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  • Accidental Innuendo: In one part of "Little King John Fugue in D Minor", Little King John stretches his neck downwards to look below the bench. Some viewers thought he was staring at his butt, but according to the creator, he was actually looking at his feet playing the foot pedals.
  • Awesome Music: Try to not get one of Little King John's songs in your head.
    • The background music is pretty good too, as well as some of the songs the creator has uploaded in the non-Ratboy Genius videos on the channel.
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    • Everything from "Happyman and the Red Planet".
    • The theme song for Galactic Superheroes. The lyrics may sound heroic enough, but the melody is very melancholy and mysterious with the synthesized voices incroperated beautifully and harmoniously.
    • I've Cracked Open the World from The Flood.
  • Body Horror: With the Off-Model intended, Though not as horrifying, it still has those awkward moments, especially with Little King John. It's still very hilarious.
    • A more straight example is found within the backstory of George. While we don't know the specifics of it, it has been explained that George lost his arms in the spaceship crash that stranded him and his siblings on the Red Planet.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Quite possibly Ryan Dorin himself. He has a Ph.D. in music composition, has performed as the twelve-fingered pianist in Gattaca, has been a professor at The New School and College of Staten Island, and believes there to be guinea pigs on Mars.
  • Ear Worm: Most of the songs, including Ratboy's theme song, the promotional song for the Cafe Press shop, and pretty much every one of Little King John's songs.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Little King John is far and away the most popular character in the series.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: A lot of commenters like to conduct deliberately overwrought analyses of the episodes and songs. It's mostly good-natured and tongue-in-cheek, although some of these theories have influenced the fans, such as the idea that Little King John is a manifestation of Ratboy Genius's repressed sociopathic urges.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The Ratboy Genius Fanart Tribute, in which Ryan Dorin animated the main characters of RBG going over and commenting on fanart for five minutes, certainly qualifies. It really shows how seriously Dorin takes his work, and how much he cares about his fanbase.
    • Another one is when the YouTuber, Worthikids, himself a talented composer and animator, posted a tribute to the works of RGB and Dorin himself gave his approval thusly:
’’What a great tribute. You are so talented and appreciate your appreciation of my work.Love, RGB’’
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: An episode of The Simpsons has Homer calling Bart "Rat Boy" and imagining him as a rat/human hybrid. Ratboy Genius uses the Bart Simpson color scheme.
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  • Informed Wrongness: Old Fingerhead in Galactic Superheroes. All he wants is for the Hoo-Hoos to stop breaking into his ship, yet the Galactic Superheroes are severely in favor of the Hoo-Hoos when arbitrating the situation and brutalize Old Fingerhead.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: A lot of those who don't like the animation still like the music. This is echoed in-universe by Ratboy Genius, who admits that even though Little King John is a creep, he sings some pretty catchy songs.
  • Narm Charm: More than a few commenters have mentioned that they originally came to laugh at the weird animations and songs, but eventually came to genuinely enjoy the stories and music.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Yiff yiff! It's me, the Ratboy Genius!"
    • Potato knishes.
    • "There are many things that need to be erased." It got referenced in Cookie Clicker, as the highest level achievement for resetting with a certain high level of cookies will have this for the quote.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • "Potato Knishes" in its entirety, thanks to Little King John's thousand-yard stare (directly at the viewer) and inhuman stretching.
    • He gets significantly more unsettling in The Flood Part 10, especially when he begins to rant at Ratboy Genius.
  • Self Fan Service: Some of the fanart portrays Ratboy Genius and Little King John simply as anthro rats, as opposed to the unsettling original designs. Summer Solstice Baby is often portrayed simply as a normal looking woman, as opposed to either her original poorly drawn 2D design or the also somewhat creepy 3D model.
  • Signature Scene: "Potato Knishes", due to how unintentionally frightening it is out of context. (Or even in context, really.) This may be the reason why it became Little King John's leitmotif in The Flood.
  • Ugly Cute:
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • All the 3-D models used in later episodes.
    • Especially Little King John and his constant stretching. Special mention goes to Part 10 of The Flood, where he gets angry and somehow becomes even more terrifying than before.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Several of the comments ask what age group the videos are intended for, and mention that although a lot of the videos and characters are quite childish, kids would probably be terrified by the Off-Model and Uncanny Valley animation and voices.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Several of the youtube comments ask as much.
    • One commenter suggested that Green Monster is always blazed out of his mind, and the creator said, "Maybe he is."

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