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Something Wicked this Way Comes. Bracket Battle III: The Villains.

Level 12

Double double, toil and trouble… Something wicked this way comes. Our third annual Bracket Battle is upon us.

Mwuh huh huh huh ha!

On March 23, thirty-three infamous individuals begin the battle to rip worlds apart and crush each other until only one remains as the most despicable of all time. It’s VILLAINS time, people!

These head-to-head, villain-versus-villain matchups should once again spark controversy. Trust us… every year, we get something stirred up – whether is it the absence of someone, or the overrating of another. Y’all are a hard group to please!

We have included a wide range of our worst enemies, including cunning and depraved villains who have tried to rule Middle-earth, Castle Greyskull, Asgard, Springfield and beyond. Draw your weapons; it’s time to decide:

  • Demi-god or Immortal?
  • Lightsaber or Wand?
  • Clown Prince or Dr. Fava Bean?
  • The Dragon versus The Ring?

We came up with the field and decided where we would start, but the power is yours to decide who will be foiled again and which single scoundrel, in the end, will rule them all.

But, in a twist no one saw coming, we are changing things up this year.  We are setting up a little trap, ummm, no… giving you a PREVIEW of the bracket today, even though voting will not begin until Monday.

Dastardly plans (AKA Rules of Engagement) are outlined below…

MATCH UP ANALYSIS

  • For each combatant, we offer links to the best Wikipedia reference page by clicking on the NAME link in bracket
  • A breakdown of each match-up is available by clicking on the VOTE link.
  • Anyone can view the bracket and the match-up descriptions, but to comment and VOTE you must be a thwack member (and logged IN). 

VOTING

  • Again, you have to be logged in to vote and debate… 
  • You may only vote ONCE for each match up
  • Once you vote on a match, click the link to return to the bracket and vote on the next match up in the series.
  • Each vote gets you 50 thwack points!  So, over the course of the entire battle you have the opportunity to rack up 1550 points.  Not too shabby…

CAMPAIGNING

  • Please feel free to campaign for your favorites and debate the merits of our match ups to your hearts content in the comments section and via twitter/Facebook/Google + etc. etc. etc.
  • We even have hashtags… #swbracketbattle and #EvilLaugh… to make it a little bit easier.
  • There will be a PDF version of the bracket available to facilitate debate with your hencemen.
  • And, if you want to post pics of your bracket predictions, we would love to see them on our Facebook page!

SCHEDULE

  • Bracket Release is TODAY
  • Every round voting will begin at 10 am CT
  • Play-in Battle OPENS March 23
  • The Mischievous round OPENS March 25
  • The Rotten round OPENS March 30
  • The Wicked round OPENS April 2
  • The Vile round OPENS April 6
  • The Diabolical Battle OPENS April 9
  • And, finally, the one true OVERLORD will be announced on APRIL 13

If you have other questions… feel free to drop them below and we will get right back with you!

So, which of these villains we love to hate can plot and scheme their way to the top of this despicable heap? Whose dastardly plans will rip apart worlds and crush humanity?

OK, we will stop our monologue and let you decide.

30 Comments
cahunt
Level 17

Awesome! #EvilLaugh#EvilLaugh

terryedwards519
Level 10

Wiki links were a good idea as I never watched "Lost" so I had no idea who Ben Linus was and my wife used to watch Buffy so I thought "The Master" was referring to the villain from that show

Jfrazier
Level 18

Excellent...this shall be fun like the last ones.

_stump
Level 12

Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Ok, I feel better. Couldn't let that line go unfinished! (Can't help it. English Major.)

jkump
Level 15

Ah something refreshing!  Excellent.

syldra
Level 12

TiffanyNels

We even have hashtags… #swbacketbattle and #EvilLaugh…

I think you dropped an "R" somewhere... check under your desk.

syldra
Level 12

Could have been a good idea to ditch Sideshow BOB and have a clean 32 contestants. He's not going to make it through the first round anyways.

TiffanyNels
Level 12

it wasn't under my desk. it was stuck to the bottom of my show.

TiffanyNels
Level 12

or shoe.

TiffanyNels
Level 12

And, it has been returned to its rightful place.

syldra
Level 12

yeah... "R" usually don't wander too far off... not like those pesky "O"...

Ok, I'll get my coat now...

Thanks for correcting this !

clubjuggle
Level 13

This looks like fun! Looking forward to voting opening in a little over an hour and a half!

roman.tatar
Level 10

I cannot find the printable version. Can you point me to PDF?

- I want to print it and have off-line battle in our office :-)

clubjuggle
Level 13

You should be able to just print this page: Bracket Battle 2015: Villains

david.eckert
Level 10

1) CTRL+PrtSrcn

2) Open Paint

3) CTRL+V

4) Crop to your liking

5) Print as PDF

Done

syldra
Level 12

The "Maniacal Laugh" category might have been better called "Unnerving Silence"...

With Darth Vader, Jason, Michael Myers and Sauron who are not of the maniacal laugh type...

And "The Shark" in "Monologue" ?

_stump
Level 12

The medusa link is broken for me.... https://thwack.solarwinds.com/polls/2122

terryedwards519
Level 10

same for me

3-25-2015 10-00-58 AM.jpg

clubjuggle
Level 13

Definitely looks to be missing. Hey TiffanyNels‌, can you help?

maria.bungau
Level 16

I'll have a look.

kurtrh
Level 13

Getting the below.

The item does not exist. It may have been deleted.

maria.bungau
Level 16

_stumpterryedwards519clubjugglekurtrh‌ give it a try now. It should be fine.

terryedwards519
Level 10

That just means they are working on it. Probably deleted it to re-add it.

terryedwards519
Level 10

maria.bungau Yes it works!!!!

clubjuggle
Level 13

It works now.

Note that the link has changed, the link in _stump‌'s post is no longer accurate. It is now .

maria.bungau
Level 16

You guys shouldn't be staring for too long into Medusa's eyes. Be careful!

clubjuggle
Level 13

Medusa: The original stoner.

cahunt
Level 17

Okay, maybe it is randomly placed or possibly just me; but... Darth Vader should be listed under the Death Grip section. Sideshow Bob under the maniacal laugh. Agent Smith & Medusa should be under Evil Eye.

syldra
Level 12

My thoughts as well... Still, if you don't mind the categories, it's still pretty interesting.

cahunt
Level 17

yes, Interesting at the least... think the match up I wanted to best see was The Shark vs. Doctor Octopus

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