WMG / The Ren & Stimpy Show

Ren and Stimpy don't have George Jetson Job Security
Episodes that start with Ren and Stimpy poor and homeless are actually them between jobs.

Stimpy is part of the reason Yui Hirasawa from K-On! is somewhat goofy.

The theory for this show. WARNING: Major Tear Jerker material.
There was once a young boy who lived in Canada. He was always made fun of in school for always making jokes about boogers and farting. Everyone hated him and called him a disgusting weirdo, even the teachers.

His only friends were two pets he had at home. One of them was a chihuahua, who, despite being aggressive with strangers, was friendly with his owner. The other was an extremely obese cat who slept a lot, and often ate his own droppings. The boy often drew cartoons of the two doing stuff together, and having weird adventures.

When the boy was a teenager, the chihuahua attacked a child, and had to be put down. A short time later, the cat died of heart failure. Both animals were buried right next to each other.

The boy was depressed; the only things left of his two friends were those cartoons he had drawn, so he decided to do something with them.

Years later, after he had grown up, he went on to become an animator, making an award-winning cartoon series out of his two deceased friends. The boy? John Kricfalusi. The show? Ren and Stimpy.

[[Main/Jossed]]. Stimpy was based off a cat John would constantly doodle in school, and Ren was based off a chihuahua he once saw in a postcard.

Ren and Stimpy are the reincarnations of Moe and Larry, respectively.

Ren is violent, short-tempered, and domineering like Moe, while Stimpy is more submissive and sweet. To boot, Stimpy's voice is identical to Larry Fine's.

Wilbur Cobb suffers from leprosy
Explaining why his body seems to be falling apart.

Somebody actually ripped ass in the broadcast booth while they were recording the voice track to "Stimpy's Fan Club".
And John K. was all, "Yeah, Throw It In." I mean, ya gotta admit, that sounded real, man.

Stimpy is a Time Lord and his litter box is his TARDIS.
Then again, if a litter box was your first material possession, you'd be attached to it either way.

They're both victims of animal cruelty.
This is the reason Ren acts insane / psychotic /what-have-you, and why Stimpy acts the way he doesnote . Oh sure, you could say that it's because it suits the gag of the moment, but as far as their creator is concerned, it might as well be the above case. After all, the show has a number of instances that are either legitimately meant to get a laugh, or appear to be funny, but really aren't, or in some cases, ambiguous.
Related to the above, Ren has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
That ice cream bar must have meant a lot to him...
  • Furthermore, it wasn't the narrator who made Stimpy push "the jolly, candy-like button", it was his space madness, which had taken the form of the narrator.