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[[quoteright:200:~~AnimatedShow {{Comedy}}, {{Horror}}, {{ScienceFiction}}, {{Adventure}}~~]]

->'''Narrator:''' ''We interrupt this program to bring you...[[TitleDrop Courage the Cowardly Dog Show]], starring [[IronicName Courage]], the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin cowardly dog]]! [[ParentalAbandonment Abandoned as a pup]], he was found by [[CoolOldLady Muriel]], who lives in the [[CrapsackWorld middle of Nowhere]] with her husband, [[GrumpyOldMan Eustace]] [[JerkAss Bagge]]! But [[WeirdnessMagnet creepy stuff happens in Nowhere]]. [[HeroicDog It's up to Courage to save his new home!]]''\\
'''Eustace:''' ''[[PhraseCatcher Stupid dog!]] [[NeverMyFault You made me look bad!]] (pulls out mask) OOGA BOOGA BOOGA!''

From the mind of animator John R. Dilworth came this Creator/CartoonNetwork [[CartoonCartoons original series]], spun off from Dilworth's animated short "WesternAnimation/TheChickenFromOuterSpace".

The title character, the high-strung and inexplicably pink canine Courage, is the beloved pet of Eustace and Muriel Bagge, an elderly couple who live on a dusty old farm in the middle of Nowhere (literally; they live in Nowhere, Kansas). Well, he's the beloved pet of the sweet-hearted Muriel, anyway; the mean and crotchety Eustace thinks he's just a "stupid dog", and torments Courage whenever he thinks he can get away with it (and even when he knows he can't).

In every episode, Courage and his family find themselves caught up in some form of supernatural weirdness, and Courage has to steel his frazzled nerves and save his owners from it. A refreshing change of pace from many cartoons of the day was that Courage seldom used force; more often, he relied on his wits (and [[ThePowerOfFriendship a bit of kindness]] now and then) to deal with aliens, ghosts, monsters, the military, science gone wrong, or whatever sort of freaky happenings life threw at him.

As a rather interesting note, this is one of the very few cartoons that aired in the 1990s-early 2000s that Cartoon Network still reruns on a fairly frequent basis. The series returned as a part of CartoonPlanet in 2012 to celebrate Creator/CartoonNetwork's 20th anniversary. As of March 2013, Courage is now on Main/{{Netflix}}.

Creator John Dilworth is in the process of making a new 7-minute CGI short based on the series. A preview can be seen [[http://www.acmefilmworks.com/work/spot/courage-the-cowardly-dog/ here]].

Now with a [[Recap/CourageTheCowardlyDog Recap]] page, which could use a little WikiMagic, as well as a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/CourageTheCowardlyDog Best Episode Crowner.]] Click [[ShoutOut/CourageTheCowardlyDog here]] for Shout-Outs.

This series has gathered a surprisingly large number of tropes, so we split the main page into two different ones.
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* CourageTheCowardlyDog/TropesAToM
* CourageTheCowardlyDog/TropesNToZ
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-->''Iris out, but Courage holds it open.''\\
'''"I said it twice, and I'll say it again, the stuff on this page''' '''''still''''' '''shouldn't happen to a dog!"'''\\
''Iris out (for real) and closes on Courage's nose''\\
'''"Owch!"'''
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