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An animator is pitted against his creation, the Animation.

That's this work in a nutshell. But the fun part? The craziness that ensues goes on a higher level each new installment! Created on Adobe Animate and posted on YouTube, Newgrounds and DeviantArt by Alan Becker, aka noogai (who, by now, is not at all a new guy), it stars himself as the animator who'd draw a stick figure for...well, animating. It's just that they go sentient and use various methods to attack him, prompting him to fight back. They can also exit his animation program! The full series can be watched on Alan's Youtube channel.

Throughout its timeline:

  • After a three-year hiatus, a successful Kickstarter campaign caused the fourth installment to be released on October 2nd, 2014.
  • In 2015, a spinoff episode called "Animation vs. Minecraft" was announced, along with a Patreon page to fund the animations.
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  • In December 2016, it was announced that a second spinoff episode, "Animation vs. YouTube", is in production, and a three-minute preview was updated, followed by the full episode in early August 2017.
  • In November 2017, a short called "The Rediscovery - AVM Shorts Episode 1" was released, along with the announcement that new episodes of this series are to be expected monthly.
  • In July 2018, another spinoff was announced called AvA Shorts, with "AvA" standing for Animator vs. Animation. These shorts would follow the life of the Second Coming along with the animator after Animator vs Animation IV. The AvM Shorts series will not be cancelled, but they will air concurrently. These shorts were later compiled into a longer video titled Animator vs. Animation V.
  • In December 2018, Alan started a new gaming channel with his friend DJ Welch, who had previously done work for Lucasfilm and Cartoon Network. In addition to gaming, they also reacted to Alan's videos from as early in the series as Animator vs. Animation IV. In these reaction videos, Alan occasionally provides commentary detailing the creation process and how things work in-universe.
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Main series
  • Animator vs. Animation (2006)
  • Animator vs. Animation II (2007)
  • Animator vs. Animation III (2011)
  • Animator vs. Animation IV (2014)
  • Animator vs. Animation V (2020)note 

Spin-offs

Other

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Tropes

(For tropes regarding each individual episode, check the "Recap" page)
  • Absentee Actor:
    • The Animator doesn't appear or interact with the animations at all in Animation vs. Minecraft, Animation vs. YouTube, the AvM Shorts and Animation vs. Super Mario Bros..
    • The Second Coming, Red and Yellow were all absent for "The Nether" and "Villagers".
  • Adaptational Badass: When a video game character isn't being controlled by a player, most of the time they have more unique skills than what's seen in gameplay. This applies to some mooks as well, a few Minecraft mobs being nearly as skilled as the average player.
  • Art Attacker: Both the Animator and the stick figures can use digital drawing tools to create weapons.
  • Art Evolution: Compare the animation styles of the first three installments to "Animator vs. Animation IV." Also, some later installments feature detailed custom backgrounds rather than just an empty white expanse or the Windows desktops.
  • Artifact Title:
    • The Animator and his animations haven't been hostile to each other since AvA4, so most entries taking place after it are titled "Animations vs X" instead. This is played straight when the Animator vs Animation Shorts series started, and the Animator is still allied with his creations, but fighting a virus that has infected his computer. It's a subversion; it turns out The Dark Lord, created by the Animator in AvA3, is the one who created the virus.
    • AVM Shorts eventually became this since some episodes are actually longer than the original Animation vs Minecraft video.
  • Author Avatar: The Animator is, both literally and In-Universe, noogai.
  • Badass Normal: AIM. Though they end up getting killed, they manage to hold their own against The Chosen One with nothing but their wit and paintbrushes.
  • Big Bad:
    • The Animator himself. After a Heel–Face Turn in IV, however, he became the Big Good instead.
    • The Dark Lord is this, as proven in the AvA Shorts, where he and the Chosen One wreck havoc across the entire Internet, not to mention that he created Vira Bot and was one of the two people that caused the Blue Screen of Death in III.
    • Orange (no, not the main character) serves as this for Season 3 of AvM Shorts.
  • Breather Episode: The entire Season 2 of the AvM Shorts could be considered one for the spin-off, given that the second half of Season 1 involved a story arc and Season 3 had a story arc since the beginning.
  • The Chosen One: Used as a "difficulty level" for the Animation in 2 & 3. Parodied in 3, again through the Animation.
  • Cyberspace: Pretty much where the series takes place. First, the Animation and Animator duke it out on the Flash program, causing a lot of damage to the interface. Then, in the latter 2 installments, the Animation hops out of Flash and wreaks havoc on the Animator's desktop!
  • Death Is Cheap: Or at least, it is when the stick figures are operating on Minecraft logic, as "PVP" demonstrates. Additionally, anything from a web page that is damaged or destroyed can be restored by refreshing the page, including deleted individuals. Subverted with The Chosen One, who escaped (off-screen) to the internet before Alan's first computer crashed.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Considering the airdates of the older videos, how dated they are pretty much shows. Besides the fact the Animator used to have Windows XP, the SFX sounded low in quality, among a few other things.
  • Easily Forgiven: In the main "Animation vs. (Video Game)" videos (not counting the AVM Shorts), the antagonist is always forgiven by the end of the video (except Herobrine who they barely noticed the existence).
  • Exploiting the Fourth Wall: These videos are based on this trope. The Animation (a stick figure) interacts with everything from various applications' interfaces to icons on the desktop to system menus, trying to destroy the Animator (the mouse cursor).
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Almost constantly, from the second installment onward. Throughout all the intense action, there are often Easter eggs to be found in the background.
  • A God Am I: The Animator is pretty much thinking this, if you consider the fact that he's supposed to be the one calling the shots, and literally the one who allows the computer (and anything on it) to run at all.
  • Gag Dub: The first three installments, done by text-to-speech programs.
  • Improbable Weapon User: AIM uses paintbrushes as weapons.
  • Improvised Weapon: Both Victim and The Chosen One use whatever they can use on the desktop as weapons.
  • Instant A.I.: Just Add Water!: Nearly anything that gets drawn in Adobe Flash/Animate comes to life, especially the stick figures. This is also true for the video game characters, who start breaking their rules due to either an outside interference from a foreigner or having developed their own desires on their own.
  • Interface Screw: Everything the Animations ever do when fighting noogai causes damage to his computer's GUI, to the point where both sides end up weaponizing it to some extent.
  • Invisible Anatomy: The stick figures have faces, but they're never visible. The sole excption is The Chosen One, but only when opening his mouth to eat text and breathe fire.
  • Living Drawing: The series is about animated stick figures coming to life and rebelling against their creators.
  • Living Program: This animation series is about stick figures drawn in Adobe Flash becoming sentient as they are created. They live inside a computer and interact with their animator. Desktop icons, anti-viruses and videogame characters may also spontaneously become sentient. The same can be said for the video game characters, who begin displaying their true personalities the moment they're disrupted by a foreigner (or in rare instances like Q*bert's, acting up on their own).
  • Medium Awareness: The stick figure being antagonized in each video is aware that he's inside a computer. His attempts at foiling the Animator involve doing things such as messing with the interface, destroying the Shut Down button, and even breaking the computer.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Simply put, Both Sides Have a Point. While Animator was explicitly villainous in the first episode, The Chosen One is pretty destructive even towards bystanders, and the Animator lets the violent little stick figure live (your mileage may vary whether this was a Fate Worse than Death). In episode two, The Chosen One throws the first punch, and Animator is simply trying to survive.
  • Physical God: Noogai, The Chosen One and The Dark Lord all have god-like power in a way or another.
  • Playing with Fire: The Chosen One and the Dark Lord can breathe and shoot fire. Also, Firefox which is a fox with fire powers.
  • Plot Hole: This episode contradicts some plot points from the third and fourth episode.
    • The Virus and The Flashback reveal that The Chosen One never died, which contradicts both the file description in Animator Vs Animation 4, which says that The Second Coming is a resurrection of The Chosen One and The Second Coming's name.
    • The Flashback shows that after The Chosen One and The Dark Lord escaped Alan's computer at the end of Animator Vs Animation 3, they started to wreak havoc on the internet. Despite this, Alan thought they were dead until The Virus, which canonically happens about seven years after they escaped. Realistically, Alan should have learned that the two stick figures he created were causing chaos on the internet shortly after they escaped his computer.
  • Rage Against the Author: The entire premise is built on this.
  • Reused Character Design: Almost all of the new stick figures introduced are based on the Fighting Stick Figures' designs, having small, filled in heads.
  • Rule of Funny: Alan Becker did these for comedy. It shows.
  • Running Gag: The Animator's required essay isn't safe from the animation's presence, being shoryuken'd in 2, destroyed by his battle with Clippy in 3, and exploded by TNT in vs. Minecraft.
    • Of note: In vs. Minecraft, he wises up and has a backup copy of the essay saved, but it gets blown up too. He also has a copy in the "STORAGE" folder that remains untouched.
      • Although since the first zombie crawls out of that one to fight the stick figures, it's too safe to assume that the words and letters inside the file would be in one piece...
      • However, the damage done by the game was reversed at the end of the video, so we can assume that the Required Essay is back to normal.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: The Chosen One at the end of 2 and into the beginning of 3.
  • Show, Don't Tell: Dialogue in any form is very rare, with the characters doing the vast majority of their communication in purely visual manners. The exceptions are mostly in text:
    • The Animator sends AIM messages to a programmer friend in 2.
    • The Animator's Facebook page is open in 4, and he communicates with someone off-screen out loud. At the end, the Second Coming starts speaking in text, whereupon the Animator creates a text box to reciprocate; this carries over to the first AvA Short.
    • In vs. YouTube, YouTube speaks (briefly) with annotation boxes, as well as by playing isolated words from different videos.
    • In vs. Pokémon, the Pokémon characters speak in HeartGold text boxes both in and out of the DS.
    • In AvM Shorts as of Titan Ravager, the stick figures sometimes communicate with poorly animated drawings above their heads. As shown in "Lush Caves," they can be physically interacted with.
  • Stick Figure Animation: Victim and his clones, the Chosen One, the Dark Lord, the Second Coming, and the stick figures of the "Stick Figures Fight" website.
  • Stylistic Suck: The characters from video games normally use their original animations, especially when they're in their home game, unless they do something that's not possible in their game. This is especially noticable with the Minecraft characters, who can go from detailed body gestures to simply gliding as they walked.
  • Suddenly Speaking: Downplayed.
    • The stick figures never speak per se apart from the Second Coming briefly speaking in text in AvA 4 and the start of the first AvA Short, but they do occasionally make sounds beyond the normal wooshing movements and footsteps.
    • In The Building Contest, the Second Coming falls asleep while everyone else is building, snoring before the timer goes off.
    • In The Dolphin Kingdom, Green sobs after everyone escapes from a swarm of Drowned, losing hope that they'll be able to return home and see the Second Coming again.
    • In Cave Spider Roller Coaster, everyone pants heavily, catching their breath, after destroying the Nether Portal.
    • In Titan Ravager, Blue and Yellow's conversation is depicted with drawings above their heads. The same is true with Red and the Second Coming in Lush Caves, with the added effect of being able to physically interact with the drawings, implying that they're not just for the benefit of the audience.
  • Updated Re-release: In 2020, after the AvA series finished, Alan released "Animator vs. Animation V", which is really just the 4 episodes edited together plus a new soundtrack.
  • The Voiceless: Everyone, with the exception of Clippy, the Animator, the Second Coming, and YouTube. Notably, YouTube communicates using annotation boxes and splicing together voice clips from different videos, making Mad Libs Dialogue.

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