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[[caption-width-right:306: Left to right: Hector, Sanjay (the human), Craig (the snake), and Megan.]]

Okay, so here's the pitch. It's the adventures of a kid and his talking pet snake. Not good enough for you? Well, how about we bring in the creators of the surreal 90s sitcom ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' and the man behind a {{nightmare fuel}}-filled dark comedy called ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' as key producers? Oh, I see we've got your attention.

Created by Jim Dirschberger, Andreas Trolf, and Jay Howell -- the latter of which designed the characters for ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' -- ''Sanjay and Craig'' is a Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} cartoon - the 33rd entry in Nickelodeon's well-known Franchise/{{Nicktoons}} series - about a 12-year-old boy named Sanjay (Maulik Pancholy), his talking pet snake named Craig (Chris Hardwick), and the trouble they get into while running around their suburban town of Lundgren. Other main characters include Sanjay's Mom (Darlene, a doctor) and Dad (Vijay, owner of an electronics store), his best friends Megan and Hector, and his crush, Belle Pepper.

The show also [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar likes to stretch its TV-Y7 rating.]] '''''A lot'''''.

Now has a [[Characters/SanjayandCraig character sheet]].

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!!Tropes present:

* ABoyAndHisX: Snake in this case.
* AbusiveParents: Mr. Noodman's father enjoys torturing his son with snakes, even when he's an adult.
** Must be a family tradition as Noodman's grandfather does the same thing to his dad, as well as his great-grandfather, and his great great-grandfather.
* TheAce: Remmington Tufflips and Maximum Dennis.
** Megan is quite this as well.
* AscendedExtra: Chicken Chuck started off as a background character during Season 1. It wasn't until the episode "Hot Sauce Boss" when he was given actual character as a longtime friend of Penny's. Since then, he became a recurring character throughout the rest of the show with a somewhat messed up backstory.
* {{Adorkable}}: Sanjay and Megan show shades of this sometimes.
* AllBalloonsHaveHelium: "The Giving G"
* AmbiguouslyGay: Mr. Noodman, who possesses many flamboyant mannerisms.
** Tufflips' evil twin, Dillinger Softlips, is very much considered this as well.
* AnnoyingLaugh: A plot point in "Laugh Quake". Each of the title characters thinks the other has an annoying laugh, so they try to remedy it by going to a comedy club, where they are eventually kicked out. Later, both get crapped on by a bird, trying (and ultimately failing) to hold in their laughter, which eventually starts a chain reaction.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In "Day of the Snake" Sanjay tastes an extremely volatile drop of wing sauce, causing his tongue to turn to ash and fall apart revealing a bone frame. Later on Craig milks an obviously male falcon with an ''udder''.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: In "Flip Flopas" after eating tons of inedible things Sanjay, Craig and Hector have [[BalloonBelly balloon bellies]], but Megan doesn't.
* BigBad: Mr. Noodman. WordOfGod says that [[AbusiveParents his father]] is the GreaterScopeVillain, and that Noodman himself will go through a HeelFaceTurn.
* BigEater: Craig eats a whole plate of hot wings in one gulp.
* BlackComedy
* BlindingBangs: The Dicksons.
* ButtMonkey: Mr. Noodman takes the cake on this. He never seems to get a break from Sanjay and Craig's pranks. Not to mention he's got an [[AbusiveParents Abusive Dad]].
** Megan also falls into this sometimes.
* BodyHorror
** Craig turning himself inside out in "Unbarfable".
** Craig turning into a pizza-crazed behemoth in "Road Pizza".
* BoomerangBigot: [[spoiler: "A Tale of Two Slithers" gives us Craig's brother Ronnie, who is a snake living as a human and runs a company that makes shovels meant to kill snakes.]]
* ChestBurster: Craig fakes being one in "Brett Venom, M.D."
* ChildHater: Noodman, who thinks that children remind him of snakes. (Which he hates more than kids)
* CoolLoser: The titular characters aren't that big in their little town, but they do have a lot of fun tricks up their sleeves.
* CoolOldLady: Grandma Wheezy.
* ContinuityNod: Hector's resistance to throwing up from "Unbarfable" becomes a plot point in "Flip Floppas".
** Craig's phone completely broke to pieces in the end of "Heartyface", the next episode, Huggle Day, had him getting get a new one.
* CouchGag: Starting with Season 2, the "Best Freinds Hall of Fame" scene in the intro has Craig wearing two or three different disguises for each episode. Every episode of Season 1 just has him disguising as a cowboy, a cool dude, and a bearded guy in a suit.
* CoveredInGunge: The boys get covered in bird droppings in "Laugh Quake".
** In "Stinkboy", Sanjay falls into a pool fills with.....stuff....and gets covered in gunge.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Hector. Megan sometimes come off as this in her {{Adorkable}} moments. (otherwise she's the OnlySaneMan).
** Farmer Larry fits perfectly for this trope.
* CreditsGag: Remmington Tufflips is credited AsHimself.
** The same thing happens with Maximum Dennis.
* [[CuteBruiser Cute Bruisers]]: Both of the title characters have their moments, such as in "Wild Buds", "be Like Tufflips", "Muscle Cops" and "Day of the Snake".
* DisappearedDad: We never see Megan's father, which is the biggest mystery of the show.
* EroticEating: In a flashback in "Blackout" Darlene did this with spaghetti while on a dinner date with Vijay. Well... at least ''they'' found it erotic.
* EvilBrit: Tyson
* ExpositoryThemeTune: "Looking for a pet one day / Sanjay found a talking snake..."
* {{Expy}}: Hector and Megan are respectively similar to [[WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers Gene and Louise]].
* EyepatchOfPower: Hector
* FanDisservice: Noodman trying to pull off a SexyWalk after his butt surgery.
* FireBreathingDiner: Craig after drinking hot sauce, which makes a handy flamethrower.
* FourTempermentEnsemble
** TheLeader =/= TheHeart: Sanjay.
** TheLancer: Craig
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Guy and Girls]]: Vijay and Darlene or Megan
** TheBigGuy: Hector
* FreakyIsCool: Sanjay and Craig love Darlene's gross hospital stories, and in "Brett Venom, M.D." they sneak into the hospital and are fascinated by all the freaks they find there.
* {{Gasshole}}: Sanjay, Craig and Hector.
* GenreThrowback: Definitely. Not to mention it's made by the creators of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Numerous times.
** Special mention goes to the episode "Partybot" which has at least two robots that dispense things in ways that look like they're pooping.
** Also, part of the Remington Tufflips costume is a jock strap from "GoingCommando 2".
** The infamous blink-and-you-miss-it from "Susan Loogie" had the titular characters '''twerking'''.
* GrossoutShow: Oh yesh, a good chunk of the humor relies on a lot of bodily functions.
** Thankfully not as much in the later episodes.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: All Craig has to do to pass as human.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Sanjay and Craig definitely fit this trope.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Noodman, thanks to his father.
-->'''Craig:''' No wonder you're so messed up.
* HospitalHottie: Darlene.
* ILied: In "Dog Wave" Sanjay makes a deal with Noodman that the latter won't call animal control on Sanjay's dogs if Sanjay can replace Noodman's blueberries, only for Noodman to go back on his word.
* ImNotHungry: In "Brett Venom, M.D." Vijay loses his appetite when his wife tells a gross hospital story as he's trying to eat breakfast.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: In "Flip Flopas" when the gang eat Frycade wings and the Flip Flopas make them taste bad, Craig comments they taste like "sewer toots".
* IronicEcho: Megan is practicing CPR on a dummy, to which Craig says "I believe they prefer to be called 'stupid people'." After shooing them out of the room, she says, "Dummies, or should I say, stupid people."
* {{Jerkass}}: Mr. Noodman. He hates snakes and children and plots to get rid of Craig. He's also loud and obnoxious.
** His father is much, much worse. Because of him, [[JerkassWoobie you can't help but feel bad for poor Noodman]], which could indicate a possible HeelFaceTurn.
** Tyson is also a jerk to Sanjay when it comes to winning Belle's affection.
* LimitedWardrobe: Darlene wears her scrubs even when off-duty.
* LittleBoySeeksBigGirl: Sanjay (12 years-old) has a crush on Belle Pepper (15 years-old).
* LivingProp: Sanjay and Craig's closest friends include Hector, Belle, Megan, and three additional kids that they barley interact with. The first one is Sam, a shy raven-haired girl, who happens to own a pet bird. She made her debut in the Season 2 episode "Butts Up", [[ADayInTheLimelight where she was the main focus of.]] The other two kids include a redheaded girl in a light pink dress and purple boots, and a ginger-haired boy who wears a green shirt. Both the latter two kids are unnamed, and notably make an appearance in the episode "Muscle C.O.P.S.", at the beginning of the episode. All three kids are rarely acknowledged by Sanjay and Craig, and are often used as background characters in various episodes.
* LocalHangout: The Frycade. Half arcade and half wing-themed diner.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Sanjay develops a crush on Susan Loogie, who is actually Megan attempting to get him to dance with her.
* MasterOfDisguise: Craig.
* MixedAncestry: Sanjay is half Indian (his father is from India) and half white American, in probably one of the few times in American animation that they have a mixed-race child as the protagonist and not just a cheap prop in a VerySpecialEpisode about racial diversity or a supporting character to the white protagonist.
* MyInstinctsAreShowing: In "Booger Johnson", Craig can't resist trying to eat Megan's pet gerbil.
-->"I can't help it. I'm a snake. He's a gerbil. That equals snack. It's nature's math."
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: In "Laked Nake".
* NameAndName
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Sanjay and Craig switch their gifts for new ones in different colors in "Huggle Day", only for Huggle Bunny to lose it and drive off with everyone's gifts and the rest of the festivities.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Huggle Bunny, a man who always wears a pink bunny suit and creeps almost everyone out.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Megan's mom is [[Series/HereComesHoneyBooBoo Mama June Shannon]].
* NoodleIncident: How Marc Summers got stuck inside the Pick-It nose for an un-determined amount of time (which, given that he has obsessive-compulsive disorder in real life, must have been hell for him, but Nickelodeon probably didn't want to mention that), and was it around the same time that Harvey got packed away as well? As for how Tufflips got the set, he said he bought it from a Belgian donkey smuggler, who presumably bought it from Nickelodeon Studios (which would explain why ''Double Dare 2000'''s set looked so hideous and different from the original set).
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Girl]]: Megan.
* ObliviousToLove: Sanjay is unaware of Megan's crush on him.
* OrWasItADream: In "Dream Rangers", Sanjay and Craig dream that Belle is kidnapped by Noodman. When she doesn't appear the next day, they assume the dream is real and they have to have it again so they can rescue her.
* PaperThinDisguise: Everyone is fooled into thinking Craig is human when dressed in clothing, with some even confusing him with an armless kid.
* ParodySue: Megan.
* PokemonSpeak: In the fantasy sequence at the beginning of "Laugh Quake", Sanjay and Craig just shout their names over and over.
* RubberMan: Craig is this, as a snake. He can be inflated, stretched, walked on, whipped about....
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: [[GenkiGirl Darlene]] (energetic) and [[BumblingDad Vijay]] (savvy).
* SanitySlippage: Sanjay has one in "Stinkboy."
* SecretKeeper: Sanjay, Vijay, Darlene, Megan, and Hector are the only characters that know about Craig being a talking snake. It is currently unknown if Belle knows about Craig being a talking snake.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sanjay's Sensitive Guy to Craig's Manly Man.
* ShapedLikeItself: "Doors are for people who use doors."
* SitcomArchNemesis: Noodman. Sanjay refers to him as such in one of the promos.
* SpitTake: Sanjay does one through his nose and ears ten seconds into "Brett Venom, M.D." after hearing one of his mom's nurse stories.
* {{Spoonerism}}: Averted. Some folks have noticed the syllables in "Sanjay" can be spoonerized is "Jay-san" (Jason), but there is no connection. "Sanjay" is a common Hindu name for males, meaning "victorious".
* StalkerWithACrush: Megan sometimes comes off as this.
* TearOffYourFace: At one point in "Road Pizza" King Za eats his face off, though he's a slice of pizza and his face is made of cheese.
* ToiletHumor: Very common in the first season, not so much in later seasons. GrowingTheBeard at it's finest.
* {{Tomboy}}: Megan's alter-ego in "Susan Loogie".
* TotallyRadical: The titular characters are considered this very often.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Both Sanjay and Craig love hot wings, the latter even ate them all in one gulp.
** Noodman also has an obsession with blueberries.
* ThreeAmigos: Sanjay, Megan and Hector.
** Belle usually takes Megan's spot sometimes.
* TwoShorts: "A Tale of Two Slithers", "Tufflips' Tales of Terror", "Street Dogg", and "Huggle Day" are the exceptions.
* TheVoiceless: Big G from "The Giving G".
* TheUnreveal: In "Tufflips' Tales of Terror" Tufflips takes the head off Huggle Bunny's costume to see who he is. While Tufflips is able to see who's under the costume, their face is hidden from the viewers by a blinding light emanating from inside the costume.
* VocalDissonance: In "Flip Flopas" the candy store owner Munchie is an old man with the voice and mannerisms of a 6-year-old.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: In "Unbarfable".
* WeAreNotGoingThroughThatAgain: At the end of "Road Pizza" when the duo have defeated King Za and are eating pizza they are confronted by the Chicken Wing King, who they ignore and he disappears.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Sanjay and Craig's neighbor, Mr. Noodman, is terrified of snakes due to being constant pranks by his father throughout his childhood involving them.
** In "Blackout" it's revealed Darlene is scared of the dark and being in dark places causes her to freak out. She gets over it.
* YeahShot: The title duo, at the end of the opening segment.
* YouJustRuinedTheShot: In "Be Like Tufflips", Sanjay, in a Remmington Tufflips costume, sees a film crew setting up for a commercial at Tufflips' home and, thinking they're bad guys, goes on the attack. The crew, thinking Sanjay is the real Tufflips, go along.
* YouMeanXMas: The 2015 Christmas Special entitled "Huggle Day", despite Craig mentioning the actual holiday in "Bike-O Psycho" and Even dressed like a Christmas Tree in "Heartyface".
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