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"Powered by The Cheat" toons are Flash toons created by The Cheat and his computers, Tangerine Dreams (2002-2004) and Monosodium Dreams (2006-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), 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 portraying himself as superior to the other characters or receiving some sort of prize. The Cheat has won four 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", and a slice of "chinstrap 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.

Powered by The Cheat Stuff

"The Cheat is a millionaire!"

Partially Powered by The Cheat Stuff

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".


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 makes The Cheat noises that sound that "I like that!"}

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... 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: {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!

Main Page 15

(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.}


{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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