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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!"
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: This St. Elsewhere parody.
    • There's also speculation that Frankie is an Imaginary Friend that Madame Foster made based on herself when she was younger.
      • Or similarly, that Madame Foster IS Frankie, time-traveled to the past.
    • 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 Breaker: Cheese. Started out really popular; many found him really annoying and overexposed with subsequent appearances due to his tendencies to make everything worse for everyone.
    • Also, 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.
    • The show itself is sometimes subject to this, as it was one of the first new series aired after Cartoon Network's major revamp.
  • Broken Base: 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," etc...) usually resulted in this.
  • 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!
  • Creator's Pet:
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Terrence creating a slice of pizza as an imaginary friend and immediately eating it.
  • Crossover Ship
    • Mac x Bubbles has a fair bit of fan art dedicated to it.
    • Frankie is apparently dating Peg Pete.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Mr. Herriman. Near the end of Destination: Imagination, when he admits that he was wrong about Frankie and finally shows her some respect, even trusting her judgment in opening the box containing World. For long-time fans who are familiar with the characters, it's especially touching.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Some of the more mean-spirited gags, like the episode "I Only Have Surprise For You" note  What The Hell Everybody?
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Cheese ("I. Like. Chocolate milk...") (Note: This was before his gag got run into the ground, see Base Breaker above.)
    • Jackie Khones.
    • Goo is a pretty popular character as well.
    • Uncle Pockets
  • Fanon Discontinuity: There are a lot of 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.
  • 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 ( speciffically 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 YouTube Poops... until you realise that the episode premiered before YouTube even existed.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Bendy.
  • Memetic Mutation: Visit the page.
  • Moe: Mac is just adorable.
    • And so is Goo.
    • Wilt is also a huge sweetheart.
  • Memetic Sex Goddess: Frankie, in spades. She's a frequent target of Rule34, and this was even something Craig Mc Cracken acknowledged when he first joined deviantART.
    Craig: "Yes I have seen the porn. Let's just leave it at that."
    • So much that some hentai series' even feature a sexual doppelganger of her that is also an imaginary friend.
      • That one was actually based on a story from the DC Comics' Cartoon Network comic book, which arguably makes sexed-up doppelganger Frankie canon.
  • 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 (Lauren Faust also hated the episode he appeared as much as the fans, so he never appeared again) and Goofball John McGee.
    • Berry is very hated by the audiences, too.
    • Cheese and Dutchess are In-Universe examples. As mentioned above, Cheese is a rare example where he used to be the Ensemble Darkhorse to The Scrappy.
    • Terrance, Mac's Big Brother Bully, isn't liked very much by the fandom either because he bullies Mac and he has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
    • Eurotrish, primarily as an Ethnic Scrappy due to her design and constant off-key singing. She's also a rare In-Universe Scrappy since the people of Europe kicked her out of the continent for these reasons.
    • BLOO. Because of Bloo's strange change in character from being a snarky but still funny character to a complete Jerk Ass really left a sour taste in fans's mouth. As of 2014 (thanks to tumblr), 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. So many fans kept wondering as to why Mac didn't just ditch Bloo later on.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: During Bloo's movie, Wilt performs a song that sounds very similar to "All Star" by Smash Mouth. Including the words "Hey Now".
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In the episode Foster's Go To Europe, anyone else like if they actually went to Europe? Imagine Bloo offending the locals and the wacky hijinks they'll pull across the continent.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Cheese and his Ambiguous Disorder, and that's all we're going to say.
  • 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.

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