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Meme of Extraordinary Gentlepersons

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I yanked this off of crotalus_atrox, who yanked it off someone else who yanked it off someone else.

Here's how it works:
1. Choose five to seven characters.
2. They may be from books, movies, comics, TV shows, games, and real life -- but no traditional superheroes.
3. They may be from any place in the universe, any time. They do not have to be from the same time/place as the orginal League.
4. You must identify the recruiter, the villain, and the leader, and there must be at least one female.
5. Optional, you may identify their main mode of transportation.

The interesting trick here is: finding characters who are that strong of archetypes. As they've had the test of time to prove strong or not, I'm going to try utilizing fictional characters who live in a world that's at least vaguely Victorian in nature.


Tarzan, Lord Greystoke
Alfred Lord Byron's Don Juan (an awfully thinly-veiled self-portrait): A somewhat more mature, clubfooted Don Juan would perhaps make a good leader, too: I did my crazy bit at Missilonghi and now, I will counsel folks to not make the same dumb mistakes I did.
Springheeled Jack (a.k.a. Jumpin' Jack Flash). Jack would be a good fit for the invisible man's role, as Jack was a lecherous demon who would grope women in the East End, and then leap onto the roof of a building to escape before the police could arrest him. Springheeled Jack also stopped what he was up to about... 8 months before Jack the Ripper started what he got up to. Funny how that works, huh?
Mycroft Holmes (the brighter older brother of Sherlock)
Alice Pleasance Liddell, who as a girl had adventures involving a rabbit hole, and then a looking-glass. I think that she would make an interesting villain.
Gordon Arthur Pym, from Poe's short stories. Just about for every 2 horror stories he did, he did one adventure; the Narrative of Gordon Arthur Pym is most amusing.
Means of transportation: didn't Mr. Pym have a hot air balloon?

Let's Play: League of Mythological Gentlemen!

- Merlin (but we may know him better as the Babylonian Enkil): Merlin can serve as our original recruiter
- Sir Gawain (originally, so it's said, from Welsh myth; his name is certainly der. from Gwalchgwynn) Gawain is also perhaps a bit of an encoded representation of an aspect of Horus, since gwalchgwynn is welsh for 'white bird of prey'
- Sir Lancelot (A strong representative of the male half of the the belle dame sans merci myth- alternately, the gentleman who loves what one that he cannot have; this one goes cheerily traipsing back to Gilgamesh)
- Art, Foreordained King (also known as Horus) our apparent leader
- The Fisher King (also known as Osiris, wounded between his thighs)
- Guinevere (The female role in this piece has been depicted since the days of Babylonian myth: she's a sort of Inanna/Ishtar pastiche)
- Morgan le Fay (the other half of Ishtar, who was the goddess of love and war) Or maybe we could make Guinevere and Morgan into one person! that would be neat and split-personalityish. Oh wait, that'd be lifting off Jeckyll & Hyde a bit, wouldn't it...

Not sure what to call it. Uhm. We need some sort of McGuffin for the whole thing to revolve around...
we'll call it after that McGuffin. Arthur and his Hoodies, and the Holy Whassit.
  • Geek note: Mycroft Holmes takes over for 'M' in the original comic of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

    And I just saw a crazy book in the comic book shop that's big and dense and goes through the original comic frame by frame and explains the influences, no matter how minor or obscure. It's fascinating...in a perverse sorta way. ;)
  • Let's see...

    Richard Nixon, impeached and disgraced, recruits...

    Linda Lovelace
    Bruce Lee
    Curly from the Harlem Globetrotters

  • Taking this seriously like NK

    Hmm, how about

    Recruiter: Lucy Van Pelt (Peanuts): "Join the team or I'll knock you out, blockhead!"

    Rufus T. Firefly, leader of Freedonia (he leads the team): "Chewing gum is prohibited."

    Philip Marlowe, PI (Raymond Chandler's books)
    Babe Ruth (right after he was traded from the Red Sox)
    Ms. Pac-Man
    John Porcellino
    Howland Owl (Pogo)

    Mary, Queen of Scots
  • (no subject) -
  • I may have the wrong time periods on a few of these, but let's try:

    League of Semi-Fictional Revolutionaries

    The Scarlet Pimpernel; leader-type
    Pimpernel's wife. a lady of great wit and social grace
    Sydney Carton from _Tale of Two Cities_, alcoholic rude antihero
    Nathan Hale, famous American spy vs. the British
    ...bother, I'm out of names. We need a French noble though.

    Ben Franklin as recruiter/'M' type
    Villains/doublecrossers (any revolutionary story would have to have some such): Richelieu, Napoleon, the King's mistress(es) etc.
    Transport, due to the period, is limited to really good horse and carriage.

    I'd do a 1950's Cold War one if I had a brain.
    • Alan Moore has actually talked about doing a 1950s League, as well as a 2000 League. Nothing concrete so far but the hints are fascinating...

    • Hrmmm, Frenchman...

  • I'm having my version take place in the U.S. of the early 1930s.

    Aleister Crowley - the recruiter. Practical magician, so-called 'Wickedest Man in the World.' Late 50s, presently head of the OTO. Recently ejected from Thelema Abbey in Italy by Mussolini regime. Has information suggesting that a major event in the near future will produce a state of global totalitarianism, thus thwarting the prophecied 'Age of Horus.'
    William Burroughs - Crowley's young apprentice. He's 19 at this time, relatively drug-free, critical of established authority despite coming from a wealthy family (much like Crowley).
    Grace Murray Hopper - mathematician, logic systems expert, holds an MA, working on her doctorate at Yale when recruited. Mid-20s at this time.
    Lev Termen (aka Leon Theremin) - composer and electronics expert, late 30s. At this time he is at the peak of his notoriety.
    John Dillinger - the muscle of the group. 30 years of age. Recently paroled. Difficult to control, but enthusiastic when gunplay is called for.

    They are up against...

    Nikola Tesla - pioneer of electrical engineering, prototypical mad scientist, late 70s, relatively apolitical but unknowingly in the employ of...
    Henry Ford - Automobile magnate, late 60s. Ford disagrees with Roosevelt's response to social collapse caused by the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression; his intention (along with a consortium of industrialists) is to stage a coup using superweapons developed by Tesla. It is then likely that he will ally the United States with Nazi Germany.
  • The League of Feckless Gentlemen

    Recruiter: Cornelia Ember -- the feckless one, not the serious one. Anyone who knows who this is gets to see me faint dead away.

    Leader: Henry Carver, Attorney at Law from Mars

    Team Members:

    Tony Wayland, after one more stroke of bad luck on his way out of exile in the Pliocene
    Harry, the original Mailman of the Apocalypse
    Beowulf Shaeffer, bankrupt again
    Xander, well, I'm not sure he's feckless enough

    Mode of Transportation: Fleeing creditors and/or prosecution and/or planetary disaster.

    Villain: Solar System President Holden Caulfield
  • The League of Modern Movie "Gentlemen"

    George Carlin (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure)

    The Dread Pirate Roberts (Princess Bride) -- because pirates are unlikely heroes, and because we need a man in black
    Jack Burton (Big Trouble in Little China) -- the one who doesn't know he's a goof (unintentional comedy)
    Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean) -- because there can never be too many pirates, and we know that the fencing scenes are going to be so good on screen
    Roy O'Bannon (Shanghai Noon/Shanghai Knights) -- the one who does know he's a goof (intentional comedy)
    Doc Holliday (Tombstone) -- if you've seen the movie, you understand. If not, you should see the movie. Besides, you should never bring a knife to a gun fight, and at least a few mooks might figure out that guns might be effective after all
    Cinderella (Ever After) -- because we need a woman, because someone has to rescue the pirates, and you can never have too many fencers in your fight scenes, right?

    Kaiser Soze (The Usual Suspects) -- He could be anyone. How would you know?

    Mode of Transport:
    Jack Burton's big rig truck, clearly
  • OK... gave it some thought and came up with so many possibles...

    Leader- Aslan (Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe)
    Recruiter- Jilly Coppercorn (Charles De Lint novels, "Dreams Underfoot, Ivory & Horn, The Onion Girl... and more)
    Gandalf (come on.... who doesn't want a wizard to travel with? )
    Houdini (excape artist might come in handy)
    Indiana Jones (just cuz!!)
    Ripley (from the Aliens movies)
    lastly, Villian- Mr. Blonde (from Resevoir Dogs).
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