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Western Animation / Horrid Henry


"It's not fair when Mum and Dad nag-nag
"Stand up straight! Don't be rude!"
It's so not fair, cos the Killer Boy Rat stars
School stinks — kids rule!
So when they send you to your room,
Sing a little tune... You sing:
"Nah nah nee nah nah!" "
One of the theme songs of the series.

Horrid Henry is a British animated television series based on the book series by Francesca Simon produced by Novel Entertainment and Nelvana Limited (series 1 only), broadcast from late 2006 on CITV in the UK. The show has 4 series so far and has at least 190 episodes so far, making one of the most popular CITV shows.

This TV show is about a child named Horrid Henry who is, well, horrid of course. He also has a brother named Perfect Peter, who is just the opposite of Henry. Or maybe not. This show is known as one of CITV's most well known shows.

This show is an example of:

  • Abusive Parents: Horrid Henry's Mother and Father are like this to Henry. They may not be the worst cartoon parents but they are quite horrid to Henry. While Henry can be a'horrid boy' to his parents he also just a kid and he gets punished for things that Peter (and his cat Fluffy) have done and he gets yelled at any time something bad happens even for things beyond his control. They also blatantly favor their other son Perfect Peter, and sad thing is Henry knows it.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Henry is referred as 'Henrietta' by his great aunt Greta.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: At least one character has a nickname like 'Sour Susan', 'Brainy Brian', etc.
  • Afraid of Needles: When Henry has an injection.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Perfect Peter.
  • Anti-Hero: Guess who!
    • However, Henry inverts this trope in some episodes.
  • Anti-Role Model: Horrid Henry, Rude Ralph and Moody Margaret.
  • Art Evolution: The animation seems to improve in series 3.
  • Ascended Fanboy: One episode features Henry joining the Killer Boy Rats, his favourite band.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Don't ever take Peter's Bunny and tease him with it.
  • Big Eater: Greedy Graham is like this.
  • Big NO!: Henry at the start, or end of every episode if something goes wrong. It would show him shouting "No!" and then it would zoom into his mouth, and then the title card appears.
    • Besides Henry, Peter and some of the characters did this as well.
  • Birthday Episode: Three of them; two for Henry and one for Peter.
    • Four of them, Henry's cousin Steve had a birthday party too.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Henry usually addresses the viewers. In one episode, Henry asked the viewers he needed help with the picnic that his father made, he then replied with "What do you mean ''no?'".
    • Peter did this too in some episodes about him.
    • Margaret did this once.
    • Even Henry's Mum does it.
  • Brick Joke: In Horrid Henry's Sick Day, he was told to leave the taps on in the bathroom. At the end of the episode, the father opened the door for the bathroom, and then the house got flooded.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Don't be horrid, Henry!"
    • "I dunno."
    • "It's not fair!"
  • Cats Are Mean: Fluffy the cat in some episodes.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Most of the titles are like this.
  • Christmas Episode: Horrid Henry's Christmas
  • Comic-Book Time: Not to the extent of The Simpsons or South Park, as the Horrid Henry TV series isn't as much of a Long Runner as them, but although officially its forth season hasn't ended yet, it has been running since 2006 and none of the characters have aged a day.
  • Companion Cube: For Peter, it's his stuffed 'Bunny'.
    • Henry also has a stuffed animal, a bear named 'Mr. Kill'.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Lizzie Waterworth and Emma Tate as Henry and Peter receptively in the animated series.
  • Eagleland Osmosis: In Horrid Henry Goes to Work, it's Take Your Kid to Work Day and Dad takes Henry with him to his workplace while Mum takes Peter to hers. In real life there's no such thing as Take Your Kid to Work Day in Britain.
  • Enemy Mine: Pimply Paul and Henry don't normally get along, but neither wants to see the kiddie film Polly's taking them to, so they work together to sneak into a horror movie.
  • Eureka Moment: Henry in any episode.
    Henry: Eureka! That's it!
    • Even Peter himself has one of these moments in an Episode known as Horrid Henry, Nothing but the Truth and says the very phrase that Henry is known for saying.
  • Excited Episode Title!: Happy Birthday, Peter!, Happy Birthday, Steve!, Horrid Henry, This Is Your Fault!
  • Framing the Guilty Party: In Moody Margaret Moves In, in addition to putting Peter in a trash can in an attempt to frame Henry, Margaret also gets in trouble for throwing Henry's stuff out of his bedroom window, which he did himself to frame her.
  • Go to Your Room: Henry often gets this punishment.
  • Gray and Grey Morality
  • Imagine Spot: Henry often gets one, usually involving him turning into a predatory animal and harassing Peter.
  • Halloween Episode: Horrid Henry Tricks and Treats.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: At least a couple of episodes have involved Rude Ralph wishing he had a special talent.
  • Long Runners: How many episodes for a show with 4 series? 190 episodes.
  • Meaningful Name: All of the characters nicknames describe their personality.
  • Musical Episode: Horrid Henry, This Is Your Fault is like this. It had a few songs by some of the characters.
  • Ocular Gushers: Weepy William is like this every time.
  • Off Model: Most old episodes are like this, just take a look at the swimming episode.
  • Oh Crap!: In one episode where Henry tries to watch a football match even though he has to go to Stuck-Up Steve's birthday party, he resorts to listening to it on a portable radio. The match gets so exciting he accidentally knocks the giant birthday cake over Aunt Ruby, when everyone yells "Henry!", the episode ends on Henry: "Oops."
  • Once per Episode: Henry shouting "No!" in almost every single episode.
  • Partial Transformation: Henry appears to have the ability to transform into different animals.
    • In one episode, Henry turned into an airplane.
  • Pet the Dog: When Perfect Peter is having a sleepover, rather than try to sabotage it, Henry actually comes in and decides to have fun with Peter and his guests. Likewise, they legitimately begin to have fun with the sleepover. Until Floorboard Failure happens, thanks to Peter jumping on the bathtub during the "Grand Finale"
    • See also some episodes where Henry actually looks out for Perfect Peter.
    • He also helps his best friend Rude Ralph win an air guitar competition which gives Ralph confidence in himself.
      • In "Perfect Peter Pumps Up", Henry helps Peter get the confidence to stand up to Bill, who has been bullying him.
  • Questioning Title: Horrid Henry, Who's Who?
  • Replaced the Theme Tune: The series had two completely different theme songs. The first song played for the first couple of episodes on television, and then were obviously replaced by the current theme song. The "original" can be found on some of the DVD releases.
    • Starting from series 4, the intro looks a lot different.
  • Shout-Out: To David Bowie of all things in one episode of the TV series. Specifically a reference to "Ziggy Stardust"
  • Spoiled Brat: Stuck-up Steve, of course.
    • Moody Margaret as well.
  • Split-Screen Reaction: Henry and Margaret did this in a series 4 episode. They both screamed "No!".
  • Show Within a Show: How many TV shows are there in this show?
  • The Stool Pigeon: Perfect Peter.
    Horrid Henry: "You don't have to tell on me..."
    Perfect Peter: "Yes I do~ Muuuuuuuuuum!/Daaaaaaaaad!"
  • Those Two Guys: Gorgeous Gurinder and Lazy Linda can occasionally be seen hanging out together.
    • Anxious Andrew and Weepy William too.
  • Vocal Evolution: For Beefy Bert. He had a low voice in the first series. But starting from series 2, his voice is now A LOT higher-pitched than before.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Henry did this in Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter before the title card.
    • Again in Horrid Henry's Injection
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: '2Cool4School' is an example.