Help Me Choose One More Hero

Help Me Choose One More Hero

Earlier this afternoon I announced four of the winners of our No More Heroes 2 competition. But there were five prizes up grabs. I need your help to choose that final winner.

For me, the top four were clear stand-outs. However, I simply couldn’t pick a fifth winner. Below are the next best 24 entries. Take a look at them all and then let me know in the comments below who you believe deserves the fifth prize.

And more importantly, explain why. This isn’t just a popularity contest!


I’ll reveal the final winner tomorrow.


  • +1 for the Sam Fisher assassin! Not only is he completely bad-ass, but there’s no scarier place to be assassinated than infront of the bathroom mirror…

  • +1 to Jonno for his laugh out loud room-mate assassination in true geeky fashion.

    and if I get a 2nd vote…

    +1 to Dannie’s for the line: ‘geeks get the best toys’ – because it answers the comp requirements, and we all know it’s true!

  • The dude who was dedicated enough to get an Assassin’s Creed Costume. I don’t think anything else screams out assassin than his costume.

  • Wow! Some really amusing entries. Don’t know that I could pick a 5th winner either…

    Can I vote for myself?

    VOTE 1 RAGA!


  • + 1 for tommy with wheres wally.

    Not only did he give me an real LOL moment when I accidently clicked on it. But you know what, I think Where’s Wally has a lot to answer for. Who else can ‘blend’ in to a crowd with the most outrageous skivy and beanie combination like Wally.

    Not only that, but he is cleverly known as ‘Waldo or Wally’ depending on what country he is seen.

    Another thing, how does Wally or Waldo… IF THAT IS HIS REAL NAME!? get in to all these mysterious places… I tell you how, By being the unsuspecting assassin that he is!!! Smile away wally, smile away. Your not fooling me.

  • +1 for Manny Calavera from Grim Fandango (Mick D), because of THAT SCYTHE!!! Also, interesting addition of the Kotaku K.

  • +1 to the Grim Fandango guy. Scythe is pure win.

    The Travis Touchdown is simply re-used from Supanova… fail. And I suspect the Altair costume was just bought off of eBay.

  • +1 for corey l, you can’t beat an assassin that is Blanka AND Kakashi.

    Plus his dog stole his copy of NMH 1.

  • Personally I’d vote for myself… but that seems a little selfish so I’ll pass my vote on to someone else…

    For me it was a toss-up between Kate T and and Mick D… my love for Grim Fandango almost won it… but then the sheer epicness of the Kate T battle won me over…

    My vote is for Kate T. Good Luck!

  • A vote for Jared!
    One of the few photos that stand out within the avs and the using the lighting to create the shadow looks great.

    that pic is truly awesome great use of shadow and lighting with a nice sneak attack of Kotaku and a touch of cosplay combination to with it. check out those signature shady glasses adds a bit of freaky undercover hero character and yet theyve somehow imbued cutting edge technology with an awesome mac laptop.

    go jared good luck 🙂

  • Some really good entries there. There are about four different ones I liked but I’d have to go with the Sam Fisher costume. The costume says he’s a geek and when you see that look in his eyes, you just know he’s getting ready to jab you with something.

  • +1 for Jared.Simply because when I read the competition I immediately thought of a ninja wielding a shuriken…like c’mon who wouldnt wanna assasinate with a shuriken? Yuffie does 😛

  • I vote for Kate T. Because the photo makes no sense whatsoever, it has only served the dual purpose of infuriating and confusing me. And in this state I’m probably open to attack.

  • +1 for jared!
    it’s a fantastic photo. i love the shadow effect, and considering that ninjas are masters of the shadows, it all meshes together nicely.

  • Haha I’m kinda glad mines not there. I actually regret sending my entry in and wasting your time… but hey, I thought ‘why not’ since at the time there were only FIVE entries.

    I like the idea that we get the vote for the winner of the 5th prize. So +1 for Manny Calavera (Mick D).

  • awww no one’s voting for my Sisters first foray in competitions on this site! lol

    She normally looks over the site but i’m the loudmouth of the family and she is normally happy just to look and read – but she’s a massive fan of NMH so i convinced her to place an entry while i was over visiting my family on the weekend!

    I know it’s bias, but +1 to Snow Tiger (AKA Stacey :P)

    …plus if she wins it means there is less chance my copy will go missing when she comes to visit me 😛

  • Tommy D + Wally! 🙂

    You seriously need to be the ultimate assassin if you are going to find Wally in a busy area…

  • Screw not voting for myself. I vote for me because all my books give me great training for murder. Being a CA, chartered accountant is a perfect cover. Who suspects the nerdy accountant (btw CA really stands for chartered assassin). I have a shirt that is almost as good as the BJ5 shirt, but I can wear mine in public. And like all evil people, I have a beard, so I can stroke it while I blow up the nearest puppy orphanage.

  • +1 for Tommy D. I never expected to see Wally in a Kotaku Comp, Definetely stands out as the most creative idea here to me.

  • +1 for Tommy. Someone really needs to take care of that Wally character and I don’t see anyone else having a crack at it.

  • Judging from the entries here and their subsequent response, the odds are clearly against me. Still, I’ll state my case for being a winner as I’ve got nothing to lose.

    In my entry, I wanted to stray more into the otaku side of things as that is what Travis represents. An awkward, misguided otaku with a fond love for his pet. I don’t have a cat so I borrowed my girlfriend’s dog instead whom I love just as equally. Also, Travis never hides in the shadows when he kills his targets nor does he just shoot them. He confronts them head on, getting sucked into their little tricks but always managing to just stay ahead. Instead, I wanted to practice my lightning-based skills on my target (sorry Ming dog) by distracting him with a copy of NMH. Some assassins kill using complete stealth but others can be just as stealthy in the open through diversions and disguises. Or by just being painfully obvious like Travis.

    Ultimately, I wanted to feel like Travis. An unlikely hero who you know no one else is going to cheer for but in the end, manages to succeed over all odds.

  • Put me down for Mick D.

    Grim fandango shows a nerdy historical perspective plus the out fit is pretty sweet. A dead guy makes a good assasin.

    No one voted for me 🙁

  • When you look at all these as a photographer, you have to think to yourself which one shows the best use of camera to capture the essence of what the competition questions. So on that point…I reckon I’ll be voting for Jared A.

    You can see the photographer’s great use of positioning the main subject in the corner that emphasizes his superiority as a so called ‘ninja otaku assasin’. The lighting is just right for the scene created as well.

    Great photography all round but my glass goes up to Jared’s entry. Cheers.

  • Cheers, Palstran <3 And the others, too.

    I guess I'm taking my lead from Corey somewhat, explaining my entry. I just thought what about my geekiness would lend itself best to becoming an assassin. Which made me turn straight to my Manny outfit. It's got everything a good assassin needs.

    A suit, for starters. Because you always need to look your best. The mask would keep my identity safe. Then there's the gloves, great for keeping me from leaving fingerprints everywhere. Plus a scythe is way more badass than a katana 😛

  • Grim Fandango is winner for me because
    a) that outfit is so carefully crafted and amazingly swish
    b) the scythe is made perfectly
    c) the mask is an excellent replica
    d) the photography is very artistic
    e) its f*ckin hilarious

  • Honestly,when I look at them all in one go…the one that stands out the most for me is that ninja shadow one.Seriously. *eyes scans the entries* ooh! a shadow! That is all.

    +1 for nmh jared a

  • Maybe I should have also mentioned that the scythe was specifically made for this competition 😛

    Or maybe I should just stop posting already and go to bed >_>

    *votes for self in case forgot to do so already*

  • +1 for the dude dressed as Manny Calavera (“mick-d”).

    Dangerous weapon, check.
    Artistic b&w shot, check.
    Evidentially owns a white dinner jacket, check.

  • Jared’s is clever and well done but I’d vote for Snow Tiger; she has a really good point, who would find a corpse that she hid? I guess the flowers keep the room smelling good too.

  • I vote Kate T.

    I think that this display should earn the fifth award because, well, we should all have love for the handicapped. They deserve our respect. Don’t you agree?

    her display was an illustration of the inner strength of those who cannot express it outwardly physically… a gold star and an A+

  • I’m going to vote for nmh jared a. I just love the overall feel and atmosphere of it, the sneakiness of his shadow cast on the wall. It strikes out to me the most anyways. Great competition all round though, very interesting to see everyone’s interpretation.

  • I can’t resist a good toilet joke, and this one is NMH to the core.

    +1 for blunt’s save scene.

    also +1 for the Haruhi armband and the K-On tie. Otaku cred FTW!

  • Obviously Michael.B should win.
    In his picture it isnt’t the assassination of life but one’s very state of mind, done with an expert trolling.

  • Since no one voted for my one, i vote myself, because of breaking the 4th Wall and even as to assassinate Kotaku. Also the design was a little similar to the game manual in the first NMH, where it was comic book like.

  • I’m gonna give it to Kate T.

    Holly Summers has a prosthetic leg that fires missiles. Crutches as a weapon is almost as wacky.

    Oh, and that epic jump scratch/slap/flailing/seizure deserves points.

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