From former Adventure Time storyboard artist and recent CalArts grad Skyler Page comes this Cartoon Network original about the Slice of Life antics of a bunch of elementary school-aged kids from the suburbs of Aberdale, focusing mainly on the chubby, perpetually optimistic and endearingly naďve Clarence, as well as his two best friends, neurotic Jeff and mischief-maker Sumo.The series marks an interesting change of pace for the network - who as of late have gained a reputation for its surreal, fantastical and visuallytop-notch programming - by adding a show that's closer to the real world, drawing its humour from the quirky personalities of its three main leads and the situations they get into in and outside school hours. Page's aim was to create a show that had a realistic portrayal of childhood, achieving this by basing it on that of he and his crew's own experiences.Reaction to the show was initially very glowing, with the first episode becoming CN's most watched series premiere for an animated show, until word sprang up on the web that Skyler Page had sexually harassed female staff members during work hours, and was eventually dismissed from the studio for these actions alongside his bipolar disorder causing a literalCreator Breakdown during the week of the event. This caused a massive uproar in both the fanbase and animation community as a whole, which left the future of the show, as well as Page's career in animation, initially uncertain (although CN has stated the rest of Season One will air as planned while they sort out the mess, and will continue without Page's involvement).
Hartman Hips: Almost the entire cast falls under this, but most notably are Mary and Ms. Baker.
Hilarity In Zoos: In the episode ''Zoo, Clarence and Belson are made 'seat buddies' and have to go through the zoo together and eventually get locked inside after hours, while Clarence inadvertently annoys him the whole while.
"Home Alone" Antics: In "Man Of The House". When Chad comes home early, the boys have to disarm the traps before he gets hurt.
Hypocritical Humor: In "Clarence Gets a Girlfriend" just as Jeff is saying what a nice guy he is he ignores a girl asking him to hold a door open for her and lets it slam into her.
Idiot Houdini: Clarence and Sumo regularly commit crimes without realizing it and get no punishment. Semi-justified because they're children and they probably don't know any better.
Minor Injury Overreaction: In "Man of the House", Jeff dodges a bunch of thrown stuff, but loses it when a baseball gently touches him.
Mistaken Species: When Clarence sees a mountain lion, he shouts "Oh, no! A bear!"
Mundane Made Awesome: The whole premise of the show, while still keeping it in the realm of possibility.
Mundane Solution: When Sumo suggests simply taking away Clarence's horn in "Honk", while Jeff acts like he's holding a loaded gun.
Mistaken For Romance: In "Pretty Great Day With A Girl" Belson and his friends think Clarence and Amy are hanging out because they're a couple when really they're just hanging out as friends.
In "Clarence Gets a Girlfriend" Ashley's friends assume Clarence likes her just because he talked to her.
Never Say "Die": Averted as a general rule. Jeff makes it no secret that he wants to kill Clarence for taking his fries.
No OSHA Compliance: The "Fun Dungeon" has obviously not been inspected lately. How else could Clarence and Jeff get on top of it so easily? It can be said that the whole "Fun Dungeon" is a parody of such play areas such as at McDonald's and Chuck E. Cheese's.
Also in "Honk", when Clarence realizes he has a problem with honking his horn all the time.
Pooled Funds: Clarence dreams of swimming in Clarence Bucks in "Clarence's Millions".
Punny Name: The judges of Supreme Court Squad Extreme have names that pun on current members of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Radish Cure: In "Honk", Jeff tries to cure Clarence of his obsession with horns by having the other kids honk horns at him. It backfires, as not only does it encourage Clarence more, the other kids start enjoying it too, until the teachers confiscate them all.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sumo gives one to both Jeff and Clarence in "Jeff's New Toy", telling Jeff not to be so uptight, and Clarence not to mess with other people's stuff.
Rich Bitch: Both of Breehn's parents, who spend the entire episode of 'The Dinner Party' showing off their house, condenscendingly shut down Mary when she tries to start a conversation, and are more worried about the damage done to their house than the fact that several children could've been hurt, one of them being their own son.
During the same episode, Clarence's Nightmare Sequence begins with him imagining himself to be Scrooge McDuck swimming in his money pit, only filled with Clarence Dollars instead of gold coins. A remixed version of the DuckTales theme song even plays in the background!
In "Money Broom Wizard," the trio embark on a LOTR-style quest with clear character roles: Clarence as Gandalf, Jeff as Legolas, and Sumo as "Sumo-wise" (although his resemblance to Gollum is exploited at the beginning when he crawls on all fours).
When Clarence and Jeff start dueling with foam guards on top of the Fun Dungeon in "Fun Dungeon Face Off," the music imitates Duel of the Fates.
Spit Take: Jeff has one when Clarence reveals he has a new girlfriend in Clarence Gets a Girlfriend.
Suck E. Cheese's: The Pizza Swamp fits this trope to a tee. It's complete with "Big Betty", "The Money Broom" and a game where you swat seals with a giant mallet. its basically a carbon-copy of the real place.... But it's not!.
Surprise Creepy: "Rise and Shine" has Clarence encounter a mountain lion in his backyard.
Sweetheart Sipping: In "Clarence Gets a Girlfriend", a nervous Clarence sees a picture of a couple sipping from the same milkshake and tries the same with Ashley, but just ends up making a mess.