Website / Newgrounds

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"The problems of the future, today!"
The site's old motto

"Everything, by everyone."
The site's new motto

Newgrounds is a very popular Web Animation and Web Games site, where you'll find far over 240,000 Flash animations and games submitted, watched and played by over 5,800,000 users. It's quite big, in other words. The site's owner, Tom Fulp, started the site to showcase his flash in the late '90s, but soon other artists began to ask him if they could appear in the site too.

This eventually led to the creation of the internet's first automated portal, where users submit their flash to the site and users of the site then vote to see if the animation should continue on the site ("saved") or should be deleted ("blammed"). The site has grown considerably since then. For a more detailed history of the site, see their page here.

Like YouTube and other user generated sites, you'll find flashes that are close to True Art (check out some of the stuff below!) and flashes that are as bad as you might expect from such a large collection of animation. Indeed, some groups like to submit bad flashes just to laugh at the reviews (the worst ones generally don't last long before getting blammed). And the site has great deal of very, VERY NSFW content (when they say adult content, they mean it!). You've been warned.

Newgrounds also features audio portal where people can listen and download user-made songs for free and use it in their works. They also have an art portal where the content differs greatly from the art found in DeviantArt.

Newgrounds user thewax70 captures the spirit of the site and its motto quite effectively in this Flash animation, which features more than 40 of Newgrounds' original animations and games.


Some of the more famous animations and viral videos that originated from (or, at least, were made famous by) Newgrounds are:

And so forth.

We could list the number of tropes used on Newgrounds, but given that it has so many movies, that would probably list every trope ever, so we will just list tropes applying to the site itself.

There is also a fan made wiki, which has recently undergone some Wiki Magic, but could still use a little more. [1]


The site itself features examples of:

  • Gotta Catch Them All: The secrets. With the redesign all but one are gone, but the crew is planning on creating new ones.
  • Gorn: The "Ultra Voilence" category is made up of ultra violent flashes.
  • Medal of Dishonor: The "Turd of the Week" award was supposed to be this, as it was given to the lowest-scoring flash without being blammed. However, it encouraged many creators, particularly ones from The Clock Crew and other troll groups, to spam the portal with crappy flashes. While still present, it's no longer noted in the Classic Portal to discourage people from actively trying to go for this reward.
  • Not the Intended Use: After Geometry Dash update 1.9, many Geometry Dash players began to steal and upload content to the Audio Portal to use in Geometry Dash.
    • On February 1st, 2017, Both TomFulp and Robtop announced fixes on both ends to resolve this issue ending conflict between both communities.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: Most content lies on the silly end of the scale, but the website does have a "Drama" section for more serious works.
  • Sturgeon's Law: Defied with the site's "blam" system, which allows users to vote flashes off the site. However, because Newgrounds has so many flashes to begin with, it's inevitable that crappy flashes will still slip through the cracks.
  • Tank Goodness: The site's logo that has been used for years is a man in a tank.
  • Web 2.0: Newgrounds was at the forefront of sites that allowed users to create and submit their own content, with the creation of the Flash Portal in 2000.

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