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  • Adorkable: Atchan comes off as awkwardly endearing because of his belief that he has super powers.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The background tunes will stick in your head for days on end.
    • Also, the show's theme song itself. Check for yourself.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The Talent Suckers appearing in a time machine and then disappearing in "Puffy B.C." It comes out of nowhere and has no bearing whatsoever on the episode's plot.
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  • Bizarro Episode: "Sound Off". The episode revolves around the main gang having to go and fix their show after the animators fall asleep. And that's just the summary.
  • Cliché Storm: The amount of tropes played straight is a little overbearing at times.
  • Covered Up: The soundtrack features a cover of "Joining A Fan Club", originally by Puffy songwriter/producer Andy Sturmer's early-1990s band Jellyfish.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Julie is very popular for a character who only appeared in one episode.
    • The Talent Suckers become this as a result of becoming protagonists of two segments.
  • Fanon: Julie was never given a canonical last name, but fans tend to give her the last name Hinikawa to keep with Ami and Yumi's Japanese last names.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Thanks to the theme song played by the same group, it naturally has one with Teen Titans.
    • Due to following the "goth girl and pastel girl" dynamic and having a similarly trippy tone, you'll find a lot of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt fans who enjoy this series.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • An Americanized show about two Japanese pop stars has a very popular Hispanic dub.
    • Predictably, the show was more popular in Japan than America, to the point that Japan got the entire series on DVD while America didn't.
  • Magnificent Bastard: While the Puffy gang often encounter smug Jerkasses, these four are the exception.
    • "Bad Manager": Slick Shady, the "biggest weasel in rock", is a manager who's also an expert rock-paper-scissors player. Coercing the reluctant Kaz into betting his prize money in a game of rock-paper-scissors, Shady easily wins, and gets him to bet Ami and Yumi, whom he also wins. With the duo now his, Shady lavishes them in an ultra-luxurious lifestyle, all while Kaz degrades into a washed up flea circus manager. After Ami and Yumi challenge Shady to a game of rock-paper-scissors for their release, he ups the ante by forcing Kaz to leave the music business should they lose. A man of his word, Shady allows Ami and Yumi to return to Kaz after they beat him, while also leaving his mark as the best manager the duo have ever had.
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    • "Phantom of Rock": The titular Phantom of Rock, Johnny Ghost, is a legendary rocker who can get the best out of any band. Working with Kaz to get Ami and Yumi out of their creative stagnation, the Phantom fakes kidnapping Kaz and has the duo go through his deadly haunted castle. At the end of the trail, the Phantom reveals that he had sampled Ami and Yumi's screams and grunts to be used in an enjoyable single, ending the episode willing to collaborate with the Puffy gang again after having so much fun messing with them.
    • "Janice Jealous": Janice herself is a monotone nerd whose yo-yo skills and expertise in arcade games made her King Chad's latest girlfriend. After Ami and Yumi lure Chad from her by copying her looks and behavior, Janice feigns sadness in order to get their attention. Getting the rockers to feel guilty and return to being themselves, this leads to Chad breaking up with them and allowing Janice to swoop in to take him back, having copied her looks off of Ami, while having also learnt guitar and joined a band during their breakup. Janice ends the episode at Chad's side again, serving as the only antagonist to score one over the Puffy duo.
    • "Legend of Mei Pie": The eponymous Master Mei Pie is the greatest guitar maker in the world, and the one Yumi goes to for a new guitar. Mei Pie gives the rocker a list of items that require her to travel around the globe, uncaring that Yumi goes through pain to retrieve them. Once all the items are brought to him, Mei Pie, rather than giving Yumi a new guitar, instead returns her old one to her, stating that the entire thing had been a test to see how much effort she would put into accomplishing her goals, with Yumi playing far better now than she was before thanks to his methods.
  • Memetic Badass: Ninja Ami and Ninja Yumi, to the point where their outfits are featured in the video games and in the Ninja Rockstar computer games.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moe: Ami and Yumi are this. Atchan and Julie can also count.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Imagine a fan with hypnotic eyes stalking you, just like Harmony did to Ami, Yumi and Kaz.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The Kaznapped and Genie and the Amp games are praised for creating original storylines.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The show is mostly infamous because of its marketing campaign and coming out of the blue without much warning. On its own, it's a fairly average cartoon show.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The excellent Spanish dub was the reason of its popularity in Latin America, with Karla Falcon as a snarky Yumi and Leyla Rangel as a overly cute Ami and the good chemistry and comedic timing they had.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The color scheme and overall "cuteness" of the series is likely to turn away a lot of viewers.
  • Toy Ship: Yumi and Atchan.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: "Treasure Map"/"Artist Ami"
  • Uncanny Valley: For Vlad’s first design, he had realistic teeth, which is jarring compared to his cartoony feel. This was fixed by his second appearance by replacing the realistic teeth with fangs.
  • Unexpected Character: The Talent Suckers' cameo appearance in "Puffy B.C.". That episode took place entirely in the pre-history and they only appear because of a never seen before (or since) Time Machine.
  • Ugly Cute: Nikolai.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Fairly mild for the most part, but the show can be pretty trippy at times. Examples include "Sound Off", which completely destroys the fourth wall by having the main trio go and fix the show because the animators fell asleep, and "Rock n' Roe", where the eponymous duo end up having a bad acid trip after consuming cheap sushi.


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