Created By: BackLash on March 4, 2013 Last Edited By: Hero_Gal_2347 on June 10, 2016

Kid's Show Mascot Parody

An annoying pre-school show character, usually the lead and very similar to Barney the Dinosaur

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A character from a pre-school age children's show. The character is so sweet, friendly, simple and cloistering that they a an annoyance to anyone but the target audience. Usually a parody of Barney the Dinosaur.

Some of these examples are who aren't as nice in real life.


Examples:

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    Film 
  • Smoochy from Death to Smoochy. Referenced in the film as the "bastard son of Barney", Smoochy is a purple anthropomorphic rhino in the movie. So despised is Smoochy by the kid's show host (Robin Williams) he replaced that the man is set to ruin Smoochy's career. Unlike most of other examples where the person wearing the costume turn out to be a Jerk Ass, the man who plays Smoochy (Edward Norton) really is as sweet and nice as the character he portrays.
  • Arnie the Dinosaur from Nine Months acts similarly to Barney, when he is in a toy store. But when he pushes a little to hard in selling his toys to Marty (Tom Arnold), he tells Arnie that his kids thinks his show sucks. Arnie then goads Marty and later Samuel (Hugh Grant) into a fight with a bunch of stunned chidren watching.

    Literature 
  • Brenda the Rhinoceros from the book Sweet Valley Kids. The twins featured in that series were stuck in a department store and having to fight off a burglar; part of their Home Alone-style plan was to annoy him into submission with a talking doll of annoying children's show character "Brenda the Rhinoceros," prompting the man to scream, "I hate that stupid pink rhino!"

    Live-Action TV 

    Radio 
  • Blarney the Rinosaur from an episode of Focus on the Family's radio drama, Adventures in Odyssey. The portrayal was not violent or profane, but this sketch made the Barney show seem incredibly dumb as the parodied character sang "I Hug You" in an uncaring and monotone voice.

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    Western Animation 
  • The American Dragon: Jake Long episode "Haley Gone Wild" featured Haley getting into a seemingly harmless preschool show called "Pooka Pooka Fun Fun Farm". However, the Pooka puppet on the show is actually a real Pooka who encourages young children, including Haley, to become delinquents and cause trouble by way of hypnotizing them by singing to them.
  • Baloney the Dinosaur from Animaniacs
  • Arthur:
    • Mary Moo Cow is a preschool show that D.W. enjoys watching, much to Arthur's discomfort about said show being a baby show.
    • Also, one episode centers around Arthur secretly becoming a fan of "The Love Ducks" (which appears to be a parody of The Teletubbies) rather than "Dark Bunny" (an obvious parody of Batman). In the end it turned out that everyone else was addicted to it too.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold "Inside the Outsiders": One of the things that Black Lightning violently over-reacts to in his nightmare is cutesy TV show about Uni the Unicorn. Uni has more than a passing resemblance to Barney.
  • Rainbow Monkeys from Codename: Kids Next Door, who similarly to the Rugrats example below, mostly just dance around singing their saccharine theme song and having fun. However, Numbuh 4 is the only one of the 10-year-old cast to hate them. There may be some Truth in Television to this, however, as it's not too uncommon for kids to have a phase where they'll get into a preschool show.
  • Humphrey the Hippo from The Critic, whose show is in the same timeslot as Jay's and taking some of his ratings. Humphrey turns out to be a woman who is attracted to Jay and peddles cigarettes to children.
  • There was also an episode of Garfield and Friends where a Tyrannosaurus rex, who managed to survive the extinction of the dinosaurs, plots to enslave mankind by painting himself pink and passing himself off as a friendly Barney-like character called "Sidney The Pink Dinosaur".
  • Barnaby from The Mask cartoon is clearly supposed to be a No Celebrities Were Harmed version Barney. The man behind the mask, however is a criminal who has a biker gang for henchmen.
  • In Phineas and Ferb, Candace loves "Ducky Momo", though she's afraid she'll be ridiculed for her love a such a kiddy character. When we finally see the show, we understand why; Ducky Momo would be like if you combined Dora the Explorer and Barney, and made them so stupid they were unable to function.
  • Blarney the singing Sea Serpent from The Powerpuff Girls. He is a plaid Stock Ness Monster who Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup enjoy. He also shouts in the middle of his songs, encouraging kids to scream like fishes.
  • The Dummi Bears from Rugrats, who only ever seem to dancing around singing "the happy happy happy happy happy happy song". Somewhat subverted in that the babies tend to prefer Reptar, whilst Stu loves the Dummi Bears.
  • On The Simpsons an unnamed Barney parody has appeared twice: In "Rosebud", Homer catches the show, which is Barney singing "two plus two is four, two plus two is four, two plus two is four" over and over again; Homer can see the appeal. In "Joy of Sect", all of Springfield has been brainwashed by the Church of Happyology Barney teaches children to love The Leader.


Community Feedback Replies: 49
  • March 4, 2013
    CaveCat
    Ahem, no new Trope Namers please. Try changing it to Annoying Pre School Character or something. Although, I do have an example.

  • March 4, 2013
    SpoonElemental
    This falls under the Small Annoying Creature Trope and unless you can give a good reason it should be a subtrope then we don't need it.
  • March 4, 2013
    BackLash
    This is more of a parody of Barney and other pre-school characters like Elmo, Dora etc. Similar to No Celebrities Were Harmed for fiction pre school characters. Also, not all these characters are small.
  • March 5, 2013
    BackLash
    • Boney, the dinosaur skeleton from Weinerville. Unlike Barney, he hates children, but they still love him.
  • March 5, 2013
    captainpat
    Whenever you add an example for a trope you need to explain how that example fits the trope.
  • March 5, 2013
    SneakySquirrel
    I'm not quite sure if these count, as they seem to be parodies of Care Bears more than Barney The Dinosaur, but they are sickly sweet and simple minded...

    • The Dummi Bears from Rugrats, who only ever seem to dancing around singing "the happy happy happy happy happy happy song". Somewhat subverted in that the babies tend to prefer Reptar, whilst Stu loves the Dummi Bears.
    • Rainbow Monkeys from Codename Kids Next Door, who similarly to the Rugrats example above, mostly just dance around singing their saccharine theme song and having fun. However, Numbuh 4 is the only one of the 10-year-old cast to hate them. There may be some Truth In Television to this, however, as it's not too uncommon for kids to have a phase where they'll get into a preschool show.
  • March 5, 2013
    randomsurfer
    On The Simpsons and unnamed Barney parody has appeared twice: In one episode Homer catches the show, which is Barney singing "two plus two is four, two plus two is four, two plus two is four" over and over again; Homer can see the appeal. In another episode where all of Springfield has been brainwashed by the Church Of Happyology Barney teaches children to love The Leader.
  • March 6, 2013
    MaxWest
    Humphrey the Hippo from The Critic.
  • March 8, 2013
    StarSword
    • The Teletubbies, to the point where a PBS chemistry demonstration that froze a model of Tinky-Winky with liquid nitrogen, then shattered him, was greeted with applause.
  • March 8, 2013
    sgamer82
    Annoying Pre School Character sounds like it's the preschooler himself that's annoying. Maybe Annoying Kids Show Character?
  • March 8, 2013
    MarkKB
    • Garfield And Friends has Binky the Clown, who is depicted as being both incredibly annoying and incredibly loud. "HEEEEY KIIIDS!"
  • April 19, 2013
    Noah1
  • April 19, 2013
    Psi001
    • Rugrats also has Miss Carol, a cheery clown-like female host who Angelica idolizes. After secretly finding out Miss Carol is in fact a cynical Jerkass offstage who refers to her kid audience with vulgarity, Angelica idolizes her even more, leading to the host having a mental breakdown on air when she naively repeats her slur on the show.
    • Family Guy parodies this with "Jolly Farm Revue" a British preschool show Stewie watches addictively until sneaking onto set and finding out the entire world is fake and the cast are in fact corrupt vulgar actors. A US rendition appears on a later episode, which Peter becomes hooked to.
  • April 20, 2013
    CaveCat
    I suppose since my example wasn't added, due to it being a Zero Context Example, I might as well elaborate, as well as adding another example;

    • Mary Moo Cow from Arthur is a preschool show that D.W. enjoys watching, much to Arthur's discomfort about said show being a baby show.
    • The American Dragon Jake Long episode "Haley Gone Wild" featured Haley getting into a seemingly harmless preschool show called "Pooka Pooka Fun Fun Farm". However, the Pooka puppet on the show is actually a real Pooka who encourages young children, including Haley, to become delinquents and cause trouble by way of hypnotizing them by singing to them.
  • April 20, 2013
    CompletelyDifferent
    • In Phineas And Ferb, Candace loves "Ducky Momo", though she's afraid she'll be ridiculed for her love a such a kiddy character. When we finally see the show, we understand why; Ducky Momo would be like if you combined Dora The Explorer and Barney, and made them so stupid they were unable to function.
  • April 20, 2013
    Bisected8
    • Also from Arthur, one episode centers around him secretly becoming a fan of "The Love Ducks" (which appears to be a parody of The Teletubbies) rather than "Dark Bunny" (an obvious parody of Batman). In the end it turned out that everyone else was addicted to it too.
  • June 9, 2013
    maxwellelvis
    Some expansion on the entry for The Critic: Humphrey the Hippo was peddling cigarettes after being sponsored by a tobacco company owned by Jay's own family. Presumably he put a stop to it after having the head of the company arrested.
  • June 10, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    The webgame Pico vs. Bear pits Pico of Newgrounds fame against a Depraved Kids Show Host version of one of these characters.
  • June 10, 2013
    MrRuano
    --Scrap--
  • March 18, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    On one episode of I Carly, the meddling executives that had taken over the show introduced a character called Zeebo, a dinosaur. Sam eventually had enough and started whaling on him.
  • March 24, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Examples?
  • March 24, 2014
    Mr.Movie
    • Moose A. Moose from Nick Jr.

    Western animation, I guess?
  • March 24, 2014
    Paradisesnake
  • March 24, 2014
    TonyG
    This trope covers parodies of kid show characters. Moose is a straight example of one, and thus not this trope.
  • April 4, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Any more?
  • April 4, 2014
    DAN004
    Change the title plz.
  • April 4, 2014
    Snicka
    Seconding Annoying Kids Show Character, for clarity.
  • April 5, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Thirding that. The current title sure is a mess...
  • Were there not five hats already? Who removed one? Also, there are a few examples that look fine to me but have not been added to the draft, why?
  • April 5, 2014
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    • Dinosaurs has two Barney parodies; Blarney and Georgie. Both are loved by young children like Baby, and hated by older children and adults. Georgie in particular is an example of Nice Character Mean Actor, because on camera, he acts like a friendly and playful Man Child who loves to make children happy, but off-camera, he is really a Manipulative Bastard who only uses children's smiles for his own profits to make money and avoid taxes.
  • April 6, 2014
    JoeG
    If you keep the current title, please make sure it's punctuated as "Annoying kid's show character". When I read it I thought it was a sentence, with "kids" the subject and "show" the verb.
  • April 6, 2014
    DAN004
    Does it have to be a Barney parody?
  • April 6, 2014
    xanderiskander
    I think this could still use a better name. The current title sounds like it's about listing examples of kid's show mascots people don't like, which would basically be complaining. The title should make it clear that it's supposed be a parody. That takes priority over the character being "annoying".
  • April 13, 2014
    MercenX
  • May 3, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    That might be better, if this trope is explicitly referring to a character.

    Suggestions? Comments? Hats?
  • May 3, 2014
    DAN004
    I'mstill confused: what's the focus? The show, or the character in it?
  • May 10, 2014
    jormis29
  • May 28, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Bump.
  • July 2, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Bump.
  • July 31, 2014
    DaibhidC
    Comic Books
    • Crocky in Robin #42 is a Barney parody who's a crocodile. Tim finds the character annoying when he has to watch the show for clues, because actor who was fired from the role has taken to committing crimes in costume.
    • The Hugga-Tugga-Thuggees in Young Justice #s 9-10 are a parody of the Teletubbies, who also happen to be a Kali death-cult that brainwashes kids.
  • July 31, 2014
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Advertising
    • A commercial for Juicy Fruit gum that aired in the early 2000's involved an orange whale and a female conductor on the set of a fictional show called "Happyville Junction", which seemed to be a combination of Barney And Friends, Lamb Chops Play Along, and Shining Time Station. After they sing a song about sharing, the whale takes a pack of Juicy Fruit from the conductor's pocket, prompting the conductor to throw a No Holds Barred Beatdown on him.
    • The commercial for the Rugrats PS 1 video game, "Search For Reptar" involved a big, purple turtle named Terrence Turtle dancing and singing a sappy song at a children's birthday party. The children there were very bored, and when the guy in the Terrence costume fell over and lost the costume's head, the children went inside to play Search For Reptar while the guy in the Terrence costume got attacked by a dog.
  • July 31, 2014
    JonnyB
    Music
    • A video from one of Doctor Steel's stage shows has a cute Lamb Chop-style puppet pop up in a puppet booth and start talking about how it's so sweet and loves everybody... after about a minute of this treacle, Steel can't take anymore; he reaches under the stool he's sitting on, pulls out a pistol and shoots the puppet, as the crowd cheers.
      • Steel also had a song, ostensibly for a kid's show, called "Smokey the Kid-loving Trout." The mascot is decidedly not the sort of thing one would want on a kid's show: an image on his old website showed "Smokey" as a 6 foot anthropomorphic fish that walked on its tail fin, dressed like a hobo and smoking a big cigar, walking with a pair of children.
  • April 8, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    Fountain Of Expies trope for Barney or just similar parodies?
  • April 9, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ I dunno at this point.
  • April 9, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ I dunno at this point.
  • June 7, 2016
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Western Animation
  • June 7, 2016
    Gamermaster
    Web Animation
    • Discussed in Strong Bad Email #110, when Strong Bad shows exactly why he would be a terrible kid's show host. He also tries having Homsar do it, only to say that kids who grew up watching it would be held back in school when he sees the result.
  • June 9, 2016
    J3r3myj3hns3n
    What, no connection to Depraved Kids Show Host?
  • June 10, 2016
    Snicka
    The Animaniacs example is currently ZCE. Let me give context:
    • Baloney the Dinosaur from Western Animation/Animaniacs is a direct parody of Barney. He's good-hearted but incredibly dumb, and is one of the few characters whom the Warners actually fear (because he's so stupid that the their pranks don't work on him).
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