seawasp (seawasp) wrote,
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Icon Meme post...

The rules are simple:

1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your icons. (Assuming you have more than five; most people have several more, of course)
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee.

This time, it's pedanther asking me about the following icons:

Alex Louis Armstrong:


Major Alex Louis Armstrong is a significant secondary character in the manga and anime Fullmetal Alchemist. He is also ... rather disturbingly wrong at times, prone to suddenly stripping to the waist and showing off his (admittedly vastly impressive) musculature, posing like a sideshow weightlifter while (apparently quite literally) sparkling with pink sparkles. His entire FAMILY shows these sparkles on occasion, but no one else does; it's apparently a peculiar and creepy family characteristic. In combat or other dramatic situations, he will often declaim that he will now show you some technique or power that "Has been passed down through the Armstrong Family Line for GENERATIONS!!!"

At the same time, Alex Louis Armstrong is one of the kindest, most reliable, and most sympathetic characters in the series, especially in the second anime and the manga where he gets more visible play. Traumatized by his early experiences in the war, Armstrong carries around a load of guilt and a determination to never fail anyone again, nor to allow evil to be done in his presence. Despite occasionally freaking out the Elric brothers and others, he is a dependable -- and frighteningly competent and powerful -- ally in a world filled with uncertainty.


Arrival HKF

Many years ago, back in the 1970s, there was an animated show called "Hong Kong Phooey", which featured an anthropomorphic dog as the main character, who was a janitor in his normal job but became the martial-arts superhero "Hong Kong Phooey" by leaping into a specific filing cabinet and transforming whenever there was crime to fight. Like the similar-vintage "Inspector Gadget", he was actually mostly a legend in his own mind, although occasionally showing flashes of competence; most of his victories were due to his pet cat, who like Gadget's little girl and dog friends would save the day behind the scenes in such a way that HKP got the credit.

I *hate* shows like that, and I particularly disliked HKP because there was no reason they couldn't have taken the concept and have SOME elements of comedy (given that he was an anthropomorphic dog in a city of mostly-human beings!) but still leave him mostly competent.

Many years later, Cartoon Network was doing blocks of cartoons, including looking back at shows like HKP. And Alan Lau created a flash animation short of the HKP that I'd WANTED to see, complete with a super-transformation and Street-Fighteresque combat sequences. Alas, that was the only episode of said version ever made.

This icon is, obviously, taken from that short, when after a transformation sequence in which the filing cabinet blasts into the stratosphere, Hong Kong Phooey drops from the sky and lands with earthshaking impact.


Find a New God

Powerthirst is a series of spoof commercials, parodying the over-the-top ads for various energy/sports drinks, especially those seen in the late 90s - early 2000s; this includes ever-more-ridiculous manliness including flavors named RAWBerry, SHOCKolate, Slaughtermelon, etc.. In Powerthirst 2, there's a sequence in which a man marooned on a desert island (not sure what movie it was taken from, possibly Tom Hanks in Cast Away) collapses and is overdubbed to moan "Lord, why have you forsaken me?", and the bombastic announcer says "CAN IT! When God gives you lemons, you FIND A NEW GOD!"  and then announces a new flavor: GODBERRY! KING OF THE JUICE!!!"

I just rather liked the "Find a New God" bit; so many stories (including my own Phoenix Rising) have the protagonist bravely soldier on through incredible misfortune while clinging to faith in their deity; it was amusing to think of someone saying "Screw this, I'm choosing this god over here with a better miracle plan!"



Vega-Sama

In the beginning, there were the Street Fighter games -- side-scroll martial-arts combat console and arcade games which became tremendously popular. So the Japanese made an animated film, Street Fighter II: The Movie. Overall, it was an okay "heroes against bad guy organization" movie, but it had one of the most awesome final fight sequences ever, partly because they did NOT wimp out the main villain and let the main hero (Ryu) just suddenly pull out a new can of whupass to beat the bad guy, but instead had to have both the hero and his best friend/rival Ken team up against Vega-Sama ("Lord Vega"; the main villain; in the USA he's usually called M. Bison due to name-shifting to avoid lawsuits, long story),and even then their victory is as much due to luck as it is to their skill; Vega is VASTLY out of even their league.

I selected this icon of Vega-Sama because he actually looks very much like the true form of the main villain in my trilogy "Demons of the Past" (which I hope will be published someday soon).

Virigar

The Greatest Wolf, Father of Werewolves, the monster OTHER monsters have nightmares about. Virigar is the King of Wolves, a soul-rending monster whose natural form stands nine feet tall and has diamond claws and fangs capable of slicing through essentially anything. A major force in my writing universe, the only thing known to hurt him is silver (and he's survived several assaults with it), and gods and demons fear him. This picture is a trimmed version of the only picture of Virigar I have, one that my wife Kathleen drew quite a few years ago; I've trimmed it to a head and shoulders shot flanked by his own claws.

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