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->''"Yes, you'd ''better'' gasp collectively!"''
-->--'''Stan'''

An Creator/AdultSwim cartoon series which ran from 2006 to 2008, '''Frisky Dingo''' almost runs on ContinuityPorn and {{Brick Joke}}s, whilst being a Deconstruction of the superhero genre: pitting the villainous-yet-incompetent Killface as an AntiVillain [[VillainProtagonist Protagonist]] against the arguably-more-sociopathic Crews as an AntiHero.

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 hijack 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 adviser 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 RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

Season 2 deals with the fallout of [[spoiler:the Annihilatrix being activated at the end of the previous season. Thanks to the melted couplings, the Annihilatrix malfunctions and pushes the Earth just barely ''away'' from the sun, curing Global Warming in the process]]. For this, Killface receives worldwide acclaim and decides to enlist the help of a woman named Dottie Bunch - “the Kingmaker” - to help him run for president. Meanwhile, Xander Crews has been living on the streets ever since he lost [[spoiler:(then immediately regained)]] his entire twenty-billion-dollar fortune. Hearing from Killface’s documentary team that the latter is running for president, Xander decides to follow suit. This reshapes the show for a lengthy presidential election arc, which every surviving character and subplot from the first season gets involved in.

A spinoff series set after the second was planned, named “The Xtacles”. The show was cancelled after two episodes, which involved the Xtacles, now travelling aimlessly following [[spoiler:Xander leaving Earth in Killface’s spaceship]] at the end of Season 2, (barely) following orders from [[spoiler:the new president of the United States]], Stan.

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 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 [[WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} a hit show about a super-spy with sociopathic tendencies]] that has run six seasons and counting.

It airs in the [[LandDownunder land of the dingo]] on Creator/{{SBS2}}.
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!!We can't ever go back to Arizona--but we can look at the tropes from ''Frisky Dingo'':
* AbortedArc: PlayedForLaughs - the "Barnaby Jones" story arc intentionally ends ''very'' abruptly.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Nearl [[spoiler:Crews]], a.k.a. the Local Retarded Wino Guy, [[spoiler:until he is somehow cured by the Xtacles with brain chemicals they traded a pair of sneakers for.]]
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Taqu'il's lawyer, who tries to explain away the ''Ballocaust'' album cover.
-->"Aren't you Jewish?"
-->"Who's to say?"
* AnyoneCanDie: The show doesn't shy away from killing off formerly main characters. See CharacterDeath for a complete list.
* AsideGlance: "Dammit, we only have [[QuarterHourShort 11 minutes!]] ''{{beat}}'' ...for this part of the kidnapping.
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: [[spoiler:In "Cody Gains a Namesake", Cody 2 is born second before Antagone dies (at the hands of Cody 2).]]
* BoomHeadshot: Many characters die this way, including [[spoiler:Nearl, Phil and Dottie]].
* BrickJoke[=/=]CallBack:
** During Season 1, Watley tells Killface that he should "establish some boundaries" in regards to parenting Simon. At the end of the season, [[spoiler:Xander attributes his activating the Annihilatrix to his dead parents never having establishing boundaries.]] Comes back again in Season 2, when [[spoiler:after Wendell watches Cody 2 eat Antagone's head, he grabs his belt and yells that they're going to establish some boundaries before taming him.]]
** At the end of "XPO", Killface tries to cheer up his group (now covered in ants) by asking "now, who's for Denny's?" [[spoiler:Later on, in a flashback to Xander's childhood, Xander's parents say this to him to distract him from the fact that they just sent his twin brother to the "monkey hospital" (a mental ward).]]
** In "The Opposition", Xander, when talking about bloodily trying to "take apart" one of the Xtacles, whom he thought was a robot, says that he thought it was hydraulic fluid. [[spoiler:In the next episode, when Wendell is asked about why there is blood stains in the truck he stole, says "I... think that is hydraulic fluid".]]
** As Xander runs off after [[spoiler:revealing his true identity to Killface]] in "Penultimate Fighting", he shouts "woop-woop-woop-woop-woop!" He does the same thing in "The Debate, Part 2" after [[spoiler:leaving Ronnie to bleed out]].
** In "The Debate, Part 2", just before Xander calls back his line from Season 1 (see above), he says "[[Film/TheOutsiders Stay gold, ponyboy!]]". In the next episode, [[spoiler:Taqu'il says the same thing to his presidential succession (who, coincidentally, are the people who beat up Wendell in "The Debate, Part 1") as he leaves them to die on the crashing plane]].
** One of the Deceptacles, while displaying gifts they bought for Antagone's pregnancy, shows off a onesie he bought for the child, reading "here comes trouble". Two episodes later, [[spoiler:when Cody 2 rampages through the city, one of the Xtacles pulls it back out saying that they're "gonna need a bigger onesie".]]
-->'''Xtacle''': Like, fifty times, I said that.
* CatchPhrase: There are a huge amount of catch-phrases and {{Share Phrase}}s for all the characters, most of which also count as {{Brick Joke}}s or {{Running Gag}}s.
** The most prominent one throughout the show, originating with the Xtacles, is "Boosh!"
** The second most common catch-phrase, originating from Xander, is "Ka-kow!"
** A common in-joke in the fandom based on the exchange between Taqu'il and Stan - "[[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Boosh and/or Ka-kow!]]"
** The only word Stan's clones say, "Harumph!"
** When Wendell arms himself with a machete he takes a liking to shouting "Jengo!"
** Whenever Xander falls behind on the current conversation, he asks "What are we doing?"
** Late in the series, Valerie starts using "Duh-hoy?"
** When reacting to events of reveals, "Did ''not'' see that coming!" or "Called it!" are common.
** Used by Killface and Xander in the final episode - "Snip-Snap!"
** Reacting to being insulted - "Y'know..." (This is also used frequently in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'')
** One of the newscasters that appears in Season 2 - "[x] made headlines today, but not the good kind like you want."
** When somebody tells Xander that they can't do something - "Well, not with that attitude!"
-->'''Stan''': Not with ''any'' attitude!
** Used twice by Stan when HistoryRepeats - "[[spoiler:My God, a missile! We've been hit!]]"
** Killface to Simon - "Well, you don't have to be crappy!"
** Arthur's favourite joke - "I like to call [[VivaLasVegas it]] "Lost ''Wages''"!"
** Hooker, trying to convince people that she (and her partner Old Spice) are doing well - "We're doin' really great!"
** Killface - "Son of a whore!"
** The [[spoiler:not-]]Asian dry-cleaner that distributed Killface's postcards - "What the hell, damn guy?!"
** Xander's exasperated reaction - "God[[{{Beat}} ...]] dammit!" (Apparently the pause was to [[GettingCrapPastTheCensors get it past the censors]].)
** Xander (and Carter Hawkins) cutting off an underling (usually Stan for Xander) - "Bup-bup!"
* ChainOfCorrections
--> '''Xtacle #1''': So...who's read ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon''?
--> '''Xtacle #2''': Oooh, about the kid with all the chains, and the goggles, and at the end he gets killed with a shotgun?
--> '''Xtacles #2, #3, #4''': Boosh!
--> '''Xtacle #1''': That's "HarrisonBergeron."
--> '''Xtacles #2, #3, #4''': ''HollywoodSquares''!
--> '''Xtacle #1''': That's ''Tom'' Bergeron.
--> '''Xtacle #2''': Brother of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Menelaus]]!
--> '''Xtacle #1''': Dammit, that's ''Agamemnon!''
* CharacterDeath: Over the course of the series, [[spoiler:Nearl Crews, Phillip Mazzone, Kevin the wizard roleplayer, Darcelle Jones, Dottie Bunch, Ronnie the Slavic Xtacle, Baby Lamont, Sinn, Arthur Wately, Grace Ryan/Antagone, Taqu'il and Cody 2]] all die.
* CharacterNameAlias: Xander hides his identity from a blinded Killface by calling himself Series/BarnabyJones. Killface does get the reference, but still believes him.
* CityWithNoName: A running gag is that the setting of the show is ambiguous, with all characters, even documentarians and newscasters referring to their city as "the town".
* {{Cliffhanger}}: The first season ends on a huge cliffhanger: [[spoiler:Simon activates the Annihilatrix, seemingly dooming the ''entire world'' in the process.]]
* ContinuityPorn: Much of the show's humour involves meticulously bringing back and referencing ''every'' joke, character and event from previous episodes.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: 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.
* CrimefightingWithCash: 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.
* ADateWithRosiePalms:
** Xander goes on a long, [[{{Metaphorgotten}} irrelevant]] tirade about his frequent masturbation.
-->'''Xander''': Look, don't worry man. At his age, I was like, ''chronic'' masturbater. Kinda, kinda still am. But the point is... I like it. I would like to masturbate right now in this car. You know? If I had my stuff with me. I would! What are we even talking about?
** During one of the in-show interviews, Simon starts masturbating just off camera, apparently out of sheer spite.
* DeadGuyPuppet: 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.
* TheDogBitesBack:
** After Xander is pronounced dead, [[spoiler:Stan takes over his business ''and'' secret identity, and tries to get him kidnapped.]]
** After suffering enough abuse, [[spoiler:Valerie makes it her goal to assassinate Killface.]]
** After Killface fires her, [[spoiler:Sinn becomes Hooper and takes control of the Xtacles/Deceptacles.]]
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: 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.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Mr. Ford has a habit of doing this with his {{Double Entendre}}s.
-->'''Mr. Ford''': Yeah, I got your pole right here. Argh, talkin' 'bout my penis!\\
\\
'''Mr. Ford''': Damn, you got a big-ass box! Big-ass box, you know what I'm saying? Talkin' 'bout a large vagina!
* DudeNotIronic: 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.
* EgocentricTeamNaming: Awesome X and the Xtacles, a team of well-funded {{badass normal}}s. TheyFightCrime.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: For Killface:
--> '''Xander''': ''[laughing] [[spoiler:Evelyn]]!?''
--> '''Killface''': It's a man's name!
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Stan, on the issue of exploiting Simon's homosexuality as a means to discredit Killface as a presidential candidate.
* EverybodyKnewAlready: It's treated in-universe as common knowledge that Xander is Awesome X, although he tries to keep it secret. Lampshaded in the final episode when Killface remarks on Xander's costume.
-->'''Xander''': I'm Awesome X!\\
'''Killface''': Oh... I... don't know if I ever knew that.
* EvilTwin: [[spoiler: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.]]
* ExposedExtraterrestrials: Killface doesn't wear any clothes and few people seem to mind. PlayedWith at the last moment of the series, when [[spoiler: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.
--> '''Xander Crews''': Yeah, what's with that?
* EyeScream: Killface's eyes are burnt formic acid, and Xander's are shot out at point blank.
%%* {{Fauxreigner}}
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The Season 1 finale has Killface note that Simon is becoming a liability. At the end of the episode, [[spoiler:he activates the Annihilatrix, presumably dooming the world in the process.]]
* GagPenis: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzxgyUHImnA MASTER CYLINDER!]]
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: The President of the United States. Both Killface and Xander run for president in Season 2, and nobody even mentions the previous president. [[spoiler:When they're both deemed ineligible, Taqu'il becomes the president, only to be usurped almost immediately by Mr. Ford, who is in turn replaced by Stan by the time of "The Xtacles".]]
* IHaveNoSon: Xander's parents, in a flashback, tell him that [[spoiler:Nearl]] is dead to them as he is driven away.
%%* HeroicComedicSociopath: Xander Crews.
%%* HeyItsThatVoice: Killer Mike as Taqu'il
* HistoryRepeats: In "A Take on Hooper", [[spoiler:the presidential campaign jet Stan was riding is hit by a missile and crashes, killing off several minor characters]] - the same thing that happened earlier in "The Issues".
%%* HollywoodCyborg: Sinn
* HumiliationConga: Xander's year of being homeless in between seasons one and two
* IdentityImpersonator: [[spoiler:When Xander is presumed dead after being taken hostage by his own Xtacles, Stan takes up his secret identity and steals his fortune (and his control over the Xtacles).]]
%%* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Killface.
* {{Irony}}:
** In Season 1, Xander, forced into slave labour with Killface, ends up [[spoiler:replacing the heads of Awesome-X action figures with Stan's face]], unaware of what he is doing due to his blindness.
** Discussed.
---> '''Documentarian''': Wow. Well, that's sort of ironic.\\
'''Xander''': How's that?\\
'''Documentarian''': 'Cause uhh, that you used to own the company that made the refrigerator that came in the cardboard box that you live in now.\\
'''Xander''': I'm not real sure that's what irony is.\\
'''Documentarian''': It's actually kinda exactly what it is.
* {{Jerkass}}: Pretty much the entire cast. But ''especially'' Xander.
* KickTheDog: Almost every character is a pretty despicable human being (or whatever Killface is), as noted above.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:By the end of the series, the only major characters left alive are Xander, Killface, Simon, Stan, Valerie and Wendell and the only minor characters confirmed to be alive are Mr. Ford and Simone.]]
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: [[spoiler:Killface's mother and race]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Apparently a company called [[RetCon Ret-Con]] makes a living by [[HandWave 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.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Should Killface get angry enough to simply glower in silence at someone, a simple choral track will play.
* LittlestCancerPatient: One appears as Killface attempts to sort out his insurance in "Emergency Room".
-->'''Killface:''' You would not ''believe'' the day I'm having.\\
''(child coughs)''\\
'''Killface:''' Cover your mouth.
* MediumAwareness: When asked why he [[spoiler:shot and killed Nearl]], Ronnie replies that the plot was complicated enough as it was.
-->'''Ronnie''': It's complicated enough without all this [[spoiler:EvilTwin]] bullshit!
* TheMostDangerousGame: Discussed in Season 2, when Xander talks about his grey-market safaris.
-->'''Documentarian''': Is that a panda bear?\\
'''Xander''': Yep, the most dangerous game.\\
'''Documentarian''': Man! ''Man'' is the most dangerous game!\\
'''Xander''': Well, tell that to a mommy panda protecting her cubs!
* MotivationalKiss: 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 ''Franchise/StarWars'') 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.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: 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.)
* NixonMask: One of the Xtacles wears one.
-->'''Xtacle in NixonMask:''' Hey guys, look. I opened Communist China to the West!
-->'''{{Beat}}'''
-->'''Xtacle 2:''' Put that back.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Mitzi and Verl from "Pimp My Revenue" are very thin pastiches of Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin, respectively.
** Carter Hawkins bears resemblance, both physically and politically, to GlennBeck.
* NoNameGiven: Many members of the cast (Val, Sinn, Taqu'il, Stan) are not given last names, and some are not given names at all, such as the members of Grace Ryan's news crew, or the documentarian from the presidential campaign arc.
** Possibly subverted in the last case. In "The Debate, Part 1", a letter from the CIA neither confirming nor denying Wendell's story of being on loan from them is addressed to a "Mr. E. Wallace", possibly the name of the documentarian.
* NoodleIncident:
** The reason why Simon and Killface had to leave Arizona is constantly teased in season one; it's implied that the incident involved illegal bunny-knife fights, which Simon was involved in.
** In "Meet Antagone", Killface alludes to some terrible thing happening at the mall.
--->'''Killface:''' And once again, this mall is my Waterloo.
* NoPartyGiven: Averted, Killface is democratic and Xander is republican.
* NumberOfTheBeast: Killface's insurance policy number is 666666666666. And has been unpaid for six months.
* OddCouple: Xander (as Barnaby Jones) and Killface in Season 1, with an episode even named "The OddCouple".
* OnTheNext: "News of a Kidnapping" includes this, after ending with Grace Ryan hanging from the Annihilatrix by a microphone cord:
-->'''Cameraman''': [-Oh God, please fall...-]\\
''Next time, on Frisky Dingo...''\\
'''Killface''': Oh my God, she fell.
* OperationBlank:
** In "XPO", Xander calls the mission to lure Killface to Vegas using a fax machine and a fake inventor's expo, the prize for which is twelve billion dollars, and get him to sign the release forms on his action figure, "Operation: Snooperfax". In the same episode, Phil nicknames the mission to sabotage their opponent in the competition, Wately, dressed as nuns, "Operation: Bad Habbit".
** Much to Killface's shock, Wendell names the mission to raise funds for the campaign by selling drugs he got Cody to give him from prison, "Operation: Meth Nazis".
** The two episodes of "The Xtacles" were given the titles "Operation: Mountain Punch" and "Operation: Murderous Conclusions" respectively, the latter actually given a TitleDrop after A.L.E.X. tells the Xtacles not to jump to any murderous conclusions.
* OptOut: A major plot point in the final episode - when [[spoiler:everybody is attacked by Cody 2 at the Annihilatrix, the Xtacles don't show up to save them like they normally would because they're too busy partying over the crab meat they cooked from Watley's body.]]
%%* ThePlotReaper
* PresidentEvil: Both Xander and Killface attempt to be this in the second season, [[spoiler:but Mr. Ford becomes this in the end.]]
* PreviouslyOn: Used in every episode after Season 1's first four episodes (excluding the election arc). They usually include gags, such as subtle differences between the scenes and what actually happened, or scenes that never actually showed up in the show at all.
* ProductPlacement:
** Killface mentions the Rooms To Go furniture store chain in his original Annihilatrix threat.
** Ruthlessly mocked with the "Scion tC" gag.
** Also, Haggar Pants sponsors the Xander Crews/Killface Presidential Debate at the Haggar Pants Arena...which has a giant pair of pants attached to the roof.
* {{Punch Punch Punch Uh Oh}}:
-->'''Killface''' (To Antagone): Well let me tell you this. (Punching her gut) Punch punch punch punch punch...really, nothing?
* PuttingOnTheReich: Taqu'il's ''Ballocaust'' album cover, showing him wearing a CommissarCap with the SS logo, holding a chain leash locked to a shaved-head girl in a bikini made of the same striped material as the concentration camp victims wore. He's called out on this InUniverse for being unbelievably offensive.
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Constantly averted. Characters stutter, talk over each other, and sometimes even lose their train of thought.
* {{Retcon}}: Used infrequently, lampshaded and parodied.
** Antagone's disappearance from the show is attributed to Grace Ryan eating ant poison made by a company named [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Ret-Con]].
** A Ret-Con construction company rebuilds the Annihilatrix after it is taken apart and sold for scrap.
** In the final episode of Season 1, [[spoiler:Xander has already regained control of his company, despite Stan having taken over in his absence.]]
** The ending to Season 1 ([[spoiler:Xander losing his fortune and the Annihilatrix going off]]) is heavily retconned at the start of Season 2: [[spoiler:the Annihilatrix malfunctioned and pushed the Earth ''away'' from the sun, saving the world and curing Global Warming in the process. Similarly, Xander's $20 billion cheque conveniently blew right back into his face as he exited the Annihilatrix elevator.]]
** Throughout Season 2, the Xtacles [[spoiler:replace Awesome X with "Hooper" (Sinn), give themselves black armour and rebrand themselves "The Deceptacles"]]. As of "The Xtacles", all of that has been reverted, although it is partially justified by [[spoiler:Sinn having died]], but they were still the Deceptacles when [[spoiler:Xander (who they knew was Awesome X's alter ego) left the planet]], so when exactly they changed back is unclear.
* RichesToRags: 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.
* RunningGag: 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, [[CityWithNoName 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...
%%* SadistShow
* SadisticChoice: 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.
** While the Xtacles are holding Xander Crews ransom for delayed back pay ([[TooDumbToLive utterly unaware that he is also their boss]]), and being refused by Stan who wanted Crews dead anyway:
--->'''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'')
* SeriesFauxnale: Despite the title, "Penultimate Fighting" plays itself off to be the season finale, wrapping up many loose plot threads and finishing off the "Barnaby Jones" story arc that was present throughout the second half of the season. The [=iTunes=] description goes along with this, rhetorically asking if this is the end. Of course, the plot continues into the season's real finale, "Thrust Issues".
* SuddenlySexuality: 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.
--> '''Simon''': [[TheUnintelligible [mumbling] ]]
--> '''Killface''': Oh, you don't even know if you're gay or not.
--> '''Xander''': Snip snap!
--> '''Killface''': Snip snap indeed!
* ShaggyDogStory: The entire Presidential campaign arc. By the end of it, it's revealed that [[spoiler: because Killface wasn't born in the US, and Xander is too young, ''neither'' of them are eligible for the presidency. In the end, Mr. Ford ends up taking the presidency.]]
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Robert Guillaume is uncredited as the voice of Mr. Ford
* ShoutOut: Often subtle and used for one-off jokes. A prime example would be the poster of [[NubileSavage Raquel Welch]] (with Xander's face poorly Photoshopped on), kept by Ronnie in the Xcalibur's holding cell which hides the escape hole behind it just like TheShawshankRedemption.
** Killface was wearing a [[Series/TheBradyBunch 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 [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial Reese's Pieces]]
* SweetOnPollyOliver: The Xtacles and Awesome-X love Sinn-as-Hooper's perfect ass and breasts but apparently think she's a man.
* TakeThat/GeniusBonus: When Nearl is thrown out of the mental hospital and becomes homeless, Mr. Ford tells him that he "can thank UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's ass for ''that''!", and he does just that ("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.
* TalkingToHimself: Killface and Xander Crews are both voiced by Adam Reed, as is Wendall Stamps and Ronnie.
* TemporaryBlindness: Midway through season 1, Killface is blinded by Antagone's formic acid, and later Xander too is blinded when Killface accidentally shoots him, but they are both cured when Old Spice gives them new eyes.
* TimeSkip: A year passes between Seasons 1 and 2.
* TitleDrop: [[spoiler:"Frisky Dingo" is the override code for the Annihilatrix.]]
* TooDumbToLive: The Xtacles are heavily armed, easily manipulated and distracted, are ''extremely'' stupid, and die in spades.
** Aww, Fat Mike too?
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The [=iTunes=] description for "News of a Kidnapping" spoils [[spoiler:Grace falling from the Annihilatrix into barrels full of super-intelligent, radioactive-waste-covered ants]], which doesn't happen until the very end of the episode.
* TransparentCloset: 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).
* TookALevelInBadAss: 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.
** [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy Who can't shoot straight.]]
* TheUnintelligible: Simon, whose dialogue can usually only be vaguely interpreted by Killface's reactions, and Stan's clones (HARUMPH!)
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Taken UpToEleven - not merely are the supposed "[[AntiHero hero]]" and "[[AntiVillain villain]]" unsympathetic, but just ''try'' finding a genuinely sympathetic character in the show. Even the characters who seem innocent at first have their moments of {{jerkass}}ery, or outright become jerks due to the way they are treated.
** The only universally sympathetic character is Baby Lamont, and he's just a penguin.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: 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....
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield
** 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.
*** The logo for "[[ShowWithinAShow Live with Mitzi and Verl]]" has a silhouette of the Downtown Atlanta skyline in the background.
*** The Haggar Pants Arena is the Georgia Dome with a giant pair of pants attached to its roof.
* WhosLaughingNow: Stan after he [[spoiler:takes control of Xander's company, and his secret identity]]:
-->'''Stan''': Who's laughing now, Crews? Who's laughing now? Hahaha! ...''Me.'' I am laughing.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Mr. Ford. This culminates in him being President of the United States.
-->'''Mr. Ford:''' Yeah, my ass is everywhere.
* WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings: Said word for word by an Xtacle to Ronnie in "Flowers for Nearl".
* WordSaladTitle: The title ''FriskyDingo'' was originally supposed to be a mangled insult nickname Killface had for Xander's team (called Whiskey Tango), but the creators eventually {{handwave}}d it into the series [[spoiler:by making it the launch code for the Annihilatrix]].
** The name was originally going to be "Whiskey Tango", military alphabet shorthand for "'''W'''hat '''T'''he...?" but someone else already had the name.
** "Whiskey Tango" is usually a euphemism for "'''W'''hite '''T'''rash."
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:After successfully tricking Stan into thinking they had kidnapped Xander Crews, Ronnie kills Nearl to prevent the plot from becoming any more complicated.]]
* YourHeadAsplode: Late in Season 1, [[spoiler:Stan, impersonating]] Awesome X, rigs the Xtacles' helmets with explosive charges so that they can be detonated with a remote control. Each hour they fail to kidnap [[spoiler:Xander Crews]], he will blow up another head. Also happens once again even after [[spoiler:they convince Stan that they have captured Xander Crews]].
-->Why are our heads still blowing up?!\\
That's on me, guys. Sat on the remote.\\
We should put that in a cabinet...
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->'''[[spoiler:President]] Taqu'il''': Boosh!\\
'''[[spoiler:Vice President]] Stan''': And/or Ka-Kow!