Super IT Friends
Created By: Mike Manor
"My printer is broken and The Interverse is being overthrown! Honey, call them I.T. Folk!" – Priority Confused Man
Four friends doing their best to save The Interverse.
"I didn't like Earth that much anyways." – Some person who littered a lot
Super IT Friends is an action comedy about four buds sticking up for humanity inside a new digital wild west. The earth as we know it is dead; evil has prevailed. In response, humanity has uploaded their consciousness into a virtual reality universe called The Interverse. The Interverse is the internet as a physical place. Meme’s are celebrities, online communities are planets, society itself has turned into an MMORPG, but it's no utopia. The virtual government has been compromised by the same evil that ruined the earth. Huge chunks of the universe are lawless, and that's where the Super IT Friends step in. The Super IT Friends are a group of loner pals brought together by helping the helpless, vanquishing villains, and tying up their pasts. With the entire universe being “technology", every problem is an I.T. problem and those problems get read weird.
Rose, The Outlaw
"I didn't lose, Dutch. I just haven't won yet." – Rose
At 3am, you'll find Rose wrist deep in grease modifying her arm cannon, maybe charting an a section of the deep Interverse, or drinking her friends under the table. Rose is a reckless bookworm with a bottomless curiosity. She charges into danger, and follows her own moral compass. She’s a perfectionist and her self imposed high standards make her sensitive to criticism. Rose was three when her parents went missing and since has been endlessly pursued by the lawless of The Interverse. Rose doesn't know it but, she's the only one who can banish the evil that destroyed the earth by unlocking The Interverse's original code. The original code grants administrative powers to every property of The Interverse so she is sought after by heroes and villains alike, looking to protect or capitalize on her potential power. Coding is like magic in The Interverse and though Rose has infinite potential she has no skill… Yet. Rose joined The Super IT Friends after being captured as a bounty. She bargained her membership by saving The Friends ship from imploding. Rose travels joins The Friends in hopes of finding purpose, her parents, and justice.
Felix, The Floaty Robot
"I don't feel comfortable accepting unless we read the whole terms and services agreement." – Felix
Felix is a discarded experimental, empathic, artificial intelligence program with a missing memory. Rose picked Felix from a trash can. They're best friends. Felix loves to help, like a blocky cheerleader. If you asked them to move a chair, they’d apologize for not having arms. They’re the teams emotional backbone and makes sure everyone sees the big picture. Though capable of learning anything, they’re still remarkably gullible. Their missing memory puts them developmentally behind other AI, so they’re focused on catching up. Felix has the ability to possess electronics, but mostly acts as a support by providing The Friend’s with information about their foes. Felix is protective of Rose, and as happy as they are to be with The Friends, that feeling of being discarded never quite leaves them. They are loyal, maternal, and overly introspective. Felix travels in search of their memory and a way to leave The Interverse to become real.
Dutch, The Ronin
"Eat my memory? Okay. Then how will I remember how lovely you are?" – Dutch
Dutch tells everyone he started The Super IT Friends for glory and cash, but that's far from the truth. He's an anxious extrovert, and a reckless charmer. His people pleasing ways, get him in and out of trouble at about the same rate. Fortunately, Dutch thrives in chaos, and has an eye for using it to his advantage. He can make a lot out of a little, but is too showy for his own good. He is a naturally skilled fighter who masterfully wields a unique, low level katana. When he's with his friends, he's a hardcore nerd in every sense, he loves comics, card games, fantasy books, but around others he plays it cool... Dutch became half robot as a result of his family name. His parents valiantly stood up for humanity on earth and paid with their lives and paralyzed half of Dutch's body. Dutch is hot headed, and has trouble accepting love, but deeply values community. The truth is Dutch started The Super IT Friends to get revenge, and though he has no body to return to, he swears the people who killed his family will die by his hands.
Guff, The Incomprehensible
"This is my new friend Snoot, he was serial killer so I invited him to our breakfast party." – Guff
The wild card. Co-Founder of The Super IT Friends, Guff is impulsive, gaudily optimistic, and has a confused concept of danger. Plainly put: Guff is a sweet, dumb boy who wants the best for everyone even those who would kill him. Guff is a pacifist which is why in combat he resorts to playing sick beats to motivate his friends to win. Guff is a friend to all and approaches life with a pure, whimsical, dog-like energy. During a funeral, you'd have to ask Guff to stop doing the mambo. He just wants to celebrate life and make everyone feel better. His generosity knows no bounds. He would give anything to anyone at anytime and though that’s a sweet sentiment, people take advantage too frequently. Guff was taken from his parents and raised mysteriously inside The Interverse. He has a hard time articulating his past, and has never been to earth before. Guff wants to bring world peace to The Interverse. He is the owner of the teams, strange, infinitely expanding, one-of-a-kind pirate-ship-island. Unbeknownst to him, Guff is a super weapon, sleeper agent, trained by the forces of evil. Inside him lies a repressed malevolent power capable of destroying all of humanity.
"Silence, flesh bag! I am not Peaches! I am Fluffernaught! King of the internet cats!" – Fluffernaught, King of the Internet Cats
Evil exists in all forms inside The Interverse. Sometimes its a parasitic quicksand that comes about from watching too many ViewTube videos. Other times it’s debugging an out of control algorithm bot. Bugs, hackers, and scammers run rampant. Sometimes conflict comes from interpersonal issues between The Friends themselves. Most times, it's from a deliberate force. Super IT Friends has an ensemble cast of reoccurring Adventure Time-like side characters. Some villains are misguided fools, while others are quite mustache-twistingly evil. Below are a few examples.
List of Villainy
Fluffernaught, King of the Internet Cats – Fluffernaught is the viciously militant leader of the blindly devoted internet cats. The cats generally want to be left to their cat interests, but are approached often due to their cuteness. When provoked, they fight until death with no question.
Glitchbeard, The Pirate Baron – Glitchbeard is one of many pirate lords who sails across the universe pirating media, commandeering ships, and hunting for treasure. Him and his crew are arrogant, showy, and enjoy causing problems. They will do anything for a dollar, but when commissioned frequently screw over their employer.
Lank, The Deleter – The silent overseer of the recycling bin realm, a desolate land that holds the nearly deleted. Lank was created as a part of The Interverse. She's currently banished to the recycling bin by the The Interverse's Primary AI system. Anything she touches is deleted forever. She was created to remove old unused information and speed up the universe, but instead went rogue and destroyed a large chunk of humanity.
Father – Guff's "father" and owner of Murdercorp. He runs a board of the most dastardly, greedy, highbrow elitists, who control the world. He ruined the earth and funneled everyone into The Interverse. He wants to syphon all of human life and transform himself into a singular immortal god. Father is patient, untouchable, and tests The Friends at a great distance. He is one of the few humans still thriving on earth.
"I'm done with today, can we go to the Cute Subverse and pet some celestial pups?" – Rose
Memes are celebrities, bugs are physical creatures, online communities, websites, and digital services we're familiar with are represented as individual floating cities called Subverses. The Interverse is split in two, one side is friendly and mainstream, the other is seedy and unregulated. The center point being the densely populated New Yorkish city of Colossus. Both sides grapple with one another.
Friendly Subverse Examples
Search Engine Subverse (Transporation Subverse)
Mildly Interesting Subverse (Gallery of slightly cool things)
Gaming Subverse (Ellaborate amusement park)
Evil Subverse Examples
Dark Net (Market of illegal Interverse items)
Hacking Subverse (City of universe breakers)
Pirate Bay (Pirating haven)
"I knew it was going to be sentient cat overlords." – Dutch
Every episode personifies how we experience technology in a physical space. The Super IT Friends go on missions in a Futurama style. They get into trouble innocently enough, and get out of it elsewhere in the universe with a villain vanquished, a heart broken, or a friend gained. It's always just another day surviving in The Interverse. Like Cowboy Bebop, we are often thrown in the middle of things. There are plot development episodes which reveal more information about the characters pasts and push the overall story ark forward. Most episodes are one off shorts and don't need to be watched in order.
"You gave that refrigerator an existential crisis. Come on Guff, lets go home." – Rose
EXAMPLE 1: GUGGLE
The Friends travel to the hellish DMV-like subverse Guggle to search for the name of a song they can’t remember. While waiting in line The Friends notice someone has hacked the algorithm bot and its having an absolute customer service meltdown. The friends defeat and debug the algorithm and learn the name of the song.
EXAMPLE 2: LIKE & SUBSCRIBE
The Friends are making cookies aboard their ship when they realize Guff has fallen into a 500 ft ViewTube hole that’s slowly consuming him. Rose attempts to use a new coding skill to save Guff but gets Dutch and Felix stuck as well. When Guff awakens to smell of cookies Rose promises him he can lick the spoon if he saves the others.
EXAMPLE 3: PATCHED
After downloading a fake Interverse update, The Friends get infected with a bug that randomly transfigures their body parts to animal parts / household objects. The Friends are seek to destroy the bug but are conflicted when the bug turns out to be a real sweetie.
EXAMPLE 4: I DON’t KNOW, IT WON’T TURN ON
The Friends take a simple trip to restart old cat lady Ethel’s printer when they realize her cats have other plans. After resetting the printer reveals a plan to kill Ethel and turn her home into an escape ship, The Friends battle with the cats save Ethel.
EXAMPLE 5: 99%
After a hacker bust, The Friends are traveling home via Loading Screen with a heap of treasure when they get halted at 99%. The Friends fall into the disconnected realm and seek a way home among it’s banished residents.
Other Episode Ideas
"Hot Singles. In our area! That area right there! Come on it will only be a minute... Maybe 5 minutes." – Dutch
The Prince: Felix answers a Prince's spam email, and the friends are sent on quest to help him get back his fortune.
Social Vampire: After answering a disappearance call, the friends battle Dutch's ex-Tinder date "Chickbate".
Poltergeist: After Guff opens a mysterious chain letter, The Friends don't pass it on, and the ship gets haunted by a ghost.
Bamboozle: Glitchbeard is framed for piracy he didn't commit, The IT Friends travel with his crew to expose the real culprit.
PvP: Rose and Dutch both enter a fighting competition to take down a hacker, but instead focus on who among them is the better duelist.
Please Hold: The Friends get their money digitally stolen, and have to travel through the hellish realm of customer service.
E for No One: The Friends are tasked with saving a child's game subverse after it goes "Adult".
Hot Singularity: Dutch stops the ship at a mysterious island of babes. The Friends battle with their leader as she tries to eat Dutch's memory.
Anti-Virus: Feeling under appreciated, Felix stops maintaining the ship. Dutch installs an evil anti-virus replacement: Norton.
Candy Slush: Dutch and Felix get addicted to a game called Candy Slush. Rose and Guff must beat the game to free everyone.
“Pixel art? As a medium? I can’t wait to tell my dog about this.” – Questionable Dog Owner
Today’s kids spend more time online than in reality. In an age of over-indulgence, this show aims to be a cathartic release of frustration and a celebration of our cultures inability to shake technology. This is a corner of content yet to be captured as an honest portrayal of humanities love-hate relationship with our rapid, technology driven, society. Episodes are currently 2:20 seconds, aimed to be the first show ever designed for Twitter. As you can tell above, the materials are also designed to be expanded into a more traditional length. Pixel Art as a medium is cheap, fast, and popular. Many of my pixel art contemporaries have large social media followings with a viral level of popularity for their animated GIFs. The style doesn’t only appeal to kids but to those who have any nostalgic feelings towards the earlier days of gaming. Here are examples of others using pixel art as a central story telling medium.
Conclusion & About Me
"Thought you were smart using quotations to give bitesized information about your show? You're dumb, and you're not smart!" – Me to Me
When you're online where are you really? Super IT Friends wants to visualize that answer. It's designed to entertain light and heavy internet users alike by visualizing the familiar moments we quietly experience with technology. Beyond the universe, the show is about doing good for goods sake. It's about friendship in the digital age. The internet is the beginning of a global culture. I want to paint that picture.
Mike Manor is an ambitious, coffeeshop manager, creative who has worked extensively online for like a while now (10 years, no one cares). He has produced animated video game parodies, strange viral videos in his teens, strange videos in his early 20s, and can be seen here screaming about Plymouth Rock. Mike, is interested in playwriting, being scared of a turkey's ability to fly into trees, and being a good person.