Most contestants on University Challenge are a little intense, but Eric Monkman has taken things to a whole new level.
— Dave (@davygravy22) December 5, 2016
The Cambridge University student’s steely determination and shout-y voice has made him an unlikely TV hero. He returned to the show for the quarter-finals on Monday, captaining team Wolfson to victory – and his fans just couldn’t handle it.
Just been rushed out the shower by a cry of “It’s Monkman!” from the living room. #UniversityChallenge
— Claire (@ClaireWithAn_I) December 5, 2016
Monkman is just so fabulously intense and intelligent I love him #UniversityChallenge
— Emily (@Emilysg2003) December 5, 2016
— Andrew Boyle (@boyla1985) December 5, 2016
Many were impressed by the passionate – and LOUD – way he delivered his answers.
Monkman returns!!! I was worried he seemed a bit placid then he went COPENHAGEN and all was right with the world #UniversityChallenge
— Jessie Thompson (@jessiecath) December 5, 2016
— Stuart Birnie (@StuartBirnie1) December 5, 2016
— Zehra (@ZehraTG) December 5, 2016
Have we witnessed the birth of the superhero 2016 needs (but doesn’t deserve)?
The Joker had Batman. Lex Luthor – Superman. The Green Goblin… Spider-Man. There's only one man who can stop Trump: pic.twitter.com/dudJw9BaL3
— Mark McGinlay (@markmc1) December 5, 2016
Or is Monkman more ‘Roy Cropper as a serial killer’? Bit harsh…
— B!nxz (@Tony_Binks) December 5, 2016
Roy Cropper has binned off Corrie, changed his name to Monkman, and rocked up on #UniversityChallenge
— Wayne (@Gunga__Din) December 5, 2016
Monkman himself has been happy to embrace the fame… in his own idiosyncratic way.
— Eric Monkman (@e_monkman) December 5, 2016