Radar / The Amazing World of Gumball

"Thanks Gumball!" "Whatever man."

In the grand tradition of a lot of original Cartoon Network programming from the late-1990s into the 21st century, this show freely pushes its TV-Y7 for fantasy violence (FV) rating to its limit, despite that Cartoon Network now allows the TV-PG rating (mostly for violencenote , mild rude language, and crude, mild, sexually suggestive humor/dialogue) on some of their daytime shows. Whether the TY-Y7-FV rating on this show is a mistake or if the content really isn't strong enough to justify a TV-PG ratingnote  is best left debated among viewers.

For now, just enjoy the crap that got past the radar, because there's a lot of and, as of season two, some of what happens on the show makes the dubious content of Regular Show look like something out of We Bare Bears.

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  • Banana Joe frequently takes off his peel, sometimes even swinging it around, even though many other occasions make is clear that's the banana equivalent of stripping and/or streakingnote . It was even in a promo and mentioned in "The Butterfly":
    Miss Simian: Joseph, we've been here before. When is it appropriate to take your skin off?
    Banana Joe: Uh...Christmas!
  • The word "nipples" is said numerous timeslike , a word Adventure Time was not allowed to say despite being higher rated (TV-PG) and on the same network.
  • Principal Brown's relationship with Miss Simian in general. On adult-oriented cartoons like The Simpsons (Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel) and Daria (Ms. Barch and Mr. O'Neill), whenever they have a teacher in a relationship with a principal or someone from teaching staff, they try to hide it, as they know that a relationship like that causes a conflict of interest and is usually frowned upon by the higher-ups. In the case of this show, Principal Brown and Miss Simian don't try to hide itnote , despite it being pointed out that a relationship like that is considered unprofessional (cf. "The Sock," when Gumball and Darwin use Brutal Honesty when Principal Brown asks them what's wrong). It's surprising that a kids' show features this kind of relationship with little to no consequences.
  • A recurring background character (for instance, in the line at the beginning of "The Pony") appears to be an anthropomorphic wad of feces.
  • A lot of the cars in Elmore (including Miss Simian's carnote , Penny's dad's car, and the Doughnut Sheriff's squad car) have a license plate seems to read "X23 TU░" as a license plate, which makes it look like it reads "BUT SEX" backwards, though the 2 and 3 would have to be switched in order to actually read that.

    Season 1 
The Responsible
  • The "baby sitter" Richard found online and almost hired is depicted as a literal slimeballnote  who wants to sit on children. His name on the concept art is even "Albert the Pervert".

The Third
  • The plot for the episode seemed like it was about a ménage à trois (or exploring the possibility of a polygamous relationship) and, later, infidelity.
    Darwin: Three best friends? Won't that be a bit... weird?
    Gumball: It's only weird if we make it weird. Do you find it weird?
    Darwin: Not if you don't.

The End
  • At the beginning of the episode, Gumball and Darwin both sit on their couch lifelessly flicking through TV channels and eating junk food with red-rimmed eyes for the entire scene. It's clearly because they are sleep-deprived, but their conversation blatantly makes it look like they're stoned.
    Darwin: Can you think of any better way to spend our lives?
    Gumball: Dude...I can't even think. Is my heart still beating?
    (Darwin feels for a pulse. Six seconds pass before Gumball's heart starts beating again.)

The Dress
  • Gumball has an Imagine Spot that he and Darwin are married... and he's surrounded by cat/fish babies while Darwin comes home and yells, "I WANT MORE KIDS!" What really crosses the line with that scene is not only are they both children, but they're also both siblings through adoption.

The Spoon
  • Gumball makes a Mustache-Sausage
    Gumball: How about a hot dog? Theyíre delicious! [His fake mustache falls off his face and lands on the hot dog, which he holds out to Doughnut Sheriff]
    Doughnut Sheriff: [disgusted] Ughh... Thereís a mustache on your sausage!
    Gumball: Yeah, itís our secret ingredient! [Gumball and Darwin wink at camera]
    Doughnut Sheriff: I think Iíll go for something without hair.
  • Following this metaphor, the episode becomes a bit weird when Richard starts licking the mustache-sausage and Nicole uses it to turkey-slap a man unconscious. And if you listen to that scene with your eyes closed, it doesn't sound any less risque.

The Pressure
  • The girls (falsely) brag about who got the older boyfriend, and Carrie says "Mine is so old that he doesn't have teeth."
  • Another example:
    Gumball: (while doing high dive to save Darwin from a girlfriend) On one hand, I create a diversion and save Darwin. On the other hand, I splash Penny and look like- *SMACK*

The Laziest
  • Richard tries to win the laziness contest by changing the TV to a shopping channel. On display is a figurine of a girl kissing a boy on the cheek, which is titled "Innocent Age Figurine Boy & Girl w secret object hidden by the boy".

The Ghost
  • The premise of the episode, Carrie repeatedly possessing Gumball to eat things and him trying to learn to turn her down, seems a bit strange if you think about it. The official episode descriptions for "The Ghost" didn't sound like it belongs to a kid's show.
    "The Ghost": Carrie the Ghost often uses Gumball's body but now he has to learn how to say "no" to her, which may prove to be an extremely difficult thing to do considering Carrie normally uses his body against his will anyway.
  • Darwin describes the situation to Gumball by saying Carrie "likes going inside your body".

The Party
  • While Gumball is searching for a date to the party, his observation of Teri (a bear made of paper) has a strange multiple meaning:
    Gumball: She's a little flat.
  • While the party is being busted wide open by Principal Brown and Ms. Simian, Alan motorboated two balloons.
  • Miss Simian and Principal Brown are making out in the closet when Jackie and Harold come home.

The Poltergeist
  • Mr. Robinson explains to Gumball and Darwin how he and his wife would argue, sometimes six times a day, sometimes in public, even once in their sleep! Anyone who is or was married or in a similar long-term committed relationship will recognize what he is really talking about.

The Mustache
  • Gumball, Darwin, and Anais accidentally take their Dad's testosterone supplements that he was going to use to impress his wife (and make his man-boobs stick up).

The Fight

    Season 2 

The Colossus

The Fridge
  • Nicole and her family go to a paintball arena for a family outing. Outside of the arena, there's a sign that lists the types of events they can cover, including "stag" and "hen" parties; both are antiquated slang termsnote  for bachelor and bachelorette parties.

The Flower
  • Gumball's jealousy drives him to keep weed-killer and vandalized photos of Leslie in his locker, implying the Jealous side was planning to murder Leslie (which he actually tries to do by attacking him with slugs).
  • During one of Gumball's tirades about Leslie, a long list of insults includes "self-pollinating." If you know anything about reproduction in flowers and plants, he basically just called Leslie a jack-off.
  • From the end of the episode
    Gumball: Wait, did you just say he was your cousin?
    Penny: Well duh, everyone knows.
    Gumball: Well duh, I didn't.
    Leslie: There's a lot of things you don't know about me Gumball.
    Gumball: Oh...

The Banana
  • Mr. Small's "herbal tea" gives him some adverse effects; most notably towards the end of the episode, where after taking a sip his eyes begin to get weird and his face gets all loose. After Gumball and Darwin leave, Mr. Small proceeds to let out a "WOO-HOO!", like that "herbal tea" is more enjoyable than it should be...
  • When Darwin is raiding Joe's locker, he pulls out a jockstrap and tells Gumball to chew on it. Neither addresses what it actually is, but Gumball looks at it with absolute disgust, and then he pretends to chew on it when he obviously is not and does not want to.
  • Darwin chews up Joe's pen from the locker. Later in the episode Joe says it's an heirloom his ancestor used and "I'm not even gonna tell you where he had to hide it to keep it safe", then Darwin starts wiping his tongue in disgust.

The Phone
  • Gumball silences a firecracker by sitting on it. Then he coughs up smoke, making clear that even if the thing itself didn't go up there, the explosion did.

The Job
  • "Gumball and Darwin are delivering a pizza to a couple of pizza-headed people, which they apparently consider to be their new child. As the father is paying Gumball, he accidentally drops the box while reaching for the money he gives them, which completely horrifies the couple. Even worse, Darwin slips on the "dead" pizza baby as they run away, further smearing its tomato sauce, or, as the pizza couple see it, blood, on the concrete.
  • When one of the reality-warping waves inverts everyone's gender (turning Anais and Nicole male and Gumball, Darwin, and Larry female), girl Larry has little cube breasts.

The Skull
  • While Clayton is disguised as Principal Brown, Miss Simian seduces and almost makes out with him.

The Bet
  • The entire part where Bobert is in the nurse's office with fire coming out of his butt, telling the nurse it's been happening ever since, "[I] fell in love with Your Mom," and making out with the wall defibrillator.
  • Bobert's picture equation written on the school football field: "Glasses + horse's ass = Principal Brown."
  • Miss Simian trying to warm up in the walk-in freezer by hugging a shirtless Gumball. Lampshaded when she says, "I'm sorry, Watterson. I know this is inappropriate, but I just need to warm up."

The Bumpkin
  • A bee appears and Gumball hides himself from it in Nicole's skirt.
  • During the party montage, Gumball funnels Idaho with a soda bong and Idaho gets baked in an oven with some fries.

The Storm
  • Alan the balloon explains to Gumball that his knot, the only orifice his body has, is used to breath, eat, and excrete. In a later scene (pictured above), Gumball has to "inflate" Alan in the school bathroom. Alan's knot deflates slightly, causing it to moving upward in a rather questionable manner just before the scene skips to them then leaving the bathroom. Gumball has a disgusted look on his face while Alan has an incredibly happy look on his.

The Lesson
  • Principal Brown is shown to have a rather suggestive calendar he planned on giving Miss Simian. One picture has him laying on a bear skin rug, invoking the cliche of someone laying on such a rug naked.
  • It is implied that Gumball ate and then pooped out an entire rake, in one piece, to smuggle it.
  • A bear literally pops a cupcake's cherry, prompting this dialog.
    Gumball: Did you see what that bear did to that guy's cherry?
    • The line also brings to mind different meanings of the word "bear": "woodland animal associated with Winnie the Pooh, Goldilocks, and honey." or "hairy homosexual male".

The Voice
  • Gumball and Darwin offer Tobias a hug in the locker, but they're both wearing nothing but towels, so he refuses. The two then tackle him to try and force him, and eventually Darwin takes Tobias's towel and spanks him with it in the middle of the school corridor.

The Castle
  • Gumball, Darwin and Anais disguise themselves as a pizza delivery man to get back into their house full of party animals. Being at the bottom of the disguise, the way Anais hands over the receipt probably couldn't be any more wrong.
    Hot Dog Guy: Uh... you can keep it.

The Tape

The Internet
  • Gumball tries to enter the Internet by scanning himself without his clothes on. It doesn't work, but it does give Darwin a nice (high definition!) close up photo of Gumball's privates. Afterwards, Darwin tries to wash his eyes out with the showerhead.
  • The Internet tells Gumball and Darwin to "get bent", a phrase that's usually considered at least moderately profane (it's generally considered short for "get bent over and take it up the ass").

    Season 3 

The Fan
  • Sarah makes a video and song about her stalking Darwin and Gumball. A lot of it portrays her attraction toward them as less like a child's crush and more like openly sexual lust:
    • Staring at Gumball through the window while he was undressing; he saw this and closed the blinds while covering his chest with his arm
    • Watching them while hiding inside their closet
    • Looking at them, trying to nuzzle Gumball's hair, and taking pictures of them while they're unconscious
    • Standing around in the bathroom while Darwin takes a shower
    • Wearing some of Gumball's clothing and enthusiastically smelling others
  • Mr. Small seems to be high when staring at the painting that Sarah hides in. It doesn't help that he's carrying hot coffee which is steaming (giving off an appearance similar to smoke) and laughing in a way similar to a stoner laugh after everyone is done screaming.

The Joy
  • When Ms. Simian zips up Banana Joe's peel, some of his "banana" gets stuck in the zipper, prompting a very painful looking reaction, reminiscent of that one scene in There's Something About Mary...
  • When in the nurses office, you can briefly see a sign in the background that says "Take a stand against racism"! It's a pretty heavy subject to put in a kids show at any point, let alone as a background detail.
  • Miss Simian examines Gumball and Darwin in the nurse's office and throws a jar of yellow liquid at them when they advance on her. The nurse cries out, "That's not water." and pauses for a few seconds as we see the pair drenched in it, giving the impression that they're covered in urine... before clarifying that it's cough medicine.
  • Gumball's and Darwin's (and everyone else's) behavior looks eerily similar to a drug trip (though it's supposed to be a parody of zombie movies).

The Recipe
  • There's a discussion where Gumball basically tells Darwin that, if they were a couple, he would be the one with the pants in their relationship.:
    Gumball: We have to do it exactly like they did!
    Darwin: Does that mean I have to wear a mustache and we should, you know, kiss?
    Gumball: Ehh, no. And for the record, I would be the one with the mustache.
  • The episode in general is almost ridiculously dark and violent:
    • It begins with Anton being disintegrated in the pool and falling to pieces in Gumball's hands as he tries to revive him, causing a horrified reaction from almost everyone present.
    • When Anton comes back the next day, Darwin and Gumball try to figure out how by hurting him in incredibly over-the-top ways, including slicing him into pieces with a paper shredder, inducing a heart-attack by shock, and tricking Tobias into eating him alive. These seem only slightly worse than the show's usual Amusing Injuries, until it revealed Anton actually died and was replaced with a clone all those times, as well as every time before this episode.
    • Darwin and Gumball start making their own clones and it gets even worse: Darwin mentions he accidentally caused his half of the clones to commit mass suicide, and Gumball almost does the same to the rest.
    • The evil clone turns the sprinklers on to turn the remaining clones to mush, before himself getting sucked down the pool drain and torn apart by the grate.

The Extras
  • One of the cardboard cutout people from "The Sweaters" tries to get his change out from another one's back pockets. However, they both have their arms frozen in place above their head, so the one going for said change ends up suggestively poking his face around the other one's butt.
  • The colorful bird doing his mating dance for a black bird who turns out to be male — and tells him to continue the dance since it was actually good. Due to the homoerotic undertones, Cartoon Network's Latin American channel cut that scene.

The Fraud

The Void
  • Similar to the herbal tea drinking in "The Banana" is how Mr. Small's explains how he's so good at navigating the crazy otherworldly dimension of the world's mistakes: he's "used to feeling spaced out."

The Boss

The Password
  • Gumball was under the impression that Richard loves and favors Anais so much that they finish each other sentences, which Darwin incorrectly interjects with "Sandwiches". Then it cuts to Anais letting Richard finish her sandwich, which leads to Gumball...
    Gumball: Sandwiches as well?! Aw man, this is total...*gestures at Darwin to finish*
    * beat*
    Gumball: *sigh*
    Darwin: SENTENCES!

The Shell
  • After Penny cracked the part over her eye, she, Gumball and Darwin stand on the porch to her house. Preparing to tell Penny's father what happened, Penny and Gumball stand faced to each other and wobble their tongues. When Penny's father comes out, he catches them, and looking from the angle where Penny's back is facing him, it looked to him is if they were French kissing.
  • Jackie (Tobias' mom) describes Penny in her red minotaur form as being a "cow on steroids". Drug references on TV-Y7-rated shows are rare (even the PG-rated shows on daytime Cartoon Network, like Regular Show are limited to using substitutes for alcoholnote  and, in the case of the episode "Firework Run", illegal substances). Though this show got away with implied references, such as Gumball and Darwin acting as if they're stoned on "The End", Mr. Small having herbal tea that makes him black out on "The Banana", and Richard being high on dental anesthetics in "The Flakers", this is the first time they mentioned a specific type of drug.
  • Gumball walks in on Banana Joe watching a video of a peeled orange being spread apart, which to him is obviously supposed to be like porn. To really hammer it home, Joe has a box of tissues right next to his laptop.note 

The Bros

The Mirror
  • Gumball's says the word "damnation", though in the literal sense rather than a profane one (preferring a "life of damnation in limbo" to watching a home shopping channel).
  • The Snatcher/Carrie's dad unceremoniously falls out a window and dies (which seems bad at first, but now allows him to hug his ghost daughter).

The Man

The Lie
  • During the beginning showing everyone depressed in January, a black pigeon sighs despondently and hurls himself down the Wattersons' chimney.
  • Gumball tries to make up a description for Sluzzle Dude, a Santa equivalent for a holiday he made up, but his description comes off the wrong way.
    Gumball: He's got a beard, sneakers, and a leather coat.
    Darwin: Is that all he's wearing? Sounds like he should be running from the police.

The Question
  • Gumball and Darwin have a G-Rated Drug trip after eating cereal marshmallows through their eyes. Gumball wakes up in a ballerina tutu and Darwin wakes up handcuffed with a tattoo on his butt. Special note for how said handcuffs are covered in red fuzz, which very specifically implies they're the kind of handcuffs used for sexual bondage and not the kind the police use to restrain criminals.
  • When Larry realizes he's wasted his life on nothing but work, he suddenly starts incessantly reciting his daily schedule while driving to the beach and swimming straight out to sea. It is a very strong possibility that he's trying to kill himself.

The Saint
  • Gumball breaks a computer in the library, and says he'll probably hanged and quartered, among other things, by the school librarian.
  • Gumball makes Alan out to be a cheater in front of Carmen by showing pictures of Alan (actually Darwin's face on a green balloon) kissing female students, male students, and a toilet. And while the photo of Leslie enjoying his kiss, unlike everyone else was cut before the episode aired (and has been shown that way on every international broadcast, including the North Americannote  version), a few frames of it can still be seen if you pause at the right time.

The Oracle
  • Darwin spills coffee on Gumball. Darwin cools him by inhaling air while Gumball puts his butt directly in front of Darwin's face and makes a very relieved expression. Marvin passes by and comments that "I don't know what you're doing, but you should be ashamed of it!"
  • In the prophetic painting, Gumball's crotch is obscured by a maple leaf. Later, as Gumball approaches the mall and starts noticing elements of the painting, he fixates at one point on a maple leaf - an anthropomorphic one, headed to the mall to shop. In the end, when Gumball decides that the prophecy is inevitable and tears off his clothes preemptively, Anais grabs the maple leaf and covers Gumball by throwing them onto his crotch.

The Safety

The Countdown

The Egg
  • Gumball wears Pimp Duds because he misheard Nicole's order to wear something respectable as "to wear something that commands respect." He even does a pimp strut before Nicole orders him to stop.
  • As Nicole and Felicity are fighting off-screen, there's a pause followed by an barely-audible exclamation of disgust. Darwin and Gumball look very confused at what Richard describes as "territorial scent marking", implying one of the mothers (possibly Nicole, since the viewer can hear Felicity groan, "Ew!") just urinated in public.

The Triangle
  • Leslie advises Darwin to picture everyone naked in order to alleviate his performance anxiety, which works when he sees Juke (the boombox-headed kid) naked, but not Mr. Small. Especially when Mr. Small bends over in front of him to pick up the peas he knocked over and talks about how he used to play the bongos in the school band.
    Mr. Small: Hours and hours of slapping those skins made me the man I am today.

    Season 4 

The Crew
  • In Gumball's vision of Marvin, Betty, and Donald as gangsta-rap style thugs, Marvin is shown wearing a pimp hat surrounded by money with two bitches (as in "female dogs," not the derogatory term for a woman) at his side.
  • After being bowled over by the fastest and heaviest of metal objects being attracted to him, a recently telepathic Gumball reminds Darwin to mind his language.

The Signature

The Gift
  • To put out a fire, Gumball and Darwin ask Masami to rain on it. Masami replies that she can't rain with people watching her.

The Parking
  • While Nicole is looking for a parking space in the garage, Richard and the kids sing "99 Bottles of Age-Appropriate Beverages on the Wall".
  • A doctor begins examining a patient, then the scene cuts to him throwing the Wattersons and their car out of the hospital. The Wattersons somehow managed to park their car inside the patient's rear end!

The Upgrade
  • Thanks to a faulty request on his Siri-style voice-activated personal assistant, Bobert marries off Alan and Leslie. Alan doesn't object (even though he's dating Carmen) and neither does Leslie (who was already labeled as Ambiguously Gay by fans/viewers). To top it off, Leslie tells a confused Banana Joe that "You had your chance," before leaving with Alan.
  • The disc Gumball uses to downgrade Bobert to a version that actually works is labelled "BS 7". The letters presumably stands for "Bobert System", but given the episode is a very unflattering parody of Apple products and iOS, it might also stand for "bullshit".

The Comic

The Hug
  • Gumball and Hot Dog Guy are having a sleepover in a tent. While Hot Dog Guy is sleeping, he accidentally touches Gumball, so Gumball climbs on top of him to reposition his arm. Unfortunately, this wakes the Hot Dog Guy up, and they begin CUDDLING. While already it's questionable to cuddle with a stranger, the act is then shown from the outside of the tent, which may make it appear as if they are doing something elsenote 
  • While Hot Dog Guy is using the school shower, Gumball turns the water temperature way down. When the Hot Dog Guy has come out, he's experienced some major shrinkagenote 

The Wicked

The Traitor
  • When looking for clues at Joyful Burger, Gumball realizes that the stuff on Alan's plate isn't ranch dressing because his feelings of guilt were too much for his weak stomach. The restaurant patrons are disgusted until Gumball explains that he meant that Alan used the light dressing instead. Gumball then berates them for having dirty minds.
  • The biological diagram of Alan's body makes it very explicit that his knot is his anus: it shows a human's lower digestive system overlapping his body and the part that leads to the knot is labelled "colon". In the scenes immediately following:
    • Another diagram shows an organ transplant simply involves shoving your hand into his body and pulling the organ out. Gumball does exactly that.
    • As in "The Storm", Alan requires re-inflation, but Darwin doing so is on-screen this time. A doctor bursts in, demanding an explanation, sees them in the act, then quickly exits.
    • A side-effect of the surgery causes Alan's mother to start literally talking out of her ass.

The Origins (parts one and two)
  • It looks like Richard and Nicole both got the idea to get Gumball a pet, but when they both say their idea, Richard says his is to go back in time to make sure we never... then quickly cuts himself off with a nervous laugh saying he was totally thinking of the pet idea. It's obvious he was going to say they should prevent Gumball from being conceived, possibly by stopping themselves from having sex unprotected.

The Signal
  • When Gumball is about to try and grab the steering wheel to stop the runaway car, Darwin is about to explain why that's not a good idea, only for the glitching to cause cutaways to a claymation car crash, a headache commercial showing a diagram of a human brain, and a watermelon exploding.

The Love

The Nest
  • In Anais' natural history book, the trionyx turtle's Latin name is "occidere machinae ex infernum". Translated, it means, "Killing machine from Hell".
  • During the baby turtles' attack on Elmore, one of them bites the groin of the green goblin Chanax CEO as he's taking a shower.

The Points

The Night
  • In his dream, Hector points out that in real life, he's too big to wear clothes, so he's always "naked and just hoping nobody looks up!"
  • Daisy dreams Anais is a doll (but clearly still alive) which she abuses under the guise of playing with her. This includes shoving Anais's head underwater and hanging her off the side of car to drag her face along the road.