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    Linus (The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl)

    Note:
    Not to be confused with Linus from the Peanuts comic strips.
    Linus/Minus
    "I'm gonna burst your bubble, dream boy."
    Gender: Male
    Type: Over-The-Top Bully
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Jacob Davich
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl


    Linus is a secondary antagonist of The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. He is a bully and school arch-nemesis of Max who picks on him at school. He also has a dream counterpart in the film named “Minus”, who is a supervillain that antagonizes Max in his dream world.

    Qualities that are Minuses He's Earned

    1. The problem with Linus is that he is just another generic “middle school bully” who takes pleasure in tormenting Max and making fun of his dreams due to his use of his so-called “dream journal” book (that he ruins later on).
    2. Even though he constantly bullies Max over his “dream journal”, he tried to kill his “dream friends”, Sharkboy and Lavagirl, and said this just to make fun of Max's cartoons he created.
    3. He also has no character development and personality and mostly consists of being a compulsive liar, a foul mouth, and a thief.
    4. He feels like a rip-off of Scut Farkus from A Christmas Story, with a similar bullying persona, being a teenage boy, while Linus lacks the thuggish persona that Scut had.
    5. The film doesn't bother to give a reason or backstory as to why Linus became a bully (i.e. if he has low self-esteem, was bullied himself in the past, or is having a rough life at home, which are common reasons as to why bullies act the way they do). Instead, he seems to just be a one-dimensional bully for the sake of serving as one of the film’s easily hateable antagonists.
    6. Despite being the main antagonist before Mr. Electric was the “real” one, he is arguably the worst twist-villain in that film due to having no setup for becoming a "villain" in Max's dream world.
    7. His dialogue is painful to the nerve whenever he encounters and mocks Max like when he's outside of school, he tells him that they can be “imaginary friends”, meaning that he'll pretend that Max would never “exist” and also threatens to “burst his bubble” (an appropriate quote of wanting to beat him up), by calling him “Dream Boy”.
    8. He steals Max’s dream journal and ruins it as a “revised edition” and tries to lie to his teacher.
    9. His infamous line: “I did not! Mr. Electric, send him to the principal’s office and have him EXPELLED!”.
      • Speaking of his infamous line, he unfairly tries to get Max sent to the principal’s office to expel him and nothing else but to inconvience Max.
    10. He talks way too much like most fictional villains do and just only wants to ruin Max’s life and nothing much else than being a killjoy.
    11. Speaking of his villainous dream counterpart, Minus, he is still the same as him as his goal to take over Planet Drool and ruin Max’s life, which just makes no sense at all.
    12. His dream counterpart’s clothing is laughable and cheap as it looks like it came from a middle school play, a Halloween costume, and a talent show as it's just his normal purple and black shirt (after Max wanted him to return his “dream journal at school) with a minus symbol instead of the “L” with the inclusion of a cape in order make him look like a tyrannical ruler type of supervillain.
    13. He also does not receive any repercussions for his behavior and bullying of Max, other than getting “minuses” from his teacher or getting electrocuted by Mr. Electric. To make matters worse, the film does not elaborate on what getting a minus means for Linus despite that being his supervillain title name.
    14. His redemption from Max is extremely forced, as he had not done anything valuable to redeem himself and only exists just to shoehorn Mr. Electric into being the “actual” main antagonist while also in order to convince that bullying Max is wrong but wanting him to be good friends.
    15. After Minus/Linus makes amends with Max at the climax of the film, he is very useless to stop Mr. Electric and all he does was just...try to go near him until he shocks him out for trespassing, meaning he served no purpose but to antagonize Max and do nothing else.
    16. Just like Max, Mr Electricidad, and Marissa, he is quickly forgotten in the film’s direct sequel, We Can Be Heroes, and it's no wonder that Linus changed his behavior became a good classmate to Max.
    17. Jacob Davich does a rather poor job portraying him, even though he was just a kid during his role in the movie, but his performance (as Linus) is overall childish and extremely over the top to the point of being cheesy and off-putting, which makes him seem like a cartoonish character instead of a real life bully.

    Qualities that are Pluses He's Earned

    1. As mentioned above, he at least does try to redeem himself at the end of the film, and he starts being nicer to Max even though that particular redemption is forced and undeserving.
    2. Despite this, his performance and delivery is so ridiculously over the top that it's genuinely entertaining and hilarious.
    3. His dream counterpart as a supervillain actually does have some great sinister energy behind his lines. Like Nostalgia Critic once said, he could easily pass off as a James Bond villain.

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