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  • Acceptable Professional Targets:
    • Entertainment executives. Guys like Bert Coleman, the Night Owl, and RGB 2's boss are all abusive, sociopathic Hate Sinks who make rooting for Mordecai and Rigby very, very easy.
    • RichJerks in general. The evil Country club owner, Rich Steve, and Rich Buckner in particular come to nasty ends for their selfish plans.
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • In "Skips Strikes":
    Benson: Who would of thought that a mandatory team building activity would get us to the championship?
    Mordecai: Thanks to my power hook!
    Rigby: No way! Thanks to my atomic fireball!
    Benson: And because of my *chuckles* backup balls!
    • In "Cruisin"
    "Carmenita's special parts should only be manipulated by a professional."
  • Adorkable: Pops. His childlike demeanor, antiquated linguistics and kind personality make him very endearing.
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  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Do not ever, ever put an iota of faith in Rigby (though now that he's with Eileen and trying to prove that he's a good boyfriend to her, this has changed).
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • In "House Rules" Mordecai learns that Rigby may die young or just leave Mordecai. Have episodes like "Think Positive", "Best Burgers in the World" and "Replaced" made him more lazy in order to hang out more with Rigby?
    • "Lift With Your Back" and "Eileen Flat Screen" both imply that Rigby is more mature than the show usually gives him credit for; it's just that we normally see him through Mordecai's perspective, as his idiot friend. It's also just showing his Brilliant, but Lazy tendencies, and that Rigby could probably improve so much about his life if he ever gave a real damn about anything.
    • The events of "Rigby Goes to the Prom" has had fans questioning just how much of Rigby's attitude and personality throughout the show is his own fault or if this behavior is just the natural result developed from years of his dad's poor treatment of him as The Unfavorite.
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    • Is Benson just a Mean Boss with a Hair-Trigger Temper (albeit with a heart of gold underneath), or is he a friendly enough Reasonable Authority Figure who has just been pushed to his wits end by Mordecai and Rigby's antics. While he can be harsh and he does have a few legitimate Kick the Dog moments throughout the series, often his frustration with the two is understandable given what they put him through and their general laziness, and it's shown that he is willing to treat his employees when they actually do their work. Not to mention, despite threatening to fire the main duo enough for "Or your fired!" to be considered his Catchphrase, he rarely attempts to act on it, even when they give him more than enough reason to.
      • Why does Benson occasionally intrust Mordecai and Rigby with important tasks, despite knowing very well what screwups they are, to the point where other times he's reluctant to give them a chance? Is it just him occasionally grabbing the Idiot Ball, or is there a part of him that sincerely thinks they can do better and wants to give them the opportunity to show it.
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  • Angst? What Angst?: In the finale, Mordeicai asks Rigby if he felt any remorse of the people that were killed, with Rigby stating that they're probably fine. Granted, we do later find out that the people Anti-Pops killed came back after he died, and Chance Sureshot reveals that his clone was the one who was killed, but there's other characters they met that were killed in the past, even before they went into space.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: The Night Owl is defeated fairly quickly in his owl mech.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • The development of Mordecai and Margaret's relationship has been agonizingly slow. After four seasons of Mordecai making minimal effort to take their relationship beyond friendship, Margaret finally gives him a kiss when he sees her off at the airport. So they're finally together, right? Nope, next episode involving them says that Mordecai is still considered to be in the "friend zone". At the end, they share a mutual kiss, and the next episode has Margaret introducing him to the rest of her family. But "Steak Me Amadeus"'s plot revolves around Mordecai asking Margaret to be his girlfriend and getting heartbroken when Margaret shoots him down. Given everything that had happened prior, it was pretty easy to think that she already was.
    • And things got worse with the Mordecai-Margaret-CJ love triangle that started with CJ freaking out over Mordecai kissing Margaret on "Merry Christmas, Mordecai" and ended with CJ once again thinking Mordecai loves Margaret and the two deciding to break up until Mordecai can decide on "Dumped at the Altar" (then continued on "Dumptown, USA" with Mordecai running away to be alone with his grief, Rigby rescuing him, and telling Mordecai that he should forget about dating and enjoy the single life and with "Just Friends" with Mordecai and Margaret admitting that, while they do like each other, the two of them are content to just be friends and not rush into a relationship. It finally ended with the series finale with Mordecai getting together with neither Margaret nor CJ and marrying a bat girl he met during his time as a famous artist, though, according to Word of God, Mordecai still has a platonic friendship with Margaret, while his friendship and romantic relationship with CJ is pretty much done).
  • Archive Panic: 8 seasons, 261 episodes, a collection of minisodes, and a movie.
  • Ass Pull:
    • It's obvious they weren't planning on Thomas turning out to be a Russian spy when he first appeared, as the retconning in the flashbacks seems rather forced. However, some of the scenes that don't feel like forced foreshadowing do explain a lot about Thomas and why he didn't seem to be featured a lot after being introduced in "Exit 9B."
    • In the finale, Sureshot reveals that he didn't really die, his clone did. We then pan over to a case of multiple clones of Sureshot that have apparently been in the back of his ship this whole time.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Lift with Your Back kind of plays with this. It addresses the common accusation that Rigby is The Load by having him actually follow through with a job on his own. While that happens, the episode also calls to attention that Rigby has been a more reliable friend for Mordecai than anyone was willing to give him credit for.
    • Eileen Flat Screen goes even further by showing Rigby doing something nice for Eileen by not only taking her new flatscreen home, but also installing it for her. And he does it of his own volition, instead of being talked into it by Mordecai or CJ. In earlier episodes he would have whined the entire time and refused to take it seriously, thus showing that Rigby really has changed for the better.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Benson is the biggest one. Either he's a strict boss who has to put up with Mordecai and Rigby's antics and laziness, yet still cares for them and only wishes to teach them the meaning of being people that like to do their job, or he's an insufferable Jerkass who threatens to fire them for the stupidest reasons. Or he's both.
    • Muscle Man is either a hilarious character or an Overused Running Gag with an annoying voice. Later seasons picked up on the latter point and managed to bring it down a few pegs, though it still tends to zig-zag from episode to episode.
    • Even Mordecai and Rigby themselves tend to fall under this; either they're Brilliant, but Lazy characters who are treated poorly by Benson, or they're annoyingly lazy jerks who get away with their antics at least 90% of the time.
    • Margaret is either a funny, well written supporting character or an annoying, bland plot device for Mordecai. After Season 5, this sentiment managed to die down a bit, only to come back on later seasons.
    • Thomas, the new employee is either an okay addition to the cast or he's The Generic Guy with no mention whatsoever how he got the job or why the park needs an intern (though in "Exit 9B," it is implied that he is there for college credit). However, "The Real Thomas" reveals that he's not who he claims to be, and reveals quite the past about him, saving him for some from this category.
  • Stef acts as one purely for her role in being Mordecai's ultimate love interest despite only being introduced in the last episode.
    • Finally, Pops is either cute due to his naive personality, or annoying for the same reason.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Weird stuff does go down on the show, but, unlike most Big Lipped Alligator Moments, the weirdness is part of the plot and gets referred to in later episodes.
  • Broken Base: Who should Mordecai be with? CJ or Margaret? Does he even deserve to be with either as of "Merry Christmas Mordecai"? As of "Sad Sax," the answer is that he's deeply sorry for breaking C.J.'s heart, doesn't love Margaret enough to be with her anymore [but still likes her], and wants to be with C.J. Speaking of "Sad Sax," was Mordecai's quest to make up with C.J. over the events of "Merry Christmas, Mordecai" sincere or was this a cheap way to piss off fans who want Margaret and Mordecai to be a couple? Though, in the end, none of this mattered, as "Dumped at the Altar" showed Mordecai and CJ "taking a break" from each other after CJ once again thinks Mordecai loves Margaret more than her, "Dumptown USA" had Rigby tell Mordecai to forget about girls and find out what he wants out of life, and the series finale showed that Mordecai ended up marrying a bat girl named Stefani (according to Word of God) when Mordecai finally gets his art career off the ground and becomes famous for his work. While Margaret is now Mordecai's platonic friend, CJ basically washed her hands of Mordecai and is now a pro dodgeball player.
  • Catharsis Factor: The montage of the main characters finally achieving happiness might make you feel good.
  • Creator's Pet: Some fans think Muscle Man and Starla became this.
  • Crossover Ship: Mordecai and Twilight Sparkle, complete with fan club.
  • Delusion Conclusion: Since J.G. Quintel created and voiced the main character in both Regular Show (as Mordecai) and Close Enough (as Josh), a common joke is that Regular Show was just a long drug trip Josh had in which he imagined himself as a blue jay.
    • Back in the show's early days, it was a common joke that entire show was just Mordecai and Benson's drug trip, and that they where the two clerks in 2 in the AM PM.
  • Designated Hero: Mordecai and Rigby are supposed to be the protagonists of the show, but instead they are extremely lazy, incompetent, and they constantly try to skip out on their jobs to slack off, and they should be lucky that they live in a nice house for free, no wonder Benson's so angry all the time. They're even usually responsible for the creation and cause of the dangerous villains and the destruction of the park.
  • Designated Villain: Benson is usually seen as unfair, abrasive, and extremely short-tempered who usually yells at Mordecai and Rigby for their mishaps, but he's usually just trying to do his job and teach the duo some responsibility and he isn't wrong about the duo slacking off and being irresponsible.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • C.J. for Mordecai/Margaret.
    • Margaret herself was this for Mordecai/Rigby in the early seasons, now currently is this for Mordecai/CJ, as of "Merry Christmas Mordecai" and "Sad Sax."
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Some fans paint Benson as a Woobie who constantly has to deal with Mordecai and Rigby's ineptitude, but there are times when Benson can be unreasonable (like making re-mow the lawn because it was a centimetre too long in Temp Check), ungrateful (the many times where he explodes on them even after they save his life), blame them for things that he's at equal fault for, or even be a straight-up bully towards them (Muscle Mentor, Best Burger in the World, Lunch Break).
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The baby ducks became quite popular over the course of their two appearances.
    • Techmo for his cool design and the one-and-only Steve Blum providing his voice.
    • Stef from the finale. note  became popular after her name was revealed.
  • Fandom Rivalry: They have an intense one with Teen Titans Go!, not unlike several other shows aired on Cartoon Network. This is mainly due to the fact that this show rarely got reruns, while Teen Titans Go! reruns played ad nauseam. Not help by the fact that Cartoon Network aired a Teen Titans Go! marathon to celebrate the end of Regular Show.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • It's safe to say that some fans (particularly the Thomas fans) just prefer to ignore "The Real Thomas" episode, where it was revealed all this time, that he was a Russian spy and then went on the run.
    • People who still ship Benson/Audrey prefer to ignore that they broke up.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "Don" bears some similarities to the series finale. Just like Pops, Rigby has to hug his brother to prevent everything from being erased.
    • The short mini-episode "Fun Run" ends with Pops getting carried off to the sky towards the sun by a flock of seagulls. In the show's final episode, Pops dies by incineration when he's flung into a star. What was at first just a very surreal joke ending is now a lot creepier in hindsight.
    • In the Regular Show movie, Rigby tells Mordecai that if he dies saving the world, that he wants Benson to build a bronze statue of him in his memory at the park, because "that would be really cool." Pops died in the final episode, and Benson erected a statue in his memory at the park.
  • Genius Bonus: The Dudetime Cologne attracts unicorns. In medieval times, it was believed that a virgin's purity would attract unicorns. Therefore, guys who use Dudetime are virgins (and so is Mordecai).
    • The baby ducks in "A Bunch of Baby Ducks" caught onto Rigby's behavior very quickly and began imitating him as fast as they clung to him. Real-life ducks do imprint on the first animal they see, but it's a bit stretched in this case, given that the ducklings weren't freshly hatched.
    • The series excel in satire about retro-gaming. A notable example is a whole parody of The Wizard ending in a jab on the PowerGlove, just to prove the writers know their source material.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Muscle Man, while a Base-Breaking Character in the show's home country, is a fan-favorite in Spain. Or at least he was during his original voice actor's run.
  • Growing the Beard: Season two improved on season one by using improved and consistent writing, in addition to better animation.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In "Meteor Moves" The Guardian of the Friend Zone warned Mordecai that he took too long to start a relationship with Margaret and that they are most likely going to just be friends now, while he does give Mordecai another chance, his words do ultimately come true that they are only just friends when "Steak Me Amadeus" Comes because Margaret just got accepted into her college Milten University. If only Mordecai asked Margaret to be his girlfriend sooner, maybe they could have been Boyfriend and Girlfriend for real, or maybe until Margaret got into her college.
    • The "Go Viral" episode which has a Warden trying to police the web. After that episode, there were quite a few bills that did try to do that such as SOPA, CISPA, and PIPA. Thankfully, none of them passed after massive protests.
    • The fact that death somewhat resembles Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead is this since Lemmy's death in late 2015.
    • Watching the parts of the montage where Pops' birth and childhood are depicted can come off as pretty chilling once you see the finale, since it gives off the vibe that we've seen his entire life all the way to his death.
    • Speaking of the finale, Muscle Man thinking he almost killed Pops in "Prankless" is even more heartbreaking.
    • The ending to Dumped At The Alter takes an even more bitter turn when you realize that's literally CJ's last major appearance in the show. While she still makes a couple of cameos afterwards, she seemingly never actually makes up with Mordecai. And of course not helped that Word of God states that CJ cut ties with Margaret, Eileen, Mordecai, and Rigby, arguably due to how her relationship with Mordecai was screwed up beyond repair.
    • In an incredibly creepy example of foreshadowing, or just one heck of a coincidence, Pops, in the fourth Halloween special, is sacrificed to a giant hole in his own scary story. In addition to this, in his segment, he's dressed as the sun. In the finale, he dies via incineration by a star.
    • Possibly intentional example from "Cheer Up Pops." The joke of Pops being horrified when his friends cut into a cake (which oozes red filling) that resembles his head? Darkly humorous upon watching initially. After watching the finale, though? Quite possibly the most morbid joke in the series.
    • Pops' continuous association/fascination with butterflies could be seen as this, seeing as how he's the only character to permanently die by the end of the series, and there's an entire trope about this.
    • In the episode "Rap It Up," Pops recites a rather sweet, charming poem about hugs. It's cute upon watching initially, but rather sad after watching the show's final episode. In the finale, Pops dies hugging Anti-Pops, and in their last moments, Anti-Pops gives him a hug back.
    • Death Punchies shows a Played for Laughs montage of Rigby losing in a game called punchies, capped off with Skips sending him to the hospital. In Over The Top, Skips kills Rigby in a game of arm wrestling.
      • Also in the same episode, when Rigby goes completely nuts with the Death Punch, one moment is shown where he punches Pops into the sun. Now, how does Pops die in the finale?
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • In "Muscle Woman", Mordecai and Rigby are seen to have a lot of trouble at keeping up with Muscle Man's park chores, with Mordecai citing he didn't know Muscle Man was responsible for so much stuff. Come one season later in "Fists of Justice", and they have to do Skips' jobs, which are implied to be even more in quantity and more tiring compared to Muscle Man; however, neither of the two take as long, nor they complain while doing so. While both Mordecai and Rigby are still slackers, it's happy to see them growing out of it to help their friend by doing their labor.
    • In the finale, the park workers erect a statue of Mr. Maellard in his honor, near that of his son's statue. Considering his voice actor, David Ogden Stiers, passed away over a year later, this is a very fitting send off to him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The skinned Muscle Man in the first "Terror Tales of the Park" looks exactly like the Colossal Titan on Attack on Titan.
    • In "It's Time", Mordecai at one point says "Do it. Just do it!"
    • The evil animatronic band from "Fuzzy Dice" bear similarities to the evil animatronic characters in the video game Five Nights at Freddy's, which was released two years after "Fuzzy Dice" originally aired.
    • Billy Mitchell suing over the character of GBF, who shared his likeness (because he was portrayed as a cheater), becomes this when he was busted for cheating in 2018. (For extra bonus points, the linked article uses a screenshot of GBF’s debut.)
    • "Dumptown, USA" has Rigby (a raccoon) going to a faraway place to break his best friend out of a deep depression, which is reflected in his disheveled appearance, looking similar to The Dude. Come Avengers: Endgame, an important part of the story has Rocket Raccoon going to New Asgard to break Thor out of his depression- and he too is dressed like The Dude! This has led to jokes about the moment of the episode being a "spoiler without context" of the Marvel film.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Benson really had a moment of this in "Busted Cart" when he lets Mordecai and Rigby really have it when they once again screw up — and it's not the usual "Do this or you're fired!" order. It's a sincerely frustrated rant about how Mordecai and Rigby don't take anything seriously and that it tears him up inside.
    • Rigby. He's an annoying jerk, but he's not a bad guy by any means, and when something really bad happens to him, you can't help but really feel for him. If one had any doubts, The Movie cements it entirely. Mordecai has quite literally been Rigby's only friend his entire life, to the point where he's absolutely terrified of the idea of them not going to college together. Add this to the fact that Rigby is constantly being told that he's too stupid and lazy for his own good (he didn't get into a supposedly all-accepting college because even they thought he was too stupid) and he's really just The Woobie.
    • Maellard was a very callous Jerk with a Heart of Gold in the majority of his appearances, with a couple Pet the Dog moments towards Benson and Pops here and there. But the finale pushed him into straight-up woobie territory, after he finds out that his son Pops has died, and he begins to cry.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Thomas is a seemingly average intern revealed to be a skilled Russian spy named Nikolai. Ingratiating himself into the gang's favor by helping fight off a hostile takeover by an army of past foes, Nikolai thwarts any attempt to sabotage his cover while playing the part of an unassuming Nice Guy, all the while covertly setting up machinery to transport the entire park landmass to Russia. Eventually subduing the entire crew, Nikolai discovers his Russian masters' true warmongering intentions and betrays them for his new friends, fighting off fellow spy Natalia and returning the Park to America, before going into hiding as a fugitive traitor.
  • Memetic Loser: Following the end of the series, Mordecai's relationship issues with both CJ and especially Margaret became the source of mockery with a lot of fans. The fact that this arc for Mordecai corresponded around the same time Rigby was finally having his long-awaited character development had the unfortunate side-effect of making Mordecai come off looking worse by comparison. As detailed in this show's Memetic Mutation page, Mordecai would later be coined as a "simp" by fans years after the end of the show.
  • Memetic Mutation: See here.
  • Misblamed: Cartoon Network got a slew of hate (especially from theorist Youtubers) when Regular Show was announced to be ending by its eight season, coming off as them cancelling the show due to their focus on the PPG 2016 Reboot and Teen Titans Go! (which in itself is a controversial topic). This is not the case, as J.G. Quintel always intended for the series to have a finite story that he would end on his own terms, similar to what Alex Hirsch did.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • What Night Owl did in his debut simply so he could be famous forever was harsh.
    • The reveal that the Network CEO of "That's My Television" trapped RGB 2 in his suit for years, enslaving a man and stealing his life just to make more money might qualify him as the most deplorable villain on the whole series.
    • Klorgbane crossed it when he destroyed Skips' high school prom, knocked out the principal, and got Mona killed in the crossfire just so he could fight Skips. He also killed Archibald in present time.
    • Anti-Pops crosses it when he begins erasing reality, starting with murdering Muscle Man and High Five Ghost just to piss off Pops.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Anytime Mordecai, Rigby or anyone else goes "OOOOHHHHH!!!" can put a smile on anyone's face.
  • Narm Charm: Arguably, the entire show runs on narm charm. It's a World of Ham populated by odd, silly characters, to a soundtrack of deliberately cheesy 80's synth-pop. That doesn't make it any less charming.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Rigby's attitude towards Mordecai in "Do Me a Solid" and "Wall Buddy", even if his future Character Development is taken into account.
    • Similarly, Benson's harassment towards the duo in episodes such as "Best Burgers in the World" and "Lunch Break", with the former having him laugh on M&R.
    • By far the most egregious case has to be Mordecai killing Rigby in "It's Time". Fans tend to hold Mordecai to this action even to present day, usually glossing over the fact that not only did Mordecai immediately regret his actions, but he actively prevented such an occurrence from happening again in "Diary", on top of Skips killing Rigby in "Over the Top" to similar regret as Mordecai.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The Wham Shot of Muscle Man having been skinned in "Terror Tales of the Park" is supposed to be Nightmare Fuel, but it's since become desensitized due to the memes joking that it just makes him look like the Colossal Titan from Attack on Titan, the anime having come out a couple of years after the episode was released.
  • Periphery Demographic: This show has lots of adult fans.
  • Popular with Furries: The series has a fair amount of furry fans.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Opinions on "Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land" vary. Some find the gameplay great, with a fun variation between the two characters as well as being an old-school side-scrolling platformer. Others find the game too short and not having enough to do with the show (for example, Mordecai, Rigby, and Benson are the only main characters to appear).
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Seasons 6 and 7 have done this for Rigby, one of the more pronounced Base Breaking Characters of the show. Throughout the course of the season, he underwent a convincing case of Character Development, taking a level in kindess, and officially started a relationship with Eileen.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The general consensus of the Mordecai/CJ/Margaret romance arc in Season 6 is that it should've been much shorter. It didn't help that there were quite a few episodes (I See Turtles, 1000th Chopper Flight Party, etc.) where the arc could've ended, only for the next episode to add more drama to stretch it out.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • CJ is a perfectly nice girl who has a lot in common with Mordecai and only gets angry when she either fears for Mordecai or has had her heart broken by him inadvertently. Unfortunately people tend to dislike her due to her fiery temper even if she did nothing to deserve what's been done to her. It wasn't helped when Word of God years later after the show's end would confirm that CJ cut ties with everyone, putting it more as if she did that due to her anger towards Mordecai.
    • On the flip side of the shipping coin, Margret gets demonized as a siren who dares threaten CJ and Mordecai's relationship.
  • Seasonal Rot: Seasons 4 and 6 are considered this, with the former using Muscle Man too much and generally repeating things, and the latter devoting itself to more dramatic episodes about Mordecai's love life that succumbed to Arc Fatigue.
    • Some fans would even extend this to season 8, which was where many accused the show of running out of steam. Said fans felt bringing the cast into space ultimately added little to the show, instead simply turning it into a cleaner Futurama or Rick and Morty. That said, the show's Grand Finale was met with widespread acclaim as a suitably epic and emotional send-off.
  • Shocking Swerve: This pretty much happens Once per Episode. From "Fortune Cookie", for example: "I just lost the park to the guy in the fanny pack." "He's a WARLOCK!"
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Can be considered as a cartoon made by either Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen or Evan Goldberg as the concept of the episodes are similar to their works such as Pineapple Express, This Is the End, Neighbors (2014) and The Interview, except this body of work is made for kids unlike the R-rated nature of the films. Plus, the show's stars Mordecai and Rigby looked like characters that can be played by Rogen and James Franco, who both have played the everyman buddy and amiable doofus much like Mordecai and Rigby in Pineapple Express and The Interview. Also, the character of Muscle Man can be considered an expy of comic actor Danny McBride (who appeared in Pineapple Express and This Is the End). It's even further helped that some of the actors who voice-acted on the show had actually worked with the aforementioned filmmakers ranging from Linda Cardellini, the voice of C.J., who appeared opposite Rogen in Apatow's Freaks and Geeks to Ed Begley, Jr., the voice of Mordecai's dad, who had acted in Pineapple Express to even David Koechner, the voice of Principal Dean, who acted opposite Rogen in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Drillbit Taylor, an episode of Freaks and Geeks and Paul and worked for Apatow on the former four projects, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
  • Squick:
    • "Muscle Woman" is FULL of this. Lampshaded by Rigby.
    Rigby: This was the most disturbing day of my life.
    • And then there's the time where Muscle Man spends half an episode flexing his moobs (man boobs).
    • "Last Meal" features Muscle Man and Starla's very intimate kissing. Even Death, who takes the souls of people, was disgusted by it.
    • Pretty much anytime Muscle Man and Starla kiss together, even In-Universe.
    • In "Karaoke Video", we see Muscle Man with a sack of gravy strapped to his stomach that he takes from through a straw. That's not really the nauseating part — the real gross factor comes in during the episode's big fight, where Muscle Man gets punched in the stomach, and streams of gravy sauce come out through his nostrils and mouth.
    Pops: I can feel the excitement in my bladder!
    • A great deal of "Brain Eraser" counts as this, especially the close-ups of Pops' hairy ass/legs, and Mordecai's overly-detailed descriptions of Pops' "junk mail."
    • From the episode "White Elephant Gift Exchange", some of Muscle Man's gifts qualify. Gloves made from his old underwear for Benson, and a bottle of liquified, black, 20-year-old expired ranch dressing for Pops. Near the end of the episode, one component of the prank gift given to Muscle Man was expired clam chowder, which splattered all over Muscle Man.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Mordecai in some of his dealings with Rigby is presented as this. Rigby has been an outright Jerkass to Mordecai just because he won't immediately indulge in Rigby's selfish whims such as in "Do Me a Solid" and "Wall Buddy", and even situations where Rigby should be sympathetic are ruined by being so petty and spiteful that his suffering is arguably deserved. Yet in these situations, Mordecai has to wind up to apologizing to Rigby despite being Innocently Insensitive at worst. The same can be said of anytime when he tries to point Rigby's own flaws such as in "Lift With Your Back" where Mordecai sheepishly agrees with the other workers about Rigby's ability as a worker. Despite saying without any malice whatsoever, Rigby still treats it as a betrayal of the highest caliber.
    • Benson can be a meaner boss than necessary sometimes, but it's not like Mordecai and Rigby are employees of the month. They're constantly showing up late for work, they either ditch work or do it entirely incorrectly, and they trash the park consistently. It's not only putting their jobs at risk, it's also putting Benson in danger of being fired. But practically every episode treats him as an overreacting Bad Boss. One episode had Mordecai and Rigby try to water plants with soda, and instead of being reprimanded, Benson gets in trouble for yelling at them.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: They get the actual music surprisingly often, but still resort to these quite a lot as well.
    • In "Free Cake" of the theme from The Big O. Which in and of itself is suspiciously similar to the theme from Flash Gordon...
    • During the montage in the first episode, there's a similar song to "Tom Sawyer" by Rush.
    • One of Boston's "More Than a Feeling" in "Benson Be Gone".
    • One of Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" is used in "Muscle Woman".
    • One of MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" in "See You There".
    • One of "I Won't Do What You Tell Me" ("Stone Cold" Steve Austin's most popular theme song) is used as background music in "Really Real Wrestling".
    • One of Holst's "Mars, the Bringer of War" in "More Smarter".
    • One of the Halloween theme in "Creepy Doll".
    • One of Scorpions' "Winds of Change" in "Death Metal Crash Pit" during Muscle Man's suicide and the burning of the audience.
    • One of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" in "Camping Can Be Cool".
    • One of Throbbing Gristle's 20 Jazz Funk Greats (not kidding) in "This Is My Jam."
    • "Video Game Wizard" features a knockoff of Rush's "Subdivisions" on the car-ride to the tournament.
    • "Steak Me Amadeus" has one for Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Tuesday's Gone" after Mordecai gets dumped.
    • One of Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough" plays over a montage in "Skips' Story".
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Muscle Man's failed attempt at standup in "Under The Hood": he makes a 'my mom' joke. No one in the crowd laughs and some even get hostile towards him, to the point where he has to leave the stage. This is exactly the reaction a lot of viewers have to him and his jokes.
    • Also "Rage Against the TV" in which he gets knocked out by The Hammer.
    • For those who still hate him, Benson getting intense food poisoning from eating Mordecai and Rigby's sandwich in "Sandwich of Death" gives him a rather karmatic punishment for the ending of "Best Burgers in the World" where he eats both Mordecai and Rigby's burgers (that comes once every 100 years) for not finishing cleaning the garage.
    • Muscle Man gets a rather hilarious one in "The White Elephant Gift Exchange". Fed up with being prank gifts being given to them each year, the gang decides to get back at him with their own gifts.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes:
    • Don asking for hugs, amplified by the fact that he asks by saying "Give me some sugar!"note  He even starts by hugging Benson and Pops who are made of sugar.
    • Also note, we're not entirely sure how old Don is. Rigby is 23 and he's the older brother, Don apparently just grew rapidly and everyone thinks he's older than he really is, which Rigby actually says. So it makes sense he's more childlike than Rigby.
    • The pink fairy creatures in "Sleep Fighter." In fact, after seeing them on TV for many hours straight, Muscle Man went nuts and even saw them in his nightmares.
    • Pops' sugary-sweet poetry can fall under this trope sometimes, though that might be intentional on part of the writers.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The Spanish fandom's answer to the change of Muscle Man's voice actor, who was a big part of the character's popularity there, as he was also Kurogane, Gintoki Sakata and Optimus Prime.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Since his introduction, Thomas has rarely been used and even then he's more a Butt-Monkey. Some episodes show signs of him being the Straight Man or Only Sane Man, but never go further with it. The writers finally put him to good use in "Thomas Fights Back" and The Real Thomas, where he's revealed to be a Russian spy.
    • Same for Eileen in season 8. She goes into space and joins the main cast, yet she retains her Satellite Character status and practically has no purpose in the plot, which gets lampshaded in "Meet the Seer". Word of God revealed that she originally wasn't going to go to space at first, but they adore her so much that they added her and wanted to see where her relationship with Rigby would go.
    • The antagonist of season 8, Anti-Pops, who was built up as the True Final Boss of the series' final story arc ends up getting Out of Focus for a huge portion of his own story arc. What's worse is that The Dreaded villain was finally gaining some comedic moments in the last 3 episodes before switching into a Generic Doomsday Villain with not much backstory.
    • Klorgbane. He is established as a powerful and callous villain with a personal connection to one of the heroes, as in killing Skips' girlfriend Mona. Unfortunately he only ever appears in two episodes, the later of which is a flashback, and Pops never gets a rematch with him when Mordecai and Rigby knock him back into space. He probably would've been a much more suitable secondary antagonist in season 8 than Internet/Streaming, who is a very generic destroyer character with no relation to the heroes.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Near the end of season 7 a sub-plot formed of Mordecai wanting to either become a pilot or open an airport but by season 8 (the final season) nothing comes of that.
    • And speaking of season 8, the fact that it takes place in outer space and is also the final season of the show, it was a missed opportunity to use Europe's "The Final Countdown".
  • Too Cool to Live: Pops, a Cool Old Guy who spreads joy and helps others out of the goodness of his heart ends up dying in the final season.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Benson is usually hot-tempered, bossy, and lashes out at Mordecai and Rigby for minor reasons, but he does make good points, Mordecai and Rigby are constantly slacking off at their jobs, they screw up in nearly every episode, and he always gets blamed for their mishaps by Mr. Maellard so it's hard to fault him.
    • In "Think Positive", Benson repeatedly gets mad at Mordecai and Rigby for their screw-ups and Pops tells Benson to stop yelling at the duo and we're not meant to root for him because he repeatedly yelled at the duo for their mishaps, but we can really sympathize with him because, we see in his backstory that he'd never get anything in life unless he yelled for it really explaining his personality and Mordecai and Rigby constantly do things to tick him off and he has to hold all of his anger, or he'll be fired and it causes him to turn into a killing like-form that sucks up everything in the park, even Muscle Man's trailer and he finally yells at the duo and Pops eventually apologizes for his actions.
    • In "Busted Cart" where Benson doesn't really hate Mordecai and Rigby but hates the things they do and he's trying to teach them responsibility and push them to do better, but then it takes a turn for the worse when the duo decide to go to a video game arcade and stay until the next morning where the cart dealership closes in 30 minutes and he lashes out at them for their foolish decision and he breaks down saying that he's about to lose his job and he will have nothing if he does.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Mordecai and Rigby can be this at times. We're supposed to sympathize with them because they get yelled at and abused by their boss, Benson, but most of the time, they are slacking off and are constantly trying to get out of doing work that we start to side with Benson more.
      • In "Think Positive", they repeatedly make Benson mad with their screw-ups, and when Pops orders Benson to stop yelling at the duo, they constantly do things that tick-off Benson and it tries to make them act innocent, but it's really showing them torturing him and purposely trying to get him fired, they later get yelled at by Benson by his blast of rage and go deaf because of it.
      • In "Busted Cart", they wreck the cart, making Benson go on a road trip to deliver it to the car dealership for it to be fixed and Mordecai and Rigby disobey Benson and ride along with him and they later cause mishaps for him on the way there, and when Benson eventually warms up to them, they decide to go to a video game arcade in the middle of the night, and when morning comes, Benson lashes out at them for their irresponsible decision and starts crying because he's about to lose his job, and when Mordecai and Rigby realized thew screwed up bad, they just ditch him at the arcade while they return the cart.
    • Mordecai's Love Triangle with CJ and Margaret and his failed attempts to be together with any of them is supposed to come across as something tragic, and make viewers empathize with him. However, Mordecai’s inability to choose between the two, on top of being Master of the Mixed Message just makes him come across as a shallow, pitiful, and irresponsible person who is ignorant to how his erratic actions hurt others.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: More sex jokes, frequent lethal use of weapons and mild profanities ("crap", "sucks", "blows," even "pissed"note ) than you can shake a yardstick at. Justified, as Regular Show is based on two short films J.G. Quintel made in animation school called "2 in the AM-PM" and "The Naive Man from Lolliland." While "The Naive Man from Lolliland" is safe for family viewing (the one use of the word "hell" wouldn't faze most viewers), "2 in the AM-PM" isn't — at least by Cartoon Network's already selective standards.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: A show about a racoon and blue jay who work at a park for a walking, talking gumball machine. You do the math.
  • The Woobie:
    • Pops. Easily the most sensitive and vulnerable character in the show, and the one who is the most easily provoked to tears. He's also kind of a Butt-Monkey, and a lot of episodes that feature him as a main character ("Prankless," "Marvolo the Wizard," "Dizzy," etc,) show something bad happening to him. This is amped up to 11 after the finale, in which he dies to save all of his friends.
    • RGB 2 from "That's My Television." A sweet, friendly guy who was held hostage in his own TV suit for years so his fame could be exploited by an evil TV executive, and forced to subside on canned air. All he wants is to be free of stardom so he could see the Pines Mountains, which we later learn was just a billboard at a gas station. And he isn't upset at all, which says a lot of how isolating his life has been.

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