“The power is yours!”

From: Captain Planet and the Planeteers

Genre: Television and Cartoons

Who said it?: Captain Planet

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the animated series, Captain Planet and the Planeteers. It was one of, if not, the first cartoon to feature an environmental superhero. Captain Planet himself is not a person in the traditional sense. He is actually the personification of the four natural elements, Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, as well as the power of caring, which is Heart.

These elements are carried by the Planeteers, four teenagers from different parts of the world. Kwame, from Africa, controls Earth. Linka, from the Soviet Union/Eastern Europe, controls the element of Wind. Wheeler, from the United States, is in charge of the Fire element. Gi, from Asia, manipulates Water. And Ma-Ti, from Brazil, controls Heart. In order to summon Earth’s greatest champion, Kwame, Linka, Wheeler, Gi and Ma-Ti have to combine all of the elements. These elements then form Captain Planet.

Captain Planet usually dispatches the villain for the week and, before splitting up into the elements, he usually tells the Planeteers the quote.

Geek wisdom: The power is indeed yours! We all have the power to make good and bad decisions. Claiming that we weren’t given any options is simply a cop out and shrugging off our our responsibilities of our actions. It is us who decides our fate and how much effort we put into a task and no one else.

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“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.