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Western Animation: Oggy and the Cockroaches
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The slapstick trickster cartoon. You know the drill: some character pulls a mean one on another. The victim retaliates. Both parties get caught up in an escalating spiral of cartoon violence. Hilarity Ensues, until houses are leveled, forests are ravaged, cities are lain waste, and the world goes Kaboom!!. Then they start it all over again in the next episode.

This time-honored formula, featured in many Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry shorts, gets a revival in the Gaumont (France's premier film studio) production Oggy and the Cockroaches (Oggy et les Cafards- 1998-1999, 2008, 2013). Each 7-minute short (there are 195 of them) follows the life of the blue rotund cat Oggy, who has the misfortune to share the same house with three cute but naughty roaches: Dee Dee, Marky and Joey. Their sole purpose of existence is to have fun with Oggy by pulling a series of practical jokes. Oggy is sometimes helped by his cousin Jack, a green cat with a knack for mechanics and a short fuse. Factor in a burly neighborhood bulldog named Bob, and you have a great slapstick set-up.

Oggy is renowned for its expressive use of mime — the cats may make cat sounds or (rarely) speak in gibberish, but there is no dialog, and written words are kept to a minimum. Without the need for dubbing, the show is able to reach a wide international audience.


This show contains examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Joey and Marky don't appear in "Happy Campers".
  • Accordion Cat
  • Aerith and Bob: There are characters with names like Jack, Joey and... Oggy.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The cast and background characters who are animals have this: The cats; Oggy is blue, Jack is green. The cockroaches; Dee Dee has a blue body and orange head, Marky has a grey body and green head and Joey has a pink body and purple head. Character such as Olivia and Bob, on the other hand, avert this.
  • Amusing Injuries: DEAR LORD, to say that the injuries of the characters are amusing is an understatement. This is Tom And Jerry Up to Eleven, and by GOD, is that saying something.
  • And I Must Scream: Oggy is victim to this, especially certain things like being trapped in a piece of paper, becoming part of the cockroaches' train track, or turned victim of a voodoo doll made out of clay. Occasionally, Jack too, especially in "Jack in a Box" and "Oggy's Puzzled".
  • Angry Guard Dog: Bob.
  • Annoying Laugh: The cockroaches.
  • Ascended Extra: Bob, by Season 4, where he shows up even more frequently than the last three seasons.
  • At the Opera Tonight: "A Night at the Opera" features Jack as the headliner of an opera, with Dee Dee attempting to shove his way into the spotlight, all while Oggy attempts to stop him, along with Joey and Marky, from ruining his cousin's night from behind the scenes.
  • Balloon Belly: The cockroaches once filled Oggy's belly with helium, leading Oggy to believe he was pregnant.
  • Battle Discretion Shot: Pretty much the Trope Codifier. All the major violence happens off screen and the audience only sees the results.
  • Belly Dancer: Three are conjured by a genie in "3 Wishes and You're Out".
  • Big Ball of Violence: Often seen with Bob the Dog and Oggy.
  • Big Eater: Dee Dee the cockroach. Also an Extreme Omnivore. Oggy also shares this trope.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Oggy's house is a PRARDIS - Purple Roof and Relative Dimensions in Space.
  • Birthday Episode: Oggy's in "Happy Birthday", Joey's in "Let's Party Guy".
  • Butt Monkey: Oggy and Jack, and the Cockroaches themselves.
  • Camp Straight: Oggy
  • Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: "So Lonely" has Oggy sealing the cockroaches in a metal can, thus finally ridding himself of them. Eventually, he finds that his life is boring without their pranks.
  • Cartoon Bug-Sprayer: Jack uses one in "Cloning Around".
  • Cats Are Mean: This is mostly for Jack, although Oggy is no saint either.
    • Olivia is probably the only one who averts this trope.
  • Characterization Marches On: Jack, in earlier seasons, was more of a Mad Scientist than the tough type he is today. In the later seasons, the mad part was dropped.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Monica.
  • Coat Full of Contraband: Parodied by the cockroaches with their chests painted and wearing watch-less trenchcoats in "Black and White".
  • Cockroach Popsicle: Not exactly with ice, but in "Oggy Van Winkle", Oggy discovers a gun that can freeze people, which he uses on the cockroaches. When the cockroaches are thawed out by a passing poodle, they find themselves in the future, where Oggy and Jack have become elderly. Later, at the end, they use it on Oggy and Jack, who then wake up even further into the future, where the cockroaches are old too.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: And how!
  • Country Cousin: The cockroaches' cousin comes to visit in "Roachy Redneck". He's a farmer with a disgusting food palate, and, much to the disdain of his cousins, manages to get on the good side of Oggy.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Jack sometimes.
  • Creepy Cockroach: Duh.
  • Crossover Punchline: Night Watchmen has Oggy and the cockroaches falling into acid and turned into slime, and they enter a washing machine, which turns them into clothing, animals, then aliens... except that the "aliens" are clearly the titular characters of Space Goofs.
  • Cultural Cross-Reference: A person in a SpongeBob costume appeared briefly in one episode. Another has Oggy hiding in the mailbox and popping out to receive the mail in a similar manner to Spongebob in "Chocolate with Nuts".
  • Cut-and-Paste Suburb: Oggy and company live in such a suburb. Oggy's house's roof is a different color. This becomes a problem in "Little Tom Oggy" when Oggy and Dee Dee get lost in the neighborhood.
  • Depending on the Writer: In each episode, it will be determined if Oggy (and sometimes Jack) or the Cockroaches wins in the episode they are starring (though sometimes, they both can lose).
    • Also it depends on the episode which character is the bigger jerkass if at all.
  • Diet Episode: "Oggy's Diet" and "Dee Dee's Diet". In Oggy's episode, it was so he could catch the cockroaches easier; for Dee Dee, it was so he could avoid being caught. Dee Dee actually managed to shed the pounds...only to gain them back in the end.
  • Driving Test: The car is destroyed, but Oggy gets a pass. The instructor is blind.
  • Drunk with Power: Jack in "The Dictator"
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: They apparently work for Santa Claus.
  • Exposed Animal Bellybutton: Oggy and Bob.
  • Expy: The meaty doctor from "Face Off" seem to be similar to Wall from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Dee Dee gets a close up view of Oggy's Bizzarchitechture insides in the episode 'Globopolis' where it soon turns out Oggy is operated by tiny ghost-clones.
  • For the Evulz: When the cockroaches aren't trying to get food or some other object of interest from Oggy or Jack, they're just messing with them for fun. But sometimes, it can be vice-versa.
  • Foreign Queasine: In "Roachy Redneck", the cockroaches' redneck cousin brings along with him his specialty cheese recipe. It's moldy, has worms crawling in it, and can knock out even his disgusting cousins with one sniff, while he eats it with no problems. It also ends up having very strong plant-growing properties, much to the delight of Oggy.
  • Fountain of Youth: "Back to the Past" features Oggy, Jack, and Bob accidentally facing the wrath of a witch and turned into elementary school-aged kids, with Olivia and Joey forced to track the witch down to reverse the spell, while Dee Dee and Marky watch over the three. In the end, the same thing ends up happening to Joey, Dee Dee, and Marky.
  • Four Fingered Hand: Lampshaded in "Back to the Past (Featuring Olivia)", wherein an age-reduced Oggy and Bob tried to help out an also age-reduced Jack with a math problem (5+5) in school by silently telling him to count his fingers. Once the other students laughed at Jack's mistake, Oggy and Bob merely shrugged in confusion to each other.
  • Fur Is Clothing: Quite so in many episodes.
  • Furry Confusion: Watch "The Neighbor's Cat".
  • Gag Nose: Most of the cats have them. They can even be removed!
  • Gainaxing: The Biker Babe from "Formula 1". Complete with sloshing sounds.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Implied in-universe in this video.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Want to know how much? Look here.
  • Gonk: Many of the "human" characters in the show. Though by later seasons, this becomes a Downplayed Trope.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: The "El Salsafiore" record.
  • Groin Attack: Oggy in the episodes 'The Techno-files', 'Going Up',' Welcome to Paris', 'Boxing Fever', and 'Upside Down'. Jack in the episode 'Go for it, Jack'.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: In "The Hiccup", Oggy suffers through a bout of them throughout the episode, with the cockroaches using them to their full advantage to mess with Oggy even further. He's cured by the next day, only to suffer from a continuous sneezing fit.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Many female human characters are shown to be this. Also, the nurses in "Face Off".
  • Interspecies Romance: Oggy once had a very pretty human girlfriend who had a crush on one of the roaches. Oggy, of course, was jealous
    • In one episode Jack gets married to a poodle.
  • Kissing Cousins: Jack, Oggy's cousin, is attracted (and has the feeling reciprocated) to Monica, Oggy's twin sister. One episode has them with an infant.
  • Klatchian Coffee: "Shake, Oggy, Shake" has Oggy accidentally drinking a super brewed coffee (courtesy of the cockroaches pouring tons of grounds in his espresso press). He ends up a jittery hyperactive mess throughout the episode, and it doesn't help that it's chores day.
  • Leitmotif: Bob the bulldog has a French-horn theme, while Jack is often accompanied by electric guitar. The cockroaches have their theme tune, harpsichord, or both. Oggy shares his theme tune with the show's opening.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: "Oggy VS Super Roach" has Dee Dee getting struck by lightning and having his strength increased. At the end, it happens to Marky, Joey and Oggy as well.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!
  • Literally Shattered Lives: This happens to Jack after getting covered in cement in "Beware of Destruction". Oggy has to put him back together, and then it's just a matter of Jack "shaking off" the cement layer once he gets wet. In the first comic book, Oggy somehow ends up in pieces when the cockroaches shatter a mirror while his reflection's in it. They then start putting him back together like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
  • Losing Your Head: Oggy from gets this after repeatedly opening and shutting a door in "It's a Hard Day's Noise".
  • Meat-O-Vision: One of the cockroaches gets a snootful of mushroom spores and sees Jack as a giant roast chicken. And tries to eat his leg.
  • Medium Blending: Frequently.
  • The Millennium Age of Animation: Debuted in 1999.
  • Mime and Music-Only Cartoon
  • The Movie: Seriously.
  • Musical Theme Naming: The cockroaches are all named after members of The Ramones.
    • So, where's Johnny?
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Invoked in "For Real", when Oggy and Joey get zapped after Joey throws Oggy's I Phone into a generator, causing the two to be turned into a realistic cat and a realistic roach. Later, it happens to Jack, Dee Dee, Marky, and Bob during the successful attempt to change Oggy and Joey's appearance back to normal. Bob's appearance, well, it quite becomes quite threatening.
  • Parody of Evolution: Happens in the intro of The Movie and in a segment in the first comic book.
  • Punishment Detail: In "The Dictator", after slapping Jack's hand, Oggy is relegated to cleaning the entire kitchen with a brush.
  • Put on a Bus: Monica, as of season 3.
  • Recurring Character: Bob, Monica, Pink-nose Cop, The Penguin and (as of season 4) Olivia.
  • Relax-o-Vision: The show does this frequently, even having the characters either move the camera, or put a picture in front of the camera to stop us from seeing the ensuing violence. They do show the result of the violence though.
  • Ringer Ploy: Oggy uses this on Joey when he finds a lookalike of him walking by.
  • Road Runner VS Coyote: While it's clear that the cockroaches are the antagonists of the series, either side of the ongoing fight can be the winner of the fight for the episode, sometimes both sides win, other times neither will, and yet still a third party can end up the winner
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: Human-sized mice appeared in a sewer in "Little Tom Oggy".
  • Sadist Show
  • Santa Claus: As a giant godlike anthropomorphic Christmas stocking in "Green Peace", which makes it all the funnier when he accidentally trips over a tree stump and destroys the last standing Christmas tree in a forest. He appears again with the traditional appearance in "Santa Oggy", where he got injured thanks to the cockroaches, and Oggy helps him to deliver the presents.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Subverted in "Caviar On The House!", where Oggy chases the cockroaches into a door in a hallway full of them, then the scene changes.
  • Screwy Squirrel: The three roaches, to the extreme.
  • Shown Their Work: A subtle example: In the beginning of The Movie, Oggy evolves from a microbe into a cat. If one looks closely, after he becomes a jellyfish, he evolves into a worm-like thing (Possibly a Pikaia), then into an eel (Possibly an Agnathan fish).
  • Slapstick: Hoo, boy!
  • Smelly Feet: Both Oggy and Dee Dee have them. Oggy's stench can knock people out and Dee Dee's sock juices are potent enough to dissolve metal.
  • Sphere Eyes
  • Spiritual Successor: To Tom and Jerry, carrying over many tropes into an entirely new generation.
  • Squashed Flat: It happens quite a lot. Mostly happens to the cockroaches (except in one episode where Oggy kills them. Of course, they got better by the end of the episode thanks to Oggy.).
  • Stock Animal Diet: Oggy, despite eating tons of food cats shouldn't be eating, is a big fan of milk (he often heats it on the stove) and fish. He's actually too afraid of mice to even attempt to eat them.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Pink-nose Cop and the inspector from "The Fugitive".
  • Tarot Motifs: After breaking a mirror on Friday the 13th, Oggy draws three different Deaths and a Nuke.
  • Termite Trouble: A termite in "Termite-ator" had gigantic metal jaws for false teeth and could reduce anything to splinters in a second. Even electrical appliances.
  • That Russian Squat Dance: Oggy and the cockroaches tend to do this when excited or victorious.
  • Threatening Shark: One appears in the episode "Scuba Diving".
  • Toothbrush Floor Scrubbing: In "Soldier for a Day", Oggy ends up in boot camp and the Drill Sergeant Nasty points him to the W.C. before handing him a toothbrush. A few seconds later, the outhouse is bright, shiny and temple-like. Cleaning up after cockroaches tends to make one pretty good at it.
  • Toothy Bird
  • Your Head Asplode: Happened to Joey when he finds Oggy on the moon in Oggy's Double.

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