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Breadwinners is an animated series on Nickelodeon that stars two anthropomorphic ducks named SwaySway and Buhdeuce as they deliver bread in their jet-powered Rocket Van on their home planet of Pondgea, created by former MAD writers Gary "Doodles" DiRaffale and Steve Borst. And is the 34th Nicktoon overall.

Yeah, it's that kind of show.

It was originally shown as a YouTube short before Nickelodeon remade it as part of its inaugural Animated Shorts Program, then picked it up for a 20-episode first season premiering on February 22nd, 2014, and it is the 34th series in the Nicktoons brand. On May 8th, 2014, the show was renewed for a second season. The last episode of the series was aired on August 22nd, 2016.

Thankfully has nothing to do with a novel about Afghanistan in the 1990s or its animated adaptation.


Get some Tropes up IN YO BEAK!:

  • Abnormal Ammo: In "Rocket Trouble" and "From Bad to Nurse" the Breadwinners get a bread cannon. Later in "Food Fight Club", Buhdeuce uses a bread-firing crossbow.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Agony of the Feet: In "Quazy for Vanessa" the duo accidentally drive over Oonski's foot, then we get a shot of his boot ripped open and his foot turned purple.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot:
    • In "Rocket Trouble", Ketta builds SwaySway and Buhdeuce two robot doubles that eventually declare them unnecessary.
    • In "Kettastrophe", Ketta upgrades the duo's toilet, and it somehow turns into a robot that tries to kill them.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Jelly, the Breadwinners' pet frog, acts just like a dog.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife/Amazing Technicolor Population: The Breadwinners are bright green and their rivals, the Pizzawinners are purple.
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  • Animate Inanimate Object: A portrait of T-Midi's mother. Her remains may live on in that painting.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "Birds of a Feather" Rambamboo charges Buhdeuce with speeding, not signaling, and because Jelly was slobbering in a no-slobbering zone.
  • Art Evolution: A remake of the original YouTube short was shown on, which features an 8-bit effect, more detail to the backgrounds, and improved voice acting.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Too much bread would kill a duck.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: After the boys receive the golden toaster from The Breadmaker, they continue to assault him with dumb questions.
    Buhdeuce: Uh, do you poop?
    The Breadmaker: YES! Everybody poops!
  • Ass Kicks You: "Buh-buh-buh Booty kick!"
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Buhdeuce becomes the leader of the biker duck gang by defeating their previous leader.
  • Ate the Spoon: In "Brocrastination" when SwaySway is trying to clean the duo's toxic pile of dirty dishes he scrubs it with a loofah, which the mass of bacteria around the dishes eats.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Giant monsters seem to be a common species on Pondgea, which cause all sorts of problems to our heroes and the rest of the population, even Oonski.
    • In the episode "Buhdeuce Goes Berserks", Buhdeuce goes berserk after getting one too many terrible haircuts and grows bigger and meaner every time he sees his horrible hair. He eventually grows so big that he stands slightly taller than the average building.
  • Ax-Crazy: Oonski the Great.
  • Beach Episode: "Beach Day of Horror".
  • Bee Afraid: The reason T-Midi refuses to let the Breadwinners into his party in "TNT-Midi" is that the last time they came, they brought honey bread that contained beehives full of live bees.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't mess with SwaySway's hat, or erase his high score on his Ducky Kong machine.
    • Don't give Buhdeuce a bad haircut.
    • Invoked in the episode "Viking Ducks" where SwaySway and Buhdeuce had to prove to Oonski that they could get really angry on a whim for their "Anger Management Training".
    Buhdeuce: How do I get mad at a guy who hasn't done anything wrong?
    SwaySway: Just... pretend he ate your last loaf of jelly-filled alfalfa bread.
    Buhdeuce: MY. LAST. LOAF?! (to Viking duck) YOU CROSSED THE LINE, BUDDY!
    SwaySway: Oh man. I hate being not nice.
    Buhdeuce: C'mon Sway, just pretend he smooched up Jenny Quackles.
    SwaySway: (to Viking duck) YOU. CROSSED. THE LINE, BUDDY!
  • Between My Legs: A common occurrence, usually with the legs having unnecessary detail.
  • Big Eater: Buhdeuce. He loves eating so much that when SwaySway and Buhdeuce switched bodies one episode, not only did Sway gain Buhdeuce's never-ending appetite, but it's apparently so strong that it was developing into a form of Horror Hunger due to Sway being unable to control it.
  • Big "NO!":
    • "Nooooooooooo! Anything but that!"
    • SwaySway's reaction in "Brocrastination" when he loses to Buhdeuce at an arcade game for dish-cleaning duty.
  • Catch-Phrase: The show has several of these, in a fashion not unlike Courage the Cowardly Dog where characters repeat their catchphrases with just about the same inflection every time. Ketta even lampshades this in "Oonski the Grateful", saying that the Breadwinners should be doing a job that doesn't involve "flying around shouting catchphrases all day". To go through the most common ones:
    • Buhdeuce:
    Bubble nuggets!
    Booty Kick!
    • SwaySway:
    My ducky-duck(s).
    Party Punch!
    YO-reka! (Eureka)
    • Ketta:
    • T-Midi:
    Abso-hoot-ly! (most of the time followed by "not!")
    • Pumpers:
    Boom yummy!
    • Oonski:
    Eat! Beat! Steal!
    Viking's honor!
  • The Chew Toy: T-Midi usually has to endure being beaten up (not on purpose) by the Breadwinners antics. Sometimes he brings it upon himself, however.
  • Cool Car: The Rocket Van.
  • Continuity Nod: In "Poltergoose", the ghost of the Breadwinners' dishwasher that ran off and fell from the Swamp Pad in "Brocrastination" appears in the Pondgea Triangle telling them "Still not doing the dishes, bros!"
  • Dance Sensation: When Buhdeuce goes Wild Child inside a cruise ship and starts thrashing a buffet, SwaySway covers for him by claiming that he's performing the latest dance craze. Soon, everyone in the ship starts doing it, much to the captain's consternation.
  • Distaff Counterpart: The Pizzawinners, Zoona and Roni, are this to the Breadwinners.
  • Do a Barrel Roll: SwaySway and Buhdeuce do this too much, to the point that is explicitly stated in the theme's lyrics.
    Buhdeuce: SwaySway!
    SwaySway: Buhdeuce!
    Buhdeuce: Do a barrel roll, man!
  • Dubstep: Features a lot of this.
  • Everybody Cries: In the episode "A Crustmas Story", SwaySway, Buhdeuce, T-Midi, Ketta, Oonski, and the Bread Maker turn their waterworks on when they think that Santa Crust will be unable to visit due to the blizzard.
  • Expy:
  • Eye Scream:
    • In "Thug Loaf" when SwaySway is fighting the leader of the biker ducks, he kicks himself in the eye.
    • In "Rocket Trouble" when SwaySway asks Buhdeuce what the #1 rule of being a Breadwinner is, the latter responds "Never eat your eyeballs?" as he's inexplicably eating his left eye, complete with a visible brain through the socket.
    • In "Oonski the Grateful" the two and Oonski manage to knock out two of the monster's eyes.
    • In "Night of the Living Bread" when SwaySway is fighting to stop Buhdeuce from eating a loaf of Irresistibly Craveable Bread, he tells Buhdeuce that they can't be friends if the latter is a zombie. Buhdeuce lets go of the bread and it gets lodged in SwaySway's left eye.
  • Facial Horror: In "Quazy for Vanessa" when SwaySway and Buhdeuce are flying away from Oonski, Buhdeuce's face gets grinded against several buildings, leaving the left side of his skull exposed.
  • Fan Disservice: In "Shrunken Ducks" there's a lot of focus on Rambamboo's big butt, but she also has hairy legs and there's some close-ups on her scaly skin.
  • Fat and Skinny: Combined with Big Guy, Little Guy since Buhdeuce's small-yet-round size is due to him being younger than the pencil-thin SwaySway, but he's still depicted as the strongest of the two. Routine-wise, the two switch roles often. In general, Buhdeuce will display moments of stupidity more often than Sway, who will usually try to correct and/or save Buhdeuce if the little guy's being particularly dumb. However, Sway's not immune to dumb moments himself and will sometimes hatch an unnecessarily "quazy" plan to solve something that could be resolved in a more simple and reasonable manner. Whenever SwaySway's gone crazy, Buhdeuce will almost always become more intelligent and act as a Straight Man that lampshades everything regarding Sway's plans while reluctantly going along with his buddy.
  • Food Eats You: The Emerald Loaf in "The Brave and the Mold", which SwaySway and Buhdeuce free to eat all the mold on the mine, turns on them and tries to eat them because they're green like mold.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: "Switcheroo" has an odd variant, in that SwaySway and Buhdeuce actually switch physical builds and the powers they grant, so SwaySway becomes short and Buhdeuce becomes tall, with a transformation sequence of their body parts changing length. SwaySway also becomes a Big Eater in this form.
  • Funny Animal: The two main characters are ducks. Ketta's a goose that resembles the Breadwinners' design, T-Midi's an owl, and Mr. Pumper's either another duck or some sort of seagull.
    • Which is strange considering that the most of the background ducks in Pondgea are photorealistic ducks.
  • Gasshole: Buhdeuce.
    "Once the seal is broken, the fart gates cannot be closed."
  • Genre Throwback: Stated to be a return to 90's Nicktoons like The Ren & Stimpy Show and Rocko's Modern Life.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • When The Breadmaker expands his chest to prove that "They are bigger or shorter than coconuts", they expand into a size and shape that looks suspiciously like a pair of boobs. It doesn't help that his nipples are showing, too.
    • In "From Bad to Nurse" Buhdeuce says that he's gonna pick on his tailfeathers, then he accidentally gropes SwaySway's ass. Cue Buhdeuce's relaxed expression.
    • SwaySway's girl disguise in "Love Loaf" features two tennis balls as a bra stuffer. One pops out. It happens again in "Wrath of the Pizza Lord".
    • In "From Bad to Nurse", Buhdeuce and SwaySway take care of T-Midi while he's hurt. As they put him in a bathtub (with the two of them in it), SwaySway says "We're just doing our duty." Then Buhdeuce says "Yeah, doing our doody in the bathtub!" and farts, causing a fat bread loaf to come out of the tub, resembling a turd.
    • At the end of "Love Loaf", when SwaySway tries to feed Jenny the titular loaf in her sleep at summer camp, it turns out to be three camp counselors who eat the bread, attack the Breadwinners, and start licking them. They escape in their underwear.
    • In "Birthday Bread", when SwaySway is offering Old Buhdeuce different types of bread to see which will he eat, he offers him a loaf of Rainbow Confetti Bread, which Old Buhdeuce claims is "too controversial."
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: In "Lost at Pond", the stranded Breadwinners go into "survival mode", acting like cavemen while they forage for food. As soon as a cruise ship arrives, SwaySway snaps out of it, but Buhdeuce doesn't and wreaks havoc inside the ship.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Ketta's robot doubles of SwaySway and Buhdeuce eventually try to replace them.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Happens often and usually involves things like mucus and other such wonderful things attached to this camera view.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: The plot of "Yeasterday" is about Buhdeuce using loaves of Yeasterday Bread to get do-overs on an otherwise terrible day to cheer up SwaySway. Unfortunately, Failure Is the Only Option because every time he tries to do everything right SwaySway gets maimed as opposed to just being sad, including getting crushed by a satellite shortly after waking up, so Buhdeuce tries to do everything how it goes in timeline A and inadvertently saves SwaySway from the pond monster that eats him in timeline B.
  • Here We Go Again!:
    • At the end of "Stank Breath" the duo have cured Buhdeuce's breath only for him to eat another bread that gives him horrible gas, which proceeds to form into a fist and punch SwaySway.
    • After learning their lesson about not putting off cleaning the dishes in "Brocrastination", Buhdeuce and SwaySway put off picking up the dishes after Jelly breaks them all.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: SwaySway and Buhdeuce.
  • Idiot Heroes: While both fit, Buhdeuce invokes the trope more often than not. Other times, SwaySway falls into this (usually during the times he gets a crazy idea) and Buhdeuce turns into an Only Sane Man if he's not going along with Sway's plans.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: The boys put off washing the dishes by playing a video game about cleaning dishes. Later, when they have to deal with a bacteria monster, they use the same skills they learned from the video game.
  • Inexplicably Tailless: Inverted. Jelly has a small tail despite being a frog.
  • Informed Species: SwaySway and Buhdeuce are ducks, but can easily be mistaken for some kind of amphibian.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: The photorealistic ducks can only quack, but all the cartoony, English-speaking ducks can understand them.
  • I Taste Delicious: To get rid of the Emerald Loaf that tries to eat them in "The Brave and the Mold", SwaySway and Buhdeuce trick it into eating itself, as it seems to feed on anything green.
  • It Came from the Fridge: In "Brocrastination" the guys haven't cleaned the dishes in one, two years tops, so long that the bacteria growing on them form a giant Blob Monster.
  • It's All About Me: Played for Laughs when Buhdeuce eats part of the Love Loaf and falls in love with himself.
  • Jenny's Number: The original short has Buhdeuce and SwaySway delivering toast to Jenny Quackles at 8675309 Webster Lane.
  • Jerkass:
    • T-Midi who acts like a royal upper class twit and more then willing act rude toward Sway-Sway and Buhduce.
    • Buhdeuce becomes one temporarily in "Love Loaf" after becoming self-obsessed due to the Love Loaf's effects.
  • Just Whistle: The Breadmaker gives SwaySway and Buhdeuce a magic toaster that they can use to summon him in an emergency.
  • Last of Their Kind: It's stated that SwaySway and Buhdeuce are the last Breadwinners on Pondgea.
  • The Last Straw: After getting fat on the Breadwinners and Pizzawinners' pizzas, all it takes is one slice of pepperoni to make the Pizza Lord explode.
  • Level Ate: The entirety of Pondgea is made of bread (though it doesn't look like it is). SwaySway and Buhdeuce mine it from inside the planet like mineral ore.
  • Love Potion: The Love Loaf. Anyone who eats it falls in love with the first person they see.
  • Lust Object: Jenny Quackles is little more than something to be lusted after.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: In "Crumbskull" when SwaySway and Buhdeuce destroy the meteor headed toward Pondgea in the process destroying the weapon they were riding, they sing an upbeat yet despairful song about them falling to their deaths.
    Now we're falling to our doom,
    To our doom, to our doom,
    We're gonna be goners,
    Gonna end up in a tomb!
  • The Mentor: The Breadmaker serves this to the duo.
  • Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Parody: One in "Night of the Living Bread", as you would expect from this show.
  • Mickey Mousing: The action in many scenes are synchronized to the beat of the background score.
  • Mirror-Cracking Ugly: In "Bad to the Duck Bone", when SwaySway first eats the Dark Rye, he looks at himself in a mirror and it cracks...then explodes.
  • Never Say "Die": The most notable change between the original short and the remake are some lines Buhdeuce says:
    (Original): Does this mean we're gonna crash and burn and die a fiery death?
    (Remake): Does this mean we're gonna crash and burn and end up roast meat?
    • Later:
    (Original): Yeah! And we didn't even die once!
    (Remake): Yeah! And we're even still alive still!
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Buhdeuce and SwaySway both have the ability to "Level Up" which usually means they get new outfits/powers for whatever they need to do. Played with in that half the time the 'powers' either fail to solve their problem or only serve to make the situation worse.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted, according to The Breadmaker after Buhdeuce asks him if he poops.
  • No Indoor Voice: 75% of the character's dialogue is either screaming or yelling.
  • Not Hyperbole: In "Buhdeuce Goes Berserks", Buhdeuce states that he's so angry he can take a bite out of a building, then rips a building out of the ground and eats the entire thing.
  • Not So Stoic: The Breadmaker, who's usually cool and collected, breaks down when trying to cure the zombie outbreak in "Night of the Living Bread". Apparently he's not great under pressure.
  • Nurse with Good Intentions: SwaySway and Buhdeuce in "From Bad to Nurse", in trying to help T-Midi after they end up seriously injuring him. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Ocular Gushers: SwaySway and Buhdeuce in "Adventures in Big Baby Bun Sitting" when Trippa-B gets arrested.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: In "Crumbskull" when the Rocket Van is falling out of the sky:
    Ketta: "Well, looks like the guys are plummeting to their doom...again."
  • Only One Name: Everyone except for T-Midi.
  • Phlebotinum-Induced Stupidity: In "Crumbskull" SwaySway and Buhdeuce accidentally give Ketta a type of bread that causes this.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up:
    • In "Adventures in Big Baby Bun Sitting", Big Baby Buns ages into a teenager almost immediately after he's left in the Breadwinners' care and rechristens himself Trippa-B. By the end of the episode, he's now a young adult and rechristens himself Big Bartholomew Buns.
    • A more comedic example in "Birthday Bread" when Buhdeuce eats the entire loaf of the eponymous bread and becomes an old man. SwaySway takes him to the Fountain of Yeast to regain his youth, but he stays in too long and becomes a baby, meaning SwaySway now has to get him another loaf of Birthday Bread.
  • Rage Breaking Point: In "Kettastrophe", what finally causes SwaySway to get fed up with Ketta upgrading everything in the Swamp Pad is hearing that she deleted the high scores on his arcade game, which took ten years for him to build. He proceeds to hulk out and destroy the cabinet in a rage.
  • Remembered I Could Fly: When the Rocket Van crashes into the ocean in "Lost at Pond", the boys think they're going to drown, but then remember that they're ducks and thus know how to swim.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Jelly, the Breadwinners' pet frog, who happens to act like a dog.
  • Robinsonade: "Lost at Pond", where the Rocket Van runs out of gas in the middle of the ocean-sized pond that covers much of Pondgea.
  • Robot Me: In "Rocket Trouble" Ketta makes robots of SwaySway and Buhdeuce to help them.
  • Rocket Punch: For some reason, Party Punch is usually depicted with the hands of the Party Punchers flying off their wrists.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: In "Rocket Trouble", when SwaySway, Buhdeuce and their robot counterparts are falling from space back to Pondgea, the latter yell "Frightened scream!"
  • Scaled Up: In "Back to the Duck Bone", when SwaySway is under the influence of Dark Rye, he dubs himself SnakeSnake. When he later eats nine loaves of Dark Rye at once, this trope ensues.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In "Brocrastination", SwaySway and Buhdeuce's pile of dirty dishes is so offensive that their dishwasher comes to life and runs away.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shown Their Work: It's minor, but the Barrel Roll they do in the opening actually looks like a Barrel Roll.
  • Stealth Pun: SwaySway and Buhdeuce mine bread out of the planet's crust.
  • Stock Footage: The "Level-Up" sequences, some of the Rocket Van take-offs, and Ketta's "fixify" mode all reuse the same animations, though they still retain subtle/appropriate differences every time they happen.
  • Stylistic Suck: The animation is choppy, but that's because it's supposed to reflect the feel of old-school video games. It also makes the non-choppy animation more noticeable when it happens.
  • Take a Third Option: In "Lil' Loafie", when the Breadwinners are fighting with T-Midi over custody of Lil' Loafie and SwaySway eats T-Midi's receipt, Rambamboo figures that the decision should be Lil' Loafie's. As an inanimate object, he falls over and "picks" her.
  • Torso with a View: Happens to Buhdeuce in "Wolf Head Bread" when T-Midi's loaf of Laser Eye Rye shoots a laser through him.
  • Totally Radical: The show's dialogue (or at least SwaySway and Buhdeuce's dialogue) consists of a lot of slang and modern (for The New '10s) lingo. As RebelTaxi put it, it's like "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", only not a joke.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Bread to the citizens of Pondgea, and the citizens for the three-eyed monsters.
  • Verbal Tic: Buhdeuce's "Yep! Yep!", among other things. Roni says "Yeah! Yeah!" instead.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Buhdeuce and SwaySway "level up" into girl disguises in order to sneak into an all-girl's summer camp.
    • In "Wrath of the Pizza Lord", they dress as the Pizzawinners to help them do their jobs.
  • World of Ham: With all that shouting, how can it not?
  • World of Pun: Expect to hear bread puns all the time while watching this show.
  • Wrench Wench: Ketta, the Breadwinners' mechanic and Gadgeteer Genius.
  • You Mean "Xmas": Crustmas.
  • Your Head Asplode: A Running Gag that usually happens to Buhdeuce, signifying his "mind being blown", complete with pixelated explosions. He always regains his head afterwards.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: "Night of the Living Bread", where a really, really tasty type of bread created by the Breadwinners somehow turns the entire population into bread-craving zombies.

Luh-luh-luh-LIFE RUIN!