Wishfart is an award-winning Canadian Fantastic Comedy cartoon series created by TV writers John Hazlett, Lienne Sawatsky and Daniel Williams. It was produced by Williams' own studio Wishfart Productions Inc., Nelvana, and Bejuba Entertainment. Although considered a Teletoon original series, it made its world debut on the British children's channel CITV on September 5, 2017. It would premier in Canada on Teletoon on June 2, 2018.
The series revolves around Dez, a teenage leprechaun who lives in an unnamed magical city populated by all manner of strange and fantastical beings, from centaurs and witches to robots and lemon-people. While Dez might not have a pot of gold, an Irish accent, or most of the other traits associated with leprechauns, he still possesses the ability to grant wishes, which he does by firing a rainbow from his finger whenever somebody asks him for a wish. However, Dez has no control over his powers and their consequences. Any wishes he grants can and will always go out of control in the craziest manners possible, whether it be unleashing a greed demon from under his couch, causing a zombie apocalypse of gingerbread men, snowmen declaring war against everyone, or the King of the Underworld gaining the deeds to his apartment. Naturally, it's always up to Dez to set things right, and joining him on his misadventures are his two best friends and roommates: a talking puffin named, well, Puffin and the thousand-year-old ghost of a Japanese teenage girl named Akiko. Rounding out the cast are a mermaid named Tsuni who serves as Dez's love interest, and Fireball Cat, a mystical feline who runs a noodle shop.
Wishfart contains examples of:
- Alien Lunch: Pops up from time to time, such as the mermaid soft drink, sea cucumber soda, as well as Uncle Phil's shamrock pies.
- All Animals Are Dogs: In this case, even a pet manticore and an Egyptian soul-eating demon act like dogs.Dez: This guy should be feeding on the souls of the undead, not rolling around for belly rubs.
- Alternate Universe: A wish Dez grants on himself in a mirror causes one to slowly merge with their universe. As Fireball Cat explains, it will start small with duplicates of everyone, but then "buildings will collide into buildings, oceans will double in volume, and sandwiches will be made with four pieces of bread!"
- An Aesop: Several episodes end with the characters learning something in the end, such as "Aw, Man!" ("make lemons into lemonade"), "We are Cheetah Face!" ("the only way to get good is to practice"), "Why Don't We All Have Capes?" ("don't force your friends to do things they don't want to"), and "Warmer Pants for the King" ("be straightforward with others").
- Animate Inanimate Object: Dez's baby shoes come to life in "Clip, Clop, We Won't Stop" when Puffin wishes the shoes could speak.
- Anthropomorphic Food: A recurring minor character is Lemonhead, an anthropomorphic lemon. He used to be an ordinary person, but then he wished from Dez for his lemonade "to be more lemony". The Gum King could count as well.
- Balancing Death's Books: In the first episode, Akiko's wish to become a living girl disrupts the balance of the living world and the Underworld, which Fireball Cat explains can only be undone if somebody takes Akiko's place. Seeing how much Akiko likes being alive, Dez volunteers to do so, although Keeks is convinced by Dez's selflessness to go back to being a ghost again.
- Baleful Polymorph:
- Leslie turns Akiko into a frog with one of Dez's one million wishes in "Million Mo' Wishes". Akiko restores herself to normal by using a wish from Finnuala.
- In "Customer Service is My Jam", Fireball Cat gets turned into an action figure when Tsuni's magic comic shop starts going crazy.
- Balloon Belly: Puffin tends to get these, with the most extreme instance being in "Spicy is Paradisey", where he becomes a living mountain after eating non-stop for 5000 years.
- Basilisk and Cockatrice: "Ciao, Bright Eyes!" reveals that Akiko owns a cockatrice as a pet, although she keeps it in the Underworld.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: The climax of "Litterfools Ain't Cool" sees Dez battle evil personality, Litterbug Dez. Fearful Symmetry ensues until Dez uses his imagination to turn his mind against Litterbug Dez.
- Battle of the Bands: "We Are Cheetah Face!" is about Dez and his friends participating in one against Hairy Smilez, the God of Rock, after Puffin wishes for a shortcut to becoming famous.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Almost every episode is based around this. There was even an episode where Dez finds out some of the people he's granted wishes for have formed an Alcoholics Anonymous-style anti-Dez group.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: The King of the Underworld has to put up with one; his many brothers and sisters constantly fight and bully each other (and him), taking pleasure in their brother's failures and plotting to usurp him as ruler of the Underworld. However, "Chill, Moms" shows they do care for each other...in the twisted sort of way that demons do.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Samuel is a yeti who had wished for infinite ice cream from Dez, only to soon regret it when it ended up turning him into an ice cream monster. There's a also a Bigfoot named Saskie who shows up from time to time.
- Bird-Poop Gag: When reverted back into a normal seabird in "In Your face, Wishpower!", Puffin poops on Dez while he's in the middle of something serious. After he's restored to normal...Puffin: Hey, Keeks. I didnt poop on anyone, did I?Akiko: The important thing is that youre back, and that puffin poop is washable.
- Birthday Episode: Puffin celebrates his birthday in "We Can Eat Sand!", but a wish from Akiko accidentally makes everyone in the city vanish, and Dez and Akiko have to hide that from Puffin.
- Bizarrchitecture: It's everywhere in the city - there are skyscrapers entangled in giant beanstalks, a building covered in eyes, the airport's got a huge birdnest, and Tsuni's comic book shop grows chicken legs to run about when not tended.
- Blah Blah Blah: In "Customer Service is My Jam", Tsuni's instructions to Dez on running the comic book shop devolve into this as Dez begins to daydream about impressing her.
- Blessed with Suck: Some of Dez's wishes have this effect.
Samuel: Well, I've been cursed with never-ending ice cream forever!
- Most of the "Victims of Dez" members in in "Aw, Man!" experience this. Samuel explains his case quite well.
Puffin: You say that like it's a bad thing.
Samuel: Oh yeah! Well, imagine always having brain freeze, or fingers stuck together! I used to love ice cream! Now, I'd rather eat broccoli!
- It's implied that all leprechauns (except Dez, of course) view their wish-granting powers this way. Uncle Phil describes his wish-granting as bringing nothing but trouble when the wishes he grants to a surfing competition results in every contestant winning gold medals despite none of them being able to surf.
- Blob Monster: One made of mustard attacks Dez and his friends in "Litterfools Ain't Cool".
- Broken Pedestal: In "Goodbye, Short Pants" Dez and his friends quickly learn how much of a jerkass their favorite rock star, Hairy Smilez, is when he starts trash-talking them for a minor ding they accidentally made and mocks their age. He even returns in a later episode as an antagonist.Puffin: Wow. Never meet your heroes, kids.
- Brown Note: Major Abs' theme song is painful to Akiko, causing her form to blur.
- Buffet Buffoonery: The plot of "Spicy is Paradisey" comes about as a result of Puffin wanting to have all he could eat at Annapurna's buffet, and Annapurna is all too eager to feed Puffin. 5000 years later, Puffin's now the size of a mountain, and Annapurna is the leader of a cult dedicated to feeding Puffin until he has had "all he could eat".
- Buffy Speak: "Baby seal thingy" is what the characters keep referring to the selkie in the episode of the same name as.
- Calvinball: Flip-Flop Dungeon. Dez and Akiko love playing it, but Puffin hates it. The King of the Underworld also loves it, but he only plays with the expansion pack.
- The Cat Came Back: Dez goes through this in "Clip, Clop, We Won't Stop" when his baby shoes repeatedly demand for him to fulfill an impossible-to-complete goal on his childhood bucket list. He sends them in the mail, buries them alive, and even tosses them into the ocean, but the shoes return every time.
- Christmas in July: "Christmas Times the Max" has Samuel wish for it to be Christmas to beat the summer heat, but Santa Claus refuses to work in the summer ("I'm a real sweater.") and gets Dez to organize a "Christmas in July" (they even use the trope's name word for word).
- City of Adventure: The unnamed setting of the series is a large city populated by all manner of strange or magical beings and creatures. It's a place where anything can happen, even when without Dez's wishes.
- Combination Attack: The Triangular Multiple of Powers used by Dez, Puffin, and Akiko to defeat Major Abs in "What's Up, P. Buddy?".
- Coordinated Clothes: The King of the Underworld gets matching leather jackets for Dez, Puffin, and Akiko when he befriends them in "Let's Ditch Dorkus".
- Cosmic Ret Con: In "In Your Face, Wishpower!", Dez and his friends successfully prevent Tsuni's wish go on a movie date with Neptune from happening, which causes reality to undo every wish Dez has granted - Muriel loses her jetpack, Lemonhead turns back into and ordinary person, Donut-Bot turns into a toaster, and Puffin becomes a normal puffin again. Dez and Akiko have to get Tsuni and Neptune together to restore things to normal.
- Create Your Own Villain: Akiko created Gum King when she wished to be rid of gum in her hair, only for said gum to make itself at home in Dez's apartment and try to make Akiko his queen.
- Cursed Item: Several appear, mainly creations of Dusty, such as a jar that contains in black hole in "I Wear This Hat Ironically" and a food truck that must always have one occupant within it at all times in "Chopped Salad!".
- Cyclops: Percy the bus driver is one.
- Dance Party Ending: "What's Up, P. Buddy" and "We Can Eat Sand" end with such.
- A Day in the Limelight: Many of the minor characters get focus episodes, such as Janice and G in Youve Been Funky Warlocked, Leslie in Million Mo Wishes, and the Gum King in "Strangely Perfect" and "Gross but Noble".
- Deliberately Monochrome: When The Magic Goes Away in "Happy Green Weirdo Day!", the world gets progressively grayer and grayer.
- Didn't Think This Through: A very common reason for why Dez's wishes go wrong.
- Dez's wishes often have much larger consequences than the characters expect. Dez wishes he wasn't a leprechaun? All the world's magic vanishes. Akiko wishes the comic book store was empty? Everyone in town disappears.
- The ultimate example though is Puffin wishing away all vegetables in "Warmer Pants for the King". Everyone else thought it was a stupid wish, and Puffin realizes that too when he learns no vegetables also means no more vegetable-based foods like potato chips.
- Distressed Dude: Neptune becomes one in Why Dont We All Have Capes? when the Kraken captures him. He quickly lampshades this.Neptune: Dude, this, like, totally sucks! I can feel my masculinity slipping away!
- Emerging from the Shadows: Tsuni and Fireball Cat both do this in "Hot Spicy Breath", freaking Dez out in both instances.Dez: Why is everybody so obsessed with lurking in the shadows today?
- The End of the World as We Know It: A few of Dez's wishes have almost caused this.
- In "Cartwheel! Cartwheel! Cartwheel!", the King of the Underworld threatens to unleash literal Hell on Earth due to the upset between life and death, while in "Clown Shoes Never Solved Anything", the universe is put in danger of colliding with a parallel universe.
- "Knit Harder" had the literal fabric of reality unravel, although it was't one of Dez's wishes (but still his fault for messing with Fireball Cat's magic scarf).
- Subverted in "We Can Eat Sand!" as it turns out everyone was just wished away onto a party boat.
- Enemies List: Akiko has one. The Gum King, Genghis Khan, Dracula, and birthday clowns are mentioned as some of the names on it.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: Dez produces rainbows whenever he grants a wish, due to the association between rainbows and leprechauns. They also appear quite prominently in a number of episodes and the intro sequence, and the series' title is even in the colours of the rainbow.
- Evil Debt Collector: Especially when he's a freakin' hydra!
- Evil Twin Subverted for laughs in "Clown Shoes Never Solved Anything". Dez and his friends initially assume their Alternate Universe selves to be such, but their doppelgangers point out that it's pretty evil of them to make such an assumption so hastily.Dez: Youre right. Id say we look just as evil, if not more evil, than these evil doppelgangers.
- Exact Words: A number of wishes have gone wrong because of this.
- In "Baby...Seal...Thingy", Akiko wishes for a baby selkie to be "big enough to take care of itself", which makes the selkie adult-sized... but still mentally a baby.
- Likewise, in "In Your Face, Wishpower", Tsuni wishes from Dez to go see a movie premiere with someone... Which ends up being Neptune, to Dez's jealousy.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Everyone on the show is a different kind of weird, fantastical, or magical being. Leprechauns, ghosts, talking animals, mermaids, demons, wizards and witches, gods and goddesses, gargoyles, centaurs, yetis, goblins, minotaurs, pixies, robots, Santa Claus, griffons, Bigfoot, unicorns, Snowlems, gingerbread men, lemon-people, bubblegum monsters, you name it...
- Fictional Holiday: Leprechaun Day, which is basically St. Patrick's Day as Crappy Holidays.
- Fingore: Dez gets his wishing finger cut off by Finnuala in "Does This Please the Jigmaster?" as punishment for his refusal to conform to leprechaun stereotypes. After spurting rainbows everywhere for a few seconds, it grows back instantly.
- Fish People: Some Valley Girl ones often appear.
- Floorboard Failure:
- A Running Gag in "Agita Una Gamba!" as Dez and Puffin repeatedly fall through the potato chip factory's floorboards and into the basement.
- G falls through several floors after being teleported into Dez's apartment by a wish in "You've Been Funky Warlocked".
- Four-Leaf Clover: Dez has one in his room that is nourished by wishing magic. It ends up becoming the last piece of magic in the world when The Magic Goes Away.
- Funny Animal: Some appear here and there, largely as background characters, like Fitness Frog, an unnamed sphynx cat, and most of the background children. Fireball Cat, on the other hand, is one of the major characters.
- The Game Come to Life: Puffin wished for his favorite video game character Major Abs to come to life in "What's Up, P. Buddy?". He then gets mind controlled by Abs as part of his brainwashed army to capture Dez.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Puffin gives this to Dez in "Clown Shoes Never Solved Anything".Puffin: Dez. Dez. Look at me, bro. I want you to look at me. (slaps him several times) WE'RE SAVING THE WORLD HERE! KEEP IT TOGETHER, MAN!
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
Smelty: Nice tail!
- Almost literally. While it's likely attributable to Values Dissonance about what can be uttered on Canadian kids' TV, but "crap" and "suck" are used on a number of occasions, and even "hell" whenever the King of the Underworld is involved.
- Dez getting his finger cut off in "Does This Please the Jigmaster?" The shows' creators have said they had to plead real hard with the executives to let them get away with it.
- This piece of dialogue from "It's Cake Time, Bro?" when Dez (who has become a merman) meets Smelty, a fish with human legs.
Dez: And nice legs! Wait, can I say that?
- Ghost City: Dez, Puffin, and Akiko find the city completely deserted in "Hot Spicy Breath" after everyone is turned into Gingerdeads and in "We Can Eat Sand!" as a result of a wish going awry.
- Ghost in the Machine: Various versions of Dez exist in his Mental World when the characters visit it in "Litterfools Ain't Cool". Among them are Tattletale Dez, French Dez, and Litterbug Dez.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Dez and his friends quickly collapse into madness in "We Can Eat Sand!" after Puffin finally learns that everyone has vanished. By the time everyone else returns, the trio are reduced to fighting each other over the choicest piles of sand to eat.
- Gone Horribly Right: A few of Dez's granted wishes.
- One memorable incident is in "And They Ate the Goldfish", where Akiko wishes to be the most terrifying ghost possible to impress her parents.
- Another case is when Akiko wished for the Gum King to be respected, which gave him the dignity to go from overworked, underappreciated Punch-Clock Villain to a full-on genuine evildoer.
- Graceful Loser: The moral of "Needs Ketchup" is Dez and Puffin learning to be such when Akiko keeps beating them at their games and acting competitively.
- Gratuitous Italian: Aurelio of "Agita Una Gamba!" often drops Italian phrases (as well as some French and Spanish here and there). Dez tries to copy him, leading to the episode's Title Drop at the end (which means "Shake a leg!").
- Grievous Harm with a Body: In "Gross But Noble", a bunch of sugar-crazed kids beat up Dez by hitting him with Puffin.
- Griping About Gremlins: A gremlin rock band appears in "What's Up, P. Buddy?" as the source of the music being played by a stereo.
- Heist Episode: "We're a Ragtag Team" has the trio pulling of a reverse heist after Puffin wishes for them to perform the perfect heist and they find they've stolen the gold of Dez's parents.
- Humanity Ensues: Akiko wishes to become alive again in the first episode, "Cartwheel! Cartwheel! Cartwheel!", which upsets the balance of the Underworld and leads to the King of the Underworld on Dez and Puffin's heels.
- I Ate WHAT?!: In "It's Cake Time, Bro", Puffin accidentally eats some of the fish attending Neptune's party. According to him, they were literally sleeping on the buffet table with all the food.
- I Meant to Do That: Akiko and Dez tell this to Puffin at the end of "We Can Eat Sand!" when Puffin mistakenly believes they deliberately wished everyone in the city away to teach him a lesson about how he acts like a bigger primadonna than usual on his birthday.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: "In Your Face, Wishpower!" ends with Dez having to put his feelings for Tsuni aside to make her wish of being able to see a movie premiere come true, even if it means that Tsuni will be going on a date with Neptune. However, he's not exactly happy abut the whole thing.
- I Owe You My Life: After Dez rescues Puffin from choking on gum in "Gross But Noble", Puffin tries to repay Dez with little success. He ends up owing his life to Dez again in the end.
- Impossible Pickle Jar: In "I Wear This Hat Ironically", Akiko and Puffin become fed up with always needing Dez's help to open jars and wish to be able to do it themselves, which quickly gets to their heads.
- Imprinting: A baby selkie imprints of Akiko in "Baby...Seal...Thingy". She refuses to care for it, and leaves an enthusiastic Puffin to do the work instead.
- Invited as Dinner: In "Chill, Moms", Puffin wishes to be a special guest at a special dinner. He ends up at one being held by the King of the Underworld for his siblings, with the King serving Puffin as the main course.
- Jet Pack: Dez's very first wish was giving one to his babysitter Muriel. She can't take it off or turn it off.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: In "Litterfools Ain't Cool", the trio go into Dez's mind when he starts granting wishes in his sleep in order to find out why.
- Juggling Dangerously: Akiko gives the baby selkie in "Baby...Seal...Thingy" knives and torches to juggle, to Puffin's horror. Ends up becoming a really handy skill against the Turtle Monster.
- Kraken and Leviathan: The Kraken appears a handful of times, notably in "Why Don't We All Have Capes?", where it comes to the surface to rampage after being disturbed by Tsuni's horrible singing.
- Lame Pun Reaction:
Dez (to himself): I am not afraid of baked goods.
- Occurs in "Hot Spicy Breath" when Dez and Akiko discuss the Gingerdeads.
Akiko: More like "baked bads".
Dez: Y'know, I really should have come clean and apologized right from the start. Things just snowballed if you know.
- Also appears in "Warmer Pants for the King" when Dez, Puffin, and Akiko find themselves hurtling through the air on a giant snowball hurled by angry snowmen.
(Puffin and Akiko both groan loudly)
- LEGO Body Parts: In "It's Cake Time, Bro", Dez finds out that his merman tail actually belongs to a fish named Smelty while she got Dez's legs.
- Leprechaun: Aside from the non-traditional Dez, there's also his parents Clooney and Emer (who, aside from having Irish accents and hiding a lot, aren't very stereotypical), Uncle Phil (who is described by the creators as a modern urbanized version of the traditionally reclusive and unfriendly kind of leprechaun), Finnuala (looks and acts the part but is the same height as a normal teen), and Finnuala's dad Malachy (who is looks and acts the most stereotypical).
- Lifelines: Dez is given one in "Needs Ketchup" to get the answer to the second story. He calls Akiko, but she wastes it on making a bad joke.
- Living Clothes: Any clothes knit in Fireball Cat's knitting circle come to life. Including the horrible failure Dez created."Release me from my misery (vomits string all over Dez)
- Living Shadow: The childhood monster under Dez's bed. Because it was actually just a projection created by him putting his baby shoes in front of his night light.
- A Load of Bull: The ice cream man is a Minotaur named Smitty.
- Logo Joke: In the credits, the Nelvana polar bear breathes out Dezs rainbow along with its usual star.
- Lord of the Ocean: Neptune, God of the Sea, is a recurring character, and a Surfer Dude voiced by Christian Potenza.
- The Magic Goes Away: Dez accidentally causes this in "Happy Green Weirdo Day!" when he accidentally wishes from his parents that he was never a leprechaun, rendering everyone in the city powerless (Tsuni can't breathe air, Fireball Cat is just a normal cat, Dez can't grant wishes, etc.).
- Magically Binding Contract: Hairy Smilez binds Dez and his friends to one in "We Are Cheetah Face!" that makes the trio his roadies.
- Man-Eating Plant: Tsuni has one in her comic book shop, although it can be placated with sunflower seeds.
- Mistaken for Gay: When Dez admits to Neptune and Tsuni that he tried to stop their movie date from happening in "In Your Face, Wishpower!", Neptune and Tsuni interpret it the wrong way.Neptune: I should have seen this coming. Youre obsessed with me, bro. I get it.
Dez: No! What I mean is-
Tsuni: Dez, did you sabotage my chance to go the premiere, because you wanted to go with Neptune?
- Multiarmed And Dangerous: Annapurna, the Hindu goddess of food, is among the recurring minor characters. She runs the local buffet and a food truck. Also of note is the Turtle Monster, whom every mayor has to have dinner with on their first day.
- Mundane Wish: Occurs on occasion. Of course, since these wishes are being granted by Dez, there's always a crazy catch associated with them.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Dez takes great pride in how untypical he is for a leprechaun, particularly how he freely grants wishes to anyone instead of just hiding to avoid having to give out any. Similarly, Akiko gets annoyed with the idea that just because she's a ghost she has to haunt places.
- Naked People Are Funny: Dez streaks across the park in "Clip, Clop, We Won't Stop". Akiko promptly joins him (thankfully, she's invisible under her clothes), as does Puffin when he realizes he's always naked.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A consequence of several of Dez's granted wishes.
- A good example is in "Why Don't We All Have Capes?", where Dez forcing Tsuni to show off her singing ends up awakening a very angry Kraken. Dez spends the rest of the episode trying to atone for his mistake by helping Tsuni defeat the Kraken, but only makes things worse.
- In "You've Been Funky Warlocked", Puffin's wish for G the Gargoyle to join them in playing Funky Warlock (a Dance Dance Revolution-like game) results in the King of the Underworld getting the deed to Dez's apartment, gremlins raiding the building, the Kraken rising from the ocean, a dragon going on a rampage, and a comet hurtling to the city all as a result of G not being there to watch over the city.
- Another case was not a result of Dez's wishes but still Dez's fault, which would be when he decided to "liberate" everyone's various monster pets with destructive results in "Ciao, Bright Eyes".
- Noodle Implements: In "We're a Ragtag Team", Dez, Puffin, and Akiko find themselves with a zip line, construction helmets, a fake toucan beak, fake mustaches, a spritzer of pixie sweat, a kaleidoscope, bus tickets, a dry cleaning receipt, ghost dynamite, walkie-talkies, and a dryer sheet, all from their heist. They spend the rest of the episode figuring out how said items were used to in order to pull off their reverse heist.
- Noodle Incident: Some of Dez's granted wishes mentioned in passing, like Puffin wishing that his snot was peanut butter in "What's Up, P. Buddy?" (later elevated to Brick Joke status) and another wish by Puffin for more cheese on his calzone that caused a cheese tsunami in "We're a Ragtag Team".
- Odd Friendship: A teenage leprechaun who strives to be as non-stereotypical as possible, an egotistical talking puffin granted sapience by a wish, and the 1000-year-old ghost of a teenage Japanese girl. It really doesn't get much odder than that.
- Oh, Crap!: Dez and Akiko have this moment in "Chill, Moms" when they find that the reason Puffin hasn't called them is because he left his phone at the apartment, meaning he could seriously be in danger.
- One-Person Birthday Party: Leslie throws one in "Million Mo' Wishes". Dez feels bad for him, but Puffin and Akiko show no sympathy due to Leslie's obnoxiousness.
- Our Angels Are Different: One named Aurelio, who works as a ghost hunter, appears in "Agita Una Gamba!".
- Our Centaurs Are Different: Howie, who is the local mailman.
- Our Demons Are Different: Plenty of them inhabit the Underworld, notably the King of the Underworld himself, as well as his numerous siblings.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Dusty the witch owns one as a pet, although said dragon is capable of speech. She also resembles a hybrid of a western dragon and a Chinese dragon.
- Our Gargoyles Rock: G, the security guard of Dez's apartment. He can't move from his pedestal, so he's more of a living statue when compared to other depictions of gargoyles.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Akiko is a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl, although some more typical western-style ghosts appear as background characters. Notably, gum is the one thing that sticks to ghosts in the show's universe.
- Our Gryphons Are Different: There's a pair of hipster griffons who appear every now and then.
- Our Manticores Are Spinier: Lemonhead has a pet manticore named Manticory that behaves like an oversized dog.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Asides from Tsuni, there's also Dez's former babysitter Muriel, Uncle Phil's ex-girlfriend Margaret, and superstar Chad Cuttlefish. None of them can walk on land; they all get around using skateboards (or a jetpack in Muriel's case). They're also all ruled by Neptune.
- Overnight Age-Up: "Goodbye, Short Pants" sees Akiko wish for Dez to be old enough to drive so they can go to a concert. It works initially, but then Dez begins to age rapidly, and they miss the concert as a result.
- Pet Monstrosity: Akiko's pets in the Underworld are a cockatrice and Ammit the Devourer. Additionally, Lemonhead has a manticore, Dusty owns a dragon, and Leslie has a giant demon dog.
- Potty Emergency: Dez goes through this in "It's Cake Time, Bro", not helped by the fact that he turned his lower body into that of a mermaid for the episode to attend Neptune's party.
- Power Nullifier: Finnuala uses a wish-stealing jack-in-a-box to confiscate Dez's wishing rainbow in "Strangely Perfect".
- The Power of Rock: Being the God of Rock, Hairy Smilez possess rock n' roll powers, like shooting lightning from his electric guitar. Dez and his friends also gain this at the end as a resulting of practicing their skills, using it to overpower Hairy Smilez and turn him into dust again.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Neptune, being Neptune, owns one with magic powers. Tsuni also keeps a trident in her backpack, which she uses to fight the Kraken whenever her singing awakens it.
- Quarter Hour Short: Every episode airs as a single 10-minute short with its own intro and credits.
- Rain of Something Unusual: In "Normal Sad", Puffin's wish for a miserable rainstorm to end immediately so he can see the rainbow creates a rain of rainbows that cause people hit by them to become excessively happy.
- Recurring Extra: The show has quite a large cast of recurring minor characters, including Howie the Centaur, Lemonhead, Annapurna, Saskie, Janice the Goddess of Thresholds, Donut-Bot, Smitty the Minotaur, Percy the Cyclops, and Fitness Frog. Most of them get at least one major speaking appearance.
- Ret-Gone: In "Knit Harder", Dez accidentally erases Tsuni from existence when he damages Fireball Cat's knitting scarf, not knowing Fireball was knitting the literal fabric of reality.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Dusty casts several such spells in "Chopped Salad", doing things like turning her hat into a bat, giving Dez lice disguised as a bowl of rice, and scaring him by making his pants vanish in public.
- Right Behind Me: Happens in "Chill, Moms" as Puffin gloats about how he fooled the King of the Underworld into thinking he would be cooking himself when actually trying to escape. The King of the Underworld is furious to learn he's still raw.
- Robot Buddy: Donut-Bot, who was created from a toaster with a wish that Dez granted specifically to create a cool robot that would make donuts for him and his friends.
- Santa Claus: The man himself appears in "Christmas Times the Max", voiced by Paul Soles. Dez deeply admires him as the greatest of all wish-granters and is utterly ecstatic at getting to do Christmas in July for St. Nick.
- Scout-Out: Finnuala's Little Clovers from "Team Shazamrock".
- Sealed Evil in a Can: In "Chopstick Jab", Dez and his friends accidentally release a "leprechaun greed" spirit that Dez's dad imprisoned under their couch.
- Selkies and Wereseals: A man-sized baby selkie is the city's mayor (long story, but it was another of Dez's wishes gone wrong).
- Sense Freak: Akiko becomes one after wishing to become alive, taking pleasure in everything from wriggling her toes in grass to licking a cactus.
- Ship Tease: Dez and Tsuni. Although Tsuni doesn't seem to be aware of Dez's crush on her and only sees him as a friend, she does care a lot about him and was even willing to give him a kiss on the cheek when Dez asked her for one as part of a series of tasks he had to perform.
- Shockingly Expensive Bill: Puffin tends to get these due to his greed. Mostly from Fireball Cat's noodle shop, although one instance with online shopping was so bad he insisted on becoming a ghost to escape paying it (except the debt collector has a post in the Underworld as well).Dez: I can't tell if this is your bill or your phone number!
- Shout-Out: Several.
Dez: Hey guys, how long have we been binge-watching for?
- A statue of the King of the Underworld mimicking the Statue of Liberty a la Planet of the Apes can be seen very briefly in "Spicy is Paradisey".
- After Akiko accidentally wishes away everybody in the city in "We Can Eat Sand!", Puffin (who believes everyone's just holding a surprise party for him) remarks "I am a legend!"
- The Zombie Apocalypse episode "Hot Spicy Breath" has this line from Akiko.
Akiko: Well, it is...(checks watch) 28 Days Later since we started watching
- Snowlems: They appear in "Warmer Pants for the King" when Puffin accidentally wishes away all vegetables, leaving the nutrition-deprived populace attacking them for the only veggies left - their carrot noses.
- Stage Whisper: Parodied in "Does This Please the Jigmaster?". When Puffin and Akiko manage to fool Malachy with their leprechaun disguises, Akiko loudly whispers He totally brought that were traditional leprechauns, which ends up tipping them off as Malachy easily hears them.
- Start My Own: "Team Shazamrock" is about Dez hosting his own leprechaun scout troop to teach young leprechauns every un-leprechaun thing that Finnuala discourages with her troop.
- Stereotype Reaction Gag: A lot of humour around Dusty the witch is based on this.Dez: And can you release the people trapped inside [the jar]?
Dusty: What? Because Im a witch, I can just cast a spell? Why dont I just make a potion in my cauldron?
Akiko: Yeah, get with the century, Dez.
Dez: No, I didnt mean-(cut to Dusty stirring a cauldron) Wait, isnt that a cauldron?
Dusty: Whatever, yeah, Ill do it.
- Sticky Situation: Akiko tends to get into these when it comes to gum, since it's the only thing that ghosts can't phase through in the show's universe.
- Stop Being Stereotypical: Dez hates the leprechaun stereotype and often complains when people expect him to act that way. Not helping is that there's other leprechauns who go about enforcing this on Dez, which is strange because the rest of Dez's family aren't exactly 100% stereotypical leprechauns either.
- Subbing for Santa: Dez and his friends get to do this in "Christmas Times the Max" as Santa doesn't want to do Christmas in July. However, they don't do a very good job at it.
- Sumo Wrestling: The first story in "Needs Ketchup" is of Akiko and Puffin as Sumo wrestlers.
- Surfer Dude: King Neptune is one.
- Swallow the Key: Puffin does this after locking Tsuni within her comic book shop in "In Your Face, Wishpower" to prevent her from going on a date with Neptune.
- Swarm of Rats: Hordes of rats are a commonplace in the Underworld.
- Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: One item on Dez's childhood bucket list was to deal with the one under his bed. The problem is it never actually existed, but to fulfill the list Puffin wishes for it to be real. Bad idea.Puffin: Oh nanny! I thought it was just going to be a dumb little-kid monster!
Akiko: You were able to sleep with that under your bed?!
- ¡Three Amigos!: Dez, Akiko, and Puffin.
- The Three Trials:
- In "Guess What, Picasso?", Smitty, the Minotaur ice cream man, puts Dez and his friends through this in his magic labyrinth after getting into an argument with Puffin over combining ice cream toppings. Each of the tasks have something to do with making decisions and choices, which Puffin proves remarkably stubborn with due to the pride he places in being able to think for himself.
- A variation appears in "Needs Ketchup". Fireball Cat gives Dez and Puffin three different stories about Akiko's competitive spirit in order to help them accept Akiko beating them at their games, but the second and third instances are just Fireball giving them extra chances instead.
- Title Drop: Every episode is named after a line dropped by one of the characters in the episode.
- Touch the Intangible: Ghost hunters can touch ghosts like Akiko who are usually intangible, as was the case with one ghost hunter named Aurelio. However, once he changes jobs via a wish, he becomes unable to touch Akiko.
- Tropaholics Anonymous: Dez learns of a Victims of Dez support group made of people whose lives were ruined by Dez's wishes going wrong in "Aw, Man!"
- True Companions: Dez, Puffin, and Akiko. Although they frequently bug each other or selfishly exploit each other's abilities, many episodes have shown that they really do value their friendship above all else, always willing to support each other and never giving up on each other.
- Trust-Building Blunder: In "We Are Cheetah Face!", Dez, Akiko, and Puffin do the classic "fall-over-and-let-the-person-behind-catch-you" exercise. But since Akiko is a ghost, Dez ends up falling through her instead.
- Two-Faced: Janice, the goddess of thresholds and doorman of Dez's apartment. Basically a female version of the Roman deity Janus.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Dez and Puffin are the two guys and Akiko is the girl.
- The Underworld: It's a blasted wasteland full of fire and suffering, and populated by demons, undead, and worse creatures. Dez and his friends have been there a few times.
- Unexplained Recovery: In his first appearance in "Goodbye, Short Pants", Hairy Smilez, the Lead Dude of Rock, turns to dust when Puffin and Akiko steal his youth elixir to cure an aging Dez, but he returns in "We Are Cheetah Face!" completely fine. Dez and his friends lampshade this.Hairy Smilez: Yea, well, I'm a rock god, and rock gods are eternal, right? So a little thing like turnin' to dust won't stop me.
- Unicorn: Gladys, who wished for another horn from Dez. The wish backfired when she started growing more horns all over her body.
- Uplifted Animal: Puffin was a normal seabird until a wish from Dez made him sapient. Another episode had a dopey goblin named Gary who had wished from Dez for his goldfish to be "more smarterer", making the fish an intellectual with no interest in spending time with its owner.
- Wasteful Wishing: Many wishes that Dez grants, although since he can grant infinite wishes, this really has no lasting consequences.
- Special shout-out goes to the ants in "Strangely Perfect", who simply wish to march in straighter lines.
- The worst example though is in "Happy Green Weirdo Day!" when Puffin uses the last wish in the world to wish for the world's largest potato chip. He is then disappointed by it's size, as it's only about half as tall as he is.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The only thing that can entrap a ghost like Akiko is ordinary gum, which is part of the reason her Sitcom Arch-Nemesis is Gum King.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: The young leprechauns of "Team Shazamrock" declare this to be motto of Dez's eponymous Scout-Out when it comes to granting wishes.Dez: It is? That doesnt sound like a very smart motto.
- Widget Series: Let's see: Weird cast of characters, setting where anything can happen, surreal plotlines, non-sequitur titles, the show's name itself. Yup. Very much so.
- Wishing for More Wishes: It's a serious crime among leprechauns. When Leslie wishes for a million more wishes from Dez in "Million Mo' Wishes", Finnuala comes after the two of them.
- A Wizard Did It: Parodied in "Strangely Perfect" when Akiko asks Finnuala how her wish-stealing jack-in-the-box works. Finnuala replies with, Science., which prompts Dez and his friends to shrug and just go with it.
- Womb Level: Dez's descendant, Wise Dez, goes into Puffin's stomach in "Spicy Is Paradisey" to find out why Puffin is eating so much. 5000 years worth of undigested food, as well as Howie and Saskie, are all inside.
- Word Salad Title: The series' name is meant to be a play on "brain fart", just applied to wishes instead. Additionally, the episodes themselves are lines from the episode taken out of context. Both add to the generally surreal nature of the series.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Parodied with the Gingerdeads in "Hot Spicy Breath", who are zombie gingerbread men.