Thursday, December 29, 2011

Who are your Favorite Barefoot Women?

Shadowmandude came up with a great New Year's Day idea...a top 10 barefoot female characters list. However...we could use some help deciding who to put on it. ^_^ You know what that means right? Yup...once again I'm asking you guys for your opinions...

Who are your favorite barefoot female characters? What do you like about them?...

Do you admire Toph's ability to confront things head on walking barefoot into danger? Are you impressed at the powerful bare feet of Martial Artists like Christie or Makoto? Maybe the cute feet of Ibuki or Pocahontas tickle your fancy? Or perhaps you crave being at the mercy of a barefoot villainess like Medusa or Queen La?

I would really love to find out which characters that you guys like. Over the next 2 days I encourage you guys to write in (either by commenting or e-mailing) who are your favorite barefoot girls are and why you like them.

On New Year's, taking all the opinions into account, I'll post a tribute to the top 10 favorite women along with the reasons why everyone likes them.

Just a couple of guidelines for your suggestions:
I'm looking for a top 10 list but feel free to list as many girls as you want. If you can rank your favorites go for it but that is by no means required. Also to limit it a little bit, I'm going to request that you suggest a character who is either barefoot all the time or at least most of the time for this one.

For Example: Maylene is a perfect pick for this while Quistis wouldn't really fit. I'm not denying that Quistis is hot but she is rarely seen without her boots off.

Please keep in mind that participation in this is completely optional (I won't hold it against you if you guys don't want to) but it is a great chance to let me know who your favorite characters are for future reference. I know that a lot of people are shy so just this once I'm going to open the blog up to anonymous comments. Yup you don't even need to register to make your opinions heard this time around.

Have fun guys!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Phoenix/Jean Grey Mega-post (Chanukkah Day 8 Finale)

Ok Finishing of the Channukah posts with a flourish, here is the final Fire the beautiful leading lady of the X-men series Jean Grey aka Phoenix. With a variety of incarnations of Jean Grey out there all with varying degree of barefoot material for her, we have a lot to cover so let's dive right in...
Comic Book Jean Grey
I think I mentioned in a previous tribute that I did for her that Jean winds up wearing a variety of sexy costumes throughout her career as an X-men team member (and occasional villainess). The comics in particular give her a wide range of hot outfits to confront her opponents in.

The purple top costume below is one of her newer costumes that I haven't seen adapted into any of the animated versions of the series yet.

There are a couple of nice foot scenes involving Jean while she is wearing that costume though. ^_^

I've been trying to find a larger image of the above picture but I haven't had much luck. Does anyone know which issue it is from?

Ed Benes' artwork is always jaw dropping. ^_^

In the comics and the Wolverine and the X-men series Jean and Emma are involved in a love triangle with Cyclops. Naturally, we get treated to a couple of psychic catfights between the pair of them. ^_^

Slipped in another Christmas stocking present for you guys. ;-)

The Yellow and blue costume (above) was a 90's costume Jean wore designed by Jim Lee who also designed Wonder Woman's current outfit. I like this one a lot better.

The above green and gold motif is Jean's Phoenix costume. The are a lot of variations of this outfit. One of the really popular ones is the green being replaced by red for her Dark Phoenix outfit. There is also a white version of this costume too. ^_^

Not featured in this post but one of my favorite outfits involving her is Jean Grey's Black Queen costume aka her dominatrix outfit. As far as I know Jean doesn't go barefoot while wearing it but I did find a really nice picture on Deviant Art here:

Ok Moving along the next incarnation up is...

X-men Cartoon Jean Grey
The X-men cartoon series of the 90's was my first exposure to the X-men characters. Because of that it would always have a special place in my heart. Its version of Jean Grey is definitely my favorite. Not only do I really love its animation and character designs but this series had the longest run of any of the X-men television allowing it to cover Jean's storylines more thoroughly. The downside of the series is that there weren't many barefoot moments involving Jean. We do get a little bit of a glimpse of her feet in the Dark Phoenix saga though which I posted below...

I'm working on a new column called Good Girls Gone Bad highlighting some heroines villainess turns that I'm hoping to incorporate into this blog next year. Jean's stint as the dark Phoenix would definitely deserve a mention in it. ^_^

Anyway, the next incarnation up is...

X-men Evolution Jean
The X-men Evolution series which ran from 2000-2003 easily has the best Jean Grey foot scenes in it. ^_^ Not only does the character's casual outfit depict her wearing sandals but it also give her the best barefoot close ups too. In addition to that, this version of Jean is on the soccer team. ^_^

Wolverine and The X-men
I recently marathon watched this series after getting some of the caps from episode 5 for the Emma Frost Christmas bonus. It was intense. I really love its animation. It sort of has a nice cross between western and Japanese animation thing going for it. The storylines were exciting as well. However I was crushed to see Jean disappear in the first episode. As she remained absent for most of the series, I began clicking my tongue thinking that the chances of seeing this version of Jean barefoot was becoming increasingly unlikely (a total shame because she was really hot too). But luckily to my pleasant surprise, she reappeared in the final arc of the series and gives us some nice barefoot scenes. :-D

(Ok a lot of credits with this post guys. First off all of the comic book pictures are webfinds that I either found on Comic Vine or by googling Jean on the internet. There are also three sets of animated caps involved in this post. The first of them are from the 90's Animated X-men Cartoon series episode the Dark Phoenix Saga part 1: Shattered. The second are from the X-men Evolution episodes Mindbender and Shadowed past and the last set is from the Wolverine and the X-men 3 part conclusion Foresight. Massive thank yous to Juancho for confirming Jean Grey's Dark Phoenix Saga barefoot moments as well as David and Mask Greene (who also did his own excellent post involving Jean Grey) for tipping me off to Jean's X-men evolution scenes. Thanks guys!!)

One more earlier tribute done of Jean Grey can be found here:

Ok guys that basically concludes Channukah set (each Fire girl representing a different candle). I hoped that you enjoyed it. ^_^

:-D I stayed up late to get this post out to you guys so I'd better call it a night but as usual...more to come soon. ^_^

Have a great Holiday season everyone!!