The shorts include:
- Dooble: A potbellied man embarks on several misadventures, whether he knows it or not.
- Eggpo: In Dooble's video game, a newly-hired Mook learns the ins-and-outs of being a generic enemy, even if that means breaking the rules.
- CGI Palz: A supposed TV show all about the wonders of being computer-generated.
- Trauncles: A parody of soft-spoken British children's programs set in the titular town of Trauncles.
- Hector & Kovitch: Two friends discuss some of their favorite things.
- Hot Dip: A Totally Radical dip mascot helps a kid named Hayden with the challenges of teen social life, with less than useful results.
- Bad Snaxx: A working mom shares her "food hacks" with the world, no matter how disgusting they are.
- The Joshow Show: A recently unemployed dad shows off his crafting skills, much to the embarrassment of his son.
- Gankroar: A series of commercials for the titular toy robot and his furry alien pal named Cheeby.
- Hot Diggity: Dr. Diggity's educational show about Science, Math, and Mathence.
- New4Mobile: A new app that claims to do everything, with strange automated customer service.
- Parental Advisory: ...will teach your little one about Kids Show Parodies, Dissonant Serenity, and Implausible Developmental Skills.
- Street Road Junction: A kids' show featuring talking roads, because every other talking object is taken.
- Poach & Scramble: A pair of anthropomorphic eggs try to avoid becoming someone's breakfast.
- Panda Bractice: An all-girl RV Band slowly works their way up to fame and fortune.
- And a few one-off shorts.
"Two More Tropes, Two More Tropes!"
- A Cappella: The soundtrack for Poach & Scramble is just overlapping, wordless vocals.
- Accidental Misnaming: In "Game Show", the staff on Quiz Dump mistake Dooble's Catchphrase "Halosche!" for his name, and refer to him as "Hal Losche".
- Advertised Extra: In-Universe, the ad in "Rindonkles" lists single-episode joke characters The Bellingham's Houndman and Miss Evelyn Horsecastle, right alongside the actual main characters of Trauncles, Stevens and Jordy.
- All-CGI Cartoon: The appropriately-titled CGI Palz.
- The Alleged Car: The gangsters' Legalia is missing its right front tire (and from the looks of things, the entire wheel). Dooble has no trouble driving it across town anyway from the passenger seat.
- Allegedly Free Game: Parodied in "Mobile Game".Old-Timer: What the heck is an "in-app purchase"? Didn't they already buy the game?
New Guy: Naw, the game's free. You gotta pay if you want it to be any fun!
- Always Someone Better: Dooble has to deal with one in "Renfrow" when the eponymous character one-ups him at his own game. His own game in this case being a weird foreign sounding guy who helps people with odd jobs.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: A good chunk of the characters we see in the Dooble shorts have skin colors ranging from bright green to dark grey.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents:
- The teen in Bad Snaxx outright says "I don't wanna be your child anymore," in response to his mom serving him breakfast cereal with cream of casserole soup in place of milk.
- Similarly, Joshow Jr. in The Joshow Show simply wishes his father would go searching for another job instead of doing his "show", and openly laughs at him when things don't go his way.
- Amusing Alien: Cheeby from Gankroar, who just exists to be the Plucky Comic Relief Sidekick. And that's why he doesn't get any cool action figures of his own.Announcer: Cheeby! The sidekicks never get accessories!
Cheeby: I'm useless!
- An Aesop: Parodied in Trauncles, which tries to deliver one, but the narrator gets too sidetracked.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: In "Instruction Manual", the New Guy enters a cheat code that he thinks will give him wings. He misread the message. It's actually a wig code, putting a wig on him and all the other video game enemies.
- Animation Bump:
- The body movement of the gopher in "Francis Sweetmouth" is EXTREMELY fluid, far more than anything else from any of The Brothers Chaps' works. Its face and arms are animated as normal, though.
- TurchKid03's hair is similarly smooth and flow-y.
- Art Shift: Each series has its own unique art style.
- The narrator of Trauncles is depicted in a more realistic style compared to the simplistic designs of everyone else.
- The Joshow Show and Gankroar are mostly live-action.
- Artistic License History: In the "Hot Diggity" episode about The Internet, Dr. Diggity claims that no one really knows where the internet came from. Some say a robot invented it. Others say it was foreigners. Dr. Diggity theorizes that HE invented the internet.
- Artistic License Paleontology: Among other things, Joshow claims the "T" in "T-Rex" stands for "teeth", and the T-rex was known for having large arms. This is repeatedly lampshaded by Joshow Jr.
- Author Powers: The Trauncles narrator can sometimes warp reality with his narration, and even force characters to do stuff against their will. But it varies from episode to episode, as sometimes the narrator is completely at the mercy of those same characters.
- Bait-and-Switch: In Gankroar: "Backyard", a commercial for the Gankroar and Cheeby action figures winds up instead shilling the house where they're playing.Announcer: Gankroar! This commercial was actually about real estate!
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: In Panda Bractice: "Fan", Lusjelton keeps hinting at what a big fan of Panda Bractice he is, while the girls don't pick up on any of his hints. He finally says outright that he's their biggest fan, prompting a Rapid-Fire "No!" from Glennis. Lusjelton can't be their biggest fan... because he's already their manager.
- Big Fun: The goofy and usually cheerful Dooble has quite a large gut that is shown sticking out a little from under his shirt.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Dooble's rival Renfrow sports a particularly thick unibrow, marking as both an antagonist and kinda funny-looking.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: One short spoofs Disney XD's Totally Radical advertising by applying it to Trauncles.
- Blinding Bangs: Marta from Panda Bractice has hair covering the top half of her face. She wears her hair back when she plays tennis in "Reunion", and that's the only time we actually see her eyes.
- Body Horror: Combined with Deranged Animation in the "Glitching Out" episode of CGI Palz. Especially when Arlington takes it too far.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Hector interrupts the "Extra Sauce!" outro at the end of the "Buy This Game" episode.
- Brick Joke:
- When Dooble meets Dark Cloth Supreme in person at the end of "Video Game", he cheerfully addresses him with "Hi, Grandma!" Later, in the Eggpo short "Instruction Book," it turns out the final stage is, in fact, "Grandma's Sewing Room."
- The automated messaging system in "Customer Service" claims to be able to answer simple questions, one of which is "Where did this possum come from?". The short ends with the terrified customer holding a possum which seemed to materialize out of thin air.
- In the first Panda Bractice episode, Libby throws a drumstick in the air in the middle of a song, but fails to catch it. "Ow! I can never do the... twirly drumstick thing!" In episode five, she pulls the same trick and finally catches the drumstick.
- Brutal Honesty: In Parental Notice: "Two More Eggs":Announcer: Hot Diggity will not teach your junior scientist a lick of the following: Science, Math, and The Common Sense a Grown Man Should Have.
- Buffy Speak: Hayden's mom in Hot Dip calls peas "green circles".
- Stevens in Trauncles. Not only was he at the narrator's mercy in the "Sweethearts" episode, but in the "Beans" episode, he gets wrongly accused by the narrator of stealing the town's supply of beans and gets sent to jail for it.
- Largth in Dooble is usually on the wrong end of whatever's going on with Dooble's hijinks.
- Grossface in CGI Palz! is harshly ostracized by the main cast for being hand-drawn.
- The Cameo:
- Dooble frequently cameos in other segments, from appearing at the end of the After School episode of Bad Snaxx, 'guest starring' on an episode of Street Road Junction, and calling up the New4Mobile customer service.
- The family from Bad Snaxx makes an appearance in the "Mobile App" episode of Eggpo, with Largth from Dooble appearing as their would-be waiter.
- Captain Obvious: In "Instruction Manual", the New Guy isn't impressed with the "Hot Tips & Tricks" at the back of the game's manual.New Guy: "Insert the cartridge"? And "Plug in the power cord"?! Those aren't tips! You might as well say, "Also, remember to continue breathing oxygen during gameplay and be sure to obey the laws of gravity at all times."
- Car Fu: When Dooble winds up in Cutesycorns, he saves the day by crashing a car (a Crescenté hatchback, to be precise) into Professor Snickerling.
- Cargo Ship:
- In "The Interview", Dooble says, "Remember Grape Soda? ... She was my wife." Then at the end of the episode, he holds up a bottle of Orange Soda and declares, "Say halosche to my new wife!".
- In "Peas and Corn", when the kid at the end decides he wants the can of peas and corn more than a candy bar, Dooble pops a bridal veil on the can and announces, "I can't wait to meet my grandkids!"
- When Dooble greets someone, he says "Halosche!". Parodied in "Driver" when he eagerly asks, "Do I have to say it?" He does.
- In a parody of the Trix Rabbit, Hot Dip will tell Hayden's mother he's "Not 4 Momz."
- TurchKid03 has "Oh my word!" When he gets a sponsorship from Seasoned Corn Chips, they name one of the flavors Oh My Word! as a promotional tie-in.
- Cereal-Induced Superpowers: Subverted by Hot Dip. Eating Hot Dip while doing math homework only results in Hayden writing the word "math" all over the paper and getting an F. However, Hayden is pleased with this outcome.
- Cerebus Retcon: In Hot Dip: Endgame, it's revealed that when Hot Dip said that "Hot Dip is Not 4 Momz", it wasn't just a slogan; Hayden's mom actually acquiring Hot Dip gave her the power to conquer the world.
- Characterization Marches On: In the first two seasons, Kovitch was implied to be nearly as much of a Cloudcuckoo Lander as Hector, since he would remain silent through Hector's monologues, then reply at the end with a complete non-sequitur. In season 3, Kovitch starts holding (relatively) normal conversations with Hector, and becomes the Straight Man of the duo.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- Dooble"s "Jerry" mask, which appears as a one-off joke in "Masks" until he turns it into a human in "Take a Right".
- In "Zooms", Hector declares "I'm not allowed to play with sharp things!" In "Basement", Hector finds a dartboard in Kovitch's basement, then freaks out at the sight and says he has to go home early.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Just about everyone, but especially Dooble. With his unique speech patterns and euphemisms, he's like a human Homsar.
- Comically Missing the Point:
Kovitch: My family is having financial problems!
- In "QblePon":
Hector: Aw man. I wish my family could afford financial problems.
Marta: We need some fans, Lusjelton. [...] Someone that knows all the words to our songs!
- In "Fans":
Lusjelton: I know all the words to your songs.
Glennis: Ooooh, that's great! Teach 'em to somebody, and they can be our fan!
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: Why Old-Timer and the other Eggpos don't mind dying pointlessly in Dooble 2.Old-Timer: Ah, nothing like the peace and quiet of falling to a body's doom.
- Contractual Genre Blindness: In the Eggpo shorts, the Old-Timer insists on using completely ineffectual attacks against the good guy (like just walking back and forth, or shooting fireballs straight ahead instead of aiming) solely because that's the way it's always been done. As we see in "Joyride" and "Mini-Boss", Eggpos get punished by their superiors (or "rewarded" with a promotion that might as well be punishment) if they ever demonstrate independent thought.
- Cosmic Deadline: Even though its an anthology series of shorts and the creators didn't really have to wrap up anything, there's still a lot of this going on towards the end of the second season.
- Joshow gets a real online following and income after Joshow Jr makes a remix of "Click on My Ads."
- Poach & Scramble are finally cracked and cooked.
- Penguin from "Cutesy Corns" suffers a Death by Genre Savviness.
- And finally, The Hot Dip: Endgame two-parter is wrapped up.
- Creative Differences: In-universe, Panda Bractice breaks up after an argument over their genre of music — Glennis wants to sing catchy pop songs ("that everyone likes"), while Libby would rather sing Punk Rock ("for your dad"), and Marta prefers experimental Noise Rock ("that nobody likes") — comes to a head during a talk radio interview.
- Creator's Pet: This seems to be a motif with Trauncles in-universe; Stevens is implied to be the protagonist but the Narrator prefers Jordy (though he can be mean to Jordy too).
- Dance Party Ending: "The Driver". After discovering what's really in Dooble's trunk, the police all spontaneously join Dooble in dancing.Dooble: You throw dance party at me, I'll throw dance party at you!
- A Day in the Limelight: The Trauncles episode "Opposites" focuses on Marigold, Stevens' potential Love Interest, instead of Jordy or Stevens, who don't appear at all.
- Death by Genre Savviness: In the "CutesyCorns" episode "The One Where...", Penguin can identify every stock plot from its opening scene, and starts relying on the fact that "Everything always turns out okay!" When Professor Snickerling warns him to "Look behind you!" he doesn't even bother looking, and promptly gets eaten by a monster. Only inside the monster's stomach does Penguin realize he's actually in the episode where Tonight, Someone Dies.
- Deranged Animation: The CGI Palz sketches, but took Up to Eleven in the Glitching Out episode.
- Didn't Think This Through: In "Crackergami", Joshow thinks he can create art by folding crackers, and gets halfway through recording an episode before realizing that won't work.
- Disappointing Last Level: The New Guy Eggpo certainly seems to think "Grandma's Sewing Room" is this in "Instruction Book."
- Disproportionate Retribution: The narrator of Trauncles gets his revenge on Jordy and Stevens in "Sweethearts" by ruining their dates just because they exposed his lack of trousers, then gave him "pants" instead of actual "trousers", in the previous episode.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Not part of the show proper, but Dooble has his own "theme song" which was the basis for an entire video.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Each of the CGI Palz has either bare feet, or no feet at all.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- "Trousers" plays out like a metaphor for puberty, as trousers are apparently an embarrassing topic and subject of many schoolboy rumors. The narrator even says this is a Very Special Episode.
- In "Jamers", Hayden discovers that Hot Dip has been helping other kids with their problems, and reacts like an adult who just discovered his spouse cheating on him.
- "Glitching Out" comes across like a Drugs Are Bad PSA: the CGI Palz use peer pressure to convince Arlington to give glitching a try, then Arlington almost immediately glitches more than he can handle, sending himself (and the entire world around him) on a bad trip.
- The Dog Bites Back: The ending of "Gram Moody" in Trauncles is implied to be this, all thanks to Stevens. His wink suggests that it was an elaborate prank on the narrator.
- Dreadful Musician: All the Panda Bractice members apparently sound worse alone than together.
- Dull Surprise: As a parody of Twitch speedrunners, TurchKid03 has about as much personality as a damp towel.
- Epic Fail:
Hayden: So, do the harpsh... more, landers?
- In "Crackergami", Joshow has somehow gained two subscribers to his channel. Then his new project, "the very, very recent art" of cracker folding, is so disastrous that it convinces both subscribers to unsubscribe before the video's even finished.
- Hayden often pulls these, as he's too incompetent to do anything without Hot Dip. When he tries to shave, he somehow winds up shaving patches of his hair and cutting through his shirt. And when he tries to talk to Bianca:
Bianca: Um, were those supposed to be words?
- Everyone Has Standards: In Parental Notice: "Two More Eggs", the announcer tries to pass off the various shorts as Edutainment—even merchandise-driven action series like Gankroar—then is bluntly honest about Hot Diggity's complete lack of educational content. And then the announcer gets to CGI Palz and outright refuses to say anything about it.
- Expy: A few characters strongly resemble ones from Homestar Runner, both in voice and personality.
- Hector is pretty much Homestar Runner, as a grade-schooler with real arms, seeing as they're both Motor Mouth CloudCuckooLanders and terrific athletes.
- Dooble is a more-human and outgoing fusion of Homsar and Senor Cardgage, since he's a pot-bellied, possibly homeless, nonsense-spewing CloudCuckooLander with a weirdness aura around him.
- Joshow has the same exaggerated accent and delusions of competence as Coach Z, just focusing his efforts on arts & crafts and Youtube stardom.
- Face on a Milk Carton: In "Gram Moody", the narrator finds a milk carton with Stevens' face on it, which convinces him that Gram Moody baked Stevens into a pie. As the narrator freaks out, Stevens rides by on a bike, perfectly okay.
- The Family for the Whole Family: Boss Pamflo and Stevie Twicetimes are gangsters who need someone to drive a "very unsuspicious vehicle with no license plate or left front tire" across town and deliver the, ahem, package in the trunk. They're perfectly willing to recruit the first guy who walks in the door solely on the grounds that he can drive stick.
- Fantastic Racism: All of the CGI Palz seem to share a strong prejudice against anything that isn't CG.
- Faux Horrific:
Dooble: I am going to name nine cars!
- The Cutesycorns' reaction to Dooble, since they're from a Sugar Bowl and are easily frightened by anything unfamiliar.
Flooftime: [shocked] He's going to name nine cars!
- In "Ridonkles", the narrator has a horrible nightmare... about being in a Totally Radical advertisement on American telly.
- Fish out of Water: The New Guy from the Eggpo shorts. This is his first gig in an 8-bit platformer game, so he's unfamiliar with his job duties. As the outsider, he's also the only one to notice how much life sucks for a basic video game grunt, or how ineffective the standard grunt behavior is.
- Five-Finger Discount: Dooble is a particularly shameless thief, to the point that he walks through stores singing "It's time to encroach on people's personal property!"
- Fonts: "Bad font recognition" is one of the important "developmental-ish" skills that the Jamble Bears will supposedly teach. Of course, the bad font example they show is Comic Sans.
- Forever War: "Renfrow" ends with Dooble and Renfrow recursively unmasking each other, with a narrator chiming in to explain that they kept doing it forever. Of course, everything's back to normal (as normal as things ever get around Dooble, anyway) by the next episode.
- Forgets to Eat: In "Oh My Word", TurchKid03 admits he forgets to eat when he plays games, so he tapes a bag of corn chips to his leg.
- For Inconvenience, Press "1": The New4Mobile automated customer service line is a surrealist nightmare, where shoddy voice recognition can lead to users accidentally inviting the computer to a party at their house, and the computer berates you for not dancing to the music during the Ridiculously Long Phone Hold, and a possum might materialize in your hands while you're waiting.Computer: Based on your angry button mashing, it sounds like you want to talk to a representative.
- Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: Parodied in the "Trauncles By You" episode of... well, Trauncles, where the narrator looks at fan art of the show.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: In "Speedrun", TurchKid03's chat window has a bunch of funny comments that are only briefly visible, such as one user who keeps spamming Dooble's theme song, someone declaring that "Abe Lincoln is a JOKE compared 2 this!" and one CGIPALZ4EVA who tries to shill "the healing powers of CG".
- Fun with Subtitles: In CGI Palz, The Lenore Street Bridge talks like Scooby-Doo, so all his dialogue is subtitled. But all the subtitles also have the same accent.The Lenore Street Bridge: Rut ry ron't rave a rody!
Subtitle: Rut ry ron't rave a rody!
- Game-Breaker: In "Speedrun", the New Guy Eggpo gives TurchKid03 a Warp Clarinet to help him beat the game faster. Since it's an item from a completely different game, the Warp Clarinet just teleports TurchKid03 directly to the win screen, setting a new world record.
- Genius Ditz: Despite being a Lethal Chef, the working mom in Bad Snaxx claims to work at a particle accelerator and apparently owns an "expensive after-school-snack-making equipment factory", which is right next door to her house.
- Gilligan Cut: In "The Interview", Dooble and Largth tell "Big Jim" that they don't even want to work for him anymore, because they're going into "the exciting lemonade industry" together.Largth: You'll be sorry you ever let us go!
[Cut to Dooble and Largth, huddling under a bridge in a rainstorm.]
- Good Name For A Rock Band: The mother from Bad Snaxx thinks her "Qwik N' Easy Breakfast Hacks" could be a good name for a blog, and also thinks her "After School Backpack Snack Hacks" is a good name for an app.
- The Goomba: The Eggpo series focuses on a lowly grunt from the Dooble 2 video game. Though this particular grunt has more common sense and survival instinct than his coworkers.
- Hidden Depths: Marta from Panda Bractice plays tennis when she isn't hanging out with her bandmates, and she's apparently really good at it. Glennis and Libby don't even recognize "sporty Marta" when they first see her on the court.
- Hourglass Plot: In "Mobile Game", the New Guy and Old-Timer Eggpos reverse their usual dynamic once they show up in the mobile game. Old-Timer, who's never been in a mobile game before, is suddenly the Fish out of Water and Only Sane Man—while New Guy is the knowledgeable one, who's also utterly blase about how awful the game is.
- Hypocritical Humor: Arlington makes fun of The Lenore Street Bridge's speech impediment, in spite of his own Porky Pig-esque stutter.Arlington: Yes, we know! "Ry raw ris roobly boobly doo!" Can't you say anything ciggiggiggiggi-correctly?
- I Am Not Shazam:
Dark Cloth Supreme: Dooble 2 you will never collect all five pieces of the orb!
- In Dooble 2:
Mom: Oh, Hot Dip Colon Dip-Ow...
- Parodied in "Hot Dip: Sitcom", where Mom refers to the Hot Dip mascot by the show's full name.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Gram Moody from Trauncles is rumored to be one. She's not. Surprisingly, even though the narrator is horrified because he thinks Gram Moody made a pie out of Stevens, he admits he still wants to try a slice.
- Immediate Self-Contradiction: From Bad Snacks: "After School".Mom: Hi. After-school snacks are nearly impossible to make without nearly two million dollars worth of after-school-snack-making equipment from an after-school-snack-making equipment factory. And even though I own one of those factories, and live right next door to it, I came up with these... After School Backpack Snack Hacks!
- Instant Costume Change: When Banda Practice gets back together in "Reunion", Marta instantly transforms her tennis clothes into the oversized sweater that she normally wears.
- Intentional Engrish for Funny: Dooble 2 has this. "GAME A START!"Princess: The orb is shattered. Who will our hero rise?
- Interactive Narrator: The characters in Trauncles all hear and react to the narrator. They can even use mirrors to make the narrator visible to the audience, or show up in the narrator's bedroom to sing him to sleep after a bad dream, or force the narrator to look at albums of vacation photos...
- Interface Screw: Fake YouTube ads run at the bottom of the screen on ''The Joshow Show." This works well on the YouTube version, the version that airs on TV, not so much.
- Is This Thing Still On?: Shows up in the interlude from "Click on My Ads":Joshow: You know, when I lost my job at the pharmacy, I though it was all over. That was it. You're not still recording, are you?
- It's the Best Whatever, Ever!:
- In "The Interview", Largth winds up hiding under a bridge during a rainstorm with Dooble. But he still thinks "This is the best job I ever had."
- In "Basement", Kovitch claims the dartboard is actually a "personal dance floor". Cut to Hector dancing on the dartboard, proclaiming "Oh, man, this is the best personal dance floor I've ever seen in my life!"
- It Was with You All Along: In the CGI Palz theme song.Rooty: But Arlington! CG doesn't come from a computer. It comes from inside... your body.
- Lethal Chef:
- The mom from Bad Snaxx is definitely one of these with her "Breakfast Hacks", which include substituting "Cream of Casserole Soup" for milk in cereal, and making coffee by boiling grape soda and adding a scoop of burnt hamburger. She also apparently tried to convince her husband that a can of soup was actually two eggs by putting a sticky note reading "2 eggs" over the label. It gets even worse in the "After School" episode with her "After-School-Snack Hacks", like putting taco seasoning in her son's Go-Gurt expy, making homemade granola bars by rolling a stick of butter in her neighbor's bird feeder, and let's thank God we never see what she does with wood chips and mayonnaise.
- World's Best. They try to make tiny pies out of 300 eggs, 4 cows, a taco, enough lemon zest to choke a horse, cassette tapes brought to a boil, talking all serious, and too many olives. They end up making black tar-like goo instead.
- Let's Meet the Meat: In "Poach & Scramble: Today's Special" two anthropomorphic eggs (apparently the same eggs from the Two More Eggs intro) flee from the restaurant to avoid getting cooked.
- Lighter and Softer: The first two seasons were pretty light and soft to begin with, but season 3 got even more so, as it focused exclusively on two sub-series: Hector and Kovitch (the nicest, least cynical of the shorts from the first seasons) and Panda Bractice (a new, similarly idealistic series).
- Line Boil: Exaggerated in the Hector and Kovitch shorts.
- Line-of-Sight Name: In the first Panda Bractice video, Marta looks around the RV for inspiration for a band name, but neither of the other girls approve of her suggestions. She does it again in the second episode, designing a band logo based on a piece of duct tape stuck to the chair next to her.Glennis: Marta! Stop just naming stuff around the RV!
- Literalist Snarking: In "Reunion", Libby gets a job at a lemonade stand, and snarks at her boss by reading his sign exactly as it's misspelled.Libby: Lemnad. Get your ice clod lemnad.
- Literal Genie: In the "Original 90s" Qblepon video, the main character wishes for Qblepon to be real, expecting to be able to summon the monsters from the Qblepon cards. Instead, he summons a giant living Qblepon deck who is completely useless in battle.
- Locked into Strangeness: Hayden ends up with a Skunk Stripe in "Jamers" once he discovers firsthand that Hot Dip's nose is also a mouth.
- Long Pants: Spoofed in the second episode of Trauncles, where it's revealed that the children have actually been walking around pantsless this whole time. (And would return to doing so after this episode on Trousers was over.)
- Losing Horns: Show up at the end of "Grossface", after the CGI Palz tell Grossface that he'll never be CG. Pekot is actually playing this part on trumpet, and the instrument is clipping halfway through his face.
- Mad Libs Catchphrase: Each episode of Trauncles, except for "Trousers", begins with the narrator saying something that follows the format, "Oh, _____. It's Trauncles. A little town just like yours and mine."
- Major Injury Underreaction:
New Guy: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaactually this is pretty cool!
- In the Hot Dip sitcom episode, Bianca isn't that upset over getting numerous broken bones at the combined prom and karate match.
- In "Miniboss", the New Guy's reaction when Dark Cloth Supreme chews him up and spits him back out on fire:
- Masochist's Meal: The mom from Bad Snaxx turns ordinary yogurt into this, by adding lots of taco seasoning. "I can't feel my esophagus!"
- Medium Awareness: As the New4Mobile customer service line walks away from Dooble, it pauses just long enough to say "Extra sauce," just before the actual "Extra sauce!" outro plays.
- Merchandise-Driven: Panda Bractice admits without shame that they want to sell a lot of merch. Their very second song is "Put Our Logo on Everything and Then You Sell It".
- Metaphorgotten: In "Photosynthesis", Dr. Diggity tries to compare photosynthesis to a plant ordering pizza, then goes into way too much detail about placing the order, gets sidetracked by complaining that the delivery drivers can't ever find his address, and ultimately concludes that this is why you shouldn't have olives as a pizza topping.
- Mind Screw:
- "The Driver" has Dooble tasked with delivering a "special package" across the border, which is most likely a dead body. Turns out that body is also Dooble. "New look, same great taste!"
- "Game Show" ends with a sudden cutaway to Dooble putting on a puppet show for a duck, possibly implying that the rest of the episode was just a dramatization of Dooble's puppet show.
- Mondegreen: In-Universe in "Logo". Panda Bractice's song ends with the repeated line "You sell it, you sell it, you sell it..." After the song ends, Libby continues singing, "You salad! You salad! You salad!" menacingly at a bowl of salad.
- Mood Whiplash: Dooble's first short consists mainly of him singing his theme song while engaging in silly misadventures, until it cuts to his tombstone (which, in a bit of Grave Humor, has the lyrics to the song engraved on it). Then, Dooble peeks out from behind the tombstone to sing his song one last time, revealing that he only experienced a Disney Death.
- Morton's Fork: A theme of the Eggpo shorts is that the Eggpos just can't win. When fighting the good guy, they can lose—or on the rare occasion they win, it triggers a Game Over (as seen in "Waiting"). And in "Mini-Boss", the New Guy has the option of getting shot out a cannon by the mini-boss, or working directly under Dark Cloth Supreme—where he'll just get chewed up and shot out as three fireballs.
- Motor Mouth: Hector in the Hector and Kovitch shorts.
- Multilayer Façade: At the end of "Renfrow", Dooble yanks off Renfrow's mask, revealing he's just another Dooble... who yanks off the original Dooble's mask, revealing he's actually Renfrow... who yanks off Dooble's mask, revealing he's actually another Renfrow... who yanks off the other Renfrow's mask, revealing he's actually Dooble... and then storybook-style narration chimes in, explaining that they kept unmasking each other like this, forever.
- Musicalis Interruptus: In "Grossface", Rotisserie loses her CG, and Arlington launches into a song to lift her spirits and remind her why being CG is the best. Then Rotisserie cuts the song short by abruptly getting better after just the first verse.Arlington: [singing] When you have all three dimensions,
you've got the best intentions!
And did I forget to mention?
CG's the best invention!
Rotisserie: Okay, I'm done.
Arlington: [singing] The best in—
Rotisserie: Okay, I'm done.
- Mythology Gag: The title Two More Eggs comes from Strong Bad Email #54 where it's one of the ingredients listed for "Eggs" brand cereal.
- Stevie Twicetimes' name is also a reference to a line from the beginning of Email #74.
- The phrases "I think I has the solution" (from In Search of the Yello Dello), "why come" (from Bug-in-Mouth Disease), and "do you has" (from sbemail 93 "army") show up in certain episodes.
- In "Speed Run", puppets of Strong Bad and Homestar Runner are briefly visible behind TurchKid03.
- Several Stock Sound Effects from Homestar Runner make reappearances here — including the "Geddup Noise."
- New Job as the Plot Demands:
- Dooble has had various jobs throughout the series, including a pastry chef, getaway driver, video game hero, and veterinarian.
- The New Guy and Old-Timer Eggpos show up in different roles in different levels every single episode: generic walking enemies, piggyback enemies, jumpy fireball-spitting enemies, ammunition for a mini-boss, illustrations in the instruction manual, and puzzle pieces in the Eggpo Drop mobile game. Old-Timer mentions in passing that he also served in Dooble One and Dooble Phonics Blaster before this.
- The "World's Best" theme song implies that they'll be working a different job in every episode... but only one episode about them was made.
- Nice Hat:
- Dooble's orange bomber cap. It also doubles as a cake.
- In "Shark Baby", Dooble asks for a "hat with hands that clap". And the scientists actually get it for him.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Libby from Panda Bractice. She's the wannabe punk rocker of the group, and keeps suggesting dangerous-sounding band names or sharp, stabby logos.Libby: This conveys a sense of slicing and/or dicing. And how all our songs will make your gallbladder explode.
- Noodle Incident: Hayden's mother in Hot Dip mentions Hot Dip making her do yoga with a fondue pot. The Thousand-Yard Stare on her face as she thinks back to it speaks volumes.
- Not Helping Your Case: In "Jamers":Hayden: I thought it was just you and me, Hot Dip! I thought I was special!
Hot Dip: You are special, Hayley. Haven? Ha—
Hot Dip: Yeah, yeah, that name!
- Once an Episode: Each Hot Dip video ends with Hayden's mother requesting Hot Dip, who then speaks his Catchphrase mentioned above and stamps her forehead with "Dip-ow!"
- Only Sane Man:
Tiger: We've got to stop him before he names all nine [cars]!
- The New Guy from Eggpo is the only one in his videogame to think beyond standard Goomba behavior and try to apply real-world logic to his situation. For example, he takes a powerup for himself, rather than leaving it for the good guy to use. And when shooting fireballs, he aims at the good guy, rather than just shooting straight ahead.
- Joshow Jr. can clearly see all the mistakes Joshow is making, but is powerless to stop him. When Joshow finally lets Joshow Jr make an entire episode on his own, the result is successful enough to single-handedly save the channel.
- The Penguin is the only one of the Cutesycorns to figure out that Dooble isn't the Bad Guy, just a harmless weirdo.
Penguin: You guys are morons.
- Orphaned Punchline:
Roger: ...And that's why come being a reporter is so important.
- The first line of "Newscarsting":
Rooty: ...So then you just do up your mouth like this: Oooooooo...
- In "Ry Raw":
...That's why pants are important!
- "Fans" begins with Panda Bractice finishing up a song:
- Our Slogan Is Terrible: "Dinner" features Pardo's Pizza: "One bite won't kill ya!*"note
- Overly Long Gag: The "Not Done" episode of Trauncles is just the narrator listing various places around town, with Jordy and Stevens trying to get him to begin the episode proper.
- Pants-Free: In Bad Snaxx: "Breakfast":[close-up shot of Mom, with Dad in the background, only visible from the waist up]
Mom: I can't reveal my secrets! [winks] Run along to work now, honey.
[cut to a wider shot revealing that Dad is just wearing boxers]Dad: I don't have a job!
- Phoney Call: In "Gram Moody", the narrator asks Jordy to help him escape an endless visit to Gram Moody's house: "Now, go call me on my mobile and say it's important!"
- Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Panda Bractice run into some Creative Differences in the middle of an interview, realizing that they can't agree what kind of music they want to play. The resulting argument ends with them breaking up on the spot.
- Portmantitle: Beef Stroganauts, a series about astronauts powered by beef stroganoff. Initially it's just something Hector imagined, but then it became dubiously real enough for a toy commercial to appear as a later episode.
- P.O.V. Sequel:
- Eggpo is one to the video game episode of Dooble, focusing on an enemy's first day on the job.
- "Francis Sweetmouth: Why Did You Take My Paste?" is a followup to the Dooble episode "Cake Show": the gopher who lost his paste turns his complaint into a song, which becomes a hit single.
- The Power of Friendship: Panda Bractice's music sounds best when the girls perform together.
- Product Placement: Parodied in The Joshow Show with Joshow's various "advertisements" via fake YouTube ads at the bottom of the screen.
- Prolonged Prologue: In the Trauncles episode "Not Done", the narrator spends so much time delivering a Long List of places and things in the town, that the video ends before he can even get to the lesson. Jordy and Stevens sometimes peek in and ask if they can do anything yet, but to no avail.
- Punny Name: "Cake Show" features Dooble guest-starring on the TV show Oh! the Cakemanity!. At the end, Dooble meets the show's mascot... The Cake Manatee.
- Putting the Band Back Together: Panda Bractice breaks up in "Interview", but gets back together in "Reunion", in order to save their RV.
- The Quisling: The Cutesycorns only show up in two episodes, and both of them involve Flooftime the sheep declaring his allegiance to the bad guy with barely any provocation.
- Rapid-Fire Comedy
- Real Trailer, Fake Movie: Brown Boats gets this treatment, with Hector's rambling, nonsensical description translated by a serious-voiced trailer narrator.
- Re-Cut: There are two very different versions of the episode "Buy This Game". The US version ends with Kovitch trying to spell a word with his eyes closed, while the UK version ends with an "evil diaper" interrupting the conversation.
- Repeating So the Audience Can Hear: Played straight in Trauncles. The other characters all talk in tuba sounds, and the narrator repeats what they say for the audience's benefit.
- Retool: The third season dropped nearly all of the sub-series from the first two seasons, and consisted of just episodes of Hector & Kovitch and the brand new series Panda Bractice. And within each series, the shorts told an overarching story, rather than being standalones.
- Rhetorical Question Blunder: In Bad Snaxx: "After School", the mom asks, "Who ever said wood chips and mayonnaise weren't a good idea?" Cue a montage of people answering, "Me!" (including the mom herself).
- "Dooble 2", a fictional 8-bit video game starring Dooble, complete with Intentional Engrish for Funny.
- There's also the "CG-Rom" game based on the CGI Palz, with low-quality sound clips, 256-color graphics, and insultingly simple puzzles for children.
- Side-Effects Include...: In "Oh My Word":Announcer: And introducing new Oh My Word! Seasoned Corn Chip Flavored Energy Drink!
Second announcer: Energy drink may cause all types of problems. Like bathroom problems.
- Screwed by the Network: In-Universe: CGI Palz gets condemned to a really early timeslot, with even the network's ads advising the target audience to stay away.Announcer: Weekday mornings at like, 5:30. It's really early. [beat] Don't... let your kids watch it.
- Selective Enforcement: In the Eggpo shorts, the Old-Timer is usually the one urging the New Guy to just follow the rules. But when Old-Timer finally decides to join in the rule-breaking (by taking the "joy box" for himself in "Joyride"), it's the one time the Supervisor catches them in the act and punishes them. And then New Guy slips away, leaving Old-Timer to take the fall all by himself.
- Series Mascot: Arguably Dooble, considering he has the most videos and is prominent in advertising.
- Sex for Product: At the start of Hot Dip: "Learn 2 Talk", Hayden struggles to pronounce words while talking with Bianca. But after using the official Learn 2 Talk Like a True Hot Dip program:Bianca: And I'm in love with you, Hayden. [points at the Hot Dip mascot] Because of that Plopman.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: In "Poach & Scramble: Today's Special", the two eggs see that the special of the day at the diner is "2 Eggs". They spend the rest of the episode running away, looking for somewhere safe to hide. Finally, they hide beneath two styrofoam cups. But by that point, the special of the day has changed to "2 Cups", so they get smashed and cooked anyway.
- Shaped Like Itself:
Mom: Ketchup, plus toothpicks, plus crackers, equals ketchup-toothpick-cracker-flavored ketchup toothpick crackers!
- From Bad Snax: "After School":
- In "Oh My Word", TurchKid03 gets a sponsorship from Oh My Word brand "seasoned corn chip flavored seasoned corn chips".
- Shout-Out: Like Homestar Runner, many of the shorts are steeped in 80s/90s pop culture.
- The Dooble short "The Driver" is a homage to the driving level of Parappa The Rapper.
- Solid Gold Poop: As revealed at the end of "Joyride", the collectable gold coins in Dooble 2 are actually pooped out by Eggpos after they eat special pellets. Making the coins for each level is reserved as punishment for disobedient Eggpos.
- Something Completely Different: Both The Joshow Show and Gankroar are live-action, with very little in the means of animation.
- Speaking Simlish: Almost all the characters from Trauncles just make synth tuba sounds when they talk. The narrator is the only one to speak intelligibly.
- Special Edition Title:
- For the final episode of Season 2 (the original planned "ending" of the show), the title instead reads No More Eggs.
- Panda Bractice videos don't have the usual Book-Ends, with the intro instead displaying the girls' faces and names.
- Speech-Impaired Animal: Parodied with The Lenore Street Bridge in CGI Palz, who has an exaggerated version of Scooby-Doo's accent (sticking R's at the beginning of nearly all his words) and completely unhelpful subtitles. The rest of the Palz even spend a whole episode ("Ry Raw") just trying to decipher one of his sentences.
- Spoonerism: Panda Bractice gets their name after Libby swaps some sounds in "band practice", then Glennis replaces "pand" with "Panda".
- Status Quo Is God: None of the Trauncles boys continue wearing trousers after the second episode.
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: The Joshow Show episode "Click on My Ads".
- Stylistic Suck: CGI Palz invokes this with its deliberately poor character design.
- Sudden Musical Ending: "There's a Little Hot Dip Inside of Everyone."
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: From "New4Mobile: Dooble":Computer: Please hold while I totally transfer you to someone else, and not just me doing a deeper voice.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: When the guests try World's Best's nonexistent tiny pies, they think they're just too small to see, and World's Best don't bother to correct them.
- Surreal Humor: Most of the show's humor works this way.
- Take That!: Eggpo occasionally takes shots at the current state of gaming.
- The "Mobile App" episode is one to mobile games based on established video game properties, especially those that use the "pay to win" mechanic to make a quick buck.
- The "Speedrun" episode is one to Twitch and speedrunners in general.
- The "First CGI character" that's a hideous baby in the "Bedtime" episode of CGI Palz is a reference to the early CGI baby in Tin Toy.
- Take This Job and Shove It: Libby gets a job at a "Lemnad" stand after Panda Bractice breaks up. When Glennis comes around to get the band back together, Libby's very eager to quit her job at the stand.Libby: I quit, Mr. Staggleboon! And I put salt in all your lemonade instead of sugar!
- Talkative Loon: Hector. The fact that his voice sounds near-identical to Homestar's drives the point even further home.
- Tempting Fate:
Narrator: Ah, lying under the moon with your horse. Nothing could possibly go wrong.
- In "Knight Bit: Dragon":
[A dragon swoops in and takes the horse.]
Narrator: Oh. Except for that. That's pretty wrong.
TurchKid03: O.M.W., you guys, I think I beat the Armada.
- In "Oh My Word," there's TurchKid03's ill-fated raid on the Samtoast Armada in Gankroar Online.
[Dozens of Armada ships surround him and open fire.]
Dad: Well, unless we're interrupted by some loud rock music, then the Sunprancer is all yours!
- In "Reunion", Lusjelton's dad finds a guy who's interested in buying the RV:
- That Reminds Me of a Song: Once an Episode, Panda Bractice breaks into a song relevant to their latest dilemma.
- Those Two Guys: Stevens and Jordy in Trauncles and the titular Hector & Kovitch.
- Tonight, Someone Dies: In "The One Where..." the Penguin realizes too late this this episode is actually "The one where dwindling ratings force the writers to kill off a main character."
- Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: Parodied in Hot Dip, where Hayden can't succeed at basic tasks like baking a cake, shaving, or talking to people without help from Hot Dip.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: The narrator suddenly becomes this in the "Sweethearts" episode of Trauncles. Not only does he ruin Stevens' date by using his powers as narrator to turn him into a disgusting boyfriend, he embarrasses Jordy by revealing to his schoolmates he's sharing a lolly with his mother. Then he puts raw meat in Miss Evelyn Horsecastle's purse and sics the town dogs on her because she won't return his calls. Up to Eleven in the "Beans" episode. Upon seeing that Jordy was the one who stole the beans in the first place, he's at first shocked to find out, but when a constable arrives looking for the beans, the narrator immediately puts the blame on Stevens and has him arrested.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth:
Kovitch: Hey, Blarman. When you talk, it looks like your mouth is making balloon animals.
- The New4Mobile automated customer service line is completely insane, but even it is no match for Dooble's brand of surrealism. When Dooble pretends his hand is the computer's daughter, "Debra Jr", the computer decides it can't take any more and leaves the cartoon.
- In "Bus Ride", a random classmate tries to pick on Hector, but Kovitch scares the bully away just by saying weird things at him.
Blarman: B—but I—
Kovitch: Hey, Blarman. You should tape a phone to your head in case. Of. Emergency!
Blarman: What the—
Kovitch: Hey, Blarman! Giant cows once roamed the Earth! Bwaaaaaa...
Blarman: Ugh! Leave me alone!
- Totally Radical:
- Hot Dip's behavior and speech patterns invoke this.
- The mom from Bad Snaxx notes that "Extreme flavors and skateboarding in the '90s are so in right now," while showing off a bag of Zazzle Berry Base Jump Chips.
- The Trauncles episode "Ridonkles" advertises Trauncles with quick editing and remixed audio. The ending reveals it as a nightmare the narrator has about Trauncles airing on American television.
- Trademark Favorite Food:
- TurchKid03 loves seasoned corn chips, so much that he gets a sponsorship from the company after he breaks the world record.
- Libby from Panda Bractice always asks Lusjelton for "small meats".
- Training Montage: A whole episode of Dooble is focused on Dooble helping a can of peas and corn become more appealing, with a training montage taking up most of the episode.
- Trivially Obvious: In "Game Show":Roger: Weclome back to Quiz Dump! The only game show that... you are currently watching.
- Two Decades Behind: Almost everything being parodied or referenced dates back to The '80s or The '90s.
- Two-Timer Date: In Hot Dip: "Sitcom", Hayden's karate match is scheduled for the same night as his school's prom. Naturally, Hot Dip suggests Hayden attend both events by holding them in the same gymnasium. Hayden's date winds up with multiple broken bones, but somehow she doesn't really mind.
- Unfortunate Names: In "Instruction Manual", the new guy discovers that his species is named Eggpo, and immediately dislikes that name. He scribbles it out in the manual and renames himself "Awes-dollop", because "We're little dollops of awesome!"
- Underground Monkey: In the Dooble 2 videogame, the Eggpo enemies get remixed and reused several times. There's the basic grunt that just walks back and forth, two Eggpos riding piggyback, the version that can jump and spit fireballs, and the flying version with wings. There's even a miniboss who's just a scaled-up Eggpo with a cannon.
- Unreliable Voiceover: In the Trauncles episode "Opposites", Marigold experiences the "uh-poh-site" of whatever the narrator describes. He gets a taste of his own medicine after Marigold becomes the narrator.
- Very Special Episode: The "Trousers" episode of Trauncles claims to be one.
- Way Past the Expiration Date: In The Joshow Show: "Drum Set", Joshow uses a can of clam meat to help build the drum set. He eats a forkful of the clam ("I can't resist, I gotta have a taste!") and Joshow Jr. tries to warn him that the can is five years old.
- What Were They Selling Again?:
Announcer: Grown Ups Made Up By Kids are individually made up by actual kids, to ensure the highest quality!
- A variant in the New4Mobile ad: it's clearly selling a phone app, but even the people filming the ad can't figure out what New4Mobile actually does.
- Happens again in "Grown Ups Made Up By Kids!":
Fox mascot: [sotto voce] So is it like a training seminar? Or some kinda toy? Or a TV show or something?
Announcer: [sotto voce] Uhhh, I don't actually know. Let's cover all the bases. [louder] Grown Ups Made Up By Kids! Enrolling now! Collect them all! Weekdays at 4:30!
Fox mascot: Now that's what I call ehhehhehhh...
- Wink "Ding!": Stevens at the end of "Gram Moody" as he rides a bicycle with Marigold.
- Wolf Man: As revealed in "Trousers":Narrator: So, where do trousers come from? No, Jordy, the Bellingham's Houndman doesn't bring them in the night! All trousers come from the Depot, where the Bellingham's Houndman works part-time.