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YMMV / Bratz

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The dolls themselves:

  • Fair for Its Day: Back when the franchise was still huge, it was actually somewhat praised for its large cast of diverse (at least on the surface) characters.
  • Older Than the Demographic: Controversially so. The toys feature arguably sexualized teens but are aimed at preteens. It's been criticized for being age-inappropriate. As a result, the characters were eventually retooled to dress more conservatively and put more emphasis on the Be Yourself aesop rather than the fashion and partying.
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  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Outside of the target demographic, the dolls are best known for the controversy they caused about being "ultra-sexualized".
  • Uncanny Valley: Many comments and jokes have been made about how creepy and inhuman the Bratz look.

The cartoon contains examples of:

  • Crosses the Line Twice: A clearly distraught radio caller tells Kirstee that their cat has recently died. What does Kirstee say? "Get a new one." In the most non-caring way possible. How blunt she says it in response to a pet's death is just offputtingly hysterical.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "To Catch A Thief", we have "Oh my, is that Donald Trump?"
  • Love to Hate: The antics of Burdine and the Tweevil Twins are so over-the-top that you can't help but watch the show merely because of them.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In “A Cinderella Story”, Burdine murders “Cinderella’s” father by force-feeding him too many carbs. The music and the amount of food he is fed, as well as his death, can be quite disturbing.
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  • Uncanny Valley: The CGI has not aged well, even for 2005 standards. The character designs are based off of the dolls, and come out looking quite disturbing.

The movie contains examples of:

Bratz in general contains examples of:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Most parodies of these dolls portray the girls as tramps/man-eaters/outright prostitutes.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Most of the things associated with the Rock Angelz movie and doll-line, the CD included some pretty great songs (Nobody's Girl and So Good) and the video game (also mentioned below).
  • Continuity Lock-Out: If you want to watch any of the videos, you better start out with the first two (Rock Angelz and Genie Magic) as those two have callbacks to later events and Genie has a sequel called Desert Jewelz. The only ones you don't need to worry are the 2D ones and the Babyz (Super Babyz and Saves Christmas) and Kidz spinoffs. The former because they're a different continuity and the latter, while still the same canon as the CGI ones, don't really have a strong continuity.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • There is a reason the word Closmin exists. MGA's ability to create lines with only Cloe and Yasmin and if not create clones, nicknamed Closmin clones, who are Cloe and Yasmin in all but name.
    • Supposedly the preference for Yasmin is because the name and appearance of the doll is based on the creator's daughter.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Bratz versus Barbie and Bratzillaz versus Monster High. Now that the latter has a fairy tale spinoff, woe betide those on the MGA side of the war should they make their own...
  • Fanon Discontinuity: For some fans, Bratz are not back.
  • Memetic Mutation: LEGGINS.
  • Moe: Bratz Babyz and Bratz Kidz.
  • Moment of Awesome: And yes, Bratz Are Back
  • So Bad, It's Good: This 2010 song is like listening to a train crash in slow motion with teenybopper lyrics.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: A series of video games based around Bratz were eventually introduced. All of these games used the exact same engine and gameplay, had painfully forced tutorials, poor graphics and terrible controls.
  • Squick: One of the extra clothes one could buy for the Babyz was a small bikini. Another one had fishnet stockings.
  • Uncanny Valley: A large possible factor in why the direct-to-DVD movies and TV show never got very popular: the characters look downright horrifying in CGI.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!:
    • Jade's favorite music is still listed as Gwen Stefani, in 2012. It's been listed as that since as far back as 2005.
    • The 2015 reboot of the dolls had hashtags and selfies as a theme. Even former hardcore fans of the franchise didn't think it was going to last. (And it didn't.)


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