Western Animation / Out There

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Out There chronicles the coming-of-age misadventures of socially awkward Chad, his little brother Jay, and his best friend Chris. Living in the small town of Holford, the boys wander its surreal, bleak landscape waiting out their last few years of adolescence. Along the way, viewers meet Chad's conservative parents, Wayne and Rose, as well as Chris's single mother, Joanie, and her disastrous boyfriend, Terry. They also meet the object of Chad's affection, Sharla.

Unfortunately, IFC has decided not to renew the cartoon for a second season.

Not to be confused with the webcomic with the same name.

See also Future-Worm!, another animated series from the creator of Out There made for Disney XD.

Tropes:

  • Accidental Murder: Chris thinks he did this to Terry during a "parent trap" style scheme that backfired, but he ran away before noticing that the tree Terry was hanging from broke before any real harm could be done.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Destiny's fond of giving these out.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Averted with Jay, who seems to be going this way first (Chad even charges him a dollar to even spend a minute in his room) but the show ended up portraying him as a fairly easy-going kid with a huge imagination.
  • Blood Brothers: Chris and Chad, via a hilariously kludged and sincere ceremony.
  • Burger Fool: Chad gets a job at an ice cream shop, complete with goofy hat (a jester hat, the shop was royalty-themed) and abusive coworkers.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Chris and Chad wet themselves as a result of the Springoween prank pulled on them.
  • Butt Monkey: Chris ends up humiliated more than any other character in the show.
  • Call Back: The girl who says she should've made out with Chris before he died is Henrietta Miller, with whom Chris wanted to escape in the first episode.
  • Cartoon Creature: It's pretty indeterminate what species the people in this world are or even why Chad and his family don't look like the others.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Chris.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Terry, Chris's stepfather, who embraces some bizarre sort of eastern mysticism he cobbled together himself and constantly remembers things that never actually happened. For one thing, a mexican man he brought home was allegedly his best friend from back in "the jungle". Subtitles show us that the man has no idea who Terry is and has never met him before.
  • Cringe Comedy: The whole damn show.
  • Disappeared Dad: Chris's father, who's "not around anymore."
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Chris ends up with the nickname "Mommy" after accidently crying out for his mom while in pain at school. He spends the rest of the episode desperatly trying to find a way to get a cooler nickname, but in the end just ends up making "Mommy" a badass nickname rather than an embarassing one.
  • Enemy Mine: After Joanie guilts them into taking part, Chris and Terry work together to weasel out of a father-son bonding activity.
  • Epic Fail: Chris' escape plan in the first episode, especially if you compare the version he imagined with what actually happened. It is but the first of many times this trope occurs.
  • Extraverted Nerd: Chris is a textbook example of this trope.
  • Fake High: Those aren't aphrodisiacs, Chris. Those are multi-vitamins. Now get out of the shrubbery and put your clothes back on.
  • Fauxlosophic Narration: Chad tends to do this a lot. He'll go into a spiel at the beginning, middle or end of almost every episode. Sometimes all three, usually in an attempt to sound more adult and profound.
  • Flashback: Wayne had some... interesting experiences before he settled down. It sometimes leads to misunderstanding his son.
  • Funny Foreigner: Terry. If he's a foreigner at all, very little of what he tells about his past adds up.
  • Furry Denial
  • Growing Up Sucks: Several episodes revolve around the horrible limbo you exist in as an unpopular teenager, especially "Springoween".
  • Halloween Episode: "Springoween", which notably takes place in spring, as the previous years Halloween had to be cancelled due to an unseasonal blizzard.
  • Happier Home Movie: Chris apparently has a video that's just his dad mowing the lawn.
  • High School: The main cast are in the early years of high school and suffering dremendously.
  • High-School Dance: The 'Give Peace a Dance Dance' (which Chris ends up ruining with his fake mouse eating stunt)
  • I Want My Mommy: Chris, while trying to make a speech, accidentally trips and mutters "Mommy . . ." into the microphone which ends up getting him picked on for the rest of the episode.
  • Imagine Spot: Jay has these on a fairly regular basis.
  • It's a Costume Party, I Swear!: Part of Henrietta and Troy's prank on Chad and Chris in "Springoween."
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After driving Terry off, Chris realizes how much his mother misses him, and sets aside his own hatred for the man to get them back together.
  • Jerk Jock: Troy Royal.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Destiny is a parody of this trope. Chad is at first enchanted with her, but by the end of the episode realizes her bizarre behavior is just due to her weird homelife, and not a sign that she's somehow more spiritual than anyone else.
  • Only Friend: Chris and Chad are this to each other in most episodes.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Chris and Terry are in perpetual competition for Joanie's affection. Chris can occasionally put this aside like in "Joanie Loves Terry" and "Viking Days".
  • Slice of Life: This series is a great example of a modern-day animated slice of life television show.
  • Rated M for Manly: Sharla's father is a stereotypical lumberjack type who practices taxidermy as a hobby. The episode which features him, "Viking Days", is itself an examination of this trope.
  • Scare 'Em Straight: In "The Great Escape" Wayne tries this on Chad by giving him a presentation on drugs. This really only ends up confusing him as Chad had never intended to do drugs and the whole thing was due to a misunderstanding.
  • Skyward Scream: Chris does this in "Springoween".
  • Tastes Like Purple: "Nobody ever talked about the taste of shame. It was metallic."
  • Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: Terry mistakes a random stranger on the street for his long-lost friend, Cheeto.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: One episode is a flashback to how Chris and Chad first met during the first days of high school.
  • World of Funny Animals: Though confusingly, the characters themselves refer to themselves as human and occasional background elements also contain humans.

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