History WesternAnimation / MoralOrel

21st Jan '16 3:22:26 PM Mdumas43073
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'''''Moral Orel''''' is a StopMotion animated show that first aired on Creator/AdultSwim from 200608. Originally conceived as a satire of sitcoms from TheFifties and TheSixties, and designed to resemble an AffectionateParody of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' (not ''WesternAnimation/DaveyAndGoliath'', despite the art style), ''Moral Orel'' ultimately evolved into one of the darkest pieces of western animation in years.
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'''''Moral Orel''''' is a StopMotion animated show that first aired on Creator/AdultSwim from 200608. Originally conceived as a satire of sitcoms from TheFifties and TheSixties, and designed to resemble an AffectionateParody of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' (not ''WesternAnimation/DaveyAndGoliath'', despite the art style), ''Moral Orel'' ultimately evolved into one of the darkest pieces of western Western animation in years.

* ChristianityIsCatholic: Averted, and possibly inverted with all the Moralton townsfolk mocking and occasionally reviling Catholicism. In fundamentalism, only protestants are ''true'' Christians, while Catholics might as well be godless pagans. And sadly, this ''is'' TruthInTelevision for certain fundamentalists. Notably to the point where speaking the profane tongues of ''the Necronomicon'' is still better than speaking in Latin like a Catholic.
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* ChristianityIsCatholic: Averted, and possibly inverted with all the Moralton townsfolk mocking and occasionally reviling Catholicism. In fundamentalism, only protestants Protestants are ''true'' Christians, while Catholics might as well be godless pagans. And sadly, this ''is'' TruthInTelevision for certain fundamentalists. Notably to the point where speaking the profane tongues of ''the Necronomicon'' is still better than speaking in Latin like a Catholic.
21st Jan '16 3:19:25 PM Mdumas43073
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Originally conceived as a satire of sitcoms from TheFifties and TheSixties, and designed to resemble an AffectionateParody of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' (not ''WesternAnimation/DaveyAndGoliath'', despite the art style), ''Moral Orel'' ultimately evolved into one of the darkest pieces of western animation in years.
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'''''Moral Orel''''' is a StopMotion animated show that first aired on Creator/AdultSwim from 200608. Originally conceived as a satire of sitcoms from TheFifties and TheSixties, and designed to resemble an AffectionateParody of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' (not ''WesternAnimation/DaveyAndGoliath'', despite the art style), ''Moral Orel'' ultimately evolved into one of the darkest pieces of western animation in years.
23rd Dec '15 8:49:54 PM JohnOrFranz
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Mr. Figurelli and his family are... Italian? Greek? No, Italians are white so.. maybe 1/4 Arab? (Contrast the Jews for Jesus, who are the closest thing to a different religion that exists in the town, being ex Jewish Christians and still doing Jewish stuff out of habit, but their skin happens to be white.)

* BadHumorTruck: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mr. Creepler]], the local Ice Cream man, is a [[spoiler:serial rapist and a pederast]]. By the third season however, he's revealed to [[spoiler:have died in prison]].
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* BadHumorTruck: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mr. Creepler]], the local Ice Cream ice cream man, is a [[spoiler:serial rapist and a pederast]]. By the third season however, he's revealed to [[spoiler:have died in prison]].

* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Cleverly subverted. The people of Moralton are all either naive, clueless idiots, vain hedonistic hypocrites, or barely-hidden sociopaths (and often more than one), and they're all very deeply religious. But as the series goes on, it becomes abundantly clear that religion has nothing to do with it and the majority of the town are really just self-absorbed scum whose piety is skin-deep and mostly for the sake of appearances. The Reverend is actually one of the nicest and most intelligent people in the town, even though being the Shepperd to this particular flock has given him a pretty heavy dose of cynicism.
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* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Cleverly subverted. The people of Moralton are all either naive, clueless idiots, vain hedonistic hypocrites, or barely-hidden sociopaths (and often more than one), and they're all very deeply religious. But as the series goes on, it becomes abundantly clear that religion has nothing to do with it and the majority of the town are really just self-absorbed scum whose piety is skin-deep and mostly for the sake of appearances. The Reverend is actually one of the nicest and most intelligent people in the town, even though being the Shepperd shepherd to this particular flock has given him a pretty heavy dose of cynicism.
20th Oct '15 10:45:34 PM donteatacowman3
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* FakeCameraEffects: The pilot used fake JitterCam for dramatic moments, mainly when [[StepfordSmiler Bloberta]] was alone.

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* FakeCameraEffects: FalseCameraEffects: The pilot used fake JitterCam for dramatic moments, mainly when [[StepfordSmiler Bloberta]] was alone.
14th Aug '15 5:43:22 PM rtan
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Every member of Orel's family shows some form of dysfunction: father Clay abuses alcohol, abuses Orel (emotionally), and fails to hide his [[TransparentCloset closet]] [[GayConservative bisexuality]]; mother Bloberta cheats on Clay, often finds herself depressed, and suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder; and both parents spoil Orel's rambunctious little brother Shapey rotten. The population of Moralton (a town placed precisely in the middle of the United States) fare little better; most of Moralton's adults lead lives as dysfunctional as Orel's family--if not more so--while putting on a show of being Good Christians and Good Neighbors.
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Every member of Orel's family shows some form of dysfunction: father Clay abuses alcohol, abuses Orel (emotionally), (emotionally and physically), and fails to hide his [[TransparentCloset closet]] [[GayConservative bisexuality]]; mother Bloberta cheats on Clay, often finds herself depressed, and suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder; and both parents spoil Orel's rambunctious little brother Shapey rotten. The population of Moralton (a town placed precisely in the middle of the United States) fare little better; most of Moralton's adults lead lives as dysfunctional as Orel's family--if not more so--while putting on a show of being Good Christians and Good Neighbors.
7th Aug '15 1:57:28 PM Ploopyandproud
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* JerkJock: Doughy's dad.
4th Aug '15 10:03:17 PM BadSplice
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...or maybe not.
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...[[CerebusSyndrome ...or maybe not. not.]]
6th Jul '15 7:00:18 PM ironballs16
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%%* AbusiveParents: Played depressingly straight.
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%%* * AbusiveParents: Played depressingly straight.straight all over Moralton. Orel's father is drunk and emotionally-abusive (sometimes lapsing into physical as well), and his mother is neglectful. ** Doughy's parents are HighschoolSweethearts that never actually moved past High School. * AccidentalTruth: [[TheIngenue Nurse Bendy]], while praising Principal Fakey's maturity [[spoiler: to her teddy-bear family]], says that "he must be more adulterer than anyone I know!"
15th Jun '15 8:10:43 PM system
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11th Jun '15 8:35:39 PM CaveCat
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Fixed some tropes that had been butchered.
* AbortedArc: ** Clay's father, introduced in a flashback episode in Season Three, was supposed to join the cast in the second half of the season; when the show was cancelled, the arc was deepsixed. Also deepsixed was the Miss Censordoll's scheming to take control over the town [[spoiler:via seducing Clay (revealed to be the Mayor of the town in the second-to-last episode of the series) as well as the implications that Censordoll may or may not have manipulated Clay's shooting of Orel.]] Clay's father does play a role in "Beforel Orel". ** There were hints in the third season that something would happen involving Miss Sculptham and Mr. Creepler but once this was revealed in "Alone" the show was cancelled and some episodes were deepsixed. If one saw the scene in "Innocence" where Sculptham was clipping out a newspaper article, that article was about a serial rapist that turned out to be Mr. Creepler. A episode that was scrapped called "Raped" would've brought this to light and another scrapped episode "Abstinence" did show Doughy witnessing Creepler and Scultpham together but Doughy just brushed it off. To make things even more darker and disturbing, if the series continued, Miss Sculptham would have discovered herself pregnant with his twins and that she had aborted only one of them. With Dr. Potterswheel finding out about her pregnancy, it is possible she would have given birth to the child.
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* AbortedArc: ** AbortedArc: Clay's father, introduced in a flashback episode in Season Three, was supposed to join the cast in the second half of the season; when the show was cancelled, the arc was deepsixed. Also deepsixed was the Miss Censordoll's scheming to take control over the town [[spoiler:via seducing Clay (revealed to be the Mayor of the town in the second-to-last episode of the series) as well as the implications that Censordoll may or may not have manipulated Clay's shooting of Orel.]] ]] ** Clay's father does play a role in "Beforel Orel". ** Beforel Orel. *** There were hints in the third season that something would happen involving Miss Sculptham and Mr. Creepler but once this was revealed in "Alone" the show was cancelled and some episodes were deepsixed. If one saw the scene in "Innocence" where Sculptham was clipping out a newspaper article, that article was about a serial rapist that turned out to be Mr. Creepler. A episode that was scrapped called "Raped" would've brought this to light and another scrapped episode "Abstinence" did show Doughy witnessing Creepler and Scultpham together but Doughy just brushed it off. To make things even more darker and disturbing, if the series continued, Miss Sculptham would have discovered herself pregnant with his twins and that she had aborted only one of them. With Dr. Potterswheel finding out about her pregnancy, it is possible she would have given birth to the child.

* AdviceBackfire: ''Constantly.'' ** The third-season episode "Innocence" plays into this, as the town agrees to stop giving Orel advice in an attempt to [[{{Defied}} avoid]] the trope's occurrence. ** Ironically Putty's advice [[SelfFulfillingProphecy backfired spectacularly]] because all of the people tried to pass off Orel to the next unfortunate shmuck, as well as trying to plea with god on a technicality that Orel was just "eaves dropping on them talking to themselves" so they dont end up in hell.
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* AdviceBackfire: ''Constantly.'' '' ** The third-season episode "Innocence" plays into this, as the town agrees to stop giving Orel advice in an attempt to [[{{Defied}} avoid]] the trope's occurrence. ** occurrence. *** Ironically Putty's advice [[SelfFulfillingProphecy backfired spectacularly]] because all of the people tried to pass off Orel to the next unfortunate shmuck, as well as trying to plea with god on a technicality that Orel was just "eaves dropping on them talking to themselves" so they dont end up in hell.

* AnimalMotifs: ** The blue bird in "Nature"--likely meant to symbolize Orel's innocence, the bird appears in key scenes throughout the first part before flying off at the end of the episode [[spoiler:when Orel finally fires off his dad's pistol]]. It stays missing until the end credits of the second part. ** Likewise with the flies that appeared in the same episode, symbolizing Clay's desolation. They appear in the end credits with Orel's bird, symbolizing that his innocence has been stained. ** Florence (a name associated with cows in reference to the character's weight) has a fixation with zebras. Cows resemble zebras in that they both have black and white coats, but the latter is generally thought to be prettier; Florence yearns to be a zebra rather than a cow.
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* AnimalMotifs: AnimalMotifs: ** The blue bird in "Nature"--likely meant to symbolize Orel's innocence, the bird appears in key scenes throughout the first part before flying off at the end of the episode [[spoiler:when Orel finally fires off his dad's pistol]]. It stays missing until the end credits of the second part. ** part. *** Likewise with the flies that appeared in the same episode, symbolizing Clay's desolation. They appear in the end credits with Orel's bird, symbolizing that his innocence has been stained. ** Florence (a name associated with cows in reference to the character's weight) has a fixation with zebras. Cows resemble zebras in that they both have black and white coats, but the latter is generally thought to be prettier; Florence yearns to be a zebra rather than a cow.stained.

* ArcWords: ** "There are no accidents." ** Each episode's title usually ends up littered throughout the episode as ArcWords, though "Nature" is one that has shown up throughout most of the series outside of its origin episode. Most poignantly in "Beforel Orel" as Orel's grandfather's explanation for things (as opposed to God).
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* ArcWords: ** ArcWords: "There are no accidents." " ** Each episode's title usually ends up littered throughout the episode as ArcWords, though "Nature" is one that has shown up throughout most of the series outside of its origin episode. *** Most poignantly poingnantly in "Beforel Orel" Beforel Orel as Orel's grandfather's explanation for things (as (As opposed to God).

* BreakTheCutie: Orel. So very, very much. [[spoiler:It ultimately fails.]] Could be Clay's intent, as a means of justifying his own shittiness by trying to show that Orel's own purity is built on a foundation of sand. [[spoiler:It isn't.]]
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* BreakTheCutie: Orel. So very, very much. [[spoiler:It ultimately fails.]] Could be ]] ** Arguably Clay's intent, as a means of justifying his own shittiness by trying to show that Orel's own purity is built on a foundation of sand. [[spoiler:It isn't.]]

** And in a FunnyBackgroundEvent in "Alone", one of the headlines involving a serial rapist is "This time, it's ''not'' Orel!" And while the cause for it is a TearJerker, we later see the "Papa Bear" from "Alone" tied into his seat.
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** And in a FunnyBackgroundEvent in "Alone", one of the headlines involving a serial rapist is "This time, it's ''not'' Orel!" Orel!" *** And while the cause for it is a TearJerker, we later see the "Papa Bear" from "Alone" tied into his seat.

* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: ** Subverted. What appears to be a reaction to this is later revealed to be to something much more dangerous. ''Not'' a CerebusRetcon. Given this series, it was indeed a plot hook, not a case of going back to make what was funny darker. ** In "God's Chef", Clicky the janitor catches Orel in a bathroom stall--with his pants down.
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* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: ** CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Subverted. What appears to be a reaction to this is later revealed to be to something much more dangerous. ** ''Not'' a CerebusRetcon. Given this series, it was indeed a plot hook, not a case of going back to make what was funny darker. ** In "God's Chef", Clicky the janitor catches Orel in a bathroom stall--with his pants down.darker.

* ChristianityIsCatholic: Averted, and possibly inverted with all the Moralton townsfolk mocking and occasionally reviling Catholicism. In fundamentalism, only protestants are ''true'' Christians, while Catholics might as well be godless pagans. And sadly, this ''is'' TruthInTelevision for certain fundamentalists. Notably to the point where speaking the profane tongues of ''the Necronomicon'' is still better than speaking in Latin like a Catholic.
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* ChristianityIsCatholic: Averted, and possibly inverted with all the Moralton townsfolk mocking and occasionally reviling Catholicism. In fundamentalism, only protestants are ''true'' Christians, while Catholics might as well be godless pagans. And sadly, this ''is'' TruthInTelevision for certain fundamentalists. ** Notably to the point where speaking the profane tongues of ''the Necronomicon'' is still better than speaking in Latin like a Catholic.

* {{Claymation}}: The show itself, and Orel's hobby. During the ending credits of one episode, we see Orel, a claymation figure, making a claymation video of himself making a claymation video. [[ShowWithinAShow A show inside a show inside a show]]. Becomes a BrickJoke when Orel shows off his show to friends and family, summarizing previous episodes and inadvertently showing their hypocrisies.
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* {{Claymation}}: The show itself, and Orel's hobby. ** During the ending credits of one episode, we see Orel, a claymation figure, making a claymation video of himself making a claymation video. [[ShowWithinAShow A show inside a show inside a show]]. *** Becomes a BrickJoke when Orel shows off his show to friends and family, summarizing previous episodes and inadvertently showing their hypocrisies.

* CrapsackWorld: Especially by the final season. Though it was always crapsack, really. Orel (and the viewer) has just become more aware of it as its mask slipped.
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* CrapsackWorld: Especially by the final season. Though it ** It was always crapsack, really. Orel (and the viewer) has just become more aware of it as its mask slipped.

* {{Deconstruction}}: When you can rival and "beat" the majority of other attempts at a deconstruction and how dark an animated television show can become, and how much you can rip apart every little thing about the "perfection" of the comedic aspects of the show you're watching, you're falling into this category. Not only is the series as whole a {{Deconstruction}} of the MoralSubstitute, but most every episode also deconstructs a dubious or tautological [[MoralGuardians Christian Fundamentalist]] tenet by way of having Orel follow scripture to horrifying - completely logical, but horrifying - conclusions. You might say ''Moral Orel'' [[{{Deconstruction}} is a deconstruction of]] [[Literature/TheBible bib]][[IncrediblyLamePun lical]] [[UpToEleven proportions.]]
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* {{Deconstruction}}: When you can rival and "beat" ''beat" the majority of other attempts at a deconstruction and how dark an animated television show can become, and how much you can rip apart every little thing about the "perfection" of the comedic aspects of the show you're watching, you're falling into this category. category. ** Not only is the series as whole a {{Deconstruction}} of the MoralSubstitute, MoralSubstitute (as discussed below) but most every episode also deconstructs a dubious or tautological [[MoralGuardians Christian Fundamentalist]] tenet by way of having Orel follow scripture to horrifying - completely logical, -completely logical- but horrifying - conclusions. conclusions You might say ''Moral Orel'' MoralOrel [[{{Deconstruction}} is a deconstruction of]] [[Literature/TheBible bib]][[IncrediblyLamePun lical]] [[UpToEleven proportions.]] ]]

* DistantFinale: The last scene of the final episode [[spoiler:skips to Orel as an adult, who was able to raise a fully functional family with Christina. Especially noteworthy is the picture on the wall of Orel's parents. As horrific as Clay was to Orel, Orel's above exiling the old man from his life. There are two other pictures of a fireman and policeman, presumably the adult versions of Shapey and Block.]]
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* DistantFinale: The last scene of the final episode [[spoiler:skips to Orel as an adult, who was able to raise a fully functional family with Christina. Especially ]] ** [[spoiler:Especially noteworthy is the picture on the wall of Orel's parents. As horrific as Clay was to Orel, Orel's above exiling the old man from his life. There ]] ** [[spoiler:There are two other pictures of a fireman and policeman, presumably the adult versions of Shapey and Block.]]

* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: ** Christina has invited Orel to MakeOutPoint after their parents have forbidden them from seeing each other. They meet up, are ecstatic to see each other, then slowly lower out of camera view while lovingly saying each other's names... then the camera pans down and you see they're praying. ** On "Alone", Nurse Bendy [[spoiler: has one of her bears fall on her upraised rump while she's cleaning a spill, having some milk spilled on her face in the process]], which triggers a panic attack. * DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff: PlayedForLaughs OnceAnEpisode (the actual ''threat'' is never made--we just see Orel pulling up his pants back up). In "Nature", it's PlayedForDrama. This "humor" becomes less and less funny as the series progresses, even though the "joke" remains the same.
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: ** DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Christina has invited Orel to MakeOutPoint after their parents have forbidden them from seeing each other. They meet up, are ecstatic to see each other, then slowly lower out of camera view while lovingly saying each other's names... then the camera pans down and you see they're praying. praying. ** On And in "Alone", Nurse Bendy [[spoiler: has one of her bears fall on her upraised rump while she's cleaning a spill, having some milk spilled on her face in the process]], which triggers a panic attack. * DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff: PlayedForLaughs OnceAnEpisode (the actual ''threat'' is never made--we just see Orel pulling up his pants back up). In "Nature", it's PlayedForDrama. ** This "humor" becomes less and less funny as the series progresses, even though the "joke" remains the same.

* DysfunctionalFamily: An excellent example! Clay is emotionally distant and abusive, his wife is a cleanliness-obsessed basket case who married him for all the wrong reasons, Shapey is seven but developmentally is three, and Orel is the OnlySaneMan. For a given value of "sane", anyway. And for a while there, Orel's family just flat-out had another family's child instead of Shapey. Clay noticed, but didn't care, and ignored Orel when Orel mentioned it.
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* DysfunctionalFamily: An excellent example! Clay is emotionally distant and abusive, his wife is a cleanliness-obsessed basket case who married him for all the wrong reasons, Shapey is seven but developmentally is three, and Orel is the OnlySaneMan. For a given value of "sane", anyway. ** And let's not forget that for a while there, Orel's family just flat-out had another family's child instead of Shapey. Clay noticed, but didn't care, and ignored Orel when Orel mentioned it.

* FeudingFamilies: The Puppingtons and the Posabules hate each others' guts because they use slightly different versions of the Lord's Prayer. Slightly as in "Forgive us our ''debtors''" and "Forgive us our ''tresspassers''." ''One word.'' This sticking point also doubles as a CavemenVsAstronautsDebate.
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* FeudingFamilies: The Puppingtons and the Posabules hate each others' guts because they use slightly different versions of the Lord's Prayer. Slightly as in "Forgive us our ''debtors''" and "Forgive us our ''tresspassers''." ''One word.'' '' ** This sticking point also doubles as a CavemenVsAstronautsDebate.

* FourthDateMarriage: Clay and Bloberta marry after one date (and it's kinda hard to call it a date since they just decided to attend a reception together after attending the wedding separately). Subverted in that both of them know they're making a mistake, but they go through with it anyway since Clay wants someone to help him and Bloberta wants to be the one getting married. Poignantly, when asked by Orel why they married, all Bloberta could answer is "Why not?". * FreudianExcuse: ** Clay's an asshole because his insanely religious mother raised him like a spoiled prince (because all of her ''ten'' previous pregnancies never made it to term because of her constant drinking and smoking which she stopped when pregnant with Clay because she was too preoccupied with praying to God that he would make it) and his father (who was never able to create a good bond between his son due to his wife's constant spoiling and protective nature and never forgave Clay for the prank that led to his wife's fatal heart attack) emotionally shunned his child, to the point of telling him that he wasn't even worth the effort of punishing him physically, which led to Clay becoming a hellion if only to get slapped by his father, which for Clay was the only emotional response he could ever get out of his father. Bloberta, meanwhile, is the unwanted middle child of an emotionally abusive mother who treated her second daughter like an unwanted pet; she became an obsessive-compulsive neat freak to replace her addiction to booze, after introducing Clay to alcohol and watching him become a massive jerk with ''his first drink''. ** While it does explain much, it's not much of an excuse. Orel's childhood isn't far off from this. Which was likely was the point: [[spoiler:despite all the bad things that happened to Orel, ''he'' still got his life back together.]] And arguably, that was the point of the other point: [[spoiler:Clay's abuse of Orel is to try to bring the boy down to his father's level, so that Clay can convince himself that he's not responsible for what he's become, which is why Orel's continuing intent to goodness makes Clay even more miserable and hateful.]] ** Ms. Censordoll is the way she is because her Mother removed her reproductive organs as a infant which might explain why she looks old despite her age. Sweet dreams readers!
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* FourthDateMarriage: Clay and Bloberta marry after one date (and (And it's kinda hard to call it a date since they just decided to attend a reception together after attending the wedding separately). separately.) Subverted in that both of them know they're making a mistake, but they go through with it anyway since Clay wants someone to help him and Bloberta wants to be the one getting married. married. ** Poignantly, when asked by Orel why they married, all Bloberta could answer is "Why not?". * FreudianExcuse: ** FreudianExcuse: Clay's an asshole because his insanely religious mother raised him like a spoiled prince (because all of her ''ten'' previous pregnancies never made it to term because of her constant drinking and smoking which she stopped when pregnant with Clay because she was too preoccupied with praying to God that he would make it) and his father (who was never able to create a good bond between his son due to his wife's constant spoiling and protective nature and never forgave Clay for the prank that led to his wife's fatal heart attack) emotionally shunned his child, to the point of telling him that he wasn't even worth the effort of punishing him physically, which led to Clay becoming a hellion if only to get slapped by his father, which for Clay was the only emotional response he could ever get out of his father. Bloberta, meanwhile, is the unwanted middle child of an emotionally abusive mother who treated her second daughter like an unwanted pet; she became an obsessive-compulsive neat freak to replace her addiction to booze, after introducing Clay to alcohol and watching him become a massive jerk with ''his first drink''. drink''. ** While it does explain much, it's not much of an excuse. Orel's childhood isn't far off from this. Which was likely ** Arguably, that was the point: [[spoiler:despite all the bad things that happened to Orel, ''he'' still got his life back together.]] ]] *** And arguably, that was the point of the other point: [[spoiler:Clay's abuse of Orel is to try to bring the boy down to his father's level, so that Clay can convince himself that he's not responsible for what he's become, which is why Orel's continuing intent to goodness makes Clay even more miserable and hateful.]] ** ]] **** Ms. Censordoll is the way she is because her Mother removed her reproductive organs as a infant which might explain why she looks old despite her age. Sweet dreams readers!

** Clay DOES mention Lee Harvey Oswald in "Trigger" so the series most likely takes place somewhere during or after 1963. * AGodAmI: ** Orel, upon hearing that God is in him (as well as everyone and everything else), starts acting this way, going so far as to pull the plug on a dying woman; granted the woman was asking for it, but still...it's one of the few times Orel actually outright acts like a jerk. ** This is how Censordoll acts ''naturally''. --->'''Censordoll:''' No mother, I am not holier than thou--but I ''am'' holier than ''you''.
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** *** Clay DOES mention Lee Harvey Oswald in "Trigger" so the series most likely takes place somewhere during or after 1963. * AGodAmI: ** AGodAmI[=/=]DrunkWithPower: Orel, upon hearing that God is in him (as well as everyone and everything else), starts acting this way, going so far as to pull the plug on a dying woman; granted the woman was asking for it, but still...it's one of the few times Orel actually outright acts like a jerk. ** This is how Censordoll acts ''naturally''. --->'''Censordoll:''' No mother, I am not holier than thou--but I ''am'' holier than ''you''.jerk.

* IdenticalStranger: The Posabule family, Art, Poppit, and Christina, are this to Clay, Bloberta and Orel. The youngest child of each family, Block and Shapey, only act the same.
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* IdenticalStranger: {{Identical Stranger}}s: The Posabule family, Art, Poppit, and Christina, are this to Clay, Bloberta and Orel. The youngest child of each family, Block and Shapey, only act the same.

* TheImmodestOrgasm: Bloberta masturbates with a jackhammer in "Numb". It ends up doing as much damage to her body as you'd expect. At first. Then, she manages to leave it in all night and is still alive when the power runs out hours later.
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* TheImmodestOrgasm: Bloberta masturbates with a jackhammer in "Numb". It ends up doing as much damage to her body as you'd expect. ** At first. Then, she manages to leave it in all night and is still alive when the power runs out hours later.

* LightIsNotGood: Most of the citizens of Moralton. By the end of the show, there are definitely, and possibly ''only'', three who could be considered "good": Reverend Putty, Stephanie, and Nurse Bendy. Considering that even Reverend Putty and Daniel KickTheDog several times, he invokes this trope mildly at best.
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* LightIsNotGood: Most of the citizens of Moralton. By the end of the show, there are definitely, and possibly ''only'', three who could be considered "good": Reverend Putty, Stephanie, and Nurse Bendy. ** Considering that even Reverend Putty and Daniel KickTheDog several times, he somewhat invokes this trope mildly at best.mildly.

* LoudGulp: Happens in every episode just before Orel's father beats him as punishment for whatever he did wrong that day. In fact, it's a sign of CharacterDevelopment when Clay's threats evoke a deadpan response and not a loud gulp from Orel, due to him losing all respect for Clay.
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* LoudGulp: Happens in every episode just before Orel's father beats him as punishment for whatever he did wrong that day. ** In fact, it's a sign of CharacterDevelopment when Clay's threats evoke a deadpan response and not a loud gulp from Orel, due to him losing all respect for Clay.

** Doughy Latchkey and Ms. Frances Clara Censordoll (FCC). These aren't so obvious, but they're just as good. Also, Censor''doll'', "Censored-All".
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** Doughy Latchkey and Ms. Frances Clara Censordoll (FCC). These aren't so obvious, but they're just as good. Also, *** Censor''doll'', "Censored-All"."Censored-All"

* MoralMyopia: If you are not going to Reverend Putty's church on Sunday, you aren't even subhuman. Unless you're grounded from Church for a month... at that point (if you're Orel), you go insane.
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* MoralMyopia: If you are not going to Reverend Putty's church on Sunday, you aren't even subhuman. ** Unless you're grounded from Church for a month... at that point (if you're Orel), you go insane.

* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Even more so as [[ZombieApocalypse zombies]]! What stands out even more, is [[spoiler:that Orel doesn't get scolded for raising zombies, but rather for stripping them first.]] Clay then tells Orel that nudity is a bad thing and that a person should only be naked when there's no other recourse.
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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Even more so moreso as [[ZombieApocalypse zombies]]! zombies]]! ** What stands out even more, is [[spoiler:that Orel doesn't get scolded for raising zombies, but rather for stripping them first.]] Clay then tells Orel that nudity is a bad thing and that a person should only be naked when there's no other recourse.]]

* OnlySaneMan: Reverend Rod Putty, who is ironically less blinded by so-called faith compared to everyone else as time goes on. His daughter also counts.
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* OnlySaneMan: Reverend Rod Putty, who is ironically less blinded by so-called faith compared to everyone else as time goes on. ** His daughter also counts.

* SatelliteLoveInterest: Christina. Her relationship with Orel is rather sweet, but it's tough to define her character without him. Since she's just a female version of Orel, looking and sounding exactly the same, defining her character without him is not really possible.
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* SatelliteLoveInterest: Christina. Her relationship with Orel is rather sweet, but it's tough to define her character without him. ** Since she's just a female version of Orel, looking and sounding exactly the same, defining her character without him is not really possible.

* ShootTheDog: ** In "Nature," Clay shoots some other hunter's hunting dog, then proceeds to mount its head and eat it like a deer. Granted, he was drunk at the time, but still...
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* ShootTheDog: ** ShootTheDog: In "Nature," Clay shoots some other hunter's hunting dog, then proceeds to mount its head and eat it like a deer. Granted, he was drunk at the time, but still...

* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: At the beginning, Orel is practically in the wrong show, given how naive he is about the world. The world is deeply cynical, and Orel gradually shifts to a more cynical viewpoint as well, especially after "Nature". However, "cynical" for Orel is... admitting to himself that he doesn't respect and revere his father as he feels he ought, and thinking that perhaps, everything isn't as perfect as it ought to be. It's still a deep contrast, though not as extreme.
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: At the beginning, Orel is practically in the wrong show, given how naive he is about the world. The world is deeply cynical, and Orel gradually shifts to a more cynical viewpoint as well, especially after "Nature". ** However, "cynical" for Orel is... admitting to himself that he doesn't respect and revere his father as he feels he ought, and thinking that perhaps, everything isn't as perfect as it ought to be. It's still a deep contrast, though not as extreme.

** "Orel's Movie Premiere" seems to be one towards us viewers, Doughy calls Orel "Moral" at one point and Dr. Potterswheel asks if Clay molests Orel during the time in the Study... these are WordOfGod's pet peeves that we the viewers bring up.
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** *** "Orel's Movie Premiere" seems to be one towards us viewers, Doughy calls Orel "Moral" at one point and Dr. Potterswheel asks if Clay molests Orel during the time in the Study... these are WordOfGod's pet peeves that we the viewers bring up.

* ZombieApocalypse: Parodied in the first episode - the people are afraid of the zombies because they're ''nude'', not because they're eating brains. When the first episode features a Zombie Apocalypse and the show just gets ''darker'' from there...that's the ''definition'' of a CrapsackWorld.
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* ZombieApocalypse: Parodied in the first episode - the people are afraid of the zombies because they're ''nude'', not because they're eating brains. ** When the first episode features a Zombie Apocalypse and the show just gets ''darker'' from there...that's the ''definition'' of a CrapsackWorld.
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