Welcome to Character Progression. Where, each week, you tell the world about the fictional characters who've had the greatest impact on your life and how they inspire you. Thank you for listening!
46. Character Progression - Kaldur'ahm from DC Comics' Young Justice (Yves Mills)
In 1964, DC Comics created the Teen Titans when Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, and Wonder Girl decided to form a team of their own. Stepping out of the shadows of Batman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman, the team has remained a mainstay of the DC publishing library and has spun off into multiple televised iterations. And while Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go concentrate on the New Teen Titans line-up, Young Justice decided to branch out by giving Aquaman a brand new sidekick. Kaldur'ahm is brave, powerful, and self-assured. All reasons why he was promoted to be the team's first leader. Torn between the surface and the seas, Kaldur is the son of one of Aquaman's greatest villains, bisexual, black, and proof that representation matters!
45. Character Progression - Uncle Iroh from Nickelodeon's Avatar: the Last Airbender (Chris Allen)
The first time I covered Uncle Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender, we looked at the perspective of a kid growing up with his lessons. Today, we see how it was to experience them when you're already an adult. Seeing his sacrifices for the Fire Nation, his relationship with Zuko 's father, the Fire Lord, and his love of tea taught today's guest how to listening can be more important than speaking and how learning about each other with respect can make the entire world a better place to live in for us all!
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44. NewNerdNormal - Superman
Last son of Krypton, Man of Steel, mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet in Metropolis. Clark Kent is known by many names, but all throughout the universe know him by one in particular...Superman. Kal-El fights a never ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way. Alongside allies like the Justice League, he strives to protect his adopted home world of Earth. So that if villains like Lex Luthor or Darkseid are somehow about to defeat him, they will never defeat what he has inspired in all of humanity. With HBO Max preparing to release the Snyder Cut, this felt like the perfect opportunity to talk about the hero who brought about the entire DC Comics universe, Superman!
43. Pod Pilot - Anime (Chris Allen)
One of the few things that match the only thing that matches the diverse nature of anime is how beloved & influential it is worldwide. From old favorites like Dragon Ball Z and Cowboy Bebop to newer series like Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia, and Aggretsuko, there is a massive passion from so many people for Japanese animation. And with shows like Naruto and Inuyasha getting sequels, One Piece nearing 1,000 episodes, and Sailor Moon continuing to captivate fans of all ages and genders, it doesn't look like that will be changing anytime soon!
42. Character Progression - SpongeBob SquarePants from Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants (John Mulcahy)
Nicktoons have a long and celebrated history as some of the most influential cartoons for kids born from the 1980's through today. From the original three of Doug, Rugrats, and Red & Stimpy. To newer inclusions like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Winx Club. But right in the middle of those two extremes was an era of classics! With shows like Invader Zim, Fairly Odd Parents, and one of the most popular Nickelodeon stv shows of all time, SpongeBob SquarePants! This Sponge took America (and the world) by storm! With his friends like Patrick and Sandy, his foils Plankton and Squidward, his job with Mr. Krabs at the Krusty Krab, Mermaid Man, Barnacle Boy, Gary, Larry the Lobster, Karen, and a host of other beloved characters. SpongeBob approaches every day and task with love for those around him, love for himself, and a love for life that is absolutely infectious!