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.
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 17, 2014. The show continued to air for over a year, after which it was pulled from the main network. Breadwinners moved to Nicktoons for its last eleven episodes, which finished airing on August 22, 2016.
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- 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.
- Abusive Parents: T-Midi's mother is constantly demanding and gives T-Midi strict rules.
- Action Girl: Almost every main female.
- Ketta is an ace mechanic and uses her smarts to save the day.
- Rambamboo is such a tough cop, even a monster is afraid of her.
- Jelly applies to this in "PB & J", she easily fights off a group of panda-like bears.
- Zoona and Roni are a little less of this than the other girls, but in their debut, they helped the Breadwinners fight off monsters.
- Actor Allusion:
- Affectionate Parody: "Bye Bye Booty" is probably one of the kids' books and TV Show "The Day My Butt Went Psycho" which features a character named Deuce.
- Agony of the Feet: In "Quazy for Vanessa" the duo accidentally drives over Oonski's foot, and then we get a shot of his boot ripped open and his foot turned purple.
- Aerith and Bob: Names of the characters: SwaySway, Buhdeuce, T-Midi, Rambamboo, and Jenny.
- 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.
- Affectionate Nickname:
- SwaySway calls Buhdeuce "Deucer".
- Bread Maker calls the Breadwinners nicknames like "ducklings" and "bro-chachos". He even has nicknames for his arch-rival Lava Mole such as "Mole-chacho" and "Lava Mole Amigo".
- SwaySway called Talonious Midi "T-Midi" when he first met him and the nickname stuck.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Jelly, the Breadwinners' pet frog, acts just like a dog.
- Alpha Bitch: Zoona and her sidekick Roni. Somewhat justified since they're influenced by their mean-spirited boss.
- Always Chaotic Evil: All monsters in Breadwinners will eat any smaller creature they see and even each other. SwaySway and Buhdeuce befriend a baby monster, but when he grows up he is rude, obnoxious, and breaks the law.
- Every mole portrayed in Breadwinners is a bully and they all hate the Bread Maker. They even hang out with the monsters.
- Always Someone Better: The Bread Maker is known as the greatest fighter in Pondgea. However, his brother Santa Crust is more skilled of a fighter than he is. Subverted because the Bread Maker humbly admits his brother is a better fighter before anyone knows it.
- In "Substitute Breadwinner", SwaySway considers himself the best breadwinner ever, but Ketta is proven to be a more competent Breadwinner than him. The only thing he can do better is his secret knock.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife/Amazing Technicolor Population: The Breadwinners are bright green and their rivals, the Pizzawinners have purple beaks and blue hair.
- There is a species called "Ponda Bears" which are basically little green pandas.
- Animate Inanimate Object: A portrait of T-Midi's mother.
- 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 Nick.com, 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 Leads to Leadership: 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.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: T-Midi is a jerk who acts like he hates SwaySway and Buhdeuce, but in "TNT-Midi", he cares about them. In "Bro's Night Out", "A Crustmas Story", "Birthday Bread" and "Slumber Party of Horror", he is shown to actually like hanging around them.
- Ax-Crazy: Oonski the Great.
- Badass Adorable: Jelly in "PB & J"
- Beach Episode: "Beach Day of Horror".
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Lampshaded/alluded to in "Love Loaf", where SwaySway and Buhdeuce disguise themselves as girl campers to infiltrate an all-girls camp in order to find Jenny Quackles. Their cover is blown when Buhdeuce farts, and one of the campers says that that could only come from a boy.
- 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!
- SwaySway will go on a torture spree if anyone hurts Buhdeuce.
- Between My Legs: A common occurrence, usually with the legs having unnecessary detail.
- Beware the Nice Ones: SwaySway is a nice and happy guy, but if anyone hurts Buhdeuce they will pay.
- Beware the Silly Ones: In "Poltergoose" the title character is annoying at worst but is generally friendly. But after SwaySway, Ketta, and Buhdeuce hurt his feelings, he tries to kill Ketta and comes really close to ending her life.
- Big Brother Instinct: SwaySway has a strong bond with Buhdeuce. In "Big Screen Buhdeuce" SwaySway finds out the movie crew is treating Buhdeuce horribly. So he tortured them with magic bread.
- Ketta acts like a big sister to SwaySway and Buhdeuce, she is always there to save them when a situation needs her smarts and she hugs them when they are okay. She also keeps them in line in "Viking Ducks" and "Don't Feed the Duckosaurs".
- Big Eater: Buhdeuce. He loves eating so much that when SwaySway and Buhdeuce switched bodies in 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.
- Black Comedy Rape: 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.
- Bring My Brown Pants: From "Rocket Trouble":SwaySway: I think...we're out of gas.
Buhdeuce: I think...I'm out of clean underwear.
- Catchphrase: 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!
Abso-hoot-ly! (most of the time followed by "not!")
- Pumpers:Boom yummy!
- Oonski:Eat! Beat! Steal!
- 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.
- In "Bye Bye Booty" Buhdeuce booty-kicks an innocent bunny for no reason.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The Lava Mole played a few large roles. He desperately wants to win against the Bread Maker. But since his last defeat in “Raging Mole” he was never seen again.
- Clones Are People, Too: Despite SwaySway telling Buhdeuce he's more important than the clones, the two let them live next door instead of killing them off.
- 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!"
- Cuteness Proximity: In "Food Fight Club", Buhdeuce has this reaction towards a baby duckling girl riding in a stroller (much to her annoyance), which causes the bread he was guarding to be stolen.
- Damsel in Distress: Jelly in "Tunnel of Fear" and "The Princess Frog Bride"
- 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 on the ship starts doing it, much to the captain's consternation.
- Depending on the Writer: SwaySway and Buhdeuce are either True Companions or With Friends Like These.... In one episode they will be risking their lives for each other while in others they don't care for each other's safety at all.
- Depraved Dentist: Mentioned and shown in "Tunnel of Fear", when Buhdeuce is trying to figure out what, if anything, SwaySway is afraid of. He asks if it's a "crazy dentist", causing one to briefly appear out of thin air.
- Distaff Counterpart: The Pizzawinners, Zoona & Roni, are this to the Breadwinners.
- Distressed Dude: SwaySway and Buhdeuce are the main heroes, but they often get into situations they can’t handle by themselves and have to be saved by another character.
- 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!
Buhdeuce: Do a barrel roll, man!
- Dubstep: Features a lot of this.
- Driven to Suicide: Buhdeuce lets a monster eat him because he thinks SwaySway doesn't love him anymore. When the latter apologizes, he tries to escape, implying he was really considering letting himself be digested.
- Easily Forgiven: The Breadwinners are forgiven for bringing a bread-craving zombie apocalypse. However, the Bread Maker does punish them by banning them from baking bread.
- 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.
- Steven Quackberg is a duck's perspective of Steven Spielberg.
- Ketta is very similar to Gadget Hackwrench from Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers; both characters are bubbly Wrench Wenches with reddish hair who sport headgear of some sort (Ketta's helmet and Gadget's goggles).
- Buhdeuce's personality, outfit, and relationship with his big brother figure are somewhat similar to Guapo from The Brothers Flub.
- Their personalities aren't similar, but Zoona's colors and voice being the same as Twilight Sparkle's is probably not a coincidence.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Oonski sings a Christmas carol about all the things he steals, but he refuses to steal six crying babies.
- 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.
- Near the end of "Flock Collecting", Buhdeuce high-fives the captain of the Rockulan ship in the eye.
- Facial Horror: In "Quazy for Vanessa" when SwaySway and Buhdeuce are flying away from Oonski, Buhdeuce's face gets ground against several buildings, leaving the left side of his skull exposed.
- Fake Boobs: 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".
- Fan Disservice: In "Shrunken Ducks" there's a lot of focus on Rambamboo's big butt, but she also has hairy legs and there are some close-ups of her scaly skin.
- Fantastic Racism: Captain Goosington, a goose, calls SwaySway and Buhdeuce "lower life forms".
- 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 is 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.
- Fiery Redhead: Chief Rambamboo is an extremely quick-tempered, aggressive Action Girl cop.
- 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.
- Funny Animal: The two main characters are ducks. Ketta's a swan that resembles the Breadwinners' design, T-Midi's an owl, and Mr. Pumper's a stork.
- Furry Confusion: SwaySway and Buhdeuce are anthropomorphic ducks who look more humanoid and think and talk while the rest of the ducks are photo-realistic and only quack. Some of them don't even wear clothes.
- To make it even more confusing one of the realistic ducks walks an even more realistic duck on a leash.
- Jelly is a frog who acts like a dog, while Rambamboo is a toad who is completely sentient.
- Furry Reminder: Sometimes SwaySway and Buhdeuce eat their food like real ducks would and quack.
- Rambamboo not only enjoys eating flies but she uses her tongue like a real toad would.
- Every time Ketta says something funny she says "honk!"
- Gasshole: Buhdeuce."Once the seal is broken, the fart gates cannot be closed."
- Genki Girl: Ketta is very bubbly and energetic.
- Genre Throwback: Stated to be a return to 90's Nicktoons like The Ren & Stimpy Show and Rocko's Modern Life.
- 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.
- Good Parents: SwaySway's Mom and Dad are affectionate towards their son, they teach him about responsibility, they believe in him despite his flaws, and they encourage him to find a best friend, leading him to meet Buhdeuce.
- Gratuitous Spanish: The Bread Maker says Spanish words or puns based on Spanish words.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: Happens often and usually involves things like mucus and other such wonderful things attached to this camera view.
- Green Is Gross: Farts are represented by a green gas cloud.
- "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 has 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.
- At the end of "Fowl Feud" after getting mad at each other and working by themselves to destroy their property, they're reunited after getting new add-ons from Ketta, their "party punches" destroy the add-ons, causing the two to get mad at each other again.
- 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.
- Implied Love Interest: Buhdeuce with Rambamboo and T-Midi with Mrs. Furfle.
- Inexplicably Tailless: Inverted. Jelly has a small tail despite being a frog. Played straight with SwaySway and Buhdeuce.
- 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.
- Iron Butt Monkey: SwaySway and Buhdeuce get hurt a lot, sometimes to the point of breaking their bones, but they end up okay in the next shot. This applies to almost every other character.
- 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, or 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.
- T-Midi who acts like a royal upper-class twit and more than willingly acts rude toward SwaySway 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.
- Jerkass Ball: Every once in a while, SwaySway and Buhdeuce can be pretty nasty to each other even though they are best friends.
- Karmic Misfire: In "Food Fight Club", T-Midi avoids being arrested for leading the titular club because SwaySway and Buhdeuce took control right before the police showed up, resulting in the latter two going to jail instead.
- 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.
- Throughout "Roboloafie", the titular peacekeeper arrests people for minor infractions and launches them out of his Arm Cannon into the prison until it's full to bursting. It explodes when the Breadwinners get him to arrest himself.
- 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 of 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!
- Man Hug: SwaySway and Buhdeuce often hug, which they call "Duck Hugs".
- 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 is synchronized to the beat of the background score.
- Mining for Cookies: The main characters deliver bread, which they get from mines deep in the planet of Pondgea.
- 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.
- Mouthy Bird: SwaySway and Buhdeuce have lip-like bills that make them look more like frogs.
- Never Say "Die": The most notable change between the original short and the Nick.com 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 that half the time the 'powers' either fail to solve their problem or only serve to make the situation worse.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If Steven Quackberg didn't get Rambamboo to help him get his film back, she wouldn't have found out SwaySway and Buhdeuce didn't have the right signatures and canceled the movie.
- 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 and Buhdeuce Bersukovich.
- Organ Autonomy: In many gags, Buhdeuce's body parts often have a mind of their own. His brain, belly, and even nipples are a few examples. In "Bye Bye Booty", Buhdeuce's butt is sentient and has a love-hate relationship with Buhdeuce.
- Our Monsters Are Different: All of the monsters have round bodies, big lips, small white horns, and three eyes.
- Pals with Jesus: The titular Breadwinners are friends with a 6,000-7,000-year-old man who creates all the bread they eat. The Breadmaker is also affectionate and protective towards them, calling them "his young ducklings".
- Phlebotinum-Induced Stupidity: In "Crumbskull" SwaySway Buhdeuce accidentally gives Ketta a type of bread that causes this.
- Physical Attribute Swap: "Switcheroo" has SwaySway and Buhdeuce 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.
- 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" is 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 destroys the cabinet in a rage.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: SwaySway is the Blue Oni to Buhdeuce's Red; the former is the relatively coolheaded leader while the latter is the more hotheaded, impulsive follower. It's even reflected in the colors of their uniforms.
- 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.
- Rise of Zitboy: In "Bad Zituation", SwaySway is dismayed when he gets a very prominent blemish on his face. Even when no one notices it, he still considers it bad enough to exile himself to Monster Island.
- 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.
- The Runaway: In "Buhdouble Trouble" Buhdeuce runs away from home because he thinks SwaySway doesn't love him anymore because he has about a hundred clones of him.
- 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.
- Scary Stinging Swarm: 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.
- 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.
- Shaking the Rump: SwaySway and Buhdeuce are very prone to doing this.
- The opening references the Memetic Mutation "Do a barrel roll" from Star Fox 64.
- References "867-5309/Jenny".
- SwaySway and Buhdeuce's "Level Up" transformations:
- At the beginning of "Stank Breath", you can see the skull of an Engineer with a Towering Pillar of Hats, a Mining Light, and a Texas Ten-Gallon and his goggles still on next to the Ark of the Covenant in the dirt above during the first few seconds ◊. Later on, there's one to The Lazer Collection when Buhdeuce uses his breath as a weapon against the monsters in the cave.
- In "Lil' Loafie", T-Midi locks Loafie in a chest that also looks like the Ark of the Covenant.
- In "Rocket Trouble" Ketta names the duo's robot duplicates Sway-3PO and B2-D2. The episode also has Sway-3PO saying "Get over here!" while forcefully grabbing the real SwaySway.
- The title card of "Lost at Pond" blatantly alludes to Jaws.
- In "From Bad to Nurse", when Buhdeuce is firing the Breadzooka around T-Midi's house, he briefly becomes Rambo.
- In "Birds of a Feather", the last Breadwinner candidate is named Doug and even wears the trademark green sweater vest and brown slacks.
- "Shrunken Ducks" features shrink and grow bread, with the latter being full of rather familiar mushrooms.
- "Flock Collecting" features the Rockulans, who are Star Trek parodies right down to their name.
- 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.
- Squish the Cheeks: SwaySway likes to do this to Buhdeuce.
- 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.
- Take That!: A hater of Breadwinners drew a picture of SwaySway and Buhdeuce's heads being mounted. Almost a year later, Breadfoot did the same to them.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Oonski the Great, a Viking beaver with No Indoor Voice or etiquette, whose catchphrase is "EAT! BEAT! STEAL!".
- Toilet Humour: 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.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Ketta loves rollerskating and can kick butt with her mechanics, but in "TNT-Midi", she had no complaints about having to wear a dress.
- Torso with a View: This 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.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Bread to the citizens of Pondgea, and the citizens for the three-eyed monsters.
- Vague Age:
- SwaySway has a job and license and lives alone with Buhdeuce, but in "Chest Hair Club" he is only just then confirmed to be a "man".
- It's harder to tell with Buhdeuce, he has a job, but in "Chest Hair Club" he is not allowed to see an adult-rated movie, he also has baby teeth in "Tooth Fairy Ducks"
- Jenny Quackles is seen riding a rocking duck in "Pondgea's Got Talent" and has a baby tooth in "Tooth Fairy Ducks", however, she is old enough to be married in "Unlucky Duckies".
- 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-girls summer camp.
- In "Wrath of the Pizza Lord" they dress as the Pizzawinners to help them do their jobs.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Depending on the episode, SwaySway and Buhdeuce sometimes argue a lot, but they deeply care for each other.
- 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 afterward.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Oonski is ruthless, steals from others, and beats them up. But in "A Crustmas Story" he refuses to kidnap six crying babies.
- 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.