History WesternAnimation / VeggieTales

4th Dec '17 2:26:05 PM ChristianTropes33
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* EverybodyDoTheEndlessLoop: The first happy part of "God is Bigger" has Bob and Larry going from side to side in the same way for almost the ''entirety'' of said part.
** The building's dance at the end of ''Rack, Shack and Benny'' also counts as this. [[spoiler:It even continues to dance when the ''music temporarily stops at the end.'']]
30th Nov '17 10:17:17 AM ZootyCutie94
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[[caption-width-right:285:[-[[LampshadeHanging Yes, a couple of them are fruit]], [[RuleOfFun Shrek watches over all of us?]][[note]]Shrek is the only true go of this earth.... this is shreks domain now.[[/note]]]]-]

"Once upon a time there was a lovely princess. But she had an enchantment upon her of a fearful sort which could only be broken by love's first kiss. She was locked away in a castle guarded by a terrible fire-breathing dragon. Many brave knights had attempted to free her from this dreadful prison but none prevailed. She waited in the dragon's keep in the highest room of the tallest tower for her true love and true love's first kiss."

(laughing) A green hand rips the page out of the book. "Like that's ever gonna happen." Cut to an outhouse exterior. The toilet flushes. "What a load of..." The door slams open, revealing the man, a green ogre. He sees his house, built into the bottom of a large tree stump, and breathes a happy sigh. He lives a normal life (for an ogre). He undresses and takes a (mud) shower outside. He brushes his teeth (using a caterpillar's guts as toothpaste). He smiles into the mirror (but it cracks as in "The Munsters"). He jumps into a pond (and farts). Some dead fish float up, and he grabs one. After he gets dressed, he gets a giant slug out of a hollow log (for his dinner). Finally, he paints a "BEWARE. OGRE" sign and posts it.

Men burst out of a tavern in the town and plan to capture the ogre for a reward. They grab pitchforks and torches and head for his place. The ogre is eating a bowl of eyeballs. He burps to light his fireplace, swallows the fish, and then relaxes in his easy chair. The men finally arrive at the ogre's house at night. The ogre hears them, and sneaks up behind them. He frightens them by telling them what he could do to them, then he roars and they all flee in fear. The ogre sees a poster on the ground and picks it up: "WANTED. FAIRY TALE CREATURES. REWARD". He tosses it back on the ground and walks away.

In the forest, various fairy tale creatures are being loaded into wagons for the rewards: The Seven Dwarfs, a witch, an elf, Pinocchio, The Three Bears, Tinker Bell, etc. A talking donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy) is next in line after Pinocchio (voiced by Cody Cameron). The Captain of the Guards (voiced by Jim Cummings) gives Gepetto (voiced by Chris Miller) five shillings for the "possessed toy". The donkey's owner (voiced by Kathleen Freeman) can't get him to talk when asked by the knights, so they drag her away. As she struggles with the knights, she kicks the lantern holding Tinker Bell, and it flies into the air, landing on the donkey and spilling pixie dust on him. He floats into the air. The donkey talks now as he floats away, saying, "You might have seen a house fly, maybe even a super fly, but I bet you aint never seen a donkey fly!" (copying the crows in "Dumbo"). Peter Pan (voiced by Michael Galasso) and the Three Little Pigs (voiced by Cody Cameron) are surprised that he can fly, but the Captain of the Guards is more surprised that he can talk. The pixie dust wears off, and the donkey falls to the ground. The knights try to seize him, but he runs into the forest.

The donkey bumps into the back of the ogre, who was posting a "KEEP OUT" poster on a tree. When the knights approach, the donkey hides behind the ogre. The Captain of the Guards announces that Lord Farquaad authorized him to arrest them and transport them to a designated resettlement facility. The ogre says, "Oh, really. You and what army?" The Captain looks back and sees that the other knights have run away, so he too runs away, yelling in fear. As the ogre walks away the donkey follows him and compliments him on how great he was with the guards. The donkey says that he doesn't have any friends and asks to stay with the ogre, who then tries to scare him away. The donkey just gives him a compliment on how scary that was and sings. The ogre tells the donkey that he is an ogre, but the donkey doesn't care. The donkey asks for the ogre's name, and he replies, "Shrek." Shrek lets the donkey stay at his house for one night (outside).

As Shrek eats his dinner, he hears a noise and shouts at the donkey to stay outside. He looks back at his table and sees the Three Blind Mice (voiced by Christopher Knights and Simon J. Smith). When he grabs the mice, The Seven Dwarfs push the case with Snow White onto the table. They tell Shrek it's because the bed's taken, and Shrek sees that The Big Bad Wolf is in it. He grabs the wolf and tosses him out, but sees hundreds of fairy tale creatures camped outside his house. Pinocchio and one of the pigs tell Shrek that Lord Farquaad evicted them and put them there. The donkey tells Shrek that he knows where Lord Farquaad is, so Shrek announces that their welcome is worn out, that he will see Farquaad right now so that he can get them all off his swamp and back where they all came from. They all cheer. Shrek tells the donkey that he is coming with him. The donkey is happy and says, "Shrek and Donkey, on a whirlwind big city adventure." Donkey then starts singing "On The Road Again", but Shrek makes him hum it instead.

In a castle, the town's lord walks down a hallway. When he reaches the guards at the end, it's obvious that he is a dwarf. He enters the torture chamber where the executioner, Thelonius (voiced by Christopher Knights), is drowning The Gingerbread Man (voiced by Conrad Vernon) in a glass of milk. The lord (voiced by John Lithgow) torments The Gingerbread Man, and then crumbles one of his severed legs. He tells The Gingerbread Man that he and all the other fairy tale trash are monsters that are poisoning his perfect world. He demands that The Gingerbread Man tell him where the others are and starts to tear off one of his gumdrop buttons. The Gingerbread Man then rambles on about The Muffin Man, but they are interrupted by knights who bring in The Evil Queen's Magic Mirror. The lord knocks The Gingerbread Man into a trash can then asks, "Mirror mirror on the wall, is this not the most perfect kingdom of them all?" The Magic Mirror (voiced by Chris Miller) replies that he is not technically a king yet, but can become one by marrying a princess. The Magic Mirror then presents the eligible bachelorettes, "Dating Game" style: Cinderella, Snow White, and Princess Fiona (in the castle guarded by a dragon). Upon prompting by Thelonius, Lord Farquaad picks Princess Fiona. The Magic Mirror then displays Princess Fiona while playing "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)". Lord Farquaad says that she's perfect, and that finally he will be the perfect king. The Magic Mirror tries to tell him what happens at night after sunset, but he tells the mirror to be quiet. Lord Farquaad then announces that they are going to have a tournament.

Shrek and Donkey reach the castle at Duloc. The parking lot is arranged like the one at Disneyland. Shrek remarks that it must be Lord Farquaad's castle. It's extremely tall, and Shrek jokes that he could be compensating for something. As they approach the roped lines for the ticket booth, Shrek tries to talk to Duloc's costumed mascot (voiced by Andrew Adamson), which looks like Lord Farquaad, but he runs away in fear through the lines. Shrek walks straight through the ropes, dragging them along as Donkey follows, and tries to calm the mascot down. The mascot gets knocked out when he runs into the turnstile. Shrek and Donkey go through the turnstile. Elevator music plays in the otherwise quiet and deserted courtyard. The souvenir shop only has Lord Farquaad items. Donkey sees an information booth and pulls the lever. There is some clicking, and then the doors open, revealing music and wooden puppets (like in "It's a Small World") that sing the rules for Duloc, "a perfect place". The doors shut and a camera takes Shrek and Donkey's picture, then their photo comes out, showing them stunned.

Shrek and Donkey hear fanfare and go in that direction. Lord Farquaad is high upon a balcony announcing that the tournament winner (champion) will have the privilege to go rescue Princess Fiona. Shrek and Donkey march past the contestants (knights), then Farquaad instead tells the knights that the one who kills the ogre will be named champion. Shrek bursts open a wine barrel to slip up some knights, then slides through the brew, swinging at them with one of their axes like a hockey player. Donkey climbs onto the other barrel and rolls over some more knights. When more knights arrive, Shrek jumps into a corral and fights them like a professional wrestler. After a while, the crowd cheers for Shrek. Donkey joins in, "tag team" style, knocking out another knight. After Shrek sits on another knight, a woman (voiced by Jacquie Barnbrook) shouts for Shrek to give "give him the chair", so he whacks him over the head with a chair. After Shrek throws the last knight, Donkey kicks him, knocking him out. Shrek hams it up for the crowd. Lord Farquaad signals to the knights with crossbows, but instead of giving the order to kill Shrek, he proclaims that Shrek is the champion. Farquaad tells Shrek that he won the honor to go on the quest. Shrek replies that he is already on a quest to get his swamp back, where Farquaad dumped the fairy tale creatures. Farquaad offers a deal to Shrek that if he goes on this quest, Farquaad will give him his swamp back, with the squatters gone, so Shrek agrees.

On the way to rescue Princess Fiona, Shrek and Donkey pass through various vegetable fields. As Shrek munches on some vegetables, Donkey asks Shrek why he's going to fight a dragon and rescue a princess to get his swamp back, which Farquaad filled with "freaks". He tells Shrek that he should act like an ogre, and lay siege to his fortress and grind his bones. Shrek sarcastically suggests that instead he could have decapitated some villagers and drank their fluids. Shrek tells Donkey that there's a lot more to ogres than people think, that they are like onions and have layers.

Shrek and Donkey pass a run-down windmill. After two days, they finally reach the castle where Princess Fiona is held, up on a mountain. Dried lava and brimstone are everywhere. Donkey thinks the smell is from Shrek, but Shrek tells Donkey that if it were him, Donkey would be dead. They reach a footbridge over a river of lava leading to the castle. Donkey is afraid to cross, but Shrek backs him up, tricking him to cross.

Inside the castle, Shrek tells Donkey to look for stairs so they can reach Princess Fiona. Shrek puts on some armor of a dead knight. Suddenly, the dragon breathes fire and chases after Donkey. Shrek grabs the dragon's tail, but it shakes him off, sending him flying into Princess Fiona's room and waking her up. Meanwhile, the dragon has Donkey trapped. Donkey complements it on its white teeth, notices that it's a girl dragon, and gives it more appropriate compliments. The dragon picks him up with her teeth and walks happily away. While Shrek recovers, Princess Fiona lies back down on the bed and pretends to sleep. Shrek approaches her but instead of kissing her, he shakes her forcefully and shouts for her to wake up. Princess Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) wants romance, but Shrek keeps his helmet on and drags her down the stairs. Down below, the dragon is cuddling and romancing Donkey. Shrek grabs a hanging chain and swings towards the dragon, but the chain is stuck up above. He shakes it loose, and he falls, knocking Donkey away as the dragon is about to kiss him. The dragon kisses Shrek's naked butt. The chain's frame falls around the dragon's neck like a collar. Shrek and Donkey run away, then Shrek grabs Donkey and Fiona as the dragon chases them, repeatedly breathing fire. They crisscross the castle and the chain tangles around all the pillars. Shrek locks the chain into the floor with a sword. As they run across the bridge the dragon burns half of it up, but they make it safely across. The dragon tries to fly after them, but the chain holds it back.

Safely on the other side, Fiona demands that Shrek remove his helmet and kiss her. He removes his helmet, and she is shocked and disappointed that he is an ogre. Shrek tells her that Lord Farquaad sent him, that he's the one who wants to marry her. Princess Fiona tells him in that case that Lord Farquaad should rescue her and she refuses to leave. Shrek picks her up then they head back to Duloc. When Shrek finally sets Fiona down she asks Shrek and Donkey what Duloc and Lord Farquaad are like. Shrek and Donkey start making short jokes about him. She says that they are just jealous of him. When she hears that they will get to Duloc the next day, Fiona gets upset and insists that they make camp immediately. They find a rock cliff, and Princess Fiona sleeps alone in a small enclosure on it. Shrek tells Donkey stories about the stars, and then says that things are more than they appear. Donkey wonders what they will do when they get back to their swamp, but Shrek tells him that it's his swamp, and he is going to build a ten-foot wall around his land. Donkey thinks that Shrek is trying to keep people out, then Shrek shouts at Donkey that he's trying to keep everyone out. Fiona wakes up and slides the door open, then overhears Shrek telling Donkey how people judge him before they even know him, and that's why he's better off alone. Fiona closes the door then Donkey and Shrek talk about the stars again.

At his castle, Lord Farquaad is in bed with a drink and repeatedly makes the Magic Mirror show him the picture of Princess Fiona. He says that she's perfect.

The next morning, Princess Fiona sings with a bird, but it explodes when she hits a high note. She cooks the bird's eggs for breakfast. Fiona tells Shrek and Donkey that she is making it up to them because they got off to a bad start yesterday; after all, they rescued her. As they walk towards Duloc, Shrek burps then Fiona burps too. Suddenly a man (voiced by Vincent Cassel) swinging from a vine grabs Fiona. He calls out for his Merry Men. They all appear, dancing and singing about him, Robin Hood. As he brandishes a knife, Robin Hood finishes the song by saying he will cut out Shrek's heart, but Fiona swings down and knocks him into a boulder. She defeats the Merry Men with Kung Fu mixed with "The Matrix". Shrek and Donkey are amazed. Shrek asks Fiona where she learned that, and she replies that when one lives alone one has to learn these things. She sees that there's an arrow in Shrek's butt. Donkey starts panicking, so Fiona sends him off looking for a blue flower with red thorns. When Fiona tries to pull out the arrow from Shrek's butt, he squirms, falls to the ground, and Fiona lands on him -- just as Donkey returns with the flower. Donkey gets mad because he thinks they just wanted to be alone. When Fiona pulls out the arrow, Donkey sees the blood and faints. Shrek picks him up, and they head back to Duloc.

In a field, Princess Fiona grabs a spider's web and gathers up the flying bugs bothering Shrek, giving it to him, who eats it like cotton candy. Shrek catches a frog and inflates it like a balloon, handing it to Fiona. Fiona grabs a snake off a tree branch and inflates it like a balloon, and gives it to Shrek. They push each other playfully, then run off together, and their balloons float away into the air.

They finally reach the windmill and see Duloc in the distance. Shrek shrugs and tells Princess Fiona that her future awaits her, and she's surprised to see Duloc. Donkey interrupts, and tells Fiona that Shrek thinks Lord Farquaad is compensating for something. Donkey starts to say that it means Farquaad "has a really..." Shrek knocks him down, a little too hard, and then tells Fiona that they should move on and starts walking. Fiona tells Shrek that she's worried about Donkey, that he doesn't look so good. Shrek comes over and plays along with her pretense, and says that he looks awful. Fiona tells Donkey that she'll make him some tea. Donkey then acts like a hypochondriac. Shrek and Fiona go to find dinner and firewood. Fiona likes the food Shrek cooked (weed rat), saying that it's delicious. She sighs, then looks at Duloc and says that she'll be eating differently tomorrow night. He hopes that she will visit him in the swamp, because he'll cook for her. She says that she would like that, and then they smile and look at each other. Shrek begins to ask Fiona something important, but changes his mind and asks for the rest of her food. They lean towards each other, about to kiss. Donkey butts in, saying that the sunset is romantic. Fiona jumps up, panicking. She pretends to be afraid of the dark, and Donkey tells her that he is afraid of the dark too. Fiona goes into the windmill to sleep by herself, glancing back briefly at Shrek. Donkey tells Shrek that he can tell with his animal instincts that Shrek and Fiona "were digging on each other," and says that Shrek should tell Fiona how he feels about her. Shrek tries to deny that he likes her, and then dejectedly says that Fiona is a princess and he is an ogre. He walks off and tells Donkey that he's getting more firewood, but Donkey sees that there's still a large pile of firewood there. Shrek sits alone by a field of sunflowers, staring at Duloc until night.

Donkey, afraid to be alone by himself in the dark, goes inside the windmill looking for Princess Fiona. A large green hand grabs the ladder, and then a female ogre looks down on Donkey as he wanders around. All the sights and sounds frighten Donkey. The ogre falls through the wood and screams as she lands on the floor, frightening Donkey even more. He's terrified when she stands up, and he screams for Shrek. Donkey asks her what she did with the princess. She tries to calm and quiet him down, saying that it's her, in this body. He thinks that she ate the princess and shouts at her stomach, then calls for Shrek again. She finally calms him down and convinces him that she is the princess. He wonders what happened to her, telling her that she's... different. She admits that she's ugly. Donkey thinks it's because she ate the weed rat, but she tells him that she's been this way as long as she can remember. She says that it only happens when the sun goes down. She looks at her reflection in a barrel of water and recites a spell: "By night one way, by day another. This shall be the norm until you find love's first kiss and then take love's true form." She tells Donkey that when she was a little girl a witch cast a spell on her; every night she becomes "this, this horrible, ugly beast"; she was placed in a tower to await the day her true love would rescue her. Fiona sits down and tells Donkey that it's why she has to marry Farquaad tomorrow before the suns sets and he sees her like this. She cries, and then Donkey tries to console her. He says that she's ugly, but adds that she only looks like this at night, and that Shrek is ugly all the time. She replies that she's a princess, and it's not how a princess should look. Donkey suggests that she shouldn't marry Farquaad. She insists that she has to, because only her true love's first kiss can break the spell. Donkey tells her that she's an ogre, and Shrek's an ogre, and that they have a lot in common.

Shrek walks back to the windmill, holding a sunflower. He's rehearsing what he will say to Princess Fiona when he gives it to her. When he climbs the steps of the windmill, he overhears Fiona telling Donkey that she just can't marry whomever she wants, and to take a good look at her. She asks Donkey, "Who could ever love a beast so hideous and ugly? Princess and ugly don't go together. That's why I can't stay here with Shrek. My only chance to live happily ever after is to marry my true love." She tells Donkey that it's just how it should be. Shrek becomes disheartened because he thinks Fiona was calling him ugly, and then throws the sunflower down and storms off towards Duloc. Fiona tells Donkey that it's the only way to break the spell. He tells her that she has to tell Shrek the truth and starts to leave, but she says that no one must ever know and makes Donkey promise not to tell anyone. Donkey says that she should tell Shrek, then goes outside. Fiona opens the door and looks around, but only sees the sunflower and takes it inside. Donkey looks around then sleeps by the campfire.

In the morning, Princess Fiona picks off the petals of the sunflower, reciting the "He loves me, he loves me not" game, but instead saying, "I tell him, I tell him not." She pulls off the last petal, excited that she should tell Shrek about her spell. She opens the door and calls for him, but only sees Donkey outside snoring. The sun rises and she transforms back to human form. Shrek walks up and she rushes to greet him, but he angrily walks past her and sits on the steps. She says that she has to tell him something, but he replies that he heard everything she said last night. She says that she thought he would understand. He says he understands, quoting her asking, "Who could ever love a hideous, ugly beast?" She says that she thought it wouldn't matter to him, but he says that it does. A horse whinnies and they turn around. Fanfare announces Lord Farquaad's arrival as he rides towards them, accompanied by some knights, then Donkey wakes up. Farquaad greets Princess Fiona, and then Shrek demands that Farquaad give him the deed to his swamp, as promised. Farquaad tells Shrek that the swamp is cleared out as agreed, then tells him to take the deed and go before he changes his mind. Shrek grabs the deed and stands aside. Farquaad calls Fiona beautiful. She tells him that she was just saying a short farewell, just as a knight sets him on the ground. Farquaad says that it's sweet, that she doesn't have to waste good manners on the ogre; it doesn't have feelings. Fiona agrees that "it" doesn't. Farquaad grabs her hand and proposes to her. She looks at Shrek, who is staring at his deed, then accepts. Farquaad jumps up happily and tells her that he'll make plans for them to marry tomorrow. She stops him and says that they should get married today, before the sun sets. Shrek angrily walks back to his swamp. Farquaad agrees that they should get married today, and talks about all the things to prepare. They both get on the horse and head to Duloc, and then Fiona tells Shrek "fare-thee-well." Donkey tries to stop Shrek and says that there's something he doesn't know about Fiona. Shrek shouts at Donkey that he heard what they said last. He tells Donkey that since he and Fiona are great friends, Donkey should follow her home. Donkey replies that he wants to go with Shrek. Shrek continues shouting at Donkey that he lives alone in his swamp, not with anyone else, "especially useless, pathetic, annoying, talking donkeys!" Shrek storms off to his swamp.

("Hallelujah" by John Cale plays in the background.) At his swamp, Shrek sees that the fairy tale creatures are gone; only their tents remain, along with some debris. He sighs heavily and walks back to his house. Donkey walks through the forest, sadly glancing back. Shrek sees his reflection in a puddle of water, and then sadly lowers his head. Princess Fiona, in her wedding gown, looks sadly out the window. Shrek looks sadly out his window, then angrily takes a sunflower off the table and throws it into the fireplace. Fiona sadly looks at herself again in the mirror. Farquaad looks at himself in the Magic Mirror, which smiles only when he's looking at it. Fiona looks at the wedding cake and pushes the figurine of Farquaad down to its proper height. She turns around and quizzically looks at the suit of armor. At the same spot, in his house, Shrek leans sadly against the table and stares at the fireplace. Donkey drinks from a pond by the forest, then is startled when he hears and sees the dragon crying; they console each other. Shrek is alone, and tries to eat at his table; Fiona is alone, and tries to eat at her table; they both put their faces in their hands.

Shrek hears a thumping sound outside and opens the door to see Donkey putting branches on the ground. Donkey tells him that it's a wall. Shrek tells him that a wall should go around his swamp. Donkey replies that it does go around his half of the swamp, and that Donkey gets the other half. Donkey tells Shrek that he earned half of the swamp because he did half of the work rescuing the princess. They argue over ownership of the swamp. Shrek gives up and walks away, saying that he's done with Donkey, then Donkey chases after him. Donkey says that Shrek just thinks about himself; he's mean to Donkey, insults him, doesn't appreciate him, and pushes him around or away. Shrek asks Donkey that if he treated him so bad, why did he come back? Donkey replies that it's what friends do: they forgive each other. Shrek agrees, and then he shouts that he forgives Donkey for stabbing him in the back. Shrek goes into the outhouse and slams the door. Donkey tells Shrek that he's so wrapped up like onion layers in his feelings. Shrek tells Donkey to go away, but he tells Shrek that he's "doing it again," like he did to Fiona; all she ever did was love him. Shrek replies that he heard their conversation, that she called him ugly, a hideous creature. Donkey tells him that she wasn't talking about him, but was talking about somebody else. Shrek comes out and asks who she was talking about. Donkey refuses to tell him because Shrek doesn't listen to him. Shrek apologizes, and admits that he is just a big, stupid, ugly ogre. Donkey forgives him because that's what friends are for. Shrek wonders what Fiona said about him, but Donkey tells him to ask her. Shrek cries out that they won't make the wedding in time. Donkey whistles and the dragon flies down. Shrek climbs the chain up then the dragon puts Donkey up too. They fly away to Duloc.

At the castle, the bishop (voiced by Val Bettin) is marrying Princess Fiona and Lord Farquaad. Thelonius holds the rings. Two men hold up cue cards for the audience's appropriate response. Fiona interrupts and asks the bishop to skip to the "I do's". Farquaad chuckles and tells the bishop to continue. The dragon lands outside, and then the knights run away fearfully. Shrek goes to the door of the church, but Donkey tells him to wait until the preacher says, "Speak now or forever hold your peace", then for Shrek to say, "I object!" Shrek says that he doesn't have time for this, but Donkey replies that chicks like romance. They go to the side of the church and Shrek repeatedly throws Donkey up to look through a window. Donkey tells Shrek that they are already married. Shrek bursts into the church just before Farquaad and Fiona kiss, shouting that he objects. Fiona and Farquaad are annoyed to see him. Shrek wants to talk to Fiona, but she says that it's too late and tries to kiss Farquaad. Shrek grabs her hand and tells her that Farquaad only wants to marry her so that he can be king, then tells her that Farquaad is not her true love. Fiona asks him what he knows about true love. Shrek stammers, and Farquaad laughs because Shrek loves the princess. Farquaad cues the laughter. Fiona asks Shrek if it's true, but Farquaad grabs her hand and insists that she kiss him now. Fiona looks at the setting sun and recalls her spell. She walks to the window and tells Shrek that she wanted to show this to him before. She transforms into an ogre, and then grins sheepishly at Shrek. As for Shrek, he can only casually note that her state explains a lot about her recent behaviour.

The audience is shocked. Farquaad sees Fiona and says that "it" is disgusting and orders his guards to get "it" out of his sight, to get them both. As Shrek and Fiona try to reach each other, Farquaad declares that the marriage is still binding, that he is still king, and puts on the crown. As guards drag Shrek away, Farquaad tells that he'll beg for death. He then tells Fiona that he'll lock her back in that tower for the rest of her life. Shrek frees one of his hands and whistles. The dragon bursts through the large stained glass window with Donkey on top and swallows Farquaad, killing him, then burps out his crown. Shrek tells Fiona that he loves her, and she tells him that he loves him too. They kiss, and then Fiona begins her transformation as her voice-over recounts the rest of the spell. She rises up into the air, glowing. Bright light radiates from her, then a shock wave from her shatters all the windows in the church except one (which the dragon later breaks). Fiona completes her transformation, and then returns to the floor and collapses. Shrek helps Fiona up. She's still an ogre, and tells Shrek that she doesn't understand, that she's supposed to be beautiful. Shrek tells her that she is beautiful, and they kiss again.

At the swamp, Shrek and Fiona get married, with Donkey and all the fairy tale creatures as guests. The wedding song is "I'm a Believer", by Smash Mouth. One of the fairy godmothers transforms the three blind mice into horses, and a garlic bulb into a carriage, and then Shrek and Fiona leave in the carriage. Donkey takes over the song, with the others singing and dancing. The wedding celebration continues while Shrek and Fiona ride away into the sunset.

The fairy tale ends with "And they lived ugly ever after. The end." The book closes, revealing the fairy tale to be "Shrek", and the song ends.

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When Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) come back from their honeymoon, they find an invitation to a royal ball with Fiona's parents to celebrate their marriage, an event Shrek is reluctant to participate in. Fiona talks him into it, and along with Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy), they travel to the kingdom of Far Far Away. They meet Fiona's parents, King Harold and Queen Lillian (voiced by John Cleese and Julie Andrews), who are surprised and repulsed by Fiona's choice of husband (particularly the King himself), since they had arranged that Prince Charming rescue her from the castle but now they see that her husband is an ogre.

At a shared meal, Shrek and Harold get into a heated argument over how Shrek and Fiona will raise their family, and Fiona, disgusted at Shrek and her father's behavior, locks herself away in her room that evening, where she meets her Fairy Godmother (voiced by Jennifer Saunders), who is also surprised at Fiona's new looks. Shrek worries that he has lost his true love, particularly after finding her childhood diary and reading that she was once infatuated with Prince Charming (voiced by Rupert Everett).

King Harold is accosted by the Fairy Godmother and Charming, her son. The two retell the Prince's adventures and how he overcame many obstacles and climbed a high tower in order to rescue her finding instead a crossdressing wolf. They reprimand Harold for breaking an old promise that Charming would be able to marry Fiona and demand that he find a way to get rid of Shrek. Harold arranges for Shrek and Donkey to join him on a fictitious hunting trip, which really is a trap to lure the two into the hands of an assassin, Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas).

When Fiona realizes that Shrek left she asks her father for help but he replies that he always wanted the best for her and that she should better think about what is the best for her, too. Puss is unable to defeat Shrek and, revealing that he was paid by Harold, asks to come along as a way to make amends. The three sneak into the Fairy Godmother's potion factory and steal a "Happily Ever After" potion that Shrek believes will restore Fiona's love for him.

Shrek and Donkey both drink the potion and fall into a deep sleep, awakening the next morning to discover its effects: Shrek is now a handsome human, while Donkey has turned into a stallion. In order to make the change permanent, Shrek must kiss Fiona by midnight. He, Donkey, and Puss return to the castle to discover that the potion has also transformed Fiona back into her former, human self. However, the Fairy Godmother, having learned of the potion's theft, intercepts Shrek and sends Charming to pose as him and win her love. At the Fairy Godmother's urging, Shrek leaves the castle, believing that the best way to make Fiona happy is to let her go.

To ensure that Fiona falls in love with Charming, the Fairy Godmother gives Harold a love potion to put into Fiona's tea. But Harold replies that it's not possible to make his daughter fall in love in this way. This exchange is overheard by Shrek, Donkey, and Puss, who are soon arrested by the royal guards and thrown into a dungeon. While the royal ball begins, several of Shrek's friends band together to free the trio and create a gigantic gingerbread man (whose name is Mongo), which breaks through the castle's defenses so Shrek can stop Charming from kissing Fiona. He is too late to stop them; instead of falling in love with Charming, though, Fiona knocks him out with a headbutt. Harold reveals that he never gave Fiona the love potion, whereupon the Fairy Godmother attacks Shrek. In the ensuing melee, a spell from her wand, presumably to kill Shrek, rebounds off Harold's armor, when he commits self-sacrifice to save Shrek, and disintegrates her; it also returns Harold to his true form, that of the Frog Prince. He had used the Happily Ever After potion years ago in order to marry Lillian, but she tells him that she loves him regardless of his appearance.

As the clock strikes midnight, Shrek and Fiona let the potion's effects wear off and they revert to their ogre selves, while Donkey reluctently changes back as well. Harold gives his blessing to the marriage and apologizes for his earlier behavior, and the party resumes as the credits begin. They are interrupted by a brief after-party scene in which the Dragon, who had romanced Donkey in the first film, arrives and reveals that they now have several dragon-donkey hybrid, or "Dronkey", babies.

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[[caption-width-right:285:[-[[LampshadeHanging Yes, a couple of them are fruit]], [[RuleOfFun Shrek watches over all of us?]][[note]]Shrek is but would YOU watch a show called Produce Tales?]][[note]]And don't even get Bob the only true go of this earth.... this is shreks domain now.tomato started on the whole, "Is he a vegetable or a fruit?" thing.[[/note]]]]-]

"Once upon ->''"Have we got a time there was a lovely princess. show for you!"''

What's the best way to teach UsefulNotes/{{Christian|ity}} values to children? Through [[AnimateInanimateObject semi-anthropomorphized]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot God-loving vegetables]]. [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds Obviously.]] Why vegetables? Well, they're good for you, and what child wouldn't want to munch on versions of their favorite characters?
But she had an enchantment upon her of a fearful sort which mostly because they didn't originally have the budget for CGI that could only be handle complex characters. After all, if you make a green sphere and call it a pea, who's to argue?

Silly songs, talking vegetables, and plots taken from Literature/TheBible make for [[BetterThanItSounds much better entertainment than you might expect]] -- aided considerably by a cast the size of a produce department, and a healthy seasoning of [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext slightly demented]] and honestly funny writing heavy on [[WorldOfSnark good natured snark]], {{Parental Bonus}}es, and [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall fourth-wall-leaning]], and light on the {{Anvilicious}}ness. Notable characters include [=LarryBoy=] the immensely quotable {{Badbutt}} suction cup-themed superhero, [[MyLittlePanzer Buzzsaw Louie]] the toy that saved Christmas, and ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything.

The result is a just-self-aware-enough FountainOfMemes that has saved the sanity of more than a few babysitters in the church nursery, and [[OutOfTheGhetto
broken by love's first kiss. She was locked away in a castle guarded by a terrible fire-breathing dragon. Many brave knights had attempted to free her from this dreadful prison but none prevailed. She waited in the dragon's keep in the highest room of the tallest tower for her true love and true love's first kiss."

(laughing) A green hand rips the page
out of the book. "Like double ghetto]] of [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating G-Rated]] Christian Media to a surprising degree. This is essentially {{Silly Rabbit Cynicism Is For Losers}}: the series.

Early videos used the format: Introduction by Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber talking about some issue (e.g. [[SiblingRivalry anger at siblings]], materialism, not learning to share, not telling the truth, wouldn't help others, won't be patient or confident, etc.), sometimes prompted by a viewer letter; short story which illustrates the issue; silly {{Intermission}}, usually in the form of "Silly Songs With Larry"; another short story; discussion of [[AnAesop the moral]] and relevant [[Literature/TheBible verse]], the latter provided by QWERTY the computer. Later installments began using one long story with "Silly Songs" at the intermission. Currently, a given video could be either of these formats ''or'' simply be a single long story with no introduction, intermission, or theme song. Usually longer now than the ThemeSong's claim of "half an hour" (which a recent updating of the opening removed).

References and parodies plots from Literature/TheBible, ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath'' (God Wants Me To Forgive Them?!, [[IThoughtItMeant with literal grapes of wrath]]), ''Series/GilligansIsland (God Wants Me to Forgive Them?!)'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (Are You My Neighbor?), ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' (Larry Boy), ''Literature/MadameBovary'' (Madame Blueberry), Creator/GilbertAndSullivan (Lyle the Kindly Viking), ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' (Minnesota Cuke), ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (Omelet), ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (Lord Of the Beans), ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (The Wizard of Ha's), Literature/SherlockHolmes ([[PunnyName Sheerluck Holmes]]), and all kinds of others.

Two movies: ''[[WesternAnimation/JonahAVeggieTalesMovie Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnythingAVeggieTalesMovie The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie]]'', a TV series co-produced by Creator/DreamworksAnimation titled ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTalesInTheHouse'', a few video games, and [[WesternAnimation/LarryBoyTheCartoonAdventures a Flash-animated series for Larry-Boy]] have been produced.

A [[Recap/{{VeggieTales}} Recap]] page is currently under construction.

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!!''[=VeggieTales=]'' provides examples of:

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[[folder:Tropes A to I]]
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: In ''Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed'', this is where [[spoiler: the Mother Weed]] lives.
* AcidRefluxNightmare: In ''The Asparagus of La Mancha,'' the dreams driving Don Quixote's odd behavior are caused by the extremely spicy salsa he eats before bed.
* AdaptationDistillation:
** ''The Penniless Princess'' is the [=VeggieTales=] adaptation of ''Literature/ALittlePrincess''. It's a pretty faithful adaptation aside from a lot of simplification.
** Many of the Bible stories are somewhat watered down, the main narrative remaining intact with a few details removed for the sake of time and clarity.
* UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash: The 2D Larry-Boy cartoons.
* AdultFear:
** ''An Easter Carol'' has an underlying theme of loss of various sorts. Ebeneezer's grandmother died and he doesn't know how to move on from it. Early on, Cavis and Millward lose their job. [[spoiler:There's also the whole thing with the threat of tearing down St. Bart's Church, which would negatively affect the orphanage that the church runs.]] And the Gilbert family has to struggle with the fact that [[spoiler:Edmund is very sick and might not live to see another Easter.]]
** Early in ''Pistachio'', the eleopardmous wooden puppet runs off and gets into all sorts of trouble. The episode takes a good amount of time showing his father's desperate searching when he realizes Pistachio's missing.
* AnAesop: Shamelessly, but
that's ever gonna happen." Cut to an outhouse exterior. kind of the point.
* AffablyEvil
**
The toilet flushes. "What a load of..." French Peas (sometimes). They are pretty obvious parodies of the French Knights from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
** Also at times,
The door slams open, revealing Scallions.
** Mr. Nezzer, whenever he's playing an antagonistic role.
* AffectionateParody: Of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' ("Lord of
the man, a green ogre. He sees his house, built into Beans" with [[TorchesAndPitchforks the bottom evil Sporks]]), ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ("[[Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy The Gourds Must Be Crazy]]", set aboard the ''U.S.S. Applepies''), ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' ("Omelet"), Franchise/{{Batman}} with the Larry-Boy character, Creator/GilbertAndSullivan ("Lyle the Kindly Viking", "The Star of a large tree stump, Christmas" and breathes a happy sigh. He lives a normal life (for an ogre). He undresses "Sumo of the Opera", the latter also parodying ''Film/{{Rocky}}'') and takes a (mud) shower outside. He brushes his teeth (using a caterpillar's guts as toothpaste). He smiles into the mirror (but it cracks as others.
* AgelessBirthdayEpisode: Downplayed
in "The Munsters"). He jumps into Gourds Must Be Crazy", where a pond (and farts). Some dead fish float up, birthday party for Junior is mentioned but not given focus. It had already been established in an earlier episode that Junior was five. Did he turn six in this one, or was about to? No clue.
* AllCheeringAllTheTime: "Tomato Sawyer And Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue" had a trio of female pea cheerleaders who showed up at random times during the story.
* AlliterativeName:
** Archibald Asparagus.
** Intentionally {{averted}} for most of the other characters. Series creator Phil Vischer explained:
-->"If it were a typical Christian show, I figured, they'd be named Tommy Tomato
and he grabs one. After he gets dressed, he gets a giant slug out of a hollow log (for his dinner). Finally, he paints a "BEWARE. OGRE" sign and posts it.

Men burst out of a tavern
Kooky Cucumber. But the last thing in the town world I wanted was to make a typical Christian show."
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Supposedly, the Rhubarbarians from "Duke
and plan to capture the ogre Great Pie War." The Sporks from "Lord of the Beans" are introduced this way, but it turns out to be wrong.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins:
** ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'' has Wally P. Nezzer, who is Nebby K. Nezzer's brother. It's never outright stated they're twins, but they look and dress and act so similarly (the only real physical difference being that Wally has a bigger nose) that it's some ridiculously StrongFamilyResemblance at the very least.
** In ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search
for Noah's Umbrella'', the BigBad is Professor Rattan's twin brother Wicker. While there are a reward. They grab pitchforks few differences, they look close enough that if one wasn't paying too much attention they could get mixed up, which Wicker uses to his advantage frequently.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: As much as a plant can be, at any rate. Pa Grape, originally created as a quasi-Appalachian hick, has [[CharacterizationMarchesOn developed into this.]]
-->'''Pa Grape: '''I'm a viking,
and torches I've come to take your land -- oh, yes -- I've come to take your land; and head I've come to burn your crops and steal your horses! And I've come to step on your chickens, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking soil your quilts!]]... [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage oy]].
* AnachronismStew: Played
for his place. laughs, often {{Lampshaded}}.
-->'''Junior Asparagus:''' ''(skeptical)'' Did [the Israelites] ''really'' build a rocket in the middle of the desert and get Slushees dropped on their heads?
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: ''Dave and the Giant Pickle'', ''Gideon: Tuba Warrior'', ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Sampson's Hairbrush'' and ''Sumo of the Opera''.
* AnimatedActors
* AnimateInanimateObject
** QWERTY the computer, who obliges when Bob and Larry ask him to give a Bible verse at the end of most of the episodes.
** In ''An Easter Carol'', a music box comes to life to guide Ebeneezer Nezzer to redemption.
* AnthropomorphicFood:
The ogre whole show is eating a bowl full of eyeballs. He burps to light his fireplace, swallows them!
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Most of
the fish, Larry-Boy villians; for instance, the Fib is a representation of a lie who grows with it, and the Rumor Weed represents a spreading rumor in the form of a weed that infests yards as it travels.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** This is played with in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uv8Ej4CEoQ The Song of the Cebu]]''.
--> '''Archibald''': Does the hippo see them? Is the poor mute cebu successful in communicating the imminent danger to the other passengers? Is the boy ''injured''? Why is the sad cebu sad? Is the canoe wood or aluminum?
** In the first episode, when the wise men are trying to think of ways to get rid of Daniel, one of the suggestions is to give him donuts,
and then relaxes take them away from him.
** In ''Lord of the Beans'', the four beans made could change your appearance, create nice clothing, all the food you could ever want, and... small kitchen appliances.
* ArtEvolution: The early episodes looked very crude, having been released a year before ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' first aired (which coincidentally also features a character named Bob), and two years before ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' was released. As technology increased for later episodes, they got better lighting, softer textures, and smoother animation. Those who haven't seen the series since the 90s are often VERY surprised to see that one of their childhood favorites now looks better than ever.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Thank you, QWERTY.
* AsideGlance: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie does one when it occurs to him that he's the only one of the group who has hands.
* BambooTechnology: Played literally and {{Lampshaded}}
in a ''Series/GilligansIsland'' parody, most extremely when TheProfessor builds a bamboo-coconut ''helicopter''.
* BatmanColdOpen: Used in "Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed", which of course makes sense, given that Larry-Boy is a fairly obvious CaptainErsatz for Batman.
* BearsAreBadNews: In the Silly Song "The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps", the veterinarian's yodeling did not actually work; the nurse would have to give people the real cures to their pets' various ailments. By the time someone brought in their pet bear, [[spoiler: the nurse had given up because the veterinarian wouldn't give him a raise, and the bear got angry and started chasing the veterinarian.]]
* {{Big Eater}}s: Jimmy and Jerry Gourd. In fact, when they made their debut in the AffectionateParody of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', they managed to save the starship from crashing into a meteor made of popcorn by ''eating the entire meteor''.
* BigNo:
** Larry the Cucumber did this in ''The End of Silliness?'', when Archibald inserted "His Cheeseburger" in the jukebox. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeEihNdXxdc "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..."]]
** By Haman (Mr. Lunt) in ''Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen'' when he finds out he's getting banished to the Island of Perpetual Tickling.
** Two by Don Quixote (Archibald Asparagus) in ''Asparagus of La Mancha'', one when he wakes up from
his easy chair. first bad dream, one when Poncho (Mr. Lunt) weans him off the salsa, due to finding out that Don's addiction to his super-spicy salsa is causing the bad dreams.
** By
The Bad Apple in ''Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple'', when her webs dissolve by using water.
** By Archibald Asparagus in the silly song ''The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo'', when everyone needs to take a potty break.
** Also by Larry in the silly song ''Sippy Cup'' combined with {{Eat The Camera}} when Jimmy Gourd explains why Larry needs a sippy cup.
** Two by the mirror in ''Sweetpea Beauty'', one when Prince Larry and the seven peas save Sweetpea Beauty (Petunia Rhubarb) from her fall, one when he falls to his death. Prince Larry also utters this when Sweetpea Beauty is falling. Luckily, he and the seven peas save her.
* BigOlEyebrows:
** ''Larryboy and the Angry Eyebrows'' has living, flying BigOlEyebrows that are attracted to anger and make whoever they land on angrier.
** Mr. Nezzer has very bushy eyebrows.
* BilingualBonus: "Usta" really is Polish for "lips"[[note]]Well, "mouth". But the idea is much the same.[[/note]].
* {{Bowdlerize}}:
** Many of the stories taken from Literature/TheBible are toned down; for example, in the original story of Daniel and the Lion's Den, the king puts the evil advisors and their families to death by tossing them in said den. With lions that went to bed without supper. The ''[=VeggieTales=]'' version of it instead ends in a more cartoonish way, with the advisors running off while the king chases after them.
** They Bowdlerized one of their own cartoons. In ''Rack, Shack, and Benny'', "The Bunny Song" is a song that the protagonists refuse to sing. The song originally had some genuinely troubling lyrics--which resulted in letters from parents because despite it being condemned onscreen, children were singing it anyway. It was then completely rewritten as "The New And Improved Bunny Song" for the sing-along video, as a good version of the song, but some parents were still bothered by the original, so when Big Idea started re-releasing all their videos, ''Rack, Shack, and Benny'' [[OrwellianRetcon got its version's lyrics replaced with refusals to eat healthy food]] (however, sentient vegetables singing about eating other vegetables is [[UnfortunateImplications a complete separate kettle of fish]]).
** In Literature/TheBible's account of the story of Esther, Haman intended to hang the Jews on gallows he was setting up. The Veggie version: [[spoiler:banishment to the Island of Perpetual Tickling.]]
** "King George and the Duckie" is an adaptation of the story of David and Bathsheba; while the Biblical story centers around adultery, the [=VeggieTales=] version substitutes rubber duckie theft, the king gets a chance at reconciliation (the guy survived and won the war single-handedly in this version), and David was changed to George, because David had been the hero in an earlier episode.
** In the Biblical account of Jonah, Nineveh was a city of adulterers and thieves. No mention of adultery in the Veggie version; the bad thing the Ninevites do that gets mentioned most often in their version is [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus slapping each other with fishes.]]
** "Moe and the Big Exit" is an adaption of The Exodus From Egypt. They tone down most of the plagues for children, people receive a plague of gophers instead of frogs, and acne instead of skin disease.
** There are some notable aversions though: "Daniel in the Lion's Den" doesn't cover up the fact that the wise
men finally arrive want to kill Daniel, the "first born" plague isn't taken out of ''Moe and the Big Exit''[[note]]Though it is modified a bit. Instead of explicitly saying the babies die, they are washed "up the river". FridgeHorror ensues regardless, though.[[/note]], ''Rack, Shack and Benny'' doesn't Bowdlerize getting thrown into a furnace, and they keep the DownerEnding of ''Jonah'' intact.
** [=VeggieTales=] as a whole ''itself'' was bowdlerized during the {{Qubo}} years; all Christianity-related content before and after the story (although the stories themselves somehow remained largely untouched) was removed and replaced. Phil Vischer was not happy.
* ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily: The Carrot family has the oldest Laura, her brother Lenny, and their baby brother Lou.
* BrickJoke:
** One of the first Silly Songs With Larry, ''The Hairbrush Song'' ended with Bob confessing to Larry that he gave his hairbrush to The Peach, and Larry decides to let him keep it. After the song, The Peach made only a handful of other appearances, and never even got a name. Fast forward to ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Sampson's Hairbrush''. When Larry/Minnesota Cuke consults an illustrated Bible manuscript in search of [[McGuffin Samson's Hairbrush]], the character standing in for Samson is The Peach!
** In one of the earliest episodes' songs, Jerry mentions that 'Aunt Ruth has a beard.' In the I Love My Lips Silly Song, Larry had to kiss his great-Aunt Ruth. 'She had a beard, and it felt weird.' She also appears in The Song of the Cebu, during Larry's EmbarrassingSlide.
** In ''The Toy That Saves Christmas'', there is a sled wreck, and then Bob says: "You roll your dice, you move your mice. Nobody gets hurt." Guess what happens in ''The Tale of St. Nicholas''....
* BubblePipe: In its ''SherlockHolmes'' parody, the Sherlock character has a bubble pipe, and at one point he inhales by accident and chokes on the soap.
* ButtMonkey: Mr. Lunt, who is frequently the worthless sidekick, appears insufferably lazy, cross-dresses at least twice, and laments that his life has only included one half hour of happiness. That one day. Between two and two-thirty.
* CallBack:
** As noted in the commentary for "Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue", the scene where Larry helps Bob put a sign back up by letting him stand on his shoulders may remind some people of "An Easter Carol", where Bob hops on Larry's shoulders to try to climb over Ebnezzer Nezzer's factory gate.
*** Furthermore, The "Duke of New Orleans" (Jerry Gourd) sings "Meet Me in St. Louis." Which and Jimmy were doing when they first appeared in "Are You my Neighbor?"
** At one point during Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush, Minnesota (played by Larry) starts humming the hairbrush song. Really, the whole episode can be considered a Call Back to the song.
** In the sequel, Minnesota Cuke and The Search for Noah's Umbrella, Minnesota finds himself in a Spanish village. One of the locals suggest they do "The Dance of the Cucumber" which was also an earlier Silly song.
** In "The Song of the Cebu;" after struggling to get his slide show back on track, Larry points out that he's found another picture of a cebu, only to correct himself that it's a water buffalo, providing a call back to the first Silly Song, "The Water Buffalo Song."
** In the episode based on Joshua, when Moses and the Israelites take a shortcut to the Promised Land, they find that it is populated by giants, who all look like the giant pickle from "Dave and the Giant Pickle".
* CallingYourBathroomBreaks: At the end of "Lyle the Kindly Viking," by (who else) Larry.
** "Uh, Sven, [[MusicalEpisode you can stop singing now]]."
** Literally in ''Lord of the Beans'' - Legolamb's brother, the Other Elf, keeps holding up the group because he has to stop and go to the bathroom.
* CaptainErsatz: "The Other Elf" from ''Lord of the Beans'' looks suspiciously like the Keebler Elf. [[spoiler:Especially
at the ogre's house at night. climax, when he bakes cookies inside of a tree.]]
* CaptainObvious: "And now it's time for 'Silly Songs with Larry': the part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song."
* CatapultNightmare: Don Quixote in "The Asparagus of La Mancha" because he ate too much salsa before going to bed.
* CatchPhrase:
** Larry-Boy's [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "I! Am! That! Hero!"]]
** "And remember, kids, God made you special, and he loves you very much."
** "Perhaps ''I'' can be of assistance!"
** "I'm Bob, I'm a tomato, and I'm here to help you!" "I'm Larry, I'm a cucumber, and I'm here to make you giggle!"
* ChainOfPeople: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie and a bunch of penguins do this to save Mr. Nezzer from falling off a cliff. And then George has to go save them all from dangling off the edge of a bridge forever.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Combined with ViewersAreGoldfish in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''.
The ogre bridge to Puggslyville is out... clearly it's important because it's mentioned at least three times.
** In a scene very early on in ''An Easter Carol'', Reverend Gilbert and Edmund are talking about Mr. Nezzer, and the reverend mentions offhand that Nezzer's family owns a lot of land, even the land St. Bart's Church sits on. This becomes critical to the episode's plot.
** In ''Lord of the Beans'', Randalf comments on the jewel Lord Falaminion Tereglith is wearing. [[spoiler: Lord Falaminion Tereglith was bribed with it to send Toto into a trap.]]
** In ''The Star of Christmas'':
*** Seymour promises Millward [[spoiler: he can drive his rocket-powered car at some point.]] It happens towards the end of the episode.
*** Seymour says the lights on the scenery [[spoiler: pose a fire hazard, which is exactly what happens later.]]
* ChristmasEpisode:
** Six so far: "The Toy That Saved Christmas", "The Star of Christmas", "Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving", "The Little Drummer Boy", "It's a Meaningful Life," and "Christmas Sing-Along Songs!".
** Another recent video "Beauty and the Beet" had a Christmas song included as a bonus.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: A major theme in ''Lord of the Beans''. Billboy (Archibald) and Ahem (Mr. Lunt) both used the bean irresponsibly and Scaryman (Scallion 1) wanted the bean for selfish reasons, but when Toto (Junior) is given it he refuses to use it for frivolous things, and instead searches for a way to use it that would be meaningful.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** Larry, ''all the time'', especially with regard to Archibald.
** Pa Grape and Mr. Lunt's reaction to Larry's lyrics in ''The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything'': "I've never plucked a rooster and I am not too good at ping-pong and I've never thrown my mashed potatoes up against the wall and I've never kissed a chipmunk, and I've never gotten head lice and I have never been to Boston in the fall!"
--->'''Pa Grape:''' Huh?!? What are you ''talking'' about? What's a rooster and mashed potatoes have to do with being a ''pirate''?
--->'''Mr. Lunt:''' Hey, that's right! We're supposed to sing about pirate-y things!
--->'''Pa Grape:''' And who ever kissed a chipmunk? That's just nonsense! Why even bring it up?
*** Of course, Larry goes on to sing, "And I've never licked a spark-plug and I've never sniffed a stink bug and I've never painted Daisies on a big red rubber ball and I've never bathed in yogurt and I don't look good in leggings and I've never been to Boston in the fall."
---->'''Pa Grape:''' You just don't get it.
* CompositeCharacter: Mr. Nezzer is sort of one. "The Toy That Saved Christmas" introduced Nebby K. Nezzer's brother Wally, who had the exact same character model and voice. Eventually they started casting "Mr. Nezzer" in other roles. Although we've never seen this [[AnimatedActors out of character in the "real world"]], it can probably be assumed that he is a single character.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment
** Banishment...''to the Island of [[TickleTorture Perpetual Tickling!]]''
-->'''Everyone:''' {{GASP}}!
** From their version of Daniel in the lions' den:
-->'''Scallions:''' We could give him jelly donuts, take 'em all away, we could fill his ears with cheese balls and his nostrils with sorbet. We could use him as a footstool or a table to play Scrabble on, then tie him up and beat him up and throw him out of Babylon! (from the song "What We Gonna Do?")
** From ''Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie'':
-->'''Guard:''' ...''The slap of no return!''\\
'''Everyone:''' [laughs]
*** But then you see it's a giant metal fish that swings down on you, turning you into a paste.
** From "Gideon -- Tuba Warrior":
-->'''Gideon:''' ''We will defeat the Midianites with our horns and flashlights!''
** Then there's the Hebrews marching around Jericho getting slushies dropped on their heads.
* TheCorrupter: The villains in the Larry-Boy films tend to be this:
** The Fib in ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'' convinces Junior to tell lies to cover up the fact he broke a plate belonging to his dad. It turns out Junior's lies make the Fib more powerful, and before long Fib has kidnapped Junior and is destroying the city.
** The Rumor Weed in ''Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed'' takes what she
hears them, from Junior and sneaks Laura about Larry-Boy's butler and spreads it across the whole city, and eventually everyone is convinced Alfred is a robot and views him with fear and hatred.
** To round out the list, The Bad Apple from "Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple" uses straight
up behind them. He frightens temptation to trap citizens inside [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment caverns of chocolate and endless video games.]] Then the mad scientist Dr. Flurry from "The League of Incredible Vegetables" makes use of a freeze ray that is fueled by other people's fear.
* CouchGag: In the NBC TV version (which had a theme song completely different from the VHS and DVD versions), Pa Grape makes a different off-topic remark at the end of the theme song in every episode. For instance, in "Larry-Boy! and the Fib from Outer Space", he says "Maybe next time, they'll mention me in the song!" after changing his hat, where in another he asks when his sweater will be finished, eventually figuring out it probably won't be because of his lack of arms.
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: "The Rumor Weed Song" is sung by the female Rumor Weed, and other characters in the song say "she's a rumor weed!" The lead singer of The W's is male, so when The W's covered the song, the backup singers say "he's a rumor weed!" instead.
* CowboyEpisode: "The Ballad of Little Joe"
* CrapsackWorld: The setting of "Rack, Shack and Benny" is this in spades. The employees are shown during the opening song to be worked absurdly hard for pitiful salaries and at least two of the employees, [[VagueAge possibly more]], are child laborers. That's to say nothing of the fact that, when the protagonists' boss Mr. Nezzer decides that all of his employees have to bow down and worship a giant bunny statue or else ''he will burn
them by alive'', none of them even think to run away or call the police on him, which has some [[FridgeHorror rather telling implications]].
* CriticalResearchFailure: InUniverse example - in ''Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry'' Bob/Tomato Sawyer wants to open a Tax Firm on the land that they're trying to own... but little does he know, the income tax hasn't even been started in America yet.
* CutawayGag: Used in the TV version of ''A Snoodle's Tale'', in which Larry asks Jimmy if he had a dream about a bagel once, which leads to Jimmy mentioning that he once had a dream about an aardvark that sang opera, which cuts to the short "Binky, The Opera Singer".
* DancingBear: An InUniverse version occurs during ''The Star of Christmas''. The protagonists are attempting to open a musical called "The Princess and the Plumber" on Christmas night in order to escape the fate of using their talents to sell dental wax. While some effort is made towards advertising it based on its merits as an actual play, Cavis Appethart repeatedly sells new actors and backers on it with the promise of using fancy, newly-invented electrical lights on the sets and costumes.
* DarkReprise: Mr. Nezzer's VillainSong has the same background music as "The Bunny Song" even if it's mostly spoken (and sounds very intentionally like "The Oogie Boogie Song" from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'').
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen.
** The first two Larry-Boy episodes are noticeably darker in tone than most ''[=VeggieTales=]''. Both feature manipulative villains who trick innocent people into telling lies or spreading rumors. ''The Fib from Outer Space'' has a lot of city destruction and a child's life being in constant danger for about half the episode, and ''The Rumor Weed'' has an entire city turned against an innocent man to the point that they don't care if he dies. And in both of these episodes, the villain dies at the end.
** ''Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple'' is also pretty dark. Though the villain survives this one, she is one of the more legitimate threats, calling into play the AdultFear of surrendering to temptation and forcing people to cave to their desires. Also, veggies' lives are at risk when the apple tent rolls around and Larry-Boy himself is rendered almost powerless as a result of her powers.
** ''Moe and the Big Exit'' is this, especially in regards to its predecessor ''The Ballad of Little Joe''. While the first was a lighthearted Western revisionist take on the story of Joseph in Genesis, this one tells the story of Moses and actually doesn't shy away from the darker aspects of the story. People are sent [[UnusualEuphemism "up the river"]] in this version. Moe really is banished and has to fight for his freedom, the plagues are real (even the newborn plague) and the villains are presumed to boil to death at the end in Death Valley.
* DeadpanSnarker: Bob, Mr. Lunt
* DeliciousDistraction: During the song "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything", Lunt notes Pa Grape is wearing a CaptainErsatz Captain Crunch hat, leading him to say, "You're making me hungry!"
* DidntWantAnAdventure: Bob in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''.
-->'''Bob''': I wanted to play Mouse Trap. You roll your dice, you move your mice, nobody gets hurt.
* DisneyAcidSequence: Some of the Silly Songs fall under this, most notably "Where Have All the Staplers Gone?"
* DisneyVillainDeath: The mirror in ''Sweetpea Beauty''.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** In ''Rack, Shack and Benny''. What else do you call ''burning people alive'' because they won't sing a song about chocolate bunnies?
** Happens again in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas.'' While Nezzer's understandably angry at the group for sneaking on his property and using his tv studio without his knowledge or consent, responding by planning to send
them what he could do off a cliff to them, their deaths is rather over the top.
* ADogNamedDog: The Finnish dub changes the characters' names to this trope.
* DownerEnding: To the Silly Song "Pizza Angel". Larry waited for hours for a pizza delivery...[[spoiler: The delivery boy couldn't find his house and
then ate his pizza.]]
* DownHereShot: A chapter book based on ''Larry-Boy: The Cartoon Adventures'' features an evil emperor who is a cherry tomato. A RunningGag in this particular book is that nobody can see him when
he roars talks, so he has to tell everyone "I'm down here!"
* DreamIntro: The story "The Asparagus Of La Mancha" from the episode "Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler" starts with Don Quixote (played by Archibald Asparagus) having a bad dream where he is confronted by a horde of pea soldiers that start throwing giant hamburgers at him. This is one of several bad dreams that he has throughout the entire story.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The show definitely took a while to find its niche. The first three episodes used the TwoShorts formula as opposed to the later episodes where one long story is usually used. Larry's voice is also [[VocalEvolution far different]] in the early episodes, using a deep dumb sounding one with a lisp (the lisp did stay for a while, until Mike Nawrocki got tired of it and stopped). ''Where's God When I'm S-Scared?'', being the first episode, shows the most of this -- it is the only one to use title cards for each segment, an actual child reads the letter that opens the episode as opposed to Bob or Larry paraphrasing it, and a female voice narrates the second segment instead of a character from the show (this wouldn't happen again until ''Esther''). ''God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?'' also lacks a Silly Song (using instead a commercial for the "Forgive-o-matic"), as it was originally intended to be a one-off skit and not a recurring thing, until parents complained about it.
** ''Where's God When I'm S-Scared?'' was even weirder in the original VHS print run (of which there were only about 500). The ThemeTune is missing the middle section lyrics sung in turn by Bob, Junior, and Larry, and individual sets of credits are played after both Tales From The Crisper and Daniel And The Lion's Den instead of at the very end. The latter was changed because parents reported that their kids thought the whole video was over at the credits and subsequently missed out on the Silly Song and ending countertop scene.
* EasilyForgiven:
** Mr. Nezzer tries to kill Rack, Shack and Benny by throwing them into a fiery furnace, [[DisproportionateRetribution all because they won't bow down before his giant chocolate bunny and sing "The Bunny Song"]]. He even laughs maniacally once they fall in and seemingly die. When they miraculously survive, he apologizes
and they all flee forgive him instantly.
** This happens again
in fear. ''The Toy That Saved Christmas''. On Christmas Eve, Mr. Nezzer tries to kill Bob, Larry, Junior and Louie, and gets caught red-handed by the entire population of Dinkletown, including Junior's parents. Not only do they respond by giving Nezzer a present, but on Christmas Day, he gets invited to their Christmas party anyway.
** Also happens in ''The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown'', after Pa Grape is caught trying to [[VoteEarlyVoteOften stuff the ballot]] so his song will get first place in the countdown.
** King George in ''King George and the Duckie'' admits to Thomas what he did and why he did it, and asks for forgiveness. "After thinking it over," as the narration says, Thomas forgives him. This is despite the fact that King George ''sent him off to war'' just so he could steal Thomas's rubber duck.
** Subverted in ''The League of Incredible Vegetables''. Dr. Flurry expresses gratitude to Larry-Boy for saving his life despite his actions and asks if they could become friends, only to be taken away by the police a few moments later.
* EatTheCamera:
** By Larry in the silly song "Sippy Cup" while doing a {{Big NO}} when Jimmy Gourd explains why Larry needs a sippy cup.
** Also done by Junior in "The Gourds Must Be Crazy" when he says "Grab the gourds!"
* ElvishPresley: Literally, in ''Lord of the Beans.'' Larry wears a sequined jumpsuit and fake elf ears for his Silly Song. Jimmy Gourd even invokes the trope by calling him "an Elvish impersonator."
* EmbarrassingSlide: A version of this occurs in one of the silly songs (''The Song of the Cebu''): the song is sung along with a slideshow... which eventually stops showing relevant pictures and starts showing vacation pictures instead.
The ogre sees a poster on song quickly ends, to the ground consternation of Archibald, who wonders just what the ending of the song was supposed to be.
* EnhancedOnDVD: The version of ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'' that was released in 1997 had several scenes that were reanimated which resulted in more fluid animation
and picks it up: "WANTED. FAIRY TALE CREATURES. REWARD". He tosses it back on additional effects. This version has been used for all subsequent releases of the ground show afterwards although the original version with less fluid animation can still be found on any copy of the show that was printed in 1996 as well as early printings from the 1998 release.
* ExactWords: When Pistachio realizes he's been tricked, this exchange happens:
-->'''Pistachio:''' But you said you wouldn't steer me wrong!
-->'''The Fox:''' No, we said ''"Why'' would we steer you wrong?" And the answer is, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis five. Gold. Coins.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "Silly Songs with Larry," the part of the show where Larry comes out
and walks away.

In
sings a silly song.
* ExcitedShowTitle: ''God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!'', ''Very Silly Songs!'', ''Larry-Boy! And
the forest, various fairy tale creatures are being loaded into wagons Fib From Outer Space!'', ''Josh and the Big Wall!'', ''Jonah Sing-Along Songs and More!'', ''The Wonderful World of Auto-Tainment!'', ''Bob and Larry's How to Draw!'', ''Heroes of the Bible! Lions, Shepherds and Queens, Oh My!'', ''Heroes of the Bible! Stand Up, Stand Tall, Stand Strong!'', ''Heroes of the Bible! A Baby, A Quest and the Wild, Wild West!'', and ''The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything Sing-Along Songs and More!''
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Whether this is played straight or averted is rather iffy. The theme song says the show's name an awful lot, addresses the show's demographics ([[BreakingTheFourthWall It's
for the rewards: kids who like to talk to tomatoes]]), and even states how long an episode is. (Cauliflower, sweet and sour, [[MediumAwareness half an hour]], Veggie Tales) However, it speaks very little of the show's premise, aside from the mention of the lack of the characters' dexterity, a [[OverusedRunningGag common point]] the show makes, and doesn't even speak of the religious aspect, [[IThoughtItMeant confusing]] a lot of first-time viewers.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' introduces a bunch of penguins. Since then, penguins occasionally have cameos, such as a penguin dressed as a parrot in the Silly Song "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" or as Junior's poor sick penguin in "The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps." Incidentally, the creators of [=VeggieTales=] also went on to make ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins''
* EvilMakesYouUgly: Used in "Sweetpea Beauty"; the queen's obsession with becoming beautiful coupled with the evil mirror's manipulation leads her to do increasingly horrible things, which gradually makes her more and more hideous.
The Seven Dwarfs, mirror hides this fact by showing her false reflections of herself.
* TheFaceless: Rack's, Shack's, and Benny's savior.
* {{Facepalm}}: Hope does this
a witch, an elf, Pinocchio, few times in ''An Easter Carol'' in response to some of the things Nezzer says.
* {{Fainting}}:
** One of Dave's brothers in ''Dave and the Giant Pickle'' does this when he realizes Dave really is going to face Goliath.
** In ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'', Dad Asparagus faints when he realizes the monster has Junior. He faints again when the monster catches Larry-Boy too.
** In ''An Easter Carol'', Reverend Gilbert (Dad Asparagus) faints when Nezzer announces his plan to build Easterland [[spoiler: on the land St. Bart's Church currently sits on.]]
* FlatWhat:
** King Xerxes ([[AnimatedActors Nebby K. Nezzer]]) after a [[ItMakesSenseInContext piano falls on a cake made by two would-be assassins]] in ''Esther:
The Three Bears, Tinker Bell, etc. Girl Who Became Queen''.
-->'''Xerxes:''' Why is there a [[PianoDrop piano]] on my cake?
** Another "Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen" example after Ms. Achmetha's "Puppy Song":
-->'''Xerxes:''' [[AllAnimalsAreDogs What am I gonna do with all those dogs?]]
* FollowTheBouncingBall
* FoodFight: "The Great Pie War", which plays a role in both ''King George and the Ducky'' and ''Duke and the Great Pie War''.
* ForbiddenChekhovsGun: Towards the end of ''The Star of Christmas'', Seymour warns Millward not to use [[spoiler: the eleventh rocket on the rocket-powered car]] as it has not been tested yet. Millward ends up using it.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** After Larry, Mr. Lunt and Pa Grape successfully host an entire episode (''Gideon: Tuba Warrior'') as The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, Pa makes a mock poster with a suggestion to star in [[TheMovie their own pirate movie]]."
A year later and guess what happens?
** At the end of the episode (''Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler''), Larryboy ([[AnimatedActors Larry the Cucumber]]) states his dress rehearsal for the next show (''LarryBoy and The Bad Apple'') starts in two minutes.
* FourFingeredHands:
** The angel Hope in ''An Easter Carol'' has these.
** And [[MyLittlePanzer Buzzsaw Louie]] from ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' has fingerless hands.
* FramingDevice: Most episodes are framed by scenes of the characters on the countertop, who tell the stories. A few don't use the countertop scenes, but still have the main episodes' plots put in the context of a character telling a story. It's [[AvertedTrope averted]] in ''Esther: The Girl Who Became Queen'', though.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** When the characters are looking around the TV studio in ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'', the couch from "I Love My Lips" and the broken vase picture and the steak knives from the Forgive-o-Matic make a very easy-to-miss cameo.
** During the Rorschach test part of "I Love My Lips," among the cards is a caricature of Sonny Bono, and the formula of the Avogadro Constant.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: During any tavern or bar scene, root beer is substituted for the real stuff.
* GenderFlip:
** In ''The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's'', their ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' parody, their Dorothy analogue is named "Darby" and played by Junior Asparagus.
** In ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'', the homeless child and the baker that Sara meets were both female, but in ''The Penniless Princess'', these characters are played by Junior and Bob.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion:
** The recent releases of "The Toy that Saved Christmas" is reanimated two years after the original release. The only thing that was contained was the Silly Song.
** The 15th anniversary release of the first episode had a redubbed version of the Silly Song with Larry's current voice. This is somewhat jarring due to the fact Archibald's voice is cut out.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''Larry:''' There's me and Bob at Sea World! *click* Oh, wow!\\
'''Everyone else:''' OOOOOOOOOOOOOO-ooohhh...\\
'''Larry:''' Whoops, forgot about that one...
** WordOfGod says that was a [[EmbarrassingSlide picture of Larry in a towel.]]
*** Which means that everyone was shocked, and slightly embarrassed, per ''The Hairbrush Song''.
** In a ''Larry Boy Cartoon Adventures'' episode, this exchange happens:
-->'''Larry (to Master Bok Choy):''' Master, what do you do if your hometown is invaded by an overgrown ''seedless'' grape?\\
'''Dark Crow:''' Who are you calling seedless??
** [[https://youtu.be/K6pC3EoIgnw?t=47s Larry]], trying to guess what VBS[[note]]Vacation Bible School[[/note]] stands for:
-->'''Larry:''' Very Big Sausages?
** The citizens of Jibber-De-Lot in "Are You My Neighbor?" are potheads. [[VisualPun Literally]].
** Near the end of the French Peas' cover of "There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea", a picture of Zidgel from ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' briefly flashes by to represent the 'hole'.
* GoodShepherd: [[PreacherMan Reverend Gilbert]] (Dad Asparagus) in ''The Star of Christmas'' and ''An Easter Carol''. He is seen teaching his son Edmund moral lessons, extending goodwill to people like Mr. Nezzer, and going out of his way to help those in need. He keeps this general attitude even when he's under a lot of pressure, such as [[spoiler: the possibility of the church he works at being knocked down or his son becoming deathly ill.]]
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: When the van crashes into a clothesline in ''Jonah'', a pair is plastered against the windshield.
* GracefulLoser: While not exactly a loss in the technical sense, the effect is still the same. In ''Sumo of the Opera'', Apollo Gourd and The Italian Scallion (Larry) have a sumo match. [[spoiler: The result of the match is a draw]]. Since no one had ever gotten that far against Apollo Gourd, all the praise gets showered on The Italian Scallion anyway. Apollo is a good sport about it.
* GrandpaGod: During both Snoodle poems and the ''Pirates'' movie, although these portrayals are allegorical.
* GuiltyPleasures: Larry likes his soap operas, and owns a plush of Barbara Manatee that he dances with.
* HandWave: Done in-universe in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. When Annie questions the fact that a toy just came to life in the story George is telling her, George waves it off with, "Maybe he was wired different! Who knows?"
* HardWorkMontage: The "Sumo of the Opera" parodies the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' series.
* HateSink: Miss Minchin in ''The Penniless Princess''. She is easily one of the most vile and loathsome characters depicted in the show, and she is one of ''very'' few major ''[=VeggieTales=]'' villains not to undergo a HeelFaceTurn.
* {{Headdesk}}: Done by Archibald in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diOtFw9sB34 The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo]]''.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: According to audio commentary they came up with Wally P. Nezzer in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' in an attempt to avert this; they'd just had Mr. Nezzer HeelFaceTurn in ''Rack, Shack, and Benny'' so having him come back as a villain seemed odd, hence giving him a brother. They gave up on the idea after that.
-->'''Phil Vischer:''' Rather than just keeping expanding his family we installed a little morality switch in his back. Good Nezzer, bad Nezzer, good Nezzer, bad Nezzer...
* HeelFaceTurn:
** "Rack Shack and Benny": [[spoiler:Nebby K. Nezzer]]
** "The Toy That Saved Christmas":[[spoiler:Wally P. Nezzer]]
** "Daniel and the Lion's Den": [[spoiler:King Darius]]
** "Minnesota Cuke": [[spoiler:Prof. Rattan]] [[PutOnABus between story arcs.]]
** "Saint Nicholas": [[spoiler:Gustav]]
** "Lord of the Beans": [[spoiler:The sporks]]
** "The Ballad of Little Joe": [[spoiler:Little Joe's brothers]]
* HelloInsertNameHere: The personalized DVD and the two personalized [=CDs=].
* [[CarnivoreConfusion Herbivore Confusion]]:
** In a world populated by
talking donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy) vegetables and fruits, there are pies and popcorn balls as food, and apparently "apple choppers". It was [[WordOfGod confirmed in the commentary]] for ''Duke and the Great Pie War'' (and demonstrated in ''Jonah'') that there are non-sentient fruits and vegetables in their world as well.
** In their version of Daniel and the Lion's Den, a ''cucumber''
is next in line after Pinocchio (voiced by Cody Cameron). tossed to lions.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Bob and Larry.
* HiveMind: [[spoiler:
The Captain other little weeds in ''Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed'' turn out to be under the control of "the mother weed", a giant weed that lives under the ground.]]
* {{Homage}}: The ending of ''[[ChristmasEpisode The Toy That Saved Christmas]]'' is a huge one to the climax of ''Film/BatmanForever''.
* IAmXSonOfY: In "Lord
of the Guards (voiced by Jim Cummings) gives Gepetto (voiced by Chris Miller) five shillings for Bean": Randalf, son of Mandalf; the "possessed toy". leader of the Razzberry Forest, Lord Falaminion Tereglith, son of Therebil-Elithimon.
* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: Daniel says this in ''Daniel and the Lions' Den'' while he is ''facing a pit of lions.''
** In ''The Star of Christmas'', Edmund says this [[spoiler: when the rocket-powered car is launched upwards after Millward uses the eleventh rocket.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Discussed and then averted in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. At the end, Louie wants to get rid of his buzz saw because even though the fact he had it saved everyone's lives earlier, he thinks that it's too dangerous to keep around. [[MundaneUtility Then he changes his mind and goes into carpentry.]]
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Laura uses this to excuse herself when Junior breaks his dad's plate in ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib From Outer Space!''
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: In the first story of ''God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!'', Rosie unleashes a long string of insults on her brother Tom, ending with the word "boy"; Pa tells her to apologize since Tom just turned 18 and is now should be called a "man."
* IWillShowYouX: When Larry says "No comprendo" in response to Bob's question about if Larry had seen Bob dancing at Uncle Louie's polka party, Bob exclaims, "No comprendo?! I'll show you 'no comprendo!'"
* IdenticalAncestor: Nebby K. Nezzer's Victorian-era ancestor Ebeneezer is presumably one.
* IdenticalStranger: Miss Minchin uses the same model as Miss Acmetha. WordOfGod says they are two distinct characters.
* IncrediblyLamePun:
The donkey's owner (voiced by Kathleen Freeman) show and films ''thrive'' on it.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Say it with me now: "[=CeBUUUUUUU=]!"
* InsaneTrollLogic: "The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill And Came Down With All The Bananas" : The Englishman takes all the bananas from a hill, but doesn't eat them because "You
can't get eat bananas without strawberries!" And then a Swedish man takes all the strawberries from another hill, but "can't eat strawberries without bananas!" And then they refuse to share with each other.
* InsistentTerminology:
** Larry gets a bit offended whenever anyone mistakes
him for a pickle.
** In "Minnesota Cuke", Larry insists that it's not a hat, it's a fedora.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Junior sometimes is shown
to talk have this with both Bob and Larry.
* InvisibleAnatomy: Averted with feet (the characters move around by hopping), but the characters' lack of hands is constantly {{Lampshaded}}:
** Right from the start, before the theme song:
-->'''Bob:''' I know! You play the guitar!\\
'''Larry:''' Bob, I don't have any hands.
** ''Josh and the Big Wall'' had Tom Grape and Pa Grape lampshade how they and other characters were applauding a giant rocket.
-->'''Tom:''' How are we clapping?\\
'''Pa:''' I have no idea.
** Probably one of the funniest ones, from "Madame Blueberry."
--> '''Larry:'''([[ManlyTears Crying out loud]] with Bob after the ending.) Hold me Bob!
--> '''Bob:''' I would if I could, maaaaan!
** "Lyle the Kindly Viking" has a reference.
-->'''Bjorn (Lunt):''' I would clap if I could.
** ''Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly'' repeatedly shows close-ups of a character's hands and feet, who is then shocked
when asked by he doesn't have limbs in the knights, long shots. It's kind of weird, really.
** Invisible hair as well - in ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush'', Martin notices Minnesota's haircut even though he never had any hair to begin with. Though a few scenes later, [[spoiler: Minnesota can't use the power of the hairbrush since he has no hair]] (a reference to ''The Hairbrush Song''). Go figure.
** From the personalized show:
-->'''Larry:''' I think we should give our good friend a hand!\\
'''Bob:''' But, Larry, we can't. We don't have hands.\\
'''Larry:''' I was speaking metaphorically, Bob.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: In ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'', Larry-Boy and Alfred get a bit frantic trying to figure out how the monster can be stopped, especially after the Fib catches Larry-Boy. As it turns out, the only one who can stop the Fib is [[spoiler: Junior Asparagus, who has been about five feet away from Larry-Boy for the past several minutes.]]
* ItsTheOnlyWay: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Junior uses this to justify sneaking into Mr. Nezzer's factory when Bob and Louie question the wisdom of doing so.
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* JesusTaboo:
** The show's theological consultant forbade them from portraying UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} as a vegetable, which is one reason most of the Bible stories are from the Old Testament. Jesus of course is discussed in many of the segments,
so they drag her away. As she struggles still somewhat {{averted}}.
** When the series was syndicated on {{Qubo}}, ExecutiveMeddling changed Bob's closing catchphrase from "God made you special, and He loves you very much" to "Thanks for coming to my house, kids!" Phil Vischer was annoyed.
* KarmaHoudini: Typically in ''[=VeggieTales=]'', villains either [[HeelFaceTurn have a change of heart]] or are defeated in some way, but there are some exceptions:
** In "The Story of Flibber-O-Loo", the crooks (the Scallions) who mug the Flibbian (Larry) simply run off
with the knights, she kicks the lantern holding Tinker Bell, his money and it flies into the air, landing on the donkey and spilling pixie dust on him. He floats into the air. The donkey talks now as he floats away, saying, "You might have seen a house fly, maybe even a super fly, but I bet you aint are never seen a donkey fly!" (copying again.
** In ''Madame Blueberry'',
the crows in "Dumbo"). Peter Pan (voiced Stuff-Mart people wind up [[spoiler: destroying Madame Blueberry's house.]] No one sues them.
** In ''Lord of the Beans'', [[spoiler: the Elders of the Razzberry Forest were bribed
by Michael Galasso) Scaryman to betray the Fellowship. Nothing happens to them.]]
** In ''Minnesota Cuke
and the Three Little Pigs (voiced by Cody Cameron) are surprised that he can fly, but Search for Noah's Umbrella'', the Captain Scallions steal a prize trophy fish. Minnesota Cuke (Larry) makes several attempts for years to stop them, only to fail every time. Nothing is shown of the Guards is more surprised that he can talk. The pixie dust wears off, Scallions afterward.
** In ''Pistachio'', a puppeteer tries to kidnap Pistachio,
and the donkey falls to the ground. The knights try to seize him, but when Pistachio flees in terror he runs encounters three con men who trick him out of his money and then toss him into the forest.

The donkey bumps into the back
sea. These guys all quietly drop out of the ogre, who was posting a "KEEP OUT" poster on a tree. story after their scenes are over.
* KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: "Where's God
When I'm S-scared?" starts with Junior Asparagus watching "Frankencelery," and becoming frightened by everything in the knights approach, house after that. However, the donkey hides behind the ogre. The Captain point of the Guards announces episode is that Lord Farquaad authorized him Junior doesn't need to arrest be scared because God is taking care of him, not that he shouldn't have watched the movie.
* KingKongClimb:
** In ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'', the Fib carries Junior to the top of a water tower. Then Larry-Boy flies up there after
them in his Larry-Plane.
** Played with in the next Larry-Boy movie, when the Weed is wrapped around a building
and transport reaches out a vine to grab Alfred.
* LargeHam: Archibald, Larry as Larry-Boy, occasionally Bob
* LighterAndSofter: ''The League of Incredible Vegetables'' in comparison to the earlier Larry-Boy episodes. The villain is a LargeHam who is not nearly as calculatingly manipulative as the villains in the earlier Larry-Boys, many of the characters' fears are PlayedForLaughs, and even the lighting and the music is much lighter and more cheery.
* LiteralCliffhanger:
** In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie and the penguins form a ChainOfPeople to save Mr. Nezzer...and it leads to all of
them stuck dangling off a cliff. Thankfully George comes to a designated resettlement facility. The ogre says, "Oh, really. You save them.
** In ''Minnesota Cuke
and what army?" The Captain looks back the Search for Noah's Umbrella'', at one point Cuke and sees his friends are captured by their enemies and left locked in a cage dangling over a cliff. Cuke comments that the other knights have run away, so he too runs away, yelling in fear. As the ogre walks away the donkey follows him and compliments him on how great he was hates cliffhangers. Cue "Silly Songs with the guards. The donkey says Larry".
* LittlestCancerPatient: Edmund Gilbert (played by Junior Asparagus) is apparently perfectly fine in ''The Star of Christmas'', but he becomes dangerously ill by ''An Easter Carol''. [[spoiler: What sets Ebeneezer Nezzer towards his change of heart is Hope informing him that Edmund has less than a year to live if nothing changes.]]
* LivingToys:
** ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'': A Buzzsaw Louie doll mysteriously comes to life, realizes
that he doesn't have any friends like the sound of whatever he was originally programmed to say, and asks sets off to stay find the true meaning of Christmas.
** ''Pistachio'': Pistachio (played by Junior Asparagus) is a wooden toy carved from a "very special" log.
* LotusEaterMachine: How Bad Apple plans to conquer Bumblyburg just like her great-uncle almost did, starting
with the ogre, who then tries to scare him away. The donkey just gives him a compliment on how scary that was mayor, the reporter, and sings. The ogre tells Larry-Boy.
* LoudOfWar:
** ''Josh and
the donkey that he is an ogre, but Big Wall!'': Joshua and his men scream to make the donkey doesn't care. The donkey asks for wall fall down.
** ''Gideon: Tuba Warrior'': Gideon's side uses their horns and flashlights to defeat
the ogre's name, and he replies, "Shrek." Shrek lets the donkey stay at his house for one night (outside).

As Shrek eats his dinner, he hears a noise and shouts at the donkey to stay outside. He looks back at his table and sees the Three Blind Mice (voiced by Christopher Knights and Simon J. Smith). When he grabs the mice, The Seven Dwarfs push the case with Snow White onto the table. They tell Shrek it's because the bed's taken, and Shrek sees that The Big Bad Wolf is in it. He grabs the wolf and tosses him out, but sees hundreds of fairy tale creatures camped outside his house. Pinocchio and one
Midianities.
* LuredIntoATrap: In ''Lord
of the pigs tell Shrek that Lord Farquaad evicted them and put them there. The donkey tells Shrek that he knows Beans'', [[spoiler: Scaryman bribed the Elders of the Razzberry Forest to send Toto to the Land of Woe where Lord Farquaad is, so Shrek announces that their welcome is worn out, that he will see Farquaad right now so that he can get them all off his swamp Scaryman could ambush him and back where they all came from. They all cheer. Shrek tells take the donkey that he is coming with him. bean.]]
* MajorGeneralSong
* MauriceChevalierAccent:
The donkey is happy and says, "Shrek and Donkey, on a whirlwind big city adventure." Donkey then starts singing "On The Road Again", but Shrek makes him hum it instead.

In a castle, the town's lord walks down a hallway. When he reaches the guards at the end, it's obvious that he is a dwarf. He enters the torture chamber where the executioner, Thelonius (voiced by Christopher Knights), is drowning The Gingerbread Man (voiced by Conrad Vernon) in a glass of milk. The lord (voiced by John Lithgow) torments The Gingerbread Man, and then crumbles one of his severed legs. He tells The Gingerbread Man that he and all the other fairy tale trash are monsters that are poisoning his perfect world. He demands that The Gingerbread Man tell him where the others are and starts to tear off one of his gumdrop buttons. The Gingerbread Man then rambles on about The Muffin Man, but
French Peas. Of course, they are interrupted by [[{{Expy}} based on]] the French knights who bring in The Evil Queen's Magic Mirror. The lord knocks The Gingerbread Man into a trash can then asks, "Mirror mirror on the wall, is this not the most perfect kingdom from Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor [=/=] MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Frankencelery.
* MediumAwareness: In ''The Wonderful Wizard
of them all?" The Magic Mirror (voiced by Chris Miller) replies that he is not technically a king yet, but can become one by marrying a princess. The Magic Mirror then presents the eligible bachelorettes, "Dating Game" style: Cinderella, Snow White, and Princess Fiona (in the castle guarded by a dragon). Upon prompting by Thelonius, Lord Farquaad picks Princess Fiona. The Magic Mirror then displays Princess Fiona while playing "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)". Lord Farquaad says that she's perfect, and that finally he will be the perfect king. The Magic Mirror tries to tell him what happens at night after sunset, but he Ha's,'' Larry tells the mirror to be quiet. Lord Farquaad then announces Bob that they are going to can't let the show be too short, since they have a tournament.

Shrek and Donkey reach the castle at Duloc. The parking lot is arranged like the one at Disneyland. Shrek remarks that it must be Lord Farquaad's castle. It's extremely tall, and Shrek jokes that he could be compensating for something. As they approach the roped lines for the ticket booth, Shrek tries
whole DVD to talk to Duloc's costumed mascot (voiced by Andrew Adamson), which looks like Lord Farquaad, but he runs away fill.
** Also
in fear through the lines. Shrek walks straight through the ropes, dragging them along as Donkey follows, and tries to calm the mascot down. The mascot gets knocked out ''The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's'' when he runs into asking why Pa Grape/The Lion didn't eat the turnstile. Shrek rabbits and Donkey go through the turnstile. Elevator music plays animals in the otherwise quiet and deserted courtyard. The souvenir shop only has Lord Farquaad items. Donkey sees an information booth and pulls the lever. There is some clicking, and then the doors open, revealing music and wooden puppets (like in forest if he was so hungry he responds with "It's a Small World") that sing the rules for Duloc, "a perfect place". The doors shut and a camera takes Shrek and Donkey's picture, then their photo comes out, showing them stunned.

Shrek and Donkey hear fanfare and go in that direction. Lord Farquaad is high upon a balcony announcing that the tournament winner (champion) will have the privilege to go rescue Princess Fiona. Shrek and Donkey march past the contestants (knights), then Farquaad instead tells the knights that the one who kills the ogre will be named champion. Shrek bursts open a wine barrel to slip up some knights, then slides through the brew, swinging at them with one of their axes like a hockey player. Donkey climbs onto the other barrel and rolls over some more knights. When more knights arrive, Shrek jumps into a corral and fights them like a professional wrestler. After a while, the crowd cheers for Shrek. Donkey joins in, "tag team" style, knocking out another knight. After Shrek sits on another knight, a woman (voiced by Jacquie Barnbrook) shouts for Shrek to give "give him the chair", so he whacks him over the head with a chair. After Shrek throws the last knight, Donkey kicks him, knocking him out. Shrek hams it up for the crowd. Lord Farquaad signals to the knights with crossbows, but instead of giving the order to kill Shrek, he proclaims that Shrek is the champion. Farquaad tells Shrek that he won the honor to go on the quest. Shrek replies that he is already on a quest to get his swamp back, where Farquaad dumped the fairy tale creatures. Farquaad offers a deal to Shrek that if he goes on this quest, Farquaad will give him his swamp back, with the squatters gone, so Shrek agrees.

On the way to rescue Princess Fiona, Shrek and Donkey pass through various vegetable fields. As Shrek munches on some vegetables, Donkey asks Shrek why he's going to fight a dragon and rescue a princess to get his swamp back, which Farquaad filled with "freaks". He tells Shrek that he should act like an ogre, and lay siege to his fortress and grind his bones. Shrek sarcastically suggests that instead he could have decapitated some villagers and drank their fluids. Shrek tells Donkey that there's a lot more to ogres than people think, that they are like onions and have layers.

Shrek and Donkey pass a run-down windmill. After two days, they finally reach the castle where Princess Fiona is held, up on a mountain. Dried lava and brimstone are everywhere. Donkey thinks the smell is from Shrek, but Shrek tells Donkey that if it were him, Donkey would be dead. They reach a footbridge over a river of lava leading to the castle. Donkey is afraid to cross, but Shrek backs him up, tricking him to cross.

Inside the castle, Shrek tells Donkey to look for stairs so they can reach Princess Fiona. Shrek puts on some armor of a dead knight. Suddenly, the dragon breathes fire and chases after Donkey. Shrek grabs the dragon's tail, but it shakes him off, sending him flying into Princess Fiona's room and waking her up. Meanwhile, the dragon has Donkey trapped. Donkey complements it on its white teeth, notices that it's a girl dragon, and gives it more appropriate compliments. The dragon picks him up with her teeth and walks happily away. While Shrek recovers, Princess Fiona lies back down on the bed and pretends to sleep. Shrek approaches her but instead of kissing her, he shakes her forcefully and shouts for her to wake up. Princess Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) wants romance, but Shrek keeps his helmet on and drags her down the stairs. Down below, the dragon is cuddling and romancing Donkey. Shrek grabs a hanging chain and swings towards the dragon, but the chain is stuck up above. He shakes it loose, and he falls, knocking Donkey away as the dragon is about to kiss him. The dragon kisses Shrek's naked butt. The chain's frame falls around the dragon's neck like a collar. Shrek and Donkey run away, then Shrek grabs Donkey and Fiona as the dragon chases them, repeatedly breathing fire. They crisscross the castle and the chain tangles around all the pillars. Shrek locks the chain into the floor with a sword. As they run across the bridge the dragon burns half of it up, but they make it safely across. The dragon tries to fly after them, but the chain holds it back.

Safely on the other side, Fiona demands that Shrek remove his helmet and kiss her. He removes his helmet, and she is shocked and disappointed that he is an ogre. Shrek tells her that Lord Farquaad sent him, that he's the one who wants to marry her. Princess Fiona tells him in that case that Lord Farquaad should rescue her and she refuses to leave. Shrek picks her up then they head back to Duloc. When Shrek finally sets Fiona down she asks Shrek and Donkey what Duloc and Lord Farquaad are like. Shrek and Donkey start making short jokes about him. She says that they are just jealous of him. When she hears that they will get to Duloc the next day, Fiona gets upset and insists that they make camp immediately. They find a rock cliff, and Princess Fiona sleeps alone in a small enclosure on it. Shrek tells Donkey stories about the stars, and then says that things are more than they appear. Donkey wonders what they will do when they get back to their swamp, but Shrek tells him that it's his swamp, and he is going to build a ten-foot wall around his land. Donkey thinks that Shrek is trying to keep people out, then Shrek shouts at Donkey that he's trying to keep everyone out. Fiona wakes up and slides the door open, then overhears Shrek telling Donkey how people judge him before they even know him, and that's why he's better off alone. Fiona closes the door then Donkey and Shrek talk about the stars again.

At his castle, Lord Farquaad is in bed with a drink and repeatedly makes the Magic Mirror show him the picture of Princess Fiona. He says that she's perfect.

The next morning, Princess Fiona sings with a bird, but it explodes when she hits a high note. She cooks the bird's eggs for breakfast. Fiona tells Shrek and Donkey that she is making it up to them because they got off to a bad start yesterday; after all, they rescued her. As they walk towards Duloc, Shrek burps then Fiona burps too. Suddenly a man (voiced by Vincent Cassel) swinging from a vine grabs Fiona. He calls out for his Merry Men. They all appear, dancing and singing about him, Robin Hood. As he brandishes a knife, Robin Hood finishes the song by saying he will cut out Shrek's heart, but Fiona swings down and knocks him into a boulder. She defeats the Merry Men with Kung Fu mixed with "The Matrix". Shrek and Donkey are amazed. Shrek asks Fiona where she learned that, and she replies that when one lives alone one has to learn these things. She sees that there's an arrow in Shrek's butt. Donkey starts panicking, so Fiona sends him off looking for a blue flower with red thorns. When Fiona tries to pull out the arrow from Shrek's butt, he squirms, falls to the ground, and Fiona lands on him -- just as Donkey returns with the flower. Donkey gets mad because he thinks they just wanted to be alone. When Fiona pulls out the arrow, Donkey sees the blood and faints. Shrek picks him up, and they head back to Duloc.

In a field, Princess Fiona grabs a spider's web and gathers up the flying bugs bothering Shrek, giving it to him, who eats it like cotton candy. Shrek catches a frog and inflates it like a balloon, handing it to Fiona. Fiona grabs a snake off a tree branch and inflates it like a balloon, and gives it to Shrek. They push each other playfully, then run off together, and their balloons float away into the air.

They finally reach the windmill and see Duloc in the distance. Shrek shrugs and tells Princess Fiona that her future awaits her, and she's surprised to see Duloc. Donkey interrupts, and tells Fiona that Shrek thinks Lord Farquaad is compensating for something. Donkey starts to say that it means Farquaad "has a really..." Shrek knocks him down, a little too hard, and then tells Fiona that they should move on and starts walking. Fiona tells Shrek that she's worried about Donkey, that he doesn't look so good. Shrek comes over and plays along with her pretense, and says that he looks awful. Fiona tells Donkey that she'll make him some tea. Donkey then acts like a hypochondriac. Shrek and Fiona go to find dinner and firewood. Fiona likes the food Shrek cooked (weed rat), saying that it's delicious. She sighs, then looks at Duloc and says that she'll be eating differently tomorrow night. He hopes that she will visit him in the swamp, because he'll cook for her. She says that she would like that, and then they smile and look at each other. Shrek begins to ask Fiona something important, but changes his mind and asks for the rest of her food. They lean towards each other, about to kiss. Donkey butts in, saying that the sunset is romantic. Fiona jumps up, panicking. She pretends to be afraid of the dark, and Donkey tells her that he is afraid of the dark too. Fiona goes into the windmill to sleep by herself, glancing back briefly at Shrek. Donkey tells Shrek that he can tell with his animal instincts that Shrek and Fiona "were digging on each other," and says that Shrek should tell Fiona how he feels about her. Shrek tries to deny that he likes her, and then dejectedly says that Fiona is a princess and he is an ogre. He walks off and tells Donkey that he's getting more firewood, but Donkey sees that there's still a large pile of firewood there. Shrek sits alone by a field of sunflowers, staring at Duloc until night.

Donkey, afraid to be alone by himself in the dark, goes inside the windmill looking for Princess Fiona. A large green hand grabs the ladder, and then a female ogre looks down on Donkey as he wanders around. All the sights and sounds frighten Donkey. The ogre falls through the wood and screams as she lands on the floor, frightening Donkey even more. He's terrified when she stands up, and he screams for Shrek. Donkey asks her what she did with the princess. She tries to calm and quiet him down, saying that it's her, in this body. He thinks that she ate the princess and shouts at her stomach, then calls for Shrek again. She finally calms him down and convinces him that she is the princess. He wonders what happened to her, telling her that she's... different. She admits that she's ugly. Donkey thinks it's because she ate the weed rat, but she tells him that she's been this way as long as she can remember. She says that it only happens when the sun goes down. She looks at her reflection in a barrel of water and recites a spell: "By night one way, by day another. This shall be the norm until you find love's first kiss and then take love's true form." She tells Donkey that when she was a little girl a witch cast a spell on her; every night she becomes "this, this horrible, ugly beast"; she was placed in a tower to await the day her true love would rescue her. Fiona sits down and tells Donkey that it's why she has to marry Farquaad tomorrow before the suns sets and he sees her like this. She cries, and then Donkey tries to console her. He says that she's ugly, but adds that she only looks like this at night, and that Shrek is ugly all the time. She replies that she's a princess, and it's not how a princess should look. Donkey suggests that she shouldn't marry Farquaad. She insists that she has to, because only her true love's first kiss can break the spell. Donkey tells her that she's an ogre, and Shrek's an ogre, and that they have a lot in common.

Shrek walks back to the windmill, holding a sunflower. He's rehearsing what he will say to Princess Fiona when he gives it to her. When he climbs the steps of the windmill, he overhears Fiona telling Donkey that she just can't marry whomever she wants, and to take a good look at her. She asks Donkey, "Who could ever love a beast so hideous and ugly? Princess and ugly don't go together. That's why I can't stay here with Shrek. My only chance to live happily ever after is to marry my true love." She tells Donkey that it's just how it should be. Shrek becomes disheartened because he thinks Fiona was calling him ugly, and then throws the sunflower down and storms off towards Duloc. Fiona tells Donkey that it's the only way to break the spell. He tells her that she has to tell Shrek the truth and starts to leave, but she says that no one must ever know and makes Donkey promise not to tell anyone. Donkey says that she should tell Shrek, then goes outside. Fiona opens the door and looks around, but only sees the sunflower and takes it inside. Donkey looks around then sleeps by the campfire.

In the morning, Princess Fiona picks off the petals of the sunflower, reciting the "He loves me, he loves me not" game, but instead saying, "I tell him, I tell him not." She pulls off the last petal, excited that she should tell Shrek about her spell. She opens the door and calls for him, but only sees Donkey outside snoring. The sun rises and she transforms back to human form. Shrek walks up and she rushes to greet him, but he angrily walks past her and sits on the steps. She says that she has to tell him something, but he replies that he heard everything she said last night. She says that she thought he would understand. He says he understands, quoting her asking, "Who could ever love a hideous, ugly beast?" She says that she thought it wouldn't matter to him, but he says that it does. A horse whinnies and they turn around. Fanfare announces Lord Farquaad's arrival as he rides towards them, accompanied by some knights, then Donkey wakes up. Farquaad greets Princess Fiona, and then Shrek demands that Farquaad give him the deed to his swamp, as promised. Farquaad tells Shrek that the swamp is cleared out as agreed, then tells him to take the deed and go before he changes his mind. Shrek grabs the deed and stands aside. Farquaad calls Fiona beautiful. She tells him that she was just saying a short farewell, just as a knight sets him on the ground. Farquaad says that it's sweet, that she doesn't have to waste good manners on the ogre; it doesn't have feelings. Fiona agrees that "it" doesn't. Farquaad grabs her hand and proposes to her. She looks at Shrek, who is staring at his deed, then accepts. Farquaad jumps up happily and tells her that he'll make plans for them to marry tomorrow. She stops him and says that they should get married today, before the sun sets. Shrek angrily walks back to his swamp. Farquaad agrees that they should get married today, and talks about all the things to prepare. They both get on the horse and head to Duloc, and then Fiona tells Shrek "fare-thee-well." Donkey tries to stop Shrek and says that there's something he doesn't know about Fiona. Shrek shouts at Donkey that he heard what they said last. He tells Donkey that since he and Fiona are great friends, Donkey should follow her home. Donkey replies that he wants to go with Shrek. Shrek continues shouting at Donkey that he lives alone in his swamp, not with anyone else, "especially useless, pathetic, annoying, talking donkeys!" Shrek storms off to his swamp.

("Hallelujah" by John Cale plays in the background.) At his swamp, Shrek sees that the fairy tale creatures are gone; only their tents remain, along with some debris. He sighs heavily and walks back to his house. Donkey walks through the forest, sadly glancing back. Shrek sees his reflection in a puddle of water, and then sadly lowers his head. Princess Fiona, in her wedding gown, looks sadly out the window. Shrek looks sadly out his window, then angrily takes a sunflower off the table and throws it into the fireplace. Fiona sadly looks at herself again in the mirror. Farquaad looks at himself in the Magic Mirror, which smiles only when he's looking at it. Fiona looks at the wedding cake and pushes the figurine of Farquaad down to its proper height. She turns around and quizzically looks at the suit of armor. At the same spot, in his house, Shrek leans sadly against the table and stares at the fireplace. Donkey drinks from a pond by the forest, then is startled when he hears and sees the dragon crying; they console each other. Shrek is alone, and tries to eat at his table; Fiona is alone, and tries to eat at her table; they both put their faces in their hands.

Shrek hears a thumping sound outside and opens the door to see Donkey putting branches on the ground. Donkey tells him that it's a wall. Shrek tells him that a wall should go around his swamp. Donkey replies that it does go around his half of the swamp, and that Donkey gets the other half. Donkey tells Shrek that he earned half of the swamp because he did half of the work rescuing the princess. They argue over ownership of the swamp. Shrek gives up and walks away, saying that he's done with Donkey, then Donkey chases after him. Donkey says that Shrek just thinks about himself; he's mean to Donkey, insults him, doesn't appreciate him, and pushes him around or away. Shrek asks Donkey that if he treated him so bad, why did he come back? Donkey replies that it's what friends do: they forgive each other. Shrek agrees, and then he shouts that he forgives Donkey for stabbing him in the back. Shrek goes into the outhouse and slams the door. Donkey tells Shrek that he's so wrapped up like onion layers in his feelings. Shrek tells Donkey to go away, but he tells Shrek that he's "doing it again," like he did to Fiona; all she ever did was love him. Shrek replies that he heard their conversation, that she called him ugly, a hideous creature. Donkey tells him that she wasn't talking about him, but was talking about somebody else. Shrek comes out and asks who she was talking about. Donkey refuses to tell him because Shrek doesn't listen to him. Shrek apologizes, and admits that he is just a big, stupid, ugly ogre. Donkey forgives him because that's what friends are for. Shrek wonders what Fiona said about him, but Donkey tells him to ask her. Shrek cries out that
kid show, they won't make let me do that."
** In ''Jonah'', Dad Asparagus isn't satisfied until there's a big musical number to close
the wedding film.
** Also
in time. Donkey whistles ''Jonah'', "The Credits Song".
* AMinorKidroduction: As a tribute to ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', "Minnesota Cuke
and the dragon flies down. Shrek climbs Search for Noah's Umbrella" starts off with Minnesota, Marten, and the chain up then Scallions as kids.
* MissedHimByThatMuch:
** In ''Larry-Boy! And
the dragon puts Donkey up too. They fly away to Duloc.

At
Fib from Outer Space!'', Larry-Boy must find the castle, the bishop (voiced by Val Bettin) mysterious object that fell from space. The object in question is marrying Princess Fiona Fib, who is out with Junior. Larry-Boy says "hello" to them one time and Lord Farquaad. Thelonius holds the rings. Two men hold another time passes by without even seeing them. He gives up cue cards for the audience's appropriate response. Fiona interrupts and asks the bishop to skip to the "I do's". Farquaad chuckles and tells the bishop to continue. The dragon lands outside, and then the knights run away fearfully. Shrek goes home...only to the door of the church, but Donkey tells him have to wait until the preacher says, "Speak now or forever hold your peace", then for Shrek to say, "I object!" Shrek says head out again because Fib is destroying Bumblyburg.
** In ''The Penniless Princess'', Mr. Carrisford and Sara run into each other while Sara is running errands. After they have a friendly chat, Mr. Carrisford leaves, [[spoiler: having no idea
that he doesn't have time for this, but Donkey replies that chicks like romance. They go just spoke to the side girl he's been searching for for a long time.]]
* MoodWhiplash: A number
of the church single-story episodes have a cliffhanger or otherwise dramatic moment close the first half, immediately followed by Silly Songs with Larry.
* TheMoralSubstitute: A major exception to examples typical of the trope.
* MoreThanMindControl: How the Bad Apple gets citizens to fall into her LotusEaterMachine.
* MotionlessChin: Not to mention, literally, NoKnees.
* TheMovie: Several, though only two had theatrical releases -- ''Jonah: A [=VeggieTales=] Movie''
and Shrek repeatedly throws Donkey up to look through a window. Donkey tells Shrek that ''The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.''
* MrImagination: Larry. They call him LARRYBOY!
* MurderByCremation: Almost happens in "Rack, Shack, and Benny", just like in the Bible.
* MusicalChores: In ''The Penniless Princess'', Sara and Becky sing while
they do the work assigned by Miss Minchin.
* MythologyGag: The slushees in "Gideon: Tuba Warrior" and the hairbrush in "The Search for Samson's Hairbrush"
are already married. Shrek bursts a couple of examples.
* NeverSayDie:
** Averted. Not only are several deadly situations portrayed in the show (such as being thrown
into the church fiery furnace or sent down a collapsed bridge), the characters don't shy away from mentioning it. ''Larry-Boy and the Fib from Outer Space'' has a particularly harsh aversion that happens just before Farquaad as Larry-Boy is trying to get his Larry Mobile to transform into a plane on the verge of running into a wall:
--> '''Larry-Boy:''' I am going to ''die!''
** ''The Penniless Princess'' takes it a step further, with Captain Crewe being explicitly stated to have died in war
and Fiona kiss, shouting Sara having to deal with losing her father at such a young age.
* TheNicknamer: Mr. Lunt's character in "St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving" ... and all his nicknames are directed specifically ''at'' [[StealthPun Nick]].
* NighthawksShot: The ice cream parlor in "The End of Silliness?"
* NoEnding: ''The Song of the Cebu''
-->'''Archibald:''' You can't just start a song and leave it hanging like that!
** Also parodied in "St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving". Bob stops the story at a seemingly random point (hesitant to tell his audience of very young vegetables
that he objects. Fiona [[NeverSayDie Nick's parents die]]) and Farquaad are annoyed they can't believe it's over ''already''. Larry explains to see him. Shrek wants to talk to Fiona, but she says them that it's too late and tries one of those "Russian endings" meant to kiss Farquaad. Shrek grabs her hand and tells her that Farquaad only wants to marry her so that he can be king, then tells her that Farquaad is not her true love. Fiona asks him what he knows about true love. Shrek stammers, and Farquaad laughs raise "more questions than answers."
* NoFlowInCGI: The characters were designed as vegetables
because Shrek loves they were basically spheres with a few extra features. Easy to animate. At least that's how it began. While the princess. Farquaad cues later character designs are largely the laughter. Fiona asks Shrek if it's true, but Farquaad grabs her hand and insists that she kiss him now. Fiona same, the subtle details have changed quite a bit. Larry now looks at more like an actual cucumber, with bumps and color striations. The animation has gotten more sophisticated, but why would the setting sun animators want to do something more complex when what we have now works so well? Giving Bob and recalls her spell. She walks to Larry hands at this point would make about as much sense as putting a drop-tile ceiling on the window and tells Shrek Art/SistineChapel.\\\
Clothes or costumes
that she the Veggies wear, however notably shirts tend to stick rigidly to their bodies, because this simplifies the animator's job tremendously. Occasionally this results in strange-looking object behaviors like the paper bag that Larry wears over his head in the counter-top bookend scenes for "Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella," which sounds like a paper bag but moves like a rubber artist's eraser.
* NoFourthWall:
** The intro and outro segments, some of the Silly Songs, and less frequently the stories themselves.
** A rather memorable example was during "Omelet", modeled after {{Theatre/Hamlet}}. As Ophelia, Mr. Lunt was pushed onto the "stage" in full drag:
-->"I think we're going to get letters about this."
** Jimmy Gourd's reaction is endlessly hilarious to this "fair Ophelia".
* NoIndoorVoice: At first, Junior's voice actress
wanted to show this to him before. She transforms into an ogre, and then grins sheepishly at Shrek. As for Shrek, he can only casually note that her state explains use a lot about her recent behaviour.

The audience is shocked. Farquaad sees Fiona and says that "it" is disgusting and orders his guards to get "it" out of his sight, to get them both. As Shrek and Fiona try to reach each other, Farquaad declares that the marriage is still binding, that he is still king, and puts on the crown. As guards drag Shrek away, Farquaad tells that he'll beg for death. He then tells Fiona that he'll lock her back in that tower
childish voice for the rest character, so she spoke the lines of Junior in a very VERY high-pitched, squeaky voice. The creators didn't like that, though. They thought she was screaming her lines as Junior rather than speaking them. As the creators have pointed out in commentary, it wasn't really until "Lyle the Kindly Viking" that Junior's voice actress stopped speaking all of her life. Shrek frees lines in a really high-pitched, squeaky voice. Since the creators didn't like it, she toned down the high pitch and removed the squeak.
* NoNameGiven: Given a LampshadeHanging at
one of his hands point:
-->'''Larry:''' What's your name?\\
'''Scallion:''' ''(pushing a broom)'' [[RageAgainstTheAuthor They've never given me a name.]] [[MediumAwareness I've been around since Show One]] (''Where's God When I'm Scared?''), [[NoFourthWall
and whistles. The dragon bursts through the large stained glass window with Donkey on top and swallows Farquaad, killing him, then burps out his crown. Shrek tells Fiona that he loves her, and she tells him that he loves him too. They kiss, and then Fiona begins her transformation as her voice-over recounts the rest of the spell. She rises up into the air, glowing. Bright light radiates from her, then a shock wave from her shatters all the windows in the church except one (which the dragon later breaks). Fiona completes her transformation, and then returns to the floor and collapses. Shrek helps Fiona up. She's I still an ogre, and tells Shrek don't have a name.]]
* NoProductSafetyStandards: "The Toy
that she doesn't understand, that she's supposed to be beautiful. Shrek tells her that she is beautiful, and they kiss again.

At
Saved Christmas" has Buzz-Saw Louie, the swamp, Shrek and Fiona get married, hot new toy with Donkey and all a real working buzzsaw!
* OhCrap: Several examples;
** Daniel (Larry) gets one after
the fairy tale creatures as guests. Wisemen discover him praying to God instead of to Darius in "Daniel In The wedding song is "I'm a Believer", by Smash Mouth. One of the fairy godmothers transforms the three blind mice into horses, and a garlic bulb into a carriage, and then Shrek and Fiona leave Lion's Den" in the carriage. Donkey takes over the song, with the others singing and dancing. The wedding celebration continues while Shrek and Fiona ride away into the sunset.

The fairy tale ends with "And they lived ugly ever after. The end." The book closes, revealing the fairy tale to be "Shrek", and the song ends.

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''Where's God When Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) I'm S-Scared?''.
** In "Larry's Lagoon" on ''God Wants Me To Forgive Them?!?'', Bob
and Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) come back from their honeymoon, they find an invitation to a royal ball with Fiona's parents to celebrate their marriage, an event Shrek is reluctant to participate in. Fiona talks him into it, and along with Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy), they travel to the kingdom of Far Far Away. They meet Fiona's parents, King Harold and Queen Lillian (voiced by John Cleese and Julie Andrews), who are surprised and repulsed by Fiona's choice of husband (particularly the King himself), since they had arranged that Prince Charming rescue her from the castle but now Larry both get this reaction when they see that her husband their boat is an ogre.

At a shared meal, Shrek and Harold get
about to run into a heated argument over how Shrek rock.
** All of the Israelites in ''Dave And The Giant Pickle'' get this reaction when they see Goliath first arrive.
** This was Jimmy
and Fiona will raise their family, and Fiona, disgusted at Shrek and her father's behavior, locks herself away Jerry Gourd's reaction in her room ''King George And The Ducky'' when they hear Bob ask what's going on, while they were trying to host the show, without any success.
* OncePerEpisode: Bob ''hates'' the song
that evening, where she meets her Fairy Godmother (voiced by Jennifer Saunders), precedes the final {{Aesop}}; Larry loves it. Turned on its head in ''Lord of the Beans'', when the evil sporks steal the record -- and Bob admits he misses the song.
* OneSteveLimit: Played straight with the real names of main characters, but averted with names belonging to characters
who appear less often, or characters they play. The name Louie appears very frequently--Junior invites someone named Louie to his birthday party in ''Are You My Neighbor'', Bob says he danced at Uncle Louie's polka party in the Silly Song "Dance of the Cucumber", the toy in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' is named Louie (and Laura Carrot's youngest brother, who also appears in that episode, is named Baby Lou). Also the fact they have a character named George did not stop them from having Larry play a George in ''King George and the Ducky''.
** One of Larry's brothers is named Bob the Cucumber (which Bob the Tomato is shocked to learn)
** There's both a Steven and a Steve (Steve being another of Larry's brothers)
* OnlySaneEmployee: Bob.
* PachelbelsCanonProgression: The song "I Can Be Your Friend" uses it.
* PairTheSpares: Bob/Madame Blueberry is often a compliment ship for Larry/Petunia shippers.
* PaperThinDisguise: Gee, who could "Larryboy" possibly be?
* ParentalAbandonment: In ''The Penniless Princess'', Sara's mother is never shown and is implied to have died. (In the book it's based on, this is indeed the case.) Her father is in the opening scene, [[spoiler: but dies later on (which
is also surprised at Fiona's new looks. Shrek worries accurate to the book).]]
* ParentalBonus
** Most of the literary references, for starters.
** The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Series/GilligansIsland'' parodies.
** Creator/MontyPython references, the most explicit being the French Peas as the people of Jericho taunting the Israelites from atop their wall. Oddly enough, they started out playing Philistines in a less explicit reference to the same scene.
*** The Fish Slappers in Jonah are explicitly explained as being inspired by Creator/MontyPython, in the audio commentary (the Larry and Mr. Lunt one).
** In ''Lyle, the Kindly Viking'', the episode starts off with Larry mentioning various viewer questions about sharing, such as "When do I have to share?", "Why do I have to share?", "Whatever happened to Sonny & [[IncrediblyLamePun Cher]]?".
*** On
that he has lost his true love, particularly after finding her childhood diary and reading that she was once infatuated note, in the Silly Song with Prince Charming (voiced by Rupert Everett).

King Harold is accosted by
Larry "I Love My Lips", when Larry sings "It's a lip, it's a lip, it's a lip lip lip" to the Fairy Godmother and Charming, her son. The two retell tune of the Prince's adventures and how he overcame many obstacles and climbed William Tell Overture during a high tower in order to rescue her finding instead a crossdressing wolf. They reprimand Harold for breaking an old promise that Charming would be able to marry Fiona and demand that he find a way to get rid Rorschach test, one of Shrek. Harold arranges for Shrek and Donkey to join him the cards is a non-animated photo of Sonny Bono.
** In the silly song ''Larry's High Silk Hat'' it opens with [[ForrestGump a white feather floating down from the sky as Larry is sitting
on a fictitious hunting trip, bench with a box of chocolates waiting for the bus.]]
** "What are the Philippines?" "The Philippines are a group of islands off the coast of Asia, [[Film/{{Airplane}} but that's not important now.]] The ''Philistines''...."
* PerverseSexualLust: An in-universe example; in "Barbara Manatee," one of the Silly Songs With Larry segments, Larry appears to be crushing on a manatee from a TV show. He even has a plush of her,
which really is a trap he sings to lure and dances with.
* PianoDrop: Once on a cake in ''Esther'', and several times down a flight of stairs in ''Sumo of
the two into the hands of an assassin, Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas).

When Fiona realizes that Shrek left she asks her father for help but he replies that he always wanted the best for her and that she should better think about what
Opera''.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: The TropeNamer
is the best silly song of the same title, which centers around [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a group of pirates who don't do anything]]. One of them doesn't even seem to know what a pirate is ''supposed'' to do!
* PlayingAgainstType:
** In-universe example: the episode ''Pistachio'' has Junior, the kind, lovable asparagus, playing a rebellious, talkative puppet.
** Mr. Nezzer is usually cast as a villain, and when he's not playing a villain he's playing a rather goofy fellow. And then in ''Lord of the Beans'' he plays Randalf, and while he still is occasionally goofy,
for her, too. Puss the most part he comes across as a wise leader and the OnlySaneMan.
* PottyEmergency:
** Larry has this multiple times-once as Sven in Lyle The Kindly Viking, and as [=LarryBoy=] in all but two episodes ([=LarryBoy=] and the Rumor Weed and The Leauge of Incredible Vegetables lack a mention of this sort of thing)
** Junior also mentions having on in the song "Are We There Yet?"
* PrinceAndPauper: The story ''Princess and the Popstar'' with Princess Poppyseed and [[Series/HannahMontana Vanna Banana]].
* ProductPlacement:
** The Silly Song "His Cheeseburger" plays it straight - when they mention Denny's, we actually see a Denny's sign.
** In The League of Incredible Vegetables, Pull-Ups and Go-Gurt are mentioned.
* ProductionForeshadowing: Bumblyburg gets a little mention in ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'' when Mr. Nezzer
is unable deciding where to defeat Shrek and, revealing send the main characters as punishment. The first Larry-Boy video didn't come out until less than a year after, which ''actually'' took place in Bumblyburg.
** In ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella'', we see the front of a theater
that he was paid by Harold, asks to come along as a way to make amends. the protagonists are coming out of. The three sneak into movie featured on the Fairy Godmother's potion factory and steal a "Happily Ever After" potion that Shrek believes will restore Fiona's love for him.

Shrek and Donkey both drink the potion and fall into a deep sleep, awakening
marquee? ''Saint Nicholas'', the next morning show to discover its effects: Shrek is now a handsome human, while Donkey has turned into a stallion. In order to make be released.
* PromptingNudge: At
the change permanent, Shrek must kiss Fiona by midnight. He, Donkey, and Puss return to the castle to discover that the potion has also transformed Fiona back into her former, human self. However, the Fairy Godmother, having learned beginning of the potion's theft, intercepts Shrek episode "King George And The Ducky", Jimmy and sends Charming to pose as him Jerry Gourd are both wearing cardboard cutouts of Bob and win her love. At Larry. After Jimmy tries introducing himself as Bob the Fairy Godmother's urging, Shrek leaves Tomato, Jerry tries introducing himself as Larry the castle, believing Cucumber, but stops after saying "And I'm Larry", prompting Jimmy to give Jerry a nudge in the side, so that Jerry can finish with "Cucumber".
* {{Pun}}: Oh so many. One of their collections is called "Lessons From
the best way to make Fiona happy Sock Drawer: A Collection of [=VeggieTales=] Shorts and Briefs."
* PunnyName: Frequently.
** Perhaps nowhere more obviously than in ''Lord of the Beans'', where two of the adventurers' names are food puns on those of actual [[LordOfTheRings Fellowship]] members -- Ear-a-Corn and Leg-o-Lamb.
** Also Nebby K. Nezzer.
* RaidersOfTheLostParody: The episode "Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush"; Larry the Cucumber in a story about bullying.
* RecurringRiff: The opening notes of The Thankful Song from "Madame Blueberry" (''We thank God for this day...'') were often used for the Big Idea title card.
* RedBoxingGloves: On ''[[RefugeinAudacity Goliath]] the [[InvisibleAnatomy Giant Pickle]]''.
* RefrainFromAssuming: Some people mistakenly believe the Silly Song from ''King George and the Ducky''
is to let her go.

To ensure
called "Barbara Manatee" after its recurring line, even though its actual name is "Endangered Love".
* RememberedICouldFly: In ''The Toy
that Fiona falls Saved Christmas'', at one point the protagonists are tied up on a sled hurtling to their doom. It doesn't even occur to Louie to use his built-in buzz saw to get them out of this predicament--and then Larry accidentally bumps his arm.
-->'''Louie:''' Watch it! You bumped into my...''(realizes)''...''[[ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing buzz saw]]''...
* RunningGag:
** Bob hating the "What We Have Learned" song and trying to turn it off
in love the middle. Some shows don't contain that song. In one case the song ''didn't'' play, but Bob's relief was interrupted by Larry deciding to carry on himself -- [[ItMakesSenseInContext until Bob soaked him with Charming, the Fairy Godmother gives Harold a love potion to put into Fiona's tea. But Harold replies water]].
** Bob once admitted
that it's not possible that he hates the song, but he hates the fact the second verse of the song always cuts him off mid-sentence when he tries to make his daughter fall a point, which is the ACTUAL running gag.
** The vegetables don't have hands. This doesn't particularly stop them.
*** This was lampshaded
in love a ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' trailer, in which Larry and Bob were worried because the penguins did have limbs.
** The creators of the show seem to have an affinity for places named "Moose Lake."
** In the NBC TV version, Jimmy always delivers a letter to start the show; each time he does, he attempts to slide it through the mail slot (even though, as Bob and Larry always point out, he [[StatingTheSimpleSolution could just hand it over the door]]), and always manages to crumple it up in the process.
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[[folder:Tropes S to Z]]
* SeparateSceneStorytelling: "Lyle The Kindly Viking" is shown
this way. way.
* ShapedLikeItself: "And now it's time for ''Silly Songs with Larry'', the part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song."
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/VeggieTales See page.]]
* ShowWithinAShow:
** Cavis and Millward's "Princess and the Plumber" in ''Star of Christmas.
** Marlee's "Up with Bunnies" in '''Twas the Night Before Easter''.
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: Big time! Thats the feel of this show.
* SmallTownRivalry: In "The Story of Flibber-O-Loo" (a re-telling of the Good Samaritan story), the towns of Flibber-O-Loo and Jibberty-Lot have a heated rivalry, where they launch shoes and pots at each other with catapults and other devices.
* SnowballLie: Happens in ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'' Junior lies to avoid getting in trouble for breaking a plate, the lie keeps getting bigger as the people around Junior figure out he's not telling the truth....and then the lie has gotten so big that it is literally destroying Bumblyburg.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Heavily idealistic.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: Don't lie, or an extra-terrestrial beast will feed off of your lies and hold you hostage.
* SpeciesSurname: Most of the characters' last names are the type of vegetable they are. Sometimes this leads to characters who don't seem to be relatives having the same last name, like Junior Asparagus and Archibald Asparagus. Some of the characters, like Mr. Nezzer or Mr. Lunt, avert this.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Larry-Boy/Larryboy/[=LarryBoy=]. The first was used in ''Fib from Outer Space'' & ''Rumor Weed'', the second was used in the Flash-animated spinoff series, and the third was used in ''Bad Apple''.
** Edmund/Edmond Gilbert (played by Junior Asparagus) in ''The Star of Christmas'' and ''An Easter Carol''. He is credited as "Edmond" but in subtitles and on the back of the box for ''The Star of Christmas'' it is spelled "Edmund".
* SphereEyes
* SpitTake: When Dave announces his plan to fight Goliath, King Saul spits out his drink.
* SpoofAesop: One of the Silly Songs gives us the following;
-->'''Quartet''': The moral of our story it's the point we hope we've made...when you go a little loopy better keep your nurse well paid!
* StaircaseTumble: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie's first step out of the factory leads to him falling down the stairs, which then leads to him getting stuck in snow. Junior pulls him out later.
* StealthPun: The antagonist in ''Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple'' is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an apple]] who dabbles in dealing with temptation. [[spoiler:In other words, she's the ForbiddenFruit.]]
* StepfordSnarker: Hope in ''An Easter Carol''. [[AllThereInTheManual Her character bio]] mentions that part of the reason for her snarky attitude is that [[YourDaysAreNumbered she is aware her time is short.]]
* TheStinger:
** From the late 90s to the early 2000s, the credits were typically followed by an animation of the Big Idea logo where the letters started out small, then would "explode" to their proper font, scaring Bob and Larry. After they recovered and posed for the logo, the "A" in "Idea" would pop out once more with a sound typically related to the episode accompanying it (for instance, ''King George and the Ducky'' used a rubber duck squeak). There was also a standard version of this logo that used a suction sound effect for the A. Usually this logo was timed so the font explosion would occur on the last note of the song that played over the credits.
** The original VHS print of ''Rack, Shack, and Benny'' (with the original Bunny Song) had Bob, [[spoiler:still left in the sink]], saying "I'd like to get out now."
This exchange is overheard by Shrek, Donkey, was strangely removed in later prints and Puss, who replaced with the typical Big Idea stinger described above.
* StoryArc: In ''Josh and the Big Wall'', technical difficulties prevented Larry from properly ending ''The Song of the Cebu'', that video's "Silly Songs With Larry" segment. Archibald became so disappointed with Larry's lack of preparation, he announced the cancellation of "Silly Songs" in the next video (''Madame Blueberry'')'s segment. The FramingDevice of the video after that (''The End of Silliness?'') showed Larry desperately trying to recover from the loss, until Archibald announces that a fan petition prompted him to [[{{Uncanceled}} uncancel]] "Silly Songs."
* StylisticSuck: "The Englishman Who Went Up the Hill and Came Down With All the Bananas."
* SuckECheeses: Cheese E. Rodent in ''Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler''.
* SuperCellReception: Subverted in ''Larry-Boy! And the Rumor Weed'', where Larry-Boy and Alfred try to keep communicating after Larry-Boy goes into the sewer system to find [[spoiler: the Mother Weed]]...and find that the sewer walls
are soon arrested too thick and reception is shot.
* SurveillanceStationSlacker: Jimmy and Jerry Gourd, as seen in the episode "Larry-Boy and the Fib from Outer Space!"
* TakeThat:
** In the ''Oh, Santa!'' Silly Song, Larry gives cookies to both a bank robber and a Viking "because it's Christmas." And then the next person comes to the door.
-->"I'm from the [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]]! And I've come to tax your--" '''(SLAM)'''
** During ''[[Literature/DonQuixote The Asparagus of La Mancha]]'', there's a potshot towards Starbucks when Don and Pancho are trying to compete with the Food Factory and decide to open a coffee shop:
-->"Why pay a little for coffee when you can pay a lot?"
* ThoseTwoGuys: Bob and Larry.
** And Jimmy and Jerry Gourd. And maybe the French Peas.
* TitleSequenceReplacement: Whenever the show got a new montage for the opening, it would retroactively replace the previous montage for every earlier episode's future VHS and DVD prints. In fact, this practice has pervaded the series pretty much since its inception:
** The original ''Where's God When I'm S-Scared?'' print (which had a very limited 500 copy print run and was only sold through a magazine) had no "broccoli, celery, gotta be" interludes, just the backing. The later mass market release sold in Christian bookstores altered this, though kept the same clip show (which only featured clips from this episode proper), up until the 1997 reprints.
** The theme song montage that was included on all of the VHS releases from 1994 to 1997 featured clips only from the first two episodes, and is the theme that most early fans of the show are familiar with.
** Beginning with 1997 reprints and all shows released up until the early [=2000s=], a new montage was created and the opening banter was re-voiced so it no longer contained Larry's dopey EarlyInstallmentWeirdness voice over. For the most part, this was the last time the early episodes had their openings changed; even after new montages came about, the older episodes still retained theirs. Until...
** ...the late [=2000s=], where a completely re-done opening that cut out everything except the first verse was introduced. Once again, every prior episode had its opening replaced with this one.
* ToiletHumor: A ton of it can be found in The League of Incredible Vegetables.
* TooDumbToLive: Larry in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. He probably shouldn't have mentioned Puggslyville's bridge being out to Mr. Nezzer.
* TookALevelInKindness: Ebeneezer Nezzer in ''An Easter Carol'' when he starts changing for the better. Hope does this too; in her early interactions with Ebeneezer she is rather snarky and occasionally harsh, but around the point where [[spoiler: Ebeneezer is very upset when he learns Edmund is probably going to die]], Hope softens up considerably and is a lot more careful in how she interacts with him.
* TopTenList
** ''The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown'' was the result of a viewer poll to determine the silliest of the first ten Silly Songs with Larry (not counting ''Oh, Santa!''). The winner was [[spoiler:''The Hairbrush Song'']].
** Also "WesternAnimation/VeggieTales Live: Sing Yourself Silly!"
* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler: The Elders of the Razzberry Forest.]]
* UnhandThemVillain: Towards the end of ''Sweetpea Beauty'', the mirror grabs Sweetpea and carries her to the top of a tower. When the queen demands he let her go, he obliges.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Louie in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. The first people he comes across after he escapes the factory don't even blink at the fact that they're talking to a living toy, and later on Mr. Nezzer is a lot more concerned about there being intruders in his studio than he is about the fact that one of his own toys came to life.
* UpToEleven: In the alternate Razzberry Forest scene in ''Lord of the Beans'' (available as a DVD easter egg), Randalf and the Elders communicate ''completely in raspberries'', with Leg-o-Lamb translating.
* UriahGambit: In ''King George and the Ducky'' (a retelling of the [[TropeNamers trope-naming]] [[Literature/TheBible bible story]]), King George has Thomas sent to the front lines of the Pie War because he wants his ducky. [[spoiler:However, unlike the original story where this resulted in the character's death, (couldn't have that obviously, since this is a kids show) Thomas [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome singlehandedly wins the entire war]], [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu but goes completely insane in the process]]]].
* ValleyGirl: Only Big Idea would go so far as to turn the Princess of Egypt in their retelling of the story of Moses in the Bulrushes into this - ''hilariously''.
* VengefulVendingMachine: Larry has gotten his candy stuck. In a vending machine.
** This makes up most of the jokes in ''Lunch: A Parable''. First, the dollar the unnamed protagonist puts in keeps getting rejected. Then, when it accepts his money, the button that dispenses the Grav-ee Crisp bar won't do anything. Finally, when the protagonist tips the machine, it falls onto him, forcing him to prop it up. Cue the Grav-ee Crisp bar finally coming out, the guy reaching for it and getting squashed
by the royal guards vending machine.
* VillainSong:
** Mr. Nezzer's reprise of "The Bunny Song."
** PlayedForLaughs with "Oh No!" from "Daniel
and thrown into a dungeon. While the royal ball begins, several Lions' Den" of Shrek's friends band "Where's God When I'm S-Scared?".
** PlayedForDrama with "Haman's Song" from "Esther".
** "The Rumor Weed Song" in ''Larryboy and the Rumor Weed''.
** Bad Apple's "The Temptation Song" from ''Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple''.
* VisualPun: One of the books Archibald pulls out in the "Modern Major General" song from ''The Wonderful World of Auto-tainment!'' has a picture of Larry in a robe and crown. [[spoiler:Larry King!]]
* VocalEvolution
** Scallion #1 (the tall one), Archibald, and the narrator for "Silly Songs with Larry" ''used'' to sound different. Archibald's delivery was more hammy, and Scallion's lacked the faux British accent the others had. This gradually blended
together to free until it's pretty much all the trio same voice. Larry eventually hung a lampshade on this at the end of ''The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo'' by acting surprised that Archibald and create a gigantic gingerbread man (whose name the narrator were not the same character. [[spoiler:''Archibald'' was surprised, too.]] In fact, now the creators attempt to place Scallion #1 and Archibald in the same scenes at times, just to prove that they're not the same character.
** Just as noticeable
is Mongo), Jerry Gourd, who started out sounding like an impression of Jimmy Gourd's voice (enough to mark them as [[ThoseTwoGuys a matched pair of characters]] but with a subtle enough difference to be clearly a different actor -- Phil and Mike use this approach extensively) but now sounds almost exactly like Larry.
** As the series progressed, many characters sounded less like they were on helium.
* WaterHoseRodeo: In ''Larry Boy and the Bad Apple'', one character attempts to hose off a statue that's been covered in cobwebs. It turns out that the fire hose is too strong for him, and he gets flung all over.
* WaxingLyrical: Mr. Lunt's character in "St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving" slips into this several times.
* WaxOnWaxOff: Mikey, in "Sumo of the Opera," teaches sumo to the Italian Scallion by mopping the floor and climbing the down escalator.
* WeSellEverything: The Stuff-Mart.
* WhamLine: In ''Lord of the Beans'', Toto thinks he's figured out why he was sent to the Land of Woe...until Scaryman comes out and reveals the real reason:
-->'''Scaryman''': [[spoiler: The elders sent you here because I told them to]].
* WhatTheHellHero: King George sees someone bathing on a roof and he wanted his duck, despite having tons of his own,
which breaks through leads to a UriahGambit (it's based on [[Literature/TheBible the original]]). Then he gets called out on it by the castle's defenses so Shrek can stop Charming from kissing Fiona. He wise man.
* WhiteVoidRoom: This
is too late to stop them; instead of falling in love with Charming, though, Fiona knocks him out with a headbutt. Harold reveals that he never gave Fiona where Larry plays the love potion, whereupon theme song. Also featured in "The Wonderful World of Auto-Tainment!".
* WholePlotReference: Happens all
the Fairy Godmother attacks Shrek. In time, including quite a few of the ensuing melee, a spell from her wand, presumably sub-tropes:
** ItsAWonderfulPlot: ''It's A Meaningful Life''.
** OffToSeeTheWizard: ''The Wizard of Ha's''.
** RaidersOfTheLostParody: The Minnesota Cuke episodes.
** WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore: The USS Applepies setting, but especially ''Veggies in Space: The Fennal Frontier''.
** YetAnotherChristmasCarol: ''An Easter Carol''.
* AWildRapperAppears: Khalil's appearance in the Boyz in the Sink song "Belly Button".
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals: A rare plant example.
* WouldHurtAChild: Mr. Nezzer [[AnimatedActors in some of his more villainous roles]] has tried
to kill Shrek, rebounds off Harold's armor, when he commits self-sacrifice to save Shrek, Junior [[AnimatedActors (or a character played by him)]] on at least three different occasions. Junior's five.
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: Though their version was about Easter.
* YouthfulFreckles: Both Tom
and disintegrates her; it also returns Harold to his true form, that Rosie Grape have them, as do many of the Frog Prince. He had used pea characters, no matter their age. However, the Happily Ever After potion years ago in order French Peas' trickster nature is highlighted through these.
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----
->'''Waldorf''': This show makes me nervous about what we do.\\
'''Statler''': Got anything
to marry Lillian, but she tells him be ashamed of?\\
'''Waldorf''': No, I'm just worried
that she one of the tomatoes we throw might say "Ow!"\\
'''Both''': ''Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!''
----
Remember [[{{Troper}} tropers]], God made you [[BeYourself special]], and He
loves him regardless of his appearance.

As the clock strikes midnight, Shrek and Fiona let the potion's effects wear off and they revert to their ogre selves, while Donkey reluctently changes back as well. Harold gives his blessing to the marriage and apologizes for his earlier behavior, and the party resumes as the credits begin. They are interrupted by a brief after-party scene in which the Dragon, who had romanced Donkey in the first film, arrives and reveals that they now have several dragon-donkey hybrid, or "Dronkey", babies.
you very much. [[TheStinger Bye!]]
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[[caption-width-right:285:[-[[LampshadeHanging Yes, a couple of them are fruit]], [[RuleOfFun but would YOU watch a show called Produce Tales?]][[note]]And don't even get Bob the tomato started on the whole, "Is he a vegetable or a fruit?" thing.[[/note]]]]-]

->''"Have we got a show for you!"''

What's the best way to teach UsefulNotes/{{Christian|ity}} values to children? Through [[AnimateInanimateObject semi-anthropomorphized]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot God-loving vegetables]]. [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds Obviously.]] Why vegetables? Well, they're good for you, and what child wouldn't want to munch on versions of their favorite characters? But mostly because they didn't originally have the budget for CGI that could handle complex characters. After all, if you make a green sphere and call it a pea, who's to argue?

Silly songs, talking vegetables, and plots taken from Literature/TheBible make for [[BetterThanItSounds much better entertainment than you might expect]] -- aided considerably by a cast the size of a produce department, and a healthy seasoning of [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext slightly demented]] and honestly funny writing heavy on [[WorldOfSnark good natured snark]], {{Parental Bonus}}es, and [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall fourth-wall-leaning]], and light on the {{Anvilicious}}ness. Notable characters include [=LarryBoy=] the immensely quotable {{Badbutt}} suction cup-themed superhero, [[MyLittlePanzer Buzzsaw Louie]] the toy that saved Christmas, and ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything.

The result is a just-self-aware-enough FountainOfMemes that has saved the sanity of more than a few babysitters in the church nursery, and [[OutOfTheGhetto broken out of the double ghetto]] of [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating G-Rated]] Christian Media to a surprising degree. This is essentially {{Silly Rabbit Cynicism Is For Losers}}: the series.

Early videos used the format: Introduction by Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber talking about some issue (e.g. [[SiblingRivalry anger at siblings]], materialism, not learning to share, not telling the truth, wouldn't help others, won't be patient or confident, etc.), sometimes prompted by a viewer letter; short story which illustrates the issue; silly {{Intermission}}, usually in the form of "Silly Songs With Larry"; another short story; discussion of [[AnAesop the moral]] and relevant [[Literature/TheBible verse]], the latter provided by QWERTY the computer. Later installments began using one long story with "Silly Songs" at the intermission. Currently, a given video could be either of these formats ''or'' simply be a single long story with no introduction, intermission, or theme song. Usually longer now than the ThemeSong's claim of "half an hour" (which a recent updating of the opening removed).

References and parodies plots from Literature/TheBible, ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath'' (God Wants Me To Forgive Them?!, [[IThoughtItMeant with literal grapes of wrath]]), ''Series/GilligansIsland (God Wants Me to Forgive Them?!)'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (Are You My Neighbor?), ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' (Larry Boy), ''Literature/MadameBovary'' (Madame Blueberry), Creator/GilbertAndSullivan (Lyle the Kindly Viking), ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' (Minnesota Cuke), ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (Omelet), ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (Lord Of the Beans), ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (The Wizard of Ha's), Literature/SherlockHolmes ([[PunnyName Sheerluck Holmes]]), and all kinds of others.

Two movies: ''[[WesternAnimation/JonahAVeggieTalesMovie Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnythingAVeggieTalesMovie The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie]]'', a TV series co-produced by Creator/DreamworksAnimation titled ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTalesInTheHouse'', a few video games, and [[WesternAnimation/LarryBoyTheCartoonAdventures a Flash-animated series for Larry-Boy]] have been produced.

A [[Recap/{{VeggieTales}} Recap]] page is currently under construction.

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!!''[=VeggieTales=]'' provides examples of:

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[[folder:Tropes A to I]]
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: In ''Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed'', this is where [[spoiler: the Mother Weed]] lives.
* AcidRefluxNightmare: In ''The Asparagus of La Mancha,'' the dreams driving Don Quixote's odd behavior are caused by the extremely spicy salsa he eats before bed.
* AdaptationDistillation:
** ''The Penniless Princess'' is the [=VeggieTales=] adaptation of ''Literature/ALittlePrincess''. It's a pretty faithful adaptation aside from a lot of simplification.
** Many of the Bible stories are somewhat watered down, the main narrative remaining intact with a few details removed for the sake of time and clarity.
* UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash: The 2D Larry-Boy cartoons.
* AdultFear:
** ''An Easter Carol'' has an underlying theme of loss of various sorts. Ebeneezer's grandmother died and he doesn't know how to move on from it. Early on, Cavis and Millward lose their job. [[spoiler:There's also the whole thing with the threat of tearing down St. Bart's Church, which would negatively affect the orphanage that the church runs.]] And the Gilbert family has to struggle with the fact that [[spoiler:Edmund is very sick and might not live to see another Easter.]]
** Early in ''Pistachio'', the eleopardmous wooden puppet runs off and gets into all sorts of trouble. The episode takes a good amount of time showing his father's desperate searching when he realizes Pistachio's missing.
* AnAesop: Shamelessly, but that's kind of the point.
* AffablyEvil
** The French Peas (sometimes). They are pretty obvious parodies of the French Knights from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
** Also at times, The Scallions.
** Mr. Nezzer, whenever he's playing an antagonistic role.
* AffectionateParody: Of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' ("Lord of the Beans" with [[TorchesAndPitchforks the evil Sporks]]), ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ("[[Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy The Gourds Must Be Crazy]]", set aboard the ''U.S.S. Applepies''), ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' ("Omelet"), Franchise/{{Batman}} with the Larry-Boy character, Creator/GilbertAndSullivan ("Lyle the Kindly Viking", "The Star of Christmas" and "Sumo of the Opera", the latter also parodying ''Film/{{Rocky}}'') and others.
* AgelessBirthdayEpisode: Downplayed in "The Gourds Must Be Crazy", where a birthday party for Junior is mentioned but not given focus. It had already been established in an earlier episode that Junior was five. Did he turn six in this one, or was about to? No clue.
* AllCheeringAllTheTime: "Tomato Sawyer And Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue" had a trio of female pea cheerleaders who showed up at random times during the story.
* AlliterativeName:
** Archibald Asparagus.
** Intentionally {{averted}} for most of the other characters. Series creator Phil Vischer explained:
-->"If it were a typical Christian show, I figured, they'd be named Tommy Tomato and Kooky Cucumber. But the last thing in the world I wanted was to make a typical Christian show."
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Supposedly, the Rhubarbarians from "Duke and the Great Pie War." The Sporks from "Lord of the Beans" are introduced this way, but it turns out to be wrong.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins:
** ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'' has Wally P. Nezzer, who is Nebby K. Nezzer's brother. It's never outright stated they're twins, but they look and dress and act so similarly (the only real physical difference being that Wally has a bigger nose) that it's some ridiculously StrongFamilyResemblance at the very least.
** In ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella'', the BigBad is Professor Rattan's twin brother Wicker. While there are a few differences, they look close enough that if one wasn't paying too much attention they could get mixed up, which Wicker uses to his advantage frequently.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: As much as a plant can be, at any rate. Pa Grape, originally created as a quasi-Appalachian hick, has [[CharacterizationMarchesOn developed into this.]]
-->'''Pa Grape: '''I'm a viking, and I've come to take your land -- oh, yes -- I've come to take your land; and I've come to burn your crops and steal your horses! And I've come to step on your chickens, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking soil your quilts!]]... [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage oy]].
* AnachronismStew: Played for laughs, often {{Lampshaded}}.
-->'''Junior Asparagus:''' ''(skeptical)'' Did [the Israelites] ''really'' build a rocket in the middle of the desert and get Slushees dropped on their heads?
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: ''Dave and the Giant Pickle'', ''Gideon: Tuba Warrior'', ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Sampson's Hairbrush'' and ''Sumo of the Opera''.
* AnimatedActors
* AnimateInanimateObject
** QWERTY the computer, who obliges when Bob and Larry ask him to give a Bible verse at the end of most of the episodes.
** In ''An Easter Carol'', a music box comes to life to guide Ebeneezer Nezzer to redemption.
* AnthropomorphicFood: The whole show is full of them!
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Most of the Larry-Boy villians; for instance, the Fib is a representation of a lie who grows with it, and the Rumor Weed represents a spreading rumor in the form of a weed that infests yards as it travels.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** This is played with in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uv8Ej4CEoQ The Song of the Cebu]]''.
--> '''Archibald''': Does the hippo see them? Is the poor mute cebu successful in communicating the imminent danger to the other passengers? Is the boy ''injured''? Why is the sad cebu sad? Is the canoe wood or aluminum?
** In the first episode, when the wise men are trying to think of ways to get rid of Daniel, one of the suggestions is to give him donuts, and then take them away from him.
** In ''Lord of the Beans'', the four beans made could change your appearance, create nice clothing, all the food you could ever want, and... small kitchen appliances.
* ArtEvolution: The early episodes looked very crude, having been released a year before ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' first aired (which coincidentally also features a character named Bob), and two years before ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' was released. As technology increased for later episodes, they got better lighting, softer textures, and smoother animation. Those who haven't seen the series since the 90s are often VERY surprised to see that one of their childhood favorites now looks better than ever.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Thank you, QWERTY.
* AsideGlance: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie does one when it occurs to him that he's the only one of the group who has hands.
* BambooTechnology: Played literally and {{Lampshaded}} in a ''Series/GilligansIsland'' parody, most extremely when TheProfessor builds a bamboo-coconut ''helicopter''.
* BatmanColdOpen: Used in "Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed", which of course makes sense, given that Larry-Boy is a fairly obvious CaptainErsatz for Batman.
* BearsAreBadNews: In the Silly Song "The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps", the veterinarian's yodeling did not actually work; the nurse would have to give people the real cures to their pets' various ailments. By the time someone brought in their pet bear, [[spoiler: the nurse had given up because the veterinarian wouldn't give him a raise, and the bear got angry and started chasing the veterinarian.]]
* {{Big Eater}}s: Jimmy and Jerry Gourd. In fact, when they made their debut in the AffectionateParody of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', they managed to save the starship from crashing into a meteor made of popcorn by ''eating the entire meteor''.
* BigNo:
** Larry the Cucumber did this in ''The End of Silliness?'', when Archibald inserted "His Cheeseburger" in the jukebox. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeEihNdXxdc "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..."]]
** By Haman (Mr. Lunt) in ''Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen'' when he finds out he's getting banished to the Island of Perpetual Tickling.
** Two by Don Quixote (Archibald Asparagus) in ''Asparagus of La Mancha'', one when he wakes up from his first bad dream, one when Poncho (Mr. Lunt) weans him off the salsa, due to finding out that Don's addiction to his super-spicy salsa is causing the bad dreams.
** By The Bad Apple in ''Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple'', when her webs dissolve by using water.
** By Archibald Asparagus in the silly song ''The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo'', when everyone needs to take a potty break.
** Also by Larry in the silly song ''Sippy Cup'' combined with {{Eat The Camera}} when Jimmy Gourd explains why Larry needs a sippy cup.
** Two by the mirror in ''Sweetpea Beauty'', one when Prince Larry and the seven peas save Sweetpea Beauty (Petunia Rhubarb) from her fall, one when he falls to his death. Prince Larry also utters this when Sweetpea Beauty is falling. Luckily, he and the seven peas save her.
* BigOlEyebrows:
** ''Larryboy and the Angry Eyebrows'' has living, flying BigOlEyebrows that are attracted to anger and make whoever they land on angrier.
** Mr. Nezzer has very bushy eyebrows.
* BilingualBonus: "Usta" really is Polish for "lips"[[note]]Well, "mouth". But the idea is much the same.[[/note]].
* {{Bowdlerize}}:
** Many of the stories taken from Literature/TheBible are toned down; for example, in the original story of Daniel and the Lion's Den, the king puts the evil advisors and their families to death by tossing them in said den. With lions that went to bed without supper. The ''[=VeggieTales=]'' version of it instead ends in a more cartoonish way, with the advisors running off while the king chases after them.
** They Bowdlerized one of their own cartoons. In ''Rack, Shack, and Benny'', "The Bunny Song" is a song that the protagonists refuse to sing. The song originally had some genuinely troubling lyrics--which resulted in letters from parents because despite it being condemned onscreen, children were singing it anyway. It was then completely rewritten as "The New And Improved Bunny Song" for the sing-along video, as a good version of the song, but some parents were still bothered by the original, so when Big Idea started re-releasing all their videos, ''Rack, Shack, and Benny'' [[OrwellianRetcon got its version's lyrics replaced with refusals to eat healthy food]] (however, sentient vegetables singing about eating other vegetables is [[UnfortunateImplications a complete separate kettle of fish]]).
** In Literature/TheBible's account of the story of Esther, Haman intended to hang the Jews on gallows he was setting up. The Veggie version: [[spoiler:banishment to the Island of Perpetual Tickling.]]
** "King George and the Duckie" is an adaptation of the story of David and Bathsheba; while the Biblical story centers around adultery, the [=VeggieTales=] version substitutes rubber duckie theft, the king gets a chance at reconciliation (the guy survived and won the war single-handedly in this version), and David was changed to George, because David had been the hero in an earlier episode.
** In the Biblical account of Jonah, Nineveh was a city of adulterers and thieves. No mention of adultery in the Veggie version; the bad thing the Ninevites do that gets mentioned most often in their version is [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus slapping each other with fishes.]]
** "Moe and the Big Exit" is an adaption of The Exodus From Egypt. They tone down most of the plagues for children, people receive a plague of gophers instead of frogs, and acne instead of skin disease.
** There are some notable aversions though: "Daniel in the Lion's Den" doesn't cover up the fact that the wise men want to kill Daniel, the "first born" plague isn't taken out of ''Moe and the Big Exit''[[note]]Though it is modified a bit. Instead of explicitly saying the babies die, they are washed "up the river". FridgeHorror ensues regardless, though.[[/note]], ''Rack, Shack and Benny'' doesn't Bowdlerize getting thrown into a furnace, and they keep the DownerEnding of ''Jonah'' intact.
** [=VeggieTales=] as a whole ''itself'' was bowdlerized during the {{Qubo}} years; all Christianity-related content before and after the story (although the stories themselves somehow remained largely untouched) was removed and replaced. Phil Vischer was not happy.
* ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily: The Carrot family has the oldest Laura, her brother Lenny, and their baby brother Lou.
* BrickJoke:
** One of the first Silly Songs With Larry, ''The Hairbrush Song'' ended with Bob confessing to Larry that he gave his hairbrush to The Peach, and Larry decides to let him keep it. After the song, The Peach made only a handful of other appearances, and never even got a name. Fast forward to ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Sampson's Hairbrush''. When Larry/Minnesota Cuke consults an illustrated Bible manuscript in search of [[McGuffin Samson's Hairbrush]], the character standing in for Samson is The Peach!
** In one of the earliest episodes' songs, Jerry mentions that 'Aunt Ruth has a beard.' In the I Love My Lips Silly Song, Larry had to kiss his great-Aunt Ruth. 'She had a beard, and it felt weird.' She also appears in The Song of the Cebu, during Larry's EmbarrassingSlide.
** In ''The Toy That Saves Christmas'', there is a sled wreck, and then Bob says: "You roll your dice, you move your mice. Nobody gets hurt." Guess what happens in ''The Tale of St. Nicholas''....
* BubblePipe: In its ''SherlockHolmes'' parody, the Sherlock character has a bubble pipe, and at one point he inhales by accident and chokes on the soap.
* ButtMonkey: Mr. Lunt, who is frequently the worthless sidekick, appears insufferably lazy, cross-dresses at least twice, and laments that his life has only included one half hour of happiness. That one day. Between two and two-thirty.
* CallBack:
** As noted in the commentary for "Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue", the scene where Larry helps Bob put a sign back up by letting him stand on his shoulders may remind some people of "An Easter Carol", where Bob hops on Larry's shoulders to try to climb over Ebnezzer Nezzer's factory gate.
*** Furthermore, The "Duke of New Orleans" (Jerry Gourd) sings "Meet Me in St. Louis." Which and Jimmy were doing when they first appeared in "Are You my Neighbor?"
** At one point during Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush, Minnesota (played by Larry) starts humming the hairbrush song. Really, the whole episode can be considered a Call Back to the song.
** In the sequel, Minnesota Cuke and The Search for Noah's Umbrella, Minnesota finds himself in a Spanish village. One of the locals suggest they do "The Dance of the Cucumber" which was also an earlier Silly song.
** In "The Song of the Cebu;" after struggling to get his slide show back on track, Larry points out that he's found another picture of a cebu, only to correct himself that it's a water buffalo, providing a call back to the first Silly Song, "The Water Buffalo Song."
** In the episode based on Joshua, when Moses and the Israelites take a shortcut to the Promised Land, they find that it is populated by giants, who all look like the giant pickle from "Dave and the Giant Pickle".
* CallingYourBathroomBreaks: At the end of "Lyle the Kindly Viking," by (who else) Larry.
** "Uh, Sven, [[MusicalEpisode you can stop singing now]]."
** Literally in ''Lord of the Beans'' - Legolamb's brother, the Other Elf, keeps holding up the group because he has to stop and go to the bathroom.
* CaptainErsatz: "The Other Elf" from ''Lord of the Beans'' looks suspiciously like the Keebler Elf. [[spoiler:Especially at the climax, when he bakes cookies inside of a tree.]]
* CaptainObvious: "And now it's time for 'Silly Songs with Larry': the part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song."
* CatapultNightmare: Don Quixote in "The Asparagus of La Mancha" because he ate too much salsa before going to bed.
* CatchPhrase:
** Larry-Boy's [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "I! Am! That! Hero!"]]
** "And remember, kids, God made you special, and he loves you very much."
** "Perhaps ''I'' can be of assistance!"
** "I'm Bob, I'm a tomato, and I'm here to help you!" "I'm Larry, I'm a cucumber, and I'm here to make you giggle!"
* ChainOfPeople: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie and a bunch of penguins do this to save Mr. Nezzer from falling off a cliff. And then George has to go save them all from dangling off the edge of a bridge forever.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Combined with ViewersAreGoldfish in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. The bridge to Puggslyville is out... clearly it's important because it's mentioned at least three times.
** In a scene very early on in ''An Easter Carol'', Reverend Gilbert and Edmund are talking about Mr. Nezzer, and the reverend mentions offhand that Nezzer's family owns a lot of land, even the land St. Bart's Church sits on. This becomes critical to the episode's plot.
** In ''Lord of the Beans'', Randalf comments on the jewel Lord Falaminion Tereglith is wearing. [[spoiler: Lord Falaminion Tereglith was bribed with it to send Toto into a trap.]]
** In ''The Star of Christmas'':
*** Seymour promises Millward [[spoiler: he can drive his rocket-powered car at some point.]] It happens towards the end of the episode.
*** Seymour says the lights on the scenery [[spoiler: pose a fire hazard, which is exactly what happens later.]]
* ChristmasEpisode:
** Six so far: "The Toy That Saved Christmas", "The Star of Christmas", "Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving", "The Little Drummer Boy", "It's a Meaningful Life," and "Christmas Sing-Along Songs!".
** Another recent video "Beauty and the Beet" had a Christmas song included as a bonus.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: A major theme in ''Lord of the Beans''. Billboy (Archibald) and Ahem (Mr. Lunt) both used the bean irresponsibly and Scaryman (Scallion 1) wanted the bean for selfish reasons, but when Toto (Junior) is given it he refuses to use it for frivolous things, and instead searches for a way to use it that would be meaningful.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** Larry, ''all the time'', especially with regard to Archibald.
** Pa Grape and Mr. Lunt's reaction to Larry's lyrics in ''The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything'': "I've never plucked a rooster and I am not too good at ping-pong and I've never thrown my mashed potatoes up against the wall and I've never kissed a chipmunk, and I've never gotten head lice and I have never been to Boston in the fall!"
--->'''Pa Grape:''' Huh?!? What are you ''talking'' about? What's a rooster and mashed potatoes have to do with being a ''pirate''?
--->'''Mr. Lunt:''' Hey, that's right! We're supposed to sing about pirate-y things!
--->'''Pa Grape:''' And who ever kissed a chipmunk? That's just nonsense! Why even bring it up?
*** Of course, Larry goes on to sing, "And I've never licked a spark-plug and I've never sniffed a stink bug and I've never painted Daisies on a big red rubber ball and I've never bathed in yogurt and I don't look good in leggings and I've never been to Boston in the fall."
---->'''Pa Grape:''' You just don't get it.
* CompositeCharacter: Mr. Nezzer is sort of one. "The Toy That Saved Christmas" introduced Nebby K. Nezzer's brother Wally, who had the exact same character model and voice. Eventually they started casting "Mr. Nezzer" in other roles. Although we've never seen this [[AnimatedActors out of character in the "real world"]], it can probably be assumed that he is a single character.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment
** Banishment...''to the Island of [[TickleTorture Perpetual Tickling!]]''
-->'''Everyone:''' {{GASP}}!
** From their version of Daniel in the lions' den:
-->'''Scallions:''' We could give him jelly donuts, take 'em all away, we could fill his ears with cheese balls and his nostrils with sorbet. We could use him as a footstool or a table to play Scrabble on, then tie him up and beat him up and throw him out of Babylon! (from the song "What We Gonna Do?")
** From ''Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie'':
-->'''Guard:''' ...''The slap of no return!''\\
'''Everyone:''' [laughs]
*** But then you see it's a giant metal fish that swings down on you, turning you into a paste.
** From "Gideon -- Tuba Warrior":
-->'''Gideon:''' ''We will defeat the Midianites with our horns and flashlights!''
** Then there's the Hebrews marching around Jericho getting slushies dropped on their heads.
* TheCorrupter: The villains in the Larry-Boy films tend to be this:
** The Fib in ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'' convinces Junior to tell lies to cover up the fact he broke a plate belonging to his dad. It turns out Junior's lies make the Fib more powerful, and before long Fib has kidnapped Junior and is destroying the city.
** The Rumor Weed in ''Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed'' takes what she hears from Junior and Laura about Larry-Boy's butler and spreads it across the whole city, and eventually everyone is convinced Alfred is a robot and views him with fear and hatred.
** To round out the list, The Bad Apple from "Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple" uses straight up temptation to trap citizens inside [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment caverns of chocolate and endless video games.]] Then the mad scientist Dr. Flurry from "The League of Incredible Vegetables" makes use of a freeze ray that is fueled by other people's fear.
* CouchGag: In the NBC TV version (which had a theme song completely different from the VHS and DVD versions), Pa Grape makes a different off-topic remark at the end of the theme song in every episode. For instance, in "Larry-Boy! and the Fib from Outer Space", he says "Maybe next time, they'll mention me in the song!" after changing his hat, where in another he asks when his sweater will be finished, eventually figuring out it probably won't be because of his lack of arms.
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: "The Rumor Weed Song" is sung by the female Rumor Weed, and other characters in the song say "she's a rumor weed!" The lead singer of The W's is male, so when The W's covered the song, the backup singers say "he's a rumor weed!" instead.
* CowboyEpisode: "The Ballad of Little Joe"
* CrapsackWorld: The setting of "Rack, Shack and Benny" is this in spades. The employees are shown during the opening song to be worked absurdly hard for pitiful salaries and at least two of the employees, [[VagueAge possibly more]], are child laborers. That's to say nothing of the fact that, when the protagonists' boss Mr. Nezzer decides that all of his employees have to bow down and worship a giant bunny statue or else ''he will burn them alive'', none of them even think to run away or call the police on him, which has some [[FridgeHorror rather telling implications]].
* CriticalResearchFailure: InUniverse example - in ''Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry'' Bob/Tomato Sawyer wants to open a Tax Firm on the land that they're trying to own... but little does he know, the income tax hasn't even been started in America yet.
* CutawayGag: Used in the TV version of ''A Snoodle's Tale'', in which Larry asks Jimmy if he had a dream about a bagel once, which leads to Jimmy mentioning that he once had a dream about an aardvark that sang opera, which cuts to the short "Binky, The Opera Singer".
* DancingBear: An InUniverse version occurs during ''The Star of Christmas''. The protagonists are attempting to open a musical called "The Princess and the Plumber" on Christmas night in order to escape the fate of using their talents to sell dental wax. While some effort is made towards advertising it based on its merits as an actual play, Cavis Appethart repeatedly sells new actors and backers on it with the promise of using fancy, newly-invented electrical lights on the sets and costumes.
* DarkReprise: Mr. Nezzer's VillainSong has the same background music as "The Bunny Song" even if it's mostly spoken (and sounds very intentionally like "The Oogie Boogie Song" from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'').
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen.
** The first two Larry-Boy episodes are noticeably darker in tone than most ''[=VeggieTales=]''. Both feature manipulative villains who trick innocent people into telling lies or spreading rumors. ''The Fib from Outer Space'' has a lot of city destruction and a child's life being in constant danger for about half the episode, and ''The Rumor Weed'' has an entire city turned against an innocent man to the point that they don't care if he dies. And in both of these episodes, the villain dies at the end.
** ''Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple'' is also pretty dark. Though the villain survives this one, she is one of the more legitimate threats, calling into play the AdultFear of surrendering to temptation and forcing people to cave to their desires. Also, veggies' lives are at risk when the apple tent rolls around and Larry-Boy himself is rendered almost powerless as a result of her powers.
** ''Moe and the Big Exit'' is this, especially in regards to its predecessor ''The Ballad of Little Joe''. While the first was a lighthearted Western revisionist take on the story of Joseph in Genesis, this one tells the story of Moses and actually doesn't shy away from the darker aspects of the story. People are sent [[UnusualEuphemism "up the river"]] in this version. Moe really is banished and has to fight for his freedom, the plagues are real (even the newborn plague) and the villains are presumed to boil to death at the end in Death Valley.
* DeadpanSnarker: Bob, Mr. Lunt
* DeliciousDistraction: During the song "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything", Lunt notes Pa Grape is wearing a CaptainErsatz Captain Crunch hat, leading him to say, "You're making me hungry!"
* DidntWantAnAdventure: Bob in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''.
-->'''Bob''': I wanted to play Mouse Trap. You roll your dice, you move your mice, nobody gets hurt.
* DisneyAcidSequence: Some of the Silly Songs fall under this, most notably "Where Have All the Staplers Gone?"
* DisneyVillainDeath: The mirror in ''Sweetpea Beauty''.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** In ''Rack, Shack and Benny''. What else do you call ''burning people alive'' because they won't sing a song about chocolate bunnies?
** Happens again in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas.'' While Nezzer's understandably angry at the group for sneaking on his property and using his tv studio without his knowledge or consent, responding by planning to send them off a cliff to their deaths is rather over the top.
* ADogNamedDog: The Finnish dub changes the characters' names to this trope.
* DownerEnding: To the Silly Song "Pizza Angel". Larry waited for hours for a pizza delivery...[[spoiler: The delivery boy couldn't find his house and then ate his pizza.]]
* DownHereShot: A chapter book based on ''Larry-Boy: The Cartoon Adventures'' features an evil emperor who is a cherry tomato. A RunningGag in this particular book is that nobody can see him when he talks, so he has to tell everyone "I'm down here!"
* DreamIntro: The story "The Asparagus Of La Mancha" from the episode "Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler" starts with Don Quixote (played by Archibald Asparagus) having a bad dream where he is confronted by a horde of pea soldiers that start throwing giant hamburgers at him. This is one of several bad dreams that he has throughout the entire story.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The show definitely took a while to find its niche. The first three episodes used the TwoShorts formula as opposed to the later episodes where one long story is usually used. Larry's voice is also [[VocalEvolution far different]] in the early episodes, using a deep dumb sounding one with a lisp (the lisp did stay for a while, until Mike Nawrocki got tired of it and stopped). ''Where's God When I'm S-Scared?'', being the first episode, shows the most of this -- it is the only one to use title cards for each segment, an actual child reads the letter that opens the episode as opposed to Bob or Larry paraphrasing it, and a female voice narrates the second segment instead of a character from the show (this wouldn't happen again until ''Esther''). ''God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?'' also lacks a Silly Song (using instead a commercial for the "Forgive-o-matic"), as it was originally intended to be a one-off skit and not a recurring thing, until parents complained about it.
** ''Where's God When I'm S-Scared?'' was even weirder in the original VHS print run (of which there were only about 500). The ThemeTune is missing the middle section lyrics sung in turn by Bob, Junior, and Larry, and individual sets of credits are played after both Tales From The Crisper and Daniel And The Lion's Den instead of at the very end. The latter was changed because parents reported that their kids thought the whole video was over at the credits and subsequently missed out on the Silly Song and ending countertop scene.
* EasilyForgiven:
** Mr. Nezzer tries to kill Rack, Shack and Benny by throwing them into a fiery furnace, [[DisproportionateRetribution all because they won't bow down before his giant chocolate bunny and sing "The Bunny Song"]]. He even laughs maniacally once they fall in and seemingly die. When they miraculously survive, he apologizes and they all forgive him instantly.
** This happens again in ''The Toy That Saved Christmas''. On Christmas Eve, Mr. Nezzer tries to kill Bob, Larry, Junior and Louie, and gets caught red-handed by the entire population of Dinkletown, including Junior's parents. Not only do they respond by giving Nezzer a present, but on Christmas Day, he gets invited to their Christmas party anyway.
** Also happens in ''The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown'', after Pa Grape is caught trying to [[VoteEarlyVoteOften stuff the ballot]] so his song will get first place in the countdown.
** King George in ''King George and the Duckie'' admits to Thomas what he did and why he did it, and asks for forgiveness. "After thinking it over," as the narration says, Thomas forgives him. This is despite the fact that King George ''sent him off to war'' just so he could steal Thomas's rubber duck.
** Subverted in ''The League of Incredible Vegetables''. Dr. Flurry expresses gratitude to Larry-Boy for saving his life despite his actions and asks if they could become friends, only to be taken away by the police a few moments later.
* EatTheCamera:
** By Larry in the silly song "Sippy Cup" while doing a {{Big NO}} when Jimmy Gourd explains why Larry needs a sippy cup.
** Also done by Junior in "The Gourds Must Be Crazy" when he says "Grab the gourds!"
* ElvishPresley: Literally, in ''Lord of the Beans.'' Larry wears a sequined jumpsuit and fake elf ears for his Silly Song. Jimmy Gourd even invokes the trope by calling him "an Elvish impersonator."
* EmbarrassingSlide: A version of this occurs in one of the silly songs (''The Song of the Cebu''): the song is sung along with a slideshow... which eventually stops showing relevant pictures and starts showing vacation pictures instead. The song quickly ends, to the consternation of Archibald, who wonders just what the ending of the song was supposed to be.
* EnhancedOnDVD: The version of ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'' that was released in 1997 had several scenes that were reanimated which resulted in more fluid animation and additional effects. This version has been used for all subsequent releases of the show afterwards although the original version with less fluid animation can still be found on any copy of the show that was printed in 1996 as well as early printings from the 1998 release.
* ExactWords: When Pistachio realizes he's been tricked, this exchange happens:
-->'''Pistachio:''' But you said you wouldn't steer me wrong!
-->'''The Fox:''' No, we said ''"Why'' would we steer you wrong?" And the answer is, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis five. Gold. Coins.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "Silly Songs with Larry," the part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song.
* ExcitedShowTitle: ''God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!'', ''Very Silly Songs!'', ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib From Outer Space!'', ''Josh and the Big Wall!'', ''Jonah Sing-Along Songs and More!'', ''The Wonderful World of Auto-Tainment!'', ''Bob and Larry's How to Draw!'', ''Heroes of the Bible! Lions, Shepherds and Queens, Oh My!'', ''Heroes of the Bible! Stand Up, Stand Tall, Stand Strong!'', ''Heroes of the Bible! A Baby, A Quest and the Wild, Wild West!'', and ''The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything Sing-Along Songs and More!''
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Whether this is played straight or averted is rather iffy. The theme song says the show's name an awful lot, addresses the show's demographics ([[BreakingTheFourthWall It's for the kids who like to talk to tomatoes]]), and even states how long an episode is. (Cauliflower, sweet and sour, [[MediumAwareness half an hour]], Veggie Tales) However, it speaks very little of the show's premise, aside from the mention of the lack of the characters' dexterity, a [[OverusedRunningGag common point]] the show makes, and doesn't even speak of the religious aspect, [[IThoughtItMeant confusing]] a lot of first-time viewers.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' introduces a bunch of penguins. Since then, penguins occasionally have cameos, such as a penguin dressed as a parrot in the Silly Song "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" or as Junior's poor sick penguin in "The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps." Incidentally, the creators of [=VeggieTales=] also went on to make ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins''
* EvilMakesYouUgly: Used in "Sweetpea Beauty"; the queen's obsession with becoming beautiful coupled with the evil mirror's manipulation leads her to do increasingly horrible things, which gradually makes her more and more hideous. The mirror hides this fact by showing her false reflections of herself.
* TheFaceless: Rack's, Shack's, and Benny's savior.
* {{Facepalm}}: Hope does this a few times in ''An Easter Carol'' in response to some of the things Nezzer says.
* {{Fainting}}:
** One of Dave's brothers in ''Dave and the Giant Pickle'' does this when he realizes Dave really is going to face Goliath.
** In ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'', Dad Asparagus faints when he realizes the monster has Junior. He faints again when the monster catches Larry-Boy too.
** In ''An Easter Carol'', Reverend Gilbert (Dad Asparagus) faints when Nezzer announces his plan to build Easterland [[spoiler: on the land St. Bart's Church currently sits on.]]
* FlatWhat:
** King Xerxes ([[AnimatedActors Nebby K. Nezzer]]) after a [[ItMakesSenseInContext piano falls on a cake made by two would-be assassins]] in ''Esther: The Girl Who Became Queen''.
-->'''Xerxes:''' Why is there a [[PianoDrop piano]] on my cake?
** Another "Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen" example after Ms. Achmetha's "Puppy Song":
-->'''Xerxes:''' [[AllAnimalsAreDogs What am I gonna do with all those dogs?]]
* FollowTheBouncingBall
* FoodFight: "The Great Pie War", which plays a role in both ''King George and the Ducky'' and ''Duke and the Great Pie War''.
* ForbiddenChekhovsGun: Towards the end of ''The Star of Christmas'', Seymour warns Millward not to use [[spoiler: the eleventh rocket on the rocket-powered car]] as it has not been tested yet. Millward ends up using it.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** After Larry, Mr. Lunt and Pa Grape successfully host an entire episode (''Gideon: Tuba Warrior'') as The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, Pa makes a mock poster with a suggestion to star in [[TheMovie their own pirate movie]]." A year later and guess what happens?
** At the end of the episode (''Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler''), Larryboy ([[AnimatedActors Larry the Cucumber]]) states his dress rehearsal for the next show (''LarryBoy and The Bad Apple'') starts in two minutes.
* FourFingeredHands:
** The angel Hope in ''An Easter Carol'' has these.
** And [[MyLittlePanzer Buzzsaw Louie]] from ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' has fingerless hands.
* FramingDevice: Most episodes are framed by scenes of the characters on the countertop, who tell the stories. A few don't use the countertop scenes, but still have the main episodes' plots put in the context of a character telling a story. It's [[AvertedTrope averted]] in ''Esther: The Girl Who Became Queen'', though.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** When the characters are looking around the TV studio in ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'', the couch from "I Love My Lips" and the broken vase picture and the steak knives from the Forgive-o-Matic make a very easy-to-miss cameo.
** During the Rorschach test part of "I Love My Lips," among the cards is a caricature of Sonny Bono, and the formula of the Avogadro Constant.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: During any tavern or bar scene, root beer is substituted for the real stuff.
* GenderFlip:
** In ''The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's'', their ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' parody, their Dorothy analogue is named "Darby" and played by Junior Asparagus.
** In ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'', the homeless child and the baker that Sara meets were both female, but in ''The Penniless Princess'', these characters are played by Junior and Bob.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion:
** The recent releases of "The Toy that Saved Christmas" is reanimated two years after the original release. The only thing that was contained was the Silly Song.
** The 15th anniversary release of the first episode had a redubbed version of the Silly Song with Larry's current voice. This is somewhat jarring due to the fact Archibald's voice is cut out.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''Larry:''' There's me and Bob at Sea World! *click* Oh, wow!\\
'''Everyone else:''' OOOOOOOOOOOOOO-ooohhh...\\
'''Larry:''' Whoops, forgot about that one...
** WordOfGod says that was a [[EmbarrassingSlide picture of Larry in a towel.]]
*** Which means that everyone was shocked, and slightly embarrassed, per ''The Hairbrush Song''.
** In a ''Larry Boy Cartoon Adventures'' episode, this exchange happens:
-->'''Larry (to Master Bok Choy):''' Master, what do you do if your hometown is invaded by an overgrown ''seedless'' grape?\\
'''Dark Crow:''' Who are you calling seedless??
** [[https://youtu.be/K6pC3EoIgnw?t=47s Larry]], trying to guess what VBS[[note]]Vacation Bible School[[/note]] stands for:
-->'''Larry:''' Very Big Sausages?
** The citizens of Jibber-De-Lot in "Are You My Neighbor?" are potheads. [[VisualPun Literally]].
** Near the end of the French Peas' cover of "There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea", a picture of Zidgel from ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' briefly flashes by to represent the 'hole'.
* GoodShepherd: [[PreacherMan Reverend Gilbert]] (Dad Asparagus) in ''The Star of Christmas'' and ''An Easter Carol''. He is seen teaching his son Edmund moral lessons, extending goodwill to people like Mr. Nezzer, and going out of his way to help those in need. He keeps this general attitude even when he's under a lot of pressure, such as [[spoiler: the possibility of the church he works at being knocked down or his son becoming deathly ill.]]
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: When the van crashes into a clothesline in ''Jonah'', a pair is plastered against the windshield.
* GracefulLoser: While not exactly a loss in the technical sense, the effect is still the same. In ''Sumo of the Opera'', Apollo Gourd and The Italian Scallion (Larry) have a sumo match. [[spoiler: The result of the match is a draw]]. Since no one had ever gotten that far against Apollo Gourd, all the praise gets showered on The Italian Scallion anyway. Apollo is a good sport about it.
* GrandpaGod: During both Snoodle poems and the ''Pirates'' movie, although these portrayals are allegorical.
* GuiltyPleasures: Larry likes his soap operas, and owns a plush of Barbara Manatee that he dances with.
* HandWave: Done in-universe in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. When Annie questions the fact that a toy just came to life in the story George is telling her, George waves it off with, "Maybe he was wired different! Who knows?"
* HardWorkMontage: The "Sumo of the Opera" parodies the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' series.
* HateSink: Miss Minchin in ''The Penniless Princess''. She is easily one of the most vile and loathsome characters depicted in the show, and she is one of ''very'' few major ''[=VeggieTales=]'' villains not to undergo a HeelFaceTurn.
* {{Headdesk}}: Done by Archibald in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diOtFw9sB34 The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo]]''.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: According to audio commentary they came up with Wally P. Nezzer in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' in an attempt to avert this; they'd just had Mr. Nezzer HeelFaceTurn in ''Rack, Shack, and Benny'' so having him come back as a villain seemed odd, hence giving him a brother. They gave up on the idea after that.
-->'''Phil Vischer:''' Rather than just keeping expanding his family we installed a little morality switch in his back. Good Nezzer, bad Nezzer, good Nezzer, bad Nezzer...
* HeelFaceTurn:
** "Rack Shack and Benny": [[spoiler:Nebby K. Nezzer]]
** "The Toy That Saved Christmas":[[spoiler:Wally P. Nezzer]]
** "Daniel and the Lion's Den": [[spoiler:King Darius]]
** "Minnesota Cuke": [[spoiler:Prof. Rattan]] [[PutOnABus between story arcs.]]
** "Saint Nicholas": [[spoiler:Gustav]]
** "Lord of the Beans": [[spoiler:The sporks]]
** "The Ballad of Little Joe": [[spoiler:Little Joe's brothers]]
* HelloInsertNameHere: The personalized DVD and the two personalized [=CDs=].
* [[CarnivoreConfusion Herbivore Confusion]]:
** In a world populated by talking vegetables and fruits, there are pies and popcorn balls as food, and apparently "apple choppers". It was [[WordOfGod confirmed in the commentary]] for ''Duke and the Great Pie War'' (and demonstrated in ''Jonah'') that there are non-sentient fruits and vegetables in their world as well.
** In their version of Daniel and the Lion's Den, a ''cucumber'' is tossed to lions.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Bob and Larry.
* HiveMind: [[spoiler: The other little weeds in ''Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed'' turn out to be under the control of "the mother weed", a giant weed that lives under the ground.]]
* {{Homage}}: The ending of ''[[ChristmasEpisode The Toy That Saved Christmas]]'' is a huge one to the climax of ''Film/BatmanForever''.
* IAmXSonOfY: In "Lord of the Bean": Randalf, son of Mandalf; the leader of the Razzberry Forest, Lord Falaminion Tereglith, son of Therebil-Elithimon.
* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: Daniel says this in ''Daniel and the Lions' Den'' while he is ''facing a pit of lions.''
** In ''The Star of Christmas'', Edmund says this [[spoiler: when the rocket-powered car is launched upwards after Millward uses the eleventh rocket.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Discussed and then averted in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. At the end, Louie wants to get rid of his buzz saw because even though the fact he had it saved everyone's lives earlier, he thinks that it's too dangerous to keep around. [[MundaneUtility Then he changes his mind and goes into carpentry.]]
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Laura uses this to excuse herself when Junior breaks his dad's plate in ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib From Outer Space!''
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: In the first story of ''God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!'', Rosie unleashes a long string of insults on her brother Tom, ending with the word "boy"; Pa tells her to apologize since Tom just turned 18 and is now should be called a "man."
* IWillShowYouX: When Larry says "No comprendo" in response to Bob's question about if Larry had seen Bob dancing at Uncle Louie's polka party, Bob exclaims, "No comprendo?! I'll show you 'no comprendo!'"
* IdenticalAncestor: Nebby K. Nezzer's Victorian-era ancestor Ebeneezer is presumably one.
* IdenticalStranger: Miss Minchin uses the same model as Miss Acmetha. WordOfGod says they are two distinct characters.
* IncrediblyLamePun: The show and films ''thrive'' on it.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Say it with me now: "[=CeBUUUUUUU=]!"
* InsaneTrollLogic: "The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill And Came Down With All The Bananas" : The Englishman takes all the bananas from a hill, but doesn't eat them because "You can't eat bananas without strawberries!" And then a Swedish man takes all the strawberries from another hill, but "can't eat strawberries without bananas!" And then they refuse to share with each other.
* InsistentTerminology:
** Larry gets a bit offended whenever anyone mistakes him for a pickle.
** In "Minnesota Cuke", Larry insists that it's not a hat, it's a fedora.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Junior sometimes is shown to have this with both Bob and Larry.
* InvisibleAnatomy: Averted with feet (the characters move around by hopping), but the characters' lack of hands is constantly {{Lampshaded}}:
** Right from the start, before the theme song:
-->'''Bob:''' I know! You play the guitar!\\
'''Larry:''' Bob, I don't have any hands.
** ''Josh and the Big Wall'' had Tom Grape and Pa Grape lampshade how they and other characters were applauding a giant rocket.
-->'''Tom:''' How are we clapping?\\
'''Pa:''' I have no idea.
** Probably one of the funniest ones, from "Madame Blueberry."
--> '''Larry:'''([[ManlyTears Crying out loud]] with Bob after the ending.) Hold me Bob!
--> '''Bob:''' I would if I could, maaaaan!
** "Lyle the Kindly Viking" has a reference.
-->'''Bjorn (Lunt):''' I would clap if I could.
** ''Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly'' repeatedly shows close-ups of a character's hands and feet, who is then shocked when he doesn't have limbs in the long shots. It's kind of weird, really.
** Invisible hair as well - in ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush'', Martin notices Minnesota's haircut even though he never had any hair to begin with. Though a few scenes later, [[spoiler: Minnesota can't use the power of the hairbrush since he has no hair]] (a reference to ''The Hairbrush Song''). Go figure.
** From the personalized show:
-->'''Larry:''' I think we should give our good friend a hand!\\
'''Bob:''' But, Larry, we can't. We don't have hands.\\
'''Larry:''' I was speaking metaphorically, Bob.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: In ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'', Larry-Boy and Alfred get a bit frantic trying to figure out how the monster can be stopped, especially after the Fib catches Larry-Boy. As it turns out, the only one who can stop the Fib is [[spoiler: Junior Asparagus, who has been about five feet away from Larry-Boy for the past several minutes.]]
* ItsTheOnlyWay: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Junior uses this to justify sneaking into Mr. Nezzer's factory when Bob and Louie question the wisdom of doing so.
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* JesusTaboo:
** The show's theological consultant forbade them from portraying UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} as a vegetable, which is one reason most of the Bible stories are from the Old Testament. Jesus of course is discussed in many of the segments, so still somewhat {{averted}}.
** When the series was syndicated on {{Qubo}}, ExecutiveMeddling changed Bob's closing catchphrase from "God made you special, and He loves you very much" to "Thanks for coming to my house, kids!" Phil Vischer was annoyed.
* KarmaHoudini: Typically in ''[=VeggieTales=]'', villains either [[HeelFaceTurn have a change of heart]] or are defeated in some way, but there are some exceptions:
** In "The Story of Flibber-O-Loo", the crooks (the Scallions) who mug the Flibbian (Larry) simply run off with his money and are never seen again.
** In ''Madame Blueberry'', the Stuff-Mart people wind up [[spoiler: destroying Madame Blueberry's house.]] No one sues them.
** In ''Lord of the Beans'', [[spoiler: the Elders of the Razzberry Forest were bribed by Scaryman to betray the Fellowship. Nothing happens to them.]]
** In ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella'', the Scallions steal a prize trophy fish. Minnesota Cuke (Larry) makes several attempts for years to stop them, only to fail every time. Nothing is shown of the Scallions afterward.
** In ''Pistachio'', a puppeteer tries to kidnap Pistachio, and when Pistachio flees in terror he encounters three con men who trick him out of his money and then toss him into the sea. These guys all quietly drop out of the story after their scenes are over.
* KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: "Where's God When I'm S-scared?" starts with Junior Asparagus watching "Frankencelery," and becoming frightened by everything in the house after that. However, the point of the episode is that Junior doesn't need to be scared because God is taking care of him, not that he shouldn't have watched the movie.
* KingKongClimb:
** In ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'', the Fib carries Junior to the top of a water tower. Then Larry-Boy flies up there after them in his Larry-Plane.
** Played with in the next Larry-Boy movie, when the Weed is wrapped around a building and reaches out a vine to grab Alfred.
* LargeHam: Archibald, Larry as Larry-Boy, occasionally Bob
* LighterAndSofter: ''The League of Incredible Vegetables'' in comparison to the earlier Larry-Boy episodes. The villain is a LargeHam who is not nearly as calculatingly manipulative as the villains in the earlier Larry-Boys, many of the characters' fears are PlayedForLaughs, and even the lighting and the music is much lighter and more cheery.
* LiteralCliffhanger:
** In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie and the penguins form a ChainOfPeople to save Mr. Nezzer...and it leads to all of them stuck dangling off a cliff. Thankfully George comes to save them.
** In ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella'', at one point Cuke and his friends are captured by their enemies and left locked in a cage dangling over a cliff. Cuke comments that he hates cliffhangers. Cue "Silly Songs with Larry".
* LittlestCancerPatient: Edmund Gilbert (played by Junior Asparagus) is apparently perfectly fine in ''The Star of Christmas'', but he becomes dangerously ill by ''An Easter Carol''. [[spoiler: What sets Ebeneezer Nezzer towards his change of heart is Hope informing him that Edmund has less than a year to live if nothing changes.]]
* LivingToys:
** ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'': A Buzzsaw Louie doll mysteriously comes to life, realizes that he doesn't like the sound of whatever he was originally programmed to say, and sets off to find the true meaning of Christmas.
** ''Pistachio'': Pistachio (played by Junior Asparagus) is a wooden toy carved from a "very special" log.
* LotusEaterMachine: How Bad Apple plans to conquer Bumblyburg just like her great-uncle almost did, starting with the mayor, the reporter, and Larry-Boy.
* LoudOfWar:
** ''Josh and the Big Wall!'': Joshua and his men scream to make the wall fall down.
** ''Gideon: Tuba Warrior'': Gideon's side uses their horns and flashlights to defeat the Midianities.
* LuredIntoATrap: In ''Lord of the Beans'', [[spoiler: Scaryman bribed the Elders of the Razzberry Forest to send Toto to the Land of Woe where Scaryman could ambush him and take the bean.]]
* MajorGeneralSong
* MauriceChevalierAccent: The French Peas. Of course, they are [[{{Expy}} based on]] the French knights from Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor [=/=] MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Frankencelery.
* MediumAwareness: In ''The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's,'' Larry tells Bob that they can't let the show be too short, since they have a whole DVD to fill.
** Also in ''The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's'' when asking why Pa Grape/The Lion didn't eat the rabbits and animals in the forest if he was so hungry he responds with "It's a kid show, they won't let me do that."
** In ''Jonah'', Dad Asparagus isn't satisfied until there's a big musical number to close the film.
** Also in ''Jonah'', "The Credits Song".
* AMinorKidroduction: As a tribute to ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', "Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella" starts off with Minnesota, Marten, and the Scallions as kids.
* MissedHimByThatMuch:
** In ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'', Larry-Boy must find the mysterious object that fell from space. The object in question is Fib, who is out with Junior. Larry-Boy says "hello" to them one time and another time passes by without even seeing them. He gives up and goes home...only to have to head out again because Fib is destroying Bumblyburg.
** In ''The Penniless Princess'', Mr. Carrisford and Sara run into each other while Sara is running errands. After they have a friendly chat, Mr. Carrisford leaves, [[spoiler: having no idea that he just spoke to the girl he's been searching for for a long time.]]
* MoodWhiplash: A number of the single-story episodes have a cliffhanger or otherwise dramatic moment close the first half, immediately followed by Silly Songs with Larry.
* TheMoralSubstitute: A major exception to examples typical of the trope.
* MoreThanMindControl: How the Bad Apple gets citizens to fall into her LotusEaterMachine.
* MotionlessChin: Not to mention, literally, NoKnees.
* TheMovie: Several, though only two had theatrical releases -- ''Jonah: A [=VeggieTales=] Movie'' and ''The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.''
* MrImagination: Larry. They call him LARRYBOY!
* MurderByCremation: Almost happens in "Rack, Shack, and Benny", just like in the Bible.
* MusicalChores: In ''The Penniless Princess'', Sara and Becky sing while they do the work assigned by Miss Minchin.
* MythologyGag: The slushees in "Gideon: Tuba Warrior" and the hairbrush in "The Search for Samson's Hairbrush" are a couple of examples.
* NeverSayDie:
** Averted. Not only are several deadly situations portrayed in the show (such as being thrown into the fiery furnace or sent down a collapsed bridge), the characters don't shy away from mentioning it. ''Larry-Boy and the Fib from Outer Space'' has a particularly harsh aversion that happens just as Larry-Boy is trying to get his Larry Mobile to transform into a plane on the verge of running into a wall:
--> '''Larry-Boy:''' I am going to ''die!''
** ''The Penniless Princess'' takes it a step further, with Captain Crewe being explicitly stated to have died in war and Sara having to deal with losing her father at such a young age.
* TheNicknamer: Mr. Lunt's character in "St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving" ... and all his nicknames are directed specifically ''at'' [[StealthPun Nick]].
* NighthawksShot: The ice cream parlor in "The End of Silliness?"
* NoEnding: ''The Song of the Cebu''
-->'''Archibald:''' You can't just start a song and leave it hanging like that!
** Also parodied in "St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving". Bob stops the story at a seemingly random point (hesitant to tell his audience of very young vegetables that [[NeverSayDie Nick's parents die]]) and they can't believe it's over ''already''. Larry explains to them that it's one of those "Russian endings" meant to raise "more questions than answers."
* NoFlowInCGI: The characters were designed as vegetables because they were basically spheres with a few extra features. Easy to animate. At least that's how it began. While the later character designs are largely the same, the subtle details have changed quite a bit. Larry now looks more like an actual cucumber, with bumps and color striations. The animation has gotten more sophisticated, but why would the animators want to do something more complex when what we have now works so well? Giving Bob and Larry hands at this point would make about as much sense as putting a drop-tile ceiling on the Art/SistineChapel.\\\
Clothes or costumes that the Veggies wear, however notably shirts tend to stick rigidly to their bodies, because this simplifies the animator's job tremendously. Occasionally this results in strange-looking object behaviors like the paper bag that Larry wears over his head in the counter-top bookend scenes for "Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella," which sounds like a paper bag but moves like a rubber artist's eraser.
* NoFourthWall:
** The intro and outro segments, some of the Silly Songs, and less frequently the stories themselves.
** A rather memorable example was during "Omelet", modeled after {{Theatre/Hamlet}}. As Ophelia, Mr. Lunt was pushed onto the "stage" in full drag:
-->"I think we're going to get letters about this."
** Jimmy Gourd's reaction is endlessly hilarious to this "fair Ophelia".
* NoIndoorVoice: At first, Junior's voice actress wanted to use a childish voice for the character, so she spoke the lines of Junior in a very VERY high-pitched, squeaky voice. The creators didn't like that, though. They thought she was screaming her lines as Junior rather than speaking them. As the creators have pointed out in commentary, it wasn't really until "Lyle the Kindly Viking" that Junior's voice actress stopped speaking all of her lines in a really high-pitched, squeaky voice. Since the creators didn't like it, she toned down the high pitch and removed the squeak.
* NoNameGiven: Given a LampshadeHanging at one point:
-->'''Larry:''' What's your name?\\
'''Scallion:''' ''(pushing a broom)'' [[RageAgainstTheAuthor They've never given me a name.]] [[MediumAwareness I've been around since Show One]] (''Where's God When I'm Scared?''), [[NoFourthWall and I still don't have a name.]]
* NoProductSafetyStandards: "The Toy that Saved Christmas" has Buzz-Saw Louie, the hot new toy with a real working buzzsaw!
* OhCrap: Several examples;
** Daniel (Larry) gets one after the Wisemen discover him praying to God instead of to Darius in "Daniel In The Lion's Den" in ''Where's God When I'm S-Scared?''.
** In "Larry's Lagoon" on ''God Wants Me To Forgive Them?!?'', Bob and Larry both get this reaction when they see that their boat is about to run into a rock.
** All of the Israelites in ''Dave And The Giant Pickle'' get this reaction when they see Goliath first arrive.
** This was Jimmy and Jerry Gourd's reaction in ''King George And The Ducky'' when they hear Bob ask what's going on, while they were trying to host the show, without any success.
* OncePerEpisode: Bob ''hates'' the song that precedes the final {{Aesop}}; Larry loves it. Turned on its head in ''Lord of the Beans'', when the evil sporks steal the record -- and Bob admits he misses the song.
* OneSteveLimit: Played straight with the real names of main characters, but averted with names belonging to characters who appear less often, or characters they play. The name Louie appears very frequently--Junior invites someone named Louie to his birthday party in ''Are You My Neighbor'', Bob says he danced at Uncle Louie's polka party in the Silly Song "Dance of the Cucumber", the toy in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' is named Louie (and Laura Carrot's youngest brother, who also appears in that episode, is named Baby Lou). Also the fact they have a character named George did not stop them from having Larry play a George in ''King George and the Ducky''.
** One of Larry's brothers is named Bob the Cucumber (which Bob the Tomato is shocked to learn)
** There's both a Steven and a Steve (Steve being another of Larry's brothers)
* OnlySaneEmployee: Bob.
* PachelbelsCanonProgression: The song "I Can Be Your Friend" uses it.
* PairTheSpares: Bob/Madame Blueberry is often a compliment ship for Larry/Petunia shippers.
* PaperThinDisguise: Gee, who could "Larryboy" possibly be?
* ParentalAbandonment: In ''The Penniless Princess'', Sara's mother is never shown and is implied to have died. (In the book it's based on, this is indeed the case.) Her father is in the opening scene, [[spoiler: but dies later on (which is also accurate to the book).]]
* ParentalBonus
** Most of the literary references, for starters.
** The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Series/GilligansIsland'' parodies.
** Creator/MontyPython references, the most explicit being the French Peas as the people of Jericho taunting the Israelites from atop their wall. Oddly enough, they started out playing Philistines in a less explicit reference to the same scene.
*** The Fish Slappers in Jonah are explicitly explained as being inspired by Creator/MontyPython, in the audio commentary (the Larry and Mr. Lunt one).
** In ''Lyle, the Kindly Viking'', the episode starts off with Larry mentioning various viewer questions about sharing, such as "When do I have to share?", "Why do I have to share?", "Whatever happened to Sonny & [[IncrediblyLamePun Cher]]?".
*** On that note, in the Silly Song with Larry "I Love My Lips", when Larry sings "It's a lip, it's a lip, it's a lip lip lip" to the tune of the William Tell Overture during a Rorschach test, one of the cards is a non-animated photo of Sonny Bono.
** In the silly song ''Larry's High Silk Hat'' it opens with [[ForrestGump a white feather floating down from the sky as Larry is sitting on a bench with a box of chocolates waiting for the bus.]]
** "What are the Philippines?" "The Philippines are a group of islands off the coast of Asia, [[Film/{{Airplane}} but that's not important now.]] The ''Philistines''...."
* PerverseSexualLust: An in-universe example; in "Barbara Manatee," one of the Silly Songs With Larry segments, Larry appears to be crushing on a manatee from a TV show. He even has a plush of her, which he sings to and dances with.
* PianoDrop: Once on a cake in ''Esther'', and several times down a flight of stairs in ''Sumo of the Opera''.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: The TropeNamer is the silly song of the same title, which centers around [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a group of pirates who don't do anything]]. One of them doesn't even seem to know what a pirate is ''supposed'' to do!
* PlayingAgainstType:
** In-universe example: the episode ''Pistachio'' has Junior, the kind, lovable asparagus, playing a rebellious, talkative puppet.
** Mr. Nezzer is usually cast as a villain, and when he's not playing a villain he's playing a rather goofy fellow. And then in ''Lord of the Beans'' he plays Randalf, and while he still is occasionally goofy, for the most part he comes across as a wise leader and the OnlySaneMan.
* PottyEmergency:
** Larry has this multiple times-once as Sven in Lyle The Kindly Viking, and as [=LarryBoy=] in all but two episodes ([=LarryBoy=] and the Rumor Weed and The Leauge of Incredible Vegetables lack a mention of this sort of thing)
** Junior also mentions having on in the song "Are We There Yet?"
* PrinceAndPauper: The story ''Princess and the Popstar'' with Princess Poppyseed and [[Series/HannahMontana Vanna Banana]].
* ProductPlacement:
** The Silly Song "His Cheeseburger" plays it straight - when they mention Denny's, we actually see a Denny's sign.
** In The League of Incredible Vegetables, Pull-Ups and Go-Gurt are mentioned.
* ProductionForeshadowing: Bumblyburg gets a little mention in ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'' when Mr. Nezzer is deciding where to send the main characters as punishment. The first Larry-Boy video didn't come out until less than a year after, which ''actually'' took place in Bumblyburg.
** In ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella'', we see the front of a theater that the protagonists are coming out of. The movie featured on the marquee? ''Saint Nicholas'', the next show to be released.
* PromptingNudge: At the beginning of the episode "King George And The Ducky", Jimmy and Jerry Gourd are both wearing cardboard cutouts of Bob and Larry. After Jimmy tries introducing himself as Bob the Tomato, Jerry tries introducing himself as Larry the Cucumber, but stops after saying "And I'm Larry", prompting Jimmy to give Jerry a nudge in the side, so that Jerry can finish with "Cucumber".
* {{Pun}}: Oh so many. One of their collections is called "Lessons From the Sock Drawer: A Collection of [=VeggieTales=] Shorts and Briefs."
* PunnyName: Frequently.
** Perhaps nowhere more obviously than in ''Lord of the Beans'', where two of the adventurers' names are food puns on those of actual [[LordOfTheRings Fellowship]] members -- Ear-a-Corn and Leg-o-Lamb.
** Also Nebby K. Nezzer.
* RaidersOfTheLostParody: The episode "Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush"; Larry the Cucumber in a story about bullying.
* RecurringRiff: The opening notes of The Thankful Song from "Madame Blueberry" (''We thank God for this day...'') were often used for the Big Idea title card.
* RedBoxingGloves: On ''[[RefugeinAudacity Goliath]] the [[InvisibleAnatomy Giant Pickle]]''.
* RefrainFromAssuming: Some people mistakenly believe the Silly Song from ''King George and the Ducky'' is called "Barbara Manatee" after its recurring line, even though its actual name is "Endangered Love".
* RememberedICouldFly: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', at one point the protagonists are tied up on a sled hurtling to their doom. It doesn't even occur to Louie to use his built-in buzz saw to get them out of this predicament--and then Larry accidentally bumps his arm.
-->'''Louie:''' Watch it! You bumped into my...''(realizes)''...''[[ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing buzz saw]]''...
* RunningGag:
** Bob hating the "What We Have Learned" song and trying to turn it off in the middle. Some shows don't contain that song. In one case the song ''didn't'' play, but Bob's relief was interrupted by Larry deciding to carry on himself -- [[ItMakesSenseInContext until Bob soaked him with water]].
** Bob once admitted that it's not that he hates the song, but he hates the fact the second verse of the song always cuts him off mid-sentence when he tries to make a point, which is the ACTUAL running gag.
** The vegetables don't have hands. This doesn't particularly stop them.
*** This was lampshaded in a ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' trailer, in which Larry and Bob were worried because the penguins did have limbs.
** The creators of the show seem to have an affinity for places named "Moose Lake."
** In the NBC TV version, Jimmy always delivers a letter to start the show; each time he does, he attempts to slide it through the mail slot (even though, as Bob and Larry always point out, he [[StatingTheSimpleSolution could just hand it over the door]]), and always manages to crumple it up in the process.
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* SeparateSceneStorytelling: "Lyle The Kindly Viking" is shown this way.
* ShapedLikeItself: "And now it's time for ''Silly Songs with Larry'', the part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song."
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/VeggieTales See page.]]
* ShowWithinAShow:
** Cavis and Millward's "Princess and the Plumber" in ''Star of Christmas.
** Marlee's "Up with Bunnies" in '''Twas the Night Before Easter''.
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: Big time! Thats the feel of this show.
* SmallTownRivalry: In "The Story of Flibber-O-Loo" (a re-telling of the Good Samaritan story), the towns of Flibber-O-Loo and Jibberty-Lot have a heated rivalry, where they launch shoes and pots at each other with catapults and other devices.
* SnowballLie: Happens in ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'' Junior lies to avoid getting in trouble for breaking a plate, the lie keeps getting bigger as the people around Junior figure out he's not telling the truth....and then the lie has gotten so big that it is literally destroying Bumblyburg.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Heavily idealistic.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: Don't lie, or an extra-terrestrial beast will feed off of your lies and hold you hostage.
* SpeciesSurname: Most of the characters' last names are the type of vegetable they are. Sometimes this leads to characters who don't seem to be relatives having the same last name, like Junior Asparagus and Archibald Asparagus. Some of the characters, like Mr. Nezzer or Mr. Lunt, avert this.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Larry-Boy/Larryboy/[=LarryBoy=]. The first was used in ''Fib from Outer Space'' & ''Rumor Weed'', the second was used in the Flash-animated spinoff series, and the third was used in ''Bad Apple''.
** Edmund/Edmond Gilbert (played by Junior Asparagus) in ''The Star of Christmas'' and ''An Easter Carol''. He is credited as "Edmond" but in subtitles and on the back of the box for ''The Star of Christmas'' it is spelled "Edmund".
* SphereEyes
* SpitTake: When Dave announces his plan to fight Goliath, King Saul spits out his drink.
* SpoofAesop: One of the Silly Songs gives us the following;
-->'''Quartet''': The moral of our story it's the point we hope we've made...when you go a little loopy better keep your nurse well paid!
* StaircaseTumble: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie's first step out of the factory leads to him falling down the stairs, which then leads to him getting stuck in snow. Junior pulls him out later.
* StealthPun: The antagonist in ''Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple'' is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an apple]] who dabbles in dealing with temptation. [[spoiler:In other words, she's the ForbiddenFruit.]]
* StepfordSnarker: Hope in ''An Easter Carol''. [[AllThereInTheManual Her character bio]] mentions that part of the reason for her snarky attitude is that [[YourDaysAreNumbered she is aware her time is short.]]
* TheStinger:
** From the late 90s to the early 2000s, the credits were typically followed by an animation of the Big Idea logo where the letters started out small, then would "explode" to their proper font, scaring Bob and Larry. After they recovered and posed for the logo, the "A" in "Idea" would pop out once more with a sound typically related to the episode accompanying it (for instance, ''King George and the Ducky'' used a rubber duck squeak). There was also a standard version of this logo that used a suction sound effect for the A. Usually this logo was timed so the font explosion would occur on the last note of the song that played over the credits.
** The original VHS print of ''Rack, Shack, and Benny'' (with the original Bunny Song) had Bob, [[spoiler:still left in the sink]], saying "I'd like to get out now." This was strangely removed in later prints and replaced with the typical Big Idea stinger described above.
* StoryArc: In ''Josh and the Big Wall'', technical difficulties prevented Larry from properly ending ''The Song of the Cebu'', that video's "Silly Songs With Larry" segment. Archibald became so disappointed with Larry's lack of preparation, he announced the cancellation of "Silly Songs" in the next video (''Madame Blueberry'')'s segment. The FramingDevice of the video after that (''The End of Silliness?'') showed Larry desperately trying to recover from the loss, until Archibald announces that a fan petition prompted him to [[{{Uncanceled}} uncancel]] "Silly Songs."
* StylisticSuck: "The Englishman Who Went Up the Hill and Came Down With All the Bananas."
* SuckECheeses: Cheese E. Rodent in ''Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler''.
* SuperCellReception: Subverted in ''Larry-Boy! And the Rumor Weed'', where Larry-Boy and Alfred try to keep communicating after Larry-Boy goes into the sewer system to find [[spoiler: the Mother Weed]]...and find that the sewer walls are too thick and reception is shot.
* SurveillanceStationSlacker: Jimmy and Jerry Gourd, as seen in the episode "Larry-Boy and the Fib from Outer Space!"
* TakeThat:
** In the ''Oh, Santa!'' Silly Song, Larry gives cookies to both a bank robber and a Viking "because it's Christmas." And then the next person comes to the door.
-->"I'm from the [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]]! And I've come to tax your--" '''(SLAM)'''
** During ''[[Literature/DonQuixote The Asparagus of La Mancha]]'', there's a potshot towards Starbucks when Don and Pancho are trying to compete with the Food Factory and decide to open a coffee shop:
-->"Why pay a little for coffee when you can pay a lot?"
* ThoseTwoGuys: Bob and Larry.
** And Jimmy and Jerry Gourd. And maybe the French Peas.
* TitleSequenceReplacement: Whenever the show got a new montage for the opening, it would retroactively replace the previous montage for every earlier episode's future VHS and DVD prints. In fact, this practice has pervaded the series pretty much since its inception:
** The original ''Where's God When I'm S-Scared?'' print (which had a very limited 500 copy print run and was only sold through a magazine) had no "broccoli, celery, gotta be" interludes, just the backing. The later mass market release sold in Christian bookstores altered this, though kept the same clip show (which only featured clips from this episode proper), up until the 1997 reprints.
** The theme song montage that was included on all of the VHS releases from 1994 to 1997 featured clips only from the first two episodes, and is the theme that most early fans of the show are familiar with.
** Beginning with 1997 reprints and all shows released up until the early [=2000s=], a new montage was created and the opening banter was re-voiced so it no longer contained Larry's dopey EarlyInstallmentWeirdness voice over. For the most part, this was the last time the early episodes had their openings changed; even after new montages came about, the older episodes still retained theirs. Until...
** ...the late [=2000s=], where a completely re-done opening that cut out everything except the first verse was introduced. Once again, every prior episode had its opening replaced with this one.
* ToiletHumor: A ton of it can be found in The League of Incredible Vegetables.
* TooDumbToLive: Larry in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. He probably shouldn't have mentioned Puggslyville's bridge being out to Mr. Nezzer.
* TookALevelInKindness: Ebeneezer Nezzer in ''An Easter Carol'' when he starts changing for the better. Hope does this too; in her early interactions with Ebeneezer she is rather snarky and occasionally harsh, but around the point where [[spoiler: Ebeneezer is very upset when he learns Edmund is probably going to die]], Hope softens up considerably and is a lot more careful in how she interacts with him.
* TopTenList
** ''The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown'' was the result of a viewer poll to determine the silliest of the first ten Silly Songs with Larry (not counting ''Oh, Santa!''). The winner was [[spoiler:''The Hairbrush Song'']].
** Also "WesternAnimation/VeggieTales Live: Sing Yourself Silly!"
* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler: The Elders of the Razzberry Forest.]]
* UnhandThemVillain: Towards the end of ''Sweetpea Beauty'', the mirror grabs Sweetpea and carries her to the top of a tower. When the queen demands he let her go, he obliges.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Louie in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. The first people he comes across after he escapes the factory don't even blink at the fact that they're talking to a living toy, and later on Mr. Nezzer is a lot more concerned about there being intruders in his studio than he is about the fact that one of his own toys came to life.
* UpToEleven: In the alternate Razzberry Forest scene in ''Lord of the Beans'' (available as a DVD easter egg), Randalf and the Elders communicate ''completely in raspberries'', with Leg-o-Lamb translating.
* UriahGambit: In ''King George and the Ducky'' (a retelling of the [[TropeNamers trope-naming]] [[Literature/TheBible bible story]]), King George has Thomas sent to the front lines of the Pie War because he wants his ducky. [[spoiler:However, unlike the original story where this resulted in the character's death, (couldn't have that obviously, since this is a kids show) Thomas [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome singlehandedly wins the entire war]], [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu but goes completely insane in the process]]]].
* ValleyGirl: Only Big Idea would go so far as to turn the Princess of Egypt in their retelling of the story of Moses in the Bulrushes into this - ''hilariously''.
* VengefulVendingMachine: Larry has gotten his candy stuck. In a vending machine.
** This makes up most of the jokes in ''Lunch: A Parable''. First, the dollar the unnamed protagonist puts in keeps getting rejected. Then, when it accepts his money, the button that dispenses the Grav-ee Crisp bar won't do anything. Finally, when the protagonist tips the machine, it falls onto him, forcing him to prop it up. Cue the Grav-ee Crisp bar finally coming out, the guy reaching for it and getting squashed by the vending machine.
* VillainSong:
** Mr. Nezzer's reprise of "The Bunny Song."
** PlayedForLaughs with "Oh No!" from "Daniel and the Lions' Den" of "Where's God When I'm S-Scared?".
** PlayedForDrama with "Haman's Song" from "Esther".
** "The Rumor Weed Song" in ''Larryboy and the Rumor Weed''.
** Bad Apple's "The Temptation Song" from ''Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple''.
* VisualPun: One of the books Archibald pulls out in the "Modern Major General" song from ''The Wonderful World of Auto-tainment!'' has a picture of Larry in a robe and crown. [[spoiler:Larry King!]]
* VocalEvolution
** Scallion #1 (the tall one), Archibald, and the narrator for "Silly Songs with Larry" ''used'' to sound different. Archibald's delivery was more hammy, and Scallion's lacked the faux British accent the others had. This gradually blended together until it's pretty much all the same voice. Larry eventually hung a lampshade on this at the end of ''The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo'' by acting surprised that Archibald and the narrator were not the same character. [[spoiler:''Archibald'' was surprised, too.]] In fact, now the creators attempt to place Scallion #1 and Archibald in the same scenes at times, just to prove that they're not the same character.
** Just as noticeable is Jerry Gourd, who started out sounding like an impression of Jimmy Gourd's voice (enough to mark them as [[ThoseTwoGuys a matched pair of characters]] but with a subtle enough difference to be clearly a different actor -- Phil and Mike use this approach extensively) but now sounds almost exactly like Larry.
** As the series progressed, many characters sounded less like they were on helium.
* WaterHoseRodeo: In ''Larry Boy and the Bad Apple'', one character attempts to hose off a statue that's been covered in cobwebs. It turns out that the fire hose is too strong for him, and he gets flung all over.
* WaxingLyrical: Mr. Lunt's character in "St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving" slips into this several times.
* WaxOnWaxOff: Mikey, in "Sumo of the Opera," teaches sumo to the Italian Scallion by mopping the floor and climbing the down escalator.
* WeSellEverything: The Stuff-Mart.
* WhamLine: In ''Lord of the Beans'', Toto thinks he's figured out why he was sent to the Land of Woe...until Scaryman comes out and reveals the real reason:
-->'''Scaryman''': [[spoiler: The elders sent you here because I told them to]].
* WhatTheHellHero: King George sees someone bathing on a roof and he wanted his duck, despite having tons of his own, which leads to a UriahGambit (it's based on [[Literature/TheBible the original]]). Then he gets called out on it by the castle's wise man.
* WhiteVoidRoom: This is where Larry plays the theme song. Also featured in "The Wonderful World of Auto-Tainment!".
* WholePlotReference: Happens all the time, including quite a few of the sub-tropes:
** ItsAWonderfulPlot: ''It's A Meaningful Life''.
** OffToSeeTheWizard: ''The Wizard of Ha's''.
** RaidersOfTheLostParody: The Minnesota Cuke episodes.
** WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore: The USS Applepies setting, but especially ''Veggies in Space: The Fennal Frontier''.
** YetAnotherChristmasCarol: ''An Easter Carol''.
* AWildRapperAppears: Khalil's appearance in the Boyz in the Sink song "Belly Button".
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals: A rare plant example.
* WouldHurtAChild: Mr. Nezzer [[AnimatedActors in some of his more villainous roles]] has tried to kill Junior [[AnimatedActors (or a character played by him)]] on at least three different occasions. Junior's five.
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: Though their version was about Easter.
* YouthfulFreckles: Both Tom and Rosie Grape have them, as do many of the pea characters, no matter their age. However, the French Peas' trickster nature is highlighted through these.
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->'''Waldorf''': This show makes me nervous about what we do.\\
'''Statler''': Got anything to be ashamed of?\\
'''Waldorf''': No, I'm just worried that one of the tomatoes we throw might say "Ow!"\\
'''Both''': ''Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!''
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Remember [[{{Troper}} tropers]], God made you [[BeYourself special]], and He loves you very much. [[TheStinger Bye!]]
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her true love and true love's first kiss."

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the best way page out of the book. "Like that's ever gonna happen." Cut to teach UsefulNotes/{{Christian|ity}} values an outhouse exterior. The toilet flushes. "What a load of..." The door slams open, revealing the man, a green ogre. He sees his house, built into the bottom of a large tree stump, and breathes a happy sigh. He lives a normal life (for an ogre). He undresses and takes a (mud) shower outside. He brushes his teeth (using a caterpillar's guts as toothpaste). He smiles into the mirror (but it cracks as in "The Munsters"). He jumps into a pond (and farts). Some dead fish float up, and he grabs one. After he gets dressed, he gets a giant slug out of a hollow log (for his dinner). Finally, he paints a "BEWARE. OGRE" sign and posts it.

Men burst out of a tavern in the town and plan
to children? Through [[AnimateInanimateObject semi-anthropomorphized]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot God-loving vegetables]]. [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds Obviously.]] Why vegetables? Well, they're good capture the ogre for you, a reward. They grab pitchforks and torches and head for his place. The ogre is eating a bowl of eyeballs. He burps to light his fireplace, swallows the fish, and then relaxes in his easy chair. The men finally arrive at the ogre's house at night. The ogre hears them, and sneaks up behind them. He frightens them by telling them what he could do to them, then he roars and they all flee in fear. The ogre sees a poster on the ground and picks it up: "WANTED. FAIRY TALE CREATURES. REWARD". He tosses it back on the ground and walks away.

In the forest, various fairy tale creatures are being loaded into wagons for the rewards: The Seven Dwarfs, a witch, an elf, Pinocchio, The Three Bears, Tinker Bell, etc. A talking donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy) is next in line after Pinocchio (voiced by Cody Cameron). The Captain of the Guards (voiced by Jim Cummings) gives Gepetto (voiced by Chris Miller) five shillings for the "possessed toy". The donkey's owner (voiced by Kathleen Freeman) can't get him to talk when asked by the knights, so they drag her away. As she struggles with the knights, she kicks the lantern holding Tinker Bell, and it flies into the air, landing on the donkey and spilling pixie dust on him. He floats into the air. The donkey talks now as he floats away, saying, "You might have seen a house fly, maybe even a super fly, but I bet you aint never seen a donkey fly!" (copying the crows in "Dumbo"). Peter Pan (voiced by Michael Galasso) and the Three Little Pigs (voiced by Cody Cameron) are surprised that he can fly, but the Captain of the Guards is more surprised that he can talk. The pixie dust wears off, and the donkey falls to the ground. The knights try to seize him, but he runs into the forest.

The donkey bumps into the back of the ogre, who was posting a "KEEP OUT" poster on a tree. When the knights approach, the donkey hides behind the ogre. The Captain of the Guards announces that Lord Farquaad authorized him to arrest them and transport them to a designated resettlement facility. The ogre says, "Oh, really. You
and what child army?" The Captain looks back and sees that the other knights have run away, so he too runs away, yelling in fear. As the ogre walks away the donkey follows him and compliments him on how great he was with the guards. The donkey says that he doesn't have any friends and asks to stay with the ogre, who then tries to scare him away. The donkey just gives him a compliment on how scary that was and sings. The ogre tells the donkey that he is an ogre, but the donkey doesn't care. The donkey asks for the ogre's name, and he replies, "Shrek." Shrek lets the donkey stay at his house for one night (outside).

As Shrek eats his dinner, he hears a noise and shouts at the donkey to stay outside. He looks back at his table and sees the Three Blind Mice (voiced by Christopher Knights and Simon J. Smith). When he grabs the mice, The Seven Dwarfs push the case with Snow White onto the table. They tell Shrek it's because the bed's taken, and Shrek sees that The Big Bad Wolf is in it. He grabs the wolf and tosses him out, but sees hundreds of fairy tale creatures camped outside his house. Pinocchio and one of the pigs tell Shrek that Lord Farquaad evicted them and put them there. The donkey tells Shrek that he knows where Lord Farquaad is, so Shrek announces that their welcome is worn out, that he will see Farquaad right now so that he can get them all off his swamp and back where they all came from. They all cheer. Shrek tells the donkey that he is coming with him. The donkey is happy and says, "Shrek and Donkey, on a whirlwind big city adventure." Donkey then starts singing "On The Road Again", but Shrek makes him hum it instead.

In a castle, the town's lord walks down a hallway. When he reaches the guards at the end, it's obvious that he is a dwarf. He enters the torture chamber where the executioner, Thelonius (voiced by Christopher Knights), is drowning The Gingerbread Man (voiced by Conrad Vernon) in a glass of milk. The lord (voiced by John Lithgow) torments The Gingerbread Man, and then crumbles one of his severed legs. He tells The Gingerbread Man that he and all the other fairy tale trash are monsters that are poisoning his perfect world. He demands that The Gingerbread Man tell him where the others are and starts to tear off one of his gumdrop buttons. The Gingerbread Man then rambles on about The Muffin Man, but they are interrupted by knights who bring in The Evil Queen's Magic Mirror. The lord knocks The Gingerbread Man into a trash can then asks, "Mirror mirror on the wall, is this not the most perfect kingdom of them all?" The Magic Mirror (voiced by Chris Miller) replies that he is not technically a king yet, but can become one by marrying a princess. The Magic Mirror then presents the eligible bachelorettes, "Dating Game" style: Cinderella, Snow White, and Princess Fiona (in the castle guarded by a dragon). Upon prompting by Thelonius, Lord Farquaad picks Princess Fiona. The Magic Mirror then displays Princess Fiona while playing "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)". Lord Farquaad says that she's perfect, and that finally he will be the perfect king. The Magic Mirror tries to tell him what happens at night after sunset, but he tells the mirror to be quiet. Lord Farquaad then announces that they are going to have a tournament.

Shrek and Donkey reach the castle at Duloc. The parking lot is arranged like the one at Disneyland. Shrek remarks that it must be Lord Farquaad's castle. It's extremely tall, and Shrek jokes that he could be compensating for something. As they approach the roped lines for the ticket booth, Shrek tries to talk to Duloc's costumed mascot (voiced by Andrew Adamson), which looks like Lord Farquaad, but he runs away in fear through the lines. Shrek walks straight through the ropes, dragging them along as Donkey follows, and tries to calm the mascot down. The mascot gets knocked out when he runs into the turnstile. Shrek and Donkey go through the turnstile. Elevator music plays in the otherwise quiet and deserted courtyard. The souvenir shop only has Lord Farquaad items. Donkey sees an information booth and pulls the lever. There is some clicking, and then the doors open, revealing music and wooden puppets (like in "It's a Small World") that sing the rules for Duloc, "a perfect place". The doors shut and a camera takes Shrek and Donkey's picture, then their photo comes out, showing them stunned.

Shrek and Donkey hear fanfare and go in that direction. Lord Farquaad is high upon a balcony announcing that the tournament winner (champion) will have the privilege to go rescue Princess Fiona. Shrek and Donkey march past the contestants (knights), then Farquaad instead tells the knights that the one who kills the ogre will be named champion. Shrek bursts open a wine barrel to slip up some knights, then slides through the brew, swinging at them with one of their axes like a hockey player. Donkey climbs onto the other barrel and rolls over some more knights. When more knights arrive, Shrek jumps into a corral and fights them like a professional wrestler. After a while, the crowd cheers for Shrek. Donkey joins in, "tag team" style, knocking out another knight. After Shrek sits on another knight, a woman (voiced by Jacquie Barnbrook) shouts for Shrek to give "give him the chair", so he whacks him over the head with a chair. After Shrek throws the last knight, Donkey kicks him, knocking him out. Shrek hams it up for the crowd. Lord Farquaad signals to the knights with crossbows, but instead of giving the order to kill Shrek, he proclaims that Shrek is the champion. Farquaad tells Shrek that he won the honor to go on the quest. Shrek replies that he is already on a quest to get his swamp back, where Farquaad dumped the fairy tale creatures. Farquaad offers a deal to Shrek that if he goes on this quest, Farquaad will give him his swamp back, with the squatters gone, so Shrek agrees.

On the way to rescue Princess Fiona, Shrek and Donkey pass through various vegetable fields. As Shrek munches on some vegetables, Donkey asks Shrek why he's going to fight a dragon and rescue a princess to get his swamp back, which Farquaad filled with "freaks". He tells Shrek that he should act like an ogre, and lay siege to his fortress and grind his bones. Shrek sarcastically suggests that instead he could have decapitated some villagers and drank their fluids. Shrek tells Donkey that there's a lot more to ogres than people think, that they are like onions and have layers.

Shrek and Donkey pass a run-down windmill. After two days, they finally reach the castle where Princess Fiona is held, up on a mountain. Dried lava and brimstone are everywhere. Donkey thinks the smell is from Shrek, but Shrek tells Donkey that if it were him, Donkey would be dead. They reach a footbridge over a river of lava leading to the castle. Donkey is afraid to cross, but Shrek backs him up, tricking him to cross.

Inside the castle, Shrek tells Donkey to look for stairs so they can reach Princess Fiona. Shrek puts on some armor of a dead knight. Suddenly, the dragon breathes fire and chases after Donkey. Shrek grabs the dragon's tail, but it shakes him off, sending him flying into Princess Fiona's room and waking her up. Meanwhile, the dragon has Donkey trapped. Donkey complements it on its white teeth, notices that it's a girl dragon, and gives it more appropriate compliments. The dragon picks him up with her teeth and walks happily away. While Shrek recovers, Princess Fiona lies back down on the bed and pretends to sleep. Shrek approaches her but instead of kissing her, he shakes her forcefully and shouts for her to wake up. Princess Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) wants romance, but Shrek keeps his helmet on and drags her down the stairs. Down below, the dragon is cuddling and romancing Donkey. Shrek grabs a hanging chain and swings towards the dragon, but the chain is stuck up above. He shakes it loose, and he falls, knocking Donkey away as the dragon is about to kiss him. The dragon kisses Shrek's naked butt. The chain's frame falls around the dragon's neck like a collar. Shrek and Donkey run away, then Shrek grabs Donkey and Fiona as the dragon chases them, repeatedly breathing fire. They crisscross the castle and the chain tangles around all the pillars. Shrek locks the chain into the floor with a sword. As they run across the bridge the dragon burns half of it up, but they make it safely across. The dragon tries to fly after them, but the chain holds it back.

Safely on the other side, Fiona demands that Shrek remove his helmet and kiss her. He removes his helmet, and she is shocked and disappointed that he is an ogre. Shrek tells her that Lord Farquaad sent him, that he's the one who wants to marry her. Princess Fiona tells him in that case that Lord Farquaad should rescue her and she refuses to leave. Shrek picks her up then they head back to Duloc. When Shrek finally sets Fiona down she asks Shrek and Donkey what Duloc and Lord Farquaad are like. Shrek and Donkey start making short jokes about him. She says that they are just jealous of him. When she hears that they will get to Duloc the next day, Fiona gets upset and insists that they make camp immediately. They find a rock cliff, and Princess Fiona sleeps alone in a small enclosure on it. Shrek tells Donkey stories about the stars, and then says that things are more than they appear. Donkey wonders what they will do when they get back to their swamp, but Shrek tells him that it's his swamp, and he is going to build a ten-foot wall around his land. Donkey thinks that Shrek is trying to keep people out, then Shrek shouts at Donkey that he's trying to keep everyone out. Fiona wakes up and slides the door open, then overhears Shrek telling Donkey how people judge him before they even know him, and that's why he's better off alone. Fiona closes the door then Donkey and Shrek talk about the stars again.

At his castle, Lord Farquaad is in bed with a drink and repeatedly makes the Magic Mirror show him the picture of Princess Fiona. He says that she's perfect.

The next morning, Princess Fiona sings with a bird, but it explodes when she hits a high note. She cooks the bird's eggs for breakfast. Fiona tells Shrek and Donkey that she is making it up to them because they got off to a bad start yesterday; after all, they rescued her. As they walk towards Duloc, Shrek burps then Fiona burps too. Suddenly a man (voiced by Vincent Cassel) swinging from a vine grabs Fiona. He calls out for his Merry Men. They all appear, dancing and singing about him, Robin Hood. As he brandishes a knife, Robin Hood finishes the song by saying he will cut out Shrek's heart, but Fiona swings down and knocks him into a boulder. She defeats the Merry Men with Kung Fu mixed with "The Matrix". Shrek and Donkey are amazed. Shrek asks Fiona where she learned that, and she replies that when one lives alone one has to learn these things. She sees that there's an arrow in Shrek's butt. Donkey starts panicking, so Fiona sends him off looking for a blue flower with red thorns. When Fiona tries to pull out the arrow from Shrek's butt, he squirms, falls to the ground, and Fiona lands on him -- just as Donkey returns with the flower. Donkey gets mad because he thinks they just wanted to be alone. When Fiona pulls out the arrow, Donkey sees the blood and faints. Shrek picks him up, and they head back to Duloc.

In a field, Princess Fiona grabs a spider's web and gathers up the flying bugs bothering Shrek, giving it to him, who eats it like cotton candy. Shrek catches a frog and inflates it like a balloon, handing it to Fiona. Fiona grabs a snake off a tree branch and inflates it like a balloon, and gives it to Shrek. They push each other playfully, then run off together, and their balloons float away into the air.

They finally reach the windmill and see Duloc in the distance. Shrek shrugs and tells Princess Fiona that her future awaits her, and she's surprised to see Duloc. Donkey interrupts, and tells Fiona that Shrek thinks Lord Farquaad is compensating for something. Donkey starts to say that it means Farquaad "has a really..." Shrek knocks him down, a little too hard, and then tells Fiona that they should move on and starts walking. Fiona tells Shrek that she's worried about Donkey, that he doesn't look so good. Shrek comes over and plays along with her pretense, and says that he looks awful. Fiona tells Donkey that she'll make him some tea. Donkey then acts like a hypochondriac. Shrek and Fiona go to find dinner and firewood. Fiona likes the food Shrek cooked (weed rat), saying that it's delicious. She sighs, then looks at Duloc and says that she'll be eating differently tomorrow night. He hopes that she will visit him in the swamp, because he'll cook for her. She says that she would like that, and then they smile and look at each other. Shrek begins to ask Fiona something important, but changes his mind and asks for the rest of her food. They lean towards each other, about to kiss. Donkey butts in, saying that the sunset is romantic. Fiona jumps up, panicking. She pretends to be afraid of the dark, and Donkey tells her that he is afraid of the dark too. Fiona goes into the windmill to sleep by herself, glancing back briefly at Shrek. Donkey tells Shrek that he can tell with his animal instincts that Shrek and Fiona "were digging on each other," and says that Shrek should tell Fiona how he feels about her. Shrek tries to deny that he likes her, and then dejectedly says that Fiona is a princess and he is an ogre. He walks off and tells Donkey that he's getting more firewood, but Donkey sees that there's still a large pile of firewood there. Shrek sits alone by a field of sunflowers, staring at Duloc until night.

Donkey, afraid to be alone by himself in the dark, goes inside the windmill looking for Princess Fiona. A large green hand grabs the ladder, and then a female ogre looks down on Donkey as he wanders around. All the sights and sounds frighten Donkey. The ogre falls through the wood and screams as she lands on the floor, frightening Donkey even more. He's terrified when she stands up, and he screams for Shrek. Donkey asks her what she did with the princess. She tries to calm and quiet him down, saying that it's her, in this body. He thinks that she ate the princess and shouts at her stomach, then calls for Shrek again. She finally calms him down and convinces him that she is the princess. He wonders what happened to her, telling her that she's... different. She admits that she's ugly. Donkey thinks it's because she ate the weed rat, but she tells him that she's been this way as long as she can remember. She says that it only happens when the sun goes down. She looks at her reflection in a barrel of water and recites a spell: "By night one way, by day another. This shall be the norm until you find love's first kiss and then take love's true form." She tells Donkey that when she was a little girl a witch cast a spell on her; every night she becomes "this, this horrible, ugly beast"; she was placed in a tower to await the day her true love would rescue her. Fiona sits down and tells Donkey that it's why she has to marry Farquaad tomorrow before the suns sets and he sees her like this. She cries, and then Donkey tries to console her. He says that she's ugly, but adds that she only looks like this at night, and that Shrek is ugly all the time. She replies that she's a princess, and it's not how a princess should look. Donkey suggests that she shouldn't marry Farquaad. She insists that she has to, because only her true love's first kiss can break the spell. Donkey tells her that she's an ogre, and Shrek's an ogre, and that they have a lot in common.

Shrek walks back to the windmill, holding a sunflower. He's rehearsing what he will say to Princess Fiona when he gives it to her. When he climbs the steps of the windmill, he overhears Fiona telling Donkey that she just can't marry whomever she wants, and to take a good look at her. She asks Donkey, "Who could ever love a beast so hideous and ugly? Princess and ugly don't go together. That's why I can't stay here with Shrek. My only chance to live happily ever after is to marry my true love." She tells Donkey that it's just how it should be. Shrek becomes disheartened because he thinks Fiona was calling him ugly, and then throws the sunflower down and storms off towards Duloc. Fiona tells Donkey that it's the only way to break the spell. He tells her that she has to tell Shrek the truth and starts to leave, but she says that no one must ever know and makes Donkey promise not to tell anyone. Donkey says that she should tell Shrek, then goes outside. Fiona opens the door and looks around, but only sees the sunflower and takes it inside. Donkey looks around then sleeps by the campfire.

In the morning, Princess Fiona picks off the petals of the sunflower, reciting the "He loves me, he loves me not" game, but instead saying, "I tell him, I tell him not." She pulls off the last petal, excited that she should tell Shrek about her spell. She opens the door and calls for him, but only sees Donkey outside snoring. The sun rises and she transforms back to human form. Shrek walks up and she rushes to greet him, but he angrily walks past her and sits on the steps. She says that she has to tell him something, but he replies that he heard everything she said last night. She says that she thought he would understand. He says he understands, quoting her asking, "Who could ever love a hideous, ugly beast?" She says that she thought it
wouldn't want matter to munch on versions of their favorite characters? But mostly because him, but he says that it does. A horse whinnies and they didn't originally have the budget for CGI turn around. Fanfare announces Lord Farquaad's arrival as he rides towards them, accompanied by some knights, then Donkey wakes up. Farquaad greets Princess Fiona, and then Shrek demands that could handle complex characters. After all, if you make a green sphere Farquaad give him the deed to his swamp, as promised. Farquaad tells Shrek that the swamp is cleared out as agreed, then tells him to take the deed and call it a pea, who's to argue?

Silly songs, talking vegetables,
go before he changes his mind. Shrek grabs the deed and plots taken from Literature/TheBible make for [[BetterThanItSounds much better entertainment than you might expect]] -- aided considerably by stands aside. Farquaad calls Fiona beautiful. She tells him that she was just saying a cast the size of short farewell, just as a produce department, and a healthy seasoning of [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext slightly demented]] and honestly funny writing heavy on [[WorldOfSnark good natured snark]], {{Parental Bonus}}es, and [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall fourth-wall-leaning]], and light knight sets him on the {{Anvilicious}}ness. Notable characters include [=LarryBoy=] the immensely quotable {{Badbutt}} suction cup-themed superhero, [[MyLittlePanzer Buzzsaw Louie]] the toy ground. Farquaad says that saved Christmas, and ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything.

The result is a just-self-aware-enough FountainOfMemes
it's sweet, that has saved the sanity of more than a few babysitters in the church nursery, and [[OutOfTheGhetto broken out of the double ghetto]] of [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating G-Rated]] Christian Media to a surprising degree. This is essentially {{Silly Rabbit Cynicism Is For Losers}}: the series.

Early videos used the format: Introduction by Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber talking about some issue (e.g. [[SiblingRivalry anger at siblings]], materialism, not learning to share, not telling the truth, wouldn't help others, won't be patient or confident, etc.), sometimes prompted by a viewer letter; short story which illustrates the issue; silly {{Intermission}}, usually in the form of "Silly Songs With Larry"; another short story; discussion of [[AnAesop the moral]] and relevant [[Literature/TheBible verse]], the latter provided by QWERTY the computer. Later installments began using one long story with "Silly Songs" at the intermission. Currently, a given video could be either of these formats ''or'' simply be a single long story with no introduction, intermission, or theme song. Usually longer now than the ThemeSong's claim of "half an hour" (which a recent updating of the opening removed).

References and parodies plots from Literature/TheBible, ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath'' (God Wants Me To Forgive Them?!, [[IThoughtItMeant with literal grapes of wrath]]), ''Series/GilligansIsland (God Wants Me to Forgive Them?!)'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (Are You My Neighbor?), ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' (Larry Boy), ''Literature/MadameBovary'' (Madame Blueberry), Creator/GilbertAndSullivan (Lyle the Kindly Viking), ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' (Minnesota Cuke), ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (Omelet), ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (Lord Of the Beans), ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (The Wizard of Ha's), Literature/SherlockHolmes ([[PunnyName Sheerluck Holmes]]), and all kinds of others.

Two movies: ''[[WesternAnimation/JonahAVeggieTalesMovie Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnythingAVeggieTalesMovie The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie]]'', a TV series co-produced by Creator/DreamworksAnimation titled ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTalesInTheHouse'', a few video games, and [[WesternAnimation/LarryBoyTheCartoonAdventures a Flash-animated series for Larry-Boy]]
she doesn't have been produced.

A [[Recap/{{VeggieTales}} Recap]] page is currently under construction.

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!!''[=VeggieTales=]'' provides examples of:

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* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: In ''Larry-Boy
waste good manners on the ogre; it doesn't have feelings. Fiona agrees that "it" doesn't. Farquaad grabs her hand and the Rumor Weed'', this proposes to her. She looks at Shrek, who is where [[spoiler: the Mother Weed]] lives.
* AcidRefluxNightmare: In ''The Asparagus of La Mancha,'' the dreams driving Don Quixote's odd behavior are caused by the extremely spicy salsa he eats
staring at his deed, then accepts. Farquaad jumps up happily and tells her that he'll make plans for them to marry tomorrow. She stops him and says that they should get married today, before bed.
* AdaptationDistillation:
** ''The Penniless Princess'' is
the [=VeggieTales=] adaptation of ''Literature/ALittlePrincess''. It's a pretty faithful adaptation aside from a lot of simplification.
** Many of
sun sets. Shrek angrily walks back to his swamp. Farquaad agrees that they should get married today, and talks about all the Bible stories are somewhat watered down, things to prepare. They both get on the main narrative remaining intact with a few details removed for the sake of time horse and clarity.
* UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash: The 2D Larry-Boy cartoons.
* AdultFear:
** ''An Easter Carol'' has an underlying theme of loss of various sorts. Ebeneezer's grandmother died
head to Duloc, and then Fiona tells Shrek "fare-thee-well." Donkey tries to stop Shrek and says that there's something he doesn't know how to move on from it. Early on, Cavis about Fiona. Shrek shouts at Donkey that he heard what they said last. He tells Donkey that since he and Millward lose their job. [[spoiler:There's also the whole thing Fiona are great friends, Donkey should follow her home. Donkey replies that he wants to go with Shrek. Shrek continues shouting at Donkey that he lives alone in his swamp, not with anyone else, "especially useless, pathetic, annoying, talking donkeys!" Shrek storms off to his swamp.

("Hallelujah" by John Cale plays in
the threat of tearing down St. Bart's Church, which would negatively affect the orphanage background.) At his swamp, Shrek sees that the church runs.]] And the Gilbert family has to struggle fairy tale creatures are gone; only their tents remain, along with the fact that [[spoiler:Edmund is very sick and might not live to see another Easter.]]
** Early in ''Pistachio'', the eleopardmous wooden puppet runs off and gets into all sorts of trouble. The episode takes a good amount of time showing his father's desperate searching when he realizes Pistachio's missing.
* AnAesop: Shamelessly, but that's kind of the point.
* AffablyEvil
** The French Peas (sometimes). They are pretty obvious parodies of the French Knights from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
** Also at times, The Scallions.
** Mr. Nezzer, whenever he's playing an antagonistic role.
* AffectionateParody: Of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' ("Lord of the Beans" with [[TorchesAndPitchforks the evil Sporks]]), ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ("[[Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy The Gourds Must Be Crazy]]", set aboard the ''U.S.S. Applepies''), ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' ("Omelet"), Franchise/{{Batman}} with the Larry-Boy character, Creator/GilbertAndSullivan ("Lyle the Kindly Viking", "The Star of Christmas" and "Sumo of the Opera", the latter also parodying ''Film/{{Rocky}}'') and others.
* AgelessBirthdayEpisode: Downplayed in "The Gourds Must Be Crazy", where a birthday party for Junior is mentioned but not given focus. It had already been established in an earlier episode that Junior was five. Did he turn six in this one, or was about to? No clue.
* AllCheeringAllTheTime: "Tomato Sawyer And Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue" had a trio of female pea cheerleaders who showed up at random times during the story.
* AlliterativeName:
** Archibald Asparagus.
** Intentionally {{averted}} for most of the other characters. Series creator Phil Vischer explained:
-->"If it were a typical Christian show, I figured, they'd be named Tommy Tomato and Kooky Cucumber. But the last thing in the world I wanted was to make a typical Christian show."
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Supposedly, the Rhubarbarians from "Duke and the Great Pie War." The Sporks from "Lord of the Beans" are introduced this way, but it turns out to be wrong.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins:
** ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'' has Wally P. Nezzer, who is Nebby K. Nezzer's brother. It's never outright stated they're twins, but they look and dress and act so similarly (the only real physical difference being that Wally has a bigger nose) that it's
some ridiculously StrongFamilyResemblance at the very least.
** In ''Minnesota Cuke
debris. He sighs heavily and the Search for Noah's Umbrella'', the BigBad is Professor Rattan's twin brother Wicker. While there are a few differences, they look close enough that if one wasn't paying too much attention they could get mixed up, which Wicker uses walks back to his advantage frequently.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: As much as a plant can be, at any rate. Pa Grape, originally created as a quasi-Appalachian hick, has [[CharacterizationMarchesOn developed into this.]]
-->'''Pa Grape: '''I'm a viking, and I've come to take your land -- oh, yes -- I've come to take your land; and I've come to burn your crops and steal your horses! And I've come to step on your chickens, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking soil your quilts!]]... [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage oy]].
* AnachronismStew: Played for laughs, often {{Lampshaded}}.
-->'''Junior Asparagus:''' ''(skeptical)'' Did [the Israelites] ''really'' build a rocket in
house. Donkey walks through the middle forest, sadly glancing back. Shrek sees his reflection in a puddle of the desert and get Slushees dropped on their heads?
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: ''Dave and the Giant Pickle'', ''Gideon: Tuba Warrior'', ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Sampson's Hairbrush'' and ''Sumo of the Opera''.
* AnimatedActors
* AnimateInanimateObject
** QWERTY the computer, who obliges when Bob and Larry ask him to give a Bible verse at the end of most of the episodes.
** In ''An Easter Carol'', a music box comes to life to guide Ebeneezer Nezzer to redemption.
* AnthropomorphicFood: The whole show is full of them!
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Most of the Larry-Boy villians; for instance, the Fib is a representation of a lie who grows with it, and the Rumor Weed represents a spreading rumor in the form of a weed that infests yards as it travels.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** This is played with in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uv8Ej4CEoQ The Song of the Cebu]]''.
--> '''Archibald''': Does the hippo see them? Is the poor mute cebu successful in communicating the imminent danger to the other passengers? Is the boy ''injured''? Why is the sad cebu sad? Is the canoe wood or aluminum?
** In the first episode, when the wise men are trying to think of ways to get rid of Daniel, one of the suggestions is to give him donuts,
water, and then take them away from him.
** In ''Lord of the Beans'', the four beans made could change your appearance, create nice clothing, all the food you could ever want, and... small kitchen appliances.
* ArtEvolution: The early episodes looked very crude, having been released a year before ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' first aired (which coincidentally also features a character named Bob), and two years before ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' was released. As technology increased for later episodes, they got better lighting, softer textures, and smoother animation. Those who haven't seen the series since the 90s are often VERY surprised to see that one of their childhood favorites now
sadly lowers his head. Princess Fiona, in her wedding gown, looks better than ever.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Thank you, QWERTY.
* AsideGlance: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie does one when it occurs to him that he's
sadly out the only one of the group who has hands.
* BambooTechnology: Played literally and {{Lampshaded}} in a ''Series/GilligansIsland'' parody, most extremely when TheProfessor builds a bamboo-coconut ''helicopter''.
* BatmanColdOpen: Used in "Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed", which of course makes sense, given that Larry-Boy is a fairly obvious CaptainErsatz for Batman.
* BearsAreBadNews: In the Silly Song "The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps", the veterinarian's yodeling did not actually work; the nurse would have to give people the real cures to their pets' various ailments. By the time someone brought in their pet bear, [[spoiler: the nurse had given up because the veterinarian wouldn't give him a raise, and the bear got angry and started chasing the veterinarian.]]
* {{Big Eater}}s: Jimmy and Jerry Gourd. In fact, when they made their debut in the AffectionateParody of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', they managed to save the starship from crashing into a meteor made of popcorn by ''eating the entire meteor''.
* BigNo:
** Larry the Cucumber did this in ''The End of Silliness?'', when Archibald inserted "His Cheeseburger" in the jukebox. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeEihNdXxdc "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..."]]
** By Haman (Mr. Lunt) in ''Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen'' when he finds
window. Shrek looks sadly out he's getting banished to the Island of Perpetual Tickling.
** Two by Don Quixote (Archibald Asparagus) in ''Asparagus of La Mancha'', one when he wakes up from
his first bad dream, one when Poncho (Mr. Lunt) weans him window, then angrily takes a sunflower off the salsa, due to finding out that Don's addiction to his super-spicy salsa is causing table and throws it into the bad dreams.
** By The Bad Apple in ''Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple'', when her webs dissolve by using water.
** By Archibald Asparagus
fireplace. Fiona sadly looks at herself again in the silly song ''The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo'', when everyone needs to take a potty break.
** Also by Larry in the silly song ''Sippy Cup'' combined with {{Eat The Camera}} when Jimmy Gourd explains why Larry needs a sippy cup.
** Two by the mirror in ''Sweetpea Beauty'', one when Prince Larry and the seven peas save Sweetpea Beauty (Petunia Rhubarb) from her fall, one when he falls to his death. Prince Larry also utters this when Sweetpea Beauty is falling. Luckily, he and the seven peas save her.
* BigOlEyebrows:
** ''Larryboy and the Angry Eyebrows'' has living, flying BigOlEyebrows that are attracted to anger and make whoever they land on angrier.
** Mr. Nezzer has very bushy eyebrows.
* BilingualBonus: "Usta" really is Polish for "lips"[[note]]Well, "mouth". But the idea is much the same.[[/note]].
* {{Bowdlerize}}:
** Many of the stories taken from Literature/TheBible are toned down; for example, in the original story of Daniel and the Lion's Den, the king puts the evil advisors and their families to death by tossing them in said den. With lions that went to bed without supper. The ''[=VeggieTales=]'' version of it instead ends in a more cartoonish way, with the advisors running off while the king chases after them.
** They Bowdlerized one of their own cartoons. In ''Rack, Shack, and Benny'', "The Bunny Song" is a song that the protagonists refuse to sing. The song originally had some genuinely troubling lyrics--which resulted in letters from parents because despite it being condemned onscreen, children were singing it anyway. It was then completely rewritten as "The New And Improved Bunny Song" for the sing-along video, as a good version of the song, but some parents were still bothered by the original, so when Big Idea started re-releasing all their videos, ''Rack, Shack, and Benny'' [[OrwellianRetcon got its version's lyrics replaced with refusals to eat healthy food]] (however, sentient vegetables singing about eating other vegetables is [[UnfortunateImplications a complete separate kettle of fish]]).
** In Literature/TheBible's account of the story of Esther, Haman intended to hang the Jews on gallows he was setting up. The Veggie version: [[spoiler:banishment to the Island of Perpetual Tickling.]]
** "King George and the Duckie" is an adaptation of the story of David and Bathsheba; while the Biblical story centers around adultery, the [=VeggieTales=] version substitutes rubber duckie theft, the king gets a chance
mirror. Farquaad looks at reconciliation (the guy survived and won the war single-handedly in this version), and David was changed to George, because David had been the hero in an earlier episode.
** In the Biblical account of Jonah, Nineveh was a city of adulterers and thieves. No mention of adultery in the Veggie version; the bad thing the Ninevites do that gets mentioned most often in their version is [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus slapping each other with fishes.]]
** "Moe and the Big Exit" is an adaption of The Exodus From Egypt. They tone down most of the plagues for children, people receive a plague of gophers instead of frogs, and acne instead of skin disease.
** There are some notable aversions though: "Daniel in the Lion's Den" doesn't cover up the fact that the wise men want to kill Daniel, the "first born" plague isn't taken out of ''Moe and the Big Exit''[[note]]Though it is modified a bit. Instead of explicitly saying the babies die, they are washed "up the river". FridgeHorror ensues regardless, though.[[/note]], ''Rack, Shack and Benny'' doesn't Bowdlerize getting thrown into a furnace, and they keep the DownerEnding of ''Jonah'' intact.
** [=VeggieTales=] as a whole ''itself'' was bowdlerized during the {{Qubo}} years; all Christianity-related content before and after the story (although the stories themselves somehow remained largely untouched) was removed and replaced. Phil Vischer was not happy.
* ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily: The Carrot family has the oldest Laura, her brother Lenny, and their baby brother Lou.
* BrickJoke:
** One of the first Silly Songs With Larry, ''The Hairbrush Song'' ended with Bob confessing to Larry that he gave his hairbrush to The Peach, and Larry decides to let him keep it. After the song, The Peach made only a handful of other appearances, and never even got a name. Fast forward to ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Sampson's Hairbrush''. When Larry/Minnesota Cuke consults an illustrated Bible manuscript in search of [[McGuffin Samson's Hairbrush]], the character standing in for Samson is The Peach!
** In one of the earliest episodes' songs, Jerry mentions that 'Aunt Ruth has a beard.' In the I Love My Lips Silly Song, Larry had to kiss his great-Aunt Ruth. 'She had a beard, and it felt weird.' She also appears in The Song of the Cebu, during Larry's EmbarrassingSlide.
** In ''The Toy That Saves Christmas'', there is a sled wreck, and then Bob says: "You roll your dice, you move your mice. Nobody gets hurt." Guess what happens in ''The Tale of St. Nicholas''....
* BubblePipe: In its ''SherlockHolmes'' parody, the Sherlock character has a bubble pipe, and at one point he inhales by accident and chokes on the soap.
* ButtMonkey: Mr. Lunt, who is frequently the worthless sidekick, appears insufferably lazy, cross-dresses at least twice, and laments that his life has only included one half hour of happiness. That one day. Between two and two-thirty.
* CallBack:
** As noted in the commentary for "Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue", the scene where Larry helps Bob put a sign back up by letting him stand on his shoulders may remind some people of "An Easter Carol", where Bob hops on Larry's shoulders to try to climb over Ebnezzer Nezzer's factory gate.
*** Furthermore, The "Duke of New Orleans" (Jerry Gourd) sings "Meet Me in St. Louis." Which and Jimmy were doing when they first appeared in "Are You my Neighbor?"
** At one point during Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush, Minnesota (played by Larry) starts humming the hairbrush song. Really, the whole episode can be considered a Call Back to the song.
** In the sequel, Minnesota Cuke and The Search for Noah's Umbrella, Minnesota finds
himself in a Spanish village. One of the locals suggest they do "The Dance of the Cucumber" Magic Mirror, which was also an earlier Silly song.
** In "The Song of the Cebu;" after struggling to get his slide show back on track, Larry points out that
smiles only when he's found another picture looking at it. Fiona looks at the wedding cake and pushes the figurine of a cebu, only Farquaad down to correct himself its proper height. She turns around and quizzically looks at the suit of armor. At the same spot, in his house, Shrek leans sadly against the table and stares at the fireplace. Donkey drinks from a pond by the forest, then is startled when he hears and sees the dragon crying; they console each other. Shrek is alone, and tries to eat at his table; Fiona is alone, and tries to eat at her table; they both put their faces in their hands.

Shrek hears a thumping sound outside and opens the door to see Donkey putting branches on the ground. Donkey tells him
that it's a water buffalo, providing wall. Shrek tells him that a call back to the first Silly Song, "The Water Buffalo Song."
** In the episode based on Joshua, when Moses and the Israelites take a shortcut to the Promised Land, they find
wall should go around his swamp. Donkey replies that it is populated by giants, who all look like the giant pickle from "Dave and the Giant Pickle".
* CallingYourBathroomBreaks: At the end of "Lyle the Kindly Viking," by (who else) Larry.
** "Uh, Sven, [[MusicalEpisode you can stop singing now]]."
** Literally in ''Lord
does go around his half of the Beans'' - Legolamb's brother, swamp, and that Donkey gets the Other Elf, keeps holding up other half. Donkey tells Shrek that he earned half of the group swamp because he has to stop and go to the bathroom.
* CaptainErsatz: "The Other Elf" from ''Lord
did half of the Beans'' looks suspiciously like work rescuing the Keebler Elf. [[spoiler:Especially at princess. They argue over ownership of the climax, when swamp. Shrek gives up and walks away, saying that he's done with Donkey, then Donkey chases after him. Donkey says that Shrek just thinks about himself; he's mean to Donkey, insults him, doesn't appreciate him, and pushes him around or away. Shrek asks Donkey that if he bakes cookies inside of a tree.]]
* CaptainObvious: "And now
treated him so bad, why did he come back? Donkey replies that it's time what friends do: they forgive each other. Shrek agrees, and then he shouts that he forgives Donkey for 'Silly Songs with Larry': stabbing him in the part of back. Shrek goes into the show where Larry outhouse and slams the door. Donkey tells Shrek that he's so wrapped up like onion layers in his feelings. Shrek tells Donkey to go away, but he tells Shrek that he's "doing it again," like he did to Fiona; all she ever did was love him. Shrek replies that he heard their conversation, that she called him ugly, a hideous creature. Donkey tells him that she wasn't talking about him, but was talking about somebody else. Shrek comes out and sings a silly song."
* CatapultNightmare: Don Quixote in "The Asparagus of La Mancha" because he ate too much salsa before going to bed.
* CatchPhrase:
** Larry-Boy's [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "I! Am! That! Hero!"]]
** "And remember, kids, God made you special, and he loves you very much."
** "Perhaps ''I'' can be of assistance!"
** "I'm Bob, I'm a tomato, and I'm here to help you!" "I'm Larry, I'm a cucumber, and I'm here to make you giggle!"
* ChainOfPeople: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie and a bunch of penguins do this to save Mr. Nezzer from falling off a cliff. And then George has to go save them all from dangling off the edge of a bridge forever.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Combined with ViewersAreGoldfish in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. The bridge to Puggslyville is out... clearly it's important because it's mentioned at least three times.
** In a scene very early on in ''An Easter Carol'', Reverend Gilbert and Edmund are
asks who she was talking about Mr. Nezzer, and the reverend mentions offhand that Nezzer's family owns a lot of land, even the land St. Bart's Church sits on. This becomes critical to the episode's plot.
** In ''Lord of the Beans'', Randalf comments on the jewel Lord Falaminion Tereglith is wearing. [[spoiler: Lord Falaminion Tereglith was bribed with it to send Toto into a trap.]]
** In ''The Star of Christmas'':
*** Seymour promises Millward [[spoiler: he can drive his rocket-powered car at some point.]] It happens towards the end of the episode.
*** Seymour says the lights on the scenery [[spoiler: pose a fire hazard, which is exactly what happens later.]]
* ChristmasEpisode:
** Six so far: "The Toy That Saved Christmas", "The Star of Christmas", "Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving", "The Little Drummer Boy", "It's a Meaningful Life," and "Christmas Sing-Along Songs!".
** Another recent video "Beauty and the Beet" had a Christmas song included as a bonus.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: A major theme in ''Lord of the Beans''. Billboy (Archibald) and Ahem (Mr. Lunt) both used the bean irresponsibly and Scaryman (Scallion 1) wanted the bean for selfish reasons, but when Toto (Junior) is given it he
about. Donkey refuses to use it for frivolous things, and instead searches for a way to use it that would be meaningful.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** Larry, ''all the time'', especially with regard to Archibald.
** Pa Grape and Mr. Lunt's reaction to Larry's lyrics in ''The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything'': "I've never plucked a rooster and I am not too good at ping-pong and I've never thrown my mashed potatoes up against the wall and I've never kissed a chipmunk, and I've never gotten head lice and I have never been to Boston in the fall!"
--->'''Pa Grape:''' Huh?!? What are you ''talking'' about? What's a rooster and mashed potatoes have to do with being a ''pirate''?
--->'''Mr. Lunt:''' Hey, that's right! We're supposed to sing about pirate-y things!
--->'''Pa Grape:''' And who ever kissed a chipmunk? That's just nonsense! Why even bring it up?
*** Of course, Larry goes on to sing, "And I've never licked a spark-plug and I've never sniffed a stink bug and I've never painted Daisies on a big red rubber ball and I've never bathed in yogurt and I don't look good in leggings and I've never been to Boston in the fall."
---->'''Pa Grape:''' You just don't get it.
* CompositeCharacter: Mr. Nezzer is sort of one. "The Toy That Saved Christmas" introduced Nebby K. Nezzer's brother Wally, who had the exact same character model and voice. Eventually they started casting "Mr. Nezzer" in other roles. Although we've never seen this [[AnimatedActors out of character in the "real world"]], it can probably be assumed that he is a single character.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment
** Banishment...''to the Island of [[TickleTorture Perpetual Tickling!]]''
-->'''Everyone:''' {{GASP}}!
** From their version of Daniel in the lions' den:
-->'''Scallions:''' We could give him jelly donuts, take 'em all away, we could fill his ears with cheese balls and his nostrils with sorbet. We could use him as a footstool or a table to play Scrabble on, then tie him up and beat him up and throw him out of Babylon! (from the song "What We Gonna Do?")
** From ''Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie'':
-->'''Guard:''' ...''The slap of no return!''\\
'''Everyone:''' [laughs]
*** But then you see it's a giant metal fish that swings down on you, turning you into a paste.
** From "Gideon -- Tuba Warrior":
-->'''Gideon:''' ''We will defeat the Midianites with our horns and flashlights!''
** Then there's the Hebrews marching around Jericho getting slushies dropped on their heads.
* TheCorrupter: The villains in the Larry-Boy films tend to be this:
** The Fib in ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'' convinces Junior to
tell lies to cover up the fact he broke a plate belonging to his dad. It turns out Junior's lies make the Fib more powerful, and before long Fib has kidnapped Junior and is destroying the city.
** The Rumor Weed in ''Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed'' takes what she hears from Junior and Laura about Larry-Boy's butler and spreads it across the whole city, and eventually everyone is convinced Alfred is a robot and views
him with fear and hatred.
** To round out the list, The Bad Apple from "Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple" uses straight up temptation to trap citizens inside [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment caverns of chocolate and endless video games.]] Then the mad scientist Dr. Flurry from "The League of Incredible Vegetables" makes use of a freeze ray that is fueled by other people's fear.
* CouchGag: In the NBC TV version (which had a theme song completely different from the VHS and DVD versions), Pa Grape makes a different off-topic remark at the end of the theme song in every episode. For instance, in "Larry-Boy! and the Fib from Outer Space", he says "Maybe next time, they'll mention me in the song!" after changing his hat, where in another he asks when his sweater will be finished, eventually figuring out it probably won't be
because of his lack of arms.
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: "The Rumor Weed Song" is sung by the female Rumor Weed, and other characters in the song say "she's a rumor weed!" The lead singer of The W's is male, so when The W's covered the song, the backup singers say "he's a rumor weed!" instead.
* CowboyEpisode: "The Ballad of Little Joe"
* CrapsackWorld: The setting of "Rack, Shack and Benny" is this in spades. The employees are shown during the opening song to be worked absurdly hard for pitiful salaries and at least two of the employees, [[VagueAge possibly more]], are child laborers. That's to say nothing of the fact that, when the protagonists' boss Mr. Nezzer decides that all of his employees have to bow down and worship a giant bunny statue or else ''he will burn them alive'', none of them even think to run away or call the police on him, which has some [[FridgeHorror rather telling implications]].
* CriticalResearchFailure: InUniverse example - in ''Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry'' Bob/Tomato Sawyer wants to open a Tax Firm on the land that they're trying to own... but little does he know, the income tax hasn't even been started in America yet.
* CutawayGag: Used in the TV version of ''A Snoodle's Tale'', in which Larry asks Jimmy if he had a dream about a bagel once, which leads to Jimmy mentioning that he once had a dream about an aardvark that sang opera, which cuts to the short "Binky, The Opera Singer".
* DancingBear: An InUniverse version occurs during ''The Star of Christmas''. The protagonists are attempting to open a musical called "The Princess and the Plumber" on Christmas night in order to escape the fate of using their talents to sell dental wax. While some effort is made towards advertising it based on its merits as an actual play, Cavis Appethart repeatedly sells new actors and backers on it with the promise of using fancy, newly-invented electrical lights on the sets and costumes.
* DarkReprise: Mr. Nezzer's VillainSong has the same background music as "The Bunny Song" even if it's mostly spoken (and sounds very intentionally like "The Oogie Boogie Song" from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'').
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen.
** The first two Larry-Boy episodes are noticeably darker in tone than most ''[=VeggieTales=]''. Both feature manipulative villains who trick innocent people into telling lies or spreading rumors. ''The Fib from Outer Space'' has a lot of city destruction and a child's life being in constant danger for about half the episode, and ''The Rumor Weed'' has an entire city turned against an innocent man to the point that they don't care if he dies. And in both of these episodes, the villain dies at the end.
** ''Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple'' is also pretty dark. Though the villain survives this one, she is one of the more legitimate threats, calling into play the AdultFear of surrendering to temptation and forcing people to cave to their desires. Also, veggies' lives are at risk when the apple tent rolls around and Larry-Boy himself is rendered almost powerless as a result of her powers.
** ''Moe and the Big Exit'' is this, especially in regards to its predecessor ''The Ballad of Little Joe''. While the first was a lighthearted Western revisionist take on the story of Joseph in Genesis, this one tells the story of Moses and actually
Shrek doesn't shy away from the darker aspects of the story. People are sent [[UnusualEuphemism "up the river"]] in this version. Moe really is banished listen to him. Shrek apologizes, and has to fight for his freedom, the plagues are real (even the newborn plague) and the villains are presumed to boil to death at the end in Death Valley.
* DeadpanSnarker: Bob, Mr. Lunt
* DeliciousDistraction: During the song "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything", Lunt notes Pa Grape is wearing a CaptainErsatz Captain Crunch hat, leading him to say, "You're making me hungry!"
* DidntWantAnAdventure: Bob in ''The Toy
admits that Saved Christmas''.
-->'''Bob''': I wanted to play Mouse Trap. You roll your dice, you move your mice, nobody gets hurt.
* DisneyAcidSequence: Some of the Silly Songs fall under this, most notably "Where Have All the Staplers Gone?"
* DisneyVillainDeath: The mirror in ''Sweetpea Beauty''.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** In ''Rack, Shack and Benny''. What else do you call ''burning people alive''
he is just a big, stupid, ugly ogre. Donkey forgives him because that's what friends are for. Shrek wonders what Fiona said about him, but Donkey tells him to ask her. Shrek cries out that they won't sing a song about chocolate bunnies?
** Happens again in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas.'' While Nezzer's understandably angry at
make the group for sneaking on his property and using his tv studio without his knowledge or consent, responding by planning to send them off a cliff to their deaths is rather over the top.
* ADogNamedDog: The Finnish dub changes the characters' names to this trope.
* DownerEnding: To the Silly Song "Pizza Angel". Larry waited for hours for a pizza delivery...[[spoiler: The delivery boy couldn't find his house and then ate his pizza.]]
* DownHereShot: A chapter book based on ''Larry-Boy: The Cartoon Adventures'' features an evil emperor who is a cherry tomato. A RunningGag
wedding in this particular book is that nobody can see him when he talks, so he has to tell everyone "I'm down here!"
* DreamIntro: The story "The Asparagus Of La Mancha" from the episode "Sheerluck Holmes
time. Donkey whistles and the Golden Ruler" starts with Don Quixote (played by Archibald Asparagus) having a bad dream where he is confronted by a horde of pea soldiers that start throwing giant hamburgers at him. This is one of several bad dreams that he has throughout dragon flies down. Shrek climbs the entire story.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The show definitely took a while to find its niche. The first three episodes used
chain up then the TwoShorts formula as opposed dragon puts Donkey up too. They fly away to Duloc.

At
the later episodes where one long story is usually used. Larry's voice is also [[VocalEvolution far different]] in castle, the early episodes, using a deep dumb sounding one with a lisp (the lisp did stay for a while, until Mike Nawrocki got tired of it bishop (voiced by Val Bettin) is marrying Princess Fiona and stopped). ''Where's God When I'm S-Scared?'', being Lord Farquaad. Thelonius holds the first episode, shows the most of this -- it is the only one to use title rings. Two men hold up cue cards for each segment, an actual child reads the letter that opens the episode as opposed to Bob or Larry paraphrasing it, and a female voice narrates the second segment instead of a character from the show (this wouldn't happen again until ''Esther''). ''God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?'' also lacks a Silly Song (using instead a commercial for the "Forgive-o-matic"), as it was originally intended to be a one-off skit and not a recurring thing, until parents complained about it.
** ''Where's God When I'm S-Scared?'' was even weirder in the original VHS print run (of which there were only about 500). The ThemeTune is missing the middle section lyrics sung in turn by Bob, Junior, and Larry, and individual sets of credits are played after both Tales From The Crisper and Daniel And The Lion's Den instead of at the very end. The latter was changed because parents reported that their kids thought the whole video was over at the credits and subsequently missed out on the Silly Song and ending countertop scene.
* EasilyForgiven:
** Mr. Nezzer tries to kill Rack, Shack and Benny by throwing them into a fiery furnace, [[DisproportionateRetribution all because they won't bow down before his giant chocolate bunny and sing "The Bunny Song"]]. He even laughs maniacally once they fall in and seemingly die. When they miraculously survive, he apologizes and they all forgive him instantly.
** This happens again in ''The Toy That Saved Christmas''. On Christmas Eve, Mr. Nezzer tries to kill Bob, Larry, Junior and Louie, and gets caught red-handed by the entire population of Dinkletown, including Junior's parents. Not only do they respond by giving Nezzer a present, but on Christmas Day, he gets invited to their Christmas party anyway.
** Also happens in ''The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown'', after Pa Grape is caught trying to [[VoteEarlyVoteOften stuff the ballot]] so his song will get first place in the countdown.
** King George in ''King George and the Duckie'' admits to Thomas what he did and why he did it,
audience's appropriate response. Fiona interrupts and asks for forgiveness. "After thinking it over," as the narration says, Thomas forgives him. This is despite the fact that King George ''sent him off bishop to war'' just so he could steal Thomas's rubber duck.
** Subverted in ''The League of Incredible Vegetables''. Dr. Flurry expresses gratitude to Larry-Boy for saving his life despite his actions and asks if they could become friends, only to be taken away by the police a few moments later.
* EatTheCamera:
** By Larry in the silly song "Sippy Cup" while doing a {{Big NO}} when Jimmy Gourd explains why Larry needs a sippy cup.
** Also done by Junior in "The Gourds Must Be Crazy" when he says "Grab the gourds!"
* ElvishPresley: Literally, in ''Lord of the Beans.'' Larry wears a sequined jumpsuit and fake elf ears for his Silly Song. Jimmy Gourd even invokes the trope by calling him "an Elvish impersonator."
* EmbarrassingSlide: A version of this occurs in one of the silly songs (''The Song of the Cebu''): the song is sung along with a slideshow... which eventually stops showing relevant pictures and starts showing vacation pictures instead. The song quickly ends,
skip to the consternation of Archibald, who wonders just what the ending of the song was supposed to be.
* EnhancedOnDVD: The version of ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'' that was released in 1997 had several scenes that were reanimated which resulted in more fluid animation and additional effects. This version has been used for all subsequent releases of the show afterwards although the original version with less fluid animation can still be found on any copy of the show that was printed in 1996 as well as early printings from the 1998 release.
* ExactWords: When Pistachio realizes he's been tricked, this exchange happens:
-->'''Pistachio:''' But you said you wouldn't steer me wrong!
-->'''The Fox:''' No, we said ''"Why'' would we steer you wrong?" And the answer is, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis five. Gold. Coins.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "Silly Songs with Larry," the part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song.
* ExcitedShowTitle: ''God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!'', ''Very Silly Songs!'', ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib From Outer Space!'', ''Josh and the Big Wall!'', ''Jonah Sing-Along Songs and More!'', ''The Wonderful World of Auto-Tainment!'', ''Bob and Larry's How to Draw!'', ''Heroes of the Bible! Lions, Shepherds and Queens, Oh My!'', ''Heroes of the Bible! Stand Up, Stand Tall, Stand Strong!'', ''Heroes of the Bible! A Baby, A Quest and the Wild, Wild West!'', and ''The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything Sing-Along Songs and More!''
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Whether this is played straight or averted is rather iffy. The theme song says the show's name an awful lot, addresses the show's demographics ([[BreakingTheFourthWall It's for the kids who like to talk to tomatoes]]), and even states how long an episode is. (Cauliflower, sweet and sour, [[MediumAwareness half an hour]], Veggie Tales) However, it speaks very little of the show's premise, aside from the mention of the lack of the characters' dexterity, a [[OverusedRunningGag common point]] the show makes, and doesn't even speak of the religious aspect, [[IThoughtItMeant confusing]] a lot of first-time viewers.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' introduces a bunch of penguins. Since then, penguins occasionally have cameos, such as a penguin dressed as a parrot in the Silly Song "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" or as Junior's poor sick penguin in "The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps." Incidentally, the creators of [=VeggieTales=] also went on to make ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins''
* EvilMakesYouUgly: Used in "Sweetpea Beauty"; the queen's obsession with becoming beautiful coupled with the evil mirror's manipulation leads her to do increasingly horrible things, which gradually makes her more and more hideous. The mirror hides this fact by showing her false reflections of herself.
* TheFaceless: Rack's, Shack's, and Benny's savior.
* {{Facepalm}}: Hope does this a few times in ''An Easter Carol'' in response to some of the things Nezzer says.
* {{Fainting}}:
** One of Dave's brothers in ''Dave and the Giant Pickle'' does this when he realizes Dave really is going to face Goliath.
** In ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'', Dad Asparagus faints when he realizes the monster has Junior. He faints again when the monster catches Larry-Boy too.
** In ''An Easter Carol'', Reverend Gilbert (Dad Asparagus) faints when Nezzer announces his plan to build Easterland [[spoiler: on the land St. Bart's Church currently sits on.]]
* FlatWhat:
** King Xerxes ([[AnimatedActors Nebby K. Nezzer]]) after a [[ItMakesSenseInContext piano falls on a cake made by two would-be assassins]] in ''Esther: The Girl Who Became Queen''.
-->'''Xerxes:''' Why is there a [[PianoDrop piano]] on my cake?
** Another "Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen" example after Ms. Achmetha's "Puppy Song":
-->'''Xerxes:''' [[AllAnimalsAreDogs What am I gonna do with all those dogs?]]
* FollowTheBouncingBall
* FoodFight: "The Great Pie War", which plays a role in both ''King George and the Ducky'' and ''Duke and the Great Pie War''.
* ForbiddenChekhovsGun: Towards the end of ''The Star of Christmas'', Seymour warns Millward not to use [[spoiler: the eleventh rocket on the rocket-powered car]] as it has not been tested yet. Millward ends up using it.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** After Larry, Mr. Lunt and Pa Grape successfully host an entire episode (''Gideon: Tuba Warrior'') as The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, Pa makes a mock poster with a suggestion to star in [[TheMovie their own pirate movie]]." A year later and guess what happens?
** At the end of the episode (''Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler''), Larryboy ([[AnimatedActors Larry the Cucumber]]) states his dress rehearsal for the next show (''LarryBoy and The Bad Apple'') starts in two minutes.
* FourFingeredHands:
** The angel Hope in ''An Easter Carol'' has these.
** And [[MyLittlePanzer Buzzsaw Louie]] from ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' has fingerless hands.
* FramingDevice: Most episodes are framed by scenes of the characters on the countertop, who tell the stories. A few don't use the countertop scenes, but still have the main episodes' plots put in the context of a character telling a story. It's [[AvertedTrope averted]] in ''Esther: The Girl Who Became Queen'', though.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** When the characters are looking around the TV studio in ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'', the couch from
"I Love My Lips" do's". Farquaad chuckles and tells the broken vase picture bishop to continue. The dragon lands outside, and then the steak knives from knights run away fearfully. Shrek goes to the Forgive-o-Matic make a very easy-to-miss cameo.
** During
door of the Rorschach test part of church, but Donkey tells him to wait until the preacher says, "Speak now or forever hold your peace", then for Shrek to say, "I Love My Lips," among the cards is a caricature of Sonny Bono, and the formula of the Avogadro Constant.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: During any tavern or bar scene, root beer is substituted for the real stuff.
* GenderFlip:
** In ''The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's'', their ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' parody, their Dorothy analogue is named "Darby" and played by Junior Asparagus.
** In ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'', the homeless child and the baker that Sara meets were both female, but in ''The Penniless Princess'', these characters are played by Junior and Bob.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion:
** The recent releases of "The Toy that Saved Christmas" is reanimated two years after the original release. The only thing that was contained was the Silly Song.
** The 15th anniversary release of the first episode had a redubbed version of the Silly Song with Larry's current voice. This is somewhat jarring due to the fact Archibald's voice is cut out.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''Larry:''' There's me and Bob at Sea World! *click* Oh, wow!\\
'''Everyone else:''' OOOOOOOOOOOOOO-ooohhh...\\
'''Larry:''' Whoops, forgot about that one...
** WordOfGod
object!" Shrek says that was a [[EmbarrassingSlide picture of Larry in a towel.]]
*** Which means that everyone was shocked, and slightly embarrassed, per ''The Hairbrush Song''.
** In a ''Larry Boy Cartoon Adventures'' episode, this exchange happens:
-->'''Larry (to Master Bok Choy):''' Master, what do you do if your hometown is invaded by an overgrown ''seedless'' grape?\\
'''Dark Crow:''' Who are you calling seedless??
** [[https://youtu.be/K6pC3EoIgnw?t=47s Larry]], trying to guess what VBS[[note]]Vacation Bible School[[/note]] stands for:
-->'''Larry:''' Very Big Sausages?
** The citizens of Jibber-De-Lot in "Are You My Neighbor?" are potheads. [[VisualPun Literally]].
** Near the end of the French Peas' cover of "There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea", a picture of Zidgel from ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' briefly flashes by to represent the 'hole'.
* GoodShepherd: [[PreacherMan Reverend Gilbert]] (Dad Asparagus) in ''The Star of Christmas'' and ''An Easter Carol''. He is seen teaching his son Edmund moral lessons, extending goodwill to people like Mr. Nezzer, and going out of his way to help those in need. He keeps this general attitude even when he's under a lot of pressure, such as [[spoiler: the possibility of the church he works at being knocked down or his son becoming deathly ill.]]
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: When the van crashes into a clothesline in ''Jonah'', a pair is plastered against the windshield.
* GracefulLoser: While not exactly a loss in the technical sense, the effect is still the same. In ''Sumo of the Opera'', Apollo Gourd and The Italian Scallion (Larry) have a sumo match. [[spoiler: The result of the match is a draw]]. Since no one had ever gotten that far against Apollo Gourd, all the praise gets showered on The Italian Scallion anyway. Apollo is a good sport about it.
* GrandpaGod: During both Snoodle poems and the ''Pirates'' movie, although these portrayals are allegorical.
* GuiltyPleasures: Larry likes his soap operas, and owns a plush of Barbara Manatee that he dances with.
* HandWave: Done in-universe in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. When Annie questions the fact that a toy just came to life in the story George is telling her, George waves it off with, "Maybe he was wired different! Who knows?"
* HardWorkMontage: The "Sumo of the Opera" parodies the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' series.
* HateSink: Miss Minchin in ''The Penniless Princess''. She is easily one of the most vile and loathsome characters depicted in the show, and she is one of ''very'' few major ''[=VeggieTales=]'' villains not to undergo a HeelFaceTurn.
* {{Headdesk}}: Done by Archibald in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diOtFw9sB34 The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo]]''.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: According to audio commentary they came up with Wally P. Nezzer in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' in an attempt to avert this; they'd just had Mr. Nezzer HeelFaceTurn in ''Rack, Shack, and Benny'' so having him come back as a villain seemed odd, hence giving him a brother. They gave up on the idea after that.
-->'''Phil Vischer:''' Rather than just keeping expanding his family we installed a little morality switch in his back. Good Nezzer, bad Nezzer, good Nezzer, bad Nezzer...
* HeelFaceTurn:
** "Rack Shack and Benny": [[spoiler:Nebby K. Nezzer]]
** "The Toy That Saved Christmas":[[spoiler:Wally P. Nezzer]]
** "Daniel and the Lion's Den": [[spoiler:King Darius]]
** "Minnesota Cuke": [[spoiler:Prof. Rattan]] [[PutOnABus between story arcs.]]
** "Saint Nicholas": [[spoiler:Gustav]]
** "Lord of the Beans": [[spoiler:The sporks]]
** "The Ballad of Little Joe": [[spoiler:Little Joe's brothers]]
* HelloInsertNameHere: The personalized DVD and the two personalized [=CDs=].
* [[CarnivoreConfusion Herbivore Confusion]]:
** In a world populated by talking vegetables and fruits, there are pies and popcorn balls as food, and apparently "apple choppers". It was [[WordOfGod confirmed in the commentary]] for ''Duke and the Great Pie War'' (and demonstrated in ''Jonah'') that there are non-sentient fruits and vegetables in their world as well.
** In their version of Daniel and the Lion's Den, a ''cucumber'' is tossed to lions.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Bob and Larry.
* HiveMind: [[spoiler: The other little weeds in ''Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed'' turn out to be under the control of "the mother weed", a giant weed that lives under the ground.]]
* {{Homage}}: The ending of ''[[ChristmasEpisode The Toy That Saved Christmas]]'' is a huge one to the climax of ''Film/BatmanForever''.
* IAmXSonOfY: In "Lord of the Bean": Randalf, son of Mandalf; the leader of the Razzberry Forest, Lord Falaminion Tereglith, son of Therebil-Elithimon.
* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: Daniel says this in ''Daniel and the Lions' Den'' while he is ''facing a pit of lions.''
** In ''The Star of Christmas'', Edmund says this [[spoiler: when the rocket-powered car is launched upwards after Millward uses the eleventh rocket.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Discussed and then averted in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. At the end, Louie wants to get rid of his buzz saw because even though the fact he had it saved everyone's lives earlier, he thinks that it's too dangerous to keep around. [[MundaneUtility Then he changes his mind and goes into carpentry.]]
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Laura uses this to excuse herself when Junior breaks his dad's plate in ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib From Outer Space!''
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: In the first story of ''God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!'', Rosie unleashes a long string of insults on her brother Tom, ending with the word "boy"; Pa tells her to apologize since Tom just turned 18 and is now should be called a "man."
* IWillShowYouX: When Larry says "No comprendo" in response to Bob's question about if Larry had seen Bob dancing at Uncle Louie's polka party, Bob exclaims, "No comprendo?! I'll show you 'no comprendo!'"
* IdenticalAncestor: Nebby K. Nezzer's Victorian-era ancestor Ebeneezer is presumably one.
* IdenticalStranger: Miss Minchin uses the same model as Miss Acmetha. WordOfGod says they are two distinct characters.
* IncrediblyLamePun: The show and films ''thrive'' on it.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Say it with me now: "[=CeBUUUUUUU=]!"
* InsaneTrollLogic: "The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill And Came Down With All The Bananas" : The Englishman takes all the bananas from a hill, but doesn't eat them because "You can't eat bananas without strawberries!" And then a Swedish man takes all the strawberries from another hill, but "can't eat strawberries without bananas!" And then they refuse to share with each other.
* InsistentTerminology:
** Larry gets a bit offended whenever anyone mistakes him for a pickle.
** In "Minnesota Cuke", Larry insists that it's not a hat, it's a fedora.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Junior sometimes is shown to have this with both Bob and Larry.
* InvisibleAnatomy: Averted with feet (the characters move around by hopping), but the characters' lack of hands is constantly {{Lampshaded}}:
** Right from the start, before the theme song:
-->'''Bob:''' I know! You play the guitar!\\
'''Larry:''' Bob, I don't have any hands.
** ''Josh and the Big Wall'' had Tom Grape and Pa Grape lampshade how they and other characters were applauding a giant rocket.
-->'''Tom:''' How are we clapping?\\
'''Pa:''' I have no idea.
** Probably one of the funniest ones, from "Madame Blueberry."
--> '''Larry:'''([[ManlyTears Crying out loud]] with Bob after the ending.) Hold me Bob!
--> '''Bob:''' I would if I could, maaaaan!
** "Lyle the Kindly Viking" has a reference.
-->'''Bjorn (Lunt):''' I would clap if I could.
** ''Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly'' repeatedly shows close-ups of a character's hands and feet, who is then shocked when
he doesn't have limbs in time for this, but Donkey replies that chicks like romance. They go to the long shots. It's kind of weird, really.
** Invisible hair as well - in ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush'', Martin notices Minnesota's haircut even though he never had any hair to begin with. Though a few scenes later, [[spoiler: Minnesota can't use the power
side of the hairbrush since he has no hair]] (a reference to ''The Hairbrush Song''). Go figure.
** From the personalized show:
-->'''Larry:''' I think we should give our good friend a hand!\\
'''Bob:''' But, Larry, we can't. We don't have hands.\\
'''Larry:''' I was speaking metaphorically, Bob.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: In ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'', Larry-Boy
church and Alfred get a bit frantic trying Shrek repeatedly throws Donkey up to figure out how the monster can be stopped, especially after the Fib catches Larry-Boy. As it turns out, the only one who can stop the Fib is [[spoiler: Junior Asparagus, who has been about five feet away from Larry-Boy for the past several minutes.]]
* ItsTheOnlyWay: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Junior uses this to justify sneaking into Mr. Nezzer's factory when Bob and Louie question the wisdom of doing so.
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* JesusTaboo:
** The show's theological consultant forbade them from portraying UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} as
look through a vegetable, which is one reason most of the Bible stories are from the Old Testament. Jesus of course is discussed in many of the segments, so still somewhat {{averted}}.
** When the series was syndicated on {{Qubo}}, ExecutiveMeddling changed Bob's closing catchphrase from "God made you special, and He loves you very much" to "Thanks for coming to my house, kids!" Phil Vischer was annoyed.
* KarmaHoudini: Typically in ''[=VeggieTales=]'', villains either [[HeelFaceTurn have a change of heart]] or are defeated in some way, but there are some exceptions:
** In "The Story of Flibber-O-Loo", the crooks (the Scallions) who mug the Flibbian (Larry) simply run off with his money and are never seen again.
** In ''Madame Blueberry'', the Stuff-Mart people wind up [[spoiler: destroying Madame Blueberry's house.]] No one sues them.
** In ''Lord of the Beans'', [[spoiler: the Elders of the Razzberry Forest were bribed by Scaryman to betray the Fellowship. Nothing happens to them.]]
** In ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella'', the Scallions steal a prize trophy fish. Minnesota Cuke (Larry) makes several attempts for years to stop them, only to fail every time. Nothing is shown of the Scallions afterward.
** In ''Pistachio'', a puppeteer tries to kidnap Pistachio, and when Pistachio flees in terror he encounters three con men who trick him out of his money and then toss him into the sea. These guys all quietly drop out of the story after their scenes are over.
* KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: "Where's God When I'm S-scared?" starts with Junior Asparagus watching "Frankencelery," and becoming frightened by everything in the house after that. However, the point of the episode is that Junior doesn't need to be scared because God is taking care of him, not that he shouldn't have watched the movie.
* KingKongClimb:
** In ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'', the Fib carries Junior to the top of a water tower. Then Larry-Boy flies up there after them in his Larry-Plane.
** Played with in the next Larry-Boy movie, when the Weed is wrapped around a building and reaches out a vine to grab Alfred.
* LargeHam: Archibald, Larry as Larry-Boy, occasionally Bob
* LighterAndSofter: ''The League of Incredible Vegetables'' in comparison to the earlier Larry-Boy episodes. The villain is a LargeHam who is not nearly as calculatingly manipulative as the villains in the earlier Larry-Boys, many of the characters' fears are PlayedForLaughs, and even the lighting and the music is much lighter and more cheery.
* LiteralCliffhanger:
** In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie and the penguins form a ChainOfPeople to save Mr. Nezzer...and it leads to all of them stuck dangling off a cliff. Thankfully George comes to save them.
** In ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella'', at one point Cuke and his friends are captured by their enemies and left locked in a cage dangling over a cliff. Cuke comments that he hates cliffhangers. Cue "Silly Songs with Larry".
* LittlestCancerPatient: Edmund Gilbert (played by Junior Asparagus) is apparently perfectly fine in ''The Star of Christmas'', but he becomes dangerously ill by ''An Easter Carol''. [[spoiler: What sets Ebeneezer Nezzer towards his change of heart is Hope informing him that Edmund has less than a year to live if nothing changes.]]
* LivingToys:
** ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'': A Buzzsaw Louie doll mysteriously comes to life, realizes that he doesn't like the sound of whatever he was originally programmed to say, and sets off to find the true meaning of Christmas.
** ''Pistachio'': Pistachio (played by Junior Asparagus) is a wooden toy carved from a "very special" log.
* LotusEaterMachine: How Bad Apple plans to conquer Bumblyburg just like her great-uncle almost did, starting with the mayor, the reporter, and Larry-Boy.
* LoudOfWar:
** ''Josh and the Big Wall!'': Joshua and his men scream to make the wall fall down.
** ''Gideon: Tuba Warrior'': Gideon's side uses their horns and flashlights to defeat the Midianities.
* LuredIntoATrap: In ''Lord of the Beans'', [[spoiler: Scaryman bribed the Elders of the Razzberry Forest to send Toto to the Land of Woe where Scaryman could ambush him and take the bean.]]
* MajorGeneralSong
* MauriceChevalierAccent: The French Peas. Of course, they are [[{{Expy}} based on]] the French knights from Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor [=/=] MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Frankencelery.
* MediumAwareness: In ''The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's,'' Larry
window. Donkey tells Bob Shrek that they can't let the show be too short, since they have a whole DVD to fill.
** Also in ''The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's'' when asking why Pa Grape/The Lion didn't eat the rabbits and animals in the forest if he was so hungry he responds with "It's a kid show, they won't let me do that."
** In ''Jonah'', Dad Asparagus isn't satisfied until there's a big musical number to close the film.
** Also in ''Jonah'', "The Credits Song".
* AMinorKidroduction: As a tribute to ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', "Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella" starts off with Minnesota, Marten, and the Scallions as kids.
* MissedHimByThatMuch:
** In ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'', Larry-Boy must find the mysterious object that fell from space. The object in question is Fib, who is out with Junior. Larry-Boy says "hello" to them one time and another time passes by without even seeing them. He gives up and goes home...only to have to head out again because Fib is destroying Bumblyburg.
** In ''The Penniless Princess'', Mr. Carrisford and Sara run into each other while Sara is running errands. After they have a friendly chat, Mr. Carrisford leaves, [[spoiler: having no idea that he just spoke to the girl he's been searching for for a long time.]]
* MoodWhiplash: A number of the single-story episodes have a cliffhanger or otherwise dramatic moment close the first half, immediately followed by Silly Songs with Larry.
* TheMoralSubstitute: A major exception to examples typical of the trope.
* MoreThanMindControl: How the Bad Apple gets citizens to fall into her LotusEaterMachine.
* MotionlessChin: Not to mention, literally, NoKnees.
* TheMovie: Several, though only two had theatrical releases -- ''Jonah: A [=VeggieTales=] Movie'' and ''The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.''
* MrImagination: Larry. They call him LARRYBOY!
* MurderByCremation: Almost happens in "Rack, Shack, and Benny", just like in the Bible.
* MusicalChores: In ''The Penniless Princess'', Sara and Becky sing while they do the work assigned by Miss Minchin.
* MythologyGag: The slushees in "Gideon: Tuba Warrior" and the hairbrush in "The Search for Samson's Hairbrush"
are a couple of examples.
* NeverSayDie:
** Averted. Not only are several deadly situations portrayed in the show (such as being thrown
already married. Shrek bursts into the fiery furnace or sent down a collapsed bridge), the characters don't shy away from mentioning it. ''Larry-Boy church just before Farquaad and the Fib from Outer Space'' has a particularly harsh aversion Fiona kiss, shouting that happens just as Larry-Boy is trying to get his Larry Mobile to transform into a plane on the verge of running into a wall:
--> '''Larry-Boy:''' I am going to ''die!''
** ''The Penniless Princess'' takes it a step further, with Captain Crewe being explicitly stated to have died in war
he objects. Fiona and Sara having to deal with losing her father at such a young age.
* TheNicknamer: Mr. Lunt's character in "St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving" ... and all his nicknames
Farquaad are directed specifically ''at'' [[StealthPun Nick]].
* NighthawksShot: The ice cream parlor in "The End of Silliness?"
* NoEnding: ''The Song of the Cebu''
-->'''Archibald:''' You can't just start a song and leave it hanging like that!
** Also parodied in "St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving". Bob stops the story at a seemingly random point (hesitant
annoyed to tell his audience of very young vegetables that [[NeverSayDie Nick's parents die]]) and they can't believe it's over ''already''. Larry explains see him. Shrek wants to them talk to Fiona, but she says that it's one of those "Russian endings" meant too late and tries to raise "more questions than answers."
* NoFlowInCGI: The characters were designed as vegetables
kiss Farquaad. Shrek grabs her hand and tells her that Farquaad only wants to marry her so that he can be king, then tells her that Farquaad is not her true love. Fiona asks him what he knows about true love. Shrek stammers, and Farquaad laughs because they were basically spheres with a few extra features. Easy to animate. At least that's how it began. While Shrek loves the later character designs are largely princess. Farquaad cues the same, the subtle details have changed quite a bit. Larry now laughter. Fiona asks Shrek if it's true, but Farquaad grabs her hand and insists that she kiss him now. Fiona looks more like an actual cucumber, with bumps at the setting sun and color striations. The animation has gotten more sophisticated, but why would recalls her spell. She walks to the animators want to do something more complex when what we have now works so well? Giving Bob window and Larry hands at this point would make about as much sense as putting a drop-tile ceiling on the Art/SistineChapel.\\\
Clothes or costumes
tells Shrek that the Veggies wear, however notably shirts tend to stick rigidly to their bodies, because this simplifies the animator's job tremendously. Occasionally this results in strange-looking object behaviors like the paper bag that Larry wears over his head in the counter-top bookend scenes for "Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella," which sounds like a paper bag but moves like a rubber artist's eraser.
* NoFourthWall:
** The intro and outro segments, some of the Silly Songs, and less frequently the stories themselves.
** A rather memorable example was during "Omelet", modeled after {{Theatre/Hamlet}}. As Ophelia, Mr. Lunt was pushed onto the "stage" in full drag:
-->"I think we're going to get letters about this."
** Jimmy Gourd's reaction is endlessly hilarious to this "fair Ophelia".
* NoIndoorVoice: At first, Junior's voice actress
she wanted to use show this to him before. She transforms into an ogre, and then grins sheepishly at Shrek. As for Shrek, he can only casually note that her state explains a childish voice lot about her recent behaviour.

The audience is shocked. Farquaad sees Fiona and says that "it" is disgusting and orders his guards to get "it" out of his sight, to get them both. As Shrek and Fiona try to reach each other, Farquaad declares that the marriage is still binding, that he is still king, and puts on the crown. As guards drag Shrek away, Farquaad tells that he'll beg for death. He then tells Fiona that he'll lock her back in that tower
for the character, so she spoke the lines of Junior in a very VERY high-pitched, squeaky voice. The creators didn't like that, though. They thought she was screaming her lines as Junior rather than speaking them. As the creators have pointed out in commentary, it wasn't really until "Lyle the Kindly Viking" that Junior's voice actress stopped speaking all rest of her lines in a really high-pitched, squeaky voice. Since life. Shrek frees one of his hands and whistles. The dragon bursts through the creators didn't like large stained glass window with Donkey on top and swallows Farquaad, killing him, then burps out his crown. Shrek tells Fiona that he loves her, and she tells him that he loves him too. They kiss, and then Fiona begins her transformation as her voice-over recounts the rest of the spell. She rises up into the air, glowing. Bright light radiates from her, then a shock wave from her shatters all the windows in the church except one (which the dragon later breaks). Fiona completes her transformation, and then returns to the floor and collapses. Shrek helps Fiona up. She's still an ogre, and tells Shrek that she doesn't understand, that she's supposed to be beautiful. Shrek tells her that she is beautiful, and they kiss again.

At the swamp, Shrek and Fiona get married, with Donkey and all the fairy tale creatures as guests. The wedding song is "I'm a Believer", by Smash Mouth. One of the fairy godmothers transforms the three blind mice into horses, and a garlic bulb into a carriage, and then Shrek and Fiona leave in the carriage. Donkey takes over the song, with the others singing and dancing. The wedding celebration continues while Shrek and Fiona ride away into the sunset.

The fairy tale ends with "And they lived ugly ever after. The end." The book closes, revealing the fairy tale to be "Shrek", and the song ends.

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When Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) come back from their honeymoon, they find an invitation to a royal ball with Fiona's parents to celebrate their marriage, an event Shrek is reluctant to participate in. Fiona talks him into
it, she toned down and along with Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy), they travel to the high pitch kingdom of Far Far Away. They meet Fiona's parents, King Harold and removed Queen Lillian (voiced by John Cleese and Julie Andrews), who are surprised and repulsed by Fiona's choice of husband (particularly the squeak.
* NoNameGiven: Given a LampshadeHanging at one point:
-->'''Larry:''' What's your name?\\
'''Scallion:''' ''(pushing a broom)'' [[RageAgainstTheAuthor They've never given me a name.]] [[MediumAwareness I've been around
King himself), since Show One]] (''Where's God When I'm Scared?''), [[NoFourthWall and I still don't have a name.]]
* NoProductSafetyStandards: "The Toy
they had arranged that Saved Christmas" has Buzz-Saw Louie, Prince Charming rescue her from the hot new toy with a real working buzzsaw!
* OhCrap: Several examples;
** Daniel (Larry) gets one after the Wisemen discover him praying to God instead of to Darius in "Daniel In The Lion's Den" in ''Where's God When I'm S-Scared?''.
** In "Larry's Lagoon" on ''God Wants Me To Forgive Them?!?'', Bob and Larry both get this reaction when
castle but now they see that their boat her husband is about to run an ogre.

At a shared meal, Shrek and Harold get
into a rock.
** All of the Israelites in ''Dave And The Giant Pickle'' get this reaction when they see Goliath first arrive.
** This was Jimmy
heated argument over how Shrek and Jerry Gourd's reaction Fiona will raise their family, and Fiona, disgusted at Shrek and her father's behavior, locks herself away in ''King George And The Ducky'' when they hear Bob ask what's going on, while they were trying to host the show, without any success.
* OncePerEpisode: Bob ''hates'' the song
her room that precedes the final {{Aesop}}; Larry loves it. Turned on its head in ''Lord of the Beans'', when the evil sporks steal the record -- and Bob admits he misses the song.
* OneSteveLimit: Played straight with the real names of main characters, but averted with names belonging to characters
evening, where she meets her Fairy Godmother (voiced by Jennifer Saunders), who appear less often, or characters they play. The name Louie appears very frequently--Junior invites someone named Louie to his birthday party in ''Are You My Neighbor'', Bob says he danced at Uncle Louie's polka party in the Silly Song "Dance of the Cucumber", the toy in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' is named Louie (and Laura Carrot's youngest brother, who also appears in that episode, is named Baby Lou). Also the fact they have a character named George did not stop them from having Larry play a George in ''King George and the Ducky''.
** One of Larry's brothers is named Bob the Cucumber (which Bob the Tomato is shocked to learn)
** There's both a Steven and a Steve (Steve being another of Larry's brothers)
* OnlySaneEmployee: Bob.
* PachelbelsCanonProgression: The song "I Can Be Your Friend" uses it.
* PairTheSpares: Bob/Madame Blueberry is often a compliment ship for Larry/Petunia shippers.
* PaperThinDisguise: Gee, who could "Larryboy" possibly be?
* ParentalAbandonment: In ''The Penniless Princess'', Sara's mother is never shown and is implied to have died. (In the book it's based on, this is indeed the case.) Her father is in the opening scene, [[spoiler: but dies later on (which
is also accurate surprised at Fiona's new looks. Shrek worries that he has lost his true love, particularly after finding her childhood diary and reading that she was once infatuated with Prince Charming (voiced by Rupert Everett).

King Harold is accosted by the Fairy Godmother and Charming, her son. The two retell the Prince's adventures and how he overcame many obstacles and climbed a high tower in order to rescue her finding instead a crossdressing wolf. They reprimand Harold for breaking an old promise that Charming would be able to marry Fiona and demand that he find a way to get rid of Shrek. Harold arranges for Shrek and Donkey to join him on a fictitious hunting trip, which really is a trap to lure the two into the hands of an assassin, Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas).

When Fiona realizes that Shrek left she asks her father for help but he replies that he always wanted the best for her and that she should better think about what is the best for her, too. Puss is unable to defeat Shrek and, revealing that he was paid by Harold, asks to come along as a way to make amends. The three sneak into the Fairy Godmother's potion factory and steal a "Happily Ever After" potion that Shrek believes will restore Fiona's love for him.

Shrek and Donkey both drink the potion and fall into a deep sleep, awakening the next morning to discover its effects: Shrek is now a handsome human, while Donkey has turned into a stallion. In order to make the change permanent, Shrek must kiss Fiona by midnight. He, Donkey, and Puss return
to the book).]]
* ParentalBonus
** Most of the literary references, for starters.
** The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Series/GilligansIsland'' parodies.
** Creator/MontyPython references, the most explicit being the French Peas as the people of Jericho taunting the Israelites from atop their wall. Oddly enough, they started out playing Philistines in a less explicit reference
castle to the same scene.
*** The Fish Slappers in Jonah are explicitly explained as being inspired by Creator/MontyPython, in the audio commentary (the Larry and Mr. Lunt one).
** In ''Lyle, the Kindly Viking'', the episode starts off with Larry mentioning various viewer questions about sharing, such as "When do I have to share?", "Why do I have to share?", "Whatever happened to Sonny & [[IncrediblyLamePun Cher]]?".
*** On that note, in the Silly Song with Larry "I Love My Lips", when Larry sings "It's a lip, it's a lip, it's a lip lip lip" to the tune of the William Tell Overture during a Rorschach test, one of the cards is a non-animated photo of Sonny Bono.
** In the silly song ''Larry's High Silk Hat'' it opens with [[ForrestGump a white feather floating down from the sky as Larry is sitting on a bench with a box of chocolates waiting for the bus.]]
** "What are the Philippines?" "The Philippines are a group of islands off the coast of Asia, [[Film/{{Airplane}} but that's not important now.]] The ''Philistines''...."
* PerverseSexualLust: An in-universe example; in "Barbara Manatee," one of the Silly Songs With Larry segments, Larry appears to be crushing on a manatee from a TV show. He even has a plush of her, which he sings to and dances with.
* PianoDrop: Once on a cake in ''Esther'', and several times down a flight of stairs in ''Sumo of the Opera''.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: The TropeNamer is the silly song of the same title, which centers around [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a group of pirates who don't do anything]]. One of them doesn't even seem to know what a pirate is ''supposed'' to do!
* PlayingAgainstType:
** In-universe example: the episode ''Pistachio'' has Junior, the kind, lovable asparagus, playing a rebellious, talkative puppet.
** Mr. Nezzer is usually cast as a villain, and when he's not playing a villain he's playing a rather goofy fellow. And then in ''Lord of the Beans'' he plays Randalf, and while he still is occasionally goofy, for the most part he comes across as a wise leader and the OnlySaneMan.
* PottyEmergency:
** Larry has this multiple times-once as Sven in Lyle The Kindly Viking, and as [=LarryBoy=] in all but two episodes ([=LarryBoy=] and the Rumor Weed and The Leauge of Incredible Vegetables lack a mention of this sort of thing)
** Junior also mentions having on in the song "Are We There Yet?"
* PrinceAndPauper: The story ''Princess and the Popstar'' with Princess Poppyseed and [[Series/HannahMontana Vanna Banana]].
* ProductPlacement:
** The Silly Song "His Cheeseburger" plays it straight - when they mention Denny's, we actually see a Denny's sign.
** In The League of Incredible Vegetables, Pull-Ups and Go-Gurt are mentioned.
* ProductionForeshadowing: Bumblyburg gets a little mention in ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'' when Mr. Nezzer is deciding where to send the main characters as punishment. The first Larry-Boy video didn't come out until less than a year after, which ''actually'' took place in Bumblyburg.
** In ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella'', we see the front of a theater
discover that the protagonists are coming out of. The movie featured on potion has also transformed Fiona back into her former, human self. However, the marquee? ''Saint Nicholas'', Fairy Godmother, having learned of the next show potion's theft, intercepts Shrek and sends Charming to be released.
* PromptingNudge:
pose as him and win her love. At the beginning of Fairy Godmother's urging, Shrek leaves the episode "King George And The Ducky", Jimmy and Jerry Gourd are both wearing cardboard cutouts of Bob and Larry. After Jimmy tries introducing himself as Bob the Tomato, Jerry tries introducing himself as Larry the Cucumber, but stops after saying "And I'm Larry", prompting Jimmy to give Jerry a nudge in the side, so castle, believing that Jerry can finish the best way to make Fiona happy is to let her go.

To ensure that Fiona falls in love
with "Cucumber".
* {{Pun}}: Oh so many. One of their collections is called "Lessons From
Charming, the Sock Drawer: A Collection of [=VeggieTales=] Shorts and Briefs."
* PunnyName: Frequently.
** Perhaps nowhere more obviously than in ''Lord of the Beans'', where two of the adventurers' names are food puns on those of actual [[LordOfTheRings Fellowship]] members -- Ear-a-Corn and Leg-o-Lamb.
** Also Nebby K. Nezzer.
* RaidersOfTheLostParody: The episode "Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush"; Larry the Cucumber in
Fairy Godmother gives Harold a story about bullying.
* RecurringRiff: The opening notes of The Thankful Song from "Madame Blueberry" (''We thank God for this day...'') were often used for the Big Idea title card.
* RedBoxingGloves: On ''[[RefugeinAudacity Goliath]] the [[InvisibleAnatomy Giant Pickle]]''.
* RefrainFromAssuming: Some people mistakenly believe the Silly Song from ''King George and the Ducky'' is called "Barbara Manatee" after its recurring line, even though its actual name is "Endangered Love".
* RememberedICouldFly: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', at one point the protagonists are tied up on a sled hurtling
love potion to their doom. It doesn't even occur to Louie to use his built-in buzz saw to get them out of this predicament--and then Larry accidentally bumps his arm.
-->'''Louie:''' Watch it! You bumped
put into my...''(realizes)''...''[[ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing buzz saw]]''...
* RunningGag:
** Bob hating the "What We Have Learned" song and trying to turn it off in the middle. Some shows don't contain that song. In one case the song ''didn't'' play, but Bob's relief was interrupted by Larry deciding to carry on himself -- [[ItMakesSenseInContext until Bob soaked him with water]].
** Bob once admitted
Fiona's tea. But Harold replies that it's not that he hates the song, but he hates the fact the second verse of the song always cuts him off mid-sentence when he tries possible to make a point, which is the ACTUAL running gag.
** The vegetables don't have hands.
his daughter fall in love in this way. This doesn't particularly stop them.
*** This was lampshaded in a ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' trailer, in which Larry
exchange is overheard by Shrek, Donkey, and Bob were worried because the penguins did have limbs.
** The creators of the show seem to have an affinity for places named "Moose Lake."
** In the NBC TV version, Jimmy always delivers a letter to start the show; each time he does, he attempts to slide it through the mail slot (even though, as Bob and Larry always point out, he [[StatingTheSimpleSolution could just hand it over the door]]), and always manages to crumple it up in the process.
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* SeparateSceneStorytelling: "Lyle The Kindly Viking" is shown this way.
* ShapedLikeItself: "And now it's time for ''Silly Songs with Larry'', the part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song."
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/VeggieTales See page.]]
* ShowWithinAShow:
** Cavis and Millward's "Princess and the Plumber" in ''Star of Christmas.
** Marlee's "Up with Bunnies" in '''Twas the Night Before Easter''.
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: Big time! Thats the feel of this show.
* SmallTownRivalry: In "The Story of Flibber-O-Loo" (a re-telling of the Good Samaritan story), the towns of Flibber-O-Loo and Jibberty-Lot have a heated rivalry, where they launch shoes and pots at each other with catapults and other devices.
* SnowballLie: Happens in ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'' Junior lies to avoid getting in trouble for breaking a plate, the lie keeps getting bigger as the people around Junior figure out he's not telling the truth....and then the lie has gotten so big that it is literally destroying Bumblyburg.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Heavily idealistic.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: Don't lie, or an extra-terrestrial beast will feed off of your lies and hold you hostage.
* SpeciesSurname: Most of the characters' last names
Puss, who are the type of vegetable they are. Sometimes this leads to characters who don't seem to be relatives having the same last name, like Junior Asparagus and Archibald Asparagus. Some of the characters, like Mr. Nezzer or Mr. Lunt, avert this.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Larry-Boy/Larryboy/[=LarryBoy=]. The first was used in ''Fib from Outer Space'' & ''Rumor Weed'', the second was used in the Flash-animated spinoff series, and the third was used in ''Bad Apple''.
** Edmund/Edmond Gilbert (played by Junior Asparagus) in ''The Star of Christmas'' and ''An Easter Carol''. He is credited as "Edmond" but in subtitles and on the back of the box for ''The Star of Christmas'' it is spelled "Edmund".
* SphereEyes
* SpitTake: When Dave announces his plan to fight Goliath, King Saul spits out his drink.
* SpoofAesop: One of the Silly Songs gives us the following;
-->'''Quartet''': The moral of our story it's the point we hope we've made...when you go a little loopy better keep your nurse well paid!
* StaircaseTumble: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie's first step out of the factory leads to him falling down the stairs, which then leads to him getting stuck in snow. Junior pulls him out later.
* StealthPun: The antagonist in ''Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple'' is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an apple]] who dabbles in dealing with temptation. [[spoiler:In other words, she's the ForbiddenFruit.]]
* StepfordSnarker: Hope in ''An Easter Carol''. [[AllThereInTheManual Her character bio]] mentions that part of the reason for her snarky attitude is that [[YourDaysAreNumbered she is aware her time is short.]]
* TheStinger:
** From the late 90s to the early 2000s, the credits were typically followed by an animation of the Big Idea logo where the letters started out small, then would "explode" to their proper font, scaring Bob and Larry. After they recovered and posed for the logo, the "A" in "Idea" would pop out once more with a sound typically related to the episode accompanying it (for instance, ''King George and the Ducky'' used a rubber duck squeak). There was also a standard version of this logo that used a suction sound effect for the A. Usually this logo was timed so the font explosion would occur on the last note of the song that played over the credits.
** The original VHS print of ''Rack, Shack, and Benny'' (with the original Bunny Song) had Bob, [[spoiler:still left in the sink]], saying "I'd like to get out now." This was strangely removed in later prints and replaced with the typical Big Idea stinger described above.
* StoryArc: In ''Josh and the Big Wall'', technical difficulties prevented Larry from properly ending ''The Song of the Cebu'', that video's "Silly Songs With Larry" segment. Archibald became so disappointed with Larry's lack of preparation, he announced the cancellation of "Silly Songs" in the next video (''Madame Blueberry'')'s segment. The FramingDevice of the video after that (''The End of Silliness?'') showed Larry desperately trying to recover from the loss, until Archibald announces that a fan petition prompted him to [[{{Uncanceled}} uncancel]] "Silly Songs."
* StylisticSuck: "The Englishman Who Went Up the Hill and Came Down With All the Bananas."
* SuckECheeses: Cheese E. Rodent in ''Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler''.
* SuperCellReception: Subverted in ''Larry-Boy! And the Rumor Weed'', where Larry-Boy and Alfred try to keep communicating after Larry-Boy goes into the sewer system to find [[spoiler: the Mother Weed]]...and find that the sewer walls are too thick and reception is shot.
* SurveillanceStationSlacker: Jimmy and Jerry Gourd, as seen in the episode "Larry-Boy and the Fib from Outer Space!"
* TakeThat:
** In the ''Oh, Santa!'' Silly Song, Larry gives cookies to both a bank robber and a Viking "because it's Christmas." And then the next person comes to the door.
-->"I'm from the [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]]! And I've come to tax your--" '''(SLAM)'''
** During ''[[Literature/DonQuixote The Asparagus of La Mancha]]'', there's a potshot towards Starbucks when Don and Pancho are trying to compete with the Food Factory and decide to open a coffee shop:
-->"Why pay a little for coffee when you can pay a lot?"
* ThoseTwoGuys: Bob and Larry.
** And Jimmy and Jerry Gourd. And maybe the French Peas.
* TitleSequenceReplacement: Whenever the show got a new montage for the opening, it would retroactively replace the previous montage for every earlier episode's future VHS and DVD prints. In fact, this practice has pervaded the series pretty much since its inception:
** The original ''Where's God When I'm S-Scared?'' print (which had a very limited 500 copy print run and was only sold through a magazine) had no "broccoli, celery, gotta be" interludes, just the backing. The later mass market release sold in Christian bookstores altered this, though kept the same clip show (which only featured clips from this episode proper), up until the 1997 reprints.
** The theme song montage that was included on all of the VHS releases from 1994 to 1997 featured clips only from the first two episodes, and is the theme that most early fans of the show are familiar with.
** Beginning with 1997 reprints and all shows released up until the early [=2000s=], a new montage was created and the opening banter was re-voiced so it no longer contained Larry's dopey EarlyInstallmentWeirdness voice over. For the most part, this was the last time the early episodes had their openings changed; even after new montages came about, the older episodes still retained theirs. Until...
** ...the late [=2000s=], where a completely re-done opening that cut out everything except the first verse was introduced. Once again, every prior episode had its opening replaced with this one.
* ToiletHumor: A ton of it can be found in The League of Incredible Vegetables.
* TooDumbToLive: Larry in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. He probably shouldn't have mentioned Puggslyville's bridge being out to Mr. Nezzer.
* TookALevelInKindness: Ebeneezer Nezzer in ''An Easter Carol'' when he starts changing for the better. Hope does this too; in her early interactions with Ebeneezer she is rather snarky and occasionally harsh, but around the point where [[spoiler: Ebeneezer is very upset when he learns Edmund is probably going to die]], Hope softens up considerably and is a lot more careful in how she interacts with him.
* TopTenList
** ''The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown'' was the result of a viewer poll to determine the silliest of the first ten Silly Songs with Larry (not counting ''Oh, Santa!''). The winner was [[spoiler:''The Hairbrush Song'']].
** Also "WesternAnimation/VeggieTales Live: Sing Yourself Silly!"
* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler: The Elders of the Razzberry Forest.]]
* UnhandThemVillain: Towards the end of ''Sweetpea Beauty'', the mirror grabs Sweetpea and carries her to the top of a tower. When the queen demands he let her go, he obliges.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Louie in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. The first people he comes across after he escapes the factory don't even blink at the fact that they're talking to a living toy, and later on Mr. Nezzer is a lot more concerned about there being intruders in his studio than he is about the fact that one of his own toys came to life.
* UpToEleven: In the alternate Razzberry Forest scene in ''Lord of the Beans'' (available as a DVD easter egg), Randalf and the Elders communicate ''completely in raspberries'', with Leg-o-Lamb translating.
* UriahGambit: In ''King George and the Ducky'' (a retelling of the [[TropeNamers trope-naming]] [[Literature/TheBible bible story]]), King George has Thomas sent to the front lines of the Pie War because he wants his ducky. [[spoiler:However, unlike the original story where this resulted in the character's death, (couldn't have that obviously, since this is a kids show) Thomas [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome singlehandedly wins the entire war]], [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu but goes completely insane in the process]]]].
* ValleyGirl: Only Big Idea would go so far as to turn the Princess of Egypt in their retelling of the story of Moses in the Bulrushes into this - ''hilariously''.
* VengefulVendingMachine: Larry has gotten his candy stuck. In a vending machine.
** This makes up most of the jokes in ''Lunch: A Parable''. First, the dollar the unnamed protagonist puts in keeps getting rejected. Then, when it accepts his money, the button that dispenses the Grav-ee Crisp bar won't do anything. Finally, when the protagonist tips the machine, it falls onto him, forcing him to prop it up. Cue the Grav-ee Crisp bar finally coming out, the guy reaching for it and getting squashed
soon arrested by the vending machine.
* VillainSong:
** Mr. Nezzer's reprise of "The Bunny Song."
** PlayedForLaughs with "Oh No!" from "Daniel
royal guards and thrown into a dungeon. While the Lions' Den" royal ball begins, several of "Where's God When I'm S-Scared?".
** PlayedForDrama with "Haman's Song" from "Esther".
** "The Rumor Weed Song" in ''Larryboy and the Rumor Weed''.
** Bad Apple's "The Temptation Song" from ''Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple''.
* VisualPun: One of the books Archibald pulls out in the "Modern Major General" song from ''The Wonderful World of Auto-tainment!'' has a picture of Larry in a robe and crown. [[spoiler:Larry King!]]
* VocalEvolution
** Scallion #1 (the tall one), Archibald, and the narrator for "Silly Songs with Larry" ''used'' to sound different. Archibald's delivery was more hammy, and Scallion's lacked the faux British accent the others had. This gradually blended
Shrek's friends band together until it's pretty much all to free the same voice. Larry eventually hung a lampshade on this at the end of ''The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo'' by acting surprised that Archibald trio and the narrator were not the same character. [[spoiler:''Archibald'' was surprised, too.]] In fact, now the creators attempt to place Scallion #1 and Archibald in the same scenes at times, just to prove that they're not the same character.
** Just as noticeable
create a gigantic gingerbread man (whose name is Jerry Gourd, who started out sounding like an impression of Jimmy Gourd's voice (enough to mark them as [[ThoseTwoGuys a matched pair of characters]] but with a subtle enough difference to be clearly a different actor -- Phil and Mike use this approach extensively) but now sounds almost exactly like Larry.
** As the series progressed, many characters sounded less like they were on helium.
* WaterHoseRodeo: In ''Larry Boy and the Bad Apple'', one character attempts to hose off a statue that's been covered in cobwebs. It turns out that the fire hose is too strong for him, and he gets flung all over.
* WaxingLyrical: Mr. Lunt's character in "St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving" slips into this several times.
* WaxOnWaxOff: Mikey, in "Sumo of the Opera," teaches sumo to the Italian Scallion by mopping the floor and climbing the down escalator.
* WeSellEverything: The Stuff-Mart.
* WhamLine: In ''Lord of the Beans'', Toto thinks he's figured out why he was sent to the Land of Woe...until Scaryman comes out and reveals the real reason:
-->'''Scaryman''': [[spoiler: The elders sent you here because I told them to]].
* WhatTheHellHero: King George sees someone bathing on a roof and he wanted his duck, despite having tons of his own,
Mongo), which leads to a UriahGambit (it's based on [[Literature/TheBible the original]]). Then he gets called out on it by breaks through the castle's wise man.
* WhiteVoidRoom: This
defenses so Shrek can stop Charming from kissing Fiona. He is where Larry plays too late to stop them; instead of falling in love with Charming, though, Fiona knocks him out with a headbutt. Harold reveals that he never gave Fiona the theme song. Also featured in "The Wonderful World of Auto-Tainment!".
* WholePlotReference: Happens all
love potion, whereupon the time, including quite a few of Fairy Godmother attacks Shrek. In the sub-tropes:
** ItsAWonderfulPlot: ''It's A Meaningful Life''.
** OffToSeeTheWizard: ''The Wizard of Ha's''.
** RaidersOfTheLostParody: The Minnesota Cuke episodes.
** WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore: The USS Applepies setting, but especially ''Veggies in Space: The Fennal Frontier''.
** YetAnotherChristmasCarol: ''An Easter Carol''.
* AWildRapperAppears: Khalil's appearance in the Boyz in the Sink song "Belly Button".
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals: A rare plant example.
* WouldHurtAChild: Mr. Nezzer [[AnimatedActors in some of his more villainous roles]] has tried
ensuing melee, a spell from her wand, presumably to kill Junior [[AnimatedActors (or a character played by him)]] on at least three different occasions. Junior's five.
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: Though their version was about Easter.
* YouthfulFreckles: Both Tom
Shrek, rebounds off Harold's armor, when he commits self-sacrifice to save Shrek, and Rosie Grape have them, as do many disintegrates her; it also returns Harold to his true form, that of the pea characters, no matter Frog Prince. He had used the Happily Ever After potion years ago in order to marry Lillian, but she tells him that she loves him regardless of his appearance.

As the clock strikes midnight, Shrek and Fiona let the potion's effects wear off and they revert to
their age. However, ogre selves, while Donkey reluctently changes back as well. Harold gives his blessing to the French Peas' trickster nature is highlighted through these.
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----
->'''Waldorf''': This show makes me nervous about what we do.\\
'''Statler''': Got anything to be ashamed of?\\
'''Waldorf''': No, I'm just worried
marriage and apologizes for his earlier behavior, and the party resumes as the credits begin. They are interrupted by a brief after-party scene in which the Dragon, who had romanced Donkey in the first film, arrives and reveals that one of the tomatoes we throw might say "Ow!"\\
'''Both''': ''Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!''
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Remember [[{{Troper}} tropers]], God made you [[BeYourself special]], and He loves you very much. [[TheStinger Bye!]]
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they now have several dragon-donkey hybrid, or "Dronkey", babies.
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* TitleSequenceReplacement: Whenever the show got a new montage for the opening, it would retroactively replace the previous montage for every earlier episode's future VHS and DVD prints. In fact, this practice has pervaded the series pretty much since its inception:
** The original ''Where's God When I'm S-Scared?'' print (which had a very limited 500 copy print run and was only sold through a magazine) had no "broccoli, celery, gotta be" interludes, just the backing. The later mass market release sold in Christian bookstores altered this, though kept the same clip show (which only featured clips from this episode proper), up until the 1997 reprints.
** The theme song montage that was included on all of the VHS releases from 1994 to 1997 featured clips only from the first two episodes, and is the theme that most early fans of the show are familiar with.
** Beginning with 1997 reprints and all shows released up until the early [=2000s=], a new montage was created and the opening banter was re-voiced so it no longer contained Larry's dopey EarlyInstallmentWeirdness voice over. For the most part, this was the last time the early episodes had their openings changed; even after new montages came about, the older episodes still retained theirs. Until...
** ...the late [=2000s=], where a completely re-done opening that cut out everything except the first verse was introduced. Once again, every prior episode had its opening replaced with this one.
3rd Nov '17 11:26:21 AM DustSnitch
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* NoFlowInCGI: The whole reason why the series stars vegetables was to deliberately avert this. While other CG cartoons at the time tended to look stiff and choppy, the simple designs of the ''[=VeggieTales=]'' characters left the creators free to put a lot more work into making sure they animated fluidly [[note]]This is the main reason Esther suffered ChuckCunninghamSyndrome; her hair was very expensive and time-consuming to animate and to date her starring role has been her only appearance[[/note]].

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* NoFlowInCGI: The whole reason why the series stars characters were designed as vegetables was because they were basically spheres with a few extra features. Easy to deliberately avert this. animate. At least that's how it began. While other CG cartoons at the time tended to look stiff and choppy, the simple later character designs of are largely the ''[=VeggieTales=]'' characters left same, the creators free to put subtle details have changed quite a lot bit. Larry now looks more work into making sure they animated fluidly [[note]]This is like an actual cucumber, with bumps and color striations. The animation has gotten more sophisticated, but why would the main reason Esther suffered ChuckCunninghamSyndrome; her hair was very expensive animators want to do something more complex when what we have now works so well? Giving Bob and time-consuming Larry hands at this point would make about as much sense as putting a drop-tile ceiling on the Art/SistineChapel.\\\
Clothes or costumes that the Veggies wear, however notably shirts tend
to animate stick rigidly to their bodies, because this simplifies the animator's job tremendously. Occasionally this results in strange-looking object behaviors like the paper bag that Larry wears over his head in the counter-top bookend scenes for "Minnesota Cuke and to date her starring role has been her only appearance[[/note]]. the Search for Noah's Umbrella," which sounds like a paper bag but moves like a rubber artist's eraser.
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** Near the end of the French Peas' cover of "There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea", a picture of Zidgel from ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' briefly flashes by to represent the 'hole'.
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** ''The Penniless Princess'' is the [=VeggieTales=] adaptation of ''ALittlePrincess''. It's a pretty faithful adaptation aside from a lot of simplification.

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** ''The Penniless Princess'' is the [=VeggieTales=] adaptation of ''ALittlePrincess''.''Literature/ALittlePrincess''. It's a pretty faithful adaptation aside from a lot of simplification.



** In ''ALittlePrincess'', the homeless child and the baker that Sara meets were both female, but in ''The Penniless Princess'', these characters are played by Junior and Bob.

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** In ''ALittlePrincess'', ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'', the homeless child and the baker that Sara meets were both female, but in ''The Penniless Princess'', these characters are played by Junior and Bob.
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** Cavis and Millward's "Princess and the Plumber" in ''Star of Christmas''.

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** Cavis and Millward's "Princess and the Plumber" in ''Star of Christmas''.Christmas.


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* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: Big time! Thats the feel of this show.


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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Heavily idealistic.
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* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: In ''The Star of Christmas'', Edmund says this [[spoiler: when the rocket-powered car is launched upwards after Millward uses the eleventh rocket.]]

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* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: In Daniel says this in ''Daniel and the Lions' Den'' while he is ''facing a pit of lions.''
**In
''The Star of Christmas'', Edmund says this [[spoiler: when the rocket-powered car is launched upwards after Millward uses the eleventh rocket.]]
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* ADogNamedDog: The Finnish dub changes the characters' names to this trope.
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