I love groups. There's no better way to conceal my crappy, garbage skills and personality than by placing myself in or on a group.
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"What's that smell? Bucholz, have you been fermenting pig assholes in your mouth again?"
In some cases those groups are also full of crappy, garbage people, and I receive little benefit for it. But other times the group is full of talented, likable people whose success shines upon my undeserving hide. The only downside is that it's typically the group that is remembered, rather than the individuals. For example, everyone remembers the 1972 Miami Dolphins and their undefeated season, but few people have even heard of my contributions to that team.
PROOF: I am not in this photograph.
Here are four similar examples of forgotten team members from famous groups.
#4. Alatar and Pallando: The Other Wizards
For how central they are to the events of The Lord of the Rings, the wizards (e.g. Gandalf) aren't explained too thoroughly, in either the books or the Peter Jackson films. For example, someone casually watching the movies wouldn't really know what the deal with Gandalf is. How did he become a wizard? Can anyone become a wizard? Why didn't he just fly the eagle around everywhere?
Why don't we all fly eagles around everywhere?
Later writings would reveal that the wizards are essentially minor gods, sent to the realm of mortals to help stop Sauron from doing Sauron shit. Of the set, most familiar to us is Gandalf the Grey, the friendly old man who loves the company of children. And of course there is Saruman the White, who is seduced by Sauron's sexy flaming eye and ends up betraying his cause. And a few nerds will remember Radagast the Brown, who is omitted from the film trilogy (although he is a major character in the Hobbit octet of films). But even in the novels, Radagast is barely mentioned. Later works explain that he basically doesn't involve himself in the events of The Lord of the Rings because he is just super busy with his squirrels and whatnot.
"Why, my precious creatures will starve if they don't lick all this acorn paste off my balls before winter comes."
But you have to have serious nerd-cred to know that there are two more wizards sent on the same mission, the so-called Blue Wizards, Alatar and Pallando. Although equivalent in power to the other wizards, they have no part to play in the events of The Lord of the Rings or any of the other works set in Middle-earth. Tolkien himself didn't seem to know much about what happens to these guys, essentially stating that they go far into the East and are never heard from again. Did they succeed? Fail? Did they ride any eagles or tell anyone they shall not pass?
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What animals did they form unnaturally close relationships with?
#3. Bosko: The First Looney Toon
You know the Looney Toons, I'm sure. The cartoons. The ones that aren't Disney. No not Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound.
The good cartoons that aren't Disney.
Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig. Those guys. But those classic characters weren't always the core Looney Toons. Before they appeared on the scene, when Warner Bros. was just getting into animation, the first Looney Toon created was a little dude called Bosko.
Bosko was ... something. One of his creators described him as "an inkspot sort of thing." He also was a "minstrel blackface" sort of thing, though that kind of makes it sound worse than it really is. He was definitely originally conceived as a vaudeville minstrel-type character, but by the time he became a Looney Toons star, his cartoons weren't based too much on unflattering depictions of him or his race. Playing music on every object imaginable was more his thing, this being back in an era when seeing cartoons move in sync with music was a huge deal. Do not watch the following cartoon with high expectations for plot or character development.
Yeah. I don't mean to say that old people are simple, but people from the 1930s would have shat out a lung
if they saw an episode of Archer.
Bosko really was the star of the show in the early years, appearing in over 30 Looney Toons shorts in the 1920s and 1930s before he disappeared. Surprisingly, it wasn't his slightly icky character origination that saw the end of him. Bosko's rights were owned by his creators, not Warner Bros. themselves, and when they left the studio after a few years they took Bosko with them.
"And we're taking our musical, kind-of-racist ink guy with us! We'd like to see you invent a wise-ass rabbit
that captures the hearts of generations to replace him!"
Later, Looney Toons would develop the characterizations and plots that made cartoons actually palatable, and Bosko was all but forgotten.