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"Yes, you'd better gasp collectively!"

The supervillain Killface dreams of blasting the planet Earth into the Sun. He just has one small problem: he wants to announce his intentions to the world and show the masses the doomsday engine ("The Annihilatrix") that will bring about their doom. Since he doesn't have the technology to hijack the airwaves, let alone the money to purchase airtime to announce his scheme, he's pretty much screwed. All he can afford is a batch of promotional postcards (with poor grammar).

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we find Xander Crews, a spoiled, sociopathic billionaire who parades around as a super-suited superhero named "Awesome X". After Awesome X executes his last remaining arch-nemesis, Crews family adviser Stan pressures Xander to retire from the superhero game and finally start running the family business. (After all, if Awesome X and his support team of "Xtacles" have no more villains to fight, how will they sell Awesome X action figures?) After getting his hands on one of Killface's postcards, however, Xander sees the perfect way to keep Awesome X (as well as the toy line) alive—and the perfect way to keep the Xtacles from getting fired and going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.

Season 2 deals with the fallout of the Annihilatrix being activated at the end of the previous season. Thanks to the melted couplings, the Annihilatrix malfunctions and pushes the Earth just barely away from the sun, curing Global Warming in the process. For this, Killface receives worldwide acclaim and decides to enlist the help of a woman named Dottie Bunch - “the Kingmaker” - to help him run for president. Meanwhile, Xander Crews has been living on the streets ever since he lost (then immediately regained) his entire twenty-billion-dollar fortune. Hearing from Killface’s documentary team that the latter is running for president, Xander decides to follow suit. This reshapes the show for a lengthy presidential election arc, which every surviving character and subplot from the first season gets involved in.

An [adult swim] cartoon series which ran from 2006 to 2008, Frisky Dingo almost runs on Continuity Porn and Brick Jokes, whilst being a Deconstruction of the superhero genre: pitting the villainous-yet-incompetent Killface as an Anti-Villain Protagonist against the arguably-more-sociopathic Crews as an Anti-Hero.

A spinoff series set after the second was planned, named “The Xtacles”. The show was cancelled after two episodes, which involved the Xtacles, now travelling aimlessly following Xander leaving Earth in Killface’s spaceship at the end of Season 2, (barely) following orders from the new president of the United States, Stan.

While the staff planned a third season, the absence of a renewal contract from [Adult Swim] and the time spent on the only two episodes of The Xtacles left the show permanently shelved.

After Frisky Dingo's cancellation, the animation studio behind it (70/30 Studios) shut down—but that turned out for the best, as the creative team behind the show eventually produced a hit show about a super-spy with sociopathic tendencies that has run thirteen seasons and counting.

It airs in the land of the dingo on SBS2.

We can't ever go back to Arizona—but we can look at the tropes from Frisky Dingo:

  • Aborted Arc: Played for Laughs - the "Barnaby Jones" story arc intentionally ends very abruptly.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Taqu'il's lawyer, who tries to explain away the Ballocaust album cover.
    "Aren't you Jewish?"
    "Who's to say?"
  • Anyone Can Die: The show doesn't shy away from killing off formerly main characters. Over the course of the series, Nearl Crews, Phillip Mazzone, Kevin the wizard roleplayer, Darcelle Jones, Dottie Bunch, Ronnie the Slavic Xtacle, Baby Lamont, Sinn, Arthur Wately, Grace Ryan/Antagone, Taqu'il and Cody 2 all die.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: After outlining why Killface (not a U.S. citizen) and Xander (too young) are ineligible to run president, Carter Hawkins asks "Why are you idiots wasting everybody's time when you can't even be elected? Boosh!" This effectively ends the election arc and pushes Killface back to supervillainy.
  • Aside Glance: "Dammit, we only have 11 minutes! Beat ...for this part of the kidnapping.
  • Birth-Death Juxtaposition: In "Cody Gains a Namesake", Cody 2 is born second before Antagone dies (at the hands of Cody 2).
  • Boom, Headshot!: Many characters die this way, including Nearl, Phil and Dottie.
  • Brick Joke:
    • During Season 1, Watley tells Killface that he should "establish some boundaries" in regard to parenting Simon. At the end of the season, Xander attributes his activating the Annihilatrix to his dead parents never having establishing boundaries. Comes back again in Season 2, when after Wendell watches Cody 2 eat Antagone's head, he grabs his belt and yells that they're going to establish some boundaries before taming him.
    • At the end of "XPO", Killface tries to cheer up his group (now covered in ants) by asking "now, who's for Denny's?" Later on, in a flashback to Xander's childhood, Xander's parents say this to him to distract him from the fact that they just sent his twin brother to the "monkey hospital" (a mental ward).
    • In "The Opposition", Xander, when talking about bloodily trying to "take apart" one of the Xtacles, whom he thought was a robot, says that he thought it was hydraulic fluid. In the next episode, when Wendell is asked about why there is blood stains in the truck he stole, says "I... think that is hydraulic fluid".
    • As Xander runs off after revealing his true identity to Killface in "Penultimate Fighting", he shouts "woop-woop-woop-woop-woop!" He does the same thing in "The Debate, Part 2" after leaving Ronnie to bleed out.
    • In "The Debate, Part 2", just before Xander calls back his line from Season 1 (see above), he says "Stay gold, ponyboy!". In the next episode, Taqu'il says the same thing to his presidential succession (who, coincidentally, are the people who beat up Wendell in "The Debate, Part 1") as he leaves them to die on the crashing plane.
    • One of the Deceptacles, while displaying gifts they bought for Antagone's pregnancy, shows off a onesie he bought for the child, reading "here comes trouble". Two episodes later, when Cody 2 rampages through the city, one of the Xtacles pulls it back out saying that they're "gonna need a bigger onesie".
    Xtacle: Like, fifty times, I said that.
  • Catchphrase: There are a huge amount of catch-phrases and Share Phrases for all the characters, most of which also count as Brick Jokes or Running Gags.
    • The most prominent one throughout the show, originating with the Xtacles, is "Boosh!"
    • The second most common catch-phrase, originating from Xander, is "Ka-kow!"
    • A common in-joke in the fandom based on the exchange between Taqu'il and Stan - "Boosh and/or Ka-kow!"
    • The only word Stan's clones say, "Harumph!"
    • When Wendell arms himself with a machete he takes a liking to shouting "Jengo!"
    • Whenever Xander falls behind on the current conversation, he asks "What are we doing?"
    • Late in the series, Valerie starts using "Duh-hoy?"
    • When reacting to events of reveals, "Did not see that coming!" or "Called it!" are common.
    • Used by Killface and Xander in the final episode - "Snip-Snap!"
    • Reacting to being insulted - "Y'know..." (This is also used frequently in Archer)
    • One of the newscasters that appears in Season 2 - "[x] made headlines today, but not the good kind like you want."
    • When somebody tells Xander that they can't do something - "Well, not with that attitude!"
    Stan: Not with any attitude!
    • Used twice by Stan when History Repeats - "My God, a missile! We've been hit!"
    • Killface to Simon - "Well, you don't have to be crappy!"
    • Arthur's favourite joke - "I like to call it 'Lost Wages!'"
    • Hooker, trying to convince people that she (and her partner Old Spice) are doing well - "We're doin' really great!"
    • Killface's go-to exclamations - "Son of a whore!" and "Balls!"
    • The not-Asian dry-cleaner that distributed Killface's postcards - "What the hell, damn guy?!"
    • Xander's exasperated reaction - "God... dammit!" (Apparently the pause was to get it past the censors.)
    • Xander (and Carter Hawkins) cutting off an underling (usually Stan for Xander) - "Bup-bup!"
  • Chain of Corrections
    Xtacle #1: So... who's read Flowers for Algernon?
    Xtacle #2: Oooh, about the kid with all the chains, and the goggles, and at the end he gets killed with a shotgun?
    Xtacles #2, #3, #4: Boosh!
    Xtacle #1: That's "Harrison Bergeron."
    Xtacles #2, #3, #4: The Hollywood Squares!
    Xtacle #1: That's Tom Bergeron.
    Xtacle #2: Brother of Menelaus!
    Xtacle #1: Dammit, that's Agamemnon!
  • Character Name Alias: Xander hides his identity from a blinded Killface by calling himself Barnaby Jones. Killface does get the reference, but still believes him.
  • City with No Name: A running gag is that the setting of the show is ambiguous, with all characters, even documentarians and newscasters referring to their city as "the town".
  • Cliffhanger: The first season ends on a huge cliffhanger: Simon activates the Annihilatrix, seemingly dooming the entire world in the process.
  • Continuity Porn: Much of the show's humour involves meticulously bringing back and referencing every joke, character and event from previous episodes.
  • Convection, Schmonvection: The Annihilatrix, despite being a giant thruster powerful enough to move the entire planet, apparently is just fine to stand right underneath as it's being activated.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: Awesome X and the Xtacles; Xander Crews' being unable to pay the Xtacles (and his plan to fire them) sets much of the plot of Season 1 in motion.
  • Dead Guy Puppet: Killface kidnaps several PR execs to force them to help making his public announcements. When one angers him, he shoots him with a heavy caliber gun, blowing him in half...then picks up the torso-half, thrusts his hand all the way inside him until his hand is behind the corpse's jaw, and starts sarcastically "playing" him literally like a ventriloquist's dummy...for an extended period of front of his twin brother who is begging him to stop.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • After Xander is pronounced dead, Stan takes over his business and secret identity, and tries to get him kidnapped.
    • After suffering enough abuse, Valerie makes it her goal to assassinate Killface.
    • After Killface fires her, Sinn becomes Hooper and takes control of the Xtacles/Deceptacles.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Killface would just love to do this for real, but his inability to purchase a "media buy" handcuffs him. Sinn pulls it off in Season 2, with it implied that she secretly had the funds all along to buy TV time to announce her plans.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Mr. Ford has a habit of doing this with his Double Entendres.
    Mr. Ford: Yeah, I got your pole right here. Argh, talkin' 'bout my penis!

    Mr. Ford: Damn, you got a big-ass box! Big-ass box, you know what I'm saying? Talkin' 'bout a large vagina!
  • Dude, Not Ironic: When Xander winds up homeless, the documentarian says it's ironic how he's now living in cardboard boxes produced by the company he used to own. Xander says that's not what irony means, while the documentarian replies that's exactly what irony means.
  • Egocentric Team Naming: Awesome X and the Xtacles, a crime-fighting team of well-funded badass normals.
  • Election Day Episode: The first part of season 2 revolves around an Killface (Democrat) and Xander's (Republican) election campaigns for the Presidency of the United States after both take credit for using the Annihilatrix to end global warming.
  • Embarrassing First Name: For Killface:
    Xander: [laughing] Evelyn!?
    Killface: It's a man's name!
  • Enraged by Idiocy: In "Meet Killface", both Trent and Brent are frustated with Killface over how to market the Annihilatrix, with the former ranting about how to make his commercial more "Leno-y", while the latter rants about how Killface doesn't have the budget to realize his goal as well as how he rejected every idea he came up with. Both Trent and Brent are killed for their rants.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Stan, on the issue of exploiting Simon's homosexuality as a means to discredit Killface as a presidential candidate.
  • Everybody Knew Already: It's treated in-universe as common knowledge that Xander is Awesome X, although he tries to keep it secret. Lampshaded in the final episode when Killface remarks on Xander's costume.
    Xander: I'm Awesome X!
    Killface: Oh... I... don't know if I ever knew that.
  • Evil Twin: Nearl, a mentally deficient homeless person picked up by the Xtacles and injected with "brain chemical," turns out to be Xander Crews' long-lost twin brother, who vows revenge...before being shot through the head by Ronnie.
  • Exposed Extraterrestrials: Killface doesn't wear any clothes and few people seem to mind. Played With at the last moment of the series, when Killface's family, dressed royally, comes to Earth on their spaceship. His mother gets mad at his lack of clothes.
    Torpedo Vegas: Well, he doesn't have a penis! Or, at least, none that I can see.
    Xander Crews: Yeah, what's with that?
  • Eye Scream: Killface's eyes are burnt formic acid, and Xander's are shot out at point blank.
  • Foreshadowing: The Season 1 finale has Killface note that Simon is becoming a liability. At the end of the episode, he activates the Annihilatrix, presumably dooming the world in the process.
  • Gag Penis: "MASTER CYLINDER!", which is a tallboy beer can strapped to one's crotch with an extension cord as a makeshift belt.
  • George Jetson Job Security: The President of the United States. Both Killface and Xander run for president in Season 2, and nobody even mentions the previous president. When they're both deemed ineligible, Taqu'il becomes the president, only to be usurped almost immediately by Mr. Ford, who is in turn replaced by Stan by the time of "The Xtacles".
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Discussed in Season 2, when Xander talks about his grey-market safaris.
    Documentarian: Is that a panda bear?
    Xander: Yep, the most dangerous game.
    Documentarian: Man! Man is the most dangerous game!
    Xander: Well, tell that to a mommy panda protecting her cubs!
  • I Have No Son!: Xander's parents, in a flashback, tell him that Nearl is dead to them as he is driven away.
  • History Repeats: In "A Take on Hooper", the presidential campaign jet Stan was riding is hit by a missile and crashes, killing off several minor characters - the same thing that happened earlier in "The Issues".
  • Humiliation Conga: Xander's year of being homeless in between seasons one and two. Though he is strangely upbeat about it.
    Crews: Just giving back to these crack-addled skeletons that wander the streets of...the town. [Gesturing toward his roadside complex of cardboard shacks] Got the used needle program, do a little counseling, got the loosies over there.
    Interviewer: "Loosies" as in— Uh, those are loose condoms.
    Crews: Well you see refrigerator boxes, I see an outreach center that's changing lives every day.
  • Identity Impersonator: When Xander is presumed dead after being taken hostage by his own Xtacles, Stan takes up his secret identity and steals his fortune (and his control over the Xtacles).
  • Irony:
    • In Season 1, Xander, forced into slave labour with Killface, ends up replacing the heads of Awesome-X action figures with Stan's face, unaware of what he is doing due to his blindness.
    • Discussed.
      Documentarian: Wow. Well, that's sort of ironic.
      Xander: How's that?
      Documentarian: 'Cause uhh, that you used to own the company that made the refrigerator that came in the cardboard box that you live in now.
      Xander: I'm not real sure that's what irony is.
      Documentarian: It's actually kinda exactly what it is.
  • Jerkass: Pretty much the entire cast. But especially Xander.
  • Kick the Dog: Almost every character is a pretty despicable human being (or whatever Killface is), as noted above.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Killface's mother and race.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Apparently a company called Ret-Con makes a living by handwaving continuity the show no longer cares about. Antagone vanishes thanks to Grace taking Ret-Con brand ant poison pills and Ret-Con Construction rebuilds the Annihilatrix after it gets taken apart for scrap.
  • Leitmotif: Should Killface get angry enough to simply glower in silence at someone, a simple choral track will play.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: One appears as Killface attempts to sort out his insurance in "Emergency Room".
    Killface: You would not believe the day I'm having.
    (child coughs)
    Killface: Cover your mouth.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Xander's Barnaby Jones disguise. Even Killface took notice.
  • Medium Awareness: When asked why he shot and killed Nearl, Ronnie replies that the plot was complicated enough as it was.
    Ronnie: It's complicated enough without all this Evil Twin bullshit!
  • Merchandising the Monster: Attempting this was actually what kicked off the conflict in the series. Xander Crewes finds the toyline based on his Awesome X identity tanking since all his villains keep winding up dead. When he spots Killface, he immediately wants to secure rights to the man's image and market him as the line's new villain. Ironically this might have helped Killface too, who was strapped for cash needed to complete his Annihilatrix.
  • Motivational Kiss: At one point near the end, Stan and Taqu'il are dangling from a ledge, and Taqu'il uses a grappling hook concealed in his belt to lift them to safety. Before he does, Stan (referencing the use of this trope in Star Wars) gives him a quick kiss and says "For luck." Taqu'il is not amused, and activates the grappling hook with nothing more than a cold look.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Mr. Ford. This culminates in him being President of the United States.
    Mr. Ford: Yeah, my ass is everywhere.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Counting Xander as the villain in this example, he activates the Annihilatrix at the end of season one, intent on killing himself and taking the entire world with him. When season two begins, it's revealed that instead of launching the Earth into the Sun like it was supposed to, it instead nudged the Earth three feet away from it, thus curing global warming (which Killface took credit for.)
  • Nixon Mask: One of the Xtacles wears one.
    Xtacle in Nixon Mask: Hey guys, look. I opened Communist China to the West!
    Xtacle 2: Put that back.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Mitzi and Verl from "Pimp My Revenue" are very thin pastiches of Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin respectively.
    • Carter Hawkins bears resemblance, both physically and politically, to Glenn Beck.
  • No Name Given:
    • Many members of the cast (Val, Sinn, Taqu'il, Stan) are not given last names, and some are not given names at all, such as the members of Grace Ryan's news crew, or the documentarian from the presidential campaign arc.
    • Possibly subverted in the last case. In "The Debate, Part 1", a letter from the CIA neither confirming nor denying Wendell's story of being on loan from them is addressed to a "Mr. E. Wallace", possibly the name of the documentarian.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • The reason why Simon and Killface had to leave Arizona is constantly teased in season one; it's implied that the incident involved illegal bunny-knife fights, which Simon was involved in.
    • In "Meet Antagone", Killface alludes to some terrible thing happening at the mall.
      Killface: And once again, this mall is my Waterloo.
  • No Party Given: Averted, Killface is democratic and Xander is republican.
  • Number of the Beast: Killface's insurance policy number is 666666666666. And has been unpaid for six months.
  • Odd Couple: Xander (as Barnaby Jones) and Killface in Season 1, with an episode even named "The Odd Couple".
  • Oh, Crap!: In "Meet Killface", Trent, one of the kidnapped twin brother film producers, makes a rant how to make Killface's presentation more "Leno-y" when he brings up the backdrop. After his rant, realizing he's screwed, Trent's last words are "I shouldn't have said that..." before Killface blasts him in half.
  • On the Money: Invoked when Xander, immediately after hearing Killface needs $12bn to finish The Annihilatrix, faxes him an invitation to an inventors' competition for $12bn. When Killface is reluctant because he'll still need $64,000 to pay off another debt, Xander sends him a follow-up adding that the prize for best presentation is $64,000.
  • On the Next: "News of a Kidnapping" includes this, after ending with Grace Ryan hanging from the Annihilatrix by a microphone cord:
    Cameraman: Oh God, please fall...
    Next time, on Frisky Dingo...
    Killface: Oh my God, she fell.
  • Operation: [Blank]:
    • In "XPO", Xander calls the mission to lure Killface to Las Vegas using a fax machine and a fake inventor's expo, the prize for which is twelve billion dollars, and get him to sign the release forms on his action figure, "Operation: Snooperfax". In the same episode, Phil nicknames the mission to sabotage their opponent in the competition, Wately, dressed as nuns, "Operation: Bad Habbit".
    • Much to Killface's shock, Wendell names the mission to raise funds for the campaign by selling drugs he got Cody to give him from prison, "Operation: Meth Nazis".
    • The two episodes of "The Xtacles" were given the titles "Operation: Mountain Punch" and "Operation: Murderous Conclusions" respectively, the latter actually given a Title Drop after A.L.E.X. tells the Xtacles not to jump to any murderous conclusions.
  • Opt Out: A major plot point in the final episode - when everybody is attacked by Cody 2 at the Annihilatrix, the Xtacles don't show up to save them like they normally would because they're too busy partying over the crab meat they cooked from Watley's body.
  • President Evil: Both Xander and Killface attempt to be this in the second season, but Mr. Ford becomes this in the end.
  • Previously on…: Used in every episode after Season 1's first four episodes (excluding the election arc). They usually include gags, such as subtle differences between the scenes and what actually happened, or scenes that never actually showed up in the show at all.
  • Product Placement:
    • Killface mentions the Rooms To Go furniture store chain in his original Annihilatrix threat.
    • Ruthlessly mocked with the "Scion tC" gag.
    • Also, Haggar Pants sponsors the Xander Crews/Killface Presidential Debate at the Haggar Pants Arena...which has a giant pair of pants attached to the roof.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...:
    Killface (To Antagone): Well let me tell you this. (Punching her gut) Punch punch punch punch punch...really, nothing?
  • Putting on the Reich: Taqu'il's Ballocaust album cover, showing him wearing a Commissar Cap with the SS logo, holding a chain leash locked to a shaved-head girl in a bikini made of the same striped material as the concentration camp victims wore. He's called out on this In-Universe for being unbelievably offensive.
  • Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Constantly averted. Characters stutter, talk over each other, and sometimes even lose their train of thought.
  • Retcon: Used infrequently, lampshaded and parodied.
    • Antagone's disappearance from the show is attributed to Grace Ryan eating ant poison made by a company named Ret-Con.
    • A Ret-Con construction company rebuilds the Annihilatrix after it is taken apart and sold for scrap.
    • In the final episode of Season 1, Xander has already regained control of his company, despite Stan having taken over in his absence.
    • The ending to Season 1 (Xander losing his fortune and the Annihilatrix going off) is heavily retconned at the start of Season 2: the Annihilatrix malfunctioned and pushed the Earth away from the sun, saving the world and curing Global Warming in the process. Similarly, Xander's $20 billion cheque conveniently blew right back into his face as he exited the Annihilatrix elevator.
    • Throughout Season 2, the Xtacles replace Awesome X with "Hooper" (Sinn), give themselves black armour and rebrand themselves "The Deceptacles". As of "The Xtacles", all of that has been reverted, although it is partially justified by Sinn having died, but they were still the Deceptacles when Xander (who they knew was Awesome X's alter ego) left the planet, so when exactly they changed back is unclear.
  • Riches to Rags: Xander at the beginning of season 2; he's gone from the head of a company with billions of dollars to living in a refrigerator box.
  • Running Gag: Scores of them, including Killface's ringtone, Killface's lack of insurance, wearing a tallboy as a thong, the Half 'n' Half, people who are supposed to get pickles, being picky about counting to three, establishing boundaries, Xander randomly asking "What are we doing?", Simon pushing bowls of cereal off tables, referring to the city where everything takes place as "town", Darcel Jones of Team Jaguar and how she's always more professional than Grace Ryan...
  • Sadistic Choice: Adult Swim's treatment of of the show, as far tricking fans into thinking that the show's third season was dependent on their rejecting outright The Xtacles spin-off, all the while having already officially canceled Frisky Dingo with no chance of bringing the show back.
    • While the Xtacles are holding Xander Crews ransom for delayed back pay (utterly unaware that he is also their boss), and being refused by Stan who wanted Crews dead anyway:
      Xtacle: So, you want it in the face (Jabs Crews in the face with his gun) or...
      Crews: No! No! Not my handsome face!
      Xtacle: Awww, I'm just playing. You don't get to pick. (Cocks gun)
  • Series Fauxnale: Despite the title, "Penultimate Fighting" plays itself off to be the season finale, wrapping up many loose plot threads and finishing off the "Barnaby Jones" story arc that was present throughout the second half of the season. The iTunes description goes along with this, rhetorically asking if this is the end. Of course, the plot continues into the season's real finale, "Thrust Issues".
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The entire Presidential campaign arc. By the end of it, it's revealed that because Killface wasn't born in the US, and Xander is too young, neither of them are eligible for the presidency. In the end, Mr. Ford ends up taking the presidency.
  • Shout-Out: Often subtle and used for one-off jokes.
    • A prime example would be the poster of Raquel Welch (with Xander's face poorly Photoshopped on), kept by Ronnie in the Xcalibur's holding cell which hides the escape hole behind it just like The Shawshank Redemption.
    • Killface was wearing a tiki necklace that they blame for bad luck (actually an assassination attempt).
    • Xander tells Killface not worry when they see a spaceship land, all they need are some Reese's Pieces.
    • The first episode starts out as a Sealab 2021 rerun before Killface hacks the feed.
  • Superweapon: The Annihilatrix was designed to be of the Planet Destroyer variety, sending Earth out of its orbit into the Sun with a million gigatons of thrust. However, when the Annihilatrix was activated, it instead solves global warming by moving the Earth only a few feet.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "Thank you, Mr. Watley, whom I've never met, for that invention of sorts."
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: The Xtacles and Awesome-X love Sinn-as-Hooper's perfect ass and breasts but apparently think she's a man.
  • Take That!: When Nearl is thrown out of the mental hospital and becomes homeless, Mr. Ford tells him that he "can thank Ronald Reagan's ass for that!", and he does just that ("Your legacy is intact!"). The Reagan Administration's policies regarding funding and privatization of mental institutions are considered by some to have added many mentally-ill and mentally-disabled persons to the homeless population.
  • Temporary Blindness: Midway through season 1, Killface is blinded by Antagone's formic acid, and later Xander too is blinded when Killface accidentally shoots him, but they are both cured when Old Spice gives them new eyes.
  • Time Skip: A year passes between Seasons 1 and 2. Another between first and second part's of Season 2.
  • Title Drop: "Frisky Dingo" is the override code for the Annihilatrix.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The Xtacles are heavily armed, easily manipulated and distracted, are extremely stupid, and die in spades.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The iTunes description for "News of a Kidnapping" spoils Grace falling from the Annihilatrix into barrels full of super-intelligent, radioactive-waste-covered ants, which doesn't happen until the very end of the episode.
  • Transparent Closet: Xander. His obsession with Fred Dryer and his 1980s TV show "Hunter," complete with mural of him in his bedroom that he stares at rather than screwing his hot girlfriend (who he is constantly avoiding).
  • Took A Level In Bad Ass: Val, who went from Killface's hostage who watched Killface savagely murder/desecrate the corpses of her boyfriend AND said boyfriend's twin and being traumatized by Killface striking her/threatening more violence, to a bad-ass manipulator/villainess...who can't shoot straight.
  • The Unintelligible: Simon, whose dialogue can usually only be vaguely interpreted by Killface's reactions, and Stan's clones (HARUMPH!)
  • Unnecessary Time Precision: Parodied in the second season. Xander, the resident Batman Corrupted Character Copy, is being interviewed about his homelessness —he used to be a millionaire. When the interviewer informs him it's been a year, he asks what day is. Apparently, he became homeless on a Thursday one year ago. Or not and he's just trolling people.
    Interviewer: Well, it's been a year now-
    Xander: A Year?! It's really been a whole year? What's today?
    Interviewer: Thursday.
    Xander: Oh my God, it has been a year.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Not merely are the supposed "hero" and "villain" unsympathetic, but just try finding a genuinely sympathetic character in the show. Even the characters who seem innocent at first have their moments of jerkassery, or outright become jerks due to the way they are treated.
    • The only universally sympathetic character is Baby Lamont, and he's just a penguin.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?
    • They're probably somewhere near Seattle. When driving to Las Vegas, Killface says "16 hours in the car..." A mile marker with different cities on it seems to indicate they are driving south to Vegas. Assuming a 70-75 mph speed limit you end up somewhere in the vicinity of Washington state/northern Oregon.
    • However, the freeway map on GPS screens, and certain street names correspond with Atlanta, where the show was produced (and home of [adult swim]).
      • Killface mentions Rooms To Go, a furniture store chain based in the Southeastern US, with multiple locations within Metro Atlanta, in his original Annihilatrix ultimatum.
      • The logo for "Live with Mitzi and Verl" has a silhouette of the Downtown Atlanta skyline in the background.
      • The Haggar Pants Arena is modeled on the Georgia Dome, with a giant pair of pants attached to its roof.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Stan after he takes control of Xander's company, and his secret identity:
    Stan: Who's laughing now, Crews? Who's laughing now? Hahaha! ...Me. I am laughing.
    • The line is also delivered by one of the Xtacles beating up Xander Crews. Crews replies, "I wasn't laughing before!"
  • Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Said word for word by an Xtacle to Ronnie in "Flowers for Nearl".
  • Word Salad Title: The title Frisky Dingo was originally supposed to be a mangled insult nickname Killface had for Xander's team (called Whiskey Tango), but the creators eventually handwaved it into the series by making it the launch code for the Annihilatrix.
    • The name was originally going to be "Whiskey Tango", military alphabet shorthand for "What The...?" but someone else already had the name.
    • "Whiskey Tango" is usually a euphemism for "White Trash."
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After successfully tricking Stan into thinking they had kidnapped Xander Crews, Ronnie kills Nearl to prevent the plot from becoming any more complicated.
  • Your Head Asplode: Late in Season 1, Stan, impersonating Awesome X, rigs the Xtacles' helmets with explosive charges so that they can be detonated with a remote control. Each hour they fail to kidnap Xander Crews, he will blow up another head. Also happens once again even after they convince Stan that they have captured Xander Crews.
    Why are our heads still blowing up?!
    That's on me, guys. Sat on the remote.
    We should put that in a cabinet...

President Taqu'il: Boosh!
Vice President Stan: And/or Ka-Kow!