Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Top 10 Skeletons

Hello and welcome back to the Geekdom. Yes friends it’s that wonderful time of the season again. A time of sharing, caring, and scaring the living daylights out of little trick or treaters. The most classic of monsters in my opinion is the skeleton.  One of the purest symbols of death, the skeleton has long been used for fear, which is why I decided to make this list. As per usual I have my runner-ups:
-Death (Family Guy)
-Blazing Skull (Invaders)
-Death Jr. (Death Jr.)
And now let’s get into the Top 10 Skeletons
10-Blight (Batman Beyond)
In the not too distant future of Gotham, Batman retired from his life of crime fighting and disappeared from the public eye as Bruce Wayne. In his stead, Wayne Industries was taken over by the corrupt businessman, Derek Powers.  Derek becomes infected with a deadly mutagenic gas that he had developed when the new Batman stops him from using it as a weapon. To save his life, Derek undergoes a radical radiation experiment. The experiment succeeds but not before transforming him into a radioactive monster. Going by the name Blight, he now spends his days trying to gain vengeance against Batman.
9 -Dead Tom (Muppet Treasure Island)
‘…….but Dead Tom ‘as always been dead. That’s why he’s called Dead Tom.’
Love this joke……………………..
That’s it, next one
8 -Stal (The Legend of Zelda)
The Stal is a species of re-animated monstrous skeletons. In Ocarina of Time, once the sun goes down the Stal come out. Swarming in packs, the Stal can quickly overwhelm any hero who chooses to stay out at night for too long.  The Stals come in a variety of sizes from the tiny Stalchild, to the adult sized Stalfos Knights, to gigantic beasts such as the Stallord, each being more powerful than the last. The Stals have always represented a challenge to the Hero of Time.
7 –Captain Hector Barbossa (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Originally the first mate of Captain Jack Sparrow, Barbossa and the crew mutinied when Jack revealed the location of the Aztec gold. Having plundered the gold, Barbossa and the crew became cursed as skeletal beings with desires that can never be met. Driven mad by this lack of fulfillment, Barbossa and his damned crew set out to collect every piece of gold back in order to undo the curse.  He eventually succeeds in this goal only to be shot dead moments later, though his rotting corpse was resurrected by the sea goddess, Calypso, in order to aid her in breaking her own curse.
6 –Eliza Faust (Shaman King)
Dr. Johann Faust VIII was a happy man. He slaved in his medical studies to be able to find a cure for his dearest love Eliza. Eventually he was able to develop a cure and save her life. Faust and Eliza married and set up a clinic together, living immensely happy lives together. All brought to a tragic end when a thief with a gun, shot Eliza in the head. Going mad from the loss, Faust delved into his distant ancestor’s (Dr. Faustus) supernatural dealings. Using his newfound powers, Faust is able to animate his wife’s skeleton through the power of her soul.  Not being able to fully resurrect his dear Eliza, Faust enters the Shaman King tournament in a bid to use the god like powers to bring her back to him.
5-Lord Fear (Ace Lightning)
One of the most feared beings in the Sixth Dimension, Lord Fear was once good friends with the hero Ace Lightning before a terrible accident lead him to his current state. Lord Fear now seeks to use the fabled artifact, The Amulet of Zoar, in order to conquer all of dimensional space. Running with a small band of villains, Lord Fear operates in the Carnival of Doom, battling the Lightning Knights with his magically empowered staff.
4 -Skeletor (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe)
Ooooooooooh Skeletor. I have no words for someone as silly as you. Cited as the archenemy of He-Man, I honestly can’t see why he represents such a threat. I mean really, the guy can’t even come up with a strong insult on a day to day basis. Skeletor’s main goal is to break into Castle Grayskull and steal its ancient secrets that will allow him to conquer Eternia, but we all know this guy is never going to reach his goal.
3 -Grim (The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy)
In an attempt to win the life of their pet hamster, Billy and Mandy won a game of Limbo against the Grim Reaper, and consequently won his servitude to them. Now Grim exists in his day to day experience having to obey the whims of the sadistically cruel Mandy and the immaturely insane Billy. Grim wishes nothing more than to be free of these two afflictions but as of yet has not found a way to break free of his contract.
2 -Brook (One Piece)
Brook was once a member of the Rumbar Pirates. During an assault be a rival crew, the Rumbar Pirates managed to defeat the crew but were all badly poisoned. Being a pirate crew of musicians, the Rumbar Pirates spent their final moments reciting the song Bink’s Sake. The entire crew passed away, but having eaten the devil fruit, Yomi Yomi, Brook gained the ability to return his soul to this plane of existence. Unfortunately, Brook lost track of where his ship and body had drifted to. Finding it years later, Brooks' body had been reduced to nothing but a skeleton, but his soul was still able to possess it.
1 -Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

‘Wont' ya please make way for a very special guy;
Our man jack is King of the Pumpkin patch
Everyone hail to the Pumpkin
King now!’
Jack Skellington has become an icon. He is a person who is well liked by most and has nothing wrong going on in his life, yet still finds himself unfulfilled, which has left him in a slightly depressive state, which makes him so easily connectable. This journey to find himself has allowed countless people to connect to him as we have all felt this pain one way or another. Jack’s failed attempt to reinvent himself through Christmas doesn’t throw him into a deeper stupor, quite the opposite, it reinvigorates him and he begins to see the joy he took in his old life again, inspiring others to see the joy in their own lives as well.

I’m the Guide, thanks for reading and Happy Halloween.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Top 10 Fictional Deities

Gasp! A new post from the Guide to Geekdom! Don’t ask how or why or what the status is on the video reviews, just know that this is an act of God that has allowed me to write. Speaking of God or rather Gods, throughout fiction there have been many instances of the use of fictional deities. Some can control time and space while others run the threads of reality itself. This has leaded me to make this list. As per usual I have a few runners ups:
 -The Great Spirit (Shaman King)
-Gozer (Ghostbusters)
-Arceus (Pokemon)
Now without another few month hiatus, here are the Top 10 Fictional Deities.

10 – Raiden (Mortal Kombat)
Thunder god and defender of Earthrealm, Raiden has been a mainstay within the Mortal Kombat series since the beginning. Raiden is willing to sacrifice anything to help save the denizens of Earthrealm, even surrendering his godly essence and immortality on a number of occasions just to compete in the competitions that will decide Earthrealm’s fate. In the newly rebooted Mortal Kombat universe, Raiden of the old universe sends a message to his past self to alter history in the attempt to save Earthrealm from Armageddon (or to try and save the series from another bad sequel).
9 – Azulongmon (Digimon)
One of the Digimon Sovereigns, Azulongmon is the defender of the East quarter of the Digiworld. Being one of the caretakers of the Digiworld, Azulongmon has many abilities that allow him to maintain the structure of his reality as well as being able to extend his power into other realms. Story wise, Azulongmon granted our heroes the ability to digivolve in the human world which allowed them to defend the border between both worlds. Azulongmon remains an important figurehead in the Digiworld, for his departure would mean the partial breakdown of reality.
8 – The Golden Goddesses (The Legend of Zelda)
 Creators of the sacred Triforce, the three Golden Goddesses are one of the most powerful recurring elements of the Zelda universe. The trinity is comprised of Din the goddess of Power, Farore the goddess of Courage, and Nayru the goddess of Wisdom. According to the mythology of the Ocarina of Time game, the Golden Goddesses were the creators of the land of Hyrule, leaving behind the Triforce as a symbol and representation of their power.
7 – Mata Nui (Bionicle)
The Great Beings created all of existence, and to rule in their stead they created a great robot that would monitor and control the universe as the Great Spirit. This was how the mighty being Mata Nui was created. Given the purpose of bringing balance to the universe, Mata Nui used his body to house his people giving them all the resources they needed and in return the people worshipped him as well as maintaining his vital functions. Given the power of the Mask of Light, Mata Nui is able to bless his people with the essence of life.
6 – The Phoenix Force (X-Men)
Created from the fires of creation, The Phoenix Force is a manifestation of life and reincarnation. The Phoenix’s purpose is to destroy obsolete pieces of the universe and remake them anew. To accomplish this goal, The Phoenix possesses mortal beings of great power and amplifies their power infinitely.  In this process the person being possessed is consumed by the corruption of the Phoenix’s purpose and becomes an entity of darkness. The passion of the Phoenix takes over and they are consumed with the need to destroy and rebuild the universe into something it deems as better. The only way to defeat it is to kill the person it is possessing. Unfortunately, being an entity of reincarnation, The Phoenix Force is never gone for long.
5 – Dream (The Sandman)
Dream of the Endless. Dream is one of seven infinitely powerful beings known as The Endless. These ancient beings are personifications of aspects of the universe. Dream is the lord of the dream realm controlling all aspects that do not exist within reality. Dream is an incredibly flawed character who suffers from a very large ego and stuffy personality. After being imprisoned for 70 years, Dream breaks free of his cell a new man and sets out to right the many wrongs he has committed in his endless years.
4 – Primus (Transformers)
The Lord of Light. Primus was brought into existence by the sentient core of the universe. Primus’ task was to defend the universe against the God of Darkness, Unicron, who had previously consumed other universes. Primus engaged Unicron in battle, but could only bring their fight to a standstill. Tricking the Dark God, Primus trapped both their spirits within giant metal asteroids, forcing them to maintain a corporeal state. Whereas Unicron reconfigured himself into an immense machine used to consume the planets and the universe, Primus decided to become a planet. In his new state, Primus created life whose purpose he gave them to defend the universe and defeat Unicron once and for all. Thus, Primus became the Transformer home world, Cybertron.
3 – Darkseid (Superman)
Darkseid is the ruler of the planet Apokolips and is considered to be one of the most powerful beings in the DC universe. Darkseid is one of the immortal New Gods as well as being worshipped as a God of Death by his people and for good reason. Darkseid is fueled by the power of The Omega Effect, a nearly unstoppable energy force that allows him to erase any living organism from existence. He can utilize this effect through beams from his eyes of which he has pinpoint control over, being able to curve the energy beams in any direction. Darkseid remains one the hardest foes that Superman may never overcome.
2 – Galactus (Fantastic Four)
The World Devourer. Honestly, do you really need any more than that? Really? Okay fine I’ll tell you about Galactus. Galan of the planet Taa was the last living being in the previous universe before the Big Bang that occurred. Galan was consumed by the energies of the Big Crunch that ended the existence of the previous universe. Incubating in these energies, Galan was fused with the very essence of the cosmos and became the entity known as Galactus. Existing on higher cosmic level, Galactus became the aspect of the universe representing the end. Galactus is overwhelmed by an insatiable hunger that leads him to consume planets, eventually leading to the end of the current universe. To aid him in this quest, Galactus occasionally imbues his Power Cosmic into mortal beings to act as his heralds, leading him to planets that have reached the end of their cycle.
1 – Truth (Fullmetal Alchemist)
“I am what you call the world. Or perhaps the universe, or perhaps God, or perhaps truth, or perhaps all, or perhaps one, and I am also you.”
When you tread on God’s domain, prepared to get burned. For alchemists who appear on God’s domain through the use of alchemy will find themselves confronted by an all white being outlined by shadows. The Gate will open behind you and pull you in. Truth will then grant you exactly what you wanted in this venture, infinite knowledge of alchemy, but in exchange for this action, you must lose something of dire importance to you. This is the law of alchemy, Equivalent Exchange. So beware all who attempt to enter God’s Domain, the sacrifice you suffer will never be worth it.

I’m the Guide to Geekdom, and hopefully it won’t take another act from God to hear from me again soon.