April Fools everybody! Yes, it’s that time of year when we inexplicably become absolute arseholes to each other and try to perform all sorts of malicious and unfunny pranks on each other. Not that I don’t like April Fools or anything. It’s not like I was subjected to cruel tortures every year by sadistic school children, regardless of my emotional state of being. I’m not bitter or anything. *humourless laugh*.
Anyway, in celebration of this pseudo holiday hiding its evil nature by masquerading as fun, I’ve decided to compile a list of the top five “super pranksters”. This is a list of super heroes and villains who like to poke fun, set traps and generally cause chaos wherever they go.
DISCLAIMER! This list is my own personal opinion. If you don’t like it then you’re simply being difficult and you should take a long, hard look at yourself. Shame on you.
5. The Riddler
“Riddle me this, riddle me that, who else thought Jim Carrey was funny in that film? Just me? Okay. Yeah, I know it doesn’t rhyme. Sue me.”
Yep, The Riddler. Often regarded as Batman’s most intelligent adversary (which isn’t saying much. All of Batman’s detective work is summed up my him using the Bat-Computer to solve the case. It’s basically an advanced form of Google-Fu), Edward Nigma is obsessed with riddles and puzzles. No, I mean REALLY obsessed. He’s tried to commit crimes without leaving clues for Batman to solve, but he can’t. It’s a serious compulsion of his.
But he makes up for this by inventing incredibly hard to solve riddles and all sorts of question mark themed gadgets and gimmicks, frequently trapping the Dark Knight in almost impossible situations. The great thing about this character is that he doesn’t want to beat or kill Batman, he want’s to prove that he’s smarter than him. Ummm, the guy dresses up like a bat and jumps off of rooftops. I think you might have the edge on him in the brain department, mate. But it’s never enough for him as he continuously pits himself against Batman in a battle of the mind. All I know is, I’d like to see how he’d do on a game show. I think he’d win big time.
4. The Trickster
One of The Flash’s most deadly enemies (And incidentally one of the few I can stand to say aloud. I mean, Professor Zoom? Mirror Master? Captain Cold? Captain Boomerang? Seriously, why “captain”? I wasn’t aware the armed forces put emphasis on freeze guns and boomerang training.), The Trickster is a master of practical jokes where the punch line is DEATH! Well, I say death… I’m not sure he’s actually killed anyone. Okay then, the punch line is CRIME! Yeah, that’ll do.
The Trickster relies mostly on various gimmicks that can be used for nefarious purposes, such as itching powder, potato head bombs, sharpened jacks, exploding rubber chickens, exploding yo-yos, exploding spinning tops. Basically a lot of stuff that explodes. But despite all the fun and games, he’s proven to be a real pain for The Flash, and is possibly his number one foe, being featured prominently in a lot of Flash media, most notably the 1990 Flash TV series in which he was played by Mark Hamill. Hoo boy! You know he’s a cool character if Mark plays him!