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GeekOut’s 10 Days of Top 10

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas, GeekOut South-West showed to me… A Top 10 list full of Furby. On the — Wait, that’s not how this works is it? We’re not actually going to do ten whole days of Top 10’s, but instead, we’re going to show you our Top 10 favourite Top 10’s from the GeekOut South-West website. So, here’s some basic rules of our list this time:

  • It has to be a Top 10 we wrote.
  • It has to be a Top 10 we loved.
  • It also has to be one of our more popular Top 10s.

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10) Top 10 Hilariously Bad Things

When something is so bad that it actually becomes good, they become something that is hilariously bad. That was the whole premise of this one, with nothing more in mind for it. What we ended up with, was a list that was thoroughly entertaining, even if we do say so ourselves. So from madness such as the Time Cube and genius such as Florida Man, we knew we were onto a winner here.

Okay, so it’s not really all that viewed, as it’s such a niche thing to talk about – and those who do talk about this, talk about it a lot. From the incredible Bristol Bad Film Club, through to websites dedicated to all that is terribly funny, this was a crowded one to dip our toes into. But we had a lot of fun writing it.

9) Top 10 Rodents in Gaming

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You’d think there’s not a lot to discuss on the matter of small rodents possessed of constantly-generating incisors within the limit of their appearances in games, but the accumulated cast of rats, mice, squirrels and a smattering of others, we actually had quite a few omissions that had to be bumped off the end of the line… and not a single rabbit! Not sure how we pulled that one off, although I seem to recall dismissing Max (of Sam and Max) because of the rows of jagged and clearly vicious teeth he possesses. That’s no ordinary bunny-rabbit!

This is another one of our lists that was well received and well liked, but more to the point one that we loved to make and that gave us a great deal of enjoyment to assemble, debate, and outright argue over. Among my favourite entries are the ones that can’t be adequately confined to a single example and require a small collection to really some up the entry, in this case more of a miniature infestation.

8) Top 10 Swords

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Let me get straight to the point here and give you a little tip – Our wits were sharp in this weapon-packed Top 10. We looked at swords in all shapes, sizes and forms, so we could figure out what was the best sword out there. We believe the best one won, but more importantly, we had some good feedback via the comments, Facebook and more.

We looked into more obscure swords too, some anime got involved, some video games and some films. It’s not at all surprising that a quarter of the list went to anime, considering how common sword fights are in series. From Bleach and Inuyasha to Soul Eater, there were plenty of blades to keep you happy. Just, not the same Blades you might encounter in The Elder Scrolls franchise, if you get what I mean?

7) Top 10 Creepy Toys

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As nerds we have an unapologetic fondness for the wonderfully weird, but we dabble too in those things that are weird and downright unpleasant. There’s something in the dichotomy of the adorable nature of toys that makes any trace of creepiness suddenly exaggerated and unnerving beyond reason. We had a lot of fun putting this one together.

We’ve included a few things you may not have originally considered until given time to consider, some you may have forgotten or never even heard of, and a few that have picked up a strange mythos for no readily apparent reason, but so inventive and haunting that we couldn’t help but include it. We’re not along in loving the creepy content either, you guys also shared your favourite weird toys, and voted solidly to follow it up with a list of Creepypastas.

6) Top 10 Trees

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This is somewhere high up in our choices of lists to revisit, expand and reconsider. We put a lot of care and attention into our lists, carefully pruning away the bad ideas and allowing the good ideas to flourish. And yet you’re always there to tell us exactly what we did wrong. Keep that up, it gives us more ideas.

So while we propped up the Whomping Willow and Gildergleam, we may have neglected a few items we were less aware of like the Roda Tree from Ys: the Vanished Omen, and the creepy trees that appear amidst the SCP files.

5) Top 10 Boxes

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In this list we celebrated containers, cubes and rectangles designed to hold within them all manner of… contents. These boxes had to be something remarkable in their own right such as the Discworld’s Luggage, nameable for having wondrous contents like Valve’s Orange Box, and above all possessing of great geek-credibility.

You’d be surprised how many boxes were considered, addressed, or dismissed outright. No mere blocks such as those you might find in Minecraft or Portal, simple cubes need not apply. All of these boxes serve a purpose, and we repurposed them for your entertainment, ranked them by quality and stacked them up for your perusal.

4) Top 10 Goats

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Ah bleating heck, of course we had to mention freaking goats on our Top 10 list of Top 10s. But of course, what did you expect? We would always praise goats, considering our mascot is a damned goat! We’ll be going more into our goat-y side in the not to distant future, so don’t you worry: it’ll be more apparent that Gordon is indeed our mascot one day. Still in the mean time, why did we pick goats?

Did you know this was somehow one of our more popular Top 10s? Like, we had a good time writing it, as goats are oddly amiss in a lot of media. So when we remembered one, we felt great about it. Sure, there was Goat Simulator, but it was simply amazing to remember the Khazra from Diablo as well.

3) Top 10 Ugly Pokemon

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These Pokemon might not make any beauty list, but this is our second most viewed Top 10 ever, drawing only a little bit behind our number one slot. However, at one point, when Pokemon Go came out, this list got a lot of attention. I mean, we were logging on to see our stats at like 7am and having over 70 views at that point, which for our little blog was truly something staggering to behold.

This also proved to us that Pokemon certainly wasn’t like flogging a dead horse, as a lot of people seemingly like our Pokemon Top 10s. Perhaps we’ll have to do some more of that in the not too distant future? This wasn’t the only Pokemon Top 10 up for consideration either. The other one is in the honourable mentions list: We couldn’t have 2 Pokemon themes in the Top 10 list itself, now could we?

2) Top 10 Bears in Gaming

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This is the beginning. We loved this list, and it all began over a weird conversation about bear-based Magic decks, and it went on to launch such weird ideas such as deciding to list boxes, food, goats and balls. It’s an incredible thing to see how far we have come. In the early days of “the list” we were bearly organised, looking for something niche, not panda-ing to an audience but not presenting such polarising debates as our wizard list…

Grizzly something! I don’t know, Tim does most of the puns.

From that day we pledged to address those ridiculous things that nobody else was discussing, and while nobody may be looking for what the best trees are from gaming history, we aren’t giving up. While the list may go into hibernation from time to time, we promise to hit you with our most ridiculous ideas whenever we can.

Like bears.

1) Top 10 Crazies in Anime

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Okay, let me give you a little bit of context, as to why one of our oldest Top 10’s is our winner here.

This list made it not just to the front page of Google, but if you type in “Crazy Anime Characters”, we actually were (at least at some point) number one. This has never happened before, because being number one means your content is the best on the internet for that specific thing. When Joel and I were watching this article get more and more popular, we were flabbergasted as to how this could be.

Was it the fact it was a collaboration? Was it the fact it was a niche that hadn’t been fully tapped into, considering the famous WatchMojo have only just gotten around to it? Who knows why it took off, but it did… and we had fun writing it. This is hugely important to distinguish right now… Because without that one Top 10 that made it big for us, we probably would have not returned after we stopped doing it for a handful of weeks.

Thanks to both Kevin Kutlesa and our friend Dave who assisted in writing this one. It’s truly been epic.


Honourable Mentions

Not all of our Top 10s get the same viewership, not all of them are as popular, nor are they even as agreed with… However, sometimes, we reflect upon some of our Top 10s and think “We really loved doing that.” Whilst these two Top 10s are two that were certainly well read, they don’t quite make the grade due to them not being quite on the same level as the above ten. But we still love them both.

Top 10 Disturbing Pokemon

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To have two Pokemon Top 10s in the list, would be a little bit cheeky. However, let’s not take away from the fact that this was definitely one of our most popular posts, not just in Top 10s, but ever. This was one of those top 10s we did early in our career in writing Top 10 lists. To think, this one was written all the way back in 2014… That’s a long time for us to have been writing these lists.

Of course, it’s the ‘inferior’ of the two Pokemon lists mentioned, however it’s clear to us that you all love Pokemon as much as we do. Don’t worry, 2017 will provide you will more Pokemon lists, especially with how groundbreaking Pokemon Sun & Moon has been thus far.

Top 10 Discworld Books

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I’d have felt a little conceited putting this into our list of lists, because this was the only list I ever assembled, ordered, and wrote from beginning to end on my own. Still, I wanted it to be mentioned for what it meant to me.

Terry Pratchett was a huge drive for me to seek writing as a hobby, a major bond between myself and my father, and his death hit me harder than any of the 2016 deaths put together. This was the only way I could think to honour him, by plying the skills he inadvertently encouraged me to develop. I want to thank you all for chiming in with your thoughts and feelings about the late great, and for joining me for my list.


Ho, ho, ho, this has been the season to be jolly and to read through our back catalogue of Top 10s. Hopefully you had as much fun over the past years as we have, however we’re always looking for more feedback on what our future Top 10’s should be like. Do you have a suggestion for a Top 10 to make the votes in the future? Do you think we should release a GeekOut South-West Top 10 eBook?

As always, thanks for reading our articles over this past year and into the new year. We hope we’ve constantly evolved and are at least amusing! But, what do you think of our list this week? Do you think we’ve got our best Top 10s listed here, or do you think we’ve missed out? Is there any type of Top 10 you’d like to see more of? As always, leave a comment below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.


Top 10 Crazies in Anime

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In this weeks Top 10, we step away from gaming and move out to another subject of ours that we all enjoy – Anime!

But me and Joel couldn’t compile this list ourselves. It’s time to enlist the help of two friends of ours who also enjoy a great anime… Or ten! We’re joined today by Kevin and Dave. Dave’s written a piece for one of our Top 10‘s before, so do check out his post on Half Life’s alternate worlds. Kevin is well versed in anime, so check out his really cool favourite anime lists.

WARNING: People of a sensitive disposition is advised to use viewer discretion when looking through some of these… You have been warned.


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10) Mio – Nichijou! My Ordinary Life

Amusingly, one of the most insane characters in anime is a total representation of how some people think and react in the real world.

Mio is this blue haired girl who is an exceptionally great artist of manga art, making her a manga-ka. But she doesn’t want to share her work with the world. It wouldn’t be right to. After all, her manga artwork is quite personal to her…

… She draws Yaoi (Also known as Boys’ Love).Just watch the clip. What’s beautiful about this character is how simple this is. There are some artists who would react like this in their heads. In the real world, they wouldn’t attack people and goats over this.

I hope.

9) Envy – Fullmetal Alchemist

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Yes, he is crazy.

What, so a guy who hates what all humans have isn’t crazy? He hates that humans can feel pity for a creature like him? He’s not mortal: He’s a homonculus who probably confused most teenage boys and girls with his androgynous looks. He can take the form of any character, learning what makes his victims tick and using it to his advantage.

Plus have you heard him laugh!? If that isn’t crazy, nothing is. He’s egotistical, sadistic and down-right sick. He’s smart and he’s witty. He’s almost perfect, if he wasn’t so envious of humanity.

8) Lina Inverse – Slayers

Lina is a dangerous cocktail. One of the most powerful sorcerers in the known world, a prodigy by all accounts, but with a short temper and a vindictive streak; get on her bad side and she’ll blast you to pieces, with little regard as to the consequences. Even as a hero, she’ll go overboard, using one of the most powerful black magic spells, Dragon Slave, to solve most situations. The spell will kill whatever she’s targeting…and destroy everything around her, including your town if that’s what she’s protecting. Don’t dare to call her flat chested and if you’re a dragon, make sure not to step over her, she’ll take your refusal to stomp her as an insult and then you’re screwed.

7) Don Patch – Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo

Okay, there isn’t a single sane character in this insanely Japanese humoured show but I chose Donpatch as the most insane character in the anime. Ha, I would say the most insane character in anime personally!

So Donpatch is this little sun-fellow. He and Bobobo often find themselves trying to “Wig Out’ one another, as well as their opponents. Together, Bobobo, Don Patch and crew can fuse together to become such ingenious beings, like the powerful(?!) PatchBobo. Don Patch however goes one step further than Bobobo does: He thinks he’s the real star of the show!

Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo stands at the top of the charts in terms of crazy anime, so therefore it was a simple decision to put a character from the series in our crazies in anime list. Why not the most self-obsessive and delusional of them all?

6) Father Alexander Anderson – Hellsing

So utterly consumed by his need to destroy those the catholic church dubs “unholy monsters,” Alexander Armstrong of the Order of Iscariot has become a monster himself, capable of untold and sickening abilities that make him beyond human, and yet he will not see his own hypocrisy. If only he would listen to his greatest nemesis, “Only humans can kill monsters.”

Now, delusional psychopathy and reckless abandon to the point of compromising his own ideals and principals would be enough to get the Judas Priest onto the list, but that laugh….

5) Ali Al-Saachez – Gundam 00

Ali isn’t a nice guy by any stretch of the imagination. He likes fighting and killing and thinks peace is a ridiculous concept. Before even making it into the plot, he’d already changed the lives of some of the protagonists, killing their families or in the case of protagonist Setsuna, turning him into a child soldier and then forcing him to kill his own parents. Ali fights for the highest bidder but will go out of his way to kill and commit any atrocity he can, only because it’s FUN.

4) Lucy – Elfen Lied

From Elfen Lied, Lucy is a diclonius girl who was shunned as a child and kept locked away in a science lab which would make anyone a little crazy. One day she manages to escape in what can only be described as a complete massacre of anyone that stood in her way. Unfortunately she is injured along the way bringing about her split personality called Nyuu (Named because it’s one of the only things she can say at the time).

Nyuu is the complete opposite to Lucy, she is almost childlike in her behaviour and needs looking after by Kouta after he finds her injured from her escape. Don’t let Nyuu’s personality fool you though, when she is feeling threatened she snaps straight back to being Lucy, who now has a serious grudge against humanity.

Lucy is certainly not someone you want to be on the bad side of. Throughout the series she shows a complete lack of empathy towards people and will often severe limbs or blind her enemies and just leave them to die. And to make things worse she is aided by having razor sharp invisible extra arms called vectors that come with being a diclonius.

3) Kogarashi – Kamen no Maid Guy

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Imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger dressed as a French maid. If that doesn’t sound crazy enough for you then how about this: as a Maid Guy he has a variety of powers ranging from levitation to desiccating things with his bare hands and having 37 senses. But it’s not the powers that make him part of our list, but his complete disregard for personal space, secrecy, privacy and social norm. He will serve you and protect you, but will do so going to such extreme lengths you’ll probably die anyway. Poor Naeka has to deal with him publicly assessing her measurements, waking her up with a hose and cold water and even come to her school and reveal her darkest secrets.

2) Yuno Gasai – Mirai Nikki

She may not be the main character of Mirai Nikki But she’s what makes it awesome and of course she had to be high on the list of crazies!

As soon as Yuki joins the future diary competition he becomes the target of almost all the other competitors, this is something that Yuno cannot allow. Yuno is the stalker to shame all stalkers, fanatically infatuated by Yuki to the point where her future diaries secret power is knowing everything that is happening to him. She will do anything she can to protect Yuki and make him love her, no matter who she has to kill or what danger she has to put herself in.

From the second she reveals she is part of the competition you can tell Yuno is going to be a crazy character and she certainly doesn’t disappoint. Every episode you see a little more of Yuno and every episode she seems to get a little (Or a lot) crazier. You really have to watch to see for yourself just how nuts she can get.

1) Excalibur – Soul Eater

For those of you unaware, in Soul Eater, weapons take human (or at least humanoid) form because at one time they were – in fact – people. Of course legendary weapons such as the Reaper’s Scythe and Excalibur are people too, but the latter… Well, look:

There is just no connection to reality, or other people! I’d also like to mention that the English and Japanese voice both perfectly capture his level of… insanity. No words can be put to him, and that, I think makes him particularly noteworthy, and deserving of our number one spot in our top ten.


Honourable Mentions

We need to show the world the craziest characters in anime, but these two really aren’t far off the mark in our opinions! They deserve the mention as they are both slightly oddballed!

Well, one isn’t an easy one to mention at all, as one isn’t one what-so-ever! Still, check out our two choices for honourable mentions for craziest characters in anime.

The whole cast of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni

No one Higurashi character can go on the list without including all of the others! The series retells the tale of a group of village-school students succumbing to a mysterious insanity that drives them to kill remorselessly and, at times, creatively! Kidnap, torture, mind control, aggressive bludgeonings, and rivers of blood! Not your average day at school.

The school of slaughter makes it into our honours list because they are no single individual, and the actual crazy-person changes with each resetting of the story, but when you’re talking insanity and anime, there was no way I was leaving them out.

Lelouch Lamperouge – Code Geass

Lelouch is the exiled prince of Britannia, a world super power that has conquered Japan and stripped its citizens of their rights. Lelouch is determined to find out who killed his mother and make a better world for his injured sister Nunnally. One day while he stumbles into the middle of a terrorist attack Lelouch meets a strange girl who offers him the power known as Geass. This new power lets him give one command to anyone he has eye contact with to do as he says.

As a brilliant strategist Lelouch takes no time to start using to get his dream of a better future and joins the rebellion against the Britannian empire. Lelouch gets an honorary mention in this top ten for his unwavering commitment to his goals and his complete disregard for the lives of everyone around him, seeing them as merely pawns in the bigger game of the rebellion.


 

Thanks goes to our good friends Kevin from The Mental Attic and 1001-Up and one of our personal close friends Dave, who joined us as one of our earliest Top 10 guests!

We thought these characters were pretty crazy but we realise we’ve missed a shed-load of crazy anime characters. Why not let us know who your personal craziest anime characters are and join in the debate: Did we number our crazies well? We went with the same idea as we did in our Top 10 Craziest Characters in Gaming post, where “just because you’re a psycho, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re also crazy“. Our distinction was that psychopaths could be hell-bent on revenge for a cause: but if they are also into licking windows, then they are basically crazy.

Join us again next time for another exciting Top 10!