John Early Is Figuring Out How to Be Sincere

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34 Badass Pop-Culture Icons That Happen to Be Bugs or Plants

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34 Badass Pop-Culture Icons That Happen to Be Bugs or Plants

Humankind seems to have an innate fear of big cats and other beasts of prey, yet we need oral traditions to tell us which flora will kill us and which will make a delicious cup of tea. The creators of these pop-culture powerhouses understand the true power possessed by those tiny critters and passive-looking plants that so often gets ignored.

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PLANT-BASED FICTIONAL CHARACTERS THE LORD OF THE RINGS TREEBEARD One of the oldest living beings in Middle-earth is a literal force of nature, a welcomed ally for the Fellowship's quest. CRACKED.COM

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PLANT-BASED FICTIONAL CHARACTERS MARVEL GROOT Не is Groot. He'll tell you that himself. Whether it's as a kind giant, a cute little sprout, or an angsty tree- teen, Groot is a solid fan favorite within the MCU. CRACKED.COM

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PLANT-BASED FICTIONAL CHARACTERS AAAAHAKH! DC COMICS THE FLORONIC MAN Depending on who is writing the comic, The Floronic Man is a botanist, a former avatar of The Green, or just a plant-controlling maniac from another dimension. In any case, he's worth a look. CRACKED.COM

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Bugs in pop culture Scorpion from Mortal Kombat Scorpion's rope spear and overall deadliness is clearly how he got that name. There aren't many yellow scorpions in Asia, are there? *Googles* Oh! Well, you learn something new every day. CRACKED.COM

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Bugs in pop culture Spiders-Man from Marvel This isn't the typical Peter Parker we know, but a group of spiders that stay connected as a hive mind after absorbing Parker's consciousness. Creepy, but cool as hell! CRACKED.COM

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Bugs in pop culture Buzzy-voice aside, Waspinator is an elite member of the Predacon cause (even though he can get possessed by the robot-ghost of Starscream sometimes). Waspinator from Beast Wars: Transformers CRACKED.COM

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Bugs in pop culture Earthworm Jim A simple earthworm that got access to a space- worthy supersuit is just the tip of the strange iceberg that is this classic video game from the '90s. CRACKED.COM

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Bugs in pop culture Blue Beetle from DC Jaime Reyes came in contact with a Blue Beetle Scarab that granted him this suit of awesome armor. Think Iron Man, but less of a jerk and more bug-themed. CRACKED.COM

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Bugs in pop culture Atom Ant from Hanna-Barbera A Up and at 'em, Atom Ant! is the battle cry of this 1965 cartoon hero that lives on in our hearts rather than on our TV sets. CRACKED.COM

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