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The Crumpets (Les Crumpets) is a French Flash comedy animated series debuted in December 2013 about a huge family of white, pink nosed people, based on the Petit Dernier preschool Picture Books by Didier Lévy and Frédéric Benaglia, adapted by Raoul Magrangeas and Virginie Boda, and produced by 4.21 Productions.
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The first two seasons for this obscure show, which originally aired in 2013 and 2014, closely highlight several family members, with the actual central characters being the youngest child Li'l One and the family's gambling matriarch Granny. Ma is an inventor and Pa is a gardener, and they adore each other. Their other children include the tall and sleepy Pfff, the gothic bipolar Caprice, the physically strong Triceps, the head-losing thinker Ditzy, the eccentric artist Fynartz, the mischievous twins Bother and Blister, the scaredy cat Ohoh, and the lion costumed King. The Crumpets' irritable neighbor is Ms. McBrisk, who lives with her beautiful daughter Cassandra. Pa's rich fleecing brother is Uncle Hurry, whose wife is Aunt Harried and their adopted nerd son is Cordless.

On December 2015 and December 2017/January 2018, 52 more episodes that are known as Teen Crumpets in English debuted, because feedback for the original seasons summarized that the teens and tweens are the show's most popular characters. This Retool moved the teenagers to the spotlight and reduced focus on Li'l One and most of the adults. In April 2018, Teen Crumpets won the "12+" category award in that year's Cartoons On The Bay in Italy; the show's behind-the-scenes Facebook profile hinted more episodes to come. A jury prize award was also earned by Teen Crumpets in a Georgian animation festival in October 2018.

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The first twenty episodes dubbed in English (plus "The Mix-Up"note  ) are officially available for free on YouTube. A trailer and an English dubbed episode (with a presumably different voice cast) of Teen Crumpets are viewable on the C21Media website.

Despite the somewhat innocent adaptation source, colorful visuals, adorable characters, and being broadcast in children's programming, the show contains a hefty amount of inappropriate material to kids such as sexual themes, suicidal behavior, animal harm, and rare gruesome violence. In season three at least, this was sort of softened, however.

A character page is available. There is also The Crumpets Wiki.

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The Crumpets contains examples of:

  • Adam and Eve Plot: In "Prehistoric Crumpets", the Crumpets and the McBrisks survive a meteor crash. Due to the impact site's magnetic ray repelling the rescuers, the rest of the episode treats the cast as sole survivors of the incident, the family splitting to pro-nature or pro-rebuilding camps led by Pa or Ma respectively, and the McBrisks and Pfff hide in an underground shelter and propose reproduction to save the population. The episode even references the Biblical story as the family witnesses an instantly grown forest, Pa and Ditzy hold apples, and the Pa calls the site a Garden of Eden.
  • Adapted Out: Early art for the show includes the little girl called Petite Pousse who stars in one of the books. She is nowhere to be seen in the final show.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The show has more details on members of the Crumpet family who originate from the books or were introduced in the show.
  • Adoption Diss: In "Green Pastures", Hurry and Harried despises Cordless upon comparing him with the kids in the Gloser magazine and finding him ineffective to their business. They look at adopting a better looking child, and treats their runaway niece Caprice as one until the discovery of their unauthorized appearance in the fashion magazine that would lead the couple to reconsider and kick their spoiled niece out the house. However, Cordless abandons Hurry and Harried to live with the Crumpets, and that couple wants him or Caprice back, but Pa lies to them that they're not in his proximity.
  • Aerith and Bob: The show contains characters whose names are odd (like Grownboy, Cordless, Triceps) and ordinary (like Isadora and Steve).
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: In "Cheep Shot", the intruder identification component of Ma's greenhouse defense system detects Pa because his crouch position looks like a cooked poultry (the system might as well detect any kind and form of bird), but it didn't shoot him. He returns to the greenhouse one night and the system identifies him as an intruder, leading to his stranding and surrender. The other family members become trapped with Pa once they enter the Gatling gun's perimeter. The system identifies Steve as a flamingo and tries to shoot him. In the end, the wounded bird flies in front of the Crumpets and it appears the family is doomed.
    • In "Mum's Double", Ma builds a robot clone of herself that likes to play cymbals rather than being a reliable substitute. It also creates a robot clone of Pa.
  • Almost Kiss: In "Pity The Prize", Cassandra and Pfff almost kiss, but it's disrupted because Cassandra was snatched to the weather van as she is disguised as the Weather Girl.
  • All Cloth Unravels: In "No Pffuture", Pfff unintentionally catches a thread of his red guitar rug with his foot and unravels it as he walks around his house and the McBrisks'.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Among the animals in the show are pink penguins and brown elephants.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: In "Octosquito", the beer yeast syrup brew Pa gives to the sick, big tongued Crumpet children transforms their heads into the crumpet food. One of Ma's machines revert them to normal and extract the crumpets for food. Bother was already bitten in the head by José and keeps this wound after returning to normal.
    • In "Radeau d'ados", when Marylin and Pfff are stranded in the sea and starving, there is a brief sequence depicting them as literal crumpets. Unlike the "Octosquito" example, Pfff is super deformed, Marylin's body is a Cephalothorax, and they are noseless.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Granny cuts the arms of several "werewolf" Crumpet girls in her own horror movie scene in "Hairifying". All in Bloodless Carnage.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: In "Going Viral", the Crumpet children chant "bravo" at the end Granny's memoriam film to Caprice, who despite being alive gets exasperated at this announcement of her "death".
  • Animesque: The show has some anime-influenced visuals demonstrated, like the opening of Ma and Ms. McBrisk's fight in "Amnesia", and when Cassandra screams in shock in the beginning of "Crumpity Pity".
  • Art Imitates Art: There is a parody of the Girl with a Pearl Earring in one background for the show. It's not seen in seasons 1 and 2.
  • Art Shift: The art style for a character changes to a black and white, minimal, and geometric design when they get zapped, though in "Ransoming Dad" the color stays intact.
    • In "... et bonne année !", there is a scene which twice briefly switches the art to a monochrome "Día de los Muertos" design.note 
  • Ash Face: When someone is in the radius of an explosion, they may consequentially appear coated in black ash.
  • Ashes to Crashes: In "Murder Everywhere", the ashes of Rudy Swan are missing from his urn. In a flashback, Ditzy found the urn in a kitchen cupboard and poured the ashes to a sugar container by mistake, leading to the hallucinations of the others who ate the "sugar". When the winner of the auction for the urn arrives, Granny burns the inflatable "Jolly John" to ashes and pours the remains them to the urn for substitution, in addition to inserting Rudy's glasses.
  • Attack Animal: Ironically for a girl who hates animals, Caprice commands a small flock of birds to attack the plane lifting the animal cage in "Disassister".
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: José the octosquito creates trouble by shooting ink at the kids to sicken them. He grows big from eating Pa's brew before his next attack on the kids, where he bites Bother's crumpet head.
  • Auction: Granny often lists items on online auctions. In "Taxidermama", in an eBay-like website she places hundreds of Fynartz' paintings she stole for her personal benefit. After Fynartz mows his paintings and modifies the house to look like Ma, Granny changes her listing to the house and the bidding price skyrockets. The listing is thwarted once Ma duplicates the house across the globe, diminishing its value.
  • Babies Ever After: In "Crumpity Pity", Cordless secretly texts Ms. McBrisk and promises her he'll meet all her needs and big families. Midway, he dreams of having multiple baby McBrisks.
  • Babysitting Episode: The free Teen Crumpets episode is one where Caprice has to babysit Li'l One before and during her party.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: The opening animation wasn't updated for episodes 53-104 (Teen Crumpets), so one expecting to see the ploys of Li'l One or Granny would instead see that they're about a group of teenagers.
  • Balloon Belly: In "Lil Wrinkly One", Granny's belly becomes bloated after she eats some of her chocolate cigarettes she took out of storage. The other characters who ate the confection gets these too.
  • Banister Slide: King does this on two staircases during his family's chase at him in the beginning of "Amnesia". Li'l-One and the twins also do these in "Li'l Wonder".
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: People breathe without difficulty when they're on the moon.
  • Battle of the Bands: After L'il-One and Granny end their partnership as a popular music stage act in "CrumStep", they lead and assemble competing bands for a concert battle. Ma ends the show because the family failed to celebrate her birthday, and all the performers sing for her and return to peace.
  • BFG: In "My Family's Full of Losers", Ohoh uses a machine gun to shoot and seemingly kill his siblings in the darkness in a game show round. He fails to eliminate one, although he injured Pfff. When Ohoh is declared winner, he says the machine gun is the winner.
  • Be Yourself: In "Puppy Love", this is a moral from Caprice's story once she reverts from having the fashion tastes and appreciation of wealthy living like Aunt Harried.
  • Beach Episode: Pool variant: "Dried Water" takes place during a global shortage of water. The Crumpet kids go swimming their flooded house, which is storing the water stashed by Hurry and Harried.
  • Bedsheet Ladder: Pa and Cassandra use these for their escapes in "The Terrible Teens" and "Family Be Gone!" respectively.
  • Bear Trap: In "Croco-Deal", L'il-One puts one in Renato's mouth and goes in it so he can divert Ma's attention to rush to him. When Granny tries to kill Renato, she inadvertently frees the crocodile. The bear trap catches Granny's head, and she keeps it on by the next day.
    • In "Granny Strip", Granny also ends up having a bear trap cling to her head by accident in the ending.
  • Beat: When Granny complains that finding and forgiving her ex-boyfriends on the internet would drain her laptop's power in "Granny's Twin Sister", a beat occurs when Li'l-One gives her the charging cord and when she looks at her observers, until she starts saying the names of the men.
  • Big Ball of Violence: The fights among the Crumpet kids in "Family Be Gone!" and between Bother and Blister in "Granny's Twin Sister".
  • Big Fancy House: Hurry and Harried's residence is one big mansion.
  • Big "NO!": At the very end of "Cheep Shot", this is shouted by the family stranded in the greenhouse, when a wounded bird arrives in front of them and the garden defense system is about to shoot them.
    • This is shouted by the Scene Transition heads at the climax of "The Terrible Teens" due to Ma's handling of the electrocuting lightbulb.
    • Nearly everyone who got showered in the greenhouse in "Hairifying" says one due to the instant loss of their hair.
  • Big Red Button: Granny presses one in the house's hidden security room so that the house transforms to a robot in "Pong! The Menace!".
  • Big "SHUT UP!": At the end of "My Family's Full of Losers", all the Crumpet children except Pfff say this to L'il-One when they're in the moon and the latter is complaining at his parents staying in Earth.
    • Happens again at the beginning of "Li'l One All Alone", also towards an angry Li'l-One by the family.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The show loved this.
    • "Croco-Deal": The threat of a crocodile to the Crumpets is vanquished, but the death of the crocodile saddens his owner Grownboy.
    • "Gambled Gables": The Crumpets reclaim their house from Hurry and Harried, but a falling bomb causes the family to evacuate and the explosion destroying the house.
    • "Ghosts In The Attic": Granny, Caprice, and the twins are perished by the fireworks and Li'l One is being chased by Ms. McBrisk in the night. On the other hand, Ditzy's head reunited with her body.
    • "The Terrible Teens": In the aftermath of the lightbulb electrocution in the ending, Pa and Pfff return to normal. But all the other children cry like babies, Ma becomes an angry woman, and Granny falls in love with her son.
    • "Acne Dents Happen": The radioactive acne cream and the power generator destroys the Crumpet house. Uncle Hurry's plot to have Cordless test the cream in that house succeeded. Cordless, though, gets cured of his zits.
    • "Cheep Shot": Grownboy and Steve wedded, but Ms. McBrisk is unhappy and kills nearly all the birds in her house. The Crumpets who are stranded in the greenhouse are doomed by having a wounded bird fly between them and the bird Gatling gun.
    • "Murder Everywhere": The ashes of Rudy Swan were accidentally consumed by the Crumpets and Caprice remains stranded in a giant gelatin dessert. But Granny auctions Rudy Swan's urn and honors him by riding a motorcycle.
    • "Granny's Twin Sister": Granny's fortunes gets stolen by her twin sister before she gets blown out of her bedroom by an explosion. The twins got together after their disputes.
    • "Disassister": Caprice and King saves Grownboy's animals from being taken to a laboratory by their uncle and aunt. Unfortunately, the animals are running loose by the time Grownboy and Steve return to their home, and Caprice didn't end her date with Marylin well.
    • "The Mix-Up": Ms. McBrisk returns to her original body. However, her garden gnome and T-Bone swap bodies. The gnome in T-Bone's body threatens Caprice in her bedroom and T-Bone in the gnome's body killed birds to McBrisk's horror.
    • "Mum's Double": The Crumpets gets saved from Robot Ma when Robot Pa switches it off. The real Pa is held captive by Ms. McBrisk.
    • "Crumpity Pity": Ms. McBrisk will get her job back because Cordless purchased the school she worked in. She will not return to work until the end of the school year.
    • "Li'l Wonder": The twins detonate an underground explosive which destroys the house and everyone in its proximity. However, Li'l One and Granny kicked out most of the family members through shady fortune telling.
    • "Pong! The Menace": Pong gets the Kun Kun Yun diamond back and Granny pursuits him with the Crumpet house robot, leaving the family unsheltered. However, Pfff's worm survived and returned to him.
    • "The Divorce": Hurry and Harried are reconciled, but the wedding ring is missing because T-Bone took it after it was thrown.
    • "Inside Li'l One's Brain": Pa gets to leave Li'l One's brain, but Li'l One is allowed to resume wearing nappies as he wanted. And Cassandra is stranded inside T-Bone's brain.
    • "Supernawak": Although Ms. McBrisk was stopped from stealing the Crumpets' cooking oil, T-Bone consumed the potatoes the family was about to eat.
    • "Girls On Holiday": Cassandra departs on her own holiday with Pfff and Pa drives the two away, but Caprice is unable to go with them. Caprice, however, goes to a different trip with Ms. McBrisk to cheer her up, and they ride on a flamingo.
  • Birthday Episode: The pilot, "Sticks Stink", "CrumStep", "Murder Everywhere", and "Puppy Love" contain the birthdays of Li'l-One, Ma, Caprice, Granny, and Aunt Harried (who shares Ma's in the last of these episodes).
  • Bizarchitecture: The Crumpets' house. An odd towering structure with disjointed roofs, a variety of windows, a network of balconies, and a giant windmill.
    • Grownboy's house from "Disassister". It's a residential structure on top of a high rise in the city, and it comes with a bus and train attached.
  • Blank White Eyes: Usually shown when a character gets surprised. It is also how Granny's eyes look when they're open, other than having tiny pupils.
  • Bleak Abyss Retirement Home: In "Shake It Up", Ma and Pa refuses to bring Granny to Uncle Hurry's retiree community. Ma tells L'il-One that going to a retirement home is like going to a scrapyard.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Blood isn't depicted in acts of violence except in "Octosquito" when José dies. This doesn't count the instances of fake blood (immediately below).
  • A Bloody Mess: Blister drops red paint to L'il-One during the horror movie showing in "Hairifying".
    • "Shake It Up" has Li'l-One and one poor sparrow getting covered by Fynartz' red paint.
    • In "A Grave Affair", one of Caprice's stunts at her siblings is squirting ketchup at Ditzy's head and body and having her hold a knife. Caprice snaps and shares to social media a picture of Ditzy as if she's fatally decapitated.
  • Book-Ends: In the beginning and ending of "My Family's Full of Losers", Li'l One looks at his parents together in their bed and whines, calling it "horrible". First, through their bedroom door's keyhole, and last, through a scope when he's on the moon.
    • "Troc de trucs" begins and ends with the birds pecking a flowerbed in the greenhouse.
  • Bowled Over: In "My Family's Full of Losers", a group of pink penguins are the pins struck by T-Bone the ball in a commercial.
    • In "Li'l Wonder", there's brief sequence with Li'l-One's siblings as bowling pins that get bowled over by his head, when he realizes that his magic tablet can eliminate them.
  • Brand X: The Crok! cereal featured in "Girls on Holiday".
  • Brick Joke: In "Acne Dents Happen", Ms. McBrisk complains without evidence that it's the 327th time Cassandra left the lights on in their house. At the very end, she complains it's the 328th time.
  • British Accents: The English dub of the original 52 episodes has all characters speaking with these and with British vocabulary, while some credited voice actors are American and one is Australian. However, the dub of Teen Crumpets according to the one viewable episode has the characters speak in American accents, likely due to recasting.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: In "La capuche mortelle", when the teens return to the online professional psychologist that was analyzing Marylin's nightmare, he is spotted sleeping with a teddy bear and sucking his thumb.
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": Grownboy says the word "human" in referring to people (who don't look exactly like real humans) in "Cheep Shot". Caprice also says the word during a phone call in "Pong! The Menace!".
  • Camping Episode: "Li'l One All Alone" has all the Crumpets except Li'l One and Granny camping in the forest. Their shelter is an inflatable replica of the house.
  • Cardboard Pal: Caprice owns a cutout of the famous actor Cradley Booper. Cordless uses an picture of its head as the avatar of his dating service alias "Furious Bull". Ms. McBrisk is obsessed with the cutout every time she sees it in "The Courting of Ms. McBrisk" and "Ice Lust".
  • Cartoon Creature: The "human" race in the show are primarily differentiated from real humans by their squeaky pink or blue noses (also shared with certain creatures in the show), a philtrum line from nose to mouth, and pale skin (darker skin rarely appears). To the face, it's a bit reminiscent to certain mammals such as rabbits, otters, or weasels. The episode "Hairifying" shows that they naturally have as much hair as humans do. Their three-toe feet, more unusually, are either sloped and stubby (Li'l-One, King, Ma, and "Acne Dents Happen" Pa) or like that of real humans (most other characters, and perhaps erroneously to "Prehistoric Crumpets" Pa). Most characters don't have visible ear structures, but others like Bother, Ohoh, and King have transparent swirl-like ears; when viewing the former two's paper cutouts they appear to be stylized human ears.
  • Chained to a Railway: Parodied in "Going Viral", as a suicidal Caprice brings and lays on a railway track piece as long as her height. Unfortunately for her, the track's isolation means no train will arrive to kill her.
  • Chainsaw Good: Chainsaws are a recurring prop and weapon, especially for Granny, such as the one she uses when she tries to kill Renato in "Croco-Deal", and when she harms Pa in "Murder Everywhere". Heck, there's a movie called Werezombies and Chainsaws.
  • Cheeky Mouth: Many characters show these when viewed from the side.
  • Cheesy Moon: In "My Family's Full of Losers', Ms. McBrisk hopes the moon-launched Crumpets will like The Man in the Moon's green cheese.
    • In "Pity The Prize", when Ma is about to throw the Weather Girl, and Pa by accident, to the moon, she unforgivably bids goodbye and wishes to know if the moon's made of cheese.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Ma's blender in "Mum's Double". She splashes its liquid output to robot Ma in order to prove to the kids she's the real one.
  • Christmas Episode: The two-part episodes "Joyeux Noël..." and "... et bonne année !" in Teen Crumpets. They're the final episodes in numeric order.
  • Cliffhanger: In "Cheep Shot", the family is about to get shot by the flawed greenhouse defense system's gatling cannon.
    • In "Hairifying", Ms. McBrisk is still a zombie after the other females were cured of the condition.
  • Clothing Switch: Between L'il-One and King in "Sticks Stink" in an agreement that lasts 24 hours, because the former thinks the family is plotting against him due to a no diaper sign in a hallway. Although King was reluctant at first, he would take great advantage of the Clothing Switch at L'il-One's expense.
    • Caprice and Cassandra does this in "Quasi Cassie" when they Swapped Roles.
  • Clown Car: All members of the Crumpet family except Li'l-One and Granny fit inside their van in "Li'l One All Alone". Ironically, the characters resemble clowns.
  • Clown Car Base: As most of the Crumpets flee from their house before the meteor impact in "Prehistoric Crumpets", they cram inside T-Bone's doghouse. It only lasted about two seconds before the doghouse lifts above the pile of Crumpets right before impact.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: In "Marilyn Blues", Caprice and Pfff try to forget Marylin after they found the possibility online he became a Disco singer far away. They keep listening to his apparent disco song in their house and their neighbor's.
  • Computer Virus: In "Les sur-vivants", this is the actual type of a globally-spread virus Cradley Booper was talking about in the video. When the teen girls originally saw the video, it lagged half-way and they conclude it's a zombie virus, partly because of this video.
  • Concert Climax: A concert with the stage being on the McBrisk house lodged between the halves of the Crumpet house with Pfff playing the guitar and Cassandra singing occurs in the ending of the Series Fauxnale "Sound The Alarm". Caprice originally sings but gets pulled down by Cassandra from the roof to the interior of the McBrisk house with Ms. McBrisk, because Caprice betrayed Cassandra by lying to Pfff that she wrote Cassandra's poem and rehearsed it so she can entice Marylin, rather than having the poem going only for Pfff.
  • Continuity Nod: In "My Family's Full of Losers", a commercial for the radioactive acne cream featuring Cordless is broadcast in one of the game show's breaks. Another commercial promotes Hurry and Harried's Paymeism.
    • In "Crumpity Pity", Cassandra assumes at her mother if she missed a date with "Furious Bull".
    • "Li'l One All Alone" has a couple. Li'l-One eats cocoa-patches and also shouts "You're dead" during his home alone time.
    • "Love à faire": Ditzy's love on Larry is raised up when Marylin and Pfff try to break him up from Triceps.
  • Conveyor Belt o' Doom: In "Dried Water", Uncle Hurry, Aunt Harried, Granny, and L'il-One fall to the dehydrated water tank where they sink to the packaging process at the bottom. They're sealed in the small dehydrated water packs adorning art of their heads in the packaging.
  • Cool Airship: In "Going Viral", Caprice's fans dispatch a blimp decorated after her. It rescues their idol from her final suicide attempt.
  • Cool Car: Ma and Pa's red car.
    • Uncle Hurry's huge black convertible.
  • Counterfeit Cash: In "Ransoming Dad", Ma produces counterfeit coins with a machine by Granny's request, despite of Ma's reluctance.
  • Counting to Three: Although she may count to ten to pressure her daughter to return home, Ms. McBrisk's punishment to Cassandra for her relationship with Pfff in "No Pffuture" is offered by a count to three (including 2.8 and 2.9). At three, she can't force Cassandra inside because the tangled red thread had split their house.
  • Courtroom Episode: "Belief Relief" and "The Divorce" have court scenes. "Acne Dents Happen" has a very brief one regarding Cordless' radioactivity.
    • In "Rat de marée", after the flood in the Crumpet house was over, Triceps blames Marylin's pet mouse for causing the near-fatal flood and set up a court trial against Marylin and Caprice, who are left stranded in the failed elevator. The courtroom is a big room where the stalled elevator is visible.
  • Creepy Doll: "Troc de trucs" revolves on a rag doll rediscovered by Caprice. It has one missing eye and a sinister look. When Caprice was young, she pounded the doll with a hammer, ripped off some of its hair and poured tea on it. After Cassandra took the doll away from a reluctant Caprice in a Garage Sale, Caprice wonders how she'll retrieve the final remnant of her childhood until she tasks Bother and Blister to steal it back from their neighbor.
  • Crush. Kill. Destroy!: In "Mum's Double", Ma splashes a liquid at her robot clone to prove her children who's the real Ma. In response to its own malfunction, the robot shifts to "Destroy and Murder Mode" and shoots metal nuts. Robot clone Pa rescues them by switching the robot off before it could whack Ma with her blender.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: In the beginning of "Save Granny", L'il-One hints that only when pigs will fly would be the condition he can leave Ma's tummy hatch.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In "The Terrible Teens", teenage-minded Pa picks a fight with his brutally powerful daughter Triceps. Guess who screams in pain right at the start.
    • In "Va te catcher vilain !", Caprice and Cassandra, who are substituting Triceps in the wrestling match, are easily defeated by their giant opponent.
  • Dating Service Disaster: In "The Courting Of Ms. McBrisk", Cordless tries to captivate the episode's namesake by utilizing a standing cutout model of an actor in his dating alias "Furious Bull". After buying and delivering gifts to her home, she wants to meet him in person, which makes Cordless reluctant to meet her again (When they met, McBrisk was angry at him). Following a failed physical meeting, he promises to see her again, but afterwards Granny and the kids hijacks his side of the chat and delivers some bothersome messages to McBrisk. The cutout is displayed in the window to lure McBrisk, but once she gets to the room she chokes the handsomely-dressed Cordless regarding where "Furious Bull" is. Granny takes the cutout to Hurry and Harried's helicopter, and by its departure, McBrisk continues to believe it's a real person.
    • In "Girls On Holiday", Caprice distracts Ms. McBrisk with a new dating profile known as "Lonesome Wolf".
  • Deface of the Moon: In "Belief Relief", Ma tries to pull the moon to their home so that their lunar leeks survive. She accomplishes it, and this improves the condition of the leeks.
  • The Dentist Episode: The beginning of "Dans tes dents" features Caprice fiercely resisting her trip to the dentist, Triceps has to tie her up. The visit itself is brief on runtime, yet Caprice leaves with braces she's very shy to expose.
  • Descent into Addiction: The primary conflict in "Addicted". Pa gives his mother a greenhouse gas remedy to cure her worsening gambling and onion crisp addiction. Granny refrains from consuming it, sells the gas to Ms. McBrisk, lies to her family that she took it, demands more and sells them to the neighbor, and preserves her gambling addiction. Not only McBrisk becomes addicted to this temporary cure for her allergies, the Crumpet children also jump on Granny's bandwagon and develop addictions to the gas vials. They destroy the machine producing the substance, act like zombies to their parents, and seize McBrisk's gas supply. After that, the children immediately got over their addictions.
  • Digging to China: In "Dried Water", Ma mentions China in reference to the strength of the drilling machine she needs to puncture the water tank from underground.
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: Characters like Li'l One, Ditzy, and Cassandra sometimes have floating eyebrows.
  • Distant Finale: "Rendez-vous dans 15 ans" is set 15 years after the events of Teen Crumpets and is about the state of Caprice and Cassandra's friendship. It is the final episode, before the two-part Christmas episodes, in numeric order.
  • Diving Save: Ma does this to Granny in "Taxidermama" when the latter was on the way of Fynartz riding the lawnmower towards the stacks of paintings.
    • Ohoh does this to the towel-wearing Caprice in saving her from the falling red paint bucket in "Supernawak".
  • Divorce Is Temporary: In "The Divorce", Hurry is kicked out by his wife because he had overspent. In the court, once Ms. McBrisk the judge points out that Hurry and Harried are being "horrible" in their arguments against the other, the two reconcile and become a couple again. Unfortunately, the wedding ring they want back is with T-Bone.
  • Documentary: When Ma watches a tape called Heroic Females in "Croco-Deal", there's a narrative about a charging rhinoceros getting kicked by a mother giraffe. The same documentary returned for a few other episodes.
  • Downer Ending:
    • "Sticks Stink": Li'l One's birthday party is stolen by King. Li'l One never got to speak out the truth of their identities being swapped.
    • "Road Stories": Granny and Caprice are arrested for hoaxing their world journey. Caprice fails to prove her love of animals by throwing a hugging penguin to the van. The two, Ms. McBrisk, and some of the Crumpets land in prison.
    • "Drive Away": Nearly all of Grownboy's animals die after they were launched to the air from the braked trailer and hit a brick wall.
    • "Li'l One All Alone:" The twins fool Li'l One into having him walk to the inflatable copy of their house inthe woods, leaving him abandoned from the family.
    • "Va te catcher vilain !:" Caprice and Cassandra, who are substituting an injured Triceps in a high-profile wrestling match, are beaten up by their gigantic foe. A Sudden Downer Ending right at the end of the episode that is bleak by season 3 standards.
  • Dramatic Drop: Pa drops a tray after hearing Ma appreciating the masculine traits of the man in a magazine in "Man Up!"
  • Dramatic Unmask: Parodied in "Supernawak". Superhero Ohoh wishes to have the defeated supervillain Ms. McBrisk unmasked on her rooftop, and his partner and her Abhorrent Admirer Cordless gets this opportunity. McBrisk tells them to leave her mask on, then she lifts hers to reveal her eyes to the duo. However, they don't share her identity with the Crumpet family because removing her mask is "against basic superhero ethics". The family gets to see her identity uncovered after Cordless and McBrisk fall through the collapsing roof together to the oil barrel.
  • Dream Intro: "Dans tes dents" starts with Cassandra's dream of sitting next to Pfff and being taught to play his guitar. She wakes up from her phone's vibration and Caprice angrily calling her friend to answer.
    • "La capuche mortelle" begins with Marylin's dream of himself and his pet mouse in a fantasy Gothic world. It shifts to a nightmare when a hooded ghost with Larry's voice pursuits Marylin.
  • Dress Hits Floor: In "Granny Strip", Cassandra is mad because she thinks she saw Pfff, whom she enticed, returning to watching the TV Weather Girl (which is actually Granny wearing Pfff's hair and using her laptop to play strip poker). Cassie rips and takes off all clothes but her undergarments. The upper half of her body is viewed as she removes her skirt to the floor. The next shot focuses on her legs and her shirt hitting the floor.
  • Driving Stick: As the Driving Test in "Drive Away" is about to begin, Pa tells Pfff that real driving involves with a shift stick, not a video game. The show is set in Europe, where manual transmission cars are dominant.
  • Driving Test: Pa instructs an uninterested Pfff in a driving test in "Drive Away".
  • Dysfunctional Family: The Crumpets, in part by Granny and Li'l One causing trouble to the family, Ma's occasional neglection of the children, and other flawed children.
  • Eating the Enemy: In "Octosquito", Granny's cell does this to defeat José the octosquito's cell.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: Caprice freakishly reacts that there's mice in "Ghost In The Attic" where it's actually the twins sneaking between her legs. Averted later in that episode when she looks at an actual captive mouse prior to the voodoo ceremony and finds it cute.
    • In "Rat de marée", after it went missing, Marylin's mouse was found creeping out a bathrobed Ms. McBrisk in her kitchen.
  • Eject the Loser: In the titular gameshow in "My Family's Full of Losers", losers are thrown to the moon and are considered nobodies. In order, Ma, King, Caprice, the twins, followed by the rest except Granny, Pa, and L'il One. Ma returns to the Earth and Granny's next for ejection; L'il-One's the final loser.
  • Electrified Bathtub: Almost happens in "A Grave Affair". Caprice poses a sleeping Pfff in a running shower and have him hold a hairdryer for a social media picture.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Subverted in "Li'l One All Alone". Manolita the mushroom is not a tentacled monster, to the Crumpet children's disappointment.
  • Electronic Telepathy: In "The Mix-Up", Ma and Pa read each other's minds with a machine. It's implied that Ma finds dirty thoughts from her husband.
  • Elevator Failure: In "Rat de marée", Caprice and Marylin become stranded in the Crumpets' elevator at the time an internal flood struck the house.
  • Elvis Impersonator: In "The Courting Of Ms. McBrisk", one of these is seen by Ms. McBrisk in the online dating service.
  • Empty Piles of Clothing: In "Troc de trucs", Caprice, who is cooperating with Ms. McBrisk in searching their respective relatives, finds Cassandra's shoe on the floor, and they both cry. Cassie herself is hidden with the other Crumpets in the attic, covered in paint.
  • The End Is Nigh: Uncle Hurry warns that the end of the world is nigh when he delivers a reason for the Crumpets to convert to his Paymeism religion in "Belief Relief".
  • Epileptic Flashing Lights: The party in the free Teen Crumpets episode "Baby sister" gives off flashes of white in the screen.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: "Marilyn Blues" goes through betrayal as a theme. The gang, especially Caprice and Pfff, feel betrayed and depressed from Marylin apparently abandoning them for his long-distance trip, especially once they learn on the web the possibility he ditched his goth rock for a Disco singing career. After Larry was found to have good singing skills and could replace Marylin, Marylin's bitter ex-friends conduct a goodbye ceremony where they dump his belongings to the water. During the ceremony, Caprice finds his pet mouse and fails to have the twins capture it, instead she expects it to never return. Cassandra defends the mouse, which is drifting away on its floating bed, saying it did nothing wrong. Caprice assumes her friend is on Marylin's side, which seems to shatter their friendship and Cassie runs away crying. Marylin himself arrives and denies having another alias, yet Caprice and Pfff remain skeptical of his truth. He too cries and runs away upon learning the disappearance of his mouse and declaring he'll hate his ex-friends forever, but luckily, he finds Cassie saving his mouse. Later, the gang discover Marylin and Cassie in a concert together, leaving Caprice depressed again in spite of her traitorous motive.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: L'il-One happens to be outside near Ditzy and Cassandra, and he eavesdrops his sister sharing secrets to their neighbor in "Family Secrets".
  • Everybody Cries: The Crumpet family members who listened to the story of Pong breaking up from Granny cry in "Pong! The Menace!"
  • Everybody Do the Endless Loop: The Crumpets dance in looping animations to Pfff's new song in "Gambled Gables", except for the dance between L'il-One and Granny.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: In "Ghost In The Attic", the blonde wig Caprice discovers in the attic is determined by her to be the spiritual clue that she has to be blonde to win the heart of Marylin. Oddly, she never takes this route.
  • Everybody Must Get Stoned: In "Murder Everywhere", many of the Crumpets and Cordless hallucinate from eating the ashes of a dead hippie known as Rudy Swan.
    • Also, in "Addicted", the drug addiction crisis among the Crumpet children and Ms. McBrisk caused by Granny secretly accumulating and selling the homemade greenhouse gas vials to McBrisk.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Pink penguins exist, such as the ones Grownboy owns or the ones stolen from a zoo in "Road Stories".
  • Eyes Are Unbreakable: In "Drive Away", the shattered animals have their eyes living and intact. It turns out at the ending that they died.
  • Faceless Masses: Most Crumpet children are background, completely red haired people of identical simple or massed clothing, different hair styles, and varying facial features. They're usually behind the main characters and are absent in some family gatherings.
  • Fake Pregnancy: In "Lil Wrinkly One", when Granny's consumption of cigarette-like coco-patches makes her bloated, everyone assumes she's pregnant. Almost everyone eats the cocoa-patches and are mistaken to be pregnant, but L'il-One reverses this condition to the others by pressing their bellies so they can break wind.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: In "Murder Everywhere", a chain of events from other people lead to Pfff hitting Ditzy's head, which shoots up to a chandelier that would drop to the bench sat by Caprice, launching her to the giant gelatin dessert.
  • Family Title
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: It's supposed to be a kids show, but there is some graphic violence in the form of birds getting shot and a machine gun shooting Crumpets in darkness, as examples. It's minimized a lot at season 3.
  • Fantastic Drug: In "Octosquito", Uncle Hurry gives the family drugs for their containment against José. When L'il-One tries one, he instantly grows big whiskers like Pa's. Another one of those drugs cause the children to have huge tongues.
  • Fantastic Nuke: The explosion obliterating the Crumpet house at the end of "Acne Dents Happen" and "Li'l Wonder".
  • Fashion Magazine: Gloser, which often features Cradley Booper and the weather girl, and plays a role in few episodes like "Greener Pastures".
  • Fatal Fireworks: In the end of "Ghost In The Attic", Caprice, Granny, and Bother and Blister are perished by the latter two's fireworks, a while after the first batch blew up and ashed the women. It's possible, however, that looking frame-by-frame, they went past the fireworks' explosions in the air.
  • Fictional Video Game: Granny's 8-bit games in her laptop.
    • Maxi Monsters Wars, an action side-scrolling platformer in the Teen Crumpets episode "Insectator".
  • Flaming Meteor: "Prehistoric Crumpets" is about the impact and aftermath of a fiery meteor crash that's correctly projected by a Weather Report to crash on the Crumpet house.
  • Flashback Cut: In "Save Granny", Pa compares his situation of Granny throwing flower pots at him to the humiliation in his childhood when Granny takes his socks after he lost a game of Battleship and him having to wear flamingo pink dancer tights to school.
    • There are two consecutive ones when Cordless remembers Caprice bullying him in "Disassister".
    • "Troc de trucs" has a few of these where a young Caprice plays and damages her ragdoll.
  • Food Fight: One started by Li'l-One happens among the Crumpet kids in "Man Up!".
  • Food Pills: Ms. McBrisk, who is depressed from her unemployment, eats a sandwich with a huge pill in "Crumpity Pity".
  • Foreshadowing: When Granny is about to babysit Renato in "Croco-Deal", she dreams of cutting and selling or processing parts of the crocodile into clothing and accessories so she can get rich. Ma skins Renato into the clothes she wears in the episode's ending.
    • The gnome in "The Mix-Up" keeps switching the hand holding its axe.
    • In "Troc de trucs", the final clip viewed in the camera features the running shadow of a caped girl.
  • Forged Message: In "Ransoming Dad", Granny leaves a crude letter to fool the family that Pa is kidnapped and that a ransom needs to get paid for his return. Caprice suspects that a fairy-tale book is the source of the letter's characters.
  • Forgotten Birthday: In "CrumStep", Ma's birthday is forgotten by the children and Granny despite Pa making a couple of reminders. It lasts until the Battle of the Bands, when Ma halts the concert and she and Pa directs everyone to celebrate her birthday.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The humans have four fingers and three toes. However, the Crumpets' attic contains a skeleton with five fingers and four toes.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: The main plot in "The Mix-Up" is about Ms. McBrisk and T-Bone the dog swapping their bodies, when the former tried to use a Electronic Telepathy machine to read his mind to seek her garden gnome's whereabouts.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The PERP program from "Family Be Gone!" is named from the Plan to Equalize and Redistribute Populations.
  • Funny Octopus: Grownboy's pet José in "Octosquito", who fuses with a mosquito in a machine and creates trouble by shooting ink at the Crumpets. There's also another octopus owned by Grownboy in "Disassister" that lands on and splats ink on Hurry and Harried's plane windshield.
  • Game Over: At least two of Granny's computer games including the poker game have a digitized "Game over, you're dead" voice effect. In "CrumStep", her and Li'l-One's music act borrow the message as their Catchphrase.
  • Game Show:
    • The namesake one in "My Family's Full of Losers" is a game show hosted by Uncle Hurry and Aunt Harried that promises participant families to kick out and send their members to the moon to become "nobodies".
    • The travel TV show in "Road Stories" scores its two-member parties such as Granny and Caprice. They lose all their points once Caprice commits animal cruelty onscreen.
  • Gatling Good: The greenhouse defense system in "Cheep Shot" uses a Gatling cannon to kill intrusive birds. The automatic detection system threatens and strands Pa and the family in the greenhouse, and the arrival of the wounded bird in the ending might have exterminated all the stranded Crumpets along with him.
  • Get Rich Quick Scheme: Granny likes to find ways to earn quick big cash. She fails most of the time.
  • The Ghost: Random people tend not to be seen physically, such as the car occupants Granny solicits to play poker in "Gambled Gables" and the ones who donate money to her (besides their shadows) in "The Terrible Teens".
    • Pong (arm only visible) and his gang.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: In "Hairifying", the females in the family aren't allowed to watch the cult horror movie Werezombies and Chainsaws with the males. Ironically, in the course of the episode some females end up having long body hair like werewolves through Ma's wax machine, and virtually all females turn into zombies.
  • Girls' Night Out Episode: Inverted to males in "Hairifying" when Pa hosts a horror movie showing for all the boys except L'il-One. However, Ma invites all to her waxing machine, with only girls going there.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Ma's duplicating machine in "Taxidermama" malfunctions as a result of T-Bone stealing the power cord. It distorts its output rather than merely cloning them, such as cloning a nappy into piles of poop. She becomes hopeless as she can't figure out how to make it function back to normal.
    • In "Hairifying", the power outage triggered by the twins occurs during Caprice's turn in Ma's wax machine. Caprice and the girls after her turn leave the machine with longer body hair. Caprice looks at a mirror to her horror.
    • In "Octosquito", Grownboy's octopus pet José fuses with a mosquito in one of Ma's machines. As a newly-transformed monster, he brings havoc in the Crumpet house.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: In "Octosquito", José's death by helicopter rotor, with black ink substituting red blood.
  • Gratuitous English: Once in a while, the songs in season 3 have English lyrics, such as Damon Grobain's song in "L'ADN à Pa", one of the songs Cassandra sings in "Quasi Cassie", and the disco song in "Marilyn Blues".
  • Gratuitous German: The conversation between Pa and the teen boys' pen pals in "On se correspond" is spoken in German. The Chinese dub didn't substitute the German dialogue, meaning that Pa's voice had to switch to Tom Novembre's voice for the occasion.
  • Green Aesop: In "Bulles de palme", when the Crumpet kids play with massive quantities of green bubblegum in the house, Marylin arrives and gets shocked because it is made of palm oil. Caprice and Cassandra would learn the devastating effects of palm oil harvests on the internet. Before Caprice convinces her siblings on how horrible it is to the environment, she borrows Grownboy's giraffe and elephant and presents them as homeless animals that have to reside in the house.
  • Grossout Show: The show has a number of disgusting moments, including but not limited to Li'l One's potty issues.
  • Group Hug: The teen main characters, in addition to Bother and Blister, hug together when they're reunited in "Radeau d'ados"; it's also a promotional image for "Teen Crumpets".
  • Growling Gut:
    • In "The Terrible Teens", the stomachs of the Crumpet children growl right after Ditzy suspected that something's forgotten. Their father was fainted by a light bulb electrocution and failed to feed them lunch by 3 pm.
    • In "Inside Li'l One's Brain", when Granny invites Ma and Cassandra for breakfast so she can "read a story" to the sleeping Li'l One (and eliminate Pa while he is inside Li'l One's brain), the stomachs of Ma and Cassandra instantly growl simultaneously.
    • In "Bulles de palme", the stomachs of Grownboy's giraffe and elephant growl when they're seen outside.
  • Handguns: Ma fires a starting pistol twice during Triceps' reshuffle of the house in "Shake It Up", hitting a total of three birds.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: L'il One does this by hand or object. He uses one of the floating "LIKE"s when he loses his nappy in "Going Viral".
    • In the ending of "Save Granny", L'il One uses a small piece of toilet paper and some of his siblings use their hands.
  • Happy Birthday to You!: Caprice's rendition to L'il One (King actually) includes the first two lines of the song in "Sticks Stink".
  • Happy Fun Ball: Subverted in "Li'l Wonder". Bother gives Li'l-One a drawing tablet and have him showcase that it's a "magic tablet" when Li'l-One draws him and Blister (who suddenly arrives just after Li'l-One's drawing of her began). The twins help (or fool) their youngest brother by doing tricks that would make the tablet appear to work by luring Granny with cash once Li'l-One draws her. Granny steals it by providing its "receipt", (actually a casino checkout repeats Granny uses as a ticket to acquire anything she wishes), but she makes a deal with Li'l-One to share the tablet. Granny and Li'l-One would then dress like Fortune Tellers, run a fortune telling service outside the house, and use the drawing tablet to force most other children out the house. Although Blister warned them that the family and house can banish with "one wrong swipe", Li'l-One scribbles his drawing of Pa when he returns home and doesn't banish. Therefore, Li'l-One loses trust of Granny, who told him that Pa will end up lost and eaten by rabbits.
  • Harmless Electrocution: Some cases of electrocution aren't harmful. One aversion is in "The Terrible Teens", where electricity dramatically alters personalities.
  • Haunted Technology: In "La capuche mortelle", while Marylin, Caprice and Cassie are horrified by their nightmares in the middle of the night, they find a laptop activated on its own with a fuzzy screen displayed. It turns out that Cordless is about to video chat them on his own nightmare.
  • Heat Wave: "L'impffossible choix" starts with Pfff and Marylin, who are in the former's bedroom, complaining of a heat wave but also creating a song about it.
  • Helicopter Blender: In "Octosquito", Granny throws José to Uncle Hurry's helicopter and the creature gets killed by this. A Freeze-Frame Bonus depicts one of his tentacles already chopped.
  • Hippie Van: There's one primarily ridden by Granny and Caprice in their fake world trip in "Road Stories".
    • Also, Damon Grobain's abandoned van in the Teen Crumpets episodes.
  • Holding Both Sides of the Conversation: L'il-One does this to mimic Granny in a cookie poker game in "Booty For Beauty" as he doesn't like being alone while the latter is absent for an extreme body makeover.
  • Hollywood Exorcism: In "Hairifying", the twins give Ohoh a green tablet that's supposed to cure his "night terrors". But the latter's mouth emits green foam, bubbles and vomit. Triceps does an unsuccessful attempt to free him from a demon she suspects is in him. L'il-One would summon Ms. McBrisk to perform the exorcist ritual and give Ohoh a green substance that stops his condition. Unfortunately, said substance (in the form of a green odor) turns girls and women into zombies.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Caprice, Granny, and L'il-One participate in their own voodoo ceremony one night in "Ghost In The Attic", where they destroy dozens of Voodoo Dolls and allegedly hear voices which in reality come from Ma and Pa making out and Ms. McBrisk complaining.
  • Human Shield: In "Octosquito", Granny holds Li'l One as a shield from the ink of José.
  • Humongous Mecha: It's revealed in "Pong! The Menace" that with the press of a button in the secret security room, the Crumpet house can transform to a giant robot. Dwarfing Ma's vehicular robot, the house robot is controlled by Granny by using a video game controller, and the transmitted voice she gives out comes with an evil deep voice effect. She would fight the other robot being controlled by Pfff as he tries to rescue his worm pet.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: At some scene transitions, the screen is populated with genericized copies of the Crumpets' heads saying a phase or demonstrating an effect suited for the situation. One recurring quote is "What's next! What's next!".
  • If It Tastes Bad, It Must Be Good for You: In "Octosquito", Pa admits that his beer yeast syrup tastes like rotting rubber, but praises it for being natural, containing no negative side effects, and not produced by a big-name pharmaceutical company. He's immediately proven wrong on its side effects by his kids' heads turning into literal crumpets.
  • Immoral Reality Show: The titular game show in "My Family's Full of losers" pits a family to a slap fight, one member can gun down the others, and losers are thrown to the moon.
  • Improvised Sail: In "Radeau d'ados", one of Cordless' shirts is used as the sail for Pfff and Marylin's watercraft.
  • In Medias Res: "Auto-graff" begins with Caprice waking up outside and finding her house lonely and sprayed with graffiti, not to mention there's a lump on her head. She looks at the footage of a camera to begin uncovering why things are like that.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: As true to the title of "Sticks Stink", the Crumpets create a set of mikado sticks as their birthday present for Li'l One. In the ending, when Pa is starting to play them, no one joins him outside.
  • Inflating Body Gag: In "Bulles de palme", Caprice cleans up the mess of palm oil bubblegum in the house with Grownboy's elephant. Once she's done, the elephant is inflated and floats in the air, later lifting a swing set sat by Caprice and Marylin to the sky.
  • Instant Home Delivery: Cordless' orders of fast food, and gifts for Ms. McBrisk have gone through in seconds by helicopter in "The Courting Of Ms. McBrisk".
  • Instant Messenger Pigeon: Grownboy dispatches Lulu the pigeon to deliver a letter to the Crumpets on having his menagerie babysitted in his house in "Disassister". The bird is grabbed in the neck by Caprice in her bedroom and finds the note. Lulu gets grabbed again while Caprice lies at King that she loves animals, before Caprice releases Lulu out the window and the weak bird drops to a pile of fish. Later, Granny discovers the note from the bird and explores the opportunity of exploiting the menagerie for money.
  • Instant Web Hit: In "CrumStep", the video of the dance concert that Caprice shares becomes extremely popular, and the episode's second half deals with L'il-One's and Granny's new fame and the business Caprice has to manage and host. The siblings adore the famous duo so much they have to be separated from them and clamor even the filthiest objects the duo interacted.
    • Caprice's shocking web picture postings in "A Grave Affair" grant her thousands of likes, despite that she begins from having no likes at the start of the episode.
    • In "The Clip", an accidental video of Larry singing in a penguin suit near an elephant in the bathroom becomes viral, even though the gang intends to film a different video.
    • In "Dans tes dents", Caprice suddenly breaks silence to her friends by singing a rap song, while she's supposed to be filmed for Marylin's new song. The clip earns 66,666,666 views and 66,666,666 likes.
  • Internal Reveal: At the end of "A Grave Affair", the picture of Pa and the non-deceased Granny, taken with Caprice's phone and uploaded by her father, turns the social media against Caprice and calls her the "biggest liar on the web", despite that she didn't have knowledge of Granny being alive all the time. Caprice did stage the other shocking pictures she shared, on the other hand.
  • Interrupted Suicide: In "Going Viral", Caprice tries to bury herself alive in a dug plot with the help of T-Bone the dog. A fan-dispatched blimp that looks like her drops a hook-attached rope that she grabs and lifts with.
  • Interspecies Romance: Marylin's pet mouse wants to kiss Caprice, who is freaked out by this.
  • It's a Small Net After All: In "Addicted", the anti-addiction remedy placed for sale by Granny is immediately discovered by her neighbor Ms. McBrisk, who discovers it as a cure for her allergies.
  • It's Always Sunny at Funerals: During the funeral of Granny (who is actually alive) in "A Grave Affair", it is sunny.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: In "Amnesia", King looks around a hallway and notices the quietness just before his siblings ambush him.
    King: Something's not quite right, I can tell!
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: The bedroom of Ma and Pa is known as the "Do Not Disturb Room".
  • iPhony: Granny's laptop comes with a logo being a fruit-styled letter C.
  • Jagged Mouth: The mouths of characters are sometimes jagged.
  • Just One Extra Ticket: In "L'impffossible choix", Pfff receives two tickets to a rock concert, but he has two pick Marylin or Caprice for the other ticket, resulting in an unpleasant argument between the two.
  • Just One More Level: In "Insectator", both Pfff and Cassandra become drawn to Maxi Monsters Wars. They would eventually think they're their respective playable characters living in the video game's world!
  • Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: Although most of his sons are permitted, Pa refuses to let L'il-One watch Werezombies and Chainsaws and throws him to his crib in "Hairifying". L'il-One secretly watches the movie from a plant pot and is bothered by the movie's scary content. Ohoh, who sits at the front, does too, obviously.
  • Killer Rabbit: In "Li'l Wonder", this is subverted. When trying to continue the trend of eliminating family members, Granny lies to Li'l-One that Pa was kidnapped by rabbits in the forest. Pa and Ma return home safely as Li'l-One thought his father was already in the "bunny's tummy".
  • Landfill Beyond the Stars: In "My Family's Full of Losers", the moon is seen littered with junk from the Earth.
  • Last Disrespects: When the not-quite-dead Granny is buried and surrounded by her family in "A Grave Affair", Caprice exclaims that Granny's post-mortem picture earned 12,500 likes before apologizing.
  • Legacy Character: There's more than one crocodile named Renato ever owned by Grownboy.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: In "Booty For Beauty", when Uncle Hurry is looking for Granny, he remarks that she should come out and fight like a man.
  • Lie Detector: Ma builds one in "Ransoming Dad" for the family to find out who snatched Pa. It attaches to the head of the user.
  • Lighter and Softer: Season 3 is noticeably tamer than the past seasons, having minimized or eliminated adult sex jokes and graphic violence. The immoral adults Granny, Hurry and Harried were dropped. The animal violence jokes, meanwhile, continued to persist but with a (near) lack of fatalities, and T-Bone and Marylin's mouse have gotten lighthearted moments. The cast was given some likability and the episodes have more evident themes, including a more constructive (but not wholly positive) take on depression in "Marilyn Blues". Season 4 TBA.
  • Lights Off, Somebody Dies: Subverted in "My Family's Full of Losers". Ohoh plays a game show round where he must execute his siblings by a BFG in the dark. None of his targets die, having fled to the ceiling except Pfff, who ends up injured.
  • Littering Is No Big Deal: In "On se correspond", Pfff and Marylin throw food waste and junk out of the window during their cleanup of Pfff's bedroom, littering the ground outside.
  • Long List:
    • Ma gives her children a long chore list as she leaves for an inventor's convention in "The Terrible Teens".
    • In "Ghost In The Attic", Granny names her past boyfriends who are represented by the voodoo dolls she pulls from the bag. Some of these names return in "Granny's Twin Sister" when she forgives them on the internet.
    • In "Pity The Prize", Pa has a long list containing a greeting for the weather girl and the tasks he wants accomplished with her guidance.
    • Grownboy gives Caprice a long list of chores for caring his animals in "Disassister".
  • Lost at Sea: In "Radeau d'ados", while the gang are at sea, the twins split their vessel's wooden board with a sawfish akin to a chainsaw. Marylin and Pfff are separated at one side of the boat. The twins, Cordless, Larry, Caprice and Cassandra are on the other half.
  • Look Ma, I Am on TV!: In "Road Stories", Caprice does this to her family and Cassandra when she and Granny appear in the group of incoming participants for the TV show.
  • Love Potion: In "Ghost In The Attic", a supposed one is partially made from Li'l One's urinal waste. The twins steal it and apply it to Ms. McBrisk's mouth.
  • Love Triangle: In "The Courting Of Ms. McBrisk", Cassandra has a developed romantic relationship with Marylin even though her friend Caprice deeply admires him. Upon Caprice's discovery of the secret relationship, the two fall to a fight. It's resolved in the ending as Cassandra, who holds on the ladder of Cradley Booper's helicopter, allows a fainted Caprice to replace her for Marylin.
    • Cassandra's rivalry with the weather girl(s) over Pfff, notably in "Super Pfff" and "Pity The Prize". The story for the former episode keeps changing which girl is inevitable, but at the end the car-trapped weather girl stays near Pfff and Cassandra is accidentally transported away by helicopter.
    • "Nez à nez" contains one where Ditzy has trouble picking her crush Marylin or her new friend Larry. Another one with Caprice and Ditzy fighting for Marylin can count if Caprice's defense of Marylin is not just fashionably driven, but also romantically.
  • Made In China: In "Pong! The Menace", Li'l-One says the trope name once he's fascinated with the electronic tablet he finds on TV. After Pong rewards him a tablet, its display scrambles as Li'l-One tries it, and Caprice remarks "made in China".
  • Magical Defibrillator: Ms. McBrisk rips off the wire of a toaster and shocks an unconscious bird to get its heart beating in "Cheep Shot".
  • Magnificent Moustaches of Mexico: The twins wear fake ones whenever they wear stereotypical Mexican accessories such as sombreros. Li'l One does this too in "Gambled Gables" when they sabotage the machines in their captured house.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: In "No Pffuture", Ma and Pa in their bed are discharged out the house as the making-out parents shout that "love is in the air".
  • Market-Based Title: Seasons three and four are promoted as Teen Crumpets by its distributor for non-French regions.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: There's 141 of L'il-One's siblings.
  • Matter Replicator: Ma builds and tests one in "Taxidermama". It malfunctions through most of the episode thanks to T-Bone stealing a power cord from it.
  • Meatgrinder Surgery: Ohoh is forced to do surgery on T-Bone's brain (which comes out of his mouth) by the twins in "Acne Dents Happen". This gives the dog intelligence.
  • Medium Blending: The wallpaper in King's bedroom uses a "real-world" photo of a jungle.
    • The Spanish sardine fan/twirly twirlita and octopus pictures seen during the bait designing in "Octosquito", the fish in Ditzy's bedroom wallpaper, the "real" humans in Triceps' wallpaper, the class picture background in "The Courting Of Ms. McBrisk", the objects in a Hurry shot in "Belief Relief", the posters in Ma's workshop, and the meteorite's texture in "Prehistoric Crumpets" are also realistic looking.
    • In "Octosquito", the heads of the Crumpet children that are in the form of the crumpet food are based on real pictures of the food.
  • Mega-Corp: Uncle Hurry and Aunt Harried appear to operate one according to their multiple businesses, under the emblem of a snake dollar sign. One of their biggest restraints to society is their purchase of the world's water and selling the useless "dried water" powder in lieu of the liquid.
  • Memento Macguffin: The Kun Yun Yun, a pink diamond with a worm sealed inside, in "Pong! The Menace!". Granny stole it from Pong as a consequence of his relationship with another woman, and it reminds her of their working romantic relationship. Before revealing that truth, she lied to her family that she gambled it away in Monte Carlo in 1969. Under the command of his mother, Pa creates a replica of the diamond through sculpting clay and inserting Pfff's worm via a straw so Pong can get fooled in having the diamond back. The replica doesn't hold up due to the worm eating it from inside, and the real diamond is successfully delivered to Pong at the end.
  • Miranda Rights: Caprice raises them when she catches Li'l-One and Granny for the forged ransom note. Li'l-One doesn't remain silent and responds that she can't arrest anyone.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Lampshaded in "Disassister" as once the plane-piloting King rescues Grownboy's animals from being transported to a lab, he desires having the pink penguins move to Africa. However, the plane would crash just outside the Crumpet house.
  • Mister Seahorse: Downplayed in "Lil Wrinkly One". When nearly every Crumpet consume the cocoa-patches, the females are initially the only ones sprouting Balloon Bellies, but it's also shown later that the males can have these too.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: José the octopus in "Octosquito" fuses with a mosquito in one of Ma's machines, creating the titular creature.
  • Mobile Phone Game: One being a collection of minigames was developed by Bulkypix.
  • Mobile Shrubbery: In "Pong! The Menace!", Pong is inside a mobile bush as he snatches Pfff and cuts some of his hair.
  • Moving Buildings: In "No Pffuture", the unraveled red thread left by Pfff is all over the Crumpet and McBrisk houses. The thread's external forces causes the structures to move closer.
  • Mud Wrestling: Caprice and Cassandra fight in the mud over being Marylin's girlfriend in "The Courting Of Ms. McBrisk".
  • Musical Episode: Many episodes contain songs sung by characters, notably Pa. In Teen Crumpets, Marylin usually has the helm.
  • Mutants: The leeks that get exposed to the radiation in "Acne Dents Happen".
  • Nakedpeople Are Funny: Nude characters typically appear for comedic situations, such as L'il-One losing his nappy and the crowd that is left naked in the ending of "Save Granny".
  • Nature Is Boring: In "Li'l One All Alone", the whole family except Li'l One and Granny explore the woods not too far from home. Pa leads a trip to seek an underground multi-tentacle mushroom known as Manolita Volvariella. He makes mundane facts and appreciations of nature during the search. After finding Manolita's extensions above the ground, they have Triceps cut the trees in order to benefit the mushroom. The wait becomes unexciting to the children, and by Li'l-One's arrival, they start to walk home before Triceps pulls it, revealing that Manolita is a mustachioed mushroom. They're still greatly unimpressed.
  • Negative Continuity: The show goes like this for many events, especially when something substantial happens to the house or any character (including fame). However, the radioactive acne cream, which is tested and destroys the Crumpets' house in its own episode, is promoted in-universe in "My Family's Full of Losers". Few early episodes like "The Courting of Ms. McBrisk" and "Crum-Step", as well as Caprice's romantic obsession with Marylin, are part of continuity.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Renato in "Croco-Deal" is the beloved pet of Grownboy who has to be babysitted by Granny due to Grownboy's ultimatum between Renato and his best friend Steve. After Renato jumps to Ma's tummy hatch, she presumably kills him off screen and is later seen wearing his crocodile skin and body parts.
  • Never Win the Lottery: Ms. McBrisk in "Booty for Beauty" is arrested after getting caught by camera for rubbing a lottery ticket count with a chainsaw.
  • New Job Episode: Subverted in "No Pffuture" as Pfff is forced to find employment and ends up getting none.
    • Also subverted for Ms. McBrisk in "Crumpity Pity" once her job will return. In "The Divorce", she forms a business that helps reconcile couples.
  • New Work, Recycled Graphics: The picture of the retirement community in "Shake It Up" is also a promotional picture for the in-universe movie Dirty Papy in Teen Crumpets.
  • New Year Has Come: "Astres-trop-logiques !" highlights the gang waiting for the new year in the drained pool of Cordless' mansion. Caprice is frustrated with the bad luck from the past and the party.
  • Nightmare Sequence: In "Sticks Stink", when L'il-One sleeps on King's bed, he dreams of an African landscape hit by falling bombs, followed by skeletal ghosts that look like King rising up in a red sky.
    • In "Lil Wrinkly One", L'il-One has one after Ma says Granny's forthcoming child can go in her tummy hatch.
    • "La capuche mortelle" opens with Marylin's Gothic dream running into a nightmare due to a hooded ghost in it. Most of his friends would get frightened by the same hooded ghost appearing in their dreams.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: The mage from "La capuche mortelle" has a realistic appearance compared to the other humans.
  • Nostalgic Musicbox: In "Family Secrets", the letter from the dug music box was delivered to Granny by Ma's grandfather, her "first loverboy".
  • Not Himself: Pa in "The Terrible Teens" acts and dresses like an aggressive, old-school teenager as a result of an electrocution. Same goes to Ms. McBrisk turning into a New-Age Retro Hippie after Pa kisses her, but lasts until she gets zapped in her house, as well as Pfff who sucks his thumb. At the end, when Ma touches the lightbulb and zaps everyone, Pa returns to normal, but Ma becomes very hostile at Pa, Granny is romantically attracted to Pa, and all the children except Pfff (who now acts normal) are acting like crying babies!
  • No Smoking: Ma says this to Granny and confiscates her cigarette-like cocoa-patches in "Lil Wrinkly One".
  • Not in Front of the Kid: In "Croco-Deal", Ma scolds Caprice for saying "crappy" and almost saying "damn" in front of L'il-One.
  • Number of the Beast: During the first TV show broadcast of the hoax journey in "Road Stories", the fake desert background has a highway sign numbered 666.note 
  • Oedipus Complex: Li'l One's grudge against Pa over Ma's love is the primary conflict in the show's first two seasons. The baby often tries to oust him and perhaps the siblings as well in his bids to have Ma only love him. His Oedipus Complex may also be mild to the point he seeks competition with Pa or tease him, like trying to possess body hair like Pa in "Amnesia". Li'l One even mentioned a scheme to be a "good father" in the household and wishes marrying Ma in "The Terrible Teens".
  • On the Money: In "Ransoming Dad", Granny wins a ticket to a poker cruise ship, but she lacks the money for the trip. By kidnapping and hiding Pa, she and Li'l One demand a ransom from their family.
  • Ordered Apology: Pa is ordered by his mother to apologize and go to the room's corner for not figuring the difference between a cruiser and a torpedo boat in his childhood game of Battleship in "Save Granny".
  • Ouija Board: Caprice and Ditzy create a table one in "Ghost In The Attic" so that former can communicate spirits who's supposed to give Caprice the path to love Marylin. Whatever name used is pronounced like "Weebee" instead of "Weegee" though.
  • Our Gnomes Are Weirder: Ms. McBrisk's axe-holding garden gnome "Sneezy" in "The Mix-Up" is an ornament who gives an eerie stare. Concerned with her mother's obsession with the gnome, Cassandra hides and delivers it to Caprice for it to remain hidden. After Caprice looks at it and is bothered, few family members found use of the gnome, but when she finds Pa using it as a juicer, she jumps on the gnome she loathes and damages the hat. "Sneezy" would unintentionally take part of the reverse body swap, resulting in T-Bone staring like the gnome, and it's revealed that "Sneezy" has an evil mind when speaking to Caprice from T-Bone's body. The T-Bone-minded ornament also kills birds near McBrisk.
  • Our Slogan Is Terrible: In the TV ident, as heard in few episodes like "My Family's Full of Losers":
    "You saw it on Hurry and Harried TV!"
  • Our Zombies Are Different: In "Hairifying", one zombie outbreak is initiated by a green substance given to Ohoh by Ms. McBrisk during an exorcist ritual. Females who inhale the substance turn into zombies who chant "Ohoh get, Ohoh get" and walk toward him. When L'il-One takes Ohoh across the house, it infects many females. Once everyone ends up in the greenhouse, Bother pumps a liquid to the ceiling sprinkler to produce a flood, leading to the electrocution that cures the females' zombie and long body hair statuses. Unfortunately, the showered liquid is a weed killer, causing nearly every strand of hair of those showered by it to come off. And not to mention McBrisk still being a zombie in the end.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: Seasons one and two are a family-centered Black Comedy with a tilt on cynicism and plenty of Slapstick. There are few scenes (including machine violence in episodes such as "Cheep Shot" and "Mum's Double") that elevates the show's action tones.
  • Pac-Man Fever: Granny's video games in her laptop look antiquated, although the avatars of her and Li'l-One don't have poor detail.
  • Parental Favoritism: In "L'impffossible choix", the twins ask their father which of the children is the best. Pa, who is gravely afraid of answering this, gathers the family so he and his wife can announce that they love their kids equally. Li'l One, meanwhile, emerges from Ma's tummy hatch and declares he's the favorite child before Ma scolds him and he flees. Immediately, Pa gives his liking to T-Bone, which upsets Triceps and in turn ignites a dispute among the children over being the couple's favorite child. Later, this gets inverted when the kids argue over their preferred parent.
  • Parody Names: In "Crumpity Pity", Cassandra assumes at her mother if she missed an episode of EastVenders.
    • There exists a Facebook parody known as "Facedebook", and an eBay parody known as eBlé.
  • Pen Pals: "On se correspond" is about Pfff and Marylin's German pen pals who are coming to visit. Pa, Caprice, and Cassandra have to persuade the teen boys to clean their hangout before the pen pals arrive. Pa also begins to talk about a pen pal from the past and bring up artifacts from this occasion, including video tapes and a way-expired box of chocolates. It would be discovered that the pen pals are highly educated and they expect the boys to learn their cultures, including German Expressionism. There was even speculation that they're attractive girls. Cordless and Larry, meanwhile, disguise themselves as the pen pals by wearing huge backpacks and turning away from the boys, before they head to Pfff's room and eat the chocolates. The real pen pals turn out to be boys who are captivating to the teen girls.
  • Pilot: There was one from 2011 centering on Li'l One's birthday,
  • Pinball Gag:
    • In "Granny's Twin Sister", a rocket-fired T-Bone collides the parents' balcony door and bounces over the house roof like a pinball, with sound effects.
    • Ohoh in "Supernawak" gets launched by Cordless' slingshot and bounces inside the Crumpet house like a pinball, also with sound effects.
    • When Pfff plays an electric guitar near the ending of "L'ADN à Pa", the speakers' loud noise shoot the hiding twins out of his room like pinballs.
  • Placebo Effect: In "Addicted", the greenhouse gas remedy is a temporary cure to Ms. McBrisk's allergies, but she becomes addicted to the substance. Cassandra warns her mother about a placebo effect.
  • Plagiarism in Fiction: Caprice plagiarizes Cassandra's poem in "Sound The Alarm". The poem was intended to be a love letter to Pfff, but Caprice, who isn't good at spelling, sings it so she can possess a talent to impress Marylin in the Concert Climax. An enraged Cassandra pulls her mid-concert from the stage in payback and took her place.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Averted in the ending of "Save Granny" where nobody in the bathroom crowd complains of some of the siblings' (including Pfff, King, and Fynartz) nudity.
  • Plot Allergy: In "Addicted", Ms. McBrisk alleges that she's allergic to the Crumpets or dust mites, now that zits are all over her head. She buys what's actually Pa's anti-addiction solution from Granny through the internet and her zits disappear only for a while, and she becomes addicted to it once she buys more. After realizing that Granny scammed her and that the solution doesn't treat allergies for the long term, this condition is left untreated by the episode's end.
  • Population Control: In "Family Be Gone!", a disgruntled Ms. McBrisk finds a Hurry and Harried population redistribution program known as PERP, which she and Li'l-One agree to exploit to get rid of the Crumpet family. It's hardly terrible to the Crumpets than feared.
  • Potty Emergency: In "Gambled Gables", Caprice has one while working for one of the KGC fast food drive thrus. Her Aunt Harried points that the employment contract grants a two minute break every 64 hours.
  • Potty Failure:
    • L'il-One did this in a family photo seen in "Granny's Twin Sister", and in a previous horror movie showing according to "Hairifying". After the twins failed to make him do this again, it finally happens again once the zombie crisis is resolved via electric shock.
    • In "Inside Li'l One's Brain", he stages a Potty Failure to disapprove having to wear shorts. He brings a sleeping T-Bone to his crib and whispers him to pee, before he kicks the dog.
  • Prank Call: In "The Divorce", the first phone call to Ms. McBrisk's new business is a prank from Bother and Blister. Bother tells her that he is lost at a stormy sea, his belongings are gone, and claims to be drowning before the call ends, leaving McBrisk guilty. The twins later swap their baby phone for Ms. McBrisk's phone and received a call from Aunt Harried. Unfortunately for the twins, Granny snatches the phone from them, pretends to be McBrisk in the call, and arranges a meeting between herself and Harried.
  • Prison: In "Road Stories", several members of the Crumpet family and Ms. McBrisk are sent to a massive prison for the crimes they committed.
  • Professional Wrestling: Season 3 finale "Va te catcher vilain !" features professional wrestling. Caprice, Cassandra, Cordless, Larry, and Pa are shown to be wrestling fans, while Marylin and Pfff couldn't get to the teens' party due to their poor knowledge of the hobby, yet they create their own wrestler costumes. Triceps and especially her father are well known wrestlers too.
  • Pulling Themselves Together: Cordless returns to normal from his disintegration after hearing Harried not accepting his video arcade plan for the controlled Crumpet house in "Gambled Gables".
    • In "Drive Away", Grownboy's crammed animals disintegrate upon being thrown from his trailer to hitting a brick wall. They would return to normal, but unlike Cordless' instance, they're already deceased.
  • Rain Dance: Parodied in "Belief Relief", as Pa and Caprice does a Native American-like ceremonial pow wow while trying to rejuvenate the leeks.
  • Read the Fine Print: Aunt Harried shows Caprice the employment contract after the latter complains of her lack of breaks in "Gambled Gables".
  • Reality TV: The game show in "My Family's Full of Losers" parodies the genre, which is attacked by Ma and Ms. McBrisk.
    Ms. McBrisk: Reality TV!
    Cassandra: But mummy!
    Ms. McBrisk: They promote anti-educational and anti-family values! I won't let the telly interfere in how I raise my child!
    • The Once Upon A Time In The Van show is featured in "Road Stories" to broadcast Granny and Caprice's world road adventure, even when they don't suspect that the trip is actually a hoax.
  • Red Shirt: Many sparrows will fall to bad luck, especially by injury or death. In season 3, this doesn't happen anymore.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: The endings of "Cheep Shot" and "Hairifying" have a silhouette of the Crumpet house under a red sky due to serious life-death threats to the family.
    • In "A Grave Affair", this also happens when Pa is shocked that his mother his dead (despite that she is in a sleeping state).
  • Reincarnation: Pa and Ditzy comment on the possibility of dead leeks reincarnating in "Belief Relief", depending on a certain "belief system".
  • Religion Is Wrong: It's proven in "Belief Relief" that science trumps religion in rejuvenating Pa's lunar leeks and that there are no gods living in the sky. The episode however deliberately attacks a fundamentalist religion established to financially benefit its "prophet", and the faithless Ma gives her family the message that people should believe what's personally best for them, including religion.
  • The Remake: In-universe in "Hairifying". Granny films the hairy zombie Crumpet girls as if it's her remake of Werezombies and Chainsaws. The twins hook her Ditzy-held camera to the TV so the footage can be viewed live by the male Crumpets who were watching the original movie.
  • Remember the Alamo: L'il-One mentions the Alamo (but saying "defend" rather than "remember") as he rally the Crumpets to fight for their home in "Gambled Gables".
  • Repeating Ad: The in-universe Crok! cereal commercials play five times to the viewer in "Girls On Holiday".
  • Retool: Teen Crumpets, in season 3 at least, narrowed the main cast to the teenagers, and Li'l One and the adults either lost importance (except Pa) or no longer appear. The stories are more character-driven and slapstick jokes and adult material have become less common. The episodes are more evident on themes, too.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The ball-shaped puppies Granny obtains as food for Renato in "Croco-Deal", as well as the ones owned by Grownboy.
  • Riding into the Sunset: At the end of "Octosquito", Grownboy walks to the sun. As the tentacles and wings traced from José grows on him, he flies to the sun.
  • Rise from Your Grave: Parodied in "Ghost In The Attic" as Ditzy's living head emerges from the ground (with bones seen in the dirt) and terrifies Ms. McBrisk.
  • Rise of Zitboy: The main plot in "Acne Dents Happen" is about Cordless trying to cure his zits with the new radioactive acne face cream given by his parents to experiment.
  • Road Trip Plot: Subverted and parodied in "Road Stories", which is about Granny and Caprice faking their trip across the world for the "Once Upon A Time In The Van" reality TV show. They departed from the house as if they're going to an actual road trip.
  • Rock & Roll: In "The Terrible Teens", Pa dances to this kind of music with Cassandra.
  • Running Gag:
    • Any time someone rides the spinning clothes rack wheel at rapid cycles.
    • In "Acne Dents Happen", the fly Ohoh gets scared of.
    • Grownboy's pets dying or lost, followed by his grief.
    • Uncle Hurry's helicopter crashing.
    • In "Road Stories", Pa admiring Caprice and Granny on TV multiple times, annoying his wife.
    • "One Man chien" has T-Bone loving to chew the medieval play's halberd prop, which is bothersome to the prop's holder.
  • Sadist Show: People's misfortunes fuel a great proportion of the show's humor. No one dodges absolute misery by the end of most episodes.
  • Scam Religion: In "Belief Relief", Uncle Hurry and Aunt Harried opens their "Paymeism" religion to the Crumpets, where payments are exchanged for teachings, books, and "blessings" such as mobile phones and falsely cured leeks; the uncle proclaims to be divine, threatens that nonbelievers will perish, and wants "no crazy questions". Due to Pa being the brother of "God", Uncle Hurry forces Pa to avoid marrying any "infidels", leaving him an option to divorce from the irreligious Ma.
  • School Play: "One Man chien" has the teens working on a medieval play for Pa's annual potato festival, with the scriptwriters Caprice and Cassandra (and revised by Cordless). The girls get irritated by Marylin and Pfff initially refusing to join this production, and Cordless and Larry being uncommitted despite joining.
  • Series Fauxnale: "Sound The Alarm". It concludes as if it's the show's Grand Finale (Pa mentions a "happy ending"), yet it brings up the relationships between Caprice and Marylin, and Cassandra and Pfff, which retrospectively serves to open the events of Teen Crumpets.
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: In "My Family's Full of Losers", Uncle Hurry charges television viewers 50 quid per second to any phone call that votes which Crumpet member should lose the game show.
    • In "Sound The Alarm", when Caprice calls the telephone service to cancel the delivery of her typo-ridden text messages to Marylin, she gets an automated message for two options relating to payment.
    "Please repeat your request clearly. Press one to pay more. Press two to double your monthly tariff."
  • Shout-Out: One of L'il-One's plushes is undoubtedly an Uglydolls character.
    • The Wicked Witch of the West is mentioned to demand the ransom in the forged letter in "Ransoming Dad".
    • Cordless has a Space Invaders sprite in his shirt. More sprites from the videogame would appear in Teen Crumpets.
    • In "Save Granny", when Pa chases Granny for her laptop, there's an arcade Pac-Man styled shot showing them in a Pac-Man maze. In "Gambled Gables", Cordless proposes an arcade and explicitly wants a Pac-Man game in the Crumpets' house. A man seen on television as the power goes off in "Acne Dents Happen" and in the show in "Road Stories" has a Pac-Man t-shirt.
    • In "Booty for Beauty", the words "Fifty Shades of Grey" are heard.
    • Pfff's bedroom has parodies of real bands such as a poster reading "RAGE CRUMPET THE MACHINE".
    • One of the items the Crumpet children trade with Granny for cocoa-patches in "Lil Wrinkly One" looks like a Nintendo DS or 3DS, and Cordless also plays a similar one.
    • In "Disassister", Marylin calls Grownboy's crocodile "Wally Gator".
    • Apple iPods appear in "Going Viral" and "Super Pfff".
    • The Mirror Routine scene between Cassandra and the Weather Girl in "Pity The Prize" is a homage to the Bette Midler movie Big Business.
  • Sibling Rivalry: "Granny's Twin Sister" highlights two twin examples, between the titular characters, and Bother and Blister.
  • Sickly Green Glow: The radioactive acne cream and Cordless in "Acne Dents Happen" have these, plus its X-ray.
  • Sick Episode: "Sticks Stink" (due to the cold) and "Octosquito" (the monster making people sick with his ink).
  • Silence, You Fool!: Ma quiets all the children who want her attention at a time in the beginning of "No Pffuture".
  • Silent Whisper: In "The Courting Of Ms. McBrisk", Cordless describes and partly whispers at L'il-One about the dating service he uses to attract Ms. McBrisk. The whisper part is completely inaudible to the audience.
  • Sistine Steal: Between Granny and Ms. McBrisk (who's offering the other to stay in her home) in "Shake It Up".
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Female characters are prone to slapstick jokes like males. This is noticeable with Caprice the Butt-Monkey.
  • Sleeping Dummy: Bother and Blister fool their parents with these in "Ghost In The Attic". Ma thinks her Trickster Twins are sleeping this time.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Seasons 1 and 2 generally fall in the cynicism side. It features characters, some evil, greedy and/or insecure, who contemplate or accomplish ruining the family or other people. There's also suicide attempts, an Evil Uncle and Aunt with powerful businesses (but nonetheless usually fail in their schemes), and most animals dying or getting hurt. Although there are episodes that happily end for the titular family, the protagonists Li'l One and Granny may either be unlucky or confront a hellish situation for themselves. In season 3, more episodes have idealistic endings, yet a lot of cynicism is reserved for Caprice, who might freak out in an ending for comedy. Its season finale ending, compared to the rest of the season, is very bleak, on the other hand. Season 4 TBA.
  • Smurfing: Downplayed for "crumpet", which is primarily adapted for Ma and Pa's Affectionate Nicknames, the parodies of real rock music artists in Pfff's posters, and some family pride nicknames.
  • Solid Clouds: Ditzy's bed is one, which is tethered by an anvil below.
  • Something-itis: Granny is diagnosed with "foulmouthitis", one making "a constant stream of insults", in "Shake It Up".
  • Something We Forgot: The family outing in "Li'l One All Alone" would realize in two occasions that somebody was forgotten. In the first one, Ma exclaims that they forgot someone right after departure; T-Bone responds and enters their van. In the second one, Ma realizes that Li'l One isn't with them after noticing it's too quiet. She rushes back to the house while Li'l-One and Granny travel the opposite direction on the road.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep:
    • In "Shake It Up", after Ma diagnosed Granny's foulmouthitis, Li'l One whispers Granny's ear before she shouts two consecutive insults at Ma and Pa that get interrupted by the Scene Transition heads imitating a "bleep". Li'l One would make fun of Triceps, whose response also includes a bad word censored by another Scene Transition.
    • The Scene Transition heads also imitate one to censor Caprice's insult at Pfff in "Gentlemanly Modified Organism".
  • Space Is Noisy: People on the moon make and hear noises like on Earth.
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: This happens in many phone calls, especially between one of the Crumpets and Uncle Hurry, and between Caprice and Cassandra.
  • Spoiler Title: Subverted in the episode "Taxidermama", when Fynartz fails to taxidermize Ma.
  • Spot the Imposter: In "Mum's Double", after the kids encounter two Ma's, Triceps holds a contest where they can prove to be the real Ma. Robot Ma appears to have beaten real Ma when it shoots pies and muffins at the kids' mouths. When it's her turn, real Ma presents her blender which doesn't excite her kids. After its liquid output gets rejected by the kids, she wins by splashing it to robot Ma, which would malfunction and turn hostile at them.
  • Stock Animal Diet: In "Insectator", Cassandra becomes obsessed with the video game Maxi Monsters Wars, where her character is a rabbit warrior. After she defeats the robot character of her neighbor Pfff, she holds a partially eaten carrot as she laughs maniacally. She would be seen hopping in her bedroom with carrot leaves on the floor and she eats another carrot. When Pfff is sleepwalking and views the world as if he's in that video game, he finds Cassandra as her rabbit character as she eats another carrot.
  • Stock Scream: In the beginning of "Odeurs corp", when Caprice refuses to find a part-time job because of hard work, it shows a silhouette animation of a man pushing a boulder up a slope. Once the boulder rolls down, he flees and utters a quick Wilhelm Scream.
  • Stock "Yuck!": The kids are disgusted upon hearing Pa's plan to serve leek and turnip pie in "Crumpity Pity". But the next shot shows them enjoying their meals except Caprice, who is concerned with the widespread issue of poverty at the moment.
  • Stop Saying That!: In "Road Stories", there is a Running Gag on Pa saying "Aren't they precious?" or "Isn't she precious?" whenever Granny and Caprice appear on TV. Ma gets fed up with his compliments since his twelfth time saying it. Once, Pa only says "Aren't they" before realizing he can't annoy Ma anymore. Hypocritically, Ma would also say "Aren't they precious?" before Pa quiets her gently.
  • Strip Poker: Granny and Magic Marvin play a game of strip poker in "Granny Strip". Granny was also in the middle of a strip poker game in "The Terrible Teens".
  • Suicide as Comedy: Suicide is played for laughs as it's contemplated or unsuccessfully attempted.
  • Surprise Car Crash: In "Lil Winkly One", L'il One calls and discusses a driving Uncle Hurry about the latter's reduced share of inheritance from Granny during her alleged pregnancy. The uncle brakes at displeasure and a freight truck rear-end collides and lands on the car upside-down. Hurry and Harried would call Granny immediately without signs of harm.
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: In "My Family's Full of Losers", all families wanting to join the Game Show are surveilled by flying cameras. L'il-One finds one inside the house as Aunt Harried announces the Crumpets' entry to the game show and as the house's windows are shutting.
  • Swapped Roles: In "Quasi Cassie", Caprice and Cassandra switch their lives and reside in each others' homes, because Caprice wants to draw peacefully and Cassandra wants to sing in a place that permits loud noise. Caprice would realize that living in Cassie's shoes (literally too) means eating small dinner servings, doing tons of chores and having less free time to draw. Inversely, even though Cassie cleans her friend's bedroom and finds bedtime noisy in the Crumpets' house, she would enjoy living there and oppose Caprice's later argument to return to their old lives. The Crumpets even notice that "Caprice" is more kind and helpful to her siblings than before.
  • Take Off Your Clothes: In "Save Granny", the namesake character asks Cassandra to remove her skirt and swap theirs. This and undergarment playing is why Ms. McBrisk finally kicks Granny out of their house.
    • Cordless takes off his Space Invaders shirt in the McBrisk house in "Acne Dents Happen" so he can rub the acne cream on more skin.
    • Ma briefly does this for a non-sexual purpose in "Octosquito" when her machine produces a domed suit with a fishbowl and her dress input.
  • Talent Show: In "My Family's Full of Losers", the final round of the game show is a singing competition between L'il-One and Pa. The father wins.
  • Talking Animal: In "Inside Li'l One's Brain", Pa encounters talking pigs in Li'l One's Brain. When Ma tries to save Pa from the episode's namesake, she retrieves one of those pigs who talks eerily before fading away.
  • Taxidermy Is Creepy: In "Taxidermama", Fynartz plans to turn Ma into a taxidermic figure.
  • Technically Living Zombie: The females who turn to zombies in "Hairifying" did so because they inhaled a green-colored gas.
  • Teen Pregnancy: In "Lil Wrinkly One", Caprice appears to become pregnant, as so as the other teens (including Pfff), due to the Balloon Belly side-effect of eating the cocoa-patches.
  • The "The" Title
  • Thieving Magpie: In "Crumperchés", when Caprice is accompanying Marylin while he has himself tied to the tree, they appreciate the arrival of a magpie. This magpie hurts Marylin by pulling his chain, and it steals Cassandra's heart necklace. In the next day, the same magpie or another one snatches Marylin's key to unlock his chains.
  • Theremin: It's heard in the background music throughout "Prehistoric Crumpets", especially at the scenes with the meteorite crystals.
  • Title Scream: The cast shouts the show's name twice in the opening.
  • Toilet Humour: A recurring element in the show, at least in seasons 1 and 2. Examples include T-Bone the dog farting bubblegum bubbles, flatulence required to reverse bloating caused by a certain chocolate, Ma getting thrown to a pile of manure, and Li'l One wetting himself.
  • Toilet Training Plot: "Inside Li'l-One's Brain" is about Pa's quest to fix Li'l One's alleged "pee-pee gland" in his brain and hopefully having him stop wearing nappies.
  • Tooth Strip: The characters sometimes have their teeth depicted this way, usually if only the upper teeth is visible and the teeth is not covering the entire mouth.
  • Toothy Bird: The worms in "Pong! The Menace!" and "Li'l One All Alone" are shown to have human-like teeth.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Although no toys for the show were produced for sale, there are printable paper toy cutouts of some characters available, including Marylin and Larry for Teen Crumpets. Unfortunately, it appears that L'il-One, Pa, Caprice, Pfff, Triceps, Ditzy, Fynartz, Cordless, and Uncle Hurry and Aunt Harried have none. The Kickstarter for the third season English dub, however, previewed a couple of cutout diagrams that would be given to backers, including those that never got released to the public.
  • Trash Landing: One of the machines Ma tries to use to fix her malfunctioning tummy hatch throws her out the house, and she lands to a pile of manure in "Croco-Deal".
    • In "Pong! The Menace!", the kids and Pa evacuate from the robot-transformed house by falling to a filthy, slimy dumpster held by Ma's robot.
  • Trash of the Titans: Pfff and Caprice's rooms can get littered. Pfff's room reeks exceptionally in "On se correspond", where it has to be cleaned up before his and Marylin's German pen pals arrive.
  • The Triads and the Tongs: "Pong! The Menace!" has the mostly unseen rich and "very, very unforgiving" titular character and his gang in their limousines intimidating the Crumpets so they can retrieve a pink diamond from Granny. Pong kidnaps Pfff to a movable bush and shaves all his hair from the top of his head, as well as restraining parts of his body and attaching a note in Chinese. Granny explains to her family that they she and Pong were partners until she "borrowed" his pink diamond, but when she talks to Pong in the phone, she reveals that he dumped her for a blonde, giving her the motive to steal the diamond. Granny assigns Li'l-One to deliver the fake diamond to Pong for the reward of cash and two electronic tablets, but her juggling led to the real one taken instead. Li'l-One and an unknowing Pfff succeed in returning the pink diamond to Pong, and the episode ends with Granny in the house robot chasing Pong.
  • Twinkle in the Eye: The worm inside the pink diamond in the web search picture in "Pong! The Menace!", and the rubber duck in "Amnesia" gives these.
  • Unfortunate Item Swap: In "Pong! The Menace!", after Granny receives the fake pink diamond from Li'l-One and removes the real one from a vault, she juggles them before giving the supposed fake one to her grandson that he can deliver to Pong. She learns that the fake one is with her when Pfff's worm inside it was eating the diamond-shaped material like an apple, and she throws and shatters the fake diamond, the worm surviving. This begins her pursuit on Li'l-One to get back the real diamond.
  • Villain Episode: "The Divorce" features Uncle Hurry as the protagonist, though due to being kicked out of his house and his resulting sadness, he isn't really evil until the ending when he and Harried realize that they enjoy being evil and thus reconcile.
  • Vine Swing: Pa does this and brings Ma to a tree in the end of "Croco-Deal".
  • Visible Odor: The stenches from Granny's onion crisps, the odor inside the van in "Road Stories", and the dirty-smelling King at the beginning of "Amnesia", as examples.
  • Visual Pun:
  • Voices Are Mental: In "The Mix-Up", Ms. McBrisk and T-Bone accidentally swap bodies from use of an Electronic Telepathy machine. Their voices swap too, and this is between a human and a dog.
  • Way Past the Expiration Date: In "On se correspond", Pa, who has been bringing up objects from a past pen pal visit now that Marylin and Pfff's pen pals are en-route to the house, gives the two boys a box of chocolates that is two decades old. After Pfff threw it to a trash can, Cordless and Larry went to the room being disguised as their pen pals by using only massive backpacks and facing away from other people. When all the other teens arrive at the room, Cordless and Larry are found eating the chocolates. They feel nauseated and leave.
  • Weapon for Intimidation:
    • In "Save Granny", when Granny complains of how McBrisk is caring her, she pretends to be a soldier and holds her big key like a gun once.
    • In "Lil Wrinkly One", L'il-One aims Granny's key at her in a dispute about her supposed Fake Pregnancy.
  • Weather Report: Pfff loves watching these due to the attractive Weather Girl, in episodes such as "Dried Water" and "Family Secrets".
  • Wedding Ring Removal: Harried removes her tight wedding ring around the time she kicks her husband out their home in "The Divorce". In the Crumpet house, a hopeless Hurry throws it out a window. T-Bone finds and makes use of it by the time Hurry wants it back.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: While the show is of French origin, the roads are of right hand traffic, and the ending of "Going Viral" shows that L'il-One flies out of France as seen from space, Scotland Yard is mentioned as a legitimate authority in "Ransoming Dad", the quid is mentioned at times (despite the euro also appearing elsewhere), and all characters in the first and second seasons dub have British accents.
  • Whodunit: Caprice's birthday party game in "Murder Everywhere" was supposed to give a random player a murder contract to kill Pa's character, and the others must investigate and arrest that player. Instead, Li'l-One violates the rules, "joins" the game and acts to be Pa's "killer" in the dark against Caprice's will before running away, and all the players' cards are copies of the murder contract. She concentrates finding the one who ruined the card printing while being stuck in the giant gelatin dessert.
  • Wingding Eyes: The characters have white hearts as eyes at some moments of attraction.
  • Wild Teen Party: In "The Mix-Up", there's one in the McBrisk house while Ms. McBrisk and T-Bone's bodies are still swapped. The party-goers wear socks or go barefoot.
  • Wingding Eyes: The rainbow spirals as the eyes of hallucinating people in "Murder Everywhere", like those of Fynartz in "Taxidermama".
  • World of Jerkass: Many characters are obnoxious jerks, and some others are like this for a while.
  • Your Mum: In "Addicted", Ma, as one in an angry crowd, only says this to Pa while being one of the complainers of Granny's disturbances in the house.

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