!!Contained examples of:
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Most of the background music was ''improvised live'' during taping by jazz pianist Johnny Costa. Refusing to play "kiddie music," Costa filled his accompaniments with sophisticated runs and flourishes. His arrangements were often compared to the legendary pianist Creator/ArtTatum, which is about the biggest compliment a jazz pianist can get. In fact, Costa was given the nickname "the white Tatum"... by ''Art Tatum himself.'' Now that's awesome music.
* EarWorm:
** Just ''try'' to get the theme song out of your head after reading this page...
** The ending theme is even catchier "It's such a ''good'' feeling to know you're alive, such a ''happy'' feeling you're growing inside..."
* FridgeBrilliance:
** Many episodes open with a shot of a flashing yellow traffic light that was in Mr Rogers' house before panning over to the door where he entered. A yellow light (generally) means "slow down" which is exactly what he did with the pacing of his show, especially compared to others at the time.
** On some episodes, instead, we see the porch and Fred Rogers walking into the house.
** On episode 1721, The traffic light is flashing on green instead of yellow as it usually does. (This is the only episode where the other traffic light besides yellow are flashing in the intro. There was no episode where the traffic was flashing on red).
* HilariousInHindsight: David Newell, Mr. [=McFeely=], is the head of Public Relations at the Fred Rogers Company. It works on so many levels.
** There is also a genuine [[http://www.speedeedelivery.com/ Spee-Dee Delivery]] company, though it only operates in the north-central US.
* LessDisturbingInContext: The infamous picture that appears to show Mr. Rogers FlippingTheBird at the camera. While the picture itself is indeed real, the context makes it quite innocent, as it simply appears in the middle of a familiar children's finger-play that involves raising your fingers one at a time ("Where is tall-man?). Of course, some viewers speculate from his knowing grin at that moment that he knew perfectly well what the gesture would have meant out of context.
* MemeticMutation: Mr. Rogers FlippingTheBird (during a playing of "Where is Thumbkin?")
* NightmareFuel:
** [[NietzscheWannabe Propel, propel, propel your craft, gently down liquid solution, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, existence is but an illusion.]]
** Full-body costumed characters like Bob Dog and Purple Panda were known to scare some viewers.
** Some viewers also had a childhood fear of the music that played when the EpisodeCodeNumber was shown at the end of older episodes. It didn't help that the oft-feared 1971 Creator/{{PBS}} VanityPlate used to directly follow this.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Some songs used in the early days were co-written with Josie Carey, dating back to their time working together on ''The Children's Corner''. Rogers and Carey sold the copyrights to these songs ([[OldShame foolishly, by Rogers' own admission]]), and mostly stopped using them in order to avoid paying royalties, as Rogers said that he could come up with new ones that were just as good. Indeed, some of the newer songs have very similar lyrics - for example, "I Like You As You Are" gave way to "It's You I Like".
* SweetDreamsFuel: If you are in a bad mood, just watch any episode at all of this show and feel the blues melt right away.

!!Didn't contain, but was still related to examples of:
* CreatorWorship: Many fans and people who grew up with the show practically regard Fred Rogers as [[PatronSaint some kind of saint]]. Well, after all, [[AllLovingHero what's not to like]]?
--> "A lot of people of a lot of faiths are waiting for the Messiah, but even if one arrives, how are you going to tell the difference between him and Fred Rogers?"
-->--'''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-moments-that-prove-mr.-rogers-was-greatest-american_p2 Cracked]]''', of all things.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [=4Chan=] is, without question, a blazing inferno of soulless evil. And insulting Mister Rogers is ''an instantly bannable offense''. That's right -- Fred Rogers is ''too sacred for '''[=4Chan=].'''''
* EveryoneIsSatanInHell:
** Even [[http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/08/60minutes/main3475200_page2.shtml mainstream news]] cites him as "corrupting" youth into things like [[ValuesDissonance not becoming corporate yes-men dedicated heart and soul to a company]] when they graduate from college.
** That article takes on a whole new level HilariousInHindsight, given the whole late 2000's recession.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29lmR_357rA Fox & Friends]] also jumped on the same bandwagon.
** Obviously, the Westboro Baptist Church did the exact same thing, albeit in the most EvilCannotComprehendGood way possible; they protested his funeral because he was a tolerant person and didn't speak against homosexuality. No seriously, that is [[http://capitalismmagazine.com/2003/05/god-buggery-and-mister-rogers/ verbatim]] what their beef with him was.
* MemeticBadass:
** Go to the [=DnD=] wiki -- [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Mr._Rogers_(3.5e_Deity) he's a minor god.]]
** It's not just any old badassery, either. He's a memetic ''BadassPacifist''. Mr. Rogers can talk anyone into a reasonable exploration of their feelings, and according to at least one thread on Website/FourChan, that includes [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the Chaos Gods, the Imperium of Man, the Necrons, the Tau, the Orks]]...
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q A specific example]] of Memetic BadassPacifist was when he spent six minutes talking down congress from cutting PBS funding with 10 mill. dollars. It resulted with them increasing the same amount instead, as if he rolled 20 for diplomacy check.
** And lets not forget The Music/UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny:
--> ''The fight raged on for a century''
--> ''Many lives were claimed, but eventually''
--> ''The champion stood, the rest saw their better:''
--> ''Mr. Rogers in a blood-stained sweater''
** [[WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory He can out-rap]] ''Creator/MrT''. [[WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory He won't even see it coming.]]
** And of course there are the (utterly false) rumors about him being a sniper.
* SacredCow:
** The Internet is a very raunchy place, but [[BerserkButton try to make fun of this man]] and the HiveMind will ''eat you alive.''
** Fred Rogers liked Eddie Murphy's parody of his own show, "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood." To be fair, it was an AffectionateParody, not deliberate and malicious mockery. Apparently, Eddie Murphy caught up with Mr. Rogers and told him, "You understand, we only do it because we love you."
** Johnny Carson also did a parody sketch where Mr. Rogers explained where babies come from, but it was also an AffectionateParody and unlikely any kids were up late enough to watch it.
** On the other hand, in the late eighties when Burger King made an ad with a fake Mister Rogers explaining why BK burgers were better than [=McDonald's=] burgers, Fred Rogers said "You will stop that immediately!"... and they did. This was mainly because he looked ''too'' much like the real him, and did not want kids to get confused. By comparison, obviously no kid is going to confuse Murphy for Rogers, and Murphy's sketch was broadcast safely out of the way of any typical child's viewing time.
** An infamous opening gag in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' featured Stewie terrorizing the Town of Happy and trying to kill Mister Rogers; even series creator SethMacFarlane thought it wasn't funny. Even so, Stewie's rampage turns out to be a DreamWithinADream, and it's Mister Rogers who gets [[MemeticBadass the last laugh]].
** Don't even think about repeating the UrbanLegend that the name "Mr. [=McFeely=]" is a [[HehHehYouSaidX coded innuendo]]. There's a special level of tastelessness for sick jokes about [[UnacceptableTarget Mr. Rogers' mother's maiden name]].
** Even when ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' parodied Mr. Rogers, they were ''quite'' cautious to avoid anything ''too'' out of character. Some people don't find the skit very funny, while some find it ActuallyPrettyFunny
** However, everyone is welcome to scratch their heads at [[http://www.examiner.com/article/pittsburgh-area-attractions-fred-rogers-statue his statue on the North Shore]] in UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, where many have said he looks more like a mud-golem....
** One reason why the Westboro Baptist Church is considered to be such an [[AcceptableTargets acceptable target]] by the internet is because they are willing to attack Mister Rogers--see below.
** There's also the story about a pair of guys who stole his car, and when they realized who it belonged to they immediately returned it and left an apology note.
** Fox News got a rather large chunk bitten out of it when one of their pieces suggested that Mister Rogers and his message was somehow a bad influence on children because he instilled concepts like self worth beyond material possessions and encouraged deeper thought and curiosity rather than blind obedience to more capitalistic pursuits. To say that people's response to this broadcast was overwhelmingly negative and critical of Fox is like saying that the sun is sort of warm.
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