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[[caption-width-right:350:It's showtime!]]

->''Though I know I should be wary,\\
Still I venture someplace scary.\\
Ghostly haunting I turn loose:\\
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, BEETLEJUICE!''
-->-- '''Lydia Deetz'''

Meet Lydia Deetz, a PerkyGoth girl attending a private school in a sleepy little Connecticut town while trying to deal with her well-meaning but eccentric parents. One day she comes across Beetlejuice, the manic self-described "Ghost With the Most", who befriends her and whisks her off from her ordinary life into frequent adventures in the {{Cloudcuckooland}} world of the Neitherworld. HilarityEnsues on a regular basis.

Based on [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} the hit movie of the same name]], the animated series was produced by {{Nelvana}} and aired for several years on Creator/{{ABC}} and FoxKids. Its original run lasted from September 1989 to May 1992, with a total of 94 episodes - which in RecycledTheSeries terms is equivalent to about 10 years. It bore only a [[InNameOnly passing resemblance]] to the movie: Barbara and Adam Maitland, the straitlaced protagonists of the movie, and Juno the Caseworker were eliminated entirely. With Beetlejuice as the main character, this ends up making the entire series something of a VillainEpisode.

Since it was a children's show, despite many characters being technically dead, very rarely was the concept of actual mortality brought up. Beetlejuice's antics became more greed- and prank-based, and instead of a complete {{Jerkass}}, he was shifted into more of a [[{{Badbutt}} family-friendly]], moderately well-meaning JerkWithAHeartOfGold. The DirtyOldMan aspect of Beetlejuice's personality was cut almost completely, and most of their adventures took place in Beetlejuice's ghostly home dimension - the Neitherworld. Rather than the bureaucratic nightmare that was the Afterlife from the movies, Neitherworld was inhabited mostly by outrageous monsters with ironic quirks, including a skeleton who wants to be a bodybuilder.

Despite all the changes, the show maintained a lot of the same manic energy and clever visuals as the movie. Many jokes from the movie were recycled throughout the series. Creator/TimBurton was involved as a producer, and Creator/DannyElfman did the theme music (a re-orchestration of the film's theme). Therefore, it's generally considered one of the better film-to-TV translations - admittedly this isn't ''hard,'' but it is rare, especially when you're adapting a movie made for older audiences into a SaturdayMorningCartoon and you're trying to balance the adult content with kid-friendly content.

[[http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BCRRA8U/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_Ks1Iwb0GM5RGW The entire series--ABC and Fox episodes--was released on DVD in a 12-disc set on May 28, 2013.]]

The cartoon versions of Beetlejuice and Lydia, along with several of the supporting cast, were spun off into a handful of short novels ("ghostwritten" by ''[[PunnyName B. J. Specter]]'') and a short-lived comic book run.

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!!The AnimatedAdaptation TV series provides examples of:

* TwentyFourHourPartyPeople: In the Neitherworld, you can buy them in cans. Just don't use them during a full moon.
* AbsenteeActor: Despite being the co-star, there are five episodes in which Lydia doesn't appear.
* AchillesHeel: Beetlejuice's powers won't work unless his body is whole. If he's missing his head or his feet (to name but two examples), he's all but helpless. His shapeshifting isn't entirely voluntary either. Cleanliness is also like Kryptonite to him, although this is more of a personal quirk than an actual weakness.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Well, ''heroism'' is probably taking it a bit far, but Beetlejuice is not the antagonist he was in the film.
* AffectionateNickname: Beetlejuice usually calls Lydia "Babes" or "Lyds;" very occasionally he'll address her as "my dear." In return, she often calls him "BJ" or "Beej."
** He refers to the car, Doomie, as "Doomeroo" or "my boy Doomie."
** Charles calls Lydia "Pumpkin," as he did in the film.
* AllJustADream: Subverted in "The Wizard of Ooze," a ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' parody. After apparently clicking her heels (repeating "Ripple dissolve to scene 326" instead of "There's no place like home") and returning home, Lydia wakes up and realizes what a sappy dream she had. Beetlejuice then appears to tease her about it. The subversion comes when Lydia asks how Beetlejuice could know what she dreamed about, and why everything was still in black and white. It then turns out that ''Beetlejuice'' was the one who was dreaming. He's mortified to have dreamt about a lot of the "cute" stuff that occurred in the Neitherworld's version of Oz.
** Also seen in "Poe Pourri," when BJ has a string of nightmares after reading Poe's stories.
* AlmostKiss: In "Critter Sitters," when BJ gifts Lydia with a spider brooch, she's so delighted by it that she declares, "I could kiss you!" and almost does - but the sight of all the bugs in BJ's teeth puts her off, and she opts to just hug him instead.
* AlphaBitch: Claire Brewster.
* AlternateContinuity: From the movie, starting with Beetlejuice not being a villain.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[invoked]] Beetlejuice is still a ghostly con artist, but he's no longer a lech. Lydia still likes spooky, Gothic, and/or freaky things, but she's no longer suicidal, and Beetlejuice is her best friend; she didn't like him much at all in the movie. Delia is still an oblivious flake, but instead of being a social-climbing urban yuppie on the cutting edge of fashion, she's a blissful, preppy, suburban homemaker who now seems to be Lydia's biological parent (or at least is treated as such; the comic book spinoff makes the stepmother role much clearer). The only character that was in the movie that didn't change much was Lydia's father, largely because he wasn't given too much of a personality in the first place.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: The Neitherworld.
* [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Amazingly Boring Parents:]] BJ's folks "are so dull, their picture is in the Neitherworld Dictionary, under "boring". ''Literally''.
* AnimatedActor: We discover in one episode that the cartoon is actually a (reality???) show on the Neitherworld Network, where Mr. Monitor works. After Mr. Monitor cancels BJ's show, BJ goes to work in the mailroom. He quickly takes the opportunity to steal some show ideas from a colleague and is rapidly promoted to Mr. Monitor's supervisor. He eventually gets demoted after running out of ideas, and ultimately [[StatusQuoIsGod gets his old "show" back]].
** Subsequent episodes sometimes came back to this idea and featured BJ hosting shows on the Neitherworld Network like ''[[Series/MasterpieceTheatre Monsterpiece Theatre]].''
* AntiHero: Beetlejuice is a type IV/V - while the series mellows him out from the villain of the movies, he's still the most disliked person in the Neitherworld. Not only is he a constant prankster, but he's also lazy, selfish, greedy and arrogant. It's easy to believe that he would be much, much worse if it weren't for the fact that he idolizes Lydia and would do absolutely anything to help her or make her happy.
* AsideGlance: Both BJ and Lydia have a tendency to do this to the "camera." Lydia usually does it when a pun is especially lame or BJ is being particularly obtuse.
* AuthorAppeal: Tim Burton's love of spirals and stripes has been noted in his entry on this trope's main page, and he indulges it here. While Beetlejuice wore a variety of outfits in the film, in the cartoon he almost exclusively wears his black-and-white striped suit and purple shirt, and almost all of his transformations involve stripes in one form or another. The sandworms are also colored with purple and blue stripes.
* BadFuture: In "Pest O' the West," Beetlejuice uses a crystal ball to see what will happen if he abandons the town to Bully the Crud. To his horror, he finds that without his intervention, Bully pulls an AndNowYouMustMarryMe with ''Lydia'', and they have several children besides. The RoaringRampageOfRescue commences immediately.
* BerserkButton: Beetlejuice gets pretty combustible when anybody threatens or insults Lydia, or threatens to get between Lydia and himself.
** He also can't stand a wild goose chase, literally.
* BigDamnHeroes: Beetlejuice pulls this off every now and again when Lydia is in real danger.
* BizarroUniverse: "Dr. Beetle and Mr. Juice"
* BlackSheep: Beetlejuice qualifies as this, as proven in the episodes where Lydia meets his parents pleasant, hard-working clean freaks.
* BlahBlahBlah: BJ tends to have this response to anyone giving him instructions or directives of any sort. Miss Shannon, the headmistress at Lydia's school, occasionally lapses into this when droning on about whatever she's teaching.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Charles, Lydia, and Delia.
** Claire, Bertha, and Prudence.[[note]]Or, as BJ prefers to call the latter two, "Burp and Prune".[[/note]]
** Delia (redhead), her sister Zipporah (brunette), and her sister-in-law May (blonde).
* BoyMeetsGhoul: The show manages to avoid giving its leads an actual romance, but only just barely.
* CallBack: The spider brooch BJ gives Lydia in "Critter Sitters," in season one, reappears in "It's a Wonderful Afterlife" - three seasons later.
** In "Out of My Mind," BJ watches television and sees a commercial for a product called Worm Your Way, a deodorant which attracts worms. Four episodes later, in "Worm Welcome," Lydia uses the very same stuff to try to lure a baby sandworm which has become trapped in the Outerworld.
** In "Ghost to Ghost," Lydia's favorite horror actor, Boris Todeoff[[note]]pronounced "to death"[[/note]] is inadvertently summoned and gets into a face-off with BJ, who is less than enthused by Lydia's fascination with the guy. Later, in "Oh Brother," she's shown sighing over a scrapbook full of his photos - and BJ is ''still'' [[CrazyJealousGuy not happy]] about it.
* CampStraight: Jacques [=LaLean=]
* CatchPhrase: "It's SHOWTIME!" Also, Lydia's "Deadly Vu!" (instead of ''deja vu'')
** Examples. You know I hate 'em.
* ChewingTheScenery: Beetlejuice, of course (sometimes literally); Lydia is also given to this at times, given her dramatic PerkyGoth personality.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: As noted above, the cartoon doesn't have Otho, Juno, or Adam and Barbara Maitland. However, the way the Neitherworld is structured, there is theoretically room for Juno to exist.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Lydia's mother Delia borders on this trope. She actually seems to ''like'' the Neitherworld, and her bizarre art is extremely popular there.
* CoolCar: The Dragster of Doom, a.k.a. "Doomie."
* ConvictedByPublicOpinion: Subverted when Beetlejuice is framed for some sort of crime and everyone automatically assumes he's guilty. The subversion comes when you remember that Beetlejuice has ''already'' pulled so many pranks, it's easy to understand why the rest of the Neitherworld automatically blames him whenever something goes wrong.
* CouldSayItBut: In "Doomie's Romance," BJ disapproves of Doomie's efforts to romance the Mayor's convertible Pinky, and takes out his spark plugs to keep him from going to find her. But when both Lydia and Doomie give him sad faces, he gives in.
-->'''BJ:''' ...whatever you do, stay out of my stinky sock drawer.
* CrazyJealousGuy: A platonic(ish) variant. Beetlejuice acts like this whenever anyone else wants to seriously occupy Lydia's time - including a copy of himself. He's also not too happy when she shows any sort of interest in another character; the one exception was Edgar Allan Poe.
* {{Crossdresser}}: Beetlejuice often disguises himself as "Betty Juice" to pass off as one of Lydia's girlfriends. In "Bewitched, Bothered, and Beetlejuiced," he also dresses up as a witch in order to help Lydia infiltrate a witches' ball.
* CurseCutShort: In the episode "[[RobinHood Robbin Juice]] of Sherweird Forest", the minstrel character Alan Airedale sings songs about Beetlejuice that either advise his next move or serve as a type of TheVillainSucksSong. One particular verse:
-->"Robin Hood, he can't be trusted; Robin Hood, his heart is rusted. Robin Hood, he's got no class; Robin Hood is such an..."
--> '''*BJ breaks his lute over his head*'''
* DarkIsNotEvil: Beetlejuice, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold for the most part]].
** Despite being into the dark and macabre, Lydia is very much a NiceGirl.
* {{Dark Skinned Blond}}e: Claire.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Some of the other characters in the show occasionally have episodes that focus on them, although Beetlejuice and Lydia are still involved.
* TheDeadCanDance: Beetlejuice ''loves'' to dance, and often pulls Lydia into midair to do just that.
* DepravedKidsShowHost: Beetlejuice on the episode "Uncle BJ's Roadhouse."
* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Basically the whole premise. Beetlejuice is... [[InexplicablyAwesome somewhat more powerful]] than many of the specters that show themselves, and is certainly [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} very strange]], while Lydia is a quirky but relatively normal living human teenager. Yet the two are all but inseparable.
* DoItYourselfPlumbingProject: Charles insists on trying - and failing - to fix a leaky faucet in one episode. To earn money to buy one of Lydia's photos, Beetlejuice disguises himself as a repairman named Mr. Beetleman, and offers to fix it himself. Of course, he's even worse at it than Charles.
-->'''Mr. Beetleman''': Where's the drip?
-->'''Delia''': In the kitchen, trying to fix the leak.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Occasionally, Beetlejuice will look at the viewer and explain the pun which just appeared. For instance, in "Robbin Juice of Sherweird Forest," two talking swords kiss as a curtain closes.
-->'''Beetlejuice:''' Swordplay. Get it? Sword? Play? ''*{{beat}}*'' ...Ingrates.
* DontTryThisAtHome: When he's about to [[ItMakesSenseInContext jump into a small glass of water from 15,000 feet in the air]], Beetlejuice takes a moment to warn the kids watching at home about his stunt:
-->'''Beetlejuice''': Remember, folks, don't try this at home, because IHaveNoIdeaWhatImDoing.
* DoorJudo: In one episode, Beetlejuice repeatedly fails to break a door down before remembering he can simply teleport past it.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: [[CoolCar The Dragster of Doom]].
* DumbBlonde: Beetlejuice has his moments. So does Claire Brewster, although she's more vapid than dumb.
* EpisodeTitleCard: At the start of every show. In early seasons this would be accompanied by a spooky voice declaring, "Now here's Beetlejuice!" (or, after the mid-episode commercial break, "Now back to Beetlejuice!")
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Beetlejuice loves playing pranks on Lydia's parents, but he'll only go so far. Boris Todeoff doesn't have that problem in "Ghost to Ghost," and Beetlejuice ends up actually ''protecting'' Lydia's parents repeatedly from Boris's potentially lethal magic.
* EveryProperLadyShouldCurtsy: Lydia at the end of the Fox series opening.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: In a few episodes.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Regardless of how the viewer interprets the relationship between the two leads, just about everyone (in the Neitherworld) picks up on Beetlejuice's attachment to Lydia. Some characters merely note their close friendship, while others assume it means something else. It often leads to her being abducted or threatened in an effort to make him cooperate; in nearly every instance, all it really does is make him ''[[BerserkButton mad]]''.
* EvilLaugh: Beetlejuice does this every now and again - and in the intro. Lydia does it along with him when they turn into {{Mad Scientist}}s while building Doomie.
* EvilSoundsDeep: In "Not So Peaceful Pines," Beetlejuice's evil half speaks in a slightly deeper voice.
* EvilTwin: As noted above, "Not So Peaceful Pines" splits BJ into good and evil twin versions of himself; they're called Posijuice and Negajuice.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Monster Across the Street is a... monster who lives across the street from Beetlejuice. He wears a cowboy hat and plays the guitar.
* {{Expy}}: Prince Vince is based off of Vincent Malloy from Tim Burton's short film ''Vincent''.
** Unless it's an AdaptationNameChange, I. M. Smallhead is loosely based on Harry the Hunter from the movie.
* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor[=/=]HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: In a RobinHood parody, BJ steals from the corrupt Sheriff of [[JustForPun Rotting-Ham]] and gives to the poor, but begins to keep more for himself, until he is the wealthiest person in the village. The sheriff, now destitute, becomes a vigilante to steal from BJ and give to the poor.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: "Forget-Me-Not" and, to a lesser extent, "Out of My Mind."
* {{Flanderization}}: Lydia's dad. "Large crowds make me nervous! Being nervous makes me nervous!"
* FluffyTheTerrible: Poopsie, the dog belonging to the Monster Across the Street. He's very sweet tempered most of the time, but he ''hates'' Beetlejuice.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Lydia. Several episodes show her helping wild animals in distress.
* FusionDance: Beetlejuice has cloned himself, has had his skeleton develop a mind of its own and leave his body, and has been split into his "good" and "evil" halves. They always end up fusing back into the regular Beetlejuice.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: And plenty of it. That's what happens when Creator/TimBurton produces a kid's show.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Whenever Beetlejuice eats a bug.
* GreenEyedMonster: Beetlejuice almost literally turns into this in "Prince of the Neitherworld," when Prince Vince becomes so besotted with Lydia that he actually ''proposes marriage.''
* HalloweenEpisode: This show had two: "Laugh of the Party" and "Bewitched, Bothered, and Beetlejuiced."
* HangingJudge: [[PunnyName Judge Mental]].
* HartmanHips: Delia
* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely]]: Beetlejuice, under the effects of his "New-U" Cologne in "Dr. Beetle and Mr. Juice." It doesn't last long, though.
* HeroWithAnFInGood: Beetlejuice often fails in his attempts to be nice to others. When it's suggested that he try to make his neighbors feel "wanted," he does this by putting up {{Wanted Poster}}s of Ginger all over town, getting her arrested.
* HeroWorship: Lydia's reaction to meeting Edgar Allan Poe in "Poe Pourri."
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Beetlejuice has one of these, although the absolute last thing he wants is for anyone (other than Lydia) to find out about it.
-->"''Don't spread it around!'' I have a reputation to keep up."
* HostageForMacGuffin: In "Keeping Up With the Boneses," Lydia is held as "collateral" to make Beetlejuice pay his credit card bills.
* HumansAreUgly: In one episode, Beetlejuice and Lydia are competing on a game show in which they must out-gross their opponents. When they get to the final round and BJ is losing his steam, Lydia has an idea. He morphs his face into a copy of her father when he's unshaven and half-asleep, and this disgusts not only the opponent but the show's host and studio audience into fleeing in fear.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Often. They can get a little tiresome at times...
* HypocriticalHumor: In the episode "Two Heads are Better than None," Beetlejuice claims that he never wears "stupid cowboy hats." But he wears one willingly enough in several other episodes.
* InconvenientSummons: On two occasions, Beetlejuice becomes a celebrity of such importance in the Neitherworld that his fans can't stop chanting his name... which proves problematic when Lydia is in a bind.
* InexplicablyAwesome: Beetlejuice really ''is'' the Ghost With The Most. How? We'll never know. One episode notes that his power is so great that he could easily conquer the entire Neitherworld, but where he gets the power is unclear.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Lydia and Beetlejuice. At a guess, Beetlejuice may have been in his late 30s at his time of death - which was hundreds of years ago. Lydia, meanwhile, is about 14.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: As seen in the page quote, Lydia has a magical incantation she recites to summon Beetlejuice and change her own clothing. Usually, however, she skips the long version and just says his name three times. She uses the full incantation multiple times throughout the series; presumably, this full incantation is unnecessary, and just serves to remind us that Lydia has a flair for the dramatic.
* InsultBackfire: Whenever Beetlejuice is called ugly or smelly, he is flattered.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Beetlejuice, based on wordplay in his dialogue. It has been the cause of many a troublesome escapade and is his greatest weakness.
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: "It's a Wonderful Afterlife" is a rare example of being both subverted ''and'' played straight when it seems like everyone in the Neitherworld is better off without Beetlejuice, but it turns out that Lydia is miserable in the real world. BJ immediately thinks that he can just become part of her life and make her happy again, but is informed by his guide that he's allowed no contact with her. Cue the demand to have everything put back the way it was.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Beetlejuice is this trope. Aside from his affection for Lydia, he has a soft spot for Doomie and Lydia's parents; he also likes Jacques, which mortifies Beetlejuice when Jacques finds out. However, he does have a reputation to uphold, so he refuses to admit to any of these except Lydia (and sometimes Doomie).
* [[KickTheSonOfABitch Kick the Bitch]]: Claire Brewster is Beetlejuice's most common target, but she usually has it coming.
* KidWithTheLeash: Lydia is the ''only'' person Beetlejuice will willingly heed, and it's rare for him to deny her anything. In "Oh Brother," he admits in his own words that he will do anything for her.
* LargeHam: Beetlejuice is this as a general rule, but in some episodes more than others. The episode where he becomes a rock star by making armpit noises is a particularly strong example. He admits it outright in "To Beetle or Not to Beetle," when having fun with Shakespeare.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Beetlejuice delivers this to Claire Brewster on a regular basis.
* LetsGetDangerous: Most of the time, Beetlejuice is a lazy, pranking con man. But if Lydia is ever in any real danger, or if someone like Claire Brewster has insulted her, BJ will show just how he got the title of Ghost With The Most.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared with the film.
* LightIsNotGood[=/=]SugarBowl: The Neitherworld's prison system consists of a Candyland-like environment run by an {{Expy}} of Little Bo Peep, where malcontents are "rehabilitated" into cute, sweet and playful creatures. Beetlejuice is absolutely terrified of the place; in "Snugglejuice," the viewer sees why.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: BJ and Lydia fall into this in "Doomie's Romance," as they quarrel over how they're parenting their car. ItMakesSenseInContext... mostly.
* LiteralGenie: Beetlejuice's InvoluntaryShapeshifting.
* LiteralMinded: Beetlejuice is also this at times. For example, in the very first episode, he thinks that babysitting involves actually ''sitting on babies''.
* LongingLook: Type one happens infrequently, and usually with a degree of subtlety. Type three (the jealous glare) happens in "Prince of the Neitherworld," when Beetlejuice has his GreenEyedMonster moment, with absolutely no subtlety whatsoever.
* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: The episode "It's a Wonderful Afterlife" suggests that Lydia developed her confident, friendly nature as a direct result of her relationship with Beetlejuice.
* LyingFingerCross: Beetlejuice does this ''a lot'' throughout the series.
* MadScientist: Beetlejuice occasionally becomes this, such as when he makes his "New U" cologne and when he builds Doomie. Lydia is a female version while helping BJ build Doomie.
* [[MagicSkirt Magic Spiderweb Poncho]]: Lydia changes into a red spiderweb-patterned poncho when she enters the Neitherworld. The trope is subverted in that even when the poncho moves, she wears a black leotard underneath.
* ManChild: Beetlejuice was possibly in his late 30s at his time of death, and he's been dead for several hundred years. Mentally, though, he's about ten years old.
* MediaWatchdog: Goody Two-Shoes the fairy is a pretty obvious parody of them.
* MediumAwareness: Several episodes contain references to the fact that they're in a TV show. In "It's a Wonderful Afterlife," BJ outright says it to the audience.
-->'''BJ:''' This isn't real! *AsideGlance* That's right, kids, I admit it - it's a cartoon. But even as cartoons go, this is ''way'' out of hand!
* MediumBlending: In-Universe television commercials are CGI animated - although the quality is clearly dated.
* {{Meganekko}}: Prudence; also Lydia, in a few episodes where she dons glasses as part of her outfit or disguise.
* MonsterClown: Scuzzo the Clown, as well as his brother Fuzzo.
* MoralityChain: Lydia is this for Beetlejuice on occasion.
* MultipleChoicePast: The show's main form of DisContinuity. Beetlejuice either started living in the Neitherworld after his death or he lived in the Neitherworld his entire life and always was a ghost.
* MustMakeHerLaugh: BJ's basic attitude regarding Lydia; several episodes make it clear that he hates seeing her unhappy and will do whatever he can to fix the problem. His ability to make her laugh is stated in the pilot to be her favorite thing about him. "It's a Wonderful Afterlife" shows that without him to make her smile, she's very lonely and miserable, suggesting that she may have been this way before they met.
* MythologyGag: Several scenes and in-jokes from the movie:
** Beetlejuice sings Harry Belafonte's "Banana Boat Song" in the debut episode.
*** Lydia also sings that song in the debut episode as well, while riding her bike through the bridge where the Maitlands crashed.
** In "How Green is My Gallery," Beetlejuice hocks into his jacket.
** In "Stage Fright," after Lydia (accidentally at first) sends Beetlejuice away to keep him from trouble, he screams at Claire to "SAY IT!!" (saying his name 3 times).
** In "Not So Peaceful Pines," Beetlejuice introduces himself as a "bio-exorcist" - his job from the movie.
** Beetlejuice's fear of sandworms comes from the movie, where [[spoiler:one eats him]].
** Several episodes feature cameo appearances by ghosts that attended the waiting room of the dead, such as the diver that was eaten by a shark and the fashion model who was cut in half.
** In the episode "Running Scared," Beetlejuice shuts up Claire Brewster by making a metal plate appear over her mouth, which he did in the movie to keep Barbara Maitland from saying his name after she unzipped her lips.
** In "Spooky Boo-Tique," he advertises through the TV like he did with the Maitlands in the movie. He even dresses like a cowboy at one point, exactly like in the movie. He also does this in "Pest o' the West," again complete with cowboy garb, although this is for Lydia's amusement only.
** In a few different episodes, Beetlejuice grabs an insect and stuffs it into his jacket, remarking, "Save that guy/those guys for later."
* NameDrop: From "Super Zeroes":
-->'''Beetlejuice:''' (''as "Super Beetleman"'') As Creator/JackKirby is my witness, I'll never go arch-villainless again!
* {{Nephewism}}: Beetlejuice sometimes disguises himself as Lydia's nonexistent cousin B.J. in order to tag along on Deetz family outings. Her parents, though mildly confused, never seem to outright object or question this. Charles and Delia apparently each consider "Cousin B.J." to be the other's nephew.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Aside from shapeshifting according to what he says and flying, Beetlejuice sometimes displays other bizarre powers, such as controlling inanimate objects, using his shapeshifting power on other ghosts, and making Claire grow a thick black moustache, among other things.
* NightmareFetishist: Lydia. She's an ordinary human with a taste for the macabre, likes bugs and spiders, takes frequent trips to the Neitherworld, and is best friends with a [[ThePigpen proudly disgusting]] ghost.
* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: In one episode, Beej and Lydia (and others) are playing baseball in the Neitherworld. At some point it is announced that the game has changed to "Sudden Death", meaning that the losers will have to stand in the "Losers' Circle", an area enclosed by a rope. Beej is unimpressed (as he's been dorking around the entire game anyway) until the "circle" opens up into a fang-lined maw that belches a fireball into his face.
* OnceAnEpisode: A short animated clip directed by Creator/TimBurton, usually framed as a ShowWithinAShow. It's often relevant to the plot of the episode.
* OneGenderSchool: Miss Shannon's School for Girls. One episode has them partnering with the local boys' school for an event.
* OverlyLongGag: All throughout the episode "Beauty and the Beetle": "Grim-diana BOOOOOOOOONNNNEESSSSS!" *Cue the giant boulder* This happens a grand total of ''six times'' over the course of one episode. Beetlejuice lampshades it, too, the last time it happens:
--> '''Beetlejuice:''' Talk about a {{running gag}}.
* PapaWolf: Picking on Lydia is a bad idea. A ''very'' bad idea. And when she's in real danger, Beetlejuice will do whatever it takes to rescue her.
* ParentalBonus: The Shakespeare and Poe episodes, among others.
* ParentalObliviousness: Charles and Delia are very much guilty of this. It's plausible that they could overlook Lydia's friendship with BJ since they have no idea he exists. But after his Mr. Beetleman form becomes known to them, they don't seem to find it remotely strange that this weird thirtysomething guy spends a lot of time with their daughter. She even brings him to a party in one episode (and he has his arm around her almost like he's her date) and Delia just commends her thoughtfulness in inviting him.
* PerkyGoth: Lydia
* ThePigPen: Beetlejuice ''loves'' being this.
* PlotAllergy: A minor example {{played for laughs}}. In "Robbin Juice of Sherweird Forest," it's revealed that Lydia is violently allergic to roses; she's in such a miserable state that when the Sheriff introduces her as "Maid Lydia, Robin Hood's main squeeze," they decide to use her to lure Beetlejuice by announcing that she's now "Prince John's main ''sneeze''."
* PoisonousFriend: Beetlejuice is this for Lydia at times, as he will happily drag her along into his latest scheme or scam, whether she's willing or not. He's deeply loyal to her, though, and he will not tolerate any ill treatment of her.
* PowerIncontinence: Implied. Beetlejuice suffers InvoluntaryShapeshifting to match some throwaway word or phrase he uses.
* PullingThemselvesTogether: In the episodes where Beetlejuice becomes cloned, divided, or ripped into assorted pieces, this is what has to happen for him to regain his normal state.
* PunchClockVillain: Oddly, some episodes imply that Beetlejuice falls under this trope. In "Ghost to Ghost," part of the reason he takes issue with Boris Todeoff is because he maintains that haunting the Deetz residence is ''his'' job.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Lydia, natch.
* RealityWarper: Beetlejuice seems to be on the lower end.
* RedheadsAreUncool: Prudence.
* RhymesOnADime: The raven in "Poe Pourri." Justified in that, in Poe's own words, the raven "came a-rapping."
* RichBitch: Claire Brewster, again.
* TheRival: Scuzzo the Clown is Beetlejuice's arch-rival; Claire's is Lydia's in certain situations. More accurately, Claire sees Lydia as this, while Lydia would usually just rather not be bothered.
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: This is to be expected any time Lydia's in serious danger.
** RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Sometimes followed by one of these after BJ has made sure she's safe.
* RunningGag: Several.
** "Grimdiana Boooooooooooones!" ''*BJ is run over by a boulder*'' He even explicitly calls it a running gag.
** And a one-episode gag - "[[Theatre/{{Brigadoon}} Brinkadoom]]!"
** Ginger crying every time she's called a spider in the ''Wizard of Oz'' episode.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Subverted. A few times, Lydia and BJ encounter characters (such as BJ's Uncle Sid and the Sheriff of Rottingham) who explicitly refer to Lydia as BJ's girlfriend. They never bother to correct the speaker.
* SherlockHolmes: BJ dresses up as him (or rather, as "Sherlock Homely") in a few episodes, most notably "A-Ha!"
* ShotgunWedding: As noted elsewhere, Bully the Crud tries to force Lydia to marry him. His proposal includes six-shooters in her face.
* ShoutOut: So many that they needed their own page.
* ShrunkenHead: I. M. Smallhead appears to be based on the hunter at the end of the movie, in that he has a tiny head and his lips seem to be sewn together.
* SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids: BJ's attitude throughout most of "Doomie's Romance," as he vehemently denies that he would ever fall in love and thinks the whole concept is a terrible idea. Unfortunately for him, his heart keeps popping out of his chest to argue the point.
* TheSlacker: Beetlejuice dreads the idea of having to get a job, preferring to play pranks on people and con them out of their money. It's subverted in one episode when he gets a job as a scarecrow on a beetle farm and proves to be very good at it. In part, it's because he wanted to eat the beetles himself, but also because he has a lot of fun using his powers to screw around with the birds who were trying to eat the beetles first.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Claire is convinced that she is God's gift to Peaceful Pines. She's also oblivious to the fact that just about everyone hates her guts.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "Uncle BJ's Roadhouse," a full episode parody of ''PeeWeesPlayhouse,'' and "Poe Pourri," which can best be described as "What if someone put Edgar Allan Poe's poetry to animation?"
* SplitPersonalityMerge: Done in multiple episodes:
** "Splitting Image" has Beetlejuice accidentally cloning himself. The two Beetlejuices start competing for Lydia's attention, which ends up making her miserable. When they realize this, the two Beetlejuices merge back into one.
** Yet another had Beetlejuice's skeleton escape from his flesh out of protest. His bones preferred a classy lifestyle, rather than seeing things through "gross colored glasses."
** The final episode, "Not So Peaceful Pines," has Beetlejuice splitting into his good and evil sides. When the evil side threatens to destroy Peaceful Pines, Lydia and the ghostly psychiatrist Dr. Zigmund Void have to merge them back together again.
* StalkerShrine: A humorously innocent variation on the trope. Beetlejuice's adoration of Lydia extends so far that he's built her a shrine...inside his ''head.''
-->'''Will Power:''' He thinks about you all the time! See? ''*pointing*'' His shrine to Lydia!
* StandardSnippet: ''"Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra"'' appears frequently.
* SugarBowl: Neither-neither Land, the only place the ghouls truly dread.
* TakeThat: "Uncle B.J.'s Roadhouse", a parody of ''Pee Wee's Playhouse''. See also Goody Two Shoes, who represents the Neitherworld Bureau of Sweetness and Prissiness, or [[FunWithAcronyms BS&P]] for short.
* ThreeShorts: Some episodes were made up of two eleven-minute shorts, while most were full-length twenty-two minute stories. The episode with "Uncle B.J.'s Roadhouse" was the first and only episode to screen three shorts. The other shorts that episode contained were "Scarecrow" and "The Son Dad Never Had."
* TransformationSequence: Lydia.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Delia's weird sculpture art makes her a laughingstock in the real world, but the residents of the Neitherworld love it. [[invoked]]
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Beetlejuice's Mr. Beetleman disguise dabbles in a variety of different professions, including plumber, party caterer, and travel agent.
* TheUnintelligible: Scuzzo the Clown's brother Fuzzo, who speaks solely in honks, beeps and squeaks.
* UselessSuperpowers: Beetlejuice's powers are ''only'' good for "[[UnusualEuphemism juicing]]" ([[TheTrickster pranking]]) people. This is good when AcceptableTargets are present. It is not good when one, say... needs stock for a bake sale.
-->'''Beetlejuice''': "Do not dunk?" (''dunks Neitherworld cookie in milk'') "'''''[[InstantPeopleJustAddWater Instant Monster, Just Add Milk!]]'''''"
* ValleyGirl: Like, Claire Brewster, for sure.
* VanishingVillage: The title location in "Brinkadoom."
* VillainTeamUp: In the episode "The Neitherworld's Least Wanted", several antagonists from past episodes team up to get revenge on Beetlejuice by tricking him into making himself fall apart, at which point his powers won't work and he's easy prey.
** They form the Society of Neitherworld Outlaws, Thugs, Rogues and Goons. Or, [[FunWithAcronyms S.N.O.T.R.a.G!]]
* VisualPun: Beetlejuice's InvoluntaryShapeshifting, and a number of background items.
* WildCard: Beetlejuice is one; even when he makes a promise to Lydia, he inevitably crosses his fingers, and usually breaks it. He's extremely unreliable as a good guy, and it's only because of Lydia that he does anything vaguely heroic at all - and even then it's usually to set right what he made wrong.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: This show had two of them, "Highs-Ghoul Confidential" and "Journey to the Center of the Neitherworld" (although it's implied that the latter of the two [[spoiler: never even happened.]])
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Or {{Sandworm}}s, in Beetlejuice's case.
** Or even cutesy things.
** For Lydia, it's apparently doctors; in "Generally Hysterical Hospital," she's hesitant to get her fractured foot examined because she's afraid of emergency rooms.
* WritersBlock: In one episode, Creator/WilliamShakespeare shows up suffering from this.
* YesMan: Mayor Maynot's assistant I.M. Smallhead.
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