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[[The Cheat]] and his trusty computer, [[Tangerine Dreams]], have been creating "'''Powered by The Cheat'''" Flash cartoons since 2002. The Cheat's toons, which are a parody of the many poorly drawn Flash cartoons on the web, are usually packed with bad animation, poor imitations of the character's voices (provided by [[Mike Chapman]]), and nonexistent plots. He always incorporates himself into his cartoons, sometimes in a [[Wikipedia:List_of_Hitchcock_cameo_appearances|Hitchcock-style cameo]], but usually making himself appear awesome or receive some sort of prize. The Cheat has won many prizes for these cartoons in real life, including an iron cup full of Brunswick Stew and the so-called "Pizza Trophy."
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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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The Cheat has also provided animation for other [[Free Country, USA]] artists. He has also collaborated with the likes of [[The Skate Party]], [[They Might Be Giants]] and many more.
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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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==Powered By The Cheat Stuff==
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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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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!"]]
*[[The Cheat Theme Song]]
*[[The Cheat Theme Song]]
*[[Everybody to the Limit]]
*[[Everybody to the Limit]]
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*[[crazy cartoon#Powered by The Cheat|Crazy Cartoon]]
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*[[Crazy Cartoon]] (part of the email [[crazy cartoon]])
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*[[mile#Powered by The Cheat|Mile]]
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*Email [[mile#Powered by The Cheat|mile]]
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*[[New Boots]]/[[Hip Hop Dance]]
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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)]]
*[[Main Page 15]]
*[[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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|-
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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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|-
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|[[New Boots]]||
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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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|-
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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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|-
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|[[Rap Song]]||
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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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|-
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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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|-
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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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==Somewhat Powered By The Cheat Stuff==
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[[Category:Powered by The Cheat|*]]
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*[[website]] <small>(The Cheat makes the Flash intro for [[Strong Bad]]'s [[Strong Bad's Website|website]].)</small>
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*[[marzipan]] <small>(The Cheat makes a music video for [[Marzipan]]'s ''[[Oh yeah yeah]]''.)</small>
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*[[Strong Bad Sings and Other Type Hits]] <small>(A hidden PBTC music video for [[Coach Z]]'s ''[[These peoples try to fade me]]'' can be found on the CD.)</small>
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*[[Experimental Film]] <small>(The Cheat co-directs the music video for They Might Be Giants' ''Experimental Film'' with [[Strong Sad]].)</small>
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*[[Seasonal Sweaters]] <small>(The Cheat animates another music video for Marzipan in [[Decemberween In July]].)</small>
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*[[Labor Dabor]] <small>(The Cheat makes some bowling animations.)</small>
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*[[animal]] <small>(Strong Bad's descriptions of the [[Made_Up_Strong_Bad_Animals#Deep Sea Fangly Fish|Deep Sea Fangly Fish]] are rendered in PBTC style.)</small>
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*[[rock opera]] <small>(Many of the visuals during the opera are in PBTC style.)</small>
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[[Category:Powered by The Cheat]]
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[[Category:Lists]]
[[Category:Lists]]

Current revision as of 00:28, 19 September 2018

Powered by The Cheat, for The Cheat

"Powered by The Cheat" toons are Flash animations created by The Cheat and his computers, Tangerine Dreams (2002-2004), Monosodium Dreams (2006-2014), and 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 character depictions, poor imitations of the characters' voices (provided by Mike Chapman), vocalised sound effects, and senseless or nonexistent plots.

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 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 incorporates himself into his cartoons, sometimes in a 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 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.

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 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 together.

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.

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".

[edit] Powered by The Cheat Content

"The Cheat is a millionaire!"

[edit] Partially Powered by The Cheat Content

The credits squeeze from theme song
  • The Cheat made a short animation with the Grim Reaper crushing hearts in Strong Sad's Lament for his Valentine's Day entry.
  • Email website — The Cheat makes the Flash intro for Strong Bad's website.
  • Email marzipan — The Cheat makes a music video for Marzipan's "Oh Yeah Yeah".
  • Experimental Film — The Cheat co-directs the music video for They Might Be Giants' "Experimental Film" with Strong Sad.
  • Labor Dabor — The Cheat makes some bowling animations.
  • Email animal — Strong Bad's descriptions of the Deep Sea Fangly Fish are rendered in PBTC style, and the style is seen again in two Easter eggs.
  • Email rock opera — Many of the visuals during the opera are in PBTC style.
  • Email bedtime story — The visuals in The Cheat's bedtime story with Moses Malone are completely PBTC style.
  • Email narrator — An Easter egg with the Marzipan Alien and Nebulon is done in PBTC style.
  • Summer Short Shorts — The second sequence is a PBTC cartoon set in the "Millionzoic Era".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Email web comics — The Cheat has a web comic in which he makes PBTC-style drawings based on the senders' names of spam emails.
  • SBCG4AP Advertisement — A scene in which a Wii console explodes is drawn and animated in PBTC style.
  • Email love poems — An animated video of Tenerence Love's "sweaty overweight jam" is labeled, "Director: The Cheat".
  • Best Caper Ever — When Strong Bad is wondering about what they might have done to Homestar, some PBTC-style drawings pop up.
  • Where U Goin' 2? — The Cheat gets a freelance animation job, and a clip of his cartoon is shown.
  • 2 Part Episode: Part 2 — In an Easter egg, a short PBTC animation similar to Trudgemank is shown.
  • Really Cool Boat — This Skills of an Artist episode finishes with a PBTC animation of the Deep Sea Fangly Fish encountering the Cheatviathan.

[edit] Responses

These are the responses of characters, mostly Strong Bad, after watching a toon with The Cheat. While most are discouraging, there is occasional praise.

Toon Transcript
The Cheat Theme Song

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

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.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: This is the best video game I've ever played.

Everybody to the Limit

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!

Email crazy cartoon

{the cartoon pans out to a Powered by The Cheat-styled cartoon of Strong Bad and The Cheat watching the toon}

STRONG BAD: The Cheat, this is the greatest cartoon in the whole world! Have a trophy!

{Strong Bad gives The Cheat a trophy}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

{Zoom out again to the actual Strong Bad and The Cheat.}

STRONG BAD: Hey, I didn't do that! Did I?

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

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.

New Boots

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!

THE CHEAT: {responds angrily}

STRONG BAD: But you made my underwears showing! Everybody knows I don't wear underwears!

THE CHEAT: {Pleading The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Mmm... all right... You get an... iron cup. Full of Brunswick Stew. {places cup of stew on table}

THE CHEAT: {responds excitedly and pushes the cup over to his side of the table}

STRONG BAD: But lemme tell ya's. With a little extra effort, it would have been a trophy full of Steak-umms.

THE CHEAT: {sad The Cheat noise (in an "Awww" pattern)}

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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(to show these three randomized responses scroll the mouse over the email button)


THE CHEAT: {Exclamatory The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Once again, your visual style just looks thrown together. It looks like you don't care.


STRONG BAD: And what is that terrible voice? Is that supposed to be Homestar?

THE CHEAT: {Defensive The Cheat noises}


THE CHEAT: {Questioning The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: The animation looks terrible. It's all jerky, ya know, like it was done by a two years old boy.

Rap Song

COACH Z: The Chort, that was amazing! It's gonna rocket straight to the bottom of the BET charts!

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

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}

{The Cheat sinks out of view, making sick-sounding The Cheat noises.}

Trudgemank

{The Cheat looks around for viewers and lowers his head, looking disappointed. He then gives himself a pizza trophy and begins applauding.}

Fish Eye Lens

STRONG BAD: The Cheat! That was incredible!

{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.}

STRONG BAD: {overlapping himself} I'm buying you a pizzaaaaa!

{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.}

STRONG BAD: Whoa! Guess I can conjure ceiling pizzas now.


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