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'''''Muppet Babies''''' (1984-1991) was one of the few well-received SpinoffBabies conversions, partially because [[FirstInstallmentWins it was one of the first]]. Spinning off from ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', the show's premise was a takeoff from a sequence in ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'' involving baby-versions of the characters, itself later referred to in an amusing callback. It also naturally spawned a side franchise of children's books.

Aside from the original, and otherwise [[TheFaceless unseen]] Nanny character, it featured most of the big Muppet celebrities ([[CanonForeigner Scooter's hitherto unknown sister Skeeter]] notwithstanding) discovering quite mundane things and approaching them in a precocious, childlike way -- before completely blowing them out of proportion with [[DerangedAnimation their overactive imaginations]]. The OnceAnEpisode [[EngagingChansons random song]] and trademark gimmick of spliced Live Action StockFootage (one of the main factors that has prevented it from getting an official DVD release) gave it a rather surreal quality, too. And despite being a Saturday morning spinoff, it managed to contain all the wit and intelligence of its predecessor. Some fans even prefer it to the original Muppet Show.

Later seasons would feature guest appearances from other Muppet characters, including fan favorites StatlerAndWaldorf. The Babies also had a memorable appearance in ''CartoonAllStarsToTheRescue''.

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!!Examples:
* AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale: Piggy on Gonzo.
* AffirmativeActionGirl: Skeeter.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: See MadLove below.
* AlphaBitch: Miss Piggy, especially in "Snow White and the Seven Muppets".
** Also Skeeter, just watch "Pigerella."
* AscendedExtra: Rowlf, Scooter and Animal. They were hardly nobodies on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' or in the first three movies, but for many, it was this show that firmly put them into core character territory with Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie and Gonzo.
* TheArtifact: The end credits theme from Season 2 onwards is actually that of "Muppets, Babies and Monsters", the very short-lived pairing of Muppet Babies and Little Muppet Monsters. The castanets and trumpet solo at the end also come from that.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Shouldn't Baby Kermit be, er, a ''tadpole''?
** Not necessarily. There are species of frogs in which the tadpoles develop in the eggs and emerge as little froglets.
*** Besides, we do see Kermit's even younger nephew Robin in a few episodes, who IS still a tadpole.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: "Don't wish for elephants unless you own a zoo/ 'cause wishes have a way of coming true!"
* BigEater: Piggy, Animal even more so, and his case, he can (and does) eat almost ANYTHING.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: From the episode "Good Clean Fun":
-->'''Animal:''' [[CouchGag Go bye bye!]]\\
'''Piggy:''' No, Animal, the show's not over yet!\\
'''Animal:''' Sorry.\\
'''Piggy:''' It's ok.
* BurpingContest: Animal holds this with rocks and some others in "Journey To The Center Of The Nursery".
* ButtMonkey: Most of the go bye bye skits feature Animal playing some cruel prank on Gonzo and sending him flying [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Team Rocket]]-style.
** Whenever Fozzie tells a joke, he's ''lucky'' if the worst reception he gets is mere booing.
*** Beaker, even as a baby, is still often the unfortunate guinea pig for Bunsen's inventions. The most prominent example being the anti-nightmare device in "I Want My Muppet TV"
* CanonForeigner: Skeeter, though an adult version of her has made appearances in ''TheMuppetShowComicBook'', so (depending on how much you're willing to take the comics as canon), she may be verging into CanonImmigrant territory.
* CatchPhrase: Anytime Fozzie tells a joke, he says "Give up?" before the punchline. The rest of the babies yell "Fozzie!" when his joke sucks. He also says "I knew that" after someone corrects him.
** Kermit says "Sheesh" when frustrated.
** Piggy says "Yippee skippee!" when she's excited.
** Rowlf when excited says "Far out!"
** Animal's favorite expression is a grotesque "Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah!"
* TheCameo: Tom Selleck (in live action!) as a lovestruck fan of Piggy. It may have helped that both this and ''Series/MagnumPI'' were on {{CBS}}.
* CatFight: Piggy and Skeeter at least 3 times. For someone so young, [[LittleMissBadass Piggy sure can be vicious.]]..
* ChekhovsGun: In the beginning of the episode "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dark?," the kids play with Scooter’s computer pen with a glowing tip. By the end of the episode, it is used by Beaker to ward off and defeat a slime monster (a representation of his fear of the dark).
* ClingyJealousGirl: Piggy for Kermit.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: Fozzie Bear suffers this greatly, not only from his friends but also from his imaginary audiences when they boo and throw tomatoes at him for every joke he tells to them, good or bad.
* ContinuitySnarl: Only if you consider the FridgeLogic: when is this show taking place anyway?
** Let's not even get started on the later season that introduced Baby Bean Bunny; Bean's a young kid in the normal Muppets! Or that fact that this was all just Piggy's dream sequence in the third film, but ''actual backstory'' in Film/AMuppetFamilyChristmas, but that would contradict TheMuppetMovie ....yup, this is a galaxy-sized snarl.
* [[CoolOldGuy Cool Old Guys]]: Statler and Waldorf had had much more softer personalities in this series.
* CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel: While ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' was set in the 1970s (the time it was airing) this show has baby Scooter with a personal computer.
** Interestingly, a proposed prequel animated series (which was ultimatley scrapped) would have shown the Muppets as teenagers in TheFifties, even though (as ''TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'' makes clear) they graduated from college in the early '80s.
* CouchGag / EveryEpisodeEnding: Animal's "''Go bye-bye!''" [[TheStinger stinger]] occurs in different settings and styles, based on the theme of the episode.
* CuteBruiser: Piggy. "HI-YAH!"
* DeadpanSnarker: Piggy has her moments.
* DerailedFairyTale: "Snow White and the Seven Muppets" becomes one when Piggy, who was playing the Evil Queen against her will, realizes that Kermit (Prince Charming) will be kissing Skeeter-as-Snow-White awake, so she starts (via narration) bringing in antagonists from other fairy tales to interrupt the final scene.
* DisneyAcidSequence: OnceAnEpisode.
* DoNotPassGo: In the Valentine's Day episode, Scooter has his computer generate a Valentine's Day poem, but it's not what he was expecting:
-->''Roses are red''
-->''Pickles are blue''
-->''Have a nice banana''
-->''You live at the zoo.''
-->''Do not pass Go, do not collect $200'' (over an image of a banana behind jail bars)
* ExtremeOmnivore: Animal.
* TheFaceless: Nanny.
** And all non-Muppet adults in the babies' fantasy sequences, although an adult's face is seen briefly from time to time.
* FatherIWantToMarryMyBrother: Scooter and Skeeter play a married king and queen in two different "Literature/SleepingBeauty" sequences.
** and Mr and Mrs. Howell in a GilligansIsland parody.
* FieryRedhead: Skeeter.
* FracturedFairyTale: Several times throughout the series.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Piggy: "Oh Kermie! Take me! I'm yours!"
** Not to mention Gonzo's nose fetish and his line when Piggy takes him into the closet, "Be gentle with me."
* HairTriggersoundEffect: Gonzo played The Weirdo, and everytime his name was mentioned, Rowlf played a Musical Sting on the piano. Eventually, Gonzo got tired of it and asked Rowlf to knock it off
* HiddenDepths: Piggy always cast herself as the DistressedDamsel PrincessClassic in their make-believe adventures, only to usually end up saying something like, "Gimme that stupid sword!"
* HypocriticalHumor:
-->'''Piggy:''' I'm not [[SchoolPlay playing]] any [[Literature/SnowWhite wicked queen]]! Why... I haven't got a '''DROP''' of '''''wicked in me!!!'''''
* IAmSong in the full version of the OpeningTheme:
-->'''Kermit''': [[TheHero I like adventure!]]
-->'''Piggy''': [[ClingyJealousGirl I like romance!]]
-->'''Fozzie''': [[PluckyComicRelief I love great jokes!]]
-->'''Animal''': [[ThirdPersonPerson Animal dance!]]
-->'''Scooter''': [[TheSmartGuy I've got my computer!]]
-->'''Skeeter''': [[{{Tomboy}} I jump through the air!]]
-->'''Rowlf''': [[ThePowerOfRock I play the piano!]]
-->'''Gonzo''': [[CloudCuckoolander And I've got blue hair! Ha!]]
-->'''Bunsen''': [[TheSmartGuy Me, I invent things!]]
-->'''Beaker''': [[TheUnintelligible ME-MEEP MEEP MEEP MEEEEEEEEEP!!!]]
-->'''Nanny''': [[TeamMom Is everything all right in here?]]
-->'''All''': [[ThisIsReality Yes, Nanny.]]
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: One episode dealt with Scooter feeling like his computer abilities were nothing compared to the other kids' areas of expertise. Oh, [[ReverseFunnyAneurysm if only he'd]] [[TechMarchesOn been born later]]...
** In one episode, the babies try to figure out how to relate with Gonzo better by finding ways where they are really weird too. It worked too well, and Gonzo wound up coming to the conclusion that he wasn't really weird and if he wasn't a 'weirdo', then he wasn't anything at all. Of course, for the MuppetBabies version of Gonzo, [[IAmWhatIAm being labeled "weird" was always a point of pride.]]
* IWantSong: "The Biggest Little Pig In Hollywood" in the episode "This Little Piggy Went To Hollywood".
* {{Irony}}: In "The Muppet Museum of Art", Skeeter slips on Gonzo's roller skate and twists her ankle, forcing Nanny to cancel a trip to an art museum to take care of her, and Gonzo has a guilt trip over ruining the trip they were all waiting for. The (dramatic) irony is we see Skeeter slipping on one of Piggy's roller skates, and she swapped it with one of Gonzo's to pass the blame to him. The rest of the episode has the other babies making their own art museum for Skeeter, while Gonzo makes various works of art featuring [[AuthorAppeal Piggy]], subconsciously sneaking a roller skate in; Piggy reacts negatively to each one as it reminds her that Skeeter's accident was ''her'' fault.
** Additionally, Skeeter gets to stay in the living room with Nanny, watching TV and drinking soda-pop while Nanny pampers her. Not a bad deal at all.
* MadLove [[LoveTriangle Triangle]]: Piggy's crush on Kermit, Gonzo's crush on Piggy.
* MayTheFarceBeWithYou: The final stretch of "Gonzo's Video Show" is a ''Star Wars'' parody, and smaller-scale sendups appear in other episodes.
* NarrativeShapeshifting: Baby Beaker, while explaining his fear of the monster under his bed to the other babies (since, like Adult Beaker, all he can say is "Meep!").
* NotQuiteStarring: A weird example: none of the original puppeteers reprised their roles as their respective characters. (Didn't happen with the ''FraggleRock'' AnimatedAdaptation either.)
* OffModel: It is a Marvel animation production (see also ''MyLittlePony'')... But then Creator/{{AKOM}} took over...
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: In the first two seasons Howie Mandel, a Canadian actor, was the voice of Skeeter, Bunsen, and Animal. Occasionally one of them would say sorry as sorr-ee.
** Though in Animal's case, that's a close approximation of how Frank Oz' Animal says it.
* PirateGirl: In one episode, the kids pretended to be treasure hunters and encountered a trio of female pirates.
* PolarOppositeTwins with a HalfIdenticalTwins chaser: Scooter and Skeeter.
* {{Pounds are Animal Prisons}}: Discussed and subverted in the episode ''What's New at the Zoo?'' Rowlf applies this trope to zoos because they remind him of dog pounds. Nanny shows Rowlf the importance of zoos to preserving animal life.
* ProducePelting:
-->'''Fozzie''': "Something tells me I oughta give up comedy and go into the tomato sauce business."
* RealityWarper: Well, not officially, but [[EpilepticTrees it would]] [[FanWank explain]] [[WildMassGuessing a lot]].
* RejectionAffection: Gonzo continually woos Piggy, despite her greeting his advances with contempt and karate chops. This is borrowed from The Muppet Show, where it occurred less frequently.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Skeeter. As of the first episode, she was just plain always there.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* RunningGag: What will they find in the closet this time?
* {{Shorttank}}: Skeeter.
* ShoutOut: How many movie references did they have? A ''StarWars'' one (just like the original ''Muppet Show'') where Kermit was Luke, Miss Piggy was Leia, and Animal was Vader. (Now, ''that'' is impossible, Luke.) They also did ''Franchise/IndianaJones''.
** ''Muppet Babies'' '''runneth over''' with ''Franchise/StarWars'' references, in fact. Thanks to how close Henson Productions and Lucasfilm were at the time, Lucas basically gave the Henson crew free rein to make [[LawyerFriendlyCameo as many references]] as they liked without fear of lawyers, a privilege they used as much as they could. The target audience being [[SmallReferencePools relatively familiar with the works due to their fame]] helped matters a lot, too.
** Another episode had Scooter and Piggy re-enacting Nanny's favorite movie, ''TheAfricanQueen''.
** "Nice to Have Gnome You" is based around shout-outs to (and extensive footage from) ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' and the film adaptation of ''Literature/TheWitches'', two of Creator/JimHenson's non-Muppet productions.
** There's a part when Animal comes out of a toy chest dressed in medieval garb while [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail clicking a pair of coconuts together]].
** "It's Only Pretendo" is based around gentle spoofs/pastiches of various NintendoEntertainmentSystem games, plus ''Frogger''.
* SpinOffBabies: The TropeCodifier. This and ''TheFlintstoneKids'' are probably the only two examples of a SpinoffBabies series done right in Western animation.
* Creator/StanLee: Gets web sprayed on his face by Skeeter.
* StraightMan: Rowlf
* TaremeEyes: Makes sense, since it fits Rowlf's kind, soft, easygoing personality.
** Kermit also counts too.
* ThatsAllFolks / TheStinger: Gooooooooo bye-bye!
* ThemeTuneRollCall
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Piggy and Skeeter respectively ([[HiddenDepths No, we did not get that mixed up]] -- Piggy dresses in pink, bows, and lace [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and]] [[CuteBruiser karate chops]] anyone when they set off her HairTriggerTemper, whereas Skeeter is a {{tomboy}} but much more mellow.)
* ToughRoom: Fozzie getting pelted by tomatoes for telling bad jokes.
* {{Tsundere}}: Piggy is a mix between this and {{Yandere}}.
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: "Pigerella" had Piggy imagining herself as Cinderella. Gonzo, the Fairy Godmother, changed it to seven for a similar reason it was done to Film/{{Casper}} in his film. Gonzo told her that, because they're kids, they can't stay awake up to midnight.
* WritersBlock: Shows up once where Piggy and Gonzo literally ran into a writers (toy)block and Gonzo explained this trope. It was solved in the most zany fashion possible - writer's termites.
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