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The Isle of Rangoon is a web riff/review puppet series created by Greg Sepelak and Trent Troop. The main series centers around Starchibald and Sunny Jim, two "Rangoons" (puppet creature things from the titular isle) reviewing cheap movies and riffing on public domain shorts, the latter of which are frequently forced on them by the faceless "Mysterious Malefactor". Also present are recurring characters like Trent the Human (Starch's long-suffering roommate) Zeus (deliverer of many a Deus ex Machina), and Old Man Cthulhu (a crotchety Elder God who spends his days answering your questions).


They are affiliated with RT Gomer Productions and The Rosen Hacker.

The Isle of Rangoon provides examples of:

  • Bait-and-Switch: When it's announced that "What's It to You" is going to be the short turned against the Rangoons and Linkara, the scary music plays... and then Linkara shouts, "THIS IS GREAT!" ("What's It to You" is legendary among fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 as "the lost episode", and Linkara is a well-known fan of the series.)
  • Big Eater: Sunny Jim
  • Butt-Monkey: Trent the Human, according to Word of God during the Torchy the Battery Boy commentary.
  • The Cameo: David Willis, of all people, shows up briefly in a few videos (which makes more sense if you know that Troop and Sepelak are fellow administrators of TF Wiki and all three work on Transformers Fan Club comics). The end of the "What's It to You" riff also features a slew of cameos from other reviewers.
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  • Crapsack World: Rangoon. There are massive, open sulfur mines, the leaders are chosen at random, the inhabitants aren't allowed outdoors (they have to make do with matte paintings), and it only has one college - community, and pass-fail at that.
  • Crossover: They've done quite a few riffs with other Internet reviewers:
  • Cult of Personality: The Rangoons revere Jim Henson as their quasi-Creator. Henson's birthday is basically their Christmas.
  • The Faceless: The Mysterious Malefactor
  • Extreme Omnivore: Sunny Jim. He even ate his own external backup drive! In "Speech: The Function of Gestures", he even implies that he's eaten one of his cousins.
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  • Expy: Starchibald and Sunny Jim are clearly modeled after Kermit the Frog and Cookie Monster, though their personalities are nothing like those two.
  • Hated Hometown: Both Starchibald and Sunny Jim feel this way about the titular Isle of Rangoon.
    • Sunny Jim even considers having Diamanda Hagan take over the island during the "What To Do in a Gas Attack" riff, figuring it wouldn't be any worse than what it's currently like. Diamanda herself rejects the offer, stating that it wouldn't even be worth building up the island just so she could destroy it.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Starchibald.
  • Malaproper: Sunny Jim has a tendency to butcher phrases. Examples include "Get with the pogrom," "shift the paradox," and wishing everyone a "Meryl Streepmas."
  • Mushroom Samba: The result of Sunny Jim eating the Ratatoing DVD.
  • Nervous Wreck: Starchibald. God only knows how many meds he is on.
  • Perverse Puppet: Not the Rangoons themselves (usually), but rather any marionette featured in the shorts they've riffed on. Especially Torchy the Battery Boy.
  • Reality-Breaking Paradox: The ending of the "A Day Without Numbers" riff.
    Starchibald: Hey, aren't numbers the fundamental constant of the univer-
  • Shared Universe: Thanks to crossovers and cameos, they're part of the Reviewaverse.
  • Superhero Paradox: Linkara states that this is why he won't help the Rangoons get rid of the Masked Malefactor; once they do that, stronger, more dangerous villains are just gonna start coming out of the woodwork. Better they just enjoy the easy stuff while they can.
  • Too Dumb to Live: They believe the kid from Rocky the Raccoon Shows the Way is this.
    Kid gets on bike so that Rocky can teach bike safety
    Starchibald: Ten seconds later, the kid gets tangled up in the bike chain.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Sunny Jim's Halloween costumes thus far have both been of female characters: Ms. Pac-Man and Diamanda Hagan.
  • World of Weirdness: The Reviewaverse. Jim and Starch are Muppet-like creatures from an island populated by many other Muppet-like creatures. And there's even more weirdness in the rest of the show.

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