YMMV / The Itchy & Scratchy Show

  • Crosses the Line Twice: Many of Scratchy's injuries or deaths.
  • Designated Hero: Itchy is depicted as a hero and yet sadistically abuses and murders Scratchy in many ways, even if the latter did nothing to annoy him. Lampshaded by Homer at one point, too.
  • Designated Monkey: In a parody of standard cat and mouse cartoons, Scratchy is brutalized just because he's the cat.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "The Tears of a Clone", Scratchy has died, and Itchy realizes that Victory Is Boring and life is meaningless without his Arch-Enemy around, so he creates a cloning machine and creates more clones of Scratchy so he can kill them. However, he grows tired because of the way the machine spits out clones, so Itchy creates a killing machine and makes an endless slaughterfest. Over fifteen years later, we get the Treehouse of Horror XXVI segment "Wanted: Dead, then Alive", whose plots became strikingly similar to "The Tears of a Clone", with Sideshow Bob as Itchy and Bart Simpson as Scratchy; the Reanimator in place of the cloning and killing machines; and a slightly different ending, which goes well with Bart and his family finally triumphing over Bob after all the ordeals the boy has gone through.
  • Humor Dissonance: Comparing the Simpsons' laughter with the viewer, of course (though Comedic Sociopathy always helps in this case).
  • Iron Woobie: Scratchy takes a ton of abuse and comes back fine in the next cartoon.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Some of the things done to Scratchy aren't especially funny, they're just disturbing. Worse yet is that the children viewing the show always laugh at the horrific carnage being displayed. It's portrayed in a comedic light as a satire of violence in American media, but it's still a little disturbing.
  • Periphery Demographic: In-Universe, the show is absolutely adored by hipster students and nerdy, adult fanboys. Out of universe, it also holds true.
  • The Scrappy: Poochie is an intentional example. He was made to make the show fresh and relevant again, but everyone hated him so much that he was removed after just one episode.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Poochie gets mowed down by the duo in "Treehouse of Horror IX".

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