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  • Adaptation Displacement:
    • The TV series was based on a series of books by Colin Dann, but a lot more people know about the TV series than the books. Notably in the books Owl, Weasel, Adder and Kestrel were males - but they're more commonly thought of as females because of the TV series.
    • Just as well known at the time was the magazine spin-off: "Farthing Wood Friends" which had a catchy enough name that children often used it when they were referring to the show, and it ran to over a hundred issues. It's been forgotten because, well, magazines don't go into syndication.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • If one read the Farthing Wood prequel stories (published after the initial book series), they'd discover that Fox's father was one of those responsible for the eventual destruction of Farthing Wood by banishing a troublesome protected species of otters. With this in mind, it's possible to interpret Fox's character as one who resigns himself to protecting the animals, out of his own guilt for what his father caused.
    • Friendly in the TV series. Did he rat out Charmer to Fox just to make himself seem like the better cub or did he do it out of concern for her safety? Considering his other sister Dreamer was killed by Scarface, the blue foxes' leader Friendly not wanting the same to happen to Charmer could explain his hatred towards the blue foxes.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Just LISTEN to the main theme!
    • Many of the background music pieces are great as well.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Weasel in the TV series. She's either a very charming character who's a mischievous joker or she's the most annoying character in the cast.
    • Owl and her pompous nature is either hilarious or annoying.
    • Plucky is seen to be a Creator's Pet for some, but others find him better than a lot of the other Expies that pop up in Season 3.
  • Broken Base:
    • Season 2. One half of the base loves it for its Darker and Edgier tone, subverting a lot of typical children's show tropes and introducing a lot of good characters like Bold, Scarface, Ranger, Charmer etc. Others don't like that it renders the end of Season 1 meaningless - with several immediate deaths among the Farthing Wood animals - Mrs Fieldmouse going out within the first few minutes of the Season 2 premiere. Some find that the season is simply too dark to be enjoyable.
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    • The third season subplot involving Weasel, Measly and their children, Cleo and Fido moving out of the Park is either seen as a plot that is very enjoyable and funny or is annoying, meanspirited, and just as bad as (if not worse than) the other kinds of Filler in Series 3 since it adds almost nothing to the Rat Invasion plot. Doesn't help at all that Weasel Took a Level in Jerkass, particularly with her treatment of Measly.
    • Is the show in general just a big Body Count with animals which is basically What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The Series, or is it a beautifully portrayed adventure series about the growing friendship of several animals, that displays death emotionally rather than glorifying it?
  • Complete Monster: The blue fox Scarface, from season 2, is a ruthless bully who begins killing the Farthing animals when he can get away with it. After having a litter of children with his mate, Lady Blue, Scarface becomes incensed by his rival Fox's children and murders Fox's young daughter Dreamer. When he has an excuse, Scarface rallies his other foxes and kills one of the Farthing rabbits, hunting the Farthing animals down and intending to massacre them one and all. When defeated by Fox, he returns to kill another of the rabbits, showing his lack of honor and refusal to ever stop. Even his son Ranger admits upon attempting to broker peace that his father would murder him should he know of the talks. Vicious, cruel and without any remorse or care for others, Scarface embodies the sheer savagery of the wild, even in a place of peace such as White Deer Park.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Ms Hare being dragged away by Scarface to her death? Sad. Her last words being "Don't panic"? Darkly hilarious.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Arguably Bold. Definitely the most complicated character of the cast with the most complete arc.
    • Adder as well for the same reasons.
    • Her mate Sinuous: Many fans either love him for his design, his relationship with Adder, his overall character, or all of the above. Even those who despise Season 3 find him to be one of the few redeeming qualities about it.
    • Friendly has his share of fans too. Even amongst those who find the foxes in general to be overrated.
    • Kestrel is very well-liked too, to the degree that many are annoyed at her unexplained disappearance in Season 3.
  • Evil Is Cool: Scarface is probably one of the coolest (and scariest) villains in children's cartoon history.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Farthing Wood vs. Watership Down. It's rather hilarious that the rabbit characters in this are either cowardly or useless.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: There are very few fans who think Season 3 is good enough to be considered Canon. Most either prefer to think that the Series ended at Season 2 and/or make their own third season.
  • Growing the Beard: Season 2 is seen as the show at its absolute peak.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Due to the passing of Ron Moody, Badger and the Great White Stag's deaths have become this.
  • Ho Yay: Fox and Badger certainly seem... friendly with one another. Particularly noticeable in the first few episodes, cumulating in Badger refusing to swim to safety without Fox despite both of them seemingly about to die.
    Fox: (affectionately) "That's my Badger. I knew I could rely on you..."
  • Jerk Ass Woobie: Lady Blue. Yes, she's snooty, arrogant and cruel, but she does love her mate and children very much, and in the former's case, he is vile to her.
  • Narm Charm:
    • The first season actually runs quite a bit on this. Sure, the characters may seem like rejects from an actual kids show, but that's not going to stop them from dying horribly if they make the wrong move, or if something beyond their control happens.
    • The first episode is noticeably lighter than the rest of the season, and features the group of animals singing and dancing about going to White Deer park. This episode is painful and/or nostalgic in hindsight, knowing just how dark things get, and that most of the animals end up dead later in the series.
    • Fox constantly constantly sounds like everything he's saying is snarking thanks to his voice actor, but considering he's surrounded by a plethora of animals that are Naive at best, and any combination of Too Dumb to Live, Needlessly Mischievous, or responsible for nearly killing him at worst, it comes across as a something of a rather hilarious coping mechanism.
  • Popular with Furries: Focusing on woodland creatures as characters without the usual sugar coating has made furries jump on this series.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Hurkel, some comparing him unfavourably to Barney.
    • Bully the rat in Season 3 is widely considered to be nowhere near the Big Bad that Scarface of Season 2 was, due largely to being incredibly watered down in his depiction compared to his book counterpart, being an ineffectual, laughable villain with zero menace rather than a legitimate threat.
    • Dash is this for some, though ironically she's not replacing a character per say. She's the daughter of one of the original Farthing Wood hares who's inexplicably gone in Season 3.
  • The Scrappy:
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Season 3 tends to be the least well-regarded amongst fans of the show, largely due to the change in animation style which many fans find it to be a massive downgrade, the greater emphasis upon slapstick comedy over drama, and a less solid plot (along with much more Filler than the first two seasons combined). Season 3 also drops a number of well-liked named characters without as much as an explanation (presumably to keep the cast smaller).
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Even if you don't see Weasel as the Scrappy, every character in-universe does and virtually everyone makes their dislike of her clear (at least in season 1).
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Season 3 drops a lot of the side characters presumably to keep the cast smaller. This has the effect of getting rid of a lot of Farthing Wood regulars who had been there since the beginning - especially Kestrel. Admittedly, she (or he in the original) was Put on a Bus in the books too. Friendly made one appearance in Season 3 and then abruptly vanished. It is also made worst by the fact that some of the new characters for this series, are barely used at all.
    • It happened in Season 2 as well. Mrs Fieldmouse is immediately mistakenly eaten within the first episode, and the voles and hares are Out of Focus until their eventual deaths.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: For some fans it's really hard to feel bad for Bold at the end of the episode The Feud Begins when Fox scolds him. Had Bold felt guilty for getting Fox and Friendly captured by the Blue Foxes and tried to apologize then he would've been easy to sympathize with; but instead he shows little to no remorse about his actions and doesn't even try to say sorry. He does at least suffer Break the Haughty once he leaves the park.
  • Wangst: The herbivores and their constant tirades about having to travel with the carnivores, despite the carnivores doing most of the work and virtually never threatening their existences in the slightest.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: It was a children's TV show and marketed as such. This is in spite of many graphic deaths - the biggest source of Nightmare Fuel being the baby mouse getting impaled on a thorn bush. This is possibly the reason that the third season is Lighter and Softer.
  • The Woobie: Many examples.
    • Poor, poor Bold. Whilst he may have started out well in life, once he left the safety of White Deer Park he was shot, crippled, injured by a snare, hunted, and would have starved if it wasn't for Crow and Whisper. Then, once he finally thinks life is turning around, Whisper insist they return to White Deer Park so their cubs can be born in safety. He's subsequently attacked by dogs, and if that wasn't enough the journey back is too much for his weak body to endure and he dies before his cubs are even born.
    • Mrs Pheasant, who dutifully does everything for her husband only for him to constantly complain. It's clear that she tries to avoid being The Load in spite of her husband. After she's killed by the farmer, her husband has a Heel Realization shortly before his own death.
      • Mr Pheasant himself arguably becomes this due to his aforementioned Heel Realization after her death, being so distraught he can barely fly or even see due to crying so much. He even volunteers to go back to the farm to find and rescue Adder as atonement, only to find his wife's plucked and roasted corpse. His crying and sobbing at this is so loud it attracts the farmer, and despite Adder's warnings, Mr Pheasant can't even see or hear the farmer in time to save himself due to how distraught he is, and he is shot just like his wife. It helps that his death is one of the most tense and heartwrenching scenes in the show, especially with the soundtrack.
    • Badger in his last few episodes.
    • Adder after Sinous' death.


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