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Recap / Star vs. the Forces of Evil S2 E31 "Running with Scissors"

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A series of events on a rainy day lead to Marco grossly abusing Star's pair of Dimensional Scissors, getting the attention of the Scissors Enforcer, Hekapoo. Heckapoo confiscates the scissors, challenging Marco to blow out the flame on her head if he wants to earn the right to use them again.


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  • Badass Cape: As an adult, Marco wears his hoodie as a short hooded cape.
  • Badass Normal: Hekapoo lampshades that Marco is "fun" for a human with no powers.
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  • Bittersweet Ending: Marco comes back to Earth with his own pair of dimensional scissors to replace Star's and his body mostly back to normal, but he leaves behind his new adult life of adventure and there's a somber implication that he's going to have some trouble readjusting to his old life again. Plus, he's forgotten his passwords.
  • Character Development:
    • Marco's experience makes him much more mature and responsible, as he immediately agrees to walk the Laser Puppies when he returns.
    • Star is shown practicing magic on her own without needing a Trickster Mentor like Glossaryck to manipulate her into learning like before.
  • Cool Bike: Nachos, Marco's Dragon-Cycle.
  • Determinator: Marco. It took him sixteen years and loads of Noodle Incidents for him to find and blow out the flames of all of Hekapoo's clones, just so he could get the dimensional scissors.
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  • Distinction Without a Difference: Pony Head didn't "steal" Hekapoo's dimensional scissors, she found them… when Hekapoo left them in the ladies' room at the Bounce Lounge.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Star fails to hear most of Marco's story about his adventures because she's too busy drooling over his abs.
  • Dope Slap: Hekapoo keeps slapping Marco on the back of his head, burning a bald spot she calls the "mark of Hekapoo". Marco is peeved that the bald spot is the only thing that remains after he returns to Earth.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Star can't help but admire Marco's aged-up self.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The man walking his dog who wanders into the Diaz's house through a portal seems to be totally oblivious to the fact he's now indoors and nearly gets his dog Joffrey to pee on the couch.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: The way Marco and Hekapoo interact gets suspiciously flirtatious at times, not to mention him calling her H-poo.
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  • Future Badass: Marco becomes a buff, leather-jacket-wearing tough guy after sixteen years of hopping through dimensions. He's thoroughly disappointed when he goes back to being a scrawny teenager after returning to Earth.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Marco becomes a total hunk as an adult, and Star definitely notices.
  • I Choose to Stay: Subverted as Star convinces Marco to go back home.
  • Insignificant Little Blue Planet: Hekapoo refers to Earth as a "stinky dirt rock".
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Marco acquires a Dragon-Cycle named "Nachos" and is riding it when he reaches Hekapoo's place. He leaves Nachos behind with her when he returns to Earth with Star.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: Marco spends sixteen years becoming manly.
  • Karma Houdini: Flying Princess Pony Head was the one who stole Hekapoo's scissors, but Marco is the one who gets in trouble for abusing them.
  • Me's a Crowd: Hekapoo has the power to generate hundreds of clones of herself, which vanish into thin air when the flames on their heads go out.
  • Mundane Utility: Marco gets "scissor happy" and starts using the dimensional scissors in increasingly trivial ways. Unfortunately for him, this draws the attention of Hekapoo.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Marco goes after Hekapoo because she goads him about being a "little boy" and not being man enough to get the scissors back.
  • Older Than They Look:
    • While Marco is back to being physically fourteen years old at the end of the episode, he still has his memories of his extra-dimensional adventure and is technically thirty.
    • Hekapoo herself looks and often acts like a teenager or young woman but is clearly much older, considering her spot on the Magic High Commission and the nature of her dimension.
  • Pet the Dog: While goading Marco, Hekapoo does offer him a portal that immediately leads home. (If we can trust her word.)
  • Reset Button: The minute Marco returns to his dimension, he's de-aged back to a fourteen-year old. Marco is not happy about losing his hot bod. Or keeping the bald spot from when Hekapoo slapped him on the back of the head.
  • Ship Tease: Marco once again gets some more Ship Tease with other characters.
    • After tracking her down for nearly two decades, Marco and Hekapoo seem to have a flirty Foe Yay thing going, as mentioned above. Hekapoo gives him a bald spot as a parting gift and hints that she'd like to see him again.
    • Star is seriously Distracted by the Sexy when she sees the Future Badass Marco, is barely able to finish her sentences, and is a key reason he decides to return to Earth instead of staying with his exciting new life.
  • Shout-Out: Marco's Dragoncycle looks like Judas Priest's Painkiller Album cover
  • Tattoo as Character Type: Marco gains a tattoo of a pair of scissors on his left bicep.
  • This Is the Part Where...: When Marco finally corners Hekapoo in her workshop, she quips, “This is the part where you blow out my flame…”
  • Unusual Euphemism: Hekapoo calls Marco a flesh-wad, in much the same manner that someone would say... something else.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Hekapoo's clones disappear when the flame on top of their heads is blown out. Blowing out the actual Hekapoo's flame appears to have no effect on her whatsoever.
  • When You Snatch the Pebble: Hekapoo confiscates her scissors from Marco, but tells him she'll give him a new pair if he can track her down and blow out the flame on her head.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: While it's been sixteen years for Marco in his quest to catch Hekapoo, it's only been about eight minutes back on Earth. This shocks Marco to the point of near-speechlessness.
    Star: 16 years? You've been gone from Earth for like, eight minutes.
    Marco: ...EIGHT MINUTES?!
    Hekapoo: Yeah, I forgot to tell you that time passes differently in this dimension. Not sorry.
  • You Didn't Ask: Hekapoo doesn't respond with much compassion when Marco finds out only eight minutes have passed on Earth. He does go into Stunned Silence.

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