YMMV / The Backyardigans

  • Absentee Actor: The only main character who never misses an episode is Uniqua. Presumably, when each of the other characters don't appear, it's because the fantasy scenario at hand doesn't suit their individual tastes or archetypical roles. Being tomboyish and adventurous, Uniqua is flexible and invariably in her element.
  • Designated Villain: Because the show only has five characters, one or two of them will usually have the role of the main baddie. However, they'll always reform themselves at the end of the show.
  • Ear Worm: Seriously. It's a good thing for parents that the songs are as fun as they are...
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Austin, whose popularity with the viewers (especially the Periphery Demographic) is, strangely, in direct counterpoint to how often he appears on the show. It may or may not be a coincidence that the much cuddlier Pablo, Tyrone and Uniqua appear in nearly every episode and on most of the marketing.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series is so popular in Latin America that it's easier to find fansites and videos of the show in Spanish than the original English.
  • Growing the Beard: From the second season onwards, the animation was much improved, and the music became even better.
  • Memetic Mutation: SOCCER!!!
    • YETI, YETI, YETI!
  • Nightmare Retardant: "Scared of You" is based around this trope. The episode features a skeptical Austin meeting Tyrone (as The Mummy King), Uniqua (as a rather cute werewolf), and Pablo (as a vampire), all of whom are far more scared of each other. It ends with all five of the kids having a big monster dance party.
  • Periphery Demographic: Because those songs are damn catchy. Also, the animation is beautiful and the writing is smart and funny.
  • Sequelitis: "The Tale of the Mighty Knights" is regarded as a highlight of the series, an hour-long special with amazing visuals and a hardcore arena-rock soundtrack. The kids revisited that setting in the show's only Sequel Episode, "The Tale of the Not-So-Nice Dragon", which was a fairly average episode. Among other things, the original's dynamic "hair and makeup" effects were replaced by the characters' usual appearances, and the episode's musical genre, Broadway show tunes, was much less catchy.
  • Toy Ship: Loads.
  • The Untwist: Frequent, in the course of finding ways around their inability to actually hurt or arrest anyone. During "Whodunit?", for instance, it turns out that Tyrone was the thief, but he didn't really steal the jewels; Tasha gave them to him. It was all a plot by Tasha to liven up a rainy day.
  • The Woobie: If you think about it, all five of them are. Each character has a moment of Woobie-ness but Austin is the biggest contender, especially in "Race Around the World" where he keeps losing the race.

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