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* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: During the 1990s, there were several video game adaptations based off of Ren & Stimpy, and other than the Genesis' ''Stimpy's Invention'', they were typically not very good.

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* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: During the 1990s, there were several video game adaptations based off of Ren & Stimpy, and other than the Genesis' ''Stimpy's Invention'', Invention'' and Game Gear's ''Quest for the Shaven Yak'', they were typically not very good.


* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: When reviewing the ''Fire Dogs'' game, ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' called the show ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' on crack.

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When reviewing the ''Fire Dogs'' game, ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' called the show ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' on crack.crack.
** In the ''Happy Happy Joy Joy'' documentary, someone described the show as "if WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry opened a portal to Hell".



* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Or better yet, [[YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith What Do You Mean You Don't Agree With Me?]]

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* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Or better yet, [[YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith What Do You Mean You Don't Agree With Me?]]Creator/JohnKricfalusi was asked on his Reddit what he took when he thought of the series and replied "I get that a lot, but I just drink a lot of beer". The results include whole twenty-minute episodes dedicated to such premises as a talking fart and cheese transforming into a princess. The intro alone screams "This is the most fucked up thing you'll ever see".


* DancingBear: For adult viewers, the show's appeal comes not (necessarily) from [[VulgarHumor the humor itself]], but seeing how much the show can get away with on [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids a network intended for children]]. ''Adult Party Cartoon'' loses out on this context in its transition from Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} to Creator/SpikeTV, becoming just another [[AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark vulgar adult cartoon]] in the wake of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.

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* DancingBear: For adult viewers, the show's appeal comes not (necessarily) from [[VulgarHumor the humor itself]], but seeing how much the show can get away with on [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids a network intended for children]]. ''Adult Party Cartoon'' loses out on this context in its transition from Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} to Creator/SpikeTV, becoming just another [[AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark vulgar adult cartoon]] an AnimatedShockComedy in the wake of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.


* DancingBear: For adult viewers, the show's appeal comes not (necessarily) from [[VulgarHumor the humor itself]], but seeing [[Radar/TheRenAndStimpyShow how much the show can get away with]] on [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids a network intended for children]]. ''Adult Party Cartoon'' loses out on this context in its transition from Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} to Creator/SpikeTV, becoming just another [[AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark vulgar adult cartoon]] in the wake of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.

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* DancingBear: For adult viewers, the show's appeal comes not (necessarily) from [[VulgarHumor the humor itself]], but seeing [[Radar/TheRenAndStimpyShow how much the show can get away with]] with on [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids a network intended for children]]. ''Adult Party Cartoon'' loses out on this context in its transition from Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} to Creator/SpikeTV, becoming just another [[AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark vulgar adult cartoon]] in the wake of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.



** 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]]. Awkward.

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** 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]].boyfriend. Awkward.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: 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. This trope has become amplified in later years as the show is usually given a PG, 12 or 15-rating on most channels.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: 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, {{demographically inappropriate humour}}, 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. This trope has become amplified in later years as the show is usually given a PG, 12 or 15-rating on most channels.


** Similar to the above, once you learn that John K's toxic masculinity was largely due to his own hyper-masculine, disciplinary father, the show's obsession with jokes about [[AbusiveParents cruel fathers]] (or "hell dads" as Creator/BillyWest called them) goes from BlackComedy to completely disturbing.

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** Similar to the above, once you learn that John K's toxic masculinity was largely due to his own hyper-masculine, disciplinary father, the show's obsession with jokes about [[AbusiveParents cruel fathers]] (or "hell dads" as Creator/BillyWest called them) goes from BlackComedy to completely disturbing.a disturbingly naked display of trauma.


* DeathOfTheAuthor: Animator Howard Beckerman once said that the reason this show was popular was that Ren and Stimpy genuinely loved one another. However, John K. insists that any and all SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments and {{tearjerker}}s are strictly parodic or "fake" pathos, satirizing the idea that you could get an audience to cry over anything if you used the right storytelling tricks. Now try telling that to a fan of the show and see how many of them actually thought the pathos was anything but 100% effective, if not ''necessary'', in properly balancing out the VulgarHumor.

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* DeathOfTheAuthor: Animator Howard Beckerman once said that the reason this show was popular was that Ren and Stimpy genuinely loved one another. However, John K. insists that any and all SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments and {{tearjerker}}s are strictly parodic or "fake" pathos, satirizing the idea that you could get an audience to cry over anything if you used the right storytelling tricks. Now try telling that to a fan of the show and see how many of them actually thought the pathos was anything but 100% effective, if not ''necessary'', in properly balancing out the VulgarHumor. Many will point to ''Adult Party Cartoon'' as proof of this.


** "Powdered Toast Man vs. Waffle Woman" featured a scene where New York City (including the World Trade Center) is destroyed by Waffle Woman's syrup attack. The episode also features a couple of angry Arabs. Unsurprisingly, the episode was banned in the US after the World Trade Center was destroyed for real by Al-Qaeda on September 11, 2001. However, the episode later aired on [=NickRewind=] complete with that one scene.



** "Powdered Toast Man vs. Waffle Woman" featured a scene where New York City (including the World Trade Center) is destroyed by Waffle Woman's syrup attack. The episode also features a couple of angry Arabs. Unsurprisingly, this episode was banned in the US after the World Trade Center was destroyed for real on September 11, 2001.

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* OvershadowedByControversy:
** "Man's Best Friend" was banned due to a scene with Ren violently beating George Liquor with an oar. It was also one of the possible reasons why Creator/JohnKricfalusi was fired from the show. Despite this, fans still consider it one of the funniest episodes of the show.
** "Powdered Toast Man" got backlash due to the titular character burning the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights after being declared President, which was removed from reruns. Also in the episode, Powdered Toast Man saves the Pope (played by Music/FrankZappa); reruns later referred to him as simply "the man in the funny white hat," perhaps due to a similar outcry from Catholics.
** The whole show fell into this in early 2018, due to two female cartoonists accusing Kricfalusi of statutory rape and possession of child pornography in light of the [=#MeToo=] movement. Even prior to the 2018 accusations, Kricfalusi was an example of this as his immense talent as an animator was often overshadowed by his notoriously bad temper, abrasive demeanor, his harsh criticisms of other animators and cartoons, the toxic work environment he created, his self-righteous views and his falling out with Creator/BillyWest, who described his experience working on ''Ren & Stimpy'' as the "worst of my life", as well as Bill Wray and Bob Camp who saw their careers seriously damaged by their work on the show. Creator/ComedyCentral openly stated that Kricfalusi will not be involved with their reboot of the show in any capacity - and even that didn't stop backlash towards it due to how heavily associated Kricfalusi is to the series.


** According to Website/YouTube, Japan doesn't like ''The Ren & Stimpy Show'' very much, likely due to the show's disregard for authority, [[ValuesDissonance which strongly clashes the Japanese ideals of authority figures]] and the show's [[{{Gonk}} grotesque]] art style coming off as bizarre to Japanese audiences.

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** According to Website/YouTube, Japan doesn't like ''The Ren & Stimpy Show'' very much, likely due to the show's disregard for authority, [[ValuesDissonance which strongly clashes the Japanese ideals of authority figures]] and the show's [[{{Gonk}} grotesque]] art style coming off as bizarre to Japanese audiences. That said, the series did get a visual ShoutOut in ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', so it ''did'' have a small fanbase even there.

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** From the same episode, when we first see the "Hollywood" sign after Stimpy becomes famous, an animated image of Creator/KirkDouglas pops up for a few moments, then descends back down. While it makes perfect sense if you're aware of John K.'s fondness of the actor and his work, at the time your average young fan was most likely asking "Huh?"

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* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: During the 1990s, there were several video game adaptations based off of Ren & Stimpy, and other than the Genesis' ''Stimpy's Invention'', they were typically not very good.


* DeathOfTheAuthor: Animator Howard Beckerman once said that the reason this show was popular was because genuinely Ren and Stimpy loved one another. However, John K. insists that any and all [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moments]] and {{tearjerker}}s are strictly parodic or "fake" pathos, satirizing the idea that you could get an audience to cry over anything if you used the right storytelling tricks. Now try telling that to a fan of the show and see how many of them actually thought the pathos was anything but 100% effective, if not ''necessary'', in properly balancing out the VulgarHumor.

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* DeathOfTheAuthor: Animator Howard Beckerman once said that the reason this show was popular was because genuinely that Ren and Stimpy genuinely loved one another. However, John K. insists that any and all [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moments]] SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments and {{tearjerker}}s are strictly parodic or "fake" pathos, satirizing the idea that you could get an audience to cry over anything if you used the right storytelling tricks. Now try telling that to a fan of the show and see how many of them actually thought the pathos was anything but 100% effective, if not ''necessary'', in properly balancing out the VulgarHumor.


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Stimpy as stupid as he lets on? Some episodes cast him as a MadScientist, but he could also be a {{genius ditz}}: brilliant in the laboratory, [[CripplingOverspecialization breathtakingly stupid outside of it]]. Though considering how inane his inventions and scientific advice can be (the segment ''is'' called "Ask Dr. Stupid," after all), his skills at science are probably marginal at best.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Stimpy as stupid as he lets on? Some episodes cast him as a MadScientist, but he could also be a {{genius ditz}}: GeniusDitz: brilliant in the laboratory, [[CripplingOverspecialization breathtakingly stupid outside of it]]. Though considering how inane his inventions and scientific advice can be (the segment ''is'' called "Ask Dr. Stupid," after all), his skills at science are probably marginal at best.


* DudeNotFunny: "Sammy and Me" makes [[Creator/SammyDavisJr Sammy Davis Jr's]] real-life glass eye a plot point, which was in pretty poor taste, and was a factor in Nickelodeon [[BannedEpisode not airing the episode during the original run of the show]].



* JerkassHasAPoint: While Ren can be cruel and abusive to Stimpy for no reason, his anger with Stimpy is often quite justified, as Stimpy is frequently obnoxious and inconsiderate and destroys his most prized possessions on a regular basis.

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* DesignatedHero: Stimpy does mean well and is not openly mean like Ren, but his stupidity and lack of common sense causes him to do questionable acts such as messing with Ren's possessions and doing things that put Ren through the wringer.
* DesignatedVillain: While Ren is an abusive jerkass towards Stimpy, there are times where he gets put through a lot of misfortunes when he didn't do anything to bring it upon himself.
** His anger is also justified since Stimpy has little to no common sense and is constantly messing with his possessions which causes him to go insane.

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