The Action Hero Archetype Matrix

We’re looking at the archetypes, the forebears, the brave souls who punched and kicked and shot their ways into our hearts and minds and gave us a world where it is possible for someone like MacGruber to exist comfortably. We have argued our way to some sort of a consensus about the ultimate action hero archetypes in the form of a matrix; we’re using standard units of measurement for action heroes here (one-liner delivery ability over combat skills, obviously), and letting all of our favorite action heroes duke it out. If you don’t agree with a selection, please let us know, but feel solace in the fact that we probably didn’t agree either. In the end, we let the heroes themselves do the talking, through fist and mouth.

In celebration of our forthcoming episode on MacGruber, we wanted to pay tribute to all of the action heroes who paved the way for Grubes to do what he does. We're looking at the archetypes, the forebears, the brave souls who punched and kicked and shot their ways into our hearts and minds and gave us a world where it is possible for someone like MacGruber to exist comfortably. We have argued our way to some sort of a consensus about the ultimate action hero archetypes in the form of a matrix; we're using standard units of measurement for action heroes here (one-liner delivery ability over combat skills, obviously), and letting all of our favorite action heroes duke it out. If you don't agree with a selection, please let us know, but feel solace in the fact that we probably didn't agree either. In the end, we let the heroes themselves do the talking, through fist and mouth.