Western Animation / Pig Goat Banana Cricket

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Sweet mama's monkeys!

Pig Goat Banana Cricket! is a Nickelodeon cartoon created by Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan, who previously worked on Nickelodeon Magazine. It is the 36th series in the Nicktoons brand.

The series follows the interlocking misadventures of four college roommates: Pig, Goat, Banana, and Cricket in their city.

The series was adapted from a Nick Cross short on YouTube named Pig Goat Banana Mantis! The reason for the change in Mantis' name was that another Nickelodeon cartoon had a character named Mantis.

The show premiered on July 18th, 2015.

Click here to see the original short.

Tropes:

  • Absurd Phobia: Goat is afraid of nickels because she believes Thomas Jefferson might jump out of one and attack her. This turns out to be justified, as when Banana gives her a nickel Jefferson jumps out and attacks her with nunchucks because he thought she was Alexander Hamilton.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Pig... Goat... Banana... Cricket...
  • Art Evolution: In addition to having his name changed from Mantis, Cricket was redesigned to look more like one for the series.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Banana walks and talks just like any other creature in the city.
  • Angrish: When Goat gets enraged, her ranting typically starts out as Gosh Darn It to Heck! and then devolves into this.
  • Ax-Crazy: Psychopath Giraffe.
  • Baleful Polymorph: In "Prank Thy Neighbor", Goat gets bitten by her new neighbor's baby and slowly starts turning into an anthropomorphic hillbilly hamhock.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • Pig has two: "(food item)? Yum!" and "My favorite!".
    • Banana: "Sweet mama's monkey!"
  • The Chew Toy: Nearly every character, but particularly Goat and Cricket.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Goat has been prepared for not only a Fudge-pocalypse, but also a Peppermint-pocalypse, a Caramel-pocalypse, and a Mint-Chocolate-Chip-pocalypse.
  • Dance Party Ending: The ending of "Zombie Broheims", after everyone is turned into a zombie.
  • Distaff Counterpart: In "The Tooth of My True Love" Cricket creates Brainy Jane, a female clone of himself with a Bride of Frankenstein-esque hairstyle. She turns out to be better than him at everything and extremely crass to boot.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: In the very first episode; Pig overloads Cricket's fudge bubble-making machine and creates a giant bubble that drowns the entire planet in fudge.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Pig; In "Fudge-pocalypse" when he's running through Cricket's security grid guarding his lab, he eats the head off of one of his robot dogs.
  • Eye Scream:
    • In "Bananaland", one of the things Pig does while in Goat's room is spray his eyes with her perfume.
    • In "Mall Ya Later" Goat shoots Thomas Jefferson with a 5-pack ab Magic Wand, turning his eyes into abs, then sends him through a portal. When he immediately comes back in a lizard disguise, his eyes are back to normal.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: In "The Chronicles of Cutesachusetts" when Pig attempts to eat a flaming pickle the first two bites result in this, then the third causes his head to explode.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: All of the main characters get their own plot each episode.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Pig is phlegmatic, Goat is choleric, Banana is sanguine, and Cricket is melancholic.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Cricket carries a ray gun with him.
  • Funny Animal: Pig, Goat, and Cricket.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Cricket.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In "Fudge-pocalypse" Banana asks Goat for her Wi-Fi password so he can download "Midnight Passion Possums".
  • Grossout Show: Judging from the original short, there is a lot of snot, pus, and other unsavory objects.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Goat could rival Yosemite Sam or even Sylvia in these stakes whenever she's pissed off.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Goat.
  • Idiot Hero: Pig.
  • Informed Species: Cricket still resembles a praying mantis.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Cricket has no problem understanding Burgerstein's nonsensical jabbering.
  • Jerkass: Banana and Thomas Jefferson.
  • Lazy Bum: Banana.
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: In "Zombie Broheims" when Goat is trying to convince Thomas Jefferson to make her the customer of the day at a smoothie place, she offers him a souffle and he makes Goat's reflection customer of the day instead.
    Goat: That's not me, that's my reflection, I'm me!
    Goat's reflection: I'm me too. Tough toucans!
  • Mean Boss: Ranger Rhino. Given that he has to put up with Banana, it's justified.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: In "Super Space Meatball" the gang take a break from their fight against Lipstick Horse for all of them to re-hydrate.
  • Misfortune Cookie: In "The Tooth of My True Love" Banana gets a fortune saying that he'll get severe food poisoning. He brushes it off, then it immediately comes true.
  • My Little Panzer: In "Miss Cutesy Meow Meows", the titular toy is revealed to be a reusable energy-based explosive, which Cricket uses to destroy Banana-bot when he takes control of the house.
    Miss Cutesy Meow Meows: (before exploding) I'm Miss Cutesy Meow Meows, pow-pow!
  • Negative Continuity:
    • The first episode having the world drowning in fudge and everything being back to normal the next episode should tell you that this is in effect.
    • In "Mall Ya Later" the gang's treehouse has a mall built around it, which is gone in subsequent episodes.
    • At the end of "Total Bananarchy" the gang accidentally blow up the entire planet.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: In "It's Time to Slumber Party" Goat calls DJ Wheelbarrow Full of Nachos her favorite DJ wheelbarrow full of nachos of all time.
  • Panty Shot: Done at least three times in Goat's storyline in "Miss Cutesy Meow Meows".
  • Plot Line Crossover: Each of the main characters' plot lines usually end up affecting one or more of the others' in some way.
  • Random Events Plot: Pretty much every episode.
  • Rummage Fail: In "Super Space Meatball" Time Donut attempts to give Banana an evil black suit, but first accidentally pulls out a pink dress.
  • Running Gag: This show is very reliant on these.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In "Super Space Meatball" before the gang prepare to fight Lipstick Horse and Time Donut, the former finds that the latter has already gone forward in time to find that they both lose and bailed.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Goat and Thomas Jefferson.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: In "Zombie Broheims", when Cricket's rare bird produces the extremely delicious cookie in its body, Thomas Jefferson immediately steals it and eats it, only for it to explode in a blast of puke through the front and out the back of his torso.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: Greasy Gus's, where the animatronics are all malfunctioning and have an Electronic Speech Impediment. Their song even points out that the ball pit is full of germs and there's a risk of customers getting worms.
  • Surreal Humor: The entire basis for the show, more or less.
  • Time Skip: In "Angry Old Raisin", Cricket turns himself and the rest of the main characters into babies, and they have to wait 20 years to turn back to normal. Oddly, the rest of the world seems unchanged.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pig is obsessed with pickles.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Goat serves as the token girl of the group.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Flip-flopped in "Super Space Meatball", where our main characters are given superpowers by the titular meatball. Goat is given the ability to telepathically control oatmeal, which initially proves to be a hassle when she almost causes the president of the planet to choke to death during a trip to the store, but eventually uses it to save the day when a villain attacks, summoning a tidal wave of oatmeal to subdue him.
  • Widget Series: Just watch the opening sequence. That's just 1/4 of the weirdness of this show.
  • You Mean Xmas: Chalawunga.

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