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 fifteen 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.
  • 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.
  • Brown Note: Lance Boil uses one in "When You Gotta Go" to make everyone crap their pants. Ty and Abby wear a special device that make them immune to its effects. The downside is the devices make it look as though they are wearing diapers.
    • Fartor's entire plan.
  • Burping Contest: Between the Archer siblings' dad and Basso Profundo.
  • Compressed Vice: In "Stinko" Lab Rat is suddenly a germophobe and bromidrophobe.
  • 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.
  • Enemy Mine: Abby and Insectiva once reluctantly teamed up against a carnivorous plant-themed villain.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Sloppy Joe may be a villain, but he loves Christmas and helps Abby and Ty take down Lance Boil in "Let Them Eat Fruit Cake".
  • Everyone Has Standards: At the end of the Valentine's Day episode, Abby and Ty set Sloppy Joe and Insectiva up to meet up with each other for a date so they can capture them, but upon seeing how happy they are together decide to just leave them alone.
  • 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.
  • Flashback: In "New Recruits" Abby and Ty reminisce about how they first became Grossologists, as well as Lance Boil's origin.
  • Girls with Moustaches: Abby (and many other women) grows a beard after being subjected to an overdose of testosterone by Freddy Folicle in "Hirsute Yourself".
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: One of the functions of the goop shooter.
  • 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.
  • Jerk Jock: VK would count. He plans to give everyone athlete's foot so that he could be the best basketball player ever.
    • There's also the unnamed jocks who bully Chester in "Kid Rot".
  • 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.
  • Police Are Useless: Frequently. For example, in "When You Gotta Go", they were taken out of commission due to diarrhea attacks.
  • Precocious Crush: Abby had one on pre-mutation Lance Boil before he turned out to be evil.
  • 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.
  • Red Herring: In "Let Them Eat Fruit Cake" when Sloppy Joe got a job as a mall Santa and started giving away fruit cake, Abby suspected it was part of an evil plot. It was, but not Joe's. Lance Boil was contaminating the fruit cake without his knowledge.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: After being defeated and contained, Abby's evil part-rat clone turned from mostly-human-looking to a giant rat.
  • 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.
  • Stock Footage: Abby and Ty's Lock and Load Montage before each mission.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Chester's lab accident has left him with an alter ego in the form of Kid Rot, a dark skinned, black eyed and insane individual who exists only to rot the world.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 loves Christmas.
  • 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.
  • Weirdness Censor: When Abby was replaced by an evil part-rat clone of herself no-one noticed the fangs or pale skin.