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"The world's first animated reality show."note 

Drawn Together is a Comedy Central animated series that ran from 2004–2007, for three seasonsnote . A Reality Show parody, initially of The Real World, where the concept being that eight cartoon characters from different genres are forced to live under one roof. A notable mark is how each character manages to be both a parody of a specific style of animation and a parody of the stock characters usually put together in reality shows.

Following its initial run, a Direct-to-DVD movie was released in which the gang discovers their show has been canceled and attempt to get back on the air. New voices include Seth MacFarlane (no, really) and Vernon Wells.

Absolutely no relation to Drawn to Life. Not on our watch.

We're together, troped toget–– (cracks skull with tire iron):

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  • Accidental Misnaming: In season three and the film, Foxxy has a bizarre tendency to call her housemates and even herself by the wrong name. Lampshaded by Toot in "Breakfast Food Killer".
    Foxxy: Tooky, can't you just be happy for Mapplethorpe? (referring to Wooldoor)
    Toot: Why don't you assholes believe me? (to Foxxy) And why don't you know any of our names?
  • Accidental Truth:
    • After slaughtering Clara's woodland critters for a quick meal, Spanky lies that the... Meat blimp crashed out back. Cue an actual meat blimp flying by the window.
    • While trying to fill out a Mad Lib to find the Mad Libber, Spanky insists that at least one blank needs to be "penis". Sure enough, the villain turns out to be hatching his scheme from the top of the "Penis Tower".
  • Activist-Fundamentalist Antics: Clara is prone to this. At one point, she wishes Xandir and his new boyfriend live happily ever after... until God throws them both in the fiery pits of Hell, of course.
  • The Alcoholic: Toot. Oh so much.
    • All of the housemates, to at least some degree. One of the first things they do when hard times hit is hit the bottle. Or drugs. Or both.
  • All-Stereotype Cast: The characters represent (and parody) reality show stereotypes, combining them with cartoon genre archetypes. Hero, for example, parodies the macho jock stereotype and the confident, powerful superhero.
  • Always Need What You Gave Up: Hero gives up his powers in "Terms of Endearment" out of guilt for causing Foxxy to become an offensive racial stereotype as a result of damaging her brain by constantly using his X-ray vision on her. As a result, he's unable to save her when she gets executed alongside many other ethnically offensive cartoon characters.
  • Amazing Freaking Grace: Plays in the background pretty much any time a character delivers a moral of some sort.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Quite a lot of them, mainly Hero.
    • Toot has a Jewish surname and recites the Mourner's Kaddish in "A Very Special Drawn Together Afterschool Special" — a Jewish rite.
    • Wooldoor is heavily implied to be Jewish, but he's explicitly stated as being Christian in some episodes; blame Negative Continuity.
    • Spanky is a strange case. In a "Breakfast Food Killer", he all but proclaims himself to be a Jew when he chides Franken Berry (formerly Frankenstein) for turning his back on his heritage, stating "Assimilation is our people's greatest enemy". In the first season, Spanky was explicitly stated as being a convert to Islam... so he's either a Jew (due either to Negative Continuity or a Retcon) or a former Jew, which in the latter case, would make his speech very ironic indeed. Although looking at the series as a whole, any form of consistent continuity is a blessing.
    • The creators themselves are Jewish, as is Tara Strong (Clara and Toot).
  • Anatomically Impossible Sex: It happened a few times. One such involved a female cow and Hero saying "I always dreamed of meeting a woman with six penises."
  • Animated Shock Comedy: The show is 90% Black Comedy, and you can count the amount of jokes that are not shock value, bodily function-related or at the expense of any kind of social/racial group on one hand.
  • Anything That Moves:
    • Hero, who doesn't even limit himself to that. In fact, he seems to prefer things that don't.
    • Also Foxxy, especially in "Toot Goes Bollywood".
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Xandir's is Lord Slashstab, a pastiche of Venger from the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon.
    • Hero's archnemesis is a bizarre villain called Scroto, whose entire villainous gambit consists of coming up with new ways to trick Captain Hero into washing his privates...
    • Foxxy has had so many of her children taken away from her, she considers the woman from Child Services to be her arch nemesis.
  • Armored Closet Gay: Clara is racist, xenophobic and religious but can't resist making out with Foxxy in a hottub.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • The DVD box set warning label reads: "Warning: This program is recommended for mature audiences only. It contains adult language, situations, nudity and awkwardness."
    • Lampshaded by Wooldoor in "Wooldoor Sockbat's Giggle-Wiggle Funny Tickle Non-Traditional Progressive Multicultural Roundtable!": "Now, my show can entertain kids, annoy adults, and funny third thing!"
  • Art Evolution: Averted with The Movie. It's animated in Adobe Flash and it's very noticeable. Inverted with the series — with each successive season, the quality of the animation gets poorer. The series is also a rare instance of this happening to the sound, as well as the graphics: Toot's voice was at first deliberately made to sound like the low quality, scratchy audio recordings of the 1920's cartoons she represents, but the effect was abandoned after the first episode.
  • Art Shift: Each character is animated in a style appropriate to their origin. For instance, Clara is drawn in a Disneyesque style, Foxxy is drawn like a Hanna-Barbera character, etc.
  • The Artifact: The fact that the series is supposed to be a reality show became less and less important and stopped being mentioned overall midway through season two. It was brought back for The Movie, when the cancellation became the focus of the entire plot.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Ling-Ling speaks psuedo-Japanese gibberish, and he knows it's gibberish. His voice actress, Abbey DiGregorio, describes Ling-Ling's language as "Japorean" (a portmanteau of Japanese and Korean).
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Wooldoor has a very short attention span.
  • Attention Whore: Most of the characters want attention from the others, but especially Toot.
  • Author Avatar: The Jew Producer. Both of the show's writers are Jewish. Unique in that he's deliberately created to be utterly despicable.
  • Ax-Crazy:
    • The mall policeman in "The Lemon-AIDS Walk". At first, he seems very relaxed, but suddenly goes full-blown homicidal when he threatens to kill a civilian woman, pointing a gun at her temple if Wooldoor refuses to return some candy. When Wooldoor is captured, the policeman kills the woman anyway, just for the pleasure.
    • Captain Hero. In the above-mentioned episode, Hero (under the influence of excessive steroids) is told that steroids can provoke fits of rage. This single comment causes him to go ballistic, "show [them] fits of rage" and murder the entire household.
  • Badass Adorable: Ling-Ling is an adorable creature that can also effortlessly tear his opponents to shreds.
  • Beard of Sorrow: On Foxxy of all people in "Captain Hero's Marriage Pact" and "Spelling Applebee's".
  • Between My Legs: parodied in the promotional artwork for "The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!", as seen here.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Clara and Foxxy's makeout session in the pilot. Probably one of the most famous and memorable moments in series history. This would also be constantly referenced to and alluded in many future episodes such as "Clara's Dirty Little Secret", "Ghostesses in the Slot Machine", "American Idol Parody Clip Show", etc. It's also a key plot point in The Movie.
  • Big Eater: Toot seldom goes an episode without stuffing her face.
  • Big "NO!": Including nine times in one episode.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Spanky has a big unibrow.
  • Bigot with a Crush: Clara is extremely homophobic and racist yet enjoys making out with Foxxy who is African-American.
  • Bishōnen: Xandir is very handsome.... in a very androgynistic, maybe straight-up girlish sort of way.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Clearly the Direct-to-DVD movie was done simply to tell the network that cancelled it where to shove it.
  • Black Comedy Rape:
    • Hero gets raped offscreen by a group of frat boys before running home to his mother in "Little Orphan Hero", as part of his attempt to make up for the lost time of his parents not being around to raise him.
    • The uncut version of the pitbulls brutally destroying the Muppet Babies features the Scooter-expy being anally raped by one of the dogs.
    • The despicable internet icon Spanky Hamm once comments "Nothing reminds me of my first time like a chick crying!"
  • Bloody Hilarious: The show plays murder for laughs, displaying blood and gore in hilarious fashion.
  • Body Horror: Dumpy the Wasteman, a Frosty the Snowman parody made out of human body parts and other medical waste, Apparently its very existence is neverending pain.
  • Bound and Gagged: Foxxy in the second season premiere thanks to Strawberry Sweetcake. Her hands are tied behind her back, her ankles are tied together, and she's gagged. She's locked in a closet and struggling, and the front of her top gets ripped in the struggle. Foxxy's struggling then causes a jar of honey to spill on her and this combined with her being tied up and helpless ends up making her very horny.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In "The Other Cousin", Toot, Xandir and Wooldoor find out that Ling-Ling secretes a hallucinogen when disappointed and take turns trying to disappoint him in order to get high.
    Xandir: Hey Ling-Ling, are you excited for Christmas? Too bad there's no such thing as Santa Claus! Bet you're disappointed, huh?
    Toot: Hey Ling-Ling, what's this I found in your ear? Is it a quarter? Oh no! It's a tumour!
    Wooldoor: Hey Ling-Ling, are you excited for Christmas? Oh no! It's a tumour!
  • Brick Joke: In "Hot Tub", after predicting Foxxy's arrival to the house by saying "I really wish we had one of those hot black chicks," Hero then says, "I'm pretty good at this...I wish we had a 12-year-old girl and a donkey!" Later, in "Nipple Ring-Ring Goes to Foster Care"...
    Young Hero: Hello? I'm a 12-year-old boy looking for a friend.
    Hero: Really? I might be interested. Do you have a donkey and a penis cutter?
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Happens at the beginning of "Breakfast Food Killer" between the twins who Quackers steals a UPC code from after he is beaten up by Franken Berry.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield: Captain Hero's "Hero Shield" move. Depending on the episode, he himself should be immune to bullets.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Apparently, despite his antics, Wooldoor can be a competent preacher; he's shown in a flashback to have started Clara's Christianity. Knowing Clara, though, that either went horribly right or, depending on how you see Wooldoor, exactly as planned.
    • The Season One finale displays that he can download the necessary skills to pilot a state-of-the-art military chopper.
  • Butt-Monkey: Half the cast seems to take turns fulfilling this role; it's arguable who gets it the worst.
  • Can-Crushing Cranium: Hero does this with an entire keg in the pilot episode.
  • Captain Ersatz: All the characters except Spanky are parodies of other well-known characters (Hero is Superman, Toot is Betty Boop, Ling-Ling is Pikachu, Wooldor is SpongeBob SquarePants with a smidgen of Stimpson J. Cat, Xandir is Link, Foxxy is a mashup of the Scooby Gang (specifically, a mixture of Daphne and Velma) and Josie and the Pussycats, Clara is a hodgepodge of several Disney princessess (with Ariel being the most obvious)). Spanky is not based on a specific character, but his pilot-episode description as someone who "farts on retards" is a potential reference to Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, who claims to poop on people.
  • Captain Superhero: Captain Hero's name begins with Captain, though he's entirely too hedonistic and amoral to be considered a hero.
  • Carcass Sleeping Bag: In an episode, Wooldoor and Ling-Ling take shelter inside Toot's corpse.
    Wooldoor: There's already two of us inside this fat chick, and there's no room for more!
  • Cardboard Box of Unemployment: This happens to all eight main cast members at the end of the series finale.
  • Cat Scare: Happens in "Breakfast Food Killer" while Toot is searching for the final MacGuffin.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Toot's "Goddammit!" and "Tee-hee-hee Toot!"
    • Xandir has "I'm on a never ending quest to save my girlfriend!" until the episode "Gay Bash" where "girlfriend" was replaced with "boyfriend". After that, it was dropped entirely.
    • Wooldoor's "Wheeee!" He once claimed he has to state that phrase every few minutes, or risk choking to death on his own bile.
    • Ling-Ling often says "Yoko Ono!" when in trouble.
    • When life-threatening trouble looms, superhero ersatz Captain Hero often screams "save yourselves!" before fleeing.
    • Everyone: "DU-UH!" (drawn with donkey teeth). OK, technically that's a catchface.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The movie acts as an Internal Deconstruction of the series' premise and characters. They recognize that they're all knock-offs of real characters who were created solely for the show, and the Death Is Cheap running gag that allowed characters to die multiple times an episode in the main series was dropped in favor of All Deaths Final.
  • Character Development:
    • Xandir over the course of season one and two went from being trapped in a transparent closet to being openly gay and coming out to his family.
    • Toot started out being a narcissistic attention whore who abused Clara for schadenfreude ("If I can't be the sex symbol, I can definitely be the bitch."), but eventually evolved into, in Clara's words, "the same joke over and over again".
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • Spanky was a much bigger jerk in the early episodes. Clara was more naive, and well, let's be blunt, nicer; this was before the writers stumbled onto her religious fanatic persona. And Hero was a lot more heterosexual.
    • It was around season three that Hero simply stopped not talking in a voice that sounded more shrill and feminine and less like a strong male superhero.
    • In the early episodes, it's obvious that nobody can actually understand Ling-Ling and they just project whatever they want to hear onto him. After the third episode or so, this gag was dropped and Ling-Ling became a standard Intelligible Unintelligible.
    • By the end of the series, the show's creators admitted that they had made Xandir the least gay of the characters.
  • The Chew Toy: Everyone at one point or another just suffers excessive amounts of abuse.
  • Citizenship Marriage: Spanky "gay marries" Xandir in order to obtain health insurance.
  • *Click* Hello: Parodied.
  • Clip Show: Parodied twice; old clips were shown, but were overlaid with goofy/nonsensical captions.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Wooldoor, much like the character he's based on.
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: In "Gay Bash", when Hero was disappointed to get a 36-inch plasma sewing machine instead of a 36-inch plasma television, Wooldoor says they can always sew a television, which Spanky thought was ridiculous, but then Ling-Ling managed to do just that.
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: When the show was forbidden from using "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" on the DVD release, a quick parody version was produced to fill the space and Lampshade that fact.
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
    • A certain Hero speech contains 21 censor bleeps. The speech is uncensored on the DVD.
    • Foxxy, upon discovering the housemates have deserted the Suicide Hotline.
  • Coax Them Out of the Closet: At the beginning of the episode "Gay Bash," the other housemates try to get Xandir to admit he's gay. They try to give him a "gay test," which he passes, but Xandir realizes he's too old for the game to apply to him (despite his answering all the gay trope questions perfectly). Clara decides to take Xandir to the ancient Wood Beast to settle this once and for all, as the Wood Beast will chop off Xandir's arm if he's gay. Sure enough, Xandir loses his arm, and the rest of the episode has the cast celebrate Xandir's homosexuality.
  • Combining Mecha: "Gay Bash" reveals that Asians can do form gigantic robots with their own bodies.
    Spanky Ham: I forgot Asianses can do that.
  • Comic Role Play: When Xandir runs away, the housemates roleplay the experiences of a young naive teenager moving to the big city and becoming a prostitute. While played horribly to-life, the comedy comes when the housemates keep acting out their abusive, sexual roleplay when Xandir isn't even there.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Hero is the master at this.
    • In one episode, an immigrant family from Greece moves in next door. When Hero hears the word "Greeks", he assumes it's a fraternity and immediately rushes over to their house and tries to become a pledge... which he keeps at long after the reality of the situation has become abundantly clear. He is even explicitly told the truth at multiple points and refuses to believe it.
    • In "The Lemon-AIDS Walk", he becomes convinced that the AIDS walk is a sporting event, not a charity marathon, and decides to "Do more walking and have more AIDS" than anyone else. He then gets hooked on steroids so he can win the AIDS walk, goes mad and lives with Popeye for a while until Popeye dies of AIDS from using contaminated needles, and then enters the AIDS walk... and wins by killing all the other people taking part. So not a single dollar is actually raised for it because no one but Hero actually finished it. And then he steals the AIDS quilt thinking it's his trophy.
  • Coming-Out Story: With Xandir, both played straight (in "Gay Bash", when coming out to the house) and parodied (in "A Very Special Drawn Together After School Special", when coming out to his parents).
  • Comedic Sociopathy: A lot of the comedy comes from the characters screwing each other over in over-the-top, often gruesome ways.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Xandir's girlfriend refuses to accept his rescue once she finds out he's gay.
  • Confession Cam: A common feature of the early episodes; somewhat phased out as the series progressed. It acts less as an actual Flash Forward and more like a visual representation of the characters' thoughts. In one episode, Clara and her father spoke to each other through it.
  • Corrupted Character Copy: The cast is parodies of cartoon characters, each with a darker and more adult edge that usually makes them nastier than what they're parodying. Hero is a Superman Substitute who's a macho jerk and hero in name only, Ling-Ling is a Heroic Comedic Sociopath parodying Pikachu, Clara is a bigoted Disney Princess, Toot is a bitter and washed up parody of Betty Boop, and Wooldoor is a parody of wacky cartoon characters(mainly Spongebob Squarepants) with their Cloud Cuckoolander traits exaggerated.
  • Cousin Oliver: Parodied with the character of Strawberry Sweetcake.
  • Crapsack World: The world is filled with the same surreal disturbing humor that goes on during this show.
  • Cross Dresser:
    • Hero, Xandir and Wooldoor tend to appear in women's clothing an awful lot, often with no explanation given.
    • Spanky and Ling-Ling in "Little Orphan Hero".
    • Also Ling-Ling in "Foxxy vs. the Board of Education", when he disguises himself as Foxxy.
    • Toot and Hero role-play as Xandir's parents in "A Very Special Drawn Together Afterschool Special" to help him come out to his real parents, with Toot being the mother and Hero being the father. However, as the role-play progresses, the two of them switch roles, with Hero being the mother and Toot being the father. They even switch clothing.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: Most episodes get this kind of ending, but being a black comedy, obviously played for laughs. But special mention for this certainly deserves the ending of "Little Orphan Hero". In it, Hero (after discovering he was lied to about his origin story) rapes his own parents and destroys his home planet in revenge.
  • Death Is Cheap: Thanks to Negative Continuity and frequently lampshaded.
  • Delayed Family Acceptance: Parodied in the Afterschool Special, with Hero and Toot roleplaying as Xandir's parents to help him come out to his parents. What appears as an overly dramatic skit involving Xandir's father (Toot) angrily disowning him for coming out leading to Xandir becoming a gay prostitute, among other things ultimately proves to be wholly unnecessary as his real parents respond with an "Uh DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHH" when he comes out. Funny enough, Toot and Hero correctly predicted this would happen the first time.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The name of The Movie is The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!
  • Deus Sex Machina: In one episode, Ling-Ling and his "Permanent Battle Partner" Ni-pul enjoyed their battle sequences like sex, until it becomes too stale to enjoy. Ni-pul suggests to make things more interesting by actually, as Ling-Ling would put it, "dipping his noodle in her duck sauce"...
  • The Dinnermobile: In "Wooldoor Sockbat's Giggle-Wiggle Funny Tickle Non-Traditional Progressive Multicultural Roundtable!", Toot dreams of the Wienermobile (a rather shameless Expy of the actual Weinermobile), a mythical hot dog-shaped truck that gives out sausages for free. When she finally encounters it, she swallows the whole truck in one gulp, ending with her dying in a huge explosion.
  • Disney Creatures of the Farce: Clara's ability to conjure up animals when she sings is parodied often, most memorably when Spanky and Wooldoor survive a "food ban" by hunting said small animals.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Quite a bit, such as when Hero kills Clara's friends in a car crash when he realizes she's just using him to cause car crashes.
    • In one episode, Spanky threatens to "cave in (Xandir's) skull with a tire iron and eat what drips out" if Xandir makes an admittedly lame "Drawn Together" pun. And he follows through on his threat.
  • Disturbed Doves: One of the show's favorite running gags.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Wooldoor is always seen wearing nothing but socks.
  • Drinking Game:
    • At the end of one of the episodes.
    • The box set includes drinking game rules for a select group of episodes.
    • The male characters also have a drinking game of "take a drink of whenever something gay happens on Drawn Together". This ends up with Xandir dead as a result of a murderous rampage on Ling-Ling's part.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Played for laughs with The Jew Producer in the finale.
    • Xandir in "Gay Bash" when he finds out he's gay and before he comes to terms with it. Of course, as a video game character, he has a good amount of lives, so he ended up stabbing himself in the gut and dying several times.
    • In the same above episode, that is totally what happened to Bizarro Captain Hero, according to Captain Hero. Yeah, totally.
    • Wooldoor, so it seems, in the beginning of the second season. Later, he reveals that he was taking his "afternoon noose nap", and the people who buried him thought he was dead.
    • In "Captain Girl", after losing a game of Not-It to get Toot pregnant, Ling-Ling commits Seppuku.
      "No freaking way!"
  • Drowning Their Sorrows: Happens a lot in a show featuring raging drunks.
    • Toot goes on a wild bender in "Dirty Pranking Number Two', when Captain Hero doesn't let her use the phone to call her sponsor.
    • Foxxy delves into drunken despair in "Captain Hero's Marriage Pact", after killing her former band mates in a car accident.
  • Drugs Are Bad:
    • Or drinking in this case. After a drinking game (mentioned above) which results in Ling-Ling killing Xandir and more importantly, the guys running out of beer, Hero, Spanky and Wooldoor go out to get more. They then run over a homeless guy "because they were drinking and driving" as Wooldoor said. He continuously says this for the first half of the episode before Hero punches him.
    • That time "Ling-Ling OD'd... somehow" on his birthday.
      "Still think birthdays are cool?"
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Happens when Spanky sees a cell full of racially stereotyped Native Americans, despite laughing at cells full of stereotypical Africans, Mexicans and mixed "Asians":
    Spanky: Now, see, that's not funny. Those people got a raw deal.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Phat Allen makes a speaking appearance in "A Tale of Two Cows", over a season before being given a name in "Toot Goes Bollywood".
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The Movie ended with the Jew Producer's son being able to give the six surviving Drawn Together gang a Direct to Video movie, with everyone doing a laugh together. And Spanky accidentally steps on an eraser bomb, erasing everyone from existence.
  • The Eeyore: Subverted with Toot, who is so bitter and repulsive that she really garners no sympathy whatsoever.
  • Egg Sitting: Parodied. Toot's mothering skills are tested by giving her instead of an egg, an actual Nicaraguan baby to watch.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Captain Leslie Shero.
    "The "S" is silent, you hithead!"
  • Embarrassing Middle/Last Name: Ling-Ling...Well, not so much 'embarrassing' as much as offensive (and one-off), but still hilarious:
    Ling-Ling's father: I am ashamed to call you Ling-Ling Hitler Bin Laden Seacrest!
  • Embarrassing Tattoo:
    • Xandir: "Living Positive" just seemed like such a cool motto back in 1986..."
    • Also all of Unusually Flexible Girl's tattoos to Hero.
  • "Everybody Dies" Ending: The end of two episodes, as well as the movie.
  • "Everybody Laughs" Ending: How The Movie was supposed to end until Spanky accidentally steps on an eraser bomb.
    "Aw, shitcunt!"
  • Everyone Is Bi: Everyone has had sex with and/or kissed everyone else at some point, regardless of gender.
    • Except Ling-Ling
  • Everyone Meets Everyone: The first episode.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Live Action Cow", "Live Action Squirrel With Big Balls", "Jew Producer", the list goes on.
  • Exiled to the Couch: After Captain Hero stands up Xandir at the mall, Xandir that night orders Hero to sleep on the couch — despite the fact that the two sleep in separate beds.
    Xandir: I said "COUCH!"
  • Expy: Many parodies of famous cartoon characters appear throughout the series.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Exaggerated with Toot.
  • Evil Feels Good: Clara undergoes this and a Faith–Heel Turn together in the two-part "Lost in Parking Space".
  • Faith–Heel Turn: Clara undergoes this and has Evil Feels Good together in "Lost in Parking Space".
  • Fake Band: The Foxxy 5. Hey hey hey!
  • Fake Boobs: Wooldoor: (anguished) "Just like I didn't deserve to be crowned Miss Universe! These aren't real! These aren't real!" *rips off shirt and rubs his 'breasts' on the camera lens*
  • Fallback Marriage Pact: Captain Hero and Unusually Flexible Girl were Friends with Benefits in college and promised that if they were still single at 30, they'd get married. She shows up to collect.
  • Fan Disservice: The televised versions were bad but the uncensored DVD episodes... We get to see not only lots of breasts, but a fair amount of ugly, mangled genitalia...male and female. The worst part, though, is that the censorship contributed a fair amount to the show's humor, like when black censorship bars were placed over the penises of Jeff Probst and the Terminator to make it seem as though their penises were much longer than they were actually drawn to be... or the bleeped-out language following Wooldoor and Spanky's toast to freedom of speech in the same damn Terminator episode. Or that time when Ling-Ling says "asshole", but it's his faux-Asian gibberish that gets bleeped out while the word "asshole" appears in the subtitles just fine. Some of the humor in The Movie relied on the fact that they weren't being censored anymore, which obviously only makes sense if they were being censored to begin with.
  • Fanservice: Multiple blatantly fetishized references to Foxxy's feet, a few on-screen other instances and a couple merely dialogue.
  • Fat Bastard: Guess. Toot.
    Toot: So fine! If I can't be the sex symbol, then I can definitely be the bitch!
  • Finale Movie: After getting cancelled, the show was wrapped up with a direct-to-DVD film titled The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!, which had the cast try to bring their show back on the air after hearing of their series' cancellation.
  • Flawless Token: Though she has her moments of Flanderization like the rest of them, Foxxy is often portrayed as the only person in the house with any sense.
  • Forgot I Could Fly: If Hero could use his powers properly, the majority of plots would be resolved within five minutes. Of course, expecting Hero to not be an idiot is like expecting your dog to mow the lawn. For example, when Spanky catches a computer virus and needs to be rushed to the hospital, Hero starts calling for an ambulance before actually remembering that he can fly...only to fly off through the roof, leaving Spanky behind, crashing through the living room wall with the car.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend:
    • Hero enters the AIDS walk after witnessing his friend Popeye dying of AIDS by using contaminated needles. He manages to "win" the competition (actually killing all the other participants) and after having taken the prize he sees Popeye's face in the sky. He doesn't even recognize him!
      Hero: Who the hell is that asshole?
    • In a sense, during the role-playing session, Xandir forgets his promise to Chocolandra Love as soon as she's dead.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: In keeping with the characters' various animation styles, the more realistically drawn human characters — Hero, Foxxy, Clara and Xandir — have five fingers on each hand, but the more "cartoony" characters, Toot and Wooldoor, only have four. As for the characters of a different, well, species, Ling-Ling (a Poké thing) and Spanky (a pig) have three-fingered hands.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Spoofed with Clara.
  • Fully Automatic Clip Show: The two Xandir "girlfriend" montages in the first episode.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": Two funerals are held in the show. As expected, Hilarity Ensues.
  • Fun with Acronyms: In "Alzheimer's That Ends Well", Wooldor uses himself to obscure Clara's genitalia while explaining that the results of her surgery can't be shown because of the FCC. While the broadcast version of the episode pixelates his mouth and bleeps out his words when he explains what FCC stands for, the DVD version reveals that he said "faggoty cock-blocking clamfuckers".
  • Fun with Subtitles: Ling-Ling's subtitles are used as the basis for numerous gags.
  • The Fundamentalist: Clara.
  • Funny Foreigner: Ling-Ling is a stereotype of Asian people, including mangling pronunciations of the few English words he speaks, talking primarily in foreign-sounding gibberish (or "Japorean", as his voice actress calls it), having stereotypical Asian sexual fetishes, and so on.
  • Gasshole: Spanky. He even draws out a fart for a full minute in one episode.
  • Gay Groom in a White Tux: Spanky wears a white tux and Xandir wears a white version of his normal outfit when they get married for the health insurance.
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot:
    • Foxxy and Clara's first, very deep kiss was milked for all its worth.
    • Clara's father does definitely enjoy watching Clara and Foxxy kiss in "Ghostesses in the Slot Machine".
  • A God Am I: Wooldoor in "Terms of Endearment"
    "You ask me if I have a God complex? I AM God..."
  • God Guise: Toot ends up in India and is worshiped by Hindus as a talking cow.
  • Good-Times Montage: A literal parody, in "Breakfast Food Killer". Whenever Toot mentioned "I'll always remember the good times...", it cuts to a short montage of previous footage with the theme from Good Times playing. It also features all the characters sporting Afros.
  • Goodbye, Cruel World!: Said by Xandir as he kills himself... over and over.
    • When Wooldoor is preparing to take his afternoon nose nap, Clippy (an animated software assistant) shows up and advises him to avoid using cliches like "Goodbye Cruel World" in a suicide note.
  • Gorn: Lots of it.
  • Grandfather Paradox: Hero almost causes his younger self to commit suicide, and ends.
  • Grossout Show: So very much. Seriously, this isn't a show you want to be eating anything while watching, especially if you're watching the uncensored DVDs.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Loads. Again, this isn't a show you want to be eating anything while watching, especially if you're watching the uncensored DVDs.
  • Grotesque Cute: Strawberry Sweetcake, Suck My Taint Girl, and hell, Ling-Ling.
  • Hand in the Hole: Parodied.
  • Handsome Lech: Hero, particularly in his season 1 characterization.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Xandir gets one for half of a two-part episode when the field trip (to the mall) he was supervising takes a turn for the worse. He literally zones out in a damn-near catatonic trance towards the end of the first part, and doesn't recover until the end of the second.
    • Wooldoor gets one in The Movie when he learns that the show has been canceled.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Hero and Ling-Ling in early episodes.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the movie, Clara lets the guards kill her so the others can escape.
    • Also in the movie, the Jew Producer sacrifices himself to defend the gang from the Network Head.
  • High-Pressure Blood: Toot as a "blood fountain".
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold:
    • Foxxy as "Chocalandra" in "A Very Special Drawn Together Afterschool Special".
    • Also Foxxy normally, since she's blatantly shown to have sex for money and be the most caring member of the household.
      • "Foxxy got a sixth sense for this kinda thing... and six cents for a handy in the back alley!" ("The One Wherein There Is a Big Twist, Part 2").
      • She calls masturbation "a great way to earn five bucks without touching a guy" ("Clum Babies").
  • Hurricane of Puns:
    • Hero, when fighting his giant, mentally challenged son at a petting zoo, uses a sexual entendre for every animal that the giant throws at him, which includes beavers, a donkey, kittens and a rooster. He specifically makes it obvious with the rooster, proudly exclaiming, "I'll wrap my hands around this cock and squeeze it until it explodes way too early and rolls over and falls asleep...leaving me unsatisfied and alone." Also an example of Metaphorgotten.
    • In "The One Wherein There Is a Big Twist (Part 2)", Xandir, Clara and Foxxy defeat Strawberry Sweetcake's genocidal rampage, which leads to this exchange:
    Xandir: (to Sweetcake) You're gonna be spending a CHOCO-LOTTA time locked up behind candy bars!
    Clara: (whispering bitterly) Goddammit, I hate you.

  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: In the final episode, The Jew Producer runs offstage in despair to commit suicide. He somehow manages to accidentally shoot dead at least three stagehands, after each time screaming "No! I shot another stage hand! Why do things like this keep happening to me! I can't take it anymore!" and then trying again, each time getting even more disparaged. He finally succeeds.
  • I Love the Dead: Hero really has a thing for dead bodies. The third season is packed to the brim with jokes about how much he loves them, and in The Movie, he carries a girl's corpse around for the entire film, calling her his girlfriend, "Molly".
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: A nice example in "Drawn Together Babies".
    Baby Xandir: You ass-kissing adopted homo!
    Baby Hero: I was NOT adopted!
  • If It's You, It's Okay:
    • The otherwise straight Wooldoor is extremely infatuated with Hero.
    • Then there was the season one scene where Spanky, Hero and Wooldoor all take turns playing spin the bottle with each other, culminating in a three-person mouth orgy.
    The bottle points to Wooldoor: "WHEE!!"
    Hero: "Hey! If you're going to be gay about this, you can't play!" He proceeds to kiss him.
    • The racist, homophobic and religious Clara doesn't consider herself other than straight but enjoys making out with Foxxy in a hot tub.
  • I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: In "Breakfast Food Killer", the murdered cereal mascot Quackers gives Toot four of the five golden UPC codes before he dies, imploring her to find the fifth so they can bring down the evil cereal empire.
  • Indian Burial Ground: "Ghostesses in the Slot Machine".
  • Informed Judaism: The Jew Producer. Other than the name, there's no real indication of his Jewishness until the film.
  • Ink Blot Cartoon Style: Toot is a Captain Ersatz of famed inkblot character Betty Boop. She is Deliberately Monochrome in a colorful world of Genre Refugees, has a large head and big dot eyes, and dresses like someone from the early 20th century.
  • Innocent Bigot: Clara, when she first meets Foxxy. When Foxxy realizes that all of Clara's stupid and ill-informed beliefs come from her father, she softens up... somewhat.
  • Instant Turn-Off: One episode has Clara dating Hero and she makes him cause car accidents for her arousal, then, when Hero tries to make their relationship physically sexual, she blows him off to hang out with her princess friends, amply displaying she has no real amorous attraction to him. At the end, he gets sick of it, but she convinces him to do it again, so he does. When she decides to blow him off to hang out with her friends again, he reveals her friends were killed in said accident. Cue Clara in shock.
  • Japanese Ranguage: A very common gag with Ling-Ling.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: ...and even all of the jerks have their caring moments. Even Spanky will stand up for a dying Clara, even when she's been standing against him for the entire episode.
  • Jerkass: Some more so than others, but all of them display Jerkass tendencies at times.
  • Keet: Wooldoor.
  • Killer Rabbit: Ling-Ling.
  • Killed Off for Real: Clara is incapacitated and killed halfway through the movie, Wooldoor (after snapping at the remaining cast and subsequently falling afoul of an eraser bomb, thus erasing him from existence) towards the film's climax (followed by the Jew Producer minutes later) and the rest of the main cast, plus the Jew Producer's son, I.S.R.E.A.L. and the shit-eating giant at the end of the movie.
    • This might not be the case, though, as the creators stated that the movie was made to try to get Comedy Central to order more episodes. (We said "Might")
  • Knight Templar: Hero, and sometimes Clara.
  • Konami Code: Comes up in "A Tale of Two Cows" when Toot discovers a cheat manual for Xandir's game. Except she punches it in on a Sony controller, which lacks A and B buttons.
  • Lampshade Wearing:
    • Spanky at the beginning of "Charlotte's Web of Lies". Well, with a traffic cone, anyway.
    • In "Hot Tub", Spanky is seen wearing a lampshade while taking a dump into a cantaloupe. First sober, then drunk.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Parodied.
    • Captain Hero, of the regular cast. Also, the Terminator parody from "Wooldoor Sockbat's Giggle-Wiggle Funny Tickle Non-Traditional Progressive Multicultural Roundtable!".
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Oh so many; it is a parody of animation after all.
  • Least Rhymable Word: In "Clara's Dirty Little Secret", Foxxy gives the cast a "sex ed" talk as if she were a Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher and the rest of the cast (obligingly) act like kindergartners. She rhymes "pee pee" with "teepee", but when she gets to vagina, she calls it a "gigi", which in her words "rhymes with puppy...but not very well."
  • Leave the Camera Running: Once an Episode, always used as the credits backdrop.
  • Lifetime Movie of the Week: Parodied heavily in the Very Special Episode.
  • Limited Wardrobe: All the characters.
  • "Lion King" Lift: In "Clum Babies", Wooldoor masturbates for the first time and produces a "clum baby", to which the other housemates bow in respect to as faux-African chanting is heard.
  • Long Title:
    • The third season episode "Wooldoor Sockbat's Giggle-Wiggle Funny Tickle Non-Traditional Progressive Multicultural Roundtable!" A bit of trivia: the Italian dub goes the opposite way and bluntly renames the episode "Gay Terminator", after the featured villain.
    • The limbless undercover sting unit in "Little Orphan Hero" called the "Special Tactical Operations Unit To Catch People Who Set Up Suicide Hotlines Because Of A Reality Show Challenge And Then Didn't Follow Through On Them So They Cause The People Who Needed Them To Take Their Own Lives And Then They Change Their Minds When They Realize Not All People Should Be Forced To Live So They Try To Assist Someone In Euthanasia". Or the STOUTCPWSUSHBOARSCATDFTOTSTCTPWNTTTTMWTRNAPSBFTLSTTTASIE for short.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: In "Captain Hero's Marriage Pact", Foxxy sings a song called "Crashy Smashy Die Die Die". The song describes a horrible car accident that killed her bandmates, but it is musically upbeat and catchy.
  • Magical Profanity Filter: In The Movie, the characters discovering that the omnipresent censor they'd been used tonote  was now absent, allowing them to swear and act as depraved as they wished, is what ultimately leads them to discover that their show has been cancelled, kicking off the plot.
  • Manipulative Editing:
    • The Jew Producer openly admits to this, and he persists despite the housemates' objections.
    • Lampshaded by Foxxy:
      "Goddamn white producers and their goddamn white flashes. They can edit us to make us say whatever they want. My [edit] taint [edit] is [edit] made [edit] out [edit] of [edit] bacon. [shakes fist] STOP IT! Now where was I? Oh yeah... My taint? One hundred percent pure bacon, y'all."
  • Manufacturing Victims: "Toot Goes Bollywood" has Foxxy going into therapy for her nymphomania. The psychiatrist, Wooldoor, implants a false memory of childhood sexual abuse, and this false memory takes over her life- ruining it, making her end up in jail, and leading her to murder a lot of innocent people - in that order.
  • Meat-O-Vision: Several times with Toot, and once with Spanky.
  • Medium Blending: Actually lampshaded in "A Tale of Two Cows" when Wooldoor finds a "live-action poo" in the "live-action forest", which he was going to use as slippers. Later on in that episode, he finds and keeps a live-action cow.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Hero.
  • Miss Conception: Clara is tricked into thinking that being kissed by Foxxy impregnated her.
  • Mistaken for Apocalypse: Tired of Clara's religious preaching, the housemates ditch her to go to the mall without telling her. Finding the house empty, Clara assumes the Rapture has come and she has been left behind. When a UPS driver then shows up at the door asking her to sign for a package, she assumes he is Satan coming to trick her into signing away her soul.
  • Mister Seahorse: Parodied; Xandir and Hero have been jokingly suggested to have the ability to become pregnant.
  • Mocky Mouse: Munchkin Mouse from "American Idol Parody Clip Show" is an ersatz of Mickey Mouse with some elements of Speedy Gonzales. He has a high-pitched voice and wears red overalls with yellow buttons similar to Mickey's shorts.
  • The Movie: A Direct-to-DVD one. Called The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!, no less.
  • Ms. Fanservice: There are quite a few female characters who get this treatment in the show, such as Foxxy, Clara, Clara's cousin Bleh, etc.
  • Murderous Mannequin: During the "La-La-La-La-Labia" musical number in "Clara's Dirty Little Secret", Clara hides from the mob by posing amidst mannequins in a store window. She gives herself away when she sneezes, but as the mob turns towards the window it's the mannequins that make a run for it. The mob opts to go after them, which allows Clara to escape.
  • Mushroom Samba: In "The Other Cousin", Ling-Ling's fur secretes a hallucinogen whenever he's disappointed. In "Lost in Parking Space (Part 2)", Toot starts hallucinating after drinking saltwater.
  • Native American Casino: "Ghostesses in the Slot Machine".
  • Negative Continuity:
    • Like most things, heavily lampshaded. As they say in the show, "Continuity is for bedpans".
      Wooldoor: We can't all keep dying and then coming back to life the next episode. IT'S TOTALLY ILLOGICAL!
      • Unfortunately, even Negative Continuity can't get out of the eraser bombs in The Movie.
      • See note in “Killed Off For Real” for more information.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: This seems to happen a lot with the half of the main characters who don't have five fingers on each hand, at least once every season.
    • Ling-Ling being able to magically sew anything like a television and Nike shoes in "Gay Bash".
    • Spanky being able to impersonate Clara's voice in "Dirty Pranking No. 2".
    • Wooldoor's and Toot's bodies being Bigger on the Inside for hiding things as shown in "Gay Bash" and "The One Wherein There Is a Big Twist (Part 1)" respectively.
    • Wooldoor being able to produce all-healing creatures with a bunch of random movements in "Clum Babies".
    • Toot suddenly has the power to turn into a wrecking ball in "Toot Goes Bollywood".
    • In The Movie, Spanky's penis becomes a drill and pulling Ling-Ling's tail turns him into a raft.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Featured in The Movie—it seems that the remaining six Drawn Together gang along with their new friends seem to have a happy, "Everybody Laughs" Ending...that is, until someone accidentally pushes one more eraser bomb, causing it to blow up and erase everyone from existence.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Clara was partly inspired by Julie from The Real World: New Orleans, the show's first Mormon housemate, known for her unenlightened views based on her sheltered upbringing (though she learned as she went along and had made a complete turnaround by the time she appeared in a later crossover series).
    • Spanky was originally based on Puck from The Real World: San Francisco, although this characterization was pretty much gone by the end of the first season.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • "Why you dissin' on Tori?"
    • "She knows what she did."
    • "That was one crazy Yom Kippur."
    • "Right, Craig?!"
    • "Oh Lil' Timmy. Momma misses you."
  • No Periods, Period: Averted like hell.
  • Nothing Can Stop Us Now!: Spanky's use of "Nothing can possibly go wrong!" is always followed by something going wrong.
  • Obituary Montage: Spoofed in the series finale.
  • Off-Model: Some early third season episodes suffered from this, particularly "Wooldoor Sockbat's Giggle-Wiggle Funny Tickle Non-Traditional Progressive Multicultural Roundtable!" and "Spelling Applebee's".
  • Oh, and X Dies: Less than two minutes into The Movie, we find out that Clara is going to die.
  • Older Than They Look:
    • Implied with Foxxy, who looks to be in her early-to-mid twenties but has a teenage grandson.
    • Toot is a "20s Sex Symbol" in confessional captions, which also say she is 22. This continuity issue isn't given much attention.
  • Only Sane Man: Foxxy was this at the beginning of the series, though by the end, it was Spanky more often than not. In fact, Wooldoor even lampshades this in the series, when he asks Foxxy for her advice on one occasion because she's "the only one in the house who isn't completely retarded."
  • Operator from India: Mocked in "Toot Goes Bollywood"; even the nation's king is seen taking tech support calls.
  • Orgasmic Combat: Clara and Foxxy in the first episode.
  • Out of Focus: All characters not named Captain Hero starting in season 2.
  • Outside/Inside Slur: Godzilla calls Ling-Ling a Twinkie ("yellow on outside, white on inside") for turning his back on his Asian heritage.
  • Overly-Long Gag: Several times; the most notorious is in "Xandir and Tim, Sitting in a Tree" probably Spanky farting for an entire minute or the entire cast sitting down and doing absolutely nothing in and out of a commercial break for three or four solid minutes. Usually the outros are overly long gags. More frequent in the earlier episodes.
  • Parody Assistance: Short and rare, but memorable:
    • In "The Lemon-AIDS Walk", Peter and Lois Griffin (from the neck down) appear and give money to a panhandling Wooldoor. While Peter does not speak, Alex Borstein, Lois's voice actor, voices Lois for one line of dialogue.
    • Billy West plays a Stimpy expy (really just Stimpy with blue fur instead of red) for one line of dialogue.
  • Parental Incest: Clara's father seems to be sexually attracted to her, and Clara is so naive, she equates this with paternal love. Foxxy also has an unhealthy fixation on her own father ( Uncle Ben, of rice fame), who went to get cigarettes over 20 years ago and never came back.
  • Parental Neglect:
    • Foxxy and her father. In Afterschool Special, she reacts to the word "Daddy" the way a puppy does a can opener, and deflates hard when she realizes Xander means *his* daddy. This may be why she's the way she is.
    • In "Little Orphan Hero", it was revealed that Captain Hero's father ignored and neglected him and only said one quote to him throughout his entire childhood.
    • "Captain Girl" has Toot adopt a baby from Nicaragua because she desperately wants to become a mother. However, she knows nothing about parenting, and neglects her responsibility as a mother, causing the baby to do so many horrible things in such a short span.
    • In "Drawn Together Babies", Mr. and Mrs. Drawn Together had all eight members of the cast as children including one more named Sid (shown to have been dead at the beginning of the episode because he sleeps on his stomach). His parents didn't even seem to notice. However, Mrs. Drawn Together did lash out at her husband because his yelling could have possibly woken him up.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Xandir in most episodes which focus on him, particularly the afterschool special.
  • Ping Pong Naďveté: Hero and Clara both exhibit this quite a bit.
  • Pity Sex: Xandir throwing Toot a "mercy-fuck" in "A Tale of Two Cows".
  • Pixellation: Spoofed in the first episode. Foxxy gives Clara the middle finger, but Clara is unable to tell because "Foxxy's hand went all blurry".
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: The Board of Education in "Foxxy vs. the Board of Education" is a sapient piece of wood who also happens to be a racist villain scheming to prevent black people from ever succeeding at their SATs just so he can continue making money by selling tacky merchandise to them.
  • Poorly-Disguised Pilot: "Drawn Together Babies" was intended as a possible one if the parent show got cancelled; the network wasn't interested.
  • Pop-Up Trivia: The clip shows do this, though the "trivia" notes are fake.
  • Postmodernism: The show is characterized by being a break with traditional narratives and a mixture of different styles that are added to its characters, as well as parodic elements that satirize the same characters on which they are based. In addition, the series uses a reality show format to present the animated characters and their stories, breaking traditional storytelling, and at times, the fourth wall.
  • Precision F-Strike: Clara curses much, much less than the other characters, and as a result, it tends to be hilarious when she does so. Strongly averted with everyone else, however.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Hero, upon thwarting the supervillain "Two Hands" (actually just Xandir in disguisenote ):
    I have a new name for you, Two Hands!
    [punches him in the stomach and rips out his intestines]
    "Semi Colon"!
  • Pretty in Mink: Hero buys a fur-trimmed coat after winning a bet with Spanky that he could get Clara's cousin Bleh to sleep with him. Later in the episode, Bleh is shown wearing an identical coat, having made a similar bet with one of her friends.
  • Princess Classic: After her rebellious phase, Clara turns into a parody of this.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Done intentionally. The "heroes" are unrepentant sociopaths, and nobody ever denies it. That's part of the humor.

  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Expect dozens of pop-cultural references, running gags and highly offensive gags all crammed in just one 22-minute episode.
  • Re-Release Soundtrack: The televised version of "Dirty Pranking No. 2" features a Dirty Dancing parody, complete with "(I've Had) the Time of My Life". Reportedly, the songwriter was infuriated at the use of his song and refused to negotiate video rights. The DVD release replaces it with an original song mocking the situation.
  • Reading Ahead in the Script: In The Movie, when trapped in a slowly-filling underwater carriage and at a loss for what to do next, the housemates listen to the DVD commentary.
  • Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: Foxxy does this while running a suicide hotline in "Little Orphan Hero".
    Foxxy: Thank you for calling the suicide hotline. My name is "line". How can I help you? Remember to sound like you care.
  • Reality Show Genre Blindness: Only Foxxy seems to have any sense of Genre Savvy with regard to reality shows, and even with her, it comes and goes.
  • Reality TV Show Mansion: As to be expected for a parody of Big Brother.
  • Really Gets Around: Foxxy.
  • Rearrange the Song: The final episode featured many of the show's songs being performed in radically different arrangements from their previous renditions. The show also rearranged its own theme song on occasion to suit the needs of certain episodes.
  • Rebellious Princess: Clara in the first season.
  • Refuge in Audacity: There doesn't seem to be a limit to the show's audaciousness.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Parodied several times.
    • "A Tale of Two Cows" does this with Live Action Cow, a character Wooldoor had only just become friends with in that episode, yet after Live Action Cow's death, there is a montage sequence of all the "good times" the two apparently shared - which are all scenes from earlier episodes with Live Action Cow and, sometimes, even Wooldoor crudely inserted where they never appeared before.
    • "Lost in Parking Space (Part 1)" introduces Excludey, a character we've never been introduced to before, with the explanation being that, true to his name, the rest of the cast deliberately excludes him from everything. This is even taken to the extreme that, while the rest of the cast is freezing to death in a van, Excludey is given a warm blanket and a thermos of hot cocoa so that he cannot die with them.
    • The finale, "American Idol Parody Clip Show", starts with the producer promising that someone would be kicked off the show at the end of the episode. After much suspense regarding who'll be sent home, the unlucky one is revealed to be yet another previously-unmentioned roommate, Munchkin Mouse. All the other characters act saddened to see him go, and then a montage of "Munchkin Mouse's Greatest Moments" follows - once again, all previously-seen clips from the show with the same still image of Munchkin Mouse spliced in.
  • The Resolution Will Not Be Televised: The series finale was a network-mandated on-the-cheap clip show that both the fans and the show people were dissatisfied with. The series' proper resolution came in the form of a direct-to-DVD movie.
  • Retroactive Wish: In the first episode.
  • Revolting Rescue: In "Clum Babies", Wooldor masturbates for the first time and this causes the titular Clum Babies to be born. The babies have magical healing properties, so the gang sells them to heal the sick and injured. One of them also heals Bob the Cucumber's insanity.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: A variant happens with Toot in "Alzheimer's That Ends Well", when her happy/excited "Oooh, what's this?" questions are mistaken for genuine confusion, causing the rest of the gang to put her in a nursing home.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: A very early character trait of Clara's, mostly forgotten after the pilot.
  • Right in Front of Me: When Xandir asks Pac-Man not to tell his ex, Ms. Pac-Man, who is friends with Xandir's girlfriend, about his sexuality, he finds out that Ms. Pac-Man is Pac-Man with a bow.
  • Rogues Gallery: Hero's consists of Scroto; the Koala Bear Rapist; the Gigantic Midget; the Mad Libber (and his henchman, QuadrapliJack); the Mad Felcher; and the most confused supervillain of all: Señor Eskimo Goldberg ("What the hell am I?!").
  • Royal Crown: Although her outfit is relatively modest by princess standards, Clara is almost never without her tiara.
  • Clara's dad, the King, is obviously never without his crown.
  • Rule of Funny: The show lives by this trope.
    • Toot is known for subverting Acrofatic, demonstrating how pathetic a grotesquely out-of-shape person really would be. She attempts Wheel of Feet, even uttering a Road Runner-esque "BEEP-BEEP!" — and collapses on the road one second later, completely out of breath. She also performs some lunges and squats while wearing her tight dress — and we hear the sound of the dress quietly ripping. On the other hand, Toot's weight problem is also often exaggerated for humor, such as when she is literally depicted as Jabba the Hutt.
  • Rule of Three: Wooldoor lampshades and ruins this joke forever by pointing it out to everybody with "Now my show can entertain kids, annoy adults, AND funny third thing!". It will be hard to enjoy any joke like that again.
  • Running Gag: Tons and tons and tons of them. Let's try to list them all!
    • Whenever a character says or asks something really obvious, the other character will respond to him with a long, drawn out "Uh, DUUUUUUUUUH!" accompanied by them making a face with a massive overbite and large, bulging eyes that go off in different directions as well as a donkey noise in the background.
    • This began in season three. A character will freak out and say something along the lines of "I can't go back to ____! I won't go back! Nooooo!" and then jumping up and crashing through the window to escape.
    • When something comes up about a child dying, it will remind Foxxy of a presumed death of her son Timmy. She will them occupy the confessional, crying and repeating the exact quote "Oh little Timmy. Momma misses you."
    • Xandir occupies the confessional and directly lashes out at a friend of his named "Craig". saying something along the lines of "Isn't that right, Craig?"
    • Xandir using the confessional to make constant shout outs, to another gay friend of his named "Fernando", who he has a burning love for.
    • Sometimes, when a character makes a pun or clever reference, the screen will cut to an islander playing the drum in the "ba dum tsss!" drum roll. This guy first appeared in "The One Wherein There Is a Big Twist (Part 2)", but now randomly appears in all the episodes afterwards. They even officially named him "Rim-Shot Guy".
    • In "The One in Which There Is a Big Twist (Part 1)", the announcer constantly mentioning an upcoming TWIST! throughout the episode.
    • Hero correcting people on how to pronounce his name even if they pronounced it correctly.
    • Whenever someone says something even the slightest bit negative about food, Toot will threaten them screaming "I should kill you where you stand!"
    • Whenever a Reaction Shot happens, chances are high that between them will be footage from The Lost World of an ape-man looking slowly around. See Stock Footage.
    • Whenever someone makes a crack against Tori Spelling, this'll be met with "Why you dissin' on Tori?" Followed with the response "She knows what she did" and a dramatic music sting.
  • Sadist Show: When Drawn Together isn't about taking the piss out of reality television (the original premise which it dropped in the second season) or cartoons, it's about heaping abuse on the dysfunctional housemates. Luckily, they all retain strong jerkass tendencies, so there's little room for sympathy save for Captain Hero, who was originally the biggest of the Jerkasses but developed into the most sympathetic character.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Foxxy Love.
  • Satellite Character: Steve from Long Island. First appeared in "Clum Babies", as Ling-Ling's friend from Long Island to be Ling-Ling's wingman at the clubs. Started randomly showing up in later episodes that had nothing to do with Ling-Ling.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Parodied in the "La La La La Labia" video. They even show you how they work!
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • Judaism is mocked ruthlessly. Both creators are Jewish, as is Tara Strong, who plays Clara as an overly preachy fundamentalist Christian.
    • Seasons two and three are especially rife with jokes about how bad the show is, especially one second season episode, "Xandir and Tim, Sitting in a Tree", where the housemates fight back against an Entertainment Weekly writer who gave their show an "F", which happened in real life. Entertainment Weekly, of course, got wind of this and branded that one with an "F" as well.
    • One scene in The Movie has the gang listen to the audio commentary in order to figure out how to get out of their current predicament. They get really impatient, Wooldoor even asking in an irritated tone who would want to listen to the commentary.
  • Shout-Out: Every episode has countless references to pop culture.
    • In "A Tale of Two Cows", Toot goes to her Fat Camp reunion and has pig's blood dropped on her.
    • In "Requiem for a Reality Show", there's an extended Star Wars shoutout with Toot and Jabba the Hutt and Xandir in Leia's slave outfit. There's even a carbonited Han Solo that she eats like ice cream.
    • In "Captain Hero's Marriage Pact", Hero daydreams that Toot is Chewbacca, Xandir is C-3PO, Clara is Leia and Wooldoor is R2-D2 from the ceremony scene.
    • In "Little Orphan Hero", the gang's suicide hotline results in a Sesame Street parody, with the gang impersonating the Yip Yips.
    • Muppet Babies ("Drawn Together Babies")
    • Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids ("Toot Goes Bollywood")
    • '"School House Rock'' ("Foxxy vs. the Board of Education")
    • They even send a shoutout to Jon Stewart via Lampshade Hanging. ("Freaks & Greeks")
    • In "The One Wherein There Is a Big Twist (Part 2)", Wooldoor at one point escapes a buried coffin and travels through the earth to the surface. What game interface is used to show this moment? Dig Dug.
    • In "Ghostesses in the Slot Machine", Hero violated a rule stating that superheroes can't bet on their own matches. The code number of that rule? 24601.
    • A pretty catchy parody of "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King. ("Lost in Parking Space (Part 2)")
    • The Movie has shoutouts to The Flintstones, The Smurfs, Disney Princesses and South Park. Also, at one point, Wooldoor turns into Starscream.
  • Shower of Angst: Parodied twice, first with Hero and then later with Xandir.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!
    Mickey Mouse: Gosh, you've really given me something to think about, Spanky... WHILE I KILL THOSE POLITICALLY INCORRECT FREAKS! AH HA HA HA!
  • Sky Face: "The Lemon-AIDS Walk" ends with Hero looking up at the sky and seeing his dead friend Popeye.
    Hero: Who the hell is that asshole?
  • Sliding Scale of Continuity: Level 1 (Negative Continuity), as exemplified by the fact it is the subject of the page quote for Negative Continuity.
  • Smurfing: In "Captain Girl". As you know, all nonce words (or in this case, holes in the riddle text of the Mad Libber, which has the same effect) default to "male genital" if noun and "having sex" if verb. Guess what happens when there are more holes than words in the text. (Averted again when finally some sanity sets in and the holes are filled with more sensible choices:)
    Spanky Ham: But there should be at least one penis in the text!
  • The Sociopath: Almost the entire main cast fits this description, excluding (usually) Foxxy, Xandir, and Wooldoor.
    • Spanky Ham is the perfect example. He is unempathetic, unpleasant, obnoxious, sadistic, greedy, and manipulative. He also lies to and puts others in terrible situations for his own convenience.
    • Captain Hero is also not far behind. He frequently lacks empathy, shows no remorse when committing horrific acts, has had a problematic childhood, and even rapes his own parents.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The music video for Foxxy’s song “Crashy Smashy” shows her seductively dancing over wrecked cars and bloody corpses, despite sounding like an upbeat pop song. Granted, it’s not like the lyrics are any less disturbing either.
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: Clara's special cousin, Bleh, can only quote reviews for the movie i am sam.
  • Special Guest: While most episodes' guest characters are voiced by series regulars, a few are actual guest stars, including Sarah Silverman (Bleh), Jimmy Kimmel, and Carlos Mencia (King of Mexico).
  • Spelling Bee: "Spelling Applebee's".
  • Spinoff Babies: "Drawn Together Babies". Ironically, as they were making fun of shows that did this, this was even a possible REAL spin-off series, but the network didn't go for it.
  • Spoof Aesop: Quite common.
    • "Come on, Toot. Would you rather spend your entire life with people who think you're a cow, or with your friends... who only call you a cow to hurt your feelings?"
  • Stable Time Loop: Captain Hero spends the majority of the episode "Nipple Ring-Ring Goes to Foster Care" giving his twelve-year-old self terrible advice. He does this because when he was twelve, some jerk (his future self) gave him the same terrible advice. He swore he would get revenge by giving bad advice to some other twelve-year-old.
  • Stairs Are Faster: A ridiculously exaggerated example. Events in the episode have left Hero a quadriplegic. At one point, he has to ascend a ludicrously long flight of stairs in his wheelchair. Just a moment after he finally reaches the top, his housemates arrive by elevator.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Foxxy's grandson to Toot.
  • Start My Own: Hero decides to start his own fraternity after being rejected by what be believes is a fraternity next door. The fact that it's not a fraternity at all but merely a family of Greek immigrants never occurs to him.
  • Status Quo Is God: Lampshaded more than once.
  • Staying Alive: Taken to a ridiculous degree. The cast even began lampshading it after a while.
  • Sting: Frequently.
  • Stock Footage: There is a silent film scene of an ape-man creature that is often used, especially in "Drawn Together Babies" (to parody Muppet Babies's usage of live action film clips).
  • Sudden Downer Ending: The Movie's ending; the remaining six of the DT gang and their new friends all share a good laugh when somebody accidentally steps on an eraser bomb, erasing all the characters around it from existence.
    Spanky: Aw, shitcunt!
  • Super Mode: Ling Ling sprouts Super Saiyan 3 hair out of his back in the first episode while trying to make Clara and later Toot accept his challenges.
  • Take That!: From The Movie; The Beast That Shits In Its Own Mouth wears a T-shirt reading "Bipartisanism".
    • In the "Clum Babies" episode, Ling-Ling uses "Yoko Ono" as a swear word.
  • Take That, Critics!: After Entertainment Weekly gave the show an "F", the show devoted an entire episode to lashing out at them over it, but sort of zig-zagged with it. They mocked the reviewer, but admitted the criticism was fair, regardless of that. EW still gave them another "F" for that one. Spanky unleashed a "reason you suck" speech on them.
    Spanky: No wonder you hate this show! You're everything we make fun of! You're Jewish, conservative, pro-life, born-again, overweight, Asian, homophobic lesbian broad who cuts herself!
  • Talks like a Simile: The show is very fond of these, and they become progressively more warped as the series progresses.
  • Tempting Fate: At the end of "Dirty Pranking No. 2"
    Clara: I just love happy endings!
    *Robot Insectoids With Hats break in and kill everyone*
  • That Poor Cat: A cat scream is heard any time an object falls or is thrown offscreen. Also heard whenever the Big Ball of Violence happens.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: "Ling-Ling into battle go! ... Kill kill kill die die die!"
  • They Killed Kenny Again: The entire cast, but Toot and Ling-Ling especially.
    Wooldoor: We can't all keep dying and then coming back the next episode! It's totally illogical!
    (previously dead) Ling Ling: Tell me about it.
  • Third-Person Person: Now, the Foxxy will frequently talk in third person, y'all.
  • Title Drop: A running gag; Lampshaded in "Lost in Parking Space, Part 2", where it becomes a Berserk Button for Spanky.
  • Toad Licking: In "The Other Cousin", Xandir, Toot and Wooldoor discover that Ling-Ling secretes a hallucinogen whenever he is disappointed. After directly referencing the similarity to toads, they proceed to lick the life out of him.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: Spoofed.
  • Too Hot for TV: This show's DVD version has raunchier scenes and lines and extended footage that had to be cut for time, content and/or legal reasons.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Hero can get off on most anything, and the more painful, the better.
  • Totally 18: Parodied with Strawberry Sweetcake.
    Spanky: How old are you, Strawberry Sweetcake? Eight?
    Strawberry Sweetcake: More like eighteen, silly-billy! I just taste eight.
    Spanky: (grinning) She's so legal!
  • Totem Pole Trench: Taken to extremes in the episode where they were all babies. In the same episode, the doctor was four babies in a lab coat.
  • Town Girls: Foxxy (butch), Clara (femme) and Toot (neither).
  • Transparent Closet: Xandir in the first two episodes, after which he becomes Camp Gay.
  • Twerp Sweating: When Hero takes Clara's cousin Bleh out on a date, Clara puts him through this, complete with checking a shotgun taken off the mantle.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Foxxy.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Most episodes; many times, the two stories don't even intersect with each other.
    • Lampshaded in "The Lemon-AIDS Walk", where the separate plots are Hero training for an AIDS walk and Wooldoor getting caught stealing from the mall. Wooldoor is leaving the mall security office when Hero, having joined the Mall Walkers, shoves him aside, shouting, "Out of the way, subplot. Main story coming through!"
    • Also lampshaded in "A Tale of Two Cows", when Toot, who is away in her own plot that week, materializes out of nowhere to comment on the ridiculousness of the main plot.
    Toot: Thank GOD I'm in the other story!
    • In "Charlotte's Web of Lies", there are three protruding and entirely unrelated plots.
    • In "Captain Girl", Toot and Clara didn't appear at all until the end, commenting that they didn't have time for either plot since they were building a potato canon.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Ling-Ling's wife Ni-Pul is a sexy, if diminutive, purple Cat Girl with a bazooka in her tail (and, proportionally, D-cup knockers). Ling-Ling himself, being a Pikachu expy, looks like a really big orange rat.
  • Unconventional Food Usage: In "Hot Tub", Spanky takes a dump in a cantaloupe. He claims it's because he drank too much beer.
  • Underwear of Power: Xandir.
  • The Unintelligible: Ling-Ling.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Pretty much all the characters, but especially Captain Hero and Clara as the series progressed.
  • Vagina Dentata: The Octopussoir again.
  • Vague Age: Wooldoor; in the earliest episodes, the characters' ages were shown whenever they were in the confessionals. Wooldoor's age was the only one not given, being shown as "??" It's been hinted that he might be thirteen, and one episode shows that he was actually born several thousand years in the future; it's unknown how he got to the present.
  • Verbal Tic: Suck My Taint Girl occasionally replaces "taint" with another word in her speech.
  • Very Special Episode: Spoofed.
  • Villain Song: In "Foxxy vs. the Board of Education", the Board of Education gets a song where he explains his Evil Plan of making money by selling worthless crap to black people and deliberately letting black people fail their SATs so that they never know any better.
  • Virginity Makes You Stupid: Clara.
    Foxxy: It turned out that the princess didn't know a damn thing about sex. How does she get guys to pay her rent?
  • Vocal Evolution: Clara's voice got deeper and less chirpy over the course of the series, while the opposite happened to Foxxy and Toot. Spanky's voice got gruffer, to the point of becoming distinguishable from Carolla's natural speaking voice.
  • The Voiceless: Main characters (especially Ling-Ling) will spend an entire episode not saying a word.
    • Ling-Ling in "Dirty Pranking No. 2", "The Lemon-AIDS Walk", "A Tale of Two Cows", "The Drawn Together Clip Show", "Spelling Applebees" and "Unrestrainable Trainable".
    • Toot in "Foxxy vs. the Board of Education" and "Nipple Ring-Ring Goes to Foster Care".
    • Clara and Xandir in "Breakfast Food Killer".
  • Wacky Sound Effect: Wooldoor first and foremost, but the others get their fair share.
  • Wham Episode: The Movie itself reveals that the eight main characters were only created just to be on Drawn Together, and were actually considered In-Universe spoofs of what they're originally based on all along.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In reaction to Hero, appropriately enough.
  • When Elders Attack: Happens to Toot in "Alzheimer's That Ends Well" and Foxxy in the movie.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: Toot.
  • Whole-Plot Reference: Numerous episodes.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Spoofed.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Both Hero and Wooldoor have openly hit and knocked out Clara.
  • X-Ray Vision: Hero. It's no particular surprise what he uses it for.
  • You Already Changed the Past: By way of electricity, Hero manages to contact himself in the past, instructing his younger self to do humiliating/horrible things, one of which gives him his name. His older self explains it by saying that he's getting revenge because someone did the same thing to him when he was younger.
  • You Know I'm Black, Right?: Clara's remarks to Foxxy in the first episode.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Toot; she's generally considered far too unpleasant to ever have sex with. She's even challenged to find some as one plot. She gets the entire Indian sub-continent to have sex with her, because they thought she was a sacred talking cow.
    • Despite this, she seems to have had sex with Xandir, Hero and Wooldoor in the movie, as well as threesomes with Foxxy and Spanky, and a Mexican hooker.


The Drawn Together Movie

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