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Anti-Pops, a.k.a. "He Who Will Erase Us" and real name Malum Kranus is the main antagonist of the eighth season of Regular Show. He is the last and most powerful villain, and he made his first debut in the Season Eight episode "The Dream Warrior". He later made a full appearance in "Space Escape". He looks similar to Pops, having a darker appearance. He is Pops' illegitimate brother, and both siblings were born on their home planet Lolliland. For reasons that haven't been revealed, other than having been born with a completely different gift, he wants his brother dead. Mordecai and Rigby gave him the nickname "Anti-Pops" after they first saw him. In the finale, he dies with his brother Pops, showing some remorse for his past actions.

Biography

Endless Cycle

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According to the chronicles of Lolliland, Anti Pops or Malum Kranus was born in order to balance with his brother Pops who is considered the most powerful being in Lolliland. Due to their personality difference and power, both beings fight each other with Pops wanting to protect the universe and Anti-Pops wanting to destroy it.

The fight had always ended in a stalemate where they both threw a punch at each other and the universe reset once again. It is unknown how many times this has happened but it can assumed that it had happened many times with the amount of tattoos on Earl.

The Search for Pops

While the Park gang is in the Space Tree and before, Anti Pops managed to build an army and lived in a space station where it served as his HQ. During his time, he usually gives bad reviews and 1-star ratings to online food websites even though he didn't visit them or eat there himself.

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In "The Dream Warrior" he hired Carl, a nightmare alien to track Pops down. The alien managed to find the location albeit beaten up by Pops in his dream. Having the location allows Anti-Pops and his army to attack the Space Tree to kill Pops before he restores his original being.

He is first spotted by Mordecai and Rigby in "Space Escape" when they are shopping for a graduation party when he joins his soldier hurrying the cashier for the change. Anti-Pops later erases the cashier from existence to get back to his ship for the Space Tree invasion. His army managed to capture the Space Tree but Pops and his friends escaped. He was distracted by a flying spaceship to realize that it was a distraction for Pops to rescue the prisoners. All the Space Tree personnel escape and battle against the Anti-Pops army. Anti Pops space station used a tractor beam to attract the Park Dome but Chance Sureshot sacrificed himself by shooting the gunner while outside of the dome, giving time for the Space Dome to escape.

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After losing Pops, Anti-Pops put a bounty on him in hopes of somebody capturing or killing him. One bounty hunter attempted to capture Pops in the Umak shop but was stopped.

In "Kill 'Em with Kindness" he has his first meeting with Pops connecting mentally and Pops offers to make peace to become friends. Anti-Pops takes advantage of Pops' innocence and invites him to meet at a place but when they meet it turns out to be a trap and Anti-Pops tries to kill his brother who tries to talk to him, but without success. When Anti-Pops is about to kill Pops, his friends arrive to save him and escape, but along the way, Anti-Pops manages to kill Pops' teacher, Earl, while fighting him.

Final battle and death

Anti-Pops appeared with his four bounty hunters in "A Regular Epic Final Battle". Arriving on Lolliland, Anti-Pops confronts Pops and Park Crew. Anti-Pops declares the duel, saying that if Pops wins, the Universe will be safe, but if Anti-Pops wins, the Universe will be destroyed. The two brothers took off their clothes and ended up in a fierce hand-to-hand combat duel until Anti-Pops ordered the bounty hunters to attack. The Streaming arrives and luckily for the Park Crew, Blu-ray, DVD, Death and several of their allies arrive and help Pops defeat Anti-Pops' minions. The bounty hunters and Streaming are killed in the battle as Anti-Pops unlocks his Titan Form, erasing and killing everyone on Lilliland and completely destroying Lolliland, devastating Pops, Mordecai, and Rigby.

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This was the last straw for Pops, who unlocked his Titan Form and the two brothers fought. Just as they are about to collide their fists, the Universe glitches, due to the intervention of Mordecai and Rigby, sending them back to the episode "The Power".

Later, Mordecai and Rigby arrive to assist Pops, but Anti-Pops attempts to erase them as well. However, Pops catches his brother in a hug, in which Anti-Pops returns to his original size. Upon seeing his brother heading to the Sun, Anti-Pops accepted his fate. Accepting the hug, Anti-Pops looked at Pops and smiled at his brother in admiration as the two brothers died together.

Appearance

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He is similar to his brother, Pops, but all black around him and fully glows white, in addition to a black colored cape. In the finale, he's revealed to have a 24-pack, and his eyes are completely white. He has a mustache and a long beard, he has white sharp teeth, and long eyebrows. He wears dark armor throughout with a belt and a large cape with spikes both at the bottom and at the top of his shoulders.

In his giant version, he retains his mustache and long beard, he has horns on his head, a half-broken one, and wounds can be seen on his face. He possesses armor with shoulder pads and dark clothing along with a large belt, though he wears no clothing on his torso. It is also much larger and more muscular, exceeding the size of a solar system, because in one scene it is seen that it creates one just by spitting saliva.

Personality

A complete opposite of Pops, Anti-Pops is a rude, tyrannical, homicidal, ruthless, destructive, malevolent, and genocidal entity bent on destroying all existences in the universe. He is also extremely picky about food and beverages as he often tries to rate the lowest rank (often one star) for any kind of online food and beverage service, which displeases him. On one occasion, he is enraged to know that he cannot post a negative star for bad service.

Anti-Pops acts disrespectfully towards anyone and does not even care about the life of any existing being, undoing his anger by erasing things or people. He is always angry and yells at others as he happens to his soldiers. The only thing that makes him happy and laugh is when he murders others for fun.

After being defeated by Pops due to an interference of time-traveling Mordecai and Rigby, Anti-Pops was afraid of dying at the same time that he and his brother die together to the sun during his brother's sacrifice to stop Anti-Pops' terror. But he did show remorse for his past actions and gave his brother a hug to atone them.

Abilities

Anti-Pops powers
  • Innmortality: It has existed for millions of years which also leads to it having great experience in space.
  • Combat Techniques: He proved to be a good combatant on par with his brother. This is because he has trained for years for battle.
  • Super Strength: Anti-Pops possesses a muscular body with up to 24 abs, he is capable of destroying planets with just his fist, and his strength can overcome the gravity of a black hole.
  • Super Speed: Anti-Pops can travel quickley through space, since he passes through many planets in his path.
  • Superhuman Resistance: He manages to resist being burned and exploded at the same time without harming him. Plus he survives the explosion of the universe in the final battle without being affected.
  • Flight: Anti-Pops has the ability to fly.
  • Teleportation: He can teleport across great distances.
  • Telekinesis: He has the ability to lift objects with his mind or hands.
  • Energy Projection: He can launch red energy rays capable of disintegrating or lifting objects.
  • Energy Manipulation: He demonstrates several times that he could easily manipulate energy.
  • Matter Manipulation: He can create or transform various objects or living beings.
  • Shield Projection: Like Pops, he can create energy shields.
  • Existential Erasure: Anti-Pops can erase anything and anyone from existence in the form of glitches, this power can be used by throwing lightning at others, moving his hand or with a simple thought.
    • Immunity to existential erasure: Existential erasure does not affect Anti-Pops, managing to be in areas erased from existence such as planets erased by himsellf.
  • Mental Connection: Both Pops and Anti-Pops can connect with other people through the mind like these two do in order to meet and make peace (although Anti-Pops has other plans) and they can also talk through their minds in the real world.
  • Appearance Alteration: He managed to become larger than a solar system by unleashing his wrath during the final battle.
  • Creation of life: He has so much power that his saliva can create, for example, a solar system or other types of life, such as turning objects into living beings.
  • Reality control: Anti-Pops has controls that go beyond reality in the series, managing to create sticky notes to attack, send other beings to a sketch or pilot episode dimension or turn the universe into a storyboard, this power he only used it at the end of his battle against Mordecai, Rigby and Pops.
  • Universal Reset: He also requires Pops to do it, but when they clash their fists they end up causing a great explosion of his power that ends up restarting the universe, repeating the cycle.

Episode Appearance

Season Eight

  1. "The Dream Warrior" (Debut)
  2. "Space Escape"
  3. "New Beds" (mentioned)
  4. "The Ice Tape" (on a scroll)
  5. "The Key to the Universe" (vision)
  6. "No Train No Gain"
  7. "Kill 'Em with Kindness"
  8. "Meet the Seer"
  9. "Cheer Up Pops" (Mentioned)
  10. "A Regular Epic Final Battle"

Fate

He was defeated from Pops' hug and died from burning in the sun, along with Pops, thus, he is now in the afterlife.

Relationships

Pops

He is his brother and although Pops does not hate him, Anti-Pops considers him his greatest enemy and has searched for him for years in order to kill him. When he finally fights with Pops, (who tried to avoid the fight) he murders all his friends, unleashing his rage. At the end of the battle Pops sacrifices himself by hugging Anti-Pops and flying into the sun with him. When Anti-Pops sees how someone really cares about him, he repents of his evil ways and hugs his brother, dying peacefully next to him.

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Trivia

  • He is voiced by Robert Englund, who previously voiced the Stag-Man and is most famously known for portraying Freddy Krueger from the popular horror movie franchise Nightmare On Elm Street.
  • He is one of the Antagonists of Regular Show with the most appearances with a total of 10 appearances in the Eighth Season.
  • Due to his massive power, he is the largest threat to Mordecai and Rigby as well as the rest of the characters have ever faced in the series.
  • His weakness is being suppressed by someone like Pops who has high-amounts of inner peace through a hug.
  • Malum Kranus can be interpreted in English as "Bad Head".
  • He hates that Pops calls him after his brother.
  • His signature catchphrase is opposite to Pops, which is "Jolly Bad Show".
  • He calls blue orange and vice versa.
  • Anti-Pops is the only antagonist in the series to have permanently killed a minor character in the series, which in this case was Earl.
  • He shares a few similarities with Mr. Ross:
    • Both of them want to destroy the universe.
    • Both have huge armies to back them up.
    • Both of them have a grudge against one of the show's main characters:
      • Mr. Ross has a grudge against Rigby.
      • Anti-Pops has a grudge against Pops.
    • However, Anti-Pops came to regret his actions moments before his death while Mr. Ross did not.
  • Anti-Pops serves as a foil to Pops, had he chose to not regret the behavior intended to disrespect others.
  • Anti-Pops' dark figure, glowing white eyes and universal capability is very similar to Antispiral from the anime series, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

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