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    Harry and Marv
    "Crowbars up."
    Gender: Male (both)
    Type: Dimwitted Burglars
    Species: Human (both)
    Portrayed by: Joe Pesci (Harry)
    Daniel Stern (Marv)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Home Alone


    Harold "Harry" Lyme and Marvin "Marv" Murchins, also known as the Wet Bandits or the Sticky Bandits, or simply known as Harry and Marv, are the main antagonists of the 1990 Christmas comedy film Home Alone and its 1992 sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

    Why They're Not Scared of the Dark

    1. In a vein similar to both Looney Tunes' Rocky and Mugsy and 101 Dalmatians' Horace and Jasper Badun, they serve as a perfect comic-foil to Kevin by being villainous yet entertaining buffoons that we are meant to laugh at because of their incompetence, silliness, pratfalls, and mishaps as a comedic duo of bungling criminals with a wicked side. Meanwhile, Kevin is the young, snarky yet guileful and heroic trickster that we root for.
    2. Despite Harry being a bumbling fool of a criminal alongside Marv, he is shown to be pragmatic enough to present and disguise himself as a charismatic and protective officer in the first film so that nobody would be suspicious about the underhanded and devious activities that he does with Marv at night.
      • Especially where Harry established how he has some stealthy tactics with keeping the neighborhood safe and quiet enough to raise no suspicion around them by not causing any notable problems (e.g telling Marv how a house they were robbing shouldn't be flooded in the first film) and in the second film, he was smart enough to remind Marv of Kevin's predictably sadistic traps as a brief moment of outsmarting some of Kevin's plans. It's not to say that Harry is the smartest since he never passed 6th grade and usually has ill-conceived methods when it comes to robbery, but he still tends to be more intelligent than Marv by comparison as the brains of the duo.
    3. They both make up a perfect relationship in crime.
    4. Much like most of the many comedic dunderheads, Marv is a true dimwit, yet he always presented his idiocy hilariously and in a entertaining way.
    5. Just like the titular trio from Ed, Edd n Eddy, both are gods of durability. As such, their slapstick antics pay an evident homage to The Three Stooges.
    6. Both are a very funny comic-relief duo and contribute to some of the funniest moments in both films.
      • They have provided the most timeless and memorably hilarious scenes because of their buffoonery. Examples of these include the scene with Buzz's spider Axl on Marv's nose (a heavily iconic scene when it comes to comedy, all thanks to Daniel Stern's hilarious yell) and Harry's head being lit on fire for example.
      • Not to mention that they have the most memorable and funniest one-liners throughout both movies. Examples of these include, "Yeah but remember, we're the Wet Bandits! Wet Bandits!! Shut up, *kicks Marv* shut up Marv!!" and "Suck brick kid!".
    7. Joe Pesci (Harry) and Daniel Stern (Marv) both do an excellent job portraying them.
    8. Both are two comically inept crooks, but they do have their moments of imposing a credible threat towards Kevin in both films, especially in the second film, this scene in particular.

    Bad Qualities

    1. In the second film, they become more of a punching bag than ever before, especially when it came to Kevin's over-exaggerated plans to outsmart them and the Pigeon Lady torturing them with birdseed at the end right before they get arrested.
      • Marv also becomes a lot dumber and more of a incompetent goofball than he was in the first film, although this is somewhat understandable from all of those head injuries that he sustained in the first film (and/or additional head injuries that he might have sustained in jail). The scene where he was gets four bricks thrown at his head by Kevin, also makes this understandable.
      • Marv also receives the worst of the slapstick violence than Harry ever had, even more so than he did in the first film.
      • Much like Sylvester from Looney Tunes, their rivalry with Kevin can be quite repetitive and predictable in the second film.
      • Just like Wile E. Coyote, the constant running gag of their sheer ineptitude at their rivalry with Kevin (or embarrassing themselves in general) can get a bit stale in the second film since we already know how incompetent they usually are.
    2. French Stewart does a weak job portraying Marv in Home Alone 4, though poor writing is partly to blame for this.

    Videos

    Trivia

    • Many doctors and nurses in their reactions to both movies (such as the doctors featured in DistractifyYT) had pointed out how painful and how much treatment these two would've been actually had in real-life aside from their durability.
      • This video showcases how insanely durable they are, even for live-action standards.
    • The clownish, cartoonish yet impactful slapstick that they were inflicted onto in Home Alone 1 was so memorable, many YouTubers such as Corridor Crew, Fame Focus, and Vsauce3 actually tested how realistic the injuries would've been like on professionally made dummies and other supplies. This video is a prime example out of the many.
    • Marv returns in Home Alone 4 and is portrayed by French Stewart and Harry's name was only mentioned.
      • Daniel Stern was initially considered to reprise his role, though he declined after seeing the script thinking it was an insult to the original movies.
    • In December 2015, Daniel Stern posted a video on his Facebook and YouTube channel in which he reprised his role as an older Marv. This video is a response to the first episode of the web series :DRYVRS, which featured Macaulay Culkin reprising his role as an adult Kevin.

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