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"Flowers may bloom again, but a person never has the chance to be young again."
Bandit, 'Takeaway'

Bluey is an Australian animated series aimed at families, about a Blue Heeler puppy and her family. The titular Bluey is (in human terms) seven years old; her sister Bingo is four and her parents are Dad (Bandit), an archaeologist and stay-at-home dad, and Mum (Chilli), who works at the airport and plays hockey. Each episode shows how the kids see games and family outings as adventures, and how gameplay is used to cope with everyday issues. Occasionally the rest of their family or their friends might take the spotlight.

Bluey is made and set in Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland. The show is produced by Ludo Studio for The ABC and BBC Worldwide, and was first broadcast in Australia in late 2018 on ABC Kids. A broadcast in the United Kingdom on CBeebies followed, and in 2019, Ludo announced that Bluey would be aired in the United States on Disney Junior, as well as being available to stream on Disney+. These international airings come at the studio's condition that the show cannot be shown overseas in the English language unless the characters keep their Australian accents (naturally, this rule does not apply to foreign-language dubs). The second season of the series premiered in Australia in early 2020, with a third season airing as of late 2021. The first season of the show was added to BBC Player under the CBeebies section in Malaysia and Singapore in 2021, keeping the Australian accents as required.


Not to be confused with the 1970s Australian cop show of the same name.

"This episode of Bluey is called 'TROPES'":

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  • Abusive Parents: The trope is downplayed but, surprisingly, the series does portray a Deliberate Values Dissonance with older generations.
    • When Bandit and Chili take Bluey to Chris for advice on helping Bluey learn to walk, her solution is to put oil on Bluey's knees and gravel on the floor so that she's forced not to crawl. Understandably, Bandit and Chili are gone by the time Chris has the gravel out.
    • While the audience isn't shown corporal punishment, Bandit's parents are explained to have punished him and his brothers physically and are portrayed acting emotionally aggressive in the 80's.
      Bandit: I told you, it was the 80's. Mums were allowed to be mean.
  • Acting for Two: An In-Universe example. In 'The Adventure', Bluey and Chloe repeatedly switch roles during their game, sharing the roles of the Princess, "Honey Horse" and the Greedy Queen.
  • Aerith and Bob: Most of the characters have names you'd expect Real Life pet dogs to have, but there are a few normal names, such as Bluey and Bingo's aunt Trixie, and their friend Chloe.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Bluey often learns that she shouldn't ignore Bingo's feelings, or disregard her input during their games, but ends up forgetting this lesson in short order. Justified considering Bluey is only six years old.
  • Ageless Birthday Episode: Averted in 'Pass the Parcel'. Almost every kids' birthday invitations show their ages.
  • Agony of the Feet: In 'Sticky Gecko', Chilli accidentally steps on a pin, causing her to clutch her foot in agony.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot:
    • Played for Laughs in 'Taxi' with Bluey's pretend taxi's "Satnav" (played by Chilli). Not only does it have No Sense of Direction, but it is easily distracted by nearby shops, and ends up leading Bluey to the zoo instead of the right destination, because it "really wanted to see the penguins".
    • Also in 'Daddy Robot' where, when ordered to clean up the room of toys, Bandit decides that Daddy Robot will solve the problem of the messy room by eliminating the source of the mess, threatening to put the kids in the wheelie bin.
  • A Lesson Learned Too Well: In 'Blue Mountains', Big Sister (played by Chilli's hand) learns to not worry so much and have fun. Unfortunately, this causes her to be easily manipulated by a "kindly" fox (Bandit), despite Little Sister (Bluey) warning her not to trust him.
  • All There in the Manual: According to official materials, Bandit is an archeologist, while Chilli works part time as airport security. This hasn't been mentioned in the show so far (though Bandit's home office has many fossils and artifacts within, hinting at his positionnote ).
    • Brandy's last name is confirmed to be "Cattle" in a parody poster.
    • Jean-Luc is only identified as being from Quebec on the show's official website.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife:
    • Blue Heeler dogs in real life are a bluey shade of gray, rather than the sky blue seen in the show.
    • Rad has the coloration of both a Blue Heeler and a Red Heeler, layered in such a way that he looks like the beach.
    • Coco and her family are all pink and purple poodles.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In 'Fairy Tale', Bandit claims that he and Chilli first met when they were kids. Chilli refutes this, stating that while she and her family did holiday at the same caravan park as Bandit's, she has no recollection of their meeting. Whether Bandit was simply embellishing for the sake of the story, or he was telling the truth and Chilli simply forgot this encounter, is left up in the air.
  • Amusing Injuries: Bandit tends to end up hurt in the more physical games.
  • An Aesop:
    • An in-universe one; a fortune cookie at the end of 'Takeaway' reminds Bandit that the messes and mishaps will come and go, but childhood is precious and fleeting.
    • According to Joe Brumm, the show as a whole is meant to be this where the topic of kids and play is concerned, particularly how self-directed and unstructured play is important for learning and development.
      Brumm: It’s to encourage people to look at play not just as kids mucking around, but as a really critical stage in their development that, I think, we overlook at their peril.
  • Anachronic Order: The episode 'Chickenrat' unfolds via alternating flashbacks and exposition.
  • Animation Bump: During the close-up shots of the walking leaf in 'The Weekend', Bingo's face is drawn with a much higher level of detail and expressiveness. This shows up again in 'Butterflies', 'Bingo', and 'Born Yesterday', the latter of which focusing on Bandit this time.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Played for Laughs in 'Bad Mood', where Bandit takes on the role of Bingo's bad mood, stomping around, snarling, and making a mess. Chilli later takes on the role of a "good mood" for Bingo to get into, lovingly hugging everything.
  • Anything but That!: Bandit's standard reaction when Bluey announces the game they play in each episode, and Chilli as well.
    • In 'Ragdoll", it's Bluey and Bingo's turn to say it.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Levelled at Grandad Mort, who despite recovering from heartworm has spent the episode ripping up stumps and running around against doctor's orders. He says that it should be up to him, and then immediately starts to wheedle Bluey to eat her pumpkin seeds, which she doesn't like, on the grounds that it will make her big and strong.
    Bluey: But shouldn't it be up to me?
    Mort: (Doesn't reply, but frowns, clearly contemplating this.)
  • Art Shift: The episode 'Escape' switches between the standard art style and the simple, sketchy art style of Bluey and Bingo.
  • Aside Glance: This show is full of it, especially when the main characters are into some antics.
    • This also usually happens whenever the kids say "Hooray!".
  • Aspect Ratio: Most of 'The Adventure' is shown in the "cinematic ratio".
  • Author Appeal: Show creator Joe Brumm based Bluey on his experiences as a dad but he has spoken specifically about his disappointment seeing his daughter stop playing once she started school. That is why play - and parents' involvement - is so central to the stories in Bluey.
    • Bluey, like Brumm's own children, attends a Steiner School note  Some of the episodes border on being a commercial for it.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Bandit's characters "Burt Handsome" in 'Hairdressers', and "Romeo McFlourish" in 'Fancy Restaurant'.
  • Background Halo: One scene in 'Queens' has Chilli portrayed like this, just as Bluey and Bingo are deciding the next "queen".
  • Bears Are Bad News: Played for Laughs in 'Trains', where Bandit is repeatedly "attacked" by a stuffed polar bear toy.
  • Becoming the Costume: In "Onesies", Bingo puts on a cheetah-styled onesie, and quickly starts acting like an actual cheetah, growling and attacking the rest of the family.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Rooms in the family's house are usually drawn wider than natural, to show two or three walls.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Every single character has them.
  • Birthday Episode: 'Duck Cake' focuses on Bandit and Bluey making Bingo’s birthday cake, and the following episode, 'Handstand', is set during Bingo’s birthday party itself.
  • Black Comedy:
    • A Lighter and Softer variant, but the playtime shenanigans sometimes enact scenarios invoking this kind of humor. Examples include Bluey and Bingo, as the "grannies" Janet and Rita, "hitting" others while driving in a toy car, Lucky's dad getting attacked by Chilli and Bingo ("hypnotized" to believe they're lions by a magic asparagus), and a classmate unknowingly exposing an "early baby" doll to Bluey and her friends' collective horror.
    • The second season continues the trend. "Janet and Rita" sabotage the titular 'Bus' and attack the driver at the story's conclusion, and 'The Show' gets very awkward when the balloon used to represent Bingo-as-Chilli pregnant with Bluey suddenly pops.
    • 'Mum School' sees Bluey corralling her brood of balloon children by hitting them with a wrapper paper roll and confining the least manageable to a laundry basket cage.
  • Bland-Name Product: The "Hammerbarn" hardware store is recognisable to Australian families as a stand-in for the Bunnings chain of big box hardware retailers.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: In 'Cafe', when Bandit offers Bluey's new friend, Winnie, and her dad to come with to the former's house for breakfast:
    Winnie: For real life?!
  • Bottle Episode:
    • 'Takeaway' features only Bandit, Bluey and Bingo (plus Chilli on the phone and the takeaway shop owner). It is set entirely in front of the takeaway.
    • 'Sticky Gecko' features only Chilli, Bluey and Bingo and takes place entirely in the entry hall of the family's house.
    • 'Dunny' takes place entirely in Bandit and Chilli's bedroom.
    • 'Piggyback' and 'Handstand' are borderline examples. While 'Piggyback' takes place in one location, that location is a foreshore walking path, and the Heelers walk the entire length of it. 'Handstand' has all of Bingo's scenes take place in the kitchen, and all of Nana's scenes take place on the upstairs deck. Both areas are next door to each other, and the party guests playing and preparations happen in the background.
  • Bowdlerise:
    • The episodes 'Teasing' and 'Flat Pack' contained the phrase "ooga booga" when they originally aired. After viewers sent complaints in 2020 about the phrase's racist connotations, all subsequent and international airings have replaced them with more acceptable phrasesnote .
    • 'Chickenrat' originally features Bandit sneezing due to the sauerkraut (as he's allergic to it), but later airings change it to him burping instead, also removing references to his allergy. Disney+ has the new version, but the old version still airs on Disney Junior in the US.
    • Several episodes are edited on Disney Junior and Disney+ internationally:
      • 'Markets': The scene where a horse poops and Bluey and Indy run away from it is removed.
      • 'Taxi': The scene where Bingo pretends to vomit on Bandit is removed.note 
      • 'Daddy Putdown': The scene where Bingo asks Bandit how the baby gets in the lady's belly is removed.
      • 'Trains': Bluey's line "It's a piece of poo" is replaced with "That's a slug".
    • The CBeebies UK airings edit out quite a few minor scenes:
      • In 'Fruit Bat', the scene where Bluey plays "Penguins" (by spilling some water on the bathroom floor and sliding across it on her belly) is removed. However, it was left intact on the UK DVD release.
      • 'Sleepover' removes all uses of the word "babe" by Bingo.
      • In 'Pool', the scene where Bandit plays "torpedo" with Bluey and Bingo is removed.
      • 'Backpackers' edits the moments where Bingo hits Bandit in the stomach, reducing them by a split-second.
      • 'Horsey Ride' removes the scene where Muffin showing Chilli her thongs (sandals). However, it was left intact on the UK DVD release.
  • Breakfast in Bed:
    • The premise of the episode "Omelette" revolves around the family trying to give Bandit Heeler a breakfast omelette in bed for his birthday. However, they are delayed by Bingo accidentally messing things up, all the while Bandit gets hungrier and more cranky as time goes on, forcing the Heelers to split time between keeping him in bed and making the breakfast.
    • In "The Show," the family treat Chili to breakfast in bed for her birthday. Unfortunately, Bingo trips while carrying the food.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • Downplayed in 'Hairdressers'; after the kids claim that Bandit has nits, changing the plot of the episode from then on, the show cuts to the episode's title card, with Bluey scribbling out the episode's name and writing 'Nits' next to it.
      Bluey: This episode of Bluey is now called 'Nits'.
    • A similar thing happens in 'Tickle Crabs', where Bandit, who really doesn't want to play the titular game, interrupts the card. The card eventually plays as it's supposed to after Bandit lets the kids play it with him.
      Bluey: This episode of Bluey is called 'Tick'-
      Bandit: Uh-uh, no way, I am NOT playing Tickle Crabs.
    • 'Postman and Ground's Lava' originally calls itself simply 'Postman', but when Bingo suggests that Bluey plays both games at once, the full episode name is revealed.
      Bluey: This episode of Bluey is called 'Postman and Ground's Lava'!
    • 'Puppets' shows the last scene being put together on a computer before playing out in-universe.
  • Butt-Monkey: Wendy is a downplayed example, in that her role in the show seems to be the unfortunate witness to many of the embarrassing events set into motion by the Heelers' roleplaying. That's not saying she wouldn't gladly play along at times, such as in 'Sheepdog' or 'Ragdoll'.
  • The Cameo:
    • Anthony Field, better known as the Blue Wiggle, appears as the post office employee in 'Dance Mode' and as Rusty's dad in 'Army'.
      • In extension, the entire Wiggles get a cameo as a small picture in 'Phones', albeit as In-Universe dogs.
    • Hamish Blake voices the store assistant in 'Hammerbarn' and as Jack's dad, also featured in 'Army'. His wife Zoë; Foster (also an Australian writer) also voices the store checkout worker and Jack's mum in the same episodes.
    • Robert Irwin, son of Steve, voices Alfie, a teenage toy store assistant, in 'The Quiet Game'.
    • Natalie Portman is the narrator of the whale documentary in 'Whale Watching'.
  • Canine Confusion:
    • There are a few dogs with oddly-colored fur; all the Blue Heelers have blue fur (although Rad has red and blue fur), Jean-Luc is a Labrador with indigo fur, and Coco and her family are pink poodles.
    • The dogs frequently eat human food such as ice cream, cake, and chocolate even though all of that would be unhealthy to real dogs. It's justified since this is a World of Funny Animals.
    • In "Fancy Restaurant", Bandit turns green after he eats some of Bingo's awful food even though dogs can't go green through their fur when they're nauseous.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Hooray!"
    • Bandit has a tendency to say "(Oh,) Biscuits!" whenever something goes wrong.
    • Bluey also has a tendency to say "for real life(?)" in her conversations.
    • In 'Unicorse', the eponymous hand puppet repeatedly says "Annnnd why should I care?"
    Chilli: I forgot about the catchphrase...
  • Cheated Angle: Whenever the dogs are looking straight at us, their muzzles and existing hair tufts will be rendered at 3/4.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In the episode 'Fairytale,' Bandit mentions how in the 80's, your name was written on everything you owned. This comes into play later when Chilli reads his name off of his hat, breaking the jinx.
  • Chicken-and-Egg Paradox: In 'Takeaway', Bingo randomly asks "If grown-ups grow from babies, and only grown-ups can have babies, who had the first baby?"
  • Christmas Episode: 'Verandah Santa' and 'Christmas Swim' are both set at Christmas; 'Verandah Santa' takes place on Christmas Eve, and 'Christmas Swim' on Christmas Day.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Nana Heeler's husband, Bob, vanishes after "Grannies", only being seen on a photo in Nana's house. He reappears in "Fairytale", but only in a flashback. This has led many fans to believe he passed away since his first appearance.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Bluey, Bingo and Bandit all have shades of this when playing their games.
  • Comedic Work, Serious Scene: Several examples.
    • "Copycat" starts off comical when Bluey annoys Bandit by copying everything he does, but then it becomes serious when they come across a badly-injured budgie. They take it to a vet, but it doesn't survive, and Bluey is saddened by this. The episode becomes somewhat more lighthearted afterwards when Bluey tries to reenact the entire day, including the budgie's death, but Bingo (playing the budgie and she didn't get the memo that she's supposed to pretend to be dead) continues flapping about.
    • "Rug Island" is about Bluey, Bingo and Bandit's antics when they pretend to live on a desert island, but then it becomes sad when Chilli gives Bandit his bag and he says he has to leave the island. Bingo and Bluey decide to let him go back to his old "home". It may be just a game, but it's still portrayed as poignant.
    • "Yoga Ball" is about the sisters and Bandit playing rough, goofy games, but there's one serious moment when Bingo lies down under the tree's porch and silently weeps when she feels like Bandit's been too rough towards her.
    • "Daddy Robot" is a silly episode about Bandit pretending to be a robot, but at one point, he "powers down" while sad music plays. It's quickly followed by the Mood Whiplash of Bandit farting loudly.
  • Companion Cube: In 'Seesaw', Bandit, while sitting on one end of the seesaw, picks up a pet rock. He even gets a pet rock for the pet rock.
  • Cone of Shame: Worn by Muffin in 'Muffin Cone', to stop her sucking her thumb. Unable to get rid of it, the kids eventually turn it into part of their games.
  • Conflict Ball: Bluey and Mackenzie are uncharacteristically hostile to each other for most of 'Barky Boats', with little explanation as to why.
  • Cool Old Lady: Nana Heeler, who manages to learn the flossing dance with only a little direction from Bluey.
  • Cool Teacher: Calypso, the teacher at Bluey's playgroup, is a kind and considerate lady, who listens to and encourages her students.
  • Cultural Translation: In the American version of "BBQ," the word "capsicum" is replaced with "pepper."
  • Cute, but Cacophonic:
    • Bluey is initially overjoyed to find her lost Chattermax toy, until its incessant noisemaking starts wearing on her nerves.
    • Muffin is adorable, but also very easy to set off. (Especially in her first appearance, when she was underslept due to being in the middle of transitioning away from daytime naps.)
  • A Day in the Limelight: The episode 'Bingo' is dedicated to the younger dog in question, complete with a variation on the title sequence where Bingo is the last family member called out.
    • "Army" centers on two of Bluey's schoolmates, Jack and Rusty, with Bluey only making brief, non-speaking appearances in the background.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's kid-friendly and playful, but Bandit runs on pure snark. 'Teasing' is entirely devoted to this fact, and points out that Bluey and Bingo are quite capable of matching their dad in snarkiness — and that Bandit knows when to apologize after going too far.
  • Death Glare: Chilli gives these to Bluey in 'Sticky Gecko' and Bandit in 'Queens' and 'Perfect'. They wisely dummy up.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: In "Fairy Tale", Bandit handwaves things like not wearing helmets and corporal punishment during his story as "It was the 80s".
  • Delivery Guy: Invoked in "Dad Baby" with Pat/Lucky's Dad. When it comes time for Bandit to "give birth" during their game, the kids ask Pat in the neighboring yard for help. He's not thrilled when he realizes what he's been roped into, but plays along, while Lucky shouts the football score from the next yard.
    Bluey: Lucky's dad, could you come help us with something?
    Lucky's Dad: Yeah, no worries, Bluey.
    (Jump Cut to Pat watching Bandit "giving birth")
    Lucky's Dad: I didn't know this was the something!
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • In some episodes, the Heeler household is shown on top of a hill, with other houses in the neighborhood lower down. In others, the house is shown to be part of a cul-de-sac instead.
    • Bingo plays the character of "Snowdrop the toddler" in 'Zoo', 'Kids', and 'Daddy Putdown'. In the first and last examples, she portrays Snowdrop as a very sweet kid. But in 'Kids', she plays Snowdrop as a Spoiled Brat who gets her brother "Diddums" in trouble just for fun.
  • Desperately Needs Orders: In 'Mums and Dads', Winton is recruited by Indy to play the eponymous game with her. He agrees to take care of the "baby" Polly, while Indy goes to "work"... only to keep pestering her by asking exactly what he's supposed to do in his role.
  • Determinator: 'Bike' focuses on Bingo, Bentley, and Muffin's determination to complete challenges (drinking from a water fountain, reaching the monkey bars, and donning a backpack with a finnicky strap) they feel they can't overcome. Their success, in turn, makes Bluey determined to ride her first bike.
    • In 'See-Saw', Pom Pom the Pomeranian will not let her small size stop her from getting to the other kids on the see-saw.
  • Deus ex Machina: In 'Shops'. Just as things finally seem to be getting underway, the group realises they still need someone to play the assistant. Then Rusty (who hadn't appeared at all until that point) runs in, asking if he can play too, thereby solving their last problem.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • In 'Bike', Bentley, being too small to reach the monkey bars, manages to get to them by climbing up the frame. After a moment's triumph, she realises that she can't get back down.
    • Bingo attempts a game of hide and seek in her titular episode. Chili questions who's supposed to be seeking, when Bluey and Bandit are out and she's repairing the toilet. Bingo then audibly groans.
    • Said pretty much word-for-word by Bandit in 'Promises' after Bingo points out that his proposed solution of never making promises again means his promise to love his daughters forever would be rescinded.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: Chilli hums the show's theme song at points during 'Work', 'Neighbors' and 'Hammerbarn'.
  • Diegetic Switch: In 'Magic Xylophone', Bandit pretends to play Mozart's Rondo A La Turque on Bluey. His humming becomes the background piano music for the rest of the episode.
    • A variation can be heard in 'Favourite Thing'. The episode starts with Bluey and Bingo singing "For the Golden Corn" as grace before dinner. From that, every time a "Favourite Thing" flashback is mentioned, said song will act as the background music, getting more intricate as more flashbacks are called.
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: All the characters' eyebrows float over their head.
  • The Dividual: The Terriers, a trio of puppy brothers who look the same, sound the same, share the same interests, and are hardly ever seen apart. On top of all that, their individual names have yet to be revealed, so even if one is by himself, he gets called "Terrier".
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: 'The Sleepover' features Muffin, Bluey's cousin who's still transitioning to kid/adult sleeping patterns. Much of the plot and its humor are taken from Muffin behaving very similarly to a stereotypical drunk, which, in turn, makes Bluey and Bingo's situation similar to people who want to keep partying with a visibly intoxicated friend.
  • Dramatic Drop: Played for Laughs in 'Perfect'. A Flashback shows Bluey dropping a box of cereal out of shock after seeing Chilli cover up one of her refrigerator drawings (with the entire door being covered in such drawings) with Bingo's "perfect" one.
  • Dr. Jerk: Bluey gleefully invokes this in 'Hospital' while seeing to her "patient", Bandit. She repeatedly jabs him with a "needle" (really a toy cylinder), tries to "operate" on him without putting him to sleep first (and wakes him up by snapping the "mask" over his face), and ultimately abandons him when she can't fix the problem.
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  • Ear Ache:
    • In 'Kids', Bluey, while acting as "mum", drags Bandit ("Diddums") off by the ear (though she has to ask him to lean down so she can reach his ear first).
    • In 'Shops', Mackenzie pulls at his own ears out of frustration over how long it's taking for everyone to decide their jobs in the game.
    • At the start of 'Ice Cream', Muffin plays around with a toy dinosaur that has an opening/closing jaw. The toy's jaw ends up clamped around her ear, with the following scene showing a bandaid over the injury.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Before making his debut in 'Unicorse', the titular hand puppet appears as a drawing on the fridge in 'Perfect'.
    • 'Charades' has a scene where there is a full Heeler family photo in the background, including an unknown member on Bandit's side. Episodes later, in 'Double Babysitter', we get to see Bandit's other brother Rad, who matches the one in that photo.
    • A younger version of Brandy makes a photo appearance in the episodes "Obstacle Course," "Promises," and "Curry Quest," and her voice is heard in [[Bluey's Big Play]] before she finally makes her physical debut in "Onesies."
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: In the pilot version of "The Weekend":
    • Mackenzie's tail has a white tip, and the colors of both of his legs and feet match.
    • The markings on Bluey's face are darker, and her nose is brown.
    • Each character is drawn with sharp angles, which is uncommon for characters in the finalized show.
    • Bingo's snout is longer and the markings on her back are nearly completely different.
    • Bandit has no black markings on the left side of his face, and there is no yellow on his belly.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Indy had longer hair in her first appearances. Her hair was shortened to make it easier to animate.
    • Bandit farted more in season 1.
    • The 2017 pilot, a prototype of the episode "The Weekend", has quite a few major differences from the final version, as well as the show in general.
      • Instead of an original song, the opening music is an excerpt from Pinball Lez by Custard, with the lines "Bluey! Ruff ruff!" added to it. This was most likely a placeholder, as the composers may have not finished the theme song for the show at the time.
      • Mackenzie, Rusty, and Bluey are the only ones to appear in the opening.
      • The characters' eyelids aren't visible when they blink.
      • The episode's title is not spoken aloud.
      • The appearance of each room in the house is completely different from the show.
      • Chilli's voice is softer.
      • Due to the final version of "The Weekend" reusing scenes from the prototype, the characters often looked rather Off-Model compared to other episodes of the show.
  • Ear Notch: Bob Heeler (Bluey and Bingo's grandfather) is missing most of the top of his right ear.
  • Ears as Hair: Indy's ear fur is styled into braids, while her mum wears hers in a loose, waist-length style.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • In 'Library', Bluey and Bingo are quick to forgive Muffin for her Spoiled Brat behavior disrupting their game.
    • In ''Circus', Hercules is accepted into the game (as the "strongman"), even after trying to force the other kids into playing the game he wanted to play.
    • Subverted in 'Faceytalk'. After her parents reconcile from a heated argument over how Muffin should be disciplined, with Trixie being adamantly opposed to time outs, it seems they may go a bit easier on Muffin after getting the phone she stole from Stripe. Unfortunately, Muffin makes a run for it and drops the phone into the pool. Both parents immediately put her in a time out.
  • Easter Episode: In "Easter", Bluey and Bingo wonder if the Easter Bunny forgot about them again, but they're sent on a scavenger hunt looking for where he hid their Easter eggs. Just when it seems like he gave them nothing this year, they find paw prints leading to a table, where there's a basket full of eggs, jelly beans, and chocolate bunnies.
  • The '80s: Bandit's story in 'Fairy Tale' takes place during this period. Bandit takes a moment to recall things from back then, such as cassette tapes and biking without helmets.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Muffin talks like this, pronouncing 'R's as 'W's, most likely to reflect that she is younger than her cousins.
  • Episode Title Card: Every episode has a title card, read aloud by Bluey in most cases.
    • Bingo reads the title card in 'The Weekend', 'Bingo' (even calling the show itself 'Bingo') and 'Turtleboy'.
    • Rusty reads the title card in 'Mums and Dads'.
    • Jack reads the title card in 'Army' and 'Explorers'.
    • Bluey reads the title card in 'Bus' in the voice of "Janet" the granny.
      "Janet": This episode of Bluey is called... I forget.
    • Muffin reads the title card in 'Library'.
    • Calypso reads the title card in 'Barky Boats'.
    • Uncle Rad reads the title card in 'Double Babysitter'.
    • Chloe reads the title card in 'Octopus'.
    • In 'Unicorse', Chilli reads the title card (less than enthusiastically).
      Chilli: This episode of Bluey is unfortunately called 'Unicorse'.
      • She also reads it in 'Driving' and 'Family Meeting'.
    • Bandit reads the title card in 'Ragdoll'.
    • Indy reads the title card in 'Stories'.
    • Unicorse doesn't read the title card in 'Puppets'.
    Unicorn: I don't know what that says, I can't read!
    • Chilli's sister Brandy reads the title card in 'Onesies'.
  • Exhaustion-Induced Idiocy: Muffin experiences this in 'The Sleepover', due to skipping her usual nap. She runs right into a vase (laughing afterward), tries to keep running while flat on her back, and bites into an inflatable guitar, popping it.
  • Faux Furby: In 'Hide and Seek', Bluey finds her old Chattermax toy, which won't stop screeching and talking. The toy itself resembles a Furby with small wings and feathers above its eyes.
  • Foul Fox: In "Blue Mountains", the villain of the game the Heeler family are playing is a fox (played by Bandit's hand) who pretends to be "kindly" and tricks Big Sister (Chilli's hand) into getting trapped in a cave (Bandit's mouth).
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Of the four Heeler kids, Bluey is Sanguine, Muffin is Choleric, Bingo is Melancholic, and Socks is Phlegmatic.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • A long dog toy can be spotted in the background at least Once per Episode.
    • In 'Wagon Ride', the magnetic letters on the fridge, read left to right and top to bottom, spell out "True Blue".
    • In 'Bumpy and the Wise Old Wolfhound', the Wise Old Wolfhound (played by Aunt Trixie) wears a costume made out of towels. One angle shows the initials "C.H." (Chilli Heeler) on one of the towels.
  • Freshman Fears: In 'Barky Boats', Bluey and Mackenzie's older "buddies" Mia and Captain both mention that they will be starting "big school" the following year, and confess to each other that they're a little nervous about it. Ultimately, they take solace in the fact that they will be attending the school together.
  • Freudian Slip: In 'Ice Cream', Bluey is so engrossed in deciding what flavor of ice cream she wants that she accidentally calls Uncle Stripe "Uncle Strawberry".
  • Frothy Mugs of Water:
    • In 'Sleepytime' and 'Baby Race' Bandit sleepily sings "99 bottles of 'thing' on the wall" neatly avoiding the word 'beer'.
    • Averted (sort of) in 'BBQ', which shows Bandit and Stripe drinking (and spilling) beer, and 'Stumpfest', which strongly implies Trixie and Chilli drinking spiked lemonade from how they react to the episode's events (as well as how Bandit, Stripe, and Pat wince when they rapidly down glasses of it).
    • 'Whale Watching' sees Bandit and Chilli feeling "sleepy" while nursing twin hangovers after a wild New Year's party.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum:
    • In 'Dad Baby', Chilli yells out "Bandit Heeler!" after Bandit puts on a none-too-flattering impersonation of how she acted while she was pregnant with Bingo.
    • As revealed in 'Family Meeting': Bluey Christine Heeler.
    • In 'Faceytime', Stripe says "Muffin Cupcake Heeler" while trying to lay down the law to his daughter.
  • Funny Animals: All the cast are different breeds of dogs. Even Queen Elizabeth II, glimpsed on a five dollar note, is a corgi wearing pearls.
  • Funny Animal Anatomy: Understated. Although the characters are clearly anthropomorphised dogs, the animation is consistent and clean, with only slight cheating to stretch the family's arms in episodes like 'Blue Mountains' and 'The Claw'.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • In 'The Show', Bluey has Chattermax "entertain" Bandit and Chilli while she tries to convince Bingo to return to the show. While Bluey and Bingo are talking, Bandit's hands are seen reaching over and dragging Chattermax off-screen.
    • In 'Fancy Restaurant', Bandit and Bluey are talking about romance, but in the background we see Chilli pretending to use the bathroom.
    • In 'The Creek', Bluey is talking to Bandit, who's sitting on a slide. The kid at the top of the slide waits for Bandit to get up so he can slide down. It takes long enough that he starts nodding off.
    • Happens twice with Bingo in 'Cafe', both times at breakfast. While Bluey and Bandit discuss the latter's possible friendship with Winnie's dad, Bingo (established in this episode as someone who likes to sleep late) struggles to pour orange juice, then cereal the next time.
    • 'Housework' employs this trope as a plot point, as Bandit and Chili become distracted from their chores by Bluey and Bingo's funny and changing walk cycles in the other room.
    • Brandy and Chilli having a heart to heart while Bingo is continually chasing Bluey down the slide.
  • Furry Confusion: Non-anthropomorphic dogs don't seem to exist in the Heelers' world, so in the episode 'Neighbours' when Bandit imitates a loudly barking pet dog Chilli has no idea what he's pretending to be.
    • An episode specific example from 'Bumpy and the Wise Old Wolfhound.' Barnicus (played by Bluey) wishes upon a star for a puppy, and she receives Bumpy (played by Socks) the next morning. It's not clear whether Bumpy is supposed to be a pet or a baby to Barnicus, as he's seen both being walked on a leash and held in a swaddle.
  • Furry Female Mane: Zig-zagged. Downplayed with characters like Wendy, Calypso, and Judo, but averted with almost every other female character. Played straight with Nana's perm in the episode 'Fairytale.'
  • Furry Reminder: For the most part, Bluey and her family behave like humans, but some noticeable dog behavior shows up from time to time. Bluey and Bingo's one-year-old cousin Socks in particular acts more like a real-life puppy than an anthropomorphic dog, moving on all fours, yapping, and chewing on random objects. A conversation Bandit has with Bluey in 'Spy Game' confirms, however, that the characters do know that they're dogs, and it's not just a Furry Lens situation.
  • The Gadfly: Bandit likes to tease and play jokes on his family.
  • Gasshole: Bandit.
    • In 'Fairies' and 'Teasing', he loudly passes gas, disgusting his family. In the latter, he even tries to pin it on Bluey.
    • In 'Chickenrat', he eats some sauerkraut, which makes him burp throughout the episode (certain international airings change this to him sneezing instead).
    • As "Daddy Robot", he falls into an unresponsive state after being deactivated by Bluey and Bingo. He then ruins any dramatic tension the scene had with an ill-timed fart.
    • In 'The Show', Bluey and Bingo's "re-enactment" of his and Chilli's first meeting involves "Bandit" intentionally passing gas in "Chilli's" direction.
    • Discussed in 'Family Meeting', where Bandit allegedly "fluffied" at Bluey's face.
      • That same episode also has a flashback on Bandit attempting a "pull my finger" gag in an elevator.
    • Played with regarding Bingo as Rita, who fulfills the role by deflating a balloon.
  • Gentle Giant: Bandit's role in 'Zoo', as a baboon who befriends Bingo's character.
  • Geographic Flexibility: The Heelers' back yard suffers from this. In some episodes, it will have such things as a shed, a slide, a sandbox, and a trampoline, and in other episodes, some or all of these things will be absent. The more notable examples are 'Horsey Ride' (where it includes a patio) and 'Stumpfest' (where two tree stumps are shown).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • This scene has a conversation between Bandit and another dad about getting vasectomies — the latter was surprised at how fast the operation was and that he got to keep his genitals, and Bandit says that he's keen to get one, but Chili wants to keep her options open. According to Australian ratings, sexual references "must be brief, infrequent, and contain little or no detail" to maintain a G-rating, meaning this exchange is acceptable by Australian standards, though the show is rated Y in the United States.
    • The pooping ponies in 'Markets' certainly count as an example of this trope in most markets, which is probably why they were edited out of the Disney Junior broadcast.
  • "Getting My Own Room" Plot: The plot of the episode 'Bedroom'. After seeing the family's old nursery room being converted into a spare room, Bluey has an idea to make it as her own room, which her parents granted. Comes bedtime, and she keeps waking up to ask Bingo for more stuff from the old room. They then exchange messages after being told not to leave the room, which their mum later caught up with. When she gets Bluey back to bed, she tells her mum that she's not sure if she has everything she needs. Eventually, they decided to move Bluey's bed back to her old room, but not before inviting Bingo in for the night.
  • The Ghost: Janelle, the wife of Lucky's Dad. In both 'Shaun' and 'Asparagus', Lucky's Dad calls out to her when he gets caught up in the Heelers' games, but she is never seen onscreen, at least until 'Pass the Parcel'.
  • Given Name Reveal:
    • In "Dad Baby", Lucky's dad's name is revealed to be "Pat".
    • Nana Heeler's name is revealed to be "Chris" in 'Handstand'.
    • Coco's mum is revealed to be named "Bella" in 'Baby Race'.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: A G-rated version: when Bandit and Chili kiss, the animation slows, the sun shines and beautiful music plays.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: When surprised or frustrated, Bandit will say "Cheese and crackers!" or "biscuits!"
    Step 1. Try shouting out your favourite snack
    Step 2. Try some biscuits (Bandit's favorite replacement curse word)
    Step 3. Try making something up
    Step 4. If all else fails...make some noise!
  • Granola Girl: Bluey's friend Indy and her mother. For instance, in 'Markets' Indy and Bluey are thinking of buying some poffertjes (dollar pancakes).
    Indy: Have these got any wheat, sugar, gluten or dairy in them?
    Poffertjes seller: That's all they've got in them.
  • Gratuitous French: In 'Pavlova', Bandit plays as a French chef - albeit making random utterances like "I am the dog!" and "Where is the museum?"
  • Green Around the Gills: In 'Fancy Restaurant,' just before Bandit's Vomit Discretion Shot, his muzzle turns green.
  • Groin Attack:
    • In 'The Claw', when the kids start throwing toys at Bandit, Chilli joins in and one-shots him in the front.
    • In 'Verandah Santa', Muffin jumps off a chair and lands on her father Stripe's groin.
    • In 'Rug Island', when Bandit got hit with a football with his groin and in pain, thrown by Lucky's Dad.
    • In 'Sleepytime', a dreaming Bingo jumps into the Great Red Spot on Jupiter, and Bandit sits up in bed, holding his groin and groaning.
    • In 'Born Yesterday', where Bandit pretends to not know about everything in the world, especially how a swing works. When his kids tell him how to push one, he is not prepared for when it swings back right at his groin.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: A mild example in 'Fancy Restaurant' with "Chef" Bingo's "special", a jelly mould with various other leftovers inside and topping it, including strawberries, pickles, spaghetti, gravy and an entire triangle sandwich.
  • The Ground Is Lava: In "Postman"note , Bluey breaks her promise of playing "ground's lava" with Bingo to play "postman" instead, so she agrees to play both at the same time—deliver Bandit's letter to Chili without touching the ground. They jump through furniture, walk on ledges and objects on the floor, make stepping stones with books when Bingo decides the stairs count as lava, and ride across the lava with a bike and a vacuum.
  • Hangover Sensitivity: In 'Whale Watching', Chilli and Bandit are too 'sleepy' to play with the girls, after a New Years Eve party at Stripe and Trixie's.
  • Happily Married: Bandit and Chilli. They do have occasional mild disagreements, but are usually very loving and considerate of each other.
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": Bingo giggles at the word "bottomless" in 'The Claw'.
  • The Hero's Journey: Bingo takes the role of the Hero in 'Curry Quest' with Chili explaining a simplified version of this trope to Bluey.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Bluey plays a horrible mother in "Kids," doting on "Snowdrop" (played by Bingo) and belittling "Diddums" (played by Bandit). It's not until she openly declares Snowdrop her favorite and Diddums, visibly crushed, slumps off to sit dejectedly in time-out that she realizes this whole thing has gotten far more sad than funny, and apologizes.
    • Bandit's story of his childhood in the eighties includes a moment where Nana chases him with a sandal, presumably with the intent to smack him. Bluey points out that this is mean, but Bandit just says that it was the eighties, and moms were allowed to be mean.
  • Hippie Teacher: A very mild example, but given that Bluey and Bingo attend Waldorf/Steiner school, it sort of comes with the territory. The kids call Calypso by her first name, and one point Bluey and Bingo recite a blessing they learned at school, which thanks Mother Earth for the food they're about to eat.
  • Hitler Ate Sugar: Inverted in 'Dunny':
    Bingo: Would the Queen say "Dunny"?
    Chilli: Uh, no. It is not the word the Queen would use.
    Bingo: Then I'm not saying it either.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In 'The Adventure', the Greedy Queen is defeating by having her own freezing wand turned against her.
  • Honor Before Reason: In 'Promises', Bluey promises to come in from the playground when Chilli calls, which Chilli does just as Bluey's about to take her turn on the zipline. Bluey does, disregarding the obvious solution of zipping, jumping off, and running to Chilli.
  • House Husband: Bandit does (or tries to do) most of the housework, has a home office, and is the main adult character seen with the kids in most episodes of the first season. This eases off in the second season as Chilli is shown doing more with the kids.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "Housework", when the Heeler parents notice their kids are walking normally, Bingo tells Bluey that grown-ups are nuts, even though earlier in the episode, they were acting even more nuts!
  • Innocently Insensitive: In 'Mini Bluey'', Bluey paints herself to look like Bingo, and acts like her too. Bandit playfully suggests he could get used to it, which causes Bluey to think he doesn't want her around.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Happens quite frequently.
    • In 'Tickle Crabs'.
      Bluey: What's so nice about having a true love?
      Bandit: Well, they're always there when you need them.
      Bingo: (runs in) Let's play Tickle Crabs!
      Bluey: Yeah, Tickle Crabs!
      Chilli: (jumping off the couch) See you later!
    • In 'The Pool' when Bluey asks Bandit whether the shadow above the pool will get bigger or smaller:
      Bandit: Uh, bigger. For sure! (cuts to Bingo, Bluey and Bandit stuck in the tiny remaining shaded space in the pool because they forgot sunscreen.)
    • In the end of 'Shadowlands' when Bluey, Snickers and Coco with their moms play "What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?"
      Chilli: Oh, maybe this time will be dinner time!
      Bluey: It won't! Coco always waits until we're right next to her before she says...
      Coco: Dinner time! (charges at the others including an unprepared Bluey.)
    • Exxagerated with Bandit in "Bumpy and the Wise Old Wolfhound," in which he says that Bumpy (Socks) is a nice puppy, but he's proven wrong mid sentence.
  • Inventional Wisdom: Bluey's Chattermax toy is lacking an "off" switch.
  • Involuntary Smile of Incapacitation: In "Sleepover", Muffin is out-of-it due to skipping her nap (which is portrayed similarly to being drunk) and keeps grinning deliriously.
  • Irony: In 'The Adventure', Chloe, despite having longer legs, is unable to stay ahead of Bluey during a chase scene, necessitating a change of roles.
  • Jaw Drop: Bluey in 'Perfect'. After Chilli covers up one of her drawings with Bingo's, her jaw hangs open in comical fashion.
  • Joke of the Butt:
    • There are two jokes like this in 'Copycat'. Bluey is mimicking everything that Bandit does. Wanting to see how far she'll go, Bandit says, "I'm Bluey, and I stink like a monkey's butt" (which Bluey copies) and later slaps his rear in front of Wendy (which Bluey doesn't copy).
    • In 'Bumpy and the Wise Old Wolfhound', Bandit says he has "bum worms", much to Bingo's amusement and to Chilli's disgust.
    • In 'Baby Race', it is revealed that Bluey learned to drag her butt on the ground before she learned to crawl. In the present day, Bluey is quite puzzled to hear that.
    • In 'BBQ', the hose goes wild and sprays Bingo's behind, causing her to laugh.
      Bingo: It's tickling my bottom!
    • In 'The Magic Xylophone', Bandit says he's going to have Bingo be the "bum bongos", and he taps her rear like bongos, making her giggle.
    • In 'Born Yesterday', the parents have to deal with Bingo and Bluey wanting to pretend taking pictures of the former's bottoms.
    • Bluey in 'Mini Bluey', while describing herself.
      Bluey: And if I see a bum, I give it a little bumdidiboom. (Plays bongos on Chilli's backside, which Bingo quickly joins in.)
  • Judicial Wig: Chilli, who happens to be having her hair being curled in 'Family Meeting', gives an impression of one.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    Chilli: The cartoon dog says to put some cardboard down underneath first.
    Bandit: I'm not taking advice from a cartoon dog.
    • In season 3's 'Chest', Bandit asks Bluey if she's "still" only six.
  • Lethal Chef: In 'Fancy Restaurant' Bandit requests something more special for his "date" Chilli than the baked beans on the menu, so Bingo throws together a dish consisting of a pink jello mold, a floret of broccoli, a strawberry, a dill pickle, mashed potatoes and gravy, sausages, spaghetti with marinara sauce, peas, green olives, and a corner of a meat, cheese, and lettuce sandwich combined into an unholy concoction that Chilli clearly doesn't want to actually eat. Bandit takes the bullet, eating the whole thing for her, which makes him so Green Around the Gills that Chilli walks him to the back garden for a Vomit Discretion Shot.
  • Left It In: This is used in the episode 'Bumpy and the Wise Old Wolfhound'
    Bandit: We can edit that bit out, right?
  • Lost Toy Grievance: The plot of "Chickenrat" focuses on the Heelers (minus Bandit) trying to locate Bingo's stuffed rabbit, Floppy, before bedtime.
  • Lower-Deck Episode:
    • 'Mums and Dads' is set at Bluey's school and almost entirely focuses on her classmates Indy and Rusty.
    • 'Army' is also set at and outside Bluey's school, and focuses on Rusty and Jack, with Bluey only appearing as a background character, and none of the other Heelers showing up.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In 'Fairies', somebody has gone to a lot of effort to mess with the family. At the end, Bingo actually sees a fairy but Bandit doesn't. Perhaps Bingo was just seeing things?
  • Mean Boss: Bluey plays this role in 'Work' after taking over from Bandit during the game. She makes Bandit act as her chair, clean the windows with his bottom, lick the floor clean, then fires him for dancing on the job.
  • Metaphorgotten: Bandit tries to teach Bluey that everyone has their own part to play in 'Spy Game' using a stack of pebbles.
    Bandit: Does that make sense?
    Bluey: No.
    Bandit: Okay, just do your best, kid.
  • Military Brat: The end of 'Army' reveals that Rusty's dad is in the army himself.
  • Mister Seahorse:
    • At the end of 'Shaun', Chilli announces that the titular "emu" (really Bandit's hand) has had babies (played by Bluey and Bingo's hands).
    • 'Baby Dad' features a roleplay variation. Bandit finds his old strapped baby carrier and Bingo immediately climbs inside. And Bluey, reminding her father of his insistence to "do things right", goads him into reenacting their mother's pregnancy with Bingo.
  • Moral Myopia: In 'Neighbors', Bluey finds Bandit being a bad neighbor to Chilli amusing, but greatly dislikes Bingo being a bad neighbor to her.
  • Moving the Goalposts: In 'Shadowlands', Bluey annoyedly points out that Coco often does this during games, changing the rules to make things easier for her. By the end of the episode, Coco learns that following the rules is part of what makes a game fun.
  • My Little Phony: In "The Quiet Game," Bluey and Bingo go with Bandit to get Muffin a birthday present, which happens to be a Moonlight Unicorn. "Duck Cake" and "Mr. Monkeyjocks" also makes mention of the Star Pony and the Starlight Unicorse.
    Tropes N to R 
  • Nature Tinkling: Known by the Heelers as a "bush wee," done in the wild while camping (in 'Camping'), on the side of the road (in 'Road Trip'), and behind some landscaping in 'Takeaway' when Bandit couldn't get Bingo to a bathroom in time.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted in Copycat and Easter, but played straight in Hammerbarn.
    Chilli: This is what happens when you're unhappy with what you've got! Someone's husband eventually gets it!
    • Played for Drama: In 'Copycat', when the vet outright telling Bluey that the injured budgie she and Bandit are trying to help has died.
    • Played for Laughs: In 'Easter', when Bluey and Bingo have to enter a bathroom with Bandit using the toilet:
    Bingo: But it stinks so much we'll die!
  • No-Dialogue Episode: 'Rain', save for a few words in the start and a sigh.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: In 'Takeaway', the lady working at the eponymous takeaway has visible blue irises, as does Bingo's classmate, Sadie. Both appear to be Siberian Huskies, or at least Husky mixes, a breed that's known to have striking blue eyes.
    • The old pug from "Granny Mobile" has thick eyeglass lenses, which make her eyes look very buggy. She's also the same height as three-year-old Muffin.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • 'Bumpy and the Wise Old Wolfhound' begins with Bingo in hospital, recovering from an unspecified illness.
    • At the beginning of 'Teasing', Bluey justifies her teasing of Bingo by claiming Bingo was teasing her first. How exactly Bingo teased her is left unexplained.
    • In 'Duck Cake', when Chilli persuades Bandit to make the titular cake, she reminds her family of her attempt at making a cake resembling a clown, causing Bluey, Bingo and Bandit to shudder.
    Bluey: He was not a funny clown.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Winton in 'Typewriter' where he keeps getting right up close to others. Bluey points this out, calling him a "space invader".
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Averted. Bingo has her birthday in 'Duck Cake' and 'Handstand' and a lot of the kids, including Bluey and Muffin have theirs in 'Pass the Parcel.' Muffin has another birthday mentioned in 'The Quiet Game.'
    • Also worth noting is that Socks visibly ages as the series progresses, acting more dog-like at the start and learning to walk and talk in the later episodes.
  • Off-Model: Due to the pilot being an early version of "The Weekend", the final version of the episode itself has some differences in the models; for instance, the brown fur around Chilli's right eye being larger and Bandit's back lacking a patch of black fur.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: In 'Keepy Uppy', Bandit turns on the kitchen fan, sending Bluey and Bingo's balloon into the living room. As the girls race to catch it, they find Bandit waiting on the other side of the room (and he even found the time to grab a leaf blower to send the balloon flying again).
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Bob is the name of both Bluey and Bingo's paternal grandfather and a puppet bilby in Bingo's school.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Bingo and Bluey don't usually have a hard time playing, even with their much larger dad, but Bingo makes faces she's never made before or since in 'Yoga Ball' because her dad is playing too rough, and by the end of the episode Bandit learns to take her feelings into consideration more while Bingo learns to use her "big girl bark".
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Orange red heelers Chilli and Bingo with their (literally) blue counterparts Bandit and Bluey.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Played with. Bandit is dark (a blue heeler), and Chilli is pale (A red heeler, different colourations of the Australian Cattle Dog); however, Bluey takes after her father, while Bingo takes after her mother.
  • Parental Favoritism:
    • Played for Laughs and drama in 'Kids'; The episode begins with Bluey asking Bandit if she or Bingo is his favorite. During the game of "Kids", Bluey (as "mum") states that she prefers Bingo ("Snowdrop") over Bandit ("Diddums"); he's heartbroken, and she's soon remorseful.
    • Also played for drama in 'Mini Bluey', when Bluey feels like Bandit would prefer another Bingo rather than her.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Inverted in 'Fancy Restaurant', where Bluey and Bingo create the restaurant in hopes of seeing their parents kissing and being romantic with each other.
    • Bandit and Chilli kiss at the end of 'Daddy Robot,' only to then cut to Bluey and Bingo looking at them and going "Ooooooh!"
  • Parents as People: Bandit and Chilli are very loving and attentive parents. They're also very tired, occasionally wistful for their lives before kids, and not immune from the odd mistake.
  • Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: Not "evil" exactly, just a little insensitive; In 'Butterflies', Judo encourages Bluey to abandon Bingo during their game, and run from her when she complains. When Bluey goes to apologize to Bingo, she initially claims that Judo "made" her do it, but admits that she wasn't exactly forced into the act.
  • People Puppets: In 'Magic', the family act like they can control each other's movements by moving their hands like the others are attached to puppet strings.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Stripe and Chilli chastise Bluey for not allowing Muffin to play the way she wants because Bluey can't articulate the exact problem, which is that Muffin's refusing to follow the rules and behaving like an insufferable brat; something she's doing because Stripe innocently told her she was "the most special kid in the world." It all gets cleared up later on.
  • Potty Emergency:
    • Bingo desperately needs to go to the bathroom in 'Takeaway', which is one of the many problems her dad has to deal with while waiting for their food.
    • One of the many gaffes featured in 'Bumpy and the Wise Old Wolfhound' has Bumpy (Socks) abruptly halting off-camera in the middle of a running shot to defecate. The camera cuts after catching Bluey's confused reaction.
  • Protagonist Title: Bluey is the main character of the show, and as such, it's named after her.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Naturally occurs, as Bluey and Bingo's "please face". Taken further when Bluey and Bingo try to get Bandit to play in 'Tickle Crabs'.
    • Not to be outdone, Chilli and Bandit both pull this on Bingo in 'Dance Mode'. It's very effective.
    • Bandit, Muffin, and Bingo pull this on Bluey in the episode 'Verandah Santa.'
    • Bluey does this to Bandit in the episode 'Yoga Ball' to convince him to play a game with his yoga ball chair.
    • Chilli does this to Bingo in the episode 'Dance Mode' to convince her to use one of her "dance modes" on Bandit to force him to dance in the middle of the post office. Bluey also does this to her later when she's asking her to buy a yes/no button with her newly aquired 20 dollarbucks.
  • Pushover Parents: Played for Laughs. Bandit and Chilli are easily drawn into playing Bluey and Bingo's games, even if they really would prefer not to.
  • Putting the Pee in Pool: In 'Swim School', to avoid being squirted by the swimming teacher "Margaret" (Bluey), Bingo and Chilli would have to dob (rat out) on Bandit for something. Chilli's accusation?
    Chilli: He peed in the pool!
    "Margaret" does a Spit Take.
    Chilli: Oh, gross! (everyone except Bandit gets off the pool)
    Bandit: It's a victimless crime!
    • Later in the end, when the entire family hug together in the pool...
      Bingo: Why is the water warmer here?
      Beat, followed by Bluey screaming and everyone but Bandit swimming away from him as he just sheepishly smiles.
      Chilli: Oh, Bandit!
  • Real Men Wear Pink: In 'Stumpfest', Bandit, Stripe and Lucky's Dad have to stop ripping up tree stumps to negotiate with Bluey, Bingo and Muffin who have turned a stump into a salon. The men continue Stumpfest with nail polish and makeup.
  • Real-Place Background: The show occasionally uses real places in Brisbane, drawn in the show's style.
  • Recursive Canon: In 'The Quiet Game', a bookstore window displays a book (or maybe two) whose cover appears to be 'Fruitbat' (and the other one barely looks like 'Beach')
  • Recycled Animation: The short 'Lollipop Song' is basically a whole minute of Bluey and Bingo's dancing animations from earlier episodes, as well as from the intro, albeit slightly modified.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Whilst both Bluey and Bingo are equally upbeat, Bluey (the red) is very rambunctious and domineering, whereas her sister Bingo (the blue) tends to be more sensitive and emotional, which is the opposite of their colour schemes.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Bluey and Chloe's game of Princesses in 'Adventure' is an epic quest with many characters and trials. Chloe's dad's suggestion that they were just enjoying tea parties dooms him to the business end of Chloe's magic wand.
  • Rule of Funny: Often invoked in the stories.
    • Bingo spends the entirety of 'Work' pretending to be a frog, just because.
    • 'Camping': Even before Bluey and Jean-Luc identify Bandit as a "wild pig", he makes grunting sounds, and does so for the rest of the episode.
  • Rule of Three: In 'Seesaw', Coco reacts to Bluey's explanation of Bandit taking over the seesaw by saying "Oh" three times.
  • Running Gag: “Morning, Wendy!”
    • In an episode-specific example, Bandit's drink keeps getting dropped, knocked out of his hands, or otherwise spilled during 'BBQ'.
    Tropes S to Z 
  • Scenery Porn: The background animation is lush and detailed, showing off suburban Brisbane and the family's hilltop Queenslander home.
  • Schmuck Bait: In 'Fairy Tale', the young Bandit tells Stripe that the wheels of his bike are moving - while Stripe is pedalling. Stripe takes a look, unbalances, and falls over, to Bandit's amusement.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Deliberately invoked by Bluey and Bingo whenever they pretend to be grannies.
    • Played straight with the old pug from "Granny Mobile." She insists that she not pay for a mug she broke, she lowballs when offering for a scooter that Doreen is selling, and she tells Bandit to "lay off the biscuits." Muffin, who's playing as a grouchy granny lays down the law to the old pug, and then they proceed to out-grouch each other. When she caves and buys the scooter for $1202, she rides away on it, blowing a raspberry as she does.
  • Seldom-Seen Species:
    • Bluey and her family are Australian cattle dogs.
    • Bluey's friend Rusty is an Australian kelpie.
    • One of Bluey's toys is identified as a pademelon in 'Zoo'.
    • The episode "Bob Bilby" revolves around the titular puppet, who is a bilby named "Bob".
  • Sequel Episode: 'Early Baby' ends with Indy asking Rusty if he wants to play "Mums and Dads". The episode of that name follows, although each is their own story within themselves.
    • Similar to the above example, 'Duck Cake' shows preparations being made for Bingo’s birthday party, and the following episode, 'Handstand', shows the party itself.
  • Serious Business:
    • In 'Keepy Uppy' the game's stakes increase as the family and neighbours strive to keep the balloon off the ground. Justified, since the balloon made its way outside, and it will pop if it touches the grass.
    • In 'Horsey Ride', Muffin is very insistent that the "horseys" (Bandit and Stripe) don't talk during their "wedding", and only use "horsey talk".
    • Much of the series' humor is generally derived from Bluey's family and friends taking their roleplaying and games very seriously.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Played for Laughs in 'Bus'. Chilli plays a passenger on the bus who spends all episode struggling to tell the driver (Bandit) that she likes him. In the end, she finally confesses her feelings... only for the driver to tell her that he's already "married" to a plush giraffe.
  • Shipper on Deck: Winton, at the beginning of 'Barky Boats', involving Bluey and Mackenzie. They don't agree.
  • Shout-Out: Enough to warrant its own page!
  • Silence of Sadness: In 'Butterflies', after Bluey abandons Bingo so she can play with Judo, Bingo mopes in a fabric swing. She doesn't say a word when a remorseful Bluey tries to apologize to her until Bluey starts singing the ladybug song that Bingo was singing early on in the episode.
  • Silly Walk: The main plot of 'Housework'. After telling their kids to do clean up their playroom, Bandit and Chilli eventually get rather invested in their crazy walking whilst doing said chores, putting aside their end of their housework. It goes as far as trying to learn one of those walks from Bingo.
  • Something Else Also Rises: Chilli's suggestive "Are you ready, Bob?" while leaning against a bike causes Bandit to stare, slightly slack-jawed — and the camera positioned above his crotch to go off and spit out a photo.
  • Sore Loser: In 'The Claw'. Bluey's reaction is not being able to win at the game is to pout and sulk all the way home.
    Bluey: Silly claw machine...
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Played for Laughs in the credits of 'Bike', which pairs the triumphant music of the characters' determination with Muffin angrily stomping on her backpack.
  • Special Edition Title: 'Bingo' changes the standard opening sequence, so that Bluey takes Bingo's place in ending up out of the dancing game, and as such, Bingo ends up winning, much to Bandit and Chilli's surprise. The theme song is modified to suit this, and when Bluey gets out, the background changes from blue to orange.
  • Species Surname: Bluey's family's surname is Heeler, the Terrier triplets, Jack's family is the Russells, and Bingo's kindy teacher is named Mrs. Retriever.
  • Spiritual Successor: Bluey was meant to be one to the British cartoon Peppa Pig, intended as a replica of that program for an Australian audience (and depending on who you ask, not only succeeded at that but easily excelled past it). Both cartoons are about the funny Slice of Life adventures of a young animal girl and her family (with a younger sibling involved) and friends.
  • Spit Take: Bandit is very surprised to hear that the Tooth Fairy leaves Bluey five bucks.
    • Likewise, in 'Pass the Parcel' Lucky's dad is up for a surprise when he finds out that after a disastrous attempt to introduce "the right way" to do the titular game (a single prize in the end instead of many small ones in each layer), the kids in future birthday parties begin to accept it.
  • Spraying Drink from Nose: Happens to Bandit during 'Favourite Thing'.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Invoked in 'Mums and Dads'; Indy and Rusty argue over who should stay home during the titular game while the other goes to "work". Rusty insists that it's the mums who stay home, while Indy says it's the dads who do so.
  • Sticks to the Back: Bluey's flag while she is climbing in 'Mount Mumanddad'.
  • Stylistic Suck: Bluey and Bandit make a video for Bingo in 'Bumpy and the Wise Old Wolfhound', because Bingo is stuck in the hospital. It is adorably amateurish.
  • Tantrum Throwing:
    • In 'Bike', Muffin, after repeatedly failing to put on her backpack, goes into a "meltdown" (as Bandit calls it), screaming and stomping on the backpack.
    • In 'Kids', "Snowdrop the toddler" throws a tantrum after "mum" refuses to indulge in her Spoiled Brat antics any longer.
    • In 'The Quiet Game', Bluey and Bingo (via pantomime) tell Bandit that this will happen if he gets Muffin a "Moonlight Unicorn" toy that she already has.
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Nana Heeler in 'Grannies'. When Bluey and Bingo call her via videochat to settle an argument, the first few moments of the conversation is taken up by Nana struggling with her camera, giving them a view of the top of her head, then her feet, and finally a close-up of her eye.
  • Terrible Artist: Bingo in 'Hospital', where her "x-ray" drawings of a cat and a mouse in Bandit's stomach are mistaken for a possum and a potted plant respectively. It’s justified by the fact that she's four years old.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Averted, almost all of the characters have non-gender-specific features. The only real exceptions (though still subtle ones) are Coco's eyelashes, and that Bandit and most of the adult males have stubble around their muzzles.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Bandit in 'Verandah Santa', after Bluey, angered by Socks biting her, decides she wants to play Santa next.
    Bandit: Strap yourselves in, kids.
  • Three Shorts: The series is presented this way in Disney Junior airings.
  • Time Skip:
    • A rather sweet one near the end of 'Camping'. Bluey and Muffin's voices are heard, with the former being shown (along with Jean-Luc).
    • A brief one at the end of 'Daddy Dropoff', showing pictures of Bingo and her new friend Lila growing up.
  • Toilet Humor: This show is not afraid of going there. Examples include the pooping ponies in 'Markets', Bandit pausing play to go to the toilet in 'The Weekend' and several 'tactical'note  or outdoor wees.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: In 'Puppets', Unicorse is finally made aware (after several attempts) that he is a puppet being controlled by Bandit. He does not take it well.
    Unicorse: My life is a lie.
  • Tuckerization:
    • The character of Winnie, as seen in 'Cafe', is named after the studio pet at Ludo.
    • The show's creator, Joe Brumm, stated that he used to own a Blue Heeler named Bluey and a Dalmatian named Chloe in his childhood.
  • Unnamed Parent: Averted. Most of the parents have their names given at some point, but the kids usually refer to them by last name or their relationship to their children, like "Mr. Heeler" or "Mr. Bluey's Dad". Bluey even asks for her parents' "non-mum/dad names" during 'The Show'.
  • The Un-Favorite: Bluey feels she is this in "Mini Bluey", but Bingo reassures her by saying they are equally as annoying.
  • Unicorn: The legend of the pure and good-hearted unicorn is completely thrown out the window when Unicorse makes his debut. He interrupts Chilli and Bluey's story time by demanding they read a book about unicorns, he spoils the ending of the storybook they decide to read instead, and he generally makes a ruckus.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Done twice by Bluey in her turn playing Santa in 'Verandah Santa'.
  • Unseen No More: Pat's wife, Janelle, finally makes an appearance in 'Pass the Parcel' after only being mention for two seasons.
  • Vanity License Plate:
    • Bandit's car has the number 419HLR (#419fff is the hex color code for his exact fur color so the plate basically reads "Blue Heeler").
    • In 'Dance Mode', Wendy's car is shown to have the number W3ND73 ("Wendy").
      • Both of these examples are accurate to real life, as Queensland standard number plates followed a 111AAA format when those episodes were made (other Australian states and territories are different). Personalised plates in Queensland cost around $500 dollars for a 3-Letter-3-Number combination, and several thousand for anything that deviates from it.
    • In 'Pizza Girls', Muffin's new toy electric car has the license plate MFN ("Muffin").
  • Victory Is Boring: After Bluey is unable to win a prize at the start of 'The Claw', Bandit tells her that it wouldn't be exciting if she won every time. He is proven right a little later, when Chilli pretends to be a claw machine and lets Bluey and Bingo win easily; the kids noticeably lose their enthusiasm after a single turn. Of course, the "fabulous prizes" consisting of stuffed animals they already own probably doesn't help matters.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: In 'Fancy Restaurant,' Chilli walks Bandit out into the back garden after he's eaten Bingo's "special," which made him visibly Green Around the Gills. Just as Bandit starts to heave, the screen cuts to credits.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Bingo is very astute for four years old. In 'Fruit Bat', she goes to the toilet before going to bed, despite not needing to, in order to prevent any accidental bed wetting during the nightnote . She also knows that bats sleep during the day, and are awake at night (though she does call them "Octurnal", rather than "Nocturnal").
  • You Don't Look Like You: In 'Curry Quest', Mackenzie's mum looks different from how she first appeared in 'Spy Game'. Not only is her fur a different shade of brown, but she lacks the patch of white fur on the left side of her face that she had before.
  • Zeroth Law Rebellion: In 'Daddy Robot', the kids order Daddy Robot (Bandit pretending to be a robot) to tidy up for them. Daddy Robot deduces that the kids are the cause of the mess, and tells them he will put them in the bin. Hilarity Ensues.


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Bingo goes feral

A downplayed example. Bingo has a thing whenever she puts on a animal-theme onesie, that cause her to be come whatever animal it is. As shown when she turns into a cheetah shortly after putting on her gift from Brandy.

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