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  • Americans Hate Tingle: When it originally came to the United States, Americans hated the show, and as a result, it failed to gain an audience twice in the States, first on Nickelodeon, then on Cartoon Network. The latter aired the finale, but pulled the show immediately after.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Jonesy tends to either be loved for his funny and charismatic personality, or hated for going too far with his Casanova Wannabe schtick at times and being the most prone to taking a level in Jerkass (usually due to his negative traits such as laziness or dishonesty). And unlike his girlfriend Nikki who only really becomes a Jerk with a Heart of Gold at her worst, he tends to lack the heart of gold when he does it.
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    • Caitlin tends to either be loved for being a sweet and cute blonde girl, or hated for being incredibly shallow, materialistic, obliviously annoying, and tendency to be Innocently Insensitive.
  • Designated Hero:
    • In "Over Exposed":
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    • In "Boo, Dude", the viewer is supposed to cheer for the boys as they attempt to pull a prank on the Jerkass Rent-A-Cop. However, their practical joke borders on being a criminal offense: they close off all bathroom stalls in the mall sans one, then cover the only remaining seat with a thin layer of butter, ensuring that whoever sits on it slides inside and gets stuck in the bowl. Their ultimate objective is to take a picture of Ron as he is helpless and with his pants down.
  • Die for Our Ship: Some Wyatt/Marlowe shippers really hate Serena with a passion.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The Clones (Nikki's coworkers at the Khaki Barn) are pretty popular characters, with Kristen (the green-eyed one with long hair pushed back with a headband that's blue with red polka dots) being the most popular.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Several Jude/Starr and Wyatt/Marlowe shippers like to pretend their breakups in canon never ever happened.
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  • Friendly Fandoms: Fans of the show tend to also enjoy Total Drama and Stōked, which were all made by the same creators.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In one episode, a massive food poisoning epidemic hits the mall and the results get played for everyone's amusement. With several E. coli outbreaks in Canada in the decade that followed, it gets a lot less funny to look at.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: Airs exclusively on PopGirl in the UK despite being a unisex show.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Examples involving Total Drama:
      • In the pilot episode, when ranting about Caitlin's incompetence, Jen shouts, "I knew I should have hired that weird goth chick!" A few years later, her voice actress would indeed voice a weird goth chick.
      • Kai, the assistant security guard from the episode "The New Kid", is voiced by Drew Nelson, who would later appear in another Fresh TV show as a character on the opposite side of the law.
      • In "It's Always Courtney, Courtney, Courtney" Jen complains about how her sister Courtney is the better sister. Jen's voice actress, Megan Fahlenbock would go on to voice Gwen in the Total Drama series, where her legendary rival with that Courtney is because she started dating her boyfriend Duncan.
    • Count all the teenagers that turn into zombies in "Dude of the Living Dead", and then watch the first episode of Gravity Falls where they compare teenagers to zombies.
    • The Halloween special revolves around a zombie outbreak at a mall, with the few remaining survivors teaming up to rescue civilians, fighting off the undead with improvised weapons, and trying to figure out a way to escape. The exact same concept would be explored again one year later, when Capcom released the first entry in its famous Dead Rising series.
  • Idiot Plot: "The New Jonesy" has Jen dating a Jonesy clone and being completely oblivious to their similarities. It takes her accidentally kissing Jonesy in a wig to convince her.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • In "Silent Butt Deadly", Nikki clogs the toilet, and her attempts to fix it cause it to overflow. When Jonesy shows up to help, he trips off-screen and falls into something "gross", implying that he got covered in her waste.
    • In "Dude of the Living Dead", Jude is kissing Starr when Jen pops her zit and showers him with pus. This causes him to vomit inside his girlfriend's mouth.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The looks of the zombies from the "Dude of the Living Dead" special can scare some younger viewers.
    • Nikki's REALLY angry face when she gives Jonesy a fist in one episode.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Nikki is Iris, Jen is Ace, at least as of Season Three, and Jude was at one point MePhone4. For Total Drama fans, Jen is Gwen, Jude is Chris, Wayne is Justin, Chrissy is Courtney, Kirsten is Lindsay and Katie, Kristen is Sadie, and Serena is Leshawna. When taking the Ridonculous Race Spin-Off of the series into account, Nikki is Emma and Crimson, Jonesy is Don the host, Darth is Chet, and Chrissy is Laurie and Ellody, as well, while Kirsten is also Kitty.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In "Employee of the Month", some viewers would have preferred if Nikki stayed a brainwashed clone, because of both her less abrasive personality and cute new look.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Wyatt's ex-girlfriend, Serena, is definitely this: text message thing aside, breaking up with a Nice Guy like Wyatt (for a largely superficial reason) just to get back together with her ex (a guy's who arguably/ironically way less mature than Wyatt is—and who also felt it was pretty low of Serena to break up with Wyatt via text message) didn't exactly go over well with fans. And neither did Serena's Clingy Jealous Girl-antics towards Wyatt after he finally got over his feelings for her and moved on to other girls (never mind the fact that she was the one who dumped Wyatt in the place).
    • Jude's ex-girlfriend, Starr, is this (although perhaps to a lesser extent)—she became Goth all of sudden and broke up with Jude for largely superficial reasons (although she at least admitted that she still cared a lot about Jude). It got worse after she adopted a nerd-persona and became an Insufferable Genius—she decided not to pursue a relationship with Jude after deeming not to be "intelligent enough" for her (she claimed that a person has to have an IQ of at least 130 to join her new nerd clique), but it later turns out that Jude actually has an IQ of 175.
  • Tear Jerker: The show's two-part series finale. Nikki's dad gets a new job. This would normally be a happy moment, but the new job means Nikki has to move away. The ending montage is especially sad.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Canada legalized gay marriage in July of 2005, so "Role Reversal" (which aired in 2010) aired there, no problem; but the US didn't legalize gay marriage in all 50 states until just less than 10 years later, which was why the episode was banned from airing in the States.
    • Lydia's entire character, or any other time a person of either gender shows a clingy or obsessive behavior towards their partner, would be very hard to get away with today given the awareness of sexual harassment.
    • There are quite a few times where homosexuality is played for comedy. While Canada was much more tolerant of the LGBT community than the US at the time, any attempt to play homosexuality for comedy (even if it is lighthearted comedy) would be banned from cartoons today.
  • Values Resonance: The fact the show had openly LGBT+ characters in a cartoon that targeted a teen demographic, long before it was accepted by North America as a whole, is still very progressive.
  • Vindicated by History: In the US, that is. When the show was airing on CN, many viewers dismissed it as a less interesting, economy cast take on Total Drama, another Teletoon original which was one of the channel's flagship franchises, despite the fact that this show was made first. Long after the series finale was aired, it has seen renewed interest for having much the same humor and teenage melodrama, but drastically decreased to fit a smaller cast prone to Slice of Life misadventures. The more grounded tone and cast allowed for consistent characterization, as opposed to Total Drama which tended to stretch the focus thin to try and have time for everyone. In short, the reasons for its initial dismissal were the same that earned it a solid fanbase and a better lasting reputation.
  • What an Idiot!: In the episode "Smarten Up", a woman goes into labour while she is stuck in the change room of the Khaki Barn. Kristen screams for help, at which point Caitlin's current boyfriend, Josh, suggests Jonesy help her, as he believes him to be a gynecologist.
    You'd Expect: Since the gang had just called the mall's paramedics to save a man who was having a heart attack, they would shoot down the idea and run after the medical professionals to alert them to the new emergency.
    Instead: Nobody thinks to do this, Caitlin refuses to tell her boyfriend the truth, and Jonesy is forced to deliver the baby.
    Even Worse: Kristen immediately speaks up and tries to tell Josh that Jonesy is not in college, before Caitlin cuts her off. Hearing the distressed woman scream in agony, Kristen panics and says that Jonesy will do, dragging the untrained, inexperienced teenager to perform a potentially life-threatening medical procedure.
    The Result: Though the woman miraculously delivers her baby and is shown happily carrying him in her arms afterwards, Jonesy is left traumatized by the event and is hospitalized by the paramedics.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The show aired with a G rating in Canada... and it featured realistically portrayed teenagers. And that means the occasional curse and talk about sex was indeed a part of the show.

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