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Re: What if… — Idea inklings

Postby Té Rowan » Sat Jan 22, 2022 12:20 pm

Spica75 wrote:1. Something really "anti-villainy" or outright heroic... :D

Heh. Would be a mindblowing thing if that was the case. I could believe one of Flash's rogues to be like that, but not Batman's. That lot is way too batty.
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Re: What if… — Idea inklings

Postby Ellen Kuhfeld » Sat Jan 22, 2022 1:36 pm

Definitely a Flash rogue thing - but some of the Batman crew might also. Catwoman has a long record of doing it. Harley Quinn might do it, when she wasn't under Joker's influence. Even Joker might, if he could figure a way to make it a real mindfuck for Gotham and Bats. There have been Penguins and Riddlers in the past that might, though I don't know about these days. But Killer Croc and Scarecrow? Never.
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Re: What if… — Idea inklings

Postby Té Rowan » Sat Jan 22, 2022 9:22 pm

Ellen Kuhfeld wrote:Even Joker might, if he could figure a way to make it a real mindfuck for Gotham and Bats.

And now you have me imagining the Joker doing just that, resulting in Batman going (sound of frying eggs).
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Re: What if… — Idea inklings

Postby Té Rowan » Sun Feb 13, 2022 9:28 am

Usagi (or some other magical girl) decides that the best way to cure evil guys of being evil is to show them endless runs of Care Bears, Sesame Street, Barney and Teletubbies. Simultaneously.
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Postby Ellen Kuhfeld » Sun Feb 13, 2022 1:02 pm

I've seen it done in fanfic. I've even seen it done in comic books. This was way, way back when Al Capp (Li'l Abner) and Chester Gould (Dick Tracy) were having a cartoon war. Capp created Fearless Fosdick as a parody of Dick Tracy, used him in Li'l Abner, and he eventually got his own comic strip and comic book. And became spokestoon for Wildroot Cream Oil hair tonic. They had a short, but catchy, jingle that played on the radio a lot - at least until the company went away in 1960 as hair fashions changed.

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There was one strip where thugs had captured Fosdick, tied him in a chair, and forced him to listen to the Wildroot jingle on repeat. After several panels the thugs were lying on the floor gibbering, with fried brains, and Fosdick walked out the door combing his hair and thinking "That was refreshing."

Details not guaranteed. It's been over sixty years since I heard it. I'm not sure how long since I read the comic, but that was at least sixty years also.

Little Abner, incidentally, is where the term "skunk works" came from. I wonder if Lockheed paid royalties?
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Re: What if… — Idea inklings

Postby Té Rowan » Sat May 07, 2022 7:02 am

HP what-if:

Harry Potter's name comes out of the Goblet, but there is no Harry Potter in Hogwarts. What if a different Harry Potter was called in instead, and the replacement was a squaddie (British Army regular)? More, this squaddie lives up (or down) to all the tales told about squaddies?

I dare say that Hogwarts, Beauxbâtons and Durmstrang will have their collective moon queen thoroughly space-tested that winter.
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Re: What if… — Idea inklings

Postby Ellen Kuhfeld » Sat May 07, 2022 7:16 pm

That has happened in fanfic -- no Harry Potter to be found, and the goblet used to draw him in. That's made a few good stories. In one, Harry got at the goblet and used it to put Tom Riddle, Cornelius Fudge, Dolores Umbridge, and Peter Pettigrew into a no-win situation. But there's another scenario possible: two Harry Potters in Hogwarts. It could happen. Potter is a not-uncommon surname, and our Harry Potter was flash-famous. I can see quite a few Potters naming their newborns "Harry". There'd be time for the kid to grow and be in first or second year. What might happen if the goblet wanted all the Harrys?
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Re: What if… — Idea inklings

Postby Té Rowan » Sat May 07, 2022 7:59 pm

Oh, heck… a classroomful of Harrys of various sizes, shapes and colours, and all wondering what is so special about being Harry Potter. Meanwhile, the harry Potter Fan Club can't decide if they have a target-rich environment or whateveryonderhell is going on here.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY6y2ubhBvg — A medley of 1960s Wildroot Cream Oil ads from TV.
https://www.101soundboards.com/boards/22348-wildroot-cream-oil-hair-tonic-advert-music — "Wildroot Charlie" sung by Nat King Cole.
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