Tikboy: The Awakening of Boy Dragon
"But it was not the Akyat Bahay gang who killed your beloved" - makes sign of the cross - "Jennifer. It was me! Ka. Roger!"
was a play written for the Southridge Plautus Awards by troper Kwanzor Delgato
as a satire of the over-the-top
and heavily glamorized nature
of Filipino action movies. Set in a fictional dirt-poor town
in the Philippines, the play relied heavily on cliches, slapstick humor
, illogical fight sequences
, and larger-than-life characters to bring this message home. However, in the end, it turned out to be less
satirical than the action movies themselves.
While it failed to win any major awards, it was one of the most popular of the eleven plays shown that season... due mostly to the slapstick.Plot Summary
The Mayor has been murdered, and the entire area is in a state of confusion and fear. The security videotapes reveal that the attack was carried out by two masked assailants with a garbage can. Kagawad Roger
orders Barangay Captain Tikboy de Leon to personally investigate the crime, who drafts his friends Yengot San Cruzan and Andok. A plot by the evil Akyat-Bahay Gang to move into town and make it a part of their territory is revealed. A past grievance of Andok's against the Akyat-Bahay Gang resurfaces - namely, that they murdered his beloved Jennifer. Meanwhile, Ka. Roger has decided to throw a mourning fiesta for the beloved Mayor, at which he announces his plan to take the Mayorship until the time of chaos is over. Tikboy, who trusts Ka. Roger implicitly, gives him his support. During the course of the fiesta, Ka. Roger's crony Tokwa drops a crumpled paper bag, which has had two holes as though for eyes poked in it. Andok discovers this mask and gives it to Tikboy, who pockets it for future scrutiny.
The investigation proceeds, and during its course, Tikboy is assaulted by a masked Akyat-Bahay assassin named Boy Chicharon. He prevails, and discovers that the mask Boy Chicharon was wearing is in fact identical to the one that Tokwa dropped at the mourning fiesta, and that he and his confederate Bob Uy could very possibly be linked to the Mayor's murder. He then leaps to the logical conclusion that Tokwa and Bob Uy are members of the Akyat-Bahay Gang, and that Ka. Roger is their next target. While he is off investigating, Tokwa and Bob Uy attempt to assassinate him, but mistakenly strike his Tikboy's friend Yengot instead. Tikboy arrives on the scene in time to defeat Tokwa and Bob Uy, but not in time to save Yengot. He then goes to Ka. Roger with the evidence of an Akyat-Bahay plot, only to find himself beaten and thrown into jail with Andok, for the murders of Yengot San Cruzan and the Mayor.
Ka. Roger uses his newfound power and authority to secure his hold over the townspeople and enrich himself. Meanwhile, Tikboy and Andok have broken out of jail thanks to the loyalty of the townsfolk and are hell-bent on revenge. Disposing of Tokwa and Bob Uy quickly, Tikboy and Andok confront Ka. Roger in the Mayor's office. Ka. Roger reveals that not only was he behind the murders of Yengot and the Mayor, he was also directly responsible for the death of Andok's beloved Jennifer. He then attempts to shoot both Tikboy and Andok. However, the pair prevail and peace is restored. Tikboy is vindicated and reinstated as Barangay Captain, and Andok opens a Chicken Restaurant.
This play provides examples of:
- Always Chaotic Evil: The Akyat-Bahay Gang, which features heavily in the events before those of the play.
- Big Bad: Kagawad Roger, a town official and secretly leader of the local chapter of the Akyat-Bahay Gang.
- Big "NO!": Spoofed during the reveal. Rather than a single big no, Tikboy and Andok alternate until Ka. Roger tells them to shut up.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Yengot, who does not know.
- Completely Missing the Point: Tikboy and Andok at times. Yengot all the time.
- Crosses the Line Twice: In the climactic confrontation with Ka. Roger, Tikboy tricks Andok into acting as a human shield. He shows up in the final scene heavily bandaged and leaning on a crutch, but none the worse for the wear.
- Evil Chancellor: Kagawad Roger.
- Historical In-Joke: "Andok's Manok" is the name of a popular rotisserie chain, that sells mainly chicken.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Tikboy. It's his fatal flaw.
- Improbable Weapon User: Tokwa and Bob Uy use a garbage can as a murder weapon on two occasions. To suffocate their victims to death.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Jennifer.
- Just Between You and Me: Ka. Roger's reveal at the end.
- Meaningful Name: Tokwa and Bob Uy are named after the dish Tokwa't Baboy (Tofu and Pork). Ironically, Tokwa is the big guy, while Bob Uy is relatively smaller.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Tokwa applies this to Tikboy in their second encounter, only to get a garbage can jammed on his head.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Ka. Roger appears to be one of these at first, only to the characters. To the audience, he's a bit more obvious.
- Overly Long Name: Tikboy's full name is Tikboy Versoza Del Viedo Lonzaga Del Monte De Leon.
- Posthumous Character: Jennifer.
- Psycho for Hire: Boy Chicharon.
- Running Gag: No character says Jennifer's name without performing a specific ritual. Not even Ka. Roger.
"What really happened to your beloved" *makes sign of the cross* "Jennifer?" *hip thrust*
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Tikboy post-imprisonment. Act III, and the play itself, are called "The Awakening of Boy Dragon" for a reason.
- Bald of Evil: Tokwa.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Tokwa and Bob Uy