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 And Stocking
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 comiccon footage and uncut audio for podcasts.
Tropes found in this show:
- Accentuate the Negative: Averted. Pan can honestly discuss shows and games he likes and still make for an entertaining review.
- 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 thats 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.
- 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 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.
- Hypocritical Humor: Pan does this a lot. 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.
- Lost Episode: Now has a series devoted to this, Midnight Society. A Real Life example is the lost audio from his Dan Vs. review where he reviewed G.I. Joe: Renegades.
- 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".
- 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: 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.
- Has been known to dry hump posters of his "waifus" on occasion.
- Podcast: The recently started 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.
- Take That: A pretty blatant on of Benthelooney appears at the beginning of "Rebel Taxi Hates 90s KIDS Rant.", complete with a crudely MS Paint drawn Pan with a breathy voice talking about how much he loves 90's cartoons and kids today "ain't got nothin."
- Tantrum Throwing: He gets pretty upset when he finds out he can't get a review copy of a game.
- 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: