History WesternAnimation / Arthur

21st Apr '16 1:36:34 PM EnglishGuruLady
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**Let's not forget the time she touched off an anti-Francine comic campaign [[DisproportionateRetribution because Francine called her a mouse.]]
14th Apr '16 1:25:32 PM Superjustinbros
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** Fern and George in Arthur's group, James in D.W.'s group, and George makes friends with an autistic kid who re-appeared quite a few times.

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** Fern and George in Arthur's group, James in D.W.'s group, and George makes friends with an autistic kid named Carl who re-appeared quite a few times.
14th Apr '16 1:13:58 PM Superjustinbros
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* PrecociousCrush: One episode has Arthur having a tremendous crush on his new babysitter, then later being heartbroken when he learns she has a boyfriend.

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* PrecociousCrush: One episode Season 6's "Crushed" has Arthur having a tremendous crush on his new babysitter, then later being heartbroken when he learns she has a boyfriend.
31st Mar '16 3:13:38 PM CJCroen1393
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** The ColdOpen for "On This Spot" featured an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvarezsauridae alvarezsaurid]] of all things, complete with [[ShownTheirWork stubby claws and a fuzzy coating of feathers]].
25th Mar '16 4:46:15 PM eroock
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->''And I say, "Hey!
->What a wonderful kind of day."
->If we could learn to work and play
->And get along with each other.''

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->''And I say, "Hey!
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a wonderful kind of day."
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25th Mar '16 4:43:33 PM eroock
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->And I say, "Hey!

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->And ->''And I say, "Hey!



->And get along with each other.

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->And get along with each other.''
21st Mar '16 3:58:16 PM Pichu-kun
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* CentrifugalFarce: One episode had an amusement park ride called the Hurl-a-Whirl that did pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin: basically a dumbbell-type centrifuge, except the car itself spun perpendicular to the arm as well. The individual cars actually had a dial to increase the ride speed, with the highest setting being "Liquefy."
** Riders are issued complementary barf-bags. We later see Arthur and Buster tossing theirs away (full), with Buster wistfully wishing he could keep his as a souvenir.

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* CentrifugalFarce: One episode had an amusement park ride called the Hurl-a-Whirl that did pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin: basically a dumbbell-type centrifuge, except the car itself spun perpendicular to the arm as well. The individual cars actually had a dial to increase the ride speed, with the highest setting being "Liquefy."
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" Riders are issued complementary barf-bags. We later see Arthur and Buster tossing theirs away (full), with Buster wistfully wishing he could keep his as a souvenir.



* FurIsSkin: It's vague whether the characters even have fur, or whether they just have oddly colored skin. This probably relates to the implication that they're not animals, but humans who simply look like animals to the viewer. An early episode did have Buster mention his fur though.

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* FurIsSkin: It's vague whether the characters even have fur, or whether they just have oddly colored skin. This probably relates to the implication that they're not animals, but are instead humans who simply look like animals to the viewer. An early episode did have Buster mention his fur though.



** In the first couple of seasons of the show, ducks were seen in Elwood City quite frequently, usually as burly manual laborers, such as movers, or construction workers; occasionally, they'd even pop up for the sake of duck jokes (such as Grandma Thora saying rain is only good weather for ducks, before a family of ducks ride by, and remark how beautiful the weather is). Afterwards, they've never been seen since.



** FunnyAnimal reptiles have appeared once or twice but overall only mammals appear in the series.



** The Powers family is black. The Frenskys are Jewish.

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** The Powers family is black.
**
The Frenskys are Jewish.Jewish.
** In the first couple of seasons of the show, ducks were seen in Elwood City quite frequently, usually as burly manual laborers, such as movers, or construction workers; occasionally, they'd even pop up for the sake of duck jokes (such as Grandma Thora saying rain is only good weather for ducks, before a family of ducks ride by, and remark how beautiful the weather is). Afterwards, they've never been seen since.
** FunnyAnimal reptiles have appeared once or twice but overall only mammals appear in the series.
21st Mar '16 3:43:55 PM Pichu-kun
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** Also applies to Arthur's second grade teacher Mr. Marco. In the books, he was a moose; in the cartoon, he's an aardvark.

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** Also applies Applies to Arthur's second grade teacher Mr. Marco. In the books, he was a moose; in the cartoon, he's an aardvark.



* AdultFear: D.W. getting hit in the face with a swing and needing stitches.
** Also, Arthur getting lost outside city limits -- Jane even cries during the episode.

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* AdultFear: AdultFear:
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D.W. getting hit in the face with a swing and needing stitches.
** Also, Arthur getting lost outside city limits -- Jane even cries during the episode.



** Prunella's older sister Rubella occasionally calls her Prunie.

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** Prunella's older sister Rubella occasionally calls her Prunie."Prunie".



* AlliterativeName: Non-PBS news tend to refer to the show ''Arthur'' and Arthur Read as "Arthur the Aardvark."

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* AlliterativeName: AlliterativeName:
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Non-PBS news tend to refer to the show ''Arthur'' and Arthur Read as "Arthur the Aardvark."



* AndThatsTerrible: S6's "For Whom the Bell Tolls", D.W. loses her voice to a case of [[spoiler:[[PlayingSick faked]]]] laryngitis. Arthur celebrates the fact of not having to deal with a noisy sister for a few days, but Francine annoyingly scolds him several times throughout the episode: "You're mean, Arthur Read! M-E-A-N, mean!" "That's what you get for being mean, Arthur!"
** [[spoiler: To be fair to D.W., the loss of her voice did start out as a legitimate illness. She just got better earlier then expected and liked being catered to. She was only faking it after she had gotten better.]]

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* AndThatsTerrible: S6's "For Whom the Bell Tolls", D.W. loses her voice to a case of [[spoiler:[[PlayingSick faked]]]] laryngitis. Arthur celebrates the fact of not having to deal with a noisy sister for a few days, but Francine annoyingly scolds him several times throughout the episode: "You're mean, Arthur Read! M-E-A-N, mean!" "That's what you get for being mean, Arthur!"
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Arthur!" [[spoiler: To be fair to D.W., the loss of her voice did start out as a legitimate illness. She just got better earlier then expected and liked being catered to. She was only faking it after she had gotten better.]]



* AnimationBump: The differences between early S1 to late S1 and onwards are extremely noticeable.

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* AnimationBump: AnimationBump:
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The differences between early S1 to late S1 and onwards are extremely noticeable.



** The episode "The Contest" is composed of a series of such shifts, including parodies of ''DrKatz'', ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', Wrestling/{{WWE}}, and even ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
*** The [[DrKatz former]] and [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark latter]] were animated in Squigglevision and construction paper, respectively.

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** The episode "The Contest" is composed of a series of such shifts, including parodies of ''DrKatz'', ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', Wrestling/{{WWE}}, and even ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
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''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. The [[DrKatz former]] and [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark latter]] were animated in Squigglevision and construction paper, respectively.



* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Lampshaded in "Brain Freeze" when Brain sees the curly pig tail on the rear of Yumbobo's penguin mascot Puk Puk and tells him that his anatomy is inaccurate.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: ArtisticLicenseBiology:
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Lampshaded in "Brain Freeze" when Brain sees the curly pig tail on the rear of Yumbobo's penguin mascot Puk Puk and tells him that his anatomy is inaccurate.



* AscendedExtra: Fern and George in Arthur's group, James in D.W.'s group, and George makes friends with an autistic kid who re-appeared quite a few times.

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* AscendedExtra: AscendedExtra:
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Fern and George in Arthur's group, James in D.W.'s group, and George makes friends with an autistic kid who re-appeared quite a few times.



** It has been announced that Maria (a rabbit girl in the same class as the main characters [[TheVoiceless who has never talked)]] will be getting her own episode in Season 19.
* AsideGlance: D.W. gives a definite wink to the audience at the end of "Best Enemies" when she says that she's sure that she and W.D. will find ''something'' they have in common with each other.

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** It has been announced that Maria (a rabbit girl in the same class as the main characters [[TheVoiceless who has never talked)]] will be getting received her own episode in Season 19.
* AsideGlance: AsideGlance:
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D.W. gives a definite wink to the audience at the end of "Best Enemies" when she says that she's sure that she and W.D. will find ''something'' they have in common with each other.



* BookDumb: DependingOnTheWriter, any one of Arthur's immediate friends, Arthur himself (especially egregious due to one of his defining traits being his love of reading), or even the grown-ups may be subject to this.

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* BookDumb: BookDumb:
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DependingOnTheWriter, any one of Arthur's immediate friends, Arthur himself (especially egregious due to one of his defining traits being his love of reading), or even the grown-ups may be subject to this.



* BrattyHalfPint: D.W. and the Tibbles.

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* BrattyHalfPint: BrattyHalfPint:
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D.W. and the Tibbles.



* BrokenAesop: Happens a lot with the "be yourself" moral of many episodes. Sometimes, the actual moral seems to be, "Be yourself unless X." For example, in "Fernkenstein's Monster," Fern [[spoiler: changes a scary story she made up so it's tamer]], to placate friends who suddenly claim she is a dark, scary person ("Queen of Darkness" was the term Buster used). So...she's only allowed to pursue her interests and be herself if everyone else thinks it's okay? Other characters have fallen into this trap, too, often members of the "secondary cast."

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* BrokenAesop: BrokenAesop:
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Happens a lot with the "be yourself" moral of many episodes. Sometimes, the actual moral seems to be, "Be yourself unless X." For example, in "Fernkenstein's Monster," Fern [[spoiler: changes a scary story she made up so it's tamer]], to placate friends who suddenly claim she is a dark, scary person ("Queen of Darkness" was the term Buster used). So...she's only allowed to pursue her interests and be herself if everyone else thinks it's okay? Other characters have fallen into this trap, too, often members of the "secondary cast."



* CallBack: One of the reasons the show is so popular with the {{Periphery Demographic}}s is it's clever use of this trope in the series' continuity. For example, S9's "Breezy Listening Blues" contains numerous references to the TV special "Arthur, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll".

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* CallBack: CallBack:
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One of the reasons the show is so popular with the {{Periphery Demographic}}s is it's clever use of this trope in the series' continuity. For example, S9's "Breezy Listening Blues" contains numerous references to the TV special "Arthur, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll".



*** Mark Rendall, who voiced Arthur for Seasons 7 and 8, (and the redubs of Season 6) now voices Rafi, the new teenager working at the Sugar Bowl.

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*** ** Mark Rendall, who voiced Arthur for Seasons 7 and 8, (and the redubs of Season 6) now voices Rafi, the new teenager working at the Sugar Bowl.



* CatsAreMean: Subverted in S3's "Francine and the Feline", where Francine gets a cat, and Arthur believes cats are mean and bite off kids' ears. But in the end he learns AnAesop about giving them a chance. [[LostAesop But during the]] [[AnimalTalk Animal Talk episodes]] [[LostAesop this trope is played completely straight.]]

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* CatsAreMean: CatsAreMean:
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Subverted in S3's "Francine and the Feline", where Francine gets a cat, and Arthur believes cats are mean and bite off kids' ears. But in the end he learns AnAesop about giving them a chance. [[LostAesop But during the]] [[AnimalTalk Animal Talk episodes]] [[LostAesop this trope is played completely straight.]]



* DependingOnTheWriter: Some episodes have D.W. so bratty to the point of unlikability, while others have her as a more realistic (and funny) little sister character.

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* DependingOnTheWriter: DependingOnTheWriter:
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Some episodes have D.W. so bratty to the point of unlikability, while others have her as a more realistic (and funny) little sister character.



* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: "Grandpa Dave's Memory Album" is about Grandpa Dave developing Alzheimer's, but they never once call it by name.

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* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed:
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"Grandpa Dave's Memory Album" is about Grandpa Dave developing Alzheimer's, but they never once call it by name.



* DisproportionateRetribution: In the episode "Draw!" Francine probably shouldn't have called Fern a mouse, but did she really deserve nearly ''all the other kids'' making rude comics about her?
** Yes. This was during her Jerkass phase. Arguably ended it.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: DisproportionateRetribution:
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In the episode "Draw!" Francine probably shouldn't have called Fern a mouse, but did she really deserve nearly ''all the other kids'' making rude comics about her?
** Yes. This was during her Jerkass phase. Arguably ended it.
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* DreamWithinADream: One chapter book adaptation of a story had Arthur have one of these and then lampshade it on waking up for real.

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* DreamWithinADream: DreamWithinADream:
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One chapter book adaptation of a story had Arthur have one of these and then lampshade it on waking up for real.



** Almost all FurryReminder's happened in season 1. Afterwards it became increasingly vague if they're even non-human animals.

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** Almost all FurryReminder's {{Furry Reminder}}s happened in season 1. Afterwards it became increasingly vague if they're even non-human animals.



* EpisodeTitleCard: Varies depending on who's involved in the episode, and, in some cases, what happens to them. S5 would see the use of a slot machine title card where Arthur would just spin the slots, and it would show the face of Muffy, Sue Ellen or George if the any of those three are the main character of the episode. Specific title cards would be retired by S14 (S16 in U.S. airings), where sneak peaks of the episode are shown instead.

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* EpisodeTitleCard: EpisodeTitleCard:
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Varies depending on who's involved in the episode, and, in some cases, what happens to them. S5 would see the use of a slot machine title card where Arthur would just spin the slots, and it would show the face of Muffy, Sue Ellen or George if the any of those three are the main character of the episode. Specific title cards would be retired by S14 (S16 in U.S. airings), where sneak peaks of the episode are shown instead.



** S1's "Arthur's Almost Boring Day", where Grandma Thora's old home movies reveal that David Read, Mr. Ratburn and Mr. Haney all attended the same high school at the same time.

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** S1's "Arthur's Almost Boring Day", where Grandma Thora's old home movies reveal that David Read, Mr. Ratburn Ratburn, and Mr. Haney all attended the same high school at the same time.



* EvilLaugh: Both Pal and Nemo give one in S14's "Pet Projects," but Nemo comments that Pal's needs work.

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* EvilLaugh: EvilLaugh:
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Both Pal and Nemo give one in S14's "Pet Projects," but Nemo comments that Pal's needs work.



* FMinusMinus: Arthur jokes that Buster may not just fail an assignment, but get a G or H.

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* FMinusMinus: FMinusMinus:
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Arthur jokes that Buster may not just fail an assignment, but get a G or H.



* GainaxEnding / MindScrew: the ending of S6's ''The Boy Who Cried Comet'' had many fans throwing their hands up in the air, and announcing that they'll never be able to see Arthur in the same way ever again. [[spoiler: The events in the show were filmed by alien actors on the moon.]]

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* FurryReminder: It's ''very'' rare but some lines reference their species'.
* GainaxEnding / MindScrew: the MindScrew:
** The
ending of S6's ''The Boy Who Cried Comet'' had many fans throwing their hands up in the air, and announcing that they'll never be able to see Arthur in the same way ever again. [[spoiler: The events in the show were filmed by alien actors on the moon.]]



* GenderEqualsBreed: Both Emily and her mother are rabbits, while Emily's father is an ape. But if you look carefully you'll see that Emily has an apelike jawline.

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* GenderEqualsBreed: GenderEqualsBreed:
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Both Emily and her mother are rabbits, while Emily's father is an ape. But if you look carefully you'll see that Emily has an apelike jawline.



* HerCodenameWasMarySue: D.W.'s character "B.W." in "I'd Rather Read It Myself" is, in her own words, "a great kid, a princess, a genius, and a cool person" (though too polite to brag about it) who owns a pony. She can fix almost any problem with the slightest of effort.

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* HerCodenameWasMarySue: HerCodenameWasMarySue:
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D.W.'s character "B.W." in "I'd Rather Read It Myself" is, in her own words, "a great kid, a princess, a genius, and a cool person" (though too polite to brag about it) who owns a pony. She can fix almost any problem with the slightest of effort.



* IdenticalGrandson: One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' had D.W. curious of her grandmother Thora's antique doll prompting a story on how she got it. In the flashback, Thora a spitting image of D.W. right down to the voice. Thora's three brothers also resemble Arthur to an extent.

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* IdenticalGrandson: IdenticalGrandson:
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One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' had D.W. curious of her grandmother Thora's antique doll prompting a story on how she got it. In the flashback, Thora a spitting image of D.W. right down to the voice. Thora's three brothers also resemble Arthur to an extent.



* InkSuitActor: MANY real life guests appear as [[FunnyAnimal Furry]] versions of themselves, from Mr Rogers, to Yo-Yo Ma, to the BackstreetBoys, to Neil Gaiman. They have more celebrity cameo appearances than ''TheSimpsons''.

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* InkSuitActor: InkSuitActor:
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MANY real life guests appear as [[FunnyAnimal Furry]] versions of themselves, from Mr Rogers, to Yo-Yo Ma, to the BackstreetBoys, to Neil Gaiman. They have more celebrity cameo appearances than ''TheSimpsons''.



** Lance Armstrong has the distinction of appearing as both himself and as a LawyerFriendlyCameo.
*** Neil Gaiman too, now.
* InMemoriam: [[spoiler: The final episode, "The Last Day", is dedicated to Nemo's voice actor, Greg Kramer.]]
** Likewise, "Brain Sees Stars" is dedicated to Walter Massey, who voiced Mr. Haney and Mr. Marco.

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** Lance Armstrong has and Neil Gaiman have the distinction of appearing as both himself themselves and as a LawyerFriendlyCameo.
*** Neil Gaiman too, now.
LawyerFriendlyCameo.
* InMemoriam: [[spoiler: InMemoriam:
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The final episode, "The Last Day", is dedicated to [[spoiler:to Nemo's voice actor, Greg Kramer.]]
** Likewise, "Brain Sees Stars" is dedicated to Walter Massey, who voiced Mr. Haney and Mr. Marco.



* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Twice, with Lydia Fox and Marina Datillo. Averted with Marina; she's blind, but it's treated as a normal part of her character after "Prunella Sees the Light," where the latter learns not to make a big deal of Marina's disability. We also know, for example, that Marina plays soccer, quilts, is a Henry Skreever fan, and is great at yoga--more character development than most characters with disabilities ever get. However, the trope seems to have been played straight with Lydia Fox, who uses a wheelchair and has only been seen in an episode where said wheelchair figured prominently. Her main purpose seemed to be showing Brain that being in a wheelchair didn't have to slow him down, therefore making her a type B.

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* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: InspirationallyDisadvantaged:
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Twice, with Lydia Fox and Marina Datillo. Averted with Marina; she's blind, but it's treated as a normal part of her character after "Prunella Sees the Light," where the latter learns not to make a big deal of Marina's disability. We also know, for example, that Marina plays soccer, quilts, is a Henry Skreever fan, and is great at yoga--more character development than most characters with disabilities ever get. However, the trope seems to have been played straight with Lydia Fox, who uses a wheelchair and has only been seen in an episode where said wheelchair figured prominently. Her main purpose seemed to be showing Brain that being in a wheelchair didn't have to slow him down, therefore making her a type B.



* IsThisThingOn: Uncle Fred in ''Arthur's Perfect Christmas'' in his video Christmas card. "Is this thing on? ... Oh, it is!"

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* IsThisThingOn: IsThisThingOn:
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Uncle Fred in ''Arthur's Perfect Christmas'' in his video Christmas card. "Is this thing on? ... Oh, it is!"



* KangarooCourt: Arthur and his friends subject D.W. to one when they suspect her of doing something to make Pal sick in S1's "Sick as a Dog."
** Also, in "The Short, Quick Summer", Buster and Arthur play a game called Kangaroo Court.

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* KangarooCourt: KangarooCourt:
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Arthur and his friends subject D.W. to one when they suspect her of doing something to make Pal sick in S1's "Sick as a Dog."
** Also, in In "The Short, Quick Summer", Buster and Arthur play a game called Kangaroo Court.



* KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: Subverted. Muffy's parents try to ban the "Scare Your Pants Off Club" books (an {{expy}} of ''{{Goosebumps}}'') after she has nightmares from reading one. [[spoiler: It turns out that she reads them all the time and that the nightmares were caused by her [[AcidRefluxNightmare sneaking ice cream]].]]

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* KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: Subverted. Muffy's parents try to ban the "Scare Your Pants Off Club" books (an {{expy}} of ''{{Goosebumps}}'') ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'') after she has nightmares from reading one. [[spoiler: It turns out that she reads them all the time and that the nightmares were caused by her [[AcidRefluxNightmare sneaking ice cream]].]]



* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In S8's "D.W. Dancing Queen", Binky teaches D.W. how to dance. Shortly after D.W.'s big performance, this conversation occurs:

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
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In S8's "D.W. Dancing Queen", Binky teaches D.W. how to dance. Shortly after D.W.'s big performance, this conversation occurs:



* LethalChef: Grandma Thora. Arthur's dad is actually fairly good at it, when he doesn't [[CordonBleughChef experiment]].
** With Grandma Thora, her bad cooking may be more of an InformedFlaw and was limited to one episode. The "Arthur's Birthday" episode has her baking a chocolate cake for Arthur, which he seems very excited about. In another episode when Arthur came down with chicken pox, he got a batch of special treats made by Grandma Thora, making D.W. jealous.
** Also Skip Bitterman, the substitute chef in S13's "The Great [=MacGrady=]."

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* LethalChef: LethalChef:
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Grandma Thora. Arthur's dad is actually fairly good at it, when he doesn't [[CordonBleughChef experiment]].
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experiment]]. With Grandma Thora, her bad cooking may be more of an InformedFlaw and was limited to one episode. The "Arthur's Birthday" episode has her baking a chocolate cake for Arthur, which he seems very excited about. In another episode when Arthur came down with chicken pox, he got a batch of special treats made by Grandma Thora, making D.W. jealous.
** Also Skip Bitterman, the substitute chef in S13's "The Great [=MacGrady=]."



* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Mr. Ratburn's sister, who the kids actually find ''worse'' than her strict brother.

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* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: MisplacedKindergartenTeacher:
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Mr. Ratburn's sister, who the kids actually find ''worse'' than her strict brother.



* NextSundayAD: S14's ''Buster Baxter and the Letter from the Sea,'' takes place in 2012.

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* NextSundayAD: NextSundayAD:
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S14's ''Buster Baxter and the Letter from the Sea,'' takes place in 2012.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Capri [=DeVapida=] is a family friendly parody of Paris Hilton.
** With her famous catch phrase "That's warm."
* NoEnding: S10's ''Flaw And Order'', which cuts to black just as another stone is about to hit a replaced cake plate.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Capri [=DeVapida=] is a family friendly parody of Paris Hilton.
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Hilton. With her famous catch phrase "That's warm."
* NoEnding: NoEnding:
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S10's ''Flaw And Order'', which cuts to black just as another stone is about to hit a replaced cake plate.



* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Averted with Nadine. She's never shown as anything more than a figment of D.W.'s imagination.
** At least in earlier seasons this was true. In S11's "Baby Kate and the Imaginary Mystery", she's able to communicate with Kate and Pal, and it is hinted that she may become Kate's imaginary friend in the future.
** Also, Vicita's imaginary friend Trini and W.D.'s imaginary friend Maxine.

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* NotSoImaginaryFriend: NotSoImaginaryFriend:
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Averted with Nadine. She's never shown as anything more than a figment of D.W.'s imagination.
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imagination. At least in earlier seasons this was true. In S11's "Baby Kate and the Imaginary Mystery", she's able to communicate with Kate and Pal, and it is hinted that she may become Kate's imaginary friend in the future.
** Also, Vicita's imaginary friend Trini and W.D.'s imaginary friend Maxine.



* OneMarioLimit: Not so much the main character, but good luck trying to find any Francines or Busters hanging around.

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* OneMarioLimit: Not so much the main character, but good luck trying to find any Francines Francine's or Busters Buster's hanging around.



* PacManFever: Despite having a ton of {{Shout Out}}s to famous book series, TV shows, movies and most other pop culture icons (Even Webkinz of all things), video games are still portrayed as primitive and Atari-like. Also, video game and computer game music tend to sound like chip tunes despite having graphics that look at least 16-bit.

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* PacManFever: PacManFever:
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Despite having a ton of {{Shout Out}}s to famous book series, TV shows, movies and most other pop culture icons (Even Webkinz of all things), video games are still portrayed as primitive and Atari-like. Also, video game and computer game music tend to sound like chip tunes despite having graphics that look at least 16-bit.



* PanAndScan: In the U.S. version of "Around the World in 11 Minutes" (cropped to 4:3 from the international version's 16:9 aspect ratio), during the scene on the plane, a pan was added to show Mei Lin speaking on-camera since she would be outside of the 4:3 border otherwise.

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* PanAndScan: PanAndScan:
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In the U.S. version of "Around the World in 11 Minutes" (cropped to 4:3 from the international version's 16:9 aspect ratio), during the scene on the plane, a pan was added to show Mei Lin speaking on-camera since she would be outside of the 4:3 border otherwise.



** An upcoming S19 episode will feature Maria (see EnsembleDarkhorse in the YMMV section) in her DayInTheLimelight episode, that actually focuses on why we never hear her talk, as fans have been speculating different theories for ''years'' why she never talks... despite the fact that she's a ''background extra''.

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** An upcoming A S19 episode will feature features Maria (see EnsembleDarkhorse in the YMMV section) in her DayInTheLimelight episode, that actually focuses on why we never hear her talk, as fans have been speculating different theories for ''years'' why she never talks... despite the fact that she's a ''background extra''. [[spoiler:It turns out she's embarrassed of her speech impediment.]]



* ParentalObliviousness: Binky's parents seem completely unaware of his bad traits.

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* ParentalObliviousness: ParentalObliviousness:
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Binky's parents seem completely unaware of his bad traits.



* PunnyName: Most characters. The Crosswire family is probably the most obvious.

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* PunnyName: PunnyName:
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Most characters. The Crosswire family is probably the most obvious.



* PuppyLove: The early seasons were rather notable for constant obvious Arthur/Francine pairings, as well as other character pairings. They, however, likely won't go all the way. They're only in 3rd grade, after all.

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* PuppyLove: PuppyLove:
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The early seasons were rather notable for constant obvious Arthur/Francine pairings, as well as other character pairings. They, however, likely won't go all the way. They're only in 3rd grade, after all.



* RunningGag: S14's "Follow the Bouncing Ball" has Alberto Molina losing an autographed soccer ball "El Boomerang," signed by a player who carries that nickname. This soccer ball then resurfaces at a random point in each story for the remainder of the season [[spoiler: until it finally finds its way back to Alberto in the S14 finale "The Long Road Home".]]

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S14's "Follow the Bouncing Ball" has Alberto Molina losing an autographed soccer ball "El Boomerang," signed by a player who carries that nickname. This soccer ball then resurfaces at a random point in each story for the remainder of the season [[spoiler: until it finally finds its way back to Alberto in the S14 finale "The Long Road Home".]]



* SelfServingMemory: Often done with D.W. and Muffy.

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** FunnyAnimal reptiles have appeared once or twice but overall only mammals appear in the series.
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Often done with D.W. and Muffy.



* SequelEpisode: "Arthur Writes a Story" reflects on "Arthur's Pet Business".

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"Arthur Writes a Story" reflects on "Arthur's Pet Business".



* SeriousBusiness: Reading. In S2's "Buster Hits the Books", when the gang discovers Buster doesn't like reading they act like he's on drugs.

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Reading. In S2's "Buster Hits the Books", when the gang discovers Buster doesn't like reading they act like he's on drugs.



* ShowWithinAShow: Several, including "Mary Moo Cow", a send up of ''Barney'', and "Bionic Bunny", which is ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' meets ''The Six Million Dollar Man''. (And actually originates from the picture book ''The Bionic Bunny Show'', which Marc Brown wrote to show readers the behind-the-scenes aspects of television.)

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* ShowWithinAShow: ShowWithinAShow:
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Several, including "Mary Moo Cow", a send up of ''Barney'', and "Bionic Bunny", which is ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' meets ''The Six Million Dollar Man''. (And actually originates from the picture book ''The Bionic Bunny Show'', which Marc Brown wrote to show readers the behind-the-scenes aspects of television.)



* SpoiledBrat: D.W. Muffy can also be this at times.
** Muffy plays an exaggerated example of this trope when her family is chosen to be on a reality show and the director, J3, wants to create drama to sell the show better. He suggests that Muffy bully her beloved butler, Bailey, who she is very close with. This includes Muffy throwing food, badgering Bailey to drive faster, and a Mommie Dearest-inspired wire hanger scene. Off the reality show, while she can be mean sometimes, she is never as mean as her reality show portrayal.

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* SpoiledBrat: SpoiledBrat:
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D.W.
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Muffy can also be this at times.
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this. She plays an exaggerated example of this trope when her family is chosen to be on a reality show and the director, J3, wants to create drama to sell the show better. He suggests that Muffy bully her beloved butler, Bailey, who she is very close with. This includes Muffy throwing food, badgering Bailey to drive faster, and a Mommie Dearest-inspired wire hanger scene. Off the reality show, while she can be mean sometimes, she is never as mean as her reality show portrayal.



* StartMyOwn: Several times, but when the kids try to make their own "James Hound" movie in S2's "Arthur Makes a Movie" they find out their outtakes are SoBadItsGood.

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Several times, but when the kids try to make their own "James Hound" movie in S2's "Arthur Makes a Movie" they find out their outtakes are SoBadItsGood.



* StealthPun: Arthur and James both share their names with English kings. In one episode, Arthur pulls a sword from a stone and is called king of the Renaissance Fair; In another, James is treated like a king, and becomes DrunkWithPower.
** Also the episode with "Popular Girl," there's a picture of a woman with a flower pot on her head...
* StockSoundEffect: Arthur's gasp and screams.
** And Baby Kate's cry, which is also used for Mei Lin and a younger D.W. in "Arthur's Eyes".

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* StealthPun: StealthPun:
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Arthur and James both share their names with English kings. In one episode, Arthur pulls a sword from a stone and is called king of the Renaissance Fair; In another, James is treated like a king, and becomes DrunkWithPower.
** Also the The episode with "Popular Girl," there's a picture of a woman with a flower pot on her head...
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Arthur's gasp and screams.
** And Baby Kate's cry, which is also used for Mei Lin and a younger D.W. in "Arthur's Eyes".



* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: In "Home Sweet Home" a kid in Fritz's flashback happens to look exactly like a kid in Buster's earlier {{Imagine Spot}}s.

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In "Home Sweet Home" a kid in Fritz's flashback happens to look exactly like a kid in Buster's earlier {{Imagine Spot}}s.



** [[spoiler: In "Best Enemies," D.W. and W.D. have variations on the same dream, which converge upon each other and end in a double CatapultNightmare]].
* StylisticSuck: The kids' drawings.

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** [[spoiler: In "Best Enemies," D.[[spoiler:D.W. and W.D. have variations on the same dream, which converge upon each other and end in a double CatapultNightmare]].
* StylisticSuck: StylisticSuck:
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The kids' drawings.



* TakeThat: Most Arthur fans know the S8 episode "Bleep" as a stab at censorship.

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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Most Arthur fans know the S8 episode "Bleep" as a stab at censorship.



* ThereAreNoTherapists: {{Averted}}

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* ThereAreNoTherapists: {{Averted}}{{Averted}}:



* TickleTorture: Parodied in a DreamSequence in S1's "Buster's Dino Dilemma."

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Parodied in a DreamSequence in S1's "Buster's Dino Dilemma."



* TokenMinority: The Molinas, a Latino family.

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The Molinas, a Latino family.



* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Francine and Muffy, as well as D.W. and W.D. in "Best Enemies."

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Francine and Muffy, as well as D.W. Muffy. Francise is a sporty tomboy while Muffy is more feminine and W.D. in "Best Enemies."SpoiledSweet.



* TrendAesop: "Arthur Rides the Bandwagon". For bonus points, a Woogle appears in a later episode as a useless item that Kate is trying to trade.
** To further drive the point home, the Woogle was placed in a yard sale in "Desperately Seeking Stanley" before Kate tried to trade it (maybe she just got hold of a different one somehow)?

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* TrendAesop: "Arthur Rides the Bandwagon". For bonus points, a Woogle appears in a later episode as a useless item that Kate is trying to trade.
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trade. To further drive the point home, the Woogle was placed in a yard sale in "Desperately Seeking Stanley" before Kate tried to trade it (maybe she just got hold of a different one somehow)?



* VeryFalseAdvertising: In "Arthur Sells Out" Arthur saves up for a new video game and Muffy encourages him to twist the truth when selling his toys online. In the end, the hyped-up video game turned out to be an example of this too; high quality graphics in the trailer, but 8-bit graphics in the actual game.
** To be fair, it was a SuperMarioBros clone with ChiptuneMusic and voice over.
* VerySpecialEpisode: A fair few episodes, but perhaps never more so than with S13's "The Great [=MacGrady=]," a special episode about Mrs. [=MacGrady=] being diagnosed with cancer, airing every weekday throughout ''Breast Cancer Week''.

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* VeryFalseAdvertising: In "Arthur Sells Out" Arthur saves up for a new video game and Muffy encourages him to twist the truth when selling his toys online. In the end, the hyped-up video game turned out to be an example of this too; high quality graphics in the trailer, but 8-bit graphics in the actual game.
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game. To be fair, it was a SuperMarioBros ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' clone with ChiptuneMusic and voice over.
* VerySpecialEpisode: VerySpecialEpisode:
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A fair few episodes, but perhaps never more so than with S13's "The Great [=MacGrady=]," a special episode about Mrs. [=MacGrady=] being diagnosed with cancer, airing every weekday throughout ''Breast Cancer Week''.



** VomitIndiscretionShot: In S2's "D.W. The Picky Eater."

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** * VomitIndiscretionShot: In S2's "D.W. The Picky Eater."



* WellSeeAboutThat: In S15's "Buster's Secret Admirer," Buster suggests that his secret admirer could be Fern-- that this shy girl doesn't want anyone to know that she's fallen for the most popular guy in the school. Arthur tells him that he thinks all of those chocolates (that his secret admirer sent him) have gotten to his brain. Buster's response? "We'll see about that."
** And in S16's "Sue Ellen Vegges Out," Muffy insists "We'll just see about that" when the other kids say that she won't last at being a vegetarian. She lasts less than a day, but she was only doing it anyway because it was the latest fad, and there was a new fad that day.

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* WellSeeAboutThat: WellSeeAboutThat:
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In S15's "Buster's Secret Admirer," Buster suggests that his secret admirer could be Fern-- that this shy girl doesn't want anyone to know that she's fallen for the most popular guy in the school. Arthur tells him that he thinks all of those chocolates (that his secret admirer sent him) have gotten to his brain. Buster's response? "We'll see about that."
** And in In S16's "Sue Ellen Vegges Out," Muffy insists "We'll just see about that" when the other kids say that she won't last at being a vegetarian. She lasts less than a day, but she was only doing it anyway because it was the latest fad, and there was a new fad that day.



* WhatAreRecords: Played straight in the Arthur episode "Francine Frensky, Superstar". (Note: This was one of the earliest episodes of the show, the first season of a program that is in its seventeenth season as of 2013 and shows no sign of stopping.) The kids shot blank looks at Mr. Ratburn when he talked about Thomas Edison's invention, the phonograph, and prompted the following exhcange:

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* WhatAreRecords: WhatAreRecords:
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Played straight in the Arthur episode "Francine Frensky, Superstar". (Note: This was one of the earliest episodes of the show, the first season of a program that is in its seventeenth season as of 2013 and shows no sign of stopping.) The kids shot blank looks at Mr. Ratburn when he talked about Thomas Edison's invention, the phonograph, and prompted the following exhcange:



* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Seen in "Arthur's Birthday," except the clock (the grandfather clock in Arthur's living room) is striking noon instead of midnight, as noon is the time the double-birthday party for Arthur and Muffy is supposed to start.
** However, the midnight variation does show up in "Prunella's Special Edition," but in this case, a bookstore is opening at midnight, and kids are waiting to enter to buy the latest ''[[HarryPotter Henry Skreever]]'' book.

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* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve:
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Seen in "Arthur's Birthday," except the clock (the grandfather clock in Arthur's living room) is striking noon instead of midnight, as noon is the time the double-birthday party for Arthur and Muffy is supposed to start.
** However, the The midnight variation does show up in "Prunella's Special Edition," but in this case, a bookstore is opening at midnight, and kids are waiting to enter to buy the latest ''[[HarryPotter Henry Skreever]]'' book.



* WiseBeyondTheirYears: A number of characters, from D.W.'s friend Emily to Arthur and his friends to a certain degree. They aren't your average third-grade kids, after all.
** One of the best examples is D.W. and her zany BatmanGambit to trick Arthur and Brain to take her to the science exhibit in S4's "Prove It!", and it worked!

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* WiseBeyondTheirYears: A number of characters, from D.W.'s friend Emily to Arthur and his friends to a certain degree. They aren't your average third-grade kids, after all.
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all. One of the best examples is D.W. and her zany BatmanGambit to trick Arthur and Brain to take her to the science exhibit in S4's "Prove It!", and it worked!



* YoungerThanTheyLook / ArtisticAge: ''Every single character''. Seriously, they're supposed to be elementary schoolers, but most of the characters look to be between the ages of 13 and 15, with some of the kids such as Binky being able to pass for as old as 17. The ''preschoolers'' who are D.W.'s age are are the ones who look more like elementary school kids.
** To make matters worse, whenever a character has an illusion of the future, when the characters are ''supposed'' to be in high school, they are drawn to look like they're in their early twenties at the least.

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* YoungerThanTheyLook / ArtisticAge: ''Every single character''. Seriously, they're supposed to be elementary schoolers, but most of the characters look to be between the ages of 13 and 15, with some of the kids such as Binky being able to pass for as old as 17. The ''preschoolers'' who are D.W.'s age are are the ones who look more like elementary school kids.
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kids. To make matters worse, whenever a character has an illusion of the future, when the characters are ''supposed'' to be in high school, they are drawn to look like they're in their early twenties at the least.
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** In "April 9th", a response to SeptemberEleventh, the characters react to a fire which damages the school.

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** In "April 9th", a response to SeptemberEleventh, the characters react to a fire which damages the school. Arthur in particular becomes very worried about his father, who was in the school during the fire. Mr. Read tells him it's ''his'' job to worry about him, not the other way around.
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** The episode "The Contest" is composed of a series of such shifts, including parodies of ''DrKatz'', ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''BeavisAndButthead'', Wrestling/{{WWE}}, and even ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.

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** The episode "The Contest" is composed of a series of such shifts, including parodies of ''DrKatz'', ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''BeavisAndButthead'', ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', Wrestling/{{WWE}}, and even ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.



** S4's "The Contest" included obvious parodies of Wrestling/{{WWE}}, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', ''BeavisAndButthead'', and ''DrKatzProfessionalTherapist''.

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** S4's "The Contest" included obvious parodies of Wrestling/{{WWE}}, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', ''BeavisAndButthead'', ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', and ''DrKatzProfessionalTherapist''.



** There was also that show [[BeavisAndButthead Pecan And Nutt-Head]] that those older kids that Buster tried to befriend liked.

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** There was also that show [[BeavisAndButthead [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Pecan And Nutt-Head]] that those older kids that Buster tried to befriend liked.
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