Cheat Commandos... Rock, rock on!
Cheat Commandos, maybe fighting for freedom
And each is sold separately
Cheat Commandos, they're probably battling evil
Buy all our playsets and toys!
What started out as a spin-off of Strong Bad telling The
Cheat that "Firebert is not a good Commando name" evolved over time into a sub-series (of sorts) on Homestar Runner
. The series is an obvious spoof of G.I. Joe
, right down to Blue Laser
being a voice parody of Chris Latta
's turn as Cobra Commander.
This series contains examples of:
- Bad Boss: Blue Laser Commander in addition to being abrasive and shouty once stuck a fork in a minion's eye so he could tell them apart.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Very common, as they continuously reinforce that they are Merchandise-Driven.
- Common examples include reffering to locations as playsets and talking about how certain characters are limited edition.
- As seen in a commentary on fan costumes, in which one man is dressed as the "voice" of Gunhaver, Crack Stuntman, Strong Bad describes him as "the voice of this cartoon man in this cartoon show" and who does "the voice of this other cartoon man inside the cartoon man show".
- Face-Heel Turn: In the second part of "2-Part Episode", the Blue Laser Commander takes advantage of Reynold's dissatisfaction with the Cheat Commandos to recruit him as a new Blue Laser agent, named "Scrawnjob". In this role, Reynold is given credit for Blue Laser's diabolical plot to drive up the price of skee-ball prizes as a way to make kids become part of criminal groups.
- Go Karting with Bowser: Blue Laser is more than happy to invite the Commandos over for Thanksgiving.
- Merchandise-Driven: "Buy All Our Playsets and Toys!"
- Non-Action Guy: Reynold. They never let him forget it either.
- Parody: Of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. Several of Blue Laser's plots were actual G.I. Joe episodes.
- Show Within a Show: To Homestar Runner. The Cheat plays the role of Firebert and Gunhaver's voice actor, Crack Stuntman became a reoccurring character.
- Sissy Villain: The Blue Laser Commander, and hammy to boot.
- Smurfette Principle: Parodied with Fox Face whose packaging notes being female as her unique feature. Oddly she's never had a speaking role.
- Villains Out Shopping: Literally in "Shopping for Danger." Blue Laser is out grocery shopping on Double Coupon Day, and it's up to the Commandos to stop them from saving money that could go into buying new superweapons.