The saga loosely follows the events of the film; Marlin's wife Coral and the majority of his children are killed by a barracuda, and his only remaining son is named Nemo. When Nemo goes off on his first day of school, he's captured and brought into a dentist's fish tank in Sydney, Austrailia. What follows is his father's epic quest to save his son across the entire ocean
Oh, wait. It's not that simple. While Marlin and Dory battle the horrors and oddities of the ocean, Nemo finds himself threatened by the approaching danger of The Gingering, brought upon by Darla's arrival in a few days. Throw in the Illuminati, a hungry Pumkin, a school of cyber-bullying fish, and the lingering question of how there can be fire underwater, and you've got yourself a lengthy, hilarious, and borderline Disney Acid Sequence ride of a YouTube Poop.
Can Nemo survive the coming apocalypse? Can Marlin and Dory survive everything on the Internet from burping Korra's to the belly of a great whale to a duck holding up a lemonade stand? Can someone please explain what the hell's going on? And will the viewers stop harassing Emperor Lemon to hurry up with the videos and realize he has a life outside of YouTube Poop?
The Frying Nemo Saga contains examples of:
- Absentee Actor: Nemo is largely absent from PanFrying Nemo.
- Adaptational Villainy: The whale is in fact Pumkin and is utterly unapologetic about eating Marlin and Dory.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Nemo's membership in the Illuminati allows him to do this, and not only does he kill Darla and save Earth from The Gingering, but he leads a marine rebellion against humanity!
- Big Bad: Darla, whose coming heralds the apocalyptic Gingering.
- Bittersweet Ending: Nemo has become a god in his own right and stopped The Gingering from destroying the planet. But his father is dead, Dory is all alone, and now Nemo is leading a marine rebellion against humans.
- Chekhov's Gun: Nemo being inducted into the Illuminati in ReFrying Nemo ends up saving him from his frying in DeepFrying Nemo, and allows him to kill Darla.
- Creator Cameo: Emperor Lemon shows up in the opening of DeepFrying Nemo (as Nigel the Pelican with Admiral Ackbar's head) to shut up the pelicans begging for the release of the poop.
- Demoted to Extra: Dory has a smaller role here than in the original film.
- Driven to Suicide: When he believes Nemo is dead, Marlin shoots himself in the head.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": When the day of The Gingering arrives, many of the characters are shown looking up at the approaching apocalypse in terror.
- Mythology Gag: When the Tank Gang, Shrek, and Zoidberg have successfully dirtied the tank, Rabbit bemoans the mess; a reference to one of Emperor Lemon's early poops.
- "Psycho" Strings: These occur when Flo appears in ReFrying Nemo.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Nemo discovers Marlin's suicide, he kills Darla and begins leading a fish uprising to conquer the Earth.
- Running Gag: In every part of this trilogy, there will be at least one reference to the theme song to SpongeBob SquarePants.
- Shout-Out: It's impossible to list all of them, as these videos reference pretty much EVERYTHING. So we'll keep it concise.
- The Stinger: One for the second and third installments.
- ReFrying Nemo: Patrick asks how there can be fire underwater. He's smacked by Squidward.
- PanFrying Nemo: Crush releases the hounds, who promptly maul Marlin.
- Take That!: The opening of DeepFrying Nemo is one to the fans of Emperor Lemon who begged for the poop's release without consideration for the life of the man operating the channel.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: At the end of DeepFrying Nemo.