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One of {{Nickelodeon}}'s best and most famous Franchise/{{Nicktoons}}, and the 4th overall. It stars Rocko, a young wallaby from Australia, adjusting to life on his own in America. Most of his days were "very dangerous days" where ASimplePlan like a trip to the laundromat or just trying to keep his job was met with bad luck and other weirdness. In later episodes Rocko's friends Heffer, a gluttonous, not-too-bright, but amiable bovine who was literally RaisedByWolves, and Filburt, a timid and geeky turtle, were often dragged along for the ride.

The writers had an amazing talent for [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar getting away with a lot of risqué scenes]] (making ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'''s attempts look amateur and obvious), but, as with a lot of cartoon writers of the 1990s, they sometimes went too far and had a lot of scenes edited in reruns, including an entire episode focused on Bev Bighead trying to seduce Rocko and another where Heffer goes on a game show to win back his soul from the Devil (or Peaches the Grim Reaper). To this day, it remains a prominent cult phenomenon, due to the adult humor and number of quotables.

There were no legal {{DVD}}s available from Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} owner Creator/{{Viacom}}, leaving a vacuum that [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes was populated for years by pirate [=DVDs=] of low-quality TV recordings]]... until Creator/ShoutFactory came to the rescue in 2011, and the complete series was released by 2013. The good news for the DVD release is that two long-banned episodes, "Leap Frogs" and "Heff in a Handbasket", are in the collection (and, of course, all the unbanned episodes are also on there). The bad news: the episodes "Hut Sut Raw," "The Good, The Bad, and the Wallaby," and "Road Rashed" are edited, so you're gonna have to rely on the low-quality pirated recordings if you ever want to see the uncut version of those episodes.
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!!This show has examples of:
* AbnormalLimbRotationRange: PlayedForLaughs with Widow Hutchison in "The Big Answer".
** Played straight with Peaches in "To Heck and Back".
* AbsenteeActor: Rocko doesn't appear in "Frog's Best Friend" and "Magic Meatball". In addition he only makes non-speaking cameos in "She's the Toad" and "Teed Off" (screams in a random scene near the end, but no real dialogue otherwise). It is worth noting that all four of these episodes revolve around the Bigheads.
* AccidentalPervert: Everyone who has the misfortune to bump into Gladys the Hippo Lady.
-->'''Gladys:''' [[WhoDares How DAAAARE you]]!
* AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload: In "Rocko's Happy Sack", Rocko tries to convince a guy who's unknowingly buying Spunky to not buy dog meat, and lists off the various ingredients in such a thing, including [=PCBs=], [=MSGs=], and [=BVDs=].
* ActuallyThatsMyAssistant: Peaches (as mentioned below) is ''not'' the overlord of [[GoshDangItToHeck Heck]]. His shadowy, beanie-wearing boss is.
* AdamWesting: Richard Simmons appears in an early episode as a flamboyant aerobics instructor.
* AdultFear: "From Here to Maternity" has Filburt and Dr. Hutchison go through this when their egg is taken by Easter bunnies.
* AffirmativeActionGirl: Due to ExecutiveMeddling opposition to TheSmurfettePrinciple, Dr. Hutchinson was born, with awesome results.
* AllThereInTheManual: Joe Murray's original description for Rocko, reprinted in the book ''Not Just Cartoons: Nicktoons!'', reveals that the character's last name is [[spoiler:Rama]], and over the course of the series, he happens to be [[spoiler:20]] years old. As a matter of fact, several of the businesses in O-Town (such as Bowl-O-Rama) pay homage to this.
** So his full name is [[spoiler:[[ThePowerOfRock Rock-o-Rama]]? As in, [[PunnyName a lot of rock]]?]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Peter Wolfe is a cheerleader and wears a skirt in two episodes, to the displeasure of his father. Also Heffer and Filburt, arguably. Although, in the same episode that Peter wears the tutu, Heffer briefly gets a girlfriend.
** Not to mention Rocko being hunted by his neighbors after confessing that he "likes rainbows", though every other episode usually has him trying to win a new girlfriend, and he marries Heffer in a fairy-tale scene.
** Also Chuck and Leon Chameleon, who dance with each other at Dr Hutchison's class reunion, and the lisping genie in "Scrubbing Down Under".
** The [[TagTeamTwins Chameleon Brothers]] (Chuck and Leon) during Seasons 1-2. Although they become totally [[CampGay flaming homosexuals]] during the Season 3 episode "Camera Shy", when they [[spoiler:speak in the gayest Mexican accents imaginable, turn Rocko into a porn star, and call him "baby" and "honey".]]
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Filburt naturally, as he is a Creator/WoodyAllen caricature.
* AndThenISaid: "...Rock 'em sock 'em!"
* AndYouWereThere: In "Short Story," Rocko dreams about what it would be like to be tall - ''really'' tall. Upon waking up in his bed, he's greeted by the others seen in his dream - except for that guy that looks like Joe Murray.
* AngryGuardDog: The RecurringCharacter, Earl. Usually a psychotic stray.
* AnimalJingoism: Spoofed.
* AnimalsNotToScale: Rocko the wallaby seems about 3 feet or so tall, making him the only realistically sized animal on the show (along with Spunky, though as he is not humanoid this doesn't count), compared to him Heffer the steer and Dr. Hutchison the cat (presumably of the house variety) look normal human size, about 5 and a half to six feet, Filburt the turtle is in-between, while the Bigheads who are cane toads are maybe 6 and a half feet tall, with their heads counting for at least half of that; their adult son Ralph who does not have a large head, but has about the same body height, is a little taller than Rocko, not counting his hair.
* AnimatedActors: The flies from "Canned".
* AnythingButThat: From "Trash-O-Madness":
--> '''Rocko''': Wait...what's that in your mouth, Spunky? That's not [[EvenTheRatsWontTouchIt that slime from the refrigerator,]] is it? YOU BROUGHT THAT SLUDGEBALL INTO THE BATHTUB?! No...wait...Spunky...[[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime I didn't mean to]]...NO...not in the water...[[OhCrap NOT IN THE-]] SPUNKY! [[AndIMustScream AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!]]
* AppliedMathematics: Mr. Smitty's "time is money" lecture to Rocko in "Commuted Sentence".
* AprilFoolsDay: In 2013, TeenNick said it would air a LostEpisode of the series at midnight on April 1st. It ended up literally being DeadAir with the Wacky Delly mayonnaise episode (followed by an airing of "Wacky Delly" itself)
* ArtEvolution: It improves with each passing season, with Season Four being the most noticeable. At first, the characters have round eyes with black dot pupils, and the color palette for the whole show seems really light and bland; later however, characters have different shaped (and sized in some cases) eyes with colored pupils, colors are far more bolder and brighter, and outlines are also much stronger.
* ArtShift: An unintentional one occurs in "Trash-o-Madness", which repeatedly shifts between the original, domestically-animated pilot footage and the Sunwoo-animated footage added to the pilot to fill the eleven minute running time.
* AscendedExtra: Filburt started as a random character doing odd jobs before he got promoted to Rocko's other friend.
-->'''Filburt:''' You turn a page, then wash your hands. And then you turn a page, and then you wash your hands.
* AssShove: Implied during Rocko's checkup with "Dr." Bendova.
* AstronomicZoom: In "Hut Sut Raw", while Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt are trying to make their way out of the forest, Filburt proclaims, "We're lost!" The camera suddenly cuts back farther and farther until it's in space. At which point, Rocko says, "Maybe we ''are'' lost."
* AttackOfThePoliticalAd: One cartoon where Mr. Bighead decides to challenge Rocko in a campaign for town dog catcher, he takes out an ad suggesting that Rocko is responsible for the fall of the Roman Empire, the sinking of the Titanic, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the 1958 Edsel]]. An "artist rendering" of Rocko depicts him with sharp teeth, a menacing demeanor, and a speech bubble reading, "I'm mean."
* AustralianAccent: Rocko, considering he is from the aforementioned continent.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Ed and Bev Bighead.
* {{Badass}}: Heffer's grandma bullies Peaches and prefers to stay in "Heck" because it's warm. Imagine what she was like when she was alive.
* BalefulPolymorph: Rocko is transformed into a fly for an episode as punishment for injuring a fly.
* BaseballEpisode: "Spitballs".
* TheBermudaTriangle: One short sees Rocko board a senior cruise ship with Heffer and his grandfather and passes through the Bermuda Triangle. After some DerangedAnimation, it turns every old person on the ship young, and every young person old.
* BerserkButton: Literally, there's one on Mr. Smitty's chair, and it's green. DON'T EVER TOUCH THAT!
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Rocko. Typically the sweetest, most humble creature imaginable -- until you push him a bit too far. He has cowed antagonists with nothing more than a ranting summation of everything he's been through and a threat to "do something NOT NICE!!"
* BigEater: Heffer.
* BigNever: Ralph Bighead in "I Have No Son!"
* BilingualBonus: More like "Three Weeks of Spanish 101 Bonus," but "Boob Tubed" has Rocko, Filburt and Heffer watching a Spanish SoapOpera and [[TearJerker bursting into tears]] at the delivery of the line: "Maria, este libro esta ''tarde''! Voy a la biblioteca." ("Maria, the book is late [overdue], I'm going to the library!")
** Also in another episode when Rocko is thrown into the water by Gladys the Hippo - he lands on top of a crab and it yells "me pica culo!" This translates to "my ass itches".
* BitingTheHandHumor: The episode ''Wacky Delly'' was basically one big TakeThat to ''Nickelodeon'' and their process involving animated shows.
* BowledOver: In the episode "Schnit-Heads", a [[{{Cult}} religious cult based on sausage]] wants to go "bowling for sinners" with our heroes.
-->'''Rocko:''' You can't chuck bowling balls at us!\\
-->'''Cult Leader:''' Yes we can. Says so in the Great Book of Bratwurst. "And if there is one among you who does not follow the ways of the Schnitzel, let that one go, and do not throw bowling balls at them."\\
'''Rocko:''' You see? It says let us go.\\
'''Cult Leader:''' It's a matter of interpretation.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: From "Cabin Fever":
-->'''Heffer (trying to guess what Ed Bighead's shadow puppets are):''' A radiator! Either a hose or a radiator, or a piece of radiator hose. I win!
* BreakingTheFourthWall[=/=]ThinkOfTheCensors: When Heffer finds himself in {{He|ll}}ck with Peaches.
-->'''Heffer:''' Heck? Don't you mean...
-->'''Peaches:''' Woop! Censors!
** Also, the scene from "Camera Shy" in which Heffer and Filburt speak directly into the screen of their video camera gives a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything suspiciously strong impression]] that they are speaking directly to the show's viewers.
--> '''Filburt''': ''[[UnusualEuphemism He ain't dressed for the occasion, if you know what I mean...]]''
--> '''Heffer''': Yup. ''You'' heard right. ''He's completelyyy...[[spoiler:NAAAKEDDD.]]''
--> '''Filburt''': ''[[CallingYourOrgasms With no CLOTHES ONN!!!]]''
* BuffySpeak: Kind-Of-A-Lot O Comics.
* ButtMonkey: As bad as it can get for Rocko, it is always worse for Ed Bighead (who, to be fair, [[{{Jerkass}} usually]] [[LaserGuidedKarma deserves it]]).
* ButtSticker: Twice
** "Rocko's Happy Sack" while Rocko is shopping he gets crushed by the Hippo Lady's butt and gets stuck there.
** "Bye Bye Birdie" when Heffer sits on the couch, he is unaware that he sat on Filburt's bird. They scream when Rocko and Heffer find it stuck to Heffer's butt.
* CallBack: In "Wacky Delly", Ralph Bighead says, "Yeah, Rocko!" over and over, which is similar to when Rocko said "Yeah, Melba!" over and over in "Love Spanked".
* CampGay: The Chameleon Brothers.
** "I'M A WILD PIIIG!"
--> Chameleon Brothers: Everybody's [[DoubleEntendre FRAPPING IT]] to our bought-out film! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Have an espresso, baaaaby!]]
--> Rocko: OURS?! ''[[spoiler:[[OohMeAccentsSlipping THAT'S MOI NAIKI'NESS!]]]]''
--> Chameleon Brothers: [[CallingYourOrgasms THEN IT'S OURRR MASSTERPIEECE!!!]]
* CaptainErsatz: Who else thought the head gardener guy in ''Teed Off'' reminded them of [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]]?
* CaretakerReversal: Happens in the episode "Yarn Benders", which begins with Filburt getting sick after being caught in the rain and ends with Rocko and Heffer catching the illness after mangling a few fairy tales that they're reading to Filb.
* CarnivoreConfusion: The "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Chokey Chicken]]" fast food franchise apparently hires chickens... who are then processed for meat. Cattle are likewise sentient.
** Heffer, a ''[[InsistentTerminology steer]]'', eats burgers, fish, sausage, and steaks. Heffer was raised by wolves quite literally, which might account for some of his carnivorous/cannibalistic eating habits. He wants to kill the turkey for Thanksgiving...and can't.
*** Indeed the entire ''Rocko'' society is one of carnivore confusion.
* CastAsAMask: Happens in "Pranksters" with Granny Rocko, voiced by Carlos Alazraqui, whom them rips off her [[FullBodyDisguise full bodysuit]] to reveal "she" is actually [[spoiler: Filburt, voiced by Doug Lawrence.]]
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** "[X] day... is a very dangerous day", where [X] is something innocuous like "laundry" or "garbage".
*** BorrowedCatchphrase: By Ed Bighead.
** "I hate my life."
** "Turn the page/Dip it in, wash your hands."
*** Another Filburt classic: "I'm nauseous. I'm nauseous."
* ChainedHeat
* CharacterTic:
** Rocko chuckling, and drumming his fingers together nervously, usually adding a shaky, "Oh my..."
** Filburt pulling his head and limbs into his shell (being a turtle, naturally), or becoming nauseous (and repeatedly saying so)
** Dr. Hutchinson finishing a sentence with cocking her head to one side and asking, "'Kay?" [[ItRunsInTheFamily She probably gets the head-tilting thing from her mother.]]
** Mr. Dupett picking his nose. Constantly.
* CheshireCatGrin: Heffer's priceless facial expression when he says "NAAAKEEED" in the episode ''Camera Shy'' is the definition of this trope.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Rocko's Modern Christmas".
* CitizenshipMarriage: In "Kiss Me, I'm Foreign," Filburt gets [[HoYay unusually into]] his female persona "[[BecomingTheMask Ophelia]]" as Rocko's wife.
* ComicBookAdaptation: {{Marvel|Comics}} put out seven issues in 1994.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: In "The Emperor's New Joe", the Chameleon Bros. (who opened a new cafe) pressure Rocko into giving a good review to their coffee. Rocko then makes a long speech about how he shouldn't have to go along with the crowd, and that he's acting out of the spirit of the founding fathers by speaking his true opinion. Eventually, the Chameleon Bros. throw him out of their restaurant and wearily say he doesn't have to drink the coffee and to come back for the cheesecake...which results in a HereWeGoAgain situation when another customer does not like the cheesecake.
* CompressedVice: Rocko's nail-biting in "Tooth and Nail."
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: When Peaches fails to get Heffer's soul in one episode, his boss punishes him by giving him his own TV show.
* CourtroomAntics: "Day of the Flecko".
* CrankyNeighbor: Ed Bighead.
* CreditCardPlot: "Who Gives a Buck?"
* CreatorCameo: Joe Murray as Ralph Bighead.
** And in the same episode, we get to see the storyboard authors discussing the exact same scene as the one Rocko, Filburt, and the tour-guide walked in on.
** Murray appears as himself at the end of "Short Story" - just to tell Rocko how off-model he was.
* CreatorsPet: In-Universe example with Heffer and Filburt towards Sal Ami and Mr. Cheese in "Wacky Delly".
* CrushParade: Happens to Rocko's new glasses in "Eyes Capades"
** Also happens to Filburt in "Power Trip"
** Rocko gets run over by the elderly in the cruise ship episode.
* CurseCutShort: From "Kiss Me, I'm Foreign":
-->'''Rocko & Filburt''': WHAT IN THE HELLLLLL-O....
* ADayInTheLimelight: There were several episodes dedicated to other characters (usually involving Heffer or Mr. Bighead), with little appearance of Rocko, including two where [[AbsenteeActor he doesn't appear at all.]]
** Even the Chameleon Brothers had an episode centered around them: ''The Emperor's New Joe''.
** ''Dumbells'' is this for Gladys the Hippo Lady.
* DeathByIrony: In "Rocko's Modern Christmas", the most magical elf of all, Mitch, was the only elf who could make it snow. But he died in a blizzard. [[spoiler:Though it turns out he didn't die; he just went into seclusion.]]
* DemonHead: Rocko in "Rocko's Happy Sack", when he threatens to do something "not nice" if he doesn't get the savings deal.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment / StupidSexyFlanders: From "Camera Shy":
--> '''Heffer''': He's completely... ''naaaaaakeddddd''!
--> '''Filburt''': '''[[GlowingEyes (with sparkling starry eyes)]]''' ''[[GayMoment WITH NO CLOTHES ON!]]''
* DependingOnTheWriter: Is Ed Bighead a relatively high-ranking Conglom-O employee (Canned, I Have No Son), or a relatively low-ranking one (Teed Off, Old Fogey Froggy)? And when did everybody meet?
** Answer to the first question: Ed Bighead ''was'' a high-ranking Conglom-O employee, but was most likely demoted when Mr. Dupette (the lizard who used to be the boss of Super-Lot-O-Comics as seen in "Canned") was hired.
* [[DepravedHomosexual Depraved]] AmbiguouslyGay: Filburt and Heffer, when they eagerly film Rocko ''[[spoiler:"naaaakedddd"]]''. This chain of events also leads the Chameleon Brothers, who have suddenly [[spoiler:become video editing porn artists]], to [[spoiler:[[DepravedHomosexual addressing Rocko by feminine nicknames like "honey" and "baby"]]]].
* DerangedAnimation: The show delves into this trope from time to time. "The Fatheads" and "Wacky Deli" are in-universe examples.
* DesertedIsland: The ending to "Cabin Fever".
* DeusExMachina: In "Schnit-Heads", Rocko, Heffer, & Filburt are about to be hit with [[BowledOver bowling balls]] by a group of sausage cultists. At the last moment though, they are saved when The Most Supreme And Mighty King Of Wieners[[note]]ActuallyReally Really Big Man in a wiener suit.[[/note]] flies in, puts the cultists onto a deserted island, and takes Rocko & the others home.
* DinnerWithTheBoss: Done with the parasites living on Spunky, whose lives spoofed old sitcoms.
* DisneyAcidSequence: The entry into the BermudaTriangle.
* DistantFinale: The final episode took place 17 years in the future, complete with all of the generic Sci-Fi cliches about the future. It stars Filburt's kids, who ask Filburt, who suddenly is a VERY old man [[LampshadeHanging (this is lampshaded)]] about a banana they found in an abandoned house, which happened to be Rocko's. He tells them that a mix-up with a monkey that was intended to be launched into space eventually ended with Rocko, Heffer, Spunky, and the monkey travelling aimlessly through the stars.
** Alas, even though this was the last episode produced, Nickelodeon aired it OutOfOrder and premiered it as next-to-last episode. However, the last one to air is a ThanksgivingEpisode, so Nick probably held it off so that [[JustifiedTrope it could air near the holiday.]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Mrs. Wolfe.
* DropInCharacter: Mr. No Way in the last season... however, it's not too noticeable, considering in most episodes, just about every Conglom-O employee (save for Ed) are pretty much clones of Mr. No Way anyway.
* DrunkOnMilk: During Filburt's bachelor party, he, Rocko, and Heffer consume a considerable amount of ice cream, that makes them, especially Heffer, rather loopy... then, the next morning, when Heffer asks for more "hair of the dog", Rocko and Filburt display the sypmtops of a hangover (though, to be fair, they COULD just be having really bad sugar-induced headaches, considering how much ice cream they ate).
* DudeWheresOurCar: The overgrown child and his mom on "Who Gives a Buck?"
* EEqualsMCHammer: On a flipchart in the episode "Commuted Sentence".
* EggMacGuffin: Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt have to care for Filburt and Dr. Hutchison's egg while Dr. Hutchison goes off to work.
* EnemyEatsYourLunch: In High School, Rocko, Filburt and Heffer took a break from schoolwork to snack on potato chips. Heffer systematically begs for Rocko's chips and takes them all. When it doesn't work, Heffer attacks Filburt and eats them all. [[BerserkButton Filburt beats the tar out of him off camera.]]
* EpicFail: Ed's performance in his last bowling tournament, which results in a TraumaCongaLine that completely destroys the Bowl-O-Rama building ''except'' for the pins he was supposed to hit. All he had to hit to win was ''one''.
* EpisodeOnAPlane: "Jet Scream".
* ExtremeOmnivore: Spunky.
* EvilDebtCollector: The second half of "Who Gives a Buck?" is a big TakeThat against debt collectors and their thuggish ways. [[KickTheSonOfABitch Not]] [[AssholeVictim like]] [[AcceptableTargets they don't deserve it.]]
* EvilOldFolks: Ed Bighead, no other & he hates his next door neighbor Rocko.
* EyeScream: This show has an eye fetish to rival ''Creator/{{CLAMP}}'''s, we swear.
** Taken quite literally with the optometrist in the DMV episode - using Rocko's eyes for a [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre hernia]] test had no subtext at all, surely.
* FantasticRacism: In "Rocko's Happy Sack", a customer mentions to Rocko how he believes the world would be a better place without sea mammals, and that they should round them all up, put them on a boat in the middle of the ocean and sink it halfway. Then the guy next to him, an ape, angrily states, "Hey, buddy, my WIFE'S a sea mammal!" His wife, a manatee, is crying her eyes out before the ape drags the guy off-screen. Cue CurbStompBattle.
** Grandpa Wolfe HATES beavers.
*** According to Dr. Hutchison's mother, "cats and turtles don't mix." [[HypocriticalHumor And yet Hutch's father is a turtle...]]
* FatBastard: Heffer, much of the time.
* FatBestFriend: Heffer again, some of the time.
* FlashbackEffects: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in "Future Schlock".
* FluffyTheTerrible: The bovine {{Satan}}ic overlord of Heck, who has a bizarrely terrifyingly grotesque set of udders for a skull, is named... Peaches.
** Actually, he wasn't the overlord of "Heck". There was a shadowy figure with a beanie who was Peaches' master. He even punished Peaches with starring in his own sitcom/animated series "Peaches' Modern Life".
* FunnyAnimal
* FunnyForeigner: The cab driver in "Commuted Sentence".
* FunWithFlushing: Rocko's pet goldfish is accidentally flushed down the toilet, and gets stuck in the drain pipe for a few years, clogging it up.
* FurryConfusion: Dogs (like Spunky and Earl) are non-sentient pets of sentient animals.
** To make matters worse, there ARE sentient dogs. Even Spunky's cavedog ancestor walked upright, on two legs, and had a language.
*** This comes to a head in "Frog's Best Friend", where Spunky appears in a cameo alongside an anthropomorphic dog mailman.
* GRatedSex: Ed and Bev and their plates. That is all.
** Spunky and the mop. [[{{Squick}} Ew.]]
* GagCensor: Rocko's [[BreakingTheFourthWall self-worn censor bar]] when he strips naked at the nude beach in "Sand In Your Navel". Also, Rocko's weirdly crotch-restricted censor bar when he walks [[StealthPun down the staircase nude]] in "Camera Shy"
* GayAesop: Rocko suffers this badly in the end of the episode "Closet Clown".
* GenderEqualsBreed: Filburt and Hutchinson's kids... except for one who looks like ''Heffer''. Well, he did warm their eggs. Yes, a turtle and a cat laid hard-shelled eggs that needed to be kept warm; [[MST3KMantra don't delve any further]].
* GodwinsLaw: In "Rocko's Happy Sack," Rocko claims to have dealt with a "Gestapo security guard." Since this scene is not actually shown, it is unknown whether or not said security guard is actually a Nazi.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Parodied, natch, in "Spitballs".
* GoshDangItToHeck
* GrandFinale: See DistantFinale above.
* GreenAesop: "Zanzibar". Unlike numerous other examples of this trope, the polluting company (Conglomo-O) is more negligent than malicious or evil, and voluntarily cleans up their act when Rocko and friends bring the pollution issue to their attention.
** It also probably helps that Joe Murray is to this day [[http://www.joemurraystudio.com/issues/change.shtml very big on the environment]] and probably came up for the idea of this episode [[ExecutiveMeddling without any help from meddling executives]]
-->'''Captain Compost Heap''': So remember, kids - be nice to Mother Nature... or she'll kick our ''butts''!
* TheGrimReaper: Make that the Grim ''Recycler'', if you will. And he makes a short appearance in "Zanzibar" too.
* GrossoutShow
* GrossUpCloseUp
* GroupieBrigade: "We love WEDGIE BOY!"
* GrumpyOldMan: Who else? Grandpa Wolfe.
* HairTriggerAvalanche: Demonstrated in "Cabin Fever" when Ed Bighead causes an avalanche by shouting "PINHEADS!" at the top of his lungs.
* HalloweenEpisode: "Sugar Frosted Frights"/"Ed is Dead: A Thriller".
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Rocko usually wears a blue shirt and nothing else; lampooned when he becomes a model for jockey shorts.
* HappilyMarried: Ed and Bev Bighead quarrel, but they do genuinely love each other. When Bev got her nose in "Nothing to Sneeze At", Ed was devastated because he stank; losing the nose brought them closer. In "Wacky Delly", Ed chases Bev round while he is inside a hamster ball. Her giggles are hysterical.
** Filburt and Dr. Hutchison also seem to be happy together.
* HeadlessHorseman: parodied with the one-legged "Hopping Hessian".
* HehHehYouSaidX: From "She's the Toad":
--> '''Filburt:''' Ed Bighead, I am your conscience!
--> '''Heffer:''' I'm his conscience too.
--> '''Filburt:''' What?
--> '''Heffer:''' Don't say "I," say "we."
--> '''Filburt:''' What?
--> '''Heffer:''' We! WE!
--> '''Filburt:''' Oh, okay. We we!
--> '''Heffer (laughing):''' You said wee-wee! Say it again!
--> '''Filburt:''' Wee-wee! (Heffer laughs again)
* {{Hellevator}}: In "Carnival Knowledge"--its sign actually labels it an "Elevator to Hell."
* HellIsThatNoise: Played for laughs where the gang is shown walking in a forest and they suddenly heard a noise, freak out, and shout "What was that?!" Filburt calmly walks past them saying, "Oh, just a twig snapping", which turns out to be true.[[invoked]]
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: Filburt gets ''very'' defensive of his character The Cheese, who is ''the best character on [[ShowWithinAShow the show]]''[[note]] Better than both the salami and the bologna combined[[/note]] and a possible reference to Filburt's voice actor Mr. Lawrence who is the head writer and got all the funniest jokes.
* HeroicBSOD: Heffer has one in the [[AprilFoolsPlot April Fools episode]].
* IAmNotWeasel: In a RunningGag Rocko has trouble convincing people he's a wallaby. He's usually called a beaver.
** To be fair, 90% of the time it's Heffer's grandfather, who is practically blind.
* IAteWhat: Rocko, after Heffer describes what's in the dinner he made for him. And for the record, the ingredients are: Pickled banana shavings, gym socks, canned haggis, beetle bladders, real processed head cheese, saltpetre, reconstituted corn sweat, the finest barley and hops, potash sulfur, monosodium glutamate, and vegetable cartilage as a binding agent.
** Basically, Heffer fed Rocko animal innards, potassium-based chemical compounds mostly used in fertilzers, and two of the main ingredients of beer.
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin
* IHaveNoSon: A season two episode where Rocko and Filburt search for The Bigheads' estranged son, who now works in Holl-O-Wood as an animation director.
* IllTellYouWhenIveHadEnough: Said by Heffer in "Who's For Dinner?"
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: In "Cabin Fever", Mr. Bighead does shadow puppets of a running deer and the Eiffel Tower. Much to his frustration, nobody can guess what they are.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: "Naked" in Camera Shy. ''[[GayMoment NAAAKEEED!]]''
* InsistentTerminology: Heffer frequently corrected people who called him a cow ("Steer").
* InterspeciesAdoption: Heffer was originally going to be fattened up and eaten by the Wolfe family, but they grew to love him instead.
* InterspeciesRomance: Filburt and Dr. Hutchinson, along some minor characters.
-->'''Guy in check-out line:''' ''[with disgust, to Rocko]'' Sea mammals. [[FantasticRacism Who needs 'em? This country would be a whole lot better without 'em.]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything In fact, we ought to take all the sea mammals, put 'em in a big boat, send it across the ocean, and sink it halfway.]]
-->'''Gorilla:''' ''[angrily interjecting, with a crying manatee right next to him]'' Hey, buddy! My wife's a sea mammal!
-->''[offscreen sound of guy getting his ass kicked]''
** [[DontExplainTheJoke What would that accomplish?]]
* IrisOut
* ItCameFromTheFridge: "Trash-O-Madness".
* {{Jerkass}}: Heffer, by far, and Ed Bighead. Filburt can occasionally lapse into this, too -- usually if he's forced to be around Heffer.
** Not that Filburt needed Heffer's help. In one episode, he seems willing to let Rocko get eaten by a bald eagle in order to steal said eagle's wigs.
** Sluggo from ''Carnival Knowledge'', who willingly puts his customers through dangerous rides and rigged carnival games just to make a buck.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Grandpa Wolfe in "Crusin" Part 2, when he saves Rocko from drowning in the ocean. Also Heffer; while he's lazy and selfish, he's shown to really come through for Rocko in times of duress.
* JokerJury: A fly fakes physical injuries to file a lawsuit against Rocko. The entire jury is made up of insects.
* KafkaKomedy: Rocko just can't seem to catch a break. Partially subverted in that his niceness is not ''infinite.''
* KangarooCourt: See above.
* KarmaHoudini: In "Camera Shy" Heffer and Filburt film Rocko sleepwalking naked. This ends up causing a big ordeal for Rocko, but never once do they so much as suffer a lick of guilt for their little prank.
* LargeHam: Ed Bighead, without a doubt. ''[[ChewingTheScenery "PINHEADDDDDDDS!"]]'' The Hippo Lady as well. [[WhoDares "HOWW DARRE YOUUU!?"]] The hot-tempered instructor from "Skid Marks" is also one of these. "As far as I'm concerned, you're all WILD PIIIGS!!!" And who could forget the Chameleon Brothers in "Camera Shy"? "OH, LOOK, it's our little FILLLM-MAAAKERS HEERE!!!" "Goofy sound effects? [[CampGay WITH WHIPPED CREEAM ON TOPP!!!]]" "THAT'S OURR MASSTERPIECE!!" "Everyone who is wishing to look artistic will want one...[[OhCrap OF OUR ELEVEN THOUSAND COPIES!!]]" "EVERYONE is [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe FRAPPING IT to our bought-out FILM! Have an espresso, baaaaaby!]]"
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn
* LemonyNarrator: In "Popcorn Pandemonium", the trailer voice for "Dracula: Done to Death" states:
--> '''Announcer''': It's not new, it's not original... it isn't even very interesting... but it ''is'' coming this summer.
* LetsMeetTheMeat: One episode begins with a chicken applying for a job- at a chicken restaurant. You can see her nametag on a package of chicken about five seconds after she gets hired.
* LimitedWardrobe: Lampshaded, too.
* LongList: In "Bedfellows", Heffer rattles off every ingredient in the meal he cooked for Rocko.
--> '''Heffer''': There's pickled banana shavings, gym socks, canned haggis, beetle bladder, real processed head cheese, salt peter, reconstituted corn sweat, the finest barley and hops. (the meal comes alive and tries to get away; Heffer stabs it) Hmmm, now where was I. Pot ash, sulfur, mono sodium glutamate, and vegetable cartilage as a binding agent.
* LoungeLizard: Filburt aspires to be one in the style of his idols [[PunnyName Jack Walla, Frank Salamander, Johnny Charisma, Bobby Gila, and Buddy Gecko]].
* MayContainEvil: Numerous CONGLOM-O products in "Canned", including a childrens' water slide with electrified rails and a combination jock strap/jumper cable.
* MagnificoMexicans: The [[AmbiguouslyGay ambiguously gay]] [[TagTeamTwins Chameleon Brothers]], who are [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs stereotypically Mexican]] and speak with a [[JustAStupidAccent noticeable Mexican accent]]; in fact, the episode "Camera Shy" pushes this stereotype all the way [[UpToEleven up to eleven]], to the point where they might as well be wearing sombreros. "[[OhCrap HOLY ENCHILADA!]]"
* MagnumOpusDissonance: In-universe example. Ralph Bighead felt that the world's largest still life sculpture would be his masterpiece, but it turns out that it's not as popular as Wacky Delly was before he got involved in the show.
* MandatoryLine: In "Teed Off", during the climax when Heffer's plane is hit by a piano and descends, everyone starts to scream, including Rocko, sitting in a chair with Spunky at home. He wasn't featured in the episode before that point.
** Rocko only shows up in the beginning of "An Elk for Heffer" and "Nothing to Sneeze At" with only one or two lines of dialogue.
* ManlyTears: Anytime Heffer cries, especially during "Who's for Dinner" and "To Heck and Back".
* ManOfAThousandVoices:
** In addition to voicing Heffer, Tom Kenny provided the voices for the majority of minor and one-shot characters in the show.
*** And those characters that WEREN'T voiced by him were almost always voiced by Charlie Adler.
** Linda Wallem voiced practically every female character on this show.
*** This can also be a case of talking to himself, when one considers, with a few exceptions here and there, the series really only utilized five voice actors:
*** Creator/CarlosAlazraqui: Rocko, Spunky, Leon, Mr. No Way
*** Creator/TomKenny: Heffer, Chuck, Mr. Smitty, Really Really Big Man, Peaches
*** Doug "Mr." Lawrence: Filburt, Peter Wolfe
*** Creator/CharlieAdler: Ed Bighead, Bev Bighead, Mr. Dupett, George Wolfe, Grandpa Wolfe, Hippo Lady
*** Linda Wallem: Dr. Hutchinson, Virgina Wolfe, Cindy Wolfe, Tammy Pig
* MeaningfulName: "Dr." Bendova.
* MegaCorp: Conglom-O. Hell, their slogan is "We Own You". It's right on the front of their building. And their logo is [[WorldDomination the Earth in a martini glass like an olive]].
* MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon: "Fatal Contraption".
* MisfortuneCookie: Could be considered the {{Trope Maker|s}}. The episode "Fortune Cookie" has Filbert receiving a fortune cookie telling him "Bad luck and extreme misfortune will infest your pathetic soul for all eternity" and him receiving a streak of bad luck shortly after.
* MoodWhiplash: In "Rocko's Happy Sack," the grocery store butcher wallows in a pool of self-loathing as he evaluates how sucky his life is: he's fat, he's ugly, he's a pig, he's never been married, etc. Then a liver somehow comes to life, crawls out of its packaging, and finds its way to him, which actually breaks him out of his misery, and then believes he's actually got a pretty good life as it is.
* MyBelovedSmother: A more mild version, Virginia Wolfe treats her adopted son Heffer like he's still a little kid, but he's is such a ManChild, he doesn't seem to mind... that is until Rocko and Filburt start teasing him about it and calling him a "mama's boy".
* NaughtyBirdwatching: Believe it or not, [[AmbiguouslyGay Heffer and Filburt]] ''[[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe very eagerly]]'' do this to Rocko in the episode "Camera Shy". ''[[spoiler:[[UpToEleven USING A FREAKING STATE-OF THE ART DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA, NO LESS.]]]]'' [[AccidentalPornomancer starting an undesirable video trend involving him]] ''[[StealthPun nude descending a staircase]]''.
--> Heffer: [[EveryoneIsBi Ladies and gentlemen,]] you are about to witness [[ThePornomancer one of the seven wonders of the world.]] [[ScheduleFanatic At exactly 11:30 PM, our buddy Rocko will descend the staircase like he does every night,]] [[Fridge to get a glass of milk.]]
--> Filburt: [[ActingUnnatural And he ain't dressed for the occasion]], [[YouDoNotWantToKnow if you know what I mean]].
--> Heffer: Yep. You heard right. ''[[spoiler:[[WhamLine He's completely...naaaaaaakeddddddd!]]]]''
--> Filburt: [[spoiler:''[[SanitySlippage WITH NO CLOTHES ON!!!]]'']]
--> Heffer & Filburt: ([[MenAreChildish girly giggles]]) ([[WolfWhistle WHEE-WOOOOOOOO!]])
--> Heffer: [[spoiler:[[HellIsThatNoise *Rocko hears them whistling*]]]] [[OhCrap OH GOSH!]] ''[[RunOrDie HE SAW US!!!]]''
* NervousWreck: Rocko nearly becomes one of these while trying to prevent the "[[BilingualBonus La Vida Moderne de Rocko no Pinto]]" clips (featuring the scene above) from being sold.
--> Heffer: I think I sent the last copy [[AnythingButThat to the Australian Film Festival.]]
--> Rocko: You did [[BigWhat WHAT?!?!?!?]] (jumps into his own mailbox)
* NoDialogueEpisode: The episode "Fatal Contraption", in which Rocko buys a living food processor, features no dialogue except for an announcer saying "Buy this! Food-O-Matic 2000!"
* NoodleIncident: Heffer asks Rocko if he's still "peeved about the Poodle Incident" at the beginning of the episode "Manic Mechanic."
* ObliviousAdoption: Heffer was quite literally raised by wolves, and didn't realize this until Rocko pointed it out.
* OnceAnEpisode: A fart noise can be heard. Sometimes more than once per episode, but every episode had ''at least'' one.
* OnlySaneMan: Rocko, although even he has his moments.
** Rocko seems to have problems dealing with frustration and anger, especially in later episodes.
* OrganAutonomy: The pink appendix in "Tickled Pinky" who goes to Organ-School
* OutOfOrder: In "Who's For Dinner?", the fact that Heffer's family are wolves is supposed to be a big revelation. But that episode originally aired after "Bedfellows", where they play a semi-major role.
** On Netflix, the episode containing "Carnival Knowledge" and "Sand in Your Navel" is the first episode when really it's the episode containing "A Sucker for the Suck-O-Matic" and "Canned."
** All but Season Two were broadcasted out of order during the shows initial run on Nickelodeon; although in most cases the show was aired in the correct order during reruns, the DVD releases of Seasons One, Three, and Four place the episodes out of order again (since they are presented in original broadcast order, instead of chronological order).
* OverlyLongGag: The wheel in "Fortune Cookie" comes off, as a result of Filburt's bad luck, and starts wrecking everyone and everything in the whole world.
* PaperThinDisguise: Ed dressed as Earl in "Frog's Best Friend". Also Heffer and Filburt dressed as Ed in "She's the Toad".
* ParallelParking: Rocko's boss, Mr. Smitty, does a ''really'' poor job of it in "Commuted Sentence", smashing both the front and rear car while pulling in.
* {{Pilot}}: "Trash-O-Madness", which was later expanded to 11 minutes and worked into a proper episode opposite "The Good, the Bad, and the Wallaby." It's incredibly OffModel as a result of all the conflicting art styles.
* APirate400YearsTooLate: Mr. Bighead sleepwalks and acts out dreams of being a pirate, brought on by going to see a play about pirates with Bev, and thinking back to his first instance of stage fright while performing in the very same play back in grade school.
* PromotedFanboy: In-universe example. Rocko, Filber, and (not revealed until later) Heffer were big fans of Ralph Bighead's ''Meet The Fatheads'', and gladly accepted Ralph's offer to help him create his new show.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: From "Skid Marks":
-->"Let's go over the [[PunctuatedForEmphasis BASIC!!! RULES!!! OF!!! DRIVING!!!]]
* RaisedByWolves: Heffer is ''literally'' raised by a wolf family. Originally, he was going to be fattened and eaten (which explains the "birthmark" of the different cuts of beef on him and why his dad called him "Steak" as a child), but they grew to love him as one of their own.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: "Bye, Bye Birdie" was based on an article Joe Murray had read about some one being asked to petsit a beloved dog for a friend, and that dog ended up dying while being pet-sat, and petsitter not being able to bring himself to tell his friend the dog died.
* RearrangeTheSong: The theme for seasons 2-4 was rearranged and sung by The B-52s.
** On the first two produced episodes of season 1, the theme song had distorted, high-pitched voices. All the other season 1 episodes had normal voices in the song.
* [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun Remember When We Turned Off The Sun?]]: "Put out to Pasture".
* SanitySlippage: Also in that episode, when Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt are trying to substitute a "potato, water, and lightbulb" experiment, there is a section featuring [[Manga/DeathNote potato chips]]. Rocko slowly deals out the chips [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything like poker chips]], and while Heffer [[BigEater eats all of his instantly]], Filburt plans to eat [[{{Ghetto}} one potato chip per day]]. Heffer begs for Rocko's chips, scarfs them down, licks his fingers ''[[spoiler:[[GayMoment and his fingers]]]]'', and starts begging for Filburt's chips. Filbert goes so insane that [[ObfuscatingInsanity he starts talking to his own chips]].
--> Filburt: [[BigNo NO NO NO NO NO NO NONONONONONO!!!]] I got PLANS for these chips! [[FatBastard YOU ATE YOURS FAT BOY!!!]] These babies are MIIINE!!!
--> Heffer: (fights with Filburt)
--> Filburt: YOU FULL YET!?! You've eaten everything in this ROOM! Well, here's the POTATO CHIP BAG! Bet it has some CRUMBS in it!! While you're at it, why don't you eat THIS ENGINE!?! Yeah?!? [[AxCrazy YOU LIKE THAT?!? YOU LIKE EATING THAT!?!]] [[DumbassHasAPoint Since you ate the POTATO, WHY DON'T YOU EAT THE LIGHTBULB?!!!]] [[spoiler:Ironically, this turn of events reveals the setup for a new plan to power the lightbulb by loading Heffer's disgustingly fat ass up with potato-related foods
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: [[spoiler:Turned out he forswore violence and became a monk for a Unicorn-worshiping cult.]]
** [[spoiler:And Filburt and Heffer still beat him up anyways to "avenge" Rocko.]]
* ScoutOut: "Belch of Destiny" features the Weasel Scouts.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Grandpa Wolfe. Though "Cruisin'" implies there's a FreudianExcuse.
** Grandma Wolfe is even worse, to the point of even ordering around [[{{Satan}} Peaches]].
** Crazy Aunt Gretchen in Filburt and Dr. Hutchinson's wedding.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Rocko the wallaby.
* SeriesContinuityError: Happens on occasion. Some specific examples are as follows:
** The period of time where Rocko moves from Australia to America isn't always consistent; most of the time, he apparently moved right after graduating high school, however, there's been times where he's had flashbacks that would suggest otherwise, such as going to the same high school as Heffer and Filburt, and even knowing Filburt since they were toddlers.
** Similarly, [[NegativeContinuity continuity is broken]] in "Put out to Pasture", in which Filburt recalls the first time he met Heffer was when he gave out free samples in a grocery store, however, Rocko recalls meeting him for the first time in high school, ''with'' Filburt, who apparently never met Heffer before, but had ''heard'' of him.
** While this can most likely be explained by EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, Mr. Dupette was originally the president of a major comic book store, while Ed was the C.E.O. of Conglom-O, however, afterwards, it's Dupette whose the C.E.O. of Conglom-O, and Ed is just an executive (and Ed's position seems to vary from episode to episode).
** Although "From Here to Maternity" was produced and originally aired towards the beginning of the fourth season, Nickelodeon reordered the episodes for [[ReRun]]s, making "From Here to Maternity" part of the final episode, which means when watching the show in reruns, Filburt and Dr. Hutchinson's children have already been born before their actual birth.
** Filburt's appearance outside his shell varies, either his body is as thin as a twig, or is shaped like his shell.
* SeriousBusiness: Golf in "Teed Off".
* ShapedLikeItself: From "Dear John:"
-->'''Rocko''': My living room, it's a bathroom. My closet is a bathroom. My basement is a bathroom! My ballroom is a bathroom! EVEN MY BATHROOM IS A BATHROOM! [[LampshadeHanging Well, I guess that's okay.]]
* ShoutOut: The opening sequence to the ShowWithinAShow ''The Fatheads'' - where the main characters are assembled in a factory - is copied from the opening sequence to the famous sketch comedy ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision''.
** Heffer takes a job as a nighttime security guard at Conglom-O. As he slowly descends into madness, he has a conversation with a [[Film/TheShining ghostly bartender named Lloyd]].
*** Also, in the same episode, he encounters a pair of twins in the hallway. He asks for their identity, but they simply tell him they work here. ("We've always worked here.") Then they disappear.
** In ''Popcorn Pandemonium'', Heffer and Rocker watch a movie [[RobotMonster with a gorilla in a space helmet]].
** The early supermarket episode featured a butcher lamenting that he'll never be married and will never know true love, a reference to the Creator/ErnestBorgnine movie ''Marty''.
** In the episode "Teed Off", Mr. Noway confers with [[StarWars an ominous villain who wears all black and has to wear a respirator]]. Noway even seems to get Force-choked at one point while the man addresses him angrily... but it turns out he just had a hairball lodged in his throat.
** Several to ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. In the episode "Manic Mechanic", Filburt proclaims he can take Rocko's broken car and return to it "that spark that is the breath of life itself!" In the episode "Wacky Delly", after viewing an episode of his cartoon ''The Fatheads'', Ralph Bighead is told by his toadies "It's a credit to your genius!" "A triumph of your will!" "It's okay!"
** A pink ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]'' makes an appearance in the episode "A Sucker for the Suck-O-Matic".
*** "Garbage Strike: The Musical" in that same episode is a parody of ''Film/{{Newsies}}''.
** Bloaty and Squirmy are a clearly meant to be [[TheHoneymooners Ralph Cramden and Ed Norton]], while the amoebas are [[ILoveLucy Lucy and Ricky Ricardo]].
*** Their theme song is also {{suspiciously similar|Song}} to the theme of ThePattyDukeShow.
*** The Bloaty and Squirmy segments tend to [[{{Troperiffic}} use as many sitcom tropes as the writers can possibly get in]].
** In one episode, Filburt goes on a big speil about how he always wanted to be a chimney sweep which is a clear nod to the [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Lumberjack Sketch]]. Rocko cuts him off before he starts singing, however.
** In "Fatal Contraption", when the food processor is walking alone in the desert, [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner a bird runs past him three times, and just later he's getting roasted by a wolf.]]
** In "[[HalloweenEpisode Sugar Frosted Frights]]", after Filburt goes insane from eating all the candy, he has a hallucination sequence similar to the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence from ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''.
*** In it's companion episode "Ed Is Dead: A Thriller!", the beginning is a shout-out to the AlfredHitchcockPresents opening, complete with music. The episode's main plot is a parody of Film/RearWindow and contains numerous shout-outs to that film.
** A couple of references to ''Film/{{Psycho}}'':
*** In the aforementioned "Ed is Dead: A Thriller!", Rocko sneaks into the the Bigheads' basement and sees what appears to be Mr. Bighead [[FaceRevealingTurn seated in a chair with his back to Rocko]], similar to Lila finding Bates' mother. [[spoiler:Subverted when it actually turns out to be the Bigheads' AngryGuardDog]].
*** In "Road Rash", Rocko and Heffer attempt to spend a night at [[NamesToRunFromReallyFast Bait's Motel]]:
-->'''Motel Owner:''' Oh yesss. We have a vacancy. And we have ''showers'' in all the rooms. What's that?
-->''[sees the light on in a nearby house on the hill]''
-->'''Motel Owner:''' Excuse me. ''[changes into a wig and dress]'' Coming, Mother! ''[runs off]''
** In "Skid Marks", the clown from the driver's ed film sounds like [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Roger Rabbit]].
* TheSlacker: Heffer is so lazy that for him, dropping the remote farther than arm's length from his chair in front of the TV is [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt a major crisis]].
-->"MOM! I CAN'T REEEEEEEEAAACH!!"
* StealthPun: Rocko going down the stairs naked is a pun on ''Nude Descending A Staircase''. It further works because of Duchamp's love for puns, e.g. ''L.H.O.O.Q.''
* StockFootage: "The Fatlands" reused the "Bloaty and Squirmy" intro from "Dirty Dog".
* SubvertedKidsShow: To a degree. While part of the adult humor comes from innuendos and parodies, another extremely large part of it comes from its disturbingly extreme levels of satire. This show's world displays a twisted and corrupt mockery of society (hell, it's even owned by an evil mega corporation), and it would be impossible to list everything wrong with Rocko's world in general. However, the show still manages to be hilarious thanks to all of this,
* TakeThat: Heffer, to Filburt in "Wacky Delly": "Your cartoons aren't even funny enough to be on The Family Channel!"
* TastesLikeChicken: In "Canned", after a giant rhinoceros accidentally swallows Rocko.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Parodied when Filburt and his kids use a ''Franchise/StarTrek''-like teleporter platform in "Future Schlock"... and arrive ten feet to the left, where they rush down the stairs.
* ThingOMatic: Several times, most obviously in "A Sucker for the Suck-O-Matic".
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: ''Bedfellows''.
* TitleDrop: From "Wallaby on Wheels":
-> '''Rocko:''' [[CaptainObvious "I'm a wallaby on wheels!"]]
* TummyCushion: In "Bedfellows" Rocko's dog Spunky sleeps on Heffer's stomach while he's sleeping on Rocko's bed.
* TwoHalvesMakeAPlot: The episode "IHaveNoSon" had Ed Bighead and Ralph keeping both sides of an old donut related to the event that damaged their relationship.
* UnluckyEverydude: Rocko, without a doubt.
* VillainSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyLKcxpxYoE Mr. Bighead]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuSbZ9SDExg&feature=related gets two]] in the MusicalEpisode "Zanzibar".
* VocalEvolution: Considering that almost all of the cast (save for CharlieAdler) had virtually no past voice acting experience, this was to be expected. Many of the characters sound more monotone and deadpan in earlier episodes, but this picks up quickly. Specifically...
** As Season One progresses, Rocko's voice deepens and becomes slightly nasally, but reverts back to his normal voice by Season Two.
** Heffer's voice is much deeper and a lot more wooden in Season One, and a couple of early Season Two episodes.
** In his first few appearances, Filburt's voice is much higher (save for "Rocko's Happy Sack", where it's much deeper, and incredibly deadpan).
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Played straight in an early episode "Carnival Knowledge," which [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar got a LOT of crap past the radar anyways]]. The vomiting acted as a transition into the next scene.
* VomitDiscretionShot: This show just LOVES this trope, especially when it involves Filburt being nauseous.
* [[KangaroosRepresentAustralia Wallabies Represent Australia]]
* WayPastTheExpirationDate: The tub Rocko finds in his fridge in "Trash-O-Madness" that's so old it's covered in dust and reads "[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Buy War Bonds]]". All it contains is a green moldy blob that Spunky finds a good chew toy.
** Also the refrigerated banana in "Future Schlock."
* WellDoneSonGuy:
-->'''George:''' Heffer? Apparently, we still love you. Well, that's what your mother says.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: The Chameleon Brothers, Chuck and Leon. Hutchinson as well which is lampshaded with each job ("Didn't you used to be a dentist? And a surgeon? And a cashier?")
** Mr. Dupette started out as the owner of Super-Lot-O-Comics, the comic book store Rocko worked at, before getting hired at Kind-of-a-Lot-of-Comics, and then got {{retcon}}ned into being the CEO of Conglom-O.
*** Bizarrely, considering he's TheSlacker, Heffer. He's been a mailman, a security guard (though that was only to pay for destroying the family car), a paperboy, a coffee server, a golf gardener and even had his own Christmas tree business with Filbert.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Filburt and Heffer can be like this to Rocko in their less sympathetic moments. In fact this was actually the title of one episode.
** Filburt served as this before he got turned/retconned into one of Rocko's friends.
* WildTake: Usually very over-the-top ones at that. They'd have done Creator/TexAvery and Creator/BobClampett proud.
* TheWorstSeatInTheHouse: One cartoon saw Rocko and Heffer go to a baseball game in an effort to replace a prized foul ball that he once caught as a kid. It turns out that their seats are beach chairs on top of an extremely tall lighting rig that's even above ''space satellites'' and where Rocko would have no chance of catching a foul ball. [[spoiler: And wouldn't you just know it, a foul ball ''does'' end up flying there long after Rocko and Heffer have abandoned the seats.]]
** The episode where Rocko and Heffer go to the movies revolves around them trying to find seats that AREN'T this.
* YankTheDogsChain: From "Commuted Sentence", after Rocko scrambles to get to work (after being warned that one more tardy arrival would mean being fired):
--> '''Rocko''': Am I on time?
--> '''Mr. Smitty''': Actually, you ''are'' on time. ({{Beat}}) On time... to be... ''FIRED!!!''
* YouAreWorthHell: Played with. After Heffer "wins" a trip to Heck and learns that's where his deceased grandmother rests, rather than Heaven, Heffer insists on staying in Heck to be with his grandmother, even though Peaches sends him back to earth after Grandma threatens him.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Filburt doesn't age well, though that was mostly because Rocko and Heffer were out of town for a while.
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