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An animated series, which debuted in 2005, about the adventures of 12-year-old Brady Plunkett, who lives in a world where monsters are commonplace and make popular household pets. Brady is the local monster expert in the town of Ravenville; whenever there's a monster problem, be it a rampaging dragon or just a yeti who keeps getting into people's garbage cans, he's the guy you want.

Brady often enlists help from his best friend, 12-year-old Virgil Arp, which Virgil isn't too happy about. Occasionally, he'll also call upon the services of their other friend, 13-year-old Ember Tombs, another monster-lover with a style of dress that suits her name well.

A recurring plot point is Brady's search for his own pet monster, who went missing after being chased off by townspeople.


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  • Adults Are Useless: Most adults have a close-minded attitude towards monsters, or are just plain incompetent when it comes to dealing with them.
  • Alliterative Title: Brady's Beasts
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Marvin and Gaye have pale purple skin, but they seem to be unique in this regard.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Arlene, Brady's older sister, is the stereotypical bratty teen girl, always talking on the phone and turning up her nose at her brother.
  • Butt-Monkey: Virgil tends to get the short end of the stick in monster encounters. It doesn't help that he's terrified of them.
  • Celibate Hero: Brady. In his words, "What 12-year-old needs a girlfriend when you can have a monster?"
  • Cool Pet: Monsters. Need we say more?
  • Cowardly Sidekick: Virgil is terrified of monsters, and will often try to run away from them.
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  • Creepy Twins: Marvin and Gaye, Brady's younger siblings. They never talk except for quiet giggling, and are uniquely purple-skinned.
  • Dark World: Crowtown appears to be this, but it's actually a mundane town that just happens to look like a darker, mirror-flipped version of Ravenville.
  • The Drag-Along: Virgil. Brady, for the most part, seems oblivious to his fear.
  • The Faceless: Brady's monster. Its face is always concealed by the hood of the cloak it wears.
  • Goth: Ember's appearance — she dresses in dark clothes, has pale skin and dark hair, and wears dark lipstick.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All the episodes are titled "How to..." followed by something related to the plot, except for the pilot, "How the monsters came to Ravenville".
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: Scene transitions include: bats flying across the screen, and a monster face opening its mouth.
  • Monster Mash: All kinds of Halloween-type monsters can be found around Ravenville, such as zombies, mummies, werewolves, and vampires.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Pretty much any kid who likes monsters technically qualifies as one of these. Ember is a more obvious example.
  • Opaque Lenses: Virgil's glasses have these.
  • The Scrooge: Brady's dad. His money-saving ideas tend to inconvenience the rest of the family.
  • The Voiceless: Marvin and Gaye, who seem to work on Twin Telepathy.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Most people have normal hair colors, but Brady's mom has purple hair, and the twins and Ember have darker shades thereof (though you could argue that Ember's is dyed).

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