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[[caption-width-right:350:[[{{Slogans}} All kids out of the pool!]]]]

->''[[IncrediblyLamePun "All kids out of the pool]] [[MetaphoricallyTrue for Adult Swim!"]]''
-->-- [[http://www.bumpworthy.com/bumps/129 One of Adult Swim's first]] AdBumpers

Adult Swim, stylized as [[AllLowercaseLetters [adult swim] ]] or [as], is a programming block on Creator/CartoonNetwork shown during the {{watershed}} hours (8:00 pm - 6:00 am Eastern/Pacific Time [[note]](If your provider offers both East and West Coast feeds of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim can start as early as 5 pm Pacific and end as late as 9 am Eastern, depending on where you live)[[/note]]). Founded in 2001 by Cartoon Network’s Williams Street division, the same studio that organizes Creator/{{Toonami}} [[note]](In fact, shortly before Adult Swim premiered, Toonami ran a late night block from 1999-2003 called the Midnight Run showcasing uncut versions of Toonami titles, which evidently served as the precursor to Adult Swim.)[[/note]], the block's remit is to air various kinds of adult-oriented animation including {{seinen}} and [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids edgier, usually unedited]] {{Shonen|Demographic}} {{anime}} [[note]]Other channels, such as the now-defunct Creator/TechTV, Creator/G4TV, and Encore Action aired anime of the same types as Adult Swim did but completely unedited and uncut[[/note]] and [[BlackComedy animated comedy]] (both originally produced and Creator/{{FOX}} acquisitions).

Since the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Boston_bomb_scare 2007 Boston Bomb Scare]] and [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom the resulting managerial changes that soon followed]], the block [[NetworkDecay began to incorporate live action comedies]], following the example of the parent network with CN Real, and much to the chagrin of the anime and classic animated comedies. They’ve backed down on this somewhat since the "CN Real era" ended, but you can still see such shows on occasion (mainly on Thursday nights).[[note]](See UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom in the trope list below for details...or Adult Swim's entry on NetworkDecay.UniqueSituations for that matter.)[[/note]] In addition, since the revival of Toonami in 2012, Adult Swim was subsequently re-purposed as the brand for adult animated comedy as Toonami took over the channel's duties of anime and mature action-animation once again.

Because of its adult orientations, in comparison to the rest of Cartoon Network which is kid oriented ({{Periphery Demographic}}s aside), Adult Swim is considered to be a "separate" network from Cartoon Network proper for {{ratings}} purposes[[note]](Similar programming blocks that are given this arrangement include Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}’s Creator/NickAtNite and Creator/NickJr’s Nick Mom. The revived Toonami also fits this case to enable them to broadcast mature oriented anime and action cartoons, however in a unique situation. Since they don’t have enough programming hours to get the "sub-network" status as of now, not to mention that a channel like Cartoon Network undergoing the network equivalent of [[BalkanizeMe Balkanization]] would probably just frustrate advertisers, is bundled with Adult Swim in the Nielsens to do so, giving them the unique situation of being a "programming block within a programming block".)[[/note]], and often shows ContentWarnings throughout the block that the programs presented are not suitable for young children. The name "Adult Swim" comes from the public pool period where the children have to get out because the lifeguards go on break and only the adults can swim, analogous to the network switching to adult-oriented programming. This reference was explicitly invoked in its early years when its AdBumpers and intro segment showed video clips from an adult swim pool.

The block is notable for its idiosyncratic [[AdBumpers commercial bumpers]] ([[http://www.bumpworthy.com bumps]]), [[WidgetSeries its strange and cynical but often hilarious original programming]], [[TrollingCreator its habit of openly teasing]] and/or [[DearNegativeReader bashing those fans who complain about its near-weekly-]] and [[InvisibleAdvertising never advertised]]- schedule changes (especially when AprilFoolsDay is concerned), and being nearly the only place on American basic analog cable TV to run {{anime}} [[AnimationAgeGhetto not aimed at children]]. It also has, shall we say, an eclectic collection of original free-to-play games on its website (''SugarWiki/RobotUnicornAttack'' included).

Sundays are typically rebroadcasts of FOX cartoons (such as ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'') and original programs from Williams Street, Adult Swim's production studio (programs such as ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''). Saturdays usually mix comedic shows with North American dubs of anime, with the anime taking up the majority of the network's airtime on this night (and since May 2012 is now run by Creator/{{Toonami}}). Weekday evenings are reruns of comedies, both original or otherwise.
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!!Adult Swim plays - or has played - the following series:

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[[folder:Western Animation]]
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[[folder: Animated originals that are on-going: ]]

[[index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' (''Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1'' for season 8, ''Aqua Something You Know Whatever'' for season 9, ''Aqua TV Show Show'' for season 10)
* ''WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite''
* ''WesternAnimation/ChinaIL''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/MetalocalypseTheDoomStarRequiem''
* ''WesternAnimation/MikeTysonMysteries''
* ''WesternAnimation/MrPicklesGoodBoy''
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''
[[/index]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Animated originals cancelled or ended: ]]

[[index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBrakShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheDrinkyCrowShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo''
* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies''
* ''WesternAnimation/LucyTheDaughterOfTheDevil''
* ''WesternAnimation/MaryShelleysFrankenhole''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Minoriteam}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/MongoWrestlingAlliance''
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel''
* ''WesternAnimation/PerfectHairForever''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast''
* ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop''
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum''
* ''WesternAnimation/TomGoesToTheMayor''
* ''WesternAnimation/TwelveOunceMouse''
* ''WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel''
[[/index]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Original animated pilots and/or specials: ]]

[[index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CheyenneCinnamonAndTheFabulousUnicornOfSugarTownCandyFudge''
* ''WesternAnimation/FreaknikTheMusical''
* ''WesternAnimation/KorgothOfBarbaria''

[[/index]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Animated imports/syndicated: ]]

[[index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''
* ''WesternAnimation/BabyBlues''
* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers''
* ''WesternAnimation/ChuckNorrisKarateKommandos'' (AprilFoolsDay prank and late-night filler)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Clerks}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' (Rights expired at the end of 2007)
* ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob''
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies''
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
* ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill''
* ''WesternAnimation/MisterT'' (AprilFoolsDay prank and late-night filler)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePJs''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends'' (License potentially expired, as the show has not been aired on Adult Swim in years)
* ''WesternAnimation/SitDownShutUp''
[[/index]]

'''''Note:''' Except for ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', all of these series were canceled and discarded by their original host networks before syndication rights were picked up by Adult Swim (this was also the case for ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', but it has since been {{Uncanceled}} due partially to ratings for the reruns on Adult Swim). Adult Swim's expired rights to ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' were picked up by Creator/ComedyCentral, which led to the show's revival on that network. ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' was renewed as an Adult Swim original series for an additional three and a half seasons following its original cancellation.''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Live action originals: ]]

[[index]]
* ''Series/BlackJesus''
* ''Series/CheckItOutWithDrSteveBrule''
* ''Series/ChildrensHospital''
* ''Series/{{Delocated}}''
* ''Series/{{Eagleheart}}''
* ''Series/TheEricAndreShow''
* ''Series/FatGuyStuckInInternet'' (Ended)
* ''Series/TheHeartSheHoller''
* ''[[Music/{{OFWGKTA}} Loiter Squad]]''
* ''Series/{{Newsreaders}}''
* ''NTSF:SD:SUV::''
* ''Saul Of The Mole Men'' (Ended)
* ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob'' (Ended)
* ''Series/TimAndEricsBedtimeStories''
* ''Series/TooManyCooks'' (short)
* ''Young Persons Guide To History'' (Ended)
* ''Series/YourPrettyFaceIsGoingToHell''
* ''Series/YoureWhole''
[[/index]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Live action imports/syndicated: ]]

[[index]]
* ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace''
* ''Series/LookAroundYou''
* ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' (Yes, it's British; no, it has nothing to do with ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'')
* ''Series/TheOfficeUK''
* ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse''
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell''
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pre-Toonami Anime]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Anime Shown as Part of the [adult swim] Action Block: ]]

[[index]]
* ''Anime/AstroBoy'' (As early morning filler)
* ''Anime/TheBigO'' (Its second season is [adult swim]'s sole "original anime" [[note]]They directly financed season 2's production, meaning they own it in every sense of the word[[/note]])
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' (Headliner of the anime block for years, now part of the Toonami Reboot)
* ''Anime/BloodPlus''
* ''Anime/BlueGender'' (Horribly {{bowdlerise}}d, possibly due to being originally meant for Toonami. Had it been cut for Adult Swim standards, all of the violence and some of the sexual content[[note]]read: the references to sex and some clothed groping scenes. The nudity and scenes of actual intercourse would have still been cut[[/note]] would have been shown, while the language [mostly words like "shit" and any time someone says "Jesus!" or "Jesus Christ!" as an expletive] would have been edited. In other words, it probably would have been like ''Cowboy Bebop'' in terms of being edited, but not in such a way that it's toned down for younger audiences)
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' (expired after one rerun, possibly because Adult Swim [[ScrewedByTheNetwork kept changing the time slot later and later]])
* ''[[Anime/ShinChan Crayon Shin Chan]]'' (The Creator/{{Funimation}} GagDub, directly created by a team of former Adult Swim writers who wanted to bring a comedy anime specifically for Adult Swim.)
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' (Paved the way for the rest as [adult swim]'s first anime series, and remained a perennial fixture on its schedule a decade after the network's debut. After the rights to the show expired, the Toonami staff got them back.)
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' (The original TV series)
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' (50 episodes only)
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' (The last new anime aired on Adult Swim before the Toonami relaunch.)
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' (Originally ran on [adult swim] from 2006 to 2008. Joined the new Toonami lineup on August 18, 2012, making it the first anime to be brought back by [adult swim] after its license had expired.)
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' (Still occasionally aired, [[AdoredByTheNetwork as it has actually been labeled as the Adult Swim crew's favorite anime]].)
* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' (Has not been aired since the premiere of ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Brotherhood]]'', and confirmed as expired by the Creator/{{Toonami}} staff on their Tumblr)
* ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' (Aired on AS for a while before being moved to the Toonami reboot.)
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' (Both seasons of the series; moved to the Toonami reboot.)
* ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}'' (Mostly filler played at 5:30 AM EST)
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' (The second-longest regularly-aired anime series on Adult Swim, behind only ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' - over 5 years after the dub ended, they continued to play reruns well into 2012, albeit as 5:30 AM filler for their Saturday anime block. It was finally pulled from the schedule when the new Toonami premiered on May 26, 2012 but returned to the lineup until the license finally expired in March 2014.)
* ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}''
* ''Series/{{Kikaider}}''
* ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' (AS aired only 26 episodes, and banned the episode "To Be or Nazi Be" due to the Nazi themes).
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' (Aired the edited Creator/{{Toonami}} version)
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' (Aired the edited Creator/{{Toonami}} version in November-December 2002)
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory''
* ''[[Anime/SeireiNoMoribito Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit]]'' (It was placed on hiatus for a good portion of 2009, but eventually returned to the lineup in late summer, and finally finished in the winter of 2009.)
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' (was shown edited to Toonami standards back when Toonami was a daytime line-up. When ''NGE'' aired on AdultSwim, the series -- or rather, the episodes that they aired -- were edited more in tune with what AdultSwim would do).
* ''Manga/OutlawStar'' (Aired the edited Creator/{{Toonami}} version, which means no "Hot Springs Planet Tenrei" episode)
* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent''
* ''Manga/PilotCandidate'' (Originally meant to air on Creator/{{Toonami}}, as the edited version aired on that line-up, much to the disgust of the viewers)
* ''Anime/ReignTheConqueror'' (considered an OldShame to the line-up, though ''Pilot Candidate'' also qualifies).
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''
* ''Anime/SCryed''
* ''Anime/SuperMilkChan''
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' (Aired the edited Creator/{{Toonami}} versions of the original ''Tenchi Muyo'' [=OVAs=]. Only aired the first episode of ''Tenchi Universe'' before Cartoon Network lost the television rights to the ''Tenchi'' franchise.)
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''
* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood''
* ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' (Same as ''Gigantor'')
* ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin''
* ''Manga/WolfsRain''
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' (Aired on Adult Swim before moving to the CartoonNetwork version of Creator/{{Toonami}} a year later)
[[/index]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Anime Films Shown on the [adult swim] Action Block: ]]

[[index]]
* The first two ''Bleach'' films
* All four ''Inu Yasha'' movies
* ''Anime/{{Kakurenbo}}'' (as a Halloween special in 2005)
* ''Anime/{{Metropolis}}''
* ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' (the original OAV)
[[/index]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Anime Shown Only on [adult swim] Australia and New Zealand: ]]

[[index]]
* ''Manga/AirGear''
* ''Manga/BlackCat''
* ''Manga/InitialD'' (the Creator/{{Tokyopop}} dub)
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Toonami]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Currently Owned Shows: ]]

[[index]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''
* ''Anime/TheBigO'' (Second season only)
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' (Holdover from [adult swim] Action)
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' (Holdover from [adult swim] Action, the rights expired in 2013 before being picked up again in July 2014)
* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland''
* ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' (beginning in the fall of 2014)
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' (Holdover from [adult swim] Action)
* ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]]''
* ''Anime/IGPXImmortalGrandPrix''
* ''[[Manga/{{Naruto}} Naruto Shippuden]]''
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' [[note]]Started airing at episode 207.[[/note]]
* ''Anime/SpaceDandy''
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' (Originally aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang)
[[/index]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: License Expired Shows: ]]

[[index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'' (Originally aired on Cartoon Network)
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''
* ''Manga/BlueExorcist''
* ''Anime/CasshernSins''
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' (Originally aired on [adult swim] Action)
* ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' (Holdover from [adult swim] Action)
* ''[[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Hellsing Ultimate]]''
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' (Holdover from [adult swim] Action, the rights expired in 2014)
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' (Only the first 52 episodes)
* ''Anime/SamuraiSeven''
* ''Manga/SoulEater''
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' (Originally aired on Cartoon Network)
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline''
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' (Originally aired on Cartoon Network)
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' (Originally aired on Cartoon Network)

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Movies: ]]

[[index]]
* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion - Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22’’
** ''Kick-Heart'' [[note]]Aired the same night as ''Evangelion 2.22'', airing afterwards as a "special treat". Aired again as Fall Daylight Savings Time filler.[[/note]]
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}''
* ''Anime/SummerWars''
* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa''
* ''[[Manga/{{Trigun}} Trigun: Badlands Rumble]]''
* ''[[Anime/DragonBallZ Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge]]''
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Other]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: [adult swim] Specials ]]

[[index]]
* ''OffTheAir'' (combinations of surreal animated and live action shorts that airs infrequently)
* ''Infomercials'' (ditto)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Flintstones on the Rocks]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rejected}}'' (Scheduled and promoted, but pulled at the last minute due to censorship issues)
* ''Film/TheRoom'' (Run as an April Fools' Day prank in 2009-2011. In 2012, they teased viewers with a ''fourth'' showing of the movie... only to kick off the Toonami revival instead.)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/YogiBear Ranger Smith: Boo Boo Runs Wild]]'' (played on a regular basis for a few months, mostly as a potshot to their viewers)
* ''Series/TheGreatestEventInTelevisionHistory'' (Adam Scott and his friends [[ShotForShotRemake remake]] [[Series/SimonAndSimon 80's]] [[Series/HartToHart detective]] series and [[Series/TooCloseForComfort sitcom]] openings. Series of 4 specials.
[[/index]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Series Shown Only on [adult swim] UK and Ireland: ]]

[[index]]
* ''Anime/AfroSamurai''
* ''WesternAnimation/KidNotorious''
* ''ModernToss''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stripperella}}''
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]
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Adult Swim is also known for unique timing of commercial breaks. Most American networks have 8 minutes of commerical breaks per half-hour block -- one 1 or 2 minute break at the top of the half-hour, two 2 or 3 minute breaks during the show, and a final 1 or 2 minute break at the end of the half-hour. Adult Swim has only 2 breaks per half-hour. Still totaling 8 minutes, but there's one break in the middle of the half-hour, and one at the end. Viewers appreciate this for obvious reasons, and they can sometimes have up to 5 uninterrupted minutes of commercial time to leave the TV and do other things before the next show comes on. God knows what the advertisers think of that, but considering AS's key demographic is the advertising gold-mine of males from age 18-35, they still pony up the dollars. The only downside to the viewer would be a CommercialBreakCliffhanger in non-original programming is less effective because [[ToBeContinuedRightNow the show continues immediately after]] (unless, of course, that happens to be where the break actually hits). Incidentally, this is how all ad breaks work on UK and Japanese channels - quite fortunate given all the UK and Japanese programming. (Actually, given the almost total preponderance of Japanese programming in the very early lineup, this is quite possibly not incidental at all.)

Bizarrely (or not given their track record for severely cutting what content they do air), Creator/CartoonNetwork in the UK never had an Adult Swim slot. Laddish lad channel Bravo did however air it instead but that channel bit the dust in 2010, taking that slot with it. After that though the slot ended up over on [=TCM2=] occupying a much shorter 2 and a half hour slot only on Friday nights/Saturday mornings to go along with small selection of episodes that went on the website each week, although [=DVDs=] of the shows finally started being released in the UK in late 2008. Since then though, it seems the whole [as] thing hasn't caught on and there are no channels airing Adult Swim, the dedicated UK site now redirects to the US site and home entertainment releases of Adult Swim shows have dried up.

In UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} and UsefulNotes/NewZealand, the local branch of Creator/CartoonNetwork once had its own version of Adult Swim, including both comedy and anime, but the entire block was canceled at the end of 2007. The comedy series moved to The Comedy Channel, the Antipodean equivalent to Comedy Central, which still continue to air on a daily basis with consistent ratings, even though the block airs only on Saturdays from 12am-2am AEST and 6:30pm-7:30pm ASET; a few of the anime shows were picked up by the local Sci Fi Channel's Animax block. Many Adult Swim series, both comedy and anime, are available on DVD in the two countries, due to a licensing deal with Creator/MadmanEntertainment.

Latin America used to have Adult Swim via Cartoon Network and later I.Sat due to negative reviews from the parents. It mostly showed only non-anime, Adult Swim-original cartoons (with a great deal of the bumps explicitly stating they would never show anime even though they did later on). Unfortunately, it ran only Friday through Sunday at very late hours, and apparently people didn't get most of the jokes[[note]]It doesn't help practically any non-Mexican-dubbed series broadcasted there had awful dubs.[[/note]], and was eventually discontinued due to low ratings.

In UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}, Adult Swim programming has historically aired on Creator/{{Teletoon}}'s ''At Night''/''Detour'' block. Most Adult Swim originals now air on the AS-branded block on the Canadian franchise of Cartoon Network, owned by Teletoon.
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!!Tropes exhibited by [adult swim] include:
* AdBumpers: Adult Swim is quite famous for these. You can see an entire archive of these bumps [[http://www.bumpworthy.com/ here]].
* AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark: Adult Swim and much of its content is accused of advocating this. Even more so since 2012 when the block's anime and action cartoons, the most notable aversions, are once again under the Creator/{{Toonami}} brand.
* AllLowercaseLetters: Adult Swim's branding of course, stylized as [adult swim].
* AprilFoolsDay: Adult Swim has a running tradition of messing with their programs on April 1st, both the night of and the following day. Examples being mustaches drawn on characters, putting fart noises in the shows, running a marathon of ''WesternAnimation/PerfectHairForever'' as dated VHS with badly done subbing, playing ''Film/TheRoom'' (which is what arguably granted the movie more infamy as it now had a wider audience) or even bringing back past Williams Street blocks such as Creator/{{Toonami}} for the night.
* ArtifactTitle[=/=]TheArtifact:
** Adult Swim is named as such as it came from the analogy of the network switching to adult-oriented programming by showing AdBumpers consisting of a public pool period where the children have to get out and let the adults swim. This analogy hasn't been used since 2003, when these bumpers were replaced with the "white text on black" style bumpers seen ever since, and the "swim" part isn’t really recognized much anymore.
** Contributing to Cartoon Network’s controversial decision of adding live action shows to the channel (and thus making "Cartoon" Network an ArtifactTitle somewhat), Adult Swim has also controversially added a number of live action shows to their lineup. While the live action Adult Swim shows have better critical reception than their regular Cartoon Network counterparts because they aren’t just Creator/DiscoveryChannel [[FollowTheLeader ripoffs]], these works and the decision has unsurprisingly not been well received with a good portion of the fanbase, especially if you ask fans of the anime or the classic animated comedies.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Adult Swim wished for the third season of ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' to be darker than either of the previous two - [[ExecutiveMeddling and instantly regretted it]]. The series was then cancelled.
* BitingTheHandHumor:
** Adult Swim has often made fun of their own strange programming decisions at times. They also have had plenty of things to say about Creator/CartoonNetwork’s [[ExecutiveMeddling executive]] [[NetworkDecay decisions]], to say the least.
** From [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7k-BbwVqxo a segment on]] ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'':
--> ''"Stupid Adult Swim only plays it [''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}''] on Saturdays now."''
** In ''[[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 01]]'' the episode "Jumpy George" has a woman hiring Meatwad to babysit her children. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIZtaYZR29c Her instructions]]:
--> ''"They're allowed to watch half an hour of television, and only cartoons. Which means [[NetworkDecay no Cartoon Network]]."''
* ColonCancer: At least one program uses multiple colons in the name of the show, a fake PoliceProcedural series titled "NTSF:SD:SUV" which stands for "National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle".
* CommercialPopUp:
** During the "world premiere" of the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' [[TheMovie film]], the movie was aired normally for the first 7 minutes, and then displayed without sound in a tiny box in the corner of the screen, and episodes of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' aired while the movie ran (in its entirety) in the corner. During this, humongous pop-up ads for the movie with loud sound effects also appeared from time to time.
** One episode of ''FriskyDingo'' had a message on the screen for 15 seconds at the start that said "This is where the network puts that mammoth bug." Then, "Enjoy the show." BitingTheHandHumor doesn't even begin to cover it.
* ContentWarnings: "Just in case that last disclaimer wasn't enough, this episode contains extreme violence. We would rather run this than cut the violence from the episode because we are American Cowboys." --Adult Swim before really bloody anime episodes; as stated, it follows a more traditional (and bland) content warning advising that Adult Swim is not for viewers under 18...err 14.
* CueTheFlyingPigs: [[[http://www.bumpworthy.com/bumps/3926 Success]]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Adult Swim once aired a "Where Are They Now" style bump, with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWsNaDl0ztg the last one]] featuring [[WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast Brak, Zorak, and Moltar]] planning a revival of ''WesternAnimation/CartoonPlanet''. ''WesternAnimation/CartoonPlanet'' would come back on March 31, 2012.
* NetworkDecay: Listed in NetworkDecay/UniqueSituations. Contributing their part to Creator/CartoonNetwork's decay (other than the Boston Bomb Scare), Adult Swim's lineup has been increasingly moving into both original and rerun live-action shows, along with a phase out of a number of animated shows and an increasing over-reliance on FOX Acquisitions for viewership and filling timeslots. Also mirroring main CN's decision of ending {{Toonami}}, the biggest victims of the decay has been the anime lineup, which has since been relegated exclusively to the Saturday Night-Sunday Morning timeslots. Adult Swim has however, [[BitingTheHandHumor called Cartoon Network's decay out]] and even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] their own strange programming choices at times, so they're at least aware of this. Not to mention due to the same constant schedule switching that has [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed over many of its titles]], what's decaying one week can be on the upswing the next.
* ObviousStuntDouble: ''NTSF:SD:SUV'' makes it very obvious, although it's really the editing that gives it away, not bad continuity. Such as cutting to a sudden, awkward, far angle shot just for Trent to perform an entire spin kick (with his hair covering his face, no less).
* OurProductSucks: Quite a few of the Adult Swim bumpers are self-deprecating, often featuring flames and trolls from the message boards. When the network played ''Series/SavedByTheBell'', the network changed its logo to "[crappy 1980's live action tv show network]", after a message board user suggested it.
* {{Pun}}: [all times and music eastern]
* RecycledInSpace: It's like Creator/NickAtNite [-ON CARTOON NETWORK-]!
* RunningGag:
** There are a series of bumps calling attention to some shortcoming or ridiculous doing of the United States, followed by '''USA''' showing up with a synthesized voice reciting the letters.
** [[OnlyInFlorida Flordia: Where Bad Things Go To Happen.]]
** They also point out an EpicFail with a synthesized "Fail".
* SpiritualSuccessor: Adult Swim itself is a successor of Creator/{{Toonami}}'s "Midnight Run" block, and is in fact run by the same studio that ran Toonami (Williams Street). Some might argue that it is a successor to Toonami in general since Toonami was canceled, but considering that Adult Swim underwent NetworkDecay shortly thereafter, many have said otherwise.
* SubvertedKidsShow: Adult Swim itself is this trope for Creator/CartoonNetwork in general. A number of programs also qualify such as, ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'', ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', and ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute''.
* SurrealHumor: Most Adult Swim original programs exhibit this in varying degrees, from "wacky" to "WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs".
* TakeThat[=/=]TakeThatAudience[=/=]TrollingCreator: Adult Swim just loves to do this at times with their AdBumpers. On occasions, [[http://www.bumpworthy.com/bumps/3862 Adult Swim tends to]] [[LampshadeHanging lampshade this]].
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: ''"Attention Toonami Faithful: We heard you. On 05.26.12 #[[{{Twitter}} ToonamisBackBitches]]"''
* TimeshiftChannel: With the exception of Saturdays, the "DVR Theater" and the occasional nights of programming decided by contest winners, Adult Swim's second half is usually a repeat of its first half. A thing to note is that considering that Creator/CartoonNetwork has separate East and West Coast feeds, it's sometimes possible to watch something four times in a night if one so wishes to, if one has [=DirecTV=], AT&T U-Verse or Dish Network.
* TranslationTrainWreck: The 2007 Adult Swim April Fool's Day gag involved 'bootleg' versions of several Adult Swim shows.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: One fan suggested that they pit [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Brock Sampson]] vs. WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite and see who wins. Adult Swim ran with it, telling fans to vote on Twitter, and the results would be posted the following week. There was no decisive winner. The final tally was 50/50, and a massive flame-war erupted from both fandoms. Adult Swim followed up with the next matchup: Stewie Griffin vs. Early Cuyler. They also said that what they really want to see is the Brock Sampson and Black Dynamite fandoms to fight each other.
-->"Because some y'all crazy bitches!"
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: In 2007, Adult Swim launched a guerrilla marketing campaign for the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' [[TheMovie movie]] featuring battery-powered LED placards resembling the Mooninite characters being placed in numerous places around the US. However in Boston, police officials mistakenly thought that the [=LEDs=] were bombs, and treated the whole event as such. This event would turn out to known as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Boston_bomb_scare Boston Bomb Scare]], which lead to legal implications being placed on Turner Broadcasting and their contractors, the internet to make mock [[MemeticMutation "Never Forget" memes]], and forced then-current Creator/CartoonNetwork head Jim Samples to step down. It wouldn’t be long after until fans began to realize that Adult Swim, scratch that, Creator/CartoonNetwork in general would not be the same since the incident. Not because of any legal incidents, but because Samples' replacement, Stuart Snyder, has since become the instigator of the channel’s infamous NetworkDecay with the increase of live-action sitcoms and reality shows on the channel.
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