Western Animation: Grossology

Grossology (2006-2009) is a cartoon series about a Brother-Sister Team, Ty and Abby, who solve all the Squick-related problems in their town (within the confines of TV-Y7, of course). Based loosely on a series of books by the same name.


Grossology provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Adults Are Useless, especially in Fartor's case. His older brother farted in his face every day for thirteen years until he mutated into a methane reliant fart monster. Why didn't his parents do anything all that time?
  • Alpha Bitch: Paige Logan.
  • Ate the Spoon: Pink-Eye's Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce eats a hole in the floorboards.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Sort of. Fartor, Insectiva and Sloppy Joe get happy endings near the end of season 2, but not at the expense of anyone else.
  • Balloon Belly: Ty and Lab Rat in "Sloppy Joe To Go".
    • Basso Profundo turns out to be just as skinny as he used to be, and the only reason he looked fat was because he had so much gas in him, which he lost over the course of his Burping Contest with the Archer siblings' dad.
  • Beard of Evil: Lance Boil
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted so many times with Abby.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: Pink-Eye attempts to torture Lance Boil by force feeding 10 bottles of this stuff. It fails because Boil has replaced his stomach with an artificial digestive system.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Paige and her sidegirls
  • Bowdlerize: The French Canadian version of "Fartzilla" was heavily censored to remove flashbacks of Fartor getting farted on by his older brother as a child.
  • Brother-Sister Team
  • Brown Note: Lance Boil uses one in "When You Gotta Go" to make everyone crap their pants.Ty and Abby wear diapers that make them immune to its effects.
    • Fartor's entire plan.
  • Burping Contest: Between the Archer siblings' dad and Basso Profundo.
  • The Catfish: "Squirm"
  • Compressed Vice: In "Stinko" Lab Rat is suddenly a germophobe and bromidrophobe.
  • Cool Pet: Hermes
  • Creepy Child: The Director's nephew in "Night of the Living Roadkill". He just stands there staring creepily and not talking.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: In "Sloppy Joe To Go" Sloppy Joe starts a successful fast food franchise, but all he cares about is creating more garbage for him to steal.
  • Edutainment: The whole show
  • Enemy Mine: Abby and Insectiva once reluctantly teamed up against a carnivorous plant-themed villain.
  • Evil Albino: Sloppy Joe (when cleaned up).
  • Expy: Any Kim Possible fan might see Labrat as a taller, skinnier version of Wade.
    • To say nothing of Abby as a junior-high version of Kim...who digs the gross stuff.
  • Fangirl: Abby was VK's fan. So much a fan that she refused to believe that VK was the culprit despite seeming evidence. Only when VK admits everything does she get over her fangirl-ness and stop him good.
  • Fartillery: Fartor
  • Fiery Redhead: Abby
  • Flashback: In "New Recruits" Abby and Ty reminisce about how they first became Grossologists, as well as Lance Boil's origin.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Labrat
  • Gasshole: Fartor and Basso Profondo
  • Girl Posse: Paige's sidegirls.
  • Girls with Moustaches: Abbie grows a beard after being subjected to an overdose of testosterone by Freddy Folicle.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: One of the functions of the goop shooter.
  • Gross Out Show
  • Honest John's Dealership: Professor Skinner. Though he's more inept than immoral.
  • How We Got Here: Used in "Vertigo a Go-Go".
  • Improvised Parachute: In "Hirsute Yourself", Abby uses her giant beard (It Makes Sense in Context) as a parachute.
  • In Medias Res: The origin episode didn't come until season 2.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One:
    Paige: I came for a party and no creepy, weirdo, Goth loser is going to stop me!
    Darko Crevasse: Oh, come on. I may be, as you say, 'creepy', but Goth? That's just insulting!
  • I Was Quite a Looker: A flashback to Lance Boil's origin shows he was tall and handsome before he was mutated.
    • Flashbacks to Insectiva's childhood show she was once quite adorable. And so was her sister, Arachnidia.
  • The Lab Rat
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Ty
  • Limited Social Circle: Subverted. Ty and Abby don't seem to have friends of their own. In "The Perfect Stink", their parents point out how their kids never bring any of their classmates home. The only friends they've ever meet are Naomi, Andy and Lab Rat.
  • Logo Joke: At the end of the credits the Nelvana logo gets covered in goop.
  • Make Them Rot: Kid Rot can rot all organic materials.
  • May Contain Evil: Averted with Sloppy Joe's fast food chain. It's perfectly normal fast food, and he never intended to do anything evil this time. Instead his plan was to serve people such large portions that they end up throwing most of it away, giving him plenty of garbage to play around in all to himself. Of course, when said garbage stash goes critical and explodes, covering the city in garbage, he decides that's even better than his original plan.
  • Meganekko: Petunia Archer (Season 2) and Naomi
  • Miracle-Gro Monster: Slitherbuddies from "Fangs A Lot".
  • Modesty Towel: Abby and her mom wear these in "Spa Insectiva".
  • Nephewism: In "Night of the Living Roadkill" the Director is shown to have a nephew. Though since this episode turned out to be All Just a Dream and he never shows up in any other episodes he might not really exist.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Darko Crevasse is based on Ozzy Osbourne.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Inverted in one episode when Mrs. Archer invites Insectiva over for dinner, not realising she's a supervillain.
  • The Nudifier: Kid Rot can dissolve anything organic with a single touch, including clothing.
  • Official Couple: Sloppy Joe and Insectiva as of the Valentine's Day episode.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Paul "Lab Rat" Squirfenherder
  • The Pigpen: Sloppy Joe
  • Precocious Crush: Abby had one on pre-mutation Lance Boil before he turned out to be evil.
  • Prehensile Hair: Freddy Folicle
  • Prematurely Bald: Freddy Folicle's plot involved stealing people's hair, one of his victims of course being Abby.
  • Rapunzel Hair Abby's hair is not only incredibly long, but very large and is often somewhat distracting.
  • Redheaded Hero: Abby
  • Robot Dog: Sniffer McGross
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: After being defeated and contained, Abby's evil part-rat clone turned from mostly-human-looking to a giant rat.
  • Rogues Gallery
  • Running Gag: Labrat not wanting to go outside, as well as the Director being in entirely the wrong profession.
  • Sibling Protective Instinct: Abby and Ty may give each other a hard time but at the end of the day, they have each other's backs and messing with one Archer sibling is a good way to have the other beat you down hard.
  • Sticky Situation
  • Stock Footage: Abby and Ty's Lock and Load Montage before each mission.
  • Sweet Tooth: Gary Gumdrop
    • There are also some small hints that Ty's a closet sweets fiend who doesn't indulge often for health reasons.
  • Teen Superspy
  • Terraforming: Fartor is a non-planet example. His brother gave him Dutch ovens so often that oxygen became poisonous to him.
    • In his final episode, Fartor attempted to terraform Earth so he could survive there without his suit. He ends up accidentally terraforming the Moon and decides to live there.
  • Third-Person Person: VK, he doesn't even care if anyone finds it annoying.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Abby
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: Happens to Professor Skinner in "Fangs A Lot".
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Ty and Abby's parents look like them. To the point that it's kinda creepy.
  • Villain Song one definite one sung by Lance Boil and there is song by usual villain Sloppy Joe about how he love Christmas not sure if that counted by just putting in for to be on the safe side
  • The Voiceless: Apart from some laughing and other sounds, Paige's friends don't talk.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Frequently.
    • Speaking of, the lack of Vomit Indiscretion Shot in a Gross Out Show is, one assumes, a Y7-rating related issue. Which didn't stop the show doing an episode revolving around a puking spree (including Abbey puking for canonically the first time in her life), which made the Discretion thematically somewhat unfortunate.
  • Walking Wasteland: Kid Rot
  • Weirdness Censor: When Abby was replaced by an evil part-rat clone of herself no-one noticed the fangs or pale skin.