Friday Night Fights – Ratchet & Clank vs. Billy and Jimmy Lee

Who won last week’s Friday Night Fight? Turkey. Turkey won the fight. In absolute TKO fashion. Wow, you should have been there, what a gobble-ring. Err, clobbering.

When a villain is loose, when war is imminent, when the very known galaxy is facing certain destruction *breathless pause*… it’s totally inappropriate timing to have a popularity contest. But right now we’ve got peace, and with our 100 Best Heroes of All-Time rankings out, it’s time to tease out–scientifically!–just who is better than whom. We’ll tally up the votes at the end of each week and let you know which hero reigns supreme.

Tale of the tape: Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault drops this week, and as it’s never not a good time for a tag-team cage match, that’s just how we’re going to play it. But their opponent? Jak & Daxter? Bub and Bob? Nah. If we want to do a cage match up right, it’s gonna have to be Double Dragon’s Billy and Jimmy Lee.

Billy and Jimmy Lee (Double Dragon) – These days, the beat-’em-up genre has largely fallen into disrepair, with notable exceptions like Castle Crashers falling few and far between. But back in the ‘80s, when hair was big and vests were quite literally rad, Billy and Jimmy Lee of Double Dragon fame were raising all sorts of Cain as kings of the coin-up. Sure, Billy and Jimmy are little more than a stereotype–Americans who give that whole martial arts thing what for–but they do so with panache. Panache here, of course, is synonymous with dynamite, whips, knives, bats, rocks, oil drums, etc. etc.

Ratchet & Clank (Ratchet & Clank series) – Though he started off as a snarky, arrogant Lombax, Ratchet metamorphosed into a cool and confident commando with a penchant for invention and fixing junk. He’s an incredibly capable and adventurous character, and even has a compassionate side. Clank, on the other hand, is a lovable little guy that often acts as a counter to Ratchet’s do-first-think-later personality. He’s also a walking encyclopedia, providing a slew of facts to every ill-informed joke Ratchet rattles off. The playful interaction between these two makes them a hilariously fun pair of characters that can’t be separated.

Top tag-team?

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