YMMV / Go Animate


  • 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.
    • Many rant videos made with the system tend to over-exaggerate the negative aspects of work the person ranting does not like. This can even cross over into deploring even people involved with the work simply by guilt by association.
  • Acceptable Targets: "Baby shows", villains from multiple works of fiction and "bad users", who are YouTube users the GoAnimate community does not approve of. Interestingly, the list of "baby shows" tends to fluctuate. While Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, Dora the Explorer, Ni Hao, Kai-Lan, 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, with the carriages being women wearing brown clothing who run along behind the engines). Arthur gets targeted too, although less out of hate for the series than as a nod to "Arthur's Big Hit". 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, Angela Anaconda, Fred Penner, Mister 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.
      • Shows that air as part of British programming blocks (for example, CBeebies) are also pretty safe from grounded videos (except for Teletubbies and Noddy), due to the fact that most of the shows hold C-list popularity, forgotten, are considered to actually be rather decent or unrecognizable.
    • 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. However, Alvin's hatedom has started to mellow down after several GoAnimate users started to defend him.
    • Presidential or political figures are this, depending on the user.
    • When it comes to logos or brands, prepare to see Magnavox and Funai get tarnished a lot for being cheap. Philips, on the other hand, doesn't get as much, although it may be due to the fact that Philips' solo products are limited to Europe and are often deemed as being of a high quality compared to the former.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Even people who dislike characters like Caillou and Dora will feel bad for them in the Go Animate videos, where they receive too harsh punishments.
  • All Animation Is Disney: The focus of several "Warren Cook Gets Grounded" videos.
  • Alternative 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.
      • Even within his videos, "Caillou Gets Grounded: The Movie" gives some light on Boris's character. Is he truly a monstrous abuser, or is he merely being controlled by his much more abusive wife?Further speculation 
    • 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 the best 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" (nowadays known more as "Boris the Teeth Guy"), 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.
      • Something else that has been coming into vogue is turning Rosie into something akin to a psychopath. Creators such as Venomous Soup and RareYellowWUUTBee make Rosie worse than Caillou. Rosie has a heavy Never My Fault attitude, seems to be anti-establishment (any establishment) and is willing to murder her family if it means getting her way.
    • 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 exist 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.
    • Speaking of Macusoper, it is common to see people who have differing views on him. Is he a short-tempered Butt-Monkey whose misdoings are caused (and fueled further) by the actions of his peers and his father Diesel, who all treat him like a social outcast, or he is a complete Jerkass with a Hair-Trigger Temper worthy of his punishments? This has extended on to the point where Macusoper has become a Base-Breaking Character with several fans and Fan Haters alike.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: A truly odd case in that it's mostly kids (rather than adults) believing any show on a network made ostensibly for younger children is a "baby show" and thus deserving of their wrath in the grounded videos. Even shows with large followings such as Cyberchase, Arthur, and Sofia the First are often hated by the fandom, simply by proxy of sharing network space with legitimately disliked shows such as Caillou. This may be due to the fact that, at the age kids are at when they make these videos, it is usually "cool" to mock and disparage shows that, at another time, they would have loved.
  • 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. For instance, in this video, Dora pulls the fire alarm as an April Fool's prank. When the alarm ends, the teacher asks what happened when Brendan Barney explains:
    Brendan Barney: Somebody in this classroom has pulled the fire alarm. It could have been anyone. It could have even been Dora. In fact, it actually was Dora: she was the only one in the building when the fire alarm went off.
    • 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.
    • "GoAnimate Logic" has become this to explain away how character X could come back from their deaths or punishments. However, at times, it leads to just outright lame and anti-climatic moments. For instance, in this video, Dora and Caillou set off a nuke that destroys Go City. When Fred Jones finds them and learns they used "GoAnimate Logic" to use the nuke, he decides to use it to reverse all of the damage done.
  • Author's Saving Throw: On the part of the users. If a character's punishment/treatment is extreme or cruel to the point of attracting backlash in the comments, the user may sometimes throw the character in question a bone in the next uploaded video. One example can be found in this video, where Caillou's parents are shown being apathetic towards Caillou to the point of not going out to search for him during a tornado. Caillou winds up sucked up by the tornado and gets thrown through a window of his house, landing in front of his parents and Rosie. Upon seeing their son lying unconscious and bleeding on the ground in front of them, Boris and the others' first reaction is to...express relief that the tornado is gone and step over Caillou's body to go and watch TV. After cries of Dude, Not Funny! erupted from the comments, the user uploaded this sequel video, where Laser-Guided Karma hits Boris, Doris, and Rosie like a semi-truck when some police officers inspecting the neighborhood after the tornado step into the house to find the injured Caillou bleeding out on the ground as the rest of the family watches TV. Found out and facing arrest, Boris, Doris, and Rosie attempt to escape but are caught. Boris and Doris are thrown in the slammer for neglecting Caillou and impeding the officers and Rosie is sent to a foster family. Meanwhile, Caillou eventually recovers from his injuries and is treated to some Chuck E. Cheese's by one of the police officers.
  • Badass Decay: A very strange variation of this trope is in play with these videos - a person can perform any act, commit any crime, strike out against any person, but the moment someone else confronts the troublemaker and demands an explanation, they are forced to reveal the truth and sit there and take any and all punishments given to them. Very rarely will someone strike back against the person and usually doing so will cause the other to get angrier.
  • 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.
    • As described above, Macusoper has gotten this treatment lately, thanks to his association with infamous user MacusoperAndLPSLover, a user known for his tirade against the negative portrayal of the character in videos. While Macusoper's punishments and treatment by his peers borders on harsh, it is of common debate to see whether or not Macusoper's attitude has a role to play in his videos.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Caillou gets a REALLY bad dream/escapes grounding is already one of the stranger played-straight grounded videos, but the random cameo by Dr. Hax near the end is just the icing on the cake.
    • At one point during this video, the video randomly cuts to a picture of Caillou with a stained hand protruding from his pelvis (and looking like something it shouldn't in the process) while a giggling noise plays. No one, not even Caillou, brings this up at any point during the rest of the video. Not even during the Gainax Ending.
    • During this Warren Cook video, Warren goes to the movie theater to see Guardians of the Galaxy. During the movie, a fight breaks out between a punk and a businessman for seemingly no reason. No one reacts to the fight, nor does it have any affect on the rest of the video.
    • This run-of-the-mill Punishment Day video involving The Berenstain Bears note  has Sister Bear randomly yelling "Holy crap, holy crap, it's like a refrigerator in here because I'm Foxy the Pirate!" while in an extremely cold shower. No attention is brought to this, nor is Five Nights At Freddy's mentioned after (or even before) this outburst.
    • In "Bradley Tries To See Wreck It Ralph" after Bradley's grandfather exorcises Bradley so he can possess his father, the scene cuts to a television show showing an Off-Model Caillou getting grounded by a gonky Doris with the latter saying "Mother of God Kaylow I can't believe you blew up the whole of North Korea you are grounded grounded grounded until Hell freezes over.", with Bradley's father laughing. Neither Doris, Caillou or the show in question are mentioned before this scene, and are not brought up again after this.
    • Caillou and Boris Go Out On A Date has Caillou and Boris hallucinating after they eat a turkey with marijuana on it as a "decoration". This is never talked about again and had literally nothing to do with the plot.
    • In Boris Gets Lung Cancer From Smoking Weed, after Boris smokes, a devil shows up and takes him to Taco Bell. This is never brought up again.
    • In Dora Kills Her Family/Punishment Day by Mrs. Christina, Dora jumps out of her bedroom window and goes flying into the air. When she questions why, the GoAnimate logo flies by, declares it's because of him, then grounds her for life for forgetting him. Even Dora thinks it's random.
  • Bizarro Episode: Most Uolliac videos, particularly if the user who made it otherwise makes typical grounded videos.
  • Broken Base:
    • Are the HTML5 themes a better replacement of the Flash themes, or are they an inferior Replacement Scrappy? For GoAnimate itself from a finance point of view, yes. The now-outdated Flash software, which had been on it's last legs for many years, prevented the site from being usable from portable devices such as tablets or smartphones, which are now used for animation as well. HTML5, the replacement, is not only faster to use, but is readily usable on both devices, and i now the new regular animation standard for sites such as YouTube. However, many fans are unhappy that the popular Flash themes (such as Comedy World) were not upgraded for HTML5, as well as the complete overhaul of the site into a business-only site, which was seen as an attempt by the site to shed off it's "grounded videos" image.
    • Alvin Hung has started to become this with the people who think of him either as a Corrupt Corporate Executive or a CEO attempting to modernize his site after the site's animation transition. While the community's feeling towards Alvin Hung has lightened up, it doesn't go without mention that many people accuse Alvin Hung's decisions as being "greedy" or an attempt to damage the fanbase.
    • Recent changes have caused a fracturing between the free and paid accounts.
    • After many fans of the site let down with the transition have used GoAnimate For Schools, many former members of the site refused to believe that the old themes were back after such a big deal was made over their loss, which has led to feuds between tensed past fans and modern users.
    • It seems that 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 an Everyman 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.
    • GoAnimate cringe compilations. While most GoAnimate users seldom hold any grudges against their videos being featured in cringe compilations (see Misaimed Fandom below), in some circles there is some debate over whether these compilations are acceptable or is a form of cyber-bullying. It's worth noting, though, that a number of uploaders of these types of videos do add disclaimers to not attack actual GoAnimate users over their videos, and the ones that do explicitly slam actual users tend to get called out by non-ironic and ironic fans of GoAnimate alike. It is also worth pointing out that a variety of people who do create cringe compilations tend to be former GoAnimate users who do put their videos in compilations for varying reasons (mainly Old Shame). This subject really needs no further elaboration beyond that.
    • Amethyst Is Cutie's Black Comedy videos - Are his videos decent attempts at adult humour in the fandom, or downright mean-spirited videos pandering to the adult animation demographic? It doesn't help after he started to take the raunchy content in his videos up an ante, which turned many of his former fans off, and that's all we'll say about his videos.
  • Catharsis Factor: The intended point of many "Grounded Videos" involving "baby show" characters. However, there are many reasons why these backfire hard.
    • Some viewers have taken satisfaction in watching the either the parent or teacher characters get either grounded, arrested, executed or killed.
  • 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.
  • Creator's Pet: It's fairly easy to tell when a certain character is particularly favored by the user, usually by being the most frequent grounder or punishment-giver to a trouble-maker, treated as The Ace by all the other characters, being the "yes" character in a "(Something)Yes(Something Else)No" username or always having great things happen to them even if they are a Karma Houdini, exhibit huge amounts of Protagonist-Centered Morality, and/or get hate directed at them by users in the comments. Boris, Rosie, users' Author Avatars, and many of Macusoper's peers (particularly his dad Diesel Busters) tend to be the most frequent characters to fall under this.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • 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 quandary of a child paying with credit remains).
    • If a jury is seen in a GoAnimate video, often-times Judith Sheindlin is seen as one of the judges. While Judy herself was actually a judge for many years, she is actually an arbiter. Then again, this isn't an uncommon mistake.
    • 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 (something currently impossible through the EAS standard). Never mind that it's always a recording or mechanical voice delivering the EAS message automatically in real life. However, one of the GoAnimate voices is now being used for weather radio, which means that hearing a GoAnimate voice on the alert system is now plausible.
    • This video seems to showcase a glaring lack of knowledge about what Pokémon Go is (especially considering how wildly popular the game is, especially at the time the video was uploaded), 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.)
    • This video where a bully gets Macusoper into trouble by stealing his textbook, then using his 'ownership' of it to get him in trouble due to missing homework, seems to forget this simple issue has been solved since the early 1900's; students are usually advised to write their name on a blank on the inside front cover at the beginning of the school year to prevent a text from being lost or stolen. Any sane teacher would have taken three seconds to look in the textbook and cleared Macusoper immediately (though this is unlikely; the 'teacher' is basically the videomaker who has an entire series of videos where he punishes Macusoper in his position of power). Instead, the bully instigates and degrades the situation into profanity from all sides and an undeserved punishment by the cruel Diesel towards Macusoper.
    • Videos featuring tornadoes hitting the city generally have the Enhanced Fujita scale of the tornadoes immediately identified by onlookers and newscasters, oftentimes even as soon as the tornado develops and makes touchdown. However, most tornadoes don't receive EF designations until after they have passed as the Enhanced Fujita scale takes the level of damage caused by the tornado into account as well as the wind speed.
      • A specific example pertaining to GoAnimate tornadoes is this video. Unless the tornado was intended to be some sort of magic tornado, the video showcases a lack of knowledge of how tornadoes work: Doris comments that the family could be stuck in their basement for weeks. Currently, no tornado has lasted longer than 3 and a half hours. (The famous Tri-State Tornado of 1925 is the one that lasted that long in case you're curious.)
  • 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.
  • Deader Than Disco:
    • The Bizarro Episode satirical video trend has become this in due time - Originally made popular by creators such as NotSmirks and Warrun Cookie, the trend took jabs at various aspects of the fandom, including the grounding video trends and obsessions with logos and VHS openings. What caused the bizarre satirical episodes to become this time is in effect with Springtime for Hitler - Many Go Animate users were unaware of the meanings of the videos and enjoyed the nonsensical aspects of the works, which led to many people trying to copycat off Smirks' fame. Eventually, Smirks later admitted to being embarrassed by his later satirical videos losing their double-meaning roots and moved on to different content, even admitting that they had become terrible, which effectively ended the bizarre satirical trend. Nowadays, satirical videos are usually more on the lines of Deconstruction or Self-Deprecation, while bizarre videos are seen as embarrassing or un-creative. However, Uolliac has managed to survive in videos, although usually only as a comic relief gag.
    • Warren Cook videos. Once one of the most popular Acceptable Targets on the website, the declination of VHS as a retro form of watching videos (Funai, the last company who manufactured players, stopped so in 2016), and Warren Cook being seen as a Designated Villain in some cases, sealed this trope to the ground. While Warren Cook pops up time-to-time in videos, it's more as a small gag or not as a villainous role.
  • Designated Hero:
    • Generally speaking:
      • The abusive 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.
      • 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 they suffer and go 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 (which are marked with "burn in hell"; good luck having any monument maker engrave that on a headstone) also seem downright tacky and mean-spirited in any humane manner.
    • Specific examples:
      • Boris is the best example of this. Caillou's parents in particular often fall under this, but none more so than his dad. Boris gets away with murder (both literally and figuratively) yet is treated as the hero for putting Caillou in his place.

        A good example of this is Issac Anderson's second "Caillou Gets Grounded" movie, "A Tale of Two Dimensions". The movie starts with Boris attempting to run down Caillou as his punishment, then acts indignant that he's trying to stay alive. When they're asked to save the world from an alternate dimension Caillou, Boris decides to murder survivors of this dimension, including the Barack Obama of that dimension either because they aren't helping him or, in Obama's case, because he has enough help. He blames Caillou for the evil Caillou's existence, leading to his Face–Heel Turn and when his parents find out, Boris is angry because Caillou isn't being "mature" by accepting the idea that Boris' attacks are good.
      • Caillou's mom, Doris, isn't exempt from this, either, as she is shown being a enabler to Boris and anyone else's mistreatment of Caillou and is a Jerkass to Caillou when he acts up albeit not usually to Ax-Crazy levels like Boris. Like before, her behavior is rarely portrayed as wrong.

        Like Boris above, a good example of Doris' actions comes from "A Tale of Two Dimensions" where her first and only suggestion to deal with Caillou is to "legally kick him out of the house" (remember, Caillou is only four). When she calls the "government" to make this happen she is rightfully called out for this, only to have it negated when she bribes the official with $5000. After that, she essentially spends the rest of the movie as Boris' Yes-Man.
      • Dora's parents, to put it bluntly, are complete and utter scumbags who verbally and physically abuse Dora whenever she acts up in quite a few videos. This gets to the point where they repeatedly tell Dora to her face how much they hate her and wish she were never born. Some videos even have them being outright racist towards Dora. (Despite being Hispanic like their daughter themselves.) Like Caillou's parents, though, the fact that they're punishing Dora supposedly makes their often downright disturbing behavior acceptable.
      • Abuela, Dora's grandmother, isn't much better, and much like Doris, she seems to be the enabler of the actions of Dora's parent. In other videos, she is even joining on on abusing Dora.
      • Alan Cook, Warren Cook's fictional father as depicted in several videos (but most notably SlippyV's videos), is a total Jerkass who not only punishes Warren for asinine reasons such as making a fake VHS opening or buying a Disney movie, but is also depicted as calling people over to harass Warren just to make him feel bad for his actions, including having him wear diapers. It really honestly makes Warren an instant Woobie the moment these events happen. However, Alan will almost always win (but like other parents, it doesn't always come out right for Alan...)
      • Arthur's dad sometimes comes off as a short-tempered Jerkass in the videos by MattTheGoAnimator, wherein he 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 and get them grounded.)
      • The default character Macusoper has an absolute jerk-ass of a father in Diesel Busters in the videos of D-Future2K17 (formerly SuperMarioFan1999). Nearly every single video has Diesel calling his son a "bitch" as he punishes him. More often than not, Diesel also swears much more at his son and keeps wondering why he gets blowback for his cruel punishments and Macusoper never reforms because of his long grounding terms. You could pretty much throw all of the adult figures in this user's videos under this as well, as they all have an unstated grudge against Macusoper and will absolutely refuse to hear him out.
      • In this video, Gerald Broflovski sinks to the ultimate low by cruelly trolling Dora the Explorer and causing her to commit suicide. What would normally be considered a horrible act is instead portrayed as a Moment of Awesome for Gerald, and Kyle says that he's happy Dora died, and that she deserved it.
      • Not even the non-parent characters are exempt from this trope, as Princess Peach proves in this video. If any sympathy for her is left after she insults Susie Carmichael right back for insulting her, it is most certainly all gone when Peach states that one of the reasons she hates Susie is because she's black. Is Peach the Politically Incorrect Villain of this piece who will get grounded? Nope, she's the hero, and her sisters are shown taking her side and un-grounding her for her angry tirade against Susie. (And insulting Susie themselves, to boot.)
      • In this video and other videos by the same video, Fred, the main character, is treated as being an Ax-Crazy Jerkass with a Hair-Trigger Temper, who will easily snap at his own crew at even the slightly provocation. As shown in the video, he smacks Daphne to the ground for talking back to him, threatening a ticket booth operator to let Scooby into the carnival after the operator mentions the ban on dogs in the premises, and giving the entirety of the three (including Velma, who had done nothing wrong) concussions. It gets so bad that in this video of the series, he is sent to anger management classes, though you have to wonder why three people unrelated to Fred and a dog just don't tell him off or let his parents know how he's acting.
  • 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:
    • Sometimes characters have little to no involvement in ruining someone's day and get grounded for it anyway. For example, in this video, the movie that Caillou's parents were taking Rosie to for her birthday was abruptly cancelled, and when they ask the attendant there why this happened, she rudely blows them off and won't even explain why. They then angrily blame Caillou for making them miss their movie and ruining Rosie's birthday, even though (despite trying everything he could to make them miss the movie) he clearly isn't to blame for pulling the movie.
    • Then we have the times when characters, usually "baby show" characters, actually help people or right their wrong-doings...and still get grounded away, because...well, just because! When the groundee is Caillou and Dora, one could simply chalk it up to them being baby show characters.
    • Macusoper, particularly in videos by the user D-Future2K17 as mentioned above, where Macusoper's groundings come by way of bad luck more often than from his own wrong-doings, despite everyone and everything including the titles and descriptions of some videos note  suggesting otherwise. Many times, Macusoper just comes off as a big time Woobie who is having his life being made an utter hell by willfully blind adults and his Jerkass friends and father.
  • Designated Villain:
    • Generally speaking:
      • 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.
      • Additionally, any grounding victim ("baby show" character or not) can 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.
    • Specific examples:
      • 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. Dora is still portrayed as wrong here and everywhere else as she's a "baby show" character, and thus deserves it....somehow.
      • 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.
      • Alvin Hung is often seen in videos being grounded simply because he removed popular GoAnimate themes.
      • Gina Delgado, commonly seen in "Dora Gets Grounded" videos, is treated as this by Dora, simply for being the favoured student of Ms. Christina and for having better grades than her. However, most videos show that Gina is actually one of the more neutral characters in these videos, and often does not associate with the troublemakers at all (although she does fall under Not So Above It All every now and then, and is The Chew Toy when it comes to "(Character) Kills (Character)" videos).
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Many of the characters, but to narrow down a few examples:
    • Caillou and Dora are often treated as innocent victims of abuse, while it is sad that their parents abuse them and it's easy to feel sorry for them, they often (but not always) bring their punishments on themselves.
    • DW could also fall under this trope. In the Go Animate videos she is portrayed as non-troublesome and kind, even though she acts like a Bratty Half-Pint in her home series.
    • Not even the parents are immune, Doris for instance, will often be turned into a saint in Deconstruction videos while Boris will have his negative qualities cranked up.
  • 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.
  • Ending Fatigue:
    • Some Punishment Day videos can become this depending on the amount of punishments. After the trouble-maker's initial misdemeanor, up to five minutes of the remainder of the video can be dedicated to the parade of punishments they receive in a Punishment Day.
    • In a similar vein, videos that end with a number of characters coming over to the trouble-maker's house to introduce themselves and express their disgust with the troublemaker over whatever they did. One at a time. Depending on the amount of characters, scenes like this can take up two-thirds of the videos ending. It's worse when combined with the aforementioned Punishment Days.
  • 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.
    • Ms. Christina, an African-American teacher most commonly seen wearing a strapless red dress with "Mrs. Claus"-like fluff at the hem and gray boots, is commonly seen as the main teacher in several Comedy World-oriented grounded videos (but most frequently videos featuring Dora as the troublemaker).
  • 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. This is slowly becoming averted, however, as many people no longer hold a grudge against him.
    • God bless you if you mention to them you don't like the Comedy World or Lil' Peepz themes. This also extends to the point where the slight mentioning of a HTML 5 theme might tick them off. However, this is slowly dying out due to the acceptance of Alvin Hung.
    • Be careful about disagreeing with somebody's opinion, even if you respect it. Chances are you may be called out for being a "baby-show fanboy".
    • Defending "fake VHS openings", let alone saying that they aren't as bad as people seem to think, is definitely not recommended. Averted post-2015 after the community's grudge of Warren Cook died down.
  • Fan Hater: Goes two ways, from the GoAnimate users themselves who hate "baby show" characters and anyone who likes them, to non-users of GoAnimate who see the non-ironic fanbase as an immature bunch who Can't Take Criticism.
  • Fanon: "Anderson" being the family name of Caillou's family. (Presumably after Isaac Anderson)
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Strangely, some former GoAnimate users reportedly became upset over the discovery of GoAnimate For Schools (where Comedy World and other favorite themes lived on until they were removed from there) and took to harassing people using that version of the software, apparently refusing to believe that the beloved themes were back after making such as big deal over them being discontinued in the standard software. Now that the themes have been removed from there, it seems that they got the last laugh.
  • 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 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....
    • This video depicts Little Bill giving out to his brother Robert and threatening to kill him for asking him to play a game while grounded, causing Robert to rat out Little Bill to Big Bill, which is followed by him receiving a punishment day. It seems normal at first, but then Little Bill's backside is cut off, then forced to eat his pet hamster, and is then hanged for his actions. To think of it, it really shows how Abusive Parents are in the Go Animate universe.
    • This video (amongst many other "execution" videos) has the Doppelgangers of Joyce and Jane get killed. It seems like a normal illogical video, until the moment of the funeral... where the real Joyce and Jane, alongside other characters, are shown celebrating the death. What's worse? Their tombstone says "B.I.H." (Burn in Hell) on it. A disgusted YouTube user lampshades this in the comment section.
    Alex Pearce: This is horrible.Not to mention bizarre.Why the hell would someone make this?
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Some of the parent characters' actions toward their respective children sometimes comes disturbingly close to realistic depictions of child abuse, rather than comically exaggerated cases of Hilariously Abusive Childhood. For one example, many of the early grounded videos by the user adamkleinschmidt2003 depict Dora's parents beating Dora up and insulting her when she screws up or causes trouble at school or abroad, even if it was an accident or Dora was remorseful for her actions. Considering that there have almost certainly been cases of kids receiving physical and emotional abuse for not behaving or doing well at school, it was small wonder that Adam's interpretation of Dora was considered one of the "grounded" genre's biggest Jerkass Woobies and likely lead to his later videos becoming much Denser and Wackier.
    • Caillou gets a dog is very depressing, and it becomes harsher due to being the final non-satirical Caillou video Smirks has created.
    • Infamous "prank" channel DaddyOFive is basically a real-life version of "X Gets Grounded" videos, and not in a good way.
    • This video where Caillou asks for beer and gets grounded can be a bit harder to watch in light of the Caillou Christmas Carol episode where it turns out that Boris acts the way he does because his friend and his cousin had died in a drunk driving accident.
  • 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.
    • This video involves Arthur getting in trouble for sounding like the New York Yankees home run siren. In response, David Read grounds him until the Chicago Cubs (who notably never won a World Series for over 100 years when the video was made) win the World Series. A cruel punishment then, now hilarious as the Cubs finally won the World Series the year after the video was uploaded.
    • This video features Dora and her friend Kevin vaping in the bathroom while bunking off during class time. This appears to be based on an actual event that happened that caused Dora's voice actress to get expelled from school.
    • This Dark Day is a creepypasta Suck E. Cheese's video revolving around a Chuck E. Cheeses restaurant that becomes "Deadl E. Cheeses" and kills of kids who unfortunately stay past the opening time. Guess what came out a year later.
  • 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. Averted in this video where they actually make the school look like a KFC restraunt.
    • 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.
      • Finally, most videos end with the main character inadvertently starting a fire in the arcade room. Everyone's first reaction is to panic and/or run out of the building as they let the fire spread and burn the building down, when the more logical solution would be to try and put the fire out. (In fact, these videos could still end that way while still having the troublemaker get in trouble for it.)
    • 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.
    • Some people use the "(Character) Misbehaves on the Way to (Movie)" plot several times, with the families falling for the trouble-maker's same tricks every time (including getting the trouble-maker a hamburger that the troublemaker will immediately crash the car with by tossing ahead of the car) no matter how savvy they act.
    • This video involves Caillou sneaking into a news station, disguising himself as an anchor, and announcing that there is a tornado warning for the entire city. (When there isn't one.) The whole city is immediately thrown into a panic, even though you'd think that everyone would check the sky to or, if it was indeed stormy outside, (which it doesn't appear to be thanks to the stock backgrounds) check to see if other weather stations or the weather alert system was reporting on it to verify Caillou's claims before taking action.
    • In this video, Caillou ditches his school and takes a flight to Minnesota. He is there for two weeks before Ms. Martin (who has been sitting there in the classroom waiting that long along with Caillou's classmates) suspects that something is up and goes to ask the principal if she knows where Caillou is. It turns out that she knows exactly where Caillou has been all this time, yet she elected to sit there for two weeks and not make a peep about it to anyone until Ms. Martin finally came in and asked her.
    • The infamous two-part "School Shooting: Naughty Edition" video comes off as completely laughable in spite of trying to be a serious depiction of a school shooting, and this trope is one of the main reasons. The kid who is going to shoot up her old school in the videos steals an AK-47 and escapes her military school without anyone trying to stop her. When she reaches her old school, she opens fire, and the students/teachers in class barely even react to the gun going off or try to escape the building. The police don't even actually get called until halfway through the second video when you would have expected that someone would have done so the moment the girl opened fire. And on top of that, none of the teachers even attempt to stop the girl beyond telling her that she's "very naughty" (as though she had did something minor instead of shooting up students) and telling the girl not to shoot them. (Which she does anyway.)
  • Informed Wrongness: The kids can do literally anything (even do something nice or behave) only for their parents to still ground them for no stated reason whatsoever even when the kids weren't misbehaving or otherwise weren't at fault. There's a perfectly good reason why the Designated Villain section on this page is as big as it is.
    • The "bad guy" in this and other videos by the same user is made out by Caillou and all the other characters to be an unhinged Jerkass who is liable to "go crazy all of the time". However, the "bad guy" is usually shown to mostly be a somewhat ditzy Motor Mouth who spends more time standing in one spot going on long-winded tangents about the bad things he supposedly does (or does not do) than he does actually doing these bad things everybody (including the bad guy himself) claims he does. Caillou also counts in this video, as when the bad guy says he is stupid, Caillou calls him stupid, and he gets expelled and grounded by Boris for it.
  • Inferred Holocaust: The end of the Gina Gets Taken Away mini series may not seem as happy, given that a Child Mage had killed the corrupt social worker that took Gina away from her Dad and the police will likely believe that Gina's Dad may of killed her.
  • Internet Backdraft: Let's just say that the Grounded fanbase wasn't particularly happy when the removal of the non-business themes was announced (both times) and leave it at that.
  • 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 (despite him foiling Boris' attempt to rob the bank), 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 evil 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", and insult her for being Mexican despite also being Mexican. 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.
    • Little Bill in several videos. Although he is commonly depicted as having an attitude, all of his family seem to hate his guts, even downright blaming him for minor incidents and things that are caused by the family. This video, where Little Bill is blamed for causing a car crash that hospitalizes a woman, when it was Brenda's fault for not even focusing on the road. Little Bill points this out and mentions that it was his mom's actions that caused the crash, but he earns a grounding time of 10,0000 years for doing so. Another video even has him get his grounding time extended for three weeks (and having to do chores) for simply eating a burger and being caught doing so by Big Bill.
    • Boris ultimately becomes this in A Caillou Christmas Carol Part 2 after his Freudian Excuse for constantly grounding Caillou is revealed: his best friend and cousin both died in a drunk driving accident.
    • Issac Anderson's most recent movies Caillou Gets Grounded The Movie and Caillou and Boris have also turned Boris into this via Freudian Excuse. In Caillou Gets Grounded The Movie, Boris was abused by his father and was wrestling his inner demons. When Boris' father shot down the airplane carrying Doris and Caillou, Boris snapped and killed him after rescuing Caillou, but he found himself lost to his inner demons, becoming just like his father. In Caillou and Boris, Boris found himself abused by his wife — here named Caillou — and finds himself filled with grief and guilt over the idea of attacking and grounding Caillou because he knows he should love him, but can't find the strength to do so with his wife around.
    • Miss Christina could qualify. Yes, she's a strict teacher, but the fact that she's far less of a bully then Miss Martin, combined with the fact that Dora attacks and insults her even when she doesn't deserve it can give her a few sympathy points.
  • 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!
    • "My Feelings Right Now" or "Stop Disliking My Videos" video trends, particularly for their Unintentionally Unsympathetic status.
    • "AND THE UOLLIAC AND THE UOLLIAC AND THE UOLLIAC AND THE UOLLIAC AND THE UOLLIAC AND THE UOLLIAC AND THE UOLLIAC WE-EAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-AYA"
      • "HI MI NAME IS KI-YU AND MI VOICE IS JENNIFER WE-EAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-AYA"
    • Boris the Teeth Guy, particularly:
      • "FACE MY TEETH! FACE IT! WE-EAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-AYA!"
      • "WHAT DO YOU THINK I'LL DO NEXT?! TO BE CONTINUED ON WE-EAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-AYA!"
    • "It's execution time!"
    • Many of the stock TTS voices. In particular, Jennifer, Kidaroo, Paul, and Wiseguy.
    • "43 CHARS", a nonsensical expression with seemingly no real meaning that is often used in Uolliac videos.
    • "GoAnimate logic", the Hand Wave explanation as to how just about anything works in these videos, up to and including people dying in one video and coming back the next.
    • Getting sent to the audience.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
  • Misblamed:
    • Alvin Hung is often accused of having a grudge against the fandom and going through drastic measures to stop any access of the former pre-business themes. In reality, Hung's decisions to change the site's demographic to business is due to the increased usage of drag-and-drop animation for businesses and the decline of Adobe Flash software in place of the new HTML 5 system.
    • 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".
    • The Spanish voice actors (e.g. Soledad) are often used for characters such as Dora's grandmother Abuela or Dora's father. As these voices are intended for Spanish audiences, they will often turn out illegible when English words are spoken, and as a result, users often caption these to compensate for it.
    • Caillou's name (which comes from the French word for pebbles, "Cailloux") is frequently mispronounced by text-to-speech voices as either "Kaylew" or "Kay-I-U". A Running Gag in some videos has Boris pronounce his name correctly, only to correct himself for the audience.
  • 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.
    • Watching films from a certain studio or of a certain type is treated the same way as if you associated with a person from another race or sexual orientation that everyone shows a prejudice against, or are committing blasphemy against Our Blessed Lady of The Cinema of The New Line. This is the case with most Warren Cook videos involving Disney.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • Try to make characters scream by typing "aaaaaaaaaaah", or trying to make them cry. The results may cause the TTS voice to crash, creating a noise like this (especially the Jennifer voice, which is particularly infamous for this).
    • Whenever someone re-uses the "sewage" noise over and over and over.
    • ANYONE who uses the alarm sound effects very loudly or together.
    • Hell, any sound effects or voices cranked up very loudly. This is satirized to death with NotSmirks's videos.
    • In a way, "Scary Voice" or "Kidaroo" can both become this when they are used for extended periods.
    • Lampshaded in this video where a bored Caillou decides to sit in his room making the signature GoAnimate crying noise ("Waa-aaaaaaaaaaaa-ah") for two hours. Eventually, Boris threatens to give Caillou a Punishment Day if Caillou doesn't stop.
  • 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 grounded videos, which has quickly become what the site is best known for.
    • People who hate the Goanimate version of Elena/Mami will often point to her telling Dora that she hates Dora and hopes she rots in hell after she accidentally burnt down the house in this this video as the reason why.
  • Nightmare Retardant: With a few exceptions, most attempts made to scare people in GoAnimate usually come off as ineffectual, and almost painfully so at that.
  • 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."
      • The longest known one so far is this one which clocks in at approximately 90 minutes and features more than a hundred characters.
    • Warren Cook punishment videos are about 2 minutes plot, six minutes character introductions and The Reason You Suck speeches.
    • 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.
    • This 12-minute long video, where Warren Cook goes to the movie theaters to see Wreck-It Ralph, is an exaggerated version of this trope. Excluding the introduction, it takes Warren around 11 minutes to actually see the movie, since most of the ten minutes feature different characters from other franchises lining up to receive their tickets. By the time Warren gets punished, there's barely more than a minute of it left.
  • 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 Go Animate by taking Grounded Video tropes and cranking the weirdness (and audio levels) Up to Eleven, yet gain followings from real GoAnimate users.
  • Put on a Bus: The removal of several commonly-used voices such as Alan, Julie, David, Veena, Grace, Kidaroo, Allison and Bridget (due to expired licensing) caused several characters to be removed from "(character) Gets Grounded" series. This is either through being Killed Offscreen, not appearing in the videos, or by simply remaining speechless in cameos. However, this has since been rectified with the discovery of Oddcast and VoiceForge, the websites that provide the voices for these characters, and even without that solution, some users forego even removing them at all and simply use another voice for the character.
  • Replacement Scrappy: In time, the business themes for the program have become this for Comedy World and other popular non-business themes. This is an interesting case as the business themes were already present in the program long before the non-business themes were removed (and were regularly used along with the other themes in a lot of Grounded videos). However, after the non-business themes were removed in favor of only the business themesnote ...well, suffice it to say that you can probably count the amount of Grounded video makers who don't have a grudge against the business themes on one hand.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • The portrayal of child characters such as Caillou, Dora, Little Bill, and others is intended to be this, and indeed, many portrayals of them have their flaws cranked up to ridiculous heights or are just made huge assholes for the sake of it. Caillou, in particular, has his behavior issues cranked up to the point where he is a borderline psychotic Enfant Terrible who explodes at the slightest provocation. (When in canon he is a fairly nice if slightly bratty kid.)
    • 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.
      • It also winds back around to the parents' characters in the grounded videos themselves, where they are sometimes depicted as insane madmen who live for nothing but tormenting their children whether the kids deserve it or not when, in earlier videos, their groundings (while over-the-top) at least had a little more justification.
    • Alvin Hung (a real life person, mind you) is usually depicted in Grounded videos as a Jerkass Corrupt Corporate Executive who removes features from GoAnimate solely just to spite the Grounded fanbase and/or is also mean to those who like or are rendered in the Comedy World theme.
  • 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? It's gotten to the point where there are videos where it's invoked.
  • The Scrappy:
    • The parent characters tend to not be very well liked by the fanbase (including some factions of the non-ironic fanbase) for many different reasons, but Caillou's Dad/Boris (and Caillou's Mom/Doris to a lesser extent) tends to the most disliked out of all of them, thanks to him taking (or even creating) any opportunity to ground or torture Caillou for any reason, and being an Ax-Crazy nutcase who is expected to be the hero because he punishes Caillou. (And no one could feel sympathy for a baby show character like Caillou, right?) It's gotten to the point where numerous videos have been made where Boris gets grounded or otherwise gets his just desserts.
    • Really, nearly every character in a lot of the grounded videos could count, Leo, Clementine and Sarah for being terrible friends towards Caillou, Miss Martin for being a horrible teacher, Boots for betraying Dora at the drop of a hat.
    • Warren Cook is this to the non-ironic fanbase, seemingly for no other reason other than the fact that he makes fake VHS videos, And That's Terrible, apparently. A number of the videos where Warren gets punished are startlingly vitriolic, and you begin to the get the sense that SlippyV and the Tai Chi Chasers need to find something else to do besides policing the incredibly harmless Internet activities of one person at all times.
    • Dark Boomboxer seems to be disliked for some reason by the non-ironic fanbase, though it's probably because they want him to Die for Our Ship in the case of Sky x Boomboxer.
    • Fred Jones has entered this trope, due to the fact that, unlike Caillou's parents or Dora's parents, Fred has always gotten away with attacking and abusing the rest of Mystery Inc. It doesn't help that any and all attempts to get back at Fred are negated by the usual Badass Decay that strikes once a character starts the "OHOHOHOHOHOHOH!" cry. For example, in this video, Daphne is able to steal Fred's money and the Mystery Machine and take the others to Disney World, getting back at Fred's abuse and penny-pinching. When Fred finds out, he steals a car and is able to go so fast that he reaches the amusement park in an instant so he can deliver Concussion Times. It doesn't help that one person requesting for a video with Fred getting arrested was shot down by creator Samster5677 with "If I do that, the series'll end"
    • To many fans, Alvin Hung is this after he had removed the fan-favorite Flash themes and started to market his site towards the working-class demographic. While most of the hatred has faded away thanks to the discovery of getting the old themes back, Alvin's decisions are still debatable to the fanbase.
  • 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.
    • In this video, Caillou befriends a "meme police" officer after being caught using discredited memes by her and they seem ready to set off to find fresher memes when they discover that all of their memes are outdated. Near the end of the video, however, out of nowhere the woman reveals herself to be a spy for Boris and Doris and gets Caillou (and Rosie, who broke her legs with a mallet) grounded.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Little Bill in this video (language warning). Granted, Little Bill was being a bit of a git, but the car accident caused in the video was entirely his mother's fault thanks to her losing her temper and turning to yell at Little Bill instead of paying attention to the road. (Upon which the car crash happens.) Little Bill actually points this out, but the video treats him as being insubordinate and trying to pass the blame for saying this even though, in a way, he is actually right.
    • Silly though the rant videos may be, some of the things that the ranters complain about regarding whatever they're ranting about are actually legitimate.
  • Squick: Some of the more gross-out situations really do sound and/or look disgusting in spite of the rampant Special Effects Failure:
  • 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.
  • 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. Eventually, GoAnimate 4 Schools and Wix were discovered as containing the older themes, before being switched to HTML 5 permanently, causing another uproar from fans. Hence, the community threatens to kill Alvin Hung for something petty like this. However, with the Google Chrome extension device Requestly, you can still access these two themes... that is, until this method is patched too.
    • 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.
    • The removal of social features such as the Community Library, Dashboard, Forums and Feedback was not treated well with fans, who saw this as Alvin Hung being once again greedy. Truth is, however, that the removal was most likely due to the fact that social features were becoming misused as a way to post grief and cyber-bullying.
    • Many people who have made Grounded videos in the past have now seemed to stray away from this concept, either due to Old Shame, the amount of hate "baby shows" get or due to a loss of interest. However, it seems to be very common for former users to also leave due to the Denser and Wackier cross Darker and Edgier Grounded videos.
  • Toy Ship: It's not uncommon for video makers to put Caillou and Dora together.
  • Uncanny Valley: This is what happens when a user tries to make a character super accurate to their real counterpart, including changing their eyes to look unintentionally creepy and unemotional.
  • 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:
    • In general:
      • 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.
      • Videos such as "Stop disliking my videos" or "My feelings right now" are this, mainly because the users who do these events seem to bring it on themselves (especially VGCP/UTTP users). "Destroy" videos, on the other hand, are clearly taking this up a notch too far.
    • Specific examples:
      • 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.)
      • The Thomas the Tank Engine characters in this video. The basic plot is that Dora's friend, a blue train named Azul, challenges Gordon to a race around the Island of Sodor. While Dora, Boots, and Azul are rude characters in the video (as intended), so is everyone else: After Azul cheats by having Boots stand in Gordon's way on the tracks, Gordon and the other trains secure Gordon's victory by having James block Azul at a train station, i.e. the exact same thing Azul did. Between the the morality of this action not being questioned at any point and the engines and Sir Topham Hatt rubbing Gordon's victory in Dora, Boots, and Azul's faces later (even calling Azul a "fake train" while they're at it), the Thomas characters really are no better than Dora and friends here.
  • Vindicated by History: The "Business Friendly" theme, once the most loathed theme of the website for killing off the Flash-era animations, has become more popular with users due to having more effects, the many ways people use to access the Flash themes, and because the other two HTML 5 themes are seen as lacking and complicated in comparison, whereas Business Friendly can be used casually too.
  • 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.
    • Animators such as African Vulture and Issac Anderson has been able to, with a little bit of work, make highly animated sequences with what little Comedy World has given them.
  • Wimpification: A dire example of this trope in many grounded videos - A character can do anything they want, no matter how dangerous or destructive it is, yet still be defeated by a witness calling their parents or friends to ground them. It's rather shocking to see someone like Shinji or Jessie and James be left crying and running to their room after doing something such as destroying a building.
  • 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.
    • Daillou in Caillou's Teenhood. He was phsyically abused to point of being crippled and his head shaped abnormally, and eventually killed by Boris. Even worse, he doesn't act sexy and/or goofy like he usually does, and is much more serious than normal.
    • Ballad in Ballad's Embarrassment after she gets laughed at by her class.
    • Rosie. She's constantly getting tormented, bossed around, and/or killed by Caillou, plus her birthdays are always ruined by him too. And being is the Token Good Teammate of a dysfunctional family just adds to her woobiness factor.
    • Gina, due to getting constantly pranked by Dora, despite Dora having little reason to hate her besides being Ms. Christina's favorite student.
    • Macusoper. He always gets in trouble at school for things that aren't even his fault.
    • Shaggy, Scooby, Daphne and Velma. They are always getting concussions from Fred, even for doing things that any sane person would consider harmless and to top all that, any attempts at revenge on Fred always end in tears for them.
  • You Look Familiar: Since the Flash era had a subset of real-life politicians being parodied known as "White Houserz", it was common sight to see Sarah Palin being Dora's teacher, Hillary Clinton as a news anchor and Newt Gingrich generally portrayed as a grumpy authority figure (and because kids might not know who these people are or what their views are, the vast majority of these videos are pretty light on political attacks, unlike grown-ups on the Internet). It's usually the troublemakers that are causing all the issues that politicians need to solve in this world.
    • In mid-2016, the voice of Paul was licensed to the National Weather Service's radio service, meaning inevitably we'll have a dangerous blizzard or small craft advisory that will be grounded, grounded, grounded, grounded.
      • The Paul voice is also used in certain scam pop-ups that claim that the computer that the Internet browser is running on has a virus on it.
    • The Wiseguy voice setting was heard in various GoAnimate videos before being used in the infamous "Garfielf" video and as the voice of SiIvaGunner.
    • You might be able to recognize the song that plays during news reports as the same one used by Keemstar for his "Drama Alert" videos.
    • The interactive doll My Friend Cayla uses the Ivy voice setting.

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