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Literature: Horrid Henry

Series of children's books about the eponymous Horrid Henry, his friends the Purple Hand Gang, his enemies (like teachers, dinner ladies, classmate Moody Margaret) and his family. Has been made into a cartoon series for ITV and a 2011 live action film.

The books to date are:
  • Horrid Henry (1994)
  • Horrid Henry and the Secret Club (1995)
  • Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy (1996)
  • Horrid Henry's Nits (1997)
  • Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick (1998)
  • Horrid Henry's Haunted House (1999)
  • Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse (2000)
  • Horrid Henry's Revenge (2001)
  • Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter (2002)
  • Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb (2002)
  • Horrid Henry's Underpants (2003)
  • Horrid Henry Meets The Queen (2004)
  • Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine (2005)
  • Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend (2006)
  • Horrid Henry's Christmas Cracker (2006)
  • Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman (2007)
  • Horrid Henry Robs The Bank (2008)
  • Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead (2009)
  • Horrid Henry Rocks (2010)
  • Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire (2011)
  • Horrid Henry's Monster Movie (2012)


Horrid Henry contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Henry's parents are guilty under Emotional Abuse towards Henry.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Henry's Great Aunt Greta calls him Henrietta, as she thinks he's a girl due to her senility.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Margaret's hair colour changed from brown in the books to pink in the animated series.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Everyone's nickname; Horrid Henry, Sour Susan, Perfect Peter, etc.
  • Adults Are Useless
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Subverted in Horrid Henry, Horrid Headmaster, when he becomes the headmaster of Ashton Primary.
  • Always Someone Better: In Horrid Henry and the Dinner Guest, Mum's boss, Mr. Mossy, reveals to Henry that he was a lot like him in his childhood and discovered that sooner or later you'll find someone better than yourself.
  • An Aesop: Don't know if this is considered a Family-Unfriendly Aesop, but in Horrid Henry's Hobby [1] he knocked down an entire box of "Sweet Treats" after opening them to find the Golden Gizmo for a competition. His family were forced to buy every packet in the supermarket and banned from the store for life. So the basic aesop is "Don't open cereal packets in shops", an odd aesop if there was one...
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Perfect Peter.
  • Anti-Hero/Anti Rolemodel: Horrid Henry.
    • Perfect Peter is a bit of an Anti Rolemodel himself. He's well behaved, but is so obnoxious about it that in real life very few people would want to interact with him.
  • Ascended Fanboy: One episode features Henry joining the Killer Boy Rats, his favourite band.
  • Babysitter from Hell: Rabid Rebecca
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Peter may look like a "smelly nappy baby", as Henry calls him, but as we find out in Perfect Peter Pumps Up, he can get pretty nasty if someone messes with his bunny
  • Big Eater: Greedy Graham.
  • Big "NO!": Henry gets a lot of these, at least Once an Episode. And every. single. time. he does it, the camera zooms into his uvula (That's shakin' like crazy).
    • And not just Henry, the majority of the main characters has done this at least once.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Perfect Peter enjoys seeing Henry get into trouble, and tries to provoke him into bullying him when Henry's trying to behave himself.
  • Book Dumb: Henry.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Horrid Henry and Moody Margaret.
  • Big Brother Bully: Henry, to Peter.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Henry has his moments of this towards Peter, despite the above. He once saved him from a falling bookcase, and has taken the blame for him at times.
  • Brick Joke: In one episode where Henry fakes illness to stay home from school, his mother gets sick too. Since someone arrives to say the water is being shut off, his mother tells him to fill up the bathtub and pots with water before it's all shut off entirely. As Henry is trying to fill up the bathtub with water, the water is shut off. (But he didn't turn the tap off!) At the end of the episode when his dad arrives, it proceeds to get flooded.
  • Cain and Abel: Henry is the Cain to Peter's Abel but is the Abel to Steve's Cain.
  • Catch Phrase:
    Beefy Bert: "I dunno."
    Happy Hippos: "We're happy, we're clappy, we're the Happy Hippos."
    Gross Class Zero: "Snot, bogies, fart, poo! We're all sick and so are you!"
    Horrid Henry: "It's not fair!"
  • Chekhov's Gun: In the movie, while the kids are lining up for the talent show, we have a short scene where we are introducted to Vicious Vicky, Sour Susan's little sister, who bites a boy, with narration from Henry explaining who she is. Later on, when Soggy Sid tries to stop the Zero Zombies' performance, Vicious Vicky is let loose on the stage to stop him. She does this by, among other things, biting him on the ass!
  • Comic Book Time: Not to the extent of The Simpsons or South Park, as the Horrid Henry tv series isn't as much of a Long Runner as them, but although officially its third season hasn't ended yet, it has been running since 2006 and none of the characters have aged a day.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Lizzie Waterworth and Emma Tate as Henry and Peter receptively in the animated series.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Rabid Rebecca.
  • Eureka Moment
  • Eyes Always Shut: In "Horrid Henry Reads a Book", Henry decides to make up various "Happy Nappy" stories for the competition to write the most book reports, saying that Miss Battle-Axe can't have read all the books in the world. He makes up stories about Happy Nappies in various places around the world such as Happy Nappies in Germany, Paris, New York, Japan, Australia, and Canada. The Japanese Happy Nappy just happens to have closed eyes.
  • Fragile Flower: Weeping William.
  • Game Show Appearance: Fake game show 2Cool4School features in the film version.
    • It also appears in two episodes of Series 3 of the TV series. Strangely, only the opening sequence is shown on both occasions.
  • Gasshole: Rude Ralph.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Henry and his friends collected Gizmos once, with the Gold Gizmo being the most prized. The Gizmo is the focus of a book story, a TV episode, and an online game, Horrid Henry 2, where Henry has to take all 30 of Peter's Gizmos.
  • Go to Your Room: Henry's parents often say it to him.
  • Gray and Grey Morality
  • I Just Want to Be Special: At least a couple of episodes have involved Rude Ralph wishing he had a special talent.
  • Imagine Spot: Henry often gets one, usually involving him turning into a predatory animal and harrassing Peter.
  • Jerkass: Several, including Horrid Henry and Rabid Rebecca.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Henry has his moments.
  • Karma Houdini: Henry usually recieves his comeuppance, but there are plenty of times when he doesn't.
    • There are also some others who don't get any comeuppance.
  • Kid Com
  • Kids Are Cruel
  • Lovable Rogue / Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Henry is perhaps the king of these tropes.
  • Meaningful Name: Hear a character's nickname and you know what they're about.
  • Momma's Boy: Perfect Peter.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Miss Battle-Axe.
  • Naughty Is Good
  • No Fourth Wall: The animated series just completely throws the fourth wall away, with Henry and the other characters constantly addressing and explaining things to the audience. Also broken in the movie, but not as much as the series.
  • Oh Crap: In one episode where Henry tries to watch a football match even though he has to go to Stuck-Up Steve's birthday party, he resorts to listening to it on a portable radio. The match gets so exciting he accidently knocks the giant birthday cake over Aunt Ruby, when everyone yells "Henry!", the episode ends on Henry: "Oops."
  • Parental Favouritism: Pefect Peter, especially to his mother.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: Played for Laughs - Henry's parents aren't above their own little immature feuds with their siblings.
  • Parrot Exposition: Sour Susan repeats everything Moody Margaret says.
  • Pet the Dog: When Perfect Peter is having a sleepover, rather than try to sabotage it, Henry actually comes in and decides to have fun with Peter and his guests. Likewise, they legitimately begin to have fun with the sleepover.
    • See also some episodes where Henry actually looks out for Perfect Peter.
  • Phrase Catcher / Title Drop: "Don't be Horrid, Henry!"
  • Protagonist Title
  • Long-Running Book Series: Been running since 1994, currently 20 books with a 21st coming soon.
  • Remake Cameo: Elizabeth Waterworth-Santo, who voices Henry in the animated series, has a non-speaking cameo in the movie as Nitty Nora the nit nurse.
  • Rich Bastard: Stuck-Up Steve, who acts like a male version of the Alpha Bitch.
  • Shout-Out: To David Bowie of all things in one episode of the TV series. Specifically a reference to "Ziggy Stardust"
  • Sibling Yin-Yang
  • Speech Impediment: Brainy Brian has a lisp.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Perfect Peter.
    Horrid Henry: "You don't have to tell on me..."
    Perfect Peter: "Yes I do~ Mooooooooom!/Daaaaaaaaad!"
    • Moody Margaret can also be one.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Rabid Rebecca.
  • The Unfavourite: Horrid Henry.

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