After 2008, Al’s primary foil, Prez Tex, was out of office. Frankly, there wasn’t enough meat to the early Obama years to really pit him against Al. Al needed a nemesis.
Al was a boy genius character. I always thought of Al as “What if all the things Calvin imagined were really happening?” It seemed obvious that if Al was a boy genius, a nemesis could be an evil genius. Thus, I brought in Emil.
Emil was 1 part Invader Zim (maybe 2 parts), one part Bond villain, with a dash of Adil from the Simpsons. Al is the only one capable of realizing the new exchange student is evil…
There is almost a Victor Von Doom vibe to Emil as well. Imagine a world where Reed and Doom were in elementary school together and that’s very much gist of Emil stories.
Emil has a couple of goals: destroy Al, destroy our country for the glory of his country, and overall evil mischief. This has lead to several adventures.
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