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My name is Angela, hey hello! Welcome to my very own TV Tropes Page! Describe Angela Anaconda here and don't describe Nanette Manoir here.

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 Fantasy Sequence, which usually involves her taking out her frustrations about the episode's conflict by putting her enemies (most often Nanette) through a Humiliation Conga, or her bemoaning the troubles she's gotten herself into and imagining what terrible things might happen to her next, or simply describing her current situation through an imaginative metaphor, or a combination of any of those three.

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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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  • 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: Well, if you count 'grey' as 'technicolor'. Due to the animation being assembled from black-and-white photographes, everyone looks like they have grayscale skin.
  • Anachronism Stew: the level of technology in the show implies that it's set in than-current times, at the Turn of the Millennium. But the use of black-and-white photography in the animation and the clothings (espacially the fact that all the girls, even the Tomboy Angela, wear dresses), gives the impression that it's a lot more old-timey.
  • Attention Whore: Ninette loves being the center of attention, and if anyone or anything (but espacially Angela) takes the spotlight away from her, she will conspire to take them down.
  • Author Avatar: Series co-creator Joanna Ferrone has said that she considers Angela to be a semi-autobiographical depiction of herself as a child.
  • Best Friend: Out of Angela's friend group, she is closest with Gina Lash. Many episodes have Ninette turn the whole school against Angela save for Gina, out of a combination of her loyality to Angela and her intelligence.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Mrs. Brinks plants one on Mr. Brinks in one episode, to the disgust of everyone around them.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Gina Lash is on the heavy side since she eats a lot. Not only does this fail to stop Gordy Rinehart from loving her, but in "Everybody Loves Gina", she models for Geneva, who compliments the girl on her big beautiful curves.
  • Big Eater: Gina Lash is a fat variant, she is almost always seen eating.
  • 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.
    • In fact, multiple episodes do not even have Nanette appear or suffer a Humiliation Conga - sometimes Angela actually puts herself through the conga. Such as an episode in which Angela deals with her newfound reputation as a bully, or where she accidentally walked out of the shoe store with a pair of shoes.
  • 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.
  • Comedic Sociopathy:
  • Comically Missing the Point: In "View to a Brinks" Angela and her friends are suggesting ways to see the Brinks over their garden fence when Gordy make his own suggestion:
    Gordy: How about we rent a hot air balloon and... nevermind, my inhaler would never work at that altitude.
  • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • 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 Angela's 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 Dividual: Ninette's Girl Posse, Karleen and January, and Angela's Big Brother Bullies, Mark and Derek, both operate basically as a single unit and have very little distinguishing characteristics from each other. Save for the episodes "Kar-Lean on Me" and "Derek's Better Half"
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the episode "View to a Brinks", Angela Suggests to Gordy to trim down his topiary so they can get a clear look over the Brinks's fence:
    Angela: Couldn't you just snip a little bit off the top?
    Gordy: (breaths heavily) Would you ask a man to snip off a piece of his own Heart?
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The theme song is sung by Sue Rose as Angela, and in-universe seems to another Fantasy Sequence of Angela where she imagines that she has her own show.
  • Dumb Muscle: Angela's brothers; great sports players, but very, very stupid.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Angela in "Hot Bob and Chocolate". She unscrambles the sentence cards to read "I love Bob and hot chocolate". While Nanette teases her as it should say "Bob and I love hot chocolate", the fact that Mrs. Brinks doesn't tell Angela it's incorrect shows that Mrs. Brinks does at least acknowledge that games like these do have multiple solutions.
  • 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.
  • Expository Theme Tune: the theme song seems to start like this, with Angela promising to introduce all of her friends. But then Ninette tries to pull off a Hostile Show Takeover, which leads Angela to turn the song into a "The Villain Sucks" Song.
  • 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.
  • Fantasy Sequence: Once an Episode, Angela has an espacially eleborate one that takes about two minutes, often it's venting her frustrations by imagining her enemies go through a Humiliation Conga but sometimes it's just her framing the Slice of Life conflict as something more dramatic and fantastical or her letting her imagination run wild with how doomed she is. Sometimes it's a combination of any of these three (like getting a My God, What Have I Done? mid-way through what was originally a revenge fantasy.)
  • 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. Then Nanette decides to walk in their yard. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Fat Best Friend: Gina Lash is Angela's best friend and is quite fat. Although she averts most of the archetypes related with this trope, being intelligent, confident and a lot more calm and reasonable than Angela is.
  • 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).
  • Free-Range Children: Played with - the characters all appear to have a surprising amount of freedom for third graders.
  • 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.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Angela's dog, King, is a girl.
    • For good measure, Angela names one of King's girl pups King II until said pup is adopted by the Brinkses.
  • Generation Xerox: Angela's grandmother looks exactly like Angela, but with white hair.
  • Held Back in School: Candy May for her low level of intelligence.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Played With. Our protagonist has a beloved dog, but so does her hated enemy.
  • Humiliation Conga: Angela generally imagines whoever wronged her going through one... but sometimes, she even imagines this happening to herself.
  • 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 its 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 cheese sauce.
  • Imagine Spot: In addition to the eleborate Fantasy Sequence that happens Once an Episode, Angela often has many shorter Imagine Spots dotted through the 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.
  • Leitmotif: Most of the time Nanette is in an important plot scene, a classical French theme plays.
  • 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.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Angela manages to win the pogo contest specifically cause there is no rule against using two pogo sticks.
    • Attempted in the St. Patrick's Day episode in which Mrs. Brinks says there shall be no pinching in her classroom, but Recess is alright. However, when Nanette negotiates a bathroom break and attempts to get her during that and in lunch, Mrs. Brinks actually quashes that too.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • "Enter the Angela". Tired of her brothers physically bullying her, she asks Coach Rinehart to teach her some martial arts moves, notably the "Flipping". Very anxious to try it out, she tries to provoke everyone to attack her... before doing it to Nanette. Surprisingly, Angela actually expresses shock at this and says she didn't mean it. After that, she gets a reputation of a bully, even flipping Uncle Nicky... and ends up putting herself through the humiliation conga!
    • Gordy Floats has Angela humiliate herself... but ends with her saying "Until... I... ruined it." After that she wants desperately to apologise to Gordy, since it was her fault.
    • The Non-Non fight. Angela puts Gina through the Imagine Spot conga, but when the imaginary Nanette says to finish her off, Angela says "I will... But I won't.."
  • 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. He's mentioned his parents a few times, but they never appear onscreen.
  • 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 when she wronged her.
      • Also in the St. Patrick's Day episode, Mrs. Brinks flat out forbids anyone from pinching Angela for not wearing green in the classroom. When people try to do it outside of classroom, she extends the rule to the hallway and the cafeteria.
    • 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.
  • Puppy Love: Gordy Reinhart is in love with Angela's best friend, Gina. Nanette is implied to have a thing for Johnny Abatti. All of the characters involved are eight.
  • "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.
  • Self-Deprecation: Angela sometimes actually targets herself with her Imagine Spot sequences. Notable in "Enter the Angela" where she is the one who gets humiliated and "If the Shoe Fits" where she imagines herself going to jail for walking out of the shoe store with a pair of shoes.
  • 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.


 
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