YMMV / GoAnimate


  • Accentuate the Negative: For GoAnimate itself, it's a simplistic animation program that allows anyone to make all sorts of videos. However, it's mostly known as that animation program little kids use to punish children's show characters because they can. This very site is proof of that. This is essentially why Alvin Hung changed gears and is trying to force business only stuff on the site.
  • Acceptable Targets: Shows made for very young audiences, villains from multiple works of fiction and "bad users", who are YouTube users the GoAnimate community does not approve of. Interestingly, the "shows made for very young audiences" tends to fluctuate. While Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, Dora the Explorer, Arthur and Barney & Friends are heavily targeted, a show like Sesame Street or Bob the Builder will get off easily or not be used at all (it helps that trying to GoAnimate-ize the Snuffaluffagus and construction equipment is nearly impossible, though Thomas And Friends has a small amount of videos where the trains are oddly rendered as Kabuki actors with "smokestack" hair). Also, cartoons like Spongebob Squarepants and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic tend to be favored a lot. Even so, anime such as Naruto, Dragon Ball and One Piece tend to be the most popular of all.
    • Joe from Blue's Clues is a frequent subject of "Grounded" videos. The show itself (and especially Steve), on the other hand, is rarely the subject of Take Thats.
    • Basically if you haven't been on regular TV for years, say Eureeka's Castle, Fred Penner, Mr. Rogers (not counting Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood) or Fraggle Rock, you're pretty much safe outside of an odd few; the limited reference pool for grounded videos basically consists of the most current Adored by the Network shows. BabyFirstTV is also mostly safe outside of rant videos because it has much fewer subscribers than most of the mainstream children's networks and a lack of recognizable characters.
    • When Sesame Street is involved, the target is usually Elmo with Cookie Monster to a lesser extent. Like Blue's Clues, the show itself is rarely attacked.
    • Alvin Hung, the website's founder, is starting to become this after the removal of GoPlus and some of the website's most popular themes and voices. This has even crossed over into racist humor and death threats.
  • All Animation Is Disney: The focus of many "Warren Cook Gets Grounded" videos.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Rampant, and varying with various users.
    • Caillou is commonly depicted by African Vulture as a spoiled brat with a borderline sociopathic obsession with Chuck E. Cheese's. Issac Anderson then took Caillou (and his father's) more psychotic tendencies and cranked them up to insane heights.
    • Calliou's Dad/Boris (and sometimes other parents characters as well, but especially him) is subject to being portrayed as a Psycho for Hire by multiple users, in particular the already mentioned Isaac Anderson and OfficerPoop247. This video from BrandaBob is a good Ur-Example of this, where Boris is distilled into a masochistic torturer with a insatiable need to ground and irrational hatred for anything Chuck E. Cheese's, while trying to influence future parents into his grounding style.
      • Lately coming into vogue is "Evil Boris" or "Teeth Boris", a version of Boris colored red and with his mouth enlarged 400% who has No Indoor Voice, not even a modicum of kindness, and drops so many profanities and racial slurs it's unbelievable that no videomaker in real life hasn't been grounded yet for those videos.
    • Arthur is frequently depicted by the user Matt TheGoAnimator as a foul-mouthed jackass with a nasty temper who is the Spoiled Brat of the Read family rather than D.W. (who is a total Boy Scout (er, Girl Scout) compared to him).
    • For the grounded videos as a whole, it's easy to interpret Caillou, Dora, and other trouble-making kids as an ensemble of Jerkass Woobies who simply act out because of the abuse from their bullying families.
    • Carbon copies of the Mac and PC guys from the 2000's Apple commercials who look like Justin Long and John Hodgman existed in Comedy World as default characters, along with a muscle-bound blonde Secret Service bodyguard who should be taking bullets for the President. In the world of GoAnimate though, the Mac Guy is mainly known "fake VHS" creator Warren Cook, while PC Guy is the strict jerkass parent named Diesel Busters to the bodyguard character, who behaves like an immature teenager with the fandom name of Macusoper.
  • Ass Pull: Common in certain "Grounded" videos. As these videos are usually made by younger kids, don't be surprised to see the guilty party's plans being stopped by just a simple phone call and demand for them to be punished. Even more, if there's no possible way for the guilty party to be caught, be prepared for crazy leaps of logic that leads to the guilty party's revelation or some sort of super-awesome hi-tech device capturing them in the act and telling everyone who it was.
    • Another type is for elaborate characters or animals, to excuse the limitations of the software by inserting a line about said character getting "plastic surgery" to allow them to appear in the videos, or even for a gag; one video series had Boris get surgery to become a lookalike of Eminem.
    • This video shows Caillou running away to Chicago because he loves the city and also so he doesn't have to go to school, with no one the wiser. How is Caillou caught? Boris just so happens to be in Chicago himself and comes across Caillou. Cue grounding. While Boris hadn't shown up in the video beforehand, it's never stated that this was because he was in Chicago.
  • Base-Breaking Character: While Boris is just a straight up Scrappy to the ironic fanbase, he's more along the lines of this to the non-ironic fanbase. If you check the comments of many of the Caillou Grounded videos, you'll probably see an equal amount of people who are either taking Boris's side (because they hate Caillou just as much as he does) or people saying that they wish they could ground Boris for going too far in his punishments or causing deliberate pain for Caillou.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
  • Broken Base:
    • Recent changes have caused a fracturing between the free and paid accounts.
    • It seems that, with this video, Issac Anderson's fandom's starting to split between those who feel that the punishments and reactions go beyond comedy and are just mean-spirited for the sake of mean-spiritness and those who feel that it's still within the spirit of the other videos and that the person affected in the video was being done away with as his joke ran out. Issac tried to explain that he knows that these punishments wouldn't fly and that he's just joking around, but some feel different.
    • OfficerPoop247's videos have become this as well, for similar reasons to Isaac Anderson. Numerous fans (ironic and non-ironic alike) have started to dislike them on account of making Boris too mean, psychotic, and unlikable (on top of being a huge Karma Houdini) while having Caillou get the short end of the stick even when he doesn't do anything to deserve it, with this video (featuring an incredibly mean-spirited ending where Caillou does a good deed yet gets jailed for life anyway) being the breaking point. Despite this, there are still those who don't have a problem with it, either because they hate Caillou or use the MST3K Mantra in regards to the Grounded videos.
    • The comments sections of Grounded videos with Arthur as the trouble-maker often have people either objecting to the portrayal of such a Nice Guy as Arthur being so naughty (especially since D.W., who really is a Spoiled Brat, is portrayed in a better light as a result), people saying that he deserves it because he's a baby show character (or at least close enough to being one, being a PBS Kids character), or still others saying that canon personalities can be ignored in Grounded videos for the sake of Rule of Funny. Other videos depicting normally well-behaved and/or heroic characters, often from shows with large Periphery Demographics (such as Cyberchase, for example), doing decidedly very un-heroic things and getting grounded/assaulted/whatever often fall under this as well.
  • Crack Is Cheaper: To an extent - many former GoAnimate users tend to flock to Plotagon due to the fact that one didn't have to pay to use the program, save for certain add-ons. However, while Plotagon is still cheaper, with the discovery of GoAnimate for Schools and the extent of what one can do, it seems that they may be flocking back.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Jasmine's parents (yes, parents) in this video.
    • Caillou's favorite restaurant Chuck E. Cheese's usually has an opening time of 11 a.m., yet video makers usually never account for the three hours he has to burn waiting for the place to open when he skips school/daycare, or the immediate call to the authorities when an employee wonders why a four year-old is all alone in their store in the middle of the school day, nor how a four year-old is paying for tokens, pizza and soda (though a few do show Caillou swiping a credit card from Boris and Doris, but the quandry of a child paying with credit remains).
    • In the "(Character) Kills the EAS Reporter and Gets Grounded" videos, the troublemaker of the day decides to kill the EAS Reporter because an emergency broadcast interrupted the TV while the troublemakers were playing on a game console.
    • This video seems to showcase a glaring lack of knowledge about what Pokémon Go is (especially considering how wildly popular the game has become), depicting it as a multiplayer Pokemon RPG on a console rather than the mobile AR app that the game is known for being. (To the user's credit, though, the next grounded video they made that was centered around Go features a more accurate depiction of the game.)
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Children being executed and condemned to Hell for petty slights? Horrifying. Caillou and Dora being lowered into lava being burned into skeletons still going "wawawawawawawawawa," going to Hell, mocking and grounding the devil (who's a ninja for some reason), and casually escaping Hell? Hilarious.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: As you can see from a number of these tropes listed here, the "grounded" videos are often drowning in this trope.
  • Designated Hero:
    • The parent characters frequently are this, especially when the punishments they hand out to the kids goes above and beyond what anyone would deem necessary. The can, and have, humiliated or even killed their kids over petty slights such as breaking something or pushing someone over, and the parents of "baby show" characters often tell their kids how much they hate them to their faces. Since they're the one's punishing the trouble makers and baby show characters, though, they're usually held to the right regardless of their actions. Caillou's parents in particular often fall under this, especially his dad. Boris gets away with murder (both literally and figuratively) yet is treated as the hero for putting Caillou in his place.
    • Dora's parents, to put it bluntly, are complete and utter scumbags who verbally and physically abuse Dora whenever she acts up. This gets to the point where they repeatedly tell Dora to her face how much they hate her and wish she were never born. Like Boris, though, the fact that they're punishing Dora supposedly makes their often downright disturbing behavior acceptable.
    • Arthur's dad sometimes comes off as a short-tempered Jerkass who seemingly can't stand the sight of Arthur having anything positive happen to him and will ground Arthur the instant Arthur does something he doesn't like. (Or even having other people doing positive things for Arthur, as he will often alert their parents for having done so.)
    • Anyone in the execution videos. Even if the person being executed really does deserve it, it's hard to root for the people who rub the fact that the sentenced person is going to die in the sentenced person's face, tell the person that they hope he/she goes to Hell when they die, and celebrate and have parties when the person dies. Especially when the sentenced person is a kid. The endings where the parents literally dance on their graves also seem downright tacky and mean-spirited in any humane manner.
  • Designated Monkey: It's not hard to find yourself feeling more sorry for Caillou, Dora, and the other kids who get grounded for trival reasons than their asshole-ish families and friends:
  • Designated Villain: It's very common for characters to be grounded for absurdly long periods of time even if the mishap they caused was by pure accident, wasn't done out of malice, or even was something beyond their control. Of course, when the grounded person is a "baby show" character, especially Caillou and Dora the Explorer, the shows' respective Periphery Hatedoms might have something to do with that...
    • Here, Dora sets off a security buzzer at the airport with a large water bottle and gets kicked out of the airport by the security guard. And, of course, she gets grounded by her parents, who, truth to tell, likely bought it for her, let her go through security with it, and brought the ruined vacation upon themselves. Like Caillou, Dora is portayed as wrong here and everywhere else as she's a "baby show" character, and thus deserves it.
    • Caillou couldn't fall under this more than he does in this video, where he foils a bank robbery being pulled by his dad...and not only does Caillou gets arrested anyway just because he's a baby show character, he gets the rawest end of the deal even though he didn't even do anything wrong for once. Yet Caillou apparently deserved it and it's a victory for Boris (a Karma Houdini despite being in jail, too) and the police.
    • Any grounding victim ("baby show" character or not) may become this if the punishment is disproportionate enough. In this video for example, a girl is suspended from school and grounded by her parents just because she came in last place in a swimming race.
    • Alvin Hung is often seen in videos being grounded simply because he removed popular GoAnimate themes.
  • Ear Worm: Nearly all of the stock music used in the program is this in some way, especially the rock tune used during tantrums and the upbeat tune used when characters are having fun.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Caillou and Dora the Explorer are far and away the most popular subjects of mockery.
    • Eric, a red-haired and bespectacled Comedy World character who is often seen with Latios accompanying him also sees frequent usage across many users' videos. (Usually as either a bystander or as a Troublemaker-of-the-Day.)
    • Latios himself is arguably an example of this trope as well, as he frequently appears with or without Eric in other videos.
    • Warren Cook is actually a rather popular character among those who don't hate him. Many videos where he isn't being grounded see him getting the last laugh or simply being a Recurring Extra gag character defined by his love for making fake VHS openings.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Numerous videos often wind up being this way, especially when the video ends with the trouble-maker severely injured or dead. For example, the "Gets Executed" videos end with a bratty baby show character or a "bad user" getting executed and ending with everyone celebrating their death. This is supposed to be seen as a good ending, but, consider the facts: The characters just brutally murdered a child and are dancing on their grave. Rather than being a happy ending for the "good guys", it comes off as immensely unsettling.
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • The video makers/non-ironic fandom will often give you an earful if you try defending grounded characters or say that they don't deserve the level of grounding/punishment that they get in a video. Especially if it's Caillou and/or Dora; someone actually feeling sorry for a baby show character? Preposterous!
    • Defending or saying that you respect Alvin Hung's decisions involving GoAnimate while around them is also not recommended.
  • Fan Nickname: "Kaylew", due to it being the most frequent way his name is pronounced by the text-to-speech generator. There's also variations of "K-I-U"
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Strangely, some former GoAnimate users have reportedly become upset over the discovery of GoAnimate For Schools (where Comedy World and other favorite themes live on) and have taken to harassing people using that version of the software, apparently refusing to believe that the beloved themes are back after making such as big deal over them being discontinued in the standard software.
  • Fetish Retardant:
    • "Fetish videos", a series of vore and inflation videos highly looked down in the GoAnimate community.
    • Any and all sex scenes tend to wind up as this, as it's impossible to have the characters actually be naked (only have Nude-Colored Clothes) and most attempts to get around that tend to come off as laughable.
  • Fridge Horror:
    • Really, the premise of many Grounding videos (particularly those of the five users mentioned in Jerkass Woobie below) can get downright horrific when you think about it too hard.
    • The fact that the troublemaker in this video is apparently not potty-trained and constantly has to be reminded to not soil himself (or anything else) despite being a teenager. Just how have his parents treated him throughout his life?
    • Videos such as this one depicting Elsa getting grounded and run out of town by Anna and Kristoff. Remember what happens when Elsa gets upset or scared? Yeah. Anything that happens to GoAnimate-Verse!Arrendale now is Kristoff and Anna's own fault.
    • This video depicts Dora using an item from Roblox to turn her teacher into a roast turkey. When her parents find out, they smash Dora's Roblox things...but apparently forget to turn the teacher back to normal before doing so. Yikes....
  • Heartwarming Moments: For all of their faults, some of these videos are actually capable of providing some surprisingly tender moments:
    • Caillou gets a dog, which crosses over with Tear Jerker. Plot: Caillou gets a pet dog called Scooter. It then shows an adorable montage of the two having fun together, but the dog gets run over by a truck. Caillou is understandably heartbroken by this, as he never got to say goodbye to it. Dad, tells him that death is a natural part of life. It becomes all the more heartwarming when you realize that this Abusive Dad is for once sympathetic to his own son and not grounding him. This is one of the few videos that the troublemaker becomes a Woobie. Dad's speech about death is very sad, yet heartwarming. Somber music is playing while he is talking.
      Dad: But that's how life is. A newborn baby being born in a hospital, to an old man dying of illness. From a seed being planted, to a flower withering away.
      Caillou: But it's so unexpecting. I still can't believe it.
      Dad: That's how I felt when my grandmother passed. Life won't always be fun and cheery, there is many obstacles to surpass. It's a big emotional ride. But it's best if you stay on the brighter side of life. Try not to think of all the dark things that lurk in life. But don't worry, I'll get you a new pet soon!
      Caillou: Oh, thanks dad!
      (screen slowly fades to black while heartwarming yet tear jerking piano music is playing)
    • Caillou Misbehaves at Amy's Baking Company and...: The video starts off with Boris and Caillou being at odds with each other as per the norm with some of these videos, but when Boris gets beaten up by Amy and Samy when he refuses to pay for their lack-luster food, Caillou gets mad, stands up to them and single-handedly shuts them down. The police and Boris are impressed with how Caillou stood up to Amy and Samy and protected Boris, and Boris un-grounds Caillou and takes him to Chuck E. Cheese's. It's nice to see Caillou win and and Boris be nice to him for once.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Eric's Dad Discovers The Truth", after the titular character claims that the voices inside of his head keep telling him to do bad things for others, his wife claims that he got the idea from a cheesy movie plot. A year after that video was made, a movie with the exact premise got released to theaters.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • The "(Character) turns School into (Place that is not school) and Gets Grounded" videos. Apparently, all it takes to convince people that your school is, say, Chuck E. Cheese's is to put Chuck E. Cheese signs over the school ones and people will come flooding in thinking they're really at a Chuck E. Cheese's, and have to be told that it's not Chuck E. Cheese's as well.
    • The "(Troublemaker) Traps People and Gets Grounded" videos. In these videos, the troublemaker places a big hole in the middle of the sidewalk in order to trap people who walk by. None of the characters who walk by notice the big hole in front of them and fall for this obvious trap.
    • Some "(Character) Misbehaves at (Indoor Water Park or Place That Has One)" (like this one) sometimes have the misbehaving character claim that there are dangerous animals (such as sharks, stingrays, or octopi) in the wave pool or somewhere. Everyone believes the trouble-maker and panics, even though one has to wonder why someone would think that there would be sealife in an indoor water park in the first place.
      • Many of these types of videos also include a bit where several characters get stuck on a water-slide behind some slow-moving riders, leading to the impatient trouble-maker forcing them down and often killing them in the process. Despite the fact that the trouble-maker just killed people, no one seems to notice, and the trouble-maker's friends simply chastise them and carry on with their day.
    • As mentioned under Critical Research Failure, no one seems to find it out of the ordinary whenever kids visit Chuck E. Cheese's or other places when they should be at school, nor do they bat an eye when the kids use credit cards or other things they should be too young to have or use. One particularly facepalm-worthy instance of this is in one of the (no longer uploaded) "GoAnimate: The Movie" videos where Caillou (along with Dora and Barney) runs away to Las Vegas and checks into a fancy hotel. Caillou specifically tells the clerk that he's using Boris's credit card and the clerk checks them in anyway without sensing that there's something suspicious about this at all.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Caillou in Issac Anderson's videos, especially as of late. While Caillou is certainly no saint, the level of Dude, Not Funny! portrayed in the videos makes it hard to laugh at his misfortunes. Boris is shown to be something of a violent psychopath, willing to murder anyone who disagrees with him at the drop of a hat and tortures Caillou at the slightest provocation. Doris, in videos where she isn't absent or dead, helps foster Boris' attitude, turning it into a Never My Fault way of thinking. Even other people are against him - videos have shown his teacher collaborating with Boris to kill Caillou and government officials are willing to turn a blind eye to all of this.
    • OfficerPoop247's interpretation of Caillou is this for similar reasons to Isaac Anderson's Caillou. Boris is also frequently an Ax-Crazy lunatic here, and Caillou still is a troublesome characters, but Officer Poop's videos also have high levels of Dude, Not Funny!. The videos have the added caveat that everyone hates Caillou (and other baby show characters), including people who Caillou hasn't even met. Caillou's "friends" hate his guts, his teacher has been known to laugh at him when he screws up at school, the police have even arrested him just because he's a baby show character, and all parties have screwed Caillou over when he did nothing to deserve it. Given how much the world hates him for a rather petty reason, it kinda comes as no surprise that OfficerPoop!Caillou acts out so much.
    • Dora in the videos by the user adamkleinschmidt2003 comes off as this sometimes as well. Like Caillou, she isn't exactly an angel, but her parents, while not Ax-Crazy like Caillou's parents, sometimes are just downright mean to her, often leading to Dude, Not Funny! situations in some videos, as well. Often they beat Dora up, tell her to her face that they wish she were dead, or deny her basic necessities over incidents that she didn't even cause on purpose or highly regret afterwards.
    • Dora is treated even worse in the videos of GoAnimater101Animations2003, where her exploring is done against her parents wishes and they pretty much wish she was never born, calling her by the cruel name "Dora the Motherf***ing Explorer". Other awful names are substituted, and by the time the video ends you'd support Dora running away from home to anywhere else.
    • As far as example of this trope in the Grounded videos go, Dora in the videos by Alan the Cartoon Maker/Thomas Fan is probably the biggest example of them all. She still isn't a complete angel, but many videos show her invoking the explosive wrath of her family and friends simply by making honest mistakes or being her normal self. One video even shows Dora's parents getting her arrested for simply even having a show about her. Her parents also hate it when she explores like in GoAnimater101's videos and often refer to her by the derogatory name "Dora the Mexican Explorer". Even Boots is often against her, and one video shows all of her friends turning against her and beating her up for the simple mistake of forgetting to bring a dish a the picnic. Given that she's probably one of the more innocent versions of Dora in the Grounded videos (and that's saying a lot) it really makes you want to get her out of this terrible situation.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "You are grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded for [insert insanely large number here] years."
    • "OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH."
    • "That's it!"
    • "ENGAGE ME. ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME."
    • "I'm going on the Internet because I love the Internet."
    • It's also quite popular to make Dora and Caillou misbehave.
    • It's also gained massive recognition among Harry Partridge fans due to this video.
    • Much of the preloaded music that comes with GoAnimate.
    • The male Comedy World characters' dancing animation, which is often used for when characters are throwing tantrums.
    • "I'm Chuck E. I'm Chuck E. I'm Chuck E."Explanation 
    • BAD USER ALERT! BAD USER ALERT! BAD USER ALERT! BAD USER ALERT!
    • AND THE UOLLIAC AND THE UOLLIAC AND THE UOLLIAC AND THE UOLLIAC AND THE UOLLIAC AND THE UOLLIAC AND THE UOLLIAC WE-EAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-AYA
    • "43 CHARS", a nonsensical expression with seemingly no real meaning and is often used in Uolliac videos.
  • Misblamed: Some characters voices eventually became unavailable to use with the GoAnimate interface, (forcing users to find alternate ways to use them) including "David", the standard voice for Caillou beside "Ivy", and the infamous "Kidaroo" voice (aka. the "WHYAYAYAYAYAYOLODAD" voice used when characters are angry). The non-ironic Grounded fanbase took this as another attack against them via Alvin Hung, but the truth is that the licensing on the voices expired and Alvin simply chose not to renew them.
  • Mondegreen: If someone makes a character say a bunch of "H"es, it may sound like "Jay jay jay jay jay jay jay jay jay".
  • Moral Event Horizon: Many of the parents' actions in the "Gets Grounded" videos.
    • Many of the kids' actions in the videos are treated as this in-universe, no matter how minor of an offense it was.
    • The community itself seems to treat making fake VHS openings and watching "baby shows" as some sort of unforgivable sin.
    • One specific example would be this video where Caillou's dad impersonates his own son and gets him into all sorts of trouble just because "he (Caillou) sucks", during which he kills Rosie, his own daughter just to make Caillou look bad. He gets away with this, too.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Try to make characters scream by typing "aaaaaaaaaaah" and you'll get something weird. The use of the "Wiseguy" voice for yelling is also very easy to become highly annoying. Or when people make a character repeat a noise for a little too long.
    • Whenever someone re-uses the "sewage" noise over and over and over.
    • ANYONE who uses the alarm sound effect(s) very loudly.
    • Hell, any sound effects or voices cranked up very loudly. This is satirized to death with NotSmirks's videos.
  • MST3K Mantra: Some of the more inexplicable or illogical things that happen in the Grounded videos can be excused by Rule of Funny or what the ironic fanbase calls "GoAnimate Logic".
  • Never Live It Down: Alvin Hung can distance himself and his animation program from the Grounded fandom as much as he can, but that isn't going to keep people from thinking of Caillou getting grounded grounded grounded for a million years whenever they think of GoAnimate, which has quickly become what the site is best known for.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • Padding:
    • "[Character] Gets in Dead Meat" videos will have dozens of characters receiving behaviour cards, before the character in question gets in trouble and gets punished. There seems to be some kind of contest among the community to create the "longest behaviour card day."
    • This video is one particularly insane version of this trope, as a trouble-making Tyrone faces the "Guardians of the Land of Make-Believe" for his crimes. About four-fifths of the 12-and-a-half minute long video is taken up by the 30+ characters introducing themselves and briefly expressing their disgust with Tyrone and his actions.
  • Periphery Demographic: There are two of them! The website is intended for businesses to easily make animations for their company, but the website is more often used by little kids who just want to make their own cartoons...most of said cartoons are about people getting grounded or behavior cards, or poorly-made remakes of HBO/Noggin/Disney Channel sign-off bumpers. Then said cartoons gained their own periphery demographic of older people who find them funny for all the wrong reasons. It's for this reason that the creator of GoAnimate is doing everything he can to stop the misuse of the service, up to and including removing any feature that doesn't relate to business, and removing every theme that isn't the "Business" theme. These changes, thus far, have been poorly received, and will likely mean the end of the "Grounded" videos.
    • Then it comes around again, as some of the older ironic GoAnimate fans start making their own GoAnimate videos, and get subscribers and fans from the actual GoAnimate community who don't realize they're being made fun of.
    • And then it comes back around again with users like NotSmirks, who also deconstruct GoAnimate by taking Grounded Video tropes and cranking the weirdness (and audio levels) Up to Eleven, yet gain followings from real GoAnimate users.
  • Ron the Death Eater: The portrayal of child characters such as Caillou, Dora, Little Bill, and others is intended to be this, though one could argue that this is (possibly unintentionally) in effect for all the existing parent characters as well, at least Depending on the Writer. Even parents who are very nice in the canon of their respective shows tend to become absurdly abusive if not downright sociopathic at their worst. For example, Caillou's dad sometimes is portrayed as an Ax-Crazy and possibly mentally unstable individual while Caillou's mom is a manipulative unsympathetic Jerkass.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Caillou, Dora, and other baby show characters. Their parents are clearly physically and emotionally abusive buttwipes (or, in the case of Boris, an Ax-Crazy lunatic). Caillou and Dora are often tortured and killed by them over the slightest offenses, or sometimes even for no reason. Who sounds more sympathetic here?
  • The Scrappy:
  • Shocking Swerve: This video, the culmination of various Deconstruction videos has Boris jailed for his grounding crimes and Doris and the kids ready to live a better life without him only for the judge to reveal that GoAnimate was getting rid of the animation styles and, thus, was the end of the world. Then, the world blows up.
  • Signature Scene: The living room background, where grounded videos usually end so that the parents will ground their kids. Caillou is perhaps the most popular troublemaker, while Boris and Doris (usually the former) are the most well-known punishers.
  • So Bad, It's Good/Snark Bait: The limited animation and bizarre subject matter have attracted a rather devoted following who love to watch the videos completely ironically.
  • Special Effect Failure: This is more than bound to happen given the limitations of GoAnimate...but sometimes it's hilariously bad.
    • Especially in Caillou Turns School into Chuck E Cheese's, when Miss Martin walks above the crowd of people to see what's going on.
    • In order to make Comedy World characters "kiss" each other, you have to set them to blow raspberries at each other. This produces some...very interesting results.
    • The cars in GoAnimate are only in a profile view. This results in some bizarre shots. They also only start; there are no running engine sound effects, making viewers think that cars in the world of GoAnimate have terrible gas mileage and seize up at random.
    • Zoey Finishes Last In A Swimming Race And Gets Grounded. From the girls falling like dominoes into the pool, to them cheering sideways underwater.
    • PC Guy Eats the Angry Birds—or, more truthfully, the Multicolored Stick Figure Humans.
    • Comedy world characters going on a rampage at a store or a restaurant is shown with giant versions of the character(s) moving back and forth on the screen in their dancing or cheering animations as people and things just fly off when they start dancing or or cheering beside them.
    • Typically, any instance of beer or some other alcoholic beverage in the videos will be represented with a bottle of soda, but will still be referred to as whatever alcoholic beverage it is. Justified as most users use GoAnimate For Schools, which removes adult props like beer.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Crossing over with an unintentional Black Comedy version of Hypocritical Humor, In this video, Dora mouths off to the teacher and calls her psychotic. The video obviously treats this as a terrible thing for Dora to say...but the fact that Dora's teacher tears up the classroom when Dora tells her this and gives her a "detention" that is really just the teacher torturing Dora in Dora's parents' room, it kinda makes you wonder how wrong Dora actually is.
    • While a number of "(Character) Gets a Job at (Place)" videos show that the central character brings their termination from their jobs upon themselves, some videos show the characters losing their jobs when one or more customers make ridiculous orders (such as ordering two billion cheeseburgers from a McDonald's or asking for a Whopper at a Wendy's) or when one or more of the customers tries to buy something they don't have enough money for; when the central character understandably questions their impossible order or tells them they don't have enough money, the customer gets pissed off and causes a scene, usually leading to the main character making them leave the store like anyone would do. (If the customer doesn't leave for a competing establishment in a huff themselves.) When the manager/boss finds out about what happened they side with the customer(s) one hundred percent and fire the main character despite their protests. While the intention is for the viewer to agree that the employed character deserved it and was harming the business, the character's protests that the customers were being unreasonable, that they couldn't possibly fill out the customer's absurd orders, and/or the customer not having enough money for what they were trying to buy aren't entirely invalid.
  • Squick: Some of the more gross-out situations really do sound and/or look disgusting in spite of the rampant Special Effects Failure:
    • This video really takes the cake.
    • Sometimes the punishments in the "Grounded" videos come off as rather gruesome or disgusting. In this "Punishment Day" video, for example, Caillou gets grounded for being grounded, and Boris punishes him by licking Caillou's eyeballs, force-feeding him dirt, pulling Caillou's teeth out and eating them, forcing Caillou to drink out of an 50-years-unflushed toilet, then biting off all of the skin on Caillou's face.
      Caillou: Stop it. It's disgusting. WaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-ah.
    • There is one Dora Gets Grounded video where Dora is forced to watch her heavy-set grandmother take a bath. Somehow, Dora's unclothed grandmother manages to be utterly disgusting in spite of the usual GoAnimate quality, especially since the user makes little effort to censor everything. We'll do you a favor and not link to it unlike the other entries under Squick.
    • This video depicts Caillou turning himself into a hot lady because...he apparently had nothing better to do? He goes to the mall...and gets hit on by his own dad. Never mind that Boris (a married man) is hitting on a lady, he's hitting on a lady who (unbeknownst to him) is really his own son. Fortunately, once Boris realizes what happened, he quickly stops and seems disgusted. (And as expected grounds Caillou for turning himself into a grown woman.)
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • The very premise of the (Baby Show Character) Gets Grounded videos are this, as kids who dislike the lead characters for being baby show characters are venting their frustrations on them with these videos.
    • It's more common with the ironic fanbase, but there are many videos where the widely disliked parent characters' Karma Houdini Warranty runs out, often via the kid characters calling them out or getting them grounded or arrested. As mentioned under The Scrappy, Boris (who is one of, if not the most hated out of all the parent characters) is the most common recipient of these types of videos.
  • Tear Jerker:
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • The removal of the Comedy World and Lil' Peepz video makers in August 2015 hasn't gotten a positive reception from fans. Granted, assets from the two themes could still be used in videos until the website switched to HTML 5—it's that it was hidden on the website that it could be easily misconstrued as removed. Once people started abusing this, eventually this was wiped clean permanently. Hence, the community threatens to kill Alvin Hung for something petty like this.
    • The licensing for several voices in the program (including "David", one of Caillou's most popular voices) expired and it was chosen not to renew them. Several users found ways around this, but others saw this as another reason to complain to (and make Grounded videos out of) Alvin Hung.
  • Toy Ship: It's not uncommon for video makers to put Caillou and Dora together.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: A problem with the "Grounded" videos as a video maker takes the Disproportionate Retribution of the punishment way too far. Being grounded for a ridiculously long time because you beat up your teacher? Silly yet funny, depending on the number. Getting shot and killed for saying the wrong thing? Dude, Not Funny!.
    • For a specific example of this involving Caillou, we have this video where Caillou goes downstairs to open his birthday presents...only to be tricked into receiving a Punishment Day from his family. While normally Caillou does something terrible to deserve it, here he does absolutely nothing to warrant such a Punishment Day from his parents and Rosie. Add the fact that this occurs on his birthday, Caillou comes off as a big time Woobie; having his birthday ruined and subsequently being bullied by his own family for a petty reason.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • The parent characters and some of the troublesome kids' friends, teachers, and family members. While this could arguably be in affect for all grounding videos (considering the ridiculously long grounding times), some videos depict these characters as being massive Jerkasses towards the trouble-making kids by going out of their way to make them miserable, excluding them from parties or trips seemingly just to be mean, or even trash-talking them to their face. Oftentimes this is before the trouble-maker has even done anything wrong! Combine this with their treatment of the trouble-makers when they do cause trouble, and you can see why many of the trouble-makers are seen as Unintentionally Sympathetic.
    • Caillou's family and friends (particularly Boris) most frequently fall under this trope, to name a specific example. Any sympathy that is attempted to be given to them often falls flat when previous videos (or even the very same video) show them to regularly physically and verbally abuse Caillou.
      • To name one example, here, Caillou pranks Rosie by putting a shark tank in her room. When he gets busted by his parents, Caillou seems genuinely remorseful over this and apologizes to Rosie. Rosie, however, refuses the (actually reasonable) apology and Caillou is sent to his room as the others celebrate. The intention is like all the other videos, namely that Caillou has gone beyond their apologies. However, the context of the situation (Caillou actually realized what he did was wrong and clearly tried to apologize) makes Rosie come off as an unreasonable Jerkass. (As well as Boris and Doris, by extent, as they side with Rosie without a beat when she shrugs off Caillou's apology.)
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • Yes, even GoAnimate has its share of VEoA moments. Exhibit A.
    • Not Smirks managed to create a 3D water effect that is pretty impressive by GoAnimate standards as shown here.
  • What an Idiot: Generally speaking, the trouble-making kids are really bad about this, as they may want their way so badly that they may do some idiotic things or may cause trouble even if they know it will get them grounded. Some more specific examples include the following:
    • The misbehaving students in the "(Character(s)) Get Held Back" videos, who continue to cause trouble without a second thought even though it's going to get them held back a grade. Yes, they do this twelve times for all twelve grades plus kindergarten and pre-school without even stopping.
    • There's also a ton of times when the protagonist's parents will explicitly say not to do some very specific action (IE, "Don't break the TV") or they will be grounded. No points for guessing what they do almost immediately after the parents leave.
    • To name a specific example, we have this video: Caillou Misbehaves At The Road Trip. Caillou gets six chances before he is grounded, and blows them all pretty quickly. First off, he wants to watch Jurassic World instead of the original film and gets mad when he gets out-voted by his folks. Boris says that they'll either watch Jurassic Park first and then Jurassic World, or they'll watch the latter movie first and Caillou will lose one of his six chances. How does Caillou respond? "I WANT TO WATCH JURASSIC WORLD. I WANT TO WATCH JURASSIC WORLD." For some reason, he's surprised when his dad scolds him. To make matters worse, Caillou blows two of his other chances in the exact same way later on. This is also far from the only video where something like this happens.
    • In the error videos, the errors usually work like this: You have to wait an amount of time (usually a few hours) to use your PC. If you turn off or restart your PC, bad things happen to you. You would think that the logical thing to do is just wait out the time doing something else. But, instead, they restart their computer multiple times, thusly risking the said bad thing occurring.
    • Also just clicking on random links to download fake operating systems or pirated games in the first place. In 2016 most anyone with computer access should know not to do this.
    • Finally, are you really expecting to play (name of AAA console game) on a "baby show OS"?
    • No matter how many times he gets punished for it, Warren Cook will never stop making fake VHS openings and then proudly displaying them to his dad, who inevitably blows a gasket.
    • "(Character) Asks for (Toy) and Gets Grounded" videos revolve around the character asking their mom or dad if they can get a certain toy. Despite being told no, the kid incessantly begs again and again until the parent figure loses their cool and tells the kid that they will be grounded if they ask again. The kid asks again anyway. At that point, they're just begging to be grounded.
    • It's not unheard of for characters to be told that they'll be rewarded and/or grounded if they just behave while their parents are out somewhere, only for the troublesome kids to instantly act up as soon as their parents are gone and throwing away their chances of redeeming themselves in their parents' eyes.
    • Crossing over with Fridge Logic: Many of the Dora videos have her parents calling Nick Jr. to cancel her series as a punishment (the same with Caillou to PBS Kids (which hasn't even shown the series in years) and Sprout). Considering in the world of GoAnimate that they're probably using their daughter's show as their only source of income, they're shooting themselves in the foot by doing so.
  • The Woobie:
    • Really, just about nearly every single target of the "Grounded" videos.
    • Alvin Hung is a meta example, just because of a (reasonable, but) very controversial update, fans have turned against him and even started harassing him with death threats of all things! Plus, with such a good concept and ambition-turned-laughing stock of the whole internet with such a rabid fraction of the fanbase's behavior making it's reputation worse, it just makes you want to give this poor guy a hug.
      • Ditto with Warren Cook, who just about gets nothing but "grounded" videos centering around him for the so-called heinous crime of making fake VHS openings.

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