YMMV / Ruby Gloom

  • Americans Hate Tingle: New Zealanders don't seem to be too fond of Scaredy Bat because of equal parts his cowardice and his voice.
  • Awesome Music: Frank and Len are a good source of this - while two of the songs listed below are performed by someone else, they were still the ones who wrote at least one of these songs in-universe.
  • 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: So today we're gonna- Take the time to show ya- The b-b-bright side of the dark side...
    • "Trainwreck", mentioned above, is also guaranteed to be stuck in your head for some time, no matter which version you listened to.
  • 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. Perhaps her voice might have helped?
      • Heck, Misery's cousins in general are quite popular, but special mention, aside from Morose, goes out to Malady and Malaise - their popularity was probably helped by not only having had appeared in an earlier "Misery family" episode, but also for actually being rather kind to others compared to, say, Mildew or Migraine. Makes Misery's description of them being "cold" all the more ironic, huh?
    • Scaredy Bat, not as much as Misery but it's hard not to love him.
    • 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, and actually had a bit of a cult following in Russia.
    • Iris is also the most popular character in Japan despite being a Base-Breaking Character in other countries. Meanwhile, in Russia, the titular character seemed to have been much more popular than both Iris and Misery (Although that could be attributed to Ruby getting the only half-decent VA in the Russian dub...)
  • 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: In spite of Ruby and Skullboy being the canon pairing, there are still quite a few moments that hint at a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship between Ruby and Iris, together with some occasional moments involving Ruby and Misery.
    • On Misery's side: There is their duet, "I'm the Dark, I'm the Dawn.", in which they...Tend to get a bit too close to each other. 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, and it could be interpreted as just a "friendly" kiss, but still...
      • And if you have a dirty mind, then this blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in "Unsung Hero" will definitely make you wonder if Iris and Ruby had a...Different kind of relaxation in mind... Sure, the dialogue gives it away quickly, but the look the two give Misery seem strangely...Seductive.
    • On Iris' side: 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". Also, in "Poe-ranoia", when Ruby is in a hurry to deliver a cake to the new neighbor, she bumps into Iris...Who thinks that the cake is for her, and... Well, make of this reaction what you will.
    • 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.


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