Yumyulack, alongside Jesse and The Pupa, shares the spotlight as a tritagonist in Solar Opposites. He functions as the replicant of Korvo.
Solar Opposites, the animated sitcom co-created by Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan, has won over millions of hearts since its inception in 2020. And at the heart of this comedic extraterrestrial experience is the flamboyantly intelligent character of Yumyulack, the Shlorpian replicant.
Species: Shlorpian (replicant)
Sex: None (uses he/him pronouns)
Voiced by: Sean Giambrone
Yumyulack From Solar Opposites
Yumyulack is not your traditional scientist. He’s a blend of sharp-witted scientific acumen and a bizarre yet endearing humor, a concoction that has helped him emerge as a favorite among viewers.
As the show’s primary scientific mind, Yumyulack’s character revolves around showcasing his intellectual prowess in solving mind-bending problems.
He’s often seen working on advanced alien technologies, conducting experiments, or merely creating chaos. His intelligence is undeniable, often unveiling itself in unexpected ways that amuse viewers and deepen our interest in his character. This complexity adds another layer to the show’s narratives, making it as engaging as it is hilarious.
Yumyulack and His Quirky Habits
One of the most intriguing things about Yumyulack is his peculiar habit of shrinking humans, like the time he shrunk Cherie. It’s a strange, humorous, and somewhat disturbing element of his character that he just can’t seem to let go. The humans he shrinks become residents of a miniature habitat in his bedroom wall, the ‘Wall,’ where he observes their social behaviors, a twisted take on a sociological experiment.
Yumyulack’s Wall is more than just a plot device; it’s an ingenious way of adding dimension to his character. It reveals his curiosity about human behavior, a reflection of his struggle to understand and assimilate into Earth culture.
This struggle, despite its humorously cruel execution, resonates with viewers on a deeper level, reminding us of our own struggles to understand and fit into new or different cultures.
A Dynamic Duo: Yumyulack and Jesse
While Yumyulack stands out on his own, his dynamic with his sister Jesse is what truly makes his character shine. Their relationship is rife with sibling squabbles, pranks, and moments of shared understanding that paint a vivid picture of extraterrestrial siblinghood.
Despite their constant bickering, Yumyulack and Jesse’s bond is undeniably strong. Their banter brings a unique flavor to the show, making every episode a delightful viewing experience.
Jesse, the empathetic and more human-loving Shlorpian, serves as a perfect foil to Yumyulack. Their contrasting personalities allow for compelling character interactions that often serve as the driving force for the show’s storyline. Yumyulack’s character is enriched by these interactions, further highlighting his unique persona and the role he plays in this madcap alien adventure.
From a planet called Shlorp, Yumyulack is a Shlorpian, a unique alien species. He sports light-blue skin speckled with bluish-gray on his forehead. His usual attire includes a grayish-tan vest accentuated with white shoulder pads and a long-sleeved shirt that extends to his elbows.
A utility belt, fitted with multiple pockets and a shiny silver buckle, completes his outfit. As uncovered in The Lavatic Reactor, a small, solitary strand of hair adorns the top of his head. He views this hair as his defining characteristic and harbors a deep fear of losing it.
Yumyulack’s Influence on Solar Opposites’ Success
There’s no doubt that Yumyulack’s character plays a significant role in Solar Opposites‘ success. His wit, eccentricities, and paradoxical nature make him a magnetic character that draws viewers in.
His interactions and dynamics with other characters enrich the overall narrative, making each episode a unique blend of humor, intrigue, and complexity.
Yumyulack’s development and arc have played a pivotal role in keeping the audience invested in the show. His character constantly surprises us, pushes boundaries, and maintains a level of unpredictability that keeps the series fresh and exciting. In many ways, Yumyulack is the driving force behind Solar Opposites’ continuing popularity and critical acclaim.
Yumyulack possesses a sharp cunning and a crabby yet sly demeanor, and he takes immense pleasure in pulling pranks. He attributes his perceptive nature to his scientific bent, asserting his love for indulging in “sci-fi shit”. According to him, his past life as a bounty hunter on planet Shlorp is the reason behind his swift action in dealing with a bar full of Neo-Nazis and his proficiency in using advanced tech like shrinking rays.
Yumyulack displays an unparalleled talent for extreme pranks and acts of torture. He even infiltrates his school’s Mac computers with his artificial intelligence as part of an intricate joke.
He doesn’t hesitate to confine people in pods or shrink his classmate to pour Diet Coke into her brain, eventually lobotomizing her, all in retaliation for a bit of teasing towards him and Jesse. Using a shrink ray, he amasses a collection of miniaturized humans, which he stores in an area he calls ‘The Wall.’ He presents all these acts as part of his endeavors to understand the human condition.
Relationship With Jesse
Despite frequently disagreeing with his fellow replicant and “sibling” over their perspectives on humanity, Yumyulack genuinely cares for Jesse. This protective nature becomes apparent in “The Unstable Grey Hole” episode when Jesse uncovers Yumyulack’s excessive torture of innocent people. In response, Jesse attempts to reveal the brighter side of humanity to Yumyulack by encouraging humans to like him.
Unmoved, Yumyulack exposes Jesse to humanity’s darker side, leading her to a bar full of Neo-Nazis. When the Neo-Nazis ambush them, Yumyulack’s automated suit springs into defense mode. He ends up fighting violently against the Neo-Nazis to ensure his and Jesse’s safety.
- Korvo (presumed progenitor/father figure)
- Terry (presumed surrogate “father”)
- Jesse (surrogate “sister”)
- Cindeen (ex-wife)
- Yumyulack Jr. (presumed son)
Yumyulack Goes To Hell (Solar Opposites)
Death and Resurrection
The episode “The Solar Opposites Almost Get An Xbox” features a dramatic turn of events when Yumyulack inadvertently causes Terry’s temporary demise. This sparks a conflict among himself, Jesse, and Korvo. The battle concludes with Yumyulack’s death, the result of Orgo, a Korvo’s ogre clone, crushing him underfoot, leading to a fatal back injury. However, the episode’s end brings Yumyulack’s resurrection, initially as a tree, then restoring him to his full form.