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It would be my job... no, duty. FOR! I. Am. Weasel!

You don't need pants for the victory dance
'Cause Baboon's better than Weasel.
I. R. Baboon, big star of cartoon
"I AM WEASEL!"

I. R. Baboon reigns king in his mind
He's just as good as the weaselly kind
But 'round any corner he's likely to find
"I am Weasel! I am Weasel! I... AM... WEASEL!"
Show's theme song
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Originally appearing as the "B" segment in the A-A-B Three Shorts format of Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel became a self-contained Spin-Off in 1997, running for 79 episodes from then until 2000. When both shows ended and were put in reruns, they became their own separate shows, including frequent character crossovers (some of the Cow and Chicken shorts were later repackaged with the standalone Weasel shorts).

The show centered around a polite, hypercompetent, socially savvy weasel named I.M. Weasel (voiced by Michael Dorn) in his daily life attending to many people's needs. Weasel is incredibly accomplished in countless fields, including medicine, law, politics, music, science, and more. And behind him is his frenemy, the extremely dim-witted I.R. Baboon (Charlie Adler), who is jealous of Weasel's talents and is constantly plotting to ruin him. Weasel is aware of this, but remains pals with Baboon anyway, possibly because he realizes Baboon is far too stupid to pose any real threat. After the first series of episodes, the Red Guy from Cow and Chicken also joined the main cast.

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Consult the Cow and Chicken page for a recap of I.M. Weasel episodes.


This show provides examples of:

  • 30 Minutes, or It's Free!: The ending of "Revolutionary Weasel" reveals that after losing the war, The King and Queen of England (The Red Guy) is now a pizza delivery man and has to smush pizza into his face every time he is late, even for one minute (since it will be on him by then). This is passed down to his descendants.
    Red Guy: I'll never forgive my ancestors for screwing up! NEVERRRRRR!!!!!!
  • Abandon Ship: Happens in "Unsinkable I.R." when Baboon's ship is hit by an ice cube.
  • A Boy and His X: "I Are Good Dog!" has Weasel and Baboon being adopted by a young boy named Timmy that forms a bond with them.
  • The Ace: I.M. Weasel, more notably in the early seasons, tends to be highly skilled and competent at whatever task he's entrusted with.
    • Broken Ace: Later episodes start to show some dents in Weasel, he often shares the Butt-Monkey role with Baboon, and gains a more neurotic and ego driven attitude as a result of being several times more intelligent (and usually far more considerate) than everyone else around him.
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  • All Cavemen Were Neanderthals: "I Am Cave Weasel" follows Neander-Weasel and Baboon-Baboonis living in the prehistoric times while Neander-Weasel tries to invent new products to create the future.
  • All Just a Dream: The events "I.R. Wild Baboon" and "Who Rubbed Out Cow and Chicken?" are shown to be dreams Cow had.
  • Ancient Egypt: Featured in "Queen of Denile" where Weasel and Baboon are both asp exterminators, attempting to save Queen Cleopantless (The Red Guy) from this infestation.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: I.R. Baboon being a male baboon with a red butt, something only female baboons have (the scientific term is sexual swelling).
  • Animated Actors: "I Am Cliched", essentially a Take That! on old cartoon tropes.
  • Anthropomorphic Food:
    • "My Friend, the Smart Banana" has Weasel befriending an intellectual banana with a Scottish accent.
    • "Dessert Island" features a tribe of Gingerbread men and wild animals such as a chocolate rabbit.
    • The dimension that Weasel and Baboon ends up in "The Magnificent Motorbikini" is ruled by a group of hyperintelligent space hams.
  • Anvil on Head: Mercilessly parodied in "I Am Cliched". Weasel and Baboon get hit by an anvil, a piano, five more anvils, an elephant, a whale, and a kitchen sink. It eventually becomes the running gag for this episode, where every scene ended with someone getting an anvil dropped on their head (and one safe).
  • Apes in Space: "I.R. on Sun" has Baboon recruited in NASA and wants to be the first astronaut on a place, he eventually settles with the sun since Weasel hasn't been there yet.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In the comic book story "X Marks the Baboon", I.R. Baboon finds a treasure map and imagines himself living "a lifestyle of diamonds, high-class parties and rubber band collecting".
  • Artistic License – Biology: In "The Incredible Shrinking Weasel", the gluteus maximus is portrayed as a bone. It is actually a muscle.
  • Artistic License – Geology: Somewhat averted, surprisingly. In one episode, there's a massive hole that I.R. plugs up, destroying the world, because it's a "Ground Level Volcano." This is actually similar to how real-life super-volcanoes work, such as the one under Yellowstone National Park - there are no mountains formed by them, but instead a massive magma bubble builds up underground, and, since it's "Plugged Up," when it erupts it does incredible amounts of damage. In fact, one that erupted 75,000 years ago at Toba in Indonesia nearly wiped out the human race. However, there is no "hole" for one to erupt out of, and while the eruption would be devastating, it would certainly not destroy the entire Earth.
  • Ascended Extra: Jolly Roger only appeared once in the Season 3 episode "Unsinkable I.R." before becoming a semi-recurring character in Season 5.
  • Back to School: in the episode of the same name, Weasel and Baboon had to return to third grade because of a typo. If they don't, Weasel won't be allowed to keep his Nobel Prizes and Baboon won't be allowed to keep the banana he got as a consolation prize. Weasel's tendencies to overcomplicate third-grade questions made it hard for him but they eventually passed. However, someone pointed out another typo, showing it was the fourth grade they hadn't finished. It was revealed the Red Guy was the typist.
    Red Guy: D-E, third grade! Or was it second grade? Who cares? Hahahahaha!
  • Bad Santa: Santa Claus, along with Mrs. Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer appears at the end of "I.R.'s First Bike" where it's revealed that he intentionally switched Baboon's present with a little boy, causing Baboon to get a bike for Christmas while the little boy got a banana instead, which makes the boy cry. Baboon however, can't ride a bike and fails several times trying to, meaning that Santa wanted both to get hurt.
    Santa: HE WANTED A BIKE, HE GOT A BANANA! HAHAHAHAHA! DID YOU SEE THE LOOK ON THAT KID'S FACE? DID YA? DID YA? HAHAHAHAHA! I LOVE THIS JOB!
    Rudolph: Frankly, I think Santa's lost his mind.
  • Balloon Belly:
    • Weasel in "I.R. in Wrong Cartoon" after eating a large amount of pies that Cow made for him.
    • Baboon gets this in "Dessert island" as he's eating all the confectioneries on the island.
  • Bankruptcy Barrel: In the episode "Baboon Man and Boy Weasel", Baboon and Weasel are a pair of costumed crime-fighters who search for a pants thief. The pants thief's victims are shown to be wearing barrels after losing their pants.
  • Batman Parody: "Baboon Man and Boy Weasel".
  • Big Ball of Violence: The ending of "A Tree Story" has the trees arguing, which eventually leads to them having a tree fight. Baboon finds this exciting and decides to join in by jumping straight into the dust cloud.
  • Big Eater: Loulabelle is shown to be this in "I.R. Ice Fisher".
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: "The Legend of Big Butt" has Weasel and Baboon searching for the mythical creature Big Butt, who turns out to be none other than the Red Guy. Along the way, they not encounter Bigfoot (who has one gigantic foot and turns out to be the long-lost father to Red) but Bigeye ( "This is getting stupid."). At the end of the episode, a Yeti makes a cameo appearance along with the Loch Ness monster, a UFO, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy.
  • Bilingual Bonus: "I Are a Artiste" has Red Guy running a parody of the Moulin Rouge named Derriere Rouge, which is french for "Buttocks Red".
    • The same episode has a transition card that reads "Later... back in Estats Unis", which is a misspelling of the French word for the United States ("États Unis" and should be pronounced "Etass-Oonee"), that the Red Guy hilariously mispronounces with no attempt to pronounce it in French as Ehstats-Ooniss.
  • Boot Camp Episode: "Enemy Camp".
  • Brain Food: "Leave it to Weasel" has Weasel and Baboon as replacement kids eating brainloaf for dinner, as their temporary parents believe that it will make them smarter.
  • Brainy Baby: "I Am My Lifetime" shows that Weasel was intelligent and articulate ever since he was a newborn.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • In "I.R. Mommy", the Red Guy is surprised that Supercow has found him in an I Am Weasel cartoon (this was his first appearance in I Am Weasel).
    • After discovering that the entirety of "I.R. Wild Baboon" happened to be a dream that Cow had, Weasel begins to tell the viewers that they should wake him up.
    Weasel: Will someone please do me a favor? Go to my house, and wake me up. No don't iris out yet! I'm serious, wake me up!
    • "I Am Whale Captain" ends with Red Guy showing up at the very end, complaning that he was not featured in the episode and states his contract was violated, only for him to technically have appeared, meaning that the contract is still kept intact.
      Red Guy: Hello, it's me Lance Sackless! As you may have noticed, I am not in this film, this is my contract, and it has been violated! I'm supposed to be in this show! Oh, but i'm in the show right now. Nevermind!
    • A few episodes ends with Weasel (and in one occassion Baboon) wanting the episode to be over since they already have suffered enough.
      Baboon: Please ending cartoon, I.R. humiliating enough for one day!
    • The short "How to Draw Weasel" has Weasel demonstrating the viewers how to draw him, he does this by jumping right in front of the screen so the audience can trace him properly. Baboon notices this and removes Weasel from the screen and wants the viewers to draw him instead. They then start to argue until the runtime is over.
      Weasel: Oh great, now our 20 seconds are up.
      Baboon: I.R. shame.
  • Breakout Character: A full series spun off from Cow and Chicken.
  • Butt-Monkey: I.R. Baboon (more noticeable in the early seasons). Quite literally, too. Weasel would also develop his fair share of bad luck in later episodes as well (Thus toning down his "Mr. Perfect" character).
    • Lampshaded in "I Are Terraformer" in which a robot beats up Weasel several times for trying to terraform a planet without joining the Robot Union. Baboon then laughs at Weasel and states that he is usually the one who gets hurt all the time.
  • Call-Back: The short "I.R. Tries to Drive" has Baboon wanting to drive Weasel's car, in which Weasel reminds him that the last time he drove, something terrible happened. This is a reference to the episode "Driver's Sped" in which Baboon was a terrible driver and caused havoc around the city.
  • The Cameo: "I Am My Lifetime" features a bunch, as the main characters are in different retirement communities. In the old cartoon stars retirement home with Weasel are Cow and Chicken, Dexter, Doggie Daddy, Jonny Quest, and Quick Draw McGraw. Over at the sidekicks retirement home with Baboon are Boo-Boo, Hadji, Baba Looey, Betty Rubble, Pebbles, and Bamm Bamm. And over in the old cartoon villains asylum with the Red Guy are Ranger Smith and Mr. Slate.
    • A picture of Loulabelle can be seen above Baboon's prison bed in "I Stand Corrected". This was after she was written off the show.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: In "I.R. in Wrong Cartoon", Weasel goes to live with Cow (from Cow and Chicken) after she fishes him out of the TV. At first Weasel enjoys his new life since Cow feeds him all the pies he can eat. When they decide to watch TV to see how Baboon's doing, at first he's excited at the idea that he has his own show now that Weasel is gone, but quickly comes to realise that he doesn't want to do a show without Weasel and cries out for him to come back.
  • Captain's Log: "The Drinking Fountain of Youth" features Weasel and Baboon as a captain and first mate on a ship to search for Nopants Delio (The Red Guy). Weasel is doing the traditional approach with paper, and Baboon using an actual log. Eventually, Weasel runs out of paper and has to use Baboon's log.
  • Catchphrase: "I AM WEASEL!", which is usually said after Weasel when he gives someone's trust or after a long motivational speech.
    • I.R. Baboon has "You talking to I.R.?" in the later seasons.
  • Cat Up a Tree: "Mission: Stupid" has Weasel and Baboon as troops enlisted in the U.S. Ground Force and must rescue a lone kitty stuck in a tree.
  • Characterization Marches On: I.R. Baboon was much more overtly antagonistic towards Weasel in the earlier seasons, usually trying to (unsuccessfully) upstage or sabotage him. Once the Red Guy was transplanted from Cow and Chicken, Baboon and Weasel started gravitating towards Vitriolic Best Buds. Weasel himself also was far more heroic and incorruptible until he became a Broken Ace Only Sane Man that shared the suffering with Baboon despite his efforts.
    • The creator has said that they are best friends, they just act like enemies.
  • Cheek Copy: The short "Fun at the Cartoon Studio" has Weasel chastising Baboon for copying his butt, only to get tempted into doing himself when his boss, the Red Guy, catches him.
    Red Guy: Good heavens Mr. Chipmunk! What kind of business do you think we are running here?
    Weasel: A cartoon studio?
    (cut to all three copying their butts at once)
  • Christmas Episode:
    • "Happy Baboon Holidays", where I.R. Baboon's family visits him for Christmas.
    • "I.R.'s First Bike", where I.R. gets a bike for Christmas.
    • Apparently, Cartoon Network counts "Dessert Island" from Season 3 too... probably because of the Gingerbread Men tribe, who carry candy canes like staffs.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • "I Are Robin Hood" has Baboon taken the role of Robin Hood, in which he believes that he should only rob from people named Rich.
    • In "I.R. Pixie Fairie", Pixie Weasel wants to be re-elected as president for the Pixie Baboons home, only for one of them to get sick of Weasel's leadership and wants to become president, which results in all the Pixie Baboons figthing over who becomes the leader. Pixie Weasel then reminds the Baboons that the election isn't until next month, meaning that he's still the president for 4 more weeks. Uncle Breezybum (The Red Guy) then pops in and suggests the Baboons to impeach president Weasel. The Pixie Baboons then start to throw peaches at Weasel until he leaves their home.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: Comic stories starring I.R. Baboon and I.M. Weasel were featured in Cartoon Cartoons, Cartoon Network Starring, and Cartoon Network Block Party.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Baboon hates it when Weasel saves him, because he knows that's only going to make Weasel even more beloved by the public.
  • Conjoined Twins:
    • In "I Stand Corrected", one of the inmates at the correctional facility has a "Fred" device attached to his backside. When removed, he turns out to have a full conjoined twin stuffed under there somehow.
    • Baboon and Weasel speed past a pair of conjoined twins and cause them to separate in the episode "Magnificent Motorbikini".
  • Crapsack World: It often seems that the entire universe of the show is as brainless as Baboon, with Weasel as the Only Sane Man.
  • Criminal Doppelgänger: In the first issue of DC's Cartoon Cartoons comic books, Who Are Baboon features a doppelganger of I.R. who is an evil bank robber named U.R.; in-universe, they are difficult to tell apart, however U.R. is distinguishable from I.R. with his green shirt that read "U.R." and his curly hair.
  • Crossover: "Back to School" had Weasel and Baboon returning to school, and they are placed in Cow and Chicken's class.
    • Before that, "I.R. in Wrong Cartoon" and "Who Rubbed Out Cow and Chicken?" had the casts of the two shows crossing over.
  • Crossover Punchline: A couple of times with Cow and Chicken.
    • "I.R. Wild Baboon" is revealed to be a bad dream Cow had.
    • In "I Are Good Salesmans", Weasel's co-host is a Manure the Bear toy, which is revealed at the end to be Cow's.
    • In "The Wrong Bros", it turns out Chicken was watching The Red Guy's documentary on the titular Wrong Bros.
    • In "I Are Legend", Cow and Chicken are among the people watching Weasel on TV.
  • Cymbal-Banging Monkey: The title card of "I Are Music Man" shows Baboon playing the cymbals, despite the episode being about him playing the theremin.
  • Depending on the Writer: The relationship between Weasel and Baboon and the Cow and Chicken cast varies. Sometimes I Am Weasel is a Show Within a Show in the Cow and Chicken universe, with Weasel and Baboon being either fictional or Animated Actors. Sometimes, Weasel and Baboon are real people within the universe.
  • The Devil Is a Loser: Red Guy becomes a recurring sorta antagonist in the second season. Sometimes he's running an aimless scam or committing fraud. Sometimes he's the Damsel in Distress Weasel and Baboon need to save. And sometimes he's just kinda there, being weird and stupid.
  • Digging to China: In "I Are Music Man" Baboon managed to dig all the way to the other side of the world by the overuse of a theremin. Apparently the wavelengths of said thing triggered the San Andreas' Fault, causing him to fall all the way to China.
  • The Ditz: The main reason I.R. Baboon fails to be as good as Weasel in anything is that he's very dumb.
  • Don't Try This at Home: "Time Weasel" featured the creation of onion rings by putting onion rings all over someone's face and then sticking said face in a vat of boiling oil. The creator acknowledges that the man about to undergo this is "a professional boiling-oil stuntman" and adds that you really, really don't want to try doing this at home.
  • Double Entendre: In "Unsinkable I.R.", Weasel turns to Baboon and says: "Mr. Baboon! Where is the first mate!?", to which Baboon replies "Oh, he's down in the hold... waxing the dinghy." And then immediately the camera begins to pan downwards through the boat towards the hold.
  • Downer Ending:
    • Weasel and Baboon both inadvertently kill all life on Earth on two separate occasions (see Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds below). Played for Laughs in both cases.
    • The series finale "I Are Legend" ends with Weasel realizing that everyone only watched his show because of Baboon and never found him entertaining in the slightest.
      Weasel: It was Baboon all along and not me that everyone was watching, I am not a legend, I am a tool...
  • The Dragon Slayer: "I Am Dragon Slayer" has Knight Weasel training Baboon to become a knight so he can assist him to defeat the dragon.
  • Dream Episode: Quite literally with "Dream Weasel", which has Weasel creating a device that controls peoples' sleeping patterns, and decides to use it in order to help give the public their ability to dream again.
  • Dr. Fakenstein: "I Am Fraken-Weasel" has Weasel playing the titular Expy (actually a dentist who was trying to go back to his Mad Scientist roots), complete with I.R. Baboon as The Igor.
  • Driving Test: "Driver's Sped" has a poetic Baboon taking his driver's license with Weasel as his instuctor, the ending reveals that he was actually trying to get his poetic license.
  • Drop-In Character: Loulabelle the nurse, Weasel's main squeeze, at the beginning of Season Two... however, see Put on a Bus below...
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Baboon, sometimes.
  • Dumb Dinos: "Time Weasel" shows that the dinosaurs went extinct because they laughed at Baboon's red butt so hard, that they fell off from the corner of the flat earth.
  • E = MC Hammer: Weasel's answer to what 2 + 2 is in "Back to School".
    Weasel: Excuse me if I may? Due to the true nature of any given principal of quantum mechanics, if every point is the center of the universe, and infinity fills every point, then 2 + 2, actually equals infinity.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Season 1 had animated title cards that featured Weasel scampering onto a tree stump and reading the episode's title out loud. Sometimes Baboon would also appear and suffer some manner of Amusing Injuries. Later seasons dropped these for non-animated title cards like those in Cow and Chicken.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Seen at the end of "The Hole," complete with various objects flying from the explosion such as buildings, cars, even a pork butt on a plate!
  • Emergency Cargo Dump: Parodied in "I Am Bush Pilot." After delivering hundreds of babies in midflight, the sudden additional passengers weigh the plane down, causing Weasel to lose altitude, so Baboon works to lighten the plane; he throws out Red Guy (who was the stewardess), various crates of cargo, a two-ton man named Tom, and even tries chopping the tail of the plane off. In the end, however, Weasel manages to make an emergency landing in the very lake he was flying his passengers to.
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: In "Law of Gravity", Weasel reprimands Baboon for causing the world's lawyers to float away after he destroys the paper documenting the law of gravity. Baboon replies by asking why the lawyers floating away is a bad thing.
  • The Faceless: Eugene Oregon in " I Am Ambassador".
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Occurs in the episode "The Incredible Shrinking Weasel", where Weasel and Baboon shrink to get inside the Red Guy's body and fix a crack in his butt bone.
  • Fasterthan Light Travel: in the episode "The Magnificent Motorbikini", the titular vehicle travels faster than the speed of light and eventually propels Weasel and Baboon into another dimension.
  • Fed to the Beast: After Weasel refuses to kill Baboon in "I Are Gladiator", the Roman emperor Gluteus Maximus (The Red Guy) puts them against the lions so they can be eaten. The lions enjoy it at first, but then gets bored after several hours and wants to chew up something with more meat on it, which leads them to attack Red Guy.
  • Firehouse Dalmatian: The episode, "I.R. Role Model", has an unnamed Dalmatian, simply referred to as "Fire Dog", who is owned by Weasel and resides in a firehouse with him.
  • Fountain of Youth: Featured in the episode "The Drinking Fountain of Youth" that Nopants Delio (The Red Guy) has been hogging for 500 years. He and Baboon drinks it at the end and later gets turned into babies.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: The episode "I.R. Pixie Fairy" as part of "Uncle Breezybum's Storybook Corner."
  • Frame-Up: "I.R. Role Model" has fireman Weasel saving a woman (The Red Guy) from a fire, but everyone thinks Baboon did it and Weasel is framed for starting the fire. Weasel explains that he couldn't have done it as he is a fireman, but the Red Guy convinces the townspeople that Weasel starts fires as a fireman instead of stopping them. It's later revealed that it was actually Red Guy who started the fire.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: "I Architect" sees Weasel and Baboon's brains switched after an accident. Baboon becomes a renowned hero, while Weasel acts like a total idiot and is "gifted" a mandatory retirement. Notably, they don't switch voices, just speech patterns.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • The dictionary Baboon is reading in "Ping Pong at Sea" is filled with gag descriptions of words starting with "W". It also includes a Shout-Out to Dexter's Laboratory.
    • In "I.R. Role Model" you can see a quick glimpe of Weasel's Hero License, which reveals extra details about him, including his age, height and him being an organ donor.
    • In "I Am My Lifetime" the names of the babies in the nursery room are Donnie Watson, Scottie Morse and Davey Feiss. This is a reference to background colorist Don Watson, art director Scott Morse and series creator David Feiss.
    • In "Driver's Sped", you can spot Cow inside a bus when Baboon is speeding across the city.
    • In "I Are Good Dog!", we can see a quick glimpe of the letter Baboon wrote to Timmy after he ran away from home, complete with terrible grammar and letters being in the opposite side. It reads "Deer Tinmy, I are running qway 4 FR Bekawz Y Loving Weezil More. I.R Baboon".
    • The book "When Weasels Attack" from the episode "Enemy Camp" is written by Nora Johnson, named after a writer/storyboard artist of the show.
    • The newspaper that Baboon is reading at the beginning of "Baboon Man and Boy Weasel" has a headline that reads "Man finds greeny thing in his nose, is it an Alien?". This is difficult to notice when watching the episode due to Baboon reading the newspaper upside down and is constantly moving.
    • "I.R.'s First Bike" has Baboon getting hit by a plane when trying out his gyroscopic-powered bike, the name of the plane is Facial Air.
    • "A Troo Storee" shows Red Guy also wrote a book: "Red Like Me". The cover, of course, features his butt.
    • The same episode also features a book called "My Life" written by Narc Erry, which is a reference to Marc Perry, a storyboard artist of the show.
    • The branding Red Guy receives at the end of "Rodeo Weasel" reads "Bar Happy Acres Ranch and Bed and Breakfast".
  • Freudian Couch: "He Said, He Said." features Dr. Sigmund Fraud (The Red Guy) switching back and forth between Weasel and Baboon, who both sit on their respective couches complaining about each other. It turns out Red isn't a psychologist at all; he crossed out the "OTIC" in "PSYCHOTIC" on his degree and wrote in "IATRIST".
  • Friendly Local Chinatown: Appears in "The Baboon's Paw", complete with a Dragon dance that terrifies Baboon.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: Weasel and Baboon in "I Am Vampire". Too bad the local vampire hunter Van Smellsing (the Red Guy) is convinced that all vampires are evil monsters.
  • Furry Confusion: "Enemy Camp" features savage non-anthropomorphic weasels attacking Red Guy as he's dressed as a baboon, believing that they are natural enemies. Interestingly, I.M Weasel is watching, but doesn't comment on this.
  • Furry Reminder: Weasel's love for eggs, which is partial Truth in Television. Weasels don't actually suck the yolks from eggs, but they do love them.
    • Early episodes often had Weasel scurrying on all fours like a real Weasel, as seen in the intro and Season 1 title cards. This is mostly dropped later on.
  • Giant Squid: One appears in "I Am Whale Captain" and tries to attack the titular whale, only for it to be revealed to be a female squid that has a crush on the whale.
  • Girls with Moustaches: One of the three children that goes with Baboon in "Deep Sea Tour" is a bearded girl. Baboon beeing confused over this questions it.
    Baboon: Why little girl have beard?
    Girl: Well, my mom was a lady and my dad was a man.
  • Gladiator Games: "I Are Gladiator" has Weasel and Baboon battle each other as gladiators in the Roman times.
  • Going Down with the Ship: Subverted in "Unsinkable I.R." where Baboon, who is the Captain, tricks Weasel, who is the ship's inspector to go down instead by changing the rule book and escapes using a lifeboat.
    Weasel: Correct me if i'm wrong, but isn't the Captain supposed to go down with the ship?
    Baboon: Nononono, that just old wives' tale, lookie here, Rule 11: "The Stoopid Weezle always goes down with his ship.".
    Baboon: Hehehe, HASTA BANANA!
    Weasel: Well, I don't want to break the rules, so long folks.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Though Baboon and Weasel were usually at odds, there were episodes where they were comrades. By the end of the show's run they are more or less Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: In "I Am Crybaby", I.R. Baboon hallucinates that he has a shoulder angel and a shoulder devil resembling the Red Guy.
  • Good Luck Charm: The short "Lucky Charms" has Weasel and Baboon wearing lucky charms as they are swimming from the English Channel to France. Weasel manages to swim safetly while Baboon is being chased by a shark, as his lucky charm was a ham.
  • Grand Finale: "I Are Legend" has Weasel voluntarily ending his own show after he finds out that everyone in town spends more time at home watching TV instead of going outside and living their lives.
    Weasel: I must stop "I Am Weasel"! So that the world can free themselves from the slavery, that is their televisions! I must liberate them from the terror, that is my show! The people must once again venture forth, and breathe deeply the fresh air of outside! I will end my show now for, I am Weasel!
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Baboon, always. Weasel's various outfits only occasionally come with pants.
  • Happy Dance: Baboon, which originally was The Red Guy's on the Cow and Chicken pilot, "No Smoking."
  • Heart Beats out of Chest:
    • Happens in "I Are Ghost" when Weasel as a ghost gets scared by Talulah Bottoms (The Red Guy) wearing a face mask at her bed.
    • Baboon gets this in "I.M.N. Love" when he falls in love with Cow and Chicken's Teacher.
  • Horny Vikings" "I Am Viking" has Weasel and Baboon as vikings who are ready, willing and able to pillage and plunder anything in sight. The King and Queen of Nopantsland (The Red Guy) kidnaps them because he wants to be pillaged, and they have to spend the entire episode teaching him how to put up a fight so they can pillage him properly.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Weasel plays this role in episodes like "Baboon Man and Boy Weasel" or "I Are Robin Hood" where he is the assistent to Baboon's (of course) Idiot Hero.
  • I Am Not Weasel: The Trope Namer, sort of. Weasel was often mistaken by other characters (particularly the Red Guy) as various rodents, such as a squirrel, a chipmunk, or a hamster (weasels aren't even rodents). Baboon was mistaken for various other kinds of primates like a gorilla or an orangutan. Naturally they correct them when this happens.
    Baboon:: Hey fat old critic! Looking what I.R. drew!
    French Critic: That is so horribly out of the lines! Looks like some monkey did it.
    Baboon: I.R. no "Monkee" I.R. BABOON!!!
  • I Am the Noun
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Most episodes are named "I Am/I Are/I.R. ____________" (whatever applies to Weasel or Baboon for that episode).
  • The Igor: Baboon plays this role in "I Am Franken-Weasel".
  • I Just Want to Be Special: I.R. Baboon, if not also trying to one-up Weasel, just wants to be as revered and praised as Weasel is.
  • Injured Limb Episode: "I.R.'s Phantom Foot" has Baboon breaking his phantom foot after tripping over an invisible pothole when he was heading towards Weasel's house to complain about the noise. He attempts to get help from the Red Guy, who convinces Baboon to sue Weasel over his injury. It was later revealed that it was Red Guy who dug up the invisible pothole and tried to scam Weasel and Baboon for money.
  • Interactive Narrator: Uncle Breezybum (The Red Guy) in "I.R. Pixie Fairie" as he's causing problems for the characters in the story. The episode ends with regular Weasel and Baboon getting revenge on Red by altering the story and humiliates him.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • "I.R. Plant Life" has Baboon falling in love with a thistle after he donates his veins to help it survive.
    • "Honey I Are Home" shows Weasel married a Hispanic woman named Conchita and they have children that are Human/Weasel hybrids.
    • "I.R. Do" has Baboon marrying a hyena, but later discovers that she left him for a German hairless chihuahua.
  • Invisible Parents: Unlike Baboon, Weasel's parents are never shown in the series. It's implied in "Ping Pong at Sea" and "Happy Baboon Holidays" that his real parents died when he was a child and went on to became an orphan that later was raised by a human family who made him the way he is today.
  • Jaw Drop: Parodied in "I Am Cliched" when Weasel sees an egg on the floor.
  • Large Ham: The Red Guy, of course, but I.R. Baboon has plenty of hammy moments as well. It helps that Charlie Adler voiced both characters.
  • Last of His Kind: The titular Fred in "Fred: Last of the Idiots". A wild, dim-witted savage who communicates by hurting himself. Baboon of course, can understand him.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Happens to Red Guy in "I Am Franken-Weasel" where Baboon finds him in the cemetery and brings him to Fraken-Weasel who decides to resurrect him, blissfully unaware that he's alive. This causes Red Guy to transform into a Southern Belle. Franken-Weasel then declares it as a monster.
  • Longer-Than-Life Sentence:
    • "I.R. Wild Baboon" has Weasel facing several life sentences for letting Baboon go down a waterfall in his trailer.
    • In "I Stand Corrected", Baboon is sentenced to 99 years in a correctional facility for being furless on a Tuesday. Weasel ends up forced to serve the sentence with Baboon because of a law forbidding judges from being hairy, short, and having beady eyes.
  • The Maker: "I Am Deity" has Weasel and Baboon concoct life, but Baboon starts to become jealous when Weasel's world evolves faster than his.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: I.R. Baboon in the third season episode "The Hole", when he plugs up a large hole that turns out to be a "ground-level volcano". The resulting build-up of pressure causes an Earth-Shattering Kaboom.
    • Weasel himself in the second season episode "I Am Crybaby". He cures a disease that causes people to cry perpetually, but it turns out that the victims of that disease were responsible for the existence of all the water on Earth. Weasel gives himself the disease in order to restore Earth's water supply, and cries so much that the entire planet drowns in his tears.
  • Mind Screw: In "I Are Legend", Weasel, Baboon and the Red Guy believe they are the last people on Earth, after finding all the streets deserted. It later turns out that everyone is just at home, watching I Am Weasel on television. The very same episode in fact. One shot even shows Weasel standing in front of the television that shows him standing in front of a television that shows him standing in front of a television that shows him standing in front of a television... you get the picture.
    • Another episode called "Dessert Island" has Weasel and Baboon wake up on an island where everything is made of candy, and is inhabited by a tribe of gingerbread men. It later turns out the island is actually an ice cream sundae. And it's about to get eaten.
  • Monkeys on a Typewriter: "A Troo Storee". The old "thousand monkeys on a typewriter" idiom... who are insulted when Weasel tries to pay them in bananas.
  • Monstrous Germs: "The Incredible Shrinking Weasel" has a purple germ disguised as a truck driver who carries a truckload of flu and is heading right towards the Red Guy's stomach. Fortunately Weasel manages to stop him.
  • Mood Whiplash: The ending of "My Friend, the Smart Banana" has the titular banana in his deathbed and is about to die due to old age (he is a banana after all). Weasel and Baboon then goes from mourning the banana's death to happily enjoying some banana cream pie made from the banana.
    Weasel: You know, this is the best friend that I ever had.
    Baboon: For dessert! (he and Weasel laughs)
  • Mountain of Food: Weasel and Baboon land on a dessert island.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Weasel. In "Happy Baboon Holidays", he is said to be an orphan that was raised by an "extended family" of famous historical figures. But much later, in "The Legend of Big Butt", he laments not having become an accountant like his mother wanted.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Baboon and Weasel in a ping pong tournament. With electric guitars!
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After being convinced Weasel has swiped his family for the Christmas celebrations, Baboon bitterly sneaks into his house and sabotages the festivities. He arrives back at his house, suddenly realizing the cruelty of his actions and bursts into tears.
    I.R.Baboon: *sobs* I.R. bad person....I.R PERSON BAADDD!!!
  • Naked People Are Funny: I.R Baboon and his big red butt. The very first line of the theme song calls attention to it.
  • Nice Guy: I.M. Weasel
  • Niche Network:
    • The Airplane Channel.
    • At the end of a Wright Brothers documentary, the brothers decide to toast with a root beer float, after which the channel inexplicably becomes the Root Beet Float Channel.
    • The Wright Bros. episode also had an unknown channel where a horse punches a cowboy, The Cat Shaving Network, and The Grandma Channel.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The picture of Martin Luther King Jr. in "Happy Baboon Holidays" is drawn much more realistic compared to the more cartoony Founding Fathers and Richard Nixon.
  • Nurse with Good Intentions: Loulabelle herself.
  • Off-Model: "Revolutionary Weasel" has two instances where Weasel's face is yellow instead of red.
  • The Olympics: "The Sackless Games" has Lance Sackless (The Red Guy) creating his own athletic games with Weasel and Baboon as his only contestans. Events include 100-yard dash with old man handicap, Horse Toss and Parallel Bar and Grill.
  • Opening Shout-Out: "I Architect" ends with Baboon, having the brain of Weasel being elected King of New York and is about to get his picture taken. He then poses in front of the "I Am Weasel" logo seen in the opening, but is instead written as "I Am Baboon".
  • Our Time Machine Is Different: "Time Weasel" has Time-traveling underwear.
  • Parent Never Came Back from the Store: In "The Legend of Big Butt", Red Guy's father Bigfoot said he was going to get milk when he left him at age 9.
  • Parody Sue: In early episodes, Weasel played The Ace rather genuinely. As the seasons progress, however, he becomes a more pretentious Small Name, Big Ego that suffers due to living in a world of fools.
  • Piano Drop: Parodied in "I Am Cliched" (see Anvil on Head above).
  • Pie in the Face: One of the cliches featured in "I Am Cliched".
    • "Enemy Camp" starts with Weasel and Baboon throwing pies at each other, but Baboon can't remember why they are fighting. After the episode is told, Baboon puts a brick inside a pie and throws it at Weasel, which he narrowly avoids and it instead hits Red Guy in the face.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Weasel's name declaration, though subverted in that the punctuation is actually his initials (I.M. Weasel).
  • Punishment Box: In the episode "I Stand Corrected", Weasel and Baboon are sent to a correctional institute that utilizes one of those boxes. Jailkeeper Red Guy doesn't seem to understand how they work considering he only locks himself inside them.
  • Put on a Bus: After appearing regularly throughout Season Two, and in the Season Three premiere, Loulabelle was written off the show, after Cartoon Network complained that she was a dumb blonde stereotype.
    • Cartoon Network also didn't like the character Jolly Roger for reasons David Feiss (the show creator) doesn't understand, but thinks it's because Jolly Roger made fun of people with speech impediments while Cartoon Network claimed it was because he was too similar to The Red Guy.
  • Raised by Humans: "I Are a Artiste" and "I Am Hairstylist" reveals that Red Guy's parents are humans.
  • Raised by Wolves: "I.R. Mommy" has Baboon raising a human baby that he found in a corn field and names him "Baby Grandpa". Surpringsly enough, he is actually a competent parent, which even surprises Weasel.
  • The Rival: Baboon in earlier seasons. Toned down in later episodes.
  • Rules of the Road: In the opening credits, Weasel's driving a convertible with a hot blonde. But he passes a road sign that reads "LOGO". He leaps out of the car in the direction the sign indicates, and jumps into the logo for the show.
  • Rump Roast: Happens to Baboon in "Honey I Are Home" when he falls into Weasel's grill as he was trying to steal his pork gizzards.
  • Satan: The Red Guy.
  • Seahorse Steed: Appears in "I Am Crybaby" when Baboon lives underwater and pretends to be a Cowboy.
  • Seeker White Blood Cells: White blood cells are portrayed as cops in "The Incredible Shrinking Weasel" and are chasing Weasel and Baboon as they believe they are intruders who are trying to hurt the body.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: In "I Are Terraformer", Weasel and I.R. are astronauts terraforming a planet to prepare it for colonization. Their robot goes on strike, so they spend the next four years terraforming the place and building a huge futuristic colony. When the colonists arrive... they are revealed to be a termite colony who immediately proceed to trash the place. Weasel then breaks down crying.
  • Shot in the Ass: Happens to Red Guy in "The Sackless Games" where Weasel and Baboon are competing in the figure skating/archery event and keeps shooting him in the butt instead of the apple on his head.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shrink Ray: Parodied in "The Incredible Shrinking Weasel" in which Weasel and Baboon are doctors and shrink themselves in order to perform a surgery from the inside of a body. Baboon is tasked to build a shrink ray, but instead hires a large man named Ray that shrinks Weasel and Baboon by shoving them into a hypodermic needle that is used to inject them into the patient.
    Weasel: Next time, I'm developing the shrink ray.
    Baboon: I.R. sorrow.
  • Shrunken Organ: Weasel and Baboon get in an accident which causes their brains to fall out. Weasel has a huge brain and Baboon has a tiny brain, both disproportionate to their respective head. Understandably, the doctors get them mixed up.
  • Silly Walk: As always, The Red Guy walks using his butt cheeks.
  • Smart Jerk and Nice Moron: Inverted. Weasel is a cultured, courteous genius, while Baboon is a petty, pompous idiot.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Happens in "Dessert Island" where Weasel blows in a choco pecan log while Baboon eats it from the other side, causing them to kiss.
  • Spinoff
  • Spin-Off Babies: Parodied in "I Am Cliched" as "Weasel Babies".
  • Strike Episode: The main conflict of "I Are Terraformer" has the robot Weasel and Baboon carrying going on a strike after I.R. throws a glass in his container, causing it to malfunction.
  • Strolling on Jupiter: In one episode Weasel is an astronaut with a statue for being the first to land on Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus. Despite the latter two being a gas and ice giant respectively.
  • Surfer Dude: Two surfers serve as the antagonist in "I Am Ambassador" as they are holding 5 French-Canadian beavers as hostages at saw-point. The surfers wants a forest so they can cut down all the trees and carve surfboards.
  • Take That!:
    Weasel: You're using old scripts! You crossed out Bugs Bunny, then Buster, then scribbled in Weasel!
    • One promo features Weasel explaining how Cartoon Cartoons are superior to cartoons like "Two Really Upset Otters".
    • "The Sorcerer's a Dentist" has a scene where Weasel the Wizard dentist checks on one of his patients teeth and discovers that they are incredibly rotten with flies flying around them. He checks on his magic book and describes it as the "U.K. Look" while "Rule Britannia" is playing in the background.
    • After reading Baboon's badly written book in "A Troo Storee", Weasel compares it to the works of Stephen Hawking.
    Weasel: The dialouge is poorly written, you're certaintly no Shakespeare, but you do explain what it's like being a baboon in Layman's Terms, reminiscence of Stephen Hawking's explanation of the theory of quantum gravity.
  • Terrible Artist: Baboon is shown to be this in "I Are a Artiste" as he can't even color within the lines.
  • Theme Song Reveal: The twist that everyone only watched "I Am Weasel" because of Baboon in the finale "I Are Legend" can be traced down to the theme song with the lyrics "You don't need pants for the victory dance, cause Baboon's better than Weasel. I.R. Baboon big star of cartoon!". Suggesting that Baboon truly was the star of the show while Weasel barged in on his plane to try and take Baboon's glory. Doubles as Foreshadowing.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: In "I.R. Music Man", Red Guy not only plays Baboon's leitmotif on his theremin, but he also plays and sings the theme song as well, with only slightly altered lyrics:
    Red Guy: You don't need pants for the victory dance/Baboon is better than Weasel/I.R. Baboon big star of cartoon/EXPLODE goes the Weasel! I.R. Baboon reigns king in his mind/he's just as good as the weasely kind/but 'round every corner, he's likely to find... EXPLODE goes the Weasel!
  • Third-Person Person: I.R. Baboon, though there's severe overlap with You No Take Candle.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: As early as the first season, I.R. Baboon would get the occasional happy ending. Usually after suffering abuse that was extreme, even for him.
  • Toilet Humour:
    • "Power of Odor" involves the town becoming unbearably stinky because of I.R.'s bean-eating pigs, a not-so-sublte flatulence joke.
    • "I Am My Lifetime" shows baby I.R. accidentally putting on a soiled diaper in a flashback and the episode ends with the now elderly I.R. making that mistake again.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Baboon's brain is as small as his ego is large, so when he inevitably screws something up, Weasel has to bail him out.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The Red Guy is much friendlier and less of a threat here compared to Cow and Chicken where he psychically harms the tituar duo and tries to kill them (mostly Chicken). On I Am Weasel, he's mainly portrayed as an ally or is just overall harmless, with the worst thing he's doing is trying to scam Weasel and Baboon.
  • Toothbrush Floor Scrubbing: "I Are Bellhop" ends with Baboon being "promoted" from bellhop to bathroom cleaner and has to scrub the bathroom floor with a toothbrush. Baboon smugly tells the audience that he's using Weasel's toothbrush, before realizing that it's actually his own toothbrush.
  • Transplant: The Red Guy from the series' sister show Cow and Chicken started becoming a recurring character here by season two.
    • By the last season, more Cow and Chicken characters started making sporadic appearances, including Teacher and the aforementioned Jolly Roger.
  • Trapped in TV Land: Happens to Red Guy in "I.R. in Wrong Cartoon" after he falls in Cow's TV as he was trying to push a fat Weasel inside the TV. Red begs Cow, Weasel and Baboon to help him, but they decide to turn off the TV as they can't stand watching a cartoon about a guy with no pants.
  • Universal-Adaptor Cast: Weasel and Baboon could be vikings, gladiators, cavemen, vampires, worker bees...
  • Universal Remote Control: Weasel uses one to rewind time in "I.R. Gentlemans" after Baboon fails to do basic table manners and eats all the food like a slob.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The episode "My Blue Hiney" did a strange origin story for both I.M Weasel and I.R. Baboon (Baboon is a no-talent comedian and Weasel is a country singer who often comes to Baboon's rescue). It had an unidentified narrator with a somewhat deep Southern accent. At the end of the story, his voice drastically changes and he's revealed to be Jolly Roger, who of course made it all up.
  • Vague Age: Unlike Cow and Chicken where the characters have set ages (Cow being 7 and Chicken being 11) the ages of Weasel and Baboon are inconsistent. According to his Hero License in "I.R. Rodel Model", Weasel is 2 years old while Baboon stated in "I.R.'s First Bike" that he is 40. This doesn't makes sense as there are some events that took place in the 1960s and 1980s, where Weasel wouldn't have been born yet and Baboon being much younger. "I Am My Lifetime" depicts Weasel and Baboon in High School and College together despite the massive age gap and where they look exactly the same as they do as adults.
  • Vampire Vords: Weasel and Baboon in "I Am Vampire".
  • Very Special Episode: Parodied in "I Are Good Salesman". It starts out as a cautionary tale against messing with fire (and selling it door-to-door), but trails off into Space Whale Aesop territory when Baboon starts selling canned earthquakes.
  • Virtuous Bees: "I Bee Weasel" features Weasel and Baboon as worker bees, and our red-butt Baboon wants to do a honey dance like all the other bees, but it soon results in further problems.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Baboon was pretty much always portrayed as the antagonist in the early episodes, but later episodes show him being more civil towards Weasel. In fact, the two are actually friends for much of the series from that point.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Short, shrimpy Weasel speaks with the docile, sophisticated tones of Michael Dorn.
  • Voices Are Not Mental: "I. Architect" switches Weasel and Baboon's brains, so we get to hear Michael Dorn and Charlie Adler imitate the other's usual performance.
  • When Trees Attack: "A Tree Story" has the trees attack mankind for destroying so many of them. Baboon's massive logging operation was the straw that broke the camel's back.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: In "I.R. Ghost", Talulah Bottoms (The Red Guy) thinks she's this, but in reality, she was a bit player who ruined takes with her Bad "Bad Acting" and going off-script.
  • Whole Plot Reference:
  • Widget Series: Just like Cow and Chicken. Episode scenarios include trees coming to life, Weasel befriending a super-intelligent banana, Weasel and Baboon creating miniature versions of themselves...
  • Wild Take: One of the cliches featured in "I Am Cliched", Baboon gets this reaction when he sees a penny on the floor.
  • Wipe That Smile Off Your Face: In "The Baboon's Paw", Baboon's hand becomes magical and he makes wishes with his hand. Near the end, Weasel gets fed up with the wishes he makes and wishes Baboon to shut up, and before Baboon can make another wish, his mouth disappears.
  • Your Size May Vary: In "Enemy Camp" there are two savage weasels that attack Red Guy and they are much bigger and muscular compared to I.M. Weasel and Baboon. However, in the next scene, they're much smaller and roughly the same size as a regular weasel.


 
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I.R. Baboon, in the guise of Baboon Man, lampshades the Latex Perfection trope, and then the Red Guy with No Pants (the masker in this case) parodies it.

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