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Gentleman Jim

a genteel prizefighter; a man from humble origins who becomes a professional boxer as a way to advance his position in society. Popularized in the 1942 motion picture Gentleman Jim, which was based on the true story of James J. Corbett (1866-1933).

Ghostbusters

a ghost removal service; from a motion picture series of the same name.

Godzilla

Godzilla. an enormous reptilian movie monster.

Gor

an Earthlike planet on the other side of the sun from Earth, noted for a culture dominated by male fighters in which most women are slaves; a series of novels.

Gotham

Batman. the futuristic city of residence of Batman, noted for its dark atmosphere and endemic crime and corruption; frequently identified with New York City. also, Gotham City.

Great Pumpkin

Peanuts. a pumpkin deity that brings rewards to good children; sometimes identified with the increasing influence of Christmas over the celebration of Halloween and other fall holidays.

Great Ring

Middle-Earth. the ring carried by Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit and Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings, which makes its wearer invisible, but also amplifies the temptations of power. also, Ring of Power.

Great White North

SCTV. a television series representing an exaggerated response to the Canadian content rules of broadcasting in Canada, centering on such Canadian items as beer, donuts, back bacon (known elsewhere as Canadian bacon), toques (caps), snow, and the words eh (wouldn’t you agree) and hoser (fool).

green kryptonite

Superman. a rare mineral whose presence neutralizes Superman's special powers.

green planet

Earth, in science fiction written before the space age. Space photos showed that Earth is far more blue than previously thought.

grok

to understand.

Groundhog

Usually slang. a person who lives on Earth. Compare Spacer.

Groundhog Day

a motion picture in which the protagonist experiences the events of the same day over and over again.