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Desc:I doubt anyone thinks Nick could ever be an 'overlord', save for himself.
Category:Religious, Pets & Animals
Tags:reptilians, trolls, delusions of grandeur, nick bravo
Submitted:EvilHomer
Date:02/04/15
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oddeye
He does kinda look like an alien wearing a human body
EvilHomer
I don't know precisely where he's getting this from, but I'm worried I might have inadvertently baleen'd him. Someone posted my analysis of Mr Bravo on the Corky fan forums, re: how he was a wannabe supervillain but was trapped in the body of a comic-relief henchman. Nick saw it, and got a bit upset, referencing the comment in a previous video, albeit with a twist - according to Nick, people thought he was Mister Mxyzptlk, a potent magical supervillain whose one flaw is that he looks a bit stupid. This video might be a continuation of his supervillain arc.

The most telling thing here is that Nick completely missed the point of what we were saying. Nick is *not* a supervillain. He is not an overlord of any sort, Reptilian or otherwise; he is not, as he claimed in the previous video, Mister Mxyzptlk. He wishes to be an overlord, but instead, he is Bebop.

As I have argued before, Nick's tragic flaw is his pride. This is the defining trait that constantly gets in the way of his potential: the hamartia which prevents him from doing those things he needs to do in order to succeed. The vice, that brings him from triumph to ruin. We can see his pride at work here: as he twists an observation about his banality and impotence, into this grand conspiracy wherein throngs of lesser men believe him to be a magnificent devil.

The most terrible and tragic part about all this, is Nick *needs* his flaw. Our hero's pride is not just his failing, it is what keeps him alive. Nick is a sad, intelligent man who's been beaten down by his own failings, month after month, year after year, until nothing remains of his life *but* this pride. Pride is what stops him from getting a job. Pride is what keeps him from being kind or going back to school or even just getting a healthy distance away from the twobit conmen he is constantly being suckered by... but it is also what gets him up in the morning. It is what keeps him warm at night. Pride keeps him from, and I really don't like to say this, but it keeps him from killing himself, even as it makes him destroy himself. His tragic flaw is both curse and necessity. The gods have doomed him, for any rush of self-awareness, any moment of anagnorisis will, in that one terrible instant, destroy what hope our hero has left.
BiggerJ
There are people who would say that nobody exists who has no releastic chance of functioning normally in society. Those people have not seen what we have seen.

The internet has made this possible. Sure, people saw the occasional bout of strange behavior before the internet. But people didn't think about the lives of those people. But on the internet, the new second world, people like CHris-Chan, Nick Bravo and TFL/loveshies/incels/wizards become so much more visible.

Miss Henson's 6th grade class
Nick's sad, but hardly intelligent. It's a tough thing to measure, of course, but he strikes me as having average capabilities at best. Dude's attempts to come off as an intellectual are mostly wishful thinking and puffery.

EvilHomer
Well, he's good at retaining and repeating information. He's not particularly "clever"; not very good at organizing or connecting the information he's absorbed into his own unique, personal thoughts. Furthermore, he's prone to hypocrisy, making inconsistent statements and acting in ways which suggest that he has not truly understood the things he's read. However, he's hardly dumb, particularly when compared to his fellow internet weirdos like CWC, TFL Bill, DalHusky, or VampiricSpektor. Which is part of what makes him particularly loathsome.

He's not an *intellectual*, but he's intelligent. I'd liken him to, say, Jennifer Diane Reitz, or at worst, VenomfangX.

Miss Henson's 6th grade class
Okay, maybe, but the yardstick you're using here is awful short. Nick may be about as smart as the average bear, which makes him smarter than a lot of internet losers, who often struggle to clear even that bar. Also: TFL Bill's probably made himself dumb through a couple of decades of alcohol abuse, though he was probably not MIT material to begin with. I'm not super-familiar with everyone you mentioned, but I'd venture to say that VenomFangX is cunning, the most dangerous kind of smart.

SteamPoweredKleenex
BiggerJ, I disagree: These people have always been among us, but all we saw (if we had contact with them) was at the workplace or on the street where they might be annoying or indifferent, but otherwise did what they did and left everyone else alone.

The internet gave them a platform akin to the way cars allow us to see who likes to pick their nose. People speaking into a camera don't see the thousands (or more) that might view their screeds that are often given off-the-cuff without thought. As their virtual self lectures viewers about their insanity, they still don't see these masses. So now, if you happen to run into them and you've seen their web presences, you have whatever it is they're doing before you coupled with the whackjob rantings you know they've put online.

Again, they've always been like this, but now they have this social club that can reinforce (or at least, doesn't suppress) their desire to share their innermost brokenness the same way a published author might share their thoughts on how their fantasy novel's magic system works.

BiggerJ
SteamPoweredKleenex: That's actually what I meant. They've always existed but now the anonymity of the internet lets us see them for who they are. And as you mentioned, that same anonymity also enables them to indulge in their aberrant thought and desires that, before the internet, would have been repressed to some degree or other by society. Broken people in fandoms and fetishes are also enabled by the internet's connectivity, which allows them to find other people like them and settle into nice, comfortable echo chambers.

Welcome to the woooorld of tomorrow.

BiggerJ
Actually, I wonder what the sort of people who become TFL/loveshies/incels/wizards did before the internet provided them with echo chambers and views into other peoples' lives. Did they learn to settle for less back then? Or did they just become reclusive, as they do now, rendering them invisible until the internet happened?

BiggerJ
SteamPoweredKleenex: That's actually what I meant. They've always existed but now the anonymity of the internet lets us see them for who they are. And as you mentioned, that same anonymity also enables them to indulge in their aberrant thought and desires that, before the internet, would have been repressed to some degree or other by society. Broken people in fandoms and fetishes are also enabled by the internet's connectivity, which allows them to find other people like them and settle into nice, comfortable echo chambers.

Welcome to the woooorld of tomorrow.
BiggerJ
Crap, that was meant to be a reply. Time to repost!

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