Ever wondered what would happen if the documentary crew from The Office
Enter Master Ken (Not Ken Masters
), Chief Instructor at the Ameri-Do-Te Dojo. Ameri-Do-Te is the most deadly martial art known to man and all other Martial Arts are BULLSHIT
. Enter The Dojo is a documentary/Web Series about Master Ken instructing his students in the ways of Ameri-Do-Te.
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This series includes examples of:
- The Ace: Master Ken, of course.
- Adorkable: Cynthia
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Master Ken, Billy, and Lin Da.
- Artistic License - History: Master Ken's grip on historical facts is tenuous at best.
- Aside Glance: Anthony employs this trope constantly. Occasionally, Master Ken will indulge in this too.
- Badass Mustache: Master Ken, naturally.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Cynthia usually comes across as being very girly and perpetually on the verge of crying. Piss her off, however, and she becomes downright creepy.
- Cynthia's normal persona appears to be masking something much darker: "Sometimes, I have evil thoughts and I used to tell them to my teddy bear, but then I thought it would turn him evil, so I stopped..."
- Butt Monkey: most of the male characters, but Anthony most of all.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Most of the dojo's students. But Master Ken is king of them all with his belief that techniques like the Kill Face, Hurticane, and Thrust of Freedom make him the greatest martial artist alivenote
- Master Ken asks the class to identify their spirit animals and then tells them to embrace said animals' traits. The dojo being what it is, it quickly turns into an improv class for lunatics.
- The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: Master Ken has a technique he refers to as You-Jitsu, which involves the fighter trying to outsmart their own reflections in a mirror. When Anthony points out that physics dictate that it requires them to be faster than the speed of light for You-Jitsu to work, Master Ken proceeds to show that it is indeed possible to do sonote .
- Crossover: With Ask a Ninja.
- The Danza: Out of the main cast, Rachel. Amongst one-shot characters there's also Stefani and Alejandro.
- Forbidden Technique: There are many deadly techniques in Ameri-Do-Te, but the deadliest has to be Kill Face. It cannot even be shown on camera.
- Groin Attack: The prime MO of Ameri-Do-Te and Rachel's specialty
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Rachel and Anthony
- Only Sane Man: Anthony seems to be the only one in the dojo (bar the documentary crew) who realizes just how ridiculous Ameri-Do-Te is. He's only attending because it gives him the chance to snark at everything.
- Status Quo Is God: Master Ken promotes the entire class (save Billy, who only gets a new brown belt) by one belt rank during Season 2's Christmas Episodenote . He demotes everyone back down to their original ranks before the next episode because they missed a class he'd scheduled on New Year's Day. Ken even goes so far as to give the documentary production crew white belts so that he can demote them to no belts when they dared to point out that no one could be expected to know that there would be class on a holidaynote
- Billy takes a promotion test and succeeds in earning a stripe on his brown belt. It's never mentioned again and seems to have disappeared in subsequent episodes.
- Talking Heads: In keeping with the documentary style of the show
- Tim Taylor Technology: Master Ken occasionally demonstrates that he does have a strong grasp of the fundamentals of the martial arts and would be a formidable fighter if he stuck with them. His overblown ego and obsession with complicated and fanciful techniques, however, takes Ameri-Do-Te several steps beyond practical.
- What the Fu Are You Doing?: Three Words: Thrust of Freedom
- Lampshaded by Anthony: "I can't think of a better way to stop someone from beating me up by violently humping them. I also can't think of a better way to get someone to kick my ass than violently humping them."
- The Hurticane, even more so.
TV TROPES IS BULLSHIT.