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