Literature: World Domination In Retrospect
Sweet Expletive Deleted, Not Meant for Children's Eyes!World Domination in Retrospect
is a First Person Web Serial Novel
about the Affably Evil Super-Villain Protagonist
Psychopomp Gecko, aka Psycho Gecko, aka Gex.
The story is a comedy, primary relying of Rule of Funny
, as the Psycho Gecko... Mostly just does whatever he finds amusing at the time
, whether that’s stealing inter-dimensional blogging technology, fighting Space Marines
, Stuffing Sidekicks in the Fridge
, helping old friends, destroying Reality TV shows or taking over Elvis’ House.
Readers are advised to cover their eyes, blare classical music loudly, and shout repeatedly while reading it to avoid mental scarring.
This series provides examples of:
- Affably Evil: Gecko is entertaining and friendly, at least to the readers of the story, and prone to harmless (or at least non lethal antics) like unleashing drugged up chickens in a fried chicken establishment. He’s also a violent psychopath, and is one of the few supervillains to kill superheroes and get away with it.
- An Ice Person: The supervillain Snowblower.
- Ass Shove: Gecko has an attack that he calls “63ing Your Ass” (and frequently uses):
First, insert hand into enemy ass. If your hand is a hook, this is even less pleasant for the other person. Then, you rotate them 63 degrees along a random axis... Then you release.”
- Bloody Hilarious: The Gorn that Gecko causes in the story is all Played for Laughs.
- Black Comedy: All over the place, but it also has a rare torture scene played for comedy.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The fourth wall is practically nonexistent. Psycho Gecko is blogging all this to our dimension with the help of stolen technology and a person in our dimension referred to only as Optimal Outer Control.
- Chainsaw Good: Well, Gecko clearly thinks so, as he's armed with a hidden chainsaw blade, but the Space Marines take it Up to Eleven and stick chainsaws on everything, with chainsaw swords, chainsaw axes, chainsaw maces, chainsaw whips, chainsaw codpieces, chainsaw nightsticks, chainsaw-chuks, chainsaw shillelaghs, chainsaw Swiss army knife attachments, chainsaw tridents, chainsaw kunai, and even a chainsaw chainsaw, a chainsaw sword with a second set of chainsaw teeth rotating in the opposite direction.
- Combat Pragmatist: Gecko regards fighting fairly as a desperate last resort, for when there are absolutely no other options.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Gecko kills and mains a lot of people for very little reason. And it's always funny.
- Confusion Fu: Gecko's strategy. He's a successful supervillain because the heroes just can't predict what he's going to do next.
- Cyborg: Gecko’s tactile technoempathy power allows him to become a cyborg simply by touching advanced technology. He uses this ability to upgrade himself as well. An example are his cybernetic eyes.
- Death Trap: In Bananarama part 7, Gecko improvises a trap for a hero that involves slowly lowering her into a pool of water, ketchup, spaghetti and meatballs, with the light constantly flickering to make her believe she’s being lowered into a pit of ooze inhabited by a mutant squid thing.
- Depraved Bisexual: Psycho Gecko
- Doesn't Like Guns: Gecko, but he has no problem with killing people. It's only because he sees guns as unimaginative.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Well, it’s more about Evil having Standards for Normal People, but Gecko hates Reality TV enough to destroy every TV that he can.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: The superhero Gorilla Awesome. He's a gorilla. He's awesome.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: To be expected in a world of superhumans with codenames like The Human Sloth and Gorilla Awesome, but not the case with Psycho Gecko. The Psycho part is arguable in its appropriateness, but is really short for Psychopomp. Gecko is just a random animal name assigned to him.
- For the Evulz: Gecko's motivation for his career in supervillainy.
- Foe Romance Subtext: Gecko denies this is the case with Holdout. Invoked with Venus at one point as well. You would think he was dating her, not putting her in a deathtrap.
- Hero of Another Story: The arc A New Boss in Kingscrow has Gecko helping out the villains of another story.
- Healing Factor: Gecko can heal easily, but only because of his Nano Machines.
- Hidden Weapons: The aptly named "Nasty Surprise", Gecko's hidden chainsaw blade.
- Hilarity Sues: Space Marines travel from the future... to prevent people from “misusing” the term Space Marine and so ensuring that their future come to pass, although their version of copyright protection does involve a lot of violence...
- In a Single Bound: Gecko used to have this ability, due to his armour, but stopped including it in more recent versions, because of its tendency to break his legs whenever he landed.
- Intangible Man: There's an awkward moment where the loveably evil supervillain ends up handcuffed to a criminal with this power... It Makes Just as Much Sense in Context.
- Laughably Evil: You probably wouldn't want to meet Psycho Gecko, but he knows how to make you crack up.
- Legacy Character: After Sixgun’s death, Holdout becomes Sixgun.
- Master of Illusion: Gecko’s armor can create Holograms that allow him to do everything from disguise his armor as normal clothing to creating illusionary duplicates of himself.
- Most Common Superpower: Elita the Warrior Woman. From the website’s character dossiers: “Powers: Super Strength, Enhanced Physique, Increased Durability, Most Common”
- Nothing Is Scarier: The stated point of his deathtrap in Bananarama 7, as he was working with limited money and limited time.
- Pirate: Flamebeard can imbue objects with fire and is captain of a crew of pirate supervillains, who fight with flaming cutlasses and sail a pirate ship with blazing sails!
- Playing with Fire: Both Flamebeard and Flamethrower in Bananarama.
- Powered Armour: Gecko wears this pretty much all the time, as the technology in it gives very useful abilities. Unlike most versions, it only gives him limited super strength, it can be shot through with enough dakka, and it isn't brimming with weapons.
- Shout-Out: Except for the archives, the story is Gecko blogging to another dimension. He won't blog to his own dimension because then someone might stop him like they did Neil Patrick Harris.
- Stuffed In The Fridge: Gecko tries to kill a hero’s sidekick, Holdout, multiple times, including an attempt that literally ended with the kid stuffed in a fridge, but Holdout seems to be Made of Iron and just won’t die.
- Technopath: Gecko’s superpower is “Tactile Techempathy”, the ability to control and understand technology that stays in physical contact with his body.
- The Spark of Genius: Mad Scientist and ally of Gecko, Mix N’Max, has the ability to create mind altering chemicals that only work because he creates them.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Gecko can use his Nano Machines to alter his appearance and disguise himself.
- Would Hit a Girl: Except the women he fights are easily a match for him.
- X-Ray Vision: The Good Doctor uses this ability to help him stab enemies in their weak points and to assist in his surgery.