I've made no secret of my affection for the real-life superhero that is Mr. T. He is, perhaps one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century, dispensing ageless wisdom like "Everybody's gotta wear clothes! If you don't, you get arrested!" or "Be somebody! 'Cause if you're not somebody, then you're gonna be somebody's FOOL!"
And we all know what happens to fools. BAD THINGS! Like pity.
However, despite all of his greatness Mr. T is often overshadowed by another derelict of 80's culture: the indomitable Chuck Norris! Now, my personal thoughts on the matter should be obvious, however Mr. T and Chuck Norris are the subject of many an internet meme as well as numerous debates over who is truly the greatest.
It is into the tempestuous cauldron of strife that I shall toss my proverbial two cents.
Good god, I'm feeling verbose today!
But I'm limiting the arena. Instead of debating Chuck Norris and Mr. T- the men, I'm going to debate Chuck Norris and Mr. T- THE CARTOONS!
Yep, both Mr. T and Chuck Norris had their own cartoon series, which should surprise no one. Everything had it's own cartoon series in the 80's, from Rambo to a FREAKING RUBIX CUBE!!! I know the Rubix cube is tangential to the point at hand, but GOD THAT IS WEIRD!!!
The real question is, whose bad assery was best captured in animated form? Mr. T, Chuck Norris or the Rubix cube? Let's investigate further.
Let's start off with the first thing we're going to be seeing :
ROUND 1: THE INTRODUCTION AND THEME SONG
Let's start with Chuck, here.
Have you watched it? If not click on the link above.
My personal bias notwithstanding, THAT WAS FREAKING RAD!!! I especially like the Super Ninja. I find him to be the most relatable character of the bunch. Well played Mr. Norris! Now can my boy T do any better?
Let's find out.
Okay, the song was awesome, as was Mr. T twirling the alligator over his head... But there wasn't enough T! It focused too much on his gymnast friends and they really suck! Plus, there was no Super Ninja! Very cool, but ultimately left me cold. Round one goes to Norris.
ROUND 2: NINJA COMBAT!
All right. Chuck has the cooler theme song, but here's another important question: Which of these veritable titans of yesteryear is a worthier adversary of that mysterious shadow warrior of ancient Japan, THE NINJA!?!?
Chuck Norris vs. Ninjas
Mr. T vs. Ninjas
I'm sorry. Even I have to admit that Chuck Norris launching a flying kick the back of a Dolphin into the least Asian sounding Ninjas I've ever seen is cooler than Mr. T catching a barber pole. Not to mention his conflict with THE SUPERNINJA! I LOVE that guy.
Point goes to Norris.
Round 3: SWIMWEAR!!! I mean, SPECIAL ROUND!
I have no connecting theme between these two clips. I just wanted to share them with the rest of the world.
I'm Chuck Norris
Mr. T Cereal
Once again, I have to give the point to Chuck Norris. The way Mr. T keeps saying "It's cool!" Just kind of strikes me as denial...
All right, I will concede that the animated version of Chuck Norris is clearly much cooler than the animated Mr. T. However, he had a much higher budget and his sidekicks included sumo wrestlers, who are cooler than a bunch of politically correct Scooby Doo wannabes.
This is far from a surrender however, as the live action Mr. T will always be cooler than Cuck Norris, by virtue of THIS!
AND I PITY THE FOOL WHO SAYS OTHERWISE!!!!