Hello fellow pop culture enthusiasts! It’s time for another tropes post. I hope you guys are ready for some awesome pop cultural trivia! Now, let’s begin!
Power Creep: A trope that’s highly popular in video games, especially the card variety. It occurs when new content in a game completely trumps the old content. This can be done by adding a new upgrade to an old card, weapon, or other object. Some examples include; Magma Rager from Hearthstone. This card used to be played a lot because of its high attack for low cost. Unfortunately, after Ice Rager was made, the card became completely useless. Next, we have Kartana from the Pokemon series. It is one of the fastest and strongest Pokemon out there, however, its Special Defense is really lacking, and it can be taken out easily by Special Attackers. Lastly, we have Zoodiacs from Yu-Gi-Oh! This archetype was so broken upon release that many tournaments refused to have players use decks based upon them.
Mid NSFW Warning On This One! Marshmallow Hell: This is a heavily used trope in many Ecchi Anime and Hentai. It occurs when a character is suffocated between a taller girl’s massive “tracts of land”. Some examples include; Irina suffocating Nagisa in Assassination Classroom, Litchi suffocating multiple characters in Blazblue, and Angel’s reverse motorboat from King of Fighters XIV.
Hello fellow Tavern Dwellers! It’s time for the second look at the new expansion. Some absolutely insane cards have been released, and the expansion keeps looking better and better. Now, let’s have ourselves a friendly brawl!
King Phaoris Type: Legendary Neutral Minion Mana Cost: 10 Appearance: The ancient king of cats. Attack: 5 Health: 5 Effect: Battlecry: For each spell in your hand, summon a random minion of the same cost.
This is a card that I incredibly excited for. I’ve said on multiple occasions that I love the randomness of cards, and this one fits that to a T! The amount of value you can get out of this is ridiculous, and running a spell-heavy deck will get you very far with this card.
Siamat Type: Legendary Neutral Minion Tribe: Elemental Mana Cost: 7 Appearance: A powerful and epic genie. Attack: 6 Health: 6 Effect: Battlecry: Gain 2 of Rush, Taunt, Divine Shield, or Windfury (your choice).
Another amazing legendary card that has multiple uses. First, you can use it to stall out your opponent by creating a huge wall. Second, you can create an aggressive attacker that can do heavy damage. I can imagine many decks built around this fantastic card.
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 tavern dwellers, and welcome to a new Hearthstone post! Tribes are a huge thing in the game that causes various cards to have awesome effects with one another. They range from Dragons to Murlocs, and many decks are built around specific tribes. One of my favorites is the Mech tribe. Mechs have been a part of the game from the very beginning, and with the new Magnetic skill, they are a major force to be reckoned with. Below is a list of some of my favorite Mechs, and some awesome synergies with other cards. Now, let’s have ourselves a good old brawl!
SN1P-SN4P Tribe: Mech Mana Cost: 3 Attack: 2 Health: 3 Type: Legendary Neutral Minion Appearance: A giant, blue robot crab with a mounted gun on its head. Expansion: The Boomsday Project Effect: Magnetic, Echo, Deathrattle: Summon two 1/1 Microbots.
This card was released recently for free to new players, and it’s one of the best Mechs in the game. Being one of the first Legendaries to have Echo and Magnetic, the amount of play is incredible. It can magnetize to some insanely powerful creatures, creating an unstoppable behemoth of epic proportions.
Blightnozzle Crawler Tribe: Mech Mana Cost: 4 Type: Rare Rogue Minion Appearance: A poisonous machine with multiple legs and syringes. Attack: 2 Health: 4 Effect: Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Ooze with Poisonous and Rush. Expansion: The Boomsday Project
Another absolutely fantastic card that makes the Rogue class even more fun. The ability to summon a minion that can kill anything is extremely unique, and this card was a staple for Deathrattle Rogue decks. You can also magnetize this to other mechs to leave the opponent in for a nasty surprise.
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 fellow Duelists! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more awesome cards. Starting today, every other Friday, I will be going over some interesting cards from each attribute. Today’s attribute is Earth, so, let’s get ready to rock and roll!
Marmiting Captain Type: Warrior/Effect Attribute: Earth 3 Stars Appearance: A captain chef testing his newest recipe. ATK/ 1200 DEF/ 400 Effect: When this card is Normal Summoned: You can shuffle 1 card from your hand into the Deck, then draw 1 card, then you can Special Summon it if it is a monster.
A highly played card in Duel Links, and a surprisingly good one at that. Don’t let the low stats fool you, the amount of potential you get at Special Summoning is pretty incredible. It can be used as a secret weapon, or a strong play in the early game.
Maxx “C” Type: Insect/Effect Attribute: Earth Appearance: A tiny luminous bunch of insects. ATK/ 500 DEF/ 200 Effect: During either player’s turn: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; this turn, each time your opponent Special Summons a monster(s), immediately draw 1 card. You can only use 1 “Maxx C” per turn.
Ah good old Maxx C! This card is banned for a very good reason, and won’t be off the list for a very long time. Special Summoning monsters is one of the main things that the game is built upon, so the rewards for using this card are nearly endless. This could also make an Exodia Draw Deck extremely viable. Although this card is banned, many other “C Cards” exist, including a super cool Insect-Robot hybrid with some ridiculously potent effects.
Hello fellow Pop-culture enthusiasts! It’s time for another TV Tropes post! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome references. Now, let’s begin!
The Fake Cutie: A deception trope that used in many forms of media, often in video games. It occurs when an overly childish female character suddenly switches personalities, and becomes a badass that terrifies even the most fearsome of foes. Some examples of this include; B.B Hood from the Darkstalkers video games. She appears as a Little Red Ridding Hood character with a wooden basket and the standard red outfit. This, however, is a massive farce, and her true colors come out in combat. She develops a slasher smile and packs enough heat in her skirt to make Arnold Schwarzenegger blush. Next, we have Flowey from Undertale. Flowey is the main antagonist of the pacifist mode. He masquerades as an innocent flower, however those who don’t what their backs will see his true personality come through. He’s actually a demonic entity with a sadistic view on life. Lastly, we have Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill. She originally appears as a standard 17-year-old Japanese school girl. This, as usual, is a disguise for her true persona, an absolutely insanely savage fighter with a giant meteor hammer.
Gogo from Kill Bill.
Lethal Chef: Another common and often comedic trope found in all forms of media. It occurs when someone is so bad at cooking, that upon consumption their food can cause a variety of bizarre effects. These effects include; vomiting, change in color, breathing fire, falling unconscious, or death. Some well known Lethal Chefs are; Mizuki Himeji from Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts. This incredibly cute female protagonist cooks food that looks absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, upon consuming it, you are subjected to hallucinations of death. Next, we have Linguini from Ratatouille. Before he met the amazing blue rat, he made a soup that was so bad, he puked upon consuming it. Lastly, we have Chie Satonaka and Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4. During the camp section of the game, the two High School girls decide to make curry. Unfortunately, they aren’t the best chefs, and the ending result, referred to as “Mystery Food X”, causes the protagonist to immediately spit it out, and fall unconscious.