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

Let's describe Bluey!


Bluey is an Australian animated series aimed at families, about a Blue Heeler puppy and her family. The titular Bluey is (in human terms) six 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.

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 much-anticipated second season of the series premiered in Australia in early 2020, with a third season currently in production. 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.


The series' immense popularity has led it to win a Logie (the Australian equivalent to an Emmy) for Outstanding Children's Program, and to also win an International Emmy itself.

Not to be confused with the 1970s Australian cop show of the same name, later given a Gag Dub called Bargearse on The Late Show (1992).

This show provides examples of:

  • 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.
  • Adult Fear: At the beginning of 'Daddy Putdown', Bandit playfully pretends to almost drop Bingo while carrying her in his arm. The third time around, he accidentally almost drops Bingo for real. After noting how close it was, he hastily adds "No more of that game".
  • 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.
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  • 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 somewhat, considering Bluey is only six years old.
  • 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".
  • 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 position).
    • 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.
  • 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.
    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' and 'Bingo'.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Rooms in the family's house are usually drawn wider than natural, to show two or three walls.
  • 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 Chili 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-Chili 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.
  • Bowdlerization:
    • In 'Markets', the scene of the horse (dressed as a unicorn) pooping in front of Bluey and her friend, and them reacting appropriately, was cut in US broadcasts.
    • The scene with Bingo's question to Bandit about "how babies get into a lady's belly" is cut from American airings of 'Daddy Putdown'.
    • Bluey says "That's a slug" in the international edit of 'Trains', instead of the original version's line; "It's a piece of poo".
    • In the CBeebies UK airing of '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.
  • 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 its 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'!
  • Broken Aesop: In 'The Claw':
    Bandit: This is great. They're learning a lesson and we get the house cleaned.
    Chilli: Neither of those things are happening.
  • Bumbling Dad: Strongly averted by Bandit, unlike many dads from other fellow kids shows. He isn't perfect but he gets deeply involved with the kids' games and has a strong and loving partnership with Chili. When Bandit does mess up, like in 'Pool' or 'Teasing', it's portrayed in a realistic manner, and the consequences are shown.
  • 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.
  • 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'.
    • 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'.
  • Catchphrase: 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.
  • 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.
  • Clean, Pretty Childbirth: Very much averted in 'Dad Baby.' Bandit's "delivery" of Bingo is painful, involves talk of going in "through the sunroof", and at one point features a shower of dim sims that are a very obvious stand-in for something else that sometimes happens during labor.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Bluey, Bingo and Bandit all have shades of this when playing their games.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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'. They wisely dummy up.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 frustation over how long it's taking for everyone to decide their jobs in the game.
  • 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.
  • 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' and 'Bingo' (even calling the show itself 'Bingo' in the latter example)
    • Rusty reads the title card in 'Mums and Dads'.
    • Jack reads the title card in 'Army'.
    • 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'.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 implies Bandit and Stripe drinking beer, and 'Stumpfest', which strongly implies Trixie and Chilli drinking spiked lemonade from how they react to the episode's events.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 a 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.
  • Gentle Giant: Bandit's role in 'Zoo', as a baboon who befriends Bingo's character.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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'.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In 'The Adventure', the Greedy Queen is defeating by having her own freezing wand turned against her.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Inventional Wisdom: Bluey's Chattermax toy is lacking an "off" switch.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: 'Flat Pack' features a nod to the fact that some real-life parents are taking advice from Bandit and Chilli:
    Chilli: The cartoon dog says to put some cardboard down underneath first.
    Bandit: I'm not taking advice from a cartoon dog.
  • 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.
  • Mr. 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.
  • Nature Tinkling: Known by the Heelers as a "bush wee," done in the wild while camping (in 'Camping') and behind some landscaping in 'Takeaway' when Bandit couldn't get Bingo to a bathroom in time.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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; 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.
  • 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 Up to Eleven when Bluey and Bingo try to get Bandit to play in 'Tickle Crabs'.
  • 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.
  • 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'.
  • Scenery Porn: The background animation is lush and detailed, showing off suburban Brisbane and the family's hilltop Queenslander home.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Deliberately invoked by Bluey and Bingo whenever they pretend to be grannies.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Bluey and her family are Australian cattle dogs. One of Bluey's toys is identified as a pademelon in 'Zoo'.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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, and Jack's family, the Russels.
  • Spiritual Successor: According to Word of God, 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.
  • 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.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Chilli hums the show's theme song at points during 'Work', 'Neighbors' and 'Hammerbarn'.
  • 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.
  • 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' or other outdoor wees.
  • 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'.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Done twice by Bluey in her turn playing Santa in 'Verandah Santa'.
  • Vanity License Plate:
    • Bandit's car has the number 419HLR (#419fff is the hex color code for "light blue," so the plate 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 night. She also knows that bats sleep during the day, and are awake at night (though she does call them "Octurnal", rather than "Nocturnal").
  • 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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