#1 Posted by HankKi (59 posts) - - Show Bio

Constantine gets a week of prep time.

Morals off.

Classic Fate.

#2 Posted by capfan80 (348 posts) - - Show Bio

This is a joke right? Fate obliterates.

#3 Posted by blackadamFTW (7867 posts) - - Show Bio


#4 Posted by HankKi (59 posts) - - Show Bio

Not really, Fate most likely loses.

#5 Posted by Vortex13 (12250 posts) - - Show Bio

John Constantine may be way cooler, but there is absolutely no way he could beat Dr Fate.

#6 Posted by TheAntiReVamp (389 posts) - - Show Bio

John isn't on that level of Sorcery.

#7 Posted by HankKi (59 posts) - - Show Bio

Johnny Boy has preps.

#8 Posted by Ancient_0f_Days (11987 posts) - - Show Bio

@HankKi: wow .... way to start off your first few days on comic vine with absolutely pointless spite threads ......

Fate stomps ......

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#9 Posted by HankKi (59 posts) - - Show Bio

@Ancient_0f_Days said:

@HankKi: wow .... way to start off your first few days on comic vine with absolutely pointless spite threads ......

Fate stomps ......

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Meh..don't like this site anyways..but im spending time on this site because I'm a loser..

#10 Posted by Ancient_0f_Days (11987 posts) - - Show Bio

@HankKi said:

@Ancient_0f_Days said:

@HankKi: wow .... way to start off your first few days on comic vine with absolutely pointless spite threads ......

Fate stomps ......

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Meh..don't like this site anyways..but im spending time on this site because I'm a loser..

if you say so ........... (>_>)

#11 Posted by Mercy_ (92676 posts) - - Show Bio

Classic Fate is at a ridiculous level.

#12 Posted by beatboks1 (7090 posts) - - Show Bio

@Vortex13: @TheAntiReVamp: @capfan80: @Ancient_0f_Days:

Mercy re-opened at my request.

I would Just like to point out that while Fate is vastly more powerful than Constantine. Using guile and cunning John has defeated/beaten characters as or MORE powerful.

Such as

Unless your all telling me Fate is SOOO much more powerful than the presence.

#13 Posted by Morpheus_ (29873 posts) - - Show Bio
@beatboks1: That's not a defeat, beat. Earlier in that story John was tricked by the First of the Fallen, and what he did was suggest that with him in charge of Hell, God's (or the Presence's, if you will) troubles would be considerably worse in a few hundred years time. It does nothing to cement a case for him against Fate in a direct confrontation.
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#15 Posted by beatboks1 (7090 posts) - - Show Bio

@Morpheus_: True, but it is an instance of him getting the better of the Presence. Hence the reason I said defeated/beaten . His many instances of defeating the First of the Fallen (who would arguably be Fate level) are more. When he took Gabriel's heart as a means of hiding himself from and battling the FOF, there are dozens more where he has gotten the better of beings arguably in Fate's league. For that matter showing Timothy Hunter how to get certain things done.

I'm not saying for a second he wins. Just pointing out there is more to this than JUST power, the prep means he can take teh odd one.

#16 Posted by Mercy_ (92676 posts) - - Show Bio

Stop flagging the battle, please.

#17 Posted by Killemall (18477 posts) - - Show Bio

Given this prep Constantine could con Fate in doing what he wants, but in a physical confrontation there isnt much constantine can do.

#18 Edited by Morpheus_ (29873 posts) - - Show Bio
@beatboks1: I can't say I recall the FotF doing anything on Fate's level off hand. Most of his power is implied, or tied to his stature, while Fate has ample demonstrations of actual power to exceed the Fallen's few on panel feats, but I don't need to instruct you on Fate; it would be blasphemous on my part. Also, the First seems to suffer from down syndrome under most writers, bar Mike Carey. John has actually said he can outplay him with one hand tied behind his back or some other colloquialism of that sort.
Sure, John has accomplished amazing things with prep. I'd argue (and already have) that for a man of his means, his prep feats outweigh those of some of the most infamous prep masters in comics. But still, even in the example you mentioned of him stealing Gabriel's heart, he had extensive prep (that extended to months, not just a week), outside help from various sources, and he caught Gabriel unaware by using Chantinelle. Also, by the end of that charade, he quite nearly still lost to the First of the Fallen, who stole Gabriel's heart back. Even John's absolute best plans are not without plenty of cracks, and in most occasions they are one-sided -- his opponents don't have extensive prep of their own to counter him, and/or underestimate him. 
It's why I don't think John always wins in prep battles just because of who he has tricked in the past. Time frame, context and who his opponent is count for much. In an actual comic, I am quite certain (and willing to bet on it), that if John learned he had to go against someone with the helmet of Fate, his response would be, "Bollocks!" and unless the lives of people close to him like Chas or Epiphany were in danger, he'd simply go into hiding and let the affair blow off.
#19 Posted by beatboks1 (7090 posts) - - Show Bio

@Morpheus_: I am looking at this based on the "implied" power. I can recall some references to that level of power during the ark where John killed the FOF in Greece resulting in him being made mortal.There are also plenty of fate's own battles where he had to work for a victory over demonic level beings who would not be at the level of the Lord of Hell. Some of the demons that John has exorcised or defeated also have showings level with those of Fate's enemies (that he has had to fight hard to beat)

Not questioning that the prep her is not enough or lacks context, or saying that John wins in a full on confrontation. However the notion that Fate "obliterates", "stomps" or that there is "NO WAY" john can best him is IMO fraught with problems.

I think your take on the whole "bollocks" and duck and cover is completely correct (let's face it his first act when FOF was after his @$$ was to hide it by calling in debts from the succubus etc. He also at the same time however started preparing for the inevitable failure of his hiding. I think your right, that his first instinct would be to keep out of harms way, but I also think he'd be getting means to protect himself from Fate ready in case that went south.

I'm just trying to point out that power alone doesn't win the day against Johnny boy. And just because John isn't at Fate's level of sorcery doesn't mean John couldn't pull the odd win because Fate isn't at his level of guile and trickery. And it's usually those things that make Fate struggle for the win. Example in case would be Fate's battle with the Lord of Chaos and Aztec god Totec (immortal Dr Fate 1985). Totec's plan was to have Fate defeat himself by giving the jealousy his wife Inza felt of the fate entity form. In doing so the demon this jealousy formed if Fate destroyed it would kill Inza resulting in Kent no longer being willing host. No host mean no Fate. Fate almost did exactly what Totec wanted but at the crucial moment called the Orb of Nabu and saw what doing so would do. From that instance on the protection of Inza became a prime directive if you will of Fate.

There are other examples of less powered mystics defeating vastly more powerful ones with the "right knowledge" or prep. Sargon defeating Karkul for example in All Star Squadron. Karkul had defeated the Spectre several times and defeated "classic Fate" prior to Sargon getting invovled. Sargon however used a weakness of Karkul's to take him down. In the Phantom Stranger mini in the late 80's he had been depowered and was forced to use the same type of power that John has access to ( the mana all around through invocation and manipulation )yet he defeated powerful Lords of Chaos intent on bringin Earths destruction. John is a better prepper than Sargon and has tricked Stranger before too.

#20 Posted by beatboks1 (7090 posts) - - Show Bio

To hone the point.

Sheer Power alone doesn't win a magic character battle. it never has. If it did than Dr Strange (classic or otherwise) would have never gotten the better of Dormammu, Shuma-Gorath, never broken the bonds of LT and countless other victories he's had. Fate would have likewise lost many of his battles. Arion would have lost 60% of his because they were during periods he was depowered having burned out his power facing some cataclysm or another a few issues earlier. Like wise John Constatnine would have lost to every single demon he's demon he's beaten aver the life of his publication. Sargon would have lost many of his battles. Daimon Hellstrom would have lost almost every battle he had prior to having attained the full power of Hell's ruler. Lady Blaze and her brother would never have beaten their father Shazam. Sargon would not have bested Kulak, Spectre in early GA appearances would not have beaten Zor, Dr Druid would have been a joke to almost every mystic he faced, as would have been Dr Occult.

Wins in magic come down not to the power but the cunning with which it's applied. All magic users can simply entreat greater power and with enough time build the power through spells needed to match the greater powered opponent. It comes down to whether they can occupy or distract that more powerful opponent while they build that power or can they do so in the preparation before battle. No one is better at misdirection or having the right spell invocation ready IMO than John. Fate, and Strange would be pretty close behind. John as a rule does not invoke power. he hates the arrogance with which these "higher" beings think they can lord it over mere mortals and loves to show them that it can be thrown back at them. He does however have no problem using the rules of these very powers against themselves.

Frankly with a weeks prep (if it was classic Fate) Johnny would work his trade and somehow acquire the soul or hold the safety of Inza Nelson (if it was another fate whatever soul would matter to them as much, Fury for hector, etc) and hold that as a carrot to keep Fate in line (if hiding didn't work).

#21 Posted by XxGin (1350 posts) - - Show Bio

Constantine with a week of prep against classic Fate? Lol do you hate Fate?!