Western Animation: The Replacements
(2006-2009) was a Disney Channel
animated TV series. The opening sequence explains that siblings Todd and Riley lived in an orphanage, with no explanation of what happened to their parents
. Stumbling across a Fleemco comic book, they mail-ordered a Fleemco phone
(which allows them to replace any person or animal they desire) and in the process they got new parents: a female British secret agent named K (along with her sarcastic talking car) and a none-too-bright professional daredevil named Dick Daring.
Whenever Todd and Riley want to replace someone, they push a special button on their Fleemco phones, connecting them with Conrad Fleem. Fleemco immediately replaces the person with someone more to the liking of Todd and Riley. The series follows their chaotic misadventures as they use Fleemco to attempt to better their lives in nearly every problematic situation they encounter. (Although as the series progressed they managed to get into trouble with Fleemco replacements barely figuring into the episode.)
No relation to a football movie
starring Keanu Reeves
. Or the Minnesotan punk band
The Replacements provides examples of:
- Aborted Arc: Sierra spends the rest of season 1 and most of 2 trying to break Riley and Johnny up so Sierra can be with him. Yet after Johnny broke up with Riley, Sierra seems to have lost interest in him. Though she created a misunderstanding with Riley and Johnny's cousin.
- Acme Products: It seems everything in the world is made or run by Fleemco.
- Action Dad: Dick Daring.
- Action Mom: Agent K.
- Adults Are Useless: One of the driving points of the show as the adults the twins run into usually are quite ineffective in helping them, though more often then not the ones that do get replaced turn out being much worse.
- All Girls Like Ponies: Riley.
- All There in the Manual: The timeline on the official Fleemco website revealed that the company's previous owner was Conrad's brother Chauncey, a stubborn man who refused to listen to other people or try to understand them, nearly running the company into the ground as a result (he supported Betamax, for crying out loud). Conrad inherited the company after Chauncey disappeared during an ill-advised rafting expedition. This explains how Todd and Riley wound up in the orphanage, and why Conrad wanted to teach them about understanding other people before revealing their heritage and birthright.
- The Alleged Steed: Prince Cinnamon Boots, the pet mule of the Daring family.
- An Aesop: Most every episode. Sometimes subverted.
- Alpha Bitch: Sierra McCool.
- Animated Series
- Art Evolution: Season 2. Notice the noses on the Todd and Riley look different and that the body proportions looks (especially on the female characters) more slimming.
- Also note that the characters went from having Four-Fingered Hands in the early seasons to having normal five fingered ones in later seasons.
- Automated Automobiles: C.A.R.
- Awesome McCoolname: Dick Daring, Ace Palmero, Travis Bodie, and in what might be the straightest possible example of this trope, Sierra McCool.
- Beautiful All Along: Variation: Until season two, nobody had any idea what Tasumi really looked like.
- Lampshaded with Shelton in season one. Subverted with his sister.
- Because I Said So
- Be Yourself: When Riley becomes the coolest person in school, she quickly becomes sick of everybody copying her. She delivers a big speech to the school about how everybody should stop mindlessly following trends and trying to be whatever some magazine says is cool right now, they have the freedom to choose for themselves. Quickly turned into a Spoof Aesop when Sierra replies that mindlessly following trends is what they chose to do and Riley has no right to try and stop them. Riley can't think of a rebuttal for that and gives up.
- Big Man on Campus: Johnny Hitswell.
- Black Best Friend: Abbey.
- Book Dumb: Todd Daring.
- Brainless Beauty: Tasumi and Riley both realize that the boys in school will do anything for them as long as they act stupid and helpless.
- Bumbling Dad: Dick Daring.
- Butt Monkey: Shelton Klutzberry.
- Celebrity Star: Celebrity Starr, played by Miley Cyrus.
- Chick Magnet: Shelton unwillingly turns into one of these when his glasses are removed. "His obvious reluctance merely makes him more desirable!!"
- Continuity Nod: Used frequently in season 2, for some reason. Though this might've been their way of pointing out that the series was coming to an end.
- Cool Car: C.A.R.
- Couch Gag: The Fleemco public service announcements.
- Credit Card Plot
- Deadpan Snarker: C.A.R.
- Deep-Fried Whatever: Including roadkill and a football in Carnie Dearest.
- Disobey This Message: Subverted, as Riley learns everyone else is allowed to be whoever they want even if that means they act like everyone else.
- Duct Tape for Everything
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Agent K's middle name is Mildred.
- Engrish: Tasumi speaks like that, since she's a Japanese Japanese.
- Even Beggars Won't Choose It: Riley and her friends were once selling jerky. It was so bad hungry wolves refused to eat it.
- Evil Laugh: Dick lampshades about it after he heard Clyde's laugh in "London Calling".
- Expository Theme Tune
- Extreme Omnivore: Dick eats 50 pinecones in an episode. He was only dared to eat one, but found them so tasty he couldn't help himself.
- There's also Dick easily defeating The Human Garbage Can in a contest of who could stomach the most rancid food while on a spinning carnival ride in "Carnie Dearest"
- The Faceless: Conrad Fleem.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Happens to Dick and K in ""A Buzzwork Orange" (where Freaky Friday is even lampshaded.)
- Voices Are Mental, however, is averted (which is a rare event in cartoons). Instead, the viewers rely on the different accents to tell them apart.
- Four-Fingered Hands: This was true for the earlier seasons, but later they all acquired five fingers.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Many examples. One of the more obvious examples was in the episode where Fleemco turned out to be developing an anatomically-correct robotic duplicate of underage Riley. Part of her assembly was shown, with scientists gawking at the double's naked leg in a scene which strongly implies that the rest of the robot was also naked.
- Then there's the episode where Abby's sister basically treated Todd like a gigolo, showering him with gifts in return for dating her
- In the "Freaky Friday" Flip sideplot of an episode when Dick in K's body drives C.A.R, he was highly disturbed to find out that he was being driven by Dick the whole time and tells in horror the details with what he had allowed him to do. To that end, he gives himself a traumatized wash down while saying he'll "never get clean".
- Genre Savvy: Garth the janitor is downright obnoxious about this in one episode. He refuses to help Riley because "every time i slightly inconvenience you or your funny-looking brother, some guys in jumpsuits show up and send me somewhere nice for a few weeks." When said jumpsuits turn up, he's waiting impatiently for them with his suitcase already packed.
- Girl Posse: Sierra leads one of these.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Agent K wields one frequently.
- Happily Adopted: The very premise of the show.
- Happily Married: Despite the fact they are the chosen replacement parents of Todd and Riley, Dick and K truly love each other.
- Hippie Teacher: Riley replaces the cheerleading coach with one in "Cheer Pressure".
- I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: Riley's sugar addiction.
- I Need to Go Iron My Dog: "I left a pie in the washing machine."
- Invisible Streaker: Todd becomes one in the episode Todd Busters.
- Imagine the Audience Naked
- Irony: Riley uses a cute lifeguard to make an unnoticed Johnny jealous, much to her frustration. Then Riley unintentionally broke the lifeguard's heart because he developed feelings for her. As a result, the pool was closed, which causes everyone to hate her, including Johnny who was about to ask her out.
- It Came from the Fridge
- It Tastes Like Feet
- Jerk Ass: Todd, a lot of times.
- Jerk Jock: Buzz.
- Jet Pack: Agent K.
- Kent Brockman News: Ace Palmero.
- Kissing In A Tree: The episode where Riley tries to find a girlfriend for Shelton has Sierra not only tease her with this song, but Todd actually visualizes it. Also, Jacobo and Tasumi state that they were actually doing this in the last episode.
- Last Minute Hook Up: Jacobo and Tasumi are revealed to be a couple in the last episode.
- Though, it was revealed in "The Truth Hurts" that Tasumi has a crush on Jacobo.
- Lethal Chef: Agent K.
- Limited Wardrobe: All the characters. With Dick at least, it is specifically shown that he owns countless red-white-and-blue jumpsuits.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Todd takes an evil robot to school to threaten the teachers into accepting anything he says as correct, says the first president of the United States is "George Stapler"
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Conrad is Todd and Riley's uncle.
- Manipulative Bastard: Todd, in a mild form.
- It's most evident with Sierra.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Shelton, twice in one episode:
Agent K: Todd, it's your friends. And Shelton.
Riley: This time it was Shelton, next time it might be someone we actually care about!
- In another episode, Todd even uses the exact words "my friends - and Shelton -".
- Nerd Glasses: Sheldon.
- Nervous Wreck: In "The Truth Hurts", the head of the school newspaper who is replaced is a Nervous Wreck who is constantly jittery and gets extremely nervous about the idea of anything being published in the school newspaper that would make things like fruit on the bottom yogurt as opposed to being like plain yogurt, as he likes it.
- Never My Fault: She doesn't even apologize to Johnny for her yandere-ish behavior.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Sheldon again; he has Jerry Lewis' voice and mannerisms. Also, a sleezy salesman does a fairly good Phil Hartman.
- Office Golf: Used in one episode with a bear rug.
- One of the Boys: In "Glee By the Sea", Todd falls for a girl who is this.
- In "Cinder-Riley", Riley got a makeover out of fear Johnny would otherwise see her as such.
- One We Prepared Earlier
- Opening Shout-Out: In the final episode
- Orphanage of Fear
- Paper-Thin Disguise
- Parrot Exposition: Happens almost once an episode with the Flemco Messengers talking with the replacee and them repeating what they apparently told them. Lampshaded in one episode.
Ice Cream Vendor: You want me to take my Ice Cream to the royal family?!
Flemco Messenger: Yes, that's whay I just said! Why do you repeat it as a question?
Ice Cream Vendor: Hmmm. Why do I repeat it as a question?
- Parental Bonus
- Positive Discrimination: Averted in the episode where a blind kid uses his disability to bully Todd.
- Power of Love: Made fun of in 'German Squirmin': Sheldon: "Princess Cuddlepuff wields the power of love... which apparently wasn't powerful enough to defeat his doom ray...
- Retroactive Wish: In one episode, Todd had the school librarian replaced with someone who'd turn the library into a place where he'd like to be. Riley got ran over by a buffalo stampede right after she asked if they were what'd come next. She asked about a unicorn stampede but nothing happened. She complained because it worked with the buffaloes, causing another stampede.
- Running Gag: Several, notably that whenever Tasumi gets mad with someone, she puts them on her "list" of enemies (a series of Kaiju-type monsters). If you really anger her, you go above Gamozaur.
- Sapient Steed
- Scary Librarian: "Quiet Riot".
- Shout-Out: Dick tries to put Prince Cinnamon Boots out for the night, but Prince Cinnamon Boots locks him out instead.
- Sibling Yin-Yang
- Slumber Party: "Late Night with Todd and Riley."
- Something We Forgot: A running gag with Prince Cinnamon Boots.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Jacobo's name is constantly being spelled as "Hakobo", even by the close-captions.
- Spy Catsuit: Agent K.
- Stacy's Mom: Agent K.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: Corletta the lovely magician's assistant who taken K's place in "Abra K Dabra".
- Token Trio: Riley, Abbey and Tasumi
- Tomato Surprise: Conrad's face resembles Todd's and Riley's. Guess why.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Inverted with Sheldon's mom and her two offspring. Played straight with Sheldon's dad and Sheldon, who is revealed to actually be attractive without his glasses on.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Sheldon's mom doesn't look anything like her husband or either of her two children. One episode reveals that Sheldon is actually quite handsome without his glasses on, giving them a stronger resemblance.
- Weaponized Car: C.A.R.
- Where the Hell Is Pleasant Hills? - We're not sure, but it's probably not a suburb of Pittsburgh.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Agent K suffers from crippling stage fright.
- Will They or Won't They?: Riley and Johnny, as of season 2. Riley still has feelings for her and tries to get him back, but her Yandere-ish nature ruins it. At the end of one episode, Johnny may want to get back with her, but Riley wasn't interested.
- With Friends Like These...: Abbey seems to be a lost member of some Girl Posse, sometimes laughing or agreeing with Sierra's insults to Riley.
- Yandere: Riley to Johnny Hitswell, seriously, she has puppets, a balloon Johnny... just watch season 2, 18: Heartbreak in the City.
- Xanatos Gambit: Todd justifies helping his sister with the following statement: "Either we save the day or I get to see her blow up when everything goes horribly wrong! Its win-win."
- "YEAH!" Shot: At the end of "The Majestic Horse".