Web Video: Rebel Taxi

I await your tropes...

Rebel Taxi is a web series created by Pan Pizza. The show mainly consists of Pan sitting in said taxi, reviewing various things, mainly having to do with cartoons, Cartoon Network shows and related media, and whatever catches his eye at the time. It takes inspiration from Toonami bumpers and reviews, as well as Classic Game Room, with an art style inspired by Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.

The show itself can be found here. Pan also has a Tumblr for the show, and two other Youtube accounts, one for his video game reviews, and one for miscellaneous footage such as Comic Con footage and uncut audio for podcasts.


Tropes:

  • Accentuate the Negative: Averted. Pan can honestly discuss shows and games he likes and still make for an entertaining review.
    • His opinions are generally unbiased regardless of whether or not he likes them and stick to pointing out exactly why they do or don't work.
  • Accidental Misnaming: He frequently invokes this, referring to shows and people with various dirty Punny Nicknames.
  • All Animation Is Disneyinvoked: He accidentally refers to The Land Before Time as a Disney movie in his "Top 10 Lost Animations" video, even though he previously correctly called it a Don Bluth movie in the same video. He later posted an annotation apologizing for the mistake.
  • Animation Age Ghettoinvoked: He is largely against this view, as seen in his When Are You TOO OLD To Be Watching CARTOONS or ANIME? video.
  • Art Evolution: Went from a Sketchy Pan standing in a black void, to a detailed Pan sitting in a parked space taxi with a starry background, and that's not even getting into how much Pan's design drastically changed.
  • Author Appeal: Genndy Tartakovsky, Tara Strong, pointy artstyles, Toonami, ambient music, too many to list really.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Back when Johnny Test was in its first season and had potential, its fate was uncertain due to Kids' WB! folding. Pan considered it too good to last and wanted it to return, and well...
  • Black Comedy: Pan's jokes range from mildly perverted to "short bus orgy" tier.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "It's Juice and Jam time!" sometimes altered, originally from Sonic Underground.
    • I await your _____" is almost always featured at the end of the video. Hell, it's even the quote for the page!
    • Pan's OC/little sister CISter, Emily, has "WHAT'S UP FUCKERS" which crosses over with Verbal Tic where she's starts every apperance with it.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: According to Pan himself and people who seen him in real life, he looks like Dib from Invader Zim.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Pan. For starters, every review has him give himself a subtitle under his name (i.e. Once ate his own head, Tsundere Tomato, etc.).
  • Cross Over: With Mr. Coat.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Looking back at his videos, there's a significant evolution throughout the series. From a sketchy drawing of Pan just talking about whatever cartoon he wants to talk about to an actual setting, gags, and occasional music videos and animated skits.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Pan started editing his video titles to include "Rebel Taxi LOVES [show here]" or "Rebel Taxi HATES [show here]" to avoid confusing people.
  • Fan Boy:
    • The few real-life shots of Pan's room are shown to be full of merchandise from all sorts of cartoons and cons. He's also prone to talking about his favorite animators, like Craig McCracken and Genndy Tartakovsky.
    • He's stated many times over that, while Cartoon Network has made some bad decisions in the past (like the infamous Network Decay the network temporarily suffered from in the late 00s), he greatly prefers CN over Nickelodeon. His reasoning is because CN is more willing to experiment and treats most of their classic shows with respect, while Nickelodeon relies way too much on SpongeBob SquarePants reruns to keep up its viewership of young children.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Pan avoids letting his real life face be seen by fans, and any other details outside of his voice and cartoon self.
  • Humanity Ensues: Word of God states that Pan is a humanized Umbreon. Other times he's been described as a humanoid pizza and said his hat is a skinned Umbreon.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Somehow managed to get actual porn footage into "Top 10 Failed ANIMATED PILOTS". That's all we're going to say here.
    • He pulled it again in his "Top 10 Goth Girls" video.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • The beginning of his My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic review had him state that he would never watch a show meant for little girls, then flashing back to his Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi review. When reviewing The Powerpuff Girls, he talks about no grown man wanting to admit their love for girls' shows, while hugging Derpy Hooves. In his Toonami Retrospective, he expresses distain for people wearing Naruto headbands anywhere, asserting that people should care more about what they are wearing... while he himself is in a Pinkie Pie T-shirt.
    • Parodied in his Johnny Test rant, where, after railing on everything he hates about the show, concludes that, once his own terrible animation will be finished, he'll never be allowed to complain about it again.
  • Informed Attribute: In real life, Pan is Mexican and Ken from the podcast is Black. Justified as that they're represented by cartoon drawings.
  • Lost Episode:
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Pan remembers rumors about Ted Turner cancelling Aqua Teen Hunger Force should "Boston" ever be leaked. Upon discovering that the show has been cancelled, and that the episode had a sudden surge of interest after his "Top 10 Lost Animations" video, he doesn't take it very well...
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Possibly. He hopes the little girl from Inside Out will be literally split inside out, and expressed interest in a version of Osmosis Jones where the inside-the-body scenes are made using stop-motion and real internal organs.
  • Nightmare Fuelinvoked: His "Creepy Disturbing Cartoon Moments" videos.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The name "Rebel Taxi" seems mostly to refer to Pan's color scheme and not much else.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: He gave a fairly positive review of the Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL, as well as the Adventure Time game. He also gave credit to Rugrats: the Search for Reptar as fun for fans of the show. Hell, in his Crazy Taxi review, he admitted to liking the much-maligned The Simpsons: Road Rage for combing Crazy Taxi game-play with The Simpsons humor.
  • Nostalgia Filter:
    • He devotes a whole video rant to debunking the arguments of "90s Kids". In particular he pointed out how hypocritical some people can be regarding the longevity of certain cartoons (like how these people keep wishing The Powerpuff Girls and other "90s cartoons" were still around, while these same people also complain that Spongebob, a cartoon that also started in the 90s, needed to end years ago), saying that if most of the older cartoons were still on TV then fans would just be complaining about Seasonal Rot.
    • Also discussed in his Guilty Pleasures video, where he says that things you loved as a kid aren't as good as you thought. For example, he talks about loving the soundtrack from Pokémon: The First Movie as a kid, which his older cousin hated. Nowadays, his opinion is quite different.
    Pan: That soundtrack was terrible, oh my god!
  • Once an Episode: The ending caption under the taxi at the end of the videos, most of the time being some variation of "I await your ____", usually relating to the episode.
  • One of Us invoked: Hi, everyone.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Who really wants to be good at Superman 64?
  • Perverse Sexual Lust:
    • Used to (jokingly) express this for Derpy Hooves, but for some reason suddenly started hating the character (again jokingly).
    • Raven, as several other Tara Strong characters.
    Pan: I wanna get cold and hard on Raven's soft warm insides!
    • Has been known to dry hump posters of his "waifus" on occasion.
  • Podcast: The Pizza Party Podcast, which usually consists of a motley crew of Pan and some of his Skype contacts discussing cartoons.
  • Precision F-Strike: In his "Top 10 Worst Cartoon Network Moments" video, Pan remarks, out of nowhere, that the decision to make CN Real in 2009 was "more fucking retarded then an orgy in a shortbus."
  • Pretend Prejudice: Against fanboys. Though sometimes it's not so pretend.
  • Reference Overdosed: A lot of his comedy has to do with jokes about other cartoons.
  • Shout-Out: He doesn't like giving these to fans without a reason to.
  • Shown Their Work: Pan does a lot of looking into whatever he talks about, such as mentioning that Lauren Faust's attempt at pitching Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls is what put her in charge of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • Take That:
  • Tantrum Throwing: He gets pretty upset when he finds out he can't get a review copy of a game.
  • The Cameo: ZONE-TAN cameos in his Top 10 WORST ReDESIGNS in Animation.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Happens every now and then. For example, at the end of his first part of creepy/disturbing moments of modern cartoons:
    Rebel Taxi: For now, I call this meeting of the Midnight Society closed....bitches.
  • Your Mom: When Pan calls Ringo Starr in his review of The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed, many of his songs have this in the title.