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"You big bully!" - Hubie calling out Drake for what he really is
Drake is the main antagonist of the 1995 Don Bluth animated film The Pebble and the Penguin. He is the archenemy of Hubie.
Why He's Intentionally A Big Bully
- Let’s get the elephant out of the room, he is just another Alpha Bastard AKA Mean Popular Boy, whose main character trait is that he's a flat tough guy archetype.
- Speaking of that, he has no explanation of bullying Hubie other than the fact that they’re both competing for Marina’s affections, which makes his hatred for him even more pathetic.
- He's a shameless knock-off of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, Bluto from the Popeye the Sailor theatrical cartoons and Bowser from the Super Mario series, as all four of them are brutish villains who want to have the leading lady all to themselves and wouldn’t hesitate to kill the heroine's love interest so he can have her.
- Much like the former of the three, every female in the movie, except for Marina, adores him.
- The first time we are introduced to him, he spies on Hubie and Marina and resents Hubie for his romantic relationship with Marina. He openly states he'll "knock the stutter right out of" Hubie. Not only does this quote heavily imply Drake is prejudiced against stutters, but comes off as offensive to people who stutter.
- While his design is attractive, his body proportions, in particular, are rather human-like for a penguin like him, most notably his overly prominent teeth and mesomorphic build containing large pecs and an extremely slender waist, which is remarkably unrealistic for male body type standards, to the point of generating an uncanny appearance.
- He was arguably at his worst at the 15 minute mark: He almost got Hubie killed by a leopard seal not before tossing Hubie into the leopard seal infested ocean of Antarctica (Scrawny proclaimed there was a leopard seal spotted prior); Hubie barely survives getting eaten by a leopard seal, which ultimately leads to his disappearance from Antarctica.
- He gets lustful feelings for Marina and he only wants her to be his mate all because she’s the most beautiful girl penguin in the whole rookery, rather than for who she is, unlike Hubie, who genuinely loves Marina.
- What’s worse, he acts like he's entitled to have her due to her being the most beautiful penguin in the Rookery as mentioned above. Drake brags over the possibility of Marina being his wife and boasts that "their children" will be "the strongest, the smartest, the bravest, not to mention the best looking", which he then goes on to claim they’ll be just like him, similar to how any other yandere would boast about their love interest. It doesn’t help that Drake and Marina do not have good chemistry, nor does she love him for various reasons listed below.
- Believing Hubie was dead, he bugs Marina to forget about Hubie at every chance he gets to ask for her hand in mating and takes advance of Hubie's disappearance to lie to Marina about Hubie being dead when in reality, he's still alive elsewhere, exactly 3,000 miles away from Antarctica.
- Speaking of Marina, he even goes as far to threaten Marina's life all because she rejected him; in fact, he implies to have psychopathic tendencies when he says he will end her life if she doesn't choose him over Hubie.
- In the worst-case scenario, Drake thought Marina was joking when she objected to being his mate, which proves his inability to accept No for an answer. Drake, what part of "No means No" do you not understand?
- His callous nature is cranked up to 11 at the climax. The night before the Full Moon Mating Ceremony, he kidnaps Marina, intending to force her to be with him despite her protests.
- Despite being the main antagonist, he only has six minutes of screen time, as most of the film focuses on Hubie and Rocko's journey home to Antarctica.
- His and Marina's relationship looks way too similar to the relationship between Belle and Gaston from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, as well as Bowser and Princess Peach in the Super Mario series of games (WHIABB #2).
- Hypocrisy: He snarls at his minions to get them to stop laughing, yet he encouraged them to laugh their heads off with him the entire time.
- Due to all of these qualities, he can qualify as a Gary Stu; aside from the other reasons, he gains romantic attraction from every female penguin (Marina aside) in the Rookery (mostly Marina's friends, Priscilla, Pola, and Gwynne) due to his bulky build.
- Tim Curry did an amazing job voicing him.
- As said before, his character design, despite taking anthropomorphism to the moon, is attractive.
- His facial expressions look goofy enough to be laughed at by some viewers.
- "Don’t Make Me Laugh!"
- He received his comeuppance in the end when he gets killed from being crushed by the entire tower.
- Not only does he not end up with Marina, but Hubie gets with Marina instead of Drake, as well as becoming her mate at the end. (Does this sound familiar?)
- He is clearly supposed to be disliked as the callous, abusive pervert that he is.
- Possibly due to the film's high amount of anthropomorphism, Drake (along with the other penguins) has teeth and fingers. This is odd because in real life, penguins do not have any of these.
- It was never revealed what species of penguin Drake belongs to, unlike Hubie and Rocko. However, given his size and lure, he may be an Emperor Penguin.