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[[caption-width-right:242:Left to right: The Cowlorado Kid, Marshal Moo Montana, and The Dakota Dude.]]

For as long as television has been a part of our lives, there have been shows out there (animated and live-action) that are so ridiculous, so bizarre, so batshit insane that most people today would think they're parodies of the type of schlock network executives like to feed to the functionally illiterate masses or are the products of one too many cans of beer, lines of coke (or crushed baby aspirin), hits from a homemade bong, whippets from some empty whipped cream aerosol cans, and/or handfuls and capfuls of perscription and over-the-counter cold and flu medication.

This show was one of them -- and, whether you want to believe it or not, [[RealityIsUnrealistic it was real]].

''Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa'' was a SaturdayMorningCartoon that aired on Creator/{{ABC}} starting in 1992 created by comic artist Ryan Brown (who inked several dozen issues of the ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' comics and designed several figures for the toy lines, which probably [[FollowTheLeader explains a few of the themes of the show]]). The show focused on the exploits of three anthropomorphic cows who were in fact cowboys (har har).

See, in the 19th century, a random comet crashed into the Southwestern United States causing a massive transformation among not only the land, but the animals as well, turning them into intelligent versions of themselves that decided to create their own city, Moo Mesa. In this city, they basically acted as humans of the Old West did, and as such, there were good guys and bad guys....the former being the trio of C.O.W. Boys (Marshall Moo Montana, The Cowlarado Kid, and Dakota) and the latter being composed of the city's shady politician Mayor Bulloney, and Sheriff Terribull who took on the alias of the Masked Bull, a criminal mastermind.
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!!Tropes:
%%* AbsoluteCleavage: Lilli Bovine and Sadie Wowcow.
%%* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The Underground City.
%%* ActionGirl: Tejua and Cowlamity Kate.
%%* TheAce: Moo Montana.
%%* AerithAndBob: Moo Montana and Lilli Bovine is just one of the many examples of this.
%%* AlliterativeName: Many characters had these.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Cowlarado Kid was talented with a lasso, but nowhere as good as Cowlamity Kate.
** Cowlarado Kid's horse Jezebelle was one of the fastest fillies around, but nowhere as fast as Cowline's horse Tornado.
%%* AnimalSuperheroes
* AnimationBump: The animation became a lot smoother in the second season.
* AntiClimacticUnmasking: When Shock Holiday was captured and unmasked, the characters witnessing the unmasking were disappointed by the lack of any special features at his face. Then again, it was overshadowed by the previous unmasking of the criminal's impersonator. (Marshall Moo Montana and Sheriff Terribull made a bet over who captures Shock Holiday and agreed the lose would leave Cow Town)
* ArtEvolution: The series is a lot more detailed in the second season.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Many characters had these, but Shock Holiday stands out quite a bit in this area.
* BackFromTheDead[=/=]CameBackWrong: [[spoiler: Tom Duggery who is resurrected as Skull Duggery.]]
%%* {{Badass}}: In so many ways.
%%** BadassCrew[=/=]PowerTrio: The three main heroes.
%%** BadassAdorable: Cody and Tejua had their moments of this.
%%** BadassBookworm: Cody and J.R. most of the time.
%%** BadassDamsel: Lilli and Tejua at certain points.
%%** BadassLongcoat: Bat Blastagun and Shock Holiday.
%%** BadassMustache: Five Card Cud has one.
%%* BarefootCartoonAnimals
%%* BashBrothers: Moo and his deputies, along with Sheriff Terribull and Horibull who are actually brothers.
%%* BatOutOfHell: Bat Blastagun.
%%** The Cowgoyle also counts to a certain degree.
%%* BeautyMark: Sadie Wowcow has one.
* BerserkButton: Never '''ever''' threaten or disrespect Cowlamity Kate when Dakota's around.
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes: Most of the heroes fall under this category.
%%* BigBad: The Masked Bull.
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sadie Wowcow [[spoiler: and Barbwire Babs.]]
%%** [[BitchInSheepsClothing Bastard In Sheep's Clothing]]: Jacque Le Beef.
%%* BlondesAreEvil: Barbwire Babs and Jacque Le Beef.
* BoundAndGagged: Given this is a Western, expect this every other episode. Cody, and at least once Cowlorado, end up getting in this situation the most.
%%* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Dakota, after being defeated by Skull Duggery and his gang.]]
%%* BrainyBrunette: Tejua, Cowlamity Kate, and Buffalo Bull.
%%* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Dakota Dude.
* CanonImmigrant: Buffalo Bull was made up for the arcade game in order to provide a fourth player character, but he became a real character on the show.
* CantCatchUp: Cowlarado's horse Jezebelle is fast, but nowhere near as fast as Cowline's horse Tornado.
%%* TheCastShowoff: Creator/JeffBennett (Cowlorado) got to sing at least once.
%%* CatGirl: Barbara, [[spoiler: a.k.a. Barbwire Babs.]]
%%* CatFight: Lilli Bovine and [[TheRival Sadie Wowcow]] have a pretty big one in the episode "Thoroughly Moo-dern Lilli".
%%* CatsAreMean: [[spoiler: Barbara, a.k.a. Barbwire Babs]] proves this.
%%* CharacterDevelopment: Actually, there was a pretty decent amount in this show.
%%* TheChessmaster: Moo Montana, The Masked Bull, and Mayor Bulloney usually juggled this role.
%%* ChickMagnet: Moo Montana, Dakota Dude, Cowlarado Kid, and Jacque Le Beef.
%%** Cody also counts for this considering his friendships with Tejua and Carly.
%%* ChivalrousPervert: Cowlorado Kid and Swifty Buckhorn.
%%* CityOfAdventure: Cowtown.
%%* CloudCuckoolander: Boothill Buzzard. Saddlesore Scorpion also, to a lesser degree.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: This is averted when Moo and his deputies were suspicious of Jacque Le Beef when he became extremely popular in Cowtown, especially with the ladies. [[spoiler: It turns out they were right since he was a con artist that was using a fake name to hide his true identity and cover up his scam.]]
%%* CoolBigSis: Bessy for Frank and Beans. Also Lilli to Cody to a certain degree.
%%* CoolTeacher: Sara Sheep, who even has the respect of Dakota Dude.
%%* CoolUncle: J.R.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: While Mayor Bulloney is mainly a politician, he's also a corrupt businessman.
* [[PopStarComposer Country Star Composer]]: The theme song was co-written and sung by 1990s country singer Billy Dean.
* CourtroomEpisode: While no episode had too much, if any, of courtroom time, a good deal of "Bulls of a Feather" was about the good guys keeping the witness safe for Sheriff Terribull's trial and the bad guys trying to either prevent the witness from showing up or make sure the witness' testimony wouldn't be enough to convict Terribull as the Masked Bull.
%%* {{Cowboy}}
* CrossOver: The main heroes appeared as starring roles in the ''[[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Tales of the TMNT]]'' series for a few issues, as well as in a ''[[TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward]]'' episode. This pretty much confirms the show being part of the Turtles multi-verse.
** The Fast Forward episode doesn't feature the actual Moo Mesa-verse but a virtual simulation.
%%* CurbStompBattle: When Cowlamity Kate is attacked and aged by Skull Duggery's gang, Dakota tries to avenge her, but it ''really'' doesn't go as planned.
%%* CuteBruiser: Cowlamity Kate.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Several characters aside from the main heroes had episodes that focused on them and allowed for some nice CharacterDevelopment along the way.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: The Masked Bull.
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: Subverted when Cowline defeats both Cowlarado and Swifty in the horse race causing them to put aside their differences.
%%* DemBones: Skull Duggery.
* DisguisedInDrag: Cowlarado Kid does this to try to infiltrate Barbwire Babs' gang. It doesn't go very well.
** Also Boothill Buzzard tries to pose as the school's female teacher to trick the children into helping him commit crimes.
* DistressedDamsel: Lilli Bovine, at times in the arcade game where you have to save her.
%%* DrJerk: Dr. Wolfenstein.
%%* DumbMuscle: Ma Belle's biggest son qualifies for this.
* EekAMouse: When a circus arrived in town, Mayor Bulloney tried to use a mouse to scare an elephant so the resulting distraction would allow Saddlesore and Boothill to steal a diamond.
%%* EnemyMine: The episode "Dances With Bulls" has a pretty memorable one.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: %%Ma Belle's gang, who are also her children prove this.
** The Cacklin' Kid uses this as a means to gain sympathy from the judge to keep the picture he has of his mother, [[spoiler: although the real reason he wants to keep it is because the back of it has a treasure map to his stolen loot.]]
%%* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Moo for his first girlfriend Bessy, and Lilli for Moo.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: This is how Jacque Le Beef is able to win over the ladies of Moo Mesa, [[spoiler: although it turns out that he's a con artist and his real name is Barney Finklestein who was just using a fake French accent and a disguise to hide his true identity.]]
%%* EverythingsBetterWithCows: No duh.
%%* EvilCounterpart: Sheriff Terribull and his deputies for Moo Montana and his deputies.
%%** Also Sadie Wowcow for Lilli Bovine.
%%* EvilRedhead: Sheriff Terribull.
%%* EvilSmellsBad: Five Card Cud.
%%* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Hole In The Ground Gang.
%%* EyeScream: Skull Duggery's friend Evil Eye.
%%* TheFaceless: Shock Holiday, [[spoiler: until Moo captures and unmasks him.]]
%%* FanserviceWithASmile: Lilli Bovine.
%%* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Buffalo Tribe were this to Native Americans.
%%* FatBastard: Mayor Bulloney.
%%* FieryRedhead: Lilli Bovine has had her moments.
%%** Sheriff Terribull is a rare male example of this.
* FirstGirlWins: Averted, as Moo chose to stay with Lilli in Cowtown as opposed to staying with his hometown girlfriend Bessy Bluebell.
%%* FiveManBand:
%%** TheLeader: Moo Montana
%%** TheLancer: Cowlarado Kid
%%** TheSmartGuy: J.R. and Buffalo Bull
%%** TheBigGuy: Dakota Dude
%%** TheChick: Lilli Bovine
%%** TheSixthRanger[=/=]TagalongKid: Cody
* FragileSpeedster: Cowlarado Kid and his horse Jezebelle were the fastest of the main heroes, but they also got into the most trouble.
%%* FriendToAllChildren: Lilli Bovine.
%%* FriendToAllLivingThings: J.R.
* FunWithAcronyms: The C.O.W. in the series title stands for '''C'''ode '''O'''f the '''W'''est, which is what the heroes live by.
* FurryConfusion: Justified, as the theme song explains that only "the chosen few" were affected by the comet and turned into anthropomorphic creatures.
** This explains why anthropomorphic cows are riding non-anthropomorphic horses.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Lilli and Sadie's fight in the episode "Thoroughly Moo-dern Lilli" involved them tearing apart each others' skimpy dresses and causes Dakota to put his hand over Cody's eyes when he seemed a little too interested.
%%* GeniusBruiser: Moo Montana, Buffalo Bull, and The Masked Bull.
* {{Greed}}: Tom Duggery. [[spoiler: In fact, it was Tom Duggery's greed and selfishness of his silver mine that got him trapped inside and eventually killed during a cave in, which caused him to return to the living world as Skull Duggery.]]
* GreenEyes: Sadie Wowcow has these, which probably reference [[GreenEyedMonster her jealousy of Lilli Bovine.]]
%%* GreenEyedMonster: Sheriff Terribull and Sadie Wowcow towards Moo Montana and Lilli Bovine respectively.
%%* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Bessy Bluebell.
%%* HandsomeLech: Cowlarado Kid and Swifty Buckhorn.
%%* HappilyAdopted: Cody seems to be this since Lilli is not related to him.
%%* HelloNurse: Lilli Bovine.
%%* HeroesWantRedheads: Moo for Lilli.
%%* HeroWorshipper: Cody for Moo.
%%* HonestJohnsDealership: Major Bulloney does this during an episode about a drought.
%%* HotBlooded: Cowlarado Kid.
%%* HotGuysAreBastards: Jacque Le Beef.
%%** [[HotGuysAreBastards Hot Girls Are Bitches]]: Sadie Wowcow and Barbwire Babs.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Moo Montana's weapon is a shuriken pistol that shoots tin stars.
%%* ImprobableAimingSkills: Moo Montana had these.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: One of Shock Holiday's cronies uses a rifle that shoots acidic bean paste.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: One episode had the lawcows shrunk by a ray gun powered by a comet fragment.
%%* IndianMaiden[=/=][[TheChiefsDaughter The Chief's Niece]]: Tejua.
%%* InnocentBlueEyes: Lilli Bovine had these of the beautiful variety.
* InsistentTerminology: Cowlorado Kid let his friends call him "Cowlorado", but wanted everyone else to call him "Kid".
%%* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Dr. Wolfenstein.
%%* InterspeciesRomance: Swifty Buckhorn attempts to woo Cowlamity Kate's cousin Cowline.
* ItsPronouncedTroPay: The Gilla Hooligans constantly remind people that "gilla" is pronounced "hee-la" and not "gee-la".
* JawDrop: Lilli Bovine has one when [[spoiler: Moo attempts to marry Cowlamity Kate in order to save her father's mine from being taken away.]]
%%* {{Jerkass}}: Sheriff Terribull and Mayor Bulloney.
%%* {{Keet}}: The Cacklin' Kid.
%%* KidAppealCharacter: Cowlorado Kid and Cody.
%%* KidSidekick: Cody and Tejua at times.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Skull Duggery twice. First he died as Tom Duggery, and then after his second appearance he was sent back to the land of the dead never to return again.]]
%%* TheLadette: Cowlamity Kate.
%%* LargeAndInCharge: Big Bucks, according to his gang.
%%* LeeroyJenkins: Cowlarado Kid.
* LegallyDead: Seven years after Colonel Cudster put his daughter in charge of his gold mine and left Cowtown to look for more gold, Mayor Bulloney tried to invoke an old law to get the Colonel declared dead and seize the mine.
%%* LethalChef: Cowlamity Kate.
* LicensedGame: The 1992 arcade game, which introduced the fourth hero Buffalo Bull.
%%* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Lilli Bovine and Sadie Wowcow respectively.
%%* LightningBruiser: Shock Holiday, appropriately enough.
%%* ALoadOfBull: Obviously.
%%* MadeOfIron: Dakota Dude.
%%* MadScientist: Dr. Wolfenstein.
%%* ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: Mayor Bulloney for the Masked Bull.]]
%%* MeaningfulName: Most characters had these.
%%* MerchandiseDriven
%%* MightyGlacier: Dakota Dude.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Ma Belle is relatively small compared to most of her family.
%%* MotorMouth: The Cacklin' Kid.
%%* MsFanservice: Lilli Bovine and Sadie Wowcow.
%%* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Cowlamity Kate is named after Calamity Jane.
%%** Also Buffalo Bull is named after Buffalo Bill.
%%* TheNapoleon: Mules Burne to literal extent.
%%** Ma Belle also to a certain degree.
%%* NiceGirl: Bessy Bluebell and Lilli Bovine.
%%* NiceHat: Most characters had these.
%%* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Skull Duggery.
%%* NitroExpress
%%* [[NonMammalMammaries Non-Hominid Boobies]]: Like woah.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: J.R. and Tejua were both drawn without ears, unlike the rest of the characters.
* NotBloodRelated: Lilli and Cody aren't directly related, but have a mother and son sort of bond.
%%* NotSoDifferent: Cowlorado Kid and Swifty Buckhorn.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Cacklin' Kid, which makes sense considering he's a hyena.
* OnOneCondition: Cowlamity Kate's father, who left Cowtown seven years ago, once wrote a letter that was declared a will naming Cowlamity and her husband as heirs to his gold mine. However, this will won't be valid unless she has a husband by the time her father dies. Mayor Bulloney once tried to have her father declared dead so he could use the lack of a will to claim the mine for the town.
* PaperThinDisguise: In order to discredit Moo Montana's witness when Sheriff Terribull was taken to the courts for the Masked Bull's crimes, Saddlesore Scorpion and Boothill Buzzard showed up dressed as the Sheriff to see if the witness could tell which one was the real Sheriff Terribull. [[spoiler:The witness claimed there were ''three'' Sheriff Terribull in the courtroom, thus destroying the prosecution's case]].
* PassingTheTorch: When Moo returns to Miller Glen, Sheriff T-Bone attempts to do this with him and says his old student Moo Montana would be perfect take his place as the new sheriff, [[spoiler: but Moo respectfully turns the offer down and suggests that he train Bessy's younger brothers Frank and Beans to be the next sheriffs of Miller Glen instead.]]
%%* {{Pirate}}: Captain Longhorn Silver and his crew.
%%* PluckyGirl: Tejua, Carly, Cowlamity Kate, and even Lilli Bovine has her moments of this.
%%* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler: Tom Duggery, who is resurrected as Skull Duggery.]]
%%* PowerTrio: The adults and the kids formed these.
%%** Id: Cowlorado Kid and Jacob
%%** Ego: Moo Montana and Cody
%%** Superego: Dakota Dude and Carly
%%* {{Pride}}: This was mainly the cause of most Sheriff Terribull's, [[spoiler: and by extension, the Masked Bull's]] defeats by Moo and his deputies.
%%* ProperLady: Lilli Bovine.
%%** Cowlamity Kate's cousin Cowline also fits this description nicely.
%%* PsychoElectro: Shock Holiday.
* PunnyName: The majority of the characters, especially the villains had these. For instance, there's Bessy's brothers Frank and Beans.
* RealWomenNeverWearDresses: Played straight and subverted at the same time with Cowlamity Kate who was much more of an ActionGirl than Lilli Bovine, but subverted because Lilli was able to contribute and hold her own pretty well in sticky situations most of the time.
* RecycledInSpace: The show got an Arcade game which was a clone of Sunset Riders which, in turn, was Contra in the Wild West.
%%* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The Masked Bull.
%%* RedEyesTakeWarning: Bat Blastagun, Shock Holiday, The Cowgoyle, Skull Duggery, and his friend Evil Eye.
%%** Also [[spoiler: [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Dakota, after being defeated by Skull Duggery and his gang.]]]]
* [[RedEyesTakeWarning Red Bull, Take Warning]]: If Sheriff Terribull gets mad, '''watch out!'''
%%* {{Redheaded Hero}}ine: Lilli Bovine.
%%* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Bat Blastagun's friend Gill, The Gilla Hooligans, and The Hole In The Ground Gang all prove this.
* RiddleForTheAges: So, is Cowlarado wearing clothes that have his same skin pattern or what?
** Well, if you look at the screenshots he is wearing pants (that are indeed patterned like a cow of his color''s legs would be). You can tell by the shape. No idea on the shirt.
%%* RightHandHottie: Sadie Wowcow takes this role to Mayor Bulloney in her appearance.
%%* TheRival: Sheriff Terribull for Moo Montana, Sadie Wowcow for Lilli Bovine, and Swifty Buckhorn for Cowlarado Kid.
* RuleOfCool: In the Arcade Game, the Cowboys can swim up a waterfall. '''A WATERFALL.'''
* RuleOfThree: Moo Montana and his deputies, Sheriff Terribull and his deputies, Bat Blastagun and his cronies, Skull Duggery and his cronies, and so on.
%%* {{Schoolmarm}}: Sara Sheep.
%%* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Mayor Bulloney.
%%* SexyMentor: Lilli to Cody.
%%* ShadowArchetype: Sadie Wowcow to Lilli Bovine.
%%* SharpDressedMan: Jacque Le Beef.
%%* SheCleansUpNicely: Most of the female characters would qualify with Cowlamity Kate in a wedding dress as the defining example.
%%* ShockAndAwe: Shock Holiday appropriately falls under this.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Moo and his deputies do this when they catch Billy the Kidder and also when they defeat Bovini.
%%* ShowgirlSkirt: Lilli Bovine and Sadie Wowcow wear these.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Moo is attracted only to Lilli, despite all of the advances he's had by other women.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's '''Lilli''' Bovine, not ''Lily''.
** Also J.R.'s niece is '''Tejua''', not ''Tewa''.
%%* StoneWall: Dakota Dude.
%%* {{Stripperific}}: Lilli Bovine and Sadie Wowcow's outfits bordered on this.
%%* SuperStrength: Dakota has plenty of this.
%%* SuperSpeed: Cowlarado's horse Jezebelle has plenty of this. [[spoiler: Cowline's horse Tornado has even more.]]
%%* SupremeChef: Lilli Bovine.
%%* SweetTooth: Cody has this.
%%* TagalongKid: Cody, Carly, Jacob, and Tejua.
%%* TeamMom: Lilli Bovine.
* TerribleTrio: Most of the main villains traveled in teams of three.
* ThemeNaming: The cowboys are all named after states.
%%** Also Sheriff Terribull and his brother Horribull.
%%* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Boothill Buzzard and Saddlesore Scorpion.
%%* ThreeAmigos: Moo Montana, Dakota Dude, and Cowlarado Kid.
%%** Also Cody, Carly, and Jacob.
%%* TimeMaster: Skull Duggery and his friends.
%%* {{Tomboy}}: Cowlamity Kate.
%%* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Cowlamity Kate and Lilli Bovine respectively.
%%* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Tejua, [[spoiler: and also Cowlamity Kate.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Boothill Buzzard is literally so dumb that he is actually immune to the hypnotic effects of Bovini's magic crystal.
%%* TookALevelInBadass: Cody and Tejua on several occasions.
%%* TrueBlueFemininity: Lilli Bovine.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: The lawcows horses fall under this. Moo and Dakota had their stallions Cyclone and Rebel, and Cowlarado had his mare Jezebelle.
** Also Cody, and his friends Carly and Jacob.
%%* [[PapaWolf Uncle Wolf]]: J.R. for his niece Tejua.
%%* VillainOfTheWeek: During the second season.
%%* WhiteHairedPrettyGirl: Ma Belle averts this.
%%* WickedCultured: The Gilla Hooligans.
%%* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Tejua.
%%* WomanInWhite: Cowlamity Kate's cousin Cowline.
* WouldHitAGirl: Moo and his deputies are forced to engage in combat with a band of female bandits in the episode "No Way To Treat A Lady".
%%* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Blue Fur]]: Dakota Dude.