Noah Bennet vs. Benjamin Linus

“Heroes'” original bad-ass dad takes on the patriarch of “Lost.”

Even in the midst of newlyweddom, mid-semester shennanigans, and the current economic crisis, some things are just worth blogging about. My wife and I could not reach a consensus on Gandalf vs. Dumbledore, but we did make some progress on pitting TV’s two best dads against each other.

Noah Bennet would do anything to protect his daughter. He quit his job as a secret agent when the Company threatened her life. He later reenlisted in order to catch the supervillains who would threaten her. He has no superpowers because he does not need them. All he needs is a gun, a few ninja moves, and Plans A through C. If Bruce Wayne had enough emotional stability to settle down and raise a family, he would dream of being a man like Noah Bennet. In a bind, all Claire-bear really needs to do is shut up and trust her father. (Of course, she usually doesn’t and drama ensues. That’s why it’s TV.)

Benjamin Linus failed to save his daughter, but it was not for lack of trying. Some might call him a manipulative weasel. Maybe. But that’s only half the story. He has been the fearless leader of the native tribe inhabiting the Island. He can bend space and time if need be. He could convince a dozen of aircrash victims to stay on the Island rather than seek rescue. Okay, so he failed to convince the evil special ops forces to release his daughter. His revenge resulted in him slitting a man’s throat and blowing up a boat full of innocent civilians. But he has his own fare share of ninja moves and, beneath the mousy exterior, lies a force to be reckoned with. Did I mention that he killed his own father (and all of dad’s co-workers) in a poison gas attack?

Who would win in a fight? They’ve got a lot in common. Both:
-always have a plan
-ends always justify means
-possess the power of persuasion
-have ninja moves
-fiercely protective of their adoptive daughters

Ben “is a little crazier,” write Mutantreviewers, discussing Heroes vs. Lost. Maybe. But Bennet seems to be cooler under pressure. He’s better with a gun and equally capable at hand-to-hand combat. Ben’s greatest strength is getting other people to do his dirty work. He is a leader, however disreputable. Bennet is more of a loner, who would prefer to work with a trusted partner or alone. Ben relies more on verbal manipulation, but I doubt Bennet would be subject to his wiles. Unless they’re on the Island, my money’s on Bennet. And even if they were…. But, then again, Noah Bennet was the only one my wife could conceive of possibly beating Dumbledore.

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  1. I agree with your conclusion. Fact of the matter is, if it came down to it, Noah would have a few people come to help him out if needed…Ben has pretty much alienated anyone he has ever come in contact with.

    They’re both super-manipulators, though, so I could see this turning into a polite conversation with a “to be continued” conclusion.

    p.s. That link you posted pretty much goes against everything I stand for. I mean, they’ve got Parkman beating Locke? Really? Also, the clear winner between Mohinder and Sayid would be Sayid…if I’m ever walking around a dark jungle (and I don’t have you by my side) I would want Sayid! At the end the shows were somehow tied, when Lost > Heroes!

  2. And it’s not that you don’t like Heroes. Far from it. But Locke and Sayid are awesome. Parkman is incopetent and Mohinder needed to grow a pair, which he did, but now they’re a mutant pair. At least Lost vs. Heroes nailed Alejandro and co. (The post might also be a bit dated.)

  3. I’ll bet Ben would win, he might let Noah think he won, but in the end there would be some huge reveal and Ben would come out on top. I do think that Ben would get completely destroyed physically, but since when has that stopped him.
    – izi

  4. Izi,
    I’m not convinced. Being dead didn’t stop Noah last time. Noah has people who help him because they need him. Ben has people who help him because he manipulates them. It might be a draw, but I cannot conceive of Ben beating Noah.

  5. You’re probably right.
    I am a little biased, I appreciate that Heroes is a high quality show and I wathc it relgiously, but I am completely cobsessed with Lost.
    BTW I like your eagle it looks very westcoast.
    – izi

  6. Thank you. I love both shoes. The writing, acting, and general craftsmanship of Lost is superior, so I’m incline to agree with your general bias… but Bennet has stolen our hearts in ways that Linus never could.

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  8. Please, that little asthmatic nerd? My pistol is no match for his mysterious tropical island. “Oh, no! A palm tree! What’s it all mean?” Who cares! Unlike the retarded Losties, I won’t hesitate when it comes to killing Benjamin Linus.

    • Touché.

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