA!!! After all these years, he finally got a clean win over Goku!
While I did enjoy seeing a Dragon Ball movie in the theaters, I gotta say, it’s the chemistry with Gohan and Piccolo that sells this movie. Throwbacks to the Cell Saga were nice, but when Cell Max is introduced in the finale, I felt slightly underwhelmed. Cell was my favorite villain in the Dragon Ball Z era, and for creator Akira Toriyama to just make Cell a big brute was hard to watch. Imagine the potential in bringing Cell back, and his training (much like how Frieza did to obtain his Golden Form.) to become stronger. But in Super Hero, Cell is reserved to being a mindless beast. What’s worse, this may be the last time we see him in canon.
Overall, Dragon- Ball Super: Super Hero gives us some much-needed shine on Gohan and Piccolo and presented a story with nostalgia and potential set-ups for future stories. I’m giving it an 8 out of 10. Post your thoughts below, and till next time fellow blerds!
One of the most anticipated movies of the year, Nope is finally here. Director Jordan Peele hasn’t missed yet, with films such as Get Out and Us. Does he nail the hat trick with Nope? For the most part, yup! As always, SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!
The film is about two sibling horse ranchers, who loan their stock to movie studios. They encounter a phenomenon in the sky. The Haywoods, OJ (Daniel Kaluuya), and Emerald (Keke Palmer) devise a plan to capture it on film, so they can make some much-needed money. From there, we witness terrifying moments of the phenomenon, coming and going without warning, and both the characters and us viewers are left to make sense of it. OJ, Em, along with Angel (Brandon Perea), who works at a nearby electronics store, and Antlers Holst (Michael Winscott), a cameraman who is an old friend of the family, devise a plan to capture it on film.
We already know that director Peele loves to add subliminal messages to his movies. Some of them are obvious, and some not so much. The subplot with former child character Ricky Park and the horrific moment with the chimpanzee, perhaps, warns the viewers of the danger of animals on a movie set. Even OJ’s father (played by icon, Keith David) warns him in a flashback scene, that some animals can’t be tamed. Perhaps that was the main theme, all along. How do you tame the untamable? At what point do you decide to cut your losses?
The fascination with spectacle is also explored, as the main characters seem determined to capture the phenomenon on video, rather than running for their lives. As soon as the phenomenon (or Jean Jacket, naming it after Em’s favorite horse from her childhood.) arrives in town and kills everyone at the amusement park, Jupiter’s Claim, Em and OJ are set on a quest to capture photos and video of the creature before TMZ or anyone else does first. That brings up a very valid issue with social media and capturing dangerous events. Rather than assist in helping or seeking safe refuge, content creators film away, hoping to become famous.
Nope proves, once again, that Jordan Peele is one of the best in creating films that will not only want more but leave you with more questions than answers. With great casting choices with Kaluuya, Palmer, David, Yeun, and Winscott, wonderful set pieces, and pulling off a unique story, Nope gets a 9.5 out of 10 (especially for that Akira-inspired motorcycle slide Keke Palmer did!) Did you love or hate Nope? Give your thoughts and till next time, fellow blerds.