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  • Abandon Shipping: By the second episode of FMTDI, any possible shippers of Garden(Gareth and Kaden) instantly disappeared due to the one-sidedness of it and the latter of the two basically sexual assaulting him every episode.
  • Acceptable Targets: Sexists, racists, lazy bums, those who commit sexual assault, terrible parental figures, and more are all thoroughly mocked throughout the series.
    • Downright obsessive fanbases are also made into a joke, most likely due to the creator's rather poor history with them.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy:
    • Regardless of how horrible of a person he is, Kaden is abused so horribly throughout the series that even his biggest haters seem to have begun to pity him on some level.
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    • Tyson was never exactly a very popular character, but when he was fired, just about everyone seemed to realize he wasn't as bad as they thought.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Fuzzboy has actually admitted before that he believed the series would be a failure and not that many people would show too much interest in it. Boy was he wrong!
  • Ass Pull: While not a common opinion, some believe that the existence of Gein could have been at least hinted at previously in a more effective manner.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Compared to what the writers worked on before this, they made several notable changes to strengthen the series, including:
    • Pushing themselves away from gross-out humor and a reliance on swearing and sex jokes to actually get a laugh, instead attempting to go for a far more sarcastic and intelligent type of humor to surprisingly well-received results.
    • More or less making the entire cast an entire group of main characters that constantly develop instead of mostly focusing on a select few.
  • Awesome Ego:
    • Tempest is an arrogant little spider who has trained all her life to be the strongest due to a hostile environment, and constantly claims herself to be the most dangerous "demon slayer" in the land...And it's surprisingly accurate! She's easily the strongest character in the series, constantly hunts creatures in order to claim personal rewards, and when she's determined, nothing can stop her!
    • Chad is one of the most friendly characters in the series, but he has also developed quite the ego due to his belief that he can be carried through his life by his amazing strength and athletic prowess.
  • Awesome Music: "I Wanna be Famous" was the main theme song of FMTDI, making its debut during the season finale, "The Very Last Episode, Really!" It perfectly matches the series' viewpoint on fame and wealth(in the beginning), and also pays good respects to the fanfic's primary inspiration.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Ace is either an annoying ego-maniac who needs to respect others, or a complex character trying to become kinder but often failing due to the stupidity of those around him.
    • Gareth's popularity notably became heavily mixed upon the reveal that he had basically taken Gein's life from him and the fact he constantly avoided elimination after elimination. Even now, people generally seem to be pretty divided on him.
    • Hazel is either seen as incredibly annoying and a spoiled brat who shouldn't even be part of the cast, while others find him to be hilarious and a far deeper character than others ever give him credit for.
  • Breather Episode: Both "Camp Castaways" and "After the Dock of Shame" give the remaining contestants and the audience a break by not eliminating any players during them.
  • Cargo Ship: Hazel and his magic wand, Alexander!
  • Crack Pairing: Some very bizarre ships have come to exist overtime, including:
  • Crazy Awesome: Tempest is one of the most beloved characters of the series, with her overall insanity and absolutely bizarre outlook on the world being seen as prime reasons for why.
  • Creepy Awesome: Kiriyama is seen as an absolutely terrifying character within the series, but is also among the most popular antagonists.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The entire point behind Doc's character is say incredibly offensive and insanely ridiculous things in order to have a laugh, and he's also widely considered one of the most hilarious characters of the story.
  • Elimination Houdini: Gareth avoided his elimination a total of three times across the entire series, despite always deserving to be eliminated in said episodes.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Has its own page.
  • Estrogen Brigade: The show's fanbase is almost entirely made up of males, but there are a select few females who enjoy the story as well. It should be noted the primary reason for this is mostly due to the community the story is based around has more boys than girls overall and not at all related to anything in the story itself.
  • Evil Is Cool: Droog is among the most popular characters on the show, and his ruthless, very strategic playstyle is also liked quite a bit by viewers due to how professional and powerful it makes him seem at times.
  • Foe Yay: Alia and Benson had quite possibly the most visible and heated conflict during the first quarter of FMTDI, with the two constantly getting into fights with one another for no real reason other than to piss the other off, and their clashing personalities usually caused them to prefer taking vastly different approaches to just about everything. However, upon the latter's reveal that he had been using a Jerkass facade, and after they were both eliminated, it's later on revealed the two had actually sparked an Odd Friendship of sorts, with the special going on to confirm they do indeed see each other as possibly their best and only friend. By 'Round the World We Go, the two have continued this, though there are lot Ship Tease, though they had that all the way back when they still hated each other.
  • Franchise Original Sin: A problem that has existed since FMTDI and persisted throughout FMTDA is that episodes usually have a tendency to favor certain characters more than others, leading to some usually being completely forgotten or underused in episodes where they aren't a focus.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Dark Arcanine 33's TPI community, as both fanbases share similar popularity and many fans. The creators of both franchises are also notably on pretty good terms as close friends as well.
    • This is Inverted as of late, due to tensions between the two creators and FM now being openly acknowledged as a competitor now instead.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Oddly enough, Fuzzboy has confirmed that a surprisingly large amount of the fanbase is actually made up of those from Europe, despite the series being based on American and Canadian culture.
    • The series also has a decently sized fanbase from the Philippines.
  • Gotta Ship 'Em All: Just about every character has been shipped with a good number of the rest of the cast, for seemingly little reason other than most of the cast holding some kind chemistry with one another.
  • Growing the Beard: While still widely regarded as pretty good for a first season, FMTDI does notably have far less detail and has a tendency to constantly repeat certain words at times, along with some really dumb or strange looking scenes that look downright amateur. The finale for said season brought about drastic improvements in terms of writing, and the epilogue series is seen as a drastic step-up in just about every way, which is where people say the series goes from good to great largely.
  • Ho Yay: While it wasn't intentional, some people have interpreted scenes between Bari and Brick as potential ship teasing for a homosexual male couple.
    • Similarly, Ace and Alfred's friendship has become just as popular among shippers.
  • Jerkass Dissonance: Doc is quite the oddball in his own right, with his sole focus most of the time being to cause as much chaos as he possibly can, get reactions out of people through his controversial humor, and just in general being kind of a dick to most people around him. Doesn't stop the audience from finding him hilarious, and he's even gone on to become one of the most popular characters in the series.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Several people actually got into the story in the first place because they heard such amazing things about the Super Couple of the series, Tempest and Zetsu. The inclusion of characters from the writers' many previous works also got several people on board.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Bari, Chad, and Cynthia are all widely shipped with a good portion of the rest of the cast by the fandom, citing their likable personalities and surprising complexities around others as reasons why.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Despite the series actually not having a ton of homoerotic themes, a good portion of the series' fanbase and recurring reviewers are actually homosexual or bisexual.
  • Memetic Badass: Tempest actually is a canonical badass in the series, but the mixture of both her personality and gradually improving strength have actually led to many exaggerating her strength to enough of a level that she'd actually be capable of taking on the likes of characters from Dragon Ball Z!
  • Memetic Mutation: More like Fuzzy Meme-ories!
    • Tempest is going SUPER SAIYAN!!!
    • ALEXANDER!~ autistic screeching engaged
    • Can we just ship Chad with everyone?
  • Misaimed Fandom: The series largely runs on Grey and Gray Morality, but a surprisingly large section of the fanbase is actually quick to simply place the characters in the camps of Black and White Morality, placing several characters as either one or the other when the writers go out of their way to try and make it clear that nobody really fits into that.
  • More Popular Spinoff: This series is actually a spin-off from a series of work the writers had done before Fuzzy Memories, using the same characters but setting it in an alternate universe. Between the two series, this is easily the far better received one in just about every way.
  • Nausea Fuel: The fact that apparently Gareth thought that the hole underneath the confessional was actually just filled with mud and not...You know.
  • Never Live It Down: Fuzzboy's co-writer, Delta, will never live down the fact that the series before Fuzzy Memories was both absolutely disgusting, and a complete failure in terms of reception.
  • No Yay: To the surprise of both writers, Chad and Cynthia received this reputation for...Actually, they aren't sure why. Most fans were just completely against the pair, but they never really did get actual reasoning for why. In the end they never did get together...Which is when the pairing actually got popular, only further dumbfounding the two.
  • Older Than They Think: The idea of rebooting a series with new characters but in the same setting has been a plot used for many, many years on Fanfiction.Net, and yet many of the fans of the series have gone on to claim they thought this series originated the idea, which actually caused Word of God to admit that he burst out laughing upon hearing this.
  • One True Pairing: Nobody in the fandom dares legitimately ship Tempest and Zetsu with anyone but with each other, as the two are just such a popular couple that nobody could see one without the other.
  • One True Threesome: Cynthia, Nazira, and Nedrick.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • Brincy: Brooke and Quincy.
    • Garlet: Gareth and Violet.
    • Moc: Mimi and Doc.
    • Nedzira: Nedrick and Nazira.
    • Juzaya: Juvia and Izaya.
    • Kanabel: Kanaya and Isabel.
    • Tempsu: Tempest and Zetsu.
  • Reread Bonus: Some of Gareth's more bizarre moments make a lot more sense now since The Reveal that someone was actively affecting him and living inside his head, don't they?
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Alia is widely regarded as easily one of the least likable characters of FMTDI due to her personality and lack of maturity largely being seen as annoying by readers. However, ever since the special decided to get into her character a bit more and showcase a deeper side to her personality, her hatedom has largely disappeared.
    • Benson was easily the least enjoyable or likable contestant in the early episodes of FMTDI, but upon being spared from elimination by his teammates in "Not Quite Famous", he grew more humble and at least tried to be kinder, causing him to become more liked with time. His fanbase only continued to grow upon this personality of his being revealed as mostly just being a Jerkass in order to put on a good show for the cameras.
    • Freya is largely agreed upon to have been the least interesting and most boring character of FMTDI, but thanks to her acting being given more focus and development during FMTDA, she has slowly started to gain some fans.
    • Kaden's bar-none the least popular contestant of the original FMTDI crew, but thanks to the writers hinting at a deeper side of his personality, making him a more comedic villain than a serious one due to being a Butt-Monkey, and having him always get knocked around if he gets too bad, he's began to grow something resembling popularity.
    • Logan was originally the least popular host of FMTDI due to being a bigger Jerkass than Amber and having far more screentime than Tyson, while still actually being minor enough to a point where some people would argue his absence wouldn't change the series that much. However, upon being taken down a peg by Gein and actually going through some Character Development into both the kindest and least violent host, he's gradually become more liked than some of the contestants.
    • Sage was mostly presented as a Hate Sink during her time on FMTDI, but thanks to some amusing interactions with Ace and Juvia, and the fact she grew infinitely more interesting during the special, she has become probably one of the most popular characters of 'Round the World We Go.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Despite her status as the technical Big Bad of FMTDI, Cynthia is actually among the series' most popular and beloved characters, to a point where near the end of the season, more people were openly rooting for her to win over the likes of Gareth and Zetsu.
    • Downplayed, but a large majority of people by the end of FMTDI were actually hoping that Gein would ultimately win the conflict between him and Gareth due to his sympathetic backstory and more sarcastic personality.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Downplayed, as the series actually still is going pretty strong, but many writers have noted that the generic premise of the series sort of holds it back and that many wouldn't read it simply because it was similar to many other stories with the same concept.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The series is actually known for not censoring some of its morals, no matter how harsh or cruel they might seem.
  • Super Couple: Tempest and Zetsu. However, just about every couple in the series is pretty widely liked.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Freya is widely seen as the worst written character of FMTDI due to how little focus and development she received, leading many to say so much more should have been done with her in order to avoid this trope. However, come the next season, and she's gotten far more focus as a result of these complaints.
  • Ugly Cute: Bari does a variety of rather disgusting things, including avoiding bathing and water whenever possible, eating just about anything anyone gives him no matter how old, and even apparently enjoying activities such as dumpster diving. But despite this, he's one of the most popular characters in the series due to his loyalty and kindness being shown in just about all of his scenes, along with his general naivety, leading to many believing he's actually far more adorable than gross. Over time, the series even began to expand more on his cute traits while downplaying his disgusting ones.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The fact that the only confirmed homosexual contestant by the end of the first episode was Kaden, and that he was the first eliminated contestant of FMTDI, led to a select few starting rumors of potential bigotry among the writers. Luckily, this all came to a stop upon a gay couple being canonized on the show, the fact that Kanaya was also confirmed as homosexual, and that Tyson was in a relationship in the past with a male.
  • The Woobie: Unsurprisingly considering the story we're talking about, just about every character in the series deals with some of the saddest stuff that could possibly happen to anybody in their life.
    • Alfred was a social outcast back in his hometown, to a point where his parents were actually embarrassed of being related to him in any way. This only caused his social anxiety to worsen and make him feel awkward around others due to his issues with trusting them.
    • Alia feels like she's trapped while living with her parents and that they'd never approve of what she'd want to be(which isn't inaccurate), so she runs away from home and onto the show to try and make something of herself. However, upon returning home, she developed a massive inferiority complex due to her parents criticizing her decision.
    • Cynthia comes from a rather abusive household that holds her to try and one day run the 'family business', which involves strict scheduling, consistent polite manners, a lack of communication with those her father does not approve of, and a need to let go of all morality if it calls for it, which has basically psychologically tortured her in more ways than one.
    • Freya is widely both ignored and belittled by the other contestants, whether intentionally or not, leading to her feeling both unimportant and powerless under everyone else. This has led to her basically making herself an even bigger social outcast among the cast, lacking any real friends and currently going through accepting a harsh breakup with her boyfriend.
    • Gareth comes from a family that largely is both neglectful of him and has forced themselves to put up with him due to their own dislike of the boy. This dislike is fueled by the fact that he indirectly is responsible for his father abandoning them, leading his mother into depression.
    • Isabel's mother divorced her father a long time before the events of the series proper, but it's pretty clear the effects of it have still stayed with Isabel, to a point where she often asks herself why she left and why she never talks to her anymore. It's later revealed that Isabel had modeled just about everything in her life around wanting to make her mother proud so she'd come back to her.
    • Juvia seems to suffer from a variety of anxiety and emotional issues that she hides behind a smile, since she most likely doesn't make her problems other people's, and because she believes she'd be a bad friend if she got them involved at all.
    • Kanaya doesn't really have anything resembling a family anymore, having lost them all a very long time ago. Due to this lack of a family connection, for awhile the only way she was able to properly find some sort of happiness was to watch other people find it through romance, as she seemingly ignored her own problems.
    • Nazira was homeless prior to the show, having apparently seen entire families die off during her time on the streets, and was powerless to do anything to help anyone. This led to her having to toughen up and adapt a lifestyle of keeping herself safe and others at arm's reach, but upon joining the show, she was so emotionally destroyed by the events of her past, that she actually became a defender of a sort for those who can't help themselves on the show, the most prominent example being that of Bari.
    • Quincy doesn't even seem to be aware of how horrible his life seems to be. He constantly tells stories of his homelife, and while he always speak of it in a happy tone, it's been made pretty clear that his mother is neglectful and downright abusive, that he's never really allowed to leave the house and develop connections with others, and that he's completely undereducated in most subjects to a point where some could mistake him for needing special education. It's downright heartwarming though when you realize he goes through all that but is still able to smile, since that's just how happy he is by default.
    • Tempest has been homeless all her life, and never even got to meet her real parents. In order to survive, a man named Roy brought her into his care, and he taught her how he learned to survive. The only problem is that the man has such a bizarre outlook on life that he unintentionally caused her to adapt a type of view that could be summed up as seeing everything in the world as one big game of Dungeons and Dragons. So within just one year of her life, Tempest had any chance of a normal existence stripped away from her, instead replacing it with an insane outlook on life and constant danger around every corner.
    • Iron Woobie: The Butt Monkeys of the cast who are constantly abused and pushed around throughout the series.
      • Bari has been homeless most of his life with no real confirmed family members to speak of, and has seemed to barely eaten in that time too since he basically wolfs down food as if it's his last meal, and considering how his life was, it could be said that at several points he was always worried it would be his last meal.
      • Nedrick may have a good life unlike the rest of his competitors, but this is made up for in the fact that usually when he's in a season, he goes through hell and back for seemingly little reason. He is constantly put through excessively large amounts of pain, always fails to prove himself as a useful asset to his allies, and in FMTDI, he's actually mauled by an Ursaring. Poor guy can't seem to catch a break on the show.
      • Zetsu is the resident Butt-Monkey of the series, constantly getting the rotten end of the stick in every situation he's thrown into, whether it be for comedic purposes or for drama. Half the time it almost seems as if the world is completely against him having any kind of nice feelings at all.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Even assholes could deserve some sympathy for their rotten experiences every now and then.
      • Ace may have one of the least saddening backgrounds of the cast, but considering how every time he competes on the show he is constantly pushed around by others, reminded of his past mistakes, abused by the challenges, placed in a bad light compared to everyone else, and even shown to be going through some serious emotional struggles at several points, you end up feeling sorry for the guy by the end of the episodes.
      • Benson is so used to placing all of his emotions and personality traits behind that of a facade in order to constantly stay in-character with whatever he is doing that he's never actually had the chance to make real friends himself due to both being fake and having to push others away so he didn't lose focus on it.
      • Brick doesn't intend to ever be a bad guy, but he's so used to having to be a jerk in order to get any kind of respect in household that it seems to have become something of a coping mechanism for him, using it as a way to make sure he doesn't get hurt by those around him even more than what he is used to.
      • Doc may not seem like the kind of character who you could ever feel sorry for...And then you learn that he actually spent the first sixteen years of his ghost life trapped inside what was essentially a dark void until he was finally able to escape the rocky prison so heavily associated with his species. The fact he's not actually a worse person overall from these events should be appreciated more than anything.
      • Hazel is implied several times to be suffering from Abusive Parents and emotional neglect in just about every way, and considering the kid's closest friend is literally a stick, it's almost sad how horrid Hazel's life seems to be.
      • Kaden suffers from an emotionally broken psyche that came about as a result of Abusive Parents, horrible relationships gone wrong, a lack of social skills, having no real friends, lacking anyone who he could possibly go to in order to speak about his problems, and that he has become a social outcast in the series due to his personality, which again, had been affected by a crappy life. He may be a selfish Jerkass, but considering what he's gone through, it's kind of hard to blame him.
      • Sage's parents don't seem to pay any attention to her or even care about whatever she is doing with her life. They don't even respond when she tries telling them something.
      • Gein essentially had his entire life stolen away from him by his own Split Personality, leaving him to rot inside his own mind for most of his life, and whenever he did get the chance to get his life back, he was either sealed away again due to stubborness, or he ultimately realizes that even if he did get it back, that he'd essentially be destroying everything Gareth had made for himself, leading to him making the decision to simply stay inside their mind and have occasional influence on their actions.
    • Stoic Woobie: While they may not show much emotion, the audience certainly does as they get to know them as people.
      • Mimi is someone who has endeared constant ridicule and bullying throughout her entire life, people consistently pushing her aside and using her for their own selfish goals while consistently mocking her for her species' disturbing origins and appearance. By the time she's shown up on FMTDI, she's essentially going through a major depression after dealing with that for 16-years.
  • Writer Shipping: The writers of the series, Fuzzboy and Delta and their portrayals in the series, are actually among the most popular characters to ship. Its become popular enough that both of them have actually joined in on the joke and occasionally poke fun at it.

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