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Recap / Star vs. the Forces of Evil S2 E21 "Hungry Larry"

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Star and Marco help Mr. Diaz create the scariest Haunted House on the block.


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  • Adult Fear:
    • Of the mundane sort, trying to enjoy your favorite holiday and having the realities of being a Nice Guy and a Gentle Giant ruin it.
    • For Mr. Diaz, Hungry Larry invokes it by eating up his family and everyone inside. Hungry Larry later claims that he did it on purpose because there is nothing scarier than a man who has lost everything.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: Hungry Larry resembles one in his original form.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: It is a bad idea to taunt Mr. Diaz and to eat up his wife, child and guest.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The tape Mr. Diaz is listening to has a label reading "Los Huesos de la Muerte" (which is Spanish for "The Bones of Death").
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Hungry Larry has black drool.
  • Call-Back: The last time that Mr. Diaz showed his Let's Get Dangerous! side was when monsters kidnapped his son and he and his wife were told to stay behind. A similar thing happens here.
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  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the episode, Mr. Diaz is disappointed that none of the kids think his haunted house is scary. He decides to pack up the decorations, starting with an inflated Frankenstein's Monster, which he has trouble getting out the door. How does Mrs. Diaz choose to phrase this when she tries to comfort him later on?
  • A Day in the Limelight: Mr. Diaz has a larger role than usual in this episode.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Rafael viciously attacks Hungry Larry from the inside, forcing him to puke up all the people he's eaten.
  • "Down Here!" Shot: After Star and Janna perform a summoning for Hungry Larry, we hear repeated knocks with a very ominous music playing, building up the moment the door is finally opened... to reveal the empty night sky. Until the camera tilt down, revealing the eponymous character is a very tiny Bedsheet Ghost.
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  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Rafael Diaz is sad that no-one finds him scary on Halloween.
  • Eat Me: Mr. Diaz leaps into Larry's mouth to rescue the people he's eaten.
  • Get Out!: Hungry Larry shouts this at Mr. Diaz after eating his family and all the trick-or-treaters. Mr. Diaz later tells Hungry Larry "Leave this place!" after defeating him.
  • Gilligan Cut: Marco tells Star and Janna not to summon Hungry Larry. Guess what they do in the next scene?
  • Gone Horribly Right: Star and Janna summon Hungry Larry to make the Diaz haunted house scary. Boy does Hungry Larry make it scary.
  • Halloween Episode: The plot involves Mr. Diaz trying to create a scary haunted house for Halloween.
  • House Amnesia: A variant; Mr. Diaz tells Janna and Star to go home, and Marco points out that Star technically lives there, too.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Hungry Larry casually tells Mr. Diaz that he's eaten his wife and that she's pretty.
  • I Let You Win: Hungry Larry claims that he did what Star wanted him to: he made things scary by taking Mr. Diaz's family away from him and taunting him, he made the kids adore Mr. Rafael Diaz.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: As Marco scolds Star for summoning Hungry Larry, Star points to the screams of the other kids as proof that she did succeeded in making the Diaz house scary. And then the screams stop just as suddenly.
  • It's the Best Whatever, Ever!: The vampire kid shrieks "Best Halloween ever!" after Mr. Diaz saves everyone from Hungry Larry.
  • Killer Rabbit: Hungry Larry looks like a harmless Bedsheet Ghost who is, at best, creepy rather than scary. He soon turns out to be much more dangerous than Star and Janna realize.
  • Literal Metaphor: Janna's costume of a corporate zombie.
  • Nightmare Face: Mr. Diaz after he's covered in pumpkin and candy guts from Hungry Larry's stomach.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Hungry Larry is quite different from the typical Star monsters, in that he first looks like he came from Adventure Time.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Janna offscreen when she goes to "fire" Hungry Larry.
    • Star when Marco is taken away.
    • Hungry Larry when Rafael with a Nightmare Face tells him to Get Out!.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Wait, Janna is screaming?!
  • Papa Wolf: It's not a good idea to take away Mr. Diaz's family and taunt him about it.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: After he accomplishes what Star asked him to do, Hungry Larry leaves without that much of a fuss. He does chide Rafael for being rude.
  • Rule of Three: Part of Hungry Larry's summoning ritual is saying his name three times.
  • Sad Clown: Mr. Diaz is quite heartbroken when the kids at the beginning tell him that he's not scary.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Hungry Larry is an Affectionate Parody of Bloody Mary, the ghost queen of England who can be summoned.
    • Also Beetlejuice, who can be summoned by stating his name three times.
    • He also looks like an Adventure Time character.
    • His devouring of everyone and becoming a massive, spindly limbed sack constantly drooling black liquid and subsequent vomiting is reminiscent of Noh Face.
    • Being a Noh Face expy who appears in the Halloween episode and is full of candy also makes him similar to the Summerween Trickster.
  • Summoning Ritual: The ritual to summon Hungry Larry.
    A lick of mustard you must bear, off an old takeout menu if you dare.
    Then three times his name is said.
    Arrive he does with scares and dread.
  • Swallowed Whole: The fate of Hungry Larry's victims.
  • Voice of the Legion: Hungry Larry can speak with the voices of the people he's consumed. "I'm still hungry..."
  • The Worf Effect: Larry eats up Marco and Star before they can even put up a fight.

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