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Despite how I'm always claiming to be such a big fan of wolves, I have to say... I have one very
wacky and ridiculous
list. The first six choices you see here were easy enough for me to pick... it was the latter four that gave me the most trouble. Still, I'm confident in this list, though it's bound to change as time goes by.
I know a few people are probably going to point this out, so let me go ahead and mention this. Yes, I know there's an odd absence of Wolf's Rain characters on this list. I have a good reason behind this, too; I haven't actually seen the show! I've been meaning to, it's just that I haven't gotten around to it yet. So don't go getting angry at me for not including any of the characters from one of people's most beloved anime's on my list.
So, without further ado... here's my long-winded reasonings for each character I chose~
(You're going to notice rather quickly that I use the same two words quite a bit for justifying why I like the characters on this list...)
====================1 - Hokey Wolf
The Huckleberry Hound Show
It's funny to admit that one of the least-beloved Hanna-Barbera characters is one of my favorite characters, in-general. Is there any specific reason why I find him so great that others just simply do not see?
...No, not really. I just really like him.
So, how and why did I become such a big fan of Hokey? It all started with Top Cat, believe it or not. I was checking out some cartoons that involved him, and I eventually found something called "Yogi's Treasure Hunt". Sadly, Top Cat was barely in it; He'd pop up to give Yogi and friends some sort of mission, then vanish from the rest of the episode (in the rare cases he'd show up again, it was often very brief). Because of this, I lost interest in the cartoon rather quickly, since I'm not a fan of Yogi Bear or the other members in his gang (with Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss being the two exception)... but much to my surprise, the series eventually sparked my interest again when I reached episode seven. Huckleberry Hound ran into a character whom I had never seen before, and this wolf, surprisinly, acted like he actually had a brain (compared to the usual stupid antics of Yogi & friends). I also found him legitimately humorous, compared to the others who usually tried to make the viewers laugh by doing or saying something stupid. This lead me to continue watching the cartoon so I could see more of this odd character known as "Hokey Wolf"... and my interest in him just sky-rocketed from there. I eventually checked out the shorts he premeired in (and really enjoyed them), his cameo's and appearances in other HB cartoons (like Harvey Birdman), and it eventually came to the point that I enjoyed the character so much that I happily named him my favorite Hanna-Barbera characters.
So, there you have it; I really enjoy the character, he makes me laugh, I like his character design, and I think he's just plain awesome. He's also one of the main reason why I have such a strong interest in wolves nowadays, as silly as that may seem.
To hell with what other HB fans say; Hokey Wolf, you'll always be number one in my books. 2 - Ace London
Talespin (Mach One for the Gipper)
This is another character that people are going to question why I like so much. He shows up in only one episode, turns out to be a pompous jerk, gives the main character a hard time, and once he's defeated... he's never seen or even mentioned again.
But I'd still argue he's a fine character. For starters, I think he has an interesting character design, even if he's dressed in typical aviation clothing (though the outfit you see him wearing in this meme is something different I created for him). Secondly, despite his so-called "flaws" of being a pompous, self-proclaimed expert at everything (especially aviation), I like his characteristics and I think they make him very entertaining... especially when he woo's over a crowd with his charm, smooth talk, and over-exaggerated stories of all his supposed grand and heroic adventures. It's just unfortunate that he turned out to be a bad guy in the end, because he was too afraid to admit he was wrong at something.
The sad truth about Talespin is that it's dead and done with, and it's probably never going to officially
come back... but if it does somehow rise from the grave, I hope Ace makes a return.... perhaps with some redemption in his future? Unlikely, but I like to try and stay optimistic about these sorts of things...
(Though taking Disney's track record in consideration when it comes to wolves, the writers will probably make him hold an unshakable grudge, which will send him down a path of humiliation... again.
)3 - Wolf Boss
Kung Fu Panda 2
The first Kung Fu Panda is really good... the second, in my opinion, is so much better. Everything was improved, including the animation, story, music... and the villains themselves; Lord Shen, and the pack of wolves lead by Wolf Boss.
Wolf Boss, along with Lord Shen and the wolf pack, have a pretty brutal back story behind them. It's probably one of the darkest and bloodiest events the Dreamworks Animation department has ever come up with... though I won't say what it is, in case some of you haven't seen the film. In my opinion, this alone makes Wolf Boss a stand-out character... though despite that, he's not as blood-thirsty evil as you'd expect. He can be a bit whimsical at times (though still kinda scary), and he completely objects to the idea of sacrificing even one of his own... which proves that he does have some slight decency in him. I'd dare say that makes him one of the more interesting Dreamworks villains, and a good character in-general (even if he is a bit cliche'-evil wolf). His awesome character design helps in this equation, too.
(It's funny to think that when the movie was first being worked on, he was originally going to be a bird...)4 - Big Bad Wolf
Looney Tunes - "The Three Little Bops", The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie
This might be a bold claim, but I think this is one of the better Big Bad Wolves you'll find in any cartoon. The dude is just great, has a great and unique character design, and is a part of one of those rare Looney Tunes shorts I can watch all the time, simply because he's just so enjoyable to watch.
But you know what's kind of amazing? In a sense, this is one of the rare cases where all the trouble was started by the pigs themselves. Sure, the wolf forced himself into their group, but he didn't do it with any sort of animosity... the pigs themselves just shrugged their shoulders and allowed him to stay. However, when the pigs soon found out he couldn't play his instrument, they literally picked him up and violently booted him out... aka, told him to "Get lost". That was what started the chain of events for the pigs in this altered fable... so I suppose it's a case of whom you find is the more sympathetic party; the wolf, who just wanted to join the band but was booted out and humiliated, or the pigs, who had to go through losing two buildings because the wolf wanted revenge for said humiliation.
(Or perhaps I'm just looking too deeply into this so I can give the "Big Bad" wolf an excuse for his actions for once.
)5 - Amaterasu
Okami (PS2, Wii, PS3)
There's a lot to love about Okami, and there's a lot to like about it's protagonist, too. Amaterasu is a God-like wolf, and the spirit of the sun, if memory serves me correctly.
...I wish I could say more, but sadly, I just can't remember that much about the game (it's been a while since I've played it, and I've only gone through it once). I do remember really liking Amaterasu though, because she's generally just an awesome character with an excellent character design... and that she's proof wolves aren't the evil abominations most stories portray them out to be.
(Seems I really need to go back and reply this game again...)6 - Wolf Link
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
If you were to ask me, I'd say this is a game that gets a lot of unnecessary flak. It's amazing to think that after Wind Waker, fans demanded a Zelda game more akin to Ocarina of Time, and that's exactly what Nintendo gave them... but once they got it, the fans pulled a 180 and claimed it was "Too much like Ocarina of Time
and berated Twilight Princess because of it. Nintendo listened to the fans again, and created the next game (Skyward Sword) with that criticisms in mind... but then the fans pulled a 180 AGAIN and said "this game sucks, we want a game more like Ocarina of Time". This is perfect proof why companies should never listen to their fans.
Anyhoo, I'll admit that when it comes to the mechanics and overall usefulness of Link's wolf form... he's definitely not the best thing about Twilight Princess. Still, despite how he can become somewhat obsolete after a certain point, I found Wolf Link to be an enjoyable part of the game. Besides that, I really like his overall character design, and I really do believe there's a genuine awesome-factor associated with Wolf Link.
(I was going to put Wolf Link above Amaterasu, but I decided not to because of the whole "Becoming a bit obsolete after a while" problem. Had Nintendo actually integrated some upgrades for the Wolf form and made him more useful in combat, I think people would've liked him more... but why use Wolf Link to defeat the final boss' second form in six or more rounds, when you can just use Link's human form + Master Sword and have it finished in two? THAT'S the problem that plagued Wolf Link... that, and many doors couldn't be opened while in wolf form, and treasure chests just changed you back into a human before you opened them. The game practically gives you too many reasons to stay OUT of wolf form, even if you wanted to remain in it.)7 - Ty the Tasmanian Tiger
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger (video game series)
........wait, "Tiger"? On a list of Wolves??? FreezingIceKirby, you must be mad!!
Well wait, hold on a second! Let me explain ...
After replaying Ty's first game a couple months ago, I started to wonder about something; this Tasmanian Tiger protagonist is pretty cool and all, but is there such a thing as a Tasmanian Wolf? I decided to head to Google to look them up, and I came across an article about an animal species known as "Thylacine".
...But wait, Ty himself is a Thylacine! If Tasmanian Wolf and Thylacine is the same thing, then where does Tasmanian Tiger fit into all of this? Well, reading on in that article, I discovered that "Tasmanian Tiger" is actually just a nickname people gave them because of the stripes on their back... they're not actually tigers at all!
So, there you have it; Tasmanian Tiger is a nickname for Thylacine, and Thylacines are actually Tasmanian Wolves... therefore, Ty completely qualifies to be on this list! To think, I was playing as a wolf in the Ty games the entire time and never realized it! Of course, Ty the Tasmanian Wolf doesn't have as nice of a ring to it, so I suppose that's why they opted for the nickname instead.
(And since I haven't mentioned those two words enough yet, yes, I also like his character design... even before discovering his wolfy background. But besides that, I just genuinely like the character... even if some of his catchphrases in the first game become quite grating after a while...)8 - Nack the Weasel
Sonic Comics (and other things, I think)
"Dammit, FreezingIceKirby, you did it again! Weasels aren't wolves, you nitwit!! What, is there some !@#$ing previously-unknown alternate name for weasels, and weasel is actually a nickna-
Now, wait, wait, wait! Nack is a wolf, I assure you! Well, okay, he's only half wolf... Seriously, I'm not making this up! Take a look, if you don't believe me;archiesonic.wikia.com/wiki/Nac…
Of course, I'm not entirely sure if this whole "Weasel/Wolf Hybrid" thing is still canonical or if Sega did away with it... and considering Nack hasn't been in a game in over a decade (the posters in Sonic Generations and any fan-related material don't count), I suppose we'll never official know until Sega actually acknowledges him again (and I wouldn't hold my breath on that one... though there's always a chance he could show up in Sonic: Lost World! Doubtful...
). From what I do know, he is quite active in the Sonic the Hedgehog comics... though I haven't looked at any of them in a long time, so I don't know if he's still causing mischief or not.
(And yes, I like his character design... because I haven't said those two words enough yet.
)9 - Pablo the Silhouette Werewolf
Silhouette Mirage (PSX, PSN)
There's really not a whole lot I can say about this guy, considering he makes up such a small portion of the game. He's only seen one time, and that's as a boss fight. Still, his encounter is a pretty unique one, since depending on how you fight him, you can get three different outcomes when you defeat him. Sadly, the story progresses the exact same way regardless of how you defeat him, so while the effort is appreciated, it's all sorta wasted (since most people won't even realize you can defeat him through other methods).
But other than that, despite how anime he looks, I really like his character design. His boss fight is also pretty fun, and I just generally think this character is cool. He makes for a pretty good wolf, too. 10 - Caius Qualls (Lycanth Form)
Tales of the Tempest
There's a lot you can say about Tales of the Tempest... and most of it probably won't be very pleasant. Tempest is, according to most fans, easily the worst out of the series, and it's not hard to see why (and in many cases, I agree with the criticism).
But hey, not everything about the game is terrible! The characters aren't half bad, though if the story had actually been good (and not somewhat of a rip-off of Full Metal Alchemist), perhaps they would've been far more enjoyable. Still, the main character himself isn't too bad. Though it'll be hard for some to see my point, it is possible to feel kinda bad for ol' Caius; the guy goes through parents like candy, he's a half-breed, and he lives in a world where people would rather kill Lycanth's instead of live among them. The guy has it tough, but at least he's got some friends to help the journal go a little bit easier.
There's a few reasons why I like Caius' Lycanth form. First off, like usual, I really like the character design; not too anime, but not too ridiculous, either. No doubt some won't be able to take his design seriously (especially those odd paw shoes of his... though I have to admit, I actually kinda like them
), but I think he makes for a pretty cool-looking werewolf (though I kinda wish he had a tail). Secondly, he turned a boring and repetitive game into something somewhat
tolerable. Lycanths are powerful, and Caius is no exception. He turned enemies and bosses into total chumps, which reduced down the overall frustration and tedium of Tempest at the exchange of a few magic-restoring items (which are easy to buy and/or come by). That alone made me like the character over the rest (which is why I never used anyone else but him)... but of course, being a werewolf helped influence this decision, too.
If you want to check out the character for yourself, I recommend watching some playthroughs of Tempest on Youtube. Don't check out the game itself... trust me, it's not worth it. Only play it if you're a Tales fan, or you like punishing yourself with bad games. (You can also check out Caius in some game called "Tales of the World 3"... but I don't know anything about it, so I don't know how much he's involved in it.)
Honorable mentions~Grey Wolf
- Ivan Tzarevish and the Grey Wolf
I so wanted this character on the list (I even had him as my #10 spot, before replacing him with Caius)... but because I've never actually seen the movie he's from, I felt it wasn't exactly fair, so I decided against it. From what little I have seen of the movie, this character seems quite awesome... so I'm bound to put him back on the list whenever I do finally watch it. (Damn Russian DVD doesn't have English subtitles...
- Tales of Vesperia
Another character I really wanted on the list... but truth be told, I'm not exactly sure if he's a wolf. Yuri always refers to him as a dog, but Repede looks absolutely nothing like the other dogs in the game. Maybe it's because his character design is a bit too anime to really tell, but a part of me still believes he's a wolf. But... I can't completely confirm that, so I decided not to put him on the list.
(If I had put him on the list, I'd probably put him between Ty the Tasmanian
Wolf and Nack.)Big Bad Wolf
- Looney Tunes (Little Red Riding Rabbit)
Another who was going to take up the #10 spot. I decided against him for no particular reason. Wolf
- Young Justice
If this had been a Top 15 list, I probably would've found room for him. But I think the show itself made me care a bit less about him, because season two practically threw him to the side and forgot all about him most of the time (and when the show did finally remember him, he was often just a punching bag for the bad guys). Wolf
- Bust-a-Move: BASH!
Felt he was a bit too generic to put on the list... besides, there's just not a whole lot you can say about him. I still think he's kinda cool though, and I always use him whenever I play the game (which is... hardly ever, anymore...).
(There's some others, but this description is long enough...)