Hello fellow Pop Culture Enthusiasts! It’s time for another TV Tropes post. I hope you guys are ready for some awesome trivia. Now, let’s begin!
Evil Genius: One of the most popular tropes ever created. It deals with a malicious person with a very high intellect. They can be anyone, ranging from scientists, to lowly crooks. Some examples include; Johan Liebert from the Anime/Manga Monster. He’s extremely smart, and is also a highly dangerous serial killer. Next, we have The Riddler from the Batman Series. He wears a very extravagant outfit and loves to trick Bruce Wayne. Lastly, we have the German terrorist from Die Hard, Hans Gruber. He’s the big cheese that developed the plan to take over Nakatomi Tower.
(Hans Gruber played by the late and great Alan Rickman)
Nutritional Nightmare: A trope that’s used in made comedies. It deals with a food that’s so unhealthy, that death could occur upon consumption. Some examples include; Deep fried butter, Double Dew from South Park (It’s Mountain Dew with 2X the caffeine), and when Homer forces Bart to add butter to his bacon.
Hello fellow book lovers! It’s time for another humorous art post. Today, we will be looking at some more bad covers. Now, let’s take a dive into the bizarre world of hilarious cringe.
Angela’s Arm by Roland Allnach Release Date: October 30th, 2018 Genres: Horror and Suspense 204 Pages Small Summary: A tale about a girl with a serpent for an arm.
Ok, I actually kind of love this cover because it reminds me of one of my favorite Anime. Unfortunately, it isn’t perfect, and I can see a lot of room for improvement. First of all, the hand has six fingers, which means that the owner isn’t human. Second, the book’s title is written in the standard “blood red” text to emphasize that it’s scary and edgy. Lastly, the background looks photoshopped.
Civil War II: The Battle for the Future of America by E. Robert Gurr Release Date: May 3rd, 2019 295 Pages Genres: Political Thriller and Suspense Short Summary: A war pits a teacher and a hacker against each other.
This cover is the epitome of boring and wasted potential. It’s just text on a white background. It tells nothing of what happens in the book, and looks like it was pieced together in about five minutes. Also, we gotta be edgy, so there’s more of that laughable “blood red” text.
Hello fellow gamers, and welcome to an old topic! I loved critiquing bad video game art in the past, and decided to give it another go. Now, let’s facepalm and cringe at some true garbage!
Brawl Brothers for the SNES Genre: Beat em’ Up (1992) Plot: The sequel to Rushing Beat that has players beating up hordes of bad guys. Publisher: Jaleco
I always have loved Beat em’ Ups, and find them to be mindless fun. This specific game was heavily praised by critics for its graphics and fluid gameplay. Unfortunately the cover is complete crap! We get this “ultra-cool” beefcake guy breaking out of a brick wall. His face is contorted like he’s constipated, and his nose is bulbous and phallic. If the artists had taken more time on this piece, it could be pretty to look at, but as of now, it’s trash!
Art of Fighting for the Sega Mega Drive (1992) Creator: SNK Genre: Fighting Description The first game of the Art of Fighting trilogy that pits players against each other, and mixes up the game with some desperation attacks.
Ugh! This series of fighting games are very clunky, and many of the characters are extremely overpowered. However, it is also famous for starting the “super attacks” in many of the popular fighters of today. The artwork for this game is all over the place, with some parts being awesome, and others being disturbing. Most of the work looks like a cheesy 80’s action film with bell-bottom jeans, a bright orange karate gis. Then, we get to the faces, and all hell breaks loose! Robert Garcia’s face is pseudo-realistic which really blurs the line, and makes the viewer feel uncomfortable. Then, we get to Ryo, who has a giant leg, and appears to be kicking a goon right in the face. The goon is the best part of the piece, and his face is contorted into pure exaggerated pain.
Hello fellow Pokemon Trainers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to look at some more crazy entries. Now, let’s begin!
Oreon (The Good Cookie Pokemon) #243 Fairy/Dark Type Ability: Super Luck (Critical hits have a higher chance of appearing) Ht: 3’03” Wt: 59.5 lbs Appearance: Some sort of quadruped beast with an Oreo body. Gender Ratio: 87.5% Male/ 12.5% Female Base Stats: HP: 95, Attack: 60, Defense: 65, Sp.Atk: 130, Sp. Def: 65, Speed: 110 Base Stat Total 525 (Highest Base Special Attack Stats of all non-legendary Fairy and Dark types) Immune to Dragon and Psychic and Weak to Poison, Fairy, and Steel
Entry: These Pokemon started coming out of strange yellow wings in islands and spread out due to humans.
Oburonyxo (The Monarch Pokemon) #157 Rock/Fairy Type Ability: Solid Rock (Powers down Super Effective Moves) Evolves from Sylvuin at Level 36 and the final form of Faerlock Appearance: A fearsome purple serpent coming out of a rock. Gender Ratio: 87.5 Male/ 12.5% Female Ht: 7’10” Wt: 417.8 lbs Base Stats: HP: 80, Attack: 70, Defense: 100, Sp. Atk: 90, Sp. Def: 125, Speed: 60 Base Stat Total 525 ( Highest base Special Defense of all Rock and Fairy Types) Immune to Dragon and Weak to Ground,Grass, Water, and Steel (4x weak)
Entry: Fairy Pokemon idolize them for their gallant nature. Their magic is strong enough to demolish a tank.
Hello fellow Pop Culture Enthusiasts! It’s time for some more tropes. I hope you guys are ready for some awesome trivia. Now, let’s begin!
Crazy Homeless People: An extremely common trope in almost all forms of media. It occurs when characters meet a paranoid and insane vagrants. They’re usually quite harmless, but some may be drug addicts, and other unsavory folk. Some examples include: The entire cast of Arakawa Under the Bridge, Many of the enemies in the Condemned series are violent, Meth-addicted hobos, Finally, we have the nameless bum from Beavis and Butt-Head.
The crazy cast of Arakawa Under the Bridge.
Fireball Eyeballs: An extremely popular trope that’s used in many Anime. A character’s eyes will flame up, and this can mean a variety of things. It can symbolize, determination, rage, overreacting, or excitement. Some examples include: Rock Lee from Naruto whenever he gets excited, Mama from Cooking Mama gets this way whenever you fail a task, lastly, we have Ron Burgundy from Anchorman when someone insults his hair.
Hello fellow Cult Film Fans! It’s time for another film-based post! A couple of months ago, I discussed some Cult Films that I would like to see. I had a ton of fun doing that post, so I decided to make a second part to it. I’d love to hear some suggestions from you guys, so be sure to leave some in the comments’ section below. Now, let’s begin!
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Release Date: August 10th 1984 Rated: PG Runtime: 1h 43 min Genres: Comedy, Adventure, Romance Directed by: W.D. Richter Written by: Earl Mac Rauch Produced by: Sidney Beckerman Starring: John Lithgow, Peter Weller, Christopher Lloyd, Ellen Barkin, and Jeff Goldblum
Short Summary: This film, aside from its incredibly long name, is a pure 80’s Sci-Fi satire. The movies tells the story of Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller), a mad scientist/Neurosurgeon/Rock Star and his equally unique teammates. When an alien race from the 8th Dimension threatens to conquer Earth, Banzai and his friends must suit up for battle in order to save the world from total destruction. The script is chalk full of hilarious dialogue and unpredictability. This alone makes this film right up my alley. Also, it has an all star cast, and it’s always enjoyable to see Goldblum chew the scenery. I will definitely seek this movie out if I can find it.
Pan’s LabyrinthRelease Date: January 19th, 2007 (In USA) (2006) internationally Rated: R for language and graphic violence. Genres: War, Drama, Fantasy Directed/Written by: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Sergi Lopez, Ivana Baquero, Maribel Verdu, and Doug Jones Runtime: 1h 58 min Language: Spanish
Short Summary: Pan’s Labyrinth is a terrifying and beautiful film by one of the godfathers of Horror, Guillermo del Toro. The film takes place in Spain during World War II and tells the story of Ophelia (Baquero), a young girl who lives in the midst of the battle with her pregnant Mother and ruthless Stepfather. Ophelia loves fairy tales, and runs into a fairy, and this is where her adventure begins. The creatures believe her to be a princess, and have information about her estranged Father. She’s asked to complete three horrific tasks, and if she even fails one, she’ll never see her Father again. This film immediately intrigued me upon seeing some of the grotesquely beautiful characters. I have yet to watch a del Toro film, and I believe that this one might be my gateway drug into his incredibly unique stories. Expect a HUGE review after I see this film.
Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new topic! Strange cinema has always intrigued me, and I have finally decided to give it the significance it deserves. Every two weeks, I will be discussing some new strange films. Now, let’s go on a strangely epic adventure!
Freaks (1932) Unrated Directed by: Tod Browning Written by: Clarence Aaron Robbins, Leon Gordon, and Willis Goldbeck. Starring: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, and Olga Baclanova. Genres: Horror, Drama 64 mins Black and White
This highly controversial film ended Tod Browning’s career. The movie starred actual freakshow performers, and people thought it was extremely hard to watch because of it. It’s the story of a beautiful trapeze artist named Cleopatra. She falls in love with a little person, but is really just after his inheritance. During a dinner party, she becomes intoxicated and verbally attacks the freaks. They respond by horrifically mutilating her body. She becomes a freak, and her new appearance is terrifying. If I ever watch this film, I will review it in its entirety.
Street Trash (1987) Unrated (Probably R) for Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Offensive Humor, Gross-out Humor, Sex, Alcohol Consumption, and Disturbing Scenes Directed by: James M. Muro Written by: Roy Frumkes Starring: Mike Lackey, Vic Noto, and Bill Chepil Genres: Comedy, Horror Run Time: 91 minutes Color
This ultra-bizarre film, along with The Stuff, The Fly, Terrordome, and The Incredible Melting Manstarted the sub genre of Body Horror known as Melting Movies. The story is about a liquor store owner that finds a strange case of alcohol known as Viper. He ends up selling the booze to hobos for $1, and calamity ensues! The hobos begin to melt quite graphically with tons of CGI gore and sound effects. Seems like a stupidly fun film that I definitely want to watch someday.