“I think it looks more like a puma!”

From: Red vs. Blue

Genre: Web Series

Who said it?: Pvt. Dexter Grif

The story behind the quote: Red Vs. Blue is, to quote their public service announcement videos, a “popular web series” that chronicles the life of two sides (red and blue, obviously) in Blood Gulch. It’s a unique twist to a web series since, instead of using actors or animation, the good people of Rooster Teeth uses the Xbox’s Halo game to make their story come to life. While most people would think it would be a violent, hard-action series, it’s not. None of the characters are particularly great at actually fighting (even though they are soldiers) and all of them are a bit crazy.

The quote comes from Episode 2 of the first season. Sarge of the Red team calls his troop, consisting of Simmons and Grif, and announcing that they will be getting a new rookie soon. But for now, he has Lopez, another “person” bring in their new weapon; a jeep that Sarge affectionately calls the Warthog. Grif then question Sarge about why he calls it that since it doesn’t look like a pig. Grif continues by saying that he actually thinks it looks more like a puma. Although Sarge and Simmons make fun of Grif (even saying that they don’t know what a puma is), the Blue team, Church and Tucker actually comment that the jeep does look like a puma.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, its good to go into things with a different point of view. While it may seem ridiculous to others, especially to those who are already comfortable with whatever that thing is, its actually when we question things and give our own thoughts wherein we can actually learn.

As much as possible, we should make our own opinions about things around us. Whether is be about politics, religion, or… well, anything, we should try to develop our own thoughts regarding them and others should respect whatever it would be. However, this also goes both ways; if other people disagree with your opinions, please be respectful as well.

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“A winner is you”

From: CPro Wrestling (NES, Famicom)

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Narrator

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from a classic video game on the NES simply entitled Pro Wrestling. While very limited in the number of moves, Pro Wrestling was actually unique in the sense that each of the different wrestlers had their own specialty moves that only they could use. For example, Fighter Hayabusa had a move called the Back Brain Kick that was unique to him while The Amazon had the Piranha Bite and the Outlaw Choke.

Anyway, the quote will pop up after you (obviously) beat any of your opponents on your road to fight the champion, The Great Puma. It became very popular very early on because of it’s hilariously incorrect grammar. It’s also known to be one of the first known instances of Engrish (named for the fact that Japanese usually substitute the letter R when trying to say the letter L).

Geek wisdom: While it is inadvertently funny, you can still extract some wisdom from it. Basically, you do have to celebrate each of your victories. Even the small ones. While its great to be focused on the task at hand (becoming the champion in the game), make sure that you also be proud of all of the small good things in life that you encounter along the way.

“When life gives you lemons? Don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad!”

From: Portal 2

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Cave Johnson

The story behind the quote: Portal 2 is the sequel to the highly successful first Portal game. This game delves more into the history of Aperture Science, the company that developed the Portal gun and the facility where the game takes place. The interesting thing about this quote is that it actually comes from a recording of a person, Cave Johnson, who was the President and CEO of the company that would eventually become Aperture Science (who does what they must because they can).

As you, controlling Chell, proceeds through that old test chambers, we slowly get to see the facilities slowly become more and more decrepit and even Cave Johnson’s health is in decline. Still, through the voice recordings, we get to know that Cave Johnson is still defiant and believes that he and his company will rise above all of the hardship and return to glory once again.

If you come to think about it, although he did die and probably never saw it happen, Aperture Science appears to have actually returned to their glory days since the testing facilities that GLaDOS (the homicidal computer that you “killed” in the first game) and, to some extent, Wheatley, control are very advanced.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes its best to not just take it. There are times when it would actually be beneficial to get angry and fight back! A lot of great people in history have done so: Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington, and even Ghandi have shown that there is a time to fight back for what you believe in.

Now, I don’t want you to protest and I don’t want you to riot over every little thing. Make sure to pick your battles and, when it’s applicable and right, go to your window and yell out “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

Speaking of which…

*That scene was from a movie called Network. Wow, two quotes for the price of one!

“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.

“Why so serious?”

From: Batman, specifically, The Dark Knight

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: The Joker

The story behind the quote: Wow, this is like my 3rd quote from the Batman series! Well, anyway… the quote comes from the film The Dark Knight from 2008. It was delivered by The Joker (portrayed by Heath Ledger in his final acting role before his tragic death). Most of you guys probably know where it comes from but for those 2 people who are reading this yet still haven’t watched it… you really should go watch it first before you read any further. You owe it to yourself.

Viewed the entire thing now? Good. So one of the leaders of the crime families in Gotham had put a hit on the Joker for threatening them. A group come in claiming to have killed the Clown Prince of Crime to collect the bounty. It turns out to be a ruse so that the Joker can get close to the boss and usurp his position. The Joker proceeds to tell a story regarding how he became to look like he does (the viewer isn’t sure if it’s true since he then tells another possible one later in the film). The story, in summary, goes that his father went in a drunken rage cut his mouth in a smile shape since the father thought that his son (the Joker) was too serious.

Geek wisdom: Even though its given by a clearly deranged madman, the Joker has a point. It’s okay to take life seriously. However, we do have to make sure that we take some time now and again to enjoy ourselves. Life doesn’t have to be so serious 24/7. Take a break from all of the stress that life brings and simply relax. Believe me, it’ll help you remain sane.

“Aww! Kick-fucking-ass! Life is kinda cool sometimes.”

From: Angry Video Game Nerd

Genre: Video Games, Internet

Who said it?: Angry Video Game Nerd

The story behind the quote: For those who don’t know who the Angry Video Game Nerd is (shame on you!), the videos generally revolve around “reviewing” classic bad video games. So, the Angry Video Game Nerd, or AVGN for short, won’t be reviewing games like Contra (a good game), Street Fighter 2 (another good game) or The Fifth Element on the Playstation (a bad game but still pretty recent). While his videos are riddled with profanity, they’re all pretty funny and actually adds to the “charm.” He did a review of the Action 52, a gigantic steaming pile of crap (I’m paraphrasing him), which included the game, Cheetahmen.

The quote came from when he accidentally fell into a pit during one of the stages and he thought that he was going to lose a life. Instead, the “pit” contained an extra life and skipped him to the next level. You can watch the video below and skip to 4:20 to get to the quote. However, I do advise that you watch the entire video. It’s hilarious!

Geek wisdom: Even though the AVGN plays crappy games, he does acknowledge when something good happens. We all should be doing this in everything we do. We may have to deal with a lot of shit in life, but there’s a lot of good things that do happen once in a while. When we fail to recognize the good parts in life and only focus on the bad, this attitude doesn’t really help us in the long run.

“War. War never changes.”

From: Fallout

Genre: Video games

Who said it?: Narration from the opening

The story behind the quote: The Fallout games are Role Playing Games that takes place in an alternate timeline. In this alternate timeline, technology has rapidly advanced from what we have today. Robot servants were commonplace but everyone still lived with a 1950’s look and sensibilities.

However, due to depleting petroleum reserves around the world, China attempted a bold invasion on Alaska and succeeded. This started a nuclear war that lasted for only two hours but devastated the United States.

Fortunately, the US government build massive fallout shelters, called Vaults, and managed to have some of the populace take shelter there. This is usually where your (nameless) character was born, with some exceptions (Fallout: New Vegas). Because of a series of events, you have to go out to the wasteland and meet people who have survived the nuclear war, such as ordinary humans, Ghouls, mutants, and even the Brotherhood of Steel.

The game always starts out with an opening narration, stating that, through all of the events that’s happened, war never changes.

Geek wisdom: People have been with conflict with other people since the dawn of time. For whatever reason; money, power, ideologies, land, resources. It doesn’t matter. Wars always start out with someone who wants something and attempts to do so through force. And it doesn’t really solve anything. Maybe it’s just part of our animal instinct to overcome by overpowering.

As individuals and the (supposedly) most superior and intelligent animal on the planet, we should always try to supercede this instinct and overcome it with logic and a realization that we do have to work together, not against each other. Nothing changes due to conflict. It’s only when we accept one another and work together that things change.

“Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!”

From: Super Mario Bros.

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Toad

The story behind the quote: The quote is one of the most popular ones in video games. In the original Super Mario Brothers game for the NES, Mario (or Luigi, if you actually playing as the 2nd player), travel to different locations in the Mushroom Kingdom to find and rescue Princess Peach (well, Princess Toadstool in this game) from the evil King Bowser.

Unfortunately for Mario (or Luigi), for stages 1 to 7, they aren’t able to locate her. So when the get to the dungeon during these stages, they only find Toad or one of his (apparently) million of twins saying that Princess Peach is in a different castle. Still, it doesn’t stop Mario (or… well, you know who) from moving on to the next castle.

Geek wisdom: Even if it is disenharting that they weren’t able to rescue the Princess when they arrive at the castle, the brothers still move on, without a break. And this is the wisdom we can find here. Even when we encounter obstacles in life, its important to keep on trying and trying. Never give up.

“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!

“I must break you.” and “You will lose.”

From: Rocky

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Ivan Drago

The story behind the quote: The quotes comes from the antagonist of the 4th Rocky film, Ivan Drago. The second quote is probably more obscure, but since it starts earlier in the film, we’ll start with that.

The Soviet Union (yes, not Russia. It was 1985) sends a delegation of people including a monster of a man named Ivan Drago (played by Dolph Lungren) to the United States and puts an open challenge to any American boxer in order to prove the Soviet’s superiority in the sport. Motivated by pride and patriotism, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) takes on the challenge. Although Apollo displays a lot of bravado prior to the fight, as shown in the big production number for his entrance to the ring (with a performance by James Brown, no less!), this is quickly erased soon later. As Apollo trash talks Drago and tries to slam his gloves down on the Russian, Ivan’s hands stay up, not moving an inch and informs the former Heavyweight champ that he will lose.

Now for the next, and more popular, quote in the movie.

After Apollo’s crushing defeat (and ultimately, his death… sorry, spoilers!), Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) decides to avenge him by travelling to Drago’s home turf in Russia. After another training montage (around 20 minutes of the film is training montages, I think), Rocky and Drago finally face off in the ring. Mirroring his interaction with Apollo, Drago informs the Italian Stallion that he will break him before pounding his fists into the American’s.

Geek wisdom: What made Drago such a freakingly strong boxer? Sure, it may be the (implied) steroid use as shown in the training montage, however, there is ulitmately a different reason. Ivan Drago had only one goal: beat people up. Its his single purpose and his only job.

What we can learn from this is, with or without steroids (probably), there’s a lot we can accomplish as long as we dedicate all our effort in doing the task. On the flipside, if you look at Rocky’s training in Russia, it also shows his dedication and what also made him a force to reckon with. It’s this focus and intensity that made both of them fierce boxers.