Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Witless Dictionary #21--Siena Blazeout

We close out June with another look into the pages of the Witless Dictionary--a recurring feature here at the Prattle which attempts to find a term for those things that don't have one, but really should:

Siena Blazeout--Term which describes a character who debuts with a theoretically awesome power (for example--let's say they can blow up the world or something like that.) which, if used, would drastically alter the status quo of the book, which is, of course, never going to change that permanently.

Meaning you have an allegedly badass character whose actually something of a glass cannon.

This fact gets played up more in subsequent appearances, as they continue to fail to do the one thing that would make them badass. Eventually their "blow up the world" power gets permutated into "generic plot-conventient energy power" or . . .

Or they just keep getting brought back after all their heat is gone.

Though this could apply equally to Apocalypse or Mikhail Rasputin, this one's named after the original originator, of course.


Diana Kingston-Gabai said...

Mikhail Rasputin. Now canonically related to Grigori Rasputin. Oy.

Kazekage said...

. . .and, thanks to House to Astonish, we know he's also related to Mr. Rasputing (nee Pitnick) ;)