Fight to The Death is an ongoing feature where staffers and readers get to vote and explain why one film is better than the other OR whether one fictional character would be able to kill another. This month’s featured rumble is The Action Movie Hero Tournament.
32 of cinema’s most famous Action Movie Heroes are going toe to toe this month to see which one reigns supreme.
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Notes: No superheroes and no villains. I avoided all of the Marvel/DC people and I only used CHARACTER names for the tournament. That’s why you won’t see “Bruce Lee” on this list – you’ll see “Chen Zhen” instead, which is a famous action movie hero character he (and other famous actors) portrayed in the films etc.
Disclaimer: It was REALLY difficult to focus on just ‘movie characters’ over actors and actresses in general and that’s why amazing action performers like Tony Jaa, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron etc just barely missed the final cut.
There will be one battle every day until the winner is crowned – so check our TWITTER and FACEBOOK pages for LIVE UPDATES (however the tournament bracket will be updated with results every few days with commentary right here in this article on the battle progress with voter tallies and more! **Follow the action daily with the hashtag #FightToTheDeath
March 5, 2019
Ethan Hunt Vs. James Bond
After Mission Impossible: Fallout, I started going around saying how Ethan Hunt was better than James Bond and now I’m eating my words as the people have spoken and they were NOT in agreement. Bond won the opening battle handily with almost 70% of the votes in his favour. I still haven’t even watched the last Bond movie because Daniel Craig annoyed me so much by acting like a depressed douchebag promoting the damn thing. But — the legacy speaks for itself — and I have to respect that.
John McClane Vs. Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones kicked Die Hard’s ass. Sorry Mr. McClane but you couldn’t yippee ki yay your way out of Indy’s bullwhip as it strangles the life from you. Not to mention Indiana Jones is immortal now isn’t he? Did they ever address the fact that he drank FROM THE HOLY GRAIL AND WILL NOT DIE OF OLD AGE ANYMORE?!?! Indiana is life eternal and he won with 60% of the votes.
Snake Plissken Vs. Harry Callahan
This was surprisingly the closest battle so far, with Dirty Harry himself in a dead heat with Escape From Wherever specialist Snake Plissken hanging in there for the longest time, much to my delight even though I would have voted Harry all day long — it was a welcome surprise to see the fans’ love for Kurt Russell’s iconic Snake. In the end, Harry pulled out his big, shiny 44 and blew Snake’s face off with just over 50% of the votes because that’s how cops rolled back in the 80’s. And the 2010’s.
John Rambo Vs. Max Rockatansky
I’m kind of shocked and elated to see that Mad Max Rockatansky has pulled off one of the biggest upset victories in the history of #FightToTheDeath by narrowing out Rambo himself with 55% of the votes. I love both franchises but I’m a sucker for that post-apocalyptic and consider Fury Road to be one of the greatest works of art in the history of cinema, so Mad Max for me will always win over Rambo, but I honestly thought that Stallone was a frontrunner to win the whole damn tournament. I was wrong.
March 13, 2019
John Wick Vs. Jason Bourne
Sorry Matt Damon – with over 60% of the votes, John Wick just delivered his most infamous headshot yet as he moves onto the next round. This one was actually closer than I assumed it would be, as even though the Bourne franchise has been around for a long time now, John Wick has a lotta love from action fans with two incredible films and a highly anticipated third one coming out very soon. I approve of this outcome.
Selene Vs. Katniss Everdeen
This was a very unexpected blowout in favour of Kate Beckinsale’s vampiric Underworld hero Selene as she destroyed Katniss from the Hunger Games, with well over 75% of the votes. I didn’t see that one coming at all, but then again when I did the Horror Film Franchise tournament last Fall, Underworld exceeded my expectations in a big way. People love them some Underworld and I can’t disagree.
Han Solo Vs. Luke Skywalker
Oh we’re getting into some Star Wars territory? You bet that ass we are – action isn’t limited to the confines of Earth! Luke – the chosen one, the last Jedi, managed to defeat Han Solo with 60% of the votes, ensuring we won’t see Harrison Ford trying to kill Harrison Ford in the semi-final… This is a sad, sad day…
Alice Vs. Lara Croft
The battle of the videogame adaptation vixens – Resident Evil versus Tomb Raider. Alice mangled Lara Croft with almost 80% of the total votes. Again – this one shocked me, as I didn’t think Alice had the name recognition that would draw votes like Lara Croft. There’s still a lot of love for Milla Jovovich and those six – YES SIX – movies she starred in that were based on the most famous action-horror gaming franchise of all time.
Ellen Ripley Vs. Sarah Connor
The hero who took down the Alien Queen or the warrior fighting to prevent a cybernetic apocalypse? After an early and steady lead that lasted most of the day, Sarah Connor wound up eventually losing to Ellen Ripley who took the victory with just under 60% of the votes in a battle that I would die to see play out in any way possible on the bigscreen. Alien WON our Horror Film Franchise tournament last October and I wouldn’t be shocked to see Ripley win this entire damn tourney either. Sigourney Weaver is the GOAT.
Neo Vs. The Terminator
Keanu versus Arnold – the clash of the shades. I’m a little bit disappointed that after The Terminator’s win here with almost 60% of the total votes, we won’t be seeing a Keanu only finale and that’s something that we can only dare to dream be a possibility one day… Some day. In a perfect world. Maybe we will be more deserving of such things in another lifetime. That being said – I approve of T-1000 taking the win here. The Terminator franchise is stronger than The Matrix overall so this just makes sense.
James T. Kirk Vs. John Shaft
The closest battle of the entire tournament so far and the clash that had by far the most votes counted on our Facebook page – with the winner being determined by ONE VOTE. ONE FREAKING VOTE. John Shaft is the victor, and yes in this tournament we are counting BOTH Samuel L. Jackson AND Ernest Tidyman‘s cinematic performances over the years (Same way we were counting William Shatner and Chris Pine for Captain Kirk). I’m shocked by this one but I’m also pleasantly surprised. PS: I cannot wait for that new Shaft movie – it’s more shaft than we can handle internet! MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE!!!
Hit Girl Vs. The Bride
Uma Thurman can’t stop, won’t stop KILLING US ALL. Kill Bill’s The Bride won this match handily with almost 80% of the total votes, putting a sad end to the little C-bomb dropping Kick-Ass vigilante. I’m happy with this decision although I love both franchises and I honestly don’t know who would win in an actual battle but I do know I’d love to see it somehow. In a perfect world someone would make a comic about this shit and complete me.