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The Game Series
- Ear Worm: Jump, jump, jump start first grade!
- AHH! It's back! It's back! Daggone it!
- Go go, go to school, goooo to schooooool...Kindergarten, here I come!
- He's more than a mascot / He'll help you a whole lot / He is really super silly, he's... Frankie!
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Some of the real-world facts in some JumpStart games. Taking the original 2nd Grade for example, a space minigame allows you to visit Pluto ("the ninth planet from the Sun"), the postcard for New Hampshire has Frankie visiting Franconia Notch to see the Old Man of the Mountain (which today no longer exists), and the postcard for Florida features the no-longer-in-service Space Shuttle.
- Guilty Pleasure: Despite being intended for very young children, the games are still surprisingly fun for an adult audience—thanks to their catchy music, bright and colorful graphics, and some surprisingly well-designed minigames (edutainment or not). We won't tell if you won't.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: In JumpStart 1st Grade, one of the Reading Caps you can choose depicts a skeleton wearing a blue hoodie.
- Idiot Plot: In JumpStart Advanced 1st Grade, the plot gets set into motion by the weasel bully Jimmy Bumples pushing a puppy named Squirt, breaking his scooter. The other characters are then determined to win the upcoming scooter tournament so that they can give the prize, a "totally-tricked out super scooter", to Squirt. Problem? One of the characters, Hopsalot, is a mechanical genius who can create devices that could somehow transform small objects ("powerups") into either complex scooter gadgets or complex (and huge) track obstacles. And yet apparently he can't fix a scooter.
- Name's the Same: Egregiously, both Leap Frog and Jump Start has a firefly named Edison and a cat named Casey in their character roster.
- Nightmare Fuel: The Glop Monster from the original JumpStart 1st Grade and Old Man Jenkins from the original JumpStart 2nd Grade.
The Comic Strip
- Values Dissonance: Marcy has no problems referring to her adult stepbrothers note - some of whom have barely met her - as "her brothers", as if they grew up together. No one else seems to find it strange in the strip.