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  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • When Mac, Bloo, and Cheese are building their go-cart, Bloo mentions about Cheese screwing everything up. How does Cheese respond? "Nuh-uh, I'm only screwing the wheel!"
    • When Mac is explaining to Goo how everyone got locked out of the house in "The Big Cheese," there's a brief moment where Cheese, in an attempt to get her attention, is smacking her butt.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: While Eurotrish is an Ethnic Scrappy with an annoying singing voice, it's hard not to feel sorry for her in "Foster's Goes to Europe" when Bloo keeps on rudely throwing away her chances to go back to Europe to visit her creator and her creator's parents. Things are especially made heartbreaking by the scene that plays during the credits, where Eurotrish finally makes it to her creator's home only to be harshly turned away.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
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    • This St. Elsewhere parody has the interpretation that Frankie Foster is autistic and that the entire series is a fantasy world she lives in.
    • There's also speculation that Frankie is an Imaginary Friend that Madame Foster made based on herself when she was younger, due to the fact that nearly nothing about her past or personal life is shown or revealed.
    • Or similarly, that Madame Foster IS Frankie, time-traveled to the past.
    • Since Word of God has explained Frankie's backstory on Twitter, the above theories are now officially jossed. Frankie's dad (Madame Foster's son) had a terrible relationship with Mr. Herriman, and so forbid Frankie from having an imaginary friend. When she imagined her own they were taken away. Now she lives at Foster's with her Grandma in hopes of reuniting with her old friend. This calls for a reevaluation of her relationship with Mr. Herriman:
      • Does Frankie have a bad relationship with Mr. Herriman due to being mean boss to her a good portion of the time, does she partially blame him for why she lost her own imaginary friend (since it was him that caused her father to hate imaginary friends in the first place), or is it a mix of both?
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    • Believe it or not, even Bendy is subject to this. Some people believe that his creator really did blame him for his own misdeeds, causing him to Jump Off The Slippery Slope. This isn't entirely baseless; at the beginning, when his family's giving him up to Foster's, the kid is in the typical "I know I messed up and I'm ashamed" pose (which Frankie is quick to observe and point out to Mr. Herriman) and Bendy seems to feel genuine sadness and betrayal (assuming of course that he isn't just trying to manipulate them).
    • Once you learn Wilt's backstory, specifically how he lost his arm, the gag in the Halloween Special where he wears a fake arm that pops off to scare kids becomes subject to this: Is he comfortable enough now about how it happened to joke about it, or is he hiding the trauma behind a joke?
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    • Bloo is an interesting example. He is revealed to be 5 years old in one episode; on that basis, does he not know how insensitive, sadistic, and selfish his behavior and actions can be and have a right to be spoiled? It's unknown whether human and Imaginary Friend years are different from each other in the show, but it's not until near the Series Finalenote  that he graps some awareness of how selfish and exceptionally rude he can be at times.
    • It's been established that Mac would act like Bloo if the latter's behavior didn't showcase the negative consequences of such actions. With that in mind, Bloo's Jerkass behavior could very well be a deliberate Batman Gambit to ensure Mac doesn't become a bad person, or that he doesn't get killed.
    • We have no idea what Mac's family background is like. Considering that his mother is either divorced or widowed and barely around, and his older brother is a sociopath who tortures Mac many times, one can infer that maybe Mac's father was an Abusive Parent and maybe a sociopath himself who Mac's mother divorced due to his apparent behavior and that Terrence took after his father, thus becoming the Big Brother Bully to Mac he grew into. Either that or the father had passed on sometime after Mac's birth and that Terrence might have had a closer relationship to his father at such a young age, and that years without him has caused him a lot of mental trauma, as shown with his terrible case of acne, crooked teeth, and his stupidity, which probably prompted him to take his anger out on Mac, who has probably handled the loss of his father much better than Terrence has, either because he was too young to know him or that the father left or passed away just shortly after Mac's birth. In short, Terrence's bullying towards Mac might be a mask to hide his frustration over the loss of his father.
      • Alternatively, Terrence might also bully Mac out of jealousy due to how bright and warm-hearted he is and that the boys' mother probably doted on Mac more and started giving him more attention. Since Terrence might have taken after his father, Mac obviously took after his mother, which probably fuels more envy for Terrence towards him that he takes it out on Mac.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Bloo. Some fans find him very entertaining and funny because of his antics, while other fans find him as an obnoxious Jerkass who doesn't deserve Mac as a friend. Many fans have started to dislike Bloo because of his rude, selfish, and egotistical personality, and to make it more insulting, he got worse as the show went on. Just look at the stream of nothing but negative traits on his character page. So many fans kept wondering as to why Mac didn't just ditch Bloo later on. And you know it's bad when the deuteragonist is loathed by the fandom and the other characters.
    • Mr. Herriman. Some fans like his strict personality, and see him as a person who just tries to keep everything structured and feel his moments of taking things literally can be funny. Other fans find him to be an obnoxious, inconsiderate militant control freak who abuses his rules and feel some of his policies are unreasonable. (yet he has no problem breaking his own rules) They also hate him for being a complete Jerkass toward Frankie for NO reason other than to spite her. Not helping the fact that he's constantly insulting and berating her, even when she does something right and feels only his way is right. Some of the worst examples of this are "Imposter's Home for Um... Make Em Up Pals" "Let Your Hare Down" and the beginning half of "Destination Imagination".
    • Goo. There are some who see her as an adorable and funny character and those who see her as obnoxious and annoying. It doesn't help that her debut episode "Go Goo Go" garnered as much negative reaction as it gained positive.
    • Cheese was a very popular character in his debut episode for his antics providing a lot of comic relief, but his popularity dwindled because of his subsequent appearances making him The Load. However, there are still some fans who like him.
  • Canon Fodder: Wilt. His Backstory wasn't revealed until the special "Good Wilt Hunting", spawning many, many Fanfics that provided their own explanation for his scars and history, often treading into Darker and Edgier territory than the actual series.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Goofball in "House for Make-Em-Up Pals" turning out to be an imaginary friend is a particularly bad example of this (and adds to the episode's rather poor reputation). The episode hammers in Frankie's suspicion that he isn't one so hard that, after a while, the twist becomes painfully obvious. And yet the episode still expects you to be surprised.
  • Crazy Awesome: Madame Foster. Worried you'll get in trouble for starting a party in the house? You sure will for not having her along.
    • Case in point, she's left to deal with a bear. Next time we see her she's riding the bear naked! That is to say, bare naked?
  • Creator's Pet:
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Terrence creating a slice of pizza as an imaginary friend and immediately eating it.
    • For the few people who don't dislike "Everyone Knows It's Bendy," Bloo's "Shaggy Dog" Story is Actually Pretty Funny.
  • Crossover Ship:
    • Mac x Bubbles has a fair bit of fan art dedicated to it.
    • Frankie is apparently dating Peg Pete.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: A big reason why so many of the later episodes are less well-remembered and liked is because they relied a lot more on idiot plots and Kafka Comedy, the latter of which does not go well with such a lighthearted fantasy premise. This is the main reason that "Everyone Knows It's Bendy" is so despised: The Bad Guy Wins and Bloo gets in even more trouble trying to catch him in the act.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song, for it's an upbeat piano and kazoo tune.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Jackie Khones.
    • Uncle Pockets only appeared in one episode, but he has a lot of fans for being very likable and always speaking in entertaining rhymes.
  • Estrogen Brigade: A significant percentage of fans are this for Wilt.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • There are several fans who don't consider anything past season 1 as canon. To a lesser extent, there are those who won't accept anything past the three-episode pilot.
    • The show's attempts at Black Comedy and/or Kafka Komedy ("Imposter's Home For Um... Make Em Up Pals", "Foster's Goes to Europe", "I Only Have Surprise for You" and the infamous "Everyone Knows It's Bendy") usually resulted in this.
    • Some fans don't wish to acknowledge any of Cheese's appearances post-"Mac Daddy".
  • Fountain of Memes: Cheese again.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The scene where Wilt freaks out some kids by pulling a fake arm off his nub arm is pretty funny the first time through. Once we learn his backstory though (specifically that he had to get the arm amputated after it was crushed beyond repair.) it becomes much darker. Not to mention a rather dark instance of Foreshadowing.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • "World Wide Wabbit", which sees footage of Mr. Herriman's dancing for Madame Foster being uploaded to the internet, seems to be a spoof of any online videos going viral and becoming famous by the public for it... Until you realize that the episode premiered less than five months before YouTube even existed.
    • Anything that involves the ponies/unicorns/pegasi, especially if you know that Lauren Faust was one of the show's writers.
    • In the episode "Bye Bye Nerdy", Bloo is shown playing a Space Invaders-esque game with a power-up that shoots a giant vertical laser. A few years later a game title Space Invaders Extreme 2 has that exact same power-up.
    • In the episode "Seeing Red", Terrence imagines a pizza friend whom he eats, right after it says that it loves him, much to its horror. Cue twelve years later, Sausage Party gets released, which is a film about anthropomorphic foods who revere humans at first but eventually learn that the humans they look up to use them for eating and not for friendship, once they get purchased.
    • Red bears a resemblance to a another short-tempered blocky red guy.
    • The much-hated Bendy now shares his name with a horror game character, and this Bendy even gets covered in ink in his episode. The other Bendy is actually very well-received, unlike Foster's Bendy.
    • The season 4 premiere "Challenge of the Super Friends", is the show's main Superhero Episode, the season 5 premiere airs the same day Spider-Man 3 was released in theaters. Also in the same episode there are many Star Wars references such as Revenge of the Sith and The Empire Strikes Back, what also becomes funny is that the season 5 premiere aired on what will later be National Star Wars Day.
  • Idiot Plot: Part of why some of the later episodes aren't so fondly remembered is because if they're not overly sadistic and mean-spirited than this trope is at play (though some still have the over the top sadism and cruelty at play as well).
    • "Duchess of Wails": This episode is a pretty egregious example since everyone whose names aren't Mac, Bloo, Duchess or Terrence suddenly turns into a giant dumbass in the final act. The episode starts with Duchess getting adopted by a family that turns out to be Mac's new neighbors. Duchess' constant dismay over her new stresses Mac's mom out to the point where she wants to move out. Terrence makes Mac believe that they're moving to Singapore (which he thinks is in Wisconsin) so he teams up with Bloo to vandalize his neighbor's apartment to make them believe Duchess did it so that they can return her to Foster's. When that doesn't work, they just outright kidnap her and return her to Foster's by force. For no explained reason, Terence is somehow able to beat them there despite being slowed down by falling into a pile of wet cement, and tells everybody that they're coming to return Duchess (while purposely leaving out the reason for why). Everybody blindly takes his word and blocks their attempts to get her back in by bombarding them with sharpened carrots and apples among other things. It's only after they've needlessly tortured them that they find out why they were returning her so they take her back... On the condition that Mac & Bloo become Duchess' personal assistants and go through the same suffering that everyone else did at the beginning of the episode. Extra idiot points for the fact that Terrence manages to get off scot-free for the whole ordeal besides a couple of angry glares from everybody when they realize they've been tricked.
      • To make it worse, Duchess herself makes it perfectly clear that she neither wanted to stay with her adoptive family nor go back to Foster's. All they really had to do was free her from the family who adopted her without forcing her to go back to Foster's. So in actuality, Duchess & Terrence are the only ones by the end of the episode who haven't turned into a dumbass.
    • "Crime After Crime": The whole thing with the episode suddenly suffering from Mood Whiplash in the final act by pointlessly torturing Mac for about two minutes could've been avoided had it not been for this trope. A running gag throughout the episode is that Frankie has to keep making "It" until she gets it right due to the bowl with the "It" in it continuously getting ruined by loose plaster from above falling into the bowl due to people jumping on Madame Foster's bed. The fourth time this happens, it's because of Mac which causes Frankie to come upstairs and forcibly kick him out believing that he's been the one jumping on the bed all day. What follows is about a minute and a half of Mac being chased by the police due to his backpack being full of diamonds that Bloo had placed inside in order to try and get out of having to eat the "It" for dinner. All of this pointless cruelty towards Mac could've easily been avoided had Frankie just moved the "It" bowl the first time it was ruined.
  • Memetic Mutation: Visit the page.
  • Moe:
    • Mac is just adorable.
    • And so is Goo.
    • Wilt is also a huge sweetheart.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In her second and last appearance, Berry ties up a family and tries to KILL Mac.
  • Never Live It Down: Bloo's characterization in the later seasons of the show has become controversial in the years since ending production, with just as many fans seeing his incredibly selfish and oftentimes antagonistic self as a negative towards the show as there are fans who genuinely enjoy it. The fact that he is the main imaginary character has made him all the more divisive.
  • Periphery Demographic: It's a show marketed toward kids six to eleven. Most of the fans are teenagers and adults.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Bendy from "Everyone Knows It's Bendy" is despised by many fans because of framing Bloo, Wilt, Coco, and Eduardo for his wrongdoings and not getting punished (Lauren Faust also hated the episode he appeared in as much as the fans did, so he never appeared again).
    • Goofball John McGee from "Imposter's Home for Um...Make 'Em Up Pals," a complete moron who makes Frankie's life a living hell when she has to constantly clean up after him, causing her to miss out on her concert. And then just to humiliate her even more (although admittedly this wasn't his intent), she spends the whole episode believing he's just a lazy teenager in a Paper-Thin Disguise only to discover that he is, in fact, an imaginary friend and that all of his little things he did to drive her nuts were completely necessary.
    • Terrence is actually more of a downplayed example of this, since he's supposed to be despised due to existing for no other purpose than to ruthlessly bully his little brother. But what places him extremely moderately on this trope is due to Tara Strong even admitting that she hated playing him, as his gruff voice was a strain on her vocal chords.
    • Eurotrish is one In-Universe: she sings off-key, has a questionable design and voice and was rejected by her creators who found her annoying. However, Poe's Law is certainly in effect.
    • Duchess, due to her bitchiness and snootiness.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • "Where There's a Wilt, There's a Way" carries the obvious message that feeling obligated to do people favors can and will land you into unwanted positions, and it shouldn't hurt to say "no" to people.
    • "Sweet Stench of Success" shows that you really should be happy with what you have in life, and to be careful what you wish for.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: During Bloo's movie, Wilt sings an obvious sound-alike of "All Star" by Smash Mouth.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The general reaction to the intro being shortened in later airings.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • "Perfectly good" might be a tad bit of a stretch when talking about Terrence, but there are some fans who were pretty disappointed that Terrence began to appear less throughout the rest of the season, for they felt that he never got the chance to develop as a character to explain his horrible behavior, especially towards Mac.
    • Mac's family in general. His mother rarely appears and his father is never seen nor mentioned one time. Seeing as how Mac is the main character of the show, you'd think that there would be a bigger background on his family life.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • "Foster's Go To Europe" seems to invoke this. Rather than seeing Bloo offend the locals and the wacky hijinks the characters could've pulled across the continent, it's 22 minutes of outright teasing that ends with their tickets getting stolen by Madame Foster just as they get to the airport!
    • In "Setting a President" gives the audience a more sympathetic Herriman, where it's revealed that his job as head of house is all he has, only for the ending to have Frankie give him his position back simply because "it pays less (which contradicts her entire motive for running for house president). It also doesn't help that later episodes such as "Let Your Hare Down" and "Destination Imagination" show Herriman learned nothing from the nice act Frankie did for him, especially since during the events of the episode, he talks about how "it's the nicest thing anyone did for him". Only to still treat her poorly in the former mentioned episodes above.
    • The ending of the Series Finale ( which is just Cheese moving in to Foster's rather than Bloo) served as a big middle finger to fans. Many fans were disappointed by the ending as many series plot conflicts hadn't been resolved and felt that many events could have happened in place, such as Mac's mother discovering that her son visits Foster's and hangs out with Bloo everyday without her permission, why Terrence is such a bully to Mac, and Bloo being adopted by a new kid and saying his final 'goodbye' to Mac.
  • Toy Ship: Mac and Goo are both kids and there are some who ship them.
  • Ugly Cute: Some of the imaginary friends. Wilt, Eduardo, and Coco come to mind immediately.
  • Villain Decay: Duchess. She was really only a villainous character in the pilot. After that she just became snobby and apathetic to everyone around her.
  • What an Idiot!: Now has its own page.
  • The Woobie:
    • Wilt after we learn his Backstory.
    • Frankie is this whenever Mr. Herriman treats her like crap, though there are many instances in which Mr. Herriman was not involved and Frankie was still a mistreated and sympathetic character; just watch "Imposter's Home For...Make Em' Up Pals".
    • Mac can be this pretty often, and The Pilot just shows. He is forced to give up his imaginary best friend on grounds that his mom thinks he is "too old" for him. Although this conflict is resolved by the fact that Mac can prevent Bloo from getting adopted by visiting him at the foster home every day and hang out with him without his mom knowing, there's one thing that Mac is forced to put up with everyday of his life that takes his woobie status Up to Eleven: him being ruthlessly and unrepentantly tormented by his Big Brother Bully Terrance. His brother has at times put his life at risk and made him live in constant fear.
    • World, the reality-changing friend inside the toy box's imaginary world in Destination Imagination, is probably the biggest woobie in the series. The majority of the events in the special happened because of his emotional instability.
      • Which only existed because he'd been locked up inside a trunk by his creator's parents for an extremely long time, where he could create absolutely anything he wanted...except other sentient beings to share it with. No wonder the little guy was an emotional timebomb.
    • Also Foofy Wuggums.
    • To a certain extent, Goo, at least in her debut episode. Prior to meeting Mac, she had no human friends and created imaginary friends to keep her company. It's even a bit worse in hindsight because when she tells this to Mac, she says nobody likes her because she's a "big, fat weirdo", subtly implying she might have been bullied before. There's also the possibility that her parents aren't much help because they give her too much freedom and little to no guidance.
    • Red during the episode of Seeing Red.
    • Eduardo, especially in any instance when he's sad.
    • Bloo himself falls under the Jerkass Woobie territory at times, particularly in "The Sweet Stench of Success".
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