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Old 10-03-2019, 09:47 AM
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Gilligan's Island Castaways as superheroes


Branching off this thread, Bob Denver as the joker.

Suppose the castaways find a tropical berry that gives them super powers. What kind of heroes would each one become? What kind of superhero team would they have?

Would the berry enhance their natural abilities, like the Professor becoming super intelligent, maybe Mr. Howell has Midas like ability to turn things to gold? What is a super-Gilligan?

Anyhoo, toss out some ideas, hard to go wrong in this kind of hypothetical.
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Old 10-03-2019, 09:51 AM
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Neat topic! No specific powers come to mind, but I'd love to see Ginger and Mary Ann in some skimpy superheroine costumes. Nifty!
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Old 10-03-2019, 09:53 AM
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Would the berry enhance their natural abilities, like the Professor becoming super intelligent, maybe Mr. Howell has Midas like ability to turn things to gold? What is a super-Gilligan?
Perhaps things go wonky; Gilligan is the super-intelligent one and the Professor gains super-strength, or something else you wouldn't expect. Maybe the Skipper gets the power to talk to fish and swim underwater (like Aquaman).
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Old 10-03-2019, 09:54 AM
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Would any of them gain the superpower of knowing how to fix a boat?
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Old 10-03-2019, 09:55 AM
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Perhaps things go wonky; Gilligan is the super-intelligent one and the Professor gains super-strength, or something else you wouldn't expect. Maybe the Skipper gets the power to talk to fish and swim underwater (like Aquaman).
I was thinking something Aquaman like for the Skipper. I can see him in the form of Neptune holding a trident.
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Old 10-03-2019, 10:04 AM
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Gilligan becomes the Joker, and evilly foils every plan the castaways have to get off the island. Why? Because it makes him feel good.
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Old 10-03-2019, 10:06 AM
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Would any of them gain the superpower of knowing how to fix a boat?
The boat is their kryptonite.
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Old 10-03-2019, 10:18 AM
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I imagine Mr Howell turns into a super villain (because every super hero need someone to oppose them. Like a balanced force, or something.)

So Mr Howell becomes Moneybags, a money themed villain. All his weapons and gadgets are themed - dollar sign shaped throwing stars, guns that fire coins, spherical bombs with $ on them. And he dresses like the guy in Monopoly, but cackles like Mr Magoo. Lovey becomes his henchwoman, the Forcloser.

Ginger becomes a half-villain, like catwoman. She's Jungle princess, and she wears a skin tight leopard print thing. And she has a foot long prehensile forked tongue, because, why not?
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Old 10-03-2019, 10:21 AM
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I could totally see this as a 1970s-era Saturday morning cartoon.
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Old 10-03-2019, 10:26 AM
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And since they can't leave the island, all these super heroes and villains end up shorthanded in the victim department, like playing baseball with five people.
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Old 10-03-2019, 10:30 AM
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You all are failing in your Gilligan's Island knowledge, because they actually did this episode. A crate of radioactive seeds wash up on the island, the castaways grow vegetables from them, and eating the vegetables gives three of them superpowers.

Gilligan eats the radioactive spinach, and gets Popeye-like super strength.

Mary Ann eats radioactive carrots, and gets the ability to see for miles.

Mrs. Howell eats radioactive sugar beets, and gets super speed.

Finally, they are cured by eating soap, which counteracts the radiation, because of course it does.
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Old 10-03-2019, 10:31 AM
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I imagine Mr Howell turns into a super villain (because every super hero need someone to oppose them. Like a balanced force, or something.)

So Mr Howell becomes Moneybags, a money themed villain. All his weapons and gadgets are themed - dollar sign shaped throwing stars, guns that fire coins, spherical bombs with $ on them. And he dresses like the guy in Monopoly, but cackles like Mr Magoo. Lovey becomes his henchwoman, the Forcloser.
Mr. Howell is just a facade. Mrs. Howell is the power pulling strings behind the scenes.
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Old 10-03-2019, 10:51 AM
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There was also an episode where they all gain telepathy.
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Old 10-03-2019, 10:52 AM
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I seem to recall reading a paper arguing that Gilligan's Island was actually Hell, and Gilligan was Satan tormenting the castaways.
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Old 10-03-2019, 10:59 AM
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7 Castaways = 7 Deadly Sins

1.Lust - Ginger
2.Gluttony - Skipper
3.Greed - Mr. Howell
4.Sloth - Gilligan
5.Wrath - Professor
6.Envy - Mary Ann
7.Pride - Mrs. Howell

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Old 10-03-2019, 11:07 AM
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I think we were associating the castaways to the seven deadly sins thirty years ago but as I remember, we decided that the Skipper represented wrath, not the Professor.
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Old 10-03-2019, 11:16 AM
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They did a super power episode...
Radioactive vegetables:
Gilligan had super strength. Spinach
Mary Ann had super vision. Carrots
Mrs Howell had super speed. ?????

Darn someone beat me to it....

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Old 10-03-2019, 11:35 AM
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7 Castaways = 7 Deadly Sins

1.Lust - Ginger
2.Gluttony - Skipper
3.Greed - Mr. Howell
4.Sloth - Gilligan
5.Wrath - Professor
6.Envy - Mary Ann
7.Pride - Mrs. Howell
I think Skipper exhibits Wrath more often than Gluttony. Casting Gilligan as Sloth is a bit ironic; it seemed to me that he and Skipper did most of the manual labor on the island. Maybe he's intellectually lazy?
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Old 10-03-2019, 11:42 AM
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I could see Gilligan as a cross between Billy Batson and Ralph Hinkley. He utters a magic word that gives him awesome powers, but he doesn't know how to use them effectively.
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Old 10-03-2019, 11:55 AM
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Mr Howell already has a superpower, being rich. That's the best power to have for both Marvel and DC.
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Old 10-03-2019, 12:03 PM
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They did a super power episode...
Radioactive vegetables:
Gilligan had super strength. Spinach
Mary Ann had super vision. Carrots
Mrs Howell had super speed. ?????

Darn someone beat me to it....
I believe the "super speed" was from eating beets. To paraphrase The Professor, they're full of sugar, and therefore energy.

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If the Skipper is wrath, who is gluttony? I always imaged the Professor was the epitome of the quiet, nice, smart neighbor who holds it all in and one day snaps. Maybe he's the one secretly messing up the rescue attempts, scare to think of what he might do when he gets off the island.
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Old 10-03-2019, 12:06 PM
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Gilligan was also The Invisible Man for an episode.
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Old 10-03-2019, 05:58 PM
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I could see Gilligan as a cross between Billy Batson and Ralph Hinkley. He utters a magic word that gives him awesome powers, but he doesn't know how to use them effectively.
::coughs:: Johnny Thunder.
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Old 10-03-2019, 07:53 PM
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Just dress up Ginger as Catwoman and Mary Ann as Wonder Woman and I don't care what you do with the rest of them.

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Old 10-03-2019, 07:59 PM
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the "Gilligan's Planet" cartoon in the 80s did this a lot too ...... but threw in "alien techonology" also..... like i remember one where someone had grown tired of everyone else and found a one way force field and lived in it until they were bored and realized "friendship is magic"
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If the Skipper is wrath, who is gluttony?
Something in the back of my brain is telling me that they at some point had Mary Ann eating a lot while not gaining any weight, due to being a farm girl. But I think I was just mixing her up with Ellie Mae Clampet.

Googling around, it seems that Gluttony was likely Mrs. Howell. It uses the alternative form of gluttony that can apply to things instead of food, and is about how she constantly needs all her luxurious things around her. This frees up Gilligan to be Sloth.

This is based on some book that said they really did use the Seven Deadly Sins as a template for the characters, and that it's not just a fan invention.

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Maybe start with the Fantastic Four template?

Reed Richards, the Professor: Brilliant, but useless except as needed for the immediate plot. Reed Richards can't sure cancer, the Professor can't fix a hole in a boat.

The Thing, the Skipper: Gilligan! It's Clobbering time! Much of Ben's problems come from being a large collection of rocks. Even if rescued, what kind of nautical career could the Skipper have when he weighs way more than the anchor?

The Human Torch, Gilligan: Not really a perfect match, but if anyone gets the group in trouble because they got in over their head without forethought, it's Johnny Storm.

Invisible Girl, Mary Ann: I mean, it's not likely to be Ginger for that role...

Not sure where to put the rest yet.
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