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* AesopAmnesia: A repeated plotline throughout the series was Zippy pushing George and Bungle too far with his selfish antics but eventually seeing the error of his ways and making amends.

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* AesopAmnesia: A repeated plotline throughout the series was Zippy pushing George and Bungle too far with his selfish antics but eventually antics, before seeing the error of his ways and making amends.


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* FreudianTrio: Proudly naughty Zippy is the Id, proudly conformist Bungle is the Superego, compromise-loving George is the Ego.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: PlayedForLaughs in an early 2000s commercial for Marmite. Zippy demands breakfast, and when it comes out with Marmite on it, he ''zips his own mouth shut''.

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* AesopAmnesia: A repeated plotline throughout the series was Zippy pushing George and Bungle too far with his selfish antics but eventually seeing the error of his ways and making amends.


** Every once in a while when Zippy gets too noisy and demanding, they zip his mouth up.

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** Every once in a while when Zippy gets too noisy and demanding, they zip his mouth up. He only unzipped it once, as he always submits to this punishment.


* CelebrationMiscalculation: In the episode "Wrong Day". After overhearing Geoffrey telling a friend over the phone that his birthday is "on the second", Zippy, Bungle and George assume this to mean it's on the second day of the month. They decide throw him a surprise party, when he tells them that his birthday is actually on the second ''week'' of the month, not the second day.



* NotTheirBirthday: In the episode "Wrong Day". After overhearing Geoffrey telling a friend over the phone that his birthday is "on the second", Zippy, Bungle and George assume this to mean it's on the second day of the month. They decide throw him a surprise party, when he tells them that his birthday is actually on the second ''week'' of the month, not the second day.


* {{Cameo}}: The characters have made brief appearances in shows like ''Series/AshesToAshes'' and ''Series/TwoPintsOfLagerAndAPacketOfCrisps''.

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* {{Cameo}}: The characters have made brief appearances in shows like ''Series/AshesToAshes'' ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'' and ''Series/TwoPintsOfLagerAndAPacketOfCrisps''.



* SubvertedKidsShow: Undergone this treatment, with the 'twangers' clip and Zippy and George's appearance in ''Series/AshesToAshes''.

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* SubvertedKidsShow: Undergone this treatment, with the 'twangers' clip and Zippy and George's appearance in ''Series/AshesToAshes''.''Series/AshesToAshes2008''.

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* {{Forgiveness}}: This series is unique even among children's programs for its pervasive theme of the importance of genuine unconditional regret followed by genuine unconditional forgiveness (though the TimeStasis of the characters' single-digit ages means that they are forever at the maturity level of a small child). It helps that the voice actors are unusually talented at conveying a believable level of regret and repentance for each episode's misbehavior.


Long-running UK kids' show, originally intended to be the British equivalent of ''Series/SesameStreet'', which, for the bulk of its long-running time, centered around puppets Zippy (a creature with a zipper for a mouth) and George (a {{camp}} hippopotamus), as well as a bear named Bungle and their human caretaker Geoffrey living in the Rainbow House. It started airing in 1972, and ended in 1992, followed by two spin-offs.

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Long-running UK kids' show, originally intended to be the British equivalent of ''Series/SesameStreet'', which, for the bulk of its long-running time, centered around puppets Zippy (a creature with a zipper for a mouth) and George (a {{camp}} hippopotamus), as well as a bear named Bungle and their avuncular human caretaker Geoffrey living in the Rainbow House. It started airing in 1972, and ended in 1992, followed by two spin-offs.


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** George has had that effect lately, with viewers cheering him on when he confronts Zippy instead of the usual reverse that occurs in most series.


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** Every once in a while when Zippy gets too noisy and demanding, they zip his mouth up.


Many non-European viewers know the show for its infamous "twangers" episode which consisted of a half hour of proceedingly less veiled {{double entendre}}s about the sexual escapades of the cast. The episode never actually aired as part of the show and was put together at a production party as a private joke, but has since [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes migrated its way]] to Website/YouTube and other such online video sites. Zippy and George also appeared on ''Series/TheWeakestLink''.

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Many non-European viewers know the show for its infamous "twangers" episode segment which consisted of a half hour of proceedingly less veiled {{double entendre}}s about the sexual escapades of the cast. The episode never actually aired as part of the show and was put together at a production party as a private joke, but has since [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes migrated its way]] to Website/YouTube and other such online video sites. Zippy and George also appeared on ''Series/TheWeakestLink''.

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** In the episode "Zippy Sets Them Up", he offers to help Bungle, Geoffrey and George with their chores. The other characters are [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness stunned by this]], with Bungle thinking he had changed for good. But as you can guess by the SpoilerTitle, he hadn't. [[spoiler:Turns out there was a competition in the local newspaper looking for "the most helpful person in town", with the prize being a picnic hamper filled with food. Given Zippy is a BigEater, he didn't tell the others about the competition so he could win the prize himself. He had no intention of actually helping them at all.]]


* AmbiguouslyGay: George

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* AmbiguouslyGay: GeorgeGeorge is pink and effeminate, and can get 'touchy-feely' with the other characters.



* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In the episode '''Misbehaving''', Zippy, Bungle and George won't stop arguing with each other, and Geoffrey becomes fed up of this. He punishes them by having his grumpy Uncle Bill come to visit them. [[spoiler:It turns out that 'Uncle Bill' was actually Geoffrey in a suit.]]

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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In the episode '''Misbehaving''', ''Misbehaving'', Zippy, Bungle and George won't stop arguing with each other, and Geoffrey becomes fed up of this. He punishes them by having his grumpy Uncle Bill come to visit them. [[spoiler:It turns out that 'Uncle Bill' was actually Geoffrey in a suit.]]



* GuiltyPleasure
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his many faults, Zippy will usually apologize for his bad behavior.
** But sometimes [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk if only to get his sausages]]

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* GuiltyPleasure
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his many faults,
JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Zippy will usually apologize for his bad behavior.
** But sometimes [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk if
behavior, but more often than not, only does so to stop being punished or to get his sausages]]own way.



* NotTheirBirthday: In the episode "Birthday, Wrong Day". After overhearing Geoffrey telling a friend over the phone that his birthday is "on the second", Zippy, Bungle and George assume this to mean it's on the second day of the month. They decide throw him a surprise party, when he tells them that his birthday is actually on the second ''week'' of the month, not the second day.

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* NotTheirBirthday: In the episode "Birthday, Wrong "Wrong Day". After overhearing Geoffrey telling a friend over the phone that his birthday is "on the second", Zippy, Bungle and George assume this to mean it's on the second day of the month. They decide throw him a surprise party, when he tells them that his birthday is actually on the second ''week'' of the month, not the second day.



* VagueAge: Neither Zippy, Bungle nor George have confirmed ages.

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* VagueAge: Neither Zippy, Bungle nor George have confirmed ages. Bungle is much bigger than Zippy and George but often acts as if he is the same age as them.

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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In the episode '''Misbehaving''', Zippy, Bungle and George won't stop arguing with each other, and Geoffrey becomes fed up of this. He punishes them by having his grumpy Uncle Bill come to visit them. [[spoiler:It turns out that 'Uncle Bill' was actually Geoffrey in a suit.]]


* OfficialFanSubmittedContent: If you look carefully, Rainbow fanart drawn and submitted by children can be seen on the walls in most episodes.

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* OfficialFanSubmittedContent: If you look carefully, Rainbow fanart drawn and submitted by children can be seen on the walls in most episodes.

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**Zippy, George and Geoffrey get an invitation later on that day.

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