Fish Hooks is a cartoon on Disney Channel, created by Noah Z. Jones (whose other claim to fame is Almost Naked Animals) and produced by Alex Hirsh (whose other claim to fame is Gravity Falls also on Disney Channel). The show deals with three fish: Milo, his brother Oscar, and their "overly dramatic" friend Bea, as they attend school in an aquarium at a pet store. The series chronicles their daily lives as they deal with various things, such as friendships, dating, and sports, as well as typical t(w)een issues such as giant lobster attacks and field trips to the hamster cages.Started in 2010, after four years and three seasons, the series closed out on April 4th, 2014.
"Chicks Dig Vampires" and "Glass Man Standing" focuses on Albert's relationship with Esmargot.
"Jocktopizza" is told in Jocktopus's point of view, with barely any involvement from the main cast until the end.
Advertised Extra: Piranhica, despite even appearing in promotional artwork, has had a grand total of seven lines through out season 1. One of them being a part of background noise.
All Just a Dream: "Pool Party Panic". The second and third act surrounds around Milo trying to wake up, or at least prove to his friends that everything is a dream and that they're all fishes in real life.
Ambiguous Disorder: Oscar. He's really smart, can't understand, or act, in some social interactions, and in one episode, he can't seem to understand jokes, or visual gags, so Milo has to teach to fake how to laugh.
Bea is a more explicit example since she has parents who sport Jewfros.
And You Were There: Oscar hits his head and wakes up in a fantasy kingdom populated by fish that look like people he knows. He thinks it's all a dream, but Milo and Bea find him and tell him he was just moved to another fish tank. Turns out a lot of fish look alike.
Anguished Declaration of Love: While Bea is giving her valedictorian speech, she realizes that she actually does love Oscar, and announces it to the whole school.
Animals Not to Scale: Keep in mind these guys are normal-sized fish that live in a pet store aquarium... and yet it seems like they have a whole town inside it.
Another Dimension: The main trio go through two of these as they chase a walking fish tank in "Pool Party Panic". They also change as they go through them into:
Bouncing Battler: in the final dimension before the pool party. Only Milo is shown to use this method though.
Anti-Humor: Despite the show having punny character names such as "Clamantha" and "Jocktopus," any reference to the fish-world equivalent of a real-world locale simply has the word "Fish" attached to it rather than a fish-related pun, such as "Fish Broadway" or "Fish Austin, Texas."
An extreme use of this is "Fish Ancient Greece". Not "Ancient Fish Greece".
Semi-justified as there are other species around the pet shop, a point brought up in "Hooray for Hamsterwood".
Chekhov's Gun: In "Dollars and Fish", Milo gets a loan from Randy Pincherson and spends it on a diamond-encrusted motorcycle. After getting his pay from a job, he realizes that his job alone won't get him the money he needs sooner when Milo's boss points out said motorcycle.
Drugs Are Bad: "Big Fish" can be viewed as a "don't do steroids" episode.
Dub Name Change: Justified, as most of the fishes have punny names. The Latin American Spanish dub of "Pool Party Panic" even has the characters using the "normal" version of names. (Ex. Shellsea —> Ostrencia —> Hortencia; Clamantha —> Almejandra —> Alejandra, etc.)
Dumb Muscle: Jocktopus. In "Happy Birthfish, Jocktopus" he doesn't even know what money is.
I Have This Friend: Subverted in the episode of the same name. When Shellsea uses the trope name and describes her friend like she would describe herself, her friends assume she's talking about herself when she's really talking about her Spear Counterpart friend.
The brief romance between Pamela Hamster, a hamster, and Milo, a fish.
The one-sided romance between Clamantha and Oscar counts, since clams technically aren't fish.
Also the one-sided romance between Randy, a crab, and Bea, a fish.
Mr. Baldwin, the pregnant seahorse teacher mentioned previously, is revealed to have a "mega crush" on Ms. Lips, a squid. For a long time, he is too scared to approach her until his secret gets out. Later, they started dating officially.
Albert Glass, a glass fish, and Esmargot, a snail, are dating.
Koi (don't need to say anything here) starts a relationship with another boy in school, who is of a different species of fish.
Finberly had a failed phone-romance with a ferret named Cody, and is distressed about being dumped for several episodes.
Piranhica, an piranha, and Jocktopus, an octopus. Several episodes revolve around them having relationship issues .
It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Everyone except Oscar keeps pronouncing Angela's name wrong, despite her correcting them every time. It's pronounced "Angel-ah".
Bea: That's it! How is this school supposed to function without some form of authority? If I don't get the perfect education, I won't go the perfect college, and I won't meet the perfect guy, and I won't have the perfect life AND NO ONE IS GOING TO BE HAPPY IF THAT HAPPENS!
Fishington: If you were to step down as principal, my secret would be exposed. This school would be in chaos! And no one is going to be happy if that happens.
Karma Houdini: Randy Pincherson in the Christmas Episode. He admits out loud that he was only doing the job for money, he treated kids like crap all day, and he even tried to quit before his job was done. Unfortunately, when Bea snapped and tried to get the Santa costume off of him, she got fired after Randy made it seem like it was her fault. He never gets his comeuppance.
Mr. Seahorse: A literal example with one of their teachers, Mr. Baldwin. Lampshaded, even. And he apparently has the Longest Pregnancy Ever, which got a brief lampshade during "Koi Story". The births happen in "Labor of Love".
Mixand Match Critters: The monster Oscar plays in "Hare and Back Again" has the head of a lion, the body of a spider and snakes for legs.
Mouse World: The characters are fish-sized and reside in an aquarium.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In "Mascotastrophe", Milo reveals the fact that he and Oscar are both the school mascot. Because of this, the geckos use this to their advantage and kidnap Oscar so the fishes' basketball team would lose.
No Cartoon Fish: Inverted; the fish cast are cartoony, but the rest of the world is photorealistic.
Non-Mammalian Hair: A lot of fish have hair, like Oscar's afro or Clamantha's ponytail, but others either end up having their dorsal fins act like hair, like Milo and Shellsea, or none at all.
Punny Name: Quite a few. For example, Clamantha (guess what she is), Jocktopus, Finberley, Shellsea, Piranhica and several others, with possibly more to come.
Recurring Extra: At the end credits, there is a snake and a mouse who usually give commentary on what's happened in the last episode (or the episode it was paired with, it depends on which one Disney Channel aired). The snake wants to join the fish in their tanks, while the mouse is all right with being in a small terrarium with the snake.
Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The geckos are heartless jerkasses that enjoy seeing a fish suffocate without water. Only the snake is an exception to the general abhorrence.
Series Continuity Error: Run, Oscar, Run, an episode that deals with the possibility of Oscar ruining his perfect attendance record, contradicts a major plot point in The Tale of Sir Oscar Fish, Oscar being tanks away during school.
To Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros.; one episode has Oscar liken himself to a plumber, Bea to a princess, and their dilemma to a gorilla in a tank top throwing barrels at them.
"Hooray for Hamsterwood" has Milo saying that Pamela Hamster is the finest hamster actress of their generation, immediately followed by Pamela (on the TV show) saying, "Science class is so random!"
During "Two Clams in Love", Oscar accidentally paints himself blue while trying to run away from Clamantha; the next shot we see depicts Clamantha chasing Oscar in a Pac-Man-like fashion. She even stops to eat a cherry.
Temporary Love Interest: Played Up to Eleven with Bea's boyfriends in "Doris Flores Gorgeous". She wasn't replacing her boyfriends rapidly because she's promiscuous, but rather because she thinks that's what high school girls are supposed to do.
Also, Angela to Oscar.
There Are No Adults: Milo and Oscar were explicitly said to have had no parents in Season 3, but an "Aunt Ida" is mentioned during Season 1. Only a handful of the cast have had at least one adult relative shown.
A promo for the special episode, "We've Got Fish Spirit", already spoils a good chunk of the episode: Bea being able to compete in the cheer off.
The promos for "Just One of The Fish" implied that Bea would end up competing on the football team and that she was a completely different person from a student that had a strong resemblance to her.
The promos for "Principal Bea" spoiled Nurse Fishington's Robotic Reveal.
"Fish Prom" promos didn't explicitly show it, but viewers could easily tell that Angela and Oscar get in a fight and Bea ends up dancing with Oscar.
Before the last act of "Labor of Love", Disney showed a promo for the next episode about Baldwin having his class take care of his newborn babies, and that was before Mr. Baldwin gave birth to them. So much for continuity.
Widget Series: You'd be surprised how amazingly weird this series actually is.
Worthless Yellow Rocks: Jocktopus is given money on his birthday and thinks it's just worthless paper. His girlfriend Piranhica knows what money is, but intentionally keeps him in the dark so she can keep it for herself.