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Crossover drabble: What's In A Name? - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Crossover drabble: What's In A Name?
When I see a mention of a character, and I know the name, I tend to assume that it’s one with which I am familiar. This works fine with Buffy, and Legolas, and Viconia; they’re unique. With some other characters it’s not so clear-cut. ‘Sam’, for instance, could be Sam Gamgee, Sam Carter, Sam Vimes, Fireman Sam, Sam Spade, or some bloke with a brother called Dean who appears in a series only watched by women. And a recent giant monster movie featured a character with a very unusual name that had been used in a surprising number of previous books, movies, and TV shows. Recently I have seen this particular version appearing in summaries of fics by killerweasel and it led my mind off in other directions. This crossover double-drabble is the result.

Pacific Rim plus crossovers with actual history, an old Western show, an old TV series recently rebooted as a film, and a novel series that has been filmed several times and now is a TV show. 200 words, PG.

What’s In A Name?

“I’ve brought in a few outside consultants who have some fresh ideas on how to deal with the kaiju,” Newton Geiszler told Pentecost. “Oddly, they’re all named Hannibal.” He waved the four men forward. “Okay, guys, let’s hear your suggestions.”

The first Hannibal was a swarthy bearded man, clad in armor of bronze scales with a plumed helmet, who brandished a sword and declared “There is only one way to fight these monsters. We must march against them on the backs of elephants.”

“I don’t think we can beat them,” said the next Hannibal, a dark-haired man who wore jeans and a Stetson. “I say we hide out in the West, under aliases like ‘Smith’ and ‘Jones’, until they go away.”

The third Hannibal grinned, took his cigar from his mouth, and blew out a cloud of smoke. “No need for that,” he said. “Just lock me and my team in a toolshed for a few hours and we’ll improvise weapons out of junk that’ll chase these things back to the depths.”

“My solution is far simpler and more… elegant,” said the final Hannibal, his lips curling in a sneer. “We eat them. With fava beans and a nice Chianti.”

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Disclaimers: Pacific Rim was created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham, Hannibal son of Hamilcar Barca is a famous historical personage, Hannibal Heyes is from ‘Alias Smith and Jones’ created by Glen A. Larson, Hannibal Smith of ‘The A-Team’ was created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell, and Hannibal Lecter was created by Thomas Harris.

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ljs From: ljs Date: April 20th, 2014 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had no idea there were so many different Hannibals!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 20th, 2014 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I didn't even include Hannibal Chau, the actual Hannibal from 'Pacific Rim'.
audela From: audela Date: April 20th, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! I guessed 3 out of 4 before I read it (the first and last were gimmes, but I'm not sure why I remembered Alias Smith & Jones. Didn't even like the show!). I would not have remembered Hannibal Smith, though--I didn't remember him even with the story until I read the disclaimers.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 21st, 2014 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I did like 'Alias Smith and Jones' at the time - although I probably wouldn't now - but I, along with almost everyone else, stopped watching after Pete Duell killed himself and they brought in another actor to play the same character.
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