russian villains

European representation in American media

Italians: Mafia bosses, criminals, uneducated immigrants

Germans: Nazis, evil scientists

Austrians: Germans

Spaniards: Spain is a country? I thought it was a language

Portugal: ???

Russians: mobsters, villains in superhero movies, Evil Communists unless it’s some Stalingrad movie

Eastern Europeans: poor, violent, petty criminals, mobsters, communists

Slavs: Eastern Europeans

Dutch: idk, weed? Serena Van Der Woodsen? 

Belgians: lol what is that

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania: lmfao

Greeks: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Northern Europe: Asgard

British: educated gentlemen that never get drunk or into pub fights

Irish: mobsters, poor immigrants, sometimes terrorists

French: rude yet romantic people speaking a sexy language, Les Miserables

Icelanders: wut

Swiss: they take good care of main characters’ money

Maltese: haha 

Cypriots: …

Rest in peace, Ivan Koloff
[1942 - 2017]

Earlier this week, it was announced that the former WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Ivan Koloff was dealing with some heavy medical issues. Unfortunately, Ivan has lost that fight, as he passed away early this morning. He was 74.

The man known as “The Russian Bear” actually got his start in his homeland of Canada, where he began his career in the early 1960s as Red McNulty, an Irish hooligan character. After gaining some experience, Koloff traveled to Japan where he honed his craft before returning to Canada as Ivan Koloff, a Russian villain from the Ukraine. In 1969, Koloff debuted in the World Wide Wrestling Federation, managed by Captain Lou Albano and becoming one of the biggest stars in the company. Koloff’s target was the WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino, who was the biggest hero the company heralded. After feuding with Sammartino for some time, on January 18th, 1971, Koloff defeated Sammartino in Madison Square Garden for the WWWF Championship with a knee drop from the top rope, ending Sammartino’s 2,803 reign as champion!

Koloff holds the distinction of being one of the company’s most promiment main event villains, having wrestled championship matches against Sammartino, Pedro Morales, Superstar Billy Graham, and Bob Backlund and being one of only two men to have challenged all four fan favorite champions. Koloff was also the first opponent to ever challenge for the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship in a steel cage match. Outside of the WWWF, Koloff also found success as a tag team specialist, teaming with Nikita Koloff and/or Krusher Krushev in a team often referred to as The Russians.

Koloff traveled through the 70s and 80s as a journeyman superstar, wrestling in Georgia, Florida, and the Mid-Atlantic territories for the NWA, capturing the NWA World Tag Team Championships in 1981 with partner Ray Stevens. This was only one of several reigns Koloff would have as a tag team champion, having also captured the titles with such wrestlers as Nikita, Pat Patterson, and Ole Anderson. In 1992, Koloff wrestled in the very first ECW card, as well as the first Smoky Mountain Wrestling television taping.

To say that Ivan Koloff had a successful wrestling career would be an understatement. He was a career heel, working dilligently through every notable company and with a “who’s who” of talent in his 30+ year career. Ivan was a wrestler’s wrestler, a good hand, and a talent who could make even the most bland superstar look like a million bucks. Rest in peace, Ivan Koloff.

Can we just take a minute to appreaciate female character design in Overwatch?

Like seriously, we have these playable characters:


- A girl who is the world’s top 1 e-sports player - I can’t even begin to describe how awesome this is, considering that in real life, women are almost always considered to be worse players than men and there has literally never been a mixed-gender team in any e-sport I’ve seen so far. Women even have their own separate tournaments. I haven’t seen a girl compete at a truly professional level in any game, let alone be #1 in it.

- The world’s strongest woman, who on top of that sacrificed her athletic success to fight for her family and home. Also, she’s Russian. Don’t know about you, but I’m pretty tired of “Russians are the villains” trope, in both videogames and movies. Zarya is a nice change.

- A woman who is presented as sexy, and it is basically justified in the lore why she is this way, unlike most games who don’t even attempt to. Even StarCraft’s Kerrigan had some questionable design decisions, as much as I loved her in both lore and design perspectives (high heels on a zerg tho? are you for real?)

- TWO women who are considered to be some of the world’s best scientists in their fields. One of them made a medical breakthrough which helped with treatment of many critical injuries and illnesses; the other made breakthroughs in climate manipulation and continues working on preserving the planet’s ecosystem when nobody else does.

- A woman who was one of the most loved leaders in the Egyptian army and who is most altruistic in her desire to serve the greater good and make the world a better place.

- A woman who is assumed to be autistic, yet she was one of the best students in her field and had a very unique approach to how she worked, which is why it was her who was chosen to work on special assignments (for a lawful-evil corporation, but regardless) due to her potential.

- A woman who, before the game takes place, was one of Overwatch’s best pilots to the extent that she was hand-picked to fly an experimental prototype fighter from Overwatch. Despite the traumatising event she suffered, she remains an “irrepressible force for good” and always keeps a positive approach. Also, she’s the poster girl. Can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a girl represent an AAA videogame, aside from Tomb Raider, maybe.


In addition, all of these women have diverse races, nationalities, body shapes and personalities.

And finally, NONE of these women have to be in a relationship with one of the game’s males to be an interesting and appreciated character.

Thank you for this one, Blizzard.

anonymous asked:

Theres also the British accented villain stereotype!

yeah it’s a common villain sterotype! but not harmful like the russian villain one. britain has a lot of desirable sterotypes as well and overall a positive connotation in american media, where as russians are basically only ever shown as evil 

Kurt Hendricks, the Swedish-Russian villain in the fourth Mission: Impossible installment, is a bad guy straight out of the 1980s: He’s rich, ominously foreign, and wants to start a nuclear war between the United States and Russia.

To do this, he acquires a nuclear launch control device, which we’ll assume is code named “Joshua” and can be deactivated by forcing it to play a game of tic-tac-toe. During the climax, Hendricks uses the device to fire a Russian nuclear missile at San Francisco before tucking the device inside his briefcase. Ethan Hunt chases Hendricks to the upper level of a parking garage, where, with only minutes left until the missile strikes, Hunt barks out, “I’M TAKING THAT BRIEFCASE.” Hendricks responds in the only way he logically can: by leaping several stories to his death, taking the briefcase with him.

Couldn’t he have just, you know, tossed the briefcase down there? There was no reason to toss himself along with it, unless his feelings were just really, really hurt by Hunt’s rude outburst.

Hendricks’ strategy is to keep Hunt away from the device long enough for the missile to strike San Francisco. He’s willing to sacrifice his own life for this plan, which is commendable, but also entirely pointless. Hunt doesn’t care about catching Hendricks at this point, he just cares about the device – Hendricks could have simply thrown the briefcase down there and tucked away a few levels of Candy Crush while Hunt sprinted off to try to catch the thing in time.

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