Meap is a recurring minor character of the popular Disney Channel animated TV show, Phineas and Ferb. In the episodes, "The Chronicles of Meap" and "Meapless in Seattle", he is one of the main protagonists. He is an Intergalactic Security Agent who spends most of his time probing deep space for anything that would pose a threat to extraterrestrial order and safety. Though being relatively small and weak by general appearance, Meap possesses sharp wits and remarkable strength. Over the course of his career, he has faced head-on and overcome countless challenges, eventually leading himself to the respected rank he holds today.
Meap came from a species of small sentient beings that speak solely in a language that takes the form of the word "meap". At some point, he was enlisted in an organization and rigorously trained to be able to confront extraterrestrial criminals in combat. He eventually acquired a state-of-the-art spaceship that would be his means of transportation around deep space. A fellow member of his species, Mitch, is his longest-standing and only known opponent, with whom he has frequently matched tides. ("The Chronicles of Meap" "Meapless in Seattle")
While on Earth
In the midst of a hot pursuit after Mitch, Meap was hit by a stray remote-control baseball from two human beings Phineas and Ferb, damaging it beyond the usable condition and forcing it into an uncontrollable crash-course into Earth. Upon crash-landing in their backyard, Meap was an immediate interest to the boys, who were intrigued by his language, his race, and his superficial appearance as "cute". As they began to repair his ship, he set off after Candace, being mistaken by her as a Bango-Ru doll, and went with her to a Bango-Ru convention.
However, because of Meap's unusual behavior, he, along with Candace was kicked out of the convention. Candace tried to return Meap to her brothers, but when she met with them along with Isabella in the now-repaired ship, she witnessed them being abducted by Mitch, an extraterrestrial poacher who had been using the ship's radar signature to track Meap down. In spite of the communication barrier lying between Candace and Meap they teamed up with each other and worked in cooperation to reach Mitch's space station. After an ensuing struggle in which the five nearly fell into Mitch's custody, Meap managed to subdue Mitch and he was arrested.
A few months later, he gets a picture of Phineas, Ferb and Candace for Christmas ("Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!")
Later on, Meap sought Phineas and Ferb's cooperation when Mitch once again threatened intergalactic peace. Unfortunately for him, he was unable to immediately communicate with them due to the absence of a mustache translator and Mitch's imminent attack, which forced them, Candace, and a recently-arrived Isabella to make a run for it.
When Phineas and Ferb were in the rebuilt Rollercoaster with their friends flying in space, Meap came in his spaceship waving at them and saying "Meap!" He was also seen dancing in Carpe Diem alongside Mitch ("Rollercoaster: The Musical!")
Meap vs. Mitch: Round II
Later on, Meap sought Phineas and Ferb's cooperation when Mitch once again threatened intergalactic peace. Unfortunately for him, he was unable to immediately communicate with them due to the absence of a translation mustache. Subsequently, Mitch tracked them down and attacked, forcing them, Candace, and a recently-arrived Isabella to run. In the ship and with the aid of an emergency mustache, he explained to his entourage of a struggle to attain a grail containing an extremely rare chemical long banned from his home planet, known as Cutonium, which would make it's user unimaginable cuteness, thus making anyone who looks at them directly fall into a cute-trance, and allowing the consumer to easily take over the galaxy. Soon afterward they embarked on a wild-goose chase into Seattle where they attempted to unearth the grail of cutonium, only to be beaten to it when Doofenshmirtz drank it out of stupidity and was seized by Mitch.
As Mitch headed home to extract the chemical from Doofenshmirtz and use it for his own nefarious purpose, Meap in cold pursuit made a distress call towards his planet's government to alert them of his imminent seize of power and have an armed battalion storm his fortress to try and thwart him. The effort was largely in vain, however, as Mitch was already in control of the cutonium by the time the military had penetrated his fortress and he halted the advance with ease by charming them into a hypnotic trance. He did the same with Phineas shortly after. With the same risk facing Ferb, Candace, and Isabella, Meap challenged Mitch himself, only to be pushed aside by the sheer might of the cutonium. Only when Isabella managed to overwhelm Mitch with her own brand of cuteness was he brought under control. ("Meapless in Seattle")
Personality and traits
Meap is a very brute force. While being small and of seemingly weak demeanor, Meap can easily take on an opponent more than twice his size, showing either a straight face or utter amusement. He seems to be able to shoot a destructive "rainbow beam" from his mouth. He enjoys his job, as he is very good at it, and will smile while on missions. Like all members of his race, Meap speaks with a complete straight face when speaking his native language, never truly blinking. He is unable to speak English without a translator mustache, as shown in the picture. When a mustache is not in use he can only say the word meap, similar to Beaker from The Muppets.
Meap is very friendly, open to other races with a smile. He was quick to adapt to a level while crashed on the planet Earth, though he was still unaware of several elements, especially to people not understanding his language. He, like humans, is easily annoyed when people are unable to comprehend the simplest of things.
- Meap's name is used as a parody in most main appearances, since the main episodes he's in are called: "The Chronicles of Meap: More than Meaps the Eye" (a parody on the term, "more than meets the eye"), "Meapless in Seattle" (a parody on the romantic comedy film, Sleepless in Seattle) and the false title that the creators invented, "Meap Me in St. Louis" (a parody on the musical film, Meet Me in St. Louis).
- Not only did veteran voice actor Lorenzo Lamas provide Meap's voice for when he spoke with the standard mustache translator, but he also did the shallow "meaps" for when Meap spoke without the mustache.
- Meap has Powerpuff eyes like most of the "Bango-Ru" he was mistaken to be.
- Meap is married because he has a mother in-law. (Unless of course, there are different marriage laws in his culture or he has a married sibling.)
- Meap's relation to Mitch is like Agent P's relationship to Heinz Doofenshmirtz.
- Meap's real name is unknown, because he never mentioned it. He was only called Meap because he couldn't say anything else (Unless, that is his name, as Mitch recognized him).
- Meap uses a pink hat, which seems to be part of his body, as he wears it so much.
- Meap is mentioned in the episode "Invasion of the Ferb Snatchers".
- Phineas and Ferb fixed Meap's friend's ship once.
- Meap can speak English, but only when he wears the universal mustache translator.
- Meap has a similar appearance to Mitch and speaks the same language as Mitch. These implies that both of them are of the same species.
- In "Mind Share", Meap uses sideburns as a translation device to give him a voice like a '50s rock and roll radio DJ.
- A few first season episodes has Candace saying "Meap" before the character is even introduced (though was likely in production).
- His "rainbow beam" could possibly be a subtle reference to the meme 'Shoop da Whoop" in which the titular character, Dr. Octagonapus, does the same thing.
- He has his own commercial that advertise a cereal called Meap's Carbonated Goulash ("Ferb TV").
- In "Meapless in Seattle", he is shown to have possession of the following universal translation mustaches:
- A standard long, thin, black mustache which grants him with a deep voice in an American accent, similar to Mitch's.
- A short golden-brown mustache complimented by a goatee which gives him a shallower voice wrapped in a Southern accent.
- One that is shaped like Major Monogram's mustache and gives him Major Monogram's voice with an English accent.
- Both Meap and his voice actor are mentioned in the song "Brand New Best Friend" from Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension. The 1st Dimension Doofenshmirtz even holds up a picture of Lorenzo Lamas, which has Meap on the other side.
Appearances and References
- "The Chronicles of Meap" (First appearance)
- "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!" (Cameo)
- "Invasion of the Ferb Snatchers" (Mentioned only)
- "Rollercoaster: The Musical!"
- "Escape from Phineas Tower" (pictured)
- "Meapless in Seattle"
- "Ferb TV"
- "Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension" (mentioned)
- "Escape from Phineas Tower" (pictured)
- "Meapless in Seattle"
- "This Is Your Backstory" (Cameo)
- "Mind Share" (Cameo)
- "Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars"
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