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The Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as the superhero movie genre in general, is a complete overrated bore-fest with only a few of its films actually standing out as anything exceptionally above average-level "good" in the grand scheme of things:
  • The Iron Giant, which is hands-down the greatest Superman film anyone could ever hope to make
  • The original Incredibles, before its sequel came along and turned out to be one of the most lazily written cash grabs in history
  • The Dark Knight Returns, which I actually find to be a far better-written, albeit less original, film than The Dark Knight proper
  • Spider-Man 2, albeit mostly thanks to Doctor Octopus
  • The original 2012 Avengers, simply due to how much it utterly perfects its genre and style in nearly every possible way
  • Spider-Man 1, despite the fact that it made Green Goblin look laughably ridiculous and was kind of a joke when compared to Spider-Man 2
  • The Dark Knight for much of the same reason as Avengers 2012, despite the fact that it takes itself WAY too seriously for its own good
  • The original Tim Burton duology Batman movies, before the astonishingly crap-tacular Joel Schumacher duology came along to effectively ruin everything about its predecessor
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse for basically being Black Panther done right in addition to having quite possibly THE greatest art style to ever grace film
  • Avengers: Infinity War, when considering how impressively it turned out for being the comically overblown third film of a superhero trilogy
  • Superman 1978, if only for how amazing it was back at the time when it initially came out (also, that theme song; seriously, THAT theme song)
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier, mainly for having one of the first actually deep plots in a superhero film
  • Logan for effectively being Wolverine meets The Last Of Us meets The Dark Knight
  • X2 for basically being what the first X-Men film from 2000 should have been
  • V For Vendetta, despite the fact that it is somehow pretentious enough to make The Dark Knight seem modest about itself
  • Robocop and the Terminator duology, both of which also need absolutely no introduction whatsoever
  • The first two (or three) Star Wars films, before the main film series devolved into the mediocre, pandering crap that it is now
  • Big Hero 6, even if it does objectively pale in comparison to The Iron Giant in pretty much every way besides maybe visuals
  • The first MCU Iron Man film, before the entire trilogy devolved into yet another pointless Avengers advertisement like the Thor one
 

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Also, The Ren & Stimpy Show is complete over-glorified dog shite that has absolutely no right (disregarding how innovative it admittedly was at the time when it came out, though I personally doubt that the infamous "gross-out" trend from the 1990s really would have been all that much different if the show hadn't existed) to be talked about in the same breath as, let alone unironically called an objectively better show than, any of its top-tier spiritual successors. At the risk of making myself sound far too much like The Mysterious Mr. Enter, I'm going to list just some of the reasons why these shows make R&S look like an absolute joke overall when you ignore how beautifully unique the show's art style and general irreverence are, using Courage The Cowardly Dog, Spongebob Squarepants and Rocko's Modern Life as prime examples:

ALL THREE OF THE EXAMPLES MENTIONED:
  • Look WAY better than Ren & Stimpy does, even despite not even remotely being able to hold a candle to its art style originality-wise
  • Have far too many ridiculously iconic episodes to even begin to count, whereas R&S really only has a few
  • Are surrealist (mostly) without coming across as being purely random just for the sake of it, unlike Ren & Stimpy
  • Have character casts that rely on more than just the titular main character to make them interesting, unlike Ren & Stimpy
  • Have a creator who isn't a pompous, bigoted, pedophilic douche that can't accept change, unlike R&S (low blow, but still)
  • Have actually good (albeit incredibly pretentious) writing where Ren & Stimpy generally doesn't outside of certain top-tier episodes
  • Contain jokes with actual structure and substance to them, whereas Ren & Stimpy is just pure tasteless shock humor for the sake of it
  • Gave birth to a metric shit-ton of memes for actually good reasons (for the most part), unlike Ren & Stimpy
  • Fortunately lack the unbearably god-awful Adult Party spinoff that Ren & Stimpy had
  • Are absolute masters of adult humor, whereas Ren & Stimpy (despite being more severe with it) was merely "pretty good" at it
  • Use gross-out humor (relatively) tastefully and sparingly, as in basically the exact opposite of how R&S used it
BOTH SPONGEBOB AND ROCKO:
  • At least waited until Season 4 before jumping the shark, whereas Ren & Stimpy took about two-thirds that long (Season 3) at most
BOTH ROCKO AND COURAGE:
  • Are legitimately brilliant satires of the cripplingly depressed and isolated feeling that often arises from living in modern-day suburbia
  • Feature numerous episodes with incredibly mature and/or relatable themes that are dealt with in rather under-ratedly classy ways
  • Are incredibly under-appreciated and overlooked by their networks despite being comically overrated by their fanbases
  • In general, are actually adult-oriented (for the most part, not counting Rocko's fourth season) in a way that Ren & Stimpy just plain isn't
  • Are completely absent from IGN's Top 100 Animated Series list while Spongebob and R&S are all the way up on the top 20 for fuck's sake
COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG:
  • Is actually emotionally stimulating in a way that the other three shows can't even dream of matching
  • Features an art style brilliant enough to actually give Ren & Stimpy's a run for its money in the creativity department
  • Portrays insanity far more realistically and convincingly than any of its competitors, while still making it just as entertaining as in R&S
  • Actually remained at peak production quality all throughout its four-season run, even though Season 2 of it was pretty disappointing IMO
 
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Should political opinions be posted here? Cause this could go downhill in a real hurry if so...

Either way:

Copyright should be gotten rid of now. Boost each country's economy by ignoring IP laws from all other countries.

The political beliefs of certain young people are getting disturbingly 'moral guardianish', and I worry that we're going to end up losing more freedoms because of offense obsessed hipsters and social justice fanatics than we are to overly religious conservatism. There's a great quote someone came up which goes something like 'those who would give up a little freedom for a little safety deserve neither', and I think it's 100% true of much of today's younger generation.

Peter Capaldi's run as the 12th Doctor has been the best Doctor Who series since at least 5, because the stories are better plotted and paced out than they were since Moffat first took over the show.

Social networks are one of the worst things that's happened to the internet.

Fan games and ROM hacks are generally better than fan fiction. Well, at least for video game franchises.
Gonna tackle these one by one:

Copyright needs to exist in SOME form, otherwise economies will collapse because people would rather get a free (or in the case of non-digital media, super cheap) foreign reskin of the new product than buy it.

Sounds like the dreaded snowflake generation!

HOLD UP. Sure, it was a good run, but none can come close to Matt Smith's Dr. Who, who was witty, naive and mysterious in one comedic package.

Yes. Forums are dying, scams are more personalised and many people unwittingly give personal info away.

Yes! Most games don't feel 'right' in a fictitious story, but as a game? Feels right, man.
 

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Gonna tackle these one by one:

Copyright needs to exist in SOME form, otherwise economies will collapse because people would rather get a free (or in the case of non-digital media, super cheap) foreign reskin of the new product than buy it.

Sounds like the dreaded snowflake generation!

HOLD UP. Sure, it was a good run, but none can come close to Matt Smith's Dr. Who, who was witty, naive and mysterious in one comedic package.

Yes. Forums are dying, scams are more personalised and many people unwittingly give personal info away.

Yes! Most games don't feel 'right' in a fictitious story, but as a game? Feels right, man.
I'm curious to see how CM30's views on all this have changed in the past like 4 and a half years.
 

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Not too much surprisingly. I still like fan games and ROM hacks, still think a lot of young people's views are moral guardian like (especially on Twitter), feel depressed forums are on the decline, etc.

Doctor Who is a mixed bag though. Admit I did also like Matt Smith's Doctor, and David Tennant's version before him. Series 5 definitely gives series 9 a run for its money.

(and the latest series is thoroughly mediocre by comparison to all of them)

The one I'm probably most mixed on is the copyright one to be honest. Part of me feels it's not a bad thing in itself, part of me wonders if losing it (and many other things) for a completely free market would be better than the status quo.

Still, given the topic still exists, may as well post a few more unpopular opinions (non political):

Never got the hype about tea or coffee. Tried them, never quite got to like either of them. Probably sounds strange coming from someone living in the UK.

Don't like facecams much in gaming videos. Or any videos to some degree. I mean, they're bearable, but they often seem to take my focus away from the topic of the video, especially if the person recording is overly animated.
 

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The one I'm probably most mixed on is the copyright one to be honest. Part of me feels it's not a bad thing in itself, part of me wonders if losing it (and many other things) for a completely free market would be better than the status quo.
The big thing for copyright is that it incentivizes innovation. While it would be nice if people would innovate just for the sake of it or because it would be good for society in general I don't think most people are that altruistic unless it's something like finding the cure for cancer.
 

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I feel like copyright was better just in general back before Disney went and changed the fucking law so you could pay to have it extended by twenty years. Now big corporations don't have to worry about establishing themselves as the original creator, and thus, the "legitimate", anymore. I mean it's not like the actual corporation dissolved, everyone's still gonna know a Jack Kirby when they see it. Like, even during the times of the Aristocracy-- a "sequel" to Don Quixote came out, but it was pretty fucking obvious that it was fanfic (especially after it literally angered the real author into writing an actual sequel).
Everyone can tell pretty easily between something posted by actual Marvel vs. some schmoe, especially because last time I checked, people reeeeeally don't like giving credit for their actual hard work to some other fucker who had nothing to do with it (for God's sake, 'work hard BUT get no credit/reward for it' is literally the number one reason why communism always fails). Even if you did claim that actual Marvel did write some knockoff porn comic, and even if it was convincingly handled, if you so much as followed the money it'd be debunked. Scandal schmandal, if people think you actually made that then fuck them, they're obviously fucking retarded. You didn't need to take that precaution, Disney.

By and large, people will abuse anything if they can get away with it, and especially if it means they make money by doing so. Many people will do many things for money, and the less effort involved, the easier it is to say yes. Bonus points if its a fuckload of money.
Really, I just wish there was a system in place that made abusing copyright really fucking difficult. Like, it should be illegal to fucking steal someone's revenue for sampling ~0:02 of a Will Smith CD. Revenue percentage based on amount of sample used is a lot more fair, but at the same time, how transformative the usage of this sample must be taken into account. Like, as far as this idea goes, Can't Touch This's use of Superfreak would lose MC Hammer a fuckton of money compared to that one Eminem song that sampled a Kingdom Hearts opening theme (like for real you can't tell even while listening to it).
 

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Well, copyright and trademark laws also seem to discourage creators from innovating by removing competition once their work is established. This can lead them disconnected from market pressures.

For instance, look at some of the Nintendo's more questionable decisions, like no original characters in Paper Mario, lazy 2D Mario games, whatever's happening with Star Fox and F-Zero, etc. If anyone could compete by making games in those series, then Nintendo would have no choice but to listen to their audience. They'd see Paper Mario Color Splash curb stomped by a fan made Paper Mario game in the style of Thousand Year Door, or a new F-Zero game getting rave reviews, or a sprite/hand drawn animation using 2D Mario game with all unique world themes and lots of new ideas outselling New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe.

It'd also easily put a stop to the Bring Back National Pokedex controversy with Pokemon Sword and Shield, or hell, most Pokemon issues in general, since Game Freak would actually have to compete with better designed, perhaps even better funded Pokemon games. They'd see a game with the National Pokdex blow Sword and Shield out of the water, and realise they have to step up their game or die.

And I suspect the same would work for a lot of media franchises. Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Ghostbusters, Teen Titans, all are examples of series where the official efforts are not what the majority of the population arguably wants. By reducing or removing IP laws, every creator would have to compete and wouldn't be able to rest on their laurels.

As for whether it'd discourage completely untested ideas... well it's hard to tell. Personally, I'm skeptical, because we already have an example where free community/fan run efforts have won out and where innovation seems to be as strong as ever. Open source software.

Thanks to that, programming languages are now virtually all free software, most CMS systems are free software (including many wiki, blog and forum solutions) and even entire operating systems and office programs can be downloaded and used for free (Linux distributions, stuff like Open/Libre Office). It certainly changes a few business models sure (see, companies offering support rather than access to the product), but it seems to have worked fine there.
 

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I dunno if this qualifies as an unpopular opinion, but I hate it when people make multiple unrelated points in one post.

Ill read one opinion I like, and one that I disagree with, and it causes me to be uncertain about whether or not I should like the post.
 

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The Saw series is massively overrated. Alright, the first two films were decent, but after that the storyline, which was admittedly quite good, became less and less important and the series quickly became a thinly-veiled gore fest with no reason to watch other than the death traps themselves, which became less clever with each new movie.
As for the Jigsaw Killer himself, he a kinda bad villain. He is often said to be ''hyper intelligent'' and with a sympathetic background story, but I only see him as a phychopatic SJW extremist who just decides to kill himself and leaves his minions with the dirty work. Especially after his suicide, I felt the series began to deteriorate. It should have ended already after part 4 or so.
 

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Here's another one. I know I said this before, but I still think Donald Trump is a much better president than most people think he is.
Donald Trump does not hold the Media in very high regard, and to be honest, I can totally see why.

Trump is also much brighter than is often thought. He is still the only president so far who has come to friendly terms with Russia, and, more or less, North Korea. Okay, in the case of the latter, this was not not before lengthy bickering with Kim Joung-Un, but at least there are better relations now.
He has also proven to stay loyal to his promise to do something about illegal immigration. He didn't need to build a wall, more controls and tighter immigration protocols proved to work just as well.

But I am not completely free of criticism of him though. Bad ideas and stements deserve to be criticised, and it's exactly that what Trump seems to be fond of, like for example when he said that windmills cause cancer. If you are against windmills, so be it, but don't spread untrue statements.
 

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Spider-Man: The Animated Series has a much cooler theme song than X-Men TAS.
Everyone seems to fucking blow their load and stain their cheeks with nostalgia tears ( :shokotabarf:) if they so much as hear the fuckin' Hi-Hats. I mean, on a primal level I enjoy sensationalist bullshit as much as anyone else, but I've also reached a point where I know that the little high that one gets from exaggerating how good something is, and the fucking chills down your spine horseshit is not worth sacrificing your integrity in the eyes of the untainted. That one poet said it best when he compared nostalgia to a sweet which has become so old that it becomes saccharine. Nostalgia has the effects of enjoying yourself as normal, BUT it's poisoned by humanity's hatred of change and subsequent love for the overly familiar, turning it into a fast track to looking stupid for people who review things for a living. It's like a cheap thrill/laugh/etc. in endorphin form.

X-Men's theme song has got a cool-ass hi-hat line, I'll give it that, and the bass is neat, too, but Shpida-Man's got an even neater hi-hat line. It's got some cool-ass solos and guitar slides in there, too, courtesy of Aerosmith's lead guitarist if memory serves. Not to mention, the main guitar riff is more musically interesting. All-around it's got more to offer but with just as few instruments (or maybe fewer, actually, because I don't think it has a legit bass instrument). Just as a forewarning, though, you need to listen at 1.037x speed if at all, because the difference in TV regions (I assume it was because of the whole 50/60 Hertz thing) caused a difference in pitch. I'm not sure which region's version was the original, but the slightly faster one somehow sounds about seven times better. Because I know that most of you reading this would be too lazy to go to the effort like I would in your position, though, I'm just going to attach what it sounds like.
 

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as the superhero movie genre in general, is a complete overrated bore-fest with only a few of its films actually standing out as anything exceptionally above average-level "good" in the grand scheme of things:
  • The Iron Giant, which is hands-down the greatest Superman film anyone could ever hope to make
  • The way you structured that opening statement made it seem like you were seriously including the Iron Giant as part of the MCU before I realized that you had pretty much abandoned the original restriction of just MCU stuff and focused entirely on just super hero movies.
Big Hero 6, even if it does objectively pale in comparison to The Iron Giant in pretty much every way besides maybe visuals
Nah nah nah nah, even visuals I would argue that the Iron Giant is still more appealing, because it's got some serious style. Big Hero Six uses pretty much the same style as every other movie from whatever the hell the corporation's Tangled Division is called. Everything looks all fancy and fantastic and "real but idealized" type shit, but Iron Giant has that kind of feeling to its environments too, and I like the way the characters move and are drawn as well. Technologically speaking Big Zero Sux may have a step up, but the Iron Giant himself's CGI was handled well enough to not really look that dated, not to the point where it's distracting.
 

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Okay, so, I don't know if this is legitimately an unpopular opinion, but there was this comment I saw on this anime episode I watched that said
"It smells like you" I've had a girl tell me this when I let her use my jacket and it made me so uncomfortable
This just baffled me. I mean really? Just your jacket? I can understand if it was, you know, your underwear or some shit, or if you clearly didn't know this person well enough to hand them your goddamn coat, but for real. If you get put off by something so simple as that, you are absolutely the kind of milquetoast motherfucker who gets represented by one of those featureless grey silhouettes seen in classroom scenes and crowds.

The girl in question was probably his girlfriend or some shit, and I really don't understand why he wouldn't expect someone to comment on what is so clearly the id's olfactory "wait a second : o !!" moment, because that shit's an impulse. Does this seem odd to anyone else? or does the guy's comment fit the "unpopular" bill more after all?
 
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  • The way you structured that opening statement made it seem like you were seriously including the Iron Giant as part of the MCU before I realized that you had pretty much abandoned the original restriction of just MCU stuff and focused entirely on just super hero movies.
Nah nah nah nah, even visuals I would argue that the Iron Giant is still more appealing, because it's got some serious style. Big Hero Six uses pretty much the same style as every other movie from whatever the hell the corporation's Tangled Division is called. Everything looks all fancy and fantastic and "real but idealized" type shit, but Iron Giant has that kind of feeling to its environments too, and I like the way the characters move and are drawn as well. Technologically speaking Big Zero Sux may have a step up, but the Iron Giant himself's CGI was handled well enough to not really look that dated, not to the point where it's distracting.
Also, The Iron Giant features this character, which is always a major plus to say the least:
 

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This one is a bit philosophical, but I think hypocrisy in thought is acceptable and one shouldn't feel bad for it.
Hypocrisy in thought is when thoughts and ideas in your mind are hypocritical compared with your actions, or your expressed thoughts/ideas.
In general, I think you shouldn't be ashamed of your thoughts. They are in your head, where nobody but you knows of them.
 

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This one is a bit philosophical, but I think hypocrisy in thought is acceptable and one shouldn't feel bad for it.
Hypocrisy in thought is when thoughts and ideas in your mind are hypocritical compared with your actions, or your expressed thoughts/ideas.
In general, I think you shouldn't be ashamed of your thoughts. They are in your head, where nobody but you knows of them.
I feel like even practiced hypocrisy is only ever not okay when it A) affects other people in a relatively serious way and/or B) goes against your fundamental moral values (i.e. sacrifices integrity). In most other cases though, since your preachings are almost always guaranteed to be better than whatever is actually being practiced, it's still not a total loss. Like, you're being a dipshit but that doesn't necessarily mean that your teachings should be ignored. In fact, this concept is literally where all those "noooo, i see now that sensei has fallen from grace" situations in media come from.
 
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