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* SpinOff: After ''The Ferals'' ended, Mixy became the host of her own programming block on ABC in the morning, featuring programmes such as ''Series/BananasInPyjamas'' and ''Series/PlaySchool'' aimed at very young children. In hindsight, it was a very bizarre choice.

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* TheScrooge: During the period when he thought he'd won a million dollars, Joe clearly came across as one, willing to spend thousands on an expensive car for himself but becoming outraged when he found that Lennie had thrown away a near-empty tube of toothpaste as 'wasting money'.


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* ChekovsGun: It's very rare that Leonard's latest invention won't have some impact on the current plot, either causing the crisis or in some way contributing to its resolution.

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* ChekovsGun: ChekhovsGun: It's very rare that Leonard's latest invention won't have some impact on the current plot, either causing the crisis or in some way contributing to its resolution.

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* FluffyCloudHeaven: Modigliana has a fantasy of one when she thinks she's dying, complete with Rattus as a fan bearer. Who insists that, "This isn't cat heaven, this is ''rat hell!''"


* BatmanGambit: In one April Fools episode, Rattus claims that he's not going to bother joining the other Ferals in their usual prank celebration. After a long and complex array of events, Joe is frantically scrambling to try and get the place back in order in preparation for the "Honorable Society of the Musk Oxen", the latest snobby, uppercrust club he's tried to join... and [[spoiler: the club turns out to have been made up entirely by Rattus,]] meaning every last humiliation and panic attack Joe has gone through all day, as well as all the humiliations suffered by the Ferals as they tried to prove they could pull off a prank [[spoiler: without Rattus, is ultimately the climax of one big prank.]] And then when it's pointed out that [[spoiler: pulling this reveal just after midnight so as not to violate his "prank insurance" means Rattus' prank isn't "square" because it's no longer April Fool's Day, Rattus reveals he turned all of the local clocks forward by one day -- so it's only just ''turned'' April Fools'!]]

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* BatmanGambit: In one April Fools episode, Rattus claims that he's not going to bother joining the other Ferals in their usual prank celebration. After a long and complex array of events, Joe is frantically scrambling to try and get the place back in order in preparation for the "Honorable Society of the Musk Oxen", the latest snobby, uppercrust club he's tried to join... and [[spoiler: the club turns out to have been made up entirely by Rattus,]] meaning every last humiliation and panic attack Joe has gone through all day, as well as all the humiliations suffered by the Ferals as they tried to prove they could pull off a prank [[spoiler: without Rattus, is ultimately the climax of one big prank.]] And then Then when it's pointed out that [[spoiler: pulling this reveal just after midnight so as not to violate his "prank insurance" means Rattus' prank isn't "square" because it's no longer April Fool's Day, Rattus reveals he turned all of the local clocks forward by one day -- so it's only just ''turned'' April Fools'!]]



* ButtMonkey: EVERYONE.

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* ButtMonkey: EVERYONE.''Everyone.''


After it was cancelled, it spawned a successor series: ''Series/FeralTV''. When this in turn was cancelled, Mixy would become a host for the [[Creator/TheABC ABC Kids]] programming block for some time, while Modigliana would become the puppet cohost of ''CreatureFeatures''. Before that Rattus and Modi both stared in a recurring segment on the edutainment show ''NumbersCount''.

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After it was cancelled, it spawned a successor series: ''Series/FeralTV''. When this in turn was cancelled, Mixy would become a host for the [[Creator/TheABC ABC Kids]] programming block for some time, while Modigliana would become the puppet cohost of ''CreatureFeatures''. ''Creature Features''. Before that Rattus and Modi both stared in a recurring segment on the edutainment show ''NumbersCount''.
''Numbers Count''.


''The Ferals'' was a television series created and broadcast in Australia for 1994 through to 1995. The series was set in a nameless town somewhere in the Australian suburbs and focused on a specific house being rented by two university students, the eccentric yet affable Leonard (a science student), and the simultaneously more and less grounded Robbie (a medical student and a girl, despite the name). The show revolved around the interactions between the two students, their landlord Joe, and the focus of the show, the motley crew of four noxious animals living in their shed -- Rattus P. Rattus (a black rat), Modigliana (a feral cat), Mixy (a rabbit) and Derryn (a feral dog, most likely a dingo).

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''The Ferals'' was a television series created and broadcast in Australia for 1994 through to 1995. The series was set in a nameless town somewhere in the Australian suburbs and focused on a specific house being rented by two university students, the eccentric yet affable Leonard (a science student), and the simultaneously more and less grounded Robbie (a medical student and a girl, despite the name). The show revolved around the interactions between the two students, their landlord Joe, and the focus of the show, the motley crew of four noxious animals living in their shed -- Rattus P. Rattus (a black rat), Modigliana (a feral cat), Mixy (a rabbit) and Derryn (a feral dog, most likely a dingo).
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After it was cancelled, spawned a successor series: ''Series/FeralTV''. When this in turn was cancelled, Mixy would become a host for the [[Creator/TheABC ABC Kids]] programming block for some time, while Modigliana would become the puppet cohost of ''CreatureFeatures''. Before that Rattus and Modi both stared in a recurring segment on the edutainment show ''NumbersCount''.

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After it was cancelled, it spawned a successor series: ''Series/FeralTV''. When this in turn was cancelled, Mixy would become a host for the [[Creator/TheABC ABC Kids]] programming block for some time, while Modigliana would become the puppet cohost of ''CreatureFeatures''. Before that Rattus and Modi both stared in a recurring segment on the edutainment show ''NumbersCount''.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mixy is generally the least offensive of the Ferals, but when she wants, she can be just as bad as any of them. Modigliana liked to pass herself off as a prima donna, but was one of the nastiest of the group, and a frighteningly skilled brawler when she got her temper up.


* ChekovsGun: It's very rare that Leonard's latest invention won't have some impact on the current plot, either causing the crisis or in some way contributing to its resolution.



* CompressedVice: "School's Out" has Robbie suddenly reveal that she needs glasses, which appears to mainly set up an excuse for the Ferals to 'borrow' them to help them cheat in an upcoming exam (Leonard puts a small camera on the glasses and Derryn wears them so that it can transmit the exam paper to Robbie and Leonard). At the conclusion, Robbie confirms that she's now wearing contact lenses.



* DogsAreDumb: Derryn, who is also an example of DumbIsGood, being the sweetest, nicest and most naive of the Ferals.

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* DogsAreDumb: Derryn, who is also an example of DumbIsGood, being the sweetest, nicest and most naive naïve of the Ferals.Ferals.
* DraggedIntoDrag: In "Four Ferals and a Wedding", when the other three Ferals are tied up, Modigliana only agrees to free them if (among other forfeits) Rattus will swap clothes with her for a month as she's always admired his leather jacket.


* TheFriendNobodyLikes: It is made repeatedly clear that the main reason anyone tolerates Joe is that he is their landlord; the Ferals each have their moments where they annoy the others, but Joe is the one most regularly the victim of the events that befall the group because his arrogance lands him in trouble and nobody cares enough to help him.

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* EasyAmnesia: One episode had Mixy lose her memory after the gang sent her out to bury what they thought were gold coins; Mixy only learnt while she was out that they were actually chocolate coins. After Robbie leaves Derryn in charge of Mixy's care, she regains her memory when Derryn tests something he saw on TV and hits her over the head again.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: It is made repeatedly clear that the main reason anyone tolerates Joe is that he is their landlord; the Ferals each have their moments where they annoy at least one of them annoys the others, but Joe is the one most regularly the victim of the events that befall the group because his arrogance lands him in trouble and nobody cares enough to help him.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In "School's Out", Joe attempts to get the Ferals forced to go to school by sending a letter to the education commissioner revealing their lack of an education. However, when the Ferals are forced to sit an exam, Leonard and Robbie agree to help the Ferals cheat on the test as they were sitting the exam on very short notice and had been genuinely trying to improve, while Joe was forced to sit the exam himself because the letter he sent had such atrocious spelling and penmanship. As a result, the Ferals all pass the test with flying colours while Joe is faced with being sent back to school ''himself'' because he failed the test.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In "School's Out", Joe attempts to get the Ferals forced to go to school by sending a letter to the education commissioner revealing their lack of an education. However, when the Ferals are forced to sit an exam, exam to determine their fate, Leonard and Robbie agree to help the Ferals cheat on the test as they were sitting the exam on very short notice and had been genuinely trying to improve, while Joe was forced to sit the exam himself because the letter he sent had such atrocious spelling and penmanship. As a result, the Ferals all pass the test with flying colours while Joe is faced with being sent back to school ''himself'' because he failed the test.



* MadScientist: Leonard, or "Lenny", seems to be studying to be this. The house is full of his weird inventions, with one episode revolving around his attempt to build a robotic helper, which Joe promptly tries to market without Lenny's permission, and another revolving around a matter cloning machine he'd created accidentally.
* PetTheDog: The Ferals are not nice or good people but they clearly have a soft spot for Robbie and help her out from time to time. This includes them allowing her to cat-scan them for a university project and encouraging her to ask out the sexy dentist she's attracted to. In ''Prime Suspect'', when Mixy claims to have witnessed Robbie murder Joe, the other Ferals are shocked that she would even think she was capable of such a thing.
* PunnyName: In what is one of the most dark examples to ever feature on children's television, Mixy, from Myxomatosis. Doubles as ParentalBonus, considering almost no-one in the target audience would have understood the joke, ([[AwfulTruth and when they did...]])

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* MadScientist: Leonard, or "Lenny", seems to be studying to be this. The house is full of his weird inventions, with one episode revolving around his attempt to build a robotic helper, which Joe promptly tries to market without Lenny's permission, and another revolving around a matter cloning machine he'd created accidentally.
accidentally while trying to create a printer that wouldn't jam.
* OncePerEpisode: Leonard will invariably give an overly complicated scientific explanation for something and then 'dumb it down' once it's clear nobody else understood it.
* OneSteveLimit: Defied; one episode saw the Ferals assume that Robbie was going on a date with Joe, when in reality she was having dinner with her ''uncle'' Joe.
* PetTheDog: The Ferals are not nice or good people but they clearly have a soft spot for Robbie and help her out from time to time. This includes them allowing her to cat-scan them for a university project and encouraging her to ask out the sexy dentist she's attracted to. In ''Prime Suspect'', when Mixy claims to have witnessed Robbie murder Joe, Joe (actually just part of Robbie's rehearsal for a play), the other Ferals are shocked that she would even think she was capable of such a thing.
* PunnyName: In what is one of the most dark examples to ever feature on children's television, Mixy, from Myxomatosis. Doubles as ParentalBonus, considering almost no-one in the target audience would have understood the joke, joke ([[AwfulTruth and when they did...]])


* TheFriendNobodyLikes: It is made repeatedly clear that the main reason anyone tolerates Joe is that he is their landlord; the Ferals each have their moments where they annoy the others, but Joe is the one most regularly the victim of the events that befall the group.

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: It is made repeatedly clear that the main reason anyone tolerates Joe is that he is their landlord; the Ferals each have their moments where they annoy the others, but Joe is the one most regularly the victim of the events that befall the group.group because his arrogance lands him in trouble and nobody cares enough to help him.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In "School's Out", Joe attempts to get the Ferals forced to go to school by sending a letter to the education commissioner revealing their lack of an education. However, when the Ferals are forced to sit an exam, Leonard and Robbie agree to help the Ferals cheat on the test as they were sitting the exam on very short notice and had been genuinely trying to improve, while Joe was forced to sit the exam himself because the letter he sent had such atrocious spelling and penmanship. As a result, the Ferals all pass the test with flying colours while Joe is faced with being sent back to school ''himself'' because he failed the test.



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Lenny on occasion. He demonstrates the power of suggestion to the Ferals by telling a sleepwalking Derryn to lie down. The other Ferals start to abuse this to prank Kylie and Keith, but then Rattus has him steal the cakes Joe brought home from work, leading to the [[WhyAmITicking Why am I Ticking]] situation below.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Lenny on occasion. He demonstrates the power of suggestion to the Ferals by telling a sleepwalking Derryn to lie down. The other Ferals start to abuse this to prank Kylie and Keith, but then Rattus has him steal the cakes Joe brought home from work, leading to the [[WhyAmITicking Why am I Ticking]] WhyAmITicking situation below.



* WhyAmITicking: ''Ratty Ratty Bang Bang'' has the cast believe Rattus has swallowed a bomb buried in a pile of cakes he had Derryn steal from Joe. Subverted as [[spoiler: the ticking turns out to be Joe's watch, only for Derryn to find the real bomb seconds later.]]

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* WhyAmITicking: ''Ratty Ratty Bang Bang'' has the cast believe Rattus has swallowed a bomb buried in a pile of cakes he had Derryn steal from Joe. Subverted as [[spoiler: the ticking turns out to be Joe's watch, which had been left beside the cakes, only for Derryn to find the real bomb seconds later.]]

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: It is made repeatedly clear that the main reason anyone tolerates Joe is that he is their landlord; the Ferals each have their moments where they annoy the others, but Joe is the one most regularly the victim of the events that befall the group.


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One episode features Modigliana's fantasy of cat heaven... With Rattus enslaved as a fan waver:
-->'''Rattus''': This isn't cat heaven, this is ''rat hell!''

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%% * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One episode features Modigliana's fantasy of cat heaven... With Rattus enslaved as a fan waver:
-->'''Rattus''': This isn't cat heaven,
GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to overwhelming and persistent misuse, GCPTR is on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you are reading this is ''rat hell!''in the future, please check the trope page to make sure your example fits the current definition.

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* AllThereInTheManual: The Ferals annual revealed a backstory for each member of the gang and showed how they all came to meet.


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* DarkAndTroubledPast: The Ferals annual reveals this about Mixie. [[spoiler: She was initially bought as a present for a [[EnfantTerrible bratty kid]] who clearly didn't want her. Her owners neglected her (including leaving her in a mountain of her own poop). Eventually the [[SarcasmMode delightful family]] ditch her at an animal testing facility where the other Ferals find her being dipped into experimental chemicals, perhaps explaining why she's pink.]]

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