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Courage The Cowardly Dog: Tropes A to M
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  • Absentee Actor: In "Cajun Granny Stew", the only episode not to feature Eustace.
  • Acme Products: "Dil" Products, actually. It applies to certain things like blowtorches, vacuum cleaners, alkaline batteries, power cables and in one case, a grocery store.
  • A Dog Named Dog: Dr. Zalost's rat assistant, Rat.
  • Adult Fear: Courage's parents get sent to Pluto and he's all alone until Muriel finds him.
  • Affably Evil: Freaky Fred. A psychopathic man with a Slasher Smile, but his amusing rhyming makes him one of the more entertaining villains. Besides, all he really does is shave people and animals bald.
  • Affectionate Parody: "Cajun Granny Stew" to Looney Tunes.
  • Alien Animals: Alien chickens for instance.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: The Middle of Nowhere.
  • All Just a Dream...Or Was It a Dream?: "Cowboy Courage".
  • All Men Are Perverts: Even the dogs! See the entry on Courage's character sheet.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Birds, it would seem.
  • Always Someone Better: Eustace's brother Horst, who was better at everything.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The titular dog is pink with black spots.
    • Also, Katz is a fire engine red cat with purple stripes, Shirley the Medium is a green chihuahua, the Duck Brothers are bright blue with green, purple, and red eyes and neck markings, and there has been a chicken with an electric blue wattle (Although, to be fair, the chicken and ducks were from outer space. Maybe they're the fowl versions of Human Aliens?)
  • Ambiguously Gay: Di Lung. Dr. Vindaloo may or not also qualify, considering he had a quirk of shaving his legs and other body hair, back during a time when it was seen as effeminate.
  • Angry Mob: Eustace gathers one in "Courage Meets Bigfoot". When bigfoot reunites with his mother, however, they turn on him.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Katz, captivating his victims with his smooth sexy voice before he, you know, kills them.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The possible candidates for Muriel's cousin Fred as imagined by Courage: A mummy, a giant bug, Frankenstein, and a mime (and THAT's the one he shudders about).
    • Fred's an interesting subversion, in that the truth: He's a compulsive barber, is less "monstrous" than the mummy or the bugs, but he turns out to be far scarier.
    • And in "Big Ball of Revenge", at the climax Katz pulls out a flamethrower, The Big Toe is wielding a spiked club, Cajun Fox has a cleaver, the Queen of the Black Puddle has a conch shell with a missile inside, and the were-mole... has a flyswatter.
  • Art Evolution: While the series' look and style as a whole remains completely consistent from the first episode to the last, the last two seasons (Season Four in particular) makes more use of lighting and atmosphere, and the characters' coloring reflects such, making them really look like they're in that environment, as opposed to just using their standard color schemes.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Michael Sporn, who wrote and animated the flashbacks for "Remembrance of Courage Past" was a big fan of John R. Dilworth's work, and likewise the series. At the same time, Dilworth was also a fan of Sporn's work as well.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Courage always does this with the computer, though he isn't really asking a stupid question, it's how the computer interprets it. Here's an example:
    Courage: Computer. How do you get rid of bad eggplants?
    Computer: Throw them in the garbage. You twit.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Dr. Vindaloo.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other Eustace & Muriel due to marriage counseling in the episode "Mcphearson Phantom".
    • They also got a sweet moment in "The Mask".
  • Ax-Crazy: Katz and Freaky Fred.
  • Bag of Holding: Muriel has one, seen in "Curse Of Shirley".
  • Bald of Evil: Eustace and his mother, although it's really more bald of Jerkass.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Eustace, of all people, actually gets a few. He flies past the sun Courage and Muriel are on riding a comet which lets them all get back to Earth, and in another episode saves the day against Katz.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: "Courage Meets Bigfoot".
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Muriel, Eustace, and Courage respectively.
  • Big "NO!": One of Eustace's catch phrases.
  • Black Comedy: The entire animated series itself.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: The Harvest Moon's spirit has black eyes and black lips. However it would be more correct call this Black Scary Eyes since he's not evil, at least not completely.
  • Blatant Lies:
    Muriel: Eustace, don't you think it's a bit cruel to make Courage sleep in the attic?
    Eustace: Seemed pretty happy to me.
  • Blind Without 'Em:
    • Eustace; he once got dragged halfway across the world without him knowing it.
    • Important plot point: Eustace was cursed to be rained on until he showed generosity, and the rain got so bad that it was flooding the Bagge house and threatening to destroy it. So later in the episode, when Eustace loses his glasses, he looks at Courage and sees a young child (presumably himself as a young 'un, given the appearance) being rained on; he feels sorry for "the child" and gives him his hat, a selfless act that ends up stopping the rain curse.
    • Muriel is apparently deaf as well, "You know I can't hear without my glasses, Courage." Although that makes more sense when you remember that Courage has to rely on gestures to communicate.
  • Body Horror: There are quite a lot of episodes that have this. Especially most of Courage's screams which would result in this. However, the episode that provokes this the most is the episode "Cabaret Courage".
  • Born Lucky: The Cajun Fox claims to be this.
  • Brawn Hilda: Muriel gets mistaken for a Valkyrie by a race of Br´nnhilde-esque Valkyries. The Valkyrie the sisters thought Muriel was, was actually named Br´nnhilde.
  • Broken Record: Bushwick's Suspiciously Specific Denial and Accidental Misnaming routine.
  • Brown Note: King Ramses' second curse. Out of universe it's actually considered hilarious, but in universe it's horrifying enough to be considered worse than the water plague.
    • There's also this:
    It's Doc Gerbil's World, It's Doc Gerbil's World, It's Doc Gerbil's World, It's Doc Gerbil's World...
  • Bullying a Dragon: Due to his Jerk Ass tendencies, Eustace tends to fall into this.
  • Busy Beaver: Explored in the episode, "A Beaver's Tale"; Nowhere is suddenly flooded from a giant dam being constructed by a disgruntled beaver who won't stop until the dam is completed. Courage unwittingly discovers the beaver is actually more interested in playing music, but the beaver shows Courage his childhood of how his father disapproved of him playing music, and instead, wanted him to grow up to be a construction worker like him. In the end, however, Courage presses the beaver into giving up construction to follow his dream, and the dam is destroyed.
  • Butt Monkey: Courage. Also Eustace, though he usually deserves it.
  • Canine Hummingbird
  • Carnivore Confusion: Done hilariously in the episode "Fishy Business", where Muriel serves sushi and raw fish for dinner - as Courage starts to help himself, a new goldfish the Bagges just happen to have now gives him a look of horror, causing Courage to change his mind. After the Bagges leave with the Fishonary, the goldfish hops out of the bowl, and appears to mourn over the sushi, before looking around, whipping out a pair of chopsticks, and happily helping himself to some.
  • The Cassandra: Courage, he always notices that something is evil, while Muriel and Eustace usually are ignorant of it.
  • Catchphrase: Usually using the same sound clip. Some like "The things I do for love!" and "What do I do? What do I do!?!" for Courage and "Stupid Dog!" for Eustace.
    • He has another one that tends to go something like "Something weird's going on here, or my name's <strange, non-sequitir, or just plain incorrect name>! ...And it's not."
    • Also, variations of "I'm not going to like this..." usually: "I just know I'm not gonna like this..."
    • Katz has "I (really) wish you hadn't done that."
  • Cats Are Mean: Recurring nemesis Katz.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: This becomes more frequent in the last couple of seasons, sometimes episode to episode, and other times, within the same episode, such as, "The Mask," which is full of Mood Whiplash.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Believe it or not, this particular example took several seasons to develop. It's his uncanny ability to scream, which he uses to defeat the villains, who themselves forced Courage into developing his "talent" for years.
    • The Happy Plums from "Tower of Dr. Zalost" also count.
    • Also the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich (with just a 'wee' dash of vinegar) from "Tulip's Worm".
    • Muriel's tears in "Queen Of The Black Puddle".
    • Eustace's chair in "Klub Katz".
    • Muriel's homemade fabric softener in "Curtain of Cruelty".
    • Eustace's memory quilt in "The Quilt Club".
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Basil is a burglar who flips back and forth between robbing Courage, Muriel, and Eustace and thinking they're his family. After they convince Basil to give FISH.
    • Fred and Dr. Vindaloo.
  • Collapsing Lair: "The Tower of Dr. Zalost".
  • Come Back My Pet: Courage routinely does this for Eustace, who routinely scares and abuses him. However, it's less out of the goodness of his heart and more because of his devotion to Eustace's wife Muriel.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Pretty much anytime Courage tries to tell Muriel or Eustace about a monster. See Completely Missing the Point below.
  • Companion Cube: Computer. While he, if his speaking isn't just Courage's delusion, may be treated as a living character, it's still a computer.
    • The episode "Mega Muriel the Magnificent" contradicts this, it isn't Courage's imagination after all.
  • Completely Missing the Point:
    Eustace: Did you break that door?!
    Courage: Ooooh, forget the DOOR!!
  • Conspicuous CG: The carriage from the mattress episode, the anvil from the precious duckling episode, and the rug in the living room. Most notable in "The Queen of the Black Puddle" where the Black Puddle Queen bumps her head onto the rug when trying to catch Courage and Eustace. Also King Ramses. "Hard Drive Courage" takes it to an extreme by having Courage animated in CGI when he first enters cyberspace- though here, it's justified: he's rendered in computerized graphics inside said computer.
    • Also the blue fetus thingy is animated this way.
  • Context-Sensitive Button : Goes on all the time.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: "Ball of Revenge".
  • Continuity Nod: The events that happened in "The Snowman Cometh", "Freaky Fred", and "The Queen of the Black Puddle" were mentioned in the episode "Mega Muriel the Magnificent".
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In a number of episodes. For example, in "Ball of Revenge", Katz puts colour and white clothing together in the washing machine. Muriel's screaming ensues.
  • Cool Car: Di Lung has one.
  • Cool Shades: The Cajun Fox.
  • Cowardly Lion/The So-Called Coward: Courage.
  • Crapsack World: It's hard to expect any good definition to come out of "The Middle of Nowhere", but any backwater in a horror plot is screwed; guaranteed.
  • Creator Cameo: Dilworth himself makes appearances in many of the still photographs that pop up here and there in the show.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: The Cajun Fox.
  • Cyber Space: Played straight in "Hard Drive Courage". Cyberspace is depicted as the actual inside of a computer. You know, chips, motherboards, the usual. Plus a lot of green binary code.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Not all the monsters Courage meets are Always Chaotic Evil or hostile - some of them are just Chaotic Neutral or even friendly. In fact in some cases they even need Courege's help.
  • Darker and Edgier: This could be disputed, as the entire series was darker than most other animated series; however, most episodes from the final season are significantly more dramatic in nature compared to other seasons, especially the first. "The Mask" is the best example of this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Courage's Computer, as well as Shirley the Medium.
    • Katz can be rather snarky as well. "Pity..."
  • Death by Cameo: Among his many cameos in the show, John Dilworth's name appears on the list of people who checked into the Katz Motel.
  • Demon Head: That girl who played the violin in "Courage in the Big Stinkin' City".
  • Deranged Animation: Where do we begin, Conspicuous CG fetus with realistic face, Synchro-Vox faced tree and moon, and the Stop Motion violin girl, in addition to the already creepy characters in the series.
  • Designated Victim: If the Monster of the Week can terrorize Muriel in any way, it will.
    • Eustace is also a likely target. Unlike Muriel, he's also less likely to be saved from said monster or disaster.
  • Determinator: Courage himself. On the long run, he faced uncountable nemesis and supernatural weirdness, and yet he stands by Muriel out of feelings of love and gratitude. This is even more obvious on the Mega-Courage episode, where he squares-off against a robotic version of himself said to be better in everything. Despite getting brutally beaten over and over again by the robot, Courage just stays there, taking it all, and indeed that's exactly what enables him to win. Justified, as the one time he did run away from those he cared for, he lost them. Forever.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • In "Revenge of the Chicken From Outer Space", the way Muriel is heard screaming after the Chicken captures her makes it sound like she's being raped.
    • In "Freaky Fred", it's quite easily to interpretate Fred's poem as ramblings of an insane serial-rapist. Plus the whole "locked in a bathroom" thing...
  • Double Subversion: Courage tries to defeat the Cajun Fox by putting a detour sign on the road so that he drives his steamroller into a bunch of rocks blocking the other road. He ignores it, thinking he's too smart for that, and plows over the detour sign plummeting off a cliff.
  • Downer Ending: In "The Great Fusili", Courage fails to stop Muriel and Eustace from being turned into puppets. Also, in "Muriel Blows Up", Courage fails to stop Eustace from eating the explosive carrot, and rushes back to find a gigantic Muriel feasting on a whole patch of them.
  • Dub Name Change: In the Norwegian dub, Eustace became Rasmus and Muriel became Matilda.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: A number of the first season episodes have a lot of tradition cartoon antics (chases scenes, slapstick violence, etc), and can actually become quite goofy at times, with John Dilworth himself admitting a number of the earlier episodes were "cartoon filler".
  • Easily Forgiven: Courage, after Bigfoot causes him to splatter pie all over the kitchen. Muriel tells him that next time he should get a plate.
  • Easy Amnesia: Muriel and later Eustace in "Dr. Le Quack Amnesia Specialist".
  • Eldritch Abomination: That giant starfish that eats cities and won't stop until hearing Muriel speak.
    • There are a whole lot of these that show up on the show, really.
    • The starmakers are probably the only example in all of fiction of not only being benevolent examples of this but also sympathetic ones too.
  • Eldritch Location: Nowhere. It's not very often the default setting of a show is one.
  • Ending Theme: An utterly hilarious one.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Though he's not exactly evil, Freaky Fred's refusal to shave an animal's tail on the grounds that "it would be weird" definitely counts.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Not everybody, but a vast majority of the episodes end with this schtick of Courage, or whichever character, looking into the camera, and letting out a goofy and idiotic sounding laugh, before we iris out.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Eustace Bagge is often referred to as "The Farmer" by characters on the show. The episode descriptions on Netflix exclusively refer to him as such.
  • Everytown, America: The series is set in the town of Nowhere, Kansas.
  • Evil Albino: The Harvest Moon, although he's not really evil. He's more like Scary Albino.
  • Evil Laugh:
    • The King of Flan had an epic one.
    • Dr. Zalost got a good one, too.
    • Katz had a great sadistic one.
    • Le Quack had a french version of one.
  • Evil Matriarch: Eustace's mother.
    • Her first appearance did portray her as sympathetic after Eustace comforts her when she loses her hair.
    • Eustace's brother was a jerk thanks to her "love". Guess who she liked better?
  • Evil Old Folks: Eustace Bagge, all the way.
  • Expositron 9000: The computer.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Courage has encountered creatures and people that seem to come from many horror, sci-fi, mythological, and fantasy based origins.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: From "The Mask":
    Muriel: But my dear, we all must face reality.
    Kitty: Really? Like how you sneak extra sweets when no one is looking!?
    Muriel: (Gasps in horror and shame).
    • The show does a pretty good job turning a mad barber's obsession with shaving hair into full-blown horror.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Bayou loves himself so much, he makes his slave slugs stuff shed skins of himself. His most used word is "me" and variations of it. He's so vain, that even when his stuffed shed skins attack him, he cannot bring himself to attack them.
  • Film Felons: A zombie "director" who was already a Serial Killer, who became an amateur filmmaker to lure in victims before he had died.
  • Flanderization: Arguably, Eustace Bagge. He has always been a greedy, selfish jerk, but he was mostly just annoyed and passive in the earlier episodes. In "Demon in the Mattress", he even follows Courage's plan to get rid of the demon inside Muriel (see Crowning Moment of Funny). He failed at first, but he did attempt to try again. Cut to one of the last episodes, "Ball of Revenge", where he tries to kill Courage by inviting all the major, and some not even that major villains.
  • Food Fight: Between Courage and Bigfoot.
  • For the Evulz: Most of the villains have some reason for what they do. Usually Eustace disturbs something that should not be disturbed. LeQuack has Greed, The Chicken from outer space is invading (at least the first time). Katz on the other hand is just trying to kill people for his own amusement (usually).
  • Fortune Teller: Shirley the Medium.
  • Tornado Of Youth: "Little Muriel".
  • Freudian Excuse: Sure Eustace is mean, but he might be less so if his mother or older brother treated him better.
  • Funny Animal: Oddly enough, Courage does some very human-like things and can apparently talk (at least to the audience), but he usually gets treated as a normal dog. By comparison, there are several equally anthropomorphic characters, like Shirley, who get treated as humans without comment).
    • And Courage usually talked to other characters in the first season.
    • This is lampshaded in some small, throwaway moments. For example, at the beginning of The Last of the Starmakers, Courage is on the porch and picks up the newspaper with his hand before putting it in his mouth and giving it to Eustace.
  • Gentle Giant: Bigfoot.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: See the page.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Eustace becomes a giant kangaroo monster in one episode, he starts destroying cities and kidnaps Muriel. These marsupials can only be defeated by another. This necessitates that Courage must also become a giant kangaroo monster to combat him.
  • Giant Spider: Seen in "A Night At the Katz Motel".
  • Good Is Dumb: Every single other good guy is a complete idiot in the series, to the point where they even ignore neon signs pointing at the villain.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Shirley and the Computer.
  • G-Rated Drug: Water, used in "Journey to the Center of Nowhere".
    • Also flan, in another episode, and "the God Bone" in a third. According to an unseen narrator, no dog can cease licking the God Bone once they've started - "It's just that good!"
  • Grumpy Old Man: Eustace Bagge.
  • Gypsy Curse: Shirley puts them on people who are rude to her. Though since she's actually not a mean person, she normally leaves a loophole to escape or undoes the curse if she feels they learned their lesson.
  • Hammer Space:
    • How, exactly, Courage managed to fit anchors and full-grown whales into pockets that he didn't even have is inexplicable and simultaneously hilarious.
    • Where does Eustace pull the gigantic fright mask from when he scares Courage?
  • Happy Dance: Eustace does one in "Courage Meets Bigfoot" when he finds out that there will be a reward for capturing Bigfoot.
  • Headless Horseman: Headless Horsemen appear in "Windmill Vandals".
  • Hell Hotel: The Katz Motel.
  • Heroic BSOD: When Courage is having his flashback in 'Remembrance of Courage Past' he just...sits there. He doesn't even twitch when Eustace brings out the 'Ooga Booga Booga' mask.
    • Courage has other moments too, including an occasion where his eyes turn to snow and static is heard.
  • Heroic Dog: Courage.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Fusilli the magician is turned into a marionette after mistaking Courage for a phantom and falls onto the stage.
    • The Flan King gets this twice in a row at the end of the episode.
    • This is Courage's preferred method of dealing with villains, rather directly or indirectly, but Big Bayou is one of the greatest, as not only was he beaten by his a spell from his own spell book, he was defeated by his own shed skins he'd had stuffed animated in part with his own venom. And to top it all off, he was so vain that he couldn't bring himself to attack his likeness. He was hoisted by at least three or four of his own petards.
    • The evil vet from "Remembrance Of Courage Past" also is hoisted by several of his own petards. Not only does the dog he emotionally tramatized for life ultimately defeat him, he does so using his own rocket. He is then further hoisted when the dogs he's been launching into space see him and decide to take their revenge on him.
    • The Cajun Fox spends his entire episode trying to put Muriel in a stew. In the end, he falls in his own pot.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Happens to Courage in "Night of the Weremole"; he clutches his chest and collapses during one of his wild takes. Then after he recovers in Dr. Vindaloo's office, he runs off with him, snapping the ECG leads and showing a Flatline.
    Dr. Vindaloo: You almost bought it, boy. What is up with that?
  • Horny Devils/Our Mermaids Are Different: The Queen of the Black Puddle is cross between a succubus, a siren, and a Deep One.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Eustace always refers to Courage as a "stupid dog" even though he himself isn't aware of the dangers that goes around in Nowhere, and Courage is the one who usually has to save him and Muriel.
    • The aftermath of saying "no" to Flantasy Flan:
    Eustace: What happened to you, woman?! You look like a house!
    Muriel: Well! Look who calls the kettle black!
    • Follow up: Courage fixes everyone's Flantasy Flan addiction, except his.
    Courage: Well, it's showbiz!
  • Impossible Shadow Puppets: Courage sometimes does this; one episode even has a Living Shadow that "projects" itself to scare him.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: When all have lost their minds, or been corrupted, or transformed into monsters, one thing always remains no matter what the circumstances, Courage's love and devotion for Muriel.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: In one Halloween event in-between commercials, the Scooby Gang stopped at the cottage when their car broke down; leaving them with nothing to do but tell ghost stories.
  • Invisible Main Character: "Invisible Muriel".
  • It Makes Sense in Context: A majority of the plot devices fall under this. Most memorably, an episode which took place in an old west setting had Courage, who took the role as sheriff, bribe the military to send in a stealth bomber to drop a piano on a zombified outlaw.
  • Jerkass: Eustace (to a lesser extent) Courage's computer, Eustace's mom and brother, and Di Lung (the Chinese Punk Kid), whose catchphrase was "Watch where you're going, you fool!"
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Eustace sometimes fits this trope but just in rare cases - see "The Curse of Shirley" where at the end he gives his hat to the "kid version" of him in order to protect him from the rain.
  • Kangaroo Pouch Ride: In the kangaroo monster episode.
  • Kaiju: Both Eustace and Courage become giant kangaroo monsters.
  • Karmic Death: The evil vet from "Remembrance Of Courage Past" is sent into space with his own rocket like he did to a huge number of dogs (including Courage's parents). For further karma, he finds himself surrounded by the dogs he launched into space who proceed to take their revenge on him. Additional karma is the fact the very dog he orphaned was the one who did this to him.
  • Kick the Dog
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch
    • In Klub Katz Eustace, now a a wrecking ball, chases Katz through the island.
    • Eustace himself is a victim of this. A villain proving himself as a threat will target Eustace, not even knowing he or she is doing Karma's job.
  • Knight Templar: The Harvest Moon. Believing that Eustace is a poor farmer who doesn't respect the land, he demands that Eustace either prove his ability to grow a plant or leave his home. When Eustace refuses Harvest Moon tries to kill the Bagges.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Eustace is the victim of this in nearly every episode.
    • A large number of villains suffer this as well.
  • Laughing Mad: Quite a few instances.
  • Lean and Mean: Katz, as well as the Cajun Fox.
  • Leitmotif: The Hell Is That Noise that follows Katz's arrival.
    • Almost every character in the show has one. Muriel has soft piano music. Eustace has banjo and fiddle music. Le Quack's is french. Dr. Vindaloo's is Indian. Shirley's sounds gypsy. Cajun Fox has cajun music.
      • Sometimes, different characters share the same leitmotif. For example: The Demon in the Mattress and the Windmill Vandals share the same motif; Freaky Fred and the Evil Librarian share one; King Ramses and Mc Phearsom Phantom share one; The Great Fusilli, and the Paper Shadow Maker from "Profiles in Courage" and the disgruntled actor from "Cabaret Courage" share one; Basil the Burglar and Evil Weevil share one; among others.
    • On occasion rather loud accordion music can be heard from Muriel's radio.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!
  • Living Shadow: The Shadow from "The Shadow of Courage".
  • The Load: Eustace's stubbornness and greed alongside Muriel's innocent yet ignorant behavior turns them into this at times. Though on occasion they help Courage more actively.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The Characters Page, like the main page, had to be divided into several sections.
  • Losing Your Head: "Windmill Vandals".
  • Loud of War: In "King Ramses' Curse", one of the plagues Ramses unleashes on Courage and his owners is obnoxious disco music ("King Raaamses! The man in gauze, the man in gauze!").
  • Lovable Coward: Subverted by Courage, who is really astonishingly brave for a coward.
    • Hence the name. 'Cowardly' because he's always scared, 'Courage' because he always pushes through it.
  • Mad Scientist: Parodied by Dr. Zalost, the self-proclaimed "unhappy scientist."
  • Made a Slave: Happens to Courage and his family at times. Notable slavemakers include a giant alien robot and a clan of bullfrogs.
  • Magical Database: Courage's computer knows almost everything and is the go-to source of exposition whenever Courage needs to know how to beat the Monster of the Week.
  • Magic Librarian: And scary, too, in "The Pixie and the Prickle Pirate".
  • Mama Bear: If Eustace is harassing Courage (or if it at least looks that way), Muriel is quick to bash him over the head with a rolling pin. With a One-Woman Wail.
    • In a few episodes, she has also expanded this to the Monster of the Week. For example, when she came upon Katz strangling Courage in "Katz Motel", she smashed a tennis racket over his head and saved Courage without a second thought.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Paul Schoeffler alone voices Katz, Cajun Fox, Le Quack, Freaky Fred, Dr. Vindaloo, Snowman, and many other one-shot characters. Just listen to all of them very carefully, they all start sounding the same after a while.
  • Mass Hypnosis: ...Buy Flantasy Flan... Buy Flantasy Flan...
  • The Mean Brit: The Computer. You twit.
  • Meaningful Name: Eustace Bagge could be interpreted as 'Useless Baggage' which is what he is during most adventures.
    • While we're at it, Muriel Bagge could be interpreted as "merry old bag", since she's a perpetually optimistic old lady. And as for Courage's name, the fact that despite his cowardice he routinely risks his life for those he loves is extremely courageous (should go without saying). In fact, Muriel named him Courage because he showed courage (as seen in "A Remembrance of Courage Past").
    • Zalost means "mourning" or "sadness" in Slavic. He's on par with Itoshiki "Despair" Nozomu.
    • In the episode, "Heads of Beef" the owner of the diner is a pig named Jean Bon, which sounds very similar to "jambon," the French word for "ham."
  • Mismatched Eyes: Bigfoot in "Courage Meets Bigfoot".
  • Monster of the Week
  • Mood Whiplash: Masterfully. Depending on the episode, it switches from Tear Jerker or Nightmare Fuel to Funny in the blink of an eye. For example, there's the "Last of the Starmakers" for the former, where Courage saves the last batch of space squid babies, interspersed with moments of useless henchman and rollerskating military generals. For the latter, there is "King Ramses' Curse", generally regarded as one of the scariest episodes around, with a priceless jingle in the middle - "The man in gauze, the man in gauze, King Ramses!", and the man himself saying "Come onnnnnn" in the same tone as ever.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate:
    • Vindaloo's inability (or unwillingness) to cure anything relevant to the plot (though to his credit he does give some advice about it). His academic title is pretty suggestive too: "Dr. Vindaloo, quack". And speaking of this...
    • The evil vet who orphaned Courage and sent a huge number of dogs into space For Science!.
  • Morally Ambiguous Ducktorate: LeQuack, the duck brothers, Goose God, and "The Precious, Wonderful, Adorable, Loveable Duckling".
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • A Running Gag is that when Courage confronts the villains, they rarely actually fight. Instead, they often decide who wins via some otherwise casual competition like handball or thumb-wrestling, made epic with with close-up shots of desperate, perspiring faces, Scare Chords, cutaways to the people in danger, and other devices to emphasize drama.
    • "Courage... Closer... closer... It would be lovely... If I could... have a cup... of... TEA!"
  • My Instincts Are Showing:
    Courage: *long howl* Man, I gotta stop that.

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