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YMMV: Courage the Cowardly Dog

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: There's a fan theory that states that the events in the show are just normal events as seen from a dog's perspective. Some specifics of the theory include:
    • Courage actually lives on a regular farm. He just thinks it's in "the middle of nowhere" because his owners are too old to walk him and he doesn't know what's outside.
    • The "monsters" in the show are just normal people or objects. That would explain why Eustace and Muriel rarely seem to notice any of them. Courage is actually freaking out over a postman, or a vacuum cleaner.
    • Eustace gets severely injured or killed in many episodes, yet is always completely fine in the next one. In reality, he could just be going to the store, or something.
  • Awesome Music: The Tower of Dr. Zalost's haunting soundtrack, to the point that it's sometimes the only thing that can be heard.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • A dragon coming out of absolutely nowhere (pun not intended) and eating Eustace in the last five seconds of the episode.
    • Eustace getting mauled by a Siberian Tiger while deer hunting.
    • Seems as though animals are always coming out of nowhere to attack Eustace, as he got attacked by a giant squirrel in "Family Business".
    • Most of Courage's nightmares from the last episode could count, especially that blue thing. It really had no importance to the rest of the episode except to scare you straight and it really wasn't seen or mentioned again in those other nightmares.
    • When Eustace gets cursed by Shirley the Medium to always have a black cloud following him, at one point he passes a man poking his head out of an alleyway. The man is being strangled by a green tentacle and hurriedly asks Eustace if he will deliver a message to his fiance that he won't be able to make the wedding. Eustace completely ignores him and the man is whisked down the alley by...whatever that was. It has nothing to do with the plot other than to show that Eustace is still a selfish asshole.
    • The way Katz gets defeated in "Katz Under the Sea".
    • "Snowman's Revenge" has Snowman breaking out into a So Bad, It's Good musical number about... a chilly love story? Huh?
    • "Courage Meets The Mummy" opens with an archeologist dusting off a gem inside the Mayan temple, which then shoots out a beam of light which gets reflected off some things and causes a disco ball to come out of the ceiling while some music plays for a brief moment. Afterwards, the archeologist just shrugs it off and continues dusting off the gem stone.
  • Cargo Ship: In "The Gods Must Be Goosey", the Goose and Eustace's Truck are getting married at the end of the episode.
  • Complete Monster: Katz. Since the show has Negative Continuity, his motives tend to change, but what he does is always inexcusable. In his first appearance, he ran a Hell Hotel where he fed all his guests to spiders, taking sadistic delight in doing so. In a later episode, he ran a health spa where he transformed his guests into machines and forced them to fight for his own amusement. In both of these appearances, he didn't seem to get much gain for these action, but did them all with a Slasher Smile on his face. In short, he's an Ax-Crazy Serial Killer played straight...on a kid's show! What makes Katz even worse is the fact that the family is heavily implied to just be the latest in a long line of victims to fall into his clutches.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • The soundtrack to the episode "The Tower of Dr. Zalost".
    • Also the end of the Doc Gerbil episode during the boat chase scene.
    • the person who composed that disturbing yet awesome theme in "Windmill Vandals" deserves a medal.
    • The trumpet music that plays at the end of "The Shadow of Courage" and "Last of the Starmakers" is hauntingly beautiful.
    • The subtle organ music that plays during certain events. It plays quite a bit clearer in the quilt club episode, one place where it's really noticeable.
    • Katz's Leitmotif, also a good case of Hell Is That Noise.
    • The Snowman's song from "Snowman's Revenge".
    • The Great Fusilli's theme, in its entirely appropriate Creepy Circus Music style.
  • Ear Worm: The themes for Doc Gerbil and King Ramses, as well as Flan King's hypnotic command to "buy Flantasy Flan".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Freaky Fred. He's easily one of the most harmless villains in the show but he makes up for it by being one of the most... memorable.
    • Dai Lung. The recurring Asian guy.
    • The blue... thing from "Perfect" attained a following due to how uncanny and nightmarish it is... even in this show.
    • King Ramses' also qualifies for his unnerving design, technically benign intentions, and catchy song.
    • The computer.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Queen of the Black Puddle.
  • Foe Yay Shipping/Shipping Goggles: To some, Katz and Courage. The extent of what these two do to each other in the eyes of fans are... Of course, you don't need to think about that.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Courage's "YEEEAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!" scream from the Cartoon Network game "Pharaoh Phobia". Unfortunately, unless you turn the sound off on your computer, you will be hearing it many, many, many times before the game is over.
    • The repeating "It's Doc Gerbil's World!" song that sounds like the demented cosmetics themed version of "It's A Small World After All" during the boat road in "Human Habitrail".
    • The "Freaky Fred" episode. The most disturbing scene is when Fred and Courage are locked in the bathroom together and Fred shaves Courage with a manic grin on his face while a haunting chorus of "la-las" starts to accompany the already eerie music.
    • "You're not perfect..."
  • Genius Bonus: The difference between the words "bravery" and "courage" is that a brave man isn't afraid to start with, while the courageous man is afraid but does what has to be done in spite of his fear. That's Courage the Cowardly Dog in a nutshell. And it's why he's awesome.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Eustace, in his more humane moments.
  • Les Yay: Kitty and Bunny from the episode "The Mask".
  • Love to Hate: Katz. He is undoubtedly the most popular villain in the fandom.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Katz.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Watch where you're goin', ya foo!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Eustace crosses this in "Ball for Revenge" when he gathers up many villains to kill Courage.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • The Spirit of the Harvest Moon can look pretty creepy... until one realizes it looks similar to certain meme faces on the internet(even then though, it is still somewhat creepy).
    • King Ramses is generally considered one of the scarier characters on the show, but the "Oh come onnnn..." line kind of humanizes him in a odd way.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Kitty could see Eustace and Muriel doing things in secret (sneaking cake, not fixing things) when they couldn't tell.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Fred in "Freaky Fred", Kitty and Bunny from "The Mask", the blue nightmare creature from "Perfect", the Blue Fish, and the Violin Girl.
  • Periphery Demographic
  • Seasonal Rot: Downplayed. A lot of season three and four episodes aren't nearly as memorable as pretty much every episode in season one and two. They're still considered pretty good, though.
  • Squick:
    • The idea of on of the Valkyries falling in love with the incredibly disgusting Troll king, and soon the other Valkyries and the trolls falling in love is just, gross. Don't think about their Honeymoon to much...
    • That scene doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny because the as the Valkyrie and Troll King were singing about how much they love each other, they would not. Stop. Singing , Despite the fact that the rest of the Valkyries and Trolls were on their way to the cave. Added bonuses include going to the scene of the Valkyries and Trolls running their way over there, and cutting back to the Valkyrie and Troll King, STILL SINGING, and cutting back over and over, but also Courage Lampshading it.
    • The entire "The Clutching Foot" episode. Namely the scene where Courage licks the foot as a cure.
  • Ugly Cute: The Hunchback Of Nowhere.
    • Most characters, due to the art style.
  • Uncanny Valley: Several.
    • The first nightmare in the episode "Perfect".
    • And the Harvest Moon in "The House Of Discontent".
    • The Magic Tree of Nowhere.
    • The Demon Head in "Courage In the Big Stinkin' City".
    • King Ramses' in "King Ramses' Curse".
    • Kitty's mask.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: A lot of people probably think Courage is for an adult audience with all the strange horror.
    • One extreme example of this is the episode called "The Mask", which is basically a cross between a psychological thriller and a gangland drama.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?
  • The Woobie: Courage takes a lot of crap.
    • The Hunchback of Nowhere.
    • In direct contrast to most "villains", Freaky Fred is a perfectly kind individual whose shaving... thing lost him his pet, his girlfriend, his job, and landed him in a mental institution.
    • Bunny from "The Mask".
    • Iron Woobie: Courage again.
      • And Freaky Fred, again. He may be sympathetic, but he's still, well, freaky and he seems to take the bad things in his past in stride.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Eustace - his family has been just as bad to him as he's been to everybody else, and his life is largely a study in failure.
      • Kitty from "The Mask". Her hatred of dogs is perfectly justified when you find out what happened to her best friend...
  • Woolseyism: In the Latin American Spanish dub, the fish in "Perfect" was given a gratuitous Argentinean accent and at the end of his speech he also says "I swear to Dieguito Maradona!", making it both a Crowing Moment of Heartwarming and Crowing Moment of Funny.

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