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  • Accidental Aesop:
    • "Paint the Town", it ends with Chowder running away from the problem he caused.
    • The finale arguably contains one. Panini marrying Chowder implies that all the stalking and harrassment she did throughout the series was okay and paid off in the end.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The Veggie Guru's song from "The Garden".
    • The song the beans sing from "The Sing Beans".
    • "Grubble Gum Katamari" from "Grubble Gum".
  • Base-Breaking Character: Panini. Some find her Yandere attitude to be ridiculously funny, while others are hugely turned off by the Double Standard she invokes.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In "The Flying Flinger Lingons", Truffles and Mung get knocked down by sacks of money by the titular acrobats. Schnitzels laughs at this, until a bird flies from nowhere and drops a pie on him.
  • Broken Base: The second and third seasons are very polarizing among viewers. See Seasonal Rot.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Chowder's "I just wanted to be a chef so bad that I got carried away and tried to kill everyone in the process." (Beat). "Again."
    • Fifty years ago, Mung got a Queen Meach away from her Soldier Meach guards and made her into a pie. In response, the Soldiers got into his workplace and beat him up. And again the next day. And again, in the bathroom. This went on for twenty-five years. It wasn't even the pie that annoyed them-they didn't bother him until after he ate it (they lampshade this with a bit of unrestrained relief when the guy who commissioned the pie they make in the current episode eats it).
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    • When describing why having a sense of taste is good, Chowder childishly describes it as giving one the opportunity to smack their lips. Then he adds that eating too much will result in vomiting. And then he adds if you're really hungry, it allows you to eat up the vomited food. The villain in the episode is clearly disgusted and cuts him off as he says this.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Shnitzel - Just about every Chowder commercial is about him.
    • Chestnut. Deekaloo, deekalee...
    • Gazpacho, so much so he got parody commercials during the shows prime years.
  • Fandom VIP: Years after the finale, Lil Nas X paid tribute to the show by naming his first post-fame single "Panini." He even themed the remix video after it.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and Total Drama as these 3 shows are often considered to be the highlights of the infamous CN Real era.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A purple animal character with a humongous appetite with a blue, white-haired character who tries to keep him in line. Is it possible that Akira Toriyama might have seen this show in the 2000's and became the basis for Beerus and Whis?
  • Ho Yay: Surprisingly, quite a bit between Mung and Shnitzel.
    Mung: Diet?! I'm quite proud of my girlish figure, thank you! I caught you staring, Shnitzel.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "I'M NOT YOUR BOYFRIEND!", It even has its Stupid Statement Dance Mix right here.
    • "Radda radda radda".
    • The show's lack of fourth wall has produced many examples with the most famous being "the carwash scene".
    • "At last, the roof goes on and nothing can go wrong...OH NO, IT ALL WENT WRONG!" People have used it to represent everything from tragic plot twists to fandom porn to the 2016 American election.
    • The show's theme song, particularly the opening verse, "YOU TAKE THE MOON AND YOU TAKE THE SUN", has been seen making the rounds, mostly with Sensory Abuse remixes of it.
    • Edits of Mung's grotesque ranting design are popular shitposting material.
  • Periphery Demographic: It's among many favored CN shows from the 2000s era that is praised by adult audiences too for its clever humor, originality, and memorable characters.
  • Seasonal Rot: Most of the fandom believes that the first season was the best, with the following two seeing a decline in quality. (Mainly Season 3. Whether Season 2 was enjoyable or not is a big debate on the internet.)
    • The final season of Chowder is often criticized by fans thanks to Flanderization of a number of characters (such as Chowder's lack of an indoor voice and smarts, Panini's stalkerness reaching disturbing levels, etc.), the storylines being more boring and mean-spirited, the animation becoming more wacky and bouncy, the Fourth Wall gags becoming overused, and in general just not being nearly as clever or charming as the earlier episodes. The series-finale is generally well-received, but still broke the base to some.
  • Signature Scene: Even those who haven't watched the show are likely to know of the memetic lollipop scene from "Shnitzel Makes A Deposit", due it being an Overly Long Gag that remains absolutely hilarious throughout.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Many a Shout-Out and Homage features one, including the memorable reference to Katamari Damacy.
    • The episode "Big Ball" featured a Jimmy Hart version of the FOX Sports theme.
    • In "Chowder Grows Up", Chowder's song is MIGHTY familiar to those that remember the old Toy's R Us jingle.
    • The Exchanges Song ("This for that/And Those for these/And These for Those...") is one for the Modern Major General Song.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: True enough to its 70s homages, Chowder is pretty much what you get when you mix popular drugs from that era with a cooking show from The Food Network (in its pre-Food Porn era).
  • Toy Ship: With the amount of in-series Ship Tease between Chowder and Panini (before they end up married as adults in the series finale), it's obvious that fans ship them together.
  • Uncanny Valley: It's not hard to see why Mung and Gumbo were so horrified by the dancing Minotaur baby that appeared in "The Deadly Maze".
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Ceviché's a boy, despite his girly pink hair and leotard. Most people don't become aware of this until Chowder states his gender more than halfway in the series.
  • Vindicated by History: This show premiered around the time Cartoon Network was working on a recipe to phase-in more live-action shows and movies onto the channel while what few cartoons they had left were largely brushed off as awful at worst and mediocre at best.note  Only now do people see it as a pretty good show that didn't get the recognition or the respect that it deserved.
  • What an Idiot!: In "Field Tournament Style Up and Down on the Ground Manja Flanja Blanja Banja Ishka Bibble Babble Flabble Doma Roma Floma Boma Jingle Jangle Every Angle Bricka Bracka Flacka Stacka Two Ton Rerun Free For All Big Ball", when playing the eponymous sport, neither side is to score a goal or a Bowser-esque monster will throw away the stadium. Truffles is unaware of that fact and gets bored, begging someone to score, much to the chagrin of Mung Dahl.
You'd Expect:
Mung would explain that part to Truffles.
He leaves that part out, making his explanations sound more like a case of Honor Before Reason.
Mung: Winning isn't the point! Only the rules and regulations matter! It's a gentleman's sport! That's how it is, and that's how it always will be, and there's nothing YOU can do about it, so there!
Truffles takes over as Captain of Goulash United, ending with them scoring a goal, and the monster tosses the stadium. Mung blames Truffles for this, when he could have prevented it by explaining that instead of his other explanation.
Mung: Now you've destroyed the sport!
Truffles: I thought you were talking figuratively!


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