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"It's not fair when Mum and Dad nag-nag
"Stand up straight! Don't be rude!"
It's so not fair, cos the Killer Boy Rats knows
School stinks — kids rule!
So when they send you to your room,
Sing a little tune... You sing:
"Nah nah nee nah nah!" "
The series' theme song.

Horrid Henry is a British animated television series based on the book series by Francesca Simon produced by Novel Entertainment and Nelvana Limited (series 1 only), broadcast from late 2006 on CITV in the UK. The show has 5 series so far and has at least 220 episodes so far, making one of the most popular CITV shows.

This TV show is about a child named Horrid Henry who is, well, horrid of course. He also has a brother named Perfect Peter, who is just the opposite of Henry. Or maybe not. This show is known as one of CITV's most well known shows. Not to be confused with Horrible Harry.

As of 28 May 2018, it's airing on Nicktoons in the UK and Ireland, and has proved to be a huge success on there as well.


This show is an example of:

  • Abusive Parents: Horrid Henry's Mother and Father are like this to Henry and while he can be a 'horrid boy' he's also just a kid. Henry gets punished harshly for accidents and things that are beyond his control. He's the Unfavorite in the household and sad thing is that Henry knows it.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Henry is referred as 'Henrietta' by his great aunt Greta.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: After being spooked by Rude Ralph's shark prank during a swimming lesson as part of a bet, Henry finds out that not only he swam enough meters to earn his badge, he also broke a country record while doing so.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: At least one character has a nickname like 'Sour Susan', 'Brainy Brian', etc.
  • Afraid of Needles: Henry, and his entire class minus Moody Margaret during injection day.
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  • Age Lift: While Clever Claire was in Henry's class in the books, for the series she was moved to Peter's class, though she still looks the same.
  • All Up to You: Such is the case for Henry in the episode, Horrid Henry and the Birthday Present. Henry bravely gets a Triple Trouble Blaster toy, takes a well-aimed shot at a thief who was trying to steal a pricey necklace from the store Henry was shopping at with Rich Aunt Ruby and Stuck-Up Steve, and manages to foil the thief's theft and have the thief captured. Henry is later rewarded for his heroics in preventing what would've been a successful theft, had Henry not intervened.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Perfect Peter.
  • Anti-Hero: Guess who!
    • However, Henry inverts this trope in some episodes.
  • Anti-Role Model: Horrid Henry, Rude Ralph and Moody Margaret.
  • Art Evolution: The animation seems to improve in series 3.
  • Ascended Fanboy: One episode features Henry joining the Killer Boy Rats, his favourite band.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Don't ever take Peter's Bunny and tease him with it.
  • Big Eater: Greedy Graham.
  • Big "NO!": Henry at the start, or end of every episode if something goes wrong. It would show him shouting "No!" and then it would zoom into his mouth, and then the title card appears. Besides Henry, Peter and some of the characters did this as well.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Henry may be horrid, but his family is pretty awful too.
  • Birthday Episode: Four of them; two for Henry, one for Peter, and henry's cousin Steve had one too.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • Henry usually addresses the viewers. In one episode, Henry asked the viewers he needed help with the picnic that his father made, he then replied with "What do you mean ''no?'".
    • Peter did this too in some episodes about him.
    • Margaret did this once.
    • Even Henry's Mum does it.
  • Brick Joke: In Horrid Henry's Sick Day, he was told to leave the taps on in the bathroom. At the end of the episode, the father opened the door for the bathroom, and then the house got flooded.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Don't be horrid, Henry!"
    • "I dunno."
    • "It's not fair!"
  • The Cameo: Roly Mo from The Fimbles, another show produced by Novel Entertainment, makes several appearances. The most blatant being in a snowglobe Henry's friends give him as a going away present in Horrid Henry Says Goodbye.
  • Cats Are Mean: Fluffy the cat in some episodes.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Most of the titles are like this.
  • Character Tic:
    • Gorgeous Gurinder twirls her hair.
  • Christmas Episode: Horrid Henry's Christmas
  • Comic-Book Time: Not to the extent of The Simpsons or South Park, as the Horrid Henry TV series isn't as much of a Long Runner as them, but although officially its fourth season hasn't ended yet, it has been running since 2006 and none of the characters have aged a day.
  • Companion Cube:
    • For Peter, it's his stuffed 'Bunny'.
    • Henry also has a stuffed animal, a bear named 'Mr. Kill'.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Lizzie Waterworth and Emma Tate as Henry and Peter receptively in the animated series.
  • Eagleland Osmosis: In Horrid Henry Goes to Work, it's Take Your Kid to Work Day and Dad takes Henry with him to his workplace while Mum takes Peter to hers. In real life there's no such thing as Take Your Kid to Work Day in Britain.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Henry in any episode.
    Henry: Eureka! That's it!
    • Even Peter himself has one of these moments. For example, in an episode known as Horrid Henry, Nothing but the Truth Peter says the very phrase that Henry is known for saying after having an idea to expose Henry for his obviously horrid character traits.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In Horrid Henry's House Party when their senile great aunt serves them cat food, Henry pours both his and Peter's into Fluffy's bowl. As mean as he is to Peter sometimes, he's not going to have him eat cat food.
  • Excited Episode Title!: Happy Birthday, Peter!, Happy Birthday, Steve!, Horrid Henry, This Is Your Fault!
  • Faint in Shock: Henry, out of the fear of injections, faints from his brother Perfect Peter's explanation of said injections.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: In Horrid Henry, It's All Your Fault Miss Oddbod, a cat lover, ignores Margaret being rude to the dinner lady but gives her detention for using the phrase "like a kitten on a hot tin roof".
  • Framing the Guilty Party: In Moody Margaret Moves In, in addition to putting Peter in a trash can in an attempt to frame Henry, Margaret also gets in trouble for throwing Henry's stuff out of his bedroom window, which he did himself to frame her.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Henry, due to being well...horrid.
  • Go to Your Room!: Henry often gets this punishment.
  • Gray-and-Grey Morality: Henry and Margaret see each other as arch-enemies, though they're probably both as mean and badly-behaved as each other.
  • Imagine Spot: Henry often gets one, usually involving him turning into a predatory animal and harassing Peter.
  • Halloween Episode: Horrid Henry Tricks and Treats.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Clever Claire is the tallest kid in Peter's class.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: At least a couple of episodes have involved Rude Ralph wishing he had a special talent.
  • Irony: In the girls' song "Girls Rule" Gurinder gets the line "Girls can do the toughest maths" when she's actually The Ditz.
  • Leitmotif: The main characters seem to have a recurring theme playing throughout their scenes. Henry's is a rude sounding rock guitar, Peter's is a cheerful sounding flute, Margaret's is a bossy sounding trumpet, and the Mum and Dad is a calm sounding guitar.
  • Long-Runners: How many episodes for a show with 5 series? 220 episodes.
  • Lower-Deck Episode:
    • "Moody Margaret, Superstar" to "Horrid Henry and the Fashion Show", focusing on Margaret and her friends.
    • There's also Horrid Henry and the Special Spa Day to Perfect Peter's Perfect Day, showing where Peter and Dad went to while Henry and Mum were at home.
  • Meaningful Name: All of the characters nicknames describe their personality.
  • Musical Episode: Horrid Henry, This Is Your Fault is like this. It had a few songs by some of the characters.
  • No Ending: Many episodes just end abruptly with little to no conclusion.
  • Not So Different: Pimply Paul and Henry don't normally get along, but they are more alike then they think and they even develop a father-son relationship over the course of the show.
    • In “Horrid Henry Goes to the Movies”, neither of them wants to see the kiddie film Polly's taking them to, so they work together to sneak into a horror movie.
    • Then, there is the time that Henry was forced to work alongside Pimply Paul in the episode, Horrid Henry Delivers the Milk. Paul even gives Henry a compliment of all things when Henry encourages Paul to challenge Eddie Edwards, a rival milk delivery man who had been trying to take over Paul's delivery patch. Henry even shows how to beat Eddie Edwards at his own game: go in the opposite direction that Eddie would go.
    Pimply Paul: You're not as horrid as I thought you were. (Henry smiles to that in response, and Paul amends his statement.) Okay, maybe you are, but you're certainly not stupid.
  • Ocular Gushers: Weepy William is like this every time.
  • Off-Model: Most old episodes in Series 1 are like this, just take a look at the swimming episode.
  • Oh, Crap!: In one episode where Henry tries to watch a football match even though he has to go to Stuck-Up Steve's birthday party, he resorts to listening to it on a portable radio. The match gets so exciting he accidentally knocks the giant birthday cake over Aunt Ruby, when everyone yells "Henry!", the episode ends on Henry: "Oops".
  • Once per Episode: Henry shouting a Big "NO!" in almost every single episode.
  • Overly Long Gag: Margaret's Big "NO!" in "Horrid Henry Mixes It Up".
  • Partial Transformation: Henry appears to have the ability to transform into different animals.
  • Pet the Dog: Sometimes, Henry is shown to not be as bad as he makes himself out to be.
    • When Perfect Peter is having a sleepover, rather than try to sabotage it, Henry actually comes in and decides to have fun with Peter and his guests. Likewise, they legitimately begin to have fun with the sleepover. Until Floorboard Failure happens, thanks to Peter jumping on the bathtub during the "Grand Finale"
    • In "Perfect Peter Pumps Up", Henry helps Peter get the confidence to stand up to Bill, who has been bullying him.
    • See also some other episodes where Henry actually looks out for Perfect Peter.
    • He's also very kind to his best (and only) friend, Rude Ralph and helps him win an air guitar competition which gives Ralph confidence in himself.
    • Wheely Walter is paralyzed from the waist down and is one of the few teachers Henry actually gets along with and likes. That’s mainly because he doesn’t make Henry a scapegoat and is actually pretty competent at his job, unlike most of the other teachers.
    • After Henry manages to get all the events cancelled at a sports day, he picks up all the leftover trophies and gives one to Peter.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: In "Horrid Henry Tidies Up", Henry and Peter are having a competition to see who has the most cleanest bedroom and whoever wins gets to go to their favourite restaurant (Henry: Gobble and Go & Peter: Virtuous Veggie). Henry does win the competition only find out that Gobble and Go changed hands and is now onwed by Virtuous Veggie, so basically, Peter does win after all.
  • Prone to Vomiting: Baby Vera throws up randomly and often, to the point where her nickname is "Vomiting Vera".
  • Questioning Title?: Horrid Henry, Who's Who?
  • Replaced the Theme Tune: The series had two completely different theme songs. The first song played for the first couple of episodes on television, and then were obviously replaced by the current theme song. The "original" can be found on some of the DVD releases and reruns on Nicktoons.
    • Starting from series 4, the intro looks a lot different.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To David Bowie of all things in one episode of the TV series. Specifically a reference to "Ziggy Stardust".
    • There's also Roly Mo from The Fimbles, who has short appearences through series 2 as a stuffed toy, and in one episode of series 3 and the series 5 premiere, Peter was singing the theme song of The Roly Mo Show.
    • The winning tickets in The School Fair are both 42.
  • Spoiled Brat:
    • Stuck-up Steve, of course.
    • Moody Margaret as well.
  • Split-Screen Reaction: Henry and Margaret did this in a series 4 episode. They both screamed "No!".
  • Show Within a Show: There is an endless amount of shows which often get mentioned in several episodes, and the two most notable ones are Gross Class Zero and Happy Hippos.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The show and the books are actually pretty mean spirited and cynical, despite being aimed at kids.
    • The protagonist is a disgusting ill-mannered brat who likes to make everyone’s life a living hell. His family and peers are no better either.
    • If you’re sweet and friendly, you’re bound to get tormented by either Henry, Margaret, or some nasty adult.
  • Suddenly Speaking: Fang in "Horrid Henry and the Snotslimer Redemption." Although he's always muttered "yeah, yeah, yeah", in this episode he speaks full sentences when surrounded by other hamsters.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Perfect Peter.
    Horrid Henry: "You don't have to tell on me..."
    Perfect Peter: "Yes I do~ Muuuuuuuuuum!/Daaaaaaaaad!"
  • Those Two Guys: Gorgeous Gurinder and Singing Soraya. Occasionally Gurinder will hang out with Lazy Linda instead.
    • Anxious Andrew and Weepy William too.
  • "Take Your Child to Work Day" Plot: "Henry Goes to Work" revolves around Henry's dad taking him to his work at the toothpaste factory and forcing him to work with his boss' son.
  • Unnamed Parents: All of the parents fall into this category, with the exception of Henry and Peter's father (Simon) and Steve's mother (Ruby).
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Singing Soraya says everything in a sing-songy tone.
    • Athletic Al says "cool" a lot.
    • Miss Lovely says "lovely" a lot.
  • Vocal Evolution: For Beefy Bert. He had a low voice in the first series. But starting from series 2, his voice is now a lot higher-pitched than before.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Henry did this in Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter before the title card.
    • Again in Horrid Henry's Injection
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: '2Cool4School' is an example.

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Vera pukes on Henry

They don't call her "Vomiting Vera" for nothing!

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