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|“||Store dick's dead. Store dick don't want shit.||„|
|~ Marcus revealing his true colors.|
Marcus "Elf" Skidmore is the best friend of Willie Stokes in the crime comedy films, Bad Santa and Bad Santa 2. He serves as the main antagonist of both films.
He was portrayed by Tony Cox, who also played the unnamed Nelwyn warrior in the 1988 high fantasy film Willow, and the "Black Leprechaun" bar patron in Leprechaun 2 featuring another famed actor Warwick Davis as the eponymous evil Leprechaun in the Leprechaun horror comedy film series, Mrs. Parker's husband Mr. Parker in the first Friday stoner comedy film, and the evil dwarf Bink in the 2007 spoof comedy film Epic Movie.
|“||Every year, you're worse. Every year, less reliable. More booze. More bull$**t. More buttf**kin'.||„|
|~ Marcus explaining his betrayal to Willie Stokes.|
Marcus is a dwarf who therefore poses as an elf. He later becomes the main antagonist because of Willie's unreliance (as shown when he warms up to bartender Sue and an orphan boy later revealed to be named Thurman Merman, and when Marcus tries to teach the boy to fight inappropriately). He and Lois are arrested in the end.
Marcus will return in the sequel. As shown in the trailers, Marcus has received an early release from prison and repairs his friendship with Willie so they can do another heist together. Marcus tells Willie that the next mission could earn them millions. Willie, as expected, is hesitant citing the ending moments of the original film "you tried to murder me!". Still, Willie forgives Marcus and agrees to be Santa Claus again.
Marcus has purely materialistic and acquisitive intentions, simply seeing Christmas as a time for theft and profit. He takes his way of living extremely serious, and he is openly frustrated, cantankerous, and argumentative when things don't go his way. Despite his easy-to-make-fun-of height, he always manages to win fights due to his cold-hearted comments.
He is constantly scolding, judgmental, and vituperative towards Willie for being a "loser" when he doesn't cooperate, but it is nevertheless implied to be because he genuinely cares for him and wants him to get better. In the end, however, Marcus decides he must kill Willie, which he does show a bit of remorse for.
- Marcus "Elf" Skidmore made an appearance in the 2004 music video "Just Lose It" by rapper Eminem that was also parodying the first Bad Santa movie.