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YMMV / Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja

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  • Adorkable: Randy and Howard can be quite dorky, but it is especially more for Randy.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: NomiRandy. Is he the Nomicon's consciousness or a replica of Randy's subconsciousness? A fusion of the two is entirely possible.
  • Angst? What Angst?: "Aplopalypse Now" reveals that Plop Plop, the loyal friend and esquire of the First Ninja, was forced to become the guardian of one of the Sorcerer's balls for 800 years against his will. (By his best friend, no less) Despite that, when he meets Randy and Howard, he shows no signs of being remotely affected by this, and at the end of the episode When Randy uses the Nomicon in order to destank him, Plop Plop is overjoyed to be reunited with the First Ninja again.
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  • Awesome Art: The series has good animation overall.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Howard. He's either a funny character, or an insufferable Jerkass with Skewed Priorities. Not helping with this is part of the fandom's tendency to excuse his worse moments as "just part of his character" while leaping on Randy for the slightest jerkish inclination (though this has lessened recently).
  • Cargo Ship: Randy and the Ninjanomicon. Like with most cargo ships, the fandom has created a Moe Anthropomorphism of the object half.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Julian, the goth boy, is a very popular character within the fandom. His popularity could be a contribution to him becoming an Ascended Extra in the form of his Evil Doppelganger, Shadow Julian.
    • Morgan, the leader of "Dancing Fish", is another very popular character.
    • The Tengu has a huge amount of fanart.
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    • Theresa is ridiculously popular for the amount of screentime she's had, to the point where there are several Ninja Theresa AUs and other fan ideas with her as the protagonist floating around the fandom.
    • Rachel, the clarinet girl who is also a big fan of the Ninja.
  • Evil Is Cool: In-universe, Randy and Howard would love to boycott McFist's products but they're just too cool for them to pass up on purchasing them. Slips into Fridge Brilliance when one realizes they'd stick out if they stopped buying things from the most beloved man in town.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • The Sorceress in her human form as Amanda Levay.
    • To some fans, Evil Julian.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Randy and Theresa was this originally, but Theresa is now Randy's canon love interest.
    • Heidi and Randy is another very popular couple, as well.
    • Howard and Debbie are often paired together too.
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    • Not to mention the most popular ship in the fandom, Randy and Howard.
    • Another famous ship is Randy and Nomicon.
    • Julian and Theresa.
  • Fanon:
    • Many fans believer the art teacher from Wonkin' for the Weekend is Randy's mother.
    • When they aren't shipping them together, some fans believe Julian and Theresa are either cousins or siblings.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
  • Growing the Beard: While Season One was good, Season Two became Darker and Edgier with Story Arc, less Toilet Humor improved animation and more focus on Character Development.
    • Episodes Shloomp! There It Is and Randy Cunningham: 13th Century Ninja is when the series really picked up.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: The relationship between Randy and Howard runs close to this a lot.
    • Season two ramps it up by having an episode where Randy gets jealous of Howard hanging out with Bucky (titled "True Bromance") and where they have to take care of a bologna "baby" for science class and bicker over who gets to look after it.
  • Moe: There's no sugar coating it-Randy is adorable.
    • Rachael may be this In-Universe, so of course some people in real would feel the same way.
    • Julian could possibly be the best example, being the perkiest Perky Goth ever and having a cute appearance to match. The soft voice (courtesy of Dee Bradley Baker) helps.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Shadow Julian crossed it when he controlled Howard's mind and had him walk towards a pit, giving Randy a Sadistic Choice to either stop him or save Howard.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Weinerham (Randy/Howard), Fowlham (Randy/Theresa), Heidiham (Randy/Heidi), Weinerkang (Howard/Debbie Kang), Julieresa (Julian/Theresa Fowler), and Juliandy (Julian/Randy).
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Slowly has been starting between Randy/Theresa and Randy/Heidi shippers.
    • Not to mention the ship wars that occurred between Randy/Theresa and Randy/Howard fans when Randy/Theresa was confirmed.
  • Spiritual Adaptation:
  • Tear Jerker: Quite a few moments from the Evil Julian arc, especially where Julian himself is involved. It's sad to see such a sweet character suffer, especially since he's usually so happy, and he really tries to make the most of his bad situation.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: For fans of Tim Curry, the change of his voice to Ben Cross for season two would count as this.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Girl characters in general tend to be wasted.
    • The Sorceress. She only appeared for two episodes and hasn't even been mentioned since making her an Aborted Arc.
    • Theresa and Debbie due to being rather popular among fans and even getting some focus episodes, making them prime candidates to move into a Main Character slot, but they always end up pushed back into the background after the episode focus is done.
    • Heidi as well, as she is the girl who appears in the most episodes with a speaking line, but is usually just dumping info on the setting.
    • Like above, it's most of the female characters including Morgan and Rachel.
    • Despite playing a major part in the Evil Julian arc, some fans feel there wasn't enough focus on Julian. Specifically, he was stuck in a shadow dimension and there was a bit of filler during this arc, meaning that most of the focus still went to Randy and Howard despite Julian being a driving force.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The subplot with Debbie trying to find out who the ninja is. She ends up getting Laser-Guided Amnesia and stops pursuing Randy.
    • In general, many new villains outside of the Sorcerer, McFist and Shadow Julian (Mac Antfee, Catfish Booray, the Sorceress) only get two episodes about them before their plots are resolved, which is too soon in the eyes of many fans.
    • After Randy pretends he's sick to stay home from school in Randy Cunningham's Day Off, Howard calls McFist and tells him the ninja's not in school today. McFist takes the opportunity, but Viceroy points out the concern that someone out there knows he wants to destroy the ninja.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: No one at Norrisville High understands Jacques's work.
  • Ugly Cute: Barnabutt Jones.
  • Values Resonance: Many Julian fans note that he's not a stereotypical Goth; aside from being a Perky Goth, he's overall very nice, plays an important role in later episodes, and when stanked, the Sorcerer typically feeds off of his fear, which breaks two stereotypes (the first being that a goth would typically be characterized by sadness or anger, the second being that goths aren't usually scared of much). Now, this has been done before with works like Ruby Gloom and the many works of Tim Burton... but Julian is just casually slipped into a non-gothic series, and aside from comments about him being weird, he's never portrayed as "bad" for being a goth.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Julian, to some, due to his androgynous appearance and quiet voice. The fact that he's partially inspired by Noel Fielding-who also falls under this sometimes-doesn't help much.


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