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10 Things
« on: September 14, 2008, 04:03:24 PM »
With Greg's List of Crap talking too damn long to maintain interest (prove me wrong), I decided to do something similar, except that there's not actual ranking and there's no real competition and the things are obscure enouigh tat they probably wouldn't make a good top 50.  Instead, we're going to write about 10 great/worst/most adjective things that we want to draw attention too.  For example, it could be 10 great super-hero names, 10 worst episodes of Tales from the Crypt or 10 easiest video games.  Basically, the point is that each person puts in an entry and talks about that thing.  You can put as many entries per list as they want but you can change the list subject until the list of 10 is filled up.

Feel free to cut an paste from a website like wikipedia or write your own entries but please try to write an enter and get a picture assuming a picture is appropriate.  And don't be afraid to be crazy and obscure.

Let's start:

10 Great Invisible Characters
Griffin The Invisible Man

Griffin was a gifted young medical student with albinism, who studied optical density while at a university. Griffin believed he was on the verge of a great scientific discovery, but felt uncomfortable working under the eyes of his professor. In order to ensure he would take the credit for himself, he left college and took up residence in a cheap dingy apartment where he could continue his experiments in solitude.

In order to finance his experiments, Griffin robbed his own father- who had apparently stolen the money anyway, and committed suicide after being robbed by his son. (Little was mentioned of Griffin's family background, but it was clearly dysfunctional.) Working reclusively in his flat, he invented a formula to bend light and reduce the refractive index of physical objects, thus making them invisible. He intended from the start to perform the process on himself, but was forced to rush his experiments due to persistent intrusions from his landlord, who was suspicious of his activities. He processed himself in order to hide from his landlord, setting fire to the building to cover his tracks. He wound up alone, invisibly wandering the streets of London, struggling to survive out in the open whilst unseen by those around him. In order to make himself visible again, he stole some clothes from a dingy backstreet theatre shop, including a trenchcoat and hat, wrapping his head in bandages to conceal his invisibility, his eyes covered by large dark goggles. He took up residence in the Coach and Horses Inn in the village of Iping to reverse his experiment in a quiet environment, but complications arose with the locals, who were unnerved by his appearance. As a result, his progress was slowed down and he was left without sufficient money to satisfy the pub's owners. In order to pay his bill, Griffin burgled the home of Reverend Bunting, causing the police to come after him, at which point he revealed his invisibility to all by throwing off his clothes and escaping.

By now driven to insanity by his inability to reverse the experiment, Griffin sought the assistance of a tramp named Thomas Marvel to carry money for him, but Marvel ran away with the money. Griffin pursued him to the town of Port Burdock, and there ran into his old schoolmate Dr. Kemp. Griffin attempted to convince Kemp to be his visible partner and help him begin a reign of terror. Kemp, rather than assisting the crazed Invisible Man, alerted Colonel Adye of the Port Burdock police.

Furious and still entertaining thoughts of world domination, Griffin vowed to kill Kemp, as the first execution in the reign of terror. He ultimately failed when Kemp rallied the people of Port Burdock, who mobbed the Invisible Man as soon as they had deduced his location, and Griffin was killed when cornered by navvy workers. The effects of the invisibility formula wore off in death, and Griffin's body became visible again.

In the 1933 film version of The Invisible Man, he was given the first name Jack (his first name was never revealed in the novel). He was played by Claude Rains.

Jack Griffin worked for Dr. Cranley, assisting him in his food preservation experiments alongside his friend Arthur Kemp. Griffin was deeply in love with Cranley's daughter, Flora, and the two planned to marry. Griffin was afraid that he had nothing to offer her, however, and so began experimenting with an obscure and dangerous drug called monocane in hopes that his work would make him rich and famous, and therefore a worthwhile husband for Flora.

Griffin discovered that when combined with other chemicals, monocane made a formula capable of rendering a person invisible. Too excited by his discovery to think clearly, Griffin left Kemp and the Cranleys to complete the experiment in solitude. He injected himself with the formula over the course of a month, and became invisible. It was only after Griffin had attained invisibility that he realized he had not thought of how to turn himself visible again.

Panicking, Griffin went to the small village of Iping and rented a room in the Lion's Head Inn, where he began searching for a formula to reverse the experiment. During this time, he rendered himself visible by wrapping his head in bandages and wearing dark goggles.

The prying eyes of curious locals, combined with the maddening side-effects of monocane and the frustration that came as a result from his repeated failed tests, drove Griffin insane. After assaulting Jenny Hall and severely injuring her husband, Herbert, Griffin shed his clothing, becoming totally invisible, and eluded the police. He sought help from Kemp, but by now the monocane had driven him so insane that he was seriously entertaining thoughts of world domination, and wanted Kemp to be his visible partner and assistant.

Not even a visit from Flora and her father helped ease Griffin's mounting insanity. He vowed to kill Kemp after his old friend had alerted Inspector Lane to his whereabouts, and despite intensive police protection surrounding Kemp, Griffin eventually made good on his threats. After killing Kemp, he sought refuge from the cold in a farmer's barn. The farmer summoned the police, who set fire to the barn. As Griffin fled the burning structure, he was shot by the Chief of Detectives, who could see his footprints in the snow.

Griffin died from the gunshot wounds in the hospital, apologizing for his crimes with the immortal line, "I meddled in things man must leave alone." The effects of the invisibility formula wore off in death, and Griffin's body became visible again.

The film's portrayal of Griffin is somewhat more sympathetic than that of the novel. Whereas the novel's Griffin is callous and cruel from the beginning and only pursues the experiment for the sake of proclaiming his own genius, Griffin of the movie is shown at heart to be an honorable man who has been misguided. His insanity is purely a side-effect of the invisibility drug, and his motivation behind the experiment was a misguided desire to do good for science and mankind, born primarily out of his love for his fiancee.

Rock bands Queen, Helloween and Marillion have all recorded songs called "The Invisible Man"; Scatman John covered Queen's version. The British satirical show Spitting Image also featured a song called "The Invisible Man", sung by the puppet of then-Employment Secretary Tom King.