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Imagine Star vs. the Forces of Evil if the hero was a barbarian warrior instead of a magical princess. That essentially describes Fangbone!, a Canadian animated series that debuted on Family CHRGD (the Canadian equivalent of Disney XD, which it airs on in the rest of the world) on March of 2016. Based on a series of books by Michael Rex, the show is produced by Radical Sheep Productions and Pipeline Studios, and was developed by Simon Racioppa and Richard Elliott.

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, and lives with him. In his new home, Fangbone learns much about Earth and his own world, while ensuring that Drool doesn't get his toe back.


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Fangbone! provides examples of:

  • Abstract Eater: In "The Future of Mom", one of Drool's monsters ate a day of the week, Saturday.
  • Another Dimension: Skullbania is one.
  • Award-Bait Song: The song "Fight For Your Heart" is a heartwarming and emotional ballad which was originally written as a fan song but dominated through the show's fandom.
  • 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.
  • Baleful Polymorph:
    • The Mo-Ar Go-At curse turns people into goats by contact a la Doofenzombies. The difference is that mere touching won't do; it has to be a headbutt.
    • A Skullbanian forgemaster named Ingrit has been turned into a waffle iron. It doesn't get in the way of her job.
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  • Barbarian Hero: The eponymous character, as well as his entire clan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Binary Suns: Skullbania has three suns.
    Fangbone: A barbarian rises with the first sun. Only sloth weasels rise with the second.
  • Bond Breaker: In the pilot episode "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.
  • Brains and Brawn: Bill is the brains, and Fangbone is the brawn.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Skullbania has their 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. Their friend Dibby also qualifies as he speaks like a robot all the time.
  • Convection Schmonvection: In "The Shadow of Bill", Fangbone, Bill and Cid escape from the dire razorworm by rafting along a lava flow.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: At the end of "The End Of The Beginning, Part 2", 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.
  • 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 toes hasn't completely nullified his magical abilities either.
  • F--: In "The Duck of Always", Bill has a nightmare where he gets an F minus in 'World Saving'.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Lampshaded when Fangbone saw a picture of a landscape and thought it's of Skullbania. Bill informed him that it's Mongolia.
  • Faux Horrific: Twinklestick 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 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. If they don't belong to any of those, they might be blacksmiths or bards.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hollywood Hacking: It happened in "The Rowboat of Dibby". Justified as it was Drool doing the hacking with a magical computer.
  • 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.
  • Kid Hero: Fangbone, and to a lesser extent, Bill.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 before Drool can be complete.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Roadside Wave: In "The Ballad of Meh", Fangbone attempts to defend his friends from a roadside wave with a sword, having mistaken it for an aquatic demon. His friends still end getting soaked.
  • 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 could only regain all of his powers if every piece has been returned.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: One such character is so gifted that she's still forging weapons even as a waffle iron.
  • 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.
  • 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 Twinklestick 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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