Living in a van outside a Compton apartment complex is a fun dude. He enjoys hanging out with his homies, helping out his community and smoking and drinking and chillin' in between.
He also happens to be (or claims to be) none other than Jesus.
Yes, Jesus is a fun-loving black guy living in the hood. And dealing with hassles such as a Jerkass apartment complex manager, trying to set up a community garden and a shifty homeless guy.
But it never gets him down, and he keeps his head up through all the various troubles of hood life.
A live-action comedy series from [adult swim], created by The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder and Trailer Park Boys creator Mike Clattenburg; you could say it's The Boondocks meets Trailer Park Boys in the 'hood.
We be tropin, drinkin' and chillin'!
- Abusive Parents: Ms. Tudi is verbally, emotionally and some times physically abusive to Boonie.
- All-Loving Hero: Jesus.
- Ascended Extra: In season 3, Shalinka becomes a main character, even appearing in the opening.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Season 1 ends with the garden destroyed, Jesus in a psych ward and Vic the winner. However, the Sequel Hook reveals that he gets released a month later.
- Bait-and-Switch: Fish pulls up to a house with a ski mask on and a gun, holding all of the women inside up. He then tells one of them to turn on some music while he starts stripping for them.
- Black and Nerdy: Trayvon.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: When the Cholo's jack Ms. Tudi's ride, she goes gunning for them with some gold-plated handguns.
- Con Man: This is what Vic believes Jesus is, and he may or may not be right. Ironically, Lloyd, his usual lackey, is a much bigger one than Jesus possibly is, as he'll almost always find a way to swindle Vic or anyone else requesting his services out of a deal.
- Crazy Homeless People: Lloyd, the local chemical addled homeless bum. Possibly Jesus himself.
- Cursed With Awesome: In the season 3 premiere Jesus gives the Lloyd the gift of sobriety, which he ultimately ends up hating, since now he's left with boring responsibilities and due to no longer feeling the urge to drink can no longer enjoy being drunk.
- Darkest Hour: At the end of "Gangsta's Paradise", Vic has successfully brought down the garden and Jesus has to evade the police as they're trying to incarcerate him for psychiatric reasons.
- Divine Race Lift: Basically the premise of the show.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Jesus is constantly getting irritated due to his friends almost constant dismissal of his advice which they only relent to by the end when he's proven right.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In "Jesus Gonna Get His" when Jesus plans to rob a church run by a con man preacher even Miss Tudi is against it and is done with Jesus, subverted as she was faking it to trick Vic.
- First-Name Basis: Tudi is Ms. Tudi's first name; Season 3 reveals that her last name is Johnson, just like her son.
- Five-Man Band:
- Gangbangers: Spider and Trigger, two Cholo gangbangers who hassle the group, on account of the garden being on their turf.
- The Generic Guy: Jason. As evidenced when Vic calls him the "Normal, forgettable ass nigga."
- Good Parents: Boonie may be a miserable failure at most things, but he's a decent dad to his kids.
- The Grinch: Ironically , Jesus himself; he feels that since it's his birthday he should get what he wants, and what he wants is peace on earth.
- Healing Hands: One of Jesus's powers.
- Henpecked Husband: Jason doesnt have much of a spine speaking to his girlfriend Dianne.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Vic and Lloyd. Which is completely involuntary on Vic's part due to Lloyd being The Thing That Would Not Leave.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: In season 2 along with his new Mr. Fanservice status Fish becomes this entirely Played for Laughs to everyone except Jesus who takes it completely seriously.
- It's a Wonderful Plot: The season 2 finale has Jesus experience life if he was just a regular guy. The results? Jason is a drunken bum, Lloyd is the manager of the complex and a murderous nut, Vic is mayor and Fish is dead.
- Jerkass: Vic is an asshole through and through.
- Jesus Was Way Cool: In this case, a weed loving party dude with a perpetually sunny attitude.
- Like Father, Like Son: Ms. Tudi often insults Boonie by saying that he's just like his father.
- Literal Metaphor: On being told a bag of fertilizer costs $800, Boonie delivers this gem.Boonie: "I don't even have $800 to my name. You know what that means? That means my life ain't worth a sack of shit!"
- Loophole Abuse: Fish can't carry a firearm due to being on parole. So he carries a type of pellet gun around with him.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Jesus demonstrates various powers, such as turning water into cognac or destroying a lock with his bare hands, but it isn't clear whether he's actually Jesus or some kind of con man and/or crazy. The other characters are split on whether he's really Jesus.
- Regardless of whether or not he's really Jesus, the man has some power. He brought Tray and later Vic back from the dead when they were shocked and fell off the roof of Vic's apartment complex.
- Season 3 does away with any possibility of mundane, and flat out shows he's really magic.
- Mr. Fanservice: Fish becomes this in season 2 which he and Ms. Tudi use to their advantage.
- Never Gets Drunk: When Jesus cures his hangover at the start of season 3, Lloyd discovers to his annoyance it has rendered him permanently sober.
- Obliviously Evil: While Vic is definitely a unrepentant Jerkass he does genuinely believe Jesus is a con man leeching off his friends and feels he's doing the right thing by getting Jesus off the streets.
- One Head Taller: Jesus (Whose actor is 6'7) towers over pretty much everyone around him.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Boonie's real name is Dabundè Johnson.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Lloyd only agrees to Vic's schemes if he's getting a clear reward out of it, especially if it's money or a place to stay.
- Put on a Bus: Trayvon, Maggie and Fish are all absent in season 3. Fish's absence is explained as him "taking that job on the pipeline", and him, Trayvon, and Maggie are stated by Jesus to have gone on to better lives.
- Read the Fine Print: As Fish finds out to his annoyance, his parole was a maximum of 5 years, not five years. He was done in 2, and served 3 extra 'cause he filled the form out wrong and they couldn't find him.
- Running Gag: Literally, the horses from The Shit Heist.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Mags seems to catch comical beatdowns almost once every episode.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Ms. Tudi, which she Lampshades by saying if she wasn't she wouldn't need Jesus.
- Ungrateful Bastard: After Jesus saves him from losing his job, saves his rep, and gets him out of the almost permanent Lloyd-induced drunken stupor he's in, Vic gets the city to serve Jesus' garden an eviction notice.