The Problem Solverz is an Animated Show that currently airs on Cartoon Network. Created by artist Ben Jones, it was originally pitched to [adult swim] as Neon Knome, but rejected and instead refitted for a younger audience. The series follows the incredibly surreal adventures of three friends whose job it is to solve problems: Horace, an Every Man with a bad buzz cut; Roba, a Nerd who dresses as a robot; and Alfe, an infantile part-dog, part-anteater, part-human who really likes pizza. Along the way, they are aided by Tux Dog, a wealthy canine who advises them on cases.The show is noted for its incredibly bright, flashy animation style and very crude, poorly drawn character designs, giving it the look of an '80s video game in the vein of Code Monkeys, while also bearing similarities tonally to [adult swim] shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Much of the show's humor is derived from its quirky visual style, in addition to sheer randomness and meta references.It premiered on Cartoon Network on April 4, 2011. However, it has been the subject of mass criticism... Flame War level criticism. Its arrival to Cartoon Network unfortunately coincided with the cancellation of Sym-Bionic Titan, and the series was seen as a vastly inferior replacement, turning it into The Scapegoat. However, the show has a collective fanbase despite the rough patches.
Lidget: I just wanna say, there's three people I need to thank. Because without them, I never would have solved this problem.
Alfe: Hey guys, we're about to be famous...
Lidget: They are the mayor and his two deputy mayors!
Alfe: What the—
Roba: Hold on!
Lidget: And I should also mention... the Problem Solverz. Hahahahaha! You guys are pathetic! From now on, stay out of zoo police business!
Art Shift: In "Videogamez", after the trio is sucked into Tomb of Nefertiti, the art style becomes very blocky and pixellated.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Alfe is very easily distracted on missions. For instance, in "Awesome Banditz", he's more interested in looking cool to the elevator bandits instead of collecting evidence against them, and in "Hide and Seek Ninjaz", he's too captivated by the ninjas to beat them in hide-and-seek. Despite this, Alfe's impetuous nature often works out for the Problem Solverz.
"Be Quiet!" Nudge: Horace has to do this to Roba a few times in "Badcat" because he keeps blurting out how he feels so loved and accepted because he's allowed in the club, but it's only because they're in disguise.
Big "NO!": Katrina gets one at the end of "Magic Clock".
Big Red Button: The magic clock has a red button on it that can rip a hole in the space-time continuum if it is pressed. All the more reason for Katrina to steal it and use it as a threat to marry Roba.
Horace: Why would an ice cream factory have a butt?
Roba: More things are getting butts. Butts are becoming mainstream. I'm thinkin' about growin' mine bigger and decorating it with stickers!
Alfe: Hey, Roba, we should put a butt on our house, that way we won't wake up the landlord when we come home late.
Boot Camp Episode: In "Problem Solverz Academy", Tux Dog sends the Problem Solverz back to training school after they let another bad guy get away. They then have to put up with Sergeant DOG, who gives high school-like social rankings to each of them, with Roba being the cool kid, Alfe being army obsessed, and Horace being the dork.
Brick Joke: Alfe's fight with a bear in "Hamburger Cavez".
Busman's Holiday: When the crew goes on a vacation in "Tux Dog's Island", Horace gets restless without any problems to solve, and goes searching for any new problems he can find. of course, he finds one in the form of a giant monster. Roba and Alfe are not happy.
Butt Monkey: Roba is often treated as one due to his awkward, nerdy demeanor. Alfe frequently teases him, Tux Dog antagonizes him, and he generally endures the most abuse in each episode.
Horace becomes this in "Problem Solverz Academy" when Sergeant DOG labels him a dork, puts him through more rigorous training, and makes him wear huge eyeglasses.
Catchphrase: Alfe likes yelling his own name a lot, usually when doing something stupid or attacking.
Cute Is Evil: The third episode features girl scouts who are actually aliens seeking world domination. They're cute as far as this art style goes.
Cyborg: Roba seems to be one, claiming to be "robot on his mother's side."
Dada Ad: The commercial for Professor Sugar Fish's Psycho Puffs of Madness cereal in "Breakfast Warz". It features a kid and a giant rainbow fish laughing in Morse code while their house burns down and neon colors flash everywhere. After watching it, Horace responds with "Okay, that was crazy..."
Dating Catwoman: Subverted in "The Mayan Ice Cream Caper". Horace and the daughter of the mad ice cream maker hit it off in the beginning of the episode, but it turns out that Horace only liked Sweetee because he was under the influence of her mind control ice cream, and she was just using him to become an evil ruler. At the end of the episode, he doesn't like her anymore.
Dark and Troubled Past: In "Hide and Seek Ninjaz", Roba is reluctant to solve the case because while playing hide and seek as a child, no one found him for days, and he went crazy as a result.
Description Cut: In "Zoo Cops", Horace states that the plan to catch Dork Face involves the stealthiest member of the group. The camera then cuts to Alfe, who has been loudly breaking items in the occult store.
Disguised in Drag: In "K-999 and Da Little Explorerz", Alfe dresses as a girl scout and changes his name to Alfena all so he can give Nina her missing semaphore badge. His disguise manages to fool everyone.
Disney Acid Sequence: The Roba rap in "Magic Clock" is by far the most surreal departure the show has taken. The colors!
Ditzy Genius: Roba. He's the smartest member of the team and has built a sophisticated radar scanner, but is very socially inept and childish.
Drill Sergeant Nasty: Sergeant DOG in "Problem Solverz Academy". He gives social ranks to each of the Problem Solverz and turns Horace into a Butt Monkey dork.
Edible Ammunition: In "Magic Clock", a crazed cupcake maker flings cupcakes at the gang, and Alfe defends everyone by catching them in his mouth.
The Eighties: The headache-inducing neon colors, the Atari-esque video games (with graphics ripped from Super Mario Bros 3), and urban synth music all suggest that this show is either set in or an homage to the 1980s.
Precious Puppies: Tux Puppy, who randomly appears at the end of "Fauxboro" to reward the solverz after their successful training. Roba is particularly excited about looking after the little guy.
This is the main point of "Puffy Puppiez", in which the Problem Solverz take in a bunch of puppies when Bad Cat usurps their shelter. Roba adores the puppies so much that he is reluctant to give them up despite his allergies, and he even gets a little song about them.
Expressive Mask: Roba has a helmet covering half of his face, but is able to show a wide range of expression.
Guttural Growler: Alfe speaks in a gruff voice that belies his childish personality.
Heart Symbol: Horace and Sweetee Creame get hearts on their eyes and cheeks respectively after first meeting.
Horrible Camping Trip: In "Hamburger Cavez", the solverz go on a camping trip, but Alfe annoys Horace and Roba with his sudden hamburger obsession, and later becomes possessed by an evil spirit that eats humans.
Hypno Fool: In "Breakfast Warz", all three solverz become crazy inside of Professor Sugar Fish's lair, but Horace gets it the worst, thinking he's a dog.
I'm Your Biggest Fan: Roba says something along this line to master funny face artist Tony Marv in "Funny Facez".
Then there's Katrina, who runs a blog on the Problem Solverz and follows them around in one episode. She says joining the solverz is her fantasy.
Insane Troll Logic: In "Hamburger Cavez", Alfe thinks that an owl in the forest has a stash of hamburgers because an owl is a bird, and a duck is a bird, so owls and ducks are the same, and one time he fed a duck a hamburger bun, so that means owls like hamburgers. While Alfe is concluding this, text on the screen says, "Warning: Alfe Logic".
Just Ignore It: A video game boss terrorizes the real world in episode two, so the solverz enter the game to defeat it. He's powerful, but destroyed when they deprive him of the attention he gets from being a menace.
Horace: Oh, and remember, you have three lives. If you lose them all, then you lose a life in real life. Which means you gain a death. A real death. You die.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In "The Mayan Ice Cream Caper", the trio stops Mr. Creame from destroying his ice cream factory, believing that he's an insane villain. Turns out he was trying to get rid of the mind-control ice cream and his daughter was the evil one.
In "Breakfast Warz", the Problem Solverz get more of Professor Sugar Fish's cereal for Danny, until Danny's mom shows up and tells them she banned the cereal because it made kids disobey authority figures. This is then parodied in a second case identification card:
Case # 740-B: The case of the kid who wanted more cereal then we gave it to him and he ran away and now the Mom is mad at us.
Nightmare Face: This is invoked throughout "Funny Facez", but the characters find the faces hilarious. At the end of the episode, Alfe makes the "funniest" one.
Noodle Incident: In "Zoo Cops", it's said that Alfe used to live in the zoo, but the reasons behind it are unexplained.
No Pronunciation Guide: Alfe's name. It's two syllables, pronounced "Al-fay", and all of the characters say it that way. In writing, however, especially to those unfamiliar with the show, the pronunciation is less clear and is often mistaken for "Alfie" or "Alf".
Paper-Thin Disguise: Alfe and Roba go undercover and wear jean shorts and jackets in "Awesome Banditz". It doesn't take long for the elevator bandits to realize they're Problem Solverz.
Puppy-Dog Eyes: In "Puffy Puppiez", when Roba is left to care for the puppies after the house has been torn apart, one of the puppies looks at him longingly, and Roba realizes that the puppies need a better place to live.
Reality Warper: Dork Face, whose occult stamp stickers can open a portal to another dimension.
Real Life Writes the Plot: In "Zoo Cops", The Problem Solverz must deal with being disliked by community despite all of their hard work. Word Of God says this episode was made after the writers discovered the show's massive Hatedom in Real Life.
Real Men Hate Affection: "Remember when Roba took care of you when you were little?" "Yeah... I guess he was good at taking care of me..."
Sealed Evil in a Can: In "Hamburger Cavez", Alfe unleashes a human-eating evil spirit from an ancient statue and gets possessed by it.
Security Cling: In "Time Twister", Horace jumps into Alfe's arms the second time the above mentioned teacher appears.
Send in the Clones: Used by Alfe in the "Time Twister" episode when the trio are fighting the Eternitron. More specifically, he uses the Time Twister to recruit past versions of himself to gang up and defeat the Eternitron.
Stalker with a Crush: Katrina Rad, and how. She's obsessed with Roba and almost marries him against his will in "Magic Clock".
Standing Between the Enemies: The Problem Solverz do this in "Breakfast Warz", when Danny's mom and Professor Sugar Fish begin fighting. Horace then gives a speech about compromise, with "Pomp and Circumstance" playing in the background.
We Need a Distraction: In "Magic Clock", the plan to distract Katrina and destroy the clock is to have Roba kiss her. When he finds himself unable to go through with it, Roba instead performs a trippy rap song.
Why Won't You Die?: Horace says this exact line to the final boss in Tomb of Nefertiti in "Videogamez".