Monday, January 26, 2009

The Greatest Super-Villian Weapon Ever?

I've been watching 1967 cartoons on the DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures DVD. I believe I have stumbled across the most nefarious weapon ever created. It appears in the Green Lantern episode, Sirena, Empress of Evil.

Sirena fires the magnificent Magno-Beam, which is somehow "attuned to Green Lantern's brain waves."

Oh! It also contains a bird.

The bird follows the fired beam directly to Green Lantern's head, knocking them both unconscious.



It's genius in it's simplicity.

21 comments:

Chris Grine said...

So... Can you just use it once? Does the bird fly back eventually? It needs some work.

K. Callen said...

You merely load it with another bird. Don't you know how guns work?

Pop-Monkey said...

Hmmm, an overly expensive version of a bird slingshot. Genius! What's the range on something like that. Clearly that's some sort of alien species of bird (or a really poorly drawn cardinal), so can it travel through space? Is the bird propelled by the beam or does it merely follow the beam? So many questions. I guess that's why I can't cut it as a super-villain!

Kevin said...

Here's what I don't get. GL allegedly has this subconscious command to the ring to protect him from harm. It shields him in this invisible force field or something. So the Weapon of Mass Bird-struction never should have worked on him. Unless the bird was yellow or something.

This cannon of yours is hardly canon.

K. Callen said...

This weapon is simply so AWESOME that it transcends any past rules, regulations, stipulations, or facts.

jfvirey said...

Suppose the superhero you are targeting is underwater. Do you think the gun could send a fish? If so, would you have to fit a fishbowl into the bird compartment and send it along the waves with the fish? Or could the wave frequency be adjusted for the fish to survive in them without water?

K. Callen said...

You put scuba gear on the bird. Your suggestion of a fish is ridiculous.

Robin said...

HA HA HA YES!
This is absolutely my favorite Green Lantern moment ever. I'm so glad you made a gif of this. This makes my day.

Duy said...

This has honestly made my day.

twentythoughts said...

I love how he's just standing around in the middle of the desert when the bird hits him. "Dum de dum..." *BIRD!*

As for the ring-protecting-Hal thing, well... A random brainwave-attuned bird is just insane enough that the ring thought its systems were bugged or something. "The bird's even smiling evilly! System reboot!"

Your Obedient Serpent said...

Kevin: the subconscious field only protects him from LETHAL harm.

Evidently, like Genies in Disney's Aladdin, the Power Ring subscribes to a philosophy of "you'd be surprised what you can live through!"

Ultra Fem said...

I am SO glad I saw this! LOL

cease ill said...

Now that's what I call bird shot, Kerry.

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Will Culpepper said...

In all fairness, the bird has a yellow beak, which GLs are powerless against.

Luciano said...

So this where Angry Birds comes from!

Manel said...

shit! someone had already said it. i though i was the only one to remember angry birds! a million-dollar idea direct from the sixties! hauhauhau

Anonymous said...

This is obviously a setup for the "Angriest Night" DC Comics/Angry Birds crossover.

stephe1605 said...

You missed the weird part! Later on in this cartoon, the bird becomes GL's sidekick!

Dan said...

It isn't even a canary.

Anonymous said...

Clearly, the bird was able to hurt GL because it was carried by a YELLOW energy beam!