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4th Feb '18 7:36:29 AM dieseldragons
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* LostAesop: "Bye Bye Nerdy" is ''dreadful'' to watch for this reason. Bloo freaks out that his creator is a nerd. Mac takes the correct stance - he doesn't care whether he's cool or not. Cue "Jamez Withazee", the self-designated coolest kid who thinks this makes Mac cool. What happens for the majority of the episode is the self-deprecation of Mac, who now only cares what "Jamez" thinks, and must idle around doing nothing. However, neither character nor viewer realize until the episode's end that "Jamez" [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk horrible world-view of thinking]] that not caring is cool, extends to [[LackOfEmpathy other people's health and well-being as well]]. Mac comes to his senses, and goes to help Bloo, but not before being mocked by "Jamez" and everyone else for being uncool. "Jamez" and his admirers [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped are never called out, or punished, for this]].
1st Feb '18 8:52:08 AM ThomasVeggieDramaFan
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** The ending of "Squeeze the Day" has everyone at Foster's (minus Bloo) returning from a bad day at the beach that resulted in the governor banning them from ever returning. We never fully learn what happened that caused this other than it was Wilt's fault and it resulted in a bunch of dirty sand and homeless jellyfish.
18th Jan '18 8:42:35 AM ThomasVeggieDramaFan
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* {{Flanderization}}: Bloo wasn't ''nearly'' as much of a jerk in the early seasons.

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Bloo wasn't ''nearly'' as much of a jerk in the early seasons.seasons.
** The whole series could actually count in regards to how nastier it got in tone in the later seasons. While the first two seasons had their share of sadistic and mean-spirited moments (such as the infamous "Everyone Knows It's Bendy"), it was still a mostly lighthearted show. By the third season, while there are still some lighthearted episodes, there are far more moments of sadism and cruelty with even the most good-natured characters like Mac and Wilt suddenly [[TookALevelInJerkass turning into a jackass]] [[DependingOnTheWriter if the plot demands it]].



* SadistShow: The series went from whimsical to mean-spirited in only a few episodes.

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* SadistShow: The series went from whimsical to mean-spirited in only a few episodes.By Season 3.
19th Dec '17 11:04:11 AM PsiPaula4
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* TroubleMakingNewPet: Imaginary friends aren't pets, but nonetheless the episode ''Everyone Knows It's Bendy'' plays this straight. Bendy is apparently wrongly blamed for all the misdeeds that he committed at his old creator's home, but once he's been welcomed to Foster's, he actually turns out to be a complete {{Jerkass}} who promptly gets Wilt, Eduardo, Coco, and Bloo into various kinds of troubles that he did himself, while still mooching to Mr. Herriman and Frankie under his innocent facade.
11th Dec '17 7:59:45 PM Pichu-kun
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* AbsenteeActor: Mac doesn't appear in "Pranks for Nothing", even in the beginning. The events right at the beginning took place right after he left, or he was sick and couldn't come to Foster's anyway. It also could have been ''before'' he even came, considering that Mr. Herriman said the trip would be 7 hours long.

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Mac doesn't appear in "Pranks for Nothing", even in the beginning. The events right at the beginning took place right after he left, or he was sick and couldn't come to Foster's anyway. It also could have been ''before'' he even came, considering that Mr. Herriman said the trip would be 7 hours long.



* AffectionateParody: [[PunnyName Eurotrish]] is a spoof of [[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail Tanya Mousekewitz]].

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[[PunnyName Eurotrish]] is a spoof of [[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail Tanya Mousekewitz]].



* AmbiguouslyBrown: Goo has dark skin, but it isn't clear if it's intended to indicate her ethnicity.



* AnthropomorphicFood: The food friends, who were apparently imagined by hungry children at a weight-loss camp.

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The food friends, who were apparently imagined by hungry children at a weight-loss camp.



* AxCrazy: Mac is a very NiceGuy, right? But he's completely lunatic if he gets even the smallest amount of sugar.

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Mac is a very NiceGuy, right? But he's completely lunatic if he gets even the smallest amount of sugar.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Bendy disappeared after his debut episode and was never mentioned again. This was mostly due to the fans' burning hatred of the character and considers the episode the most unfair abomination they've ever seen on the show. [[CreatorBacklash Even the episode's writer, Lauren Faust, apologized for it.]]

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Bendy disappeared after his debut episode and was never mentioned again. This was mostly due to the fans' burning hatred of the character and considers the episode the most unfair abomination they've ever seen on the show. [[CreatorBacklash Even the episode's writer, Lauren Faust, apologized for it.]]



* ContinuityNod: "Bloo Tube" shows that the viral video from "World Wide Wabbit" is still wildly popular.

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"Bloo Tube" shows that the viral video from "World Wide Wabbit" is still wildly popular.



* CrowningMomentOfIndifference: In "Frankie My Dear" when Prince Charming is trying to woo Frankie and she just goes on eating her pizza, finishing it off as she stands up Prince Charming's speech.

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In "Frankie My Dear" when Prince Charming is trying to woo Frankie and she just goes on eating her pizza, finishing it off as she stands up Prince Charming's speech.



* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Destination Imagination''. It was even rated TV-PG (usually TV-Y7)

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''Destination Imagination''. It was even rated TV-PG (usually TV-Y7)



** Mac is based on a one-time ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' character, Mike, who had an imaginary friend of his own. Also, his early design had a lot in common with [[{{Peanuts}} Linus van Pelt]], which is particularly telling when you remember that Bloo's design was based off a child's security blanket. And after the pilot premiered, Craig [=McCracken=]'s family told him Mac is pretty much what [=McCracken=] was like when he was little. His name's even "Mac".

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** Mac is based on a one-time ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' character, Mike, who had an imaginary friend of his own. Also, his early design had a lot in common with [[{{Peanuts}} [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Linus van Pelt]], which is particularly telling when you remember that Bloo's design was based off a child's security blanket. And after the pilot premiered, Craig [=McCracken=]'s family told him Mac is pretty much what [=McCracken=] was like when he was little. His name's even "Mac".



* FantasyKitchenSink, as well as FairytaleMotifs: Unicorns, giant monsters, superheroes, whatever the heck Coco is supposed to be, and countless other creatures.
** Coco's been explained, and it's kind of sad. [[TheWoobie Her creator]] was a girl who was trapped on a deserted island for a long time, and created an imaginary friend to keep herself sane. Coco is an amalgam of things that the girl could see around her: the crashed plane (Coco's body), the deflated life raft she tried to get off the island with (Coco's beak), a palm tree (Coco's head), and her own sunburned feet [[CaptainObvious (Coco's...feet)]].

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* FantasyKitchenSink, as well as FairytaleMotifs: Unicorns, giant monsters, superheroes, whatever the heck Coco is supposed to be, and countless other creatures.
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creatures. Coco's been explained, and it's kind of sad. [[TheWoobie Her creator]] was a girl who was trapped on a deserted island for a long time, and created an imaginary friend to keep herself sane. Coco is an amalgam of things that the girl could see around her: the crashed plane (Coco's body), the deflated life raft she tried to get off the island with (Coco's beak), a palm tree (Coco's head), and her own sunburned feet [[CaptainObvious (Coco's...feet)]].



* ImaginaryFriend: Well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin obviously]]. The twist here is that the friends kids imagine actually become real, and come to Foster's when their kids outgrow them.
** Lampshaded in "My So-called wife" where Mr. Herriman explains this twist to a visitor who thinks imaginary friends are only visible to their creators.

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* ImaginaryFriend: Well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin obviously]]. The twist here is that the friends kids imagine actually become real, and come to Foster's when their kids outgrow them.
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them. Lampshaded in "My So-called wife" where Mr. Herriman explains this twist to a visitor who thinks imaginary friends are only visible to their creators.



* IncrediblyLamePun: From the pilot movie: "Let's Bloo (do) this!". [[LampshadeHanging The gang even reacts to this.]]

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From the pilot movie: "Let's Bloo (do) this!". [[LampshadeHanging The gang even reacts to this.]]



* LicensedGames: Several, both browser-based and physical. The most famous is ''VideoGame/BigFatAwesomeHouseParty'', a browser-based MMO-type game that ended in 2009.



* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Invoked as a subtle gag in "Neighbor Pains."

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Invoked as a subtle gag in "Neighbor Pains."



** Meta Example: Candy Milo revealed in an interview that Coco's lines were never written a "Coco", she was given dialogue in the script and told to just read it as "coco". Meaning, somewhat out there are written translations of what it is Coco is really saying!
* OneShotCharacter: Uncle Pockets only had one major appearence in ''Bloo Done It''. After this he would only get a few {{Call Back}}s.

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** Meta Example: Candy Milo revealed in an interview that Coco's lines were never written a "Coco", she as "Coco". She was given dialogue in the script and told to just read it as "coco". Meaning, somewhat somewhere out there are written translations of what it is Coco is really saying!
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Uncle Pockets only had one major appearence in ''Bloo Done It''. After this he would only get a few {{Call Back}}s.



* OnlyOneName: Most of the imaginary friends have no last name. Neither does Mac.
** Averted, however, with Blooreguard Q. Kazoo.

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* OnlyOneName: Most of the imaginary friends have no last name. Neither does Mac.
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Mac. Averted, however, with Blooreguard Q. Kazoo.



* OutOfFocus:
** Most of the human supporting characters -- Goo, Terrance and Mac's mom -- are largely absent in seasons 5 and 6.

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OutOfFocus: Most of the human supporting characters -- Goo, Terrance and Mac's mom -- are largely absent in seasons 5 and 6.



* RealityEnsues: Happens surprisingly often, even as entire episode premises. For example, when Little Lincoln turned out to be a scam artist in a TheFarmerAndTheViper type of plot, sold the imaginary friends to be used as mascots, planning on turning the home into a casino. The only reason he was stopped is Madame Foster tricked the bodyguard (who always got Little Lincoln back off of whoever captured him) and instead of signing it over, chewed on the pen-based imaginary friend to get him to cooperate in confessing his crimes and getting the friends back one by one.

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* RealityEnsues: Happens surprisingly often, even as entire episode premises. premises:
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For example, when Little Lincoln turned out to be a scam artist in a TheFarmerAndTheViper type of plot, sold the imaginary friends to be used as mascots, planning on turning the home into a casino. The only reason he was stopped is Madame Foster tricked the bodyguard (who always got Little Lincoln back off of whoever captured him) and instead of signing it over, chewed on the pen-based imaginary friend to get him to cooperate in confessing his crimes and getting the friends back one by one.



* ShipTease: Mac insists Goo isn't his girlfriend, but the two have their moments nevertheless.



* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: In "Bloo's the Boss" Bloo finds a cat and names him Chuck. Later when the cat's owner comes to collect him it turns out Chuck just happened to be his real name. The same thing happens when Bloo decides to name an imaginary friend Wally just because "he looks like a Wally." In the next scene, it's revealed that that was his real name, again because he looks like a Wally.

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In "Bloo's the Boss" Bloo finds a cat and names him Chuck. Later when the cat's owner comes to collect him it turns out Chuck just happened to be his real name. The same thing happens when Bloo decides to name an imaginary friend Wally just because "he looks like a Wally." In the next scene, it's revealed that that was his real name, again because he looks like a Wally.



* TickleTorture: In the episode "Make Believe it or Not", Bloo and Mac are subjected to this via a RoboticTortureDevice called the "Insanolizer".

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In the episode "Make Believe it or Not", Bloo and Mac are subjected to this via a RoboticTortureDevice called the "Insanolizer".



* {{Troll}}: Bloo in spades. About 95% of his screen time is devoted to him finding creative ways to troll people.

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Bloo in spades. About 95% of his screen time is devoted to him finding creative ways to troll people.
30th Oct '17 9:16:42 PM BobRiddle
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* EndOfSeriesAwareness: In the final episode, when Bloo finds out Mac is moving, he tries to convince him to stay by listing things they can do, all of which were the plots of previous episodes. When Mac tells him they've done all those things already, Bloo says that if they've done everything, the only thing left is to jump the shark. The episode also ends with the opening scene of Foster's being drawn played in reversed, almost like it's being erased.
26th Oct '17 1:01:19 PM longWriter
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* RaincoatOfHorror: There was a horror-themed episode taking place on a rainy night, where a forbidding-looking character with a hook-hand, wearing a concealing raincoat seems to be following Frankie around. [[spoiler: He's actually a goofy-looking imaginary friend looking for a place to stay, and he's following Frankie because he heard about Foster's.]]
21st Oct '17 10:41:08 PM Chabal2
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* AnnoyingBackgroundEvent: In "Mac Daddy", Mac and Bloo discuss what to do about Cheese, while Cheese is playing with a toy horse just off frame. Eventually, Bloo gets sick of Cheese's horse and yells at him to cut it out.
17th Oct '17 3:13:03 AM alnair20aug93
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* OutgrowingTheirChildishName: The episode "The Bride To Beat" has Bloo deciding to change his nickname to "Bob" in fear that Mac is becoming too old to care about him.
15th Oct '17 9:02:41 AM Kitchen90
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* OutgrowingTheirChildishName: The episode "The Bride To Beat" has Bloo deciding to change his nickname to "Bob" in fear that Mac is becoming too old to care about him.
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