Why does it say "Welcome to you are 'Doom!'"? What does that even mean, and why, for God's sakes, is "Doom!" in quotes? Is this some sort of ironic doom?!
"Yes, you'd better gasp collectively!"
"Please don't kill us!"
"Please don't make it so appealing!"
—Val and Killface, respectively.
The supervillain Killface dreams of blasting the planet Earth into the sun. He just has one small problem: he wants to announce his intentions to the world and show the masses the doomsday engine ("The Annihilatrix") that will bring about their doom. Since he doesn't have the technology to highjack the airwaves, let alone the money to purchase airtime to announce his scheme, he's pretty much screwed. All he can afford is a batch of promotional postcards (with poor grammar).On the opposite end of the spectrum, we find Xander Crews, a spoiled sociopath who parades around as a super-suited superhero named "Awesome X". After Awesome X executes his last remaining arch-nemesis, Crews family advisor Stan pressures Xander to retire from the superhero game and finally start running the family business. (After all, if Awesome X and his support team of "Xtacles" have no more villains to fight, how will they sell Awesome X action figures?) After getting his hands on one of Killface's postcards, however, Xander sees the perfect way to keep Awesome X (as well as the toy line) alive — and the perfect way to keep the Xtacles from getting fired and going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.An [adult swim] cartoon series which ran from 2006 to 2008, Frisky Dingo almost runs on Continuity Porn and the Deconstruction of the superhero genre: it pits the villainous-yet-incompetent Killface as a Villain Protagonist against the arguably-more-sociopathic Crews as a Hero Antagonist. The second season takes this even further by retooling the show for a lengthy Presidential Election arc in which Killface and Xander run competing campaigns.The show lasted but two seasons, and while the staff planned a third season, the absence of a renewal contract from [Adult Swim] and the time spent on the only two episodes of the planned spinoff The Xtacles left the show permanently shelved.After Frisky Dingo's cancellation, the animation studio behind it (70/30 Studios) shut down — but that turned out for the best, as the creative team behind the show eventually produced a hit show about a super-spy with sociopathic tendencies.It airs in the land of the dingo on SBS2.
We can never go back to Arizona — but we can look at the tropes from Frisky Dingo:
Abusive Parents: Killface's obsession with his son's weight, to the point of measuring his servings, constantly weighing him, and FORCED SOY SAUCE ENEMAS counts.
Given his reaction when she shows up, one can imagine Killface's mother was one too. Of course we'll sadly never get any closure on that cliffhanger.
Documentarian:Wow. I assumed you were doing something else here, by the road.
Xander:No, just giving back to these crack-addled skeletons that wander the streets of... [looking away] the Town.
Cliff Hanger: The series finale has Killface's mother suddenly dropping in via spaceship and demanding to know why the Earth was not destroyed...and why Killface has no clothes on. The Xtacles mention that Xander, for some unknown reason, returned with Killface to his home planet but that's the last we hear of it. As the company that made both shows went under, it's unlikely we'll get a resolution.
Continuity Porn: The show gets almost all of its humor from meticulously bringing back everything that ever appears.
It also likes to reference things it claimed happened in past episodes, but didn't. However this is only really obvious if you're watching it on DVD, and not watching the episodes a week apart.
Convection Schmonvection: The Annihilatrix, despite being a giant thruster powerful enough to move the entire planet, apparently is just fine to stand right underneath as it's being activated.
Crimefighting with Cash: Awesome X and the Xtacles; Xander Crews' being unable to pay the Xtacles (and his plan to fire them) sets much of the plot of Season 1 in motion.
A Date with Rosie Palms: During one of the in-show interviews, Simon starts masturbating just off camera, apparently out of sheer spite.
Dead Guy Puppet: Killface kidnaps several PR execs to force them to help making his public announcements. When one angers him, he shoots him with a heavy caliber gun, blowing him in half...then picks up the torso-half, thrusts his hand all the way inside him until his hand is behind the corpse's jaw, and starts sarcastically "playing" him literally like a ventriloquist's dummy...for an extended period of time...in front of his twin brother who is begging him to stop.
Do Not Adjust Your Set: Killface would just love to do this for real, but his inability to purchase a "media buy" handcuffs him. Sinn pulls it off in Season 2, with it implied that she secretly had the funds all along to buy TV time to announce her plans.
Dude, Not Ironic: When Xander winds up homeless, the documentarian says it's ironic how he's now living in cardboard boxes produced by the company he used to own. Xander says that's not what irony means, while the documentarian replies that's exactly what irony means.
Evil Twin: Nearl, a mentally deficient homeless person picked up by the Xtacles and injected with "brain chemical," turns out to be Xander Crews' long-lost twin brother, who vows revenge...before being shot through the head by Ronnie.
Exposed Extraterrestrials: Killface doesn't wear any clothes and few people seem to mind. Played With at the last moment of the series, when Killface's family, dressed royally, comes to Earth on their spaceship. His mother gets mad at his lack of clothes.
Torpedo Vegas: Well, he doesn't have a penis! Or, at least, none that I can see.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Apparently a company called Ret-Con makes a living by handwaving continuity the show no longer cares about. Antagone vanishes thanks to Grace taking Ret-Con brand ant poison pills and Ret-Con Construction rebuilds the Annihilatrix after it gets taken apart for scrap.
Motivational Kiss: At one point near the end, Stan and Taqu'il are dangling from a ledge, and Taqu'il uses a grappling hook concealed in his belt to lift them to safety. Before he does, Stan (referencing the use of this trope in Star Wars) gives him a quick kiss and says "For luck." Taqu'il is not amused, and activates the grappling hook with nothing more than a cold look.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Counting Xander as the villain in this example, he activates the Annihilatrix at the end of season one, intent on killing himself and taking the entire world with him. When season two begins, it's revealed that instead of launching the Earth into the Sun like it was supposed to, it instead nudged the Earth three feet away from it, thus curing global warming (which Killface took credit for.)
Riches To Rags: Xander at the beginning of season 2; he's gone from the head of a company with billions of dollars to living in a refrigerator box.
Running Gag: Scores of them, including Killface's ringtone, Killface's lack of insurance, wearing a tallboy as a thong, the Half 'n' Half, people who are supposed to get pickles, being picky about counting to three, establishing boundaries, Xander randomly asking "What are we doing?", Simon pushing bowls of cereal off tables, referring to the city where everything takes place as "town", Darcel Jones of Team Jaguar and how she's always more professional than Grace Ryan...
Sadistic Choice: Adult Swim's treatment of of the show, as far tricking fans into thinking that the show's third season was dependent on their rejecting outright The Xtacles spin-off, all the while having already officially canceled Frisky Dingo with no chance of bringing the show back.
Xtacle: So, you want it in the face (Jabs Crews in the face with his gun) or...
Crews: No! No! Not my handsome face!
Xtacle: Awww, I'm just playing. You don't get to pick. (Cocks gun)
Suddenly Sexuality: Subverted; Simon turns out to be gay midway through season two but ultimately it's revealed that he was faking being gay in order to try and derail his father's presidential campaign.
At least, that's what he claimed. It doesn't really make sense, since it was his coming out that stopped Killface from being a religious fundamentalist, which was alienating all his constituents.
Killface: Oh, you don't even know if you're gay or not.
Xander: Snip snap!
Killface: Snip snap indeed!
Shaggy Dog Story: The entire Presidential campaign arc. By the end of it, it's revealed that because Killface wasn't born in the US, and Xander is too young, neither of them are eligible for the presidency.
Shout-Out: Often subtle and used for one-off jokes. A prime example would be the poster of Raquel Welch (with Xander's face poorly Photoshopped on), kept by Ronnie in the X-Calibur's holding cell which hides the escape hole behind it just like The Shawshank Redemption.
Killface was wearing a tiki necklace that they blame for bad luck (actually an assassination attempt).
Xander tells Killface not worry when they see a spaceship land, all they need are some Reese's Pieces
Sweet on Polly Oliver: The Xticles and Awesome-X love Sinn-as-Hooper's perfect ass and breasts but apparently think she's a man.
Take That / Genius Bonus: At one point Nerl exclaims "Thank you Ronald Reagan! Your legacy is intact." The Reagan Administration's policies regarding funding and privatization of mental institutions are considered by some to have added many mentally-ill and mentally-disabled persons to the homeless population.
Talking to Himself: Killface and Xander Crews are both voiced by Adam Reed, as is Wendall Stamps and Ronnie.
Title Drop: "Frisky Dingo" is the override code for the Annihilatrix.
Too Dumb to Live: The Xtacles are heavily armed, easily manipulated and distracted, are extremely stupid, and die in spades.
Aww, Fat Mike too?
Transparent Closet: Xander. His obsession with Fred Dryer and his 1980s TV show "Hunter," complete with mural of him in his bedroom that he stares at rather than screwing his hot girlfriend (who he is constantly avoiding).
Took A Level In Bad Ass: Val, who went from Killface's hostage who watched Killface savagely murder/desecrate the corpses of her boyfriend AND said boyfriend's twin and being traumatized by Killface striking her/threatening more violence, to a bad-ass manipulator/villainess.
What Could Have Been: Originally the show would have been about the Xtacles with Killface as the big bad and Xander and his wife (who ended up becoming Grace Ryan) only making occasional appearances. When the title was changed from "Whisky Tango" to "Frisky Dingo", the plan was to have "Frisky Dingo" be an insulting nickname for the team (who would still be called Whisky Tango).
Also of note: Had the show not been cruelly cancelled like it was, the first half of season three would have taken Xander and Killface to Killface's homeworld, where we would learn that Killface was the spoiled rotten prince of his people and explored him acting like a grown up spoiled brat towards his people....
They're probably somewhere near Seattle. When driving to Vegas Killface says "16 hours in the car..." A mile marker with different cities on it seems to indicate they are driving south to Vegas. Assuming a 70-75 mph speed limit you end up somewhere in the vicinity of Washington state/northern Oregon
Although the freeway map on GPS screens, and certain street names correspond with Atlanta, where the show was produced (and home of Adult Swim).
Killface mentions Rooms To Go, a furniture store chain based in the Southern US, in his original Annihilatrix ultimatum.
Word Salad Title: The title Frisky Dingo was originally supposed to be a mangled insult nickname Killface had for Xander's team (called Whiskey Tango), but the creators eventually handwaved it into the series by making it the launch code for the Annihilatrix.
The name was originally going to be "Whiskey Tango", military alphabet shorthand for "What The...?" but someone else already had the name.
"Whiskey Tango" is usually a euphemism for "White Trash."