Monday, March 2, 2009

Our own March Madness - The Whedonverse Character Tournament

Who is the best character of the entire Whedonverse? We all have our favorites, but in a match to the death...who would win the popular vote? Well, we are planning an ambitious month long journey to find out just that. Our own "March Madness" if you will. Over the next 4 weeks we will give out the computer-generated randomized pairings of characters from Joss Whedon shows: Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dr. Horrible. Some of them are hilariously paired, too. Just wait and see.

By the way, we've done this before...back when Buffyfest was just a private forum with a few members. We'd get into fights. Matter of fact, one time Bitsy refused to put in her final choice for an episode - which would decide the Final Champion since it was a tie-breaker. It was something about defending Cordelia Chase's honor. Don't ask.

Ok, today is day 1. This is part (1 of 4) of round 1. It will end in 4 days - March 5th at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. See the pairings below and if you want to play, leave your choices in the comments section of this post.

The Sunnydale Region - Location:
The Bronze - Sunnydale, California

Jonathan vs. Oz






River vs. Chantarelle/Lily/Anne






Willy the Snitch vs. Jenny Calendar






Zoe vs. Mal (What? I didn't decide it!)






Faith vs. Penny






Lorne vs. Spike






Jasmine vs. Darla






Fray vs. Ethan Rayne





If your curious to see the entire bracket of Round 1, click here to enlarge:
We have decided to not add Dollhouse characters as of yet. See the Dollhouse Death Watch for the reasons why. ooh, burn!


68 comments:

Tara said...

ok, I guess I'm going first:

-Oz
-River
-Willy
-Zoe
-Faith
-This is impossible since Lorne is probably my favorite B character but Spike is so going to take it and he's obviously fantastic too. Still, someone has to vote for Lorne and if that person's not me, then who will it be? Lorne it is. Ugh.
-Darla
-Fray

That was way tougher that I thought it would be, and not just for Lorne.

wyndam said...

- Oz
- River
- Jenny
- Mal
- Faith
- Spike (sorry Lorneytoons!)
- Darla
- Ethan

This is going to be fun!

Amanda said...

Oz
Anne
Willy
I don't know these people
Faith
Darla
Ethan

Tara said...

Thanks Wyndam and Amanda! Aww, poor Lorneytoons. It's so over for him! Hee!

Amanda, you skipped Spike vs. Lorne, btw.

Anonymous said...

Oz,River,Jenny,Zoe,Faith,Spike,Darla,Ethan.

Anonymous said...

Jonathan, River, Jenny, Mal, Faith, Spike, Darla, Ethan

Karnatos said...

- Oz
- River
- Jenny
- Mal
- Faith
- Spoke
- Darla
- Ethan

Karnatos said...

LOL - "Spoke"...

Sheesh, I'm not even cool online! Heheheheh.

:K

Shutterbug0324 said...

-Oz
-River
-Jenny
-Mal
-Faith (thats a mean decision to make us do! LOL)
-Lor...I mean Spike...well, geez! Spike (final answer)
-Darla
-Ethan Rayne

Tara said...

Re: Karnatos - Hee! I lol'ed at "Spoke" myself b/c it was cute. Cute trumps cool often!

Re: Shutterbug - Faith vs. Penny really was awful. It wasn't me, it's randomized!

I'm surprised at all the Jenny votes but I guess Willy is a snitch and all....

Van Stuard said...

Love your blog...

-Oz
-River
-Jenny
-Grr... Mal, but only by a nose.
-Faith
-Lorne (in an upset!)
-Darla
-Fray

Resident Clinton said...

- Oz
- River
- Willy
- Mal
- Faith
- Spike
- Darla
- Ethan

If poor Lorne were up against almost anyone else, he would have won. Oh, well.

zooey said...

Oz
River
Jenny
Mal
Faith
Spike
Darla
Fray

buffygroupie said...

Curse you, Buffyfest, for forcing me to make some of these choices.

Oz
River
Willy
Mal
Penny
Spike (sorry, Lorne *sigh*)
Darla
Ethan

That was very, very hard. But I guess it just makes us stronger.

Michelle said...

Oh, how I've missed this!

Fight at The Bronze:
-Oz (Poor Jonathan)
-Chantarelle/Lily/Anne (Call me crazy, but I love this character. And why wasn't she in Hell-A?)
-Jenny Calendar
-Mal
-Faith
-Spike (oh, that was not right)
-Darla
-Ethan Rayne

Michelle said...

Buffygroupie, I have a feeling this is going to get even more difficult as we continue. Save some of your strength for the end!

Anonymous said...

Oz
Chantarelle/Lily/Anne
Willy
Mal
Faith
Spike
Darla
Ethan

elaine said...

OZ
RIVER
JENNY
MAL
PENNY, I am not a big Faith fan
SPIKE and this is not going to be hard for me SPIKE will always be my choice.
DARLA
ETHAN

angelvamp13 said...

Oz
River
Jenny
Zoe
Faith
Lorne
Jasmine
Fray

Jen Anderson said...

I can't believe I have to choose between Lorne & Spike. Tough choices, people.

Oz
River
Jenny
Mal
Penny
Spike
Darla
Fray

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...

Jonathan, River, Willy, Mal, Faith (I think both are pretty weak), Spike, Darla, Ethan Rayne.

Final answer(s).

Butterflygirl said...

Jonathan
River
Jenny
Zoe
Faith
Lorne
Jasmine
Ethan

hitnrun017 said...

Oz
River
Jenny
Mal
Faith
Lorne
Darla
Fray

Angelsgirl said...

Oz
Anne/Lily/Chanterelle
Jenny
Mal
Penny (yeah...i said it! :D)
Spike (what a cruel, cruel choice to make!)
Darla (such an easy choice)
Fray

Emmie said...

- Oz
- River
- Jenny Calendar
- Malcolm Reynolds
- Faith
- Spike
- Darla
- Fray

Miranda said...

Hard decisions here!!

-Oz
-River
-Willy
-Mal
-Faith
-Lorne. I miss Lorne! -flails-
-Darla
-Fray

AndrewCrossett said...

Couple of tough choices there... especially Zoe/Mal and Faith/Penny. But I'll go with:

Oz
River
Jenny
Zoe
Faith
Spike
Darla
Fray

Barry Deutsch said...

-Oz
-River
-Willy
-Zoe
-Penny
-Lorne
-Darla
-Ethan

Buta Rose said...

Oz
River
Jenny
Zoe
Faith
Spike (Pains me to say it)
Darla
Fray

Jennifer Helene said...

Ok I'm in, here goes:
Oz
River
Willy the Snitch
Mal
Faith
Spike
Darla
Ethan Rayne

Sarah said...

I love the agony! Here goes:

Oz (sorry Jonathan, you're too nice)
Chanterelle/Lily/Anne
Jenny
Mal
Faith
Spike
Jasmine (Darla was never the same after the staking)
Ethan (he almost got Buffy eaten)

Tara said...

Something tells me Oz will make it verrrry far in this tourny.

And oh there are going to be some tears....I can tell already. Hell I'm already depressed that Lorne got knocked out so early. What are the fricken odds that he'd be against one of the most beloved characters of them all? He couldn't be up against Principal Wood or something?

Anonymous said...

I'll start shedding tears now. Willow and Tara will most like be paired against each other. And very early to boot :(

Alexiness said...

Oz
River
Willy
Mal
Faith
Spike
Darla
Fray

(:

Ruthie said...

Oz
River
Jenny
Mal
Faith
Spike (This one really isn't fair)
Darla
Ethan

Natalia said...

- Oz
- River
- Willy
- Mal
- Faith
- Spike
- Darla
- Ethan Rayne

buffyslayergal said...

Oz
River
Jenny
Mal
Faith
Spike
Darla
Ethan

Matt 2 of 3 said...

Oz
River
Jenny
Mal (though i make this choice under duress)
Faith
Spike
Darla
Ethan

Ozkirbas said...

Oz
River
Jenny (sorry Willy)
Mal (that's a tough one)
Faith
Spike (I suppose it wouldn't be fun if there wasn't a hard choice or two)
Darla
Fray

... I would like to formally apologize to Gina Torres. She got shafted twice in the same bracket. And I am sorry.

Tara said...

Holy Moly! I didn't even realize she got the double shaft! What a crazy, random happenstance!

Darcy said...

1. Oz
2. River
3. Jenny
4. Zoe
5. Faith
6. Spike
7. Darla
8. Ethan Rayne

Isabel said...

Oz
River
Jenny Calendar
Zoe
Faith
Spike
Darla
Fray

Basket said...

oz
river
jenny
mal
penny
spike
darla
fray

Michael said...

Oz
River
Jenny
Mal
Penny
Lorne
Darla
Fray

Tara said...

Imagine it was Zoe vs. Jasmine?! The universe might implode.

Rayna said...

Jonathan
River
Jenny
Mal
Penny
Lorne
Darla
Fray

Allycat said...

Oz
Chantarelle/Lily/Anne
Jenny Calendar
Mal
Faith
Spike
Darla
Fray

Hombrewolf said...

Jonathan
River
Jenny Calendar
Zoe
Faith
Spike
Darla
Fray

dragonweaver said...

Oz
River
Jenny Calendar
Zoe (Sorry Captin Tightpants)
Faith
Spike (Man, poor Lorne)
Darla
Ethan Rayne

Anonymous said...

Oz
River
Willy
Mal
Faith
Spike
Darla
Fray

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is gonna be tough. Okay, sleeves rolled up, here goes.

Oz
River
Jenny
Gah! Um... Zoe.
Faith (love Felicia Day though!)
Spike
Darla
Fray (tough one...)

Anonymous said...

Oz
River
Jenny
Mal
Faith
Lorne
Darla
Fray

Zacki said...

Oz
River
Willy the Snitch
Mal
Faith
Lorne
Darla
Ethan

marveldenton said...

Oz
River
Jenny
Zoe (Mal would let her win)
Faith
Spike (Lorne could kill him? NO!)
Jasmine
Ethan

marveldenton said...

I have to question some peoples choices.

The people that chose Lilly/Anne over River, have you watched Firefly/Serenity?

Unless your talking about Jonathan the Vampire Slayer, Oz would destroy him, fast!

Lastly, why hasn't anyone picked Jasmine over Darla? Did you skip those episodes of Angel?

Tara said...

marveldenton, THis tourney is for Favorite/Best Character, in your opinion.

If you're thinking that people are choosing Chantarelle/Lily/Anne over River in "Who would win in a fight" or something, then I agree that would definitely be silly. River could probably even take a slayer.

marveldenton said...

I was looking through the bracket and I really think you should have made an executive decision and not have Wash and Angel in the first round. That will be to hard of a decision to make.

Tara said...

It was randomized.

Anonymous said...

Oz
River
Jenny
Mal
Faith
Spike
Darla
Ethan Rayne

What about the other brackets? Should we be voting on those?

Tara said...

Nope. Don't worry, Anon, we'll be launching Region 2 tomorrow night at 11:59 pm. That will be the Serenity Region.

My pick for overall winner of that Region? Tara McClay. Just felt like speculating :)

djrestlessmind said...

What an awesome idea!

Oz
River
Jenny Calendar
Zoe
Faith
Spike
Jasmine
Ethan Rayne

Iceeh said...

Oooh! This is gonna be fun! :D

-Oz
-River
-Jenny
-Mal
-Faith
-Spike
-Darla
-Fray

robininseoul said...

- Oz
- River
- Jenny
- Zoe (Remember, even Mal fears Zoe!)
- Faith
- Spike
- Darla (unless Jasmine can use her minions)
- Fray

Tara said...

Oops, I meant Thrs 3/5 not Fri 3/5. Fri is 3/6...got confused. Anyway, only about an hour left to pick your region 1 choices.

Bitsy said...

If you think this is hard, just you wait, 'enry 'iggins, just you wait!

- Oz (Poor Jonathan. This kind of feels like when Andrew got all stabby on him. I'm sorry, little buddy)

- Chantarelle/Lily/Anne (Never liked River. Really enjoyed how far Anne's arc extended for such a minor character)

- Willy the Snitch (Gotta be honest. Robia La Morte got all crazy christian and ruined Jenny Calendar forever for me.)

- Mal (This was the worst. *The* worst. Poor Gina Torres. I'm turning on you twice tonight.)

- Faith (And after I wrote a huge article all about Penny, right? Shame on me but, come one, Faith is just *awesome*. She and Darla have my favorite redemption stories.)

- Lorne (It's not easy being green but I love Lorne almost as much as I live Kermit the Frog. Sing me some Rainbow Connection, baby!)

- Darla (Best character progression ever. Period.)

- Fray (Despite the lackluster Time of Your Life arc of Season 8, she's still one of the most original and interesting characters Joss has ever created.)

Steph said...

Jonathan
River
Jenny
Mal
Faith
Spike
Darla
Fray

Matt said...

Oz
River (the '1vs16' of the region)
Jenny Calender (she died well?)
Mal
Penny
Spike
Darla
...Um Ethan Rayne, I just can't stand Fray, but I don't care for Rayne

Tara said...

ok, it's officially closed! On to part 2 of round 1! Fun times.