It’s officially time for Alpha Showdown 2012! We’ve pulled together 16 of the most kickass characters from urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels and with your votes placed them into a NCAA-style bracket. Only one will be named champion.
Round one brings together a master vampire known for being ruthless with everyone except his wife and a witch who is not to be trifled with (she does have vampires, fairies and demons around her all the time).
Read the pitches, then make the call. Who should advance to the next round in the Alpha Showdown? The poll at the end of this post will be open for two days. Remember, alphas don’t share titles. Your votes decide who advances in the Alpha Showdown 2012.
Supernatural status: Master vampire
Bones has gone head to head with a voodoo queen, ghosts, government agencies, a scary mother-in-law and the most-lauded literary vampire of all time, all to stand up for his woman and his people. Arguably, the most powerful vampire on the planet chose to share power with him. He’s looked death in the face and came out on the other side stronger. If you want the definitive Alpha, you need to look no further than Bones.
You want examples? Fine, take a seat and lets discuss what happens when you combine lethal precision, deadly fangs and undead sex drive to spare. Cat was unfortunate enough to come up against a vampire who had a heart literally in the wrong place. As the result of a staking gone wrong, Bones was about to lose Cat. He beheaded that vampire with the hood of a car. Yeah, that’s right, he slung a car hood with piercing accuracy.
Need more? He ripped the limb off a ghoul and, to add insult to injury, beat the ghoul with his own arm. I don’t know about you, but to bitch slap someone around with their own arm seems pretty badass to me. Not only that, but Bones appears to now have the ability to telekinetically whoop ass. That’s right, brawn and brains. He’s taken a bullet to the head, been faced death, had his mind taken over and fought with demons, all to come out better, stronger and faster on the other side.
Let’s not forget that nobody can rock chain mail like Bones.
When he’s not shagging Cat senseless or traveling the world keeping wayward vamps in line, he hangs with Mencheres, Spade, Ian and, on the rare occasion, Vlad. His line pays their tithes willingly and wet themselves at the very mention of his name. Why? Because he’s Bones. And he’s the ultimate Alpha.
Supernatural status: Witch or ???
Rachel has a talent for brewing some kick ass spellsâ€¦and for finding herself in hot water. She has a tendency to leap before she looks. Sheâ€™s fearlessâ€¦well, she doesnâ€™t let that fear hinder her. She also has help from a demon, who would love nothing more than to drag Rachel back to the underworld.
Between her mad spell brewing and help from the demon realm, Rachel could kill any other supernatural she faces. She may need silver for her first opponent, Bones, and while she doesnâ€™t normally carry any, she wonâ€™t let that stop her. Sheâ€™ll have a potion that can stop Bones in his track long enough for Rachel to disarm him and kill him with his own stake.