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Stephen Colbert’s Friday Night Fights pits Dumbledore against Gandalf

The combatants are receiving help from two of the most powerful robots in the universe.


Dell Cameron

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Posted on Apr 23, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 9:49 pm CDT

It’s an age-old question arousing untold debates throughout the history of mankind, challenging the collective wisdom of our species, and driving us to answer that which the universe itself tells us is incomprehensible.

If Gandalf and Dumbledore were stomping the ever-loving hell out of each other in no-holds-barred magical combat, which of the white beards would emerge triumphant—and who is slurping Elven stew through a straw for the remainder of his sunset years?

Taking into account Gandalf’s known habit of concealing magical spells in his underwear, it’s still a tough call, but one Stephen Colbert was more than eager to tackle in this week’s edition of Fright Night Fights. 

Compounding matters, the magical pair had backup: Transformer’s Optimus Prime and Voltron, the latter of which is not a sentient being, but controlled by a team of ace astronauts.

The Late Show segment, which utilizes Twitter’s voting feature to determine the victor, has already received more than 21,000 votes. Only hours remain in the contest, but the outcome appears to be a foregone conclusion: At the time of this writing, Gandalf and Optimus Prime were beating the life out of the Hogwarts headmaster and his Super Robot.

Only one question remains: Who will take on the responsibility of defending the universe once the Autobots start chopping up Voltron for spare parts? 

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*First Published: Apr 23, 2016, 2:18 pm CDT