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[[Image:PBTC.png|thumb|Powered by The Cheat, for The Cheat]]
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[[Image:PBTC.png|thumb|Powered by The Sam, for The Sam]]
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"'''Powered by The Cheat'''" toons are [[Flash]] animations created by [[The Cheat]] and his computers, [[Tangerine Dreams]] (2002-2004), [[Monosodium Dreams]] (2006-2014), and [[The Cheat's iMac (2018)|his new iMac]] (2018-present). Many of them are [[Flash]] toons within the [[Homestar Runner universe]]. The toons, which are a parody of the many poorly drawn Flash cartoons on the web, are usually packed with bad animation and [[Powered by The Cheat Character Variations|character depictions]], poor imitations of the characters' voices (provided by [[Mike Chapman]]), vocalised sound effects, and senseless or nonexistent plots.  
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"'''Powered by The Sam'''" toons are [[Flash]] animations created by [[The Sam]] and his computers, [[Tangerine Dreams]] (2002-2004) and [[Monosodium Dreams]] (2006-present). Many of them are Flash toons within the [[Homestar Runner universe]]. The toons, which are a parody of the many poorly drawn Flash cartoons on the web, are usually packed with bad animation and [[Powered by The Sam Character Variations|character depictions]], poor imitations of the characters' voices (provided by [[Mike Chapman]]), and senseless or nonexistent plots.  
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It is never explained how The Cheat manages to imitate the other characters speaking human language; in all regular toons, The Cheat speaks in his own native "The Cheat" language. In the [[Georgia Tech - 26 Apr 2007|Georgia Tech]] appearance, an audience member asked [[The Brothers Chaps]] a question concerning this, and [[Matt Chapman]] responded in [[Strong Bad]]'s voice, "The guy's got two throats," and that, "he goes into this secret room when he does the voices, so I never see how he does it." He often [[Powered by The Cheat Cameo Appearances|incorporates himself into his cartoons]], sometimes in a [[Wikipedia:List_of_Hitchcock_cameo_appearances|Hitchcock-style cameo]], but usually portraying himself as superior to the other characters or receiving some sort of prize. The Cheat has won five prizes for these cartoons in "real" life, including an [[New Boots|iron cup full of Brunswick Stew]], a [[pizza]] for his "[[Everybody to the Limit]]" music video, the fabled "Pizza [[Trophy]]", a slice of "chinstrap pizza", and another pizza.
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It is never explained how The Sa, manages to imitate the other characters speaking English; in all regular toons, The Sam speaks in his own native "The Sam" language.
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These animations show hints of The Cheat's fantasies and possibly insecure personality. The email [[mile]], which The Cheat guest-authored, is an ideal example of what he most desires yet cannot possibly possess. The Cheat shamelessly elevates his status in the eyes of others through praise given by his boss, [[Strong Bad]], while [[Marzipan]] finally gives him the [[Marzipan and The Cheat's Relationship|attention and affection he has been craving]]. However, the two rarely exchange words outside of a fabricated Flash universe, despite having gone on one [[Date Nite|date]] together.
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[[Category:Powered by The Sam|*]]
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The Cheat has provided animation for other [[Free Country, USA]] artists. He has also collaborated with the likes of [[The Skate Party]], [[They Might Be Giants]], and more.
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It has been referred to by Strong Bad in a Quote of the week as an outtake from [[Most In The Graveyard]] as "The Cheat's regular animating crap".
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==Powered by The Cheat Content==
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[[Image:sbemail87.PNG|thumb|"The Cheat is a millionaire!"]]
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*[[The Cheat Theme Song]]
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*[[Everybody to the Limit]]
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*[[Crazy Cartoon]] (part of the email [[crazy cartoon]])
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*Email [[mile#Powered by The Cheat|mile]]
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*[[These peoples try to fade me]]
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*[[New Boots]]
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*[[Seasonal Sweaters]]
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*[[Grumblecakes (video)]]
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*[[Main Page 15]]
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*[[Rap Song]]
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*[[Trudgemank]]
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*[[Crystal Fortress]]
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*[[Fish Eye Lens]]
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*[[Trogdor Was Dragon Man]]
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==Partially Powered by The Cheat Content==
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[[Image:Sbscreen.PNG|thumb|The credits squeeze from [[theme song]]]]
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*The Cheat made a short animation with the [[Grim Reaper]] crushing hearts in [[Strong Sad's Lament]] for his Valentine's Day entry.
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*Email [[website]] — The Cheat makes the Flash intro for [[Strong Bad]]'s [[Strong Bad's Website|website]].
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*Email [[marzipan]] — The Cheat makes a music video for [[Marzipan]]'s "[[Oh Yeah Yeah]]".
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*[[Experimental Film]] — The Cheat co-directs the music video for They Might Be Giants' "Experimental Film" with [[Strong Sad]].
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*[[Labor Dabor]] — The Cheat makes some bowling animations.
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*Email [[animal]] — Strong Bad's descriptions of the [[Made-Up Strong Bad Animals#Deep Sea Fangly Fish|Deep Sea Fangly Fish]] are rendered in PBTC style, and the style is seen again in two Easter eggs.
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*Email [[rock opera]] — Many of the visuals during the opera are in PBTC style.
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*Email [[bedtime story]] — The visuals in The Cheat's bedtime story with [[Moses Malone]] are completely PBTC style.
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*Email [[narrator]] — An Easter egg with the [[Marzipan]] Alien and [[Nebulon]] is done in PBTC style.
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*[[Summer Short Shorts]] — The second sequence is a PBTC cartoon set in the "Millionzoic Era".
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*Email [[theme song]] — An announcer interrupts the closing credits to advertise an upcoming show called ''Powered By The Cheat'', which that night would have featured [[Strong Mad]] getting his own talk show.
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*Email [[strong badathlon]] — PBTC versions of Strong Bad, The Cheat playing a guitar, and a hot girl are shown during the "Probably Something With Guitars, Lasers, Robots, and Hot Girls" event.
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*Email [[web comics]] — The Cheat has a web comic in which he makes PBTC-style drawings based on the senders' names of spam emails.
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*[[SBCG4AP Advertisement]] — A scene in which a [[Nintendo#Wii|Wii]] console explodes is drawn and animated in PBTC style.
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*Email [[love poems]] — An animated video of [[Tenerence Love]]'s "sweaty overweight jam" is labeled, "Director: The Cheat".
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*[[Best Caper Ever]] — When Strong Bad is wondering about what they might have done to Homestar, some PBTC-style drawings pop up.
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*[[Where U Goin' 2?]] — The Cheat gets a freelance animation job, and a clip of his cartoon is shown.
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*[[2 Part Episode: Part 2]] — In an Easter egg, a short PBTC animation similar to [[Trudgemank]] is shown.
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*[[Really Cool Boat]] — This [[Skills of an Artist]] episode finishes with a PBTC animation of the Deep Sea Fangly Fish encountering the Cheatviathan.
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==Responses==
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These are the responses of characters, mostly Strong Bad, after watching a toon with The Cheat. While most are discouraging, there is occasional praise.
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{| border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=2 style="border-collapse:collapse"
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! Toon !! Transcript
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|[[The Cheat Theme Song]]||
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'''THE CHEAT''': ''{The Cheat noises}''
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'''STRONG BAD''': Um, I dunno, The Cheat, I don't think it was very good... at all. I mean, the song was kinda catchy but the visuals were lacking, at best.
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER''': This is the best video game I've ever played.
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|[[Everybody to the Limit]]||
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'''STRONG BAD:'''  ''{talking to The Cheat}'' Now that's what I'm talkin' about! That was amazing! I mean you—... I—... I can't b—... Chi-g-d-b ... He—g ... I'm buyin' you a pizza!
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|Email [[crazy cartoon]]||
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''{the cartoon pans out to a Powered by The Cheat-styled cartoon of Strong Bad and The Cheat watching the toon}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' The Cheat, this is the greatest cartoon in the whole world! Have a trophy!
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''{Strong Bad gives The Cheat a trophy}''
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'''THE CHEAT:''' ''{The Cheat noises}''
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''{Zoom out again to the ''actual'' Strong Bad and The Cheat.}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Hey, I didn't do that! Did I?
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'''THE CHEAT:''' ''{The Cheat noises}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' I mean, it was good. I liked the way you worked in Eh! Steve, but I don't think it deserved a trophy. I don't even think it deserved a pizza! Maybe a pizza trophy.
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Purple boxing gloves?! Did you do any fact-checking before you turned this in? What if I did that to you? Oh yeah, The Cheat, he's a... stripèd, green rabbit! With two butts!
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'''THE CHEAT:''' ''{responds angrily}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' But you made my underwears showing! Everybody knows I don't wear underwears!
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'''THE CHEAT:''' ''{Pleading The Cheat noises}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Mmm... all right... You get an... iron cup. Full of Brunswick Stew. ''{places cup of stew on table}''
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'''THE CHEAT:''' ''{responds excitedly and pushes the cup over to his side of the table}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' But lemme tell ya's. With a little extra effort, it would have been a trophy full of ''Steak-umms.''
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'''THE CHEAT:''' ''{sad The Cheat noise (in an "Awww" pattern)}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Guy drops a couple of JPEGs in his cartoon and thinks he's like, the guy who draws The Lockhorns or something. Now that guy knows funny!
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|[[Main Page 15]]||
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(to show these three randomized responses scroll the mouse over the email button)
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'''THE CHEAT:''' ''{Exclamatory The Cheat noises}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Once again, your visual style just looks thrown together.  It looks like you don't care.
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'''STRONG BAD:''' And what is that terrible voice?  Is that supposed to be Homestar?
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'''THE CHEAT:''' ''{Defensive The Cheat noises}''
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'''THE CHEAT:''' ''{Questioning The Cheat noises}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' The animation looks terrible.  It's all jerky, ya know, like it was done by a two years old boy.
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'''COACH Z:''' The Chort, that was amazing! It's gonna rocket straight to the bottom of the BET charts!
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'''THE CHEAT:''' ''{The Cheat noises}''
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'''COACH Z:''' Oh, your payment. How's about a nice slice of chin strap pizza? ''{holds up a pizza slice that has a chin strap on it}''
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''{The Cheat sinks out of view, making sick-sounding The Cheat noises.}''
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|[[Trudgemank]]||
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''{The Cheat looks around for viewers and lowers his head, looking disappointed. He then gives himself a pizza trophy and begins applauding.}''
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| [[Fish Eye Lens]] ||
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'''STRONG BAD:''' The Cheat! That was incredible!
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''{He begins babbling as if at a loss for words, like in [[Everybody to the Limit]]. He keeps babbling in rhythm. The Cheat pulls out his keyboard and drops a beat in time with the babbling. The rave lights come on.}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' ''{overlapping himself}'' I'm buying you a pizzaaaaa!
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''{The music stops as he says "pizzaaaaa". A pizza falls from the ceiling and covers their heads. The Cheat makes a "da-ta-da!" fanfare noise.}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Whoa! Guess I can conjure ceiling pizzas now.
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{{recenttoons}}
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[[Category:Powered by The Cheat|*]]
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[[Category:Lists]]
[[Category:Lists]]

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