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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #120 on: December 23, 2011, 07:34:36 PM »
Isn't there anyone who knows all about


#11 – The Robot Santa Claus
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Lights, please: The Robot Santa Claus is a four tonne robot designed by The Friendly Robot Company, possibly a precursor to Mom's Friendly Robot Company, in 2801 to judge whether people were naughty or nicе and sort out presents accordingly. Due to a programming error, his standards were set way too high, and Santa Bot invariably judges everyone naughty with the exception of Zoidberg at least once.

Every year on Xmas Eve, Santa comes to Earth on his robot-reindeer sleigh to punish the naughty, with extreme prejudice. It's said if someone is on the naughty list, and Robot Santa finds him or her, he will chop his or her head off and stuff his or her neck holes with toys from his sack of horrors. Usually though, he kills them using a variety of X-mas-themed murder devices and heavy ordnance.

When not on his Xmas mass murder spree, he spends most of the year in his Death fortress at the North Pole of the planet Neptune, where he watches the people of Earth doing naughty things on a series of giant monitors, Big Brother style. A shantytown village named Jolly Junction lies at the base of his fortress, inhabited by unpaid, undersized, and underfed elf-dressed Neptunians.

Robot Santa Claus has proven quite resilient, having survived burning spaceship exhaust, explosions, and even survived listening to logical paradoxes, something, which destroys other robots, thanks to "paradox-absorbing crumple zones" built into his head.
Robot Santa Claus, though hostile to nearly everyone, apparently has a friendly acquaintances with Kwanzabot and the Chanukah Zombie.

When Nudist Alien Scammers gained possession of Earth, they also scammed Santa out of his Naughty List, leaving him unsure as to who he should kill, so he joined forces with the Planet Express crew to retake the planet.

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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #121 on: December 23, 2011, 07:35:40 PM »
Seriously what the hell is up with there being no worthwhile clips from Futurama on Youtube?


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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #122 on: December 23, 2011, 07:44:54 PM »
That would be my assumption, sigh.

Anyway there we have it, the final ten are coming tomorrow. Who'l triumph, somebody religious or somebody fun? Time, and the Krampus, will tell.....


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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #123 on: December 23, 2011, 08:05:24 PM »
Krocheted Krampus, anyone?



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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #124 on: December 23, 2011, 08:41:36 PM »
That's awesome! I would totally buy that!
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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #125 on: December 23, 2011, 10:42:36 PM »
Holy crap! The Krampus! That was that thing from the Venture Brothers Christmas Special! I didn't recognize it until I saw the crocheted basket on it's back with the child in it from DB's post! I totally would have voted for that... had I thought of it... and had I remembered what it was called...

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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #126 on: December 23, 2011, 10:54:06 PM »
Holy crap! The Krampus! That was that thing from the Venture Brothers Christmas Special! I didn't recognize it until I saw the crocheted basket on it's back with the child in it from DB's post! I totally would have voted for that... had I thought of it... and had I remembered what it was called...

I don't give Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick enough credit.

Yep. A Very Venture Christmas. Just watched it last night. Classic Venture; Krampus gets a little rapey.



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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #127 on: December 24, 2011, 04:38:32 AM »


#12 - The Ghost of Christmas Present
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I used to like Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come the best, but over the years, i've learned to realize that Present is the best ghost.  He's fun, that one.


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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #128 on: December 24, 2011, 04:57:28 AM »




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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #129 on: December 24, 2011, 07:16:45 AM »
Isn't there anyone who knows all about


#10 – The Hogfather
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Sure,  I can tell you all about The Hogfather.

Lights, please: The Hogfather is originally a winter god. In the deep winters, people of old feared that spring might never again come, so they gave bloody sacrifice of hogs to the Hogfather. Nowadays, the Hogfather is expected to travel in a sleigh pulled by hogs and every Hogswatchnight to bring gifts to all the children, or at least, those who believe in him; this yields a worshipper range of most of the Discworld except for the Counterweight continent and the continent of Klatch. Despite this impressive range, crass commercialization of the holiday compromised the belief in Hogfather, and then interference from the Auditors of Reality severely threatened his existence (chronicled in Hogfather).

His residence is the Castle of Bones near the hub. The Hogfather is an ancient being, who has seemingly kept his present form for some time; in Hogfather, Albert reminisces about his childhood memories of the Hogfather, more than 2000 years ago. The only difference in the Hogfather in that time seems to have been that he did not bring presents, but sausages and black puddings if you were lucky. But you always got a pink sugar piglet in the toe.

He parodies the Roundworld Father Christmas  (the UK version of Santa Claus )

In the land of pine trees and deep snow and long winters, when the sun is below the horizon most of the day, in the piercing cold it can become a real question whether or not the sun will rise again in the morning. The voice of reason says it will rise, but there are many unreasonable voices in a person. In response to this question, the anthropomorphic wossname called the Hogfather arose. He had many forms throughout the centuries, and the man in the red suit was only the last of them. Susan saw them one after another. His first form was properly speaking porcomorphic, or pig-shaped. It was to this point that he retreated when ambushed by Mr Teatime. Despite his apparent task of distributing presents in the season of goodwill, sustained by the belief of children, on the longest night of the year it is still the role of the Hogfather to ensure that the Sun rises in the morning. It is no small thing to make the Sun rise. When he was able to resume his role, the Hogfather seemed to salute Death as an equal. He did not thank him. “Ho Ho Ho,” notwithstanding, he was not a personification of many words.

When the Hogfather was attacked, Death, like an expert mechanic hearing a change in the sound of an engine, had heard a harmonic change in the music of the universe. He was able to enter the congruent reality of the Hogfather in a way in which he could not enter the domain of the Tooth Fairy. Death applied first aid to sustain belief in the Hogfather among children, and recruited Susan, even Hex.

When Mr Teatime had failed, the Auditors attacked the Hogfather directly, in the form of hounds. It was necessary for Susan, as a human being, to be the one to act to save him. To do this she had to leave behind her inner babysitter, and be with her belief. It was not simple. At a point where the hog she was riding teetered on an icy ridge, precipitous drops on both sides, she repeated to herself, “He’ll catch me if I fall,” but an older voice within her said, “No, he won’t. If I fall now, I don’t deserve to be caught.” As in the case of Death and Miss Flitworth, an anthropomorphic personification was saved by the self-gift of a human being.

Later Susan said to Death, “The sun would have risen just the same, yes?” “The sun would not have risen,” he said. “A mere ball of flaming gas would have illuminated the world.” It would have been a world of oblivion.

The same human capacity to believe which supports the Tooth Fairy and the Hogfather creates the space for meanings such as justice, mercy and duty, which have no existence in the physical universe, to become. What Hogswatch seems to stand for is not that you will get presents if you have been nice, but that what you have done counts for something, and it is known. It matters. “All things strive...” says Hex. Strange though it may seem, given the general immersion of human and human-like beings in the mere business of staying alive, it is towards this point that all things strive. This very line also appears in Dwarf Lore

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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #130 on: December 24, 2011, 08:55:42 AM »
Isn't there anyone who knows all about


#9 - Krampus
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Sure,  I can tell you all about Krampus

Lights, please: Krampus is a mythical creature recognized in Alpine countries. According to legend, Krampus accompanies Saint Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children. When the Krampus finds a particularly naughty child, it stuffs the child in its sack and carries the frightened child away to its lair, presumably to devour for its Christmas dinner.
In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented as a beast like creature, generally demonic in appearance. The creature has roots in Germanic folklore. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, southern Bavaria, South Tyrol, and Hungary during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December, and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten. There are many names for Krampus, as well as many regional variations in portrayal and celebration.

The history of the Krampus figure stretches back to pre-Christian Germanic traditions. He also shares characteristics with the satyrs of Greek mythology. The early Catholic Church discouraged celebrations based around the wild goat-like creatures, and during the Inquisition efforts were made to stamp them out. However, Krampus figures persisted, and by the 17th century Krampus had been incorporated into Christian winter celebrations by pairing him with St. Nicholas.

In the 20th century, Austrian governments discouraged the practice. In the aftermath of the 1934 Austrian Civil War, the Krampus tradition was prohibited by the Dollfuss regime under the Fatherland Front (Vaterländische Front) and the Christian Social Party. In the 1950s, the government distributed pamphlets titled "Krampus is an Evil Man". Towards the end of the century, a popular resurgence of Krampus celebrations occurred and continues today. There has been public debate in Austria in modern times about whether Krampus is appropriate for children.

Although Krampus appears in many variations, most share some common physical characteristics. He is hairy, usually brown or black, and has the cloven hooves and horns of a goat. His long pointed tongue lolls out.

Krampus carries chains, thought to symbolize the binding of the Devil by the Christian Church. He thrashes the chains for dramatic effect. The chains are sometimes accompanied with bells of various sizes.[9] Of more pagan origins are the ruten, bundles of birch branches that Krampus carries and occasionally swats children with. The ruten have significance in pre-Christian pagan initiation rites. The birch branches are replaced with a whip in some representations. Sometimes Krampus appears with a sack or a washtub strapped to his back; this is to cart off evil children for drowning, eating, or transport to Hell.

The Feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated in parts of Europe on December 6. In Alpine countries, Saint Nicholas has a devilish companion named Krampus so it is said that on the preceding evening, Krampus Night or Krampusnacht, this hairy devil appears on the streets. Sometimes accompanying St. Nicholas and sometimes on his own, Krampus visits homes and businesses. The Saint usually appears in the vestments of a bishop such as the mitre, and he carries a ceremonial staff. Unlike North American versions of Santa Claus, in these celebrations Saint Nicholas concerns himself only with the good children, while Krampus is responsible for the bad. Nicholas dispenses gifts, while Krampus supplies coal and the ruten bundles.

A Krampuslauf is a run of celebrants dressed as the beast, often fueled by alcohol. It is customary to offer a Krampus schnapps, a sweet liqueur. These runs may include perchten, similarly wild pagan spirits of Germanic folklore and sometimes female in representation. In larger cities, there may be numerous runs throughout the Advent season.

Europeans have been exchanging greeting cards featuring Krampus since the 1800s. Sometimes introduced with Grüß vom Krampus (Greetings from Krampus), the cards usually have humorous rhymes and poems. Krampus is often featured looming menacingly over children. In some, Krampus has sexual overtones; he is pictured pursuing buxom women. Over time, the representation of Krampus in the cards has changed; older versions have a more frightening Krampus, while modern versions have a cuter, more Cupid-like creature. Krampus has also adorned postcards and candy containers.

Krampus appears in various forms, and as part of differing celebrations, throughout central Europe. In Styria, the ruten bundles are presented by Krampus to families. The twigs are painted gold and displayed year-round in the house – a reminder to any child who has temporarily forgotten Krampus. In smaller, more isolated villages, the character has other beastly companions, such as the antlered “wild man” figures, and St. Nicholas is nowhere to be seen. These Styrian companions of Krampus are called Schabmänner or Rauhen.
A more toned-down version is part of the popular Christmas markets in Austrian urban centres like Salzburg. In these, more tourist-friendly interpretations, Krampus is more humourous than fearsome.

In the 1600s, the Lutheran Church presented a "christchild" figure in the place of the Catholic Saint Nicholas. Representing the baby Jesus but often appearing as a young maiden, this figure was also paired with Krampus in some areas. In France's Alsace region, Krampus is known as Hans Trapp and accompanies a "christchild" character during the holiday season.

North American Krampus celebrations, though rare, are a growing phenomenon. Some traditional Germanic communities in the northeast of the United States have preserved a Krampus tradition; in these he goes by Bellsnichol and combines aspects of both the wild man and Saint Nicholas.

The word Krampus (sometimes spelled "Grampus") is a derivation of the old German word for “claw”, but the creature has many names. Klaubauf is used throughout Austria, while Bartl or Bartel, Niglobartl, and Wubartl are used in the southern part of the country.[1][17] Outside Austria, Krampus and related creatures go by Pelzebock or Pelznickel in southern Germany, and Gumphinckel in Silesia. In Hungary, he is Krampusz.

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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #131 on: December 24, 2011, 09:00:14 AM »
Love the way she says "naughty" in that vid. ;)


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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #132 on: December 24, 2011, 09:04:59 AM »
Wow. Krampus kicked ass! Had him at #14.

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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #133 on: December 24, 2011, 09:27:56 AM »
Any holiday character that beats annoying little brats with sticks and threatens to eat them, I can get behind. Krampus was second only to the reason for the season on my list.
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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #134 on: December 24, 2011, 09:54:27 AM »
Isn't there anyone who knows all about


#8 - Hermey the Misfit Elf
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Sure,  I can tell you all about Hermey the Misfit Elf.

Lights, please: Hermey the Misfit Elf is one of the two leading protagonists in the 1964 television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
The character prefers studying dentistry to making toys, making him a social outcast among the other elves in Christmastown. Quitting his job as a toymaking elf after being threatened with the loss of his job for poor performance and for not "fitting in," Hermey declares he is running away from Santa's Workshop. He soon meets title character Rudolph in a snow drift and the two decide to run away together.

They soon meet Yukon Cornelius, an eccentric arctic prospector who invites the runaways to join him on his search for silver and gold.

The two outcasts and Yukon Cornelius find themselves pursued by the Abominable Snowmonster. An escape from the Snowmonster on an ice floe brings the travelers to the Island of Misfit Toys. The Island is a sanctuary for defective and unwanted toys ruled by King Moonracer, a winged lion.

Returning to Christmastown, they learn that bad weather may cause Christmas to be canceled. But Rudolph, with his "nose so bright" is able to save Christmas by serving as a guiding headlight on Santa's sleigh.

The successful return of the misfit characters and Rudolph's saving of Christmas makes the others in Christmastown realize how harsh they had been, including Santa Claus himself. Rudolph and Hermey are welcomed back to Christmastown and Hermey finally gets permission from his former boss to open a dentist's office at the North Pole the week following Christmas.

One of many memorable songs from the show, Hermey and Rudolph's duet Fame and Fortune was added to the special beginning with its 1965 airing as a slightly shorter replacement for the reprise of a number called We're A Couple Of Misfits, sung by Hermey and Rudolph soon after their initial meeting. The special's 1998 restoration saw Misfits returned to film context while the 2001 DVD release showcases Fame And Fortune as a separate number.

Hermey oddly did not reappear in the sequels Rudolph's Shiny New Year or Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, but he did show up for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys.

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