YMMV / Regular Show


  • Accidental Innuendo (though given the show's reputation as a radar-pusher, some may not be accidental, which is why this is on the YMMV page):
    • 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."
  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Do not ever, ever put an iota of faith in Rigby (though now that he's with Eileen and trying to prove that he's a good boyfriend to her, this has changed).
  • 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?
    • "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.
    • And things got worse with the Mordecai-Margaret-CJ love triangle that started with CJ freaking out over Mordecai kissing Margaret on "Merry Christmas, Mordecai" and ended with CJ once again thinking Mordecai loves Margaret and the two deciding to break up until Mordecai can decide on "Dumped at the Altar" (then continued on "Dumptown, USA" with Mordecai running away to be alone with his grief, Rigby rescuing him, and telling Mordecai that he should forget about dating and enjoy the single life and, as of now, concluded with "Just Friends" with Mordecai and Margaret admitting that, while they do like each other, the two of them are content to just be friends and not rush into a relationship).
  • Archive Panic: As of Season 7, 200 episodes and a TV movie.
  • 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 flatscreen 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.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • 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. There's also the implication that he does it because he's racist against birds and raccoons.
    • 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).
  • 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.
  • Broken Base:
    • 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?
    • 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?
  • Crack Pairing: Some fans seem to like Intern Thomas and C.J. as a couple. Considering in "Dumped by the altar", Mordecai and C.J. broke up and Thomas was spotted in the background at the wedding, there doesn't seem to be anything to get in the way of the pairing, right now.
  • 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."
  • 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.
    • The show as a whole is one to Cartoon Network, due to the fact that anyone rarely talks about it compared to the other current shows on the network.
  • 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, while a Base-Breaking Character in the show's home country, is a fan-favorite in Spain. Or at least he was during his original voice actor's run.
  • Growing the Beard: First season's episodes are pretty formulaic: Rigby and Mordecai plot a Zany Scheme (or are forced to do chores by Benson and become entangled in 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, though some will argue that episodes like the ones centered on CJ being mad at Mordecai for wanting to be with Margaret again ("Merry Christmas, Mordecai," "Sad Sax," and "1000th Chopper Flight Party"), and "Brilliant Duck Crisis Special" have pushed it into [adult swim] territory due to violence, moderate adult themes, and even a Neon Genesis Evangelion shout-out (Evangelion, by the way, is the farthest from a kid-friendly anime).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The "Go Viral" episode which has a Warden trying to police the web. After that episode, there were quite a few bills that did try to do that such as SOPA, CISPA, and PIPA. Thankfully, none of them passed after massive internet protests.
  • 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.
  • Hypocritical Fandom: 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!
  • Jerkass Woobie: Benson really had a moment of this in "Busted Cart" when he lets Mordecai and Rigby really have it when they once again screw up — and it's not the usual "Do this or you're fired!" order. It's a sincerely frustrated rant about how Mordecai and Rigby don't take anything seriously and that it tears him up inside.
    • 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.
      • If one had any doubts, The Movie cements it entirely. Mordecai has quite literally been Rigby's only friend his entire life, to the point where he's absolutely terrified of the idea of them not going to college together. Add this to the fact that Rigby is constantly being told that he's too stupid and lazy for his own good (he didn't get into a supposedly all-accepting college because even they thought he was too stupid) and he's really just The Woobie.
  • 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.
    • Benson eating Mordecai and Rigby's burgers in "Best Burger in the World" could count. And this means the heroes lost, and Benson gets no comeuppance, instead threatening to fire the duo again. It doesn't help that: A) These would only be around every 100 years. And B) The guys serving the burgers had the truck ran into the crash pit, presumably killing them.
  • 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.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Anytime Mordecai, Rigby or anyone else goes "OOOOHHHHH!!!" can put a smile on anyone's face.
  • Pandering to the Base: The show seems to only exist to appeal to its Periphery Demographic, with nearly every episode referencing nineties hipster culture that no kid would understand.
  • Periphery Demographic: If the size of its Getting Crap Past the Radar page is anything to go by, this show has lots of adult fans.
  • 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.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Season 6 has done this Rigby, one of the more pronounced Base Breaking Characters of the show. Throughout the course of the season, he underwent a convincing case of Character Development, taking a level in kindess and having Ship Tease with Eileen, the Ensemble Darkhorse.
  • 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 Margaret/Mordecai/CJ Love Triangle is becoming one for many fans. "1000th Chopper Flight Party" showed signs that this was over: in it, Margaret revealed that she has a new boyfriend and CJ leaves Mordecai after realizing she can't keep her jealousy in check and nearly killed him, his ex, and his ex's parents over nothing. However, it's later revealed that Margaret still has feelings for Mordo and the "new boyfriend" was actually just a co-worker that Margaret had no romantic feelings for; she made up the relationship because she was afraid of causing more problems for Mordo and CJ. This eventually leads to Mordo and CJ "taking a break" from each other for a while, continuing the Will They or Won't They? nature of Mordecai's relationships.
  • Ron the Death Eater: CJ is a perfectly nice girl who has a lot in common with Mordecai and only gets angry when she either fears for Mordecai or has had her heart broken by him inadvertently. Unfortunately people tend to dislike her due to her fiery temper even if she did nothing to deserve what's been done to her.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Benson, especially in season 1. However, his Scrappy status has been declining due to a few sympathetic backstories about his life and progressively taking multiple levels in kindness 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.
    • Many viewers find Rigby a Scrappy; he's 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.
  • Seasonal Rot: Depending on the viewers, but Season 4 is considered this by more than a few fans due to recycled and/or dull plots, the Romantic Plot Tumor of Mordecai and Margaret, and Muscle Man becoming a one-man Spotlight-Stealing Squad (even though season four is home to the epic premiere episode "Exit 9B" and the ass-kicking Christmas episode). Season 5, however, was more well-received. Season 6, however, focused too much on Mordecai screwing up his chances with CJ after Margaret comes back and reveals that she still has feelings for him and not enough on epic adventure episodes (even though they were there, like "Brilliant Century Duck Crisis Special," "Skips' Story," and "The Real Thomas" and season 6 can be commended on making Rigby a more likable character), though the seasonal rot can be justified as the crew was working on Regular Show: The Movie and didn't have time to work on the episodes. Season 7 seems to be a return to form to the first two seasons, though, due to Cartoon Network slowly phasing out the show for unknown reasons (though issues over adult content is said to be the main one), hardly anyone saw the season (except for the first few episodes of the season [from "Dumptown, USA"note  to "Struck By Lightningnote ], the half-hour special where the dome is first put on the park, and the final episode where Rigby graduates from high school and the dome turns the park into a spaceship that blasts everyone off Earth) unless they can watch the show online (legally or otherwise) or have an On-Demand system on their cable package.
  • 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!"
  • Spiritual Licensee: Can be considered as a cartoon made by either Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen or Evan Goldberg as the concept of the episodes are similar their works such as Pineapple Express, This Is the End, Neighbors (2014) and The Interview, except this body of work is made for kids unlike the R-rated nature of the films. Plus, the show's stars Mordecai and Rigby looked like characters that can be played by Rogen and James Franco, who both have played the everyman buddy and amiable doofus much like Mordecai and Rigby in Pineapple Express and The Interview. Also, the character of Muscle Man can be considered an expy of comic actor Danny McBride (who appeared in Pineapple Express and This Is the End). It's even further helped that some of the actors who voice-acted on the show had actually worked with the aforementioned filmmakers ranging from Linda Cardellini, the voice of C.J., who appeared opposite Rogen in Apatow's Freaks and Geeks to Ed Begley, Jr., the voice of Mordecai's dad, who had acted in Pineapple Express to even David Koechner, the voice of Principal Dean, who acted opposite Rogen in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Drillbit Taylor, an episode of Freaks and Geeks and Paul and worked for Apatow on the former four projects, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
  • 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.
    • Pretty much anytime Muscle Man and Starla kiss together.
    • 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.
    • Benson can be a meaner than necessary sometimes, but it's not like Mordecai and Rigby are employees of the month. They're constantly showing up late for work, they either ditch work or do it entirely incorrectly, and they trash the park consistently. It's not only putting their jobs at risk, it's also putting Benson in danger of being fired. But practically every episode treats him as an overreacting Bad Boss. One episode had Mordecai and Rigby try to water plants with soda, and instead of being reprimanded, Benson gets in trouble for yelling at them.
  • 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 Scorpions' "Winds of Change" in "Death Metal Crash Pit" during Muscle Man's suicide and the burning of the audience.
    • 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 Changed It, Now It Sucks: The Spanish fandom's answer to the change of Muscle Man's voice actor, who was a big part of the character's popularity there, as he was also Kurogane, Gintoki Sakata and Optimus Prime.
  • 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.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: More sex jokes, frequent lethal use of weapons and mild profanities ("crap", "sucks", "blows," even "pissed"note ) 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).


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