Looney Tunes animated shorts have fueled the childhoods of several generations since their inception back in 1930. The skits were not produced with children in mind, which contributed to their timelessness and universal humor. The animation is also top-notch, matched only by a few in the medium's history.
The colorful cast of characters, including the likes of Bugs Bunny, Speedy Gonzales, Elmer Fudd, and Wile E. Coyote remains a part of the cultural zeitgeist almost ninety years since they were introduced. One of the strangest, zaniest members of the crew is Marvin the Martian, an oddly dressed space dwelling villain. Despite his popularity, many fans are in the dark about the most interesting facts about this comedic creature. The next ten entries will clear the air, revealing some lesser known tidbits about the lovable Martian.
10 His Origins
The lovable yet cunning alien was first introduced to audiences in the 1948 short, Haredevil Hare. In the skit, Bugs Bunny is reluctantly sent to the moon and encounters Marvin the Martian in the middle of a scheme to destroy Earth. The bunny thwarts Marvins plans, but ends up blowing up most of the Moon in the process. The character was envisioned as a new type of villain for Bugs Bunny. Where many of the shorts' personalities were bombastic, Marvin was quiet and reserved. Despite this nature, the alien was still extremely dangerous and intelligent.
9 His Clothing
On the surface, his wardrobe might only seem like a random mess. The top half matches, but the shoes are completely incongruous. There is a meaning behind the outfit, however. Upon closer inspection, the armor reflects those worn by Roman soldiers in ancient times.
Those who know their ancient mythology may be familiar with the Roman's god of war, Mars. The outfit was indeed crafted as a subtle joke towards the relationship between the character's home and the planet's namesake.
8 His Name
This creature is known as Marvin the Martian, but watching his original shorts will reveal something interesting - that name is never actually uttered. 1952's The Hasty Hare mentions him as the Commander of Flying Saucer X-2, but this is obviously more of a title than a name. Not only was he not given a proper name, but one did not come to him until decades after his original appearance. When the potential for merchandising came into the picture, it was finally decided to give him a memorable and marketable name, and who can forget something like Marvin the Martian?
7 His Voice Actors
This one perhaps goes without saying, but a character is bound to switch voice actors when said character has been around for seventy years. At first, he was voiced by the incomparable Mel Blanc, who also provided the voices for many other iconic Looney Tunes characters. Blanc remained working until he passed away in 1989 (and no rests under a tombstone that reads "That's All Folks"). Since then, Marvin the Martian has played by more than ten other voice actors, sometimes during the same period of time.
Rappers are known for their inclination towards pop culture references. Nothing proves that Marvin has solidified his place in pop culture more than the several times these wordsmiths have mentioned him in verse. In the song "Mouthing Off", Ludacris talks about blowing up the earth with the pew 36 explosive space modulator. Ludacris isn't the only one throwing a reference to the weapon into his lyrics; T-Pain does the same thing in his song "Getcha Roll On". Many rappers are all about the luxury lifestyle, and what could possibly be more luxurious than possessing an alien weapon.
5 His Reason For Wanting Earth Destroyed
Most of Marvin's shorts involve one goal - destroying Earth. While turning mankind's home into ash is a scary prospect for humanity, the villain has to be commended for setting a goal and sticking to it. But does know anyone exactly why he wants to eliminate the planet?
The obvious reason would be an intense disdain for people, but observant viewers will know the real cause for his grandiose scheme, and it has nothing to do with a hatred for the planet's dominant species. The alien wants Earth gone simply because it is blocking his view of Venus. Perhaps some homeowners have done things just as rash to get rid of eyesores in their yards.
4 He's Apparently Immortal
Anyone who has dabbled in science fiction knows that not all species are the same. They feel time differently and have varying life spans. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that Marvin does not age the same way as humans do. He has mentioned studying for thousands of years in order to concoct his world destroying creations. Either he's immortal, or just has a long lifespan. Either way, thousands of years is a long time to want to destroy a planet.
3 He Was In South Park
After the creation of Cartoon Network, these shorts started to be mainly targeted towards children. That doesn't mean that adults don't still appreciate them, or that those kids don't still love him when they grow up. As proof of this, look no further than South Park. Trey Parker and Matt Stone included Marvin in their three part arch, "Imaginationland". The character appears in the concluding episode as a part of an army of imaginary villains.
2 Mars Rover
When NASA sent the Spirit rover to Mars, they included pop culture's most beloved Martian on it. The character was also on the mission patch worn by those involved with the project. It's a cute gesture, but a little strange when more thought is put into it. After all, Marvin is constantly intent on destroying the Earth. Wouldn't putting him on the patch for a Mars mission be some kind of bad omen? Either way, it's still a cute gesture.
1 He Met Martian Manhunter
Cartoons and comics have several things in common. They both are seen by outsiders as a children's medium, but are beloved by people of all ages and require intellect to write and produce. This kinship is perhaps why Marvin the Martian met up with Martian Manhunter in a one off comic by DC. The story involved J'onn J'onzz trying to stop Marvin's dastardly schemes. Honestly, that should have been a done deal almost immediately.