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[[caption-width-right:217:'' "You think your school's a zoo? [[TitleDrop My gym partner's a MONKEY!]]" '']]

A Creator/CartoonNetwork animated series created by the husband-and-wife team of Timothy and Julie [=McNally=] Cahill (who would later go on to produce ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'') that aired from 2005 to 2008. The show lasted four 13-episode seasons that came and went very quickly (hence the short run in years) and got two hour-long specials; a made-for-TV movie, "The Big Field Trip" and a musical special aptly named "Animal School Musical".

Due to a clerical error involving a misspelled last name, a middle-school aged human named Adam Lyon is sent to attend Charles Darwin Middle School: a school for [[TalkingAnimal talking zoo animals]]. Rather than [[JustEatGilligan fix]] [[StrangerInAStrangeSchool this problem]], he befriends an animal named Jake Spidermonkey and deals with the obvious problems of being a human in an environment made solely for animals.

Although it was generally received positively by critics [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Gym_Partner%27s_a_Monkey (according to the other wiki)]], [[CriticalDissonance its Internet reception is more mixed]]. Some say it was one of CN's worst shows, others believe it was SoOkayItsAverage, while still others say it was one of CN's most underrated.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* NumberOneDime: Jake Spidermonkey and his butt.
* AbortedDeclarationOfLove: A running theme with Ingrid's crush on Adam.
* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: Subverted in "Law and Odor", when Mr. Mandrill had to remind The Spiffies (who were the student council at the time), that 12 years hard labor was not an acceptable punishment.
* {{Adorkable}}: Several characters can qualify but Ingrid Giraffe and Rufus Hyena stand out.
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* AllJustADream: "Notorious Windsor Gorilla", which also transitions to a DreamWithinADream in the end.
* AlienAnimals: Rick Platypus.
* AllAnimalsAreDomesticated: Charles Darwin Middle School only allows animals that are trained to act like civilized humans. Ironically, they don't have any dogs, cats, or other animals that are generally domesticated, and only wild animals. To them, the idea of an undomesticated wild animal is even more terrifying than what humans perceive it as, with them being horrified of bunny rabbits, that haven't been tamed.
* AlternateRealityEpisode: Usually done when characters go to different schools. For example: In "The Times, They Are Exchangin'", Adam and Jake went to Adam's old human school and it was basically the exact same school. Even the teachers there, were humanized replicas of CDMS's animal teachers. In "Ingrid Through the Out Door", Ingrid had an early graduation to high school, and every student there was just an [[PlotRelevantAgeUp aged-up]] clone of the middle school students, and were labeled as the older brothers and sisters of their counterparts.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Jake. He gets jealous when Adam doesn't want to be his partner to the school dance, and he expresses glee when he receives "straight rainbows" on his report card.
* AnimalJingoism: There was a commercial bumper on Cartoon Network where Adam walked past a lion, whose locker was banging and making noises from within. Adam amiably asks "Whatcha got in there?". The lion replies "Lunch." Adam is understandably creeped out.
* AnthropomorphicZigZag: Jake generally acts like a human, but when he's overjoyed, infuriated, terrified, or feeling any other strong emotion, he tends to screech and jump around the room like an actual monkey.
* AntiHero: Jake Spidermonkey.
* AnimationBump: The original pilot had more fluidity in animation, while the series lessened it a tiny bit. Then, by mid-season 2, it became slightly stiffer resembling ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', and ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''.
* Animorphism - In "Inoculation Day", Adam is turned into a monkey.
* ApatheticTeacher: Plenty. Pricipal Pixiefrog and Mrs. Warthog are these, right off the bat. Then from time to time, Mr. Hornbill, Mrs. Tusk, Nurse Gazelle, and Mr. Orangutan act sort of like this.
* AppropriateAnimalAttire: Most animals at the school dress like this. Lupe doesn't wear any clothing, and Jake doesn't wear pants ([[SarcasmMode Though he rarely ever acknowledges that]]).
* ArtEvolution: The characters looked a bit rounder in the first season, then became sharper and UPA-styled by mid-season 2.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Pixie frogs are the second largest species of frog in the world, but not only is Principal Pixiefrog a subject of jokes about how small he is, he's portrayed as significantly smaller than even characters he should realistically be similar in size to or even dwarf, like Dickie Sugarjumper.
** Jake is a Spider monkey, yet looks just like a cartoony chimpanzee with a tail in its butt. He even utters the quintessential chimpanzee StockSoundEffects.
*** Even more jarring, one short had him getting his school photo taken with Adam. When both check the album, Jake appears as a ''realistic capuchin monkey!''
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Bull's weak point is his nose, the nerdy crocodile is beating him up after he ask a question & Pixiefrog is getting sued.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: When the animals all see shiny doorknobs, they get hypnotized and very distracted when they say "Pretty Pretty! Shiny Shiny!"
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Principal Pixie Frog, believe it or not. While trying to boost Mr. Hornbill's (Who is a rhino) confidence to help him woo Mrs. Tusk, they have him wrestle Pixie Frog. Pixie Frog whoops. His. Ass.
* AxCrazy: Principal Pixiefrog, though he never wielded an ax in any of the episodes, has a level of psychopathy very similar to [[VideoGame/TwistedMetal Needles Kane]].
* BadImpressionists: Windsor dressed as a human
* BadJobWorseUniform: In "Flesh Fur Fantasy", Adam got a job as a sign twirler for a car dealership, wearing a gorilla costume.
* BalloonBelly: Subverted. Adam has the food court sell human food and all the animals quickly get addicted. Instead of the usual cartoon result, the animals gained more permanent weight. At the end of the episode they were shown jogging, trying to burn it off.
** Though played straight in so far that it was gone by the next episode. Still a bit of a subversion, though.
* BearsAreBadNews: (Episode Titled,) The Spiffies
* BetterThanABareBulb: ''Many'' episodes include jokes like this.
* BigFun: Lampshaded in "Animal School Musical", with one of the character archetypes, being "The One Who's Chunky".
* BlindWithoutEm: Adam deliberately takes off the Spiffies' (nerds) glasses to avoid detection of a killer mob, as they were killing off the smart people (literally) and were under the assumption that anyone with glasses is smart (despite the fact that there at least two people in the killer mob who '''wore''' glasses). In their blind state, the Spiffies' were wondering around helplessly, pretending to be so dumb they can't tell where they're going (well, it ''worked'').
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill: Subverted. Bull Sharkowski has to wear headgear that's essentially reverse-SCUBA ''ear (gill) muffs''.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Happens constantly, yet done so naturally you wouldn't notice until you thought about it.
--> "Maybe you'll get a show on Cartoon Network!"
* ButNotTooForeign: Kerry has Indonesian blood.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Adam!
--> '''Adam:''' Whoever said humans and monkeys share the same genes is an idiot.
* CardboardPal" "Sick Day"
* CardCarryingVillain: Again, Pricipal Pixiefrog
* CatchPhrase: Euripedes Sharkowski "[[ComplimentBackfire (insert compliment; followed by insult)]] your face. Thank you!"
* ChaoticStupid: Adam attacking Nerdy Crocodile, not letting anyone get his wish & upsetting Windsor
* ChillyReception: Adam being new to the school, means he lacks knowledge on important information all other animals need to know. He suffers the consequences of not taking whatever precautions are needed to be taken in order to handle whatever conflict may be headed his way, and the other animals never tell him about it beforehand, because it's such a basic and natural part of their lives, they don't give it enough attention to consider, whether Adam knows it already or not.
* TheChewToy: Adam (More than Once).
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: It's a running gag for Adam to be seen in his underwear, often times, his "Captain Clownies".
** Why animals wearing no clothes themselves find it funny [[FridgeLogic is unknown]].
* Constellations: In "Don't Noc It 'Til You Try It", when looking for Slips Python, students directed Ingrid toward "Serpens".
* CrapsackOnlyByComparison: Adam's views on CDMS and Chester Arthur Middle School.
* CreativeClosingCredits: Every episode ends with a short, funny scene, that plays during the credits.
* CuteAndPsycho: Lola Llama in "Save the Drama for Your Llama". Lola befriended Ingrid Giraffe but in truth she had no interest in being her friend. By Windsor's explanation, Lola was attempting an aggressive pack assimilation by targeting the weakest member. As Lola slowly began to steal Ingrid's identity, she became more and more crazed about wanting to keep it.
* CuteApproachesCamera: Enacted by a nature documentarian's pet kitten.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Ingrid. Having such a really long neck doesn't help.
* CuteIsEvil: The subject of one episode, when Adam gets hosed by a group of cute miniature animals.
* CuteMute: Horace the ferret.
* {{Delinquent|s}}: Larry Raccoon, a minor character, is the only student in history to be expelled from CDMS.
** TheMole: As a result, he tries to reenter the school, disguised as a panda.
* DeanBitterman: Pricipal Pixiefrog.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Henry Armadillo is either a {{Jerkass}} or a [[TheWoobie Woobie]].
%%* DerangedAnimation
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: "Lie, Cheetah, Steal": Coach Gill keeps gushing over her new assistant, Mr. Cheetah, via internal monologue, and other characters keep overhearing her "voiceover".
* DifferentInEveryEpisode: The sign outside Charles Darwin Middle School.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Jake shunning Adam for almost an entire episode due to him saying that Bull Sharkowsci had "Gone ape on him". In the monkey world "Going ape" is supposed to be a compliment, unlike in the human world where it means "Go crazy". Adam gets Jake back at the end of the episode when he finds out what Jake was upset about and is ''very'' angry at him.
* TheDitz: Nerdy Crocidile
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: There is the human school and the animal school...and the animal school doesn't really teach much.
* DeusExMachina: "Robo Frog 3000": Because when any middle school faculty is confronted by the school board with robots ready to destroy them, you always keep a wizard in your trunk just in case. Right?
** Subverted. The school board had their own robot wizard, so it didn't save them at all. But the robots couldn't leave the school cause they were powered by the school walls, saving Adam and Jake from being chased further.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Adam Lyon, more notable in the episode "Notorious Windsor Gorilla"
* TheEeyore: Windsor Gorilla
* EpiphanyTherapy: In "Mellow Fellows", Slips became a psychologist and was able to solve the most internalized life-long problems of everybody in the school in seconds, just by saying one word.
--> '''Adam:''' So, Slips, you say if I stop whining about being the only human here, I'll be happy?
--> '''Slips:''' Yeah.
--> '''Adam:''' I'm cured!
* EruditeStoner: Slips Python. Dude, can you please pass me the bong?
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Duh.
* EvilTeacher: Pricipal Pixiefrog (and proud of it)
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Guess which class Adam meets Jake for the first time?
%%* ExpositoryThemeTune: See plot summary.
* {{Expy}}: Keep a look out for a human version of Mr. Hornbill when Adam temporarily goes back to his old school.
** The Feral cat gang is Expy of [[WesternAnimation/TopCat Top Cat]] and his buddies (with some [[Series/HappyDays Fonzie]] thrown in). At one point even the [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong almost theme tune of Top Cat plays]].
** Also, Windsor is simply [[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy Double D]] as a gorilla. Though not much of a NeatFreak and more laid back.
* FantasticRacism: Species can often be a stand-in for race in this show, and problems involving race are dealt with in the exact same manner. For example in "Flesh Fur Fantasy", Windsor took offense to [[BlackFace Adam dressing up as a gorilla]], and in "The Times, They Are Exchangin'", where Jake said that [[IdenticalLookingAsians all human beings looked the same]].
* FatIdiot: Margaret, Joanie, and Latanya.
* FeatheredFiend: "Glazed and Confused" parodied [[Film/TheBirds The Birds]], by having a flock of dreaded bird students migrate to the location of CDMS to transfer. The birds behaved as wildly as undomesticated animals, which horrified the teachers and faculty.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Adam
** TheLancer: Jake
** TheSmartGuy: Winsor
** TheBigGuy: Ingrid (well, she's the tallest)
** TheChick: Lupe. Sometimes, Ingrid.
** TheHeart / KidAppealCharacter: Slips
** TagalongKid: Henry
* FireBreathingDiner: In "Have a Joyous Little Animas", eating a plate of wasabi causes Adam to breathe fire ''through his nose''.
** Which ends up ''saving the day'', strangely enough.
* FishOutOfWater: Series premise. Seen literately a few times.
* FlamingHair: In "Wild Thing", it was a running gag for people to assume Adam's hair was fire, due to him being a redhead.
--> '''Principal Pixiefrog:''' I'm sorry to say this, Adam, but your hair just isn't as hot as it looks and to be honest, your hair doesn't even look all that hot.
* FoodChainofEvil: Quite the reverse in this show.
* FreudianSlip: A perfect example is Principal Pixiefrog , who always says one thing, when he really means his mother.
** Ingrid also does this a lot, by accidentally admitting her [[AbortedDeclorationOfLove love for Adam]].
* FrivolousLawsuit: Principal Pixiefrog's number one fear.
* FunnyForeigner: Lupe often makes a few "Latino girl" jokes about herself.
* FurryFandom: There's definitely a few of them in the show's fanbase.
* FurryReminder: The animal students may be all anthro and go to school, but still utter their typical sounds and vocalizations and obey their vaseline instincts.
* {{Geek}}s: The Spiffies.
* GeniusBruiser: Windsor the gorilla.
* GenkiGirl: Lupe Toucan.
* GentleGiant: Windsor again.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Rhino Pie
** In "Flesh Fur Fantasy" Winsor had students draw nude pics of him (in his "human" suit)
** In "Middle School Musical" Adam gets hit in his "Lower stomach area" when its pretty clear [[GroinAttack where the ball actually hit him]]. And later on in the same special when Ingrid starts forcefully kissing [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Henry Armadillo dressed as Adam]] he say he is feeling funny in his lower stomach area.
** There's one right in the opening sequence! "Going to this school is a pain in the- ADAM! What? I was going to say 'neck.' Oh, that's OK then."
* TheGhost: Adam's parents.
* GroinAttack: In the "Middle school musical" special, Adam gets hit in the groin with a dodgeball.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Jake gaining a "Mustache" inexplicably gives him 1337 skills with nunchucks, but Adam counters this by challenging him to a round of fisticuffs. Subverted in that neither of them actually knows what comes next.
* GratuitousSpanish: Lupe.
* GrossoutShow: {{S|oBadItsGood}}urprisingly, one of the better ones.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Jake doesn't wear pants and he doesn't keep it subtle.
* HandsGoDown
--> '''Mr. Hornbill''': (explaining an assignment involving eggs) Any questions?
--> ''[a girl Badger happily raises her hand.]''
--> '''Mr. Hornbill''': No, Lacey, you may not eat the eggs.
--> ''[Her hand goes down after turning her smile into a frown.]''
* HappyFunBall: I'm sure they've done this gag with a cute little kitten student somewhere in the show.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday?: Jake sometimes has to do this, if he ever shows too much affection for Adam. However, this only goes for something generally seen as "romantic", such as hugging or using the word "love". But when it comes to having a [[StalkerShrine shrine]] to him in his locker, and things that go down the "[[DevotedtoYou stalker]]" route, that's perfectly fine.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Adam and Jake, Windsor and Slips, Ingrid and Lupe...
** HoYay: All of the above.
--> '''Jake:''' Don't get me wrong, Adam. I like you a lot, [in a deep, masculine voice] but not that way.
* HippieTeacher: Mr. Mandrill.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Principal Pixiefrog
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Henry. [[EarWorm OOOOOOOHHHHHHH...(glass cracks) I'M A FRIENDLY ARMADIILLLOOOOO....]]
* HuddleShot: Done in "Lyon of Scrimmage".
* TheHyena: Rufus, an actual hyena.
* HypocriticalHumor: The hall monitor episode mentioned on ShaggyDogStory.
** In "The Notorious Windsor Gorilla", the school hired an art teacher, who said he [[ApatheticTeacher didn't care about art]], and thinks that it's more important to work on his screen play.
* IdiosyncraticWipes: This show's transitions are what's known as "Leaf Wipes".
* IdiotHero: Adam
* ImAHumanitarian, a lobster version. 2 lobsters are sitting at a table in a tank in a restaurant.
---> '''Boy lobster''': Oh, it is so nice to get out of the house after 97 years.
---> '''Girl lobster''': Oh, you take me to the nicest places.
---> '''Boy lobster''': Waiter, I'll have the lobster.
---> '''Girl lobster''' (as she is ''lifted out of the tank by the waiter''): Nathan, how could you?
* InformedSpecies: Since when did Spidermonkey's have orange fur? Or Loons have blue feathers? Or Trouts have pink scales? And real life giraffes don't have necks as long as Ingrid's, especially not when it's only supported by a pint-sized body, roughly the same size as an 11 year old boy.
* IntellectualAnimal: Windsor.
* IneptAptitudeTest: Adam, the only human attending a school full of animals, takes a career aptitude test and become depressed when the results indicated his career would be "zoo animal"; the principal later reveals that the tests aren't graded and everyone is given the result of "zoo animal" as that's what they all want anyway.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: CAMERRRRRRROOOOOOOON! COSTA RRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIICA!
* IntelligentGerbil: Seems to be the case with most animal characters.
* InterspeciesRomance: Ingrid's romantic crush on Adam is seen as weird by many adult fans of the show, who look a bit too far in depth to the show's content.
* InvisibleParents: Adam's parents are never fully seen on screen. Whenever, they need to appear, either it's only their voice, heard off screen, or an arm is seen coming out from just off screen or behind a wall.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Many of the animal characters, have parents and siblings that look exactly like them, just with a few changes to their hair and clothing. You can see this when their families make appearances in "Meet the Spidermonkeys", "Ingrid Through the Out Door", and "Where in the World Are Adam's Parents?".
* {{Jerkass}}: Nerdy Crocidile
** Principal Pixiefrog also
* JerkJock: Bull Sharkowski.
* JiveTurkey: In "Grub Drive", Principal Pixiefrog tries to convince students to participate in the Annual School Sales Drive by rapping. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments The students' reactions are priceless.]]
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Adam Lyon comes dangerously close to crossing the MoralEventHorizon in The Hyena And The Mighty. First, he talks behind Rufus Hyena's back, insulting him and making him cry. When Windsor explains that Rufus may die because hyenas need to laugh to live, Adam clearly doesn't give a damn about Rufus saying "See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya". Jake convinces Adam to help Rufus stop crying. They try visiting the principal, counselor and nurse with no help. Finally, Adam snaps and threatens Rufus with physical violence if he doesn't stop crying even though Adam himself MADE Rufus cry in the first place. It's a GOOD thing Adam gets hit with Karma in the end.
* KickTheDog: Bull Sharkowski does this to keep his title as school bully.
* LadyLooksLikeADude:
** [[CarnivoreConfusion Euripedes Sharkowski]]. Yes, despite the mustache and masculine voice. And the way the students talked about her, Adam (and likely the viewers) were shocked to discover that Euripedes was [[UnsettlingGenderReveal a girl]].
** Slips Python's older sister, complete with [[VocalDissonance deep voice]].
* LampshadeHanging: Done a few times over the course of the series. One particular example coming from the result of a DeusExMachina:
--> '''Jake'''(to Adam): [[BreakingTheFourthWall Remember when this show used to be about a boy going to an all-animal school?]]
* LargeHam: Jake Spidermonkey.
* LARP: The Spiffies partake in these kinds of charades, most notably in "Knights of the Multiplication Table".
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: Welcome to CDMS, Adam.
* LittlePeople: Principal Pixiefrog and James Ant.
* LivingCrashpad: After Jake Spidermonkey gains a huge amount of weight, he falls through the floor, but later calls up to Adam that "Principal Pixiefrog broke my fall!"
* LongNeck: Ingrid.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Rick Platypus had the ability to transform into the hideous, tentacled "CN Invaded" alien.
* MeaningfulName: Adam's given name, which is also the name of the first man, created by God. And, since he's quite probably the first human to set foot in Charles Darwin Middle...
* MediumAwareness: Several characters, most notably Principal Pixiefrog, seem to know that they are characters in a cartoon.
* MessianicArchetype: In "Glazed and Confused", Adam started bearing resemblance to Moses, wearing cloth around his head, and carrying a tombstone in one hand, and a staff in the other, with the [[HolyBacklight sunlight]] shining from behind him.
* MidBattleTeaBreak: At the beginning of "Animal School Musical", Adam and Jake take two breaks from their BigBallOfViolence to skip together and play chess.
* MindControlMusic: Adam can play his flute, which can lull every animal in the show to sleep in seconds.
--> '''Adam:''' Huh, looks like music does soothe the savage beast.
* MisplacedWildlife: At one point, Jake meets a female monkey interchange student who is said to come from Costa Rica. Spider monkeys, like other New World monkeys, are known only from the American continent.
* MobileShrubbery: Windsor used this to hide from his [[LoveInterests crush]] in "Gorilla My Dreams".
* TheMusical: With the characters getting the idea from an expy of ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'', no less.
* MusicalEpisode: Aptly titled "Animal School Musical".
* TheMusicMeister: The magical fish David Coppertrout casts a spell casts a spell that transforms the school into a musical in "Animal School Musical".
* MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast: In "The Big Field Trip", Adam played his piccolo, which made the animals fall asleep.
---> '''Adam:''' Huh, I guess music does soothe the savage beast.
* TheNapoleon: Adam and Pixiefrog.
* NeverSayDie: Subverted.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Mr. Mandrill. Let's all get high on some life, man.
* NiceGuy: If you're this as CDMS, you'll be subject to prey, no matter how big an animal you are, demonstrated in "Shark Attack", where Bull Sharkowski, made himself the underdog, just by not constantly asserting dominance.
** Characters who fall into the nice guy trope and suffer the consequences would be Henry, Dickie, James Ant, The Spiffies and at times, Adam and Ingrid.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Nerdy Crocodile.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Virgil "Bull" Sharkowski should be renamed into Michael "Bull" Tysonowski. Seriously.
** There is an episode where Adam and Jake visited the Neverland Ranch because Bubbles, Michael Jackson's pet monkey, is Jake's cousin. Their names are changed to avoid being sued.
* NoIndoorVoice: Principal Pixiefrog
* NoodleIncident: In the comics, whatever Jake did last year at Bull Sharkowski's birthday party that Bull holds as a reason not to invite Jake for the next parties resulted on the pool having to be steam-cleaned.
* NotWearingPantsDream: In "The Hyena and the Mighty", Adam had a dream that he came to school in his underpants. Jake informed him that it wasn't a dream.
* ObliviousToLove: Adam to Ingrid.
* OedipusComplex: Principal Pixiefrog and his mother.
* OnlySaneMan: Usually Adam.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: In-episode example: Slips accidentally talks normally, before going back to [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Brit Speak]] when in uniform.
* OpeningShoutOut: Happens in "The Notorious Windsor Gorilla" with the credits re-done as ''My Gym Partner's a Gorilla'' and featuring Windsor instead of Jake.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Adam Lyon is the middle school version of this.
* PantslessMalesFullyDressedFemales: Jake wears only a shirt and hat, but in "Gorilla My Dreams", his [[Opposite-Sex Clone]] was introduced, wearing a dress, skirt, bow, and shoes.
* ParanoiaFuel: In-Universe: In the episode where Jake is sent to a school of plants. He starts believing the plants are ganging up on him. A couple of plants looks as though one is whispering to the other.
* ParentWithNewParamour: In "Mandrill of the House", Mr. Mandrill started dating Windsor's single mom, and "Plotline #3" began.
* ParentalAbandonment: Adam seems to have parents, but they don't seem to object to him attending middle school with the animal kingdom.
** And when they DID make an appearance and were asked that question (since they are allergic to animals and were wearing full hazmat suits), the viewer is unable to understand their answer. It's also worthy to note that the same episode had Adam's friends think he lives alone and that he killed his parents.
** Adam's father also appeared in another episode where they were having a party at a Chuckie Cheese like establishment though you only see him buried in a ball pit with his arm sticking out.
* PlayerPersonalityQuiz: In "Mellow Fellows", Jake was taking a tabloid magazine personality quiz way too seriously.
* PottyEmergency: Adam in ''Bathroom Break''.
* RealMenWearPink: Windsor collects cut-glass animal figurines.
* RightBehindMe: "Robo Frog 3000", and probably elsewhere.
* TheRightofaSuperiorSpecies: Seems to be a societal rule among the students at CDMS, with predators and "big animals", such as sharks, lions, crocodiles, etc. having authority over smaller students and prey animals.
* RunningGag: In the episode "The Ivy League" when everybody drops their coffee mugs whenever something even MODERATELY surprising happens.
** There's also Principal Pixiefrog's ongoing fear that "we could get sued!"
** And you can expect to hear the word "zuh?" uttered whenever someone is shocked or confused on this show.
* SadistShow: Ordinary kid Adam Lyon tries to survive a SuckySchool where everyone is a {{Jerkass}} or TheDitz or both. [[YankTheDogsChain He fails constantly.]]
* SanitySlippage: Here and there it's been shown that Adam is slowly losing his mind, one episode starts with him staring blankly at nothing with a goofy look on his face (Never explained) another has him literally go feral acting like a dog, supposedly from spending too much time around animals. Though it's averted, later explained simply "Because he's a boy" with the other human girls at a party asking Karri how she trained her's to be so well behaved, compared to their dates who were acting even more feral.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Adam discovers this natural defensive mechanism when the entire school wants to eat him. His high pitched girlish shriek causes everyone to run away.
* ShaggyDogStory: The episode where Adam and Jake joining the hall monitors. It turns out that the force is TOTALLY corrupt, useless and tries to get rid of Adam when he tries to stop the corruption. So Adam goes and tries to get rid of their ''Dirt''nuts by bribing the truck driver not to get rid of them to stop them from being corrupt. However, the force has Dirtarts and then ''Adam'' is blamed for the corruption, since the bribe was caught on video so the force gets away scot free.
* ShoutOut: Plenty.
** Mr. Hornbill teaches the kids that rubbing mud on yourself will prevent predators from being able to see you. The camera shows a cartoon Franchise/{{Predator}} sitting in a desk, who says, "It's true."
** Westernanimation/SamuraiJack had a cameo once, as a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} doctor who wants others to try his delicious blueberry pie.
** From the same episode, Adam, after been hit on the head by a piece of concrete, became [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Joey Mack]].
** There's an episode where it ends with a spoof of the intro from ''The Love Boat''.
** Principal Pixiefrog resembles and sounds like actor HansConreid. Miss Loon sounds like Creator/KatharineHepburn, a Shout Out to OnGoldenPond, in which she played a woman who loved to hear the sounds of the loons calling across the lake.
** During the infamous [[HollywoodToneDeaf "I'm A Friendly Armadillo"]] episode, the judges of the school talent show are positioned in the same order as the ones from Series/AmericanIdol.
*** Cyrus Q Hornbill (Randy Jackson, the neutral one.)
*** Miss Chameleon (Paula Abdul, the nice one.}
*** Coach Gills (Simon Cowell, the mean and honest one.)
** When Adam temporarily took over Coach Gills' job for the day, he found a very valuable item on her desk, an autographed picture of Brian Doyle-Murray (her VA).
** There is one episode where [[{{Geek}} The Spiffies]] are modeled after TheMafia, with ringleader Phinnius Porpoise doing a very good impression of [[Film/TheGodfather Don Vito.]] They even call him "The Finfather".
** One episode has Bull Sharkowsci dress and dance like Film/NapoleonDynamite.
** "The Big Field Trip" contained multiple references to Literature/LordOfTheFlies and WesternAnimation/YogiBear.
** In "A Whole Zoo World", when Adam tries to capture Jake while jumping off a waterfall, he shouts, "PREZENKOWSKI!" A reference to executive in charge of production for Creator/CartoonNetwork, Creator/JeffPrezenkowski.
* ShrinkingViolet: Ingrid often likes to blend into the background and it doesn't help that she's a towering giraffe, who's by far the tallest student in the school.
* SilentSnarker: Possibly, Vice Coach Horace Ferret.
* SitOnTheCamera:
** "Chew on This" at the end with Principal Pixiefrog "You've made you're point".
** "The Butt of the Jake" happens in the beginning and a few more times.
* TheSocialExpert: James Ant in "Kerry to Dance?"
* SpeciesSurname: Used almost constantly.
** In fact, Adam Lyon was sent to CDMS because his name was misspelled "Lion" in a file.
* SpitTake: When Jake creates a routine using his bottom and tail (creating a puppet of sorts), he causes the whole student body to laugh resulting in much milk being spurted out, half the time it was in Adam's face.
* TheSpock: Windsor.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Apparently the main cast, consisting of Adam, Jake, Slips, Windsor, Lupe, and Ingrid are the envy of lesser focused on minor characters, who've been boiled down to a gang of six extras, ranging from minor to background characters. In "Animal School Musical", had a number about how they were always waiting in the wings, as [[BastardUnderstudy understudies]], anticipating the day, when one of them were to succumb to injury or get in trouble, so that they may [[ADayInTheLimelight get a brief taste of fame]].
** A different example would be Principal Pixiefrog appears in every episode. In "Butt of the Jake", he forced himself into the story, despite having nothing to do with the plot.
---> '''Pixiefrog:''' Save your pity, Lyon. I just came here for some screen time.
* StalkerWithACrush: The Possum Girl from "Wild Thing", and very rarely, Ingrid.
* StraightManAndWiseGuy: Adam and Jake, respectively.
* StrangerInAStrangeSchool: The main premise, but taken to self-parody levels for an episode where Jake (whose last name is typo'd as [[SpeciesSurname "Spiderplant"]]) is taken to a ''[[UpToEleven school for plants]]'' for an episode.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: "Bull Shark, Porcupine, I don't know what, going to this school's a pain in the..."
-->Jake: ADAM!
-->Adam: What? I was gonna say "neck".
-->Jake: Oh... that's okay then.
** And Jake's inability to rhyme becomes a running joke in "Animal School Musical", even getting its own song.
%%* SuddenSchoolUniform
%%* SurrealHumor & ToiletHumor
%%* SurroundedByIdiots
* StealthPun: In the episode Law and Odor, one of the hall monitors is a lizard.
* TalkingAnimal: Nearly everyone on the show except Adam.
%%* ThatWasNotADream: See NotWearingPants
* TerribleTrio: The Preitties (though they appeared nice).
* [[TheMovie The TV Movie]]: ''The Big Field Trip''.
* ToiletHumour: 50% of the jokes revolving around Jake Spidermonkey, almost exclusively about his butt.
* TokenHuman: Adam, to his classmates.
* ToothyBird: Lupe
* TorchesAndPitchforks: "The Citronella Solution" where it is even LampShaded:
-->"But torches and pitchforks are a cartoon riot tradition!"
* TransformationTrauma: There's an episode where Slips comes to school feeling rather ill which leads everyone to believe that he has a horrible disease called the... "Eccch!" and the students start feeling weird (an ox student's fur starts coming out, a bear student gets really hungry and so on), at the end of the episode Principal Pixifrog calls an assembly- at this assembly he shows a video called "It's Only Natural" which is about changes animals go through, everyone is relieved to find out that it's not a disease going around, but then Slips shreds his skin and says..."It's only natural? Phew! I'm not a freak!" and ''throws his old skin off''- the old skin lands on Principal Pixiefrog who then states..."No you're not" and then Slips 'sneezes all over him, Principal Pixiefrog exclaims in a very disgusted way "Yuck, that snake's got a cold! Germ alert, germ alert!".
* TresspassingToTalk: Adam's friends often appear in his home, uninvited, if they ever need to talk to him before or after school hours.
* UnfortunateNames: Adam Lyon's name has a lot of tropes attached to it, but I guess you can slap this one of there too.
* UngratefulBastard: Bull, Pixiefrog & Nerdy Crocodile
* VirtureIsWeakness: Seems to be a #1 rule of thumb, to keep in mind when at this school.
* WildChild: The Possum Girl posed as one to get closer to Adam
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: This show plays with this trope endlessly. The staff includes a warthog, a chameleon, a goldfish, a baboon, a pixie frog and an elephant, all of whom have personalities that vary wildly with their appearances; the snake is friendly, helpful and a member of the main cast (one notable episode had him apparently fighting with a mongoose, only to be revealed that they were just playing tag); the (spider) monkey is the resident {{Jerkass}}; and the human, instead of being a [[HumansAreBastards bastard]], is just trying to survive amongst the insanity. The shark, however, is the school bully, but like most bullies in recent fiction he's a coward who hides his insecurities behind violence.
* TheWhiteHouse: Adam visited this in "I Got a New Aptitude".
* WhoIsDriving: "Slips, if you're here, then who's flying the plane?"
** FridgeLogic/[[FridgeHorror Horror]] kicks in when you start to wonder how Slips, who has no limbs, was flying the plane in the first place.
%%*** He was probably using his tail...
* WhosOnFirst: The episode "Pants in Space" had Principal Pixiefrog talk with a Japanese scientist whose name happened to be pronounced "I didn't", which led a brief moment of confusion when Pixiefrog asked what he said his name was again.
** It was more directly parodied in "Talking Teddy", when Windsor practiced a comedy bit with his puppet and "Don't Noc It 'Til You Try It", when he starting asking questions to an owl.
* WontTakeYesForAnAnswer: Adam & Jake celebrating Bull's "going away" party.
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals: More like a school of {{Funny Animal}}s.
%%* {{Yandere}}: Ingrid Giraffe
* YellowSashOfPower: Hall Monitor Sasquatch
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: [[YouMeanXmas Animas Carol]] to be exact.
** And again, this time full-out, in "Thanksgiving Carol".
* YouMeanXmas: In the animal world, it's "Animas". And its in June. And it's got something to do with excretory functions.
* ZanyScheme: That's what Adam and his pals are always up to.
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