* BaseBreakingCharacter: The entire main cast.
** Master Shake. You'll either love him for his JerkAss tendencies or hate him for the same reason.
** Frylock is either the reasonable OnlySaneMan or [[StopHavingFunGuys an irritating prick that needs to get that stick out of his ass]] who also shown at times [[NotSoAboveItAll to be even worse than Shake.]] A prime example being the episode "Fry Legs".
** Meatwad. Some fans find him funny and [[TheDogBitesBack loves it when he gets his revenge on Shake]] while other fans find him as a CreatorsPet who is also an annoying brat that deserves all of the abuse he's been getting. This is especially shown in episodes where he fully grasps the JerkAssBall.
** The fandom's pretty divided on Carl too, though he's ''far'' from being TheScrappy. It's generally agreed he can't really carry an episode on his own, though. However, he carried on his own sports show on ESPN.
* BrokenBase:
** The [[DarkerAndEdgier post-movie seasons]]. Some fans didn't mind the more vulgar and violent themes of those seasons, while others felt that the show fell into SeasonalRot because of it.
** Similarly, the renamed seasons[[note]]''Aqua Unit Patrol Squad'' (season 8), ''Aqua Something You Know Whatever'' (season 9), ''Aqua TV Show Show'' (season 10), and ''Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever'' (season 11)[[/note]]. Did they WinBackTheCrowd, or were they still part of the show's declining quality?
*** To some, the renamed seasons were actually where the rot STARTED.
*** Season 9 (Aqua Something You Know Whatever) as a whole. Out of all the renamed seasons, most fans agree that this is the weakest one. Fans found most of the episodes to either be weak[[note]]"Totem Pole", "Rocket Horse and Jet Chicken", "Shirt Herpes", "Fightan Titan" and "Buddy Nugget"[[/note]] or just bad[[note]]"Bookie" and "Chicken and Beans"[[/note]]. However there were a few good episodes that fans actually liked, such as "The Granite Family" or "Big Bro".
** Many of the post-movie episodes has also divide many fans such as:
*** "Reedickyoulus". This episode was a tell-tale sign to many fans that the show has become DarkerAndEdgier. Mostly due to the infamous scene in which Shake [[DudeNotFunny murders a cat by stuffing him into microwave and dies on-screen]], which he by the way, does '''twice'''. Made even worse when this one of the episodes with Shake as a KarmaHoudini. Most fans were turned off by this episode as the show has never been ''this dark'' before.
*** "Fry Legs". Many fans absolutely ''despised'' this episode for changing Frylock from the OnlySaneMan to a {{Yandere}}. Special mentions go to how Frylock [[KarmaHoudini gets away with sexually harassing a women and killing her boyfriend]] while [[DesignatedMonkey Shake is unjustly killed at the last second for no real reason]].
*** "[[SeriesFauxnale Last One Forever and Ever]]" (The 2009 episode). Many fans have no idea what to think about this episode. Is it a good episode or is it a boring episode? However, most fans can agree that this episode wouldn't have been a fitting conclusion to the show.
*** Bookie, Bookie, oh, '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis "Bookie"]]'''. Where do we even begin with this this episode? Shake goes through his biggest HumiliationConga in the whole show and takes his DesignatedMonkey status UpToEleven. Many fans found [[UnintentionallySympathetic his torture scenes to be more horrible and sad instead of being funny]]. Made even worse by the fact that this one of the few times where Shake doesn't actually deserve the LaserGuidedKarma he usually gets. fans also loathed [[DesignatedHero Carl and Meatwad]] in this episode for how they treated Shake, especially at the end of the episode. Many fans claim that this might be the show's worst episode.
* CrazyAwesome: '''Dr. Weird''', with heavy emphasis on "crazy".
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Good luck finding an episode that ''doesn't'' cross the line in some way.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: It has [[Awesome/AquaTeenHungerForce its own Page for it.]] Being an 11 minute show, this alone should count as one.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Subverted constantly almost every episode.
-->'''Carl''': There's something I need to say, ya know. Ever since my son was...never conceived because [[BlackComedyRape I never had consensual sex without money involved]], I always sorta looked at you as...well, kind've a thing that I could, ya know, live next to in accordance with state law.
-->'''Meatwad''': Oh, that's sweet. You're trying to say that you love me!
-->'''Carl''': Eh eh eh, let's not get ahead of ourselves here - (puts on Super Bowl glove) WHO ARE YOU TAKIN' TO THAT FRIGGIN' SUPERBOWL!
-->'''Meatwad''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Carl, your finger!]]
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Meatwad's solo in the Movie. Doubles as a BigLippedAlligatorMoment but damn is it awesome.
** Also, the song "Cut You with a Linoleum Knife," also in the movie, performed by none other than Music/{{Mastodon}}. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWvt3E5a-AA Behold]].
--> "Do not crinkle your food wrappers loudly! Be considerate to others, or I will bite your torso and give you a disease!!"
** "''Meatwad get da money, see...''"
** Can't forget "Spirit Journey Formation Anniversary" from the episode of the same name - a prog-metal "alternative" to "Happy Birthday To You," performed by Zakk Wylde and a [[{{Rush}} Geddy Lee]] sound-alike.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSRh0eMND0s ending theme]] to ''Patrol Squad'' definitely qualifies. Listen to that badass guitar!
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CfqIVFYEu4 It's time for Aqua TV Show Show.]] Aqua TV Show Show. Aqua TV Show Show... (Coincidentally the first time the characters actually sing along with the theme).
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkVEoyoT5V4 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever]], going out on a high note. The characters even sing the entirety of the song!
* DesignatedHero: Meatwad and Frylock have fallen into this during the later seasons. "Sweet C", "Fry Legs" and ''especially'' "Bookie" comes to mind.
* DesignatedMonkey: Master Shake is both a DesignatedMonkey and a KarmaHoudini. When Shake is actively being a jerk and hurting people, he tends to get away with it. But his biggest [[HumiliationConga Humiliation Congas]] come from his well-intentioned (for him, anyway) stupidity and/or him being an unrelated victim.
** This is especially demonstrated in the last season where Shake is largely OutOfFocus but will still be brutally hurt before the episode ends.
** A particularly infamous example comes from the show's GrandFinale, "The Greatest Story Ever Told". Most fans found his death to be rather anticlimactic and unjustified. [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot Fans also thought that it would've been funnier if they shown an aging Shake along with Meatwad in the last scene]].
* EarWorm
** "I Like Your Booty (But I'm Not Gay)," from the movie.
** MC Pee Pants' "I Need Candy". Also counts as one in-universe, as even Carl wounded up liking it. This was, of course, the plan.
** "''Cuz we are the Aqua Teens! Make the homies say HO and the girlies wanna scream!''"
** "[[Music/AndrewWK Party Party Party]]," of course!!
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** The Mooninites, easily the most remembered and quoted villains.
** The Plutonians, to a much lesser extent.
** The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future!
** Jiggle Billy, to the point where his face has reached MemeticMutation status.
** Handbanana.
** Shake's Muscles, helps that Creator/JohnDiMaggio voiced him.
* FauxSymbolism:
** PlayedForLaughs in the episode with Ezekiel:
-->'''Meatwad:''' I'm gonna name you [[DramaticPause Jesus...Ezekiel...]][[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Jesus]]. And that's from the Bible.
** And again when everyone sees [[strike:Jesus]] Gee whiz on the gun shop billboard. But it turned out to just be Music/TedNugent.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The Boston Bomb Scare in 2007: laugh out loud funny; in 2013, when bombs actually ''did'' go off during the Boston marathon, now the 2007 incident is cringe-inducing.
* GeniusBonus: From "The Cloning": "Man, we should've cloned twenties. [[UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson Jackson]] wouldn't have given a shit." He really wouldn't have, since he didn't believe in paper money.
* HarsherInHindsight: Right when it was announced there were no plans to end the series, it was announced months later that its next season would be the last.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In "Interfection", the www.yzzerdd.com's conversation with Frylock somewhat resembles the SignatureScene from Film/TheMatrixReloaded which came out months later.
** In "The Cloning", Master Shake says that Jesus Christ & Santa Claus are the same person, and Meatwad says he doesn't know Santa Christ. Guess [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic who followed up on that idea years later?]]
* HoYay: Shake, to Frylock.
-->"Why don't ''you'' help me SUCK IT? ''([[BeatPanel beat]])'' ...Wait a minute, that backfired."
* JerkassDissonance: Master Shake and Carl are total jerks, yet that's exactly why they're so popular with most of the fandom.
* JerkassWoobie:
** Sure, Carl's rude, obnoxious, and hygienically-challenged, but the sheer amount of shit his neighbors put him through kinda makes one feel sorry for him.
** It's debatable but Frylock could also qualify. Though he's [[DependingOnTheWriter usually]] portrayed as a decent guy, he can be pretty bitter but considering that he has to put up with everybody else's stupidity all the time (''especially'' Master Shake's), it's not hard to see why.
** Mooninites tried to invoke it in "Moonahujana", didn't work on Frylock though.
* MemeticMolester: Handbanana.
--> "Tonight... '''YOU...'''"
** Kinda inevitable, though, considering that he's a rapist ''{{in-universe}}''.
* MemeticMutation:
** '''GENTLEMEN, ''BEHOLD''!''' THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF [[MemeticMutation MEMETIC MUTATION]], ISN'T IT, STEVE?
** WHAT HAS SCIENCE DONE?!
** There has also been popularity in photoshopping or drawing Carl's face and body into anime and cartoon characters, as evidenced [[https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2014/7/15/675048__safe_equestria+girls_screencap_edit_wat_rainbow+rocks_spoiler-colon-rainbow+rocks_diamond+tiara_granny+smith_background+human.png here]], [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/18633463dcf45144ae520e15d798cade/tumblr_mhob1lfFqs1rop4q2o1_1280.gif here]] and [[http://lolikips.deviantart.com/art/Yokarl-315177549 here]].
** "I get it. It ain't making me laugh, but I get it."
** "Truly, they were a (insert series title here)."
** ARISE CHICKUN! [[note]]While this [[WeirdAlEffect is more associated with]] [[Memes/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the brony fandom]], the line did in fact originate from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.[[/note]]
** [[https://youtu.be/rZvGfsDzTfU?t=43s YOU QUESTION THE WORDS OF THE MIGHTY JIMMY?]]
** MY DAD OWNS A DEALERSHIP! [[note]]Even helps that Creator/PattonOswalt said it.[[/note]]
** [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C44BoCIVMAABSvc.jpg You look at him and tell me there's a God]] [[note]]When Frylock wants to join a church group this was Shake's reaction, commenting on Meatwad's appearance to insinuate that God doesn't exist. The image and quote are often used to mock or express horror at something.[[/note]]
* MST3KMantra: The song "Cut You Up With a Linoleum Knife" in the movie's opening states "if you don't understand, you should not be here".
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/AquaTeenHungerForce Now has its own page.]]
* OlderThanTheyThink: Shake's idea on how to remake "The Granite Family" actually has some backing to it. It's a common theory that ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' actually takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, so Shake may have been using that logic. Of course, since this is Master Shake we're talking about, it's probably just InsaneTrollLogic with a side of DidNotThinkThisThrough.
* OvershadowedByControversy: TheMovie will always be more remembered for its ViralMarketing campaign that caused the Boston Bomb Scare.
* RewatchBonus: All the numerous hints at [[spoiler:Frylock being a lesbian trapped in a man's body as a box of fries]] become a lot more noticeable once you've seen TheMovie.
* SoBadItsGood: The LimitedAnimation is so bad (at least in [[ArtEvolution early seasons]]), that it actually manages to be one of the show's main sources of comedy.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The lip-syncing in the [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness first few episodes]] were pretty bad.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The "Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1" intro sequence sounds like Music/JudasPriest's "Breaking the Law".
* {{Tearjerker}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deXk8xuUHWQ "Aqua Teen Dream"]], a small tribute to the series written for the finale, and performed by {{Music/Patti Smith}}.
** In the finale itself, we have [[spoiler:the deaths of Master Shake and Frylock]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** A forgivable example, but the bees in "Sweet C" are worker bees, and therefore, should've all been female. There go chances of seeing Carl being a HaremSeeker.
** Another somewhat forgivable example is the GrandFinale. While good, the only characters to appear are the Aqua Teens, Carl, Carl's friend Dominic, and [[spoiler:Meatwad's family]]. Who else wanted to see characters who were PutOnABus (such as the Mooninites, the Plutonians, the Cybernetic Ghost, and Dr. Weird) come BackForTheFinale? [[spoiler: Then again, "Greatest Story" has a lot of those characters (namely, the Mooninites, Plutonians, Markula, Rabbot, Handbanana, Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past, Mothmonsterman, Zucotti Manicotti, and Romulux) as Shake's 'acolytes'.]]
* UglyCute: Meatwad, especially when he acts like a little kid.
* UncannyValley: Ever wonder what a cup, box of fries, and meatball would look like in RealLife if they each had human faces? The official poster for the film [[http://www.filmonpaper.com/posters/aqua-teen-hunger-force-colon-movie-film-for-theaters-one-sheet-usa/ clears this up]].
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Shake has become this for many fans in later seasons. He is hurt much more often, many times unjustified, and suffers as much, if not even more non-canon deaths than Carl. Fans began to ''sympathize'' from him, especially in the last season where he TookALevelInKindness (the sole exception being in "Hospice") but is still either brutally hurt or killed in every episode[[note]]Sans [[ThrowTheDogABone "Mouth Quest",]] being the only episode to avert this[[/note]].
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: "The Greatest Story Ever Told" as its name implies is filled with religious parodies. It was released on Adult Swim's website 3 days after the show's supposed cancellation, mirroring the death and resurrection of Jesus.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Shouldn't need explaining.
* TheWoobie: Meatwad and Frylock (most of the time).
** Mooninites try to invoke this in "Moonajuana". Doesn't work on Frylock, though.
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