YMMV / Ruby Gloom

  • Americans Hate Tingle: New Zealanders and Scaredy Bat. It's true! They can't stand his accent and collectively think he's a coward.
  • Awesome Music: Frank and Len are a good source of this.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Iris. Some find her hyperactive antics amusing and others just find them annoying.
    • Boo Boo for much the same reason in regards to his scaring/pranking Scaredy Bat.
  • Counterpart Comparison: More like Counterpart Contrasting, as some fans like to see Mandy from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy as an evil counterpart of Ruby. Mandy wears brightly-colored clothing but has a gloomy personality, while Ruby is the complete opposite.
  • Ear Worm: Ruby Gloom theme.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Misery is far and away the most popular character on the show. Her only conceivable rival is the title character, at which point it's kind of hard to draw a comparison.
    • Morose. One episode was all it took for her to become popular.
    • Scaredy Bat, not as much as Misery but it's hard not to love him.
    • Misery's cousins also count.
    • Doom Kitty, despite having no dialogue, is one of the more popular characters as well.
  • Genius Bonus: In "Ruby Cubed" Poe rewrites Romeo and Juliet, making it his own. Romeo and Juliet is itself a rip-off of The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: For obvious reasons, Ruby Gloom is very popular in Japan. The show is also very popular in parts of Europe, especially Germany.
  • Girl Show Ghetto: Averted. The show had more focus on the female characters than the male characters, but it still managed to garner a decent male fanbase.
  • Les Yay:
    • Ruby and Iris have shades of Romantic Two-Girl Friendship between each other.
    • Ruby and Misery too. Especially so in their duet, "I'm the Dark, I'm the Dawn." In "Forget Me Not", Ruby notes how lovely Misery smells...while clasping her hands together and staring at Misery in a rather adoring fashion. You can almost hear Misery thinking: "Ruby, Skull Boy is standing right there." Then in "Venus de Gloomsville", Ruby kisses Misery. She has a bucket on her head, but still.
    • In the dancing sequence at the end of the first episode, everyone else is dancing by themselves while Iris and Ruby are dancing together (in a heart shaped frame no-less). Make of that what you will. In the "Broken Records" episode, everyone tries to "get Ruby and Iris back together".
    • And in the Ho Yay department, there's Frank and Len. Frank is not weirded out at all when a hypnotized Len tried to smother him in kisses, they both readily admit to loving each other, and Len has a tendency to turn into a housewife when wearing women's clothes. Ruby has also declared Scaredy and Boo Boo to be a "perfect pair".
  • Moe: Accounts for the show's popularity in Japan, along with Lolicon. It also helps that Ruby herself is dubbed in Japanese by none other than Rie Kugimiya. Moe ensues indeed.
  • My Real Daddy: Most of the characters were created by illustrator Martin Hsu. And while his designs were excellent, it was the writers working for Nelvana who turned Gloomsville's residents into well-defined, fleshed-out characters. This is particularly true in the case of resident Ensemble Darkhorse Misery, whose story is defined more in-show but barely appears in any of Martin Hsu's work.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Done deliberately with Boo Boo, he tries to scare people but constantly fails because he's too cute. The only one he can scare is Scaredy Bat (who's scared of everything anyway).
  • Pair the Spares: Since the only Official Couple is Ruby and Skull Boy, some pair Misery and Iris with Frank & Len. Another is Scaredy Bat and Doom Kitty.
  • Periphery Demographic: The show was designed for children and pre-teens to tie in with its stationary line. In spite of this, it receives a great deal of attention from teenage to young adult viewers and anime fans due to the gothic art style, cute characters, and sharp writing.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The triplets of Misery's family are so ridiculously cute and perky that they give Morose a nervous breakdown:
    "Children...playful, cheerful children...Why?! Why?!"
  • Wangst: Parodied with Morose.
    "Why? WHY?!"
  • The Woobie:
    • Ruby, whenever she's not her usual cheery self ("Once in a Blue Luna", "Hair(less)"). She was also more consistently this in the original stationery line.
    • Misery. She's always so depressed all the time, sometimes you just wanna give her a hug.
    • Scaredy Bat is pretty sympathetic due to his shyness, how hapless he is, and how his cuteness.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In the episode "Tooth or Dare" the characters spend a portion of the first act wondering what the Tooth Fairy does with the teeth she collects, but when a tooth fairy arrives and stays over in their house they never ask her what they do with the teeth. It could have been funny if Misery was right about the tooth necklaces.
    • In a couple of episodes, it's implied that the manor is a boarding house of some sort. This could've been a good Character Of The Week formula to spice up the cast, which is somewhat limited and rarely leaves the manor.
  • Ugly Cute: Iris, who could say no to that puppy-dog eye?
    • And her worm, Squig, her venus flytrap Venus and Frank and Len, and Skullboy...
    • Misery, she's bag-eyed, pockmarked, tear-stained... and adorable.