Oh God it’s OTHAR TRYGGVASEN! Gentleman Adventurer.
Holy cow I just got “The Dane”. Where’s OTHAR from, anyways?
He’s from Girl Genius, which is a ‘gaslamp’ adventure. (Basically steampunk in the Victorian Age, and filled to the brim with Adventure! Romance! and Mad Science!)
But geographically he is from Norway in the GG-universe.
In our universe, Norway and Denmark were united for several centuries. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norway#Kalmar_Union
Depends on if he would kill himself once he got rid of the other mad geniuses. Otherwise, he might be Helen B. Narbon’s grandfather or something (Oh, that would be a terrifying cameo, for the elder Narbon to appear in this comic.)
I don’t think Helen had a grandfather. Just grandmothers, all the way back to whatever cute pink primordial ooze the Narbon line arose from.
I don’t know if he’s actually insane. His last comment seems to indicate that the reason he is using dominoes to activate his death weapon isn’t because he can’t build a button. I mean, if you could rig up a set of dominoes to activate things, wouldn’t you?
Well, he’s differently-sane.
I called it back in September, http://skin-horse.com/comic/perhaps-more/ but was dismissed with “Othar is Norwegian!”
Perhaps Othar’s alternate-universe descendant, then?
Not mad enough! Clearly Othar seeded the multiverse with clones to ensure his mission was carried out. As for why the Dane doesn’t actually look like Othar, that’s because the clones (being Othar) *also* made clones, and so on. Eventually, some genetic drift cropped up in the cloning process. Just be glad you’re not on Earth 626, they got the Mantis-Othar clones.
Actually, The Dane looks rather a lot like Othar if he was a younger, not yet silver-haired man.
Only inasmuch as they both have goatees. Othar is a much beefier guy, and the eyes he keeps hidden behind his visor aren’t slits, they’re limpid azure pools of insanity.
The world laughed and called you mad, but who’s laughing now? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
I have never actually been called mad. I did have a divinity student call me “mortal scum” once, but that was over a different matter.
“Our rivals are the evilest of the evil. Taking them down would be doing the world a solid.” Ring a bell? Marcie is the Dane. Have you ever seen them both in the same panel? Yes, you have. But it’s done with lenses.
Did you catch that, clever plot-guessers? You’ll find no unintentional spoilers here. I was right once and I don’t plan to make that mistake again.
So it’s a Dominoes Pizza Oven?
I may be biased since I’m Danish, but it makes total sense to me!
The only reason we use switches on most of our electrical equipment is because they’re made to be reusable.
Most doomsday devices aren’t really reusable (apart from special cases like, say, devices including time loop generators or parallel universe drives.)
And if you only get the *one* use, then as The Dane implies, it should be as joyful as possible!
A time-loop generator would set the dominoes up again, so we’re still good.
Having now seen the Danish version of Othar, I kind of want to see what the Swedish version would be like. Except I also kind of don’t, because Swedes are kind of boring compared to other Scandinavians.
…Come to think, “Casey and Andy” had the King of Sweden hanging around, kind of low-level-thwarting them by occupying their couch. So yeah.
As a Swede *sips coffee*
By this logic, a Finnish version of the Dane ought to be *terrifying*.
Ask any Russian.
So a glowering drunken madman wielding a long skinning knife and a precision hunting rifle, stealthily stalking his enemies, the only sounds he ever makes are the crack of his rifle echoing from every direction through the frosty air, and the only word he ever utters as he draws his blade across your neck is a hoarse whisper in your ear, “Perrrrkele!”?
I see D. Walker is another fan of Scandinavia and the World.
I love the way he says that last line with his usual expressionless, slit-eyed face.
Well, The Danes sounds sane to me.
The Dane’s insane is mainly in the brain!
By George, Walske’s got it!
So do you turn Mr. The Dane’s doomsday device on with the blender on switch, or do you have to reach into the blender and turn it on from that?
It’s the wrench! It would be uneconomical to assume that more than one exists. After all the times the kid wielded it while defying the natural laws of the universe, it has probably acquired the status of a powerful ego weapon. The wrench will foil the Dane’s plans and very possibly change his alignment as well. Bank on it.
I suppose Mr. The Dane pried the wrench out of Jonah Yu’s cold, dead hand. At least in one of the happentracks Jonah Yu died in…
“But the dominos could accidentally fall and set it off at any moment!”
Archie, The Dane has never not been OTHAR TRYGGVASEN! Gentleman Adventurer.
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