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Mertle isn't really that bad. Sure she and her so-called friends tease Lilo for being different, but it's just the way she is. And though there would have been an opportunity to reform Mertle before being restored to normal after being robotized in Episode #61 "Shush", Lilo decided against reforming Mertle. Obviously, Lilo felt Mertle was much better as her spoiled self than a kinder person.
And let's not forget: Mertle decided to be in the group picture because Gigi wanted to be in it, since Gigi was an Experiment and part of the group. That was very sweet of Mertle to do that.
There are those who may not appreciate Mertle's snootiness and disrespect for Lilo, but she is who she is. And basically, she may get on fans' nerves, but she can't help the way she is. She probably has a more refined childhood than anyone else on the island, since her mother runs a real estate company. Anyway, there's no need to hate Mertle in a major sense. She just has a more obnoxious attitude that makes her important to her friends. Yeeeeeeaaaaahhhhhhh!
As should be noted, Lilo did end up acting like Mertle thanks to being hypnotized by Swirly, but during the 'Look At This' performance, Jumba was able to snap Lilo out of the hypnotic spell. And, technically, sometimes Lilo does end up giving Mertle cause to be mean, with Lilo's sci-fi/horror-type reflections which Mertle doesn't understand, and probably doesn't want to anyway.
And though Gantu did attempt to capture Gigi, causing panic for Mertle, I should note a couple times Gantu and Mertle worked together somewhat in the attempts to capture some of the other Experiments. Like when Mertle recruited Gantu to be on her team, but frustrating Lilo by changing the game from baseball to basketball, and then making Slugger a bonus prize for the winning team; or when Mertle gave Gantu information about the whereabouts of Belle.
Of course, we shouldn't forget that Mertle was robotized to capture Shush, but Gantu did not appreciate being replaced.
So, apparently, both Gantu and Mertle have villainy in them, especially when they end up working together the couple times they did. Although Gantu has reformed, Mertle is still a little mean, though not too mean as during the series itself.
Yeah, I know in Swirly Lilo began to act like Mertle thanks to the experiment. How did Lilo give cause to Mertle to act mean? Why, because she acted like her? Well, if that's the case, that should be a clue to Mertle that that behaving like that is no way to act. By the way, in Yapper, when Gantu took away Gigi away for Mertle, she cried to Lilo, "He's taking my dog!" Well, I said at the screen "Good. I'm glad Gantu is taking away you dog. You deserve it!" Especially since she tricked Lilo into giving Stitch coffee what makes him go crazy which coasted them the championship. Yes, I know Mertle gave the trophy to Lilo and Stitch, but I still hate her. She really even didn't said thank you, even though what she did say is probably the best your gonna get out of her. Anyway, after Mertle cried he's taking my dog. Lilo said, "No he's not!" I really hope that Lilo fed stitch coffee to get the experiment away from Gantu because she didn't want him to have her, not because Lilo did it as a favor to Mertle. I really hope not. That's why I can't understand why she bends over back for her when she treats Lilo like mud. Anyway, I also know that I guess yes sometime Mertle and Gantu work together to catch an experiment. Your right, in Shush, even Hamsterveil seek out her help. But that's because he knows how Mertle is. Hamsterveil knows that She is a mean person. So he probably figured that Mertle would be the right one for the job of capturing Shush. Of course, yeah, Gantu didn't appreciate being replaced, not by a newly hatched Earth form as he would probably put it. No, he didn't say that in the episode, but he once called Lilo that in the episode Splodyhead. However, I think Mertle is worse than Gantu. Like I said in my previous message, Gantu may not be the nicest creature in the world, he may have some issues, and he may come off as a bully, but as crazy as this might sound, I don't think he is as bad as Mertle. I just think that he's misunderstood. This might also sound crazy, but as times, I feel sorry for Gantu, yes I do, especially in the American Dragon: Jake Long crossover where at the end of the episode, big fat mean stupid jerky Spud used the experiment to turn Gantu into a bunny rabbit. I hate him so much, maybe even more than Mertle, dare I say. I mean, they had the experiment with them. They got it away from Gantu. They could have just left. But no, Big fat stupid jerky spud had to use the experiment and turned Gantu into a bunny rabbit. And it's not that it wears off, you need the experiment to change back to normal. Gantu even begged them. "Please, change me back!" But no, they just abandon him. so poor Gantu was left as a bunny rabbit. And I don't care hoe crazy that sounds, "poor Gantu," but It just bothers me so much. I like Gantu and I don't think he deserved that. Actually, I liked the episode until the end. I thought it was a good episode, until the end. Well bye.
On another board, I mentioned about how Lilo invited Mertle to parties Lilo was throwing, and Mertle refused the invitations. A generous act is done and this is how the act is dissed? Mertle's attitude was definitely way out of line in both instances (Lilo's birthday in Episode #18 "Amnesio" and Lilo's slumber party in Episode #26 "Dupe")!
And let's not forget, Mertle didn't want Lilo to come to Mertle's birthday party, but Lilo and Stitch became party crashers. And through a flook of booking Stitch's so-called magic act by Mertle's mother, Lilo wound up at Mertle's half-birthday party- which was crashed this time by Gantu, who was looking for Houdini. And though Lilo crashed Mertle's birthday, yet still was able to appear at her half-birthday, Mertle still dissed Lilo. Plus, Mertle exposed Stitch's magic act as phony by photographing Houdini, the camera flash blinding the rabbit and causing him to make everything else disappear, including Stitch!
Talk about crossing the line! Mertle's attitude toward Lilo has been that, and then some!
The only good thing Mertle had ever done was allow Gigi to be part of LILO's group photo of Experiments near the end of the movie "Leroy & Stitch". And though Stitch was awarded the 'Best In Show' trophy at the dog show (Episode #8 "Gigi the Yapper"), the way Mertle acted when awarding the trophy to Lilo bragging how Gigi was still the best was a little low, but that's Mertle for you.
And Mertle learned Gigi could talk during the Big Battle in "Leroy & Stitch". Gigi helped Mertle avoid being in trouble with the other Leroys then, since she was Mertle's dog- and one of the famed Experiments. A rare instance of Mertle showing some sort of sweetness in her. Very rare.
And the cheer Mertle and the hula girls Yuki, Teresa, and Elena had done after their baseball team beat Lilo, Stitch, and the Experiment Posse? How cruel and insensitive toward Lilo! (Episode #38 "Slugger")
And how about in Episode #56 "Heckler" when Mertle didn't want to come to the charity benefit. Of course, after Heckler tried out his insult comedy on her, she decided to come- just to retaliate against the comic Experiment with that target game, tossing tomatoes and landing Heckler in the water.
And she irked Lilo about an upcoming family portrait in Episode #60 "Wishy Washy", claiming Lilo's portrait wouldn't be a normal type. Not to mention Episode #44 "Slick" when she, and the hula girls, dissed Lilo's idea of selling 'vampire novels'. Or even Episode #57 "Ploot", when she refused to assist Lilo in helping clean up the grotto. Then again, Lilo wasn't able to find anyone on the island to help, so she relied on Stitch in the cleanup.
Then there was Episode #47 "PJ", when Mertle had Lilo framed for pranks the redheaded menace had done.
Wow! Mertle really has a mean streak in her!
Thanks to a misconstrued conversation overheard by Lilo courtesy of Shush about Mertle giving away some of her dolls, Mertle's hula girl sidekicks turned against her. Probably the only time Mertle deserved being the odd girl out, knowing how it felt leaving Lilo out of their playtime activities. This before the call from Hamsterviel that would really bring out the badness in Mertle.
In the movie "Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch", Mertle upsets Lilo by telling her "You'll never be as good as your mother", which causes Lilo to beat up on Mertle, as Stitch's photographs clearly showed. Of course, that got Lilo in trouble. And just because she defended herself and her late mom, even though Mertle really deserved the pummeling Lilo had given that redheaded troublemaker!
P.S. Toon Disney better not have tampered with the end credits of the movie tonight! I'm watching the movie later, and the end credits better be the way they've always been, at the correct speed and everything, or there's going to be a flurry of enraged fans- including me!
I watched "Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch" last night. The end credits were exactly as they were intended to roll, at the correct speed and everything. No worthless promos either. Mainly because it was a prime-time airing.
And the line of Mertle's that led to Lilo pounding Mertle, with Stitch's photos as proof: "You'll never be like your mom. Never."
As I noted, Mertle deserved the pounding. Which caused Lilo to end up in trouble.