YMMV / Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • When Mac, Bloo, and Cheese are building their go-cart, Bloo mentions about Cheese screwing everything up. How does Cheese respond? "Nuh-uh, I'm only screwing the wheel!"
    • When Mac is explaining to Goo how everyone got locked out of the house in "The Big Cheese," there's a brief moment where Cheese, in an attempt to get her attention, is smacking her butt.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: While Eurotrish is an Ethnic Scrappy with an annoying singing voice, it's hard not to feel sorry for her in "Foster's Goes to Europe" when Bloo keeps on rudely throwing away her chances to go back to Europe to visit her creator and her creator's parents. Things are especially made heartbreaking by the scene that plays during the credits, where Eurotrish finally makes it to her creator's home only to be harshly turned away.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • This St. Elsewhere parody has the interpretation that Frankie Foster is autistic and that the entire series is a fantasy world she lives in.
    • There's also speculation that Frankie is an Imaginary Friend that Madame Foster made based on herself when she was younger, due to the fact that nearly nothing about her past or personal life is shown or revealed.
    • Or similarly, that Madame Foster IS Frankie, time-traveled to the past.
    • Since Word of God has explained Frankie's backstory on Twitter, the above theories are now officially jossed. Frankie's dad (Madame Foster's son) had a terrible relationship with Mr. Herriman, and so forbid Frankie from having an imaginary friend. When she imagined her own they were taken away. Now she lives at Foster's with her Grandma in hopes of reuniting with her old friend. This calls for a reevaluation of her relationship with Mr. Herriman:
      • Does Frankie have a bad relationship with Mr. Herriman due to being mean boss to her a good portion of the time, does she partially blame him for why she lost her own imaginary friend (since it was him that caused her father to hate imaginary friends in the first place), or is it a mix of both?
    • Believe it or not, even Bendy is subject to this. Some people believe that his creator really did blame him for his own misdeeds, causing him to Jump Off The Slippery Slope. This isn't entirely baseless; at the beginning, when his family's giving him up to Foster's, the kid is in the typical "I know I messed up and I'm ashamed" pose.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Bloo. Some fans find him very entertaining and endearing because of his antics, while other fans find him as an obnoxious jerkass who doesn't deserve Mac as a friend. Many fans have started to dislike Bloo because of his rude, selfish, and egotistical personality, and to make it more insulting, he got worse as the show went on. Just look at the stream of nothing but negative traits on his character page. So many fans kept wondering as to why Mac didn't just ditch Bloo later on. And you know it's bad when the deuteragonist is loathed by the fandom and the other characters.
    • Mr. Herriman. Some fans like his strict personality, and see him as a person who just tries to keep everything structured and feel his moments of taking things literally can be funny. Other fans find him to be an obnoxious, inconsiderate militant control freak who abuses his rules and feel some of his policies are unreasonable. (yet he has no problem breaking his own rules) They also hate him for being a complete Jerkass toward Frankie for NO reason other than to spite her. Not helping the fact that he's constantly insulting and berating her, even when she does something right and feels only his way is right. Some of the worst examples of this are "Imposter's Home for Um... Make Em Up Pals" "Let Your Hare Down" and The Beginning half of "Destination Imagination".
    • Goo. There are some who see her as an adorable and funny character and those who see her as obnoxious and annoying. It doesn't help that her debut episode "Go Goo Go" garnered as much negative reaction as it gained positive.
    • Cheese was a very popular character in his debut episode for his antics providing a lot of comic relief, but his popularity dwindled because of his subsequent appearances making him The Load. However, there are still some fans who like him.
  • Canon Fodder: Wilt. His Backstory wasn't revealed until the special "Good Wilt Hunting", spawning many, many Fanfics that provided their own explanation for his scars and history, often treading into Darker and Edgier territory than the actual series.
  • Crazy Awesome: Madame Foster. Worried you'll get in trouble for starting a party in the house? You sure will for not having her along.
    • Case in point, she's left to deal with a bear. Next time we see her she's riding the bear naked! That is to say, bare naked?
  • Creator's Pet:
  • Crosses the Line Twice
    • Terrence creating a slice of pizza as an imaginary friend and immediately eating it.
    • For the few people who don't dislike "Everyone Knows It's Bendy," Bloo's "Shaggy Dog" Story is Actually Pretty Funny.
  • Crossover Ship
    • Mac x Bubbles has a fair bit of fan art dedicated to it.
    • Frankie is apparently dating Peg Pete.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: A big reason why so many of the later episodes are less well-remembered is because they relied a lot more on idiot plots and Kafka Comedy, the latter of which does not go well with such a lighthearted fantasy show. This is the main reason that "Everyone Knows It's Bendy" is so disliked: The Bad Guy Wins and Bloo gets in even more trouble trying to catch him in the act.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Jackie Khones.
    • Goo is a pretty popular character as well.
    • Uncle Pockets only appeared in one episode, but he has a lot of fans for being very likable and always speaking in entertaining rhymes.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: There are several fans who don't consider anything past season 1 as canon. To a lesser extent, there are those who won't accept anything past the three episode pilot.
    • The show's attempts at Black Comedy and/or Kafka Komedy ("Foster's Goes to Europe", "I Only Have Surprise For You", "Imposter's Home For Um... Make Em Up Pals" and the infamous "Everyone Knows It's Bendy") usually resulted in this.
  • Fountain of Memes: Cheese again.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The scene where Wilt freaks out some kids by pulling a fake arm off his nub arm is pretty funny the first time through. Once we learn his backstory though (specifically that he had to get the arm amputated after it was crushed beyond repair.) it becomes much darker. Not to mention a rather dark instance of Foreshadowing.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "World Wide Wabbit", which sees footage of Mr. Herriman's dancing for Madame Foster being uploaded to the internet, seems to be a spoof of any online videos going viral and becoming famous by the public for it... Until you realize that the episode premiered less than five months before YouTube even existed.
    • Anything that involves the ponies/unicorns/pegasi, especially if you know that Lauren Faust was one of the show's writers.
    • In the episode "Bye Bye Nerdy", Bloo is shown playing a Space Invaders-esque game with a power-up that shoots a giant vertical laser. A few years later a game title Space Invaders Extreme 2 has that exact same power-up.
    • In the episode "Seeing Red", Terrence imagines a pizza friend whom he eats, right after it says that it loves him, much to its horror. Cue twelve years later, Sausage Party gets released, which is a film about anthrophormorphic foods who revere humans at first but eventually learn that the humans they look up to use them for eating and not for friendship, once they get purchased.
    • Red bears a resemblance to a another short-tempered blocky red guy.
    • The much-hated Bendy now shares his name with a horror game character. The other Bendy is actually very well received, unlike Foster's Bendy.
  • Love It or Hate It: It's either a funny, cute, and charming series that is considered one of if not the last great show before Cartoon Netowrk's Dork Age, or a mean-spirited Sadist Show that focuses too much on Cringe Comedy with a cast of unlikable characters and served as the catalyst for the network's dork age.
  • Memetic Mutation: Visit the page.
  • Moe: Mac is just adorable.
    • And so is Goo.
    • Wilt is also a huge sweetheart.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In her second and last appearance, Berry ties up a family and tries to KILL Mac.
  • Periphery Demographic: It's a show marketed toward kids six to eleven. Most of the fans are teenagers and adults.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Bendy from "Everyone Knows It's Bendy" is despised by many fans because of framing Bloo, Wilt, Coco, and Eduardo for his wrongdoings and not getting punished (Lauren Faust also hated the episode he appeared in as much as the fans did, so he never appeared again).
    • Goofball John McGee from "Imposter's Home for Um...Make 'Em Up Pals," a complete Jerkass who makes Frankie's life a living hell when she has to constantly clean up after him, causing her to miss out on her concert. And then just to humiliate her even more (although admittedly this wasn't his intent), she spends the whole episode believing he's just a lazy teenager in a Paper-Thin Disguise only to discover that he is, in fact, an imaginary friend and that all of his little things he did to drive her nuts were completely necessary.
    • Terrence, who exists for no other purpose than to ruthlessly bully his little brother. Tara Strong even admitted that she hated playing him, as his gruff voice was a strain on her vocal chords.
    • Eurotrish is one In-Universe: she sings off-key, has a questionable design and voice and was rejected by her creators who found her annoying. However, Poe's Law is certainly in effect.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "Where There's A Wilt, There's A Way" carries the obvious message that feeling obligated to do people favors can and will land you into unwanted positions, and it shouldn't hurt to say "no" to people.
    • "Sweet Stench of Success" shows that you really should be happy with what you have in life, and to be careful what you wish for.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: During Bloo's movie, Wilt sings an obvious sound-alike of "All Star" by Smash Mouth.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The general reaction to the intro being shortened in later airings.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Okay, so "perfectly good" might be a tad bit of a stretch when talking about Terrence, but there are some fans who were pretty disappointed that Terrence began to appear less throughout the rest of the season, for they felt that he never got the chance to develop as a character to explain his horrible behavior, especially towards Mac.
    • And let's also not forget Mac's family in general. His mother rarely appears and his father is never seen nor mentioned one time. Seeing as how Mac is the main character of the show, you'd think that there would be a bigger background on his family life.
    • Craig McCracken however did explain in a Twitter post that the reason for this was because "The show was more about Mac's adventures with his friends, not his entire family".
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Foster's Go To Europe seems to invoke this. Rather than Bloo offending the locals and the wacky hijinks the characters may pull across the continent, it's 22 minutes of outright teasing that ends with their tickets getting stolen by Madame Foster just as they get to the airport!
    • In "Setting a President" gives the audience a more sympathetic Herriman, where it's revealed that his job as head of house is all he has, only for the ending to have Frankie give him his position back simply because "it pays less (which contradicts her entire motive for running for house president). It also doesn't help that later episodes such as "Let Your Hare Down" and "Destination Imagination" show Herriman learned nothing from the nice act Frankie did for him, especially since during the events of the episode, he talks about how "it's the nicest thing anyone did for him". Only to still treat her poorly in the former mentioned episodes above.
  • Toy Ship: Mac and Goo are both kids and there are some who ship them.
  • Ugly Cute: Some of the imaginary friends. Wilt, Eduardo, and Coco come to mind immediately.
  • Values Dissonance: The pilot episode features a fairly believable depiction of younger sibling abuse when Terrence follows Mac around and repeatedly smacks him in the back of his head. Played for Drama or not, such depictions were phased out as recently as ten years after this episode aired when real-world bullying became such a hot-button issue.
  • Villain Decay: Duchess. She was really only a villainous character in the pilot. After that she just became snobby and apathetic to everyone around her.
  • The Woobie:
    • Wilt after we learn his Backstory. Frankie and many times, Mac as well.
    • World, the reality-changing friend inside the toy box's imaginary world in Destination Imagination, is probably the biggest woobie in the series. The majority of the events in the special happened because of his emotional instability.
      • Which only existed because he'd been locked up inside a trunk by his creator's parents for an extremely long time, where he could create absolutely anything he wanted...except other sentient beings to share it with. No wonder the little guy was an emotional timebomb.
    • Also Foofy Wuggums.
    • To a certain extent, Goo, at least in her debut episode. Prior to meeting Mac, she had no human friends and created imaginary friends to keep her company. It's even a bit worse in hindsight because when she tells this to Mac, she says nobody likes her because she's a "big, fat weirdo", subtly implying she might have been bullied before. There's also the possibility that her parents aren't much help because they give her too much freedom and little to no guidance.
    • Red during the episode of Seeing Red.
    • Eduardo, especially in any instance when he's sad.
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