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->''"Yes, you'd ''better'' gasp collectively!"''
-->--Stan

->"Please don't kill us!"
->''"Please don't make it so appealing!"''
-->--Val and Killface, respectively.

The supervillain Killface dreams of blasting the planet Earth into the Sun. He just has one small problem: he wants to announce his intentions to the world and show the masses the doomsday engine ("The Annihilatrix") that will bring about their doom. Since he doesn't have the technology to highjack the airwaves, let alone the money to purchase airtime to announce his scheme, he's pretty much screwed. All he can afford is a batch of promotional postcards (with poor grammar).

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we find Xander Crews, a spoiled sociopath who parades around as a super-suited superhero named "Awesome X". After Awesome X executes his last remaining arch-nemesis, Crews family advisor Stan pressures Xander to retire from the superhero game and finally start running the family business. (After all, if Awesome X and his support team of "Xtacles" have no more villains to fight, how will they sell Awesome X action figures?) After getting his hands on one of Killface's postcards, however, Xander sees the perfect way to keep Awesome X (as well as the toy line) alive -- and the perfect way to keep the Xtacles from getting fired and going on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

An Creator/AdultSwim cartoon series which ran from 2006 to 2008, ''Frisky Dingo'' almost runs on ContinuityPorn and the Deconstruction of the superhero genre: it pits the villainous-yet-incompetent Killface as a VillainProtagonist against the arguably-more-sociopathic Crews as a HeroAntagonist. The second season takes this even further by retooling the show for a lengthy Presidential Election arc in which Killface and Xander run competing campaigns.

The show lasted but two seasons, and while the staff planned a third season, the absence of a renewal contract from [Adult Swim] and the time spent on the only two episodes of the planned spinoff ''The Xtacles'' left the show permanently shelved.

After ''Frisky Dingo's'' cancellation, the animation studio behind it (70/30 Studios) shut down -- but that turned out for the best, as the creative team behind the show eventually produced [[WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} a hit show about a super-spy with sociopathic tendencies]].

It airs in the [[LandDownunder land of the dingo]] on Creator/{{SBS2}}.

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!! We can never go back to Arizona -- but we can look at the tropes from ''Frisky Dingo'':

* AbusiveParents: Killface's obsession with his son's weight, to the point of measuring his servings, constantly weighing him, and FORCED SOY SAUCE ENEMAS counts.
** Given his reaction when she shows up, one can imagine Killface's mother was one too. Of course we'll sadly never get any closure on that cliffhanger.
* AbsoluteCleavage: Sinn.
* AffablyEvil: Killface is erudite and quite charming, unless you piss him off.
* AnyoneCanDie: Practically everyone ''has'', at this point. [[spoiler:By the end of the series only six characters from the first two episodes are still alive: Xander, Killface, Simon, Stan, Hooker and Val]].
* AsideGlance: "Dammit, we only have [[QuarterHourShort 11 minutes!]] ''{{beat}}'' For this part of the heist."
* BaldWomen: Sinn.
* BlackComedy
* BodySushi: There was an episode in which Torpedo Vegas eats sushi this way while interrogating Awesome-X and Killface.
* {{Brick Joke}}s/CatchPhrase: The majority of the show's humor derives from this.
** Boosh!
** Ka-Kow!
** [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Boosh and/or Ka-kow!]] (yes it counts as it's own meta-catchphrase this way.)
** Harumph!
** Jengo!
** What are we doing?
** Duh-hoy?
** Didn't see that one coming...
*** Called it!
** I f*ckin' love Chinatown!
*** Aw, man, I hate Chinatown!
*** I wanna teabag Chinatown!
** Snip-Snap!
** Y'know...
** ... ''The town''
** ...made headlines today, but not the good kind like you want.
** Well, not with that attitude!
*** Not with ''any'' attitude!
** Way to go, [X]!
** I hate this country.
*** I ''love'' this country. You people don't care!
** My God a missile we've been hit!
** You don't have to be crappy.
** We'll always have Vegas!
*** I like to call it "Lost Wages."
** Woooooooow.
** Baffling.
** Cody!
** Doin' really great.
** Son of a Whore!
** Don't you... Don't... That was our last bowl!
** Slideshow
*** What's this slideshow... everybody's doin?
** What the hell, damn guy?!?
** God[[{{Beat}} ... ...]]dammit!
** Bup-bup!
** We can't ever go back to Arizona!
** Aw! We were supposed to get pickles!
** Apparently it's been here the whole time.
** Wait... damn, I had something.
** Like to have a thought balloon over that guy's head.
** Is that ant poison? [[SarcasmMode No, that's a great plan.]]
** Oh, they just want to win. ''Ladybugs.''
** (Disappointed penguin sound)
** I ... think that's hydraulic fluid.
** [[TheOutsiders Stay gold, pony boy!]]
** Me too!
* ChainOfCorrections
--> '''X-tacle #1''': So...who's read ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon''?
--> '''X-tacle #2''': Oooh, about the kid with all the chains, and the goggles, and at the end he gets killed with a shotgun?
--> '''Xtacles #2, #3, #4''': Boosh!
--> '''X-tacle #1''': That's "HarrisonBergeron."
--> '''Xtacles #2, #3, #4''': ''HollywoodSquares''!
--> '''X-tacle #1''': That's ''Tom'' Bergeron.
--> '''X-tacle #2''': Brother of [[ClassicalMythology Menelaus]]!
--> '''X-tacle #1''': Dammit, that's ''Agamemnon!''
* CharacterNameAlias: Xander hides his identity from a blinded Killface by calling himself Series/BarnabyJones. Killface does get the reference, but still believes him.
* CityWithNoName
--> '''Documentarian''':Wow. I assumed you were doing something else here, by the road.
--> '''Xander''':No, just giving back to these crack-addled skeletons that wander the streets of... [looking away] ''the Town''.
* {{Cliff Hanger}}: The series finale [[spoiler: has Killface's mother suddenly dropping in via spaceship and demanding to know why the Earth was not destroyed...and why Killface has no clothes on. The Xtacles mention that Xander, for some unknown reason, returned with Killface to his home planet but that's the last we hear of it. As the company that made both shows went under, it's unlikely we'll get a resolution.]]
* ContinuityPorn: The show gets almost all of its humor from meticulously bringing back everything that ever appears.
** It also likes to reference things it claimed happened in past episodes, but didn't. However this is only really obvious if you're watching it on DVD, and not watching the episodes a week apart.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The Annihilatrix, despite being a giant thruster powerful enough to move the entire planet, apparently is just fine to stand right underneath as it's being activated.
* CrapsackWorld
* CrimefightingWithCash: Awesome X and the Xtacles; Xander Crews' being unable to pay the Xtacles (and his plan to fire them) sets much of the plot of Season 1 in motion.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: During one of the in-show interviews, Simon starts masturbating just off camera, apparently out of sheer spite.
* DeadGuyPuppet: Killface kidnaps several PR execs to force them to help making his public announcements. When one angers him, he shoots him with a heavy caliber gun, blowing him in half...then picks up the torso-half, thrusts his hand all the way inside him until his hand is behind the corpse's jaw, and starts sarcastically "playing" him literally like a ventriloquist's dummy...for an extended period of time...in front of his twin brother who is begging him to stop.
* DepravedBisexual: Val
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: Killface would just ''love'' to do this for real, but his inability to purchase a "media buy" handcuffs him. Sinn pulls it off in Season 2, with it implied that she secretly had the funds all along to buy TV time to announce her plans.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Mr. Ford has a habit of doing this with his {{Double Entendre}}s.
* DudeNotIronic: When Xander winds up homeless, the documentarian says it's ironic how he's now living in cardboard boxes produced by the company he used to own. Xander says that's not what irony means, while the documentarian replies that's ''exactly'' what irony means.
* DoomsdayDevice: The Annihilatrix
* TheDragon: Sinn to Killface, Stan to Xander
* EgocentricTeamNaming: Awesome X and the X-ticles, a team of well-funded {{badass normal}}s. TheyFightCrime.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Well, embarrassing ''real'' name, for Killface.
--> '''Xander''': ''[laughing]'' ''Evelyn!?''
--> '''Killface''': It's a man's name!
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Stan, on the issue of exploiting Simon's homosexuality as a means to discredit Killface as a presidential candidate
* EvilChancellor: Stan
* EvilTwin: [[spoiler:Nearl, a mentally deficient homeless person picked up by the Xtacles and injected with "brain chemical," turns out to be Xander Crews' long-lost twin brother, who vows revenge...before being shot through the head by Ronnie.]]
* ExposedExtraterrestrials: Killface doesn't wear any clothes and few people seem to mind. PlayedWith at the last moment of the series, when [[spoiler:Killface's family, dressed royally, comes to Earth on their spaceship. His mother gets mad at his lack of clothes.]]
--> '''Torpedo Vegas''': Well, he doesn't have a penis! Or, at least, none that I can see.
--> '''Xander Crews''': Yeah, what's with that?
* TheFaceless: The Xtacles. Averted in the spinoff series.
* {{Fauxreigner}}
* GagPenis: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzxgyUHImnA MASTER CYLINDER!]]
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Xander Crews.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Killer Mike as Taqu'il
* HollywoodCyborg: Sinn
* HotScoop: Grace Ryan
* HumiliationConga: Xander's year of being homeless in between seasons one and two
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Killface.
* {{Irony}}:
--> '''Documentarian''': Wow. Well, that's sort of ironic.
--> '''Xander''': How's that?
--> '''Documentarian''': 'Cause uhh, that you used to own the company that made the refrigerator that came in the cardboard box that you live in now.
--> '''Xander''': I'm not real sure that's what irony is.
--> '''Documentarian''': It's actually kinda exactly what it is.
* {{Jerkass}}: Pretty much the entire cast. But ''especially'' Xander.
* KickTheDog: Almost every character is a pretty despicable human being (or whatever Killface is), as noted above.
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: Killface's mother and race.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Apparently a company called [[RetCon Ret-Con]] makes a living by [[HandWave handwaving]] continuity the show no longer cares about. Antagone vanishes thanks to Grace taking Ret-Con brand ant poison pills and Ret-Con Construction rebuilds the Annihilatrix after it gets taken apart for scrap.
* LegoGenetics: Watley, Antagone
* LeeroyJenkins: LET'S DO [=THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis...=]
* {{Leitmotif}}: Should Killface get angry enough to simply glower in silence at someone, a simple choral track will play.
* LittlestCancerPatient: One appears as Killface attempts to sort out his insurance in "Emergency Room".
-->'''Killface:''' You would not ''believe'' the day I'm having.\\
''(child coughs)''\\
'''Killface:''' Cover your mouth.
* MonochromaticEyes: Sinn
* MostCommonSuperpower: Antagone gains this.
** Sinn is also quite ample.
* MotivationalKiss: At one point near the end, Stan and Taqu'il are dangling from a ledge, and Taqu'il uses a grappling hook concealed in his belt to lift them to safety. Before he does, Stan (referencing the use of this trope in ''StarWars'') gives him a quick kiss and says "For luck." Taqu'il is not amused, and activates the grappling hook with nothing more than a cold look.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Counting [[HeroAntagonist Xander]] as the villain in this example, he activates the Annihilatrix at the end of season one, intent on killing himself and taking the entire world with him. When season two begins, it's revealed that instead of launching the Earth into the Sun like it was supposed to, it instead nudged the Earth three feet away from it, thus curing global warming (which Killface took credit for.)
* NixonMask: One of the X-tacles wears one.
-->'''X-tacle in NixonMask:''' Hey guys, look. I opened Communist China to the West!
-->'''{{Beat}}'''
-->'''X-tacle 2:''' Put that back.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Mitzi and Verl from "Pimp My Revenue" are very thin pastiches of Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin, respectively.
** Carter Hawkins bears resemblance, both physically and politically, to GlennBeck.
* NoNameGiven: The Documentarian from the Presidential Campaign arc.
* NoodleIncident:
** The reason why Simon and Killface had to leave Arizona is constantly teased in season one; it's implied that the incident involved illegal bunny-knife fights, which Simon was involved in.
** In "Meet Antagone", Killface alludes to some terrible thing happening at the mall.
--->'''Killface:''' And once again, this mall is my Waterloo.
* NoPartyGiven: Averted, Killface is democratic and Xander is republican.
* NumberOfTheBeast: Killface's insurance policy number is 666666666666. And has been unpaid for six months.
* OddCouple: Xander and Killface, when they team up.
* OnTheNext: One episode ended on a pretty literal CliffHanger, with Grace Ryan hanging from the Annihilatrix by a microphone cord.
--> Next time, on ''FriskyDingo'': "Oh my God, she fell!"
* ThePlotReaper
* PreviouslyOn
* ProductPlacement:
** Killface mentions the Rooms To Go furniture store chain in his original Annihilatrix threat.
** Ruthlessly mocked with the "Scion tC" gag.
** Also, Haggar Pants sponsors the Xander Crews/Killface Presidential Debate at the Haggar Pants Arena...which has a giant pair of pants attached to the roof.
* {{Punch Punch Punch Uh Oh}}:
-->'''Killface''' (To Antagone): Well let me tell you this. (Punching her gut) Punch punch punch punch punch...really, nothing?
* QuarterHourShort
* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale
--> '''Xander:''' ''"...I would not call that making love. I would call that... [[BuffySpeak the Shame Spear... of... Hurt.]]"''
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Constantly averted. Characters stutter, talk over each other, and sometimes even lose their train of thought.
* RichesToRags: Xander at the beginning of season 2; he's gone from the head of a company with billions of dollars to living in a refrigerator box.
* RunningGag: Scores of them, including Killface's ringtone, Killface's lack of insurance, wearing a tallboy as a thong, the Half 'n' Half, people who are supposed to get pickles, being picky about counting to three, establishing boundaries, Xander randomly asking "What are we doing?", Simon pushing bowls of cereal off tables, [[CityWithNoName referring to the city where everything takes place as "town"]], Darcel Jones of Team Jaguar and how she's always more professional than Grace Ryan...
* SadistShow
* SadisticChoice: Adult Swim's treatment of of the show, as far tricking fans into thinking that the show's third season was dependent on their rejecting outright TheXtacles spin-off, all the while having already officially canceled ''Frisky Dingo'' with no chance of bringing the show back.
** While the Xtacles are holding Xander Crews ransom for delayed back pay ([[TooDumbToLive utterly unaware that he is also their boss]]), and being refused by Stan who wanted Crews dead anyway:
--->'''Xtacle:''' So, you want it in the ''face'' (''Jabs Crews in the face with his gun'') or...
--->'''Crews:''' No! No! Not my handsome face!
--->'''Xtacle:''' Awww, I'm just playing. You don't get to pick. (''Cocks gun'')
* SuddenlySexuality: Subverted; Simon turns out to be gay midway through season two but ultimately it's revealed that he was faking being gay in order to try and derail his father's presidential campaign.
** At least, that's what he claimed. It doesn't really make sense, since it was his coming out that stopped Killface from being a religious fundamentalist, which was alienating all his constituents.
--> '''Simon''': [[TheUnintelligible [mumbling] ]]
--> '''Killface''': Oh, you don't even know if you're gay or not.
--> '''Xander''': Snip snap!
--> '''Killface''': Snip snap indeed!
* ShaggyDogStory: The entire Presidential campaign arc. By the end of it, it's revealed that [[spoiler: because Killface wasn't born in the US, and Xander is too young, ''neither'' of them are eligible for the presidency.]]
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Robert Guillaume is uncredited as the voice of Mr. Ford
* ShoutOut: Often subtle and used for one-off jokes. A prime example would be the poster of [[NubileSavage Raquel Welch]] (with Xander's face poorly Photoshopped on), kept by Ronnie in the X-Calibur's holding cell which hides the escape hole behind it just like TheShawshankRedemption.
** Killface was wearing a [[Series/TheBradyBunch tiki necklace]] that they blame for bad luck (actually an assassination attempt).
** Xander tells Killface not worry when they see a spaceship land, all they need are some [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial Reese's Pieces]]
* StupidSacrifice: Taqu'il.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Antagone is this to Grace Ryan.
* SweetOnPollyOliver: The Xticles and Awesome-X love Sinn-as-Hooper's perfect ass and breasts but apparently think she's a man.
* TakeThat / GeniusBonus: At one point Nerl exclaims "Thank you RonaldReagan! Your legacy is intact." The Reagan Administration's policies regarding funding and privatization of mental institutions are considered by some to have added many mentally-ill and mentally-disabled persons to the homeless population.
* TalkingToHimself: Killface and Xander Crews are both voiced by Adam Reed, as is Wendall Stamps and Ronnie.
* TemporaryBlindness: Killface ''and'' Xander Crews, late in Season 1.
* TitleDrop: [[spoiler:"Frisky Dingo" is the override code for the Annihilatrix.]]
* TooDumbToLive: The Xtacles are heavily armed, easily manipulated and distracted, are ''extremely'' stupid, and die in spades.
** Aww, Fat Mike too?
* TransparentCloset: Xander. His obsession with Fred Dryer and his 1980s TV show "Hunter," complete with mural of him in his bedroom that he stares at rather than screwing his hot girlfriend (who he is constantly avoiding).
* TookALevelInBadAss: Val, who went from Killface's hostage who watched Killface savagely murder/desecrate the corpses of her boyfriend AND said boyfriend's twin and being traumatized by Killface striking her/threatening more violence, to a bad-ass manipulator/villainess.
** [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy Who can't shoot straight.]]
* TheUnintelligible:
** Simon. I ''dare'' you to be able to tell what he's saying (without Killface's help).
** Stan's clones. HARRUMPH!
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Taken UpToEleven - not merely are the supposed "[[AntiHero hero]]" and "[[AntiVillain villain]]" unsympathetic, but just TRY finding a genuinely sympathetic character in the show. Even the characters who seem innocent ultimately become jerks.
** Except for Baby Lamont. And arguably Watley and Taquil (The latter would even sacrifice himself, albeit only to simply be eaten alive).
* UpperClassTwit: Xander Crews.
* VillainProtagonist: Killface.
* VillainsOutShopping: Frequently used, sometimes literally.
* WhamEpisode
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally the show would have been about the Xtacles with Killface as the big bad and Xander and his wife (who ended up becoming Grace Ryan) only making occasional appearances. When the title was changed from "Whisky Tango" to "Frisky Dingo", the plan was to have "Frisky Dingo" be an insulting nickname for the team (who would still be called Whisky Tango).
** Also of note: Had the show not been cruelly cancelled like it was, the first half of season three would have taken Xander and Killface to Killface's homeworld, where we would learn that Killface was the spoiled rotten prince of his people and explored him acting like a grown up spoiled brat towards his people....
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield
** They're probably somewhere near Seattle. When driving to Vegas Killface says "16 hours in the car..." A mile marker with different cities on it seems to indicate they are driving south to Vegas. Assuming a 70-75 mph speed limit you end up somewhere in the vicinity of Washington state/northern Oregon
** Although the freeway map on GPS screens, and certain street names correspond with Atlanta, where the show was produced (and home of Adult Swim).
*** Killface mentions Rooms To Go, a furniture store chain based in the Southern US, in his original Annihilatrix ultimatum.
*** The logo for "[[ShowWithinAShow Live with Mitzi and Verl]]" has a silhouette of the Downtown Atlanta skyline in the background.
*** The Haggar Pants Arena is the Georgia Dome with a giant pair of pants attached to its roof.
* WhosLaughingNow: Stan: "Who's laughing now, Crews? Who's laughing now? Hahaha... ''Me''. I am laughing".
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Mr. Ford. This culminates in him being President of the United States.
-->'''Mr. Ford:''' Yeah, my ass is everywhere.
* WordSaladTitle: The title ''FriskyDingo'' was originally supposed to be a mangled insult nickname Killface had for Xander's team (called Whiskey Tango), but the creators eventually {{handwave}}d it into the series [[spoiler:by making it the launch code for the Annihilatrix]].
** The name was originally going to be "Whiskey Tango", military alphabet shorthand for "'''W'''hat '''T'''he...?" but someone else already had the name.
** "Whiskey Tango" is usually a euphemism for "'''W'''hite '''T'''rash."

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'''BOOSH!''' and/or ka-kow.