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  • Adaptation Displacement: Wait, Space Ghost used to be an actual show?
  • Awesome Moments: "Untitled" features Moltar fighting Space Ghost and keeping up with him as they exchange blows.
    • Space Ghost gets one in "Warren", when he blasts the titular character. True, Warren was a sentient potted plant, but considering he tried to steal SG's show and was implied to have done terrible things to him, it works.
    • Birdman manages to get a couple in "Pilot" and "Sequel". In the former, he sics Avenger to maul the crap out of the constantly berating Lokar. And in the latter, he dukes it out with Space Ghost without getting curb stomped.
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    • The fight between Zorak and the laser-visioned crow in "Eat a Peach" (and the fact the crow held up as long as it did) bears mention.
    • The 2001: A Space Odyssey parody at the end of "$20.01".
  • Awesome Music: All of the songs in the musical episode "Boatshow".
    • The theme. IT'S AWESOME!
    • The Ghost Planet National Anthem
    • The music Space Ghost dances to in his "solo dance party". IT'S ELECTRYFYING!
    • The music played during Craig McCracken's swimsuit pose and the credits in "President's Day Nightmare".
  • Bizarro Episode: "Brilliant Number One", where 95% of the episode is in black and white with a tinny humming sound in the background, and Space Ghost is inexplicably acting even stranger than usual, all serving to give the episode an almost Lynchian vibe.
  • Broken Base: The Adult Swim episodes. Fans are divided on whether or not the increased adult humor and swearing benefited to the show's last episodes by going more all-out with less restrictions or was largely unnecessary and unfunny. Most fans will agree the Adult Swim episodes were better than the GameTap episodes though.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Zorak eating his nephew Raymond, and Space Ghost's reaction.
    Space Ghost: That's barbaric! ...Is there any left?
    Zorak: Lemme check...Nope.
    Space Ghost: I'm gonna miss that little guy.
    • Space Ghost talking about his one man show "Racism Is Bad" from "Live At The Filmore":
    Space Ghost: Okay, I like how it starts, but we need an ending for "Racism Is Bad", because some races are bad.
    • Pretty much all of "Dreams", from Space Ghost's obsession with parroting Triumph the Insult Comic Dog's "banged a dog up the ass" remark, to filling his coffee mug with his own urine and giving it to Moltar to pour on some children, to Moltar actually saying "shit" uncensored, to the entire premise of the episode being to raise money for "retardos" (not "retarded people." "Retardos.") The whole episode comes off as the Ghost Planet staff not caring if they piss off the censors (which makes sense when you realize it's one of the last episodes to air on Adult Swim.)
  • Dork Age: The GameTap episodes are not very fondly remembered.
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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In the episode where Susan Olsen was being interviewed (circa 1996), Space Ghost's evil twin, Chad, asks Susan whether she's related to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. He then goes on about how freaky-looking they both are. In 2004, Mary Kate entered rehab for anorexia.
    • This hilarious season 5 promo has Space Ghost yelling at some executives over having him engage in unpopular and illegal activity (stalking the Pound Puppies). Nowadays, he is no longer in any position to do such a thing, since Adult Swim's Senior Vice President Mike Lazzo considers him and the show to be an Old Shame.
    • Space Ghost blowing up France at the end of "Anniversary" has become this after the November 13, 2015 Paris attack by ISIS.
    • Following C. Martin Croker's passing, the scene in "Flipmode" where Space Ghost thinks Zorak has been killed by a blow to the head can seem a little awkward. Ditto for "Edelweiss", with Zorak seemingly getting obliterated for good and Moltar singing a mournful German song in his memory.
  • Funny Moments: Has its own page.
  • Growing the Beard: The show was not received well when it first premiered; the first season was more or less a talk show played straight and had episodes that were slow, stilted, and awkward. It isn't until later in the season that the dialogue began to sound more natural, and vastly improved by the second season. It then began to get more surreal and subversive as the years went on and got funnier after each season.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The Captain and Tennille manage to pacify Space Ghost and Birdman, in the midst of a vicious fight, with a performance of "Muskrat Love". Which brings everyone together to sing in harmony.
    • "The Justice Hole" has Dave Thomas giving some encouragement to Space Ghost and acting as a conselor, in wake of his Hostile Show Takeover. Of course, this is then subverted when Zorak, Moltar, and Dave ditch Space Ghost.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Craig McCracken "beating" other Hanna-Barbera animators in a swimsuit contest (the other animators refused to participate) years before his creation would spawn a show that outlasted all of their projects as well.
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • Idiot Plot: Most of the episodes are usually driven by Space Ghost's stupidity. Not that it stops them from being funny.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Space Ghost. He's a total jerk, but he's also a socially awkward mess and the butt of Zorak's cruelty. "The Justice Hole" also shows that he desperately craves acceptance from other superheroes.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Cow from "Lovesick".
  • Narm: Birdman's cameo.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Now has its own page.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: This show was unlike anything else on the air in 1994 and only got more "out there" as the series progressed. Now almost the entire Adult Swim lineup has taken some cues from Space Ghost Coast to Coast and it's more difficult to see what made it so special.
  • Spiritual Successor: "Joshua" is basically a full episode treatment of the fake infomercial that appeared after the credits of "Edelweiss".
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: A few examples:
    • "Batmantis" features a parody of the Batman theme. Not surprisingly, it's a stock music piece called "Gotham City Hero".
    • "Urges" features a parody of the theme to That Girl. Again, it's a stock music piece called "Which Girl?".
    • The episode "Lawsuit" opens with a musical parody of the opening theme to My Favorite Martian. It's a stock music piece called "The Goofy Alien".
    • "Sweet for Brak" briefly features a sound-alike to the I Dream of Jeannie theme. It's called "Genie in a Bottle".
  • Tear Jerker: "Sharrock" (titled after and dedicated to Sonny Sharrock, who composed the opening, closing and some incidental music). The song that sounds near the ending of the episode (the "Ghost Planet Anthem") was recorded on one of his final jam sessions before passing away.
    • Birdman. When he tries to run the show, on two occasions, he's portrayed as a very broken man who receives No Sympathy from anyone and breaks down from the pressure of failing.
    • Brak's heartbroken reaction to seeing Space Ghost jealously react to his spin-off's success by deriding him and declaring him a talentless hack to Jack Black in Sweet for Brak.
    • Some of Space Ghost's dialogue in "Terminal" veers into this, especially his opening speech to Zorak and Moltar.
    Space Ghost: Will you listen especially close? I know you like me. I know it. For the last two years you've been pretending like you hate me. I love you very much. I love you as much as I love anybody. I, I love you as much as I love myself. In a few years when I haven't been around to be on your tail about something or irritating you, you're gonna remember. You're gonna remember the time I bought you the baseball glove, when you thought we were too broke. Or when I read you stories. When I let you goof off instead of mowing the lawn. Lots of things like that. And you're gonna realize that you loved me, and maybe you'll feel bad because you never told me. I know that you love me.
    • On September 18th 2016, C. Martin Croker (Zorak & Moltar) passed away. That was sad enough, but then Adult Swim posted this image. Poor Space Ghost...
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Most cartoon fans these days would be more familiar with this incarnation of Space Ghost than the classic cartoon version. In fact, some might think Space Ghost only exists as a talk show host and a superhero parody! It didn't help that these incarnations were the ones featured in Cartoon Network advertisements in the 90's and early 00's.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The earlier seasons, since it was a late-night show on Cartoon Network with most of what would become the trademark Adult Swim style, including references kids wouldn't necessarily get, but without any vulgarity.
  • The Woobie:
    • Birdman is a complete and utter wreck (having his wife divorce him, has gone to therapy, gambled, and is very desperate to make a comeback). Seriously, he's a guy you just wanna give a hug to (especially if you can relate to him).
    • Jan and Jace. Having been abused by Space Ghost in the past, and never being paid for the reruns, they attempt to sue him but ultimately fail when their lawyer Dr. Nightmare (attorney at law) backs out. Even Zorak and Moltar felt bad for them.


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