YMMV / Bob's Burgers

  • Author's Saving Throw: The episode "Best Burger" seems like it's one of these for the much-maligned "Family Fracas", giving another competition between Bob and Jimmy Pesto, with Chuck Charles overseeing the event. While Bob still does not win, Jimmy crashes and burns hard, the contest between Bob and a famous chef is an incredibly close run, the winner was a deserving Nice Guy, and the restaurant picks up a significant amount of business on the back of it.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Gene, who people either love or hate. He often times tips over the edge of funny behavior and just starts getting annoying. This is something the show actually lampshaded in the first episode.
    • Louise is either a hysterical sociopath or unpleasantly insensitive. There is no in between.
    • A lesser example, but many consider Linda's voice incredibly grating at times.
    • Teddy is either funny and endearing or an irritating Man Child who frequently acts as The Load.
    • Jimmy Jr. in recent seasons. It depends on whether you see his negligent our outright mean treatment of Tina to be funny or not.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Louise's Child Molester Burger special.
    • Bob telling Gene that fat kids like him can't get molested.
    • In "Purple Rain-Union", Jen accidentally gives Tina a black eye. Louise's solution is to get everyone in the room to have black eyes.
    • A child calling their parent by their first name is usually considered rude as hell. Gene calling his mom Lin while doing a spot-on imitation of his dad? Surprisingly charming.
  • Crazy Awesome: Louise. In "Ears-y Rider", an older kid steals her bunny ears and says he threw them in the trash. When Louise is told they've been incinerated, as revenge she calls in a favor to a biker gang and has them threaten to cut the kid's actual ears off.
  • Ear Worm: BUTTS, BUTTS, BUTTS, BUTTS.
    • Any variation of Gene's triangle song. "Ding ding, da-ding ding, da-ding ding, da-ding".
    • "Gettin' out of P.E., it's time to play on the street. First we lied to Mr. Frond, now we're in a nail salo-o-ooooooon!"
    • "Lifting up the skirt of the night"
    • "Weekend at Mort's! We're gonna have a weekend at Mort's!" (Uhn uhn uhn!)
    • Cyndi Lauper singing Taffy Butt.
    • Fred Armisen's health inspector/rock star: "I'm good at sex! You're bad at sex!"
    • The song about oil spills that is really about vaginas.
    • Tina's "Thunder Girl" song.
    • "Electric Love".
    • Linda's "Porcelain Baby Song."
      Linda: If you're not real, then how come I feel this way? Little babies....
    • "Running down the gutter with a piece of bread and butter. Diarrhea! Diarrhea!"
    • Gene's fart song from "The Frond Files". "It's the gas from your ass, it's the toot from your boot..." Now with music video!
    • The remix of Linda's psychic noises at the end of "I Get a Psy-chic out of you".
    • "Here goes the hair, there goes the hair, where is Harry Truman? He's dead in the ground, he's dead in the ground, He's dead dead dead dead dead..."
    • "Slumber party fashion show...looking good from head to toe."
    • Gene's Snake Song.
    • "Bad stuff happens in the bathroom/I'm just glad that it happens in a vacuum..."
    • The songs from Working Girl: the Musical, Die Hard: The Musical and Work Hard or Die Trying Girl especially "Nakatomi, Nakatomi, Nakatomi".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Regular-Sized Rudy has found many fans for his positive attitude and thrill seeking tendencies in spite of his asthma.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The lesson in "Art Crawl" is, "some people are too fragile to be told the truth". Made even funnier by the fact that the episode seemed to be heading towards a more normal "always be honest" Aesop, but Bob and Linda couldn't go through with it after seeing that it would've caused Gayle to have a Freak Out.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Because the Belchers are such lovable characters, literally any characters who's meant to be an antagonist becomes The Scrappy. On the plus side, it makes seeing the Belchers come out on top in the end all the more rewarding.
  • Fountain of Memes: Tina, and to a lesser extent, Louise.
  • Genius Bonus:
  • Growing the Beard: The writing really improved halfway through season 1 and never really slowed down. Arguably the second jump in quality was by seasons three and four, where the show focused on the kids and their bizarre adventures alongside the adults and the failing restaurant.
    • "Burger Wars" is a strong contender for being the moment the show grew the beard, as it introduced Mr. Fischoeder and the Pesto twins.
  • Hollywood Homely: Bob is frequently referred to as being particularly fat and/or unattractive, but due to the show's art style he doesn't look any more so than the other characters.
  • Ho Yay: Ron seems... quite enamored of Hugo.
    • Zeke and Jimmy Jr. have a considerable amount of this going on, most notably in "Stand By Gene" in which Jimmy is jealous of Zeke suddenly being all buddy-buddy with Gene.
    • Bob and Jimmy Pesto Sr. could have hints of Foe Yay going on.
    • Andy and Olly Pesto, doubling as Twincest.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Henry Haber in The Millie-churian Candidate. He is completely irrelevant in the presidential race, being shut out by Jimmy Jr. So he gets Millie to run for president, knowing that Louise would oppose her, and that she would jump on the Jimmy Jr. campaign. Louise tanks Jimmy Jr's campaign which leads to him dropping out of the race. Louise then enters the race only to be shut out by Millie, so Henry secretly gives Louise information that will take down Millie- Abby's real name is Mabel, throwing off Millie's bestie system, which is locked in Mr. Frond's office. This leads to Millie strangling Abby, leading to Millie being disqualified for strangling her and Louise being disqualified for breaking into Mr. Frond's office, leaving Henry as the only candidate remaining, winning by default. Louise was quite impressed!
    Louise: You're going to be an amazing president.
  • Memetic Mutation: Most of Tina's dialogue in general. Just check Tumblr.
    • This quote from Gayle:
      Gayle: (gasps) My cat was right about you.
    • This quote from Linda:
      Linda: Independent whaaaaaaaaaa?
  • Moe: Tina, an awkward teenager with glasses and a seemingly puppy dog eye expression.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • "Oh my God!" Particularly if you've watched several episodes in a row.
    • UHHHHHHH....
    • Linda's voice, for some people. It doesn't help that her voice sounds like a poor attempt to sound like a Jewish Mother.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Millie Frock crosses this in the episode "Fort Night". In it, the children get trapped in their fort by a garbage truck and Millie opts to torture them instead of setting them free. However, that's not when she crosses it. She crosses it when Bob and Linda, worried to death over where their kids are, come this close to finding and rescuing them, only for Millie to lie to them and lead them away. Keep in mind that the children could have died trapped in there, which is hammered home when Daryl accidentally activates the truck's compactor, nearly crushing them alive.
    • And just in case more was needed to prove Millie is well beyond the Moral Event Horizon, in "The Millie-churian Candidate" she strangled Abby with her own braid in an attempt to kill her because it seemed she was standing in the way of Millie's plan to make Louise her best friend. And she does it in front of the whole school, horrifying the students and Mr. Frond.
    • In "World Wharf II" Felix leaves his brother and Bob tied under the pier so they'll drown when the tide comes in and he can get his brother's money. Eventually subverted when he can't bring himself to go through with it and tries to save them. When he confesses his plan to his girlfriend Fanny, she's the one who crosses it by putting the plan back on and attempting to murder Mr. Fischoeder and the Belchers.
  • One True Pairing: Louise and Logan Barry Bush is more popular than any other pairing, including those involving Tina. Considering that Logan is fifteen, most shippers are quick to point out that their fanworks include Jailbait Wait and a Time Skip.
    Gene: "I bet when you reconnect in your thirties you guys will get married."
    • Also prominent is Louise and Regular Sized Rudy, due to him being probably her only sincere friendship outside of her family. They even share a kiss at the end of Bob Actually, complete with Louise slapping him afterwards.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Aunt Gayle tends to oscillate between annoyingly needy and an outright sociopath, but in "Gayle Makin' Bob Sled," when she's at her absolute worst, she admits that she was wrong, apologizes to Bob and make it up to him by dragging him the rest of the way home.
  • The Scrappy: Oddly enough, all characters who are supposed to be unlikable, but for whatever reason are hated beyond enjoyability.
    • Hugo, who actively goes out of his way to make Bob miserable by abusing his powers as health inspector, all out of spite for "stealing" Linda from him. "My Fuzzy Valentine" is arguably him at his worst (tellingly, he hasn't been in any episodes since).
    • Jimmy Pesto, especially after the fan-hated episodes "Family Fracas" as well as "Easy Com-mercial, Easy Go-mmercial".
    • Mr. Dinkler, the Sadist Teacher and serial apologist for Thomas Edison in "Topsy" who shamelessly bullies Louise.
    • Fans of Louise are as tempted to punch Logan, the teenage boy who bullies her, as much as she is. The same goes for his yuppie mother Cyntha, who abuses her power over Bob's community garden plot to not only do Logan's extra credit work for him but also pick on Linda as she does.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: From "Sacred Cow." Eating meat is not bad, but animal cruelty and exploitation are.
  • Squick: Bob kissing the cow.
    • When the kids attempt to fill an empty pool by spitting in it. That's not the squicky part, though. This is.
    Gene: "My mouth's dry! Tina, give me some of your spit!"
    *Tina spits in Gene's mouth*
    • Gene does it again in Synchronized Swimming by loudly snorting up his streaming boogers after coming up from under the water.
    Gene: That is good stuff. Uncut!
    • Tina's dream of the two zombies making out.
    • "The Kids Run The Restaurant": The only thing worse than seeing Bob's small wound gush onto everyone is seeing Linda's disgusting, itch-inducing (she meant well) stitch job beforehand and having to see and hear it rip. Definitely one of the squickiest moments in the series.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Jessica from "Slumber Party", the only kid who doesn't end up dropping out of the sleepover and shows a lot of cunning, enough that Louise considers her a Worthy Opponent, but she never appears after that episode.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: An episode title variant. "It Snakes a Village" doesn't sound quite as clever as "Swingers and Snakers"
  • Toy Ship: Some viewers have posited a potential Opposites Attract pairing of Louise with Regular-Sized Rudy. In the episode "Bob Actually", she initially is disappointed to think that Rudy wants her to be his Valentine. Only to go into Green-Eyed Epiphany mode when she learns that Rudy wanted Chloe to be his Valentine. And at the end of the episode, she kisses him (and slaps him), showing that she really does like him.
  • Ugly Cute: Tina. She's supposed to be a plain-looking teenager, but many viewers have said that she's the kind of girl they'd have had a crush on at that age due to her adorkable personality.
  • Uncanny Valley: The characters look downright weird if you've never seen the show before, but you get used to it after a while.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Had it not been for her breasts, it'd be very easy to mistake Tina for a boy.
    • Justified: In the original pitch pilot to the network, Tina was supposed to be a boy named Daniel (looking exactly like his voice actor Dan Mintz. Not that much has been changed between Daniel and Tina, except that Tina is chubbier, shorter, and has breasts, whereas Daniel was skinny, tall, flat-chested, and had a bigger nose).
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The horse animation in "The Horse Rider-er." Horses are notoriously hard to animate, let alone draw, and all of them in this episode are meticulously well-animated, especially Jerico's dancing.
  • The Woobie: Bob, at times. Somewhat comes with the territory of being the Only Sane Man.
    • As much of a Base-Breaking Character as Linda can be, Eat, Spray, Linda has even her detractors feeling sorry for her. It's her birthday, the least favorite day of the year for her, and she ends up receiving rude treatment at a grocery store (for rightly calling out a woman taking up the line that shoved her way forward), locking her purse (containing her keys and cell phone) in the car, getting gum in her hair, having a skunk spray her TWICE, breaking her glasses, and getting lost. She finally makes it home, defeated and miserable, but she admits that it was the best birthday ever and wants it to be a tradition.
    • Regular-Sized Rudy, the asthma-ridden kid who's frequently caught up between all the Belcher kids' craziness note . Especially in "Carpe Museum" where he has an asthma attack while stuck in a treehouse.

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