YMMV: Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: NomiRandy. Is he the Nomicon's consciousness or a replica of Randy's subconsciousness?
  • Base Breaker: Howard. He's either a funny character, or an insufferable Jerk Ass with Skewed Priorities. Not helping with this is part of the fandom's tendency to excuse his worse moments as "just part of his character" while leaping on Randy for the slightest jerkish inclination (though this has lessened recently).
  • Cargo Ship: Randy and the Ninjanomicon. Like with most cargo ships, the fandom has created a Moe Anthropomorphism of the object half.
  • Crossover Ship:
  • Ear Worm: The opening theme.
    • Bucky's "Ninj-Along" song.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Julian, the goth boy, is a very popular character within the fandom.
    • Morgan, the leader of "Dancing Fish", is another very popular character.
    • The Tengu has a huge amount of fanart.
    • Theresa is ridiculously popular for the amount of screentime she's had, to the point where there are several Ninja Theresa AUs and other fan ideas with her as the protagonist floating around the fandom.
    • Rachel, the clarinet girl who is also a big fan of the Ninja.
  • Evil Is Cool: In-universe, Randy and Howard would love to boycott McFist's products but they're just too cool for them to pass up on purchasing them.
    • Slips into Fridge Brilliance when one realizes they'd stick out if they stopped buying things from the most beloved man in town.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • The Sorceress in her human form as Amanda Levay.
    • To some fans, Evil Julian.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Randy and Theresa was this originally, but Theresa is now Randy's canon love interest.
    • Heidi and Randy is another very popular couple, as well.
    • Howard and Debbie are often paired together too.
    • Not to mention the most popular ship in the fandom, Randy and Howard.
    • Another famous ship is Randy and Nomicon.
    • Julian and Theresa.
  • Fanon:
    • Many fans believer the art teacher from Wonkin' for the Weekend is Randy's mother.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
  • Growing the Beard: While Season One was good, Season Two became Darker and Edgier with Story Arc, less Toilet Humor improved animation and more focus on Character Development.
    • Episodes Shloomp! There It Is and Randy Cunningham: 13th Century Ninja is when the series really picked up.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This show starting airing around the same time as Kamen Rider Wizard. Both shows had the Big Bad using the victim of the week's Despair Event Horizon to turn them into the Monster of the Week. The only difference between the two is that the Sorcerer actually succeeds most of the time.
  • Ho Yay: The relationship between Randy and Howard runs close to this a lot.
    • Season two ramps it up by having an episode where Randy gets jealous of Howard hanging out with Bucky (titled "True Bromance") and where they have to take care of a bologna "baby" for science class and bicker over who gets to look after it.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Shadow Julian crossed it when he controlled Howard's mind and had him walk towards a pit, giving Randy a Sadistic Choice to either stop him or save Howard.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Weinerham (Randy/Howard), Fowlham (Randy/Theresa), Heidiham (Randy/Heidi), Weinerkang (Howard/Debbie Kang).
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Slowly has been starting between Randy/Theresa and Randy/Heidi shippers.
  • Spiritual Licensee: To some fans, this series is a sequel of Danny Phantom.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Girl characters in general tend to be wasted.
    • The Sorceress. She only appeared for two episodes and hasn't even been mentioned since making her an Aborted Arc.
    • Theresa and Debbie due to being rather popular among fans and even getting some focus episodes, making them prime candidates to move into a Main Character slot, but they always end up pushed back into the background after the episode focus is done.
    • Heidi as well, as she is the girl who appears in the most episodes with a speaking line, but is usually just dumping info on the setting.
    • Like above, it's most of the female characters including Morgan and Rachel.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The subplot with Debbie trying to find out who the ninja is. She ends up getting Laser-Guided Amnesia and stops pursuing Randy.
    • In general, many new villains outside of the Sorcerer, McFist and Shadow Julian (Mac Antfee, Catfish Booray, the Sorceress) only get two episodes about them before their plots are resolved, which is too soon in the eyes of many fans.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: No one at Norrisville High understands Jacques's work.
  • Ugly Cute: Barnabutt Jones.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Mrs Driscoll drags around the skeleton of her dead husband!. And snogs him.