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TV Dinnah
TV Dinnah
Sex Male
Ruler of Primetime Kingdom
Subjects Broadcaster
Abilities TV Attack
Hiding Underground
Captured Princess Princess Kokomo

King TV Dinnah is the former king of the Primetime Kingdom. He has a TV for a head, which shows a large, single eye. He also makes the citizens of the world watch the TV, by turning his eye into a hypnotizing swirl that will make the people's minds and eyes view his channel. He leads the the citizens of the Primetime Kingdom; the Broadcasters. He eventually gets defeated by Corobo and his eye turns into a error screen with a dancing person with a fan on the error screen. If his kingdom is visited again, the giant television screen shows him calling out in fear and confusion about being in a dark lonely place with no one else. He makes his final appearance when the huge earthquake happens and he gives you the news on what is happening to the world. According to Pancho TV Dinnah enjoys the suffering of others. Despite his desire of everyone to be a couch potato, TV Dinnah represents the sin of Greed. The only reason why he wants them to watch TV is so that he can send them bills, earning him more money. His letter is a notice that Corobo hasn't been paying his TV bills, even though he doesn't have one.

King Battle

TV Dinnah 2

TV Dinnah will hide underground, so bring around 4 Hardworking Farmers, 1 Savvy Merchant (optional) and the rest of your team should be Grunt Soldiers or Hardened Soldiers. You must use the clues he gives to find the country he is hiding in, and dig him up. You must then attack him, and continue the sequence 4 or 5 times. The last few times, he will give you a fake lead, and you must wait until you are sure it is a real lead. If you choose the wrong country, you must avoid a TV channel attack; such as the Baby Channel, when milk will squirt from the ground, the Cooking Channel, with giant knives dropping from the sky, the Sports Channel, with giant baseballs bouncing around, or the Sci-Fi Channel, with a UFO trying to abduct you.

King Battle - New Little King's Story

In New Little King's Story, TV Dinnah's battle is much different. In the beginning of the battle, The King, his subjects, and TV Dinnah will all be sucked into the Public Broadcast Tower. From there, the battle will carry on like a side-scrolling marathon, where TV Dinnah will move ahead towards the exit while the King and his subjects slowly follow.

In order to defeat him, Corobo must send his subjects towards the Onii that will slowly move to attack. Luckily, the Onii can be easily defeated by one hit from any subject, or from Corobo's sword. When Corobo gets close enough to TV Dinnah, he will summon a giant bomb and attempt to throw it at the king. This can be avoided by attacking TV Dinnah, which will cause Dinnah to accidentally throw the bomb straight up into the air, and blowing himself up, before the chase resumes. Repeating this enough times will finish the battle, but if enough time passes, Dinnah will reach the exit and trigger an instant Game Over.

Etymology

TV Dinnah's name resembles the phrase "TV dinner", a colloquial term for a ready-made microwavable meal. Although, a sticker on his TV displays the words "TV lunch", a made-up term.

Trivia

  • TV Dinnah's battle has two themes in the game's data that are mostly unused: Drama and Superhero channels. While a few seconds of each play during TV Dinnah's opening cutscene, the fact that full looping versions of each suggest that they were also planned to be full punishment channels.
  • TV Dinnah and the Primetime Kingdom were inspired by Yoshiro Kimura's love for international television, since that he did not find Japanese television as interesting as TV culture in other places in the world, such as the US.
  • His appearance is similar to the "Telly Heads" monsters from The Roar, a book by Emma Clayton.
  • When he talks about where he is in the world, he says "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the World" This is a reference to the Book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
  • TV Dinnah seems to exist only as a TV signal or a virtual mascot, never appearing in person and all interactions with him take place in his TV world. This is changed in New Little King's Story.
  • TV Dinnah makes multiple references to "Big Brother" from George Orwell's book 1984. This includes his phrase "War is Peace, Peace is War." This also includes that fact that an eye appears on his screen saying "I am looking at you looking at me...", which makes reference to how Big Brother watches people, via television.
  • It is possible that TV Dinnah was a possible inspiration for the character of Mettaton in the indie game, Undertale, as the creator of that game, Toby Fox, has expressed his love for Yoshiro Kimura's games and characters.

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