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"I'm a Kennedy. I'm not accustomed to tragedy!"

"If there's one thing Mahatma Gandhi stands for, it's revenge!"

Clone High (2002–2003) is an animated MTV show parodying the Teen Drama, especially the Very Special Episode. (The American broadcast added "U.S.A." to the title.) It was created by Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Bill Lawrence.

The plot is pretty straightforward, being outlined at the beginning of every episode by the Expository Theme Tune. Way, way back in the 1980s, secret government employees dug up famous guys and ladies and made amusing genetic copies. Now the clones are sexy teens, now. They're gonna make it if they try. Loving, learning, sharing, judging. Time to laugh and shiver and cry. A time to watch Clone High.

A Myth Arc is implied, wherein the Secret Board of Shadowy Figures that created the clones check up on the progress toward conditioning them into a super-strong and super-intelligent army. However, little progress is ever made in that, or in Principal Scudworth's plan of creating a clone-based amusement park called "Cloney Island", as the series was canceled in the US after less than a season. The rest of the season aired in Canada (home of the series' lead animation studio), and the out-of-print DVD was only released in the Canadian market.


The large list of historical figure clones includes:

A lot of the humor comes from off-hand or irreverent historical references (like the scene where the clone of Buddy Holly invites Abe to ride on a broken-down plane along with Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Jim Croce, Stevie Ray Vaughan and half of Lynyrd Skynyrd... all of whom had their real life counterparts die in plane crashes).

In 2016, shortly after the launch of MTV Classic, MTV finally began airing the complete series for the channels first few months.

Now with a recap page!

You can also vote for your favorite episode HERE!


As a show with a premise based on parody, it mocks quite a few tropes:

  • Adults Dressed as Children: Scudworth & Butlertron in the pilot
    Scudworth: Raise the roof! RAISE IT!
    Butlertron: Where are my bitches?
  • Affably Evil: The Board of Shadowy Figures, particularly its leader (voiced by co-creator Bill Lawrence). He always speaks in a calm voice when talking to Scudworth and retains a dry sense of humor throughout the dinner in episode 4. This still does not eclipse the fact that he strongly considers killing Scudworth and maintaining strong control over the clones, whom he regards as little more than objects, rather than humans, to serve as a super army for future purposes. In spite of this, he and the other members try their best to assure the clones can live in a peaceful environment and have as normal a teenage life as possible.
  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: "The Pusher," who deals... raisins.
    Abe: Hm. I don't really feel anything... Well, I have a strong constitution, so I don't reallyI CAN TASTE THE SUN!!!
  • Alcoholic Parent: Cleo's foster mom.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Cleo, only Cleo. Cleo Cleo Cleo Cleo Cleo.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Especially in the finale.
  • Ambiguously Bi: After JFK's initial worries, he adapts to the prospect of being gay pretty quickly. Cleo, too, doesn't seem too put out about almost having sex with Joan.
  • American Accents: JFK's accent alternately sounds either Kennedese or New Yorker.
  • And Another Thing...: JFK in the pilot, as a variant on his trademark explaining the joke.
  • Animal Athlete Loophole: Lincoln directs a film called It Takes a Hero, using Loophole Abuse to say that "Ain't no rule that says a giraffe can't play football."
    • Inverted for the purpose of a You Go, Girl! moment by Clone High's actual sports team, which explicitly prohibits "girls and animals" from playing on the team (considering it's supposed to be boys' basketball). A lot of those players have fine moustaches...
  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: JFK does the 1-person variant a lot.
    • The penultimate episode has this right before its many makeover montages.
      Cleo: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
      Joan (tired) / Cleo (excited): Suicide! / Makeover!
    • Also Mr. Butlertron has been programmed to be pondering what Scudworth is pondering.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Gandhi and Tom Green, the latter to more of an extreme than Gandhi. Tom's speech about ADD is ultimately derailed by a plastic bag.
    "Wanna go shave a dog?"
  • Attack of the Political Ad: When Abe and JFK are running for student body president, JFK puts out an attack ad against Abe. First the ad claims Abe is a liar because his answer to what his age is was different to what it was a year before and then footage of Abe eating spaghetti is very poorly edited to make it look like he's eating a baby.
  • A Very Special Episode: Every single one.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Joan of Arc. Even in the winter.
  • Back for the Finale: All the celebrity guests that appeared throughout the series reappear in the finale. It's implied that they were somehow involved with the Board Of Shadowy Figures and their ultimate plan for the clones. What that plan was, we will probably never know...
  • Be a Whore to Get Your Man: Mocked in the finale, along with Unnecessary Makeover.
  • Beautiful All Along: Joan.
  • Beta Couple: Gandhi and Marie Curie near the end of the show.
  • Betty and Veronica: Joan (Betty) and Cleo (Veronica) for Abe (Archie), in one of the most obvious and evident parodies of this classic Love Triangle. JFK takes the role of Reggie.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Abe and Joan confess their love the minute they get frozen along with everyone else. But then Scudworth does include the Board of Shadowy Figures who were going to use them as super soldiers.
  • Black Comedy: Much of the show's humor comes from its facetious treatment of issues usually presented seriously on teen dramas (e.g. drug abuse, discrimination, death). Not to mention the gore.
  • Bland-Name Product (possibly Mr. Alt Disney): The "Unspecified Rodent-Themed Amusement Park", where Abe goes to visit the animatronic Lincoln in order to gain some advice.
  • Blind Seer: Parodied with Toots, who thinks he's perceptive and insightful despite his blindness.
    • Sometimes he shows surprisingly clear insight, but most of the time he stumbles around like Mr. Magoo.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: The (more or less, see Cut Short) resolution of the series Love Triangle, with Abe realizing he has feelings for Joan (and the other way around) only to discover she and JFK in bed together, just as the freezer is turned on.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Quite frequently. Between Geshi chewing animal faces and the invention of the Knork (knife + fork), several episodes turn into bloodbaths at the drop of a hat.
  • Body Horror: Some clones such as Marie Curie didnt quite get through the cloning process properly. Also, Gandhi's increasingly disturbing appearance during "Election Bluu-galoo", from consuming Xtreme Blu, which is really just pancake batter and blue house paint.
    • Geshi, the GESH High mascot, was genetically engineered with a zipper to resemble a mascot costume more. If someone pulls on the zipper, all his organs fall out.
    • The creepy talking horse fetus Nostradamus uses to ask girls out on prom dates.
  • Bow Chicka Wow Wow: One On the Next clip showed Joan and Cleo fighting and the narrator saying this.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Abe passes by a store selling stoves, pipes, and stovepipe hats (famously worn by the real Abraham Lincoln).
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The Narrator enjoys doing this a lot.
  • Bus Full of Innocents: To up the ante, it's a Bus Full Of Pandas.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: "John D'Arc", to Abe:
    "Forget Cleo! She's a skanky ho. You should date... Joan of Arc!"
  • The Casanova: JFK. Though the Ho Yay may make it Anything That Moves...
  • Came Back Wrong: Severe radiation poisoning caused the clone of Marie Curie to come back horribly disfigured.
  • Catchphrase: Toots: "Now I may be blind..."
    • Abe: "Dinger!"
  • Chekhov's Gun: When Joan hears the Voice Of God in The Last D Is For Disorder, it turns out it's actually broadcasts from a Christian radio station she's been picking up with her retainer that Gandhi dented earlier in the episode.
  • Clone Jesus: Though this version is a hispanic carpenting major who pronounces his name Jesús.
  • Cloning Blues: Several of the clones have adopted wildly different personalities than their clone parent because the pressure to live up to them [or more accurately, The Theme Park Version of them] caused minor breakdowns
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: Mr. Butlertron was originally named Mr. Belvetron, but they couldn't secure the rights. He still calls everyone Wesley, though.
  • Colon Cancer: Every episode title has a colon, leading up to "Changes: The Big Prom: The Sex Romp: The Season Finale."
  • Conspicuous CG: Used intentionally during an over-the-top in-show ad.
  • Continuity Nod: When JFK summons woodland creatures to help clean up litter in "Litter Kills Literally", Geshi from "A Shot In the D'Arc" is among the animals that show up. Geshi is also seen hiding in the rafters during a "blink and you'll miss it" moment in the finale.
    • In the finale, Skunky Poo and Crabby Cakes from "Plane Crazy" appears in a crowd scene.
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: In the first episode, when Abe admits to the cop that he distributed non-alcoholic beer, the cop coughs while saying "Loser!"
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Twice in "Raisin The Stakes", to parody Jesus Christ Superstar.
  • Cue O'Clock: Cleo's "Sex O'Clock". She reiterates it just to make sure Abe didn't mishear it as "6 O'Clock"
  • Cut Short: Aside from and due to MTV bailing out mid-season, the finale (of the season and the series), in which the Secret Board, having been officially told of Scudworth's plans, attempt to take back the clones at the Winter Prom, leading to the Locked in a Freezer ending was a Cliffhanger.
  • Dead All Along: Parodied with the trucker in episode 5.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Joan, as per the goth stereotype.
  • Death Course: Abe did this for a publicity stunt in episode two.
  • Death by Irony: Ponce, who was pro-littering, is killed by stray litter cutting him and suffocating him.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Larry Hardcore - "I was into everything: weed, grass, ganja, reefer, marijuana, mary jane, I did it all. I even smoked pot once."
    • Later in the same episode: Julius Caesar-"Smoking raising is like LSD...On acid!"
    • Also, the full name of the school is "Clone High High School".
  • Don't Explain the Joke: JFK. Constantly.
    • And by "What I Mean", I mean SEXUAL REFERENCE!
      JFK: Hey, let's all go swimming... in my pool! And by pool, I mean bathtub... and by swimming, I mean SEX!
    • Other characters are often guilty of this too.
      Cleo: Abe, it's sex o'clock. It may have sounded like I said the number six but instead I substituted the more suggestive word... sex!
  • Dope Slap: Gandhi gives Abe one in the last episode of the season/series when Abe asks him if Joan would return any feelings Abe might have for her.
  • Do They Know It's Christmas Time?: Spoofed with Snowflake Day:
    • "She's lost her Snowflake Day spirit. Sure as shootin', she's lost it."
  • High-School Sweethearts: Parodied.
  • Historical Hilarity
    • What's that on the roof of The Grassy Knoll? Oh look, it's the reconstruction of John F. Kennedy's assassination.
      • Which seems to be a theme of the restaurant, considering what's inside. When Abe can't figure out what would stop him from wanting to be President, perfectly framed in the shot is a painting depicting a highly exaggerated version of Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
    • Before dying, Poncey discusses mortality with JFK, remarking that there is no real Fountain of Youth. The real Ponce de Leon was a Spanish explorer. Guess what he was searching for.
    • Cleopatra's oral fixation in the show mirrors the same some historians claim of her.
    • When all basketball players with fake mustaches are ordered off the court, one of the players seen leaving is Groucho Marx.
  • Hidden Depths: The troglodyte clone of Genghis Khan who can barely walk upright turns out to have an amazing singing voice when he sings Schubert's Ave Maria at Ponce's funeral.
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!: Raisins.
    • And even more ludicrous (if that's possible): Sleep deprivation
  • I Have No Son!: Gandhi's stereotypically Jewish foster dad says this after Gandhi says he wants to be a trucker.
  • I Like My X Like I Like My Y: Gandhi likes his humping like he likes his martinis: dry.
  • I'm Standing Right Here:
    Scudworth: Little do they know I have my own plans for these clones. Plans that don't include these shadowy figures at all. Hehehehehehe...
    Shadowy Figure Guy: You're talking in a normal, indoor speaking voice.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: The guest stars who don't play themselves usually wind up as this (such as Jack Black's character). Joan lampshades this with Mandy Moore's character by constantly asking her if she is really Mandy Moore, although it seems to be purposely inconsistent whether the character is supposed to be Mandy Moore having randomly become a hobo, or a hobo who just is identical to Mandy Moore.
    • The credits lampshade this, by giving Mandy Moore a special guest credit as "herself?"
  • Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: With the insignia on Abe's basketball jacket.
  • Insistent Terminology: Ashley Parker Angel From O-Town.
  • Ironic Echo: JFK during a road race against Abe. His convenient forgetfulness of his family's bad karma finally bites him.
    • Abe mentioning that he's afraid of running for student body president somehow.note 
  • Larynx Dissonance: Joan of Arc John D'Arc.
  • Literal-Minded / Rhetorical Question Blunder:
    Mr. Butlertron: What would the real Joan of Arc have done?
    Joan: She would have listened to her heart. And then she would've gotten burned at the stake. [nervous laugh] But what are the odds of that happening again?
    Mr. Butlertron: 38%.
  • Local Hangout: The Grassy Knoll.
  • Locked in a Freezer: With literally everyone who had appeared beforehand (except Scudworth and Butlertron) in the Season Finale. Although it's not quite an example of this trope...
  • Logic Bomb: Parodied and averted in one fell swoop by Mr. Butlertron on Scangrade
    Butlertron: Before you kill me, I have one request: can you answer a multiple choice question?
    Scangrade: I'm Scangrade. I grade tests for a living. Ask me your question!
    Butlertron: Are you a) handsome, b) smart, c) scrap metal, or d) all of the above?
    Scangrade: That's easy. I'm a) and b), but not c), so I can't be all of the above. can't fill in two ovals! NOOOOO! (explodes)
    Butlertron: The answer was c). You f***wad.
  • Long-Lost Uncle Aesop: Ponce de Leon.
  • Loophole Abuse: Subverted with the rule that "no girls or animals can play on the boys teams".
    • Exaggerated with Abe's film: "There's nothing in the rules that says a giraffe can't play football."
  • Love Triangle: Joan/Abe/Cleo and Abe/Cleo/JFK. The end of the show hinted at the beginning of an Abe/Joan/JFK triangle but of course it was canceled before we could find out.
  • Madonna–Whore Complex: Joan and Cleo.
  • Make-Out Point: "Teen Sex Cove"
  • The Makeover: Parodied to hell and back; see Unnecessary Makeover below
  • Manly Gay: One of JFK's fathers certainly qualifies.
  • Makeover Montage: Spoofed, combined with Unnecessary Makeover
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Abe is the king of this trope, unfortunately for Joan.
  • Mirror Monologue: JFK in the penultimate episode
    • Spoofed often by JFK, as they tend to devolve into Mirror Arguments.
  • Mixed Metaphor: A staple of Abe's speeches.
    Abe: You sold us all a bill of goods, and those goods turned out to be bad. Then you sold me up the river.
    Joan: That may be, but I sent you up that river with my heart as a paddle!
    Abe: But you took that paddle and smacked me in the face, and I wear my heart on my sleeve, so when I wiped my face, I got heart all over it.
  • Mr. Exposition: Lampshaded relentlessly in episode 6.
  • Mushroom Samba: When Gandhi smokes raisins in "Raisin the Stakes," he hallucinates some... strange things.
  • Musical Episode: Raisin the Stakes: A Rock Opera in Three Acts.
  • My Eyes Are Leaking: Parodied. When JFK (seeking guidance) cries in front of Principal Scudworth, Scudworth shrieks and exclaims "Is that water leaking out of your face!?" Could be considered an inversion as well, since Scudworth is the only (naturally born) human among the main characters.
  • NameTron: Mr. Butlertron.
    • Scangrade was originally going to be called Scantron, but the name was copyrighted.
  • Nature Vs Nurture: A continuous theme is how many of the clones deal with the pressure of living up to, or trying to distance themselves away from, their historical parents.
  • No Dress Code: Cleopatra wears a shirt with deep cleavage and a micromini. Also, Joan of Arc has a belly revealing shirt on.
  • No Swastikas: Of course, Played for Laughs. The insignia of Clone High's rival school, Genetically Engineered Students High (GESH), is a parody of the Nazi insignia with a G in the place of the swastika. Nowadays this symbol, thanks to imageboards, is more closely related with Grammar Nazi...
    • Also, if you look closely, you can see that Hitler's clone has a peace sign on his armband.
  • Not-So-Innocent Whistle: Gandhi, after releasing Geshi into the wild.
    • Also lampshaded in "A.D.D.: The Last 'D' is for Disorder":
      Mr. Sheepman: Your innocent whistling doesn't fool me. I'm 70 percent sure that farting noise came from you.
  • Oblivious to Love: Abe to Cleo, Joan to Abe.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: The second episode is titled Episode 2: Election Blu-Galoo.
  • Once per Episode
    • "Tonight, on a very special Clone High..."
    • A dolphin is either heard or seen.
  • Opening Narration: "Tonight, on a very special Clone High..."
  • Overly Long Gag: JFK does this occasionally, usually overlapped with Don't Explain the Joke. For example:
    JFK: [about a party] I'll see you there. And by will, I mean won't! HAHAHA!
    [comes back]
    JFK: Because you're not invited. I, er, uh, wasn't sure if I was clear about that earlier. So, you're not. Invited, that is.
    [comes back]
    [comes back]
    JFK: Forgot to wash my hands...
  • Pals with Jesús Christo: The clones of Jesus and apparently the Buddha attend attend the same classes as everyone else.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: "John D'Arc" is Joan of Arc, but with the addition of a white tee shirt, backwards cap, and impressive handlebar mustache. Absolutely everyone is fooled.
  • Pet Baby Wild Animal: Parodied by Gandhi with Geshi.
  • [Popular Saying], But...: When life gives you lemons, you CLONE those lemons and make SUPER LEMONS!
  • Prison Rape: Subverted, the "initiation" the other prisoners were planning for Gandhi in the showers was just a celebratory toss into the air.
  • Product Placement: Parodied three times in the space of five minutes in episode 2.
  • Putting on the Reich: GESH
  • Race for Your Love: Parodied to the point of Running Gag in one episode.
  • Rasputinian Death: Ponce de Leon's death.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Vice Principal Mr Butlertron, who is much beloved by the students and often listens to their problems and offers advice. Compare to the deranged, childish Scudworth and the cold, manipulative Board of Shadowy Figures.
  • Rearrange the Song: A somber version of the theme for "Litter Kills"
    • And one for "Snowflake Day", with Christmas bells.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The segments of Plane Crazy with Principal Scudworth and Skunky-Poo, whose interactions are almost as violent as Itchy and Scratchy, and a fair bit more profane (Skunky-Poo's catchphrase is "try and catch me, bitch!").
  • Remember the New Guy?: Poncey in "Litter Kills: Literally", had apparently been JFK's best friend and a beloved person, to the rest of the main cast, and was treated like he'd always been there, since the beginning.
    Julius: Oh, Poncey, you are a regular character.
  • Retroactive Wish: Lampshaded, and then it works
  • Rhyming with Itself: Parodied with the whole "G-Spot rocks the G-Spot!" thing.
  • Rock Bottom: Lampshaded, subverted, combined with Retroactive Wish.
  • Rock Opera: The episode "Raisin the Stakes: A Rock Opera in Three Acts".
  • Salt and Pepper: Parodied with Gandhi's film, Black and Tan.
  • Say My Name: See the article.
  • School for Scheming: Parodied.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Spoofed repeatedly, mostly with Joan, in "Makeover, Makeover, Makeover: The Makeover Episode"
  • Shout-Out:
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Abe's preference for women is summed up in episode 1: Cleo. Only Cleo.
    • Subverted in the end though, when he suddenly realized that he's in love with Joan.
  • Six Student Clique: Minus the sixth student but they fulfill these roles as well as the Five-Man Band. Both Cleo and Joan could count as the Wild One.
    • The Head: Abe
    • The Muscle: JFK
    • The Quirk: Gandhi
    • The Pretty One: Cleo
    • The Smart One: Joan
  • Sleeps with Everyone but You: Even after they become a couple, Abe never actually sleeps with Cleo. Cleo actually tries harder to sleep with Joan (as John D'arc) than she does with Abe, and has no qualms about listing the various guys she's had at least some sexual contact with right to his face.
    Cleo: Look, Abe... I'd like nothing more than to let you feel me up like you were my dentist... But I care too much about our future together.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Scudworth and all 5 of the clones valiantly try to reach their goals all throughout the series. JFK and Cleo seem to have it made the best, more than most typical 16-year-olds. By the show's end, the angst and lust soon frustrates all of the teenaged characters and the circumstances do not permit them to be resolved. As for Scudworth, his plans to build a theme park island filled with the clones has been "put on ice" so to speak.
  • Special Guest: Ranging from Tom Green to Marilyn Manson to, of course, STAMOS himself.
  • Subliminal Seduction: "Raisin the Stakes" is full of blink-and-you'll-miss-it messages, including:
    • As Scudworth gets up to talk at the PTA, a picture flashes on screen with the words, "Scudworth is your favorite character!"
    • At one point JFK falls through the roof and gurgles incoherently on the ground. Played backwards, the gibberish turns out to be a message urging viewers to nominate Clone High for an Emmy. It can be listened to here.
    • At the very end of the episode, the words "FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RAISINS CONSULT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY" flash on screen.
    • More are mentioned here.
  • Subverted Trope:
    • Single-Target Sexuality: For most of the show's short run, Abe is only in love with Cleo and doesn't even notice that Joan is in love with him. But in the end, Abe has the sudden epiphany that he's in love with Joan.
    • Whoopi Epiphany Speech: Toots, the blind Jazz player, starts a speech that sounds like it'll be the voice of reason in troubled times, but instead decides to let everyone get on with their angry mob.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: JFK and Cleo, towards "John D'Arc".
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: With a disguise consisting entirely of a fake handlebar mustache. A similar disguise is also used successfully by a dolphin.
  • Talking to Themself: JFK, after making fun of Gandhi, starts arguing with his own reflection (and losing badly) and ends up betting to his reflection that he can turn Gandhi into a ladies man of his own caliber.
  • Tempting Fate: Many times. Conversed and Inverted in episode 2. Also subverted once: "Don't worry about the storm. I built this house like Noah built his ark. Yep, this house is flood-proof!" Cue lightning strike, setting house on fire.
  • The Exit Is That Way: Abe, walking off a pier.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: JFK while making Gandhi over.
  • The Khan: "STAMOS!"
  • The Power of Love: Used in the musical episode to try and break down the giant fence their parents are building. Though Cleo points out "Love is just an abstract concept, it can't break down stuff!"
  • There Is a God!: Joan Of Arc had been trying to stop her film (which contained a declaration of her love for Abe) from being played at the school film festival. When the projection booth catches fire and Edison announces all the films got destroyed, she proclaims there is a God. She then takes it back when Edison announces that Joan's film had not only survived, but had been expanded somehow and was now in widescreen. Fortunately, her work was so abstract that no one suspected it was Joan's love letter to for Sigmund Freud.
  • Thick-Line Animation: It's often been miscredited to Dave Wasson, the creator of Time Squad. Though in a roundabout way, this makes sense: Wasson did do the character designs, but didn't receive credit.
  • Thing-O-Meter: The official voting system for Clone High's student council elections is an applause-o-meter. This is how a dog became student council president.
  • This Is My Side: Done horizontally ("Bunk beds, Abe!") for the sole point of creating a hilariously tortured reference to the American Civil War and Reconstruction.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: Mocked extensively with Ponce de Leon, so much, in fact, that this doesn't even need to have a spoiler tag.
    Julius Caesar: Oh Ponce, you are a regular character!
    • "Tonight, on a very special Clone High, one of the clones you've grown to love will be horribly killed! This is not some cheap-ass stunt where we lamely introduce a new character just to kill him off! A Clone dies tonight!" As the Narrator talks, the camera cuts to each cast member, but Ponce is cut to more and more often as the speech goes on.
    • Extra points for bending over backwards to be the most Very Special Episode on a show parodying those.
  • Totally Radical: The entire marketing and basic concept behind Xtreme Blu from Episode 2.
  • Totem Pole Trench: Napoleon and Taft in "A Shot in D'Arc".
  • Trauma Swing: Joan in the first episode.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-universe example. Joan tells Abe she loves him by making a highly symbolic and nonsensical movie. Only Sigmund Freud gets the message.
  • Truth in Television: While sleep deprivation is played for laughs (see G-Rated Drug), anyone who's actually had sleep-related problems such as insomnia or apnea will tell you it's actually a pretty serious problem.
  • Unknown Rival: Principal Scudworth, to STAMOS!
  • Unusual Euphemism: "DINGER!"
  • Verbal Tic: Mr. B tends to draw out the last word he says in a long mechanical droooooooooo-oooooooone. Also, his habit of calling everyone "Wesley".
  • Very Special Episode: Literally every single episode. It's even in the opening and closing narrations!
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: You had to have some knowledge of history to really get some of the jokes.
  • Wham Episode: Litter Kills Literally and The Finale.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Scuddworth's bastardized British accent (Phil Lord claims that it's him doing a very bad Jamaican accent).
  • Who Is Driving?: Parodied in "Homecoming: A Shot In D'Arc": The van is then shown using its blinker and braking before turning at an intersection.
  • Whoopi Epiphany Speech: Subverted with Toots, the blind Jazz player. He'll start a speech that sounds like it'll be the voice of reason in troubled times, but instead decides to let everyone get on with their angry mob.
    "Now, I may be blind, but I can see certain things loud and clear. This is a room full of scared people making decisions based on fear and ignorance. Now, when I left the house this evening, I intended to go to Giovanni's Italian Restaurant. I can tell I'm in the wrong place. So, if you'll excuse me, I'll leave and let you get on with your meeting."
  • Wild Teen Party: The first episode is about Abe trying to get invited to JFK's party and, later, trying to get beer for it.
  • Women Are Wiser: Joan and Cleo are more focused on their goals. By contrast, Abe, Gandhi, and JFK are usually idiots.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz/Totally Radical: X-Stream Blu, an EXTREME new food product which is made of pancake batter and blue paint. Gandhi nearly kills himself with it.
  • You Cloned Hitler!: A clone of Hitler himself was one of the attendants of the student film festival in the episode "Tears of a Clone."