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Powered by The Cheat, for The Cheat

"Powered by The Cheat" toons are Flash toons done by The Cheat and his trusty computer, Tangerine Dreams, and first appeared in 2002. 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), and senseless or nonexistent plots.

It is never explained how The Cheat manages to imitate the other characters speaking English; in all regular toons, The Cheat speaks in his own native "The Cheat" language. He often incorporates himself into his cartoons, sometimes in a Hitchcock-style cameo, but usually making himself appear awesome or receive some sort of prize. The Cheat has won three 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, and the fabled "Pizza Trophy."

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.

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.

Powered by The Cheat Toons

"The Cheat is a millionaire!"

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The credits squeeze from theme song

Strong Bad's Responses

These are Strong Bad's responses 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 badly drawn 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...stripe-ed, 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: {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.

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