* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Stimpy. Really, is he as stupid as he often implies? Or is it just a [[ObfuscatingStupidity false stupidity]] as a reason to be funny? Since it may be argued[[note]]Emphasis on "may".[[/note]] that it's incredibly smart to be a MadScientist.
** Maybe Stimpy is a {{genius ditz}}. Brilliant in the laboratory, [[CripplingOverspecialization breathtakingly stupid outside of it]].
* AerithAndBob: "Ren" is an actual name in real life, but "Stimpy" isn't. In fact, it's actually a nickname for his real name: "Stimpson." Which is ''also'' not a real name.
* AnticlimaxBoss: Used and PlayedForLaughs in [[Recap/RenandStimpy1x02RobinHoekNurseStimpy "Robin Hoek";]] before Robin rescues Maid Moron, he has to fight The Sheriff of Dodge City (George Liquor) who he defeats by whipping out a turkey baster and smothering him in a shot of gravy. Liquor immediately collapses and surrenders Maid Moron.
-->'''George Liquor''': "[[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Thou hast besquirted me, O leotarded one!]] (falls over backwards, then raises his head) The maiden be thine! (passes out)"
* ArchivePanic: The original show ran for five seasons and 94 episodes (100 if you count [[WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpyAdultPartyCartoon Adult Party Cartoon]]), and including the bumpers, it would take almost 23 hours, or about an entire day without sleep, to watch the entire series.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** The opening theme song, "Dog Pound Hop", [[DoItYourselfThemeTune written and composed by Jim Smith and John K himself.]]
** The eclectic selection of stock sound cues have some very memorable tracks of music, particularly cues like Beethoven's "Pastoral Symphony" and "Clair De Lune", among other obscure pieces of classical music.
** Cat Hairballs, done to the tune of "Jingle Bells"
** [[http://www.dailymotion.pl/video/x79zxf_ren-stimpy-the-royal-canadian-kilte_shortfilms The Royal Anthem of the Canadian Kilted Yaksmen]]
** No wonder, since this is the melody of "God Save The Queen".
** In the German dub it's absolutely ''beautiful''. Especially when Ren harmonizes with Stimpy.
** "Yak Shaving Day" from the ''Crock O' Christmas'' album.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw_FGwTzgek The ending theme]] has amazing guitar music.
* AwesomeArt: Creator/JohnKricfalusi famously never used model sheets for the characters. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, many of the episodes look very well animated.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: George Liquor (American) is by far the most polarizing character of the show. He's either, while very disciplinary, an entertaining foil to Ren and Stimpy, or he's a harsh, unlikable asshole who puts Ren and Stimpy through hell to get them where he wants them to be. The fact that he's John K.'s CreatorsPet nowadays doesn't help matters.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The Royal Anthem of the Canadian Kilted Yaksmen.
** Just [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DElvi3Z3QCo&feature=youtu.be what exactly]] was Mr. Horse ''[[BlackComedyRape doing]]'' to that [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext poor walrus?]]
* BizarroEpisode: The series is very offbeat to begin with, but even then some episodes stick out like a sore thumb, such as "Haunted House" (which was an unmade Tiny Toons episode that Spumco was supposed to have a hand in, but ended up making for themselves).
* EarWorm:
** Many of the stock sound cues, including classics like "Pizzacato Playtime", "Screw on the Loose" and "Folli the Foal".
** The Muddy Mudskipper TV show theme.
** Cat Hairballs
** The LOG song.
** The "Loop of Death" music from Adult Party Cartoon, which is a recording of the classic jazz song "Hold That Tiger".
** [[http://youtu.be/jfNajFYPljQ HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic020TrESvA When you wish upon a side of beef, soon will come an end to all your grief...]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2SJ5I2Mrj0 The flute dance.]]
** No love for the theme song? Like the show or hate it, its theme WILL get stuck in your head and you'll love every minute of it.
** The end theme is also very catchy.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: A literal example in Mr. Horse, since the character is based on Creator/KirkDouglas, as well as Powdered Toast Man for being a hilarious LargeHam. It also helps that the latter is voiced by [[WesternAnimation/RogerRamjet Gary]] [[WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost Owens]]
** And then there's Anthony's Dad from ''A Visit to Anthony's'' and the Yak that goes bonkers in ''The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen''.
* EsotericHappyEnding: Ren and Stimpy's tearful reunion in "The Big Shot" is cut short by [[{{Tsundere}} Ren]] slapping Stimpy for giving away his 47 million dollar fortune.
** In "Rubber Nipple Salesmen", Ren and Stimpy succeed in selling their rubber nipples to a suburbanite couple... who then kick Ren and Stimpy onto the backs of a couple of crazed bulls that they ride into the distance.
** "Powdered Toast Man" ends with PDM becoming president after saving the Pope; in office, he promptly ''burns the Constitution to start a fireplace'' (which was edited on American TV after it first aired) as he spends time with his lovely assistant.
* FanonDiscontinuity: The Games Animation episodes and the [[WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpyAdultPartyCartoon Adult Party Cartoon]] episodes might as well have not existed in the eyes of some fans. The ''Adult Party Cartoon'' gets this much more universally, however.
* FirstInstallmentWins: The first two seasons are considered some of the greatest TV cartoons ever made. [[BrokenBase Fans were heavily divided the Games era episodes. (i.e. Seasons 3-5)]], but the reception of them [[VindicatedByHistory has become more positive in recent years.]] And the less said about the Adult Party Cartoon revival, the better.
* GeniusBonus / TruthInTelevision: In "Fire Dogs", Stimpy puts out the building fire with kitty litter; in real life, Kitty Litter ''is'' usually nonflammable, since it's often made out of ground up clay.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: While ''Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon'' is quite unpopular in the U.S., the ShortRunner does have some strong fanbases in Eastern Europe (mostly in Poland).
* GrowingTheBeard: The show definitely got off to a good start, but the second season is universally considered a significant improvement over season 1's helter-skelter quality, and by many to be the series peak; Ren and Stimpy's personalities and voice work are more fleshed out, the drawings, animation quality and background art are much better (especially the episodes animated by Carbunkle) and the cartoons became much better in story structure, humor and pacing.
* HarsherInHindsight / FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** While it's less funny and more genuinely emotional, "The Littlest Giant", where Stimpy (playing [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Littlest Giant]]) runs away from home after a long time of torture by "[[{{Jerkass}} the big]], [[CatsAreMean mean giants]]". Made harsher by the fact that nowadays, [[ButtMonkey bullying]] [[TheChewToy victims]] have often done pretty much the same, [[DrivenToSuicide or worse]] (just ask the corpse of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Phoebe_Prince Phoebe Prince]] or the many kids who come to school with weapons to get back at their tormentors and end up on the news for causing yet another school shooting).
** Several moments in light of allegations over John Kricfalusi being a sexual predator:
*** The romantic tension between Powdered Toast Man (whose secret identity is that of a clergyman) and his Catholic schoolgirl assistant. After the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandals of the 2000s, this comes off as ''really'' unsettling. Even moreso [[https://www.buzzfeed.com/arianelange/john-kricfalusi-ren-stimpy-underage-sexual-abuse?utm_term=.dvZvXMkKv#.xd1QbAqkQ when it came to light that]] John Kricfalusi sexually harassed numerous underage female employees of his.
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DElvi3Z3QCo&feature=youtu.be This scene]] where it's implied that Mr. Horse is doing [[BlackComedyRape depraved things]] to the walrus in house becomes a lot less funny in light of John K's own sexual harassment and possession of child porn allegations.
*** Knowing that Rev. Jack Cheese is meant to be a parody of John K. takes on a more sinister light, given that John K. and clergymen share a reputation when it comes to sexually abusing minors.
*** There's a brief scene in "Stimpy's Fan Club" in which Ren reads a letter from a girl who's [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar implied to have an abusive boyfriend]]. This is a lot creepier with the knowledge that John Kricfalusi had underage girlfriends that he mistreated for years.
*** John K claimed that he got the rights to George Liquor back from the show on the conditions that Liquor "never becomes a child molester or mass murderer." While that never happened with Liquor himself, the former turned out to be the case for his creator...
*** While not related to John's misconduct, Ren's psychotic outbursts (such as in "Sven Hoek", "Stimpy's Fan Club", and APC's "Ren Seeks Help") and his generally unpredictable behavior becomes this when you find out that John himself was suffering from at least two mental illnesses his entire life (including bipolar disorder) that he self-medicated with alcohol.
* HeReallyCanAct: How can you go wrong when the two leads are voiced by Creator/JohnKricfalusi and Creator/BillyWest? (And eventually [[TalkingToHimself just West?]]) While Kricfalusi isn't well-known for his voice acting, he turns in a few genuinely terrifying performances as Ren, usually when he [[FreakOut freaks out]] (see his threatening Stimpy and Sven in "Sven Hoek" and his almost Shakespearean monologue when he contemplates killing Stimpy in "Stimpy's Fan Club.") West also gets in a few great performances, particularly the insane yak in "The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen." West never wanted to work with Kricfalusi again after the original Spumco episodes, but boy, did it work.
* HilariousInHindsight: In "The Big Shot!", one of Stimpy's lines in the Muddy Mudskipper cartoon, "I'm huntin' for a wabbit!" and "Blow me down!" Creator/BillyWest (Stimpy's voice actor) would become the primary voice actor for [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Elmer Fudd]] starting with ''Film/SpaceJam''. He also voiced {{Popeye}} in the 2004 TV special, ''Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy''.
** In [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7vj5v_gross-ren-and-stimpy-moment_fun this clip from "The Altruists]], Ren is using a [[Fanfic/ThirtyHs groinsaw]].
** Anthony's dad from one episode bears a striking resemblance to a certain [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance memetic senator from the Metal Gear franchise]]. Demonstrated [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My75o38w8Ys here.]]
** Many have noted that Powdered Toast Man's lovely assistant bears an uncanny likeness to Elizabeth from ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite''.
** "You could get [[WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers BEAVER FEVER!!]]"
** In the Games Animation episode, "Superstitious Stimpy", Ren hides in Stimpy's spittoon to avoid further bad luck. Seven years later, in the very first Adult Party Cartoon episode, "Onward and Upward", Ren and Stimpy move into a spittoon in a bar.
* JerkassWoobie: Ren in 'Stimpy's Fan Club'.
* MemeticMutation: The LOG song, from a recurring [[ParodyCommercial fake-ad bumper]] in the series.
** "HAPPY HAPPY, JOY JOY!" [[note]] Stimpy's recurring catchphrase, as well as the famous song number from "Stimpy's Invention". [[/note]]
** Ren's infamous catchphrase "You eediot!"
** Ren gets angry [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCa7tKiCMN4]]
** The "Ren Snaps" sequence from "Stimpy's Fan Club", where Ren imagines himself as President, pressing "The Button" which atomizes Australia, has become a popular meme on Website/YouTube called "You Dare Not Agree With X", where a picture of X character is photoshopped over Ren.
-->'''Ren''': WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON'T AGREE WITH ME?! [[YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU'RE DEALING WITH?!]]
** "You're the pitcher, I'm the catcher!" [[note]] An obvious gay innuendo phrase, said by Stimpy [[ItMakesSenseInContext while he is playing baseball with Ren under the bed]], from the Adult Party Cartoon episode "Onward And Upwards". [[/note]]
** "Don't Whiz on the Electric Fence!" [[note]] A meme spawned from "Sven Hoek", which is the name of the eponymous, [[NoOSHACompliance peculiarly unsafe board game]], which has a catchy jingle associated with it. [[/note]]
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPUj1mf3eiU Loop of Death]] from Adult Party Cartoon seems to be gaining this status.
** "You SICK LITTLE MONKEY!" [[note]] Ren hurling an insult at Stimpy for putting the Happy Helmet on him in "Stimpy's Invention", which morphed into an unofficial Catchphrase for Ren, [[BeamMeUpScotty even though he only says the line twice in the entire series.]] [[/note]]"
*** Also from Stimpy's Invention, after Ren tries on Stimpy's stay put socks[[note]]Which are filled with glue.[[/note]]: "YOU FILTHY SWINE! [[IllKillYou I WILL '''''KEEL''''' YOU!!]]
** "No sir, I don't like it!" [[note]]Mr. Horse's CatchPhrase, which sometimes appears in variations, such as "No sir, I am a real horse!" or "No sir, I didn't like it!"[[/note]]
*** And spawning from a ''very'' weird moment with Mr. Horse - "[-[[https://youtu.be/DElvi3Z3QCo Call the poliiiice]]!-]"
** The History Eraser button segment from the end of "Space Madness", especially for the over the top delivery of the "Jolly, CANDY like button!" line from the announcer.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My75o38w8Ys Surprisingly]], Anthony's Dad, due to his visual similarities to a [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance certain crazy US Senator with superhuman abilities. NANOMACHINES, SON]]!
** After the name of the villains from [[Film/TheForceAwakens The Force Awakens]] was revealed to be "The Knights of Ren", it immediately spawned memes mixing Star Wars and Ren and Stimpy together, including names like "The Knights of Ren Hoek" or "The Knights of Stimpy". John K (who loathes the ''Star Wars'' series and hasn't even seen the newer movies) said on his Facebook that he is ''not'' amused by this connection, and refuses to draw commissions based on it.
** Actually, it would just be better to say that the entire series is an example. If there was an article called "Vindicated by Memetic Mutation", this show would be a prime example.
* {{Moe}}: Stimpy; C'mon now, don't deny it!
* MyRealDaddy: Following the allegations of pedophilia and predatory behaviour by John K. in 2018, it became ''far'' more common for people to credit Bob Camp & co as the show's real creative force, pointing his involvement in many of the series' best episodes, the fact that he directed 80% of the series, and the poor reception to John K's solo projects.
* NauseaFuel: One of the reasons why MoralGuardians and MediaWatchdog groups hated the show almost as much as they did old-school ''Simpsons''. [[NauseaFuel/TheRenAndStimpyShow Now has its own page.]]
* OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight: Once John K. was fired and production was moved to Games Animation, fans felt that the show's quality went downhill since the creator wasn't there to overlook production. However, [[BrokenBase depending on who you ask]], this was subverted when John K. returned to make the infamous "Adult Party Cartoon" a decade later. Not to mention some have [[VindicatedByHistory started to come around]] on the Games episodes.
* OvershadowedByControversy: Between the uproar caused when it was released and John Kricfalusi being a pedophile, many only know of this series solely because of the controversy it has caused rather than because they have seen it.
* SeasonalRot: The Games episodes, though not as universal as it once was.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The show was Nickelodeon's first big breadwinner and hugely popular in its prime, and many of the shows elements, particularly its humor and drawing style, were shocking and unprecedented when it first hit the air. As a result, it ended up becoming one of the most [[FollowTheLeader ripped off]] cartoons of all time, to TV cartoons what [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]] is to animated features and what VideoGame/MarioKart is to racing games. Nearly everything the show pioneered that was considered unique and groundbreaking when it first appeared have since been so heavily imitated that they're now considered ubiquitous elements of contemporary cartoons--[[CreatorBacklash much to John K's chagrin]], since he felt that those cartoons only copied the many, many mistakes he made on the show, instead of what he felt he did right. Though, unlike most cases of SeinfeldIsUnfunny, this show is still as raunchy[[note]]Although this part mainly applies to the later [[WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpyAdultPartyCartoon "Adult Party Cartoon"]] series, since, as the name indicates, that was made specifically for older viewers.[[/note]] and disgusting as it was back in the 1990s (even more so, now that the fans who watched this as kids have grown up), so much so that it has a 12 rating in the UK (and the song "The Lord Loves a Hanging" song was cut, because the BBFC objected to portraying hanging oneself as a fun activity and not a painful, excruciating death) and Common Sense Media's website put this series as "Unsuitable for Anyone Under 15."[[note]]As disgusting as the original show can be, this also primarily applies to the "Adult Party Cartoon".[[/note]]
* SignatureScene: The "Happy Happy Joy Joy" sequence from "Stimpy's Invention" is by far the most iconic scene in the series.
* SongAssociation: Due to it using so many stock music cues, some of these pieces of music have become strongly associated with the series.
* {{Squick}}: All you need to do is look on this show's [[NauseaFuel/TheRenAndStimpyShow nausea fuel page]] to get some examples.
* SuperlativeDubbing: The show is relatively obscure in Germany, but has an excellent, highly acclaimed dub. The voices are ''completely'' different from the originals, and yet they maintain the spirit of the characters; the dialogue inflections are great (most of the time), and both [[NiceHat Santiago]] [[StraightGay Ziesmer]] and [[CampGay Oliver]] [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl Feld]] inject energy and an abundance of emotion into the dub. Ziesmer is great at conveying emotion and even manages to sound scarier than John K. at times, and Feld, who is even better, displays more range in one role than he does in his entire repertoire. You have got to hear him to believe it; he very nearly bests Billy West at times. His voice is expressive and yet completely natural. Just watch any episode and you'll find out. The director of the dub is Nadine Geist, who while not always allowing everything dubbed, seems to really know how to push her actors to the limit. The best dubbed episodes are: [[https://vivo.sx/6182d10092 Weltraumkoller]] ("Space Madness"), [[https://vivo.sx/9281aabb37 Robin Hoek and Schwester Stimpy]] (Robin Hoek and Nurse Stimpy), [[https://vivo.sx/0d6861fcf0 Der Kleinste Riese]] (The Littlest Giant) [[https://vivo.sx/41500e43819 Stimpys Sohn]] (Son of Stimpy), [[https://vivo.sx/88f1d75050 Stimpys Fanclub]] and [[https://vivo.sx/a0d6f0c4b7 Koeniglich-Kanadische Yakreiter im Kilt]] (Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen).
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Dr. Brainchild from "Blazing Entrails" only appeared once.
* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: When reviewing the ''Fire Dogs'' game, ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' called the show ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' on crack.
* UglyCute: Both of Ren and Stimpy qualify!
** Depending on how you look at it, a lot of the friendlier [[TheBear "Lummox "]] styled characters can certainly [[BigBeautifulMan fall into this.]] Especially when a lot of them end up being a BruiserWithASoftCenter or straight up GentleGiant.
* UncannyValley: That female anthro chihuahua with a realistic head (whom Ren falls for) in "Marooned".
* VindicatedByHistory: Ironically, the allegations against John K. seems to have caused this with the Games episodes; while many still consider them to be an example of SeasonalRot, there are some who either came around, or at least feel that the Games episodes were actually fine in their own right. At this point, the Games episodes are, at the very least, a ContestedSequel to the Spumco episodes rather than universally hated by fans like in the past.
* WeirdAlEffect:
** The LOG song is very well remembered from the show, but very few people realize that besides being a parody/homage of old toy commercials, the titular song borrows its melody directly from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X41Tq3svxNY vintage Slinky commercials.]]
** The "Loop of Death" music from an episode of Adult Party Cartoon is actually an old jazz number called "Hold That Tiger", and the recording used is from an old WesternAnimation/BettyBoop cartoon.
** A generation of young adults are familiar with "You fat, bloated ''EEDIOT!''" as a catchphrase of Ren's. A likely smaller percentage will recognize it as being paraphrased from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvVuNkE-LMw Joel Cairo's breakdown]] near the end of ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', or that Ren's voice and persona were largely based on characters played by Creator/PeterLorre to start with.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Or better yet, [[YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith What Do You Mean You Don't Agree With Me?]]
* '''''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids What Do You Mean, It's For Kids?]]:''''' Just look up an episode. Any episode. You '''will''' be surprised when you find out that it was rated TV-Y7 during its airtime, while containing suicidal jokes, the use of the word crap and loosely censored "hell", racist jokes, tons of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, Ren's disturbingly realistic [[AxCrazy mental breakdowns]], BodyHorror, loads of BlackComedy and disturbing images, among many other things. The show came out at a time when cable television was starting to offer edgier content that you could only to pay to see. This meant that nobody was really certain exactly ''who'' would be watching it.
* TheWoobie:
** Stimpy, at times. Especially true in "Son of Stimpy" and "The Littlest Giant".[[note]]Though in the former, it's more of a parody of this trope, since Stimpy is really just being an "eediot", and thus is really inflicting it on himself.[[/note]]
** Ren counts at times too, though usually he's more of a JerkassWoobie.
** Egg Yolkeo goes through a LOT of crap in his episode, before being [[spoiler: accidentally eaten by Stimpy, so soon after learning how to say "I love you, Daddy"]]
** This show, of all things, managed to make us feel bad for a ''sentient fart'' in "Son Of Stimpy".