She kept the whole town terrified, the girl who could make fiends,
Then there came another girl who wanted to be friends,
Vendetta can not stand her, so she plots her end!"
The show revolves around the life of Charlotte, a sweet, innocent little girl who is the new girl in the town of Clamburg (she used to live in Vermont, according to the first webisode). Charlotte is also incredibly naïve, and is unable to think badly of anyone around her. Charlotte quickly makes "friends" (or so she thinks) with Vendetta, a horrid little girl who makes monsters, or fiends, through baking. Vendetta cannot stand Charlotte's happy go lucky nature, and will often go to great lengths to destroy Charlotte (or at least get her out of the way for a little bit). These attempts inevitably backfire, usually resulting in Vendetta doing great damage to herself. When they do succeed, Charlotte can only see the bright side of her situation and will become more annoying than usual, usually turning the episode's featured fiend into a friend. Everything is back to normal by the end of the episode.
Vendetta, due to her fiend-making abilities, appears to have the entire town at her control. As such, Clamburg is a bleak, dark and forbidding place.
The show seems to be cancelled at this point, as it has been almost 10 years since a new episode was aired, and even reruns of the show have stopped airing, aside from short marathons on the Halloweens of '14, '15, and '16. The show's creator has stated that there are 7 more episode scripts in the FAQ (which hasn't been updated since 2009), but it looks like Nick has no plans to make them.
Making Fiends contains examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: The TV series expanded the scope of the series beyond the school and into the town, allowing for greater exploration on how Vendetta's rule works out for Clamburg. It also fleshes out Charlotte and Vendetta's home lives and provides deeper characterization for many of the side characters.
- Affably Evil: Charlotte in "Making Friends". Even when she's trying to kill Vendetta, she's still as cheerful as ever.
- Alphabetical Theme Naming: All of the main human characters, apart from Charlotte and Vendetta, have names that start with "M" - Marvin, Marion, Malachi, Mr. Milk, Mrs. Minty, etc.
- And Then What?: Mr. Milk in one episode mentions how he could have put (shrunken) Vendetta in a jar, but he had no idea what would happen afterwards.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Every human character is basically a stick figure filled in with one color. Usually blue, grey or purple.
- April Fools' Day:
- The Bulgarian episode. As in an episode spoken completely in Bulgarian. This received a lot of complaints for being impossible to follow — so Winfrey added subtitles that were intentionally mangled and grammatically incorrect.
- The April Fools' version of the sixth webisode replaces all the spoken dialogue with a text-to-speech computer voice.
- On April 1, 2012, a new episode was uploaded called "Making Friends," which reverses the roles of Charlotte and Vendetta.
- On April Fools 2015, Amy Winfrey uploaded "Baking Beans," where, you guessed it, everyone's a bean.
- Art Evolution: From the web series to the TV series. Houses and backgrounds are heavily detailed, and the characters are geometric rather than scribbly.
- Ascended Extra: Maggie, who sits in the back of the room, has exactly one line in the original webseries. On the TV show, she's gloomy and depressed. Sure, she only gets one episode, but by comparison it's a lot.
- Butt-Monkey: Marvin is always having his property forcibly taken from him by Charlotte or Vendetta, and according to his bio on the Nickelodeon Making Fiends page, he's also tormented by eight younger siblings.
- Crapsack World: Clamburg is a pretty crappy place to live, although it is implied that it used to be a nice town before Vendetta showed up.
- Deal with the Devil: Deal With The Toupee. The Toupee Fiend promises to get Mr. Milk the life (and Ms. Minty) he always wanted, so long as Mr. Milk kills Charlotte. He doesn't go through with it, leading to a Downer Ending.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: "No Singing" where Charlotte falls into depression and Vendetta tries to cheer her up (only for her to sing so a new fiend can flatten her). Her attempts to cheer her up involve the foods that she enforces upon everyone, magazines about torturing others and the other students being attacked. These don't exactly help.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Vendetta cannot destroy Charlotte no matter how hard she tries! About halfway in the TV series, Charlotte becomes even more stupid, and even more invincible.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: Played with in a bit of dialogue.Charlotte: But Vendetta, what can I do if a kitty is stranded up high and I want to get it down?
- Lighter and Softer: To a slight degree. In a first few episodes of the web series, there were posters in the back of the classroom that weren't very kid-friendly, such as a cat being hanged, and a poster that read "A is for Alimony". When Nickelodeon licensed Making Fiends, these were removed. In the TV adaptions, they also changed "Hellcat" to "fiend cat" and "your eyeballs will fall out!" to "your eyebrows will fall out!".
- Never Say "Die": As the theme song states: "Then there came another girl who wanted to be friends, Vendetta can not stand her, so she plots her end." Vendetta also says "I will destroy you!" multiple times.
- Oblivious to Hatred: Crossed with Unknown Rival. Charlotte never discovers or understands that Vendetta despises her.
- Parental Abandonment: Charlotte claims that her parents are on a space station (it is implied that they died); Vendetta keeps her parents in a hamster cage. It's also worth noting that in "Parents," Vendetta and Malachi were the only kids to show up to the parent teacher conference with a full set of parents.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Grudge, the presumably male giant hamster, once donned a frilly, pink apron while cleaning Vendetta's house, and was shown to be very good at it.
- Remaster: The webseries episodes on Amy Winfrey's YouTube account have been re-rendered in HD widescreen.
- Running Gag:
- Marvin has something of his destroyed (or injured) and goes "My ____ !"
- The President's Day episode builds on this, as every single sentence of his begins "my".My fellow students! My plan, if elected, is to...(upon being overthrown a class president by Vendetta) ''My term...so short... My downfall...so swift..."
- Scantron Picture: Charlotte gets a higher score than Vendetta on a Sorting Algorith Of Evil by drawing a picture on the answer sheet.
- Short-Runners: The TV show lasted six episodes.
- Snap Back: Used in many of the web episodes, but subverted in episodes 18-21, when many events lead up to Clamburg being rendered uninhabitable by fiends, forcing everyone in Clamburg to board a large boat and search hopelessly for dry land.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Vendetta and Charlotte both took the quiz in Vendetta's evil magazine. To her horror, Charlotte's score indicated that she was more evil than Vendetta. This led to Vendetta studying Charlotte and attempting to learn from her.
- Stealth Pun: In "Mama Vendetta."
- Series Goal: For Vendetta: Get rid of Charlotte.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The clothing of the human characters is barely detailed other than that the girls wear dresses/muumuus and the boys wear shorts. Also, for some reason, all the male characters have ears and none of the females do, even if they're wearing earrings.
- Token Good Teammate: Charlotte is the only truly nice character in Clamburg.
- Unknown Rival: Charlotte is never aware of Vendetta's mean attitude towards her.
- Verbal Tic:
- Marvin beginning almost every sentence with "my".
- Charlotte's "tee-hee".
- Villain Song:
- Vendetta gets "Me And My Best Friend Marion," which is a song based on pretending to be friends with Marion so Charlotte won't play with Vendetta.
- Vendetta gets "If you lived upon the moon..." which is a alternate version of Charlotte's song "If I lived upon the moon," in which she's pointing out the downsides of living on the moon.
- Vocal Evolution: From the web series to cartoon, the two main characters' voices deepened.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Though it's implied that the birthday cake Vendetta made for Charlotte is poisoned, we never do find out what's in it (besides strawberries and clams).
- Malachi: Whither doth yon cheery one go with yon titan implement?