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"They dress as superheroes, wearing their underwear on the outside for that Superman look. (They have no out-of-costume alter egos) Their collective mental landscape is littered with the detritus of sci-fi and fantasy, with the stuff of comics and movies, toys and TV shows. But we don't see the world as they imagine it, Walter Mitty-style; we just see them in their world, imagining... and that world is strange enough."
— A Los Angeles Times reviewer

It all started with a simple idea: two kids wearing superhero costumes and hanging out at a convenience store. A few years later, out of the ashes of Frederator and Nickelodeon's Random! Cartoons comes the squash-and-stretchy CGI world of Fanboy & Chum Chum. The show is about two best friends who live in a water-tower atop of an apartment building with no parental supervision and the strange adventures they have in the town of Galaxy Hills. From turning into vampires, swapping brains with a robot, and taking advantage of slush-machine monster to get through a heat wave, these guys do it all.

Along for the ride are Yo (a Japanese girl with an obsession for digital pets), Kyle (a snarky wizard expelled from his old school, though no one but the titular duo believes him), the Oz (a comic book nerd who lives with his mother), Boog (a bully who works at the local convenience store, but is more interested in playing its arcade game), and Lenny (a sarcastic convenience store employee who hates his job).

The show premiered on November 6, 2009 and it ended after two seasons on November 2, 2012.note  The show's production blog can be found here.

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  • Abduction Is Love: Seems to be Yo's belief, as she's constantly tried to capture Chum Chum out of adoring him immensely.
  • Absent Animal Companion: The episode "Rattleskunkupine!" ends with the boys keeping the titular animal and naming it "Scooter". However, it was never seen again since that episode.
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Chum Chum when he came down with the "Frosty Freezy Freeze Fever" in "Berry Sick".
  • Accent Adaptation: Not an accent per se, but in the Polish dub, Kyle speaks with a lisp and relies even more on Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness to compensate for the lack of distinguishable accents in the Polish language, and therefore one that could serve as an equivalent to British.
  • Actually a Doombot: "Super Chums" has one part where Super Chum and Fannihilator fight what turns out to be a robot duplicate of Copykitten.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: The show is animated entirely with three-dimensional computer-generated graphics.
  • All-Cheering All the Time: "2-4-6-8! I think I might regurgitate!"
  • Alliterative Title: Some of the episode titles:
    • "Dollar Day"
    • "Precious Pig"
    • "Chimp Chomp Chumps"
    • "Secret Shopper"
    • "The Tell-Tale Toy".
  • Almighty Janitor: Poopatine is the school's janitor, but has a lot of state-of-the-art gadgets at his disposal with which he does his job.
  • Alpha Bitch: Francine is clearly meant to be this, but she hasn't really done anything outside of looking stuck-up.
  • Always Someone Better: In "The Big Bopper", a new employee at the Frosty Mart proves to be even more of a bully than Boog.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Parodied in "Monster in the Mist".
  • April Fools' Day: Prank Day seems to be the show's equivalent of this.
  • Amusing Injuries: Characters are frequently harmed in ways that are over-the-top and absurd.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Professor Flan is a giant walking flan who used to be a normal teacher until Kyle cast a spell on him.
  • Anvil on Head: When Scampers returns from the Digital Pet Cemetery, Fanboy and Chum Chum happily drop a safe on him. Similarly, at the end of "The Frosty Bus", Boog is squashed flat when the Frosty Bus sign falls on him.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: One of the recalled toys in "Total Recall" was a complete recreation of a battleship with functioning weaponry. It was recalled because the plastic flag was a choking hazard.
  • Art Evolution: The Pilot Episode "Fanboy" from Random! Cartoons looks much different than the series now. The CGI animation was more like of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, in that it was darker, stiffer, and less refined. Fanboy's costume was white and purple, Chum Chum was bigger and taller, Barry the Ice Monster was large and fierce, and Lenny was a white guy with an orange afro. Now the animation is much more lucid, colorful, character designs and voices have changed, and it's more along the lines of what The Ren & Stimpy Show would look like in CGI.
  • Artistic License – Education:
    • "Excuse Me": Fanboy, Chum Chum and Kyle get away with missing class constantly due to all kinds of unrealistic fake excuse notes. Mr Mufflin falls for all of them until it is discovered outright that they are lying. He even accepts an excuse note to excuse FanKyleChum (actually a real student) from class forever. Even given Rule of Funny, no teacher would accept any of these.
    • "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha": Fanboy and Chum Chum accidentally end up in a kindergarten where they are forced to stay all day because the teacher doesn't believe that they're not kindergarten students. While there, they discover that their former classmate Marsha was sent here after Fanboy got snot all over her standardized test. No teacher would use something like this as a reason to fail a student to the point of sending them back five grades. Additionally, Marsha would just be made to retake the test at a later date, especially since it wasn't her fault the test got ruined.
    • According to Word of God, Chum Chum is two years younger than Fanboy, but is in the same class due to Fanboy sneaking him in and no one noticing. Seemingly, Adults Are Useless and bureaucracy barely exists in this world.
  • Aside Glance: Kyle does this in "Prank Master" after Fanboy asks him to pull his finger.
  • Ate the Spoon: The Lunch Lady's glop corrodes a fork in "Little Glop of Horrors."
  • Audience Surrogate: Kyle can be seen as one, given that he seems to be the one rational and sane character in a world of wild and crazy cloudcuckoolanders.
  • Ax-Crazy: Marsha. She spends her entire episode trying to kill Fanboy.
  • Baby Morph Episode: Kyle is turned into a baby in the episode "Crib Notes".
  • Baby Talk: Subverted in "Crib Notes" when Kyle is turned back to normal; he begins saying random gibberish which makes him assume the crib notes spell made him talk like a baby rather than give the actual cheat notes for his exam to be readmitted to Milkweed Academy. But when Fanboy and Chum Chum listen carefully to the gibberish, they realize he is actually saying test answers in code, and Kyle realizes this and uses the coded gibberish to get the test answers written down.
  • Bad Humor Truck: It's nearly impossible for Fanboy and Chum Chum to get a Frosty Freezy Freeze from the Frosty Bus when Boog is behind the wheel.
  • Bad Job, Worse Uniform: Boog and Lenny's work shirts aren't that bad, but they have to wear Frosty Freezy Freeze cup hats.
  • Bag of Holding: Fanboy has a desk of holding at school, and he and Chum Chum go excavating inside it in order to find his missing textbook in "Schoolhouse Lock".
  • Banana Peel:
    • One of the pranks Yo plays on Fanboy in "Prank Master" is tripping him with a banana peel.
    • Mr. Mufflin trips on a banana peel at the end of "Funny Face".
  • Batman Parody: The titular characters' costumes are similar to those worn by Batman and Robin, which is more noticeable in the original Random! Cartoons pilot, where the green portions of Fanboy's costume were originally colored gray and Chum Chum's tunic had string ties on the chest instead of an insignia resembling his face.
  • Behind a Stick: The portly Oz hides behind a lamppost in "Total Recall".
  • Berserk Button: Fannahilator goes berserks if Super Chum calls anyone besides him his "Best Nemesis Forever".
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: A G-rated variant is used in "Night Morning", where Lupe claims that her uncle is married to a chicken.
  • Be the Ball: In "Chimp Chomp Chumps", Boog squishes Chum Chum into a ball and whacks him with a mallet like a golf ball.
  • Bewitched Amphibians: "Strings Attached" ends with Boog being turned into a frog.
  • Big Ball of Violence: Fanboy and Chum Chum get into one with Yo and Lupe in "Battle of the Stands".
  • Big Brother Instinct: Fanboy has a protective side for Chum Chum as seen in "Brain Drain" and "Saving Private Chum Chum".
  • Big "NO!": Fanboy says it as Chum Chum spends their only dollar on the Chimp Chomp machine in "Dollar Day", Boog does this in "Fanboy in the Plastic Bubble" after his stack of money explodes, and Lenny has a Slow Motion one in "The Great Bicycle Mystery" when he sees that Bikey has been destroyed.
    • Chum Chum screams one in "Brain Drain" as Fanboy tries to eat his own brain.
    • In "There Will Be Shrieks", both Fanboy and Chum Chum scream this in unison after Mr. Trick steals their taste, impacted with Eat the Camera.
    • In "Rattleskunkupine!" Oz release four of them. Which the last one being an Overly Long Scream
    • In "Speed Eraser", Kyle screams this twice: first after his body is erased and Fanboy unknowingly tries to erase his head, and again when he erases his wand.
  • Big Word Shout: Fanboy lets out one in "Stan-Arctica" after thinking Man-Arctica has died, complete with a Skyward Scream:
    Fanboy: How can you do this to me, Man-Arctica?!? HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... [coughs] ...OOOOOOOOOOOOOW?!?
  • Big "YES!": This is Poopatine's repeated response to Fanboy and Chum Chum's gums being allowed in school.
  • Birthday Episode: Chum Chum's birthday is celebrated in "Present Not Accounted For".
  • Black Dot Pupils: A rare usage of this in CGI animation. The only exception is Poopatine whose are gold, while Man-Arctica's are blank white sockets.
  • Bottle Episode: There are a few episodes that remain in only one location the whole episode; there are also a few that remain indoors, and one that's completely outdoors.
  • Brain Freeze: The Title Sequence includes Fanboy and Chum Chum getting brain freeze from consuming Frosty Freezy Freeze.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
    • In "Fanboy Ahoy", three of the things the boys put in their treasure chest are candy, money, and candy money.
    • In "Stan Arctica", Fanboy complains of how he's wasted his time reading Man-Arctica's comics, listening to his CDs and listening to his comics on CD.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In "Chicken Pox", Kyle tells the titular duo that all he has to do to get better is bed rest, plenty of fluids, and lay an egg.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The "charm to summon a griffon spell" in "Wizboy". Fanboy reads it out loud, which sends Kyle into a panic, but nothing happens. Later on, the griffon actually does show up and takes Kyle away, which notably also apparently saves the boys' lives.
    • At the beginning of "Dollar Day", Fanboy abruptly stops while walking which causes his brain to fall out. Later in the episode when he and Chum Chum are trying to come up with a way to get a dollar, he shouts "We've got to THINK!". Chum Chum then leaves the screen for a second and comes back with Fanboy's brain and puts it back in his head.
    • Oz's plan to make a candy ark in "There Will Be Shrieks", which is described the beginning of the episode but doesn't reappear until the very end to save everyone's candy from being destroyed.
  • Bring My Brown Pants:
    • When Scampers is emerging from the television at the end of "Digital Pet Cemetery", Fanboy, Chum Chum, and Yo yell for Oz to do something. He replies with, "Can't talk... soiling self!"
    • "I, Fanbot" has the robot with Fanboy's brain horrified that the whole class wants to beat him for failing all their exams, Chum Chum pointing out to his friend that he just "oiled" himself.
    • In "Monster in the Mist", Fanboy, Chum Chum, and Boog spray Lenny with cheese when they think he's the monster.
    Lenny: What's wrong with you people?!
    Boog: There's a monster on the loose!
    Fanboy: Just like in ''Monster in the Mist''!
    Chum Chum: The miiiiiiissst...
    Lenny: That's ridiculous.
    Chum Chum: (points to Boog) He saw it! It's huge!
    Boog: Yeah, huge! I've never been so scared! Uh... speaking of, I... I gotta hit the bathroom and rinse out a few things, alright?
    • In "A Bopwork Orange", Fanboy and Chum Chum decide to try another method to cure Boog's bopping besides Electric Torture. Boog responds to this with, "If it doesn't shock me, I'm all for it! I'm down to my last clean underwear anyway."
  • Bowel-Breaking Bricks: When everyone fails the test in "I, Fanbot" and corners the robotic Fanboy, Chum Chum points out, "Uh, Fanbot, I think you oiled yourself."
  • Bubble Boy: Boog in his childhood. Fanboy and Chum Chum later buy his bubble and wreak all kinds of havoc with it.
  • The Bully: Boog to everyone, Mr. Mufflin to both titled characters and Oz's Mom to Oz.
  • Burping Contest: "The Frosty Bus" episode begins with the title characters doing this.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nearly all the characters have been this at some point or another.
  • Calvinball: Kyle comes over to the Fanlair in "Cold War", he tries to play board games and action figures with Fanboy and Chum Chum, but they have such random rules that Kyle quits out of frustration.
    • And when he calls shenanigans, it turns out to be the name of their most random game, considering it involves an army of Fanboy and Chum Chum clones.
  • Camera Abuse: In "Fanboy in the Plastic Bubble", the bubble bounces on the camera lens.
    • Again in "Lucky Chumps" when Lucky Charlie whips the boys at the camera.
  • Can Only Move the Eyes: Both Fanboy and Chum Chum when they are frozen in "Berry Sick" and "Freeze Tag".
    • At the end of "Fan-Bidextrous, Fanboy somehow only has the ability to move his eyes and talk after getting stuck to a cement-coated Mr. Mufflin.
  • Captain Colorbeard: "Fanboy A'hoy" has Fanboy go by the name Captain Fanbeard when pretending to be a pirate.
  • Captain Morgan Pose: Fanboy has one in the episode title card for "Fanboy A'hoy!".
  • Captain Obvious:
    • Chum Chum is shown to be obviously smarter than Fanboy, as seen in "Fangboy" when he easily recognizes his "vampire bite" as just a mosquito bite, and in "The Incredible Shrinking Fanboy" the result of Fanboy thinking he's shrinking is because the measuring flower grew overnight.
    • In "Heroes vs. Villains", this is the name of the superhero persona Joey assumes in the imagination sequence.
  • Cash-Cow Franchise: Man-Arctica seems to be an in-universe example. So far comic books, action figures, music CDs, cereal and rides dedicated to him have been shown.
  • Cassandra Truth: The first episode deals with the titular boys thinking Kyle is not really a wizard and assume he's just pretending to be one. They learn the truth sometime after the episode and have believed him since.
  • Chainsaw Good: In "Crib Notes", Fanboy and Chum Chum juggle chainsaws as an attempt to help baby Kyle go to sleep. It doesn't go well.
  • Chair Reveal: Oz has a comedic one in "Freeze Tag" when Fanboy and Chum Chum try to hide from Man-arctica in his store. As he talks about his anticipation for Man-arctica's appearance, Oz swivels the chair to reveal himself holding a bucket of chicken with a face smeared with barbecue sauce.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: At the start of "Dollar Day'', Fanboy talks about building a robot someday. The same robot arrives from the future at the end of the episode.
  • Christmas Episode: "A Very Brrr-y Icemas", where Fanboy and Chum Chum sneak into Man-Arctica's workshop disguised as his helpers so that Fanboy can re-record his present request and get what he truly wanted for Icemas.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Kyle (red), Chum Chum (yellow/orange), and Fanboy (green).
  • Clark Kenting:
    • Man-Arctica does this in "Stan Arctica" by wearing glasses and taking a job at Oz's comic shop. No one recognizes him, despite having super strength and icicles tearing out of his clothes.
    • Fanboy, in "Fanboyfriend" pulls out a pair of coke-bottle-glasses, creating a "secret identity" to hide from Lupe. It doesn't work.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Both the main characters are pretty odd, but considering how crazy their world is...
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Kyle is this to Fanboy and Chum Chum, often calling them out for their craziness and shenanigans and often what they're doing should not be the task at hand.
  • Companion Cube:
    • Fanboy went to the school dance with a sentient mop for a date in "Moppy Dearest".
    • Boog talks to the Chimp Chomp machine as if it was his girlfriend. He acts the same way with his car named Sandy.
    • Lenny acts similarly with his bike, Bikey, but to a lesser extent.
    • Yo's best friend is a pine cone named Ingrid.
    • Janitor Poopatine seems to have a personal relationship with his mechanized chair, Brenda.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • While waiting in line for the roller coaster in "Man-Arctica the Ride", Fanboy taunts Kyle by saying he's getting chicken pox, which is a reference to a past episode.
    • In "The Incredible Chulk", Fanboy's Glass Eye from "Fan vs. Wild" falls out after he's thrown on the camera by Boog.
    • "HypnotOzed" makes several references to "The Hard Sell" when Oz's mom says that if Oz doesn't make any sales, she'll turn his store into a yogurt shop, then Fanboy and Chum Chum show Oz the first dollar he made, and Fedora Man returns to take the dollar back.
    • In "Wizboy", Kyle casually references how he got expelled from his Wizarding School by turning his teacher into a flan. This teacher appears in the season two episode "Crib Notes" to administer Kyle's test to be readmitted to his school. In "Kids in the Hall", Professor Flan returns when Kyle tries to get accepted into Milkweed Academy again.
  • Contrived Coincidence: In "Monster in the Mist" Boog and Lenny both see Fanboy and Chum Chum as the same monster despite having their vision impaired in different ways, and the exact same monster turns out to be Real After All.
  • Cool Toy: "Trading Day" introduces a popular toy robot called Mechatech. Fanboy wanted one so badly that he traded Chum Chum to Yo in return for hers.
  • Costume Copycat: In "Lord of the Rings", Kyle disguises himself as Chum Chum in order to learn Fanboy's ring trick. He looks exactly like Chum Chum, except with protruding braces and British accent, which manages to fool Fanboy and the real Chum Chum anyway.
  • Covered in Gunge: Oh, man, where to start with this show? Fanboy has been sneezed on, doused with Frosty Freezy Freeze slush, and assaulted with eggs, just to name a few times.
    • In one episode, his superhero costume got so incredibly dirty that it actually came to life.
  • Cranium Compartment: Fanboy can open the top of his head like a jar at will whenever he wants. This becomes important in "Brain Drain" as it's used to lose his brain.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: When Yo asks the duo to take care of Scampers in "Digital Pet Cemetery", Chum Chum is seen releasing a pig with wings.
    "And they said you'd never fly!"
  • Cup Holders: Boog's car has a pretty fancy one with a mechanized claw that grabs the cup and locks it in the dash.
  • Cute and Psycho: Marsha. She was the class's star pupil until Fanboy sneezed on her test. Then things got ugly...
  • Cuteness Proximity: In "Battle of the Stands", Yo and Lupe's entire method of gaining customers at their lemonade stand is to use their girlish charm. When Fanboy retaliates by disguising himself as a baby, the customers immediately abandon the stand in favor of adoring him instead.
  • Darker and Edgier: "Fangboy" (where Fanboy and Chum Chum cross paths with a vampire named Dr. Acula), "Book Report of the Dead" (where Fanboy accidentally turns Mr. Mufflin into a zombie), "There Will Be Shrieks" (where a Pumpkin Person named Mr. Trick takes the boys' sense of taste and tries to get rid of all candy on Hallowen) and "Speed Eraser" (where Kyle tricks Fanboy into having a cursed eraser attached to his hand that erases physical objects and people from existence) are all darker in tone than the show usually is; it's justified since the third (and maybe the second example) was a Halloween special.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kyle tends to make sarcastic quips when dealing with Fanboy and Chum Chum's idiocy.
  • Dead Pet Sketch: The episode "Digital Pet Cemetery", where Fanboy and Chum Chum take care of Yo's digital pet, Scampers, only to have it "power down" and return as a zombie.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Frosty Freezy Freeze.
  • Description Cut: In "Saving Private Chum Chum", Fanboy worries about Chum Chum suffering while trapped in Mr. Mufflin's desk. The camera then cuts to Chum Chum laughing and playing with toys.
  • Deranged Animation
  • Deus ex Machina: "Fan Vs. Wild" is resolved when it is revealed that Fanboy has a Glass Eye that can shoot lasers.
  • Diagonal Cut: Happens twice - in "Digital Pet Cemetery", when Scampers comes back and cuts Fanboy's head to pieces with his claws; and in "Norse-ing Around", when Thorvald commands Lenny to bring him drinks. An irritated Lenny then says "I'm not your servant!", to which Thorvald responds by cutting his cup hat into half.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • In the episode "Chimp Chomp Chumps," Fanboy and Chum Chum buy the last three tickets for a Chimp Chomp movie, intending to give one to their friend Oz only to find he can't make it. When Boog asks for the last ticket, Fanboy and Chum Chum use it to their advantage to force Boog to do all manner of humiliating favors for them, since the entire time they were waiting in line for the tickets, Boog relentlessly tormented them. When all is said and done, Boog takes solace in the fact that while watching the movie, he'll be able to bop the boys senseless as payback. Fanboy and Chum Chum quickly come to this realization:
    • In "Speed Eraser", Kyle is jealous when Fanboy ends up becoming the new "board eraser-er" for doing an impressive routine, so he gives him a cursed eraser which controls his movement to erase anything out of existence; this only makes him even more popular, so he literally straps the eraser to FB's hand so whatever he tries to use will disappear, to his horror and sadness. However, the Wizard forgot two very important things about the eraser when settling on this — first of all, if the eraser touches someone, then they will be erased; when FB tried to cling onto Kyle, he erases his entire body except for the head. Most importantly, because the eraser is sentient, it takes over all of FB's movements, and he tried to erase the head when trying to grab the wand, and even had to fight against it to use his free hand to grab it before he sees the wand is dirty and led to him erasing it, as well as the extra wand. Kyle tried to ask him to let Chum Chum get the wand for him, but he refused, because he claims he was the one who got him into the mess and can get him out of it.
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: A rare CGI example to be exact, due to the deranged 90s architecture of the show.
  • Disgusting Public Toilet: The school's oldest bathroom has these.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Fanboy and Chum Chum have a rather surreal musical number about living at the Frosty Mart in "Jingle Fever".
    • The candy song in "There Will Be Shrieks" comes off as Fanboy and Chum Chum being on a drug trip.
    • Also the Training Montage in "Eyes on the Prize".
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • In "A Bopwork Orange", Boog's impulsive bopping is played out like a drug addiction, and at the end of the episode, Agent Johnson even says, "Just say no to bops." In the episode's storyboard, Boog refuses to be separated from the Chimp Chomp machine because "She's even got my initials tatooed above her coin slot!". It's even funnier when you realize his initials are "B.S."
    • In "Fan-bidextrous", Chum Chum introduces Fanboy to his own arm.
    Fanboy: Firm handshake, I like this guy.
    Chum Chum: I've been trying to get you two together for a while.
    • The way Fanboy and Chum Chum lick the dirt off of Cuppy in "Refill Madness" is strangely reminiscent of a certain video on the Internet...
    • The Global Warmer's outfit looks a lot like pimp duds.
    • Fanboy giving Chum Chum his nose back in "Pick a Nose" is played like proposing marriage, as Fanboy kneels in front of Chum Chum while presenting his nose in a container resembling a wedding ring box and Chum Chum responds by stating that Fanboy has made him the happiest boy.
    • "Kids in the Hall" at one point has Fanboy and Chum Chum force Kyle to pull over, then respond to his story by asking how many potions he had. This is clearly a parallel to the police confronting someone over drunk driving.
  • A Dog Ate My Homework: A variant is used in "Chicken Pox".
    Chum Chum: Hey, Kyle, we brought you your homework, but a dog ate it.
    Fanboy: All the times we said it happened to us... and it happens to you! I mean, what are the odds?
    • In "Kids in the Hall", Kyle frantically tries to turn in an essay to Professor Flan, but along the way, a three-headed dog from another dimension eats the paper.
  • Downer Ending: In "Chimp Chomp Chumps", Fanboy, Chum Chum, and Boog don't get to see the Chimp Chomp movie on time and have to wait another year to see the sequel while in line.
  • Dramatic Irony: In "Slime Day", the audience knows the phrase to get slimed is simply "I don't know", but Fanboy and Chum Chum think everyone actually doesn't know it. Even when a blob of slime spells out the phrase, they think the slime doesn't know as well.
  • The Dreaded Toilet Duty: In "The Janitor's Apprentice", Janitor Poopatine tries to punish Fanboy and Chum Chum for making a mess at the cafeteria by making them clean the school. He takes them to a filthy bathroom and Fanboy is terrified that they might have to clean the toilets. Poopatine wants them to refill the soap dispensers... which someone threw into the toilets.
  • Dropped After the Pilot: The original Random! Cartoons pilot short established that Fanboy and Chum Chum idolize a superhero named Fan Man, who doesn't appear at all in the actual series, taking with him the explanation for Fanboy's codename. Man-Arctica takes Fan Man's place as the superhero Fanboy and Chum Chum idolize, with the only acknowledgment of Fan Man ever made in the actual series is that "Robo-mance" has Tiffany indicate that Fanboy will go by that name in adulthood.

  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference:
    • The Random! Cartoons pilot had the green parts of Fanboy's costume colored gray and depicted Chum Chum having string ties similar to those on Robin's tunic rather than an insignia bearing the silhouette of his face.
    • Lenny was depicted in the pilot as a blond Caucasian when the actual series depicts him as an African-American.
    • Berry the Ice Monster was depicted as a hulking brute with no clothes in the pilot, but his in-series appearance in "Berry Sick" makes him significantly smaller and wimpier in addition to wearing a Frosty Freezy Freeze T-shirt.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • In the first episode, the titular duo thought Kyle was only pretending to be a wizard even though he really is one, but in later episodes, they seem to know the truth.
    • The same first episode has Fanboy use an "Ice Monster Bun Bun" (the same treat from the pilot short), but since then it was never mentioned, with Frosty Freezy Freeze taking its place. It can be seen as an ad in the Frosty Mart, however.
    • The pilot depicts Berry the Ice Monster as a villain who comes to life after Fanboy and Chum Chum's shenanigans cause Frosty Freezy Freeze to come into contact with Ice Monster Bun Buns. His in-series appearance in "Berry Sick" changes him into being a friendlier character who lives inside the Frosty Freezy Freeze machine, using his powers to create the icy beverage.
  • Ego Polis: In "Norse-ing Around", Thorvald claims that the capital of Sweden is Thorvaldia, and throws a fit when Mr. Mufflin claims it isn't, saying he conquered and renamed it himself.
  • Enfant Terrible: The toddlers in "The Great Bicycle Mystery" act like extorting criminals.
  • Enemy Mine: In "Prank Master", Fanboy and Chum Chum work together with their bully Boog to prank Yo.
  • Episode Title Card: See them all here.
  • Ethereal Choir/Ominous Latin Chanting: This sometimes accompanies scenes where Kyle begins to cast a powerful spell or is being antagonistic.
  • Everybody Cries: In the episode "A Very Brrr-y Icemas", when Fanboy accidentally removes Mr. Mufflin from his Man-Arctica costume, the incident causes the witnessing crowd in the Frosty Mart to burst out crying.
  • "Everybody Laughs" Ending: "Digital Pet Cemetery" has this, with Chum Chum delivering the last line of, "Real funny, guys, now get me out of here!"
  • Everyone Is a Suspect: In "The Great Bicycle Mystery", everyone at the Frosty Mart has a motive for trashing Lenny's bike.
  • Everythings Betterwith Rainbows: In the episode "Lucky Chums" Fanboy and Chum Chum squeeze one out of the leprechaun cereal mascot Lucky Charlie. A myriad of "Double Rainbow" references predictably ensue.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: Yo's digital pet Scampers becomes undead in "Digital Pet Cemetery", as does Mr. Mufflin in "The Book Report of the Dead".
  • Evil Twin: Evil Cousin: Brizwald, who tries to steal Oz's rare comic book in "Risky Brizness" by using his shadow.
  • Expy: Poopatine is a very blatant pastiche of Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars, given his surname, dark shroud, raspy voice and decrepit appearance.
  • Extra-Long Episode: Most of the show's episodes consist of two 11-minute segments, but "Brain Freeze", "There Will Be Shrieks", "A Very Brrr-y Icemas" and "Super Chums" all run for a full half-hour.
  • Eyedscreen: Happens in "Fanboy in the Plastic Bubble" when Boog tries the "H-Bop". In "Pick A Nose" both Fanboy and Chum Chum have one.
  • Eye Pop: Characters' eyes sometimes pop out to indicate surprise.
  • Face Palm:
    • Kyle does one in the first episode after seeing Fanboy's "magic" tricks.
    • Janitor Poopatine has one in "The Janitor's Apprentice", after he sees Fanboy and Chum Chum cleaning out ketchup with peanut butter.
  • The Face of the Sun: Used in the montage in "Totall Recall", accompanied by a pink glade of flowers and a rainbow.
  • False Teeth Tomfoolery: Fanboy is depicted as wearing dentures for a brief gag in "The Tell-Tale Toy".
  • Fartillery: At the end of "Precious Pig", the school's class pet Precious finishes off Sprinkles the Bear by farting in his face.
  • Fat Idiot: Mr. Mufflin is a bit stocky and is often such a moron one would wonder how he ever got to be a teacher.
  • "Fawlty Towers" Plot: In "Sigmund the Sorcerer", Kyle lies to Sigmund about being a skilled, high-achieving wizard and tells him that Fanboy and Chum Chum are his elf servants. The facade continues until Sigmund proposes to buy his "servants" and send him back to Milkweed Academy, forcing Kyle to reveal the truth.
  • Fictional Video Game: Boog has an obsession with an arcade game called Chimp Chomp, which was made into a Flash game on
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: No one will believe Kyle is a real wizard no matter what he does to try to prove them wrong.
  • Floating in a Bubble: Janitor Poopatine gets trapped in a soap bubble in "The Janitor's Apprentice" when Fanboy and Chum Chum fill hand dryers with soap.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Sprinkles, a bear that used to be a class pet but has now become ferocious and fierce.
  • Flying Broomstick: Kyle conjures a flying broomstick to escape from Man-Arctica's rampage in "Freeze Tag".
  • Forced Transformation: Fanboy and Boog become puppets in "Strings Attached" and love it so much that they fight with each other about who gets to do a good deed to permanently stay that way. Later in the episode, Boog is turned into a frog.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The characters here have four fingers on each hand.
  • Free-Range Children: Rarely do we even hear of any of the kids' parents.
  • Freeze Sneeze: Fanboy has one when outside in the rain in "Cold War".
  • Friend-or-Idol Decision: Happens in the superhero imagination sequence of "Super Chums". Fannihilator (Fanboy) gives Super Chum (Chum Chum) the choice of saving a school bus from falling into lava, or his girlfriend Yois Yane (Yo) from being killed by bears. He manages to do them both.
  • French Maid: Boog wears a French maid outfit, complete with the choker, in one scene of "Chimp Chomp Chumps".
  • Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult:
    • Their teacher confiscated Kyle's magic wand and told him he could have it back at the end of the year. Justified example, because Kyle was about to use it to cast a hostile spell on the titular duo.
    • He does it again in "Saving Private Chum Chum", when he sees everyone playing with toys and takes them all away, even Chum Chum due to swallowing a ball.
  • G-Rated Drug: Frosty Freezy Freeze can be easily considered such, given how addicted to it Fanboy and Chum Chum are.
  • Gag Nose: The whole plot of "Pick a Nose", with removable noses and all.
  • Genre Throwback: This show looks and feels a lot like a 90s cartoon, but is done with 3D animation instead of 2D.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: When Fanboy and Chum Chum hear that Agent 08 has been recalled:
    Chum Chum: What do we do, what do we do, what do we do?
    Fanboy: (slaps Chum Chum) Calm down, get a hold of yourself.
    • Also used in "Digital Pet Cemetery", but with reversed roles.
  • Gigantic Gulp: "Refill Madness" has Boog try to offer Cupzilla in exchange for the dirty Frosty Freezy Freeze cup Fanboy and Chum Chum have that would entitle them to unlimited free refills if they cleaned it. "45 gallons of bladder-bustin' refreshment!"
  • Girls Have Cooties: Finding girls disgusting is the reason why Fanboy turns down Yo's offer to have a sip of the Frosty Freezy Freeze despite being stranded on the Frosty Mart roof in "Fan VS Wild".
  • Glass Eye: Fanboy has a glass eye in "Fan VS Wild" that serves as a Deus ex Machina.
  • Go Back to the Source: In "Brain Freeze", FB and CC end up having a Frosty Freezy Freeze-infused hangover night which results in them losing their trademark underwear outside their suits. They manage to find the underwear in the Frosty Freezy Freeze machine, the same place they learned the Berry Pink flavor was replaced with Radioactive Red early in the episode.
  • Gonk:
    • Lupe. None of the characters are anywhere near to being pretty, but just look at her. Geeze.
    • Mr. Mufflin might be the worst out of them all, for example...
  • Goo Goo Getup: Fanboy pretends to be a baby to draw customers to his and Chum Chum's lemonade stand in "Battle of the Stands" by wearing a bonnet and sucking on a pacifier.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: In "Frosty Mart Dream Vacation", Lenny is encouraged by his shoulder devil to leave Fanboy and Chum Chum at the Frosty Mart and take their plane tickets to go on the tropical vacation they won.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Lupe sometimes uses Spanish words in her sentences.
  • Gross-Out Show: A lot of the show's gags rely on Toilet Humour and the titular duo demonstrating terrible standards on personal hygiene.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up:
    • "Tooth or Scare" features a disgusting close-up on the chewed wad of gum that Fanboy and Chum Chum use to stick Kyle's lost tooth in place in order to deceive the Wizard Tooth Fairy.
    • "Field Trip of Horrors" shows a grotesque close-up of Bus Lady Cram's foot.
    • "Dental Illness" features sickening close-ups of Fanboy's decaying tooth.
    • "Champ of Chomp" shows a disturbingly detailed shot of Chum Chum's bald spot.
  • Hard-Work Montage: "Fan VS Wild" has one when Fanboy, Chum Chum, and Kyle build Oz's blueprint to rescue them, but it turns out to be a display case for Oz's shop.
  • Harmless Freezing:
    • The Secret Shopper and Lenny are both frozen in "Secret Shopper", but they are perfectly fine after they defrost.
    • Averted in '"Refill Madness":
    Lenny: I'm getting Frosty Bitey Bite!
    • Also averted in "Freeze Tag", where everyone in town runs away from Man-Arctica in terror as he tries to turn them all into icicles.
  • Harmless Voltage:
    • Boog was forced to wear a collar that shocked him every time he thought about bopping, but its painful effects didn't seem to last longer than a few seconds.
    • Also, Agent 08 was recalled due to its tendency to explode and shock people, but no matter how many times it electrocuted Fanboy and Chum Chum, the two were always back to normal in the next scene.
  • Held Back in School: It is implied by Mr. Mufflin in the first episode that both FB and CC were held back at least a year or more.
    Mr. Mufflin: If they hold these two back another year, I'm puttin' in for an early retirement.
  • Helium Speech: Fanboy, Chum Chum, and Boog get high-pitched voices at the end of "Fanboy in the Plastic Bubble."
  • High-Class Glass: Professor Flan, Kyle's old teacher from Milkweed Academy, wears a monocle.
  • Hired to Hunt Yourself: In the climax of "The Great Bicycle Mystery", Fanboy and Chum Chum realize from the Frosty Mart's security footage those who destroyed Lenny's bike happened to be themselves.
  • Halloween Episode: "There Will Be Shrieks", where Fanboy and Chum Chum encounter a Pumpkin Person named Mr. Trick, who tricks them into eating enchanted sweets that rob them of their sense of taste. He then manipulates the two into collecting 1,000 screams with the promise of giving them their sense of taste back, but instead uses the collected screams (all coming from Kyle) to get rid of all the candy.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Sometimes Kyle's spells tend to turn on himself.
      • On example is the spell "Charm to summon a griffon" in the pilot. He imagines the victim to be Fanboy, but then Fanboy swipes the spellbook and utters the incantation out loud, next to him. Minutes later, that griffon comes down from the skies, scoops up Kyle himself, and carries him away.
      • The magic eraser Kyle gives Fanboy in "Speed Eraser" has the ability to erase anything from existence; after literally attaching it to Fanboy, he is so upset and shocked he accidentally erases Kyle's own body, and later, his wand.
  • Honesty Aesop: In the episode "The Tell-Tale Toy", Fanboy accidentally opens an Ultra Ninja toy meant for Chum Chum and breaks it, and he tries to hide the evidence from him so he doesn't find out. When he can't take it anymore, he is forced to tell the truth, but in a surprise "Shaggy Dog" Story, it turns out Chum Chum didn't want the ninja at all — he was going to give it to Fanboy and only wanted the box that the toy came in.
  • Horrible Camping Trip: In "Fan VS Wild", Fanboy, Chum Chum, and Kyle go camping on the roof of the Frosty Mart and become stranded as if they're stuck on a mountain.
  • Horny Vikings: Thorvald the Red, brother of Olaf, son of Smellanor, third-high scorer on Whack-A-Dragon. Like most fictional depictions of vikings, he has a horned helmet.
  • Hourglass Plot: The plot of "Fanboyfriend" deals with Lupe falling for Fanboy after he saves her from a spider. At the end when she gets superpowers from radioactive ants, Fanboy falls for Lupe.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Lupe. Marsha could also count.
  • Hulking Out: Chum Chum in "The Incredible Chulk" became a huge, orange monster with immense strength when Fanboy makes him laugh.
  • HULK MASH!-Up: "The Incredible Chulk" has Chum Chum become a giant orange monster with incredible strength and the ability to jump real high whenever he laughs uncontrollably.
  • Hulk Speak: Yum Yum talks in third person and in incomplete sentences.
  • Human Shield: Fanboy and Chum Chum use Boog as one during a game of dodgeball in "Chimp Chomp Chumps". Amusing Injuries results.
  • Hypocritical Humor: From "I, Fanbot":
    Oz: I've never been a big studier and I'm a huge success.
    Oz's mom: (offscreen) Ozwald, did you scoop out Mitzi's litter box?
  • I Can Live With That: In "The Janitor Strikes Back":
    Janitor Poopatine: Alright, alright! You can have your gum! And chew it, too.
    Fanboy & Chum Chum: YAY!!!
    Janitor Poopatine: But no taffy!
    Fanboy: Ah, we can live with that.
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: In "I, Fanbot", the duo's class will be rewarded with a bouncy house if everyone passes a big test.
    Fanboy: I'm about to say two words I never thought I'd say... let's study!
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!: The boys are quite addicts to the Frosty Freezy Freeze, especially in "Berry Sick".
  • An Ice Person:
    • Man-Arctica, as his name might suggest, is a superhero who has ice powers.
    • The Secret Shopper gains ice powers at the end of "Secret Shopper".
    • Berry the Ice Monster has this power set due to essentially being living Frosty Freezy Freeze.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: Scene transitions are sometimes done with the duo's chest insignias.
  • Idiot Ball: Several plots require Fanboy and/or Chum Chum being stupider than they usually are in order for the story's events to happen at all. One example that stands out is "The Last Strawberry Fun Finger", where it takes literally the entire episode for the boys to figure out that they can share the last Strawberry Fun Finger by cutting the snack in half.
  • I Gave My Word: In "Lord of the Rings" when Fanboy becomes a magician, he learns the most important rule is magicians never reveal any of their secrets, ever. When Kyle asks him about the secret to his ring trick, Fanboy sticks to his word.
  • Imagine Spot: In "Refill Madness", Lenny imagines what would happen if Fanboy and Chum Chum realized they had a cup for unlimited free refills. It's portrayed as a Shout-Out to Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.
  • Imagine the Audience Naked: When Fanboy is nervous about getting the job of erasing the chalkboard in "Speed Eraser", Chum Chum advises him to pretend everyone is wearing their underwear on the outside. This worries Fanboy further as both he and Chum Chum wear their underwear just as he described.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Man-Arctica remarks that he can hear Fanboy at the end of "Camp-Arctica" after Fanboy mocks Man-Arctica being reduced to a puddle in a cooler by remarking how some people can't handle the outdoors.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Yo's attitude toward Chum Chum is that she wants him as her pet.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Parodied in "The Incredible Shrinking Fanboy", except Fanboy only thinks he's shrinking.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: In "Night Morning", Fanboy invites the entire class to watch Chum Chum do his morning routine... at night!
  • Inconvenient Summons: In "Excuse Me", Kyle's Scrivener Elf gets annoyed by Kyle, Fanboy and Chum Chum summoning him to write them more excuse notes, at one point being interrupted while trying to take a bath.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals:
    • All three of the school's lunch ladies look identical except their dresses are different colors.
    • The school's French teacher, Madame La Vache, and Miss Olive, a kindergarten teacher, look exactly the same except the French teacher wears glasses and a beret.
    • All three cheerleaders look identical.
  • Iris Out: Used at the end of some episodes.
  • Irony:
    • In "Digital Pet Cemetary", Fanboy warns Chum Chum they can't overfeed Scampers; yet later on, he is the one who overfeeds him.
    • Kyle mentions in "Cold War" he never actually wanted anyone to play with him before, but he himself doesn't want to play with Fanboy and Chum Chum because they make up rules for their games. Justified, as he isn't creative and optimistic like they are.
  • I Taste Delicious: When Berry freezes the titular duo in "Berry Sick" the two don't mind because they taste like Frosty Freezy Freeze.
  • Jaw Drop:
    • When the titular duo is forced to clean the school's oldest bathroom:
    Fanboy: Uh, Chum Chum... tell me my jaw did not just touch this floor.
    • In "Strings Attached", wooden toy Fanboy's jaw literally breaks off when he sees Sprinkles and Precious rob a bank.
    • Chum Chum does this when he sees Moppy for the first time.
  • Jerkass:
    • Boog is a bully who really enjoys beating up Fanboy and Chum Chum.
    • Kyle has his moments, depending on the episode, of being mean to Fanboy and Chum Chum when it isn't warranted.
    • Sigmund is very rude and insulting to Kyle.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: To undo the Oz's mind control in "HypnotOzed", the Dollarnator sends Fanboy and Chum Chum into Oz's brain to erase the idea of selling his toys.
  • Jumping Out of a Cake: Man-Arctica jumps out of Chum Chum's birthday cake in "Present Not Accounted For".
  • Jumping the Shark: Spoofed, as a cephalopod named Agent 008 actually jumped a shark. Inverted in-universe, as according to Chum-Chum, that's when his show started to get really good.
  • Karma Houdini: Fanboy and Chum Chum kind of fit this, they usually manage to get away with annoying everyone in sight, the few times that they DO receive punishment they manage to drag someone else into it with them, like Kyle so it's not as bad for them.
  • Keet: Fanboy is essentially a hyperactive kid.
  • Kidanova: Fanboy. Lupe, Moppy and Muk-Muk. But YMMV on how many of those were in in his head.
  • Kids Prefer Boxes: Chum Chum only wanted the box his Ultra Ninja Toy came in at the end of "The Tell-Tale Toy".
  • Kill It with Water: Exposure to water is how Fanboy gets rid of Stinks and cleans himself in "Fanboy Stinks".
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: In "Fanboyfriend", Fanboy is about to receive a lip-to-lip kiss from Lupe...but then it cuts to a "smooch" card seconds before impact. The next scene is Fanboy after the kiss.
  • Knife Outline: In "Monster in the Mist", Fanboy hurls plastic forks at Boog and the last one thrown nearly hits him in the crotch.

  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • In "Excuse Me", FB and CC, along with Kyle, are forced to make up all the work they got out of with the forged excuse notes, and have to miss spring break in return.
    • In the ending of "Precious Pig" when it was revealed Fanboy actually succeeded at teaching Precious karate, Mr. Mufflin gives detention to everyone who didn't believe him.
    • The climax of "The Great Bicycle Mystery" has Lenny realize the Frosty Mart has security cameras which revealed FB and CC as the true culprits who destroyed Bikey; the boys are then turned into Bikey's tires as punishment as he rides back home.
    • In "Speed Eraser", Kyle gives Fanboy an eraser that literally erases anything because of jealousy for him stealing his eraser-er position. It instead makes Fanboy more popular, and later on in the episode, Kyle gets erased.
  • Lava Pit: Fanboy and Chum Chum inexplicably have one outside the Fanlair in "Lord of the Rings".
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: See Sting for an example.
  • Lemonade Stand Plot: Fanboy and Chum Chum attempt to sell lemonade in "Battle of the Stands", only to face competition from Yo and Lupe.
  • Local Hangout: The Frosty Mart is where Fanboy and Chum Chum tend to pass the time.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • In "Lord of the Rings", Fanboy will never tell Kyle his secret to the ring trick because "Good magicians never reveal their secrets." However, a small wallet-sized copy of the vow reveals the secrets are only revealed to the magician's assistant; Kyle decides to take Chum Chum's place in disguise as him so he can learn.
    • In "Slime Day", the rule of the secret phrase to getting slimed is you can't tell anyone the phrase and they have to discover it themselves. But there isn't a rule saying the phrase cannot be written down, so the Nickelodeon president gives FB and CC a cue card with the phrase on it (the phrase is literally "I don't know.") so they can say it and get slimed.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: When Fanboy is mad at Chum Chum in "The Incredible Chulk", Boog derides, "You two are like an old married couple!" Lenny, holding a rolling pin, then walks over to Boog and they too begin to argue like an old married couple.
  • Limited Wardrobe: All the characters wear the same clothes, with the titular duo being the guiltiest.
  • Literal-Minded: Fanboy and Chum Chum act like this pretty frequently, but in "Crib Notes", when baby Kyle says he wants to be rocked to sleep, the duo break out electric guitars and perform some rock and roll.
  • Living Shadow: Brizwald has one in "Risky Brizness", and he uses it to steal Oz's comic book. Fanboy and Chum Chum fight him by using shadow puppets.
  • Look Behind You: Subverted at the end of "Monster in the Mist" with Lenny telling Boog to turn around, Boog refusing to do so, and then getting eaten by the real monster.
  • MacGuffin:
    • The "unlimited free refills" cup owned by Fanboy and Chum Chum in "Refill Madness", something Boog and Lenny frequently persue throughout.
    • The winning cup in "The Winners", which both FB and CC have to protect from the rest of the townsfolk (even Man-Arctica) who want the fortune as much as they do.
  • Maintain the Lie: "Sigmund the Sorcerer" revolves around Kyle trying to decieve Sigmund into believing that he's become a successful sorcerer himself after his expulsion from Milkweed Academy.
  • May Contain Evil: The Agent 8 box says things like "quick action oil spill" and "octo-shock grip". Of course, Fanboy and Chum Chum think it's awesome.
  • Magic Countdown: Averted in "The Hard Sell" when Oz's mom tells him she'll be downstairs in one minute. Exactly one minute elapses between when she says that and when she comes downstairs.
  • Male Gaze: "Super Chums" features an angle that shows a close-up shot of Copykitten's rear.
  • Mall Santa: Mr. Mufflin works as a Mall Man-Arctica at the Frosty Mart in "A Very Brrr-y Icemas".
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Done epically in "Refill Madness" by Boog, Lenny, and everyone in the car when it is about to crash into the Frosty Mart.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Fanboy is named after the term of the same name, which refers to a superfan. This is especially fitting in the pilot, where he and Chum Chum were shown to idolize a superhero named Fan Man.
    • Chum Chum is named after a "chum", or a close friend.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: The Random! Cartoons pilot has Berry the Ice Monster agree to do a round of thumb wrestling with Fanboy over who gets to drink the last of the Frosty Freezy Freeze. Berry wins, but learns that Chum Chum had already finished drinking the last of the Frosty Freezy Freeze once he is handed over the cup.
  • Meanwhile, Back at the…: The beginning of the superhero imagination sequence in "Heroes vs. Villains parodies the famous "Meanwhile at the Hall of Justice..." line as "Meanwhile at the Jungle Gym of Justice...".
  • Medium Blending: When Thorvald the Red has a flashback, the style of the show switches to 2D flash animation. The same thing occurs when the characters watch television.
  • Me's a Crowd:
    • Miniature clones of FB and CC are unleashed during the duo's "Shenanigans" game in "Cold War".
    • In "Attack of the Clones", Fanboy has to miss a field trip to the thermometer factory due to detention, so Chum Chum makes clones of themselves to take their place while they're gone. The clones soon start making clones of each other, which Chum Chum warned earlier is highly unstable; sure enough, all the clones turn into zombies.
  • Messy Pig: The class pet Precious is a pig who is quite filthy.
  • Milholland Relationship Moment: In "The Tell-Tale Toy", Fanboy breaks Chum Chum's new toy and frantically tries to fix it until Chum Chum tells him he only wanted the box and was going to give him the toy.
  • Mind-Control Device: Oz gets swirling spiral eyes in "HypnotOzed" when a toy hypnotizes him into selling his beloved merchandise.
  • Minimalist Cast: Taken to an extreme degree in "The Tale Tell Toy" - the only characters to appear are the titular duo, the only location being the Fanlair and no place more.
  • Mining for Cookies: "The Cold Rush" has Fanboy and Chum Chum's Wild West ancestors Faniel and Chumtholomew mine for Frosty Freezy Freeze.
  • Mirror-Cracking Ugly: "Funny Face" has Kyle look into a hand mirror held by his Scrivener Elf. The glass quickly cracks, which upsets Kyle but amuses the Scrivener Elf.
  • The More You Know: Parodied at the end of "The Big Bopper", where Fanboy and Chum Chum conclude that no one learned anything from the episode. The screen then says, "The Less You Know."
  • Morality Pet:
    • Later episodes feature Lenny being one for Boog, although their friendship remains vitriolic at best.
    • Chum Chum serves as one for Fanboy, and they both serve as this to Kyle. Lupe is also one to Yo.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate:
    • Dr. Acula, a neck specialist who turns out to be an actual vampire.
    • At the end of "Saving Private Chum Chum", Mr. Mufflin getting surgery to become bat-like is explained when he tells the boys, "Y'know, that medical van will do anything if you slip 'em an extra twenty."
  • Mr. Imagination: Fanboy and Chum Chum are sometimes shown to have active imaginations.
  • My Little Panzer: In "Total Recall", Agent 08 spits corrosive ink, electrocutes people, and explodes. In Oz's "hall of recall", he has a flame-throwing fire truck, acid-spitting dolls, "baby's first nail gun", and a warship with real weaponry.
  • Mystery Meat: The eponymous glop from "Little Glop of Horrors" is a meat-like substance that is disgusting and barely edible.
  • Nails on a Blackboard: This is how Fanboy gets everyone's attention in "The Great Bicycle Mystery".
  • The Napoleon: Mr. Mufflin is short and not usually of good temperament.
  • Name and Name: The show's title is also the names of the two main characters.
  • Negative Continuity: The Frosty Mart has been destroyed several times and characters have been maimed, transformed, or altered in various ways, but none of it carries over to the next episode.
  • Never My Fault: In "Monster in the Mist" Boog and Lenny blame Fanboy and Chum Chum for making them believe they were the monster when it was actually their own impaired eye sight that was to blame.
  • Never Say "Die":
    • Kyle says the phrase "Goodbye forever" when armed with a fireball in the pilot, shocking viewers. Luckily, he himself gets taken out at the last minute.
    • Marsha says Fanboy will "take a permanent nap" when naptime comes.
    • Averted in "Fanboy in the Plastic Bubble": "PREPARE FOR DEATH BY BOP!"
  • Nice Mean And In Between:
    • Chum Chum is the nice one, the Cheerful Child who is sweet, rather innocent, and can have his feelings hurt sometimes. Kyle is the mean one, a wizard who serves as a snarky killjoy who despises anything fun but can have his Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments, other times acting as a full-on Villain Protagonist. Fanboy is the in-between, due to being dimwitted and funny, but can be more serious than Chum Chum. You can tell which is which by their clothing colors.
    • The three main grownups are this, too. Oz is a hoarder but a friend to the two boys, Boog is a bully who bops anyone, and Lenny mediates between the two because he's always annoyed and flustered but sometimes has a soft side.
    • Some of the girls are also this. Lupe is soft-hearted; Francine is stuck-up; Yo is a wild Genki Girl who has a warm side at times.
  • Night-Vision Goggles: Used by Boog in "Fanboy in the Plastic Bubble."
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: In Lights Out, the boys want to watch a film that is literally entitled Robot Pirate Ninja President.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: Fanboy, Chum Chum, and Yum Yum hide in the school's trophy case to avoid Janitor Poopatine in "The Janitor Strikes Back".
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Fanboy and Chum Chum's classmate Michael Johnson is obviously based on Michael Jackson, complete with apparel influenced by the costume Jackson wore in the Thriller music video, moonwalking and occasionally saying "Hee-hee" and "Shamone".
  • No Ending: Episodes ending with no clear resolution to the main plot are a fairly often occurrence due to the show's Negative Continuity.
  • Non-Nude Bathing: The two main characters bathe with their superhero costumes on.
  • No One Should Survive That!:
    • In "Excuse Me", the boys bounce Kyle on their springs so hard they fly right up into space...then drop back down to earth easily. They wouldn't have did so in real life, as space has no gravity. Also, it would take a long time to get to space as they need to break the sound barrier first.
    • At the end of "Lord of the Rings", Kyle falls into a Lava Pit and is immediately rescued by a griffon without a singe.
  • The Noseless: Fanboy and Chum Chum are capable of detaching their noses from their faces and swapping them with each other in "Pick a Nose", leaving brief moments where neither of them has a nose. In "Fanboy Stinks", Chum Chum removes his nose because he can't stand Fanboy's odor, but he is still able to smell him through his ears.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: Chum Chum mentions in "Fangboy" that Fanboy once dreamed he was seen in public without his Underwear of Power.

  • Ocular Gushers: Every time a character cries, the tears stream from their eyes like a sprinkler.
  • Offscreen Crash: At the beginning of "Strings Attached", Fanboy throws a huge water balloon out into the street. Car crashes and alarms are heard.
    Fanboy: Well, it looks like they're all good swimmers, so it's a happy ending after all.
  • Ominous Fog: "Monster in the Mist" is all about scary fog.
  • Only Sane Man: Kyle and Lenny often fill the role of the only sane and intelligent character, the former being one of few characters to have a common sense.
  • Opening Shout-Out:
    • In "Attack of the Clones" when Cloneboy and Chum Clone try the Frosty Freezy Freeze, they launch into the "Brain freeze!" sequence from the theme song.
    • In "The Janitor's Apprentice" when the boys see Janitor Poopatine's Dump Star and "Attack of the Clones" when they witness Boog's bop arms, their reaction is taken from the very end of the theme song: "Ohhhh! That's nice!"
  • Organ Autonomy: After Fanboy refuses to take a bath, his hand grows mushrooms for eyes and gains the personality of a mobster named Stinks. A particularly squicky scene results when Stinks "has to use the little hand's room."
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: Apparently, griffons exist in this universe, usually as creatures summoned by Kyle.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The "Fangboy" episode has Fanboy believe he's become a vampire due to waking up with a mosquito bite on his neck. After he consults a neck specialist named Dr. Acula to give Chum Chum a neck in order for it to be possible for Fanboy to bite Chum Chum there and make him a vampire, Dr. Acula turns out to have actually bitten Fanboy before when he bites Fanboy while trying to bite Chum Chum, remarks that the blood tastes familiar and freaks out at realizing that feeding on an idiot is why he was acting moronic earlier.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • Fanboy screams "Aaaah! What have I done?!" no less than seven times in "The Tell-Tale Toy".
    • Kyle's screaming in "There Will Be Shrieks". Technically, he screams one thousand times in a row, but only the first ten or so are heard.
  • Pac Man Fever: Outdated representations of video games are justified by the fact that the only video games seen in the series are arcade games and a virtual pet.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • Played straight. Fanboy and Chum Chum's parents are never seen nor mentioned, same with Kyle and other children. Matter of fact, there's no trace of anyone's parents anywhere, with only brief mentions to relatives.
    • Yo and Oz are the only ones who avert this, though the latter is the only one whose are shown, while the former's is only mentioned.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • In "Battle of the Stands", Fanboy disguises himself as a baby so he and Chum Chum can gather more customers at their lemonade stand than Yo and Lupe. Only Yo and Lupe can see through his disguise, which is nothing more than a bonnet and a pacifier.
    • Chum Chum's disguise as the Toxic Teapot in "Fanboyfriend" is literally just him wearing a teapot costume. Lupe doesn't notice.
  • Phrase Catcher: Chum Chum usually says "Poop!" whenever someone mentions Poopatine's name out loud.
  • Picture Day: Fanboy and Chum Chum have class picture day in "Pick a Nose". "Funny Face" does the same.
  • Piano Drop: One of the curses Lenny suffers when Fanboy plays around with the Staff of Chumnubis in "Frosty Mart Dream Vacation" is having a piano fall on him.
  • Pie in the Face:
    • A pie thrown in the face happens several times in "Prank Master".
    • "Funny Face" ends with the class picture flubbed when Mr. Mufflin's pies end up hitting the faces of Fanboy and Chum Chum's classmates.
  • The Pig-Pen: Fanboy becomes deliberately untidy and filthy when he tries to set a world record for the longest time without taking a bath.
  • Pinocchio Nose: Fanboy has his nose grow to show that he's lying in "Strings Attached" when he says he'll do a good deed.
  • Pirate: The episode "Fanboy A'hoy" has all the kids as pirates.
  • Please, I Will Do Anything!: The entire point of the "Chimp Chomp Chumps" episode, in which Boog begs Fanboy and Chum Chum for their ticket to the Chimp Chomp movie and the boys take advantage of his desperation to get the ticket by persuading him into doing various demeaning and humiliating tasks.
  • Pokémon Speak: Chum Chum's cousin Muk Muk only says her own name.
  • Potty Emergency: Fanboy and Chum Chum experience a need to pee in "Fanboy in the Plastic Bubble" when they are trapped inside of a plastic bubble and Boog teases them by pouring a pitcher of water into a cup.
  • Potty Failure: Used as a joke at the end of "The Incredible Shrinking Fanboy" when Yo's dollhouse is stuck on Fanboy's body. He tells Chum Chum to hurry with removing it because "the basement's flooding".
  • The Precious, Precious Car: Boog has a fancy car named Sandy who he is very protective of.
  • Precocious Crush: Fanboy and Chum Chum both develop crushes on the school nurse Pam in "Lice Lice Baby".
  • Psycho Electro: Boog at the end of "A Bopwork Orange" gains electrical powers and decides to use them on Fanboy and Chum Chum to get around being prohibited from bopping them.
  • Pumpkin Person: The Halloween Episode "There Will Be Shrieks" features a pumpkin-headed man named Mr. Trick.
  • Puppet Permutation: Fanboy and Boog in "Strings Attached" get turned into marionettes.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Mr. Mufflin gets sad-looking eyes when he reads Fanboy's, Chum Chum's, and Kyle's sappy excuse notes because they were "saving kittens in an avalanche" or something similar.
  • Race Against the Clock:
    • In "The Hard Sell", Oz has to sell something before 6:00 otherwise his mother will shut down his store and turn it into a yogurt shop.
    • In "Strings Attached", Fanboy has to do one good deed by 5:00 if he wishes to keep his transformation into a marionette.
  • Radiation-Induced Superpowers: Fanboy tries to get real superpowers by getting bitten by a radioactive spider in "Fanboyfriend." Later in the episode, Lupe and Chum Chum acquire powers after a picnic by the power plant.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!":
    • Poopatine gives one in "The Sword in the Throne" as the boys enter the sacred bathroom stall to see the Plunger of Power.
    • In "Crib Notes", this was Necronomicon's response when Kyle asks him for the "crib notes" spell.
    • In "Speed Eraser", Kyle gives one as Fanboy (purposefully) tries to erase his own head.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: "The Great Bicycle Mystery" has several characters retelling their version of what happened to Lenny's destroyed bicycle, but details in each story conflict with one another. The true culprits turned out to be FB and CC themselves, as the security camera reveals they accidentally landed on the bike, crushing it, from a failed stunt.
  • Reaching Between the Lines: In "Cold War", Fanboy eats Lenny's nachos while talking with him on the phone.
  • Real After All: The monster in "Monster in the Mist" turns out to be real after initially just being Boog and Lenny's hallucinatory perceptions of Fanboy and Chum Chum caused by sleep deprivation.
  • Reality Warper: The titular boys are all but stated to be this. "Separation Anxiety" even reveals the boys must be together because separating them will rip a hole in the space-time continuum.
  • Real Time: Near the end of “The Hard Sell”, Oz’s mom warns him she’ll be coming downstairs in one minute. Exactly one minute after she says that, she’s in the store after Oz sells the pickle jar.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kyle gives one to Fanboy and Chum Chum in "Cold War" upon getting mad at the fact they make up rules for their games; for some reason they are smiling throughout all of it and don't show any sign of their feelings being hurt.
  • Record Needle Scratch: Has happened on more than one occasion.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning:
    • Kyle shows red eyes to highlight his sinister nature in "Tooth or Scare" and "Heroes vs. Villains".
    • The new lunch lady at the end of "Norse Code" has her eyes glows red to signify that she's evil.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Fanboy and Chum Chum are both red to Kyle's blue, and Boog is red to Lenny's blue.
    • In episodes and scenes where it's just the two main characters, depending on the episode, they tend to swap places with Fanboy being responsible (blue) and thinking up some sort of kooky plan (red) while Chum Chum is an excitable Cheerful Child (red) who tends to be the voice of reason when his friend flies off the handle (blue).
  • Repetitive Name: Chum Chum's name is obviously the same word twice in a row.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: The main point of "Stan-Arctica" is Fanboy — and virtually everyone else in town — believes Man-Arctica died after reading a comic book where he falls down a black hole after being defeated by Global Warmer. When the hero is revealed to have survived, he disguises himself as a mild mannered citizen and takes up a job at Oz's store to keep up the act.
  • Retcon: Two Season 1 episodes reference Christmas - in "Night Morning", Chum Chum says Man-Arctica delivers toys to kids; Yo corrects him by saying "Isn't that Santa Clause?". Later in "Eyes on the Prize", Fanboy says buying a cereal of Man-Arcticrunch is like Christmas but with cereal. Come the Season 2 Christmas Episode "A Very Brrr-y Icemas", Christmas is not celebrated at all - it's parodied as Icemas, with Man-Arctica acting like Santa Clause.
  • Revenge:
    • Marsha used to be the star student, but thanks to Fanboy sneezing on her placement test, she received such a failing grade that she is sent back to kindergarten. She vowed payback on him because of this.
    • Kyle is extremely jealous when Mr. Mufflin gives his position of "board eraser-er" to Fanboy because of his impressive erasing routine; to get back at him, he is presented with a cursed eraser that literally makes anything disappear. But instead of getting in trouble, Mr. Mufflin and the students praise him for "freeing them all" and the eraser only makes him even more popular.
  • Rhyming Wizardry:
    • In "Field Trip of Horrors", Kyle attempts to get everyone off the bus on a field trip to the glop mines with the spell, "Reverseus Fieldtrippercus!", only to lose his wand out the window last minute.
    • In "Buddy Up" when FB and CC are stuck in the desert with Kyle, Kyle attempts to sneak off without them knowing by using an invisibility spell with the incantation, "Makemeus Invisiblus!" Unfortunately, this alarms the two boys that Kyle is missing from their Buddy system and frantically try to find him.
    • In "Hex Games", Kyle attempts to start Sigmund's video game with the spell "Gamus Beginnus!", but nothing happens; Chum Chum then bluntly adds the game has to be put in the Hex Box to activate.
  • Riddle for the Ages:
    • What do Fanboy and Chum Chum look like without their masks? And what are their "secret identities"? The one time they took them off, we only saw them from behind, and by the time we see their front, the masks are back on.
    • Why do the boys live by themselves? And where are their parents?
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: "Slime Day" has CGI-animated Fanboy and Chum Chum appear at Nickelodeon Studios and interact with Don Newhouse and the president of Nickelodeon in live-action.
  • Rubber-Hose Limbs: Has happened occasionally.
  • Rule of Three:
    • Kyle's list of what will happen to Fanboy in "Speed Eraser" (just look at Fanboy's "Oh, Crap!" face throughout):
    Kyle: Every time you reach for a toy...IT WILL BE ERASED. Every time you try to slurp a Frosty Freezy Freeze...IT WILL BE ERASED. And every time you try to reach for the remote...IT WILL BE...ERASED!
    Fanboy: (pants) You mean we'll be forced to watch commercials?!! NO! That is the WORST THING POSSIBLE!
    • Yet later on, it's himself who gets erased.
  • Rushmore Refacement: "The Last Strawberry Fun Finger" has Fanboy bring up a hypothetical landmark called Mt. Awesomemore, shown to be a version of Mt. Rushmore where all the faces are of Chum Chum, when he argues on why Chum Chum deserves to have the last Strawberry Fun Finger.
  • Running on the Spot: Shows up quite frequently whenever someone is about to run away.

  • Sand In My Eyes: At the end of "Norse Code", Fanboy says, "I'm not crying, the vortex just threw something in my eye!" He has a similar line in "Moppy Dearest".
  • Scare 'Em Straight: Invoked by Kyle in "Speed Eraser" when he attempts to teach Fanboy a lesson about destroying the town with the magic eraser by bonding it to his hand. The consequences are enough to reduce Fanboy to tears — and he winds up demonstrating said consequences on Kyle himself.
  • Scout-Out:
    • The Man-Arctic Seal Cubs, which are a parody of the Boy Scouts.
    • "Precious Pig" has Fanboy imitating Smeagul and Gollum near the end.
  • Self-Deprecation: The show loves doing this to itself. For an example, they take a jab at the frequent use of Toilet Humour in "Little Glop of Horrors".
    Fanboy: Hey Kyle! It's pizza day! Come play pizza monkeys with us!
    Kyle: You two are... pizza monkeys? What do you do, throw your poopparoni?
    (Fanboy and Chum Chum burst out with laughter)
    Kyle: (sighing) I'm witty day after day — and this is what they laugh at.
  • Self-Induced Allergic Reaction: Boog fakes an allergic reaction to breathing air so Fanboy and Chum Chum will let him inside their plastic bubble. The two fall for it, and immediately afterwards, Boog's allergy clears up and he proceeds to beating up Fanboy and Chum Chum.
  • Sequel Episode: The whole-episode superhero Imagine Spot in "Heroes Vs. Villains" later gets its own full-episode adventure in "Super Chums".
  • Series Continuity Error: The show has quite a few inconsistencies with continuity, possibly because of production and broadcast orders.
    • A fine example would be in where "Bubble Trouble" features the boys as Man-Arctic Scouts graduating from Seal Cubs to Narwhals at the end and yet in "Camp-Arctica" (which was produced after "Bubble Trouble"), they are Seal Cubs again.
    • "I'm Man-Arctica!" shows the boys and others don't know Man-Arctica yet in earlier episodes they do.
    • Fanboy doesn't like studying as shown in "I, Fanbot"; in "Crib Notes" he doesn't know what studying is.
  • Series Goal: Kyle's is to get readmitted to Milkweed Academy, though it is mainly prominent in the second season.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story:
    • A surprise one in "The Tell-Tale Toy". As it turns out, Chum Chum didn't want the Ultra Ninja at all — he was only interested in the box that it came in, and was going to give Fanboy the toy, so Fanboy's efforts to keep Chum Chum from finding out that he accidentally broke the toy were all for nothing.
    • In "Crib Notes", Kyle casts a spell that will give him the answers to a test to be readmitted into Milkweed Academy, except it turns him into a baby and he must go to sleep to know the answers. Fanboy and Chum Chum try various methods to make him sleep, and when they finally succeed and Kyle takes the test, his answers are voided last-minute because he didn't use a No. 2 wand.
    • In "Kids in the Hall", Kyle desperately tries to give Professor Flan his essay to be readmitted to his Milkweed Academy, but hall monitors Fanboy and Chum Chum keep getting in his way. In the process, Kyle's essays get eaten by a goat and a three-headed dog from another dimension; he has no time to write a third essay, forcing him to hand in a drawing on a sticky note. To Kyle's surprise, Flan likes the drawing so much that he accepts Kyle back to Milkweed... until he gets eaten by the three-headed dog.
  • Snack-Stealing Seagulls: In "The Frosty Bus", a seagull can be seen stealing bags of chips from the Frosty Mart as a Funny Background Event. Later when attempting to stop Boog, Chum Chum warns Fanboy of that thieving seagull, and the two are commended on their effort but are upset that lulled them away from what's really at hand.
  • Sick Episode:
    • "Cold War" has the two main characters sick at home and of each other.
    • "Chicken Pox", to some extent, as it has Kyle afflicted with a version of the chicken pox that makes him turn into an actual chicken.
  • Single Tear: Moppy sheds one when Fanboy appears to leave her for Muk-Muk in "Moppy Dearest".
  • Skyward Scream: Fanboy has one in "Stan Arctica" when he reads a comic about Man-Arctica being defeated by the Global Warmer and falling into a black hole, thinking Man-Arctica died.
  • Slapstick: Right after Toilet Humour and puns, the show's most common type of humor is to have the characters suffer silly injuries.
  • Slippery Skid: Guaranteed whenever Boog chases the titular duo around the Frosty Mart.
  • Smashed Eggs Hatching: After Kyle lays an egg while transformed into a chicken in "Chicken Pox", Fanboy and Chum Chum end up cracking it due to their carelessness, but this leads to a fairy emerging from the egg and turning Kyle back to normal.
  • Snap Back: A lot of weird stuff happens at the end of many episodes, only to be forgotten about by the next one (Fanboy and Chum Chum becoming vampires at the end of "Fangboy" and Lupe and Chum Chum gaining super powers at the end of "Fanboyfriend" stand out in particular).
  • Spaghetti Kiss: "Robo-mance" features this in the musical number of the same name, where one part shows the Dollar-nator and Julie Android kiss after sucking on the same strand of spaghetti made of wires.
  • Spit Take: Dr. Acula spits his drink when Fanboy tells him he's a vampire in "Fangboy".
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: In "Cold War", Fanboy calls in sick to the Frosty Mart and is able to reach across the split screens.
  • Spoiler Title: Subverted, but the title card for "Speed Eraser" has Fanboy erasing Kyle's body with the magic eraser he has been given. This is exactly what happens to him in the actual episode.
  • Stab the Salad: The lunchladies have a habit of acting mean and threatening when they're actually trying to do something nice.
  • Stage Magician: Fanboy does magic tricks as The Great Fantini in "Lord of the Rings".
  • Stalker Shrine: Yo is shown to have a shrine of photos of Chum Chum in "The Incredible Shrinking Fanboy".
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In "I, Fanbot", Fanboy switches brains with Oz's robot so he can become a robot himself and be smarter; when asked why they didn't just put the robot's brain in his own body, Fanboy claims if they did that then he wouldn't have the "robot claws" the robot came with.
    Chum Chum: Robot claws!
  • Status Quo Is God: At the end of "A Bopwork Orange", Boog has learned not to bop, but to zap; after that, he retains his bopping obsession.
  • Sting: Lampshaded in "The Great Bicycle Mystery" the first few times it occurs. Fanboy notices it and tries to make it happen again by saying "One of you is a culprit in the great bicycle mystery!" although it does not play.
    Fanboy: Nothin'? Huh, I guess we should get to it then.
  • Stock Audio Clip:
    • Chum Chum has a voice clip of him saying "Yay!" that is used in multiple episodes, such as "Chimp Chomp Chumps", "Little Glop of Horrors", and the "Sliding Doors" animated short.
    • Kyle's exasperated moan in "Wizboy" from when Mr. Mufflin takes his wand away is used again in "Saving Private Chum Chum" when Mr. Mufflin takes his Lil' Warlock kit.
  • Stock Footage:
    • The opening zoom-in on the school in "Wizboy" is reused in the opening of "I, Fanbot".
    • Some scenes of the Hard-Work Montage in "Fan vs. Wild" were reused in "Fan-bidextrous" while Fanboy is working on his prank for the handprint ceremony.
  • Stock Scream: "Microphonies" features the Howie Long Scream as one of the sound effects Fanboy and Chum Chum make using the Mega Mic.
  • Stylistic Self-Parody: In "Normal Day", Boog is shown among the unusual beings Fanboy and Chum Chum want to take a bus out of town so it can be easier for them to have a normal day. When Boog protests that he is a normal human being and shouldn't have to go with the monsters and mythical creatures, Fanboy gives the rebuttal that there's no way Boog's tiny legs can possibly support the weight of his huge body.
  • Sudden Videogame Moment: When the boys are trying to catch the monkey in "Gameboy", the animation style changes to 8-bit graphics.
  • Superheroes Wear Capes: Fanboy and Chum Chum's superhero costumes include capes.

  • Take Our Word for It: The show uses it sometimes, for example in "Little Glop Of Horrors", when the Necronomicon "vomits" the glop. The camera cuts away to the kids sitting at the table. After a while, Kyle walks into the shot, covered in the glop head to toe.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: The kids in "Fanboy A'hoy" all do this, although they go in and out of it.
  • Teacher's Pet: Kyle is one in "The Book Report of the Dead," and after Mr. Mufflin becomes a zombie, Fanboy refers to Kyle as "suck-up."
  • That Poor Cat: The show uses the sound effect of a yowling cat quite a bit.
  • This Ain't Rocket Surgery: In "I, Fanbot" where Fanboy swaps brains with a robot.
  • Title Drop:
    • "Wizboy": The episode title is used as Fanboy's pretend wizard persona when Chum Chum is introducing him.
    • "The Hard Sell": The episode title is name dropped by Fanboy just before he gets ready to sell Lenny the Crabulous figure.
    • "I, Fanbot": After Fanboy is turned into a robot to pass a test, he drops the episode title when delivering a Rousing Speech.
    • "Monster in the Mist": The title of the episode is also the name of the horror movie Fanboy and Chum Chum watched.
    • "The Great Bicycle Mystery": Fanboy's speech to his potential suspects toward who destroyed Bikey ends with him dropping the episode title.
    • "Lord of the Rings": Kyle drops the episode title as he is falling into the lava pit after Fanboy accidentally reveals the ring trick's secret.
  • Time-Passage Beard: Spoofed in "Schoolhouse Lock", where the prepubescent Fanboy and Chum Chum have somehow grown beards within the span of three minutes.
  • Time-Passes Montage: In "The Great Bicycle Mystery", Lenny's eight hours at the Frosty Mart are shown during a quick montage with many recurring characters passing across the screen.
  • Toilet Humour:
    • Quite a few episodes like to throw in a poop or fart joke somewhere.
    • When Kyle has to lay an egg to cure his chicken pox, he says "coffee and a bran muffin ought to help things move along."
    • OOH!! OOH!! I got one! KYLE is gonna squeeze an egg out of his BUTT!!
    • From "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha":
    Fanboy: You're the best number two I've ever taken on a mission.
    • In "Sigmund the Sorcerer", Sigmund refers to Kyle as "Kyle the Constipater" (as opposed to Kyle the Conjurer) several times throughout the episode, and jeers, "You push and push, and all for nothing!"
    • Man-Arctica's battle cry is "Time to break arctic wind!"
  • Token Evil Teammate: Though not technically evil, Kyle is this in Fanboy and Chum Chum's class, being more snarky and despising over their kooky and wild behavior. He's also the least friendly.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: In "Monster in the Mist", Boog stares at a video game for so long that his eyesight becomes poor, and sees what appears to be a scary monster which is really Fanboy with Chum Chum sitting on his head. Naturally, it takes until the end of the episode for the boys to realize they were the monster the whole time.
  • Too Much Information: Fanboy's reaction to Kyle confessing that he farts fairies when he's anxious in "Lord of the Rings".
    Fanboy: Okay, I did not need to know that.
  • Tooth Fairy: Kyle dreads getting a visit from the Wizard Tooth Fairy in "Tooth or Scare", as the Wizard Tooth Fairy is a ruthless barbarian who doesn't just take the lost tooth when a wizard loses the tooth, but also takes the rest of the wizard's teeth. In the end, Kyle manages to drive him away after learning that he is vulnerable to pillows.
  • Total Eclipse of the Plot: In "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha", Fanboy tries to avoid taking a nap in kindergarten by opening the window shades to let sunlight into the room, but a solar eclipse occurs immediately afterwards.
  • Training Montage: In "Eyes on the Prize", Oz trains Fanboy and Chum Chum in the art of finding prizes in cereal boxes. Lampshaded at the beginning of the sequence when they punch through a cereal box called "Montage Munch".
  • Traveling-Pipe Bulge: The Frosty Freezy Freeze makes a bulge in the straw.
  • Treasure Map: Fanboy and Chum Chum have two in "Fanboy A'hoy"; one is a "decoy" and the other leads to the real treasure.
    Fanboy: Cat marks the spot!
  • Twinkle Smile: Boog gets a twinkling smile in "The Frosty Bus".
  • Twitchy Eye: Lenny gets a "stress twitch" whenever he's especially annoyed by Fanboy and Chum Chum, in which his enitre face contorts. Francine has one in another episode.
  • Two-Teacher School: Mr. Mufflin and the French teacher are the only real teachers seen at the school. Other faculty members are Janitor Poopatine and Lunch Lady Cram, though they don't instruct a subject.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Chum Chum has a female cousin named Muk-Muk. Looks like him with pigtails.
    • Oz has a cousin named Brizwald who looks exactly like him with yellow glasses and clothes. He's also a comic collector and even has a similar Verbal Tic, "sincerely".
  • Underwear of Power: Fanboy and Chum Chum wear actual tighty whities as part of their costumes.
  • The Unintelligible: Chris Chuggy, one of Fanboy and Chum Chum's classmates, only says "wah."
  • Unrealistic Black Hole: Man-Arctica falls into one with a warning sign and winds up in Fanboy and Chum Chum's universe in "Stan Arctica".
  • The Unreveal: Whatever the boys' secret identities are, and what they look like without their masks on. The one time they take their masks off though, only the backs of their heads are visible before they put them back on afterwards.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Fanboy, Chum Chum, and Boog all dance around while chanting "How you like us now?!" at the end of "Prank Master" when they succeed in pranking Yo.
  • Vampire Hickey: Parodied in "Fangboy". Fanboy gets a mosquito bite on his neck and mistakes it for a vampire bite, leading to him believing that he has become a vampire. Later, Fanboy and Chum Chum meet a real vampire, Dr. Acula, who spends the rest of the episode trying to bite Chum Chum and ends up biting Fanboy's scalp by mistake. As it turns out, Dr. Acula had bitten Fanboy before, leaving bite marks on his neck on the side opposite from where the mosquito bite is. Fanboy asks himself how he missed the real vampire bite marks.
  • Vague Age:
    • Fanboy and Chum Chum can be nowhere more than 9-11 years old, because it was implied they were in fifth grade.
    • Kyle says he's a pre-teen, putting him from 9-13.
    • Oz looks like he's at least 20 or 30. Ditto for Lenny and Boog.
    • As for Mr. Mufflin, he can be somewhere in his late 40s or early 50s.
  • Vampire Vords: Dr. Acula talks like this, and later Fanboy and Chum Chum when they become vampires.
  • Vampires Hate Garlic: "Fangboy" revolves around Fanboy thinking he's become a vampire due to waking up with a mosquito bite on his neck. When he consults a neck specialist named Dr. Acula to give his friend Chum Chum a neck so it would be possible for Fanboy to bite Chum Chum there and make him a vampire as well, Fanboy gives a garlic necklace to Dr. Acula in case he has to defend himself from Fanboy, Fanboy not knowing that Dr. Acula is a real vampire (and had actually bitten him before).
  • Vanity License Plate: Boog's license plate reads "BORN 2 BOP". Lenny's bike has a plate with his name.
  • Villain Team-Up: Mr. Mufflin & Oz's Mom in the lemonade episode.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Fanboy and Chum Chum harass Man-Arctica's enemy the Global Warmer while he's just trying to take his laundry to the laundromat in "Normal Day".
  • The Voiceless: Chum Chum becomes this in "Saving Private Chum Chum" when he accidentally swallows a bouncy ball and can only communicate with squeaks.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Played straight in several episodes, but subverted in "Moppy Dearest". Chum Chum's cousin vomits off-screen, but in the next shot, you can clearly see the mess on the floor.
  • Walk the Plank: Fanboy and Chum Chum do this at the end of "Fanboy A'hoy" and fall into raw sewage.
  • Watch the Paint Job: In "Refill Madness", Boog's car gets destroyed from the inside out, with Fanboy, Chum Chum, and all of their friends getting gum and ice cream on the seats until they crash into the Frosty Mart.
  • Weird Moon: At the end of "Fanboy in the Plastic Bubble", Boog's bubble is popped by the crescent moon.
    Boog: Stupid pointy moooooooon!
  • Well Done, Son Guy: Kyle spends the entire episode in which Sigmund stars trying to impress him. He eventually receives praise from Sigmund, but due to the whole premise being a "Fawlty Towers" Plot, the lie collapses shortly after. They both go back to their former relation to each other.
  • What Does This Button Do?: "'Release Monkey'? I wonder what that does."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In "Man-Arctica the Ride," Oz appears alongside the other characters in the beginning of the episode, but after they board the roller coaster, he disappears without any explanation.
    • At the beginning of "There Will Be Shrieks", Lenny and Boog are grappling with a ghost that was released from the Frosty Screamy Scream cup, but we never see what happens to them after Fanboy and Chum Chum leave the Frosty Mart.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Fanboy and Chum Chum give one to Kyle in "There Will Be Shrieks" as his unexpected help out is to steal all the candy in the world. They kick him out afterwards, and he is not seen again for the rest of the episode.
  • Wheel o' Feet: Seen on Kyle in “Brain Freeze” when he follows Professor Flan after being mistaken for a birthday cake.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The actual location of Galaxy Hills is never pointed out once, and it's location is vague. The boys are able to take a short flight to California in one episode, and its radio call is W. Either or, where it is is inconstant.
  • Who Even Needs a Brain?: Type I happens to Fanboy in "Brain Drain".
    • Type III occurs in "Dollar Day", as a part of a Brick Joke. Early in the episode, Fanboy's brain falls out upon him tripping on something. Later Fanboy's brain is put back into his head by Chum Chum, when the two have to think of a way to earn a dollar. Throughout the entire episode there is no difference in Fanboy's behavior when he is brainless from his usual self.
  • Who's Watching The Store?: Lenny and Boog frequently leave the Frosty Mart unattended. In "Secret Shopper", the two leave the store to avoid being fired by the Secret Shopper, and Fanboy and Chum Chum take their places.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Fanboy. He has dressed as a nurse at least twice, complete with a skirt, mascara and high heels.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: If there's anything Lupe is really afraid of, it's spiders, as revealed in "Fanboyfriend".
  • Wingding Eyes:
    • In "Refill Madness", Boog gets dollar signs in his eyes while Lenny has ones of Fanboy and Chum Chum with "invalid" symbols as they watch Fanboy put Cuppy in their cup trap.
    • In "Back from the Future", Fanboy and Chum Chum get Frosty Freezy Freezes in their eyes when they try the drink.
    • Fanboy and Chum Chum also have stars in their eyes in "Lucky Chums" as they receive a box of Magic Sugar Shapes.
  • Wink "Ding!": Happens in "Sigmund the Sorcerer" as Fanboy winks at Kyle while controlling the cooked pheasant with a puppet.
  • With a Foot on the Bus: Any episode where Kyle is ready to return to Milkweed Academy and leave Galaxy Hills, only for something to go wrong which causes the re-admittance to be denied, so he stays.
  • Wizard Beard: Fanboy wears a fake beard in "Wizboy" when he tries to play wizard with Kyle.
  • Wizarding School: Kyle was expelled from this when he turned one of his teachers into a raspberry flan.
    • "Delicious old fool."
  • World of Pun: This show loves bad puns almost as much as it loves insulting itself for these bad puns.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Boog has his skeleton revealed via getting struck by lightning at the end of "Boog Zapper".
  • Yellow Sash of Power: Fanboy and Chum Chum become hall monitors in "Kids in the Hall". They go back and forth between holding square dances in the hall to acting like police officers, but either way, they prevent Kyle from delivering his admissions essay to Professor Flan.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: In "Back from the Future", Lenny time travels to prevent Fanboy and Chum Chum from ever having a Frosty Freezy Freeze, but all of his efforts result in them having it anyway.
  • You Mean "Xmas": They celebrate Icemas, which is Christmas with an ice theme. Man-Arctica assumes the role of Santa Clause, and has blue ice monsters as the elves. This Retcons mentions of Christmas in Season 1.
    • This is quite strange since they celebrate the real holidays Halloween and Thanksgiving on the show.
  • Your Television Hates You: In "Jingle Fever", Lenny desperately tries to prevent Fanboy and Chum Chum from finding out about the jingle contest, but every radio station and poster around the Frosty Mart advertises it.
  • You Taste Delicious: The whole reason Fanboy and Chum Chum keep Berry over for tests at the Fanlair in "Berry Sick" is because he tastes like Frosty Freezy Freeze.
  • Zany Scheme: In "Little Glop of Horrors", the kids came up with various ideas for distracting/fooling Lunch Lady Cram so they could avoid eating the glop. One of them involved sculpting the glop into a cat costume for Chum Chum, a tree they could put him on and a fire engine. Makes Just as Much Sense in Context.


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The H-Bop

Boog unleashes his ultimate weapon on Fanboy and Chum Chum.

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