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

Powered by The Cheat

The Cheat gets some "New Boots". With a Coach Z video, "Hip Hop Dance"!

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

Places: The Field, The Cheat's Computer Room

Date: April 7, 2004

Running Time: 2:46

Page Title: Powered by The Cheat!!



{This cartoon was created by The Cheat. Strong Bad is singing to himself, while dribbling one basketball and spinning the other on his hand. He is wearing purple boxing gloves and his head appears to be rendered in clay. His pants are hiked up on one side so that his underwear shows on the other side. The Cheat enters wearing cowboy boots.}

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

{The Cheat responds}

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

{The Cheat makes a noise somewhat like "Gimme a sandwich"}

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

{He exits with his different body parts overcrossing. A giant fist, maybe Strong Mad's, sends Homestar tumbling onscreen. He is missing a shoe. A basketball which 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 as Homestar puts the cell away.}

STRONG BAD: {his arm briefly detaches from his body, then reattaches itself.}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, shaping itself over The Cheat and finally trips Homestar.}

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

{The Cheat makes a noise ("OK"?) 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 hip-hop dance. A hip-hop beat 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 makes a short exclamation.}

{Strong Bad and The Cheat extend their hands into space, where they slap a 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.

{Heartbroken, Nebulon floats off screen. A space-like 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...stripe-ed, green rabbit! With two butts!

{The Cheat responds angrily ("No I'm not")}

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

{The Cheat responds glumly}

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

{The Cheat responds excitedly ("All right") 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 responds glumly "Awww"}

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.}

Easter Eggs

  • Click on The Cheat's computer screen when Strong Bad says "Oh yeah, The Cheat; he's a... striped green rabbit with two butts" and you will see a The Cheat render of such a rabbit.
  • Click on The Cheat's computer screen when Strong Bad mentions "the guy who draws The Lockhorns" to see a The Lockhorns-style The Cheat.

Fun Facts


  • Brunswick Stew is a real stew. You can make your own with this "poem" recipe, written by Virginia S. Woodroof in 1930. For more information, visit this site.
  • The real name of this toon is "New Boots" but when it was linked on the main page it was referred to as "Powered by the Cheat".
  • When Strong Bad says "High five, The Cheat!" and their hands go into space, the country the arms come from appears to be Australia.
  • Strong Bad's head in this cartoon is a picture of a Strong Bad minature's head.


  • A patty melt is a sandwich consisting of a hamburger patty, swiss cheese and sautéed onion between slices of rye bread. The sandwich is grilled so that the cheese melts thoroughly.


  • The sky background changes when The Cheat first walks in.
  • We actually have seen evidence of Strong Bad wearing underwear before, in the Strong Bad Email stand-up.
  • In "step 3" of Coach Z's dance, his arms bend backwards.
  • It is interesting to note that there is no single "guy" who draws The Lockhorns. The Lockhorns was created in 1968 by Bill Hoest, who wrote it for twenty years, collaborating with his wife, Bunny. When he died in 1988 Bunny kept the cartoon going. Currently it is still done by Bunny with the help of her assistant, John Reiner.
  • The Cheat seems to have The Lockhorns confused with Andy Capp. Although Loretta often makes fun of Leroy behind his back, she never threatens to beat him with a rolling pin.

Inside References

  • The part about pouring hot soup in Homestar's eyes is a reference to different town where Strong Bad initially thinks that's what the author of that email was asking him to do.
  • Coach Z reverts to his old-school purple The Cheat style during his lines "Cool time!" and "The Locomotive!"
  • The sound that plays when Nebulon leaves is the same as when Strong Mad is in space in Marshmallow's Last Stand.
  • During Coach Z's video, there is a small 3-D clip for those of you who remember the Easter egg at the end of stunt double.
  • The album title "The Z is All Up Ins" is a reference to Strong Bad's comment in suntan about the ladies being "...all up ons."
  • The "Unda-wears showing" line is a reference to Teen Girl Squad.

Real-World References

  • The 8-bit sprite of Coach Z running back and forth during his Hip Hop Dance video is a re-rendering of Capcom's original Mega Man.
  • The Cheat's boots are a reference to the David Bowie song "The Man Who Sold The World". On the inside liner cover of the similarly titled album, there is a picture of a cowboy holding a shotgun, with a pair of boots with dollar signs on them that look almost exactly like The Cheat's.
  • "Steak-umm"s are a brand of refrigerated strips of cooked beef that can be heated in a pan and put on sandwiches. Most effectively used in the creation of a homemade Philly cheese steak


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