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  • Awesome Music: Almost all of their song covers.
  • Cult Classic: Has become this since the end of ShowBiz Pizza Place. Despite only playing in a handful of locations worldwide, the band has maintained a loyal following, especially in the 2010s, thanks to the popularity of Five Nights at Freddy's.
  • Dork Age: The showtapes produced by ShowBiz themselves in the mid-1980s without any input from Creative Engineering. They are riddled with off-sounding voices, an overly-positive feel compared to the sometimes adult and cynical feel of the CEI tapes, and lame puns. The final Rock-afire Explosion showtape for ShowBiz, “The Rolfe & Earle (sic) Show” (which was played during Concept Unification), is widely considered the worst Rock-afire showtape, for the aforementioned problems plus mixing up Rolfe and Earl’s characterizationsnote , as well as misspelling Earl’s name with an “E” at the end.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Rolfe and Earl, who were originally going to be part of a rotation of traveling characters, have a loyal following for their witty banter.
    • Looney Bird seemed to eclipse Billy Bob in prominence in the 1990s, to the point where Fechter’s short-lived post-ShowBiz restaurant franchise was named after him.
    • Dook LaRue, the drummer. Despite his lesser prominence compared to other band members, his Cloudcuckoolander personality and singing voice have gained him fans.
    • Uncle Klunk pre-Executive Meddling has some fans, thanks to his hilarious performance from Jeff Howell and memorable lines such as "Don't smoke Crayolas".
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Chuck E. Cheese, especially due to Concept Unification.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Though there are many who like both characters.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The "Save the Colander" showtape from 1983 becomes more bittersweet knowing that Creative Engineering has been decimated to just Fechter in the years since, and several people note  have cut ties with him for different reasons.
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  • Heartwarming Moments: The Christmas 1986 showtape, done without permission from ShowBiz, has the band sit around talking about what the spirit of Christmas means to them. At the end, they thank the managers of the locations, and remind the audience that they intend to stay together forever. Can also become Harsher in Hindsight knowing what happened in the years since.
  • Ho Yay: For some reason, there have been a lot of cases of fans shipping Dook and Beach Bear together. Not helping is that Dook's Miijin outfit wears a hat that happens to have the colors of the bisexual pride flag.
  • Memetic Mutation: Rich Evans' picture of himself wearing a "Dick the Birthday Boy" t-shirt and a Billy Bob mascot from his youth has widely circulated for some time, with Billy Bob being referred to as "the ShowBiz Pizza Bear" and being portrayed as a Memetic Molester.
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  • The Scrappy: Uncle Klunk, at least after Executive Meddling caused some changes to his character. While he was quite funny at first (helped by the hilarious delivery of Jeff Howell), the changes resulted in Klunk’s attempts at jokes missing, rather than hitting. His failure was part of the reason why Creative Engineering canceled their planned "2nd Generation" animatronics, as well as a robot version of Paul McCartney.
  • Ship Tease: There have been some Mitzi/Billy Bob and Mitzi/Beach Bear moments here and there.
  • Tearjerker: The "Crying Skit" from the Spring 1982 showtape, following the "Feelings Skit", in which Billy Bob tearfully apologizes to Looney Bird for yelling at him in the earlier skit. Aaron Fechter's delivery for Billy Bob really seals it. At least until Looney Bird reveals that he was teasing with Billy Bob and left their microphones on to humiliate him.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Fatz can come across as this due to his realistic look.
    • The animatronics in general can become this when not maintained properly. Billy Bob's Wonderland in Barboursville, West Virginia is the worst offender due to poor maintenance.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: The general consensus with the Miijin Billy Bob, Mitzi, and Dook, as their outfits are generally considered to be overly tacky.

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