Parental Advisory! These books may discuss some controversial themes. You have been warned!
Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new post! I’ve wanted to discuss this topic for a very long time, and I thought that today would be a good place to start. Throughout the years, I’ve read some absolutely bizarre books. When I discovered “Bizarro Fiction” for the first time, it was like a match made in heaven! This genre is insane, and covers some of the most mind-blowing stories I’ve ever read. I see it as the “Abstract Art of Literature”. It has different meanings depending on who reads them, and isn’t afraid to touch on some offensive subjects. If this post makes you interested in this wonderful genre, then I’ve done my part. Now, let’s dive into the amazing world of Bizarro Fiction!
John Dies At The End by David Wong 2009 Genres: Bizarro Fiction, Horror, Humor, Science Fiction 464 Pages Age Rating: 17+ (Strong Language, Gore, Violence, Disturbing Imagery, Drug Usage)
I’ve talked about this book multiple times in the past, and I still love it to death. The story is about two college kids that fight the paranormal occurrences in their undisclosed town. It also has to do with an absolutely insane drug known as “Soy Sauce”. The book was made into an equally awesome film, and spawned two sequel novels which are just as crazy. Unlike most Bizarro Fiction books, this one can be found at local bookstores and libraries. I highly recommend checking this book out, and would love to hear what you think of it in the comments’ section below.
Zombies and Shit by Carlton Mellick III October 17th, 2010 Genres: Bizarro Fiction, Horror, Survival, Punk, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Fantasy 312 Pages Age Rating: 17+ (Gore, Blood, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Shocking Imagery, Cultural Issues)
What is there to say about Carlton Mellick III? He easily is one of the godfathers of Bizarro Fiction. His crazy look and explosively intriguing books make him standout in the crowd of literature. I first discovered him when I was researching books that were similar to the one mentioned above. The crazy artwork alone pulled me into the rabbit hole, and there I stayed. This particular novel is one of his coolest and most fascinating. It literally is what would have happened if you were to put Battle Royale, Mad Max, and Dawn of the Dead into a blender. If you like survival novels, you will adore this book. It is equally humorous and tragic with an excellent blend of hardcore punk. The twenty different characters are also very unique, and the story has many ridiculous plot twists throughout. Once again, I highly recommend picking up this book because it is one hell of a unique ride. (Zombies and Shit can be purchased on Amazon for $13)
The main picture on this post is of the “Godfather of Bizarro Fiction” himself, Carlton Mellick III.
Hello fellow media lovers! It’s time for another TV Tropes post! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome references. Now, let’s begin!
Poisonous Person: This is a pretty self-explanatory, but I will describe it anyway. This trope depicts a person who, through some kind of freak accident, has turned into a walking biohazard. Many villainous characters have this certain ability, and it makes them extremely difficult to deal with. Some examples include; Blight from Batman Beyond has dangerously radioactive skin, and it intensifies when he loses his temper. Magellan from One Piece is the dangerous warden of Impel-Down. He consumed the Doku Doku no Ni (Venom-Venom Fruit) at a young age, which literally transformed him into walking poison. He can meld poison like silly putty, and has made some truly terrifying creations. Unfortunately, he can only eat poison foods, which gives him horrible diarrhea for 10 hours each day. Lastly, there’s F.A.N.G. from Street Fighter V. He’s a bizarre villain that can hurl poisonous projectiles and deal chip damage.
Angrish: This is a very funny trope that’s used numerous times in media. It occurs when a character is so infuriated, that they can’t speak in normal sentences anymore. This usually comes out as garbled nonsense or occasionally, a large stream of curses. Examples include; One of my favorite Calvin & Hobbes comic strips. Calvin’s dad drops a present on his foot and yells; “Slippin rippin dang fang rotten zarg barg a ding dong”! Another example is Johnny’s tantrum from The Room. He says; “You bitch, YOO BEEEECH! GROODAHOLEWURLATTABETCHIA”! The last example is from a Mythbusters episode involving a failed bow and arrow machine gun. Adam ends up yelling; “Aaagh! Fraghm fraghm wackum boogin farshur beck! Fudge! Babies! Baby hippos.”
Hello fellow Comic Book Fans! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more characters. Now, let’s begin!
Hardball Real Name: Roger Brokeridge Status: Hero and HYDRA member First Appearance: Avengers: The Initiative #1 June 6th, 2007 (Marvel) Powers/Abilities: Throws a variety of energy balls, electronic disruption
Roger was a kind and joking member of the Initiative. He got his powers from the villainous Power Broker, and was saved from a bar by a HYDRA agent. He also met the legless Komodo, and soon fell in love with her. Somewhere along the way, he became a member of HYDRA, and is current behind bars.
Ashcan Real Name: Alexander Woolcot Status: Hero First Appeared: The Spectacular Spider-Man #112 March 1st, 1987 (Marvel) Powers/Abilities: Disintegration of most matter on contact
Alex was the son of the brilliant, yet abusive scientist, Fritz Woolcot. He would beat his son on a daily basis. One day, Alex found himself compelled to his father’s experimental device. The device caused his hands to glow with golden energy, resulting in its destruction. Furious about his device, Fritz started to beat his son, when something unexpected happened. Alex released his powers, and disintegrated his father. Shocked and scared about the aftermath, he fled from home, and befriended the Hulk.
Hello fellow Media Enthusiasts! It’s time for another TV Tropes post. Get ready to be amazing and surprised. Now, let’s begin!
Cerebus Rollercoaster: This is one of the most popular tropes used in TV and Films today. Say you’re watching your favorite show, and it suddenly takes a incredibly dark turn. This can also occur when a character does something completely out of the ordinary. Some examples include; Puella Magi Madoka Magica (The series starts out as a normal Magical Girl Anime, but then you get to episode 4 and *spoilers* occur which drastically transforms the show’s mood and atmosphere). The “Rick Potion #9” episode of Rick and Morty (Rick creates a special potion that makes Morty more attractive to his crush. This unfortunately escalates into a world-wide epidemic, and needless to say, it results in some truly disturbing scenes). Lastly, there’s “The Return of Chef” episode of South Park (This is the last time that we see Chef in South Park. Unlike the usual comical nature of the show, this episode is much darker in tone. There’re references to pedophilia, and Chef meets his end in one of the most gruesome scenes in the entire show).
One of the many fucked up scenes in Rick Potion #9
Serrated Blade of Pain: How do you make a weapon more dangerous? By adding additional blades to it of course! Nothing says excruciating pain quite like extra cutting power. These weapons are extremely popular in Anime and Manga, with characters dishing out bloody carnage on a normal basis. Some examples of these blades include; Saw-Toothed Arlong’s “Kiribachi”, a gruesome, multi-pointed sword that resembles the teeth of a saw blade. Hoshigaki Kisame’s “Samehada” aka Shark-Skin Sword, is a massive weapon that’s made out of extremely sharp scales and hooks. It not only ruthlessly cuts down foes, but can also destroy their chakra. Finally, we have Demise’s Serrated Blade from Skyward Sword.
Hello fellow media fans! It’s time for another round of TV Tropes! I hope you guys are ready for some truly unique tropes. Now, let’s begin!
Psycho for Hire: This is essentially a person who enjoys causing pain and misfortune to others for a price. They can appear to be completely normal, but little do people know, that they’re like dormant volcanoes waiting to erupt. They always have quirks, and at least one signature weapon that they use to inflict any amount of torture. Some examples of these characters include: Ryuji Yamzaki of the Fatal Fury and King of Fighters series. He’s a yakuza member with a split personality. He works under the ruthless Geese Howard, and has appeared in many SNK games. He usually appears to be normal and calculating, but his entire personality changes the instant he starts fighting. He doesn’t have any combat training of his own, and instead uses a uniquely brutal form of street fighting that always involves his signature knife. One of this moves involves him grabbing an opponent by the neck, and slamming him to the ground multiple times while laughing maniacally. Ladd Russo from Baccano! is a complete and utter psychopath with an incredible mind and excellent gun skills.
This is Yamazaki
Impromptu Weapon User: This is an incredibly fun trope that deals with the characters in media that use the weirdest things possible to inflict damage on enemies. Sometimes they end up being a lot more useful that people think, and other times, they just completely suck. Examples of these are: Kanji Tatsumi from Persona 4. He’s the resident badass who beats his enemies down with a freaking desk, chair, or shield. Yoshimitsu from the Soul Calibur series occasionally uses a Shepard’s Crook as a sword. The crook baas upon making contact. We also have The Holy Mackerel as a melee weapon in Team Fortress 2. Scout gets this actual fish wrapped in newspaper to bludgeon his enemies with. If you manage to get a kill with this “weapon” the words FISH KILL! appear on the screen.
Hello fellow Pokemon trainers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look a some more crazy entries. Now, let’s begin!
Militant(The Bullet Ant Pokemon) #352 Bug/Poison Type Appearance: A pixilated bullet ant. Ability: Infiltrator (Breaks through shields) Doesn’t evolve Gender Ratio: 50% Male to 50% Female Ht: 0’4” Wt: 0.2 lbs Base Stats: HP: 20, Attack: 155, Defense: 15, Sp. Atk: 10, Sp. Def: 15, Speed: 130 Stat Total: 345 (Extremely bizarre stats with very high attack and speed) Weak to Flying, Rock, Fire, and Psychic
Entry: Long ago, Pokemon started fainting without explanation. Investigations showed multiple ant bites. Militant was then discovered.
Extremely tiny eh?
Cheerific (The Cheerleader Pokemon) #079 Fairy Type Abilities: Cute Charm (30% Infatuation on contact) or Healer (30% chance of healing ally’s status condition at the end of the turn) Female only Appearance: A pink, angelic cheerleader. Evolves from Cheerly at Level 19 Ht: 3’11” Wt: 41.0 lbs Base Stats: HP: 60, Attack: 72, Defense: 68, Sp. Atk: 52, Sp. Def: 88, Speed: 95 Stat Total: 435 (Balanced stats across the board) Immune to Dragon and Weak to Poison and Steel.
Entry: When its trainer is battling, it will not stop cheering and shouting until the end, no matter what happens.
Hello fellow Pop Culture Fans! It’s time for some more TV Tropes. I hope you guys are ready for some interesting references. Now, let’s begin!
Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: This trope is used quite frequently in many different forms of media. It occurs when a character tries to seal off a door or pathway using a very weak barricade. Some examples of this include The Matchstick Wall from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Shitty Wall from South Park, and too many times to count in Scooby-Doo.
Frothy Mugs of Water: This occurs when anime or Tv show wants to censor alcohol or drugs to make them seem more “family friendly”. Beer usually turns into water or tea, and cigarettes turn into lollypops. Examples of this include: Sanji’s cigarette being replaced by a lollypop, Replacing Rock Lee’s sake with Elixir, and Yu-Gi-Oh! turns wine into grape juice.