Post by Bowler Hat Guy on Aug 22, 2009 22:20:34 GMT -5
Who am I? Just a conscience!
Hey, howdy, hey! The name's Linda, and I wished upon a star from you know by now. My other imaginary friends include Basil & Panchito. Bowler Hat Guy and I are so very eager to join the Worlds of Disney circle of life!
Character name: Bowler Hat Guy, a.k.a. Michael "Goob" Yagoobian (and Doris)
Birthplace: Dubuke, Iowa
Movie: A Really Evil Villain
Custom title: A short phrase to describe your character
I've been wanting to try a villain who can cause trouble and stir things up a bit. Bowler Hat Guy is such a bizarre comic character. He's strange and dangerous at the same time, and I thought he would be fun to use.
Why: Why'd you pick this character?
Character appearance (try to get at least 2 or 3 sentences for each section)
Hair description: Goob has unkempt brown hair that sticks out on the sides. He is going bald on top and tries to conceal it with a weird spiral comb-over. Doris has no hair.
Facial description/mood/expressions: Nobody could call this guy handsome. His nose and chin are much too long and pointy, and his uni-brow half-conceals a pair of beady black eyes. His teeth are none too straight. His mustache is outrageously long, and he generally has a five o'clock shadow. His expressions range from fiendish delight when successful to absolute cluelessness the rest of the time.
Doris has no facial features, but her mood can be determined by the small lens on the front of her crown, which glows a dangerous red if she becomes angry, although this light goes generally unnoticed by the casual observer. To all appearances, Doris is an ordinary bowler hat.
Clothing style: Except for his spiffy hat, Goob wears whatever he can find. He is usually dressed in old cast-off clothes that don't fit very well and are none too clean. Whether they were originally black or just dirty is unknown. Sometimes he sports an old Little League uniform that is several sizes too small. He also wears a frayed blanket like a cape.
Body build: Hopelessly out of shape, Goob is very tall and thin, with spindly legs and a pot belly. His movements are klutzy and uncoordinated. His posture is very poor; sometimes, he stands as hunched over as Quasimodo.
Any unique traits (optional):
Original character analysis (In your own words and please be thorough)
The amalgam that is Bowler Hat Guy is really two separate entities with two distinct personalities.
Michael Yagoobian is a child in a man's body. He is utterly unpredictable, bold and theatrical one minute, pathetic and scared the next. He can be thoughtlessly cruel and thinks nothing of feeding a boy to a dinosaur, though Doris' idea of global destruction is a bit too evil even for him.
Years of isolation have pushed Mikie to the brink of insanity. He barely knows who he is sometimes, often losing his focus and purpose, but Doris usually brings him back to reality.
He has become utterly dependent on his hat companion and has developed a real affection for the one "person" he feels he can trust. Ironically, Doris is only using him for her own nefarious purposes.
Doris can't speak, except in electronic squeaks and bleeps, but in some unknown way, Goob can understand her. Of course, when he talks out loud to her, it only reinforces the idea in other people's minds that he is crazy.
Poor Mikie Yagoobian was orphaned as a toddler when his parents were killed in an accident. The child was sent to his elderly grandparents, who lovingly raised him to the age of nine. Sadly, the grandmother then died from a long illness, and the grandfather followed shortly thereafter from a heart attack brought on by grief.
Having run out of relatives, Goob was sent to an orphanage where he was well-cared for and stood a good chance of being adopted and enjoying a normal life.
But fate intervened in the form of his roommate Lewis, who, in a bizarre chain of circumstances, kept Michael awake with his nightly experiments and caused the sleepy boy to miss a catch and blow the big baseball game.
Goob never forgave Lewis; he became depressed and paranoid, believing everyone and everything to be against him. Nobody wanted to adopt the morose child, which made him even more depressed.
When the orphanage was closed, Michael Yagoobian sneaked into the boarded-up building and lived there, alone and forgotten, for the next thirty years, with only a radio and his depressing thoughts for company.
Meanwhile, Lewis was adopted by the Robinsons, changed his name to Cornelius, and grew up to be a famous inventor. So famous, in fact, that his name figured prominently in the nightly news broadcasts that Mikie listened to.
For thirty years, the hermit Goob listened to tales of Cornelius' success. He grew more and more depressed until finally something snapped. Yagoobian went off the deep end and determined to get revenge on his (he thought) worst enemy.
That's when he met Doris.
Doris, the prototype for a device called the Helping Hat, was created by Cornelius Robinson to serve man with a wide variety of functions. But her computer brain somehow developed sentience, along with a bad temper and an unshakable belief in her own superiority over humankind.
She rebelled against her creator, was deactivated and placed into storage as a failure. But they underestimated her. Somewhere deep inside Doris' circuit boards, she was still conscious. She escaped and began to plot her own revenge against all of humanity.
That's when she met Goob.
They two had a common enemy, and Doris saw in the pathetic Yagoobian a useful stooge. She made him all sorts of promises, and the two forged a partnership of evil, becoming the nefarious Bowler Hat Guy. They stole a time machine and began their mutual quest for revenge.
Their final fate is shown at the end of Meet the Robinsons, but here at Worlds of Disney we have Doris and Goob before the climax, traveling in their time machine and landing in Walt Disney World.
Bowler Hat Guy would love to be a professional baseball player, though that ship has definitely sailed. Although he won't admit it, he longs to be adopted into a family. He also enjoys mischief and deeds he perceives as evil, especially damaging other people's technology in his quest to become a full-fledged super-villain, feared by all. Most of all, he would love to get any kind of revenge possible on Cornelius Robinson.
Doris, on the other hand, wants nothing less than to take over the world and reshape it into her own image, a twisted apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is enslaved by one almighty hat.
Strengths & abilities:
Except for baseball, Bowler Hat Guy isn't really good at anything. He has no talents, no skills, no assets. What he does have, is a host of futuristic technology at his disposal. His time machine can transport him anywhere as well as anywhen, his remote-controlled mini-Doris can be used to spy on people or, worse yet, control them by simply landing on their heads. And he probably has other devices we haven't seen yet.
Best of all, Goob has a very powerful ally in Doris. She has multiple functions, some of which have not yet been revealed. Doris can fly or sprout crab-like legs which are used as tools or to cling to sheer surfaces, and her prodigious though evil brain is always scheming.
Although physically an adult, BHG's development was stunted by the years he spent in total isolation. He never really grew up inside, and still behaves like a child. His education was interrupted by his self-imposed exile, consequently, he's not very smart. Or very keen on personal hygiene.
Doris has a bad temper and a nature that is completely merciless and unforgiving.
toys, especially remote-controlled toys
being made fun of
Anything to add?: I think it's safe to say there's nobody quite like this guy. But the most unusual thing about Bowler Hat Guy is the realization that Doris is the true villain. Goob is merely playing at being a villain, deluding himself that he is an equal partner with a super-intelligent hat. In reality, he is merely a stooge for her evil genius.
PAST TENSE ONLY. MUST BE ABOUT THE CHARACTER FOR WHOM YOU ARE APPLYING.
A low, musical hum broke the early morning calm over Tomorrowland. The very air seemed to shimmer, until it coalesced into a peculiar streamlined shape. A moment more, and the shape became a candy-colored flying vehicle, driven by a mysterious figure in black.
The flying ship landed gently, silently on the deserted walkway, the bubble-like canopy popped open with a whoosh of air, and out stepped a man.
He was partly concealed behind an ebon cape, which slid slowly down to reveal a pair of glittering black eyes peering from beneath a dark hat brim.
"What's this place?" he said aloud, apparently talking to himself. "Don't blame me. I set it for Shea Stadium, I swear!"
The hat flew off the bald head, hovering for a moment in front of a huge sign.
"Okay, smarty-pants, so I didn't see the sign. Even if it is as big as a Studebaker." He struggled laboriously to read the looming letters. "To-mor-row-land...huh! Looks more like 'Yesterdayland' to me."
Craning his neck this way and that, the stranger's eyes suddenly opened wide. "Doris, do you realize where we are? This is a theme park!"
He danced a little jig of ecstasy, hugging himself tightly. "I always wanted to go to a theme park! We're going to have so much fun!"
A series of sharp electronic beeps put an end to the demonstration. "I know, I know. Never mind about the plan. You said I could have a vacation before we had our revenge on Cornelius Robinson. You promised!"
The floating hat showed no emotion, yet, somehow, it seemed to be sighing.
"You mean it? Oh, thank you, Doris! Thank you, thank you! You'll like this place, wait and see!"
The mysterious man rubbed his bony hands gleefully together, trying to decide what to do first.
Bowler Hat Guy had arrived.