A quick personal example: my initial Power Girl fascination. I had no idea what drew me to the character. Still don’t.
I like her now because I know her history, her character, and, at least as far as I’m concerned, her potential for interesting stories. There is a reason for liking her. One that I could, if pressed, explain and defend liking her. There is even a chance I could convince others of my opinion.
In short, my love of Power Girl makes freaking sense.
I have no such excuse for Knife Bear.
Now who is Knife Bear, you ask. Why, he is:
The whole story behind Knife Bear is that he’s a guy. In a bloody bear costume. Who has a knife.
He’s a one joke character from The Venture Bros Season 4 (Season 4.2, to be precise.) He appears, does absolutely nothing, then vanishes from the story.
I. Freaking. Love. This Guy.
I have no idea.
Well, maybe I do. Maybe there’s two levels here.
The first is the obvious: the one scene he is in is freaking hilarious. By standing around doing nothing (with a knife!) he terrifies three big bad Super Villains. Two of which are killers. All of which have well acquainted with another, potentially blonder, killer with a knife. (And maybe that’s what scares them the most about our Ursine friend; they know the power of the blade in the right hands).
The second, though, is a little harder to define. Knife Bear here reminds me a little of another joke character (and another character I love without reason), Marvel Comics’ Elf with a Gun. Through out several issues of the Defenders he would appear out of nowhere and kill someone. No reason, though a reason was later assigned to him. He just did his business and vanished again.
I’ve never even seen this guy outside of the web and I love him.
So maybe it’s that almost connection I like. I dunno what Knife Bear’s actual name is; it could easily be Bear With a Knife or something really off the wall. It doesn’t matter. I likes what I likes.
Now none of these reasons were present until I did this essay. They just popped in there. They might pop right on out once I finished.
I love Knife Bear.
I would love to see Knife Bear in another season of Venture Bros. No explanations, no story, just off to one side. Standing there. Staring.
With a knife.
And for the life of me, I don’t know why.