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  • Base-Breaking Character: Tasha. Some fans enjoy her sassy spirit and singing voice, others find her bossy and irritating.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Pablo never actually says "Why aren't we alive?" in the episode "It's Great to Be a Ghost".
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Halfway through "Ranch Hands from Outer Space", Uniqua and Pablo shrink Tasha's horses and play with them, singing a song about it. This is thoroughly irrelevant to the plot.
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  • Bizarro Episode: "Ranch Hands from Outer Space", even by this show's standards.
  • Broken Base: "Samurai Pie" is either the best or worst episode depending on who you ask.
    • There's the "ugh" running gag in "Cave Party" and Tyrone's Skyward Scream in "Best Clowns in Town". Are these funny or annoying?
  • Designated Hero: In "Samurai Pie", Pie Master Tyrone is presented as a good guy despite being a stuck up jerk to Austin and not getting any comeuppance for it.
    • Same with Empress Tasha, who spends the whole episode whining about how long it's taking for her pie to arrive.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Austin, whose popularity with the viewers (especially the Periphery Demographic) is, strangely, in direct counterpoint to how often he appears on the show. note  It may or may not be a coincidence that the much cuddlier Pablo, Tyrone and Uniqua appear in nearly every episode and on most of the marketing.
    • Sherman the worman even more so. Despite appearing in only three episodes, he appears in a lot of fan art, mostly because of his cuteness.
  • Evil Is Cool: Pablo as the Ping-Pong Bandit in "Blazing Paddles". Having an epic guitar riff as a leitmotif really helps.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series is so popular in Latin America that it's easier to find fansites and videos of the show in Spanish than the original English. The show even has its own Spanish imitator.
  • Growing the Beard: From the second season onwards, the animation was much improved, and the music became even better. The plots became more original too. For example, the first season had pirates looking for treasure, cowboys chasing a bandit, and knights delivering a message, whereas the third season had pirates attending summer camp, cowboys playing Ping-Pong, and knights protecting a dragon egg.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: At the end of "The Tale of the Not-So-Nice Dragon", the five heroes promise to come back later, as they do at the end of every episode. This turned out to be the last episode ever.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Jerkass Woobie: The Soccer Monster.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • SOCCER!!!
    • "MY NAME'S TYRONE!" Especially in the fourth season's intro. Tyrone in general is a meme.
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    • "HO DADDY!"
    • "Why aren't we alive?"
    • Nelvana Wars. note 
    • CLOWNS!!!
    • "What's a fellow gotta do around here to get some apple juice?"
  • Nightmare Fuel: In "Escape from Fairytale Village", Tyrone thinks Austin, Uniqua, and Pablo want to eat him, which is a bit dark for a preschool show.
  • Nightmare Retardant: "Scared of You" is based around this trope. The episode features a skeptical Austin meeting Tyrone (as The Mummy King), Uniqua (as a rather cute werewolf), and Pablo (as a vampire), all of whom are far more scared of each other. It ends with all five of the kids having a big monster dance party.
  • Periphery Demographic: Because those songs are damn catchy. Also, the animation is beautiful and the writing is smart and funny.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Pablo in the first season is Aang.
    • Tyrone in the last season is Leo.
  • Sequelitis: "The Tale of the Mighty Knights" is regarded as a highlight of the series, an hour-long special with amazing visuals and a hardcore arena-rock soundtrack. The kids revisited that setting in the show's only Sequel Episode, "The Tale of the Not-So-Nice Dragon", which was a fairly average episode. Among other things, the original's dynamic "hair and makeup" effects were replaced by the characters' usual appearances, and the episode's musical genre, Broadway show tunes, was much less catchy.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The five (or four or three, depending on the episode) heroes dancing together at the end of every episode, before entering someone's house to have a snack.
    • The "Lady in Pink" sequence from "International Super Spy".
  • Tough Act to Follow: The second Christmas Episode, "The Action Elves Save Christmas Eve", to the first such episode, "The Secret of Snow". The latter episode is considered one of the show's finest episodes, due to its unusual format and emotional ending. The former episode is just average.
  • Toy Ship: Loads. The most common ship is Auniqua (Austin×Uniqua). Other ships include Tyniqua (Tyrone×Uniqua), Austone (Austin×Tyrone), and Tyrasha (Tyrone×Tasha).
  • The Un-Twist: Frequent, in the course of finding ways around their inability to actually hurt or arrest anyone. During "Whodunit?", for instance, it turns out that Tyrone was the thief, but he didn't really steal the jewels; Tasha gave them to him. It was all a plot by Tasha to liven up a rainy day.
  • Uncanny Valley: One scene from "The Funnyman Boogeyman" has Uniqua and Pablo blinded by camera flashes. Their eyes in said scene make them look oddly eerie.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Remember Boinga, the baby alien from "Mission to Mars"? You might be surprised to learn that she's a girl.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Many songs (especially from season 1) are To the Tune of earlier songs, including a few to the tune of songs that were popular when the target audience's grandparents were children, but are quite obscure today. Most people do not know this, but the song "Please and Thank You" is to the tune of such a song.
  • What an Idiot!: From 'Who Goes There?': Uniqua jumps out of a painting and pretends she's a statue.
    • You'd Expect: Tyrone would have noticed something's amiss, since he saw her in the painting earlier.
    • Instead: He not only falls for it, but doesn't notice she's missing from the painting.
    • But Then: In real life, moose have terrible eyesight.
  • The Woobie: If you think about it, all five of them are. Each character has a moment of Woobie-ness but Austin is the biggest contender, especially in "Race Around the World" where he keeps losing the race.


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