Wherefore Art Thou Punchbag Sid?
It's a question that many an avatar collector is pondering. For everyone that
isn't too sure, I will explain a little of the elusive Sid.
I'm sure most of you will be familiar with the Battledome, where pets of all
shapes and sizes wield mighty weapons and deal damage to those evil characters
Well, one such character is Punchbag Bob - I think, however, that Bob's place
in the Battledome is not truly justified. I mean, the poor fellow is a sack
:( and he has no offensive capabilities. He is merely there for us to 'test'
our weapons on, which means he gets pummeled. A lot. Poor Bob.
'But where does Sid fit in?' I hear you cry. He is only Punchbag Bob's evil
twin. That's right - EVIL!! (Note: this can be concluded by the fact Sid wears
an eyepatch. Eyepatch = pirate = evil.)
At certain times Sid will replace Bob as an opponent in the Battledome. There
could be many reasons for this and here is my attempt to try and suss out why
1) He is in fact not evil at all and simply can't bear the thought that poor Bob is beaten up, so he takes his place to let Bob rest a while. *cough, splutter,
2) He is evil and is slightly bitter that he is not a regular challenger! I
tried to get an interview to maybe confirm this, but searching for Sid at the
Battledome seemed a bit pointless. He was last seen months ago and I'm not one
to go wandering into a hostile environment. Especially when the likes of the
Giant Hungry Malevolent Chomby and Mr. Chuckles are lurking. (Yes, I have clown
3) The most obvious reason is that Sid wishes to become more famous. He realizes
that most people know Bob but when asked who Sid is, the replies are a little
less confident or merely all about the avatar:
All I know is that I wish he was around more often so I could get the avatar!
lol - y2kpixie
Well, he's never out much; obviously it's random... or so we think? - nicole618555
That's easy, he goes to Ultimate Bullseye so I can shoot at the apples
on his head. - armorandonomon
Who is Sid? - maraquan_aisha466
4) He fights because he is made to because of some unseen force or powers.
He actually has little need to fight because he is stronger than most people
know. Also it is known that he owns some of the strongest weapons out there.
Kurls: So from your experience fighting the elusive Sid, what can you tell
neo_dream_warrior: He wields Grand Lightning Beam, H4000 Helmet, Jade Scorchstone,
Jhudora The Dark Faerie Doll, Sword Of Skardsen, and Ultra Attack Chive Of Death.
And no, I never fought him. One of my friends got to, though. He told me the
weapons. He lost. :(
Kurls: Wow! He has acquired an amazing arsenal of weaponry! It's a shame that
your friend lost, though...
This lead me to my next question. Had anyone ever beaten Sid? The most obvious
place to go seemed to be the Battledome chat.
After a slow start I managed to get a few responses:
How do you expect to win against him? Unless your pet is like 2000+ hp
and huge strength boosts. - kraken249113
I lost. And I think you'd have to have a 500 boost pet at least to win.
You can't beat him if you don't have like, 4k hitpoints at least. - kasinot
I've lived past one turn, and on the second turn I believe he returned
to being Bob. - lugsy
So the resounding answer seemed to be no! (with exception of the mightiest
Battledomers). This is actually quite a worry particularly if there happens
to be another war. I think so far Sid has never taken sides but if he was persuaded
to join evil's side then it could spell disaster!!
Luckily because he is rarely around, Neopians can for the time being rest in
peace. The only people who probably want to really see him are the avatar collectors.
Lastly the question we all want to know - WHERE IS HE?!?!?!?
1) Theory one - simply is that he is on an extended vacation. Evil needs to
kick back too people!
2) Theory two - he is on the other side of Neopia, recruiting an army of pitmees
(those are meepits' evil twins). Note ~ there is a chance I made that up but
it's conceivable. ;)
3) Theory three - he has given up being evil and is currently recruiting for
his new band - and writing the debut song, 'Punchbags have feelings too.'
4) Theory four - he accidentally got zapped by a lab ray whilst trying to get
his hands on new weapons and now goes by the name of Sidnea and prefers to tend
his pretty Neogarden.
5) Theory five - He actually likes heights and has been spotted jumping cloud
to cloud in Faerieland on various occasions - maybe he got a little to close
to that shiny new portal to Altador...
6) Theory six - Sid collects dubloons (pirate, remember?) and this can lead
to being away at sea for ages in search of new lands to pillage and plunder.
7) Theory seven - Being plushie has its downside and due to a beating from
the aforementioned mighty Battledomers, he is replacing some stuffing. The factory
in question however mixed up the vats of stuffing with jelly (don't ask) and
this caused Sid a few problems. Hehe.
8) Theory eight - Punchbag Bob/Sid actually coexist in the same body. Sid is
a being from another dimension whose mystical energy force somehow got entwined
with Bob in a freak alignment of the planets. Now when the stars realign, Sid
is released for short periods of time, only to expend his powers and retreat
back into his Punchbag shell.
9) Theory nine - Fyora became increasingly concerned at Sid's power and decided
to somehow confine it. It's possible he is imprisoned or being kept occupied
10) Theory ten - Lastly, and I admit I was finding it hard to find a number
ten. So I give you this gem from behemoth_
He doesn't want people to get his soul because every time someone gets
his avatar he loses a piece. - behemoth_
Well, I hope this has helped to at least bring up some important issues concerning
Neopia's most elusive opponent.
Comments always welcomed, so neomail me as you wish. :*