Western Animation / Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa

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"Comet raised the mesa to the western skies
With the sound of a thousand cattle drives
A chosen few would see the light
And fight the wrong with right!
"

Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa is a Saturday Morning Cartoon that aired on ABC starting in 1992 created by comic artist Ryan Brown (who inked several dozen issues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and designed several figures for the toy lines, which probably explains a few of the themes of the show). The show focused on the exploits of three anthropomorphic bulls who were in fact cowboys (har har).

See, in the 19th century, a random comet crashed into the Southwestern United States causing a massive transformation among not only the land, but the animals as well, turning them into intelligent versions of themselves that decided to create their own city, Moo Mesa. In this city, they basically acted as humans of the Old West did, and as such, there were good guys and bad guys....the former being the trio of C.O.W. Boys (Marshall Moo Montana, The Cowlarado Kid, and Dakota) and the latter being composed of the city's shady politician Mayor Bulloney, and Sheriff Terrorbull who took on the alias of the Masked Bull, a criminal mastermind.


Tropes:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Both Lilli Bovine and Sadie Wowcow wear outfits revealing cleavage in "Thoroughly Moodern Lilli".
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The Underground City from "The Down Under Gang" is somehow big enough to hide a whole network of crooks.
  • Action Girl: Tejua and Cowlamity Kate, both are females and kick ass. The latter being a capable ranch owner, and the former is still a little girl.
  • The Ace: Moo Montana is seen as a capable and competent individual by nearly everyone, and especially Cody.
  • Aerith and Bob: Moo Montana and Lilli Bovine is just one of the many examples of unusual names juxtaposed with mundane names in the series. Along with Cody, Carly, and Jake then Puma, Saddlesore, and Boothill
  • Alliterative Name: Moo Montana, Dakota Dude, Cody Calf, Boothill Buzzard, Saddle Sore, Buffalo Bull, Cowlamity Kate, Colorado Kid...
  • All There in the Manual: The C.O.W.-Boys' crossover appearances in Tales of the TMNT reveal that J.R.'s initials stand for Jose Rey.
  • Always Someone Better: Cowlarado Kid was talented with a lasso, but nowhere as good as Cowlamity Kate.
    • Cowlarado Kid's horse Jezebelle was one of the fastest fillies around, but nowhere as fast as Cowline's horse Tornado.
  • Animal Superheroes: Or rather Animal Lawmen.
  • Animation Bump: The animation became a lot smoother in the second season.
  • Anti-Climactic Unmasking: When Shock Holiday was captured and unmasked, the characters witnessing the unmasking were disappointed by the lack of any special features at his face. Then again, it was overshadowed by the previous unmasking of the criminal's impersonator. (Marshall Moo Montana and Sheriff Terrorbull made a bet over who captures Shock Holiday and agreed the lose would leave Cow Town)
  • Art Evolution: The series is a lot more detailed in the second season. One notable change is that Cowlamity Kate starts wearing lipstick, most likely to make her appear more feminine.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Many characters had these, but Shock Holiday stands out quite a bit in this area.
  • Back from the Dead: Tom Duggery who is resurrected as Skull Duggery.
  • Badass Adorable: Cody and Tejua had their moments of this, just because they're young doesn't mean they're helpless.
  • Badass Bookworm: Cody and J.R. most of the time when they use their wits.
  • Badass Longcoat: Both Bat Blastagun and Shock Holiday wear these.
  • Badass Mustache: Five Card Cud has one along with his stench.
  • Bait and Switch: In "A Snake in Cow's Clothing", it's implied that the smooth-talking Jacque Le Beef might rob Miss Lilli's safe. Instead, Mayor Bulloney has Saddlesore Scorpion rob it and Sheriff Terrorbull plant one of Le Beef's handkerchief's to frame him.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Few of the characters actually wear boots.
  • Bash Brothers: Moo and his deputies who fight crime together, along with Sheriff Terrorbull and Horrorbull who are actually brothers and do crime together.
  • Bat out of Hell:
    • Minor villain Bat Blastagun, an anthropomorphic bat.
    • The Cowgoyle also counts to a certain degree, since it's a monster with bat-like wings.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Jacque Le Beef, Sadie Wowcow and Barbwire Babs are good-looking and also very untrustworthy.
  • Beauty Mark: Sadie Wowcow has a beauty mark.
  • Bee Afraid: Cody gets chased by bees while trying to get honey in "How the West Was Shrunk".
  • Berserk Button: Never ever threaten or disrespect Cowlamity Kate when Dakota's around.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Most of the heroes fall under this category, their friendly demeanor lasts so long if anyone is foolish enough to piss them off.
  • Big Bad: The Masked Bull, who's really the corrupt Sheriff Terrorbull.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Jacque Le Beef, Sadie Wowcow, and Barbwire Babs are all nastier than they lead on. For example, Jacque Le Beef turns out to be a con man using his charm to avoid suspicion.
  • Bound and Gagged: Given this is a Western, expect this every other episode. Cody, and at least once Cowlorado, end up getting in this situation the most.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Dakota, after being defeated by Skull Duggery and his gang in "Skull Duggery Rides Again", ends up having his mind controlled by them.
  • Brainy Brunette: Tejua, Cowlamity Kate, and Buffalo Bull, all are brunettes and intelligent in their own fields.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Dakota Dude, who's massive strength is big as his heart and love for justice.
  • Canon Immigrant: Buffalo Bull was made up for the arcade game in order to provide a fourth player character, but he became a real character on the show.
  • Can't Catch Up: Cowlarado's horse Jezebelle is fast, but nowhere near as fast as Cowline's horse Tornado.
  • Cat Girl: Barbara, a.k.a. Barbwire Babs is a humanoid feline.
  • Cat Fight: Lilli Bovine and Sadie Wowcow have a pretty big quarrel in the episode "Thoroughly Moo-dern Lilli" and even tear off parts of their outfits during it.
  • Cats Are Mean: Evil Eye and Barbara, a.k.a. Barbwire Babs are cats and villains.
  • Character Development: Actually, there was a pretty decent amount in this show. In particular, there is Cody starting out as a Tagalong Kid and eventually becoming a useful ally to the lawcows.
  • Chaste Toons: J.R.'s only seen relative is his niece Tejua.
  • Chick Magnet: Moo Montana, Dakota Dude, Cowlarado Kid, and Jacque Le Beef all get a lot of attention from the ladies.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Cowlorado Kid and Swifty Buckhorn both love women a lot, but are also decent people.
  • City of Adventure: There is always a conflict for the lawcows to resolve in Cowtown, be it the doings of the corrupt Mayor Bulloney or a crime committed by crooks from out of town.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Boothill Buzzard isn't exactly right in the head to say the least. Saddlesore Scorpion also like this, to a lesser degree.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: This is averted when Moo and his deputies were suspicious of Jacque Le Beef when he became extremely popular in Cowtown, especially with the ladies. It turns out they were right since he was a con artist that was using a fake name to hide his true identity and cover up his scam.
  • Cool Big Sis: Bessy for her two brothers Frank and Beans. Also Lilli to Cody to a certain degree.
  • Cool Teacher: Sara Sheep from "School Days" is loved by all the children and even has the respect of Dakota Dude.
  • Cool Uncle: J.R. is this to his niece.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Sheriff Terrorbull ends up banished from Cowtown in the beginning of season two, but returns to help Mayor Bulloney with more dishonest deeds after becoming the sherrif of the deserted Lonesome Gulch.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: While Mayor Bulloney is mainly a politician, he's also a corrupt businessman.
  • Country Star Composer: The theme song was co-written and sung by 1990s country singer Billy Dean.
  • Courtroom Episode: While no episode had too much, if any, of courtroom time, a good deal of "Bulls of a Feather" was about the good guys keeping the witness safe for Sheriff Terrorbull's trial and the bad guys trying to either prevent the witness from showing up or make sure the witness' testimony wouldn't be enough to convict Terrorbull as the Masked Bull.
  • Cowboy: No pun intended.
  • Crossover: The main heroes appeared as starring roles in the Tales of the TMNT series for a few issues, as well as in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward episode. This pretty much confirms the show being part of the Turtles multi-verse.
    • The Fast Forward episode doesn't feature the actual Moo Mesa-verse but a virtual simulation.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When Cowlamity Kate is attacked and aged by Skull Duggery's gang, Dakota tries to avenge her, but it really doesn't go as planned.
  • Cute Bruiser: Cowlamity Kate, she maybe pretty but doesn't stop her from kicking ass like the men.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Lilli and Tejua at certain points, even when getting kidnapped, they will often put up a fight and even free themselves.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Several characters aside from the main heroes had episodes that focused on them and allowed for some nice Character Development along the way.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Cowline defeats both Cowlarado and Swifty in the horse race causing them to put aside their differences.
  • Dem Bones: Skull Duggery, once a greedy miner, now resurrected to a skeleton in his debut.
  • Disguised in Drag: Cowlarado Kid does this to try to infiltrate Barbwire Babs' gang. It doesn't go very well.
    • Also Boothill Buzzard tries to pose as the school's female teacher to trick the children into helping him commit crimes.
  • Distressed Damsel: Lilli Bovine, at times in the arcade game where you have to save her.
  • Dumb Muscle: Ma Belle's biggest son qualifies for this. He's very muscular and even admits that he can't count.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: When a circus arrived in town, Mayor Bulloney tried to use a mouse to scare an elephant so the resulting distraction would allow Saddlesore and Boothill to steal a diamond.
  • Enemy Mine: The episode "Dances With Bulls" has a pretty memorable one between Marshal Moo Montana and Sheriff Terrorbull in order to track down the Gila Hooligans.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas:
    • Ma Belle's gang, who are also her children, care a lot about her.
    • The Cacklin' Kid uses this as a means to gain sympathy from the judge to keep the picture he has of his mother, although the real reason he wants to keep it is because the back of it has a treasure map to his stolen loot.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Moo Montana at least for his first girlfriend Bessy in his hometown, and Lilli for Moo back at Cowtown.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: This is how Jacque Le Beef is able to win over the ladies of Moo Mesa, although it turns out that he's a con artist and his real name is Barney Finklestein who was just using a fake French accent and a disguise to hide his true identity.
  • Everything's Better with Cows: The heroes are humanoid bovine.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Sheriff Terrorbull and his deputies Saddle Sore and Boot Hill Buzzard are the criminal equivalents for Moo Montana and his deputies Cowlorado Kid and Dakota Dude.
    • Also Sadie Wowcow for Lilli Bovine, since she runs a saloon of her own to try and steal Lilli's customers and is very much Lilli's opposite in personality, only caring about one-upping her old rival.
  • Evil Redhead: Sheriff Terrorbull's hide is red and he conspires with Mayor Bulloney.
  • Evil Smells Bad: Five Card Cud has flies circling around him.
  • Evolving Credits: The opening for season two has clips of some of the villains introduced in season two spliced in.
  • The Faceless: Shock Holiday from "No Face to Hide" has his face hidden by a rag until Moo captures and unmasks him.
  • Fanservice with a Smile: Lilli Bovine serves sasparilla at the Tumbleweed, is very attractive, and tends to wear a fetching blue dress when she works there.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: The heroes use guns that fire harmless sheriffs stars instead of bullets.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The Buffalo Tribe were this to Native Americans while the rest of the animals are settlers and townsfolk.
  • Fat Bastard: Mayor Bulloney, his weight is big as his corruption.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Very much played straight. The tomboyish Cowlamity Kate is such a lousy cook that others dread her rhubarb pie, while the more feminine Lilli Bovine is more skilled in the culinary arts.
  • Fiery Redhead:
    • Lilli Bovine has had her moments, at one point getting enraged when Moo forgot about their picnic date.
    • Sheriff Terrorbull also counts because his hide is red and he's often very angry.
  • First Girl Wins: Averted, as Moo chose to stay with Lilli in Cowtown as opposed to staying with his hometown girlfriend Bessy Bluebell.
  • Fragile Speedster: Cowlarado Kid and his horse Jezebelle were the fastest of the main heroes, but they also got into the most trouble.
  • Friend to All Children: Lilli Bovine loves children as if they were her own, and the children love Lilli as if she was their mother.
  • Friend to All Living Things: J.R. Highlighted in "Wetware, Whoa", where he gives some water to a snake and helps a tortoise climb a rock.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The C.O.W. in the series title stands for Code Of the West, which is what the heroes live by.
  • Furry Confusion: Justified, as the theme song explains that only "the chosen few" were affected by the comet and turned into anthropomorphic creatures.
    • This explains why anthropomorphic cows are riding non-anthropomorphic horses.
    • Or anthropomorphic cows rustling non-anthropomorphic cows.
  • Furry Female Mane: The cow women have hair like human women.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Lilli and Sadie's fight in the episode "Thoroughly Moo-dern Lilli" involved them tearing apart each others' skimpy dresses and causes Dakota to put his hand over Cody's eyes when he seemed a little too interested.
  • Genius Bruiser: Moo Montana, Buffalo Bull, and The Masked Bull are intelligent in the battlefield and out.
  • Greed: Tom Duggery. In fact, it was Tom Duggery's greed and selfishness of his silver mine that got him trapped inside and eventually killed during a cave in, which caused him to return to the living world as Skull Duggery.
  • Green Eyes: Sadie Wowcow has these, which probably reference her jealousy of Lilli Bovine.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Sheriff Terrorbull and Sadie Wowcow are both jealous towards Moo Montana and Lilli Bovine respectively for being more popular and well-regarded in their fields of work.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Bessy Bluebell, Moo's old flame is kind as she is beautiful and is blond.
  • Happily Adopted: Cody seems to be this since he has no known parents, is looked after by Lilli, and is even confirmed to live with her in the second season.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Moo acknowledges Lilli Bovine's beauty in-universe.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Marshal Moo Montana has feelings for The red-haired Lilli.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Cody for Moo to the point he wishes to become a deputy.
  • Hollywood Mirage: Occurred in the episode "Dances with Bulls" when Marshal Moo Montana and Sheriff Terrorbull had to wander the desert while tied to each other, the latter hallucinating a cactus as a water fountain and a street sign as a giant popsicle.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Dakota Dude has a terrible singing voice. Marshal Moo Montana and Cowlorado Kid even complain about it in "Sheepful of Dollars".
  • Honest John's Dealership: Major Bulloney does this in "Wetward, Whoa" by selling water to the people of Cowtown and continuously jacking up the price.
  • Hot-Blooded: Cowlarado Kid is a lot more impulsive than Marshal Moo Montana and Dakota Dude.
  • Humanoid Female Animal: The female cows pretty much look like women with bovine ears and snouts.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Moo Montana's weapon is a shuriken pistol that shoots tin stars.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Moo Montana had these as his specialty. No matter what he manages to hit with his pistols, they always manage to stop the bad guys in some way.
  • Improbable Weapon User: One of Shock Holiday's cronies uses a rifle that shoots acidic bean paste.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: "How the West Was Shrunk" had the lawcows shrunk by a ray gun powered by a comet fragment.
  • Indian Maiden: Tejua, the young bison calf.
  • Insistent Terminology: Cowlorado Kid let his friends call him "Cowlorado", but wanted everyone else to call him "Kid".
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Dr. Wolfenstein from "How the West Was Shrunk" is shown to be a hermit.
  • Interspecies Romance: Swifty Buckhorn, a jackalope, attempts to woo Cowlamity Kate's cousin Cowline, a cow.
  • Its Pronounced Tro Pay: The Gilla Hooligans constantly remind people that "gilla" is pronounced "hee-la" and not "gee-la".
  • Jaw Drop: Lilli Bovine has one when Moo attempts to marry Cowlamity Kate in order to save her father's mine from being taken away in "Wedding Bull Blues".
  • Jerkass: Sheriff Terrorbull and Mayor Bulloney are both very mean and conniving finks.
  • Karma Houdini: The main villains Sheriff Terrorbull, Mayor Bulloney, Saddle Sore, and Boot Hill Buzzard never get any punishment that sticks. While Saddle Sore and Boot Hill Buzzard are more likely to end up in jail, Mayor Bulloney keeps letting them out. In addition, Sheriff Terrorbull is exiled from Cowtown in "No Face to Hide", but simply becomes sherrif in Lonesome Gulch to continue his corrupt ways.
  • Keet: The Cacklin' Kid isn't all that malicious for a criminal, what with always trying to strike a conversation and being so energetic.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Cowlorado Kid is implied to be younger than the other C.O.W.-Boys and Cody is a child. Both of them have the usual fun-loving and reckless aspects of kid-appeal characters.
  • Kid Sidekick: Cody and Tejua at times are useful when the heroes bring them along.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The undead Skull Duggery, especially in his second appearance "Skull Duggery Rides Again", where he teams up with two other ghosts in a plan to raze Cowtown.
  • The Lad-ette: Cowlamity Kate can hold her own like the boys.
  • Large and in Charge: Big Bucks from "Boom Town or Bust" is taller than his minions.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Cowlarado Kid's plan of attack, is simply to attack.
  • Legally Dead: Seven years after Colonel Cudster put his daughter in charge of his gold mine and left Cowtown to look for more gold, Mayor Bulloney tried to invoke an old law to get the Colonel declared dead and seize the mine.
  • Lethal Chef: Cowlamity Kate, much to the groups' disgust. In "Legend of Skull Duggery", the heroes joked that eating her rhubarb pie is punishment enough.
  • Licensed Game: The 1992 arcade game, which introduced the fourth hero Buffalo Bull.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Lilli Bovine and Sadie Wowcow respectively are a good-natured woman and a manipulative rogue.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Shock Holiday, appropriately enough, is a big man and also surprisingly quick.
  • A Load of Bull: Obviously, since most of the main cast are anthropomorphic cattle.
  • Made of Iron: Dakota Dude can take punishment as much as he can dish out.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Wolfenstein, who is enlisted by Bat Blastagun to create a shrink ray in "How the West Was Shrunk".
  • Man Behind the Man: Mayor Bulloney is the reason the Masked Bull commits his crimes and keeps coming back.
  • Meaningful Name: Most characters had these. Some of the more notable examples include the skeletal Skull Duggery and the gambler Five Card Cud.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: Sheriff Terrorbull attempts to cheat at the raffle in "Stolen on the River" to win the tickets to the Dixie Trixie, only to find that the boat has been hauled into dry land after the C.O.W.-Boys discovered it to be a front for Five Card Cud's theivery.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Like many cartoons at the time, the show had its own toyline.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: The episode "Circus Daze" features a stone that the Great Bovini uses to hypnotize people into stealing for him. The stone shrinks the victims' eyes. Boot Hill Buzzard, whose eyes are already that small, isn't affected.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Ma Belle is relatively small compared to most of her family.
  • Monster of the Week: In the second season, most episodes involve a one-shot antagonist.
  • Motor Mouth: The Cacklin' Kid has trouble shutting up whenever he starts talking.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Lilli Bovine and Sadie Wowcow are quite attractive and even get a scene where they dance in revealing outfits.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Several characters' names reference famous cowboys and outlaws of the Wild West.
    • Cowlamity Kate is named after Calamity Jane.
    • Buffalo Bull is named after Buffalo Bill.
    • Bat Blastagun's name is a play on Bat Masterson.
    • Shock Holliday's name references Doc Holliday.
  • The Napoleon:
    • Ma Belle from "The Down Under Gang" is very short, but als orders her larger sons around and is a notorious criminal.
    • Mules Burne from "The Wild Wild Pest" is short in stature, but also kidnaps a bunch of inventors to build a giant robot for him to control and overthrow the governor with.
  • Nice Guy: Pretty much everyone other than Mayor Bulloney, Saddle Sore, Boot Hill Buzzard, Sheriff Terrorbull, and the show's other antagonists is a good-natured person always willing to help those in need.
  • Nice Hat: Most of the characters had these from stetson, bowlers, to top hats.
  • Nitro Express: "Bang 'Em High" had the villains try to use nitroglycerin in a parade float to kill Moo Montana.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: While cows are mammals, the females in this series have human-like breasts instead of udders.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: J.R. and Tejua were both drawn without ears, unlike the rest of the characters.
  • Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying over You: Happens in "Cow Pirates of Swampy Cove", where Dakota Dude thinks that Cody got eaten by a crocodile and continues sobbing over his apparent demise even after Cody appears before the lawcows.
  • Not-So-Forgotten Birthday: "Another Fine Mesa" had Dakota Dude, Cowlorado Kid, and Lilli Bovine pretend to forget about the tenth anniversary of Moo being marshal, only for Moo to go back to his hometown Miller Glen.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The Cacklin' Kid, which makes sense considering he's a hyena.
  • On One Condition: Cowlamity Kate's father, who left Cowtown seven years ago, once wrote a letter that was declared a will naming Cowlamity and her husband as heirs to his gold mine. However, this will won't be valid unless she has a husband by the time her father dies. Mayor Bulloney once tried to have her father declared dead so he could use the lack of a will to claim the mine for the town.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In order to discredit Moo Montana's witness when Sheriff Terrorbull was taken to the courts for the Masked Bull's crimes, Saddlesore Scorpion and Boothill Buzzard showed up dressed as the Sheriff to see if the witness could tell which one was the real Sheriff Terrorbull. The witness claimed there were three Sheriff Terrorbull in the courtroom, thus destroying the prosecution's case.
  • Passing the Torch: When Moo returns to Miller Glen, Sheriff T-Bone attempts to do this with him and says his old student Moo Montana would be perfect take his place as the new sheriff, but Moo respectfully turns the offer down and suggests that he train Bessy's younger brothers Frank and Beans to be the next sheriffs of Miller Glen instead.
  • Pirate: Captain Longhorn Silver and his crew from "Cow Pirates of Swampy Cove", who get the C.O.W.-Boys' attention when they tamper with the mail to steal gold and 25 dollars Cody sent for a new pair of boots.
  • Pirate Parrot: Captain Longhorn Silver from "Cow Pirates of Swampy Cove" has a parrot.
  • Plucky Girl: Most of the female cast Tejua, Carly, Cowlamity Kate, and even Lilli Bovine has her moments of this.
  • Polly Wants a Microphone: Captain Longhorn Silver's parrot in "Cow Pirates of Swampy Cove", since Cowlorado Kid successfully interrogates him about Silver and his crew's whereabouts.
  • Posthumous Character: Tom Duggery, who died in a cave-in years before the events of the series and is resurrected as Skull Duggery.
  • Pride: This was mainly the cause of most Sheriff Terrorbull's, and by extension, the Masked Bull's defeats by Moo and his deputies. He's too arrogant to even consider the possibility of defeat.
  • Proper Lady: Lilli Bovine and Cowlamity Kate's cousin Cowline both tend to dress and act the way women were expected to in the olden days.
  • Psycho Electro: Shock Holiday fires lightning from his guns and is very short-tempered.
  • Punny Name: The majority of the characters, especially the villains had these. For instance, there's Bessy's brothers Frank and Beans.
  • Real Women Never Wear Dresses: Played straight and subverted at the same time with Cowlamity Kate who was much more of an Action Girl than Lilli Bovine, but subverted because Lilli was able to contribute and hold her own pretty well in sticky situations most of the time.
  • Recycled In Space: The show got an Arcade game which was a clone of Sunset Riders which, in turn, was Contra in the Wild West.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Masked Bull wears red and black to hide his true identity.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning:
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Bat Blastagun's friend Gill, The Gilla Hooligans, and The Hole In The Ground Gang are all villainous reptiles. They are respectively a lizard, a gang of Gila monsters, and a pair of snakes.
  • Riddle for the Ages: So, is Cowlarado wearing clothes that have his same skin pattern or what?note 
  • Right-Hand Hottie: Sadie Wowcow takes this role to Mayor Bulloney in her appearance. She is very attractive and aids the mayor in trying to put the Tumbleweed out of business.
  • The Rival:
    • Sheriff Terrorbull is often at odds with Moo Montana.
    • Sadie Wowcow starts her own saloon to try and drive Lilli Bovine out of business and later tries to prove she is a better showgirl than she is.
    • Swifty Buckhorn and Cowlorado Kid both compete for Cowline's affections in "The Fastest Filly in the West".
  • Rule of Cool: In the Arcade Game, the Cowboys can swim up a waterfall.
  • Rule of Three: Moo Montana and his deputies, Sheriff Terribull and his deputies, Bat Blastagun and his cronies, Skull Duggery and his cronies, and so on.
  • Schoolmarm: Sara Sheep becomes the schoolmarm of Cowtown in "School Days".
  • Scooby-Doo Hoax: Happens in "Night of the Cowgoyle", where the titular monster turns out to be a criminal disguising himself as the Cowgoyle to smuggle gold.
  • Shadow Archetype: Sadie Wowcow is very much what Lilli Bovine would be like if she had less scruples.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Jacque Le Beef wears a good-looking white suit.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Most of the female characters would qualify with Cowlamity Kate, who ordinarily avoids wearing dresses, in a wedding dress in "Wedding Bull Blues" as the defining example.
  • Ship Tease: A good deal of this happens between Dakota Dude and Cowlamity Kate. Notable instances include Kate appreciating Dakota's compliment on her pink dress in "Bulls of a Feather" and the two revealing that while they aren't ready for marriage, the one they'd like to get hitched with is one another in "Wedding Bull Blues".
  • Shock and Awe: Shock Holiday appropriately falls under this because his guns shoot lightning bolts.
  • Showgirl Skirt: Lilli Bovine and Sadie Wowcow wear skirts that don't cover much of their waists in "Thoroughly Moodern Lilli".
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Moo is attracted only to Lilli, despite all of the advances he's had by other women.
  • Soap Punishment: Lilli mentions that she'd like to wash Sheriff Terrorbull's mouth out with soap in "Another Fine Mesa".
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • It's Lilli Bovine, not Lily.
    • Also J.R.'s niece is Tejua, not Tewa.
  • Stripperific: Lilli Bovine and Sadie Wowcow's revealing outfits in "Thoroughly Moodern Lilli" bordered on this.
  • Super Strength: Dakota is a powerful mountain of a man.
  • Super Speed: Cowlarado's horse Jezebelle can ride very fast. Cowline's horse Tornado is even faster.
  • Supreme Chef: Lilli Bovine, in contrast to Cowlamity, is actually a good cook.
  • Tagalong Kid: Cody and his friends, Carly and Jacob, and Tejua the buffalo calf whether the heroes bring want to or not.
  • Team Mom: Lilli Bovine, and even possibly adopted mother for Cody.
  • Terrible Trio: Most of the main villains traveled in teams of three.
  • Theme Naming:
    • The three main characters are all named after states.
    • Also Sheriff Terrorbull and his brother Horrorbull, their names being plays on "terrible" and "horrible" respectively.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Terrorbull's bumbling henchmen, Boothill Buzzard and Saddlesore Scorpion are rarely seen apart.
  • íThree Amigos!:
    • Moo Montana, Dakota Dude, and Cowlarado Kid are all three heroes who get along fine.
    • Cody is occasionally seen with his friends Carly and Jacob.
  • Time Master: Skull Duggery and his friends were able to make buildings become dilapidated and to make people rapidly age.
  • Tomboy: Cowlamity Kate doesn't usually wear dresses and isn't as feminine as the other women on this show.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Cowlamity Kate and Lilli Bovine respectively. Lilli is much more feminine.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Cowlamity Kate is revealed to be this in "Bulls of a Feather" when her parcel turns out to be a pink dress.
  • Too Dumb to Fool: Boothill Buzzard is literally so dumb that he is actually immune to the hypnotic effects of Bovini's magic crystal.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Cody and Tejua on several occasions managed to help the C.O.W.-Boys in their battles.
  • True Blue Femininity: Lilli Bovine sometimes wears a blue dress.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The lawcows' horses fall under this. Moo and Dakota had their stallions Cyclone and Rebel, and Cowlarado had his mare Jezebelle.
    • Also Cody, and his friends Carly and Jacob.
  • Visual Pun: One-shot antagonist Billy the Kidder is a goat. A Billy goat is a kind of goat, plus young goats are sometimes called kids.
  • We Will Meet Again: Both of Skull Duggery's episodes end with him vowing to get even with the lawcows for besting him.
  • Went to the Great X in the Sky: In "Circus Daze", Bovini gets his clown henchman to retrieve his magic crystal by threatening to send him to the Big Top in the sky.
  • Wicked Cultured: The Gilla Hooligans act like classy snobs and taste is important to them when it comes to the valuables they steal.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Tejua, picks up after his uncle J.R.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Moo and his deputies are forced to engage in combat with a band of female bandits in the episode "No Way To Treat A Lady".
  • You Dirty Rat: Fast Willy and his gang in "The Fastest Filly in the West" happen to be rats.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dakota Dude's hide is blue.

Alternative Title(s): Wild West Cowboys Of Moo Mesa

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