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Recap / Fanboy And Chum Chum S 1 E 1 Wizboy

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A wizard named Kyle the Conjurer joins Mr. Mufflin's class. Thinking he's just pretending to be a wizard, Fanboy and Chum Chum try to convince Kyle that they are "wizards" too, and it isn't long before Fanboy decides to challenge Kyle to see who's the better (pretend) wizard.

Wizboy provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Although Yo is seen, she doesn't speak.
  • An Aesop:
    • Don’t outshine others.
    • What you assume about someone might be true.
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  • Audible Sharpness: When Kyle executes a warrior pose during the wizard-off, the sound of a sword being drawn can be heard.
  • Bottle Episode: The entire episode is set at the school, with the outside not being involved until the last few minutes.
  • Brick Joke: Fanboy unwittingly recites the griffin incantation right next to Kyle, who panics that a griffin is coming, but it doesn't. Roughly a few minutes later, a griffin does come, and it takes Kyle away right before Fanboy and Chum Chum can see it.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Ice Monster Bun Buns were never seen nor mentioned again after this episode, save for brief appearances in a poster at the Frosty Mart.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: It turns out the griffin spell actually does work, even if you're not a wizard when reciting it.
  • Dramatic Irony: The audience knows from the start that Kyle is a wizard, but the boys think he's pretending to be one. In addition, after Kyle is taken away by the griffon, Fanboy assumes Kyle just left, having not seen what happened and unaware they were spared of their lives.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • This episode is very different from the rest of the series; the boys are Out of Focus until the very final scene, almost focusing on Kyle the whole time. In addition, Kyle's attitude is slightly more malicious than later appearances, and Fanboy and Chum Chum seem more clueless. The usual bouncy transitional music also doesn't play at all, and the whole episode is set at the school. This is also the only time Kyle seemed to kill the heroes with will, only to be stopped at the very last second.
    • In addition, Ice Monster Bun Buns, which were seen in the Random! Cartoons short, were never seen again save for posters of them in the Frosty Mart.
    • Also, the titular duo thinks Kyle is just pretending to be a wizard in this episode, while in later episodes, they seem to know the truth.
  • Evil Laugh: Kyle does one after finishing his backstory with a strange twist.
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  • Eye Awaken: Done when Fanboy uses an Ice Monster Bun Bun to wake Chum Chum after he faints. Fanboy also does this himself while making his "wizard entrance".
  • Facepalm: Kyle does one after Fanboy shows him the magic trick of adding a finger.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Fanboy was so busy trying to get Chum Chum off of him that neither of them see Kyle casting his spell, unaware that he's about to kill them.
  • Fainting: Chum Chum faints when he sees Fanboy do the cut-off finger trick.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Listen closley to Kyle as he says "I'll be bringing mine" before he disappears. This hints at his rather dark last-minute spell he's going to use during the boys' possible "last" moments.
    • When Fanboy reads out the griffin incantation, he shouts it right next to Kyle, who is even sitting by him. Guess who the griffin is going to capture later on?
  • For Want of a Nail: Fanboy reads the griffon spell out loud to him, and he gets taken away right before he shoots his fireball. Had not Fanboy read that spell, then he and Chum Chum would've been killed, based on Kyle's dialogue.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When Fanboy is occupied with Chum Chum stuck to him, Kyle proceeds to use his own spell to take them out - but right before he can do so, the great griffon from the spell Fanboy recited takes him away instead.
  • Karma Houdini: Kyle receives no punishment for attempting to kill Fanboy and Chum Chum with a fireball.
  • Karmic Twist Ending: Kyle's rather massive spell to destroy Fanboy and Chum Chum near the end is abruptly cut by the arrival of the great griffon, who takes him away and carries him into the distance.
  • Iris Out: The episode ends on one centered on the great griffon taking Kyle away.
  • Irony: In the first shot of the lunchroom scene, Kyle finds a "charm to summon a griffon" spell and imagines the victim to be Fanboy. Much later, it's Kyle himself who's the victim, as Fanboy uttered the spell out loud as a result.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After everything Kyle does throughout the episode, he is rightfully rewarded for what he almost does to Fanboy and Chum Chum by getting taken away by the griffon having been summoned from Necronomicon.
  • Leitmotif: Kyle has one that played during his entrance.
  • Mood Whiplash: At first Kyle's backstory about originally being a student at Milkweed Academy turns out fine and normal, but it suddenly turns into a haunted psychopath speech near the end. Instantly stops when Fanboy and Chum Chum laugh.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Kyle is taken away by the great griffin right before Chum Chum comes off Fanboy's head and they turn around, leading them to assume he left.
  • Near-Death Experience: As told by Kyle's words, if the griffin hadn't taken him away last-minute, Fanboy and Chum Chum would've been burned to death.
  • Never Say "Die": Kyle uses the phrase "goodbye forever", which probably shocks viewers into believing he's going to kill his victims.
  • Nightmare Face: Kyle's biggest one of all is near the end right when he is about to destroy the boys.
  • Oh, Crap!: Kyle tends to get this expression whenever he hears Fanboy, especially when he reads out of Necronomicon. He has an even bigger one when he spots the great griffin flying through the air and gets taken away.
  • Plot Hole: Fanboy never told Kyle his name, but he somehow knew it near the end of the episode.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Kyle's line, "Goodbye forever, Fanboy," is implied to be this.
  • Record Needle Scratch: When Kyle's Evil Laugh is interrupted by Fanboy and Chum Chum laughing with him for the wrong reason.
  • Shout Out:
    • Fanboy's beard is similar to the one Merlin has.
    • Kyle is obviously one to the Harry Potter books and movies.
  • Slasher Smile: Kyle flashes these a lot, most notable when he marks down the griffon spell and after he finishes studying his flash cards of the spells he should use.
  • Snap Back: Mr. Mufflin takes away Kyle's wand and refuses to give it back until the end of the year, but a few episodes later Kyle has another wand with him.
  • Spanner in the Works: Both Fanboy and Chum Chum are this for Kyle near the end of the episode as the spell Fanboy read to summon the great griffon in the cafeteria not only takes Kyle away, it also saves their lives.
  • Tempting Fate: Right after Fanboy reads the spell to summon a griffon but nothing happens, Kyle warns them that if it did, they'd all be "in the clutches of its cold, pointed claws." Near the end of the episode, it happens to him.
  • Title Drop: Done by Chum Chum as he's introducing Fanboy in wizard garb.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Near the end, Fanboy and Chum Chum are completely oblivious that they're about to be blasted to death by Kyle.
  • Wizard Beard: Fanboy wears one when he tries to play wizard with Kyle.
  • Wham Line: Two in a row within the last two minutes.
  • Wham Shot: The Great Griffon coming down from the skies to take Kyle away, as a result of the spell Fanboy read at lunch.


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