Western Animation / Matt's Monsters

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Matt's Monsters is an animated series produced in 2009 and broadcast by Disney Channel.

In a World... where monsters live freely among the humans and cause trouble, a boy called Matt Average runs a monster hunting company to help the people from the tranquil city of Joliville. He will tag along Bruce, his over-enthusiast father; Dink, his friendly monster pet; and Manson, the laid-back Gothic Girl Next Door. Together, they form the Average company, which will give the dangerous monsters a run for their money.


This show provides examples of:

  • A Boy and His Monster: Matt and his orange monster friend Dink.
  • Adorkable: Adrian the school nerd, as well as Sid the Mini-Monster, who is esentially a dragon with Nerd Glasses.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Ellen, Matt's mother, can fall ocasionally on this trope.
  • Badass Adorable: Matt and Manson.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In an episode Sonja is requered to scream with fury at an oak monster in order for it to free her, and her angry voice is enough to impress Manson.
  • Big Bad: There isn't a well-defined one, but Madame Bovary tends to take this role.
  • Big Eater: Mika can eat literally everything.
  • Bland-Name Product: Segra for Sega.
  • Blob Monster: Mika again.
  • Body Horror: Many monsters, though always in a funny cartoonish way.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Murray does it in an episode after his Drives Like Crazy daily gag, telling Carlota to drive their police car instead of him the next episode.
  • Creepy Doll: The Ludofractor.
  • Cyborg: Implied with Appendix, whose cranium has a metallic half.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Manson has her moments.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Manson typically displays this attitude until the real danger comes.
  • Expy: With its doll shape, empty eyes and Knight of Cerebus status, the Ludofractor resembles the initial form of Charlotte from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. However, Matt's Monsters actually predates Madoka by two years.
  • Fake Band: "Metal Finish", Manson's favorite music band, which according to her plays neo-Gothic thrash metal.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Lots and lots of kinds of monsters.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Manson, complete with Girlish Pigtails and Excessive Evil Eyeshadow.
  • Evil Twin: Straight and subverted. One episode reveals Dink had an evil identical cousin who held a grudge against him for overshadowing him throughout his life. However, at the end it's revealed that Dink was not his cousin and that there is a third Dink-like monster somewhere.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Appendix, though not with his glasses on.
  • Five-Man Band
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Matt and his father often devise weapons and vehicles to take the Monster of the Week, sometimes with not so effective results. Professor Appendix also counts.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Despite her predominantly male name, Manson is a girl, which doesn't help Matt's father to remember her gender.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In an episode the Monster Agency is presenting a slideshow about monsters to the mayor when Matt accidentally slips several photos of his father partying and dancing while dressed in drag. No words are needed.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Subverted. When Matt takes Sonja to the cinema during a date, he chooses a mushy romance movie on the assumption it is the genre she will enjoy the most. It turns out that while she liked it, she would have preferred a horror film or a kung fu flick.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Matt and Manson do have some Ship Tease moments, mostly due to Manson occasionally taking the role of The Tease, but otherwise are portraited as close friends with no romantic interest.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Matt and his mother.
  • Invisible Parents: We never see Manson's parents, though unlike most of examples, they get mentioned at least once.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The human characters always wear the same clothes.
  • Mad Scientist: Professor Appendix looks like the classical stereotype.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Average, anyone?
    • Manson's name probably comes from Charles Manson, and it really fits her...
    • Socrates really likes to mess with people.
  • Monster of the Week: The episodes are created in this pattern, but except rare ocassions, every monster always get a Call-Back somehow.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Manson loves everything related to monsters and creepy things, to the point she enjoys actual nightmares. Matt is a less disturbing but equally valid example as, according to his father, the only way to put him to sleep when he was a baby was showing him monster films.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Dink, one of the few non-evil monsters, serves as this.
  • Only One Name: Manson. We are never told her surname (or even if Manson is her given name to first with).
  • Only Sane Man: Bruce Average believes himself to be this, but it varies from episode on episode.
  • Perky Goth: Manson toys with the trope, as although she is pretty gloomy and snarky, she does have a more cheerful side and it is not difficult for her to show it up.
  • Phony Psychic: Madame Bovary, in line with her 19th century spiritist gimmick, claims to have supernatural powers, which are actually faked by her assistant Appendix. One episode, however, shows that she is really very adept in hypnosis.
  • Punny Name: Average's two old neighbors are named Smith and Wesson.
  • Puppy Love: Matt and Sonja are pretty open about being boyfriend and girlfriend.
  • Running Gag: Several ones.
    • Matt's father constantly mistakes Manson for a boy, despite her appearance isn't boyish or male-looking at all, and is surprised or even unbelieving whenever she corrects him. Manson gets increasingly annoyed with the confusion as the series advances.
    • Another gag is Manson insisting she has a brother who is a monster and labelling any particularly creepy monster they find as him. This is brought up in one episode, when she happily ends up getting a real monster sister by accidentally messing up a clonation process.
    • A minor one belongs to Murray, the Sheriff's aide, who is always tasked to drive their car while other characters constantly tell him alternately to go either faster or slower.
  • Shock and Awe: Dink has the ability of firing electrical discharges from his horns.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Madame Bovary's name is based in the book Madame Bovary, and her character in general brings echoes from New Age mystic Madame Blavatsky.
    • One of the toys possesed by the Ludofractor is a robot in-universe called Megatron.
    • In the episode with the videogame monster, every time a character is sucked inside a videogame it shows a game over screen with the "lost a life" jingle from Kirby's Dream Land playing over it.
  • Spicy Latina: Carlota, sheriff Wayne's female coworker.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Manson typically appears suddenly behind people, which startles Bruce in particular. Her very first apparition in the series sees her sneaking undetected in the Monster Agency van, all while wearing a monster costume.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: The Average company does this in a gruesome manner to take a large Blob Monster made of mold. After getting trapped by the monster, Matt and Dink just flush their own Blob Monster Mika, who swiftly devours the monster to nothing.
  • Token Minority: Sonja, who is Hindi.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Most of the people of Joliville see monster attacks as they would see problems in their pipes.
  • The Unintelligible: Dink speaks in his own language, which only Matt can understand.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Matt.
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