History Creator / MattGroening

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: The tone is usually more cynical but when heartfelt moments come in, they are usually very genuine, making the scale a bit more balanced.
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Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954) began in 1977 as a underground cartoonist, best known for his comic strip ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell''. Influenced by ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', UndergroundComics and cult artists like Music/FrankZappa, Music/CaptainBeefheart and Music/TheFugs, the comic is perhaps Groening's most personal work. Its central characters are two gay little men called Akbar and Jeff and a white rabbit family. The cartoons already poked fun at topics that Groening would later attack in his animated shows: politics, religion, school, family, work, relationships and modern society in general. The comic became a cult success and by the mid 1980s Groening was approached by Creator/JamesLBrooks to make an animated TV adaptation of ''Life In Hell''. Initially Groening agreed, until he learned that he would lose the rights to the comic strip. So instead, he came up with a totally new concept, which became ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

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Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954) began in 1977 as a underground cartoonist, best known for his comic strip ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell''. Influenced by ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', UndergroundComics and cult artists like Music/FrankZappa, Music/CaptainBeefheart Music/CaptainBeefheart, Music/TheResidents and Music/TheFugs, the comic is perhaps Groening's most personal work. Its central characters are two gay little men called Akbar and Jeff and a white rabbit family. The cartoons already poked fun at topics that Groening would later attack in his animated shows: politics, religion, school, family, work, relationships and modern society in general. The comic became a cult success and by the mid 1980s Groening was approached by Creator/JamesLBrooks to make an animated TV adaptation of ''Life In Hell''. Initially Groening agreed, until he learned that he would lose the rights to the comic strip. So instead, he came up with a totally new concept, which became ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
11th Aug '17 1:50:55 AM NWolfman
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''The Simpsons'' continued its successful run and is still on television to this day, though many fans believe that the show has lost the magic it once had in the 1990s. In 1999, Groening launched another animated series, ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', around a totally different concept. Set in the far future (and playing out more like a "fish-out-of-water" story mixed with a workplace comedy), ''Futurama'' mostly spoofs every science fiction or future dystopia concept in a similar satirical way like ''The Simpsons''. The program never reached ''Simpsons''-level popularity (mostly due to FOX [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwing the show out of a potential audience]]) and was canceled by FOX until Creator/ComedyCentral revived the series a few years later -- and got canceled again. Still, its audience keeps growing (thanks to DVD sales and having its entire series on streaming sites, like Netflix) and will probably be VindicatedByHistory later.

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''The Simpsons'' continued its successful run and is still on television to this day, though many fans believe that the show has lost the magic it once had in the 1990s. In 1999, Groening launched another animated series, ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', around a totally different concept. Set in the far future (and playing out more like a "fish-out-of-water" story mixed with a workplace comedy), ''Futurama'' mostly spoofs every science fiction or future dystopia concept in a similar satirical way like ''The Simpsons''. The program never reached ''Simpsons''-level popularity (mostly due to FOX [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwing the show out of a potential audience]]) and was canceled by FOX until FOX, but developed a rabid cult following through reruns and was eventually revived and given a proper ending (albeit left with the possibility of another continuation) on Creator/ComedyCentral revived the series a few years later -- and got canceled again. Still, its audience keeps growing (thanks later.

Groening's third animated series, a medieval spoof called ''Disenchantment'', is set
to DVD sales and having its entire series premiere on streaming sites, like Netflix) and will probably be VindicatedByHistory later.
Creator/{{Netflix}} in 2018.
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[[caption-width-right:200:The man himself.]]

Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954) began in 1977 as a underground cartoonist, best known for his comic strip ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell''. Influenced by ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', UndergroundComics and cult artists like Music/FrankZappa, Music/CaptainBeefheart and Music/TheFugs, the comic is perhaps Groening's most personal work. Its central characters are two gay little men called Akbar and Jeff and a white rabbit family. The cartoons already poked fun at topics that Groening would later attack in his animated shows: politics, religion, school, family, work, relationships and modern society in general. The comic became a cult success and by the mid 1980s Groening was approached by Creator/JamesLBrooks to make an animated TV adaptation of ''Life In Hell''. Initially Groening agreed, until he learned that he would lose the rights to the comic strip. So instead, he came up with a totally new concept, which became ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' started off in 1987 as extremely short cartoons used as bumpers before and after commercials during ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow''. Despite being crudely animated and a lot of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the segments caught on with the American public. By 1989 Groening got the chance to turn the series into a full length prime time animated series, something that hadn't been done since ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' in the 1960s. The show quickly became a [[BreakthroughHit critically lauded mainstream success]], especially thanks to BreakoutCharacter Bart Simpson. It was the first prime time cartoon series since ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' to become popular both with children and adults. Its clever satire, edgy subversiveness, hilarious gags and all above emotional depth were praised. Its cult success paved the way for other adult cartoon series such as ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Yet, the show wasn't without its critics. Especially in the early years many parents and educators complained about certain scenes they deemed to be offensive or unsuitable for children. Even President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush attacked the series during the 1992 Republican National Convention by claiming that "the American family should be a lot more like ''Series/TheWaltons'' and a lot less like The'' Simpsons''." Only a week later ''The Simpsons'' reacted by rerunning an episode and, before the episode proper began, letting Bart say: "Hey, we're just like ''The Waltons''. We're all praying for an end to the depression too." Coincidence or not, but Bush lost the election later that year.

''The Simpsons'' continued its successful run and is still on television to this day, though many fans believe that the show has lost the magic it once had in the 1990s. In 1999, Groening launched another animated series, ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', around a totally different concept. Set in the far future (and playing out more like a "fish-out-of-water" story mixed with a workplace comedy), ''Futurama'' mostly spoofs every science fiction or future dystopia concept in a similar satirical way like ''The Simpsons''. The program never reached ''Simpsons''-level popularity (mostly due to FOX [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwing the show out of a potential audience]]) and was canceled by FOX until Creator/ComedyCentral revived the series a few years later -- and got canceled again. Still, its audience keeps growing (thanks to DVD sales and having its entire series on streaming sites, like Netflix) and will probably be VindicatedByHistory later.

Also worth mentioning: his entire work is very fit for analysis of the EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory kind. The themes can be interpreted in several ways, though, for the record: Groening is a liberal (in the American sense of the word) and identifies himself as [[UsefulNotes/{{Agnosticism}} agnostic]].

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Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954) began
->''"Awaken an era."''
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A {{Mons}} series from Creator/{{Nintendo}} and Creator/RedEntertainment, ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Kaseki Horider'', or "Fossil Hunters",
in 1977 as Japan) is a underground cartoonist, collection Mon RPG/paleontology sim series for the DS and 3DS.

On the tropical Vivosaur island, the Richmond archaeological foundation has built a fantastic resort. Using the brilliance of Dr. Diggins, they have developed a process to revive dead animals from fossil fragments. ([[Film/JurassicPark Sound familiar?]]) As a side-effect of this process, the dead animals are not complete copies of the creatures they originally were in life--they gain unusual appearances and
best known of all--superpowers. Vivosaur Island has become a playground for his comic strip ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell''. Influenced by ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', UndergroundComics the rich where wealthy young dinosaur fanatics can revive extinct animals in the form of superpowered monsters and cult artists like Music/FrankZappa, Music/CaptainBeefheart fight them against each other for glory and Music/TheFugs, the comic is perhaps Groening's fame.

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most personal work. Its central characters are two gay little men called Akbar and Jeff and games, this one stars a white rabbit family. The cartoons already poked fun at topics that Groening would later attack in his animated shows: politics, religion, school, family, work, relationships and modern society in general. The comic became a cult success and by the mid 1980s Groening was approached by Creator/JamesLBrooks to make an animated TV adaptation of ''Life In Hell''. Initially Groening agreed, until he learned that he would lose the rights to the comic strip. So instead, he came up with a totally new concept, which became ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' started off in 1987 as extremely short cartoons used as bumpers before and after commercials during ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow''. Despite being crudely animated and a lot of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the segments caught on
[[KidHero young boy]] (or girl, starting with the American public. By 1989 Groening got the chance to turn the series into a full length prime time animated series, something that hadn't been done since ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' second game) who aspires ToBeAMaster. You hunt fossils, battle other fans, and raise in the 1960s. The show quickly became a [[BreakthroughHit critically lauded mainstream success]], especially thanks to BreakoutCharacter Bart Simpson. It was the first prime time cartoon series since ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' to become popular both ranks, with children the help of his friends. But the island is lousy with groups of fossil thieves and adults. Its clever satire, edgy subversiveness, hilarious gags and all above emotional depth were praised. Its cult success paved the way for other adult cartoon series such as ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Yet, the show wasn't without its critics. Especially general schemers who, naturally, want to TakeOverTheWorld.

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in the early years many parents series:
* ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Bokura wa Kaseki Horider'', or "We Are Fossil Hunters", in Japan), 2008 JP/2009 US Nintendo DS
* ''Fossil Fighters: Champions'' (''Super Kaseki Horider'', or "Super Fossil Hunters" in Japan), 2010 JP/2011 US Nintendo DS: This game features improved, [[CelShaded cel-shaded graphics]] (with FMV cutscenes), a female player character, a revamped movement system, new islands, new villains,
and educators complained about the ability to Super Revive certain scenes they deemed to be offensive Vivosaurs into evolved forms.
* ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier'' (''Kaseki Horider Mugengear'',
or unsuitable "Fossil Hunters Infinite Gear" in Japan), 2014 JP/2015 US Nintendo 3DS: The new feature for children. Even President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush attacked the series during the 1992 Republican National Convention by claiming that "the American family should be a lot more like ''Series/TheWaltons'' and a lot less like The'' Simpsons''." Only a week later ''The Simpsons'' reacted by rerunning an episode and, before the episode proper began, letting Bart say: "Hey, we're just like ''The Waltons''. We're all praying for an end to the depression too." Coincidence or not, but Bush lost the election later that year.

''The Simpsons'' continued its successful run and is still on television to
this day, though many fans believe that title is the show has lost the magic it once had in the 1990s. In 1999, Groening launched another animated series, ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ability to fight wild Vivosaurs and to drive around a totally different concept. Set in the far future (and playing out more like a "fish-out-of-water" story mixed with a workplace comedy), ''Futurama'' mostly spoofs every science fiction or future dystopia concept in a similar satirical way like ''The Simpsons''. customizable vehicles. The program never reached ''Simpsons''-level popularity (mostly due to FOX [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwing the show out of a potential audience]]) and was canceled by FOX until Creator/ComedyCentral revived the series a few years later -- and got canceled again. Still, its audience keeps growing (thanks to DVD sales and having its entire series on streaming sites, like Netflix) and will probably be VindicatedByHistory later.

Also worth mentioning: his entire work is very fit for analysis of the EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory kind. The themes can be interpreted in several ways, though, for the record: Groening is a liberal (in the American sense of the word) and identifies himself as [[UsefulNotes/{{Agnosticism}} agnostic]].
combat system has also been entirely overhauled.



!!Works of Matt Groening:
[[index]]
* ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer'': A Christmas special that occasionally airs on Creator/CartoonNetwork during December, centered around a dog (voiced by Creator/DrewBarrymore) who thinks she's a reindeer and tries to find Santa so she can pull his sleigh. Groening voices Arturo.
* ''WesternAnimation/HairHigh'': The voice of Will.
* Creator/BongoComics: The company that distributes ''Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' comics.
[[/index]]

!! Guest appearances:
* ''Peefeeyatko'': A 1991 documentary about Music/FrankZappa.
* ''Revenge Of The Dead Indians'': A 1992 documentary about composer Music/JohnCage.
* ''The BBC Late Show Special: Frank Zappa'': A 1993 documentary about Music/FrankZappa.
* ''The Artist Formerly Known As Captain Beefheart'': A 1993 (broadcast in 1997) documentary about Music/CaptainBeefheart.
* ''Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens'': A 2000 documentary about animator Creator/ChuckJones.
* ''The Devil and Daniel Johnston'': A 2005 documentary about Music/DanielJohnston.
* ''Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents'': A 2005 documentary about Music/TheResidents.
* ''Series/{{Portlandia}}'': Appears as himself in the episode "Fashion" to sue Spyke over his "Bart Ska-mpson" shirts.
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!!Tropes used in his works:
* AdultsAreUseless: While not every adult is useless, most are fairly incompetent. Matt Groening talks about many of the adult characters as morons. He said in an interview that authority isn't always quite as smart as it should be, and people like teachers and doctors all have flaws. Invoked in the "Nightmare Cafeteria" segment from ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV Treehouse Of Horror V]]'' where Bart and Lisa tell Marge about the cannibalism going on in their school, and Marge promptly dismisses them telling them that she cannot fight all their battles and they should forcefully tell the teachers to not eat them.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Akbar and Jeff in ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell''; Smithers (though his closet seems to be getting more and more transparent), Lenny and Carl in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (though that was phased out near the end of Mike Scully's run on the show).
* AmusingInjuries: Groening had said in an interview: "The more horrible bone crunching noises we use for injuries on "The Simpsons" the harder people laugh. It's a sick world."
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Always parodied.
* AnimationBump: Compare some of the older ''Simpsons'' episodes to the newer ones, and you can clearly see this in effect.
* ArtEvolution: Groening has ''never'' been a great artist from a technical point of view. He can only draw people with bug-like eyeballs and huge overbites. The early Simpsons cartoons look very ugly because his animators used to trace his own drawings instead of modifying them. In time, ''The Simpsons''' art became impressively better, though ''Life in Hell'' hasn't evolved that much and ''Futurama'', despite having the bug eyes and overbites of ''The Simpsons'', has better art in its earlier episodes than ''The Simpsons'' did.
* ArtisticLicense: Both "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" follow a certain reality, but sometimes this is thrown out of the window for absurd gags. WordOfGod says that his work is mainly based on "what I know I real and what I know is fictional."
* ArtShift: Also done regularly.
** The ''Simpsons'' episode "Brother from the Same Planet" had a cameo of ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'', animated by animators of that show themselves.
** In "Lady Bouvier's Lover," Homer imagines his children becoming pink creatures with five fingers on each hand. Cue to Bart, Lisa and Maggie suddenly transforming into realistically drawn white people for a second.
** In "The Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie," several old Itchy & Scratchy cartoons from the 1920s and 1940s are animated in a different style mimicking cartoons from that time period. This happened again in "The Day the Violence Died", when the first Itchy the Mouse cartoon from 1919 was seen and a parody of ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' was broadcast on TV.
** The episode "HOMR" has a parody of ''WesternAnimation/DaveyAndGoliath'', also done in their typical claymation style.
** Bart tells a scary story, "Dark Stanley", in the episode "Yokel Chords", which is also animated in a different, more macabre style.
** In "How Munched Is That Birdie in the Window?" the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon ''Dog Gone Hellody of 1933'' is a stylistic parody of ''Disney/PlutosJudgementDay''.
** "Angry Dad: The Movie" has stylistic parodies of ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Persepolis}}'', WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit'', and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', all animated in their respective styles.
** The couch gag of "What to Expect When Bart's Expecting" has a stylistic parody of the claymation cartoons of Art Clokey, even with a cameo of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}}''.
** Several couch gags have been animated by guest animated directors, including Creator/JohnKricfalusi, Creator/SylvainChomet, Creator/BillPlympton,...
** The ''Futurama'' episode "Reincarnation" has stylistic parodies of the Fleischer cartoons, early computer games and anime.
** The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Simpsons Guy" involves the Griffins getting lost in Springfield.
* AuthorAppeal: A lot of the stuff referred to in his comics and animated cartoon shows is semi-autobiographical. Little winks to his childhood friends can be found, as well as references to his own personal favorite artists and topics. His recurrent mocking of UsefulNotes/RichardNixon is an enjoyment that stems from a personal dislike.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Several jokes in Groening's work poke fun at the absurdities and inconsistencies of religion.
* BerserkButton: Groening really hates UsefulNotes/RichardNixon and thus poked fun at him several times in his work. In ''Futurama'' Nixon is President of Earth, but ridiculed whenever he appears. In an interview Groening expressed pleasure "in kicking Nixon from beyond the grave".
** Groening is also not fond of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler jokes and otherwise racist gags. He discourages his writers to write jokes about these topics, but has let a few good ones pass.
** And he especially hates Creator/HannaBarbera animation.
* BilingualBonus:
** Happens regularly in ''The Simpsons''.
** In ''Futurama'' a fictional alien language is used in backgrounds so that fans can decipher it.
* BitingTheHandHumor: Especially the Creator/{{Fox}} network.
* BlackComedy: Both ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'', though their brand of black comedy isn't as pitch black as, say, what Creator/SethMacFarlane or [[Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone Parker and Stone]] come up with.
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: ''Life in Hell'' even has a volume called ''School Is Hell''.
** Also a prominent theme in ''The Simpsons''.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Happens occasionally.
* BrickJoke: Used often.
* ButNotTooEvil: According to Groening Bart Simpson was created out of his frustration with this trope; as he put it, the traditional brat in television was usually just a decently mannered kid who spoke too loud, in contrast to Bart's genuinely disruptive and anti-authority behavior.
** Of course, back in the day Matt got what he wanted and more: when ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' first began airing (and particularly during the first two seasons) Bart's behavior set off a firestorm of protests from angry parents' groups saying Bart was a terrible role model. Unlike many examples on this page, though, all this complaining was roundly ignored by the show's writers, who refused to change a thing. In fact, it inspired [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E9ItchyAndScratchyAndMarge an episode where Marge stages a censorship campaign against Itchy and Scratchy]]. The campaign works, and I&S becomes incredibly bland and boring as a result.
** Ironically, either through shifting culture or VillainDecay (probably a little of both), Bart can now be reasonably accurately described as a "decently mannered kid who speaks too loud".
*** Even in his heyday, Bart could almost be a subversion. While he genuinely enjoyed causing mayhem, most of his antics were more meant to drive authority figures crazy rather than cause any genuine harm. There were lines that [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Bart wouldn't cross]], and when he realized he went too far, he'd actually feel bad about it and try to make up for it.
* ButtMonkey:
** Binky and Bongo in ''Life in Hell''.
** Bart, Homer, Milhouse, Moe, Smithers, Hans Moleman, Lenny, Gil, Squeaky-Voiced Teen, Scratchy, Martin Prince, Principal Skinner, Grandpa, Richard Nixon, George Bush Sr. in ''The Simpsons''.
** Fry, Zoidberg, Kif, Richard Nixon in ''Futurama''.
* CapitalismIsBad and CorruptCorporateExecutive: Mr. Burns in ''The Simpsons'', and Mom, owner of Momcorp in ''Futurama'' act as the [[BigBad primary antagonists]] of their respective series. On the other hand Groening himself isn't exactly poor either thanks to his shows' CashCowFranchise.
* CatchPhrase: His work has several ones.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Usually subverted (Bart Simpson, anyone?) Will still be played straight on occasion.
* CorruptChurch: Religious people, philosophers and frauds trying to get rich by selling cheap truths are a frequent target. Reverend Lovejoy is the most self-evident example.
** One example from "Bart Sells His Soul" - for context, Bart and Milhouse are discussing the existence of the soul while Reverend Lovejoy is punishing them for a prank by making them clean the church's organ pipes:
-->'''Milhouse:''' "Every religion says there's a soul, Bart. Why would they lie? What would they have to gain?"
-->'''Reverend Lovejoy:''' *while counting the money given to the church* "I don't hear scrubbing!"
* CorruptPolitician: Always corrupt or not to be trusted. Major Quimby in ''The Simpsons'' and Nixon in ''Futurama'' are perhaps the most prominent examples.
* CrapsaccharineWorld and CrapsackWorld: His work can both be cynical as well as celebral of life.
* CreatorCameo: Done regularly.
** He appears as one of the heads in the head museum in the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
** Groening appeared in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where they went to a sci-fi convention and everyone was excited to see the creator of ''Futurama''. He was also a boss in ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame''.
* CrossOver: References to Groening's other works are often made.
** In the fall of 2014 two crossover episodes were made between ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' and ''The Simpsons'' and ''Family Guy''.
* CreditsGag: "The Simpsons" have frequently used a different musical arrangement of the theme music, according to the theme of the episode. Sometimes characters still talk over the credits. Sometimes they are silenced by the woman in the "Gracies Films" Logo.
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** ''Life in Hell'' handled themes that most mainstream cartoon strips never tackled.
** ''The Simpsons'' went in the air at a time when most TV animation was aimed at children (despite attempts at making adult animation in the 1960s and 1970s, as seen with ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', ''WesternAnimation/WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'', and ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'') and considered safe and formulaic. It immediately attracted attention because of its subversive content, often featuring themes that (at the time) you wouldn't see or hear in mainstream animation.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: ''Life in Hell'' is published in black and white.
* DenserAndWackier: Both ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' evolved to this point.
* DerangedAnimation: Not so much in drawing style, but certain plots and scenes are really off the wall.
** WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow is probably the most deranged Groening's work ever got.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: A theme in his entire work.
* DifferentInEveryEpisode:
** Bart Simpson writes a different line on the blackboard at the start of most episodes.
** CouchGag: The Simpsons run to their couch in front of the TV, but usually do something different.
** The Church of Springfield has a different 'topic for today' on its billboard whenever it gets in frame.
** ''Futurama'' has a different line beneath its opening credits every episode.
** When ''Futurama'' aired on FOX there was always a different segment from a classic animated cartoon seen on the giant television screen.
* DistinctiveAppearances: Groening has a theory that characters are made memorable by a recognizable silhouette. He implies this rule with his own characters as well, specifically Bart Simpson's hairline to name one.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Many plots of ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' are actually parodies of certain films, TV shows, novels or historical events.
** A lot of [[PublicSecretMessage Hidden Messages]] can be found as well.
** Innuendos and allusions to very adult stuff can be spotted too.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The early ''Life in Hell'' cartoons had a different tone. It features the rabbit Binky bickering about all of his life's problems. Only when Groening changed him into a victim of society the cartoon became successful.
** The early ''Simpsons'' are hardly recognizable at all. Their physical designs were very ugly, the animation was amateuristic and many jokes were still very cartoonish and generic. It did have an edginess and subversions, but only in the second season did the satirical component finally start to blossom.
*** In some of the earliest episodes Barney has yellow hair and Smithers is Afro-American. Barney's hair color was changed, because the makers felt that only the Simpsons should have the same hair color as their skin. Smithers' skin color became yellow (aka 'white') because the idea of a black character acting as a servant to someone else felt a bit racist.
*** In the first season there are several [[OutOfCharacterMoment out-of-character moments]]. For instance: Homer feeling embarassed about his family and Lisa being nothing but a DistaffCounterpart of Bart.
* EccentricTownsfolk: Especially in ''The Simpsons'' you have a real sense of a community of odd people.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: "The Simpsons" managed to avoid using this trope for a long time, but in the episodes "Springfield Up" and "The Way We Weren't" they did give in to it by having the middle-aged adult characters seen as children going to the same school and/or summer camp. In real life Matt Groening also went to college with cartoonists Creator/CharlesBurns and Creator/LyndaBarry.
* FantasyForbiddingFather: In a strange case of ''DoNotDoThisCoolThing'' Groening's own father was a cartoonist and amateur film director yet he discouraged his own son to become a cartoonist himself.
* FatBastard: Homer Simpson at his worst counts for this.
* FourFingeredHands
* FreeRangeChildren: In both ''Life in Hell'' and ''The Simpsons'', the children are (sometimes) far more mature than their respectable ages.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Both in ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama''.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: See above.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A show mostly seen by children and teenagers not taken seriously by most adults, but full of very subversive content.
* GrandparentalObliviousness: Grandpa and Mr. Burns in ''The Simpsons'' can be quite senile and forgetful. Professor Farnsworth in ''Futurama'' too.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: The setups of many episodes often result in a totally unexpected ending.
* HiddenDepths: To a lot of people ''Life in Hell'', ''The Simpsons'', and ''Futurama'' appear to be just your typical cartoon series, but they are far more mature than one would expect from what are otherwise considered frivolous entertainment.
* HistoricalHilarity: Many jokes poke fun at historical events and characters.
* HumansAreBastards and HumansAreMorons: Most people in Groening's work are either incompetent or downright mean spirited.
* HypocriticalHumor: Many characters in his universe are incredible hypocrites.
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: His signature is on every piece of merchandise from the shows he created.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Ned Flanders, Lisa Simpson and Ralph Wiggum in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', each one of them for entirely different reasons. Flanders because of his faith, Lisa because she is highly intelligent and has strong ethics and Ralph because he is just naïve.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Characters will sometimes realize something of huge importance, but do absolutely nothing with it afterwards.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: His last name is pronounced "Gray-ning".
* KidsAreCruel: Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: All his animated series have hundreds of characters, all whom appear regularly in the series.
* LongRunner: All of his three best known series are still in syndication, for better or worse. Apart from ''Life in Hell'', which ended in 2012.
* MediumAwareness: In both ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' a lot of jokes are made about television and animation clichés and conventions.
* MoralDilemma: His characters regularly face moral dilemmas. Sometimes they just do whatever they please. Other times they do follow their conscience.
* MoralDissonance: Trying to do the good thing is usually avoided by his characters. And even when they try to there's always a chance that their efforts won't be rewarded in the way that they would want to. They even fail more often than they win.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong and MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: In his entire work Groening shows the darker side of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous:
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Marvin Monroe (Creator/MarilynMonroe), Milhouse ([[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Richard Milhouse Nixon]]), Barney Gumble ([[WestenAnimation/TheFlintstones Barney Rubble]]), Arnie Pye (radio presenter Ernie Pie).
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Professor Farnsworth is named after Philo Farnsworth, a pioneer in the invention of television.
* NewJobAsThePlotDemands:
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Troy [=McClure=] acts in many different B-movies. Gil perpetually dangles by a thread at whatever job he is doing. Squeaky Voiced Teen is often doing all kinds of low paid jobs. In later seasons Homer and Marge have been changing their jobs many times over.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Sal, despite being a sleazy lazy guy, is seen doing all kinds of jobs over the course of the seasons.
* NoBrows: Most of his characters have no visible eyebrows, Milhouse being a major exception.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Subverted! Celebrities who provide a special guest voice in his TV shows will usually be mocked in a certain way. Celebrities who are satirized by having one of the cast members imitate their voice don't come off too well either.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Groening's name is pronounced ''"GRAY-ning"'', not ''"Groaning"''.
* ANuclearError: Especially in ''The Simpsons'' Groening's antinuclear stance is made clear. From an interview: "That's why Homer works at a nuclear plant -- so we can continue to make points about the nuclear industry."
* OffModel: Especially in his early work.
* ParentalBonus: Parents will enjoy and understand the majority of his work better than children would.
* PoliceAreUseless: Chief Wiggum in ''The Simpsons''; URL and Smitty from ''Futurama'' seem more competent, but are prone to PoliceBrutality. Usually averted when a main character (Marge Simpson, Philip J. Fry) becomes a police officer, though this situation does not last long due to StatusQuoIsGod.
* PunbasedTitle: Most episodes of the animated series have a hidden pun.
* QuestForIdentity: A big theme in his entire work.
* ReferenceOverdosed: ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' are full of references to both 'high' and 'low' culture. The chance that everybody will 'get' every single reference of joke is particularly low. Even Groening doesn't get all the stuff his writers come up with.
* RuleOfFunny: Certain illogical situations happen because of this rule.
* RunningGag:
** ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'':
*** Binky is frequently locked away in a dungeon and scolded by his teachers through a small window in the prison door.
*** Akbar and Jeff have many [[AmbiguouslyGay jokes about their supposed homosexuality]].
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
*** Homer does something stupid and shouts "D'oh!" after realizing this.
*** Mr. Burns is unable to remember Homer's name.
*** Bart makes a phone call to Moe under a false alias, usually a bawdy pun, yet Moe only realizes this after the entire bar laughs at his stupidity.
*** Maggie is unable to stand up straight for long and usually falls down flat with a thud.
*** Grandpa has a tendency to fall asleep halfway through a sentence, yet he just never falls over, but just keeps standing upright while snoring loudly.
*** Homer takes advantage of Ned Flanders' kindness.
*** Patty and Selma insult Homer.
*** Comic Book Guy reviews everything with disdain, while using the phrase [[WorstWhateverEver "Worst... ever!"]]
*** Mrs. Krabappel and Nelson Muntz both laugh at other people's misery.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
*** Professor Farnsworth announces he has "Good news", yet it is usually exactly the opposite.
*** The robot "Malfunctioning Eddie" always explodes in shock.
* SadistShow: Groening once described animation as "creating a world full of characters who hurt each other just because you want them to."
* ScaryAmoralReligion: The absurdities and inconsistencies of religion, its purveyors, and its practitioners are frequent targets.
* SceneryPorn: A lot of comedy and hidden messages can be found in the background of a scene. Some of them can only be spotted when freeze framing the video.
* ShoutOut: As a huge ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} fan, Groening has referenced the franchise often in his work. Akbar and Jeff from ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'' are in fact mutated versions of Groening's failed attempts to draw Charlie Brown, still visible by their shirts.
* SickeningCrunch: Often done in his animated series, because Groening has noticed the more painful, the funnier it will be.
* SeniorSleepCycle: Grandpa in ''The Simpsons'' and Prof. Farnsworth in ''Futurama''.
* TheSouthpaw: Bart Simpson is actually left-handed just like Matt Groening is. [[WordOfGod Marge Simpson started out as this, but she trained herself to use her right hand also because she was being insulted for being a lefty, which means that she's now ambidextrous.]]
** In the ''Simpsons'' episode "Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E3WhenFlandersFailed" it turns out that Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns and Moe are all left handed, including a large group of citizens of Springfield as well.
* SpecialGuest: His TV shows frequently have celebrities voicing themselves or playing a character. According the ''Guinness Book of Records'', ''The Simpsons'' has even become the TV show with the most celebrity guest appearances ever!
** Groening voiced himself in a few ''Simpsons'' episodes (and does vocal effects for Maggie's pacifier sucking).
* SphereEyes: A trademark.
* TakeThat: His work pokes fun at everybody, from all kinds of the political, economical, cultural and sociological spectrum.
* TakeThatAudience: We ''did'' say everybody.
* TakeThatMe: '''Everybody.''' His most notable one is Comic Book Guy, who is Groeining's personal caricature of all of his worst habits and personality traits.
* TalkingAnimal: Usually avoided, but Bongo, Binky and Sheba in ''Life in Hell'' and Nibbler in ''Futurama'' are exceptions.

to:

!!Works of Matt Groening:
[[index]]
* ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer'': A Christmas special that occasionally airs on Creator/CartoonNetwork during December, centered around a dog (voiced by Creator/DrewBarrymore) who thinks she's a reindeer and tries to find Santa so she can pull his sleigh. Groening voices Arturo.
* ''WesternAnimation/HairHigh'': The voice of Will.
* Creator/BongoComics: The company that distributes ''Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' comics.
[[/index]]

!! Guest appearances:
This game provides examples of:

* ''Peefeeyatko'': A 1991 documentary about Music/FrankZappa.
* ''Revenge Of The Dead Indians'': A 1992 documentary about composer Music/JohnCage.
* ''The BBC Late Show Special: Frank Zappa'': A 1993 documentary about Music/FrankZappa.
* ''The Artist Formerly Known As Captain Beefheart'': A 1993 (broadcast in 1997) documentary about Music/CaptainBeefheart.
* ''Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens'': A 2000 documentary about animator Creator/ChuckJones.
* ''The Devil and Daniel Johnston'': A 2005 documentary about Music/DanielJohnston.
* ''Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents'': A 2005 documentary about Music/TheResidents.
* ''Series/{{Portlandia}}'': Appears as himself
AbsentMindedProfessor: Dr. Diggins in the episode "Fashion" to sue Spyke over his "Bart Ska-mpson" shirts.
----
!!Tropes used
first game, Professor Scatterly in his works:
''Champions''.
* AdultsAreUseless: While not every adult is useless, most are fairly incompetent. Matt Groening talks about many of AbsurdlyLowLevelCap: In the adult characters as morons. He said in an interview that authority isn't always quite as smart as it should be, first game, it's set surprisingly low at just twelve, and people like teachers and doctors all have flaws. Invoked in you can get as high as rank eight by fossil cleaning alone (''ten'' if you get a full set of rare red fossils). The second game ups the "Nightmare Cafeteria" segment from ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV Treehouse Of Horror V]]'' where Bart and Lisa tell Marge about the cannibalism going on in their school, and Marge promptly dismisses them telling them that she cannot fight all their battles and they should forcefully tell the teachers cap to not eat them.20, though viviosaurs gain stats more slowly to go with it.
* AcceptableHobbyTargets: InUniverse. The three commanders of the Barebones Brigade? They're a hipster, a hippie, and a metalhead. The game especially has fun taking potshots at Cole, the hipster, and Todd remarks that it's no wonder everyone was so terrified of him.
** [[spoiler: It's later {{deconstructed}}. The fact that they were such acceptable targets meant [[FriendlessBackground no one wanted to have anything to do with them]], meaning they desperately attached themselves to the first charismatic figure who appeared to them and had no trouble [[WhosLaughingNow turning on those who mocked them]]. But it's also why, despite the fact that they were used, they can't stay mad at said figure--they know he tried to do what he thought was right, and they were ecstatic that they'd been shown ''any'' [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe kindness at all]].]]
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Nevada Montecarlo, who is a DarkSkinnedRedhead version of [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] (with Franchise/IndianaJones' whip).
** ''Champions'' has an even more direct CaptainErsatz of Franchise/IndianaJones called Joe Wildwest.
* AllNaturalGemPolish: Everything you find in the Jewel Rocks.
* AncientAstronauts: [[spoiler:The dinaurians.]]
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The first two games include a series of masks that your character can collect and wear.
* AgentPeacock: Ryne from the ''Champions'' DLC. He wears the only pink Brigade suit in the game and draws attention to himself because of it. But he is also the first character in the franchise to actually make his own Vivosaur, discounting [[spoiler: Zongazonga and his [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple evil]] zombiesaurs. [[WordSchmord Magic shmagic.]] [[MemeticMutation Booo!]]]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Akbar Cole in ''Champions''. It's hard to tell which parts of his campness just come from his obsession with fashion, and Jeff which parts come from... somewhere else.
* AnnouncerChatter: In the first two games, the two announcers like to prattle on with each other about nonsensical things only tangentially related to the battles taking place.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: ''Frontier'' cleans up some of the issues with finding fossils
in ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell''; Smithers (though his closet the field; identifying fossils on sight and allowing immediate excavations, rather than requiring the player to haul an entire inventory back to base before they even know what they have. Vivosaurs can also be revived from any fossils, not just the heads.
* ArtEvolution: ''Champions'' featured a much more detailed, and more {{Animesque}}, art style than the original's more cartoony look.
** ArtShift: [[spoiler: Rosie's icon in ''Champions'' is in the same style as the first game, making her stand out next to the anime-style characters from the second game.]]
** ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier''
seems to have significant change in the design of... just about everything, really.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Fully justified by the fact that vivosaurs are explicitly stated to
be getting dinosaur-''like'' creatures and not actual dinosaurs. Beyond that, it's generally averted since the creators have ShownTheirWork and keep their data as accurate as possible.
* AuthorAvatar: The first game's announcers are the game's two creators, and the idea of putting them in the game started out as a joke.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Many high-level vivosaurs with really high Attack or LP are devastating from the Attack Zone... but if they end up in the Support Zone somehow, they'll turn your attacker into a quivering pile of useless mush. T-Rex is a perfect example--he has the highest attack in the game and can attack all of your enemies at once, but, if he ends up in the support zone, he reduces all your attacker's stats by ''30%!''
** Zino and Centro. Every hit from them will be a critical-but their accuracy is so terrible that the rest of the team needs to be focused around buffing accuracy/evasion stats to get them to even land a hit. In other words: CriticalHitClass meets ATeamFiring.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Joe Wildwest in ''Champions'' and Captain Stryker in ''Frontier''.
* [[BadJobWorseUniform Bad Sidequest, Worse Costume]]: So... how 'bout that Hare Club? Y'know, the one where you have to wear a bunny mask, then clean 100 fossils to 80 points or higher?
* BagOfHolding: We really have ''no'' idea how a twelve-year-old can lug around up to ''64'' fossils as long as his entire body and not get sore, esecially when some of those rocks contain an ''entire skeleton''. Justified and averted in ''Frontier'', where A) you travel by car, which can much
more easily accommodate the size and more transparent), Lenny weight, and Carl B) fossils are processed automatically, so you're not even carrying them around in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (though that was phased the first place.
* BigOlEyebrows: The samurai, with a BigOlUnibrow chaser.
* BittersweetEnding: Subverted in the first game. [[spoiler:Guhnash]] is defeated, but your partner didn't quite make it
out of [[spoiler:stone sleep]]. You've saved the world, at a cost, and that's how it has to be... [[spoiler:and then the Digadig chieftain shows up and tells you to use the hip-shaker dance!!]]
* BlackAndNerdy: Dr. Diggins in the first game is a professional-grade [[Series/{{Scrubs}} blerd]]. Who's dorky enough to wear shorts and a Hawaiian shirt beneath his lab coat, no less.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: It's no wonder Nick Nack mangles foreign languages so bad--he barely gets ''English!'' "I can have my snacks and feet them too!"
* BodySurf: This is how [[spoiler:Zongazonga's immortality spell]] works in ''Champions''. His latest victim is actually [[spoiler:the owner of the Fossil Park, Joe Wildwest.]]
* BonusBoss: After you beat the final boss of the first game, almost ''every character you've fought before becomes a BonusBoss.'' Almost all of them have maxed-out teams, some of them you have to fight one right after the other, and the prizes for beating them range from "BraggingRightsReward" to "OlympusMons." You can even take on the FinalBoss again as often as you like! The most difficult BonusBoss fight, however, is probably against [[spoiler: Dynal, Duna, and Raptin]] ''all at once.''
** There's also an {{Early Bird|Boss}} BonusBoss named Petey, who requires you fight him with three very specific vivosaurs. If you take the time to max out said three and wait until you're
near the end of Mike Scully's run the game, he's not so tough... But try him ''without'' copius LevelGrinding, and he proves to be quite the KillerRabbit.
* ABoyAndHisX: Thanks to the player getting a sidekick, ''Frontier'' is a "Boy/Girl and his/her dinosaur" story.
* ButtBiter: A RunningGag in ''Frontier'' involves your little vivosaur sidekick chomping down on Nate's butt. In the little guy's defense, Nate is usually literally asking for it by sticking his butt out and taunting him.
* ButtMonkey: Rosie.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: The names have been changed to emphasize that Vivosaurs aren't really dinosaurs, and to trim down the {{Overly Long Name}}s that real dinos often have. There's a mode that gives detailed information
on the show).
animals that inspired each dinosaur.
* AmusingInjuries: Groening had said CanonName: The main character of the first doesn't really have one, but Nintendo's guide suggests "Buckland", after an early paleontologist. The official mini-manga gives his name as "Hunter." The second game's protagonists, though, are [[AnimalThemeNaming Dino and Dina]].
** ''Frontier'' has nameable protagonists "Jura" and "Tria". The puns just don't stop. The canonical name for their little dino sidekick is "Nibbles".
* CardboardPrison: Only
in an interview: "The the first game, but it's exaggerated. [[PoliceAreUseless What happens in that police station is anybody's guess.]]
* CelShading: ''Champions'' uses cel-shaded graphics, as well as
more horrible bone crunching noises we detailed graphics in general.
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler:The hip-shaking dance, used to revive Rosie/Duna from tainted stone sleep.]]
* [[TheChiefsDaughter The Chief's Granddaughter]]: [[spoiler:Pauleen.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Trip Cera in the second game. His first name [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs seems appropriate]].
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The vast majority of Vivosaurs are absent in ''Frontier'', in particular nearly all of the non-dinosaur Vivosaurs are gone, with the exception of a few pterosaurs.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Since you can't
use them to revive vivosaurs, nobody wants dropping fossils. Except Nick Nack...
** John Guano replaces him in the sequel. John's even ''weirder,'' if that's possible. He's standing not three feet away from a lady who offers dropping fossils in exchange
for injuries on "The Simpsons" fossil cleaning. The only catch is, he'd have to wear the harder Hare Mask to join the club to do so. EveryoneHasStandards?
* CombatCommentator: In ''Fossil Fighters'', they're {{Author Avatar}}s. In ''Champions'' we have a two talking Vivosaurs. ''Frontier'' doesn't have any announcers.
* ContinuityNod:
** In ''Champions'', Pauleen is a throwback to the first game's Digadig tribe. [[spoiler:You also get to fight Rosie in the post-game.]] [[spoiler:Duna, Raptin, and Dynal]] also make appearances in some bonus content.
** In ''Frontier'', the Vivosaur Island and Caliosteo Fossil Parks from the first two games get mentioned occasionally. Characters from ''Champions'' (or at least
people laugh. with the same names) can show up in the in-game tournaments; one such team is Joanie, Pooch, and Tonzilla and another is Todd, Rupert, and Pauline.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Mt. Lavaflow in the first game, and Mt. Krakanak in the second.
* CowardlyLion: Todd in ''Champions''.
* CrooksAreBetterArmed: Wanted vivosaur thief Blambeau carries around a shotgun. The [[PoliceAreUseless unarmed and largely ineffective police force]] send [[KidHero Hunter]] after him. Thrice.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Nevada Montecarlo, who also likes to WhipItGood.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Rosie can be seen as a deconstruction of TheLoad[=/=]DamselInDistress. She is those things, but realizes it, and is sorry for the times when you have to save her. After one instance she even asks if you hate her.
* DefiedTrope: The final boss of ''Fossil Fighters Champions'':
-->''"Yes, well, [[BondVillainStupidity let's not waste any more time with empty threats]] or [[JustBetweenYouAndMe the revealing of plans]], mmm?"''
* DemBones: The [=BareBones=] Brigade's boneysaurs in ''Champions''.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Averted. When the bad guy pulls out an {{Olympus Mon|s}}, you need to get your own before you can properly challenge him. (Unfortunately, you can't keep it - see NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup below)
** However, it's later played straight with [[spoiler:Guhnash--apparently, all you have to do is destroy his brains. Easy-peasy.]]
** In ''Champions'' [[spoiler:The FinalBoss, Zongazonga, is pretty much exactly this. A body-snatching skull that turns into a literally on fire zombie T-Rex with giant, bloody skeleton arms coming out of it? Just send some kid with his pet dinosaurs to beat it up.]]
* DinosaursAreDragons: The Fire-type Vivosaurs breathe fire, but remember - they're no longer Dinosaurs, they're ''[[CallARabbitASmeerp Vivosaurs]]''.
** In ''Champions'', the Super Revive function in the sequel plays this to the hilt, essentially morphing your Vivosaurs from dinosaur-like creatures into more draconic monsters. Also, [[spoiler:the BigBad Zongazonga literally refers to the dinosaurs as dragons in his magic chant in the penultimate battle.]]
* [[AnimalMotif Dinosaur Motif]]: In ''Champions,'' the male PC has a T-Rex motif, while the female PC has a triceratops motif.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Frigisaur, and the leader of the BB Bandits with him.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: Boy, isn't Mt. Lavaflow climactic! The lava! The HeelFaceTurn! The impending epic battle between the opposing forces of Frigisaur and Ignosaur! ...Wait, whaddiya ''mean'' half the plot threads still haven't been followed up on?
* DiscOneNuke: The Spinax you're given at the beginning of the first game is strong enough to last you until endgame.
** In ''Champions'' the starters are powerful enough to last you the entire game, particularly Dimetro.
** The 'Donation Point' dinosaurs also count, particularly Compso in the first game. There's nothing to stop you from grinding all the way to him the moment you get access to your first dig-site, and his support-effects will make you basically unstoppable for the rest of the game. To a lesser degree, Stego - being the cheapest of the DP-dinosaurs, you can, again, fairly easily get all 4 parts of him, in [[RareRandomDrop 'red' quality]], for an instantly high-level 'Tank' who can solo practically anything up to late-mid-game if needs be.
** Giga Raja in Champions, which is created by evolving Raja (available in the first area) with a gold fossil (can be found early with some dedication). Giga Raja's already powerful attacks can be bolstered by his ability to Charge-Up for a turn, causing him to hit like a meteor and deal damage exceeding the highest possible Life Points for anything in the game!
* DoWellButNotPerfect: In ''Champions,'' there's a man who wants your help making hard-boiled eggs in the hot springs. They need to be in there for 10 seconds ''exactly,'' and hardly a millisecond longer. However, boiling the eggs for ''9.9 seconds exactly'' is the only way to get the [[spoiler: elemental chick]] fossils. Better bring a stopwatch. Or learn how to count to 7-1.
* DownloadableContent:
** The original game briefly featured four of the five Mysterious Egg fossils available for download on the Nintendo Channel, but they were taken down eventually. (They're still available in-game, though; it just takes longer.)
** ''Champions'' features [[OlympusMons Frigisaur and Ignosaur]] from the first game, along with sidequests from a... ''strange'' character named Ryne, and downloadable fights with [[spoiler: Duna, Raptin, and Dynal.]]
** ''Frontier'' distributed its bonus content through AR cards rather than actual downloads; including some Bone Buggys, versions of Yutie in all four elements, the villains' dark vivosaurs, and some ''actual'' dinosaurs.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Averted. The [=NPC=]s' dialogue changes to praise you as you progress through the story and ranks.
* {{Eagleland}}: The Fossil Park America in ''Frontier''. The whole place is lit up like Las Vegas, the Warden in charge is TotallyRadical and [[AmericansAreCowboys dresses like a cowboy]], and the first dig site is in a southwest canyon. To its' credit, the Starry Falls dig site is a South American jungle instead of being a US stereotype. Fossil Parks Asia and Europe aren't all that much better when it comes to cultural stereotypes.
* ElementalPowers: It turns out that the cloning process gives these to animals as a [[CursedWithAwesome side-effect]].
** BlowYouAway
** DishingOutDirt
** MakingASplash
** PlayingWithFire
** NonElemental
** InfinityPlusOneElement: "Legendary" in the first two games, though in practice these vivosaurs are treated as Neutral; they just have better stats. The first game has [[spoiler:Frigisaur, Ignosaur, and all the parts of Guhnash]] and ''Champions'' has [[spoiler:Zombie Tricera, Zombie Ptera, Zombie Rex, Zombie Plesio, and Zongazonga; plust the return of Frigi and Igno]]. ''Frontier'' drops the designation.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Fire beats Air, which beats Earth, which beats Water, which beats Fire. Neutral has no advantages or disadvantages.
* ElvisImpersonator: Rockin' Billy from ''Champions.'' Did you catch the PunnyName?
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Duh!
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Everything's Better With Princessaurs]]: Maia (Maiasaurus) is a pink dinosaur with a feminine face and a princess-crown. She's also a support-skill powerhouse, the only one in the game to have both healing and anti-status-ailment skills.
* EvolutionaryLevels: [[spoiler:The Dinaurians have a devolution beam. It turns humans into "triconodonta", a ratlike mammal ancestor.]]
** The three "Transformation-Class" Vivosaurs also transform into later descendants of theirs: Guan turns into T-Rex, and Proto turns into Tricera. Aoptryx is somewhat more confusing--it can turn into ''any'' neutral-type Vivosaur. Even those that technically came before it. And even those it ''could not possibly be related to'' (Apato isn't even a ''theropod!'').
** In ''Champions'', some vivosaurs can "Super Evolve" into stronger forms.
* {{Expy}}: Pauleen in ''Champions'' has a lot in common with Rosie from the first game. In addition to being your designated female hanger-on and being surprisingly powerful for such a young age, both have bright pink TwinTails... and the same (accidental, in Rosie's case) VerbalTic.
* FeatheredFiend: Aopteryx. It can semi-reliably steal FP with Thieving Talons, recover LP with Life Drain and as mentioned above, transform into any Neutral vivosaur. [[JokeCharacter Unfortunately, it needs significant support to dish out and/or take damage...]]
* FetchQuest: AND HOW. The first game is loaded with these. Thankfully, most of them go by quickly enough to keep the story rolling.
* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Frigisaur and Ignosaur in the first game represent the Fire/Ice version.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: And [[WaterIsAir inverted]] when fighting in [[UnderTheSea Bottomsup Bay]].
* FossilRevival: ...
It's the backbone of the series.
* GeniusSweetTooth: Dr. Diggins has
a sick world.weakness for Dino Cakes.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Professor Scatterly in the second game manages to slip a [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch "Sod it"]] past the radar. Similarly, the game goes to absolutely ''zero'' lengths to disguise the fact that Pauleen has a [[HoYay girl crush]] on the female protagonist. She grabs the female PC's hands, stares deeply into her eyes, and then admits she has no idea why she's blushing.
* GlobalCurrencyException: Redundant fossils are donated to the museum, which gives you donation points based on how good they are. These points are the only currency the cleaning station store accepts. Averted in ''Frontier'', where you just get cash for extra fossils.
* {{Gonk}}: Baron von Blackraven, especially compared to his two PrettyBoy associates.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:Don Boneyard and the [=BareBones=] Brigade, trying to stop the Caliosteo Cup in order to stop Zongazonga's scheme. Well, the Brigade didn't know Don Boneyard was a good guy, but they don't have a problem with it when they find out.]]
* GottaCatchEmAll
* GreenHillZone: Greenhorn Plains in the first game, Treasure Lake in ''Champions'', and Paradise Beach in ''Frontier''.
* HarmlessFreezing: Frigisaur freezes you and Rosie completely after your first fight with it. But you're still OK.
* HarmlessVillain: The Barebones Brigade aren't exactly what you'd call menacing at first. Their eeeeevil plans involve such plots as "Pampering girls so they forget to participate in a tournament," and "Fill the hot springs up with powdered gelatin so people get stuck and can't participate.
"
** NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler: Their fourth plan, the one Don comes up with, is to destroy the ''entire Caliosteo island system''. Egads.]]
** [[spoiler: It's later {{justified|Trope}} when you learn that Don Boneyard is, in fact, the real Joe Wildwest in disguise. He didn't want to hurt anybody. When he [=OKed=] the third plan, things were getting ''extremely'' desperate, and it went slowly enough to give the people plenty of time to evacuate.]]
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Always parodied.
HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The BB Bandits - well, the TerribleTrio team, anyway; the {{Mooks}} don't seem to turn.]]
** [[spoiler: The entire [=BareBones=] Brigade.]]
* AnimationBump: Compare some HelloInsertNameHere: All games actually allow you to change your main character's name at any time! The first game doesn't allow you to name your {{Mon}}s, strangely, though this was changed in the second.
* HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler: Round one against Frigisaurus.]]
* HotSpringsEpisode: In the second game, there's a hot spring-themed dig site called Hot Spring Heights. Not surprisingly, most
of the older ''Simpsons'' episodes to plot in that area revolves around the newer ones, hot springs.
* HumansAreSpecial [[spoiler: Not only do they have the sci-fi standard "pluck," but the dinaurians are impressed by their capacity for both compassion
and forgiveness.]]
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Comes into play late in Champions. [[spoiler: It's Todd.]]
* InconsistentDub: ''Frontier'' changes a couple names from previous games. The coin-like items vivosaurs are stored in were "Dino Medals" but are now "Dino Gears", and Becklespinax's vivosaur name goes from "Spinax" to "Beckles" - of course, the first two games identified it as an Altispinax, and its Japanese name was "Altis", which would explain the change.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: T-Rex in the first game, natch. Also, [[KillerRabbit Compso, who debuffs the enemy's attack power by 90%]]. Even moreso are [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal, and Raptin]], with their ridiculous support effects, and crazy abilities.
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:Before the final battle with Guhnash,
you can clearly see choose to bring either Rosie or Duna with you. Choosing Duna leads to this. And considering that little mishap with the devolution ray, Rosie technically counts for this too.]]
* ItemGet: Every last fossil is one of these
in effect.
* ArtEvolution: Groening has ''never'' been
the first two games. The hero bends over, picks up the rock, faces the camera and thrusts it above his/her head triumphantly. The fanfare plays, and a great artist from a technical point blurb appears stating the nature of view. He the rock found. It's a thing of beauty.
* JokeCharacter: In the first game, Anato. Its expression
can only draw people with bug-like eyeballs be described as "derpy," and huge overbites. even the ''game'' goes out of its way to point out how stupid it looks. It's a vivosaur who tries to sell itself based ''solely on'' the fact that it looks ridiculous. From a gameplay perspective, it also tries to lay claim to having a 100% effective [[StandardStatusEffects Confusion skill]], but said skill also does no damage and costs ''240 FP.'' Similar skills on other vivosaurs not only do damage, they also cost ''over 100 FP less.''
** LethalJokeCharacter in ''Champions '' It gets an [[TookALevelInBadass upgrade]] to gold confusion which means that the vivosaur inflicted has a chance of attacking itself or any of its allies. In addition its super evolver form Papygon, is widely accepted as one of the best in the game.[[note]]However, it's worth nothing that Papygon's PaletteSwap brother Teffla is much more the fan favorite of the two, and can deal heavier direct damage.[[/note]]
* JustifiedTrope:
The early Simpsons cartoons look very ugly because his animators used game goes out of their way to trace his own drawings emphasize that Dinosaurs didn't really have superpowers, and a great deal of the Vivosaurs aren't even really revived from Dinosaurs, per se, but are rather other forms of prehistoric life.
** Driven home in ''Frontier'', where [[spoiler:you travel back in time and encounter ''real'' dinosaurs. Unlike vivosaurs, dinosaurs are all Neutral-type, [[RealIsBrown have brown skin]], and are identified by their full names (like "Triceratops"
instead of modifying them. "Tricera")]].
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Mihu, a ceratopsian found in Japan, has ''katanas for horns.''
* KidHero: The main characters.
* KingIncognito: During ''Champions'', you're tasked with finding the Princess of Nomadistan, who has quietly entered the tournament; and are shown a picture of a girl and her dog that you ran into earlier. [[spoiler:The Princess turns out to be ''the dog''; the girl's her retainer. Both the fact that this would have been good to know earlier and the absurdity of [[CaligulasHorse appointing dogs as royalty]] is lampshaded.]]
* LampshadeHanging: The {{Combat Commentator}}s sometimes do this.
-->'''P.A. Leon''': I was wondering, why do we talk through every fight?
-->'''Slate Johnson''': I'm wondering how we can ''see'' every fight happening!
-->'''P.A. Leon''': Excellent point, Slate.
* LargeHamAnnouncer: All the announcers, but special mention must be given to Trip Cera. A couple choice quotes:
-->Not as excited as me! BOOYAH, GRANDMA!

-->'''Trip:''' Just like my wife with a credit card! Zing!\\
'''Ty:''' You're not married, Trip.\\
'''Trip:''' I'M SO LONELY!

-->There is a literal river of sweat running over my laptop! Seriously, I may electrocute myself before the day is over!
* LastLousyPoint: The five elemental [[spoiler:baby birds]] in the first game, who can only be obtained by getting every other vivosaur in the game and then ''maxing their levels.'' Yikes! They used to be downloadable from the Nintendo Channel on the Wii, but have since disappeared, as the aforementioned channel is no longer supported.
** More generally, you may find yourself gritting your teeth over the last lousy point of every single fossil you can clean. Properly-cleaned fossils are worth a ton of experience points, way more than you can reasonably give any specific vivosaur through combat. It's not ''mandatory'' to get everything perfect, but for perfectionists...
* LeakedExperience: Three vivosaurs participate in each fight, but all five that you're carrying (including defeated ones) get the experience. Averted in ''Frontier'', where all vivosaurs are available to use at all times but only the one used in battle gets experience.
* LizardFolk:
In time, ''The Simpsons''' art became impressively better, though ''Life the second half of the game [[spoiler:a race of dromaeosauridae that evolved into hyper intelligent humanoids become the main antagonists after the BB Bandits are defeated. They want to KillAllHumans, naturally.]]
* [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gratuitous Foreign]] {{Malaproper}}: Nick Nack does this. Airy cat oh! Donkey shine!
* MaskedLuchador: There seems to be a thriving masked-battler community, since each game involves some:
** Saurhead
in Hell'' the first game, who wears [[RefugeInAudacity no less than]] ''[[RefugeInAudacity thirty]]'' full-head dinosaur masks at any given time. [[TheUnreveal Can't risk]] [[DramaticUnmask being unmasked]], after all.
** Pauleen from ''Champions'' also wears a mask. [[spoiler: She wears it because it's shy, and it helps her feel more confident--but the mask is enchanted to bestow confidence, and ''evil,'' so it takes over the wearer's body in a rather literal case of BecomingTheMask.]]
** In ''Frontier'', it's Dino Gigante. You have to find his old rival, the Flying Smile Kid, and draw him out of retirement to try and win his belt in order to get the piece of MacGuffin on it.
* MetalDetectorPuzzle: This is your entire means of finding {{Mons}}--you have sonar and need to search the ground for stuff.
* MisterMuffykins: Joannie and Madame Pooch in ''Champions''. [[spoiler:Joannie's pampering is justified as Madame Pooch is legitimately royalty as "Princess Pooch"; see KingIncognito above.]]
* {{Mon}}: It's a dinosaur-collecting and battling game.
* MythologyGag: Many visual details of the Vivosaurs are based on facts about their dinos:
** Some are [[PunnyName name puns]] (Krona is covered in clock-like Roman numerals, and Coatlus was made to look like its namesake, Quetzalcoatl.)
** Others are based on the location of their discovery (U-Raptor (''Utahraptor'') has feathers that look like a Native American headdress, Carchar has Egyptian details, Chinese Shanshan is designed to look like a ChineseGirl crossed with an Asian dragon.)
*** The fact that Breme (''Bradycneme draculae'') is vampiric is both a name and location reference, as it was discovered in Transylvania and and consequently named after {{Dracula}}.
** And more have their own fun facts (M-Raptor was exceptionally bird-like and so resembles a parrot; Megalo was one of the first discoveries ever, so according to the graphic designer "[[http://www.fossilfighters.com/html/making-of/5/ I deliberately used the design of a dinosaur as it was conceived by people long ago.]]")
* {{Nerf}}: Support effects were nerfed quite heavily in ''Champions.'' In the first game, vivosaurs had their full support effects regardless of their level, making things like [[GameBreaker Compso]] incredibly dangerous. In the sequel, support effects grow when your levels do... meaning the game gives you a Compso in the ''very beginning of the game,'' and feels no remorse.
** But there's also an inversion, as some game mechanics got stronger in the transition from the original game to ''Champions''. In the original game, only the vivosaur in the Attack Zone could have a negative status effect put on them, and switching zones got rid of status effects. This made attacks whose only purpose was to cause a status effect somewhat weak, but this hurt poison attacks especially--you would need to use a chain of either knockback or [[StandardStatusEffect excite]] skills to get a poison attack to work, and the extra damage frequently wasn't that spectacular. In the sequel, however, all zones can have status effects and rotating doesn't get rid of them, meaning the extra damage from poison is more likely to stick around.
** A similar inversion applies to counterattacks. In the first game, counterattacks only had a 40% chance of working, making them a rather weak and luck-based strategy. In the sequel, counterattacks were upped to a 70% success rate, making them far more dangerous.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The Dinomatons are robot dinosaurs, and the aforementioned Breme is a vampire dinosaur.
** And the sequel brings us skeleton [[spoiler:and zombie]] dinosaurs.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: A rare living example in [[OlympusMons Frigi(saur) and Igno(saur)]]. As soon as you defeat the former, the latter vanishes as well due to them cancelling each other's powers out. Still, it removes a god-like power from your party to prevent a Game Breaker. [[spoiler:Until you can win them from post-game {{Bonus Boss}}es, anyway.]]
* NothingIsScarier: When [[spoiler: the BB Bandits take over Vivosaur Island]], no music plays even in friendly areas.
* NotQuiteBackToNormal: Poor Rosie. The other girl's ending shows she
hasn't evolved fully thrown off the effects of the Digadig charm ''or'' the [[spoiler: deevolution ray]].
* OddNameOut: Three of Holt's V-Raptors in the mini-manga are Odin, Thor, and Steve.
* OlympusMons: Frigisaur and Ignosaur.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:The main villains of both ''Champions'' and ''Frontier'' turn themselves into monstrous dino-beasts for the final battle.]]
* OverlyLongName: Avoided. Many dinos have these, but their Vivosaur counterparts have them cut short.
* PaletteSwap: In ''Frontier,'' certain dinos have variants (based off famous specimens)
that much are colored differently. They sometimes differ in elements and ''Futurama'', despite having skills, too--Hypsi comes in Air, Water, and Fire versions.
* {{Panspermia}}: Subverted. [[spoiler: The Dinaurians seeded
the bug eyes planet with life, but it was Earth's own species that survived instead.]]
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: There's a bonus boss post-game that most people have trouble with. However, with the right team (ex. Seismo, Hoplo,
and overbites Compso) you can consistently defeat said bonus boss over and over again in about 6 turns each time by abusing a team skill and how long-range attacks work, making leveling up all your vivosaurs to rank 12 easy.
** In the second game, there's the three Barebones Brigade officials. They use teams made up entirely
of ''The Simpsons'', Boneysaurs; although Boneys have powerful support effects, they're also extreme {{Glass Cannon}}s, meaning vivosaurs several levels lower of them can take them out with some decent planning. They grant a full 30 points (in a game where level-ups come every 50 points) on defeat, making them great for grinding.
** Also in the second game, after you beat the game, you can talk to Prof. Scatterly to "reenact" the final battle with Zongazonga. By thee end of the game your vivosaurs will probably be strong enough to take him out no problem, and he gives you 50 points, so any dinosaurs can be leveled up just by being put in the support group.
* PlanetEater: [[spoiler:Guhnash.]]
* PlayableEpilogue: A whole crop of stuff opens up after you beat the game. UnusableEnemyEquipment becomes [[InfinityPlusOneSword usable]], new areas open up, everyone becomes a BonusBoss, you get ''both'' the OlympusMons...
* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs: [[spoiler:Inverted; Dinosaurs were introduced on Earth by the Dinaurians.]]
* PopQuiz: The second go through the Secret Tunnels
has better art you correctly answering dinosaur trivia to advance in its earlier episodes the maze.
** In ''Champions'' there's a roaming quiz show sidequest run by Tess Score.
* PowerTrio: Hunter, Rosie, and Holt become one of these in the mini-manga. In ''Champions'', it's the player, Todd, and Pauleen; with Rupert as SixthRanger.
* PowerupLetdown: Getting the upgrade for Dark Fossils lets you find red fossils, which you could already find anyway, jewels, which you could find anyway, and dino droppings, which you ''couldn't''. Also, dark fossils have an outer shell that can only be broken with a hammer. If there's a speck of outer shell covering that perfect red fossil, expect to lose some points smashing it.
** Yes, but you don't get challenged for finding Dark Fossils in the original. Meaning you don't have to fight tooth-and-nail for every [[VendorTrash Emerald and Diamond]] that you dig up. In addition, the best jewels are available in Dark Fossils, meaning you can now get those all-important case, sonar, and cleaning tool upgrades without running around swinging a pickaxe like a maniac for hours on end. BoringButPractical.
* PunnyName / MeaningfulName: Where to start? We've got name changer Ty Tull, advice giver Tipper, Sam Inaro who teaches seminars... And these are just from the ''first'' game.
** Gets lampshaded:
--->'''Rosie:''' Oh, I can't believe I didn't make the connection before... Knickknacks... ''Nick Nack''. Ugh. Waa ha ha! To think we're out looking for knickknacks for a guy named Nick Nack... It's like some awful joke!
** NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Even the [=NPC=]s warn you that "We've heard all the jokes" about Bea Ginner (who teaches novices).
* PurelyAestheticGender: Your gender has no effect on the plot in ''Champions'' or ''Frontier''.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: In ''Champions,'' both Professor Scatterly and Rupert show signs of it. Rupert is more of a nascent one, though he certainly shows signs of Britishness.
* RandomlyDrops: Some fossils are ''much'' rarer
than ''The Simpsons'' did.
others, and you'll have to go back and forth between the main town and the area where they're found if you want to complete your fossil collection. Averted in ''Frontier'', where fossils for a specific vivosaur can be counted on to show up near each other and always in the same areas; plus they're identified on sight and you no longer need to go back to town to excavate them.
* ArtisticLicense: Both TheReptilians: [[spoiler:The dinaurians in the original game.]]
* RibcageRidge: Treasure Lake in the second game has a gigantic skull of some variety, smack dab in the middle of the lake.
** Could also be a parody DesertSkull. Food for thought.
* RichBitch: Bling sisters Ruby and Sapphire, aka "the Posh Pair", in ''Frontier'''s postgame; who consider the player a commoner and recruit him/her in a few schemes to get rare jewels. Averted with [[spoiler:Penny]], who is only revealed to come from a rich family in the postgame and is SpoiledSweet.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: A great deal of the Fossil Fighters are implied to be this.
* RoadApples: Yes, you can dig up fossilized dino dung. Nick Nack and John Guano are the only ones who want it for whatever reason (the shop will ''accept'' it, but will pay next to nothing).
* RobotBuddy: [=KL-33N=], the cleaning robot. Rupert has a prototype digging robot called [=Di66-R=]. In ''Frontier'', the Bone Buggies have an onboard AI called [=VR-00M=] (whose picture looks like the robots from the prior games).
* RoseHairedSweetie: Nate from ''Frontier'' is a RareMaleExample, in {{Adorkable}} flavor.
* RuleOfCool: Dinosaurs battling it out is cool enough, but the sequels give them even more powerful, awesome-looking forms.
* RunningGag: In ''Champions'', every time [[spoiler: someone's skull jumps into your pocket]], it is always described as "lumpy."
* SamusIsAGirl: In ''Frontier,'' it's revealed that the MascotMook T-Rex--the big red, yellow, and black one that appears on the box art of every game--is specifically a female version (named [[GeniusBonus Sue]]). The male version is a [[RealMenWearPink purple]] variant named [[FluffyTheTerrible Stan.]]
* SaveScumming: If you save before you talk to the cleaning robot, you can reload the save until he gives satisfactory results. No longer the case in ''Frontier'', where you do all the cleaning out in the field where you ''can't'' save.
* SchmuckBait: The Secret Tunnels of the Mole Brothers contain several treasure chests, but a nearby plaque warns you that "greed is its own setback." Opening them keeps you from advancing in the maze. It's later confirmed that opening these chests is why Lemo and O'Mel got separated in the first place.
* SetBonus: Putting three vivosaurs with something in common on the field can unlock a special attack for each.
* ShoutOut:
** One poor nameless NPC is tasked with standing guard over a warehouse, and nothing else. Keep talking to him, and he'll eventually reveal the "deep, philosophical" thoughts he's been having: "'''What is a man''''s life worth? Nothing but guarding '''a miserable pile of secrets?'''"
** The cleaning robots resemble Japanese emoticons.
** A cinematic from the sequel shows [[Film/JurassicPark a helicopter transporting new people to the island.]]
** In ''Champions'', one park staffer is trying to come up with new ideas:
-->Fast cars are exciting, right? Maybe we could [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds have people battle while driving around a racetrack]]! [[TakeThat No, you're right. That's a dumb idea.]]
** Stella, Staff leader of Ribular Island informs the Hero(ine) that "[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Your dig site is on another island!]]" once they progress past Round 2 of the Cup. She then wonders why that sounds familiar.
** ''Champions'' also features a fisherman who became lost at sea. His name is [[Literature/RobinsonCrusoe Robinson,]] and he also talks to [[Film/CastAway a ball, whom he calls his best friend]].
** When its programming goes haywire, Rupert's robot says things such as "[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda I AM ERROR.]]" and "[[Videogame/ProWrestling A WINNER IS YOU.]]"
** In ''Frontier'', if you talk to a shopkeeper about cleaning a daily random fossil, they'll say [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda "It's a secret to everybody."]] During a tournament during one of the postgame quests, one character will also reference [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem "playing with power"]].
* ShownTheirWork: The information on the extinct animals, also see MythologyGag above.
* SignificantAnagram: The Mole Brothers' names are Lemo and O'Mel. Hm. I wonder what ''those'' [[SarcasmMode are anagrams of]]?
* SinisterSchnoz: Snivels, no question.
* SkullForAHead: Don Boneyard [[spoiler:and anyone else who became a victim of Zongazonga]].
* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler: Guhweep]] has one, but it's not immediately obvious until it [[spoiler: uses Tears of Dark Light... and turns upside down]].
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: The Glacier dig site from the first game, though it doesn't open up until the endgame.
** All of the Ilium Island digsites in ''Champions'' apply. Ilium isn't called
"The Simpsons" island where warmth goes to die" for nothing!
* TheSlowPath:
** In the first game, [[spoiler:Dr. Diggins after he's sent back to the Jurassic. Thank goodness he manages to find the Stone Sleep device!]]
** Also seen in ''Frontier''. [[spoiler:While time-traveling, your vivosaur partner gets left behind in the late Cretaceous in order to make sure you get home safely. Eventually, you realize that a fossilized Dino Gear-like artifact you'd found earlier in the game really ''is'' your partner's Dino Gear.]]
* StanceSystem: Used in ''Frontier''. While previous games had tactical systems based on a vivosaur's placement on the field, ''Frontier'' instead focuses on how your vivosaur is standing: straight ahead, rearing up, ducking down, or turned around
and "Futurama" follow baring its tail. Each vivosaur has a different set of strong and weak stances, and different attacks can change your or your opponents' stances (though a vivosaur's stance is always reset when it takes its turn).
* StarterMon: Each game in the series does it differently:
** ''Fossil Fighters:'' You start the game with a Spinax who, while common, is decently powerful. However, at the game start, you also get a free bonus fossil of a dinosaur based on how you answer some questions about what you like in your dinos.
** ''Champions:'' Joe Wildwest lets you pick between dinos of the four basic elements, which are hard to get until late game. All can [[MagikarpPower Super Evolve.]] Plus, boys get a T-rex and girls get a Tricera.
** ''Frontier:'' You befriend Chomp, the most traditionally mons-like dino in the series. He's no recognizable dinosaur species, he's quite powerful, and he evolves at
certain reality, points in the game. Plus, he's your TeamPet and your close friend.
* StatGrinding: A mild case in the first game; most stat gains are at levelups
but sometimes this is thrown out vivosaurs also gain HP gradually between levels. ''Champions'' removes this.
* StockDinosaurs: But also includes any new prehistoric mammals and dinosaurs discovered during the creation
of the window for absurd gags. WordOfGod says game.
** The sequel appears to be continuing this, including many other prehistoric creatures from before and after the age of dinosaurs.
* StopHavingFunGuys: [[{{In-Universe}} Rupert]] in ''Champions''. After witnessing Todd take his loss to you in stride, he's baffled as to why Todd's not upset about losing. Though it turns out it's less arrogance
that his work way is mainly based on "what I know I real the right one and what I know more ignorance that there are other ways in the first place.
** Turns out it comes from his dad, who tried to drive the "have fun" mentality out of him and wanted him to bail out when facing even a 50% chance of failure. [[spoiler:This game being high on the idealistic end of the scale, this was just dad trying to protect Rupert from the pain of losing. [[ManipulativeBastard Or so he says...]]]]
* StrangelyEffectiveDisguise: [[spoiler: Somehow, the majority of the Dinaurians are fooled by yours and Dr. Diggins' masks.]]
** See also ''Champions'', where the hero(ine) receives a Ty Ranno mask for disguise purposes. No other mask keeps [=NPC=]s from immediately knowing who he/she is; how
is fictional.this mask different?
* SummonBiggerFish: Calling up Ignosaur to fight Frigisaur.
* TakeThat: After completing the main quest and all the sidequests of ''Frontier'', you'll take a group photo with the main cast; to which Dahlia comments "And it's a PICTURE, got it? Not a selfie. That word is so overused these days.
"
* ArtShift: Also done regularly.
** The ''Simpsons'' episode "Brother from the Same Planet" had a cameo of ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'', animated by animators of
TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:The [[LizardFolk dinaurians]] have technology that show themselves.
** In "Lady Bouvier's Lover," Homer imagines his children becoming pink creatures with five fingers on each hand. Cue to Bart, Lisa and Maggie suddenly transforming into realistically drawn white people for a second.
** In "The Itchy & Scratchy:
can do this. The Movie," several old Itchy & Scratchy cartoons from the 1920s and 1940s are animated in a different style mimicking cartoons from technology that time period. This happened again un-stones them is also responsible for how you can revive dinosaurs in "The Day the Violence Died", when the first Itchy the Mouse cartoon from 1919 was seen and a parody of ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' was broadcast on TV.
** The episode "HOMR" has a parody of ''WesternAnimation/DaveyAndGoliath'', also done in their typical claymation style.
** Bart tells a scary story, "Dark Stanley", in the episode "Yokel Chords", which is also animated in a different, more macabre style.
** In "How Munched Is That Birdie in the Window?" the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon ''Dog Gone Hellody of 1933'' is a stylistic parody of ''Disney/PlutosJudgementDay''.
** "Angry Dad: The Movie" has stylistic parodies of ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Persepolis}}'', WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit'', and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', all animated in their respective styles.
** The couch gag of "What to Expect When Bart's Expecting" has a stylistic parody of the claymation cartoons of Art Clokey, even with a cameo of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}}''.
** Several couch gags have been animated by guest animated directors, including Creator/JohnKricfalusi, Creator/SylvainChomet, Creator/BillPlympton,...
** The ''Futurama'' episode "Reincarnation" has stylistic parodies of the Fleischer cartoons, early computer games and anime.
** The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Simpsons Guy" involves the Griffins getting lost in Springfield.
* AuthorAppeal: A lot of the stuff referred to in his comics and animated cartoon shows is semi-autobiographical. Little winks to his childhood friends can be found, as well as references to his own personal favorite artists and topics. His recurrent mocking of UsefulNotes/RichardNixon is an enjoyment that stems from a personal dislike.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Several jokes in Groening's work poke fun at the absurdities and inconsistencies of religion.
* BerserkButton: Groening really hates UsefulNotes/RichardNixon and thus poked fun at him several times in his work. In ''Futurama'' Nixon is President of Earth, but ridiculed whenever he appears. In an interview Groening expressed pleasure "in kicking Nixon from beyond the grave".
** Groening is also not fond of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler jokes and otherwise racist gags. He discourages his writers to write jokes about these topics, but has let a few good ones pass.
** And he especially hates Creator/HannaBarbera animation.
* BilingualBonus:
** Happens regularly in ''The Simpsons''.
** In ''Futurama'' a fictional alien language is used in backgrounds so that fans can decipher it.
* BitingTheHandHumor: Especially the Creator/{{Fox}} network.
* BlackComedy: Both ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'', though their brand of black comedy isn't as pitch black as, say, what Creator/SethMacFarlane or [[Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone Parker and Stone]] come up with.
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: ''Life in Hell'' even has a volume called ''School Is Hell''.
** Also a prominent theme in ''The Simpsons''.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Happens occasionally.
* BrickJoke: Used often.
* ButNotTooEvil: According to Groening Bart Simpson was created out of his frustration with this trope; as he put it, the traditional brat in television was usually just a decently mannered kid who spoke too loud, in contrast to Bart's genuinely disruptive and anti-authority behavior.
** Of course, back in the day Matt got what he wanted and more: when ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' first began airing (and particularly during the first two seasons) Bart's behavior set off a firestorm of protests from angry parents' groups saying Bart was a terrible role model. Unlike many examples on this page, though, all this complaining was roundly ignored by the show's writers, who refused to change a thing. In fact, it inspired [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E9ItchyAndScratchyAndMarge an episode where Marge stages a censorship campaign against Itchy and Scratchy]]. The campaign works, and I&S becomes incredibly bland and boring as a result.
** Ironically, either through shifting culture or VillainDecay (probably a little of both), Bart can now be reasonably accurately described as a "decently mannered kid who speaks too loud".
*** Even in his heyday, Bart could almost be a subversion. While he genuinely enjoyed causing mayhem, most of his antics were more meant to drive authority figures crazy rather than cause any genuine harm. There were lines that [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Bart wouldn't cross]], and when he realized he went too far, he'd actually feel bad about it and try to make up for it.
* ButtMonkey:
** Binky and Bongo in ''Life in Hell''.
** Bart, Homer, Milhouse, Moe, Smithers, Hans Moleman, Lenny, Gil, Squeaky-Voiced Teen, Scratchy, Martin Prince, Principal Skinner, Grandpa, Richard Nixon, George Bush Sr. in ''The Simpsons''.
** Fry, Zoidberg, Kif, Richard Nixon in ''Futurama''.
* CapitalismIsBad and CorruptCorporateExecutive: Mr. Burns in ''The Simpsons'', and Mom, owner of Momcorp in ''Futurama'' act as the [[BigBad primary antagonists]] of their respective series. On the other hand Groening himself isn't exactly poor either thanks to his shows' CashCowFranchise.
* CatchPhrase: His work has several ones.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Usually subverted (Bart Simpson, anyone?) Will still be played straight on occasion.
* CorruptChurch: Religious people, philosophers and frauds trying to get rich by selling cheap truths are a frequent target. Reverend Lovejoy is the most self-evident example.
** One example from "Bart Sells His Soul" - for context, Bart and Milhouse are discussing the existence of the soul while Reverend Lovejoy is punishing them for a prank by making them clean the church's organ pipes:
-->'''Milhouse:''' "Every religion says there's a soul, Bart. Why would they lie? What would they have to gain?"
-->'''Reverend Lovejoy:''' *while counting the money given to the church* "I don't hear scrubbing!"
* CorruptPolitician: Always corrupt or not to be trusted. Major Quimby in ''The Simpsons'' and Nixon in ''Futurama'' are perhaps the most prominent examples.
* CrapsaccharineWorld and CrapsackWorld: His work can both be cynical as well as celebral of life.
* CreatorCameo: Done regularly.
** He appears as one of the heads in the head museum in the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
** Groening appeared in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where they went to a sci-fi convention and everyone was excited to see the creator of ''Futurama''. He was also a boss in ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame''.
* CrossOver: References to Groening's other works are often made.
** In the fall of 2014 two crossover episodes were made between ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' and ''The Simpsons'' and ''Family Guy''.
* CreditsGag: "The Simpsons" have frequently used a different musical arrangement of the theme music, according to the theme of the episode. Sometimes characters still talk over the credits. Sometimes they are silenced by the woman in the "Gracies Films" Logo.
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** ''Life in Hell'' handled themes that most mainstream cartoon strips never tackled.
** ''The Simpsons'' went in the air at a time when most TV animation was aimed at children (despite attempts at making adult animation in the 1960s and 1970s, as seen with ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', ''WesternAnimation/WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'', and ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'') and considered safe and formulaic. It immediately attracted attention because of its subversive content, often featuring themes that (at the time) you wouldn't see or hear in mainstream animation.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: ''Life in Hell'' is published in black and white.
* DenserAndWackier: Both ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' evolved to this point.
* DerangedAnimation: Not so much in drawing style, but certain plots and scenes are really off the wall.
** WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow is probably the most deranged Groening's work ever got.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: A theme in his entire work.
* DifferentInEveryEpisode:
** Bart Simpson writes a different line on the blackboard at the start of most episodes.
** CouchGag: The Simpsons run to their couch in front of the TV, but usually do something different.
** The Church of Springfield has a different 'topic for today' on its billboard whenever it gets in frame.
** ''Futurama'' has a different line beneath its opening credits every episode.
** When ''Futurama'' aired on FOX there was always a different segment from a classic animated cartoon seen on the giant television screen.
* DistinctiveAppearances: Groening has a theory that characters are made memorable by a recognizable silhouette. He implies this rule with his own characters as well, specifically Bart Simpson's hairline to name one.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Many plots of ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' are actually parodies of certain films, TV shows, novels or historical events.
** A lot of [[PublicSecretMessage Hidden Messages]] can be found as well.
** Innuendos and allusions to very adult stuff can be spotted too.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The early ''Life in Hell'' cartoons had a different tone. It features the rabbit Binky bickering about all of his life's problems. Only when Groening changed him into a victim of society the cartoon became successful.
** The early ''Simpsons'' are hardly recognizable at all. Their physical designs were very ugly, the animation was amateuristic and many jokes were still very cartoonish and generic. It did have an edginess and subversions, but only in the second season did the satirical component finally start to blossom.
*** In some of the earliest episodes Barney has yellow hair and Smithers is Afro-American. Barney's hair color was changed, because the makers felt that only the Simpsons should have the same hair color as their skin. Smithers' skin color became yellow (aka 'white') because the idea of a black character acting as a servant to someone else felt a bit racist.
*** In the first season there are several [[OutOfCharacterMoment out-of-character moments]]. For instance: Homer feeling embarassed about his family and Lisa being nothing but a DistaffCounterpart of Bart.
* EccentricTownsfolk: Especially in ''The Simpsons'' you have a real sense of a community of odd people.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: "The Simpsons" managed to avoid using this trope for a long time, but in the episodes "Springfield Up" and "The Way We Weren't" they did give in to it by having the middle-aged adult characters seen as children going to the same school and/or summer camp. In real life Matt Groening also went to college with cartoonists Creator/CharlesBurns and Creator/LyndaBarry.
* FantasyForbiddingFather: In a strange case of ''DoNotDoThisCoolThing'' Groening's own father was a cartoonist and amateur film director yet he discouraged his own son to become a cartoonist himself.
* FatBastard: Homer Simpson at his worst counts for this.
* FourFingeredHands
* FreeRangeChildren: In both ''Life in Hell'' and ''The Simpsons'', the children are (sometimes) far more mature than their respectable ages.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Both in ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama''.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: See above.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A show mostly seen by children and teenagers not taken seriously by most adults, but full of very subversive content.
* GrandparentalObliviousness: Grandpa and Mr. Burns in ''The Simpsons'' can be quite senile and forgetful. Professor Farnsworth in ''Futurama'' too.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: The setups of many episodes often result in a totally unexpected ending.
* HiddenDepths: To a lot of people ''Life in Hell'', ''The Simpsons'', and ''Futurama'' appear to be just your typical cartoon series, but they are far more mature than one would expect from what are otherwise considered frivolous entertainment.
* HistoricalHilarity: Many jokes poke fun at historical events and characters.
* HumansAreBastards and HumansAreMorons: Most people in Groening's work are either incompetent or downright mean spirited.
* HypocriticalHumor: Many characters in his universe are incredible hypocrites.
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: His signature is on every piece of merchandise from the shows he created.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Ned Flanders, Lisa Simpson and Ralph Wiggum in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', each one of them for entirely different reasons. Flanders because of his faith, Lisa because she is highly intelligent and has strong ethics and Ralph because he is just naïve.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Characters will sometimes realize something of huge importance, but do absolutely nothing with it afterwards.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: His last name is pronounced "Gray-ning".
* KidsAreCruel: Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: All his animated series have hundreds of characters, all whom appear regularly in the series.
* LongRunner: All of his three best known series are still in syndication, for better or worse. Apart from ''Life in Hell'', which ended in 2012.
* MediumAwareness: In both ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' a lot of jokes are made about television and animation clichés and conventions.
* MoralDilemma: His characters regularly face moral dilemmas. Sometimes they just do whatever they please. Other times they do follow their conscience.
* MoralDissonance: Trying to do the good thing is usually avoided by his characters. And even when they try to there's always a chance that their efforts won't be rewarded in the way that they would want to. They even fail more often than they win.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong and MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: In his entire work Groening shows the darker side of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous:
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Marvin Monroe (Creator/MarilynMonroe), Milhouse ([[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Richard Milhouse Nixon]]), Barney Gumble ([[WestenAnimation/TheFlintstones Barney Rubble]]), Arnie Pye (radio presenter Ernie Pie).
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Professor Farnsworth is named after Philo Farnsworth, a pioneer in the invention of television.
* NewJobAsThePlotDemands:
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Troy [=McClure=] acts in many different B-movies. Gil perpetually dangles by a thread at whatever job he is doing. Squeaky Voiced Teen is often doing all kinds of low paid jobs. In later seasons Homer and Marge have been changing their jobs many times over.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Sal, despite being a sleazy lazy guy, is seen doing all kinds of jobs over the course of the seasons.
* NoBrows: Most of his characters have no visible eyebrows, Milhouse being a major exception.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Subverted! Celebrities who provide a special guest voice in his TV shows will usually be mocked in a certain way. Celebrities who are satirized by having one of the cast members imitate their voice don't come off too well either.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Groening's name is pronounced ''"GRAY-ning"'', not ''"Groaning"''.
* ANuclearError: Especially in ''The Simpsons'' Groening's antinuclear stance is made clear. From an interview: "That's why Homer works at a nuclear plant -- so we can continue to make points about the nuclear industry."
* OffModel: Especially in his early work.
* ParentalBonus: Parents will enjoy and understand the majority of his work better than children would.
* PoliceAreUseless: Chief Wiggum in ''The Simpsons''; URL and Smitty from ''Futurama'' seem more competent, but are prone to PoliceBrutality. Usually averted when a main character (Marge Simpson, Philip J. Fry) becomes a police officer, though this situation does not last long due to StatusQuoIsGod.
* PunbasedTitle: Most episodes of the animated series have a hidden pun.
* QuestForIdentity: A big theme in his entire work.
* ReferenceOverdosed: ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' are full of references to both 'high' and 'low' culture. The chance that everybody will 'get' every single reference of joke is particularly low. Even Groening doesn't get all the stuff his writers come up with.
* RuleOfFunny: Certain illogical situations happen because of this rule.
* RunningGag:
** ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'':
*** Binky is frequently locked away in a dungeon and scolded by his teachers through a small window in the prison door.
*** Akbar and Jeff have many [[AmbiguouslyGay jokes about their supposed homosexuality]].
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
*** Homer does something stupid and shouts "D'oh!" after realizing this.
*** Mr. Burns is unable to remember Homer's name.
*** Bart makes a phone call to Moe under a false alias, usually a bawdy pun, yet Moe only realizes this after the entire bar laughs at his stupidity.
*** Maggie is unable to stand up straight for long and usually falls down flat with a thud.
*** Grandpa has a tendency to fall asleep halfway through a sentence, yet he just never falls over, but just keeps standing upright while snoring loudly.
*** Homer takes advantage of Ned Flanders' kindness.
*** Patty and Selma insult Homer.
*** Comic Book Guy reviews everything with disdain, while using the phrase [[WorstWhateverEver "Worst... ever!"]]
*** Mrs. Krabappel and Nelson Muntz both laugh at other people's misery.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
*** Professor Farnsworth announces he has "Good news", yet it is usually exactly the opposite.
*** The robot "Malfunctioning Eddie" always explodes in shock.
* SadistShow: Groening once described animation as "creating a world full of characters who hurt each other just because you want them to."
* ScaryAmoralReligion: The absurdities and inconsistencies of religion, its purveyors, and its practitioners are frequent targets.
* SceneryPorn: A lot of comedy and hidden messages can be found in the background of a scene. Some of them can only be spotted when freeze framing the video.
* ShoutOut: As a huge ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} fan, Groening has referenced the franchise often in his work. Akbar and Jeff from ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'' are in fact mutated versions of Groening's failed attempts to draw Charlie Brown, still visible by their shirts.
* SickeningCrunch: Often done in his animated series, because Groening has noticed the more painful, the funnier it will be.
* SeniorSleepCycle: Grandpa in ''The Simpsons'' and Prof. Farnsworth in ''Futurama''.
* TheSouthpaw: Bart Simpson is actually left-handed just like Matt Groening is. [[WordOfGod Marge Simpson started out as this, but she trained herself to use her right hand also because she was being insulted for being a lefty, which means that she's now ambidextrous.
place.]]
** * ATasteOfPower: Do you go straight to the confrontation with [[spoiler: Ignosaur]] in your party... or do you have some fun with the [[OlympusMons godlike beast]] beforehand?
* TerribleTrio: The BB Gang. Also counts as the GoldfishPoopGang for the first half of the game.
In the ''Simpsons'' episode "Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E3WhenFlandersFailed" it turns out sequel, it's the Barebones Brigade. ''Frontier'' has Baron von Blackraven and his gang.
* TheTetrisEffect: Expect to see fossils in various states of cleaning every time you close your eyes.
* TyrannosaurusRex: The game's mascot, and somewhat of the InfinityPlusOneSword. One NPC ensures the player near the end of the game
that Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns "all the hype you've ever heard about it is true!"
* TheUnintelligible: Rex of the BB Bandits.
** EloquentInMyNativeTongue: [[spoiler:His true speech patterns tend toward SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. Those kooky English bulldogs...]]
* UnknownItemIdentification: In the first two games, fossils had to be brought back to base
and Moe excavated before they could be identified. In ''Frontier'', fossils are "unknown" the first time they're excavated but the sonar will be able to ID them afterward.
* UnusableEnemyEquipment: Boy, the Dinatomatons sure are cool, aren't they? Who wouldn't want a [[VideoGame/RobotDinosaursThatShootBeamsWhenTheyRoar Robot Dinosaur That Shoots Beams When It Roars?]] Well, sorry, but ''you don't get none.'' And you'll have to keep your paws off [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal, and Raptin]] too... [[spoiler:until they
all left handed, become available in the postgame, that is.]]
* VendorTrash: Digging up and cleaning gemstones is the only way to make money. The better the gem, the more money.
* VerbalTic: The Digadigs,
including a large group Pauleen in ''Champions''. Rosie [[GotMeDoingIt picks it up]] when she is mystically made part of citizens of Springfield as well.
the tribe, and she is very ''diga-''displeased.
* SpecialGuest: His TV shows frequently have celebrities voicing VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Roise asks "you probably hate me now, don't you?". You actually are ABLE to say "yes".
** In ''Frontier,'' when you [[spoiler: travel back in time]], you can encounter dino nests. You can cheerfully drive your Bone Buggy over them and shatter them to pieces, for no other reason than they're there. (Though they magically reform
themselves or playing a character. According if you wait.)
* XMeetsY: ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' meets {{Mon}}s. (''Magazine/NintendoPower'' said "meets ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''", but "meets ''VideoGame/{{Spectrobes}}''" is much more apt.)
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: In
the ''Guinness Book of Records'', ''The Simpsons'' has first game's Master-rank Level-Up Battles, losing even become one vivosaur makes you lose the TV show whole fight.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Rupert's father is... difficult to please, shall we say.
* {{Whateversaurus}}: Along
with the most celebrity guest appearances ever!
** Groening voiced himself in a few ''Simpsons'' episodes (and does vocal effects
term "vivosaur" itself, this is used liberally for Maggie's pacifier sucking).
the various made-up species.
* SphereEyes: A trademark.
* TakeThat: His work pokes fun at everybody,
WindIsGreen: Air-type Viviosaurs are revived from green fossils.
* WombLevel: The Bonehemoth in ''Champions.''
* WordSaladTitle: In ''Champions,''
all kinds of the political, economical, cultural songs in the sound test have silly and sociological spectrum.
non-indicative names, like "Sleepy Robin," "Chocolate Soiree," or "Raspberry Bell."
* TakeThatAudience: We ''did'' say everybody.
* TakeThatMe: '''Everybody.''' His most notable one is Comic Book Guy, who is Groeining's personal caricature
YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Rosie's pink hair could be passed off as an [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis artistic rendtion]] of all of his worst habits and personality traits.
* TalkingAnimal: Usually avoided,
a strawberry blonde, but Bongo, Binky and Sheba in ''Life in Hell'' and Nibbler in ''Futurama'' are exceptions.there's ''really'' no explaining why Dr. Diggins' hair is ''green.''
** Siamo actually has blue hair, despite being a dinosaur.
24th May '17 12:29:35 PM annette12
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** Bart, Homer, Millhouse, Moe, Smithers, Hans Moleman, Lenny, Gil, Squeaky-Voiced Teen, Scratchy, Martin Prince, Principal Skinner, Grandpa, Richard Nixon, George Bush Sr. in ''The Simpsons''.
** Fry, Zoidberg, Richard Nixon in ''Futurama''.

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** Bart, Homer, Millhouse, Milhouse, Moe, Smithers, Hans Moleman, Lenny, Gil, Squeaky-Voiced Teen, Scratchy, Martin Prince, Principal Skinner, Grandpa, Richard Nixon, George Bush Sr. in ''The Simpsons''.
** Fry, Zoidberg, Kif, Richard Nixon in ''Futurama''.
23rd May '17 4:18:14 PM jormis29
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''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' started off in 1987 as extremely short cartoons used as bumpers before and after commercials during ''The Creator/TraceyUllman Show''. Despite being crudely animated and a lot of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the segments caught on with the American public. By 1989 Groening got the chance to turn the series into a full length prime time animated series, something that hadn't been done since ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' in the 1960s. The show quickly became a [[BreakthroughHit critically lauded mainstream success]], especially thanks to BreakoutCharacter Bart Simpson. It was the first prime time cartoon series since ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' to become popular both with children and adults. Its clever satire, edgy subversiveness, hilarious gags and all above emotional depth were praised. Its cult success paved the way for other adult cartoon series such as ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Yet, the show wasn't without its critics. Especially in the early years many parents and educators complained about certain scenes they deemed to be offensive or unsuitable for children. Even President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush attacked the series during the 1992 Republican National Convention by claiming that "the American family should be a lot more like ''Series/TheWaltons'' and a lot less like The'' Simpsons''." Only a week later ''The Simpsons'' reacted by rerunning an episode and, before the episode proper began, letting Bart say: "Hey, we're just like ''The Waltons''. We're all praying for an end to the depression too." Coincidence or not, but Bush lost the election later that year.

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''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' started off in 1987 as extremely short cartoons used as bumpers before and after commercials during ''The Creator/TraceyUllman Show''.''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow''. Despite being crudely animated and a lot of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the segments caught on with the American public. By 1989 Groening got the chance to turn the series into a full length prime time animated series, something that hadn't been done since ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' in the 1960s. The show quickly became a [[BreakthroughHit critically lauded mainstream success]], especially thanks to BreakoutCharacter Bart Simpson. It was the first prime time cartoon series since ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' to become popular both with children and adults. Its clever satire, edgy subversiveness, hilarious gags and all above emotional depth were praised. Its cult success paved the way for other adult cartoon series such as ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Yet, the show wasn't without its critics. Especially in the early years many parents and educators complained about certain scenes they deemed to be offensive or unsuitable for children. Even President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush attacked the series during the 1992 Republican National Convention by claiming that "the American family should be a lot more like ''Series/TheWaltons'' and a lot less like The'' Simpsons''." Only a week later ''The Simpsons'' reacted by rerunning an episode and, before the episode proper began, letting Bart say: "Hey, we're just like ''The Waltons''. We're all praying for an end to the depression too." Coincidence or not, but Bush lost the election later that year.
22nd May '17 3:02:27 PM JamesAustin
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