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  • Bizarro Episode:
    • "If the Shoe Fits". On iMDB, the episode is summarized as such: "Gubernatorial candidate Bo Gumbs fervently believes that politics is nothing more than entertainment, and he shows his true colors graphically during his campaign." Now, from that description, did you expect the episode to involve Bo literally turning into a clown?
    • "Barter", for whatever reason, is in essence an episode of I Love Lucy involving an alien salesman.
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  • Crazy Awesome: The mummy in "The Grave Robbers". When he challenges the robbers to a game of poker he outsmarts them by counting the cards the whole time. The mummy is freed after winning the game and places the robber in his position as the cursed guardian of the tomb. For extra points the mummy also takes his girlfriend.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The mummy from the episode "The Grave Robbers" is well liked for being a Crazy Awesome Affably Evil Magnificent Bastard. The fact that he's played by Top Cat also helps.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: "Distant Signals" is a very kind-hearted episode about a bunch of fans who got a long-awaited finale to their favorite show. It won't be the last time it happens.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • "Love Hungry" is about this lady who buys a magic hearing aid and pair of glasses as a weight loss treatment and begins to see and hear her food talking to her, that episode aired in 1988, 21 years later we got The Annoying Orange, even funnier, two of the fruits she made friends with were an apple and a pear making this even funnier.
      • Many people are starting to compare this episode to 2016's Sausage Party. And in fact, the episode acts as a counterpoint to that film, as it points out that food needs to be eaten, otherwise it just rots.
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    • "The Grave Robbers" is about a mummy fighting against people who stole from his tomb. The mummy would eventually regain his human side, his only cherished memory is that of a girl in his past who he lost, and he gained an interest in the main protagonists love interest because she resembled the woman he loved.. A few years later The Mummy (1999) was made and introduced a character with the same story. However, that mummy was unsuccessful at the end of his story, while the one in Tales won.
    • "A New Lease On Life" wouldn't be the last horror anthology episode with an evil building haunting an innocent protagonist.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Both protagonists in "Snip, Snip."
  • Magnificent Bastard: "The Grave Robber": Tapok is the Lord Chamberlain of the Pharaoh. Awakening from his slumber when archaeologist Doctor Harold Gormley and his girlfriend Aileen enter his tomb, he kills their guide Ahmed before revealing himself to be more Affably Evil enough to engage the two in a series of games. Despite being dismissed as a brainless monster, Tapok proves himself to be smarter than he looked by reading the cards during a round and successfully switches places with Harold as well as taking Aileen, nothing that she reminded him of his lost love.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Linda in "Parlour Floor Front" crosses it by Killing her cat, lying that her unborn child was killed by a curse, and causing Mars to be Driven to Suicide. This was all to get Mars to move out of her apartment building because she disliked him. She suffers a Karmic Twist Ending for her cruelty.
    • Gale's landlord from "Inside the Closet" passes it when it was revealed that he took her in his home to feed his pet monster. Throughout the episode she pleads for him to help her and argues that there's something inside the closet trying to harm her, but he dismisses her intentionally. After his monster kills her and her mother calls him out of fear that something has happened to her daughter, he lies about her whereabouts to cover his tracks. He gets away with murder and it's implied that Gale was not the first or last victim for his monster.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • The series finale, "Basher Malone". You'd think the concept of a wrestler fighting a demon from hell would be frightening. In reality, it was too silly for its own good.
    • The monster from "Inside the Closet" looked like an aborted Muppet...
    • The titular "Cutty Black Sow" is supposed to be a menacing monster... but it looks like a black-furred ALF.
    • The climax of "Florence Bravo" sees Emily repeatedly shoot David before ultimately killing him. This would be scary... if it weren't for David's lack of reaction.
      Emily: (near tears) Did your whore leave?
      David: What?
      Emily: (pulls out gun)
      David: (holds hand out; no emotion) Em. (is shot)
  • Paranoia Fuel: Every episode will make you wonder if anyone or anything is trying to kill you.
  • Squick: "A Case of the Stubborns" is about an old man who refuses to believe he's dead and resumes living a normal life with his daughter and grandson Jody, or tries to. However, he fails to notice that he's decaying and starting to fester over time. He finally realizes he's no longer alive when he sneezes off his nose. Then, we're treated to a Gross-Up Close-Up of his nose.
    Jody: If that ain't proof... I don't know what is.
  • The Woobie: Mars Gillis. He's Driven to Suicide when he thinks that he's killed a baby, when he never did. He later gets revenge by killing Linda for making him kill himself after she caused his suffering to begin with.


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