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YMMV: The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy

  • Anvilicious: In "My Fair Mandy", Grim questions why anyone would participate in beauty pageants (Mandy is only doing it to show up Mindy). Cue several moms encouraging their daughters to win for the sake of their love.
  • Base Breaker: 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, after she became a Jerk Sue in later seasons.
    • Billy, between fans who find him hilarious and fans who find him annoying and one-note.
  • Broken Base: Over whether the show becoming increasingly Denser and Wackier was a good or bad thing.
  • Crack Pairing: Dean Toadblatt and a giant squid, canonically.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The Christmas special. Features such things as a mall being burned to the ground as the Mall Santa is mercilessly beaten (with The Grim Reaper implying that this happens all the time and Billy blaming it on the sad state of the economy), evil vampire Santa, Santa's evil vampire wife, and the school bully being eaten by a pack of flying vampire elves. An average Christmas Episode of a show is packed with heartwarming moments and the old theme about "family and friends being the true meaning of the holiday season," but this show proves that you can have none of that and still be entertaining. Combine that with the fact that this is a children's show (by Cartoon Network's more-or-less loose standards) and you get a truly dark (and hilarious) episode.
    • A lot of the humor can dip into this, it being Black Comedy.
  • 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.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Some of Grim's misfortunes and suffering can fall under this.
    • The first end credits theme. "Grim and Eeeeeeevil. Grim and Eeeeeeeevil."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Fred Fredburger, yes!
  • 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.
    • 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".
  • Growing the Beard: Generally agreed to be around the time this show split off from Grim & Evil.
  • 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?
  • Jerk Sue: Mandy, Depending on the Writer.
  • 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!
  • 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: See Overly Long Gag on the main page.
  • 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 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. To really twist the knife, she tells Junior that it's okay for Sperg to do it because he was bigger.
    • To a lesser extent, any time Billy laughs.
  • 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!
  • The Scrappy: Billy is this to more than a few viewers, due to how arguably flat he is as a character and for being a often pointless Toilet Humor dispenser. He's even this in universe.
    • Fred Fredburger is also this in universe, even managing to annoy Billy with his stupidity. Among viewers, though, he's a Base Breaker, with many who love him and many who feel he ended up over-used. (Although he wasn't half as over-used as characters like Cheese and Goo.)
    • Mindy is one of the most annoying Alpha Bitches ever created.
    • Mandy for some. Due to her Jerk Sue status being too exaggerated by many. It's to the point where she can give Megan a run for her money.
  • Seasonal Rot: The final season is considered pretty crappy, though Underfist is well-regarded.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Villain Sue: Mandy, already being a Jerk Sue in her own series, graduated to this in the Crossover with the KND. Verging on becoming a full on Black Hole Sue.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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