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Fangbone! is a Canadian animated series from Family CHRGD (the Canadian equivalent of Disney XD, which it airs on in the rest of the world) that debuted on March 2016 and ended on January 2017 with a total of 26 episodes. The show is produced by Radical Sheep Productions and Pipeline Studios, and was developed by Simon Racioppa and Richard Elliott (who also developed Grossology and created Spliced). It is based on a series of children's novels called Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian, which are written by Michael Rex (who works on the series as an executive producer).

The series centers around the eponymous Fangbone, a nine-year-old Barbarian Hero from the land of Skullbania, home of the Mighty Lizard Clan, who fight against the forces of the Evil Sorceror Venomous Drool. In order to subdue Venomous Drool, the Mighty Lizard Clan have taken his big toe — the source of his dark magic — and given it to Fangbone, who has been sent to Earth by the tribe's shaman, Twinkle-Stick, to ensure Drool cannot get it back. On Earth, Fangbone befriends Bill Goodwin, an ordinary boy of his age from Eastwood Elementary who assists him in battling Drool's monsters and other evil beings from Skullbania. In his new home, Fangbone learns much about Earth and his own world, while ensuring that Drool doesn't get his toe back.


Fangbone! provides examples of:

  • Abstract Eater: In "The Future of Mom", one of Drool's monsters ate Saturday, resulting in there now being 6 days a week instead of 7.
  • Action Girl: Many female Skullbanians, like Hammerscab and Cid the Shadowstepper.
  • Adults Are Useless: Most of the grown-up characters on the show are completely oblivious to the daily destruction and havoc Drool's monsters cause, as well as the fact that Fangbone and Bill are constantly out battling the creatures.
  • Alien Sky: Skullbania has three suns and two moons under its red skies.
  • Animated Adaptation: Of Michael Rex's book series Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian.
  • Another Dimension: Skullbania is one.
  • Apathetic Teacher: Ms. Gillian is perpetually exasperated with her class and her job.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Pretty much all the Skullbanian barbarians have these, like Fangbone, Axebear, Stoneback, and Hammerscab.
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  • Bad Future: One was created when the big toe was squished in a photo album and sent to the past. Young Bill's Mom became its keeper and at some point, the Earth became a wasteland and she became a Cyborg with an Arm Cannon. She also never had a child.
  • Back for the Finale: Fangbone and Bill manage to gather up numerous characters from over the course of the series to help them take down Drool once and for all in "The End of the Beginning", including the Shadowsteppers, the Duck of Always, the Skullbasher Clan, Hammerscab, and the Thundercrush.
  • Baleful Polymorph:
    • The Mo-Ar Go-At curse turns people into goats by contact in the same manner as zombies. The difference is that mere touching won't do; it has to be a headbutt.
    • A Skullbanian forgemaster named Ingrit whose spirit was placed inside an axe and then a waffle iron. It doesn't get in the way of her job.
  • Barbarian Hero: The eponymous character, as well as his entire clan.
  • Barbarian Tribe: Skullbania is full of them, with Fangbone himself coming from the Mighty Lizard Clan. These barbarian tribes are devoted to preventing Venomous Drool from seizing control of their world.
  • The Bard: Melodica, the Lady of the Lute, from "The Ballad of Meh", a spirit residing within a magical lute who also composed ballads dedicated to many of Skullbania's most legendary heroes.
  • Bash Brothers: Fangbone and Bill are "battle brothers".
  • Battle Rapping: Done in "The Ballad of Meh" between Bill and Melodica, the Lady of the Lute.
  • Battle Trophy: Fangbone has earned many over the course of the series. In fact, Skullbanians with enough battle trophies can turn them all in to acquire a Beast of Battle.
  • Beard of Barbarism: Many of the older Skullbanians wear beards, notably Fangbone's chieftain Axebear.
  • Beast of Battle: As revealed in "The Thundercrush of Responsibility", Skullbanians who earn enough Battle Trophies can turn them all in to earn one.
  • Bewitched Amphibians: Ms. Gillian was turned into a giant frog by the toe's power in "The Swamp of Education"
  • Big Bad: Venomous Drool, whose quest to retrieve his magic toe drives much of the conflict.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: One of Drool's more common monster minions is the Nitropede, a giant centipede with electric powers. Also, Skullbanian slugs are bigger than humans and spew acid, while Skullbanian snails are equally massive and lightning fast.
  • Binary Suns: Skullbania has three suns.
    Fangbone: A barbarian rises with the first sun. Only sloth weasels rise with the second.
  • Blood Knight: All Skullbanians love a good fight, but some more than others, like Hammerscab, who lives to seek out the strongest foes to challenge.
  • Bond Breaker: In the pilot episode "The Warbrute of Friendship", Fangbone and Bill both covet a new rock and roll guitar, and start to fight over it. Venomous Drool makes it worse by possessing their school teacher and forcing them onto different sides of a competition.
  • Bond Creatures: In "The Squeak of Might", Bill gets his own Skullbanian spirit animal called a Squee-claw. However, he's not very happy with it, and tries to get a new one, only to summon Veomous Drool's own spirit animal instead — a giant Tar Dragon.
  • Brains and Brawn: Bill is the brains, and Fangbone is the brawn.
  • Cabin Fever: Skullbanians suffer from an extreme version called Hovelfroth that causes them to go rabid and feral if they are cooped up indoors for far too long.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Skullbania has its own names for certain things.
    • In "The Cavity Of Terror", dentists are known as "Toothsmiths".
    • Skullbanians refer to hot dogs as "Meat Tubes".
  • Cargo Cult: A group of astronomers began wearing robes and chanting after Drool deformed the projector in their planetarium to depict a Moon Bear and brought it to life.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Bill. The theme song describes his weirdness as his weapon but in the story proper, he is the Cloudcuckoolander's Minder to the Fish out of Water Fangbone.
    • Most of Bill's classmates certainly count however. Dibby speaks like a robot all the time; Robert likes taking of his clothes; Patty is obsessed with glitter; etc.
  • Convection Schmonvection: In "The Shadow of Bill", Fangbone, Bill and Cid escape from the dire razorworm by rafting along a lava flow.
  • Cool Sword: Glimmershine, a sword of diamond created by Stoneback to destroy the Ravenous Darkness.
  • A Day in the Limelight: A few episodes focus on characters who aren't Fangbone or Bill, such as "The Rowboat of Dibby" (which is about Dibby, as the name suggests) and "The Star of Gold" (which is mainly about Ms. Gillian).
  • Depraved Dentist: In "The Cavity of Terror", Venomous Drool sends the dentist monster Toothsbane after the heroes after learning Fangbone is afraid of dentists. Toothsbane notably possesses the power to transform people into teeth which he places in his toothless mouth.
  • Disappeared Dad: Bill's father is never seen or mentioned at any point in the series, and his family seems to consist solely of him and his mother.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: At the end of "The End Of The Beginning", it's revealed that Drool's toe has a mind of its own, and manipulated the events of both parts of the episode to have Drool defeated so it could be free to implement its own plans.
  • Double-Meaning Title: "The Bill of Magic" can either refer to the character learning magic or "bill" as the cost of using it and, in the context of the episode, learning it in a hurry.
  • Dumb Muscle: The "Helmit of Duling" turns its wearer into one.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Ms. Gillian has a rather enthusiastic reaction to the Barbarian Heroes she meets in Skullbania in "The End of the Beginning".
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In "The Breaker of Oaths" Drool states that even he wouldn't break an oath-vow.
  • Evil Knockoff: Drool creates evil copies of Fangbone and Bill (Toothbreaker and Borb, respectively) in "The Brothers Of Battle" to steal the toe. They ultimately decide to betray him and use the toe themselves.
  • Evil Sorceror: Venomous Drool. Losing his toe hasn't completely nullified his magical abilities either.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: One of Venomous Drool's monsters, the Doomgazer, is a hulking giant with eyes all over its chest and shoulders that fire lasers.
  • F--: In "The Duck of Always", Bill has a nightmare where he gets an F minus in 'World Saving'.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In the final scene of "The End Of The Beginning", Fred Bone and Other Bill's Mom are among the group of villains now working for Drool's toe despite being good before. One possible explanation is that because the toe was used to create them, it has control over them.
  • Faceless Eye: One of Drool's recurring monster minions is a giant eyeball with tentacles for eyelashes.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Lampshaded when Fangbone saw a picture of a landscape and thought it was of Skullbania. Bill informs him that it's actually of Mongolia.
  • Fantasy Pantheon: The Skullbanians have two gods: Grom (who is seen as good) and Morg (who is seen as evil).
  • Faux Horrific: Twinkle-Stick shudders at the thought of a part-keeper's head being turned into a goat's then his entire body covered in butter. It offsets the more horrific fates of other part-keepers; one was eaten by a man-lizard and another was turned inside-out.
  • Fictional Sport: Skullbanian like to play Clobberball, which is a lot like American football/rugby, but with a rock and a lot more pain and violence.
  • Fictional Zodiac: Skullbanians have a different set of constellations. Justified as they live in a different planet which isn't even in the same universe as Earth.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Seems like three of the most common career paths for Skullbanians are to become barbarian warriors, wizards, or shadowsteppers (Skullbanian thieves). If they don't belong to any of those, they might be blacksmiths or bards.
  • Fish out of Water: A lot of humour is derived from Fangbone's unfamiliarity with how things work on Earth and the resulting cultural clash with Skullbania's often violent customs.
  • Folk Hero: The Skullbanians have Stoneback, whose improbable feats and incredible power is the source of numerous stories that Fangbone occasionally recounts when he wants to make a point.
  • Freudian Excuse: "The Breaker of Oaths" reveals that Drool was born into The Mighty Lizard Clan, who banished him at birth for being green, ugly, and weak. He was ridden out of the clan on the back of a wolf, which came to a stop in front of a giant slug nest. After being adopted by a family of giant slugs, Drool taught himself magic, and gained his evil power by dipping his toe into a pool of concentrated evil.
  • The Game Come to Life: In "The Kat of Munching", Venomous Drool uses his magic to bring to life a character from a video game called Munchie-Kat that Fangbone became addicted to.
  • Giant Squid: As revealed in "The Forging of Friendship", the very first monster Bill and Fangbone battled together was one such creature. They imprisoned it inside the water tower at the city dump.
  • Going Native: The Skullbasher clan was sent to Earth from Skullbania via a World Maw and adapted by finding jobs in medieval reenactment, after some of them perished to unfamiliar Earth objects. They can't fight with real weapons anymore and Fangbone said that they became soft.
  • Grand Finale: "The End of the Beginning" marks the final battle between Fangbone and Venomous Drool, as Drool merges Earth and Skullbania and successfully retakes his toe, so Fangbone, Bill, and Cid gather up all their allies over the course of the series to take on Venomous Drool and his forces in one final battle.
  • Hell Hound: The Hound of Hounding from the episode of the same name is a shadowy demon dog that manifests from the guilt of others and relentlessly torments them, feeding on their guilt until it is powerful enough to consume them.
  • Hollywood Hacking: It happened in "The Rowboat of Dibby". Justified as it was Drool doing the hacking with a magical computer.
  • Horns of Barbarism: Almost every barbarian character wears a helmet sporting these. Fangbone wears one with three small horns.
  • Human Aliens: The Skullbanians are the barbarian-like inhabitants of Another Dimension who possess immense strength and ferocity, but are so human-like they can live on Earth and pass off for ordinary people.
  • I Am Spartacus: In "The Mall of Doom", Bill and Fangbone's classmates all pretend to be Fangbone to save him from Venomous Drool's Monster of the Week.
  • An Ice Person: One of Drool's monsters is the Porcupenguin, a giant monster penguin that breathes ice and has icicles growing from its back that it can fire at foes.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode is titled "The X of Y".
  • Implacable Man: The Duck of Always from the episode of the same name never stops hunting down those who it has been sent after and will always come back to life after being killed.
  • Inherited Illiteracy Title: Fangbone is a Strange-Syntax Speaker so some episode titles exaggerate this trait like "The Leg of Broken", "The Burg of Lar", and "The Back of Stone"note  among many others.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Fangbone is prone to mispronouncing words, like calling robots "rowboats", presentations "present stations", and astronomers "astro gnomes".
  • Kid Hero: Fangbone, and to a lesser extent, Bill.
  • Killer Rabbit: In "The Cheeks of Darkness", Bill and Fangbone battle a world-devouring black hole monster called the Ravenous Darkness... which takes on the form of a hamster.
  • Laser Blade: In "The Polluted Light of Destiny", Fangbone uses the laser pen as one against a monster that's made of light. However, the pen's too small to defeat it.
  • Lava is Boiling Kool-Aid: In "The Shadow of Bill", Fangbone, Bill and Cid escape from the dire razorworm by rafting along a lava flow as if it is a river.
  • Limited Social Circle: Bill's classmates are pretty much the only kids at school Bill and Fangbone ever interact with.
  • Literal Split Personality: Fred Bone used to be just Fangbone not acting like himself until he gave his artistic side, which he thought to be too embarrassing for a barbarian, its own physical form through the toe's power.
  • Living Shadow: Venomous Drool animates his own shadow and sends it after Fangbone and his friends in "The Pitch of Black".
  • MacGuffin: Venomous Drool's big toe. Its dark magical power originates from Drool dipping it into a pool of concentrated evil, and if he were to ever regain it, he would be at full power and be able to take over both Skullbania and Earth.
  • MacGuffin Guardian: Fangbone and Bill are these for Drool's toe. There were several other part-keepers before the events of the series but they were all defeated and some were even killed, leaving the toe as the only part left for him to be completed and restored t full power.
  • Magic Cauldron: Venomous Drool uses one all the time. It functions also as a scrying pool to monitor Bill and Fangbone's activities.
  • Magic Eater: Venomous Drool sends such a creature after Bill in "The Bill of Magic" when Bill gains magical powers from prolonged exposure to Drool's toe.
  • Matter Replicator: "The Kat of Munching" where Fangbone and Bill eat fudge made from the pixels of Munchie-Kat. The fudge was supposed to give you a magical nice sweet feel and scent.
  • Merged Reality: In "The End of the Beginning", Venomous Drool uses a powerful artifact called a World Chain to merge Earth and Skullbania together.
  • Miracle Food: "The Kat of Munching" where Fangbone and Bill eat fudge made from the pixels of Munchie-Kat. The fudge was supposed to give you a magical nice sweet feel and scent.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Some Skullbanian monsters, like the Tyrannopug, which has the body of a T-Rex and the head of a giant slobbering pug, and the Eaglebear, which is a bipedal bear with the head of an eagle.
  • Monster of the Week: Venomous Drool's minions make up the weekly threats of any given episode, with most episodes featuring a different monster for Fangbone and Bill to fight.
  • Multi-Part Episode: "The Warbrute of Friendship", "The Duck of Always", "The Field of Trip of Mayhem", "The Breaker of Oaths", and "The End of the Beginning" are full half-hour episodes divided into a Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Bill to Fangbone.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: In "The Rowboat of Dibby", Drool sensed something icky is happening with the toe and when he came to check with his Magic Cauldron, he saw Dibby rubbing his armpit with it.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Robert Toebear's basic characterization is that he keeps ripping off his clothes.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Venomous Drool spends the vast majority of the series cooped up in his evil palace watching Fangbone from his scrying cauldron and sending monsters after them. Justified by the fact that without his magic toe, he's nowhere near as powerful and thus not as much of a potential threat to Fangbone or Bill. Furthermore, "The End of the Beginning" reveals Drool's powers are linked to Skullbania itself, so he is rendered powerless if he comes to Earth.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The Tar Dragon from "The Squeak of Might" is a pretty standard dragon, except it breathes thick black tar instead of fire.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: "The Bucket of Goblins" features them as the Monster of the Week. They're depicted as short green humanoids who love filth and have slimy skin that makes them immune to fire and extreme heat. They're treated as common vermin by Venomous Drool and Fangbone, with the former even sending an anteater-like monster called a Goblin Gobbler to exterminate them.
  • Our Orcs Are Different / All Trolls Are Different: Orcs and trolls make up Venomous Drool's mooks, although the show doesn't really differentiate them in any specific way, since they're both depicted as hulking green-skinned humanoids.
  • Parental Abandonment: Fangbone's mother and father don't every physically appear; he mentions that they are away on some kind of quest in "The Twinkle of Stick", but otherwise, the only time we ever see them is in a single flashback in "The Hound of Hounding".
  • Pelts of the Barbarian: The Skullbanians all dress up in typical barbarian fur pelts.
  • The Phoenix: The Feather-Phoenix from "The Present of Feathers" is a monster bird that always leaves behind a single feather when destroyed. Said feather can possess objects to resurrect the Feather-Phoenix, giving it new attributes depending on the object it was brought back from (a garbage can for instance gives it the ability to spew trash and sludge).
  • Pig Man: The Pigataur, one of Venomous Drool's monsters.
  • The Pig-Pen: The Goblins in "The Bucket Of Goblins" REALLY love filth. In fact, at the end of the episode, they decide to go look for the local garbage dump.
  • Power-Up Food: "The Kat of Munching" where Fangbone and Bill eat fudge made from the pixels of Munchie-Kat. The fudge was supposed to give you a magical nice sweet feel and scent.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Skullbanians, of course.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Venomous Drool creates one from his own earwax in the pilot episode "The Warbrute of Friendship", which he uses to possess Ms. Gillian and drive a rift between Fangbone and Bill.
  • Putting the "Pal" in Principal: Principal Bruce takes this absurd levels, being permanently cheerful and friendly no matter what goes wrong.
  • Raised by Wolves: Well in the case of Venomous Drool, he was raised by Skullbanian giant slugs.
  • Rhino Rampage: The Thundercrush from "The Thundercrush of Responsibility" is a huge rhino-like monster capable of chewing through steel. It's considered one of the best battle-beasts a Skullbanian can have.
  • Roadside Wave: In "The Ballad of Meh", Fangbone attempts to defend his friends from a roadside wave with a sword, having mistaken it for a water demon. His friends still end up getting soaked.
  • Rock Monster: Venomous Drool creates one in "The Necktie of Change", creatively named the Pile of Rocks Monster (he was low on ideas at the time).
  • Sand Worm: Razor Worms are giant carnivorous worms named for the axe-like blades growing from their bodies. Fangbone and Bill have fought a few over the course of the series.
  • Satiating Sandwich: In "The Forehead of Despair", the Toe attempts to lure Bill to the dark side by plying him with evil sandwiches.
  • Sealed Evil in a Six Pack: Before the big toe came to be under Bill and Fangbone's protection, Drool was dismembered and put back together again from every other missing body parts he had. He can only regain all of his powers if every piece has been returned.
  • Sentient Vehicle: One of Drool's recurring monster minions is the Warwagon, a monstrous self-driving chariot demon.
  • Sequel Hook: "The End of the Beginning" ends with Skullbania and Earth now being so close to each other that rifts open on a regular basis, giving Bill and Fangbone reasons to continue fighting despite Drool being rendered powerless. Furthermore, Drool's toe is revealed to be sentient and has now amassed control over all of Drool's monsters and beings created from its magic to become the new Big Bad.
  • Shell Game: A near-literal example in "The Defeat of Glory when Fangbone and Bill battle a monster turtle that possesses this ability, creating duplicates of itself that it switches places with.
  • Show Within a Show: Bill is a huge fan of the Musculor film series, a Masters of the Universe parody that often parallels his adventures with Fangbone.
  • Sleeping Dummy: Bill leaves one in his bed when he sneaks out of the house to collect his mother's presents in "The Present of Feathers".
  • Speech Impediment: Fangbone speaks with a lisp and his lisp is much thicker and lateral in the episode "The Cavity of Terror".
  • Status Quo Is God: A few episodes have ended with the status quo being restored immediately after a major shift in it earlier in the episode, such as Bill's mom learning about her son's monster-fighting in "The Mom of No Return" and Fangbone being banished from his clan in "The Field Trip of Mayhem."
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Fangbone has a tendency to do this. The most frequent being how he tends to say "X's Y" as "Y of X" (for example, he call's Bill's mom "Mom of Bill").
  • Stuffed into a Locker:
    • In the opening credits, Fangbone and Bill's classmates (and one troll) are inside lockers that open as Fangbone and Bill run past: although the reason why they are there is not clear.
    • It happened to Ms. Gillian's class in "The Iron Fist of Bruce" when Principal Bruce turned into a tyrant after trying to emulate Skullbanian culture.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Bill gains one called "Will" in "The Breaker of Oaths" as a result of breaking an agreement to Venomous Drool to give him back his toe in exchange for rescuing Fangbone from the Nightlands.
  • Thieves' Guild: The Shadowsteppers, who occasionally show up to try take Drool's toe from Fangbone and Bill. One of them, Cid, is a recurring character.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fangbone and Bill love waffles and hot dogs, and are often seen eating them.
  • Two Shorts: The series' standard formula.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: One such character is so gifted that she's still forging weapons even as a waffle iron.
  • The Underworld: Or as it's called by Skullbanians, the Nightlands. Fangbone and Bill visit it in "The Oath of Breaking", depicted as a barren wasteland full of the memories of the deceased and with a vast feasting hall in the middle where all the dead barbarians enjoy themselves.
  • Wacky Homeroom: Bill's classmates are... an eccentric bunch, to say the least.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Fangbone and the vast majority of Skullbanian men don't wear anything to cover up their chests.
  • Wham Shot:
    • In "The Future of Mom": Other Mom of Bill still exists in the restored original timeline.
    • Plenty in "The End Of The Beginning".
      • Part 1 ended with Drool fusing Earth and Skullbania into one world.
      • Part 2 ended with Drool's toe revealing itself to have a mind of its own, and free to enact its own plan with Drool out of the picture.
  • What Is This Feeling?: In "The Warwagon of Trust", Fangbone experiences having fun for the first time.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: The eponymous bird of "The Duck of Always" reveals that as a result of becoming immortal and having experienced everything Skullbania has to offer, he has become weary of life.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In "The Cavity Of Terror", it's revealed that Fangbone is afraid of dentists.
  • Wizard Beard: Sported by Twinkle-Stick. In "The Helmit of Durling", the reduced-intelligence Bill starts to believe that anyone with facial hair is Twinkle-Stick.
  • Wizard Classic: Invoked when Bill was discovered to have latent wizard powers and was given a Doorstopper from which he can read techniques and spells, with Twinkle-Stick warning him to not skip anything. It turns out that skipping and using a fast reading spell would cause him to grow old faster (even Drool abides by this restriction rigidly), giving a literal example of wisdom coming with age.


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