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"Whoa, The Cheat! I can't believe what cool boots you have on!"

The Cheat gets some new boots. Also includes a Coach Z music video, "Hip Hop Dance"!

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Homestar Runner, Coach Z, Nebulon, Stripèd Green Rabbit

Places: The Field, The Cheat's Computer Room

Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Running Time: 2:46

Page Title: Powered by The Cheat!!

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 1


[edit] Transcript

{This cartoon was created by The Cheat. Strong Bad is singing to himself, while dribbling a basketball with one hand and spinning a second basketball on his other hand. The background is a low-quality photograph of the sky. He is wearing purple boxing gloves and his head appears to be a picture of his store figurine. His pants are hiked up on one side so that his underwear shows on the other side. The Cheat enters wearing cowboy boots with dollar signs on each boot. The background flips horizontally and lightning strikes as Strong Bad speaks.}

STRONG BAD: Whoa, The Cheat! I can't believe what cool boots you have on, where did you get them?

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Oh, I see; a cute girl and an astronaut gave them to you.

THE CHEAT: {imperative The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Yes, I'll go get you a patty melt.

{He exits with his different body parts overcrossing. The basketball he was spinning remains in midair. A giant fist, similar to Strong Mad's, sends Homestar, who is wearing a sock in place of his right shoe, tumbling onscreen. The basketball Strong Bad had left behind finally falls to the ground.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Dang The Cheat, I like your boots!

{Homestar's cell phone rings in his shirt. He answers it.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {on the cell} Thanks for calling me. The Cheat is wearing cool boots. Can I have my shoe back?

{His missing shoe comes flying in and hits him in the face.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {on the cell} Thanks one million. Talk to you later.

{Strong Bad walks in, carrying a picnic basket, as Homestar puts his cell phone away. Strong Bad's arm briefly detaches from his body, then reattaches itself.}

STRONG BAD: The Cheat I made your favorite, a picnic plate with wine and a baguette. {smiles and a "ding" sound is heard} Can I get you something else?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I'll have some, soup.

{Strong Bad's leg extends, snakes over The Cheat, and finally trips Homestar.}

STRONG BAD: The Cheat, get that man some soup.

{The Cheat makes a noise and pours soup on Homestar's eyes.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: OK! Hot soup is on my eye.

{The Cheat jumps on Homestar's head and starts doing a dance. A hip-hop-style loop of vocal samples starts up out of nowhere.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh no! Now you're doing a hip-hop dance on my head!

COACH Z: {entering} Hey that's a good dance! {leaves}

STRONG BAD: High five, The Cheat!

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

{Strong Bad and The Cheat extend their hands into space, where they high five. The words, 'A very high-five' appear for a moment then disappear. An alien named Nebulon floats on screen.}

STRONG BAD: {Talking through his hand} Get out of here, Nebulon! No one likes your style.

{Nebulon frowns, and sulkily floats off screen. The "Strong Mad in space" sound signifies his departure.}

STRONG BAD: {Talking through his hand} The Cheat, do you like Nebulon's style?

{We see Strong Bad and The Cheat watching the scene in The Cheat's computer room.}

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: {angry The Cheat noises}

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: {excited The Cheat noises}

{The Cheat pulls 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!

{Fade to black, cut to Coach Z's Hip Hop Dance music video.}

COACH Z: Ladies all the time be asking me,
"Coach Z, how come you don't dance no more?"
And I say, Ladies, ladies!

Just give me a chance to do a hip-hop... dance
Give me a chance to do a dance! (Oh yeah!)
Give me a chance to do a hip-hop dance
Give me a chance to do a dance! (Cool time!)

The Roger Rabbit, the Cabbage Patch, the Locomotive,
"Coach Z, how come you don't dance no more?"

Just give me a chance to do a hip-hop... dance
Give me a chance to do a dance!
Give me a chance to do a hip-hop dance
(Give me a chance to do a dance!)
Gimme a chance!

[edit] Easter Eggs

"yer a bum!"
  • Click on The Cheat's computer screen when Strong Bad says "Oh yeah, The Cheat; he's a... striped green rabbit with two butts" to see a Powered by The Cheat rendering of such a rabbit.
  • Click on The Cheat's computer screen when Strong Bad mentions "the guy who draws The Lockhorns" to see The Cheat drawn in the style of the comic strip The Lockhorns.

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • A patty melt is a sandwich consisting of a hamburger patty, swiss cheese and sautéed onion between two slices of rye bread. The sandwich is grilled so that the cheese melts thoroughly and the outside becomes toasted to a crunchy golden brown.
  • Brunswick Stew is a genuine stew containing various beans, corn, and other vegetables, and one or more types of meat. Most recipes claiming authenticity call for squirrel or rabbit meat, but most contain only chicken, pork, and beef.

[edit] Trivia

  • When this toon premiered, it was entitled "Powered by the Cheat". When the "Powered by the Cheat" option was added to the TV Time Toons Menu, it was renamed "New Boots".
  • Strong Bad's head in this cartoon is a picture of a Strong Bad figurine's head.

[edit] Remarks

  • The sky background reverses when The Cheat first walks in.
  • When The Cheat starts dancing on Homestar's face, his sprite flips horizontally, causing the dollar signs on his boots to appear backwards.
    • When Strong Bad knocks Homestar over, The Cheat animates this by flipping Homestar horizontally before rotating him. Due to this, it appears that his sock-covered foot switches legs.
  • There has actually been evidence of Strong Bad wearing underwear before, in the Strong Bad Email stand-up. There has since been further evidence in senior prom, Main Page 24 and nightlife.
  • In The Cheat's animation, Homestar Runner's tongue is visible when he talks, while in normal animations this does not happen; there is in fact no indication that Homestar even has a tongue (though his tongue can later be seen in hygiene).
  • The animation also seems to show that Homestar does have shoes, and even wears socks under them. However, The Cheat's cartoons are often not true to reality (or at least to the "reality" of Free Country, USA).
  • The 3D Coach Z animation is actually 3D when viewed through 3D glasses.
  • The Wanted sign where Coach Z is dancing appears to be on a wallpaper with flowers.
  • Nebulon's graffiti tag, NEB-1, appears briefly in the background.
  • Coach Z is shown doing breakdancing moves in the video, including airchairs and windmills.
  • Coach Z has his hat colors reversed during the whole video.
  • In "step 3" of Coach Z's dance, his arms bend backwards.
  • After The Cheat tells where he got the boots, for a brief moment Strong Bad has his natural rectangular mouth and a round mouth overlapping it when he says the "Oh" in "Oh, I see."
  • Homestar's shoe would not cover all his sock, therefore he should have a sock sticking up on his shoe covered foot.

[edit] Inside References

[edit] Real-World References

  • The Cheat's boots are possibly a reference to the David Bowie song "The Man Who Sold The World". On the inside liner cover of the similarly titled record album, there is a picture of a cowboy holding a shotgun, with a pair of boots with dollar signs emblazoned on the sides of them that look almost exactly like the boots The Cheat is wearing in the toon.
  • Steak-umms are a brand of frozen strips of cooked beef that can be heated in a pan and put on sandwiches. They are frequently used in the creation of Philly cheese steaks.
  • The Lockhorns is a syndicated comic strip currently produced by Bunny Hoest (wife of creator Bill Hoest) and John Reiner.
  • The small, pixelated Coach Z appears to be an edited Mega Man sprite.
  • The Roger Rabbit, the Cabbage Patch and the Locomotive are all real dances.

[edit] Fast Forward

[edit] DVD Version

  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch the DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

[edit] Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Mike Chapman, Ryan Sterritt, Matt Chapman)

MIKE: Get in here, Ryan, why don't you say hello to the guys here?

RYAN: Hi, guys! I'm here.

MATT: Look at The Cheat, Mike! The Cheat usually doesn't have feet, yet how is he wearing those buttes?

MIKE: And not only boots, but expensive boots, probably.

RYAN: Money.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: The price tag is just, uh, embroidered in the boots themselves.

MATT: Strong Bad, umm... oh—Strong Bad never really expresses much athletic inclination, but in this email, he's twirling two—he's dribbling and twirling a basketball!

MIKE: He's ta—he's talented!

MATT: {sotto voce} And here he is!

MIKE: He doesn't smile very much, which he does in this cartoon, too!

MATT: Yeah, that's true. He's got quite a grin.

MIKE: Ah, "can I get you something else?" We've actually made a song... sampling. {as Powered by The Cheat Strong Bad} Can I get you something else? Can I get you something else? {Matt and/or Ryan starts dropping beats} Can I get, can I get, can I get, can I get you something else?

MATT: Oh, wait— {pause} That's another good song. The chip-chop dance.

MIKE: {as Coach Z} "Hey, that's a good dance!"

MATT: Hey Mike—so let's talk about how Mike does all the voices, Ryan.

MIKE: So, whenever we do commentary for Cheat cartoons, I just sit there and do the voices.

MATT: Yeah. Do the voice of Nebulon.

MIKE: Bloodleeedleoodleedlee!

MATT: That's probably my favorite moment in any Homestar cartoon ever, is when Nebulon ages a thousand years when he's so sad. {pause} Ryan, what if he did that to you?

RYAN: I might be upset.

MATT: Yeah. {pause} What do you think of The Cheat's flash styles, Ryan?

RYAN: I think he's talented...

MATT: Mm-hmm.

RYAN: And an artist.

MATT: A talented artist! What do you think of Brunswick stew, Ry?

RYAN: In a chalice?

MATT: Where do they have good Brunswick stew around here?

RYAN: Savannah, Georgia.


MIKE: {simultaneously} Sonny's has a pretty good Brunswick stew.

MATT: Does it?

RYAN: Riff store has it in a bread bowl.

MATT: Oh, yeah. A bread bool.

MIKE: {simultaneously} Oh, yeah! Is that what they call the volcano?

RYAN: The volcano.

MIKE: Yeah, that is good.


MATT: Who forgot about this?

RYAN: I did! Look at those ladies! How c—how—

MIKE: Those ladies are way out of Coach Z's league, I think.

RYAN: That's the Roger Rabbit, clearly, and that—or is that the Roger Rabbit? Nah, he was doing—the first was the cabbage patch, sorry.

MIKE: {sotto voce} Yeah.

MATT: Umm... there you go, see. He lets you know. {pause} Look at those luscious lips. I like those luscious lips.

MIKE: Coach Z's got 'em.

MATT: And there's Neb—Neb 1! My favorite graffiti artist!

MIKE: {simultaneously} I like the little Mega Man Coach Z.

MATT: That's the second hip-hop video that The Cheat's made for Coach Z!

[edit] Real-World References

[edit] See Also

  • The visuals for the Hip Hop Dance video.

[edit] External Links

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