My sucking powers have no bounds
Suction cups all red and shit
I'm pretty hot, you must admit
Do not test my sucking power
I'll climb your tower in just an hour
You can't kill me, I'm way too cool
I'm smudging up your windows, fool!
Loosely inspired by a real-life story of a man climbing the Trump Tower (and a dose of South Park satire), Suction Cup Man is a series of animations created by Mike "Piemations" Pitts, who's also made Elements of Cringe, Friendship Is Doomsday, the Meet The Amazing series and Sheriff Hayseed. Episodes 2, 3 and 4 then also credit Benjamin "DoubleAAntics" Kahan.
In this series, a raunchy guy with a raspy voice called Suction Cup Man infuriates another character by climbing up their property with suction cups. Eventually, the two parties end up in a verbal scuffle, capped off by Suction Cup Man singing a brief jingle of his own as a final insult. So far, Suction Cup Man's main opponents have been a business owner nicknamed "Business Guy" (his most prominent nemesis), a parody of Kim Jong-un, and Satan himself.
At the time of writing there are three animations (plus one remaster) released, including:
- Suction Cup Man! (South Park Inspired Animation)
- Suction Cup Man 2: The Suck for America
- Suction Cup Man 3: One Hell of a Climb
On top of that, there's a theme song and an advertisement for the official Suction Cup Man Plushie.
Suction Cup Man provides examples of:
- Art Evolution: The first video was inspired by South Park (it's stated right there in the title), and it shows. Later videos develop a more distinctive style, and Mike later did a version of the first episode in the then-current art style.
- Ask a Stupid Question...: When Business Guy asks him how he entered the office during the merch plug after episode 3:SCM: I used the front door... how do you think, dumbass? *reveals suction cups*
- Blunt "Yes": The President's answer to Suction Cup Man asking if North Korea would be stupid enough to attack the US.
- Car Cushion: Business Guy falls onto a police car in the remake of the first video.
- Catchphrase: The title character's "I'm Suction Cup Man!" and "Look at me go!".
- Celebrity Impersonator: SCM's voice is a surefire pastiche of Gilbert Gottfried's.
- Crazy-Prepared: The businessman had his company make an anti-suction cup window cleaner just to prevent Suction Cup Man from being able to climb up the tower.
- SCM has a parachute in case he falls and an extra guitar in his backpack.
- Death by Cameo: DoubleAAntics voices the guy that ends up getting sent to hell during SCM's and Satan's banter.
- Death Is Cheap: It sure is when you're able to climb back to the hell portal you came from with suction cups.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first episode's art style is a carbon copy of South Park's (which was intentional, but dropped from Episode 2 onwards), and the Man himself was Nigh-Invulnerable, to the point that taking a sniper bullet and then plummeting to the ground from a large height didn't faze him in the slightest. Episodes 2 and 3 have him use a parachute and die in a highway accident - though it didn't stick.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Suction Cup Man's name isn't given, so everyone just calls him Suction Cup Man.
- Giving Up on Logic: SCM's antics prove too much for the North Korean leader, causing him to terminate North Korea's nuclear program out of sheer exasperation. His words on the matter in the Spinning Paper?"fuck, I don't know"
- Improbable Aiming Skills: In the first episode, SCM is shot down with a sniper rifle. In the remaster, it's a handgun.
- Japanese Ranguage: The North Korean leader in "2" can't pronounce Ls in most words.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The "I haven't seen you since last fall" line delivered to Business Guy at the end of episode 2 refers to - on top of the obvious pun - the first episode being released in October the previous year.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: The Wizard in the plushie ad briefly appears to be as ineffectual as every other guy antagonized by the protagonist, but then effortlessly immobilizes SCM and casts a spell turning him into a plushie.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The POTUS and the North Korean leader are slimmer versions of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
- Not Quite Dead: In "The Suck for America", after the missile crashes into the ground and North Korea Boy sees Suction Cup Man's suction cups still attached but no sight of SCM's body, he briefly thinks he's dead before SCM glides down from a parachute.
- No, You: Once per Episode someone responds to the protagonist's "fuck you" with something along the lines of "no, fuck you!".
- Oh, Crap!:
- Suction Cup Man's reaction to the nuclear missile being launched (with him on it) in "The Suck For America". It lasts for as long as he needs to climb up it and disarm it.
- He also reacts like that when landing in hell in "One Hell of a Climb", and also returns to his usual cocky self relatively quickly. There's also a split-second moment when Satan destroys his guitar, but then he just whips another one and keeps going.
- Refuge in Audacity: The title character lives and breathes it. Climbing up a North Korean nuclear missile? Taunting the North Korean leader that discovers him? Playing an acoustic guitar while taunting while attached to said nuclear missile with naught but suction cups at his feet? Suction Cup Man did that and more.
- Rhymes on a Dime: The wizard in the plushie ad.
- Ripped from the Headlines: The titular character is based on a real guy who was caught climbing Trump Tower with suction cups in 2016. To a lesser extent, "The Suck for America" alludes to the tensions between United States and North Korea.
- Satan: Suction Cup Man encounters him in Episode 3, after dying in a highway accident. He promptly freaks out... which lasts for about ten seconds before returning back to the usual Trash Talk.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Suction Cup Man.Suction Cup Man: My favorite words are the vulgar ones!
- Spinning Paper: Used to announce DPRK giving up on their nuclear program after the protagonist's sabotage.
- Suprisingly Realistic Outcome:
- Business Guy whips out toilet plungers to go confront SCM, despite the latter telling him that he's going to kill himself if he attempts it; Business Guy jumps out the window, misses the side of the building, and falls onto the ground (in the remastered version, he gets one of the plungers on the building, but loses his grip on it and falls onto a cop car).
- SCM argues with Business Guy after the latter got him off his building by spraying an anti-suction chemical at SCM. All while he's gliding away on a parachute and not paying attention where he's going, leading to him landing in a highway and getting ran over.
- Tempting Fate: Suction Cup Man in episode 3.Suction Cup Man: Fuck the highway! You can't kill Suction Cup Man! Look at me-- (is immediately struck by two different cars, sandwiched between them, and set on fire.)
- Trrrilling Rrrs: The last line of the spell the Wizard casts when he's done with SCM's shit:
- ...cause a rrrrrrruckus nevermore!
- You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With: The North Korean leader tries to intimidate Suction Cup Man with one of those. It doesn't work.
- Wall Crawl: Suction Cup Man's default state.
- Wall Run: When escaping Hell in "One Hell of a Climb" SCM just runs up the face of a cliff, while using his free hands to play acoustic guitar.
- With Catlike Tread: In the plushie ad, SCM declares he needs to be stealthy... five seconds before breaking a window and attracting the occupant of the building he tried to rob.