Western Animation / The Loud House


"Surviving in a big family can be challenging, but it's not impossible."
Lincoln Loud

The Loud House is an animated series created by Chris Savino. It premiered on Nickelodeon on May 2, 2016, and is the 37th cartoon in the Nicktoons brand.

The series follows the adventures of Lincoln Loud, the only boy in a large family with ten sisters. Savino has stated that the series was based on his own childhood.

The series was chosen from Nickelodeon's 2013 Animated Shorts Program. You can see the pilot for the series here.

There's also a sneak peak from San Diego Comic-Con 2015.

Tropes Pertaining to the Series:

  • A Day in the Limelight: Each of the sisters gets an episode that focuses primarily on them.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Lynn and Lana acted like dogs in Picture Perfect and Undie Pressure respectively.
  • Alliterative Name: The Loud family. Lincoln Loud, Luna Loud, Lola Loud, Lori Loud, etc.
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: All the kids' names start with L. In addition, all the girls' names (or nicknames) have four letters in them, whereas Lincoln has 7 (Though his name is occasionally shortened to Linc, similar to their names).
  • Anachronism Stew: The show seems to be set in current day, where smartphones, tablets, laptops and YouTube are used, but everything from the music to the video games and other pop culture items are set from the 80s-present.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Some sisters can be like this:
    • Luan is this when pranking her older sisters but inverted when doing the same to her younger siblings.
    • Lola tends to be manipulative and blackmailing and Lana tends to be messy towards their older siblings.
    • Most strongly exemplified in "A Tale of Two Tables", where Linc is stuck at the kids' table for meals with his younger sisters and wants to sit at the adult table. However, when he gets his wish, he decides that the grass is greener on the other side and persuades his parents to send him back.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "Driving Miss Hazy" Leni fails her 14th driver's test ( Thanks to Lori ) for driving on the wrong side of the road, failing to do her turn signals, and commenting on the driving instructor's weight.
  • Artistic License Biology: The chances of having eleven kids and only one boy are statistically improbable. (It's still possible, but very, very unlikely)
  • Art Shift: In "Slice of Life", the art style changes to a more Animesque style when Lincoln and his sisters are about to duke it out over who gets the last slice of pizza. It happens again with the pets at the end of the short when they're about to fight over the last slice.
  • Big Sister Bully:
    • Lori, the oldest of Lincoln's sisters.
      Lori: Beat it, twerp. I'm using the bathroom!
      Lincoln: Aw, come on, Lori, no fair! I was here first!
      Lori: Well, I was born first.
    • Sometimes, Lynn acts this way toward Lincoln.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Several episodes end with Lincoln content with his position, despite being screwed over in some way.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Luna, in contrast to her roommate Luan.
  • Brainless Beauty / Dumb Blonde: Played straight with Leni, but subverted with the other blondes in the family.
  • Child Prodigy: Lisa, who has already graduated from college with a PhD at age 4.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Lincoln gets his pants pulled down by a bully at school in Heavy Meddle.
    • Luna splits her pants in Making the Case.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The opening shades each of the Loud girls in a specific color.
    • Lori is blue
    • Leni is seafoam
    • Luna is dark purple
    • Luan is yellow
    • Lynn is a red-orange
    • Lucy is gray
    • Lola is pink
    • Lana is a slightly darker blue
    • Lisa is green
    • Lily is light purple
    • Lincoln himself is linked to orange.
    • These colors also correspond with the clothes the siblings usually wear (e.g. Lori wears a light blue shirt, Leni a turquoise green dress, Lucy wears black clothes, Lana wears grayish blue overalls, Luan a yellow skirt, etc). Lily's the only one whose color doesn't match with what she usually wears (a single white diaper), but she does often carry a lilac blanket and is seen wearing a purple shirt in Project Loud House.
  • Cool Big Sis: Luna is established as one in her first appearance in the pilot.
  • Creepy Child: Lucy Loud, especially when compared to the rest of her siblings.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: In "Two Boys And A Baby", Lincoln and Clyde babysit Lily so that the former doesn't have to visit Aunt Ruth, who he finds to be repulsive. Though Lincoln and Clyde succeed in their job, they end up being exposed to chicken pox along with Lily. Since Aunt Ruth is immune (as she had it once before), Lincoln, Clyde, and Lily are all sent to her house to recover, though in Lily's case she enjoys it.
  • Daydream Surprise: "The Butterfly Effect" is revealed at the end to be Lincoln imagining what could happen if after he accidently breaks Lisa's lab. Naturally with someone of his age, it's pretty outlandish.
  • Disaster Dominoes: "The Butterfly Effect" details what could happen if Lincoln decides to lie about accidentally wrecking Lisa's lab. First, Leni becomes smarter than Lisa and leaves the Loud House to go to Harvard, which is followed by Lisa deciding to work at a gas station due to her no longer feeling smart. Due to Lisa leaving Lynn has nobody to tutor her in school and she gets kicked off the sports team for failing school. In frustration, she accidentally kicks Lola in the face with a soccer ball, causing her to look ugly. She then joins Lynn in robbing the gas station that Lisa is working at. Not wanting to suffer a similar fate, Lana shields herself in a hamster ball. Luna notices what's happening and decides to write about how everything is going wrong for her family and she gets to participate in a Mick Swagger tour, only to be kicked out for destroying her hotel room. Due to Clyde sky-diving with Lori (due to her breaking up with Bobby), he is unable to help him with the situation that Lincoln is having. Luan then gives up comedy and becomes an activist, and to make matters worse she liberated Lana's pets, one of which bites Lucy and converts her into a vampire. Finally, Lisa's spilled chemicals turn Lily into a giant, causing her to eat Lincoln.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The animation in "Left In The Dark" is a bit different than in later episodes.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Every one of the sisters gets one in the pilot, all in under two minutes. Also happens in the first minute of "Left in the Dark".
  • Eureka Moment: Lincoln in the pilot; after Lori beats him to the bathroom and starts to panic about holding it in, he gets distracted by the smell of Lily's dirty diaper.
    Lincoln: Ugh, that can clear up a room. (realization) Clear up a room!
  • The Faceless: Mr. and Mrs. Loud. Mr. Loud's eyes are seen in a rear-view mirror, though.
  • Foreshadowing: Note how before "Overnight Success" Clyde would always refer to his parents as "my parents" and never "my mom and dad".
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Lincoln will often monologue to the camera about some aspect of his life to set up the episode's events.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: During "Driving Miss Hazy", you can see the Loud's address on Lori's driver's liscense, showing that they live in Royal Woods, Michigan.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Lincoln's teacher tells him Frank the tarantula is not allowed out of his cage, "unlike me this weekend", in Along Came a Sister.
    • In Space Invaders, after Lynn throws Lincoln's stuffed rabbit doll he catches it and starts baby-talking to it, after which Lynn comments: "I'm noticing a complete lack of balls in this room!", followed by Lynn literally bringing her footballs, soccer balls and basketballs to the room.
    • In Lynn's section of the trophy case in Making the Case is a certificate reading "KICK A+".
    • Clyde's Nosebleed in "Get the Message" and "Chore and Peace".
    • When Clyde is preparing Lincoln for dinner at the grown up table, he honks an air horn whenever Lincoln does something wrong. When Lincoln takes cardboard Lori's bread, Clyde says "Don't worry beautiful, I'll share my buns with you." Lincoln honks the air horn.
    • In Chore and Peace Lincoln nearly drowns in a massive pile of Dad's underwear. Among all the boxers and briefs is a pair of lacy pink panties....
    • Lori revealing that her "tank top" is actually Mom's old girdle while the rest of the Louds react in disgust.
    • When Lincoln thinks his parents are getting rid of him and his siblings in "Ties That Bind", he overhears Dad saying he'll get rid of the one with white hair, remarking "I'm not even sure if it's mine".
    • "Butterfly Effect" uses Luna's Waxing Lyrical Running Gag to great effect:
    Luna: Hey bro, I uploaded a song about our family going down the highway to- HELLo! I just got fifty more hits!
    • "A Novel Idea" Lincoln says "I can see Uranus from here and boy is it gassy".
  • Group Hug: Lincoln is often the victim of claustrophobic group hugs from his sisters.
  • Here We Go Again: When the kids destroy "vanzilla", Mom cancels their road trip and makes them sit on the couch together until they can get along. Lincoln pulls out another chart that shows the couch also has a sweet spot and runs out of his room.
    • In the mini-comic, Lincoln explains the ABCs of getting the last slice of pizza. The "C" is for coupons, meaning Dad used a coupon to get a second pizza for free. The kids drop the last slice from the first pizza on the floor while the pets fight over it.
    • When Lincoln ends his strike in Chore and Peace, a neighbor tells him the garbage workers have gone on strike demanding more money. Lincoln and the girls go on strike again demanding payment for their chores.
  • Hidden Eyes: Lucy's eyes are hidden behind her Blinding Bangs.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Lincoln's sisters when they confront his bully.
    Lori: How dare you bully our brother! Only we get to do that!
  • Hypocritical Humor: Despite their annoyance at Luan's puns, this doesn't stop the other kids from making their own puns.
    • In "Heavy Meddle," Lincoln finds an empty jar of peanut butter in the fridge. He loudly complains about how you shouldn't put empty jars back into the fridge... then proceeds to do so himself with that same jar.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Aside from Leni, Lily, and Luna who are naturally nice (with extreme limitations), the other girls have good qualities to balance out their not so good moments like helping Lincoln with his oral report after he accidentally destroyed his diorama.
  • Karma Houdini: In "Hand-Me-Downer", whoever stole Lynn's bike. Clyde's parents just find it and we never even find out who did it or if anything happened to them.
  • Likes Older Women: Clyde (who is eleven) has a crush on Lincoln's oldest sister Lori, who is six years his senior.
  • Limited Wardrobe: In Lincoln's bedroom/closet, you can see identical orange t-shirts hanging from a clothes rack.
  • Living Prop: Lily, which is a given, since she's a baby and can barely talk.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: The focus of the show is the main character living with his 10 sisters.
  • Meaningful Name: In a family of eleven kids, the Louds definitely live up to their name.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Lincoln is right smack in the middle of his sisters.
    • While his sisters have actual bedrooms, Lincoln's is actually a closet. But while the girls have to share their rooms, Lincoln is the only one who gets his own space.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer where Lynn brings a boy home while the other girls surround and chastise him for bullying Lincoln is from "Heavy Meddle". The boy is innocent since the bully is a girl.
  • Not So Stoic: Though Lucy and Lisa are mostly The Stoic, they can have reactions that are out of character for their personalities, and Lucy once got over-joyed in one scene.
  • Not So Above It All: Lincoln's older sisters eventually decide to join him at the kid's table and have fun with their younger siblings, starting with the youngest of the five Lynn.
  • Nosebleed: In Get the Message, Clyde does this when he meets Lori.
    • Does it again in Chore and Peace, though when he finds out Lori says she back again with Bobby.
  • Odd Name Out: All the girls have four letters in their names, but Lincoln doesn't.
    • Also, Lynn is the only Loud sibling to have one syllable in her name, while the rest have two.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Lucy has an uncanny ability to do this, often spooking the living daylights of whoever's nearby.
  • Oh Crap!: When the girls discover Lincoln's sweet spot chart and confront him about it.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Lucy and Lisa, who are known for being The Stoic, can act very girlish.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Lincoln is outnumbered ten to one.
  • Precocious Crush: Clyde has a huge crush on Lori. Due to being 11, though, he is often paralyzed while around her.
  • Punny Name: In the episode It's a Loud, Loud Loud House, Sharon Demonet is a pun on "sharing the money".
  • Reality Ensues: On a light note, this show seems to put some reality of having a huge family with Massively Numbered Siblings, such as having the concept of hand-me-downs and having multiple tables for multiple kids. It also shows that this kind of family can stress a person out, as evidenced by Lincoln's Exhausted Eye Bags (and his white hair).
  • Series Continuity Error: In Making the Case, Lincoln posts a video of himself kissing a statue with a picture of his classmate Cristina taped to it. Lincoln mentions that Cristina transferred to a different class. In The Green House, Cristina is shown in Lincoln's class. However, its possible that the episodes aren't chronological.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The family's pets are named after comic strip artists: Charles (Schulz), Cliff (Sterrett), Walt (Kelly) and Geo (McManus).
      • Cliff Sterrett also got a nod with the brand of Luna's amplifier.
    • Lincoln has a Great Mazinger figure in his room in the pilot.
    • When Luna gives Lincoln her busted electric guitar as a hand-me-down, she tells him that "All it needs is love, love is all it needs."
    • When the girls are fighting over the TV in Left in the Dark, one of the shows has a yellow square with a buck tooth and a pink star.
    • In "In Tents Debate", Lincoln hates camping due to "hill people hiding in the trees", a reference to, of all things, Deliverance
    • In "Heavy Meddle", Luan wears a doctor's labcoat and a clown nose while she helps her sisters tend to Lincoln's medical needs (over a papercut).
    • Driving Miss Hazy is a reference to Driving Miss Daisy.
    • "Linc or Swim" has a shot at the beginning of the episode of senior hour at the local pool, with nearly every character being a famous elderly character from other Nicktoons. List of cameos 
    • The title card for "Get the Message" has Lincoln replicating the famous running in front of a spotlight sequence from the opening of Tintin.
  • Shown Their Work: Lily is 15 months old and can walk by herself. Most babies can walk independently by that age.
  • The One Guy: Lincoln is the only boy in his family, not counting his father.
  • Toilet Humor: The pilot for the series focused on Lincoln attempting to use the bathroom, followed by Lincoln using Lily's dirty diaper to chase Lori out.
    • There is no shortage of poop jokes coming from youngest sister Lily.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: All the girls have varying degrees of masculinity and femininity, but Lana and Lola are the most obvious and centralized examples.
    • Showcased in "In Tents Debate" where the girly girls (Lori, Leni, Lola, Lucy and Lily) vote to spend their vacation at the beach while the tomboys (Luna, Luan, Lynn, Lisa and Lana) vote for an amusement park.
  • Tuckerization: Lori, Luan, Lynn, Lana and Lisa were named for Chris Savino's five sisters, Luna and Lola were named for wiener dogs his family owned, Lucy and Lily were names Savino and his wife planed on giving to a potential daughter (they have three sons), and Leni was named for Lennie from Of Mice and Men.
  • Vocal Evolution: Lincoln's voice sounds noticeably deeper in the "Slice of Life" short.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Happens in "Get the Message", "The Sweet Spot", "In Tents Debate", "Changing the Baby" and "Two Boys and a Baby".
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Happens in "Changing the Baby" and "Toads and Tiaras".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lincoln has white hair, which only occurs if one dyes their hair or is an albino (Though the creator implied that it wasn't always that way). Alternately it could be considered a reference to Charlie Brown, who famously has hair so fair and blonde that it blends into his skin.
  • You Keep Using That Word: The Louds repeatedly use the word "grody" when referring to something gross.
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: It turns out that the school's pet tarantula, Frank, is a girl, and about to lay her eggs in "Along Came a Sister".