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''The Thing'', which was loosely based on the character of the same name from Marvel Comics' ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' series, followed the adventures of young Benjy Grimm. His magic ring would transform him into a rock-covered monster whenever he touched the two halves together and said, "Thing Ring, do your thing," a particularly cheesy example of ByThePowerOfGreyskull. This was quite a departure from the original character, Ben Grimm, an adult test pilot who was transformed ''permanently'' into the rocky-skinned Thing after having been exposed to cosmic rays (though several episodes state this was the same character, an adult stuck as a teenager). The Thing segments were the only segments specifically produced for this show.

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''The Thing'', which was loosely based on the ever-lovin' blue-eyed character of the same name from Marvel Comics' ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' series, followed the adventures of young Benjy Grimm. His magic ring would transform him into a rock-covered monster whenever he touched the two halves together and said, "Thing Ring, do your thing," a particularly cheesy example of ByThePowerOfGreyskull. This was quite a departure from the original character, Ben Grimm, an adult test pilot who was transformed ''permanently'' into the rocky-skinned Thing after having been exposed to cosmic rays (though several episodes state this was the same character, an adult stuck as a teenager). The Thing segments were the only segments specifically produced for this show.
2nd Oct '16 11:23:35 PM DarkStorm
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''The Thing'', which was loosely based on the character of the same name from Marvel Comics' ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' series, followed the adventures of young Benjy Grimm. His magic ring would transform him into a rock-covered monster whenever he touched the two halves together and said, "Thing Ring, do your thing," a particularly cheesy example of ByThePowerOfGreyskull. This was quite a departure from the original character, Ben Grimm, an adult test pilot who was transformed ''permanently'' into the rocky-skinned Thing after having been exposed to cosmic rays.

''The New Shmoo'' (originally a separate series) stars the titular creature from ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'' as the TeamPet of a trio of teenagers in yet another of Creator/HannaBarbera's own [[RecycledINSPACE apings]] of the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' formula.

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''The Thing'', which was loosely based on the character of the same name from Marvel Comics' ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' series, followed the adventures of young Benjy Grimm. His magic ring would transform him into a rock-covered monster whenever he touched the two halves together and said, "Thing Ring, do your thing," a particularly cheesy example of ByThePowerOfGreyskull. This was quite a departure from the original character, Ben Grimm, an adult test pilot who was transformed ''permanently'' into the rocky-skinned Thing after having been exposed to cosmic rays.

rays (though several episodes state this was the same character, an adult stuck as a teenager). The Thing segments were the only segments specifically produced for this show.

''The New Shmoo'' (originally a separate series) stars the titular creature from ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'' as the TeamPet of a trio of teenagers in yet another of Creator/HannaBarbera's own [[RecycledINSPACE apings]] of the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' formula.
formula. It was originally a separate series, but it was incorporated into this show after a couple of months. The last five episodes only aired as part of the combined series.



!!This inaccurately named show contains examples of:

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!!This inaccurately named show contains !!''The New Fred and Barney Show'' segments contain examples of:
* {{Crossover}}: Averted! Fred and Barney [[InNameOnly never actually meet the Thing]], the shorts of one NEVER crossover with the shorts of the other. The only time they are ''ever'' seen together are during the opening credits and bumpers between segments (though, as mentioned, Fred and Barney did eventually meet the Shmoo in segments of a completely different show).
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires: Count Rockula and his wife.
* TheNewAdventures: ''The New Fred and Barney Show''.
* TheSeventies: The Stone Age technology equivalent here is updated for the seventies, including the presence of microwave ovens ([[BambooTechnology a dragon in a box spewing rings of fire to cook food rapidly]]) and CB radios.
* TyrannosaurusRex: Finally makes an appearance in the series after being absent in the original cartoon.
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!!''The Thing'' segments contain
examples of:



* BeachEpisode: "Beach Party Crashers", though most of the characters spend the episode in their normal outfits, and one only changes into a bikini for one scene, which she spends mostly underwater. "Lights, Action, Thing" starts with the characters on a yacht in swimwear, hewing closer to the trope in spirit if not literally.
* BlessedWithSuck / CursedWithAwesome: the main character is, in reality, neither the scrawny geek Benjy nor the monstrous but popular Thing. He's the adult Ben Grimm, unable to change back to his normal self. The audience is apparently supposed to see his condition as CursedWithAwesome, but Benjy clearly feels differently. As he says in "To Thing or Not To Thing":

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* BeachEpisode: "Beach Party Crashers", though most of the characters spend the episode in their normal outfits, and one only outfits. Betty changes into a bikini for one scene, which she spends mostly underwater. (Though [[FanDisservice rich kid Ronald and the elderly Miss Twilly]] get more screen time in their respective swimsuits) "Lights, Action, Thing" starts with the characters on a yacht in swimwear, hewing closer to the trope [[FanService in spirit spirit]] if not literally.
* BigThinShortTrio: This version of the Yancy Street Gang is this, with leader Spike being the "Short", Stretch being the "Thin", and Turkey being the "Big".
* BlessedWithSuck / CursedWithAwesome: the The main character is, in reality, neither the scrawny geek Benjy nor the monstrous but popular Thing. He's the adult Ben Grimm, unable to change back to his normal self. The young audience is apparently supposed to see his condition as CursedWithAwesome, but Benjy clearly feels differently. As he says in "To Thing or Not To Thing":



* {{Crossover}}: Averted! Fred and Barney [[InNameOnly never actually meet the Thing]], the shorts of one NEVER crossover with the shorts of the other. The only time they are ''ever'' seen together are during the opening credits and bumpers between segments.



* TheNewAdventures: ''The New Fred and Barney Show'' and ''The New Shmoo''.
* PicnicEpisode: "Picnic Panic"

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* TheNewAdventures: ''The New Fred and Barney Show'' and ''The New Shmoo''.
* PicnicEpisode: "Picnic Panic"Panic".
* PokeThePoodle: The Yancy Street Gang were pranksters who especially loved to torment spoiled rich kid Ronald, but basically harmless.



* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Mickey, Billy Joe and Nita from ''The New Shmoo''.



!!''The New Fred and Barney Show'' segments contain examples of:
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires: Count Rockula and his wife.
* TheSeventies: The Stone Age technology equivalent here is updated for the seventies, including the presence of microwave ovens ([[BambooTechnology a dragon in a box spewing rings of fire to cook food rapidly]]) and CB radios.
* TyrannosaurusRex: Finally makes an appearance in the series after being absent in the original cartoon.

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!!''The New Fred and Barney Show'' Shmoo'' segments contain examples of:
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires: Count Rockula and his wife.
DoomyDoomsOfDoom: "The Flying Disc Of Doom".
* TheSeventies: The Stone Age technology equivalent here is updated for FollowTheBouncingBall: Interstitial segments had singalongs, with the seventies, including Shmoo turning into the presence bouncing ball.
* TheNewAdventures: ''The New Shmoo'' (so named because the "old" Shmoo was a whole mess
of microwave ovens ([[BambooTechnology a dragon in a box spewing rings of fire to cook food rapidly]]) and CB radios.
* TyrannosaurusRex: Finally makes an appearance
the critters in the series after being absent in the original cartoon.Li'l Abner comic strip).
* RubberMan: Well, a rubber ''something'', anyway.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Mickey, Billy Joe and Nita from ''The New Shmoo''.
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* PowerIncontinence: "To Thing Or Not To Thing" has Benjy transforming back and forth at random all day (with a shortened and rock-less version of his usually TransformationSequence), while out with his friends. Somehow, nobody notices.

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* PowerIncontinence: "To Thing Or Not To Thing" has Benjy transforming back and forth at random all day (with a shortened and rock-less version of his usually usual TransformationSequence), while out with his friends. Somehow, nobody notices.
8th Sep '16 12:48:49 PM DarkStorm
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* BeachEpisode: "Beach Party Crashers"

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* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: "The Thing Goes To The Dogs" features a supposedly-normal dog who, at one point, ''stands on her hind legs to play charades with the main characters.''
* BeachEpisode: "Beach Party Crashers"Crashers", though most of the characters spend the episode in their normal outfits, and one only changes into a bikini for one scene, which she spends mostly underwater. "Lights, Action, Thing" starts with the characters on a yacht in swimwear, hewing closer to the trope in spirit if not literally.



* CryptidEpisode: One of the first episodes is "Bigfoot Meets the Thing". Subverted in Bigfoot is just one of the Yancy Street Gang in a costume. Double-subverted when the real Bigfoot falls in love with the guy in the (female) costume.

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* CryptidEpisode: One of the first episodes is "Bigfoot Meets the Thing". Subverted in Bigfoot is just one of the Yancy Street Gang [[ScoobyDooHoax in a costume.costume]]. Double-subverted when the real Bigfoot falls in love with the guy in the (female) costume.



* GoneHorriblyWrong: Well, maybe not "horribly", but the opening heavily implies (and several episodes later confirm) that this is the same adult Ben Grimm from the comics, but with a cure that had gone wrong, so he's unable to transform back into his normal adult self. Now he's stuck as either a scrawny geek or a monstrous pile of rocks, neither of which he likes (but he likes being the Thing less).
** To a lesser degree, the robot Clunk from "The Thing Meets The Clunk". It's a robot designed and programmed to help people, but in practice it combines strength equal to the Thing with absolutely no common sense, leading him to cause more disasters than he stops.

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: Well, maybe not "horribly", but the The opening heavily implies (and several episodes later confirm) that this is the same adult Ben Grimm from the comics, but with a cure that had gone wrong, so he's unable to transform back into his normal adult self. Now he's stuck as either a scrawny geek or a monstrous pile of rocks, neither of which he likes (but he likes being the Thing less).
** To a lesser degree, the robot Clunk from "The Thing Meets The Clunk". It's a robot designed and programmed to help people, but in practice it combines strength equal to the Thing with absolutely no common sense, leading him to cause more disasters than he stops. "[[HulkSpeak HELP? CLUNK HELP!]]" meant that a disaster was about to occur.


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* PowerIncontinence: "To Thing Or Not To Thing" has Benjy transforming back and forth at random all day (with a shortened and rock-less version of his usually TransformationSequence), while out with his friends. Somehow, nobody notices.
* ScoobyDooHoax: "The Thing and the Captain's Ghost" is based around this, with Spike of the Yancy Street Gang pretending to be the ghost of the title to scare Ronald. They themselves then get scared off by the ''heroes'' pretending to be ghosts [[spoiler:or, more specifically, by Betty, with her hair in curlers and her face in a mudpack.]]
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* TransformationSequence: A particularly elaborate one, and another one for reversion. While he normally only transforms two or three times per episode (plus maybe one reversion sequence), in "The Great Decepto", where he transforms to or from the Thing ''seven times'', the first four in the span of a minute and a half.

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* TransformationSequence: A particularly elaborate one, and another one for reversion. While he normally only transforms two or three times per episode (plus maybe one reversion sequence), in "The Great Decepto", "Decepto the Great", where he transforms to or from the Thing ''seven times'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUSuPvkADDE the first four in the span of a minute and a half.]]
16th Apr '16 10:33:52 AM DarkStorm
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* CelebrityLie: Used weirdly in "Decepto the Great". Benjy can't seem to produce the Thing for a school show, even though he ''is'' the Thing. (Every time he tries, he winds up scaring a comic-relief janitor character - seend only in this episode - and he changes back to try to calm him down instead of going on stage)

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* CelebrityLie: Used weirdly in "Decepto the Great". Benjy can't seem to produce the Thing for a school show, even though he ''is'' the Thing. (Every time he tries, he winds up scaring a comic-relief janitor character - seend seen only in this episode - and he changes back to try to calm him down instead of going on stage)
4th Jan '16 5:34:20 AM SeptimusHeap
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''The New Shmoo'' (originally a separate series) stars the titular creature from ''LilAbner'' as the TeamPet of a trio of teenagers in yet another of Creator/HannaBarbera's own [[RecycledINSPACE apings]] of the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' formula.

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''The New Shmoo'' (originally a separate series) stars the titular creature from ''LilAbner'' ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'' as the TeamPet of a trio of teenagers in yet another of Creator/HannaBarbera's own [[RecycledINSPACE apings]] of the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' formula.
8th Oct '15 1:50:09 PM DarkStorm
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* CelebrityLie: Used weirdly in "Decepto the Great". Benjy can't seem to produce the Thing for a school show, even though he is the Thing. (Every time he scares a comic-relief janitor character added for this episode, he changes back to try to calm him down instead of going on stage)

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* CelebrityLie: Used weirdly in "Decepto the Great". Benjy can't seem to produce the Thing for a school show, even though he is ''is'' the Thing. (Every time he scares tries, he winds up scaring a comic-relief janitor character added for - seend only in this episode, episode - and he changes back to try to calm him down instead of going on stage)
4th Sep '15 4:52:53 PM schoi30
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* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires: Count Rockula and his wife.
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* CelebrityLie: Used weirdly in "Decepto the Great". Benjy can't seem to produce the Thing for a school show, even though he is the Thing. (Every time he scares a comic-relief janitor character added for this episode, he changes back to try to calm him down instead of going on stage)



* GoneHorriblyWrong: Well, maybe not "horribly", but the opening heavily implies (and several episodes later confirms) that this is the same adult Ben Grimm as the comics, but with a cure that had gone wrong, so he's unable to transform back into his normal adult self. Now he's stuck as either a scrawny geek or a monstrous pile of rocks, neither of which he likes (but he likes being the Thing less).

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: Well, maybe not "horribly", but the opening heavily implies (and several episodes later confirms) confirm) that this is the same adult Ben Grimm as from the comics, but with a cure that had gone wrong, so he's unable to transform back into his normal adult self. Now he's stuck as either a scrawny geek or a monstrous pile of rocks, neither of which he likes (but he likes being the Thing less).



* SecretIdentity: Only Kelly Harkness and her father know that Benjy is the Thing.
* TransformationSequence: A particularly elaborate one.

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* SecretIdentity: Only Kelly Harkness and her father know that Benjy is the Thing.
Thing. Her father is the reason he's a teenager in the first place.
* TransformationSequence: A particularly elaborate one.one, and another one for reversion. While he normally only transforms two or three times per episode (plus maybe one reversion sequence), in "The Great Decepto", where he transforms to or from the Thing ''seven times'', the first four in the span of a minute and a half.
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