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GoAnimate, now known as Vyond as of its rebrand in May 2018 and formerly styled as Go!Animate, is a website that allows people to make their own animated videos, originally using Adobe Flash but now currently using the HTML5 standard. It has been used even by some noted animation personalities such as Paul Dini, who used it to produce his web series Super Rica and Rashy.

Signing up is free for 14 days, though you must upgrade to a paid account if you want to have access to their full resources. The site originally had most of its features free with additional features available with "GoPlus", but in 2015 this was dropped after the website became pay-only. You must be at least 13 years old to join, but like everything else limited by the American COPPA act, many younger than 13 just disregard this requirement and put in another birth year. In addition, you must have an official business website and address to use it.

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Users can either use the "Quick Video Maker", which offers several ready-made "animated shorts" (some of which are based on licensed properties) with the settings and actions already selected, a small cast of characters to choose from (different for each), and the ability for you to write dialogue, or the "Full Featured Video Maker", where you can start from scratch and select almost everything by yourself: settings, actions, sounds, FX, etc. (though again, you have a limited cast to use). You can also make more characters and post your videos on YouTube, but that requires a paid account. Note that any videos you publish will have a watermark indicating they were made by GoAnimate/Vyond (though you can pay to have it removed.)

Vyond would probably just be your standard run-of-the-mill video-making website if it wasn't for a series of videos that sent the website and video maker into infamy - the "X Gets Grounded" videos. Primarily made by young kids, these videos detail the misadventures of various characters as they cause or get themselves into trouble in all manner of ways, followed by them getting busted and grounded (grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded) by their parents for absurd lengths of time. These videos are especially known for the trouble-making kids usually being characters from TV shows aimed at preschoolers, such as Caillou and Dora the Explorer.

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In late 2015, the company announced their shift to the new HTML5 standard in January 2016 and remove any video-making feature not centered on business. The other themes were immediately incompatible with HTML5, with the business theme rebuilt in the format for its business customers. The removal of these themes resulted in users unfamiliar with the HTML5 standard lashing out at the site's employees for removing them, though the major decline of Adobe Flash and the growing importance of mobile devices that work with HTML5 meant GoAnimate had to do something to keep up with current trends.note  Site creator Alvin Hung also took large amounts of abuse, but it's likely he knows about the "grounding" fanbase and was growing tired of the platform being used to make that type of content, seeing the platform as a serious tool for business use.

Those who didn't flock to other alternatives like Plotagon stuck to the website's educational membeship, GoAnimate for Schools, because the popular Comedy World theme lived on there note . On July 26, 2016, the old themes were sunsetted on the school site (timed for the new school year), leaving only those lucky enough to save old characters, themes and props as "starters" to use them in future videos. However, a limited amount of the old themes are not permanently disabled and can still be accessed as code; users have used extensions that play with website links like Requestly to bring back the older themes and creators using the said code.

On May 6, 2018, the website was rebranded to Vyond and confirmed the obvious, saying the Flash themes would be done after the 2018-19 school year and ending further sign-ups to the Schools version of the site. Pricing for using the site is now much higher, likely meant for small companies and large corporations. This seemed like the final blow to GoAnimate's unusual fandom... but enterprising users have already found ways to get the old themes to work in the apparently HTML5-exclusive Vyond. Simply put, it doesn't look like they're going anywhere any time soon.

You can find it here.

Now has a Characters page for some of the more recurring characters in the videos made with the website, related to grounding or otherwise.


Now I am going to list all the tropes featured in GoAnimate and Vyond videos. (points again):

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  • Abusive Parents: Seen in spades. The parents ground their children for everything short of breathing and things that are not their fault and often inflict physical maltreatment upon their kids by making them listen to loud music on speakers or making them wear diapers past their infanthood.
    • Some videos have Caillou get grounded for existing.
  • Accentuate the Negative: The rant videos, which mostly cover only the negative qualities or simply what the user doesn't like about the subject. What sets the GoAnimate rant videos from normal criticism videos like this is that, most of the time, the user is being dead serious when they're using this trope in their rants. (Including their Fan Hater-charged remarks.)
  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality: "Acceptable" might be a bit of a stretch, but most videos that involve the misbehaving character causing a ruckus at their school tend to ignore the student seeing a school counselor or anyone to talk about the kid's behavior and jump straight to the kid getting suspended/expelled so they can get grounded faster.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Don't expect Caillou, Dora, Little Bill, Arthur, or any other kid show characters to be the wholesome lovable heroes/heroines they are canonically. Most of the time, they are portrayed as the most troublesome and naughty kids in the universe who sometimes cause trouble just for the heck of it.
      • Half subverted and half played straight with Barney. In some videos, Barney is an utter jerkhole, and in other videos, there are two Barneys.
    • Their parents are not much better, as most of the time they are unreasonable Jerkasses regardless of how nice or lovable they are in canon. Caillou's dad Boris, in particular, is just a hair's length away from being straight up evil.
  • Adapted Out: Pretty much any non-human character from Dora the Explorer. Even Diego hasn't been seen in very many videos. This is possibly justified, in that Boots and the others are not human, and non-humans are pretty difficult to translate into any of GoAnimate or Vyond's former themes. Meanwhile, Dora (being much more well-known and popular — and thus more hated) tends to be far more of a target than Diego, making Diego Gets Grounded videos less widespread (Though that doesn't really explain Diego's absence in the many videos involving his cousin outside of the odd few).
    • Baby Bop, BJ, and Riff are almost never seen in the grounded videos. The children are only seen in videos where Barney is killed by other characters; even when they are generic children rather than specific ones who appeared on the show. Still, some people have attempted to put in these three characters.
    • Many videos involving Little Bill ignore the existence of the majority of the supporting cast and only feature Little Bill and his immediate family.
  • Adults Are Useless: In some Grounded videos, many of the adults seem to be (sometimes willfully) blind to what the kids (usually the troublesome "baby show" ones) want or need. (At least until they start acting out.)
    • Sometimes a trouble-maker will realize that they screwed up horribly and run to an adult figure, their parents, or the police for help. As soon as the trouble-maker reveals that they caused the mess they instantly get arrested or grounded without being given a chance to explain themselves further.
    • Characters will get grounded or otherwise punished even if it's clear to the adult characters that the mess the target character caused was an accident and/or it was something the character clearly didn't expect or want to happen.
  • Advice Backfire: There are a number of videos that attempt to hand out social advice, (such as this one) but wind up unintentionally falling under this for numerous reasons. Usually, this is because what the user deems as "awesome" still comes off as somewhat socially awkward, among various other reasons.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Errors are extremely smart and will prevent all attempts to get rid of it, including powering down, installing anti-virus programs, upgrading your computer and unplugging your computer.
  • The Alcoholic: Some videos depict Caillou drinking beer. One video displays Caillou picking up a bottle in front of a nightclub, drinking out of it (assuming it's Dr. Pepper), and getting drunk. He proceeds to shoot a bartender, get Dora drunk, punch a random old guy off a building, and finally start driving drunk. They crash into the house, and Boris is shocked and implies this has happened before by asking "I smell beer... Did you get drunk again?". Later, Caillou is arrested.
    • Other videos may depict Caillou going to a bar, killing the bartender for beer, going home and into his room and chugging away. He wakes up and pukes. Boris rushes in but smells something familiar. OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH!
  • All Crimes Are Equal: Any sort of criminal act or misbehavior can be shown to be grounds for the troublemaker's arrest (or even execution in extreme cases) if so chosen by the troublemaker's authority figures, regardless if the misdemeanor was accidental or something as petty as littering, losing a library book, or breaking a sibling's belongings.
  • All Just a Dream: Videos can wind up being this, whether for a fairly sensible reason (such a series of random, non-grounding related events that lead to the lead character being killed) or just at the whim of the user. See also Dream Sequence below.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: The plots of some "(Character) Misbehaves at (Store)" videos are kickstarted by the main character being the only person who doesn't have a certain object (which can range from a hot new electronic device to a Rugrats "Tommy Troubles" VHS tape) and being made fun of by all their peers because of it, leading to the main character asking their mom or dad to take them to the store to get one.
  • Alternate Continuity: From the shows they are featured in. Many users count this as well.
  • Anachronism Stew: The infamous GoAnimate: The Movie (made in 2013) was supposedly made in 2006 In-Universe. However, GoAnimate didn't exist until a year later. One of the plot points of the movie is that PC Guy tries to steal an Adventure Time toy, despite the fact that the show didn't begin until 2009.
  • And That's Terrible: Implied. The grounded videos hint on how bad that their troublemakers' actions are, by how much backlash that they receive from their parents (and often extending to many other characters), how long that they are going to be grounded for, and how serious that their punishments are. It also applies to those where the troublemaker commits much less serious actions, or even those that are innocent.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Rarely is anyone shown being upset over a trouble-maker being grounded, arrested, or even killed in some way. Sometimes a video will show everyone celebrating the fact that the trouble-maker is out of their hair with parties and trips to Chuck E. Cheese's and the like. Tropes Are Not Good, however: The execution videos take this trope up to levels that are beyond disturbing.
  • Angrish: Characters will often yell out "OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH!" or "G R R R R R R R R R R!" when they're mad.
  • Animesque: The Chibi Peepz, Chibi Ninjas, Ninja Anime, and anime themes are all anime style. Lil Peepz also features animesque hairstyles and Cartoon Classics has a few anime expressions like sweat drops and anger veins.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: The parent characters in "Character Misbehaves at Character's Funeral" videos.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Often occurs in the videos where people repeatedly get in trouble, such as ones where the troublemaker of the day has a set amount of strikes before getting grounded/expelled. Throwing a tantrum over not getting what they want for lunch may come the troublemaker killing someone then punching a teacher.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Some videos have characters having inexplicable (if outright nonsensical) side-effects from some injuries they get, such as needing an oxygen mask for a year when they only broke their leg, or lifetime oxygen tanks and paralysis from a stink bomb. (Even if you needed an oxygen mask from breaking your leg or taking in the scent of a prank-strength consumer stink bomb, you probably wouldn't need one for that long.) See also Made of Plasticine below.
  • Artistic License – Law:
    • Many videos show the jury being composed of the accused's parents, siblings, teachers or colleagues, regardless of not if said characters had witnessed the actions the accused had done. The jury's information usually consists of Parrot Exposition galore, spending more time belittling the accused character's personal life rather than giving actual evidence against them. The sentencing also takes a few hours, when in real life, lawsuits can take up to many years, and at the shortest, months, to finish.
    • Regardless of the character's actions, life-time imprisonment or the death penalty (both of which are heavy sanctions that are usually used for serious crimes) are both tossed around as common verdicts in many videos, even if the crimes are as simple as tossing a paper cup on the ground or creating a fake VHS or television opening video.
    • As demonstrated in "X gets Y arrested" videos, dropping any food on the ground counts as littering, no matter if they are in plastic containers, wrapping or whatever.
  • Artistic License – Physics:
    • Many "(Character) Misbehaves On The Way To See (Movie)" videos (especially if they involve Caillou) have a bit where the character attempts to impede their progress in getting to the theater by getting a hamburger at a fast food restaurant and wrecking the car with it. They do this by somehow tossing the burger several yards ahead of the car as it is moving down the road, and hitting the burger causes the car to wipe out spectacularly. (The wind from the car moving would blow the burger back, for one thing, and a typical burger should not be able to cause a car to fly into the air and/or flip over. If anything, all you would get was a flat hamburger.)
    • In "(Character) does Chores" videos, the troublemaker leaves the tap running, causing the entire house to be submerged in water. Unless the tap does not have a plug in it, this is physically impossible. Even though a house can be flooded by an over-running tap, it usually only reaches three feet, and it is impossible for it to flood the entire house.
  • Art Shift: Insomuch as it can apply to here, some users have gradually been making an effort to make Dora look more like how she does in her home TV show over time.
  • Asshole Victim: Most of the characters getting grounded or however punished are intended to be this. (However, it doesn't always work.) Other characters wind up being this when they provoke the troublemaker of the day just to be mean, and it results in the troublemaker retaliating.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Many videos have kids growing to an enormous height and going on a rampage through town or in a building when they can't get their way. One particular video features Caillou doing this, then promptly destroying the Freedom Tower and the 9/11 Memorial.
  • Author Appeal: It's not uncommon to see several of these in a typical GoAnimate video, nor is it to see users who share similar interests with each other. Among the most popular examples appear to be railway/airplane enthusiasm, vanity plates, logos of companies, and Creator/{{Nintendo} series (particularly Super Mario Bros.).
  • Author Avatar:
    • Some users insert themselves into their videos as GoAnimate (or Vyond) characters, either as a Creator Cameo, the person being wronged/injured in a "Grounded" video, or sometimes even as the person getting grounded.
    • It's not hard to infer that the characters who are against the troublemakers share the same opinion of things as those of the users themselves, considering how much detail is often put into the parent or friend characters' description (as simple as they can be) of why something sucks.
  • Ax-Crazy: A number of characters are liable to cause mass mayhem or beat up or murder people at the drop of a hat. Caillou's dad Boris, in particular, is often portrayed as this (either intentionally or unintentionally) by a number of users. Caillou himself can be this, too, but that's really Depending on the Writer.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: Some videos feature these characters, and more often than not their skills are less than up to par, as seen here.
  • Balloon Belly: The whole point of "(Character) Gets Fat At (Place)" has this happen to the troublemaker when they eat a ridiculously large number of food there.
  • Bathroom Stall Graffiti: The Cartoon Classics bathroom background.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Sometimes the grounded kids will be turned into infants as punishment, though sometimes the reason they get grounded in the first place was because they inflicted this trope on someone else.
  • Bedlam House: A lighter form of this concept due to site limitations (it's set in more the equivalent of a group home since GoAnimate didn't have an equivalent setting), the ill-advisedly named "Mental People's Home" series of videos within is this; usually the residents have no need for mental health services and it's used to take kids off exhausted parents' hands, and the caretakers' punishments are extreme.
  • Berserk Button: Across many videos:
    • Caillou's existence is this for Boris.
    • Some videos have the troublemaker-of-the-day flipping out if denied what they want at a restaurant, not getting a toy they want, or in general not getting anything they want.
    • Some of the Dora videos have Dora's trademark exploring being this for her parents and grandmother, often for unexplained reasons.
    • Alan Cook hates Disney. He hates fake VHS openings even more.
    • Certain videos have peeing/pooping on the floor of the house the troublemaker visits being this for the house's owners.
  • Better Than a Bare Bulb: There are many "grounded" videos out there that try to seem witty by adding random fourth-wall breaks to the mix, referencing memes (usually ear rape-centric ones), and lampshading everything (such as Hand Waving ridiculous things as the result of "GoAnimate Logic"). They usually tend to be far more cloying and annoying than clever or funny.
  • Bewildering Punishment: A fairly frequent occurrence, whether it's the trouble-maker showing a Never My Fault attitude when they get in trouble or because they have no idea why they are being punished, such as when they get grounded for no stated reason or for reasons beyond their control.
  • Big Damn Movie: It's not uncommon to see some users produce feature-length Go Animate movies, whether ironic or not. These videos, much like the rest of the fandom's creations, tend to range between surprisingly decent or hilariously Narmy.
  • Big Eater: In "Character Gets Fat At Restaurant" videos, the troublemaker will order and wolf down an extremely large amount of food.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Nearly all of the families in the grounded videos, but especially those of Caillou (Ax-Crazy dad, apathetic mom who enables dad, hot-tempered Jerkass son, only sane girl daughter) and Dora (Obscenely Abusive Parents, apathetic Jerkass grandmother, Jerkass Woobie daughter, bully cousin).
  • Big Storm Episode: There are videos involving a character getting caught up in a major storm, usually ones that spawn tornadoes (almost always EF5 in scale). The determination of punishment is usually left to if they caused the tornado or if they did something during it that earned their ire.
  • Big Word Shout: In "(Character) Yells Out The Word (insert random word here)" videos have the troublemaker shouting out a word that is so loud the whole world, sometimes even further, hears it.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Often, the kids act completely civil and nice until they are wronged or don't get their way, after which the gloves come off. This is more evident in the "(Character) Misbehaves at (Place)" videos.
  • Black And Black Morality: Although many of the grounding victims tend to have it coming, the fact that in some of the more sadistic videos, their parents may go to some rather extreme measures in punishing them (sometimes they'll even kill the troublemaker) and, in some cases, even enjoy punishing the kids or celebrate their groundings, can make it difficult to take sides with anyone.
  • Black Comedy: Both from the groundings and from the things that cause the groundings at times. For instance, we have the time Caillou and Dora the Explorer grilled Rosie for supper.
    • While he's no longer around now, many people familiar with the grounded videos will tell you that the user Isaac Anderson was one of the most notable producers of videos containing examples of this. Many of his videos revolved around escalating and rather violent battles between Boris and Caillou with Doris, Rosie, and other people caught in the middle, with any injuries or casualties Played for Laughs. (And almost always ending with Caillou (sometimes along with Rosie or Doris) grounded or dead.)
  • Blatant Lies: In "X Gets Fired From Y" videos, the offender will lie through their teeth over having a certain item. It's one thing if they say they just don't have the item, but when the customer actually sees the item...
  • Born Unlucky: A troublemaker in the grounded series can be this. Sometimes the grounded series will start with them being grounded for nothing or something that wasn't even their fault.
  • Bowdlerise: There was a version of the GoAnimate video maker that was meant for schools and had weapons, alcohol, and tobacco props removed.
    • Users themselves tend to do this to the material they're parodying. Cartman's infamous "fuck me" rant that's become the basis of the "(Name) Misbehaves at (Place)" fad, for instance, becomes "engage me" or "*EEEENK* me.*"
  • Butt-Monkey: Some troublemaker characters are characterized this way in certain grounded videos, in particular the original character Macusoper Busters, and Warren Cook.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: A very large majority of the videos will have the acting out person immediately admit to what they have done. It's usually prefaced with a bunch of "Um"s.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • In some videos, Caillou has an identical twin named "Daillou". Although he's obviously never appeared in the original cartoon, many users have created videos about Daillou's adventures... which usually involve getting grounded (grounded grounded). In more extreme videos, Caillou has multiple 'lost siblings' with each of their names bumped up a letter (and yes, there have been videos where Doris has had a very impossible sexvigintuple pregnancy of 26 boys with each child taking a new letter rooted by -aillou, including a child named Zaillou).
    • If a troublemaker of the day either has unseen parents or no parents at all, (such as the Five Nights at Freddy's animatronics, Barney, Joe, or any number of the Sesame Street or Thomas & Friends characters), sometimes the user will invent parent characters just so there's someone to ground them. (Though it's also common for people to just use existing characters from their respective home series instead, such as the night guard or Freddy for the animatronics, Steve for Joe, or Sir Topham Hatt/The Fat Controller for the Thomas engines. However, despite the fact that adult human and puppet characters are present in Sesame Street, they are almost never used in grounded videos.)
    • Introduced by the user MattTheGoAnimator, Daisy is a younger sibling/Satellite Character to Rosie and Caillou (who is extremely naughty) who has become adopted by a few other users.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': The "Grounded" videos that involve Dora tend to reach absurd levels as no matter how impossible it is for them to know, Dora will always be ratted on by students, police, video cameras and fired teachers. This often applies to anyone else who decides to be a troublemaker, as well.
    • In particular, "(Character) Fakes a School Lockdown" videos are particularly ridiculous about this. Sure, trying to fake a school lockdown for the sake of pulling a prank warrants some kind of punishment, but in these particular videos, the retribution of the troublemaker's actions don't stop with them being suspended or expelled from school, as by the video's end, the troublemaker's prank will end with massive media attention (often to humiliate the troublemaker rather than actually reporting on what just happened), fellow students being injured or traumatized for life, massive fines (for either the school or students' medical bills) that the troublemaker's family has to pay, and the troublemaker getting grounded (or arrested) all for a simple school prank.
  • Clueless Aesop: Some videos try to tackle serious topics... try being the operative word here.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: As you would not believe. Here's just one out of countless examples of this.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong:
    • Sometimes, the troublemaker of the day will receive hate (and even get grounded) for simply not liking a subject the majority of other characters like, with the majority's only defense being how much they like the subject.
    • Sometimes, an execution video will have one or more characters actually mourning the character being executed. (Often because the executed character was their best friend, was only a kid, or they (somewhat understandably) find the execution Disproportionate Retribution of the highest order.) If the other characters catch them showing sympathy for the executed, they'll either ground, mob, or even kill the offending character for daring to show sympathy for the character whose death they are celebrating, which only serves to add to the disturbing premise.
  • Computer Virus: The Barney Errors, which sometimes have Barney substituted for other "baby show" characters.
    • Some videos have the troublemakers installing a virus (either a Barney Error or of other sorts) onto their parents' or school's computer with predictable results.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Some of the ways people find out about a troublemaker's wrongdoings outright defy logic sometimes. In most cases this happens via someone just happening to walk by in time to see the troublemaker making their escape or one or both of the troublemaker's parent figures showing up out of nowhere as the kid is committing their bad deed.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: A lot of "Grounded" videos feature the parents giving all sorts of unusual punishment to the kids. They make their kids watch shows for little kids, eat weird things, and maybe even put a diaper on them or turn them into babies.
  • Crapsack World: The setting that the grounding videos take place in sit most consistently at Type 2.
  • Crossdressing Voices:
    • Whenever you see Dora used, the model is clearly male, but the voice is always female.
    • One of the most popular voices to use for Caillou is the "Ivy" voice setting.
  • Crossover: A very large number of videos involve characters from various media all living in the same universe. As a vast majority of GoAnimate's video creators were (or are, under Vyond) young children, many of these characters are from children's cartoons, including pre-school cartoons like Dora The Explorer or Caillou.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Many Punishment Days and "Gets Executed" videos end with characters getting offed in some bizarrely cruel, yet off-the-wall ways.
  • Darker and Edgier: Many users either make at least one video like this or base their videos around being this trope, but 90 percent of the time this is done by simply adding gratuitous blood, characters dying randomly, adding creepypasta characters like Jeff the Killer, or constant swearing. It's very difficult to find a Grounded video that is truly successful in using this trope.
  • Deadly Euphemism: Asking someone to "engage" you is treated as this in-universe.note  Some videos even add a crowd gasping sound-effect when someone asks another person to "engage" them.
  • Deadly Prank: A lot of times, the mass mayhem and injuries or deaths caused by the trouble-maker of the day were the result of a prank, with varying levels of reaction from the troublesome prankster. (From being horrified at the unintentional side effects of their prank to still thinking their prank was terrific despite the massive damage it caused.)
  • Death by Falling Over: In the "(Character) Misbehaves at (Indoor Water Park or Place that Has One)", two of the atrocities committed by the trouble-makers include them pushing some slow-moving riders down a water slide and shoving a kid off some floating walk-pads. In both cases they wind up severely injured or dead.
  • Death Is Cheap: Reviving a deceased character in these videos is as simple as just willing them back to life. Either that, or depending on Negative Continuity.
  • Deconstruction:
    • After Tumblr discovered the GoAnimate community, several attempts at deconstructing grounded videos have been made. Most notable are Eric gets grounded and wakes up to a realization and Eric's Dad Discovers the Truth. Some other users also tend to deconstruct, but more often just satirize the absurdity of grounded/dead meat videos. After the latter gained unironic subscribers from the GoAnimate community, it became a Stealth Parody.
    • Also done with users like NotSmirks (formerly) and Warren Cookie, although in a way that evokes the darkest side of YouTube Poop.
  • Denser and Wackier: Not that the videos were ever considered very serious in the first place, but many of the earliest grounded videos were more...erm...grounded in reality, as you can see in Unbuilt Trope below. It was about when Caillou, Dora, and other baby show characters began appearing and getting grounded that the usual tropes of grounded videos came into play and sent the Grounded videos headlong into absurdity. (And infamy.)
  • Depending on the Writer: Everyone has their own ways of interpreting the characters they use in their videos, especially Caillou and his family:
    • While a number of users use the "Ivy" voice setting for Caillou, many others use the "David" voice setting instead. (Though with the David voice setting having been removed from the interface, the Joey voice setting has become a common alternative.) Caillou can also be anywhere from just his canonical Bratty Half-Pint self taken Up to Eleven to a dangerous sociopath with a Hair-Trigger Temper depending on the user.
    • Rosie tends to waver back and forth between being just an innocent (if Too Dumb to Live) victim of Caillou's schemes to either ratting Caillou out as soon as he acts out. (Whether innocently or maliciously.) Other times, she's just as antagonistic as everyone else and joins Boris in deliberately antagonizing Caillou. Other times she's every bit as malicious as her brother and causes trouble wherever she goes.
    • Doris's characterization also tends to vary wildly among users. She tends to range between being genuinely nice but firm mom who is willing to take Caillou's side sometimes (albeit still giving long grounding times like all the other parents), a Gadfly that borders on a Screwy Squirrel, an apathetic Jerkass who pays Caillou no mind unless he's misbehaving, to being every bit as Ax-Crazy as her husband.
    • Dora's appearance in the videos frequently changes depending on the user as well. Rosie and Boris also frequently vary in appearance among users.
    • The parent characters can be anything from just overly stern to somewhat abusive to every bit as sociopathic as their troublemaking kids depending on the user.
    • In some videos, there's one Barney who is a troublemaker and jerkhole, and in others, there are two Barneys (an evil red and purple Barney, and a good purple and green Barney). Also, Barney can be either visibly fat or appear to be skinny (if there are two Barneys, both are usually the latter weight).
    • It tends to vary among users whether or not Red/Teeth versions of characters (such as Boris, most notably) are separate entities from their normal counterparts or are transformations of the characters themselves, though having them as separate characters seems to be the most common interpretation.
    • Finally, the severity of the punishments given to the trouble-making kids tends to fluctuate as well. Some users just use the absurdly long grounding time and call it a wrap. Others frequently if not exclusively use "Punishment Days" (a string of consecutive punishments), while still others just have the trouble-making kid get severely injured (if not outright killed) as punishment.
  • Deranged Animation: Very common in the satirical videos by users such as NotSmirks, Warren Cookie, and NotZick Zick, though it's not unheard of this to happen in the non-satirical grounded videos as well.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: No matter how impossible it might look for a character to get caught and grounded, somehow, someway, something will happen that will expose the trouble-maker and their schemes to someone and end with them grounded, no matter how illogical it seems. There are also other instances of this trope outside of exposing the trouble-maker.
  • Disproportionate Restitution: A lot of times the naughty kid will begin apologizing to people or their families for what they did wrong once they get caught. The apologies really don't hold much water if the bad thing they did resulted in mass mayhem and panic, massive property damage, or people getting hurt or killed. This can also be reversed when all the naughty kid did was, say, steal someone's cookies, and their parents still refuse their (more reasonable) apology.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: This is the only form of retribution in the infamous "Gets Grounded" videos. Make one small slip-up and you'll find yourself grounded for an impossibly long time. Sometimes your parents will violently attack you. And you can even get grounded for no reason at all.
    • Worse, there have been videos made of users the uploader doesn't like being executed and their deaths being celebrated over petty things like, as noted below, making fake VHS openings.
    • You can get expelled from school just for getting a mathematical problem wrong. (granted, most of the time the grounding victims come up with answers not even remotely close to the actual one, but still)
      • Many characters will get expelled from school due to getting an "F" in a single class
    • In many "(character) Misbehaves At (restaurant)" videos, the troublemaker flips out and trashes the restaurant because the restaurant was out of one of the things they ordered. In other videos they freak out over the restaurant being closed.
    • There are videos where one character will litter on the ground, only for another to walk up to it and instantly get arrested and sent to jail.
    • It's occasionally inverted; characters will sometimes do terrible things like killing people, causing natural disasters, etc. All that happens to them is that they get grounded by their parents.
    • Some videos show characters going to the dentist, only to find out that they have cavities. Rather than logically treat the cavities, the dentist does absolutely nothing and ignores treatment, instead scheduling their next appointment, and the kids get grounded when they get home.
    • There are some videos which take place at an airport as the main family/characters prepare to leave for a vacation, and the troublemaker sets off the security booth with...a large water bottle. The security guard then angrily kicks them all out of the airport as though the entire family/cast had decided to cause a public disturbance in the airport instead of simply causing a minor and accidental inconvenience, rather simply telling them why this was a problem and sending them on their way once the problem was rectified. (Additionally, everyone blames the troublemaker for ruining their vacation even if they (implied or explicitly) were the ones who got the kid the water bottle in the first place.)
  • The Dog Bites Back: Zig-zagged - many videos have the punished parties get fed up with the groundings and enact some sort of revenge scheme to get them in trouble. However, a very rare few allow them to get away with their revenge.
  • Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud: There are a surprisingly large amount of videos involving tornadoes hitting the city that most Grounded videos take place in, and in most cases, nothing actually gets damaged (nor do people get injured or killed) until the tornado actually hits them.
  • Don't Like, Don't Read: Quite a number of videos will have the author of the video asking for viewers to "respect [the creator's] opinion". Nine times out of ten, it's usually "If you even disagree with what I say, it means you're a baby show lover". Another variation of this is for the author to proclaim that they "don't support child abuse" and if you're offended by the video, don't watch it.
  • Double Standard: The usual given reason for everyone's loathing for baby show characters such as Caillou and Dora is because...well...they're "baby show" characters. For whatever reason, though, no one seems to care that Rosie, Boris, Doris, Diego, or any of Caillou or Dora's other family members are technically "baby show" characters themselves. The likely reason is because they all dislike the main characters themselves so everyone just brushes this off.
  • Downer Ending: There are too many instances of this trope in the grounded videos to list them all individually. Generally speaking though, if the main character was trying to correct their problems, help somebody, or they had good intentions when they misbehaved, expect the ending to be this if they still get grounded.
  • Dream Sequence: "(Character) has nightmares/bad dreams" videos primarily take place in a dream being had by the Character/Troublemaker Of The Day. Oddly, many of these videos often involve scary logos for some reason. And just to add insult to injury, a number of these videos end with the character's parents coming in to ground them, just because they can. Videos involving nightmares are the most prevalent of these types of videos, but Grounded videos involving good (or just plumb weird) dreams are out there.
  • Dull Surprise: Makes it surprisingly funny.
  • Dumbass No More: You'll find no bumbling dads or moms here. Even the goofiest of parents (such as Richard Watterson or Papa Bear) are now competent enough to catch their kids in the act of trouble-making and heavily discipline them.
    • In the videos where Arthur (or D.W.) is the troublemaker, Mr. Haney, who is typically somewhat of an air-head, is usually shown to be equally as competent (and harsh) as all of the other principal characters in the grounded videos.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted, at some points. Apologizing doesn't mean that the troublemaker helps them escape their problems, as their parents find it useless and unacceptable enough.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The "[Character] Gets Sent Away" videos sometimes act as series finales for various 'grounding series'. The character gets, well, sent away to an unpleasant place for acting out, but rather than go through with their punishment they start a new life somewhere else with their friends.
  • Eldritch Location: The "Audience." We assume, considering that being sent there is considered the grand finale of several "punishment days."
  • Encyclopaedic Knowledge: For someone who doesn't seem to be a film buff by any means, Warren Cook's father Alan always seems to know the exact release year and releasing studio of every film to stymie Warren's attempts at false VHS openings, even for the most unheard-of films.
  • Enfant Terrible: At the end of the day, nearly all of the troublesome kids are intended to be this, albeit with varying levels of success. There are a few kids who are genuinely villainous or at least just immense Jerkasses, however.
  • Everything Explodes Ending: It's not unheard of for a grounded video to end this way, usually thanks to the actions of a troublemaker. In particular, most "(Character) Misbehaves at (Restaurant/Store/Great Wolf Lodge)" videos end with the building "exploding" after the troublemaker throws their tantrum.
  • Evil Counterpart: Evil/Red/Teeth Boris, a rude and psychopathic red duplicate/transformation of Boris with a huge mouth that somehow manages to be worse than Boris himself.
    • Not to be outdone, there are many "evil" versions of baby show characters that are either there because the creator really hates the "good" version of the character so that they have a good character for the troublemaker to mess with or if they like the "good" character, they just use it because they are running out of characters to ground. The most popular ones are Evil Pingu and Evil Strawberry Shortcake. Surprisingly the more popular grounding victims rarely get "evil versions" mainly because people tend to make videos of the popular characters for entertainment while more minor ones like Pingu and Strawberry Shortcake for spite against the show.
  • Evil Laugh: Even if the target character is doing something nice, they'll always do a laugh.
  • Evil Knockoff: The original Dora the Explorer design for GoAnimate videos is referred to as this, calling her "Fake Dora".
  • Evil Teacher: Seen in spades with every teacher, including the principal, seen in regular grounding videos. Most (if not, all) are seen as being a Hair-Trigger Tempered Jerkass who hates the troublemaker's guts, and hand out over-the-top punishments for even the most simplest matters.
    • Miss Martin gets the worst of this, however. She's simply a gender-swapped version of Boris with all the amount of disgust and hatred as him. This video has her expell Caillou for no apparent reason, only for Laser-Guided Karma to hit her hard when Clementine's mother fires her.
  • Excrement Statement:
    • Bobbyispoopy loves to poop on everyone he comes across.
    • The basis of "Character Poops On The Teacher" videos have the main protagonist defecating on the teacher when the latter won't let them go to the bathroom.
    • "Character Pees On The Teacher" videos are the same thing as the above example except for urinating instead of pooping on the teacher.
    • "Character Poops On Character" videos. Enough said.
    • Uolliac enjoys pooping on everybody.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Almost every grounded video is titled in this format: "X Does Y (And Gets Grounded)."
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Outside of the rare occasion where they get thrown a bone for it, Caillou, Dora, or others of their ilk will always be grounded for some contrived reason no matter how good they are.
    • The parent characters will often see their kid's misbehavior coming and attempt to prevent a tantrum or mental breakdown or repeatedly say no to a kid demanding something. Nine times out of ten, though, the parent characters cave into their kids demands when they won't shut up or are unsuccessful in preventing their kid from throwing a fit.
  • False Flag Operation: When a bad user false flags an innocent user's video on YouTube and giving them a community guideline strike, they get arrested and goes to jail.
  • Fantastic Racism: Some of the more sadistic videos have folks considered to be "baby show" characters be hated by their peers so much it could almost be called this.
    • Fantastic Slur: Being called a "bad user" or an "opinion disrespector" is probably the most heinous insult in the GoAnimate/Vyond community. "Baby show lover" comes up frequently as well.
  • Fat Comic Relief: There are many videos where a troublemaker will eat a overwhelmingly large amount of food in one sitting and suddenly get morbidly obese as a result, then the parent will then find out and ground them, and maybe everyone else in the video will make fun of them for being fat.
    • The character may also be fat from the start where somehow the character's weight will cause disaster like this.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Being grounded or getting a Punishment Day is often treated as a worse punishment than getting arrested or executed, and a standard insult hurled by trouble-making peers on the news is "I hope (character) gets grounded by their parents./(Character's Parents)? could you please ground them?" regardless of how terrible the character's actions were. By all accounts it kind of makes sense, considering the long grounding times and the ludicrous level of removed privileges.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: The GoAnimate community wanted to kill a troll called Warren Cook for making fake VHS openings.
    • Same for another troll named Memy9909 for allegedly trolling another user named Baxter - though what Memy did to Baxter can be justified as Baxter was a example of Small Name, Big Ego as some users considered him a king.
    • Not only that, but in a lot of the videos where someone gets arrested, they get sent to jail (often for long periods of time and without a fair trial) over crimes like littering a single hamburger (or even walking up to a littered hamburger).
    • No matter how minor the mistake or trouble a person causes, they will always be grounded for a ludicrously long time, even if someone just accidentally pushed someone else over or broke something.
    • This is particularly evident in "(Character) Gets Held Back" videos, where even the slightest things will result in setting a teacher off and the student immediately being knocked back a grade at the first offense. This includes such trivial or petty things such as talking in class, having sodas with their lunches, or even getting a single math problem wrong.
    • Parodied in this video by NotSmirks where Warren Cook's dad calls the police to arrest Warren when he finds out Warren made fanfiction out of himself and "babby".
      "911? Me son made porno out of me! Am crying right now!"
    • Founder Alvin Hung has gotten death threats from the site's users after GoPlus and many of the site's most popular themes were removed. Once the main site finally made the transition to a full-on business animation site, the site saw an increase in hatred towards Alvin before GoAnimate For Schools was finally upgraded to efficiently remove Flash-made themes. However, people still hold grudges against Alvin for this.
  • Flanderization:
    • The most common interpretation of Caillou in these videos has his bratty habits (something that usually only showed up from time to time in his actual TV show) cranked up to absurd Hair-Trigger Temper heights.
      • A notable example in many videos is Boris himself. Take Isaac Anderson's depiction of him, for example - Solely over time, his violent Ax-Crazy tendencies started to dominate most of his character to an absurd degree, to the point that it has set the normal standard for Boris' depiction in many videos inspired by Anderson (especially in Deconstruction videos involving Caillou's nuclear family). Ironically averted by his "teeth guy" counterpart, who has always been like this.
    • For characterizations in the Grounded videos themselves, early on in the history of the Grounded videos, most of the parent characters simply gave the extra long grounded times and called it a wrap. Very rarely were they actually violent when punishing the kids, and sometimes they actually did seem to not like having to punish the kids or just acted extremely disappointed rather than angry. Many later videos, however, saw all of these aspects get inflated to ridiculous proportions: Now you really have to search for recent videos that don't have the trouble-makers violently attacked by their parents for their wrong-doings, that don't have the parents act borderline sociopathic, absurdly strict, and/or Ax-Crazy, that don't have the parent characters fly off the handle at the slightest offense or actually act glad to punish the kids if they don't just outright hate them. For this, we can probably thank users like Isaac Anderson (who invented the concept of "Punishment Day" in the Grounded videos) and certain other users whose Black Comedy takes on the Grounded genre were adopted by many other Grounded video makers.
  • Flat Character: Many of the characters (both kids and parent characters) are quite interchangeable with one another, though some users do try to set their interpretations apart from others.
  • Floating Limbs: The site's mascots, the "Lil' Peepz" seem to have these.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Everyone has these.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: A few videos have characters in the video attempt to ground or rant at the users for whatever reason.
  • Freak Out: Most "(Character) Fakes a School Lockdown" videos often have one or more students go beyond panicking to just outright having complete nervous/mental breakdowns during the faked lockdown, to the point they either injure themselves, get PTSD, or just go completely crazy and have to go to the mental ward for the rest of their life. This usually happens just to rub the consequences of the trouble-maker's actions in their face even more than they already are.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Evidently, body swapping in the GoAnimate/Vyond universe is not allowed, as many videos can tell you. Most commonly, the swap is between a parent and a trouble-making kid, and you really have to search for ones that involve any other participants of a swap.
  • Freudian Excuse: Some videos (whether they are a deconstruction or not) have the parent characters give an explanation as to why they're so harsh on their kids when they get in trouble. For example, here, where, after calling out his parents and getting them sent to jail, Caillou asks Boris and Doris why they are always so harsh on him and ground him for the most trivial of reasons. Doris then explains how her own parents always grounded her for ridiculous reasons (such as when she innocently told her father about how she wanted her own TV show) when she was a kid herself. It was then that she swore to do the same thing to her kids when she grew up, apparently so they would know her pain. Caillou (appropriately) rejects her flimsy excuse, gives them both a short "The Reason You Suck" Speech, and leaves them for good.
    • In somewhat of a meta-example, a common Alternate Character Interpretation of many of the kids (especially Caillou and Dora) are that the only reason they act out so much is because of the abuse of their family and friends, something that is often thrown back into the latter group's face in the Deconstruction videos.
  • Fun with Flushing: Videos that involve people getting flushed down the toilet (whether it's someone getting flushed down the toilet by a trouble-maker, or the trouble-maker being flushed down the toilet as a punishment) are fairly common.
  • Gender Bender: A common punishment given to the troublemakers is to have their sex changed via Magic Plastic Surgery in the "X gets his/her gender swapped" videos. It is also common to have troublemakers get grounded because they inflicted this trope onto someone else. (Whether by turning them into merely a gender-flipped version of themselves or turning them into a random person/fictional character that happens to be the opposite gender of the character being transformed.)
  • Genre Deconstruction: Some videos serve as a deconstruction of the "Grounded" aspect. They tend to focus on Caillou's dad's Only Sane Man and Disproportionate Retribution attitudes, essentially calling him out on his random punishments and reasonings as to why he does so.
  • "Get out of Jail Free" Card: When any troublemaker is sentenced to prison, no matter how much time they spent there, they are guaranteed to be let out of the prison like nothing ever happened and without explanation in a succeeding video.
  • GIS Syndrome: It's not uncommon for users to insert familiar characters into the GoAnimate/Vyond setting via stock images of them from off the internet. Here's one such example of this.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Thanks to there not being animations for the characters to punch, throw things, or whatnot, the characters' animation for pointing ahead is often used in place of those and many other actions (and often adds to the hilarity as a result).
  • Go to Your Room!: After a troublemaker gets grounded grounded grounded, their parents tell them to go to their room.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong/Right: Countless times have the schemes of the naughty kids blown up in their faces because of things they didn't anticipate.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Anyone who isn't the person currently getting in trouble and grounded. This is more evident in the more sadistic grounding videos where the troublesome character is beaten up or murdered by their family and friends for their actions, or "Punishment Day" sequences with more severe (and less humorous) punishments.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Profanity is often replaced with this. Justified, as much of the community is composed of children who share their computers with relatives. Not that this stops some people though. See Obligatory Swearing below.
  • Greek Chorus: Parodied; a handful of (mostly satirical) videos have the events of the video commented on by a Gonkish character sitting at a computer (who seems to only be a head wearing a baseball cap) who takes some random issue with it. (And is likely a representation of the worst parts of the GoAnimate grounded fandom.) (One video featuring this character.)
  • Groin Attack: A running gag on the now-terminated Isaac Anderson's videos is Caillou getting his penis cut off, such as this one.. This also happens on a few other videos as well by other users besides Isaac.
    • A common punishment seen in "Punishment Day" videos.
  • Growling Gut: One of the sound effects with the arrival of HTML is a "stomach gurgle".
  • Grounded Forever: Parents in Grounded videos will often ground the child for a very long amount of time (ex: 112233445566778899 years) or forever.
  • Gross-Out Show: Seeing as how many of the users on the site are/were little kids, and there's an effect that makes people vomit, you can expect a lot of Vyond videos to be this.
  • Guilt by Association Gag: Sometimes in the "Gets Held Back" videos when there are multiple characters involved, a single character in the grounded party will be the only one to cause trouble in a grade (sometimes even with an unrelated character) while their peers stand by and not cause any trouble along with them. With few exceptions, all characters are still told to go back a grade regardless.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper:
    • Parent characters absolutely explode with volcanic rage when they find out their children have misbehaved, often with a demonic, deepened voice. The screen sometimes shakes and/or turns red during their outbursts.
    • Not that their kids are any better. Many videos have kids either talking in the "Kidaroo" voice, the screen turning red, inexplicably growing enormous, or going on a rampage (though usually all four at once) when they don't get their way. This is especially common in "(Character) Misbehaves at (Restaurant/Store)" videos when the kids flip out when their order can't be filled exactly how they want it or their parents say no to what they want.
  • Held Back in School: This trope is the main plot of a category of "Grounded" videos, wherein some students (usually two) start out in the 12th grade and proceed to knock themselves down all the way back to preschool by getting themselves in trouble via injuring a classmate or teacher, being disruptive, making messes, merely making someone mad, etc. before being expelled and sent home (with predictable results). Here's one example.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Some deconstruction videos involving the Caillou Gets Grounded videos have Doris finally having enough and siding with Caillou when either Boris finally goes off the deep end or Caillou finally calls his parents out on their actions. Very rarely, this happens to Boris as well, but most of the time he's far beyond saving.
  • Hero Antagonist: The parent characters, as well as everyone else who isn't the current troublemaker. (How heroic they actually are, however, is up for debate.)
  • High-Pressure Blood/Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Some videos have blood go flying everywhere when characters even get slightly injured.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Every character has or had this.
  • Hollywood Healing: Usually averted, sometimes to the point of exaggeration. Sometimes characters will be told that they won't be completely healed up for anywhere between one year to the rest of their lifetime from just breaking their leg.
  • Hostile Weather: Really Hostile Weather. Tornadoes are usually the order of the day, and they are, of course, almost always rank EF5 in the Enhanced Fujita scale.
  • Hulking Out: A recurring element in Grounded videos is characters having foul-mouthed and excessively violent "Red/Teeth" counterparts that they turn into when sufficiently enraged. Caillou's Dad aka. Boris is one of the most notable characters to have one of these.
  • Humiliation Conga: Some "Grounded" videos go beyond just the trouble-making kids/teens getting grounded and have all manner of punishments given to them. Sequences (or even entire videos) centered around these are usually referred to as "Punishment Days" by the users.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Most characters when they drink lemonade (actually the troublemaker's pee) in "Character Makes a 'Lemonade' Stand" videos. "Sells 'Chocolate'" is essentially the same thing, just with the chocolate actually being the troublemaker's own excrement.
  • Idiot Ball: At times, the troublemaker(s) my be acting like a Devil in Plain Sight in front of their parents or teachers, but the parents ignore them until the troublemaker(s) carry out whatever their planned dirty deed was.
  • I'm Your Biggest Fan:
    • This is one of the reasons why a character will get punished — they'll be badmouthing or attacking something or someone when the grounder arrives and is angry because they're either a fan of their work or they're their best friend.
    • This can also be inverted in some videos, wherein characters get grounded for hanging out with a character/celebrity the grounder hates, or also for watching a TV show/movie or playing a video game the grounder hates.
  • I Have No Son!: Many Caillou videos tend to have his parents favor Rosie heavily, to the point where their dad will be distraught over the idea of Rosie turning against him.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: There's a series of "Grounded" videos involving the troublemaker of the day standing out on the street and "eating" people who walk up to them. Likewise, naughty folks may be eaten by another person (usually their parents) as punishment. And sometimes this trope is just there for vore fetish reasons.
  • Incendiary Exponent: How a Great Wolf Lodge gets burned down in most "(Character) Misbehaves at Great Wolf Lodge" videos; by way of the character inexplicably setting a skee-ball machine on fire just by punching it a single time.
  • Inherently Funny Words: Almost certainly why "nappy/nappies", a slang term for diapers that's more commonly used in Britain, sees universal use among grounded video makers. (Even in American-made grounded videos when the term is far less commonly used in America.)
  • Implausible Deniability: Many "(Character) Gets (X amount of) Jobs" involve the main character getting jobs at various workplace places seemingly solely only to tell potential or present patrons that the store/restaurant is out of the thing the patron is specifically asking for despite blatant proof that the item is available. Typically, the main character will either make up excuses for why the item is still there (such as the menus at a restaurant being outdated, the items at a grocery store being fake display items, or even resorting to flat-out Insane Troll Logic) or simply run the customer out of the store when proven wrong.
  • Instant Emergency Response: In some videos such as this one where someone dials for emergency services, expect them to take at most 5 seconds to arrive. Apparently the emergency response time is just that good in the GoAnimate world.
  • It Amused Me: One of the most typical answers given by the troublemaker when asked why they did such-and-such naughty thing.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Infamously, due to the limitations of the text-to-speech software, Caillou frequently ends up being rendered as either "Kayloo", "Kaylow," or even "K-I-U".
  • Jerkass: Nearly if not everyone in the Grounded videos is this is some way, some moreso than others.
    • On one end, you have the troublemakers, all of whom are intended to be this way. Most of the time, the trouble-makers who truly fall under this trope cause mass mayhem simply for the amusement factor or for very petty reasons. Most of them come with a Hair-Trigger Temper which often results in them going on a rampage, often while swearing like a sailor. However, a good number of them are arguably Jerkass Woobies who act out because of abuse from their peers.
    • ...Which leads into the next point: Practically everyone who isn't the troublemaker. They (especially the parent characters) go to absurd lengths to teach troublemakers a lesson, to the point that they can become Designated Heroes. Even then, sometimes they don't even have to be punishing the kids in order to become this, as some videos will have the "good guys" being terrible to the trouble-makers without any provocation from the trouble-makers' end. Other times, they have parties or go on trips to Chuck E. Cheese's, Six Flags, or Disney World and exclude the troublemakers. In this case, though, it's usually because of previous wrong-doings, but there are numerous times where it's just out of spite. They also refuse to forgive the troublemakers even if the troublemaker of the day seems to be genuinely remorseful over what they did and if it was just a petty slight like hitting someone at school.
    • The users themselves can become this if someone ticks them off sufficiently, if word gets around that someone's opinion is being disrespected, or if someone does something that they don't approve of. (As mentioned before, Warren Cook learned this the hard way.)
  • Jerkass Ball: Some videos show the trouble-maker of the day being for all intents and purposes a well-behaved kid, only to suddenly turn malicious and cause the misdemeanor that will get them grounded for seemingly no reason.
  • Joker Jury: In most "(troublemaker) Gets Executed/Gets Sent to Jail" videos, the jury is made up of the parents, teachers, colleagues and friends of the troublemaker, most of whom are simply there to add salt to the troublemaker's wound, rather than using real evidence.
  • Kafka Komedy: This trope is present in a lot of videos. Characters can act like angels throughout the whole video, do something heroic, and/or even not be the one who caused trouble in the first place, and still wind up grounded at the end because reasons.
  • Kangaroo Court: Justice in the world of the grounded videos is usually rendered by very partial judges and a Joker Jury who shrug off the defendant's side of the story (and sometimes consists of the troublemaker's family and friends, who are biased against them anyway) and give them cruel and unusual punishments, even for small fine-earning offenses such as littering. Often though, GoAnimate justice never gets to the courtroom as the patrolman (usually rendered as ill-tempered with fire coming out of his head) will render a life prison sentence for the accused right on the scene. Trillion-dollar fines the size of the national debt of several G8 nations combined are also assessed to parents, and they will be executed if payment is not immediately given.
    • Can also apply that in the world of grounded videos, the justice system doesn't even bother with doing anything with offenders. Where most of the illegal activities troublemakers get into would assure them juvenile detention (this isn't even considering any murders in the videos), cops will just give the child back to the parents and merely demand they give the child a long grounding period and allow any corporal punishment without law enforcement action they desire. Also because of the continuing loop nature of grounding videos, children can go back to school and rack up multiple expulsions (a usually permanent end to a child's education given once) because actually enforcing them would mean a user would have to change their character sets with each new video.
  • Karma Houdini: Non-troublemaking characters seem to get a free pass on tormenting the troublemakers or using any means necessary to bust them. Especially in the case of Caillou's Dad/Boris who is often portrayed as an Ax-Crazy sociopath but never gets in trouble, even when he clearly deserves to be punished more than Caillou does.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: A common theme in the Deconstruction videos (and some standard grounded videos when a non-ironic member of the fanbase decides to cut a trouble-maker a break) is the bad habits of the parent characters and other characters (especially the aforementioned and widely disliked Boris) coming back to haunt them. The usual way of this occurring is the grounded kid deciding they've had enough and fighting back against their Abusive Parents, either by grounding them or giving them a Punishment Day and then getting them arrested. Boris is usually shown to not take this happening to him very well and sometimes may undergo a Villainous Breakdown, such as here .
  • Kick the Dog: As if the execution videos weren't cruel enough already, most of the time the condemned's parents will visit them just to insult them, ground them, and tell them that they hope they suffer when they die, then celebrate at their funeral. Even in conventional grounding videos, at times the punishments can come off as needlessly cruel.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Ostensibly, you're supposed to feel bad for Boris whenever Caillou or someone else does something bad to him, but given that Boris is frequently characterized as an abusive psychopath, it comes off more like Boris getting some well-deserved retribution for making Caillou and everyone else miserable.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Certainly an aspect of many of the Grounded videos as the kid-types will pull dangerous or even deadly pranks (or sometimes, not even needing to be pranks and just be malicious) For the Evulz.
  • Kitschy Local Commercial:
  • Laser-Guided Karma: This trope tends to go hand-in-hand with Karma Houdini as Character A may get in trouble for something they did, but if a Character B did something even worse, they get away scot-free. This is particularly shown in the videos where someone goes to jail - the character goes to jail will easily break out and call out the real guilty party, but they won't get in trouble for escaping jail.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Someone may mention their voice changing to something when they're sick, or have their voice changed as a punishment.
    • On a similar note to voices, this video announces at the beginning that the main character had to change their voice because of GoAnimate removing several voices from their system.
  • Life Embellished: Super Rica and Rashy was based on Dini himself (and his wife, stage magician Misty Lee). And their sock monkeys.
  • Limited Animation: Due to the limitations of the website, animation comes off as Hanna-Barbera in flash.
    • Specifically, the "Bodyguard" character has an animation that shows him flexing his pecs. The animation is also used when he is angry, as well as dancing.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The Grounded videos, in general, have a wide amount of characters (both from the well-known to the obscure) used in them.
    • "X Gets in Dead Meat" videos can be this depending on how many characters are shown receiving behavior cards. One video can potentially have between twelve or twenty different characters (and cards) in it, if not more.
  • Losing Your Head: A lot of GoAnimate characters seem to be capable of going without their head without harm, whether it's going headless to school for cheap laughs, scaring people by walking around without a head, or even being punished by having their head removed. Often, they're even still capable of speaking.

     Tropes M-Z (across all videos) 
  • Made of Iron: Many times characters will survive injuries that by all means should have crippled them or even killed them, such as being knocked off a very tall building, hit by a strong tornado, or getting hit by a flying school desk. Even if a character does wind up getting killed, their body almost always remains intact even if it was a fire or explosion that did them in.
  • Made of Plasticine: On the other hand, sometimes characters will wind up severely injured, crippled, or killed from normally non-life/health-threatening injuries, even from such innocuous injuries as being punched in the face or being gassed by a stink bomb.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: A recurring element of the Grounded videos. Some videos have characters going to the hospital to get plastic surgery, or characters being punished by being forced to have plastic surgery. The changes can range anywhere from getting a different face and/or hairstyle, changing genders, changing character themes, changing from a kid to an adult (or vice versa), or just outright being turned into a completely different character altogether. Sometimes these videos are used to explain sudden changes in character designs.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Characters may often be injured severely and then speak in a completely deadpan voice.
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Doesn't even begin to describe the various goings-on that occur in the grounded videos.
  • Malaproper: Quite often. Many of the Dora "Grounded" videos seem to have the parents claiming she is grounded for "tranquility".
  • Malicious Misnaming: The rants made with GoAnimate or Vyond always start with the user calling the subject of the rant a derogatory name in the form of: "(Subject), more like (Derogatory Name of Subject)".
    • Within the "Grounded" videos, this is one method of getting grounded in some videos. The trouble-maker either calls someone or changes the name of something to something derogatory, which leads to...well, guess.
    • The speech-to-text voices' infamous way of pronouncing Caillou's name becomes a form of this in some videos, where Boris knows how to pronounce Caillou's name, but will often switch when he realizes he's "on camera" and call him "Kaylew" or "K-I-U" on purpose knowing how terrible it makes his son feel.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Tends to occur in many videos when a large amount of people are on the receiving end of a trouble-maker's wrath.
  • Mind Screw: Barely any videos made under GoAnimate (or Vyond) make sense. Some are more nonsensical than others, but almost all of them involve at least some surreal aspects, especially due to the cheapness and limitations of the software. This is especially true for the satirical videos or "Tlt Uolliac" videos. If Caillou is deformed and/or speaking with the "Jennifer" voice setting in one of these videos, things are likely about to get weird with a capital W.
  • Misplaced Retribution:
    • Been known to happen to some trouble-making characters when they are treated as a scapegoat for bad things that either happen around them or were the fault of others.
    • Several "(Character) Misbehaves on the Way To (Movie)" have the characters somehow being unable to watch the movie for any sort of reason. The sole blame for this always placed on the naughty character of the day rather than the theater, which decided to take some sort of action to ensure that a single family wouldn't be able to watch the movie.
    • In several "(Character) Causes a Car Crash" videos, the parent of the troublemaker takes their attention off the road so they can yell at them only to end up getting into a car crash. The troublemaker is blamed for the car crash even though it's the parents fault for taking their attention off the road.
    • Sometimes all characters involved in a "Gets Held Back" video are given the blame for something only one of the trouble characters caused, even if they sat there and did nothing as the one character did it or even tried to stop them.
    • Some "(Character) Gets A Job at (Place)" videos have the character dealing with one or more rowdy or unreasonable customers, who get mad at or confused by the lead character and cause a scene for any number of petty or ridiculous reasons (most typically because the customer does not have enough money for something on the menu they want, asks for something not offered at the restaurant (i.e. asking for a Big Mac at a Burger King), or attempts to place impossible orders like asking for two million cheeseburgers) before blowing their stack and leaving, declaring that they are going to a competitor's establishment. Without fail, the manager will come over and blame the main character for the incidents, accuse them of driving away business and fire them rather than placing their retribution on the customer(s) for wasting the lead character's time and/or causing a scene. (This trope is averted in other videos of this type when it's clear that the lead character truly is at fault for the customers leaving.)
  • Mood Dissonance: Many of the Grounded videos tend to end with "Pomp and Circumstance" playing in the background as the character gets grounded.
  • Moral Dissonance: Characters can do whatever they want regardless if it's unlawful or has gotten someone grounded/arrested in the past as long as they are using it against the troublemaker.
    • Wrongful Accusation Insurance is in full effect whenever someone gets someone else sent to jail; the wrongfully accused character will almost always break out of prison to blow the whistle on the actual trouble-maker without having to face consequences for breaking out of jail and anything else they might have done.
    • Sometimes one character will beat up, kill, or otherwise another character, only for them to be excused from doing so because it was a character the user-....er, ahem, the characters didn't like anyway.
  • Moral Myopia: Most videos tend to treat the morality of a character's actions by whether they are a troublemaker or not. A character considered a trouble-maker may do one certain action and get grounded for it, only for a non-troublemaker to do the same exact thing and without the action portrayed as wrong, if they aren't outright rewarded for it. This can lead to some huge cases of Moral Dissonance when this isn't Played for Laughs.
  • Morton's Fork: Many Grounded videos will have the parents demand to know about what trouble they've caused or get punished, yet when they do fess up, they're still punished. Basically, they're damned if they do fess up and they're damned if they don't.
  • Motor Mouth:
    • Evil Boris/Red Boris/Boris the Teeth Guy. Usually, his speech is full of expletives, extreme yelling and Cluster F-Bombs as well.
      Boris the Teeth Guy: "WHAT THE FUCKING FUCKING FUCKING FUCK DO YOU THINK I'LL FUCKING SHITTY ASS FUCKING CUNT BITCH DO NEXT? CONTINUED ON WA-AY-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-AH."
  • The Movie: GoAnimate: The Movie, created by Cayby J. Although it's an almost shot-for-shot ripoff of Greeny Phatom: The Movie, it has gained a slightly better reception than that film (though still mostly negative) due to actually being animated and because the art style of GoAnimate is easier to look at than that of Greeny Phatom. There was also a planned, albeit canceled, sequel, which was a rip-off of The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out Of Water.
    • Along with that one, many users have made numerous extended movies. Many of them are centered around, yep, you guessed it, grounding, and the groundee's quest for revenge against their parents.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Pamela and Kate in Cartoon Classics theme.
  • Naked People Are Funny: See Nude-Colored Clothes.
  • Nearly Normal Animal: Gilbert in some of the Caillou videos seems to be along the lines of this. Sometimes the cat is shown bringing things like credit cards or toys over to Caillou (or blowing the whistle on him when he gets in trouble), and occasionally, he is capable of outright talking to Caillou. (albeit only communicating in meowing that Caillou somehow understands.)
  • Negative Continuity: Unless you're willing to believe characters can survive the abnormally long grounding periods, characters will usually not be grounded next video. It's sometimes even lampshaded.
    • Characters who get killed, turned into something or someone, badly injured, or otherwise as punishment also tend to quickly return looking none the worse for wear as well, though some users do provide explanations for some returns. Blowing up a building can contribute here, as it is repaired in the next video.
  • Never My Fault:
    • In general, the troublemakers are often blamed for any misfortune that befalls their peers when it was their peers' own fault. Especially the parent characters.
    • In the "(Character) Gets a Job At (Store/Restaurant)" videos, the central character gets a job, only to insult, confuse, or otherwise piss off or drive away every customer they meet while on the clock. When they get fired by the manager, typically the main character will see no fault in their behavior if if they don't outright blame the supposed "stupid idiots" they drove away in the first place.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted big time. Death is a much common thing to the Grounded videos, and can be used as a punishment to the character.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Often, various characters are shown to suddenly exhibit or have access to various superpowers, magic, or gadgets (such as a Transformation Ray to transform a character, the ability to grow or shrink, the ability to shoot lasers from their hands or eyes, items from video games, or cloning machines) if the plot of the video requires them to, usually to never be seen or referred to again unless the plot of a later video requires it.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Some of the characters offered look... familiar.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Don't be surprised if a character is grounded, jailed or worse because they fessed up or they stopped something or performed some sort of kind action - they're still "baby show" characters and deserving of punishments.
  • No Indoor Voice: The infamous "Kidaroo" voice that characters use when excessively angry.
  • No Sympathy: Sometimes the parent characters will act incredibly callous toward their kids even when they are scared ("Kay-lew, stop crying like a baby.") or if the trouble the kid(s) caused resulted in them getting severely injured or left them in a What Have I Done state.
  • Not So Above It All: The punishment-happy parents are far from immune to getting themselves in trouble and grounded.
  • Nude-Colored Clothes: The site obviously has no way to render their characters nude or having sex, but some videomakers haven't let the site's intentional limitations stop them. They color the clothes characters are wearing in their flesh tones, and suddenly you're seeing stuff like Caillou walking in on his parents, who have dinner roll breasts and Band Aid genitalia; the most logical extreme is that a typical GoAnimate "sex scene" would consist of a man in a flesh-colored t-shirt and shorts wearing sandals wooing a woman wearing a flesh-colored Wonder Woman-like outfit. Others mosaic the parts, and do their best with the speech-to-text software to render what they think are lovemaking noises.
  • Obligatory Swearing: Considering that the fanbase is mostly made up of kids who love adult cartoons, it almost really goes without saying. Many videos feature scenes where "baby show" characters curse like soldiers. It's especially funny if they're told to stop swearing by another person who is also swearing. And that's just the kids; anyone can have a potty mouth in these videos. Even news anchors and reporters are fairly regularly shown peppering their live reports with f-bombs and s-bombs seemingly because they can, without consequence. (Which is hilarious considering that news reporters can and have been fired for doing so in real life.)
  • Off the Table: In "(Character) Misbehaves at (Store)" videos, a character will go on a destructive rampage when they are unable to get an item they want and are offered an inferior replacement. When they're dragged away and punished, they try to get the offered item instead, but are told that it's too late now. Usually, this is because they just destroyed the place the item was at.
  • One-Hour Work Week: Some videomakers forget to scale time, so you can have a 'Good morning, class!' greeting from the teacher somehow lead into a 'let's go to lunch!' call ten seconds later.
  • Only Sane Man: Deconstructed. There are many videos where the grounder will try to justify their abuse of the kids because it keeps them in line, believing that they're always evil for any reason and they must be kept in line. Their reasonings are usually thrown back in their faces and they're usually given punishments themselves.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Moments where a parent character realizes that they are going too far in their groundings/retribution of their kids tend to be examples of this trope.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Happens to the troublemaker of the video just before getting caught for their mischief.
    • Characters will get this right before a troublemaker does something awful to them.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: If you're coming into the grounded videos expecting all the existing characters (i.e. Caillou, Arthur, etc.) to be in character, then you've come to the wrong place. Even a character who wouldn't hurt a fly will invariably be a violent Jerkass in a typical grounded video.
  • Operating System: A specific genre of videos involve a non troublemaker getting a virus which changes their operating system to one named after a troublemaker. Said OS is pretty much always crummy, with all the features being made to annoy the user, who later uses a "kill" option to remove the OS or annoys the troublemaker controlling the OS to the point of them letting the user have their original OS back.
  • Overly Long Gag: "You are grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded for [ridiculously large number] years". Sometimes characters can spend up to over a minute just saying numbers. Sometimes the character will follow that with a ridiculously long list of oddly specific things the grounded character is not allowed to do. In other videos, the character will rattle off a massive list of television shows that the grounded character will be forced to watch.
    • There are also grounded videos which have multiple troublemakers, sometimes up to a dozen. Some of them decide to show each individual character screaming "NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO" when an authority figure calls their parents, and then having each and every character getting a near identical lecture from their parents about how they're "GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED FOR 875405420958209930248 YEARS".
    • The average "behaviour card day" video will involve dozens of characters receiving behaviour cards, and then telling the teacher one by one what colour card they got and receiving their corresponding punishment/reward. These videos can sometimes stretch into the hours.
  • Parental Favoritism: It's not uncommon for the troublesome kid's siblings to be favored over them by their parents, whether for being more well-behaved or just because. It's especially noticeable in the Caillou videos, where Rosie is often treated like a queen by Boris and Doris, while they only acknowledge Caillou's existence when he gets in trouble, (if they don't just outright hate him for existing).
  • Parrot Exposition: Some "(Character) Misbehaves at (Place)" videos can become tedious to watch as the characters will recap the naughty character's actions at least once or twice as they drive home from the damaged establishment, and more times if the video includes a news report on the trouble-maker throwing a fit, engaging their parent, and wrecking the place.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: The "Punishment Days".
  • Perpetual Frowner: It's possible to make the characters this if you set them to always be crying. Uolliac is almost always crying in videos starring him, and NotSmirks's Author Avatar is often (but not always) crying in his videos.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: You could make a case for the troublemakers who are children, as they are able to put up a fight with people twice their size and single-handedly destroy large buildings during their tantrums.
  • Playing Sick: The plots of "Character Fakes Sick" videos have the main character doing this to prevent going to school. They don't get away with it though.
  • Police are Useless: The police in the Grounded videos seem to have something of a Hair-Trigger Temper, as they will instantly peg a character with jail time for littering if they so much as walk up to a piece of paper on the ground. Other times, they just outright arrest people for little to no reason or show a bias towards the trouble-making kids' parents (or anyone but the trouble-makers for that matter), sometimes even arresting the kids just for talking to them. Outside of that, the police will instantly come to arrest someone if they are simply asked to without complaint, even if they are being called to arrest a kid for smashing their sibling's iPod.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In various videos, the main troublemaker is shown to be bigoted against even their closest friends.
  • Potty Emergency:
    • In "Characters Poops His/Her Nappy" videos has this happen to the main character of the video, only to poop themselves because of somebody else in the restroom.
    • "Character Poops On The Teacher" videos have the troublemaker of the day having to go whilst in class, but their teacher won't let them go. The troublemaker solves the problem by defecating on the aforementioned teacher. However, in many cases the student even does it when he's allowed to go.
    • Certain videos have this happen to a character while they are hanging at somebody's house. They rush to the bathroom, but another person is in therenote , and the character poops/pees himself.
  • Potty Failure:
    • The point of "(Character) Poops His/Her Nappy and Gets Grounded" is having this happen to the main troublemaker, usually when somebody else in the bathroom at the time.
    • One plot used in some videos is a character being invited over to someone's house, only to suddenly have to use the bathroom. The character runs to the bathroom but find someone else inside (who is sometimes not even doing anything but stand there), and winds up making a huge mess on the floor before they can be given privacy.
    • The plot of "Character Poops In The Cinema" videos has the protagonist defecating themselves while in a movie theater.
  • Prison Episode: Every video it happens
    • When a bad user false flags an innocent user on YouTube.
    • When they kill a cartoon character that person hated (Such as killing a Disney character like Winnie-the-Pooh)
    • Littering things on the road.
    • Destroying a property.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: This trope runs so rampant in the grounded videos it would probably be easier to list grounded videos where this trope isn't in effect in some way. Generally speaking, though, if a designated trouble-maker or a "baby show character" does something horrible or stupid like, say, defecate on a teacher at school or beat up a classmate, this is portrayed as wrong and the character will get grounded. However, if someone who isn't a trouble-maker/baby show character does the same exact thing to an actual trouble-maker/baby show character (even for no reason at all), this is portrayed as justified or an Awesome Moment and the character will be rewarded for stooping down to the trouble-maker's level.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Sometimes a character will successfully get out of having to do something they don't like ever again...but that's because they are now grounded and are not allowed to do it (or anything else) anyway. Cases of this are seldom acknowledged in the video itself outside of the occasional Lampshade Hanging.
  • Random Events Plot: Several longer videos don't make much sense, and are mostly just montages of characters repeatedly getting grounded. Special mention goes to GoAnimate: The Movie, which has a completely incomprehensible plot (though this is because it's a ripoff of Greeny Phatom: The Movie, and that series is know for being FILLED with these).
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Most frequently yelled by someone right before a trouble-maker does something terrible to them. It's also been known to be yelled by a grounded character as they run to their room.
  • Reality Ensues: One of the most popular ways of deconstructing the Grounded videos is to show the parent characters' questionable disciplinary methods coming back to bite them in the ass when the trouble-maker exposes their abusive ways in some way to one or many people. These videos usually end with the parent characters being arrested and the trouble-making kids earning their happy ending.
  • Recursive Reality:
    • GoAnimate/Vyond is often shown to exist within the grounded videos and the kid characters are often shown to enjoy making, yep, you guessed it, grounded videos with it.
    • The existing TV show characters are sometimes shown watching their own shows on TV or talking about wanting to watch them. This is often given the explanation that they film the show in-universe and like watching themselves work, but other times their TV shows just seem to exist in-universe with no explanation for it.
  • Read the Fine Print: In the joining conditions if you are going to use the site to make your own projects.
  • Rejected Apology: No matter how much they beg, the troublemakers will never be forgiven for any misdemeanor or accident they cause even if they seem genuinely remorseful over their actions. Justified when they caused mass hysteria or property damage or the trouble was caused out of genuine malice. Somewhat less so when the trouble they caused was an accident or was something as simple as breaking a lamp. Cases of the latter often result in the parent/friend characters coming off as needlessly callous and/or unreasonable.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Again, many of the users are little kids, so grammatical errors can be expected.
  • Rule of Three: It's common for parents to say to their children that not only are they grounded, they are grounded, grounded, grounded.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Many self-insert characters often wear bright, clashing colors and several accessories, regardless of whether or not they suit the character. It's so commonplace that it's regularly parodied in Deconstruction videos.
  • Revenge Fic:
    • The more vitriolic "Grounded" videos aimed at Caillou, Dora, and other such characters can be described as this. Often the only reason given for targeting them is just because "they suck" and they're "baby show" characters. The only reason the videos don't go straight into Hate Fic territory is because the other characters from the targeted character's show rarely are targeted along with them. (In fact, Caillou's Dad/Boris seems to be something of an Ensemble Dark Horse among the non-ironic fanbase.)
    • Speaking of Boris, folks who dislike the GoAnimator's common interpretation of the character (a character who is apparently intended to be a Memetic Badass who heroically puts Caillou in his place, but comes off more like an Ax-Crazy psychopath who torments Caillou if the latter so much as moves) often vent their frustrations with videos of Boris either getting called out for his actions, grounded, or otherwise punished. The reasons here tend to be far-and-away more justified than a simple "he sucks". Other parent characters (particularly Caillou's Mom/Doris and Warren Cook's dad) often get subjected to this for similar reasons as well.
  • Sadist Show: The grounded videos. They apparently take place in a Crapsack World where one little slip will get you grounded, arrested, or even murdered whether you deserve it or not. It doesn't help that in some videos, people seem to take glee in dishing out the punishments on the grounding victims, and will even celebrate their getting grounded/arrested/killed. Woe betide you if you're a "baby show" character, too, as everyone in the world (including your own family) will hate your guts and will gladly inform you of this fact, show No Sympathy when you get yourself in trouble (even if you just badly injured yourself), and will gladly punish you in severe ways if you even just step slightly out of line. The level of sadistic-ness in the videos tend to fluctuate, with some users' grounded videos being more silly than cruel, while some other users' videos have characters (especially "baby show" characters) getting grounded or arrested for simply existing.
  • Sadist Teacher:
    • Many of the teachers come off as this seeing as how they fly off the handle and suspend/expel students or send them to the principal over the slightest offenses. Even then, they sometimes come off as sadistic or unfair even before someone misbehaves: What sane teacher would make it so that coming in last place in a swimming race would get you suspended?
    • Some of the teachers in the "Gets Held Back" videos come off as this, particularly the ones that get mad and demote the misbehaving student over petty, illogical, or unfair reasons such as crying or not having homework, which they don't have, thanks to them just entering the class right then.
      • Even worse, there are instances in some "Gets Held Back" videos where the troublemaker gets held back because they brought in their homework when the class was going on a field trip.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: Sometimes happens in "Punishment Day" videos while the troublemaker receives some sort of psychical abuse as a punishment.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Caillou has a Bizarro counterpart named Uolliac (usually pronounced "You-Ollie-Ack") who is the subject of the "Tlt Uolliac" videos as well as many of the more surreal videos.
  • Send in the Clones: There have been a few movies where Caillou either creates or meets more duplicates of himself.
  • Sensory Abuse: Because the text-to-speech voices always speak in a monotone, people "rectify" this by cranking up the voices to very unnecessarily loud levels. NotSmirks' videos parody this by cranking it Up to Eleven (ala YouTube Poop).
    • Said videos also tend to have the background music turned up louder than can be necessary, as well. (such as during the news segment in this video). This is also often a subject of parody in NotSmirks' videos.
    • Sometimes both the loud punishing and the music are cranked up to high decibel levels, so much so the already ear-splitting voices are completely drowned out by what sounds like Merzbow in the background. The result? Pure. Aural. Pain.
    • One possible punishment troublemakers often receive in "Punishment Day" videos include loud music (which is oftentimes just as loud to the viewers). The authority figure usually tells the viewers to turn down their volume beforehand.
    • Boris the Teeth Guy is a HUGE example of this.
    • A common "humorous" fixture in samster5677's Scooby-Doo and Dora videos. It's not uncommon for characters to have conversations where ALL of the dialogue is raised to the highest possible volume, and/or have repeated loud sound effects played over and over. This video contains both at high frequencies, and it makes the "Holocaust section" in live versions of My Bloody Valentine's "You Made Me Realize" sound easy to listen to in comparison.
  • Serious Business:
    • Make fake VHS openings? Then don't be surprised when the Grounded community wants your head on a silver platter.
    • Likewise, the community will promptly turn their backs on you (and possibly make you the subject of a Grounded video) if you say anything nice about any "baby show". (Even if you just say you liked said "baby show" when you were little.)
    • Depending on where you look, if you like or dislike site founder Alvin Hung, At least some of the community will try to 'punish you'.
    • Many of the users tend to be strongly opinionated, and one or more people disagreeing with them (often referred to in-fandom as "disrespecting one's opinion") can lead to them pulling videos from their accounts or even Rage Quitting video-making altogether.
    • In-Universe: Chuck E. Cheese's is treated as such, especially to Caillou, who will pass up a trip to Disney World or Six Flags just to go to one. Getting exactly what you want at a restaurant or store is this as well. "Engaging" people or going on a rampage is apparently the way to go if you can't get a Oreo McFlurry with your Happy Meal.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: While any character can become this depending on the level of vulgarity in a user's videos, the most consistent example across all the Grounded videos is Red Boris/Boris the Teeth Guy; 80% of his dialogue in a single video is usually long strings of profanity.
  • Size Shifter: The trouble-making kids are sometimes shown to have the unexplained ability to grow to an enormous height when they can't get their way.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Nearly every "(Character) Misbehaves On The Way To See (Movie)" video invariably ends with the family missing the movie, either by the troublemaker being successful in making them late for the movie or having them arrive with time to spare only for the theater itself to take some sort of action that will ensure that the family will not be able to watch the movie.
  • Shout-Out: It is unclear whether it was intentional, but one of the stock characters in the Anime theme looks exactly like Touma Kamijou.
    • Two of the default characters in the Comedy World theme look very similar to Justin Long (PC Guy) and John Hodgman (Mac Guy) as they appeared in the 2000s "Get a Mac" commercials.
    • The Comedy World setting has two hairstyles that look very similar to the hairstyles Fry and Leela don.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Many early videos tend to end with "Pomp and Circumstance" playing in the background whenever a character is grounded.
  • Spoiled Brat: Every trouble-maker is intended to be this, albeit to varying levels of success. Sometimes, the "trouble-maker" may not actually come off as this despite the efforts of the user. Where the characters actually succeed in being this trope, though, they can be almost sociopathic in their brattiness.
  • Stock Phrases: A whole host of them. It's easy to spot a standard "Grounded" video in them.
  • Stock Sound Effects:
  • Stock "Yuck!": Every troublemaker will usually hate what dinner their parents serve them in videos with little-to-no reasoning.
  • Strictly Formula: Amongst many authors.
  • Stupid Evil: Most of the antagonists in the grounded videos are compelled to perform heinous deeds, even if it doesn't benefit them in any way. Quite often they'll do terrible things and then proudly display their handiwork to their parents... who immediately flip out and ground them.
  • Stylistic Suck: Most satirical videos crank up the flaws of most Grounded videos (such as poor grammar, Random Events Plot, the Disproportionate Retribution, etc.) Up to Eleven for humor value.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Whenever someone makes a fake VHS opening, they always put "Real, not fake" after the title.
  • Swiper, No Swiping!:
    • Some videos like these will have a character go on an seemingly unstoppable rampage, only for the punisher to tell the troublemaker to stop it. (Which they do without any hesitation.)
    • In general, when characters are on a rampage or are terrorizing a setting in some other way, characters (particularly their parents) will stop them simply by grounding them.
  • Synthetic Voice Actor: Text to speech voice actors.
  • Take That!: When the character who gets grounded/arrested/killed/whatever is a fictional character, it's safe to assume that this trope is in effect. Baby shows (or even shows merely perceived to be baby shows by some users) are the most frequent target. Even more so, when someone kills, grounds, or otherwise maims one of these characters, they are un-grounded or otherwise rewarded for doing so.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Some "Character Gets Sent To Bed Early" videos have the main protagonist getting sent to bed early for throwing their dinner at the wall. And that's barely even scratching the surface...
  • Teens Are Monsters: Similar to the Kids Are Cruel trope, this is more noticeable in the "X misbehaves at Y" videos as the thing that prompts them to go to "Y" is being laughed at by their peers.note 
  • Teeth Flying: Caillou sometimes gets his teeth knocked out during punishment days.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: A category of videos show a character ordering a ridiculous amount of food at a restuarant, usually a fast food place. They are not shown with their stomachs enlarging, they just instantly pop out.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • "...and (Character), I want you to be on your best behavior, or else you'll be grounded." One has to wonder if the kids actually would behave if the parent characters didn't give this warning before going off on a trip or vacation.
    • Some videos open with the parents telling the trouble-maker of the day not to do some ridiculously specific action. The rest of the video writes itself. Take this video for example; the way that nearly every adult figure the main character meets repeatedly tells him not to do one specific action ("Don't pee or poop on the Watterson's bathroom floor") gives away what'll get him in the doghouse later on.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: NotSmirks was one of many who had opted to quit after the removal of the old options. However, discovering GoAnimate for Schools prompted him to return to the field once more.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Warren Cook Gets Grounded" videos usually have Warren's dad call a massive mob of random characters, who proceed to yell at Warren. That said, given the emotional maturity of your average GoAnimate user, most of their speeches are along the lines of "You are a bad bad bad bad bad bad boy."
  • That Russian Squat Dance: The children Cartoon Classics characters have this as their dancing animation.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: This applies to anyone, really. Anyone who gets killed tends to return the next time a video requires them to. This includes Caillou, Dora, and other grounding victims, Caillou's other family members (Rosie in particular), or school faculty members.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: There are a number of videos where the one grounded could end up being ungrounded and/or rewarded for their behavior.
  • Toilet Humor: With a good number of kids using the site, this is bound to happen.
  • The Tooth Hurts: A common punishment in "Punishment Day" videos.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Many of the kids are just begging to get grounded with some of the things they do. Two of the most common ways of characters being this are immediately doing something that they were told not to do less then ten seconds after their parents leave, or continuing to annoy or ask their parents for something even after being told that they will be grounded if they do it again.
    • In extreme cases, some videos have the kids being told that they'll be rewarded or ungrounded if they behave...only to immediately misbehave or do something bad as soon as their parents/teacher leaves, despite having the chance to escape a grounding or Punishment Day.
    • Rosie, in particular, is this as she often believes anything Caillou tells her and gets severely hurt or killed as a result. Everyone has their moments of this particular way of being Too Dumb To Live, but none more-so than Rosie.
    • Whenever one or more characters get told by a troublemaker that the troublemaker is going to beat up or kill them, nine times out of ten, the victim character(s) will just stand there in place screaming or saying "Nononononononono" as the troublemaker runs up to maim/kill them when they could be running away, defending themselves, or calling for help.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • No matter how nice an existing character may be in their home series, their GoAnimate/Vyond counterparts will invariably be a terrible person. Even characters who are normally best friends (such as Caillou and his friends, Arthur and Buster, etc.) will express distaste for each other or get each other grounded without a second thought.
    • In particular, the parents of existing kid characters deserve special mention here. Nine times out of ten, they become explosive Jerkasses who will ground, torture, or kill their kids for the slightest offense or laugh at their misfortunes, no matter how nice or patient they are in their home series. This is most apparent with Caillou's parents, who in canon are some of the nicest people around, but in the grounded videos are either apathetic uncaring Jerkasses (Mommy/Doris) or borderline Ax-Crazy (Daddy/Boris).
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Caillou will move heaven and earth to spend a day at Chuck E. Cheese's.
      • He also seems fond of beer in several videos.
    • Most Tlt Uolliac videos have the eponymous character going on and on about strawberry shortcake. (Or, as put by Uolliac himself: "Strayberry strayberry strayberry strayberry strayberry sh-tcake.")
    • McDonald's also seems to be very popular with the kid characters as well, as are Burger King and Dave And Buster's to a lesser extent.
    • For some characters, Peter Piper Pizza seems to be the go-to Evil Counterpart to Chuck E. Cheese's.
  • Traumatic Haircut: The main subject of "(Character) gets a haircut" videos are the troublemaker character getting an embarrassing haircut against their will. Also tends to be a fairly common punishment in Punishment Day videos.
  • The Unfavorite: Most troublemakers are this in their families and/or at school, especially Caillou and Macusoper Busters.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Sometimes characters will actually help other characters, and right their wrong-doings. Often their parents will still ground them anyway for some contrived reason, just to be jerks, or just to keep up the status quo.
  • The Unintelligible:
    • The Spanish language settings were likely intended to make writing dialogue in Spanish easily, but many users who make Grounded videos use these settings to write English dialogue for Hispanic characters anyway. As a result, these characters speak in heavily accented and barely legible English and frequently have to be captioned. Dora's Dad and Grandma, as well as Alejandro from Total Drama, most frequently fall under this.
    • Uolliac (Bizarro Caillou) speaks in barely comprehensible Word-Salad Humor with the occasional "ah-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-ah" thrown in from time to time.
  • Unsatisfiable Customer:
    • Most of the troublemakers in "(Character) Misbehaves At (Restaurant)" videos. The gist of these videos is that the character goes to a restaurant such as McDonald's, but something they order is unavailable. The troublemaker usually loses their temper and either trashes or completely destroys the establishment because they won't take no for an answer when denied the food they were trying to order or refuses any other food options. Oftentimes the missing food isn't even the main thing they were trying to order (such as a certain kind of milkshake), making them downright unreasonable on top of unsatisfiable.
    • This also extends to "(Character) Misbehaves at (Store)" videos. A character will want a certain type of item, but the parents will not let them, usually because it's too expensive. When offered a cheaper replacement, the character will usually demand the initial item before ultimately flipping out and wrecking the store.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Pretty much every character in the videos in some way.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Getting in dead meat", which appears to be a term for getting a bad behavior card and expelled from school, when put in the context of "X Gets in Dead Meat" videos. For the record, 'dead meat' is a slightly-outdated term meaning that someone or something is or will be in serious trouble.
  • Vague Age: Many of the videos make it heavily ambiguous as to whether Caillou or Dora are still kids, if they're going to high school, or if they're grown up and the animators are just lazy to change designs. Rosie is rendered mostly as a tiny adult figure, though she still acts like her canonical two-year-old self. Bizarrely, some videos even show Boris (aka. Caillou's dad) attending Caillou's school, sometimes even in Ms. Martin's preschool class alongside Caillou.
  • Villain Ball: The troublemakers often cause trouble for literally no reason, even if they'll get little to no benefit from causing the grievance they commit and/or are told point-blank by their parent(s) or teacher the consequences for doing so.
  • Villain Protagonist: The characters that get grounded in the Grounded videos (even though they sometimes may not seem like villains).
  • Vocal Dissonance: Whenever a user decides to provide their own voice to a character, particularly when it's a kid who hasn't hit puberty yet voicing a clearly adult character. (Which sounds every bit as off as it sounds.) You could also make a case for most kid characters, who often have adult voice settings given to them that sound nothing like kids, much less the character they may be based on. (Though that can be excused by users having only those voices to work with.)
  • Voices Are Mental: In the body-swapping videos or a lot of times when a character is turned into another person.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot:
    • Some characters when they drink lemonade that was made from urine during "Character Makes A 'Lemonade' Stand" videos.
    • Characters will get this when they eat the poop samples that are sold by the troublemaker in "Character Sells Poop Samples" videos.
  • Vulgar Humor: Along with Toilet Humor, this is also frequent, and rarely, even have South Park levels of vulgarity or extreme violence, considering most users are kids who love any adult cartoons and anything created exclusively for adults.
  • Vacation Episode: A great many videos involve families taking vacations only for that one kid to cause some sort of ruckus that gets them grounded and often ends the vacation early.
    • A frequent trend in these types of videos is a troublemaker taking a trip to a Great Wolf Lodge with either their family or a friend's family. Upon getting there, the troublemaker maims or even kills people, scares everyone out of the water, and eventually burns the property down after attacking a skeeball machine.
  • Web Animation: Several have been produced or are being produced with GoAnimate and Vyond.
  • Whole Plot Reference:
    • The "[character] gets held back" videos play out pretty much like the Beavis and Butt-Head episode "Held Back".
    • The plot of some “(Character) Burns the House Down” videos is taken directly from the SuperMarioLogan episode, Junior’s House Fire.
  • Widget Series: Many videos. See Mind Screw above. Pretty weird series.
  • Wilhelm Scream: Surprisingly, although it's not a Stock Sound Effect found in the GoAniamte or Vyond program, this has been used in several videos, such as in a short to promote the now-cancelled sequel to GoAnimate: The Movie about PC Guy working at a movie theater, when a customer at the theater falls down.
  • With Friends Like These...: Caillou's relationship with his friends and Rosie, most notably. If Rosie and/or Caillou's friends aren't against him from the start, they'll get along well with him. But once Caillou steps out of line, well, you probably know the deal by now.
  • Wondrous Ladies Room: The basis of "(Male Character) Uses The Girls Bathroom" videos is about a boy troublemaker deciding to go to the women's room, either because he just decided to or because the men's room was gross.
  • Worst Aid: Seen in spades with numerous doctors and nurses in the grounded videos, whose methods of treating the other character's ills sometimes are often incredibly painful or the exact opposite of how you would treat such a thing. (But somehow they almost always work.) Quite often they are even shown doing major operations without any anesthetic, which sometimes makes the patient's condition worse. (But the troublemaker is blamed for it rather than the doctors.) Sometimes they do this on purpose because the patient is someone they don't like or, occasionally, at the insistence of the troublemaker's parents as part of a Punishment Day.
  • Worst News Judgment Ever: Apparently GNN News has the world's most clueless news director, since they spend most of their time reporting on stories of deep international importance such as children 'engaging' their parents and destroying restaurants, and chastising parents to immediately ground their children for bomb threats and lockdowns. The former usually has the reporter and witnesses on-scene repeat what occurred during the 'engagement' two or three times, then has a studio interview where the 'engaged' parent repeats the story one more time while parading the child around to shame them publicly. And this isn't even getting into GNN's inexplicable glee while reporting on child executions for troublemakers.
  • Wrongful Accusation Insurance: In Grounded videos where a person is sent to jail, they will always break out of jail to get the person in trouble. They are never sent back.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The adult characters (whether they're parents, police, or teachers) typically have no qualms about physically punishing kids, especially Caillou and Dora.
  • You Are Grounded: The whole point of grounded videos.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Trying to create some characters will make them look...really weird.
  • You Keep Using That Word: A number of videos will have the parents punish someone for a large number of "tranquilities" - it seems odd for a parent to punish someone by letting them have peace and quiet.
  • Your Cheating Heart: There are a few videos that depict a parent character (usually Boris) having a fling with some other lady or man (for Boris, this is usually Miss Martin) and subsequently getting caught and grounded by their spouses.

     Tropes in specific videos 
  • Adults Are Useless: This Macusoper video features Macusoper getting his homework stolen by another student and getting in trouble for it. Despite Macusoper's insistence to his teacher and later the principal that Jake stole his homework (and that Jake is lying when Jake says that the book he has is his own book), the teacher and principal (as well as other students in the classroom, including Jake) simply brush these claims off and accuse Macusoper of trying to pass the blame onto Jake instead of admitting that he lost his homework; all without ever trying to investigate whether Macusoper's claims are true. (And leading to Macusoper getting a punishment he arguably didn't deserve.)
  • Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving: Caillou in Caillou Misbehaves at Amy's Baking Company and...
  • Artistic License – Astronomy: "Rosie Pushes Caillou into the Sun" is a pretty ludicrous example of this. The basic plot involves the family taking a rocket to Mars. The family gets into their spacesuits and get on the rocket in about ten minutes, while in reality people going to space need at least six months to train and be prepared for the atmosphere and their new suits. The family then fly in the rocket to Mars, arriving in all but thirty seconds, while in reality it would take at least six months to get there. There, the family jumps right off the rocket and float around with no preparations. Caillou and Rosie then proceed to float straight to the sun in fifteen seconds, a feat which takes about 323 years if you're traveling fifty miles an hour, a speed the two were clearly not going. Caillou and Rosie float within ten feet of the sun and suffer no burns, lacerations, or injuries of any kind, when in reality coming within just half a mile of the sun means instant death. Rosie pushes Caillou into the sun, and Caillou simply lays on top it, bursting into a tiny flame. In reality, the sun is a huge ball of gas, and even if Caillou somehow managed to not be vaporized right away, he would pass through the gases and be burned to death within a few seconds. Boris and Doris then come over to ground Rosie, and they don't burn either.
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • One now-deleted video had Dora faking getting sick by showing his mother that her temperature is 103°Fnote  after holding it in hot water. Later, her mom takes her temperature again and discovers Dora's actual temperature is...70 degreesnote . That's actually a dangerously low temperature for anyone's body to be at (Hypothermia starts below 95°Fnote ), and yet Dora is perfectly healthy.
    • Even worse here where this time, "The Thermometer is 3 [sic]". Whether it's Celsius or Fahrenheit, that is practically fatal.
    • In this video, the nurse is able to instantly fix the newborn Rosie's injuries after a pissed Caillou throws Rosie against the ceiling. Babies, newborn or not, are very fragile, so in reality Rosie probably would have been killed had she been thrown against the ceiling and onto the floor like Caillou does to her.
    • "Dora Makes A Fake Lockdown". In the video, Dora disguises her voice as the school principal's and falsely announces over the intercom that a killer is inside the school. In the aftermath, Ricki Durundith, one of the parents of the students, announces that because of Dora's little "prank", her daughter apparently developed PTSD, is now in a mental institution in a padded room with an oxygen mask and a straitjacket and a neck brace and a spinal board despite the trauma being mental. She somehow also had a compound femur stress fracture (which the maker of the video clearly misunderstood the meaning of as "stress" means physical stress) and is now paralyzed (which doesn't happen immediately. If it did happen, she would be paralyzed from the legs down and would be confined to a wheelchair at worst) in some sort of "stretcher pulse oxygen mask machine" forever. She now also has frequent seizures (which can't occur from PTSD, you either have to be born with it or suffer a severe head injury) and has to see nine physical and behavior therapists, and to top it all off, this will all cost an absurd $900,000 (which Dora's family will have to pay) and apparently the incident torn apart the family. All just because of an announcement. A YouTube comment even called this out:
      maltheopia: Dora probably got a beating after, as Veena said, they got saddled with huge bills. Of course, who needs almost that much money in medical treatment for a scary prank? I think Ricky's parents were running a scam.
    • "Caillou steals a car and gets grounded" (and other videos like it) has a part where the Author Avatar is immediately rushed to the hospital after being run over by the eponymous troublemaker. Even though it is understandable that the character would receive bone fractures, one of the injuries of the character are fourth-degree burns (which are a very rare occurrence in real life, and are often near-fatal) all over their body (which cannot happen from being struck from a speeding car, and said character was not near fire at the time), alongside the doctors using a power drill to drill holes into his body (this would cause a mass amount of blood being shed, which would in term lead to the character dying in the process). The results of this leave the character in a body cast (represented by a stock image that does not resemble the character at all) a la Evel Knievel.
  • Artistic License – Economics: This "(Character) Gets Jobs/Fired" video has four customers driven away from a Red Lobster restaurant and two customers driven away from a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant by Daisy immediately result in the Red Lobster going out of business and threatening the Buffalo Wild Wings with the same, even though most restaurants don't close just from a losing a few customers leaving on one day. (Unless they had already been on their last legs, which neither of the affected businesses seem to have been before hiring Daisy.)
  • Artistic Licence – Law:
  • Artistic License – Physics:
    • In this video, Dora somehow manages to cause a huge destructive earthquake throughout the city just from dropping a 1500 pound ball at her school.
    • In this video, Daphne accidentally sinks a cruise ship... by cracking an underwater glass section with her iPhone.
    • In this video, Caillou, angered at Chuck E. Cheese's going out of business, decides to destroy the entire Earth by growing giant and shooting lasers at it. This means that everything, and every living thing, would be killed...except Boris, Doris, and Rosie somehow inexplicably survive (and on top of that, somehow being able to breath in space) and appear to ground Caillou and send him into the sun.
  • Autocannibalism: Bizarrely featured in this video, where a heavyset version of Caillou becomes so desperate to eat something that he eats himself until he is only a head lying on the floor.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: In Caillou Steals A Car/Punishment Day/Grounded, when Caillou steals a man's car, the man tells an approaching heavy-set man to call the cops. However, the other man recognizes the thief and decides to... call Boris to pick them up. The victimized man doesn't get why they just don't call the cops, Boris has to be yelled at to come get them and the victimized man is angry they wasted valuable time on what the heavy-set man thinks is "much more fun".
  • Bad Future: The basis of this deconstruction of a grounded video has Henry being grounded and sent to his room for a couple hundred years, and manages to actually live that amount of time. When he leaves the house, he finds out that a war is going on, everything is barren and empty, and that Earth is about to be destroyed by an asteroid.
  • Balloon Belly:
  • Baleful Polymorph:
  • Berserk Button: As Rosie learned the hard way, don't you EVER call Bubbles a wimpy butt.....
  • Beat Panel: Done in Go Animate: The Movie when Eric watches TV, which holds on for the stock music's length. When it finishes, he gets scared by some random logo. Cue stock roller-coaster POV footage.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: In "Dora Burns Everyone's Christmas Presents", Dora calls her parents out for selfishness since they refused to give her any presents at all but her mother also points out Dora had been guilty of various wrongdoings all year. While Dora tends to be very ill-natured and ruthless in many videos and therefore needs to be taught a lesson, her parents can be downright nasty and no doubt could've badly modeled her in the first place.
  • Bring My Brown Pants:
  • Burning with Anger: At the end of this video, Boris and Doris have flames shooting out of their eyes when they find Caillou after he crashes a plane into their house.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The "good user" in How To Grounded.
  • Be Yourself: Bubbles learns in Bubbles's Sensitivity that she should be happy about herself the way she is.
  • Catch-Phrase: Bradley's dad's catchphrase is "Mother of God Bradley!" Bradley's grandpa has this too.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': To ludicrous extremes in this video, where Caillou ditches school to take an airplane to Minnesota, only to get busted because the school's security camera shows them everything, even Caillou going to the airport, landing in Minnesota, and what he's doing there.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Caillou in Caillou Hurts Rosie while saying she's ugly.
    Caillou: NO! YOU LOOK SO UGLY AND STUPID, FUCK YOU!
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong:
    • One video by African Vulture that was later taken down (presumably because of Old Shame) featured Caillou loudly announcing that "Steven Universe sucks" (with Steven and the Crystal Gems in earshot, no less). He is promptly booed by everyone nearby and Boris lays into Caillou over how he could possibly hate "the greatest show ever", leaving the now-grounded Caillou to leave in humiliation.
    • An in-universe example is Bradley's father in this video. He is this and a Jerkass to the eponymous character as he forbids him son from seeing Wreck-It Ralph, believing that after Chicken Little, Disney has devolved into "mindless 3D Madagascar bullshit" and that "Toy Story is a cancer and [Bradley] know[s] it". Later on, he later grounds Bradley for going as far as to dating an Abhorrent Admirer, only for him to get possessed by Bradley later on so Bradley can see Wreck-It Ralph.
  • Crossover: In a sense: this satirical video features Caillou in a Call of Duty online deathmatch with characters from three other low-quality online video makers, namely Plotagon, Powtoon, and Muvizu.
  • Deconstruction:
  • Dirty Coward:
    • Caillou's friends in Caillou Does The Bloody Mary Challenge. While they are getting chased by Bloody Mary (actually Caillou's mom), the friends ditch Caillou and run out of the house to save themselves, leaving Caillou to die at the mercy of Bloody Mary.
    • In this video, Miss Christina confronts Dora who is threatening to burn the school down. Rather than attempt to stop Dora from burning down the school and stating that she will report Dora to the principal, Miss Christina immediately runs for cover the minute Dora begins pouring gasoline in the school hallway (though pulling the fire alarm by far has the same effect of reporting the incident, and Miss Christina would likely be justified for being fearful Dora would just throw gasoline on her and toss a match in order to murder her, rather than just burning the building for an arson charge and allowing a quick evacuation with the alarm where everyone is physically fine).
    • After Dora and Boots get caught destroying the house, Boots runs out of the house and lets Dora get beaten up by her mother.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: An interesting subversion with the roles of trouble maker and birthday kid are switched has Caillou insulted by the attendant when he attempts to see the movie and is forcefully turned away, only for Doris to get angry at the attendant and "kicks her to Hell". He doesn't get to see the movie, but everything is reassured at the end.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In this video, it is mentioned that Diesel Busters beat up Blossom and Kirby for saying "thanks" instead "thank you."
  • Dream Within a Dream: This video has a whole series of them; starting with a heartfelt moment between the family as the moon from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask comes down onto the neighborhood, then goes to, in order, Caillou waking up to find that Boris is actually the Grim Reaper, an Undertale-inspired Mind Screw sequence, turning into a Magical Girl version of himself, then turning into a basketball player before finally waking up. Caillou is understandably put out by the time he finally wakes up for real.
    Caillou: (throwing things in his room around) I am so fucking tired of these fucking nightmares!!
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
  • Evil All Along: In this video, Caillou befriends a "meme police" officer after being caught using discredited memes by her and they seem ready to set off to find fresher memes when they discover that all of their memes are outdated. Near the end of the video, however, out of nowhere the woman reveals herself to be a spy for Boris and Doris and gets Caillou (and Rosie, who broke her legs with a mallet) grounded.
  • Evil vs. Evil: samster5677's Dora videos often boil down to a clash between Dora, who is already the bratty girl depicted in other videos, and Elena, who is depicted as borderline abusive to Dora as she tries to make sure Dora's life is as horrible as possible.
  • Exact Words: In Shaggy retakes his drivers test, Shaggy is told that, to regain his driver's license, he must drive and not damage a pack of Twinkies. Despite doing something like jumping a drawbridge, he makes sure that the Twinkies aren't damaged and he passes.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: In this "(Character) Misbehaves at (Restaurant)" video, Dora and her mom go to McDonald's, and Veena anticipates that the restaurant will not have something Dora wants (which will lead to Dora trashing the place) and is ready to take action. When the inevitable happens (the restaurant is out of fruit punch), Veena immediately throws her hand over the enraged Dora's mouth and orders Dora a lemonade instead. Unfortunately for Veena, she is unable to prevent Dora from Flipping the Table later when Dora decides the lemonade tastes terrible.
  • Fartillery:
    • While having a battle against Barney, Caillou uses his flatulence to as an attack. It kills Barney.
    • In Giygas Farts On The Bus, it's shown that Giygas's farts are a weapon of mass destruction. After Giygas does so whilst on a bus, it sets everything on fire.
    • Caillou starts the New Year off with a bang in this video...and by that, we mean a fart; induced by eating a ton of tacos just before midnight. He cuts loose in the middle of the family's New Year's Eve party, causing everyone in the room to drop dead except for Boris who promptly grounds Caillou.
  • Farts on Fire: Giygas gets this in Giygas Farts On The Bus.
  • Fake Interactivity: This video.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: This video involves having police rush into Caillou's room, tackle him to the ground and arrest him, and immediately sentence him to be executed....all because he deleted Google-owned apps off of his new iPad.
  • Funny Background Event:
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: This video features Eric Smith switching bodies with his dad for a cheap laugh. He gets in trouble and grounded for it.
  • Gainax Ending:
    • This video: After failing to get away with turning his teacher into turkey, apropos of nothing a ticked off Caillou flies into the sky and does a send up of the ending to Trope Codifier, where he turns the planet and everyone and everything on it into roast turkeys.
    • This video, where Caillou's refusal to go to anger management leads to time-traveling shenanigans. The video ends with Boris showing up out of nowhere dressed as Sephiroth and stabbing a cornered Caillou with the Masamune. Caillou comes back to life only for Boris tell him that Caillou is grounded, resulting in an Earth-Shattering Kaboom...and then cuts to everyone at home in the present time (and Caillou being sent to his room) with no explanation as to how stabbing Caillou got them there. (Or how Caillou is still alive for that matter.)
    • This video, already a particularly odd video even by grounded video standards, involves Caillou deciding to score some free YouTube hits by creating a "surprise egg" video. At the end of the video, there's a Time Skip 50 years into the future and Caillou goes to see how many views his video has. Inexplicably, Caillou's video has only five views (and it's suggested that there are no likes/dislikes). Caillou then wanders aimlessly through various landscapes, crying non-stop, before randomly falling into a hole in the ground and dying painfully off-screen.
  • Godwin's Law: Played for Laughs in the satirical video Warren makes a fake Frozen vhs opening and gets grounded during Alan's "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    Alan: Fuck Hitler, fuck Stalin, fuck Castro, fuck George W. Bush, fuck Osama Bin Laden. At least they didn't make fake VHS openings.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: This video, shows Dora making a school prank by saying that a serial killer is currently in the school. She laughs at her prank for a moment before she discovers that the school has been thrown into hysterical chaos that ultimately results in several kids being physically and emotionally injured in the ensuing mayhem. Cue Oh, Crap!.
  • Groin Attack: At the start of How To Grounded, a video the unnamed protagonist watches shows a father says to his son "I can't believe you are a boy! Time to cut off your pee-pee!" right before the protagonist pauses the video to introducing himself to the viewers.
  • Growling Gut:
  • Humiliation Conga: "That's it! Today is Punishment Day!" videos.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Ms. Martin: Hey, who the fuck said a bad word? There is absolutely no fucking swearing under any circumstances at this school!
  • I Ate WHAT?!:
    • Bubbles is given a soda with "gross stuff" inside it during Bubbles Is Sick by Diesel Busters. We never do find out what the "gross stuff" was in question.
    • During this video, Dora sneaks poison into the food for the students. Everyone has this reaction when they find out what it was that got them sick.
  • Idiot Ball: Among numerous examples:
  • Implausible Deniability: This video is an example of this as it pertains to the "(Character) Gets A Job" videos. During Daisy's employment at all four workplaces, she tells would-be customers that the restaurant/store is out of the things they are specifically trying to order despite blatant proof telling otherwise. For example, she tells Kai-Yu and his parents that Chuck E. Cheese's is out of Pepsi despite there being a large bottle in the cooler behind her (which she tries to pass off as Cherry Vanilla Pepsi, but Kai-Yu and family just simply leave in annoyance at this point), tells customers that Red Lobster's menus are out-dated when they insist that the dish that the restaurant is allegedly no longer serving is still listed in the recently printed menus, and out-right tells a customer at Buffalo Wild Wings that the customer's eyes are deceiving her when she tells Daisy that customers are currently at the drink machines getting the fountain drinks that the restaurant is supposedly out of.
  • Insufferable Genius: Alan Cook can definitely be a bit too much when it comes to punishing Warren. However, on the other hand, he seems to be familiar with even the most obscure films and the last film made for official VHS release, allowing him to give Warren the correct dates of releases for films.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In this video, while Elena may've stepped over the line at the end by telling Dora that she hated her, keep in mind that Dora was the one who started by the fire and didn't bother to put the candle that Elena gave her in a safe place. While Elena could've been a bit less harsh, she was right about Dora being at fault for getting them stuck in a cramped apartment.
  • Joker Jury: Boris attempts to use this against his family in this video, only to end up failing as Boris is ultimately arrested.
  • Kangaroo Court: Subverted in this video, in which Boris accuses the court of being this trope, but it actually turns out to be a positive outcome for Caillou, as Reality Ensues big time for Boris and he is declared mentally insane for having a "grounding fetish", all while Boris attempts to paint Caillou as the most obnoxious brat in history, and as the only sane person in his family, even going as far as to try and ground the courtroom when the sentencing is handed down.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
  • Made of Iron: This character who apparently gets his head knocked off by a flying school desk and survives with only his vocal cords not working right.
  • Made of Plasticine: Here where Gina gets an open fracture on her face, leaves behind a huge pool of blood, and needs to be taken to the ICU for a ten-hour long surgery just from being punched in the face by Dora.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • The ending of this Deconstruction video just before the world explodes because of the removal of the novelty themes by Alvin Hung.
      "AHYAYAYAYAYAYAYA-EH-HEE-MAR! No!"
    • All the people in This Dark Day when figuring out that it's 9 PM and that means they'll be stuck in Deadl E. Cheese's.
  • Mind Screw: Funny Eric features Eric destroying his living room and a diner by dancing, name-dropping The Incredibles and Rocket Power various times, a Take That! at Hey Arnold!, and going through a vortex. The sequel is even stranger - Eric returns, starting off by singing and dancing to "Shake Shake Shake" by KC and the Sunshine Band, then progressing onto him kicking Taylor Swift off a stage, declaring Brave a "scary movie", saying it is cold in the middle of a desert, swimming in the sea, getting drunk on New Years Eve, flooding the toilet, and insults directed at Space Jam.
  • Misplaced Retribution:
    • For one minor example, in this video, Dora is held responsible for a damaged news camera even though it was an angry classmate of hers who smashed it and Dora was not even present at the live coverage.
    • In Boris Goes to the Hospital and Caillou Gets Grounded, Caillou takes the blame for Boris' brain aneurysm. As punishment, the doctor turns Caillou into a Dora The Explorer lookalike. Caillou then gets expelled from school and grounded for looking like Dora.
  • Motor Mouth: The "bad guy" in this video and others by the same user.
  • Mr. Seahorse: Caillou gets pregnant in Caillou Has A Baby.
  • Negative Continuity: Spoofed with WARREN COOK'S DAD MAKES A CRITICAL ERROR IN JUDGEMENT and Eric gets grounded and wakes up to a realization.
  • Never My Fault:
    • During the events of this video, Warren Cook plays a joke on his dad and says that a tornado is about to hit their house (when there actually isn't one (not nearby, anyway); Alan is quite annoyed when he finds this out). Later, a tornado actually shows up, but Alan thinks Warren is crying wolf again when Warren comes to tell him in a panic. The tornado destroys their house, and Alan proceeds to blame Warren for not warning him about the tornado even though that was exactly what Warren was doing and Alan was the one who kept brushing him off and not listening.
    • This Macusoper video has Macusoper's homework getting stolen by the star student purely to annoy Macusoper. Despite Macusoper's claims to his teacher (a blatant Author Avatar) that Jake had stolen his homework and that the latter lied about the homework being his, the teacher brushes off Macusoper's claims as putting the blame on Jake, leading him to ultimately get a suspension without any investigation done to prove Macusoper's case.
    • "Dora Talks Smack and Gets a White Slip" has Exactly What It Says on the Tin, and Dora's mom, Veena, refusing to sign it just so her daughter can get into more trouble. After getting expelled from school, Dora is blamed for it by Veena, when it was the latter's fault for willingly refusing to sign Dora's slip.
    • In this video where Caillou and his family goes to New York City to see the ball drop on New Year's Eve, Caillou only winds up misbehaving because Doris first backhandedly then explicitly insults Caillou, making him mad and and resulting in him knocking the dropping ball down. True, Caillou knocking the ball down was a bit of an overreaction, but Caillou only misbehaved in the first place because Doris triggered him, yet Caillou is still held fully responsible for the mess when Doris was one who instigated Caillou's tantrum in the first place by calling Caillou a "annoying crybaby brat". (And this was after she had spent most of the video telling him not to misbehave only to cause one of Caillou's signature tantrums herself.)
  • Not So Above It All: When it comes to the Little Bill characters, April is normally more well behaved than Little Bill, however in April gets Little Bill Arrested, then gets Grounded, she spills some crap on the pavement outside the Glover's household to get Little Bill in trouble, causing the latter to get arrested. Once Little Bill is proven innocent, she ends up getting grounded.
  • Obligatory Swearing:
    • Take this movie, for one out of many examples.
      Caillou's Mom: You are grounded for [extremely long number] fucking years!
    • This video has so many dropped F-bombs (when the characters are berating Justin Bieber for having a cold, every other word they say has "fuck(ing)" between them, there's 59 in total) that it's lampshaded by users in the comments.
    • The characters in this video (which includes bizarre Real Person Cameos of Michele Bachmann, Kobe Bryant and a Toddlers & Tiaras contestant) can't seem to go one sentence without saying at least one swear word or some crass euphemism or name, among other blatantly obvious attempts to seem adult and edgy. (Even the One-Scene Wonder who knocks on the trouble-maker's door drops a "what the hell" and an "ass" before leaving.)
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • In this video where Boris suddenly realizes what he's doing (namely, having Caillou executed) and, when the executioners refuse to shut off the electric chair and let Caillou go, Boris runs into the execution room and attempts to shut everything down.
    • Daillou in Caillou's Teenhood has him acting not like the "sexy", goofy, Fonz-like character that this particular user depicts him as. Instead he's a far more serious person, and this is due to Boris inflicting all sorts of horrible abuse on him, and later having to fight Boris who attempted to murder Caillou. Also, his Leitmotif of "Sexy Back" doesn't play.]]
  • Overly Long Gag:
  • Perverse Sexual Lust: In this video, he's infatuated with all of the Thea Sisters... at once. He even says they're hotter than Dora. Considering that some video makers ship Caillou with Dora...
  • Place Worse Than Death: Several videos show characters being sent away to foreign locations, only for something to go wrong for them, such as nearly being killed by an Eldritch Abomination, or their voice (or even form) being changed. Status Quo Is God, however, as they mainly end up escaping. Take this video, for example, where Warren Cook is sent to Japan, and ends up undergoing both a Race Lift and Gender Bender as he becomes an Animesque Lil' Peepz character.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: In this video, we have the "hero" Princess Peach (seen as the Author Avatar): When Susie Carmichael attempts to get revenge at Peach's family for getting her expelled from school, Peach's sisters proceed to list why they hate Susie, one of the reasons being due to her being "black". Despite this, however, no one pays attention to it, and Susie is ultimately grounded anyways.
  • Potty Emergency:
    • Caillou has an extreme emergency in this video. He starts to have to pee while in the car on the way to see Zootopia, but his parents won't let him stop at a rest stop. They still won't let him go when they arrive at the theater, and when there are only 15 minutes until the movie ends, Caillou wets himself.
    • "Turds Day" has this happen to a guy while at a friend's house, and for some reason won't listen to his friend to just walk in the other direction he's walking to find the restroom. The friend gets tired of the man's ignorance and decides to put a rock on the toilet so when he finds it he won't be able to go. When the guy finds the bathroom, he settles for pooping on his friend while the latter is asleep.
    • This script has a narrator tell a story of one that happened to PC Guy in rhyme.
    • 36-year-old Kimberly Clark wants to use the bathroom in Matthew takes too long..., but her 11-year-old son Matthew is in there and refuses to hurry. Eventually, Kimberly can't hold back her poop any longer and so it leads to crapping herself. Afterwards, she grounds Matthew.
    • In an alternative version she decides not to wait any longer and takes a massive dumb in Matthew's room. In the end she even forces him to clean her butt with his tongue.
    • Destiny has one while in the car in Destiny Needs The Bathroom.
  • Potty Failure:
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: In this video, Azul, a blue train from Dora the Explorer challenges Gordon to a race. During the race, Dora sends Boots to stand in the tracks in Gordon's way so Azul can pull ahead, and this is treated as Azul and company cheating. Once Gordon is able to move again, Thomas and the others send James to sit in Azul's way so Azul can't move either, just as Boots was doing, only this time, this is treated as fair and acceptable, and no one questions the actions of the tank engines as Gordon scores his victory.
  • Rage Against the Author: In this video, Dora, sick and tired of constantly getting grounded, decides to get revenge on the uploader by excessively Breaking the Fourth Wall, changing her voice settings, lampshading a few typical GoAnimate tropes, and generally just annoying him until he gets so mad that he shuts down his computer. (Dora is subsequently grounded for the sudden black-out.)
  • Sadist Teacher: These PE Teachers in "Dora Misbehaves At PE", who puts the students through an hour of rough warm-up before forcing them to run 5 miles in 3 minutes lest they want to get an F in the class for the rest of the year, straight Fs on their report cards, 5 times as much PE homework and a 3-day suspension. When Dora attempts to cheat to get out of that sadistic run, they slap her with an extra three days suspension and her parents ground her for 121 days.
  • Sensory Abuse: In this video, the moment Dora causes an earthquake, every single alarm/siren sound in the program plays at maximum volume for a good 30 seconds straight.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: "Bradley tries to see Wreck-It Ralph and gets grounded". After the measures Bradley resorted to to get to see Wreck-It Ralph (up to and including stealing his jerk-off dad's body), Bradley ultimately is left underwhelmed by the film.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The ending of the Darker and Edgier video "This Dark Day". A bunch of kids escape the Chuck E. Cheese's Gone Horribly Wrong and the Ax-Crazy Chuck E. and reconvene at a safe haven run by the presumed Big Good to hide out until the mess blows over. Unfortunately, the kids are discovered and murdered by Chuck E. and his cronies before the latter can be defeated, leading to a total Downer Ending.
  • Shout-Out: Three words-"BURN WITH ME".
  • Suck E. Cheese's: "ATTENTION KIDS; CHUCK E CHEESE WILL BECOME DEADL E CHEESE AT 9 PM. AND ALL EXITS HAVE BEEN SEALED TO MAKE SURE YOU WON'T GET OUT. EVER."
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Every character except Justin Bieber couldn't go a single sentence without saying the F-word in Justin Bieber gets a cold. Also lampshaded by almost everyone who commented on the video.
  • Skewed Priorities: This video has a tornado tear through GoAnimate City and kill a lot of people including Rosie and Doris (the latter was left to die as Boris ran off), yet Caillou is grounded for letting Rosie die.
  • Swiper, No Swiping!:
  • Stutter Stop: This bug affects certain international voices when speaking English, more famously Neo Speech's Chinese voices (Liang and Hui), making it a reasonable source of narm.
  • Take That!: This video features Caillou and his dad visiting Amy's Baking Company. An enraged Caillou ultimately destroys the place and gets Amy and Sami arrested, but no one is shown being very upset over this happening.
    • This video which features a man named Brian who keeps on talking back to his parents and even the doctor when they call him "little boy" or "young man". He even claims that he was never hurt in his entire life.
  • Transformation Sequence: This video involves Dora turning into Mega Man to kill her teacher.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In the "School Shooting: The Naughty Edition" videos, the faculty members who get killed do nothing but simply shun the perpetrator as if she had just screamed in the classroom, calling her a "very naughty girl" and telling her not to kill themselves, which she decides to do anyway.
  • Traumatic Haircut: One theory as to how Caillou became bald can be found in this video. Rosie is the one who cuts off his hair.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Princess Peach to Susie Carmichael in this video.
    • Clementine gives a pretty scathing one towards Caillou near the end of this video as she explains why he wasn't invited to her birthday party:
    Clementine: No, we'll never invite you because you're a tantrum thrower, a crybaby, not our best friend and everyone hates you and so do we.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: This video references the Trope Namer where this trope is most famously used note , complete with a "You bastard!" moment from Kyle.
  • Unbuilt Trope:
    • This video, possibly the first Grounded video to ever be made, sees the troublemaker expelled from school and grounded... only to be readmitted and unpunished after he apologizes to the principal. (The punishment in question is more reasonable than what would become the norm, too - he's merely banned from TV for two weeks and from attending a friend's birthday party.)
    • This early "(Character) Misbehaves at (Restaurant)" video similarly has the main character throwing a fit for the considerably less petty reason of not being able to order 80 dollars worth of food from a Popeye's restaurant instead of, say, the restaurant being out of the drink they wanted with their meal. Also, instead of destroying the restaurant, the character simply ransacks the counter and knocks the menu board down (albeit still injuring the cashier in the process). Finally, instead of the character's tantrum getting mass media attention (complete with the kid being humiliated on national television), all that happens as a result of his actions (besides getting grounded) is that he and his mother are banned from ever going to Popeye's again.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • While Giygas is beating up Paula on the bus, aside from the teacher, everyone else on the bus is just looking straight forward as if nothing is happening at all.
    • In this video, a fight breaks out between a disruptive man with a mohawk and a middle-aged businessman in a theater showing Guardians of the Galaxy. Even when the businessman wins the fight by taking a dump on the other guy, everyone else in the theater just keeps watching the movie as though the two fighting men aren't even there, nor does anyone working at the theater even try to break up the fight.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Happens to Dylan in Good Parenting after he witnesses Boris defecating in Caillou's mouth. Subverted as we get to see a little bit of the vomit.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot:
  • Vacation Episode:
  • Wham Episode: Caillou and Boris Go Out On A Date has Boris and Caillou meeting Satan.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Played for Drama in this video. Caillou tells Steve Wilkos that one of the reasons why his parents abuse him is because they thought his name was idiotic.
  • Worst Aid:
    • Rosie's birth in this video is accomplished in this video by the nurse surgically removing her from Doris's womb, a birthing method that is really only used in extreme or critical situations and not normal healthy pregnancies like Doris seems to have in the video.
    • In this video (as well as video like it as it's part of a trend), the doctors need to put chest tubes into the injured Author Avatar's chest. They do this by drilling them into the character's chest with a power drill, which causes immense pain to the patient and possibly made things worse. And that isn't even getting into the fact that the injured character doesn't even seem to be under any sort of anesthetic as this happens.
    "WAE-A-A-A-A-A-A-AH-WAE-A-A-A-A-A-A-AH STOP IT IT HURTS!! OH OH HO OH OH OH OH WAE-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-AH!!!"

OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH. TROPER, HOW DARE YOU EDIT THIS PAGE. THAT'S IT. YOU ARE GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED FOR 147132408213403215642386213709 YEARS. That means no TV Tropes, no TV, no video games, no Chuck E. Cheese's, no ice cream, no pizza, no life and more. GO TO YOUR ROOM RIGHT NOW. Tomorrow is Punishment Day.
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