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* AccidentalInnuendo: In "Just Set Up the Chairs":
-->"Benson's gonna drop his BALLS when he sees how good we set up these chairs. He's gonna be all like, 'Oh no, my gumballs.'".
** {{Bowdlerization}}: In the UK, the line is changed to "Benson's gonna drop his gumballs when he sees how good we set up these chairs," and the second part is cut. Interestingly enough, Benson being called a "greasy slop jockey" by a bratty birthday kid and the part where Muscle Man and High-Five Ghost retrieve the clown and horse for the party (with heavy implications that the clown is hungover) wasn't cut in the UK and the American version doesn't cut the "Benson's gonna drop his balls..." line.
** In "Skips Strikes":
--> '''Benson''': Who would of thought that a mandatory team building activity would get us to the championship?
--> '''Mordecai''': Thanks to my power hook!
--> '''Rigby''': No way! Thanks to my atomic fireball!
--> '''Benson''': And because of my *chuckles* backup balls!
** In "Cruisin'"
--> "Carmenita's special parts should only be manipulated by a professional."
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: In "House Rules" Mordecai [[spoiler:learns that Rigby may die young or just leave Mordecai]]. Have episodes like "Think Positive", "Best Burgers in the World" and "Replaced" made him more lazy in order to hang out more with Rigby?
** Margaret in general. Is she a truly studious person who was genuinely heartbroken when she broke up with Mordecai so she could go to her dream school? [[BitchInSheepsClothing Or is she a person who had been manipulating him the entire time and put up a big act at Steak Amadeus]]? Given she didn't even try the 'long distance relationship' which a lot of college students attempt kind of proves the latter, not even bothering to talk it out with him! Is she a complex, funny character? Or is she a flat, shallow love interest?
* AnimationBump: Averted. The animation was actually more fluid in ''earlier episodes''.
** It is played straight in that the character models are consistent throughout an episode, unlike the older episodes, particularly season 1, which were prone to OffModel issues.
* AntiClimaxBoss: [[spoiler:The Night Owl is defeated fairly quickly in his owl mech.]]
* ArcFatigue: The development of Mordecai and Margaret's relationship has been ''agonizingly'' slow. After four seasons of Mordecai making minimal effort to take their relationship beyond friendship, Margaret finally gives him a kiss when he sees her off at the airport. So they're finally together, right? Nope, next episode involving them says that Mordecai is still considered to be in the "friend zone". At the end, they share a mutual kiss, and the next episode has Margaret introducing him to the rest of her family. But "Steak Me Amadeus"'s plot revolves around Mordecai asking Maragret to be his girlfriend. Given everything that had happened prior, it was pretty easy to think that ''she already was''.
* AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/RegularShow Now with its own page.]]
* BaseBreaker: Benson is either a strict boss who has to put up with Mordecai and Rigby's antics or an insufferable {{Jerkass}} who threatens to fire them for the [[DisproportionateRetribution stupidest reasons]].
** Muscle Man is either a hilarious OneSceneWonder ([[SpotlightStealingSquad more or less]])or an OverusedRunningGag with an annoying voice.
** Even Mordecai and Rigby fall under this; either they're BrilliantButLazy characters who are treated poorly by Benson, or they're [[JerkAss annoyingly lazy jerks]] who [[KarmaHoudini get away with their antics at every turn.]]
*** Rigby moreso. He's either a great JerkWithAHeartOfGold or an obnoxious douchebag that Mordecai should just get rid of.
** Margaret is either a funny, well written supporting character or an annoying, bland plot device for Mordecai.
** Thomas, the new employee is either an okay addition to the cast or he's TheGenericGuy with no mention whatsoever how he got the job or why the park needs an intern (though in "Exit 9B," it is implied that he is there for college credit).
** Pops is either cute due to his [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} naive personality]] or annoying for the same reason ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and his large head]]).
** CJ- is she becoming a Margaret {{Expy}}? Should she and Mordecai stay just friends or start going out? Would it feel forced if they did go out?
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Averted. Weird stuff does go down on the show, but, unlike most Big Lipped Alligator Moments, the weirdness is part of the plot.
* CrazyAwesome: The first two-thirds of most every episode is pretty straightforward and nothing unusual for most TV shows, but when you come to the last third, you'll have a hard time picking up your jaw.
** Case in point, the Christmas Special's finale involves Mordecai and Rigby freefalling into a pit of molten lava to stop an evil elf from destroying Christmas with a magic present... while [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/14"]] plays.
* CreatorsPet: Some fans think Muscle Man and Starla are becoming this.
* CrossoverShip: Mordecai and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]] [[http://mordetwi.deviantart.com/ complete with fan club]]
* DieForOurShip: C.J. for Mordecai/Margaret.
** Margaret herself was this for Mordecai/Rigby in the early seasons.
* DudeNotFunny: Muscle Man laughing as Rigby's choking in "See You There". While the show's usually absurd enough in its use of death as a punchline, that particular moment was a little too serious.
** How many fans reacted to the ending of "The Best Burger In The World" where the food truck falls in a ditch and Mordecai and Rigby lose out on getting their burgers (more specifically: [[spoiler:[[{{Jerkass}} Benson ate them purposely]]]].)
** [[spoiler:Margaret's ghost story in the second Halloween Episode, as [[BlackComedy she thought it would be funny]], but it only ended up [[NightmareFuel freaking everybody out]].]]
** Rigby's entire behavior towards Mordecai in the episode "Do Me a Solid".
** "Wall Buddy" only adds fuel to the fire.
** Pops repeatedly making himself ''horribly'' sick in "Guy's Night" by chugging down literally gallons of milk in a few hours to try to beat the "Milk Challenge." Whether it was meant to be funny or not is debatable, seeing as how everyone in the episode is genuinely horrified by this, and [[TruthInTelevision people actually do die from consuming excess fluids in so little time]].
** What most people consider of the ending to "Do or Diaper", where [[spoiler:at the exact moment Margaret is about to kiss Mordecai she deliberately misses so that way he will lose the bet and have to wear a diaper for a whole week.]]
** Quips' jokes from the episode with his name. Some of his jokes are so [[CannotTellAJoke genuinely lame unfunny jokes]] that he is actually [[SoUnfunnyItsFunny funny]]. However others, especially those directed at people, seem so unsympathetically cruel that they cross from being InnocentlyInsensitive to being just plain insensitive. Pops and the Guardian of Youth insulted by Quips could attest to this.
* EarWorm: [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar DON'T LOOK AT OUR CROTCHES]] WHILE WE SYNCHRONIZE OUR WATCHES! Boop-boop-''bweep''-beep-boop-boop-boop-bweepbweep-boop! BEE BEE BEEP. BEE BEE BEEP.
** For that matter, anything played by The Power.
*** "A bunch of baby ducks, send them to the moon. A soda machine that doesn't work, send it to the moon."
*** "GIVE US A RAISE, LOSERS!"
** Canon example: "Summer Time luh-huh-huvin', gonna head down to the beach and do some beachy things!"
*** "Awww snap! Awww snap! come to our macaroni party and we'll take a nap!"
*** [[spoiler: These two songs battled each other with actual rock star avatars, making it a Crowning Moment Of Earworm]].
** Ra-ha ringtone, pick up your phone!
** BECAUSE WE KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT SCARY MOVIES AND YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT SCARY MOVIES.
** Too many to count from "Silver Dude".
** The "Clock Song" from "Saving Time." Especially since Cartoon Network choose to use it in all of the commercials leading to its premiere.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** The baby ducks became quite popular over the course of their two appearances.
** Eileen has automatically became a very popular character after "Do Me a Solid" due to her {{Adorkable}} personality and her crush on Rigby.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The episode "Think Positive" gives us "sometimes yelling at people is the best way to solve your problems".
* GeniusBonus: The Dudetime Cologne attracts unicorns. In medieval times, it was believed that a virgin's purity would attract unicorns. Therefore, guys who use Dudetime are virgins (and so is Mordecai).
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Muscle Man is a fan-favorite is Spain whereas he's a BaseBreaker in the show's home country.
* GrowingTheBeard: First season's episodes are pretty formulaic: Rigby and Mordecai plot a ZanyScheme, it backfires horribly, nothing is achieved, they end in deep S, bonus points for Skips saving the day and/or Benson getting pissed off at the very end. Second season's episodes usually make it so the positive outcome is roughly equal to or outweighs negative, but we don't know the way in which both come, making plots much less predictable. Also, the show's pretense of being a "kids' show" is hanging by a thread moreso now than it did when it started.
* HarsherInHindsight: The "Viral Video" episode which has a Warden trying to police the web. SOPA ''almost'' did that in 2012 (thank goodness it was vetoed).
** They're doing it again with CISPA, and unfortunately, that actually passed -- until the Senate put its foot down and decided NOT to vote for it at all after stalling.
* HilariousInHindsight: [[Manga/AttackOnTitan You know who]] else was a grim reminder to [[http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/597/418/59e.png humanity...]]
* HoYay: While the show generally manages to avoid this by having Mordecai and Rigby hardly have any affecionate moments, it still shows up. For example:
** Mordecai and Rigby do a SecurityCling to each other in "Don"
** Mordecai being awfully defensive of Rigby in "Eggscelleng" gives off this vibe
** Mordecai, Benson and Rigby all saying "I love you" to each other in "Blind Trust"
** Rigby comforting Mordecai in "Steak me Amadeus"
** Benson and Pops tend to have these moments sometimes, because they tend to work together a lot and quite a few situations result in Benson holding Pop's hand or trying to protect him.
* JerkassWoobie: Benson really had a moment of this in "Busted Cart".
** To an extent, "Think Positive" as well. [[HeReallyCanAct Sam Marin Really Can Act]]!
** Rigby. He's an annoying jerk, but he's not a bad guy by any means, and when something ''really'' bad happens to him, you can't help but really feel for him.
* MemeticMutation: [[Memes/RegularShow See here]].
* {{Moe}}: Eileen
** Oddly enough, [[spoiler: Rigby! The horrible revelation in 'House Rules' has made Mordecai quietly but desperately protective of him.]]
** Pops. Oh goodness, sweet dainty Pops.
* MoralEventHorizon: What Night Owl did in his debut simply so he can be famous forever was harsh.
** Klorgbane crossed it he destroyed Skips' high school prom, knocked out the principal, and got [[spoiler: Mona killed in the crossfire]] just so he could fight Skips.
* MostAnnoyingSound: Depending on the episode, Pops's high-pitched, grating crying. Sometimes it's just painful to listen to. Other times, like in "Prankless," where he's [[spoiler: nearly '''killed''' by Muscle Man's prank and has to be taken away in an ambulance]], it's actually ''really'' [[TearJerker heartbreaking]].
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: Opinions on "Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land" vary. [[NoProblemWithLicensedGames Some find the gameplay great, with a fun variation between the two characters as well as being an old-school side-scrolling platformer.]] Others find the game too short and not having enough to do with the show (for example, Mordecai, Rigby, and Benson are the only main characters to appear).
* RelationshipSue: Margaret, at least before CharacterDevelopment kicks in.
* RelationshipWritingFumble: The 'will they or won't they' attitude of the Mordecai/Margaret ship. In "Picking Up Margaret," it was leaning towards, "They will," but "Steak Me Amadeus" established that Margaret will never be Mordecai's girlfriend because she got accepted into her dream school.
* ReplacementScrappy: For some, CJ comes off as one to Margaret as of "New Year's Kiss".
* TheScrappy:
** Benson, especially in season 1. However, his Scrappy status has been declining due to a sympathetic backstories in his life as the series has progressed.
*** He still has his moments, especially in "Guitar of Rock" where he causes the main problem and then [[TheLoad complains the entire episode]] while Mordecai and Rigby are fixing it.
** Quips, Skips' cousin who constantly makes bad jokes. Considering the other character's reactions to said jokes, [[IntendedAudienceReaction this was most likely deliberate.]]
** Rigby is seen as a {{Scrappy}} by many viewers due to the fact he's far, far more lazy than Mordecai and in the past was just an awful friend to him.
*** ''[[TookALevelInJerkass Wall Buddy]]'' firmly cemented this in the eyes of many.
** Muscle Man, regardless of him changing a bit post-season 3. Some fans just find him too annoying as well as his girlfriend, Starla.
*** Subverted in Spain, where some consider him the best character (probably because [[HeyItsThatVoice he is also]] [[TsubasaReservoirChronicle Kurogane]], [[Manga/{{Gintama}} Gintoki Sakata]] and [[TransformersArmada Optimus Prime]]).
* ShockingSwerve: This pretty much happens ''once per episode''. From "Fortune Cookie", for example: [[spoiler:"I just lost the park to the guy in the fanny pack." "He's a WARLOCK!"]]
* {{Squick}}: "Muscle Woman" is FULL of this.
--> '''Rigby:''' This was the most disturbing day of my life.
** And then there's the time where Muscle Man spends half an episode flexing his moobs.
** Last Meal features Muscle Man and Starla's very... intimate kissing. [[EveryoneHasStandards Even Death, who]] ''[[EveryoneHasStandards kills people]]'', [[EveryoneHasStandards was disgusted by it.]]
* StopHelpingMe: Mordecai to Rigby in "Meat Your Maker".
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: They get the actual music surprisingly often, but still resort to these quite a lot as well.
** In "Free Cake" of the theme from ''Anime/TheBigO''. Which in and of itself is suspiciously similar to the theme from ''Film/FlashGordon''...
** During the montage in the first episode, there's a similar song to "Tom Sawyer" by Rush.
** One of Boston's "More Than a Feeling" in "Benson Be Gone".
** One of Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" is used in "Muscle Woman".
** One of MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" in "See You There".
** One of "I Won't Do What You Tell Me" (StoneColdSteveAustin's most popular theme song) is used as background music in "Really Real Wrestling".
** One of Holst's "Mars, the Bringer of War" in "More Smarter".
** One of the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' theme in "Creepy Doll".
** One of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" in "Camping Can Be Cool".
** Of Music/ThrobbingGristle's ''20 Jazz Funk Greats'' (not kidding) in "This Is My Jam."
** "Video Game Wizard" features a knockoff of Music/{{Rush}}'s "Subdivisions" on the car-ride to the tournament.
** "Steak Me Amadeus" has one for Music/{{Lynyrd Skynyrd}}'s "Tuesday's Gone" after [[spoiler: Mordecai gets dumped.]]
** One of Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough" plays over a montage in "Skips' Story".
* TakeThatScrappy: Muscle Man's failed attempt at standup in "Under The Hood": he makes a 'my mom' joke. No one in the crowd laughs and some even get hostile towards him, to the point where he has to leave the stage. This is exactly the reaction a lot of viewers have to him and his jokes.
** Also "Rage Against the TV" in which he gets knocked out by [[spoiler:The Hammer]].
** Benson getting intense food poisoning from eating Mordecai and Rigby's sandwich in "Sandwich of Death" gives him a rather karmatic punishment for [[DownerEnding the ending of "Best Burgers in the World"]] where he eats both Mordecai and Rigby's burgers (that comes once every 100 years) [[DisproportionateRetribution for not finishing cleaning the garage.]]
** Benson gets another one from Mother Duck who [[spoiler: points out Mordecai and Rigby saved the park AND the world despite the damage. That Benson yelling at babies is just plain wrong. AND that he was the person who ordered Mordecai and Rigby to stop the Geese in the first place.]]
** He gets yet another one in ''Gold Watch'' when the test pilots call him out for [[NeverMyFault blaming Mordecai and Rigby for getting stranded in the dessert when]] [[DrunkOnMilk he ate the hotwings]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext on his own accord]].
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Don asking for hugs, amplified by the fact that he asks by saying [[AmbiguouslyGay "Give me some sugar!"]][[note]]Though possibly it's more he's kept a childlike view of showing affection, as "sugar" is the slang some very young children use for hugs and kisses. Note the use in the flashbacks.[[/note]] He even starts by hugging Benson and Pops who are made of sugar.
*** Also note, we're not entirely sure how old Don is. Rigby is 23 and he's [[spoiler: the older brother, Don apparently just grew rapidly and everyone thinks he's older than he really is, which Rigby actually says.]] So it makes since he's more childlike than Rigby.
** The pink fairy creatures in "Sleep Fighter." In fact, after seeing them on TV for many hours straight, Muscle Man went nuts and even saw them in his nightmares.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Since his introduction, Thomas has rarely been used and even then he's more a ButtMonkey. Some episodes show signs of him being the StraightMan or OnlySaneMan, but never go further with it. [[spoiler:The writers finally put him to good use in [[TookALevelInBadass "Thomas Fights Back"]].]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: "Bad Kiss" pretty much wastes the chance for Margaret and Mordecai's relationship to finally go further than friendship, thanks to Mordecai [[spoiler: chickening out on kissing her. He actually DOES get a kiss from her in "Picking Up Margaret.]]
** ''Guitar of Rock'' on so many levels. The episode could have focused on Mordecai and Rigby's relationship with Benson, but instead chose to focus more on the weird fantasy elements. Also, ''Benson was a drummer''. If he had mentioned that to the bouncer, then they'd have gotten that guitar easily.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: More [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar sex jokes, frequent lethal use of weapons and mild profanities]] ("crap", "sucks", even "pissed") then you can shake a yardstick at. Justified, as ''Regular Show'' is based on two short films J.G. Quintel made in animation school called "2 in the AM-PM" and "The Naive Man from Lolliland." While "The Naive Man from Lolliland" is safe for family viewing (the one use of the word "hell" wouldn't faze most viewers), "2 in the AM-PM" isn't -- at least by Cartoon Network's already selective standards.
* TheWoobie: Thomas who debuted in the episode "Exit 9B" is most likely one of these. He was in the right place at the wrong time and witnessed all the parks employees (except Mordecai and Rigby) get brainwashed and was forced into being the lackey of the main villain of the episode. The villain was also downright verbally abusive to the poor goat.
** Mordecai has his moments, most often in Margaret episodes.
** Pops, any time he's sad. It's like the equivalent of watching someone take candy from a baby- and the fact that he cries ''so easily'' just makes you want to hug him!

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