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Weenies is a series of short children's horror anthologies written by David Lubar. And he sure doesn't mind flaunting the scary either. A lot of these shorts contain stories that wouldn't be out of place in an Junji Ito manga! However, it should also be noted that not every story is played for horror. Hell, some tales aren't even supernatural for that matter (One short is simply about a scary experience with a barber).

Quite a few are more lighthearted and embrace the weirdness of their premises (ex. One tale is simply about a kid talking with the personification of bad luck), trying to make you laugh, some even pull a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax....and of course there are those stories that are both scary and hilarious.

The series debuted in 2003 with In the Land of the Lawn Weenies, and is currently running today with a total of nine installments.

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  1. In the Land of the Lawn Weenies (2003)
  2. Invasion of the Road Weenies (2005)
  3. The Curse of the Campfire Weenies (2007)
  4. The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies (2009)
  5. Attack of the Vampire Weenies (2011)
  6. Beware the Ninja Weenies (2012)
  7. Wipeout of the Wireless Weenies (2014)
  8. Strikeout of the Bleacher Weenies (2016)
  9. Check Out the Library Weenies (2018)

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  • Added Alliterative Appeal: In the Land of the Lawn Weenies and Wipeout of the Wireless Weenies.
  • Batman Gambit: Sometimes used by a main character. Sometimes by someone else.
  • Body Horror: Accentuated through graphic descriptions.
  • Covers Always Lie: For a series with such comical covers based on anthropomorphic weenies, some of the tales in the series are extremely scary.
  • Clickbait Gag: Differnet Explorer has someone discovering a different version of the internet not only has parodies of click bait, but the promises the articles make come true. He finds one saying this video will slay you. You can imagine how that goes.
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  • Cruel Twist Ending: Well for one example, there's "Attack of the Vampire Weenies". A little kid tries to sabotage his sister's vampire party by inviting an actual vampire (or at least one that fits his depictions) though he does make preparations to make sure the vampire is destroyed. Sure enough, a person claiming to be a count asks to be invited in and then destroys every weapon against a vampire in the house. Looks like the kid protagonist was wrong eh? PSYCH! Turns out the man was acting as the Renfield to the count, destroying all of the weapons so the count and his horde can munch in peace. And that's how it ends.
  • Darker and Edgier: It's often been considered much darker than other kids anthologies like Goosebumps. The main reason? Characters actually get the friggin ax in this series! Not to mention having downright mean endings for characters that aren't even that villainous.
  • Dead All Along: The twist to a few stories.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Have you been bullying a classmate? You deserve to be fried to death by an insane mental patient along with your other classmates!
    • Do you think a little roadside attraction about snakes is lame? You deserve to be fed to said snakes!
    • Broke an expensive item you weren't supposed to touch and skedaddled out of there? You'll be cursed so your touch makes everything and everyone you love disappear the moment they leave your sight.
    • Did you trespass and swim in a hotel pool after hours? Well, clearly you deserve to suddenly be transported to the middle of the ocean.
    • Do you plan to return something just to get paid? You deserve to be murdered when it turns out it was a trap set by an implied serial killer
  • Exact Words:
    • In the titular "In the Land of the Lawn Weenies", the protagonist says that his family isn't a "typical" one... it's his mom that's brainwashed, not his dad like most families.
    • One title is called "Banning Books"... Yeah, they're exactly what you think they are. Books that literally ban people.
    • One group of kids is cursed so everything they says comes true. The protagonist successfully uncurses himself, testing it by saying "I am holding a baseball" and seeing that nothing happens. Then one of the others tries saying, "I have a baseball in my hand." A baseball appears inside his hand, to his extraordinary pain.
    • One story has fliers boasting typical store sale phrasing that effect the actual world. If it says 20% off, everything, such as food, feels 20% off. The story ends with one saying "Fire Sale: Everything must go!" The sun gets hotter, everything goes
  • Fairy in a Bottle: In the short story by the same name, a boy catches a vicious fairy. He's unwilling to release it out of self-preservation, so it tries to bargain with him. Said bargain ends up being a trick that allows it to escape.
  • Happy Ending: Rarely, you can find the odd story where all ends well, such as "The Last Halloween" and "The Dead Won't Hurt You".
  • Infant Immortality: Very rarely played straight and usually averted.
  • Jackass Genie: A particularly nasty one in one short.
  • Karmic Twist Ending: The story about the substitute teacher may qualify to some, seeing as it ends with the revelation that he's an escaped lunatic who electrocutes the entire class...except for the one bullied girl, who'd been chased out in tears earlier.
  • Lighter and Softer: The Teeny Weenies series, which are written in a similar format but for younger readers, which means less of the dark elements the main series is known for.
  • Ret Gone: A kid discovers his VCR can delete the actual event that a tape has recorded by recording over it but eventually he records over a tape of his birth, so he is deleted from existence.
  • Something Completely Different: Some of the stories take on different formats, such as one told entirely through dialogue, or one done like a Choose Your Own Adventure book.
    • While the weenies in the titular tales are usually people to be mocked, the ones in Check Out the Library Weenies are the protagonists.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: Any story that ends well winds up being this.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: One story features wereturtles.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Played different ways depending on the story. Hell, the series even lampshades the trope in the titular story of the fifth book.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Used to great effect in one story about a zombie apocalypse.
  • Trapped in TV Land: One kid finds that his remote can take him inside TV shows. Eventually his brother tries to take advantage of this. He accidentally goes inside Star Trek during a scene showing only space. The results aren't prett.y
  • Twist Ending: This trope is the series' bread and butter; however, it doesn't always have to be a scary twist.
  • Voodoo Doll: Sympathy Pains has a mean girl creating one to get revenge on a strict teacher that she feels is targeting her. Its powers are weak so eventually she plans to just a stick a needle right in the doll's heart. She accidentally uses her own hair for the doll, so she winds up getting killed instead


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