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From top to bottom: Oggy, Joey, Dee Dee, Olivia, Marky, Jack, and Bob.
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The slapstick trickster cartoon. You know the drill: some character pulls a mean one on another. The victim retaliates. Both parties get caught up in an escalating spiral of cartoon violence. Hilarity Ensues, until houses are leveled, forests are ravaged, cities are lain waste, and the world goes Kaboom!! Then they start it all over again in the next episode.

This time-honored formula, featured in many Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry shorts, gets a revival in the Gaumont (France's premier film studio) production Oggy and the Cockroaches (Oggy et les Cafards- 1998-1999, 2008, 2013, 2017), believed to have debuted in Space Goofs episode "Venus Junior". Each 7-minute short (there are at least 351 of them) follows the life of the rotund blue cat Oggy, who has the misfortune to share the same house with three cute but exceptionally mischievous roaches: Dee Dee, Marky and Joey. Their sole purpose of existence is to have fun with Oggy by pulling a series of practical jokes. Oggy is sometimes helped by his cousin Jack, a green cat with a knack for mechanics and a short fuse. Factor in a burly neighborhood bulldog named Bob and a Love Interest named Olivia (introduced in later seasons), and you have a great slapstick set-up.

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Oggy and the Cockroaches is renowned for its expressive use of mime — the cats may make cat sounds or (rarely) speak in gibberish, but there is no dialog, and written words are kept to a minimum. Without the need for dubbing, the show is able to reach a wide international audience. Except in America, where the show ran briefly on Fox Kids in the late 90s without success, and returned in the 2010s on Nickelodeon only to run into a controversy involving censorship which led to the show's quick removal.

A movie detailing the characters' adventures through the ages was released in 2013.


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This show contains examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Marky and Joey don't appear in "Happy Campers" and "Safari, So Good", Joey and Dee Dee don't appear in "Hip Hip Hip Hypnoses", Dee Dee and Marky don't appear in "Perpetual Motion" and no cockroaches appear in "The Pumpkin that Pretended to be a Ferrari".
  • Absurdly Long Stairway: The staircase in Oggy's house usually appears to be not just long but full of twists and turns.
  • Accordion Cat: Occasionally happens.
  • Acrophobic Bird: Running on Rule of Funny, if Oggy is simply chasing the cockroaches, they won't fly to escape him, but if Oggy chases the cockroaches over a cliff, they will fly to laugh at Oggy's peril.
  • Aerith and Bob: There are characters with names like Jack, Joey and... Oggy.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg:
    • While on his knees, Jack flat-out begs the cockroaches to save his cousin in "The World Underneath".
    • Oggy begs Bob's minions to spare him in "A Touch of Genie", complete with him making Puppy-Dog Eyes and getting on his knees.
  • Alliterative Title: "Fishing Frolic", "Party Pooper", etc.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The cast and background characters who are animals have this: The cats; Oggy is blue, Jack is green. The cockroaches; Dee Dee has a blue body and orange head, Marky has a grey body and green head and Joey has a pink body and purple head. Characters such as Olivia and Bob, on the other hand, avert this.
  • Amnesiacs are Innocent: In "Ugly, Dirty and Good", Joey regresses into a child, forgets Dee Dee and Marky and becomes convinced that Oggy is his father after falling on his head.
  • Amusing Injuries: Hoo boy, to say that the injuries of the characters are amusing is an understatement. It's like Tom and Jerry taken Up to Eleven and serves as the main drive for the comedy.
  • And I Must Scream: Oggy is a victim to this, especially certain things like being trapped in a piece of paper, becoming part of the cockroaches' train track, or turned victim of a voodoo doll made out of clay.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing:
    • This is a Sadist Show with characters who aren't above getting happy over other characters' misfortunes.
    • Double Subverted in "The Ghost-Hunter". When Oggy actually does kill the cockroaches, who've been tormenting him for who-knows-exactly-how-long, he...doesn't seem happy and starts giving them a decent burial. However, during the process of doing so, he starts rejoicing. Little did he know...
  • Art Evolution: In seasons 3 and 4, the main cast's eyes became noticeably bigger and there were a few more details drawn on them, as an example. Seasons 5 and later however look like the art style used in the first two seasons.
  • Art Initiates Life: In "The Magic Pen", a pencil from the purse of a witch falls to Oggy's house. Everything that is drawn with this pencil becomes real.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Six words, one comma. Real cockroaches have exoskeletons, not endoskeletons.
  • Ass Shove: In "Ugly, Dirty and Good", Oggy rolls a ball over Marky and Dee Dee. It ends up going through a hedge, up Bob's butt, and out his mouth.
  • At the Opera Tonight: "A Night at the Opera" features Jack as the headliner of an opera, with Dee Dee attempting to shove his way into the spotlight, all while Oggy attempts to stop him, along with Joey and Marky, from ruining his cousin's night from behind the scenes.
  • Awesome Art: In-Universe example in "Color Conflict"; Marky's artwork impresses Joey, Dee Dee, and even Oggy.
  • Baby Morph Episode: "Back to the Past! (Featuring Olivia)" has a witch putting a curse on Oggy, Bob and Jack for tearing up her hatnote , turning them into children. At the end, though, they do turn back into normal while the cockroaches are turned into children.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: See Downer Ending.
  • Bag of Holding: The bag of dirty clothes in “Oggy's bag”. The inside is humongous to the point of containing a civilization of clothes.
  • Balloon Belly:
    • The plot of "Nine Months And Counting" involves the cockroaches filling Oggy's belly with helium, leading him to believe he's pregnant.
    • In Fancy a Pizza?, this happens to Joey when he eats a lot of ketchup.
    • Lady K gets a rather large belly in Shoplifting when she eats an inhumane amount of food.
    • Exploited in Laughing Gas when Jack blows himself up into a balloon, to stop Oggy from crashing into a wall.
  • Bandage Mummy: Happens to cat and cockroach alike sometimes.
  • Bank Robbery:
    • Invoked yet parodied in "My Beautiful Prison". While trying to get himself arrested, Oggy (with a pantyhose on his head) starts robbing a bank while "armed" with Finger Guns.
    • In "Sheriff Oggy", the roaches try to rob a bank several times. They also try to do the same thing in "Metalman" during one of Joey's plans to get money.
  • Battle Discretion Shot: A signature element of the style. All the major violence happens off screen and the audience only sees the results.
  • Beach Episode: Some episodes, like “Beachcombers” for example.
  • Beg the Dog: Subverted in "Fake News" when Joey starts begging Oggy and Jack for food, although he often abuses them. While making Puppy-Dog Eyes. However, it's soon revealed he was only acting.
  • Behind a Stick: At one point in "Hide and Sick" (and its remastering "Bless you Oggy!"), the blue cat conceals himself behind a skinny lamp.
  • Belly Dancer: Three belly dancers are conjured by a genie in "3 Wishes and You're Out".
  • Big Ball of Violence: Often seen with Bob the Dog and Oggy.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Oggy's house is a PRARDIS - Purple Roof and Relative Dimensions in Space.
  • Birthday Episode: Oggy's in "Happy Birthday", Joey's in "Let's Party Guys!", and Jack's in "Airship House".
  • Bizarrchitecture: It is not unusual for characters to run down a hallway or stairs and then run back the other way only for it to be much longer and winding.
  • Black Comedy Burst: "Oggy Goes Snailing" and "Golden Eggs" both end with Jack killing and cooking the animal Oggy made friends with in the episode, which is much darker comedy than the rest of the show uses.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: Several from the official YouTube channel.
  • Blind Mistake: The whole episode "A Bird of Ill Omen" is built on this trope. A turkey hunter with glasses keeps mistaking many things he sees for turkeys, immediately shooting them. The main victim of this is Oggy, who not only is mistaken for a turkey, the turkey hunter also keeps mistaking a turkey for Oggy.
    • This also turns out to be the case for Oggy's driving instructor from "A Tip for the Road".
  • Blowing a Raspberry: The characters sometimes blow raspberries to mock each other.
  • Bottle Episode: Up to Eleven, since there's a plethora of episodes only taking place in Oggy's household (and sometimes his yard).
  • Bowdlerise: Some season 3 episodes have been remastered, though not as much as the season 1 and 2 episodes. A big change, however, is that firearms now shoot plungers instead of bullets and female characters with large breasts have been either drawn with less revealing clothing or replaced with different characters entirely. A notable one is "Formula 1", wherein two cheerleaders were replaced with Oggy's sister and grandmother, and the Biker Babe that Jack was talking to was replaced with Olivia.
  • Break the Cutie: A giant one for Oggy in "So Lonely", when he misses the cockroaches, and "Black And White", when everything turns....black and white.
  • Break the Haughty: Let's just say that the arrogant blood horse from "Horse Ride" likely wasn't so prideful after Dee Dee was finished trying to eat him...
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Reconstruction. Episodes like "Oggy's Double" show that Oggy is very aware of this show and its popularity around his own world. This eventually becomes a plot point in "From Mumbai with Love", where he actually uses the show's popularity to his advantage.
  • Bring It: A couple times Joey does this. While challenging Oggy to a fight in "Oggy and the Mermaid", for instance, he taunts him via moving his hand towards himself.
  • Bull Seeing Red: Dee Dee brings a cow then a bull home in "Milk Diet". Naturally, when Oggy does some laundry, the first thing he pulls out is a red shirt...
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Stanley, who only appeared as a One-Shot Character in "The Outsider", makes a cameo appearance in "Living Carrots".
    • The Little Mouse, who also appeared as a One-Shot Character in "Tooth Good to be True", makes a cameo appearance in "Chatter Box".
    • Monica, who last made a cameo in the season 4 finale, finally returns in the season 7 episode "Extreme Indoor Sports".
  • Callback: The box of chocolates that appeared in the first episode is shown again in the end of the episode "Mission Oggy".
  • The Cameo: In Buddy Parrot, when Oggy and the titular parrot reach a hospital, you can see Sharko and Marina sitting on one of the chairsnote .
  • Camping Episode: Oggy and Jack brave the wilderness in both "Happy Campers" and "Into the Wild". Oggy, Olivia then Bob rough it in "(Un)Happy Camper". Naturally, the cockroaches tag along in all three episodes.
  • Captured on Purpose: To snatch his treasure, Marky intentionally lets Bob capture him in "Sarcificial Special".
  • Cartoon Bug-Sprayer: Jack uses one in "Cloning Around".
  • Cartoony Eyes: The cockroaches have non-white scleras. Marky's are reddish-pink, Dee Dee's are green, and Joey has one reddish-pink, one yellow. One that really stands out is Elvis, the main cockroaches' cousin, who has pink scleras paired with blue pupils.
  • Casino Episode: An episode aptly named "Casino" has Jack dragging Oggy to one when he receives a huge cheque.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Oggy wakes up from one wherein the cockroaches torment him in "So Lonely".
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Monica. However, she made a brief cameo in the Season 4 episode, "Oggy Is Getting Married".
  • Circus Episode: "Fame & Glory", wherein Jack sets up a circus for Oggy after the latter finds he can't afford the real thing.
  • Coat Full of Contraband: Parodied by the cockroaches with their chests painted and wearing watch-less trenchcoats in "Black and White".
  • Cockroach Popsicle: Not exactly with ice, but in "Oggy Van Winkle", Oggy discovers a gun that can freeze people, which he uses on the cockroaches. When the cockroaches are thawed out by a passing poodle, they find themselves in the future, where Oggy and Jack have become elderly. Later, at the end, they use it on Oggy and Jack, who then wake up even further into the future, where the cockroaches are old too.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Squashing characters; check. Blowing up characters; check. Messing with characters' minds; check.
  • Companion Cube: Taken literally in The Cube, in which Oggy finds a strange box outside his home and develops an unhealthy obsession with it for most of the episode.
  • Company Cross References: One episode has Oggy and the cockroaches falling into acid and being turned into slime. They then enter a washing machine, which turns them into clothing, animals, and the aliens from Space Goofs, both of which are produced by Gaumont.
  • Country Cousin: The cockroaches' cousin comes to visit in "Roachy Redneck". He's a farmer with a disgusting food palate, and, much to the disdain of his cousins, manages to get on the good side of Oggy.
  • Crocodile Tears: In "The Fugitive", Joey fake cries.
  • Crossover Punchline: "Night Watchmen" has Oggy and the cockroaches falling into acid and turned into slime, and they enter a washing machine, which turns them into clothing, animals, then aliens... except that the "aliens" are clearly the main characters of Space Goofs.
  • Cry Cute: Rare Male Examples.
  • Cut-and-Paste Suburb: Oggy and company live in such a suburb. The roof of Oggy's house is notable for having a different color (specifically, purple). This becomes a problem in "Little Tom Oggy" when Oggy and Dee Dee get lost in the neighborhood.
  • Dartboard of Hate: It's revealed in "The Witch Hunt" that at least one of the roaches put up a picture of Oggy and threw darts at it.
  • Death Is Cheap: It didn't last when Oggy and the roaches died in "Soldier for a Day".
  • Depending on the Writer: In each episode, it will be determined if Oggy (and sometimes Jack) or the Cockroaches wins in the episode they are starring (though sometimes, they both can lose).
    • Also it depends on the episode which character is the bigger jerkass if at all.
    • In the comics, the ratio is heavily skewed towards the Cockroaches.
  • Desecrating the Dead: Downplayed. In "The Ghost Hunter", Joey's spirit flops his own corpse like it was a rug he was cleaning.
  • Diet Episode:
    • Oggy in "Oggy's Diet". He wants to lose weight to make catching the cockroaches easier.
    • Dee Dee in "Dee Dee's Diet". In his case, it's to avoid being caught.
  • Dismissive Kick: While disguised as Oggy in "Masquerade", Joey kicks Bob into a cake to show grade-a Villain Respect.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Sometimes, the cockroaches will utterly ruin Oggy's day because he messed with them, even accidentally.
    • When Olivia unknowingly drenches Lady K in "Wake Up, My Lovely", the humiliated roach gets Dee Dee, Marky and Joey to trick the cat into eating a poisoned apple, putting her in an enchanted sleep.
  • Dissonant Serenity: What was Joey's expression when he prepares to crush a shark with an anchor while using Marky as bait in "Oggy and the Mermaid"? A casual smile. He also briefly makes the same expression when getting a closer look at his handiwork.
  • Doofy Dodo: One follows Oggy home in the episode "Oggy and the Dodo Bird".
  • Dope Slap: Joey smacks the back of Dee Dee's head in "Oggy and the Mermaid" when he smartly considers eating the mermaid he was kidnapping.
  • Downer Ending: Any episode where only the Cockroaches win in the end can be this.
    • Episodes where no one wins can also be this.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: An In-Universe yet justified case in "Fake News", in which numerous people think Marky and Joey aren't evil. This was because the latter tricked them.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: In "Barbecue", the cockroaches do this with peashooters.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Oggy ends up with one in "Soldier For A Day."
  • Dripping Disturbance: In the third comic book, Oggy tries to find the source of dripping but has no luck due to it being inside his pillowcase; the roaches drip water into a cup every so often!
  • Driving Test: The car is destroyed, but Oggy gets a pass. The instructor has bad eyesight.
  • Drunk with Power: Jack in "The Dictator" and Dee Dee in "Oggy VS Super Roach".
  • Dub Name Change: The cockroaches get this in 2 Hindi dubs.
    • Joey is called Chotu in the Nickelodeon dub and Jhaplu in the Cartoon Network dub.
    • Dee Dee is called Motu in the Nickelodeon dub and Paplu in the Cartoon Network dub.
    • Marky is called Lambu in the Nickelodeon dub and Taplu in the Cartoon Network dub.
  • Dub Text: In "The Kitchen Boy", Oggy grates up the cockroaches' bottoms into Olivia's pasta dish. The scene of them angrily marching off with their naked butts visible is cut in some broadcasts, leading viewers to believe that he grated them up completely (which is arguably worse than showing rear nudity).
  • Eats Babies: A carrot tries getting Oggy to eat some baby birds in "Living Carrots".
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: At the end of “Soldier For A Day”.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • In “Life's A Beach”, Jack uses Oggy's house and pool for his business without Oggy's consent. After being beaten by almost every customer, the guards, Bob and Jack, he allies with the cockroaches, bribing them into messing with Jack's business.
    • In "The Dictator", Jack takes over Oggy's house and turns him and the cockroaches into slaves. They work together to bring Jack down.
  • Episode Title Card: Every episode.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Getting betrayed by Dee Dee and Marky In "Beware the Longship" actually nearly causes Joey to cry.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: They apparently work for Santa Claus.
  • Evil Gloating: Whenever something is going the cockroaches' ways, they're prone to gloating. Considering what trolls they are, it's likely invoked to annoy other characters.
  • Evil Is Petty: Although the cockroaches are petty villains themselves, Lady K outclasses them; she attempts to kill Olivia because she committed the heinous crime of unknowingly pouring water on her once.
  • Exposed Animal Bellybutton: Some animal characters have visible bellybuttons. However, the most reoccuring examples are Oggynote , Olivia, and Bob (the first two being cats with the last one being a dog).
  • Exposition Diagram: Appears on a black board in several episodes, when the cockroaches plan on trapping Oggy or when Jack wants to ensnare the cockroaches. A notable case occurs in the episode "Don't Rock the Cradle", in which Oggy babysits. A very enthusiastic Joey sets up a plan to keep a baby as a hostage in order to get a ransom from Oggy but the two other cockroaches seems to have trouble understanding the diagram. It happens a second time in the episode.
  • Eyedscreen: When Jack laughs at an injured martial arts master in "To Serve and Protect", the latter growls and the screen narrows over his face. Cue No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Eye Pop: Which is usually followed by Amusing Injuries.
  • Eye Scream: Very downplayed yet also Played for Laughs. A ticked off Joey punches a dragonfly in the eye in "Don't Barge In!", which is played as an Amusing Injury.
  • Eyepatch of Power: As a pirate, Jack has one.
  • Faint in Shock: Several examples. In the episode "Docu-Mentally" for instance, Oggy discovers Dee Dee removing the tape from his, well, video tape. He falls to the ground and passes out in shock. The cockroaches then proceed to film themselves playing around with Oggy's body and then send it to television. The result? Well, yeah...
  • Faking the Dead: To escape from Oggy (who caught him stealing food from him), Dee Dee pretends to have died when the feline smacks him in "The Fugitive".
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: As mentioned in the Bowlderise example above, certain episodes where firearms use is shown were later remastered to have them fire plungers instead of bullets due to the obvious gun politics/safety concerns.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: We never see it on-screen, but Oggy's pet chicken in "Golden Eggs" gets turned into a roast chicken by Jack at the end of the episode, and we only get to see the aftermath.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Dee Dee gets a close up view of Oggy's Bizarrchitecture insides in the episode "Globopolis" where it soon turns out Oggy is operated by tiny ghost-clones.
  • Fartillery: Frequently. Especially when someone eats something which could explode, like oil or bombs.
  • Farts on Fire: Played for Laughs in "Saturday Black Fever" when Oggy accidentally farts fire on a squirrel and a tree. Also, Dee Dee later unintentionally does the same thing to Joey. Both of these incidents are Amusing Injuries, too.
  • Finger Gun: During a Bank Robbery in "My Beautiful Prison", Oggy uses his hands to imitate guns.
  • Fist Pump: Having finally succeeded in outsmarting Oggy and stealing his special glasses in "Roach Vision", Joey happily raises a fist in victory.
  • Flatline: Parodied in "Face Off". While Jack is looking at Oggy's messed-up face, the monitor flatlines. However, it starts beeping again until an Expy of Pac-Man eats the lines. This is followed by brief Pong gameplay. Apparently, Joey was behind the monitor strangeness the whole time.
  • Flirty Voice Ploy: A Played for Laughs example in "Memory Lane"; as part of a trick, Joey gives himself a flirtatious-sounding voice while pretending to be Oggy's First Love.
  • For the Evulz: When the cockroaches aren't trying to get food or some other object of interest from Oggy or Jack, they're just tormenting them for fun. But sometimes, it can be vice-versa.
  • Foreign Queasine: In "Roachy Redneck", the cockroaches' redneck cousin brings along with him his specialty cheese recipe. It's moldy, has worms crawling in it, and can knock out even his disgusting cousins with one sniff, while he eats it with no problemsnote . It also ends up having very strong plant-growing properties, much to the delight of Oggy.
  • Four Fingered Hand: Lampshaded in "Back to the Past (Featuring Olivia)", wherein an age-reduced Oggy and Bob tried to help out an also age-reduced Jack with a math problem (5+5) in school by silently telling him to count his fingers. Once the other students laughed at Jack's mistake, Oggy and Bob merely shrugged in confusion to each other.
  • Fur Is Clothing: Quite so in many episodes.
  • Furry Confusion: Watch "The Neighbor's Cat" and "Oggy Has Kittens".
  • Gag Dub: Some international versions actually tend to do this.
    • The German version had the now-deceased comedian Dirk Bach act as the narrator, which just added to the comedy and helped the children watching to learn the character names.
    • The Hindi dub adds in the dialogue with actors mimicking Bollywood stars.
  • Gag Haircut: The roaches give Bob one awful haircut in "Oggy Splits Hairs".
  • Gag Nose: Most of the cats have them. They can even be removed!
  • Gainaxing: The Biker Babe from the old version of "Formula 1", complete with sloshing sounds.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Implied in-universe.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The episode "(Un)Happy Camper" had a picture of a topless woman with cartoonishly-oversized breasts in the background, and first aired in 2013. Nobody noticed until 2015, when TMZ caught it; this even resulted in the show being cancelled on the American Nickelodeon despite improving ratings, and that particular episode being immediately removed from Nick's website.
  • Gonk: Many of the human characters in the show look hideous. Though by later seasons (excluding the remasterings), this becomes a Downplayed Trope as they're not as ugly.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: When "Green Peace", Oggy is visited by these, one telling him to chop down a new Christmas tree every time the roaches destroy one and the other telling him to let the trees be.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: In "The Octopus Masters", Olivia, as a Pirate Girl, uses a sword to slice off a fellow pirate's shorts, revealing his heart-patterned underpants.
  • Gratuitous French: The background text is usually written in French. Justified, as it's a French cartoon to begin with.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: The "El Salsafiore" record.
  • Great Big Library of Everything: Oggy has one in “It's a Long Way Down”.
  • Groin Attack: Oggy in the episodes "The Techno-files", "Going Up", "Welcome to Paris", "Boxing Fever", and "Upside Down". Jack in the episode "Go for it, Jack".
  • Growling Gut:
    • Oggy's stomach growls in "Upside Down", "The Living Carrots!", and "Oggy and the Flour Man".
    • Joey's stomach growls in "It's All Under Control".
    • And happens to both Oggy and Joey in "Journey to the Center of The Earth".
    • Olivia's stomach growled in "Olivia's Pimple".
    • Lady K suffers this four times in the episode, "Shoplifting".
  • Hand Rubbing: When he has a new scheme cooking, Joey sometimes rubs his hands together.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: Bob visits an Asian country as one in "Soldier for a Day".
  • Heart Beats out of Chest:
    • "Monster From The Mud Lagoon": Oggy's heart pounds beyond his breastbone in terror after hearing the doorbell ring; this is due to him watching a horror film about a monster and he is thinking said monster is ringing the doorbell, but in actuality, it is Jack covered in mud.
    • "Go For It, Jack!": Upon seeing Oggy's sister, Monica, Jack's heart separates into smaller hearts and they all pound beyond his chest.
    • That one Heart Trampoline Promo: In this Cartoon Network commercial, Oggy is so lovestruck by Olivia [[Spoiler:that he passes out]]. His pounding heart is then used as a trampoline by the other characters so that they can catch a glimpse of Olivia!
    • "Olivia": When Olivia rubs Oggy's arm, it causes his heart to pop out all over his body.
    • "Party Pooper": While romantically daydreaming, Oggy's heart pounds once.
    • "Shoplifting!": In a variation, the sight of Lady K makes Joey's chest open up and his heart leap out while attached to a spring.
  • Height Insult: The titular Oggy insults the roaches for being smaller than him in "Joey and the Magic Bean".
  • Hiccup Hijinks: In "The Hiccup", Oggy suffers through a bout of them throughout the episode, with the cockroaches using them to their full advantage to mess with Oggy even further. He's cured by the next day, only to suffer from a continuous sneezing fit.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The episode "Working Cat" has the Cockroaches actually helping Oggy get a job (so he could have money to buy food they could steal) ahead of his competitors, only to discover too late that it involves pest control.
  • Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball: In "Bugball", said object causes havoc for cat and cockroaches alike, eventually growing enormous and bouncing the house and its occupants to the moon!
  • Idea Ding: You hear a "ding" sound play when Joey gets an idea for an Evil Plan in "Head in the Clouds".
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Many female human characters are shown to have unrealistically small waistlines, like the nurses in "Face Off".
  • Improvised Weapon: Some of the stickmen in "A Magic Pen" use signs as weapons.
  • Institutional Apparel: Inverted. During his Villainous Breakdown, Joey ends up in a straitjacket in "Oggy's Double". However, he wasn't in a corrective institution.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Oggy (a cat) once had a very pretty human girlfriend who had a crush on Marky, one of the roaches. Oggy, of course, was jealous.
    • In "Just Married", Jack (a feline) gets hitched to a poodle.
    • Bob, a bulldog, was briefly one of Oggy's rivals for Olivia's affections.
    • In "Marky's Tournament", Jack and Marky compete in a jousting tournament for the hand, er, paw of King Bob's daughter, Princess Bobette, who is a dog.
  • Iris Out: Most episodes end like this.
  • I Shall Taunt You: As part of a scheme in "Fake News", Joey blows a raspberry at Oggy and Jack to provoke them.
  • Karmic Butt-Monkey: Zigzagged. The eponymous cockroaches sometimes get away with irritating Oggy and Jack, but in many episodes (especially in seasons 4 and 5), they get what's coming to them when Oggy gets his revenge on them.
  • Karmic Transformation: Despite clearly thinking Joey looks repulsive as a realistic cockroach in "For Real", Dee Dee and Marky eventually get turned into realistic cockroaches themselves.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Occasionally the roaches' antics are targeted towards someone deserving of some Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Kissing Cousins: Jack, Oggy's cousin, is attracted (and has the feeling reciprocated) to Monica, Oggy's twin sister. One episode has them with an infant.
  • Klatchian Coffee: "Shake, Oggy, Shake" has Oggy accidentally drinking a super brewed coffee (courtesy of the cockroaches pouring tons of grounds in his espresso press). He ends up a jittery hyperactive mess throughout the episode, and it doesn't help that it's chores day.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Everyone falls into this trope at some point, especially Jack.
  • Left the Background Music On: Inverted in "It's a Hard Day's Noise". When Oggy is chasing the cockroaches, the four of them stop when they become aware there's no chase music so Oggy proceeds to take a CD from his collection, put it in his stereo, and the chase continues.
  • Leitmotif: Bob the bulldog has a French-horn theme, while Jack is often accompanied by a slightly foreboding song. The cockroaches have their theme tune, harpsichord, or both. Oggy shares his theme tune with the show's opening.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: In "Head in the Clouds", Joey being Joey basically causes a drought so people would buy water from him. That's what his plan was, at least.
  • Lighthouse Point: The episode "The Lighthouse Keeper"; Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything:
    • "Oggy VS Super Roach" has Dee Dee get struck by lightning which gives him Super Strength. At the end, it happens to Marky, Joey, and Oggy too
    • In "Walls Have Ears", a lightning strike gives Oggy the ability to pass through anything.
    • In "For Real!", power plant electricity gives Oggy and Joey real-life bodies.
    • It can revive others, as shown when it made the roaches alive again in "The Ghost Hunter".
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Though humans still seem to be the dominant species.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: This happens to Jack after ingesting cement in "Beware of Destruction". Oggy has to put him back together, and then it's just a matter of Jack "shaking off" the cement layer once he gets wet. In the first comic book, Oggy somehow ends up in pieces when the cockroaches shatter a mirror while his reflection's in it. They then start putting him back together like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
  • Loose Tooth Episode: In "Tooth Good to be True", one of the Cockroaches' antics causes Oggy's tooth to fall out. After seeing Oggy get money out of this, Joey goes through extreme and painful circumstances to get some money of his own.
  • Losing Your Head: Oggy accidentally decapitates himself after repeatedly opening and shutting a door in "It's a Hard Day's Noise", not that it kills him.
  • Love Bubbles: When Oggy sees Olivia sleeping in "Wake Up, My Lovely", bubbles appear and pop all around him.
  • Love Floats: Oggy and Olivia's first meeting has the former doing this, much to the cockroaches' confusion.
  • Love Letter: It's implied that a letter the roachesnote  stole in "Deep Trouble" was a love letter, as it had a heart with an arrow through it (which symbolizes romantic love).
  • Lustful Melt: A kiss from or even the sight of Olivia can make Oggy do this.
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: The show sometimes has moments like this such as in the episode "Up To No Good", an otherwise straightforward episode where Oggy has to climb a mountain that grows out of his yard. At some point in that episode, he encounters a disco-dancing yeti that lives in a broken cable car (which seems to be much bigger on the inside). It becomes even more nonsensical when you consider that there's a rope that connects the cable car and a nearby city as if it's been there for a long time despite the fact that the mountain has just formed at the beginning of that episode.
  • Meat-O-Vision: One of the cockroaches gets a snootful of mushroom spores and sees Jack as a giant roast chicken. And tries to eat his leg.
  • Medication Tampering: Downplayed in "The Patient" when the cockroaches tamper with Jack's medicine to torment and not kill him.
  • Medium Blending: Frequently.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: In the “Soldier For A Day”, the cockroaches accidentally destroy the Earth when they fire all torpedoes from a submarine.
  • Mime and Music-Only Cartoon: Subverted in "Chatter Box". Played straight in one international airing where it muted the character's voices.
  • Minimalist Cast: Zig-Zagged. While there are many characters that appear in the show, expect many episodes (mostly in seasons 1-2) to only feature Oggy, the cockroaches, Jack and Bob.
  • Mistaken Age: A Plot Point in "Saving Private Dee Dee" involves a hedgehog mistaking Dee Dee, an adult, for a baby because due to him literally crying like one.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In the season 4 finale, Oggy shows Jack the ring with which he intends to use to propose to Olivia, causing a nearby woman and boy to assume that he's proposing to him!
  • Mooning: The cockroaches once mooned Oggy's grandmother.
  • Motivation on a Stick:
    • Olivia ties up Dee Dee and Marky in order to use them as the motivation for a giant worm in "Journey to the Center of the Earth".
    • At one point in "Oggy Goes Green", Marky and Joey tie Dee Dee to a stick of butter and a sausage to a stick so that he'll grease Oggy's path.
    • In "Oggy on the Nile", Olivia and Jack use a hunk of meat on a crocodile so as to catch up with a hijacked boat.
  • Motor Mouth: Dee Dee, Jack and the entire kitchen after eating a “motor mouth snack” in “Chatter Box”.
  • Mouth Cam: We see the inside of Oggy's mouth as he accidentally swallows Dee Dee in "Globulopolis".
  • The Movie: It has one.
  • Mister Seahorse: The roaches trick Oggy into thinking he's pregnant by inflating his belly in "Nine Months and Counting".
  • Musical Theme Naming: The cockroaches (Joey, Marky, and Dee Dee) are all named after members of The Ramones.
  • Nature Tinkling: "Occupied" ends with the cockroaches urinating on Oggy's lawn. This scene was removed in the episode's remastering ("Nature's Call") though.
  • Nested Mouths:
  • Non-Fatal Explosions: Frequently. In some episodes, even the entire house is destroyed but everyone always survives.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: In "For Real", when Oggy and Joey get zapped after Joey throws Oggy's iPhone into a generator, causing the two to be turned into a realistic cat and a realistic roach. Later, it happens to Jack, Dee Dee, Marky, and Bob during the successful attempt to change Oggy and Joey's appearance back to normal. Bob's appearance, well, it quite becomes quite threatening.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Not as severe as some cases. However, in "La Cucharcha" Joey experiences a Villainous Breakdown when Lady K (who he's in love with) rejects him.
  • Ocular Gushers: Happens often, but it's taken Up to Eleven in the episode "Little Tom Oggy". Oggy when he explains to Dee Dee they're lost, and Joey and Marky washing Jack's windshield with this. Jack and Olivia proceed to do the same thing, and by the time Oggy and Dee Dee find their way home, Olivia is trying to calm down a still crying Jack while his tears land in buckets.
  • Oh, Crap!: At least once an episode from any of the characters.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Having been rendered immobile by their bodycasts, the roaches attempt this on the cats they've been bugging all episode at the end of "Emergency Room" to no avail.
  • Ostrich Head Hiding: In "The Hungry Ostrich Empire", Jack brings an ostrich to Oggy's house for him to petsit. She also sticks her head into the floorboards whenever someone tries to hurt her.
  • Parody of Evolution: Happens in a segment in the first comic book.
  • Perfumigation: In "The Joker Joked", Oggy puts perfume on himself and he seems to think smells fine. The roaches clearly think it smells atrocious.
  • Piano Drop: A piano falls on Jack near the end of "Face Off", and he therefore has to get plastic surgery which Oggy endured throughout the episode.
  • Picnic Episode: "Picnic Panic" has Oggy, Olivia and Jack going on a picnic, and when the cockroaches become aware of it, Hilarity Ensues.
  • Pictorial Speech Bubble: Usually done to help the audience understand, especially when they're speaking Simlish.
  • Pilot: A three-and-a-half-minute long one which can be viewed on the official channel here. The music, sound effects and animation are all somewhat different from the main series. Parts of the it was re-used for "French Fries" and "Emergency".
  • Piranha Problem: A piranha in "Flower Power" gives Oggy some Amusing Injuries.
  • Playing with Syringes: A kid performs several unsafe experiments on the cockroaches in "Brainchild".
  • Potty Emergency: Oggy has one in "Occupied".
  • P.O.V. Cam: A few shots from "Now You See Me, Now You Don't!" are set from Oggy's POV.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Oggy uses his newly-gained invisibility to walk into Olivia's bathroom while she's taking a shower in "Now You See Me, Now You Don't!".
  • Primal Fear: Jack has a fear of heights. Becomes a Plot Point in “Sky Diving”.
  • Punishment Detail: In "The Dictator", after slapping Jack's hand, Oggy is relegated to cleaning the entire kitchen with a brush.
  • Punny Name: In "Five-Legged Sheep", Oggy names a sheep "MOU MOUT", apparently a pun on "moumoute" (French for "wig").
  • Put on a Bus: Monica, although she came back in the final episode of season 4.
  • Rake Take: In "A Charming Guy", the roaches place a rake in front of a love-struck Oggy when he walks towards Olivia with predictable results.
  • Recurring Character: Bob, Monica (although she didn't have many appearances), the pink-nose cop, and (as of season 4) Olivia.
  • Relax-o-Vision: The show does this frequently, even having the characters either move the camera, or put a picture in front of the camera to stop us from seeing the ensuing violence. They do show the result of the violence though.
  • Retraux: Even if it's from 1998, it looks like an attempt to emulate 1990's cartoons with the thin outlines, use of traditional animation and detailed backgrounds.
  • Ringer Ploy: Oggy uses this on Joey when he finds a lookalike of him walking by.
  • Rise of Zitboy: In "Olivia's Pimple", Olivia wakes up with a zit on her forehead and becomes so ashamed, she stays in her bedroom and keeps a pillowcase on her head.
  • Road Runner vs. Coyote: While it's clear that the cockroaches are the antagonists of the series, either side of the ongoing fight can be the winner of the fight for the episode, sometimes both sides win, other times neither will, and yet still a third party can end up the winner
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: Human-sized mice appeared in a sewer in "Little Tom Oggy".
  • Running Gag: Oggy's house getting destroyed in some fashion (which doesn't affect much).
  • Sadist Show: The characters love to hurt each other.
  • Santa Claus: As a giant godlike anthropomorphic Christmas stocking in "Green Peace", which makes it all the funnier when he accidentally trips over a tree stump and destroys the last standing Christmas tree in a forest. He appears again with the traditional appearance in "Santa Oggy", where he got injured thanks to the cockroaches, and Oggy helps him to deliver the presents.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Subverted in "Caviar On The House!", where Oggy chases the cockroaches into a door in a hallway full of them, then the scene changes.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Done by Bob, of all people, in "The Hungry Ostrich Empire"; After the ostrich gets scared by him raising up his fist, it buries its neck into the floor, causing him to look surprised. He tries it again, only for Oggy to imitate the ostrich. Bob is so baffled by this that he simply leaves Oggy's house.
  • Series Continuity Error: Very likely Played for Laughs.
    • Oggy and Jack both have a fear of heights—each of these fears are just shown in two different episodes.Specifically... 
    • Monica is sometimes depicted as Oggy's twin sister or his old friend (at least, in the Hindi version, anyway).
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: In "My Beautiful Prison", Oggy's efforts to obtain a treasure chest are eventually revealed to be for nothing; it surprisingly was a trick the cockroaches played on him. Also, the "treasure" was just a picture of the roaches themselves.
  • Shameful Strip: G-rated (as they involve Fur Is Clothing) and likely Played for Laughs.
  • Shot-for-Shot Remake: Seasons 6 and 7 contain mostly high-definition remakes of seasons 1 and 2, for some reason.
  • Shovel Strike: Some stickmen in "The Magic Pen" are armed with shovels.
  • Sick Episode:
    • In "The Patient", Oggy takes care of Jack after he winds up in a frozen pool. At the end, Jack and the roaches have to be nursed back to health by Oggy.
    • Jack tries to give the elusive and sickly Oggy a booster shot in "Hide and Sick".
  • Silly Animal Sound:
    • The titular cat in the episode "The Neighbor's Cat" is taught by his owner to bark like a dog, and not just being treated like a dog by her.
    • In "Penguin Pandemonium", when the penguin hiding in Oggy's fridge the whole time falls in love with Oggy (who is then dressing up like a penguin), Oggy tries to dissuade it by meowing. To his surprise, the penguin meows back! It then takes Oggy to (allegedly) the South Pole, where all the penguins meow!
  • Slapstick: Hoo, boy! Though it's to be expected from a Spiritual Successor to Tom and Jerry.
  • Smelly Feet Gag: Both Oggy and Dee Dee have them. Oggy's stench can knock people out and Dee Dee's sock juices are potent enough to dissolve metal.
  • Solar-Powered Magnifying Glass:
    • Accidentally used by Joey in "Saturday Black Fever". As the house had been converted into an oil well, it did not end well.
    • Purposefully used by Joey in "Paper Chase" when an army of paper Oggies showed up.
    • The cockroaches use a bunch of solar panels as a huge one in "Oggy Goes Green".
  • Someone's Touching My Butt: In "Upside Down", when the house ends up Exactly What It Says on the Tin, Oggy nervously maneuvers around the house by keeping his back to the wall, only for a mounted moose's hand-shaped antlers to touch his butt when he passes by it. He slaps it and continues on his way.
  • Snuff Film: Attempted by Oggy in "Docu-Mentally", in which he films the cockroaches being Swallowed Whole by a spider. However, it's soon revealed they survived it as they climbed out of the spider's stomach.
  • Speaking Simlish: How the characters usually verbally communicate.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Tom and Jerry, carrying over many tropes into an entirely new generation.
  • Spoiler Title: The season 4 finale is called "Oggy Is Getting Married!" and it spoils the titular feline getting hitched.
  • Squashed Flat: There are many instances in which the characters get squashed by something, though the show's favorite targets are the cockroaches. However, in "The Ghost Hunter", they experience a lethal example as they die after Oggy squashes them several times with a frying pan. Of course, they got better towards the end of the episode, thanks to Oggy himself.
  • Still Sucks Thumb: Justified in "Ugly, Dirty and Good" when Joey (who's an adult) sucks his thumb. However, this was after he regressed into a child due to a head injury.
  • Stock Animal Diet: Oggy, despite eating tons of food cats shouldn't be eating, is a big fan of milk (he often heats it on the stove) and fish. He, however, is actually too afraid of mice to even attempt to eat them.
  • Stock Sound Effect:
    • Usually, when a character cries, their voice is provided by an uncommon sound of a baby crying.
    • There are also some instances of characters literally screaming like a little girl, provided by a stock woman scream.
    • As of season 5, the Wilhelm scream is occasionally heard.
  • Superstition Episode: In the 13th episode, Oggy becomes terrified of bad luck when he discovers the current day is Friday the 13th. Naturally, the cockroaches take advantage of this.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: Any episode where Oggy and/or Jack triumph in the end.
    • Episodes where both sides win in the end.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: The pink-nose cop and the inspector from "The Fugitive".
  • Take That!: The episode "Fake News" appears to be one aimed at... come on, who else could it possibly be, based on the name alone? It involves the cockroaches using Manipulative Editing to make Oggy look like a villain (for example, editing a video to make it look like Oggy squashed Joey with his swatter, while he was begging for food). This results in several people all around the world protesting against Oggy and worshiping the cockroaches...even Olivia! The title card is even of a Hollywood star.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Played for Laughs.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Lady K attempts to kill Olivia by having her eat a poisoned apple in "Wake-Up My Lovely".
  • Tantrum Throwing: While pitching a fit in "Crazy Shoplifting", Joey throws a frozen turkey.
  • Tarot Motifs: After breaking a mirror on Friday the 13th, Oggy draws three different deaths and a nuke.
  • Tears of Joy: A downplayed example in "Let's Party, Guys!" when Joey happily sheds a Single Tear upon learning Dee Dee and Marky threw him a surprise party. He also experiences a Played for Laughs example in "A Touch Of Genius" during his Unishment when he sheds much more tears.
  • Termite Trouble: A termite in "Termite-ator" had gigantic metal jaws for false teeth and could reduce anything to splinters in a second...even electrical appliances.
  • That Russian Squat Dance: Oggy and the cockroaches tend to do this when excited or victorious.
  • Thermometer Gag:
    • In "The Patient", Oggy has to shove a rectal thermometer into Jack due to him being sick. At the end of the episode, the same thing happens to the Cockroaches; however, the thermometer is much bigger than them!
    • After Santa Claus is injured by the cockroaches in "Santa Oggy", Oggy attempts to administer a rectal thermometer to him. Santa insists on doing it himself and without Oggy watching so he holds it against a lightbulb to make it seem like he's worse off than he is.
    • Oggy and Jack take an exam to become police officers in "To Serve and Protect". During the medical portion, examiner Bob takes out a large rectal thermometer, causing Oggy to Faint in Shock.
  • Thin-Line Animation: Round shapes? Check. Thinner lines? Check. Noodle-like limbs? Check.
  • Threatening Shark: One appears in both "Scuba Diving" and "Oggy and the Mermaid".
  • Toothbrush Floor Scrubbing: In "Soldier for a Day", Oggy ends up in boot camp and the Drill Sergeant Nasty points him to the W.C. before handing him a toothbrush. A few seconds later, the outhouse is bright, shiny and temple-like. Apparently, cleaning up after cockroaches tends to make one pretty good at it.
  • Toothy Bird: Every bird that appears in this show has teeth, although birds in Real Life normally don't have them.
  • Train Job: It's heavily implied in "Shoplifting!" that Lady K was going to make the cockroaches rob a train.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: A child performs several experiments on the roaches in "Brainchild".
  • Undressing the Unconscious: The titular Oggy suffers a Shameful Strip (courtesy of Joey and possibly Dee Dee) while unconscious in "Docu-Mentally".
  • Unexpected Kindness: Oggy and Jack are left surprised when Dee Dee and Marky give an Indian celebrity her gem back.
  • Unflinching Walk: In "High-Rise Nightmare", after they clear out everyone except Bob from the dog's new high-rise apartment building, the cockroaches blow it up without looking back.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Several examples, especially from the cockroaches. Special note goes to Joey (their leader) flipping out after being outsmarted and defeated in "Oggy's Double" (though this didn't last). The only thing his friends Dee Dee and Marky could do was watch in horror.
  • Villains Want Mercy: It's made clear the cockroaches (Joey, Marky, and Dee Dee) are a Terrible Trio. However, they've pleaded for mercy a few times:
    • When Jack prepares to throw Dee Dee and Marky into a lawn mower's blades in "7 Minutes & Counting", they beg him to spare them.
    • In "Virtual Voyage", Joey pleads with Oggy not to vacuum him up.
  • V-Sign:
    • A couple times Joey flips V-signs when things are going his way (e.g. "Walls Have Ears").
    • Dee Dee makes a peace sign in "A Truce for Christmas".
    • When pretending to be a hippy in "Homebreaker", Oggy makes a V-sign.
  • Villain Team-Up: In "Green Peace", Oggy's "Bad Angel" works alongside the show's main villains, the cockroaches.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: In a season 2 episode, Bob wants the roaches to reward him for bringing a paper Oggy back to his house. Joey did reward him... with a dynamite stick!
  • We Want Our Jerk Back!: Zigzagged a couple times. In "Ugly, Dirty and Good" for instance, after getting a head injury, Joey stops being selfish, devious, vicious, etc. Oggy likes the change and gets heartbroken when Status Quo Is God kicks in. Dee Dee and Marky, however, want him to go back to his typical self and they become happy when he does.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Dee Dee jumped off a plane without a parachute in "Sky Diving". The last scene of him in the episode was trolling Jack in the air. How he landed is a mystery. Granted, cockroaches do have wings and they can fly, so…
  • White Flag: A few examples. "Invincible" for instance has Joey wave a white flag to Oggy to show him he and the other cockroaches were surrendering.
  • White Gloves: Nearly every animal character sports a pair of white gloves. If they don't, the paws that they use as hands will often be white in a facsimile of a pair.
  • Xenomorph Xerox: The chicken monster from the episode "The Intruder from Space" is an obvious Expy of the Xenomorph, having a very similar appearance, a method of reproduction that requires Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong, not one but two Nested Mouths, and the ability to spit acid.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Whenever someone gets electrocuted, expect to see their bones, even if that someone is a cockroach.
  • Your Head Asplode: Joey's head explodes when he finds Oggy on the moon in "Oggy's Double". This scene was cut in some broadcasts.
  • Your Television Hates You: Briefly used in "Docu-Mentally". Oggy flips through the channels and finds the exact same thing: Joey and Dee Dee messing with his body. Taken Up to Eleven when a television on an airplane hates him, and lots of people are seeing the madness and LAUGHING AT HIM.

 
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