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The Face Paint World Life is an American animated series created by Diana Uhlman, aired from 2001 til 2007 on Disney Channel. This page shows the tropes for the show.

NOTE: This will include the the tropes from the DCOMs, the Disney+ films, video games and the comics.

Tropes

  • A Day in the Limelight: Several supporting characters, notably Ocean, Gerrett and Professor Cloud, had their own episodes.
  • Absurd Fear:
    • Maddie has a weird fear of tacos, as revealed in Taco-Var Maddie's Fear.
    • Alexis has fears of hedgehogs, porcupines and peppers.
    • Gerrett has a fear of cacti, as mentioned by himself in Jokes On You! .
    • Collin has a fear of TBD, but ended up conquering it in the same episode.
    • Ocean has a fear of cucumbers, as shown in [reserved for Green]
  • Accidental Pervert: [Gerrett with Collin, Maddie or Alexis, also with Ocean with Collin]
  • Actor Allusion:
  • All Star Cast: The series contains very famous voice actors (like Jason Marsden, Grey DeLisle and others).
  • Alleged Lookalikes: Lapis and Lazuli since they are twins. Despite their different outfits, it is very hard to tell which one is which, due to them being alike.
  • [trope about the fact that chocolate doesn't kill animals in this show, mainly due to cartoon logic]
  • Always Identical Twins: Lapis and Lazuli. Watchers and fans alike always has trouble on whether telling which is Lapis and which is Lazuli unless you look up on the internet or have audio on the show.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Maddie is hinted to be bisexual.
  • Animal Companion: Matthew and Luna to Collin and Alexis, respectively.
  • Anvil on Head: Happens at times. Doesn't happen in every episode, but let's list occasions that happened:
    • [Gerrett getting hit by one in one episode]
    • In the episode, TBD, Collin gets hit on the head by the anvil due to TBD.
  • Author Avatar: It is said that Ocean is basically the cartoon version of Diana Uhlman.
  • Awesome Art: Diana's outstanding animation and art-style makes it stand out.
  • Beserk Button: 
    • Do NOT lick or kiss Matthew, he'll get pretty pissed and hiss at you.
  • Best Friend: Collin and Maddie are EXTREMELY CLOSE best friends.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: The show features a sasquatch.
  • Bittersweet Ending: TBD.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Samuel and Abigail, and Crash the Sloth.
  • Bland Name Product:
    • Animal World is the parody of Animal Planet.
    • Ocean mentions a network named The Food Channel, which is a parody of Food Network.
    • In the episode TBD, Brynlee tells Collin and Ocean that Pickelodeon is Keziah's favorite channel. That channel itself is a parody of Nickelodeon.
    • [reserved for Green]
  • Book Ends: TBD.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Expect fourth wall breaks in this show too.
    • In the episode, Fizzy! Fizzy!, when amazed by how popular his new soda is, an amazed Fizz says "Uhlman!", the fourth wall break in this is it is a reference to Diana Uhlman, the creator of the series.
    • In Let's Make a Movie!, Collin looked at the camera, making a confused face, stating "end of episode!" and turned it off, ending the episode.
    • [reserved for Green]
  • Butt-Monkey: 
    • Gerrett, due to his childish behavior and jokes, is considered one.
    • Alexis, due to her stupidity.
    • [Skye at times]
    • [Spark at times]
  • Catchphrase: 
    • TBD.
  • Comic-Book Time: Regardless of what it is set in, the characters will always stay in their age and youth, albeit with some clothing changes.
  • Chick Magnet: Basically every girl Collin met... except for Mattie and Cailin. Most even kissed him in the cheek, and even develop a crush on him.
    • The notable one being Dawn, kissing him on the lips as a thank you for returning her bow.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Alexis and Gerrett at times.
  • Cry Cute: Most female characters.
    • The notable one is Ocean in [reserved for Green] when TBD.
    • Another one is Maddie in TBD when TBD.
  • Cryptid Episode: A Sasquatch in Summerheart City.
  • Darker and Edgier: Almost did with the cancelled reboot for ABC. However, due to major backlash from most people (and even Diana Uhlman and Disney) (especially with their creepy and horrific design), it was forced to be pulled from the plug (thankfully).
  • Deadpan Snarker: [Collin at times].
  • Didn't Think This Through: TBD
  • Does Not Like Spam:
    • Maddie REFUSES to eat any tacos since she is very scared of them.
    • Collin would not eat anything with mushrooms or olives, as revealed in TBD.
    • It is shown that Ocean refuses to eat anything with swiss cheese.
  • Dream Walker: Maddie in Dream Maddies.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Alexis and Gerrett (at times) had these moments throughout the show.
  • Dumb, but Diligent: Alexis has some pretty intelligent moments despite her stupidity. Heck, she can solve simple math problems and can spell without any problems.
  • Enemy Mine: Spark the Dragon ended up teaming up with Collin and his pals on some episodes of the whole show.
  • Expy:
    • [Collin (TFPWL) and Collin (CTSB)]
    • There are fans that consider Collin as the human version of Max Goof.
    • Fans often consider Gerrett as Disney's answer to Tommy the Opossum.
    • Alexis is often an expy to Gayle (earlier installments) and Billy.
    • [reserved for Green]
  • Fictional Holiday: Fest of Paint.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Lapis and Lazuli does this at times.
  • Fire Breathing Diner: The Phoenix Angel is considered to be the best chickens wings restuarant in Summerheart City, serving any kind of wings with sauce, the best known one is the extremely hot [spicy pepper] of DOOM!. Heck, there is a challenge involving eating 12 of them without anything to drink, but water and no breaks. Eating the wings will cause them to have a chance they can breathe fire!
  • Funny Animal: Gerrett is an example of this since he acts human.
  • Generic Cuteness: The Face Paint girls and animals. Yes, Collin is this too.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Even TV-G shows has adult jokes. Where do we begin...?
    • In the episode, TBD, when Collin walks into his apartment, Gerrett quickly notices and closes whatever website he was one watching. Briefly before it was closed, a female moaning, "Mmm..." was heard, implying Gerrett was watching porn.
    • In the episode, Atomic Kaitlyn, Gerrett tells Kaitlyn to name her team "Awesome Stunting Superheroes". It is a dumb name, but look at the beginning of each words (it is ASS).
    • In Collin's Fit, Collin gets angry and then starts swearing in rage. This was obviously censored to make it family friendly.
      • Those censor sounds are unique, apparently sounding like a duck quack.
    • In the episode TBD, after Gerrett leaves somewhat, peeing sounds is heard offscreen, implying that he is peeing.
  • Giant Spider: Dora the Spider is a big spider... however, she loves to give people that come to her cave puzzles and riddles for them to solve... and those who fail are forced to leave her cave.
  • Girly Girl: Girl Face Paints.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: [reserved for Green]
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: While made for girls and women, there were boys and men that actually enjoyed the series.
  • Gone Horribly Right: TBD.
  • Hates Wearing Dresses: [averted (they hate wearing pants or shorts), for some Face Paints, specifically Ocean, Gaia, Aubrielle and TBD]
  • Heel-Face Turn: 
    • Spark the Dragon has preformed this prior to the future, becoming a loved baker and married to a wife and raised two kids.
    • [Mattie Gargis and Cailin Munday]
    • [Abigail Paintson]
    • [the actors and actresses of Summerheart City Life Mania after Roberto's defeat]
    • [The Sasquatch in Summerheart City]
  • I Am Not Weasel: In the episode Fizzy! Fizzy!, when first meeting him, Fizz mistakes Gerrett for a sea otter, which Gerrett is confused and both he and Collin tell him that he is a ferrett.
  • Intellectual Animal: Matthew is this.
  • Jerk With A Heart of Gold: 
    • Despite being a heavy and (at times) mean prankster, Gerrett does have a very warm heart and cares about his friends.
    • Spark the Dragon, despite being a bully to the whole city, has shown that he actually does care for the whole city, even caring for Collin and his friends occassionally. It is said that it lead to him to preform an eventual Heel-Face Turn in the future.
  • Just Friends: Collin and Maddie are extremely close friends, but are confirmed that they are just best friends. Another one to add support to this one that Maddie is hinted to be bi-sexual and Collin is dating Ocean since Lucky City.
  • Likes Older Men: Ocean is dating Collin, which Collin is 17 while Ocean is 15, making Ocean two years younger than her boyfriend.
  • Manchild:
    • Gerrett is this, even for his age.
    • Alexis is this... Most of the time.
  • "Metaphor" Is My Middle Name:
    • In TBD, TBD.
    • In Jokes on You!, Gerrett claims that "Joke" is his middle, confusing Lapis.
      • Gerrett: Come on, Collin. Joke is my middle name.
      • Lapis: (confused) I thought your middle name is Fruitberry.
  • Mis-Matched Eyes: Alexis and Skye has them. Makes since as they are sisters. Nova, Ocean and her sister Pearl also has them, and the twins Lapis and Lazuli.
  • Musical Episode: It has two of them.
  • Must Have Caffeine: It is revealed that Ocean would become a maniac pyschopath if she does NOT get any coffee, so giving her coffee gets Ocean back to her usual self.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: The characters will be staying in their age regardless of any year or canon.
    • However, The Future Adventure, actually shows the future versions of the beloved characters, but while adults and aged up, youths are somehow shown still, no sign of wrinkles and grown up hints, staying to their original size.
  • One True Threesome:
    • Collin/Maddie/Alexis.
    • Collin/Ocean/Maddie
    • Matthew/Luna/Gerrett
  • Onion Tear: [Collin shedding a tear while chopping onions in one episode]
  • Official Couple:
    • Matthew and Luna.
    • Collin and Ocean since Lucky City.
    • Nathaniel and Blythe.
    • Brynlee and Keziah, confirmed by Diana Uhlman herself.
  • Pilot: Named The Boy and The Face Paint. Starting off as a college project in 1998, Disney became so impressed with it that it went on to become the pilot for what we know and love today as The Face Paint World Life.
  • Parody:
    • Jemmings is a parody of Lemmings.
    • Spark the Dragon is a parody of Spyro the Dragon, but unlike him, he is a bad guy.
    • The Cost is Correct is the parody of The Price is Right.
    • [Wheel of Fortune parody]
    • Balooney Toons is a parody of Looney Tunes.
    • While Maroon Man is a parody of Mr. Game and Watch, his show Maroon Man, Maroon Man, Come to Life!, is a parody of Hanna-Barbera shows.
    • Kuddle Kombat is a parody of Mortal Kombat.
    • SPY Pig is a parody of SPY Fox. It is Brynlee's favorite computer game series ever.
    • [ideas?]
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: This does include fanon shippings for all of the Collin shippings. Despite the fact Collin and Ocean became canon, shippings wars still happened.
    • Collcean (Collin/Ocean)
    • Colladdie (Collin/Maddie)
    • Collexis (Collin/Alexis)
    • Collyan (Collin/Lillyan)
    • Colye (Collin/Skye)
    • Collyn (Collin/Kaitlyn)
    • Colstal (Collin/Crystal)
    • Collva (Collin/Nova)
    • Collaxy (Collin/Galaxy)
    • Colynlee (Collin/Brynlee)
    • Colley (Collin/Ashley)
    • Cawn (Collin/Dawn)
    • Mattuna (Matthew/Luna)
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Collin is a stubborn Red Oni, while Maddie is cheerful Blue Oni.
  • Running Gag: You can't have a show without running gags.
    • [reserved for Green]
  • Ship Tease: Before Collin x Ocean became canon in Lucky City, there were hints that they would become a couple.
    • [reserved for Green].
  • Show Within the Show: The Cost is Correct, The Jungle and Arctic Gang, Maroon Man, Maroon Man, Come to Life!, Balooney Toons and [Wheel of Fortune parody]
  • Sick Episode: Doctor Matthew
  • Sister Trope: Alexis, Maddie, Galaxy, Ocean and Collin has them. Also, Lapis and Lazuli in the nutshell.
  • Skirts, Dresses and Gowns: Obviously females due to them being Face Paints.
  • Slapstick: The show has moments of slapstick.
    • In TBD, TBD.
  • Take That!:
    • In the episode, TBD, Gerrett TBD, making a reference to reused animation, which is one of the reasons why Paddy the Pelican is panned.
    • TFPWL made fun of Family Guy in the episode TBD when TBD.
    • [CtSB]
    • [MoTMK]
    • [South Park]
    • [reserved for Green]
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Collin and Ocean preforms one in the end of Lucky City.
  • The Cameo:
    • In the episode, Zoo Days, Simba appears in the zoo, in the lion habitat.
    • In the episode TBD, after preforming the Noodle Dance, PB&J Otter makes a talking cameo appearance, with one of them (Jelly) saying "Hey! You stole our dance!", with Peanut saying "Be careful what you do!" and Baby Butter Nut making noises. Adam Rose, Jenell Slack-Wilson and Gina Marie Tortorici reprise their respective roles as Peanut, Jelly and Baby Butter.
    • [reserved for Green]
    • In the episode, Pass..., while Collin is seen walking in boredom, thinking of a plan, he stumbles across Donald Duck from the Mickey Mouse series, being lost with him asking Collin "Hey! Which way do I exit this stinky town?! I am SO late for my date!" with him pointing to the left. Tony Anselmo voices Donald Duck in this cameo.
    • In the episode, [reserved for Green], Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and Roo walk around in Summerheart City, with Tigger looking around the map, with Pooh stating "This isn't Hundred Acre Wood", Roo then states "Tigger, you sure this is a right way?". Tigger replies "Yes! It is!... I think.". Eeyore then replies "Apparently, you are not good in directions." and then Piglet says "I think we're in the wrong show." Then, Pooh says his trademarked "Oh Bother!" line. Jim Cummings reprise his roles as both Pooh and Tigger, Peter Cullen reprises his role as Eeyore while Jeff Bennett voices Piglet and Grey DeLisle voices Roo.
    • In TBD, a plush of Gurgi from The Black Cauldron can be seen.
    • [Flounder]
    • [Timon and Pumbaa]
  • The Ditz: Maddie (at times), Gerrett and Alexis.
  • The Shout-Out:
    • In TBD, Collin mimicked Mickey Mouse.
    • In It's The Spooky Night two parters, Collin is dressed as Bear from Bear in the Big Blue House.
    • In the episode, TBD, while thinking of a plan, Maddie, Alexis and Ocean preforms The Noodle Dance, being a major nod to the PB&J Otter show.
    • [Winnie the Pooh reference, reserved for Green]
    • In the episode TBD, Collin says "Hakuna Matata", with the line itself being a reference to The Lion King.
    • [Ideas?]
  • The Prankster: Gerrett is this.
  • Theme Twin Naming: The twins are named Lapis and Lazuli, both themed after the stone named Lapis Lazuli.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: There are some characters that do not have a toy version of them as part of the TFPWL toyline.
    • Professor Cloud, for some reason, never had a figure release during its lifespan.
  • Toyline Exclusive Character:
    • Anastasia "Anna" Paintwell. [promote her to the TV show since the revival is coming?]
  • What An Idiot: 
    • In the episode, TBD, [Alexis]
      • Situation: TBD.
      • What was supposed to happen: TBD.
      • Instead: TBD.
    • [Gerrett in the other episode]
  • What Do You Mean, It's For Kids?: Despite the series' TV-G rating, the show does tend to have some dark moments.
    • TBD
  • Where the Hell is Springfield?: While Summerheart City is in the Face Paint World, the location for Summerheart City is not exactly known.
  • Would Hurt a Child: TBD.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me: TBD.
  • You Mean "Xmas"?: Of course The Face Paint World have similar holiday, albeit with different name. Halloween is the only holiday that has its name remained.
    • Christmas is called Wintermas
    • Easter is called Egg Day.
    • Valentines Day is called Feelings Day.
    • [do a Mardi Gras holiday?]

Trivia

  • Adored by The Network: TFPWL was a pretty popular series (one of them anyway), as Disney Channel would air marathons and, at times, even promote the series a lot until 2009.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Despite being a sensational hit in almost everywhere, TFPWL did not fare very well in Russia due to low promotions and low ratings, thus becoming a flop in that particular state. Because of that, Russian-dubbed episodes beyond Season 1 never aired publically, and was never revealed until The Complete Adventures home media release.
  • Banned in China: TBD.
  • Big Name Fan:
    • Diane Schmidt admitted that The Face Paint World Life was one of her favorite Disney Channel shows during her high school years alongside Kim Possible, Phineas and Ferb, and Myth of the Monkey King. They first met accidentally in Wildwood Canyon Park in Burbank, California, and started hanging out since then.
      • Schmidt also stated that Matthew is her favorite character.
      • And she did say her favorite episodes are The Jungle and Arctic Gang and Ocean Shines.
    • Chris Reccardi and Lynne Naylor admitted they actually love The Face Paint World Life, calling the show "creative" and worth watching, being one of their favorite DC shows of all time.
      • Reccardi also stated that Gerrett and Matthew are his favorite characters while Naylor stated that a tie between Collin, Matthew, Maddie, Ocean, Fizz and even Lapis & Lazuli are her favorite characters.
      • [favorite episode]
    • Kent Osborne admitted that he actually liked the The Face Paint World Life series despite the on-going rivalry between TFPWL and MoTMK.
      • Kent stated that his favorite characters are Ocean and Gerrett.
      • [favorite episode]
    • [reserved for Green, can be a Disney Channel original series creator]
    • It is shown that Chadtronic is a fan of The Face Paint World Life, even one time he live-streamed TFPWL: A Treasure Adventure video game.
      • [Chadtronic's favorite character]
      • [favorite episode]
    • Genndy Tartakovsky stated that he enjoys The Face Paint World Life, because TBD.
      • [Tartakovsky's favorite character, Collin (or nah) or more than one?]
      • [favorite episode]
    • Matt Groening admitted that he actually enjoyed The Face Paint World Life, stating how creative it is, and stated his favorite character has to be a tie between Ocean, Spark and Gerrett.
      • [favorite episode]
    • Bruce W. Smith admitted that he is a pretty big fan of The Face Paint World Life, stating [reserved for Green].
      • [Smith's favorite character, probably a tie between Maddie and Ocean]
      • [favorite episode]
    • [Carl T-Animations, reserved for Green]
    • [Uncle Al, reserved for Green]
    • [Julie McNally Cahill and Tim Cahill]
    • YouTuber Stampylonghead stated that he actually enjoys watching The Face Paint World Life, even there are rumors that his Lovely World is inspired by Summerheart City, the setting of TFPWL.
      • [favorite character]
      • [favorite episode]
    • YouTuber PatMac stated he actually liked The Face Paint World Life, considering it as one of the Top 5 greatest Disney Channel shows of all time in his opinion, likely in the fifth place. There are also some TFPWL-centered videos by him, notably the A Blockbuster TFPWL plush set video.
      • [favorite character, Ocean]
      • [favorite episode]
    • James Rolfe and Mike Matei revealed that they actually enjoyed The Face Paint World Life, stating "it is a very fun ride to watch, and will always be fun each time."
      • James's favorite character is shown to be Gerrett and Maddie while Collin is Mike's favorite character.
      • [their favorite episode, reserved for Green. Remember, they can have separate favorite if desired]
    • [WatchMojo people]
    • Youtube user TheMysteriousMrEnter has shown to have a liking on the series, even he made an Admirable Animation episode related to it.
      • [favorite character]
      • [favorite episode]
    • [Vailskibum94]
    • [Brizzy Voices]
    • YouTuber/Youtube voice actor Brock Baker stated he is a fan of TFPWL.
      • [favorite character]
      • [favorite episode]
    • YouTube user Canadian Guy Eh stated he liked The Face Paint World Life because how creative the series is, one of the series he actually grew up with as a child and even TBD.
      • [favorite character, a tie between Kaitlyn and Gerrett]
      • [favorite episode]
    • [female YouTuber]
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Being one of Disney Channel's most successful series, it has spawned four video games, a toyline, the upcoming LEGO theme, merchandise, a comic book series, and even alblums. It also even had promotions.
  • Channel Hop: Streaming rights for the series moved from Netflix to Disney+ since April 15th, 2020. It can't help that there will be a movie in 2021, exclusively for that service.
  • Comic-Book Adaption: The series has one since 2019 and is set to get a future-set one this year in 2020.
  • Creator's Favorite: Diana Uhlman, during an interview, stated that her own favorite characters are Maddie, Ocean, Fizz, Brynlee and Lapis & Lazuli.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode:  During an interview, Diana Uhman admitted that [reserved for Green, can be more than one] [is or are] her personal favorite episode(s)
  • Crossover: Chipmunk'd Up!American Dragon at Summerheart, Outback Face Paints and The New Sanfranyorkyo World Life. It is getting a video game crossover with Ubisoft's Rabbids.
  • Dawson Casting: Kids and teenagers are voiced by adult actors.
    • [reserved for Green]
  • Dueling Works: TBD
  • Executive Meddling: TBD.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While popular in United States, the show is also extremely popular in United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand and TBD.
  • God Does Not Own This World: While being created by Diana Uhlman, The Walt Disney Company owns the full rights to the series, therefore they own the rights to the characters and Summerheart City.
  • Mis-blamed: TBD.
  • Missing Episodes: TBD.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Despite being a beloved successful Disney Channel series... well, one of them, the series did get some controversal moments.
    • [the fact that the show is made by a lesbian (Diana Uhlman)]
  • Public Service Announcement: The Face Paint World Life had two PSAs, one related to drugs and one related to TBD. Both of them aired between 2003 to 2009.
  • Release Date Change: Originally slated to air on April 6th, 2001 release (originally on ABC), it was delayed to a Holday 2001 release (November 17th, 2001, to Disney Chanenl) due to scheduling difficulties and to avoid competitions with others premeiring at that time.
  • Revival: The 2019 comic series, the upcoming The Face Paint World Life: The Face Paint Tribes and the upcoming revival seasons coming out, both TFPT and the S7 revival season will both come out in 2021 while the S8 is said to be released in 2022.
  • Sleeper Hit: Diana Uhlman and Disney both thought The Face Paint World Life would not do well within ratings and reviews since it was made mainly for females. However, when it premeired, it was a hit, getting extremely applauding reviews and pretty high ratings, causing the series to spawn five more seasons, two Disney Channel Original Movies, three video games (including the upcoming remaster), the upcoming 2021 Disney+ movie, merchandise and hell, even becoming a Cash Cow Franchise.
    • Despite this, however, TFPWL was a failure in Russia.
  • The Character Ice Cream Bar: Maddie gained one, being wild berry and cherry flavored with her gumball eyes being blue, it is being made by Blue Bunny.
  • Video Game: They gained a point and click PC game and a console video game in 2003, a game for Game Boy Advance in 2005, plus the upcoming 2020 remaster to the 2003 console game and the crossover with Rabbids, both in 2021.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The series was planned to have an earlier 2001 (April 13th, 2001) release date, but due to schedule conflicts, it was moved to November 2001.
    • Matthew is originally going to be called Catnips, but was soon changed to the name used today.
    • Matthew was originally conceived as a female black cat with white chestfur named Destiny.
    • There were plans to have Kaitlyn Beach join the main characters cast, but fearing that the series would start to suck with her as one of the mains, Diana stated that it would be better if she was part of supporting characters instead, and so they sticked to that.
    • Summerheart Gala was originally conceived as a theatrical film, but due to time-constraints and problems, it was converted to a Disney Channel Original Movie.
    • Ocean was planned to be antagonistic, always bullying Collin and Maddie. However, due to negative feedback from the workers and audiences, she was changed to the girl that became Collin's eventual girlfriend, with her original planned role went on to be given to Spark.
    • Originally, it was planned to premiere on ABC as part of its Disney's One Saturday Morning block. However, the executives decided that Disney Channel would be a better place for it, so it was moved to the channel.
      • Reruns for the series would go on to be aired on Disney's One Saturday Morning block on ABC.
    • When first greenlit, it was originally named The Adventures of The Boy and The Face Paint. However, it was changed to The Face Paint World Life that we know today, because the name is said to be more creative.
    • Gerrett was planned to be a squirrel that was more dumb than Gerrett is today. His name would have been Nuts. However, Uhlman and some writers thought a ferret would be funnier, so they sticked to that.
    • Originally, Uhlman considered using the girl (Maddie)'s pilot outfit, however, Disney wasn't fond of that design, and asked permission to redesign her outfit... of course, Uhlman said yes and made Maddie new outfit concepts (7). Eventually, the chose the one we know and love today.
      • The black-shirt concept would go on to become Maddie's future outfit while the others would be used for TBD.
    • Alexis was originally planned to be EXTREMELY stupid (similar to Billy), but eventually, she changed to be not as stupid as she originally planned to be.
    • Ocean was originally going to be named Shellie, but was changed to the former since they found it more beautiful.
    • [original name for one of the episodes]
    • While Ocean was planned to be the villain, Collin's love interest was originally planned to be a different girl, also a Face Paint named Abigail Paintson. However, she was scrapped in awake of Ocean being revamped to a good ol' girlfriend to Collin we all know and love today.
      • Abigail would eventually be reused for TFPWL as Ocean's childhood rival, later friend.
    • At some point, a spin-off series centered on The Jungle and Arctic Gang was considered, but due to Uhlman and Disney believing that it would take the specialness in the series away, it was cancelled.
    • Summerheart City was planned to be called Autumnfields City, but then gave choices, those being Springhills City, Diamond City, Summerheart City, Paintsburg, Emeraldheart City and Milky Way City before eventually choosing the third one on the list for the final work, due to it being more creative.
    • During an interview, Diana stated that she was originally, at one point, going to present her college-made project to Cartoon Network to turn into a CN show, but then quickly decided that Disney is a better place for it, so she sticked to that. 
      • However, Diana even stated that she was originally planned to propose the series to Nickelodeon as well.
    • [reserved for Green]
    • Originally, ABC had plans for a more adult-oriented TFPWL reboot that was to air in 2013. But, due to the  negative reception for the reboot, especially the designs, it was pulled (thankfully).
    • Originally, the series was planned to have two Game Boy Advance videos. However, due to TBD, plans were scrapped.
  • The Movie: It has two Disney Channel Original Movies and the upcoming 2021 Disney+ movie.
  • [reserved for Green]

YMMV

  • Abandon Shipping: Ever since Collin/Ocean became canon after Lucky City, fans started to stop shipping Collin/Maddie and Collin/Alexis, but they still find the two best friend pairings.
  • Base-Breaking Character: 
    • [Gerrett]
    • [reserved for Green]
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: The female characters (in the nutshell) due to their prettiness and outfits.
    • The notable one is Ocean, due to [reserved for Green]
  • Broken Base: Yes, even one of the beloved Disney Channel show can't avoid the broken base. Let's see what's wrong with the show.
    • Some people have complained about it being too girly and believe it doesn't deserve the popularity it had. A few people think it should've been on a different channel and Kodiak: The Dog Timestopper should've been Diana's first series instead.
    • Many people did not like the idea of the 2013 ABC reboot, mainly due to the cringy appearances and the fact it going to be adult. This forced ABC and the creators to cancel plans for it. However, there are memes that made fun of the designs.
    • [slightly passive one, but people preferring Maddie's future outfit as the main outfit over Maddie's main outfit, reserved for Green]
    • [Collin/Ocean-related]
    • The show is accused by some toxic fans of misandry, leading to some controversies.
      • In response, Diana Uhlman responded that she is following the Face Paint trend as possible, also stating that there exists more females than males. However, while the smarter toxic fans calmed down, it made some of the toxic fans' anger worse.
      • She did also state that she and Julie and Tim Cahill are both hoping to add more males Face Paints, while still adding new female Face Paints as well.
    • [TFPWL said to make more sense as a Hasbro series]
    • [TFPWL said to make more sense as a Nicktoon]
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Gerrett/Wu/Shank as threesome
    • Collin/Cailin, yep, this exists.
  • Creepypasta: Of course, a beloved Disney Channel show isn't safe from getting a character-creepypasta treatment. Currently, it has two.
    • It gained a Creepypasta lost episode named Maddie's Depressing Day, and includes the bloody and (slightly) scary version of Maddie named Lost Episode Maddie.
    • [Ocean, damaged with intestines sticking out, cut throat, ripped heart and even one of her eyes black and red]
  • Crossover Shipping:
    • Collin/Penny Proud is the most popular crossover shipping.
    • [reserved for Green]
    • Collin/Kim is the second popular behind Collin/Penny.
    • Maddie/Ron
    • [Ocean/Penny Proud?]
    • Gerrett/Tommy
    • Gerrett/Ey-Ey
    • Matthew/Shoney
    • Collin/Anne
    • Maddie/Luiz
    • Gerrett/King
  • Essemble Dark Horse: 
    • Matthew is considered the most popular animal character of the series to date.
    • Ocean became the most popular humanoid character of the series to date.
    • Alexis Doll gained popularity as well, tied with Maddie as the 2nd most popular humanoid character in the series.
    • Along with Alexis, Maddie is tied as the 2nd most popular humanoid character in the series.
    • The Jemmings gained popularity, especially those who liked Lemmings.
    • Gerrett is currently the second popular animal character behind Matthew.
    • [Lillyan]
    • The future version of Maddie did gain popularity.
    • While not as popular as Maddie, Ocean or Alexis, Kaitlyn Beach has got enough popularity to be on the list of popular TFPWL characters.
    • [Crystal]
    • [Quincy]
    • [Collin]
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Ocean, due to her being extremely pretty, especially her hair and outfit.
    • Maddie, due to being a pretty character.
    • The future variant of Maddie due to her being prettier than the main Maddie.
    • Alexis, due to her appearance and her stupidity.
    • Luna, due to her appearance.
    • Kaitlyn Beach, due to her prettiness.
  • Fandom Rivalry: 
    • Fans of this and Steven Universe aren't very friendly with each other, mainly due to the latter's fanbase being toxic.
    • [Wild Critters, later seasons of that show]
    • Fans of The Face Paint World Life does not enjoy The Nutshack for obvious reasons.
    • Fans of this does not like the The Powerpuff Girls 2016 reboot for obvious reasons.
    • [inside the fandom, related to Collin/Maddie, Collin/Skye, Collin/Kaitlyn, Collin/Lillyan, Collin/Crystal, Collin/Nova and Collin/Alexis shipping war, despite Collin/Ocean being canon]
    • Fans of this and SpongeBob SquarePants do not get along with each other very well, mainly since a crazy fan of the latter criticized it for being "girly and should've been forgotten".
    • Due to the toxic fandom of My Little Pony, fans of TFPWL do not go along very well with them.
    • [Fortnite]
    • [Ideas?]
    • Fans of this and The Urban Face Paints often argue due to the fact that while TFPWL and other Face Paint shows play it safe with the Face Paint trend, TUFP takes risks and change the trend (such as making them die from blood loss, killed or act like zombies rather than being still intelligent, making males more common, adding ugly Face Paints, etc).
    • Myth of the Monkey King fans have argued with fans of this and admitted to disliking it, due to TFPWL being too girly and stated this shouldn't have been popular as other Disney shows.
      • To add the spice up the flame war, MoTMK didn't have any Disney Channel Original Movies, where as TFPWL has.
    • Me and My Guardian Angel fans don't get along with this very well for similar reasons.
    • Fans of Velocity, Samurai Jack, Primal and Mythical don't get along well with TFPWL fans for similar reason as MoTMK.
    • Fans of this and Collin the Speedy Boy has a big flame war (maybe even worse than one with MoTMK), due to the main characters sharing the same name as the latter, and even the crazy fan of the latter calling the series "the DC series that should've been forgotten after one season".
      • To make things worse, Oscar and Tadaki have revealed that not even they liked it. However, they do understand that it is successful and very popular, and they don't think it should be forgotten.
      • In awake of the whole "same name" situation, Diana Uhlman then stated that "it was not meant to plagiarize the names of the main characters."
    • Fans of Regular Show often ARGUE BIG TIME with The Face Paint World Life fans.
    • Fans of this and The Molly Show don't have a really good relationship with each other.
    • Fans of this and South Park has also a big flame war with each other.
    • Despite the fact most fans of Spyro get along with fans of TFPWL very well, some Spyro fans downright dislike the series, mainly because they parodied Spark.
    • [half Sajoedri fans]
    • [crazy Gerrett fans to Ferret and Parrot]
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Gerrett is often referred by fans as "Tommy, but as a ferret" and even "Disney's Tommy".
    • The series is often referred to by fans as Disney's Animal Crossing, but with Face Paints due to the fact the main character is a human, and the rest of the humanoid characters are Face Paints.
    • Fans often referred to Collin as either "Bugs Human" or Collbugs", due to the fact that Jeff Bergman provides voices for both of him and Bugs.
  • Fan-Preferred Shipping: 
    • Many fans of the series ship Collin x Maddie, but there are fans that ship Collin x Alexis. However, some fans started shipping Collin x Skye, Collin x Crystal, Collin x Lillyan, Collin x Nova and even Collin x Kaitlyn as well since their introduction. Despite Collin x Ocean now being canon, the war still happens.
    • [Kaitlyn x Mike]
    • Fans tend to ship Maddie x Carl rather than TBD.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Fans of The Powerpuff Girls, specifically the 1998 series, has a rather hearty relationship with this.
    • Despite the on-going rivalry of this and Myth of the Monkey King, the non-toxic fans of the latter tend to have a rather good relationship with the former.
    • [Adventure Time?]
    • While not liking the recent seasons, the TFPWL fans actually go along with pre-Season 5 Wild Critters fans rather well.
    • Fans of this and The Simpsons has a rather healthy relationship with each other.
      • Same with the fandoms of Futurama and Disenchantment.
    • [Lilo and Stitch (the movie) in addition to the show]
    • Fans of this and The Tales of the Paintders adore each other's franchise.
    • [Peanuts?]
    • [I.M.P.]
    • Despite the rivalry, non-toxic fans of My Little Pony tend to get along with TFPWL fans very well.
    • Family Guy fans get along with TFPWL fans very well.
    • [reserved for Green]
    • [Minecraft]
    • [non toxic fans to TUFP]
    • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout fans get along with TFPWL good, mainly since there will be a cross-promotion between them.
    • Fans of this and Chloe Retriever and Friends get along with each other very well, adoring each others' series.
    • Fans of this and Littlest Pet Shop get along with each other very well. It helps that Julie McNally Cahill and Tim Cahill are going to be in charge of the upcoming revival seasons of the former.
    • Despite the SU-TFPWL rivalry, fans of Lapis Lazuli from Steven Universe actually liked the show, mainly due to the fact that the sisters in the TFPWL show, Lapis and Lazuli.
    • Fans of Lemmings get along well with the show's fan, mainly due to the Jemmings.
    • Fans of Mickey Mouse get along well with those of TFPWL, mainly since Disney owns both of them.
    • Fans of this and Animal Crossing has a rather healthy relationship.
    • Many fandoms of Disney Channel shows such as Eddie the LeechThe Proud Family, Kim Possible, Me and SparkyThe Outback SnakeLilo and Stitch: The Series, Kaylia: Space AvengerBrandy and Mr. WhiskersFerret and ParrotAmerican Dragon Jake Long, Phineas and Ferb/Milo Murphy's Law, Gravity Falls, Wander Over Yonder, Amphibia, Robby Rottweiler, The Owl House and Ocean Depths get along well with this fandom.
    • It helps that American Dragon: Jake Long and Outback Snake both had crossovers with TFPWL.
    • Fans of both Nickelodeon and Disney versions of Doug tend to get along with TFPWL fans very well.
    • Fans of Rabbids have a rather healthy relationship with those of TFPWL, mainly since the two are getting a crossover game.
    • Fans of The Face Paint'nimal Gang has a rather healthy relationship with the show.
    • [Bear in the Big Blue House, due to Collin dressing as him in It's a Spooky Night]
    • [Stanley, the Playhouse Disney show... for lulz?]
    • [PB&J Otter, due to the Noodle Dance scene]
    • Spyro fans get along with TFPWL fans very well, mainly since Spark is based off Spyro.
    • My Gym Partner's a Monkey fans get along with TFPWL fans very well. It helps that its creators, Julie McNally Cahill and Tim Cahill, are in supervision charge of the upcoming revival seasons.
    • Fans of this and Fluke rather adore each other's franchises. Mainly since Diana and Diane are BFFs.
    • Fans of this and The Cosmic Adventures of Stella get along with each other rather well.
    • Fans of Kodiak: The Dog Timestopper and Peanut Butter & Jelly Coffee has a rather great relationship with this fanbase, mainly since Uhlman would go on and produce both of those shows.
    • Fans of this and Ferryman has a rather excellent relationship with each other. Mainly since Elisha Lake-Quinn, the creator of the latter, is Diana's wife.
    • Fans of Looney Tunes actually enjoyed The Face Paint World Life, especially the Balooney Toons.
    • This and Bailey the Face Paint Hero started to get along well since Uhlman is put in charge of the series since 2020.
    • [Dragon Mania Adventures]
    • Fans of We Bare Bears get along with TFPWL fans decently.
    • Fans of Ori have a rather healthy relationship, therefore getting along with TFPWL fans.
    • Fans of this and Trolls gets along with each other very well.
    • Fans of Onward got along with TFPWL fans really well. It help with the fact that Uhlman is developing a series based off the film.
    • Fans of this and The Marvelous Mis-adventures of Flapjack does tend to get along with each other very well.
    • Fans of this and Catscratch has a rather healthy relationship with each other.
    • Fans of the High School Musical trilogy got along with TFPWL fans very well. It helps that the director of the trilogy is directing the 2021 Disney+ movie.
    • Tadashi Tofuu: Discoveries From New Sanfranyorkyo fans got along with TFPWL fans very well, mostly due to the crossover episode, "The New Sanfranyorkyo World Life".
    • The other half of Sajoedri, USA do tend to get along with each other.
  • Hoe Yay Shipping:
    • Maddie/Alexis
    • Maddie/Ocean
    • Matthew/Gerrett
    • Gerrett/Fizz
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Collin was a prime victim of tons of Face Paint girl shippings.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The extremely weird face Matthew makes in The Strange Dimension has become a meme since 2016.
    • The Jemmings has become a meme since 2018, being used in the similar style as Big Chungus.
      • Additionally, hacks of Lemmings, with the Lemmings being replaced with the Jemmings are now a thing.
    • Of course, because it was a popular show, it got YouTube Poops.
    • Of course, because it is one of the most popular shows on Disney Channel, it had to get the GoAnimate treatment, mostly used for grounding videos, but they are, at times, used for non-grounding videos.
      • Characters like Spark the Dragon, Mario Smith, and even (at times) Gerrett were victims of the Grouding videos, while some videos, like Ocean Gets a Rainbow Card and Gets Ungrounded, and others involved good characters (even Gerrett) getting ungrounded.
    • The extremely adorable face that Ocean makes in the episode TBD has spawned a meme since 2020.
    • Ocean's fear of cucumbers in TBD has spawned a meme since 2019, often used with a cat's face being replaced with Ocean's face.
    • [Maddie, ideas?]
    • [Alexis, ideas?]
    • The Face Paint World Life is among one of the cartoons that Uncle Al makes video parodies of, in addition to being a fan of the series.
    • On August 31st, 2020, a user spammed comments on various TFPWL threads stating that Ocean never came from TFPWL, but from McDonald's, which is obviously not true. However, those comments ended up becoming a meme since September 3rd, 2020.
    • [Collin the Dino-Human?]
    • [Related to Gerrett's neck being in the wrong position]
    • Even after the mandatory cancellation of the planned reboot, many TFPWL fans (and Disney Channel fans) made fun of their designs, and also even replaced the crappy designs with either the better designs or even use the TFPWL designs we know and love.
      • For the insulting side, one fan called the reboot Maddie "Meddie", or even "Crack-addict Maddie". Heck, the reboot Collin is often called "Allen Gregory dressed as Collin".
    • [Spark the Dragon in Spyro games, especially Spyro Reignited Trilogy ever since it came out on PC, reserved for Green]
    • It has three memes related to the Super Mario 64 game.
      • TFPWL is not safe from the Personlized treatment.
        • [a more goofy one, Gerrett taking the DVD over]
        • [reserved for Green]
      • There is a popular meme since 2019 where Collin slides or slams to a wall or a floor, he goes through it with the Super Mario 64 portal sfx (and he disappears), with the Mission Select screen, also with various Super Mario 64 music.
      • Even TFPWL is not safe from the anti-piracy screens memes, it has several of them.
        • The first one (and a friendly one) has an image of Collin angry while Ocean is crying, with the screen stating "Hold on just a sec! It appears that you are watching a pirated copy of a The Face Paint World Life VHS tape! Pirated copies are NOT a good thing, it will hurt Disney, Diana Uhlman, and... oh great, now what you have done, you made Ocean cry! Find the legal copy of this VHS". After 10 seconds, the VHS Player will stop and the VHS will be ejected.
        • An another one is rather scary. The screen will start off as a simple, but kinda eerie screen with an angry Ocean, stating "The copy you are watching has been pirated. Crimes like this is very illegal. You will suffer for grabbing the illegal copy." After 10 seconds, the screen will go to black, and then two seconds later, an extremely scary face of Ocean pops out, making a jumpscare.
        • [reserved for Green, an another friendly one, with Brynlee this time]
    • [reserved for Green]
    • [edited episodes]
  • No Yay Shipping:
    • [Maddie/Fizz, since it is considered zoophibia]
    • [same with Collin/Matthew and Collin/Spark]
    • [Collin/Aurelie since it is considered incest]
  • Rule 34: Of course, it had to get the Rule 34 fanart treatment.
    • Diana Uhlman is not very fond of the Rule 34 treatment, disgusted by the art. However, she did state that "they can draw what they want, but they do need to be careful".
      • Elisha Lake-Quinn was pretty pissed off about the TFPWL porn art, but just decided to just state "Do be careful about what you draw, there will not be good consequences that could happen if this keeps up."
    • The Walt Disney Company, of course, was NOT very fond of them either, threatening to taking them down.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Fans argue when it comes to betting that Collin x Ocean, Collin x Maddie or Collin x Alexis are a better couple.
    • Since her debut, some fans started to ship Collin x Skye, Collin x Crystal and Collin x Kaitlyn and more Collin x other girls shippings, joining the shipping rivalry. Heck, even when Collin x Ocean became canon, it became even worse.
  • X Meets Y: The Face Paints meets Animal Crossing.

WMG

  • Maddie's fear of tacos is currently not known, but there are theories that caused her to be scared.
    • Some fans theorized that Maddie almost died by choking on a taco when she was younger, but surviving it and started developing a fear of tacos.
    • Some fans went a bit dark, and theorized that she used to like tacos until someone poisoned the tacos, and killed her family, except Maddie who never eat the taco because she thought it was poisoned.
  • Spark is actually a very sad dragon, pretending to be mean to hide his true feelings.
  • The Face Paint World Life takes place somewhere in 2018.
  • The Face Paint World LifeKaylia: Space Avenger, Dave the Barbarian and The Proud Family are set in the same universe.
    • Although both are made by Disney, it was confirmed as false, since they were made by different creators.
  • The Face Paint World Life and The Face Paint'nimal Gang are set in the same universe.
    • It's confirmed false, as they were made by different creators and aired on different channels (despite the fact the latter's pilot was originally made for Disney Channel prior to being picked up by Cartoon Network).
  • The Face Paint World Life and Kodiak: The Dog Timestopper is set in the same universe.
    • Although it was confirmed to be false, the creator Diana stated that she would love to see TFPWL and Kodiak crossing over via the comics.
  • Collin isn't the only human living in the Face Paint World.
    • The theory was soon confirmed to be later true, as the 2021 Disney+ film is set to include Aurelie, Collin's sister.
  • A tearjerking/heartwarming theory: Ocean was a really sad, lonely girl whose parents had died from a murder, and her grandparents raised her and, since their recent friend of the parents murdered them, refused to have Ocean make new friends, making her a lone wolf and homeschooling her. This changed when she met Collin, becoming a happy girl and it is said that her grandparents approved him due to his kind-heartedness and refusal to kill her because he loves her deeply.
  • The description for Alexis Doll on the TFPWL page on the Disney Channel website back in 2005 says "She is the middle one of the three Doll daughters". This mystified many fans, making theories on what the third Doll would look like, making it a mystery.
    • During a talk with Diana Uhlman, she stated that she wanted to do a third Doll daughter, but Disney refused to allow it.
      • However, with the revivals on the horizon, Diana officially confirmed that Disney could allow the third Doll character to finally be implemented, finally solving the 15/16 year-lasting mystery.

Funny

  • Both Alexis, Gerrett and Matthew are actually comic reliefs.
  • [reserved for Green]
  • Moments where Maddie's fear of tacos is hilarious to viewers. Same with Alexis's fears.
  • Summerheart City Life Mania is considered to be one of the funniest episodes to date, these are the parts that support it:
    • The show getting Ocean's name wrong. Instead of being called Ocean, she is referred in the show as Oceantina. Ocean's reaction makes it funnier.
      • Ocean: Oceantina?! What name is that?! No one ever calls me that... IT'S OCEAN!
    • Even Spark the Dragon himself, the one and only bully of the city, felt insulted about the show, which surprised Collin and Ocean.
      • Spark: That show insulted me, the myth and the legendary bully of the town, and I get insulted. That show stinks.
    • [Gerrett's reaction]

Tear Jerker

  • Alexis saying her tearful goodbye to Synla can make some viewers cry.

Heartwarming

  • Cute moments with Collin and Maddie can be heartwarming at times.
  • [Collin x Ocean moments]

Nightmare Fuel

  • Drackus's appearance can scare some viewers, especially younger ones.
  • Ocean when she doesn't drink coffee can scare some viewers due to her acting like a manical psychopath searching for coffee.
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