"This is The Console. Pixelface Games now loading..."
Set in the imagined world inside a games console, Pixelface
is a CBBC sitcom spin-off from the sketch show Sorry, I've Got No Head
. The show follows the on-and-off-screen lives of a group of computer game characters, each from a different genre. There's Aethelwynne, a questing elf; Claireparker, a zombie battling waitress; Rex Dynamo, a marsupial hybrid who collects apples; Sgt. Riley, a space marine; Lady Alexia Alderton, a glamorous legend hunter; and Kiki Nova, an incredibly upbeat and enthusiastic dance star. Pixelface
shows the characters waiting to play their game and reacting when their console is invaded by the likes of an evil bug or a Premiership football team.
Pixelface contains examples of:
- Accidental Athlete: In "Rex on the Bench", Rex becomes the mascot for a football team, and is forced to make a penalty shootout. Alexia is able to get him to score the winning goal by telling him not to break the goals as, every time he is told not break something, he immediately does.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: This is Alexia's occupation in her own game.
- Air-Vent Passageway: Used by the entire main cast when the zombies from Claireparker's game invade the console. Of course, the vents weren't designed to take that much weight and everyone ends up crashing through the ceiling.
- Ash Face: Aethelwynne after he turns on his electric lyre in "Rock Star".
- Baleful Polymorph: Alexia is transformed into a yeti by a magical beauty cream in "The Ugly Truth".
- Brown Note: Romford claims he can play a tone that will cause someone to wet themselves.
- Cleavage Window: Alexia's outfit.
- Clip Show: "HAL". An incomplete update cause the Console to go insane. As she torments the characters, she keeps playing clips from her "archive" to illustrate her points.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Rex
- Companion Cube: In "Out of Sight", a glitch in the system renders Claireparker unable to be detected by the rest of the occupants of the console. Starting to crack up, she begins talking to the rubber duck she picked up in the last session of her game.
- Cosmetic Catastrophe: This is the result when Kiki performs a makeover on Alexia and Claireparker while they are asleep in "Two Aethelwynnes".
- Crash Course Landing: Kiki gets trapped in a flight simulator game and has to be talked through the landing procedure by Rex. However, being the Cloud Cuckoolander, Rex is only able to do after first constructing a mock-up of the flight controls made entirely of fruit.
- Did You Get a New Haircut?: Happens when Kiki has illegally eaten one on the power-up fruits from Rex's game and turned into a giant. Rex sees her and comments that there is something different about her: her hair is glossier. A few seconds later, he realises that she is also six times her normal size.
- The Ditz: Kiki Nova
- D.I.Y. Disaster: Romford's attempt to 'upgrade' the kettle somehow results in the toaster launching Projectile Toast at Alexia.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Kiki becomes the gym teacher version of this when she starts teaching the other characters aerobics in "Bling My Droid".
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The Quartermaster, a.k.a. QM.
- Expy: Each character seems to be an expy of several well known video game characters:
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Happens to Aethelwynne and Sgt. Riley as the result of an accident involving a plasma ball and the transporter in "Body Swap".
- The Ghost: 'The Boy' who actually owns and plays the games.
- God Guise: In "High Spirits", the angry ghost of a pharaoh mistakes Rex for an Egyptian god after Romford falls out of the ceiling and gets stuck on his head.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: In "Reset", Claireparker causes this by using a literal Reset Button in an attempt to create 'the perfect day'.
- Hands Go Down: In "Saving Private Romford", Claireparker has just finished using a blackboard to explain her plan to fix Romford and asks if there are any questions:
Rex: Why is Romford so small?
(Claireparker looks at the blackboard and then back at Rex)
Claireparker: It's a drawing, Rex. Any other questions?
(Rex's hand goes up)
Claireparker: They're all drawings, Rex.
(Rex's hand goes down)
- Hat of Power: In "The Game's Up", QM comes up with a hat of invisibility that renders the wearer invisible. The drawback is that the hat itself remains visible.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Aethelwynne is constantly shown as this, and most of the cast appears to suffer from this in "Rock Star".
- I Am Not Weasel: A Running Gag is that visitors to the console, such as Alexia's parents, keeping thinking that Rex is somebody's pet; usually mistaking him for some kind of dog.
- I Call Her "Vera": Sgt. Riley's laser is named 'Mary Jane'.
- I Just Want to Be Special: In one episode, Kiki gets tired of being the only character without any special abilities and steals Sgt. Riley's next upgrade. Hilarity Ensues.
- Impairment Shot: When a glass of orange squash gets poured into Romford in "Rock Star", there is a shot of the three girls from his POV with the screen twisting and distorting.
- Implausible Deniability: When Claireparker asks Rex if he's tearing out pictures of apples from a book and eating them again, Rex answers "No!" through a mouthful of paper.
- Impossibly Delicious Food: Mega Gino's Mega Jump Power Star in "The Ugly Truth".
- I Need to Go Iron My Dog: In "Two Aethelwynnes", Alexia and Clairpearker get away from Kiki from by announcing that they "Have to do some extra training...in that other room...with the thing".
- Invisibility Cloak: The QM invents a hat that renders the wearer invisible. The hat itself, however, is not.
- Juggling Loaded Guns: Sgt. Riley uses his plasmatronic laser for all kinds of mundane tasks, such as opening a carton of milk.
- Left the Background Music On: In "The Problems of Dr. Nigari", Kiki is tending to the dying plant Stephen Badgeworth and sad music swells in the background as she tells him she cannot save him. She then turns around and asks Romford if he's playing sad music. Romford admits he is and stops.
- Lethal Chef: Aethelwynne.
- Man-Eating Plant: Stephen Badgeworth in "The Problems of Dr. Nigiri".
- Metaphorgotten: In "The Problems of Dr. Nigari", Kiki says that taking an exam is exactly like dancing because it's all about "planning ahead, knowing your next move, and wearing a spangly leotard".
- Mirror Universe: In one episode, Riley exits the game from the wrong port and finds himself in a different console where Alexia is an Extreme Doormat, Aethelwynne is a Jerk Jock, Rex is an Insufferable Genius, Claireparker is The Pigpen and Kiki is... a large, hairy man.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Romford gets one in "HAL":
"Appealing as that sounds, I'm going to have go with saving my friends. And Aethelwynne."
- Neat Freak: Claireparker
- Non Sequitur Thud: In "Rock Star", Romford has a glass of orange squash poured into his CPU and runs through several non-sequiturs before shutting down.
- "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: Referenced by Rex in "Mrs Dynamo's Son":
Oh no! Is this a dream? Am I going to have to sit an exam with no pants on in a moment?
- Made extra funny by the fact that in the UK, 'pants' refers to 'underwear'.
- Only Sane Man: This usually Claireparker's role (although she does have her own moments of madness, like "Reset").
- Only Smart People May Pass: Dr. Nigiri sets one of these as final barrier on his plan to takeover the console in "The Problems of Dr. Nigiri". It falls to Sgt. Riley - as the only one not brainwashed - to attempt to solve it.
- Percussive Maintenance: Romford's hard reset function involves picking him up and dropping him.
- Projectile Toast: See D.I.Y. Disaster above.
- Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: Claireparker rehearsing for her cut scene.
- Robot Buddy: Romford
- Rushed Inverted Reading: Rex does it in "Mrs Dynamo's Son". He tries to act casual after hiding his mother in the sofa, but is reading his comic upside down.
- Severely Specialized Store: In one episode, the other characters enter Claireparker's game to do some shopping at the mall. Riley and Romford are respectively looking for sausages and a remote control. They find everything they are after at a store called 'Sausages n' Remote Controls'.
- Sleeping Dummy: Rex makes one of his mother in "Mrs Dynamo's Son".
- Space Marine: Sgt. Riley
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Claireparker demonstrates she is an expert at this during "Fool's Gold".
- Stylish Protection Gear: Alexia has an aerobics outfit that exactly matches her normal Spy Catsuit.
- This Is My Side: In "High Spirits", Alexia splits the console in half, with her on one side and everyone else on the other.
- Town Girls: The bubbly ditzy Kiki (femme), aristocratic Action Girl Alexia (neither), and the grungy zombie killer Claireparker (butch).
- Trademark Favorite Food: Rex really loves apples.
- The Voice: The Console
- Well Intentioned Replacement: Happens twice in "The Ugly Truth". Aethelwynne, Kiki and Claireparker attempt to bake a new Mega Jump Power Star to replace the one they ate and end up creating a star that causes extreme flatulence. Riley promises to repair Alexia's dress that he accidentally ripped, and creates an hideous dress out of scraps of cloth he finds in his game.
- Who's on First?: Done when Alexia is solving a crossword:
Alexia: I'm stuck on this last clue. Four letters, starts W A. 'A unit of power'.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Riley is afraid of dogs.
- With Catlike Tread: After Alexia destroys Claireparker's favourite shirt, Kiki loans Claireparker one of her outfits. After Claireparker wears it in her game, she discovers it very hard to hide from zombies when your outfit literally lights up and glows in the dark.
- Wrong Wire: In "Saving Private Romford", Romford's self-destruct protocol has been activated and is counting down to an electronic pulse that will wipe out all the data in the console. Clairparker comes up with a plan that amounts to 'pull out a random cog and hope that it stops things'. She pulls out a cog and the countdown speeds up. The other characters scream at her to put it back.