Literature / Origami Yoda
is a series of books by author Tom Angleberger about a child named Dwight Tharp who attends McQuarrie Middle School and who carries around a Yoda finger puppet named "Origami Yoda" to give advice to the other students. The books within the series so far are The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
, Darth Paper Strikes Back
, Secret of the Fortune Wookiee
, The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet
, Princess Lablemaker to the Rescue!
, and Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus
(all in chronological order). The usage of the scenarios and characters of Star Wars
franchise within the novels was officially granted by LucasFilm.
Provides examples of:
- Alliterative Name: Kellen Campbell.
- Ambiguously Gay: Murky, due to how ridiculously happy he is all the time and that he always wears pink shirts.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In the final book, Tommy is upset that the field trip has a No Origami Rule. He writes, "Wug!", "NOOOOOOOO!", "I have a bad feeling about this!", "SAD WHISTLE!", and "I like nuts!".
- The Case Of: The first novel uses this naming pattern.
- Butt Monkey: Kellen. Let's review: Gets in trouble through somebody's else's faults? Check. Get his pants wet from the sink? Check. Lost his girlfriend? check.
- Cliffhanger: The end of the 3rd book. Sara reveals that the Fortune Wookiee that Dwight made was really made by her, and the terrible FunTime program is set to be instated at the beginning of January, so Tommy has no idea what to do.
- Chekhov's Gun: Parasite Within: Vampyre. Originally it wasn't that important, and it began the running gag of the two-page chapters, but in the fifth book Lance uses it to find out about Tevon Riley.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Dwight. He lies down in weird places, and once banged on a locker, screaming for the squirrels to save him.
- Consulting Mister Puppet: Dwight with Origami Yoda. He uses Origami Yoda to give people advice.
- Cool Loser: Dwight to the other kids. He's an outcast, but his friends admire him.
- *Cough* Snark *Cough*: In the 2nd book, Kellen writes about an annoying little kid who constantly mocks his skateboarding abilities. Tommy comments, "[The little kid] reminds me of someone. Let's see... a kid who just stands around and complains and insults people all the time? I just can't think who that reminds me of... (cough) Harvey (cough)."
- Downer Ending: The end of the 3rd book. The Fortune Wookiee is revealed as a fake made by Sara, and the terrible FunTime program is already set to be instated by Rabbski at the beginning of January.
- Enemy Mine: At the end of The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet, it's revealed that Mr. Howell, one of the strictest and most hated teachers in the school, hates Fun-Time as much as the kids do and actually helps sabotage a parent-teacher meeting in an effort to stop it.
- Face–Heel Turn: Surprisingly Harvey during the 3rd book after reading about his good actions at the end of the 2nd book.
- Fan Disservice: In the 5th book, Kellen draws Harvey wearing a golden bikini. He also draws Jabba the Hutt being disgusted by it.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Happens to Murky when the other sixth graders make him miss the school pictures by telling him that the pictures are taken in the class, not the cafeteria.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Harvey. He has a Heel–Face Turn at the end of the 2nd book, but has a Face–Heel Turn in the 3rd book. After that, he escapes being a Jerkass, but is still a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Heel–Face Turn: Harvey at the end of the 2nd book.
- Hypocritical Humor: When Mike swore at his mom in "Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett", Soapy the monkey calls him out for it, despite swearing a lot himself. The same thing happens when Rabbski refers to "Greenhill Plantation" as "Craphole Plantation", Soapy says "I can't believe she said it either! That is really ***ing inappropriate!"
- Rabbski joins the side of the kids and decides to veto Funtime in the 5th book.
- Insistent Terminology: When Sara brings the Fortune Wookiee, a cootie catcher version of Chewbacca, to school, Harvey's comment on the chapter is literally nothing but a remark on how it's a "salt cellar", not a "cootie catcher".
- In the 4th book, Dwight insists that Cassie call him "Captain Dwight".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Harvey. He's somewhat mean, but he respects Dwight deep down, and has some good ideas.
- Keet: Murky.
- Kid Detective: Dwight when he's trying to figure something out without Origami Yoda's help. Dwight even speaks in a British accent when this happens.
- NO INDOOR VOICE: Mr. Howell constantly yells at the students.
- Noodle Incident: In the 3rd book, Lance asks Sara and her Fortune Wookiee how to save himself from humiliation, because Jen had seen him taking dance lessons the night before. She asks him if Jen even knows who he is, and he says that she hasn't forgiven him due to an incident involving a pudding cup in the 5th grade.
- Not So Different: According to Word of God both Harvey and Dwight have Asperger's Syndrome.
- Pun: During Harvey's comment on fun stuff.
- "Ever notice how anything with the word "fun" in it isn't actually fun?" besides Fun Dip
- And the ideas he comes up with. Star Fun Wars, Lego Fun Bricks, Funcraft, Captain Funderpants......
- Punny Name: Some of the names of the origami creations, such as Darth Paper and Han Foldo.
- Ki-Adi-Hungri's Food Court: Corn troopers. Anapkin Skywalkers. Vaderade. Crouton-taun. Obi-Wan Baloney. Salacious Gum. Salacious Crumbs. Cod Bane, Fry-Gon Jinn, and many more.......
- Running Gag: Alongside Brick Joke, the series loves this trope.
- Boo-Hoo Tears and Mad Tears
- The word "Purple"
- Soapy the monkey's swearing.
- Willy the Walking Waffle.
- Dwight lying down in weird places.
- Each book has at least one extremely short chapters. In the case of the last, it has three.
- The squirrels. "I LIKE NUTS"
- The "Clone Wars Strike Team" guys talking about education.
- "That's CAPTAIN Dwight!"
- Shout-Out: The "Tycho Brahe has a wax nose!" line in the first book. note
- Stealth Pun: "Fortune Wookiee" is a pun on "fortune cookie".
- Tagalong Kid: Murky in the most stories he appears in.
- Unusual Euphemism: The kids replace profanities with names of things from Star Wars, i.e. "What the Fett?" note
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Marcie, an 8th grader from the 1st book. She is never mentioned again in the series.