So we come to the tip of this(whole unplanned) villain trifecta, with mockingly the one who was the least villainous, however then once more he didn’t have to be. See each season wants its central comedian reduction, and for Revenge no different character higher fills that position. And Whereas Lightning is probably not the funniest character within the collection(that title will perpetually be held by TDA Harold) he does are available in very shut second, however sufficient construct up lets sha-get to it.
Lightning fills a stereotype so standard and widespread that I’m amazed it wasn’t accomplished in Gen 1, that being the dumb jock stereotype. Now I do know what you’re considering, Tyler crammed the dumb jock position, properly you do have a degree, however Tyler was a jock in identify solely as a result of he sucked at sports activities, Lightning matches that glove a complete lot nicer than he does. See Lightning may be probably the most bodily gifted competitor in TD historical past, he’s robust, quick, and powerful, and agile, the one downside is whereas he could also be maxed out within the energy class he has not one of the brains to go together with it(Kinda like Thor, who mockingly is lightning themed). He’s placed on the Poisonous Rats the place he tries his damndest to sha-win for his workforce, however he’s dragged down by a mixture of weak workforce members and Scott’s sabotaging. He goes alongside for a lot of the season serving as the principle comedian reduction, together with his lack of intelligence and varied sha-catchphrases resulting in lots of good humor and having his fair proportion of slapstick moments. The one issues he has plot smart are his major rivalries with each Jo after which Cameron. With Jo he spends a lot of the season attempting to outdo her in competitors whereas concurrently considering she’s a lady, they do ally up as soon as they’re the ultimate two members of the Rats, however Jo betrays him in Grand Chef Auto. He then manages to get her again in Up Up and Away in My Pitiful Balloon when he groups with Cameron to eradicate her. However the very subsequent episode issues change for Lightning, after ditching Cameron through the problem for slowing him down the bubble boy manages to steal victory from him. This pushes Lightning into changing into the final minute villain of the season as he vows revenge on Cameron for taking what was his(or technically Zoey’s till she determined to cripple Scott as a substitute), this results in them dealing with off within the finale within the final Brains V Brawn battle, which regardless ends for fittingly given his identify, with Lightning getting struck by lightning(Which apparently turns your hair white?).
You realize as I used to be scripting this one thing occurred to me(one may say it hit me like a bolt of….one thing) about Lightning, folks evaluate him to Tyler, when if truth be told Lightning is the Gen 2 equal to TDI Owen. Now hear me out on this, sure as characters they’re extraordinarily completely different, however when it comes to the trail they take through the season and the position they play in it, it is virtually equivalent. Like Owen Lightning doesn’t actually have an arc, positive he has some rivalries right here and there, and there’s the final minute factor of his Dad betting his championship rings however he doesn’t actually have a lot of a major plotline through the season, however the factor is rather like Owen Lightning doesn’t want an arc. Like Owen he’s the principle comedian reduction of the season offering a very good chunk of the humor and principally being there for his comedic potential. Identical to Owen he makes all of it the best way to the tip with none actual technique(though he’s extra targeted on the competitors than Owen is), and telling with out actually profitable challenges. Severely he wins a complete of three challenges(Two whereas on a workforce and one particular person), for the 2 workforce ones he’s taken out slightly early through the first win and doesn’t contribute to the win(It was principally Sam), and for the second he will get mauled by an mutant gator and Jo wins it for them, he solely manages to get one particular person win after Zoey primarily fingers him victory to save lots of Cameron. And despite this identical to Owen he makes it the finale with the season’s protagonist .Now why do I carry all of this up? Nicely one as a result of I believe the connection between them is attention-grabbing, and two as a result of I like Lightning for a similar motive I favored Owen again in TDI, as a result of he’s god rattling hilarious.
Lightning is definitely one of many collection finest purley comedic characters sitting simply behind TDA Harold, he simply by no means fails to get fun out of me, and managing to get constant laughs is one thing not many characters can do. From his varied makes use of for the phrase sha, to displaying the depths of simply how silly he’s(severe he may be the dumbest character within the collection) to after all his nice again and forths with the opposite characters(significantly Jo). However why clarify it once I can simply give an inventory of all my favourite Lightning moments and quotes:
“Time for Thunder to say Sha-bye bye”
His incapacity to rely to 10
Attempting to punch a tree to get steak(guess he is a minecraft fan)
“That is cool Lightning do not choose”(which is actually simply healthful)
“I will prevent little lady!”-said to Cameron
“Lightning wins the Tremendous Bowl”
“TOLD YOU, these guys completely gave up after I misplaced most of my blood, MVPEEEEE!!!”(which could simply be my favourite line of the season)
“What are you speaking about? What lady? Lightning did not lose bro”
“Sha (throws up)”
The operating gag of considering Jo’s a boy
“Yesh Sha-Bam”-After pounding a pot onto his head(The face he makes actually sells it)
” After I end with you, your complete life’s gonna be an mental problem!”
Flying by way of the air and excessive fiving a seagull(which is as superior as it’s humorous)
Lightning is simply an endlessly entertaining character, however there’s extra to him than simply being humorous. For one he’s a considerably endearing character, he’s extremely enthusiastic and by no means provides up whatever the challenges in entrance of him, he’s sort of like Tyler in that regard. He was additionally not a nasty man earlier than the final third of the season, he helped Cameron when he was drowning(good ironic foreshadowing there), he does strive his hardest to win for his workforce in challenges(even when he’s a bit laborious on them at occasions), he isn’t homophobic which is a pleasant factor to know, he even pushes Cameron to cease letting Jo push him round(though this was partially out of a need for revenge on Jo). Certain he wasn’t excellent as he was extremely smug and put profitable over every little thing else, however he wasn’t dangerous, it makes his sudden villain flip really feel prefer it comes out of nowhere. However at the same time as a villain he’s nonetheless nice as he turns into a jock bully to each Cameron and Zoey. However even then he will get a motive for why he’s the best way he’s, because the finale reveals that his father is an extremely profitable athlete and Lightning is despair to earn his approval and dwell as much as his legacy, it even makes him considerably sympathetic within the finale(though not as a lot as Cameron is), and it’s a good change of tempo from how villains are normally portrayed in Complete Drama (Heather however).
Given his lack of plot he doesn’t actually have all that a lot when it comes to interactions, properly exterior of his rivalries with Jo and Cameron. Now I’ve already mentioned the positives with each of those so I’ll preserve it transient right here, however his interactions with Jo are a few of my favorites of the season, all constructing as much as him lastly realizing she’s a lady(which is considered one of my favourite moments within the season). As for Cameron it’s actually cool having finalists who distinction one another in addition to Lightning and Cameron do, it furthers Cameron’s story whereas additionally giving Lightning precise plot relevance, so it’s a win-win for each characters.
Lightning actually is a personality I simply can’t carry myself to dislike, even when he’s being a jerk I nonetheless can’t cease liking him, principally as a result of each second he’s on display screen he both does or says one thing humorous. He could not have an precise arc, however he doesn’t want one, he reveals his price as a personality by merely being enjoyable to look at, whether or not he’s a bumbling fool, an smug show-off, or a jerk jock bully, he matches each position like a glove. So important Sha-Lightning is sha-great, and in the event you don’t sha-think the sha-same then you should get your sha-head checked.
“Once you put all of your improve factors into Energy and nothing else”
10th: Anne Maria