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YMMV: The Amazing World of Gumball
  • Abandon Shipping: The scene in "Halloween" where Darwin kisses Carrie left many Gumball/Carrie shippers a little bit dead inside.
    • Then "The Shell" happened... shooting the remaining Gumball/Carrie shippers right in the heads.
    • As well as Gumball/Darwin shippers.
  • Awesome Music: Mr. Robinson's performance at the end of "The Debt".
    • "She's a lady, a fine lady!"
    • "You gotta think big, think smart!"
    • "Warrior, Be The Warrior!"
    • "We enjoy it while we can, we enjoy it while we're kids! We enjoy it while there's still time to make the most of it!"
  • Base Breaker: Nicole is one of the least popular characters among the target audience, but older fans tend to love her.
    • Some fans didn't like Penny's design without her shell.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In "The Goons", Larry accidentally proposes to Richard (he was talking to his girlfriend when Richard picked him up in a 'dumb race'). Richard replies, "This is so sudden! I'm not saying no, I'm not saying no!" followed by a montage of Richard wandering around the park in thought.
  • Bizarro Episode: Though the entire show can count, there have been episodes that were weird, even by their standards:
    • "The Sweaters," a Karate Kid parody featuring human cartoon characters (modeled after the ones from 1970s-1980s cartoons, in terms of how stiff and stylized they are) that not even Gumball and Darwin want to get involved with.
    • "The World," an entire episode devoted to showing that everything in Elmore (and possibly the universe) really does come to life in the form of multiple short sketches. It's about as weird as it sounds.
    • "The Tape" is what would happen if Gumball and Darwin created a Robot Chicken episode. Parodies, fake commercials, screen wipes, and gross out humor ensue.
  • Broken Base: As of the episode "The Shell," Penny's true form without her shell. Some fans love her design and the idea of her being a shape shifter while others hate the fact that she is not a deer. The latter goes as far as to pretend that the episode never happened.
    • As of now, the fans are already warming up to Penny's true form.
  • Canon Discontinuity: A popular in joke with Gumball's fanbase was that Gumball despised and hated taking baths. That was proven wrong in "The Burden" when he actually took and enjoyed a bubble bath in a montage.
  • Designated Hero: Apparently, the whole Watterson family (except for Anais) has landed onto the Villains Wiki.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The sudden Dead Baby Comedy Black Comedy Burst in "The Job" seems incredibly out of place for such a more-or-less lighthearted show, even in the name of Black Comedy, and it's more disturbing than actually funny, especially since they hold on the image of the pizza parents disturbed faces for several seconds.
    • The entirety of "The Hero" which is considered by many to be the worst episode in the entire series for transforming the happy go lucky show into a serious drama along the likes of Heavy Rain.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song is pretty catchy, including the wonky music being played in the credits.
    • "Yes/No Continue?" will worm its way into your head and never ever leave.
    • "The Bacteria Song."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Even before her debut in "The Ghost", Carrie has always had quite a large fanbase.
    • Gumball's mom, Nicole, garnered a lot of fans after her reaction in "The DVD".
    • Rachel, who only had one major role and is likely not appearing in another afterwards, has gained quite a bit of fan art and fan fiction; usually relating to her relationship with Darwin.
    • Considering the rarity of her appearances, Jamie has a small, but very impassioned fan base that is currently growing.
    • Tina's fanbase is about as big as her father.
  • Fanon: Many fan-artists depict Penny as a deer when not in her shell, which is why the revelation that Penny is a shapeshifting spirit in "The Shell" shocked and/or made them mad.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Gumball/Carrie is still more popular than Gumball/Penny.
    • Of course, there's also tons of shipping of Gumball/Darwin.
  • Japan Loves Gumball: Gumball is currently one of the more popular shows on Cartoon Network Japan. Given Japan's fondness for unusual imagery and its Animesque appearance, it's really not too surprising.
  • Growing the Beard: Season 2 saw a massive improvement for the show with its Art Shift (though some fans do consider season one's animation and art to be better) and the stories became more structured and coherent.
    • Season 3 made the show even better. Removing Gumballs jerkass tendencies from Season 2/making him smarter and nicer than in Season 1, making the animation smoother with new moving backgrounds thanks to a new animation studio, Gumball and Darwin actually act more like real kids, and finally achieving the perfect balance of comedy drama and action. Its come a long way since Season 1.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: During "The Sock," Darwin says to Gumball that he walks like a princess. Cut to "The Dress" where he actually looks like a princess.
  • Ho Yay: Has it's own page now.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: Gumball is often shipped with his family members especially Darwin and Nicole.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Tina certainly counts as one after "The Quest."
    • Carrie after "The Ghost."
    • Bobert. All he wants is to have emotions and be human. After finding said emotions, he took Gumball's life. Rather than try to teach him right from wrong, Gumball simply decides to "Reboot" him, deleting his memories and emotions.
    • William (the eyeball with wings) can't physically speak, but he hasn't realized this until after he attacked Gumball and Darwin for ignoring him.
  • Memetic Mutation: "NO! IT'S NOT!"
    • "WHAT THE WHAT?!"
  • Narm Charm: Towards the end of "The Quest" episode Tina Rex apologizes for not giving Anais' doll back and even though she was going to she couldn't because the doll helped her get to sleep. The Puppy-Dog Eyes afterwards doesn't help.
  • Nausea Fuel: In "The Knights", Gumball tries to get Penny's father to like him by cleaning the sweat from under his arms while he is jogging, and after he tells him to quit, Gumball then washes his mouth with the same rag. Ew.
  • Parody Sue: Alan turned into one of these about halfway through Season 2, being shown to be ridiculously nice and perfect. A recurring gag is how this winds up biting him in the ass.
  • Purity Sue: Darwin is constantly portrayed as unfathomably pure and innocent., to the point where the very embodiment of Jealously itself inhabits and body and says "I'm actually very content with my life right now," though there have been several times where he's shown to be as petty and jerky as Gumball and does some rather questionable acts, like kidnapping Tobias' mother to get a video game back. The only reason he gets more leniency is because he's still adjusting to the whole sentience thing.
    • In fact a recurring plot/gag is that whenever Gumball develops a serious problem, Darwin will snap him out of it... only to develop the exact same problem, only even worse. (i. e. "The Phone", "The Sidekick", and "The Banana")
    • And the one time Darwin gets jealous in "The Burden" over Gumball giving more attention to Penny, the upcoming episode "The Bros" will likely escalate that behavior. If this trope is anything, it might as well be a Deconstruction.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Principal Brown's relationship with Miss Simian. On adult-oriented cartoons like The Simpsons (Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel) and Daria (Ms. Barch and Mr. O'Neill), whenever they have a teacher in a relationship with a principal or someone from teaching staff, they try to hide it, as they know that a relationship like that causes a conflict of interest and is usually frowned upon by the higher-ups. In the case of this show, Principal Brown and Miss Simian don't try to hide it, despite it being pointed out that a relationship like that is considered unprofessional (cf. "The Sock," when Gumball and Darwin use Brutal Honesty when Principal Brown asks them what's wrong).
  • Ship Tease: The most prominent one, Gumball/Penny, especially in "The Party", "The Pressure" and "The GI". He has also several small ship teases with various female classmates (Carrie, Carmen, Tina etc)
    • Darwin has some too, with Masami ("The Pressure"), Rachel ("The Party") and Carrie ("The Halloween")
    • Gumball and Darwin have actually tons of it.
    • Bobert and Tina in "The Bet".
    • Tobias flirts with several female characters in "The Tape", (Carrie, Masami and Sarah).
    • Averted with Penny and Leslie. They're actually cousins.
    • Carmen and Alan, though they're pretty much official.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: In "The Refund", Gumball and Darwin sing a song that sounds a lot like "We Are the World".
    • In "The Kiss", the crime fighting police drama Granny JoJo is watching has a similar theme song from CSI: Miami
    • Richard's song in "The Hero" has some similarity with the Malvina Reynolds song "Turn Around"; aside from the fact of the subject being both about seeing their child grow up, there's also how they sang the words "my little one".
    • A blatant soundalike of Herbie Hancock's "Rockit" plays over the senior citizen dance sequence in "The Extras", right down to the record scratch breaks.
  • Toy Ship: Gumball and Penny.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The streamlined character designs in season two have drastically changed the basic movements and mannerisms of the Watterson family. In some ways they now move more fluidly, but many other times, exceptionally choppy. The characters themselves aren't as colorful as they used to be, as if they're constantly in a slight shadow.
    • The news that Logan Grove and Kwesi Boakye would be replaced as the voices of Gumball and Darwin did make some fans upset, even though their replacement voices sound very similar to the originals.
  • Ugly Cute: Kenneth. Anais even mentions this trope by name when describing him.
    "Well, I guess you're kinda ugly-cute."
    • Richard, Baby!Gumball and some characters can be this.
  • Uncanny Valley: Gumball's face after plastic surgery in "The Photo." From the same episode, the balloon kid's face in photos, too. His face in photos is that of a realistic man's face on a cartoony balloon body. It doesn't help that he reminds you of a certain other balloon with a realistic face.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Quite a few female characters lack any Tertiary Sexual Characteristics, making it very hard to know what gender they are.
    • What makes it even more confusing is that some of the male characters have feminine eyelashes, such as Darwin and Alan.
    • The most prominent male example of this is the apparently male Leslie. To add to the confusion, Leslie's in Masami's treehouse with the girls in "The Pressure". Then again, most plants have both male and female reproductive organs.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The combined animation styles are very fun to look at.
  • What an Idiot: Pretty much happens to every character, whether or not they're established to be the smart/sane ones.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Like most of Cartoon Network's oeuvre (past and present), this show has a lot of humor/moments that would be more at home on an [adult swim] show, but thanks to Cartoon Network's censors being permissive at best and incompetent at worst, appears on a TV-Y7-FV shownote . However, this show balances its kid humor with adult humor, making it play out like a Lighter and Softer take on The Simpsons or Regular Show — at least it did in season one. From season two to now, the surreal humor, Parental Bonuses, and Comedic Sociopathy / Black Comedy became more prominent, though it doesn't detract from still being for kids, like, say, what happens with Adventure Time and Steven Universe when they suddenly Mood Whiplash from cute, innocent kids' show to disturbing and depressing show for older audiences.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The entire show can get into some majorly trippy moments, but special mention goes to the opening that only aired once in America and has since been truncatednote . It should be noted that the reason why the show looks the way it does isn't because of drugs. It's because Ben Bocquelet wanted to do a show with different cartoon character styles and was inspired when he superimposed the mascots he created (made from different animation styles: stop-motion, 2D, Animesque, 3D, claymation, live-action, etc) for advertisements as the characters on a realistic photograph of a school.
  • The Woobie: Gumball and Darwin at times.
    • If you think about it, Nicole can be this. She's the breadwinner of the family and due to her husband's irresponsible tendencies, she has to do the housework as well, which is why she's very stressed and sometimes unstable.
  • X Meets Y: This show is best described as The Simpsonsnote  meets Regular Shownote  with the aesthetic of Who Framed Roger Rabbitnote  and possibly Drawn Togethernote .

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