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This is a tie-in animation series to the video game of the same name, produced by 4Kids Entertainment for YTV.

Now available on Hulu (US only) and YouTube.

Contains examples of:

  • Achievement In Ignorance: Ella Elaphanilla once stepped into thin air off a stage, and didn't fall because she forgot she was supposed to.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the original game, Professor Pester permanently Mind Raped Stardos into the deranged psychopath Dastardos with his family never finding out the truth and assuming he had died. In the show, Pester is an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who's patheticness rivals Doofensmirtz.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: All the characters' names have the same first letter as their species.
    • Averted with Les Galagoogoo.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: In the episode “Chewnicorn in the Garden”, a macaracoon is seen biting a bonboon’s rump in a very doglike manner.
    • Another example being Cliff Dragonache, who Fergy brings out from him by unintentionally playing fetch with him.
  • Alternate Universe: Freak Cannonada accidents have launched Franklin into at least two: one where he went evil and took over the island and Professor Pester is now "Coronel Cuddles" among other things, and one where piñatas are simply giants.
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  • Animal Stereotypes: Inverted with the very forgetful Ella Elephanilla, who's not afraid of mice. Played straight with Hudson, who is a vain and passionate horse and Paulie, a sneaky, crafty and somewhat manipulative fox.
  • Attention Whore: Hudson.
  • Bald of Evil: Professor Pester. Flashbacks show him with brown hair (growing from the top of his mask).
  • Balloon Belly: Franklin gets this after drinking too many of Dr. Quackberry's "Shed No More" potions in "Confetti-it is". Eventually he turns into a sphere due to how many potions he drank. Almost all of the cast excluding Dr. Quackberry himself and Fergy and Paulie later drink the potions too and gain one as well.
    • Both Hudson and Dr. Quackberry in "Party Parasite" due to others unshrinking inside them.
  • Big Eater: Fergy the fudgehog regularly eats too much.
  • Big Red Button: It fires the Cannonada.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In "Sumo Tsunami", the youngest sumo wrestler called Fergy "Fergy-san" for the whole episode.
  • Body Horror:
    • In one of the early episodes, Fergy Fudgehog at Pinata Central, accidentally runs into a random acquaintance (a Macaraccoon) just returning from a party, his body is all smashed up is missing an eye revealing a large empty socket, and his mouth is unattached to his body. Yet the dismembered Macaraccoon doesn't mind at all and casually says through his disembodied mouth "Hey Fergy, how are you doing? Going to a party?". This is the reason Fergy doesn't like parties.
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    • One episode features this happening to several Piñatas courtesy of the malfunctioning Assemblata: Hudson's head is placed onto Fergy's body, a Cluckle has multiple Arocknid legs, a Parmadillo has a Chocstrich's neck and head replacing one of its arms and its wing replacing the other and an unfortunate Shellybean ends up rearranged into an indecipherable mess of parts.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In "Mr. Unbustable", Fergy asks his mentor Meinhardt if he can really survive a missile as seen in his commercial. He denies it, saying it was just computer animation and can't really be done in real life. Cue Aside Glance.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In "Mr. Unbustable", Langston was disappointed that even though Fergy is 5 times his size and full of muscle, he only has very little candy inside him after examining him. Langston apparently saw fit to insult and make fun of Fergy, calling him an "embarrassment" and "a useless, pathetic, muscle-bound joke." That ticked Fergy off so badly he tried to crush Langston.
  • The Cameo In the opening credits when the screen pans across a field, there is a Freeze-Frame Bonus of Leafos from the games.
  • The Chew Toy: Fergie gets smashed quite a bit.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Professor Pester / The Ruffians
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Franklin
  • Con Man: The "Great Bonboon."
  • Cowboy Episode: "High Class Drafter".
  • Disguised in Drag: Paulie, Franklin and Fergy in the episode "Beauty And The Beasts."
  • Distressed Dude: Because Hudson is the most popular piñata on the island, he is also the most frequent victim of Professor Pester's evil plots.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: The cops in this show are shown to be obsessed with donuts, to the point where two of them apparently ate over ten boxes of donuts in only a two hour period.
  • Drunk on Milk: In "Hibernation Nation", Hudson drinks some herbal tea after a stressful trip. After finishing it, he starts acting as if he was drunk (though it goes away rather quickly).
  • Drunk with Power: Fergy as Piñata Wrangler in "To Catch a Piñata," so much so he tried to fire his best friend off to a party just to cement his position.
    Paulie: Fergy, what's gotten into you?!
    Fergy: Ambition, lamb chop! I've tasted power, and I like what I'm mashing!
    • It happened again in "Her Royal Forgetfulness", where he fooled everyone into thinking that he's a king.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Certain Pinatas like the Jeli and Polollybear appeared in the show long before they were in the Trouble in Paradise game.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first few episodes's title cards simply used a screenshot of a scene from the episode. Every episode afterwards had a different title card design involving characters from the episode being overlaid on top of a colored background, and eventually the earlier episodes were revised to also have said design.
  • Easy Amnesia:
    • Averted with Ella Elaphanilla, who's amnesia is not a plot device but a full-time trait, as well as the fact she has anterograde amnesia in addition to retrograde amnesia.
    • Played straight on Pester in "Pester the Piñata," which causes him to think he's a baby piñata. At the end he actually rapid-fires between this personality and his normal self due to a series of slaps. And at the end he ends up thinking he's a Ruffian.
  • Enemy Mine: It's a rare occasion when Pester and/or the Ruffians team up with the piñatas for something, but it happens.
  • Exact Words: Franklin in "Mad Mongo": "You won't be able to tell us apart!" Then Mongo drives him to insanity and both go berserk at the party, with Paulie even saying, "Yep, just like he said: we can't tell the two of them apart!"
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Professor Pester's plans to obtain the piñatas' candy. Also all Langston's attempts to get Fergy and Paulie to go to a party.
  • Fan Disservice: When Professor Pester disguises himself as a mother, he puts two balloons on his chest and straps them down with a loose-fitting apron. He's still wearing a shirt underneath, but its color matches nearly the rest of him, so it seems like he's wearing nothing but an apron on his top torso. Also, whenever Pester makes any movement, his balloons are always jiggling and bouncing. He even puts a key in between his balloons after locking a door.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: "Party Parasite".
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Forgetful Jones: Ella.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: "Hudsonly Ever After" has Hudson telling his own version of Hansel and Gretel to his dummy, with Fergy as Hansel and Ella as Gretel. However, his dummy gets bored by it and Hudson starts making up more and more stuff in order to make more exciting. Eventually, he decides that it needs more him and it ends with Hudson and dummy!Hudson on a majestic Hudson, pulled by a team of Hudsons and surrounded by a crowd of Hudsons.
Bonboon: Whenever a pinata asks a dumb question, the clouds cry. We can expect a heavy downpour today.
Everyone: Awww... (Everyone glares at Paulie)
Fergy: Thanks a lot, Paulie! (Takes out umbrella)
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • In "The Crush", Paulie (a Preztail) and Fergy (a Fudgehog) develop a temporary crush on Ella (an Elephanilla) and ask her out on a date.
    • Beverly Badgesicle has a very obsessive, unrequited crush on Hudson, a Horstachio. Hudson also used to date Corina Chocstrich back in high school.
    • Fergy's mother, Francince (Fudgehog) ends up marrying Hudson's uncle, Hoofy (Horsetachio).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hudson is a self-centered egotist, but otherwise a good friend.
  • The Last Straw: In "Candiosity," an overstuffed Fergy on the scanner eats one last piece of candy, causing his top to burst off and completely empty him, saving him from being launched to a party at the last second.
  • Lawful Stupid: Hudson becomes this in "Good Clop, Bad Clop" after he temporarily becomes a police officer. He starts arresting everyone for the pettiest offenses and when he finds out that arresting too many Piñatas in one day is also illegal, he arrests himself.
  • Losing Your Head: More like losing a body, as it's just a mild and temporary inconvenience.
  • Low-Speed Chase: One episode features a chase on really slow moving forklifts.
  • Medium Awareness: At one point in "The Wrong Stuff", Langston and Pester's groups keep trying to teleport aboard each other's ships, with the screen splitting in two to show it. Langston and Pester then look down/up at each other through the screens to call each other out.
  • Metaphysical Fuel: In "The Wrong Stuff," Pester's spaceship is fueled by magnetism. When that runs out, the piñatas manage to refuel the ship using Hudson's magnetic personality. When they need anti-charm in the reversed universe, they use Pester's personality instead.
  • Multiple Head Case: Ted and Tina Twingersnap.
  • Mythology Gag: Professor Pester's lair (and Boris's boarding home in "My Sweet Sours") has houses portraits of Rare villains, namely Baron Von Ghoul, Gruntilda, and the Panther King.
  • Never Say "Die": Surprisingly averted, given this is a 4Kids production. The episode "I, Pretztail" gets away with the use of the words suicide, death trap and two uses of killed in the space of a minute.
  • No Indoor Voice: Montague Mousemallow, King Roario's royal announcer in "Royal Visit". He has a loud voice despite his small size, which drives Paulie mad.
  • Noir Episode: "Pecky Pudgeon, Private Eye". It also counts as a Lower-Deck Episode.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Pengums from "Arctic Invasion" are very clearly inspired by The Beatles. It's then revealed that they were actually using lip-syncing all along, similar to Milli Vanilli.
  • Nonverbal Miscommunication: Nobody ever understands what Les is trying to say, which means that his advice and warnings are always ignored.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Les.
    • Paulie is usually the first to get a bad feeling about a strange situation that is usually something like a Pester-brand trap, and he doesn't trust "The Great Bonboon" one bit.
  • Piano Drop: In "Hudsonly Ever After", in Hudson's story, Fergy is assaulted with a few pianos that fall on him when he realizes that Hudson, typical of his narcissistic personality, tries to make himself the hero of the story instead of Fergy.
  • "Pop!" Goes the Human: Dr. Quincy Quackberry in "Party Parasite" due to the shrinking wearing off. He's okay...despite being just a head.
  • Potty Emergency:
    • In “Treasure of Piñata Madre” Fergy has one when the lemonade he drank in the desert shot right through him
  • Psycho Serum:
    • In "Shirley Shells Out," Professor Pester created a potion that temporarily makes a Piñata turn Sour.
    • Mongo Macaracoon is usually tame and civilized, but angering him turns him Sour.
  • Road Sign Reversal: One of the slowest examples ever. It takes fifty years to reach the payoff.
  • Royal "We": Fergy starts using this in "Her Royal Forgetfulness" after getting Drunk with Power. It's even lampshaded several times.
  • Say My Name: Les's name was shouted 3 times during "Les Saves the Day... Again!"—once by Paulie and Fergy, and twice by all of the Piñatas.
  • Sapient Eat Sapient: It’s shown in the episodes “Mad Mongo”, ”Speechless” and “My Little Fergy” that Cluckles, Squazzils and Whirlms are eaten and served up as dishes by other piñatas, even though all three species are shown to be just as sentient as they are.
  • She Is the King: Gender-inverted example with Franklin, who's so friendly to a swarm of Buzzlegums that he's crowned their "queen". These being the counterpart to bees in the real world, this makes sense.
  • Shout-Out:
    Hudson: One plasma TV - 6,000 chocolate coins. All the candy he can eat - 400,000 coins. One happy prisoner - priceless. For everything else, there's Langston's Piñata Central Platinum card!
    • In "The Wrong Stuff", Professor Pester dresses up like Darth Vader.
  • Smooth-Talking Talent Agent: Simone Cinnamonkey is Hudson Horstachio's quick-talking agent, who, while she has a tendency to be very snarky and sometimes cares more about getting paid than she does about Hudson's career, always has his back and does whatever she can to encourage and support him in tough times.
  • Space "X": Lampshaded in "The Wrong Stuff," when Pester explains to Hudson how space things are better than normal things.
  • Species Surname: Every piñata has one.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Beverly Badgesicle to Hudson.
  • Stock Footage: Downplayed, since footage is sometimes recycled from one episode to another, but it's done rarely enough that it's mostly not noticeable.
  • Sudden Video-Game Moment: In "To Catch a Piñata" of Frogger with Paulie, Fergy, and Langston. Predictably, Langston, despite being a frog, is the only one to fall into the river.
  • Super Cell Reception: After failed attempts to communicate with the very tiny Raisants, Hudson simply picks up his cell phone and is able to call the exact Raisant he needed to talk with.
  • Superhero Episode: "Super Hero Hudson". Hudson gains super powers after a meteor falls into his bathtub, but his superheroing starts to annoy the others.
  • The Unintelligible: Les. It even extends to his non-verbal communication, resulting in him never getting any credit for anything, even if he just saved the island for the umpteenth time and everyone saw.
  • Teleporter Accident: At one point in "The Wrong Stuff", Langston, Paulie, Fergy and Franklin attempt to teleport aboard Professor Pester's ship to rescue a captured Hudson, only for Pester, the Ruffians and Hudson to warp themselves aboard their ship at the same time. Both sides attempt it several times and accidentally swap body parts between each other as a result.
  • Training Montage: In "Mr. Unbustable", Fergy Fudgehog takes part in a training regimen created by Meinhardt Mousemallow, and a training montage is played where Fergy ends up becoming incredibly bulky and impervious to damage.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Fergy's mother, Francine Fudgehog in "My Little Fergy" has an unusually deep, manly voice.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: "My Sweet Sours," showing the Start of Darkness for Pester, the Ruffians, and the Sours.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser:
    • Paulie crossdresses for a one man performance of Romeo and Juliet.
    • And then of course, you have Langston sporting a lovely Marie Antoinette style wig in the episode "Her Royal Forgetfulness".


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