12 fabulous fictional sci-fi and fantasy gifts

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Dec 14, 2012

Real people aren't the only ones to get presents—some of our favorite characters have gotten them as well. Since this is the season for giving, here are the some of the best presents ever given within sci-fi/fantasy movies and TV.

ANAKIN SKYWALKER'S LIGHTSABER

To: Luke Skywalker
From: Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Really, one of the sweetest gifts a sandy farm boy could ask for. Of course, old Ben didn't read Luke the entirety of the "from" portion of the card—he conveniently left out the whole intergalactic-despot-dad thing.


TIME-TRAVELING DELOREAN

To: Marty McFly
From: Doc Brown

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One could argue that this wasn't so much a present as an inheritance, given that Marty took possession of the stainless steel ride only after Doc Brown was gunned down by terrorists.


MITHRIL UNDERSHIRT

To: Frodo Baggins
From: Bilbo Baggins

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Even though Lord of the Rings has the gift-giving scene to end all gift-giving scenes—when Galadriel reveals that she spent all morning at the Elven Mall and spends a half-hour giving away camping equipment—this vest is worth a king's ransom, and not just in lives saved.


CLOAK OF INVISIBILITY

To: Harry Potter
From: Professor Dumbledore

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Quite a gamble, giving one of the Deathly Hallows to a boy who was so far from being able to defend himself or it from Voldemort's minions that his voice hadn't even changed. But Albus Dumbeldore was one to trust his gut—even if it killed him.


EXCALIBUR

To: King Arthur Pendragon
From: The Lady of the Lake

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Never mind the blokes from Monty Python, who didn't hold with Arthur's claim to the throne: "Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony. ... You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you. ... If I went 'round sayin' I was emperor, just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away." That said, it was still very nice of the Lady.


A TALE OF TWO CITIES AND READING GLASSES

To: James Kirk
From: Spock and Dr. McCoy

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Leave it to Kirk's outward manifestations of id and ego to give him presents that needed to be used together in order for him to enjoy them—and somehow managed to make him feel old at the same time.


POWER RING

To: Hal Jordan
From: Abin Sur

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If Hal had discovered cosmic cop Abin Sur's crashed spaceship a second or two later this ring—and the Green Lantern legacy that came with it—would've been something scavenged and not bequeathed. But it is a pretty badass piece of jewelry.


BLACKBIRD STEALTH FIGHTER

To: Laura Roslin
From: The Battlestar Galactica crew

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Well, maybe this technically wasn't a gift for her, exactly, and more a token of respect and recognition of her importance in the colonial fleet, but it did have the president's name on it. Which, if you ask any second grader, totally means it's hers.


A HOLO-MESSAGE FROM JACK CRUSHER

To: Wesley Crusher
From: Beverly Crusher

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When Wesley was but a baby, his father, Jack, recorded a hologram of himself so his son would know what he was like as a young man—because that man would be gone, hopefully replaced by an older, wiser Jack Crusher. The fact that Jack would die shortly after that recording lends Beverly's gift—one she'd forgotten about for years—that much more emotional resonance.


A TRIP TO THE MUSEUM

To: Vincent Van Gogh
From: The Doctor and Amy Pond

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Gifted with both genius and the madness that all too often comes with it, Van Gogh lived his life poor and unheralded as the artistic revolutionary he was. Until the Doctor and his companion took the manically depressed painter on a trip in the TARDIS to the Musee d'Orsay—where he was confronted with the totality of his impact on the modern world.


THE SUM TOTAL OF KRYPTON'S KNOWLEDGE

To: Kal-El
From: Jor-El

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Probably more of a birthright that a gift, per se, but still, that wicked Kryptonian crystal drive that Superman's father tucked in his infant son's escape pod gave the gift of awe-inspiring knowledge. (So much knowledge, in fact, you'd have to think that high school would've been a waste of time for the Americanized Clark Kent.)


SPARKLY AMULET

To: Mrs. Brisby
From: Nicodemus

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What looked like a mere bauble, given by a wise old rodent to his old friend's widow, turns out to be a pendant of unimaginable power. Unless, of course, you can imagine moving a cinderblock—that's also home to the Brisby family—out of a plow's way. Which is pretty much what it does. Probably a big deal for a mouse, though.