Western Animation: The Angry Beavers
aka: Angry Beavers
A show about two beavers, Norbert and Daggett, who are brothers and share a home. Norb is actually relatively easy-going (or was early on), and Daggett is the angry one. A Two Shorts
animated show which aired on Nickelodeon
, and 7th entry in the Nicktoons
series. Hilarity Ensues
there regularly, often in a highly absurd way crammed full of dialogue both fantastically witty and ridiculously dim.
The show first began airing in 1997 on Nickelodeon
and ran for four seasons. In 2001, it was canceled for good when the last episode to be produced had the characters aware
of the fact that they were in a cartoon which was about to end
. This apparently broke several in-house rules, namely not breaking the fourth wall (Although KaBlam!
did this in, like, every episode) or announcing the end of a series (due to Nickelodeon's habit of profiting off re-runs). It also apparently got the executives angry by referring to an earlier incident where the line "Shut up" was censored for a re-run using the Sound Effect Bleep
and then changed altogether when that generated even more controversy.
However, the show was able to be released through iTunes, featuring the best of Seasons 1 and 2. Seasons 1, 2 and 3 have been placed on DVD. The complete series was released on July 30th, 2013
Perhaps the only cartoon in the universe in which a clock on the wall visible in most episodes updates in real time
Recaps of the show can be found here.
Now has a growing Character Sheet
Not related to Angry Birds
Contains examples of:
- Acid Reflux Nightmare: The episode Food of the Clods shows Norbert feasting on junk food late at night then ending up Sleepwalking and re-enacting the 1950s B-films he's watching at the time
- Aerith and Bob: Norbert, Daggett, Trucky, Stump, Treeflower, and Bing. And Barry.
- Aloof Big Brother: Norbert at the start of the series.
- Amazon Brigade: The Raccoon Girls.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Daggett.
- Artistic License – Biology:
- Beavers don't actually eat wood. Sometimes they eat twigs or bark, but not really for nutrional value. They prefer the leaves, only eating bark and twigs when little or nothing else is available (as during the winter)
- Orcas do not eat humans like Camu does in "Moby Dopes".
- Artistic License – Paleontology: The Tyrannosaurus rex from the ending of "Moby Dopes" has three fingers on each hand and four prominent toes, and it stands in a tripod stance like in old-fashioned portraits. It is also much larger than the real animal, being able to eat an orca whole.
- Art Shift: Everyone's addition to the campfire story in Pass It On. Norb's version is a Bond-esque spy thriller. Barry does the story over as a '70s exploitation movie. Bing's is just a series of doodles running around frantically. Stump's version is a letterboxed black-and-white drama with Scottish accents. Treeflower's is a Magical Girl anime with choppy 50's-style animation. And Dag's is just all the different styles floating in a white void.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: a common theme in the Beavers' favorite B-movies.
- Bad Bad Acting: Oxnard Montalvo and all his co-stars. Also Daggett, Barry, and Bing when the beavers complete a 'lost film' of his.
- Berserk Button: Norbert doesn't like having his hair messed with.
- Both beavers get annoyed whenever they are mistakenly identified as weasels.
- Bigger Than Jesus: In Beaver Fever, the beavers become One Hit Wonders. Their manager tells them that they're "bigger than sliced bread" and shows them a graph chart that proves this. When Daggett repeats this to the press, people start burning their albums, leading to Daggett explaining that he meant that they're physically larger than sliced bread. Upon hearing this explanation, people burning their albums are seen putting their hands into the fire to retrieve them.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: The record executive from "Beaver Fever", when we first see him, has birds perched on them.
- Bland-Name Product: Yahoo for Yoo-hoo. Also Ho-Humms snack cakes.
- Buffy Speak: Both beavers used the word "thingy" repeatedly. One of the episodes is actually titled "Big Round Sticky Fish Thingy".
- Scientist #1 is especially prone to this.
- Really, 80% the cast is prone to doing this.
- Book Burning: In "Beaver Fever", Norb and Dag become disco stars. After announcing their latest album is "bigger than sliced bread", angry bread lovers stage public burnings of their albums. After the beavers clarify that they actually said that their latest album is "bigger than a slice of bread", sheepish fans are shown trying to retrieve their albums from the bonfire.
- Butt Monkey: Dagget tends to suffer a lot throughout episodes. Eventually it catches up to Norb as well.
- The Cameo: The Beavers obtain a box of movie masks, one of them is Helga Pataki, (though she has orange hair).
- Which is hilarious due to the fact that the movie masks are supposed to scare people.
- Canada, Eh?: Canucks Amuck
- Cassandra Truth: Daggett claims Big Byoo-tox is teaching him how to hide; Norbert, of course, doesn't believe a word of it. Norbert turns out to be correct, since it wasn't Big Byoo-tox, just a big, hairy, naked Canadian.
- Catchphrase: Daggett's is "That was nuts!", while Norbert's is "BIIIG Hug!", usually combined with a big hug (or an attempted one).
- The Unusual Euphemism "spoot," which is something of a joint catchphrase for the two.
- Celebrity Paradox: In "Tree of Hearts," the brothers receive an announcement in the mail about the birth of Richard Steven Horvitz's son, Jack:
Daggett: Wow! That's great!
Norbert: I think so.
Daggett: Who's Richard Horvitz?
- Chased by Angry Natives: The brothers are chased after pissing off a tribe of Raccoons amazonesses.
- Chaste Toons: Averted. In the first episode, we see Norbert and Daggett's pregnant mother. Not even a minute after her introduction, she goes off-screen to give birth to their little sisters.
- Averted in "Big Round Sticky Fish Thingy", where the brothers witness a rare sticky sturgeon lay an egg. Towards the end of the episode, a fully formed baby sturgeon comes out. Well, it's not like they could show a male fertilizing the undeveloped egg...
- Christmas Episode: Parodied with "Gift Hoarse", an Arbor Day episode (the justification being that Arbor Day is beaver Christmas).
- Companion Cube: Stump.
- Competition Coupon Madness: In "Box Top Beavers".
- Contrived Coincidence: The beaver brothers' dam is the end result of an out of control pickup truck knocking over some trees, falling over a cliff, and the trees landing in a perfect arrangement in the body of water below.
- Crappy Carnival: Smelly Jim's Carnival of Mirthiness in Dag Con-Carny.
- Credits Gag: Many of the staff got goofy nicknames.
- Cryptid Episode: Daggett meets "Big Byoo-tocks".
- Deconstruction: The series finale "Bye Bye Beavers" was never filmed because it broke two of Nickelodeon's rules. One being that a show doesn't acknowledge an episode is the last episode, so kids keep watching and hoping for new episodes, and the other rule being a show doesn't break the fourth wall. "Bye Bye Beavers" did both. However, a recording of the actors reading the script exists online. This episode, even only as an audio, is one of the most unique deconstructions ever made. It starts off somewhat normal, with Norbert explaining to Daggett that they're fictional characters in a cartoon, that has just been cancelled. The insanity begins when you hear the voice actors laughing as they're reading their lines, and then having a conversation. Norbert and Daggett are talking to each other about how their lives are just a show, joking about common tropes in cartoons, while each character's voice actors are talking to each other about other shows and their future plans. This doesn't just break the fourth wall, it completely deconstructs the show in a bizarre meta way.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Daggett.
- Disney Acid Sequence: Norbert and Treeflower's duet in Bummer of Love.
- The entire episode of Brothers, to the End?
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Daggett does this often.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Daggett looks the same in the pilot, and is still voiced by Richard Horvitz, but Norbert's design is radically different, and has a different voice actor.
- The credits for many of the earlier episodes had very few Credits Gags, if any. It became a standard appearance starting in Season 2.
- Ending Theme: An organ theme, still upbeat but noticeably different in tone from the brassy opening theme.
- End of Series Awareness: Too much of this is why the final episode, Bye Bye Beavers, was never aired.
- Episode Title Card: Each card is accompanied by the recurring theme and an illustration. A few episodes lack the title card sequence.
- Everyone Has Standards: In Brothers...To The End?, Daggett and Norbert, who now have godly powers to create a new world, get in a fight. The entity (credited as The Voice) which gave them the powers seems to side with Dag:
The Voice: Wha-wha-wha what's happening?! What are you two beavers doing to the world I gave you to create?
The Voice: You don't like baklava? You...you don't like baklava?
- Expy: Their father looks like...Drew Carey.
- "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Van-tastic Voyage. The scientists enlarge Daggett to immense proportions in order to explore him.
- Flanderization: Mostly of Norbert, whose kaaahn-vuh-looh-uh-tuhd speech patterns got more exaggerated as the series went on. The characters' personalities remained mostly stable, though, aside from Norbert's ego getting bigger as Daggett's intelligence got smaller.
- The Fool: Norbert often manages to avoid a lot of painful consequences his brother suffers, sometimes in rather contrived circumstances. This was Lampshaded in an instance the two switch places, and Daggett (supposedly) avoids an Amusing Injury as a result. Granted on many other occasions Norb is an even bigger Butt Monkey than Dag is.
- Fountain of Youth: The bark of an ancient tree causes Norbert and Daggett to turn into children, complete with having no memory of their grown-up lives.
- Freudian Slip: In "The Posei-Dam Adventure" when they're singing the Auld Lang Syne parody, Norb says, "left in a dam to die.", reflecting his brother's current situation trapped in the upside down dam, life in danger.
- Fridge Logic: Invoked in "The Day the Earth Got Really Screwed Up" when the narrator, Peter Graves, Rage Quits at the end and descends into ranting about how the plot of the episode didn't make sense.
- Funny Afro: Daggett has one in Beaver Fever after he and Norb become disco stars. It's later confiscated when they fail to fulfill their recording contract.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar
- Slap Happy, where beaver tail slapping (which is something beavers actually do in real life to warn others of danger) and the discussion on not abusing it comes off more as a metaphor for masturbation, leading to this great exchange:
Norbert: I am a beaver of self-control!
Norbert's Dad: Ease up, Norb, I heard you slapping before you left home! You used to do it in the bathtub all the time!
Norbert: I was just washing my tail, I swear!
- The name of the series itself.
- Forgot to mention the entire chorus of 'Beaver Fever'.
- Daggett substituting "Eureka!" with "Urethra!"
- The title episodes "Specs Appeal" and "Damnesia".
- They're beavers that live in a dam. The possibilities were practically endless.
- The incidental musical bits accompanying Barry Bear are reminiscent of Barry White's music, which are very, very sensuous (particularly "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe").
- In the episode "Zooing Time":
Zookeeper: What's that, Charleton? Why yes! *snickers* the beavers ARE good at eating wood!
- Daggett calls Norbert "weasel weenie" on the first episode.
- The beavers' outfits in Long in the Teeth.
- The episode In Search of Big Byoo-Tox has a tabloid on a table titled Morning Woo.
- From Strange Allure:
Have you gone abso
Dagget: "I'm not letting a bunch of scaly butts spawnnote my brother to death!"
"We held hands/And it was grand/It felt so nice/We did it twice"
- Goggles Do Nothing:
- Norbert's helmet in Muscular Beaver 2 either falls off him before sustaining a head injury or just fails to protect his head at all. This is ultimately subverted at the end of the episode, where Norbert's helmet ends up defeating the giant splinter he and Daggett (as Muscular Beaver) have been fighting.
This... this... HELMUUUUT!!!
has been completely, absolutely, positively and rightfully USELESS!
- Dagget's non-existent 'invisible' x-ray glasses and Norbert's working x-ray glasses in Specs Appeal. Ends up reversed - Daggett's x-ray glasses are the ones which work, not to mention literally invisible, while Norbert has the ones which don't work.
- Gonk: The vast majority of the human cast looks downright hideous.
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: The wacky word combo sort appears in Bummer of Love with Treeflower's band, The Friendly Chartreuse Bubblegum Machine.
- Got Me Doing It: In My Bunnyguard, both Daggett and Norbert end up copying Big Rabbit's Brooklyn accent.
- Gratuitous Spanish: El Grapadura, with Norb translating. The episode Norberto y Daggetto en El Grapadura y el Castor Malo is entirely in Spanish, with English subtitles.
- Gravity Sucks: To the point where they manage to escape being pulled into the Sun by damming it with sheet metal and stray satellites.
- Grossout Show
- Gross-Up Close-Up
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: The episode "Same Time Last Week".
- Halloween Episode: The Day the World Got Really Screwed Up!
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Parodied with Baron Once-Bad-Then-Good-Then-Bad-Again-Then Good-And-Now-Something-That's-Neither Beaver, Norb's reluctant nemesis/sidekick to Dag's Muscular Beaver.
- Hollywood Science: Anything those two scientists cook up.
"Don't ask us to explain, it's haha, science!"
- Humans Are Morons: How humans are portrayed in the show. They're shown to be extremely stupid, unable to complete sentences and basically Too Dumb to Live, both to themselves and to the much smarter Talking Animals.
- Humiliation Conga: In "Kandid Kreatures, the "nature documentary" the duo star in ends up being this to them. They manage to get revenge on the producer and put him through the same thing.
- I Am Not Weasel: The beavers are constantly mistaken for other, "pointy" animals by human characters.
- I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: In Chocolate Up To Experience, Norb gets addicted to the chocolate bars he's been making Dag sell in order to raise money. He's making Dag sell what appears to be the last remaining bar for two hundred dollars, while he gorges on a warehouse full of the bars. Norb eventually bloats to the point that he needs to be carried around in a wheelbarrow, but Dag does make the money... by selling their entire house. Because "no one wanted to buy a spooty old candy bar for $200."
- Idiot Ball: Stupidity Potion #237.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In the end of Season 2, Episode 19, Part 1 – The Mighty Knothead.
- Insane Troll Logic: In-universe: Stinky Thing + Stinky Thing = NOT SMELLY!
- This becomes a case of Hilarious in Hindsight due to the recent scientific discovery of "olfactory white". Basically, if you take enough diverse odors and mix them together, even if the individual components smell bad, the combination will be too complex for your nose to recognize. The end result is a bland yet noticeable fragrance that's neither good nor bad, and can actually be used to cover up additional odors.
- Instrumental Theme Tune
- Insult Misfire: When their sisters are spending the day, Dag and Norb start arguing about how to look after them, Dag with planning and a chart, Norb with a "let them run free" attitude. Dag eventually does this:
Dag: Structure THIS, chart boy! (Blows a raspberry at Norb) Oh wait I'm chart boy.
- It's a Wonderful Plot: Its a Spootiful Life. It turns out everyone really would have been better off if Daggett had never been born. He decides he wants to go back anyway. That is, assuming it wasn't all just a dream.
- It's Always Spring: Most episodes seem to be set in early spring, with little patches of snow strewn about.
- It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Parodied In-Universe with the failed follow-up single to "Beaver Fever", which is literally the exact same song with one word added:
♪ He's got that Beaver Fever / More Beaver Fever! ♪
- Kissing Cousins: Stump has a crush on his cousin Vanity, who was carved into a, well, vanity. At a family reunion, they overcome the objections of her brother Butch (a butcher's table) and get together.
- To be more specific, Vanity is a distant cousin.
- Large Ham: Both brothers. And many other characters. Pretty much everyone actually.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia
Norbert: I can't remember anything! I must have damnesia, the rare beaver brain trauma that makes you forget everything but what damnesia is!
- Laser-Guided Karma: Combined with Humiliation Conga in 'Specs Appeal'. After Norb tricks Dagget into letting him have x-ray specs and lets him 'have' non-existent invisible x-ray specs, it turns out Norb's specs fake an x-ray effect, Dag's specs exist, are invisible, and actually work, the brothers loose the working x-ray specs in a fight, and Dag accidentally smashes the working specs once Norb finds them.
- Leitmotif: For a few characters, including Barry, Treeflower, Bing, and El Grapadura.
- Masked Luchador: El Grapadura (Gratuitous Spanish Played for Laughs; this really means "Hard Staple", and it also sounds similar to "grapadora", which is Spanish for "Stapler").
- Matchlight Danger Revelation: You never actually get to see from Dag's point of view, but when Dag spies on Norb in Gonna Getcha from under the floorboards, he keeps noticing bugs and shoving them out the spyhole, until he finally decides to light a match and see where the bugs are coming from.
: AAAHH! 4,023
- The Moving Experience: "Pack Your Dags"
- Mr. Fanservice: Norbert. Has to be the voice.
- Naked People Are Funny: An entire episode revolves around this trope after the brothers lose all their fur (minus their head fur) after Dag's misshap with an extremely complicated magical spell book.
- Negative Continuity
- Never Wake Up A Sleepwalker: Played straight as Daggett was told never to wake up a sleepwalker. It makes it tough as Norb is usually playing out scenarios he's watching on late night B-films and eating loads of junk food in the process.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Lumberjack's Delight, where after exhausting every other option, Norb decides the only way to save the forest and get rid of the Lumberjacks is via a competition. A tree felling competition. Norb wins, but realizes that in the process, they've felled the entire forest, which the Lumberjacks gladly take with them.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Barry the bear talks an awful lot like Barry White. He sings like him too.
- The title character from "In Search of Big Byoo-tox" sounds an awful lot like Donald Sutherland, even quoting some of his lines about "negative waves" from Kelly's Heroes.
- And "Deck Poops" features an explicit parody of the Rat Pack.
- Let's not forget BABA in "Euro Beavers", since that should've been clear who are they are appear to be.
- No Dialogue Episode: Silent But Deadly, justified in that the beavers have woken up with their bedroom infested with sleeping beaver-eating wolverines. The only real line of dialogue in the episode is thought, as they don't want to risk waking them up by talking.
- No Fourth Wall: Bye Bye Beavers tears it to pieces. Thus, it never aired.
- Norbert opens the mirrored bathroom cabinet door in Daggy Dearest, revealing a camera operator.
- In Practical Jerks, Daggett refers to the raccoon girl tribe as "those Amazon girl raccoon lady thingies from, uh, Mighty Knothead", referencing the episode title in which they were introduced.
- Nonstandard Character Design: The Beavers' cousin from Kreature Komforts, who is just a live-action beaver, and behaves as one.
- Noodle Incident: In the episode Slap Happy, the Beavers' father claims that the story of Slap Johnson was made up by their mother because she never forgave him for the bachelor party that was thrown. Slap merely says, "It's okay, it was worth it."
- Not So Different: Norb and Dag are more similar than it may seem.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Parodied in "Fakin' It": Dag is on his deathbed and you can hear one of these chanting random Latin phrases like "Habeas Corpus" and "Quid Pro Quo" and even the lyrics to "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"!
- Our Ghosts Are Different: In Spookyspoots, the dam is inexplicably haunted by good, friendly ghosts who cater to the brothers' every whim and let them use portals to teleport around the house. Dag and Norb are quite fond of the ghosts, until the two annoying scientists show up to exorcise the ghosts against Dag and Norb's wishes. They then team up with the ghosts to get rid of the scientists.
- Out-Gambitted: In The Big Round Sticky Fish Thingy, Norb tricks Dag into going to Delaware, "a place nobody knows". As Norb's getting away, he didn't expect Dag to construct a "big, wooden, treadmill, thingamabob", which is "the specialty of the proud people of DELAWARE!"
- Paranoia Gambit: Norbert uses this in Gonna Getcha. of course, as soon as Norbert explains he was using this, he then proceeds to actually get Daggett back anyways.
- Parental Favoritism: Both of the brothers' parents apparently favor Daggett. Norbert is far from The Unfavourite, but he visibly loses his cool whenever Dag's getting pampered.
- Potty Emergency: Dag's part of Too Loose Latrine.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Daggett and Norbert.
- The Renaissance Age of Animation
- Running Gag: Human characters don't often get the Beavers' species right (either weasels or "pointy bird things"), causing the beavers to correct them every single time. It varies between not knowing the difference or simply not giving a dam, with the scientists falling into the latter.
- Sdrawkcab Name: "Dog", whenever it is used in contexts where one would expect "God" instead.
- Sequel Episode: "Up All Night" had "Up All Night 2: Up All Day. The Reckoning". "Muscular Beaver" Exaggerated this trope and produced four Numbered Sequels!
- The Seventies: Tends to pop up occasionally, whether through the music, fashion, or Barry Bear. And it's so well done, it doesn't seem at all out of place. In fact, it adds to the show's charm.
- Shaggy Dog Story: "Pass It On"
- Shout-Out: The camera panning up dramatically as an epic score plays revealing Dagget (in his superhero alter-ego) overlooking the forest from the top of a cliff is taken from the ending of Tim Burton's Batman.
- Barry the Bear's doorbell is James Brown's famous "HEY!" from his hit-song, I Got You (I Feel Good).
- Norb also does the Captain Kirk voice. Quite a few times.
- Any number of B movies, especially in the episode The Day the Earth Got Really Screwed Up, which parodies the heck out of those things, yet manages to be really cool.
- To 2001: A Space Odessey when the beavers find the monolith while in space...and promptly use it to build their gravity dam.
- "Oh, what a fool I was!" which is to Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rebecca'.
- Norb carves a statue of Treeflower looking like Princess Leah in one episode.
- The "cyclops" in "Friends, Romans, Beavers!" is one big shout-out to Ray Harryhausen, between being a Roman monster and his unusually abrupt manner of moving to mimic stop-motion animation.
- Norbert's hairdo in the soccer episode is highly reminiscent of Carlos Valderrama
- Shown Their Work: Every once in a while something that is in fact true about real-life beavers is thrown at you, like the already mentioned Tail-Slapping.
- The third eyelids mentioned in the Staring Contest (Stare and Stare Alike) and the slave-for-a-day (You Promised) episodes on the other hand do exist: they're the "nictating membrane" and the primary function in beavers is to protect the eyes while they are diving underwater.
- The fact that a beaver's front teeth do indeed continue growing throughout their lives is true. And, yes, beavers do need to constantly chew on things to wear the teeth down, or else their teeth really will grow through their skulls and kill them.
- The episode "Sqotters" involves river otters claiming the beavers' home, which is what sometimes happens in real life.
- Sibling Rivalry: Norb and Dag vacillate between this and "BIIIIG HUG!!"; their sisters, in contrast, get along very well.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: No matter what the subject, the two brothers usually wind up on opposite ends of it.
- Space Is an Ocean: In Mission to the Big Hot Thingy, the Beavers watch a video comparing their imminent doom of being pulled into the sun by gravity with a boat being pulled by a swift river current. They take this analogy literally and do what beavers would do in the river scenario. The build a giant dam to cut off the Sun's gravity!
- Sphere Eyes: Norbert.
- Status Quo Is God: For the most part. A few elements, such as the Muscular Beaver mini-arcs, were revisited from time to time.
- Stupid Scientist: Two of em!
- Stylistic Self-Parody: A throwaway line in Slap Happy:
Norbert: Daggett Beaver, I do not believe my ears that look like fins on my back!
- Stylistic Suck: The beavers love terrible B-movies. They even make one.
- And yet Animation Bump. The movies in question are drawn much more realistically than the rest of the show.
- Sudden Anatomy: The beavers only have webbed toes when swimming.
- Superhero Episode: Anytime Muscular Beaver shows up. Dag deludes himself into thinking he's a superhero, with awesome tools like the Cloak of Limited Invisibility("it's just nearly visible!")
- Also, the dramatic score playing as the camera pans up to reveal Dag standing atop a cliff overlooking the forest seems oddly familiar...
- Everyone gets in on it in one episode. And Bing shows up a few times as "Most Potent Bug".
- The Talk: "The salmon are spawning?!"
- Taxonomic Term Confusion: One episode incorrectly refers to rabbits as rodents, when in reality they are of the lagomorph, not rodent, order.
- Of course, in that same episode ("Long in the Teeth"), it shows all sorts of animals growing giant teeth, including, IIRC, a frog and a deer. So perhaps their grasp of taxonomy should be taken with a good heapin' pinch of salt.
- Tempting Fate: The episode "Beaver Master". A warrior keeps re-appearing everytime Dag and Norb utter, "That's the last we'll see of him!" Norb eventually lampshades this. They both start using it to their advantage... at least for a plan they thought would work. Even after learning this, they still willingly tempt the phrase when they think they've actually won (twice) only to be proven wrong.
- There's No "B" in Movie: Oxnard Montalvo's filmography. The Halloween Episode is one big Homage where the beavers visit him, and an alien even turns everything black and white. (and the plot makes no sense whatsoever).
- Theme Tune Cameo: Frequently.
- The Resolution Will Not Be Identified: A finale episode was proposed, but due to Nickelodeon's former policy of never identifying the end of a show, it remains unfinished.
- Through a Face Full of Fur: In "I Dare You", Norbert turns blue after sipping on a jalapeño slushie on a dare by Daggett and this causes the reaction of his head swelling up as the result of brain freeze and burn.
- Toilet Humor: One episode even has Dagget begging and screaming for Norb to let him use the second bathroom after clogging their toilet, Dag ends up urinating in the lake their house was formerly afloat on.
- Too Dumb to Live: Dag on MANY occasions, this bad behavior slowly infects Norbert as the series goes on.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Usually wood, with a special mention to "Lickety Splits". Also jalapeños. They also like a drink called "Yahoo."
- Two Shorts
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Norb & Dag's parents.
- The Unapologetic: A couple of Labcoat-wearing scientists frequently cause inconveniences for Norbert and Dagget. They don't apologize for anything they do, because they do it in the name of science!
- The Unintelligible: Scientist #1's sidekick Pete is somewhere between this and The Speechless.
- Unintentional Innuendo: Well, the stars are beavers. And that term gets repeated often. Cue lots of immature teenage giggling.
- Universe Bible: Right here.
- Unstoppable Rage: Dag had a pretty nasty temper, and Norb wasn't too far behind, either.
- Unusual Euphemism: "Spoot", usually uttered by Daggett.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Daggett seems to love it when the parents visit and doesn't at all mind the fact that his mom is a secret agent or that his dad likes to hang out around him and Norbert a little too much, while Norbert tends to be a little paranoid or skeptical. Could be part of the reason Dag's the favorite.
- Verbal Tic: Norbert's odd habit of adding extra syllables, especially with diphthongs and silent Es: "The beäver gargle of achë!" Daggett likes to "Eeeh" and say "dot dot dot" out loud. Sometimes they'll use each other's tics, too.
- Daggett also has a tendency to perform an action while saying out loud what the action is. For example, when he "flies" as Muscular Beaver, he yells "Whoosh!", and at least once, he storms out of a room while saying the words "Muttering angrily..." in an angry, muttering tone.
- Norbert especially loves to deliberately mispronounce words, which gets Daggett doing it, too. Some of the words Norbert mispronounces throughout the series: "entertainment" (enter-tan-e-ment), "speak" (spee-ak), "beaver" (beev-wawr with French inflection, or bee-ah-ver), and "buttocks" (byoo-tocks).
- This is eventually lampshaded when Norb pronouces movie as "MYOO-vee" throughout the episode Dag for Night. Then when he finally pronounces it right, Dag calls him out on it.
Norbert: Some of your injuries may never heal properly, but we will always have made our MYOO-vee, the greatest MYOO-vee ever made! Say it with me, Daggett. The greatest MYOO-vee ever made!
Daggett: The heck's a moo-vay?
Norbert: You'll see.
Scene changes to show the brothers watching TV on their couch. Norbert yawns.
Norbert: This is boring. Let's watch our movie again!
Daggett: I thought it was a MYOO-vay.
Norbert: I never said that...
- Visible Boom Mic: In the episode "The Loogie Hawk"
- Also in the Food of the Clods episode, which frequently shows Norb watching 1950s B-movies, will invoke this by showing a boom mic visible in shots.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The titular duo. Even though they're brothers, their relationship oozes this trope. The show's opening even highlights it.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe
- Will They or Won't They?: Norb and Treeflower, though considering the Status Quo Is God nature of the series, they probably would have remained Just Friends.
- Wraparound Background: Parodied; in "The Big Round Sticky Fish Thingy", Norb tries to get away with the titular "fish thingy" (a rare sturgeon egg) after tricking Daggett into looking for it elsewhere. Norb finds himself going past a repeating background of absurd images, including a reproduction of "Washington Crossing The Delaware", and realizes he's running on a treadmill with a scrolling background hastily constructed by Daggett.
- You Say Tomato: See Verbal Tic above.
- Your Mom: After chased by dogs in "Born to Be Beavers", Daggett tells them "And your cousin is a three legged toadstool!"