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Dan_raven
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Last night the following dialog occurred in my dream:

Writer: The character will be like Gollum.
Critic: You mean short, bug-eyed, eats raw fish and talks to jewelry?

My first thought was, "Wow. I'm witty in my sleep."

About 5000 thoughts later I thought, "Hmm-stupid one line descriptions of popular culture characters. That sounds like a Hatrack Game."

So here it is:

He's the opposite of a sociopath, meaning he kills all kinds of people because he cares too much, then whines about it. (Ender)

He's the superhero who puts his mask on when he's not being the superhero. (Superman -- Clark Kent's glasses are just a thin Lone Ranger mask.)

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quote:
He's the superhero who puts his mask on when he's not being the superhero.
I don't think that's a good example. That description is actually very profound. [Smile]
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I agree. The Superman description is rather elegant. Apt. In fact, DC should use it.
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He's been stalking members of two English families for over 300 years (Enoch Root)
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A big, furry Jesus ex machina. (Aslan)
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He has an adverse skin reaction and a biological tendency to enlarge when he's displeased (Hulk)
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Disfigured child goes to a school for special people. (Harry Potter)
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He whines, kisses his sister, assaults his father with a deadly weapon and is eventually left handed. (Luke)
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He's married and a shoe salesman (Al Bundy)
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They used that description of Superman in Unbreakable I believe, although I could be wrong.

Pixiest: Pretty neat, but power convertors are serious business!

He's a drunk who got himself killed trying to escape prison rather then serve out his menial sentence. (The other Luke, the more cool handed Luke)

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He's a precocious and cute kid, except for the killing of two classmates and exterminating an alien species. (Ender)
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Hes a kid with a foul mouth who wants to stop people from doing stupid things. (Holden Caulfield)
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She speaks japanese, plucks eyes, is a mommy, wiggles big toes and looks good in yellow (Beatrix Kiddo)
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BlackBlade
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quote:
and looks good in yellow
I would have modified this to something like, "Takes thread advice from Bruce Lee." Or "Dresses like a dude."
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He is Keyser Sze.
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He ingests mind-altering drugs and rides giant worms. Sometimes in that order.
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Dog of a queen likes to save little boys from dangerous holes in the ground.


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(Lassie--boy dog playing girl dog saving Timmy from the Well yet again)

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He's little, eats garbage, gets naked in vents and plays with rope. (Bean)
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Sleeps all day, has no job, pale skin and smells like blood. (Dracula)
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He really is Spartacus

(God, how many times do I use that line?)

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quote:
Originally posted by BlackBlade:
They used that description of Superman in Unbreakable I believe, although I could be wrong.

I think you're thinking of Bill's speech about Superman in Kill Bill Vol.2.
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As you know, l'm quite keen on comic books. Especially the ones about superheroes. I find the whole mythology surrounding superheroes fascinating. Take my favorite superhero, Superman. Not a great comic book. Not particularly well-drawn. But the mythology... The mythology is not only great, it's unique. Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there's the superhero and there's the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he's Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone. Superman didn't become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he's Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red "S", that's the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears - the glasses, the business suit - that's the costume. That's the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent. He's weak... he's unsure of himself... he's a coward. Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race.
--Enigmatic
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He was a White supremacist even though he promoted a mixed marriage, fought against injustice based on race, and even died defending a mixed race group.

Gandalf (the White)

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Sorry. I was looking for some mind fluff, and I found this thread. I thought it would be a fun bounce.
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Perhaps it would be a better game if the describer didn't say who he was describing, and others had to guess? I'll have a shot:

He is expelled for drinking due to a goody-to-shoes snitch, but joins the Army and has many famous adventures, in which he acquires many adoring lovers and a reputation for coolness under fire.

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Chuck Norris.
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BlackBlade
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I liked this thread.

KOM: I'm drawing a blank. So you probably did a good job.

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He's a slacker teenager who hatches a plan to compeletely rebuild his parent's marriage by sexually molesting his own mother, and then allowing his father to stop him.

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An ill advised one night stand with his half sister eventually brought down him, and his kingdom.
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quote:
Originally posted by rollainm:
Chuck Norris.

Nope.

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KOM: I'm drawing a blank. So you probably did a good job.
Not to draw out the suspense, if a third person either guesses wrong or says they're blank, I'll say who I was thinking of. Three strikes rule.

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An ill advised one night stand with his half sister eventually brought down him, and his kingdom.
King Arthur.
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quote:
Originally posted by King of Men:
quote:
Originally posted by rollainm:
Chuck Norris.

Nope.
Oh, that wasn't a guess. It was its own submission.
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quote:
Originally posted by King of Men:
Perhaps it would be a better game if the describer didn't say who he was describing, and others had to guess? I'll have a shot:

He is expelled for drinking due to a goody-to-shoes snitch, but joins the Army and has many famous adventures, in which he acquires many adoring lovers and a reputation for coolness under fire.

Flashman
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Young, has a really smart dad but doesnt pay attention to the melting tempature of wax.

Much easier than KoM's.

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Prepared to do much for friendship- confess to crimes he did not commit as well as commit crimes; ran a newspaper for a time and has something in common with psychopaths.
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quote:
Originally posted by AchillesHeel:
Young, has a really smart dad but doesnt pay attention to the melting tempature of wax.

Much easier than KoM's.

Icarus
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quote:
Originally posted by natural_mystic:
quote:
Originally posted by King of Men:
He is expelled for drinking due to a goody-to-shoes snitch, but joins the Army and has many famous adventures, in which he acquires many adoring lovers and a reputation for coolness under fire.

Flashman
Yes.
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quote:
He's a slacker teenager who hatches a plan to compeletely rebuild his parent's marriage by sexually molesting his own mother, and then allowing his father to stop him.
Marty McFly

When her world comes to an end, a spoilt little rich girl is forced to eat raw vegetables and prostitute herself to save the family farm, unaware that her true love isn't who she thinks it is.

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Scarlett O'Hara.
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Like a dime-store shaman who takes three days to get up again.
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Spoiled rich kid grows up thinking he can do a better job than local law enforcement but not before he really perfects his personal brand.
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Batman!
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quote:
Originally posted by Samprimary:
Like a dime-store shaman who takes three days to get up again.

Jesus.
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Genetically modified human with high IQ discovered by space explorers in cryo-sleep, attempts to take over their ship, and is ultimately marooned on a planet. Years later he is given a chance at revenge but screws it up
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Khaaaaan!!!
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Dumb blonde with a painfully high-pitched voice is only amorous until you get her wet; then she turns into a cold fish.
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Wanda!

Kidding. Daryl Hannah, of course.

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Madison (Splash) (edit: ah dang, rivka beat me)

Xenocide survivor manipulated by blonde angel of the one true god and builds an impressive resume ranging from President to Prophet.

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Kid with an uninvolved father figure and a mother who laughs at penis jokes, finds an alien, and is then attacked by a bunch of astronauts.
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Supernatural peeping tom goes on a yearly breaking-and-entering spree.
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quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
Supernatural peeping tom goes on a yearly breaking-and-entering spree.

Santa
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quote:
Originally posted by BlackBlade:
Kid with an uninvolved father figure and a mother who laughs at penis jokes, finds an alien, and is then attacked by a bunch of astronauts.

Elliot from ET
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