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Marigold Louise Farmer[3] was the roommate of Angus and human companion and best friend[4] of Momo. Before she met Marten, Dora and Hannelore she was a recluse with bad hygiene who only played MMOs, read manga and watched anime. However, her social life and personal hygiene have improved since her introduction, evident by her more frequent appearance outside of her apartment and her clearer complexion.

Marigold is now Jeph Jacques' favorite character to write for[5] and favorite character overall.[6]

BiographyEdit

Marigold met Marten and Dora when they brough Pintsize to Marigold in the hopes that she can fix a rewiring job that Pintsize did to himself at the suggestion of PT410X.[7] She initially protests, before Momo convinces her to fix Pintsize. As payment for her services, Dora calls Hannelore and convinces her to clean Marigold's very messy[8] room.

Background Edit

Marigold lives at 14 Elm Grove Lane, Apartment 8 in Northampton.[9] The apartment number may also be something beginning with "22".[10][11]

Marigold earns money maintaining[12] her high-strung[13] father's shoe sales web site.[14] It is unclear whether she has other income. Jeph Jacques said on Formspring that her living is "server maintenance". It would be possible for her to earn income doing AnthroPC repair, a field in which she has expertise.[15]

Marigold attended college with Angus,[16] but her major is unknown. In her earlier schooling she was verbally[17] and physically[18] abused.

1000s Edit

With the help of Momo, Marigold initiates her friendship with Hanners[19] and Marten.[20]

After becoming friends with Marten and Co.[citation needed] Marigold develops a crush on Angus, her roommate.[21] When she tries to kiss Angus,[22] he stops her, stating that he only likes her as a friend, which causes her to run off crying and spiral into a deep depression. After long periods of refusing to eat or leave her room, she eventually got back to normal. Later, Angus and Marigold reconciled and talked about her crush.[23] Although Marigold had been very distraught after learning about Angus and Faye,[24] Dora calmed her down.[25]

Marigold met Dale when she ordered a pizza in between WoW raids.[26] Their World of Warcraft feud continued[27][28] until Dale came to her apartment with a peace offering.[citation needed]

2000s Edit

While visiting Hannelore's Space Station, Marigold has an amusing set of romantic encounters with a handsome yet awkward young scientist named Francis York, who is undeniably attracted to her.[29] Space Station and Hannelore give Marigold some advice.[30] She nearly ruins her chances with him by almost vomiting on him from zero-g sickness.[31] The next morning, the two still show intense interest in each other and share a passionate embrace and kiss[32] before being unintentionally interrupted by Hannelore and Marten.[33]

Although Marigold has denied interest in Dale, other characters have noted that their long-standing antagonistic encounters seem to hold flirtatious undertones.[34][35] Momo in particular seems adamant about having the two become friends. She invites Dale and Marigold out to share a meal together in a diner, but the two have a misunderstanding when upon returning from the girl's room with Momo to find their table empty, Marigold assumes that Dale had rudely abandoned them.[36] They later clear up this misunderstanding when Momo once again attempts to have them patch things up.[37] This time with colorful assistance from Dale's temporary and crass virtual AI companion, May.

After Dale apologizes for his behavior concerning WoW and explains that he has a hard time talking to girls, he and Marigold settle their differences and agree to hang out and watch anime together. Their dynamic has since changed from antagonistic to cutely awkward. Marigold in particular appears to have changed her tune about Dale as she appears nervous around him.[38][39][40] During an awkward evening watching anime, Marigold and Dale each admitted that they found the other attractive, though Dale had to leave before anything further happened.[11]

With assistance from Hannelore,[41] Dale and Marigold meet again, and kiss each other.[42] The kiss freaks Marigold out, and when Momo tried to reassure her, Marigold inadvertently reproached Momo with the debt for her new body.[43] They reconciled the following day.[44]

Momo's nudges lead Marigold to ask Dale out.[45] But once Dale arrives, he is informed by Momo that Marigold has accidentally over-medicated to combat nervousness,[46] leading her to sleep through the night while Dale and Momo watch movies, and Dale makes pancakes.[47] Seeing how understanding Dale was about her antihistamine screw-up, Marigold drags Dale to her bedroom.[48] Marigold confiding in Momo, she questions her self-control and decency.[49]

3000s Edit

Marigold was jealous when she found out that Dale and Emily sometimes work on the same shift in Coffee of Doom.[50] May and Momo helped Marigold make up with Dale.[51]

May, Momo, and Marigold discussed Pintsize's source of income and robot's post-conviction rules.[52]

Relationships Edit

Before the events of Questionable Content, Marigold is very unlucky in the art of love, stating that she has never even had a date, let alone a boyfriend.[53]

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Momo and Marigold in Idoru store.

She has been cultivating a friendship with Hannelore,[54][55] who may be her best human friend. Her best friend overall, however, is her companion robot.[56]

When Momo genuinely expresses interest in getting a new chassis, Marigold puts her concerns about the cost aside and surprises her with a trip to Idoru to purchase one.[57] She wants to make sure that Momo is comfortable and freely offered her an additional room if she wanted it.[58]

Marigold has a lot in common with Dale, but she has "philosophical differences" with him about video games.[59]

PersonalityEdit

Marigold has some confidence and self esteem issues,[60][61] most of stemming from her physical appearance and lifestyle.[62][63] She wishes that boys would find her attractive and pay attention to her. Despite this, she seems rather reluctant to put effort into improving herself[64] and vehemently defends her habits.[65][66] She often needs a little push in the right direction from her friends; both Hannelore and Momo are concerned about her eating[67][68] and sleeping,[3][69] and try to keep her from playing video games for too long.[70]

She tends to assume the worst about how other people see her,[71][72] frequently assuming that they're patronizing or making fun of her if they offer her compliments or genuine concern.[73][74] She has trouble acknowledging that other people might find her attractive,[75] and is unaware that they do.[76][77][78]

She is very socially awkward,[79][16][80] largely owing to bullying[81] and a lack of social interaction in her younger years. Marigold has a very low level of self-awareness[82] and has a propensity to blurt out things that may unintentionally come across as insensitive or insulting.[12][83] She sometimes catches herself, however, and will make a dramatic fuss over her own faux pas.[84][85] In general, she seems to be very hard on herself.[86]

Much like with her appearance, Marigold seems less than content with her paucity of a social life outside WoW,[87] and while she enjoys socializing,[88] she is frequently reluctant to abandon her more introverted hobbies and often has to be pushed into social situations.[89][4] Although she would like a boyfriend, she seems to have trouble dealing with boys who show interest in her.[90]

Her personal hang-ups aside, Marigold tries her best to be a good friend. She is appreciative of people who try to help her[91] and wants her friends to be happy, even if it means putting her own needs and feelings aside. For example, even though she had a crush on Angus and was hurt to find out that he was interested in Faye, she went out of her way to have the two of them patch things up after a silly argument.[92][93] and shows her support of their relationship and personal happiness.[94]

She often seems rather easily amused and excited about little things,[95][96][97] although she can take her hobbies quite seriously.[98] This is particularly true about WoW and her rivalry with Dale.[99] Recently, she has been getting better at extroverting her thoughts and  playfully teasing her friends, though they're not always appropriate.[100]

Marigold likes to dance when she is happy,[101][102] and will join in with others' happy dances.[103]

HobbiesEdit

Marigold is a Japanophile. She is very into anime, manga, and yaoi.[104] Among Western cartoons, she likes xkcd.[79][105]

She is a World of Warcraft player on Warsong,[106], where her main ("MariGoldFarm")[34] is a Tauren.[107]

Her hobbies caused her to seclude herself in her room for long periods of time, and she developed a disregard for personal hygiene.

Medical issuesEdit

Despite an unhealthy diet Marigold has no major current health problems. Her medical history includes a broken coccyx.[90]

Sex and drugs and Rock & RollEdit

SexualityEdit

Marigold is exclusively heterosexual.[53] She is inexperienced and in some respects naive, but has an extensive porn collection,[108][109] particularly including yaoi and hentai. As of her date with Dale in Number 2639: Doin' It Canadian Style, she is clearly no longer a virgin.

DrugsEdit

Marigold has begun drinking alcohol since joining the QC social circle, and was quite unfamiliar with it prior to that.[110][111]

Music preferencesEdit

Marigold has not shown an interest in music and has been known to leave the room when others started discussing a band.[112] She does not like MC Hammer, though she doesn't quite recognize his musical style.[113]

However, she has listened to Daft Punk's latest album.[114]

Trivia Edit

  • It is interesting to note that when Hannelore picked her closest friends to join her on her trip to the space station, she chose Marten and Marigold. 
  • Her interactions with Dale are consistent with a "boy meets girl" plot.
  • User Binary from the forum noticed that Marigold's name is an anagram "Firm armored gal", which could refer to her completing her armor set. Her full name, points out forum user bogusman82, rearranges to "I am lord of gamers, I rule!".
  • Marigold is a fan of Tai's Harry Potter fan-fiction,[115] and she wrote HERMIONE AND GINNY VERSUS THE SPACE WIZARDS. Forum member mactoplac has recorded a reading of it.
  • There is an animation of Marigold dancing: random/maripopipo.gif. Originally published on Tumblr (archived).

Memorable quotesEdit

  • "NO TIPS FOR ALLIANCE SCUM"[106]
  • "... it's not like she put a dissected frog down my shirt or anything"[116]
  • "May the opossums grow fat on your flesh"[117]
  • "WILL YOU SIGN MY NETBOOK"[118]
  • "Great, my self-loathing is the square root of two"[119]
  • "I...I am okay!"[120]
  • "I like beer![110]
  • "Beep boop"[121]

GalleryEdit

Speculation Edit

There has been considerable debate on the Questionable Content forum about whether Marigold is genuinely indifferent to others, or just inexperienced and clueless. Her detractors point to a paucity of cases of Marigold being generous, compared to Marten or even Pintsize. Supporters adduce her sharing experiences and items from her collection with Hannelore. The option with the most votes in a poll about her character was "Trying to be good but not sure how".

Marigold has mentioned her father (who has since appeared in the strip)[13] but there has been no word in the comic about her mother. If she had an absent, dead, or neglectful mother that deprived her of an early role model for being female, some of her problems could be explained. "Dead" can be ruled out by her mention of "parents" in one tweet, since Twitter is canonical.[123]

References

  1. Number 1469: I Science Thee
  2. Number 1530: Hey's Very Tall In Real Life
  3. 3.0 3.1 Number 1992: Odd Time For An Alarm
  4. 4.0 4.1 Number 2015: Leave Me Alone Sometimes
  5. http://jephjacques.com/post/12602536528/qa-dump-16
  6. cast.php
  7. Number 1413: YAOI ZONE
  8. Number 1418: Hanners Hulks Out
  9. Number 1995: Entry Level Position
  10. Number 2508: Probationary
  11. 11.0 11.1 Number 2563: Pretty Pretty
  12. 12.0 12.1 Number 1618: So Many Animated Gifs
  13. 13.0 13.1 Number 2198: Concise Explanation
  14. Number 1993: Strict Parenting
  15. Number 1412: After Five Minutes She'll Dial 911
  16. 16.0 16.1 Number 1534: Oh The Memories
  17. Number 1617: ExcaliHURR
  18. Number 1621: And It Wasn't Even In Biology Class
  19. Number 1440: Social Interpretation Protocol
  20. Number 1460: Initiate Threat Protocol
  21. Number 1628: Secret Admirer
  22. Number 1630: Arthurian Legend
  23. Number 1676: Talkin' 'Bout Feelings
  24. Number 1681: Marigold's Ketamine Just Kicked In
  25. Number 1685: Fifteen Minutes
  26. Number 1668: FOR THE HORDE
  27. 1680: Cue The Kill Bill Music
  28. Number 1693: I-Ikari-San?!
  29. Number 2140: Helping Things Along
  30. Number 2142: Modern-Day Shakespeare
  31. Number 2148: Let's Try This Again
  32. Number 2161: Richard Marx, Number 2163: Moob
  33. Number 2164: Wordly Desires
  34. 34.0 34.1 Number 1680: Cue The Kill Bill Music
  35. Number 1895: Don't Even MENTION Sigmund
  36. Number 2485: Now With Extra SaltNumber 2489: Jump To Conclusions,
  37. Number 2506: Familiar AddressNumber 2513: Episodes 1-256
  38. Number 2544: Anime Trap
  39. Number 2545: Colon Uppercase D
  40. Number 2557: Cathy Says "Ack"
  41. Number 2585: Employee Contacts
  42. Number 2588: Deny, Deny, DenyNumber 2591: Sugoiiiii
  43. Number 2595: Miss DirectionNumber 2596: Attempted Blackmail
  44. Number 2603: Seems Likely
  45. Number 2608: Server Overload
  46. Number 2634: Classic First Date
  47. Number 2637: Breakfast Time
  48. Number 2638: I Like Them Better Cold Anyway
  49. Number 2643: Empowerment
  50. 3679: Hold On Loosely, 3680: Marigold, Nooo
  51. 3682: Lovers' Ed3688: Fruits Basket
  52. 3829: Just Imagine
  53. 53.0 53.1 Number 1493: At Least She's Being Generous
  54. Number 1523: Get In Uniform
  55. Number 1855: B.L.O.O.D.T.R.E.E.
  56. Number 2341: Also Maybe A Shoe Rack
  57. Number 1997: Leda Has The Football
  58. Number 2342: Sleeping Arrangements
  59. Number 3137: PETSTUFF.HORSE, Number 3138: I'll Finish This Tomorrow
  60. Number 1463: Rah Rah Rah
  61. Number 1917: Harsh Fantasy
  62. Number 1495: Pretty Pretty Pretty Pretty
  63. Number 2306: The Gordian Bikini
  64. Number 2003: She's A Bit Of A Pout
  65. Number 1573: Computer Guidance
  66. Number 1880: Marigold Is Pretty Harsh
  67. Number 1652: It IS A Pretty Great Book
  68. Number 1869: Simply Irresistible
  69. Number 2475: Write What You Know
  70. Number 1994: Sentient Credit Rating
  71. Number 2487: Behind The Curtain
  72. Number 2510: Kali Mah
  73. Number 1598: So You Think You Can Dance
  74. Number 1504: Sanrio Product Placement
  75. Number 2143: Undocumented Bug
  76. Number 1678: Epic Prow
  77. Number 2290: Male Gaze
  78. Number 2291: Fitting Room
  79. 79.0 79.1 Number 1527: Happens All The Time
  80. Number 2092: Eierschade
  81. Number 1615: Last Party She Was Invited To
  82. Number 1475: I Learned It From You, Okay?!
  83. Number 1791: Oh Jeez, Oh Jeez
  84. Number 1654: Who'd Play Marigold?
  85. Number 1792: Just To Be Sure
  86. Number 2150: Ice Cream, Too
  87. Number 1429: True Bromance
  88. Number 1473: JEEZ, GOD
  89. Number 1460: Initiate Threat Protocol
  90. 90.0 90.1 Number 2142: Modern-Day Shakespeare
  91. Number 1638: Twue Fwiends
  92. Number 1687: Switching Sides
  93. Number 1691: People Are Funny
  94. Number 1726: Well THAT Was Easy
  95. Number 2189: This Is How Cults Get Started
  96. Number 2115: Anything You Want
  97. Number 2295: So Do I, Marigold
  98. Number 2358: Jerk City
  99. Number 2414: Detente
  100. Number 2275: Personal Pleasure
  101. Number 2564: Lose Yourself To Dance
  102. Number 1597: WoW-Booty Dance
  103. Number 1738: Dance Dance Revolution
  104. Number 1525: Hanners, Of Course, Is The Moe One
  105. Number 1635: Launch It Into The Sun
  106. 106.0 106.1 Number 1668: FOR THE HORDE
  107. http://twitter.com/marigoldfarmer/status/3503584951
  108. Number 1414: The Room
  109. Number 1420: Magical Love Gentleman #18
  110. 110.0 110.1 Number 1465: Someone Get Her A Fancy Dress
  111. Number 1625: It's Her Favorite Webcomic, Of Course
  112. Number 1616: Laundry Larceny
  113. Number 2113: Biggie Ain't Dead
  114. https://twitter.com/marigoldfarmer/status/334836373838249985
  115. Number 1786: Tai_Squadron42
  116. Number 1621: And It Wasn't Even In Biology Class
  117. Number 1771: Lousy In Real Life
  118. Number 1786: Tai_Squadron42
  119. Number 1879: What Was To Be Demonstrated
  120. Number 1685: Fifteen Minutes
  121. Number 2357: Onomatoployment
  122. https://jephjacques.com/post/11313684124/maributts
  123. http://jephjacques.tumblr.com/post/10973725252/qa-dump-06
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