Western Animation: VeggieTales
"Have we got a show for you!"
What's the best way to teach Christian
values to children? Through semi-anthropomorphized God-loving vegetables
Why vegetables? Well, they're good for you, and what child wouldn't want to munch on versions of their favorite characters? But mostly because they didn't originally have the budget for CGI that could handle complex characters. After all, if you make a green sphere and call it a grape, who's to argue?
Silly songs, talking vegetables, and plots taken from The Bible
make for much better entertainment than you might expect
- aided considerably by a cast the size of a produce department, and a healthy seasoning of slightly demented
and honestly funny writing heavy on good natured snark
, Parental Bonuses
, and fourth-wall-leaning
, and light on the Anviliciousness
. Notable characters include LarryBoy the immensely quotable Badbutt
suction cup-themed superhero, Buzzsaw Louie
the toy that saved Christmas, and The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
The result is a just-self-aware-enough Fountain of Memes
that has saved the sanity of more than a few babysitters in the church nursery, and broken out of the double ghetto
Christian Media to a surprising degree. This is essentially Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!
: the series.
Early videos used the format: Introduction by Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber talking about some issue (e.g. anger at siblings
, materialism, not learning to share, not telling the truth, wouldn't help others, won't be patient or confident, etc.), sometimes prompted by a viewer letter; short story which illustrates the issue; silly Intermission
, usually in the form of "Silly Songs With Larry"; another short story; discussion of the moral
and relevant verse
, the latter provided by QWERTY the computer. Later installments began using one long story with "Silly Songs" at the intermission. Currently, a given video could be either of these formats or
simply be a single long story with no introduction, intermission, or theme song. Usually longer now than the Theme Song
's claim of "half an hour" (which a recent updating of the opening removed).
References and parodies plots from The Bible
, The Grapes of Wrath
(God Wants Me To Forgive Them?!, with literal grapes of wrath
), Gilligan's Island (God Wants Me to Forgive Them?!)
, Star Trek
(Are You My Neighbor?), Batman
(Larry Boy), Madame Bovary
(Madame Blueberry), Gilbert and Sullivan
(Lyle the Kindly Viking), Indiana Jones
(Minnesota Cuke), Hamlet
(Omelet), The Lord of the Rings
(Lord Of the Beans), The Wizard of Oz
(The Wizard of Ha's), Sherlock Holmes
), and all kinds of others.
Two movies: Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
and The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie
, a TV series co-produced by Dreamworks Animation
titled VeggieTales in the House
, a few video games, and a Flash-animated series for Larry-Boy have been produced.
page is currently under construction.
VeggieTales provides examples of:
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: In Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed, this is where the Mother Weed lives.
- Adaptation Distillation: The Penniless Princess is the VeggieTales adaptation of A Little Princess. It's a pretty faithful adaptation aside from a lot of simplification.
- Many of the Bible stories are somewhat watered down, the main narrative remaining intact with a few details removed for the sake of time and clarity.
- Adobe Flash: The 2D Larry-Boy cartoons.
- Adult Fear:
- An Easter Carol has an underlying theme of loss of various sorts. Ebeneezer's grandmother died and he doesn't know how to move on from it. Early on, Cavis and Millward lose their job. There's also the whole thing with the threat of tearing down St. Bart's Church, which would negatively affect the orphanage that the church runs. And the Gilbert family has to struggle with the fact that Edmund is very sick and might not live to see another Easter.
- Early in Pistachio, the eleopardmous wooden puppet runs off and gets into all sorts of trouble. The episode takes a good amount of time showing his father's desperate searching when he realizes Pistachio's missing.
- An Aesop: Shamelessly, but that's kind of the point.
- Affably Evil
- The French Peas (sometimes). They pretty obviously parody the French Knights from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- Also at times, The Scallions.
- Mr. Nezzer, whenever he's playing an antagonistic role.
- Affectionate Parody: Of The Lord of the Rings ("Lord of the Beans" with the evil Sporks), Star Trek ("The Gourds Must Be Crazy", set aboard the U.S.S. Applepies), Hamlet ("Omelet"), Batman with the Larry-Boy character, Gilbert and Sullivan ("Lyle the Kindly Viking", "The Star of Christmas" and "Sumo of the Opera", the latter also parodying Rocky) and others.
- Affirmative Action Girl: Petunia the rhubarb.
- Ageless Birthday Episode: Downplayed in "The Gourds Must Be Crazy", where a birthday party for Junior is mentioned but not given focus. It had already been established in an earlier episode that Junior was five. Did he turn six in this one, or was about to? No clue.
- All-Cheering All the Time: "Tomato Sawyer And Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue" had a trio of female pea cheerleaders who showed up at random times during the story.
- Alliterative Name: Archibald Asparagus.
- Intentionally averted for most of the other characters. Series creator Phil Vischer explained:
"If it were a typical Christian show, I figured, they'd be named Tommy Tomato and Kooky Cucumber. But the last thing in the world I wanted was to make a typical Christian show."
- Always Chaotic Evil: Supposedly, the Rhubarbarians from "Duke and the Great Pie War." The Sporks from "Lord of the Beans" are introduced this way, but it turns out to be wrong.
- Always Identical Twins:
- The Toy That Saved Christmas has Wally P. Nezzer, who is Nebby K. Nezzer's brother. It's never outright stated they're twins,but they look and dress so similarly (the only real physical difference being that Wally has a bigger nose) that it's some ridiculously Strong Family Resemblance at the very least.
- In Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella, the Big Bad is Professor Rattan's twin brother Wicker. While there are a few differences, they look close enough that if one wasn't paying too much attention they could get mixed up, which Wicker uses to his advantage frequently.
- Ambiguously Jewish: As much as a plant can be, at any rate. Pa Grape, originally created as a quasi-Appalachian hick, has developed into this.
I'm a viking, and I've come to take your land — oh, yes — I've come to take your land; and I've come to burn your crops and steal your horses! And I've come to step on your chickens, and soil your quilts!
- Anachronism Stew: Played for laughs, often Lampshaded.
Junior Asparagus: (skeptical) Did [the Israelites] really build a rocket in the middle of the desert and get Slushees dropped on their heads?
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Dave and the Giant Pickle, Gideon: Tuba Warrior, Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Sampson's Hairbrush and Sumo of the Opera.
- Animated Actors
- Animate Inanimate Object
- QWERTY the computer, who obliges when Bob and Larry ask him to give a Bible verse at the end of most of the episodes.
- In An Easter Carol, a music box comes to life to guide Ebeneezer Nezzer to redemption.
- Anthropomorphic Food: The whole show is full of them!
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Most of the Larry-Boy villians; for instance, the Fib is a representation of a lie who grows with it, and the Rumor Weed represents a spreading rumor in the form of a weed that infests yards as it travels.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: This is played with in The Song of the Cebu.
Archibald: Does the hippo see them? Is the poor mute cebu successful in communicating the imminent danger to the other passengers? Is the boy injured? Why is the sad cebu sad? Is the canoe wood or aluminum?
- In the first episode, when the wise men are trying to think of ways to get rid of Daniel, one of the suggestions is to give him donuts, and then take them away from him.
- In Lord of the Beans, the four beans made could change your appearance, create nice clothing, all the food you could ever want, and... small kitchen appliances.
- Art Evolution: The early episodes looked very crude; as technology increases for later episodes, the episodes get better lighting, softer textures, and smoother animation.
- As the Good Book Says: Thank you, QWERTY.
- Aside Glance: In The Toy that Saved Christmas, Louie does one when it occurs to him that he's the only one of the group who has hands.
- Bamboo Technology: Played literally and Lampshaded in a Gilligan's Island parody, most extremely when The Professor builds a bamboo-coconut helicopter.
- Batman Cold Open: Used in "Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed".
- Which of course makes sense, given that Larry-Boy is a fairly obvious Captain Ersatz for Batman.
- Bears Are Bad News: In the Silly Song "The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps", the veterinarian's yodeling did not actually work; the nurse would have to give people the real cures to their pets' various ailments. By the time someone brought in their pet bear, the nurse had given up because the veterinarian wouldn't give him a raise, and the bear got angry and started chasing the veterinarian.
- Big Eaters: Jimmy and Jerry Gourd. In fact, when they made their debut in the Affectionate Parody of Star Trek, they managed to save the starship from crashing into a meteor made of popcorn by eating the entire meteor.
- Big "NO!":
- Larry the Cucumber did this in The End of Silliness?, when Archibald inserted "His Cheeseburger" in the jukebox. "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..."
- By Haman (Mr. Lunt) in Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen when he finds out he's getting banished to the Island of Perpetual Tickling.
- Two by Don Quixote (Archibald Asparagus) in Asparagus of La Mancha, one when he wakes up from his first bad dream, one when Poncho (Mr. Lunt) weans him off the salsa, due to finding out that Don's addiction to his super-spicy salsa is causing the bad dreams.
- By The Bad Apple in Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple, when her webs dissovles by using water.
- By Archibald Asparagus in the silly song The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo, when everyone needs to take a potty break.
- Also by Larry in the silly song Sippy Cup combined with Eat The Camera when Jimmy Gourd explains why Larry needs a sippy cup.
- Two by the mirror in Sweetpea Beauty, one when Prince Larry and the seven peas save Sweetpea Beauty (Petunia Rhubarb) from her fall, one when he falls to his death. Prince Larry also utters this when Sweetpea Beauty is falling. Luckily, he and the seven peas save her.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows:
- Larryboy and the Angry Eyebrows has living, flying Big Ol' Eyebrows that are attracted to anger and make whoever they land on angrier.
- Mr. Nezzer has very bushy eyebrows.
- Bilingual Bonus: "Usta" really is Polish for lips.
- Many of the stories taken from The Bible are toned down; for example, in the original story of Daniel and the Lion's Den, the king puts the evil advisors and their families to death by tossing them in said den. With lions that went to bed without supper. The VeggieTales version of it instead ends in a more cartoonish way, with the advisors running off while the king chases after them.
- They Bowdlerized one of their own cartoons. In Rack, Shack, and Benny, "The Bunny Song" is a song that the protagonists refuse to sing. The song originally had some genuinely troubling lyrics—which resulted in letters from parents because despite it being condemned onscreen, children were singing it anyway. It was then completely rewritten as "The New And Improved Bunny Song" for the sing-along video, as a good version of the song, but some parents were still bothered by the original, so when Big Idea started rereleasing all their videos, Rack, Shack, and Benny got its version's lyrics replaced with refusals to eat healthy food.
- In The Bible's account of the story of Esther, Haman intended to hang the Jews on gallows he was setting up. The Veggie version: banishment to the Island of Perpetual Tickling.
- "King George and the Duckie" is an adaptation of the story of David and Bathsheba; while the Biblical story centers around adultery, the VeggieTales version substitutes rubber duckie theft, the king gets a chance at reconciliation (the guy survived and won the war single-handedly in this version), and David was changed to George, because David had been the hero in an earlier episode.
- In the Biblical account of Jonah, Nineveh was a city of adulterers and thieves. No mention of adultery in the Veggie version; the bad thing the Ninevites do that gets mentioned most often in their version is slapping each other with fishes.
- "Moe and the Big Exit" is an adaption of The Exodus From Egypt. They tone down most of the plagues for children, people receive a plague of gophers instead of frogs, and acne instead of skin disease.
- There are some notable aversions though: "Daniel in the Lion's Den" doesn't cover up the fact that the wise men want to kill Daniel, the "first born" plague isn't taken out of Moe and the Big Exit, Rack, Shack and Benny doesn't Bowdlerize getting thrown into a furnace, and they keep the Downer Ending of Jonah intact.
- VeggieTales as a whole itself was bowdlerized during the Qubo years; all Christianity-related content before and after the story (although the stories themselves somehow remained largely untouched) was removed and replaced. Phil Vischer was not happy.
- A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: The Carrot family has the oldest Laura, her brother Lenny, and their baby brother Lou.
- Brick Joke: One of the first Silly Songs With Larry, The Hairbrush Song ended with Bob confessing to Larry that he gave his hairbrush to The Peach, and Larry decides to let him keep it. After the song, The Peach made only a handful of other appearances, and never even got a name. Fast forward to Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Sampson's Hairbrush. When Larry/Minnesota Cuke consults an illustrated Bible manuscript in search of Samson's Hairbrush, the character standing in for Samson is The Peach!
- In one of the earliest episodes' songs, Jerry mentions that 'Aunt Ruth has a beard.' In the I Love My Lips Silly Song, Larry had to kiss his great-Aunt Ruth. 'She had a beard, and it felt weird.' She also appears in The Song of the Zebu, during Larry's Embarrassing Slide.
- In The Toy That Saves Christmas, there is a sled wreck, and then Bob says: "You roll your dice, you move your mice. Nobody gets hurt." Guess what happens in The Tale of St. Nicholas....
- Bubble Pipe: In its Sherlock Holmes parody, the Sherlock character has a bubble pipe, and at one point he inhales by accident and chokes on the soap.
- Butt Monkey: Mr. Lunt, who is frequently the worthless sidekick, appears insufferably lazy, cross-dresses at least twice, and laments that his life has only included one half hour of happiness. That one day. Between two and two-thirty.
- Call Back:
- As noted in the commentary for "Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue", the scene where Larry helps Bob put a sign back up by letting him stand on his shoulders may remind some people of "An Easter Carol", where Bob hops on Larry's shoulders to try to climb over Ebnezzer Nezzer's factory gate.
- At one point during Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush, Minnesota (played by Larry) starts humming the hairbrush song. Really, the whole episode can be considered a Call Back to the song.
- In "The Song of the Cebu;" after struggling to get his slide show back on track, Larry points out that he's found another picture of a cebu, only to correct himself that it's a water buffalo, providing a call back to the first Silly Song, "The Water Buffalo Song."
- In the episode based on Joshua, when Moses and the Israelites take a shortcut to the Promised Land, they find that it is populated by giants, who all look like the giant pickle from "Dave and the Giant Pickle".
- Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: At the end of "Lyle the Kindly Viking," by (who else) Larry.
- Captain Ersatz: "The Other Elf" from Lord of the Bean looks suspiciously like the Keebler Elf. Especially at the climax, when he bakes cookies inside of a tree.
- Captain Obvious: "And now it's time for 'Silly Songs with Larry': the part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song."
- Catapult Nightmare: Don Quixote in "The Asparagus of La Mancha" because he ate too much salsa before going to bed.
- Catch Phrase:
- Larry-Boy's "I! Am! That! Hero!"
- "And remember, kids, God made you special, and he loves you very much."
- "Perhaps I can be of assistance!"
- "I'm Bob, I'm a tomato, and I'm here to help you!" "I'm Larry, I'm a cucumber, and I'm here to make you giggle!"
- Chain of People: In The Toy that Saved Christmas, Louie and a bunch of penguins do this to save Mr. Nezzer from falling off a cliff. And then George has to go save them all from dangling off the edge of a bridge forever.
- Chekhov's Gun
- Combined with Viewers Are Goldfish in The Toy that Saved Christmas. The bridge to Puggslyville is out... clearly it's important because it's mentioned at least three times.
- In a scene very early on in An Easter Carol, Reverend Gilbert and Edmund are talking about Mr. Nezzer, and the reverend mentions offhand that Nezzer's family owns a lot of land, even the land St. Bart's Church sits on. This becomes critical to the episode's plot.
- In Lord of the Beans, Randalf comments on the jewel Lord Falaminion Tereglith is wearing. Lord Falaminion Tereglith was bribed with it to send Toto into a trap.
- In The Star of Christmas:
- Seymour promises Millward he can drive his rocket-powered car at some point. It happens towards the end of the episode.
- Seymour says the lights on the scenery pose a fire hazard, which is exactly what happens later.
- Christmas Episode: Five so far: "The Toy That Saved Christmas", "The Star of Christmas", "Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving", "The Little Drummer Boy", and "Christmas Sing-Along Songs!".
- Comes Great Responsibility: A major theme in Lord of the Beans. Billboy (Archibald) and Ahem (Mr. Lunt) both used the bean irresponsibly and Scaryman (Scallion 1) wanted the bean for selfish reasons, but when Toto (Junior) is given it he refuses to use it for frivolous things, and instead searches for a way to use it that would be meaningful.
- Comically Missing the Point: Larry, all the time, especially with regard to Archibald.
- Pa Grape and Mr. Lunt's reaction to Larry's lyrics in The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: "I've never plucked a rooster and I am not too good at ping-pong and I've never thrown my mashed potatoes up against the wall and I've never kissed a chipmunk, and I've never gotten head lice and I have never been to Boston in the fall!"
Pa Grape: Huh?!? What are you talking about? What's a rooster and mashed potatoes have to do with being a pirate?
Mr. Lunt: Hey, that's right! We're supposed to sing about pirate-y things!
Pa Grape: And who ever kissed a chipmunk? That's just nonsense! Why even bring it up?
- Composite Character: Mr. Nezzer is sort of one. "The Toy That Saved Christmas" introduced Nebby K. Nezzer's brother Wally, who had the exact same character model and voice. Eventually they started casting "Mr. Nezzer" in other roles. Although we've never seen this out of character in the "real world", it can probably be assumed that he is a single character.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment
- Banishment...to the Island of Perpetual Tickling!
- From their version of Daniel in the lions' den:
Scallions: We could give him jelly donuts, take 'em all away, we could fill his ears with cheese balls and his nostrils with sorbet. We could use him as a footstool or a table to play Scrabble on, then tie him up and beat him up and throw him out of Babylon! (from the song "What We Gonna Do?")
- From "Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie":
...The slap of no return! Everyone:
- But then you see it's a giant metal fish that swings down on you, turning you into a paste.
- From "Gideon — Tuba Warrior":
Gideon: We will defeat the Midianites with our horns and flashlights!
- Then there's the Hebrews marching around Jericho getting slushies dropped on their heads.
- The Corrupter: The villains in the Larry-Boy films tend to be this:
- The Fib in Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space! convinces Junior to tell lies to cover up the fact he broke a plate belonging to his dad. It turns out Junior's lies make the Fib more powerful, and before long Fib has kidnapped Junior and is destroying the city.
- The Rumor Weed in Larryboy and the Rumor Weed takes what she hears from Junior and Laura about Larry-Boy's butler and spreads it across the whole city, and eventually everyone is convinced Alfred is a robot and views him with fear and hatred.
- The Cover Changes The Gender: "The Rumor Weed Song" is sung by the female Rumor Weed, and other characters in the song say "she's a rumor weed!" The lead singer of The W's is male, so when The W's covered the song, the backup singers say "he's a rumor weed!" instead.
- Cowboy Episode: "The Ballad of Little Joe"
- Critical Research Failure: In-Universe example—in Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry Bob/Tomato Sawyer wants to open a Tax Firm on the land that they're trying to own... but little does he know, the income tax hasn't even been started in America yet.
- Dancing Bear: An In-Universe version occurs during The Star of Christmas. The protagonists are attempting to open a musical called "The Princess and the Plumber" on Christmas night in order to escape the fate of using their talents to sell dental wax. While some effort is made towards advertising it based on its merits as an actual play, Cavis Appethart repeatedly sells new actors and backers on it with the promise of using fancy, newly-invented electrical lights on the sets and costumes.
- Dark Reprise: Mr. Nezzer's Villain Song has the same background music as "The Bunny Song" even if it's mostly spoken (and sounds very intentionally like "The Oogie Boogie Song" from The Nightmare Before Christmas).
- Darker and Edgier: Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen.
- The first two Larry-Boy episodes are noticeably darker in tone than most VeggieTales. Both feature manipulative villains who trick innocent people into telling lies or spreading rumors. The Fib from Outer Space has a lot of city destruction and a child's life being in constant danger for about half the episode, and The Rumor Weed has an entire city turned against an innocent man to the point that they don't care if he dies. And in both of these episodes, the villain dies at the end.
- Deadpan Snarker: Bob, Mr. Lunt
- Didn't Want an Adventure: Bob in The Toy that Saved Christmas.
Bob: I wanted to play Mouse Trap. You roll your dice, you move your mice, nobody gets hurt.
- Disney Villain Death: The mirror in Sweetpea Beauty.
- Disproportionate Retribution:
- In Rack, Shack and Benny. What else do you call burning people alive because they won't sing a song about chocolate bunnies?
- Happens again in The Toy that Saved Christmas. While Nezzer's understandably angry at the group for sneaking on his property and using his tv studio without his knowledge or consent, responding by planning to send them off a cliff to their deaths is rather over the top.
- Downer Ending: To the Silly Song "Pizza Angel". Larry waited for hours for a pizza delivery... The delivery boy couldn't find his house and then ate his pizza.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The show definitely took a while to find its niche. The first three episodes used the Two Shorts formula as opposed to the later episodes where one long story is used. Larry's voice is also far different in the early episodes, using a deep dumb sounding one with a lisp (the lisp did stay for a while, until Mike Nawrocki got tired of it and stopped). Where's God When I'm S-Scared?, being the first episode, shows the most of this — it is the only one to use title cards for each segment, an actual child reads the letter that opens the episode as opposed to Bob or Larry paraphrasing it, and a female voice narrates the second segment instead of a character from the show (this wouldn't happen again until Esther). God Wants Me to Forgive Them!? also lacks a Silly Song (using instead a commercial for the "Forgive-o-matic"), as it was originally intended to be a one-off skit and not a recurring thing, until parents complained about it.
- Where's God When I'm S-Scared? was even weirder in the original VHS print run (of which there were only about 500). The Theme Tune is missing the middle section lyrics sung in turn by Bob, Junior, and Larry, and individual sets of credits are played after both Tales From The Crisper and Daniel And The Lion's Den instead of at the very end. The latter was changed because parents reported that their kids thought the whole video was over at the credits and subsequently missed out on the Silly Song and ending countertop scene.
- Easily Forgiven:
- Mr. Nezzer tries to kill Rack, Shack and Benny by throwing them into a fiery furnace, all because they won't bow down before his giant chocolate bunny and sing "The Bunny Song". When they miraculously survive, he apologizes and they forgive him.
- This happens in The Toy That Saved Christmas too. On Christmas Eve, Mr. Nezzer tries to kill Bob, Larry, Junior and Louie (and gets caught red-handed by the entire population of Dinkletown, including Junior's parents.) On Christmas Day, he gets invited to their Christmas party anyway.
- Eat The Camera: By Larry in the silly song "Sippy Cup" while doing a Big NO when Jimmy Gourd explains why Larry needs a sippy cup.
- Also done by Junior in "The Gourds Must Be Crazy" when he says "Grab the gourds!"
- Elvish Presley: Literally, in Lord of the Beans. Larry wears a sequined jumpsuit and fake elf ears for his Silly Song. Jimmy Gourd even invokes the trope by calling him "an Elvish impersonator."
- Embarrassing Slide: A version of this occurs in one of the silly songs (The Song of the Zebu): the song is sung along with a slideshow... which eventually stops showing relevant pictures and starts showing vacation pictures instead. The song quickly ends, to the consternation of Archibald, who wonders just what the ending of the song was supposed to be.
- Enhanced on DVD: The version of The Toy That Saved Christmas that was released in 1998 had several scenes that were reanimated which resulted in more fluid animation and additional effects. This version has been used for all subsequent releases of the show afterwards although the original version with less fluid animation can still be found on any copy of the show that was printed up between 1996 & 1997 as well as early printings from the 1998 release.
- Exact Words: When Pistachio realizes he's been tricked, this exchange happens:
Pistachio: But you said you wouldn't steer me wrong!
No, we said "why
would we steer you wrong?" And the answer is, five. Gold. Coins.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Silly Songs with Larry," the part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song.
- Excited Show Title!: God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!, Very Silly Songs!, Larry-Boy! And the Fib From Outer Space!, Josh and the Big Wall!, Jonah Sing-Along Songs and More!, The Wonderful World of Auto-Tainment!, Bob and Larry's How to Draw!, Heroes of the Bible! Lions, Shepherds and Queens, Oh My!, Heroes of the Bible! Stand Up, Stand Tall, Stand Strong!, Heroes of the Bible! A Baby, A Quest and the Wild, Wild West!, and The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything Sing-Along Songs and More!
- Expository Theme Tune: Whether this is played straight or averted is rather iffy. The theme song says the show's name an awful lot, addresses the show's demographics (It's for the kids who like to talk to tomatoes), and even states how long an episode is. (Cauliflower, sweet and sour, half an hour, Veggie Tales) However, it speaks very little of the show's premise, aside from the mention of the lack of the characters' dexterity, a common point the show makes, and doesn't even speak of the religious aspect, confusing a lot of first-time viewers.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: The Toy that Saved Christmas introduces a bunch of penguins. Since then, penguins occasionally have cameos, such as a penguin dressed as a parrot in the Silly Song "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" or as Junior's poor sick penguin in "The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps."
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Used in "Sweetpea Beauty"; the queen's obsession with becoming beautiful coupled with the evil mirror's manipulation leads her to do increasingly horrible things, which gradually makes her more and more hideous. The mirror hides this fact by showing her false reflections of herself.
- The Faceless: Rack's, Shack's, and Benny's savior.
- Facepalm: Hope does this a few times in An Easter Carol in response to some of the things Nezzer says.
- One of Dave's brothers in Dave and the Giant Pickle does this when he realizes Dave really is going to face Goliath.
- In Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!, Dad Asparagus faints when he realizes the monster has Junior. He faints again when the monster catches Larry-Boy too.
- In An Easter Carol, Reverend Gilbert (Dad Asparagus) faints when Nezzer announces his plan to build Easterland on the land St. Bart's Church currently sits on.
- Flat "What."
Why is there a piano
on my cake?
- Another "Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen" example after Ms. Achmetha's "Puppy Song":
- Follow the Bouncing Ball
- Food Fight: "The Great Pie War", which plays a role in both King George and the Ducky and Duke and the Great Pie War.
- Forbidden Chekhov's Gun: Towards the end of The Star of Christmas, Seymour warns Millward not to use the eleventh rocket on the rocket-powered car as it has not been tested yet. Millward ends up using it.
- Foreshadowing: After Larry, Mr. Lunt and Pa Grape successfully host an entire episode (Gideon: Tuba Warrior) as The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, Pa makes a mock poster with a suggestion to star in their own pirate movie." A year later and guess what happens?
- At the end of the episode (Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler), Larryboy (Larry the Cucumber) states his dress rehearsal for the next show (Larry Boy and The Bad Apple) starts in two minutes.
- Four-Fingered Hands:
- The angel Hope in An Easter Carol has these.
- And Buzzsaw Louie from The Toy that Saved Christmas has fingerless hands.
- Framing Device: Most episodes are framed by scenes of the characters on the countertop, who tell the stories. A few don't use the countertop scenes, but still have the main episodes' plots put in the context of a character telling a story. It's averted in Esther: The Girl Who Became Queen, though.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: When the characters are looking around the TV studio in The Toy That Saved Christmas, the couch from "I Love My Lips" and the broken vase picture and the steak knives from the Forgive-o-Matic make a very easy-to-miss cameo.
- During the Rorschach test part of "I Love My Lips," among the cards is a caricature of Sonny Bono, and the formula of the Avogadro Constant.
- Frothy Mugs of Water: During any tavern or bar scene, root beer is substituted for the real stuff.
- Gender Flip:
- In The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's, their The Wizard of Oz parody, their Dorothy analogue is named "Darby" and played by Junior Asparagus.
- In A Little Princess, the homeless child and the baker that Sara meets were both female, but in The Penniless Princess, these characters are played by Junior and Bob.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
Larry: There's me and Bob at Sea World! *click* Oh, wow!
Everyone else: OOOOOOOOOOOOOO-ooohhh...
Larry: Whoops, forgot about that one...
- Word of God says that was a picture of Larry in a towel.
- Which means that everyone was shocked, and slightly embarrassed, per The Hairbrush Song.
- In a Larry Boy Cartoon Adventures episode, this exchange happens:
Larry (to Master Bok Choy): Master, what do you do if your hometown is invaded by an overgrown seedless grape?
Dark Crow: Who are you calling seedless??
- Good Shepherd: Reverend Gilbert (Dad Asparagus) in The Star of Christmas and An Easter Carol. He is seen teaching his son Edmund moral lessons, extending goodwill to people like Mr. Nezzer, and going out of his way to help those in need. He keeps this general attitude even when he's under a lot of pressure, such as the possibility of the church he works at being knocked down or his son becoming deathly ill.
- Goofy Print Underwear: When the van crashes into a clothesline in Jonah, a pair is plastered against the windshield.
- Graceful Loser: While not exactly a loss in the technical sense, the effect is still the same. In Sumo of the Opera, Apollo Gourd and The Italian Scallion (Larry) have a sumo match. The result of the match is a draw. Since no one had ever gotten that far against Apollo Gourd, all the praise gets showered on The Italian Scallion anyway. Apollo is a good sport about it.
- Grandpa God: During both Snoodle poems and the Pirates movie, although these portrayals are allegorical.
- Guilty Pleasures: Larry likes his soap operas, and owns a plush of Barbara Manatee that he dances with.
- Hand Wave: Done in-universe in The Toy that Saved Christmas. When Annie questions the fact that a toy just came to life in the story George is telling her, George waves it off with, "Maybe he was wired different! Who knows?"
- Hard Work Montage: The "Sumo of the Opera" parodies the Rocky series.
- Headdesk: Done by Archibald in The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: According to audio commentary they came up with Wally P. Nezzer in The Toy that Saved Christmas in an attempt to avert this; they'd just had Mr. Nezzer Heel-Face Turn in Rack, Shack, and Benny so having him come back as a villain seemed odd, hence giving him a brother. They gave up on the idea after that.
Phil Vischer: Rather than just keeping expanding his family we installed a little morality switch in his back. Good Nezzer, bad Nezzer, good Nezzer, bad Nezzer...
- Heel-Face Turn
- "Rack Shack and Benny": Nebby K. Nezzer
- "The Toy That Saved Christmas":Wally P. Nezzer
- "Daniel and the Lion's Den": King Darius
- "Minnesota Cuke": Prof. Rattan between story arcs.
- "Saint Nicholas": Gustav
- "Lord of the Beans": The sporks
- "The Ballad of Little Joe": Little Joe's brothers
- Hello, Insert Name Here: The personalized DVD and the two personalized CDs.
- Herbivore Confusion: In a world populated by talking vegetables and fruits, there are pies and popcorn balls as food, and apparently "apple choppers". It was confirmed in the commentary for Duke and the Great Pie War (and demonstrated in Jonah) that there are non-sentient fruits and vegetables in their world as well.
- In their version of Daniel and the Lion's Den, a cucumber is tossed to lions.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Bob and Larry.
- Hive Mind: The other little weeds in Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed turn out to be under the control of "the mother weed", a giant weed that lives under the ground.
- Homage: The ending of The Toy That Saved Christmas is a huge one to the climax of Batman Forever.
- I Am X, Son of Y: In "Lord of the Bean": Randalf, son of Mandalf; the leader of the Razzberry Forest, Lord Falaminion Tereglith, son of Therebil-Elithimon.
- I Can See My House from Here: In The Star of Christmas, Edmund says this when the rocket-powered car is launched upwards after Millward uses the eleventh rocket.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Discussed and then averted in The Toy that Saved Christmas. At the end, Louie wants to get rid of his buzz saw because even though the fact he had it saved everyone's lives earlier, he thinks that it's too dangerous to keep around. Then he changes his mind and goes into carpentry.
- I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Laura uses this to excuse herself when Junior breaks his dad's plate in Larry-Boy! And the Fib From Outer Space!
- I Take Offense to That Last One: In the first story of God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!, Rosie unleashes a long string of insults on her brother Tom, ending with the word "boy"; Pa tells her to apologize since Tom just turned 18 and is now should be called a "man."
- Identical Ancestor: Nebby K. Nezzer's Victorian-era ancestor Ebeneezer is presumably one.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: The show and films thrive on it.
- Inherently Funny Words: Say it with me now: "ZeBUUUUUUU!"
- Insane Troll Logic: "The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill And Came Down With All The Bananas" : The Englishman takes all the bananas from a hill, but doesn't eat them because "You can't eat bananas without strawberries!" And then a Swedish man takes all the strawberries from another hill, but "can't eat strawberries without bananas!" And then they refuse to share with each other.
- Insistent Terminology:
- Larry gets a bit offended whenever anyone mistakes him for a pickle.
- In "Minnesota Cuke", Larry insists that it's not a hat, it's a fedora.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Junior sometimes is shown to have this with both Bob and Larry.
- Invisible Anatomy: Averted with feet (the characters move around by hopping), but the characters' lack of hands is constantly Lampshaded.
- Right from the start, before the theme song:
Bob: I know! You play the guitar!
Larry: Bob, I don't have any hands.
- Josh and the Big Wall had Tom Grape and Pa Grape lampshade how they and other characters were applauding a giant rocket.
Tom: How are we clapping?
Pa: I have no idea.
- "Lyle the Kindly Viking" has a reference.
Bjorn (Lunt): I would clap if I could.
- Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly repeatedly shows close-ups of a character's hands and feet, who is then shocked when he doesn't have limbs in the long shots. It's kind of weird, really.
- Invisible hair as well - in Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush, Martin notices Minnesota's haircut even though he never had any hair to begin with. Though a few scenes later, Minnesota can't use the power of the hairbrush since he has no hair (a reference to The Hairbrush Song). Go figure.
- From the personalized show:
Larry: I think we should give our good friend a hand!
Bob: But, Larry, we can't. We don't have hands.
Larry: I was speaking metaphorically, Bob.
- It Was with You All Along: In Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!, Larry-Boy and Alfred get a bit frantic trying to figure out how the monster can be stopped, especially after the Fib catches Larry-Boy. As it turns out, the only one who can stop the Fib is Junior Asparagus, who has been about five feet away from Larry-Boy for the past several minutes.
- It's the Only Way: In The Toy that Saved Christmas, Junior uses this to justify sneaking into Mr. Nezzer's factory when Bob and Louie question the wisdom of doing so.
- Jesus Taboo: The show's theological consultant forbade them from portraying Jesus as a vegetable, which is one reason most of the Bible stories are from the Old Testament. Jesus of course is discussed in many of the segments, so still somewhat averted.
- When the series was syndicated on Qubo, Executive Meddling changed Bob's closing catchphrase from "God made you special, and He loves you very much" to "Thanks for coming to my house, kids!" Phil Vischer was annoyed.
- Karma Houdini: Typically in VeggieTales, villains either have a change of heart or are defeated in some way, but there are some exceptions:
- In "The Story of Flibber-O-Loo", the crooks (the Scallions) who mug the Flibbian (Larry) simply run off with his money and are never seen again.
- In Madame Blueberry, the Stuff-Mart people wind up destroying Madame Blueberry's house. No one sues them.
- In Lord of the Beans, the Elders of the Razzberry Forest were bribed by Scaryman to betray the Fellowship. Nothing happens to them.
- In Pistachio, a puppeteer tries to kidnap Pistachio, and when Pistachio flees in terror he encounters three con men who trick him out of his money and then toss him into the sea. These guys all quietly drop out of the story after their scenes are over.
- Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: "Where's God When I'm S-scared?" starts with Junior Asparagus watching "Frankencelery," and becoming frightened by everything in the house after that. However, the point of the episode is that Junior doesn't need to be scared because God is taking care of him, not that he shouldn't have watched the movie.
- "King Kong" Climb:
- In Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!, the Fib carries Junior to the top of a water tower. Then Larry-Boy flies up there after them in his Larry-Plane.
- Played with in the next Larry-Boy movie, when the Weed is wrapped around a building and reaches out a vine to grab Alfred.
- Large Ham: Archibald, Larry as Larry-Boy, occasionally Bob
- Lighter and Softer: The League of Incredible Vegetables in comparison to the earlier Larry-Boy episodes. The villain is a Large Ham who is not nearly as calculatingly manipulative as the villains in the earlier Larry-Boys, many of the characters' fears are Played for Laughs, and even the lighting and the music is much lighter and more cheery.
- Literal Cliffhanger:
- In The Toy that Saved Christmas, Louie and the penguins form a Chain of People to save Mr. Nezzer...and it leads to all of them stuck dangling off a cliff. Thankfully George comes to save them.
- In Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella, at one point Cuke and his friends are captured by their enemies and left locked in a cage dangling over a cliff. Cuke comments that he hates cliffhangers. Cue "Silly Songs with Larry".
- Littlest Cancer Patient: Edmund Gilbert (played by Junior Asparagus) is apparently perfectly fine in The Star of Christmas, but he becomes dangerously ill by An Easter Carol. What sets Ebeneezer Nezzer towards his change of heart is Hope informing him that Edmund has less than a year to live if nothing changes.
- Living Toys:
- The Toy that Saved Christmas: A Buzzsaw Louie doll mysteriously comes to life, realizes that he doesn't like the sound of whatever he was originally programmed to say, and sets off to find the true meaning of Christmas.
- Pistachio: Pistachio (played by Junior Asparagus) is a wooden toy carved from a "very special" log.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: How Bad Apple plans to conquer Bumblyburg just like her great-uncle almost did, starting with the mayor, the reporter, and Larry-Boy.
- Lured Into a Trap: In Lord of the Beans, Scaryman bribed the Elders of the Razzberry Forest to send Toto to the Land of Woe where Scaryman could ambush him and take the bean.
- Major General Song
- Mean Character, Nice Actor / Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Frankencelery.
- Medium Awareness: In The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's, Larry tells Bob that they can't let the show be too short, since they have a whole DVD to fill.
- Also in The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's when asking why Pa Grape/The Lion didn't eat the rabbits and animals in the forest if he was so hungry he responds with "It's a kid show, they won't let me do that."
- In Jonah, Dad Asparagus isn't satisfied until there's a big musical number to close the film.
- Also in Jonah, "The Credits Song".
- A Minor Kidroduction: As a tribute to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, "Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella" starts off with Minnesota, Marten, and the Scallions as kids.
- Missed Him by That Much:
- In Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!, Larry-Boy must find the mysterious object that fell from space. The object in question is Fib, who is out with Junior. Larry-Boy says "hello" to them one time and another time passes by without even seeing them. He gives up and goes home...only to have to head out again because Fib is destroying Bumblyburg.
- In The Penniless Princess, Mr. Carrisford and Sara run into each other while Sara is running errands. After they have a friendly chat, Mr. Carrisford leaves, having no idea that he just spoke to the girl he's been searching for for a long time.
- The Moral Substitute: A major exception to examples typical of the trope.
- More Than Mind Control: How the Bad Apple gets citizens to fall into her Lotus-Eater Machine.
- Motionless Chin: Not to mention, literally, No Knees.
- The Movie: Several, though only two had theatrical releases — Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie and The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.
- Mr. Imagination: Larry. They call him LARRYBOY!
- Murder by Cremation: Almost happens in "Rack, Shack, and Benny", just like in the Bible.
- Musical Chores: In The Penniless Princess, Sara and Becky sing while they do the work assigned by Miss Minchin.
- Mythology Gag: The slushees in "Gideon: Tuba Warrior" and the hairbrush in "The Search for Samson's Hairbrush" are a couple of examples.
- Never Say "Die": Averted. Not only are several deadly situations portrayed in the show (such as being thrown into the fiery furnace or sent down a collapsed bridge), the characters don't shy away from mentioning it. Larry-Boy and the Fib from Outer Space has a particularly harsh aversion that happens just as Larry-Boy is trying to get his Larry Mobile to transform into a plane on the verge of running into a wall:
Larry-Boy: I am going to die!
- The Nicknamer: Mr. Lunt's character in "St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving" ... and all his nicknames are directed specifically at Nick.
- Nighthawks Shot: The ice cream parlor in "The End of Silliness?"
- No Ending: The Song of the Zebu
Archibald: You can't just start a song and leave it hanging like that!
- Also parodied in "St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving". Bob stops the story at a seemingly random point (hesitant to tell his audience of very young vegetables that Nick's parents die) and they can't believe it's over already. Larry explains to them that it's one of those "Russian endings" meant to raise "more questions than answers."
- No Flow in CGI: The whole reason why the series stars vegetables was to deliberately avert this. While other CG cartoons at the time tended to look stiff and choppy, the simple designs of the VeggieTales characters left the creators free to put a lot more work into making sure they animated fluidly note .
- No Fourth Wall: The intro and outro segments, some of the Silly Songs, and less frequently the stories themselves.
- A rather memorable example was during "Omelet", modeled after Hamlet. As Ophelia, Mr. Lunt was pushed onto the "stage" in full drag:
"I think we're going to get letters about this."
- Jimmy Gourd's reaction is endlessly hilarious to this "fair Ophelia".
- No Indoor Voice: At first, Junior's voice actress wanted to use a childish voice for the character, so she spoke the lines of Junior in a very VERY high-pitched, squeaky voice. The creators didn't like that, though. They thought she was screaming her lines as Junior rather than speaking them. As the creators have pointed out in commentary, it wasn't really until "Lyle the Kindly Viking" that Junior's voice actress stopped speaking all of her lines in a really high-pitched, squeaky voice. Since the creators didn't like it, she toned down the high pitch and removed the squeak.
- No Name Given: Given a Lampshade Hanging at one point:
- No Product Safety Standards: "The Toy that Saved Christmas" has Buzz-Saw Louie, the hot new toy with a real working buzzsaw!
- Oh, Crap: Several examples;
- Daniel (Larry) gets one after the Wisemen discover him praying to God instead of to Darius in "Daniel In The Lion's Den" in Where's God When I'm S-Scared?.
- In "Larry's Lagoon" on God Wants Me To Forgive Them?!?, Bob and Larry both get this reaction when they see that their boat is about to run into a rock.
- All of the Israelites in Dave And The Giant Pickle get this reaction when they see Goliath first arrive.
- This was Jimmy and Jerry Gourd's reaction in King George And The Ducky when they hear Bob ask what's going on, while they were trying to host the show, without any success.
- Once per Episode: Bob hates the song that precedes the final Aesop; Larry loves it. Turned on its head in Lord of the Beans, when the evil sporks steal the record — and Bob admits he misses the song.
- One Steve Limit: Played straight with the real names of main characters, but averted with names belonging to characters who appear less often, or characters they play. The name Louie appears very frequently—Junior invites someone named Louie to his birthday party in Are You My Neighbor, Bob says he danced at Uncle Louie's polka party in the Silly Song "Dance of the Cucumber", the toy in The Toy that Saved Christmas is named Louie (and Laura Carrot's youngest brother, who also appears in that episode, is named Baby Lou). Also the fact they have a character named George did not stop them from having Larry play a George in King George and the Ducky.
- One of Larry's brothers is named Bob the Cucumber (which Bob the Tomato is shocked to learn)
- There's both a Steven and a Steve (Steve being another of Larry's brothers)
- Only Sane Employee: Bob.
- Pachelbel's Canon Progression: The song "I Can Be Your Friend" uses it.
- Pair the Spares: Bob/Madame Blueberry is often a compliment ship for Larry/Petunia shippers.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Gee, who could "Larryboy" possibly be?
- Parental Abandonment: In The Penniless Princess, Sara's mother is never shown and is implied to have died. (In the book it's based on, this is indeed the case.) Her father is in the opening scene, but dies later on (which is also accurate to the book).
- Parental Bonus
- Most of the literary references, for starters.
- The Star Trek and Gilligan's Island parodies.
- Monty Python references, the most explicit being the French Peas as the people of Jericho taunting the Israelites from atop their wall. Oddly enough, they started out playing Philistines in a less explicit reference to the same scene.
- The Fish Slappers in Jonah are explicitly explained as being inspired by Monty Python, in the audio commentary (the Larry and Mr. Lunt one).
- In Lyle, the Kindly Viking, the episode starts off with Larry mentioning various viewer questions about sharing, such as "When do I have to share?", "Why do I have to share?", "Whatever happened to Sonny & Cher?".
- On that note, in the Silly Song with Larry "I Love My Lips", when Larry sings "It's a lip, it's a lip, it's a lip lip lip" to the tune of the William Tell Overture during a Rorschach test, one of the cards is a non-animated photo of Sonny Bono.
- In the silly song Larry's High Silk Hat it opens with a white feather floating down from the sky as Larry is sitting on a bench with a box of chocolates waiting for the bus.
- "What are the Philippines?" "The Philippines are a group of islands off the coast of Asia, but that's not important now. The Philistines...."
- Perverse Sexual Lust: An in-universe example; in "Barbara Manatee," one of the Silly Songs With Larry segments, Larry appears to be crushing on a manatee from a TV show. He even has a plush of her, which he sings to and dances with.
- Piano Drop: Once on a cake in Esther, and several times down a flight of stairs in Sumo of the Opera.
- Playing Against Type:
- In-universe example: the episode Pistachio has Junior, the kind, lovable asparagus, playing a rebellious, talkative puppet.
- Mr. Nezzer is usually cast as a villain, and when he's not playing a villain he's playing a rather goofy fellow. And then in Lord of the Beans he plays Randalf, and while he still is occasionally goofy, for the most part he comes across as a wise leader and the Only Sane Man.
- Potty Emergency:
- Larry has this multiple times-once as Sven in Lyle The Kindly Viking, and as LarryBoy in all but one episode (LarryBoy and the Rumor Weed lacks a mention of this sort of thing).
- Junior also mentions having on in the song "Are We There Yet?"
- Prince and Pauper: The story Princess and the Popstar with Princess Poppyseed and Vanna Banana.
- Product Placement:
- The Silly Song "His Cheeseburger" plays it straight-when they mention Denny's, we actually see a Denny's sign.
- In The League of Incredible Vegetables, Pull-Ups and Go-Gurt are mentioned.
- Production Foreshadowing: Bumblyburg gets a little mention in The Toy That Saved Christmas when Mr. Nezzer is deciding where to send the main characters as punishment. The first Larry-Boy video didn't come out until a year after, which actually took place in Bumblyburg.
- Prompting Nudge: At the beginning of the episode "King George And The Ducky", Jimmy and Jerry Gourd are both wearing cardboard cutouts of Bob and Larry. After Jimmy tries introducing himself as Bob the Tomato, Jerry tries introducing himself as Larry the Cucumber, but stops after saying "And I'm Larry", prompting Jimmy to give Jerry a nudge in the side, so that Jerry can finish with "Cucumber".
- Pun: Oh so many. One of their collections is called "Lessons From the Sock Drawer: A Collection of VeggieTales Shorts and Briefs."
- Punny Name: Frequently.
- Perhaps nowhere more obviously than in Lord of the Beans, where two of the adventurers' names are food puns on those of actual Fellowship members — Ear-a-Corn and Leg-o-Lamb.
- Also Nebby K. Nezzer.
- Raiders of the Lost Parody: The episode "Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush"; Larry the Cucumber in a story about bullying.
- Recurring Riff: The opening notes of The Thankful Song from "Madame Blueberry" (We thank God for this day...) were often used for the Big Idea title card.
- Red Boxing Gloves: On Goliath the Giant Pickle.
- Refrain from Assuming: Some people mistakenly believe the Silly Song from King George and the Ducky is called "Barbara Manatee" after its recurring line, even though its actual name is "Endangered Love".
- Remembered I Could Fly: In The Toy that Saved Christmas, at one point the protagonists are tied up on a sled hurtling to their doom. It doesn't even occur to Louie to use his built-in buzz saw to get them out of this predicament—and then Larry accidentally bumps his arm.
Watch it! You bumped into my...(realizes)
- Running Gag:
- Bob hating the "What We Have Learned" song and trying to turn it off in the middle. Some shows don't contain that song. In one case the song didn't play, but Bob's relief was interrupted by Larry deciding to carry on himself — until Bob soaked him with water.
- The vegetables don't have hands. This doesn't particularly stop them.
- Separate Scene Storytelling: "Lyle The Kindly Viking" is shown this way.
- Shout-Out: See page.
- Show Within a Show:
- Cavis and Millward's "Princess and the Plumber" in Star of Christmas.
- Marlee's "Up with Bunnies" in 'Twas the Night Before Easter.
- Small Town Rivalry: In "The Story of Flibber-O-Loo" (a re-telling of the Good Samaritan story), the towns of Flibber-O-Loo and Jibberty-Lot have a heated rivalry, where they launch shoes and pots at each other with catapults and other devices.
- Snowball Lie: Happens in Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space! Junior lies to avoid getting in trouble for breaking a plate, the lie keeps getting bigger as the people around Junior figure out he's not telling the truth....and then the lie has gotten so big that it is literally destroying Bumblyburg.
- Space Whale Aesop: Don't lie, or an extra-terrestrial beast will feed off of your lies and hold you hostage.
- Species Surname: Most of the characters' last names are the type of vegetable they are. Sometimes this leads to characters who don't seem to be relatives having the same last name, like Junior Asparagus and Archibald Asparagus. Some of the characters, like Mr. Nezzer or Mr. Lunt, avert this.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Larry-Boy/Larryboy/LarryBoy. The first was used in Fib from Outer Space & Rumor Weed, the second was used in the Flash-animated spinoff series, and the third was used in Bad Apple.
- Edmund/Edmond Gilbert (played by Junior Asparagus) in The Star of Christmas and An Easter Carol. He is credited as "Edmond" but in subtitles and on the back of the box for The Star of Christmas it is spelled "Edmund".
- Sphere Eyes
- Spit Take: When Dave announces his plan to fight Goliath, King Saul spits out his drink.
- Spoof Aesop: One of the Silly Songs gives us the following;
Quartet: The moral of our story it's the point we hope we've made...when you go a little loopy better keep your nurse well paid!
- Staircase Tumble: In The Toy that Saved Christmas, Louie's first step out of the factory leads to him falling down the stairs, which then leads to him getting stuck in snow. Junior pulls him out later.
- Stealth Pun: The antagonist in Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple is an apple who dabbles in dealing with temptation. In other words, she's the Forbidden Fruit.
- Stepford Snarker: Hope in An Easter Carol. Her character bio mentions that part of the reason for her snarky attitude is that she is aware her time is short.
- The Stinger:
- From the late 90s to the early 2000s, the credits were typically followed by an animation of the Big Idea logo where the letters started out small, then would "explode" to their proper font, scaring Bob and Larry. After they recovered and posed for the logo, the "A" in "Idea" would pop out once more with a sound typically related to the episode accompanying it (for instance, King George and the Ducky used a rubber duck squeak). There was also a standard version of this logo that used a suction sound effect for the A. Usually this logo was timed so the font explosion would occur on the last note of the song that played over the credits.
- The original VHS print of Rack, Shack, and Benny (with the original Bunny Song) had Bob, still left in the sink, saying "I'd like to get out now." This was strangely removed in later prints and replaced with the typical Big Idea stinger described above.
- Story Arc: In Josh and the Big Wall, technical difficulties prevented Larry from properly ending The Song of the Zebu, that video's "Silly Songs With Larry" segment. Archibald became so disappointed with Larry's lack of preparation, he announced the cancellation of "Silly Songs" in the next video (Madame Blueberry)'s segment. The Framing Device of the video after that (The End of Silliness?) showed Larry desperately trying to recover from the loss, until Archibald announces that a fan petition prompted him to uncancel "Silly Songs."
- Super Cell Reception: Subverted in Larry-Boy! And the Rumor Weed, where Larry-Boy and Alfred try to keep communicating after Larry-Boy goes into the sewer system to find the Mother Weed...and find that the sewer walls are too thick and reception is shot.
- Surveillance Station Slacker: Jimmy and Jerry Gourd, as seen in the episode "Larry-Boy and the Fib from Outer Space!"
- Take That:
- In the Oh, Santa! Silly Song, Larry gives cookies to both a bank robber and a Viking "because it's Christmas." And then the next person comes to the door.
"I'm from the IRS
! And I've come to tax your—" (SLAM)
- During The Asparagus of La Mancha, there's a potshot towards Starbucks when Don and Pancho are trying to compete with the Food Factory and decide to open a coffee shop:
"Why pay a little for coffee when you can pay a lot?"
- Those Two Guys: Bob and Larry.
- And Jimmy and Jerry Gourd. And maybe the French Peas.
- Toilet Humor: A ton of it can be found in The League of Incredible Vegetables.
- Too Dumb to Live: Larry in The Toy that Saved Christmas. He probably shouldn't have mentioned Puggslyville's bridge being out to Mr. Nezzer.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Ebeneezer Nezzer in An Easter Carol when he starts changing for the better. Hope does this too; in her early interactions with Ebeneezer she is rather snarky and occasionally harsh, but around the point where Ebeneezer is very upset when he learns Edmund is probably going to die, Hope softens up considerably and is a lot more careful in how she interacts with him.
- Top Ten List
- The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown was the result of a viewer poll to determine the silliest of the first ten Silly Songs with Larry (not counting Oh, Santa!). The winner was The Hairbrush Song.
- Also "VeggieTales Live: Sing Yourself Silly!"
- Treacherous Advisor: The Elders of the Razzberry Forest.
- Unhand Them, Villain!: Towards the end of Sweetpea Beauty, the mirror grabs Sweetpea and carries her to the top of a tower. When the queen demands he let her go, he obliges.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Louie in The Toy that Saved Christmas. The first people he comes across after he escapes the factory don't even blink at the fact that they're talking to a living toy, and later on Mr. Nezzer is a lot more concerned about there being intruders in his studio than he is about the fact that one of his own toys came to life.
- Uriah Gambit: In King George and the Ducky (a retelling of the trope-naming bible story), King George has Thomas sent to the front lines of the Pie War because he wants his ducky. It causes Thomas to temporarily go insane.
- Valley Girl: Only Big Idea would go so far as to turn the Princess of Egypt in their retelling of the story of Moses in the Bulrushes into this - hilariously.
- Vengeful Vending Machine: Larry has gotten his candy stuck. In a vending machine.
- Villain Song:
- Mr. Nezzer's reprise of "The Bunny Song."
- Played for Laughs with "Oh No!" from "Daniel and the Lions' Den" of "Where's God When I'm S-Scared?".
- Played for Drama with "Haman's Song" from "Esther".
- "The Rumor Weed Song" in Larryboy and the Rumor Weed.
- Bad Apple's "The Temptation Song" from Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple.
- Visual Pun: One of the books Archibald pulls out in the "Modern Major General" song from The Wonderful World of Auto-tainment! has a picture of Larry in a robe and crown. Larry King!
- Vocal Evolution
- Scallion #1 (the tall one), Archibald, and the narrator for "Silly Songs with Larry" used to sound different. Archibald's delivery was more hammy, and Scallion's lacked the faux British accent the others had. This gradually blended together until it's pretty much all the same voice. Larry eventually hung a lampshade on this at the end of The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo by acting surprised that Archibald and the narrator were not the same character. Archibald was surprised, too. In fact, now the creators attempt to place Scallion #1 and Archibald in the same scenes at times, just to prove that they're not the same character.
- Just as noticeable is Jerry Gourd, who started out sounding like an impression of Jimmy Gourd's voice (enough to mark them as a matched pair of characters but with a subtle enough difference to be clearly a different actor — Phil and Mike use this approach extensively) but now sounds almost exactly like Larry.
- Water Hose Rodeo: In Larry Boy and the Bad Apple, one character attempts to hose off a statue that's been covered in cobwebs. It turns out that the fire hose is too strong for him, and he gets flung all over.
- Waxing Lyrical: Mr. Lunt's character in "St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving" slips into this several times.
- Wax On, Wax Off: Mikey, in "Sumo of the Opera," teaches sumo to the Italian Scallion by mopping the floor and climbing the down escalator.
- We Sell Everything: The Stuff-Mart.
- Wham Line: In Lord of the Beans, Toto thinks he's figured out why he was sent to the Land of Woe...until Scaryman comes out and reveals the real reason:
Scaryman: The elders sent you here because I told them to.
- What the Hell, Hero?: King George sees someone bathing on a roof and he wanted his duck, despite having tons of his own, which leads to a Uriah Gambit (it's based on the original). Then he gets called out on it by the castle's wise man.
- A Wild Rapper Appears: Khalil's appearance in the Boyz in the Sink song "Belly Button".
- World of Funny Animals: A rare plant example.
- Would Hurt a Child: Mr. Nezzer in some of his more villainous roles has tried to kill Junior (or a character played by him) on at least three different occasions. Junior's five.
- Yet Another Christmas Carol: Though their version was about Easter.
- Youthful Freckles: Both Tom and Rosie Grape have them, as do many of the pea characters, no matter their age. However, the French Peas' trickster nature is highlighted through these.
Waldorf: This show makes me nervous about what we do.
Statler: Got anything to be ashamed of?
Waldorf: No, I'm just worried that one of the tomatoes we throw might say "Ow!"