Top 5 list: Best Shredder quotes edition

Oroku Saki. Villain. Genius. Comedic mastermind? The 1987 animated version of the Shredder was crucial to the mood, tone and popularity of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Whether it was James Avery’s classic quick delivery or the timing of a well-placed oral jab to those Turtle boys, Shredder always seemed one step ahead in his plans and his verbal jousts. Here are five of the best one-liners from “guy who never has to look for a can opener.”

“Tonight I dine on turtle soup.” – The penultimate quote has made its way into the 1987 animated show, the comic and the games.

“Sayonara you shell-backed simpletons.” – This insult, thrown out to the Turtles as Shredder was getting away for the millionth time, made Lyndsey pause a VHS and ask her mom: 1. What is a simpleton? 2. What does sayonara mean? and 3. Why is Shredder so awesome? Educational and inspiring.

I borrowed your Alien Express card. I never leave the Technodrome without it.” – Referring to co-conspirator Krang’s ability to pay for technology, Shredder evoked modern advertisement to explain how he gets away with borrowing stuff and never paying for it during the seven seasons he wreaked havoc on New York City.

“Creatins” “Blasted turtles” “Fools” “Wretched reptiles” “Idiot(s)” – Shredder’s favorite words to describe his help, his nemesis and his help. In that order. Watch a video of his quotes on YouTube and these will show up quite often.

“Blast that grotesque ganglion!” – A nice way to refer to Krang. Shredder was capable of big words that required viewers to think. It’s nice to have an intelligent super villain who could make you laugh while hatching world domination plans.

Strip Talk #04: ’80s and ’90s themes are the soundtrack of my life

Lyndsey Mosley, editor-in-chief

I don’t throw the title “child of the ’80s” around often. The definition is someone, like myself, that was born between the years 1975 to 1986 that remembers the pop culture of the era because they lived through it. Myself? I am a quintessential child of that time. I remember WWF, Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Cabbage Patch Kids, Rainbow Brite, Jem and the Smurfs well. I got up on Saturday mornings to watch most of those shows and when I got home from school it was TMNT, Ducktales, Darkwing Duck and the USA Cartoon Express all the way. So, why are we rehashing all of these titles? Simple: They had some of the best intro themes of all time.

Don’t get me wrong, the ’90s had some great stuff, too. X-Men the Animated Series, Fox’s Spider-man, Doug, Goof Troop. All are great shows with excellent introductions. So what is it about this these two periods of animated television? Was it because I was young and in-tune to music through chorus at school? Possibly. But more likely it’s the fact that this was the golden age of animation, a time when good cartoons were routinely introduced with flair, savvy and a well-sung introduction that told you everything you needed to know about the show.

That’s the crux of why this was such a good time for animated television. Take, for example, Transformers. Everything you ever needed to know about the Autobots and Decepticons, their battles and their affiliations were told in 30 seconds through singing. Same thing with Ducktales, Powerpuff Girls and TMNT. Sometimes you didn’t even need singing to tell the story. X-Men’s instrumental intro famously showed the principal cast and the fight of mutant kind.

As a child of the ’80s it was hard not getting up to see many of these shows every morning while getting ready for school. Now, it’s hard as an adult not to tear up when I hear the instantly recognizable themes of my childhood past. Thanks to YouTube, I’ve found I’m not the only one wishing for the return of the golden age of cartoons. The ’80s and ’90s were the gold standard for hooking an audience into a show that may or may not have shapeshifting robots, teenage mutant ninja turtles or racecars, lasers, airplanes to spin in Duckburg. I look forward to the day when I have a child old enough to understand and appreciate the era that mom learned about good animated television.

Lyndsey Mosley is editor of Gaming Insurrection and a proud self-proclaimed child of the ’80s. You can contact her via email at gicomics@gaminginsurrection.com

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Top 5 list: Best mutant powers edition

Superman/DC

Superman
Invisible force field aura

As the Man of Steel can attest, his force field is just that: a coating of steel. It takes a lot to harm the blue-and-red savior of Metropolis and mostly what can hurt him is not of Earth. His natural Kryptonian invisible aura has saved his life on more than one occasion.

 

Nightcrawler/Marvel

Nightcrawler
Teleportation

The blue devil-looking X-Man of Marvel teleports himself and others by accessing another dimension. Just the fact that he can access this “other place” negates the supposed rotten egg smell that is associated with his ability. Bampf, indeed.

 

Dr. Manhattan/DC

Dr. Manhattan
Time and molecular shifting

Created by a physics accident in 1959, Dr. Manhattan is one of the world’s most prominent superheroes. He’s also able to  see the past and the future relative to him, and he can create or destroy on a molecular level. Blue-skinned, hot and genius-minded, Dr. Manhattan is DC’s Cronos.

 

Apocalypse/Marvel

Apocalypse
Molecular shifting

Even though the Marvel villain has altered the future and the past on many occasions, Apocalypse is still awesome. His ability to shift his mass and size at will makes him one of the world’s most dangerous if not unbeatable foes. His mutant ability has also allowed him to live for more than 5,000 years.

 

Charles Xavier/Marvel

Charles Xavier
Mind reading

The smartest man in the world and an omega-level mutant, Professor X ’s intelligence and mind-reading ability make him a great ally for peace and a beyond-dangerous foe if he ever went evil (read: Onslaught).

All photos courtesy of the Marvel and DC Wikia sites

Marvel character highlight #03: Sentinel

NAME: Sentinel

AFFILIATION: Sentinel program

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Mutant tracking

BACKGROUND:  Scientist Boliviar Trask, as a way to stop the perceived mutant threat to humanity, created the original Sentinels. Trask received government-funds to research his work into eliminating mutants and this was the Sentinels prime objective. Trask was invited to debate Professor Charles Xavier, one of the world’s strongest mutants, in a televised debate on mutant-human relations. Trask remained unconvinced of the lack of threat most mutants posed and revealed his Sentinels to the world. The robots then kidnapped Trask and took him to their leader, Master Mold, where Trask was directed to create more.

Eventually, after Trask was given a mindscan of the X-Men who came to rescue him, he realized that mutants were peaceful and that the Sentinels had to be destroyed.

Trask then sacrificed his life to stop the Sentinels and Master Mold in a massive explosion. Other Sentinels have been created and reprogrammed by numerous people including Sebastian Shaw of the Hellfire Club, Bastion, Cassandra Nova and Apocalypse.

RELATIONSHIPS: Boliviar Trask (creator), Larry Trask (creator), Bastion, Nimrod, Master Mold (leader)

FIRST VERSUS GAME APPEARANCE: X-Men: Children of the Atom

APPEARANCES IN OTHER MEDIA: X-Men: The Last Stand (film), Marvel vs. Capcom (arcade), Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (arcade), X-Men (arcade), X-Men the Animated Series (television), Spider-Man the Animated Series (television), X-Men: Evolution (television), Wolverine and the X-Men animated series (television), X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse (SNES), X-Men Legends (PlayStation 2/Xbox), X-Men: The Official Game (PlayStation 2/Xbox), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PS3/Xbox 360), X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (PlayStation 2/Xbox), X-Men: Next Dimension (Xbox/PlayStation 2/GameCube)

Marvel character highlight #01: Cyclops

NAME: Scott Summers
AFFILIATION: X-Men
BACKGROUND: As a child, Scott Summers and his brother Alex were involved in a plane crash after their plane was attacked by the Shi’ar Empire. Their mother, Katherine, pushed the boys out of the plane with one parachute, hoping that it would save their lives. They survived, but Scott hit his head on the way down, thus rendering him an amnesiac and unable to control his then-hidden mutant powers.

Scott lived in an orphanage in Omaha, Neb., for the majority of his life while Alex was adopted. It was later revealed that the orphanage was run by Mr. Sinister, a mutant from the 19th century who was obsessed with Cyclopsthe Summers bloodline.

As a teenager, Scott’s mutant power of concussive force beams projected from his eyes manifested itself and nearly killed a group of people. With Professor Charles Xavier’s help, Scott escaped the crowd and joined Xavier as his first student at what would become the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters. He, along with Jean Grey (Marvel Girl), Bobby Drake (Iceman), Hank McCoy (Beast) and Warren Worthington III (Angel/Archangel) would become the first set of X-Men.

While working together Scott and Jean fell in love. After Jean manifested the Phoenix Force and was thought to be killed in a radiation accident in outer space, Scott married Madelyne Pryor, a dead-ringer for Jean. He and Madelyne had a son together, Nathan Christopher, who was infected with a techno-organic virus courtesy of mutant villain Apocalypse. He was taken to the future to be cared for until the virus could be controlled. Scott abandoned Madelyne when it was revealed that Jean was still alive. He obtained a divorce and married Jean.

After mounting pressures in the school and their lives, Scott and Jean’s marriage hit the rocks. Scott turned to a reformed Emma Frost for counseling and subsequently engaged in a psychic affair with Frost. A short time later, Jean was killed. Her death prompted Scott to reconsider his path in life and his place with the X-Men. However, Jean’s future self as the Phoenix of the White Crown showed him an apocalyptic future that would occur if he left the group. Scott decided to stay and remained in a relationship with Emma. After a falling out with Xavier, who had kept many secrets from his group, Scott and Emma took over the school and are currently running the day-to-day operations of the X-Men and Mutant Academy.

RELATIONSHIPS: Alex Summers (Havok), brother; Gabriel Summers (Vulcan), brother; Jean Grey (Phoenix of the White Crown), wife; Madelyne Pryor (Goblin Queen), ex-wife; Emma Frost (ex-White Queen of the Hellfire Club), girlfriend; Rachel Grey (Phoenix, Marvel Girl), daughter from alternate timeline; Nathan Christopher Summers (Cable), son; Christopher Summers (Corsair), father; Katherine Summers, mother.

FIRST VERSUS GAME APPEARANCE: X-Men vs. Street Fighter

APPEARANCES IN OTHER MEDIA: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 & 2 (multiplatform), Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade’s Revenge (SNES/Sega Genesis), X-Men (Arcade), X-Men (film), X-2 (film), X-Men: The Last Stand (film), X-Men the Animated Series (television), X-Men Evolution (television)

Comic property review: ‘X-Men’

Photo courtesy of XMenFilms.net | From left,  Patrick Stewart, Famke Jensen, Halle Berry, James Marsden and Hugh Jackman star in  “X-Men.”
Photo courtesy of XMenFilms.net | From left, Patrick Stewart, Famke Jensen, Halle Berry, James Marsden and Hugh Jackman star in “X-Men.”

X-Men

Twentieth Century Fox, 2000

Mutant peaceseekers find success in first of trilogy

If you get around some of the changes to the silver screen adaptation of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s merry band of mutants, you’re bound to find enjoyment in this film. If you can’t, expect to be frustrated.

The first film in the trilogy of films about Marvel’s homo sapien superiors deals with their fight for equality and peace. Thrown into the maelstrom is Charles Xavier and his self-named X-Men: Wolverine, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm, Rogue and Iceman. Hoping to thwart their cause is the other side of the mutant coin: The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Where Xavier and his merry band hope to instill peace and order, Magneto, Mystique, Sabretooth and Toad hope to bring chaos.

Now, all of this fighting between groups makes for excellent cinema and storytelling. Director Bryan Singer does a great job working with the source material and introducing the various powers of the mutants. With such a large cast, however, not everyone got their fair share of screen time. Halle Berry’s well-known quibble about Storm not having enough prominence (she is Gold Team leader after all, or was) carries weight when it boils down to it.

While we enjoyed the movie greatly, we do have a bone to pick with it. Iceman is the same age as Rogue? That’s really unbelievable. Neither were teenagers when they encountered each other in their stints with the X-Men, nor were they romantically involved at any time. Because there’s no Gambit, Rogue would be left dangling but it is more than a little weird trying to imagine that they would be in a relationship. Also, while Iceman was a teenager when he joined the crew, he was also one of the original X-Men. Technically, that would make him the same age as Jean and Scott, who are clearly adults in charge at Xavier’s Institute for Gifted Youngsters.

Aside from the head-scratching changes, the film is paced well and tells its story really well. The casting is superb and the acting is believable. We can picture these folks as X-Men from the comic if we had to go that far. And as a side note, Rebecca Romijn managed to make Mystique hot.

How we grade

We score the properties in three categories: Casting (or voice acting in the case of animated), plot and similarities to its source material. Each category receives points out of maximum of 10 per category, and 30 overall. The percentage is the final score.

Casting: 9

Plot: 8

Like the comics?: 7

Final score: 8