Blue:Hey! Hey Charlie! Wake up! Pink:Yeah Charlie! You silly sleepy-head, wake up!
Charlie the Unicorn is a silly video by Film Cow following the short adventure of a pink unicorn and a blue unicorn dragging their ..."friend" Charlie, a gray unicorn, on an adventure to the magical Candy Mountain (sadly not the MAD Candy MountainKirby goes to). After some time, a sequel came out about their quest to return the magical amulet to the Banana King, and a third episode about saving the future soon made the series a trilogy. The series became so popular, however, that a fourth one was eventually released. All the videos really rely on the Pink and Blue unicorns' nonsensical behavior and the fact that Charlie seems to be the only one in any video with an ounce of rationality.A pair of possibly canon one-shotshorts were released for the YouTube Live event, as well as another advertising Charlie the Unicorn merchandise at Hot Topic. And this one for the Playlist LIVE event.Then there's the spin-off/parody/mindscrew videos, charlie tehunicron and charlie teh unicron 2. Be warned that the only thing that you will learn from watching these is that the Liopleurodon is named Leo. No joke. And there's a dragon at the Poconos. And unicorns puke rainbows. And they are also pyromaniacs. And they like pancakes.There's also a spinoff called Charlie the Yannicorn wherein... um... eh... just see for yourself.
Charlie: What is "The Door?" Blue: The Door is everything. Pink: All that once was and all that will be! Blue: The Door controls time and space. Pink: Love and death! Blue: The Door can see into your mind! Pink: The Door can see into your soul! Charlie: [shaken] Really? The... the Door can do all that? Pink: Heh, no.
Batman Can Breathe in Space: The three of them can breathe underwater, which Charlie decides he's not even going to ask how. In Episode 4, they actually do go to space. Again, no problems with breathing.
In the YouTube Live short, the pink and blue unicorns inexplicably don fur hats and beards and start speaking in Russian; as it turns out, they're literally saying My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels. At the end, when they're being menaced by Rick Astley, the pink one goes back into Russian mode and shouts "Communism!"
In one of the one-shots, they encounter a... well, giant Z. Upon meeting it they start speaking in Spanish. Considering the rest of the series, though, it probably doesn't mean anything. That said, we do have Llamas with Hats...
Blue: ˇEl hombre con el sombrero nos envió! (The man with the hat sent us!) Pink: ˇÉl nos contó muchas historias asombrosas! (He told us many amazing stories!)
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In the course of the series, those two sweet, dimwitted friends of Charlie: knocked him out to steal his kidney, his TV, and his horn just so they could make a snowman. And that's if you don't count merely being near them as a horror in itself. The fourth one reveals that they really are just trying to kill him, most likely out of boredom, and that they do this to other people too.
The fourth one has Charlie's horn held together with a band-aid.
Convection Schmonvection: Double Subverted in the Hot Topic video. The blue unicorn is in a room full of lava, and then proceeds to be set on fire from the heat. Then in the next scene, it's not on fire anymore, but still in the room full of lava. Assuming, of course, that the blue unicorn bursting into flames had anything to do with the heat.
Crapsaccharine World: A world that basically is shaped by two sadistic unicorns was bound to be this, at least for Charlie.
Crossdressing Voices: The Millipede has an obviously male voice, but in addition to claiming to have "three hundred eggs", the mothmen use female pronouns when singing along with her at the end of the song.
An Alternate Character Interpretation of Pink and Blue is that they're really some sort of insane gods who have chosen Charlie as their plaything. The fact that some of the stuff they summon is genuinely disturbing backs up this theory.
Rick Astley in the YouTube Live episode is played like an Eldritch Abomination from the internet.
Charlie himself seems to agree.
Charlie: I'm not even gonna ask how I'm still alive, cause you know what I think? I think I died long ago and you two are my eternal punishment. Also note that neither Blue nor Pink deny this...
Blue: ˇEl hombre con el sombrero nos envió! Pink: ˇÉl nos contó muchas historias asombrosas! Z:*bing bing bing dodolo dodolo* Pink and Blue: Ho ho ho ho ho! Charlie: ...what.
Genre Blindness: In the fourth cartoon, the usually Genre Savvy Charlie fails to notice the False Reassurance in Blue and Pink's promise to him. In his defense though, they've never tried to kill him before, only steal things from him.
By the second cartoon, Charlie knows to expect "horrible things" to happen when the other two are around. He grows so accustomed to their antics that by the third episode, very little actually fazes him in terms of weirdness.
Blue: Charlie! We're here! Pink: In the future! *blows party horn* Charlie: This looks EXACTLY the same!
Jackass Genie: Pink and Blue promised Charlie that they would never bother him again if he enters the Cavern of the Red Wind. Cue bomb, so there would be no more Charlie to bother.
Karma Houdini: For all the crap they put Charlie through, the pink and blue unicorns don't get much comeuppance. Pretty much a The Bad Guy Wins scenario in this case! Episode 4 implies they've been getting away with this sort of thing even longer than they have been doing it to Charlie, and they've also gotten away with killing the others when they got bored.
Lampshade Hanging: In the second and third episodes, Charlie takes note of how each time, the singer explodes. The third episode also has him realize that their adventures are always just some ploy to steal something of his.
Obfuscating Stupidity: The other two unicorns appear to be childish and stupid, but the occasional line of insight and the fact that all of the episodes are plots to steal things from Charlie seem to suggest that they are very odd Chessmasters or at least Cloud Cuckoolanders with magical powers and odd goals.
Off the Rails: Pretty much everything made after the third one, losing all grips on what loose idea you could call reality in the first videos.
Only Sane Man: Charlie considers the entire trip ridiculous and wishes his friends would stop repeating everything.
Self-Deprecation: charlie teh unicron is a self-parody by the creators that makes fun of the original. According to Word Of God, it's also a Take That to fans who email Filmcow with suggestions for future Charlie the Unicorn episodes, "a parody of what Charlie the Unicorn would be like if it was written by random internet people."
Serial Killer: It is implied in episode 4 that Red and Blue have killed many people before him out of boredom.
Shaggy Dog Story: Each and every episode ends with the two crazy unicorns robbing Charlie, the entire insane journey having just been an elaborate plot to steal his kidney, TV, and horn, respectively. Good news is, he finds his kidney back in the third episode...
Spin-Off: Kinda? The only real difference between Unicron and the main series is that Pink and Blue act more adult and lose the Eldritch Abomination feel. Plus Charlie is less of a straight man and more a bystander. Weird things still happen, they just seem more "normal", in the sense that you could believe that's just how the universe works in this world.
Time Travel: Possibly. Notable in that the three unicorns live in a forest, so there is absolutely no visual difference between the "present" and the "future". And their future clothes disappear when they're in the future.
Unexplained Recovery: In episode 3 loses his horn as it's the last missing piece to the snowman. In the Hot Topic and Youtube Live shorts (which may or may not take place after episode 3), he has his horn again. The fourth episode shows that he taped his horn back onto himself.
Unwitting Pawn: Charlie, three times. Not that they are complicated plans. Granted, Charlie seems to know that something bad is going to happen, yet goes with them anyway.
Vocal Evolution: Compare Blue and Pink's voices in the first segment to their voices in the Hot Topic video. Or the Charlie teh Unicron videos.
With Friends Like These: Charlie and the two unicorns — that is, assuming they really do consider Charlie their "friend" (he sure doesn't see it that way) and it's not just a ploy that's part of their insane agenda.