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Recap / Tiny Toon Adventures S 1 E 48 Mr Populars Rules Of Cool

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The forty-eighth episode of Tiny Toon Adventures.

Short One: Mr. Popular's Rules of Cool

Buster (as Mr. Popular) and Babs try to turn Hamton into a cool dude.

Short Two: Slugfest

Plucky and Hamton pretend to be Immature Radioactive Samurai Slugs, which soon leads them face to face with the slugs' enemy, the Iodizer.

Short Three: Venison Anyone?

Montana Max goes deer hunting and faces a street-smart deer named Vinnie.


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Mr. Popular's Rules of Cool:

  • Accidental Dance Craze: Hamton walks away dizzily after Arnold refuses to let him into the Cool Club and slams the door in his face. Fifi thinks he started a new dance craze, and encourages her friends to join in.
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  • Angry Guard Dog: Arnold, when he works as a bouncer.
  • The Door Slams You: Happens to Hamton when he attempts to get into the Cool Club, courtesy of Arnold.
  • Faux-To Guide: Buster and Babs teach Hamton and the viewers how to be cool.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Buster and Babs' attempts to teach Hamton to be cool work too well, as all of their friends start hanging out with him instead of them.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Buster, as Mr. Popular, gives bad advice on how to be cool, which backslides when that advice goes hilariously sour, and turns out not to be all that cool in the first place.
  • Off-Model: After Hamton leaves the Cool Club dizzily, a duck that resembles an adult version of Plucky can be seen.
  • Take That!: Babs knocks Hamton's choices of music, including Barry Manilow, Slim Whitman, Wayne Newton, and Sam Fear.


  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: When the League of Icky Crawly things come to save Plucky and Hamton from the Iodizer, Plucky points out the lowest life form of all; a TV Executive.
  • Broomstick Quarterstaff: Elmyra attempts to squish some slugs in her kitchen with a broom, and later mistakes Plucky and Hamton for giant slugs, prompting her to whack them with her broom.
  • Didn't Think This Through: To try to prove to the Iodizer that they aren't the real Samurai Slugs, Plucky and Hamton try to remove their costumes. Unfortunately, Plucky forgot to put zippers on them.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite her obsession with wanting animals as pets, Elmyra's not taking her chances with slugs.
  • Gainax Ending: The short ends with salt inexplicably melting Plucky even though up to that point he and Hamton's costumes were strictly just costumes they were stuck in, which is really just the icing on the cake on an already insane climax.
  • Knife Outline: Done with ninja stars when Plucky and Hamton hide out in an Immature Radioactive Samurai Slugs stunt show.
  • Merchandise-Driven: In-universe, the Immature Radioactive Samurai Slugs. The show's theme song acknowledges that the heroes can never be defeated because they're merchandised.
  • Real After All: Plucky and Hamton make their own Samurai Slug costumes from potato sacks, tightly wrapped headbands, and false teeth. Despite not being the real Samurai Slugs, they still get chased by the Iodizer, trying to avoid getting iodized. At the end of the short, when Plucky tries to guess the valuable moral Hamton learned, Hamton pulls out a salt shaker and iodizes Plucky with it.
  • Salt Solution: Inverted; the antagonist of this short is the Iodizer.
  • Spoof Aesop: "Just say no to Slugs!"
  • Squashed Flat: Happens to the League of Icky Crawly Things when they attempt to save Plucky and Hamton, courtesy of the Iodizer's foot.
  • Teenage Mutant Samurai Wombats: The Immature Radioactive Samurai Slugs are an Affectionate Parody of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Specifically, the four Slugs' names are Picasso, Warhol, Rockwell, and Grandma Moses, and their archenemy is the Iodizer.

Venison Anyone?

  • Bears Are Bad News: Vinnie tricks Monty into going into a cave by telling him that deer are hiding in there. However, the cave is filled with bears, who growl at and chase Monty.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Vinnie the Deer.
  • Fancy Camping: When Montana Max goes to the woods to hunt deer, he brings his entire mansion with him!
  • Green Aesop: An anti game-hunting one.
  • Signs of Disrepair: Invoked; Vinnie stands in front of a sign that appears to say, DEER CAVE, and tricks Monty into going into the cave. However, his head and his right arm were blocking out the rest of the sign, revealing it to say, DEER KEEP OUT! BEAR CAVE.
  • Take That!: Vinnie tells the viewers that since Bambi's on vacation, he's going to have to be the one to deal with Monty.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Vinnie gives one to Monty.
  • Tree Buchet: Monty sets one to trap Vinnie. Vinnie tricks him into trapping himself in it.

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