Western Animation: Dude, That's My Ghost!
The main characters, Spencer Wright and Billy Joe Cobra.
A show of British-French origin, Dude, That's My Ghost!
follows the story of Spencer Wright
, a young aspiring director and horror movie fan.
After his family inherits the mansion of their distant cousin, the incredibly famous dead rock star Billy Joe Cobra
, Spencer discovers that when wearing an object that belonged to Billy
, he can see, communicate and interact with Billy's ghost (who is currently haunting the mansion)
Billy tries to help Spencer fit into the glamorous Californian lifestyle, but always messes things up
for various reasons
, lather rinse repeat.
The show has been greenlighted for 52 × 11-minute episodes and airs on Disney XD
in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
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- Abhorrent Admirer: Rajeev to Lolo. And Lolo to Spencer in episode 28, "Lolo in Love".
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: In episode 25, "The Candidate".
- A Boy and the Ghost of His Dead Cousin
- Adorkable: Billy, and Spencer to an extent
- Adults Are Useless
- Alpha Bitch: Lolo
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Spencer's parents. More prominent in episode 14, "Let's Do Lunch".
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Billy gets distracted easily, leading to unintentional conflict.
- Awesome McCoolname: Billy Joe Cobra
- The Beautiful Elite: Most of the rich kids at the school act this way.
- Big Brother Instinct: When the resident school bully, Kleet, tries to take advantage of Spencer's sister and family, Spencer definitely does not stand for it.
- Blondes Are Evil: Lolo, although she is more a Jerkass than really evil.
- B-Movie: Not only is Spencer a big fan of them; but most of his home movies belong to that category (with zombies being his most recurrent theme).
- Butt Monkey: Spencer.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Spencer's parents fit this trope quite well.
- Crossdresser: Rajeev will dress up in women's clothing from time to time, usually for comedic relief.
- Disembodied Eyebrows: The default style of the characters as most of them have rather large eyes and not enough forehead space for eyebrows.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Billy has turned a part of Spencer's room into a chasm at one point during a diva fit, and has even possessed other unintentionally. Due to leaving his ectoplasm around he has accidentally created various monsters that he and Spencer in turn have to deal with before they hurt someone.
- Expy: Critic's of the show note Spencer's resemblance to Danny Phantom.
- The Faceless: So far Madame X.
- Formerly Fat: Billy was once shown to be morbidly obese at one point during his touring days. Whether he lost the weight before his death or reverted to his younger self as a ghost is unknown.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Billy is Sanguine, Spencer is Choleric.
- Genius Ditz: Billy; in episode 3 he proved to be quite good at excelling in school/doing Spencer's homework (though he lacks in other departments).
- Also the fact that he's a brilliant musician comes to mind.
- Genre Savvy: Spencer from time to time
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: This exchange between Billy and Spencer in episode 13 when talking about Sam Hoover:
Spencer: Well I bet you remember him wearing your underwear so he can see you..?
- Harmless Electrocution: Spencer in the first episode.
- Hello, Nurse!: Billy quotes this word for word when, oddly, learning about microwaves. They turn out to make him sick and disfigured.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Spencer and his crush on Mallory.
- Hollywood Genetics: Spencer's mom is a redhead and his dad is a blue-eyed blonde. He and his sister are both brunettes, the latter having the black-hair variety.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Some of Billy's concert outfits (channeling the visual rock looks)
- I See Dead People: Due to wearing one of Billy's amulets, Spencer can see, speak, and interact with him.
- Little Miss Badass: Jessica; who must be no older than 12 and she's already a black belt
- Never Say "Die": Despite the show being about a boy and his ghost, the word 'die' is never said, and the concept of death is usually dodged around.
- Nice Girl: Mallory; she's so nice and so loved by everyone that upsetting her is considered a heinous crime in universe.
- Non-Idle Rich: Mr. Minotaur works as an educator out of devotion for his idol Manuel P. Goppers and claims he doesn't need the pay because one of his ancestors invented the receipt.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Billy's ectoplasm can apparently bring anything to life or turn it into a ghost if consumed. Also, he can't be seen unless someone is wearing a personal item.
- It's implied that this is partially due to him being bad at being a ghost, as in the series more powerful ghosts are able to appear without the need for people to be in posession of their personal items.
- One episode reveals that seagull poop makes him visible. It's never explained how or why though.
- Out of Order
- Pilot: Averted; there is no known pilot episode for this series.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Jessica Wright
- Plucky Comic Relief: Spencer's classmate, partner, and best friend, Rajeev.
- Punny Name: Due to Spencer's last name being "wright", the show capitalizes on this opportunity to make some clever puns.
- Also with resident Lolo (low) Calorie, and her father, M.T. (empty) Calorie.
- Sam Hoover frequently tries to capture Billy with a vacuum-like device...
- Rapunzel Hair: Most of the girls, especially Mallory and Jessica. The latter's ponytails go almost to her hips.
- Removing the Rival: A Flash Back in one episode shows that Lolo left Shanilla tied up backstage in order to steal her role in the school musical.
- Rich Bitch: Lolo Calorie
- Royalties Heir: When Mr. Minotaur becomes the Principal of Beverly Beverly High School and Alpha Bitch Lolo Calorie tries to use her father's wealth to intimidate him, he says he doesn't need bribes because one of his ancestors invented the receipt.
- Running Gag: The "CALIENTE" joke on "School of Rockers"
- Scenery Porn: The backgrounds scenes in the series are really colorful and gorgeous
- Shout-Out: There are various shout outs to Mario and Tron in Episode 8, and Billy will reference other, actual bands in casual conversation from time to time.
- In episode 29 the song Billy sings has lyrics reminiscent of a song sang by an irl dead popstar.
- Episode 48 is basically a G-rated version of The Hangover, right down to its name—"The Sleepover".
- Shrine to Self: Billy's entire mansion seems to be one big shrine to himself.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Principal Ponzey against Spencer. Lolo is becoming slowly in one to Spencer, as well.
- Spiritual Successor: To Danny Phantom, not only are both shows about ghosts, Spencer looks a lot like Danny.
- Arguably, Teen Angel, especially the ongoing conflict of Spencer getting caught "talking to himself."
- Spoiled Sweet: Mallory.
- Stalker with a Crush: The mysterious Madame X, who wants to add Billy's ghost to her collection
- Sweetheart Sipping: Sam Hoover and Billy in episode 13 during Hoover's memory montage of their day.
- Talking to Himself: Up to Eleven in Polish dub, where every person in the series who wasn't Spencer Wright or Billy Joe Cobra (who were voiced in Polish version by Karol Jankiewicz and Karol Osentowski, respectively) was voiced only by either Bożena Furczyk or Waldemar Barwiński.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: While he's way far from being "dark", live Billy does have the kind of looks.
- ĄThree Amigos!: Spencer, Rajeev and Shanila.
- Three Chords and the Truth: When Billy was a rock star, he only knew three chords.
- Too Dumb to Live: Some of Billy's decisions are borderline questionable to some fans, episode 13 being a huge red flag. Probably the reason of why he died young...
- Totally Radical
- Verbal Tic: The word "Bro" for Billy, including alternate forms of the word, like "Broseph".
- Vomit Discretion Shot: In episode 7, when Spencer is turning back into a human after swallowing some of Billy's ectoplasm, and in episode 9, when Billy is sick.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Billy's most prominent ghost ability
- Would Hurt a Child: Billy, specially if said child is messing with his beloved possessions.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: After he became a ghost, Billy's hair changed from black to blue.
- Spencer's hair did the same in episode 7, when he turned into a ghost temporarily.
- Not to mention that there are few human characters with violet hair (like Jessica and Madame X).