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Created by (but not directly based on the [[BlackComedy cartooning]] of) Creator/JohnCallahan, ''Pelswick'' was a show that was produced by Creator/{{Nelvana}}, and was shown on Creator/{{CBC}} Television and Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} starting in 2000 (it was originally aired alongside ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'',) and ran for two seasons. The show was about Pelswick Eggert, a teenage boy who struggled with the average problems that teenagers have, such as trying to decide between impressing a girl and going with his gut feelings, and dealing with bullies, while also being in a wheelchair.

In most episodes, Pelswick would have to learn AnAesop from his GuardianAngel, Mr. Jimmy. No matter what the Aesop was, Pelswick would usually [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint not get it until the very end of the episode]].

In 2004, Creator/{{FUNimation}} decided that they wanted to release Pelswick on DVD, but were unable to because of the low fanbase.
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!!This show contains examples of:

* AccidentalAesop: In-universe: Mr. Jimmy did not intend the Aesop: "You are taking something that is not that bad and covering it up with a lot of things that are worse" in the dance episode; he just really wanted to cover his bald spot.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Kate is much more savvy and has a much higher vocabulary than most girls her age.
* AdultsAreUseless: The only adults of any prominence are the two old ladies caught up in their rivalry, the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and overprotective vice principal, and the father caught up in political correctness. Oh, and the guardian angel, who despite his weirdness ends up being the wisest character on the show.
* AnAesop: Pelswick has to learn one from Mr. Jimmy in every episode. The topics vary, but can cover a wide variety that are usually not brought up.
* AlphaBitch: Sandra is very snooty and competitive, although she's actually not as cool as she thinks she is.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Vice Principal Zeigler has a lot of stereotypical mannerisms, was at least as interested in going to the N*Talented concert as the middle-school girls and occasionally dresses up in a fairy costume. See {{GIRL}} for one of those examples.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Pelswick thinks Kate was put on earth to pester him.
* AppealToAuthority: Zeigler suspends Pelswick in "Pelswick on a String" because Dr. Stevens wants to, but doesn't have the power to, and Zeigler was convinced he was an expert. He spends most of the episode blindly following everything Stevens says because of his expertise, and is rightly upset when he finds out Stevens' secret.
-->'''Zeigler''': I wanted an ''expert'', not an ''emu!''
* AsianAndNerdy: The Japanese-American Ace is the tech whiz of the group, and also has a [[InsistentTerminology tendency to correct people for their diction]].
* AttentionWhore: Any opportunity Sandra has to be in the media, she'll take, often to the point of having SkewedPriorities.
* AuthorAvatar: John Callahan was disabled, [[DontYouDarePityMe disliked being pitied]], regularly engaged in SelfDeprecation, and wrote comics about it, and created Pelswick Eggert, who is disabled, dislikes being pitied, regularly engages in SelfDeprecation, and at one point writes a comic about it.
* BeardOfSorrow: Quentin grows one when he's unemployed. [[UpToEleven He's only unemployed for three days. And it grows the day after he's fired]].
* BlackBestFriend: Sandra is the black {{Vitriolic Best Bud|s}} to Julie.
* BlackComedy: Pelswick occasionally pokes fun at his own disability, and the creator himself also likes to poke fun of himself being stuck in a wheelchair, as shown in some of his adult animations which have a bit more black comedy than Pelswick.
* BlatantLies: In the episode, "Boyd, Here Comes the Flood," Gram-Gram makes up all sorts of farfetched stories about the flood but everyone believes her (except her family) because "she was there." Ace starts to catch wise eventually, at which point Pelswick helps with the lies.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: After being confused by his dad speaking words he doesn't even know, Pelswick adds that if he talks like that, "they're gonna need subtitles." Cue a shot of Pelswick "translating" Dad's language on a reality show.
* BuccaneerBroadcaster: One episode focuses on Pelswick starting up a pirate radio station after his favorite station was bought out by a car salesman just to advertise his dealership. Pelswick's dad was a literal one during his youth, too.
* BuffySpeak: Pelswick asks: "what's Boyd doing with a raft and an auger? Or, as kids around the world know it, a 'drilly-thingy.'" This is later combined with InsistentTerminology when Pelswick refers to an auger as a "drilly-thingy" to Gram-Gram.
* TheBully: Boyd and his two toadies seem to think of bullying as a passion and an obligation. In one episode, Boyd cuts bullying Melvin short so that he has time to bully Pelswick before he goes to the post office.
* CantUseStairs: The school bully picks on Pelswick as the favored target, [[EvenEvilHasStandards but knows he can't use physical force on a kid in a wheelchair]] and opts toward psychological abuse. One of his methods was to jump on top of a staircase so Pelswick couldn't follow.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Vice-Principal Zeigler is very airheaded and weird. He even has a {{Leitmotif}} that plays whenever he's being sufficiently nonsensical.
* CoolOldLady: Gram-Gram likes to make wisecracks and always wonders why no one has any fun, to the point that when she fills in as Pelswick's substitute teacher in history, she starts telling BlatantLies to make it more interesting.
* CoolShades: Mr. Jimmy wears square sunglasses.
* CriticalResearchFailure: In-universe in "Oh, Bully, Where Art Thou." Sandra and Julie are replanting a tree and Sandra says that the seed came from "the very orange that fell on Galileo's head." When Julie mentions that it was Newton and an apple, Sandra is offended.
* CrypticConversation: Mr. Jimmy likes to give Pelswick advice on what to do, it's just that he never wants to do it in a straightforward manner. In one episode, he does... But since Pelswick is so used to these, [[YouWereTryingTooHard he tries too hard]] to figure it out.
* DirtyOldWoman: Gram-Gram spends a lot of her time fantasizing about being with younger men, even going against her preconceived notions that she didn't care about an athlete to chase after him because he was cute.
* DisabledMeansHelpless: The vast majority of the adults in the series seem to believe this. Pelswick naturally finds this treatment patronizing and annoying.
* DisabledSnarker: Pelswick is generally snarky about everything and everyone, including himself. Given the weirdness he has to deal with regularly, it would be more surprising if he ''wasn't'' snarky, but he's portrayed as having an unusually positive attitude for this trope.
* TheDitz: [[MeaningfulName Goon]] is very slow-witted, to the point he has to be reminded at one point that stop signs don't turn green.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Pelswick hates it when other people express pity for him, mainly because he's completely self-sufficient and not nearly as much of a burden as people make him feel like. Their pity usually actually makes things ''worse'' for him, such as preventing him from going on a camping trip for little reason or getting his crush suspended. Somewhat ironically, when Boyd is temporarily confined to a wheelchair, ''Pelswick'' feels sorry for ''him'', and this is Boyd's reaction too.
* DramaQueen: Sandra reacts to everything in an over-the-top manner.
* DumbassDJ: When Pelswick starts his own pirate radio station and invites his friends to DJ with him, Goon naturally becomes this, cracking jokes about sidewalks.
-->"How come they call them ''side''walks when they're in front of your house? And how come they call them side''walks'' when you can run on them?"
* EccentricMentor: To call Mr. Jimmy "eccentric" is an understatement, but he also always has the right advice to help Pelswick with his problems.
* EruditeStoner: Mr. Jimmy spends a lot of time acting like he's at a Music/GratefulDead concert... And is also the one to provide each episode's morals.
* FantasticComedy: It's mostly realistic, except for Pelswick's guardian angel, Mr. Jimmy.
* FieryRedhead: Julie can have a short fuse, especially when her friends are being treated unfairly or when she's arguing with Sandra.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Pelswick is shown working at the middle school radio station, you can see Vice-Principal Zeigler admiring an unhung bulletin board of socks.
* {{GIRL}}: Pelswick's friends warn him about the dangers of online dating, and say that the "girl" could be a guy; in this particular case, Vice Principal Zeigler.
* GagNose: Almost every character has one.
* GentleGiant: Goon has a big frame and a big heart.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The title of one episode, "Assault and a Battery," is pretty shocking for a TV-Y Nickelodeon show that aired right next to ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' on Saturday mornings for a while.
* GreenEyedMonster: In several Nickelodeon bumpers, Pelswick expresses his dislike and resentment towards other Nicktoons such as WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants, WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents, and WesternAnimation/HeyArnold! On account of the huge unpopularity of his show.
* GuardianAngel: Mr. Jimmy is one to Pelswick, who generally guides him to the episodes' morals but doesn't tell him what they are.
* GuiltyPleasure: N*Talented is this for Pelswick until he finds out who is really playing.
* {{Headdesk}}: Pelswick does this because he can't enjoy Boyd's misery. Mr. Jimmy calls it a "head solo!"
* HeroesWantRedheads: Pelswick's crush on Julie.
* HonorBeforeReason: Even when facing suspension, Julie does not disclose Pelswick's identity on his anonymously-submitted comic.
* HypeAversion: N*Talented is an in-universe example. None of the guys (except [[AmbiguouslyGay Zeigler]]) want to listen to the band, but when Julie finds out Pelswick lied about liking them to her, she makes him listen to them, and he finds out, to his horror, that he actually ''likes'' them!
* {{Hypocrite}}: The puppet therapist Zeigler hires to help students talk through their inner feelings convinces Zeigler to suspend Pelswick for refusing to put his self-image puppet into a wheelchair, and then it turns out ''his'' self-image puppet is an ''emu''.
* HypocriticalHumor: Julie's official bio explains that "she hates all the cliques and popularity contests at school and seems to care mostly about her popularity and image."
* IThoughtItMeant: Played with, when Boyd's toady mistakes the word "popular" for "perpendicular."
* InsistentTerminology: Ace corrects people often when they misuse words, use words that aren't specific enough ("actually, if it has strings, it's a ''marionette'',") or even just define them improperly ("vanilla isn't plain ice cream, vanilla ''is'' a flavor.")
* IsThisThingOn: Vice Principal Zeigler tests his microphone in this manner, causing large amounts of feedback. The entire student body, yells "Yes, it's on!" in frustration while covering their ears.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: Pelswick's response to Kate's lethal cooking is that it tastes like a bathtub plug, which was later verified by Mr. Jimmy.
* {{Jerkass}}: Boyd goes out of his way to pick on Pelswick for his disability, while simultaneously showing him the same level of condescension he hates from most others by refusing to attack him physically. He also likes to torment other students.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Something bad usually happens to Boyd by the end of the episode after his general {{Jerkass}}ery. The episode "Oh, Bully, Where Art Thou?" stands out for having Boyd temporarily in need of a wheelchair, which most of the students thought would be Pelswick's perfect chance for payback... But Pelswick can't bring himself to hit Boyd when he's down.
* LethalChef:
** Pelswick's little sister, Kate. {{Justified| Trope}} though, because she's eight.
** Gram Gram counts, too. In one episode, she made chili so hot that Pelswick used it to make a wet cell battery for a science project, since he wasn't able to get sulfuric acid.
* MadeInCountryX: Pelswick remarks that his dad's radio equipment is so old that it was made in America.
* TheManBehindTheCurtain: N*Talented are actually just lip-syncing to an old band.
* MeaningfulName: Goon TheDitz and Ace to a lesser extent. While Ace isn't TheAce, he's the smartest of the PowerTrio.
* MissingMom: Quentin is a single dad raising three kids.
* MyBelovedSmother: Technically a grandmother, but Agnes is this to Boyd, much to his dismay.
* NiceGuy: Ace and Goon are both very genial; they don't even laugh at Pelswick's misery when ''Julie'' does, and have trouble insulting him even when he tells them to.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: N*Talented's name is based on Music/{{NSYNC}} and they have Music/MilliVanilli's controversy.
* NWordPrivileges: Enforced in-universe. Pelswick writes a comic that is considered offensive to disabled people (Err... "[[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad differently abled]]" people) until they find out [[SelfDeprecation who wrote it]].
* NoodleIncident: How Pelswick became a paraplegic is never revealed.
* ObfuscatingDisability: {{Inverted}}. When Pelswick goes on a date with a girl he meets online and finds out she loves to dance, he gets robotic legs in order to pretend to be able to walk (and dance.) HilarityEnsues. His sister Kate plays it straight in another episode where she pretends to be a blind {{blues}} singer.
* OnlySaneMan: Pelswick is the only sane person in his family (with the possible exception of baby brother Bobby who barely talks,) but he doesn't play this role at school -- Ace and/or Julie often have to be the voice of reason for him, then.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: According to Ace's statistics, Goon's DumbassDJ show dominates the market of people who are obsessed with sidewalks.
* PaperThinDisguise: Pelswick puts on a raincoat and a fake beard when he delivers newspapers out of embarrassment. [[TheSmartGuy Ace]] sees through it immediately; [[TheDitz Goon]] does not.
* ParentWithNewParamour: "Hear No Evil, P.C. No Evil" involves Quentin getting a girlfriend named Spagna. Kate is horrified at first, with Pelswick optimistic. [[{{Irony}} When they actually meet her, Kate loves her and Pelswick hates her]]. Later on, Kate hates her too. Quentin breaks up with her by the end of the episode.
* PlayingATree: In "Blink and You're at 182," Kate winds up playing "Non-speaking Radish #3" in her school play due to her sudden unpopularity.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Played for laughs, usually, often through Pelswick's father Quentin, who always insists on being politically correct, even correcting Gram-Gram when she said "stewardess" and "flight attendant" were the same thing, because the latter was the "correct gender-sensitive term." Taken UpToEleven in the episode "Hear No Evil, P.C. No Evil" with Quentin's girlfriend Spagna, who [[HypocriticalHumor at the same time constantly patronizes and babies Pelswick for his disability]], finally culminating in her referring to Pelswick as a "poor defenseless crippled child," at which point Quentin asks her to leave.
* PowerTrio: Pelswick the ego, Goon the id, and Ace the superego.
* ProtagonistTitle
* QuirkyHousehold: [[CoolOldLady Gram-Gram]], [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad Quentin]], [[DisabledSnarker Pelswick]], [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Kate]], and Bobby might all have their own types of oddness, but they're very loving and supportive of each other. The household gets quirkier when we include Pelswick's GuardianAngel, Mr. Jimmy.
* RedheadedBully: Boyd, the schoolyard bully, is one of two red-headed characters.
* RevolvingDoorBand: N*Talented constantly changes their lineup, with Mitch being the only one still remaining. There are progressively weirder justifications for each of them leaving.
* SarcasmBlind: Goon can't tell when Pelswick is being sarcastic. He also has trouble seeing through his BlatantLies.
* SelfDeprecation: Pelswick has been known to do this on occasion. One memorable self-deprecating joke he made was "Thanks for saving me a seat, but I brought my own!" Cue Sandra punching the chair over.
* ShoutOut: One of Boyd's nicknames for Pelswick is "Chairizard," a play on the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' Charizard.
* {{Sleepwalking}}: One episode features the dean at the university where Quentin works sleepwalking, sleep-driving, and sleep-pilfering important documents from work and hiding them in his shed. Not knowing where the files went, he fires Quentin because he was suspicious he'd stolen them, until Pelswick catches him.
* TheSmartGuy: Ace is the brains of most operations.
* SpiritAdvisor: Only Pelswick can see Mr. Jimmy but he comes around to give him clues about the lessons he's supposed to learn.
* SpoiledSweet: Julie is pampered, but she's also an awesome friend to Pelswick.
* StopHelpingMe: Pelswick's reaction to Mr. Jimmy most of the time, at least in part because he usually has no idea what Jimmy is talking about.[[invoked]]
* StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks: "Yo Butt," a PissTakeRap originally performed by two [[UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} Austrian]] men wearing lederhosen and eventually sung by most of the main characters over the course of the third episode.
* SueDonym: In one episode, Sandra uses the pseudonym "Mandra Mottle" and surprisingly fools everyone. When Julie discovers Sandra's secret identity, she herself uses the pseudonym "Mulie Mockford."
* ThatPoorCar: Gram Gram was said to snore so loud that it set off all the car alarms on the street.
* TrapDoorFail: The head of the radio station tries to drop Pelswick into a trap door, but because the trap door wasn't wheelchair-accessible, it ends up opening in the space underneath his seat between the wheels.
* TookALevelInJerkAss: Pelswick in the Creator/NicktoonsNetwork bumpers reflecting on his unpopularity.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Pelswick is this to Julie.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Julie and Sandra, both best friends and archrivals. Half the time they're having fun together and the other half they're screaming at each other.
* YouWereTryingTooHard: In one episode, Mr. Jimmy advises Pelswick to "ask to see Dr. Stevens' puppet." Pelswick, so used to CrypticConversation[=s=], assumes that he has to solve a riddle. It's not until Kate mentions his puppet that Pelswick realizes that is ''literally'' what he was supposed to do. Apparently Mr. Jimmy did it out of kindness for Pelswick because he doesn't like the riddles, but it backfired because Mr. Jimmy neglected to tell him he was doing it.
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