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Feed me, Krelborn! Feed me now!
~ Audrey II
You want to save your skin, boy? You want to save your hide? You wanna see tomorrow? Ha-ha! You better step aside...! Better take a tip, boy. Want some good advice? You better take it easy, 'cause you're walking on thin ice! You don't know what you're dealing with, no you never did. You don't know what you're lookin' at, but that's tough titty, kid. The Lion don't sleep tonight, and when you pull his tail, he roars!
~ Audrey II in its climactic battle with Seymour.

Audrey II, or Twoey for short, is a flytrap-like alien plant and the iconic main antagonist of the 1986 rock horror-comedy musical film, Little Shop of Horrors, loosely based on the Off-Broadway musical of the same name.

He was voiced by the late Levi Stubbs, who also played Mother Brain in Captain N: The Game Master.

Origin

According to the film's director, Audrey II hails from a distant planet "Past the stars, and beyond the Moon!" which is home to thousands more carnivorous Plants akin to him. He came to planet Earth with the sole intentions of consuming humanity, and secondly to spread his seeds. (In the theatrical ending, he explodes and becomes blue particles. This could be taken to mean he regenerated into tiny seeds upon death, confirmed when an Audrey II bud is seen at the climax). Audrey II came to Earth during a total solar eclipse and this could be taken to either mean his spaceship was orbiting Earth at the time, and he teleported down as a sapling from the ship, or that it could mean his mere presence was enough so that he could bend reality to his will.

He ended up in the plant section of an exotic Asian florist and was sold to Seymour, (despite the latter knowing the Plant definitely was not there before the eclipse) for just $1.95.

Personality

Audrey II is a very cruel, greedy, uncaring, avaricious, manipulative, and egotistical plant who relies on manipulating Seymour's desires to grow large enough to move around and eat humans on its own. Despite having no eyes or ears, it can see and hear. When he goes to get to the telephone to call Audrey, it places the phone on the position of where the right ear on a human's face would be.

History

Seymour Krelborn is a very poor man who works in a flower shop. One day, he finds a very inexplicable and strange flytrap being sold by a Chinese man and buys it for $1.95. He names the plant Audrey II, after the girl he loves, and puts it on display in the flower store, which causes business to soar. However, it soon starts wilting and while trying to feed it Seymour discovers that the only thing the plant eats is human blood. He starts feeding the plant his own blood through his fingers until it is human-size and Seymour cannot afford to give anymore of his blood to it, at which point the plant starts talking and singing to Seymour demanding to be fed.

Audrey II convinces Seymour to kill Orin Scrivello, the opprobrious and abusive dentist that the human Audrey is currently dating and feed him to him, which Seymour does, being spared having to actually murder him as the dentist accidentally inhales a lethal amount of his own laughing gas. Later at night, Mr. Mushnik, the owner of the plant shop reveals that he witnessed the body being chopped up and pulling out his revolver gun tries to turn Seymour into the police but changes his mind and instead blackmails Seymour to leave town and hand over the fame and fortune that the plant promises so that Mushnik become the new owner of the plant. Seymour reluctantly lures Mushnik into getting eaten by Audrey 2 to avoid getting shot at, and horrifiedly watches a helpless Mushnik scream for mercy before getting swallowed whole.

At this point the now massive plant is making Seymour a famous celebrity, but he is tormented by the guilt of indirectly killing two people and refuses to feed any more humans to Audrey II. A deleted scene ("The Meek Shall Inherit") would have shown that Seymour decided that having Audrey II around is far worse than his previous life back when he was broke and poor. Seymour grabs an axe and considers axing Audrey II but withdraws plans when he starts worrying that Audrey (the human one) won't love him anymore if he doesn't continue to earn all of the fortune the plant can offer him. Audrey II then begs she's hungry again, but Seymour demands she only eat meat that isn't human like beef, making the plant throw a temper tantrum but then tells Seymour that she will take it. While Seymour goes to the local butcher for ground round beef, Audrey II struggles to pull herself next to the telephone and use it to call Audrey and lure her into the shop.

The film has 2 endings made each differing how Audrey II's fate goes on after this point. Only the "Seymour Triumphs" ending was shown back in theaters in 1986, but the "Audrey 2 Triumphs" ending earned its own theatrical release in a limited time event back in October 2017.

Seymour Triumphs ending

In the released film, Seymour rescues Audrey from the mouth of the plant before she is fatally wounded, and takes her out of the shop into a back alley where he is confronted by a salesman who tells him he will be selling mini Audrey II pods across the country, and has the contracts to do so whether Seymour approves or not. It is at this point that Seymour realizes what Audrey II's true intentions were all along, and he confronts the monster in the flower shop, where he starts singing the song "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" along with his newly-flowered offspring as Seymour unsuccessfully tries to destroy him. At the end of the song, the plant yanks a support beam causing the building to collapse on Seymour. But Seymour survives and while Audrey II's guard is down he pulls out an electrical cord and plugs it into one of the vines, electrocuting Audrey II and causing him to explode. But when Audrey and Seymour ran into their house, an Audrey II bud is seen and smiles at the camera.

Audrey 2 Triumphs ending

After Audrey is attacked by Audrey II (reprise of "Suppertime"), Seymour rescues Audrey, who is seriously injured. Confessing to Audrey he fed Mushnik and Orin to Audrey II, Audrey requests Seymour feed her to the plant and earn the success he deserves, before she dies in his arms (reprise of "Somewhere That's Green"). Seymour does so, but soon attempts to commit suicide, only to be stopped by a salesman, who offers to reproduce and sell Audrey II. Realizing Audrey II's intentions of world domination, Seymour is warned that his consent is unnecessary as plants are considered public domain, meaning Audrey II has to be destroyed. Returning to the shop, Seymour confronts and tries to kill the plant ("Mean Green Mother from Outer Space"), who tears down the shop, plucks Seymour out of the rubble, and eats him alive.

The three chorus girls appear in front of the American flag and tell how the Audrey II buds became a worldwide consumer craze, but soon, grew into an army of monstrous plants who take over the world ("Don't Feed the Plants"). Giant Audrey II plants are shown destroying cities, toppling buildings and eating people. The U.S. Army attempt to fight the Audrey II buds as the final shot shows the plants ascending the Statue of Liberty. One bud then smashes through the film screen and eats the audience.

Quotes

Part 1

FEED ME, KRELBORN, FEED ME NOW!
~ Audrey II's first words
Must be blood!...Must be fresh!
~ Audrey II's preference to blood.
Feed me! I'm starving!
~ Audrey II demands to be fed
More, more, more, more!
~ Audrey II eager for more blood
Feed me, Seymour, feed me all night long... haha, that's right, boy! You can do it! Feed me, Seymour, feed me all night long. Cos if you feed me, Seymour, I can grow up, big and strong!
~ Audrey II persuading Seymour
You think this is all a coincidence, baby? Your sudden success round here? Your adoption papers?
~ Audrey II explaining it manipulated Seymour
LIKE DELIVER, PAL! I'll see you get whatever your sickly, cowardly heart desires! Would you like a Cadillac car? Or a guest shot on Jack Parr? How about a date with Heady leMarr? You're gonna get it... if you want it, baby! Hee hee, how'd you like to be a big wheel? Dinin' out for every meal! I'm the Plant who can make it all real. You're gonna get it. I'm your Genie, I'm your friend, I'm your willing slave. Take a chance, feed me now, you know what kinda eats, the kinda red hot treats, its the icky sticky sweets I craaave! Come on, Seymour, don't be a klutz! Just trust me and your life will surely rival King Tut's! Show some initiative, boy, work up some guts, and you'll get it!
~ Audrey II tempting Seymour
Would you like a room at the Ritz? Wrapped in velvet, covered in glitz?
~ Audrey II's temptations
There must be someone you can eighty-six real quiet like, and get me some LUNCH!
~ Audrey II's plan
If you really want to be profound, if you really want to justify - take a breath and look around, A LOT OF FOLKS DESERVE TO DIE!
~ Audrey II reveals its sadistic nature

Part 2

He's got your number now... he knows just what you've done... you've got nowhere to hide... got nowhere to run!
~ Audrey II telepathically influences Seymour to feed Mushnik to it when the latter threatens to arrest Seymour
Come on... come on... think of all those adverts. Come on, come on, think of your future with Audrey! Come on, come on, come on, I swear on my spores! When he's gone, the world will be yours!
~ Audrey II telepathically orders Seymour to kill Mushnik
And I think it's SUPPERTIME!
~ Audrey II orchestrating Mushnik's demise
You sure do drive, a hard bargain!
~ Audrey II demanding meat

Part 3

No, it ain't Seymour - it's ME!
~ Audrey II deceives Audrey
No... and you ain't in Kansas neither!
~ Audrey II to Audrey
Aw, relax darling, your boyfriend and Mushnik are in here, too!
~ Audrey II mocking Audrey before it eats her (from the original ending)
Look at my vines, they're drying up, and I don't know why!
~ Audrey II lying to Audrey

Part 4

No shit Sherlock!
~ Audrey II upon realizing its plans have been revealed
And I want to thank YOU!
~ Audrey II to Seymour, making Seymour realize he was responsible for Audrey II's success
You better wait a minute... haha. You better hold the phone. You better mind your manners, you better watch your tone! Don't you threaten me, son!... You got a lot of gall! You better do things my way, (haha) or we don't do things at all!
~ Audrey II, mad with Seymour, launches into its epic Mean Green Mother From Outer Space number
Aha! You're in trouble now!
~ Audrey II breaks its tentacles out of its plant pot
Aha, bwahaha! You don't know what you're messing with, you got no idea! Haha! You don't know what you're looking at, when you lookin' here! You don't know what you're up against, no way, no way no how! You don't know what you're up against, and I'm gonna tell you noooow!
~ Audrey II about to reveal its identity
Aw, let's get this straight! I'm just a Mean Green Mother From Outer Space, and I am BAD! I'm just a Mean Green Mother From Outer Space, and it looks like you been had! I'm just a Mean Green Mother From Outer Space, so get off my back, get outta my face, cos I'm Mean and Green! AND I AM BAD!
~ Audrey II unleashed its anger and explained its identity to Seymour as a man eating alien


You want to save your skin, boy? You want to save your hide? You wanna see tomorrow? Ha-ha! You better step aside...! Better take a tip, boy. Want some good advice? You better take it easy, 'cause you're walking on thin ice! You don't know what you're dealing with, no you never did. You don't know what you're lookin' at, but that's tough titty, kid. The Lion don't sleep tonight, and when you pull his tail, he roars! You say "That ain't fair?" You say "That ain't nice?" You know what I say? "Up yours!" Watch me now! I'm Just a Mean Green Mother From Outer Space, and I am BAD! I'm Just a Mean Green Mother From Outer Space, and you got me fightin' mad! I'm Just a Mean Green Mother From Outer Space, so just give up, its all over, ace! Cos I'm Mean and Green! And... I... am... BAD!
~ Audrey II wields a gun and attempts to shoot Seymour while taunting him, then it forces Seymour into a tight corner where it smashes down the shop counter
You know I don't come from no Black Lagoon, I'm from past the stars and beyond the Moon! You can keep the Thing, keep the It, keep the Creature, they don't mean shit!
~ Audrey II duelling with Seymour
Na-haha! I got killer moves, a powerful stem, deadly thorns and I'm usin' them! You'd best give up! Nature calls! You got the point? I'm gonna bust your balls! Here it comes!
~ Audrey II injures Seymour
I'm just a Mean Green Mother From Outer Space, and I am BAD! Bye bye, Seymour! Mwahahahahahaah!
~ Audrey II yanks down the shop as Seymour hides
And... I... am... BAD!
~ Audrey II, in the original ending, as it spots Seymour struggling out the rubble of the shop, wraps its tentacles around him, and drags him into its maw to eat Seymour alive. After this, it spits out Seymour's glasses and laughs evilly.
Look out, here I come for you!
~ Audrey II's real last words in the intended original ending. This is one of its scariest lines. The chorus girls say "Look out, here comes Audrey II!" and then a gigantic Audrey II smashes down the high street, proclaiming "Look out, here I come for you!" in a deep voice, as it thrashes cars about and causes chaos. A mob flees from its grasping tentacles, and, to make matters worse, it is accompanied by thousands more gigantic Plants like him. This scene was deemed far too scary for release and thus is kept in the cutting room floor.
MWAHAHAAH! Oh... Shit!
~ Audrey II (in the theatrical ending) realizes its fate is sealed when Seymour zaps it with an electric wire; thus blowing the Plant up

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Trivia

  • Sometimes, Orin Scrivello is seen as being the main antagonist, but this role belongs to the Plant because it had more ambitions than Orin and planned to destroy all humans.
  • The song "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" received an Oscar nomination for Best Song, making it the first song of the Academy to contain profanity and be sung by a villain.
  • A debate has arisen over Audrey II's gender, based on its number "I'm Just a Mean Green Mother from Outer Space!" This led to fans believing it was ultimately female, while others say male. The female lead has said because of its new buds it "sprouts" at the climax. Others say it is a compulsive liar so why should we believe it when it states its gender? However, the real answer for this lies in the song name - when it uses "I'm Just a Mean Green Mother" it actually means the insult motherfucker and is not actually referring to its identity at all.
  • The original lyrics of the song Mean Green Mother From Outer Space have the lines: "Don't talk to me about ole King Kong, you think he's the worst, hah, well you're wrong!" and "Don't talk to me about Frankenstein, you think he's got a temper, well, he ain't got mine!" These lines are among the most infamous of the song, and are used in many stage adaptations, however, for an unknown reason, they never made it into the 1986 film. The reasons are unknown (most likely done for screentime).
  • Audrey II shares similarities with Metroid Prime, given both are cosmic alien entities, both come from distant planets, both seek to destroy other civilisations, both have several forms (Audrey II has infant, adolescent and mature form, whereas Metroid Prime has Exoskeleton, Core, and Essence forms) and both wield gigantic tentacles in their final forms, and can also spawn miniature versions of their own species.
  • Given that Audrey II falls like a star to Earth, and that its coming heralds the destruction of humanity, and that it corrupts people to its wills, and that it literally poisons the minds of otherwise decent folk - all this means Audrey II was most likely based off the phenomenon of the so-called "Star Wormwood" from the Bible's Book of Revelations.
  • A remake of Little Shop of Horrors was planned sometime in the early 2020s, with Josh Gad as Seymour and Rebel Wilson possibly portraying the human Audrey, but given that the writers only just started the script, it is unknown exactly when this remake will be produced or if they will use any of the original songs or just reinvent songs of their own. Its possible for a 2019-2020 release but this is just speculation. It is also speculated that this version will stay true and keep the original dark ending, but it is unknown who would voice Audrey II in this remake.