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They dress as superheroes, wearing their underwear on the outside for that Superman look. (They have no out-of-costume alter egos.) Their collective mental landscape is littered with the detritus of sci-fi and fantasy, with the stuff of comics and movies, toys and TV shows. But we don't see the world as they imagine it, Walter Mitty-style; we just see them in their world, imagining...and that world is strange enough.
—A Los Angles Times reviewer
It all started with a simple idea: two kids wearing superhero costumes and hanging out at a convenience store. A few years later, out of the ashes of Frederator and Nickelodeon's Random Cartoons comes the squash-and-stretchy CGI world of Fanboy and Chum Chum. The show is about two best friends who live in a water-tower atop of an apartment building with no parental supervision and the strange adventures they have in the town of Galaxy Hills. From turning into vampires, swapping brains with a robot, and taking advantage of slush-machine monster to get through a heat wave, these guys do it all.Along for the ride are Yo (a Japanese girl with an obsession for digital pets), Kyle (an actual wizard expelled from his old school, though no one believes him), The Oz (a comic book nerd who lives with his mother), Boog (a bully who works at the local convenience store, but is more interested in playing its arcade game), and Lenny (a sarcastic convenience store employee who hates his job).The show premiered November 6, 2009, as the 27th member of the popular Nicktoons franchise. The show's production blog can be found here.Has a Character Sheet in need of some work.
Accent Adaptation: Not an accent per se, but in the Polish dub, Kyle speaks with a lisp and relies even more on Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness to compensate for the lack of distinguishable accents in the Polish language, and therefore one that could serve as an equivalent to British.
Added Alliterative Appeal: Episode titles "Dollar Day", "Precious Pig", "Chimp Chomp Chumps", "Secret Shopper", and "The Tell-Tale Toy".
Animate Inanimate Object: Professor Flan is a giant walking flan who used to be a normal teacher until Kyle cast a spell on him.
Anvil on Head: When Scampers returns from the Digital Pet Cemetery, Fanboy and Chum Chum happily drop a safe on him. Similarly, at the end of "The Frosty Bus", Boog is squashed flat when the Frosty Bus sign falls on him.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: One of the recalled toys in "Total Recall" was a complete recreation of a battleship with functioning weaponry. It was recalled because the plastic flag was a choking hazard.
Art Evolution: The Pilot Episode "Fanboy" from Random! Cartoons looks much different than the series now. The CGI animation was more like of Jimmy Neutron, in that it was darker, stiffer, and less refined. Fanboy's costume was white and purple, Chum Chum was bigger and taller, Barry the Ice Monster was large and fierce, and Lenny was a white guy with an orange afro. Now the animation is much more lucid, colorful, character designs and voices have changed, and it's more along the lines of what The Ren & Stimpy Show would look like in CGI.
Aside Glance: Kyle does this in "Prank Master" after Fanboy asks him to pull his finger.
Ate the Spoon: The Lunch Lady's glop corrodes a fork in "Little Glop of Horrors."
Ax-Crazy: Marsha. She spends her entire episode trying to kill Fanboy.
Bad Humor Truck: It's nearly impossible for Fanboy and Chum Chum to get a Frosty Freezy Freeze from the Frosty Bus when Boog is behind the wheel.
Bad Job, Worse Uniform: Boog and Lenny's work shirts aren't that bad, but they have to wear Frosty Freezy Freeze cup hats.
Bag of Holding: Fanboy has a desk of holding at school, and he and Chum Chum go excavating inside it in order to find his missing textbook in "Schoolhouse Lock".
Baleful Polymorph: Subverted with Fanboy and Boog becoming puppets in "Strings Attached" and loving it so much that they fight with each other about who gets to do a good deed to permanently stay that way. Later in the episode, Boog is turned into a frog.
Be the Ball: In "Chimp Chomp Chumps", Boog squishes Chum Chum into a ball and whacks him with a mallet like a golf ball.
Big "NO!": Fanboy says it as Chum Chum spends their only dollar on the Chimp Chomp machine in "Dollar Day", Boog does this in "Fanboy in the Plastic Bubble" after his stack of money explodes, and Lenny has a Slow Motion one in "The Great Bicycle Mystery" when he sees that Bikey has been destroyed.
Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In "Chicken Pox", Kyle tells the titular duo that all he has to do to get better is bed rest, plenty of fluids, and lay an egg.
Brick Joke: At the beginning of "Dollar Day", Fanboy abuptly stops while walking which causes his brain to fall out. Later in the episode when he and Chum Chum are trying to come up with a way to get a dollar, he shouts "We've got to THINK!". Chum Chum then leaves the screen for a second and comes back with Fanboy's brain and puts it back in his head.
Oz's plan to make a candy ark in "There Will Be Shrieks", which is described the beginning of the episode but doesn't reappear until the very end.
Bring My Brown Pants: When Scampers is emerging from the television at the end of "Digital Pet Cemetery", Fanboy, Chum Chum, and Yo yell for Oz to do something. He replies with, "Can't talk... soiling self!"
In "Monster in the Mist", Fanboy, Chum Chum, and Boog spray Lenny with cheese when they think he's the monster.
Lenny: What's wrong with you people?! Boog: There's a monster on the loose! Fanboy: Just like in ''Monster in the Mist''! Chum Chum: The miiiiiiissst... Lenny: That's ridiculous. Chum Chum: (points to Boog) He saw it! It's huge! Boog: Yeah, huge! I've never been so scared! Uh... speaking of, I... I gotta hit the bathroom and rinse out a few things, alright?
In "A Bopwork Orange", Fanboy and Chum Chum decide to try another method to cure Boog's bopping besides Electric Torture. Boog responds to this with, "If it doesn't shock me, I'm all for it! I'm down to my last clean underwear anyway."
Bowel Breaking Bricks: When everyone fails the test in "I, Fanbot" and corners the robotic Fanboy, Chum Chum points out, "Uh, Fanbot, I think you oiled yourself."
Bubble Boy: Boog in his childhood. Fanboy and Chum Chum later buy his bubble and wreak all kinds of havoc with it.
The Bully: Boog to everyone, Mr. Mufflin to both titled characters and Oz's Mom to Oz.
Burping Contest: "The Frosty Bus" episode begins with the title characters doing this.
Butt Monkey: Nearly all the characters have been this at some point or another.
Calvinball: Kyle comes over to the Fanlair in "Cold War", he tries to play board games and action figures with Fanboy and Chum Chum, but they have such random rules that Kyle quits out of frustration.
And when he calls shenanigans, it turns out to be the name of their most random game, considering it involves an army of Fanboy and Chum Chum clones.
Camera Abuse: In "Fanboy in the Plastic Bubble", the bubble bounces on the camera lens.
Again in "Lucky Chumps" when Lucky Charlie whips the boys at the camera.
Camp Gay: "It's time to get fabulous with Crabulus!"
Cash Cow Franchise: Man-Arctica seems to be an in-universe example. So far comic books, action figures, music CDs, cereal and rides dedicated to him have been shown.
Chainsaw Good: In "Crib Notes", Fanboy and Chum Chum juggle chainsaws as an attempt to help baby Kyle go to sleep. It doesn't go well.
Chair Reveal: Oz has a comedic one in "Freeze Tag" when Fanboy and Chum Chum try to hide from Man-arctica in his store. As he talks about his anticipation for Man-arctica's appearance, Oz swivels the chair to reveal himself holding a bucket of chicken with a face smeared with barbecue sauce.
Clark Kenting: Man-Arctica does this in "Stan Arctica" by wearing glasses and taking a job at Oz's comic shop. No one recognizes him, despite having super strength and icicles tearing out of his clothes.
Fanboy, in "Fanboyfriend" pulls out a pair of coke-bottle-glasses, creating a "secret identity" to hide from Lupe. It doesn't work.
"HypnotOzed" makes several references to "The Hard Sell" when Oz's mom says that if Oz doesn't make any sales, she'll turn his store into a yogurt shop, then Fanboy and Chum Chum show Oz the first dollar he made, and Fedora Man returns to take the dollar back.
In "Wizboy", Kyle casually references how he got expelled from his Wizarding School by turning his teacher into a flan. This teacher appears in the season two episode "Crib Notes" to administer Kyle's test to be readmitted to his school. In "Kids in the Hall", Professor Flan returns when Kyle tries to get accepted into Milkweed Academy again.
Contrived Coincidence: In "Monster in the Mist" Boog and Lenny both see Fanboy and Chum Chum as the same monster despite having their vision impaired in different ways, and the exact same monster turns out to be Real After All.
Cool Toy: Mechatech. Fanboy wanted one so badly that he traded Chum Chum to Yo in return for hers.
Costume Copycat: In "Lord of the Rings", Kyle disguises himself as Chum Chum in order to learn Fanboy's ring trick. He looks exactly like Chum Chum, except with protruding braces and British accent, which manages to fool Fanboy and the real Chum Chum anyway.
Covered in Gunge: Oh, man, where to start with this show? Fanboy has been sneezed on, doused with Frosty Freezy Freeze slush, and assaulted with eggs, just to name a few times.
In one episode, his superhero costume got so incredibly dirty that it actually came to life.
Cue the Flying Pigs: When Yo asks the duo to take care of Scampers in "Digital Pet Cemetery", Chum Chum is seen releasing a pig with wings.
"And they said you'd never fly!"
Cup Holders: Boog's car has a pretty fancy one with a mechanized claw that grabs the cup and locks it in the dash.
Cute and Psycho: Marsha. She was the class's star pupil until Fanboy sneezed on her test. Then things got ugly...
Cuteness Proximity: In "Battle of the Stands", Yo and Lupe's entire method of gaining customers at their lemonade stand is to use their girlish charm. When Fanboy retaliates by disguising himself as a baby, the customers immediately abandon the stand in favor of adoring him instead.
Diagonal Cut: Happens twice - in "Digital Pet Cemetery", when Scampers comes back and cuts Fanboy's head to pieces with his claws; and in "Norse-ing Around", when Thorvald commands Lenny to bring him drinks. An irritated Lenny then says "I'm not your servant!", to which Thorvald responds by cutting his cup hat into half.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: In "A Bopwork Orange", Boog's impulsive bopping is played out like a drug addiction, and at the end of the episode, Agent Johnson even says, "Just say no to bops." In the episode's storyboard, Boog refuses to be separated from the Chimp Chomp machine because "She's even got my initials tatooed above her coin slot!". It's even funnier when you realize his initials are "B.S."
In "Fan-bidextrous", Chum Chum introduces Fanboy to his own arm.
Fanboy: Firm handshake, I like this guy.
Chum Chum: I've been trying to get you two together for a while.
The way Fanboy and Chum Chum lick the dirt off of Cuppy in "Refill Madness" is strangely reminiscent of a certain video on the Internet...
Everything's Better with Monkeys: The Chimp Chomp video game. In "Gameboy", Fanboy and Chum Chum literally release a monkey from the arcade game, which then goes on a rampage throughout town. He even gets his own Leitmotif.
Everythings Betterwith Rainbows: In the episode "Lucky Chumps" Fanboy and Chum Chum squeeze one out of the leprechaun cereal mascot Lucky Charlie. A myriad of "Double Rainbow" references predictably ensue.
Fawlty Towers Plot: In "Sigmund the Sorcerer", Kyle lies to Sigmund about being a skilled, high-achieving wizard and tells him that Fanboy and Chum Chum are his elf servants. The facade continues until Sigmund proposes to buy his "servants" and send him back to Milkweed Academy, forcing Kyle to reveal the truth.
Freeze Sneeze: Fanboy has one when outside in the rain in "Cold War".
French Maid: Boog wears a French maid outfit, complete with the choker, in one scene of "Chimp Chomp Chumps".
Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult: Their teacher confiscated Kyle's magic wand and told him he could have it back at the end of the year. Justified example, because Kyle was about to use it to cast a hostile spell on the titular duo.
G-Rated Drug: Frosty Freezy Freeze can be easily considered such.
Gag Nose: The whole plot of "Pick a Nose", with removable noses and all.
Genre Throwback: This show feels a lot like a 90s cartoon, but is done with GLORIOUS 3D animation instead of 2D.
I Love Nuclear Power: Fanboy tries to get real superpowers by getting bitten by a radioactive spider in "Fanboyfriend." Later in the episode, Lupe and Chum Chum acquire powers after a picnic by the power plant.
Imagine Spot: In "Refill Madness", Lenny imagines what would happen if Fanboy and Chum Chum realized they had a cup for unlimited free refills. It's portrayed as a Shout-Out to Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.
Karma Houdini: Fanboy and Chum Chum kind of fit this, they usually manage to get away with annoying everyone in sight, the few times that they DO receive punishment they manage to drag someone else into it with them, like Kyle so it's not as bad for them.
Like an Old Married Couple: When Fanboy is mad at Chum Chum in "The Incredible Chulk", Boog derides, "You two are like an old married couple!" Lenny, holding a rolling pin, then walks over to Boog and they too begin to argue like an old married couple.
Literal-Minded: Fanboy and Chum Chum act like this pretty frequently, but in "Crib Notes", when baby Kyle says he wants to be rocked to sleep, the duo break out electric guitars and perform some rock and roll.
Living Shadow: Brizwald has one in "Risky Brizness", and he uses it to steal Oz's comic book. Fanboy and Chum Chum fight him by using shadow puppets.
Look Behind You: Subverted at the end of "Monster in the Mist" with Lenny telling Boog to turn around, Boog refusing to do so, and then getting eaten by the real monster.
My Little Panzer: In "Total Recall", Agent 08 spits corrosive ink, electrocutes people, and explodes. In Oz's "hall of recall", he has a flame-throwing fire truck, acid-spitting dolls, "baby's first nail gun", and a warship with real weaponry.
Mystery Meat: The eponymous glop from "Little Glop of Horrors".
Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: In Lights Out, the boys want to watch a film that is literally entitled Pirate Ninja Robot President.
Nobody Here but Us Statues: Fanboy, Chum Chum, and Yum Yum hide in the school's trophy case to avoid Janitor Poopatine in "The Janitor Strikes Back".
Non-Nude Bathing: The two main characters bathe with their superhero costumes on.
The Noseless: Fanboy and Chum Chum are capable of detaching their noses from their faces and swapping them with each other in "Pick a Nose", leaving brief moments where neither of them has a nose. In "Fanboy Stinks", Chum Chum removes his nose because he can't stand Fanboy's odor, but he is still able to smell him through his ears.
Ocular Gushers: Every time a character cries, the tears stream from their eyes like a sprinkler.
Off Model: In the John Kricfalusi-esque way. If you've ever seen any of the storyboards, you probably know that they look completely different than the actual show. As evidenced by a storyboard artist, this is what is considered to be too far off the mark.
Offscreen Crash: At the beginning of "Strings Attached", Fanboy throws a huge water balloon out into the street. Car crashes and alarms are heard.
Fanboy: Well, it looks like they're all good swimmers, so it's a happy ending after all.
Ominous Fog: "Monster in the Mist" is all about this trope.
Organ Autonomy: After Fanboy refuses to take a bath, his hand grows mushrooms for eyes and gains the personality of a mobster named Stinks. A particularly squicky scene results when Stinks "has to use the little hand's room."
Overly Long Gag: Fanboy screams "Aaaah! What have I done?!" no less than seven times in "The Tell-Tale Toy".
Kyle's screaming in "There Will Be Shrieks". Technically, he screams one thousand times in a row, but only the first ten or so are heard.
Pac Man Fever: Justified by the fact that the only video games seen in the series so far are arcade games and a virtual pet.
Panty Shot: Seen briefly with pretty much every character who wears a skirt, but considering Oz's mom and Lunch Lady Cram are among them, it's more like Fan Disservice.
Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Battle of the Stands", Fanboy disguises himself as a baby so he and Chum Chum can gather more customers at their lemonade stand than Yo and Lupe. Only Yo and Lupe can see through his disguise, which is nothing more than a bonnet and a pacifier.
Chum Chum as the Toxic Teapot in "Fanboyfriend". Lupe doesn't notice.
Potty Emergency: Fanboy and Chum Chum experience this when they are trapped inside of a plastic bubble and Boog teases them by pouring a pitcher of water into a cup.
Potty Failure: Used as a joke at the end of "The Incredible Shrinking Fanboy" when Yo's dollhouse is stuck on Fanboy's body. He tells Chum Chum to hurry with removing it because "the basement's flooding".
Sand In My Eyes: At the end of "Norse Code", Fanboy says, "I'm not crying, the vortex just threw something in my eye!" He has a similar line in "Moppy Dearest".
Self-Deprecation: The show loves doing this to itself. For an example, they take a jab at the frequent use of Toilet Humor in "Little Glop of Horrors".
Fanboy: Hey Kyle! It's pizza day! Come play pizza monkeys with us!
Kyle: You two are... pizza monkeys? What do you do, throw your poopparoni?
Fanboy and Chum Chum burst out with laughter
Kyle (sighing): I'm witty day after day - and this is what they laugh at.
Self-Induced Allergic Reaction / Save the Villain: Boog fakes an allergic reaction to breathing air so Fanboy and Chum Chum will let him inside their plastic bubble. The two fall for it, and immediately afterwards, Boog's allergy clears up and he proceeds to beating up Fanboy and Chum Chum.
Shaggy Dog Story: In "Crib Notes", Kyle casts a spell that will give him the answers to a test to be readmitted into Milkweed Academy, except it turns him into a baby and he must go to sleep to know the answers. Fanboy and Chum Chum try various methods to make him sleep, and when they finally succeed and Kyle takes the test, his answers are voided because he didn't use a No. 2 wand.
In "Kids in the Hall", Kyle desperately tries to give Professor Flan his essay to be readmitted to his Milkweed Academy, but hall monitors Fanboy and Chum Chum keep getting in his way. In the process, Kyle's essay gets eaten by a three-headed dog from another dimension, forcing him to hand in a drawing on a sticky note. To Kyle's surprise, Flan likes the drawing so much that he accepts Kyle back to Milkweed... until he gets eaten by the three-headed dog.
Shout-Out: In one case, they had one to the Dramatic Chipmunk.
The Dramatic Chimpmunk reference was even hinted with Fanboy's dialogue shortly after. "Oh, that CHIPMUNK was just being DRAMATIC."
The "Cone of Silence" to either Dune or Get Smart, though more likely the former.
Sting: Lampshaded in "The Great Bicycle Mystery" the first few times it occurs. Fanboy notices it and tries to make it happen again by saying "One of you is a culprit in the great bicycle mystery!" although it does not play.
Fanboy: Nothin'? Huh, I guess we should get to it then.
Sudden Videogame Moment: When the boys are trying to catch the monkey in "Gameboy", the animation style changes to 8-bit graphics.
Take Our Word for It: The show uses it sometimes, for example in "Little Glop Of Horrors", when the Necronomicon "vomits" the glop. The camera cuts away to the kids sitting at the table. After a while, Kyle walks into the shot, covered in the glop head to toe.
Quite a few episodes like to throw in a poop or fart joke somewhere.
When Kyle has to lay an egg to cure his chicken pox, he says "coffee and a bran muffin ought to help things move along."
OOH!! OOH!! I got one! KYLE is gonna' squeeze an egg out of his BUTT!!
From "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha":
Fanboy: You're the best number two I've ever taken on a mission.
In "Sigmund the Sorcerer", Sigmund refers to Kyle as "Kyle the Constipater" (as opposed to Kyle the Conjurer) several times throughout the episode, and jeers, "You push and push, and all for nothing!"
Total Eclipse of the Plot: In "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha", Fanboy tries to avoid taking a nap in kindergarten by opening the window shades to let sunlight into the room, but a solar eclipse occurs immediately afterwards.
Training Montage: In "Eyes on the Prize", Oz trains Fanboy and Chum Chum in the art of finding prizes in cereal boxes. Lampshaded at the beginning of the sequence when they punch through a cereal box called "Montage Munch".
Twitchy Eye: Lenny gets a "stress twitch" whenever he's especially annoyed by Fanboy and Chum Chum, in which his enitre face contorts. Francine has one in another episode.
Two-Teacher School: Mr. Mufflin and the French teacher are the only real teachers seen at the school. Other faculty members are Janitor Poopatine and Lunch Lady Cram, though they don't instruct a subject.
What Happened to the Mouse?: In "Man-Arctica the Ride," Oz appears alongside the other characters in the beginning of the episode, but after they board the roller coaster, he disappears without any explanation.
At the beginning of "There Will Be Shrieks", Lenny and Boog are grappling with a ghost that was released from the Frosty Screamy Scream cup, but we never see what happens to them after Fanboy and Chum Chum leave the Frosty Mart.
Type III occurs in "Dollar Day", as a part of a Brick Joke. Early in the episode, Fanboy's brain falls out upon him tripping on something. Later Fanboy's brain is put back into his head by Chum Chum, when the two have to think of a way to earn a dollar. Throughout the entire episode there is no difference in Fanboy's behaviour when he is brainless from his usual self.
Who's Watching The Store?: Lenny and Boog frequently leave the Frosty Mart unattended. In "Secret Shopper", the two leave the store to avoid being fired by the Secret Shopper, and Fanboy and Chum Chum take their places.
Wholesome Crossdresser: Fanboy. He has dressed as a nurse at least twice, complete with a skirt, mascara and high heels.
Wingding Eyes: In "Back from the Future", Fanboy and Chum Chum get Frosty Freezy Freezes in their eyes when they try the drink.
Wizard Beard: Fanboy wears one in "Wizboy" when he tries to play wizard with Kyle.
Wizarding School: Kyle was expelled from this when he turned one of his teachers into a raspberry flan.
Yellow Sash of Power: Fanboy and Chum Chum become hall monitors in "Kids in the Hall". They go back and forth between holding square dances in the hall to acting like police officers, but either way, they prevent Kyle from delivering his admissions essay to Professor Flan.
You Can't Fight Fate: In "Back from the Future", Lenny time travels to prevent Fanboy and Chum Chum from ever having a Frosty Freezy Freeze, but all of his efforts result in them having it anyway.
Your Television Hates You: In "Jingle Fever", Lenny desperately tries to prevent Fanboy and Chum Chum from finding out about the jingle contest, but every radio station and poster around the Frosty Mart advertises it.
You Taste Delicious: The whole reason Fanboy and Chum Chum keep Barry over for tests at the Fanlair in "Berry Sick" is because he tastes like Frosty Freezy Freeze.
Zany Scheme: In "Little Glop of Horrors", the kids came up with various ideas for distracting/fooling Lunch Lady Cram so they could avoid eating the glop. One of them involved sculpting the glop into a cat costume for Chum Chum, a tree they could put him on and a fire engine. Makes Just as Much Sense in Context.