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YMMV: The Dreamstone
  • Anticlimax Boss: Ironically most of the rare times Zordrak faces the heroes end even quicker than those with the Urpneys; Rufus defeats him just by shining the Dreamstone at him in the first two episodes, he is thrashed by the Wuts without landing a single hit in "Argorrible Attack" and his attempt to brainwash the Dreammaker in the finale fails so miserably the latter mocks him over it. "Megattack" marks the only occasion he actually puts up much of a fight.
  • Awesome Music: "Better than a Dream"
  • Badass Decay: Within the duration between the first and second season premieres, Rufus devolved from a Cloud Cuckoo Lander Badass Adorable with a sword to a generic Useless Meddling Kid. Amberley ended up pretty much the same, most episodes ending with them getting bailed out or outshone by the Dream Maker or the Wuts.
  • Base Breaker: Rufus and Amberley are either cute, relatable Kid Heroes or boring Designated Heroes compared to the Urpneys.
  • Bizarro Episode: Any episode that revolved around the dreams themselves usually qualified as such. "The Daydream Bubble", "The Moon Of Doom" and "Hod" are particularly trippy examples.
  • Crazy Awesome: Urpgor at times, usually the more deranged his inventions are, the nearer they get to succeeding. On the hero side, Wildit, and on rarer occasions, Rufus, have moments of this.
  • Designated Hero: The civilians of the Land of Dreams are portrayed as unambiguously peaceful and heroic, however the Serious Business nature of the war and the fact the Urpneys were such meek pushovers (and thoroughly unwilling on top of it) meant it was incredibly easy for the heroes to cross the line of provocation and look more like overzealous bullies. The earliest episodes seem reliant on them being completely apathetic to the fact Urpneys are killed for failing orders, and most of the contemptuous and violent tendencies actually tend to stem more from the heroes than towards them, again primarily for trying to ruin their lovely dreams. Aside from a semi-comeuppance in "The Dream Beam Invasion", this is not once treated as overkill. The later episodes circumvent this by making the heroes more easy going, and the villains' intents far more menacing, but since the Urpneys were still as pathetic as ever, it remained a very delicate dance to ensure the Noops stayed the defending side by the end of the episode.
  • Designated Villain: Most of the Urpneys, but especially Frizz and Nug. The heroes generally consider them the highest form of scum, however in early episodes they were more or less established as unwilling slaves of Zordrak who got their numbers thinned out the longer he had to wait to get the stone. Even their zeal and motives come off far less petty than the heroes, with them usually falling victim to Disproportionate Retribution each episode. Later episodes made some tweaks to ease their treatment and allow the heroes to look genuinely heroic against them, but even then they're primarily sympathetic bumblers over evil in any way.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Urpgor, with the rest of the Urpney cast not far off.
  • Glurge: The early seasons lean into this trope a tad too much, largely due to the heroes' saccharine and outspokenly pious nature mixing badly with the aforementioned Designated Hero/Villain issues. The later episodes took steps to ease out of it.
  • Growing the Beard: Season Three and Four are less formulaic than the first two, with more development of the show's mythos and many plot and characterization issues such as the Protagonist-Centered Morality and the Noops' Flanderization rectified somewhat.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Urpgor is a psychotic weasel who constantly relishes in any torture Blob and his minions recieve; however, his right hand role with Zordrak only leads to him suffering even more abuse and pressure from their boss, and, despite his beliefs, is considered no less despensible than the other Urpneys because of it. Naturally whenever he tries getting the stone instead of Blob, things usually go just as well too.
  • Love to Hate: Most of the Urpneys are sympathetic Mooks bordering on Designated Villain territory (see above). Urpgor however is a back stabbing psychopath, on top of being an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain and a walking Disney Acid Sequence, and you'll be hard pressed to find a fan who doesn't adore him as a result.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Urpgor is easily the most popular character in fandom.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • Nightmare Retardant:
  • Periphery Demographic: The show is fairly cutesy and childish in tone (cartoon hosting site Jaroo even lists it as a Pre School show) however it has gained more than a few older fans, largely for it's witty Urpney humor.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Rufus' dream sequence in the pilot episode actually alludes to some events in later episodes (the three shooting stars that the jettisoned Urpneys create in "The Daydream Bubble" along with the eventual reveal of Planet Dreamstone throughout the former and "The Dark Side").
  • Rooting for the Empire: Come on. Say you didn't want the Urpneys to win at least once.
  • The Scrappy: Wildit and Spildit tend to get flak for occasional Spotlight Stealing and being the product of Executive Meddling.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The antics in the Land of Dreams get pretty sickly sweet at times.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Zordrak is a pretty intimidating and creative villain, however, he sadly only gets a handful of moments of actual involvement in the entire series, otherwise limited to cameos delivering Bad Boss banter while his Urpney mooks acted as the show's true antagonists.
    • Other villains such as Zarag and Urpgor's Auntie also appear, but only Once a Season, and even then are side antagonists compared to the Urpneys, leaving little time for development.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The show has a pretty creative premise, though development of it's expansive universe, cast and mythos are often overlooked in favor of the Urpneys' slapstick taking up most of the spotlight, especially in it's earlier seasons. If it weren't for its name, The Dreamstone could often be seen as any other standard MacGuffin stealing show (not to say it's a bad one however).
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: While the show already places a lot of intentional sympathy onto the Urpneys, their defeats are mostly designed to be slapstick and the heroes are designed very clearly to be of higher moral ground. However the Urpneys' damned position, which is either to face a brutal (and sometimes deadly) punishment at the hands of their Bad Boss or go to the Land of Dreams and inevitably get outfoxed and decimated by the sympathizing heroes, or often both, can come off as rather mean spirited in a particular light.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The fact the heroes, like so many slapstick variants, were often fond of Disproportionate Retribution didn't really help in this regard. All for the good of dreams everywhere.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: The Noops, Rufus and Amberley, end up looking fairly unremarkable compared to the villains and even most of their more powerful and surreal comrades. They take the part well as newcomers encountering the show's different worlds and processes, but the focus otherwise usually sways in the Urpneys' favor due to their more colorful personalities and providing most the show's slapstick.
  • Wangst: The Noops really don't like getting bad dreams. The Dream Maker apparently has terrified mobs at his door the moment they get so much as one.
  • The Woobie: Frizz and Nug are hapless cowardly minions with all the malice and callousness of someone's left shoe. They are shanghied into endless numbers of torturous methods of stealing the Dreamstone which almost always end in failure (and a resulting punishment from Zordrak). Add to that the constant bullying from Urpgor and acting as Villain Ball Magnets for the heroes (who generally beat them mercilessly as much as they would any genuinely ruthless villain), it's really hard not to feel sorry for these guys (as funny as their abuse may also be). Sgt Blob leans somewhere between this and a Jerkass Woobie.

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