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Bravest Warriors is an animated web series based on the other Random! Cartoons short from Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time. The show is about four 16 year-olds — Chris, Beth, Danny, and Wallow — who journey across the universe in the far future, saving alien worlds with the power of their emotions. The series premiered on November 8, 2012.

Originally produced for Frederator Studios' Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel, Ward had no involvement with the show outside some minor voice roles, despite creating the original short. Instead, the series was executive produced by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi, while Breehn Burns (of Dr. Tran fame) wrote and directed every episode of the first two seasons (sans one). The third season, produced for the Cartoon Hangover VRV channel, was directed by Tom King (no, not that one), with Burns remaining as writer.

A television series, which serves as both the fourth season and a continuation of the web series, premiered December 25, 2017 on VRV and aired on Teletoon on September 3, 2018. The television series is a Canadian co-production with Nelvana and boasting a new creative team. On December 3, 2019, it was revealed that a Spin-Off show focusing on the character Catbug is in development.

There is a comic book series from KaBOOM! Comics, which ran for 36 issues (plus one annual issue, an Impossibear Special, a Paralyzed Horse Special and a Tales from the Holo-John special). The comics tended to be more family-friendly than the series. There's also some children's books: The Great Core Caper (a Gamebook), Strange Dog in a Strange Land, and some activity books.

The production blog is here, and you can view the original short here. You can watch Season 1 here, the Season 1 Minisodes here and Season 2 here. The comic series can be purchased here.

Contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • The Emotion Lord never gets Danny's name right - usually calling him "Dabney" and one time calling him "Dandy" - but nobody really pays attention to it. He never has reason to call Danny by name at all after The Reveal that he's Chris from the future, so it's possibly this was just a small part of him screwing around with the heroes.
    • During "Emotion Fjord", Chris can't say anyone's name right.
  • Action Girl:
    • Beth, of course.
    • Plum also has her moments, though moreso in the comics.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Hyped all over the place with RoboChris; and Danny pretty much makes every mistake in the book that gets this result. In response; RoboChris makes friends with the rest of the cast and punches Danny in the groin.
  • All Just a Dream: Parodied in Issue #8 of the comics, where the entire Beauty Pageant subplot is revealed to be this. Aaaand then subverted a few pages later, making the reveal itself All Just a Dream, meaning the trope is both Subverted and Played Straight at the same time.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love:
    • In the pilot, Chris gives one to Beth in order to defeat a monster that feeds on pent-up emotions. Unfortunately, she doesn't hear it over her own laughter.
    • Beth gives one to Chris before she knocks him out and carries him out of the Huxtabite kingdom.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Early production art reveals Beth is a threat to all life and isn't aware of it.
  • Arc Words: "Never doubt the Worm" for season 2.
  • Art Evolution: A lot of it between the short and the series, as usual.
    • Chris kept his old body type but his hair style changed.
    • Danny kept his old body type and his hair style changed as well as his skin becoming darker.
    • Beth became curvier and shorter.
    • Wallow became musclebound and gained a few inches on the rest of the group.
  • Artistic License – Space:
    • Phobos and Deimos are presented as much larger than they actually are in the Martian sky; Deimos in particular would be hard to pick out without knowing what you were looking for, while Phobos would be much smaller than the Earth's moon.
    • Nobody on Mars seems to have the anticipated height gains from growing up in 1/3 Earth gravity.
  • Assimilation Plot: Wankershim becoming large enough to encompass the entire universe is treated as this and The End of the World as We Know It by the Emotion Lord, but in practice nothing really changes, besides...
    Wallow: Does anyone else feel kinda... tender?
    Danny: I guess he's everywhere now.
    Wallow: (scratches head) ...Rad!
  • Baby Planet: In "Too High, Too Far, Too Soon," the Bravest Warriors come across a planet that is both this and has a case of Year Inside, Hour Outside.
  • Badass Boast: The Paralyzed Horse does this when he pulls a You Shall Not Pass! against that Aeon Worm.
    "Swifter than the leopards. More fierce than the evening wolves. Fear me, for when armored by her love, I possess the strength to fight a God!"
  • Badass Creed: The Bravest Warriors Pledge.
  • "Better if Not Born" Plot: In the episode "Decide What You Want From Me," a strange extra-dimensional being shows Danny what life would be like without him. The creature paints a picture that the world is a better place, but he can't hide the fact that Chris is not doing well in this new reality.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Danny when he clocks Beth's Dad in the head, allowing the rest of the warriors to remove and destroy his sticker.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Danny has very huge eyebrows.
  • Big "WHAT?!":
    Ralph Waldo Pickle Chips/Johnny Tezuka: Beth, even if you could escape our Lord, the door I sent was designed to vanish after opening; it may already be gone.
    Paralyzed Horse: WHAT?!
    • Beth does this in "Hamster Priest" when alternate universe Danny kills alternate universe Chris.
  • Bittersweet Ending: At the end of Aeon Worm, Paralyzed Horse manages to subdue the Aeon Worm, which gives Beth and Catbug enough time to escape through the See-Through Zone portal before it closes... but he must remain behind to battle the Worm and try to prevent it from escaping as well. However the real twist is, should the threat of the Aeon Worm be extinguished, Paralyzed Horse can never return to Beth again as he would lose his psychic powers and be frozen once more.
  • Black Bead Eyes: For most of the character designs.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • Subverted. In "Lavarinth", the emotion lord "grants" the team's opponents the ability to read their minds, much to the chagrin of the team. Fortunately, they all become friends because of said power. Sorta.
    • Played straight with Beth's horse, who is rendered completely paralysed by his knowledge of forever.
  • Body Horror:
    • The hamsters' reactions to the viral scrapings of the Aeon Worm that Ralph Waldo Picklechips feeds them. Their pupils dilate, go blank-white, and their faces contort painfully as their minds are warped to the Worm's will, forcing them to speak, "Never... Doubt... The... Worm." Every syllable is layered with disturbingly audible pain.
    • Picklechips himself gets the same eyes and a diseased face in Season of the Mitch, presumably from prolonged exposure to the same materials. Beth's face decays in the same way as the Aeon Worm attempts to take her.
  • Book Ends: The first time we see the Paralysed Horse, he says that he is unable to comfort Beth, for he is "just a horse". Then, as he sacrifices himself to save Beth and Catbug, he remarks that he is sworn to protect her, for he is "just a horse". Also qualifies as a Meaningful Echo.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In The Parasox Pub:
    The Emotion Lord: In fifteen seconds, the Space Chicken Spectacle will begin. Puddingtown will enter through that door, walk over and sit in this chair like he always does. That's when you murder him in cold blood. Good luck!
    Chris: WHAT?
    Other Emotion Lord: If he struggles, take out his eyeballs with your thumbs.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Happens occasionally in the Comics, such as the following exchange.
    Chris: It's time to get to the bottom of this. Enough clowning around.
    Wallow: Chris, we stopped making puns a few pages ago.
    Chris: Oh! Sorry!
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": "Space Chickens" appear to be nothing more than pigeons.
  • Calling Your Attacks:
    Chris: Giant Bumblebee STORM TO THE EYEBALLS!
  • The Cameo: Catbug Burnie appears as a skin in the iOS and Android Fly Catbug, Fly!
  • Casting Gag: "Decide What You Want From Me" has New Danny voiced by Rob Paulsen, who voiced Danny in the original Random! Cartoons pilot before John Omohundro replaced him for the actual series.
  • Cerebus Retcon: In the second story arc of the comic, Danny is feeling tremendous guilt for exploding the planet of sexism from the first issue, resulting in dreams were he tries to change the outcome peacefully (he fails).
  • Chippendales Dancers: Unicorn Chippendales dancers appear in Beth's butter lettuce fantasy in "Butter Lettuce".
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Beth to Chris, according to the production sketches.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The Emotion Lord is a very ridiculous and strange person, but can get serious if he wants to.
  • Clown Species: The first arc of the Boom Studios comic book has the Bravest Warriors having to help out a race of clown people, which Danny has a hard time accomplishing because he is very afraid of clowns.
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Each Warrior wears a different color: Chris, blue; Beth, green; Danny, red; and Wallow, orange.
    • Their Energy Weapon colors are a different set: Chris' bee is green, Beth's cat whip is pink, Danny's dog sword is yellow, and Wallow's falcon axe is blue.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: The series had a comic book tie-in by Boom Studios, which lasted 36 issues and one annual. There was also an Impossibear special, a Paralyzed Horse special and a Tales from the Holo-John special.
  • Comically Missing the Point: This exchange in Ultra Wankershim:
    Martian News Reporter: How do you think this will affect the Martian Tourism Industry?
    Catbug: He says he wants MORE carrots and BREADCRUMBS!
  • Cone of Shame: Catbug wears one for the funeral of Jelly Kid. Its presence implies that he's been neutered to suppress the animal aggressiveness that led him to kill Jelly Kid.
  • Cool Starship: In the shape of an orca whale.
  • Cool Sword: The Emotion Sword.
  • Cute Kitten: Well, a cute Catbug, at least.
  • Cypher Language: Some of the margin comments from issue 21 and on are in a substitution cypher.
  • Darker and Edgier: Season 2 seems to have more mature themes than Season 1.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The afterlife mall, all its deceased residents, and the bus that ferries the dead to said mall, are all in black and white.
  • Deus Angst Machina: In The Parasox Pub, the mission is to kill a talking Ridiculously Cute Critter named Puddingtown. And Puddingtown is the single nicest being in the universe.
  • Deus ex Machina: Catbug's arrival in "Aeon Worm." Then again, they could have just not had the bridge collapse under Beth.
  • Did Not Do the Bloody Research: Profanity in the series isn't that strong, but British audiences might be taken aback that there is a character named Wankershim. This may have been intentional, given his behavior in "Butter Lettuce." After an incident where Wankershim absorbed the Universe, it was re-titled as "The Wankerverse."
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?:
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Plum was featured in the comic as the fifth member far before she appeared in the cartoon. Also in issue three of the comic, the New Miami Hackers were mentioned by name before they appeared in the eighth episode.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: There are some noticeable discrepancies in character designs when the character's depictions in the web series are compared to how they appeared in the original Random! Cartoons pilot.
    • Chris Kirkman's blond hair was originally less wavy and had a paler shade of yellow.
    • Danny Vasquez's hair was black rather than brown in addition to being in a different style.
    • Wallow was originally less muscular and had a shaved head instead of being completely bald.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Aeon Worm.
    Paralyzed Horse: Do not look back, its grotesque splendor is more than human minds can endure!
  • End-of-Series Awareness: The last two issues of the Boom Studios comic book acknowledged that the comic was coming to an end, with the 35th issue's section of explaining what will happen next issue having Catbug say "The end is nigh" and the 36th issue having that section depict an image of the Bravest Warriors accompanied by a message thanking the reader for reading the comic book.
  • Energy Weapon:
    • The Warriors summon weapons by rubbing heat-sensitive stickers on their suits. Danny has the Dog Sword, Beth has the Cat Lashes, Wallow has the Falcon Axe, and Chris has...Bee With Excellent Leadership Skills.
    • In the original short, their weapons weren't animal-themed. Beth still had a whip and Wallow still had an axe, but Danny had some shadow blades and Chris had a lightning sword.
  • Everybody Did It: In "Footprints by the Garden Tree," a bunch of cupcakes are stolen and Catbug takes it upon himself to find the culprit. After interviewing all the potential suspects, Catbug concludes that each of the Bravest Warriors took a cupcake. Then Catbug admits that he himself took a cupcake.
  • Everyone Can See It: Between Chris and Beth, even though Chris Cannot Spit It Out and Beth may not even realize her attraction.
    Wallow: You fools are meant to be together. Like, all in a soft rock, soulmates-in-puberty kinda way. Everybody knows it.
  • Everything Is an iPod in the Future
  • Evil Laugh Turned Coughing Fit: In the episode "You're Walkin' Tough Baby But You're Walkin' Blind - Part 1", an old acquaintance of the Bravest Warriors, Jenna, shows up back in their lives. After she manages to convince the Warriors she's not out to get them, we see her tell a group of people who look like gender-inverted versions of Beth and Danny, and a robot that looks like Wallow, that she got them to trust her. She then lets loose a loud Evil Laugh that ends with her coughing.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Beth brushing her teeth in the Holojohn in "Butter Lettuce"... too sleepy to notice the guys are in there with a "30% sexier" hologram of herself. She did lock them inside and run the "Butter Lettuce Party" simulation, so she realized they were there at some point, but only acknowledged this after she's left the bathroom.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: In Danny's dreams, he goes back in time to stop the team from destroying the planet of sexism and formulate a peaceful solution. Unfortunately, the planet's inhabitants kill themselves in a massive war that wipes 95% of them out. Shortly after, one of the sexist planets is inadvertently blown up by one of the survivors, rendering Danny's entire effort moot.
  • Famous Ancestor: The Bravest Warriors' parents were called the Courageous Battlers.
  • Fanservice: There's quite a lot of Male Gaze throughout the series. One notable example would be in "Butter Lettuce", where the gang create a (30%) sexier hologram of Beth (complete with her dancing).
  • Five-Token Band: Chris (white), Beth (Asian), Danny (Hispanic), Wallow (Samoan).
  • Flipping the Bird: Danny does this twice in the first episode.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In "Emotion Lord," Beth says that Chris was standing too close to the Emotion Lord for her to get an accurate reading. The reality is that the Emotion Lord is Chris, as revealed in "Lavarinth".
    • Further foreshadowed in "Time Slime," when Chris is the only one actually reacting to the emotional pain of the Fartsparkles Time Generator.
    • In "Gas-Powered Stick" when Plum kisses Chris, Chris is able to use his x-ray vision to see that Plum has two brains inside her skull.
    • In "Ultra Wankershim", Chris has a brief vision of the future, which includes many hints of things to come:
      • Plum in a monstrous One-Winged Angel form, which happens in "Mexican Touchdown".
      • A shot of Wallow missing an arm, which becomes a reality in "Season of the Worm".
      • A shot of Beth kissing a silhouetted figure, which has yet to happen.
      • A shot of The Emotion Lord crying, which happens less than a minute afterwards when he sees Beth again. This becomes double foreshadowing in "The Parasox Pub", where it turns out Chris completely destroyed his chances with Beth, and thus ruined the timeline, in "Merewif Tag" by missing Movie Night.
  • Forgot About His Powers:
    • In issue 23 of the comics, Wallow remembers his bubble shield after passing through a tunnel of spikes where it would have helped.
    • In the same arc, Wallow could use his falcon to get Chris out of the chasm but doesn't.
  • Forgotten Birthday: In "RoboChris", this is the entire reason why Danny makes an extremely clingy robot version of Chris in the first place.
  • Four-Fingered Hands:
    • Pretty much everyone who has human-like hands, with the bizarre exception of Wallow, who has a full compliment.
    • A notable example is Plum who only has three fingers, and later on only two. Justified in that she's an alien mermaid thing.
  • For Want Of A Nail: We find out in The Parasox Pub that the events of Merewif Tag became this: Missing movie night caused Chris to change his path in life drastically, and he ends up losing Beth forever and going insane as the Emotion Lord.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: A large part of the plot in Merewif Tag.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: See Once an Episode.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Wallow.
  • Funny Background Event: In comic issue #1, the Bravest Warriors bake two disturbing sentient cupcakes conditioned to fight each other to the death. Orange cupcake hammers green to pulp, but that's not the end of them. As the Warriors search for a sufficiently frightening movie, an undead, levitating green flash-burns orange with a death ray just as orange uses its bionic arms to retrieve a binder labeled "codes" from the Warriors' safe. Which later ends up being actually relevant since the orange cupcake was piloted by the Warriors, and the green was being controlled by Sadness.
  • Future Me Scares Me: It takes a while for Chris to accept that the Emotion Lord is his future self.
  • Gentle Giant: Wallow likes bringing home aliens as pets and is trained as a Nursing Assistant.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: A relatively benign variant: Beth's horse has been catatonic since it realized the true nature of the universe when she was seven. On the plus side, the horse seems to be effectively immortal, since it doesn't seem to have aged and, according to Beth, it doesn't poop anymore.
  • Grand Finale: The season four two-parter "No Matter What the Future Brings" marks the end of the series, as it has the Bravest Warriors finally rescue their parents the Courageous Battlers (and Beth's horse) from the See-Through Zone.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: "The Crowd I'm Seeing" features disgusting close-ups of the Upta Gals' ulcers and bunions.
  • Held Gaze:
    • Chris and Beth does this in "The Bunless".
    • And again in Robo-Chris. Let's face it they do this a lot.
  • Helpless Kicking: In one episode, the Bravest Warriors are tasked with saving the inhabitants of the flooding Planet Disproportia. Chris and Zachary Ryan are tasked with finding Ms. Irma, a hermit. They find her in a deep cave at the bottom of her well, stuck upside-down a hole, kicking her legs about.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Plum for the guys.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords:
    • In the pilot, Chris has a lightning sword, and gets a honeycomb sword in the series proper. Danny gets a Dog Sword.
    • In Parasox Pub, Chris takes possession of the Emotion Sword, tearing a rift in space-time.
  • Heroic BSoD: In issue 6 of the comic, Danny begins to have regrets over destroying the planet of sexism from the first issue and laments not being able to save them.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The Paralysed Horse in Aeon Worm.
  • Hologram: The Invisible Hideout has a Holo John, a room capable of producing hard light projections like the Holodeck in Star Trek. As the name implies, it is also the bathroom.
  • Home Base: They live in a giant invisible robot. On Mars.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Invoked with 30% and 40% sexier Beth wearing a slightly more revealing pastiche of Slave Leia's costume. 9000% sexier loops around to disgusting due to being an overweight blob.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Chris feels this way about Beth.
  • Inner Thoughts, Outsider Puzzlement: When Beth prepares to wrestle with Wallow in "Terrabeth Bytes", there is an Art Shift to a manga style as Beth dramatically thinks to herself. Then the scene cuts back to reality, showing Wallow is watching Beth stand around and stare into space like a weirdo.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Wallow and Supreme Chancellor Gayle go back some way.
    • The Aeon Worm planned to brainwash Beth into mating with it. It even implies that she was born for the role of breeding new worms. Fortunately, The Paralysed Horse and Danny save her.
    • Plum and Chris also qualify for this trope.
  • Interface Spoiler: Thumbnails of later videos often spoil earlier twists, for instance "The Parasox Pub"'s thumbnail shows Chris with Emotion Lord eyes.
    • In Season 2, they didn't even try to hide Jelly Kid's surprise return. Worse, all advertising for Jelly Kid Forever involved Jelly Kid's death, which is treated as a surprise in the actual episode.
    • Before each video, a short three-second "advertisement" coupled with some kind of dramatic score plays, usually an ad for future episodes. While usually this isn't that bad, after "Season of the Worm" and before the release of "Season of the Mitch", a short for the latter episode aired. Which happened to show the climax of the former. Including Wallow with his arm missing, which is a major spoiler. This would play before every single Cartoon Hangover video the viewer tried to watch, including "Season of the Worm" itself.
    • All of Season 2's video titles unabashedly announce the main plot of the episode.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Octopuppet, the alien on the Yellow Moon whose superpower is to transform other life forms into his mind controlled hands (Season 2 Episode 6):
    Octopuppet: I RESPECT LIFE! How DARE you say I don't! *SLAM* My face is itchy... *Scratch Scratch*
  • Jinx Game: In the episode “Cereal Master”, Chris goes out to buy Beth’s favorite breakfast cereal to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the first time she jinxed him. At the end of the episode, as Chris finally brings Beth her favorite cereal, the two end up speaking in unison and Beth jinxes him yet again.
  • Joke of the Butt: The episode "The Bunless" revolves around Chris and Beth having to help an alien entity couple resolve their conflict by serving as host bodies and letting the entities communicate through their heinies, which become enormous during the possession.
  • Just Friends: Beth (supposedly) feels this way about Chris.
  • Karma Houdini: The Upta Gals in "The Crowd I'm Seeing" get no comeuppance for their acts of vandalism or harassing males unprovoked. Beth even joins them in their petty misdemeanors after barely trying to address why their actions are wrong.
  • Kids Are Cruel:
    • Catbug is naive and child-like. As a result he doesn't quite understand right and wrong. Due to this, episodes have dealt with him being both a kleptomaniac and a murderer.
    • The New Miami City Hackers were a group of kids who teased Danny relentlessly as a kid, inventing a remote that made him throw up on command.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Thumbnails of videos often spoil previous videos. See Interface Spoiler above for more details.
  • Longer-Than-Life Sentence: "From Inside the Room" has Danny forced to serve a thousand-year sentence in a time prison for a crime he hasn't even committed yet. Beth's father turns out to be a prisoner there as well, who is serving a 30,000-year sentence for his Aeon Worm-related actions. Danny ends up finishing his sentence eventually since the time prison's nature makes time advance at a far slower pace and the inmates do not age no matter how many years pass.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: "No Matter What the Future Brings" shows that the Courageous Battlers and Beth's horse had been kept in the See-Through Zone because they were made complacent with illusions of their wildest dreams.
  • Love Confession: Chris uses this to defeat the Tickle Monster, but Beth doesn't hear it.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Starts out as a Love Triangle: Danny is crushing on Plum, Plum has a crush on Chris, and Chris is in love with Beth. Then we find out that Danny and Beth end up married after Chris and Plum get together, according to Future Chris.
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman: Subverted in Merewif Tag. After switching bodies with Plum, Chris looks down and her cleavage is clearly visible, but he's more interested in her "clappy pig hands."
  • Men Don't Cry: Averted with Chris, who's not afraid to shed a couple of tears while kicking ass.
  • Missing Backblast: Averted in "Lavarinth", when Wallow turns the Falcon Axe into the Falcon Rocket Launcher. He aims it around a corner, and we can clearly see the smoke flying out of the back end.
  • Missing Mom: According to the comics, Beth doesn't have one. Her father became pregnant and had her himself.
  • Mister Seahorse:
    • Johnny Tezuka/Ralph Waldo Picklechips turns out to be Beth's only parent and had her by making himself pregnant.
    • The Emotion Lord has a baby in "I Just Can't Cope Without My Soap".
  • Musicalis Interruptus: In "Gas-Powered Stick", Chris temporarily gains X-ray vision and sees Beth shaving her armpits and decides to sing about it until Plum comes out of the room
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Gas-powered stick! IT NEVER RUNS OUT OF GAS!note 
  • Mundane Utility: The dimensional wave device that Beth's father uses in "Hamster Priest" shows up being used as what appears to be a pesticide sprayer in "Dimension Garden".
  • My Brain Is Big: Mr. Tezuka has a transparent cranium that allows everyone to see his brain.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The first issue of the comic opens with the Bravest Warriors destroying a planet to eliminate sexism like they did in the original Random! Cartoons pilot episode to save Slippy Napkins' homeworld.
    • Also in the pilot, the nigh emotionless aliens call Chris the "Lord Of Emotions". An Emotion Lord shows up in the second episode of the actual show. It turns out they're right about him becoming an Emotion Lord, give or take a couple hundred years.
    • Chris' dad wields a version of the Lightning sword Chris once had, but he apparently normally wields a blowfish mace.
  • Naked on Revival: After being decapitated by Sadness in the comic book's first arc, the Bravest Warriors' consciousnesses go back home to revive in new bodies, which are shown putting on towels after exiting the vat. Chris chooses not to look at Beth's nudity even though everyone else considers seeing one another naked to be a non-issue.
  • Negative Continuity: Subverted. The first episode seems like the series will go this route, with two time duplicates of the Bravest Warriors dying, and seemingly getting stuck in a infinite loop. However, the third group decide to get the hell out of there, and the series has had strong continuity since.
  • New Neo City: Many cities and countries on Mars are Earth names with "New" slapped in front.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • That time on Venus between Wallow and Gayle.
    • Exactly how does Chris become God to one set of people and Satan to another? And why are mojitos so important?
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Puddingtown does this to Chris in The Parasox Pub.
    Puddingtown: I just get this weird feeling that I can trust you.
  • Oblivious to Love: Chris is totally in love with Beth, but she doesn't notice. Danny and Wallow, however, do.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: In "Dan Before Time", when Future Danny travels back to the moment Danny is about to use his time machine and destroys it to prevent him from creating a Temporal Paradox or a Time Crash.
    Wallow: This happens every time you invent a time machine.
  • Once an Episode: Like the snail from Adventure Time, there's a mysterious man wearing a space helmet called "The Passenger" hidden in each episode watching the Bravest Warriors. He even manage to appear inside their home without them noticing him.
  • Operation: Jealousy:
    • Saves a planet in "The Bunless", where Danny gets the two alien entities possessing Chris and Beth's keisters to regain their love for one another by flirting with the female alien.
    • The basic plot of "RoboChris", in which Danny builds a robotic Chris to make the real Chris jealous in order to get him back for forgetting his birthday.
  • Origins Episode: The season four two-parter "It Shouldn't Ever Have to End This Way" shows the full details of how Beth's father sent the rest of the Bravest Warriors' parents to the See-Through Zone.
  • Out of Focus: Since the first episode, Pixel has since only appeared in the "Lost Episode", Sugarbellies. Enforced Trope; according to Breehn Burns, Pixel's appearances are cut for time. Pixel gets more attention in the comics.
  • Parental Abandonment: The Bravest Warriors' parents, who were a team called the Courageous Battlers, were trapped in another dimension called the See-Through Zone and have remained there for two years, hence why a bunch of teenagers are living by themselves. The first season finale hints that there may be a way for them to save their parents.
  • Potty Emergency:
    • Wallow has to pee at the start of "The Puppetyville Horror", making the team postpone their mission so they could stop at an seemingly empty planet covered in yellow snow, setting the main plot in motion.
    • The comic story "Paralyzed with Hunger" (included in the Paralyzed Horse Giant special) ends with the Paralyzed Horse realizing he now has to poop after his hunger is finally satiated by bread from Jelly Kid.
  • The Power of Love: The Tickle Monster in the original Random! Cartoons pilot is defeated when Chris embraces the creature and admits his love for Beth.
  • Precrime Arrest: Danny is forced to serve a thousand-year sentence in a time prison for an unspecified crime he hasn't even committed yet in the Season Four episode "From the Inside Room".
  • Random Events Plot: Almost all episodes seem to start at a completely random point in the middle of the story, and don't pick up where the previous episode ended in any way. Notable exceptions are the sub-plots about the Emotion Lord and Beth's father, which imply some sort of continuity, but again appear at entirely random points in otherwise completely disconnected episodes.
  • Reality Warper: Emotion Lords. They might also be Physical Gods. Not much is known about them except they're very emotional, and very powerful.
    Thirty space chickens, go!
    Five hundred Chocolate Puppies!
  • Red Herring: In "Dimension Garden", throughout the episodes the grub that the young warriors find is hinted to be the larva form of the Aeon Worm until it's revealed that it's actually Catbug.. However, the very end of the episode shows Ralph discovering the Aeon Worm in his Garden...
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Catbug. Also Jelly Kid.
  • Ruder and Cruder: The web series is most certainly more profane than the original Random! Cartoons short, featuring more swearing as well as having several occasions where Danny Vasquez flips people off.
  • Running Gag: Since the beginning of Season 3, Wallow mocks Chris for wearing his sword everywhere.
  • Screw Destiny: The stated goal of the Emotion Lord in "Parasox Pub". Chris appears to manage it by finding a way to Take a Third Option rather than the ones presented to him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here:
    • At the end of "Time Slime", the Warriors see that they've been killed twice trying to stop the malfunctioning time vortex, and decide to give up and go home.
    • The rocket bus driver in "Memory Donk" bails out because he can't remember how to fly (unfortunately, he tries this in the vacuum of space). Later, Jelly Kid bails out over Neo-Mars City when Danny asks it to help fight the Memory Donk.
  • Secret Test of Character: Subverted! The Emotion Lord was just kidding. Or was he really?
  • Sexual Euphemism: The characters frequently use the phrase "sassy num-nums" to refer to getting intimate.
  • Shoot the Dog: The Chris Kirkmans' (yes, plural) collective mission in "Parasox Pub."
  • Shout-Out:
  • Smart Animal, Average Human: Beth Tezuka, a teenage girl and her childhood horse named "The Paralysed Horse" because he became paralysed from discovering the meaning of the universe.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Beth, since Plum is not a regular cast member (outside of the comic). Beth even lampshades it when they lose their memories at one point, saying her role on the team is just being the girl.
  • Split Personality: Plum has two brains, with her second mind having the personality of an aged intellectual.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: The Emotion Lord. He frequently pops up and leaves without expectation.
  • Straw Feminist: The Upta Gals in "The Crowd I'm Seeing" are a bunch of elderly women who cause property damage and harass men unprovoked in the name of combating misogyny.
  • Speaking Simlish: The team speaks random gibberish in "Sugarbellies" until it's revealed that the whole episode was a plot to reverse said impediment.
  • Subverted Kids' Show:
    • While the original short is for kids, the internet series is confirmed to be a bit raunchier (think Adventure Time with no censors). Not surprising considering it's on a channel called Cartoon Hangover.
    (From Butter Lettuce) Wallow: See that? This'll take hella fortnights. And you'll get a prolapsed anus from sittin' there all day. AND I WON'T LET THAT HAPPEN! GO, FALCON AXE!!
    (From Season of the Worm)Danny: MotherFalcon yeah, we're going after Mitch!
    • There's a character named "Wankershim" He tends to behave like, well...
    • Other examples include casual swearing, and even in the first episode, Wallow having a sentient male AI in his left glove that is clingy and jealous with malfunctioning 'nads.
  • Surreal Humor: Even more than Adventure Time.
  • Terminator Twosome: The Emotion Lord(s) and The Concierge, respectively.
  • Temporal Paradox: This is mentioned more than once as a danger that can be caused by time travel, though the Emotion Lord maintains that creating a Temporal Pair-a-socks is far worse.
    Emotion Lord: Oh no! A temporal pair-a-socks! I can't not put these on!
  • Tickle Torture: The monster in the original short does this.
  • Time Crash: Over the course of the series, we see what appears to be The Concierge trying to avoid one of these. It's implied that all of the changes that Future Chris is making to the timeline (by trying to alter the past in such a way that Chris ends up with Beth) are putting it in an unstable condition, and The Concierge is working with Plum to attempt to revert the changes before things come to a head.
    The Concierge: Your timeline has been damaged by a dangerous man... Muster your strength, there is still much to repair.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Although no-one was denying the badass credentials of the Horse to begin with, he ramps it up by receiving the power to shoot fire from his hooves, psychic armour and a crown, and a mean-ass hairdo '''and a beard!''' Also, he regains his ability to move his hooves and speak to Beth, though his face remains frozen in its shocked expression.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Butter lettuce to Beth, apparently.
    • Soft tacos in general for the Warriors seem to come up fairly often.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The original pilot has Wallow and Danny be almost interchangeable Jerkasses to Chris, but in the show proper they're much more mellow and well rounded. To Wallow at least, Danny's still a bit of a jerk, but he does truly care for Chris as a friend.
  • The Unintelligible: Everyone was this in the majority of "Sugarbellies" because the planets of the aliens asking for help weren't aligned.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The Warriors seems to be pretty blase about Catbug constantly zapping in and out of their dimension.
  • Visual Pun: Beth's Cat Lashes is a cat o' nine tails made of cats.
  • Vocal Dissonance: One hideous, slime-oozing, fang-mouthed alien newscaster has a very pleasant-sounding female voice.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot:
    • Happens in "Butter Lettuce", when Wallow makes the Beth hologram 9000% sexier which is so hideous it makes Danny vomit.
    • In "Dan Before Time", when Danny was a kid, a bully hacker stole his dad's garage door opener remote and hacked it to make Danny vomit anytime he presses the button on the remote. Then the button got stuck.
    • This happens again in "Catbug". Danny vomits a lot.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Lavarinth: The Emotion Lord is revealed to be an older version of Chris from 184 years in the future.
    • Hamster Priest: Ralph Waldo Picklechips is working on summoning the Aeon Worm and Beth is somehow connected to the devices he's using to connect Neo Mars to the Seethrough Zone.
    • Merewif Tag: The Concierge and Plum are working together to undermine the efforts of The Emotion Lord(s) so that Chris and Beth never end up together.
    • Season of the Mitch: Beth was always meant to marry the Aeon Worm as he's father planned. Their offspring are destined to consume the universe.
    • Dan of Future Past: Chris has been gone six months, and Beth and Danny have grown closer in that time. At the end of the episode, Chris returns.
  • Wham Line:
    • From Hamster Priest:
    "Never... doubt... the worm!"
    • And right before that:
    Chris: "Beth, the field this thing generates is directly linked to your brainwave patterns."
    • In Merewif Tag:
    The Concierge: Your timeline has been damaged by a dangerous man.
    • In The Parasox Pub:
    The Emotion Lord: Chris... there is no you and Beth!
    • Later in the episode:
    Puddingtown: But in the end, I really love being an emotion lord.
    Mitch: I am a proud, majestic horse...!
    Hamster: Horse?
    Mitch: ...And I doubt... THE WORM!
    • "Nice Day to Start Again":
    The Concierge: Thank you, mother.
  • Wham Shot: The ending of "Nice Day to Start Again". The Concierge returns to the future to report his mission's success. The person he reports to is revealed to be an elderly future version of Plum whom he addresses as his mother.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Played with, then given a solid conclusion... *ahem* The reason why Future Chris can screw around with events in flux (like his hair) but can't alter a fixed event (like Danny marrying Beth) is because of another Emotion Lord, Puddingtown, who acts as the Warden of the Time Police Prison (which, true to Future Chris' insanity, is a joke bar). All Present Chris has to do to allow Future Chris to alter events so that Beth will marry Chris and Danny will marry Plum is "murder Puddingtown in cold blood". While his 40-or-so alternate selves are watching them and a Space Chicken Animatronic Comedy. Chris could kill Puddingtown and the rest of his alternate selves would cover it up for him... And then Puddingtown starts angsting about how good but stressful his life is and how he always wanted Chris to be the godfather of his youngest daughter. Chris, against his own selves looking at him, spares Puddingtown, effectively sacrificing true love for love of his future goddaughter and moral principles. The other Future Chris don't take this well. Luckily, the psychological overload gives Present Chris the emotional power to break the prison apart by accident.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: "Dimension Garden", which takes place 10 years prior to the series.
  • Wife Husbandry: Beth was raised to be the mate of the Aeon Worm.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The alien from The Puppetyville Horror. While what he did to the team was horrific and he was sealed on the planet for most likely causing chaos, he's still sympathetic due to the fact that he's extremely lonely and only wants real friends.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: In "Too High, Too Far, Too Soon," the Bravest Warriors come across an extremely tiny planet where centuries pass by on its surface, while only seconds go by above the planet.


Butter Lettuce

After the Great Plains Wildebeest knocks Danny out, Chris summons his bumblebee sticker pet to unleash a swarm of bumblebees onto the Wildebeest's eyeballs which quickly kills it.

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