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->''"Have we got a show for you!"''

What's the best way to teach UsefulNotes/{{Christian|ity}} values to children? Through [[AnimateInanimateObject semi-anthropomorphized]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot God-loving vegetables]]. [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds Obviously.]] A cast the size of a produce department, silly songs, and plots taken from ''Literature/TheBible'' make for much better entertainment than you might expect. Why vegetables? Well, they're good for you, and what child wouldn't want to munch on versions of their favorite characters? But mostly because they didn't originally have the budget for CGI that could handle complex characters. After all, if you make a green sphere and call it a grape, who's to argue?

Early videos used the format: Introduction by Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber talking about some issue (e.g. [[SiblingRivalry anger at siblings]], materialism, not learning to share, not telling the truth, wouldn't help others, won't be patient or confident, etc.), sometimes prompted by a viewer letter; short story which illustrates the issue; silly {{Intermission}}, usually in the form of "Silly Songs With Larry"; another short story; discussion of [[AnAesop the moral]] and relevant [[Literature/TheBible verse]], the latter provided by QWERTY the computer. Later installments began using one long story with "Silly Songs" at the intermission. Currently, a given video could be either of these formats ''or'' simply be a single long story with no introduction, intermission, or theme song. Usually longer now than the ThemeSong's claim of "half an hour" (which a recent updating of the opening removed).

References and parodies plots from Literature/TheBible, ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath'' (God Wants Me To Forgive Them?!, [[IThoughtItMeant with literal grapes of wrath]]), ''GilligansIsland (God Wants Me to Forgive Them?!)'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (Are You My Neighbor?), ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' (Larry Boy), ''Literature/MadameBovary'' (Madame Blueberry), Creator/GilbertAndSullivan (Lyle the Kindly Viking), ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' (Minnesota Cuke), ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (Omelet), ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (Lord Of the Beans), ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (The Wizard of Ha's), Literature/SherlockHolmes ([[PunnyName Sheerluck Holmes]]), and all kinds of others.

Two movies: ''[[WesternAnimation/JonahAVeggieTalesMovie Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnythingAVeggieTalesMovie The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie]]'', a TV series, a few video games, and a Flash-animated series for Larry-Boy have been produced.

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!!TropeNamer for:

* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Introduced through [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaWU1CmrJNc a "Silly Song"]] and became popular enough to appear in later releases, including having prominent roles in both feature films.
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!!''[=VeggieTales=]'' provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: In ''Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed'', this is where [[spoiler: the Mother Weed]] lives.
* AdaptationDistillation: ''The Penniless Princess'' is the [=VeggieTales=] adaptation of ''ALittlePrincess''. It's a pretty faithful adaptation aside from a lot of simplification.
** Many of the Bible stories are somewhat watered down, the main narrative remaining intact with a few details removed for the sake of time and clarity.
* AdobeFlash: The 2D Larry-Boy cartoons.
* AdultFear:
** ''An Easter Carol'' has an underlying theme of loss of various sorts. Ebeneezer's grandmother died and he doesn't know how to move on from it. Early on, Cavis and Millward lose their job. [[spoiler:There's also the whole thing with the threat of tearing down St. Bart's Church, which would negatively affect the orphanage that the church runs.]] And the Gilbert family has to struggle with the fact that [[spoiler:Edmund is very sick and might not live to see another Easter.]]
** Early in ''Pistachio'', the eleopardmous wooden puppet runs off and gets into all sorts of trouble. The episode takes a good amount of time showing his father's desperate searching when he realizes Pistachio's missing.
* AnAesop: Shamelessly, but that's kind of the point.
* AffablyEvil
** The French Peas (sometimes). They pretty obviously parody the French Knights from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
** Also at times, The Scallions.
** Mr. Nezzer, whenever he's playing an antagonistic role.
* AffectionateParody: Of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' ("Lord of the Beans" with [[TorchesAndPitchforks the evil Sporks]]), ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ("[[TheGodsMustBeCrazy The Gourds Must Be Crazy]]", set aboard the ''U.S.S. Applepies''), ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' ("Omelet"), Franchise/{{Batman}} with the Larry-Boy character, Creator/GilbertAndSullivan ("Lyle the Kindly Viking", "The Star of Christmas" and "Sumo of the Opera", the latter also parodying ''Film/{{Rocky}}'') and others.
* AffirmativeActionGirl: Petunia the rhubarb.
* AgelessBirthdayEpisode: Downplayed in "The Gourds Must Be Crazy", where a birthday party for Junior is mentioned but not given focus. It had already been established in an earlier episode that Junior was five. Did he turn six in this one, or was about to? No clue.
* AllCheeringAllTheTime: "Tomato Sawyer And Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue" had a trio of female pea cheerleaders who showed up at random times during the story.
* AlliterativeName: Archibald Asparagus.
** Intentionally {{averted}} for most of the other characters. Series creator Phil Vischer explained:
-->"If it were a typical Christian show, I figured, they'd be named Tommy Tomato and Kooky Cucumber. But the last thing in the world I wanted was to make a typical Christian show."
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Supposedly, the Rhubarbarians from "Duke and the Great Pie War." The Sporks from "Lord of the Beans" are introduced this way, but it turns out to be wrong.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins:
** ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'' has Wally P. Nezzer, who is Nebby K. Nezzer's brother. It's never outright stated they're twins,but they look and dress so similarly (the only real physical difference being that Wally has a bigger nose) that it's some ridiculously StrongFamilyResemblance at the very least.
** In ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella'', the BigBad is Professor Rattan's twin brother Wicker. While there are a few differences, they look close enough that if one wasn't paying too much attention they could get mixed up, which Wicker uses to his advantage frequently.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: As much as a plant can be, at any rate. Pa Grape, originally created as a quasi-Appalachian hick, has [[CharacterizationMarchesOn developed into this.]]
-->'''Pa Grape: '''I'm a viking, and I've come to take your land -- oh, yes -- I've come to take your land; and I've come to burn your crops and steal your horses! And I've come to step on your chickens, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking soil your quilts!]]... [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage oy]].
* AnachronismStew: Played for laughs, often {{Lampshaded}}.
-->'''Junior Asparagus:''' ''(skeptical)'' Did [the Israelites] ''really'' build a rocket in the middle of the desert and get Slushees dropped on their heads?
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: ''Dave and the Giant Pickle'', ''Gideon: Tuba Warrior'', ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Sampson's Hairbrush'' and ''Sumo of the Opera''.
* AnimatedActors
* AnimateInanimateObject
** QWERTY the computer, who obliges when Bob and Larry ask him to give a Bible verse at the end of most of the episodes.
** In ''An Easter Carol'', a music box comes to life to guide Ebeneezer Nezzer to redemption.
* AnthropomorphicFood: The whole show is full of them!
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Most of the Larry-Boy villians; for instance, the Fib is a representation of a lie who grows with it, and the Rumor Weed represents a spreading rumor in the form of a weed that infests yards as it travels.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: This is played with in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uv8Ej4CEoQ The Song of the Cebu]]''.
--> '''Archibald''': Does the hippo see them? Is the poor mute cebu successful in communicating the imminent danger to the other passengers? Is the boy ''injured''? Why is the sad cebu sad? Is the canoe wood or aluminum?
** In the first episode, when the wise men are trying to think of ways to get rid of Daniel, one of the suggestions is to give him donuts, and then take them away from him.
** In ''Lord of the Beans'', the four beans made could change your appearance, create nice clothing, all the food you could ever want, and... small kitchen appliances.
* ArtEvolution: The early episodes looked very crude; as technology increases for later episodes, the episodes get better lighting, softer textures, and smoother animation.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Thank you, QWERTY.
* AsideGlance: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie does one when it occurs to him that he's the only one of the group who has hands.
* BambooTechnology: Played literally and {{Lampshaded}} in a ''GilligansIsland'' parody, most extremely when TheProfessor builds a bamboo-coconut ''helicopter''.
* BatmanColdOpen: Used in "Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed".
** Which of course makes sense, given that Larry-Boy is a fairly obvious CaptainErsatz for Batman.
* BearsAreBadNews: In the Silly Song "The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps", the veterinarian's yodeling did not actually work; the nurse would have to give people the real cures to their pets' various ailments. By the time someone brought in their pet bear, [[spoiler: the nurse had given up because the veterinarian wouldn't give him a raise, and the bear got angry and started chasing the veterinarian.]]
* {{Big Eater}}s: Jimmy and Jerry Gourd. In fact, when they made their debut in the AffectionateParody of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', they managed to save the starship from crashing into a meteor made of popcorn by ''eating the entire meteor''.
* BigNo: By Larry during "Is this the End of Silliness?", when Archibald Asparagus explains why Larry lost his silly songs.
** Also by Larry in the silly song "Sippy Cup" combined with {{Eat The Camera}} when Jimmy Gourd explains why Larry needs a sippy cup.
* BigOlEyebrows:
** ''Larryboy and the Angry Eyebrows'' has living, flying BigOlEyebrows that are attracted to anger and make whoever they land on angrier.
** Mr. Nezzer has very bushy eyebrows.
* BilingualBonus: "Usta" really is Polish for lips.
* {{Bowdlerize}}:
** Many of the stories taken from ''Literature/TheBible'' are toned down; for example, in the original story of Daniel and the Lion's Den, the king puts the evil advisors and their families to death by tossing them in said den. With lions that went to bed without supper. The [=VeggieTales=] version of it instead ends in a more cartoonish way, with the advisors running off while the king chases after them.
** They Bowdlerized one of their own cartoons. In ''Rack, Shack, and Benny'', "The Bunny Song" is a song that the protagonists refuse to sing. The song originally had some genuinely troubling lyrics--which resulted in letters from parents because despite it being condemned onscreen, children were singing it anyway. It was then completely rewritten as "The New And Improved Bunny Song" for the sing-along video, as a good version of the song, but some parents were still bothered by the original, so when Big Idea started rereleasing all their videos, ''Rack, Shack, and Benny'' [[OrwellianRetcon got its version's lyrics replaced with refusals to eat healthy food]].
** In Literature/TheBible's account of the story of Esther, Haman intended to hang the Jews on gallows he was setting up. The Veggie version: [[spoiler:banishment to the Island of Perpetual Tickling.]]
** "King George and the Duckie" is an adaptation of the story of David and Bathsheba; while the Biblical story centers around adultery, the [=VeggieTales=] version substitutes rubber duckie theft, the king gets a chance at reconciliation (the guy survived and won the war single-handedly in this version), and David was changed to George, because David had been the hero in an earlier episode.
** In the Biblical account of Jonah, Nineveh was a city of adulterers and thieves. No mention of adultery in the Veggie version; the bad thing the Ninevites do that gets mentioned most often in their version is [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus slapping each other with fishes.]]
** "Moe and the Big Exit" is an adaption of The Exodus From Egypt. They tone down most of the plagues for children, people receive a plague of gophers instead of frogs, and acne instead of skin disease.
** There are some notable aversions though: "Daniel in the Lion's Den" doesn't cover up the fact that the wise men want to kill Daniel, the "first born" plague isn't taken out of ''Moe and the Big Exit'', ''Rack, Shack and Benny'' doesn't Bowdlerize getting thrown into a furnace, and they keep the DownerEnding of ''Jonah'' intact.
** [=VeggieTales=] as a whole ''itself'' was bowdlerized during the {{Qubo}} years; all Christianity-related content before and after the story (although the stories themselves somehow remained largely untouched) was removed and replaced. Phil Vischer was not happy.
* ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily: The Carrot family has the oldest Laura, her brother Lenny, and their baby brother Lou.
* BrickJoke: One of the first Silly Songs With Larry, ''The Hairbrush Song'' ended with Bob confessing to Larry that he gave his hairbrush to The Peach, and Larry decides to let him keep it. After the song, The Peach made only a handful of other appearances, and never even got a name. Fast forward to the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' parody, one of the most recent productions. When Larry/Minnesota Cuke consult an illustrated Bible manuscript in search of [[McGuffin Samson's Hairbrush]], the character standing in for Samson is The Peach!
** In one of the earliest episodes' songs, Jerry mentions that 'Aunt Ruth has a beard.' In the I Love My Lips Silly Song, Larry had to kiss his great-Aunt Ruth. 'She had a beard, and it felt weird.' She also appears in The Song of the Zebu, during Larry's EmbarrassingSlide.
** In ''The Toy That Saves Christmas'', there is a sled wreck, and then Bob says: "You roll your dice, you move your mice. Nobody gets hurt." Guess what happens in ''The Tale of St. Nicholas''....
* BubblePipe: In its ''SherlockHolmes'' parody, the Sherlock character has a bubble pipe, and at one point he inhales by accident and chokes on the soap.
* ButtMonkey: Mr. Lunt, who is frequently the worthless sidekick, appears insufferably lazy, cross-dresses at least twice, and laments that his life has only included one half hour of happiness. That one day. Between two and two-thirty.
* CallBack: At one point during Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush, Minnesota (played by Larry) starts humming the hairbrush song.
** Really, the whole episode can be considered a Call Back to the song.
** Another example is in "The Song of the Cebu;" after struggling to get his slide show back on track, Larry points out that he's found another picture of a cebu, only to correct himself that it's a water buffalo, providing a call back to the first Silly Song, "The Water Buffalo Song."
** In the episode based on Jonah, when Moses and the Israelites take a shortcut to the Promised Land, they find that it is populated by giants, who all look like the giant pickle from "Dave and the Giant Pickle".
* CallingYourBathroomBreaks: At the end of "Lyle the Kindly Viking," by (who else) Larry.
** "Uh, Larry, [[MusicalEpisode you can stop singing now]]."
* CaptainErsatz: "The Other Elf" from ''Lord of the Bean'' looks suspiciously like the Keebler Elf. [[spoiler:Especially at the climax, when he bakes cookies inside of a tree.]]
* CaptainObvious: "And now it's time for 'Silly Songs with Larry': the part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song."
* CatapultNightmare: Don Quixote in "The Asparagus of La Mancha" because he ate too much salsa before going to bed.
* CatchPhrase:
** Larry-Boy's [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "I! Am! That! Hero!"]]
** "And remember, kids, God made you special, and he loves you very much."
** "Perhaps ''I'' can be of assistance!"
** "I'm Bob, I'm a tomato, and I'm here to help you!" "I'm Larry, I'm a cucumber, and I'm here to make you giggle!"
* ChainOfPeople: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie and a bunch of penguins do this to save Mr. Nezzer from falling off a cliff. And then George has to go save them all from dangling off the edge of a bridge forever.
* ChekhovsGun
** Combined with ViewersAreGoldfish in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. The bridge to Puggslyville is out... clearly it's important because it's mentioned at least three times.
** In a scene very early on in ''An Easter Carol'', Reverend Gilbert and Edmund are talking about Mr. Nezzer, and the reverend mentions offhand that Nezzer's family owns a lot of land, even the land St. Bart's Church sits on. This becomes critical to the episode's plot.
** In ''Lord of the Beans'', Randalf comments on the jewel Lord Falaminion Tereglith is wearing. [[spoiler: Lord Falaminion Tereglith was bribed with it to send Toto into a trap.]]
** In ''The Star of Christmas'', Seymour promises Millward [[spoiler: he can drive his rocket-powered car at some point.]] It happens towards the end of the episode.
* ChristmasEpisode: Five so far: "The Toy That Saved Christmas", "The Star of Christmas", "Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving", "The Little Drummer Boy", and "Christmas Sing-Along Songs!".
* ComesGreatResponsibility: A major theme in ''Lord of the Beans''. Billboy (Archibald) and Ahem (Mr. Lunt) both used the bean irresponsibly and Scaryman (Scallion 1) wanted the bean for selfish reasons, but when Toto (Junior) is given it he refuses to use it for frivolous things, and instead searches for a way to use it that would be meaningful.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Larry, ''all the time'', especially with regard to Archibald.
** Pa Grape and Mr. Lunt's reaction to Larry's lyrics in ''The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything'': "I've never plucked a rooster and I am not too good at ping-pong and I've never thrown my mashed potatoes up against the wall and I've never kissed a chipmunk, and I've never gotten head lice and I have never been to Boston in the fall!"
--->'''Pa Grape:''' Huh?!? What are you ''talking'' about? What's a rooster and mashed potatoes have to do with being a ''pirate''?
--->'''Mr. Lunt:''' Hey, that's right! We're supposed to sing about pirate-y things!
--->'''Pa Grape:''' And who ever kissed a chipmunk? That's just nonsense! Why even bring it up?
*** Of course, Larry goes on to sing, "And I've never licked a spark-plug and I've never sniffed a stink bug and I've never painted Daisies on a big red rubber ball and I've never bathed in yogurt and I don't look good in leggings and I've never been to Boston in the fall."
---->'''Pa Grape:''' You just don't get it.
* CompositeCharacter: Mr. Nezzer is sort of one. "The Toy That Saved Christmas" introduced Nebby K. Nezzer's brother Wally, who had the exact same character model and voice. Eventually they started casting "Mr. Nezzer" in other roles. Although we've never seen this [[AnimatedActors out of character in the "real world"]], it can probably be assumed that he is a single character.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment
** Banishment...''to the Island of Perpetual Tickling!''
-->'''Everyone:''' {{GASP}}!
** From their version of Daniel in the lions' den:
-->'''Scallions:''' We could give him jelly donuts, take 'em all away, we could fill his ears with cheese balls and his nostrils with sorbet. We could use him as a footstool or a table to play Scrabble on, then tie him up and beat him up and throw him out of Babylon! (from the song "What We Gonna Do?")
** From "Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie":
-->'''Guard:''' ...''The slap of no return!''\\
'''Everyone:''' [laughs]
*** But then you see it's a giant metal fish that swings down on you, turning you into a paste.
** From "Gideon -- Tuba Warrior":
-->'''Gideon:''' ''We will defeat the Midianites with our horns and flashlights!''
** Then there's the Hebrews marching around Jericho getting slushies dropped on their heads.
* TheCorrupter: The villains in the Larry-Boy films tend to be this:
** The Fib in ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'' convinces Junior to tell lies to cover up the fact he broke a plate belonging to his dad. It turns out Junior's lies make the Fib more powerful, and before long Fib has kidnapped Junior and is destroying the city.
** The Rumor Weed in ''Larryboy and the Rumor Weed'' takes what she hears from Junior and Laura about Larry-Boy's butler and spreads it across the whole city, and eventually everyone is convinced Alfred is a robot and views him with fear and hatred.
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: "The Rumor Weed Song" is sung by the female Rumor Weed, and other characters in the song say "she's a rumor weed!" The lead singer of The W's is male, so when The W's covered the song, the backup singers say "he's a rumor weed!" instead.
* CowboyEpisode: "The Ballad of Little Joe"
* CriticalResearchFailure: In-Universe example--in ''Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry'' Bob/Tomato Sawyer wants to open a Tax Firm on the land that they're trying to own... but little does he know, the income tax hasn't even been started in America yet.
* DancingBear: An InUniverse version occurs during ''The Star of Christmas''. The protagonists are attempting to open a musical called "The Princess and the Plumber" on Christmas night in order to escape the fate of using their talents to sell dental wax. While some effort is made towards advertising it based on its merits as an actual play, Cavis Appethart repeatedly sells new actors and backers on it with the promise of using fancy, newly-invented electrical lights on the sets and costumes.
* DarkReprise: Mr. Nezzer's VillainSong has the same background music as "The Bunny Song" even if it's mostly spoken (and sounds very intentionally like "The Oogie Boogie Song" from ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'').
* DarkerAndEdgier: The first two Larry-Boy episodes are noticeably darker in tone than most [=VeggieTales=]. Both feature manipulative villains who trick innocent people into telling lies or spreading rumors. ''The Fib from Outer Space'' has a lot of city destruction and a child's life being in constant danger for about half the episode, and ''The Rumor Weed'' has an entire city turned against an innocent man to the point that they don't care if he dies. And in both of these episodes, the villain dies at the end.
* DeadpanSnarker: Bob, Mr. Lunt
* DidntWantAnAdventure: Bob in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''.
-->'''Bob''': I wanted to play Mouse Trap. You roll your dice, you move your mice, nobody gets hurt.
* DisneyVillainDeath: The mirror in ''Sweetpea Beauty''.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** In ''Rack, Shack and Benny''. What else do you call ''burning people alive'' because they won't sing a song about chocolate bunnies?
** Happens again in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas.'' While Nezzer's understandably angry at the group for sneaking on his property and using his tv studio without his knowledge or consent, responding by planning to send them off a cliff to their deaths is rather over the top.
* DownerEnding: To the Silly Song "Pizza Angel". Larry waited for hours for a pizza delivery...[[spoiler: The delivery boy couldn't find his house and then ate his pizza.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The show definitely took a while to find its niche. The first three episodes used the TwoShorts formula as opposed to the later episodes where one long story is used. Larry's voice is also far different in the early episodes, using a deep dumb sounding one with a lisp (the lisp did stay for a while, until Mike Nawrocki got tired of it and stopped). ''Where's God When I'm S-Scared?'', being the first episode, shows the most of this -- it is the only one to use title cards for each segment, an actual child reads the letter that opens the episode as opposed to Bob or Larry paraphrasing it, and a female voice narrates the second segment instead of a character from the show (this wouldn't happen again until ''Esther''). ''God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?'' also lacks a Silly Song, as it was originally intended to be a one-off skit and not a recurring thing, until parents complained about it.
* EasilyForgiven:
** Mr. Nezzer tries to kill Rack, Shack and Benny by throwing them into a fiery furnace, [[DisproportionateRetribution all because they won't bow down before his giant chocolate bunny and sing "The Bunny Song"]]. When they miraculously survive, he apologizes and they forgive him.
** This happens in ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'' too. On Christmas Eve, Mr. Nezzer tries to kill Bob, Larry, Junior and Louie (and gets caught red-handed by the entire population of Dinkletown, including Junior's parents.) On Christmas Day, he gets invited to their Christmas party anyway.
* EatTheCamera: By Larry in the silly song "Sippy Cup" while doing a {{Big NO}} when Jimmy Gourd explains why Larry needs a sippy cup.
** Also done by Junior in "The Gourds Must Be Crazy" when he says "Grab the gourds!"
* ElvishPresley: Literally, in ''Lord of the Beans.'' Larry wears a sequined jumpsuit and fake elf ears for his Silly Song. Jimmy Gourd even invokes the trope by calling him "an Elvish impersonator."
* EmbarrassingSlide: A version of this occurs in one of the silly songs (''The Song of the Zebu''): the song is sung along with a slideshow... which eventually stops showing relevant pictures and starts showing vacation pictures instead. The song quickly ends, to the consternation of Archibald, who wonders just what the ending of the song was supposed to be.
* EnhancedOnDVD: For some odd reason, likely due to some data being lost to the master copy, the 1998 reprint of ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'' had several scenes that were reanimated on the dime, which resulted in less fluid animation and sloppier looking scenes. The DVD releases afterwards likely got the data recovered and thus they were reinstated.
* ExactWords: When Pistachio realizes he's been tricked, this exchange happens:
-->'''Pistachio:''' But you said you wouldn't steer me wrong!
-->'''The Fox:''' No, we said ''"why'' would we steer you wrong?" And the answer is, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis five. Gold. Coins.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "Silly Songs with Larry," the part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song.
* ExcitedShowTitle: ''God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!'', ''Very Silly Songs!'', ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib From Outer Space!'', ''Josh and the Big Wall!'', ''Jonah Sing-Along Songs and More!'', ''The Wonderful World of Auto-Tainment!'', ''Bob and Larry's How to Draw!'', ''Heroes of the Bible! Lions, Shepherds and Queens, Oh My!'', ''Heroes of the Bible! Stand Up, Stand Tall, Stand Strong!'', ''Heroes of the Bible! A Baby, A Quest and the Wild, Wild West!'', and ''The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything Sing-Along Songs and More!''
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Whether this is played straight or averted is rather iffy. The theme song says the show's name an awful lot, addresses the show's demographics ([[BreakingTheFourthWall It's for the kids who like to talk to tomatoes]]), and even states how long an episode is. (Cauliflower, sweet and sour, [[MediumAwareness half an hour]], Veggie Tales) However, it speaks very little of the show's premise, aside from the mention of the lack of the characters' dexterity, a [[OverusedRunningGag common point]] the show makes, and doesn't even speak of the religious aspect, [[IThoughtItMeant confusing]] a lot of first-time viewers.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' introduces a bunch of penguins. Since then, penguins occasionally have cameos, such as a penguin dressed as a parrot in the Silly Song "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" or as Junior's poor sick penguin in "The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps."
** Incidentally, the creators of VeggieTales also went on to make ''ThreeTwoOnePenguins''
* EvilMakesYouUgly: Used in "Sweetpea Beauty"; the queen's obsession with becoming beautiful coupled with the evil mirror's manipulation leads her to do increasingly horrible things, which gradually makes her more and more hideous. The mirror hides this fact by showing her false reflections of herself.
* TheFaceless: Rack's, Shack's, and Benny's savior.
* {{Facepalm}}: Hope does this a few times in ''An Easter Carol'' in response to some of the things Nezzer says.
* {{Fainting}}
** One of Dave's brothers in ''Dave and the Giant Pickle'' does this when he realizes Dave really is going to face Goliath.
** In ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'', Dad Asparagus faints when he realizes the monster has Junior. He faints again when the monster catches Larry-Boy too.
** In ''An Easter Carol'', Reverend Gilbert (Dad Asparagus) faints when Nezzer announces his plan to build Easterland [[spoiler: on the land St. Bart's Church currently sits on.]]
* FlatWhat
** King Xerxes ([[AnimatedActors Nebby K. Nezzer]]) after a [[ItMakesSenseInContext piano falls on a cake made by two would-be assassins]] in ''Esther: The Girl Who Became Queen''.
-->'''Xerxes:''' Why is there a [[PianoDrop piano]] on my cake?
** Another "Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen" example after Ms. Achmetha's "Puppy Song":
-->'''Xerxes:''' [[AllAnimalsAreDogs What am I gonna do with all those dogs?]]
* FollowTheBouncingBall
* FoodFight: "The Great Pie War", which plays a role in both ''King George and the Ducky'' and ''Duke and the Great Pie War''.
* ForbiddenChekhovsGun: Towards the end of ''The Star of Christmas'', Seymour warns Millward not to use [[spoiler: the eleventh rocket on the rocket-powered car]] as it has not been tested yet. Millward ends up using it.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: After Larry, Mr. Lunt and Pa Grape successfully host an entire episode (''Gideon: Tuba Warrior'') as The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, Pa makes a mock poster with a suggestion to star in [[TheMovie their own pirate movie]]." A year later and guess what happens?
** At the end of the episode (''Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler''), Larryboy ([[AnimatedActors Larry the Cucumber]]) states his dress rehearsal for the next show (''LarryBoy and The Bad Apple'') starts in two minutes.
* FourFingeredHands:
** The angel Hope in ''An Easter Carol'' has these.
** And [[MyLittlePanzer Buzzsaw Louie]] from ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' has fingerless hands.
* FramingDevice: Most episodes are framed by scenes of the characters on the countertop, who tell the stories. A few don't use the countertop scenes, but still have the main episodes' plots put in the context of a character telling a story. It's [[AvertedTrope averted]] in ''Esther: The Girl Who Became Queen'', though.
* FreezeFrameBonus: When the characters are looking around the TV studio in ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'', the couch from "I Love My Lips" and the broken vase picture and the steak knives from the Forgive-o-Matic make a very easy-to-miss cameo.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: During any tavern or bar scene, root beer is substituted for the real stuff.
* GenderFlip:
** In ''The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's'', their ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' parody, their Dorothy analogue is named "Darby" and played by Junior Asparagus.
** In ''ALittlePrincess'', the homeless child and the baker that Sara meets were both female, but in ''The Penniless Princess'', these characters are played by Junior and Bob.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''Larry:''' There's me and Bob at Sea World! *click* Oh, wow!\\
'''Everyone else:''' OOOOOOOOOOOOOO-ooohhh...\\
'''Larry:''' Whoops, forgot about that one...
** WordOfGod says that was a [[EmbarrassingSlide picture of Larry in a towel.]]
*** Which means that everyone was shocked, and slightly embarrassed, per ''The Hairbrush Song''.
** In a ''Larry Boy Cartoon Adventures'' episode, this exchange happens:
-->'''Larry (to Master Bok Choy):''' Master, what do you do if your hometown is invaded by an overgrown ''seedless'' grape?\\
'''Dark Crow:''' Who are you calling seedless??
* GoodShepherd: [[PreacherMan Reverend Gilbert]] (Dad Asparagus) in ''The Star of Christmas'' and ''An Easter Carol''. He is seen teaching his son Edmund moral lessons, extending goodwill to people like Mr. Nezzer, and going out of his way to help those in need. He keeps this general attitude even when he's under a lot of pressure, such as [[spoiler: the possibility of the church he works at being knocked down or his son becoming deathly ill.]]
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: When the van crashes into a clothesline in ''Jonah'', a pair is plastered against the windshield.
* GracefulLoser: While not exactly a loss in the technical sense, the effect is still the same. In ''Sumo of the Opera'', Apollo Gourd and The Italian Scallion (Larry) have a sumo match. [[spoiler: The result of the match is a draw]]. Since no one had ever gotten that far against Apollo Gourd, all the praise gets showered on The Italian Scallion anyway. Apollo is a good sport about it.
* GrandpaGod: During both Snoodle poems and the ''Pirates'' movie, although these portrayals are allegorical.
* GuiltyPleasures: Larry likes his soap operas, and owns a plush of Barbara Manatee that he dances with.
* HandWave: Done in-universe in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. When Annie questions the fact that a toy just came to life in the story George is telling her, George waves it off with, "Maybe he was wired different! Who knows?"
* HardWorkMontage: The "Sumo of the Opera" parodies the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' series.
* {{Headdesk}}: Done by Archibald in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diOtFw9sB34 The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo]]''.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: According to audio commentary they came up with Wally P. Nezzer in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' in an attempt to avert this; they'd just had Mr. Nezzer HeelFaceTurn in ''Rack, Shack, and Benny'' so having him come back as a villain seemed odd, hence giving him a brother. They gave up on the idea after that.
-->'''Phil Vischer:''' Rather than just keeping expanding his family we installed a little morality switch in his back. Good Nezzer, bad Nezzer, good Nezzer, bad Nezzer...
* HeelFaceTurn
** "Rack Shack and Benny": [[spoiler:Nebby K. Nezzer]]
** "The Toy That Saved Christmas":[[spoiler:Wally P. Nezzer]]
** "Daniel and the Lion's Den": [[spoiler:King Darius]]
** "Minnesota Cuke": [[spoiler:Prof. Rattan]] [[PutOnABus between story arcs.]]
** "Saint Nicholas": [[spoiler:Gustav]]
** "Lord of the Beans": [[spoiler:The sporks]]
** "The Ballad of Little Joe": [[spoiler:Little Joe's brothers]]
* HelloInsertNameHere: The personalized DVD and the two personalized [=CDs=].
* [[CarnivoreConfusion Herbivore Confusion]]: In a world populated by talking vegetables and fruits, there are pies and popcorn balls as food, and apparently "apple choppers". It was [[WordOfGod confirmed in the commentary]] for ''Duke and the Great Pie War'' (and demonstrated in ''Jonah'') that there are non-sentient fruits and vegetables in their world as well.
** In their version of Daniel and the Lion's Den, a ''cucumber'' is tossed to lions.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Bob and Larry.
* HiveMind: [[spoiler: The other little weeds in ''Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed'' turn out to be under the control of "the mother weed", a giant weed that lives under the ground.]]
* {{Homage}}: The ending of ''[[ChristmasEpisode The Toy That Saved Christmas]]'' is a huge one to the climax of ''Film/BatmanForever''.
* IAmXSonOfY: In "Lord of the Bean": Randalf, son of Mandalf; the leader of the Razzberry Forest, Lord Falaminion Tereglith, son of Therebil-Elithimon.
* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: In ''The Star of Christmas'', Edmund says this [[spoiler: when the rocket-powered car is launched upwards after Millward uses the eleventh rocket.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Discussed and then averted in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. At the end, Louie wants to get rid of his buzz saw because even though the fact he had it saved everyone's lives earlier, he thinks that it's too dangerous to keep around. [[MundaneUtility Then he changes his mind and goes into carpentry.]]
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Laura uses this to excuse herself when Junior breaks his dad's plate in ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib From Outer Space!''
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: In the first story of ''God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!'', Rosie unleashes a long string of insults on her brother Tom, ending with the word "boy"; Pa tells her to apologize since Tom just turned 18 and is now should be called a "man."
* IdenticalAncestor: Nebby K. Nezzer's Victorian-era ancestor Ebeneezer is presumably one.
* IncrediblyLamePun: The show and films ''thrive'' on it.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Say it with me now: "[=ZeBUUUUUUU=]!"
* InsaneTrollLogic: "The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill And Came Down With All The Bananas" : The Englishman takes all the bananas from a hill, but doesn't eat them because "You can't eat bananas without strawberries!" And then a Swedish man takes all the strawberries from another hill, but "can't eat strawberries without bananas!" And then they refuse to share with each other.
* InsistentTerminology:
** Larry gets a bit offended whenever anyone mistakes him for a pickle.
** In "Minnesota Cuke", Larry insists that it's not a hat, it's a fedora.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Junior sometimes is shown to have this with both Bob and Larry.
* InvisibleAnatomy: Averted with feet (the characters move around by hopping), but the characters' lack of hands is constantly {{Lampshaded}}.
** Right from the start, before the theme song:
-->'''Bob:''' I know! You play the guitar!\\
'''Larry:''' Bob, I don't have any hands.
** ''Josh and the Big Wall'' had Tom Grape and Pa Grape lampshade how they and other characters were applauding a giant rocket.
-->'''Tom:''' How are we clapping?\\
'''Pa:''' I have no idea.
** "Lyle the Kindly Viking" has a reference.
-->'''Bjorn (Lunt):''' I would clap if I could.
** ''Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly'' repeatedly shows close-ups of a character's hands and feet, who is then shocked when he doesn't have limbs in the long shots. It's kind of weird, really.
** Invisible hair as well - in ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush'', Martin notices Minnesota's haircut even though he never had any hair to begin with. Though a few scenes later, [[spoiler: Minnesota can't use the power of the hairbrush since he has no hair]] (a reference to ''The Hairbrush Song''). Go figure.
** From the personalized show:
-->'''Larry:''' I think we should give our good friend a hand!\\
'''Bob:''' But, Larry, we can't. We don't have hands.\\
'''Larry:''' I was speaking metaphorically, Bob.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: In ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'', Larry-Boy and Alfred get a bit frantic trying to figure out how the monster can be stopped, especially after the Fib catches Larry-Boy. As it turns out, the only one who can stop the Fib is [[spoiler: Junior Asparagus, who has been about five feet away from Larry-Boy for the past several minutes.]]
* ItsTheOnlyWay: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Junior uses this to justify sneaking into Mr. Nezzer's factory when Bob and Louie question the wisdom of doing so.
* JesusTaboo: The show's theological consultant forbade them from portraying {{Jesus}} as a vegetable, which is one reason most of the Bible stories are from the Old Testament. Jesus of course is discussed in many of the segments, so still somewhat {{averted}}.
* KarmaHoudini: Typically in [=VeggieTales=], villains either [[HeelFaceTurn have a change of heart]] or are defeated in some way, but there are some exceptions:
** In "The Story of Flibber-O-Loo", the crooks (the Scallions) who mug the Flibbian (Larry) simply run off with his money and are never seen again.
** In ''Madame Blueberry'', the Stuff-Mart people wind up [[spoiler: destroying Madame Blueberry's house.]] No one sues them.
** In ''Lord of the Beans'', [[spoiler: the Elders of the Razzberry Forest were bribed by Scaryman to betray the Fellowship. Nothing happens to them.]]
** In ''Pistachio'', a puppeteer tries to kidnap Pistachio, and when Pistachio flees in terror he encounters three con men who trick him out of his money and then toss him into the sea. These guys all quietly drop out of the story after their scenes are over.
* KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: "Where's God When I'm S-scared?" starts with Junior Asparagus watching "Frankencelery," and becoming frightened by everything in the house after that. However, the point of the episode is that Junior doesn't need to be scared because God is taking care of him, not that he shouldn't have watched the movie.
* KingKongClimb:
** In ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'', the Fib carries Junior to the top of a water tower. Then Larry-Boy flies up there after them in his Larry-Plane.
** Played with in the next Larry-Boy movie, when the Weed is wrapped around a building and reaches out a vine to grab Alfred.
* LargeHam: Archibald, Larry as Larry-Boy, occasionally Bob
* LighterAndSofter: ''The League of Incredible Vegetables'' in comparison to the earlier Larry-Boy episodes. The villain is a LargeHam who is not nearly as calculatingly manipulative as the villains in the earlier Larry-Boys, many of the characters' fears are PlayedForLaughs, and even the lighting and the music is much lighter and more cheery.
* LiteralCliffhanger:
** In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie and the penguins form a ChainOfPeople to save Mr. Nezzer...and it leads to all of them stuck dangling off a cliff. Thankfully George comes to save them.
** In ''Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella'', at one point Cuke and his friends are captured by their enemies and left locked in a cage dangling over a cliff. Cuke comments that he hates cliffhangers. Cue "Silly Songs with Larry".
* LittlestCancerPatient: Edmund Gilbert (played by Junior Asparagus) is apparently perfectly fine in ''The Star of Christmas'', but he becomes dangerously ill by ''An Easter Carol''. [[spoiler: What sets Ebeneezer Nezzer towards his change of heart is Hope informing him that Edmund has less than a year to live if nothing changes.]]
* LivingToys:
** ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'': A Buzzsaw Louie doll mysteriously comes to life, realizes that he doesn't like the sound of whatever he was originally programmed to say, and sets off to find the true meaning of Christmas.
** ''Pistachio'': Pistachio (played by Junior Asparagus) is a wooden toy carved from a "very special" log.
* LotusEaterMachine: How Bad Apple plans to conquer Bumblyburg just like her great-uncle almost did, starting with the mayor, the reporter, and Larry-Boy.
* LuredIntoATrap: In ''Lord of the Beans'', [[spoiler: Scaryman bribed the Elders of the Razzberry Forest to send Toto to the Land of Woe where Scaryman could ambush him and take the bean.]]
* MajorGeneralSong
* MeanCharacterNiceActor [=/=] MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Frankencelery.
* MediumAwareness: In ''The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's,'' Larry tells Bob that they can't let the show be too short, since they have a whole DVD to fill.
** Also in ''The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's'' when asking why Pa Grape/The Lion didn't eat the rabbits and animals in the forest if he was so hungry he responds with "It's a kid show, they won't let me do that."
** In ''Jonah'', Dad Asparagus isn't satisfied until there's a big musical number to close the film.
** Also in ''Jonah'', "The Credits Song".
* AMinorKidroduction: As a tribute to ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', "Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella" starts off with Minnesota, Marten, and the Scallions as kids.
* MissedHimByThatMuch:
** In ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'', Larry-Boy must find the mysterious object that fell from space. The object in question is Fib, who is out with Junior. Larry-Boy says "hello" to them one time and another time passes by without even seeing them. He gives up and goes home...only to have to head out again because Fib is destroying Bumblyburg.
** In ''The Penniless Princess'', Mr. Carrisford and Sara run into each other while Sara is running errands. After they have a friendly chat, Mr. Carrisford leaves, [[spoiler: having no idea that he just spoke to the girl he's been searching for for a long time.]]
* TheMoralSubstitute: A major exception to examples typical of the trope.
* MoreThanMindControl: How the Bad Apple gets citizens to fall into her LotusEaterMachine.
* MotionlessChin: Not to mention, literally, NoKnees.
* TheMovie: Several, though only two had theatrical releases -- ''Jonah: A [=VeggieTales=] Movie'' and ''The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.''
* MrImagination: Larry. They call him LARRYBOY!
* MurderByCremation: Almost happens in "Rack, Shack, and Benny", just like in the Bible.
* MusicalChores: In ''The Penniless Princess'', Sara and Becky sing while they do the work assigned by Miss Minchin.
* MythologyGag: The slushees in "Gideon: Tuba Warrior" and the hairbrush in "The Search for Samson's Hairbrush" are a couple of examples.
* NeverSayDie: Averted. Not only are several deadly situations portrayed in the show (such as being thrown into the fiery furnace or sent down a collapsed bridge), the characters don't shy away from mentioning it. ''Larry-Boy and the Fib from Outer Space'' has a particularly harsh aversion that happens just as Larry-Boy is trying to get his Larry Mobile to transform into a plane on the verge of running into a wall:
--> '''Larry-Boy:''' I am going to ''die!''
* TheNicknamer: Mr. Lunt's character in "St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving" ... and all his nicknames are directed specifically ''at'' [[StealthPun Nick]].
* NighthawksShot: The ice cream parlor in "The End of Silliness?"
* NoEnding: ''The Song of the Zebu''
-->'''Archibald:''' You can't just start a song and leave it hanging like that!
** Also parodied in "St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving". Bob stops the story at a seemingly random point (hesitant to tell his audience of very young vegetables that [[NeverSayDie Nick's parents die]]) and they can't believe it's over ''already''. Larry explains to them that it's one of those "Russian endings" meant to raise "more questions than answers."
* NoFlowInCGI: The whole reason why the series stars vegetables was to deliberately avert this. While other CG cartoons at the time tended to look stiff and choppy, the simple designs of the [=VeggieTales=] characters left the creators free to put a lot more work into making sure they animated fluidly.
* NoFourthWall: The intro and outro segments, some of the Silly Songs, and less frequently the stories themselves.
** A rather memorable example was during a segment modeled after a Shakespeare play. As the gourd, Mr. Lunt was pushed onto the "stage" in full drag:
-->"I think we're going to get letters about this."
** Jimmy Gourd's reaction is endlessly hilarious to this "fair Ophelia".
* NoIndoorVoice: At first, Junior's voice actress wanted to use a childish voice for the character, so she spoke the lines of Junior in a very VERY high-pitched, squeaky voice. The creators didn't like that, though. They thought she was screaming her lines as Junior rather than speaking them. As the creators have pointed out in commentary, it wasn't really until "Lyle the Kindly Viking" that Junior's voice actress stopped speaking all of her lines in a really high-pitched, squeaky voice. Since the creators didn't like it, she toned down the high pitch and removed the squeak.
* NoNameGiven: Given a LampshadeHanging at one point:
-->'''Larry:''' What's your name?\\
'''Scallion:''' ''(pushing a broom)'' [[RageAgainstTheAuthor They've never given me a name.]] [[MediumAwareness I've been around since Show One]] (''Where's God When I'm Scared?''), [[NoFourthWall and I still don't have a name.]]
* NoProductSafetyStandards: "The Toy that Saved Christmas" has Buzz-Saw Louie, the hot new toy with a real working buzzsaw!
* OncePerEpisode: Bob ''hates'' the song that precedes the final {{Aesop}}; Larry loves it. Turned on its head in ''Lord of the Beans'', when the evil sporks steal the record -- and Bob admits he misses the song.
* OneSteveLimit: Played straight with the real names of main characters, but averted with names belonging to characters who appear less often, or characters they play. The name Louie appears very frequently--Junior invites someone named Louie to his birthday party in ''Are You My Neighbor'', Bob says he danced at Uncle Louie's polka party in the Silly Song "Dance of the Cucumber", the toy in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'' is named Louie (and Laura Carrot's youngest brother, who also appears in that episode, is named Baby Lou). Also the fact they have a character named George did not stop them from having Larry play a George in ''King George and the Ducky''.
** One of Larry's brothers is named Bob the Cucumber (which Bob the Tomato is shocked to learn)
** There's both a Steven and a Steve (Steve being another of Larry's brothers)
* OnlySaneEmployee: Bob.
* PachelbelsCanonProgression: The song "I Can Be Your Friend" uses it.
* PaperThinDisguise: Gee, who could "Larryboy" possibly be?
* ParentalAbandonment: In ''The Penniless Princess'', Sara's mother is never shown and is implied to have died. (In the book it's based on, this is indeed the case.) Her father is in the opening scene, [[spoiler: but dies later on (which is also accurate to the book).]]
* ParentalBonus
** Most of the literary references, for starters.
** The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Series/GilligansIsland'' parodies.
** Creator/MontyPython references, the most explicit being the French Peas as the people of Jericho taunting the Israelites from atop their wall. Oddly enough, they started out playing Philistines in a less explicit reference to the same scene.
*** The Fish Slappers in Jonah are explicitly explained as being inspired by Creator/MontyPython, in the audio commentary (the Larry and Mr. Lunt one).
** In ''Lyle, the Kindly Viking'', the episode starts off with Larry mentioning various viewer questions about sharing, such as "When do I have to share?", "Why do I have to share?", "Whatever happened to Sonny & [[IncrediblyLamePun Cher]]?".
*** On that note, in the Silly Song with Larry "I Love My Lips", when Larry sings "It's a lip, it's a lip, it's a lip lip lip" to the tune of the William Tell Overture during a Rorschach test, one of the cards is a non-animated photo of Sonny Bono.
** In the silly song ''Larry's High Silk Hat'' it opens with [[ForrestGump a white feather floating down from the sky as Larry is sitting on a bench with a box of chocolates waiting for the bus.]]
** "What are the Philippines?" "The Philippines are a group of islands off the coast of Asia, but that's not important now. The ''Philistines''...."
* PerverseSexualLust: An in-universe example; in "Barbara Manatee," one of the Silly Songs With Larry segments, Larry appears to be crushing on a manatee from a TV show. He even has a plush of her, which he sings to and dances with.
* PianoDrop: Once on a cake in ''Esther'', and several times down a flight of stairs in ''Sumo of the Opera''.
* PlayingAgainstType:
** In-universe example: the episode ''Pistachio'' has Junior, the kind, lovable asparagus, playing a rebellious, talkative puppet.
** Mr. Nezzer is usually cast as a villain, and when he's not playing a villain he's playing a rather goofy fellow. And then in ''Lord of the Beans'' he plays Randalf, and while he still is occasionally goofy, for the most part he comes across as a wise leader and the OnlySaneMan.
* PrinceAndPauper: The story ''Princess and the Popstar'' with Princess Poppyseed and [[HannahMontana Vanna Banana]].
* ProductionForeshadowing: Bumblyburg gets a little mention in ''The Toy That Saved Christmas'' when Mr. Nezzer is deciding where to send the main characters as punishment. The first Larry-Boy video didn't come out until a year after, which ''actually'' took place in Bumblyburg.
* PromptingNudge: At the beginning of the episode "King George And The Ducky", Jimmy and Jerry Gourd are both wearing cardboard cutouts of Bob and Larry. After Jimmy tries introducing himself as Bob the Tomato, Jerry tries introducing himself as Larry the Cucumber, but stops after saying "And I'm Larry", prompting Jimmy to give Jerry a nudge in the side, so that Jerry can finish with "Cucumber".
* {{Pun}}: Oh so many. One of their collections is called "Lessons From the Sock Drawer: A Collection of WesternAnimation/VeggieTales Briefs and Shorts."
* PunnyName: Frequently.
** Perhaps nowhere more obviously than in ''Lord of the Beans'', where two of the adventurers' names are food puns on those of actual [[LordOfTheRings Fellowship]] members -- Ear-a-Corn and Leg-o-Lamb.
** Also Nebby K. Nezzer.
* RaidersOfTheLostParody: The episode "Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush"; Larry the Cucumber in a story about bullying.
* RedBoxingGloves: On ''[[RefugeinAudacity Goliath]] the [[InvisibleAnatomy Giant Pickle]]''.
* RememberedICouldFly: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', at one point the protagonists are tied up on a sled hurtling to their doom. It doesn't even occur to Louie to use his built-in buzz saw to get them out of this predicament--and then Larry accidentally bumps his arm.
-->'''Louie:''' Watch it! You bumped into my...''(realizes)''...''[[ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing buzz saw]]''...
* RunningGag: Bob hating the "What We Have Learned" song and trying to turn it off in the middle. Some shows don't contain that song.
* SeparateSceneStorytelling: "Lyle The Kindly Viking" is shown this way.
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/VeggieTales See page.]]
* ShowWithinAShow:
** Cavis and Millward's "Princess and the Plumber" in ''Star of Christmas''.
** Marlee's "Up with Bunnies" in '''Twas the Night Before Easter''.
* SmallTownRivalry: In "The Story of Flibber-O-Loo" (a re-telling of the Good Samaritan story), the towns of Flibber-O-Loo and Jibberty-Lot have a heated rivalry, where they launch shoes and pots at each other with catapults and other devices.
* SnowballLie: Happens in ''Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!'' Junior lies to avoid getting in trouble for breaking a plate, the lie keeps getting bigger as the people around Junior figure out he's not telling the truth....and then the lie has gotten so big that it is literally destroying Bumblyburg.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: Don't lie, or an extra-terrestrial beast will feed off of your lies and hold you hostage.
* SpeciesSurname: Most of the characters' last names are the type of vegetable they are. Sometimes this leads to characters who don't seem to be relatives having the same last name, like Junior Asparagus and Archibald Asparagus. Some of the characters, like Mr. Nezzer or Mr. Lunt, avert this.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Larry-Boy/Larryboy/[=LarryBoy=]. The first was used in ''Fib from Outer Space'' & ''Rumor Weed'', the second was used in the Flash-animated spinoff series, and the third was used in ''Bad Apple''.
** Edmund/Edmond Gilbert (played by Junior Asparagus) in ''The Star of Christmas'' and ''An Easter Carol''. He is credited as "Edmond" but in subtitles and on the back of the box for ''The Star of Christmas'' it is spelled "Edmund".
* SphereEyes
* SpitTake: When Dave announces his plan to fight Goliath, King Saul spits out his drink.
* SpoofAesop: One of the Silly Songs gives us the following;
-->'''Quartet''': The moral of our story it's the point we hope we've made...when you go a little loopy better keep your nurse well paid!
* StaircaseTumble: In ''The Toy that Saved Christmas'', Louie's first step out of the factory leads to him falling down the stairs, which then leads to him getting stuck in snow. Junior pulls him out later.
* StealthPun: The antagonist in ''Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple'' is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an apple]] who dabbles in dealing with temptation. [[spoiler:In other words, she's the ForbiddenFruit.]]
* StepfordSnarker: Hope in ''An Easter Carol''. [[AllThereInTheManual Her character bio]] mentions that part of the reason for her snarky attitude is that [[YourDaysAreNumbered she is aware her time is short.]]
* StoryArc: In ''Josh and the Big Wall'', technical difficulties prevented Larry from properly ending ''The Song of the Zebu'', that video's "Silly Songs With Larry" segment. Archibald became so disappointed with Larry's lack of preparation, he announced the cancellation of "Silly Songs" in the next video (''Madame Blueberry'')'s segment. The FramingDevice of the video after that (''The End of Silliness?'') showed Larry desperately trying to recover from the loss, until Archibald announces that a fan petition prompted him to [[{{Uncanceled}} uncancel]] "Silly Songs."
* SuperCellReception: Subverted in ''Larry-Boy! And the Rumor Weed'', where Larry-Boy and Alfred try to keep communicating after Larry-Boy goes into the sewer system to find [[spoiler: the Mother Weed]]...and find that the sewer walls are too thick and reception is shot.
* SurveillanceStationSlacker: Jimmy and Jerry Gourd, as seen in the episode "Larry-Boy and the Fib from Outer Space!"
* TakeThat:
** In the ''Oh, Santa!'' Silly Song, Larry gives cookies to both a bank robber and a Viking "because it's Christmas." And then the next person comes to the door.
-->"I'm from the [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]]! And I've come to tax your--" '''(SLAM)'''
** During ''[[Literature/DonQuixote The Asparagus of La Mancha]]'', there's a potshot towards Starbucks when Don and Pancho are trying to compete with the Food Factory and decide to open a coffee shop:
-->"Why pay a little for coffee when you can pay a lot?"
* ThoseTwoGuys: Bob and Larry.
** And Jimmy and Jerry Gourd. And maybe the French Peas.
* TooDumbToLive: Larry in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. He probably shouldn't have mentioned Puggslyville's bridge being out to Mr. Nezzer.
* TookALevelInKindness: Ebeneezer Nezzer in ''An Easter Carol'' when he starts changing for the better. Hope does this too; in her early interactions with Ebeneezer she is rather snarky and occasionally harsh, but around the point where [[spoiler: Ebeneezer is very upset when he learns Edmund is probably going to die]], Hope softens up considerably and is a lot more careful in how she interacts with him.
* TopTenList
** ''The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown'' was the result of a viewer poll to determine the silliest of the first ten Silly Songs with Larry (not counting ''Oh, Santa!''). The winner was [[spoiler:''The Hairbrush Song'']].
** Also "WesternAnimation/VeggieTales Live: Sing Yourself Silly!"
* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler: The Elders of the Razzberry Forest.]]
* UnhandThemVillain: Towards the end of ''Sweetpea Beauty'', the mirror grabs Sweetpea and carries her to the top of a tower. When the queen demands he let her go, he obliges.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Louie in ''The Toy that Saved Christmas''. The first people he comes across after he escapes the factory don't even blink at the fact that they're talking to a living toy, and later on Mr. Nezzer is a lot more concerned about there being intruders in his studio than he is about the fact that one of his own toys came to life.
* UriahGambit: In ''King George and the Ducky'' (a retelling of the [[TropeNamers trope-naming]] [[Literature/TheBible bible story]]), King George has Thomas sent to the front lines of the Pie War because he wants his ducky. [[spoiler: It causes Thomas to temporarily go insane.]]
* ValleyGirl: Only Big Idea would go so far as to turn the Princess of Egypt in their retelling of the story of Moses in the Bulrushes into this - ''hilariously''.
* VengefulVendingMachine: Larry has gotten his candy stuck. In a vending machine.
* VillainSong:
** Mr. Nezzer's reprise of "The Bunny Song."
** PlayedForLaughs with "Oh No!" from "Daniel and the Lions' Den" of "Where's God When I'm S-Scared?".
** PlayedForDrama with "Haman's Song" from "Esther".
** "The Rumor Weed Song" in ''Larryboy and the Rumor Weed''.
** Bad Apple's "The Temptation Song" from ''Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple'' and ''Larry-Boy: Revenge of The Bad Apple''.
* VisualPun: One of the books Archibald pulls out in the "Modern Major General" song from ''The Wonderful World of Auto-tainment!'' has a picture of Larry in a robe and crown. [[spoiler:Larry King!]]
* VocalEvolution
** Scallion #1 (the tall one), Archibald, and the narrator for "Silly Songs with Larry" ''used'' to sound different. Archibald's delivery was more hammy, and Scallion's lacked the faux British accent the others had. This gradually blended together until it's pretty much all the same voice. Larry eventually hung a lampshade on this at the end of ''The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo'' by acting surprised that Archibald and the narrator were not the same character. [[spoiler:''Archibald'' was surprised, too.]] In fact, now the creators attempt to place Scallion #1 and Archibald in the same scenes at times, just to prove that they're not the same character.
** Just as noticeable is Jerry Gourd, who started out sounding like an impression of Jimmy Gourd's voice (enough to mark them as [[ThoseTwoGuys a matched pair of characters]] but with a subtle enough difference to be clearly a different actor -- Phil and Mike use this approach extensively) but now sounds almost exactly like Larry.
* WaterHoseRodeo: In ''Larry Boy and the Bad Apple'', one character attempts to hose off a statue that's been covered in cobwebs. It turns out that the fire hose is too strong for him, and he gets flung all over.
* WaxingLyrical: Mr. Lunt's character in "St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving" slips into this several times.
* WaxOnWaxOff: Mikey, in "Sumo of the Opera," teaches sumo to the Italian Scallion by mopping the floor and climbing the down escalator.
* WeSellEverything: The Stuff-Mart.
* WhamLine: In ''Lord of the Beans'', Toto thinks he's figured out why he was sent to the Land of Woe...until Scaryman comes out and reveals the real reason:
-->'''Scaryman''': [[spoiler: The elders sent you here because I told them to]].
* WhatTheHellHero: King George sees someone bathing on a roof and he wanted his duck, despite having tons of his own, which leads to a UriahGambit (it's based on [[Literature/TheBible the original]]). Then he gets called out on it by the castle's wise man.
* AWildRapperAppears: Khalil's appearance in the Boyz in the Sink song "Belly Button".
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals: A rare plant example.
* WouldHurtAChild: Mr. Nezzer [[AnimatedActors in some of his more villainous roles]] has tried to kill Junior [[AnimatedActors (or a character played by him)]] on at least three different occasions. Junior's five.
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: Though their version was about Easter.
* YouthfulFreckles: Both Tom and Rosie Grape have them, as do many of the pea characters, no matter their age. However, the French Peas' trickster nature is highlighted through these.
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->'''Waldorf''': This show makes me nervous about what we do.\\
'''Statler''': Got anything to be ashamed of?\\
'''Waldorf''': No, I'm just worried that one of the tomatoes we throw might say "Ow!"\\
'''Both''': ''Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!''