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Recap / The Amazing World Of Gumball S 5 E 11 The Copycats

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The Wattersons try to thwart an identical family that copies everything they do to make money from internet videos.


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  • Batman Gambit: Once they figure out that the copycats will copy everything they do, no matter how stupid or dangerous, the Wattersons deliberately put themselves in harm's way to ensure that the copycats will do the same things and get injured.
  • Bilingual Bonus: If you know Chinese you can see Chichi's name translates to "red red"note . Since Chichi isn't red in colour it's rather obvious that the name was picked purely because it's pronounced exactly the same as Miracle Star in Chinese.
  • Black Comedy:
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    • The Wattersons successfully kill their counterparts by attempting suicide multiple times, knowing that their counterparts will copy everything they do and end up injuring themselves, or worse.
    • Unlike the Wattersons, the copycats have no daughter, only sons, (just like the real Miracle Star) and the official reason for her exclusion is "Woman no right to celebrate in republic of people." China still has a strict two-child only policy, and because sons are still greatly preferred to daughters, there's a long history of couples killing their daughters to ensure they have sons or to respect the two-child limit. In other words, the show is implying that the reason Miracle Star's family has no daughter is because she was forcibly aborted.
  • Call-Back:
    • Just like with "The Kids", the episode ends with Gumball and Darwin getting new voice actors, after claiming that nothing will change about them.
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    • One of the scenes that the Copycats rip off is the opening to "The DVD" (Which Miracle Star ripped off in Real Life).
  • Chekhov's Gun: The fact that the ripoff family doesn't have an Anais of their own comes back to bite them, big time.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • The Wattersons hurriedly do dangerous stuff to try to get the copycats to injure themselves. It doesn't occur to them that they're putting themselves in an equal amount of danger until they're stuck in a nigh-inescapable situation.
    • The copycats deliberately had no little sister character, not considering that they'd need her at some point.
  • Fearful Symmetry: The Wattersons and their counterparts are too evenly matched to beat each other in a straight fight. Played for laughs as only Nicole and her counterpart can actually fight. Gumball and Chichi end up having a Wimp Fight, Darwin and Ribbit are both apologetic attackers and Richard and Dad end up sucking each other's fingers after they both collapse from exhaustion charging at each other.
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  • For Want of a Nail: The Wattersons escape the runaway truck because Anais is small enough to unhitch the gas tank. Because the ripoffs don't have an Anais, they plummet to their ultimate demise (or rather near-demise).
  • Green Is Blue: Darwin's ripoff is a blue frog, but the translated website describes him as green.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Double-subverted: the Wattersons try to make their imitators suffer by doing dangerous things to be copied, but the copycats imitate them so exactly that they can survive anything the Wattersons can. Ultimately, the copycats cause their own undoing anyway by choosing to exclude an Anais equivalent, removing the one person who could save them in a key moment.
  • How Is That Even Possible?: Gumball's reaction to the copycats' imitation video of Richard tipping the couch over, which occurred seconds ago.
    Gumball: Wait. How could they copy that? It literally just happened!
  • I Ate WHAT?!: When Darwin eats some cowboy caviar (i.e. bull testicle), Gumball finds out what it is and tries to prevent a negative reaction by telling him it's "eggs from cowboys" which Darwin decides to take his word for. Later, Gumball ends up eating some cowboy caviar in order to trick Chi-Chi into eating them as well, only to realize Chi-Chi instead ate some lychees since he was standing next to them.
  • Inspiration Nod: A derisive example: Gumball and Darwin meet the copycats immediately after deriding the market for powdered goat milk, which is the product advertised by the real life ripoff they're a parody of.
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny: The machine translation Gumball uses for their ripoff's website comes out imperfect and the Wattersons take a moment to mock how the wording turned out for their counterparts' bios.
  • Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Anais tries to defuse the fighting by wondering if the other family are just people who can't find their own identity ("Isn't identity theft the most sincere form of flattery?"). She appears to have guessed wrong: the copycats don't seem to have any personal stake in their routine, it just seem to be a shameless means to get money (which is what the Wattersons were most upset about in the first place).
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Gumball and Darwin ranting about the copycats leaves Richard salivating at the mention of exotic foods, margarine, butter and mirrors.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Be Your Own You", a pleasantly-tuned song the Wattersons sing to the copycats in order to lean them into originality, while also warning them that they are violating copyright laws.
    And when you've stopped being such a dirty hack,
    Get in your stupid car and don't come back!
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: After several failed attempts to get the copycats to stop, Anais suggests they put themselves in potentially fatal situations so the copycats will accidentally kill themselves trying to copy them. The rest of the family go along with it.
  • Never Say "Die": After the doppelganger family plummet off a bridge in an exploding vehicle, there's a vague indication that they are alive, just hurt too badly to keep copying the Wattersons.
  • The Nth Doctor: Gumball and Darwin's VA are replaced at the end of the episode after they boast that no one could do what they do and replace them.
  • Out-of-Character Moment:
    • Trying to get the copycats to kill... err, "off" themselves isn't that out of character for Gumball and Nicole, but it's more than a little weird to see the Lawful Stupid Technical Pacifist Darwin and the usual Only Sane Man Anais jump to violence so quickly.
    • Gumball gives the greeting "Hi, my name is Gumball" and Chichi is about to do the same, when Gumball assaults him for copying again. For once, Chichi isn't copying Gumball, pointing out he's supposed to say hi in response.
  • Plagiarism in Fiction: The low-life copycats plagiarize the Wattersons' entire lives to make money through internet videos.
  • Stop Copying Me: The ripoff family do everything the Wattersons do. The Wattersons then try to make them stop by doing dangerous things, but even that doesn't deter them.
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: The copycats' ability to know exactly what the Wattersons are doing to copy them runs pretty strongly on Rule of Funny—at one point they turn out to be right in the Watterson house window, but much of the rest is unexplained. Twice they even make and post imitation videos within seconds of the original events.
  • Take That!: This episode was made to mock the Chinese "Miracle Star" commercials that ripped off Gumball. The details are very accurate of the original ripoffs, such as the family being goats plus one frog and the lack of an Anais ripoff. The clip based on the first scene of "The DVD" is also one of the scenes exactly copied in the commercial.
  • Vapor Trail: The Wattersons drive an oil truck with the oil leaking out and the trail set on fire; if they drive too slow, the fire will catch up to them and blow them up, and they can't keep driving indefinitely, because they're headed for an unfinished bridge.
  • Vomit Chain Reaction: Downplayed; Gumball and Darwin's first interaction with the copycats ends with them all retching over the concept of cowboy caviar.
  • You Do NOT Want to Know: After Darwin tries some cowboy caviar (read: bull testicle), he asks what it's made of. Gumball reads the label and decides to lie that it's made from cowboys. While Darwin catches the lie, he concludes that Gumball lied for a good reason and doesn't press the issue.

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