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50 years ago today, 22-year-old challenger Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) battered the heavily favored heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in a bout that shook the boxing world. The fight ignited the career of one of sports’ most charismatic and controversial figures, whose bouts often became social and political events rather than simply sports contests. (Neil Leifer/SI)

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a moment of appreciation for characters who lack tact with their words and emotions.

the characters that aren’t afraid to tell you straight-up what they think.

the characters who are abrasive and aren’t afraid to follow through on threats.

the characters who when someone hits, they hit back harder.

the characters who hold a confrontational front because like fuck they’re gonna be someone’s punching bag.

and the characters who, no matter what, refuse to let themselves bend, bow, or break.

LET ME TELL YOU WHY THE FEMALE CHAMPIONS OF POKEMON ARE PROBABLY THE GREATEST CHARACTERS IN THE ANIME

They’re fricking fabulous 

Badass,

have amazing pokemon,

and are adorable as fuck.

And what do they do in their spare time? Oh yeah,

Discover the secrets of pokemon’s origins

and make multi-billion pokedollar movies.