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|Aqua Teen Hunger Force
(alternative titles) character
|First appearance||"Baffler Meal" (rough-cut, Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode)
|Created by||Matt Maiellaro
|Portrayed by||Dave Willis|
Meaty Meaty Moo
Meatwad (alias to his "real" name, Ryan in "Last Dance for Napkin Lad")
Former Carl's Car Wash employee
|Religion||Judaism (in "Der Inflatable Fuhrer")|
Steve (assisted Dr. Weird)
|Relatives||Master Shake (brother)
Chicken Bittle (deceased brother)
|Residence||South New Jersey (2000-2010)
Seattle, WA (2011)
Seattle, NJ (2012)
Meatwad is a fictional character on the Adult Swim animated television series Aqua Teen Hunger Force (also known by various alternative titles). Meatwad is a simple-minded, naïve, short attention-spanned giant anthropomorphic ball of ground meat, who is often tricked, manipulated, and bullied by various villains or his roommate Master Shake. Meatwad has the ability to shape shift and can multiply when cut into pieces. Meatwad was created and designed by series creators Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro, and Willis also provides his voice.
Like the other main characters, Master Shake and Frylock, Meatwad originally appeared in the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Baffler Meal", and then made his first official appearance in the show's first episode, "Rabbot". Meatwad has appeared in several video games and albums relating to the series including the 2007 film Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters. Meatwad has also made cameos in promotional material and other media outside of the series.
Meatwad was created and designed by series creators Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro. Like the other main characters of the series, Master Shake and Frylock, Meatwad first made a rough-cut appearances in the Space Ghost Coast to Coast season eight episode "Baffler Meal". Meatwad, along with Master Shake, Frylock, and Carl Brutananadilewski, made his first official appearance in the pilot episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, "Rabbot", which premiered unannounced on December 30, 2000, along with the original "stealth pilot" of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and two episodes of Sealab 2021. Dave Willis provides Meatwad's voice throughout the entire series, and every other official appearance Meatwad has ever made, including "Baffler Meal".
Meatwad is a ball-shaped wad of ground meat with only one single tooth and is covered in yellowish dots and hairs. Meatwad does not have a nose or ears, but he does have retractable arms that only appear when needed. Meatwad also has retractable legs as well, but he almost always rolls around and rarely ever uses them. Just like Master Shake and Frylock, Meatwad occasionally wears clothing but does not typically wear them on a normal basis.
Unlike Frylock and Master Shake, Meatwad's appearance does not differ significantly from his original appearance in "Baffler Meal", where his shape is more rough-cut, he does not have yellowish spots or hair, and he has a full set of teeth instead of one prominent tooth. In "Baffler Meal", Meatwad is pinkish-red, whereas he is brown today, and he appeared depressed, even saying "Please, God, kill me". Unlike Frylock and Master Shake, Meatwad was not portrayed by a live-action actor in "Last Last One Forever and Ever". A reddish brown exercise ball was put in Meatwad's place, with Dave Willis's voice (as Meatwad) heard off-screen. He also likes to listen to music on his boom-box, known as his "jam-box".
Role in Aqua Teen Hunger Force
From 2000 until 2010, Meatwad, along with Master Shake and Frylock have lived in a suburban neighborhood in New Jersey, next door to Carl Brutananadilewski. They have since moved to an identical neighborhood in Seattle, Washington.
Meatwad often appears as nice and happy and friendly to others, but on occasion will pull out a gun and threaten to harm someone, these are often seen as hollow threats. Meatwad spends most of his time playing with his home-made dolls or watching television. Meatwad can also play guitar at a professional level. Meatwad is often bullied by Master Shake, but is often protected by Frylock. Meatwad is often capable of being intimidated, when convinced to do something bad, usually by Master Shake, Ignignokt, Err, or MC Pee Pants, he often attempts to do so, but is usually stopped by Frylock. Meatwad's favorite television program is apparently The Jeffersons, as evidenced by his enthusiasm for the show in Frat Aliens and Dirtfoot.
Like Master Shake and Frylock, Meatwad was a detective for the first three episodes, but inexplicably quit by "Mayhem of the Mooninites". Meatwad is unemployed. In "Robositter", Shake asked why Meatwad does not have to work, to which Meatwad responded, "That'd be a violation of child labor laws". Frylock then added that there are also sanitation issues.
Meatwad is arguably the youngest of the Aqua Teens, though his true age is thrown into question at times. The Aqua Teen theme song rap reveals that Meatwad is a Taurus, in keeping with his meaty composition.
Meatwad has the power to pull items out of his body. In "Robositter", Meatwad is frozen, shatters on the floor, and instantly reassembles. In "Multiple Meat" it is revealed that Meatwad can multiply, by being cut in half. Just like Frylock's "Frydar" and Master Shake's "Shake Power", Meatwad has the power to be able to turn his meat body into a variety of shapes. Most times Meatwad assumes the shape of an igloo, or a hot dog, and sometimes a samurai Abraham Lincoln, which he identifies as Wayne Gretzky and Dick Nixon in "Dickesode". Meatwad can take the shape of many other things such as a hammer, "The Meat monster", a large office building, a net, a bridge, a hand giving people the finger, a working gun, a flower. In "Rabbot Redux", while playing rock-paper-scissors with Shake, Meatwad turned into a large piece of notebook paper and a tornado, the latter actually causing a storm in Meatwad's room. Presumably he can also take the shape of scissors, as he was playing "rock paper scissors" when he became the Paper, Meatwad takes the shape of a dog in "One Hundred", which is a parody of Scooby-Doo, from the television series, Scooby-Doo. Also Meatwad appears as a giant number 5, on the volume five DVD cover, and a Christmas tree on the cover of Have Yourself a Meaty Little Christmas.
Like Master Shake and Frylock, Meatwad does not have an official gender but he is strongly depicted as a male. Meatwad is not or has ever been married. Meatwad does not appear to have a family, but in The Movie it is claimed that he, along with Master Shake and Frylock, are creations of Dr. Weird. The movie also claims their father is a watermelon, and their mother is a nine-layer bean burrito. In 2010 during the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live" tour, series creator Dave Willis confirmed that Dr. Weird is indeed the creator of Master Shake, Frylock, Meatwad, and Chicken Bittle, making them all brothers.
In the season seven episode "Rabbot Redux" Meatwad states that he is 38 years old, although in the episode "Robositter", Frylock says that Meatwad cannot work a job due to child-labor laws, in "Super Trivia" Frylock tells him he is not old enough to drink alcohol, and in "Spirit Journey Formation Anniversary" he claims that he is 55 years old. Meatwad is not typically depicted as being religious, but in the episode "A PE Christmas" Meatwad is seen in church, but was dragged there against his will. Whether or not Meatwad belongs to a religion has not officially determined, although he converts to Judaism in "Der Inflatable Fuhrer" and "The Cloning."
While Meatwad's true age is unknown, he appears to have childlike intelligence. In "Super Bowl" Meatwad states he is "messed up in the head". In the season four episode, "Ezekial", it is confirmed that Meatwad suffers from mental retardation, when Meatwad states "Nobody can beat chess dragon, not even me, and I'm retarded". In "Rabbot Redux", Frylock re-confirms that Meatwad suffers from a mental disability, when Master Shake complains about Meatwad upsetting him, to which Frylock responds "he [Meatwad] doesn't know any better, and he's never gonna know any better and you know that". However, in the episode "Dumber Days", Meatwad accessed genius intelligence with willpower, with which he outsmarts Frylock.
In September 2010, Adult Swim Shop introduced a full-scale, functioning hot air balloon in the likeness of Meatwad at a cost of $70,000. The purchase includes a piloted, one-hour ride anywhere in the continental United States, and the buyer gets to keep it although they would need a pilot's license to actually fly it. The balloon was the most expensive item on Adult Swim Shop since the Metalocalypse "Dethklok Fountain" fountain, which was released early in 2010 for $40,000. The hot air balloon is no longer available.
In other media
Meatwad serves as a protagonist in Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, a 2007 feature film based on the series. Meatwad's voice also appears on the film's soundtrack, and the 2009 series album Have Yourself a Meaty Little Christmas. Meatwad is also a playable figure in the video games Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am and The Worst Game Ever on the Adult Swim site.
Aside from his appearances in everything related to Aqua Teen Hunger Force and "Baffler Meal", images of Meatwad can be seen in various episodes of The Brak Show, Robot Chicken, and Sealab 2021. Meatwad also appeared on Anime Talk Show, a talk show special, hosted by Space Ghost. A clip from the season five episode "Bible Fruits" featuring Meatwad, is featured in the "Meals on Wheels" episode of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force spin-off series Soul Quest Overdrive.
In the AdultSwim.com online video game, Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself): Wedding Day a drawing of Meatwad can be seen on the men's bathroom wall with "[AS]", a popular abbreviation for Adult Swim; this small cameo is similar to Master Shake's appearances as a gold statue in the first two Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself) games. Meatwad also appeared in the popular flash game "Madness Interactive", as a graffiti spray-paint picture similar to the opening sequence of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Meatwad was also featured in the popular internet series The Angry Video Game Nerd. When The Nerd did a bonus review of "Boo! Haunted House" he used a flashlight and the character looks like Meatwad.
While commenting about the 2007 Boston bomb scare, late night talk show host, Stephen Colbert briefly mentioned Meatwad, during the February 1, 2007 episode of The Colbert Report. In 2011 a brief clip from the series, featuring Meatwad, was featured in a commercial for the Samsung Galaxy S II.
Meatwad was also featured in a Dodge Ram commercial, and on a television set in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
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- Ice on my fingers and my toes..
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