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October 23 2010

20 Heroic Librarians Who Save the World. Includes everyone's favorite Watcher.

Seriously? There's a list for this category!? And with 20 entries?! I hope Ripper's at the top.

Spontaneous game: 3 best ripper zingers, and they have to be from memory! I'll start.

"Yes, that's absolutely the most appalling thing you could have said."

"Spike, when I want your opinion i'll . . . Well, i'll never want your opinion."

Also, this isn't really a zinger but it was cool when he boned Buffy's mom.
Awesome, the Librarian from Terry Pratchett is on there too! And yay Giles!
Less talk, more zingers!
Whatever happened to Latin? At least when that made no sense, the church approved.
XANDER: Am I right?
GILES: I'm almost certain you're not, but to be fair I wasn't listening.


I'm beyond happy with the shoutout to Lirael on this list, it's one of my favourite books.
"Ooh! Copper's got a gun! Yer not gonna use it, though."

"Sod off, willya? And let your mum have some candy."

"Or, it could be the eternal mystery that is your mind."

"I'm still trying to remember not to refer to you lot as 'bloody colonials'."

"Must attend to Wesley, see if he's still whimpering."

"Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to watch them manhandle Ethan into the car."

"You have no idea how much thrashing you is going to improve my day."

Then you have this exchange:

"New Watcher?"
"New Watcher."
"Is he evil?"
"Not in the strictest sense."

And my personal favorite:

"For god's sake, man! She's 17. And you have the emotional maturity of a blueberry scone. Just...have at it, will you? And stop fluttering about."

Of course, he also zinged himself on occasion:

"Ah, no sir. You forget: Alfred had a job."

"I used to be a highly respected Watcher. Now I'm a wounded dwarf with the mystical ability of a doily."

"Giles, are you drunk?"
"Yes. Quite a bit, actually."

Props to the list folks for mentioning the Callahan series right up front: I've got the whole series, and reread them frequently. Great fun, and the puns and riddles really mess with your mind.

And...Ripper's "slightly psycho"? Don't let him hear you say that!
"Burst."

"Oh, yes. Trout...is...a fish."

And finally, I propose a game, a well known bit of Ripperian awesomeness given only in acronym form: "ILTTTT." Who can identify the line first?

[ edited by WilliamTheB on 2010-10-23 03:55 ]
WilliamTheB Umm, by any chance do you mean "burk" (Or berk)? It's British rhyming slang, short for Berkley-Hunt, and means a fool; the word it replaces rhymes with "hunt."
No--it's actually from season eight ("No Future For You"). And it was in print, so I definitely got the spelling right.
I've always been fond of "'Do you like my mask? Isn't it pretty? It raises the dead!' Americans."

But my favorite line that Giles has in the entire series: "I'd like to test that theory."

Edit: Which I retroactively realize is WilliamB's line. That was accidental.

[ edited by kishi on 2010-10-23 07:13 ]
"You rank, arrogant amateur!"

Xander: Tara's your girlfreind!?
Giles: Bloody hell!
WilliamTheB Ah. See, no way I'd know that 'cause I'm not reading the comics.

kishi Good ones! I'm ashamed I missed them, Giles fanatic that I am. Then again, I think I'm a bit foggy on the meaning of "zinger" - I always took it to be an insult or a quick-witted put down. Like the "goddess of bad home perms" line. So I think the vast majority of my lines are just really good Rupert lines, not so much Ripper zingers.
Giles even does zingers in his thoughts! "Look at her shoes. If a fashion magazine told her to, she'd wear cats strapped to her feet.

And then there's his sarcasm abuse. "Alright, I'll just jump in my time machine, go back to the twelfth century, and ask the vampires to postpone their ancient prophecy for a few days while you take in dinner and a show."
Wow, you guys are good. I'd forgotten those little gems. And I agree that the best was "i'd like to test that theory."
I'm so happy for this list because it introduced me to Luna Moth who is possibly as close to perfect to me as any comic book character ever.

That said, Giles remains my librarian inspiration. (Husband and I are both in library school. Recently I was all, "We need to get you some tweed! And glasses!")

Seriously, though... Lists like this are why the Internet was made.
Kiba Did you see this in the comment section from "Cordelia Shirley"?

The head of my MLIS department compared the work of the librarian/information professional to that of a soldier on the front line of the fight for humanity during a zombie apocalypse - we may be using information instead of shotguns, but we're still aiming for the head

Loved it! I love my profession!
Oh I've forgotten so many great Giles quotes.

Of course we have the classic: The Earth is defenitly doomed.

And his fashion tips: Tweed, better then kevlar.

Not to mention his pickup lines: I just think it's rather odd that a nation that prides itself on its virility should feel compelled to strap on forty pounds of protective gear just in order to play rugby

[ edited by Satai (with Punsch) on 2010-10-23 22:41 ]
"Oh, as usual, dear."

"Bloody hell. I should've read the inscription." "Why? What's it say?" "Actual Size."

"Do you want me to answer that, or shall I just glare?"

"Buffy, really. It takes more than a week to bleach bones."

And then you've got the little peeks of Ripper, like when he backs Snyder against the filing cabinet and informs him just what he'll do if Snyder doesn't let Buffy come back to school, or when he wipes his hands on his handkerchief while kicking Ethan in the side. Smothering Ben is probably one of his most disturbing acts.
"Stop that right now! I can hear the smacking!"

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