Wednesday, December 7, 2016

In Praise of Louise Belcher

Howdy! I may post sporadically throughout December. I am posting today because I am officially out of homework and therefore bored.

I wanted to talk about one of my personal role models: Louise Belcher from Bob’s Burgers. She is amazing. And this is why.

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She advocates for herself | Louise doesn’t accept things she doesn’t like. Period. Though she has questionable means of persuasion, she never lets anyone cow her into silence.

She takes action | She will pay any cost. If pooping in a swimming pool will get her out of summer school, she will not hesitate a moment.

She doesn’t learn lessons | Louise-centric episodes focus on many things: her interests, her fears, her failings. Whatever problems she runs into, though, she gets out of them through her own ingenuity and determination—none of this “learning not to lie” or “next time don’t jump off a moving train” silliness.

She has a strong sense of honor | This is a girl who takes pride in her morally-questionable shenanigans. When she is falsely accused, though, she insists upon proving her innocence. She’ll accept consequences—just as long as she’s responsible for them.

She is determined | Linda thinks Louise can’t spend a weekend at her Aunt Gail’s? Think again. Louise will tough out anything.

She is prepared | Also, when she was, like, six, she hid a duffel in a lake in case she ever needed to run away.

She transcends age | This is a nine-year-old who socializes with prostitutes and ran a gambling den. She is also afraid of the dentist and called Bob “Daddy” until she was eight.

She is morbid | Part of Louise’s appeal is her dark humor. A quote: “Nosebone! Nosebone into the brain! Then skin him and wear him like a costume!”

She is blunt | It isn’t that Louise never lies, but when she is honest, there is no beating around the bush with this girl.

She has ambitions | Louise wants to run her father’s restaurant someday, as well as be very rich. I don’t know how she will do both, but she will.

She cares | Though she doesn’t often fall for that touchy-feely crap, Louise cares about her family and siblings. She’ll definitely say so at gunpoint, but the fact that her siblings are main characters in her “Why I Love Wagstaff” story—people she wants by her side in a robot crisis—says something, too.

She is a dangerous girl | Louise wants a doll whose head comes off and it’s a knife. Physical threats are among her favorite things.

She got manicured with monster nails | I cannot put the awesomeness into words, so here is a GIF:

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Have you watched Bob’s Burgers? Who is your favorite character?


8 comments :

  1. Welcome back! I've missed your posts!
    Yet another show to add to my to-watch list. Dark humor in animated shows is one of my favorite things ever. Make that dark humor in ANY show. I've heard good things about Bob's Burgers, and the snippets I've seen on line are all so funny.

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    1. Thanks!

      I think Bob's Burgers has a really lovely balance of dark humor (i.e. the family almost getting murdered, a rather alarming relationship to their city's criminals, etc.) combined with touching family moments. It makes me very pleased. If you decide to watch, I hope you enjoy!

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  2. I've never watched or heard of this show before but the character seems hilarious but I'm hecka scared of those monster nails o.O xD

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    1. Ah, well now you have! And yeah, Louise gets pretty intense with that manicure.

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  3. That is one totally impressive character! Poop in the pool AND blunt? Can't beat that for a great personality.

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    1. Agreed! She is definitely one of the most impressive characters on the show.

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  4. Welcome back (briefly)! "She transcends age". Very true, very true. I love kids that break the mould of the innocent-victim stereotype. Cartoons are the best at this, I think. Kids have personalities too! :)

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    1. I think what you said is so perfect to describe Louise. :) Her personality really depends on her lack of innocence, which leads to really lovely paths.

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