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Sick of the Tifa hate?

Since her introduction, Tifa has received an extremely positive reaction from both critics and fans

In 2000 - GameSpot readers voted her as the fifth best female character in video games, with the site’s editors noting they agreed.

Here’s just a few about what was said about Tifa. 

“A lot of people think that because she has a big chest means that she is just a sex object. Wrong. She is a complex and beautiful character whose willpower helps Cloud to overcome his enemies and finally lets her show her true feelings for him, after keeping them bottled up since childhood.” -Kenan Alpay

The strength of a lion and the heart of a dove. She can kick butt and assemble the pieces of the most fragmented mind, both at the same time. Says something about her, doesn’t it?” -Peter H.

“Tifa or Aeris? It was a tough call, but in the end I always thought Tifa was the best. Though insecure about herself at times, she could kick the hell out of any monster with her fantastic limit breaks, and she stood by Cloud until the end no matter what. And she’s truly the most ‘alive’ female character in any computer game I’ve ever played.” -Erling Hagen

She emotionally pushed the game along, providing many hints, and she was powerful.” -Sean Wheeler

Despite everything that has happened to her, Tifa was always the strong central link that kept Cloud going. With Sephiroth killing her father, that further made her determined to become strong to eventually face him and help defeat him. Before the destruction of Sector 7, she owned her own business (the bar), which isn’t an easy venture. She is an accomplished martial artist studying under Master Zangan. So if anyone ever says that Tifa is a weak character, they should really play Final Fantasy VII and realize just how strong she truly is.” -Galen Henderson

As tough as Ms. Croft, yet emotional like Aeris, Tifa is the perfect balance. She looks right at home punching out enemies or sitting on the water tower stargazing with Cloud. None of the other candidates has such a sweet blend of everything you could ever ask for in a female companion.” -Pascal Van Pul

Let’s move on 

In 2001 - In 2001, The Beaumont Enterprise cited Tifa as an example of a strong female character in video games in the wake of Lara Croft’s introduction.

In 2004 -  Play featured Tifa in the first issue of their Girls of Gaming annual periodical, describing her as “the most adored female in recent history.”

In 2007- Tifa was named the eighth best character of all time in Dengeki PlayStation '​s retrospective awards feature about the originalPlayStation, the third highest ranked character from Final Fantasy VII.

That same year, Tom’s Hardware listed her as one of the 50 greatest female characters in video game history, describing her as “one of the more richly drawn and intricate female characters around.”

In 2008 -UGOlisted her as one of the top “girls of gaming”, placing her at number five, and stating a preference for her over Aerith, adding “Tifa’s outfit is a marvel of understatement – but it’s her natural assets and unforgettable personality that earn her a spot on this list.”

That same year, Chip ranked her as the tenth top “girl of gaming”

In 2008 -  Joystiq named her their top pick out of 20 characters from the Final Fantasy franchise they wished to see in Square Enix’s crossover fighting game Dissidia Final Fantasy, describing her as one of the series’ “greatest heroines.”

 IGN listed Tifa as the 13th best Final Fantasy character of all time in 2008, describing her as an attempt by Square to “give Final Fantasycharacters real sex appeal,” and someone who “could take care of herself in a pinch”

 In a 2009 - IGN article focusing solely on Final Fantasy VII characters, Tifa placed fourth, with a comment that while her sex appeal contributes to her popularity, “Tifa helped drive a tradition of tough, independent RPG heroines.”

In 2009 -  IGN named Tifa one of the ten best heroines in gaming, describing her as “without a doubt, a legendary heroine of the Final Fantasy universe.

 In 2010 - a poll by Famitsu named her the 19th most popular video game character by Japanese audiences.

In 2010 - Mania Entertainment placed her tenth in the list of “video game women that kick ass,” stating that while subsequent games in the Final Fantasyseries introduced other memorable female characters, “Tifa is our first Final Fantasy girl and holds a special place in our hearts.”

 In 2013 - Complex ranked her as the 13th greatest heroine in video game history. 

In 2013 -  In 2013, Gus Turner of Complex ranked Tifa as the 12th greatest Final Fantasy character of all time, stating that “next to Lara Croft and Samus, Tifa Lockhart stands out as one of gaming’s most independent and empowered females ever.”

Also with Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade. 

Square Enix also held a survey for the game’s two year anniversary in Japan and asked players to vote on their favorite Final Fantasy heroine.

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Spawn is a fictional character, an antihero that appears in a monthly comic book of the same name published by Image Comics. Created by Todd McFarlane, the character first appeared in Spawn #1 (May 1992). Spawn was ranked 60th on Wizard magazine’s list of the Top 200 Comic Book Characters of All Time, 50th on Empire magazine’s list of The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters and 36th on IGN’s 2011 Top 100 Comic Book Heroes.

Spawn enjoyed considerable popularity upon its initial release in the 1990s. Comic book collecting was enjoying a marked upswing at the time, fueled by the speculator boom looking for the next hot book that would jump in value after its release. McFarlane had enjoyed superstar status among comic fans with his work on Spider-Man, which had featured McFarlane’s name prominently as both writer and artist. McFarlane’s subsequent break with Marvel and the formation of Image Comics was seen by many as a sea-change event, changing the very way in which comics were produced. Wizard, on May 2008, rated “The Launch of Image Comics” as No.1 in the list of events that rocked the Comic Industry from 1991 to 2008.

The first issue of Spawn was very popular with sales of 1.7 million copies. During Spawn’s second year of publication, Wizard noted that “The top dog at Image is undoubtedly Todd McFarlane's Spawn, which, without the added marketing push of fancy covers, polybagged issues, or card inserts has become the best-selling comic on a consistent basis that is currently being published.” Sales slumped around the time of Spawn #25, but by Spawn #45 it was again a consistently strong seller.

The popularity of the franchise peaked with the 1997 Spawn feature film, the pre-release publicity for which helped make Spawn the top selling comic book for May 1997; in addition, the spin-off Curse of the Spawn #9 came in at fifth best-selling for the same month. However, the film was only a mild commercial success and failed to start a film franchise based on the character. A 2008 issue, Spawn #174, ranked 99th best-selling comic of the month with retail orders of 22,667. In October 2008, Issue #185, which marked both a new creative direction and Todd McFarlane’s return to the book, sold out at the distribution level and received a second printing. By issue #191 in May 2009, with estimated sales of 19,803 copies, Spawn had dropped below Top 100 titles sold monthly to comic shops as reported by Diamond Comic Distributors. As of August 2010 Spawn no longer was ranked in the top 300 sales figures chart reported by Diamond Comic Distributors. On the day of its release in 2011, Issue #200 sold out. This issue featured work by Greg Capullo, David Finch, Michael Golden, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Marc Silvestri, Danny Miki, and Ashley Wood. A second printing was released the next month. Despite its remarkable sales, it received a negative review from IGN.

Origin

Albert FrancisAlSimmons (Lt. Colonel, USMC-Ret.), born in Detroit Michigan, was a highly trained Force Recon Marine who was at his most successful point when he saved the President from an attempted assassination. He was promoted to a high level and recruited to a highly classified unit within the CIA devoted to black ops. Once there, he began to question the morality of what his agency was doing.

Jason Wynn hired Bruce Stinson (codenamed Chapel), Simmons’ friend and partner, to kill him. In a blazing inferno, Simmons was killed and his soul sent to Hell because he had knowingly killed innocents while working for the CIA.

Simmons made a deal with an evil being known as Malebolgia: in exchange for his soul, he would get to see once again his wife, Wanda. However, when Simmons returned to the human world, five years had passed, and he had been transformed into a demonic creature with little memory of his former life. After regaining his memories, he sought out his wife, only to find she had moved on and married his best friend, Terry Fitzgerald, and that they now had a daughter named Cyan.

After this event, the Violator appeared and revealed to Simmons the purpose of his resurrection. They fought, but the battle was interrupted by Malebolgia