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Given that (in the U.S., anyway) cheese-flavored goldfish-shaped crackers are a common snack, it is possible that this is yet another reference to Cheese; that is, showing up between Agatha and Gil when they first meet, it represents the precariousness of their relationship... and being a real goldfish, it represents the vitality of their relationship as well. Finally, Zoing! sees it as a threat, much as a childhood creation (along the lines of Puff, the Magic Dragon) would see a marriage partner for Gil (especially as demanding as a relationship with Agatha would be) as a threat to its relationship with Gil.
Whose goldfish is it?
Why did Gil think he could take it? Was it understood to be Dr. Beetle's goldfish, now orphaned (very much like Agatha)?
This is implied in the novelization to be why Gil took it with him, and it was Dr. Beetle's. --JET73L 02:09, March 19, 2012 (UTC)
Is the goldfish merely a plot device to demonstrate a character's aspects? Gil is shown reflexively rescuing somebody else's goldfish, simply because it's a living creature.
Is the goldfish who has the bowl with tank-tracks the same fish? Who is its benefactor now?
Is this the goldfish in a later life? A familiar fishy face. If so, has it always been an alien fish, or has it just been hired to play the part. If so, great makeup for a radio show...
Possibly relevant outside information
The original music video for the 1988 Bobby McFerrin hit-you-love-to-hate "Don't Worry, Be Happy" with McFerrin, Robin Williams and Bill Irwin includes a scene with Irwin's dispossessed character catching a falling goldfish bowl.
Hilariously Useless Speculation
In Gil mentions a Goldfish not to be afraid of and Agatha suggests that she will put Von Zinzer -- specifically she says you emphatically -- into a glass jar. Did she put the fish into the glass jar? Did the fish get put into prison for misdeeds? Is the fish actually Bill Heterodyne? Does the fish even eat cheese?comic, linked in the article,
Honestly, I'd say that the glass jar was just a continuation of thought in the head of the comic writer. But its fun to speculate wildly inaccurately.04:21, 13 May 2009 (UTC)
On the page immediately before the one you link to, WTarrasque, Moloch talks about how the Duke D'Omas likely doesn't have any heirs "except in glass jars". I believe that's what Agatha is referring to when she says she'll put HIM in a glass jar. The Goldfish likely doesn't enter into it.--Socks4615 10:34, 2 July 2009 (UTC)
- Unless...the Goldfish...is secretly...the Heir to the Duke D'Omas!!!<dun-DUN-DUUUHHHHH!>--Bosda Di'Chi 15:41, June 3, 2011 (UTCwered by canon.