#321 – Nerdy Messiahs

Yesterday was Easter and we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The story of the Messiah is the central story of the universe, which is why there are so many messianic figures in all of our narratives. Below are some nerdy messianic figures and how they stack up against Jesus.

 

Jesus

Gandalf

Vader

Jean Grey

Spock

Means of Death

Cross

First-degree burns

Lightsaber wounds

Radiation

Radiation (How unoriginal)

Killed By

 

Romans

Balrog

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Damaged shuttle

Warp core

Tomb

 

Cave

Mountain top

Cybernetic suit

Underwater space cocoon

Photon torpedo

Resurrected By

Holy Spirit

I didn’t read the Silmarillion

Emperor Palpatine

The Phoenix Force

The Genesis Device

Powers Gained through Death

None. Already omnipotent.

White wizard powers

Underwater breathing

Everything

Role in new Star Trek

Circle of Friends

Disciples

The Fellowship

Robocop and WALL-E

The X-Men

Crew of the Enterprise

Positive Results

Salvation

Victory at Helm’s Deep

Emperor’s death

Awesome storyline

Star Trek IV

Negative Results

Sunrise Service

Too many gray robes

Jedi deaths

Dark Phoenix

Star Trek V

So many of our books, comics, movies and television shows will always have threads of the Jesus’ narrative. Even without messianic figures like these above, we can still find Jesus’ story everywhere we look. We just need to open our eyes and be willing to look.

In what other narratives have you seen Jesus’ story?

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6 Responses to “#321 – Nerdy Messiahs”

  1. Wilko Olles Says:

    For some reason I always expected God to look like Gandalf…

  2. I see Jesus’ story narrated in the Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. With puppets. It was awesome.

  3. I love the good results/bad results on Spock! Totally agree. Just had an amazing experience with II-IV and quite unwisely followed with V, confirming my eternal hatred of that film. (Except for a few great moments.)

    As to where else I see Jesus, definitely in Data (TNG) and Benjamin Sisko (DS9). Also in Harry Potter. 🙂

    • I haven’t read enough of Harry’s story to see his messianic qualities yet.

      Sisko is an interesting messianic figure since he fought it for so long.

      • I find that aspect of Sisko’s character interesting as well. It’s a great picture of the internal struggle that Jesus had to overcome, if it’s perhaps more drawn out over time.

        When you get done with Harry, let me know. My dear friend is a Harry Potter expert. I’ve written two articles interviewing her on her views of Harry as a Christ figure. Beautiful stuff. 🙂

  4. Buffy jumped into a multidimensional portal to save the universe and was resurrected the next season by Willow, who later became somewhat of a Goddess. Spike also returned to life (or the vampire equivalent) after sacrificing himself to close the Hellmouth. A character even compares him to Gandalf.

    John Crichton from Farscape dies more times than I can recount, but the most notable was in The Peacekeeper Wars. What’s interesting about that time is that when he’s resurrected, he actually loses a power instead of gaining one.

    The Doctor does this every couple of years and Jack Harkness seems to die at least once an episode.

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