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The Amanda Show was an All That Spin-Off starring Amanda Bynes that ran from 1999 to 2002. It was a sketch comedy created by Dan Schneider, starring Amanda and helped to build the careers of Drake Bell and Josh Peck. A Running Gag revolved around a super fan of the show Penelope Taint constantly trying to break into the studio to meet Amanda. As Penelope was played by Amanda herself, you can guess how successful she was.

The show's Amanda Please website - designed in-universe by Penelope - notably stayed on the web for nearly 15 years, even after the show was long since cancelled, but it was sadly taken off in 2015 as part of a rehaul of Nickelodeon's website. Thankfully, that's why we have the Wayback Machine.

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Recurring sketches include:

  • Judge Trudy: A child-age judge who often has to sort out settlements between children or teenagers against adults, and she always sides with the young. Her childish bailiff then carries out her humiliating punishments.
  • The Girls' Room: 3 aggressive girls and Debbie (who keeps saying she likes eggs) run events in the girls bathroom at their school. Debbie's popularity among viewers eclipsed that of The Girls Room sketch itself.
  • Penelope Taynt: An obsessive fan who's always trying to meet Amanda and promotes the website Amanda Please! This sketch mostly serves as commercial promotion of www.amandaplease.com
  • Blockblister: An (illegal) video store run by an Eastern European family parodying Blockbuster (the real-life store was referenced) and many people thinking the store is Blockbuster come in to buy a movie, only to realize that it's just a cheap No Budget rip-off with the video store workers replacing all the actors. Then cue the angry backlash they get from customers who proceed to scream at them to go to hell.
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  • A Hillbilly Moment: Two hillbillies share knock-knock jokes with each other, which always end with the boy hillbilly getting hit with an object related to said joke.
  • Dooper: A bizarre line of restaurants that sell inedible foods. One sketch details that they're able to stay open because the town's local health inspector is a moron.
  • Moody's Point: A parody of teen dramas and soap operas by satirizing just how emotionally exaggerated they can be. This sketch did not use a laugh track, and Dan Schneider tried to launch this sketch as its own series (a spin-off of a spin-off?)
  • Totally Kyle: A laid-back hippie surfer telling mundane stories often saying "One time", "uh" or "um", "it was all", "like" and "totally" that don't come off much as surprises.
  • Melody and Thad: Two singers are booked to perform at a certain venue, only for them to sing rather insulting and gross songs.
  • Stranded: A parody of Survivor where a group of contestants (usually consisting of characters from other sketches) must remain in a certain location the longest in order to win the grand prize.
  • Mr. Gullible: A funny-looking short man with weirdly protruding teeth and who often gets taken advantage of by people (usually high school students) for his conventional mind and gullibility.
  • Mr. Oldman: Some old fat guy who gets prank called by the same girl. He's also very gullible. Almost every sketch opens with him screaming that he hates children.
  • Tony Pajamas: A teen Italian mob boss (parodying The Sopranos) with his portly assistant Paulie. He has an overly sexualized girlfriend, Candy, who often gets into trouble at school such as cheating on an exam.
  • When _____s Attack: A parody of "When Animals Attack" that shows people getting mauled by hula girls, cheerleaders, old ladies or The Brady Bunch.
  • The Dare Show: Two kids host a show out of their attic where they take any dare sent by their viewers. This usually results in them backing out before the darer calls them chicken, causing them to do the dare as intended.
  • Crazy Courtney: A weird girl with goofy looking teeth who annoys people, talks unusual and usually yells "MA-HA!".
  • So You Wanna Win $5: A game show parodying Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? that asks very easy questions to really, really stupid contestants. But then again, only stupid people would be excited to waste time to get on a game show to win $5.
  • Marcy Stimple: Some crazy, hyperactive woman dressed up like a little girl who appears to have ADHD and/or maybe even mental retardation.
  • Commercials: Commercials that help kids get out of doing homework, going to school or listening to their parents and teachers, or getting to eat very bizarre and incredibly unhealthy foods.
  • The Lucklesses: A whole family of Butt-Monkeys.
  • The Klutzes: A clumsy family that cannot avoid breaking things.


Examples of tropes found on The Amanda Show, please!:

  • Accidental Marriage: In one episode, Amanda got forced to marry an audience member who she promised can have anything he wanted. Money and marriage to Amanda came in mind. Amanda didn't seem too upset over getting forced to marry him, just shocked that she's much older than him.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Despite frequently getting hit on the head by the subject of whatever Knock-Knock joke that his sister, Lula is telling, Eenis will usually tell her that it's still a good joke.
  • Adults Are Useless: A tradition of Dan Schneider shows. The adults are so stupid that even the children and teenagers vastly outsmart them in even the simplest tasks.
  • Alpha Bitch: Amber of The Girls Room is this, as when she found out that she didn't win prom queen, she had the girl who did win get a swirly.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Penelope borders on being a Stalker with a Crush in how she obsesses over every aspect of Amanda, but she finds a boyfriend in Trevor (who still incorporates Penelope's obsession into their relationship).
  • Ambiguously Jewish: In one "The Girl's Room" sketch, Debbie brought a hammer with "Happy Hanukkah" written on it. However, due to Debbie's Cloudcuckoolander nature, she could have just brought it without being Jewish.
  • Animated Credits Opening: Each episode of the first season began with a cartoon in which Amanda grows dissatisfied with current TV programming (which differed with every episode), so she goes to Nickelodeon Studios to start her own show.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Penelope is sometimes joined by her younger brother, Preston, who usually bugs her to make him a sandwich.
  • Art Shift: A bizarre recurring claymation sketch, whilst everything else is live action.
  • Artistic Licence Biology: Played for Laughs in a claymation sketch where Amanda first has to get milk for someone. She summons a cow to milk there on the spot, and when being told she needs chocolate milk, summons a 'chocolate cow' instead.
  • Babysitter from Hell: Amanda once played a babysitter in her teens who acts like a juvenile, cries and throws tantrums easily and demands being fed ice cream directly by spoon.
  • Bad “Bad Acting”: All of the Blockblister movies have terrible, wooden acting as performed by the staff of Blockblister.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter:
    • Inverted in one skit with Amanda babysitting two children - and the babysitter is a massive woman child who terrorises the children with her babyish antics. The children try but fail to babysit her instead. They end up locking her in the closet and stealing their parents' car keys to go catch a movie.
    • A Blockblister skit featured a babysitter bringing an Enfant Terrible to the store. The child is so furious with the movie that she fires the babysitter - who reacts by jumping for joy.
  • Birds of a Feather: Mutual Brainless Beauties Kyle and Debbie hooked up in one sketch.
  • Bland-Name Product: Lampshaded in the Blockblister sketches - where the video store sold knock-offs of famous movies. (They were able to get away with it since at the time Nickelodeon and the real Blockbuster were both owned by Viacom.)
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Implied several times, but here takes the cake in "Stranded" where Eenis is a contestant:
    (to Amber): Gosh, you're purtier than my sister!
  • The Bully: Judge Trudy, who has her jury throw things (usually garbage) at the defendants, before fining them huge penalties of money; the defendants inevitably can't pay the fine, so instead Trudy assigns a randomly humiliating punishment on them, such as unleashing wild animals or deranged psychotic people on them.
  • But Not Too White: For a prom night skit on "The Girls' Room", Debbie tries to get a tan at a tanning salon - and shows up sun burned.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mr. Gullible, Mr. Oldman, Misty, Penelope, Eenis, the hosts of the Dare Show, the Klutzes and the Lucklesses.
  • The Cameo:
    • Josh Server and Kenan Thompson show up at the beginning of the first episode, complete with an instrumental version of All That's theme playing during their entrance, to wish Amanda good luck with her new show.
    • Maureen McCormick in Moody's Point as Moody's mom, who's stuck in a runaway hot air balloon.
  • Cargo Envy: "I could have been a wall to be leaned upon by Amanda, BUT NO! I HAD TO BE PENELOPE!"
  • Catchphrase:
    Debbie: I like eggs!
    Papa: This movie better!
    Blockblister Kids: Much better!
    Mr. Oldman: You have the wrong number!!!
    Penelope: I am Penelope Taint, Amanda's number one fan, please!
    Misty: You're so hurtful!
    Misty: What's that supposed to mean?!
    Mr. Gullible: Really?!
    Nurse Zelda: Holy bagoda!
    Judge Trudy: Class dismissed! Bring in the dancing lobsters!
    Any variation of Judge Trudy giving a Big "SHUT UP!" to the defendant.
    Crazy Courtney: MAAHAA!
    • Penelope also has "I MUST meet Amanda!" and "I have my own Amanda website you know: www.amandaplease.com!"
      • Less obviously, she repeats "You're wasting my life!" and "Why do it?" a lot.
  • The Chew Toy: A whole family of them, the Lucklesses.
  • Chez Restaurant: Chez Klutz.
  • Child Hater: Mr. Oldman is always screaming that he hates children that they're always mean to him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Several characters throughout the sketches, but Debbie from "The Girls' Room" takes it Up to Eleven.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: In the opening Amanda greets the actors she is hiring by ripping their clothes off and forcing their costumes on them.
  • Comically Small Bribe: The security guard won't let a person in for a sack of diamonds, but he will for a slice of pizza.
  • Complexity Addiction: An audience member asks Amanda to open his soda by using her voice to shatter the glass. Amanda tries - and shatters several other things - but doesn't get the bottle open. The boy is shocked when she suggests simply taking the lid off.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: This occurred at the end of every "Judge Trudy" skit, when Trudy would rule in favor of the child plaintiff and sentence the hapless adult defendant to something odd, which the bailiff would immediately carry out.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: The proprietors of ____-Dooper, who make and sell disgusting variations of different food items.
  • Corpsing: In one of the "Totally Kyle" skits, in which Kyle (Drake Bell) talks about the time a spider landed on his face, Drake noticeably cracks up when he says, "So I was all, "AHH! SPIDER!", and the spider was all, "AHH! KYLE!"
  • Couch Gag: The clips that appeared on Amanda's television during the first season's intro varied per episode.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Dan Schneider plays in a recurring skit as Mr. Oldman, a grumpy elderly who is constantly prank-called.
    • Andrew Hill Newman (one of the writers on the show) played Mr. Gullible in Season 2.
  • Creepy Doll: Rock-A-Bye Ralph, a scary doll who laughs in a creepy high-pitched voice. The little girl is so scared of it she feeds it to her dog, his voice continues giggling inside the dog's stomach.
  • Dead Line News: The segment called When ______s Attack (sometimes hula girls, The Brady Bunch, etc). They would watch the clips of people being attacked and then at the end the subject would attack the newscaster.
  • Deranged Animation: The aforemention claymation skits during Season 1.
  • Designated Heroinvoked: Ask the Procrastinator to solve a crisis, and she'll do so...eventually!
  • Do Wrong, Right:
    • In Judge Trudy sketches. One sketch has kids throw potatoes at the defendant and she complains. Trudy then orders the kids to switch from potatoes to squashes. And in another sketch, kids were pelting the plaintiff's aunt with garbage because that plaintiff was ordered by her mother to kiss her aunt goodnight. Trudy objects to this, and states they instead direct their garbage at her mother for carrying out the order, not the aunt.
    • In the cold open for the Season 2 finale, Drake and Josh are getting beaten up by the audience for not putting out Amanda on the set and trying to open the show themselves. Amanda wakes up just in time and asks the audience not to beat them up on-stage. But she does state "If you wanna beat them up, take it outside". Guess what the outcome is.
  • The Ditz: Kyle from the "Totally Kyle" sketches whose stories didn't even have much substance.
  • Dope Slap: Several episodes feature skits involving pseudo-mobster Tony Pajamas (Drake Bell) and his lacky, Paulie (Josh Peck), would frequently say or do something stupid, get hit and ask, "What was that for?!" To which Tony would reply, "For bein' an idiot!" which Paulie would accept with an "Okay."
  • Dumb Blonde: Kyle of "Totally Kyle" is a big ditz with long blonde hair.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first season had an animated opening, strange claymation skits and a slightly different set.
  • Everybody Has Standards:
    • Judge Trudy, who is known for her Kangaroo Court, has a three word rebuttal when Tony Pajamas's asks about how hard he'd be punished for stealing a kid's bicycle: You disgust me.
    • Trudy's baliff, while he usually indulges in carrying out very cruel punishments that Trudy enacts upon the defendants she finds guilty, couldn't let Trudy assault Debbie in the "Stranded" sketch.
  • Extraverted Nerd: Penelope Taynt in The Amanda Show, please, being a tech-wiz with her own website who isn't shy in her outright stalking of Amanda.
  • Extremely Short Intro Sequence: Its intro is 15 seconds, which was especially short in the 1990s.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Penelope's attempts to meet Amanda always end in failure, no matter how close she comes to succeeding.
  • Fight for the Last Bite: One skit shows Drake and Josh quarreling, and getting into a physical fight, over the last piece of some jumbo shrimp.
  • Funny Foreigner: Gnocchi, Blini, and Biscotti of the Blockblister sketches, with their funny accents and odd ways.
  • Gag Haircut: The mother of "The Dare Show" was dared to shave her head, which of course she did after being called chicken.
  • Gender-Blender Name: A "Girl's Room" skit uses this as its punchline. Amber is running for class president and she's trying to scare off all the girls who are running against her. When she learns that a new kid named "Jamie" is running, she demands to meet her. However, when it turns out that Jamie is a handsome boy, Amber and her Girl Posse all decide to vote for him.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • After stealing the A from the Amanda Show logo, Penelope says "I'd better get my A out of here!"
    • The kid saying "Holy spit!" in the Super Spitballer 5000 commercial.
    • The Pedestrian Airbag sketch ends with a brief promo for the "Inflatable Friend".
    • On "When School Mascots Attack" an attacked (and desperate) Bride says she lost her man since the doomed wedding and says if there are any men...she's "very flexible".
    • Totally Kyle's last name is stated to be Roastenson. Think about that for a second.
  • Girl Posse: The hosts of "The Girls' Room:" Amber, Tammy, Sheila, and Debbie.
  • Hot Guy, Ugly Wife: Crazy Courtney is revealed to have a very handsome boyfriend that adores her and has similar personality traits.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • A crucial component of Judge Trudy sketches, where kids complain about punishments their parents inflicted on them even though they did something bad to their parents first.
    • In a Blockblister sketch, one overweight woman complained about the exercise video she rented. The video showed the 2 kids simply sitting on chairs repeating over and over "Sit up! and "Lie down!" while eating a pepperoni pizza. After the video ends, the kids fat shame her.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: The Dooper sketches involve this, where people come to buy food and sometimes enjoy it before being told all the disgusting ingredients they're actually eating.
  • Ironic Inversion: Parodied when Amanda hosts a talent show. The first two 'talents' are balancing a hat on their head and pouring salt on a hard-boiled egg - while the third is a genuinely impressive gymnastics routine. The gymnastics gets the lowest audience score.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Tony Pajamas insists it's Pa-JAH-mus.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: All of the disgusting foods at the Dooper restaurants, which taste as bad as expected considering their awful ingredients.
  • Jumping Out of a Cake: In the "Girl's Room" sketch for Amber's birthday, Josh plays a firefighter who does this. He then attempts a toned-down striptease for Amber but just gets a swirlie.
  • Kangaroo Court: No matter how clearly guilty the kids are, how the kids will readily admit to the crime, or how disproportionately light the punishments they're suing the adults over was compared to their crime, Trudy will always rule in favor of the kids and sentence the adults.
  • Kavorka Girl: Crazy Courtney. She's crude, gross, loud, uncouth, childish, homely, dresses Grandma-like, and tends to use terms like "Ma-Ha!" when she's not driving someone nuts. She's also very popular amongst her peers and in one sketch, has a handsome boyfriend.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Because of the show's (playful) anti-adult bias towards parents and teachers, the kids are jokingly portrayed as being cruel monsters who still get away with their actions.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Totally Kyle one time got an F on a book report because it was all about donuts. His teacher called in his parents, and she's repulsed that Kyle's parents act just like him, and that his dad wrote the report, not Kyle. Then, Kyle's grandparents arrive as well and they also follow this trope.
    • There's also the kids' mom on "The Dare Show".
  • Literal-Minded: The family of Meet the Literals sketch, as implied by their names.
  • Loony Fan: Penelope Taynt, Amanda's number one fan, please; down to making the official Amanda website.
  • Made from Real Girl Scouts: Weenie Dooper has two instances: a footlong hot dog (made with meat from an actual human foot) and a veggie dog (made with real veggies... and real dog).
  • Manchild: The Baliff (on "Judge Trudy"). He's very childish and acts like a little boy.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Crazy Courtney, who tends to play up her annoying and gross habits as a means to an end—for example, in one sketch she torments a kid sitting next to her in a movie theater until he runs off...at which point she calls up her boyfriend so that he can sit in said kid's seat with her.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The protagonist of Moody's Point is named "Moody". Her emotions frequently shift and she's usually melancholy.
    • There is also Mr. Oldman who is well, a cranky old man!
    • And there's the recurring families with last names that match their personalities - The Simians (who are half-ape), The Lucklesses (who have terrible luck), The Extremes (who overreact to everything), The Klutzes (who are inhumanly clumsy) and The Literals (who take everything literally).
    • And don't forget Mr. Gullible, the gullible substitute teacher.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: The raison d'etre of Nurse Zelda - who gives the Heimlich to a girl who just coughed, feeds pudding on a drip to a boy with a papercut and brings out the heart paddles for a sneezer.
  • Missed Her By That Much: When Penelope finally relents and go to make Preston a sandwich, Amanda walks by where she was standing.
  • The Mockbuster: All of Blockblister's movies are low-budget knockoffs of actual movies which their staff always claim to be "MUCH BETTER!!" Carrying such awful titles as "George in the Jungle", "Austin Powders", "Stuart Lipple", "The F-Men", and "The Wizard of Voz".
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Sharon and Toby of "The Dare Show" refuse disguisting, painful, or humiliating dares until the darer starts calling them chicken, coward, yellow belly, etc., then they do it just to prove they aren't, and immediately regret it. Their mom is the same.
  • No Indoor Voice: Judge Trudy yells almost everything she says.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: In the "Jerky Dooper" sketch, Amanda gave a policeman a jerky that turned out to be Alien Abduction Jerky. Two aliens pop up and snatch him while prepping on lax gloves to which the policeman pleads this trope's name.
  • Once an Episode: After the intro, Amanda would greet her audience by exclaiming, "My name's Amanda," then sharing a random, usually made-up fact about herself. Amanda also closed each episode by saying, "Okay, that's our show!" and informing the viewers she "gotta go" do something random and ridiculous.
  • Parental Bonus: The father and son in the "Wrestleburgs" sketch were modeled after wrestlers Goldust and The Blue Blazer, respectively.
  • Parody:
    • Many of the sketches, such as Judge Trudy, So You Want To Win Five Dollars, etc. There's one Survivor parody called Stranded, which is a good example. The last one to leave the set location (a bathtub in North Dakota, a parked car in Oklahoma, etc.) wins the prize. The latter ultimately goes Off the Rails when the two remaining contestants (Judge Trudy and the Bailiff) realize that the keys are in the ignition and they've got a million dollars in the trunk.
    Trudy: I'm thinkin' Vegas?
    Bailiff: Hit it, Judge!
  • Parody Commercial: This show loves this trope. Popper Pants, The Boost... cereal with baby animals in every box...
  • Police are Useless: Varies per sketch, but the show depicts a number of police officers to be incompetent.
    • Barney, Amanda's fat, slovenly lazy security guard, was the most frequent example. His love for food sometimes gets exploited by Penelope who Barney refuses to allow to break into Amanda's private room. One time when Drake ordered a pizza but it came with thick crust instead of thin, Amanda asked Barney to flatten out the crust. Barney sits on the crust (making it perfectly thin-crust) but proceeds to lock himself with the pizza in his booth and eat it all up as Drake angrily screams for his pizza back.
    • Also in a sketch that involves 2 teens eating up a family's food supply after fooling the family 3 times consecutively using disguises of firefighters, repairmen and astronauts, a pair of cops come up to the family warning them about the teens. The family mistakes for the cops to be the teens again, and when the dad starts roughly handling the cops, the cops decide to just arrest the family - allowing the teens to infiltrate the now empty house and eat up the food.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: One episode consisted entirely of Moody's Point sketches, apparently to set up a spin-off starring Moody.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Frequently parodied on Judge Trudy. For example, in one case the crowd begins throwing garbage at the defendant and Judge Trudy immediately tells the crowd to stop, saying that no garbage will be thrown in her courtroom unless she allows it. Then, after a brief pause, she tells the crowd that they may now throw garbage at the defendant.
  • Ridiculously Long Phone Number: In the When _______s Attack segment; the number is "1 (500) I-Just-Saw-_______s-Attack-Some-Person-and-Now-I'm-Calling-This-Number-to-Report-What-I-Saw"
  • Rule of Cute: "Mammal-Os", a parody commercial about a cereal with a prize in every box. What is the prize, you may ask? A live baby mammal. It's as adorable (and hilarious) as it sounds.
  • Rule of Funny: Amanda fell asleep in a cold open after eating too much, and then Drake and Josh were supposed to wake her up but instead they tried introducing the show themselves. The audience (who did not expect nor want them to take over) charges at them with baseball bats, shovels and pitchforks. Yup, they just had those with them even before they knew Drake and Josh were going to do the show.
  • Running Gag: Many, but the dancing lobsters is one and for some reason jokes about eggs (common especially with Debbie).
  • Serious Business: The clerk from the video store in one of the "Moody's Point" sketch, who becomes angered if a video has not been rewound or returned on time.
    Clerk: This tape hasn't been rewound.
    Customer: So, I forgot.
    Clerk: What if you forgot to breathe? Then you'd be dead.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Crazy Courtney was watching an episode of Sniz & Fondue, a sketch on another Nick sketch comedy.
    • One of the opening sketches had Amanda reading a fan letter.
    Amanda: Dear Amanda...
    Amanda: Wrong show, guys.
  • Sit Comic: Amanda Bynes, the show's hostess.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: The female characters get plenty of slapstick dished their way. A girl even gets punched in the face for comedy in The Literals sketch.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: The "Blockblister" people, who insist that their Stylistic Suck "movies" are better! Much better!
  • Soap Within a Show: "Moody's Point", the hilarious over-the-top teen soap opera parody.
  • Spin-Off: Not directly, but one of Nickelodeon's most successful live-action shows, Drake & Josh, was created as a vehicle for two of The Amanda Show's stars, Drake Bell and Josh Peck. The Amanda Show itself is also a spin-off, of All That.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Actually more of a Spotlight Stealing Skit. When Moody's Point was added, the episodes basically consisted of one sketch...then the rest of the episode dedicated to Moody's Point, with maybe a short sketch like Mr. Oldman put in if the episode didn't run long enough. Granted, it was pretty funny and very well written; but it seemed almost like the episodes were centered around "Moody's Point".
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Officially, Penelope is just a huge Amanda fangirl who really, really wanted to meet her.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Penelope with the son of the set's security guard. He's a trainee for his dad so his job is to keep Penelope out, but the two fall in love when they discover one thing they have in common: They both love Amanda.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: An example of this, when a boy in a classroom full of superpowered kids had the power of super rhyming.
    Teacher: All right, get out of class!
    Student: Oh no, my dad's gonna kick my--
    Teacher: Be quiet!
  • Sweet Tooth: Two girls one time replaced the broccoli their mother gave them with "Sugar Veggies", which look like vegetables but are actually pure sugar. And why do that? Because if they don't eat their veggies, they don't get dessert!
  • Super Gullible: Whenever someone tells Mr. Gullible the substitute teacher an obvious lie, he would ask them "Really?" and then he will believe the lie as long as everyone who's in on the lie agrees it's true.
  • Surfer Dude: Kyle of Totally Kyle, a ditz who speaks in surfer lingo, has long blonde hair, and dresses primarily in tie-dye.
  • Tattoo Sharpie: In one segment, a character played by Drake Bell is dared to draw glasses and a moustache on himself with permanent marker. He laments several times it'll never come off.
  • Trauma Button: Parodied when a teacher just offhandedly mentions the word "mother" around Moody and later when gives Moody a balloon as a present. Both remind her of her Missing Mom who went in a hot-air balloon, never came back, and is still up in that balloon.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Not so much any main characters, but in the song Melody and Thad sing offensively to the new blonde and pretty bride and her neanderthal-esque groom...
  • The Un-Reveal: We never found out who the real Moody was... because the show got Screwed by the Network, and Schneider never got a chance to think about who it would be.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Pizza is the most frequently depicted food on the show.
    • Debbie likes her eggs.
    • Kyle's (and his parents') is donuts.
  • Troll: Courtney is weird, but she's being deliberately annoying the crap out of other people just so they'd go away such as getting rid of a theatre patron to clear up the seat for her boyfriend, becoming class president by scaring away her only rival and also there's the "Stranded" competition.
  • Verbal Tic: Penelope Taynt says hers the most, but some other characters have one.
    Email #1: "WHY DO YOU ALWAYS SAY PLEASE??????????"
    Penelope: I am asked this question a lot, please. My parents taught me to say please when you want something, and what I want is to meet Amanda, please. Why do YOU use so many question marks, please???????
  • Wham Line: Played for Laughs in "A Poem by Mother Caboose", wherein Mother Caboose's poem gets a sudden shift in mood from "Tastes Like Diabetes" to "Refuge in Audacity" with just one line.
    Mother Caboose: She lived by the shore in a quaint little hut,
    With a smile on her face and a SORE ON HER BUTT.
  • Wondrous Ladies Room: Inverted on The Amanda Show: When the girls in the "The Girls' Room" sketch have to broadcast from the boys' room, their Cloudcuckoolander is intrigued by the "waterfall machines".
  • Wrestling Family: The Wrestleburgs, as the name would imply.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Penelope, whenever she would get close to meeting Amanda, always gets the chance taken away at the last second.
  • You Can Say That Again: A Running Gag with The Literals.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Tony Pajamas one time got in a fight with Candy because she was going on dates with another boy. Turns out she was only with Paulie, and they were buying Tony a cannoli, but Tony never got that cannoli cause Fat Paulie ate it up.

"Court dismissed! Break out the dancing lobsters!"

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