YMMV / The Proud Family

  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Zoey, for the reason that, aside from Penny and Sticky, she's the only character on the show who's not a raging jerkass. She does admittedly turn on Penny in "Twins to Tweens", though you could chalk that up to Al Roker's magic manipulating things
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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. Ironically, the TV movie has Penny continually refer to Zoey as her best friend...guess she dumped Dijonay and Lacienega during the Time Skip.
  • Uncanny Valley: Penny in the original pilot. Her head was similar to Stewie Griffin's.
  • 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.
    • Oscar. 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.

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