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Smash Fiction is a debate-style comedy podcast in which a rotating cast of nerds argue on behalf of their chosen fictional characters. Only one can win!

Jul 10, 2016

This Sunday, it's a Wasteful Billionaires Network spectacular! Two children, hoping to become the rich and famous stars of a new precocious kid/adorable pet TV program...but only one contract! Their two pets, one a bizarre blue alien experiment named Stitch (presumably dressed like Elvis), the other a bonafide dragon named Toothless (presumably trained by Vikings)! One network backlot filled with things for them to (non-lethally) hit one another with! Two coaches, Lilo and Hiccup, on the sidelines! Four advocates, including Kris and Katrina of the Gameable Podcast, making their return to Smash Fiction! One judge, getting steadily more drunk due to a barrage of RPG references! Plasma breath weapons, sneak attack hamsters, botanical #DanLists, reptile anatomy! The Battle of the Friendship Monsters! This Sunday, only on the Wasteful Billionaires Network!

Jul 3, 2016

As the League prepares to embark on its next mission, Stitch builds a nest and finds a guitar, Dante hits on a woman who is also a man, Mordin receives a very exciting gift, and Archer remembers the face of his father (which is weird, but whatever, it's a symbolic thing). Then, the team heads out once again, this time accompanied by the goth teen runaway sorceress Nico Minoru, and arrives in a strange medieval world in which the king is crazy, the keep is red, and your favorite characters are probably going to die! And you'll never guess the crazy-ass plan our heroes concoct to try and gain entrance to the royal court of King's Landing...

Jun 26, 2016

Even Mal Reynolds, captain of the Firefly-class transport ship Serenity and unrepentant atheist, and Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon and longtime Force-skeptic, would have to admit that this match was destined to happen eventually. Via a series of events that can most accurately be described as "wormholes for days," the two notorious smugglers-with-hearts-of-gold find themselves trapped in a strange galaxy that can be most accurately described as "far," and "possessing the qualities of a scape." Only one roguishly good-looking sci-fi sex icon can find the wormhole generator and escape, so Mal and Han are thrust into a space race that involves not just sailing through the black and/or navigating asteroid fields, but negotiating the criminal underworld and shooting anyone who gets in the way. Much like the characters they're representing, our advocates talk fast and bullshit faster, squeezing in as many lies per second as possible while desperately attempting to avoid the consequences of their actions in a contest that can be most accurately described as "fucking ridiculous." Between Colin's lecture on pitch, yaw, and roll, Miles' canon-maligning opening song, Kit's betrayal of R2-D2, Dan's obsession with Steve Miller, and returning special guest Brad Bultman's treatise on the concept of coolness...well, seems we got here just in the nick of time. What's that make us? Big damn nerds, ladies and gentlemen. Sorry about the mess.

Jun 19, 2016

Where do bad folks go when they die? Well, if they're the most fiendish and depraved villains of the inaptly-named Final Fantasy franchise, it seems that they are consigned to an eternity of punishment with the confines of the dying arcade game system! Kefka, the other clown-faced psychopath, and Sephiroth, one-winged king of the unadvisable Google image search, come to blows amongst the smoking ruins of Mystara, the original Dungeons and Dragons game world, to see who can rule over, or simply murder, it's helpless inhabitants. Can Dan and Colin successfully demonstrate the principle of More Crazy = More Win? Will Liz and Kit's hair-and-perfume-based arguments prevail? Is Miles even listening to any of this? And...wait, how the hell did you get in here, sports?

Jun 12, 2016

The claws come out in this battle of black-clad cat burglars, as a swag soiree thrown by the Maharaja turns into the scene of a feline-themed crime! Upon their discovery that the fabled Pink Panther Diamond is hidden away somewhere in the palace, party-goers Selina Kyle and Felicia Hardy slip away from the crowd and into costumes that send Kit to her bunk. It's now a race to the prize between Catwoman (so good at theft, she stole Batman's heart) and the Black Cat (whose superpowers allow her to do everything except get lucky with Spider-Man). Which master criminal will beat the other through the network of security systems and armed guards and be the first to lay hands on the shiny? Can the advocates survive Liz Logan's latest accent/fit of method acting, her unending repetition of the word "space," and most importantly, the beautiful disaster that is this week's Lightning Round? They will have to be either insanely competent or superhumanly fortunate...as will you, dear listener!

Jun 5, 2016

Showdown in Jurassic Park! The heroes finally come to blows with the Phyrexians, but quickly find that the invaders have a surprise waiting for them. Thrill as Dante finds yet more vehicles to turn into flaming missiles! Gasp as Mordin's continued attempts at stealth are foiled by his teammates! Stare in awe as Archer and Stitch reach a potentially deadly impasse! And steel yourself for the truth about Doc Brown!

May 29, 2016

Twenty years after the original publication of A Game of Thrones, it's finally happened (well, in Smash Fiction continuity, at least): Daenerys Targaryen is, at long last, sailing home to Westeros! Now is the time for justice, for vengeance, for fire and bloo--wait, that doesn't look like Westeros. In general, Westeros tends to be less of a barren wasteland riddled with fire, ash and dust...I mean, things can get pretty bad there, but I don't think you could say that the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume or anything. Yes, Dany has arrived at the land of Mordor (where the shadows fall -- it is known) and quickly decides that it must be brought down (that's what Daenerys Targaryen hates, so carefully, carefully, with the slaves). Dany has come, once again, as a a conqueror, but can her Unsullied army, brilliant tacticians, and non-Tolkien-style dragons successfully overcome the full strength of the hordes of Sauron, the Lord of the Rings? Featuring Dan's Dothraki accent (yes, we've moved on to offending fictional races, too), Miles' insensitivity towards Memorial Day, Kit's dragon color confusion, Special Guest Cohost Meganbob's graphs (which inexplicably do not translate well to the podcast format) and Also Special Guest Cohost and Host of the Unspoiled! Podcast Natasha Kingston's Dungeons and Dragons references (because she just wants to make everyone take another shot).

May 22, 2016

A seat has opened up in the Great Board of S.C.I.E.N.T.I.S.T., composed of the most brilliant scientific minds in all dimensions, and fictional braniacs everywhere want in...but none more so than the ancient, doomsday device-collecting head of Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, and the whiskey-burping sociopath known throughout the multiverse as Rick Sanchez. With only 30 days to prove why they deserve the seat, Farnsworth gathers his crew with a hearty "Good news, everyone" and Rick drags a groaning Morty away from another school assignment, and the contest is on! For science! Will Farnsworth's senility win out over Rick's alcoholism? Does the Portal Gun trump the Fing-Longer? Will Dan Harmon's evil time traveling scheme finally be revealed? And has Colin officially mastered the art of character impressions during lengthy scenario set-ups? Featuring special guest host Jason Ahlquist of MarsDust.net and AboutTomorrowFilm.com.

May 15, 2016

It's an ancient game, a dance that has played out over and over again since time immemorial, a deadly ballet of hunter and hunted, predator and prey...hide and seek! But if the legendary Boba Fett wants to maintain his reputation as the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy, he has his work cut out for him this time. His targets are two of the most elusive figures in history (literally): international crime lord and A-list alliteration ace Carmen Sandiego, and the wide-eyed red-and-white enigma known as Waldo, or Wally, or any of a dozen other names. Which of these masters of hiding and escape is destined for a life of carbonite wall decoration? Are there any limits to the breadth and depth of the unbelievable bullshit utilized by the advocates in this match? (Spoiler: No. No, there are not.) And in a contest this silly, how terrifying could Kit's Lightning Round possibly be? Special thanks to Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com) for use of his song "Day of Chaos." Those last two sentences are entirely unrelated. Really.

May 8, 2016

Notch...draw...bullshit! In a desperate effort to keep King Joffrey Baratheon from being bored on his name day, four of the greatest archers in all fiction have been summoned to compete in a great archery contest to determine the ultimate master of the archerial arts (copyright Colin Mulkerin). Can Legolas' elf eyes see the target (perhaps the color of that tower over there is a sign of blood and victory)? Can Hawkeye overcome the ridiculous comic book continuity that made him deaf, and then not deaf, and then deaf again? Can Merida survive our atrocious attempts at Scottish accents? Can Robin Hood somehow explain how the hell that one crazy shot in the Disney movie actually worked (and also how foxes can use bows without thumbs)? The competition is about to begin! Listeners, to your "play" buttons!

May 1, 2016

The League's adventures in Jurassic Park continue as Mordin Solus, Dante Sparda, Sterling Archer, and Stitch -- along with their new companions, Lara Croft, Roland Deschain, Zero, and a friendly velociraptor -- try to escape this world of reptilian tyrants while thwarting the mysterious goals of their Phyrexian oppressors! Can they overcome Slash Panther scouts, an angry Apatosaurus, and a GODDAMN T-REX on their path to victory? Can Dante and Archer survive their own tendencies toward motorcycles and stunt manuevers? Will Mordin hit on Lara out of sheer spite? And are there any limits to Stitch's strength...or his bizarre creativity?

Apr 24, 2016

Welcome to the jungle, we've got fun and games! Following a mysterious sign from above, Shere Khan, the most feared predator in all of India, has left his usual hunting grounds and set his sights on becoming the new king of the Serengeti. But of course, the land's present ruler, King Simba, might just have something to say about that! It's the ultimate battle of the big cats, a fight of fur and fang and feline fury! Will Simba's lion judo prove a match for Khan's tiger aikido? Do resplendent stripes trump a glorious mane? And are there no limits to Miles' complete ignorance of all things animal-related? Find out on this Disney-centric episode of Smash Fiction, featuring a surprise appearance from (gasp) Kris Newton of the Gameable Podcast!

Apr 17, 2016

In a bizarre confluence of Smash Fiction continuity, Iago has made off with the Tome of Eternal Darkness! Two of the noir-iest spell-slinging detectives in the English-speaking world are called upon to find the missing book: Chicago's Harry Dresden and London's John Constantine! Only one can track down the Tome and defeat his rival, but who will be walking away the winner? And can they master the best/worst school of magic of all in the Lightning Round?

Apr 10, 2016

As an undisputed master of catching them all (even the deadly and mysterious 151st) a bored Ash Ketchum simply can't resist the lure of an entire island populated by exotic and new species (or rather, very old species). Unfortunately for Ash, by the time he arrives, the power has gone out, the electric fences are offline, and the genetically engineered dinosaurs of Jurassic Park are rampaging straight into combat against Ash and his six diversely-powered Pokemon. Raptors and severed arms fly everywhere as a Japanese cartoon fight song blares in the background, and the battle is joined! The hosts of the SupNerds podcast, Taulbee and Spike, guest star as Smash Fiction attempts to determine whether Ash will successfully add "Dinosaur Types" to his collection, or if Jurassic Park can get #LifeFindsAWay trending worldwide.

Apr 3, 2016

The League's adventures continue as they search for lost comrades in a dinosaur-infested jungle and uncover an unsettling truth about one of their own. Can Stitch make friends with monsters? Will Mordin finally get to perform some science for once? Will Archer's night vision goggles actually prove useful? Will Dante's clothes survive the journey? And which new characters from the worlds of pop culture will be joining the ever-expanding cast of the League?

Apr 1, 2016

Bet you folks didn't see this coming! Smash Fiction's April Fool's Day bonus episode is the shortest, craziest, most self-indulgent show yet! Who will prevail in this Battle of Mulkerins (featuring the return of the great and terrible Tim Mulkerin) as Dan and Colin duke it out in paranoid cabin fever combat to determine which brother has the most talent, the best strategy, and the coolest hair? How far can Liz push the limits of the Lightning Round? Would you rather fight fifty duck-sized Hulk Hogans or one Hulk Hogan-sized duck? All these questions and more will be answered in a podcast that will make you love and (hate) the fact that there is such a thing as the first of April!

Mar 27, 2016

In space, no one can hear you swipe through Tinder -- sorry, Space Tinder. Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Jane Shepard, each on a mission to find some space lovin', wind up at a party in Mos Eisley Spaceport, where their respective bragging about their romantic prowess quickly leads to a competition. Who can become the most popular sci-fi hero in the club and go home with the most space hotties? Will Kirk's legendary libido see him through yet another challenge, or will Shepard select all the right dialogue options to get to those sweet, sweet cutscenes? Also, Dan tries to convince Miles to play Mass Effect, Colin eats carrots (stealing Kit's gimmick in the process) and Liz Logan presents yet another batshit insane Lightning Round.

Mar 20, 2016

Kids today. First it's pot, then it's telekinesis, and the next thing you know, an abused, introverted rage monster like Carrie White is rampaging all over Shermer High School. This is exactly why you stay away from that Mutant Growth Hormone, young people; try it once, and you could wind up covered in blood and setting towns on fire. Fortunately for Shermer High and it's stellar detention attendance record, a much more positive role model has stepped in to try and calm Carrie down, or failing that, maybe just blow up her head. Enter Matilda Wormwood, precocious child prodigy and fellow proponent of mind over matter. See? You don't need drugs, children. All you have to do is read lots of books and get really smart -- actually, wait, don't do that, either. Sit down and watch TV.

Can Matilda stop Carrie's murderous telekinetic wrath? Can we actually kill a six-year-old girl on our show? Can Miles read Dan's mind? And most importantly, can Kit and Liz stop making jokes about menstruation for, like, two seconds?

Mar 13, 2016

They hunt their targets, they swing awesome swords, they quip with the best, and they look damn good (in red) doing it! But on Smash Fiction, the devil who might cry sometime when no one is looking but probably not, Dante Sparda, and the fourth-wall-breaking merc with the mouth, Deadpool, face their greatest challenge yet: somehow getting past another bounty hunter who can't really be killed by anything, ever. After another one of Colin's trademark long-winded scenario set-ups, Liz leads the charge in defense of her beloved Extraordinary League Character; Dan gets the first ever podcast yellow card; Miles delivers what might be an argument and what might be a legitimate on-air seizure; and guest host MeganBob returns to explain to everybody why these two bad-asses are totally going to have sex. Nothing in the multiverse can prepare you for the upcoming insanity. This episode is brought to you by McDonald's. McDonald's: Because it's about time somebody assassinated the Hamburglar.

Mar 6, 2016

This week on Extraordinary League: Mordin goes bird-catching, Stitch destroys a kitchen, Dante learns Prince Adam's favorite recipe for Lunchables, and Miles lives out his 19-year-old Dead or Alive: Extreme Beach Volleyball fantasies through Sterling Archer...and that's BEFORE they get to Jurassic Park. Also, somebody uses a Triceratops as a surfboard.

Feb 28, 2016

Under the spreading chestnut tree, V fought Dredd and Dredd fought V! The Fawkes-faced anarchist and the majestic-chinned lawman have arrived in 1984's Airstrip One, where they immediately come into conflict. Can Dredd live up to his reputation as the toughest judge of them all by upholding the principles of goodthink and sending V to the Ministry of Love? Or will V pursue his trademark orchestral vendetta and bring yet another tyrannical regime crashing down like so many dominoes? Also in this episode: Dan shows off his acting chops, Miles misquotes George Orwell (and says a few other stupid things), Colin is really into game shows, Liz pulls out a new impression (or maybe two), and Kit is the queen of childhood nostalgia.

Feb 21, 2016

There are consequences for ripping a giant hole in the fabric of reality, Lord Asriel. One of them is that Iorek Byrnison and his bears have to find a new home. Ice. The other is that four masters of the forces of cold from four other worlds have wandered into Svalbard, where the bears plan to use their powers for their own ends. Ice. But only one can accompany King Iorek through the door in space, and that one will be determined by good old-fashioned gladiatorial combat! Ice! For the first time ever, Smash Fiction blends together books, comics, movies, television, and video games (and possibly another medium, as well) into one massive frostbitten extravaganza! ICE! Special thanks to Kevin McCleod (www.incompetech.com) for use of the songs "Cyborg Ninja" and "Devastation and Revenge. (ice)

Feb 14, 2016

In this extra-romantic Valentine's Day match, longtime lovebirds Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger from the world of Harry Potter return to Hogwarts for some continuing education, but trouble awaits in the form of their new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher: Shakespeare's Iago! Will Iago be able to do irreparable damage to this long-time fan favorite couple, or will true love conquer all? Can teen drama beat classic drama? Can our advocates quote Shakespeare without sounding like total tools? And... is Liz Logan reading poetry?! Special thanks to Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) for the song "Ashton Manor." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Feb 7, 2016

It's time for the second episode of Extraordinary League, Smash Fiction's monthly actual-play RPG special! Our heroes -- Dante Sparda, Sterling Archer, Mordin Solus, and Stitch -- have escaped the initial capture that brought them together, and now must battle their way through hordes of Phyrexian abominations to escape the apocalyptic hellscape that is...London! Special appearances by Buffy Summers, the Terminator, Razputin Aquato, Zelda, and a certain doctor (no, probably not that one, but you never know)! Can the burgeoning bromance between Dante and Stitch survive a ferocious Ferris wheel fight? Where is Mordin's circulatory system located, anyway? Will Archer finally find a bar? And just as a general question, since we all just kind of woke up into this MTG-infested nightmare with no memories of how we got here...what the hell is going on?

Jan 31, 2016

Oh, those wacky superheroes and their misunderstandings. Answering a call for help to deal with the escaped Venom symbiote, two of the multiverse's deadliest cosplayers -- Detective Sara Pezzini, aka Witchblade, and Ryuko Matoi of the anime Kill La Kill -- run into one another while on the hunt, and naturally assume that the obviously superpowered costume of the other is the symbiote wrapped around its villanous host. Fighting and argumentative hijinks ensue, along with near-nudity, unrealistic body types, and heaping spoonfuls of total nonsense. Which completely ridiculous character who can kill everything and never die will prevail?

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