Western Animation: The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
aka: The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flap Jack
"Comedy, or at least the kind of comedy I like, are the ones that make you feel a bit uncomfortable and then hit you with a great joke."
—Creator Thurop van Orman
From the mind of Mark "Thurop" van Orman comes a whale of a tale
about a young boy who dreams of adventure, a washed-up pirate and a whale. Flapjack is a cheerful yet gullible orphan raised by a motherly whale
named Bubbie. One day, they rescue a pirate named Captain K'nucklesnote
who regales Flapjack with tales of a mystical place called Candied Island, a land that he's spent much of his life searching for. Enamored by this, and much to the chagrin of Bubbie, Flapjack decides to help him on this quest for Candied Island and dreams of being a great adventurer like K'nuckles.
And that just barely touches the surface of this Cartoon Network
animated series set in the screwed-up port town of Storm-Along Harbor
. Creepy facial expressions
, getting crap past the radar
, and utter weirdness
wrapped together with some messed-up animation
and a side of Nightmare Fuel
. It's just as bizarre as it sounds.
The show debuted in January, 2008. The series finale aired unadvertised
on August 31, 2010 (so, essentially, only people subscribed to Orman on DeviantArt
were even told it was happening.) The finale featured a live-action segment with Thurop as K'nuckles and his son as Flapjack, with the trio deciding they will find a new place to live, and finally leaving Storm-Along for good.
It's worthing pointing out that since Flapjack's cancellation, many of its' key writers and storyboard artists have gone on to create a few other shows that have had more acclaim and fan appeal than this show, including Adventure Time
, Regular Show
, and Gravity Falls
. Van Orman himself is currently the producer of the similarly-humoured Sanjay And Craig
The series returned as a part of Cartoon Network
's 20th anniversary via Cartoon Planet
. Also with its own very
and nightmare fuel
This series provides examples of:
- Abnormal Ammo:
- One episode featured a guy using a cannon that fired angst-ridden children.
- Peppermint Larry's Caramel Cannon.
- Accidental Truth: In "These Boots were Made for Walking (On Your Face)", K'nuckles tells a pair of thugs searching for Flapjack to search for him in a pile of old diapers as that is one of Flapjack's favourite hiding places, while he sneaks off to talk to Bubbie. However, it turns out Flapjack really was hiding in the pile of diapers and the thugs capture him.
- Ambiguously Gay: The Real Adventurer. Even though he has a girlfriend/wife, he still has an interest in Flapjack, and wants to adopt him.
- And a Diet Coke: In "Who's That Man In The Mirror?", K'nuckles attempts to lose weight by forgoing exercise and drinking nothing but Diet Maple Syrup.
- Annoying Laugh: Coudle Trouble.
- Anthropomorphic Food: Candy Wife, maybe...
- Anti-Role Model: Captain K'nuckles doesn't always have Flapjack's best interests in mind and is frequently selfish. Flapjack looks up to him anyway, and K'nuckles does view Flapjack as his best (and only) friend.
- Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering??: Happens in "Low Tidings", although K'nuckles response to the question ("That Scoops Pennington is a hack?") does at least follow logically from what had gone before. Flapjack was actually suggesting that they take the place of the two sick actors in the Low Tide Day pageant.
- Art Shift:
- Poseidon went from normal (for this show) animation to live action in the Christmas Episode.
- The series finale featured a live-action segment with Thurop playing K'nuckles and his son as Flapjack. And he. Was. Cute.
- Authority in Name Only: In "Over the Moon", K'nuckles declares himself to be 'the Moon King' and starts giveing orders to the moon.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: The concept is parodied in the Moon episode with: "Captain K'nuckles, King. Moon King."
- Ax-Crazy: Peppermint Larry in the third season.
- The Bad Guy Wins: The final episode.
- Bathroom Breakout: In "Liar, Liar, You for Hire?", Flapjack escapes from Captain Johnny's ship by flushing himself down the toilet, which is inexplicably connected to Stormalong's sewer system.
- The Beard: Flapjack for K'nuckles... literally, as in, he disguised himself as K'nuckle's beard so he wouldn't be ashamed of himself. This is odd, because one episode implies that K'nuckles' odd blue coloration is, in fact, a weapons-grade case of Perma Stubble...which may itself be false.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In "Wishing Not so Well", K'nuckles wishes to be left alone and is immediately finds himself in a Stormalong that contains no other people. It doesn't work out so well for him.
- Bedouin Rescue Service: A Liliputian variety appears in Lost at Land
- Benevolent Architecture: When K'nuckles and Flapjack are in a runaway trolley, we cut to Stormalong's resident Gadgeteer Genius, having just completed a ramp-like structure. "I call it R.A.M.P! Radical Ascension-" Then the trolley smashes right through it.
- Big Bad: 8-Armed Willy
- Bigger Bad: Peppermint Larry in the final episode.
- Big "NO!"
- Bigger on the Inside:
- Stormalong Harbor is a bigger community than it looks from the outside. It even has a slum and an upper-class quarter. In any case, it seems unlikely that it really has a population of no more than one hundred, as one of the episodes suggest.
- Big "WHAT?!": One that extends to the The End screen.
K'nuckles: Eh, I never learned to sail anyways.
- Body Horror:
- The Plague victims.
- Happens to K'nuckles often, especially in "Fancy Pants".
- Bucket Helmet: One of the urchins in Stormalong wears a saucepan with eyeholes cut in it as a helmet. He also wears an eyepatch over the helmet.
- Butt Monkey: Flapjack and K'nuckles.
- Call Back: At the end of "Rye Ruv Roo", a newspaper is shown with the Colonel elected as mayor. Guess who wins at the end of "Mayor May Not"?
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Lolly Poopdeck. In "Day Without Laughter", he attempts to become a comedian, but the punchlines to all his jokes consist of really strained puns based on his own name.
- Can't Get In Trouble For Nuthin'
- Can't Live Without You: Once all of Stormalong was infected by the Plague, K'nuckles goes off to find Flapjack living on Plague Island and tells him this. Flapjack thinks of this as being a Living Emotional Crutch when K'nuckles told him that they couldn't live without him, but then he tells him that they literally cant live without him. Flapjack's blood contained the antidote.
- Catch Phrase:
- "Hmm, yes"
- Charlie Adler: Casting and voice director for the show.
- Cheerful Child
- Constructed World: The world of Flapjack occasionally shows some elements of this, the most notable example possibly being in the episode, "Lost At Land," in which we get to see Flapjack's world from space◊.
- Continuity Nod: It's safe to assume that if either of the Inventors show up, there's a continuity nod or two. An example is the Grand Flying Contraption, it was destroyed at the end of "Several Leagues Above The Sea", but in "The Return of Sally Syrup", the Inventor's Brother has been working on a new and improved version.
- Convection Schmonvection: In "Off With His Hat", the anthropologist falls into an active volcano, but is fine because she lands on a floating chunk of rock. She then then gets erupted out of the volcano.
- Cool Ship: Flapjack calls Bubbie "the fastest ship in the sea", despite, you know, Bubbie being a whale.
- Crapsack World: Stormalong Harbor is seriously one screwed up place.
- Crazy Cat Lady: Flapjack accidentally lets all of the cats escape from the home of one in "Who Let the Cats Out of the Old Bag's House?".
- Creepy Monotone: Doctor Barber. Mmm. Yes.
- Crossdressing Voices:
- Crying Wolf: In "Liar, Liar, You For Hire?", K'nuckles claims to know where Candied Island is. At the end of the episode, he really does see Candied island but no one will believe him.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Have you ever had to make a decision that would decisively decide every decision that you would ever decide?"
- Depending on the Artist: So often you can tell who storyboarded the episode by style alone. Some examples here.
- Deranged Animation.
- Disproportionate Retribution:
Oh, tryin' to be friends, but people are jerks,
So I'm gonna put some fleas on you
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: K'nuckles acquires one (along with a top hat) when he becomes Mayor of Stormalong in "Mayor May Not".
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- Every one of Bubbie and K'nuckles' arguments sound suspiciously Like an Old Married Couple. Then there's the obsession with 'candy', and especially K'nuckles stash of Maple Syrup, which adds a whole new layer to their relationship.
- Bubbie and K'nuckles' Like an Old Married Couple relationship is really, really played up in "Come Home, Cap'n". Lampshaded by Thomas Hatch during his song, when while pretending to be Flapjack, he calls them a husband and a wife. Cue Capt'n's and Bubbie's hilarious 'wut' faces.
- The entirety of "K'nuckles and his Hilarious Problem" and his candy addiction. When you get to the point where you have scenes of K'nuckles chugging a bottle of maple syrup, stumbling, slurring, and finally falling down the stairs, they're not even trying to be subtle anymore.
- Lady Nickelbottom has an enormous "beauty" mark on the top of her head, which, in her conversation with Flapjack (who was standing in for Doctor Barber), is implied to be a tumor that is possibly malignant.
- K'nuckles' termites in "What's Eatin' Ya Cap'm?".
- The whole "get foreigners oil" thing.
- The very literal cathouse, where sailors go to spend time with the cats.
- Double Entendre: There are a few of these.
- One of the larger ones was when, after being chased by a barber they thought was trying to kill them, K'nuckles says "Whew! I thought you were going to kill us! Now... do you have anywhere I can swab my poop deck?" Yes, they got a joke about K'nuckles shitting himself past the radar.
- Dr. Barber and sweepers: "Oh no he did nooooooooot!"
- The Character Eight Armed Willy wears an eyepatch, so an alternate nickname for him is One Eyed Willy.
- After Flapjack states that Bubbie could beat any ship in a race, a sailor says "That whale couldn't beat my legless mermaid!"
- Dramatic Wind: The Real Adventurer's hair, which flows even inside Bubbie's mouth. It only stops flowing when Flapjack rejects him.
- Drowning My Sorrows: K'nuckles occasionally, though it is maple syrup.
- Drunk on Milk: K'nuckles and maple syrup.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: In one episode several people mistake Flapjack for a girl, with one man asking if Flapjack would marry his son because he believed he had a girl's voice.
- Eat the Evidence: In "Candy Colleague", Flapjack disposes of the eponymous colleague by eating him while Doctor Barber is out of the room.
- Edible Ammunition: Peppermint Larry's caramel cannon.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Tee Hee Tummy Tums. He's so beautiful that a crowd of men form around him and throw money at him just to see his face.
"PLEASE!! Lemme see yo' face!"
- Eldritch Location: The area of the ocean that lies West of Stormalong, which is said to lead to the edge of the world. Just uttering the word "West" there summons sea monsters, and while the horrifying visions Knuckles and Flapjack have are brought on by drinking sea water, there seems to be *something* abnormal with the area.
- Evil All Along: Peppermint Larry.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Evil Inventor's twin brother's "Grand Flying Contraption" (it even says so in the blueprints) from "20,000 Leagues Above the Sea"
- Expy: Peppermint Larry is a fleshy Dr. Nafarious.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Captain K'nuckles
- Falling in Love Montage: Doctor Barber and Candy Colleague get one in "Candy Colleague".
- Family-Unfriendly Death: In No Syrup For Old Flapjacks a stack of rotting pancakes gains sentience and proceeds to knock out King Hotcakes hard enough to break his neck, and according to Flapjack is now the new ruler of Maple Syrup Island. Yes, this is one screwed up show.
- Fan Disservice: Multiple occasions. Special mention goes to K'nuckles kissing the Dock Hag's foot.
- The Fantastic Trope of Wonderous Titles
- Fat Idiot: Dr. Barber and Lolly Poopdeck.
- Female Monster Surprise: Cammie.
- Forbidden Fruit: "Mind the store, don't look in the drawer."
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Flapjack's pants fit like a skin on a grape.
- For Science!: Doctor Barber regularly preforms surgery for no reason. This surgery could be necessary, dangerous and almost always turns out bad.
- Friend or Idol Decision: A variation. In "Flapjack Goes To Party", he must choose between hiding his true identity and shunning his "family" to win the approval of his peers or admit that he is that "weirdo Flapjack" and forever be an outcast...he chooses option B obviously.
- The Full Name Adventures
- Gainax Ending: Instead of finally ending the show with the three making it to Candied Island, they get turned into Real Life people instead. Huh?
- Getting Hot in Here: Flapjack and K'nuckles climb a mountain and assume it's going to be hot at the top because it's closer to the sun, so they do this. Of course, they were wrong about the top of the mountain being hot....
- Giant Enemy Crab: There is one at the beginning of episode "My Guardian Angel".
- Gonk: Most of the human characters, actually.
- G-Rated Drug: The show makes more sense when you replace candy with alcohol. Hell, with they way they use it, the candy probably is a symbol for weed/anything that gets you high. That leaves Candy Island to be a very special place.
- Grossout Show: Probably rivals The Ren & Stimpy Show. Cannabis does accurately represent the effects of candy on K'nuckles and Flapjack.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: Oh so much. So so so SOOOO MUCH!
- Grotesque Gallery
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Played around very strangely in "Sea Legs" where a giant leaves his bottom half behind temporarily.
- Here Be Dragons: West is portrayed as this.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Doctor Barber is usually on the side of Flapjack and K'Nuckles, and often helps them. This doesn't mean that he is above preforming grotesque experiments or generally being creepy, however.
"Goods news sir, you got the plague..."
- Historical In-Joke: In one episode Flapjack and K'nuckles fall prey to a bar with trapdoors in the floor, through which over-candied sailors would be spirited away and enslaved. Anyone familiar with the local lore of Portland, Oregon will recognize the Shanghai Tunnels in this episode; in fact, the only real difference is that in real life they used alcohol (also, more people insist that with the Shanghai Tunnels, it really happened).
- Human Popsicle: This happens when Flapjack and K'nuckles go hiking in the mountains.
- Hurricane of Puns:
- An episode with the "Stormalong Harbor Pun-off" consisted of a huge string of these.
- When K'nuckles and Flapjack had to can fish as part of community service, Flapjack said: "Yes we CAN! It'll be just like shooting fish in CAN! Nice work if you CAN get it. So CAN it, you loose CAN-non!"
- If you were a treasure chest, you would LIE at the bottom of the ocean! You would LIE in a LIEGHTHOUSE full of LIEONS and LIEMA BEANS!
- The Hyena: Flapjack.
- Hypocritical Humor: Bubbie, frequently. She'll give k'Nuckles no end of grief for not being a good role model and later she does EXACTLY what she berated K'Nuckles for. Flapjack calls her on it frequently, too.
- I Lied is something that K'nuckles has said on mutltiple occasions (although he's not necessarily a villain).
- Idiot Hero: Flapjack himself.
- Impossible Task: In the episode "Willy", Flapjack bets a man that he can capture Eight Armed Willy or he will never say "adventure" again. Willy has the reputation of killing everybody he meets, so it seems that Flapjack is doomed. Being the main character, Flapjack of course succeeds, with the help of K'nuckles and the Stormalong Writer's Guild.
- Innocent Inaccurate: A particularly odd case; a plague rat drastically oversimplifies the effects of the plague... possibly because its brain is too small to fully comprehend them.
- Insane Troll Logic: K'nuckles mind seems to function on a mixture of this and Know-Nothing Know-It-All.
- In the Style of...: Arguably, Tom Waits.
- I Take Offence To That Last One: Peppermint Larry refuses to extend credit to Flapjack and Cap'n K'nuckles because "Everybody knows you don't have any money!" K'nuckles indignantly replies "Stop lyin'! Not everyone knows that."
- It Tastes Like Feet: "This candy tastes like horse poop, Cap'n!"
- It Will Never Catch On: In "Fastest Man Alive", Flapjack and K'nuckles go to the under-sea inventor seeking help in escaping the constable on the bicycle. Flapjack proposes a bicycle with three wheels called a "tricycle", and the inventor proposes methods of transportation he invented that never became popular, such as the "automobile", the "heliocopter" (helicopter), and the "rocket". K'nuckles rejects all of these ideas.
- Jerk Ass/ Jerk with a Heart of Gold: K'nuckles and a few other Stormalong residents, Depending on the Writer
- Keet: Flapjack.
- Kids Are Cruel: "Flapjack Goes to a Party"
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: K'nuckles.
- Large Ham: Lord Nickelbottoms.
- Laugh Track: Used in "Please Retire" and "Under the Sea Monster". Word of God says this (and the "drawn in front of the live studio" gag) was included because he felt they wern't the strongest of the episodes.
- Leitmotif: Whenever the Real Adventurer spoke.
- Let's Meet the Meat: "No Syrup For Old Flapjacks".
- In "Careful What You Fish For", K'nuckles and Flapjack catch a fish which they attmpt to eat. the fish begs for its life claiming, amongst other things, that it has a girlfriend
- Literal-Minded: When Captain K'nuckles is standing in line to register a boat and, after drinking an excessive amount of water, needs to go to the bathroom. He asks the man in front of him to hold his spot while he goes to the bathroom. The man cuts a hole in the ground and holds it.
- Lost Him in a Card Game: Subverted. K'nuckles bets Flapjack in a card game, but actually wins. But still, Flapjack is insulted enough that he leaves to become a banker.
K'nuckles: "What d'ya got?"
Player: "Pair of TWOS!!!"
(shows hand) "Pair of threes."
(Player runs off crying)
- Subverted again (but in another sense played straight), in that K'nuckles win's somebody else's kid sidekick in that card game
- Love Triangle: It's implied at the end of Lovebugs that K'nuckles may have a thing for Candy Wife. It gets payoff in Candy Cassanova, when K'nuckles runs away with Candy Wife so he can marry her.
- Lyrical Dissonance: The upbeat, albeit gravelly-voiced "Plague Song"
- Mad Doctor: Take a guess. Here's a hint: he provides the page quote.
- Madness Mantra: In "Fastest Man Alive", K'nuckles goes crazy after being constantly arrested by a constable on a bicycle. He curls up in a ball, impersonating the bike's bell: going "Ching. Ching. Ching".
- Mama Bear: Well, more like a Mama Whale, but still ...
- Medium Blending: From the start! This is in the opening credits.
- Also, according to Thurop's Deviant Art, the finale will be live action.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Suberted with Candy Wife, She gets successful sometimes.
- Mistaken for Pregnant: Happens to K'nuckles a few times in "Who's That Man in the Mirror?", oddly.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Doctor Barber is far too obsessed with performing strange surgeries on people.
- Mushroom Samba: Drinking sea water sends Flapjack and K'nuckles down a trippy hallucination in the episode "How the West Was Fun".
- My Beloved Smother: Dr. Barber and his mom.
- Musical Episode: All Hands on Deck
- Nerf Arm: One weapon is a giant nerf pointing hand, with which one pokes people. In one fight, the "hand" was pulled off of its handle, only to reveal an actual sword. Despite this, the party holding the sword declared himself to be defenseless and jumped off the whale/ship.
- Never Say "Die": "I'd rather not live!"
- But more importantly, the show seems to consciously avoid using the word "slave". And this is significant, since Flapjack and K'nuckles have been forced into slavery on at least three different occasions so far.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Doctor Barber.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Doctor Barber, again.
- No Cartoon Fish: Most of the time averted. But played straight in a recent episode with live action fish.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Inventor is a parody of James Mason, keeping with his debut episode being a Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea parody.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: The episode "Over the Moon" had Flapjack and Captain K'Nuckles see and nearly touch Candied Island...but since it wasn't the Grand Finale, the moon's gravitational pull grabbed them back and they were forced to watch the sugar-coated island float off into the distance. At least Flap was able to taste it...
- Not-So-Safe Harbor: Stormalong Harbor.
- Older Sidekick: K'nuckles is an old man.
- Older Than They Look: "GROW UP? I'M THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS OLD!" (Cue Gross-Up Close-Up)
- Opening Shout-Out: In "Two Old Men and A Lock Box", when Richard and Michard start to explain how they came to be in their current predicament, we are treated to new version of the opening credits and theme song that identifies Richard and Michard as the K'nuckles and Flapjack of their generation.
- Orphanage of Fear: Flapjack gets sent to one in "Oh, You Animal".
- Our Monsters Are Weird: The Skymaids and those horrible fish/hair monsters count as two of many examples
- Our Mermaids Are Different
K'nuckles: ...Mermaids are weird.
- Overly Long Gag: Lolly Poopdeck's painfully drawn out delivery of a punchline (which is his own name!) in "Day Without Laughter".
- Parental Bonus: "Where'd you get the mud?"
- Parental Abandonment
- Pirate + The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
- The Plague: Played for laughs.
- The Power of Love: It gives Flapjack the power to play billiards perfectly. When playing against Peppermint Larry, Flapjack actually causes every single pool ball to fly straight up through the ceiling and orbit around the moon in a figure eight before falling back down into the pool table holes. IN ONE SHOT. To make the whole scene complete; there's even a Carmina Burana-like chorus playing as the BGM.
- Prehensile Hair: The fish head and hair monsters made by Dr Barber in "Fish Heads".
- Pun-Based Title: Every single episode.
- Pungeon Master:
- They devoted an entire episode for this, and it's pretty much the only reason for Punsy McKale's existence.
- Ropes Pierre, but the only kind of puns he makes are bad ones about ropes. He's "knot" funny.
- Flapjack himself will do this on occasion, usually to end an episode.
- Puppy Love: Flapjack and Sally Syrup.
- Quick Nip: Captain K'nuckles' maple syrup
- Raised by Wolves: Flapjack was raised by Bubbie, an intelligent, talking whale, who loves him dearly. Bubbie is kinder, smarter, and more moral than basically every human on the show. And yet she thinks that Stormalong Harbor is a safer place for Flapjack to live than Candied Island — the rationalization being that it's better to live in a stable populated place than risk life and limb to find Candied Island, even if the stable place is Stormalong.
- Rapid Hair Growth: Brings an episode with a snake oil salesman (it is eel in universe) that sells one of these.
- Real Dreams Are Weirder:
Skymaid: "Keep wishing, and all your dreams will come true!"
Flapjack: "Even the scary ones?"
Skymaid: "Ahahahahahahahahahahaha... YES."
- The Reveal: Several. Including the best one ever: Blood gnats.
- Right Behind Me: Happens when K'nuckles is mocking Worthington in "Who's Moochin' Who?".
- Running Gag: Every time a man is about to tell he flashback, he announces it by saying "Back when I was handsome..." Even if they looked exactly the same back then.
- Samus is a Girl:
- Cammie the ogre, who is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson. Though she does have a bow...
- In the episode where Flapjack is confused as a girl, he meets a huge, ugly buff man with a girly voice. But the "guy" turns out to be a woman whose wig keeps falling off.
- Schmuck Bait: Pretty much the entire plot of "Mind the Store, Don't Look in the Drawer".
- The Scottish Trope:
- Saying the word "west" tends to summon very weird and eldritch creepies.
- "French fry? You want french fry?"
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Tee Hee Tummy Tumms
- Serious Business: Shopping for fancy pants.
- Shark Pool: Captain Johnny has one on board his ship in "Liar, Liar, You For Hire?". However, the shark is really cardboard.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: "I don't love women, not men, not anything!"
- The episode "Whale Times" makes reference to the programming block the series aired on in the United States.
Flapjack: Bubbie sure knocked him down to size!
K'nuckles: Har! Har! Tharsday!
- The intro song contains a couple modified lines from the song "The Big Rock Candy Mountain." The ongoing search for Candied Island could even be a Whole Plot Reference to the song.
- Did anyone else get a Virtual Boy vibe from that sequence in "How The West Was Fun"?
- Show Some Leg: The entirety of the episode "Sea Legs", albeit giant, green, horrid legs in short shorts.
- Simpleton Voice: Peppermint Larry, courtesy of Jeff Bennett.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: A male example.
- Spell My Name with an "S"/ It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: The K in K'nuckles is pronounced.
- Stealth Pun: Miss Leading. The fact that she is a teacher, plus the way her name sounds when spoken aloud...
- Stylistic Suck: Most of the original songs are sung off-tempo and off-key, with awkward lyrics. The general consensus is that they are awesome.
- Super Cop: Parodied/deconstructed with the constable who invented the bicycle, which allowed him to easily pursue and capture criminals, in "Fastest Man Alive". He ended up only chasing and arresting Flapjack and K'nuckles, which he did at every opportunity, even when they weren't doing anything wrong, making their lives miserable and becoming the not-so heroic Hero Antagonist for that episode.
- Take That: The episode "Panfake" was a poke at a Disney cartoon that was being made (that was cancelled as soon as Cartoon Network found out), which was a ripoff of the series premise. The name of said cartoon? Poopdeck.
- Taking Over the Town: The pirates do this to Stormalong in "100 Percensus".
- Telegraph Gag STOP: Done by Lolly Poopdeck in "Who's Moochin' Who?"
- That Came Out Wrong: In "Oh, You Animal", Bubbie attempts to explain about her and Flapjack:
"He doesn't live with me. He lives inside me. (pause) My mouth. He lives inside my mouth. (pause) That sounds weirder than it is."
- That Liar Lies: You LIED! If you were a treasure chest, you would LIE at the bottom of the ocean! You would LIE in a LIEGHTHOUSE full of LIEONS and LIEMA BEANS!
- "Boy, that guy sure sounds like a really big liar."
- Third-Person Person: Cammie hates sardines! And Cammie hates saying Cammie all the time! But, if Cammie didn't say Cammie, then no one will say Cammie.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Peppermint Larry and Candy Wife in the later episodes.
- Tickle Torture: In "These Boots were Made for Walking (On Your Face)" the gang searching for K'nuckles kidnap Flapjack and attempt to force him to tell them were Kn'uckles is by tickling him.
- Too Dumb to Live: Very nearly literally true with K'Nuckles when he eats the last remaining fruit in Stormalong Harbor, and an angry, scurvy-induced mob threatens to carve him up to retrieve the fruit.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Sally Syrup
- Tuckerization: Punsy McKale is named after show animator Patrick McHale. Unlike most Tuckerizations this is more of a disservice.
- Traveling Landmass: Candied Island.
- True Meaning of Christmas: Subverted in "Low Tidings" — K'Nuckles learns the "better to give than to receive" Aesop...but it's made moot when Poseidon states that everyone can get gifts now, no matter whether they've been good or bad. You know, just like in Real Life.
- Verbal Tic: Doctor Barber... Hmmm?... Yes?
- Walk the Plank: In "Liar, Liar, You For Hire?", Captain Johnny makes K'nuckles walk the plank into a Shark Pool.
- Weird Moon: They had an entire EPISODE that centered around this trope.
- Whole Plot Reference: The Highlandlubber is an extended parody/deconstruction of Highlander, presenting it's Ramirez expy as an escapee from Stormalong's Insane Asylum thinking he's immortal and jumping into a volcano to prove it
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: In "Sally Syrup Returns" Sally tries to beat a pirate in a fight by acting helpless and saying "You wouldn't hit a girl, would ya?" but after he backs down and she starts kicking his butt, he grabs her and holds her at arm's length. Flapjack tries the same trick on a different pirate, but it turns out to be a woman and she kicks his butt.
- X Meets Y: This show is Ren and Stimpy's art style and unsettling humor meets Courage the Cowardly Dog's horror plotlines and Crapsack World setting mixed in with the cheery, seaside atmosphere of Sponge Bob Square Pants.
- You Are A Tree, Charlie Brown: In the Low Tides day pageant, a boy plays the tide. He sits down when asked to lower.
- You Mean Xmas: Low Tides Day. The episode was titled "Low Tidings". Remember "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen"? The end of the episode has the holiday changed significantly to more resemble Christmas... sort of.