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The recent comic, [[1530: Keyboard Mash]], also revolves around the same theme of a non human entity trying to convince other humans that
The recent comic, [[1530: Keyboard Mash]], also revolves around the same theme of a non human entity trying to convince other humans that is in fact a human. This is most clearly referenced in the title text of this comic. In Keyboard Mashit is a spider that tries to chat like it was a human, making statements that are true if you are human, but which humans would never utter in a conversation like here - ''put some food in our normal mouths!'' However, the pretended 'human' being (the spider) is not seen by the other person in this comic. As opposed to this one where Megan speaks directly with Ponytail.
Revision as of 03:16, 25 June 2015
Title text: Anyway, we should totally go watch a video story or put some food in our normal mouths!
During a casual talk with Megan, Ponytail suddenly interrupts her normal speech stating that she is for some reason only capable of controlling her own voice once every six years. Apparently only for a very brief time since she immediately returns to the casual talk, continuing her previous sentence mid-word before being able to tell Megan how she could help her. Upon Megan's confused request, she denies knowledge of the occurrence, although in a somewhat suspicious way, using a possibly fake laughter.
It could be this was just a prank by Ponytail, to tease Megan, but given her fake laughter reply to Megan's inquiry and the continuing comment in the title text it seems most likely that Ponytail is indeed possessed by some sort of entity that prevents her from expressing her own thoughts, except for a very short time every six years. Of course this may just be her way of continuing with the prank... (see a previous case of such a prank below).
In case it is not a prank it would thus appears that Ponytail's usual "self" is indeed this possessing entity. Whether this entity is actually aware that the "real" Ponytail did speak, or if it actually does not know that it was interrupted (since it continued mid-word) is not clear from the last response to Megan.
Non human entity trying to behave like a human
The recent comic, 1530: Keyboard Mash, also revolves around the same theme of a non human entity trying to convince other humans that it is in fact a human. This is most clearly referenced in the title text of this comic. In Keyboard Mash, it is a spider that tries to chat like it was a human, making statements that are true if you are human, but which humans would never utter in a conversation like here - put some food in our normal mouths! However, the pretended 'human' being (the spider) is not seen by the other person in this comic. As opposed to this one where Megan speaks directly with Ponytail.
It has already been established recently, in 1528: Vodka, that Ponytail's voice can be hijacked by non-human entities. That time it was the vodka she was drinking that took over. It is possible that this is continuing or caused by the same openness to possession as shown here. It is also possible that she simply thinks possession jokes are funny and once again jokes with Megan.
Six years ago
Six years ago today, which according to this comic was the last time Ponytail had control of her own voice, this comic 600: Android Boyfriend was posted. Ponytail acquired an android boyfriend. It seems unlikely that this older comic has any relation with this particular episode - except that this comic mentions a six year period and Ponytail is also in that comic.
Note on Ponytail
Ponytail is mainly a filler character, showing up when two females are needed or when a large group of people are present.
This means the character in this comic may or may not be the same as the Ponytail in other comics. (As for most xkcd characters without hats. Those with hats usually behave the same way from comic to comic.)
- [Megan and Ponytail are walking.]
- Megan: Are you doing anything later?
- Ponytail: I was th- I can only control my voice once every six years. Please, you have to -inking of going out, but no real plans.
- Megan: ...What was that?
- Ponytail: Haha, what?
- Possession stories are common in films and books. Some recent examples that could have inspired this comic could be one of these (beware of spoilers):
- In the film The Host the human race has been taken over by small parasitic aliens called "Souls" that inserts themselves individually into a host body where they are then able to access the host's memories. In the story the main character is the host that controls a body, and then the personality of that body, which is then no longer able to control her body, but can speak to the host. And in a few situations can take over her body for a short period. Very similar to what happens in this comic.
- The Yeerks from the Animorphs TV series take humans as a host by entering and merging with their brain through the ear canal. In some situations this merger is not complete. (The Animorph series were referenced previously in 1380: Manual for Civilization.)
- In the movie Being John Malkovich the main character possess Malkovich, but is eventually forced out and then when trying to get back inside Malkovich he instead ends up getting stuck inside a child's mind. From there he can only look out through the child's eyes, but no longer take active possession.
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