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Left to right: Pierce, Charlie, and Que

The Strange Chores is an Australian animated series released in 2019. It was created by Charlie Aspinwall and Daley Pearson, (who are best known for their work on Bluey). Season 2 premiered on June 24, 2022.

Charlie and Pierce are two friends who discover that their odd neighbour's house at the end of their street actually houses a portal to supernatural worlds. Said neighbour, Old Man Helsing (Nick Tate), feels that he has gotten too old for his adventures there so he starts training them to be his apprentices. They are accompanied by Que, a mischievous ghost girl, as they complete Helsing's tasks.


Tropes In This Series:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: S.P.H.E.R.I.E, a robotic virtual home asistant who quickly snaps and sees the gang as a threat.
  • Animate Inanimate Object:
    • In "Finish The Mop's Bucket List", the trio has to help complete the bucket list of a mop that they bought to life.
    • Charlie and Pierce briefly become a sentient teapot and mobile phone respectively in "Swap Back The Body Swap".
    • One of the monster hunters seen in "Host a Monster Hunter Tournament" is an animate toaster.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Inverted with Que; See Our Ghosts Are Different below.
  • Atlantis: It was apparently sunk when three kids prank called the Monster Frank.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Happens to Snorp courtesy of a growth potion in "Tame the Wild Wild Pest".
  • Bait-and-Switch: In "Stop The Monster Slime", it initially looks like the bully girl wanted to kiss Charlie. Turns out she actually just wanted to shake his hand.
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  • Battle Rapping: "Stop The Monster Battles" reveals that Que hosts these amongst the bottled monsters in an attempt to keep them contained. Pierce partakes in one of these against Monster Head and loses, making him briefly consider no longer doing the Strange Chores.
  • Beam-O-War: Parodied in "Scare Helsing;" after facing their fears, the trio shoots a beam of courage at the Fear Bears, overcoming their beam of fear. It's worth noting that they weren't affected by their powers anymore, though.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: Que in "Don't Trick or Tweet," even using it scare Snorp. She is a real ghost, after all.
    Que: My costume must have a fever because it is sick!
    • She also considers doing this in "Unclog The Toilet" after an unsuccessful attempt to scare a monster.
  • Blob Monster:
    • The monster slime that Pierce accidentally brings to life in "Stop The Monster Slime".
    • The monster that continually attacks the gang in "Survive the Strange Loop."
    • The monster that Pierce uses as a thinking chair in "Clean The Archive Room."
  • Catchphrase: Pierce has one which is "Ah Strawberries".
  • Cats Are Mean: In the episode "Train Snorp" the cats team up and try to kill the gang as revenge for what Snorp frequently does to them (which can be seen in the image above).
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Que. You can't help but see her as Adorkable.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Several instances;
    • In "Stop The Monster Battles:"
    Monster Head: Who said that? Who interrupted me?
    Charlie: It was Pierce!
    Pierce: Charlie!
    Charlie: Well, it was.
    • In "Babysit The Mummy:"
    Pierce (after the mummy wakes up): Wait, sir, if you're gonna take one of us... take Charlie.
    (Charlie and Que glare at him)
    • In "Scare Helsing," after all three of them agree to contact the Fear Bears:
    Charlie: What have we done?
    Que and Pierce: WE?!!
  • Cool Car: Van Helsing's car. It even has its own theme tune.
  • Fictional Video Game: "Que's The Strange Chores", a video game created by Que based on their adventures and which Charlie and Pierce get trapped in.
  • Flat Scare:
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In "Swap Back The Body Swap", the inspector is coming, so Helsing tasks the trio with putting Snorp's mind into a house plant. Unfortunately, a misfiring on Pierce's part causes Charlie and a teapot, Snorp, and Helsing, and Pierce and a phone to swap minds. Even worse, Snorp in Helsing's body destroys the machine which does the body-swap, which makes the inspection a bit more difficult.
  • Fun with Flushing: The plot of "Clean The Toliet" is kicked off when Charlie, being uninterested in going the whole way down to the archive, decides to flush a newly bottled monster down the toilet. This leads to it breaking free and him trying to deal with it without Van Helsing finding out.
  • The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: Discussed and subverted; after the kids wonder aloud if a genie they just released will make pop culture references, he just responds that he's a more low key genie.
  • Halloween Episode: "Don't Trick or Tweet" is set on Halloween, with an explanation that monsters and monster-slayers are not allowed to fight each other on that day.
  • Heatwave: "Shut the Freezer" opens on one of these. It's hot enough that a girl's bicycle melts into the road.
  • Heroic B So D: In “Don’t be Weird”, after Que invites some of the popular girls over for a sleepover, she has several of these when she’s worried about them figuring out that she’s a ghost. Even worse, every time she has one, she temporarily loses control of her magic to catastrophic proportions.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Charlie and Pierce warm to Dracula in "Survive Fright Swap" almost immediately, even after he scared the trio right off the bat. Why? Because he made a pun.
  • Jerkass Ball: Oh, does Que grab it HEAVILY in “Possess Charlie” in order to win the class election. Controlling Charlie’s body while knowing he’s not comfortable with it, treating Pierce like a slave so her promises can be fulfilled, and all of this just to prove how “normal” she is? Yep, definitely Jerkass material.
  • Last of His Kind: Snorp is initially the last of his species, the rest of them having been bottled by the monster hunters. Helsing does free them at the end of "Swap Back The Body Swap" however.
  • Not-So-Forgotten Birthday: Pierce initially thinks this is happening on his birthday in "Survive The Strange Loop," and ends up being right-only to believe they actually forgot it a a few scenes later. Though he did forget Charlie's birthday and Que's death day earlier in the year.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: While able to pass through walls and possess people, Que doesn't seem to follow most ghost logic, including being able to eat, being scared, getting Bound and Gagged, being able to be touched (to an extent), and, if needed, turning into a more monstrous version of herself. Also, extreme cold makes her less ghost-like and removes her magic.
  • Pokémon Speak: Snorp can only say his name.
  • Prank Call: The trio use the opportunity in "Call A Monster" to prank call each monster in the monster phonebook. This backfires on them when they prank call Frank, the only monster that Van Helsing fears.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The bottled monsters serve this role, with a fair amount of each episode's plots is them escaping, usually accidentally, and causing havoc.
  • Show Within a Show: "Fright-Swap", a Wife Swap-esque show that the gang have to participate in.
  • Shout-Out: Van Helsing's name is a reference to Dr. Abraham Van Helsing from Dracula.
  • Team Pet: Snorp.
  • What Does This Button Do?: A running gag in “Clean The Car” involving Que; despite Pierce continually telling her to stop, she just can’t resist, which keeps getting them into trouble.
  • Wicked Witch: Witchy is an example of this, having been imprisoned for trying to eat Pierce. She is trying to be a better witch though.
  • Win to Exit: In "Escape The Strange Chores", Pierce and Charlie get trapped inside a game Que's playing ("Que's The Strange Chores"). To get out, Pierce must save Charlie and win the game.