History Series / WMACMasters

14th Dec '16 11:50:03 AM ChaoticNovelist
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*TheBadGuyWins: Due to the cancellation, this is the apparent end to the Jukido plot: [[spoiler: The Dragon Star is stolen by Jukido; even as the Masters realize how Jukido had pulled it off, they've already made their escape, awaiting a helicopter pickup; and worse, Tsunami is joining them, having either joined recently or had been another infiltrator sent in after Warlock, apparently proving Great Wolf's vision wrong except for "theft" part.]]



* DownerEnding / TheBadGuyWins: Due to the cancellation, this is the apparent end to the Jukido plot: [[spoiler: The Dragon Star is stolen by Jukido; even as the Masters realize how Jukido had pulled it off, they've already made their escape, awaiting a helicopter pickup; and worse, Tsunami is joining them, having either joined recently or had been another infiltrator sent in after Warlock, apparently proving Great Wolf's vision entirely wrong.]]
* EyePatchOfPower: Yin Yang Man has one.
* FeudEpisode: At one point in the show, Great Wolf and Tiger Claw got into a heavy feud, despite having been close friends beforehand. The reason is because in their backstory, Tiger Claw taught Great Wolf a very dangerous move in which the user jumps up and clamps both of his feet onto each side of his opponent's head, which results in a guaranteed knockout. But Tiger Claw only taught Great Wolf the move on the condition that both Tiger Claw and Great Wolf never use the move on ''each other''. The problem is, at the beginning of the "Broken Promise" episode, Great Wolf breaks his promise and uses the move on Tiger Claw. This gets Tiger Claw royally pissed off at Great Wolf, because Great Wolf had ''already'' broken his promise once before, but at the time had seemed sincere in apologizing about it and had promised not to make that mistake again. Eventually, the feud is resolved in a later match when Great Wolf uses the move again but Tiger Claw figures out how to block it this time, and now that Tiger Claw has a defense against the move, Tiger Claw is willing to forgive Great Wolf and they both move on.

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* DownerEnding / TheBadGuyWins: Due to the cancellation, this is the apparent end to the Jukido plot: [[spoiler: The Dragon Star is stolen by Jukido; even as the Masters realize how Jukido had pulled it off, they've already made their escape, awaiting a helicopter pickup; and worse, Tsunami is joining them, having either joined recently or had been another infiltrator sent in after Warlock, apparently proving Great Wolf's vision entirely wrong.]]
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%%* EyePatchOfPower: Yin Yang Man has one.
* FeudEpisode: At one point in the show, Great Wolf and Tiger Claw got into a heavy feud, despite having been close friends beforehand. The reason is because in their backstory, Tiger Claw taught Great Wolf a very dangerous move in which the user jumps up and clamps both of his feet onto each side of his opponent's head, which results in a guaranteed knockout. But However, Tiger Claw only taught Great Wolf the move on the condition that both Tiger Claw and Great Wolf never use the move on ''each other''. The problem is, at the beginning of the "Broken Promise" episode, Great Wolf breaks his promise and uses the move on Tiger Claw. This gets Tiger Claw royally pissed off at Great Wolf, because Great Wolf had ''already'' broken his promise once before, but at the time had seemed sincere in apologizing about it and had promised not to make that mistake again. Eventually, the feud is resolved in a later match when Great Wolf uses the move again but Tiger Claw figures out how to block it this time, and now that Tiger Claw has a defense against the move, Tiger Claw is willing to forgive Great Wolf and they both move on.



* HandicappedBadass: Richard "Yin Yang Man" Branden was one; he was blind in one eye after being in a car accident as a kid.
** Another factored into his backstory, when he met a martial artist who was in a wheelchair, teaching him to look at his own blindness as a challenge to overcome rather than a handicap and inspired Richard to make up for lost time.

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* HandicappedBadass: Richard "Yin Yang Man" Branden was one; he was blind in one eye after being in a car accident as a kid.
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kid. Another factored into his backstory, when he met a martial artist who was in a wheelchair, teaching him to look at his own blindness as a challenge to overcome rather than a handicap and inspired Richard to make up for lost time.



* {{Mooks}}: The ninjas that are sent to battle the Masters in the battlezones and in the cage. The ones in the cage wear regular ninja outfits, but the ones in the battlezones wear differently-colored costumes depending on the battlezones. They are not as skilled as the Masters and thus usually go down quickly; they're only there to make the matches slightly more difficult. The only exception is [[spoiler: the ninja who manages to beat both Superstar and the Machine at once...but he wasn't really a ninja, he was the WMAC Master Warlock in disguise as part of a plan to win the Dragon Star that ultimately didn't work.]]

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* {{Mooks}}: {{Mooks}}:
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The ninjas that are sent to battle the Masters in the battlezones and in the cage. The ones in the cage wear regular ninja outfits, but the ones in the battlezones wear differently-colored costumes depending on the battlezones. They are not as skilled as the Masters and thus usually go down quickly; they're only there to make the matches slightly more difficult. The only exception is [[spoiler: the ninja who manages to beat both Superstar and the Machine at once...but he wasn't really a ninja, he was the WMAC Master Warlock in disguise as part of a plan to win the Dragon Star that ultimately didn't work.]]



* MythArc: The second season.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The World Martial Arts Council itself. We never see them except in silhouette at the arena, and their decisions are only relayed secondhand, but what they say goes, period.
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: [[spoiler: ''Averted!'' In season two, Great Wolf has a prophetic dream in which an evil, "Jukido" version of the referee destroys the Dragon Star declaring it to be a fake, but then Tsunami bursts in as the hero with the real Dragon Star in his hands. As it turns out, Tsunami is himself a traitor, he's the accomplice who helps steal the Dragon Star for Warlock and Tracer.]]

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* MythArc: The second season.
season features a shadow war with an EvilCounterpart to the WMAC for the Dragon Star.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The World Martial Arts Council itself. We itself; we never see them except in silhouette at the arena, and their decisions are only relayed secondhand, but what they say goes, period.
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: [[spoiler: ''Averted!'' In season two, Great Wolf has a prophetic dream in which an evil, "Jukido" version of the referee destroys the Dragon Star declaring it to be a fake, but then Tsunami bursts in as the hero with the real Dragon Star in his hands. As it turns out, Tsunami is himself a traitor, and he's the accomplice who helps steal the Dragon Star for Warlock and Tracer.]]



* TheReveal: [[spoiler: The first reveal is that "Warlock" and "Tracer" are actually traitors working for Jukido. But the viewer probably saw that coming since Warlock and Tracer were always assholes. The real twist is the second reveal, because it turns out a third WMAC Master was working with them as an accomplice...and the accomplice is comic relief ''Tsunami'' of all people!!!]]
* RingOut: This only happened twice. The first time was during Kid Carmichael's debut at the Danger Dock battlezone; Yin Yang Man had been winning the match in terms of life points, and one more good hit would've finished Kid Carmichael off. However, at the very last minute Kid Carmichael managed to knock Yin Yang Man off the docks into the water, instantly winning the match. The second time was during the Red Dragon vs Machine match at the Mayan Mystery battlezone; the Machine managed to knock Red Dragon into the water, again, instantly winning the match.
** Note that this is only in Battlezone matches; in championship shots, the whole point is throwing dudes off an elevated rotating platform.

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* TheReveal: [[spoiler: The first reveal is that "Warlock" and "Tracer" are actually traitors working for Jukido. But the viewer probably saw that coming since Warlock and Tracer were always assholes. The real twist is the second reveal, because it turns out a third WMAC Master was working with them as an accomplice...and the accomplice is comic relief ''Tsunami'' of all people!!!]]
* RingOut: This only happened twice. The first time was during Kid Carmichael's debut at the Danger Dock battlezone; Yin Yang Man had been winning the match in terms of life points, and one more good hit would've finished Kid Carmichael off. However, at the very last minute Kid Carmichael managed to knock Yin Yang Man off the docks into the water, instantly winning the match. The second time was during the Red Dragon vs Machine match at the Mayan Mystery battlezone; the Machine managed to knock Red Dragon into the water, again, instantly winning the match.
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match. Note that this is only in Battlezone matches; in championship shots, the whole point is throwing dudes off an elevated rotating platform.



* ShowWithinAShow: All the in-ring action technically takes place in one, especially in the first season. It mostly vanished after Shannon Lee left the show.
* SignificantAnagram: [[spoiler:Tracy Swedom=Destroy WMAC]]
** They happen to have an anagram finder, this leads to some humorous anagrams of the other characters.
*** [[spoiler: However, the anagram finder didn't reveal Tracy Swedom's true nature, because the Masters were called away before they could run the finder on him, and Tracer took advantage of the opportunity by erasing his particular incriminating anagram from the finder, before walking away gloating in song.]]
* {{Tomboy}}: Lady Lightning.
* TookALevelInBadass: Any Master who graduates from the Academy; those who train at the academy take part in the competition as the ninjas, getting the crap beat out of them by the Masters. A ninja who distinguishes themselves during their training gets called up to the competition as a Master. Tsunami is the first to do so, followed later by Kid Charmichael.
** This applies to a lesser extent to the other Masters as well; as the title suggests, the World Martial Arts Council recruits martial artists from the tops of their fields, most notably Herb Perez, who took gold in Tae Kwon Do at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

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* ShowWithinAShow: All the in-ring action technically takes place in one, one and especially in the first season. It mostly vanished after Shannon Lee left the show.
* SignificantAnagram: [[spoiler:Tracy Swedom=Destroy WMAC]]
**
WMAC]] They happen to have an anagram finder, this leads to some humorous anagrams of the other characters.
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characters. [[spoiler: However, the anagram finder didn't reveal Tracy Swedom's true nature, because the Masters were called away before they could run the finder on him, and Tracer took advantage of the opportunity by erasing his particular incriminating anagram from the finder, before walking away gloating in song.]]
* %%* {{Tomboy}}: Lady Lightning.
* TookALevelInBadass: TookALevelInBadass:
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Any Master who graduates from the Academy; those who train at the academy take part in the competition as the ninjas, getting the crap beat out of them by the Masters. A ninja who distinguishes themselves during their training gets called up to the competition as a Master. Tsunami is the first to do so, followed later by Kid Charmichael.
** This applies to a lesser extent to the other Masters as well; as the title suggests, the World Martial Arts Council recruits martial artists from the tops of their fields, most notably such as Herb Perez, who took gold in Tae Kwon Do at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
14th Dec '16 11:38:32 AM ChaoticNovelist
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WMAC stands for the World Martial Arts Council, an organization dedicated to the competition of the world's best martial artists, all competing for the "ultimate prize", the Dragon Star, which acts as a championship belt of sorts. For the most part, these competitions take the form of one-one-one obviously choreographed martial arts battles, though other demonstrations and tournaments are shown.

Clearly the inspirations are both [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestling]] (each of the fighters has a {{gimmick}} and the whole thing is rather {{kayfabe}} heavy) and the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series (with such things as life bars, the general aesthetics of the characters and different areas where matches take place, and even a couple actors from the games appearing, such as Ho-Sung "Superstar" Pak, who played the original Liu Kang; also, from TheMovie, Chris "Red Dragon" Cassamassa (Scorpion) and Hakim "The Machine" Alston (Liu Kang's first fight)).

The first season was hosted by Shannon Lee, the daughter of Creator/BruceLee, and was very much [[AnAesop an aesop]] of the week show, with awkward life lessons imparted in every episode. The second season ditched Lee, limited the aesops to AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle segments at the end, and introduced an EvilCounterpart organization Jukido that sought to usurp the Dragon Star in a MythArc (one eventually LeftHanging). This coincided with a distinct [[GrowingTheBeard uptick in quality]].

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WMAC stands for the World Martial Arts Council, an organization dedicated to the competition of the world's best martial artists, all competing for the "ultimate prize", the Dragon Star, which acts as a championship belt of sorts. For the most part, these competitions take the form of one-one-one obviously choreographed martial arts battles, though other demonstrations and tournaments are shown.

Clearly the inspirations are both [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestling]] (each of the fighters has a {{gimmick}} and the whole thing there is rather {{kayfabe}} heavy) ) and the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series (with such things as life bars, the general aesthetics of the characters and different areas where matches take place, and even a couple actors from the games appearing, such as Ho-Sung "Superstar" Pak, who played the original Liu Kang; also, from TheMovie, Chris "Red Dragon" Cassamassa (Scorpion) and Hakim "The Machine" Alston (Liu Kang's first fight)).

The first season was hosted by Shannon Lee, the daughter of Creator/BruceLee, and was very much [[AnAesop an aesop]] of the week show, with awkward life lessons imparted in every episode. The second season ditched Lee, dropped the host aspect, limited the aesops to AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle segments at the end, and introduced an EvilCounterpart organization Jukido organization, Jukido, that sought to usurp the Dragon Star in a MythArc (one eventually LeftHanging). This coincided with a distinct [[GrowingTheBeard uptick in quality]].
MythArc.
8th Oct '16 3:40:08 PM Dravencour
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Clearly the inspirations are both [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestling]] (each of the fighters has a {{gimmick}} and the whole thing is rather {{kayfabe}} heavy) and the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series (with such things as life bars, the general aesthetics of the characters and different areas where matches take place, and even a couple actors from the games appearing; also, from TheMovie, Chris "Red Dragon" Cassamassa (Scorpion) and Hakim "The Machine" Alston (Liu Kang's first fight)). Ho "Superstar" Sung is also a pretty blatant Liu Kang {{Expy}}.

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Clearly the inspirations are both [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestling]] (each of the fighters has a {{gimmick}} and the whole thing is rather {{kayfabe}} heavy) and the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series (with such things as life bars, the general aesthetics of the characters and different areas where matches take place, and even a couple actors from the games appearing; appearing, such as Ho-Sung "Superstar" Pak, who played the original Liu Kang; also, from TheMovie, Chris "Red Dragon" Cassamassa (Scorpion) and Hakim "The Machine" Alston (Liu Kang's first fight)). Ho "Superstar" Sung is also a pretty blatant Liu Kang {{Expy}}.
fight)).
29th Sep '16 10:43:37 AM lorgskyegon
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Clearly the inspirations are both [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestling]] (each of the fighters has a {{gimmick}} and the whole thing is rather {{kayfabe}} heavy) and the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series (with such things as life bars, the general aesthetics of the characters and different areas where matches take place, and even a couple actors from the games appearing; also, from TheMovie, Chris "Red Dragon" Cassamassa (Scorpion) and Hakim "The Machine" Alston (Liu Kang's first fight)).

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Clearly the inspirations are both [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestling]] (each of the fighters has a {{gimmick}} and the whole thing is rather {{kayfabe}} heavy) and the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series (with such things as life bars, the general aesthetics of the characters and different areas where matches take place, and even a couple actors from the games appearing; also, from TheMovie, Chris "Red Dragon" Cassamassa (Scorpion) and Hakim "The Machine" Alston (Liu Kang's first fight)).
fight)). Ho "Superstar" Sung is also a pretty blatant Liu Kang {{Expy}}.
24th Sep '16 10:25:42 AM nombretomado
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The first season was hosted by Shannon Lee, the daughter of BruceLee, and was very much [[AnAesop an aesop]] of the week show, with awkward life lessons imparted in every episode. The second season ditched Lee, limited the aesops to AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle segments at the end, and introduced an EvilCounterpart organization Jukido that sought to usurp the Dragon Star in a MythArc (one eventually LeftHanging). This coincided with a distinct [[GrowingTheBeard uptick in quality]].

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The first season was hosted by Shannon Lee, the daughter of BruceLee, Creator/BruceLee, and was very much [[AnAesop an aesop]] of the week show, with awkward life lessons imparted in every episode. The second season ditched Lee, limited the aesops to AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle segments at the end, and introduced an EvilCounterpart organization Jukido that sought to usurp the Dragon Star in a MythArc (one eventually LeftHanging). This coincided with a distinct [[GrowingTheBeard uptick in quality]].
26th Dec '15 6:31:02 PM nombretomado
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* AmericanDream: This sums up Baby Doll's motivations. One episode centers around a loss of confidence Baby Doll suffers, and we see a flashback of Baby Doll as a little girl riding a carousel at an amusement park. Her father keeps encouraging her to try to reach out and grab hold of a "brass ring" as the carousel moves her towards it on the cycle. The problem is, she never actually managed to grab it, and the flashback ends there. Baby Doll gets her confidence back when she's reminded of the ''rest'' of what happened: her father congratulated her for trying her best to grab the brass ring, and the actual lesson he was trying to impart to her at the time was not necessarily that she always had to win, but that she always at least had to ''try''.
3rd Nov '15 9:20:37 AM maxwellelvis
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* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The World Martial Arts Council itself. We never see them except in silhouette at the arena, and their decisions are only relayed secondhand, but what they say goes, period.
13th Oct '15 4:19:26 PM TexaCaliDeeDub
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* RedHerring: Two of them, one per season. In the first season, [[spoiler: when a ninja knocks both Superstar and The Machine off the platform, "Turbo" is suspected of having been the ninja because of a suspicious comment Turbo had made earlier about being determined to win the Dragon Star at all costs. It turns out it was Warlock, not Turbo]]. In the second season, [[spoiler: Chameleon is suspected of having been Tracer and Warlock's accomplice in stealing the Dragon Star from the women's Dragon Star match since Tracer was frequently seen talking to her. Nope, Chameleon was actually disgusted at Tracer's advances, and as Olympus correctly points out, if Chameleon were the accomplice it would not have been necessary to ''steal'' the Dragon Star, because Chameleon won that match and thus would've gotten the Dragon Star anyway! Instead, Chameleon screamed in fear upon noticing the Dragon Star was gone, so obviously the accomplice wasn't her. It turns out the accomplice was Tsunami, of all people.]]

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* RedHerring: Two of them, one per season. In the first season, [[spoiler: when a ninja knocks both Superstar and The Machine off the platform, "Turbo" is suspected of having been the ninja because of a suspicious comment Turbo had made earlier about being determined to win the Dragon Star at all costs. It turns out it was Warlock, not Turbo]]. In the second season, [[spoiler: Chameleon is suspected of having been Tracer and Warlock's accomplice in accomplice, tasked with stealing the Dragon Star from the women's Dragon Star match since Tracer was frequently seen talking to her. Nope, Chameleon was actually her. In actuality, however, Chameleon, disgusted at by Tracer's advances, and as was actually trying to ignore him. In addition, Olympus correctly points out, out that if Chameleon were the accomplice it would not have been necessary accomplice, she wouldn't need to ''steal'' steal the Dragon Star, because she had won it fairly. When Chameleon won saw that match and thus would've gotten the Dragon Star anyway! Instead, Chameleon had been replaced by the Jukido symbol on the pedestal, [[ScreamingWoman she screamed in fear upon noticing the Dragon Star was gone, genuine terror]], so she obviously was ''not'' the accomplice wasn't her.accomplice. It turns out the accomplice was Tsunami, of all people.]]
5th May '15 2:20:05 PM maxwellelvis
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* TookALevelInBadass: All the Masters, actually, because according to the backstory of this show, a Master usually has to first go through training as one of the generic ninja enemies for the already-Masters to beat up on; once a ninja distinguishes himself/herself, that ninja is then promoted to Master. Tsunami is revealed to have been a former ninja, for example, and we see the debut of Kid Carmichael right after the latter graduates from being a ninja.
** Olympus was an exception, as his gold medal at the 1992 Olympics signified that he was already one of the best martial artists in the world, so he was invited by the WMAC to represent Tae Kwon Do.

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* TookALevelInBadass: All the Masters, actually, because according to the backstory of this show, a Any Master usually has to first go through training as one of who graduates from the generic Academy; those who train at the academy take part in the competition as the ninjas, getting the crap beat out of them by the Masters. A ninja enemies for the already-Masters to beat up on; once a ninja who distinguishes himself/herself, that ninja is then promoted themselves during their training gets called up to the competition as a Master. Tsunami is revealed to have been a former ninja, for example, and we see the debut of first to do so, followed later by Kid Carmichael right after Charmichael.
** This applies to a lesser extent to
the latter graduates from being a ninja.
** Olympus was an exception,
other Masters as his gold medal at well; as the 1992 Olympics signified that he was already one of title suggests, the best World Martial Arts Council recruits martial artists in from the world, so he was invited by the WMAC to represent tops of their fields, most notably Herb Perez, who took gold in Tae Kwon Do.Do at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
29th Apr '15 7:33:40 PM maxwellelvis
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* RingOut: This only happened twice. The first time was during Kid Carmichael's debut at the Danger Dock battlezone; Yin Yang Man had been winning the match in terms of life points, and one more good hit would've finished Kid Carmichael off. However, at the very last minute Kid Carmichael managed to knock Yin Yang Man off the docks into the water, instantly winning the match. The second time was during the Red Dragon vs Machine match at the Mayan Mystery battlezone; the Machine managed to knock Red Dragon into the water, instantly winning the match.

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* RingOut: This only happened twice. The first time was during Kid Carmichael's debut at the Danger Dock battlezone; Yin Yang Man had been winning the match in terms of life points, and one more good hit would've finished Kid Carmichael off. However, at the very last minute Kid Carmichael managed to knock Yin Yang Man off the docks into the water, instantly winning the match. The second time was during the Red Dragon vs Machine match at the Mayan Mystery battlezone; the Machine managed to knock Red Dragon into the water, again, instantly winning the match.



*** [[spoiler: However, the anagram finder didn't reveal Tracy Swedom's true nature, because the Masters were called away before they could run the finder on him, and Tracy Swedom took advantage of the opportunity to erase his particular incriminating anagram from the finder, before walking away gloating in song.]]

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*** [[spoiler: However, the anagram finder didn't reveal Tracy Swedom's true nature, because the Masters were called away before they could run the finder on him, and Tracy Swedom Tracer took advantage of the opportunity to erase by erasing his particular incriminating anagram from the finder, before walking away gloating in song.]]



* TournamentArc: Much like pro wrestling, only more explicit as every match is intended to move up to #1 contender status and eventually win the Dragon Star. Over the course of the second season, this is gradually downplayed as the mystery grew from [[spoiler: a failed theft to identifying infiltrators from an unscrupulous organization with sinister plans to destroy the WMAC.]]

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* TournamentArc: Much like pro wrestling, only more explicit as every match is intended to move up to #1 contender status and eventually win the Dragon Star. Over the course of the second season, this is gradually downplayed as the mystery grew from [[spoiler: a failed theft to identifying infiltrators from an unscrupulous organization with sinister plans to destroy the WMAC.]]
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