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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Busto 2.0. Is he truly evil, or does he just want to be left alone? Or was he good until Nick and Griffin's interference corupted him? Or was it really The Blob that corrupted him?
  • Ascended Fanon: This fan animation showing the ultimate fate of Busto 1.0 was declared canon by Nick and added to the official playlist for the series on Polygon's Youtube channel. When watching the series in order, it plays right after the related episode.
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  • Awesome Art: The second title card (Drawn by Louie Zong), which is full of Call Backs to earlier jokes, like the Sky Galleon, Planet Class Locomotive, and crucified plane, as well as what appears to be a stand off between Busto and Busto 2.0. All while Nick poses dramatically in the middle.
  • Death of the Author: In light of Nick's infamous firing from Polygon following sexual misconduct allegations, a lot of the fans of the series see it as a case of appreciating the art while distancing themselves from the creator.
  • Epileptic Trees: This theory video, acknowledged by Griffin on Twitter, suggests that Busto 1.0 is Nick and Busto 2.0 is Griffin, transformed into "gods of good and evil" after spending eternity in the Time Ring, who were reunited after the events of "Some Sort of Digital Heaven". The Blob, meanwhile, is Ball, with the top comment suggesting that the black-and-white Ball was divided into the black Blob and the white Ovo.
    • A number of fans have suggested that CoolGames Inc. is part of the Car Boys canon, being Nick and Griffin's way of passing time in the Time Ring.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: After the finale, some fans tried to create a McElroy expanded universe in which all of Griffin's series exist at different points in the same timeline. Unfortunately, the Multiple Endings of Car Boys was vital to this theory, and now that Griffin's collaborations with Nick are treated as his Old Shame, speculation has died down.
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  • Friendly Fandoms: With Monster Factory and Touch the Skyrim, as all three series are co-created by Griffin and share a chaotic, improvised style of humor.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The series focuses in large part about the strong friendship between Nick and Griffin. Several months after its conclusion, Nick was fired from Polygon once multiple revelations of sexual harassment were investigated by Polygon and later confirmed by Nick himself. The scandal resulted in Griffin publicly ending his friendship with Nick shortly after. These factors make their connection become more tragic knowing what came later.
  • Heartwarming Moments: If you subscribe to the theory that the Bustos are actually Nick and Griffin after an eternity in the Time Ring, the "Some Sort of Digital Heaven" animation goes from Nightmare Fuel to a reunion between two friends and the true narrative closure of the series.
  • Memetic Mutation: After the finale, a common send-off to the show was "See you, Space Car Boys."
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  • Most Wonderful Sound: Any time Clair de Lune starts up, being the theme song for the show and its amazing moments.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Some of the moments of God-Trash can be very unnerving.
    • Some moments in the "Contain Busto" episode stand out, particularly when Busto is impaled on the propeller of the plane as it bursts into flames.
      • Busto 2.0 in general can be pretty terrifying, right from the first time he turns into God Trash and rips apart a nearby truck and sends it flying into the air.
      • Special mention goes to when Busto 2.0 and his copy in "A Tale Of Two Bustos" turn into God Trash so large that it consumes the whole world.
    • The Planet Class Locomotive from episode 21. An old steam engine that billows smoke and steam and makes eerie, disturbing bleeping sounds, which can also accelerate indefinitely, reaching speeds of over 500 miles per hournote . It gets even more disturbing once it turns into God Trash after Nick and Griffin start messing with its wheels, firing out a black and yellow column from its wheels that is at least over six kilometres in length, and then bending its funnel at a 90 degree angle which starts flexing and warping rapidly, and sprouting black and yellow Alien Geometries all over.
    • The Blob takes a while to successfully god-trash, but when it happens, the result is horrifying. Seemingly endless pitch-black Alien Geometries all centered around an airplane so warped that some viewers initially mistook it for the heart of an Eldritch Abomination, anyone?
    • Hey, remember this fan animation? (spoilers for Episode 27) It's canon.
  • Signature Scene: The first time Busto 2.0 turned into God Trash, which signaled the series's shift into Lovecraft Lite.
    • Of the post-Busto 2.0 era, the plane's crucifixion. It immediately became the centerpiece of the second title card, and has been described by Nick as "no-bullshit the most haunting imagery we've stumbled upon yet."
  • Tear Jerker: Surprisingly, yes. The release of Busto in episode 27 is highly emotional. Even more so now that we know what happened to him.
    • The Series Finale, "Nick and Griffin Reach The End" ends with Nick and Griffin desperately calling out to each other as they descend into the inner circle of a Time Ring, pursued by The Blob. After a credits sequence set to Youth by Oohyo, it's revealed that while the two have successfully contained The Blob in the Time Ring, they are also trapped along with it, turned into the Beam NG and left with only Candle in the Wind by Elton John to listen to for the rest of eternity.

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