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This was cool enough to be made with great Microsoft Powerpoint skills.note 

Paper Puppets is a show created by Yellow Angiru (Sutton H.) about 19 contestants competing for the grand prize of 1 million dollars. However this show differs from other Object Shows as it was not animated and instead recorded live-action with crudely cutout, you guessed it, paper puppets.

The following season, Paper Puppets Take 2, switches format to Powerpoint animation, which then later became digital 2D animation, as well as introducing 12 new competitors to compete alongside 10 returnees.

Here are the playlists for season 1 and season 2 if you wish to view the episodes.


This show contains the following tropes:

  • A Dog Named "Dog": A brick named Brick, a chainsaw named Chainsaw, a ukelele named Ukelele... you get the idea.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The season 1 team names, The Mighty Melons and The Blasting Bottles, various episode titles such as "Culinary Catastrophe"and the very title of the show.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: This is an object show. It obviously has this trope all over.
  • Animation Bump:
  • Another Dimension:
  • Anthropomorphic Food: There's 5 of them - Caramel Cube, Chip, Milk, Loaf and Melon.
  • Armless Biped: Yup, it's a thing in object shows.note 
  • Artifact Title: The show does not use paper puppets, hence the title, anymore since the finale of season 1, over 6 years ago.
  • Art Shift: There were some minor ones through season 1, such as the majority of episode 9 being drawn as a comic and when YellowAngiru animated for the first time in Powerpoint animation for the episode "Power to the Point", but the most major change was when Paper puppets switch permanently from live-action with paper cutouts to animation in season two.
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  • Art Evolution: Recent art style for Paper Puppets is a lot more polished, detailed and brightly-colored than it was originally.
  • Audience Participation: The viewers can vote for whoever is up for elimination to be booted out of the show as well as which contestant should receive a prize via polls.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: And an extremely funny one as well from Episode 16, "A Ruff Time", of Season 1.
Bag: Wait Before I go, Pan what were you gonna say to me before you got eliminated in episode 10?
Pan: Oh! I was gonna say that I really..., really..., REALLY like you...
Bag: (Gasp happily)
Pan:...topian trees.
Bag: Wait, what?
Pan: Utopian trees. They're one of the rarest trees ever!
  • Big Red Button: Prominently shown in "Don't Press it" as the challenge.
  • Birthday Episode: Loaf's birthday became a plot point in "All Fun and Games" as Gold Ingot completely forgot about it and had to used the challenge to get him a present.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Chainsaw decided to form his own team with Slipper and Basketball after Treasure Chest bossed him one too many times. Thus,
  • Breather Episode: "Don't Press It" can be considered this after 3 rather exhausting challenges, including one where the contestants' lives were at stake from murderous monsters, and the drama between Flashlight and Glass Shard that evidently leads to them breaking up, an episode about pressing a button or not is relaxing in comparison.
  • Christmas Episode: The appropriately titled "Christmas Special" from season 1.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Damsel in Distress: Bottle, Flashlight, and (reluctantly) Chainsaw engage as this for part the challenge in "The Paper Pelican", girly, pink princess outfits and all much to Chainsaw's ire.
  • Darker and Edgier:
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Of course the first season is chocked full of this. For starters, it was live-action with paper cutouts and the characters were not well-defined.
  • Eject the Loser:
  • Evolving Title Screen: Starting with Episode 4 of Paper Puppets Take 2, "The Paper Pelican", there's an item referencing the previous episode added to the couch scene before the title card.
  • Failed a Spot Check: In "Blue Nightmares", Slipper does not comprehend that there is an obviously scary monster behind her and instead is more concerned about her makeup smudging.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Gameboy Berry doesn't use the immunity token he received as his prize during Team H's elimination in "The Paper Pelican", reasoning that "it's not like the viewers will vote [him] off". Cue him getting the most dislikes and being eliminated.
  • Kill It with Fire:
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: For season 1, there were 19 contestants, 1 host and an assistant. When season 2 rolled around, the number of contestants increased to 22 while Gold Ingot amped up the staff by hiring two more assistants and 3 interns since his previous assistant turn out to be Evil All Along and got trapped in Another Dimension.
  • Official Couple: Back in season 1, Flashlight and Glass Shard hook up in "Christmas Special" after the latter gave a really thoughtful gift to the former which didn't come apparent until the second season. However, tensions arise between them in said season such that they broke up in "Subordinate Solvers"
  • Paper Objects: It's even in the title although this only applies for season 1.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Bronze, Silver, and Platinum became part of the opening couch sequence from "All Fun and Games" onwards.
  • Put on the Bus: Bag, Chip, Cup, Fridge, Mirror, Melon, Shuriken and Toothbrush, all of whom didn't make it to season 2, got kicked into the Dark Pit of Despair in "Show On The Road" and hasn't been seen since. However...
    • The Bus Came Back: They finally came back onscreen in "Rowdy Runaway" after four whole years alongside the eliminated season two contestants.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Ace, not wanting to be kicked into the Dark Pit of Despair after his elimination, teleported away to a tropical location where he spent his days relaxing
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: All the females on the show have visible eyelashes starting from season 2 onwards.

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