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Video Game: Toontown Online

Toontown Online is pretty much what it says in the title, a town full of toons, online! It's an MMORPG featuring falling flower pots, cream pies, and corruption of humanity. Unlike most MMORPGs, this one has a basic turn-based system and can literally make peoples' head explode. No literally, when a cog loses a battle, its head explodes!

Not to be confused with that place where cartoon characters live.

Toontown Online closed on September 19, 2013. However, fans remain loyal to the game and some are even making private servers, such as Toontown Rewritten, and ToonTown Infinite.

This game provides examples of:

  • Abnormal Ammo: Cog moves such as Double Talk, Buzzword, Jargon, Red Tape, and Pecking Order as well as Toon moves such as Cream Pies, Rain Clouds, and a giant ship.
  • Absentminded Professor: Flippy and Professor Pete.
  • All Deserts Have Cacti: In the Western themed furniture sets.
  • Allegedly Free Game: It claimed to be free to play, with perks for subscribers. Of course, those perks included: the ability to venture out of Toontown Central and its three streets, to learn more than the first four levels of Gags (attacks) of the two starting Gag tracks, buy clothes for your Toon and furniture for your house (among other things) from Clarabelle's Cattlelog, play games other than the few Mini Games in the first Playground, buy items for friends, and so on. It later got a lot better with this - free accounts allowed you to go anywhere (however, you can't buy anything outside of Toontown Central), use Speedchat Plus, buy from the Cattlelog and have up to 50 friends. Unfortunately, free users couldn't go into Cog Buildings or buy stuff outside Toontown Central. Then, when Toontown was closing, all Toons could buy stuff, go on missions to all the areas, fight Cog bosses and wear items. And now that Toontown is being reopened by fans, it's free to play... FOREVER.
  • Alliterative Name: Some of the denizens and buildings in Towntown have alliterative appeal. The best example would be Fast Freddy's Fretless Fingerboards (Fabricated From Figured Fir!).
  • Always Accurate Attack: There are S.O.S. Toons who can make it so that the next round of the Toons' attacks hit. There is also an inverse where some S.O.S. Toons make it so that the next round of Cogs' attacks miss.
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: Encountering a cog in Minnie's Melodyland, Toontown Central, or Daisy Gardens.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Toons. Some Cogs, too.
  • Ambulance Chaser: The almighty Ambulance Chaser, who is a Lawbot.
  • Amoral Attorney: All Lawbots.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: All Toontasks with the reward being "Clothing Tickets", which you can use to buy clothes.
  • Anvil on Head: One Drop gag is an anvil.
  • Arcadia: Don't you wish you can visit those places in the rural racetracks? The only noise there is are the race cars...
  • A Taste of Power: In the middle of the Toontorial, Clerk Clara shows you what gags you can earn if you train.
  • Awesome but Impractical:
    • Trap gags, if nobody can use a lure gag to trap the Cog into the trap gag.
    • The entire Drop Track. While they are second only to Trap Gags in terms of damage done, they have the lowest base accuracy of any gag track. Unless you have a friend who is simultaneously training Squirt Gags (very high accuracy), you're gonna be gag camping for a looooong time.
  • Bad Boss: Bossbots. You can even use their Pink Slips to fire Cogs.
  • Ballroom Blitz: Not necessarily a ballroom, but the C.E.O. battle is supposed to be a sophisticated and well-mannered meeting about golf or plotting the toons' defeat. Until you sabotage his plans by making the guests explode with bad drinks...
  • Banana Peel: The first Trap Gag is this.
  • Band Land: Minnie's Melodyland.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: The Cogs can easily be interpreted as a Take That against the Eisner-era Disney executives.
  • Big Fancy House: The Clubhouse in the Bossbot HQ.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Any Toon building where you can walk all the way around it and at times, even those you can't. Also, generally, Cog Buildings are sort of like this.
  • Big Labyrinthine Building: Factories, Mints, and District Offices.
  • Bleak Level: Cog Buildings and Headquarters.
  • Boss Arena Idiocy: The Bossbot C.E.O. has seltzer bottles Toons can use to damage him, conveyer belts with treats on them for Toon-Ups, and golf balls they can use to slow him down.
  • Breakingthe Fourth Wall: One of a Legal Eagle's sayings when it uses the attack "Legalese" is "The opinions of this attack are not those of Disney's Toontown Online."
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: Parodied with the Cashbot Promotion track. Once you have the Cashbot Disguise, you have to get a certain number of Cogbucks (by beating Cashbots or taking over the Mints) to see the C.F.O. for a "promotion" (aka fighting him).
    • The lure gag track consists of fake cogbucks used to make cogs come closer to the user For Massive Damage if you want to use another gag or to leading them into a trap or to temporarily stun them.
  • But Thou Must: Not only do you have to do all of the non "Just for Fun" Tasks in each Playground before the game sends you to the next one, there are several points in the game where it's very easy to end up in a Playground with only a single, very difficult Task, unable to proceed. The first obvious spot would probably be Daisy Gardens where you have to get a key from a Cog species found only inside buildings, but the exact Cogs you face in each building is random, and that species is quite rare at the levels of the Toons that would be going for the Key.
  • Chekhov's Gun/Hobby: When you play the minigames, there is one minigame where you have to shoot yourself out of the cannon and aim yourself into a big tub of water. Later in the game, when you fight the CJ, guess what you have to use?
    • Similarly, the 'treasures' that heal you in the main playgrounds reappear in the CFO battle and the golf course in Chip n' Dale's acres reappear in the CEO battle.
  • Chokepoint Geography: If you don't have teleport access to an area in Toontown, you can only get through there by walking.
    • Same with the Cog Headquarters, since you can't get teleport access there.
  • City Noir: The Lawbot Headquarters is surrounded by one. A popular fan theory is that the city is the location of Cog Nation.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Pretty much everybody.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The four types of Cogs have distinct logos and clothing colors that you can easily tell apart. About the only way you can tell a Short Change from a Cold Caller at a distance (see Palette Swap below).
  • Combat Medic: In most boss battles, there will usually be one person who has stocked up on a lot of Toon-Up gags or Toon-Up and/or Gag-Up phrases to help.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The cogs, especially the C.E.O.
  • Courtroom Episode: The Chief Justice battle. The big guy himself even makes several references to Courtroom Antics as you make your case.
  • Cutesy Name Town: Toontown and its surrounding areas.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: Toontown has a relatively unusual control scheme. Movement is arrow keys only (as opposed to arrow keys or the WASD keys in some other games), and you don't press any specific key to start chatting, just start typing. If you've been away from the game for a while, you may end up typing long strings of characters when you're trying to walk around. Jumping is also different, with the Ctrl key instead of spacebar.
  • Dance Party Ending: When a battle finishes, the surviving Toons dance while gag experience and Toontask updates are completed.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Donald's Dreamland has no references to nightmares, only puns on sweet dreams and sleep. The Cogs, on the other hand....
  • Demoted to Extra: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Daisy Duck, Minnie Mouse, and Pluto, who all just have very minor roles in their respective lands. Minnie at least has a minigame starring after her.
  • Disney Villain Death: The V.P.
  • Distressed Dude: Anybody who gets caged by the V.P.
  • The Dreaded: The C.E.O., and the mysterious Chairman.
  • Dream Land: Donald's Dreamland, complete with a purple-black color-scheme, and the playground looking like a giant bed.
  • Dreadful Musician: Toons who specialize in Sound gags and have Sound gag trees.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Toons can build Cog Disguises to break into Cog Headquarters.
  • Drop the Hammer: The giant gavels in the Chief Justice battle
  • Duel Boss: Sometimes brave/foolish toons will go and fight Bosses alone.
  • Dungeon Shop: Completely averted. Cog buildings and HQs have no shops; you have to either leave or retake the building. Besides, shops are in the playgrounds.
  • Easily Angered Shopkeeper: Sometimes you'll run into a toontask with a very mean shopkeeper.
  • Eccentric Townsfolk
  • Edible Ammunition: The entire Throw Gag Section features cupcakes to pies to wedding cakes.
  • Elite Mooks: Corporate Raiders & Big Cheeses, Legal Eagles & Big Wigs, Loan Sharks & Robber Barons, and The Minglers and Mr. Hollywoods for Bossbots, Lawbots, Cashbots, and Sellbots respectively.
  • Eternal Engine: The Sellbot HQ Factories are the closest the game gets to this.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: Sellbot Towers.
  • Extended Gameplay: Beating all the toontasks in the Toon neighborhoods unlocks the Cashbot suit toontasks. Beating that unlocks the Lawbot suit toontasks. Beating that unlocks the Bossbot suit toontasks. Beating that unlocks quite a few "Just for Fun!" toontasks
  • Fake Longevity: The "Just for Fun!" toontasks allowed Toontown to create more time with the game without making new levels.
    • As well as the ever-known maxing out cog suits/gardening/racing/fishing.
  • Fanfare: There is a trumpet gag.
    • You also get a real one when you maximize certain stats, such as once for every gag track you complete and one for maximum gardening shovel points.
  • Fishing Minigame: There's a fishing pond in every Playground and on every Street. There's Fishing BINGO every Wednesday, sometimes you have to fish for a Toon Task's objectives, and sometimes you fish just because it's one of the most lucrative methods of gaining Jellybeans.
  • Four Is Death: There are 4 kinds of cogs; Bossbots, Lawbots, Sellbots, and Cashbots.
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: Tickling can be used to restore health.
  • Funetik Aksent: Dun on purpus to mayk puns luk punnier.
  • Fun Personified: Most of the Toons qualify. That's... probably the very reason various practical jokes are their main weapon.
  • Garden of Evil: The Cog golf courses.
  • Garnishing the Story:
  • The Ghost: The Chairman, who was mentioned but never seen.
  • Global Currency:
    • Jellybeans.
    • Cogs use Cogbucks.
  • Good Hurts Evil: Gags can be used to make Cogs explode.
  • Green Hill Zone: Daisy Gardens.
  • The Goomba: Flunkies, Bottom Feeders, Short Changes, and Cold Callers.
  • Halloweentown / Big Boo's Haunt: During Halloween, the entire town is decorated with all things Halloween-y.
  • Hammerspace: The gag pouch/bag/backpack; the place where you keep your gags.
    • Cogs also have their own kind of hammerspace where they get their attacks.
  • Hazardous Water / Making a Splash: The Squirt Gag Track.
  • Heli Critter: A certain glitch can let a toon float and "fly".
  • Hello, Insert Name Here
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The C.F.O battle with his own goons getting thrown at him as well as his own safes when he is stunned.
  • Hub City: The 4 Cogs Headquarters.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Toons.
    • Cogs too. In contrast to the Toons' cartoony practical jokes, Cogs mostly use office supplies.
  • Improvised Weapon: The C.F.O. batttle stars the magnet cranes and safes. The C.J. battle stars the evidence from the witness' stand. The C.E.O. stars golf clubs and seltzer bottles.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Oh so many things...
    • The second Toon-up gag is a megaphone for telling jokes.
    • Don't forget the side and back doors on buildings! When you approach them, they tell knock-knock jokes, with a laugh track and rimshot following the punchline.
  • Instant 180 Degree Turn: In some minigames such as the jungle one or the cog escape one.
  • Instrument of Murder: Bugles to severed Opera Singers' heads.
  • Insurmountable Waist High Fence: You can jump in the game, even jump high enough over fences, but you still can't get past them!
  • Interface Spoiler: Sellbot HQ, Cashbot HQ, Lawbot HQ, and Bossbot HQ. You know the rest.
  • Inverse Law Of Lethality And Accuracy: In the game, the scary gags that seem like they would be the most lethal(the entire drop gag track) has the worst accuracy.
    • Drop Gag accuracy greatly improves when the Cog has been hit by Squirt or Sound Gags in that same round (Drop goes last of all gags).
  • Joke Item: The first sound gag, which is the only gag incapable of one-shotting a Cog.
  • Jungle Japes: One of the minigames take place in a jungle, despite Toontown not having one at all.
  • Kangaroo Court: The Lawbot legal system, at least whenever a Toon is the defendant.
  • Kiss of Life: The third Toon-up gag is lipstick, in which you have to kiss someone to restore some of their health.
  • Haunted Castle: The Bossbot Headquarters resembles one.
  • Large And In Charge: The Boss Cogs.
  • Level Grinding: Required for most of the higher-level stuff. Gag "camping" is one of the most common, where you fill up with just one or two types of gags, and go hunt lower-level street Cogs to get experience.
    • Gardening is the most annoying, because you can only pick a flower once a day, and there's only ten flowers you can plant at a time. Worse, even the max-level flowers only give you one point per flower, requiring over a month of real time to level from 7- to 8-bean flowers.
  • Lighter and Softer: Than most MMORPGs. Toons don't die, and Cogs are robots.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The Sellbot Factory and Cashbot Mints have lava rooms.
  • Level In Reverse: The Goofy Speedway features 9 different tracks, with both standard and reverse versions.
  • Loan Shark: The Loan Shark cogs, obviously.
  • Mad Mathematician: Bean Counters and Number Crunchers.
  • Mad Scientist: In the old introduction, the cogs were made by Gyro Gearloose, but never intended on them to be released by the world. Some rich duck came along and released it instead.
  • Made of Explodium: Cogs. Luckily, the Cogs don't hurt you when they explode.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: The CFO's last words before he gets hit by a train, and after many goons and safes are thrown at him:
    "I've had enough of these pesky toons!"
  • Marathon Level: The Back Nine.
  • Mass Monster Slaughter Sidequest: Toontasks in general, though the type of Cog in question usually varies.
  • The Maze: The Maze Game. The first stage of the Cog field office buildings involves a maze mini-game where players have to throw water balloons at the Cogs walking around to recover jokes and unlock the exit. The more jokes recovered, the more health restored when you do reach the exit.
  • Mecha Mooks: Cogs
  • Mercy Mode: The "Run" option in cog battles. (This is, however, sometimes shaded in places such as cog buildings and boss battles).
  • Mind-Control Device: Hypno-goggles.
  • Minigame Zone: The Trolley takes you to play mini-games.
  • Mook Maker: The Boss Cogs, with the exception of the CEO.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: The Spin Doctors and possibly the Ambulance Chasers, both from the Lawbots.
  • Mordor: Each of the Cog H Qs.
    • Made hilarious by the fact that paid members can walk right into the Cog H Qs- though it's advised that they make sure they have high health before doing so, especially in Bossbot HQ.
  • Mr. Fixit: A few of the people who give out toontasks.
  • Multiple Head Case: Double Talkers, Two-Faces, the VP, and the CEO.
  • Nice Hat: Toons with hat accessories.
  • Nightmarish Factory / Polluted Wasteland: The Sellbots own a factory where they manufacture other Sellbots, which also doubles as their headquarters. It is surrounded by huge rubbish dumps, the ground is covered in oil slicks and the air is clogged with smoke.
  • No Sense of Humor: The reason why Cogs explode when you pelt them with Gags.
  • Non-Lethal K.O.: Cogs explode out of laughter, and toons don't die, they become sad!
  • Noob Cave: Toontown Central
  • Not Quite Flight: See Heli-Critter above.
  • One-Man Army: With all of this game's focus on teamwork and friendship, you would not expect something like this. However, if you know what you're doing, along with going to collect the necessary equipment, your toon could become this anywhere in the game. Just ask this guy.
  • Palette Swap: Several Cogs.
  • Palmtree Panic: Some parts of Donald's Dock
  • Personal Rain Cloud: The second-to-last squirt gag.
    • Some Cogs have their own variations on this.
  • Pick-Up Group: Any battle above a street battle will have you forming one of these.
  • Pie in the Face: Fruit Pie, Cream Pie, Birthday Cake, and Wedding Cake.
  • Pivotal Boss: The CFO and CJ.
  • Player Headquarters: Toon Headquarters, and your Estate.
  • Port Town: Donald's Dock.
  • Post-End Game Content: See Extended Gameplay above.
  • The Power of Friendship: Bosses and buildings are designed to be taken down by multiple toons. There is even a toontorial toontask that asks the player to 'Make a Friend'.
  • Power-Up Food: Ice-Cream treasures.
  • Punny Name: Too many to name.
  • Quicksand Sucks: It certainly does for the Cogs.
  • Railroad Tracks of Doom: The Cashbot Headquarters, and the final Trap Gag.
  • Retcon: The original backstory in the beta ties the game loosely down to the DuckTales universe in which the cogs are Gyro Gearloose's creation under the order of Uncle Scrooge, who accidentally activate the cogs when their AI programming was still not ready, causing an A.I. Is a Crapshoot scenario which they start replicating themselves out of control and taking over ToonTown. Disney executives apparently didn't like that and the backstory was retconned upon public release so that the Cogs just show up from out of nowhere one day and began invading ToonTown.
  • Rich Bitch: The Cashbots.
  • Sad Clown: Anybody who reaches zero in their Laff Meter.
    • As well as the fairly common Sad Clown Fish.
  • Screaming Woman / Screaming Warrior: The final sound gag, the Opera Voice.
  • Scenery Gorn: The Sellbot Headquarters, which is themed after an industrial wasteland, with smog-choked skies, huge rubbish dumps that could also be mountains, gravel everywhere and oil slicks on the ground, too.
  • Scenery Porn: Ironic, as the Cogs are meant to be gray and boring, but the Cashbot Headquarters is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the game.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: The VP tries this after his first round of Cogs are defeated. Realizing that the Toons insist on pursuing him and that the elevator isn't opening, he decides to continue fighting.
    • The CFO also does this when he realizes that he's losing the battle with the toons. He is promptly run over by a train while trying to escape.
    • The CJ just retires to his chambers after the Toons win the trial and schedules a new one.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Maxing cog suits/gardening/racing/golf.
  • Shout-Out: There are a few of these here and there; For example, one of the buildings in Donald's Dock is called "What's Up, Dock?".
  • Sinister Subway: The Cashbot Headquarters is just one huge subway station, albeit with banks lining it.
  • Single Palette Town: Most of the areas of Toontown have their own special colors, especially the Brrrgh and Donald's Dreamland.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: The Brrrgh.
  • Soft Water: The final Toon-Up gag is a high dive into a cup of water.
  • Smashing Hallway Traps of Doom: Many of the Cog Headquarters have these, most notably the Sellbot factory which has an area that is quite literally the definition of this trope.
  • Spiteful A.I.: In the Cog Thief minigame, the cogs try to steal barrels that contain gags, and you try to throw pies at them to make them explode. If they hit you, they explode and you fly into the air. When this happens, the cogs currently on screen will turn away from the money and try to run into you, even though they will instantly explode upon running into you.
  • Spit Take: The second Squirt gag is a glass of water. Guess what you do with it.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Cogs.
  • Stupid Boss: Bossbots, the C.E.O., The Chief Justice, the C.F.O., and the V.P.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: The Cogs threaten to cause this.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: The Goons that the CFO summons can be used to damage him.
  • The VP opens up his hatches to shoot gears at the toons, which can be used to stun him and make him vulnerable to being pushed by pies.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: Try using the New Friend command on someone other than a player.
    Use on a Cog: A few seconds of waiting, and then "(Cog name) says no, thank you."
    Use on your own Doodle: "(Doodle name) is already your BEST friend."
    Use on someone else's Doodle: "(Doodle name) jumps around, runs in circles and licks your face."
    • Technically not Toontown Online, but in Toontown Rewritten, during Doomsday, if you tracked down a cowering Alec Tinn behind the Bank, he'd think you're one of the Cogs.
    Alec: Don't hurt me!! Oh, phew, it's only you.
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: Bossbot HQ.
  • Too Awesome to Use: Level 7 Gags, SOS Toons, Unite Phrases, Cog Summons, and Pink Slips especially.
  • Toon Town: It's in the name, yo.
  • Trapdoor: The level 5 Trap gag is a trap door.
  • Two-Faced: Obviously, the Two Faces and Double Talkers.
  • Uncanceled: Ever since Toontown's closure was announced, fans have taken matters into their own hands and are private servers by going the distance to completely reverse-engineer the client. Toontown Rewritten and Toontown Infinite are two of the most popular private servers (but don't bring one up at the forums of the other unless you're looking for a ban), although smaller closed-community servers also exists. Toontown fan sites and forums continue to remain active as well.
  • Voice Grunting: Every living thing.
  • Wackyland: The whole game, except for the Cog Headquarters.
  • Where It All Began: The last toontask for your Bossbot Suit takes you back to Flippy.
  • White Gloves: Every single Toon wears them.
  • Words Can Break My Bones: Several Cog attacks use words as a weapon. Justified, as they are trying to make Toons go sad.
  • You No Take Candle: Some toons like to speak this way in Chat.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Several Toon names have these.

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