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"Rorg: Hero of a Past" is the twenty-ninth episode of the second season (and eighty-first episode overall) of Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. It premiered on April 13, 2015.

Synopsis

Viceroy has been ripping off a cheesy '80s cartoon for all of his bot designs.

Trivia

  • The series Rorg: Hero of a Past is a parody of various action cartoons of the 1980s, particularly targeting those made by the then popular but now much-derided Filmation Associates, such as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and by Rankin/Bass Productions, such as ThunderCats. Filmation in particular was known for its extremely limited animation, its constant re-use of stock footage, for the random moral messages incongruously foisted into its stories, and for the characters, monsters and objects designed mostly to push sales of toys and accessories (to the point that these cartoons were described as "half-hour-long commercials").
    • Rorg's sword strongly resembles that of He-Man, and his battle-cry, "By the power of my right arm, I'm holding my sword up!" echoes He-Man's cry, uttered during his frequently-repeated transformation scene (in which he similarly raised his sword), "By the Power of Grayskull!".
    • Rorg's skull-headed villain, Commander Boneface, with his horn-headed staff of power, references He-Man's antagonist Skeletor, who had those characteristics as well as the flat, high-pitched voice that Rorg's opponent does.
    • Socko may be a parody of "ethnic" sidekicks in Eighties cartoons who were often introduced as object lessons in inter-racial harmony. Such characters were as likely to be animals, aliens, or supernatural creatures as humans of non-European ethnicity, but their vocal patterns often reflected their status as ethnic tokens. (It is indeed true, as Howard suggests, that such sidekicks sometimes outshone the rather boring heroes of their series, as for example Thun the Lion-Man in Filmation's 1979 series Flash Gordon).
    • Rorg and Socko's toasting each other with milk reflects the morals that were often crammed into Eighties cartoons, often in an epilogue tacked onto the end; these lessons many times had little or nothing to do with the stories. (It may also reflect an actual scene in Filmation's 1980 cartoon Blackstar in which the hero John Blackstar and his alien sidekick Klone toast each other in "cool, clear spring-water").
    • Rorg's character design seems strongly influenced by that of Lion-O in Rankin/Bass's ThunderCats, particularly in its coloring and in Rorg's flowing, mane-like hair.
  • About a year after this episode of Randy Cunningham, another Disney XD series, Wander Over Yonder, covered very similar territory in the episode "The Cartoon," which also features a parody of Filmation's low-budget animation, especially He-Man (naturally enough, as this series, like He-Man, featured a skull-headed evil overlord as its main villain).

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Episodes
Season One: "Last Stall on the Left" • "Got Stank?" • "So U Think U Can Stank" • "McFists of Fury" • "Gossip Boy" • "House of 1,000 Boogers" • "Monster Dump" • "Attack of the Killer Potatoes" • "The Tale of the Golden Doctor's Note" • "Dawn of the Driscoll" • "Night of the Living McFizzles" • "Viva El Nomicon" • "30 Seconds to Math" • "Monster Drill" • "Silent Punch, Deadly Punch" • "Stank'd to the Future" • "Wave Slayers" • "Sword Quest" • "Nukid on the Block" • "Weinerman Up" • "Evil Spirit Week" • "Der Monster Klub" • "Grave Puncher: The Movie!" • "Escape from Detention Island" • "Bash Johnson: 11th Grade Ninja" • "Shoob Tube" • "Stanks Like Teen Spirit" • "Raiders of the Lost Nomicon" • "Rise of the Planet of the Robo-Apes" • "Secret Stache" • "Hip Hopocalypse Now" • "Ninja Camp" • "McFear Factor" • "Randy Cunningham and the Sorcerer's Key" • "The Ninja Identity" • "The Ninja Supremacy" • "Enter the Nomicon" • "Swampy Seconds" • "McSatchlé" • "Fart-Topia" • "The McHugger Games" • "McFreaks" • "Sorcerer in Love" • "Pranks for Nothing" • "Lucius O’Thunderpunch" • "Bring Me the Head of Ranginald Bagel!" • "Weinerman Tested, Cunningham Approved" • "Sorcerer in Love 2: The Sorceress' Revenge" • "McOne Armed and Dangerous" • "Shloomp! There It Is!" • "Randy Cunningham: 13th Century Ninja"

Season Two: "Flume-Igation" • "On the Poolfront" • "Welcome Back Catfish" • "All the Juice That's Fish to Swim" • "Julian's Birthday Surprise" • "True Bromance" • "Unstank My Hart" • "Whoopee 2: The Wrath of Whoopee 2" • "M-M-M-my Bologna" • "Everybody Ninj-along" • "Fudge Factory" • "Best Buds" • "Otto Know Better" • "Brolateral Damage" • "Let the Wonk One In" • "The Curse of Mudfart" • "Shoot First, Ask Questions Laser" • "Ninjception" • 'Happy Hanukkah, Howard Weinerman!" • "Snow-Klahoma!" • "Randy Cunningham's Day Off" • "Bro-ing Down the House" • "Living in Shooblivion" • "McNinja - Brought to You by McFist" • "Mastermind of Disastermind" • "The Brawn Also Rises" • "Debbie Meddle" • "Aplopalypse Now" • "Rorg: Hero of a Past" • "Mort-al Combat" • "Wonkin' for the Weekend" • "Ninjafan" • "When Howie Met Randy" • "Bro Money Bro Problems" • "The Three Mascot-teers" • "Escape from Scrap City" • "Space Cow-Bros" • "The Fresh Principal of Norrisville High" • "The Prophecy of Hat Sword" • "Fake Fight for Your Right to Party" • "McCluckerbusters" • "Let Them Eat Cake Fries" • "Club Ninja-dise" • "To Smell and Back" • "Big Trouble in Little Norrisville" • "Winner Takes Ball" • "Ball's Well That Friends Well"

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Songs
What the Juice?Detention Deficit DisorderHis Name is CatfishSmart HowardThe Ninja of NorrisvilleNinjafan of NorrisvilleI Want it All (Big Shoppin')