Web Animation / Ratboy Genius

Ratboy Genius goes for a ride in his little red buggy with his friends Happyman and Green Monster.
"Knock, knock!note  It's me, the Ratboy Genius!
I just came over to say 'Hi!'
I am... you know, the Ratboy Genius!
I hope we have a happy time!"
The theme song

Ratboy Genius is a YouTube channel full of videos that are better seen for yourself than described. There are several ongoing series on the channel that are interconnected. The first and foremost is Ratboy's Kingdom, which follows the adventures of titular character Ratboy Genius and his exploits throughout his kingdom.

This series provides examples of:

  • AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle: In Galactic Superheroes 3, everybody pronounces "Galaxy" as "Galic-SEA." considering this episode involves a giant fish out to take over the galaxy, this can't be coincidence.
  • Action Figure Speech: Used in the earlier episodes, for the hand-drawn characters before the 3D models with moving mouths were used.
  • Author Tract: One episode is all about how awesome Abraham Lincoln was (enough that there's an entire course dedicated to him at Kingdom University). Another episode describes Lincoln's assassination in somewhat disturbing detail.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: In Happyman on the Red Planet and George, none of the characters have any trouble breathing in space.
  • Big Bad: Big Fish Boss
  • Big Fun: Though he seems like an antagonist at first, the Caveman is revealed to actually be a fun, friendly guy who just wants to play ball! (With stones)
  • Canon Welding:
    • In Little King John: THE FLOOD 6, Sneezy is revealed to be from the future and to have been one of the many friends of the Galactic Superheroes.
    • In Starship Genius 5, it's revealed that the world Little King John exists in is an entire dimension created from Ratboy Genius' dreams, linked to that of the Galactic Superheroes through the flooding waters, and that the mysterious structure he found is the Starship Genius of that dimension.
  • Catch Phrase: "Knock knock! It's me! The Ratboy Genius!"
    • "WHEeEeEeEeEeEeE! I'm the Ratboy Genius! WHEeEeEeEeEeEeE!"
    • "Yay for me, the Ratboy Genius!" Usually followed by Summer Solstice Baby chiming in with "Yay for Baby!"
  • Character Name Alias: Sneezy is Dodger's cover name.
  • Character Title: Ratboy's Kingdom, Happyman on the Red Planet and George, Little King John: The Flood
  • Cool Boat: Ratboy's yacht, the boat on the Ratboy Canal, and the red boat in the underground tunnel.
  • Cool Car: Ratboy's little red buggy and Happyman's car.
    • Also the rollercoasters/minecarts.
  • Cool Shades: Ratboy occasionally dons these in later episodes.
  • Creepy Centipedes: Little King John sings about turning little black worms into centipedes.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: George.
  • Darker and Edgier: While the earlier episodes were mostly short slice-of-life adventures, Ratboy Genius Dreams Minecraft has an actual antagonist in the form of Little King John and a more adventurous plot, which hilariously, grew the fanbase. The sequel miniseries The Flood continues in the same vein.
    • Happyman on the Red Planet and George is also pretty dark, especially once the connection between George, Fred and Sue is explored.
    • Starship Genius kicks off with Big Fish Boss and his army devouring an entire planet, Galactus-style.
  • Dark Reprise: The song "Meet the Caveman" includes segments of "Potato Knishes" redone in a minor resolution.
  • Deranged Animation: Particularly when Little King John's around.
  • Egopolis: The Ratboy Genius lives in The Ratboy Kingdom, near Lake Genius and the Ratboy Canal.
  • Evil Counterpart: Little King John to the Ratboy Genius. He's even a Palette Swap of him with a crown, and kidnaps Little Summer Solstice Baby to try and make her fall in love with him. Also, unlike Ratboy, he is way more Off Model then he is.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Quite a few characters fall into this, including the titular character. Leaping Friend is Ratboy Genius' friend who's always leaping, Very Tall Friend is his friend that's very tall, and Mr. Big Arms has big arms.
  • Foreshadowing: In the fourth episode of The Flood, Sneezy is able to understand the Hoo Hoos. This is because he once knew the Galactic Superheroes .
  • Funny Animal Anatomy: As one of the comments pointed out, Ratboy Genius looks nothing like a rat. Could be justified, though, seeing as it's unclear whether "Ratboy" implies that he's supposed to be an anthropomorphic rat or part of some species of ratlike people.
  • Genius Bruiser: George is revealed to be this before ending up on the Red Planet. He's the navigator for the Galactic Superheroes' space ship and he's also the muscle of the group, doing both with great pleasure.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Old Fingerhead
  • Heel–Face Turn: In The Flood, Little King John becomes more altruistic, even rescuing other survivors and building a new island for them to inhabit.
  • Insufferable Genius: Ratboy Genius sometimes falls into this territory.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Happyman and Green Monster are the main one. Almost every friendship in the series is this, though.
  • Interspecies Romance: Ratboy Genius and Little Summer Solstice Baby.
  • It's All About Me: Ratboy has a tendency to steer conversations, and entire videos, toward himself.
  • It Kind of Looks Like a Face: One video has Ratboy go to Mars and talk about how he sees faces and other objects in the formations. This convinces him that there used to be life on Mars.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Fred.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Ratboy's life was all beach parties and operas until Little King John came along. Even if it is All Just a Dream.
  • Large Ham: Little King John tends to be this a lot.
  • Leitmotif: Ratboy Genius is often accompanied by snippets of his theme song, while Little King John is likewise associated with his Villain Song "Potato Knishes".
  • Medium Blending: The series started out with hand-drawn static images on photographs. Eventually Ratboy Genius turned into a 3D model, but it's been taking a while for the others to catch up, so much so that 3D characters revert to their 2D designs when forced to converse with non-3D characters.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Little King John does this whenever he sings. He flows with the music.
  • Mook Horror Show: It's implied that this is what the Fish Eater is doing when he chows down on the Fish Legions in the beginning of Galactic Superheroes 3
  • Morality Pet: In The Flood, Little King John befriends Sneezy, which marks the beginning of his kinder demeanor.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: George, back when he was a Galactic Superhero, had four arms. They were destroyed during the crash that landed him and his siblings on the Red Planet.
  • Nice Guy: Happyman.
  • Non-Indicative Name: A variation with the Caveman in The Flood: he's a humanoid creature who lives in a cave, although other than that he doesn't seem to have anything to do with cavemen in a traditional sense.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Green Monster
  • Off Model: The intentionally bad and derpy faces for every character's 3D variant can be considered this, but Little King John is truly this. His body streches out, turns around faster then it should, and we see in the Dreams Minecraft series finale can even stretch out to Ratboy and the escaped Summer Solstice Baby while they're flying so far he is practically 5 times larger then them in the perspective. You can even see his head clearly far into the fly-away from the stop, and it's not until they reach the real world castle, which they were flying to, that you can't see him.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: The creator made a music video of Little King John playing an original composition, simply titled Fugue in D Minor, on a pipe organ decorated with lightning bolts. As if this wasn't enough, while John plays, he constantly does his signature neck-stretching, even moving his head disturbingly close to the camera at one point.
  • One Steve Limit: When Happyman discovers that a man named Bob ended up on the same planet earlier in the day, he immediately knows it's his friend Bob, and not anyone else by that name.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Happyman is constantly smiling, even when he finds out Little King John has taken over his factory.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Little King John seems unable to comprehend anyone's feelings beyond his own, exemplified in his immature selfishness when taking over Happyman's factory as well as his denial that Summer Solstice Baby dislikes him despite her repeated insults. Since the start of The Flood, he's been getting better in this regard. He was even willing to hear out Ratboy Genius despite having found out the truth of the flood.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Clyde works for Little King John, but when he's not at the castle he willingly helps Ratboy on his quest.
  • Recurring Riff: The theme song is woven into many of the compositions.
  • Remember the New Guy: Bob.
  • Reverse Mole: Sneezy/Dodger claimed he simply wanted to help the villainous Little King John build his new kingdom, but he's revealed to actually be working for Fred.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Sometimes.
  • Rubber Man: Little King John's neck is constantly stretching and twisting around. He sometimes stretches his arms and legs as well. Ratboy Genius has traits of this as well, as revealed in The Flood.
  • Show Within a Show: Happyman on the Red Planet and George
    • Which then gained it's own prequel in Galactic Superheroes
  • Sibling Rivalry: Fred and George
  • Sibling Team: Fred, George, and Sue, back when they were the Galactic Superheroes.
  • Stalker Shrine: In The Flood, the inside of Little King John's yacht is decorated with pictures of Summer Solstice Baby.
  • Stylistic Suck: Maybe.
  • Synthetic Voice Actor: Ratboy Genius and Little King John, while Summer Solstice Baby, Happyman, and Green Monster are all voiced by Ryan Dorin.
  • Take Your Time: Ratboy Genius's girlfriend had been kidnapped, yet he spends a day riding roller coasters.
  • Tears of Joy: George.
  • The Alleged Steed: Little King John rides on Sneezy's back while they take a tour through his new kingdom. Sneezy isn't particularly happy about this.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Little King John loves potato knishes.
  • Tragic Villain: George.
  • Two-Faced: Old Fingerhead and Young Mouthbottom. They share a body, but have faces on the front and back of their head.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The Fish Eater in Galactic Superheroes. His gluttonous fish feeding frenzy enrages Big Fish Boss, causing him to kick his plots for world domination into high gear after having his Fish Legions rip the Fish Eater to pieces.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Little King John is really unnerving, if you don't look at the hilarity of his personality and his insane level of Off Model. Or perhaps, the insane level of Off Model is what makes him more unnerving.
    • Big Fish Boss in Galactic Superheroes. In episodes before his apperance, the superheroes would mainly deal with minor disputes that were easily solved. Then Big Fish Boss appears in episode three, invading the entire GalicSEA with his Fish Legions and tearing his enemies to pieces. "Nobody's safe! Peril in the galaxy! Big Fish Boss is a threat to us all!"
  • Villainous Breakdown: Little King John has one at the end of Episode 5.
  • Villain Episode: The Flood is about Little King John trying to find a new land to rebuild his kingdom after a flood destroys his home. And Ratboy Genius' hand stretches.
  • Villain Song: Little King John sings two in RBG Dreams Minecraft:
    • After kidnapping Summer, he sings the creepy Potato Knishes song, although it's more about the things he makes in his factory than about how evil he is.
    • However, he later got another one in the first Interlude, largely about stealing Happyman's factory for himself.
  • Wham Shot: The very end of the The Flood Part 3: Ratboy Genius' hand stretches like Little King John's.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Sets off the conflict in Galactic Superheroes 3. After Fish Eater snacks on a school of fish, the survivors report the incident to Big Fish Boss, Who's sent into a rage, saying that he needs every last fish for his master plan.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: Happyman and Bob.