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YMMV: A.N.T. Farm
  • Acceptable Targets: One might argue that there are way too many jokes at the expense of fat people than are warranted.
    • Angus somewhat invokes this.
  • Actor Shipping: There are several ships, of which Jierra (Jake Short/Sierra McCormick) is probably the most popular, followed by Chake (China Anne McClain/Jake Short). Bonus points that in the latter ship, one of two is in love with the other (China Anne towards Jake).
    • Jaffanie (Jake/Stefanie) is another major one, mainly fueled by the actors' own actions behind-the-scenes.
  • Anvilicious: The Black History Month episode has shades of this not only for black heritage but also a little bit of women's heritage. Lampshaded when an actual anvil falls.
  • Award Snub: Averted. While it only received one nomination at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards (Jake Short for Favorite TV Actor), he won against quite modest competition (He faced Ty Burrell and Tim Allen, two middle-aged actors, and Alex Heartman of the male-targeted Power Rangers — and with the KCAs being heavily female-skewed, his odds were slim, at best). Favorite Show and Actress are maybe year or two down the road, but Favorite Sidekick should have been Sierra McCormick for Olive. Who got nominated? Jennifer Stone, Jerry Trainor, Nathan Kress and Jennette McCurdy (who won for the 2nd time in a row). Really? Three sidekicks from the same show? A show that the main protaganist seems the be the true sidekick to Jennette McCurdy. It was as if NICK paved the way for her win by not putting anyone who posed a threat. Adding Gibby to the mix would've made much more sense, but he could've beat Jennette. YMMV on Sierra winning it, but she definitely deserved recognition.
    • It's like they gave Jake Short the win to make up for it. But it wasn't even formally presented, just announced.
  • Base Breaker: Olive became one in season 3, largely due to her taking a level in jerkass.
  • Canon Sue: Chyna, depending on who you ask.
  • Creator's Pet: Super-smart Olive rarely got any comeuppance whenever she acted out in the third season.
  • Critical Research Failure: The Ancient Greece play. Zeus did not marry Aphrodite in Greek Mythology; depending on the version of the myth, she was his aunt or daughter.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A lot of Lexi's Jerkass moments are so exaggerated that they're funny rather than mean spirited.
  • Designated Hero: One episode has the cast scamming a guy into buying Fletcher's paintings at inflated prices and managing to get away with it.
    • In general, Olive is starting to fall under this in season 3.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In the episode "SciANTs Fair", Olive and Chyna fight over the controller to a miniature zeppelin during the titular fair; cue accidental recreation of the Hindenburg disaster with Olive even quoting the famous line "Oh, the humanity!" If the laugh track is to be believed, it's all Played for Laughs!
    • Arguably the whole episode "MutANT Farm", but this quote "You got a text message from Satan! 'See you soon'..." takes the prize. That joke came from the first episode, which this episode was based off of.
    • The Police Brutality jokes in "The InformANT", which were, of course, Played for Laughs. The scenes even got removed and shortened.
    • Lexi breaking her legs after pretending to be crippled in "PatANT Pending" and everybody thinking she's faking again and just leaving her there. God, we know she's an Alpha Bitch, but that was just harsh… also, Lexi was hit squarely on the head, yet her legs are broken?!
    • "ANTswers" tries to put the problems of arguing parents in stride (although it was treated seriously until it turns out Paisely was crying about her parrots). Lexi also makes a joke about deportation, just because Cameron's Canadian girlfriend was chosen to be in advertisements instead of her.
    • Lexi harshly telling Fletcher that Chyna didn't love him.
    • While looking for her Amelia Earhart doll in "AmusemANT Park", Olive says "Where is she? [gasp] She's missing."
    • When Fletcher gets a Crowning Moment of Awesome, Chyna's about to compliment him only to get hit in the head with a boomerang.
      • Shortly afterward, he gets invited on a Tazmanian Neville's show, thinking that he would talk about his surprisingly badass feats. Instead, Neville claims that he was the one who rescued Fletcher and belittles him in front of the audience. Damn.
    • The treatment of Fletcher in Season 3 is generally found to be unfunny and instead rather pitiable.
      • Fletcher's fear of streamers stems from an incident where he tied himself up like a mummy, only for Olive to mistake him for a piñata and viciously beat him while everyone else laughs.
      • Olive trying to kill Fletcher with venomous snakes just because he mis-phrased a riddle she was trying to solve.
      • People harshly yelling at Fletcher to get him to shut up, which is apparently a Running Gag.
      • Olive beating Fletcher viciously (again) and not actually taking responsibility for it. The rest of the episode even had his so-called friends (Olive even admits that Fletcher's not a friend) show a generally uncaring behavior toward him. It's a wonder why Fletcher is still happy-go-lucky.
      • The revelation Kennedy never really liked Fletcher and was using him; yes, the only person that's given Fletcher a Pet the Dog in Season 3 turns out to be using him the whole time.
  • Ear Worm: The theme music. Also "Cameron Parks: Space Cadet" from "ClarivoyANT".
    • China Anne McClain released a very catchy halloween-themed song called "Calling All The Monsters". It appeared in the A.N.T. Farm Halloween Episode.
      • Almost anything sung by China. It doesn't take a hard look to see why Executive Producer Dan Signer came up with the show by literally writing it around her.
      • "Calling All The Monsters" hasn't just appeared on A.N.T. Farm - it's been on Shake It Up Twice (once as an instrumental only though) and even on the Disney Channel original movie Girl Vs. Monster. It's also a playable track on Just Dance Disney Party.
    • "Tonight I'm a Soccer Ball".
    • The songs when they are "The Happy Fuzzy Friends".
    • Fletcher's "I Propose" in "SignificANT Other".
      • And Chyna's song back to Fletcher in the same episode, "As A Friend".
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Paisley is hugely popular, especially for a supporting character. Granted, that probably has less to do with the character itself and more with who plays her.
    • One would imagine that the most popular character of all would be Chyna, whom the show is written around, or at least Lexi for being pretty - but apparently, it's actually Olive. Being so Adorkable is a big reason for her popularity. However, she's become rather polarizing in the third season, as her adorkable nerd personality started mutating into a rather neurotic know-it-all and she did surprisingly mean things to others, especially Fletcher.
    • Lexi's march towards characterization at being a Lovable Alpha Bitch seems to be a response to the (likely unanticipated) popularity of her character.
    • Violet also has a fairly large following (especially considering she was only in six episodes).
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Fletcher has a crush on Chyna, but most fanfiction you'll find will ship him with Olive instead. In fact, the article about the pairing is the longest article on the show's wiki.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The episode "ScavANTger Hunt" features a lot of references to the Star Wars franchise and George Lucas - right around the same time Disney (owners of The Disney Channel) bought the Star Wars franchise and LucasFilm Licensing lock stock and barrel. Further interesting as it's a case of this trope before the episode actually aired.
  • Jumping the Shark/They Changed It, Now It Sucks: In the third season, due to the removal of Cameron, ascension of Angus, and the Flanderization of Olive and Fletcher.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: A fair amount of males are only watching for Lexi & Paisley (and, to a degree, Chyna & Olive).
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Fletcher.
  • Les Yay / Foe Yay: The end of "You're the One That I wANT" has Lexi playing the male lead to Chyna's female lead. They sing a romantic song somewhat similar to "Summer Nights" that was originally supposed to end with a kiss. They don't kiss, but still...
    • Also, the below mentioned Idol Singer episode has Chyna singing "You are beautiful, no matter what they say..." The fact that Lexi mistakes this as Chyna singing the song to her is played as a joke, but the scene is seriously played out like Chyna is singing it to Lexi!
  • Moral Event Horizon: Hashimoto and Winter Maddox crossed it after taking over the company by turning the ANTs into unpaid employees and forcing them to sleep in tubes.
    • Winter (or rather, her monster-verse equivalent) crosses it even moreso in "Mut ANT Farm 3" when she forces mutant-Chyna to use her Medusa powers to turn other students into stone, so that they can be broken down into aquarium pebbles by other students under slavery.
  • MST3K Mantra: A fairly common complaint people have against the show is that Olive is the only one of the ANTs whose gift would actually help her do well academically.
  • Retroactive Recognition: China Anne McClain and Sierra McCormick both appeared on the Hannah Montana episode "Welcome to the Bungle", both playing confused and distraught audience members on a talk show that were fans of Hannah that mindlessly did whatever Hannah said she liked, and whose parents were concerned enough about the mixed signals Hannah gave the kids to bring them to a talk show featuring Miley so their daughter's could put her on the spot.
    • Stefanie Scott's appearance in "Beethoven's Big Break" might also count since it was her first film role and she was roughly the same age (if not younger) as the ANTs are in-universe.
    • Sierra McCormick was also a regular on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader??
  • The Scrappy: Gibson frequently draws complaints of being an annoying man child, which also applies to Zoltan (albeit to a lesser degree).
    • Angus has been turning into one, due to his Fat Bastard traits and being used as an outlet for fat jokes. The fact that he's replaced the far more likable Cameron doesn't help. He's also a borderline Creator's Pet. No one ever calls him out for being rude, he gets away with being a jerk, and in a Season 3 episode he is related to royalty.
      • It certainly doesn't help that the first episode centered around him in the 3rd season had him acting like an entitled, egotistical jerk. Some people wished that Chyna should have just let him crash and burn.
    • The group of orphans, due to being whiny, selfish, for harassing people for no particular reason and getting away with it scot-free.
    • Tazmanian Neville is hated for being a clueless Jerkass and for taking credit for Fletcher's Crowning Moment of Awesome and belittling him in front of live TV.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Fletcher's talent is rarely used in the series, and if so, it's generally unimportant. The traits that the show most focuses on is his Butt Monkey status and his ditziness. In a lot of plots, he's rarely even used at all for anything other than humor.
  • The Woobie: Cameron. He's acknowledged to have absolutely no talents other than playing Donkey King (stated in the above quote). It's also revealed that he enjoys his job as the school announcer because it's the one time a day that people are willing to listen to him. Also everyone calls him short.
    • Oh, Fletcher, Fletcher, Fletcher. He is called dumb by everyone and it's always made fun of that his talent (art) is downright useless. The few times where his art is valued is by a guy who was implied to be high on cologne fumes and by his idol who takes Fletcher's gift and claims that it's his art. His Crowning Moment of Awesome in the Australia episode is also downplayed by Tazmanian Neville, who claims that he rescued Fletcher from the outback and belittles him in front of what is most likely a national audience. If Secret AgANT is anything to go by, he has a 0% Approval Rating in the entire country. Damn, he makes Freddie Benson and Robbie Shapiro look like Leprechauns.
      • That whole 0% Approval Rating thing from Secret AgANT has been revealed to be false in FinANTial Crisis due to The Reveal that Kennedy is actually not a debate prodigy but actually Hashimoto's Daughter and she made it all up. On the other hand, it's also revealed she didn't love Fletcher after all.
    • Paisley in "ANTswers".

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