Former Invader, and current Avenger, Captain America is exactly that: a captain. Captain of his country. Captain of humanity.

To captain means to lead, and that’s precisely what he does, effortlessly.

Captain America is forthright and positive, honest, upfront, noble and unfailingly dependable. He’s also even-tempered and calm; neither lacking…

I know people who have watched the Matrix films more times than they can count.

Perhaps it’s because they love the story of the hero, and they revel in what Neo manages to overcome. Perhaps it’s because the films are complex and they spot something new every time. Me? …

Imagine being a semi-immortal Amazon warrior demigoddess. The crown princess of Themyscira. Daughter of Queen Hippolyta and Zeus.

That’s a lot of wonder.

Imagine also that, with that external authority, comes tenacity and a never-say-die attitude; fearlessness and focus; and a naivety that keeps you constantly engaged with the world…

Half-human, half-Betazoid, Deanna Troi is one of the under-rated, under-estimated characters aboard Starfleet Starships USS Enterprise-D and USS Enterprise-E.

While she serves under the command of Jean-Luc Picard, she also sometimes sits alongside him, aiding with political negotiations and first contact with new alien races.

So why is she under-estimated…

Children are terrified of her, and adults feel their own kind of fear as she removes her mask to reveal her hideous face. The Grand High Witch, created by Roald Dahl in his book The Witches, is an interesting kind of baddie, because some would say she doesn’t grow, or…

by Monsieur Sonic

We love a dark hero. Mysterious and intriguing, they allow us to live vicariously through them, wondering what it’s like on the outskirts of society.

But actually being that dark hero is a different story.

The Mandalorian is proof that life as a tough and resourceful warrior isn’t as exciting…

Dorothée Oung

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