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[[caption-width-right:278: [[{{Pun}} Ewe with us?]][[note]] In case you didn't know, it's a pun on the old Creator/CartoonNetwork slogan.[[/note]]]]
''Sheep in the Big City'' (2000-2002) is an [[CartoonCartoons original animated series]] from Creator/CartoonNetwork, sort of like a smarter WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle. The titular Sheep fled to the titular [[TheCity Big City]] in order to escape the sinister Secret Military Organization, who were seeking him to use in their [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum sheep-powered]] ray gun. The various episodes revolved around Sheep adjusting to life in the Big City while trying to win over his love interest, Swanky the Poodle, and dodging such foes as General Specific (leader of the secret Military Organization still trying to track Sheep down) and Lady Richington (Swanky's ill-tempered, sheep-hating owner with a stainless steel wig). It was notable for humorous fake advertisements and variety sections before and after real commercial breaks, often being strange non-sequiturs and general weirdness.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: When Lady Richington and her dog moved into a building where sheep aren't welcome, Sheep used a magical disguise to get in and Lady Richington started chasing him [[ShoutOut like]] Pepe Le Pew chases Penelope.
* AllJustADream: One entire episode focuses on several bizarre plots that turn out to be dreams that the characters are having. This infuriates the Narrator…[[spoiler: though it turns out that the entire episode is all just a dream of his. When he wakes up, however, he finds himself in the exact position he was in at the end of the dream]].
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: General Public, Private Public's father. He even carries around embarrassing baby photos of his son.
* AnimatedActors: The whole final episode happens behind the scenes, though the actors' names and ''real'' personalities are exactly the same.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: One of the Oxymoron segments shows a trailer for a movie called Attack Of The 50 Foot Creature, a giant monster consisting of 50 evil feet. Released in Europe as The Approximatley 17 Metre Creature That Amusingly Enough Happens To be Made Entirerly Out Of Feet Movie. Yeah, its that kind of show.
** A season 2 episode that used pretty much every DisasterMovie trope humanly possible has sheep enlarged and attacking the Big City (well, not so much as attacking, but accidentally tripping over buildings).
* BadBoss: While he doesn't kill his employees when they fail him like most examples of this trope, General Specific is both incredibly demanding and childishly petty, willing to fire or dispose of his employees at the drop of a hat, preferably by hidden hatches throughout the base, even when they succeed in their tasks, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking rarely calls the Angry Scientist by the right name]].
* BerserkButton: The Angry Scientist does not like to be called mad.
* BlatantLies: Most of Oxymorons product DO work as promised, they're just incredibly poorly concieved. One however is blatant false advertising, the ''Super Cool Fresh Rocket Ball'', which the spokesman promises bounces twice as high as a regular ball, despite being a rusty metal cube. When the customer he's trying to sell it to demands a demonstration, the spokesman sputters off, then cues the slogan again.
* BetterThanABareBulb: When the show is following Sheep's plotline, the main one, you'd be lucky to find a span of three minutes that doesn't hang a huge lampshade on itself. A crowning example - a robot ''named'' "The PlotDevice," just for starters.
* BigBad: General Specific
* BigNo: One episode has General Specific capturing Sheep when Sheep returns to the farm for a barbecue reunion with his old friends. When Farmer John, who's in the middle of a fight with Specific's soldiers, notices this, he immediatly throws everyone off him, while yelling a BigNo.
* CaptainObvious: Among others, there is a short man with glasses, whose entire role is to read aloud various signs that are on screen at the time and occasionally comment on fonts.
* CatchPhrase: In (nearly) every episode, one of the commercials will proclaim the item sold does whatever it does "With the power of an OX!"
** Sheep being, well, a sheep, can only communicate in bleats, but has two distinct ones, a sardonic "Baah...", and a startled "BAAH!".
** "Hubba-whah?" for everyone.
* TheCity
* ClearMyName: One episode revolves around Sheep being framed for a crime wave happening in the city that targets the rich and gives the proceeds to the poor. [[spoiler: It was actually Swanky, trying to help Sheeps reputation with the general population of The City]]
* CouchGag:
** Every episode except for the first one starts with Sheep watching something random on TV and changing the channel halfway through.
** The Ranting Swede's bit at the end of every episode.
* CrazyPrepared: The Completely Powerful Guy once claimed that his belt has the gadget for pretty much everything. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope This turned out to be a lie, however]]. All it contains is his brain, [[BatmanGambit who told him to trick the villain into surrendering.]]]]
* DeadpanSnarker: The Narrator.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The narrator uses redundant language. "Meanwhile, concurrently, at the same time..."
* DesignatedHero: In-universe with Completely Powerful Guy, a Superman expy who is The Big Citys resident superhero, but who is a sniveling coward who does anything he can to weasel out of potential crime fighting, and blatantly ignores his own hero signal.
* ADogNamedDog: Here's a sheep named Sheep. It helps that the big city has only one sheep.
* EasyAmnesia: Parodied in the penultimate episode of the series, where Sheep gets a light hit on the head and spends the majority of the episode walking around in a daze and acting as different animals and objects, since he cant remember who he is. Towards the end of the episode, Private Public, General Specific and Farmer John all end up giving eachother easy amnesia, and Ben Plotz does it to himself.
* EnfantTerrible: Lisa Rental.
* EyeScream: One episode revolves Sheep bonding with Private Publics father. When they're at a baseball game, Sheep gets hit in the face with a baseball, causing ''one of his eyes to fall off his face''.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The sheep-powered raygun is a raygun powered by sheep, the plot device is a device to move along the plot and the Ranting Swede is a Swedish Man who rants about things.
* FantasticRacism: For some odd reason, the Big City seems to be prejudiced against sheep specifically, until the current mayor imposes several pro-sheep laws in the second season.
** Lady Richington especially. The narrator even referred to her as a "sheep-hating extraordinaire".
* FishOutOfWater: Only one Sheep lives in the Big City. Sheep has already adjusted, and the Big City is now its familiar home.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Parodied with each episode's narrated commercial break cliffhanger, where it's made clear that the characters are just doing their best to stay still while the Narrator talks over the scene.
* FunnyForeigner:
** The Ranting Swede.
** The Angry Scientist. His grasp of English grammar is extremely limited.
---> '''Angry Scientist:''' Why are you not my Englishnes be understanding? All the timing with that.
* GagSeries: Oh, ''Hell yes.''
* GargleBlaster: A rare non-alcoholic version - Shrimpola Cola. It combines the taste of cola and 12-week old sun-dried shrimp and will burn your brain, as advertised by its rapping shrimp mascot Shrimpy.
* GenreSavvy: The Narrator, at times, flying into a rage during an episode that was merely a series of dreams, and again when sheep gets amnesia.
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: Far Mer John.
* HotScientist: Dr Cliche, a volcano "expert" who doesnt know anything about volcanoes. She refers to magma as "red, hot melty stuff"
* HurricaneOfPuns: The entire show is a nonstop strong gust of puns, but occasionally it can go full-on hurricane. Often to [[LamePunReaction the narrator's dismay]].
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All chapter titles contain some sheep-related pun, except for the one ironically named "Some Pun on the word Sheep".
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Lady Richington wears a wig made of solid stainless steel, which she likes to use as a blunt weapon on Sheep.
* IncompetenceInc: The Oxymoron Corporation, whose products are featured in the episodes themselves, and advertised between segments. Among their products and services are "Shrimpola Cola", a cola with 12 week old sun dried shrimp inside that causes severe brain burns, Oxymoron Batteries which are pretty powerful but drains your life force as a power source, their incredibly poorly managed ''Oxymoron Airlines'' where the staff has its human decency literally sucked out of their souls to ensure an unpleasant experience, , and the "Super Cool Fresh Rocket Ball", which is, in fact, a metal cube, that somehow requires 97 batteries to work.
* InsistentTerminology: The Angry Scientist would get especially angry if anyone referred to him as a MadScientist. "'''Angrrrrry!''' I am an '''ANGRRRRRRRY''' scientist!"
* InteractiveNarrator
* InterspeciesRomance: Sheep and his girlfriend Swanky, a poodle.
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum:
** There's actually had a robot called "the {{plot device}}", leading to conversations like:
--->'''Woman''': How did you get here so fast?
--->'''Major Minor''': I used a plot device!
--->'''Plot Device''':(sticks head into view) Hello.
** And then there's the sheep-powered ray gun, for which the Secret Military Organization needs Sheep, despite the fact that the farm he escaped from was a sheep farm with at least 50 more. We don't know why, but the ray gun only works with one sheep and only if he's alive.
* KangarooCourt: In one episode Sheep is assured that he'll "be found guilty in a completely fair trial." The judge declares him guilty after his opening statement. In the form of song and dance.
* LampshadeHanging: The show is practically fueled by LampshadeHanging. It's one of the most common types of humor in the series, after puns and sight gags.
** It is regularly acknowledged that making a ray gun that uses a more practical power source than sheep would be less trouble than hunting Sheep down. And don't you dare asking General Specific why he simply doesn't pick any sheep and have the ray gun compatible to it.
** In another instance, Private Public asks the Angry Scientist why he can't make a ray gun that works without a sheep after he just invented a ''time machine''. His response basically amounts to "I'm the scientist here."
* LargeHam: With the exception of Far Mer John and Private Public, almost every recurring human male character in the show was a LargeHam at some point. Including one that was actually a ham sandwich.
* LemonyNarrator: The Narrator more often than not will end up complaining about the script he's reading and the patent silliness of some situations. He is also essentially treated as a character both in the show and in the ShowWithinAShow.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: In every episode, and every five minutes; [[CrossestheLineTwice sometimes, even seconds]].
* LimitedWardrobe: Used for most of the main characters, such as Ben Plotz sweater vest/dress shirt, The Angry Scientists lab coat, Lisa Rentals pink dress, and the military uniform of General Specific and Private Public. On the few occasions that they wear different clothes, its usually a disguise, sometimes worn on top of their regular clothes.
* MadScientist: He's not mad, he's an [[InsistentTerminology Angry Scientist]]!
* MeaningfulName: To say nothing of everyone else, the PlotDevice is a robot that serves exactly that purpose.
--> '''Gen. Specific:''' How do you know ''that''?
--> '''Pri. Public:''' The Plot Device told us!
--> '''Plot Device:''' Hello!
* MegaCorp: Almost all of the products in the fake commercials are sold by Oxymoron.
* MisterMuffykins
* NeverTrustATrailer: Hilariously lampooned by the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2jOH8Q1DKk live-action trailer.]]
-->'''General:''' We're not here to count sheep, soldier. We're not here to count sheep.
* NicheNetwork: ''The Watching Paint Dry Channel''.
* NoFourthWall
* NonSequitur: Another frequent source of jokes, especially prevalent in the Oxymoron commercials.
-->Do you have a paper towel absorbent enough to clean up this stain?\\
Of course not! Its a bucket of mud and volcanic ash!!.\\
Well neither do I, but I do have this extra mint chewing gum!
* ObviouslyEvil: A recurring minor character named Greedy Mc Greedwell. In the episode where Sheep runs for mayor, Farmer John, as Sheeps campaign manager, [[TooDumbToLive still accepts campaign contributions from him]]
--> '''Reporter''': You accepted campaign funds from a man named ''Greedy Mc Greedwell?!''
* ObviousStuntDouble: In the pilot, Sheep finds himself cornered on a rooftop by Far Mer John and General Specific, though while Far Mer John and General Specific argue over the General's penmanship (or lack thereof) on the cue cards, Sheep uses this opportunity to escape: he unravels his wool, creating a rope for him to swing over to the roof of the building across the street. Cut to a shot of a man wearing a Sheep costume swinging from a rope to the other building, only crash against the facade, and tumbled down to the street below (all in slow motion, and with added film grain), before cutting back to Sheep, who is now lying on the cracked sidewalk in a daze.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Happens quite frequently
* OnlySaneMan: Private Public, the more GenreSavvy sidekick of General Specific.
* OverlyLongName:
** Mrs. Smythe Robertson Johnson Weathermocker Von Herbertson-Berski-Jackson, the woman in the Oxymoron commercials.
** "I call it, the portable sightness-reducing vision obscuring tactical cloth optics impairer." "Isn't that just a blindfold?" "Yes, but with a fancier name."
** Oxymoron Guaranteed Plastic Sealing Bag-type Containers. It also has a supercomputer-powered, laser-equipped robot attached to protect the freshness.
** Operation Kidnap The Sheep That We Need For The Ray Gun And Make Sure He Doesn't Get Away Again Storm (or if that's too long for you, you can just use the acronym: Operation KTSTWNFTRGAMSHDGAAS.)
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: Dinky - the superest turtle in the universe. He's ''slightly'' faster than a normal turtle. And he has a bitching cape.
* PaperThinDisguise: All the time. Sheep usually just wears a hat or a fake moustache, while General Specific and his men usually just puts their disguises on top of their uniforms.
** Sheep occasionally poses as human by wearing a fake moustache or glasses. In one episode, Sheep put is wool on a gorilla to trick General Specific. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown The gorilla then took exception to Specific trying to drag him over to the Sheep-Powered Raygun]].
** Sometimes, the military uses less than disguise. Thus the arrow sign that says "Top Secret Military Base" and "Please look the other way". The secret helicopters bear the label, "Please Ignore".
* ParodyCommercial: A frequent gag on the show.
* ParrotExpowhat: A plot twist (both Sheep and General Specific [[DarkHorseVictory lose the mayoral election]] to [[spoiler: a talking ham sandwich]]) leads to [[OverlyLongGag a long chain of characters]] going "Hubba-''whah''?"
* PunnyName:
** General Specific, Major Minor, Private Public, Private Public's father - General Public.
** Can't forget Far Mer John, Lady Richington, Ben Plotz, Lisa Rental, and of course, Sheep himself.
** But wait, there's more! Major Appliance, Major Pain, Major Television Event, General Lee Outrageous, Private Party, Major League Baseball, Corporal Ethereal, General Lee Speaking, Major Embarrassment, Private Thoughts and Major Historical Figure.
** Count To Ten. Okay - one, two, three, four...
* PutOnABus: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] with the X-agent. "You're needed in Toledo... and no, this is not [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial a convenient excuse to get you off the show]]."
* RunningGag:
** "Great Scott!" "Yes?" Subverted only once when he was sick.
** "We used the Plot Device." "Hello."
** "ANGRY! ANGRY SCIENTIST!"
* ShoutOut: When Lisa Rental finally gets Sheep as a pet, she treats him like a dog. An obligatory reference to [[{{Peanuts}} Snoopy]] is made with Sheep's new doghouse.
** [[AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes He's not mad, he's an ANGRY scientist!]]
** The first episode ends with the anticlimax of General Specific, Private Public, and Farmer John getting arrested just before they are about to capture Sheep for beating up the seemingly inconsequential Little Bo Peep character, similar to the end of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' where the main cast are all arrested just before the final battle for killing the seemingly inconsequential Historian character.
** "What's this? Some kind of [[PlanetOfTheApes Planet of the Sheep?]] Oh no! It's Earth! In the future! [[GoshDarnitToHeck Oh, darn you! Darn you all to heck!"]]
** In the first episode, the sheep-tracking device blows up, and a man one degree away from actually being [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Scotty]] is seen working on it.
-->'''Guy:''' "I'm workin' as fast as I can, but I needs more dilithium crystals ta stabilize the barrier ion field mechanism!"
-->'''Gen. Specific:''' "You don't know what you're doing, do you?"
-->'''Guy:'''''(stares, then slumps sadly)''"...no."
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Every episode ends with a rant from the Ranting Swede, except one that didn't. "Due to a scheduling conflict, we now present The Ranting Norwegian..."
* SoulPoweredEngine: Oxymoron Batteries, that suck the energy right out of the users soul, leaving them as zombie-like dried husks. Their flashlights shine very brightly though.
* SpinoffBabies: Parodied in a fake commercial for ''Secret Military Organization Babies'', a fictional spin off wherein General Specific, Private Public, and the Angry Scientist were babies.
* StatusQuoIsGod: In the one episode where the secret military organization actually succeeds in kidnapping Sheep, General Specific declares that he will [[spoiler:fire the entire group after installing Sheep into the ray gun the next day. In order to keep their jobs, Private Public, Angry Scientist, and the Plot Device break Sheep out that night]]. The next morning, General Specific thinks Sheep escaped on his own and things are back as they were.
* StrictlyFormula: Every episode has the same plot: General Specific gets another chance to capture Sheep. {{Chase Scene}}s occur as the secret military organization tries to grab Sheep. They succeed for a moment, but Sheep always escapes, and by the end of each episode, Sheep is always out of danger.
* SuperpowersForADay: For one episode, General Specific acquires superpowers and becomes ''General Specificman''.
* ThemeNaming: Nearly every single character's name is either a pun or an oxymoron.
* TheyJustDontGetIt: General Specific, frequently.
* TimeTravel: One episode revolves around a time travel exercise bike. Poked fun at in the initial test run, where General Specific time traveled 5 seconds into the future...by just riding the bike for 5 seconds.
* TimmyInAWell:
-->"Baah..."
-->"Are you trying to say that Timmy fell down a well?"
-->"Baah?"
-->"Sorry, wrong script..."
* TheUnintelligible:
** Sheep can speak entire sentences in a single bleat.
** Same with the X-agent, which makes his reports to the general somewhat problematic. Actually, this goes for all animal characters, who are shown as intelligent, but unable to talk, unlike most cartoons do. Parodied in one of the Oxymoron commercials where the mascot for a dog food brand is a normal dog, and thus cant say the brands slogan, much to the annoyance of the spokesman.
* UnmovingPlaid: General Lee Outrageous's gold outfit and Private Partays silver outfit.
* ViewersAreMorons: They parodied the network's request that all on-screen text be read out loud by creating a character whose sole purpose was to show up out of nowhere, read on screen text, and then mention how much he enjoys doing so before leaving. He even takes over as narrator for the [[NoDialogueEpisode Silent Movie]] episode.
* VisualPun: Far, far too many to list.
* WannabeLine: General Specific and his soldiers cannot get in the clubs his cousin enters. When Sheep got in, General Specific asked his cousin to held a party at his base to attract Sheep and told his cousin to tell the bouncers to let his friends in. [[ExactWords However, the bouncer was told to let "General Specific's friends" but wasn't told to let "General Specific" in]].
* WeaksauceWeakness: Completely Powerful Guy has a virtual laundry list of things he claims are his weaknesses, ranging from dynamite to ''pollen''. Though its implied he's just making it up to avoid having actually fight any crime.
* WeCare: "Bio-Technical Corporate Concern Limited Company. We have no idea ''what'' we sell."
* WhoWritesThisCrap:
** The Narrator has both wondered "Who writes this stuff?" and apologized for the writer not feeling well and doing a worse job than usual.
** Whenever the writer is actually shown, he's a buffoon at a typewriter.
* YouAndWhatArmy
* YouCanNeverGoHomeAgain: One episode has Sheep missing his old friends from the farm, leading to him accepting an invitation to a reunion party there. When he returns, he finds that his old friends arent as... charming as he remembers.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: General Specific threatens to [[spoiler:fire the entire secret military organization once he activates the ray gun, now that they captured Sheep. It confirms that Sheep's capture is the sole purpose of the organization's existence]].
* YouMeanXmas: Played with with Clearance Day. Its origins are clearly shown to be different from Christmas - a calendar loving shopkeeper founded it when he noticed a single week in the year that didn't have any holidays associated with it, implying that Christmas exists as a separate holiday - but it seems to have taken on all of Christmas' trappings in the public mind.
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