Jeepers: "Hehehe... do you want to see something strange and mystical?"
Freakazoid: "NO!! Get out of here with that watch, lay off the poor beavers, will ya?! SHEEZE! You're a creep! Go away, we were having a good time until you showed up, Jeepers! ARGH! Go have some coffee with cream, or something! Because I'll tell you something! This is a happy place!"
The Ace: Greg, the production assistant. Able to rescue the heroes with more than enough time to pick up their mail.
Parodied with The Huntsman, who is set up as the most competent hero in the show, that is, until crime completely clears up in his city leaving him with nothing to do. This ultimately winds up having an obvious affect on Huntsman's self-esteem. It was suggested that crime was in a lull in his city because of the Huntsman's Ace qualities, i.e. he caught/drove off all the criminals. That, or, as he theorizes, Freakazoid's been stealing his, er, business.
Achilles' Heel: Freakazoid’s weakness is graphite bars charged with negative ions (something of a subversion, as this is rather hard to come by), also "poo gas". However, as Gutierrez points out, "No one likes poo gas".
As well as cranapple (allergic), and Fanboy's discussions.
The latter goes for just about anybody, really.
Affably Evil: Several villains refuse to stoop to insults or rude behaviour.
Airplane Arms: Freakazoid does this in the opening, as well as at various times throughout the series.
Alliterative Name: The Douglas Family (Dexter, Duncan, Debbie and Douglas. Yes. Douglas Douglas.)
Freakazoid: Of course, it all adds up! I've somehow landed in Norway!
Artistic License - History: In "Freakzoid is History", Freakazoid prevents World War II from happening by diverting a group of Japanese planes that were targeting Pearl Harbor. In reality, World War II had already been going on for two years, with Pearl Harbor being the incident that resulted in the United States finally entering the war.
Art Shift: Toby Danger, especially its opening sequence.
Cosgrove: it doesn't matter who you are. It doesn't matter what you're doing. When Cosgrove points and tells you to cut it out, you cut it the hell out. Yes, even the Warner Brothers and their sister Dot, in a comic book crossover.
Bad Bad Acting: Parodied in "The Freakazoid," Joe gets to act in the episode and doesn't do a good job (at first).
Joe:(sounding stilted) Oh no, Freakazoid. What are we going to do?
Freakazoid: We are gonna get you some acting lessons, mister!
Freakazoid does not like Jeepers. Probably because Jeepers is the only unfunny villain on the show — he's just very creepy.
Also, DO NOT ask Freakazoid if he wants to see something strange and mystical. Especially if you're Jeepers.
Big Bad: Freakazoid's most recurrent nemesis was the Lobe, who generally worked alone (or with his henchmen, Medulla and Oblongata), but occasionally served as a leader to the other villains in their collaborative attempts to outdo Freakazoid. Also Armondo Guitierrez, a nastier but more rarely seen villain with an important role in Freakazoid's backstory.
Big Brother Bully: Duncan. Dexter can only get back at him through Freakazoid, and "The Blue Guy" makes time repeatedly to do just that.
Big Damn Heroes: Freakazoid snaps out of his fugue in S1E9 Two Against Freak when he finds out his friends are in danger.
Freakazoid: "qui a coupé le fromage? qui ... a coupé ... le fromage? Who cut the cheese? Who cut ... the cheese?"
Bill Clinton: Given that Freakazoid took place in DC during his administration, it's unsurprising that he (and his wife) made a couple appearances. (Actually, Hillary made more, if you count Deadpan changing her features to look like her once.)
Bowdlerise: A minor character named Mo-Ron later had his name changed to Bo-Ron, due to the network censors concerns that the use of "moron" was too offensive.
Brick Joke: In 'The Island of Dr. Mystico', Leonard Martin, while doing a TV review on said episode, mentions to viewers to watch out for Emmitt Nervend in a walk-on role as a salty dance hall chanteuse. Five minutes into the show, guess who shows up out of nowhere?
One on the border of this and Continuity Nod: In Cobra Queen's first appearance, Freakazoid recommends that she liven up her sewer lair with Japanese paper lanterns; she remarks that it is a good idea. When her lair appears again near the end of the second season, she has indeed added Japanese paper lanterns (and is annoyed that Cave Guy doesn't comment on them).
In Hot Rods From Heck, Freakazoid subdues one of the titular hot rods by exposing it to a television launched from the Freakmobile. It airs "7 Hours of Tony Danza", which causes the car to explode almost instantly.
When Cosgrove asked why Freakazoid didn't go after Gutierrez in Hero Boy, Freakazoid notes that he's getting what he deserves: forced to listen to the singing gas station attendants still in the Freakmobile.
After defeating the security minister and his aide in Mission:Freakazoid, Freakazoid ties them to a tree and leaves them to their fate: the mime they tortured appeared. And he brought friends.
Anton: They will entertain us with cute pantomime until we perish!
Not torture per se, but in "Freak-A-Panel", Freakazoid defeats Cave Guy by dressing up and talking to him in Klingon.
Cave Guy: Oh my, you've created a language based on a TV series? That's not right!
Roddy claimed to be Dexter's driving instructor in The Chip Part One, which was recalled by Dexter's dad in House of Freakazoid and by Dexter's mom in Mission: Freakazoid.
The Lobe complains that falling for a really long time was almost as stupid as the Handman episode.
In "Virtual Freak", Steff tells the Lobe she remembers that he tied her to a rocket, which he did back in season 1's "Relax-O Vision."
In an early episode, Freakazoid suggests that Cobra Queen's sewer-based lair is drab and poorly lit, and suggests she dress it up with some Japanese paper lanterns. When we see her lair again in Season 2, she's done just that.
The Cameo: Pinky and the Brain in "Freakazoid is History" after Freakazoid changes history. Brain is president of the United States, while Pinky is piloting Air Force One.
Valenti: (I)f the movie's rated NC-17, that means kids can't get in; only adults can get in. Mom doesn't want to see adult movies, but Grandpa was in the army and he's not bothered very much so he decides to stay, along with Sgt. Scruffy, who's just a dumb dog anyway. I hope that explains it. Now, back to the cartoon!
In FanBoy's first appearance, he chases off a terrified George Takei from a comic shop. Later on at a convention, Freakazoid tries to ward him off by offering him "your very own Harlan Ellison!" who had just happened to be nearby. And Mark Hamill shows up not two seconds later.***
Takei's voice was impersonated and Ellison had no lines, but Hamill is a cameo in his own right. He was available to appear because he was already voicing a character for another WB Animation show.
Chain of Deals: Lord Bravery finds out that a bakery has the rights to his name. In return for the rights to his name, the bakery wants the rights of something else's name. And so it goes on.
Chekhov's Gunman: In the first Freakazoid segment ever produced, "Dance of Doom", the character of Waylon Jeepers is introduced and then quickly forgotten about. Much later, in the second season, he would be reintroduced and become the focus of his own episode.
Contrived Clumsiness: Arms Akimbo runs an "Oops insurance" racket, "accidentally" knocking things over with his elbows until the owners give in. The damage gets more and more ridiculous with each scene, until we see Stock Footage of a nuclear explosion, followed by Akimbo saying "Oops!"
Cool Car: Cosgrove's cop car. It follows Freakazoid from D.C. to Switzerland.
Also, the Freakmobile itself, what with the double-wide rear wheels, two supercharged engines and all the gadgets. It certainly IS Toyetic.
Creator Provincialism: In one episode Freakazoid finds himself traveling back in time. He winds up stopping the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and declares that he prevented World War II, despite the fact that the attack only catalyzed the US entrance into the war, which had been going on for a couple years already by that point.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Freakazoid may act like the biggest goofball in existence, which he actually is, but as any villain can attest, if he wants to take you down, he'll do it....driving you insane the whole while.
DCAU: While not explicitly part of the DCAU, it is done using a similar animation and character design style. Bruce Timm and Paul Dini even created the characters and drew up the basic designs (except for Dexter; their "Dex" was a much more handsome teen).
Dedication: An episode began with one normal dedication, one to a group of scientists, and one to Mrs. Ashley Huggbees, "because we like saying the word, 'Huggbees.' Go ahead. Try it. Huggbees."
Demoted to Extra: During the second season, the show switched from a Three Shorts format to doing full 30-minute stories. The recurring supporting segments were left out, but the characters remained in the opening titles. (The Huntsman did make a cameo appearance in "The Freakazoid," though.) Lampshaded in "Freak-A-Panel," where the Huntsman, Lord Bravery, Fanboy, and Mo-Ron ("or is it Bo-Ron?") confront Freakazoid over being fired. They're then shown washing the Freakmobile.
Freakazoid: Well, at least they're still on the payroll.
Dexter Douglas himself and the rest of the family are also absent from most of the second season.
Distaff Counterpart: Freakazette, whose only appearance is a cameo in "Freakazoid and Friends", would have been this if she'd ever actually appeared.
Expy: The character of Professor Jones, voiced by Jonathan Harris, is essentially an animated version of Dr. Smith, Harris's character from Lost in Space. The show lampshaded this heavily in his debut episode by having at least 3 different characters asking him if he was on "that show with the robot". This was one of the reasons he was hired.
Eyes Always Shut: Cosgrove, though you wouldn't think about it at first glance. There have been three instances where his eyes were open though, in "The Cloud", "The Wrath of Gutierrez," and "The Island of Dr. Mystico".
Failure Hero: Hero Boy, whose strategy for fighting the giant Monster of the Week is always to just fly up and pound ineffectually on their foot until they brush him off.
Fake Rabies: Subverted by Foamy, who really is rabid but Freakazoid doesn't seem to notice.
Faux Horrific: The scariest thing in the world would be if they gave Sinbad another TV show.
What if you reached for something, and it wasn't there... because it turned into wood?
Forgot About His Powers: Freakazoid can move at the speed of electricity as the plot demands, along with a bit of fourth wall manipulation. How does he normally get around? Sticks his hands up over his head and makes "whoosh"ing noises. Why? Rule of Funny.
For the Funnyz: Forget the cage made out of wacky electrons. This is Freakazoid's real weakness.
For Want of a Nail: Inverted, the world is a better place because of Freakazoid changing things in the Past. Well, maybe not completely better... The Brain is the President of the United States.
Though on the other hand, that last part might be better. Brain's motivation for ruling the world is depicted out of a wanting to make it better, so perhaps he's why it's better. That still doesn't explain how half the things resulted from preventing the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
The Lobe bought Freakazoid a present. He opened it slowly, the suspense building... It was a food dehydrator, to make the "perfect beef jerky".
Friend or Idol Decision: Mary Beth offers to share immortality with Cosgrove (at the expense of Freakazoid's life). He's seen pondering while a chorus sings 'What will Cosgrove do?' before he tells them to cut it out and turns her down.
Gainax Ending: Parodied in "Next Time Phone Ahead," where Dexter is eaten by an alien monster and "The End" appears on-screen. The scene then cuts to Steven Spielberg, who questions the writers over this. The writers admit they did it so they could end the episode early and air Animaniacs reruns instead.
The Glomp: Mo-Ron does this to Freakazoid. It isn't pretty.
Go Karting with Bowser: In one episode, Freakazoid runs into the Lobe while both of them are Christmas shopping. Instead of fighting each other as usual, they each excitedly try to guess what they're getting for each other.
The same episode shows a flashback, where the heroes and villains have an annual baseball game.
Harlan Ellison: Has a cameo when Freakazoid spots him in a comic convention and uses him as a bargaining chip with Fan Boy:
"How about your very own Harlan Ellison?!"
Heart Is an Awesome Power: Cosgrove's ability to make ANYBODY immediately stop fighting and behave themselves, from common burglars to supervillain mooks. This might not sound too awesome since as a damn good police officer he can command authority...until you find out that he is the only person to have ever made the Warner siblingssit down and behave◊. This should be impossible because the premise of their own show was them constantly escaping and misbehaving. %%Please don't remove the previous sentence. Otherwise the wick is nothing but a superlative. %%
He Who Must Not Be Seen: The Hopping Woman, who often is announced in the opening credits but is never seen or heard.
Heroic Sacrifice: When Jeepers tries to turn Freakazoid into stone, Steff pushes him out of the way and becomes stone instead. She gets better.
Heroic Vow: Why Freakazoid couldn't go after the Lobe even though it turned out fake later on:
"Much as it pains me, I have to honor the Lobe's request, the same as everyone else's... Cause it's in the codebook, okay? Cause superheroes always keep their word no matter what, okay?"
Herr Doktor: Dr. Günther Hunter Hanker (talks with a German accept, in the German dub, he talks with a vaguely Southern German/mildly Swiss German accent), who denies the existence of Candle Jack, only to be abducted, too, since he said his name.
Leitmotif: Freakazoid, of course, typically the first seven notes of his theme song. Cave Guy and Cobra Queen have them as well, both of which are trumpet based. The full version of the former can be heard in "Two Against Freak" as he heads to Cobra Queen's lair, after which it segues into the latter.
Lemony Narrator: Most jarring when he actually has an appearance in the show.
Loud of War: In one episode, Freakazoid is given the choice of being sentenced to 30 days in prison or 30 minutes of having to listen to Fan Boy talk about Tron. He chooses the former. Unfortunately, Fanboy is his cellmate.
Medium Awareness The entire show is all sorts of this. Hell, in the "Candle Jack" episode alone, he not only gets captured because, as he explains, he was attempting to mimic a gag from F Troop, but after he's tied up, he stops the episode mid-scene to talk about how excited he is to work with the actors on today's show.
He doesn't just stop the episode, he walks right out of his bonds in the middle of it, only to go right back in when he's finished.
Medium Blending: Used live-action clips from classic Fifties TV/movies in some episodes, and in the title sequence.
Noodle Incident: Whatever Jeepers and Vorn did to the lady in the apartment above him. All we know is, "it was like having to watch Waterworld for a month!"
No One Could Survive That: Roddy MacStew, after explaining the flaws of Apex's latest computer chip and saying that this potential weapon of mass destruction was only known to him, was promptly pushed off the roof of the building by the Corrupt Corporate Executive. It is Christmas Eve, after all, and goodness forbid they make a recall the day after that!
No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Huntsman and Lord Bravery, who were quite blatantly modelled upon Charlton Heston and John Cleese, respectively.
The "And now you know... the rest of the episode" guy is never named but clearly Paul Harvey.
Old Shame: In-universe with Professor Jones, who doesn't want to hear anything about "that show with the robot."note Not so in real life, as Johnathan Harris apparently kept offering to ham it up even more like Professor Jones if necessary.
Only Sane Man: Well, compared to the rest of his family, Dexter is this.
Out-of-Character Alert: Cosgrove once realized that a rampaging Freakazoid was a clone when Cosgrove asked him to the Yakov Smirnoff film festival... and he said no. When he declares this at an emergency press conference, the clone is instantly discredited.
Also, one episode spends half its length parodying the entire title number of Hello, Dolly as "Bonjour, Lobey", even going so far as to setting up a major plot point that allows Freakazoid to transform into Louis Armstrong at the appropriate moment.
Also the Hand-man segment from Season 1, which could have ended about six different times before it finally does; half the commentary for this segment consists of the writers arguing whether this is a good thing.
Lobe: Freakazoid! Why do we keep falling for so long in this episode?
Parody: Of the superhero genre, but other shorts delved into other areas of parody as well. "Toby Danger In The Doomsdau Bet", the third short of the second episode, parodied the poor writing, hammy, over-the-top acting, nonsensical Techno Babble and choppy animation of action cartoons from The Dark Age of Animation like Jonny Quest. The fourth and final short of the very first episode, called "Hand Man", featured a surprise crossover with the Warner Brothers (and sister} from Animaniacs performing a theme song that had similar-sounding lyrics and tune to their own, but tailored in a way that not only fit the Freakazoid! universe, but also seemed to gleefully mock the original tune.
Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Dexter has normal-length and cut, light brown hair. When he turns into Freakazoid it grows into a large crown of long, black Anime Hair, with white ligthing-shaped stripes in it.
Psychic Static: Freakazoid, to avoid having his personality fed to his clone.
It also featured a variation with Scream-O-Vision, whereupon anything remotely scary, from Candle Jack to kissing and was followed up by the word "Scream" and a small sound clip of people doing just that.
Rogues Gallery: Freakazoid's consists of The Lobe, Candle Jack, Cave Guy, Cobra Queen, Longhorn, Deadpan and Arms Akimbo. Actually this gallery appears as a group before each villain does individually, in fact, in the first episode a couple of villains (Eye of Newt and Booger Beast) are mentioned and seen among the group for the first and last time. Also, in the first season, Kid Carrion (a skull-faced, cowboy zombie whose character is never developed) appears various times with the group. Armando Gutierrez plays a large role in three Season 1 episodes and returns in Season 2, though only appears alongside the other villains in the finale. In the second season, Waylon Jeepers and a new villain named Vorn join the crowd, along with Invisibo and his swinging theme song.
Booger Beast actually appears in the pre-credits sequence of a later episode.
"I saw this once on an after-school special. Mary and Sally, best friends! They did absolutely everything together. Then one day, Mary fell in with the wrong crowd. And Mary didn't have time for Sally anymore. Sally would say, 'Wanna go play a game or pretend we're kitties?' and Mary would say 'Uh-uh, I'm in with the wrong crowd.' Sally was so sad she ran home, climbed up a tree and started eating cookies. A ton of cookies. She got huge, HUGE, HUGE,HUGE!...got any cookies, Mike?"
In "Dance Of Doom," Freakazoid segued to a proceeding scene by shouting "PULL DE STREENG!" a la Bela Lugosi in Glen or Glenda?. The cast added on the DVD commentary that it was actually inspired by watching Ed Wood.
Freakazoid's costume was based on an early costume worn by Madman. The creator of Madman was never given credit, however.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: No, Jeepers, Freakazoid does not want to see something strange and mystical. He wants you to go away, leave the beavers alone, have a cup of coffee with cream or something and stop being creepy.
Joe: The special effects aren't very scary. Please pretend they are. Thank you.
The scene is then shown with obvious wires holding up Invisibo's floating scepter and a device throwing Dexter to simulate an invisible man throwing him.
Joe: We've succeeded in embarrassing the network into giving us more special effects money! Thank you for pretending! You can stop now.
Special Guest: MPAA president Jack Valenti, Actor Mark Hamill, and TV Carpentry Show host Norm Abram all appear as themselves in various episodes.
Spinning Paper: Played straight, but probably subverted somewhere knowing what we're dealing with.
Spit Take: Turned into an Overly-Long Gag when Fanboy surprises Freakazoid and he spits out far more papaya juice than could possibly be in his mouth or his cup, over the course of about a dozen individual spits.
Stepford Smiler: Dexter's mother, Debbie Douglas, smiles continually, no matter what's going on around her or what she's saying. Most likely a Type B, but Type C is hinted at, particularly in commentaries.
The Stoic: Cosgrove. Taken to an extreme in an episode in which Freakazoid and Cosgrove are trapped in a virtual reality game. Freakazoid, looking for a way out, repeatedly finds himself in very long falls back to where they started, and Cosgrove nonchalantly stands completely silent until he lands.
Straw Fan: Fanboy, though he isn't so much a parody of Freakazoid fans as comic book/sci-fi fans in general.
"Diane Sawyer acts sincere, but she's really faking it."
The episode "Lawn Gnomes" is a parody of the first episode of Disney's Gargoyles, with brave and honorable castle grotesques replaced with cowardly and amoral garden gnomes. Another episode has Freakazoid sitting on a high-rise grotesque made to look like Goliath. Not-Goliath is explaining the long and complicated story of his people and would not stop until he was offered a Pez Dispenser.
In And Fanboy Was His Name, Freakazoid is going through a comic convention looking for something he could give to Fanboy to get him to go away, and offeres him an autographed photograph of Stan Lee. Fanboy doesn't know who that is. (Freakazoid doesn't either.)
Also, Cosgrove can do this to anybody in the show.
The Teaser: Many episodes featured a scene before the opening credits.
Telephone Teleport: There was a episode where the eponymous character traveled through a power line. Helped that he supposedly had the power of the entire Internet, which at the time the show was made was connected by phone modems.
There Was a Door: In "Dexter's Date", Freakazoid crashes through a wall full of TV monitors while trying to stop the Lobe. The Lobe immediately scolds him for causing the damage and not using the door instead.
Guitierrez: Oh, we're wasting time. What is your weakness?
(quick cut to Freakazoid in a cage)
Freakazoid:(to self) Dumb, dumb, dumb! Never tell the villian how to trap you in a cage!
Guitierrez: You probably shouldn't have helped us build it, either.
Freakazoid: I know. Dumb!
In one episode he gets arrested on this charge by the Idiotic Police.
Took a Level in Badass: Freakazoid learns telekinesis. At first he fails utterly and only manages to hit himself in the head with a brick. When he gets angry though, he subconsciously masters the technique and effortlessly thrashes Cave Guy and Cobra Queen in battle. He doesn't use the ability in later episodes, though there were only two episodes left.
Uranus Is Showing : During episode 2, we are greeted to a spaceship zipping through space. Then out of nowhere, Freakazoid pops up, points at a planet, and gleefully states "That's Uranus!"
Viewers Are Geniuses: It is pretty much impossible for any single person to catch every reference and allusion, as some can get exceptionally obscure (such as showcasing Venice Beach regulars circa 1995). Thankfully the show is funny enough that you don't need to get even half of them to enjoy it.
Subverted pretty regularly, though. While shows like Animaniacs commit to their parodies once started, Freakazoid bails on them the second it'd be funnier to do something else. For example The Freakazoid and Normadeus, where the parody they're doing last only for the first scene of the cartoon in question.