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This is a tie-in animation series to the video game of the same name, produced by 4Kids Entertainment and 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Big Eater: Fergy.
  • 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 an 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 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 an unfortunate Shellybean ends up rearranged into an indecipherable mess of parts.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • This:
    Boris: "Boys, meet your new neighbor, Associate Associate Associate Professor Poofter!"
    Professor Pester: "That's Pester!"
    • While understandable due to being piñatas and all, some really express an S&M-esque joy at being beaten. Perhaps best demonstrated at the beginning of "Pester the Piñata" where Hudson shows them the newest stick and Franklin immediately asks who'd want to go to town on him with it.
    • Numerous moments in the episode "Crimes of Passion Fruit". The scene in which Fergy looses it resulting in him destroying the fruit bowl of the Big Boss in certain frames is cut to look like something reminiscent of a slasher film. He then panics, ingesting the "remains" but not before conversing with himself in a manner made to look like he's lost his mind and is talking to another side of a split personality. The entirety of the episode is then Fergy attempting to hide what he had done, not realizing that there was a speaker in the fruit he ate to channel the voice of "The Big Boss", convinced he's possessed by the vengeful spirit of the man who he'd done in. He runs to the Bonboon, who suggests an exorcism of all things.
    • And then of course: "What's with all the heavy breathing? Are you some kind of sicko?"
    • In the episode that introduced the Big Boss: "I want you to look me in the grapes."
    • Paulie once acted as a distraction by dressing up as a balloon stripper.
    • In one episode, Hudson is forced to live with his stalker Beverly and she suggests that they should use twin toilets. Cue this exchange. She even takes a quick glance at his crotch:
    Hudson: This is an indignity! I need privacy!
    Beverly: Why? It's not like it's something I haven't seen before. Wink wink.
    • In "Beauty and The Beasts", Fergy disguises himself as a girl in order to win an around the world cruise with Hudson (long story), actually manages to win, but ends up angering his mom in the process. In a later scene, Hudson, not knowing what happened between them, tells "Fergy" that he can take off his dress now that everything's over... But then it turns out that Fergy sent his mom on the cruise instead and she is obviously not happy with Hudson's suggestion.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Low-Speed Chase: One episode features a chase on really slow moving forklifts.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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