Website / Newgrounds

"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 they are gone, but the crew is planning on creating new ones.
  • 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.