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Fridge Brilliance

  • Kaeloo denies being a boy or a girl, but is clearly female. Then you remember that for some species of frog, gender isn't exactly a fixed attribute, and that hermaphrodites aren't a rare occurrence among amphibians.
  • Stumpy frequently says he can't read or write. So how come he's such a big fan of comic books? The pictures help him understand.
    • This may also be the reason he hates books without pictures.
  • Kaeloo is well aware of the fact that Mr. Cat hates Pretty, so why does she keep trying to keep Pretty away from him anyway? Kaeloo puts a lot of emphasis on being "cute", and the sight of a very beautiful girl - a bunny, no less - trying to flirt with her crush probably makes her feel threatened.
  • Mr. Cat is quite narcissistic, and Kaeloo, who has a crush on him, loves all things "cute". What's the number one thing cats and kittens are known for? Cuteness.
  • A lot of people complain that it isn't fair that Stumpy, Quack Quack and Pretty almost always pull a Karma Houdini and gets away with all sorts of horrible things... but they actually do get karma - Stumpy is a Cosmic Plaything, Quack Quack is mercilessly tortured by Mr. Cat all the time and Pretty is absolutely infatuated with Mr. Cat, who doesn't love her and most likely never will, instead opting for Kaeloo, who is one of Pretty's main bullying victims.
  • The main four always see each other as friends despite the horrible things they do to each other. Sometimes they get revenge, sometimes they let it slide. Why? They're only kids. Kids tend to get into fights a lot, but resolve them much quicker than teens and adults do, as though nothing had happened between them.
  • This one may seem very obvious: Olaf's goal is to Take Over the World and become its king. He's an emperor penguin.
  • Mr. Cat's love of money. He's implied in some episodes to be an alley cat, and most likely grew up poor.
  • The reason why Kaeloo is more angered by Mr. Cat stepping on a flower than shooting, sawing or burning Quack Quack: stepping on a flower kills it, and the flowers seem to be the show's Red Shirt. Quack Quack, on the other hand, is indestructible, so what Mr. Cat does to him can be likened to typical schoolyard bullying, though a bit more violent.
  • Mr. Cat has often been shown to enjoy eating expired food. Mr. Cat was an alley cat. Where do alley cats usually eat from? The trash, which is more than likely to contain expired food.
  • Stumpy has mentioned being a victim of Parental Neglect. His parents must be having a hard time paying attention to 37 kids.
  • Mr. Cat's stories about his brothers and dad seem to be consistent, but his description of his mother varies between episodes. In "Let's Play Baby-Sitting", he mentions that he was adopted by a salmon who raised him as her own son. Depending on the episode, he may be talking about his biological mom or his adoptive one.
  • At first, some of Stumpy's reactions to the things that happen around him may seem like the Law of Disproportionate Response coming into action. He screams and panics when Olaf tries to attack the main four with a hairdryer, but remains calm when Mr. Cat sets Quack Quack on fire. But when you look closer, these reactions make sense; Olaf was able to temporarily blind Kaeloo by blowing the hairdryer in her eyes, and Quack Quack is Nigh Invulnerable so the fire can't actually kill him.
  • The rest of the characters making fun of Olaf for being short makes more sense when you consider that emperor penguins are the tallest of all penguins and are also usually bigger than squirrels, frogs, ducklings, etc. A short emperor penguin must seem ridiculous to them.
  • Mr. Coolskin comic books seem to have insanely high prices for a comic book, but then you remember that Smileyland is in the middle of an economic crisis.
  • Mr. Cat reacts to "Sleeping Beauty" with disgust because he disapproves of people kissing other people who are unconscious. He's experienced this firsthand on multiple occasions at Pretty's hands, like when he passed out after drinking too much or when she knocked him out so he couldn't protest.
  • One of the nicknames Mr. Cat uses to collectively refer to the other three in the French dub is "berniques" (limpets). Limpets are known for their tendency to cling to things. What's Mr. Cat's biggest problem with the other three? They won't leave him alone; in other words, they cling to him.
  • In "Let's Play TV News", Mr. Cat is shown to be very knowledgeable about what people like to see on the news. Why? His hobby is reading newspapers.
  • Stumpy didn't idolize Mr. Cat as much at the beginning of the series, but slowly grew more and more obsessed with being like him. During the early episodes, while Stumpy was harassed by everyone, at least Mr. Cat showed him a tiny ounce of respect while nobody else did (like complimenting his artwork while a jealous Kaeloo pretended it was bad).
  • Kaeloo has heard about Mr. Cat's family and how they treated him, but seems mostly apathetic and/or unaware of the fact that the abuse he received from them contributed to his current mental state. When we finally see Kaeloo's family, we find out that she also has relatives who bully her, but they aren't outright abusive. Since Mr. Cat never specified the extent of the things his family did, Kaeloo probably believes that it was just a regular sibling rivalry and parent-child conflict instead of realizing that it was actually abuse.
  • Quack Quack and Eugly, and Stumpy and Ursula, got into a relationship with each other as soon as they met, but Kaeloo and Mr. Cat take a much longer time to get closer to each other. Why? They started off as friends, whereas the other two couples had just met and had nothing to lose by openly showing their interest in each other.
  • In some episodes, like Episode 27 and Episode 140, Mr. Cat's ploy to make Kaeloo angry involves getting someone else to kiss her. It may seem odd that someone as clingy and possessive as Mr. Cat would want someone else to kiss Kaeloo, but it may also be a way of making sure that she doesn't have a crush on Stumpy or Quack Quack; if she transforms, that means she didn't like the kiss and therefore is not in love with the guy who kissed her.
  • Mr. Cat usually wears sunglasses to funerals. Sunglasses hide your eyes from other people's view so they can't tell if you've been crying.
  • When Stumpy imitates Mr. Cat, the French dub has him repeatedly yelling "I AM THE CAT!" even though it's fairly obvious that he is a cat. Mr. Cat refers to the others as "the frog", "the duck", and "the squirrel".
  • In the "Parallel Dimension" story from the comics, in both universes, after seeing the respective Mr. Cat beat the respective Quack Quack up with a mallet, both Kaeloos say "some things never change". This would explain why Parallel!Kaeloo is "fat, jealous, and stubborn" even though Kaeloo is a slightly overweight Control Freak with Clingy Jealous Girl tendencies towards Mr. Cat, and Parallel!Mr. Cat likes stuffed toys even though Mr. Cat also adores stuffed toys.
  • Mr. Cat is often associated with fire for no apparent reason - but then you realize that Kaeloo is a frog, and frogs are mostly aquatic animals. It's another way to show that Kaeloo and Mr. Cat are complete opposites.
  • Kaeloo makes her friends' breakfast in the morning because she's the only character who isn't a Lethal Chef.
  • People on the show make fun of Mr. Cat for being "old", even though he's a kid. However, he is a preteen, and in a world where everyone is less than 13, a preteen must seem ancient.
  • Cats tend to be possessive of the people they love in general, but Mr. Cat also has horrifically low self-esteem, which explains his attitude towards Kaeloo.
  • Some of the characters' Out Of Character Moments make more sense when you consider the episodes' order. Kaeloo and Stumpy's harsh behavior towards Mr. Cat in "Let's Play Courtroom Drama"? The previous episode, "Let's Play Goodbye, Mr. Cat!" was basically about him being an Ungrateful Bastard to everyone. Kaeloo, Stumpy, and Quack Quack chase Mr. Cat around with weapons? The previous episode had him make them eat out of a dumpster. Stumpy makes fun of Mr. Cat in the dubbing episode? The episode before that had Mr. Cat ruin his chances of winning the game and then call him a loser.

Fridge Horror

  • The premise of the show itself: Kaeloo ends up transforming into a giant monster whose actions are beyond her conscious control and hurting her loved ones.
  • The entire show essentially revolves around a traumatized abuse victim getting yelled at and beaten up.
  • Smileyland doesn't have police officers or firefighters.
  • So far, we've only seen seven inhabitants of Smileyland and have been given insight into the past of three of them, and one is the "guardian" of the place. What happened to everyone else?
  • Yoghurts are shown to be sentient in Smileyland. Quack-Quack eats them by the crate.
  • The Carnivore Confusion Mr. Cat must have as a result of constantly being around a duck, a squirrel, two rabbits, a penguin and a frog. It's lampshaded in a few episodes, too.
  • Cats tend to play with their prey while it's still alive. This gives a whole new meaning to Mr. Cat, a cat, playing games with animals such as a squirrel, a duck and two rabbits, which are normally eaten by cats.
  • Kaeloo's psychological profile in general. At times, to prevent herself from transforming into Bad Kaeloo out of rage, she forces herself into a wired-open grin. She also puts a lot of emphasis on being 'cute', 'sweet' and 'nice'. The fact that she was so overjoyed to die via being crushed by a meteorite in Let's Play the Quest for the Wholly Gruel indicates she may even be suicidal. Add to that her readiness to leave Smileyland in "Let's Play Courtroom Drama" when she decided her other personality was a serious threat to her friends and it quickly becomes clear that Bad Kaeloo is holding her hostage in her own body.
  • The main four treat everything like a game. Olaf, who has proven to be quite dangerous, does not.
  • Mr. Cat can just claim to be a "professional [insert occupation here]", etc. and everyone just believes what he says. This includes professions such as, for example, a doctor. Someone whose hands a person's life is trusted in emergencies.
  • The expository comics show Stumpy holding a chainsaw and Mr. Cat playing with weapons and explosives - as babies.
    • Stumpy has been shown on the show several times to be a victim of Parental Neglect, so his mother probably didn't know or didn't care. Mr. Cat, on the other hand... given his backstory in "Let's Play Baby-Sitting", it's even possible that he was an unwanted kitten. Let that sink in.
    • This is shown again in a flashback in episode 113, where little Stumpy is shown, before going to bed, using a taser instead of a stuffed animal. He then bites the taser, which gives him an electric shock.
  • Mr. Cat's psychopathic behavior is even scarier when you remember that he is between eleven and twelve years old.
  • Once an Episode, Kaeloo winds up Hulking Out and beating up Mr. Cat severely. The problem is, Mr. Cat already has psychological issues due to being abused as a kitten. He claims to be fine with what Bad Kaeloo does to him, but it definitely can't be healthy.
  • Some of the things the characters go through, like Mr. Cat's alcohol problem and sadomasochistic tendencies and Pretty's possible eating disorder, are more unsettling when you realize that all of them are just kids who are less than 13 years old.
  • While we don't know the exact ages of the characters, Kaeloo and Mr. Cat are both 11 or 12, and Mr. Cat has tried to have sex with Kaeloo at least three times. A preteen has tried to have sex with another preteen.
  • Mr. Cat remembers that his father was an alcoholic, that his mother yelled a lot, that his brothers used to beat him and that he was almost drowned when he was youngernote ... and he is less than 13. No wonder he has issues.
  • Assuming that the whole "Only kids are allowed in Smileyland and you have to leave once you hit puberty" thing is true, one can only imagine how the overly idealistic and naive frog, extremely stupid squirrel and mentally unstable cat will be able to deal with that...
  • The fact that there's a store selling weapons, drugs and other dangerous stuff to a bunch of kids.
  • Quack Quack was a lab animal whose parents were killed by a hunter. In this universe, some animals are anthropomorphic and capable of speech and thought just like humans. What if they are lab animals or animals that get hunted?
    • On that note, they also have meat products...
  • How exactly did Quack Quack figure out that he was indestructible? Someone would've had to try to kill him for him to find out.
  • In "Let's Play Danger Island Survivor", Mr. Cat tries to break up Kaeloo and Quack Quack's friendship and then tortures Quack Quack just because Kaeloo called Quack Quack her "best friend". In Episode 77, he mentions that he thinks about her literally all the time. In Episode 105, we are shown Mr. Cat's dream version of Smileyland and it's populated only by himself and a bunch of Kaeloo clones, with nobody else in sight. In Episode 119, we are treated to the revelation that Mr. Cat would be willing to brutally murder Stumpy with a chainsaw to prevent himself from looking bad in front of Kaeloo. In general, Mr. Cat annoys Kaeloo to get her attention even if it means suffering extreme pain because he apparently prefers to be beaten up by her than be ignored. That takes "unhealthy emotional attachment" to a whole new level...
    • Kaeloo often emotionally manipulates Mr. Cat into doing whatever she wants, which means that she might even be aware of this.
    • Even worse; in Season 1, Mr. Cat wouldn't do much, except maybe get jealous of Kaeloo's relationship with Quack Quack and occasionally telling Kaeloo he loved her. Then, in season 2, he reveals that he thinks about her literally all the time and when drunk, complains that she doesn't seem to like him. In season 3, he decides to sleep in her bed next to her without permission. In other words, his obsession with her is constantly growing. How much longer until he becomes a full-blown Stalker with a Crush?
  • The show has lots of Interspecies Romance: the Official Couples of Quack Quack (duck) with Eugly (rabbit) and Stumpy (squirrel) with Ursula (cat), and the potential couples of Stumpy (squirrel) with Pretty (rabbit) and Kaeloo (frog) with Mr. Cat (cat). Assuming these couples last until they have children, Smileyland will be swarming with freaky hybrids. To make things worse, none of the species mentioned above produces one offspring at a time...
  • A massive fridge Tear Jerker: Mr. Cat mentions that his brothers were abusive and his father was alcoholic, but his mother was very kind to him apart from all the screaming. Mr. Cat had to run away from home due to all the abuse, and likely couldn't tell anyone at home that he was going to in case they stopped him. In "Let's Play Spies", under the effects of the Truth Serum, he breaks down crying and it's clear he misses his mother. And it's not likely he'll ever see her again.
  • In "Let's Play Spies", Mr. Cat breaks down crying in front of Kaeloo (and the others) because of the Truth Serum and gives insight into his past, and the whole scene shows that deep down he's very insecure. In "Let's Play Baby-Sitting", he gives Kaeloo another tragic backstory. In Episode 86, Kaeloo takes Mr. Cat to therapy claiming that he has issues, and drags him back out later since she was bored of sitting there (and most likely heard all sorts of details about him and his life). In Episode 91, Kaeloo blatantly makes fun of Mr. Cat for having self-esteem issues. All of these things suggest that Kaeloo's negative treatment of Mr. Cat isn't because she's unaware of his issues, but she knows and just plain doesn't care.
  • It's clear that each time Quack Quack gets his head blown off with a bazooka or gets chopped in half, he actually dies and has to be revived each time.
  • As the show goes on, Stumpy starts acting more and more like Mr. Cat, and it becomes clearer that he's smarter than people think he is. If he doesn't stop becoming evil, he might become an even worse version of Mr. Cat in the future.
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  • It's established that Quack Quack has an infinite number of lives, Mr. Cat has nine, and Kaeloo and Stumpy only have one life each. Mr. Cat will probably outlive Kaeloo and Stumpy, the former of whom he is very, very attached to, and Quack Quack will outlive all of them.
    • Not enough? Mr. Cat already has psychological issues which cause him to hurt Quack Quack. If he outlives two of his closest friends, the impact will probably be pretty bad. What will he do to Quack Quack then?
  • Over the course of the show, it has been proven that Mr. Cat will do almost anything for money; threatening to shoot Kaeloo (his Living Emotional Crutch) in the head, traumatizing Quack Quack, endangering Stumpy's life, and so on. Quack Quack isn't much better; he once electrocuted Stumpy for the sake of getting some yogurt and clearly prioritizes yogurt over his friends. Now, if someone like Olaf bribed Mr. Cat and Quack Quack with money and yogurt respectively...
  • According to Jean Guillaume, Bad Kaeloo is a result of Kaeloo's subconscious expressing itself. Kaeloo has a subconscious desire to torture and mutilate people who irritate her in horrible ways.
  • Just the fact that Mr. Cat is literally allergic to acts of kindness and experiences severe allergic reactions when people are too nice.
  • In Episode 58, Mr. Cat becomes so annoyed with Stumpy that he hangs himself. Sure, it's Played for Laughs and Death Is a Slap on the Wrist in this show, so he comes back in the very next scene, but the fact that unlike Stumpy, who also tries to commit suicide in some episodes but ends up failing, Mr. Cat is perfectly capable of getting into a situation that would kill him. Couple this with his masochism, alcoholism, Troubling Unchildlike Behavior and the "Finish me off now" line from Let's Play TV News, it's very clear that Mr. Cat has self-destructive tendencies and even suicidal thoughts, most likely as a result of his mental illnesses caused by living in an abusive family.
    • Not horrifying enough? It’s established in-universe that the Cats Have Nine Lives trope is true, so if Mr. Cat ever actually did decide to commit suicide, he would have to kill himself and go through a horrible death nine times in a row.
    • And if he succeeded, what kind of impact would it have on Kaeloo to find out that her Living Emotional Crutch and best friend, the one person who cared about her more than anyone else, died in such a horrible way and she wasn't able to prevent it?
  • The main four are a group of preteens/children who have known each other since they were toddlers, and in Quack Quack’s case, since he was an egg. They put up with all kinds of horrific abuse from each other and still remain friends. What if they think that this kind of treatment is "normal" because they've been treating each other this way their whole lives?
  • Quack Quack never got to meet his parents, and as a baby he was experimented on scientists before somehow escaping and coming to Smileyland. The only family he has ever had is Kaeloo, Stumpy and Mr. Cat. Kaeloo is overbearing, bossy, hypocritical and annoying, Stumpy is an idiot who likes to use others for his personal gain, and Mr. Cat is a psychopath who uses him as a punching bag to vent his frustrations.
  • Quack Quack is traumatized because a group of scientists experimented on him when he was a baby, and the incident terrified him and left him with deep psychological scars. One of Mr. Cat's favorite things to do to Quack Quack is perform weird, painful experiments on him For Science!
    • Even worse? Mr. Cat has never been present onscreen when Quack Quack's backstory is brought up. Who's to say he even knows what happened to Quack Quack?
  • While we don't know how old the characters are specifically, it's pretty easy to assume that Quack Quack is meant to be a baby or a toddler, considering that he wears a diaper and only eats yogurt (sure, it's mostly because it's his Trademark Favorite Food and G-Rated Drug, but in real life, toddlers can actually eat yogurt because it's easy to digest and because it contains milk). In other words, as if their relationship wasn't horrific enough, Mr. Cat, a preteen boy, is constantly torturing a baby/toddler.
  • In "Let’s Play Golf", Mr. Cat beats up Quack Quack and justifies it by saying that Quack Quack enjoys it, and seems surprised when Quack Quack informs him that he does not, in fact, enjoy it. In Episode 148, we get a montage from Mr. Cat's memories where he tortured Quack Quack in various ways and instead of being afraid, Quack Quack is happily smiling throughout the montage. In other words, Mr. Cat has somehow deluded himself into believing that Quack Quack enjoys being abused.
  • In Episode 3, Mr. Cat says that the cat flap used to belong to his mother, and under the effects of Truth Serum in Episode 22, he says that he misses his mom and starts crying. Add that to Episode 53's revelation that at least one person he was close to died at some point. His mother might be dead.
  • Kaeloo's reactions to Mr. Cat doing even the most minor things; when he asks to be on her team for a game, she glomps him while gushing about what a sweet person he is, and when he states an obvious fact like "for the toad to appear, [Kaeloo has] to get angry," she acts amazed at how well he knows her despite this being knowledge of a basic fact that everyone knows. What if Kaeloo's self-esteem is so horrible that she genuinely considers it surprising that people would remember even the most basic facts about her, or want to be with her?
  • Mr. Cat says that Lola Felicia considered him her favorite child. He also remembers her being somewhat abusive to him. If she acted that way to her favorite child, how badly did she treat her other two sons?
  • Mr. Cat's reactions to getting beaten up by Bad Kaeloo are rather calm and relaxed compared to the situation he's in. What if it's because he's experienced abuse that was even worse before coming to Smileyland, and therefore thinks that what Bad Kaeloo does to him is relatively mild?
  • Stumpy is terrified of several seemingly random things, which seem harmless... but given the kind of bad luck he experiences in his day-to-day life, it's entirely possible that he has a legitimate reason to fear those things.

Fridge Logic


    The Expository Comics 

Fridge Brilliance

  • In Stumpy's comic, Quack Quack appears twice, Mr. Cat's right arm appears in the last panel, and Kaeloo does not appear at all. The comic was supposed to be about Stumpy and what he likes, so it makes sense that Quack Quack, his best friend, and Mr. Cat, his role model, would appear in his story.
  • The bandage on Mr. Cat's forehead in his comic is in the same place as the injury in his driver's license photo.

    The Comic Book 

Fridge Brilliance

  • When Mr. Cat pulls the "Heaven/Hell" prank from "Let's Play Hopscotch" on Quack Quack, instead of just Quack Quack being Dragged Off to Hell, all four main characters are. Why? The rap at the end of "Let's Play Streetball" suggested that if they ever went to Hell, they'd all go together.
  • In one story, Stumpy gets punished by Author Powers, and while he doesn't know what's going on, Kaeloo and Mr. Cat know what's happening. Of course they'd know; the show's third season revealed that both Kaeloo and Mr. Cat regularly get called into the office and reprimanded by the show's management for reasons such as making inappropriate jokes (Mr. Cat) and being too violent (both of them).

Fridge Horror

  • Kaeloo is shown to actually become depressed to the point where she can’t feel any emotion other than sadness if she can’t play games. The games seem to be some sort of coping mechanism for something.

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