My Hero Academia Season Two Review-Class Is Back In Session!

Bet you weren’t expecting this review so soon huh? Well, even someone who likes to take their time with these things like me couldn’t help watching this series a little faster than usual! My Hero Academia Season One simply left me too amazed to wait before jumping into the second season. And I’m glad I jumped right into it! My Hero Academia Season Two simply outstages its predecessor in almost every aspect. The first season was by no means bad, but it had its problems, problems that are mostly fixed in this season, probably as a result of the show’s sudden popularity. Anyway, enough stalling! Season Two doesn’t drag its feet for an instant, and neither will I! Let’s get right into the review!

As I said in my previous review, My Hero Academia’s strongest aspect is its colourful cast of characters. While each character(except Koji) got at least one moment in the first season, for a lot of them, it was brief and fleeting. Season Two however, has almost twice the number of episodes, and thus, twice as much time to split between its characters. Some of them get their own episode like Tsuyu(even if it was only filler) and some of them get several moments spread throughout the season’s episodes. And every single character(even Koji!) gets a fight at the end where two of them face a teacher together for their final exam! While a few are pretty much just one big joke(Uraraka and Aoyama Vs Thirteen as an example), it’s still awesome to see them doing something other than just hanging around in the background. Characters that were as transparent as Toru before, now feel fleshed out, if only a little.

The first arc in the season however, still does a good job of showcasing each character, as well as introducing some new ones which are just as interesting. UA’s Sports Festival is a joy to watch from start to finish, through both the serious and emotional moments and the lighthearted comedic moments. Main character and best girl Ochaco gets some of the focus as well as the enigmatic Shoto whose tragic past is finally revealed. Both of them get two of the best fights of these season, fights that are only really surpassed by the epic multi-episode Hero Killer fight. While Ochaco’s fight doesn’t have choreography that gets any more complex than one character charging towards the other, the music and stakes combine to create a seriously hard-hitting battle of wills. Shoto’s is similar with choreography that is relatively straightforward, but the beautiful animation makes it intense and impactful.

After that, it’s almost straight into the Vs Hero Killer Arc which has a fight too awesome for words, with life-threatening consequences. Midoriya, Shoto and Iida go up against the formidable Hero Killer Stain, a vigilante out to rid the world of ‘fake heroes’ by soaking his blade with their blood. The Final Exams arc after that is probably the weakest of this season’s arcs, but it’s by no means bad and gives many of the side characters some much-needed development. As I mentioned earlier, a bit of this development is done through straight-up comedy, comedy that’s extremely cheesy and cliche. But it’s nevertheless a fun arc with an ending that’s far more solid than the last, planting plot elements that will surely come into play in future seasons.

There are still a few problems with this season however. My biggest problem with My Hero Academia’s first season was the extremely slow pacing that made the first half of the season a drag. Fortunately, Season Two has learned from its mistakes, and it gets almost straight into the action! There’s one or two setup episodes and then it’s straight into the Sports Festival! It doesn’t slow down either. The setup for the arc after that. the Hero Killer Arc, is done during the Sports Festival, and it jumps almost straight into it as soon as it’s done. There are a few slow episodes after that, but after all the action-packed fights and intense, emotional moments, they’re more than welcome. Finally, the season ends with the students of Class 1-A facing their final exams, as well as the first real confrontation between Shigaraki and Midoriya, ending the season on as high a note as the last.

In conclusion, My Hero Academia’s second season is the perfect continuation to its first  season. It kicks into high gear almost right from the get-go and doesn’t slow down until it finally comes to an abrupt end. The animation is glorious and you can feel the impact and stakes in every single fight. Best of all, the soundtrack is somehow even better than it was before, with some tracks even being upgraded and expanded upon. My Hero Academia doesn’t just spread its philosophies, it lives by them. This season truly has gone beyond, even though you might have heard its words before.

Verdict: A

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Bit.Trip Runner Review-Run Boy Run

Game Name: Bit.Trip Runner

Platforms: Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Windows, Mac, Linux

Developer: Gaijin Games

Publishers: Gaijin Games, Aksys Games

Price: £6.99 or $9.99

The Bit.Trip series is a mixed bag to say the least. Each of the games has their own pros and cons, with some being better than others. They suffer from some of the same problems as well as their own unique design flaws. And all of them cater to a very specific audience with very little regard for newcomers. All of them, except the game I’ll be reviewing today that is. Bit.Trip Runner is my favourite game in the series for a multitude of reasons. It’s the one I find the most memorable as well as the most fun to play. Yet it doesn’t lack in similarities to its predecessors and successors.

Like the rest of the Bit.Trip series, Runner is easy to learn, but soul-crushingly hard to master. Commander Video, the main character of the series, runs to the right. You press various buttons to make him avoid any obstacles in his path. A button makes him jump, down on the D-Pad makes him slide under obstructions, right makes him kick destroying unavoidable objects and so on. The game introduces you to each action slowly, giving you ample time to adjust and get the hang of it before you move onto the next one. Your goal is simply to get to the end of the level without hitting an obstacle and collecting as much gold as possible. If you collect all the gold on the level, you can play a super hard 8-bit bonus challenge that increases your score even further.

There are three worlds, each with twelve levels and eleven bonus challenges(boss doesn’t have one) for you to beat. This is a huge difference compared to all the previous games, which only had three levels each. Most of the game length was caused by the long dragged-out levels and the amount of times you’d have to restart them all the way from the beginning again. Runner still has this problem, but it’s far less infuriating. Levels aren’t any longer than one or two minutes with the bonus challenge only taking another minute to complete. Because of this, Runner is a lot easier than any other game in the series, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Instead of having to replay fifteen minutes of patterns every time you make a mistake, you only need to replay about half a minute at most. It’s the only Bit.Trip game I found to be forgiving enough that I could actually 100% it.

Despite this, the difficulty is still extremely brutal, with some design choices only further exemplifying the game’s harshness. The worst part for me during the forty or so hours I spent completing the game 100%, was the lack of a restart button. “But George, the game does have a reset button.” I hear you say. And yes, you are correct. The game does have a rest button… for the main level. Bonus challenges however do not. Now I’m not saying the game should allow you to reset the challenge itself, but it should at least allow you to reset the level. Every time I failed on a challenge, I had to exit back to the menu, go on to level select, select the level I was just on and wait for it to load. It very nearly put me off my quest to fully complete the game, as did the game’s wonky jumping physics. On the challenges where jumping needed to be super accurate, I found how Commander Video jumped was quite inconsistent, which was annoying to say the least. As well as that, the game fails to explain certain important mechanics to you, such as how you can hold the jump button to float in the air to make longer jumps, and how pressing the spring button on different parts of a spring will affect the arc of your leap.

Nevertheless, the game’s better aspects pushed me onward. As with pretty much every game in the series, the music is outstanding, the visuals are pure eye candy, and the aesthetics as a whole are masterfully done. Each of the three worlds stands out in their own ways and present their own obstacles for you to avoid. It’ll take you around a dozen hours to complete for the first time, and if you’re going for all the achievements it’ll probably take you at least three times that amount. But most importantly, Runner doesn’t forget the roots of its genre. The gameplay is fun and addicting, and there’s actually a decent amount of ‘rhythm’ this time!

With all of that, it’s no wonder that Runner ended up being the most popular entry in the series, spawning two more sequels. It’s the most solid game in the entire series, and unlike Beat or Core or any of the other Bit.Trip games, it’s a lot more friendly to beginners. If someone asked me what was the best game in the series to start with, I’d tell them Runner. Don’t get me wrong, it has its problems, but the good far outweighs the bad. The Bit.Trip series seems to be running towards a bright future, let’s just hope it doesn’t Bit.Trip up.

Pros:

  • Great soundtrack
  • Gameplay is simple, but fun and satisfying
  • Having three worlds split into twelve levels each makes the game a lot less frustrating and unfair as well as making 100% completion a lot more feasible
  • Achievements and bonus challenges add a lot of replayability
  • Unique and beautiful retro aesthetic and graphics
  • Relatively cheap asking price

Cons:

  • Dull boss fights
  • No restart button for challenges makes it incredibly annoying to perfect them
  • May be too difficult and frustrating for a lot of people.
  • Short length if you’re not trying to 100% the game

Nitpicks:

  • Some important game mechanics such as floating are unexplained
  • It’s not all that noticeable until you attempt the extremely hard bonus challenges, but the jump physics can be a bit unpredictable and random

Verdict: 8/10

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My Hero Academia Season One Review: Hero Or Zero?

Superhero anime isn’t exactly something new. Like comics, it’s been around since the media first began back in its heyday. Yet recently, there seems to be a resurgence in the genre, with some of the most popular anime right now being focused on superheroes. I already talked about the hilarious genre-criticising One Punch Man a few months ago. It was a brilliant show that exposed the problems and cliches with the genre while still managing to deliver on some of its better aspects. Today I’ll be reviewing a very different kind of Superhero show. My Hero Academia. If you haven’t heard of this show then where the hell have you been for the past two years? The rate at which this show’s popularity has risen is honestly staggering, and there’s almost no way to avoid it unless you’re intentionally trying. There’s got to be something behind this show that has made it so successful. Is it worthy to be in the Superhero genre? Or does it fall into the many traps and caveats One Punch Man exposed?

Ask any My Hero Academia fan what the best part of the show is, and they’ll almost always tell you it’s the extensive cast of characters and how well they’re characterised throughout the episodes. At face value, My Hero Academia’s story is nothing impressive. It’s your typical “Hero VS Villain” plot with a few changes to the formula. But the extremely memorable and appealing characters is what propelled it to its current huge level of popularity. The main cast are all capable of being on a “Top Ten Anime Protagonists” list and the side characters often don’t even feel like side characters except for a few exceptions(Koji and Toru). There are twenty different characters in the Academia’s Class 1-A alone and every single one is likeable with almost every single one getting a chance in the spotlight. Even Mineta, one of the most disliked characters in the series has his moments. And I haven’t even talked about the Pro heroes, teachers or villains yet!

My Hero Academia is the kind of show that lives and dies on its characters. There’s nothing special about the overall story and the comedy is your typical anime affair(apart from Denki Kaminari, he’s hilarious). Fortunately the animation is absolutely breathtaking! Every single shot has detail in overflowing amounts. Every character has a design that stands out and reflects their character perfectly. Every single fight is fluid and natural with great choreography. Watching this show will seriously please your eyes, and your heart as well.

If you’ve been around my blog any length of time, then you’ll know how much I appreciate anime with epic soundtracks. People often underestimate just how much an emotional piece of music can affect a scene. Fortunately, My Hero Academia’s creators seem to understand this. I could name dozens of memorable, phenomenal tracks from the first season alone! Hero A, Plus Ultra, U.A Session, and of course, the incredibly popular You Say Run. It just goes to show how good the music is when I learned about the series from a meme and decided to watch the show based on how awesome the music sounded. Hell, I’m listening to music from the series as I write this review! If you somehow haven’t heard You Say Run already, do yourself a favour and look it up on Youtube. You’ll see what I mean.

There’s a lot to like about this show and not much to dislike at all. One issue I did have with the first season however was the pacing. The first nine episodes or so are extremely slow, and things don’t really pick up until the final arc of the season, which makes up the last four episodes. While the final arc is as awesome as All Might himself and ensures the season ends on a high note, it’s a bit too good. In fact, it blows the first half of the season out of the water and makes it seem wholly inadequate by comparison. As well as that, the season ends quite abruptly, similar to another, very different superhero anime One Punch Man. Just like One Punch Man, it feels like they didn’t really know how to end it, and so just cut it off at the end of the arc to credits. Nevertheless, it’s only a minor gripe at best.

Overall, My Hero Academia is an absolutely fantastic anime, and it’s definitely worth your time. The pacing for the first half of the season isn’t the best and the story is a bit cliche, but the characters, beautiful animation and excellently composed music are what keeps you watching. Horikoshi knows superheroes well, and has made great use of his knowledge to make a jewel of a show in a somewhat stale genre. You could say that My Hero Academia has gone beyond all my expectations, finally stealing my heart with a triumphant “PLUS ULTRA!!!”.

Verdict: B+

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Unpopular Opinions-Leave Yanderedev Alone!

Well, I’m back from my Short Break! It was nice to have a bit of time off, and now I’m back and raring to go with my first post. Unfortunately, I’m going to be making my return on a bit of a sour note. You may have heard of a guy called Yanderedev, or more likely his game: Yandere Simulator. If you don’t known what it is, it’s an Anime Stealth game inspired by Hitman. You play as a Yandere(“a yandere is a person (usually female) romantically obsessed with someone to the point of using violent means to get them in their arms.”) who is tasked with killing anyone close to your beloved ‘senpai’ in a variety of ways so you can finally get him to love you. It’s an interesting game, though controversial for obvious reasons. Anyway, Yanderedev and his game has been the talk of Youtube for a few months, and not the good kind of talk. I’m not sure who started the trend. One day, he was just a guy making a sort of controversial game, the next he was being compared to Hitler with dozens upon dozens of videos about how bad Yanderedev and his game is being uploaded by semi-popular Youtubers every week. Now, the poor guy is constantly pestered and bullied by people online. This angered me quite a bit, but it all came to a head when I recently discovered a video of someone playing a game one of the people who hates him made which is all about making Yanderedev looks like shit as much as possible. I try not to get involved in ‘drama’ most of the time, but this was just too far, hence why I’m making this post defending Yanderedev today.

First of all, let me make one thing clear: there are some genuine criticisms against Yanderedev. Just like any human, he’s not perfect. He makes mistakes just like all of us and some of the things he does I don’t agree with. I say this because saying a single word in defence of Yanderedev seems to make you a blind fanboy in the eyes of his ‘critics’. I am far from it. I didn’t care for Yanderedev or Yandere Simulator before this entire situation and I’m still pretty indifferent to him now. So why am I ‘taking up arms’ to defend him? Regardless of who Yanderedev is and what he may or may not have done, no person deserves to be treated and vilified as he has the past few months. In almost every video and comment I’ve seen against him, he is insulted, called names, and generally treated like a lesser human being. I’ve lost count of the amount of times someone has called him a ‘creep’ or ‘pedo’ or ‘scam artist’. This is simply uncalled for and if you say anything like that to Yanderedev, you are honestly as disgusting, if not more disgusting than you make him out to be. Now I’ve got the main reason for making this post out of the way, let’s talk about some common problems people have with Yanderedev.

Yanderedev Streams And Plays Games All Day

Of all the criticisms people bring up when talking about Yanderedev, this is by far the most prevalent. It’s also the most incorrect and misinformed. It can be disproved quite easily by a quick visit to Yanderedev’s Twitch channel. Every single one of his streams is under or just over three hours long and he only does one a day most of the time. He does occasionally do longer streams, but only once a month at most. Furthermore, this fits perfectly into his daily schedule, which he has been pretty open about on Reddit. Apart from that, he spends about an hour browsing the Internet, half an hour eating dinner and the rest of his time working on the game with only SIX HOURS SLEEP. So if we do the math, Yanderedev is working on Yandere Simulator for for 13 and a half hours a day on average(including time spent interacting with fans). Yep, totally a lazy scam artist. What, do you expect him to spend every single day working on the game with no breaks except for sleep and food? That’s simply ridiculous, just like this criticism against him. On to the next one!

Yandere Simulator Is Making No Progress And Yanderedev’s Coding Is Bad

I have two opposing feelings about these criticisms. One of them, like the last one is incorrect, and the other is actually one of the few genuine criticisms I’ve seen. Let’s start with the incorrect one. Yandere Simulator… is making progress. In fact, I’d say that it’s pretty impressive all the progress Yanderedev has made over the past few years considering he’s been working on it almost exclusively alone. He’s also open about the progress he makes, posting consistent updates on his Youtube channel at least once a month. It’s clear he’s trying to make the game the best it can be… which is exactly why he hasn’t finished it yet. As a hobbyist game developer, I often seriously underestimate just how long even the smallest game can take to come to fruition. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve barely got a game for a Game Jam finished in time. But don’t just take my word for it, look at the numerous Indie Games out there. Even ones that have entire teams behind them take four years and often longer to finish. Just look at A Hat In Time, Owlboy and Stardew Valley to name a few. Yandere Simulator doesn’t have a team of a hundreds of people behind it… it’s one guy and a few volunteers. As for the criticism about his coding, it’s a good point. However, I still stress that we’re all only human. Yanderedev is mostly self-taught and it’s expected that he’s picked up a few bad habits. But he’s trying to improve and get better and that’s what’s important.

Yanderedev Is A Creep/Pedo/Rapist e.t.c

Oh boy, the greatest criticism yet! What better way to destroy someones image than to make ‘allegations’ that he’s a sexual offender? Apparently because Yandere Simulator has some sexual aspects including *gasp* pantyshots(not like they have those in 90% of anime) that makes Yanderdev a massive creep at best and a straight up pedo/rapist at worse. No the ultra violence, murder, torture and kidnapping mechanics are not a problem at all… but PANTYSHOTS?!?!? That’s just going too far. Honestly, if you think he’s a creep just because of some of the game’s mechanics then I highly doubt you’ve ever actually watched an anime before. Also, it’s completely fictional. Does the fact that I enjoy going on a murder spree in GTA make me a mass murderer? Hell no! And yes, I know he’s done some… questionable things in the past but a lot of that was when he was a teenager. If you’ve ever been or are a teenager(you should if you’re reading this) then you know how emotional and volatile teenagers can be. He’s past a lot of that stuff now and has even openly apologised for some of it. Can you honestly say that you never did something stupid as a teenager?

In conclusion, a lot of the recent hate towards Yanderedev is completely unwarranted as far as I’m concerned. Many of the points against him are misinformed, or blatantly wrong. That’s not to say he doesn’t have any problems. The guy can be a bit of an asshole from time to time. But honestly, with people on the Internet treating him like they are now, I’m not surprised. It’s easy to get caught up in the mob sometimes, and if you reading this now are one of those who so vehemently despises him, I urge you to reconsider. If you dislike him and/or his work, by all means criticise him, or ignore him if you can’t be civil. But don’t beat him into the ground with insults, and don’t support the videos that can’t talk about him without attacking him on a personal level. It’s all to simple to dehumanise someone on the Internet, so remember: Yanderedev is a human with a personality and feelings. He’s not just a punching bag.

Taking A Short Break

Hey guys!

This is just a quick post to let you know I’ll be on Holiday for the next two weeks, and as such, I will be unable to make any posts. So don’t worry, I’m not dead… just AFK.

George Dutton

Creator of GamersGuild

The Showers Spoiler Free Review-Water Terrifying Tale

Creepypastas have been around for a long time now. Their presence has been felt on the Internet for around ten years now, from the infamous Jeff the Killer and Slenderman to the modern masterpieces we have today. They’ve definitely evolved quickly, with new ideas cropping up all the time. Not every story is like this however. Plenty of modern stories have their fair share of problems. Quite recently, we witnessed a fusion of a classic and modern story: “The Showers”. The first two parts of this classic tale were released back in 2012 to critical acclaim. And we thought that was it.  But just a few months ago, three new parts of this chilling campfire story were posted to the nosleep subreddit! With the story finally complete(or at least I hope it’s complete), there’s no better time for me to review this story! So, has “The Showers” lost its edge over the years since its release?

Both the first and second acts do a great job of building up “The Showers” and leaving an impression without actually showing much of “The Showers” themselves. You’re first introduced to the dreaded bathroom appliances through a character other than the protagonist. Mr. Mays steals the show from the main character for most of the story, being the one responsible for relaying just how horrific it is. The protagonist learns all of this along with you, the reader, helping to create a sense of mystery that cannot be sated until you visit the ghastly place yourself. You have no idea what “The Showers” actually are, but it still scares you, and that’s what makes it so damn terrifying.

When the time comes when the protagonist visits the place, the dread that has been building up since you first learned about it is exemplified. While the author spares no gory detail, enough is left to the imagination that you’re still left with a hideous fear of the unknown. And somehow, the author manages to pull this off a second time! Not only that, but the second visit is arguably even more disturbing! Eventually, when the story reaches its conclusion, you’re left with more questions than answers, and nothing but a disturbed psyche for your trouble. Just like the classics.

Being a classic doesn’t exempt it from criticism however, and I have plenty of it to give. While the original two-part story was pretty slow, it was overall fairly well-paced, going into just the right amount of detail and taking the right amount of time to build “The Showers” up. The three new parts however, aren’t structured nearly as well. It takes its time, meandering around a lot on details that seem pointless. By the time it actually gets around to “The Showers” again, I was about ready to fall asleep. At first, I was curious to find out what the author had been doing in the years since the story was released. But after a while, I just wanted him to get the hell on with it. This pacing issue is in large part due to the worst aspect of “The Showers”: Karen.

Karen isn’t introduced until the Second Act, but she makes enough of an impression to almost ruin the entire story. As the main character’s girlfriend, she has a big part in the story, which wouldn’t be much of a problem if she wasn’t one of the single most horrible and despicable characters ever created. The way she acts towards the main character is straight up disgusting, and it’s not even in a way that’s important to the story. She’s just nasty. When Jack is a teeny bit unsure and scared at the prospect of visiting the place that traumatised him for life, she straight up verbally abused him, using his mental disability as a weapon to shame him, throwing rocks at him and being such a horrendous bitch overall that it was all I could think about for the rest of the story. It doesn’t help that the author then goes on to try and desperately make you feel sympathy for her straight afterwards. It just goes to show how utterly detestable she is when people in the comment section are praying that she’ll die. I’ve seen villains that are less hated than Karen!

Overall, “The Showers” is a mixed bag in my opinion. If I was judging the original story alone, it would probably get a 4/5. But I’m not. I’m judging all the parts of this tale and when looking at them all as one whole… there’s a lot to be desired. Pacing issues, an overly excessive amount of detail… they’re both issues that weigh this story down. But Karen alone is solely responsible for the high score reduction. If she was absent-or less of a horrible human being-I’d probably be a lot more forgiving of the story’s problems. As it stands however, I wish “The Showers” had never been brought back from the dead.

Verdict: 3/5 Moons Moon (1) (2)

Listen to the story on MrCreepyPasta’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9vJpB1CA5s

Or read the story on the nosleep subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/10hpmi/the_showers/

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How Powerful Is… SCP-682 A.K.A The “Hard-To-Destroy Reptile”

“Let me be absolutely clear: SCP-682 is one of the most dangerous entities we have ever managed to contain. It wants our entire species dead and given its abilities, it could very well accomplish this. It is completely alien to our understanding of reality in almost every sense of the word. Imagine if it broke containment and we were forced to detonate a nuclear device. Go ahead. Let it sink in; what could happen if it adapted to one of our most powerful weapons. We wouldn’t just be boned beyond belief: it would be the end of mankind. Nothing could stop it, and I can already guess some believe using other SCPs could work. It won’t. That will only make things worse. It always does.”-O5-7 on the proposition of using SCP-407 against SCP-682.

I’ve already delved into the Creepypasta universe on this blog. Internet horror stories and urban legends… while they can be interesting, their level of quality, like campfire stories, depends on the person telling it. Some are hilariously bad, while others can be considered straight-up masterpieces. Creepypasta’s have a lesser-known sibling however, one that has a much higher bar of quality. You’ve probably heard of the SCP Foundation through the insanely popular game SCP: Containment Breach. It’s a heavily immersive website where all of its stories are structured to make it seem like a top-secret government document. And unlike Creepypasta’s, they have a much clearer focus: anomalies. Creatures, objects and entities that defy our understanding of the universe itself. Living statues that snap your neck in the time it takes for you to blink. Sentient masks with a penchant for persuasion and possession. And the subject of today’s “How Powerful Is…” post: SCP-682.

So, what is SCP-682? SCP-682, also known as the “Hard-To-Destroy Reptile”, is exactly that: a hard-to-destroy reptile. Not exactly the most threatening name… at least until you realise what this thing is actually capable of. While not ridiculous in terms of power in its base form, the big problem with this raging reptile is that it’s pretty much invincible. Not to say that it can’t take damage or have its body blasted apart, but nothing the SCP Foundation has tried thus far has proven capable of fully destroying it. This thing is the true definition of a tank. It can survive numerous devastating attacks without slowing its killing spree. It can regenerate back to full health after having over 90% of its body destroyed. It needs to be submerged in acid constantly just to keep it weak enough that it doesn’t slaughter anyone in the immediate vicinity.

As well as being extremely durable, it is also the prime example of natural selection. Pretty much everything that is thrown at it, it adapts to within a few minutes. Weapons of mass destruction, reality manipulation, even other SCP’s; even if something phases it, it’ll find a way to resist or even become immune to it eventually. Not only that, but it can also harness its power, if only temporarily, to fight back. Try to brainwash it? It’ll break control and command you to jump into its mouth. Try to feed it a hazardous dish that causes lethal fat buildup and cardiac arrest? It’ll expel high-pressure blood as an acidic projectile. Try to throw it into a void that literally doesn’t exist on any known plane of existence? It’ll cause you physical harm and kill you despite not actually existing and reappear only a few hours later completely fine.

There is an entire page on the SCP Foundation wiki just dedicated to unsuccessful attempts at killing the damn lizard. No matter what the Foundation tries, it always ends with the creature regenerating to full health within a matter of hours, and often making an attempt at escape which causes a containment breach. Trying to dispose of it somewhere far away from humanity doesn’t work either. SCP-682 is dedicated to wiping out the human race, and all other life in the universe on top of that. Even when dumped in a parallel universe, it finds its way back eventually. And leaving it unchecked is possibly even more dangerous than keeping it contained. The only option is to find some way to destroy it.

Finally, a terrifying aspect of SCP-682 that is all too often ignored is its impressive level of intelligence. It is a well-known fact that it has talked to and typed messages to SCP-079, a supercomputer that is one of the smartest entities known to the Foundation. After this encounter, it has asked to talk to SCP-682 again. SCP-682 also seems to have knowledge of other SCP’s as if it has seen them before or understands how they work. For example, when the Foundation tried to kill it with SCP-689-a statue that kills anyone who has seen it when their line of sight is broken-it pretended to be dead so it could make an escape attempt. It has been stated on multiple occasions that SCP-682 and the way its mind works is far beyond the understanding of mere humans; meaning it has knowledge of concepts we can’t even comprehend.

From these facts, it is clear that SCP-682 is one of the single most powerful entities in the SCP universe(multiverse?). But is it the most powerful? The answer to that is quite interesting, but in simple terms: no. In the termination experiment log, it has been confirmed that SCP-682 can be killed on two different occasions. First of all, in the exploration log of SCP-2935. SCP-2935 is a tunnel that goes to an alternate dimension where all life in the universe somehow ended on April 20th 2016, including(you guessed it!) an alternate dimension version of SCP-682! Of course, it’s an alternate dimension and the cause of death isn’t clear, but the second confirmation is a little more clear. SCP-738 is an entity that can offer pretty much anything… for a price. When asked what it would cost to permanently destroy SCP-682, it responded with “Your Foundation couldn’t afford it, and you personally definitely couldn’t afford it.”, implying that it could get rid of SCP-682 for a hefty price. However, the fact that there are only two entities in the entire SCP universe that can possibly kill it is just proof of its power. Provided it can adapt to it, it can literally do anything! There are no clear limits to its power so far, and thus, I’m putting it in the “Universal Threat” tier!

List of Powers:

  • Nigh impossible to kill or destroy
  • Extreme regenerative ability means it is able to regenerate back to normal even when over 90% of its body is destroyed
  • High strength and speed, even in its normal state
  • Has an uncanny ability to adapt to and obtain the abilities of anything that tries to kill it, including other SCP’s with no clear limit
  • Seems to be intelligent beyond imagining and has knowledge of concepts humans cannot even understand
  • Can survive in almost any molecular state
  • Resistance and possible immunity to reality alteration

Power Level: 82/100

Power Level In Own Universe:

98/100(It has been confirmed that it can be killed in two separate circumstances)

Tier: Universal Threat

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