YMMV / The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy


  • Anvilicious: In "My Fair Mandy", Grim questions why anyone would participate in beauty pageants (Mandy's only doing it to show up Mindy). Cue several moms encouraging their daughters to win for the sake of their love.
  • Badass Decay:
    • When Grim first appeared, he was an actually competent and talented character, who people actually were intimidated of (apart from Billy who's too stupid and Mandy who fears no one). He still has some badass episodes, but most of the episodes after episode 3 shows him constantly being made a fool out of.
    • Underfist reimagines Hoss Delgado as washed up and still hung up on his breakup with Eris, now sporting a beer gut and living with his mom. He gets his ass handed to him countless times throughout the movie.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Fred Fredburger became this after being extremely overused in CN's promos along with the excessive overuse of his nachos and poopoo jokes.
    • As was Mandy, in later seasons.
    • Billy, between fans who find him hilarious and fans who find him annoying and one-note.
  • Bizarro Episode: While the show is essentially a bizzaro series, a few stand out from the pack:
    • "My Fair Mandy" which ends with Mandy's smile destroying reality and the main trio become The Powerpuff Girls with Irwin as Mojo Jojo.
    • "Complete and Utter Chaos" starts with the title card reading "Billy Gets Dumber" before Eris tears it down and puts in the real title card while whistling the title card theme tune. It escalates from there.
  • Broken Base: Over whether the show becoming increasingly Denser and Wackier was a good thing or a bad thing.
  • Cargo Ship:
  • Crack Pairing: Dean Toadblatt and a giant squid, canonically.
  • Creator's Pet: Fred Fredburger. Being a huge Base-Breaking Character as well as an Ensemble Darkhorse, some see him as one. Along with being heavily advertised, he was shoehorned into and Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure. One particular scene is when he swallows a cannonball and is injured as a result, Mandy (the resident sociopath, mind you) then turns to the Mandroid, saying Fred did not deserve that. Of course she said that only to check that her robot clone was as sociopathic as she was and was satisfied with the answer acceptable losses.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
  • Crossover Shipping:
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: With how grim and crapsack the world is and how unlikable Billy and Mandy can be to some, this can happen.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Evil Is Sexy: Eris. Never mind the gap in her teeth.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop/Spoof Aesop: Billy learns from his inner frat boy that, just because someone is different from you, you shouldn't be afraid of them. You should be angry at them!
  • Fountain of Memes: Probably one of the most quotable Cartoon Network shows ever, especially in the earlier seasons.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • The episode where Billy meets mushroom-growing dwarfs has a scene where he escapes from Yogi and Boo Boo by hiding in a cave. Brown bears really are afraid of caves. Ironic as Yogi and Boo Boo live in a cave in their source material.
    • The show is filled to the brim with horror movie references, most of which are fairly obscure even to adult fans.
    • Mandy quotes Aleister Crowley in one of her typical (very) cold openings: "To do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law".
    • Dracula may be based on Redd Foxx and the title character of Blacula, but his appearance is actually pretty accurate when compared to the novel Dracula's originally from. The fact that he's not harmed by sunlight (save for his first appearance on the show) is also novel-accurate. This may or may not be Accidentally Accurate, though.
    • Ecto Cooler — Honestly, let's face it, how many people (child and adult fans alike) actually knew who Lord Byron was (or even the fact that he actually has a club foot!)? Seriously, unless you're really into literature—especially if it specializes in British literature, Romanticism-era literature, and/or poetry—you've probably never even heard of Lord Byron.
  • Growing the Beard: Generally agreed to be around the time this show split off from Grim & Evil. The show itself became the much more popular and well-known series while Evil Con Carne only lasted for two seasons (and with only fourteen episodes at that).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In one episode, Grim is seen watching a My Little Pony parody called "My Troubled Pony" and enjoying it very much, in spite of the fact that he's a male adult and he's clearly not within the show's demographic. Fast forward to 2010...
    • Nergal is a tall and thin Humanoid Abomination with Combat Tentacles and wearing a suit. Now who does that sound like?
    • In the beginning of Big Boogey Adventure, Billy doodles "cops fighting dinosaurs" instead of writing out plans, and then remarks that "they should be working together" when Irwin calls him out. It wouldn't be the last time that concept came up.
    • An in-series example: in the beginning of Billy & Mandy's Jacked-Up Halloween, Irwin's first Halloween costume is Sleeping Beauty, as a lame attempt to get Mandy to kiss him. Fast forward to Big Boogey Adventure, and it's Mandy who's now the sleeping beauty that needs to be awakened with a kiss. And guess who kisses her?
    • Monster High came out with a line of dolls called "Freaky Fusions", complete with an animated movie based on them. Obviously, the premise is based on Hybrid Monsters. It becomes funny when you realize that Maxwell Atoms already did this with the aforementioned Irwin. (Good thing they didn't do a mummy/vampire, otherwise he'd probably sue...)
      • In a reverse of this, the anime Kinnikuman featured a wrestler named Mr. Khamen, whose theme was simultaneously vampires and Ancient Egypt (including a move that mummifies the opponent).
    • In the video game, Dracula and Irwin's victory quotes when beating each other become this (or maybe Harsher in Hindsight, depending) when you realize Dracula is Irwin's grandfather.
    • In one episode, Billy wears Junior as a magic pair of pants to help pass a fitness test. (It Makes Sense in Context.) As pants, you can still tell it's Junior because he still has his eyes (and glasses). Hm, people wearing magic clothes with eyes... Why does that sound familiar? (Tumblr's certainly caught onto this one.)
    • This wouldn't be the last time Nika Futterman voiced a character named Pandora.
    • In "My Fair Mandy", Mandy (sort of) sings "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" for the talent portion of the contest, complete with set and costume. Grey Delisle, who voiced Mandy, would later star as Dorothy and sing the same song (for real, not like the annoyed way Mandy was performing) in Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz.
  • Hypocritical Fandom: Irwin is a somewhat polarizing character, but those who do hate him hate the fact that he has a crush on Mandy. Yet most of these same fans love Mandy, completely ignoring (or embracing) the fact that she's the Token Evil Teammate and that she's done tons of horrible things. Irwin, on the other hand, is not evil (or not as evil, depending on how you look at it), and yet he's apparently an unforgivable creep while Mandy is perfect. Because that totally makes sense.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Grim has his moments, especially in the earlier seasons, in which almost every single episode ends with you wanting to give the poor guy a hug.
    • Mandy may act in an evil manner, but if you think about it, she has her reasons. She has to deal with Billy every day, Mindy is on her neck all the time, she's not allowed to smile or else the world will either end or get seriously messed up.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Mandy, if you can believe it. She's been shipped with Billy, Grim, Irwin, Nergal Jr., Mindy... Hell, even Dib!
    • Grim himself seems to be becoming this, too. Not only has he been shipped with Mandy, but also Eris, Malaria, Velma Green, Boogey, Nergal, Jack O' Lantern, General Skarr, and most recently, Pearl.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Whenever Mandy brings her A-game. One particular is when turned herself into a slug and tricking The Resistance into believing her weakness are frogs.
  • Memetic Badass: Hoss Delgado.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Pretty much anyone who thinks Mandy is cute, since her evilness is supposed to make her the opposite.
    • Mandy also seems like a feminist. As such, other real world feminists look up to her. Mandy really shouldn't be holding the feminist flag, though, because she's sociopathic, misanthropic, and borderline narcissistic. It doesn't matter if she holds good feminist values or not because it's offset by her horrible actions and character.
    • More like "Misaimed Hatedom", but it goes hand in hand with Mandy's Misaimed Fandom: there are few people who hate Irwin because of his crush on Mandy, and see him as creepy or even borderline villainous because of it. A lot of these people are also fans of Mandy and take issue more with the facts Irwin has a crush on Mandy specifically. In short, they like Mandy and think she's amazing, and they hate Irwin and think he's weird. They must either have Skewed Priorities or they Failed a Spot Check, because the list of horrible things Mandy's done would be way longer than Irwin's, because (again) Mandy is evil.
    • Some villains on the show getting the Draco in Leather Pants treatment is kind of to be expected, because they are a bit sympathetic. Then there's Bun-Bun, who has no redeeming qualities and did plenty of pointlessly terrible things to the protagonists of Underfist for no reason. Yet somehow, for whatever reason, a small handful of fans like Bun-Bun and find him adorable.
  • Moe: The show is surprisingly adorable for something so dark:
  • Moral Event Horizon: Quite a few, though they're offset only by the show's Negative Continuity (usually):
    • Grim and Mandy have had a number of potential moments, usually involving leaving Billy to a Cool and Unusual Punishment.
    • Billy, though a good kid, has tried to kill his "adopted" son just because he's afraid of spiders.
    • Irwin has allowed a Pyramid to be built in his honor, regardless of whether or not everybody remains brainwashed.
    • Nergal forces a number of people, including the viewer, into transforming into his "Friends" in the second episode he appears in.
    • Boogey crossed it in Wrath of the Spider Queen. During the contest for who would become the future Grim Reaper, Velma was close to winning, but Boogey decided to rig the voting. When Velma finds out, she thinks Grim tried to cheat, costing him his only friend.
    • Ms. Butterbean crosses it in Substitute Creature when she ignored Sperg bullying Junior because he bribed her with an apple. The drawer filled with apples makes clear that this has happened lots of times. To really twist the knife, she tells Junior that it's okay for Sperg to do it because he was bigger. You don't feel bad when Junior glues her to the ceiling and takes her form.
    • Mindy has had her fair share of candidates from attempting to incinerate Mandy for taking her place as cheerleader of the team to beating up Billy with knuckles for being a loser. And let's not even mention Underfist...
    • Sperg outdid even his usual abusive self by resorting to cannibalism and eating Pud'n's arms and legs.
  • Most Annoying Sound: DESTROY US ALLLLLLL!!! DESTROY US ALLLLLL!!!
    • To a lesser extent, any time Billy laughs.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Grim's laugh.
  • Nausea Fuel: Several times in the show:
    • Many of the injuries, such as when Pud'n gets an eye full of cactus and pulls it off, revealing a hideous, skinless red eye.
    • Or Billy's nose popping.
    • Or when the closing iris closes on Billy's head and a bunch of blood and snot sprays from his nose and his eye pops out.
    • Or when Billy and Mandy force Grim to resurrect the school mascot cats. That, in itself, is pretty bad, but when Billy asks one of the cats to scratch his back...his skin and muscle get shredded by the splintered claws of the undead cat, and his spinal column pokes out.
    • In the episode, "Zip Your Fly," Mandy accidentally swapped her head with that of a fly after messing with Grim's zipper. That's pretty standard for the show, but then after losing the zipper to the dump, she ends up eating the entire landfill before she can find it and get her body back.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Averted. The video game based on the series is a surprisingly fun beat-em-up style fighter with plenty of characters from the show, all voiced by their actual voice actors, with "Weird Al" Yankovic as the announcer!
  • Ron the Death Eater: Irwin occasionally falls victim to this. Some people view him as nothing but a creepy Stalker with a Crush with no sympathetic qualities. These same people tend to either give Mandy the Draco in Leather Pants treatment or like Mandy because Evil Is Cool, so there seems to be a bit of hypocrisy going on...
  • Seasonal Rot:
  • Self-Fanservice: Mandy gets a lot of fanart that depicts her as incredibly attractive despite her having no nose and characters in-Universe reacting to her as if she's hideous (she was once mistaken for "an angry tree stump").
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Irwin in later episodes. Most obvious in Underfist.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • In "Son of Nergal", Junior attempts to fix his teddy bear, Mr. Bonkers, after Mandy rips its head off.
    Junior: It's *sniff* going to be okay. I'll put you back together and *sniff* you'll be my friend and I'll be your best friend...
    • Billy saying goodbye to his pet chupacabra Daisy.
    • The flashback in Wrath of the Spider Queen.
    • A few shots of Irwin crying in "Irwin Gets a Clue". And the end, sort of.
    • The end of "The Greatest Love Story Ever Told Ever". Turns out Mandy was just messing with Irwin and Junior's emotions.
    • The ending of "Grim in Love". After Malaria finds out that Grim is the actual Grim Reaper, she... doesn't take it well. After she runs out screaming, all Grim does is utter a completely heartbroken "Call me." Ouch. Poor guy...
    • A few parts of Underfist may be this, like the team splitting up, Fred's breakdown immediately after, or the subplot of Irwin trying to accept his monster heritage even though Hoss no longer trusts him.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The fact that the Christmas Episode was about vampires makes you wonder why Dracula didn't make an appearance.
  • Toy Ship:
    • Admit it- you've all considered this for Billy and Mandy at least once.
    • Or Irwin and Mandy.
    • Or Billy and Irwin.
    • Or Junior and Mandy, to a lesser extent than the other two.
    • Or Junior and Irwin. It's not as popular as some of the other pairings, but it's catching on.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • Jack O' Lantern. Yeah, he tried to ruin Halloween and chop Grim's head off, but can you blame him? The townsfolk tried to execute him for pulling petty pranks, and now he can't live in a normal society without being seen as a pumpkin-headed freak.
    • Irwin is probably the biggest case. Is he a Stalker with a Crush? Yes. Is he a bit too clingy and needy? Yes. But his misfortune isn't just a case of bad karma; it's pretty much his purpose in the series to be relentlessly beaten, even when there's no call for it. Not only that, but his crush on Mandy wouldn't be such a sad thing if it weren't for the fact that Mandy is evil; instead of trying to be rational first and resulting to extreme measures when necessary, she goes straight to using verbal and physical abuse. Because of this, he goes from being just The Chew Toy to being The Woobie. Heck, Maxwell Atoms said that his role in the show was to be "needlessly punished" and that Underfist needed an "underdog" for its hero, hence why Irwin is the main protagonist (aside from him being a mummy-vampire, that is).
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • How unintentional is up for debate, but Irwin, Pud'n, and Sperg in "Tricycle of Terror" fall into this trope. While it could be argued that Billy was indeed too old to be riding a tricycle, this doesn't excuse the fact that all three of them sadistically mock him for it, with Sperg taking it a step further by giving Billy a brutal wedgie and then throwing "Trikey" off a cliff while Billy can only watch and beg helplessly, with all three of them gloating about how good it felt after doing so (Pud'n even calls it "awesome", the little shit). When the haunted tricycle violently retaliates, they all have the nerve to expect sympathy from both Billy and the audience, with Pud'n obnoxiously calling Trikey a "mean old tricycle", conveniently ignoring the fact that they are all Asshole Victims who went out of their way to deserve their fate. It also doesn't help that Trikey, unlike Christine, doesn't attack people for simply being close to Billy and only attacked Grim out of self-defense.
    • Mandy, most of the time. She has a few moments/episodes here and there where she's put in a position where she should be The Woobie. She's the Enfant Terrible Token Evil Teammate, though, and her actions towards others seem like a major case of Disproportionate Retribution, so it's almost impossible to feel something for her. In fact, some of her "Woobie" moments seem more like punishment for her actions.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Like nearly all of Cartoon Network's in-house programming (specifically those from the "Cartoon-Cartoon" era of shows), this show is a kids' cartoon on the outside, and on the inside, is packed with a lot of things that most normal channels wouldn't allow to touch children's animated shows. In the case of this show, it's Black Comedy, some mild sex and toilet humor, and disturbing imagery that makes Invader Zim look like My Little Pony.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency??: Gilbert Gottfried as Santa Claus. Then again, that was probably intentional.
  • The Woobie:
    • Pud'n and Jeff. Also, Skarr. He is just trying to move into the neighborhood, trying to avoid his previous life as The Dragon/The Starscream.
    • Billy, at times.
    • Nergal Jr. is a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds. He just wants friends and love, but it almost never works out and he's the constant victim of bullying and bad luck. And seeing as he's an Eldritch Abomination, things can get ugly when he's hit his Rage Breaking Point.
    • Irwin's life is kinda sad, actually. He has a crush on the most evil girl in the world (who hates him), wants to be cool (but fails miserably), and some of the horrible things that happen to him happen for seemingly no reason. Add in the fact that he's usually not as much of a jerk as the other characters, is Adorkable in his own right, and that his crush on Mandy is probably Billy's fault (remember "Get Outta My Head!"?), and you've got a pretty solid candidate.

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