Grab a flashlight and throw the blankets over your head, because the 13 greatest ghosts of geekdom are materializing and coming your way!
13) Marowak's Ghost, Pokémon Red and Blue
There are people who would say that Nintendo is the Disney of the video game world, given that both companies have a penchant for creating endearing and memorable characters that have delighted fans for generations. And, having surely leafed through the Disney playbook, Nintendo has the honor of having it's own take on the tragic "Bambi's mom" scene in the form of Marowak's ghost from Pokémon Red and Blue.
As the in-game story goes, Team Rocket grunts were dispatched to Pokémon Tower -- the final resting place for Pokémon -- to hunt Cubone and sell the skulls they wear on their heads for profit. However, a mother Marowak stood in between Team Rocket and their callous profiteering, thus resulting in her death. By now you can imagine the tears welling up in the eyes of small children everywhere, but believe me, things are about to get worse. After having this macabre tale related to the player, you're then expected to ease Marowak's soul by doing the one thing a Pokémon Trainer knows best: puttin' it down in a battle! No prayers or ceremonies, just bombarding the soul of a restless mother with "Water Gun," "Mega Punch," or whatever attack you have at your disposal. It would've been nice to at least reunite Marowak with her child one last time, but then you wouldn't get any experience points, would you?
12) Jonathan Wellington "Mudsy" Muddlemore, The Funky Phantom
Fleeing for his life from British soldiers, the craven bastard and his cat sought refuge in the clock, and in a cruel twist of irony the two were unable to break free and died within. We can only imagine that this was a slow and agonizing death as the two starved and/or suffocated from the oppressive heat of a July heatwave. This does raise a question, however: wasn't anyone there to hear "Mudsy's" anguished pleas for help or did his fellow patriots decide that he should pay for his gutless behavior with his life? Regardless, his only saving grace is the fact that he shares the same voice as Snagglepuss.
11) Nearly Headless Nick, Harry Potter
10) J.E.B. Stuart, The Haunted Tank
9) Starscreams' Ghost, Transformers
Love him or hate him, Starscream -- the '80s original -- is without a doubt one of the most memorable Decepticons, and many fans of the screechy Seeker thought they saw the last of him when he was blasted to dust by a slightly peeved Galvatron in Transformers: The Movie. But you can't keep a good 'Con down since both he and his overbearing delusions of grandeur came back from the dead with a vengeance in the series' third season! Having accosted his former brothers in arms for two episodes, Starscream eventually swore to repair Unicron in exchange for bringing him back in a corporeal form. Regrettably, his new lease on life was cut short when Galvatron ordered his Decepticons to open fire on the traitor, sending him hurtling through the vastness of space. Nevertheless, Starscream reared his ugly head once more in the Beast Wars episode "Possession," where he commandeered the body of the danger-prone Waspinator.
8) Large Marge, Pee Wee's Big Adventure
For many of us who were fans of Pee Wee's Playhouse, it's safe to say that we saw Pee Wee's Big Adventure after watching the show. While the series had pretty horrifying characters in the form of the Salesman and Mr. Knucklehead, nothing could prepare us tots for the Tim Burton-style horrors within the film. The clown surgeon nightmare sequence notwithstanding, the scene where Pee Wee hitches a ride with Large Marge is -- to the mind of a small child -- unbridled terror incarnate. Be honest, when you saw this movie for the first time as a child, were you expecting this: a surly she-trucker who's face twists into a ghoulish clay visage? Of course not, and neither were your Underoos.
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