Geek Of The Week: Marvin The Martian

Geek Of The Week: Marvin The Martian

Marvin hails from the planet Mars, but is often found elsewhere. He is often accompanied by his dog “K-9″, and sometimes by other creatures (one gag, first used in Hare-Way to the Stars (1958), being candy-sized “Instant Martians” that become full-size on addition of drops of water).

Marvin wears a Roman soldier’s uniform, with basketball shoes. The style of these shoes resembles the Chuck Taylor All-Stars brand name, considered to be the “generic” or “standard” basketball sneaker. His head is a black sphere with only eyes for features. The curved crest of his helmet appears, with the push-broom-like upper section, to comically resemble an ancient Greek hoplite’s or a Roman Centurion’s helmet. The appearance of the combination of Marvin’s head and helmet allegedly led to Bugs Bunny thinking he was a “bowling ball wearing a spittoon” in one Looney Tunes animated short. Marvin speaks with a soft, nasally accent, and often speaks technobabble. The helmet and skirt that surround him are green and his suit is red (in a few of the original shorts, his suit was green). He is also known for his trademark quotes “Where’s the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!”, “Isn’t that lovely?”, and “This makes me very angry, very angry indeed.”

On numerous occasions, Marvin has tried to destroy the Earth with his “Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator” Marvin always laboriously over-pronounces the name of the device, which resembles a mere stick of dynamite, in order to avoid any possibility of confusing it with some other similar form of explosive technology. Marvin attempts to destroy the Earth because, he reasons, “it obstructs my view of Venus”; he has been trying to destroy the Earth for more than two millennia, suggesting that members of his species, and possibly martian creatures in general, have extremely long lifespans. Marvin is consistently foiled by Bugs Bunny. He has battled for space territory, Planet X, with Daffy Duck, a.k.a. Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century. Planet X is the last known source of the shaving cream atom.

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