[[caption-width-right:320:IT'S RIPPING TIME!]]

''The Ripping Friends'' (2001-2002) was a ''very'' short-lived animated series created by Creator/JohnKricfalusi of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' fame. It was about four brothers who are superheroes: Crag (the leader), Rip, Slab and Chunk. Their chief is their mother, He-Mom, who is a [[LadyLooksLikeADude very masculine woman]]. Their servant and biggest fan is Jimmy the Idiot Boy from ''The George Liquor Show'' (and the "Spumco" production card at the end of the John K-produced episodes of ''Ren and Stimpy''): a brain-dead, idiotic teenager who can't speak properly. Their RoguesGallery included Citrocet, a MadScientist; the Indigestible Wad, a living wad of gum; Flathead, a sapient tapeworm; and Frictor.

The hallmark of Kricfalusi's work is the custom poses for acting purposes. Unfortunately, as the Canadian studios apparently decided that [[http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2007/10/maintaining-guts-from-department-to.html in order to be successful the show needed to be perfectly on-model,]] almost all of the entertainment value that should have existed is gone, and John K. seemingly loathes this series.

The series aired on Canada's Creator/{{Teletoon}} and, in America, on Creator/FoxKids in the twilight years of the block (and of Saturday morning cartoons in general) and once aired on Creator/AdultSwim (since this show, like ''Ren and Stimpy'', looks way too gross and sexual to be considered "children's entertainment") in 2002.

* TheAce: Rip. In a twelve episode series where every character has at least one spotlight, Rip is the central character in at least three episodes. He's often shown as the strongest, angriest, and most impulsive in a universe where brute strength and anger are superpowers.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: Jimmy, an ordinary moron, is able to fly perfectly while emulating Pooperman. It's possible that the Ripping Friends let a complete moron wear an anti-gravity device, but... yeah.
* AffectionateParody: Of Superheroes.
* AmusingInjuries: Most of the time the Ripping Friends inflict these on [[VitriolicBestBuds each other]].
* BilingualBonus: "Citron" is French for "lemon", which is the logo on Citrocet's uniform.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: The Ripping Friends stand for Excessive American Vigilantism, which usually means buttloads of destruction, excessive and abusive violence on all beings, and a general pandering to Right-Wing Extremists. Still, they're definitely the heroes compared to their archenemy Citrocet, Yugoslavia's most famous Villain/Torture Expert/Tyrant/OmnicidalManiac.
* CatchPhrase: "Five, four, three, two, one, ZERO--It's ripping time!"
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: There are superpowered heroes in the show's universe, but the Ripping Friends themselves got as strong and tough as they are by training. ''Really hard''. Rip in fact dislikes superpowers because he thinks they're a cheap way to fight crime.
* ChildSoldier: Citrocet deploys these to take over Europe. They're better fed and healthier than they claim to be, but that's still a ''two-year old girl using an assault rifle'' in a poverty-stricken war-zone. It's about as [[{{Bathos}} funny-disturbing]] as you'd expect.
* CoolHouse: RIPCOT, the Really Impressive Prototype City Of (next) Tuesday.
* CruelMercy: He-Mom was once so mad that she punished the Ripping Friends by ''not'' punishing them. Their response is that this is a really nasty punishment.
* DarkAgeOfSupernames
* ADayInTheLimelight: Each of the Ripping Friends had an episode devoted to them.
* DestructiveSavior: The Friends' usual modus operandi.
* TheDitz: The Ripping Friends' manservant is none other than Jimmy the Hapless Idiot Boy, one of John K.'s previous characters.
* DitzyGenius [[GeniusBruiser Bruisers]]: In-universe, the Ripping Friends are hailed as scientific geniuses in dozens of fields, but are often portrayed as clueless, easily distracted, and having no concept of tactics. They, in their mid-thirties, do not understand the physical differences between men and women.
* DominoMask: Slab
* {{Expy}}: Rip is basically just Creator/KirkDouglas, one of the many references John K. makes to his favorite actor.
* {{Fartillery}}: One episode features Citrocet magically gaining flatulence-based powers and calling himself "Stinky Butt the Foul". His farts are[[GreenLanternRing all-purpose]]: not only are they noxious, but he can fly, create monsters, and [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking SKYWRITE]] with them.
** [[ArtisticLicenseBiology Artistic License: Biology]]: No, there's no such thing as a fart gland.
* GrossoutShow: Not as much as ''Ren & Stimpy'', but there were moments of this (and there would have been a lot more if John Kricfalusi had more control of the show).
* HomosexualReproduction: Jimmy was created by combining the DNA of the Ripping Friends. That might explain a lot.
* HumanoidAbomination: In one episode, The Ripping Friends accidentally mutate their foot calluses into Frictor, a malevolent friction [[ElementalEmbodiment elemental]] who really wants to marry He-Mom.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Rip turns into various depictions of "JerkAss" when he feels guilty about Jimmy getting kidnapped.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rip is the most violent of the Ripping Friends (which is saying something) but he loves his family a hell of a lot.
* KidSidekick: Parodied with Man Man's sidekick, Boy Boy; Crag notices how Man Man tends to put Boy Boy in ridiculously dangerous situations and goes to stop him, taking Jimmy along as his own KidSidekick.
** Chunk seems to get this treatment from his brothers due to being 35-and-a-half, compared to 36 for Crag, Rip and Slab.
* KryptoniteFactor: Riptonite, created by bombarding the Ripping Friends' DNA with radiation. It's actually a ruse Crag created when fighting The Man From Next Thursday; the villain was getting all his info from a comic book, so Crag had the comic print the baloney story about their weakness.
** A more logical [[AchillesHeel weakness]] for The Ripping Friends is lack of meat. If they're not gorging themselves regularly with meat products, their muscles shrink and they become skinny frail wimps.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Each of the brothers have one.
* ManChild: All four of The Ripping Friends are like this, though Chunk especially qualifies due to his love of comic books, cartoons, candy, and the carnival.
* NoFourthWall: Besides the [[FourthWallMailSlot fan mail segments that end episodes]], Crag once set out to complete a mission on his own after pointing out that he didn't have [[ADayinTheLimelight an episode to himself yet]].
* SeriousBusiness: Meat
* ShoutOut: Guess who "[[{{Superman}} Pooperman]]" is a CaptainErsatz of.
** In "Jimmy Gets Kidnapped" a talking gorilla dances while singing "Oot Greet" which was a well known Don Martin sound effect.
** In "The Ovulator" Slab's disembodied head flies past a mustached ranger in a helicopter, who then turns to the audience and says "Some way or another I bet [[WesternAnimation/YogiBear THAT bear]] is behind this."
* StoutStrength: All of them are super strong, but Slab is a bit bulkier than the others.
* StylisticSuck: As with all John K. cartoons. The goal when drawing the characters on this show was to make them "Stiff, but stylish," as a tribute to old fashioned superhero comic art.
* SuperHero
* TestosteronePoisoning: The tagline for the show is "The World's Most Manly Men". Even their MOM is masculine.
* TokenMinority: The Ripping Friends are brothers, yet Slab is black. Of course, since they're all not very bright, Slab has to remind them of it sometimes.
** Characteristically, Slab went from doing Creator/MrT-esque one liners to saying a thing or two that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar might upset the more politically correct audience]].
--> '''Slab:''' Jimmy's still smooth! Not smooth like [[Music/JamesBrown James Brown]] but still smooth! - Frictor
--> '''Slab:''' Brothers! I have set you free! - To the kidnapped cows in "Ovulator"
--> '''Slab:''' That's not flesh color, that's some sort of off-pink...THIS is flesh color! - Said while pointing to a chocolate bar in "Man-Man and Boy-Boy"
** According to the concept art of the show in a early 90's issue of "Wild Animation Kingdom" Slab was originally white.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Pain resistance is part of their extreme physical training, but Rip seems to enjoy it.
** Averted in the episode "Jimmy's Kidnapped": Jimmy might be a moron who gets beaten up by his family on a regular basis, but even he knows what torture is, especially when it's performed by Citrocet and his Gorilla Head Examiner. Rip and company feel his pain.
** In the following episode "The Infernal Wedding" Citrocet writes off torture as a plan to defeat The Ripping friends, because "The Ripping Friends LOVE pain!"
* TrainingFromHell: The Ripping Friends dive on live grenades ''as part of their daily workout''. They bathe in cement afterwards. And God forbid they cry about it, or [[TheLadette He-Mom]] will have a FIT.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Parodied by The Man From Next Thursday where next Thursday is depicted as being highly futuristic; the Ripping Friends themselves come from "next Tuesday", another futuristic place that is less advanced than next Thursday.
* [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer When All You Have is]] DumbMuscle: While they have some impressive tech back at base, the Ripping Friends rely on brute strength to solve most of their problems.