Monday, May 6, 2013

Animated Joker and Harley Quinn vs. The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend

Episode 20, where Peat explains the joke to Pyg and gets chucked out the window.

Batman: the Animated Series is the gold standard of cartoons, so much better than the Jetsons. Well, except that episode where Rosie murdered Elroy's parents and Elroy became the Dark Sprite. Oh wait, that's just our slash fic. Jetsons still suck. Anyway, Batman: TAS gave the world Mark Hamill as the Joker and introduced Harley Quinn to the world. These two are the icons of villainy, deadly and crazy in equal amounts, and have taken the Batman to the brink many times. In terms of sheer importance, not much tops that.

But importance doesn't mean much in a fight, and time has given the world another iconic villain couple: The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend from Adult Swim's The Venture Bros. The Monarch might not match up against the Joker in terms of insanity, but he makes up for it in terms of firepower and skill. When paired up with the beautiful and dangerous Dr. Girlfriend, the two make a formidable pair. Monarch has killed a number of super scientists, but that's not the same as killing the Clown Prince of Crime.

Peat Ski, atoning for taking sides against the Venture Bros. in a previous episode, represents the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend. He thinks that time has not been kind to animated Joker and Harley and that modernity and maturity are on his side. Pyg goes classic and defends the Joker and Harley Quinn, holding the position that a team that has ruined the Batman's life is on a different plane than the archenemy of a failed legacy scientist.

It's a deadly double date of death between the two premiere super villain power couples. Who will walk away with the blood covered prom king sash?


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