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  • Adored by the Network:
    • Cartoon Network decided the pilot should become its own series, and the show has spanned four entire seasons without a single threat of having it yanked off the air, despite its scary nature. The series was rerun on Cartoon Network for 13 years, up to 2015, always finding a way back on the schedule, it is even featured on Cartoon Network's website and even its app. It is also one of the only classic Cartoon Network shows to receive a complete series boxset.
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    • After the show completed its four-season, 52-episode run (typical for most cartoon series on cable networks such as Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon), many fans petitioned for continued seasons. On the same token, a (possibly theatrical) movie was confirmed to be in the works, however, it never came to fruition.
  • Approval of God: John Dilworth doesn't deny a single one of the theories made about the show (as he declared in this interview (in Spanish)), as he wants to leave it just as open to interpretation as any other work of art.
    Interviewer: There's a theory around the Internet saying that no one of the monsters shown in the series are real, and that everything is part of the doggy vision of Courage, what's your opinion on that?
    John Dilworth: I accept all that theories created online. I encourage this thoughts, it's part of growing up... like the seeds are planted and they grow the way they want. If you want to believe that all the farm visitors represent different aspects of the mind, you are not wrong. I enjoy the multiple theories about the symbols and the meaning of the series, these things only contribute to his tomorrow's promise.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer:
    • Several sources have claimed that Mad Dog from the episode "The Mask" was voiced by Jeff Bennett and that the Cruel Veterinarian from "Remembrance of Courage Past" was voiced by Dee Bradley Baker even though neither voice actor was credited in the end credits to Season 4 and neither character sounded like anyone the respective actor was known to voice.
    • It's a common misconception that Tony Jay voiced Jeeves Weevil in the episode "Evil Weevil". While Jeeves Weevil does have the familiar-sounding baritone and British accent, he was actually voiced by Paul Schoeffler.
  • Descended Creator:
    • John Dilworth provides the growls for the Weremole, the voice of King Ramses and Velvet Vic, and occasionally appears on the Bagge's TV as the dancing man.
    • One of the show's animators, Tim Chi Ly, provides the voice of Di Lung.
  • Executive Meddling: The reason behind Courage's limited speech and constant babbling and screaming after the first season. Unlike some examples, this actually wasn't a detriment to the show creatively; John R. Dilworth and the production crew preferred the change.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The "Perfect Trumpet Thingy" or "Eustace's Trumpet" for the blue thing in the first of Courage's nightmares in "Perfect" and "Violin Girl" for the Demon Head in "Courage in the Big Stinkin' City".
    • Courage, Muriel, and Eustace together as a group are usually called "the Bagges" or "the Bagge family" by fans.
  • Hey, It's That Sound!: A number of stock music stings used in the show happened to turn up in Half-Life's soundtrack, most notably "Jungle Drums", a boss battle that uses King Ramses' leitmotif.
  • In Memoriam:
    • The episode "The Sand Whale Strikes" ends with a dedication to John R. Dilworth's older brother Jim P. Dilworth, who died of cancer the year the episode first aired. Its' sister episode "The House of Discontent" features audio recordings made by Jim playing over the radio.
    • The voice actors section of the end credits to season four contains the message "In memory of Billie Lou Watt". Billie Lou Watt voiced Eustace's mother and passed away shortly after the third season episode "Scuba Scuba Doo" (the last episode featuring Eustace's mother) finished production.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The pilot, The Chicken from Outer Space, partly plays this straight and partly averts it. It's not on the Season 1 DVD, but John R Dilworth sells it through his online store, and it's easily found on YouTube. It is also featured on the VHS release of Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Courage's only line of dialogue in The Chicken from Outer Space, "This shouldn't happen to a dog", was voiced by Howard Hoffman. For the series proper, he was replaced by Marty Grabstein. (Also applies to Muriel and Eustace, whose vocalizations were also supplied by Hoffman; he was replaced by Thea White and Lionel Wilson, respectively.)
    • Lionel Wilson was replaced by Arthur Anderson as the voice of Eustace in the middle of the third season after the former retired; despite this, audio of Wilson was still used when Eustace said his more common lines, laughed, or screamed (the difference is very noticeable). In the 2014 special, Anderson was replaced by none other than Wallace Shawn (who didn't even try to impersonate Wilson, using his normal voice instead; by comparison, Muriel's voice actress, Thea White, was able to flawlessly recreate her original voice). For Cartoon Network's 20th anniversary promo, Eustace is voiced by Tom Kenny. And it's been stated that if the show ever gets brought back, Brian Doyle-Murray will helm the role due to Anderson's passing.
    • The Computer was originally voiced by Simon Prebble, but is voiced by Paul Schoeffler in the 2014 The Fog of Courage special.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: When "The Duck Brothers" originally aired, Will Ryan's impersonation of Ringo Starr was so flawless, everyone thought it was actually him.note 
  • Recycled Script: Season 3's "Curtain of Cruelty" has a similar plot to Season 2's "The Tower of Dr. Zalost", with anger and hostility infecting the Nowhere townspeople instead of sadness and depression.
  • Screwed by the Merchandise: One of the reasons why it was cancelled was because it was hard to market a pink (or light purple) dog at boys.
  • Shrug of God: John Dilworth has chosen not to clarify whether Kitty and Bunny are a couple or just friends, preferring to keep it open to interpretation like everything else regarding the show.
  • Talking to Himself: Will Ryan must have had a lot of fun arguing with himself throughout "The Duck Brothers".
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to Marty Grabstein, Courage's voice actor, Courage actually was supposed to talk regularly, but then the producers decided Courage was talking way too much and so because Courage's dialogue was greatly reduced, Grabstein mostly had to make unintelligible noises (especially screaming). Though of course some viewers have said they wanted Courage to talk more.
    • One early idea was for each cartoon to have a live-action bridging segment, with John Dilworth playing "Spaceman Dilly."
    • So many fans were saddened by the show's ending that an online petition was formed, and sent to both Cartoon Network and Stretch Films, asking for a continuation. Because of this, a fifth season of the series was considered, but ultimately never came to be.
    • On the same token, because of the series' popularity with fans, a movie was also up for consideration (whether theatrical or TV was never made clear), but nothing ever came out of it due to the poor box office performance of The Powerpuff Girls Movie..
    • Series composer Jody Gray wanted to release a CD soundtrack of the show's music scoring and songs, and even asked fans to submit requests of specifics they'd like to be included in the soundtrack. Once again, nothing ever materialized.
    • Way back when, Dilworth was pitching his indie short The Dirdy Birdy to Hanna-Barbera for the What a Cartoon! program, but they deemed the short unsuitable for TV, and Dilworth pitched what was to be his next indie effort The Chicken from Outer Space in order to receive funding for it, and the rest was history.
    • When Cartoon Network started developing the series in 1999, the show was set to be produced and developed by Hanna-Barbera, which handled the What a Cartoon! anthology series that featured the show's pilot short. Dilworth eventually sent the production to his Stretch Films Studios, but it would've been interesting to see how Hanna-Barbera would've developed the series following its What a Cartoon! short.
    • The 2014 short "The Fog of Courage" was part of an idea by John R Dilworth and Cartoon Network to revive the series, but the network changed its mind to pursue bigger projects.
    • Later that same year, John R. Dilworth had posted on his tumblr that Cartoon Network had ordered two Courage holiday specials, one being a Christmas special and the other a Halloween special. Dilworth later removed the post after stating that there was still negotiating being done. The two specials were ultimately scrapped for unknown reasons.
  • The Wiki Rule: Courage The Cowardly Dog Wiki, found here.
  • Word of God: One of the few oddities John Dilworth willingly explained was the hole in Courage's tooth: it's a symbol that nature is imperfect, and how one can still affirm in life when they know that evil exists.
    • Also according to Dilworth, Muriel was interested in another man during her youth, but Eustace, through some unknown dark deed, somehow managed to win her over.


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