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Trivia: Sgt. Frog Abridged

Trope Trivia

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Keroro often speaks Spanish or embodies various Hispanic stereotypes due to his voice actor Yoshi being Dominican.
    • In Episode 2, Aki mentions that the guy who removed the ghost from the basement was "some guy from Florida", a reference to Kululu's voice actor, Jpace92, a then-resident of Florida.
  • Ascended Fanon: Of the premeditative variety. When the counter debuted in Episode 13, viewers calculated that, if it counted down in real-time, it would reach 0 on April 23, 2012. The writers made it so that Episode 16, wherein the counter activates, would correlate with that date, though because Keroro makes the counter activate a week early, the episode was uploaded a week earlier as well.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • The creators openly disowned the original Episode 1. They remade SFA1 to make it funnier, more in-line with their current writing style, and to make it in-canon with the current continuity. They don't think very fondly of Episode 2R either, and they remade it as well.
    • They refer to the original first two episodes as "SFA1R" and "SFA2R", the "R" standing for "Retconned".
    • Thorn is also fairly unhappy with Episode 8, and he, Yoshi and Travis consider Episode 13 to be their worst. 13 is set to be remade on Halloween 2014, but Yoshi and Travis still like 8, so it will not be remade.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • LillyLivers, codeblackhayate and BigTUnit1 all voiced in multiple projects (internet and professional) before voicing in SFA.
    • Sumomo and an animator in Episode 8 were voiced by 1KidsEntertainment, best known for Pokémon The 'Bridged Series.
    • 1Kids' cohort xJerry64x also makes a cameo as an animator in Episode 8. Same scene as 1Kids, too.
  • Lying Creator:
    • For a time, Thorn kept forgetting that Tamama was male and not female. He randomly came up with a joke that would reveal that Tamama really was a girl, and he and Yoshi decided to make it canon. After deciding this, they would occasionally make unintentional Freudian slips revealing this, but they simply pretended that they were still confused about Tamama's gender. Then Episode 10 rolls around...
    • The team told everyone that the SFA1 remake would be in July 2011. They made it in June.
    • They also said that SFA2 would be remade in July 2012. They remade it in July 2011.
    • They also said that SFA3 is where the series' proper continuity begins. They remade it in July 2011.
    • Not the case in regards to ending the series. Thorn had every intention of ending the series for good. He just simply changed his mind.
  • McLeaned: Momoka. The writers would have happily brought her back after explosively decapitating her, but her voice actor moved to Japan shortly after the episode went up, so she stayed dead. Subverted in 2013, when her VA moved back to the US. See also What Could Have Been below.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Giroro, Kululu, Mois, and HQ all had voice actor change-ups after their characters had already appeared (to say nothing of the numerous voice actors hired to voice Dororo, Momoka, Omiyo, and Natsumi but were removed before they ever appeared in an episode).
    • There was supposed to be a running joke involving Thorn and Yoshi trading off each episode as the voice of Tamama, but Yoshi only voiced the character in Episode 3R before retiring as the second voice. It was one of the reasons that Episode 3 was remade despite being a mostly competent episode.
    • Momoka was voiced by LillyLivers for her debut in 2R, but was voiced by Narusasu in Episode 10 onward. Narusasu also did Momoka for the Episode 2 remake.
    • Lampshade Hanging: Giroro's voice change is joked about in the Episode 3R stinger as him getting over laryngitis and losing 300 excess pounds. Kululu says a similar thing in Episode 10 by saying his voice change was him getting over a chest cold.
    • Because the first few episodes were retconned, every voice actor change was also retconned out of the series.
  • The Other Marty: ThePS2God, the original voice of Momoka, Omiyo and Dororo, had recorded lines for Episode 2(R) before being kicked from the project. However the then-script ended up not fitting with the source video, so his recordings were scrapped.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • TheSmashBro, a self-professed fanboy of TheMidnightFrogs and the creator of his own (now defunct) Sgt. Frog Abridged Series (read Follow the Leader), was made the voice of HQ. He became an honorary team member after SFA: Reset.
    • Tempe, a young friend and fanboy of the team, was made official team artist in December 2011 and drew the artwork that made up Giroro & Dororo's wedding in Episode 15, the official SFA logo from Season 3 onward, and various other contributions.
  • Prop Recycling: Still frames and footage from older episodes were reused for the season finales and for Reset, either for the character models or the settings.
  • Reality Subtext: Subversion. Writer Thorn came out during production of Episode 11 as a bisexual transvestite, but he states that he has always been an LGBT activist, so the series' examinations of sexuality were likely to happen anyway. He does however acknowledge that making all of the characters bisexual and making Giroro a Cross Dresser is Hilarious in Hindsight.
  • Shipper on Deck: The reason Giroro and Dororo were made a couple: because Thorn ships them.
  • Talking to Himself: ThornBrain voices approximately a third of the cast, including major, minor, and bit characters. Most obvious in Episode 7, where the credits list Yoshi and BigTUnit1, followed by:
    Literally everyone else is voiced by ThornBrain
  • Throw It In:
    • Lil' Keroro's over-the-top la-la-laing in Episode 4 was just Yoshi goofing off during recording. Thorn wanted to keep it, and it was even brought back in Episode 7.
    • Also Lil' Keroro's shocked expression in Episode 4 is simply a frame of him turning his head that Yoshi discovered by accident.
    • Keroro brushing his toothbrush in the Episode 2 Post-Credits was a result of Yoshi mistyping "I'm going to brush my teeth" as "I'm going to brush brush my toothbrush" during scriptwriting for SFA2R. Thorn liked the idea of Keroro brushing his toothbrush, so it stayed. It was edited for 2R, but the entire line was later put into the remake.
    • Keroro's comments to Dororo at the end of Episode 14 - about remembering his name and giving a high-five - were ad libs by Yoshi.
    • Keroro trips over himself trying to say a tongue twister in Episode 16. Yoshi was supposed to joke-flub the line; the take used was him messing up for real.
    • Travis jokingly did a parody of the THX crescendo while doing the monster powering-up yell in Episode 18. This ended up being the take Thorn used in the episode.
  • Un-Canceled: Originally ended November 2012, with the creators seeming prepared to never look back. Three months and a failed attempt to start another Abridged Series later, Thorn was more than happy to bring it back and do it again.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • There was talk briefly during the series' early days of it becoming part of WingerDinger Productions, due to LillyLivers' association with the project. This was shortly before WingerDinger was hacked and subsequently abandoned, so nothing became of it.
    • The writers intended to bring back Momoka after killing her off in Episode 13, but her voice actress Narusasu moved to Japan shortly after the episode went up. As a result, they simply left her dead. However, Narusasu returned to the US in 2013, so Momoka has the chance to return as well.
      • The Last Straw: On the subject of Momoka, she had several voice actors (and people contacted about voicing her that never made it in) before her first appearance in Episode 2R (at the time voiced by LillyLivers as a backup). The constant trouble the team had getting her a voice early-on is the reason they didn't look for another VA after Episode 13, effectively being The Last Straw that broke her character's existence.
  • The Wiki Rule: TheMidnightFrogs Wiki. Actually the team's official website run by Thorn, but it's made with Wikia, so it technically applies.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Character aspects or events are sometimes discovered or developed through hindsight by the writers.
    • Both the Poodlejumper story in Episode 6 and Zeroro's mental flashback in Episode 7 were just ThornBrain being left to write strange stories off-the-cuff.
    • In an even stranger example, the climax to Episode 10 with Future Kululu is what happens when Thorn takes numerous disparate elements from the first season and decides to tie them together. He and Yoshi barely planned for the climax prior to scriptwriting, and Episode 10 in fact had the most planning of any episode up to that point.
    • Viper only became Dororo's father when Yoshi joked about Viper's eyepatch being similar to Lil' Zeroro's mask. They just ran with it.
    • Happened again when writing for Keroro's monologue in Episode 18. The intention was for him to blame his parents for all the troubles in his life; after two minutes of thinking about what could apply to that, it turned into a reveal that Keroro is Dororo's little brother.
  • Written By Cast Member: Thorn and Yoshinote  are the writers and lead voice actors. Episode 6 was co-written with Natsumi's VA LillyLivers, and Travis voiced various minor characters before becoming co-writer with Episode 9.

Other Trivia

  • Yoshi never intended to be a voice actor, let alone the voice of the main character; he just wanted to script-write and oversee the project. While he didn't quite like voice acting during the first three episodes, he began enjoying it starting with Episode 4, and it became one of his main hobbies after stepping down as SFA's writer.
  • Thorn admits that he wanted to run the project and voice practically everyone in the formative, circa-SFA1R days. Fast-forward to 2013, and he does run the project and voice a majority of the cast.

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