MultiVersus is one of the most recent franchise crossover games, and Warner Bros. is definitely one of the best companies in terms of the number of IPs they own. They not only have Cartoon Network, but they also have DC Comics, Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, multiple video game franchises, and many other works across many different media.
While the game has already had some great character choices, there are still plenty that would be great to add. However, there are also some choices that I think would be a bad fit. So today, I’m going to look at 10 of the best WB characters to add, and five of the worst. For this list, I won’t be including anyone who was featured in the datamine leak, and I am assuming that everyone in the leak will come eventually, at least for the ones I want, anyway.
The 10 Best Warner Bros. Characters to add to MultiVersus
LEGO Batman (The LEGO Movie)
Honestly, this pick is both a very funny choice – especially since we already have Batman – and a good idea in general. LEGO is a huge brand name for Warner Bros., as it’s one of the biggest brands Warner Bros. has interests in. Sure, Emmet from The LEGO Movie is expected to appear, but that’s just a little vanilla for my tastes. Plus, LEGO Batman being in the game means we could get the legendary Will Arnett to reprise his role! And frankly, nothing could make me happier than if that happened.
In addition to the common tools Batman employs, there would be a lot of potential humor with LEGO Batman having to build things to use to support himself or take down his opponents.
The Monarch (Venture Bros.)
Brock Samson is the obvious choice for a Venture Bros. representative, but that’s honestly part of why I don’t want him. He’d be fun, sure, but I feel like he’d be a little limited. He’d never be able to be as gruesome or creative as he is in the show, as I doubt Warner Bros. wants Brock to be able to [redacted] Superman’s [redacted] and [redacted] them in Batman’s [redacted]. Meanwhile, The Monarch is a more comical character, though unintentionally, and his violence is relatively toned down even in Venture Bros.
Wile E. Cotoye (Looney Tunes)
For this entry, I specifically want the Wile E. Coyote from the Bugs Bunny shorts. Unlike the Road Runner shorts, Wile E. Coyote in this one actually speaks, and his persona is that of a genius with a massive ego with a British accent. I would be okay with either (maybe the genius persona and regular persona are separate skins), but the dynamic works really well with the fact that he’s constantly inventing these elaborate contraptions.
One thing that I think would be interesting is to make him a high-risk, high-reward character. The whole gimmick of Wile E. Coyote is the fact that he never gets the Road Runner, and his plans backfire. So perhaps he could be a joke character, or even a character who uses his backfires to damage the opponent as well as him. This would require some pretty careful balancing if they did the latter, but if they pulled it off, he’d be a really interesting choice even if you didn’t care about Wile E. Coyote.
Marceline the Vampire Queen (Adventure Time)
Personally, my favorite character from Adventure Time, Marceline, would work perfectly in this game. Plus, Adventure Time is not so small a franchise that MultiVersus cannot afford to include a third representative. Heck, I could even see a justification for a fourth member with Princess Bubblebum! All that aside, Marceline has a lot of fun moveset options, including using her music and her vampire abilities.
One thing that Marceline has going for her is that fans are not the only people who want to see Marceline appear in MultiVersus. Namely, the director of the game itself is hoping that she will one day be playable too. She did not appear in the datamine leak, which suggests that if we do ever get her, it will be somewhat down the road. Hopefully, MultiVersus will continue to succeed so we can one day see the Vampire Queen show up!
Furiosa (Mad Max: Fury Road)
We appear to be getting the eponymous Mad Max in the future, but Furiosa was really the star of Fury Road, my personal favorite entry in the franchise. The character was very well written, and well performed by Charlize Theron, and fans are clamoring to see more of her in any form. Whether that be in a Mad Max movie, in a Furiosa spin-off, or even as a playable character in MultiVersus. She’s a character willing to do anything within reason to do what she believes is right, and even when she’s at her lowest, she’s always a badass.
Thyra the Valkyrie (Gauntlet)
When it comes to video game characters, Mortal Kombat is easily the number one most-wanted addition by Warner Bros. However, I think it would be way more interesting to include someone else, for two reasons. The first reason is explained in the later section, and the second reason is because it’s not the only video game franchise Warner Bros. owns. Gauntlet is one of the oldest they own, and it’s an iconic one to boot.
Gauntlet as a series is not terribly complicated, meaning that the source material does not provide much for a character. However, Gauntlet as a whole has enough elements that you can have fun with it. I mean, if Nintendo can make Pac-Man work in Super Smash Bros., I think Warner Bros. can make a Gauntlet character work too.
Now, this is an incredibly niche pick, but depending on how old you are and what you watched when you were a kid, you probably had a flash of recognition pop into your head. For the uninitiated, T.O.M. is the mascot of Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. This block originated in the 90s during the middle of the day to show anime, and is now being used to show anime on Adult Swim. Plus, he’s voiced by Steve Blum, who’s perhaps most famous for his portrayal of the super cool Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop. For those of us who grew up with T.O.M., seeing him in the game would be the hypest thing.
Roy Batty (Blade Runner)
Once again, this character may not be the first choice for his respective choice, but I think he’s the most iconic choice they could do. Roy Batty represents a lot of the themes behind Blade Runner, namely the fact that he was a very human individual in spite of being an artificial being. In terms of an actual moveset, Roy also makes more sense as a fighter than Rick Deckard who, for the most part, is just a competent human. Harrison Ford’s character simply cannot compete with a character who is both more representative of the themes of Blade Runner and a more interesting concept for a fighter.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Whether we get just one of Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo, or Donatello, or we get all four as one character, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a must-have for a Warner Bros. franchise fighter. The turtles are built for fighting, and they’ve been favorites of children and adults alike ever since they were originally created back in the early 80s. Everyone has a favorite Ninja Turtle (mine is Donatello), and Injustice 2 showed just how well the four could work as a single fighter.
Bill Murray (Space Jam)
Okay, hold on, don’t leave, just hear me out! I believe that, of anyone they could add to MultiVersus, Bill Murray is the number one choice, and it’s not even close. There’s also precedence to include Bill Murray himself, since we already go LeBron James based on his appearance in the Space Jam sequel.
If you forgot, or haven’t seen the original Space Jam, Bill Murray actually appeared as himself, and even participated in the game between the Looney Tunes and the Monstars. Granted, he doesn’t have an animated version like LeBron had, but how amazing would it be for Bill Murray to be just like himself in this game? Just a guy cracking wise while hanging out with Superman and Jake.
The 5 Worst Warner Bros. Characters to add to MultiVersus
Anyone from Mortal Kombat (except maybe Sub-Zero)
Much like Brock Samson, Mortal Kombat would just feel a little out of place, simply because the game would be very limited in terms of what they are allowed to do. It would be like having Scorpion ripping out Mario’s spine in Super Smash Bros. And as if to prove my point, they actually did this back in the day with Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, which was the first Mortal Kombat game to receive a rating lower than M for Mature. This was presumably because a mandate came down from on high stating that, no, Noob Saibot could NOT decapitate Green Arrow.
Despite this, Scorpion and Sub-Zero DO appear to be coming to MultiVersus eventually. Yet, I can’t say I’m exactly excited about seeing them, as I don’t think they will live up to their ultraviolence. It boils down to Mortal Kombat characters being too violent and thus feeling weird, or being not violent enough and thus feeling weird. But hey, maybe they can pull it off. It wouldn’t be the craziest thing to happen in the world.
Big Bird (Sesame Street)
Don’t get me wrong, I love Big Bird! He’s always been one of my favorite Muppets behind Grover. However, I feel like, even among Sesame Street characters, he is simply far too innocent to feel right in a game like this. Sesame Street characters are just too kid-like usually for me to get behind their inclusion. Now, if we’re talking about Oscar the Grouch, that is the one exception I would allow. I could totally see Oscar throwing down, smashing a pair of trash can lids on someone’s head like a pair of cymbals.
Pepe le Pew (Looney Tunes)
Honestly, I think it’s pretty self-explanatory why Pepe le Pew would be a terrible choice for any appearance. The very conceit behind his character is that he forces himself on women, and there is honestly not that much more to him. I don’t think that it would translate well to MultiVersus at all, and Warner Bros. would do well to keep him out of MultiVersus as they have with Looney Tunes.
Sheldon (Big Bang Theory)
I’m sorry, but I just do not like The Big Bang Theory. The show is just not very well-written, and Sheldon is an insufferable character. I know that we’re meant to dislike him to some extent, but we’re also meant to understand that he’s smart (when sometimes he isn’t as smart as the show would like us to believe). Most importantly, however, is the fact that, if he got into MultiVersus, I’d have to fight against two troll opponents spamming “Bazinga!” taunts at me over and over again.
Anyone from Harry Potter
This is going to be a controversial choice, but to be honest, that’s the whole point – including Harry Potter in MultiVersus is only going to attract a lot of conflict. Harry Potter has gotten a lot of heat due to comments made by J.K. Rowling about the transgender community, which has caused extremely polarized views of the franchise. Some people began to hate it more, while others began to love it more, just to either stick it to Rowling or support her. The best thing, I think, is for MultiVersus to just keep the stink of that controversy out of their hair.
Sadly, it sounds like Harry Potter characters are at least being considered for MultiVersus. I can’t say I’d make the decision myself, but hey, I’m not a game developer, am I?