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Sun, Apr 22, 2018 11:09 PM

Live Poll: Television Archenemies With Greatest Chemistry

Who of these pairs of archenemies have the most sparks fly while sharing the screen? Note: mild spoilers. Also note: some of the pairs have survived numerous incarnations on TV and of those the more recent ones were mostly chosen. 

List: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls026093773/
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/vznsfY6_DuA/

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2 years ago

forgot West & Lovelass (Wild Wild West), Batman & baddies, 

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Great thanks for that suggeston, Stephen. I am mostly familiar about that franchise which, to be honest, made a decent effort of making an arch-nemesis dynamic between Loveless and West quite interesting, although the movie is a bit lacking.  

As for 1960's "Batman" series - there is a difficult situation with it: Batman proclaimed almost every significant foe of his archenemy at some point, so the poll might be oversaturated. Morevoer, it already has "Gotham" on the list, which is also a version of Batman  mythos (and, in my opinin, a great one). 

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I hated the movie Lovelass,better in the TV serial. & OK with Batman IE Gotham.

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2 years ago

Agree on additions 2.

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2 years ago

First poll suggestion Nikolay? Either way, great idea.

My vote would go to:

Breaking Bad: Walter White and Gustavo "Gus" Fring.

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Great thanks! Well, actually it is my second suggestion after this bit of a train wreck that I'm not sure I will be able to finish. :) 

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Delta House vs. Dean Wormer

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2 years ago

Hey, it's great to see a poll suggestion from you! 

FYC:
Dexter and Arthur ("The Trinity Killer")
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0773262/mediaviewer/rm2077920768
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0773262/mediaviewer/rm2061143552
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0773262/mediaviewer/rm3896610304

This is a very good idea for a poll and the list is wonderful, so far; bravo.

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"So far" is a good choice of words: I am afraid it's getting a bit cluttered and lacks system. ;) 

I thought about "Dexter" (one of my favorite series, btw) a lot: although arguably Dexter's main archenemy is Doakes (who makes a perfect anti-villain to his anti-hero and made an impact which was still there long after his demise and actually was quite important to Dexter's downfall), there are also, indeed, The Trinity Killer and The Ice Truck Killer. Both left some large toll on Dexter's life, so I decided to include all three of them. Hopefully it won't clutter the poll too much (it's really hard not to add a few options for many series and sometimes even characters). :) 

Truth be told, I am not a big fan of Season 4, which seems to be a very unpopular opinion. It oversahdows rather good 3rd and 5th seasons of the series (which for some reason are usually panned) and compared to other main antagonists, despite excellent portrayal by John Lithgow, Trinity seems to be a bit too convenient and overpowered.  

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I liked Season 4 but I agree that it often overshadows Seasons 3 & 5, which are both excellent. And I also was going to suggest Brian / The Ice Truck Killer, as I think their chemistry is perhaps the best of the three and would probably get my vote for the whole list. I just wasn't sure they would be considered enemies, exactly, but I'm glad you included him. :)

The only reason I said "so far" is because, at the time, there weren't 35 options yet and I didn't want to assume it was finished. I don't think the list is too crowded. You can have up to 35 options and most polls do have that many and it's fine. It's certainly not a requirement to have 35, of course, but polls just cannot have more than 35.

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2 years ago

Poll Suggestion: Television Archenemies With Greatest Chemistry
by Nikolay Yeriomin, Champion
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Law & Order: Criminal Intent  (2001-2011)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0275140/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0275140/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0275140/trivia
The character of Detective Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio)
is based on the popular fictional character of Sherlock Holmes
The character of Nicole Wallace (Olivia d'Abo)
is a direct attempt to play on the part
of Sherlock Holmes' female antagonist Irene Adler,
also known as "The Woman".
Olivia d'Abo's fate as a recurring villain
was once held in the balance by a phone-in poll.
An overwhelming majority of fans voiced their desire for her to get away again.

Vincent D'Onofrio   ... Detective Robert Goren (141 episodes, 2001-2011) 
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000352/

Olivia d'Abo   ...    Nicole Wallace (6 episodes, 2002-2011)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001882/


- Anti-Thesis (2002) ... Elizabeth Hitchens / Nicole Wallace
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0629505/reference
This episode Introduces Olivia d'Abo as serial killer Nicole Wallace, Det. Goren's arch nemesis.

- A Person of Interest (2003) ... Elizabeth Hitchens / Nicole Wallace
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0629503/reference
Detective Goren tested Nicole Wallace's left hand for anthrax

- Great Barrier (2004) ... Elizabeth Hitchens / Nicole Wallace
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0629538/reference
Goren has to interrogate his chameleon like nemesis, Nicole Wallace,
when she becomes a suspect in the slaying of a jewelry thief.

- Grow (2005) ... Nicole Wallace
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0629539/reference
Bobby and Nicole Wallace match wits again
as he and Eames attempt to solve the murder of a health inspector.

- Frame (2008) ... Nicole Wallace
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1031396/reference
Goren's brother is murdered, and his old nemesis, Nicole Wallace, appears to be the killer.


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It was really hard to find a photo of them on the Internet and I hope I succeded enough. 

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2 years ago

An update: so far list was extended to 31 entries and there are 6 more pictures pending which I also hope to include. 

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Oops. :) As there are 31 already and 6 pending it will probably take some additional time to re-consider some of the options... 

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Further update: out of 6 images 5 were declined (including two archenemies from 1990's "The Flash" the only photo of Nicole Wallace and Robert Goren I've found that could have been eligible, Barbas from "Charmed" and Ari Haswari from "NCIS"). Let's consider this a sign and roll with what we already have. :)

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2 years ago

As I say in my posts above, I think this poll is quite good but there are some problems with some of the images. Some of the photos don't crop well so some of the characters don't show up in the thumbnail images, which are close to the size of the images when they appear in a poll. In a few other images, characters just don't appear clearly in the smaller sized images. 

When choosing images, try to pick photos in which:
1. the characters are toward the center of the photo (so they don't get cropped out) 
2. the main characters appear close-up enough that they are clearly invisible even in a smaller version of the photo (for example, in the thumbnail images shown on the list)

The following are the images that I don't think show up or crop well, which make it less likely that the poll will go live so I would try to replace these photos:

#3
#4
#6
#11
#12
#14
#15
#17
#18
#20
#25
#26
#27
#29

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Will try my best to replace the photographs, but I should say that finding the photographs with two characters being there, let alone thse that demonstrate some animosity/interaction between the two is really hard. 

Edit: Also #3 is one of my personal favorites out of those photographs, to be fair.

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Will they, by the way, crop similarly to how it crops when I edit the list, or the system differs? Because if the former, most photos look fine with both actors at least partially there and in most cases actually appearing nicely centered... 

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@Nikolay,

Images are cropped to a square (1x1) aspect ratio. So what you show is close to how they would look in a poll.

Images are cropped to a 3x2 aspect ratio when a poll is selected to be featured on the IMDb Home Page. This is roughly how the first image in your poll would be cropped if it were featured on the Home Page.


As you can see the cropping would not be very representative of the original image. In general, its difficult to find images for couples that work well. They tend to be placed at opposite sides of the frame.

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I see... I'm trying my best at finding better photos and already replaced a few with ones in which characters are standing closer to each other. 

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Dan is the expert on cropping, so the images, as they are now, should work in a poll, just not for the home page, but it might not even be time for a new home page poll. And yes, you are so right about it being difficult to find good images of two characters, especially good images that crop well. 

Depending on when this poll goes live, I might have time tonight to try to find some better photos elsewhere online and upload them to IMDb so you choose from those if you want to, but if Dan thinks they're ok as they are, I'm sure they'll work. :)

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Great thanks, rubyfruit76. In some cases I have actually uploaded photographs myself, because there were no available and/or good ones on IMDb. 

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@Nikolay,

Sadly, some really good poll suggestions do not go live for lack of suitable images. The images for your poll are probably OK for it to go live. Finding images suitable for the IMDb Home Page may be too challenging.  

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In some cases I have actually uploaded photographs myself, because there were no available and/or good ones on IMDb. 

Oh, yeah, then you know what I mean, lol. The way I got started contributing images was when I would be creating a poll and I would get stuck because I would come to an option on the list for which IMDb didn't yet have a photo. Fortunately, I find looking for and uploading images to be kind of fun - I guess I'm somewhat of an image nerd, lol.

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I just uploaded a few images for Dexter and James Doakes, as well as Walter White and Gus Fring. They would appear on Erik King's Dexter page and Giancarlo Esposito's BB page. I'll keep an eye out for them, in case you might prefer them. Wow, it certainly is difficult to find images for both pairs anywhere. If I have time, I'll look for a few others, in case they might help. 

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I just uploaded a few images for Dexter and James Doakes, as well as Walter White and Gus Fring. They would appear on Erik King's Dexter page and Giancarlo Esposito's BB page. I'll keep an eye out for them, in case you might prefer them. Wow, it certainly is difficult to find images for both pairs anywhere. If I have time, I'll look for a few others, in case they might help. 

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Great thanks, rubyfruit76! Will use the replacements soon!  

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2 years ago

Sherlock Holmes and Jim Moriarty.

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2 years ago

Good one.

Correction:
Which of these pairs of archenemies have the most sparks fly while sharing the screen?

You haven't written anything in #3.

FYC:
Rick and Negan in The Walking Dead
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1520211/mediaviewer/rm2716809728

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Added, great thanks for suggestion and corrections (applied as well).

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2 years ago

Like the Idea, Nikolay.

My Vote: Sherlock and Jim Moriarty.

In #3 Theres no note.

FYC:
From Godless, Frank Griffin and Roy Goode.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5516154/...

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Great thanks for corrections and suggestion! 

Photo in #3 was changed and at some point I forgot to insert the comment.