Dr. Tran is an animated web series by Lone Sausage Productions that follows an unfortunate 5-year-old boy whose life has been turned upside down by a disembodied "trailer narrator"-type voice. It was all started by the 2003 short Here comes Dr. Tran, in which the Narrator describes Tran as a secret superagent and the star of at least 30,000 Dr. Tran movies (and a doctor), while Tran tries (unsuccessfully) to drive the voice away. The short has quickly become popular through Memetic Mutation.Other shorts in the series include:
Dr. Tran's Quiet Log Time - Tran enjoys a quiet evening by a campfire. Hilarity Ensues
Summer Splash - Introducing Leland the Cough Drop and Fat Friend, who argue whether Tran is a superhero or not.
Mr. Tran & The Toy Cack - Tran and Leland are driven by Leland's grandma to a toy store.
100% ICE - Grandpa lectures Tran, Fat Friend and Leland on how to advertise their products. Introduces Hotel Soap, to whom cocaine is like vitamins.
Fruit Hat - Tran is sitting in a subway station. An old lady's hat asks him to buy it chewing gum.
3D Movie: For 5 seconds during "Here comes Dr. Tran".
During an early (if not original) showing of "Here Comes Dr. Tran," 3D glasses were handed out to viewers, with little explanation. The joke was that all that preparation was for five seconds of unmoving 3D.
Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation Festival showing "Here Comes Dr. Tran" also handed out 3D glasses.
Gratuitous English: "Dear Dr. Tran, Why I always have so an hard feeling in my pants at the morning?" from Fan Mail episode "Keith Cares"
Humiliation Conga: Any skit that involves Tran and a narrator can be viewed as this. A little Asian boy whose entire world is being manipulated by some unseen voice, the situation gradually becoming more and more hilariously insane at Tran's expense, until he's a knotted ball of frustration. The first Dr. Tran short and Nail Gun are prime examples of this.
Hurricane of Euphemisms: Leland's grandma gives one in "Dr. Tran and the Toy Cack", and it goes on and on until Tran says, "SHUT UP! WHY DON'T YOU JUST SHUT UP RIGHT NOW?!"
Jerk Ass: The talking chicken and Grandpa, but especially the Narrator. He apparently loves screwing around with Tran's head, and his reality, for no reason. We don't even know why Tran is the one he screws around with. One way to look at it is that the Narrator really believes Tran is an action superstar, which is sort of backed up by the appearance of two alternate Trans, one in the 1940s, another in the 2040s. Of course, given his power, he could've just created those two Trans solely to mess with Tran once again. Two examples come to mind:
In one of the fan mail segments, Tran gets a letter from a little girl with AIDS asking Tran to make an appearance or to donate some money to her hospital. Tran thinks the girl sounds nice (even if doesn't know what AIDS are), while the Narrator basically tells her to go bitch to someone else. He then rubs it in by saying Tran is too busy at the "Venezuelan drug lord dance party", wearing sunglasses "black as the night [she] got cancer!"
Tran: What is cancer? I thought you said AIDS?
Narrator: Same thing.
In another one, Tran gets a letter from a guy named Keith who says that he and his wife understand that Tran is just a little boy who is being misidentified with someone else, all the while being accused of doing horrible things "for America". Tran actually asks to answer this letter, but the Narrator decides that Tran should read another one about a kid asking questions about boners, all the while Tran is pleading to talk to Keith.
Merchandise-Driven: Parodied. In-universe, you can apparently buy anything with Dr. Tran on it. This gives Tran a hard time; denying being famous is a bit difficult when one is standing in a Dr. Tran Inflatabe Pool.
Plot Hole: In Here Comes Dr. Tran, Tran clearly states that he's never been to America. However, The Furious Little Cinnamon Bun would imply that he has, since Leland heard the cinnamon bun cross the border, and it's made clear from that that Leland lives in America. However, given the power of the narrator, he could have warped Tran to America some time during the course of the series.
Precision F-Strike: Grandpa during Part 1 of the '100% ICE' sketch, causing Tran to blanch in shock;
Grandpa: [Discussing Hotel Soap] And he's so fuckin' wonderful, he could be the only reason people buy your smokable ice, or Ice-over-Miami.
Reality Warper: The Narrator, it seems. Aside from, well, being a disembodied voice, his achievements include: Changing Tran's clothes, turning the scene into 3D, summoning a heavy rain during a sunny day and, though this is probably stretching the trope, contacting Tran's past and future selves.