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[[caption-width-right:345:[[CloudCuckooLand Where normal just got weird]].]]

->''"I started looking back at the characters that I created for commercials. [[MediumBlending It was a big mash-up of 2D, stylized 3D, realistic 3D and even stop motion. I lined them up and the result looked varied and unusual. I really liked the idea of a show without graphic unity.]] All these characters had been rejected; they served no purpose. I found that quite endearing. I integrated them in the photo of a schoolyard and was quite excited with the outcome."''
-->-- Creator '''Ben Bocquelet'''

Created by Ben Bocquelet, the series is the first commission from Turner Broadcasting's Creator/CartoonNetwork Development Studio Europe. Combining a mixture of several animation techniques with live-action backgrounds, the series follows the misadventures of a hapless twelve year old cat named Gumball, who lives in the quaint little town of Elmore - where [[EverythingTalks nearly everything has the power to come to life]]! Joining him is his best friend Darwin, the one-time pet fish who grew legs and joined the family. The two of them go to Elmore Junior High where all sorts of strange characters roam the halls.

The series received a twenty-episode second season before the eighteen-episode first season even premiered and another twenty-episode third season shortly after the second season premiere, bringing its total to 29 hours worth of episodes. It got a "sneak peek" (i.e., the first of two episodes) in the UK on May 2nd, 2011, and in the US on May 3. The official US premiere was May 9 and the UK on September 5th.

You can check out the show's [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball Recap page]] here.

It also has its own [[http://theamazingworldofgumball.wikia.com wiki]].

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!!''The Amazing World of Gumball'' provides examples of:

* AbnormalLimbRotationRange: Gumball does this with his head, ears, and torso in "The Virus" while also making his legs retract in and out of his body. Subverted in that he had to go to the nurse's office afterwards to see if his body was okay.
-->'''Nurse:''' Well, your heart's in your stomach and you'll be breathing out of your arm for a while but apart from that you're hunky-dory.
* AbuseMistake: In "The Fight", [[spoiler:Gumball gets a black eye from running into a door]], which Anais assumes is from Tina Rex bullying him.
* AccidentalKiss:
** Gumball and [[spoiler:Darwin]] in "The Pressure".
** And Gumball again with Granny Jojo in "The Kiss".
** And once again Gumball with [[spoiler:Carmen]] in "The Storm".
* AccidentalMisnaming: Despite trying to pretend he was his friend, Gumball always gets Alan's name wrong.
* AdultsAreUseless: Some episodes have it stronger than others. Nicole is pretty much the only consistently competent adult in the show, though she does have her wild moments.
* AerithAndBob: Most of the cast have normal given names, albeit Anais and Masami are French and Japanese ones respectively, except Darwin (which is normally a family name), Ocho, Juke, and Gumball.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Bobert
* AirVentPassageway: Parodied in "The Prank" when Gumball tries to pull this trope off, but neglects to take the cover off, leaving an air vent-shaped imprint on his face.
* AlmostKiss:
** Between Gumball and Penny in "The Party" and "The Pressure". Principal Brown and Miss Simian have one in "The Party" as well.
** Principal Brown and Miss Simian have one of these ''again'' in "The Sock" before being interrupted by Gumball.
** In "The Skull" Miss Simian almost kisses Principal Brown who freaks out and jumps out the window, since it's not really Principal Brown but Clayton having shapeshifted into him.
* AllThereInTheManual: Darwin is Gumball's Adopted Brother who grew legs when he was overfed, but you wouldn't know that unless you read it online from the creators despite being heavily implied through-out the series.
** ''The DVD'' (the DVD, not the episode) also makes mention of this in the "Meet the Wattersons" feature.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong:
** The Japanese version of the show has an ending theme called [[http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzQ2NjE2MTky.html "Yes/No Continue?"]] by Moumoon.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwvkSwW4APo Indian version]] has a different theme and intro altogether.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: See OverlyLongGag below.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Gumball and Nicole are blue cats, and Anais and Richard are pink rabbits.
* AnimateInanimateObject: EVERYTHING in Elmore is a living, sentient being. Lampshaded in "The Internet" where Darwin scoffs at Gumball's idea that they can track down the internet, as it is an object not a person and everything in the room they're in comes to life and suggests otherwise.
** "The World" takes this UpToEleven, focusing on the everyday lives of the objects themselves.
* AndIMustScream: In "The Game", Anais is frozen in place through the results of picking up a dodj card from the board game. Darwin, panicking, then makes his point of the dangers of the game by stating that if all the Wattersons were to get trapped by a dodj in a similar fashion without finishing the game, they would remain stuck forever.
* AnimationBump: The animation of Hector on the rampage in "The Colossus" approaches Disney quality.
* {{Animesque}}: The Wattersons' facial expressions seem to invoke this.
* ApocalypseHow: Richard getting a job nearly causes ''the destruction of the universe''!
* ArcNumber: The number 700 frequently pops up, particularly in "The DVD" where it's the cost of the overdue fee for the titular DVD, "The Refund" where it's the cost of the game console the manager sells Richard, and "The Watch" where it's how much the titular watch is worth.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In "The Internet" when trying to talk Gumball out of deleting him, the Internet screams "Think of what the world would be losing! Think of the educational content! Think of the freedom of speech (except for the 2/3 of the world that don't have it)! THINK OF THE KITTENS!
** ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Of course, it's the kittens that finally convince them.
* ArtEvolution: The designs of the 2D characters has been streamlined in the second season. [[http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n147/The_Huntsman/Cartoons/Comparison.jpg Now they're drawn with thicker lines]] and some of them were completely redesigned; Penny, for example [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120717192035/theamazingworldofgumball/images/0/0a/Courtship.png has a more curved shell.]]
** Also, the shadows on Darwin's arms and legs underneath his body are almost nonexistent.
** Tina and Ms. Simian's designs have also been simplified.
* ArtShift:
** Strangely, whenever there is a wide shot wherein the characters are meant to be far off in the distance, they are represented by bold single-colored squares rather than their usual character models.
** Background example: In contrast to the show's usual live action backdrops, the tennis match in the second half of "The Sweaters" (which takes place in a different school) is fully animated in the same style as the human characters -- right down to the ''sky''.
** In "Christmas" Santa's Reindeer and Sleigh are 2D while on the ground, but CGI while flying.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The game "Dodj or Daar" can warp reality for the players. Such as causing a player to literally be unable to stand on the floor due to it being "lava", or having two players do whatever the other's left arm is doing, or even cause the player's to be unable to breathe until it ends.
* AttractiveBentGender: Gumball, when he's forced into a dress.
* AutoTune: Darwin's first song in "The Words".
* BackhandedApology: Darwin in "The Dream" to Gumball, who is angry at him for having kissed Penny in his dream:
-->'''Darwin''': Look, I can't believe I'm about to say this, but... I apologize. ''(under his breath) For something I didn't do.'' Okay?
-->'''Gumball''': I'm sorry, man, I just can't accept your apology... '''especially if you don't mean it!'''
* BadassBoast: "If you throw that doll out the window then you'll unleash the full fury of my terrifying anger. ''Mountains will shake! Cities will crumble! The skies will be ripped apart'' and the meteor of my wrath will '''grind you into DUST!'''" [[spoiler:Didn't work.]]
* BadassFamily: In "The Club", the family uses their own odd traits to impressively take out some nerds. Nicole [[spoiler:used her anger to take out a locked door]], Richard [[spoiler:managed to stall another nerd in a board game]], Anais [[spoiler:used static electricity to short circuit a robot and hacked a computer to intercept Gumball's embarrassing video]], and Darwin's [[spoiler:dance skills distracted the other nerd into dancing with him.]] Subverted with [[spoiler: [[LoserProtagonist Gumball]] however, who fails to stop the video uploading, and is recognized as so lacking in talent even the nerds don't want to touch him.]]
** Even moreso in "The Ape" where they work together in a car chase to stop Mrs. Simian after she tricked them.
* BadassMustache: Richard instantly grows one in "The Refund" after offering help to Gumball and Darwin to get [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a refund]]. After the store alarm goes on, he instantly loses it.
* BadBadActing: Seen when Darwin and Gumball produce their own version of "Alligators on a Train" to try and fool the DVD store owner. It doesn't work, because not only are they bad actors, the "movie" only lasts about 5 seconds, they're filming it with one camera while fighting cardboard alligators, and only put their own names in the credits.
--> '''Darwin:''' I TOLD you we should have put some other people's names in there!
--> '''Gumball:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint What, and let them have all the glory?]]
* BaitAndSwitch: In "The Castle", Darwin starts yelling in an incredibly squeaky voice, [[GlassShatteringSound shaking all the furniture.]] We then see a TV set displaying a game show where a contestant is being given [[PricelessMingVase some sort of valuable crystal glassware]] and Darwin's voice starts shaking the set, shattering '''the host of the show''' into a million pieces.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Gumball, Nicole, and Richard. Anais (Who, oddly, wears socks with no shoes) and Darwin have footwear.
** BarefootPoverty: Implied by Anais to be the reason for the above in "The Job".
* BareHandedBladeBlock: Darwin does this with a spoon full of cereal.
* BatmanGambit: In a surprising show of intelligence for someone usually TooDumbToLive, Richard pulls a skillful Batman Gambit on Gumball and Darwin in "The Laziest" to get them forced to do the chores Nicole tries to get him to do.
* BeYourself: The moral of "The Gi". [[spoiler:Nicole becomes concerned when Gumball and Darwin want to wear their karate outfits to school, oblivious to the teasing of their peers, but she decides to let them do it after Penny sticks up for Gumball and praises him for being himself. Just like she did for Richard when they were kids and he wore a superhero cape to school everyday]]
* BiggerOnTheInside: In "The Spoon" the gas station has the interior of a supermarket.
* BigNo:
** Richard does one after dropping a piece of toast.
** Darwin after [[spoiler:Gumballoopseggwobbleunderpant from Gumballnowigbattle-axeninja's head pops.]]
** When her doll is thrown off the bus, Anais gives a big no and several smaller 'no's.
** Richard (again) in "The Painting", after being told to get a job. Doesn't even finish before the scene transition. You think he's going to stop after awhile because his voice starts to trail off, but then he just goes back into it.
** In "The Wand", Richard said that when he found out a wishbone isn't actually magic when he was a kid he spent ''the next fifteen years'' yelling, [[NegativeContinuity despite other scenes from back then showing he wasn't.]]
** Gumball, Darwin, and Anais start yelling a very loud no after Richard (working as a pizza guy) presses the doorbell to deliver pizza in "The Job."
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: Tobias is short and squat, with hair covering his face. However, his sister Rachel is taller and more humanoid. This also extends to their parents, with Harold being covered in hair and their mother being more humanoid.
* BlandNameProduct: Averted by the photographic backgrounds in "The Spoon". Though the logos on the brand name products are obscured, British viewers should recognise some of the brands.
* BolivianArmyCliffhanger: "The Finale," where the whole of Elmore swarms on the Wattersons for the damage they've done throughout the show, and Gumball proclaims that their last hope is a reality ResetButton just as the episode ends. [[spoiler:[[WordOfGod The reset was the credits.]]]]
** As the title suggests, "The Finale" was written as a GrandFinale in case the series wouldn't make it to the third season. A third season was announced several months before the airing of the episode so ends up being HilariousInHindsight given the NegativeContinuity lampshading running through that episode will itself also be undone.
* BondOneLiner: Richard gives three at the end of "The Ape", each time followed by a short laugh by the family and Nicole admonishing him because Ms. Simian could be seriously hurt.
** In "The Flower" Jealous!Gumball gives four, the first three coming out badly after which he gives up and says a better one later.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Like many Cartoon Network shows, numerous scenes were cut or shorted in the CN Asia or Australian airing. Also, in "The Skull" an entire sequence is left out in the American airing involving Gumball, Darwin, and Clayton electrocuting each other which rendered the episode completely confusing due to unexplained decisions based on it.
* BrainBleach: In "The Kiss", Gumball experiences this when Grandma Jojo [[{{Squick}} kisses him on the lips.]] He spends the rest of the episode trying to force himself to forget, which he succeeds at, [[ShaggyDogStory leading to it happening again.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In "The Flakers", Anais winks at the camera when explaining a rigged team-building exercise to a blindfolded Gumball and Darwin.
* BrosBeforeHoes: "Pals Before Gals" is used in the episode "The Pressure."
* UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish: In an EasterEgg, a sign in the Parking Garage states that there shall be "No Kung-Fu fighting in the Car Park", however most people who learn American English would probably stumble a bit as "Car Park" is the British/Australian/New Zealand term for "Parking Garage/Parking Lot."
** In "The Tag", Richard gets out a bag of Nacho Crisps as opposed to chips.
* BrickJoke:
** In "The Knights", Gumball accidentally snaps the rear view mirror on Mr. Fitzgerald's car off by leaning on it. At the end of the episode [[spoiler:Mr. Fitzgerald swerves his car to avoid hitting Penny, but then come so close to hitting Tobias that the same mirror glances his head and again falls off.]]
** In "The Job", early on Richard mentions cutting strips out of the pizza, eating them, then sticking the rest of the pizza together. [[spoiler:At the end, this finally gives Larry a reason to fire him, [[ItMakesSenseInContext thus saving the universe.]]]]
** Mid-way through "The World", a soda can is offended by Darwin throwing him away and swears revenge. Near the end of the episode we see Darwin in a grocery store and the same can shows up on a stack (apparently having been recycled) and brings the whole thing down on Darwin.
* BrutalHonesty: When Mr. Small convinces Gumball and Darwin "honesty is the best policy," they immediately start insulting or otherwise upsetting everyone they run into with brutally honest truths, including [[BullyingADragon Tina Rex, their teacher, and their principal.]]
* BumblingDad: Richard, Gumball's dad.
* CallBack: The picture of Darwin trying to kiss Gumball on the roller-coaster from "The Dress" can be seen framed on the wall in "The Curse".
* {{Calvinball}}: "Dodge or Dare", a board game that Gumball and Darwin created, which involves taking a card and doing whatever is says on it. The trope applies in that, while the concept is (very loosely) structured with a set of "rules", the "rules" themselves are only there to ensure that ''sheer chaos'' results from playing it.
** In "The Car", Gumball is told to build a RubeGoldbergDevice in order to launch a projectile into the air using anything found in the trash. The projectile in question is a bowling ball, and when it finally fires off, it malfunctions and launches right at Gumball's face. Right before it hits him, Darwin ''pauses'' the moment like a VCR (complete with line of static and jumpy tracking) to point out that the card says that Gumball can't use his hands to block, leading to him getting his face smashed in.
* CarnivoreConfusion:
** In one of his first appearances Anton, a living piece of toast, is seen eats sandwiches. Lampshaded when he is then [[AmusingInjuries devoured by birds]] in that same scene.
** The donut cop in "The Spoon" tries to eat a donut, and in "The Ghost" a Carrie-possessed Gumball tries to eat him. She also interrupts Anton's sandwich-eating.
** When Gumball tries to pass an "I love you" to Penny off as "I love peanuts" in "The Meddler", she says that's like if she said she likes to eat cats.
** A poster in the background of Elmore Middle School listing rules includes not eating other students.
** In "The Flower", Leslie tries to convince Penny that by eating vegetables, she's a traitor to plantkind, and should become a carnivore instead.
** In "The Bumpkin", Idaho (a potato) asks Richard what the french fries he's about to eat are. When Richard asks, Idaho confirms he is a potato, so Richard changes the subject. Later Idaho begins to eat french fries when he parties with Gumball.
** ''All'' the food (and everything else) is sentient and talks, and "The World" shows that some of it really doesn't want to be eaten.
** In "The Job" two pizzas order a pizza, and they talk about it as though they're having a baby.
* CastOfSnowflakes: Most of the characters don't even share the same ''art style''.
* CatsAreMean: [[AvertedTrope Naturally not the case]], since Gumball and his mother are cats.
** Though she does have quite a temper.
*** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] considering the personalities of her husband and sons.
* CatsHateWater: Averted with Gumball, judging by how long he took his shower in one episode.
* CharacterBlog: [[http://twitter.com/IamRichardW Richard's Twitter account,]] and [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/anaiswatterson Anais' Flickr account.]]
* CheatedAngle: The Wattersons always have their faces in 3/4 view, no matter which way their bodies are facing. Darwin's whole ''[[{{Cephalothorax}} body]]'' is always in 3/4.
* ChekhovsGun: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in "The Robot", when Gumball hopes out loud for something that previously seemed insignificant to come save him. Cue Darwin running into the scene to help, [[SubvertedTrope only to get swept to the side by Bobert]] ("OK, some ''other'' insignificant thing!") followed by [[DoubleSubversion the sprinklers that splashed Gumball when he tried to sleep on the lawn earlier turning on, temporarily shorting Bobert out.]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Anais]] in "The Remote".
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Tobias' sister Rachel hasn't appeared since season 1, due to Ben Bocquelet and other members of the production staff not liking her.
* CityOfWeirdos: Elmore is basically a city where some completely useless thing like a paper hat, is alive and can have children with Mount Rushmore and everything will be okay. It's just Tuesday for Elmore.
* ClipShow: The start of "The Finale," in which the Wattersons, in amusingly forced nostalgia, reminisce on past episodes and {{lampshade|Hanging}} the aesthetic changes between seasons, some of their more absurd experiences, and the NegativeContinuity inherent in the show's nature. [[spoiler:The latter quickly comes back to bite them, though, when all of Elmore catches up with the damages they've done to the town and its residents and seeks justice on them for the rest of the episode]].
* CluelessMystery: Partially in "The Mystery". When Principal Brown is found shaved, painted green, wrapped in toilet paper and stuffed into Gumball's locker the culprit is not made clear to the audience at all. However, there are a few hints and some foreshadowing threaded throughout the episode that play a role into the conclusion.
* ColossusClimb: Gumball has to do this to get to Hector's ear and play a tune that will put him to sleep and stop his rampage during "The Colossus".
* ComedicSociopathy: Gumball and Darwin destroy Lawrence's life in "The Laziest" just to get him to turn back to Lazy Larry in hopes he'll out-lazy Richard.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Subverted in "The Spoon", with Gumball and Darwin in front of a safe:
--> '''Gumball''': What do bald people need more of?\\
'''Darwin''': Friends?\\
'''Gumball''': Yes. And what do you buy friends with?\\
'''Darwin''': Uhhhhh...\\
'''Gumball''': [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop With money!]]
** Played straight in that same episode when Richard needs to buy Nicole a birthday present but he has to stay home and watch the kids and [[InsaneTrollLogic decides that since]] ''[[InsaneTrollLogic his kids]]'' [[InsaneTrollLogic don't have to watch the kids they can go and buy something on their own instead.]]
* ConspicuousCG: The CG itself isn't any more out of place than anything else, but occasionally it will be out of sync with the 2D objects or characters. For instance, in "The Poltergeist" Mrs. Robinson put something in the mailbox and while her hands moved and a sound was made the mailbox stayed closed.
* ConspicuouslyLightPatch: Occasionally happens through-out the series, usually when a character moves something amongst a series of things that were put in the background.
** In "The Phone", the cement bricks on the House are clearly not the same shade as the ones Gumball and Darwin are shaping up and placing down after [[spoiler: Ocho destroys the top half.]]
* ContinuityNod:
** In "The Fridge" we see Gumball is incapable of playing a triangle--or even ''hitting'' it. In "The Apology" a quick look at Gumball's report card show that his grades vary from moderately above to moderately below average, except for music where he has one F and three [[FMinusMinus F Minuses.]]
** Two of [[FreezeFrameBonus ElmorePlus comments]] in "The Voice" reference previous episodes: Penny's says she's seeing a doctor about her blueberry allergy (we saw her have an allergic reaction when Gumball made her eat a blueberry cupcake in "The Dream") while Hector mentions his hamster isn't eating (in "The Colossus" we saw Hector hasn't figured out his hamster is dead).
* ContinuityPorn: "The Finale"
* ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping: Richard sends Gumball and Darwin to do this for Nicole's birthday in "The Spoon".
* CutHimselfShaving: Subverted in "The Fight." Gumball gets a black eye from running into a door, but when he tells his family they think he's doing this to hide the fact he's being bullied by Tina (though she ''was'' chasing him at the time).
* DerangedAnimation: Anything in Elmore can come to life and conventional wisdom has been thrown out the window.
* DevelopmentGag:
** In the second season episode "The Fridge", Nicole puts war paint on her face. The way she does it covers her whiskers, making them look longer, and thus more like they did in her character model before it was redesigned for the second season.
** In "The Storm", Masami has a crush on Alan. In the pilot, they're a couple.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Invoked in "The DVD", with Darwin giving the whole "You wouldn't steal a car/purse/cell phone" speech.
* DisproportionateRetribution: In "The Hero", Gumball and Darwin unknowingly hurt Richard's feelings when they criticize his fathering. Nicole and Anais punish them by [[MoralEventHorizon denying them proper food, hot showers, and pelting them with cement cupcakes]].
* DissonantSerenity: A momentary example combined with StepfordSmiler, being PlayedForLaughs when Gumball and Darwin are lost in a forest. Gumball suggests they watch the stars to find their way, pointing out that the sun is a star. They both stare at the sun for a moment, before turning around to reveal their eyes are on fire.
-->'''Darwin:''' ''[=*Still smiling*=]'' "There are no words to express the amount of pain I feel right now."
-->'''Gumball:''' "Sure there are." ''[=*Both start screaming in pain.*=]''
* TheDitz[=/=]GeniusDitz: Both Darwin and Gumball are both fairly dimwitted, [[GeniusDitz but they're very smart about it.]] Part of the fun of their antics is how much thought gets put into their idiocy.
* DivingSave: {{Double Subver|sion}}ted in "The Debt": we get a SlowNo of Gumball trying to push Mr. Robinson out of the way of a falling stage light but Gumball's jump falls short and the light is stopped just above Mr. Robinson by its own power cord, but after he refuses to get out of the way Gumball successfully pushes him out from under the light which ''does'' fall.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: One episode opens on Gumball and Darwin watching TV dazed and grazing on junk food while contemplating things like heartbeats and the end of the world in an irrational, paranoid manner. [[TheStoner The whites of their eyes are a faded red the ENTIRE sequence]].
** At the beginning of "The Third", Gumball and Darwin's discussion about having a 'third best friend' is strongly suggestive of the stereotypical conversation between partners about trying {{polyamory}}... a conversation at the end sounds like a couple's rejecting it.
* DontGoInTheWoods: In "The Picnic", Ms. Simian warns the students not to go into the [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Forest of Doom]]. Which is exactly what Gumball and Darwin do.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: As of "The Finale", Elmore has been completely destroyed by the Wattersons' actions and the entire main cast is murdered... or it would be, [[WordOfGod if the credits weren't the reboot they were hoping for.]]]]
* DreamWalker: In "The Dream", Gumball and Darwin go into their own dreams by wearing a TinFoilHat that supossedly forms a connection between their two heads.
* DrosteImage: One in "The Phone" of Darwin coming out of an envelope, opening his mouth to reveal another envelope with another Darwin.
* DudeNotFunny:[[invoked]] [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. When Miss Simian drives over an unfinished bridge, Richard tries to cut a lighthearted BondOneLiner and Gumball, Anais, and Darwin all chuckle along. Then Nicole reminds them that she might be seriously injured...which leads to Richard cutting another joke...and then Nicole telling them to stop again...and then another one.
* EpicFail: After twice demonstrating his inability to catch objects, Gumball fails to ''not'' catch one he's getting chased for carrying.
** Richard is able to [[RubeGoldbergDevice blow on a piece of paper, moving a series of items that launch a piece of pizza from the kitchen table to his mouth while still on the couch.]] When Gumball tries to imitate this, he blows a piece of paper off-screen [[RuleOfFunny somehow]] sending a toaster crashing into Darwin that knocks him off the couch.
** In "The Fridge", Gumball has to hit one note on a triangle for the school band. He misses the instrument entirely.
* EskimosArentReal: In "Christmas", Nicole claims that Switzerland isn't real.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: There's one in the show's logo.
* '''EverythingTalks''': A central premise of Gumball's universe. ''Everything'' is alive and sentinent, as seen in "The World".
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: The Forest of Doom in "The Picnic".
* EverybodyOwnsAFord: Mid-1980's to 1991 Crown Victorias, to be exact.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: In every flashback, even the year book, all the adults in Elmore no matter what age all seemed to have attended Middle School around the same time.
** In "The Wand", Mr. Robinson is at Elmore Jr. High despite being way older than Richard.
*** Even weirder is the old man that's purple and has antlers also was in the same year as Richard.
** In "The Gi" Nicole went to the same school, revealing Mr. Small, Mr. Fitzgerald, and others went to the same school.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: In "The Gi" Nicole sees Gumball and Darwin watching an online video posted of them "practicing" (for lack of a better term) their karate. When she asks who posted it, Gumball replies "Some kids at school did". When a close up of the screen appears, the user account is "[=SomeKidsAtSchool=]".
* ExplosiveInstrumentation: When Gumball goes down a hill too fast he catches on fire, and the radar gun a police officer uses on him ''also'' catches on fire.
* EyeScream:
** In "The DVD", Gumball tries to get money by testing cosmetics he has an allergic reaction, wipes his face, and smears his eye across his face.
** In "The Painting", Mr. Small tries to get Gumball and Darwin to "be the brush", which ends with them getting loads of paint in their eyes.
** At one point in "The Picnic", Gumball and Darwin stare at the sun and end up with their eyes lit on fire.
** In "The Microwave", the first thing Kenneth tries to eat is Darwin's eyeball.
** In "The Banana", Banana Joe gets glue on his hand because Gumball poked a bunch of holes in his glue bottle. He eventually gets his hand stuck his eye, then accidentally tears it off.
** PlayedForLaughs in "The Apology" when Gumball accidentally hurls a paper airplane with a fine tip at [[{{Jerkass}} Ms. Simian]].
** In "The Watch", Gumball tries to force himself to cry for sympathy. When he overdoes it ("Are you trying to cry or lay an egg?") he makes his eyes explode.
** In "The Photo", Darwin tells Gumball to "look inside himself", he takes it literally and pulls off his eye and uses it to look down his throat.
** In "The Fridge", when Nicole has Gumball [[{{It Makes Sense in Context}} squeeze lemon juice in her eyes]].
--->'''Nicole:''' What does a winner do when life gives him lemons?
--->'''Gumball:''' Uhh... Make lemonade?
--->'''Nicole:''' No, he squeezes them right back into life's eyes!
* FantasticRacism: In "The Job", Nicole says cats shouldn't get along with dogs.
* FauxHorrific: The robber in "The Spoon" holding up the convenience store with, you guessed it, a spoon. Until the end of the cartoon, everyone reacts as though it's a deadly weapon.
* FictionalCounterpart: [[Website/YouTube Elmore Stream]]
** There's also [[Website/EBay JU]][[http://twitpic.com/6720u0/full NK]]
** Seemingly everyone in Elmore Junior High is on [[Website/GooglePlus ElmorePlus]]; ironic given its namesake does allow anyone under the age of 18.
* {{Fingore}}: In "The Curse" Gumball gets his finger stuck in the school bus door while on the outside and is then dragged by it all the way to school.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Mr. Cuddles, Penny's pet tarantula.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: Invoked in "The Helmet". After Nicole, Richard, and Gumball first start arguing over the hat, Anais smells trouble brewing and bangs a pot like a gong saying it was "the sound of doom for the Wattersons".
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: In "The Pressure", Masami keeps chasing after Darwin, who decides to hide from her in the swimming pool... by holding his breath.
* FrictionBurn: The series gives us an example where Gumball is trying to start a fire through the friction & stick method. He ends up setting his hands on fire, and while he's running around screaming in pain, the wood he was trying to ignite catches on fire a few moments later.
** He also caught on fire from air friction when going down a hill to fast, while the friction with the ground tore the bike apart.
* FunWithFlushing
** This happens to Gumball at the beginning of "The Curse" when he slips on a bar of soap while taking a shower.
** Penny's pet tarantula, Mr. Cuddles was accidentally flushed down the toilet by her father in "The Date". However, it's subverted as he hid under the toilet seat, and Gumball finds it and returns it to Penny, but not before getting bitten multiple times in the process.
** Darwin and Gumball flush themselves down a toilet in "The Secret" to escape from the boys bathroom in school when they're locked in. They return home through a pipe leading to their toilet at the end of the episode.
* GagCensor: In "The Colossus", When Gumball and Darwin visit Hector's room, Gumball discovers a "Captain Punch" comic, the following scene is a sequence where all the violent scenes and dialogues from the comic has been edited to be more friendly.
* TheGameComeToLife: Dare cards drawn during "Dodj or Daar" can affect reality until the players complete the game, a la ''{{Film/Jumanji}}''.
* GangOfBullies: Anton and Jamie are members of Tina's gang, whether they want to be or not.
* {{Gasshole}}: The Panda from "How to Ratatwang Your Panda".
* GeniusLoci: "The World" shows that the ''Earth'' is alive.
* GenderEqualsBreed: Inverted. Gumball's parents are a female cat and a male rabbit. He's a male cat, and his sister is a female rabbit.
** Bit of trivia: The boys (yes, even Darwin, who's adopted) have rectangular eyes like their father, while Anais has round eyes like her mother, so there's a bit more instances of PlayingWithATrope going on than meets the eye.
* GenreBlindness: In "The Storm", when Alan is in danger as [[spoiler:Masami becomes {{Yandere}} and literally becomes a living tornado which abducts him]], Carmen tells Gumball to save him but only for Penny to stop him and decides to do it herself because Gumball made Alan and Carmen's relationship complicated despite him trying to fix it. But because she is not the protagonist nor the character focus of the episode which are Alan and Carmen, she gets hurt for her effort and changes her mind for Gumball to do his part.
* GenreSavvy: In "The Sweaters", new student Sarah thinks that Gumball and Darwin are "hardcore" because of all the [[WeirdnessMagnet wild stories she heard about them.]] While they are tempted to lie and accept that title, they quickly refuse because they know something will go wrong if they lie. True enough, the rest of the episode is spent with students from Sarah's old school trying prove that they're not hardcore, much to the two's [[DeadpanSnarker total indifference.]]
** Earlier, in "The Photo", when nothing has gone wrong with trying to make Gumball more photogenic, the duo ''immediately'' assumes someone is out to sabotage the photo, and they're ''right'' (though they don't know who).
* GlassShatteringSound[=/=]IncrediblyLongNote: Done by Mr. Robinson at the end of his musical number in "The Debt".
* GluttonyMontage: Done in first-person in "The Ghost", where Carrie possesses Gumball.
* {{Gonk}}: Many of the live-action and CGI characters.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: "The Finale" cuts off at [[DownerEnding a very convenient moment]].]]
* GoshDangItToHeck: Upon seeing that he still has a long way to travel to reach Tobias' house, Gumball yells "Gosh darn it!!!"
* GrandTheftMe: In the episode "The Ghost."
* GRatedSex: Apparently, ''arguing'' is this for Mr. and Mrs. Robinson.
* GreenEyedMonster: In "The Flower", Gumball's envy leads to him being literally [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by jealousy.
* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: When Gumball and Darwin have to spend spring break in detention for cheating in "The Lesson", they have break a number of rules to bribe the other students into not beating them up. By the end the two double cross one of the other inmates to escape ("Well played." "I learned from the best.") and Gumball says [[TitleDrop the lesson]] he learned was "[[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught never get caught]]".
* HatOfPower: A tinfoil hat that gives the wearer good luck in "The Helmet".
* HereWeGoAgain: The endings of "The Kiss" [[note]]Gumball gets traumatized once more by one of Grandma Jojo's kisses after spending the whole episode trying to snap out of it.[[/note]], "The Refund"[[note]]The store manager has cheated the Waterson's out of a lot of money ''again'', and they're ready to try to get that money back.[[/note]], "The Robot"[[note]]Bobert failed to steal Gumball's identity, so he's just going to try and take Darwin's.[[/note]], and "The Picnic"[[note]]Gumball and Darwin reach the picnic site and get something to eat (trash), but then get left behind by the rest of the class ''again'' and still don't know which way to follow.[[/note]]
* HeroicBSOD: Gumball has one when Grandma Jojo kisses him on the lips by accident.
** Not nearly as bad as Gumball's example, but in the same episode, Anais spends the whole episode (the entire weekend) trying to push Granny Jojo's heavy luggage up the stairs to her room. When she finally makes it, she proudly announces it to Granny Jojo, who tells her "That's nice dear, now bring it back down stairs. The bus will be here soon." The screen turns red and the camera slowly pans in on Anais' shocked face. You could just ''feel'' the despair in her eyes bleeding out.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: In "The Fridge", Nicole decides she needs to get Gumball to a "winner". Her methods include making him carry her (who is several time his size) up a flight of stairs on his back, abandoning him on a desert road to walk home, and having him hold up a metal golf club stand on their roof in a lightning storm. It's also revealed That Richard got Gumball's most commonly worn outfit from the dumpster.
* {{Homage}}:
** Gumball's cheerleading audition in "The Meddler" is reminiscent of The Chemical Brothers "Elektrobank" music video.
** The end of "The Helmet" is a reference to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', with Gumball playing the part of Gollum.
** "The Curse" is pretty much an homage to ''Film/FinalDestination'', of which all of the show creators are fans.
** "The Remote" ends with a Gumball flashing back as he realizes [[spoiler:how they were all falling for Anais's plan to get the TV]] in homage to the ending of ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', including [[LineOfSightName making up a name from a brand on a random object.]]
** As evident by the name, Gumball climbing Hector in "The Colossus" is an homage to ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' including climbing to a giant's weakspot by grabbing their fur and the way Hector falls over when he goes to sleep.
** From that same episode, the design of Hector's mother is an homage to Yubaba from ''Anime/SpiritedAway.''
** When Gumball and Darwin are temporarily turned into ghost during "Halloween", they try to possess Tina Rex. Their difficulties in controlling her body--having to manually operate her limbs--mirror the gameplay of ''VideoGame/{{QWOP}}''.
** When Gumball is being controlled by Carrie, the scene is very similar to the music video for The Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up."
** In one portion of "The Tape," Darwin attempts to make his and Gumball's tape more serious by showing time-lapse shots of nature and the movement of people and cars [[Film/{{Koyaanisqatsi}} to music similar to that of Philip Glass]] while narrating and presenting "science" in a [[CarlSagan Saganesque]] style.
** The first skit in "The World" after the intro jingle has the Sun, Moon, and Earth parody the intro to ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** In "The DVD", Darwin keeps telling Gumball he should "tell the truth and face the consequences of [their] actions" when they accidentally break the DVD, but Gumball keeps saying no. However, later in the episode, Gumball tells Darwin [[IronicEcho the same thing]], and Darwin punches him in the arm.
** "The Finale": A troll lady comes to present Mr. Watterson's dad with a bill, and he says he's surprised he was actually held responsible. She asks if he thinks he lives in a fairy tale, right before hopping on her broom and vanishing into the sky.
* IMeantToDoThat: At the end of "The Microwave" Gumball is knocked into the valve for the hose Kenneth swallowed, and when this saves everyone he pretends it was his idea.
* IOweYouMyLife: "The Debt", where Mr. Robinson "saves" Gumball (stops his slow-moving car when Gumball was too busy panicking to get out of its path) and Gumball decides he has to save Mr. Robinson in return, nearly killing him several times. Given Gumball had just shown to be a rather dedicated fan of Mr. Robinson, the whole thing may have just been an excuse to follow him around.
* ISurrenderSuckers: Nicole tries to shoot Gumball in the back at the end of the family Paintball game in "The Fridge". [[spoiler:Gumball could hear her reloading behind his back and shoots her anyway.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every episode title is "[[TheTheTitle The [noun]]]", except the holiday specials.
* InsaneTrollLogic: This show is riddled with it.
** In "The Picnic" Gumball reasons that, because everything (including food) is made up "circles with circles around them" (atoms), a rock is the same as a chicken nugget.
** In "The Meddler" Gumball reasons that by joining the cheerleading squad, he'll impress Penny with his masculinity and out preform her in the competition to make her love him.
** The doughnut officer looks at something disturbing or a suspected crime scene, then at something else that looks dangerous, then at the only person conscious and treats them with unreasonable hostility. Despite having no knowledge of anything or no evidence.
*** In "The Spoon" he looks at a knocked out Darwin and Gumball, then Nicole, then a sausage and assumes she hurt them.
*** In "The Sock" he looks at Gumball and Darwin, then the filing cabinet, then a phone, and assumes they're responsible.
* InterspeciesAdoption: How Darwin became a member of the Watterson family.
* InterspeciesRomance: Mr. and Mrs. Watterson, but considering in the same universe a cactus and a balloon can fall in love with each other, this isn't too unusual.
** Also Principal Brown and Miss Simian, Gumball and Penny, and Carmen and Alan.
* ItCameFromTheFridge: The monster from "The Microwave" originated when a bunch of gross stuff Gumball put in a jar was put in the microwave.
* ItsAllMyFault: Subverted in "The Responsible". Gumball decides to take the rap for flooding the house, but when he sees the fire in his mom's eyes, he shifts the blame to Darwin. After they quarrel, Richard eventually decides to blame it on the Internet, [[SureLetsGoWithThat to which everyone agrees]].
** [[spoiler: Anais]] admits to filling in Darwin's aptitude test in "The Genius".
* ItWasHereISwear: In "The Job" after Richard gets a job Nicole has a bad feeling about it and starts seeing things. Anais (and possibly the viewers) think this is all in her head at first, but then this strange phenomena is reported on the news and everyone can see it.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Played with in "The Prank". [[spoiler:Gumball and Darwin almost get their father ''killed'' in the severity of their pranks, who in turn almost kills them.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Richard, in-universe. Ms. Simian would also qualify as she gets away with at least a dozen rotten actions in just two episodes and has yet to pay for anything she's done.
-->'''Nicole:''' That wasn't very nice. You two should know better.
-->'''Gumball:''' You didn't tell ''him'' off for pranking ''us''!
-->'''Nicole:''' [{{Beat}}] You know it's too late for your father.
** {{Justified|Trope}}. In a later episode we learn [[FreudianExcuse Richard's mother sheltered him his whole life and never let him think or do anything for himself.]] Which is why he can get away with pretty much anything.
** Averted and deconstructed in "The Finale" as the Wattersons discover the hard way that their past actions have consequences.
* KonamiCode: In "The Tape", Ocho uses this to summon money for a vending machine, write a test, and easily pass gym. When Gumball does it, he glitches up.
* LaboriousLaziness: Richard is a master of this.
* LampshadeWearing: In "The Party", we see a couple of characters dancing to the music wearing lampshades.
* LargeHam: Gumball and Darwin seems to be locked in an everlasting battle to out-ham one another.
* LastDance: As all of the Wattersons' past actions are catching up to them in "The Finale", they set out on a rampage to make things even worse [[ResetButton until everything fixes itself like it's always supposed to]]. [[spoiler:[[DownerEnding It didn't work.]] [[WordOfGod Except it did - it's the credits.]]]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In "The Castle" Darwin points out that Gumball's voice has changed, referencing his actor's voice breaking.
* LimitedWardrobe: Lampshaded, as Gumball is especially distressed to find out his sweater came from a sewage pit because "I wear this all the time."
** In "The Job" Anais present the fact that the family are wearing the exact same clothes they were wearing last year as evidence that really need Richard to hold down a job.
* LineOfSightName: Gumball tries this in "The Dress". What are the first things he sees? Someone chewing gum, and a ball. Which he quickly amends with "oops�egg�wobble�underpants." And then when he's asked where he's from, he sees gum and a bald head... and then "no, wig, battle-axe ninja!" His classmates ended up interpreting the whole thing as "Gumballoupseggwobbleunderpant from Gumballnowigbattle-axeninja".
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The [[http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/tv_shows/gumball/characters/index.html character page]] on the official site already lists 30 different named characters. And that's not even the entire cast � there are also a sauropod named Molly and a chin puppet named Sussie, the latter of whom even appears in the intro.
* LockedInTheBathroom: In one episode, Gumball and Darwin literally get locked in the school bathroom. They decide to tell each other a secret they'd been keeping, but they're rescued by the janitor before Dawin can tell his. Gumball spends the rest of the episode being driven crazy by not knowing the secret, until Darwin tells him that he was only going to tell him because it looked like they were going to die. So, Gumball locks them in the bathroom again, only to find out that the secret Darwin had been keeping was that he didn't like some food Gumball made. They get out this time by flushing themselves down the toilet, arguing the whole way, finally ending by angrily yelling that they love each other.
* LogicBomb: In "The Bet", Gumball tells Bobert (who is a robot) to divide by zero, resulting Bobert having a massive computerized freak-out.
* MadeOfExplodium: In "The Watch" Richard assumes a pair of electric scooters will explode when they crash into each other. They're so slow that when they go right into each other they stop without either being damaged... then explode a second later anyway.
* MagicSkirt: In "The Poltergeist" Nicole spends a good part of the episode hanging upside down in one of the traps Richard has set for "the ghost". Her gray pleated skirt doesn't move an inch.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: At the end of "The Prank", Richard rather nonchalantly mentions that he broke five ribs pretending to go on a rampage.
* MediumAwareness: When Gumball attempts to wipe some makeup off his face, he accidentally [[EyeScream smears his left eye]].
-->'''Gumball''': Why am I looking at the floor?
** In "The Mystery", when seeking out whom to accuse of stuffing the principal in his locker, a spotlight shines on whoever is being accused. When he tries to accuse Rocky, the spotlight doesn't come on at first. Gumball then looks offscreen and says "I said ''him''!"
* MediumBlending: The TropeCodifier. I mean, just look at the page image.
* MetalScream: In the song Gumball and Darwin listen to, often referred to as 'Inner Warrior' has the scream at the end in "The DVD"
* MistakenForApocalypse: "The End".
* MistakenForCheating: "The Plan": Gumball, Darwin, and Anais find what appears to be a love letter to Nicole from "Daniel Lennard," spend the whole episode drawing up an elaborate plan to stop "him," and find out in the end that "he" is actually a cosmetics brand.
* MortonsFork: At the end of "The Colossus", Gumball and Darwin finally get a friend request from Hector. Problem is, they now know that accepting ''or'' rejecting it could make him emotional enough to go on another rampage. [[TakeAThirdOption So Gumball smashes the monitor with a hammer.]]
* MisterSeahorse: While disguised in the dress in "The Dress", Gumball has an imagine spot about Darwin marrying him (because Darwin doesn't realize he's just Gumball in a dress). In the ImagineSpot, Gumball is surrounded by [[MixAndMatchCritters cat/fish babies]] as Darwin comes home and yells "I WANT MORE KIDS!"
* MissingTrailerScene: Almost every trailer for the show had complete original scenes and were never in the actual episodes.
* MusicalPastiche: When Carrie possesses Gumball, a pastiche of [[Music.TheProdigy The Prodigy's]] "Smack My Bitch Up" plays.
* MythologyGag: When we see Gumball's Elmore Plus account in "The Colossus", the photos and video seen in the corner are the same ones featured on Anais' flickr account and the [=ElmoreStream=] Youtube videos.
* NailsOnABlackboard: Used in "The Kiss" as part of a regimen to make the trauma of kissing his grandmother on the lips not seem so bad.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Richard after a raft prank in "The Prank". Gumball [[RunningGag repeatedly.]]
* NeverSayDie: Originally subverted then played straight with Carrie. First, she was said to be a dead girl, both in the show and WordOfGod. The Halloween special retcons this to say that Carrie was born a ghost, and this is actually pivotal to the plot, as it explains why Carrie is not bound to face the limitation other ghosts have, such as being forced to live in the Underworld. Of course, the Halloween special also subverts this trope, since the other ghosts, who are all dragged to the Underworld in the end, would logically be dead people.
* NoEnding: PlayedForLaughs in "The Finale".
* NoOntologicalInertia: [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]] in "The Flower", as when a spirit of his concentrated jealously is rampaging, Gumball ceasing to be jealous makes the shockwave from an explosion it caused ''freeze in midair'' and disappear.
* NoThemeTune: It has an InstrumentalThemeTune actually, but in the U.S. it was only aired for the sneak peek.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Nicole does this to Tina's ''father'' at the end of "The Fight". She completely demolished his house in the process. Note that he is (presumably) a T-Rex whose eyes were shown to each be larger than Nicole's entire body.
* NobleShoplifter: Convinced that the impending solar eclipse will cause the end of the world, Gumball, Darwin, and Richard raid the local grocery store for supplies... with every intention of paying, of course, but the lines are obscene and the self-checkout refuses to behave. In the end, they charge out the door with a cart full of groceries and throw a fistful of money in the pursuing security guard's face.
* NonHumansLackAttributes: Averted with Gumball, played straight with a lot of other characters.
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: While most characters are drawn with a flat, stylized look, there are also quite a few that run the gamut from paper cutouts to photo-realistic dinosaurs.
* NoodleIncident: In "The Responsible", Richard is mentioned to have somehow set fire to a swimming pool.
* NoodleImplements: In "The Party" Darwin ends his OverlyLongName with "III", suggesting he wasn't the Watterson family's first goldfish.
** The episode "The Game" later confirms this when Gumball unearths the skeleton of "Darwin I" underneath his bed.
* NotADate: Inverted in "The Date". Penny invites Gumball to her house and he thinks it's a date because he was too lovestruck to hear everything she said; it really ''wasn't'' one, it was [[spoiler:a funeral for her pet tarantula.]]
* NotNowKiddo: Anais spends most of "The Painting" trying to tell everyone that she ''doesn't'' think there's anything wrong with her family but Principal Brown and her mother won't let her talk.
* NotWearingPantsDream: Referenced in "The Responsible". Richard had to go to the parent-teacher conference without pants (because he can't find a pair that fits) and says he feels like he's in "one of those dreams. The ones where you go to school naked."
** Played straight in "The Dream", where Gumball and Darwin dream that they are naked in the mall. They try making everyone else naked, but they find it just as embarrassing.
* NuclearOption: Mirrored, in "The Robot" when Bobert nukes Gumball despite being the exact opposite of a 'last resort.'
* OhCrap: Gumball and Darwin's expression after Anais says [[SeriousBusiness Daisy isn't just a toy]].
** Also in the same episode when [[spoiler:Anais' toy goes off next to a sleeping Tina]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Happens every once in a while, often British voice actors lose their American tongue for a second.
** In the "The Robot" when Bobert says "How you talk" it sounds astonishingly British, which doesn't make a lot of sense seeing as how the character he's impersonating doesn't have a British voice actor.
** Nicole, in some scenes where she's talking calmly and smoothly.
* OminousLatinChanting: Used all throughout "The Job"
--> '''BGM''': ''Mozzarella, Gorgonzola! Mozzarella, Gorgonzola!''
* OrganAutonomy: Gumball's brain leaves his head when he tries reading a book in "The Genius."
* OrphanedPunchline: At the beginning of "The Date" Richard finishes telling the family a story referencing the urban legend of mixing Pop Rocks and soda. His appearance at that point suggests he attempted it and the mixture blew up in his face.
* OutOfCharacter: Nicole in the episode "The Fridge" is a cruel character who abandons Gumball in a desert, attempts to electrocute him during a storm, persuades him to fight an elderly woman, forces him to carry her up stairs, and has him walking around in light clothing during cold weather. Its funny for a temporary episode but as a whole series, Nicole's actions are the exact opposite of what she advocates her children to do. Keep in mind this is the same character who flipped out and fought a T. Rex with eyes larger than her body because Gumball received a black eye.
** Also in "The Genius", where Gumball suddenly becomes so dumb he can't operate a computer and suddenly forgets what the Internet is, despite in early episodes being able to clearly shoot a movie, edit it on the computer, and even suggest pirating a feature length film.
** Darwin claims to have been a pacifist (or as he says it a pacifish) but constantly commits acts of violence and advocating to hurt something like in "The Microwave" with the monster and punching Gumball in the arm, hitting Gumball in the face with a ball over and over again and so on. Although it was to be expected, it was unlikely any character wasn't going to harm something in a show as action filled as this.
* OutOfContextEavesdropping: In ''The End'', while on the bus, Gumball and Darwin hear the Purple Moose shouting "The End is Near!" repeatedly. As the bus pulls away, and Gumball and Darwin can no longer hear him, he adds, "Of our discount sale. So hurry up!"
* OutOfOrder: WordOfGod [[https://twitter.com/#!/benbocquelet/status/171333978371006464 has stated as such,]] and also said [[http://www.formspring.me/jamesdeonlamont/q/296199733171464828 it's why they're not doing any multi-part episodes.]] It's generally not very noticeable due to the series not having much inter-episode continuity, but one error does stick out: the end of "The Quest" centers around Anais letting Tina keep her doll, yet several episodes aired later show Anais still has it.
** Though it's entirely possible she got another identical Daisy at some point after giving Tina the other one.
* OverlyLongGag: In "The Picnic", Gumball and Darwin spare a caterpillar only for it to be grabbed by a [[AlwaysABiggerFish hawk-like monster...]] which are both eaten by a large monster... which is eaten by a ''larger monster''... which is eaten by '''an even bigger monster than that.'''
* PacmanFever: Video games seen at various points all have very 8/16-bit looking graphics. This trope is possibly lampshaded by how "The Refund" has Gumball trying to put what looks like an SNES cartridge into the disc drive of a console that looks like an Xbox 360 (with the controllers of an SNES) before realizing there's something wrong.
* PaleFemalesDarkMales: Played straight and inverted. Nicole is a slightly lighter shade of blue than Gumball, but Anais is a slightly darker shade of pink than Richard.
* PantyShot: Anais shows her underwear briefly to her brothers to emphasize she wasn't wearing any diapers in "The Responsible."
* ParentalBonus: An entire episode is dedicated to Darwin and Gumball finding a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything third best friend]]. The conversation is funny to children, but absolutely side splitting to adults.
-->'''Gumball''': It's only awkward if you MAKE it awkward.
* PapaWolf: Mr. Fitzgerald is this to Penny.
* PassingNotesInClass: In "The Party", the kids at school are about to attend Rachel's party, but they all have to bring a date. Gumball gets a mysterious note flown to him while in the cafeteria, saying "Will you be the jelly in my peanut butter sandwich?". [[spoiler: It eventually turns out to be from Penny, who is literally a peanut]].
** Subverted in "The Mustache", when Gumball and Darwin are passing a drawing of themselves as adults and Miss Simian catches them, but decides since she's talking about puberty they're actually on-topic and continues her lecture.
* PickyEater: When Carrie takes over Gumball's body and starts binge-eating everything in sight, she takes a moment to remove the pickle slice from a hamburger before devouring the whole combo meal.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Anais and Gumball. Inverted with Richard and Nicole.
** This even stays true when their [[GenderBender genders are momentarily reversed]] in "The Job".
* {{Pixellation}}: When Gumball is naked, he gets this. What's extra funny is that in some frames [[http://theamazingworldofgumball.wikia.com/wiki/File:Funny_Smear_Frame.png they missed applying it]], and as you might expect [[BarbieDollAnatomy there isn't anything to cover.]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Gumball breaks free from a covering of ''solid concrete'' using this.
-->'''Gumball:''' By the POWER OF ''FRIENDSHIP''!!
* PrankCall: Nicole makes one in "The Game," ordering a pizza with disgusting, hard to find ingredients and having it delivered to the restaurant she's ordering from.
* PrayerIsALastResort: Subverted in "The Apology." It looks like Ms. Simian is attending church and praying for guidance on whether it's right or wrong to frame Darwin and Gumball for vandalism. Turns out she's talking to her father('s skeleton) in the natural history museum.
* {{Pun}}: Darwin claims to be a "Pacifish" in "The Ghost".
* PunchAWall: Nicole does this in "The DVD".
* PuppyDogEyes: Both Anais and Gumball use this on each other when she tries to convince him to go over to Tina's house to rescue Anais' doll. Anais wins.
** Tina does it later in the episode. It works.
* QuarterHourShort[=/=]TwoShorts: A somewhat odd case, as while several of the first episodes were aired as TwoShorts, both new, it's since changed to a new QuarterHourShort and a rerun played subsequently with one opening and ending between them, then close to the end of the the first season they switched the new and old episode around. Or two different quarter-hours rerun. Which now confuses the heck out of most [=DVRs=] since it thinks that it's a new episode every time just because those two episodes haven't been paired before.
* QuoteMine: Seen in one of the show's trailers, where Gumball stitches together quotes from several of his friends and family members:
-->'''Ms. Simian''': GUMBALL!!\\
'''Carrie''': ...is the most... \\
'''Anais''': Amazing!\\
'''Darwin''': DUDE!\\
'''Nicole''': I don't have time... \\
'''Richard''': ...to say all the good things... \\
'''Mr. Small''': ...abooooout... \\
'''Banana Joe''': ...this!\\
'''Anais''': Amazing!\\
'''Darwin''': DUDE!
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Basically, "The End" episode. Gumball, Darwin, and Richard race against the 'supposed' End of the World
* RageBreakingPoint: Nicole spends most of "The Limit" being harassed by her kids and husband because she won't buy them candy, but finally [[UnstoppableRage gets sent past]] [[TitleDrop the limit]] when Richard tells the kids to just shoplift what they want.
* {{Ragequit}}: In "The Kiss," Anais spends all weekend trying to get her grandmother's luggage up the stairs. When she finally shouts that she did it, Granny Jojo congratulates her, [[HopeSpot prompting a joyous look on Anais' face.]] Granny Jojo then tells her to bring it back down since the bus is about to arrive soon. [[UnstoppableRage The look on Anais' face then shows that she has had more than enough.]] She promptly throws the luggage out the window.
* RagsToRiches: In "The DVD", a hobo becomes a millionaire after using Gumball and Darwin's money to buy a scratch-off card. [[UngratefulBastard He still wouldn't pay them back anything.]]
* RapidHairGrowth: Richard is able to grow a mustache to look tough. The minute he drops the act, it recedes right back into his face.
* RealityBreakingParadox: Richard unwittingly does this in "The Job", because apparently him having a job goes against the rules of the universe.
* RealityEnsues: In "The Finale", the Watersons are held accountable for all the damage they've done through the course of the series.
* ReleasedToElsewhere: In "The Game", Gumball uncovers the skeleton of the Wattersons' first family pet, Darwin I, under his bunk bed while cleaning it in the presence of Darwin and Nicole. A confused Darwin then recalls that Gumball and Nicole previously explained his disappearance by saying that he "went to live a happier life on a farm with other fishes."
* ResetButton: The Wattersons tried to invoke this in "The Finale" by [[LastDance going on a desperate rampage]] to make things so bad that they had to fix themselves like they're always supposed to. [[spoiler:[[WordOfGod Said reset was the credits.]]]]
* RetroUniverse: Most of the appliances have a very 70's/80's aesthetic but there are still DVD players, a Website/YouTube equivalent, and in "The Refund," Darwin says this:
--> '''Darwin:''' Why is it called [the Ripley] 2000 anyway? It's not like it's the future anymore!
** [[http://www.formspring.me/jamesdeonlamont/q/293158653421169297 According to one of the writers]], he [[ShrugOfGod can't remember]] if the series takes place in 1950, 1985, 2012, or [[SarcasmMode 2098.]]
* {{Revenge}}: A major theme in "The Banana".
* RogerRabbitEffect: The majority of the show's scenery starts as live-action photograph, but with filters and some objects drawn to make them clash with the characters less.
* RunningGag: Certain episodes have their own running gags.
** The Laziest: Characters referencing the [[NoodleIncident Summer of '83]], but getting interrupted by Gumball.
** The Flower: Characters responding with a flat "Wow" every time something surprising happens.
** Characters smashing through the school's windows is a common occurrence throughout the series, happening in "The Mystery", "The Sock" and "The Bet".
** In the second season, Darwin bluntly but cheerfully (or sometimes snidely) pointing out Gumball's personality faults - usually at inappropriate times - often getting hit by something immediately after.
* SadistShow: Frequently dips into this now and then, played mostly for laughs.
** [[spoiler: Not so much for laughs after "The Finale"]].
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: According to "The DVD", Gumball has seen ''Alligators on a Train'' 72 times.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: When nervous, Darwin tends to imitate the sound of footsteps on a creaky floor.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When DON'T they do this trope? This show is full of quitters.
** In "The Bet", Gumball informs Darwin that he'll be getting out of there without him due to Bobert activating his self-destruct and Darwin is trapped.
** The entire second half of "The Genius" is sparked by Gumball's brain quitting and ejecting himself from his head.
** "The Treasure" has multiple moments where Gumball and Darwin regret their willingness to try and find the treasure with Anais, and 'attempt' to leave, multiple times.
* SelfRestraint: Inverted in "The Flower", when Gumball only stop holding his arms behind his back when someone tells him that he's ''not'' wearing handcuffs.
* SeriesContinuityError: The Halloween special explains Carrie was born a Ghost. Her first appearance in the series, however, makes clear she used to be alive.
* SeriousBusiness:
--> '''Gumball:''' Relax, sis, it's only a toy!\\
'''Anais:''' ''(demonic voice)'' '''''NO. IT'S. NOT.'''''
* ShaggyDogStory:
** "The Kiss": Gumball spends the whole episode trying to forget his grandmother kissing him on the lips. He manages to do so, but this results it the same thing happening again at the episode's end.
** "The Lesson": Gumball and Darwin pull off TheGreatEscape from detention, but as they're limping off Principal Brown points out they're "escaping" from ''school'', so their parents will just make them come back the next day.
** "The Tape": Once Gumball and Darwin finish the tape them and a bunch of other people were working on they accidentally delete everything.
** "The Plan": Gumball, Darwin, and Anais perfect their plan to protect Nicole from Daniel Lennard, only to find that Daniel Lennard is the name of a cosmetics line.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: In "The Pressure", Masami decides that Darwin is her boyfriend to impress her own friends. Darwin's attitude throughout the episode is pretty much this, even down to saying the trope name word for word.
* ShoutOut: Rocky is seen in a ABCD shirt with a [[Music/{{ACDC}} familiar design.]]
** ''[[Film/SnakesOnAPlane Alligators on a Train.]]''
** Darwin quotes the famous DigitalPiracyIsEvil line, "You wouldn't steal a car, you wouldn't steal a purse, digital piracy is ''stealing!''"
** Mr. Robinson, as he wrecks the Wattersons' car with a crowbar: "[[Film/TheBigLebowski This is what happens! This is what happens!]]"
** The first-person montage when Carrie possesses Gumball is reminiscent to the music video of "[[Music/TheProdigy Smack My Bitch Up]]".
** Also in "The Ghost", when Gumball is possessed by Carrie, he crawls along the ceiling and then rotates his head 180 degrees, just like the baby in the detox-hallucination scene in ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}''
** In "The Quest," the scene when Gumball accidentally wakes up Tina Rex when he finally retrieves Anais's doll Daisy bears a slight resemblance to the scene from the first ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' movie when Sharptooth wakes up as Cera charges, scaring her away.
** In "The Refund," the game Gumball is trying to refund looks similar to a [[SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem Super Famicom cartridge]].
** In "The Robot" when Bobert transforms into his [[TelescopingRobot Self Defense Mode]] he brandishes his [[GunsAkimbo Dual]] [[GatlingGood rotary]] [[FrickinLaserBeams laser]] [[ArmCannon cannons]] and roars like a [[Franchise/RoboCop certain other killer mecha]].
** The Wattersons' last name [[https://twitter.com/#!/benbocquelet/status/121249424117727232 is a reference to]] [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Bill Watterson]].
** Darwin and Richard toe-wrestle and they paint their big toes to look like Wrestling/RandySavage and Wrestling/HulkHogan.
** Richard asking Gumball to remove his paintball mask after being attacked by Nicole in "The Fridge" parodies Darth Vader's last request for Luke to remove his helmet in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** In "The Job," Richard's step by step lesson on how to steal slices of pizza is done in the style of Wii graphics, right down to the music.
** In "The Words", Gumball and Darwin's fight is done in the style of an early ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' game. Gumball's victory poses are homages to Chun Li's ([[GratuitousJapanese "yatta" included]]) and Akuma's, respectively.
** The tune Banana Joe whistles in "The Banana" is similar to the "Twisted Nerve" music in ''Film/KillBill'', especially in how it transitions into an instrumental.
** The opening scene of Richard explaining the history of the Watterson family's prized watch in the episode "The Watch" is reminiscent of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HenZ4Z7w0qM a similar scene]] from ''Film/PulpFiction'', with Richard in place of Creator/ChristopherWalken's role.
** The jingle that plays when the kids find the secret entrance in the attic in "The Treasure" sounds a lot like the iconic "secret found" jingle from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games.
** The way that Gumball calls for Hector in "The Colossus" parodies ''Film/{{Troy}}''.
** In "The Limit", while Nicole is on her rampage chasing down her husband, Richard hides in a corner in front of a camera that broadcasts him on the displayed televisions on the walls. Once Nicole finds him, she starts running towards him as he screams in terror, but instead of getting him, she mistakes him for one of the televisions and crashes into it. [[Film/JurassicPark Kind of like how a certain velociraptor crashes into a metal counter that's reflecting its prey.]]
*** From the same episode:
--> '''Richard:''' ''What kind of father am I? A fat man child! A chubby Literature/PeterPan!''
** Another ''Zelda'' reference in "The Promise" when Gumball pulls the ''Tale of Zelmore'' CD out of the case in a manner similar to Link looting a chest in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]''.
** At the end of "The Castle", Nicole seems to be give Harold [[Film/GhostRider the penance stare]].
** In "The Tape", Carrie's last name is revealed to be [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Krueger]]. Her [[Literature/{{Carrie}} first name]] is probably also a reference.
*** As pointed out above, the cheat code Ocho uses and Gumball attempts is the KonamiCode. The first time Ocho uses it, he summons a ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''-style item block in the air that Gumball attempts to use, only to hurt his head.
** In "The Photo," Gumball turns his eyes into mouths, apparently emulating [[ComicBook/TheSandman The Corinthian]].
*** "The Internet" briefly features an edit of Gumball's video where Gumball's face is similarly Corinthian-esque.
*** For the ending jingle of "The World," Gumball's eyes once again briefly go Corinthian so they can join the chorus of the inanimate objects of Elmore.
** Also from "The Internet", [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents this isn't the first time the Internet has been called Timmy.]]
** And Gumball tries to enter the Internet in a way reminiscent of time-travel in ''Film/TheTerminator'' using a hi-def scanner. Complete with the exact same pose and being naked.
** A very clever one in ''The Dream''. At the beginning, Gumball opens a locker, splashing him with water. What comes out of the locker after that is [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants a pineapple]].
* ShowWithinAShow: ''The Daisy the Donkey Show''.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Nicole suffers some of the most painful looking pratfalls in "The DVD".
** Anais ends up smacking into the ground with Darwin and Gumball in "The Responsible" and run over by an old man's cart in "The Goons".
** Penny gets struck by lightning mid-sentence in "The Storm," complete with a NonSequiturThud.
* SlowNo: Gumball in "The Debt" when he finds Mr. Robinson is about to get crushed.
* SnapBack: {{Deconstruct|ion}}ed and {{subverted|Trope}} in "The Finale." It starts off as a ClipShow, but as the Wattersons begin to reminisce, the various people come to them and demand restitution for all the damage they've done to them and the town. After failing to make amends to the townspeople and having to escape jail, they decide to only way to get their happy ending is to take their destructive habits UptoEleven and [[InsaneTrollLogic cause more trouble than ever before]]. This ends up causing the entire town to form an angry mob and corner them in their home and Gumball proclaims that the only way out of this is "[[LampshadeHanging some magical device that resets everything]]" right as the episode ends. [[spoiler:[[ResetButtonEnding It's the credits.]]]]
* SoftWater: Inverted; when Gumball jumps off a diving board into the school swimming pool, he belly flops so hard against the surface of the water that it takes a couple seconds before the surface gives way and he finally sinks.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
** "The Tape" is a series of shorts featuring the Watterons and students at Elmore Jr. High with the FramingDevice of a video Gumball and Darwin are trying to make.
** "The World" is also a series of shorts, this time about the [[EverythingTalks sentient objects Elmore is full of]], with all the established characters only in supporting roles and a musical number by said objects as BookEnds.
* StealthPun: The solar eclipse in "The End". As the moon passes by the sun, he says, "You just got mooned!"
--> '''Sun''': What is wrong with that guy?
** Penny is a female peanut with antlers. You know, a [[spoiler:doe-nut.]]
** Darwin is a [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EP-1HXrXAGs/Tcczq51NorI/AAAAAAAAAOw/mxOOTmILiBI/s320/darwinfish.jpg fish with legs]].
** Ocho, who looks like a ship from ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'', has a mother that is a giant flying vehicle. [[spoiler:She's a mothership.]]
** An example applied to a VisualPun in "The Lesson": In detention (which had been portrayed like a prison all episode) a teddy bear attacks [[AnthropomorphicFood a living cupcake]] by tearing off the cherry on top and crushing it between his jaws. Gumball reacted to seeing it with the line "Did you see what that bear did to that guy's cherry?" [[spoiler:[[PrisonRape He popped his cherry.]]]] After seeing that, he are Darwin are especially sure they need to break out.
** Another example with a VisualPun is in the opening musical number of "The World": we're shown [[http://theamazingworldofgumball.wikia.com/wiki/File:TheWorldForks.png a live action silverware-holder,]] and the center slot has a pair of spoons that are stacked a short distance apart and on their sides. This image was shown when the line "We love" was sung, because [[spoiler:they're spooning.]]
* StickySituation: Banana Joe gets into one of those after using the tube of glue Gumball pierced in "The Banana". He made numerous "sticky situation" puns until he ripped his own eye out.
* StylisticSuck:
** "How to Ratatwang Your Panda." Contrast to the main show's MediumBlending, it is made entirley in crude CGI with very obvious animation errors. It also relies on fart jokes for humor, and the character models look straight-like they were ripped from Creator/VideoBrinquedo.
** The humans from "The Sweaters," who manage to [[NonstandardCharacterDesign stick out of the rest of the cast like sore thumbs]] -- an impressive feat for a show with as much MediumBlending as it has. Their animation is deliberately very stiff and jerky, and their designs look like they were taken from 70s or 80s era cartoons. To make this more obvious, during their match with Gumball and Darwin the crowd members seem to be something like cardboard cutouts, with one of them ''falling over'' after being hit.
* SuddenAnatomy: A particularly over-the-top example in "The Robot" has Gumball's regular cat-like ear being replaced by a gigantic human-like ear when trying to listen to something across the room.
* TakeThat: In "The Treasure", Gumball derisively condemns ''[[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon How To]]'' ''[[Animation/{{Ratatoing}} Ratatwang]]'' ''[[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda Your Panda]]'', a crudely animated DirectToVideo CGI cartoon-inside-a-cartoon that's a clear shot at notable Z-list animation studio Creator/VideoBrinquedo.
** In "The Tag," Gumball and Darwin blackmail Mr. Robinson into stopping his feud with Richard by threatening to change his clock radio to play "young people music"-followed by a snippet of a [[Music/JustinBieber "Baby" parody]], which causes Mr. Robinson to scream in agony. "HE SAID THE WORD 'BABY' OVER 17 TIMES!!!"
* TemporaryBulkChange:
** "The Ghost": Everytime Carrie possesses Gumball she forces him to overeat, and he wakes up the next morning with a BalloonBelly. He is back to normal by the time he's at school.
** "The Laziest": When Lawrence turns back into Lazy Larry, he suddenly balloons to become as big as his couch.
** "The Mustache:" Gumball, Darwin and Anais become hairy and muscular after eating a muscle-building supplement bought by Richard instead of their morning cereal.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Generally inverted. Lots of male characters have feminine features (particularly Darwin, who also has a very feminine voice), while lots of female characters don't have any (Nicole is a full-grown woman and has a completely flat chest).
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: The one sending Darwin and Gumball threats in "The Voice" turns out to be [[spoiler:William, a character who had never said a word and barely ever appeared in the entire show before then. In fact, that's ''why'' he was after them: he didn't realize he was unable to talk, and thought they were just ignoring him.]]
* ThemeTuneCameo: Darwin's insult song in "The Words" has a section that sounds suspiciously like the theme song.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: {{Double Subver|sion}}ted thanks to [[AdultsAreUseless adults being useless]]- the school's counselor Mr. Small is a recurring character, but he almost always makes things much worse.
* ThisIsReality: When presenting Richard with a bill for all the damage done to the town in "The Finale", Hector's mother tells him that this isn't a fairy tale, where things just magically turn out all right... just as she gets up on her FlyingBroomstick.
* TimmyInAWell: When Mr. Small is stuck in his file cabinet, Gumball and Darwin have to get help even though he told them not to speak anymore. They try to non-verbally get help from Principal Brown, who thinks they're saying Ms. Simian is trapped in a well, and jumps out a window to try and rescue her. When they try again with Ms. Simian [[RuleOfFunny she ALSO thinks they mean she's trapped in a well]] and likewise jumps out a window to save herself. When they try to tell Rocky he understands ''exactly'' what they mean, gives them some crowbars to help, and [[RuleOfThree then jumps out the window anyway.]]
** Also said in "The Boombox" as a sarcastic guess as to what [[TheUnintelligible Juke]] was trying to say.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Carmen and Alan; she's easily twice his size. To a lesser degree, Gumball and Penny, who's about one and a half times as tall as him.
* TitleDrop:
** Subverted in "The Tape" where Gumball says "The Amazing World of! Ugh, forget it, who's gonna watch that..."
** Subverted again in "The World", where the objects' song is all about the "The Amazing World of ''Elmore''"--the point being that it's an episode about them, not Gumball.
* TheTheTitle: Used to title the episodes.
* TooDumbToLive: Richard Watterson.
** To a lesser extent, Gumball. When Darwin once asked him "Did she [Miss Simian] say go around or go through the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Forest of Doom]]?"
** Heck, everyone, even Anais, has had their moments at least once throughout the show.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In "The Mystery" [[spoiler: Miss Simian makes the transition from simple SadistTeacher to TyrantTakesTheHelm when she destroys evidence that implicates her and tries to have Gumball unjustly expelled.]] Another episode reveals that she was a complete {{Jerkass}} to Nicole for no reason and she pretends to be friends to Gumball and Darwin just to get an award.
** Darwin in "The Words" when Gumball tries to get him to be a little more assertive, and he goes right through it and out the other side.
* TomatoInTheMirror[=/=]TomatoSurprise: Both done at once in the "The Voice": we see a flashback of Gumball and Darwin talking to [[spoiler:William]] where they ignore his request to be friends. [[spoiler:At the end of the episode both William and the audience find out they ignored him because he didn't say anything--he isn't actually capable of speech because he doesn't have a mouth.]]
* TrainingMontage: Gumball gives one in "The Genius" to his brain, complete with upbeat training music.
* TranslationYes: In "The DVD", Darwin says "I don't really know how to speak Chinese because it is really hard to speak and I only know a little Chinese to speak so I can't speak it." in Chinese, which is subtitled as "No."
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: Parodied in "The Tag". Richard and Mr. Robinson both [[NinjaProp seem]] to be doing this with identical explanations of their house arrest and blaming the other, but then:
-->'''Gumball:''' Dad, could you explain that again, this time using full sentences?\\
'''Richard:''' I would love to, but I'm too busy...\\
''(camera remains on Richard)''\\
'''Mr. Robinson:''' (yelling from offscreen) Plotting my revenge!
* TwoTeacherSchool: Elmore Junior High only has a principal, one teacher, one guidance councilor, and one guy who does everything else. This is lampshaded in "The Bet", when it's implied Bobert preventing Brown, Simian, and Small from doing their jobs cancelled school because they were literally the entire faculty.
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: The entire thought process with Nicole in the "The Gi" was the possibilities of Gumball and Darwin turning out like Richard. Presumably fat and lazy, without a job and being laughed at by children.
* UglyCute: In-universe, Gumball and Darwin certainly think so about Kenneth, their "son". At least before he starts growing to tremendous proportions after ''eating people alive.''
* UglyGuyHotWife: Nicole and Richard.
* {{Undercrank}}: When Gumball and Darwin are experiencing a sugar rush in "The Laziest", their voices are sped up.
* UnmovingPlaid: Mr. Small's rainbow-patterned shirt.
* UnnamedParent: Oddly, Gumball's parents aren't this in the actual show (they're referred to as Nicole and Richard), but both the credits and website only call them Mom/Mum and Dad.
* VillainSong: Parodied in the episode "The Words" with the song "No More Mr Nice Guy!" by Darwin, only for him to get cut off by Gumball slapping him in the face.
* VictoriousChorus: "Ode to Joy" plays as Gumball and Darwin triumphantly jump in the air (complete with exploding fireworks backdrop) after finding out it's Saturday ''and'' that Richard is watching over them in Nicole's absence.
* VisualPun: "Everybody's bending over backwards for me!" Cue Mr. Small walking by, literally bent over backwards.
* VocalEvolution: Gumball and Darwin's voices both got deeper in Season 2, ''especially'' Gumball's (whose delivery also got a little more relaxed). For that reason, both will be re-cast in Season 3.
* VocalTagTeam: Gumball and Darwin do this when singing about growing up and impersonating a rap video.
* VoiceOfDramatic: Parodied in one of the show's commercials, where Darwin adopts a deep, dramatic voice to narrate the commercial in the style of a movie trailer.
* WallpaperCamouflage: Richard pulls a trick on some trick-or-treaters by making himself blend seamlessly into the front door and doorbell of his house to scare them off and drop their candy. His efforts are rewarded with nothing but raisins and granola bars.
* WhatTheHellHero: When Nicole and Anais find out that Gumball and Darwin talked about how embarrassing Richard was to their classmates, they flat out refuse to do anything else for them until they apologize.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Most of the jobs around Elmore done by one of four people: Larry (cashier or clerk), Rocky (stuff at school), a blue thing named Pantsbully (construction), or a elderly, pink muffin lady (interviews for jobs and product testing).
** {{Lampshaded}} in "The Finale" when Larry says that any time he so much as looks at a Watterson something terrible happens, and that's why he goes through so many jobs.
* WingdingEyes: Lampshaded. When Darwin asks Gumball why his eyes just turned into hearts, he says it's allergies.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Parodied in "The Helmet" with Gumball and his tinfoil helmet that somehow gives the wearer good luck. Also seen in the episode "The Wand" when Richard comes to believe that a plastic wand from a cereal box can really grant wishes(Thanks to Gumball and Darwin making them come true all day.).He deems himself a master wizard and Bunny warlock while casting all sorts of weird "spells" on his kids when they try taking the wand away from him.
* WorldOfChaos: Elmore becomes this in "The Job" as a result of Richard getting a job.
** RealityIsOutToLunch
* WorldOfWeirdness: The town of Elmore, where anything can (and will) come to life or spontaneously evolve from pet to family member. Not to mention the wackiness that happens from day to day.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: The entire town of Elmore would gladly ''[[DownerEnding kill]]'' a child if his or her last name is Watterson]], as seen in "The Finale".
* WrongGenreSavvy: In "The Quest", Gumball and Darwin are being chased by an enraged Tina who then plan to stay perfectly still so she doesn't see them. "That only works in movies."
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Blue Fur]]: Gumball and Nicole.
* YourHeadAsplode: "The Sock" Darwin explodes suddenly when Gumball inflicts a MindScrew on him.
** It explodes again at the end of "The Meddler" after his face gets stuck with a painful smile on for the third time.
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