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

This series focuses on an Ensemble Cast of piñata friends and their everyday lives on Piñata Island. To name a few; Hudson Horstachio, Fergy Fudgehog, Franklin Fizzlybear, Paulie Pretztail, Les Galagoogoo, Tina and Teddington Twingersnap, and Ella Elephanilla.

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.
  • The Ahnold: A Mousemallow by the name of Meinhart from "Mr. Unbustable" definitely has the build, voice, accent and personality down. Even Fergy starts talking in an overexaggerated Austrian accent as he becomes more buff, until he's just speaking in (vaguely German-sounding) gibberish.
  • 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 the Dragonache from "A Royal Visit", who Fergy brings out from him by unintentionally playing fetch with him.
  • Alliterative Name: All the characters' names have the same first letter as their species. Averted with Les Galagoogoo.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: In the games, the piñatas mostly acted like animals, but here they can talk and most of the quadrupeds can stand on two legs.
  • Artificial Human: The Sours were created by Professor Pester as part of his first plot to take over Pinata Island where they would be sent to parties in place of regular ones to ruin their reputation. Things didn't go as planned due to one of the Ruffians accidentally falling into and contaminating the formula, causing the Sours to become feral and uncontrollable.
  • Artistic License – Biology: There are a few Moozipans (cow pinatas) who are male.
    • Maurice the Moozipan (granted, it's just a robot created by Professor Pester. But nobody bothered to question its gender even though it had utters.)
    • There is one in a magazine who wears sunglasses and a mustache.
    • Though unseen, there is a character on a television show who is referred to as "Mr. Moozipan" who undergoes a medical procedure known as the "full candy transfusion". He does not survive in the end.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology: The "...wind-up lizard." that Hudson disdains in "Hudson Who-Stachio" is clearly based on a non-avian theropod, whose ancestors split off from lepidosaurs at least 250 million years ago!
  • Attention Whore: Hudson is obsessed with getting the attention of other Pinatas as well as people who receive him as a party pinata. He more often than not becomes a really desperate and obsessed Green-Eyed Monster when someone takes away his popularity.
  • 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.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Averted for the most part with Franklin and every other Fizzlybear, who are some of the friendliest Piñatas on the island. That is unless you disturb them while they're hibernating, at which point they fly into a rage destructive enough to level entire towns.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Both Pester and Pecky refer to Ella as a "mastodon", even though mastodons are technically a lineage of proboscideans whose ancestors branched off from those of true elephants a few 10s of millions of years ago!
  • The Cameo In the opening credits when the screen pans across a field, there is a Freeze-Frame Bonus of Leafos from the games.
  • Can't Live with Them, Can't Live without Them:
    • Tina and Teddington Twingersnap are always at each other's throats and are rarely seen getting along with each other. However, in "Twingersnapped", they get temporarily separated, causing them to realize that they feel lonely when they don't have their sibling around. However, after they get attached to each other again, they just start arguing like they always do.
    • Hudson has this sort of relationship with Beverly, his crazed Stalker with a Crush. On one hand, he is annoyed and creeped out by her constant advances and disregard for his privacy. On the other hand, whenever she stops being his fan, he realizes that he likes having her attention and usually tries getting it back.
    • "Ruffians on Strike" shows that Professor Pester feels this way towards Ruffians. He is a Bad Boss towards them, constantly insults them and finds them annoying, but after they move out, he starts missing them.
  • The Chew Toy: Fergie gets smashed quite a bit.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Professor Pester definitely isn't above calling himself a villain or evil. In fact, he is quite proud of it.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Franklin is really bad at lying, something he is aware of. Unfortunately, it also means he can't keep secrets for very long.
  • Con Man: The "Great Bonboon". He pretends to be a wise old man who gives other pinatas advice and supposedly helpful items but he's always lying and is just trying to scam everyone out of their candy.
  • Courtroom Episode: About half of "Candibalism", where Fergy is infamously sent to court for (not denying) his being accused of, well, cannibalism. His innocence is found out... several seconds after Langston already catapulted him TO THE MOON.
  • Cowboy Episode: "High Plains Drafter". It takes place in the desert area of Piñata Island and it's about a mysterious masked Mallowolf named El Sketcho tormenting everyone by... drawing insulting caricatures of them. He then challenges the main cast into a sketching duel at high noon.
  • Denser and Wackier: While the games do have their goofy moments, they mostly have a fairly peaceful atmosphere (unless you have to deal with fights, the Sours, Dastardos, Ruffians or Professor Pester) and the comedic elements are more subdued, mostly coming from the dialogue of the NPCs. By contrast, the show is highly energetic in tone, being a gag-focused comedy with slapstick and almost no grasp on logic.
  • Disguised in Drag: "Beauty and the Beasts" has Hudson making Fergy, Paulie and Franklin pretend they are girls and participate in a beauty contest because he didn't want to be stuck on a boat with one of the other contestants.
  • 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.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the episode "Franklingestion" where Franklin gets sick and coughs out vegetables, a moral outrage ensues and all the other pinatas publicly shun Franklin, treating him like a freak of nature. Frankin, who is ashamed, decides to hide in his house indefinitely, and won't even talk to his friends or answer his phone. This can easily be interpreted as a metaphor of a Closet Gay in a homophobic society. However, Franklin's illness is still depicted as a bad thing and is resolved by the end.
  • 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.
  • Doofy Dodo: Obviously metaphorical, but Pester does call the Ruffians "Dodo-brained dunderpates" in "All Spun Out".
  • Droste Image: Used for a quick sight gag in "Franklin Can't Dance". When Florence asks Hudson, Fergy and Paulie if Franklin would really like to dance with her, Hudson says that he swears on his "exclusive line of personal skincare products" and brings up what look like a skin cream container. The image on the said container has Hudson doing the same exact pose and holding the same container, which also has the same image plastered on it and so on.
  • 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.
    • The scene where Freddy Flapyak smashes Eddie Eaglair into the ring from "Motivational Beak" where they're introduced as Langston's hirelings is used out of context in the previous episode "My Sweet Swanana" as a "Wide World of Roughhousing" episode that Rory Rashberry watches.
  • 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.
  • Egg-Laying Male: Langston lays an egg in "Pinatametermania". Though, considering that the games allow you to breed any two Pinatas, maybe it isn't too surprising.
  • Enemy Mine: It's a rare occasion when Pester and/or the Ruffians team up with the piñatas for something, but it happens.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Years ago, in "My Sweet Sours", Professor Pester moved to the Broken Arms Evil Startup Lairplex when he was just starting out on evil. Boris Buzzenge, who runs the place as Pester's "lairlord", allows him to conduct any evil scheme, but forbids him to take over Pinata Island and steal all the candy, which leaves Pester shocked. This gets subverted when Boris then says he was just kidding.
  • 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.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Parodied in “Crimes of Passion Fruit”. When Fergy asks the Big Boss (who is represented by a bowl of fruit) to get Langston to stop chasing him all the time, the Big Boss does not respond, because he's in the restroom. Thinking that he's purposefully not listening to him, Fergy gets furious and proceeds to smash the fruit bowl with a stapler! Juice spatters everywhere as the "Psycho" Strings play in the background. After making a huge mess, Fergy comes back to his senses and is horrified thinking that he killed the Big Boss. As silly as the setup looks, it still manages to be quite disturbing.
  • 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" has Fergy, Paulie and Franklin shrinking down and entering Hudson's body to get rid of a parasite that is eating his candy. They end up finding out that it was actually Professor Pester who was causing it all along.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Apparently, the Pinata Island has ridiculous laws like "No top scoop of an ice cream cone is allowed to touch the ground" and "It's illegal to tap dance withing twenty feet of a garbage truck". Thankfully, the police is aware of how silly they are and don't enforce them anymore as a result. That said, when Hudson temporarily becomes a police officer in "Bad Clop, Good Clop", he ends up arresting everyone for breaking those laws.
  • Fingerless Hands: The piñatas have no more than stubs on the tips of their limbs, yet are constantly shown picking up objects and manipulating the world around them! When this is briefly changed in "The Wrong Stuff", it even gets lampshaded by Franklin:
    Franklin: Woah... FINGERS, DUDE!
  • Flirtatious Smack on the Ass: Beverly Badgesicle gives one to Hudson in "Hudson's Biggest Fan" using a stop sign.
  • Forgetful Jones: Ella Elephanilla suffers from extreme short-term memory loss, subverting the Elephants Never Forget trope. When someone tells her something, she will generally forget about it just a few seconds later.
  • 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.
  • Furries Are Easier to Draw: Well, more like "digitally model". Noticeably unlike the games, the humans' faces are conveniently always obscured from our vision. The closest we get is Leafos' in the intro, but she was already designed for the games.
  • Girls with Moustaches: Ella's Alternate Universe counterpart in "Mirror Schmirror" has a gray moustache and a beard.
  • Glad I Thought of It: Poor Les is a constant victim of this. Everytime he tries to suggest something, everyone misunderstands him or ignores him only for someone else to suggest exactly what he was suggesting.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Happens to Hudson in "Hudson's Holiday" when Simone drops him off on a deserted island for two weeks so he can take a vocation. Because he isn't allowed to entertain and there is no one who can pay attention to him, he starts autographing everything with mud (including himself), beating himself with a stick and talking to coconuts.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Played straight most of the time whenever a character falls off an edge. But subverted on one occasion when Ella walks off, pauses as if to realize there's no ground beneath her, and walks right back onto the edge when she questions if she left the oven on.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: In "Too Many Fergys", Les accidentally drops a time machine near Fergy's house, causing the next day to loop and Fergy to multiply until he turns it off.
  • Guilt-Induced Nightmare:In "Candiballism", In his prison cell after he was accused for eating a Bunnycomb, he has a dream that he was living in a Candyland or something. Then a big candy erupts and chases after him, having a Delicious Distraction as to a Chocolate Lake. His reflecting turns into the Bunnycomb he ate, telling him to tell the truth, in which she rises from the lake. The dream ends with her eating Fergy.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The title characters in "Twingersnapped!" Having A Head at Each End helped, as well.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Fergy and Paulie. The two are almost always together and are best friends, mostly because they both hate parties.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: The Big Boss. No one knows who or where he is, and he communicates through a speaker in a fruit bowl.
  • Hey, Let's Put on a Show: "Pinata Island Idol" has the main characters organizing a talent show to raise money for a night club that they accidentally destroyed from too much partying. Of course, Hilarity Ensues, especially when Professor Pester finds out about it and tries to take the money for himself.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf:
    • As shown in "Speechless", Teddington's "singing" just sounds like horrible, high-pitched screeching. Unfortunately for everyone, he thinks he's good at it and tries pursuing it.
    • Hudson's attempt at singing in "Arctic Invasion". Extra egregious, as "Beauty and the Beasts" and "All Spun Out", latter of which was just an episode prior, both showed that he is a surprisingly talented singer.
  • Hot Drink Cure: In "Sick Day", Fergy makes twineberry tea and vineberry tea for a sick Paulie and Ella, respectively.
  • Humans Are White: Technically not confirmed, but good luck finding a human in the series who contradicts this trope.
  • I'm a Humanitarian:
    • Just like in the games, the Piñatas have no qualms eating candy regardless of whether or not it's currently being bled (or in one case, sneezed) out of someone else.
    • The subject is explored in the appropriately-titled episode "Candibalism" where Fergy receives his order chocolate bunnycomb and poses it as his "cousin Candice" so he can selfishly keep others from eating the treat. When he finally gives in and devours the chocolate Bunnycomb, everyone assumes that Fergy just committed an act of cannibalism, complete with him being muzzled and wheeled on a straitjacketed handcar a la Hannibal Lecter.
  • Incest Subtext: Teddington and Tina are conjoined twin siblings who dislike each other and are constantly at each other's throats like an old married couple. They both live together and sleep on the same bed (though not because they want to). The episode "Wrath of the Wrasins" takes this a step further. when the two have their personalities inverted and start being nice to each other and agreeing on everything. Teddington even refers to his sister as "sweetie" and "darling".
  • Informed Deformity: Played for Laughs in "Mirror Schmirror". Franklin gets transported into an Alternate Universe where everyone acts like their opposite. So, of course, Hudson's counterpart Mudson considers himself to be hideous, wears a Brown Bag Mask over his head and other pinatas react in disgust whenever he takes it off... even though he looks practically identical to regular Hudson, who is considered good-looking.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Paulie, being the Only Sane Man, challenges the Great Bonboon's omniscience by asking him a simple question, "Why does it rain?". The Bonboon's response:
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.
  • Kissing Cousins: Unless you've seen the episode "Hibernation Nation" and did the math, you won't be squicked out. Franklin Fizzlybear & Florence Fizzlybear (never mind their last names as they actually refer to their species rather than their ancestry) both meet and fall in love in "Franklin Can't Dance". Their romance isn't touched upon any further in any future episode, except briefly in "Hudson's Better Half". Then when you watch "Hibernation Nation", we are introduced to Franklin's uncle named Phineas Fizzlybear, who performs on stage at a family reunion with his "family", which includes Florence who plays the piano. This strongly implies that she is Phineas' daughter, which would make her... brace yourself... Franklin's first cousin! And even if this wasn't the case, it's bad enough that she shows up at Franklin's family reunion. It's left undisclosed whether it was done by accident or on purpose, but then again, the video games are infamous for their inbreeding.
  • Laser Blade: In "Mr. Unbustable":
Hudson: And have you heard what these kids plan to use on you? Dynamite! Car crushers! Laser swords!
Paulie: Laser swords?!?
Hudson: Party at a sci-fi convention.
  • 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.
    • In "For My Next Trick", Pester and the Ruffians bring out umbrellas out of nowhere. When Franklin asks how they did it, Pester explains that "his sister knows one of the animators".
    • In both "Beauty and the Beasts" and "Hudsonly Ever After", Hudson aknowledges the existence of commercial breaks - in the former, he says "Perhaps a brief intermission" during a disasterous beauty pageant he's hosting, which leads to an actual commercial break. In the latter, he says "Man, these commercial breaks are getting longer and longer" after the end of one.
  • 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.
  • Mind Screw: In "For My Next Trick", Franklin tries to send in a letter requesting for a magic kit, but then when he walks out the door, he sees that the package has already arrived on his doorstep! And according to the delivery guy, the package was long overdue simply because of traffic. Confused at first, Franklin then gives the letter to the delivery guy so he can mail it for him.
  • 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.
  • Personality Swap: Invoked. In "Ruffians on Strike", the Ruffians get fed up with Pester's Bad Boss behavior and move in with Hudson, who actually took pity on them. However, Pester starts missing them while Hudson becomes annoyed with them. The two decide to resolve this by pretending to act like each other. While Hudson does a shockingly good job at playing a menacing and hammy villain (even Pester himself admits it, with his only issue being that when Hudson says "Victory is mine" he puts more emphasis on the word "is" than the word "mine"), Pester's Hudson impression... leaves much to be desired.
  • 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.
  • Real After All: At the end of "Chewnicorn in the Garden", when both Fergy and Franklin both come to the conclusion that Chewnicorns are not real, they decide to go search for a Dragonache instead. Then when the camera pans to the Gem Tree, we see a Chewnicorn already hiding in it. Then it has this gem to say.
    • Turns out, there really are Dragonaches in future episodes.
  • Repeat After Me: Hudson, Fergy and Paulie try this in "Announce This" after they find out that Hudson is unable to actually focus on his job as a sports announcer and resorts to only talking about himself, making them decide that Fergy and Paulie should just have Hudson repeat what they say to him through an earpiece. As expected of this trope, it goes wrong, with Fergy getting distracted by a banana splits ad and screaming about it into the speaker and Hudson being Literal-Minded about Paulie's directions, to the point where's he's just shouting "Now sweep your hand dramatically towards the race course... no, don't say that, do it! Stop repeating me! No, stop repeating me! You sound ridiculous! Oh, I give up!"... still in the same Large-Ham Announcer voice, no less.
  • 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.
    • "On a Sour Note" gives us this line from Franklin:
    • POSSIBLY unintentional, but the same Fizzlybear also says this in "Ruffians on Strike":
    Franklin: Hudson's turned into a gnarly Megasquid!
  • 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.
  • Soup Is Medicine: In "Sick Day", Fergy serves the sick Pinatas soup in a cup.
  • Space Episode: "The Wrong Stuff", where Pester kidnaps Hudson, who's rescued by Langston, Paulie, Fergy, and Franklin, in SPACE!
  • 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. To start off, she apparently asked him for "hundreds of autographs" that she then sewed into a quilt. Then it's revealed that she sometimes runs through his garbage and mail, she admitted to have been secretly living in his attic for a week and a half right after sneaking into his bathtub while he was taking a bath in it and her house is filled to a brim with Hudson-related merchandise.
  • 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.
  • Suicidal Lemmings: Highly unfortunately, this is featured prominently in "Snow Place Like Home":
    Paulie: What event are you talking about?
    Louis: The one where we race to the edge of the cliff, and hurl ourselves off into the ocean!
    Fergy: But... why?
    Louis: We don't have an ever-loving clue!
  • 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.
  • Villains Out Shopping: "The Fudgetive" has Professor Pester going on a vocation to a different island to take a break from evildoing.
  • Vocal Dissonance:
    • Fergy's mother, Francine Fudgehog in "My Little Fergy" has an unusually deep, manly voice.
    • Les is a pink, adorable little bush baby pinata who can usually only communicate in high-pitched gibberish. However, when he temporarily gains the abillity to speak in "Wraisins of Wrath", he ends up speaking in a sophisticated baritone. Same goes for his alternate universe counterpart in "Mirror Schmirror".
  • Waxing Lyrical: A running gag in the episode "Pig Out Mountain" is the Rashberry hikers spouting "We say whip it! Whip it good!"
  • 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".
  • Who Is Driving?: Happens in "Hudson Tells All", when Ella saves Hudson from being chased by a pack of angry Sweettooths by having him jump into the back of a van that's already moving.
    Hudson: Ella, you're a lifesaver! ...wait. Who's driving the van?
    Ella: Driving what van?
    The van falls down a cliff and onto the beach
  • Word, Schmord!: The episode title "Mirror Schmirror".


The Great Hudini

In an episode about houdinis (ironically), Blaine Bunnycomb reveals himself to be a sleazy fraud, and then somehow escapes karmic punishment while Hudson (the protagonist) suffers in his place. Then the episode ends and Blaine is never seen again.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (6 votes)

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