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YMMV: Regular Show

  • Accidental Innuendo: In "Just Set Up the Chairs":
    "Benson's gonna drop his BALLS when he sees how good we set up these chairs. He's gonna be all like, 'Oh no, my gumballs.'".
    • Bowdlerization: In the UK, the line is changed to "Benson's gonna drop his gumballs when he sees how good we set up these chairs," and the second part is cut. Interestingly enough, Benson being called a "greasy slop jockey" by a bratty birthday kid and the part where Muscle Man and High-Five Ghost retrieve the clown and horse for the party (with heavy implications that the clown is hungover) wasn't cut in the UK and the American version doesn't cut the "Benson's gonna drop his balls..." line.
    • In "Skips Strikes":
    Benson: Who would of thought that a mandatory team building activity would get us to the championship?
    Mordecai: Thanks to my power hook!
    Rigby: No way! Thanks to my atomic fireball!
    Benson: And because of my *chuckles* backup balls!
    • In "Cruisin'"
    "Carmenita's special parts should only be manipulated by a professional."
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In "House Rules" Mordecai learns that Rigby may die young or just leave Mordecai. Have episodes like "Think Positive", "Best Burgers in the World" and "Replaced" made him more lazy in order to hang out more with Rigby?
  • Animation Bump: Averted. The animation was actually more fluid in earlier episodes.
    • It is played straight in that the character models are consistent throughout an episode, unlike the older episodes, particularly season 1, which were prone to Off Model issues.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: The Night Owl is defeated fairly quickly in his owl mech.
  • Arc Fatigue: The development of Mordecai and Margaret's relationship has been agonizingly slow. After four seasons of Mordecai making minimal effort to take their relationship beyond friendship, Margaret finally gives him a kiss when he sees her off at the airport. So they're finally together, right? Nope, next episode involving them says that Mordecai is still considered to be in the "friend zone". At the end, they share a mutual kiss, and the next episode has Margaret introducing him to the rest of her family. But "Steak Me Amadeus"'s plot revolves around Mordecai asking Maragret to be his girlfriend. Given everything that had happened prior, it was pretty easy to think that she already was.
  • Awesome Music: Now with its own page.
  • Base Breaker: Benson is either a strict boss who has to put up with Mordecai and Rigby's antics or an insufferable Jerkass who threatens to fire them for the stupidest reasons.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Averted. Weird stuff does go down on the show, but, unlike most Big Lipped Alligator Moments, the weirdness is part of the plot.
  • Crazy Awesome: The first two-thirds of most every episode is pretty straightforward and nothing unusual for most TV shows, but when you come to the last third, you'll have a hard time picking up your jaw.
  • Creator's Pet: Some fans think Muscle Man and Starla are becoming this.
  • Crossover Ship: Mordecai and Twilight Sparkle complete with fan club
  • Die for Our Ship: C.J. for Mordecai/Margaret.
    • Margaret herself was this for Mordecai/Rigby in the early seasons.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Muscle Man laughing as Rigby's choking in "See You There". While the show's usually absurd enough in its use of death as a punchline, that particular moment was a little too serious.
    • How many fans reacted to the ending of "The Best Burger In The World" where the food truck falls in a ditch and Mordecai and Rigby lose out on getting their burgers (more specifically: Benson ate them purposely.)
    • Margaret's ghost story in the second Halloween Episode, as she thought it would be funny, but it only ended up freaking everybody out.
    • Rigby's entire behavior towards Mordecai in the episode "Do Me a Solid", where he pettily uses favors against Mordecai to humiliate him during a double date. "Wall Buddy", where Rigby is an obnoxious jerk over the fact that Mordecai expects Rigby to clean up his own mess, only adds fuel to the fire.
    • Pops repeatedly making himself horribly sick in "Guy's Night" by chugging down literally gallons of milk in a few hours to try to beat the "Milk Challenge." Whether it was meant to be funny or not is debatable, seeing as how everyone in the episode is genuinely horrified by this, and people actually do die from consuming excess fluids in so little time.
    • What most people consider of the ending to "Do or Diaper", where at the exact moment Margaret is about to kiss Mordecai she deliberately misses so that way he will lose the bet and have to wear a diaper for a whole week.
    • Quips' jokes from the episode with his name. Some of his jokes are so genuinely lame unfunny jokes that he is actually funny. However others, especially those directed at people, seem so unsympathetically cruel that they cross from being Innocently Insensitive to being just plain insensitive. Pops and the Guardian of Youth insulted by Quips could attest to this.
  • Ear Worm: DON'T LOOK AT OUR CROTCHES WHILE WE SYNCHRONIZE OUR WATCHES! Boop-boop-bweep-beep-boop-boop-boop-bweepbweep-boop! BEE BEE BEEP. BEE BEE BEEP.
    • For that matter, anything played by The Power.
      • "A bunch of baby ducks, send them to the moon. A soda machine that doesn't work, send it to the moon."
    • Canon example: "Summer Time luh-huh-huvin', gonna head down to the beach and do some beachy things!"
      • "Awww snap! Awww snap! come to our macaroni party and we'll take a nap!"
      • These two songs battled each other with actual rock star avatars, making it a Crowning Moment Of Earworm.
    • Ra-ha ringtone, pick up your phone!
    • Too many to count from "Silver Dude".
    • The "Clock Song" from "Saving Time." Especially since Cartoon Network choose to use it in all of the commercials leading to its premiere.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The baby ducks became quite popular over the course of their two appearances.
    • Eileen has automatically became a very popular character after "Do Me a Solid" due to her Adorkable personality and her crush on Rigby.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The episode "Think Positive" gives us "sometimes yelling at people is the best way to solve your problems".
  • Genius Bonus: The Dudetime Cologne attracts unicorns. In medieval times, it was believed that a virgin's purity would attract unicorns. Therefore, guys who use Dudetime are virgins (and so is Mordecai).
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Muscle Man is a fan-favorite is Spain whereas he's a Base Breaker in the show's home country.
  • Growing the Beard: First season's episodes are pretty formulaic: Rigby and Mordecai plot a Zany Scheme, it backfires horribly, nothing is achieved, they end in deep S, bonus points for Skips saving the day and/or Benson getting pissed off at the very end. Second season's episodes usually make it so the positive outcome is roughly equal to or outweighs negative, but we don't know the way in which both come, making plots much less predictable. Also, the show's pretense of being a "kids' show" is hanging by a thread moreso now than it did when it started.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The "Viral Video" episode which has a Warden trying to police the web. SOPA almost did that in 2012 (thank goodness it was vetoed).
    • They're doing it again with CISPA, and unfortunately, that actually passed — until the Senate put its foot down and decided NOT to vote for it at all after stalling.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: You know who else was a grim reminder to humanity...
    • The evil animatronic band from "Fuzzy Dice" have some similarities with the animatronics that serve as antagonists in Five Nights at Freddy's, which was released two years after "Fuzzy Dice" originally aired,
  • Jerkass Woobie: Benson really had a moment of this in "Busted Cart".
    • To an extent, "Think Positive" as well. Sam Marin Really Can Act!
    • Rigby. He's an annoying jerk, but he's not a bad guy by any means, and when something really bad happens to him, you can't help but really feel for him.
  • Memetic Mutation: See here.
  • Moe: Eileen
    • Oddly enough, Rigby! The horrible revelation in 'House Rules' has made Mordecai quietly but desperately protective of him.
    • Pops. Oh goodness, sweet dainty Pops.
  • Moral Event Horizon: What Night Owl did in his debut simply so he can be famous forever was harsh.
    • Klorgbane crossed it he destroyed Skips' high school prom, knocked out the principal, and got Mona killed in the crossfire just so he could fight Skips.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Depending on the episode, Pops's high-pitched, grating crying. Sometimes it's just painful to listen to. Other times, like in "Prankless," where he's nearly killed by Muscle Man's prank and has to be taken away in an ambulance, it's actually really heartbreaking.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Opinions on "Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land" vary. Some find the gameplay great, with a fun variation between the two characters as well as being an old-school side-scrolling platformer. Others find the game too short and not having enough to do with the show (for example, Mordecai, Rigby, and Benson are the only main characters to appear).
  • Relationship Sue: Margaret, at least before Character Development kicks in.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: The 'will they or won't they' attitude of the Mordecai/Margaret ship. In "Picking Up Margaret," it was leaning towards, "They will," but "Steak Me Amadeus" established that Margaret will never be Mordecai's girlfriend because she got accepted into her dream school.
  • Replacement Scrappy: For some, CJ comes off as one to Margaret as of "New Year's Kiss".
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: How some might feel about the dozen or so episodes revolving around romance. Eventually, Pops is the only member of the main cast who isn't concerned about finding a lover.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Benson, especially in season 1. However, his Scrappy status has been declining due to a sympathetic backstories in his life as the series has progressed.
      • He still has his moments, especially in "Guitar of Rock" where he causes the main problem and then complains the entire episode while Mordecai and Rigby are fixing it.
    • Quips, Skips' cousin who constantly makes bad jokes. Considering the other character's reactions to said jokes, this was most likely deliberate.
    • Rigby is seen as a Scrappy by many viewers due to the fact he's far, far more lazy than Mordecai and in the past was just an awful friend to him.
      • Wall Buddy firmly cemented this in the eyes of many.
    • Muscle Man, regardless of him changing a bit post-season 3. Some fans just find him too annoying as well as his girlfriend, Starla.
  • Shocking Swerve: This pretty much happens once per episode. From "Fortune Cookie", for example: "I just lost the park to the guy in the fanny pack." "He's a WARLOCK!"
  • Squick: "Muscle Woman" is FULL of this.
    Rigby: This was the most disturbing day of my life.
  • Stop Helping Me!: Mordecai to Rigby in "Meat Your Maker".
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: They get the actual music surprisingly often, but still resort to these quite a lot as well.
    • In "Free Cake" of the theme from The Big O. Which in and of itself is suspiciously similar to the theme from Flash Gordon...
    • During the montage in the first episode, there's a similar song to "Tom Sawyer" by Rush.
    • One of Boston's "More Than a Feeling" in "Benson Be Gone".
    • One of Justin Timberlake's "Sexy Back" is used in "Muscle Woman".
    • One of MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" in "See You There".
    • One of "I Won't Do What You Tell Me" ("Stone Cold" Steve Austin's most popular theme song) is used as background music in "Really Real Wrestling".
    • One of Holst's "Mars, the Bringer of War" in "More Smarter".
    • One of the Halloween theme in "Creepy Doll".
    • One of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" in "Camping Can Be Cool".
    • Of Throbbing Gristle's 20 Jazz Funk Greats (not kidding) in "This Is My Jam."
    • "Video Game Wizard" features a knockoff of Rush's "Subdivisions" on the car-ride to the tournament.
    • "Steak Me Amadeus" has one for Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Tuesday's Gone" after Mordecai gets dumped.
    • One of Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough" plays over a montage in "Skips' Story".
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Muscle Man's failed attempt at standup in "Under The Hood": he makes a 'my mom' joke. No one in the crowd laughs and some even get hostile towards him, to the point where he has to leave the stage. This is exactly the reaction a lot of viewers have to him and his jokes.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Don asking for hugs, amplified by the fact that he asks by saying "Give me some sugar!"note  He even starts by hugging Benson and Pops who are made of sugar.
    • Also note, we're not entirely sure how old Don is. Rigby is 23 and he's the older brother, Don apparently just grew rapidly and everyone thinks he's older than he really is, which Rigby actually says. So it makes since he's more childlike than Rigby.
    • The pink fairy creatures in "Sleep Fighter." In fact, after seeing them on TV for many hours straight, Muscle Man went nuts and even saw them in his nightmares.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Since his introduction, Thomas has rarely been used and even then he's more a Butt Monkey. Some episodes show signs of him being the Straight Man or Only Sane Man, but never go further with it. The writers finally put him to good use in "Thomas Fights Back".
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: "Bad Kiss" pretty much wastes the chance for Margaret and Mordecai's relationship to finally go further than friendship, thanks to Mordecai chickening out on kissing her. He actually DOES get a kiss from her in "Picking Up Margaret.
    • Guitar of Rock on so many levels. The episode could have focused on Mordecai and Rigby's relationship with Benson, but instead chose to focus more on the weird fantasy elements. Also, Benson was a drummer. If he had mentioned that to the bouncer, then they'd have gotten that guitar easily.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: More sex jokes, frequent lethal use of weapons and mild profanities ("crap", "sucks", even "pissed") then you can shake a yardstick at. Justified, as Regular Show is based on two short films J.G. Quintel made in animation school called "2 in the AM-PM" and "The Naive Man from Lolliland." While "The Naive Man from Lolliland" is safe for family viewing (the one use of the word "hell" wouldn't faze most viewers), "2 in the AM-PM" isn't — at least by Cartoon Network's already selective standards.
  • The Woobie: Thomas who debuted in the episode "Exit 9B" is most likely one of these. He was in the right place at the wrong time and witnessed all the parks employees (except Mordecai and Rigby) get brainwashed and was forced into being the lackey of the main villain of the episode. The villain was also downright verbally abusive to the poor goat.
    • Mordecai has his moments, most often in Margaret episodes.
    • Pops, any time he's sad. It's like the equivalent of watching someone take candy from a baby- and the fact that he cries so easily just makes you want to hug him!

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