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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.
  • 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!"
  • Base Breaker: Nicole is one of the least popular characters among the target audience, but older fans tend to love her.
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • Though the show can be quite bizarre regularly, The Sweaters takes the cake. Even Gumball and Darwin think things have gone bizzare.
    • "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.
  • 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.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Gumball/Carrie is still more popular than Gumball/Penny.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: 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.
  • 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: In "The Responsible", Darwin keeps Gumball from drowning by breathing into his mouth via kiss, similarly to the two love interests in Waterworld. Though, in Gumball's defense, he was visibly against it.
    • "The Third" was essentially a friendship-affair plot, complete with the two "getting back together." Just replace every mention of a game with...other things, complete with "It didn't mean anything!" and "He's playing video games with my best friend!"
    • Gumball has been told "Go to him" twice in reference to Darwin.
    • Darwin falls in love with Gumball when he wears a wedding dress in "The Dress". To the point where he is actually stalking him, collecting sweat and generally being a Stalker with a Crush. This culminates in Darwin confessing his love on a roller coaster. And this is without mentioning the whole "I want more kids!" sequence.
    • In "The Pressure", when Tobias and Banana Joe cut down the treehouse, Darwin and Gumball, with eyes closed, accidentally kiss each other, thinking they're kissing Penny and Masami. The kicker? They both liked it.
    • "The Prank" takes it up just as much as well, as Darwin calms Gumball's hyperventilating by patting his head, then uses his fins to rub around his head, then kisses him on the cheek.
    • 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.
    • During a chase scene in "The Wand", Richard casts a 'love spell' on Gumball and Darwin to try and slow them down. To make Richard believe that the wand actually works, romantic music plays in the background while Gumball wiggles his eyebrows at Darwin.
    • "The Watch" has a sequence of Gumball and Darwin comforting each other by hugging and talking quietly about what to do. Gumball even calls Darwin "bubble-cheeks".
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Tina certainly counts as one after "The Quest."
    • Carrie after "The Ghost."
    • Bobert. All he wanted is to have emotion. After finding said emotions and 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 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")
  • The Scrappy: Richard. The episodes that focus on him tend to display him as a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk and have weaker plots. The stupid contests were more tedious than humourous.
    • "The Job" is an exception, many fans feel that it is the best episode so far because it feels like watching an episode of Regular Show. That alone makes some people believe that Richard is Rescued from the Scrappy Heap. Either that fact or the fact that if Richard holds down a job, the universe starts to destabilize definitely helps.
  • 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 another certain police drama.
    • 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".
  • Toy Ship: Gumball and Penny.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The streamlined character designs in Season 2 has 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.
    • Banana Joe and Clayton both having eyebrows. For some reason, a bit of the overused Dreamworks Face comes into play which doesn't really settle well for these two as it made them look...less-charming.
    • The news that Gumball and Darwin will have new VA's in season 3 hasn't gone over well with the fandom.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: A lot of fans were disappointed by the episode "The Genius" because of the boring climax of the episode, even though the episode could've easily been more epic with something like the family going to the research facility to rescue Darwin.
  • 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.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The entire show, but special mention goes to the opening. It should be noted, however, that the reason why the show looks the way it does was because it originally was supposed to be about outcast cartoon characters attending a rehabilitation school that makes them functioning members of society. Since Cartoon Network found that premise to be too depressing (and possible protest bait for those with real-life developmental and social anxiety issues), the show creator changed it to be about a cat and a fish having weird adventures in their weird town and the rehabilitation school was changed to a normal junior high/middle school.
  • The Woobie: Gumball and Darwin at times.


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