Western Animation: Littlest Pet Shop (2012)
The latest Animated Show
in the Littlest Pet Shop
franchise, which premiered on The Hub (now Discovery Family
) on November 10, 2012.
Developed by My Gym Partner's A Monkey
creators Timothy Cahill and Julie McNally Cahill, the series follows Blythe Baxter and her father as they move into a big city apartment above the Littlest Pet Shop - a day-camp for pets of all kinds. Her adventures begin when she discovers that she alone can miraculously understand and talk to all of the pets. Learning that the pet shop is about to close down because of the Largest Ever Pet Shop, which is run by the Biskitt family, Blythe agrees to help save the pet shop. After this initial setup, the series focuses on Blythe and the pets' wacky adventures.
In America, Shout! Factory
has released several first season episodes on DVD. The entire first and second seasons are also available for streaming on Netflix.
Not to be confused with Littlest Pet Shop (1995)
or Littlest Pet Shop Presents
, which have their own entries.
Now has a comic book
from IDW Publishing
A recap page
is now up.
For a list of Shout-Outs, go here
- Absentee Actor: The following is a list of episodes where any of the main pets are absent.
- Minka: Bakers And Fakers, Eight Arms To Hold You
- Penny Ling: Bakers And Fakers, Terriers And Tiaras, Eight Arms To Hold You
- Pepper: Bakers And Fakers, Eight Arms To Hold You, The Big Feathered Parade
- Russell: The Big Feathered Parade
- Sunil: The Big Feathered Parade
- Vinnie: Terriers And Tiaras
- Zoe: Eight Arms To Hold You
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: Blythe in "Terriers & Tiaras" when she gets too caught up in the competition and turns into a pageant mom.
- Jasper in "Commercial Success"
- Actually Pretty Funny: Pepper's reaction when she hears Zoe's plans for Penny's anniversary party will include a "dunk-a-skunk" booth.
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- Aesop Amnesia: In Penny For Your Laughs, Pepper learns a valuable lesson of not making fun of your friends, especially Penny Ling. In "The Very Littlest Pet Shop" the very first lines are of Penny complaining about Pepper making fun of her fat bottom, not to mention Pepper later YET AGAIN takes her humour too far (Though this time on a guest pet) despite everyone telling her to stop
- All There in the Script: A few characters have their names either partly of fully revealed by the credits. Vi was credited as Vi Tannabruzzo, Mr. Payne was credited as Morgan Payne, and Tiger and Chef Henri weren't even named until the credits.
- After the toyline went through a "Franchise Re-Invention", some unnamed characters got named by the merchandise. A recurring dachshund was named Oscar Long, and Philippe was named Philippe Boudreaux.
- On the establishments' side, we have the high school, Downtown City High, and a thrift shop, The Thrifty Armoire.
- Ascended Fanboy: In "The Big Feathered Parade" Vinnie's Hero turned out to not be a real iguana but a hologram, after the actor rage quits, Vinnie then is given control of the motion capture suit for the parade, literally becoming his hero
- A Day in the Limelight: "What Meme Worry" Jasper is a major character, in fact he set the entire episode into motion.
- Even more so in "Commercial Success"
- Alpha Bitches: The Biskit twins.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The main pets are multicolored.
- Ambiguously Gay: Roger's old flight school buddy Ken from "Helicopter Dad".
- Christopher Lyedecker, the host of Terriers & Tiaras.
- Ramon from "The Big Feathered Parade".
- Oliver St. Oliver from "Some Assistance Required".
- Animal Facial Hair: Some of the pets and other creatures featured in the show have this.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Sunil is really worried about the robotic pet toys.
- Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: Between Russell and Zoe in "Tongue Tied".
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Russell's song in episode 7, he says that he and the other pets will make a mess and not clean it up, blow all their money shopping, and they'll take a wrong turn and get lost.
- Artistic License – Animal Care: In "Topped with Buttercream", the pets are shown eating candy and suffering no ill effects apart from a stomach ache and a bad sugar high. In real life, candy would be poisonous to most of them.
- Yet again when Blythe shares her cake with them in "Bakers and Fakers" especially Zoe which the cake may or may not have chocolate in it.
- Apathy Killed the Cat:
Blythe:"Why can I suddenly understand pets? I mean, who can talk to pets?"
Russell:"That's not important, Blythe."
- Balloon Belly: In "Topped with Buttercream", Russell, Sunil and Penny get some.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: The main pets when they wear tuxedos to greet Parker the penguin in "Winter Wonder Wha...?".
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In the first minute of episode 1, Blythe makes a comment to a puppy and squirrel that she wishes she knew what they were saying, only to have a minor freakout when she finally gets to Littlest Pet Shop for the first time.
- At the start of "Secret Cupet", Russell and Penny Ling pretend to be boyfriend and girlfriend to catch a mysterious being that causes pets to fall in love with each-other. Penny is all too willing to go through with this and adores the (fake) attention and compliments. Though... when Russell falls under the Cupet's spell and ends up acting like Pepi Le Pew on crack, she is terrified and wants nothing more than to get away from him
- Beleaguered Assistant: Philippa to Judi Jo in "Terriers & Tiaras".
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Tangier. Despite his seeming friendly disposition, he savagely sabotages Russell's photoshoots. Either he is so obsessed with his image, he will do anything he can to destroy the careers of any male models that he works with, whether professional or newbie, to avoid any future competition... or he just personally hates Russell for some reason.
- Bilingual Bonus: Blythe meets a ferret who only speaks in Korean.
- Blatant Lies: Largest Ever Pet Shop's motto: "Largest Ever Pet Shop, the only pet shop in Downtown City!"
- The Biskits while sucking up to Blythe, tell her that their spa cucumbers are harvested by unicorns, and their pizza was ordered from outer space.
- Bond Gun Barrel: In "Books and Covers", this is used to transition to the spy Fantasy Sequence.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Concerning Minka's fantasy sequence in "Bad Hair Day."
- Also Delilah's interpretation of the song fantasies.
Delilah: I suppose this is the part where we enter an alternate reality and I lay it out for you lot by a sanguine musical vocalization and rhythmic capering about isn't it?
Russell: Does this mean we're going to do a musical fantasy?
Delilah: Yeah, like whatever.
- In the following song, Delilah at one point stops singing and looks towards the viewers.
Russell: What is she looking at?
Sunil: I don't know but it looks interesting.
- Brick Joke: At the beginning of "Mean Isn't Your Color", Mrs. Twombly brings home a garish dress. At the end of the episode it's implied that she decided to give Blythe said dress since she was so busy making the pets and Roger's outfits that she didn't have time to make her own. Blythe is less than enthusiastic.
- The hair on the counter in "Eve of Destruction".
- At the start of "Littlest Bigfoot" the pets plan to dig a hole to trap Bigfoot, and Blythe jokes that her father if he sees Bigfoot will probably fall into the trap himself. Guess what happens at the very end of the episode.
- Buffy Speak:
Blythe: You saw something that looked like a spaceship hovering on top of a building, right?
Sunil: Yes, you are correct.
Blythe: And where was this building?
Vinnie: In the middle of Downtown City, on the way back from the veter-na-narian lady person.
- The Bus Came Back: Madison in "War of the Weirds".
- Caffeine Bullet Time: Vinnie in "Topped With Buttercream".
- The Cameo: Tootsie and Tiger reappear for a few seconds in "Secret Cupet".
- Carnivore Confusion: All animals in the world are apparently sapient, but the pets don't seem to have a problem with eating meat products.
- In "What Did You Say?", Vinnie befriends a fly that he had been trying to eat.
- Catch Phrase: Blythe's "What the huh?"
- Cloudcuckoolander: Anyone that isn't Blythe or the Biskitsnote . Though the more notable ones are Mrs. Twombly, Buttercream and Sugar Sprinkles.
- Chainsaw Good: One of the things "Fun Russell" throws Pepper to juggle is a chainsaw.
- Chekhov's Gun: Blythe's headphones in "Gailbreak!" and her emergency comb in "Dumb Dumbwaiter".
- While Blythe is acting as Mona Autumn's assistant, Mona requests lunch, and specifically tells Blythe to hold the Asparagus. Later on Blythe gives her her lunch, only for it to turn out that later on, Mona gets a severe allergic reaction because the (Swamped) Blythe forgot to hold the Asparagus. Starting an Oh, Crap moment as Mona was just about see a very very important client.
- Chekhov's Gunwoman: In the first episode, a woman named Christie visits the then-closing Littlest Pet Shop in search of possible locations for a sweet shop. In "Topped with Buttercream", it turns out she's Youngmee Song's aunt and she ultimately opens the sweet shop next door to the Littlest Pet Shop.
- Civilized Animal: The pets while still doing various animal traits like chewing on balls. Are just as sentient as humans and often wear clothing. This even goes to the point where Zoe has been shown to sometimes forget that she's a dog. This goes even further with Dodger and Twist who wear clothing 24/7 and seem to live within a Mouse World.
- Comically Missing the Point:
- In "Summertime Blues" after Mrs. Twombly gives her crazy plan to keep Blythe from leaving by framing her and having her put under house arrest.
Mr. Baxter: I don't think we can do that, Mrs. T...
Mrs. Twombly: Oh, you're right. She'll have to get out to work at the pet shop.
Russell: That was a great story, I couldn't have thought of a better one myself.
Sunil: I concur.
Vinnie: I don't, but I do agree.
- Complexity Addiction: Russell's plans in "Gailbreak!".
- Continuity Nod: In "Topped with Buttercream", Pepper's face paint includes orange eye shadow.
- "Terriers and Tiaras" shows that Blythe is still very camera shy (At first).
- In "Sweet (truck) ride" the pets take turns licking Sugar Sprinkle's candy coated fur, which Vinnie spits out a pink hairball. Later in "Blythe's Pet Project" Shivers takes interest in a "Pink Cat Hairball" while he and Blythe are digging through the dumpster.
- In "Blythe's Big Idea" during the Pet Jet fantasy, almost every single animal to appear in the show (At least every day camper) makes a cameo.
- In "To Paris With Zoe" as the pets are flipping through the TV channels, it shows every single Show Within a Show in the entire series so far.
- In "Gailbreak", "Topped with Buttercream", and "What did you say", Sunil is shown dancing "The Robot"
- Corpsing: In-Universe in "Sweet (Truck) Ride." The pets are trying to film a re-enactment of how they accidentally got the truck going and not Blythe, but Zoe and Pepper get a bad case of the giggles when trying to film their part of the incident.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Subverted. The Largest Ever Pet Shop may have all the warmth and comfort of a Home Depot located in the Ninth Circle of Hell, but Fisher Biskit is actually honest, polite, and strongly believes in the value of hard work, trying and failing to instil the same values in his daughters.
- Played straight in "Heart of Parkness" In which Fisher acquires a very rare, very expensive snake for a special customer. Yet the show heavily implies the snake is illegal and maybe even endangered. He very likely bought it off of the black market.
- Played straight again in "Littlest Bigfoot" in which Fisher tries to tear up a large chunk of the forest to make pet shampoo (One tree = one drop of shampoo) like a villain straight out of Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
- He seems to be getting even worse in season three. Though in "Winter Wonderland Wha...?" he's acting like his original self again.
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: Occurs often. See also Poor Communication Kills.
- Covers Always Lie: Some ads on the Hub's Facebook page made it look like the episode, "To Paris with Zoe" was going to be all about the pets going to Paris, but Zoe is the only pet who actually goes to Paris while the rest stay at the shop.
- Subverted with "The Hedgehog in the plastic bubble" before the episode aired, the synopsis for the episode on wikipedia said, "Russell and Blythe find themselves in a (partially imagined) state of solitude" which could easily lead one to assume that Russell and Blythe spend some time alone away from the other pets, and bond. (Similar to "Eight Arms to hold you") the reason this doesn't really count, is that it all depends on the point of view of whoever is reading the info.
- Crazy-Prepared: Roger has in his car facial tissue, cotton balls, and Blythe's favorite brushes in case the latter needed/forgot them.
- Also the Biskits have a armoire filled with hundreds of fresh new laptops in case they ever need it. Which is often since they throw out their laptop if they even click on a website they don't happen to like.
- Crossover: The Hub's promos sometimes put multiple Hub shows together, in this case with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
- Cry Cute: Blythe in "Helicopter Dad" after yelling at her dad to leave her alone and realizing she misses his company.
- Cyber Cyclops: Monban the robot, used as security in "Gailbreak!".
- He appears again in "Super Sunil" as the Biskets' Chauffeur.
- Then again in "Sleeper" as a paper shredder/analysis machine.
- And again in "Hamster Hoods".
- Dance Party Ending: "Gailbreak!".
- Dark Is Not Evil: In "What Did You Say?", Vinnie gets lost in the city dump and meets a rat named Pete. He's got an evil looking mustache, an eye patch, note and a large gold chain. And instead of wanting to harm Vinnie, he's actually very nice and friendly and helps Vinnie find his way home.
- Delayed Reaction: In "Sweet (Truck) Ride" when Vinny accidentally steps on Sugar Sprinkles' tail, she holds back her scream of pain until after she asks him not to be offended when it happens.
- Depending on the Writer: Blythe's and the Biskits' relationship varies from begrudging respect, to indifference, to mutual dislike.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Penny Ling says this word for word in "The Pet Expo" while the other pets are glaring at her because she made a remark that her pillow is as soft as Sunil's belly.
- The Ditz: Madison. Taken Up to Eleven in the season two premiere.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The theme song is sung by Ashleigh Ball.
- Drama Queen: Zoe, full stop.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: That dog that the cast rescue in "Gailbreak!"? Let's just say that "she's" not Gail.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Mary Frances and Olive Shellstein briefly appear among the crowd of pets and owners in the closing scene of "Blythe's Big Adventure, Part 2."
- Youngme Song's Aunt Christie has a little appearance towards the end of the first episode, 15 episodes before her first major appearance.
- Elevator Failure: Episode 9 revolves around Blythe, Zoe, Pepper, and Minka stuck in the dumbwaiter.
- And again in "The Secret Treasure of Henrietta Twombly" the pets enter the Dumbwaiter and try to make it rise, but halfway up they realize they aren't strong enough and the whole thing crashes to the bottom and even further by smashing through the floor into a subterranean cave. Though luckily, this worked out for them, since it led them straight to the treasure they were looking for.
- Epic Fail: In "Pawlm Reading" the phony pet psychic's analyses of the pets are not only incorrect, but also the exact opposite of what they're really like.
- Every Children's Tricycle is a Pinto: As demonstrated in the climax of "Sweet (Truck) Ride".
- Evil Laugh:
- Blythe does this in "Penny For Your Laughs" at the end of the first musical number.
- The Biskits throughout most of "The Expo Factor", and Their pet chinchillas in "Two Pets For Two Pests".
Blythe (Pretending to be angry): Are your pets... laughing at me?
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Throughout the entire series, there has been a German Shepherd as a background character. note in The Expo Factor, he is finally given a voice, and he's German.
- Expy: Fans from My Little Pony looked at Zoe and immediately came to the conclusion that she was a dog that looked like Twilight Sparkle but had the voice of Princess Celestia.
- Face-Heel Turn: Blythe temporarily in "Penny For Your Laughs".
- Failed a Spot Check: Youngmee and Aunt Christie seem to be completely unaware there's a cat living in the back of their truck.
- In season two, Sugar Sprinkles is seen buckled into a car seat next to Russell, which would seem to indicate she IS Christie's pet after all.
- Fan Disservice: Fun Russell's Carpet of Virility.
- Fanservice: Albeit brainwashing leading to Status Quo Is God, it doesn't seem like a coincidence that Sunil falls in love with Pepper
- Fantastic Racism: In Penny Ling's story in "So Interesting" when the watering stone was stolen, they immediately accuse the goblins, since goblins are well, goblins... it turns out the Goblins are very friendly and do not steal.
- Five-Man Band: This varies depending on the episode.
- Flanderization: Blythe's dad. He was always the stereotypical bumbling/clueless parent, but in Helicopter Dad, he becomes the stereotypical "embarrassing" parent as well.
- Buttercream seems to get less coherent with each new episode.
- When the show started, Fisher Biskit was simply a stern businessman, nothing more. Further and further into the show, he becomes more shady and corrupt such as selling an illegal water cobra, selling cheap water bottles that explode when trying to open, and intention to decimate a public forest for profit.
- As of the season three premiere, Fisher seems to have taken a level in dumbass, as he can't understand why LPS has become more popular than his store, sends his idiot daughters to spy on LPS, and then uses their "intel" to make an incredibly moronic business decision. If this keeps up, he'll be an older, male version of the twins in no time.
- Not to mention seeing the pets in a Totem Pole Trench moronically thinking it's an actual man despite Zoe's face is clearly visible. And wanting to make the "man" Vice-President for no other reason than... "it was walking around awkwardly"
- Though in "Winter Wonderland Wha...?" Fisher is unflanderized back into his mature and morally strict earlier self.
- Follow the Leader: It's pretty clear this show is trying to follow in the footsteps of a certain other Hasbro reboot, and even shares some of the same cast and writers and airs alongside it.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble (actually, 8)
- Zoe Trent and Pepper Clark are Choleric
- Russell Fergusson and Sunil Nevla are Melancholic
- Penny Ling and Blythe Baxter are Phlegmatic
- Minka Mark And Vinnie Terrio are Sanguine
- Freudian Slip: In "Blythe's Crush", Blythe keeps slipping in the word "cute" when describing how she bumped into Josh.
- Full-Name Basis: The panda bear is more often than not referred to as "Penny Ling", and rarely ever just "Penny".
- Funny Background Event: In "Topped With Buttercream". During the "Sweet Shop" song, Buttercream sings atop of a candy covered table surrounded by the other pets. During this time, Penny Ling takes a bite of the table. Later, Minka and Penny Ling jump on plates of jello. Minka bounces, but Penny Ling gets stuck.
- Also, Youngmee eating all her aunt's ice cream while the latter was trying to find the key to the sweetshop.
- In "Secret Cupet" Russell and Penny Ling in ridiculous outfits, are awkwardly pretending to be a romantic couple to lure out the Secret Cupet. Cue Blythe looking at them in the background with probably the best "What the hell...?" face in the entire show.
- Fun with Acronyms: Literally. The fashion school Blythe hopes to attend is called "Fashion University North", or "F.U.N." for short.
- Gender Reveal: Tootsie, Mary Frances, Princess Stori. The writers seem to like this one.
- Seems to be a Take That at pet owners who never bother to figure out what gender their pet is.
- Many viewers were led to assume "Sweet Cheeks" was a girl for most of the episode.
- Genre Savvy: Pokes fun at the original franchise while avoiding being a total parody of it much like My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic preceding it.
- The Ghost: Played with for one episode. Despite the B-Plot of "War of the Weirds" relied almost entirely on Fisher Bisket, we never actually see the character physically.
- Glass-Shattering Sound: A Running Gag in "Summertime Blues" whenever anyone squeals excitedly.
- Great Detective: Russell's alter-ego is a Sherlock Homage known as Cyril McFlip.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: Shahrukh's feet in "Lights, Camera, Mongoose!".
- Growling Gut: Russell, Vinnie and Zoe are so far the only pets who are prone to this trope. It also happens to Blythe in one episode during a daydream she has.
- Gypsy Curse: The plot of "The Very Littlest Pet Shop" is that the newest pet at the shop is a slow loris who claims to know voodoo and uses it to shrink the shop when the other pets push her too far.
- Heel-Face Turn: Played with when Roger sings to the Biskits about the joys of working hard and being nice. It's a textbook musical Heel-Face Turn, with the girls joining in and discovering that Good Feels Good...for the length of the song, anyway, and then they instantly revert. Apparently they just enjoyed singing, and it didn't matter to them what the lyrics were.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: Blythe, about Josh, a skater dude.
- Averted in "Secret Cupet", which she confides to Youngmee that she likes him but is too awkward to talk to him.
- Heroic BSOD: Minka gets hit with one in "Bad Hair Day" when she's pressured by the rest of the pets to create art that will propel them all to fame and fortune.
- Blythe has one in "Alligators and Handbags" and a very minor one in "Feud for Thought"
- High-Pressure Blood: In "Bakers and Fakers", because the Biskit Twins' poorly-made cake of themselves is filled to the brim with red borscht berry filling, this trope ensues when the cakes' "heads" slide off.
- Hilarious Outtakes: Parodied in "Sweet (Truck) Ride" when the pets are trying to record a re-enactment of the accident.
- Hippy Teacher: Blythe comes in late for class and gives not being "mentally ready" as an excuse. Mr. Banks responds by making the entire class take a "mental break".
- Hollywood Natives: The raccoons in "Heart of Parkness" are modeled after this trope.
- Huge Schoolgirl: Vi Tannabruzzo, who is One Freakishly Large Head Taller than Blythe.
- Human Ladder: The pets have done this a couple times in the series, but it has yet to become a standard technique of theirs.
- Alluded to in "What Meme Worry?" after Sunil's meme getting a million likes, Vinnie asks how much a million is. Russell says that if a million mongooses stood on each-others shoulders they'd be really really high up. Vinnie then says "Sounds really heavy for the Moogoose on the bottom" which Sunil admits that's what he feels like.
- Hypnotic Eyes: Sunil has these. He uses them in "Gailbreak!"
- Hypocritical Humor: Vinnie claims not to be a fan of Shahrukh, the famous Bollywood mongoose. When he walks out of his trailer, Vinnie fangirls out.
- I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: In "Topped With Buttercream", the pets get high on too much sugar. This is way exaggerated with the pets actually showing some symptoms of drug use, like extremely small irises, jitteriness, disorientation, eye twitching, trembling, nausea, strange and aggressive behaviour and hallucinations (though this is partially Truth in Television if you introduce sugar to people who never had it before). Penny Ling even had a straight-on Mushroom Samba. It ends in them dressing in tribal sugar-themed outfits and behaving more or less insane.
- Identical Stranger: Sunil and Shahrukh which leads to a Prince and Pauper story.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Shahrukh claims he just wants to be treated like a normal person... then makes the pets wait on him hand and foot.
- Ill Girl: Blythe in "What Did You Say?".
- Averted in "The Hedgehog in the Plastic Bubble" in which Blythe assumed she had a fatal disease called Jerry Berry.
- Imagine Spot: Most of the times when a song by the pets happens, or the pets happen to parody something else from pop culture, a more fantastical sequence illustrates the scene.
- I Need to Go Iron My Dog: In "Blythe's Big Day", Blythe tries to get out of talking with the Biskit sisters by telling them "I... have to go do anything else."
- In One Ear, Out The Other: In "What Did You Say?" at one point Blythe cleans out her ears this way.
- Insane Troll Logic: In "Bakers and Fakers" when Whittany and Brittany learn the winners will earn half a grade, they come to the conclusion that since there's two of them that's one whole grade for both of them.
- The Biskits AGAIN in "The Nest Hats Craze!", while holding Blythe against her will.
"Like, if you didn't want to be tied up and held against you will, you like, never would've become a celebrity."
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha: The episode "Gailbreak!" reveals that the Largest Ever Pet Shop has a high-tech security robot.
- He appears again in "Super Sunil" as the Biskets' Chauffeur.
- Interspecies Romance: In "Sweet Pepper" Pepper (a skunk) falls in love with Captain Cuddles (a weasel).
- In "The Expo Factor" Sunil (a mongoose) had a crush on Delilah (a cat).
- In "Sleeper" Penny Ling (a Panda) develops a crush on Otto Von Fuzzlebutt (A raccoon) note
- In "Secret Cupet" Baa Baa Lou (A Goat) falling in love with an unnamed female Pig.
- Russell (A Hedgehog) falling in love with Penny Ling (A Panda), Vinnie (A Gecko) falling in love with Minka (A Monkey) and Sunil (A Mongoose) falling in love with Pepper (a Skunk)
- Intoxication Ensues: When the pets go on a sugar binge in "Topped With Buttercream". Penny in particular starts hallucinating.
- Invisible Parents: Owners, anyway. Part of the premise is that the store is a day camp for the pets that their owners leave them at. Throughout season one, Zoe's owners are the only ones who make a physical appearance.
- Though not stated directly, in "So Interesting" Pepper said she was on the bus with her owner. She was standing right by the feet of a dapper looking man with a mustache, so chances are high he may be her owner.
- As of "Pet Sounds", Russell, Penny and Pepper's owners have been shown too.
- Ironic Name: One of the Biskit twins is named Whittany and has black hair, while the other is named Brittany and has white hair.
- It's All My Fault:
- In "Summertime Blues", Pepper and Russell wonder if it's their fault Blythe is leaving.
- In "Penny for Your Laughs" during the "I'm Sorry" song, Pepper blames herself for every single bad thing that happens to Penny, despite the fact that they were all accidents.
- Jabba Table Manners: Subverted, Otto Von Fuzzlebutt eats like a complete slob, but he is (despite his two minutes of being awake) shown to be a very nice guy.
- Kaiju: The Cold Open Fantasy Sequence in "So You Skink You Can Dance" is an Affectionate Parody of this.
- Killer Rabbit: Dolores the Slow Loris tries to be this. she is completely adorable, and has a high-pitched squeaky voice, but piss her off and she'll put a horrible curse on you (or at least she'd like to)
- Kitsch Collection: Mrs. Twombly and her antique doorknob collection.
- Ladies and Germs: "Ladies and gentlemen...hipsters..."
- Level Ate: Penny's sugar-induced fantasy.
- Lighter and Softer: Most of the plot in certain episodes are surprisingly not too serious nor dark.
- Limited Wardrobe: Averted with Blythe, played straight with everyone else.
- The Littlest (Pet) Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: The pilot kind of plays up this angle, with Roger remarking that he didn't notice it before, and then a shot of Mrs. Twombly peeking out of the blinds while tense music plays. The shop turned out to be pretty mundane, save for the animal communication abilities it apparently gave Blythe. It's then parodied when Blythe hears the air conditioner and thinks the shop is purring.
- Though subverted in the second episode where Jasper says he "Loves that store" meaning it's been there for some time.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: In the first episode we meet Blythe (1) her dad (2) seven pets (9) the store owner (10) the Biskit twins (12) three school friends (15!) and several others who may or may not be reoccurring characters. For a show aimed at younger viewers, this is... somewhat ambitious to say the least.
- Lots of Luggage: Blythe packs a mountain of luggage for an all-summer fashion camp, although some of this is supplies she'll need for drawing and designing.
- Made of Explodium: In episode 3 when Blythe makes Zoe a sweater out of her fur it promptly bursts.
- Magic Realism: Apart from Blythe's ability to talk to animals and the occasional cartoony gag, the show is pretty down to earth.
- Martial Arts and Crafts: Mrs. Twombly had used (and popularized) the use of kung-fu for quilting.
- Merchandise-Driven: Notably in two episodes. "Topped with Buttercream" to showcase the Candy Pets toyline, and "The Very Littlest Pet Shop" where in they're not even trying to hide the fact the episode is one big shout-out to the toyline as a whole, though if anything it seems more of an "cute reference" than "BUY OUR TOYS!"
- Mind-Control Eyes: In "Gailbreak!", Sunil hypnotizes the Biskit Twins; after this, their eyes contain the same concentric circles as his.
- Mind Screw: In "Bad Hair Day" Minka is having a fantasy that she is making art by splashing paint around, which some splashes on Blythe. Blythe immediately ends the fantasy yet is still covered with the paint.
- Missing Mom: Blythe's mother is never mentioned or seen even when she and her dad are moving.
- And "Mean Isn't Your Color" confirms that Roger is single.
- Also, the Biskit Twins' mother is never shown, and the only relative we see of Youngmee is her aunt. Seriously, does anyone have a mother on this show?
- Youngmee brings up her parents in "Feud for Thought". It's possible they still live in Korea and she keeps in contact with them.
- Mistaken for Special Guest: The plot for episode 12 involves Blythe being mistaken for a dance show contestant.
- And in episode 13 Sunil is mistaken for a movie star.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: The rats in "What Did You Say?". At first they appear to be antagonists, but then the leader agrees to help Vinnie get back home and even goes out of his way to rescue Vinnie when he's captured by the episode's true antagonist.
- Multi-Part Episode: The series premiere "Blythe's Big Adventure Part One" and "Blythe's Big Adventure Part Two".
- The Season 2 finale is a 2-parter as well.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The Lost and Found Box!
- My God, What Have I Done?: Pepper has this response after Penny's Ocular Gushers moment below.
- My Little Phony: Episode 25 has a "My Small Squirrel" reference. This is an Actor Allusion to Ashleigh Ball.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: In "Door-Jammed" Brittany senses a disturbance when Whittany starts getting along with Blythe.
- National Stereotypes: Seriously averted in "Fued for Thought" one would likely expect the two Koalas to have Australian accents and say "G'day mate" but it's completely flipped on it's head, as they're instead old fashioned American hillbilly stereotypes
- Never Heard That One Before: The response to Pepper's joke about a dog's slobber.
- Never Trust a Trailer: See Covers Always Lie.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: Old Bananas... Subverts this. It's a Jerkass Façade to prepare Pepper for the actual Jerkasses she'll meet in showbusiness.
- Non Indicative Name: Normally a pet shop sells pets as well as pet supplies.
Littlest Pet Shop: We don't sell pets, we cater to them.
- Ocular Gushers: Penny Ling after one joke from Pepper too far.
- Of Corpse He's Alive: Subverted in "Sleeper" as the trope is used completely straight except for the fact (being a kid's show) there is no death; the character is just hibernating.
- Offscreen Teleportation: The Biskit twins have a penchant for teleporting in front of Blythe. Also used constantly with Were-Russell in the Wolf-i-fied song.
- Oh, No... Not Again!: Sunil Nevla says "Not again..." after a failed magic trick blows up in his face and makes his magician hat disintegrate.
- Blythe says it in "Blythe's Crush" when the person she's trying to return his keys to leaves.
- One-Book Author: The singing voices for Penny and Zoe (Laura Hastings and Kylee Epp, respectively) have no other TV credits.
- One Of These Is Not Like The Others: Probably unintentional, but Vinnie is the only non-mammalian pet among the main cast of seven pets.
- Russell seems to be playing the Only Sane Man to the eccentric tendencies of the other pets.note He's also the only pet who's not an artist/entertainer.
- One Steve Limit: Averted thrice thus far:
- In "So You Skink You Can Dance", all the male dancers of Shake-A-Leg are named Igor and all the females are named Karina (though they all have different last names, of course).
- Morgan Payne in "Bad Hair Day" and Morgan the man who plays Bruce the Legal Iguana in "The Big, Feathered Parade".
- Fred, Old Bananas' owner in "Lotsa Luck" and Fred the museum mummy mascot actor in "A Day at the Museum".
- Only Sane Character: Blythe is the only main, principal character (gender and species notwithstanding) who isn't a Cloudcuckoolander, or a "queen bee".
- Open the Iris: Many of the characters, especially Penny Ling.
- Out of Focus: Zoe, Russell, Sunil, Vinnie, and Buttercream are the only pets featured in "What's in the Batter?", and Sunil is nowhere to be seen when the pets go to help Blythe.
- Only Blythe, Zoe, Minka, and Russell have major roles in "Terriers and Tiaras". Pepper and Sunil are reduced to non-speaking cameos in the Cold Open, while Penny and Vinnie do not appear at all.
- Jasper Jones is an afterthought throughout pretty much the entire first season. Sue to a lesser extent, but still very much out of focus in comparison to Youngmee.
- Just recently Jasper was a major part of an episode. (In which Youngmee barely had any lines at all and Sue was absent completely) This seems to foreshadow we'll see more of him from here on.
- Overly Narrow Superlative: In Russell's school fantasy, he get a trophy labeled, "Best Student Hedgehog Ever".
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Bakers and Fakers" the Biskit twins wear trench coats, hats, and mustaches in an attempt to appear as Newspaperist... er Journalist, in order to figure out what the gang is doing to make their cake. The gang is completely aware of who they are but still humor them.
- Parental Neglect: In "Helicopter Dad", the Biskit twins notice Blythe's dad is at the school, and we get this dialogue:
Brittany: Whittany, look who brought her own, like— wait, what's that person called, who, like, takes care of you?
Whittany: Like, a care-type person?
Brittany: That's it! Ugh, look who brought her own, like, care-type person with her today.
- Makes us wonder how their relationship with their "care-type person" is like...
- From what we see later, the problem is that he takes an active interest in their growth and expects them to work hard and get ahead honestly, when they'd actually prefer a neglectful Dad who just throws money at them and spoils them in lieu of genuine love and support.
- "Grounded" shows another side. Rodger while spending time with them was acting like a loving father figure would, giving them attention and playing games with them. Something they had never experienced before then, and they felt "real happiness" for the first time because of that.
- Pastimes Prove Personality: Blythe and the pets each have one.
- Blythe: Designing
- Minka: Painting
- Penny Ling: Ribbon dancing
- Pepper: Comedy
- Russell: Organizing
- Sunil: Magic tricks
- Vinnie: Dancing
- Zoe: Singing
- Averted with Russell as he seems to be gradually heading into a pet modeling career (with no choice in the matter) though he's easing into it, and even admitted it's starting to become fun, he doesn't seem to care regardless if he does it or not.
- Performance Anxiety: Blythe when she has to dance on a TV show.
- In "Terriers & Tiaras" when she is first interviewed she's rendered catatonic with camera shyness and can't say anything other than her name.
- Also Russell when he is chosen by the draw to be Blythe's model for the Expo, in The Expo Factor. He is terrified.
- Pet the Dog: Fisher Biskit provides an instance in the climax of "Grounded" by encouraging Roger to hurry home to Blythe.
- Photographic Memory: In "The Secret Recipe", Due to Youngmee's Genius Ditz status, when she finds out Blythe can talk to animals she recalls quite a few instances throughout the series to cement that. Despite most instances in her point of view, would be completely insignificant and easily forgotten. Also she remembered the plans for their cake in "Bakers and Fakers" quite accurately despite most of it being missing.
- Pie in the Face: Penny throws a pistachio pudding pie into Pepper's face after the latter apologizes.
- Place Worse Than Death: The Largest Ever Pet Shop is describe as this in episode 1. When we actually see the inside of the store in episode 4 it turns out said description might have exaggerated a bit.
- Playing Cyrano: In "Trading Places", Zoe (Who has a large blemish on her nose) asks Penny to talk to her crush Digby for her.
- Poke the Poodle: Fun Russell's zany antics include: switching the positions of two pet beds, not flossing his teeth, and not separating his laundry.
- Poor Communication Kills: Blythe drew the design for her dad's outfit in "Mean Isn't Your Color". Problem? Well, the head on that paper is Penny Ling's. Needless to say this resulted in a Could Have Avoided This Plot.
- Predatory Business: Largest Ever Pet Shop.
- Pseudo Crisis: In "Dumb Dumbwaiter" Mrs. Twombly locks Penny, Russell, Sunil and Vinnie in a cage, inadvertently hindering their efforts to save their other friends from the dumbwaiter. After the break, Penny just undoes the latch with her paw.
- Though the show may have been parodying this trope. (Like they parody everything else)
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: The pets somehow manage this on Blythe near the end of "Blythe's Big Adventure Part One," even though Littlest Pet Shop toys are known for being in perpetual Puppy-Dog Eyes mode. Needless to say, it's adorable.
- Zoe does this to Blythe in "Terriers and Tiaras", so she can be in the reality show. It almost doesn't work, until the pets used a flashlight, watering can, and violin music to make it more sad.
- Russell does this to Penny Ling when he asked her if he's too serious in "Russell Up Some Fun".
- Sunil is also very well known for this. He seems to do it at least once or twice in almost every episode he's in.
- Buttercream does this to Blythe in "Sweet Pepper".
- Taken Up to Eleven in "Day at the Museum".
- Blythe falls victim to this again in "Secret Cupet".
- Put on a Bus: The Biskits' butler Francois at the end of "The Expo Factor".
- Ragequit: Mrs. Twombly in "Dumb Dumbwaiter" after the cans she's trying to stack into a pyramid collapse for the fifth time.
- Pepper, after Zoe and Russells' (Fantasy) help talk show stops being about helping pets and instead simply to fuel their egos.
- Reality Warper: Their fantasies seem to imply this at times. Especially in "The Very Littlest Pet Shop", where it seems implied that Vinnie threw them all into a fantasy adventure without warning, so they thought it was really happening, the others finally catching on that it was just a fantasy when things started to go weird
- Rearrange the Song: The opening theme uses the same tune as the Littlest Pet Shop Presents opening theme.
- Recurring Extra: A few of the same people keep showing up in the background. You can also find them in crowd scenes, both real and imaginary.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Biskit twins.
- Retcon: In "Commercial Success", Littlest Pet Shop's motto was revealed to be "We don't sell pets. We cater to them." However, several times in season one, it was shown to have pets for sale, such as snakes and turtles.
- The first couple of seasons seemed to imply Mrs. Twombly lived in Littlest Pet Shop, as she has a bed and her doorknob collection there, but in the season 3 episode "Snow Stormin'" it's revealed she lives in an apartment somewhere else.
- Julie McNally Cahill stated that the mustachioed man Pepper was standing near in her flashback in "So Interesting" wasn't her owner, but "Pet Sounds" confimed he is.
- Reverse Polarity: Russell claims doing so to a cash register will disable the Biskits' robot. The other pets are a bit incredulous.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: It's based on Littlest Pet Shop, what do you expect?
- The Rival/Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Madame Pom to Zoe.
- Mr. Biskit to Mrs. Twombly.
- Rule of Cute: In an Imagine Spot, Penny wanted to name Minka's art, "Minka Inka". "Because it's cuter!"
- Rule of Perception: In the pilot, Blythe mistakes a dumbwaiter door with a window painted on it for an actual window.
- Rummage Fail: Youngmee's aunt, whenever she needs to get something from her purse. Which isn't helped by her having a small kitchen's worth of tools inside.
- There's a subtle gag the second time she does it: the first thing she pulls out is icing pops, which were what she was looking for the first time.
- Running Gag: When someone hugs Russell one of his spines gets stuck in their face.
- "Dumb Dumbwaiter" gives us a constantly collapsing pyramid of cans.
- Once per episode with Buttercream, has her spewing insane gibberish, a character saying "what?" her saying "what" back and her ears twirl together when untwirl as she sighs, then follows up with her catchphrase: "Aaanywhooooooo..."
- This running gag is averted for laughs in "The Treasure of Henrietta Twombly" where Pepper asks a question, Buttercream responses with "Do you mean... *says complete gibberish*" and starts to prepare position for the ear twirl. Yet instead of saying "what?" Pepper says "No" and walks away.
- Scooby-Dooby Doors: A certain hedgehog partakes in one of these in "Eight Arms to Hold You"
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Normally you can't fly on the Pet Jet without a pet, but Emma gets away with it because her mom is the co-pilot.
- Secret Test of Character: Old Bananas's supposed grouchiness and disappointment in Pepper is actually a facade meant to prepare her for the hardships of show business, as revealed when Pepper finally wins him and the pets over with her comedy.
- The Fashion Magazine owner, Mona Autumn, whom Blythe pitches her designs to who is extremely critical and yells at everyone for the tiniest things, she admits to Blythe that she acts that way to secretly separate the determined from the buttkissers.
- Though regardless, despite she is now very friendly with Blythe, she is still naturally scary.
- Security Cling: Vinnie and Sunil do this a lot in "Door-Jammed".
- Seinfeldian Conversation: The B plot to "So You Skink You Can Dance" consists of the pets trying to decide where to keep the TV remote.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Vinnie and Sunil often have this dynamic, with Vinnie as the cool and confident manly man, and Sunil as the Adorkable, not very confident sensitive guy.
- Seven Deadly Sins: You would think that since there are seven pets, they could represent the Seven Deadly Sins. To an extent, they kind of do, but not perfectly. It ultimately depends on the episode.
- Penny Ling best represents Gluttony.
- Vinnie best represents Wrath.
- Zoe represents Lust, Pride, Greed and Envy all rolled into one!
- None of the pets really represent Sloth.
- Seven Pets, One Costume: It was discussed throughout "Shanghai-Jinks" that the pets were to perform the classic Chinese Dragon act in honor of Mrs. Twombly's ceremony in Shanghai. At first, they had to perform it without Penny Ling since she was off having dinner with her relatives. Things go moderately well until they got the tail of the costume caught on a nail on the floor of the stage, but fortunately, Penny Ling showed up just in time to get in the tail and save them.
- Sequel Episode: War of the Weirds seems to be one to Standup Stinker, as it's filled with callbacks and nods to the earlier episode.
- Shaggy Dog Story: The ending of "Gailbreak!". Doubles as a Stealth Pun.
- Ship Tease: A small hint of Sunil/Pepper and Russell/Minka during the third "Dance Like You Know You Can" rendition in Gailbreak.
- In "Frenemies", Penny Ling remarks that Vinnie looks cute without his tail.
- In "The Expo Factor - Part 2", as the pets are resting on the cushions in Blythe's kiosk, Penny notes how they're soft "like Sunil's belly", reacting to the others' surprise with almost word for word Did I Just Say That Out Loud?.
- "Secret Cupet" seems to have been written for no other reason than to play around with this trope.
- Shout-Out: So many, they now have their own page.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Ms. Amster and Mr. Barish.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: In a comedy show with a cast that's about 80% female, this comes up a lot.
- Blythe faceplants hard when attempting the long jump. And again when attempting to skateboard.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Despite the Biskits priding themselves on being "super cool" and "super popular", they seem to be very unpopular at school (unless they're giving away free stuff), and they seem to have no actual friends. Lampshaded in "The Expo Factor Pt. 1".
Brittany: Don't tell anyone Whitney, but I forgot about that ippy effy thingy.
Whitney: Who would I tell?
- This is confirmed in "Two Pets For Two Pests" Where Brittany admits that people only like them if they're giving things away for free.
- Sneeze of Doom: Blythe sneezes and gives herself away when she is hiding behind the pets from her father in "Helicopter Dad".
- Also, in "Pawlm Reading" Sunil is on a skateboard: "I will be perfectly safe if I do not move a muscle - ah-ah-ah-CHOO" ZOOM *CRASH*
- And in "Some Assistance Required", Russell keeps sneezing and ruining a photo shoot.
- Something We Forgot: At the end of "Books and Covers" Whittany forgets to get Brittany her ointment and she's still locked in the girls' room.
- Sophisticated as Hell: In "Penny for Your Laughs" Whittany and Brittany taste test some lemonade like it's wine.
- So Unfunny It's Funny: Peppers Jokes. Incredibly lame but she takes them so seriously you can't help but smile.
- Spoiled Brat: The Biskits.
- Springtime for Hitler: Blythe attempts to get Sue to stop copying her style by wearing mismatching clothes. It fails when everyone loves them.
- Squee: In "Topped With Buttercream", Blythe and Youngmee do this when they learn they'll be working neighbors.
- Stand-Up Comedy: Pepper takes this hobby up when she realized her pudding gags are getting old.
- Stealth Pun:
- In "What Did You Say?" during the musical number Pepper is dressed as a doctor.
- The B-plot of "Inside Job" is about bees.
- At the end of "The Very Littlest Pet Shop" during a Mind Screw, in which reality goes berserk (revealing it was an Imagine Spot all along), Zoe's head turns into a giant eyeball. Zoe is an seeing-eye dog.
- Stylistic Self-Parody:
- "I think that giant head of hers got the worst of it!"
- From "Lights, Camera, Mongoose!": "Hey, large-headed panda! Come back here!"
- From "Topped with Buttercream": "Curse my freakishly large head!"
- From "Helicopter Dad": "Now your pupils look huge. Well, more huge than usual."
- The cold open to "The Hedgehog in the Plastic Bubble" has Blythe struggling to put on a sweater because her head is so big.
- Stylistic Suck: Whittany and Brittany's music video in "What, Meme Worry?".
- Technicolor Eyes: Even on the pets.
- That Came Out Wrong: In "Door-Jammed" when Whittany is telling Blythe to get out of her bathroom.
Whittany: This is my bathroom, just like everything else in this house.
Blythe: Everything else in this house is your bathroom?
Zoe: ...And I'm sorry I thought Sunil was that great a magician. Wait, that didn't sound right. I mean I don't know if he's great, but I can't say "good" with total confidence...
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Shivers in "Blythe's Pet Project".
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Vinnie is the smallest of the pets while Penny Ling is the largest, and the two are good pals and are often shipped together by fans.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Jasper in "Commercial Success"
- In "Tongue Tied" both Zoe and Russell do this in their "Pet Advice Talk Show" fantasy, becoming so self-absorbed they start completely shunning the pets they were supposed to help in the first place. With Zoe, many may not be surprised, but Russell becoming shallow and egotistic caught many viewers off guard.
- Totally Radical: Blythe's use of internet acronyms comes off as this. In fairness, the adults do occasionally poke fun at it.
- Totem Pole Trench:
- All the pets perform a rather impressive one in the episode, "If the Shoe Fits", so that they can sneak into the Biskit's birthday party along with stilts and fake arms. Zoe was the head of course since the whole purpose was for her to see her favorite band performing live. Hilarity Ensues so many times since Fischer and Roger wanted to meet them, and not to mention, Pepper's musk, Penny Ling's appetite and Sunil's balancing problems on the stilts caused so many problems, but surprisingly, they managed to make it through the whole party without getting caught (only Blythe figured out it was them).
- Surprisingly despite Penny Ling is the biggest and strongest, she was in the middle, not the bottom.
- The alien costume that Sunil, Zoe and Penny Ling wear in "Stand-Up Stinker" is basically this. Even though Zoe and Penny Ling were sticking their heads out, it was all part of the act.
- Tuxedo and Martini: The main Fantasy Sequence in "Books and Covers" is an Affectionate Parody Of this.
- Tyop on the Cover: The title of the episode "Eve of Destruction" had "Destruction" mispelled as "Destuction" on-screen◊.
- On the Canadian Netflix in "Trading Places" the subtitles misspell Digby as Dibgy the second time Zoe says his name.
- Uncle Pennybags: Mr. Biskit is rich but also a pretty nice guy. He doesn't spoil his daughters and actually tries to get them to make an honest living.
- Unexplained Accent: For some reason the Biskits' butler François LeGrande has an English accent.
- Unstoppable Rage: Sunil after Blythe tells him to see everything as cobras in "Gailbreak!".
- And Penny Ling in "Mean Isn't Your Color".
- And Vinnie at the beginning of "So You Skink You Can Dance".
- Vague Age: Blythe, her friends and the Biskit Twins don't have stated ages, nor is it said what grade they're in. They're in high school, so they're at least 14.
- Taken Up to Eleven with the pets. Even if you know how fast each animal ages in comparison to humans, the show never explicitly says how long each pet has been alive for, even further that each pet ages at different rates. Though one would likely assume they're teenagers if anything by the way they normally act, yet sometimes the pets will act like they're much younger if the script calls for it.
- Mrs. Twombly's age is hard to pinpoint. Going by looks, she appears to be at least 60. The only clue to her age is a flashback to 1969 where she looks to be in her 20s or 30s. She was also college buddies with Tess McSavage, who looks like she's in her 50s.
- Villain Song: BBF's song may count as one, even with Blythe's Evil Laugh at the end.
- The Biskits' music video may count since the lyrics are just pretty much "We're better than you" over and over.
- Two For One.
- "Biskit Twins Rhapsody" kind of flip-flops this. It starts off with the Biskits praising themselves as shallow brats, but as the song goes on they proclaim their redemption, wanting to work hard and help others.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Roger and Blythe in a nutshell.
- Wham Episode/Nothing Is the Same Anymore: "The Secret Recipe", from which point on Youngmee is now in on Blythe being able to communicate with pets.
- Wingding Eyes: Zoe gets stars in her eyes when she thinks about making a movie in "Sweet (Truck) Ride"
- Worst News Judgment Ever: Mrs. Twombly's retirement from kung-fu quilting completely overshadowed the first moon landing.
- You Mean Xmas: Though "Winter Wonder Wha...?" is set around Christmas, Christmas is never mentioned by name. For example, the Biskit Twins call their Christmas list their "holiday gift list."
- Younger Than They Look: Emma is supposed to be around Blythe's age, but her face, voice and height cause viewers to mistake her for an adult.