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A unique animated comedy web series created by Flash animators and sibling duo Cary (creator of Ten Words of Wisdom) and Michael Huang, aka Jacknjellify. Inspired by Total Drama Island in premise, and Homestar Runner in art style and animation style. Okay, so there's this luxurious island. And there are twenty anthropomorphic objects that all want the island for themselves. But only one will get to own it. Who is it? The pencil? The ice cube? The golf ball? The flower? The coin? Or any of the fifteen others? Well, there's only one way to settle this... and it's a reality series, where they will compete in challenges until only one remains.

But who will get voted off each episode? That is entirely up to the viewers. Each episode comes out on a monthly basis, and with each episode crazier than the one before it, who will end up winning the big prize is anyone's guess!

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The first season began on January 1, 2010, with new episodes every month. It finished on January 1, 2012. A second season, Battle For Dream Island Again began on June 29, 2012, but suffered serious Schedule Slip, and has had no new episodes since August 2013, despite Jacknjellify repeatedly stating it will come back. Which it finally did on September 1st, 2016... as a "third season", IDFB, which was also cut short after the first episode.

And then a fourth, more silly, random, surreal, looser, and oddly dark season, named Battle for BFDI, came into existence in November 3rd, 2017. It has all the BFDI and BFDIA characters in it, including the ones flung to the LOL, along with some new characters, and two returning characters from old animations, for a total of 64 contestants.

The success of the show inspired many shows in a similar vein, like Inanimate Insanity.

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This show provides examples of:

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    Tropes in the original BFDI 

  • Absurd Phobia: Woody has a lot of them, to an almost comical extent. These include, but are not limited to:
    • Blocky
    • Breaking apart
    • The number 5
    • Tests (referred to as "testophobia")
    • The color gray. He even suffered a fatal heart attack because of it in the finale of the original BFDI.
    • Eraser (and to a lesser extent, Pen) freaks out at all mentions of pentagons. When he realizes a pentagon-shaped object (Foldy) is on his team, he does not like it. Justified Trope, as he keeps getting Jump Scared by pentagons (although it may be in his mind).
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Almost all of the characters are named after the objects they resemble (i.e. Flower is a flower, Needle is a sewing needle, Bubble is a bubble, etc.), with some notable exceptions being David, Dora, and the Announcer.
  • All the Worlds Are a Stage: The Final 4 Challenge.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: All of the contestants (sans David and Dora) are these.
  • Animation Bump: Certain sequences in some episodes have much more fluid, exaggerated animation than normal. (Examples include the opening of episode 15, most of episode 20 after the black hole scene, and IDFB's opening.)
  • Anyone Can Die: Though the Recovery Centers mean that Death Is Cheap. Until the second season.
  • April Fools' Day:
    • In Episode 4, "Sweet Tooth" (2010), the episode starts with a message that the video has been removed, only to say "APRIL FOOL'S!" shortly after.
    • In Episode 16, "Bowling, Now With Explosions!" (2011), the beginning of the episode uses puppet animation.
  • Art Shift:
    • David, Dora, and Yellow Face are all drawn in a much cruder style than the rest of the show.
    • The Long Lost Yoyle-City (and, less noticeably, Davidland) are animated in the 3D modeling program Blender, while the rest of the show is animated in 2D. The sequence where the contestants race up Yoyle Mountain uses the 2D contestants in a 3D environment.
    • Season 4 uses a completely different animation style, most likely because it's easier to animate.
  • Artistic License – Physics: In general, the show plays very fast and loose with the laws of physics - enough that one fan made 4 trivia videos discussing these inaccuracies.
  • Audience Participation: Generally, the audience is the one who votes off the characters. However, there are times where that responsibility is given to other characters, and the viewers are instead asked to vote an eliminated contestant back into the game. And then there's the recommended characters who cameo in most every episode...
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Everyone can in "Gardening Hero", due to budget cuts.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Needle does not like being called "Needy". Her first instinct is to slap the offender and say "Don't call me Needy!" Sometimes, it actually benefits the offender.
    • Book will freeze you with a syringe if you call her "well-read".
  • Big Damn Hero: In Episode 25, "Return of the Hang Glider", the contestants decide to execute Leafy with Flower's crusher for stealing Dream Island. Firey swoops in with the hang glider and saves Leafy at the last moment.
  • Bigger on the Inside: The TLC. When viewed from the outside in X-ray view, the eliminated contestants are packed tight. When viewed from the inside, there is plenty of room inside.
  • Big "NO!":
    • In episode 6, Snowball does this when he gets Rocky and Golf Ball on his team.
    • Parodied in episode 8. Snowball does this again when he isn't chosen for the relay race; it's sped up this time.
    • In episode 17, Leafy does one after shattering Ice Cube again (after spending hours trying to recover her), causing them to fail the challenge.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The first season. Leafy escapes an execution attempt from the other contestants with the help of Firey, but without recovery centers, they are all doomed to the restraints of mortality. Fortunately, a Hand Powered Recovery Center is created in the next season, but Leafy still has a bad reputation among the contestants.
  • Book-Ends:
    • The following case is Up to Eleven: The first and last words spoken in the first season was "yeah", said by Match to Pencil. Pencil even lampshades this just before it happens.
    • Also, as lampshaded by the Speaker Box, Flower was the first and last contestant to be eliminated.
  • Breather Episode: Episode 11, "Lofty", which is the shortest episode in the series, and also happens right before the merge.
  • Broke the Rating Scale: In episode 4, the Magic Die of Judgement invokes this several times:
    • Golf Ball gets a 0 because there was dirt in her cake, and she didn't realize it. When the die shows its score, she complains that that's not even possible.
    • Leafy is the third to present a strawberry cake, so the Announcer gives her a 4, and Flower gives her a 0. The die gives her a 15.
    • It is likely that the die also gave Woody a high score, considering that he had a higher score than most of the others with strawberry cakes.
  • Catchphrase: Many.
    • Bubble: "Oh Noio!" and "Yoylecake!"
    • David: "Aw, seriously?" — which is (almost) the only thing he says.
    • For Eraser, an annoyed "WHICH IS?"
    • Ice Cube: "I want revenge!"
    • Needle: "Don't call me Needy!"
    • Bomby has "Oh no Firey, you lit my fuse!", though it is barely intelligible.
    • Gelatin: "Alright, you just need to calm down".
    • Fanny: "I HATE [insert character or subject here]
    • 8-Ball: "I don't have a favorite number."
    • Bottle: "I'm so excited to start preventing death! ...and [insert character here] is dead!"
  • The Cake Is a Lie: Sometimes the safe contestants don't get any cake at a Cake at Stake ceremony. They might get something else instead... or nothing at all.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: In Season 2, more consistent story arcs were introduced, the characters could retain a status for several episodes, and in general, more depth was added to the cast.
  • Chekhov's Gag: One of Yellow Face's commercials advertises a box of paper slips that he claims can be used to create money. Pen uses it twice later on (first to get a taco from Leafy, and later in an attempt to bribe the viewers into getting voted back into the game). Then Leafy does the same in order to buy Dream Island in the finale.
    • The ferris wheel scene with Firey and Leafy ends up being one of the most important scenes in the season. First, it leads to the reveal that Leafy cannot be revived since the Recovery Centers are sold. Then, Leafy is denied access to Dream Island because of this, and this fact kickstarts all the events of the finale.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Pretty much every contestant qualifies as one, but most notably Puffball, Rocky, and Yellow Face. X is this in BFB, but it's Up to Eleven with 4, who are almost an Eldritch Abomination in their own right.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: In Episode 19, David rolls down a hill and bleeps to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb".
  • Cold Open: Every episode has one, usually a short skit that only occasionally has any relevance to the regular plot.
  • Confusing Multiple Negatives: At one elimination, the speaker box tells the eliminated contestant:
    Speaker Box: You didn't not ain't not get no any none of nothing.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Episode 22 has the contestants escaping from an active volcano. Firey can handle the lava just fine, but as for the others, well... the Recovery Center goes into overdrive.
  • Counterfeit Cash: Exists in the form of a box of paper slips being advertised by Yellow Face.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Implied with Flower's Announcer Crusher, which she attempted to crush the Announcer with in Barriers and Pitfalls. Once it collided with Golf Ball, it crumbled and exploded, implying that it was only good at crushing the Announcer and nothing else.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • The Squashy Grapes are twice as big as the Squishy Cherries by Episode 9.
    • In BFDIA's first challenge, one team is several times as big as the other. Despite pulling in several more people later, the second team can only rival the first in challenges by means of a lucky elimination prize, a literal Cartoon Bomb, and a stick which can fly 2760 miles.
  • Curse Cut Short: Implied in the intro to episode 18.
    Coiny: Oh no! That means he knows about all the times I called him a- (cuts to title sequence)
  • Darker and Edgier: Several episodes:
    • The 24th episode, "Insectophobe's Nightmare 2" hits this when Leafy burns to death. When she doesn't come back, the Announcer says that all of the recovery centers have been destroyed. Afterwards, he releases tons of bugs. As the remaining contestants run, Flower gets hit by a meteor, Firey gets eaten by a bug, and after the Announcer reveals he made the bugs, he pops Bubble. It soon turns into comedy soon after with the David Cloner, and then the revelation that the contestants faked their deaths, but it still is shocking to see all of the remaining cast dead.
    • The finale of Season 1, "Return of the Hang Glider" starts out with the usual lighthearted comedy, but it becomes even darker around the 6 minute mark. After winning Dream Island, Firey lets everyone in, except for Leafy, because it hurt his feelings when she wanted to get out of the Ferris Wheel. Leafy then steals Dream Island, rendering the whole contest a "Shaggy Dog" Story. Around 8 minutes in, Flower crosses the Moral Event Horizon, destroying all of the recovery centers and killing Bubble. She then dies by being crushed by a UFO. Woody also dies from a heart attack due to his fear of grey. Then, Pin declares that Leafy deserves the death penalty for stealing Dream Island. Thankfully, it ends on a sweeter note as Firey saves Leafy, and they fly off into the sunset, but it's little consolation for the numerous dark twists.
    • Another very dark one is BFDIA episode 5c, "No More Snow!" First, Ruby accidentally kills Bubble by popping her, then Ice Cube and Match die when she presses the wrong button on Evil Leafy, and then Pencil gets vaporized when Ruby presses another wrong button. It seems like they will be brought back, but the Hand Powered Recovery Center was inside of Evil Leafy, so they're dead forever. Ruby then dies of sadness. W.O.A.H Bunch then falls off a cliff with a spiky bottom, so they press Spongy on the spikes. Everyone gets across, but not Needle. This leads to them killing her with fire, resulting in a pretty scary scene. To make matters worse, Fries, Rocky, Puffball, Golfball, Gelatin, Firey, and Tennis Ball had already died, leaving only 7 people left. They thankfully come back, but it's still dark.
  • Death Is Cheap: Due to Recovery Centers that will respawn anyone upon death. This gets zig-zagged in BFDIA: the recovery centers are destroyed, so many characters who died last season cannot come back. Then Teardrop wins a Hand-Powered Recovery Center, leading to this trope happening again.
    • While recovery centers are no longer around in BFB, Four has the ability to revive any dead contestant. After his death, any contestants who die remain dead indefinitely.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • It is considered perfectly normal to slap someone who got your name wrong, or committed some other minor offence.
    • Flower kicks Ice Cube just because she didn't think Flower was beautiful.
    • Leafy gives Ice Cube a red ball she found to help her in the contest. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a maroon ball, so Ice Cube incurs a penalty. The next episode, Ice Cube lets a Chain of People fall when Leafy calls for help.
    • Golf Ball kicks Fries into an incinerator because he called her factory a waste of time. Pencil suffers the same fate moments later, just for calling Golf Ball bossy.
    • Puffball takes away Pin's limbs (albeit reluctantly) because she (accidentally) stabbed her speaker box.
  • Deadly Dodging: Pin throws a knife at Leafy. Leafy jumps to avoid it, causing it to fly towards the rest of the cast. Everyone else jumps out of the way, and it hits Puffball's speaker box.
  • Diabolus Ex Machina:
    • Blocky is missing in episode 2, causing his team to lose valuable time.
    • In the mini-teams challenge, the Coiny-Needle-Ice Cube team beats Snowball, Rocky and Golf Ball to the final gate, only to be pushed away by Snowball at the last minute. It's even worse considering all the most unpopular Grapes were on the latter team.
    • In episode 9, Another Name is leading the three-legged race until they encounter a tight rope. Firey has a fear of heights. They place second.
    • This is basically everything that happened in "Lofty".
    • The maroon balls in episode 13, which will result in a loss of ten points for anyone who picks them up. Match falling in the danger zone and being eliminated was aided by one of those penalties.
    • Blocky and Pencil were both screwed by the game's twists - the first was sitting in third place on the leaderboard by the end of episode 16, but went up for elimination and got the most votes due to only Firey getting immunity this episode, and the latter won the contest in episode 18, but because of the double-digit points looping over, ended up in the danger zone and also got eliminated.
    • "Gardening Hero", which is "Lofty" taken Up to Eleven.
    • The "Delete Pole" and "Restore Pole" buttons in episode 23.
    • Why did Leafy end up the only one not allowed access to Dream Island by Firey? She died on a Ferris wheel and he felt hurt by it.
    • WOAH Bunch winning the second challenge. See Gambit Roulette.
    • And again when Puffball betrays her team for the prize, and Coiny throws a stick that lands on the magnet button in the Free Smart van.
  • Divergent Character Evolution:
    • Firey and Coiny started off as immature arch-enemies who often got into petty slap-fights for an unexplained reason. Over time, Firey was established as somewhat ditzy and Innocently Insensitive, also gaining some Keet traits, while Coiny became a charismatic Schemer with more leadership skills.
    • Pencil and Match were BF Fs with similar personalities, but they were differenced later on. Both have Jerkass tendencies, but Pencil is snarky, apathetic, and a Manipulative Bitch, while Match is a full-on Valley Girl and has more enthusiasm than Pencil.
  • Drowning Pit: In episode 19, the eliminated contestants attempt to escape from the TLC. This fails, and the TLC falls into the lake, with water slowly pouring in. Fortunately, the rising sun lifts the TLC out of the lake just in time.
  • Easter Egg: In the finale of Season 1, Eraser points out that the first word of Episode 1, the second word of Episode 2 and so on, put together will form a coherent but somewhat redundant sentence. Season 2 does the same thing, but only the first five words are known.
  • Eject the Loser: The eliminated contestants are either flung into the TLC or teleported there by lasers, depending on the progression of the show. In BFB, Four absorbs the eliminated contestants.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: A variant. Bubble says an "oi" sound for most vowels.
  • Everyone Can See It: At least Coiny does. Tennis Ball and Golf Ball insist otherwise.
  • Fast-Forward Gag: In episode 6, Snowball makes a Big "NO!". In episode 8, he does it again, except it's sped up.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Played for Laughs - Flower has a tendency to threaten the audience whenever she has the chance to get back in the game.
    "You'd better vote for me, or... or I'll stretch you!"
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: If the Unreadably Fast Text doesn't waste your time, it will explain situations that seem out of the blue.
    • The Announcer's Diary in episode 19 explains why episode 20 takes place in space.
    • In episodes 18, 19, and BFDIA 2, Dora explains why she eats islands and that she doesn't like David.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • Battle for Dream Island is often referred to as its shortened form, BFDI. There is an in-universe pranking company called "Blocky's Funny Doings International".
    • BFDIA has the team "Wheel Ooze a Hole Bunch", which is abbreviated to "W.O.A.H. Bunch".
    • The third season is called IDFB.
    • BFB has the team “Death Prevention and Creating Trust.” It ends up being shortened to “Death P.A.C.T.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • During the balance beam contest.
      Pin: Only one of us can win.
      Leafy: Um... Pin? Wrong finger.
      Pin: Whoops! Heh heh...
    • Pen wants to rename Dream Island as "Pen Island." With no spaces. And just capital letters.
    • A team with a goal of preventing death names itself "Death Prevention And Creating Trust", or, in short, "Death PACT". Crosses the Line Twice when X tells Death PACT they are up for elimination.
      X: Death P.A.C.T., exactly one of you is going to go! Not really a death pact, is it then?
      Pen: That's an acronym!
    • Roboty is implied to be suicidal in BFB 10, in which he's shown trying to move himself off a wooden plank in a waterfall, with the captions saying "Finally, I am at peace.". Thankfully, Four grabs him before he gets the chance to fall off.
    • In BFB 13, Four holds Pillow in his mouth to "Screech" her. Tree worriedly exclaims, "Four, I hope you don't swallow." He does.
  • Informed Kindness: While Leafy is a nice character, she does have several mean moments. She gets mad at Bubble for tossing away her present for the sake of winning one round of a staring contest. After Bubble apologizes, Leafy accepts the apology but claims Bubble has a ways to go before she can be as nice as her. Leafy then pulls out a list of levels of niceness that states that she's eight levels above "reality-ending nice," while all the other contestants, asides from Bubble, are way below the "mean" level, despite many of them being Leafy's friends. Then Leafy steals Dream Island after Firey denies her entrance.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: The first two seasons use a short bass guitar piece by "beatloaf" of freesound.org.
  • Jerk Jock: Blocky, Eraser, and Snowball in the first season. Snowball is particularly mean to Golf Ball, who is smart, bossy, and physically disadvantaged against him.
  • Killed Off for Real: Implied for several characters. BFDIA does not reintroduce the contestants killed in the first season's finale, implying this as their fate. Bubble and Flower have since been brought back again. In IDFB, Woody is brought back, only to be burned. All the previously killed contestants are brought back for BFB, including Woody.
  • Kill It with Fire: Many of the contestants are flammable, so they burn easily. Many are also unfortunate enough to die after running into Firey. Ice Cube is a frequent victim since she can melt. Leafy spends a lot of time with Firey late in the season and burns when she tries to save him from falling in water.
  • Kill It with Water: Since Firey is made of fire, he is frequently extinguished with water.
  • K-I-S-S-I-N-G in a Tree: Coiny does this to Tennis Ball and Golf Ball, complete with doing poses.
  • Larynx Dissonance: It's hard to tell whether certain characters are girls because their voices are largely androgynous.
  • Law Of 100: In Episode 18, the scoreboard is downgraded due to budget cuts. It can no longer hold triple-digit numbers, so anything that hits one-hundred loops back to zero. This works against Pencil, who wins the competition but goes up for elimination.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Especially including the recommended characters.
  • Multipart Episode: Every competitive season has one - the premiere in Season 1, episode 5 of Season 2 (four parts and a video game), and episodes 13-14 of Season 4.
  • Nice Girl: Leafy. Subverted in the last episode when she selfishly buys Dream Island for herself, alienating the other contestants (sans Firey).
  • Nice Shoes: The Non-Slip Shoes So Ha.
  • No Budget: In-Universe, The Announcer frequently mentions things being sold or cut back because of "budget cuts".
  • No Fourth Wall: They are very aware they are on a competition show, often calling what is currently going on part of an "episode", rather than a more general termnote . The characters also refer to viewers of the show by name.
    • The characters may possibly know that they are fictional characters. They even know David (and possibly Dora) look(s) like (a) human(s), despite not knowing exactly what they are.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Certain episodes have names which make no sense to their contents. For example, "Gardening Hero" has absolutely nothing to do with gardening for the contestants.
    • Team Ice Cube in BFB - Ice Cube is not on it. This is Lampshaded multiple times.
  • Non-Standard Character Design:
    • David and Dora are both stick figure humans.
    • Yellow Face is... a crudely drawn yellow face.
  • Oh My Gods!: Every character has their own "OMG", usually referencing their origin/creation. Here is a list of them.
  • Only Sane Man: Although the cast are goofy and wacky, there's times where the contestants are level-headed. The examples are Tennis Ball, Fries, Nickel, Gaty, Eraser, Tree, Blocky, Pie, Donut, Black Hole, and a few others.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Eraser thinks that pink is a manly color.
    Eraser: What was that for?
    Snowball: The balloons were PINK! Pink is too girly!
    Eraser: I would disagree. I think pink is quite manly!
  • Revenge Before Reason: Needle will automatically slap anyone who calls her "Needy". Others sometimes use it to their advantage.
  • Riding into the Sunset: The final episode, when Firey and Leafy hang-glide away at the very end.
  • Running Gag: Several.
    • Golf Ball announcing her chance of winning after elimination.
    • Tennis Ball being referred to as "That clumsy Tennis Ball".
    • Needle slapping anyone who calls her "Needy".
    "Don't call me Needy!"
    • Things being sold or cut back due to "budget cuts".
    • Yellow Face's commercials for completely nonsensical products, such as "Non-Removable Headphones" in "Bowling, Now With Explosions", or the "Bubble Transformer" in "Puzzling Mysteries".
    • The "Blocky's Funny Doings International" segments, where Blocky pulls cruel pranks on contestants.
    • Rocky's vomiting.
    • Flower's threats to the announcer or viewers.
    • The contestants forgetting the Announcer's name.
    • Golf Ball accidentally naming her teams while coming up with a decent name, since the 9th episode and except for BFDIA. All three of her teams since then have the word "name" in them.
    • Ice Cube being expelled from Cake at Stake due to not being on the losing team.
  • Saying Too Much: When Leafy steals Dream Island, this line gives it away.
    Leafy: I know. Especially because Firey never received Dream Island at all.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Season 1 ends up as this. See Darker and Edgier above.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Firey and Leafy become close friends during the game’s later episodes, often hanging out and regularly complimenting each other. Right before Leafy is crushed to death by Flower’s Announcer crusher, Firey saves her, apologizing for excluding her from Dream Island and confessing that he values their friendship above all else.
      Firey: Leafy, I'm sorry for what I did. I realized that what I wanted most wasn't Dream Island, It's you, your friendship. I just want you to know that I'm tired of all this turmoil that’s going on, all these conflicts and stuff. And I'd rather spend my time with you, whether it’s on Dream Island or not.
    • Tennis Ball and Golf Ball are Birds of a Feather thanks to their similar interests and are therefore inseperable. Coiny seems to be a Shipper on Deck for them, much to Golf Ball’s chagrin.
    • Subverted with Lollipop and Barf Bag. Lollipop forcefully shaking Barf Bag’s arms can easily be mistaken for the two of them dancing, when in reality, Lollipop was mocking her by making her do the arm-fluttering gesture to change the subject at hand, and the two of them do not get along overall.
    • Coiny and Pin are, as Coiny puts it, “partners in crime” thanks to their many strategies in BFDIA. When Pin worries about Loser’s potential elimination and if the rest of her team can function without him, Coiny reminds her of her leadership skills and their excellent teamwork, successfully cheering her up.
      Coiny: There’s nothing to be afraid of, Pin. I promise.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sole Survivor: Firey in BFDI, and Pencil in the unreleased prequel series.
  • Sore Loser: Snowball, Pencil and Flower (multiple times) all attempt to destroy Announcer once they're voted off.
  • Space Episode: "Gardening Hero", Episode 20 of BFDI, takes place in space because of budget cuts. Yes, that's the title.
  • The Speechless:
    • Teardrop doesn't know how to talk, but she moves her mouth when a large crowd speaks.
    • Rocky was able to talk, but, according to Tennis Ball, he forgot how to talk in episode 4.
  • Stylistic Suck: All of the fake "commercials" in the show are very crudely animated.
  • Super Strength: Every character seems to possess this to some degree, especially in the first episode, where physics are at their wildest, but special mention goes to Flower, who can pick up the Master Recovery Center effortlessly, and Loser, who can lift large, heavy baskets with ease.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Averted with most female characters, due to their nature as inanimate objects with no eyelashes. Especially noticeable when Larynx Dissonance is also an issue with a character, especially Leafy. Played (relatively) straight with Flower and Puffball.
  • Un-Canceled: In-Universe. The Announcer threatens to cancel BFDI if the vote tally goes down again in "Don't Pierce My Flesh". He fulfills the promise in the next episode, but decides to continue the show by the end of it.
  • Unreadably Fast Text: Every time you see some text, pause the video. You'll probably be wasting your time, though.
  • Unrealistic Black Hole: The black hole in Episode 20 doesn't act too strangely... until it is sold because of budget cuts.
    • And then in BFB, it became alive and joined the competition.
  • The Un-Reveal:
    • Played with. On Needle's elimination, Coiny asks Needle why she doesn't like being called "Needy". However, before she can answer, she is flung to the TLC.
    • The end of BFDI also qualifies. We never find out what Dream Island looks like.
  • Valley Girl: Match.
  • Verbal Tic: Exaggerated. David says almost nothing but "Aw, seriously?"
    Announcer: Say something else.
    David: No!
  • Vocal Evolution: Many of the characters' voices have gotten significantly deeper since the start of the show, due to the creators hitting puberty.
    • Bubble's voice started out high pitched, and pronouncing many vowels with an "oi" sound. This aspect remained, but it got deeper as early as episode 2. However, starting with "Don't Lose Your Marbles", her voice got higher and more nasal, almost sounding she has a cold. It got even higher in Season 2.
    • Match's voice also got higher again in Season 2.
    • In her first appearance in "Reveal Novum", Ruby had a very high, raspy voice. However, it got much clearer in Season 2.
    • Rocky's voice was fairly high in it's first appearance, but when he talked again in "Rescission", his voice somehow got even higher.
    • By the time IDFB was released, Needle became impossible to voice because of her high pitch. Cary had to ask for another voice actor in one of his other videos.
  • The Voiceless: Woody and Rocky. The former often whines whenever he feels nervous or terrified, and the latter usually minds his own business. However, Rocky spoke at the beginning of the first season, and Woody spoke at the finale ("Oh, hi, Snowball!" and "Leafy?", respectively).
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot:
    • Rocky does this almost all the time.
    • Pin also vomits on Woody in Episode 1.
  • Voted Off the Island: The contestants are usually voted off by viewers, but they sometimes vote each other off.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye:
    • Inverted. Flower, the first to be booted off, eventually returns to the show, with 57 more votes than Teardrop.
    • Played straight with Woody, who was booted off third and never returned.
    • Donut, who was eliminated first in BFDIA, also qualifies.
    • Dora only had three speaking roles, and two of them were from before she became an official contestant.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Season 1, "Reveal Novum". Aside from David's joining the game, there is also the eliminated contestants trying to escape and nearly drowning, Bubble throwing away Leafy's spring shoes, kickstarting a bitter rivalry, and the points being downgraded to double-digits.
    • Also in season 1, episode 22. The announcer is destroyed, and Firey and Flower build their own speaker boxes.
    • "Insectophobe's Nightmare 2". Leafy dies in a ferris wheel (this scene was proven crucial for the outcome of the season), and turns out she can't be recovered. BFDI is also announced to be cancelled due to the decrease in viewer votes. Then bugs hatch all over the place, and all remaining contestants run away from them, only to eventually die. With only David left alive, the Announcer tries cloning him to continue the show (which is Un-Canceled). And then every single continuity change is reversed like nothing happened.
    • And of course, the season 1 finale. Firey wins Dream Island and bans Leafy from it due to the aforementioned Ferris wheel scene. Leafy then buys Dream Island from the Announcer (without Firey knowing) using Yellow Face's paper slips. Flower jumps off the slippery slope and destroys the recovery centers, kills Bubble, then gets crushed by an UFO that abducted multiple contestants earlier. Woody, who was in that UFO, also dies from a heart attack. Then the Announcer escapes with all the knock-off speaker boxes. It ends with the cast finding out what Leafy did and sentencing her to the death penalty, only for Firey to save her at the last minute.
    • Season 2, "Get Digging" Evil Leafy escaped the TLC and is haunting the Evil Forest.
    • Season 2, episode 5a. Leafy returns from Yoyleland, only to be crushed by Gelatin's hammer. Pin accidentally stabs Puffball Speaker Box, and gets de-limbed in return. Firey Speaker Box takes over as the host. Pencil's alliance (including the recently eliminated Match and Bubble, who was not allowed to enter the competition) forms a third team called "Free Smart". It ends with Free Smart, GB, TB and Rocky being Swallowed Whole by Evil Leafy.
    • "No More Snow" from Season 2. Two thirds of the main cast (and Evil Leafy) die, the HPRC is destroyed, and the episode ends on the alive contestants spinning the HPHPRCC to get their friends back.
    • The very first episode of Season 3. [[spoiler: Firey is trapped in a cage, Woody is revived somehow, Golf Ball is implied to have a Dark and Troubled Past tied to the Science Museum, and possibly Evil Leafy (by the way, she is alive again), and Rocky regained his barfing powers. All this will probably be never explained.
    • Season 4, episode 6. A Better Name Than That executes a plan to get rid of Four. Donut now has Four's powers and personality inside him, and is announced as the host.
    • From the same season: Episode 10, "Enter the Exit". The characters realize the competition is impossible to continue without Four, and Four is brought back. We also learn where the eliminated characters go, and it's EXIT, a place inside Four where the people in it are doomed to solve mathematical problems forever - and there is a rejoin.
  • Wham Line: From "Return of the Hang Glider":
    Leafy: I know. Especially because Firey never received Dream Island at all.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The show takes place in a land called "Goiky", but it is uncertain whether it is a made up place on Earth or on a different world altogether. Goiky is implied to be very close to the North Pole.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The characters will slap each other when offended, regardless of gender.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Match dyes her hair blue and pretends to be "Blue Match" to try to rejoin the game. It doesn't work.

    Tropes added in BFDIA 

  • Anthropomorphic Food: Many contestants introduced in BFDIA onwards are based off food.
  • Beautiful Void: The Long-lost Yoyle City is a beautifully rendered city with no inhabitants.
  • Blatant Lies: Match and Bubble disguise themselves as trees right in front of Firey's replacement speaker box's eyes (if it has any).
  • Brick Joke: On episode 5a, Book slaps Match because they drove past a library, saying "it's the rule", then mentions that she can reciprocate it if they pass a matchstick factory. In episode 5e, exactly that happens.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Leafy's map of Goiky helps her win the long jump contest in BFDI Episode 21. At the beginning of BFDIA, she uses it again when Pin and the others are chasing her.
  • Cut Short: After BFDIA was on hiatus for three years, some "deleted scenes" from the nonexistent sixth episode were released before the series was rebooted with IDFB, the third season. IDFB was also cut short with just a single episode before another year-long hiatus and reboot with BFB.
  • Decoy Protagonist: In the intro of BFDIA, Leafy is the center of attention as she runs away from a mob of former contestants. She uses her map to escape to Yoyleland, and Pin rips the map to trap her there.
  • Deus ex Machina: In BFDIA episode 5e, W.O.A.H. Bunch has only walked three miles and is about to lose. However, Coiny manages to throw a stick 2,760 miles and hits a button on Freesmart's van, which picks up Needle. The rest of the team clings onto her, and they make it to Yoyleland, climb the mountain, and get second place.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Conversely, Team No-Name loses the challenge when Puffball lets her team get eaten by a giant fish because of her greed for prizes.
  • Fake-Out Opening:
    • BFDIA episode 4 has a "Battle For Nothing" opening when the contestants realize that Leafy stole Dream Island back in the first season.
    • BFB episode 10 has a similar "opening" that features all eliminated characters missing, Four being missing from the ending, X being sad about it, and the title being "Battle for Nothing". The regular opening is played later in the episode when Four comes back.
  • Gambit Roulette: W.O.A.H. Bunch wins the second challenge by using yoyleberry seeds, which were obtained by literally spinning the prize wheel and landing on the right spot.
  • Jump Scare: In episode two of season two. You know Evil Leafy's going to magically jump across the cliff and appear in front of the others and it will still make you jump.
    • Played for Laughs in BFB 13. Eraser and Fries are waiting for the next contest because Four and X have a blank look on their faces, something they do before an announcement. Then X suddenly drills through the ground, and the two have shocked expressions.
  • No Indoor Voice: Yellow Face. Whenever he says something, he has to yell it, because sometimes no one can hear him when he speaks normal. —>"HMM... I SURE DO!"
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: This is emphasized when two characters fall from a great height; one is caught just above the ground and saved while the other hits the ground and dies.
    • In BFDIA episode 4, a frozen Firey and Tennis Ball are shaken off the Eiffel Tower. Match catches Firey just before he hits the ground, while Tennis Ball shatters as he hits the ground.
    • In IDFB episode 1, Pencil falls off the Yoyle Needy. Book and Ice Cube run down to catch her, while Ruby jumps down the flight of stairs. Book and Ice Cube catch Pencil just before she reaches the ground, while Ruby shatters on impact.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Match and especially Bubble use Gelatin to disguise themselves as trees to be in the game as members of FreeSmart. Needless to say, despite the disguises being worn separately, Firey's replacement box fails to see through the disguise. Subverted at the end of the episode, when Match and Bubble are caught after their team wins and Gelatin is nowhere near.
  • Reality Subtext: A day in real life is a day in-universe. During the three-year hiatus of BFDIA, the characters settle down in Yoyleland and go about their lives.
  • Retcon and Sequel Reset: Implied. The beginning of BFDIA seems to undo the last part about Firey saving Leafy, and pretends that the rest of the cast still hates her.
  • Scenery Porn: Yoyle City, rendered in 3D.
  • Serious Business: Coiny convinces Needle to switch teams in BFDIA episode 3 by threatening to call her "Needy". Three times. In a row. Lampshaded by Fries.
  • Something Completely Different:
    • Episode 5b of the second season is a Platform Game, compared to the other parts of Episode 5 (And all other episodes in general), which are all regular Flash animations.
    • "Welcome Back", the first episode in three years, was quite different, featuring slice-of-life comedy antics instead of a challenge, and voting for a character to return instead of being eliminated. Even the name is different, now known as IDFB.
  • Stock Audio Clip: Ice Cube and Needle speak entirely in recycled lines. Needle stopped doing so in BFDIA 5a, and Ice Cube got a new line in the same episode. But Ice Cube reverted back to recycled lines after that (until BFB 1).
  • Take a Third Option: FreeSmart. Why switch to WOAH Bunch like a bunch of other contestants are doing, when you can make your own team instead?
  • Time Abyss: Golf Ball is implied to be this, as she wrote the BFDI Tips and Tricks book 1 billion years ago. If not, it's likely Time Travel. But it could also be a joke.
  • Title Drop: Pretty much every episode in season 2 has one with the title of the episode (except for "Insectophobe's Nightmare 3").

    Tropes added in IDFB 

    Tropes added in BFB 

  • Adorable Abomination: How 4 works, looks, and acts suggests this.
  • And I Must Scream: At the end of BFB 2, Taco is still trapped inside one of the jawbreakers with no one being able to hear or free her. The worst part is it seems that she has been in there for days and no one even remembers her to the point that she eats part of herself to survive.
  • Angrish: Book tries to convince that Taco abandoned their team for the umpteenth time. When nobody listens, this happens.
  • Arc Number: 8. There are eight teams of eight members, freeing the eight recovered contestants from the jawbreakers was the second challenge, and there's 8-ball who denies having a favorite number, and was also eliminated on episode 8 and gave Saw the fumes that made her randomly say "eight". He was also in 8th place for the rejoining in episode 11.
    • 2763, oddly enough. It's the distance between Goiky and Yoyleland, and the number of deaths Death P.A.C.T. prevented as of episode 5. It's also the speed in miles per hour at which X can move, and the last part of the treasure's coordinates in BFB 13.
    • 31 also could qualify. The first three seasons have 31 contestants and 31 episodes, and the scheduled amount in which each episode is produced is a month, or roughly 31 days.
  • Ascended Extra: X usually plays second fiddle to 4 during their hosting stints. Once 4 is multiplied by zero, however, he starts hosting himself. He proves himself woefully under-prepared and out of his element during his stint as host, so he steps back comfortably into being 4's sidekick again.
  • Ascended Meme: Many voters jokingly voted for Four and X, the hosts, using [4] and [X]. Come BFB 13, and since no team has been put up for elimination by the end of the episode, the voting segment in the end was turned into a popularity contest, where Four and X can be voted using [4] and [X].
  • Badass Fingersnap: Donut uses one during BFB 8 to turn gravity back on, using the moon to crush 8-ball as part of his elimination and subsequent death. Another one is used by Four to begin the challenge in BFB 12.
  • Bait-and-Switch: During the 4th challenge, when Team BEEP presents a cake in the shape of Four. Once asked how they made it, a flashback leads the viewers to thinking that it’s Rocky vomiting onto a plate...but it’s really Woody spreading frosting onto said plate and David groaning in disgust. And then the frosting is revealed to be Rocky’s barf.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Black Hole states that he can't be crushed to a smaller size, yet Four does just that anyways.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Black comedy becomes more prominent as the show goes on, most likely due to the creators' ageing.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Many of the contestants dislike Four because of his aggressive behavior, and A Better Name Than That actually succeeds in temporarily getting rid of him by multiplying him with Donut. However, neither Donut nor X are able to recover any of the dead contestants, and everyone eventually realizes that they need Four to be present in order for everyone to stay alive.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: All of the teams are color-coded.
    • Death P.A.C.T.: Black/Navy
    • A Better Name Than That: Blue
    • Team Ice Cube!: White
    • Free Food: Red
    • The Losers!: Yellow
    • iance: Pink
    • BEEP: Green
    • Bleh: Gray/Purple
  • Color-Coded Armies: All Beep members are colored orange after their second Cake at Stake. However, dead contestants get recovered with their original coloring.
  • Conveniently Interrupted Document: When Book looks up her definition of herself, the pages for Battle For Dream Island Again and Battle For BFDI can be also seen. BFDIA's page is cut by formatting before it can be revealed who won and BFB's description is heavily distorted.
  • Couch Gag: Every episode begins with a different character raising their arm, before the intro starts.
  • Cover Identity Anomaly: Most of the impostors in BFB 12 get caught because of this. Taco (as Tree) kills someone, which is against Tree's team policy, Basketball speaks as Rocky, Lightning (as Pin) doesn't remember the incident she is supposed to have witnessed, and so on.
  • Darker and Edgier: While BFB is Denser and Wackier than the previous seasons, it also has significantly much darker moments, even when compared to the above examples.
    • The eliminations can be more than a little unsettling. If a contestant is eliminated, Four will suck them into his body. The standouts so far are Leafy and Bracelety.
    • While Liy gets sucked up faster than the other eliminated contestants, their behavior once eliminated more than makes up for it. She accuses her teammates for being ungrateful and biased towards her, as she just wanted to overcome her past and save lives, even pointing out that she saved the most lives out of everyone in her team. Liy eventually loses it and flips into her previous design, to the horror of her teammates. It’s also heavily implied she used to be a serial killer.
    • 8-Ball’s elimination actually kills them. To elaborate, Donut traps him in between the moon and the earth, then undoes the zero gravity effect to crush him to death.
    • BFB 2’s post-credits scene reveals that Taco is the only contestant still trapped in a jawbreaker, and when David tries to free her, a dejected Nickel tells him to leave it alone. Poor Taco is unable to be heard by the other contestants and remains trapped inside for several days, eating her fish to prevent herself from starving. During the third challenge, she tries to call for help again, but her teammates still can’t hear her and come to the conclusion that she either died or abandoned them.
  • Denser and Wackier: This season is more fast-paced with more impulsive humour, now that episodes are shorter and released biweekly, and a deranged host whose actions make the Announcer look tame.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Any characters who interrupts Four or tries to criticize him, Clock in particular, is this. It's usually a very poor idea, though.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Episode 6 has this. After spending the entire season up to that point at the short end of 4's abuse and torment, team "A Better Name Than That" attempts to get rid of him by "multiplying him by 0," using Donut as their 0. It works, and Donut is then made the host for that episode. 5 episodes later, however, Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them kicks in.
    • It can absorb eliminated contestants into its body.
    • It revives dead contestants by shooting them out of its hand, with drum roll.
    • It can teleport, seemingly regenerate itself, and start the intro to the episode.
  • Foreshadowing: In BFB 1, the voting music is used outside of its context - in a scene with iance, who went up for elimination in that episode.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: The entire premise of BFB 12’s challenge. A contestant from each team has their minds placed into the body of another contestant, and the others must rule out the imposter in order to secure immunity for their team.
  • Gilligan Cut: Happens in episode 1.
    Fries: I'll throw you as high as I can and you''l try to grab the basket, okay?
    Foldy: I'm a bit nervous about thaaaaaa—
  • Ironic Name: BFB 1 introduces Loser, who is treated with respect by the other contestants.
  • Irony: The fact that Death P.A.C.T., a death-preventing team, includes Black Hole and Remote, who both have killed in BFDI, and are the only recommended characters in Season 1 aside from Bomby to get that distinction.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In BFB 7, when the teams on the moon are in turmoil, Blocky orders Golf Ball to watch the communicator dish. Golf Ball, being the informal leader of the team, protests, but eventually gives in.
  • Order vs. Chaos: The conflict between Black Hole (preventing deaths) and Remote (winning challenges) qualifies as this.
  • Out of Focus: Due to the ridiculously large cast in BFB, characters tend to fall in and out of focus depending on the episode. Some characters seem to get the short end of the stick no matter what, however.
  • Parting Words Regret: Bubble's last words to Match are "The Reason You Suck" Speech. The following episode, she resolves to forgive everyone else to prevent this from happening again.
    Bubble: What if... what if this happened because I didn't forgive her? I can't let this happen to anyone else.
  • The Producer Thinks of Everything: In BFB 12, the impostor on Team Ice Cube, the losing team, was on Iance, the second-to-worst team, meaning you didn't know who the impostor was until the very end of the challenge.
  • Reality Ensues: For a show with anthropomorphic objects and screwy logic, this trope comes to play surprisingly more often in BFB.
    • Beep was assembled by Leafy as a group of people who needed assistance. Obviously, they suck at challengesnote , especially without Leafy.
    • During the first challenge, iance’s strategy is to jump repeatedly in order to reach a basket. Unlike most instances where cartoon physics come into play, this doesn’t work, and they end up losing the challenge.
    • After Four gets absorbed into him, Donut ends up taking over as the show’s temporary host. However, since he’s only a contestant with little experience in the competition (as he was eliminated first in BFDIA), things become noticeably more disorganized. Under his control, two teams are trapped on the moon and several contestants are (temporarily) killed off. While Four can reassemble and recover the contestants with ease, Donut cannot immediately undo any damage caused and accidentally mutilates Naily when he tries to recover her. Even if you end up gaining reality-bending powers like Four, you don’t immediately master them.
    • Easily Forgiven does not come into play here. Bell scorns Taco for using her in the sixth challenge and refuses to accept her apologies no matter what she says.
      • Despite Match’s Freudian Excuse and relatively sincere apology, Bubble does not immediately forgive her as well for verbally pressuring and demoting her in the eighth challenge.
    • When X is found inside of Fries after seemingly being absorbed into Donut, he becomes the temporary host. Before that, however, he only played the role of co-host, and as such, he’s very nervous and shy when trying to host, making occassional mistakes and fretting over them, and failing to properly explain the challenge to BEEP.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Bubble gives Match a very deserved speech in Get To The Top In 500 Steps:
    Bubble: Nnnngh! Match, what's gotten into you lately?
    Match: Bubble! You're finally ready to talk to me! I'm, like, sorry for lying. None of us knew those quiz answers.
    Bubble: Then why did you demote me?!
    Match: I, like, just had to set an example, so our teammates knew to, like, not mess up. Pencil's not around, so someone, like, had to fill in. You, like, understand, right?
    Bubble: Why did you keep thinking that would help?
    Match: Bubble, we need a strong leader, or—
    Bubble: Or what, we'll lose? Why haven't you noticed that this kind of leadership HURTS PEOPLE EVERY TIME? Last time we had Pencil was EPISODE ONE! When we hurt Fanny, and lost the challenge. And in episode eight, when you took her spot! We only survived because Stapy cheated... and... you hurt me.
    Match: I can promote you back to mem—
    Bubble: That's meaningless! When I struggle, I don't need a stern leader! I don't need Pencil! I needed you.
  • Ship Sinking: BFB 6 teases Taco and Bell (who never interacted until then), with Taco pretending to flirt with Bell and flustering her. In reality, however, she was baiting her to look at the Twinkle-infected moon so she could spare Bleh from elimination. Fast forward to BFB 10, in which Bell refuses to talk to Taco and accept her apologies for what happened.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Gelatin for TIC, Leafy for Beep, and Liy for Death P.A.C.T. respectively.
  • Token Good Teammate: Bubble, Lightning, and Ruby for iance, due to them being sweet people who are put on a team with jerks. Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • Leafy was among the nicer characters in BFDI, but she became less nice and more controlling in BFB. This controlling nature led to her team's loss and her elimination in the second episode, though once she rejoins the game, she’s trying to make up for it.
    • Book was the voice of reason among Freesmart, and was generally kinder and more polite than Pencil and Match. This behavior gets thrown out the window after she develops a deep-rooted belief that Taco abandoned the team and places a firm grip on the Jerkass Ball. As a result, Book regularly badmouths Taco, is much quicker to anger, and jumps to conclusions far more often.
  • Un-Entendre: In BFB episode 6, A Better Name Than That successfully gets rid of Four by multiplying him by zero (Donut). Tennis Ball and Golf Ball wiggle their eyebrows at the word "factor", much to Donut's annoyance.
    Tennis Ball: Well, Four became a... factor of zero... if you know what I mean.
    [Tennis Ball and Golf Ball wiggle their eyebrows intensively]
    Donut: Stop that! There's not even a second meaning there!
  • Unfortunate Name: Firey decides to name his team "The Losers", because it has Loser in it. When Loser is eliminated, the name's validness significantly drops.
  • The Unpronounceable: Bleh, which is all of the member's names said at a time. It's impossible in real life, and can only be done through editing.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Taco's jawbreaker. It was put in with her team's swing in episode 3, but the team still chose to ignore it. Contrived stupidity comes in when she finally frees herself and loudly declares it with pieces all around her and they still ignore that.
  • Voodoo Doll: Balloony's Earth causes 4 to be crushed when Balloony pokes it during Cake At Stake.


Bubble: "Yoylecake!"

Alternative Title(s): Battle For BFDI

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