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    Gus (A Troll in Central Park)

    Gus
    "Later, later! It always has to be later! Why can't we ever do what I want to do?! I WANNA DO WHAT I WANNA DO!!!!"
    Gender: Male
    Type: Whiny, Spoiled Brat
    Age: 7
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Phillip Glasser
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: A Troll in Central Park


    Gus is the deuteragonist of the critically panned film A Troll in Central Park. He is a young 7-year-old boy whose parents are busy, and who is big on having his way (as he's been looking forward to floating his boat). He also doesn't believe in dreams and thinks they're silly. He is voiced by then-12-year-old Phillip Glasser, who was also known for voicing Fievel Mouskewitz in the first two An American Tail films and its short-lived TV series adaptation Fievel's American Tails.

    Why He Can't Do What He Wanna Do

    1. To write down the first problem, just like Norman Price, another bratty 7-year-old, he is nothing more than a spoiled brat who always wants to have his way regardless of others, as shown by his quote above.
    2. He doesn't seem to care about his parents' jobs and just wants to float his boat at the park.
    3. He receives little to no character development (see WHC'tDWHWD#8 for more information).
    4. He disobeys his parents and leaves with Rosie to the park to float his boat just because they're both too busy to accompany him due to their work, potentially causing his family maid Maria to worry about them off-screen.
    5. Just like the other protagonists, he is very annoying with his screaming and won't shut up whenever he's on screen. Also, most of his dialogue is very mediocre.
    6. He is also a bad brother to Rosie, as he doesn't seem to keep a good eye on her. He even made Rosie cry in one scene.
    7. For no discernible reason, the film goes out of its way to portray him in the wrong every time he hates Stanley and his sappy, cowardly nature even if those traits of Stanley have been taken too far, even though it's one of the few things to like about him.
    8. By the end of the film, while it seemed at first that he has learned to put aside his own bratty, selfish desires in favor of protecting Rosie from Gnorga, once he asks his father "Dad, do you think today maybe we could do what I want to do?", it practically undoes most of the character development he had throughout the entire film, making the entire events of the film extremely redundant. Not only that, but he even conveys a bad message to kids which is "if you don't get what you want, demand it more", which just prompts spoiled people to demand more by getting what stupid thing they want.
    9. His overall character is basically Milo from Disney's version of Mars Needs Moms, except he is way brattier and far more annoying and whiny than him.
    10. For these reasons above, he can easily be considered to be the second worst character from the movie just next to Stanley, who, on the other hand, is considered the absolute worst character Bluth has ever created.
      • He, along with Thumbelina and Stanley, were one of the many factors that contributed to Don Bluth's massive downfall throughout the mid-1990s.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. Phillip Glasser did an okay job voicing him.
    2. He did call out on Stanley for not going to save Rosie from Gnorga by calling him a coward.
    3. Deep down, he does care about Rosie.
      • He did redeem himself near the end of the film by saving Rosie (despite most of his development being undone by the end as mentioned in WHS #8).
    4. To be fair, he does have to deal with parental neglect issues. It's just his behavior that makes him unlikable.
    5. His design is cute or okay, depending on your view.

    Trivia

    • Gus was one of the final child characters in animation to be voiced by Phillip Glasser before he reached puberty.

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