The Chad Kroeger Challenge

Way back in Laser Time – Episode 9, we asked you guys to find us the greatest YouTube tribute video that incorporates Chad Kroeger’s immortal serenade “Hero” from the Spider-Man soundtrack. Jesus Christ, why did you deliver so hard!

Look: I was like you once. I’d here the song “Hero” and I’d immediately cringe. I hated it, I openly mocked it, I’d play it on repeat and full blast as a method of torture to coax crying girlfriends out of locked bathrooms. But guess what? Now… I love it! And not ironically, and with 85% percent sincerity, sorta echoing the same trajectory my morbid curiosity with Journey’s heartfelt blend of syrupy corn eventually turned me into a full blown fan. And that’s the biggest warning I can deliver here, because I promise that watching at least one minute into each of these videos might be the funniest time you’ll waste all week. Batman t-shirt winners announced below.

GHOSTBUSTER HERO TRIBUTE


Submitted by FlipDock
Notes: So glad somebody’s recognized that Ghostbusters is far more than “awesome” and “hilarious” and finally elevated them to super-serious HERO status.

BATMAN: TAS HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by codystovall
Notes: There is nothing to hate about this one.

OPTIMUS PRIME HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by codystovall
This is just gorgeous. Where does that ancient CG come from? Please tell me the YouTuber made it himself!

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by lolwarf
One of several thousand Sonic tributes out there  on the web.

JPEG SONIC THE ARTIFACTED HEDGEHOG HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by WillyFresh992
This is so painstakingly horrible you can’t help but admire it. Some kid with zero video editing ability had so much love for Sonic he just HAD to get it out there.

MEGA MAN X HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by ReasonableFanboy
This is glorious

MIKE VOGEL HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by Samael
Who the fuck is Mike Vogel?!

MICHAEL JACKSON HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by Brett Graham
Even the most hated person in the world can become a hero simply by dying unexpectedly.

RUNESCAPE HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by 23Breach
Fantastically terrible!

THE ROCK HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by Flip Dock
Just to clarify, this is a tribute to Dwayne Johnson the wrestler, and not the Michael Bay movie starring Nicholas Cage. Although that would’ve been perfectly suitable too!

TOMMY THE GREEN/WHITE/RED POWER RANGER HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by BlueGrassSmoker
Just astounding. A tribute to Tommy featuring every colored Ranger he ever played… did that sound racist?

BATMAN BEYOND HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by BoxingMarco
I think I’m all caught up on the show now.

AMATEUR POLE DANCER HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by Shawn Costa
Notable for being the only submission that in camera sound that, but is not a camera pointed at a CRT television!

CRT TELEVISION HORSEY HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by
Wonderfully atrocious!

TALESPIN KIT THE CLOUDKICKER HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by MonicledYaoGuai
Imagining someone sitting at a desk and cutting together TaleSpin footage to this song makes me so sad I loop around and get happy again.

ANIMORPHS HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by MonicledYaoGuai
I know nothing about Animorphs, but this video proves there’s absolutely nothing on the internet that doesn’t exist.

FLASH GORDON HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by egregious
Just bizarre. If you’re old enough to be moved by the song how can you possibly have any interest in Flash Gordon?!

STAR FOX HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by Elfangor01
I promise you I’ve watched dozens of these already and this is the one that gave me goosebumps.

9/11 / STAR WARS HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by Grif
This one starts out with 20 seconds of Linkin Park, and stranger still, plays that song over FOOTAGE OF SEPTEMBER 11TH, IWO JIMA, AND LANCE ARMSTRONG. Then there’s lightsabers. Can say this YouTube auteur doesn’t know how to provoke a reaction

SWAT CATS HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by Phazon117
“A tribute to Razor, the fat Swat Kat. Completely unironic, to boot.”

RAYMAN HERO TRIBUTE


Submitted by FistfulofPelican
Okay, this is officially starting to get ridiculous…

WINNER’S CIRCLE!!!

MORTAL KOMBAT HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by MrSuitMan
Wildly inappropriate! What the fuck is remotely heroic about anybody in Mortal Kombat?! I LOVE IT!

SIMS 2 RECREATION HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by RamenDragon
Notes: Simply astonishing! Rather than just cut together a collage of existing footage, this YouTuber went and recreated the entire Spider-man “Hero” video in the Sims 2. Shows horrible taste on all fronts!

SEVERUS SNAPE HERO TRIBUTE

Submitted by Fghwads
Numerous people submitted this one, and for good reason. Somebody took the time to really edit the shit out of every one of Alan Rickman’s apperances in the Harry Potter movies.  Thing is, this video was posted in 2008, so not only had Snape not been vindicated in the films as heroic at this point, liking Nickelback on the internet was incredibly dangerous on the internet. Kudos to you, sir!

B-B-B-BONUS – A HERO TRIBUTE TO HERO TRIBUTES!!!!!!!!

28 thoughts on “The Chad Kroeger Challenge

  1. Anything involving the words “Sonic” and “Youtube Tribute”, in that specific order, makes me want to throw up. Good job, everybody.

  2. ANIMORPHS!!!!! I can’t believe someone else in the world remembers that show! Thought it’d be a good concept for a game in 1999.

  3. This is the best article I have ever read. That Snape one screamed “winner” at me.

    PS I’m surprised that you could handle all those youtube videos in your own tribute. I thought that the internet at Laser Time Studios was notorious for it’s unloaditude?

    1. When you embed a Youtubez in a page, it takes away from Youtube’s bandwith, not whoever’s hosting the page it’s embedded on.

  4. Congrats to the winners, and my god, that tribute to “Hero” tributes is amazing.
    And Chris, it’s Monocled, not Monicled.

  5. Here’s a fun game for all you kids out there to play; scroll down the page and hit play on every video.

    It sounds something like this:
    “I’m so high I can so high see heaven high so see high that say that heavbcuibjkasbcjkzxherochbaheroysabcfbgfybweagfyjsaegfyjsgfyfjsambjvyhsa!G#!Ub$^iu#1FRV5yfjb”

  6. The tears from laughing are impossible to wipe from my eyes. I wish I had vidcap software because my friend and I were running around Steelport in Saints Row the Third dressed as superheroes (“Steelport Hero” or something) and the song was in my head. Would have been amazing.

  7. What the fuck is wrong with me why did I just watch like 11 of those?!…Ah fuck it I will go back and watch the rest of them too…Goodbye, cruel world!

  8. Man that last one killed it. I could still here the words in that mess. Why do people find that song so inspirational anyway.

  9. Seriously, I want to make one of these for an evil douche. I think that’d be amazing. Seriously, a Hero tribute to Hans Gruber with win the internetz.

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