“By the power of Grayskull… I have the power!”

From: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Genre: Television and Cartoons

Who said it?: He-Man/Prince Adam

The story behind the quote: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is actually several things: a highly successful 80’s Saturday morning cartoon, a widely hated animated series in the 90’s and a well-received remake in 2002. Still, the story behind all of them is ridiculously simple. The villians, led by the aptly named Skeletor, an apparently very muscular sorcerer who has a skull for a head, wants to take over the planet, generally Eternia. When the bad guys do attack, Prince Adam will held aloft his magic sword and… well, yell out the quote. This transforms Prince Adam in the He-Man, “the most powerful man in the universe!”

Here is the intro for the original 80s version of the show…

Now, the weirdly different 90s version…

Finally, the very serious but still quite awesome 2002 remake…

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, we can forget our roots. We can become very successful or very wealthy and forget that we didn’t do it alone. All successful people needed the help of other people to be in the position that they are in. Whenever Prince Adam would use the quote to transform into He-Man (the most powerful man in the universe), he is actually acknowledging that his power is not his: its given to him by another. In this case, the magical castle of Greyskull.

People should not forget where they come from. It’s a big part of why they are the way they are now. We have to acknowledge this and remember the people that helped us along the way.

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“Sword of Omens, give me sight beyond sight!”

From: Thundercats

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Lion-O

The story behind the quote: If you really think about it, the concept behind the Thundercats cartoon is weird: A bunch of anthropomorphic alien cats  fighting a sorcerer-slash-mummy for the peace and order on Third Earth. Still, it was a great show in the 1980s. The remake currently being shown on the Cartoon Network still retains the basic idea but adds more history and backstory, making it a much more interesting show, especially for those who watch the original.

The quote comes from Lion-O, the leader of the Thundercats. He wields the Sword of Omens, possibly the most powerful weapon in the show. The power of the sword comes from the Eye of Thundera, a gem or jewel built right into the hilt. The Sword of Omens has various abilities, such as casting a signal in the air to call the other Thundercats, absorb magical blasts thrown by Mum-Ra, the aforementioned mummy and, by giving the command “Sword of Omens, give me sight beyond sight,” the user will be able to look at far away places, detect hidden enemies, and even find allies that are missing.

Geek wisdom: While there are a lot of pieces of technology that can give us “sight beyond sight” like binoculars and satellite views, we can actually do the Sword can’t: we can predict the future. Well, not really “predict” per say. Rather, people can think of possible scenarios of what will happen based on information.

While it can be fun to be spontaneous once in a while, its always a great idea to plan for the future. Whether it be short-term like planning what to do during the weekend, or something more long-term, such as saving up for retirement, planning is always the prudent thing to do.

“And knowing is half the battle.”

From: G. I. Joe

Genre: Television, Cartoons

Who said it?: A lot of Joes

The story behind the quote: GI Joe is a classic cartoon series in the 80’s. While they were mostly known for large scale fight scenes where no one really dies, badass ninjas, and high tech weapons and vehicles (and a really great toyline), they were also known for their PSAs that end each episode. Besides fighting for freedom where ever there’s trouble, GI Joe members would apparently do a lot of community service and hanging around where kids would be (which is kinda creepy if you think about it) and dispensing helpful advice to them.

Each of the PSAs will usually start with a kid about to do something that would put them in danger (ex. giving a stranger their address, or taking medicine without knowing what dose to actually use). One of the Joes would then (magically) show up and tell them what they should do (ex. DON’T DO IT!). Sometimes, they would mix it up a bit, such as giving advice on how to stop a nosebleed or just never giving up.

Below are just a small sample of the 35 PSAs that they released during the original run.

 

These eventually became very popular and the phase “and knowing is half the battle” became ingrained in all of the kids that were watching the series.

Geek wisdom: While we may actually forget the actual advise given in each of them, we still remember the quote and, in truth, that’s all you need to know. We should try to learn as much as we can. Be it with school, work stuff, or even trivial stuff (like geek wisdom!), the more we know, the better we’ll be in the long run.

“Form feet and legs! Form arms and torso! And I’ll form the head!”

From: Voltron

Genre: Television, Cartoons

Who said it?: Keith (Voltron Lions) and Jeff (Voltron Vehicles)

The story behind the quote: For anyone who lived their childhood in the early 80’s, this shouldn’t need any introduction. Voltron is one of the most popular robot cartoons ever created. It was so popular that there were 2 versions of the titular robot, Voltron Lions and Voltron Vehicles.

Let’s start with the Lions since they did come first and they were the more popular ones. Earth sends 5 space cadets (Keith, Lance, Pidge, Sven, and Hunk) to the planet Arus to protect Princess Allura and her subjects from the evil empire led by Zarkon from the planet Doom (how appropriate!). Each week, Zarkon, his evil son, Lotor, and the wicked witch Hagar, devise various schemes and send out a giant monster called Ro-Beasts to try to conquer the galaxy. However, by combining all 5 Lions into one mighty robot called Voltron, Defender of the Universe, the Keith and the others manage to foil their plans.

After the success of the Voltron Lions came the Voltron Vehicles series. This time, the Galaxy Alliance are trying to find suitable planets to colonize but the Druel Empire are also doing the same thing and they’re not big on sharing! The Druels attempt to beat the exploration team by also using their own Ro-Beasts. However, the Galaxy Alliance have developed a new Voltron comprised of 15 individual spaceships led by Jeff.

For the ones who are really into the history of the story, it wasn’t always “Form arms and torso!” It was initially “Form arms and body!” They eventually changed it because someone probably figured out that “body” mean the entire body.

Geek wisdom: Watch the show closely and you’ll actually see that, in some episodes, Keith and Jeff give commands to their respective team members even when they are combined. This means that, even when in Voltron form, the leader doesn’t have full control over the robot and has to rely on his team to execute some attacks. Yes, they rely on teamwork!

People have to realize that, as a team, they can always accomplish much more than going it alone. If you’re a team working as one, its possible to take on even a problem as huge as a giant Ro-Beast!

“Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb!”

From: Batman

Genre: Movie/Television

Who said it?: Batman

The story behind the quote: In the 1966 film, Batman (portrayed by Adam West) comes across a bomb that’s about to explode. He grabs the bomb and races to find an area where he can toss it without harming any innocents. He runs around with the bomb, trying to find an area that not populated.

Unfortunately, it seems that the fates are against him. Everywhere he goes, there always seems to be people that would be in danger. In the restaurant, even though Batman already warns all the patrons to get out, two fat ladies apparently don’t care and continue to eat. While running around the pier, it actually seems that there are people are following him as the same marching band, woman with a baby carriage, and couple of nuns seem to get in his way all the time! Even when he finally thinks he’s found a safe place to throw the bomb, he sees a family of ducks below him. By this point, Batman is completely frustrated and finally states the quote.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, shit happens. There’s no denying it. There are going to be days when nothing seems to go right and it feels like everyone’s against you. Even if you plan something to the most minute detail, all of it can still go tumbling down like a house of cards.

Here’s the thing: there’s nothing you can do about it. Once it happens, it happens. The only thing you can do it push on and make the best of it.