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  • Adaptation Displacement: Many people forget that this show and Evil Con Carne originated together as Grim & Evil.
  • Anvilicious: In "My Fair Mandy", Grim questions why anyone would participate in beauty pageants (Mandy's only doing it to show up Mindy). Cue several moms encouraging their daughters to win for the sake of their love.
  • Badass Decay:
    • Underfist reimagines Hoss Delgado as washed up and still hung up on his breakup with Eris, now sporting a beer gut and living with his mom. He gets his ass handed to him countless times throughout the movie. While he was always a humorous character in the series (in terms of being ridiculously over-the-top and loopy), he was nowhere near as much of a Butt-Monkey.
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    • Grim himself. While he usually ended up played for a chump by Billy and Mandy he had some genuinely sinister moments in the first few episodes, but later on Grim is utterly pathetic. He gets the crap kicked out of him by Billy's mom and pretty much every other character in the cast at some point, is constantly forced to do demeaning things by Billy and Mandy, and completely fails to reap anyone on screen. The ever-growing list of people (and inanimate objects) who've stolen his scythe in Big Boogie Adventure shows just how much he's failed to uphold his title
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Fred Fredburger started out as an Ensemble Dark Horse, but soon became a polarizing character after being extremely overused in CN's promos along with the excessive overuse of his nachos and poopoo jokes.
    • Mandy has a sizable fanbase for being very competent in dealing with the show's antagonists, but she also has a considerable number of detractors for being needlessly abusive, bossy, and cruel to the other main characters.
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    • Billy, between fans who find him hilarious for his idiocy and fans who find him annoying and one-note.
    • Whether Irwin is seen as an Adorkable nerd or a creep tends to vary depending on the viewer.
  • Bizarro Episode: While the show is essentially a bizzaro series, a few stand out from the pack:
    • "My Fair Mandy" which ends with Mandy's smile destroying reality and the main trio become The Powerpuff Girls with Irwin as Mojo Jojo.
    • "Complete and Utter Chaos" starts with the title card reading "Billy Gets Dumber" before Eris tears it down and puts in the real title card while whistling the title card theme tune. It escalates from there.
  • Cargo Ship: Grim and his Scythe. He calls it "Jodie".
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A lot of the humor can dip into this, mostly due to Black Comedy, like in "Billy and Mandy Save Christmas". Features such things as a mall being burned to the ground as the Mall Santa is mercilessly beaten (with The Grim Reaper implying that this happens all the time and Billy blaming it on the sad state of the economy), evil vampire Santa, Santa's evil vampire wife, and the local bully being eaten by a pack of flying vampire elves. Quite subversive compared to the average Christmas episodes, and even fellow childrens' cartoons that try to subvert the usual sweetness of a Christmas special don't take it that far.
  • Crossover Ship:
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: With how grim and crapsack the world is and how unlikable Billy and Mandy can be to some, this can happen.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Evil Con Carne. Although both shows started as parts of Grim and Evil, and both became full-fledged shows around the same time, Maxwell Atoms ended Carne of his own accord, not because it was getting bad reviews or low ratings, but because he felt that working on two shows at the same time was too stressful, and he opted to continue working on Billy and Mandy instead. The rivalry stems from whether or not he made the correct choice of which show to end.
  • Fanon: The Billy and Mandy wiki claims that Fred Fredburger is a Baku (a Japanese trunked demon that devours nightmares), despite there being nothing to support this in canon.note 
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The season 1 episode, Get Out of My Head, specifically the scene where Billy [in Mandy's body] tries to go in the male then female bathroom, but feels out of place in both of them, while played for laughs back in 2001, can be uncomfortable to watch now in light of cultural controversies regarding transgender people and their bathroom of choice.
    • In "Billy and Mandy Save Christmas", Billy blames the economy for the Endsville Mall burning down on Christmas Eve. A year after the special's broadcast saw the start of the Great Recession in the US; which not only left money tight during the holidays, but also left numerous malls across the country either bankrupt or struggling to keep even half of its stores open.
    • The name of Sperg, the school bully, later became derogatory internet slang for people with autism or Asperger's.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Billy and Mandy is very popular in Mexico, that Billy and his friends visited that country in the "El Dia De Los Muertos" episode.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • The episode where Billy meets mushroom-growing dwarfs has a scene where he escapes from Yogi and Boo Boo by hiding in a cave. Brown bears really are afraid of caves. Ironic as Yogi and Boo Boo live in a cave in their source material.
    • The show is filled to the brim with horror movie references, most of which are fairly obscure even to adult fans.
    • Mandy quotes Aleister Crowley in one of her typical (very) cold openings: "To do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law".
    • Dracula may be based on Redd Foxx and the title character of Blacula, but his appearance is actually pretty accurate when compared to the novel Dracula's originally from. The fact that he's not harmed by sunlight (save for his first appearance on the show) is also novel-accurate. This may or may not be Accidentally Correct Writing, though.
    • It's likely that many people didn't know Lord Byron actually had a club foot!) before seeing that episode. Quite a few kids probably heard his name for the first time here.
    • Jack O'Lantern's backstory, being a mortal who played cruel pranks on everyone and manages to trick a supernatural entity into not taking his soul only for that to bite them due to how that turns out, is very similar to Stingy Jack, the mythological character whose story likely inspired Jack O'Lanterns to begin with.
  • Growing the Beard: Generally agreed to be around the time this show split off from Grim & Evil. The show itself became the much more popular and well-known series while Evil Con Carne only lasted for two seasons (and with only fourteen episodes at that).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In one episode, Grim is seen watching a My Little Pony parody called "My Troubled Pony" and enjoying it very much, in spite of the fact that he's a male adult and he's clearly not within the show's demographic. Fast forward to 2010...
    • Nergal is a tall and thin Humanoid Abomination with Combat Tentacles and wearing a suit. Now who does that sound like?
    • In the beginning of Big Boogey Adventure, Billy doodles "cops fighting dinosaurs" instead of writing out plans, and then remarks that "they should be working together" when Irwin calls him out. It wouldn't be the last time that concept came up.
    • Monster High came out with a line of dolls called "Freaky Fusions", complete with an animated movie based on them. Obviously, the premise is based on Hybrid Monsters. It becomes funny when you realize that Maxwell Atoms already did this with the aforementioned Irwin. (Good thing they didn't do a mummy/vampire, otherwise he'd probably sue...)
      • In a reverse of this, the anime Kinnikuman featured a wrestler named Mr. Khamen, whose theme was simultaneously vampires and Ancient Egypt (including a move that mummifies the opponent).
    • Hoss Delgado has an eyepatch, a robot arm, a mullet and fights Grim who obviously has a skull for a face due to being a skeleton. Come 2015 where a a certain game features a protagonist with a robot arm, mullet and eyepatch fighting a character named Skull Face. Cue Hoss Delgado is Venom Snake comparisons. Doubly hilarious since Grim himself is voiced by Greg Eagles, who had previously voiced The DARPA Chief and Gray Fox.
    • In the video game, Dracula and Irwin's victory quotes when beating each other become this (or maybe Harsher in Hindsight, depending) when you realize Dracula is Irwin's grandfather.
    Dracula: Dracula need yo glasses! Dracula not seeing so good no more.
    Irwin: No! I'm allergic to vampires!
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Grim has his moments, especially in the earlier seasons, in which almost every single episode ends with you wanting to give the poor guy a hug.
    • Mandy may act in an evil manner, but she has her reasons. She has to deal with Billy every day, Mindy is on her neck all the time, she's not allowed to smile or else the world will either end or get seriously messed up...
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Mandy, if you can believe it. She's been shipped with Billy, Grim, Irwin, Nergal Jr., Mindy... Hell, even Dib!
    • Grim himself seems to be becoming this, too. Not only has he been shipped with Mandy, but also Eris, Malaria, Velma Green, Boogey, Nergal, Jack O' Lantern, General Skarr, and most recently, Pearl.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • THIS X ISN'T STUPID! YOU'RE STUPID! Explanation 
    • "Nobody is born cool. Except of course..." cue the picture Hoss Delgado is looking at being replaced with the subject of the post.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Pretty much anyone who thinks Mandy is cute, since her evilness is supposed to make her the opposite.
    • Mandy also seems like a feminist, given her You Go, Girl! moments. As such, other real world feminists look up to her. Mandy really shouldn't be holding the feminist flag, though, because she's sociopathic, misanthropic, and borderline narcissistic. It doesn't matter if she holds good feminist values or not because it's offset by her horrible actions and character.
      • On top of that, all of her You Go, Girl! moments were for her benefit, with just a little sexism added in to give her a reason to be mad at someone; she doesn't really care much for anyone, even other women. So really, that's not quite feminism, it's just a means of giving her justification (which doesn't do much good for her characterization).
    • More like "Misaimed Hatedom", but it goes hand in hand with Mandy's Misaimed Fandom: there are few people who hate Irwin because of his crush on Mandy, and see him as creepy or even borderline villainous because of it. A lot of these people are also fans of Mandy and take issue more with the facts Irwin has a crush on Mandy specifically. In short, they like Mandy and think she's amazing, and they hate Irwin and think he's weird. They must either have Skewed Priorities or they Failed a Spot Check, because the list of horrible things Mandy's done would be way longer than Irwin's, because (again) Mandy is evil.
    • Some villains on the show getting the Draco in Leather Pants treatment is kind of to be expected, because they are a bit sympathetic. Then there's Bun-Bun, who has no redeeming qualities and did plenty of pointlessly terrible things to the protagonists of Underfist for no reason. Yet somehow, for whatever reason, a small handful of fans like Bun-Bun and find him adorable.
  • Moe:
  • More Popular Spin Off: Of the Grim & Evil show, MUCH more popular than Evil Con Carne.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • Many of the injuries, such as when Pud'n gets an eye full of cactus and pulls it off, revealing a hideous, skinless red eye.
    • "Wild Parts": The entire episode is nauseating, with multiple scenes where characters pick their noses or eat food contaminated with mucus, but the ending takes the cake. After the antagonist's nose explodes (covering the entire screen in snot in the process), Billy uses a knife to cut his own in half so he can share it with the Nose Wizard.
    • "Hog Wild": There is a long, graphic scene where an alligator triggers his own gag reflex to vomit Billy. When the episode ends, the closing iris closes on Billy's head, causing a bunch of veins and snot to come out from his nose and his eye to pop out.
    • "He Is Not Dead, He is My Mascot": The premise of the episode is that Billy forces Grim to resurrect the school mascot cat as an undead. That, in itself, is pretty bad, but when Billy asks the zombie to scratch his back, his skin and muscle get shredded by the splintered claws, causing his spinal column to poke out.
    • "Zip Your Fly": Mandy accidentally swaps her head with that of a fly after messing with Grim's zipper. That's pretty standard for the show, but then after losing the zipper to the dump, she ends up eating the entire landfill before she can find it and get her body back.
    • "Reap Walking": Harold eating a living, mucus-covered rat and slurping its tail as if it was spaghetti is probably the most disgusting scene on the show. Even the other characters, including Billy, react to this moment with utter repulse.
    • "The Loser from the Earth's Core": The close-up of Billy's frostbit hands, followed by one of his fingers falling off.
    • "Herbicidal Maniac": Skarr disguises himself as a bush so he can stalk Billy. Unfortunately, Jeff mistakes the general for an actual plant and decides that's an ideal place to hide his offspring. What follows is a thirty-seconds long scene with Jeff graphically ejecting slimy purple eggs from his rear end into Skarr.
    • "The Bubble With Billy": Billy swallows a magic gumball machine, which causes him to projectile vomit uncontrollably until most of the Earth is covered in sticky gum. After he is done, he suffers a sudden allergic reaction, causing his face to be covered in blisters and boils.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The video game based on the series is a surprisingly fun beat-em-up style fighter with plenty of characters from the show, all voiced by their actual voice actorsnote , with "Weird Al" Yankovic as the announcer!
  • One-Scene Wonder: The psychotic, Yandere bunny with a demonic voice that Pud'n wishes up in "Wishbones" is probably the most memorable part of the whole episode.
  • Seasonal Rot:
  • Self-Fanservice: Mandy gets a lot of fanart that depicts her as incredibly attractive despite her having no nose and characters in-Universe reacting to her as if she's hideous (she was once mistaken for "an angry tree stump"). The fandom is near-unanimous in its belief that she'll grow up to be an Hourglass Hottie, and often a goth chick as well.
  • Signature Scene:
    • Pretty much the entirety of "Little Rock of Horrors", which is basically one long Villain Song.
    • The "DESTROY US ALL" Overly Long Gag.
    • Mandy smiling and destroying the universe with it in "My Fair Mandy".
    • Fred Fredburger's introduction in "Keeper of the Reaper".
    • Many fans agree that the fight between Pud'n and the evil bunny is one of the show's most awesome moments.
    • Dracula's famous "scrape and lick" line.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Alongside his Ensemble Dark Horse status, fair amount of fans think Jack O'Lantern should have gotten more appearances than just one in the Halloween Episode, usually with the belief that he had a lot of potential as a character and should've become a semi-occuring villain at the very least.
  • Toy Ship:
    • Admit it — you've all considered Billy and Mandy to be a couple at least once.
    • Or Irwin and Mandy.
    • Or Billy and Irwin.
    • Or Junior and Mandy, to a lesser extent than the other two.
    • Or Junior and Irwin. It's not as popular as some of the other pairings, but it's catching on.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • Jack O' Lantern. Yeah, he tried to ruin Halloween and chop Grim's head off, but can you blame him? The townsfolk tried to execute him for pulling petty pranks, Grim cut his head off in retaliation for pranking Grim by tickling him with a feather, and now he can't live in a normal society without being seen as a pumpkin-headed freak.
    • Irwin is probably the biggest case. Is he a Stalker with a Crush? Yes. Is he a bit too clingy and needy? Yes. But his misfortune isn't just a case of bad karma; it's pretty much his purpose in the series to be relentlessly beaten, even when there's no call for it. Because of this, he goes from being just The Chew Toy to being The Woobie. Heck, Maxwell Atoms said that his role in the show was to be "needlessly punished" and that Underfist needed an "underdog" for its hero, hence why Irwin is the main protagonist (aside from him being a mummy-vampire, that is).
    • Trykie. While it did subject the other kids (and Grim) to pain and torment (including outright threatening Pud'n that it'll be back to finish the job), it was fairly harmless if still ominous when not provoked.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • How unintentional is up for debate, but Irwin, Pud'n, and Sperg in "Tricycle of Terror" fall into this trope. While it could be argued that Billy was indeed too old to be riding a tricycle, this doesn't excuse the fact that all three of them sadistically mock him for it, with Sperg taking it a step further by giving Billy a brutal wedgie and then throwing "Trykie" off a cliff while Billy can only watch and beg helplessly. All three of them gloat about how good it felt after doing so (Pud'n even calls it "awesome", the little shit). When the haunted tricycle violently retaliates, they all have the nerve to expect sympathy from both Billy and the audience, with Pud'n obnoxiously calling Trykie a "mean old tricycle", conveniently ignoring the fact that they are all Asshole Victims who went out of their way to deserve their fate. It also doesn't help that Trikey, unlike Christine, didn't attack people for simply being close to Billy and only attacked Grim out of self-defense.
    • Mandy, most of the time. She has a few moments/episodes here and there where she's put in a position where she should be The Woobie. She's the Enfant Terrible Token Evil Teammate, though, and her actions towards others seem like a major case of Disproportionate Retribution, so it's almost impossible to feel something for her. In fact, some of her "Woobie" moments seem more like punishment for her actions.
  • "Weird Al" Effect:
    • Dracula's voice is an impression of Fred Sanford from Sanford and Son, complete with a penchant for calling people "dummy". He is also drawn to look like an older version of Blacula, complete with early 70's sideburns and mustache.
    • Its parody of the H. P. Lovecraft mythos, "Prank Call of Cthulhu", must go over the heads of most young viewers as well.
  • What an Idiot!: In the episode "Major Cheese" we meet the eccentric elderly bodybuilder Mighty Moe. Through blatant Loophole Abuse of the way healthy lifestyle is graded, Mighty Moe has discovered a way to Immortality. As annoying as that is, it takes a turn for the worse when he plans to sell a book about said loophole. Obviously, this is Grim's problem and so he plans to shorten Mighty Moe's life.
    You'd Expect: Grim to psychologically or psychically hurt Mighty Moe lethally which would render the healthy lifestyle moot. If he can't do that directly for legal reasons hire an assassin.
    Instead: Grim's decides to feed him an unhealthy Cheese Puff.
    Result: Grim spends the majority of the episode in a Humiliation Conga as Mighty Moe is either too savvy or insane to fall for any scheme involving eating the Cheese Puff.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Like nearly all of Cartoon Network's in-house programming (specifically those from the "Cartoon-Cartoon" era of shows), this show is a kids' cartoon on the outside, and on the inside, is packed with a lot of things that most normal channels wouldn't allow to touch children's animated shows. In the case of this show, it's Black Comedy, some mild sex and toilet humor, and disturbing imagery that makes Invader Zim look like G3 My Little Pony.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Gilbert Gottfried as Santa Claus. Then again, that was probably intentional, given the standards of the series.
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