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The Face Paint'nimal Gang is an American animated series aired on Cartoon Network. This page shows the tropes.

Tropes

  • Absurd Fear:
    • Kerygan has a fear of carrots and blueberries, as revealed in TBD.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Annoying Younger Sister: It happens with Kerygan to her brother.
  • Anvil on Head: TBD
  • Author Avatar: Some fans have joked that Luck and Fifi are essentially Chris and Lynne if (reserved for Green).
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't you ever beat up a peacock in front of Jade/The Peacock Queen. Champ and later Rufus (and eventually Prince Austin in a later episode) learned that the hard way.
    • [Anna Tear with Abigail Tear being insulted or beaten up]
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The series has tons of them.
    • [reserved for GreenGrass]
    • [Mickey-related]
    • When surprised or sees something unexpected, Pi says Reccardi, being Chris Reccardi's last name.
    • In the episode, TBD, Rusty breaks the fourth wall when he noticed the screen didn't go to black for a break, saying "are we going to the commercials or what?" and then turns off the camera.
  • Crossover: The show had three, with The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, and The Arachnid Friends respectively. The show is about to get one with The Tales of the Paintders.
  • Cry Cute: Abigail Tear.
    • It happens to Kerygan when she cries.
  • Don't Judge a Book by It's Cover:
    • [Mutant Rex]
    • At first, The Bear Witch seemed to be a mean and blood-thirsty animal that would kill living creatures for fun... However, this turned out to be a lie. The Bear Witch is actually loney and wanted to make friends.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Champ, despite being dumb, does have good points when it comes to some situations.
  • Dumb, but Diligent: Despite his stupidity, Champ is really good at helping solve problems, especially standing up for Anna and Abigail. And yes, Champ is smarter than Billy and Ed combined. An another example is that in an episode, Champ solved a simple math problem without any problems.
  • Fragile Flower: Like Cry Cute, Abigail Tear.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • [Jade x Alexis becoming canon in Forever, via hints from the original show]
  • [trope related to Jade and the peacocks saying mits instead of if]
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Like other Cartoon Network shows, this show has several hidden adult jokes:
    • In one episode, after stubbing his toe, Mickey accidentally yells the f-bomb. Luckily, it was censored.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Fifi. Despite the fact she is grumpy and dark-minded, she has a really warm heart and deeply care for her friends.
    • It also helps that she only acts as that due to [Luck-related].
  • Mismatched Eyes: Fifi and Kerygan as their two eye colors are different.
  • Official Couple: Luck and Fifi.
  • Parody:
    • Purple Eggs and Chicken is a parody of Green Eggs and Ham. It is Alexis's all-time favorite book.
    • The Misadventures of Boulder and Cow-winky is a parody of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, being Luck's childhood favorite.
    • [Looney Tunes parody? Green decides]
    • Speedy: The Shadow Fish Slayer is a parody of Velocity: The Dark Human Slayer.
    • Cyan's Clues is a parody of Blue's Clues. While not shown, it is one of the parody shows that was mentioned by various characters.
    • [reserved for Green]
    • The Weirdsters is a parody of The Cryptids, being mentioned in The Face Paint'nimal Gang Forever.
  • Raised by Wolves: Jade was raised by peacocks, and made her the Peacock queen while taking good care of her. However, when she grew up, she started taking care of the peacocks in return.
  • The Ditz: [Champ, Alexis and Kerygan]

Trivia

  • Adored by The Network: TBD.
  • Author Existence Failure: Chris Reccardi, one of the creators of The Face Paint'nimal Gang, passed away on May 2nd, 2019, about a month before the movie premiered.
  • Animation Bump: The animation for the film adaption was provided by Digital eMation (in contrast to the series). It went back to Rough Draft for the special, however.
  • Big Name Fan:
    • Michael Ouweleen admitted that The Face Paint'nimal Gang is one of his favorite CN shows.
    • [Christina Miller liking it]
    • [Uncle Al]
    • [Phil Lord and Christopher Miller]
    • [one of the creators of a CN show]
  • Cash Cow Franchise: [reserved for Green]
  • Channel Hop: The upcoming The Face Paint'nimal Gang Forever special will air on HBO Max instead of Cartoon Network. It is confirmed that new episodes of TFPG would be on HBO Max if successful.
    • However, TFPG Forever will have a CN airing on a later date.
  • Comic-Book Adaption: The series has one since 2020.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In addition to being very successful in the Uniited States, the show is shown to be very popular in Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
  • God Does Not Own the World: Sorta adverted. Lynne Naylor (and the now deceased Chris Reccardi) and Bob Camp techincally own the rights to the characters and Artsburg, but has granted Cartoon Network permission to use them in any Cartoon Network related projects, whether or not they are involved in.
  • (reserved for GreenGrass)
  • Revival: The film adaption in 2019 and The Face Paint'nimal Gang Forever in 2020 with its success leading to new seasons coming.
  • Sleeper Hit: Cartoon Network and the creators of TFPG thought that the series would not do well in ratings, and would be cancelled only after 12 episodes. However, despite mixed reception for the first season (now it is positive), the series proved to be a sensation as TBD.
  • The Character Ice Cream Bar:
    • Luck gains one since late 2004, being made by Blue Bunny. He is tropical punch and watermelon flavored, and his gumball color is green. It was defunct in 2009, but is confirmed to be brought back for TFPG Forever, but this time being a store release due to the coronavirus.
    • Alexis gained one as well to promote TFPG Forever. She is strawberry-kiwi flavored, and her gumball eyes would be the same as Luck, being green.
  • What Could Have Been: The pilot premiered on Disney Channel in 2001 in an attempt to be green-lit. However, it was proven to be a failure for Disney Channel, but it was successful for Cartoon Network, so it was green-lit on that channel instead, premiering on 2004.
    • The first season was originally planned to have a Holiday 2003 release date, but due to scheduling conflicts and decision to improve some stuff, they moved it to Summer 2004 release.
    • The first season originally planned to have Face Paints, but the creators decided that they would be better off if introduced in the season season.
    • The Face Paint'nimal Gang were originally planned to be called The Animal Pack.
    • There was a character named Abigail, the Tiger Queen who was to be Jade's rival. She was scrapped however, but was eventually added to the TFPG comics.
    • Originally, it was going to air on June 12th, 2020 on HBO Max, but they made a surprise announcement that TFPG Forever will come to HBO Max day one.
    • (reserved for GreenGrass)

YMMV

  • Accidental Innuendo: TBD
  • Broken Base: Some The Face Paint'nimal Gang fans did not like the fact that some episodes focused more on Face Paints and Tears than the animals ever since the second season.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Fifi. While the majority of fans love her, some fans straight up hate her for being obnoxious and annoying.
  • Crossover Ship: [reserved for Green or Donaldo]
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Luck/Jade. Yep, it exists.
    • Fifi/Champ.
    • Gizmo/[one of the TFPG villains, Green decides]
    • Jade/Prince Austin
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Fifi ended up becoming the second most popular character in the show's fanbase, only behind Luck.
    • [Kerygan]
    • Jade ended up becoming one of the popular show characters... probably due to her cuteness.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Despite most fans liking TAF and vice-versa, some of them DO NOT get along with each other due to TBD. Some of the TAF fans stated that that show should've been the one that would get revived. However, this all calmed down when Lord and Miller confirmed that a TAF HBO Max special would happen if TFPG Forever was a success.
    • The fans of TFPG DO NOT GO ALONG WELL with SpongeBob fans, mainly since some SpongeBob fans accused CN of trying to make TFPG the "SpongeBob of CN" (despite the fact that it is NOT going to be like SpongeBob).
    • [Kodiak, half]
    • [The Cryptids]
    • [Flapjack, idk why]
    • Fans of ''Me and Sparky DEPISE each others franchises, often arguing big time.
    • [The Dinosaur Crew]
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Fans of TFPG enjoyed The Arachnid Friends and vice-versa, therefore, getting along with each other very well.
    • [CN City shows]
    • [Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy]
    • [Ed, Edd n Eddy, Samurai Jack, Sheep in the Big City, Crimepolis]
    • [Kodiak, half]
    • Fans of The Life and Times of Juniper Lee get along really good with the fans of The Face Paint'nimal Gang.
    • Fans of The Tales of the Paintders actually adored the series, and vice-versa, therefore having an excellent relationship. The relationship is boosted when a TFPG/Paintders crossover was confirmed.
    • [Terrestrials]
    • [The Cryptids]
    • [Adventure Time, Gumball, The Reds, Mighty Magiswords, E&C, OK K.O., Apple and Onion, Craig of the Creek, Summer Camp Island, Victor and Valentino, Stella, Mao Mao and Ryker]
    • [The Outback Snake, due to Bob Camp being involved in the series]
    • Fans of this and The Face Paint World Life has a rather healthy relationship, therefore getting along with each other. One of the reasons is Diana Uhlman has written for the series, and is writting TFPG Forever.
  • Ho Yay Shipping: Jade x Kerygan, Luck x Champ, Jade x Alexis (despite hints from the show) and Kerygan x Alexis.
  • Memetic Mutation: Pi ended up becoming a meme in the early 2010s. [How did he become a meme?]
    • [GoAnimate Grounding videos]
    • [Edited videos]
    • [Uncle Al videos]
  • No Yay: Luck/any of the Face Paints or Tears being controversial because of the implications of zoophilia.
  • What Do You Mean, It's For Kids?: TBD

Funny

Nightmare Fuel

  • The fact that TFPG (except Rusty and Kerygan) got kidnapped by The Bear Witch would scare viewers... that is, until the Bear Witch turned out to be a lonely and sweet creature who wanted friends.

Heartwarming

Tear-Jerker

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