30/30 Day 7: An Act of Desperation: Top 10 Underdogs

Hi, I’m Tyler Magruder, or sorryjzargo as I go by on the internet.  I am going to hopefully complete a 30/30 this month.  If you don’t know what a 30/30 is, it is a blog series where you write one blog a day for a month (on months with 31 days it is called a 31/31).  If I miss a day, I will make it up, but hopefully I won’t miss any days and can call this a success.


            I absolutely abhor Top 10 lists.  They are a cheap tool for farming views without saying anything meaningful.  However, one sometimes reaches a time where they don’t have the time to write a proper blog, so a Top 10 list must suffice.  Today is one of those days.  So, as my act of desperation, I am writing a Top 10 list of my Top 10 underdogs.  They are in no particular order.  Enjoy

SamusSamus Aran: The heroine of the Metroid franchise, Samus is a human orphan who was adopted by the wise and peaceful Chozo race.  Given the Chozo technology, she set out to bring justice to the galaxy as a bounty hunter and mercenary for the Galactic Alliance.  Everywhere she went, Samus was always outgunned and outnumbered.  However, Samus persevered and eventually became a name both feared and respected throughout the galaxy.  I’ll just pretend Other M never happened.


Han Solo: A smuggler during one of the Galaxy’s darkest eras, Han was simply trying to survive another day and make another credit with his best friend Chewbacca.  Then he met a young farm boy and an old hermit and his life changed.  He fell in love with a princess and took on the Empire.  Surrounded by Jedi and royalty, Han still managed to stand out, and is probably the most memorable character from the Original Trilogy.  It has been a blast following Han’s exploits in both the Star Wars movies and the Expanded fiction.  I can’t wait to see more of him in Episode VII.


Daryl Dixon: While he is a fan favorite, Daryl Dixon does not even exist in the Walking Dead comics, and he wouldn’t exist if Norman Reedus didn’t apply for Rick’s role.  This country boy with a crossbow and an asshole brother set himself apart by being both tough and affectionate.  He has survived against all odds (though his immense fan following certainly hasn’t hurt), and while the latest season hasn’t been kind on most of the characters, but Daryl is one of the few characters that I consistently enjoy seeing in the spotlight.


Red (Pokémon Origins): Humiliated by his rival, Red set out to capture every single Pokémon for Professor Oak, and along the way became the most powerful trainer of them all.  In his climactic showdown with his rival at the Elite Four, Red proved once and for all that he had grown from the weakling to the master.


Kyōma Hōōin: Dogged by the Organization at every turn, he struggles to keep Future Gadget Laboratory afloat and discover the Organization’s diabolical plot before it’s too late.


Magikarp (yes, another Pokémon one): They said he’d never amount to anything.  They said all he’d ever do was splash around uselessly.  Then a kind trainer adopted him, and he can feel his power growing.  Wait, trainer, why aren’t you evolving him?  Magikarp grew to level 100.  Guess they were right…


Luigi: The year of Luigi isn’t over yet!


The Beatles: Who’s laughing now, Decca Records?!


George Washington: Murica! Nuff said.


This blog: I never thought I’d get this done today.


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