Characters That Made My Year – Prince Baka Ki El Dogra (Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Seven)
And so we start into the latter half of these Twelve Days of posts. Today we have a character that because a fast favourite just for being a complete bastard of a troll – show some appreciation for Prince Baka Ki El Dogra from Level E!
Level E was a very clever, well written show. It knew just how to lull the audience into a false sense of security, before ripping the rug out from beneath us mercilessly (and doing so repeatedly). When the show started I didn’t know what it was aiming for, so I had lots of elaborate theories spinning about in my head before it was revealed that Prince Baka was just a humongous arsehole who delighted in torturing his underlings for shits & giggles…….and it was glorious to watch. I have a well known weakness for characters that aren’t exactly the best people in the world – I really like characters that are closer to being complete bastards because they are just much more interesting to watch than some goody-goody hero protagonist! Prince Baka is exactly the kind of character I love – utterly unrepentant about causing people mental trauma for his own amusement. Its actually impressive just how far the fella will go to troll his underlings – Prince Baka does not do things half-assed.
The episode that best demonstrates Prince Baka’s character is the grand reveal in episode three of Level E – its one of the best episodes of the whole year for me simply because I did not see the twist coming at all & was reduced to hysterical laughter. There is a big swing in atmosphere as before the reveal that everything to date has been one huge elaborate lie, the show was very tense as we all thought an intergalactic war was brewing. When it comes out that everything was the product of Prince Baka being bored and deciding to fuck about with his staff (and some poor unsuspecting humans caught in the crossfire), it was so anticlimatic, yet inspired that I was reduced to tears of laughter. Prince Baka is utterly unrepentant about all that he’s put people through, and it just cemented him as one of my favourite characters of the year instantly.
All hail the Troll!