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YMMV: Johnny Test

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The show itself is So Bad, It's Good but to which extent this is intentional is debatable.
  • Anvilicious: Morals are dropped... hard:
    • The worst offender is Johnny Applesauce, with its "petitioning is better than violence" Ass Pulled Aesop despite the show itself being action-packed.
    • Similarly, "Green Johnny" comes off less like an episode, and more like an 11-minute PSA about recycling and going green.
    • Also, "Good Ol' Johnny Test" starts off as a parody of A Charlie Brown Christmas, but becomes quite Anvilicious once the play turns into a big Green Aesop about waste management.
    • Lampshaded, averted and subverted in later seasonsnote .
  • Asspull: In "Johnny's 100th Episode" Mr. Mittens and Dark Vegan's reasons for wanting Johnny to come out of his coma come completely out of nowhere. At least Bling-Bling Boy has gotten along with Johnny occasionally.
  • Bile Fascination: Some people watch it because of the Seasonal Rot.
  • Broken Base: The show does have its fans considering it's been going for six seasons due to having some actually good dialogue, parental bonuses, and admittedly some clever plot lines; but, due to overexposure from its respective networks, stagnant character development, way too much focus on Johnny (who many think to be unlikable), and poor animation in the later seasons, many have likewise taken a hating for it.
  • Cliché Storm: This show is criticized for rehashing a lot of stock cartoon plots, including its own.
  • Critical Research Failure: Mostly for the sake of Rule of Cool and Rule of Funny.
  • Crowning Music Of Awesome - Dukey's Johnny Applesauce Song.
  • Designated Hero: One of the main flaws of the show, especially for the fans themselves, is that it's nearly impossible to root for Johnny sometimes.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: People in-show repeatedly calling Dukey ugly, and even by the show's standards, an episode which featured an alligator (who was chasing Johnny as a fish) being torn apart by a sewer fan, which while thankfully offscreen, is Played for Laughs.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Dukey is popular even among the hatedom.
    • Sissy is popular with the fans (especially shippers).
    • Mary and Susan, who many people see as the genuine main characters.
  • Escapist Character: Johnny's clearly meant to be this for the show's target audience; it... doesn't really work.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Or Cute at very least. Susan and Mary as vampires as well as their faux supervillain personas.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Most of the fandom considers it a season-1-only show.
  • Foe Yay: Bumper does this with Johnny a lot, whether Johnny is crossdressing or not; another example was in an episode where Johnny tries to change his personality in one of his sister's machines and, when he's stuck a smooth-talking British personality, Bumper implies to like this version of him a lot.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Using the "Superhero Effect" to win Susan's heart is a plot reminiscent of the "Mary Jane loves Spiderman" storyline. A storyline kicked out of the canon. Same goes for a comparison to "Lois Lane loves Superman", given the Cosmic Retcon in Flashpoint.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Gil is noticeably always excited to see Johnny; yet when he sees Johnny's sisters, he can't even remember their names.To make matters worse, in a episode is revealed that in his personal POV of the world, girls don't exist.
    • Mr. Black and Mr. White, whose Ho Yay is kind of blatant.
    • In the episode "Johnny McCool", at the end of the episode the twins are seen sighing at Gil eating a sandwich, then pans out to Gil sighing at Steve McCool, and it turns out it is a picnic. However the McCool presented is Dark Vegan in disguise.
  • Idiot Plot: There are a few episodes subjected to it here and there.
  • Iron Woobie: Dukey is pretty much this, still having his cheerful, lovable sense of humor despite being a Butt Monkey.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Some fans are annoyed at the lack of character development in later seasons.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Susan may be a bitch but she has a lot to put up with.
    • From the Smarty Pant's point of view, Johnny is a Bastard Boyfriend, who only uses them to impress another girl.
  • Love It or Hate It: To put it mildly, the show has a rabid fanbase and lots of haters, with virtually nothing in-between; the show being Adored by the Network doesn't help.
  • Mary Sue: Played with because of Mary and Susan Test, whose names are based on the Trope Namer.
    • Marty Stu: But Johnny Test himself (post-season 1) is a Marty Stu of proportional levels.
  • Memetic Mutation: WHIPCRACK
    • *guitar riff*
    • Johnny Testing my FUCKING PATIENCE!
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • The whip sound effect that happens whenever someone lifts their arm; also, most of the other sound effects, due to how out-of-place they are.
    • The amount of screaming makes this show hard to watch for viewers with sensitive hearing; the number of screams is high enough to qualify as drinking game material, although a dangerous one.
  • Narm: Rampant after the first season; sometimes goes with the Narm Charm.
  • One-Episode Wonder: Vampire Susan and Mary, especially among the anti-Twilight fans.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • She-Johnny appeared for about a second in the very first episode, but that was enough to grant an awful lot of fanart; in fact, look it up on deviantART or a related site.
  • Periphery Demographic: due to Dukey and, well, furries.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 1 was So Okay, It's Average despite the potential it showed, but things went downhill in Seasons 2 and 3 (although enjoyable due to their So Bad, It's Good value); Season Four saw a slight improvement.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The theme song sounds pretty similar to "American Idiot" By Green Day.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Johnny. Yes, the main character, for most viewers (fans and haters alike).
    • Also, Johnny's dad; even the writers don't seem to like him a lot.
    • Bling Bling Boy: a lot more creepy than funny.
    • Pretty much everybody who's not an Ensemble Darkhorse is seen as a Scrappy to some extent.
  • Snark Bait: due to the already mentioned So Bad, It's Good aspect.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Admittedly, more than a few fans will admit this.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Likewise a conclusion to some. Not a bad show, but nothing really special about it either.
  • Squick:
    • Johnny and Sissy look like siblings. Aside from that most likely unintentional instance, there's the writers' apparent fondness for Screw Yourself and everything related to it.
    • The scene after the beginning minutes of "Johnnyitis" in which Johnny, desperate to become sick in order to have an excuse to miss a big history test, eats a sick woman's used tissue. Said woman also had snot draining from her nose.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • As of Season 5, Dukey now has the same voice actor as Johnny's dad, which proved an unpopular decision at best; the same goes for the change of Mary's voice actress.
    • Season 2 is this, but that's mostly due to some fans being put off by the shift in animation after Season 1; compared to Cyberchase and Caillou which had done similar but only after 4 seasons, this show at least had the common sense to switch early.
      • Though sadly by Season 5, the animation got even worse than before.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: The show shares more than a few similarities to Dexter's Laboratory, and over time, people started to notice:
    • Susan and Mary Test are obviously the Dexters of the show, being redheaded genius children with a laboratory in their house.
    • Johnny is like Dee Dee, since both of them are Dumb Blonde annoyances who constantly cause trouble for their genius siblings.
    • Their parents are kind of like if one took Dexter's mom and dad and swapped their personalities, and then flanderized them: Johnny's Dad is a major neat-freak, while Dexter's Mom had her moments of this as well; Johnny's Mom is the head of the house and always working, while Dexter's Dad was just the head of the household.
    • Also, a female in the main cast is bothered by an Abhorrent Admirer, who is another nerdy genius child with their own laboratory; Bling-Bling Boy is the Mandark of the show.
    • Dukey can also be compared to Monkey, both being animals who have gained unusual abilities because of the genius children, Dukey's being talking, while Monkey becomes a superhero.
    • Let's not forget, there was also an episode of Dexter's Lab called "Dexter's Lab" in which Dexter finds a lost dog which he teaches to speak English.
  • They Just Didn't Care: The only plausible explanation for the show's low quality.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • What non-fans tend to think of Dukey.
      • Same for Mary and Susan.
    • Essentially, major characters get this treatment in favor of Johnny.
    • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: due to the above-explained reason, and the borderline lack of A Day in the Spotlight for supporting characters.
  • Uncanny Valley: Speed McCool and Monkey; although that's probably intentional.
    • The Deranged Animation (starting in season two and getting worse from there) and bizarre, strangely exaggerated facial expressions (along with most characters' lack of pupils) are surprisingly unsettling; none of this is helped by the unappealing (or just plain ugly in some cases) character designs.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit: There's a noticable amount of perceived desperation to appeal to kids (most episodes' titles have Johnny's name in them), appalling most people.
    • Probably the worst example of this would be the YouTube (or rather, "Snoobtube") episode... in 2010.
      • In fact, looking up the website redirects you to Nick.com.
  • What an Idiot: Johnny's idea to replace toy cereal prizes with real, lethal laser guns for kids in Johnny-O's isn't a good idea.
  • The Woobie:
    • Dukey, who always seems to get frozen in a block of ice or turned to stone. Also, the episode "Bathtime for Johnny" where Johnny "forgot" his birthday and he sobbed his heart out for nearly the whole episode (see Tear Jerker above). Last but not least, most people go out of their way in the show to point out how ugly he is.
    • Mary and Susan, on occasion.

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