YMMV / The Proud Family

  • Anvilicious: Quite a few episodes, but it is from the Disney Channel so it's expected. Although a known episode that forced the message hard was "EZ Jackster" which was an obvious attempt to enforce Digital Piracy Is Evil, reaching Narm levels considering it's attempts to compare it to The Matrix of all things.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Quite a bit:
    • Suga Momma's obvious treatment of Oscar has been interpreted as her thinking she screwed up with the other one and is riding Oscar harder so he becomes more successful. Considering that Oscar has a business, a family and grandkids with a wife that loves him compared to her other son, this could hold water.
    • Zoey has been interpreted as a Shrinking Violet who is one of the few people who is Penny's legit friends, and fears Dijonay and Lacieniga more than Penny.
    • The Gross Sisters were seen by some as hiding their true feelings and regularly beat people up because they're frustrated at how bad their home life is and how everyone else hates them. Which is actually pretty typical of some bullies. "Culture Shock" confirms this.
  • Awesome Music: The show's soundtrack.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: From Penny's so-called "friends" backstabbing her to the poor treatment on Oscar. Only a limited number of characters are remotely likable, and even then, they have the occasional Jerkass Ball that makes them just as bad as the others.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: "The Legend of Johnny Lovely". An actual boy named Johnny Lovely is suspended from school after dancing with Penny. She then leads a wild goose chase in search of him that ends at the intersection of Johnny Avenue and Lovely Lane. Penny then concludes that Johnny is just a legend and that he may be out there somewhere.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In a 2003 episode, Penny is watching a football game and says that Michael Vick is the man. Not so much now, after his dogfighting case lost him the approval of the public.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When Oscar listed "the Sister, Sister Sisters"note  as some of the most famous twins he knows, the reference sounded dated when the episode first aired, two years after Sister, Sister ended. Starting the following year, the reference sounded relevant again, when Disney Channel started airing Sister, Sister reruns.note 
    • Penny mentions Kim Possible in "The Ballad of Johnny Lovely", but in a manner that makes it unclear whether this show's continuity has Kim as an in-universe celebrity, or just the star of a Show Within a Show. After the Proud Family and Kim Possible starred in two separate crossovers with Lilo & Stitch: The Series, the former now seems more likely.
    • When Beyoncé had her twins with Jay-Z in 2017, a lot of people compared their family with the Prouds: Beyonce=Trudy, Jay=Oscar, their older daughter Blue=Penny, and the aforementioned twins=Bebe and Cece. It helps that Bey herself co-performed the theme as part of Destiny's Child.
  • Ho Yay: In "The Adventures In Bebe sitting" Dijonay asks if Penny "loves" her, and Penny confirms this. A moment later she calls Dijonay "her girl."
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Dijonay in the episode "Surf and Turf" when Sticky refuses to kiss her in front of a lot of people.
    • Suga Mama in a few episodes, when regards to episodes seeing her much more softer side, such as the episode where she falls in love with a man who Oscar believes is going to cheat on her, but is actually suffering from Alzheimer's.
    • Oscar. While he can be a jerk sometimes, he suffers the most abuse out of all the characters. He is constantly made fun of by his arch Rival Wizard Kelly for missing the shot at the basketball. He puts up with a lot of stuff and not a single person bats an eye or cares when something bad happens to him or he gets hurt. His own wife treats him like dirt and his Mother shows nothing but abuse and contempt to him. Even cheering against him when he was a basketball star as a teen and hoping he loses.
  • Never Live It Down: While Dijonay was always a bad friend towards Penny, fans of this show have a hard time forgiving her after the episode "Adventures in Bebe Sitting."
  • The Scrappy:
    • Dijonay and Lacienega are this, due to how they treat Penny. Although Lacienega became a Lovable Alpha Bitch, she still slips back to being a jerkass and constantly bullies and belittles Penny and other characters. Ironically, the TV movie has Penny continually refer to Zoey as her best friend...guess she dumped Dijonay and Lacienega during the Time Skip.
    • Wizard Kelly counts as well for his callousness and jerkass attitude. He also gains pleasure from bullying Oscar for his failure to win the basketball game he played against him.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The studio's follow-up to The Proud Family was Da Boom Crew, which was met with an acidic response.
  • Uncanny Valley: Penny in the original pilot. Her head was similar to Stewie Griffin's.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Oscar sometimes. In certain scenes in the show, he's shown to lust after other women and attempting to cheat on Trudy. It's obviously wrong, but Trudy doesn't seem innocent herself. She constantly lusts after other men, and gets angry at Oscar should he do the same thing to women. So it's no wonder fans don't even criticize Oscar for lusting after other women.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Penny's friends in the episode "A Star Is Scorned." To elaborate, Penny decides to go solo and dump her friends after LPDZ becomes famous. While this episode was obviously trying to give an aesop about how it's not nice to dump your friends for fame, fans of the show found it hard to sympathize with Penny's friends due to how fake they can be towards her.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Some viewers mistook BeBe for a girl up until the episode where he and CeCe were turned into teens.
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Subverted. Penny dates a boy in a wheelchair (voiced by Shia LaBeouf) because he made her feel bad for him, only for her to realize he's a Jerkass who exploits his handicap to get what he wants. Not to mention, the Double Standard - Penny and her friends are suspended because they were (wrongly) suspected of having been behind the vandalism. When the true vandal is caught and is revealed to be in a wheelchair, all he has to do is apologize. Naturally, this is heavily lampshaded and called out on.
  • The Woobie:
    • Penny. She usually suffers bad luck from either her friends or her family.
    • Zoey, on the episode "Penny Potter" when she feels that nobody notices her.


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