Andrew Maguire (a portmanteau of Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire) aka Alpha. He was introduced in Amazing Spider Man 692 as a frighteningly average, under achieving, generally ignored 15 year old kid who got amazing superpowers via a Freak Lab Accident during a field trip to a presentation made by none other than Peter Parker. He even had a little hype behind him and became Spider Man’s sidekick. Having such low self worth, it isn’t long before everything starts going to Alpha’s head. Though it wasn’t two issues later where he messes up big time, almost causing some planes to crash, when Spider Man almost completely de powers him. And just like that, he’s out of the comic after only 3 issues. He was even called this trope’s former name, The Poochie, in universe! Of course, since he later got his own miniseries, it becomes easier to realize that this was planned from the start.
For the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version, please go to the episode recap page. It refers to the Gilbert U 238 Atomic Energy Laboratory, a child’s chemistry set which included a small sample of (mostly) depleted Uranium 238. Due to the potential for radiation poisoning (and even more so the extremely hefty price tag note It retailed for in 1950, the equivalent of in today’s dollars), the lab was not a commercial success unlike Gilbert’s other offerings and was on the market for only about a year in 1950 51. Still the sheer WTF ery of the idea made it a popular meme up to today. Americans Are Cowboys: All the kids from around the world hanging about Santa’s workshop are decked out in the most stereotypical garb imaginable. Naturally, the two kids from the United States are wearing colorful plastic cowboy hats and “western” clothes. And That’s Terrible: The narrator seems to believe the Viewers Are Morons since he is incapable of letting any of Pitch’s shenanigans go without commentary and sometimes even admonishment. Another Dimension: Instead of the North Pole, this version of Santa lives on a Floating Continent in the Fifth Dimension. Arch Enemy: Pitch is this to Santa. At the beginning of the movie Lucifer orders Pitch to capture Santa and ruin Christmas, and it’s implied that Pitch is given this job every year. As You Know: Santa and Merlin go back and forth on how to use his various magic gadgets. Both keep pointing out how they should both really know all of this, but their memories are terrible. Bad Dreams: Pitch uses this as his primary method for enticing humans to sin. Most notably he uses this to try and make Lupita steal a doll. Bad Santa: Unintentionally http://mahmart.com/2013/10/26/they-can-perform-maneuvers-that-cars-are-incapable-of/, see Moral Dissonance below. It doesn’t help that his actor is clearly also doing the voice of Lucifer. Badass Santa: With all of the powers that Santa has and with Merlin as his Q, Santa is able to defeat a centuries old demon with ease, multiple times! Black and Gray Morality: Though as the film progresses, it descends into Gray and Gray Morality territory see Moral Dissonance below for Santa, but Pitch seems less evil than intended. Beard of Evil: Pitch. Big Red Devil: Pitch. “Blind Idiot” Translation: The awkwardly named Flower To Disappear is a good example of this. It’s a literal translation of a pun that doesn’t work in English, see Punny Name below. To be fair, the “atomic laboratory” is actually a real thing and a fairly popular toy in the 1950’s. Captain Obvious: The narrator, who describes every single thing that happens on screen. Carpet of Virility: Vulcan has what looks to be an actual fabric sample glued to his chest. Catapult Nightmare: Lupita has one of these. Mike: (as Lupita) I had the ‘Nam dream again.
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