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[[caption-width-right:300:Let the music play, down in Fraggle Rock!]]

->''"The magic is always there, as long as we keep looking for it... "''
-->--'''Uncle Travelling Matt'''

The story goes that Creator/JimHenson was taking a long and boring trip and mused aloud, "I'd like to make a TV show that brings about world peace."

The result of this idea was ''Fraggle Rock'', produced for the Creator/{{CBC}} in Canada, and aired on Creator/{{HBO}} in the U.S. in 1983-87. The series depicted a colorful and fun world, but it was also a world with a relatively complex ecosystem. The [[FiveRaces different races of creatures]] were each connected through symbiosis, even though they never realized it. This was meant as an allegory of the human world, where each group was somewhat unaware of how interconnected and important they were to one another. Creating this allegorical world allowed the program to entertain and amuse while seriously exploring complex issues of prejudice, spirituality, personal identity, ecology, and social conflict.

The series' triumph, by far, was being able to express all of this onscreen ''without'' being {{Anvilicious}} or insulting the intelligence of its young audience. By the second season, there wasn't an issue they wouldn't tackle. The writers refused to over-simplify any individual issue, and instead simply illustrated the consequences and inherent difficulties of different actions and relationships. Though the Fraggles do learn important lessons, they are rarely self-conscious about it.

And furthermore, the series is fun as hell. With wall-to-wall music and engaging characters in a fantastic, well-realized setting, you barely notice that you're learning any life lessons at all. It also contains some of the most astonishing and ingenious special effects ever devised for a [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]] series. Many have argued that the series is even better when you go back and watch it as an adult with your own children.

The ideals of friendship, being true to yourself and learning to love those who are incredibly different were the cornerstones of Jim Henson's work throughout his career, and he considered ''Fraggle Rock'' to be one of the purest and most successful expressions of that vision. In turn, many Henson fans have agreed that ''Fraggle Rock'' may be his [[MagnumOpus masterpiece]].

A far less successful AnimatedAdaptation for Creator/{{NBC}} followed in 1987-88, which was animated by the same crew who worked on ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies''. It was released on DVD in January 2010.

A comic book continuation by Creator/ArchaiaEntertainment began in 2010 and is still running.

A spinoff series based on the Doozers [[http://dhxmedia.com/shows/preschool/doozers.html was made.]]

Not to be confused with [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy where the pilgrims landed]].

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!!Tropes found down in ''Fraggle Rock'' include the following:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Marlon sometimes gets a little ''too'' chummy with Gobo, in such a way that it seems he has a really nasty ulterior motive (see Ambition Is Evil, below.)
* AbsenteeActor: Gobo is missing from such episodes as "The Great Radish Famine" and "Believe it or Not", Mokey is absent from "All Work and All Play", "Believe It or Not", "The Challenge", and "The Trash Heap Doesn't Live Here Anymore", Wembley is absent from "Junior Sells the Farm", "The Battle of the Leaking Roof", and "Red's Blue Dragon", Red is absent from "The Trash Heap Doesn't Live Here Anymore" and "The Battle of the Leaking Roof" and Boober is absent from "Capture the Moon", "All Work and All Play", "Junior Sells the Farm", "Doozer is as Doozer Does", and "The Cavern of Lost Dreams".
** In fact, it has been confirmed on the official Muppet wiki that the only character to appear in ''every episode'' is Doc (or his localized equivalent).
** In "Fraggle Wars", ''none'' of Jerry Nelson's characters appeared. The episode explained Gobo's absence by saying he was in the Golden Grotto for the day.
* AbsurdPhobia: According to the episode "Marooned", Boober is afraid of words with the letter "R" in them.
* AdventurerOutfit: Uncle 'Traveling' Matt's getup.
* AnAesop: Each different variety of Aesop got to have at least one episode.
* AllThereInTheManual: Where do baby fraggles come from? According to the [[TelevisionTieInNovel book]] "The Legend of the Doozer Who Didn't," doozers who stop working turn into these!
** Though it turns out that's just a story Doozer parents frighten their children with, as revealed in "All Work and All Play." Cotterpin Doozer ''wants'' to become a Fraggle, but eventually has to face up to the fact that the old story isn't true and that she has to remain a Doozer.
** According to one of the "series Bibles" included with one of the season [=DVD=] sets, Fraggles are apparently egg-layers. This along with their [[http://babbletrish.deviantart.com/art/quot-Fraggle-Rock-quot-fanart-152058332 feathers, beaks, and long tails]], has led to some interesting theories.
** This may be inconclusive or just inconsistent; Storyteller Fraggle mentions a fraggle hatching in "The Terrible Tunnel", but none of the Fraggles knew what an egg was in "Wembley's Egg" - yet Uncle Matt spoke of a chicken egg in "Capture The Moon".
*** Of course, the Fraggles may not have recognized the egg in "Wembley's Egg" as such, as they never encountered an egg that size before.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Marjorie, the Trash Heap. According to her performer Jerry Nelson, the network got a few angry letters from people whose kids asked why a pile of garbage talked like their grandmothers.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Bug-eyed Marlon Fraggle has "frustrated megalomaniac" written all over him.
* AnimatedAdaptation: Ran for a single season immediately after the Muppet-centric series ended.
* AntiVillain: The Gorgs are Type IV. While the Fraggles see them as cruel ogres, they just see the Fraggles as pests - and they actually have a valid reason to see them that way, seeing as the Fraggles steal vegetables from their garden. (The Fraggles don't consider this stealing; of course, they have a skewed view of many other beings, including humans.)
* AuthorAvatar: Cantus, who is a great character to be sure, but Creator/JimHenson wasn't even subtle about it.
** Overlaps with InkSuitActor, as Cantus was designed to [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_KW3S0od5s5U/StU8fB-TZPI/AAAAAAAABFI/wOdWGGLbo-8/s1600-h/Jim+and+Cantus.jpg vaguely resemble Henson.]] In one of the DVD extras, some of Jim's friends even mentioning naming a special place "Cantus Cove" in his memory.
* AuthorityInNameOnly: Ma and Pa Gorg claim they are the King and Queen of the Universe. (Junior never says anything like this, although his parents do claim he's their heir.) In reality, they seem to be nothing more than a family of simple farmers with a rustic house and garden patch; they just happen to wear crowns.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler: Junior]] in one of the last episodes. Promptly subverted when [[spoiler: he realizes the Universe is fine on its own and [[CrowningMomentofAwesome abolishes the Gorg monarchy forever]].]]
* {{Balloonacy}}: Used to return a bird whose egg has fallen into the Fraggle Pond back to the Gorgs' Garden.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal[=/=]DoesNotWearShoes: All of the Fraggles go barefoot, with [[TheOneWhoWearsShoes the exception]] of Uncle Traveling Matt (at least while he's exploring the human--er, ''[[InsistentTerminology silly creature]]'' world). Which leads to the FridgeLogic: where do the socks Boober Fraggle washes come from?
* BelligerentSexualTension: Red and Gobo -- even the Trash Heap's attendants noticed.
* BeneathTheEarth
* BerserkButton: Sprocket's reaction to having to travel as baggage in "Change of Address". Even though he speaks dog, he clearly says in English:
-->'''Sprocket:''' Baggage?! '''''BAGGAGE?!?!?!'''''
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mokey Fraggle, especially in episodes like "A Cave of One's Own" and "Red-Handed and the Invisible Thief".
* BigEater: Large Marvin Fraggle.
* BigFriendlyDog: Sprocket.
* BlindingBangs: Boober.
* BoldExplorer: Travelling Matt, the first Fraggle to explore Outer Space (i.e., [[UpTheRealRabbitHole our world]]).
* BookEnds: Always involve the local equivalent of the Doc's Workshop subplots.
* CanonDiscontinuity: The AnimatedAdaptation basically pretended the earlier series never happened. Naturally, most fans [[FanonDiscontinuity pretend the animated series never happened.]] As [[http://www.toughpigs.com/fraggle-toon-1/ this Tough Pigs review shows]], it isn't ''terrible'', but it isn't nearly as good as the classic series (in short, a similar case to ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' vs. ''Series/TheMuppetShow'').
** The fact all of the songs were blatantly recycled from the original show didn't help.
* CanonImmigrant: Is there anything more glorious than [[Series/TheMuppetShow Kermit and Robin]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3cW35VcLN4 visiting Fraggle Rock]]?
* TheCatCameBack: Young Nephew Matt is this (minus the teleportation) to his long-suffering Uncle Gobo.
* {{Catchphrase}}. Many.
-->'''Junior Gorg:''' OOOH! A FWAGGLE!
-->'''Rats:''' You are in the presence of the all-knowing, all-seeing Trash Heap! Nyeaah!
* CatsAreMean: The first thing Fluffinella does upon seeing Sprocket is attack him. This being ''Fraggle Rock'', it later turns out that she's a lot nicer than she seems at first.
* CharacterDevelopment: The Fraggles, Doozers and Junior Gorg. The Doozers were all but invisible to the Fraggles until Cotterpin made friends with Red, and even more shocking was that by the final few episodes, Junior had stopped trying to capture (and kill?) Fraggles and was on a first name basis with Gobo.
** On a more personal level, all the Fraggle Five went through some CharacterDevelopment over the series. It's most notable with Wembley, who at the beginning of the series has no opinions of his own and just agrees with whoever spoke last, but over the course of the show learns to think a little more for himself and even stand up for himself when a situation requires it - to the point where Junior Gorg actually mistakes him for the leader of the Fraggles in the penultimate episode - but without losing his flexibility and gist for seeing everyone's point of view.
* ChristmasEpisode: Fraggles of course don't celebrate Christmas; instead, they enjoy The Festival of the Bells.
** This didn't stop them from enjoying ''Film/AMuppetFamilyChristmas'' with the ''[[Series/TheMuppetShow Muppet Show]]'' and ''Series/SesameStreet'' characters. They still didn't know what Christmas was (even after a brief explanation by Kermit and Robin), but they did like the songs.
* ChromaKey: Possibly the producers' one favorite special effect in the entire series. When there is a ConspicuouslyLightPatch around someone, generally that means something's up.
** "Walking through the cave" scenes were composed using a variant of the MatteShot called the.... [[IncrediblyLamePun traveling matte]].
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Personified by [[EmpathicShapeshifter Skenfrith]], ties into the secret of The Festival of the Bells, and there's more and more.
** [[spoiler:Doc and Sprocket's belief in the Fraggles (Gobo in particular) creates the new tunnel and hole in the wall at the very end of the final episode.]]
* {{Cloud Cuckoo Lander}}s: Most of the Fraggles and Junior Gorg.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Doc manages this frequently. In one episode, he's trying to figure out how he and Sprocket can communicate:
-->'''Doc:''' And now the "I want to be friends" gesture. ''(rolls on his back like a dog, limbs in the air)''
-->'''Sprocket:''' ''(gives him a look)''
-->'''Doc:''' I resent the implication that I've gone mad.
** Most of the Fraggles manage it on a regular basis as well. The show's absolute king of the trope is Traveling Matt, who manages to misunderstand almost ''everything,'' and in extremely creative ways at that.
** Traveling Matt is the undisputed ''master'' of this trope; his performer Dave Goelz even described his frequent misconceptions as the first of his three defining character flaws. [[note]]The second one being his clumsiness, and the third one being his utter denial of the first two flaws.[[/note]] For instance, Traveling Matt is perplexed why it's called "fast food" when it doesn't really go anywhere.
* ContinuityNod: Tons. In part this was budgetary -- custom Fraggle models reappeared frequently in crowd scenes after their debut, for example -- but many were entirely script-based, such as Travelling Matt recognizing the hopping creatures.
* CoolOldGuy: Apparently, the Fraggle aging process only causes an elderly Fraggle to sprout a beard Dumbledore would envy. The World's Oldest Fraggle is even louder and more energetic than the main cast, and wavers somewhere between CrazyAwesome and just plain terrifying by virtue of leading the happy, friendly, peace-loving Fraggles to ''war''.
** Amongst the Doozers, the Architect also was pretty rev.
** Doc himself seems to be a fun person to be around, like someone's lovable eccentric grandpa.
* CowardlyLion: [[NervousWreck Boober]] and [[ExtremeDoormat Wembley]] both have their moments.
* CosmicHorrorStory: The nightmarish [[InvisibleMonsters Invisible Garboyl]] episode.
** The Terrible Tunnel, and the story song about it.
* {{Crossover}}: All six major Fraggles, plus Doc and Sprocket, appeared in ''Film/AMuppetFamilyChristmas''.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Put dithering, self-proclaimed wimp Wembley under stress and you get a Fraggle who furiously pummels the "Hairy Monster from Outer Space" (read: Sprocket, but consider how a BigFriendlyDog [[FridgeBrilliance looks to a smaller creature]]) or beats TheAce Gobo in a full-out race.
* CrazyPrepared: Convincing John. This is especially noticeable in his second episode, where he, called upon to do some spontaneous convincing, just ''happens'' to have rare Fraggle delicacies, two shirts identical to Wembley's, and even a trio of background singers waiting in his cave. it's [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded by Gobo and Red]]:
-->'''Gobo:''' Where's this guy ''get'' all this stuff?!\\
'''Red:''' I heard he was prepared for anything, but this is ridiculous!
* CrypticConversation: Cantus is quite fond of these. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] on multiple occasions by Red Fraggle, and [[OnlySaneMan Murray the Minstrel]].
* CulturalTranslation: Different actors played Doc's role for different countries. For example, the French version of the show took place in a bakery, and in the UK Sprocket's owner was a lighthouse keeper called The Captain.
* ADayInTheLimelight: The episode "The Trial of Cotterpin Doozer" sends the entire main cast away, leaving recurring characters Cotterpin Doozer, Large Marvin Fraggle and Feeny Fraggle to carry an episode by themselves. "The Battle of the Leaking Roof" also focuses primarily on the Gorgs, leaving only Mokey and Boober with a tiny subplot.
* DeadGuyJunior: Gobo, possibly. He was named after his great-uncle, whom Traveling Matt adored. Given Mattís own advancing age and the fact that the original Gobo is only seen in flashback, itís probably safe to assume that he is deceased.
* DeadpanSnarker: Boober. Though he claims to have no sense of humor, he gets easily the funniest lines in the show.
** Red likes to snark as well, her favorite target being Traveling Matt.
** And Cotterpin Doozer, being both a young Doozer and being very tiny, is a straight-up LittleMissSnarker.
* DisneyAcidSequence: ''Dreaming of Someone'', ''Talking About Germs'', ''Do You Want It'', ''Chase the Wind'', ''I'm Never Alone''
* DittoAliens: Cotterpin: "You Fraggles all look alike to me." Boober: "No we don't!"
* DotingParent: Ma Gorg, whatever her faults, genuinely loves her son and fawns over him often.
* DramaticWind: When there's wind blowing stuff around, something's up.
* EdutainmentShow
* TheEeyore: Boober
* EggMcGuffin: Done very well in the episode "Wembley's Egg".
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Junior Gorg.
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* EasyAmnesia: Boober gets this in the episode "Boober Gorg".
* [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies Everything's Better With Zombies]]: Doc is excited about one of the games for his new computer in season one episode ''The Challenge''.
-->'''Doc:''' ''Zombie Attack''! "Chase the alien enemy zombies from outer space, [[MundaneMadeAwesome hurling flaming marshmallows!]]" Oh, yes, Sprocket! It sounds like a challenge!
* ExtremeDoormat: Wembley tends to let the others walk over him.
* TheFaceless: Ned Shimmelfinney.
** And in the short-lived animated series version of the show, Doc.
* FaceOfTheBand: In-universe. Cantus is the only Minstrel the Fraggles know by name. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], however, in that the other four Minstrelsí names are AllThereInTheManual.
* FantasticRacism
* FieryRedhead: Red. Boober is a subversion.
* FishOutOfWater: Traveling Matt in "Outer Space." Not that he lets it worry him any.
* FiveManBand: There are actually two of these. The obvious example are the main Fraggle characters; but the Minstrels also qualify.
** The Fraggles tend to trade roles back and forth; but mostly fall into the following:
*** TheHero: Gobo.
*** TheLancer: Wembley.
*** TheBigGuy: Red, due to her more tomboyish nature. (Occasionally TheLancer.)
*** TheSmartGuy: Boober. (Was also often TheChick.)
*** TheChick: Mokey. (Often TheSmartGuy as well.)
** The Minstrels don't have as much screen time, but their roles are a bit more clear-cut. TricksterMentor Cantus is clearly TheHero of the group; with OnlySaneMan Murray as TheLancer. What roles the others play seem to be along the lines of Brool as TheBigGuy (mainly due to his size and his hinted past as a warrior), Brio as TheSmartGuy, and not-too-bright Balsam as TheChick.
* FiveRaces: Humans, Fraggles, Gorgs, Doozers, and miscellaneous (too many others to count).
* FlatEarthAtheist: The source of some of Gobo's angst, most notably during the Festival of the Bells.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble (or rather, the five-temperament expansion):
--> Gobo - Sanguine / Phlegmatic Type II
--> Red - Choleric
--> Boober - Melancholic
--> Mokey - Phlegmatic
--> Wembley - Supine (minus the quietness)
* TheFunInFuneral: Invoked with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-itXFytfWo this song.]]
* GRatedDrug: Wembley's Wonderful Whoopie Water, Love Potion Number Nine.
** The act of "flooping" from the episode "Doozer is as Doozer Does" is depicted as one.
* GangOfCritters
* GeniusLoci: Not only the Trash Heap, there are several episodes that heavily imply that the Rock itself is "alive".
* GentleGiant: Junior Gorg, though he does seem like a bully at first glance, especially Season 1.
** Brool the Minstrel also qualifies. Especially evident when we [[VocalDissonance hear him speak and sing]] in "Mokey and the Minstrels".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Has anyone noticed that the episode "We Love You, Wembley" contains homoeroticism? Both male and female Fraggles are affected by Wembley's Love Potion Number 9.
** [[https://youtu.be/j0PtCdqFL7o "Let Me Be Your Song"]] could easily be misconstrued as [[IntercourseWithYou a sexual plea]]. Listen very closely to the lyrics.
** In the very first episode, Sprocket gets mail. It's his subscription to ''Puppy Dog Tails'' magazine.
** In one episode, Ma and Pa Gorg go to wade in the brook... alone. When Junior wants to come along, Pa stutters out an excuse for why he can't. The implications are subtle enough for children to miss, but watching it again as an adult...
* GranolaGirl: Mokey. If she were human, you could easily picture her listening to sitar music and polishing crystals.
* GrandFinale: It took the last seven episodes or so to wrap up all the major plots.
* GreenEyedMonster: Red is obviously jealous of Uncle Matt and Gobo with their tales of Outer Space, but whenever the topic is brought up, she goes into full SarcasmMode. Late in the series, she openly expresses her admiration of them and interest in Outer Space.
* GrowingUpSucks: Cotterpin Doozer goes through this in the episode "All Work and All Play".
* GrumpyBear: Boober, at first. Turns out he just has a bad, bad case of [=OCD=].
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: The Fraggles and Doozers...
** FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: ... except for Traveling Matt.
* HenpeckedHusband: Pa Gorg is this at times.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Doc and Ned Shimmelfinney. Particularly evident in the last episodes.
* HollywoodDarkness: Those caves are awfully brightly lit for an underground world. Turns out the light is supplied by tiny bioluminescent creatures called Ditsies that feed on music.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Poor Wembley. Heís wound up at the mercy of the Gorgs, [[ManipulativeBastard Convincing John]], a [[JackassGenie mean genie]], the shady Wizard of Fraggle Rock...
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Highly Averted, though Uncle Matt immediately identifies us as "The Silly Creatures". (This isn't really an insult, though, as Fraggles ''like'' silliness.) [[spoiler:Later on, Doc agrees that it's a good name for humans.]]
** Matt tends to hear words incorrectly. He misinterpreted "''city'' creatures."
** In fact, some of the silly creatures are very friendly towards Uncle Matt, especially the little girl from "Let The Water Run" who shares her umbrella with Matt while it is raining, and a bunch of street punks who dress him up in punk clothes, in which Uncle Matt refers to them as the closest things a silly creature can be compared to a Fraggle!
* [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Great Nephew]]: In the flashbacks to Traveling Matt's childhood, we see that Gobo inherited his great-uncle and namesake's color scheme (orange with fuchsia hair).
* IdentityAmnesia In "Boober Gorg," Boober gets a thump on the head and ends up thinking he's Junior Gorg. Ma and Pa Gorg think so too.
* IGaveMyWord: When Mokey meets Begooney, she promises to come if he calls her. Trouble is, he ''keeps'' calling her and pulling her away from her other friends and commitments... but she goes because she can't bear to break promises.
* IJustWantToBeYou: The episode "I Want to Be You" is all about this. Red gets jealous of Mokey for being (so she thinks) more popular than her with everyone ("''especially'' Gobo"), and spends the episode trying to imitate Mokey's hairstyle, voice, touchy-feely new age poetry, etc.
* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: The Grapes of Generosity, so delicious that anyone who finds them will not want to part with them.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Convincing John [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJucHqvbqUA uses this]] a lot.
* InvisibleToNormals: The final episodes have a ''very'' strange variation on this one. [[spoiler:Seems Gobo never had to go through all the stress of hiding from Doc all those years...]]
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Poor Skenfrith.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The Captain, Doc's equivalent in the UK co-production. The Captain was a bit crustier than Doc and tended to be a bit more harsh toward Sprocket, but the two still had a very close relationship.
* JerkAss: Pa Gorg and, to an extent, Ma Gorg.
* TheKlutz: Traveling Matt. According to Muppeteer Dave Goelz, Matt became this in order to make his segments more interesting to film.
* LighthousePoint: Where the UK version took place.
* {{Lilliputians}}: The Fraggles themselves ''almost'' qualify compared to humans (being a little smaller than Sprocket) but Doozers are small enough to fit the Trope from ''their'' point of view.
* LethalChef: Ma Gorg, it seems. In one episode, she makes Junior a peach-and-garlic pie (which is [[BizarreTasteInFood just the way he likes it]], apparently]]) but when he tries to eat it, it's like rubber, ''literally''. Fortunately, the pie isn't wasted; later, when the Fraggles have to sneak into the Gorg's house, they're able to do so by using it like a trampoline.
* LostForever: The British localization of ''Fraggle Rock'' suffered this fate, when the master tapes were junked. Of the 96 episodes made, [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Fraggle_Rock_%28UK%29 only 12 are known to survive]]. This is why there's never been a DVD release.
* LovableCoward: Boober Fraggle.
* LoveIsInTheAir: ''"Wembley, Wembley, Number Nine..."''
* TheMagicGoesAway[=/=]TheMagicComesBack: The finale. When it looks like Doc is moving, Gobo races to tell him that he cannot leave the magic -- and gets there too late, finding only a cold, dark, empty, utterly ''mundane'' room stripped of all the life and joy Doc and Sprocket had infused it with throughout the entire series. [[spoiler: Luckily, the message wasn't an order. It's a '''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome statement of fact]]'''.]]
** RealitySubtext: The show's message to fans was that the Fraggles would always be there if the fans wanted them to be there, even after the series ended.
--->'''Doc:''' If little furry creatures could live behind the walls... why... that's magical. And then, anything is possible. Think of it. Maybe you're magic. Maybe I'm magic. Maybe Ned and Fluffinella are magic. Maybe the whole world... and then, Sprocket... if we '''''wanted''''' there to be a Fraggle hole behind that cardboard box... well... who knows?
* MagicMusic: Plays a role in a good number of episodes, and almost guaranteed to be employed whenever Cantus shows up.
* ManChild: Doc certainly didn't have the most mature outlook on life, but he never lost his childlike sense of wonder either.
* ManipulativeBastard: Sort of. "Convincing John can convince ''anyone'' to do ''anything''." So he's got the manipulative part down. He isn't shown to be ''evil'', per se, although he ''does'' convince them to do really silly things for no apparent reason, such as convincing Red that wearing a blindfold all the time is the ''only'' way to live. The first episode featuring him establishes that he was exiled from the Rock prior to the start of the series, but the Fraggles, being Fraggles, occasionally invite him to come back anyway when there's something they ''want'' him to convince them to do, like [[ItMakesSenseInContext wearing clown noses]].
* MeaningfulName: ''Cantus'' is the Latin word for "song".
** [[EvilTwin Sidebottom]] is the fun ''side'' of Boober that he keeps on the ''bottom''. Like Convincing John, Sidebottom isn't evil, just completely irresponsible and self-centered.
* {{Meganekko}}: Storyteller Fraggle.
* MistakenForProfound: Marjorie the Trash Heap.
* MouseWorld: And multilayered to boot.
* TheMovie: Announced in 2005 and as of this writing has been in [[DevelopmentHell development limbo]] for a very long time. Given the development time, some of the rumors, the actual revealed plot elements, and [[http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/06/15/weinsteins-searching-for-new-fraggle-rock-screenwriter-want-more-edgy-take/ some early buzz]] that [[CompletelyMissingThePoint the studio heads were gunning for a]] DarkerAndEdgier script (seriously), some fans have understandably been very apprehensive. However that iteration of the film didn't last too long, and Weinstein gave the project the axe. In 2012, the project was transplanted to New Regency and the writers of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' were hired to write the script. That it took almost ''three years'' for the next relevant information to come involving the Fraggle movie - that Creator/JosephGordonLevitt would produce and star in it - is really saying something.
* MusicalEpisode: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. Non-musical episodes were SomethingCompletelyDifferent.
* MultinationalShows: While the Fraggle scenes were the same all over the world, various countries had their localised version of Doc (see CulturalTranslation above).
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Boober's attitude towards laundry.
* {{Muppet}}s
* MushroomSamba: "It tastes like a ''party!!!''"
* {{Neologism}}: "Wemble", a verb meaning "to be pathologically indecisive". A "wembler" is a person who wembles, and "wembley" is an adjective describing a person who wembles (and it's also an acceptable name to give a child in Fraggle Rock -- though according to Wembley, the people who named him apparently thought it meant "makes his mind up easily.")
** When Wembley stops being indecisive, he demands he be called "Wilfred", which some have speculated might be his real name.
** "Rev" is Doozer for "cool".
* NervousWreck: ''Everything'' scares Boober, especially germs. [[note]]Despite not knowing what germs are[[/note]]
* NeverSayDie: Averted like '''crazy,''' especially in Boober's dialogue; he talks about death a ''lot.''
* NiceHat: Gobo has an extensive collection of these, and he wears them in many episodes.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Trash Heap assumes that removing all the radishes will cause the Fraggles, Gorgs and Doozers to unite in the face of the crisis. She's horribly wrong.
* NoNameGiven: Doc (and his equivalents). In the episode where they finally meet, Doc [[TheReveal reveals]] to Gobo that his name is [[spoiler:Jerome Crystal. Yes, [[PunnyName that's right]], [[Film/TheDarkCrystal Doc Crystal]].]]
* NoPeripheralVision: In "Uncle Matt Comes Home", when Uncle Matt knocks on the door, Doc answers but doesn't see Uncle Matt, who is lower than Doc would have been looking but he should. Justified by the second-to-last episode when it's revealed [[spoiler:that Doc was unable to see or hear Fraggles, though in this episode Doc was able to hear Gobo shout "yippee" from behind the wall.]]
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Sprocket repeatedly tries (and fails) to prove the Fraggles' existence to Doc.
* TheObiWan: Cantus again. "We see with our eyes. We ''know'' with our hearts."
* ObliviousToLove: Uncle Travelling Matt has been the object of Storyteller Fraggle's affections since they were very young, but he's never noticed even when she invited him to visit ''the Kissing Cavern'' with her.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Almost literally (it's half an hour).
* TheOner: Simulated in the opening and closing titles, and in the "walking through the tunnels" scenes.
* OnlySaneMan: Boober often plays this role for the Fraggles. Murray is clearly this for the Minstrels. Sprocket is occasionally this for Doc.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In "Marooned", Boober becomes more composed and less panicked in the face of death, while Red becomes paranoid and freaked out like Boober normally is.
* OpinionFlipflop: One of Wembley's defining traits at first; his name even means "to wemble," which is a Fragglish verb that means "to waver."
* TheOutsideWorld: The show has two examples. Outer Space is what Fraggles call the human world, and was considered a myth until Travelling Matt discovered a portal in Doc's wall and left to explore it. On the other side of the rock is the Gorg's world, into which some Fraggles venture to gather radishes and consult Madame Trash Heap. Unlike Outer Space, it is considerably more dangerous, as the Gorgs consider the Fraggles pests and are actively trying to capture them.
* PacManFever: When Doc and Sprocket start playing Zombie Attack in one episode. The game even plays the PacMan death sound when you lose.
** Actually, it sounds like he's actually playing Galaxian during the game itself.
* ParentalBonus: Lots of 'em!
* PerpetualFrowner: Ma Gorg in the first few episodes, before she was redesigned.
* PinkySwear: Fraggles have an vow called "The Solemn Fraggle Oath" that affirms an unbreakable promise (and they really do keep to it, one of the few things they take ''very'' seriously). Being Fraggles, the actual "solemn" oath is kind of silly: They hop around in a circle, saying "Weeba weeba, waffa waffa, garpox gumbage, whoopee!"
* PlanetOfSteves: Parodied with the Order of the Poobahs. All members take the name "Fritz," which makes the roll calls very interesting indeed.
* PoisonousFriend: Begooney is arguably the first example of ''Borderline Personality Disorder'' in a kids' show.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Coupled with both ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve and ThePowerOfRock; the Fraggles are really a force to be reckoned with if you think of it.
* ThePowerOfRock: It's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin right in the title]], isn't it?
* PunnyName: Uncle Traveling Matt. A traveling matte is a blue-screening technique which allows people and equipment to move in front of a camera undetected.
* RealityWarper: Begooney (who managed to be genuinely creepy), the Mean Genie, and a few other one-off characters.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The Gorgs are an extremely long-lived race; Ma and Pa Gorg are explicitly stated to have been married for over five hundred years.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Junior Gorg, kind of. He does most of the actual labor in the Gorg royal family.
* RunningGag: Quite a few, including Sprocket's reaction to any mention of Ned Shimmelfinney and Wembley's bad luck with that one pipe.
* SeriousBusiness: Satirized ten ways to Tuesday, most aggressively in the "Grand Poobahs" episode. Note that, in Fraggle society, major, far-reaching decisions can be settled with such things as who can stack the most pickles on the end of her/his beak.
* ShoutOut: To other {{Muppet}} productions.
* SneezeOfDoom: In "The Perfect Blue Rollie", Wembly sneezes when he sneaks into Boober's hidey-hole to retrieve the rollie, waking up Boober. Then he sneezes and blows the rollie into a crack in the wall.
* SoapBoxSadie: Mokey.
* TheSouthpaw: Gobo plays his guitar left-handed. This is par for the course for Muppets, though.
* SpeciesSurname: All the Fraggles, Doozers and Gorgs.
* StableTimeLoop, or perhaps TrickedOutTime: "Mokey, Then and Now"
* StalkerWithACrush: Begoony, a one-off character who was excessively lonely, acted much like this for Mokey. She took pity on his loneliness and befriended him, to which he responded by trying to isolate her from her other friends, and even going so far as to ''imprison'' her so she would stay with him always.
* TeamChef: Boober.
* TeamMom: Mokey, again. Jim Henson referred to her as "the den mother of the Fraggle Five", and the oldest.
* ThisIsNoTimeToPanic: "The Great Radish Famine." When there's no radishes, Fraggles, Gorgs and Doozers all say this -- then panic and accuse the others of stealing them.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Red and Mokey.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Gobo in one of the very first episodes. Sprocket, at least once a season thereafter.
* TricksterMentor: Cantus again, mostly by virtue of being terribly mysterious.
* UnexplainedAccent: Gobo has a Canadian accent complete with [[CanadaEh "eh"]] at the end of many of his sentences. His Muppeteer, Jerry Nelson, was American; the accent is a reference to the show's Canadian home, as it was shot in Toronto.
** Unfortunately, this was {{flanderized}} all to hell in the animated series.
* UnusualEuphemism: Pa Gorg's "Drat and Deuteronomy!"
* VagueAge: All the main Fraggles.
* VerbalTic: Wembley has a tendency to run around yelling "squeet squeet squat squat" or some variation thereof when he's happy or excited. It shows up in many of his songs, too.
** He also makes curious cough-like noises randomly throughout his dialogue. It's revealed in an interview that this happened when Steve Whitmire had a cold, started coughing in his Wembley voice to be funny, and was encouraged to make it part of the character since it was frankly adorable.
** Wembley's high pitched grunting with each step doesn't hurt the cuteness.
* VillainSong: Wander [=McMooch=] has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ1dIxHM3WM one]] in his second appearance.
* WalkingTheEarth: "Call me Uncle ''Traveling'' Matt."
* WalkThisWay: Invoked by Cantus in "Junior Faces The Music", which resulted in the Fraggle Five following him and imitating his regal gait.
* WanderingMinstrel: Cantus and, well, the Minstrels.
* WeirdnessCensor: Marjorie states that Fraggles are InvisibleToNormals because Silly Creatures are too ''silly'' to be able to see them. [[spoiler:Ultimately proven incorrect.]]
* WelcomeTitles
* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: Doc, for most of the series, seems to be a pensioner dabbling in being a crackpot inventor; but in the final episode, it's revealed that he came to the area to try his hand at being a marine biologist. It didn't work out.
* WhenTreesAttack: Lanford, Mokey's pet plant, seems to be a very mild version of this trope. He really only actively dislikes Red, and he's evidently capable of relocating on his own since he turns out to be a member of the Poobahs even when Mokey isn't.
* WildHair: Mokey and Cantus have it. The latter gets bonus points for having tufts of hair that defy the laws of gravity.
* TheWorldTree
* YouMeanXmas: Actually well-done and believable in this series. Happy Festival Of The Bells!
* {{Zeerust}}: King Gorg owns a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blunderbuss blunderbuss]].
** The Gorgs are this in general; they're the only ones who seem to be living in a weird combination of medieval times and a perpetual warfront (with a completely imaginary enemy).
** Partially justifiable when you consider how old the Gorgs are, and that they are essentially isolated from the rest of the world - including whatever other members of their species remain.
* ZombieAdvocate: Mokey becomes one in an episode, where she feels sorry for the Doozers having their buildings eaten, and convinces the other Fraggles to stop. Turns out the Doozers ''like'' having their hard work destroyed; they love to build things, but they don't care for the completed projects, and if they're torn down, they have more room to keep building.
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