YMMV: Regular Show


  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • 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."
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: In "Merry Christmas Mordecai", even Mordecai/Margaret fans, felt horrible for poor CJ, when Mordecai and Margaret kissed in front of her having CJ leaving heartbroken and in tears, though Mordecai does make up for it in "Sad Sax".
  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Sometimes the weirder-looking ones are better people than normal-looking humans.
  • 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?
    • Margaret in general. Is she a truly studious person who was genuinely heartbroken when she broke up with Mordecai so she could go to her dream school? Or did she string him along and dump him like a hot potato the minute she got accepted into college? There is also the whole issue of her only personality trait in early episodes is that she likes to date a lot of different men.
    • "Lift With Your Back" and "Eileen Flat Screen" both imply that Rigby is more mature than the show usually gives him credit for; it's just that we normally see him through Mordecai's perspective, as his idiot friend. It's also just showing his Brilliant but Lazy tendencies, and that Rigby could probably improve so much about his life if he ever gave a real damn about anything.
  • 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 and getting heartbroken when Margaret shoots him down. Given everything that had happened prior, it was pretty easy to think that she already was.
  • Ass Pull: It's obvious they weren't planning on Thomas turning out to be a Russian spy when he first appeared, as the retconning in the flashbacks seems rather forced. However, some of the scenes that don't feel like forced foreshadowing do explain a lot about Thomas and why he didn't seem to be featured a lot after being introduced in "Exit 9B."
  • Author's Saving Throw: Lift with Your Back kind of plays with this. It addresses the common accusation that Rigby is The Load by having him actually follow through with a job on his own. While that happens, the episode also calls to attention that Rigby has been a more reliable friend for Mordecai than anyone was willing to give him credit for.
    • Eileen Flat Screen goes even further by showing Rigby doing something nice for Eileen by not only taking her new flat screen home, but also installing it for her. And he does it of his own volition, instead of being talked into it by Mordecai or CJ. In earlier episodes he would have whined the entire time and refused to take it seriously, thus showing that Rigby really has changed for the better.
  • 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.
    • Muscle Man is either a hilarious One-Scene Wonder (more or less) or an Overused Running Gag with an annoying voice.
    • Even Mordecai and Rigby fall under this; either they're Brilliant but Lazy characters who are treated poorly by Benson, or they're annoyingly lazy jerks who get away with their antics at least 90% of the time.
      • Rigby moreso. He's either a great Jerk with a Heart of Gold or an obnoxious douchebag that Mordecai should just get rid of.
    • Margaret is either a funny, well written supporting character or an annoying, bland plot device for Mordecai.
    • Thomas, the new employee is either an okay addition to the cast or he's The Generic Guy with no mention whatsoever how he got the job or why the park needs an intern (though in "Exit 9B," it is implied that he is there for college credit), though "The Real Thomas" reveals that he's not who he claims to be.
    • Pops is either cute due to his naive personality or annoying for the same reason (and his large head).
    • CJ- is she becoming a Margaret Expy? Should she and Mordecai stay just friends or start going out? Would it feel forced if they did go out?
    • Who should Mordecai be with? CJ or Margaret? Does he even deserve to be with either as of "Merry Christmas Mordecai"? As of "Sad Sax," the answer is that he's deeply sorry for breaking C.J.'s heart, doesn't love Margaret enough to be with her anymore [but still likes her], and wants to be with C.J. Speaking of "Sad Sax," was Mordecai's quest to make up with C.J. over the events of "Merry Christmas, Mordecai" sincere or was this a cheap way to piss off fans who want Margaret and Mordecai to be a couple?
  • 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 and gets referred to in later episodes.
  • 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, now currently is this for Mordecai/CJ, as of "Merry Christmas Mordecai" and "Sad Sax."
  • 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.
    • The very end of "The End of Muscle Man", where Muscle Man's death is revealed to be a fabricated prank to propose to his girlfriend Starla. Save for High-Five Ghost and Starla herself, nearly everybody is disgusted by 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."
      • "GIVE US A RAISE, LOSERS!"
    • 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!
    • BECAUSE WE KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT SCARY MOVIES AND YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT SCARY MOVIES.
    • 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". Although Pops does still wish that Benson tries not to yell so much.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: It's safe to say that some fans (particularly the Thomas fans) just prefer to ignore "The Real Thomas" episode, where it was revealed all this time, that he was a Russian spy and then went on the run.
    • People who still ship Benson/Audrey, prefer to ignore, that they broke up.
  • 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 "Go Viral" 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.
  • Hate Dumb: One of the reasons, some Mordecai/Margaret fans hate Mordecai/CJ, is because "Mordecai(bird) and CJ(cloud) are not the same species!" Never mind the fact that those same Mor/Mar fans ship Rigby(raccoon) and Eileen(mole), and that those same Mor/Mar fans ship Thomas(goat) and CJ/(cloud), to square CJ away. Margaret would be offended about this, since her parents happened to be a bird and human!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The skinned Muscle Man in the first "Terror Tales of the Park" looks exactly like the Colossal Titan on Attack on Titan.
    • 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.
    • To a non-supernatural extent, Mordecai cheated on his girlfriend CJ with his ex-girlfriend, Margaret.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • Depending on the episode, Pops's high-pitched, grating crying. Sometimes it's just painful to listen to, like in "Tants". 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.
    • Muscle Man's weird scream, if it can even be called a scream.
  • 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 and "Merry Christmas, Mordecai" and "Sad Sax" reveals that Mordecai still loves Margaret and shared a kiss with her, but he loves C.J. more and wants to be with C.J.
  • Replacement Scrappy: For some, CJ comes off as one to Margaret as of "New Year's Kiss".
  • Rewatch Bonus: It's amazing how much they foreshadowed Thomas actually being a spy from Russia named Nikolai in some episodes, even if some of it felt a little contrived.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: How some might feel about the dozen or so episodes revolving around romance. As of now, Pops is the only member of the main cast who isn't concerned about finding a lover (though that could change if the show keeps going).
  • 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 lazier than Mordecai and in the past was just an awful friend to him, as seen in episodes like "Do Me a Solid" and "Wall Buddy."
    • Muscle Man, regardless of him changing a bit post-season 3. Some fans just find him too annoying as well as his girlfriend, Starla. Subverted in Spain, where some consider him the best character (probably because he is also Kurogane, Gintoki Sakata and Optimus Prime).
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Mordecai/Margaret vs Mordecai/CJ.
  • 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.
    • And then there's the time where Muscle Man spends half an episode flexing his moobs (man boobs).
    • "Last Meal" features Muscle Man and Starla's very...intimate kissing. Even Death, who kills people, was disgusted by it.
    • In "Karaoke Video", we see Muscle Man with a sac of barbecue sauce strapped to his stomach that he takes from through a straw. That's not really the nauseating part — the real gross factor comes in during the episode's big fight, where Muscle Man gets punched in the stomach, and streams of barbecue sauce come out through his nostrils and mouth.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Mordecai in some of his dealings with Rigby is presented as this. Rigby has been an outright Jerkass to Mordecai just because he won't immediately indulge in Rigby's selfish whims such as in "Do Me a Solid" and "Wall Buddy" and even situations where Rigby should be sympathetic are ruined by being so petty and spiteful that his suffering is arguably deserved. Yet in these situations Mordecai has to wind up to apologizing to Rigby despite being Innocently Insensitive at worst. The same can be said of anytime when he tries to point Rigby's own flaws such as in "Lift With Your Back" where Mordecai sheepishly agrees with the other workers about Rigby's ability as a worker. Despite saying without any malice whatsoever Rigby still treats it as a betrayal of the highest caliber.
  • 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".
    • One 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.
    • Also "Rage Against the TV" in which he gets knocked out by The Hammer.
    • Benson getting intense food poisoning from eating Mordecai and Rigby's sandwich in "Sandwich of Death" gives him a rather karmatic punishment for the ending of "Best Burgers in the World" where he eats both Mordecai and Rigby's burgers (that comes once every 100 years) for not finishing cleaning the garage.
    • Benson gets another one from Mother Duck who points out Mordecai and Rigby saved the park AND the world despite the damage. That Benson yelling at babies is just plain wrong. AND that he was the person who ordered Mordecai and Rigby to stop the Geese in the first place.
    • He gets yet another one in Gold Watch when the test pilots call him out for blaming Mordecai and Rigby for getting stranded in the desert when he ate the hotwings on his own accord.
    • Muscle Man gets a rather hilarious one in "The White Elephant Gift Exchange". Fed up with being prank gifts being given to them each year, the gang decides to get back at him with their own gifts.
  • 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" and The Real Thomas, where he's revealed to be a Russian spy.
  • 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 more 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") than 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.
  • X Meets Y: This show plays out like The Mighty Boosh meets Clerks meets the acid trip sequence in J.G. Quintel's 2 in the AM PM (with a little bit of The Naive Man From Lolliland, since Pops is based on the title character from that short).