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Ding! Powered by The Cheat is a featured article, which means it showcases an important part of the Homestar Runner body of work and/or highlights the fine work of this wiki. We also might just think it's cool. If you see a way this page can be updated or improved without compromising previous work, feel free to contribute.

I love what was done with this page. It's really been brought up to par with Holiday Toons, what with having the minor Powered by The Cheat refferances added too. Now all that's needed is upgrading Puppet Stuff the same way... Thunderbird 04:05, 4 Jun 2005 (UTC)


[edit] Mysteriousness

I dare you to answer this without saying "Mike Chapman":

If The Cheat can't speak English, who does the voices for his cartoons?

Some text-to-speech program? —BazookaJoe 19:33, 27 Aug 2005 (UTC)
Isn't there some interview that says that The Cheat does the vocals? I think that I saw that around here. Rogue Leader / (my talk) 19:44, 27 Aug 2005 (UTC)
Me too. Mr. Bojangles

Synthetic voices, programmed by iVideo (or a similar program for flash) or a program from the internet,(since we think Tangerine and the more recent unnamed as Macs) that allows the creation of one word at a time dubbed over an animation (which would explain some of the pauses taken by characters when no real pause is needed, listen on some of the PBTC toons to see which ones have it (I can't remember exactly, but mile comes to mind)), while The Cheat talks for himself with a mic that is standard on most Macs. It would allow for similar, but not exact, replicas of his friends/neighbors voices when they are not there to speak for themselves (except Strong Bad). I'm sure that somewhere a program like that exists/existed if it wasn't part of iVideo (or a similar program for flash). Now I've never used a Mac, so I'm hoping what I say is even possible. I also hope that people read this, because this topic is 2 years old. Stinkoblade 03:34, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

I think The Cheat is using a synthesized voice program of some sort because at the beginning of Rap Song Coach Z asks PCP if he can "record" on his new album, stressing the first syllable and pronouncing it "reck-erd" implying that The Cheat typed in the word "record" and the computer interpreted it wrong. MenacingBanjo 17:44, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

[edit] Gee...

They haven't made any toons for this section in a long time. When do you think they'll update it again? Ian911299

Probably not. Sbmaniac

[edit] Poor Imitations of voices

True, but you know, Coach Z is pretty close.

[edit] Bad Guy

Are you sure that the visuals in Strong Bad is a Bad Guy are PBTC-style?

I wouldn't think so, as the voices are actually Strong Bad, Homestar and the rest. - Almo
What about the tatoos?
I think Strong Bad is a Bad Guy is not PBTC-style. All the characters look normal and their voices are normal. It's just that Flash is easier to work with than Mario Paint so they look a bit crummy and have limited animation. – The Chort 18:44, 30 December 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Alternate theory

Most people think that these cartoons are a parody of other bad flash cartoons, but what if there's another explanation? When a real-life person makes a flash cartoon, that catoon natually looks much more primitive that reality. Therefore, if a flash-person (i.e. The Cheat) makes a flash cartoon, it follows that his creation will look much more primitive than his flash-reality. What do you think?

(Probably a lot later than the previous unsigned comment, but oh well) That would excuse the visuals and sound quality, maybe, but not the content. --Jay (Talk) 07:58, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
An interesting question. A cartoon does indeed compress real life into a few minutes of entertainment, thereby losing a lot of detail and fleshing-out. It could be assumed that a cartoon character's cartoon would suffer an equivalent loss of content, perhaps to the extent that the plot would be unintelligible. Think about it. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 08:04, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
One could also point out that Strong Bad made his own cartoon which did not suffer in terms of graphics and sound quality. The plot makes even less sense than PbTC, but that's kinda the premise in the first place. --Jay (Talk) 08:06, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
But Strong Bad also created the formulaic Teen Girl Squad, Dangeresque, and other stock stuff. One graphical triumph does not a non-Flash-animation-poser make. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 08:12, 19 November 2006 (UTC)

[edit] G5?

Hey, didn't The Cheat recently upgrade to an iMac G5 flat-panel? Does he still do "Powered by The Cheat" toons with that thing?

We should assume so. I'm willing to bet that The Cheat just moved Flash over to his new computer or something. But then again, y'know, it's just a cartoon. ยค The Dang, Pom Pom, you see that? That's a nice golbol. Talk to me. 21:35, 12 October 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Create a page?

I was wondering can I create a page about strong bad's replys to powered by the cheat or would that be unnecessary. -Austio talk 06:14, 18 November 2006 (UTC)

If there was a page like that, I'll vote for merging it here. Try creating a new section. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 07:59, 18 November 2006 (UTC)

[edit] toonnav

How come we don't use {{toonnav}} on pbtc toons? Every other toon category that has it's own button on the remote control seems to use it.  Green Helmet 19:34, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

My guess is that there weren't enough PBTC toons before. Are there enough now? BBG 20:51, 18 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm going to be bold and do it. I noticed that mile is both a Powered by the Cheat toon and also happens to be a sbemail. For that one, I placed the PbTC {{toonnav}} at the start of the actual PbTC portion of the email, and added a redirect to the anchor to avoid the # notation in the previous and next PbTC.  Green Helmet 21:29, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

[edit] Strong Sad's Lament

There's a bit of PBTC in the Valentine's Day blog entry.shouldn't that be included?--HRWiki Greg 20:01, 19 December 2009 (UTC)

[edit] "Mentioned"

If The Cheat's animating is mentioned in a cartoon, but not actually seen, should it be on the page? And if so, where? Gfdgsgxgzgdrc 23:24, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

It's very hard to answer this without some examples where this happens. Or are you just asking theoretically without having anything specific in mind? — Defender1031*Talk 20:08, 16 April 2016 (UTC)
Well, in the new Answering Machine, Strong Bad wants to get The Cheat to make him a music video for "Let's Fhqwhgads Again". And the Nov. 20, 2008 Quote of the Week, Strong Bad mentions The Cheat's animation. Gfdgsgxgzgdrc 22:14, 16 April 2016 (UTC)
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