YMMV / Sanjay and Craig

  • Anvilicious: "Road Pizza" tells us to never force your opinions onto someone else.
  • Awesome Art: It can dig deep into this territory at times.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "I'm the Real Megan" from "Release the Craigan".
    • Also, "Everything Cool I Do, I Do It With You" from "Day of the Snake".
    • Even the theme song is this! especially the karaoke variant heard at the ending credits (of which are sadly cut from TV airings).
  • Base Breaking Characters: The citizens of Lundgren became this a little while after "Huggle Day"; some didn't have any problem with them turning against Sanjay and Craig (it is a part of the plot) while others felt they where way too OOC and feared that they're going to stay like that throughout the rest of the series.
    • Ronnie Slithers himself is considered this too, due to his actions in his debut episode.
    • Leslie; he's an annoying and bizarre antagonist with a sympathetic backstory and a few funny moments, naturally leading to folks not really knowing what to make of this guy.
    • The Dicksons are this as well.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Party Doctors!
    • "Trouble Dare" not only brought back the very concept of Family Double Dare, set and all, but they also got John Harvey (the announcer) and Marc Summers to play themselves.
    • CRAIG; He actually goes out into the woods and eats wild animals alive and he attempted to wrestle a puma just to impress Sanjay.
  • Cult Classic: It's not as big as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Loud House, or even Harvey Beaks, but it is sprouting quite a sizeable following, mostly on Tumblr and Instagram. A lot of people on DeviantArt and Twitter seem to either like the show or simply hate it. 4chan, well...
  • Ear Worm: The theme song.
    • The "Kerplunk'd" theme.
      • "BABY BOO, I LOVE YOU! CUTIE PIE, YOU'RE MY GUY!"
      • Pick a song from "Street Dogg", any song!
      • "PLAYER 2 I NEED YOU! PLAYER 2 I NEED YOU! PLAYER 2 I NEED YOU! COME ON, PRESS START!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Remington Tufflips, bordering into Memetic Badass.
    • And of course, Marc Summers and John Harvey
    • Megan Sparkles is also considered this.
    • Sanjay's parents, Darlene and Vijay, are beloved for their fun personalities and adorable relationship.
    • No matter how much she is pushed as a background character after her debut, Sam is very much indeed this! Some fans see her as the Marcie to Megan's Peppermint Patty. (Despite that both characters have hardly interacted)
    • Bertha Van Weld from "Partybot Returns" seems to be leaning over this since the episode first aired.
  • Fanon:
    • Megan is actually adopted, since her father was never seen or mentioned in any episode. When she was first born, Megan was lost by her original parents and was later found by Debbie Jo. Since then, Megan was raised to be a triple-threat pageant winner.
    • In various fanworks, Sam Lastnamè is written as a more major character where she is one of Sanjay's closest friends. (In the actual show, Sam only appears in 7 episodes throughout Seasons 2 and 3. She only makes a major role in two episodes, the other five are non-speaking background roles.)
    • There was a rumored character named "Satine" who became popular with some fans while the show was still running (with many speculating that she was gonna be an actual character).
    • A comic based on the show was released in 2017 but rather than being a straight-up adaptation like the ones released by Papercuts, it follows the adventures of another boy and snake duo known as Johnny and Adam.
    • Lalasa, anyone?
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Sanjay.....and Craig, given a few shipping memes on Deviantart....wait isn't one of them a snake?
    • Several fans (whether they're into Ho Yay or not.) like to ship Sanjay with Megan. Granted, she does have a crush on the former.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: With the show's vast improvement over its two final seasons, saying this cartoon is nothing more than Nausea Fueled Grossout Show will have fans actively defending the show and suggesting to give the later episodes a try.
    • Beloved as "Huggle Day" is, don't bring up the infamous exile scene; we beg of you.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Or rather, "Russians Love Sanjay and Craig", given its popularity on the country's social media site VK and a few episodes of the Russian dub getting uploaded online.
    • The show seems to get a little more attention from Nick's Australian site with more clips from episodes and web games.
    • There are quite a few clips, episodes and other promotional material from the Korean side of YouTube.
  • Growing the Beard: "Trouble Dare" is this for some people.
    • "A Tale of Two Slithers" as well.
    • "Butt's Up" REALLY pushed the show to high standards!
    • As a whole, the show itself seems to have dropped a lot of grossout and focused more on story and characters.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The ending to the "Haus Of Vings" segment in "Tufflips' Tales of Terror" where Sanjay and Craig have perminately been fused with a goat, an eagle and a freaking rock of all things can be very unsettling to Steven Universe fans who watched "Keeping It Together".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The fact that the episode "Huggle Day" had the same premiere date as Krampus, given that Huggle Bunny's the Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant of the show.
    • 10 years before the show premiered, the first issue of Yotsuba&! was published and released; the latter's central character is Yotsuba herself: a green-haired girl who sometimes wears a red-sleeved baseball shirt, making her look like a genderbended gijinka of Craig.
    • This isn't the only Nicktoon with a character named "Sanjay"...
    • There's an OC based off of the titular duo named Lalasa, a Robot Girl (if not just a cyborg) who was introduced on September 2015 via the Beochan AU blog on Tumblr; fast forward a few months later and the show itself would have it's own canon Robot Girl character by the name of Bertha Van Weld in "Partybot Returns".
    • Sanjay and Craig themselves are eerily similar to Flapjack and Knuckles, in that they're both duos consisting of a cute, adventurous little boy and the latter is a gruff troublemaker who acts as somewhat of a older family member to the former; helps that Thurop Van Orman was involved with both.
    • "Season 12" became this when another, but much longer-lasting Nicktoon would eventually reach this achievement.
  • Ho Yay: Craig and Sanjay tend to be rather...close at times, special mention goes to "Kerplunk'd", "Doom Baby" and "Fart Baby" where the former is typecasted as the father in contrast to Sanjay playing the more delicate and motherly role; doubles as No Yay if you're sensitive about Interspecies Romance.
    • Penny's drama with Chicken Chuck throughout "Hot Sauce Boss".
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • The failed "viral meme" attempt on Tumblr, which involved making ads and whatnot show up on everbody's dash whether they followed the show's blog or not.
    • Meanwhile, the users who gave a show a chance flocked to the site to express their sympathies for Sanjay and Craig after their friends turn against them for "double dipping" in "Huggle Day", granted, things got better in the end and and the episode itself was largely well-received but merely mentioning this scene to this day will cause someone to SNAP.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mr. Noodman will do anything to kill Craig and prevent Sanjay from having fun. But when you see how his father treats him during "Family Re-Noodman", you can't help but feel sorry for him.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: The only episode some people have watched is the Double Dare episode.
  • Love It or Hate It: While it's starting to get a following now, opinions are still rather mixed in a number of circles on the internet. There are still just as many people saying that this show is no better than what has come before or after it (as well as some who still believe that the show is a rip-off of other current shows, such as Regular Show) as there are saying that it is slowly becoming (or has gradually become) one of Nickelodeon's saving graces (along with Harvey Beaks).
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "X is in the best friends hall of fame~ There is no best friends hall of fame, THEY MADE IT UP!".
    • "BUTT SURGERY!" Explanation  was a popular phrase on This Very Wiki's forum for the show when it was still new.
  • Mis-blamed: Many fans of Robot and Monster saw it as a horrible replacement to their show. Nickelodeon picked up Sanjay and Craig long before R&M showed signs of ending. Sanjay and Craig was just the next show in line to be aired and had nothing to do with the cancellation of Robot and Monster. Besides, Dave Pressler (one of Robot and Monsterís creators) mentioned once that he actually likes Sanjay and Craig.
  • Moe: Megan Sparkles.
    • Sam, the new girl that was introduced in Season 2, is also this.
    • Sanjay is so Moe that that his name even rhymes with this trope.
    • Even Craig can be adorable and woobie-ish, too!
    • "Diaper Dinks" features the main characters and later everyone else as babies, ramping the Moe levels Up to Eleven.
  • Narm: The whole show can be full of this, then again since it's a comedy show...
    • "Barfy's Babies" tried to have a Tear Jerker moment with one of Barfy's children in danger of not getting adopted but then it started getting gross and then just plain weird when that puppy turns out to have the talent of becoming a Humongous Mecha that wouldn't look out of place in a anime involving such things.
    • The ending sequence to "Fart Baby" definitely counts, trying to mix in a heartwarming vibe and grossout as Sanjay and Craig watch the title "character" grow up and blow up in Leslie's face.
  • Nausea Fuel: For starters, Sanjay and Craig get covered in bird poop in "Laugh Quake".
    • The partner episode to that revolved around a giant ass transplant. It's about as pleasant as it sounds.
      • Even better is Sanjay's neighbor's attempt at a Sexy Walk with his bubble butt.
    • Pretty much the entirety of "Unbarfable".
    • The fact that Mr. Noodman not only unwittingly ate snake eggs, then vomiting out a lot of baby snakes from his mouth and nose, in "Family Re-Noodman".
    • Not to mention that quick scene where Sanjay and Craig where twerking together in "Susan Loogie".
    • The boy's Grossup Closeup from "The Conspiracy Zone" story in the comic.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Some detractors of the show disliked some episodes of the first season so much that they were completely turned off by the show and either don't care to or outright refuse to watch the subsequent seasons, even if they are told that they are much better than the first.
    • Ronnie Slithers' actions in "A Tale of Two Slithers".
    • It's very likely that the empathetic fans are forever haunted by Sanjay and Craig getting kicked out of town in "Huggle Day".
  • Pandering to the Base: Seriously, what kid aged 6-12 in 2013 would know what Family Double Dare is?
  • Ron the Death Eater: Sanjay and Craig themselves have been seen by haters as idiotic, hurtful, sick sociopaths, when in reality, they're both actually nice, smart, well-mannered boys, even if they can be pretty rebellious at times.
  • Self-Fanservice: Surprisingly, Sanjay and Craig themselves have quite a number of fangirls, to the point where there's even attractive and romantic fanworks focusing on them and/or their love lives.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The show's first season tends to be regarded as this nowadays. (Outside of widely hated episodes like "Fart Baby".)
  • Testosterone Brigade: Belle, Megan and Sam are considered this too. (As well as some adult characters like Darlene, Hector's Mom, and now Bertha)
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: As soon as the first commercial for it aired, some cartoon fans accused it of copying Regular Show and/or Adventure Time.
    • Possibly a little bit of Flapjack, too. Doesn't help that the creator of Flapjack also works on this show.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The series really seems to love using this trope to some of its characters.
    • Sam Lastnamè. She is so beloved by the show's tiny fandom, that she is prominently featured in a lot of fanworks as one of Sanjay's group of friends, as well as being Megan's best friend. Sadly, in the actual series, she only appears in about 7 episodes throughout Seasons 2 and 3. Only two episodes (Butts Up and G.U.T.S. Busters) have her in a major role, the rest of them only have her in background roles. It's gotten to the point where it is believed that she is the mascot of this trope.
    • Herman Mandochini from Season 2's "Space Race". He was formerly Vijay's best friend in collage who had some affection for Darlene. But when Vijay was given Darlene's number, Herman became very enraged and turned against his friend. Afterwards, feeling betrayed by Vijay, he finished a rocket project (Which he worked on with Vijay) on his own, and ended up in Space for years. He never appeared on the show again after that episode, besides a cameo in the end of "Booyah for Bollywood", where he is back on earth for unexplained reasons.
    • Noodman's Girlfriend, Bernice, from the very debatable Season 2 episode "Fartwerk", for the same reasons as Herman. She too also made an unexplained cameo in the series finale.
    • Sanjay's Parents, being part of the main cast, are well developed and show up in most of the episodes of the series. The other kids' parents, on the other hand, only show up scarcely in some episodes of each season, usually in non-speaking cameos and background roles. (Belle's father, Penny, on the other hand, is quite relevant on the show, due to the fact he is the owner of The Frycade, which made the character easier to write with.) Sam's Dad only appears in G.U.T.S. Busters for only 5 seconds with only one line, and never showed up again.
    • Tyson, while one of the most recognizable supporting characters on the series, is very underdeveloped and appears quite infrequently. It only gets worse in the final season where he only had one speaking role and the rest of his appearances are just cameos. Quite a shame, since the character proved that Mr. Noodman wasn't the only foil the the main duo.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Snake Pitnote  involves the Patel's attic permanently becoming Craig's own room. Unfortunately, this was never brought up once in series finale, "Booyah for Bollywood".
  • Ugly Cute: A fare number of the characters are cartoonish and grungy while also charming and sweet.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: The titular duo are both considered trouble making, untalented weirdos by quite a few characters (including their own friends and family)...now, go ask the fans of what they think of Sanjay and Craig; to sum it up, they're pretty much Jenny all over again ten years later.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Again, Sanjay and Craig, in "Huggle Day"; they almost got the holiday canceled and the townspeople did have a reason to be angry at them...but a lot of watchers felt absolutely horrible for them.
  • Vindicated By Hisstory: When the show first premiered, everyone quickly wrote the show off as just another crappy post-Avatar Nicktoon with no substance (and to their credit it did kind of start off on the wrong foot). As the show went on, though, it began to show that it was more than thirty minutes of gross-out antics, fleshing out several of its characters, and telling some surprisingly well thought out and funny stories. By midway through the second season, the show had amassed a noticeable fanbase and was regarded as diamond in the rough in post-2009 Nick. Cementing its status as this was its untimely cancellation, which was met with disappointment from its fanbase (as can be seen here on this Tumblr post). At the time of the show's premiere, you would have been the laughingstock of most internet communities if you suggested that Sanjay and Craig would be missed at the time of its cancellation.
  • The Scrappy: Even fans hate Baby Richard Dickson for his gross running gag and being a total Bratty Half-Pint.
  • The Woobie:
    • Sam, the little girl who was gonna lose her bird to Leslie in "Butt's Up".
    • Megan is considered one, especially in episodes like "Release the Craigan", "Susan Loogie", "Glory Hounds", and "Romper Chomper".
    • Sanjay and Craig themselves have their moments too, especially in "A Tale of Two Slithers", "Glad to be Sad" and ESPECIALLY "Huggle Day".
    • From the aforementioned episode, Huggle Bunny and Dolph Lundgren; it's revealed that the former's carnival performances where so he could give everyone gifts on his holiday but since everyone in Lundgren only thought about getting his gifts from him rather than giving to each other, Sanjay and Craig's fluke driven him to run away and take back everyone's gifts while the latter believes that he failed to bay his friend back for the shelter and simple gifts the former had given him after finding him in the snow for lord-knows-how-long.

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