Friday, 22 August 2014

Frieza's Similarities to Apocalypse in X-Men

While watching X-Men and Dragon Ball Z, I started to notice how often ideas fly from area to another.  I mean Super Sentai even copies ideas from its adaptation, Power Rangers.  So I thought for Frieza, what are his possible similarities to Apocalypse?

Both believe that only the strong survive, the weak will perish.  Apocalypse lived with the doctrine of survival of the fittest weeded out the weak and got the strong.  Frieza conquered planets, spared the strong to serve him (most of them are just disposables) and he also fears to be usurped.  If Apocalypse wanted to get rid of any powerful mutant, Frieza feared the prophecy of the Super Saiyan that would destroy him.  Apocalypse infects the infant Nathan with the techno-virus, Frieza destroys the Planet Vegeta hoping none would oppose him but failed to notice the infant Goku.

Both have their backup forces.  Apocalypse has his Four Horsemen.  In Frieza's case, he has Ginyu Forces.

Their fall was prophesied.  Apocalypse' fall was prophesied by the Askani at the hands of Nathan Christopher Charles Summres who would later be known as Cable.  Frieza's fall was prophesied by the Kanassans that one day a Super Saiyan will emerge.  Goku emerged as THAT Super Saiyan and defeated Frieza.  Later, a cybernized Frieza was destroyed once and for all by Future Trunks, Cable's closest counterpart in Dragon Ball Z.

Dragon Ball Z's Time Paradox

Dragon Ball Z's Cell Saga was a time paradox era.  We meet Future Trunks the son of Vegeta and Bulma from the future.  Would that sound a little bit similar to Cable from X-Men?  Knowing that America and Japan copy from each other, I also felt like Cable's type of story was implanted into Future Trunks as a mysterious time traveler.  Cable was first published in X-Men in 1986 so I'd say Dragon Ball Z copied the concept of Cable but modified it.  So unlike Cable, Trunks is not time displaced but like Cable, he seeks to prevent a dangerous catastrophe from hitting the future.  And like Cable, he ended up meeting his own infant self at one point, which during the Android Saga to the Cell Saga, Future Trunks STAYED in the past.  He also destroyed a cyborg Frieza and King Cold before the start of the saga.

Future Trunks' timeline is different from the present.  His timeline was ransacked by several of Dr. Gero's robots (and I'd love to imagine Dr. Gero as being based on Bastion from X-Men) have conquered the future... and the abominable Cell was another time paradox which his friends died including a future version of Gohan.  Cell was the ultimate abomination and chaos-bringer into the world.  Cell was sent from the future to the present to absorb Android 17 and 18.  So I thought was Cell's storyline similar to Stryfe?  While Stryfe was a clone of Cable, Cell was a composite clone like Serpentor in G.I.Joe, that of the various warriors but like Stryfe, he is an insane sadist who has been absorbing people in order to mature himself.  Like Stryfe, he is also the abomination of destruction and comes from a distant future.

So it's awkward really how Future Trunks interacts with his father from the past.  Just think, he probably came in older than his parents like when Cable appeared in the 20th century, he was a full grown man older than his parents.  During that time, Future Trunks displays tremendous power that nobody can imagine.  On the other hand, Gohan is the "prophesied one" who somehow again, has the role of "Askani's Son".  Piccolo foresaw Gohan's strength would one day come useful as Gohan's powers were beyond that of his father and even if Goten activated Super Saiyan mode earlier, Gohan still displayed more raw power which were hindered when he ceased training for awhile.

The bond between Vegeta, Bulma and Future Trunks felt like a parallel to Cyclops, Jean Grey and Cable.  Cyclops couldn't care less if Cable was now older than he was, Jean Grey even if she wasn't Cable's mother (and Bulma IS Future Trunks' mother) still felt the bond with her future son while holding her current son.  When Future Trunks was killed (later revived at the end of the saga), Vegeta felt that pain.  After Gohan defeated Cell, Future Trunks returned to his timeline to finally fulfill his destiny destroying all the powerful enemies that messed up his future.

Cable in X-Men as the Time Displaced Son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor

Cable is the son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor.  During the time Mr. Sinister failed to get Jean Grey as part of his experiments, he cloned her but the clone manifested no mutant powers.  He considered her a failed experiment at first, to which later he only released her when the Phoenix Force entered into the clone.  Mr. Sinister intended that the union of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor (in the place of Jean Grey) would give birth to the intended child/  He gave Madelyne a set of false memories and suggested to her to name the child "Nathan" after Mr. Sinister.  The union produced the powerful child that Apocalypse dreaded but the same time, thought could be his worthy heir.  Apocalypse infected the young Nathan with the techno-virus to which, the child was soon taken into the alternate future by his alternate half-sister Rachel Summers.  Cyclops having no choice, allowed his only son to be taken into the future.

In order to preserve the possibility of defeating Apocalypse, an aged Rachel Summers (who would return again as a younger woman) cloned Nathan as a backup but he survived, but he had to use his telepathic and telekinetic powers to prevent the virus from consuming his body.  Apocalypse from the distant future, took the clone and raised it as his own.  This led to several, several time paradoxes later. Nathan defeated Apocalypse.  During that time, he was raised by Slym and Redd who were actually Cyclops and Jean Grey, for twelve years and later, Cyclops would never see his son again.  The problem was also that since his clone was raised by the Apocalypse of the Askani timeline, we will have more time paradoxes happening.  The clone was named Stryfe.  Cable planned to enter into the past where he would learn more about his past, he also though he was the clone and that Stryfe was the real son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor.

What I found awkward is that when Cable returned, he was WAY older than his parents.  In the Askani Timeline, Cable was married to Aliya.  Aliya supposedly got pregnant by Stryfe and gave birth to her son Tyler who would be a villain.  What was happening was that, returning into the past and seeking to undo the future would have many consequences.  He was trying to prevent the rise of Apocalypse.  At the same time, he would meet his estranged mother Madelyne Pryor, at the same time Jean Grey would be his "aunt".  He also met his so-called "uncle" Nate Grey who was a product of the AoA version of Mr. Sinister or in another way, Nate would be his "half-brother".  Nate Grey's relationship with Madelyne would be incest considering they both share Jean Grey's DNA, they would either be siblings or Madelyne would be his aunt.

The issue of being time displaced also meant he entered periods before he was born, met himself as an infant and many more.  For one, it would feel awkward for him to be older than his parents.  He would also meet his mother Madelyne trying to reconcile.  However he had a missing childhood because he grew up into a very distant future and only came back and forth in time.  He would later try to fix things, which however didn't change things back.  I mean, I wonder if he could find a way to fix his time displacement?  In fact, after he had ceased Apocalypse from the present, he is stuck in the 21st century where he is a child older than his parents.  Only by allowing Apocalypse to be revived again was he allowed to return into the future.  Heck, this is all but a confused reality thanks to too many time travels!