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"My name is Angela, hey hello! Welcome to my very own show!"

Angela Anaconda was a Canadian-American Animated Series starring, well, the title character. The imaginative Angela Anaconda and her friends, Gina Lash, Johnny Abatti, and Gordy Rhinehart, go to school with Nanette Manoir and her Girl Posse, and get into all sorts of wacky hijinks. The series lasted from October 1999 to November 2001 with a total of 65 episodes.

How's this show different? Well, there's the Clip-Art Animation (everyone is animated as a black-and-white cutout). There's also the fact that Once an Episode, Angela would go into a long Imagine Spot, in which Nanette Manoir (and occasionally Angela's Jerkass older brothers and Mrs. Brinks) would get elaborately humiliated.

Interesting to note, Angela Anaconda actually started off as a series of animated shorts on Nickelodeon's KaBlam!. When it was developed into its own show, it ended up airing on what was then Fox Family in the U.S. When Disney bought Fox Family and changed the network entirely, reruns returned to Nickelodeon (which also aired the show internationally).


Another interesting note is that one of the animators was Ian D'Sa, who is recognizable to Canadian rock fans as the guitarist and backup vocalist for Billy Talent. The show was also co-created by Sue Rose, who previously also created Pepper Ann for Disney's One Saturday Morning.

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And now, to today's tropes! Starring me, and NOT starring Nanette Manoir!:

  • 65-Episode Cartoon: The series ended with 65 episodes.
  • Alliterative Name: Angela Anaconda.
  • Alliterative Title: By way of Alliterative Name-ed Protagonist Title.
  • Alpha Bitch: Nanette to a T. She is an overly vain, spoiled Rich Bitch who believes herself superior to her classmates. She also has a Girl Posse.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: By virtue of the animation. Oddly, more often than not said color was grey.
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  • Be Yourself: The plot of an entire episode centered around Gordy and his father.
  • Big Brother Bully: Angela's two brothers Derek and Mark.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Mrs. Brinks plants one on Mr. Brinks in one episode, to the disgust of everyone around them.
  • Big Eater: Gina.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Just from her last name, Nanette apparently has some French ancestry and peppers her speak with various French words. However, anyone with even just the most rudimentary knowledge of the French-language would be able to tell that Nanette clearly doesn't understand French at all; or at least as well as she thinks. Lampshaded on the show itself when an actual French exchange student (who actually can speak French) visits and very nearly exposes this secret. It's also lampshaded all the time by Angela herself, who's constantly berating Nanette for how "un-French" she is. Among other things, Nanette claimed in one episode that "viola" is the French word for "violin," when in reality, a viola is entirely different instrument from a violin—the actual French word for violin is "violon."
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Nanette is something of a subversion—pretty much everyone realizes how mean and horrible she is, with the notable exception of Mrs. Brinks.
    • And even Mrs. Brinks has the occasional donning moment, like one episode where it ends with Mrs. Brinks finding out Nanette wrote rude things about her in a letter to Angela under an alias.
  • Book Dumb:
    • Johnny Abatti. A bit of a Running Gag is that he can't do math.
    • While not as bad as Johnny, Angela can have her moments of this. In the dog-walking episode, she thinks three times ten is "at least over forty". What the-?!
      • It's mentioned in "Cabin Fever" that she once tried to fake appendicitis but got caught because she thought her appendix was in her foot.
    • Candy Mae has been held back for her low intelligence. One example is that she refuses to believe two plus two equals four. She believes that, since two times two equals four, two plus two must equal some smaller number. She even gives five as an example.
  • Book on the Head: The books Nanette uses for correcting her posture tend to get hair gel stains. The school librarian bans her from borrowing books because of that.
  • Breather Episode: "Saving Private Gordy," which doesn't have Nanette nor a sociopathic Imagine Spot and instead shows Angela's dim brothers bonding with the sensitive Gordy while Angela's desperately trying to protect her friend from injury and suffering her own amusing injuries. The heartwarming only increases when Coach Rinehart walks into the room and only yells at Gordy because they're making a chocolate souffle when his favorite flavor is strawberry.
  • Brick Joke: In "Everybody Loves Gina", Angela mentions to her brothers that she and Gina are planning to make prank phone calls, but Gina gets sidetracked with helping them. It's not until the end of the episode that she and Angela actually do made a prank call and their victim is Nanette Manoir.
  • Broken Glass Penalty: In "Childhood for Sale", Angela breaks Mrs. Brinks' window while playing baseball and starts a garage sale to have enough money to pay for it.
  • Cabin Fever: Angela gives herself detention when she gets Cabin Fever after faking agorophobia.
  • Camp Straight: Gordy Rhinehart, who is the exact kind of scrawny, sickly, effeminately intellectual boy that shows a decade before Angela Anaconda would have portrayed as gay, but who has a blatant and repeatedly-referenced crush on Gina.
  • Chubby Chaser: Gordy is attracted to Gina Lash, who is quite obviously pudgy as a result of her Big Eater status.
  • Clip-Art Animation: They got a model to come in and they took about 30 pictures for each mouth movement they could have possibly needed. They used different Face Models for most of the main characters; an exception was the episode 'French Connection' where Angela and Nannette Manoir's Face were recycled to make their respective foreign exchange student counterparts.
  • Closer Than They Appear: Johnny reads this off while in a car chase with a rabid parent who wants to ban The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for promoting witchcraft. Once they realize what it means, everyone panics more.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Angela, and also her friend Gina.
  • Comedic Sociopathy:
  • Cool Old Lady: Angela's grandmother, who goes on all sorts of wild adventures and even keeps an alligator as a pet. Notably, she looks just like Angela, but with white hair, so although Angela is unnerved by (and yet still admires) her wildness, it's implied that this will be her in the future.
  • Cool Teacher: The titular substitute teacher in the episode "The Substitute". She shares Angela's disdain for Nanette and gives inspiration for her rainforest project. It turns out she's also a substitute principal at the end, and lets Angela use the intercom to play a prank on Mrs. Brinks and Nanette.
  • Cryptid Episode: In one episode, Angela and her friends go looking for a yet- erm, sasquatch.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Angela, every now and again, got a few zingers in.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Angela constantly speaks using redundant phrases, on account of they're superfluous.
  • Description Cut: In "Yellow Book Road", a panicking Bunny Manoir laments that her husband is worried about her disappearance. Cut to him sleeping in his seat at the living room, not seeming to be that upset.
  • Disappeared Dad: Gina.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • The main reason people don't like this show is that, in her Imagine Spots, Angela's fantasized punishments for whoever has ticked her off are invariably way out of proportion to what they've actually done. The episode "The Substitute" even has one infamous Imagine Spot where Angela fantasizes about visiting a cannibalism restaurant and ordering meals made out of Nanette and her brothers.
    • Cici Lecreme gets it after she becomes friends with Nanette, even though she does care about Angela as a friend.
    • Karlean gets it in "Kar-lean on Me" after she goes back to being friends with Nanette. Unlike Cici, however, she is forgiven for it.
  • The Ditz: Johnny Abatti and Candy May.
  • Dumb Muscle: Angela's brothers; great sports players, but very, very stupid.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • At the end of "The Great Granny Grudge" Grandma Lou and Nona Abatti team up over their hatred of Mrs. Brinks.
    • In "Jiggly Fruit Classic", Mrs. Brinks and Angela team up over getting their beloved Jiggly Fruit back.
  • Fallen Princess: In one episode, Karlean's parents cut off her money and Nanette kicks her out of her Girl Posse. She proceeds to get plenty of Pet the Dog moments...before goes back to being the Rich Bitch. Then she's forgiven yet again.
  • Fan Disservice: In-Universe. One episode involves Angela and her friends trying to peep on Mr. and Mrs. Brinks, hoping to see if they are nudists as rumor suggests. Turns out that they are, and the characters immediately regret their decision.
  • Fat Best Friend: Gina.
  • Face–Heel Turn: It is revealed in "Brinks of No Return" that Mrs. Brinks was once a much friendlier person before she started to teach Nanette.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Angela (The Melancholic), Gordy (The Phlegmatic), Gina (The Choleric), and Johnny (The Sanguine).
  • French Jerk:
    • Nanette, despite being from Quebec, puts a full-blown stereotypically Parisian act.
    • Averted with Cici who is much friendlier, but Angela still treats her like trash after she ditches her for Nanette.
  • Full-Name Basis: Angela always addresses and refers to characters by their full names, with the exception of her teacher.
    • In Nanette's case, she alternates between this and names such as 'Ninny-poo' and 'Ninny-wart'.note 
    • Some of the other characters do it too.
    • Angela only uses her first name in the intro but uses Nanette's full name. Twice.
  • Generation Xerox: Angela's grandmother looks exactly like Angela, but with white hair.
  • Girl Posse: Karlean and January.
  • Grade Skipper: Nanette was temporarily moved up as a result of Mrs. Brinks favoring her while grading.
  • Gratuitous French: Nanette, even though her French makes Peggy Hill's Spanish look superb by comparison.
  • Happily Married: Most of the couples on the show, but notably Mr. and Mrs. Brinks.
  • Hate Sink: Nanette is an Alpha Bitch with little to no redeeming qualities who is just there to be hated.
  • Henpecked Husband: Mr. Brinks.
  • Held Back in School: Candy Mae for her low level of intelligence.
  • I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: The town's main export is broccoli, they even have a day celebrating it. Angela hates the stuff, but enters a broccoli themed art competition and wins which necessitates her to give a speech to the town extolling it's taste. She tries to bluff her way through, until she's forced to eat some on stage and it turns out she does like it and has never actually tried it before. Though it could use some ketchup.
  • Imagine Spot: Happens Once an Episode.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Nanette comes off as this to several fans (and The Mysterious Mr. Enter). Compared to Angela, Nanette's actions are tame, while Angela has Imagine Spots relating to Nanette's brutal, humiliating death.
  • Jerkass:
    • Angela in her imagination, imagining all of the rather cruel things she would like to do to Nanette, her brothers, Mrs. Brinks...heck whoever made her mad by doing something that made her angry.
    • Geraldine Klump in her only appearance. She isn't the worst example of this, but her constant bias towards Angela in an attempt to hurt Nanette's feelings (e.g. rejecting her pate, calling her Janette) just comes off as this. And then there's the ending where she pulls a prank on Brinks and Nanette.
  • Jerk Jock: Angela's brothers, and occasionally Coach Rinehart.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Coach Rinehart and Gordy are a subversion of the depiction; the dad is a hugely sporty guy, and Gordy is a frail and sickly nerd, but they deeply love each other and happily accept their differences, even trying to find common ground. Coach Rinehart in particular is very proud of Gordy's skill at cooking.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • When Nanette does something bad, she often gets away with it. One of the worst examples is in Be-Trayed where the teacher makes a huge deal about a tray being thrown away by mistake. Angela confesses despite not doing it...when it was actually Nanette who did it and manages to avoid being punished because she didn't confess. Angela gets punished for lying.
    • Abatti's uncle also once auctions off the Menorah that belonged to Gina's great-grandmother...and seems to get away with it.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: Johnny Abatti's uncle Nicky travels around with two unnamed girlfriends.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Mrs. Brinks' voice is obviously a man doing an impression of a woman.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: This happens to Nanette now and then when she's not being a Karma Houdini.
  • Leitmotif: Most of the time Nanette is in an important plot scene, a classical French theme plays.
  • Limited Wardrobe
  • Lots of Luggage: An episode had the Alpha Bitch Nanette assigned to hike with the same team as Angela and her friends. Nanette demands that the others help her carry what she packed, and at one point pulls out a hair dryer and asking where she can find an outlet.
  • Manchild: Uncle Nicky.
  • Missing Mom: Gordy.
  • Nice Guy: Mr. Brinks and Angela's dad are among the nicest characters on the show. Gordy's dad, Coach Rinehart, also counts because he's very accepting toward his son not being interested in sports and is very proud of Gordy's cooking talent.
    • Gordy and Josephine also count as being the nicest among the child aged characters.
      • Cici LeCreme in her only appearance, even when she ends up ditching Angela for Nanette. The Dutch exchange student can count, too.
  • Not So Different: Despite Nanette being Angela's arch nemesis, both girls are a lot more alike than they realise.
  • Parental Abandonment: Johnny Abatti appears to live with his uncle and grandmother.
  • Pepper Sneeze: One episode is centered around it.
  • Pet the Dog: Actually, plenty:
    • The Chanukah moment where Nanette takes the Menorah after all sorts of different antics to get it back, and tells everyone else to just bug off. But then she and her family return it to Gina and her family.
    • Mrs. Brinks in the Jiggly Fruit episodes, as well as the times she admits she made a mistake and apologizes to Angela. (The school store episode) She also negotiates a trade with Angela a couple times, letting Angela get out of trouble.
    • Karlean gets some in the episode "Kar-lean on me", being the most developed out of Nanette's Girl Posse.
  • Playground Song: The "K-I-S-S-I-N-G in a Tree" song is heard in the episode, "Hot Bob & Chocolate", when Nanette finds out that Angela likes Bob and Hot Chocolate, they sing this song.
  • Preppy Name: Nanette Manoir
  • The Primadonna: Nanette, when starring in a school play, and when having a statue made of her by Angela's mother.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: "The Nanette Lock", "The Great Granny Grudge", and "The Curse of Baby Lulu".
  • Regal Ringlets: Nanette Manoir wears her long blonde hair in this style, and speaks with a stereotypically "rich girl" Valley Girl accent and is a complete snob. She's very obsessed with her looks and considers herself extremely beautiful.
  • Rich Bitch: Nanette Manoir. Her Girl Posse of Karlean and January are also the same.
  • Sadist Teacher: Mrs. Brinks is certainly not a Sadist...but holy crap sometimes you just hate her. She blatantly favours Nanette Manoir, implicitly because Nanette is the daughter of a rich family, and so almost always takes her side against Angela's. In one episode, she punishes Angela simply because she confesses that a poem written about King was not about her.
  • Second Place Is for Winners: Angela wasn't interested at all in the school's relay race until one of her friends found a clue suggesting the first prize had the initials "MB" and they assumed it meant "Mapperson's Bakery" and the winning team would eat for free there. Nanette's team won and the first prize turned out to be watching slides from Mrs. Brinks' vacation trip. Being a Teacher's Pet, Nanette couldn't refuse. The consolation prize turned out to be what they thought the first prize would be.
  • Show Within a Show: One whole episode was about Angela and her friends going to see Digimon: The Movie, of all things. Said episode was shown before said movie on both theatrical and DVD versions.
    • Though when it aired as an actual episode in the show, they removed all mention of Digimon and called it Mega Giants.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Angela can come off as this, as her Imagine Spots all involve brutalizing or even killing Nanette Manoir in the most brutal ways possible (even via cannibalism once!). Nanette herself, while obnoxiously conceited, hardly does anything even close to warranting such hostility.
  • Spin-Off: From KaBlam!
  • Shout-Out: Mrs. Yamaguchi appears to sound like a certain soup nazi...
  • Squick: In-universe example. During "Snow day", Angela sees Mrs. Brinks and her husband sledding down a hill naked. And yes, before Fridge Logic sets in...the characters even ask why they would be sledding down a hill naked during a snow day and that it's just an invitation to get Hypothermia. Another episode implies they also do the same while ice-skating! They also play "Naked Badminton" in their backyard.
  • Stock "Yuck!": Angela hates broccoli, until she actually tries it that is.
  • Teacher's Pet: Nanette.
  • Teen Genius: Gina.
  • Terrified of Germs: Gordy Rhinehart has this happen to him in one episode.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Nanette often dies in Angela's Imagine Spots, themselves happening Once per Episode.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Mr. and Mrs. Brinks
  • Token Rich Student: Nanette, who dresses fashionably and gets chauffeured around in a limo.
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: In "News at Eleven," Mrs. Brinks says that Channel 163 had a free spot in their schedule, after their news anchor left town to attend a "step class." When asked, Brinks clarifies that the class only teaches 12 steps.
  • Unfortunate Name: Angela Anaconda, for starters. January perhaps is also worth a mention.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Invoked for comedy in the "Nanette lock" episode.
    • There's also the fact Angela narrates every episode, and sometimes says things that only make sense in the context of the narration that came before it only for her friends to reply normally. It paints Nanette and Mrs. Brinks in a different light if their characters are only as good as Angela's word.
  • Verbal Tic: Angela with "on account of".
    • She also uses redundant words in sentences. Like "this week was supposed to be a big week for all us tapwaterspringsians who live in tapwater springs", or "the end of the line is at the end" and don't forget baloney and ketchup sandwiches are her "All time favourite food of all time"
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: The theme song doubles as this:
    Shoo bee doo bee doo wah wah / My name is Angela, and you are not / Nanette Manoir is a stuck-up snotface snot!
  • We Win... Because You Didn't: Subverted. When Angela loses a bicycle race, Gina tries to comfort her with the fact Nanette also lost. Angela says it would normally be enough but she counted on the $200 cash prize to make up for losing her father's new wallet and the $200 he kept inside it.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: "January" hardly slips off the tongue easily when that's your given name.
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant:
    • Sherman the class chicken.
    • Also, probably King.


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Mr.Enter: The Substitute

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