"You wanna know why everything turned out so wrong? Because you didn't take my advice and you're fucking stupid."
—Foamy, "Foamy's Rant"
Neurotically Yours (the title comes from 'Writer's Block,' in which Germaine signs her poem Neurotically Yours after going insane,) is an online cartoon series created, animated, starring, voiced by, and generally fueled by Jonanthan Ian Mathers (also known as J.I.M). Episodes are one to three minutes long and feature an ongoing storyline with some Character Development for the lead characters (generally Germaine and sometimes Foamy, since the other characters tend not to learn anything from their mistakes - ever), while the rest feature hyper-aggressive, comically exaggerated rants by Foamy about various annoyances and what he considers to be the stupidity of humans.The show is notable for:
its manner of subverting cultural expectations involving a variety of sensitive issues (particularly involving gender roles);
being extremely politically incorrect (making a point to mock acceptable and unacceptable targets equally);
its tendency to become eccentric author tract and;
Germaine: Gothic/punk misunderstood poet, and the closest the series has to a Straight Man. She is a passionate poet, and constantly frustrated with the problem of wanting to earn a living through her art and the expenses of life in New York City. After going through stages of loathing men, manipulating them, becoming a slut to get what she wants from men while denying it, and then gaining weight in an attempt to stop men from hitting on her (which didn't work), Germaine became depressed and suicidal due to being conflicted with her morals and her sexuality helping pay the bills while dealing with her enormous weight gain. Germaine then left the city and had gone off backpacking in an effort to turn her life around. She is also bright, very tough (when not depressed) and the most empathetic and well-balanced character in the series. Since the 2011 reboot, Germaine has become a bit more social and brushes off Foamy's rants. Germaine is the only character in the series not voiced by Jonathan Mathers, and in the earliest episodes she was The Voiceless. Starting with "Hypnotic Foamy", she is voiced by Dawn Bennett.
Pilz-E: Jewish Squirrel. Described by Foamy as "Woody Allen on Crack" he is a neurotic, pill popping nutcase. Has every mental disease known to man (apparently they're all transmittable to rodents), though Germaine and Pilz-E himself has hinted a few times that all his diseases are psychosomatic, and he's just a horrible hypochondriac, and the other half of the diseases he isn't making up are just side-effects of his other pills. Frequently used as a Author Tract on American society's over-reliance on prescribed medication.
Begley: British punk squirrel. Anarchic, perverted and sporting a purple mohawk, he nonetheless aims to be extremely polite and generally conform to as many American stereotypes of English people as he can. A firm fan favourite, despite not appearing in many episodes and once raping Germaine with a voodoo doll.
The Hatta': Stereotypically black squirrel. Token Minority and Angry Black Man (er...squirrel). " I is mad, and I is a crazy motherf***er when it comes to tea". Possibly the most offensively stereotypical character on the show, to the point that other characters frequently comment on it. Also the only openly racist character on the show, including against black people that aren't as much of an urban stereotype as he is.
Franklin: Brainwashed chain coffeehouse employee and Camp Gay. Frequently ends his sentences with "bitch", has worn Germaine's underwear at least once. Foamy hates him more than humans in general, and once ( when Franklin tried to backtalk him) carved a shopping list on Franklin's back. "It just says cream cheese, over and over."
Mammed Udi: A person from India working as the only person in computer tech support for an outsourced company on all hours of the day. Generally is of no help by offering solutions that generally do not work or things people could have done themselves. Also gets electrocuted by a shocky monkey if he works too slow. On his 5th appearance, he gets fired (and ate the shocky monkey) . He now works a variety of odd jobs, including support hotlines and running a pharmacy. Generally overworked and not particularly interested in his job. Serves as the Author Tract on how outsourcing is making tech support even more difficult to deal with while also showing at the same time on how people calling for tech support act like is supposed to get things right the first time.
There are a few recurring elements to the series:
Fan Mail: Foamy hates it, but is forced to answer it. For the first few episodes, Foamy is friendly and excited, but undergoes an Creator Breakdown, during which he burns his set. He gradually recovers, and now just spends it insulting his letter-writing fandom.
Rants: Foamy hates X, and this is why.
The show rebooted as of September of 2011 with updated character designs and plans to incorporate aspects of something like six other projects Mathers has sporadically worked on since NY's inception (so that he's only got the one show to worry about).
This show shows examples of:
Aborted Arc: The storyline involving Germaine bettering her life and getting a scholarship so she could go to college never fully developed thanks to the series getting a reboot. It was implied, however, that Germaine still did sexual favors to strangers and the Reboot episode had Foamy state that Germaine's life in the future was going to be worse than it was in the past 10 years.
The episodes revolving around Mutie was also cut short when she got killed by a tentacle monster, most likely due to the character adding very little to the storyline and people only watching the episodes just to drool over her.
A-Cup Angst: Yes and no. Germaine for a long time was quite busty, but recently had breast reduction surgery. At first she was pleased that her back was feeling better and she wasn't being harassed as much. When she realized that she wasn't getting free stuff anymore she seemed a bit down, but was still okay with her decision. Then Foamy pointed out that without her huge breasts, Germaine would likely no longer get massive tips at Starshmucks, and she had a massive "oh fuck" moment. The whole issue is resolved one episode later, when she gets a magic ring that allows her to grow her breasts to whatever size she wants at will.
"Reboot Button" implies that it may very well be true.
All Men Are Perverts: Brought up frequently, because according to Foamy, Germaine is supposed to represent the every woman who is constantly harassed by the every guy, who sees her as a sex object and not a person. The subject of one of Foamy's rants as well; much of the fanmail is about wanting to see Germaine naked.
Begley noticeably enjoys sexuality more than the other squirrels.
Anchovie spends every waking moment lusting after Germaine, focusing only on her breasts. He loses interest in her in the reboot arc once Germaine gets a breast reduction.
All There in the Manual: The character section on the author's web site gives information on how some characters came to be, such as Anchovie.
Alternate Continuity: What the series is if Germaine stopped focusing on her poetry and moved out of the expensive New York City (post reboot).
Alternate Timeline: Foamy's explanation on how his reboot button works; the user's consciousness is sent back 10 years to the past where they get to experience déjà vu and have a second chance in bettering their lives while the user in the present timeline continues to live as they normally do (usually for the worse).
Animesque: The rebooted series art style gives this off somewhat.
Art Evolution: Not so much with Foamy, whose Flash model has basically been the same since the start, but Germaine BIG TIME, so much so that it's a plot point now how much Germaine has changed. Even Germaine's hair changed from being short and spiky to being longer and sporting a ponytail.
The way the cartoons are animated is different now as well. Foamy's eyes and arms used to just slowly float up or down depending on which way he moved them, but now his movements are much more quick and snap back instead of just floating aimlessly off.
The eyes of all the human characters changed throughout the series. Initially, the eyes were drawn very large with small irises. Over time, the eyes were drawn smaller for a more proportional look. In the reboot arc, the eyes became a mix of the previous two styles, having large eyes with just as large pupils. Foamy commented on the new style that his eyes are so large that they hurt.
Arranged Marriage: Word of God says that Dia from the Dia & Tofu side series was supposed to have been married to Mammed Udi, the tech support guy. This is from the character section of the author's web site and is not seen in the actual episodes, but it was hinted in "Twitter Talking Robots" that Dia ditched Mammed Udi for being a loser and possibly a womanizer.
Art Shift: At the end of "Reboot Button", the art style goes back to the original style of the series, ten years ago. This, in turn, leads to a drastic Art Evolution for series's reboot, where all the characters are redesigned to be a highly refined version of how they looked (or would have looked) in the very first episode.
Asexuality: Foamy has absolutely no interest in finding someone to love and gets annoyed when Germaine asks him if he finds some girls that she knows as hot (mostly because the girls are human and Foamy is a squirrel). Foamy knows it's perfectly normal for people to fall in love and to lust after each other, but he feels people are too caught up in their sexuality and make a big deal out it.
Author Avatar: Foamy appears to be one of these in the rant episodes.
Bare Your Midriff: Germaine once she started to gain weight and her clothes were not fitting properly. She dips in and out of the trope in the reboot series.
Foamy's biggest berserk button are people who write to him demanding Germaine to be naked more often...or any letter about Germaine in general.
Begley being referred to as Bentley seems to function as this as well ("It's Begley! Beg-LEY! I'm not a butler, y'know, you fuckin' wankers...!")
Beware the Nice Ones: Begley seems like the nicest of the squirrels, but piss him off and you're in for a world of hurt.
Pilz-E is also usually very nice, but he lacks anything even remotely resembling lucidity. The result is that he might hurt others unintentionally - like, for example, giving a group of infants enough tranquilizers to kill a group of adults, due to being under the impression that the pills were candy.
Big Applesauce: In Foamy Fan Mail XIV, Foamy explains that Germaine's slutty acts are because of how expensive it is to live here.
Bi the Way: In "The Move" Germaine reveals she's open to hooking up with another girl, but she'd have to have huge T&A.
"Squirrel Advice (HD)" reveals Germaine is a bisexual and has been trying to get together with another girl in her modeling class that is fat, a fetish that Germaine has.
Apparently, they're very hard to sweep up once they've hit rigor mortis.
Blood Bath: An early short with Germaine getting attacked by the Ghostface Killer from the Scream movies ends with Germaine continuing her bath in the killer's own blood while his body is seen hanging from the ceiling in the background.
Breakout Character: Foamy started out as Germaine's pet and sidekick. The pet thing is still technically true.
In later episodes before the reboot, he might not even count as that anymore. After Germaine leaves home to go on a trip of self-discovery, Foamy starts paying for the apartment himself with his cult money. Even though she eventually comes back, he's basically destroyed the definition of "pet".
The reboot confirms that he's still considered to be Germaine's pet, though in one of the chibisodes (which show the pair as children) Germaine outright stated that the only reason Foamy's still alive is that he knows how to feed himself. So he's a pet, but an extremely independent one.
Pre-reboot, "Amplified Bible" has Foamy reading from the "Better Boobs Through Witchcraft" book, which causes Germaine's breasts to start growing. The following cartoon shows they're still growing and have become humongous, much to Anchovy's delight.
Post-reboot, after Germaine gets a breast reduction she begins to somewhat regret the decision after figuring out she won't get big tips anymore at her barista job (where she wears an outfit that shows off lots of cleavage). Foamy informs her about a ring that can let her control the size of her breasts so that way she can have huge boobs only when she wants to, and by the end of "A Change of Heart" she's seen trying it out in the bathtub, going up to sizes so big that her Stalker with a Crush, Anchovy, peering in from outside her bathroom window has his head explode from excitement.
Cerebus Syndrome: The recent Germaine arc has become a lot more serious, with some episodes featuring almost no humour. The author has stated this will be temporary, though.
Character Development: Germaine mostly, though very subtle if you haven't been paying attention to the series. Germaine starts off as a stereotypical jaded goth chick who thinks everyone's stupid and All Men Are Perverts while secretly having sexual fantasies and fetishes she routinely denies when Foamy questions her about it. It got to the point where she enjoyed the sexual acts but still hated how men treated her like garbage, so she gained a ton of weight in order to make herself less appealing, only to now have guys chase her even more because of the fat ass and huge breasts she obtained from being so fat. After sliding into an extreme depression, Germaine decides to leave the city and get herself back together.
When Germaine returns home, she becomes more aggressive towards perverts (even talking about jamming a pencil in a guy's crotch!) and even flips off Foamy whenever he gives her a hard time. Time away from the city opened her eyes greatly.
Christmas Special: Averted. Foamy hates Holiday Specials, and devotes an entire episode to complaining about them.
Played straight after a while, as there have been several Christmas and Halloween episodes (done in the normal Foamy fashion, though, so they aren't exactly "typical").
Chubby Chaser: Germaine in the reboot reveals herself as this, wanting to get together with a fat girl.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Pillz-e, full stop. Most likely to do with all the medication he takes. Foamy dips into this trope sometimes as well.
Comically Missing the Point: In Meditational Melee, Germaine tells Foamy that people in the south use squirrels for chili meat. He responds by saying that he likes chili.
Germaine's attempt to write a book and create a web site based on her abused sexual history is full of this trope. She believes giving exact details of the sexual acts she went through would inspire women to avoid making the same mistakes she made. All it does is make Germaine sound whiny because she didn't really do anything about her problems and anyone reading or watching her content would get a sexual thrill from it instead of caring about what she had to endure.
Pilz-E breathes this trope; he gets common phrases and meanings completely mixed up or just plain wrong, such as thinking "solitaire confinement" meant that he had to sit in a room playing Solitaire all day (he was thinking of solitary confinement). In the episode "Eye Stigmata", Pilz-E is actually right for once when he has a stigmata in his eyes, causing him to profusely bleed from them at the episode's end.
In "Fomay Fanmail XIV", Foamy gets a letter from a fan that says she would hit on Germaine. This is followed by a clip of a guy punching Germaine in the face and Foamy then saying hitting women is bad. Granted, Foamy knew what the person was talking about and missed the point on purpose to be funny.
Continuity Nod: The "Summoning Santa" episode has an elf scold Foamy for killing several people at a park by tossing acorns at them. It was an event occurred in an earlier episode.
In Zip Codes, Foamy threatens Franklin when the latter tries to get Foamy to fill out paperwork. Just to get his coffee: "I will fucking kill you. DO YOU HEAR ME?!? I will tear off your fucking balls and staple them to your fucking forehead! STOP FUCKING AROUND AND GET ME MY FUCKING COFFEE!!!"
In Dworgies, Foamy replies in this way about what he would like to do to himself when Germaine asks if he ever fantasized about "doing" her: "I'd rather be killed, buried, dug back up fifty years later, REANIMATED BY HERBERT WEST AND THEN KILLED ALL OVER AGAIN!!! AND I'M TRYING TO THINK OF SOMETHING MORE EXTREME THAN THAT, BUT I CAN'T BECAUSE I'M SO DISGUSTED, IT'S BLINDING MY ABILITY TO THINK!!!"
Germaine does this in "Work Related Incident" as a response to Anchovie's incessant ogling: "I WILL STRANGLE YOU WITH MY FUCKING BRA STRAP!!!"
In "Clothes Donation", Germaine admits to stick a pencil in a man's genitals because he was sexually assaulting her. Strangely, Foamy approves.
Germaine: Dude, it was a sexual assault.
Foamy: So, you assaulted a guy so he COULD jizz on your boobs?
Germaine: No, dumbass...he assaulted ME!
Foamy: Ooooohhh...oh...hmm...yeah, because you kinda seem a little carefree about that.
Germaine: Meh...I'm kinda used to it. Besides, I shoved a pencil in his dickhole. So, I think things evened out with the karma there.
Deadpan Snarker: Germaine and Foamy, Up to Eleven. Mammed Udi also became this when he was fired from his tech support job and now doesn't really care about the problems of his customers in his odd jobs as long as he gets paid for it.
Deal with the Devil: The episode "Radio Offer" shows a devil on the radio offering money in exchange for souls. Pilz-E Wants 10 of them to get the offered decoder ring and Germaine already sold her soul.
Dumb Blonde : Germaine. During her travel logs, her hair grew back un-dyed, revealing her to be a natural blonde. She's not air-headed in the stereotypical way, but could arguably still fit this trope due to the way she handled her life.
Early-Installment Weirdness: The first few batches of episodes are quite odd to look at compared to the later episodes in the series; the backgrounds and character designs were more simplistic and rough while Foamy was almost a completely different character by speaking quickly and just saying whatever came to mind. Pillz-E, while speaking fast and talked about nonsensical stuff before, didn't go off the rails on topics as much as he did in his future appearances and his voice pitch was almost the same as Foamy's, only with a faster speaking speed.
Equivalent Exchange: Parodied via a cursed toaster. Put something in, and something possibly completely unrelated comes out in time spans that are as consistent as water if the title cards are to be believed.
Even Evil Has Standards: Averted in Nuts to You. Foamy avoids killing a baby despite Pilz-E's constant prodding. Reason? He thought it would be funny if the baby grew up knowing its mother was murdered. Just another Moral Event Horizon in the life of Foamy the squirrel...
In Foamy Cult Meeting, Begley questions the need for "squirrely force" to bring on the demise of the human race.
In Deck Waving, Foamy calls Germaine out for using devious tactics to win at poker.
Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Anchovie is mainly known as The Pizza Guy/Dude. According to Word of God, Anchovie got his name from smelling like anchovies all the time since he has been a pizza delivery guy for a long time.
Everything's Nuttier With Squirrels: Pilz-E, full stop. The other squirrels, while certainly nutty, are overall a lot less jittery than their species is typically portrayed in fiction.
Foamy early on was a pretty classic Nutty Squirrel, before he started showing his snarky side. His speech has also slowed down to almost-normal compared to his first appearances.
Fanservice: Played straight. Averted. Inverted. Subverted. Sometimes all in the same clip.
Fat Bastard: Foamy always made fun of Germaine's weight, despite the fact that she wasn't overweight, but then he had a reason to make fun of her once Germaine actually did gain weight. Granted, Germaine's weight gain was on purpose, but she still exhibited the traits of fat bastardy, which included eating food anywhere she went (such as the bathroom), having poor taste in clothes that made her fat figure more apparent, and loudly belching whenever she felt like it. She lost some weight when she left the city for a while and the reboot erased the entire thing.
Five-Finger Discount: In "Sexy Costumes" Germaine says this is how she gets her hair dye... though it turns out she's refering to a different kind of five-finger discount.
Flanderization: Germaine, going from a typical angsty art-school Goth in the early episodes, to a WangstyStraw Feminist in the classic series. She seems to have evened out somewhat in the reboot.
Anchovie was hit hard by this trope, going from a stalker with a crush to a potential rapist that only thinks about having sex with Germaine and always. This is taken further where he always creams all over himself at the sight of her.
The Hatta' was also flanderized to the point where he's a walking racist caricature of a stereotype that does nothing but spew racist comments while trying to justify what he says is not racist.
Gag Boobs: At some point during her weight gain Germaine stopped getting fat like a normal person, and the weight all went to her breasts. Each one is now larger than her head, and they literally hang down to her waist, unobstructed by anything so realistic as a protruding belly.
There was also that one spell Foamy cast much earlier in the series. Poor Germaine was bedridden by the size of her boobs.
Gainaxing: In the reboot, Germaine's breasts bounce every time she talks.
Gamer Chick: In the reboot and Chibisodes, Germaine has been playing more video games. In the episode "Gamer Chicks", she is playing Duty Calls 7 and is 11th on the leaderboards, while Foamy is 256th.
Foamy: How you do dat?!? HOW YOU DO DAT?!?
Germaine: Headshots, baby. Headshots! I fucking love headshots! I FUCKING LOVE HEADSHOTS!
Hammerspace: Occurs often with Foamy and Pilz-E during their conversations where they just pull out random items related to the topic they're talking about, although it's more like a prop since the characters hardly use what they pull out.
Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Subverted with Germaine, who, though generally a decent person, is extremely cynical. Considering her career as a plus-sized pornstar and call girl seems to be panning out quite profitably, but she's really only doing it because she would rather be writing poetry, the subversion is entirely understandable.
Hypocritical Humor: Jim, the creator of Neurotically Yours, continually complained about perverted fans sexualizing Germaine. As the original series progressed, he put her in more and more sexual situations.
He eventually explains that Germaine going from a feminist to a blatant whore was a part of her character development all along, given away by the subtext of several episodes. He explains it here.
The Hatta' lives and breathes this trope. Every time someone calls him out about being racist or a stereotype, the Hatta' strongly defends his point of view by saying how what he says is the truth or is just a "strong opinion".
Gasshole: Germaine. Her belching out loud at random times has become a Running Gag since "Gas-E-Pop", in which she drank a bottle of the episode's titular soda and burped constantly for the rest of the episode. Whether she is still burping because of the soda or not is unclear, but she was particularly proud of her burp in "Deck Waving".
Jerkass: Pretty much everybody has jerkass tendencies, except Mutie. Germaine lays into the squirrels all the time (although they probably deserve a lot of this) and has killed at least three people solely because they annoyed her. Foamy mutilates and maims people for fun (with his nut-tossing) and bosses around and insults Germaine all the time. Begley raped (or sexually tortured, depending on your interpretation) Germaine with a voodoo doll, programmed a sex doll to assault Anchovie, and helped Pilz-E and Foamy tie down Germaine and beat her to a pulp. The Hatta constantly accuses white people of being racist, solely so they'll shut up and walk away. Mammed Udi is sick of all the stupid people calling his helplines and only working for the money, and isn't afraid to let them know.
Jerkass Has a Point: Germaine in the classic series tries to lose weight after she gained a lot of it and sought out Foamy for support. Foamy refused to help Germaine and said that he had to deal with her whining for over 8 years about insignificant crap and things in her life she could have fixed on her own, but refused to do so or admit to it. Foamy also stated that that he tried to put Germaine on the right path many times, but since she refused to listen, he didn't give a damn what she did anymore.
Subverted. She finally came back in "An Arthouse Halloween".
Lampshade Hanging: In the Achievements rant, Begley shows up and gets the achievement Obscure character reference.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the "World's Biggest Boobs" episode, Foamy points out to Germaine how large her breasts are. Her rebuttal is that she's a cartoon character so realistic proportions and gravity don't apply to her. She then tries to justify that her breasts are actually small because they are as big her eyeballs.
Lighter and Softer: The Chibisodes invoke this trope, portraying Germaine (at 10 years old) and Foamy at a younger age with more colorful set pieces and having reduced dark content that the main series is famously known for.
Limited Animation: Zig zagged. The characters gained better animations as the series progressed, but when it comes to walking, human characters just slide across the screen without moving their legs when walking and slightly bob up and down.
The Mean Brit: Begley in some of his appearances (his catchphrase is "Wanker!")
Literal-Minded: Pilz-e is a walking embodiment of the trope. He once stated that he would make a booby trap on Germaine to "trap her boobies".
Loners Are Freaks: Played straight by Germaine and then subverted later. Germaine at the start of the series was the stereotypical goth teenager that practiced witchcraft and believed in demons while she had absolutely no friends at all and lived with her pet squirrel. Subverted later on where Germaine still has no friends, but after she gives up the goth lifestyle, she is much more well adjusted to life and is emotionally balanced.
Long Runner: The series has been going strong since 2003!
Mega Corp.: StarShmucks. They insist on using pretentious fake french names for their coffee, charge over three times the standard price, drive literally every single independent coffee shop out of business via aggressive marketing and advertising, has all their employees forcibly given a neural implant that makes them spout inane slogans and promotional advertisements, and assassinates Franklin simply because he couldn't get Foamy to purchase their new "Trendi" size. (He got better)
Off Model: Became apparent once the series began to be published on YouTube, but the reboot arc makes the problem more apparent. Tas the colors of the characters are washed out, making Germaine and other human characters look extremely pale. This is due to how YouTube encodes and compresses videos uploaded to the site (the series started out in flash format, which doesn't lose quality when uploaded), which is most likely the reason that JIM started to reupload the entire series from episode one onwards, one by one, in 1080p format in order to retain the original quality.
Out-of-Character Moment: Anchovie in the "Lewd Lingerie" episode where he works as a security guard for a lingerie store and tries his damn best to not get aroused by Germaine's teasing and exploiting advances (she wears nothing but a bra and panties), which is a far contrast to his typical character that does everything he can to get aroused at the sight of Germaine.
It could simply be that he was trying to be inconspicuous in his stalking, and was uncertain how to handle having the object of his obsession right in front of him.
Parental Abandonment: For years, the series never mentioned what had happened to Germaine's parents until the episode "Academic Alert" where she states that she hadn't heard from her parents in 6 years. Even in the rebooted storyline, Germaine makes no mention of her parents at all, which implies she may have had some sort of falling out.
Germaine seems to be on good terms with her grandfather in the reboot arc since she was entrusted to look after his house in Connecticut while he is away in Florida for the season.
It's further explained by Word of God that Germaine was raised by her grandfather since she was 10 years old because her father had abandoned her while her mother was deemed unfit to raise a child.
Playing with Fire: Foamy does this in one fan mail episode where he sets the pile of fan mail on fire after getting annoyed by people sending him more mail when he asked them not to send any more. He still had to answer mail in the episode after that, only with the background charred to a crisp due to his fire antics.
The Plan: According to one fan mail segment, Germaine's recent appearance change is part of some sort of scheme Foamy has concocted.
Evil Plan: Said scheme has recently been elaborated on in Foamy's character bio from the official website, and it is Crazy Awesome. Direct quote: "He lives with Germaine, his goth chick owner, as her unassuming pet... when in reality, he's plotting to enlighten the world through infallible logic and enforce that logic with an army of robots created from discarded automatons and the brains of his former dead owners. Crazy, no?"
Really 700 Years Old: According to "Secrets of the Foamy cult" Foamy has existed since at least the 1920's.
Foamy reconfirms this in the "Reboot Button" episode, claiming to Germaine he has lived for at least 400 years.
Roswell takes this further in "Mythical Squirrels" by suggesting that Foamy is actually Ratatoskr, a messenger for what may have been the Norse Gods, and may have read those messages, explaining his intellect.
Reset Button: Foamy's Reboot Button. He gives this to owners who he deems worthy of a 2nd chance at life so they can avoid any mistakes they made in the past 10 years of their life, via deja vu, when they are reincarnated in the past. Everyone else who isn't given this chance dies from their own stupidity. Germaine presses the button and is sent back 10 years to the very first episode of the series, art style and all! Once Germaine's deja vu kicks in, she starts to do things differently compared to how her old self had done when the first episode originally aired.
The episodes since then are now in a new art style to reflect the change in the series' direction, which Foamy states that if things don't work out here, they can just revert everything back to the way it was before the reboot by rebooting the reboot!
Sir Swears-a-Lot: Foamy mostly, but many other characters have their own share of swearing as well.
Small Name, Big Ego: Germaine in the classic series. She claims her poetry is amazing and thinks all the publications that reject her work are too stupid to know good poetry if it bit them in the ass. In reality, her poetry is mediocre at best and mostly relies on cliched themes that most teenage poets write about. In the few episodes where Germaine goes to open mic night to recite her poetry, she barely gets an applause and when she recited her poetry at a Boobers restaurant wearing very little clothing, people only watched her for her looks and not her work. Despite Foamy telling Germaine that she can't make a living on writing alone and that her content is rubbish, she routinely denies it until she hits rock bottom.
Spoiled Brat: Foamy when it comes to getting food. Rather than getting what he wants himself, he always badgers Germaine to do it.
The rebooted arc of the series has been making Foamy look like a spoiled brat completely. Rather than accepting things as they are or even supporting Germaine for actually turning her life around (dropping the goth/punk lifestyle, getting a job, moving out, etc.), he demands that Germaine move back to New York City because it has better bagels and cream cheese and how the city is not boring like Connecticut.
Soap Box Sadie: Germaine in the classic series was this whenever she ranted on about how women are treated or uses her poetry to bash on men that act like pigs. Everyone else ignores her.
Foamy in the reboot arc drifted into this trope when he is not doing a rant episode. While Foamy's rants are usually well thought out and informative, Foamy has resorted to extreme arguments when it comes to Germaine's job and purchasing habits; Foamy demanded that Germaine purchase cream cheese at an independent store in order to support them and not Walkmart, even though the former chargers nearly double the price. When Germaine started to work at Starshmucks in order to make up the hours that was cut from her modeling job, Foamy, who hates the corporate chain, suggest that Germaine gain weight in order to be able to fully work at the modeling job (they wanted heavy girls) and not work at the coffeehouse, but Germaine rightfully tells Foamy that she is not going to put her health at risk just for a job.
Germaine pre-reboot calls Foamy out on this, saying that Foamy didn't contribute to the rent at all and was basically a freeloader while she was out being a prostitute to help pay for it.
Springtime for Hitler: Germaine's efforts to make herself less desirable have just made her even more desirable. Her features made her less desirable to the people who motivated the change in the first place. They just sent her careening into an entirely new fetish she didn't even realize existed. Of course, the reboot reveals she shares this fetish.
Stop Being Stereotypical: Foamy and Germaine have called out The Hatta on the trope, noting how he acts like a flanderized caricature of his race. The Hatta brushes the accusations off by claiming people are just being racist to him.
Talking to Himself: J.I.M. voices all male characters (whether they're squirrels, record-store employees or tofu,) on the show with a modified voice (the only exception being the aforementioned nameless record store worker from 4-Y Records, his voice is JIM's real voice) so its obvious this trope would come up.
The Bus Came Back: Many characters that vanished after the reboot came back in some form or another; Begley returned and complained that Foamy and Germaine ditched him during the move, The Hatta' returned once with his usual racist antics, and Anchovie came back much later and is still a sexual stalker towards Germaine.
The Cuckoolander Was Right: Roswell, the talking dog from "Secrets of the Foamy Cult". Claimed Foamy was some kind of powerful being that has existed since the 1920's...he was right in a way. Foamy has existed for over 400 years.
Took a Level in Badass: Germaine of all people. In the episode, Clothes Donation, Germaine explains to Foamy that she stabbed a guy's penis with a pencil after he sexually assaulted her and that she will set the pizza guy's balls on fire if they ever meet up again. Foamy, who would normally insult Germaine, actually approves of all this.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Mammed Udi, by the episode "Tech Support IV", snaps at Foamy and tells him off for being so whiny every time he calls for help. Mammed Udi becomes more of a jerk once he works for Easters Anonymous and a suicide hotline, not caring about the job or the people he's paid to help.
Foamy quickly became a jerk in the first few seasons, mostly towards Germaine for various reasons.
Tough Love: Foamy's constant verbal abuse towards Germaine in order to get her to wake up and see where her life is headed if she does not change her ways (this was before the reboot). This is usually mixed in with his typical jerkass attitude.
Transplant: J.I.M. has cancelled all his other series and the characters from those are now in the cast of the reboot.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Foamy in the classic series has given Germaine at least more than one rant on why she would never succeed as a poet/writer, why men are always going to lust after her no matter what half assed attempt she did to prevent it, and how after she gained weight that she is only choosing to lose weight after it became a big problem.
Germaine gives a minor one to Foamy after she moved back into the city, telling him how he did nothing to help her pay the rent and how he basically lived for free with free food while she whored herself out to pay the bills.
Mammed Udi gives Foamy a piece of his mind as well, saying how much of an Entitled Bastard Foamy is every time he calls tech support to complain about his computer and then yells at him whenever the solution given isn't good enough. Mammed Udi then goes on to slam the entire United States for always relying on someone else to solve their problems or how they always act like every problem they have is too much to handle on their own.
Verbal Tic: Pilz-E tends to insert sound effects into his rapid-fire speech
Viewers Are Morons: Mathers released a cartoon in which Foamy slowly and carefully walks you through Germaine's character development from the earliest cartoons to the current status quo, and berates you for needing him to hold your hand through this stupid cartoon instead of getting all this when it happened. Apparently the bulk of NY's audience is comprised of the people it routinely mocks and derides as wastes of humanity.
It's even more hilariously meta how he demands everyone see Germaine as a human being while insisting in the same sentence that she's a flat comic book "everywoman" character. All we need now is for J.I.M. to appear in the episodes as himself, and it will become the web animation equivalent of Dave Sim's Cerebus the Aardvark.
Germaine was also voiceless in the really early episodes, presumably because even J.I.M.'s voice acting has limits. The first episode where she speaks is "Hypnotic Foamy".
Wham Episode: "Previous Owner", which gives us a glimpse at who will likely be the series' first villain (an asexual hermaphrodite who wants to kill Foamy for getting him/her in trouble with "evil spirits"). Oh, and Foamy destroys Germaine's medication, so her previously hinted at Sanity Slippage will likely become an issue.
What, Exactly, Is Her Job?: Germaine had a job at some point and was fired from it, but she never stated what she used to do. The reboot changes this up by showing that Germaine works at a Walkmart but she immediately quits when a customer sexually harasses her. She starts working as an art model in New York. Then, after getting a shortage to her hours there due to the artists going into their "fat phase," she takes a part-time job at Star Shmucks to get more money as of "Coffee House Cleavage."
What Happened to the Mouse?: The Hatta's and Begley's appearances in the classic series dwindled. Franklin has also met with the same fate. This is most likely due to the timeline being altered after the "Reset Button" episode changing everything, which means many old characters are no longer a part of Germaine's life. For Anchovie, this has been averted with his return in "Workplace Incident" and mentioned in "Relationship Issues". This has been averted with Franklin as well as of "Coffee-House Gab".
You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In "Reboot Button," Foamy mentions he's had 632 owners over a 400 year lifetime and has granted the reboot button to only three other owners after offering it to Germaine. He let the others self-destruct from their own stupidity.
The ones that didn't self-destruct were destroyed by someone else (in fact, Foamy spent a significant portion of Germaine's allotted ten years on the fence about whether or not she deserved the Reboot Button; the episode opens with Germaine complaining about getting shot at, and Foamy offhandedly griping about incompetent assassins).
You Are What You Hate: Germaine in the classic series is this full stop. She hates how women are treated as nothing but sexual objects by men and how women are pressured to dress up in more provocative clothing, yet Germaine has no problem using her own sexuality to manipulate men or allowing herself to become a slut while still complaining about how men are pigs.