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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Clarence really a Wide-Eyed Idealist dimwit? Or is he just faking being an idiot just to mess with everyone for his own amusement? This can be considered since Clarence is a Karma Houdini who pretty gets away with troublesome fun most of the time. Or does he have an Ambiguous Disorder?
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    • Does Jeff want to be friends with Clarence and Sumo because he simply wants to or is he a troubled child who just wants two kids to torment, mock and constantly prove how "better" he is? He does act nice, but he does have a thing for beating Clarence up, contradicting his imaginative ideas and trying to be the smart, superior guy in an egotistical way.
    • Is Belson really a rich Jerkass who just wants to be left alone or is he like this because of his Disappeared Dad? That and his jealousy with Clarence and how his mom spoils him.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Has its own page.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Has its own page.
  • Bizarro Episode: "Rough Riders Elementary". Aberdale Elementary gets a sponsorship from local fast-food joint Rough Riders. However, later, Rough Riders brainwashes the students into joining their cult with cinnamon ranch dressing. A bunch of action heroes show up, and the school explodes. It was all a crazy story written by Clarence.
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  • Cult Classic: Despite of being nearly underrated like all other cartoon shows, it seems to have decent following. Too bad it was Screwed by the Network.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The supporting/background characters are popular to some degree.
      • Fan artists fell in love with Kimby ever since she first appeared as a background character.
      • Chelsea had gotten this, mainly due to her actions and as well being loyal.
      • Her friends, Courtlin and Malessica are popular too.
      • Amy is also a favorite among fan artists, despite only appearing in one episode.
      • Breehn seems to be getting this treatment as of late as well, due to his meekness and Adorkable nature.'
      • Belson's henchman/friends, Nathan, Percy and Dustin are also popular too.
      • There's also Ashley and Chelsea with their ship tease.
      • Bella from "Mystery Girl" seems to be getting this too.
      • Lauren from "Big Trouble in Little Aberdale" had received this also.
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    • Mary and Ms. Baker as well as Mel and Chad counts as this too.
  • Epileptic Trees: Wirt and Greg's cameo, as well as their own series featuring the Aberdale skyline in "Into the Unknown" has fueled a lot of speculation as to whether they're living there, and if so, calls the mundane nature of the show into question.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • The moral that Jeff learned in Average Jeff is that if you can't have a big ego about being smart, have a big ego about being normal.
    Jeff: My test results have shown that I am perfect: perfectly average. You know what that means? I may not be a quill, but I wish them the best, because they are flawed and I am not."
    • In Jeff Wins, the Mses. Randell are fine with cheating as long as it boosts Jeff's confidence.
    • From Lil' Buddy, if you feel you have been wronged you just need to lash out against society until someone finally listens to you.
  • Fanon: Fans could assume that Clarence was autistic and Sumo had ADHD or Jeff being canonically diagnosed with OCD.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Mostly Sumo And Chelsea, since they slapped an onscreen kiss after arguing.
    • Jeff/Sumo has this also with fans preferring this, ever since Slumber Party And The Breakup can specify this, making it one of the series most popular character shipping, mostly popular than Jeff/Clarence.
    • And then there’s Clarence/Belson, early on since “Zoo”, Clarence was relatively close to Belson most of the time despite of Belson not willing to reciprocate anything from Clarence.
    • Clarence/Sumo, Mostly due to both often hang out with each other on a crazy hijinks, you see some fanart of both of them like that.
    • Jeff/Breehn has this also, due to both being smart and often close to each other from time to time.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Well almost similar to other shows note , almost goes without saying, really. The rivalry between Clarence and Teen Titans Go! only became even more heated when the former was quietly cancelled in 2017, leading to the Clarence fandom to accuse Cartoon Network (especially with Christina Miller being the sole responsible) by their favoritism of TTG! getting Clarence cancelled sooner than it should have.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Subverted, Just much with any episode from the second half of first season or any episode in either season that doesn’t associates with realism, would had a few that pretended that none of it were canon due to series characterization has slightly fallen into Dork Age until after it ended.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Clarence had once paired up with Steven Universe due being aired in the the same timeslots and having similar characters. If you go on Tumblr, you can usually find fan art of the two shows.
    • There's quite a bit of mixing between the Clarence and Ed, Edd n Eddy fandoms due to the similarities in tone and the similar characters. Almost has it with other shows that share the same type.
    • Also other shows that sometimes has fans that will include it.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The Join the Hug Force promo and banner ad are pretty tough to watch and look at once you've heard about the sexual harassment case involving creator & former showrunner Skyler Page which resulted in him being fired. As well as the episode where the scene itself comes in, Slumber Party. (there is also a part before the "hug force" scene where Clarence is playfully hitting Malessica, the girl with glasses, which can also be hard to see due to this). It should be noted that this episode as well as the others listed below, with the exception of Clarence Gets a Girlfriend, first aired after the incident.
    • Clarence Gets a Girlfriend is also kind of hard to watch itself after the aforementioned situation regarding Skyler Page. In the same episode, Jeff's rant about how he should have gotten a girlfriend first because he's a "nice guy", which is done with a very creepy tone, is much, much less funny in wake of Elliot Rodger's murderous rampage under a similar ideology.
    • Yet another scene that is awkward to watch after Skyler Page's firing occurs in Neighborhood Grill, where Clarence attempts to break into the restroom stall Miss Baker is in and give her a hug in spite of her protests.
    • Puddle Eyes features a scene where Jeff tries wrestling the blinded Clarence down to help him only for him to escape by losing his shirt and wandering the hallways crazily, much like a description of one of Skyler Page's mental breakdowns.
  • Foe Yay: In some perception in early episodes, Clarence seems to be more close to Belson, despite of Belson's Jerkass equalities can comply, for example in "Bedside Manners", he seem to be only one that care much about Belson, to him its to the point where Clarence is very close to him to where Belson finds Clarence just annoying.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff : The series is somewhat relatively popular in Latin America, where they even has some unofficial merchandise thats something that is uncommon in the US.
  • Growing the Beard: Mostly for second and third season, as many find both far more improved than the first as the writers either fix up some of the mistakes that the first season failed to discover with the focus on other characters and had introduced some new cored ideas to experiment with and had some of the main characters become less flanderized for at least of anyone sanity. Although time will tell whether if it affected almost the series canoncity.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In Man of the House, Sumo dreamed about sending missiles and bombing Florida. Later on in Too Gross for Comfort, he said his grandparents live in Florida. This means that Sumo dreamed about bombing the state that his grandparents were in.
    • Hurricane Dillis shows Clarence's grandmother presumably suffering from senile dementia. In the next episode to mention her (Plane Excited), it is revealed that she has died.
    • In Straight Illin, Clarence was determined to be around his friends even though he was really sick. This could mean he could be so desperate to make other people happy that he'd risk his life.
    • In Neighborhood Grill, Larry constantly writing down notes on pretty much everything is played for laughs. But then in Ice Cream Hunt it's heavily implied he does this because he has Alzheimer's.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: On a lighter note, however, this could also mean that Clarence loves his friends so much, he would literally risk his life.
  • Ho Yay: Now with its own page!
  • Jerkass Woobie: Jeff and Belson, depending on who you ask. Also Ms. Shoop to a certain extent when we see how her childhood went in "Lost Playground". Joshua also deserve some sympathy since he’s the victim of random abuse and as no idea of why it keeps happening to him.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Jeff (And Clarence Also) is often paired with Clarence, Sumo, Kimby, Amy, Malessica, Chelsea, Breehn, Belson, Cynthia (Belson's mom), Ms. Baker and even Nicolaus Copernicus (his hallucination from "Tuckered Boys").
  • LGBT Fanbase: Thanks to the shows positive (and surprisingly casual) representation of gay people. It helps that one of the main characters Has Two Mommies.
  • Moe:
    • Clarence himself, in an Ugly Cute sort of way.
    • Jeff can still be adorable in his own right, regardless of his Neat Freak tendencies.
    • Pick any background/recurring kid, all of them are qualified.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Pretty much the entirety of Honk.
  • Nausea Fuel: Clarence has some...interesting tastes. He eats a number of leftover pizza crusts in Money Broom Wizard and in ''Clarence's Millions", Jeff mentions that Clarence eats chewing gum stuck on the bottom of desks.
    • In "Jeffery Wendle", Jeff accidentally spilled milk and tried to wipe it up, but Mary insisted on doing it, except she rinses the milk back to the cup, having all of the dirty stuff from the ground, causing Jeff to drink it as if he had no choice. Mary mentioned that Clarence usually does it all the time.
  • Never Live It Down: Skyler Page being fired after his sexual harassment claims and mental breakdown...and the fact that the show is able to go on without him because he didn't have full creative control of it. His name as creator still appears on the series' opening titles, but he is hardly acknowledged by the series' crew and has since become a Reclusive Artist.
    • "Average Jeff" for, well, Jeff.
    • "Lil' Buddy" for Clarence.
  • Nightmare Retardant: As mentioned on its page, the scene in Rise And Shine with the mountain lion started out somewhat disturbing, but it's kind of reversed by the overall silliness of the speech Clarence gives to it at the end.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: While downplayed in that the show continues to be popular, mentioning this show anywhere online will inevitably have at least one person bringing up creator Skyler Page's breakdown/firing. This may also be the reason why CN ultimately lost interest in the series and quietly cancelled it.
  • Rooting for the Empire: While a few (to those who dislike/hate Clarence or Sumo) would root for Joshua as they may feel bad about him going through all of the pain that many in the eyes of the fans had seen throughout the series, making him suspectable to Mutilation Conga and Cosmic Plaything, as with Sumo and Clarence being the main cause of his injuries, some had wished that he will get his revenge against both.
  • Seasonal Rot: Mostly the second half of Season 1, to where it had divided the fanbase to where many find some the episodes of the second half notably slow-paced, focused too much on a emphasis on being unrealistic, imaginative, and rather subpar, to where one of the main characters became more flanderized with Clarence went from a naive well-intentioned person that focused on helping others into becoming excessively more incompetent than before, with Sumo went from a rather streetwise kid with set of standards, to being no more than a accomplice to Clarence, while Jeff went from a rather stable moral person into a over-the-top selfish jerkass, and had some episodes becoming rather bizarre and uninteresting.
    • Somewhat rectified by Season 2 and 3, as most of the episodes in them so far have been more grounded than the second half of Season 1.
  • Self-Fanservice: Many fans like making fanart of Clarence and friends being in relationships with one another and drawing Jeff in girl clothing.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Face it. The shipping wars are a-coming.
    • Chances are if will be Clarence/Amy vs Clarence/Kimby, since Amy and Kimby, from all indications, are the foremost female characters besides Clarence's mom Mary, although the former is a one-time character and the latter only interacted with Clarence once.
    • And after Clarence gets a Girlfriend there's Clarence/Ashley (who, like Amy, was an episodic character) and Clarence/Jeff.
    • There's also Jeff/Breehn, Sumo/Chelsea, Jeff/Sumo, Clarence/Sumo and Clarence/Belson.
    • Ever since 'Plant Daddies', there's Chelsea/Kimby.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus is that the show isn't necessarily bad, but it also isn't really anything to write home about.
  • Strawman Has a Point: In Puddle Eyes Jeff points out how unfair the "vision bee" is for people who can't see well, which is only made worse when we find out that he's one of said people.
    • The same with Average Jeff. The entire episode has the class separated into two separate classes based on test scores, Quills and Crayons. It comes across as intelligence based segregation and Jeff is pretty disgusted at it (then again he wanted to be in the smart class for selfish reasons so it may be a moot point). Indeed, the segregated classes are disbanded at the end of the episode, although for allegations of gender bias.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The punk rock song Clarence and Sumo play in the pilot sounds rather similar to Lionrock's Fire Up the Shoesaw and Black Flag's Rise Above.
    • An Expy of Yello's Oh Yeah is heard in Fun Dungeon Face-Off as it's revealed the light-up princess shoes Clarence "borrows" aren't his.
    • A rather obvious one to the DuckTales theme song is heard in Clarence's nightmare in Clarence's Millions, as well as one to Battle Without Honor or Humanity during the Clarence Dollar-copying sequence.
    • A piece of music that sounds similar to Baltimora's Tarzan Boy plays at the end of Dinner Party.
    • A mountain lion-themed pastiche of Erasure's Always plays behind Clarence trying to talk down the mountain lion in Rise and Shine.
    • A Safety Dance-esque beat is heard in Dream Boat.
    • Pilot Expansion ends with an SSS of The Jetsons' theme.
    • Lil' Buddy features a Randy Newman-styled song during Clarence's bad boy phase.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Detractors love it when Belson gets his comeuppance for his bad behavior. Special mention goes to Clarence punching him in the face in "Lil Buddy". Even the kids for a while weren't that upset when Belson was hurt.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Most of the classmates and the others. Because of the series having a large amount of characters, They are all way too recognizable in background roles, and several of them only get the spotlight once or twice a season. Heck, there’s a couple of other characters who haven't gotten any spotlight or development in the series at all, it doesn't have but the fact with the series that had ended, this pretty much cemented the idea entirely. Also, Amy Gillis, a good-natured character who actually bonded with Clarence, who was just written out after her only appearance.
    • While fans felt disappointed for that Bella, who appeared in "Mystery Girl", has not been seen since after her debut.
    • Belson’s Dad, who was arrested in "Company Man", then left out of jail in "Big Game", as he didn't even bother interact much with his son or his wife at all.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • In "Company Man", Belson's dad was arrested for business fraud and money laundering, but this doesn't seem to have had any effect on Belson's wealth in later episodes.
    • In "Merry Moochmas, Most of Clarence's friends didn't get much screentime, but rather wasted on Belson and his cousin.
    • in "Sumo Goes West": The construction site around where Sumo’s House is at, never got mentioned in any of the later episodes, that had the land remain untouched, and there were no explanation on the purpose of removing three kids to another school.
    • In "Rock Show" Clarence's father Damien finally shows up, only to have about a minute of screentime, and didn't even bother to stay a little longer to see Clarence note  or Chad.
    • In "Big Game", We get a short glimpse of Belson’s dad, who winds up leaving his son to Clarence and Chad while he takes off, scot free.
    • During the end of "Balance", where the character escapes and with the ring leader and the others were not visible in the horsecoach, with a little to no knowledge of how he managed to escape past bars and he seems to never return back to get his revenge against Belson and Clarence nor anyone will know where he’ll end up in.
    • In "A Nightmare on Aberdale Street: Balance's Revenge": A lot would thought that Balance was gonna to show up to get his revenge against Clarence and Belson, face to face, but unfortunately, the plot only involves Clarence and others facing against Balance, only during a dream, while Belson was absent throughout the entire episode.
    • In "Animal Day, after seeing Dustin being transformed into a odd looking werewolf, when everyone left after he was chased off by Sumo, However while he still remains in the forest transforming again with no one willing to know of how Dustin winded up like that or even if anyone willing to bother looking back for find him.
  • Tough Act to Follow: This series is a victim of this, as the series progresses overtime by the quality of each episode within the season overall, has a hard time trying to live up its expectations, to all of the popular CN shows note , in terms of gathering attention from the network and more of the fans itself.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Clarence is a chubby, misshapen, gap-toothed little guy who lacks ears. It's hard to find him physically adorable but he can still come off as cute thanks to his free-spirited personality.
    • Sumo also.
  • The Woobie:
    • Sumo, despite he's being placed as a JerkassWoobie, but after we see what his home life is like in "Dream Boat". It's obvious that his dad legitimately cares about him to some extent but his family is so big that the man doesn't have much time to focus on him. That's not even getting into the fact that everyone in that family lives in a trailer near the town dump.
    • Ms. Julep from "The Substitute" clearly has anxiety issues and she spends almost the whole episode being mistreated by the students. When she returns in "Clarence and Sumo's Rexcellent Adventure", she is visibly hurt when the kids don't remember her at all.

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