Don’t worry, I’ve reduced “Kenny”‘s* presence in the plot as much as possible – i.e. to only this one, single panel.
Personally, I’ve never been as bothered by Kennies as most other people, but I’ll bow to the consensus opinion. In this case, that is – I’m not planning to make a habit of that.
That one panel was absolutely obligatory, though. When a kaiju (whether mechanical or organic) is down and out on the ocean floor, the only thing that can trigger a miraculous recovery is a Kenny making some statement of innocent and unlimited trust. I mean, the statement is the important thing – theoretically, it wouldn’t matter who delivers it…but it takes a heaping spoonful of childish innocence and blue-eyedness to put unlimited trust into a giant monster/robo currently residing on the floor of the ocean after a crushing defeat. Especially when it looks as…well, dorky…as 8-Dork-8, who doesn’t inspire a lot of trust when he’s up and about, let alone down and out
So, for practical reasons, you couldn’t get anyone but a Kenny to deliver this kind of remark with any kind of authenticity – people who are older than about eight years…or smarter than a bag full of rubber* dicks…just can’t pull this sort of line off.
More on Monday.
* As per the MST3K definition. And that’s pretty much the most authoritative source on B-movies there is, I guess.
** Soft rubber, not the harder variety.