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From left to right: Black, Brown, Red and Yellow.

Larva is a Korean computer-animated comedy television series that features two larva as the main characters.

This cartoon provides examples of:

  • Adorkable: The main duo have been known as this.
  • Affectionate Parody: A lot of plotlines parody preexisting works like Frozen and 300
  • Artistic License – Biology: The Larvae have eyes and tongues which they use as a replacement for arms.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In the Larva Rangers two-parter Larva Island, Ivory explains that because Red and Yellow were absent, Grey and the other predators easily defeated the remaining Rangers and dumped their mecha's while Red and Yellow's lie dormant without their riders. After the tale ends with Ivory's frail frame sending him to the island, he bursts into tears with everyone. Mango couldn't believe what happened while Red & Yellow were horrified that their friends were in danger and they couldn't help them.
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  • Bald of Evil: The debut episodes of the Silvers showcase their baldness. It's so bad they can blind anyone. The animatic credits shows that they were born bald.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The finale of Larva Island. The raft on which the gang travel on drifts apart sending them all in opposing directions, resulting in Clara finding a new herd of seals, Chuck finally making it back to civilization, and Crabsformer reuniting with his girlfriend on the island that Mango managed to save. However, the abrupt separation meant none of them were able to have proper sendoffs among each other, and furthermore, Red and Yellow are still stranded at sea, only making a gamble of which direction to go.
  • Bland-Name Product: One episode has Yellow playing with an Expy of Pop-up Pirate.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Nearly every episode ends as this but the best example of this would be in the episode "Welcome Larva"
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  • The Bus Came Back: The predators, led by Grey the rat, return in the "Larva Rangers" two-parter for one final battle.
  • Butt-Monkey: Everyone in this show can count at some point, but Red and Yellow are the BIGGEST in the show.
  • Character Development: Black's tendency to beat up Red and Yellow seemed to decrease over time, and sometimes be friendly towards them. Red becomes more level-headed in "Larva Island" as he starts a relationship with Mango.
  • The Chew Toy: EVERYONE.
  • Camera Abuse: Red occasionally hits Yellow with a straw, so hard in fact, that Yellow hits the screen.
  • Companion Cube: In "New Friend", Yellow makes friends with a inanimate teddy bear.
  • Christmas Special: "Christmas and "Christmas" are both this.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Red is a massive victim to this.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": The characters are named after their body colors.
  • Downer Ending: Too many episodes to list from have this.
  • Dumb Is Good: Yellow definitely qualifies.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the first couple episodes, the larvae had more lighter colored eyelids
  • Gasshole: Mostly Yellow and on MANY occasions has been known to use it to his advantage.
  • Gainax Ending: Most episodes have these.
  • Jerkass: Red is this most of the time. But at times, he can be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold before being toned down all together in Larva Island.
  • Interrupted Suicide: In one episode, Red meets a fairy-like creature and falls in love with it. Each day, the Fairy dies and Is replaced with another fairy whom he also falls in love with. This eventually drives him to suicide by jumping into a hungry chameleon's mouth, only to be saved by the ghosts of the dead fairies.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Violet is a huge ghost slug with a LARGE mouth full of shark-like teeth.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: The two main protagonists never grow out of larvae stage. This is double subverted when the Larvae grow wings and fly out of their vent into New York City, their wings fall of almost immediately after they enter the home they would spend the remainder of the series in.
  • Out of Focus: Violet, he only appears in one episode of season 3.
  • Shout-Out: Numerous. Highlights include-
  • Strictly Formula: Almost every episode is either about the main characters trying to survive some sort of obstacle/predator or them fighting over food.
  • Staring Contest: There's a entire episode based on this trope.
  • Sliding Scale of Animal Cast: Since Chuck is a main character in Larva Island, number four.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: The main characters often die or about to die near the end of many episodes.
  • Toilet Humor:
    • Yellow can be considered the cause of this.
    • Also, there's Brown, the dung beetle.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Yellow, though this makes him all the more nicer.
  • Tragic Villain: "Life of a Rat" reveals that all of the predators are at the brink of death due to starvation (which is the reason why they hunt the larva so desperately) and will resort to splitting to small piece of cheese to each other in order for all of them to just barely survive.
  • Terminator Impersonator: The Yellow-Terminator, of course.
  • Unexpectedly Dark Episode: The episode "Lala Island" from Larva Island is the most bleakest episode up to date. Just after a random dance number from the new characters, it immediately darkens when we see Yellow in manic depression from being away from Pink. At one point, he ends up returning to New York and reunites with all the others from past seasons before going to Pink. There was a reason Black tried to prevent Yellow from see the truth: When Yellow arrived, he discovered that both Pink and Brown are '''married.''' And they have a daughter.
  • Verbal Tic: The Silvers, a pair of balding pigeons, have distinctive tics. The one with the banana caws "Yaw" and the one with the melon caws "Wuh".
  • The Voiceless: None of the characters can really speak, with the one and only exception being Chuck.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Every character has experienced this trope at least once in the series.


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