Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new topic! Every Other Saturday, I will be searching for some random tropes, and describing them in a spoiler-free way. In case you didn’t know, a trope can be defined as an expression or overused cliche found in movies and other media. TV Tropes.org categorizes thousands of these expressions and cliches throughout the world of media. This ranges from certain character quirks, to the series as a whole. I find it to be quite enjoyable, and I hope you guys will too. Now, let’s begin!
Depraved Kids’ Show Host: This trope deals with the stereotypical “Kiddie Show” host. They always appear to be happy, and love making little kids smile. Unfortunately, this is all a disguise, and backstage is where they let their true colors shine. They can be addicted to drugs, have lecherous behavior, be sex offenders, swear enough to make sailors transform into prudes, and makes everybody’s life around him a “living hell”. This trope is frequently found in The Simpsons with Krusty the Clown. Krusty can be found backstage yelling at everyone, and seems to be addicted to everything. It can also be found with Pierre from Tim And Eric Awesome Show Great Job. Pierre loves to dance with kids, and seems to be fascinated with the audience’s dads.
Technology Porn: This trope is used in almost every Science Fiction film ever created. The trope occurs whenever a sequence in media goes into great depth showing the inner workings of gadgets and other mechanical tools. This trope always appears in the Iron Man films when Tony Stark “suits up”. It also can be found in numerous parts of 2001: A Space Odyssey. One of my favorite examples of this trope is the use of it in Blade Runner.
Warning! This Will Make You Hungry!! Food Porn: This trope is pretty self-explanitory, but can be divided into two definitions. The first is food that’s usually used to symbolize something suggestive. The second is food that’s portrayed in such a manner that the audience salivates and experiences lust as if they were watching porn. I adore this trope, and I always am eager to see what people think of next. One of my favorite examples of this trope is in the film, Chef.Chef’s use of food is so important in the movie, that it actually becomes a main plot point. Then, we get to its use in Anime, and I can’t think of a better example than Shokugeki No Soma (Food Wars). This Anime was created by a Hentai artist, and the use of food in the series applies to both definitions. People literally have “Foodgasms” so intense that their clothes will occasionally rip off! The food in this show is so jaw-dropping, that even the most simple dishes, like scrambled eggs look like it should be framed in the Louvre! As an added bonus, Japanese chef Yuki Morisaki, adds real recipes from the series that you can replicate in each Manga volume!
Hello fellow comic book fans! It’s Tuesday, and it’s time to take a look at another mutant team. This week’s team, the Savage Land Mutates. Now, let’s begin!
TheSavage Land Mutates are a group of supervillians that first appeared in X-Men #62 from 1969. This team was artificially mutated by Magneto, which gave them superpowers. They became staunch supporters of the magnetic villain and his clash with the X-Men. After a short period of time, Magneto abandoned the team, and left the group to do as they please. They continue to be common enemies of the Avengers, X-Men, and Spider-Man.
Brainchild Real Name: Unknown Status: Villain First Appeared: X-Men #62 ( November 1, 1969) Ht: 5’4” Wt: 125 lbs Powers/Abilities: Computer-like superhuman intelligence, mind control
The mutant known as Brainchild is the leader of the Savage Land Mutates. He is incredibly intelligent, and has a very easy time controlling people’s minds. He once brainwashed Storm into battling her teammates, but was quickly defeated by the X-Men.
Lorelei Real Name: Lani Ubanu Status: Villain First Appeared: X-Men #63 (December 1, 1969) Ht: 5’6” Wt: 125 lbs Powers/Abilities: Generates hypersonic pitches that affect the sexual drives of men and mesmerizes them.
Lani was artificially enhanced by Magneto. She gained the power to manipulate any male she would come in contact with. This power is rendered useless, however, if it’s used on a woman. Also, Wolverine appears to not be affected by this.
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 another team. This weeks’ topic, the genocidal Marauders.
The Marauders are a group of Hitler-like mutants which are led by the maniacal Mr. Sinister. They try to exterminate all mutants that they see as inferior. This included the near extinction of the Morlocks. The first appeared in 1986 from the comic Uncanny X-Men #210.
Mr. Sinister Real Name: Dr. Nathaniel Essex Status: Villanous Geneticist First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #213 (1987) Ht: 6’3” Wt: 255 lbs Eye Color: Red Hair Color: Black Powers/Abilities: Genius-like intellect, Telepathy, Control over every molecule in his body, Neigh Invulnerability
Dr. Essex was a brilliant British Geneticist that used his knowledge to study mutants. He conducted various experiments on the subject, which in turn, kicked him out of the Royal Society. He then met the villainous Apocalypse, who gave him the ability to fully control every molecule in his body. Later, he experimented on Cyclops, and erased his memory of it. When Professor X brought Cyclops to his mansion, Mr. Sinister grew infuriated because his lost his test subject. He formed a team of assassins called the Marauders, and massacred the Morlocks. He continues to be a thorn in the X-Men’s side to this day.
Vertigo Real Name: Unrevealed Status: Villain (Deceased) First Appeared: Marvel Fanfare #1 (1982) Ht: 5’6” Wt: 128 lbs Powers/Abilities: Creates a Psionic distortion of any sentient being’s equilibrium thus causing extreme nausea, disorientation, or unconsciousness.
The mutant only known as Vertigo grew up in a jungle known as the Savage Land. She received her extraordinary powers from Brainchild’s genetic engineering. She eventually grew tired of her life in the jungle, and decided to join the Marauders. She relished in the slaughtering of Morlocks, and was cloned multiple times. She finally met her end when she was eaten by Predator X.
Hello fellow Duelists! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for me to share some more of my favorite cards. Now, let’s duel!
Greedy Venom Fusion Dragon Type: Dragon/Dark/ Fusion/ Effect 10 stars ATK/ 3300 DEF/2500 Monster Requirements: 1 “Predaplant” monster + 1 DARK monster whose original Level is 8 or higher. Appearance: An awesome purple dragon with shining scales. Effect: Must first be Fusion Summoned. Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up monster; until the end of this turn, change that target’s ATK to 0, also that target has its effects negated. If this card is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard: Destroy as many monsters on the field as possible, then you can banish 1 Level 8 or higher DARK monster from your Graveyard and Special Summon this card from the Graveyard.
This insane dragon is one of the best Fusion Monsters ever created. Its attack rivals Blue-Eyes, and it’s quite easy to make. Your opponent will have a very hard time taking care of this beast. It also acts as a dark hole when removed from the field.
Lonefire Blossom Type: Plant/Effect Attribute: Fire 3 stars ATK/ 500 DEF/ 1400 Appearance: A set of bomb plants with short fuses. Effect: Once per turn: You can Tribute 1 face-up Plant-Type monster; Special Summon 1 Plant-Type monster from your deck.
This card is a absolute staple in any Plant-Type deck. It goes especially well with “Predaplant” decks, and can search out any Plant monster in your deck. It’s very good for an OTK.
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. This incredible series of books are one of my main inspirations for starting a blog in the first place. I was always extremely happy upon buying one of these books. They are magnificent tomes that hold crazy, wonderful, and at times, ridiculous facts. I highly recommend picking up one of these books ASAP, as it will have you entertained for hours. This post will be covering some of my favorite facts from the series as a sign of respect for the Bathroom Readers’ Institute. I am going to divide each set of facts into the main article in which they are featured. Now, as Uncle John always says, “Go with the flow”!
My First Job: This page covered the first jobs of famous celebrities. The article is featured on page 43 of Uncle John’s Triumphant 20th Anniversary Bathroom Reader from 2007. My favorite facts included; “Steve McQueen was a towel boy in a brothel.”, “Chris Rock was a busboy at Red Lobster.”, and “Walt Disney mashed apples in a jelly factory.”
Not For Export: This page displayed many foreign products whose names were lost in translation. The article is featured on page 99 of Uncle John’s Biggest Ever Bathroom Reader from 2002. The products included; “Ass Glue” a Chinese patent, “Homo Sausage” a Japanese beef jerky, and “Shitto” a spicy pepper sauce from Ghana.
Games & Gambling: An article all about the crazy world of gambling and games in general. The article is found on page seven of Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Extraordinary Book Of Facts And Bizarre Information from 2006. The crazy facts included; “There are 635,013,559,599 possible hands in the game of bridge.” “If you add up all the numbers of the roulette wheel (1 to 36), the sum is 666.”, and “One in four compulsive gamblers is a woman.”
I’m Gonna Wallace! & Cockney Slang: These are very interesting articles about Cockney slang terms. Cockney Slang is found on pages 129-130, while I’m Gonna Wallace is found on page 424 of Uncle John’s Triumphant 20th Anniversary Bathroom Reader from 2007. Some fascinating slang terms include; “Mutt and Jeff”, which means “Deaf.” “Trouble and strife”, which translates to “wife.” “Loaf”, which means “head”, and can also be said as “Loaf of Bread.” “Wallace”, means “to barf”, and is short for “Wallace and Grommit.” Lastly, for some reason, “Tom Cruise”, means “booze.”
Flubbed Headlines: This is a list of outrageous, but true newspaper headlines. Flubbed Headlines is found on page 34 of Uncle John’s Triumphant 20th Anniversary Bathroom Reader from 2007. Some of the wacky headlines include; “Woman Improving After Fatal Crash.” “TV ads boost eating of obese children by 130%.” “Dr. Fuchs off to the Antarctic.” Then, the most punny entry, “Suicide squirrels driving utilities nuts.”
Hello fellow Comic Book Fans! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take another look at a comic book team. Today’s team, the villainous Acolytes.
The Acolytes are a group of supervillians that follow in Magneto’s belief of mutant domination. The team was formed by Fabian Cortez, a mutant with the ability to enhance other’s powers. The team lasted 453 issues starting in 1991, and was disbanded in 2009. The team had 45 members, and most of them died when Asteroid M, Magneto’s orbital base, plummeted to Earth. Some of these members don’t have a lot of information about them, so I’ll only do a brief summary of the powers and lore.
Random Real Name: Marshall Evan Stone III Status: Villain turned Hero Creator Marvel First Appeared: X-Factor #88 (March 1st, 1993) Powers/ Abilities: Shape shifting, size manipulation, enhanced agility, blast power, super strength, can fire projectiles from his hands, can counter any powers used against him, invulnerability.
Marshall’s past is shrouded in mystery, and only a couple of things are known about him. First, he uses his shape shifting powers to disguise the fact the he’s actually a young boy. Second, he was originally a member of X-Factor. Lastly, he left the Acolytes and joined the X-Men in San Francisco.
Kamal Real Name: Kamal el-Alaoui Status: Villain (deceased?) Creator: Marvel First Appeared: Uncanny X-Men #300 (1981) Powers/Abilities: Super strength, enhanced stamina and durability, can assume the mass and physical properties of matter by coming in contact with it.
Kamal’s past is very murky, but we do know a couple of key points. First, he met with the young clone of Magneto. Second, he seemingly died in Cassandra Nova’s invasion of Genosha. He wore a blue and red suit, and had a large ponytail.