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Pickles the Drummer
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Background information
Sex Male
Mortality Alive
Origin Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Role Drummer of Dethklok
Prophetic hero
Relations Molly (mother)
Calvert (father)
Seth (brother)
Amber (sister-in-law)
Seth’s son (nephew)
Affiliations Dethklok
Charles F. Offdensen (manager)
Voiced by Brendon Small
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Pickles, otherwise known as Pickles the Drummer, is the percussionist for Dethklok and formerly the singer and lead guitarist of Snakes N’ Barrels.

He was born and raised in Tomahawk, Wisconsin and is of Irish descent. He has red hair styled into dreadlocks and a combover, green eyes, and a very strong North Midwestern accent.[1] Pickles’ surname is unknown.

Appearance

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Pickles’ leisure wear

When he left his family as a teenager, Pickles’ hair was upright, teased-up and relatively large. During his time in Snakes N’ Barrels, his hair got much larger in order to reflect the glam metal style of his band. He grew a mustache, beard, and sideburns, and pierced his right ear. He also wore effeminate clothing and heavy stage makeup in accordance with the visual glam style at the time.

After Snakes N’ Barrels folded, Pickles’ hairstyle completely changed. He gave up his teased-up glam metal hairstyle for a skullet, shaved off his facial hair, and pierced each of his eyebrows twice. By the time Metalocalypse has started, Pickles has grown back his facial hair. He is the only member of Dethklok who doesn’t wear boots, opting to wear sneakers like most drummers.

Pickles has a short, slender build and is indeed the shortest member of Dethklok. He is also the only member of the band who is balding. He has red hair, green eyes, freckles, and pale skin which is sensitive to sunburns: stereotypical features among those of Irish ancestry.

Concept

Pickles original look

Pickles’ beta appearance

Pickles’ original appearance had a resemblance to Strapping Young Lad founder and solo artist Devin Townsend. A dread over and circle beard were added to prevent them from looking too similar.[2]

Pickles’ success from singer to successful drummer is similar to that of Dave Grohl, who was the former drummer of grunge band Nirvana but eventually went on to become the singer and frontman of alternative rock band Foo Fighters.

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Pickles’ hair concept designs v1 and 2.

Basically in Pickles’ case, it’s the other way around. His delinquent and turbulent family life, as well as his ambitions taking him from the Midwest to LA, and not to mention his red hair, also harkens to the youth of Guns N’ Roses founder and lead singer Axl Rose.

Personality

Although generally calm and casual most of the time, Pickles builds up a lot of anger at things and is very quick to lose his temper when things don’t go the way they’re expected to. Though he is often the most mature and experienced person in the band, being much better socially-adjusted than his bandmates, he can also be the most cynical, sarcastic, and jaded in attitude. Earlier in the series, he had a more self-loathing and self-hating attitude, though this has mostly boiled down to feelings of inadequacy regarding his family (particularly his older brother Seth). He is also known to express jealousy or feel threatened when he perceives that other characters have a relationship with each other that he does not. However, he is often the one the others will come to for advice or simply to confide in. It could be said that Pickles is the smartest member of Dethklok, and although he is known to sigh and rub his forehead in frustration with their antics, he also tries to maintain his patience with his bandmates.

According to Charles, Pickles and Nathan are the two most responsible members of the band. Despite their denial of this, Pickles confirms that he is responsible by scolding Murderface and Skwisgaar for watching horror movies and eating too much whipped cream and allows them to take comfort in his bed after they have nightmares. He also expresses concern for Nathan’s “over-parenting” of Toki and scolds Skwisgaar and Murderface for picking on Toki.

Pickles drinks and uses drugs heavily, which seem to have little effect on him, and he seems to have the greatest social acumen among Dethklok’s members (although Nathan appears to be close and actually appears to exceed Pickles in certain areas). However, low blood sugar leaves Pickles extremely irritable; at one point, he tells Toki and Skwisgaar that the band is in a grocery store, calling them douchebags in the process.[3]

Skills and hobbies

He possesses strong leadership skills and sometimes acts as a mediator or voice of reason in the disputes of his bandmates.

Pickles has a driver’s license; Toki has asked him for rides on occasion.

Despite his small stature, he is apparently not inexperienced at fistfights and is frequently able to inflict damage when initiating physical fights with guys with a clear size advantage, something he won’t hesitate to do when his temper goes off. The only person ever to successfully lay a punch on him is his best friend, Nathan.

Pickles has a strong penchant for drug use and claims to be ’completely immune’ to the effects of most drugs. He is known to take cocktails of various drugs in heavy doses on a regular basis and still function as his usual self; sharing one of these concoctions with Murderface resulted in a drooling, seizure-like state for the bassist. He has an interest in experimenting with exotic drugs; his main motivation for traveling to the Amazon with Nathan was to try the local hallucinogenic drug Yopo. In particular, he seems to have a high tolerance for and enjoyment of psychedelics. The experimental government drug Totally Awesome Sweet Alabama Liquid Snake had no adverse effects on him, though it destroyed the minds of his former band, Snakes N’ Barrels.

He is also shown to have an interest in recreational hunting, evidenced by his section of “Partying Around the World” (“shooting wolves with Palin”) as well as the Endangered Species Furniture Room he creates in “Renovationklok”.

Musical Talents

Pickles is a powerful speed-drummer, known for his rhythmic double-kick techniques. It is said in an interview with Dethklok that Pickles played drums at a young age, stating that the tornadoes in the mid-west always forced him to take apart his drum set and reconstruct them in the basement. It is unknown how he became the drummer for Dethklok. However, his producing abilities are trusted enough by front man Nathan Explosion that Pickles is an integral part of the recording and mixing process on all of Dethklok’s albums. He often attempts to balance Nathan’s perfectionism, pointing out that constant re-recording of tracks is counterproductive to making albums and retaining fans, who kill themselves rather than continue to wait for new Dethklok material.[4]

Pickles occasionally does vocals for Dethklok, acting as a back-up singer to Nathan. The best examples of this are in the songs “Hatredcopter”, in which he shares vocal duties with Nathan, and Blazing Star, in which he sings the bridge leading to the chorus. It is believed that he sings backup vocals in the song “The Cyborg Slayers” from Dethalbum II.

Leadership of the band is split between Pickles and Nathan.

He apparently has some knowledge of studio mixing and sound engineering as he is occasionally shown sitting behind the soundboard during recording sessions, though this job usually belongs to Knubbler, and later Abigail.

In addition to Drums and vocals, Pickles is also a talented guitarist, having been both the primary singer and lead guitarist of Snakes ’n Barrels. He is also seen playing an acoustic guitar from time to time, and piano in The Doomstar Requiem.

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Relationships

Nathan

Nathan and Pickles are the two most professional members of the band, likely due to his own experiences at running a band. Though usually seemingly content with Nathan’s methods of running things, he is the only member of Dethklok who seems able to question any mistakes or issues he feels out of place with Nathan’s methods of running the band and have any impact.

Nathan and Pickles appear to be close friends, and the two celebrate a “post-album tradition” of drinking together around the world they refer to as The Friender-Bender. However, tension sometimes builds between the two when it comes to leadership of the band. Though Nathan is the face of Dethklok and largely seen as their leader, it has been made increasingly clear throughout the series that leadership responsibilities and decisions are in fact shared by Nathan and Pickles.

Despite this, the ultimate decision always comes down to Nathan, and the tensions between them reach an all-time high when Nathan destroys an entire completed album with no explanation or warning. In addition, Nathan had claimed most of the writing credit for their writing. Things hit a boiling point when Nathan begins a romance with the same woman Pickles had been interested in, resulting in temporary disbandment after Pickles finally snapped and called him “a greedy bastard”. Pickles told Nathan he can’t have everything, calling him out on his recent behaviors. The two are able to reconcile when Nathan apologizes publicly and makes it clear that his longtime friendship with Pickles is more important to him than his greed and love life. Pickles is likely the only band member who could challenge Nathan, in an open or be honest manner, getting away with putting his foot down on him and had any form of lasting impact. Without Pickles approval, Nathan had to accept there was no Dethklok.

Skwisgaar

Pickles and Skwigelf generally seem to get along well with each other and are good friends. They were prepared to face death together in “Black Fire Upon Us”, and Skwisgaar defended them both using his guitar as a weapon when they were cornered by the Revengencers. Pickles may be slightly jealous of Skwisgaar’s popularity; in “Fatherklok” he remarks, “Why is it always about Skwisgaar? He’s not here and it’s still about him!” The two are responsible for the musical arrangements to go with Nathan’s lyrics and can be seen discussing and working on music together in a serious and focused manner. Most of this comes from their long history and experience of being in other bands, with Skwisgaar and Pickles being able to set the tempo, percussion side of a music piece and Skwisgaar handling all string sections of the band.

Toki

Pickles is a semi-motherly figure to Toki and the second most likely member for Toki to confide in for advice or information. Still, Pickles generally has no qualms with joining in the band’s neglect to include Toki in their activities. Since he appears to be on fair terms with Toki, it’s not unusual for Toki to join in with Pickles’ random destructive outrages. The two are opposites in the sense that Pickles is much older with the most life experience and Toki is the youngest and most naive person in the band.

Murderface

Pickles often criticizes William and calls him a ’big baby’. Pickles has issues with William’s immaturity. Like other members of the band, he finds him generally unpleasant to be around. Pickles seems to enjoy openly cracking jokes at William’s appearance and is the most likely to humorously point out various details of his unattractive physique. Despite this banter, the two appear to be good friends. When Murderface began acting as a surrogate father figure towards Skwisgaar, Pickles became intensely jealous and actively sought fatherly approval from him, only to become outraged when Murderface continually snubbed and berated him in an unwitting reflection of Pickles’ actual biological father. Ironically, William later came to Pickles for pseudo-parental comfort when he had nightmares.

Family

Pickles is always at odds with his family and, despite being far more successful than his brother Seth, has never been able to please his mother and father, who favor his brother over himself. It is his family who initially drove him to drink and do drugs after Seth framed Pickles for burning down their garage during their childhood. His father in particular thought Pickles was trash, which eventually caused Pickles to leave home during his teens.

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Calvert, Molly, Pickles and Seth

Seth, on the other hand, has Pickles wrapped around his finger and constantly manipulates him into giving him money. Despite this, Pickles does feel a little sorry for Seth and at one point gives him a high-paying job managing the Australian division of Dethklok’s fan club, which he hopes will provide some distance between them.

Despite hating his family, he is known to defend them and does not like the other members of the band insulting his parents, though he doesn’t particularly seem to care about their thoughts on Seth. He apparently still longs for his mother’s approval and at one point even temporarily puts music aside to pursue a career as a real estate agent in hopes that he will impress her. This fails utterly despite Pickles’ considerable success (due to him buying property himself), with his mother angrily telling him to return to his band. Upon the urgings of his bandmates, he finally tells his mother off.

He’s proudly stated he doesn’t know his father’s first name and that he has no further relationship with his father other than he hates him. Pickles’ greatest regret was never confronting his father, and when Murderface rejected him in exactly the same way, he gets a second chance and beats Murderface (with Toki joining in just for fun).[5] Alcoholism seems to run in Pickles’ family,[6] or at the very least all members appear to be heavy drinkers.[7]

Trivia

  • In “Dethcarraldo”, Pickles’ ancient animal form is revealed to be an octopus.
  • Over the course of the series, Pickles is shown to be very sensitive over his balding head. His skullet is implied to be an attempt to pass his baldness off as stylistic choice, and he is often shown to be openly hostile towards anything that could threaten the hair he has left.
  • Pickles has alluded to having Irish ancestry.[8]
  • Pickles is voiced by Metalocalypse co-creator Brendon Small. While Small voices Pickles, he does not play drums for Pickles. Instead, drummer Gene Hoglan does the drum parts for the songs in Metalocalypse.
  • Pickles is the only Dethlok member to not have his last name known.
  • Out of all of the members of Dethklok, Pickles has committed the most acts of direct violence towards people than any of the other band members in the series.
    • He beat up Seth at his wedding for his greed and manipulation of Pickles, Rikki Kixx for taking over Snakes N’ Barrels, Murderface for acting as an abusive “father figure,” a realtor trying to sell the same house as him, and two orderlies in rehab for trying to restrain him.
  • While it is theorized that Pickles is around 31 years old during Season 1 of Metalocalypse because he left home at 16 and says he hadn’t used his inhaler for 15 years, this is speculation, and he never actually states that he stopped using his inhaler due to being separated with his family.
    • He very well could have used it after being away from his family, such as during his time with Snakes N’ Barrels, due to the amount of stress being the front man of the band put on him. It should also be mentioned that Metalocalypse is known for having had an inconsistent timeline.
  • As stated in season one episode “Mordland”, he does not have a full grasp on what the internet is.
  • When placed in line with the rest of Snakes N’ Barrels, his name can be read as another derogatory term. “Pickles,” however, simply refers to the penis.
  • In the Season 3 episode Rehabklok, Pickles is shown naked twice. In both shots, he has no penis whatsoever.
    • Given the lack of a penis and other details such as his smaller stature and considerably short height, fans have formed a popular theory that he may be a transgender man.
      • The lack of a penis was confirmed by Brendon, according to a fan who spoke to him, to have been a purposeful design choice by the animators. This was not an animation error, as previously theorized. In the same interaction, Brendon apparently also openly supported the idea of fans "claiming" Pickles as transgender.
    • Also, the first shot of naked Pickles shows that he has styled his pubic hair into a goatee which matches the style of the one on his face.

References

  1. North Central American accent on Wikipedia
  2. Metalocalypse Brendon and Tommy” —The Culture Shock (09/21/2006)
  3. As shown in “The Curse of Dethklok
  4. As shown in “Dethwater
  5. As shown in “Fatherklok
  6. As shown in “Dethwedding
  7. As shown in “Fatherklok” and “Dethmas
  8. “Dudes, anybody got any SPF? I’m uh, very Irish.” (“Bluesklok”)
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