Hello fellow Pop Culture Enthusiasts! It’s time for another tropes post! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome knowledge. Now, let’s begin!
Blind Weaponmaster: An incredibly fun trope that’s used in several forms of media. It deals with a fighter that has excellent skills, despite being blind. Some examples include; Daredevil from Marvel. He lost his sight at a very young age, but he doesn’t let that keep him down. He was trained in a special fighting style by the blind master Stick, and can kick villain ass in a variety of creative ways. On top of all of that, he’s also an amazingly talented lawyer. Next, we have Kenshi from the Mortal Kombat series. He has phenomenal skill with the blade, and has some quite impressive telekinetic powers. Did I mention that he’s blind? Lastly, we have Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender. She was blind since birth, but is one of the strongest, if not the strongest Earthbender in the series.
Achilles’ Heel: One of the most common tropes used in media today. It deals with a character having an easily exploitable weakness. They could be one of the strongest characters around, but need this particular trope to not have a series run stale. Some examples include; The obvious, Superman. The Man of Steel is one of the most popular and powerful characters in the DC Universe. He can almost do anything, but has a major weakness that can slow him down. Like most Krytonians, Superman is weak to a glowing green rock, known as Kryptonite. The rock will significantly weaken the hero, and can completely absorb his powers. Next, we have the universal weakness of all Devil Fruit users in One Piece, water. It’s pretty funny that a series that revolves around Pirates has water as a weakness. However, it makes sense, because devil fruit powers are ridiculously strong.
Hello boils and ghouls! It’s that haunting time of year again! Since Halloween is just around the corner, it’s time for some disturbing art. Now, let’s begin this harrowing journey into your deepest fears! Mwahahahah!
Night Creeper by Zdzislaw Beksinski Date Made: Unknown
This is a disturbing, yet awesome work by “Polish Surrealist”, Beksinski. It takes place in a dystopian apocalyptic future with burning buildings, and smoldering bodies. The whole atmosphere is extremely foreboding, and to make matters worse, there’s a bandaged, multi-legged, abomination that appears to be running at something. I’d love to hear what you guys think of it in the comments’ section below.
Grave Goods by Jeff Christensen Oil on Canvas
This is an awesomely dark work by “American Artist”, Christensen. It’s a nighttime piece that gives off many instances of “Memento Mori” The main characters of the work are all unsettling entities with garish jewelry. There’s a huge skeleton in the center of the work, and it appears to be surrounded by sharp-toothed cult members. In conclusion this is a very uniquely scary paining that is guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.
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!
Magikarp Power: A fun trope that’s used in many forms of media. It refers to a seemingly weak character or item that gains phenomenal power upon leveling up or evolving. Some examples include; The titular trope namer, Magikarp. This is the weakest Pokemon in terms of stats, but it evolves into a giant leviathan-like creature with tremendous strength. Next, there’s the “Void Item” from The Binding of Isaac. It starts out as a useless active item, however, it can absorb other items to become an immensely powerful resource. Lastly, we have Frothing Berserker from Hearthstone. It starts out as a semi-weak 2/4 minion, but every time it takes damage, it grows in power.
Handicapped Badass: Another extremely common trope that’s used in many forms of media. It represents a disabled person who does incredible things, and doesn’t let their faults get in the way. Some examples include; Johnny from part 7 of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. This main character is paralyzed from the waist down, but participates in a world-wide horserace, and kicks serious ass. Next, there’s Red Haired Shanks from One Piece. This pirate captain lost his right arm to a sea monster in the first episode. Surprisingly, this doesn’t weaken his swordsmanship in any way, and he still is one of the most powerful characters in the show. Lastly, there’s Professor X from the X Men. While he might be bound to a wheelchair, his telepathic powers are some of the strongest in the world.
Johnny Joestar handicapped, jockey, and certified badass.
Hello fellow Pokemon Trainers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more crazy entries. Now, let’s begin!
Typobop (The Bop Pokemon) #334 Dark/Rock Type Possible Abilities: Run Away (Allows you to always flee a battle) or Sheer Force (Boosts the power of all moves that have additional effects by 30% and removes the added effects) Gender Ratio 50/50 Evolves into Yeerex when exposed to a Moon Stone Ht: 1’00” Wt: 9.9 lbs Appearance: The singing dinosaur from the “Yee” Meme. Base Stats: HP: 50, Attack: 81, Defense: 74, Sp. Atk: 40, Sp. Def: 40, Speed: 60 Base Stat Total: 345 (Pretty decent for a first evolution) Immune to Psychic and Weak to Ground, Steel, Bug, Grass, Fairy, Water, and 4x Weak to Fighting
Entry: Typobop communicates by singing. Unfortunately, this attracts predators, causing Typobop to go extinct.
Dragun (The Cannon Pokemon) #141 Dragon/Steel Type Possible Abilities: Mega Launcher (Boosts the power of pulse and aura moves by 50%) or Sniper (Critical hits deal 1.5x more damage) Ht: 1’04” Wt: 47.2 lbs Appearance: A dragon with a cannon for a nose. Evolves into Triggedon at level 40 and into Cannonance at level 65 Gender Ratio 75% male to 25% female Base Stats: HP: 45, Attack: 25, Defense: 65, Sp. Atk: 100, Sp. Def: 45, Speed: 20 Base stat total: 300 (Extremely good Special Attack for a 1st evolution) Immune to Poison and Weak to Fighting and Ground.
Entry: Dragon are known to attack their prey with incredible accuracy. They can become aggressive when claiming territory.
Hello fellow Comic Book Fans! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to look at some more characters. Now, let’s begin!
Herald (Vox) Real Name: Malcolm Duncan Status: Hero Ht: 6’1” Wt: 210 lbs First Appeared: Teen Titans #26 (April 1st, 1970) Creator: DC Powers/Abilities: Expert pugilist, horn opens portals which are used for teleportation.
Malcolm was an ordinary teenager who lived in New York with his sister, Cindy. One day, Cindy was harassed by a racist gang, and was saved by her brother and the Teen Titans. After the scuffle, the teenage team recruited Malcom and he soon gained a magic horn. The horn allowed the teen to create portals to get out of danger. He had many adventures with the team until a freak accident severed his vocal chords. Later, upon getting his vocal chords replaced by circuitry, he joined the Doom Patrol where he continues to reside today.
Ray Real Name: Lucien Gates Status: Hero Ht: 5’9” Wt: 165 lbs First Appeared: The Ray #1 (February 1st, 2012) Creator: DC Powers/Abilities: Absorption of multiple forms of energy, projects light beams from his hands, flies faster than the speed of light, alter light reflection, can produce light constructs, enhances powers when exposed to lots of light.
Lucien was a lifeguard that worked in San Diego, until his life was changed forever. During one day on the job, he was hit with an experimental particle beam from Arizona. This imbued him with amazing powers, such as; super speed, light projection, and other light based abilities. Unfortunately, the powers burned his clothes off, causing him to wear special illusionary gear. His wonderful adoptive parents helped keep the powers in check through meditation and yoga. He now fights crime with the Human Bomb, Phantom Lady, and the Doll Man.
Hurt by Oliver Tree from the upcoming album “Ugly is Beautiful” Music Video Released: December 6th, 2018 Genres: Alternative Rock, Electronic, Indie Pop
Oliver Tree is a rising musician with many funny and catchy songs. He has also become somewhat of an internet meme due to his signature bowl haircut, tacky glasses, extravagant wardrobe, and love of popular culture. This song is supposedly, according to Tree, about a brutal scooter accident that happened last March. It also seems to be about a broken relationship with an unknown party. His vocals on the piece flow together quite well, and you can definitely tell that he loves making music. Tree is like a combination of Filthy Frank and the Beastie Boys, and I love every second of it! He performed the song live on the Late Late Show on stilts with a bald cap to shock and delight of audience. The music video for the song became extremely popular, and now sits at over 16 million views. I just recently found his music, and now I can’t wait to see what insanity he will bring to the internet. His latest video, “Fuck”, is even more insane than “Hurt”, and I will be covering the entire album when it gets released later this year.
Keep in mind, the music video is age restricted, but it really doesn’t offend anybody.
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.
Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Art Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome art pieces. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!
The Gross Clinic by Thomas Eakins 1875 Oil on canvas
This is a very visceral, yet intriguing piece by Philadelphia-born artist, Eakins. It reminds me of Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp in that it displays an operation taking place in a surgery theatre. The painting can be hard to look at if you are squeamish around blood, but I find it to be very fascinating. Eakins amazing attention to detail makes the audience feel like they are there. It also displays raw human emotion with some of the students paying close attention to Dr. Gross’ techniques, and others moving away in disgust. The work was rejected at first for being too brutal, but now stands as one of the best American art pieces ever made.
Homage to Bleriot by Robert Delaunay 1914 Oil on canvas
This is an awesome Orphic Cubist work by French Artist, Delaunay. Not only did he start a new brand of Cubism, but also incorporated tons of abstraction in his works. This particular piece is absolutely gorgeous and is a tribute to Louis Bleriot, the first man to fly across the English Channel. The work is a brilliant blend of vibrant colors and hidden man-made objects. The leftmost part of the painting reminds more of a pain palette with various colored dots cascading down. We also get the image of the Eiffel Tower in the distance, as well as Bleriot’s plane. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.
Hello fellow Duelists! It’s time for another card post! This time, we’ll be covering some of the strangest cards in Yu-Gi-Oh. Now, let’s Duel!
Boar Solider Type: Beast-Warrior/Effect 4 Stars Attribute: Earth Appearance: A boar warrior with a giant hammer. ATK/ 2000 DEF/ 500 Effect: If this card is Normal Summoned, destroy this card. If your opponent controls 1 or more monsters, decrease the ATK of this card by 1000 points.
At first glance, minus the effect, this looks like a pretty formidable monster. Unfortunately, its effect makes it nearly unplayable. It does have synergies with Skill Drain, but you’re just wasting resources to keep this pathetic creature alive.
Savage ColosseumType: Field Spell Appearance: An ominous arena with skull-shaped sky. Effect: If a monster attacks, at the end of the Damage Step: Its controller gains 300 LP. All monsters must attack, if able. During each End Phase: Destroy all face-up Attack Position monsters the turn player controls, that did not declare an attack.
This is a super fun and strange Field Spell that makes both players play very aggressively. The small LP gain is not where this card shines. The forced attacking of monsters is quite insane, and both players have many opportunities to trap their opponents.
Hello fellow Art Lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some incredible works. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!
Memory of a Journey by Rene Magritte 1952 Gouche on Paper
This is a very unique piece by “Belgian Surrealist” Magritte. It’s a humorous take on the standard “Fruit Still Life Piece”. The fruit are made out of stone, and there’s a bottle to the left side of it. The rigidness of the work lets you fill in the details with motion. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.
Reconnaissance without End by Rene Magritte 1946 Gouache on paper
This is a beautiful work by “Belgian Painter” Magritte. It’s an outdoor scene with a gorgeous blue sky, and creamy colored grass. There’s also a big tree in the center that houses 2 blue figures. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.