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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Arthur is a long-running kids' show that began broadcast on PBS in 1996 and is produced by WGBH Boston. It is an Animated Adaptation of the books by Marc Brown. In a world where everyone in the series is some sort of animal, the show follows mild-mannered, bespectacled aardvark Arthur Read and his band of friends as they go through the third grade and some seven summer vacations. They have to deal with bullies, various issues like allergies and learning disorders, and tons of homework given out by their overly enthusiastic teacher, Mr. Ratburn, all in the show's own way. Sometimes, the episodes follow Arthur's sister, D.W. (Dora Winifred, but don't you dare call her that), an amusing Bratty Half-Pint who basically says and does everything every little kid has ever wanted to say and/or do, sometimes to the Moral Guardians' chagrin.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })The show has received praise for its witty humor and many Shout Outs, most of which fall into the Parental Bonus category, despite the show being first and foremost for children under seven years of age (and one of the first of many Anvilicious animated shows found in that demographic). With over 21 seasons and 200+ episodes under its belt, Arthur is currently the longest-running children's animated series in the United States, and the second longest-running animated series in the country after The Simpsons.note Arthur is also unofficially Canada's longest-running animated series. The show was originally animated by Cookie Jar for its first 15 seasons (Formally as Cinar for seasons 1-8), 9 Story for seasons 16-19, and Oasis Animation from season 20 onward. However, WGBH handles production and writing in Boston, and the show's animation was also outsourced to studios in South Korea and Hong Kong.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })In 2004, this show received a Spin-Off titled Postcards from Buster.The show's recap page is under construction; feel free to help out with adding episode pages. Has a Best Episode Crowner.Not to be confused with the film about a drunken heir.
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Adam Westing
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Adam Westing: Alex Lebeck, the host of "Riddle Quest" in "Arthur and the Big Riddle", is voiced by Alex Trebek.
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I Was Quite a Looker
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I Was Quite a Looker: Francine's Bubbie makes this remark when looking at old photos with Arthur's Grandpa in "Grandpa Dave's Memory Album."
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No Celebrities Were Harmed
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"Binky vs. Binky" featured a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Lance Armstrong called Vance Legstrong, but in the "The Great MacGrady" he was retconned into his real life counterpart, only he's still a rabbit, but his design was changed to closely resemble Lance Armstrong.
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Annoying Younger Sibling
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D.W. might as well be a poster girl for this trope, being incredibly rude, bossy, selfish (even by the standards of a toddler), manipulative and constantly harassing, taking advantage of, and accusing poor Arthur of things he didn't do, and she has a massive Lack of Empathy even by toddler standards. In fact, she's easily the cruelest of all the main characters. In addition to Arthur, she can also be mean to her other family members and friends at times.
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Playing Sick
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Playing Sick: Happens in S6's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" where D.W. faked her voice loss so everyone would focus her attention on her. To be fair, D.W.'s voice loss did start out as a real illness, but she recovered faster than expected and liked being catered to. Happens again in S16's "Brain's Chess Mess" where Rattles fakes a stomachache to avoid playing in a chess tournament as part of a gambit to get Brain to play against a very smug chess player in his place. Rattles, who was teaching Brain how to play chess, knew Brain and the chess player had a vendetta, but was confident that Brain can win without his help and so faked his illness.
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Abandoned Catchphrase: "Vomitrocious" was a Catch Phrase for Muffy. Double subverted in that there's a season 8 episode titled "Vomitrocious", where you'd expect Muffy to say it, but the word isn't said at all in the episode.
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Instant Expert
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Instant Expert: Alberto takes quickly to any sport he tries. "Molina's Mulligan" has him pick up golf and get good at it very fast. In "Framed!" Buster becomes a great painter rather quickly. He tried it out because of a horoscope.
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Madness Mantra
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Madness Mantra: In S1's "Arthur and the Real Mr. Ratburn", Arthur and his friends are so horrified to discover that supposed Sadist Teacher Mr. Ratburn will be their third grade teacher that, for the rest of the day, they can only stare off into space and mutter "Ratburn..." over and over.
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Amazingly Embarrassing Parents
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"Kids are From Earth, Parents are From Pluto" focuses on the kids trying to get their parents to avert Amazingly Embarrassing Parents on Parents' Day.
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Heroic BSoD
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Heroic BSoD: After Arthur and D.W. ruin their father's souffle, he loses self-control, and gives them a four-month ban on TV. His wife helps him to think rationally again.
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Trailers Always Spoil
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Trailers Always Spoil: The funding credits for Arthur's Perfect Christmas show a screenshot of the very end of the special of Arthur in front of the house while it is snowing, even though the fact that there's no snow for a majority of the special is made a somewhat major part of Arthur's arc. Most of the promotional materials also depict Arthur playing in the snow. One promo picture for "When Rivals Came to Roost" spoils the ending: it depicts Brain and Los Dedos both holding the first place trophy, with the combined exhibit in the background.
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Darker and Edgier
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Darker and Edgier: Dark Bunny, in contrast to the other established in-universe show, Bionic Bunny. In-universe, the Grotesquely Grim Bunny comics in relation to Bionic and Dark Bunny ones. They are in fact scary enough to give Arthur nightmares.
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Does This Remind You of Anything?
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Does This Remind You of Anything?: "The Pride of Lakewood," a toned-down version of The Wave...and we all know what that was about... "Prunella the Packrat" is reminiscent of Hoarding: Buried Alive or Hoarders, but for kids. Similarities include Prunella saving things for odd or weak reasons, not being able to let go, accumulating more stuff, and being shocked that she actually has closet space. The Big Boss Bars in "To Eat or Not to Eat" are highly addictive, which could cause some viewers to think of drug addiction. "All Thumbs," in which Arthur walks in on Buster sucking his thumb, treats the resulting embarrassment between the two as if Buster was caught with his pants down. "Whip. Mix. Blend." has Rattles' attempt to bond with his soon-to-be step-siblings, Angie and Ansel, come off like a rough first date.
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Inexplicably Identical Individuals: In S9's "Lights, Camera... Opera!" Rodney Gilfry's ink suit is very, very similar to Oliver Frensky, Francine's dad.
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Your Mom
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Your Mom: D.W. accidentally refers to Yo-Yo Ma as "Yo Mama" in "My Music Rules."
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The Disease That Shall Not Be Named
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The Disease That Shall Not Be Named: "Grandpa Dave's Memory Album" is about Grandpa Dave developing Alzheimer's Disease (or a similar ailment), but they never once call it by name. Averted in "The Great MacGrady" where it's explicitly said Mrs. MacGrady has cancer. What kind of cancer, though? That isn't mentioned (but didn't need to be). Subverted for "Is There a Doctor in the House?": both the Read parents get sick with an illness that has symptoms of sneezing, coughing, and sleepiness. It's not specified within the episode, but on Mrs. Read's page on the official website, she says it was a cold. That's also what official summary listings say about it.
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TV Head Robot
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TV Head Robot: One of the Brain's Imagine Spots in "Nicked by a Name" features Buster with a TV for a head, with his actual head appearing on the screen. For context, this is because he was called "Antenna Ears" earlier on in the episode. In "Buster Gets Real," Arthur and Bionic Bunny have to sneak past a robot with a TV for a head.
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Apple of Discord
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Apple of Discord: S6's "More!" when D.W. asks Arthur and his friends how much allowance they all have. Seconds later, everyone storms off, angry that Muffy gets far more allowance than the rest of them. S2's "The Big Blow-Up", when Arthur asks Francine and the Brain which of them is better at sports. (This is before Jenna, described by Francine as "the only person who ever beat me at sports".)
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Baby See, Baby Do
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Baby See, Baby Do: In "Shelter from the Storm", one of the Read parents whispers something into the other's ear, who does the same to the other parent, who does it to Arthur, who does it to D.W., who does it to Kate, who whispers gibberish into Pal's ear.
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Misplaced Wildlife
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Misplaced Wildlife: In S6's "Best of the Nest" Brain is left dumbstruck when his character is eaten by a shark in a river. Can be subverted since there are real river sharks. "Flea to You and Me" has the appearance of an Indian rhino in Africa.
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Continuity Porn
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Continuity Porn: D.W.'s story in the season three episode "I'd Rather Read It Myself" incorporates elements from almost every D.W.-centric episode that predated it. Also from season three is "D.W.'s Perfect Wish," which is more or less done as a Clip Show, albeit with the music and some sound effects redone, and one flashback having new animation made (of Mr. Rogers singing to D.W.). The same episode has a Call-Back to "D.W., the Picky Eater" (a flashback of a scene that was not present in the original episode.)
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Little Brother Is Watching
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Little Brother Is Watching: In the episode "The Last Tough Customer," Binky's former gang of bullies have decided to change their bullying ways, except for Molly, as she feels being a bully is her way of getting respect. Seeing her little brother James start bullying other kids as well, and saying he got it from her changes her perspective, and realizes mean bullying really is.
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Tastes Like Chicken
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Tastes Like Chicken: In "Carried Away", Dr. Yowl explains that his space snacks allow whoever eats them to breathe in the atmospheres of other planets, and that they taste like chicken. In "The Secret Life of Dogs and Babies," the groom takes a bite out of the bride and groom sculpture that was on top of the cake and remarks that it "kind of tastes like chicken".
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Unreliable Narrator
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In early seasons, Mr. Ratburn would assign insane amounts of homework, such as filling in a map of the entire world. He also seemed like a somewhat aloof and scholarly person. Of course, that could be due to Unreliable Narrator, but this has been toned way down. Now he's still strict and dedicated to his students' educations, but seems to be much warmer and more relatable. In "Lend Me Your Ear", Arthur even goes to say hi to Mr. Ratburn after seeing him in public.
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Diet Episode
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Diet Episode: A variant: "Is That Kosher?" has Francine trying to fast until Yom Kippur. "Arthur Weighs In" has Arthur trying to diet to lose weight.
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Only Six Faces
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The Pretty Pioneers dolls and books. Several of the books are badly written and researched and the dolls are all alike aside from their dresses and names.
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Artistic License – Biology
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Artistic License – Biology: Lampshaded in "Brain Freeze" when Brain sees the curly pig tail on the rear of Yumbobo's penguin mascot Puk Puk and tells him that his anatomy is inaccurate. Played straight in "Water and the Brain" when Brain states that sperm whales eat 60 tons of plankton. Sperm whales do not eat plankton at all. In another episode, Brain refers to scorpions as vertebrates. In "Arthur's Treasure Hunt", Brain claims chipmunks don't burrow. In "Lend Me Your Ear," Mr. Ratburn fudges the concept of hearing loss by only describing the noise-induced variety. Perhaps describing other causes of hearing loss was thought too difficult or time-consuming.
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Double subverted in "Staycation," where Jane and David plan to go on vacation until Thora's plane flight gets canceled. Feeling bad that they couldn't have some time to relax, Arthur and D.W. give them a staycation in the backyard.
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Scratchy-Voiced Senior
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Scratchy-Voiced Senior: The episode "The Feud" has Arthur imagine himself and D.W. still arguing about whether to have ranch (what D.W. wants) or blue cheese (what Arthur wants) even as old people. They both have scratchy voices in the daydream.
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Comic-Book Time
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Comic-Book Time: Most of the main cast has been eight years old and in the third grade for 22 years. This evolves into an Exaggerated Trope. According to S14's "D.W. Unties the Knot", the events of S1's "D.W. Thinks Big" are said to have happened "a few months ago." In S17's "Opposites Distract", the events of S1's "Poor Muffy" are also said to have been "a few months ago." Then there's this Facebook post wherein Arthur claims that the spelling bee from season one took place in 2014. However, in S18's "Two Minutes", D.W. says that the events of S1's "Arthur Babysits" were "a long time ago," although this might have just been an exaggeration on her part. In "The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur," Arthur and Buster remark that 3rd grade feels like it has gone on forever.
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Gone Horribly Right
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Gone Horribly Right: In "To Tibble the Truth," D.W. tells Tommy and Timmy that they may wind up in jail someday if they keep telling lies so, after a nightmare about such, they decide to tell nothing but the raw truth, which includes giving highly offensive opinions of all their friends. In "Arthur's Pet Business" Arthur begins to run a pet care business to show his parents he would be able to care for a puppy. The first pet he is charged with caring for is Perky, but later on in the episode he gets nearly one dozen other pets to care for including a bird, a cat, and a snake.
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Guilty Pleasures
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Guilty Pleasures: In-universe: Arthur is secretly a fan of "Love Ducks." He keeps it a secret because it's a baby show.
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Daddy's Girl
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Daddy's Girl: Muffy, very much so. This may be partially because her dad is a soft touch when it comes to what his daughter wants. However, they also share some interests, such as opera, and the common trait of seeing marketing potential in absolutely everything. Francine as well; she's a lot like her dad and seems very close to him.
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Character Name and the Noun Phrase
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Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Quite a bit. "Prunella and the Haunted Locker", "Arthur and the Square Dance", "Francine & the Soccer Spy", and "Sue Ellen & the Last Page" for example.
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Scare Chord
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Scare Chord: The show's soundtrack includes a designated sting which serves this purpose.
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The Bully
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Similarly, Binky is The Bully, especially in the first season, where he's more of a supporting character, and was only featured on the show on a semi-regular basis. Starting in the following season, he slowly becomes part of Arthur's gang, and also slowly and progressively evolves more into a Gentle Giant, though still occasionally will do something mean and/or unnecessary, if only to maintain appearances.
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Visual Pun
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Visual Pun: In "Arthur's Lost Library Book", Arthur dreams about the terrible things that will happen to him if he doesn't find the book. One scenario has the police tell him, "You can't escape the long arm of the law," and a long, rubbery arm reaches through the door to grab him. In "The Short, Quick Summer" Buster and Arthur are horrified to learn Mr. Crosswire hopes to destroy the local carousel to expand his automotive business, and Buster says everyone must band together to stop it. He does this, complete with an actual band to headline the protest. In-Universe in "D.W. the Copycat" on an episode of Bionic Bunny where Bionic Bunny uses his super power strength to break out of a crab villain's claw. He remarks calling it his "built-in escape claws".
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The Movie
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The Movie: Arthur's Missing Pal, an All-CGI Cartoon released directly to DVD.
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The Problem with Licensed Games
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The Problem with Licensed Games: In-Universe example. In "Arthur Sells Out," Arthur is trying to sell his old toys to make the money to buy the new Dark Bunny video game. At the end, even though he has not gotten the game, he gets to try it when Muffy buys it. It turns out the game is a very boring side-scroller with bland graphics and you don't even play as Dark Bunny.
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The Rival
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In his first appearance in S2's "Buster and the Daredevils," rabbit bully Slink had a bear friend named Toby, and both were students of Mighty Mountain. A few seasons later, Slink now attends Lakewood Elementary and is a member of the Tough Customers.
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Something-itis
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Something-itis: In "The Secret About Secrets", D.W. gets a secret that she wants not to tell, and asks for a day off from school (she actually gets one) by saying she is sick, then saying she thinks she has secret-itis. Grandma Thora arrives to babysit her and Kate.
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Flippant Forgiveness
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Flippant Forgiveness: In "Play it Again, D.W.," D.W. accuses Arthur of taking her Crazy Bus CD, and becomes a Stalker Without A Crush as she follows him around trying to prove his guilt. Eventually, it's revealed that David and Jane took the CD, so D.W. tells Arthur that she forgives him, instead of apologizing for what she did.
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Birthday Party Goes Wrong
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Birthday Party Goes Wrong: In the special "D.W. and the Beastly Birthday", the plot is started by D.W. having a lousy birthday party. It's raining outside, the cake isn't the flavor she wanted, the party guests are annoying her (although they don't know it), she didn't get the gift she really wanted, and her brother Arthur isn't attending. She goes to hide in an area beneath the stairs, where her imaginary friend takes her to an island called Ukubonga, which she enjoys. She soon gets tired of Ukubonga and realizes that her own friends are lame and that she should hang out with Arthur because he's more interesting; Arthur soon arrives with the present she was expecting, and she teaches him a song she learned on Ukubonga.
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Breaking the Fourth Wall
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Breaking the Fourth Wall: Nearly every episode's beginning teaser has Arthur and other characters talking to the audience. There have been instances where other characters besides Arthur introduce the show, like Fern's mother in S2's "Fern's Slumber Party". ("Look into the camera, like when Arthur does it.") There have been instances though where it happens in the show proper: S2's "Arthur and the Square Dance", where Francine looks at us and says "What's gotten into him?" after Arthur hastily leaves the Sugar Bowl ice cream shop following a silent teasing from Brain and Binky. S3's "Buster's Growing Grudge" has Binky ask who would want to watch Arthur on TV. S3's "Arthur's Almost Real Not Live Music Festival" has D.W. tell Arthur and Buster that "their show would never work on real TV." S4's "What is that Thing?" has Buster suggest that "there's something to be learned from all this." He and his friends then shout "Nah!". S5's "You Are Arthur", an episode entirely shown in Arthur's perspective, has Buster asking the former if there is somebody watching everything he's doing from a TV screen. S8's "D.W., Dancing Queen" has Binky quoting the theme song. D.W. asks him if he made it up, and Binky responds that he heard it somewhere, but can't remember exactly where. S12's "I Owe You One" ends with Arthur demanding his show back, unpleased with Muffy taking over with "Smart Accounting with Muffy". S12's "Home Sweet Home" has Buster writing that he hasn't eaten in two hours. When he writes again at the end of the episode, he states that it has been two hours and eleven minutes. S22's "The Longest Eleven Minutes" has the internet go out for 11 minutes, AKA the entire duration of a typical Arthur episode.
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Stealth Pun
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Stealth Pun: Arthur and James both share their names with English kings. In one episode, Arthur pulls a sword from a stone and is called king of the Medieval Fair; in another, James is treated like a king, and becomes Drunk with Power. In "Popular Girls," there's a picture of a woman with a flower pot on her head...
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Invented Individual
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The same S19 episode also shows that Martin Spivak is an actual character (and a doctor to boot), despite only being an Invented Individual in Buster's Imagine Spot from "Bitzi's Breakup".
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The Prima Donna
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The Prima Donna: Francine in the Season 1 episode "Francine Frensky, Superstar" when she gets the title role of Thomas Edison in a School Play. She goes on a power trip and acts like she is running the show - with an iron fist. She even deeply offends Muffy after criticizing Francine's research as "boring", yells at Mr. Ratburn in the face when she discovers a flaw in Sue Ellen's kinetoscope costume, and threatens "The Brain" to remove the air holes from Buster's incandescent light bulb costume (complete with the Tough Customers Leitmotif accompanying her threatening.) So during a performance for the kindergarteners, the other kids intentionally sabotage the play to teach Francine a lesson.
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Thing-O-Meter
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Thing-O-Meter: In the opening of the episode "Bossy Boots," Brain designs a machine called the "Boss-O-Meter" to measure how bossy a person is from 1-10. When D.W. walks by, the machine overloads and breaks. In "Bitzi's Beau" Buster and Harry have handheld Alien-O-Meters which can tell if a person or character is an alien. They are supposedly just toys that always show someone is an alien if activated.
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Haute Cuisine Is Weird
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Haute Cuisine Is Weird: Downplayed in Arthur's Perfect Christmas at "La Bruncherie" ("A Fancy Place for Brunch!"). Buster's dish is essentially a cheese omelette reduced to small, unrecognizable nuggets, so he ends up ordering a side dish of the parsley garnish.
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Failed a Spot Check
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Failed a Spot Check: Characters often have delicate conversations within earshot of others that are not picked up. For instance, in "Buster's Dino Dilemma," Arthur and Buster are within ten feet of the class, and no one notices Buster suddenly and frantically searching through the river for a dropped fossilized footprint.
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Cordon Bleugh Chef
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Grandma Thora. Arthur's dad is actually fairly good at it, when he doesn't experiment. With Grandma Thora, her bad cooking may be more of an Informed Flaw and was limited to one episode. "Arthur's Birthday" has her baking a chocolate cake for Arthur, which he seems very excited about. In "Arthur's Chicken Pox," part of Arthur's chicken pox treatment is a batch of special treats made by Grandma Thora, making D.W. jealous.
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Adaptation Expansion
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Adaptation Expansion: Some episodes are expansions and bifurcations of stories from the books. "Arthur's Teacher Trouble" was split into two S1 episodes: "Arthur and the Real Mr. Ratburn" and "Arthur's Spelling Trubble". S1's "Arthur's Baby" was adapted for the show and got a P.O.V. Sequel, "D.W.'s Baby", as its sister episode (fittingly enough, since it's (part of) the same story told from D.W.'s perspective.)
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Conveyor Belt o' Doom
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In S8's "Bugged," Brain wathces a Bionic Bunny episode with Binky, and is annoyed by how cliched and predictable the episode is, such as the Conveyor Belt o' Doom trope (to which Brain gives a "Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?" type of comment) and the Evil Plan and Latex Perfection devices.
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Baseball Episode
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Baseball Episode: Several, mostly about Arthur and his friends playing on their own team, the Grebelings. They include "The Curse of the Grebes", "Baseball Blues", "Arthur Calls It", and "Arthur Makes the Team".
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Brutal Honesty
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Brutal Honesty: In "To Tibble the Truth", Timmy and Tommy decide to be super honest and always tell the truth. They end up losing all their friends due to their truth-telling ending up being insulting.
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Noir Episode
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Noir Episode: "The Case of the Girl with the Long Face" is monochrome as Buster tries to figure out why Fern is feeling sad. Lampshaded by Muffy, who points out her colored bows "would look better if they weren't in black and white."
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Circling Vultures
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Circling Vultures: This is used (and mentioned), as Francine and Fern draw attention to the fact that there are vultures above them when they're lost in the mountains.
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Your Television Hates You
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Your Television Hates You: Occurs at least four times: "Arthur Plays the Blues": Arthur's new Stern Teacher Dr. Fugue has fired him from piano lessons because he didn't practice. Arthur thinks this is great until he sits down to veg in front of the TV and sees nothing but piano-themed shows, including the performance of a concert pianist. "Arthur's Family Feud": David gets depressed when a kitchen accident results in the deflation of his soufflé. Jane encourages him to relax, so he turns on the TV and sees nothing but cooking shows. "Jenna's Bedtime Blues"": Jenna wants to watch TV to avoid thinking about going to the bathroom, and sure enough everything on TV is about leaking or P. "Is That Kosher?" Overlaps with Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere for Francine, who's trying to fast for Yom Kippur but finds it hard because everything around her seems to focus on food.
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Unwanted Assistance
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Unwanted Assistance: In "Draw!", Francine has to explicitly tell Muffy to stop helping her prove her point that the cartoons are based on herself... because Muffy proves it by saying that the characters are rude and insulting and pushy, just like Francine. In "1001 Dads", People take pity on Buster and go out of their way to set him up with a companion for Elwood City's annual Father's Day picnic, to his annoyance. In "Prunella Sees the Light," Prunella sees Marina's blindness as cause to coddle her, and Marina gets fed up.
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Failed Pilot Episode
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Failed Pilot Episode: "In My Africa" comes off a bit like one. It introduces a brand-new preschool friend, named Cheikh, for D.W., and more than half of the episode consists of D.W., Cheikh, and sometimes Brain singing about Africa. D.W. even talks about having her own show called "D.W. and Cheikh."
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Animated Actors
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Animated Actors: The Cold Opens often use this trope.
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Out, Damned Spot!
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Out, Damned Spot!: In "MacFrensky" (a parody of sorts of the trope namer), Francine gets slimed by Buster's alien robot toy thing. When her conscience starts to haunt her, she utters the famous line, though understandably censored to fit the show demographics.
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Captain Ersatz
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Captain Ersatz: Bionic Bunny is obviously an animal equivalent of Superman. Likewise, Dark Bunny is obviously this to Batman.
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Sick Episode
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Sick Episode: Done many times. In "For Whom the Bell Tolls", D.W. gets laryngitis. She gets better, but continues faking it for some time afterwards In "Is There a Doctor In the House?", Mrs and later Mr Read both get colds. Thus, Arthur and D.W. have to take over with cooking and household chores, which does not go well for them. In "Sick as a Dog", Pal gets sick from eating candy and table food. Arthur is very worried about Pal, but he turns out okay in the end. In "Arthur's Chicken Pox", Arthur gets chicken pox and gets special treatment from his grandma. D.W. is very jealous until she catches it. In "Arthur's Substitute Teacher Trouble". Mr. Ratburn gets laryngitis and regretfully tells the principal, Mr. Haney, that he can't teach his class. When Mr. Ratburn leaves, Mr. Haney announces that his substitute will be Mrs. Rodentia Ratburn, Mr. Ratburn's sister. In "Double Tibble Trouble", Tommy and later Timmy Tibble gets sick, and D.W. and Emily have to cheer him up. In "The Great MacGrady, Mrs MacGrady gets cancer. She recovers, though. In "Cast Away", Kate is sick, but only for one scene. Arthur and Buster get sick in "Brain Sees Stars."
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Senior Sleep Cycle
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Senior Sleep Cycle: Grandma Thora averts this, but Grandpa Dave plays it straight. With Grandpa, it could be because he's apparently in poorer health than Grandma; see "The Big Dig" for an example.
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Pinocchio Nose
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Pinocchio Nose: Arthur has an all-too-obvious habit of fiddling with his glasses when he lies. D.W. lampshades this a few times.
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Mythology Gag
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Mythology Gag: One of the passwords in the Reads' password book in "D.W. and Dr. Whosit" is "A-r-1-9-7-6". The first Arthur book was released in 1976. The item that wins Camp Meadowcroak the inter-camp scavenger hunt in the episode "Arthur Goes to Camp" is a postcard. Arthur sends loads of them in the book the episode is based on, and the body of his last postcard is the same in both.
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Alliterative Title
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Alliterative Title: A book in a bad dream that Francine has in "Francine's Pilfered Paper" is entitled "Francine Frensky: Fraud!" A few episodes follow this naming scheme as well: "Arthur's Number Nightmare" "Muffy's Classy Classics Club" "Buster's Book Battle" "Brain's Biggest Blunder" "Binky's Music Madness" "The Tardy Tumbler" "Arthur's Toy Trouble" "Fern's Flights of Fancy" "Ladonna's Like List" "The Princess Problem"
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Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action
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Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: See Gender Equals Breed entry above.
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Funny Background Event
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Funny Background Event: In the beginning of "Arthur's Chicken Pox", Jane can be heard talking on the phone about suddenly receiving 15 kilograms of prunes in the mail, with no card or return address. In "D.W. Gets Lost", if one pays attention to the various announcements made throughout the store, most of them are hilarious. In "Arthur - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll," while D.W. is auditioning for Francine's band, Prunella is waiting with an alpine horn. After D.W. has been gonged offstage and goes to join fellow gong victims Arthur and Buster, we see Rattles waiting outside the audition room with a full-size harp.
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Elephant in the Living Room
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Elephant in the Living Room: In the original Arthur Adventure book series, personally written and illustrated by Marc Brown, both the Tibble Twins and Mrs. Tibble are humans. It's never remarked upon and no one finds it strange. Of course, this was changed in the animated series.
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Holding Hands
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Holding Hands: In "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," Binky is embarrassed after he incorrectly believes that George spotted him holding his mother's hand. When the Tough Customers realize that he has a secret, they try to figure out what it is, and eventually incorrectly decide that it must have something to do with his upcoming clarinet solo. "Maybe he's playing something really romantic, like Debussy." When they find out what the secret actually is, they chew him out for the secret not being something juicy, and one of them even admits that he sometimes holds his mother's hand.
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She Cleans Up Nicely
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She Cleans Up Nicely: Holds true for the three regular tomboys on the cast - Francine, Jenna, and Molly. Perhaps Francine moreso, because holding disdain for wearing dresses - and many other things that are associated with her respective gender - is a part of her character.
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Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
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Portia Demwiddy from "Little Miss Meanie" definitely qualifies. She callously tells Muffy and Lydia, her opponents in the Little Miss Crocus pageant, that they should drop out because they have the unfair advantages of being rich and handicapped respectively, and later throws a tantrum and demands that somebody be fired when the spotlight breaks during her performance.
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Furry Confusion
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Furry Confusion: Plenty. See Fridge Logic and the Furry Confusion page for most of them, but one that makes sense in-universe but is still amusing is Mr. Morris. He has various food allergies, "but not chocolate. Thank goodness!" Did we mention Mr. Morris is a dog? You can also visit the Arthur Furry Confusion page for an extensive listing of the show's issues with this.
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Unexpectedly Dark Episode
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Unexpectedly Dark Episode: As if "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh" isn't unsettling enough, there's an interactive storybook version of the episode available on PBS's website, where the resolution of the story varies depending on the reader's choices throughout the story itself. One alternate ending has Arthur losing all his friends as a result of Arthur refusing to apologize to Sue Ellen and still claiming that she overreacted; on top of that, Arthur actually brushes them all off and decides if they don't want to talk to him anymore that's their problem, not his. You can almost imagine Arthur just saying, "Fuck it all!" "Nerves of Steal" is this as the entire episode has a much less cheerful air due to Buster not only moping over him and Arthur not having a CyberToy as the rest of their friends do, but actually stealing said toy when he can't afford to buy one by sneaking it into Arthur's bag unnoticed. The entire episode shifts to Buster being confronted with the consequences of stealing, a crime he dragged his best friend into, one who is completely justified in his anger at Buster having resorted to this. After a failed attempt to return the toy without anybody seeing it, the boys are caught anyway and forced to answer for the incident. The episode ends with both boys punished for their actions, and Buster forced to isolate himself in his room for an entire month while the rest of his friends go about their weekend. That said, it's an unusually offputting episode for the fact that it does not end on the usual happy note. "Arthur's Big Hit", the only instance of actual physical and intentional violence in the series. It sees Arthur actually physically punching D.W. for wrecking his model plane. Arthur later gets this from Binky who is pressured by the other Tough Customers to carry out the act just to prove his toughness to them. That said, it is quite shocking to see such a thing happen to anyone among the main cast.
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Everyone Went to School Together
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Everyone Went to School Together: Two examples: S1's "Arthur's Almost Boring Day", where Grandma Thora's old home movies reveal that David Read, Mr. Ratburn, and Mr. Haney all attended the same high school at the same time. S15's "The Butler Did... What?", which reveals Bailey and Mr. Ratburn were in the same high school class.
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: In an Imagine Spot in "Buster's Back" where Arthur imagines Buster as a ninja, Buster's line in Japanese translates to "Osamu Tezuka is the god of manga." The title of the S6 episode "Arthur and Los Vecinos" is partly in Spanish. Translated, it's "Arthur and the Neighbors."
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Halloween Episode
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Halloween Episode: A few. Season 4's "The Fright Stuff" is about a scary Halloween party at a haunted mansion. Season 11's "Hic or Treat" takes place on Halloween night. D.W. gets hiccups and Arthur helps her cure them. Throughout the episode, D.W. thinks Arthur's "dentist Frankenstein" costume is silly, but when she sees it in the dark, it scares her so much her hiccups are cured. There's also an hour-long Halloween special, Arthur and the Haunted Tree House. Its main plot is Ladonna pranking Arthur with a creepy doll, while Binky is stuck in Mr. Ratburn's haunted house and Francine hears a story about a golem.
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Spoiled Sweet
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Francine and Muffy. Francise is a sporty tomboy while Muffy is more feminine and Spoiled Sweet.
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Lampshade Hanging
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Heck, there was even a parody of the show itself. The characters naturally lampshaded the obvious tropes. The same show uses similiar designs to characters of Little Lulu, which also had a show produced by CINAR.
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Sadist Teacher
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Sadist Teacher: The kids complain about Ratburn being this. Also frequently subverted when they realize he's not that bad of a guy and he's actually succeeding in teaching them. Mr. Pryce-Jones, Ratburn's mentor and former teacher from "The Return of the King," is more of a an example.
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Limited Wardrobe
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Limited Wardrobe: The characters all have characteristic outfits by which they are identified. Depending on the episode or the setting, they may be changed: for example, characters are often seen in different outfits in winter or when they're going to bed.
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Bland-Name Product
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Bland-Name Product: Muffy collects World Girl dolls.
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List Song
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List Song: Muffy writes a poem in "I'm a Poet" about what she likes to shop for. Buster criticizes, "That's not a poem, that's a list!" Muffy points out her one rhyme in the poem.
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Needlework Is for Old People
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Needlework Is for Old People: Zigzagged. Both Grandma Thora and Mrs. MacGrady (who are both quite old) like to knit. In "Arthur Unravels", Arthur takes up knitting too but is embarrassed because he thinks it's for old people. However, at the end of the episode, he learns that anyone can knit and that Oliver Frensky (who's middle-aged) and Rattles (who's nine) are good knitters as well.
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Doomed Supermarket Display
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Doomed Supermarket Display: in the episode "D.W. Gets Lost" D.W. enters the store's security room and begins playing around with the cameras to find Mom on the screens. Her antics first knock out an employee in the Video Department followed by toppling a display of tennis balls arranged in a pyramid. When she sees customers tripping over her mess her response is "Look at all those clumsy people!"
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Cast as a Mask
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Cast as a Mask: Seen in The Teaser Imagine Spot for "Arthur's Big Hit", where Binky impersonates D.W. by means of a Full-Body Disguise and perfectly imitates her voice. It's made even funnier when you realize that D.W. actually is voiced by a boy.
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Visible Odor
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Visible Odor: In Arthur's Perfect Christmas. In order to better share his family's tradition of Sankta Lucia, George brings a tin of dried and boiled Swedish fish called lutfisk to class and offers it to his friends. It has a strong, visible odor. Most of the class is averse to it, except for Buster, who tosses a piece into his mouth, says "Yum! Not bad," and goes for another, while George watches happily. Done a lot in "Germophobia." In "Sue Ellen Moves In" Buster is in his room and notices the smell of roast beef, mashed potatoes, and raspberry pie that his mother has made for dinner to eat with Sue Ellen's family. He has to force himself not to notice the smell fearing it may be a trap. In "Buster's Breathless" Francine hallucinates that Buster's asthma is wafting out of his mouth as he speaks, pictured as a typically rancid green color.
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Catapult Nightmare
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In "Best Enemies," D.W. and W.D. have variations on the same dream, which converge upon each other and end in a double Catapult Nightmare.
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Founding Day
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Founding Day: The episode "Elwood City Turns 100!" is about Mr. Ratburn's class putting on a tribute to their town's centennial.
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Tomboy and Girly Girl
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Tomboy And Girly Girl: Francine and Muffy. Francise is a sporty tomboy while Muffy is more feminine and Spoiled Sweet. D.W. and Emily may be a mild example, as Emily tends to have more refined manners and much less of a tendency to be bossy or take a leadership role. As seen in some episodes, D.W. will climb trees, play catch with Arthur and his dad, and do other things considered tomboyish for a girl her age. She also seems like the hardier of the two girls when it comes to roughhousing/generally dealing with the Tibble twins. In a more straight example, "Best Enemies" featured D.W., a girly-girl, and introduced a tomboy counterpart, W.D.
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Sophisticated as Hell
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Sophisticated as Hell: Rattles uses words that are far beyond his grade level, but his attempts to use them as insults fall flat due to his Joisey-like accent, making him sound thuggish, along with his ignorance of the definitions of said words.
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Embarrassing Hobby
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Embarrassing Hobby: Arthur develops a secret obsession with Love Ducks, a fictional ultra-psychedelic children's show that may or may not be a parody (or Expy) of Teletubbies.
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Hidden Depths
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The main Tough Customers (Binky, Rattles, and Molly) are each shown to have their own Hidden Depths: Seasons 14 and 16 reveal that Rattles is a great singer, likes knitting and sewing, and is a amazing chess player - enough to teach Brain's chess club how to play properly. He also knows and uses words that are far beyond his grade level. Binky's character gets fleshed out more as the show goes on, after he starts his Heel–Face Turn in S1's "Bully for Binky." He's a skilled clarinet player (and the best musician in Lakewood Elementary), partakes in ballet, and is interested in a variety of "uncool" things such as art, music, and culture. He also likes collecting and studying butterflies, but he very much prefers them alive and freaks out at the thought of preserving them in boxes. In "Binky's 'A' Game," he aces a test about Galileo after being interested in the history behind him. Molly likes listening to heavy metal, adores and is kind to her little brother James, has a green Domo-kun doll in her room, is an aspiring artist and animator, and is greatly concerned by the lack of independent female characters in media. As shown in "Brain's Chess Mess" and "Don't Ask Muffy," she is also great at giving advice.
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Missing Child
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Missing Child: In "Lost!" Arthur falls asleep on the bus and is only woken after missing his stop, resulting in everyone (and in this case, Arthur himself) believing him lost.
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The Topic of Cancer
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The Topic of Cancer: "The Great MacGrady" has the school's lunchlady reveal that she had cancer. Significant, in that a kids' show addressed it so openly.
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Conspicuously Light Patch
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Conspicuously Light Patch: This happens a lot, but one strong example is Pal, at birth.
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Butterfly of Doom
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Butterfly of Doom: In S14's "Follow the Bouncing Ball", the intro imagines Brain taking his friends back in time to see the dinosaurs, when Buster accidentally drops his container of raisins. When they arrive at the present, everyone is a lizard and they have to take a fly eating class.
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Yet Another Christmas Carol
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Yet Another Christmas Carol: Happens in the Season 4 episode "Prunella Gets it Twice" where the Ghost of Presents Past shows Prunella why Francine didn't enjoy her birthday party and made her realize that she should have been more grateful for her present, a Polly Locket doll which was the second she had received after getting the first from her sister. Also in this episode is the less useful "Ghost of Lunch Tomorrow". The Season 10 episode "Arthur Changes Gears" has Arthur learning what would happen if he went his whole life without riding the new bike he'd been waiting so long to purchase.
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Vocal Evolution
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Vocal Evolution: And note, this is for characters whose voices naturally evolved over the years, not characters that went through changes in voice actors. Francine's voice pre-Season 5 is noticeably (though not incredibly) deeper, and a bit more resonant and robust. Muffy's voice starts out a bit softer and has less of a Valley Girl undertone; she also has a slight lisp, probably due to originally having buck teeth. It got slightly higher around season 9 as well. Binky's is probably the most noticable: his voice was originally much deeper (similar to Arthur's Dad, as they both share the same actor, but with a menacing tone) and had far less emotional range, which developed two or three seasons into the show. Buster has had a very consistent voice since the beginning of the show, however, throughout the first season, Buster would have moments of deadpan snarking, with his voice dropping a bit, sounding more like a teenager. Also, for some reason, throughout much of the second season, his voice got rather nasally/throaty (think similar to Barney Gumble). Both Mr. Haney and Miss Turner are really obvious, somewhat sad examples. Miss Turner especially sounds incredibly hoarse and raspy as the show goes on, and Mr. Haney's is a tad scratchy as well. Rattles would gain a Joisey-like accent after Season 14, when Scott Beaudin started voicing him. The first voice actors to portray Arthur and The Brain, (Michael Yarmush and Luke Reid, respectively) were initially kept on for a few more seasons after their voices dropped, making Arthur and Brain sound more like preteens than third graders. Reid was finally replaced with Steven Crowder in season 5 and Yarmush was replaced with Justin Bradley (who was later dubbed over by Mark Rendall) in Season 6.
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Guinness Episode
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Guinness Episode: "The World Record" is about Arthur and his friends trying to break various world records. In the end, they team up to make the world's largest pizza.
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Binocular Shot
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Binocular Shot: Arthur surveying the family reunion in "Arthur's Cousin Catastrophe" is shown through his binoculars. In "Revenge of the Chip", as D.W. investigates to see if Arthur told everyone about her thinking green potato chips are poisonous, and at one point she looks at him and Buster through binoculars and there is a shot showing what she sees through them.
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Big Storm Episode
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Big Storm Episode: Two of them, namely S4's "The Blizzard" and S19's "Shelter from the Storm".
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Strange Minds Think Alike
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Strange Minds Think Alike: In "Home Sweet Home" a kid in Fritz's flashback happens to look exactly like a kid in Buster's earlier Imagine Spots. In "Arthur and Los Vecinos" D.W. manages to correctly guess what Alberto's little sister Vicita looks like before meeting her. Binky and Grandma Thora both forget to shell the pecans before making pecan pie. In "Best Enemies," D.W. and W.D. have variations on the same dream, which converge upon each other and end in a double Catapult Nightmare.
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Cursed with Awesome
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Cursed With Awesome: In a more down-to-earth example, Arthur gets chickenpox, which gets him a lot of attention and special treats, including an oatmeal bath, a back rub, stories from Grandma Thora, and a really tricked-out lunch with drinks 'from a crazy straw!' Is there any wonder why D.W. wants chickenpox, even when the circus is coming? This trope gets lampshaded: This trope gets turned Up to Eleven when D.W. gets chickenpox herself. She is overjoyed, actually skipping around and singing. Of course she goes to Grandma Thora and requests those special treats. The rest of the family is confused by her joy, Jane wondering if D.W. has a fever. The irony is that she gets chickenpox after she admits that her wanting chickenpox was out of jealousy, making her getting chickenpox some odd cosmic reward or something.
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It Will Never Catch On
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It Will Never Catch On: In "All the Rage", Bailey considers designing what we call Crocs, but Muffy says it's a terrible idea. In the episode "Arthur Rides the Bandwagon", Arthur says that he can do without a Woogle because he thinks he'd have just as much fun clicking a juice bottle cap. Sure enough he immediately attracts the attention of every kid in the park, and soon, in the city!
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Paying in Coins
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Paying in Coins: Arthur's Perfect Christmas has Arthur paying for his mom's present out of a coin jar. The cashier falls asleep waiting for him to count it all out.
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Scatterbrained Senior
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Scatterbrained Senior: Grandpa Dave is implied to be in the early stages of dementia in "Grandpa Dave's Memory Album."
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Publicity Stunt
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Publicity Stunt: In "Binky Rules!", the manager of a band called Binky decides that graffiti-ing "BINKY RULES!" all over the school would be a good publicity stunt. However the character named Binky gets in trouble when the school janitor believes he's responsible for the graffiti.
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Evolving Credits
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Evolving Credits: Subverted on both ends. Only a few changes have been made to the opening credits: the addition of a trademark to the show's title card and the sequence's resolution being change to widescreen and high-definition. The end credits sequence had the vocals recut, so that the website and the Arthur books can be plugged without interrupting Ziggy Marley at al.
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Out of Focus
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Out of Focus: Although different characters have had their own episodes and stories dedicated to them, by Season 7 or 8, this became more and more frequent to the point that episodes where Arthur is the main focus have become rare.
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When the Clock Strikes Twelve
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When the Clock Strikes Twelve: Seen in "Arthur's Birthday," except the clock (the grandfather clock in Arthur's living room) is striking noon instead of midnight, as noon is the time the double-birthday party for Arthur and Muffy is supposed to start. The midnight variation does show up in "Prunella's Special Edition," but in this case, a bookstore is opening at midnight, and kids are waiting to enter to buy the latest Henry Skreever book.
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Critical Research Failure: In universe: Arthur, in "Dear Adil", based his research about Turkey from an Illinois Jack comic; but Adil thought that Arthur was crazy and didn't think what to write. Then Alberto shows how the comic was inaccurate and also told him what he thought America was like from TV. In "Team Trouble," Arthur, Buster, and Francine decide to make a comic book for a report on Ancient Rome. However, none of them do any research on their first attempt. Arthur makes a section that is a mishmash of ancient myths, Francine makes one in which she wins the Olympics even though women were banned from the games, and Buster creates a splash page involving Spartacus delivering pizzas.
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Concept Album
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Concept Album: Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix, released in 2001. Besides a remix of the show's theme song, every single song in the album is entirely new and never played once in the show. The songs in this album double as musical summaries of select episodes and Image Songs of characters, composed in a variety of musical styles.
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Lethal Chef
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Lethal Chef: Grandma Thora. Arthur's dad is actually fairly good at it, when he doesn't experiment. With Grandma Thora, her bad cooking may be more of an Informed Flaw and was limited to one episode. "Arthur's Birthday" has her baking a chocolate cake for Arthur, which he seems very excited about. In "Arthur's Chicken Pox," part of Arthur's chicken pox treatment is a batch of special treats made by Grandma Thora, making D.W. jealous. Skip Bitterman, the substitute chef in S13's "The Great MacGrady." Even Buster refuses to eat his food. And then there's Binky. In the Christmas special, he's supposed to make dessert to take to the soup kitchen where his family volunteers. However, his desserts are so bad (pecan pie with shells, banana bread with peels), that he ends up bringing store-bought cookies, which are pretty good in themselves.
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Ad-Break Double-Take
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Ad-Break Double-Take: "Arthur and the Real Mr. Ratburn" opens with Arthur and his friends seeing their teacher's assignment. The resulting scream sandwiches the title card. At the beginning of "The Substitute Arthur", Arthur tells Buster that he's going away for the weekend. Buster screams as there's a fade-out to the title card, and when we get back to the episode, he's still screaming. Then he stops and uses his inhaler.
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Official Couple
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Official Couple: Arthur is shown married to Francine on a couple of occasions, despite massive denial between the two in S2's "Arthur and the Square Dance."
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Fur Is Skin
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Fur Is Skin: It's vague whether the characters even have fur, or whether they just have oddly colored skin. This probably relates to the implication that they're not animals, but are instead humans who simply look like animals to the viewer. "My Club Rules" has Buster mention his fur. Sue Ellen's pen pal Tenzin is an odd example as he is colored to resemble a panda, complete with black eye markings and ears.
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BileFascination
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Bile Fascination: In-universe examples: S13's "Brain Gets Hooked" has Brain hate a show due to how illogical it is, but become obsessed with watching it nonetheless. S14's "Muffy and the Big Bad Blog" has Arthur and the others admit that they can't look away from reading Muffy's and Francine's blogs, even though they're disgusted by the blog wars between the two.
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Feud Episode
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Feud Episode: Common for a kids' TV series. Most of these are done with Arthur and Buster or Francine and Muffy. "Locked in the Library!": Francine is mad at Arthur over an insult and they aren't happy to be paired up for an assignment. When the library closes with them still in it, they have to team up to escape. "Arthur and the True Francine": Muffy cheats on Francine's test and gets Francine in trouble, causing her not to accept Muffy's apologies. "Poor Muffy": Muffy is allergic to her new carpet and has to stay with Francine while it's removed. She cannot stand such things as eating leftovers, considering them to be lower class, and insults Francine in the process. Francine doesn't take this well. "My Club Rules": Arthur and his friends can't agree on the rules of their club, so each create their own club. The clubs become so ridiculous that only the club's creator is even interested in them, and they all reunite under D.W. "The Big Blow-Up": Francine and Brain get mad at each other over a soccer game. Because they're the best players on the team, Arthur and Buster try to make them friends again. "Francine Redecorates": Francine and her sister Catherine share a room, but not decorative tastes. Catherine moves out to the living room, but Francine doesn't like how empty her room now feels, so they move back together. "How the Cookie Crumbles": A selfish decision by Muffy to take credit for a recipe she made with her friends backfires when they don't want to talk to her anymore. "Buster's Growing Grudge": Binky tells a joke that Buster told him, and Buster is outraged and can't stop complaining about Binky. "Mom and Dad Have a Great Big Fight": Subverted. Arthur and D.W. overhear their parents arguing and fear that they will be either sent to an orphanage or have to live by themselves. It turns out that they just spilled some milk and had to go clean it up. "Arthur's Snow Biz": Arthur and Buster's snow shoveling partnership doesn't work very well, so they compete for customers at increasingly low prices. Eventually, they realize that what they're doing is ridiculous and stop. "Opposites Distract": Arthur gets a leak in his roof and has to study with Buster. Arthur is annoyed by Buster's dirty habits while Buster is annoyed by Arthur's cleanliness. When the doorknob to Buster's room comes off, they have to settle their differences. "Kidonia": Arthur, Buster, Brain, and Francine create a country together. But when each starts abusing the rules, they all have to go back to living normally. "The Hallway Minotaur": George takes his job as the hallway monitor way too seriously, handing out "points" and "demerits" to all his friends. They call him out for this and refuse to talk to him. "The Feud": Arthur and Buster argue over a video game, and the entire school starts taking sides with their argument.
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Status Cell Phone
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Status Cell Phone: An early 2000s episode had the local Rich Bitch, Muffy, as the only character known to have a cell phone.
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Agony of the Feet
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Agony of the Feet: In the teaser for "Prunella Gets it Twice" Arthur and Buster are presenting her with a large crate containing a present for her, and Arthur accidentally sets it down on Buster's foot. Arthur stubs his toe on a bowling ball in "D.W. Tricks the Tooth Fairy". Subverted in "My Club Rules". Arthur and his friends try to get D.W. to kick a bowling ball because she asked what they were doing. D.W. comments that she'll "break her foot" if she kicks it and refuses.
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Noble Shoplifter
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Noble Shoplifter: Arthur does this in an Imagine Spot.
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Title Theme Tune
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Title Theme Tune: Some of the audiobook editions of the Arthur Adventure books include one of these. The theme can best be described as sounding like something out of an '80s Bible school presentation, but the music for it is actually reasonably catchy and the fact that the audiobooks are narrated by Marc Brown (and so you get to hear what his interpretations of the characters sound like) make them a rare treat. They have since been reissued on compact disc and on iTunes as "Arthur's Audio Adventures." One way to listen is by signing up for a free trial of Audible and then using the credit to purchase a copy of Arthur Babysits.
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Poorly Disguised Pilot
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Poorly Disguised Pilot: "Postcards from Buster", which seems to pretty openly set up the show of the same name.
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Pac-Man Fever
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Pac-Man Fever: Despite having a ton of Shout Outs to famous book series, TV shows, movies and most other pop culture icons (even Webkinz of all things), video games are still portrayed as primitive and Atari-like. Also, video game and computer game music tend to sound like chip tunes despite having graphics that look at least 16-bit. Technology seemed to be marching forward in the first few season, as by S6, they have had full computer voice acting, cutscenes, (relatively) realistic computer graphics, and actually pretty decent computer music as shown in S6's "Best of the Nest". But then regressed by the S10 episode, "The Squirrels" and the S11 episode, "Arthur Sells Out", video games were played on a console that looks a lot like a Sega Dreamcast which is a 64-bit console, but the games played have 8-bit graphics and sounds. By S12's "D.W.'s Stray Netkitten, the technology seemed to have marched slightly slightly forwards again — while the graphics are less realistic and the music sounds a little more primitive and not many games seem to have voice acting as long or elaborate compared to "Best of the Nest", it was leaps and bounds ahead of the tech in "Arthur Sells Out". Or maybe it's just that console technology just isn't up to par with PC technology in their universe.
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Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher
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Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: Mr. Ratburn's sister, who the kids actually find worse than her strict brother. Ms. Sweetwater, notoriously so; Mrs. Fink may also count, given how pathetically easy their assignments tend to be.
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SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Definitely more on the idealistic end of the scale, though this show is not afraid to touch upon mature issues and difficult situations that kids actually go through.
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Hollywood New England
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Hollywood New England: With Expys for both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Even the curse has an expy. A couple of episodes mention Boston Cream Pie.
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Character Development
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Binky, post-Character Development and Hidden Depths after Season 1, though his portrayal as either a Gentle Giant who acts tough to hide his hobbies or a genuinely stupid kid seems to depend on the writer.
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No Fourth Wall
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No Fourth Wall: Very regularly during the show's opening teaser sequences, but much less often during the show proper.
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Recurring Extra
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Recurring Extra: Alex and Maria, the gray rabbit boy and rabbit girl with D.W.'s hairstyle, that have been in pretty much every episode featuring Mr. Ratburn's class. Alex has had three lines over the entire run of the show, while Maria has never said anything note  Though, as mentioned above, the season 19 episode "Maria Speaks" addresses this. . Most of the main characters never refer to them either. The show has a lot of recurring extras, both kids (often appearing at Lakewood Elementary) and adults. As the show went on over the years, a few of the characters' names were revealed, such as Beulah, Otis, and Luke.
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Hell-Bent for Leather
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Hell-Bent for Leather: Rattles of the Tough Customers wears a black jacket that resembles a leather one. Binky and Buster occasionally wear leather jackets in ImagineSpots and flash-forwards, while Arthur wore one in S20's "Buster's Second Chance" after becoming a Tough Customer in an alternate timeline.
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incident: In "Francine's Split Decision," Buster tries to recall their recent defeats at the hands of Mighty Mountain, bringing up the events of "Friday the 13th" and "The Big Blow Up." After being reminded that the Lakewood kids won those games, Buster mentions an unseen jai alai tournament, which they immediately wince at the memory of as a "complete disaster." In "Arthur Babysits," Prunella recalls how her sister Rubella babysat the Tibble Twins only once, but still has nightmares about them as what the Tibbles apparently did to Rubella was so traumatizing she won't even talk about it.
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Zany Scheme
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Zany Scheme: Lampshaded by Arthur in "D.W. and Bud's Higher Purpose." During the intro, he explains D.W.'s propensity for this has gotten worse since she met Bud.
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Skewed Priorities
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Skewed Priorities: Everybody is hit with this on occasion. Muffy is a notably chronic case; she's her line of thinking sometimes accounts only for her privileged life, and she views some of her friends' endeavors as marketing opportunities. One from the adults is "The Blizzard", where Mr. Ratburn refuses to stay to help thaw the pipes at the school so he can go home and work out his lesson plan for the next full day of class, right in the middle of a raging snowstorm that renders the roads impassable. Another from the same episode comes from Francine's parents, who hold her to finishing her class report that she failed to do on time, even with the conditions outside and inside worsening.
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Babysitting Episode
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Babysitting Episode: This is the plot point of the episode "Arthur Babysits", where he has to babysit the dreaded Tibble Twins. "Crushed" focuses on Arthur bonding with his babysitter, Sally, due to the fact that they both love playing a video game called Dark Bunny 6: Curse of the Moomy. "Two Minutes" has Arthur babysitting the Tibbles again.
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Took a Level in Kindness
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Took a Level in Kindness: Binky and the Tough Customers, as time went on. Binky is the most prominent, but Rattles, Molly, and later Slink eventually get in on it, too to the point where the Tough Customers eventually decide to completely swear off their bullying ways in Season 16. Arthur himself. In seasons 1-3, he hates D.W., wants her head to pop off ("Arthur vs. the Piano"), tries to get her to kick a bowling ball ("My Club Rules"), threatens to sell her ("Sue Ellen's Little Sister"), and is overall very mean to her. Later, he helps her cure her hiccups ("Hic or Treat"), helps her name her toy ("What's in a Name?"), and takes care of her virtual pet for her ("D.W.'s Stray Netkitten"). Arthur's attitude towards Mr. Ratburn changes, too, from finding him overly strict ("The Rat Who Came to Dinner") to appreciating how hard he makes them work ("The Last Day") and going to say hi when he sees him in public ("Lend Me Your Ear").
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One Episode Fear
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One Episode Fear: In "Shelter From the Storm", said storm causes Brain to develop a fear of wind. It's Played for Drama because he needs to see a therapist, but it's gone by the end of the episode. In "April 9th", Arthur develops a fear of being separated from his father after the father gets caught in a fire. This goes away when the dad gives him a pep talk about a similar experience he had when Grandma Thora was in a car crash. In the same episode, Binky develops a fear of fires due to catching a glimpse of the actual flames during said fire. In "D.W. All Fired Up" D.W. develops a fear of fire when faced with the notion of her first Fire Drill, namely that the school will be set on fire as a part of the drill. She spends the episode learning about fire safety and is the only one fully prepared once the fire drill happens. According to "Hic or Treat," D.W. has a fear of eating gingerbread men. This is never mentioned again, even though she does not get over this fear.
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Pun-Based Title
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Pun-Based Title: Very common for episode titles. Examples include "D.W.'s Deer Friend" (D.W. sees a deer during a camping trip and wants to befriend it) and "Finders Key-pers" (Arthur, Brain, and Binky find a key in the grass and wonder what it goes to).
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Captain Obvious
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Captain Obvious: Francine's response to Prunella predicting she will have "lunch with a stranger" is "I don't know any strangers!".
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Baby's First Words
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Baby's First Words: Zigzagged for Kate. She has said her "first words" multiple times, from "go" to "ball" to "Brain" to "bloog-agua."
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"Jeopardy!" Intelligence Test: Used with Buster in "Arthur and the Big Riddle." While Buster struggles to answer a riddle on a TV show, Arthur does it easily.
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Broken Aesop: Happens with the "Be Yourself" moral of many episodes. Sometimes, the actual moral seems to be, "Be yourself unless X." For example, in "Fernkenstein's Monster", Fern changes a scary story she made up so it's tamer, to placate friends who suddenly claim she is a dark, scary person ("Queen of Darkness" was the term Buster used). So...she's only allowed to pursue her interests and be herself if everyone else thinks it's okay? Other characters have fallen into this trap, too, often members of the "secondary cast". "Arthur's Big Hit" has become infamous for this, with its intended message being that physical violence is never the answer in settling your disputes with others, as shown when Arthur hits D.W. for breaking his model plane. Binky is pressured into hitting Arthur later and the episode actually justifies this action as now Arthur has learned "how it feels when someone does it to him"; the way the episode goes about this instead just seems to justify the very thing it was speaking out against. "Buster Gets Real" could be this in many different ways, as Buster stops watching Bionic Bunny in favor of an ambiguously more "realistic" show named "Top Supermarket Clerk" for the simple fact that Bionic Bunny isn't real, as if something being of a fictional nature takes away from its value as something to enjoy, further undermined by the fact that it's Buster of all people making this claim in stark contrast to his eccentric, superstitious nature. It also may host several unfortunate implications about conformity, as Arthur insists in classic fashion that unless they like the same things, then they can't call each other best friends anymore. Arthur then attempts to mend things by training himself to enjoy Top Supermarket Clerk, which he still does not care for. Granted, the true message may be that your friendships will remain strong even if you don't all have the same common interests, but the confusing nature of the episode and the strange decision to have Buster saying these things may only rob it of its intended meaning. The first book, Arthur's Nose, was about Arthur wanting to change his nose because of the suffering he endured from having it, and then deciding not to because he realized looks aren't important. That didn't stop Marc Brown from redesigning him over the next decade until his nose became invisible, though. According to "Fern and Persimmony Glitchet", if you write happy stories, they'll be really boring and nobody will like them. Your stories have to be super dark and depressing for people to like them. This moral doesn't apply to any of the show's episodes.
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Body Wipe
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Body Wipe: "The Perfect Brother" with D.W. during her fantasy of having two Arthurs. "D.W. the Copycat" with D.W.'s dress in the beginning of the episode. "Brain's Shocking Secret" does this twice. First, Mr. Ratburn takes Brain away before he could get a school picture. Brain sighs and then fills up the screen. Next is when Brain is shocked when the clock reads 9 a.m. and he's running out of bed.
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Pie in the Face
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Pie in the Face: Deconstructed in "Buster Bombs," Buster tries having Arthur throwing pies at him, desperate to find something that will make people laugh. Arthur is just grossed out. Buster's mother than enters and tells him to clean up. The intro to "Brother, Can You Spare a Clarinet?" has Binky give Arthur a present that turns out to have a pie hidden in it, leading to this trope.
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Stylistic Suck
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Stylistic Suck: The kids' drawings. The Pretty Pioneers dolls and books. Several of the books are badly written and researched and the dolls are all alike aside from their dresses and names.
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Fluffy the Terrible
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Fluffy the Terrible: Pal's mom, Perky. Subverted in that she isn't actually mean, she was just grumpy due to pregnancy. In "Night of the Tibble", James imagines the Tibble having a mad dog in the basement named Cuddles.
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Tastes Better Than It Looks
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Tastes Better Than It Looks: In "Opposites Distract", Bitzi offers Arthur and Buster a dish of spaghetti and marshmallow balls, which appears to be a plate of spaghetti with meatballs topped with giant marshmallows. Arthur even admits that it's surprisingly good. In "Dad's Dessert Dilemma," Mr. Read sends a honey cake baked in the shape of the Leaning Tower of Pisa to school for a party honoring Galileo. Arthur thinks the cake looks ridiculous and assumes that everyone will find it disgusting, so he tries to hide it - that is until Mr. Ratburn finds and samples it. He exclaims it's delicious, prompting the other kids to try it as well, and they love it, too, to Arthur's dismay.
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Cinderella Circumstances: In "Go to Your Room, D.W.", D.W. has an Imagine Spot in which she endures these.
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Sound-Effect Bleep: A major feature of the episode "Bleep." The episode is about D.W. learning a swear word, and every time it's said, it's bleeped out. Happens twice in "The Law of the Jungle Gym", first when Molly is threatening Muffy and her friends to leave the jungle gym, most of what she says is drowned out by noise coming from a garbage truck. Later on in the same episode she is telling Muffy her plan for how both groups can use the jungle gym and the camera cuts to a worker outside using a leaf blower.
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Fundraiser Carnival
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Fundraiser Carnival: Muffy and her friends have one to raise money for the library in "Arthur the Unfunny."
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Compressed Vice
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Compressed Vice: Arthur not getting enough exercise in "Arthur Weighs In". Resident Cloud Cuckoo Lander Buster losing interest in Bionic Bunny in favor of a reality show about grocery store workers in "Buster Gets Real" because it's more true to life. The events of the episode happen solely for Arthur to learn that you can still be friends with someone with different interests than you. To top it off, Buster's interest in the reality show didn't last beyond this episode and he has since been shown still enjoying Bionic Bunny. Arthur's infamous bullying streak in "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh" is an especially blatant case of this, as Arthur is known for being a Nice Guy and was a frequent bullying target himself. Yet he was made one here for no other reason than to have an anti-bullying moral. Happens with an adult character of all people in "The Half-Baked Sale". Grandma Thora is said to be a terrible cook in this episode, and it only happens in this episode; as stated in Lethal Chef, she's shown to have perfectly good cooking skills in other episodes (even "Arthur's Birthday" and "Arthur's Chicken Pox," which come before this one in episode order), and her flaw here was introduced for the single purpose of teaching when it's important to tell someone that they may not be fit for something, even when it's someone you're close to.
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Worst News Judgment Ever
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Worst News Judgment Ever: The entire premise of S2's "Buster Baxter, Cat Saver"; After saving an older woman's cat out of a tree without really doing anything, Bitzi has the entire story printed on the front page of the newspaper after hearing the woman's account of Buster's alleged heroism, having clearly overreacted to the supposed "danger" in question; As soon as the story is printed, the entire town is swept up in the story and it all goes to Buster's head, with nobody but the kids acknowledging that Buster really did nothing at all.
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Logging onto the Fourth Wall
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Logging onto the Fourth Wall: "Sue Ellen Gets Her Goose Cooked" (Season 6, 2001) had the game Virtual Goose, which was based at virtualgoose.com. This domain used to redirect to the Virtual Goose game on the PBS Kids website.
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Beach Episode
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Beach Episode: "D.W. All Wet", "The Shore Thing", "Buster Baxter & the Letter from the Sea" and "Swept Away" all take place on the beach. The kids go swimming and build sand castles.
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Metaphorgotten
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Metaphorgotten: From "Arthur Sells Out":
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RoadTripEpisode
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Road Trip Episode: "Arthur's Family Vacation" has the Reads go on a road trip. Nothing goes well for them.
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Adult Fear
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Adult Fear: S3's "Attack of the Turbo Tibbles" has the Tibbles hit D.W. in the face with a swing and making her cry hysterically, with Emily screaming to Ms. Morgan that D.W.'s face is bleeding. It turns out that D.W.'s injury was so bad that her lip needs stitches. S2's "Lost!" has Arthur getting lost outside city limits, worrying his family greatly. Jane even cries during the episode. In S7's "April 9th", a response to September eleventh, the characters react to a fire which damages the school. Arthur in particular becomes very worried about his father, who was in the school during the fire. Mr. Read tells him it's his job to worry about Arthur, not the other way around. In S4's "Hide and Snake", Arthur panics when his friends express suspicions that he brought home a very venomous snake even though it turns out to be harmless. They spend a good part of the episode looking up and down Arthur's house, all while fearing being bitten and poisoned. In S8's "Thanks a Lot, Binky", Binky imagining his friend Rattles hurting himself and breaking every bone in his body doing a dangerous rollerblading stunt, causing him to tell Principal Haney. Then later he gets a Dream Sequence detailing what would happen if no one in the world cared - litter would be everywhere, Rattles would be in the hospital in agony wearing a full-body cast if Binky didn't report him, and Binky's parents would constantly neglect him, even using his college funds to go on frequent vacations.
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Mistaken for Thief
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Mistaken for Thief: In "Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper," the Tough Customers bully Arthur and say that they bet he's never even "gleeped" anything. Buster defends Arthur by saying that he's gleeped lots of stuff without knowing that "gleep" means "steal." This makes people think Arthur is a thief. A major plot point in "Play it Again, D.W." D.W. thinks Arthur has stolen her Crazy Bus CD, and even Arthur's friends start to think he did. Arthur actually didn't take the CD; instead, his and D.W.'s parents accidentally brought it to a class reunion. In "Cereal," D.W. notices her cereal is gone and thinks that Arthur took it. Actually, Pal did. Zigzagged for D.W.'s snowball, which she and Francine think Arthur took but Arthur maintains he didn't do it, and Buster thinks aliens did. What really happened is a mystery.
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In-Universe
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In-Universe, the movie Arthur and Buster see in "The Long, Dull Winter." It's a series of random clips that they don't understand.
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Historical Character's Fictional Relative
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Historical Character's Fictional Relative: Francine's uncle is noted jazz musician Joshua Redman. Admittedly he appears not quite As Himself: he's credited "Joshua Redman as Mr. Redman" while Yo Yo Ma is "As Himself" in the same episode.
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Latex Perfection
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The ending of S6's "The Boy Who Cried Comet" ends by showing that the events in the show were filmed by alien actors in Latex Perfection masks on the moon.
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Binky, post-Character Development and Hidden Depths after Season 1, though his portrayal as either a Gentle Giant who acts tough to hide his hobbies or a genuinely stupid kid seems to depend on the writer. The other Tough Customers, especially Rattles and Molly, started becoming this the longer the show ran. Then it's averted in S16's "The Last Tough Customer", where they decide to pull a Heel–Face Turn and stop bullying others completely, with Molly writing apology letters to everyone she had bullied in the past.
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Characterization Marches On: The characters were markedly different in early installments, sometimes Depending on the Writer or sometimes due to Character Development. Francine was a Jerkass in early episodes. In the books, she didn't seem to be Jewish and in the Living Books she lacked her Tomboy personality and had a very apparent crush on Arthur. Brain went back and forth in displaying stereotypical tendencies befitting nerds. He apparently used to have a huge comic book collection (136 of which he managed to bring to camp with him). He was also seen as having little regard for organization, leaving his bedroom in shambles - Arthur even points out how neat and tidy he was when he spent the weekend at his house, to which he responds, "Yeah, and it almost killed me!" Arthur goes from being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold (in "My Club Rules", he tries to get D.W. to kick a bowling ball because she asked what he and his friends were doing, and he screeches at his band in "Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest" when they start playing without his permission) to a Nice Guy.
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Local Hangout
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Local Hangout: The Sugar Bowl, an ice cream shop. The ice cream shop run by Brain's family qualifies, too. Lakewood Elementary's jungle gym is this for the Tough Customers, who call it the "Tower of Pain."
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Butt-Monkey
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Butt-Monkey: Principal Haney always seems to have bad things randomly happening to him in Season 1.
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Soup Is Medicine
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Soup Is Medicine: In "April 9th", Arthur fakes a sore throat, as he knows that if he has a sore throat, his dad will stay home and make him chicken soup. In "The Great MacGrady, Arthur and D.W. bring chicken soup for the cancer-afflicted Mrs MacGrady.
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Gory Discretion Shot
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Gory Discretion Shot: Okay, maybe not "gory," but the series tends to cut away before anything bad happens to the characters, usually in Imagine Spots.
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In S8's "D.W. Dancing Queen", Binky teaches D.W. how to dance. Shortly after D.W.'s big performance, this conversation occurs: In S3's "And Now Let's Talk to Some Kids", Arthur, Buster, and D.W. are watching a television show that has a segment called "And Now a Word From Us Kids" just like Arthur's show has, prompting discussion about such segments, and D.W. does her impression of what she thinks Arthur would be like if he were to be on television. The class goes on to star in a segment. In "Buster Makes the Grade," Arthur begins to read to Buster from Alice in Wonderland, then points out Buster's short attention span. In "Arthur's Cousin Catastrophe," an uncle at the Read family reunion describes a novel that he's writing about a man on the run from a sworn enemy. Arthur spends most of the episode avoiding an older cousin who tortured him at the last three reunions. In "Wish You Were Here," Sue Ellen's first reaction upon meeting Tenzin is "You look so different!" That's because, in his introductory photo in "Sue Ellen's Little Sister," Tenzin was colored more like a koala than a panda. Tenzin remarks that it's "a very old photo," but it, too, has been recolored.
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Roommate Drama
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Roommate Drama: "Opposites Distract" plays out as this. Best friends Arthur and Buster have to study at Buster's house when there's a leak in Arthur's roof. Buster's messy room conflicts with Arthur's neatness to the point that they are unable to work together. When the doorknob breaks and they can't leave the room, they play a board game and relax. They agree to still hang out, after they finish their homework separately; then Buster's roof leaks.
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Big Game
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Big Game: "Muffy's Soccer Shocker" has one against Mighty Mountain Elementary. It ends with a tie.
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Be Yourself
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Happens with the "Be Yourself" moral of many episodes. Sometimes, the actual moral seems to be, "Be yourself unless X." For example, in "Fernkenstein's Monster", Fern changes a scary story she made up so it's tamer, to placate friends who suddenly claim she is a dark, scary person ("Queen of Darkness" was the term Buster used). So...she's only allowed to pursue her interests and be herself if everyone else thinks it's okay? Other characters have fallen into this trap, too, often members of the "secondary cast".
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Credits Gag
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Credits Gag: S4's "My Music Rules/That's a Baby Show!" replaces the standard truncated theme song in the credits with the jazz-classical rendition of Crazy Bus heard in the first half. Also, for the entirety of Season 6, the remixed theme song from the then-new album "Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix" was played over the credits as a way to promote it. S21's "Arthur Takes a Stand" has a cover of the theme song over the credits.
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Genre Roulette
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Genre Roulette: Arthur's Almost Live Not Real CD (or Tape) has rap, reggae, doo-wop, classical music, and spoken word poetry (and that's not even all of it). Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix takes it Up to Eleven.
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Mirror Universe
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Mirror Universe: Mr. Pryce-Jones's third-grade class from Glenbrook Academy in S3's "The Return of the King." They look very similar to Mr. Ratburn's class, and even have similar names.
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The Dentist Episode
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The Dentist Episode: Arthur goes to the dentist in Arthur's Tooth and its episode adaptation.
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Parental Savings Splurge
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Parental Savings Splurge: In Binky's Imagine Spot, he thinks he's been left home alone, his parents drive off in their car for a cruise trip, telling their son "There wasn't enough money in your college fund for three tickets!"
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Stop Poking Me!
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Stop Poking Me!: Alberto gives Arthur a Spanish-English Dictionary. Aside from being neighborly on Alberto's part, it allows Arthur to read Spanish language comic books without bothering him.
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Pan and Scan
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Pan and Scan: In the U.S. version of "Around the World in 11 Minutes" (cropped to 4:3 from the international version's 16:9 aspect ratio), during the scene on the plane, a pan was added to show Mei Lin speaking on-camera since she would be outside of the 4:3 border otherwise. Subverted with the remastered S16 intro. The "camera" originally panned across the shot of Brain and Muffy near the end, but does not in the remastered version.
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Downer Ending
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"The Pageant Pickle": After fake-crying, D.W. tricks Arthur into acting like a monkey, embarrassing himself in front of the play's audience. The episode ends with Arthur's friends making fun of him for it.
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The Atoner
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Related to Binky above, the rest of the Tough Customers started getting in on this, too, eventually interacting with and helping out Arthur and friends and even swearing off bullying completely as of S16's "The Last Tough Customer". Molly in particular shapes herself up after seeing her brother James copy her tough act, and writes apology letters to George and everyone she has bullied in the past.
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Encouraged Regifting
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Encouraged Regifting: Happens in "Arthur's Perfect Christmas", when Arthur wants to get his mom a glass bird to replace one he broke. Unfortunately, he breaks the new one the day of Christmas. His uncle Fred saves the day by taking the gift tag from Arthur's present and putting it on the gift he was planning on giving Arthur's mom, so that Arthur will have something to give his mother.
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: It took a while for the standard Imagine Spot vibraphone sound to kick in. Francine was much meaner than she is now. Pretty much all Furry Reminders happened in the first few seasons. Binky was a much bigger bully, particularly during season one, before he gradually became one of the guys. Mr. Ratburn's assignments were ridiculously overexaggerated and he was portrayed as a Sadist Teacher. Fern, George, Jenna, practically everyone in D.W.'s preschool class (save for Emily and the Tibbles) and others were silent background/walkaround characters before they were all eventually promoted to recurring characters, with speaking roles, in later seasons. The animation in much of the first season was also quite poor compared to subsequent seasons, with a number of ink-and-paint glitches, a few exaggerated cartoonish movements, and continuity errors. They gradually improved over the season. Early episodes would feature Sue Ellen in second grade, even though she transferred in third grade. In some early episodes, Mr. Ratburn had the habit of tilting his head back as he spoke, making his pointed nose point towards the ceiling or sky. A minor one, but in "Arthur and the True Francine", Muffy (the new student in this episode) refers to Bailey as "James". Possibly retconned to avoid the One Steve Limit, as there would end up being a more significant recurring character named James, one of D.W.'s classmates. Arthur was a jerk, endlessly tormenting and insulting D.W. and losing his temper very fast. He even admits in "Sue Ellen's Little Sister" that he wishes he didn't have any siblings, just for selfish reasons, and that the only good thing about D.W. is that he can blame her for things he did. Later, he became the Nice Guy that most people know him as. "My Music Rules" is the only guest star episode (the third overall, after "I'm a Poet" and "Arthur Meets Mister Rogers") to have a unique guest star credit. Episodes after this one use a clip with the guest star from earlier in the episode.
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Baths Are Fun
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Baths Are Fun: In D.W.'s Guide to Perfect Manners (later retitled D.W. Says Please and Thank You for paperback), D.W. is shown in the bath holding a toy mermaid in one hand, a rubber duck in the other, and splashing Mrs. Read and Pal. She states that at night, it's not nice to complain about taking a bath or brushing your teeth and you can play while you get clean, but sometimes she plays a little too hard.
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Wise Beyond Their Years
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Wise Beyond Their Years: A number of characters, from D.W.'s friend Emily to Arthur and his friends to a certain degree. They aren't your average third-grade kids, after all. One of the best examples is D.W. and her zany Batman Gambit to trick Arthur and Brain to take her to the science exhibit in S4's "Prove It," and it worked!
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Shoddy Knockoff Product
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Shoddy Knockoff Product: In "Arthur Rides the Bandwagon," after Arthur feels left out for being the only one without a Woogle, he starts to look for them — only to find them sold out everywhere. That is, up until he sees a kiosk full of them. Instead of selling the real thing though, he gets suckered into buying a Poogle instead (all he saw of it was the "oogle" part). Rather than being stretchy and bouncy like Woogles, the Poogle is just a plastic shell. His friends are quick to call him out on this.
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If You Can Read This
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If You Can Read This: In "Two Minutes," the credits of Super Action Team include the names of staff members of Arthur.
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The Kiddie Ride
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The Kiddie Ride: A school bus ride with a figure of Arthur next to the rider's seat was made in the early 2000s.
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Makes Just as Much Sense in Context
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Arthur stubs his toe on a bowling ball in "D.W. Tricks the Tooth Fairy".
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Playing a Tree
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Playing a Tree: In Season 1's "Francine Frensky, Superstar," the teaser has Arthur flashing back to some of Francine's rough class play roles, including playing a cherry tree for George Washington to chop down. Additionally in the main story, as part of the class's Thomas Edison play, Arthur is cast in the role of the first phonograph, Buster as the first incandescent light bulb, Sue Ellen as a kinetoscope, and Binky as a train. This excites Binky, as he can be really steady when playing non-living objects, which he recalls... In "Sue Ellen and the Brainasaurous," Francine got a role in Brain's report on Napoleon. She was the map.
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Painting the Medium
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Painting the Medium: The characters being based off of animals, they sometimes show animal traits. In "Fern's Slumber Party" Bailey is among the guests at Fern's door when the guests arrive. He is carrying three large bags and (being a dog) is panting from exhaustion from carrying the bags. In another episode, Francine insulats Arthur, an aardvark, by telling him to "go eat an ant sandwich". Characters sometimes reference Buster's large ears because he is a bunny. Jenna, a cat, is allergic to milk.
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Disproportionate Retribution
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Disproportionate Retribution: In the episode "Draw!" Francine probably shouldn't have called Fern a mouse, but did she really deserve nearly all the other kids making rude comics about her? Arthur's Big Hit. He punches D.W. for destroying his model plane! In "My Club Rules," D.W. is genuinely interested in what Arthur and his friends are doing. Their response is to give her a bowling ball and tell her to kick it out of the yard, then make her draw a goofy picture of Mr. Ratburn and insult it. At the end of "Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest", D.W. sings a song about how Arthur "stinks like a piece of yellow cheese", but is "okay as long as there's a breeze". Arthur then assaults her with snowballs.
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Long-Runner Tech Marches On
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Long-Runner Tech Marches On: Seeing that this is a long-running show, you see this when comparing the show's tech in early episodes to newer ones. "Poor Muffy" has Muffy complaining that Francine doesn't have a VCR, while "Muffy's House Guests" contains a parody of Instagram. Strangely despite all this, even in recent seasons the Read family is still shown to use a big boxy desktop tower computer with CRT monitor, something that became increasingly rare in real life during the 2000s.
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Book Dumb
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Book Dumb: Depending on the Writer, any one of Arthur's immediate friends, Arthur himself (especially Egregious due to one of his defining traits being his love of reading), or even the grown-ups may be subject to this. Buster is one of the most flagrant examples, having had an entire episode dedicated to the fact that if he didn't pass what amounted to a teacher-made final exam, he'd have to repeat third grade.
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BookWorm
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Prunella's friend Marina, who is a Book Worm but also quite good at yoga and gymnastics. She plays soccer at her school as well.
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Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!
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Instant Humiliation Just Add Youtube: "Flippity Francine" has Muffy post a humiliating video of Francine slipping on mud, bouncing off a pile of soccer balls and face first into another pile of mud. The episode is about Francine having to deal with the aftermath.
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Christmas Special
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Christmas Special: "Arthur's Perfect Christmas" has a main plot about Arthur and his family, but it also deals with Francine being Jewish and Buster creating his own holiday (Baxter Day).
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Vertigo Effect
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Vertigo Effect: Used frequently, especially in the earlier episodes.
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Smell Phone
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Smell Phone: Parodied in the episode "Cereal". Buster tries to show someone the smell of something in a podcast, but then realises he can't.
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It's a Wonderful Plot
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It's a Wonderful Plot: The Season 8 episode "Thanks a Lot, Binky." After Binky does a few good deeds which go unappreciated, he decides to never commit another nice act again. Sure enough, a ghost comes in his dream and shows him what life would be like if he was not around to do his nice acts. The episode even goes a step further by showing Binky what would happen if his parents stopped performing good deeds, leaving Binky with torn up clothes in an unkept house nearly devoid of food while his parents go on a cruise. In Season 13's "The Silent Treatment," George is shown by "wizard Wally" what the world would be like if he was never born. He finds that Arthur and Buster aren't as entertained by the games that they normally play with George, the woodworking club was never started, birds near his house are cold due to their birdhouse not being built, and Wally would've never existed. This trope is lampshaded by George near the start of the sequence. Season 20's "Buster's Second Chance" is about Buster wondering what his life would be like if he was a genius. He learns that Binky would have met Arthur at the sandbox instead of him, leading to Arthur becoming a Tough Customer and not being his friend.
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Moon Logic Puzzle
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Moon Logic Puzzle: In S6's "Best of the Nest" the kids play a game full of these kinds of puzzles.
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Artistic License – History
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Artistic License – History: In "Team Trouble," Brain points out the flaws in Francine's report on Ancient Rome, saying that the Olympics were banned by the Romans in 194 BC. In reality, the Romans did not conquer Greece until nearly 50 years later, and they banned the games in AD 394 as part of a campaign to remove what they saw as pagan rituals after Christianity became the state religion. Brain also forgets another key flaw in her report: women were not allowed to partake in the Olympics.
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Game Show Appearance
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Game Show Appearance: Arthur winding up on the in-universe Riddle Quest in S5's "Arthur and the Big Riddle," with Alex Trebek as Alex Lebeck.
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No True Scotsman
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No True Scotsman: In "Poor Muffy", Muffy has allergies and her mother Millicent is having her sniff items to see if she's allergic to them. One of the items is money and Muffy's father Ed says "Not funny, Millicent! No Crosswire was ever allergic to money!"
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Lucky Charms Title
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Lucky Charms Title: There's a Show Within a Show in "The Last of Mary Moo Cow" called $tock Market Today.
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Poster-Gallery Bedroom
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Poster-Gallery Bedroom: Alberto Molina has one with Bionic Bunny posters.
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Cats Are Mean
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Cats Are Mean: Subverted in S3's "Francine and the Feline", where Francine gets a cat, and Arthur believes cats are mean and bite off kids' ears. But in the end he learns An Aesop about giving them a chance. But during the Animal Talk episodes, this trope is played completely straight with Nemo, frequently appearing as the antagonist. Averted with Sue Ellen, who may be one of kindest of Arthur's group of friends.
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Animal Lover
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Animal Lover: Even though the characters are anthropomorphic animals themselves, a few of them are explicitly shown to be lovers of normal, non-anthromorphized ones. D.W. likes animals (except mice, which she's scared of, and Arthur's pet dog Pal, whom she thinks is dumb) and in "D.W.'s Deer Friend" she befriends a deer and even cried over the death of a fish her parents caught. She also takes a liking to Ladonna's pet rat, General Higgings, with Ladonna saying she can play with him whenever she wants. Sue Ellen became a vegetarian after befriending farm animals. Kate has made friends with most of the animals she's met. It helps that she Speaks Fluent Animal.
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PantyShot
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Panty Shot: "Popular Girls" (S3) has one for Jenna for some reason.
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Disrupting The Theater
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Disrupting The Theater: In "Buster's Growing Grudge", Buster is mad over Binky stealing his joke. At a movie theater, he is still upset and shouts about the problem as the other theatergoers stare. Francine and Arthur have to get him to calm down. At the beginning of "Phony Fern", Muffy and Fern watch a sad movie about a little girl and an elephant in the movie theater. Near the end of the movie, Muffy gets a phone call from Chip, her older brother calling her from college. Muffy's talking annoys the other moviegoers, causing a few of them to leave, and Fern complains to her that she missed the movie's ending (to which Muffy tells her that the elephant dies).
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Ambiguous Syntax
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Ambiguous Syntax: In "Draw!":
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F--
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F--: Arthur jokes that Buster may not just fail an assignment, but get a G or H.
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Are We There Yet?
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Are We There Yet?: Arthur asks his father this during their long car ride in "Arthur's Family Vacation". According to the teaser of "Baby Steps", when D.W. goes on a car ride, it's a constant litany of "Are we there yet?" from her, and when she bakes cookies with her family, it's "Are they done yet?" Exaggerated in the special "The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur." There's an entire song by D.W. about how bored she is during a car ride, and "Are we there yet?" is the final line of the chorus.
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Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films
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Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: Subverted. Muffy's parents try to ban the "Scare Your Pants Off Club" books (a clear reference to the Goosebumps series) after she has nightmares from reading one, but it turns out that she reads them all the time and that the nightmares were caused by her sneaking ice cream. Played straighter when Arthur and Buster watch The Squirrels. Mrs. Baxter mentions how the movie scared her as a kid and thinks the boys can handle it. Naturally, Arthur and Buster are terrified of the movie and develop a fear of squirrels from it, but they don't want to admit it to anyone else. Eventually, it turns out the entire gang saw the film except Binky. Eventually, when Arthur and Buster tend to an injured squirrel and their fear goes away, but then Binky rents the movie and is now scared of squirrels.
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Easily Embarrassed Youngster
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Easily Embarrassed Youngster: Arthur himself is pretty easily embarrassed. A great deal of the embarrassment plots focus on him, and he's often embarrassed by things D.W. does, even though she's only four. Downplayed for Binky, who isn't usually that insecure but he finds most of his more unorthodox hobbies embarrassing.
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Disney Villain Death
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Disney Villain Death: Arthur imagines this happening to him after D.W destroys his model airplane.
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Central Theme
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Central Themes: There is a set of them. See here.
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Kangaroo Court
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Kangaroo Court: Arthur and his friends subject D.W. to one when they suspect she made Pal sick in S1's "Sick as a Dog." She proves to have been not guilty. In "The Short, Quick Summer," Buster and Arthur play a board game called Kangaroo Court.
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The Jeeves
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The Jeeves: Muffy's butler/chauffeur Bailey.
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Edutainment Game
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Edutainment Games: ...and a shedload of edutainment titles for PCs and Macs.
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Glasses Curiosity
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Glasses Curiosity: In "The Big Blow-Up," Francine grabs Arthur's glasses off his face and puts them on during an argument she and Brain are having over a soccer game, claiming Arthur's not trustworthy because of his bad eyesight. At the beginning of "D.W. Tale Spins," D.W. puts on Arthur's glasses to imitate him before claiming she can do anything he can.
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Courtroom Episode
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Courtroom Episode: Season 16's "Read and Flumbergast" is all about D.W. and her friends putting Tommy Tibble on trial for stealing a cupcake.
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Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere
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"Is That Kosher?" Overlaps with Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere for Francine, who's trying to fast for Yom Kippur but finds it hard because everything around her seems to focus on food.
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Girls vs. Boys Plot
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Girls vs. Boys Plot: Elementary school kids tend to prioritize keeping company with members of their own gender, anyway, so it follows that the boys and girls on the show have ganged up against each other on multiple occasions, particularly when the two factions are upset at one another. When it turns out in "Arthur's Birthday" that Arthur and Muffy have scheduled their respective birthday parties for the same day, all the boys make a pact to attend Arthur's party, and all the girls decide to attend Muffy's party. While Arthur and muffy don't become bitter toward one another, the other kids do, and things look pretty bad until Arthur comes up with the idea to host a joint birthday party at his house. In "Arthur Goes to Camp", Arthur disapproves of Binky's plans to prank the girls until the girls prank the boys. A heated rivalry develops, with Arthur writing home "Dear Mom and Dad, it's war!" They stopped feuding when they realize the campers from neighboring Camp Horsewater have been pranking them all.
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Not Allowed to Grow Up
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Not Allowed to Grow Up: Even though some characters have birthdays over the course of the show, the characters are never shown to physically age, outside of occasional flash-forward or fantasy.
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Time Skip
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Time Skip: Some episodes take place over the course of several months. Examples include "The Feud," "The Contest," "Background Blues," and "Brain and the Time Capsule."
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Big Eater
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Ladonna Compson hates beets, despite being a Big Eater. Her hatred of beets is enough to make her feel nauseous whenever she hears the word.
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Long List
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Long List: The list of things that Perky dislikes in "Arthur's Pet Business" drops to the floor and unfolds from there. The list of foods D.W. doesn't like in "D.W., the Picky Eater."
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Pragmatic Adaptation
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Pragmatic Adaptation: “D.W. Tale Spins”, an adaptation of The Odyssey, cuts out the story’s more extraneous elements (Aeolus, Circe, Tiresias, Calypso, the cattle, etc.).
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Something Only They Would Say
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Something Only They Would Say: Arthur knows when he gets mail from Buster, because Buster "can read all right, but he can't write Read." In S2's "Love Notes for Muffy", this is how Fern figures out who's sending Muffy's eponymous love notes: Only the Brain can use "regardless" correctly in a sentence.
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Fictional Counterpart
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Fictional Counterpart: The Scare Your Pants Off book series stands in for Goosebumps. A later episode has Arthur and Buster saying they're nowhere near as scary as Veggiemorphs (for Animorphs). In-Universe comic book superhero Bionic Bunny is an amalgam of a couple different DC Comics heroes. He's most directly based on Superman (ability to fly, Super Strength, reported ability to shoot "power blasts" though it's never seen by the viewers, has a mild-mannered civilian Clark Kenting guise), but instead of being an alien he acquired his powers by cyborgization like, well, Cyborg. Some later episodes introduce another hero, Dark Bunny, seemingly based off of Batman.
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Dream Sequence
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Played straight in S11's "Baby Kate and the Imaginary Mystery" in a Dream Sequence where the Tibble Twins do this to Nadine.
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Heel–Face Turn
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The other Tough Customers, especially Rattles and Molly, started becoming this the longer the show ran. Then it's averted in S16's "The Last Tough Customer", where they decide to pull a Heel–Face Turn and stop bullying others completely, with Molly writing apology letters to everyone she had bullied in the past.
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Big Disaster Plot
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Big Disaster Plot: "April 9th" involves a fire, and "Shelter from the Storm" involves a hurricane.
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Birthday Buddies
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Birthday Buddies: "Arthur's Birthday," adapted from a book of the same name, deals with Arthur and his classmate Muffy having their birthday parties on the same day. Arthur and his friends aren't sure whose party to attend until they come up with a solution: they turn it into a surprise party for Muffy at Arthur's house.
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Bottle Episode
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Bottle Episode: "Desk Wars" takes place entirely in Mr. Ratburn's classroom except for the final scene, which takes place at Muffy's pool as she lets everyone cool off. "The Best Day Ever" has Sue Ellen, Arthur, Buster, Binky, and George relaxing at the park, where they stay for the entire episode. A few episodes, like "Staycation", are set entirely in the Read house.
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Freeze-Frame Bonus
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Freeze-Frame Bonus: Mr. Pryce-Jones's class (the class who represented Glenbrook Academy in "The Return of the King") is among the supporting characters featured near the end of the "Library Card" reprise in "Arthur's Almost Live Not Real Music Festival." In "The Substitute Arthur," we can read what Buster normally does with Arthur. It includes "board games," "kick a rock," "touch dirt," "run in circles," and "camp out." The novel Death of a Salesman appears on the table while D.W. gives Jane coupons in "Postcards from Buster."
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Kids Are Cruel
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Kids Are Cruel: A few examples. D.W. might as well be a poster girl for this trope, being incredibly rude, bossy, selfish (even by the standards of a toddler), manipulative and constantly harassing, taking advantage of, and accusing poor Arthur of things he didn't do, and she has a massive Lack of Empathy even by toddler standards. In fact, she's easily the cruelest of all the main characters. In addition to Arthur, she can also be mean to her other family members and friends at times. D.W.'s Cousin Cora from "D.W. Thinks Big" is actually even worse than her. She is a Spoiled Brat who is really mean to D.W. for no reason at all, and breaks her own locket and tries to frame D.W. for it, again for no reason. Although the fact that it's D.W. she does it to may make it seem nearly not as bad. The Tibble Twins are little hellions who constantly cause trouble for each other and other people, and to make matters worse, their grandmother is almost never willing to discipline them for their actions. They also tend to antagonize D.W., although again, that might count as Kick the Son of a Bitch. The Tough Customers, of course. But subverted come "The Last Tough Customer", where they all take a level in kindness. Francine and Muffy can fall into this occasionally, the former by virtue of being a Jerk Jock, and the latter by virtue of being a Rich Bitch. Portia Demwiddy from "Little Miss Meanie" definitely qualifies. She callously tells Muffy and Lydia, her opponents in the Little Miss Crocus pageant, that they should drop out because they have the unfair advantages of being rich and handicapped respectively, and later throws a tantrum and demands that somebody be fired when the spotlight breaks during her performance.
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Door-to-Door Episode
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Door-to-Door Episode: In "Buster's Sweet Success," Buster goes door-to-door selling chocolates. He ends up eating all the chocolates he was supposed to sell when nobody wants to buy them, and makes terrible knock-off chocolates, selling those instead.
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Family-Unfriendly Violence
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Family-Unfriendly Violence: The Show Within a Show in "Attack of the Turbo Tibbles" is implied to have this. Mrs. Read orders to turn it off as soon as she catches the Tibbles watching it at her house, and later their imitation of violence in the show sends D.W. to the hospital.
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Drunk with Power
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Arthur and James both share their names with English kings. In one episode, Arthur pulls a sword from a stone and is called king of the Medieval Fair; in another, James is treated like a king, and becomes Drunk with Power.
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Injured Limb Episode
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Injured Limb Episode: In "The Wheel Deal," Brain sprains his leg, making him need a wheelchair for a bit. "Arthur's Knee" has Arthur suffering a gash on his knee at the dump, freaking out, and trying to get it taken care of before his parents find out.
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Mind-Control Eyes
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Mind-Control Eyes: In "D.W.'s Name Game," Arthur gets red, swirly eyes in a fantasy sequence in which D.W. turns him into her "obedient hypno-brother."
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Caught with Your Pants Down
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"All Thumbs," in which Arthur walks in on Buster sucking his thumb, treats the resulting embarrassment between the two as if Buster was caught with his pants down.
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That Poor Cat
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That Poor Cat: In "Arthur Babysits" Tommy and Timmy sic their grandmother's cat onto Arthur's face once they notice she has left. In "Arthur's Pet Business" Arthur is chasing a loose bird around the living room and inadvertently steps on the tail of a sleeping cat, briefly sending it air born in pain before it continues napping.
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Arthur / int_65df51a8
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Trickster Twins
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The Tibble Twins are little hellions who constantly cause trouble for each other and other people, and to make matters worse, their grandmother is almost never willing to discipline them for their actions. They also tend to antagonize D.W., although again, that might count as Kick the Son of a Bitch.
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Arthur / int_66600b8f
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School Play
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School Play: "Francine Frensky, Superstar," "Arthur Weighs In," "The Pea and the Princess," "Elwood City Turns 100!" for Arthur and his friends. "The Pageant Pickle" and "All About D.W." for D.W.
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 Arthur / int_66e8263
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Fiction Isn't Fair
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Fiction Isn't Fair: The Persimmony Glitchet books are an in-universe example.
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Evil Laugh
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Evil Laugh: Both Pal and Nemo give one in S14's "Pet Projects," but Nemo comments that Pal's needs work. Comes up again in "Pets and Pests," again with Pal and Nemo. This time, Nemo tells Pal to stop copying his evil laugh.
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Public Hater, Private Fan
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Public Hater, Private Fan: Arthur gets addicted to The Love Ducks. He secretly pretends to hate it while watching it instead of the much more mature "Dark Bunny" cartoon. At the end of the episode, Francine turns out to have also been a fan all along (despite leading the mockery when Arthur was caught watching it).
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Arthur / int_685c16ca
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Go to Your Room!
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Go to Your Room!: Happens to D.W. in "Go to Your Room D.W.!" after she threatens to pinch Kate during their playtime. She acts as if she has been put in prison, wonders what's happening outside her room, and watches the clock for the duration of the 10-minute time out. For that matter it has happened to Arthur a few times as well. Once in "D.W. All Wet" after he scares D.W. and again in "Play it Again, D.W." after the threatens to break her "Crazy Bus" CD. In "Arthur's Family Feud" it happens to them both after the souffle incident, and we see they both take it very differently.
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Hello, [Insert Name Here]
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Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The Actimates D.W. and Arthur can allegedly be "taught" to say the owner's name using a PC Pack and the provided software.
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Arthur / int_68913e61
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Gale-Force Sound
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Gale-Force Sound: Done with everyone else in the library shushing Arthur in "Arthur Writes a Story."
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Embarrassing Damp Sheets
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In "Jenna's Bedtime Blues," Jenna is embarrassed to go to Muffy's fancy girls-only sleepover because she wets the bed. However, the rest of her friends understand are are fine with it when she brings a pull-up.
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 Arthur / int_695b90b4
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Flea Episode
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Flea Episode: "Flea to Be You and Me" introduces a recurring character: Pepe the flea.
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Raptor Attack
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Raptor Attack: A Jurassic Park-styled dromaeosaurid appears in the Cold Open of "Jenna's Bedtime Blues", although justified in that it's a video game character.
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Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!
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Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In "Arthur's Big Hit", D.W. complains to Arthur that he didn't build his model plane correctly, as it doesn't fly at all. Arthur starts explaining that the plane isn't SUPPOSED to fly, then realizes with horror that D.W wouldn't have known the plane doesn't fly unless she tried to make the plane fly.
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Knight of Cerebus
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Knight of Cerebus: "To Eat or Not to Eat" features Supreme Dog, the CEO of the company that produces Big Boss Bars, who is actually the darkest antagonist to appear in the series thanks to the circumstances and Fridge Horror. His company produces candy bars that essentially get children hooked on them and, judging by his vehement refusal to eat one, contain pretty nasty stuff. Fortunately, he's arrested and the children are presumably brought back down to normal.
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Day of the Jackboot
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Day of the Jackboot: S13's "The Pride of Lakewood" involves Arthur, Francine and Muffy setting up a pride committee as a way of supporting school activities, with Buster as their spokesman. They end up putting flyers on the lockers of non-members Brain and Sue Ellen announcing they have no school spirit (as well as George, who WAS a member, but didn't cheer loud enough at track meets), and the two have to hide just to avoid being publicly harassed. In the end, they successfully recruit Buster to make a speech on why they feel the organization is unjust and membership shouldn't be compulsory to express school spirit.
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Episode Title Card
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Episode Title Card: Varies depending on who's involved in the episode, and, in some cases, what happens to them. Specific title cards would be retired by S14 (S16 in U.S. airings), where sneak peaks of the episode are shown instead. Some of the more common title card animations: Arthur appears in a circle, and Francine walks over and hits it like a gong, rattling him. The kids emerge from an egg in the middle, as a giant bird foot appears and they run away. Arthur finds an umbrella offscreen when it starts to rain. Buster looks through a circle which turns out to function like a magnifying glass. Wearing an alien costume, Buster lands in a UFO. D.W. wears a fairy costume, comes down, and creates Arthur with her wand. She then turns his head into a frog. Arthur spins a slot machine, revealing the face of either Brain, Muffy, Sue Ellen, or George. D.W. opens some curtains to reveal Arthur taking a bath. When the series began, the only sounds came from the title card's animation, though starting with S2, the episode's titles were read aloud by a character (usually Francine or Binky early on, though more characters were added in later seasons). These readings were eventually added to all title cards in U.S. reruns of S1, though other countries still air the season without them.
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Paranormal Episode
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Paranormal Episode: In "The Fright Stuff," Francine and Muffy plan to scare Arthur, Buster, Binky and the Brain at a "Scare-Your-Pants-Off" themed party. Arthur et al. plan to do the same to Francine and Muffy. But both groups get scared by what is apparently a real ghost. "Fright Night" is about Arthur and Buster trying to ward off a (not real) creature called the Lycanbunny.
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Species Surname
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Species Surname: Usually averted. Wilbur Rabbit is a rare exception (possibly because he originated in one of Marc Brown's non-Arthur books. Mr. Ratburn is a borderline example, since that's a surname in Real Life (a rare variant of Rathbone). However, for Added Alliterative Appeal many of the characters have names that start with the same letter as their species (Arthur is an aardvark, Buster is a bunny, Muffy is a monkey, Binky is a bulldog, Prunella is a poodle, and so on).
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Serious Business
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Serious Business: Reading. In S2's "Buster Hits the Books," when the gang discovers Buster doesn't like reading, they act like he's on drugs. And in S1's "Misfortune Teller", Prunella's "cootie catcher," with all of the kids obeying whatever it says they should do. D.W. thinks many things which are smaller in comparison are this, such as naming her new toys. Justified in that she's four.
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A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family
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A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: Arthur, D.W., and Kate.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: A main point of the show is to get kids interested in reading; thus, the Read family. Dr. Iris and Dr. Tinnitus, who are an eye doctor and an ear doctor, respectively. Dr. Fugue, a music teacher. A mild case in "Little Miss Meanie." Muffy and Lydia's beauty pageant nemesis is Portia Dimwiddie—perhaps a play on the word "dimwit."
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Endangered Soufflé
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Endangered Soufflé: The "victim" in "Arthur's Family Feud". Unusually, it was destroyed by being knocked off the table and onto the floor, upside down, which would have done in a more mundane dish just as easily. The rationale behind it being a soufflé was that it was a challenge to make, and Mr. Read was crestfallen that all his hard work had gone to waste.
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I Fell for Hours
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I Fell for Hours: Binky falls off a cliff in his nightmare from "Night Fright."
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Soulful Plant Story
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Soulful Plant Story: In "The Cherry Tree", Muffy's favourite cherry tree needs to be cut down to make way for a bouncy castle. She starts to regret this and wishes that she could have it back.
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Big Word Shout
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Big Word Shout: D.W. shouts "HEY!" at the end of the intro.
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Punny Name
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Punny Name: Most characters. The Crosswire family is probably the most obvious. Alan's last name is Powers. Coupled with his nickname, his name is "Brain Powers." Dr. Fugue, the piano teacher, and his cat, "Fur" Elise. Arthur's name sounds like the word "author", and his last name is Read. The teaser for "Buster's Green Thumb" personifies some of the food in his Cabinet of Curiosities. One such food is a doughnut named Duncan.
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Enforced Trope
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Enforced Trope: The "no hitting" Aesop in "Arthur's Big Hit" was portrayed as one-sided so that children wouldn't justify hitting each other, and talk things out instead. PBS prides itself on discouraging violence on its children's TV shows.
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Fake Band
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Fake Band: The Finnish band Binky (Not the character) (who ends up literally being a Fake Band), and the several bands created within the special movie-length episode "Arthur, It's Only Rock & Roll". The latter would have the Backstreet Boys as a guest star.
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Full-Name Ultimatum
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Full-Name Ultimatum: D.W. gets this often, while Arthur has only been issued this once, in S4's "Arthur's Big Hit".
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 Arthur / int_6de438eb
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The Everyman
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The Everyman: Arthur, in sharp contrast to his widely varied friends with telling character traits. Lampshaded a few times: in S6's "Best of the Nest"; the geese match each character's personality (Buster's is Silly Goose, Brain's is Smart Goose, Binky's is Strong Goose, etc.) and Arthur's is "Just Plain Goose." In "Nicked by a Name," Arthur's nickname is "Average Arthur."
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The Teaser
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In "Francine Redecorates," Binky mentions in The Teaser that his favorite thing in the world is macaroni and cheese. Much later, in "The World of Tomorrow," he says he hates macaroni and cheese.
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Here We Go Again!
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Here We Go Again!: The show is quite fond of this. Special mention also goes to its music cue that almost always plays at these times. "Buster Baxter, Cat Saver" ends with Buster becoming a "piano tamer" instead of a "cat saver." "Flaw and Order" has No Ending, but it's heavily implied that the replacement cake plate about to be cracked again. "Opposites Distract" is about Arthur getting a leak in his roof and studying in Buster's room, with many disagreements between the two. When the leak in Arthur's roof is fixed, he and Buster are relieved... until Buster's roof starts leaking. Lampshaded by Buster in "Arthur's Underwear" after he starts having nightmares about his underwear, just like Arthur.
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Iconic Outfit
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Iconic Outfit: Most of the characters are recognizable by certain articles of clothing. The most prominent ones are Arthur's brown oval glasses and yellow sweater, Buster's blue sweater, Francine's red sweater and D.W's pink dress.
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The Triple: In "The Good Sport," Francine says that she's the captain of the softball team, the captain of the hockey team, the captain of her Temple's basketball team, and "the only person who can sit on Binky's head."
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But Not Too Foreign
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But Not Too Foreign: Do any of the characters look their nationalities? Then again, they are anthropomorphic animals... Or are they?
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Argument of Contradictions
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Argument of Contradictions: Season 14 has a feature called "Which Arthur character are you?" One of these shows one girl who says that she's like D.W. because she's funny and another that's like Arthur because she's smart. The funny girl says that they don't argue like Arthur and D.W. do, but the smart girl disagrees and they argue back and forth in this manner, interspersed with clips of Arthur and D.W. doing the same, before finally agreeing that they really are like Arthur and D.W.
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Sibling Seniority Squabble
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Sibling Seniority Squabble: Tommy and Timmy Tibble in S15's "Whistling in the Wind." Tommy claims he was born two minutes earlier. It's confirmed in "Two Minutes", but their grandmother lies about it to shut them up.
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Real Men Cook
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Real Men Cook: David Read, who not only seems to do all the cooking in Arthur's house, but cooks as a hobby and runs a small catering business. He really enjoys it.
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Honest John's Dealership
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Honest John's Dealership: Crosswire Motors was rather shady in the first two seasons, although it has since obtained a better reputation.
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Affection-Hating Kid
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Affection-Hating Kid: In "D.W.'s Perfect Wish", Arthur finds Valentine's Day gross because he finds the idea of everyone falling in love too soppy.
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Rodents of Unusual Size
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Mr. Ratburn is a borderline example, since that's a surname in Real Life (a rare variant of Rathbone).
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Up to Eleven
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D.W.'s Cousin Cora from "D.W. Thinks Big" is actually even worse than her. She is a Spoiled Brat who is really mean to D.W. for no reason at all, and breaks her own locket and tries to frame D.W. for it, again for no reason. Although the fact that it's D.W. she does it to may make it seem nearly not as bad.
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Power Outage Plot
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Power Outage Plot: This show has done two episodes with a blackout as the central plot point. "The Blizzard" from Season 4 is about the various citizens of Elwood City struggling to pull through in a city-wide power outage caused by a big snowstorm. "The Blackout" from Season 12 does a similar setup, but this time the catalyst for the blackout is a summer heat wave (since it's so hot out that everyone has their air conditioning cranked up to maximum). Arthur and D.W. have trouble dealing with the power outage, but the Molinas don't have any problems since they're one step ahead, having experienced numerous blackouts back in Ecuador (they store their drinks in a garbage can underground to keep them cold, for example).
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Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs
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Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In "I Owe You One", Buster says that he has lots of interests: In "Kidonia", Buster asks Arthur what he's thinking of. Arthur guesses, "Aliens? Pizza? Aliens eating pizza?"
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Idiot Ball
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Idiot Ball: "Arthur's Lost Dog" has Kate crying because she can't get a balloon. The only one who can figure that out is Pal; Arthur, D.W., his parents, and everyone else are completely clueless. However, it sorta had to be that way in order to have an episode. Balloons ARE a major choking hazard for babies. So you know. Not unreasonable to not give an infant one.
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Awesomeness by Analysis
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Awesomeness by Analysis: When Dr. Fugue first meets Arthur, he takes a close look at Arthur's hands and determines that he's been playing the piano for two and a half years.
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Once More, with Clarity!
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Once More, with Clarity!: S16's "The Best Day Ever" adds a scene to George's Call-Back with the episode "Arthur's Dummy Disaster" which provides additional subtext for his behavior; there's an aside with George hiding behind a shelf and trying to talk to and fix Wally before he runs outside and despairs over himself.
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In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It
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In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: The special Arthur's Perfect Christmas is titled as Marc Brown's Arthur's Perfect Christmas in the title display seen towards the beginning of it.
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Token Minority
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Token Minority: The Molinas, a Latino family. The Powers family is black. The Frenskys are Jewish.
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Vile Villain, Saccharine Show
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Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Supreme Dog sells highly addictive candy-bars with radiation in them to children. It's played similar to a drug.
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If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten
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If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: In "Arthur's Big Hit," Rattles and Molly challenge Binky to punch Arthur in order to prove his toughness. Binky does.
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Episode Tagline
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Episode Tagline: The episode "D.W. and Dr. Whosit" has a lot of people quote the line from the Show Within a Show parody of Doctor Who: "Egad! The doctor has flibbered!".
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Centrifugal Farce
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Centrifugal Farce: "D.W.'s Imaginary Friend" has an amusement park ride called the Hurl-a-Whirl that did pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin: basically a dumbbell-type centrifuge, except the car itself spun perpendicular to the arm as well. The individual cars actually had a dial to increase the ride speed, with the highest setting being "Liquefy". Riders are issued complementary barf-bags. We later see Arthur and Buster tossing theirs away (full), with Buster wistfully wishing he could keep his as a souvenir.
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Put on a Bus
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Put on a Bus: Happens to a number of characters: Mr. Sipple, a minor rabbit character who is the Reads' neighbor and appears in a few episodes as a comic relief character. He moved away to make way for the Molinas. Mr. Morris, the janitor at Lakewood Elementary, retires and moves to Roswell, New Mexico with his daughter after injuring his leg when the school partly burns. D.W.'s pet toad, Toady Wartface. S7's "The Great Sock Mystery" revealed that Toady escaped from D.W. Principal Haney in season 20 due to the death of his voice actor Walter Massey. Haney moves to South Africa to live his dream of founding a school. Season 23 has both Ladonna and Bud moving away from Elwood City because of their father being part of the military. However, Bud appears (with a speaking role, even) in the next episode, "D.W. and Dr. Whosit."
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The Worst Seat in the House
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The Worst Seat in the House: S3's "Meet Binky" has Arthur not buying his ticket for a big concert on time so he gets a much worse seat than all his friends. He has various fantasies about how bad a seat it will be. Luckily for him, his father is catering the event so Arthur can get to go backstage and meet the band, and Binky, the resident Jerk with a Heart of Gold, offers Arthur one of his tickets, which are in a great section. In "Just the Ticket," Arthur and George win front row seats. The seats are so close to the stage that they can't see the performance.
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Passionate Sports Girl
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Francine may be a mild case. In addition to being a Passionate Sports Girl, she generally makes pretty good grades; Mr. Ratburn has singled out her work as "superb" before, and she was one of Buster's main tutors in "Buster Hits the Books."
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Will Not Tell a Lie
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Will Not Tell a Lie: In "Spoiled Rotten," when Muffy asks Bailey if he thinks she's spoiled, rather than lie, he justs avoids giving a direct answer.
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Beware the Quiet Ones
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Beware the Quiet Ones: Fern is very quiet, but she will act on her anger. She made Francine tear up (in "Draw!"), and tricked Brain into thinking giant worms were attacking Elwood City ("War of the Worms"). Let's not forget the time she touched off an anti-Francine comic campaign because Francine called her a mouse.
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We'll See About That
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We'll See About That: In S15's "Buster's Secret Admirer," Buster suggests that his secret admirer could be Fern— that this shy girl doesn't want anyone to know that she's fallen for the most popular guy in the school. Arthur tells him that he thinks all of those chocolates (that his secret admirer sent him) have gotten to his brain. Buster's response? "We'll see about that." In S16's "Sue Ellen Vegges Out," Muffy insists "We'll just see about that" when the other kids say that she won't last at being a vegetarian. She lasts less than a day, but she was only doing it anyway because it was the latest fad, and there was a new fad that day. In S16's "Brain's Biggest Blunder," Brain is assigned to be part of a team for a math contest with Binky and Buster. Prunella thinks that this is her and her team's opportunity to win, and Brain comments "That Prunella thinks she's got this contest in the bag. Well, we'll just about that!"
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Sock Slide Rink
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Sock Slide Rink: "D.W on Ice" had D.W agreeing to go ice skating with Emily and practices by sliding around on the floor of her house in her pantyhose. Slamming into Arthur just as he gets home at one point. Arthur points out sliding in pantyhose and ice skating are two different things.
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Stern Teacher
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"Arthur Plays the Blues": Arthur's new Stern Teacher Dr. Fugue has fired him from piano lessons because he didn't practice. Arthur thinks this is great until he sits down to veg in front of the TV and sees nothing but piano-themed shows, including the performance of a concert pianist.
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Periphery Demographic
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One of the reasons the show is so popular with the Periphery Demographics is it's clever use of this trope in the series' continuity. For example, S9's "Breezy Listening Blues" contains numerous references to the TV special "Arthur - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll".
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Treehouse of Fun
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Treehouse of Fun: Arthur and friends' treehouse/clubhouse is a popular spot for them to hang out.
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Celebrity Star
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"The Great MacGrady" recalls the events of "Room to Ride", as both episodes featured Lance Armstrong (Both episodes are now banned as a result of Armstrong's scandals).
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For Want of a Nail
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For Want of a Nail: S20's "Buster's Second Chance" has Buster dreaming that he goes back in time to the moment where he didn't flunk his childhood I.Q. assessment test, becoming a genius instead of Brain (who idolizes Buster). Buster discovers that by changing time, he and Arthur never become friends at the fated sandbox - instead, Arthur is befriended by Binky (pre-Character Development and Hidden Depths) and becomes a Tough Customer who acts cool because he's secretly very unhappy and desperate for a real friend. And because Buster never befriended Arthur, Binky, Rattles, and Molly never got to realize their Hidden Depths and Character Development, or have their Heel–Face Turn in Season 16, allowing the Tough Customers to become full-time delinquents who trash the Sugar Bowl after making it their hangout.
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New Media Are Evil
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New Media Are Evil: In S14's "Muffy and the Big Bad Blog", when Francine tells Muffy that she doesn't want to read her blog anymore, Muffy posts a poll on her blog asking people if they think that's okay, then posts an angry e-mail that Francine sent her. Francine retaliates by creating an online edition of her newspaper, The Frenksy Star, with the first issue talking about the situation, designating Muffy "Bully of the BlogOSphere."
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Unishment
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Unishment: Francine and Binky attempt to invoke this in "Desk Wars" by trying to get Arthur to argue with them so Mr. Ratburn will split them up and someone will be moved to Brain's empty desk, which is right in front of the fan on a very hot day and which Brain's fitted with a solar-powered supplies dispenser. Subverted when Arthur protests that he likes his desk and doesn't want to argue with them, making Mr. Ratburn send Arthur to Brain's desk. Arthur's not happy about this, especially after Binky moves to his own desk and sweats on in.
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Imaginary Friend
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Imaginary Friend: The most prominent one is Nadine, who is D.W.'s. Others include Trini for Vicita, Rapty for Bud, and Waldo for Muffy. This trope is downplayed with Stanley, who Arthur says is "kind of" his imaginary friend.
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Superstition Episode
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Superstition Episode: Brain gets so sick of a conversation on superstition brought on by inane Baseball rituals that he attempts to prove there's no such thing as bad luck by repeatedly ducking under a ladder, dancing on the pavement crack and breaking a mirror. Bad luck ensues. He tries to fix his bad luck by bringing a bag carrying good luck charms around with him all the time. At the end of the episode, he finds he's been carrying around the wrong bag, but everyone considers the sports clothes inside instead to be other good luck charms.
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"Rashomon"-Style: "D.W.'s Snow Mystery" is about D.W.'s snowball disappearing from the freezer, and she wants to find out who did it. D.W., Arthur, Grandma Thora, Jane, and even Buster get in on the story-telling. In the end, it's never known who did it, although it's hinted that Buster was correct. In "Arthur's Family Feud," David's souffle falls and he and Jane want to know who did it. Arthur and D.W. act out their own versions of the story: Arthur draws his in crayon while D.W. re-enacts it with her dolls. It turns out that they were both responsible for the souffle falling.
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Smart People Play Chess
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Smart People Play Chess: Rattles in S16's "Brain's Chess Mess", where he's revealed to be an amazing chess player, and even tutors Brain and the Chess Club how to play a proper game. While he's not a Child Prodigy like Brain, Rattles does know how to pronounce a lot of words that are too advanced for his grade level. In the same episode, it's also subverted with Brain at first - while he's smart and does know how to play chess, he didn't have anyone good enough to practice with, letting his skills get rusty. It's after he meets Rattles does he become good again. In "Brain's Shocking Secret," Binky wants to start acting smart, so he plays chess with Brain and invents his own moves.
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"What Do They Fear?" Episode
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"What Do They Fear?" Episode: S2's "Night Fright." Binky gets nightmares without a night light, Sue Ellen is afraid of graveyards, and Arthur is scared of ventriloquist dummies.
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Original Character
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Lydia Fox was originally an OC created and designed by fan Connor Gordon. In-universe, Lydia's last name was eventually changed to Gordon in reference to her creator.
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Completely Off-Topic Report
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Completely Off-Topic Report: In "Buster's Growing Grudge", Buster is frustrated that Binky told one of Buster's jokes and seemingly got a good grade for it while Buster receives a D. Near the end of the episode, we get this exchange between Buster and Arthur.
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Only Child Syndrome
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Only Child Syndrome: Most of Arthur's friendsnote Buster, Brain, Sue Ellen, Fern, Jenna, possibly George, and, for the longest time, Muffy, Binky, and Rattles appear to be only children.
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Furry Lens
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Furry Lens: Potentially. Almost all of the "human" characters are stylized to resemble various mammals: Aardvarks, rabbits, cats, dogs, monkeys, rats and bears are common, with the occasional deer and sheep person thrown in. The original books and early episodes stated or at least implied that the characters are animals, however most episodes past season one do not. This is most obvious in "The Contest", where Arthur and his friends watch the self-parody Andy and Company and point out all the Fridge Logic inherent in a Funny Animal series.
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...Or So I Heard
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...Or So I Heard: The various New Year's Eve / New Year's traditions spouted by Arthur's friends in S1's "Arthur's New Years Eve". Includes the "Green Flash," the New Year's Police who arrest you if you don't throw away your old calendars, the New Year's Eve wrestling match and the meeting in which parents discuss the things they did to make their kids miserable throughout the year and what else they can do in the new year.
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"The Reason You Suck" Speech: In "Sue Ellen Vegges Out", Sue Ellen chews out Muffy and Francine for treating vegetarianism as both a trend and a competition.
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Slice of Life
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Slice of Life: Pretty much, despite the characters being walking, talking animals.
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Oculothorax
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Oculothorax: In "The Friend Who Wasn't There", Buster explains that he had five Imaginary Friends when he was younger. One of them, Top Eye, is an eyeball with arms, legs, and a top hat.
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Animation Bump
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Animation Bump: The differences between early S1 to late S1 and onwards are extremely noticeable. Inverted starting with S16, which is very noticeably animated in-house using Flash to cut production costs (a trend that had previously hit fellow PBS Kids show Western Animation/Cyberchase and would later hit The Fairly OddParents). Also inverted by seasons 12-15note by Animation Service (HK), which also exhibits a noticeable drop from the previous seasons by AKOM. Season 20 is animated by a new studio. Switching from Flash to Toon Boom, it looks much better than Season 16-19. It improves in Season 22.
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Animal Talk
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Animal Talk: Starting with S6's "The Secret Life of Dogs and Babies", there would be episodes involving Kate, Pal, and the non-furry animals with their own stories. Later expands to stuffed toys and imaginary friends.
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Portmanteau
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Portmanteau: In "The Master Builders," Francine and Muffy's pet toy company is called "Skywire", a portmanteau of their last names (Frensky and Crosswire).
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Car Radio Dispute
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Car Radio Dispute: A downplayed version appears in the episode, "Cast Away," in which during a car trip to the lake, the Read family try to pass the time with the radio; Arthur begs his parents not to play D.W.'s Mary Moo Cow CD, so they listen to his Henry Skreever audiobook instead, however, the cassette player eats the tape, so they listen to D.W.'s Mary Moo Cow CD instead, much to his chagrin. Also downplayed in "Arthur's Perfect Christmas" everytime Arthur hears the radio jingle for Tina the Talking Tabby which D.W. loves to hear because that is the toy she wants for Christmas. When mom obliges to change the station, she changes it to a station playing a jazz tune. Later on when he asks dad to put something else on, he puts in a cassette of Crazy Bus.
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"Reading Is Cool" Aesop: As stated on the Arthur website, this is one of the show's main themes note  which makes sense, because it's based on a book series about a character who loves to read , but it's occasionally addressed more directly. There's a song in the musical episode in which the refrain goes "Having fun isn't hard/When you've got a library card." In "The Short, Quick Summer," Arthur bemoans the fact that he wasted his entire summer vacation because he didn't do any of the things on his summer "to-do" list, then realizes he did all of them by reading stories. The episode starring Neil Gaiman provided a rare example of an Aesop in favor of reading graphic novels: they inspire Sue Ellen to be creative and try her hand at writing and illustrating her own work. Still another episode had Buster try to find a book to read for a school report after initially cheating by basing his report on a movie instead. Arthur gives him multiple books to try reading, but Buster gets bored and gives up reading each of these books no matter how short they are, until he reads a book that Arthur thought would be too long and complicated to hold his attention and loves it so much that he spends the entire night reading it. In "D.W.'s Library Card," Arthur openly states how great the library is. However, the rest of the episode is a deconstruction of how libraries aren't exactly perfect: there's no guarantee that the books will be in good condition, and you have to wait for a book to be returned before you can check it out if there are no other copies available. Heck, Arthur's last name is "Read."
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How We Got Here
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How We Got Here: Some episodes ditch the No Fourth Wall formula of the opening and instead skip to the climax, with the rest of the episode being used to show the events leading to it. "D.W. Flips" uses a clip of D.W. high up on a balance beam, and ends when she starts losing her balance. "Double Dare"'s intro is the scene where Arthur tries to pull Francine into the bathroom window. "The Pea and the Princess" starts amid the play-directing chaos, and Francine starts to tell the story from the beginning. Cue the title card.
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Actually Pretty Funny
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Actually Pretty Funny: "The Pageant Pickle" - D.W. tricks Arthur into performing as the chimp as accompaniment to her recital of a poem she wrote for her preschool's pageant by pretending that none of her friends or classmates would agree to perform the poem for her. Afterwards, Arthur talks with her classmates, who loved his performance and says that he bets they wished they hadn't refused her offer and nobody has any idea what he's talking about. His friends rib him for being tricked by D.W. He says he's going to get her back, but Francine says that D.W. is just too smart. He admits the whole thing was pretty funny and they crack each other up acting like chimps.
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Cuteness Proximity
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Cuteness Proximity: In "Blockheads," D.W. and Emily are determined to finish building a block tower, but the lure of a koala that has been brought into class too strong and they break down.
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Large Ham
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Large Ham: Philip Seymour Hoffman in all his glory.
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Embarrassing First Name
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Embarrassing First Name: Binky's first name is actually Shelley. He gets over being embarrassed when he learns he's named after his great-great grandfather, a Cool Old Guy who owned a circus. D.W. herself; She openly dislikes being referred to as Dora Winifred, and instead prefers to go strictly by her initials. "The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur" reveals the origin behind D.W.'s name: she was named after her great grand-uncle Theo's sister, who died before D.W. was born. After this, she's more open about her name. In "Best Enemies", we find out W.D.'s initials stand for Wilhelmina Dagmar. Her response to the Reads learning this is, "Thanks for embarrassing me in front of the whole universe, Mom!"
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Gainax Ending
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Gainax Ending: The show pulls these a surprising amount of times. The ending of S6's "The Boy Who Cried Comet" ends by showing that the events in the show were filmed by alien actors in Latex Perfection masks on the moon. In S14's "Through the Looking Glasses" Arthur loses his glasses and has to get new ones. The episode ends with a dog walking into frame carrying a toad on its back that's wearing Arthur's old glasses. We never learn how Arthur's glasses got from his nightstand to a toad's face. "D.W.'s Snow Mystery" (and, by extension, its follow-up Return of the Snowball) ends by revealing aliens actually did take D.W.'s snowball. "D.W.'s Deer Friend" mostly revolves around D.W. befriending a deer she names Walter and wanting to take him home, with the parents explaining why that obviously can't happen. At the end, we get a role reversal with said deer wanting to do the exact same with D.W., and his parent telling him the same thing the Reads did to D.W. "The Fright Stuff" ends by showing that the "ghost" the third graders were scared was, in fact, actually a ghost. "Best of the Nest" had a particularly weird ending that only relates to The Teaser of the episode. At the end (before the ending, Brain was convincing the gang to break their addiction of a new game and do something natural, like go on Mr. Ratburn's camping trip. They eventually do that.), Brain asks Muffy and Francine who were the "Best of the Nest" (the game). They say none of them were and Francine also says "Who knew the best way to scare off a bear was to do the Hokey Pokey?" (referring to a Running Gag in which one of the three-answer questions' answers was to do the Hokey Pokey). All of a sudden they actually hear a bear and close the episode nervously doing the Hokey Pokey. In "Rhyme for Your Life," Arthur makes a rhyme and declares himself "a prisoner of poetry," wears Binky's cloak, and runs off.
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Bratty Half-Pint: D.W. and the Tibbles. Cousin Cora from "D.W. Thinks Big" makes D.W. look like an angel.
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Artistic License – Animal Care
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Artistic License – Animal Care: Deconstructed. In "Sick as a Dog", Arthur feeds Pal a lot of table food (which includes old Halloween candy for some reason) and Pal ends up with stomach problems severe enough to warrant an overnight stay at the vet. Arthur learns better, fortunately. By the time of "One Ornery Critter", he's volunteering at the local shelter and once warns Buster about giving his aunt's dog human food.
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Suddenly Ethnicity
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S3's "And Now Let's Talk to Some Kids" has Francine mentioning having wanted to get something for Christmas. The special "Arthur's Perfect Christmas" made her and her family Jewish.
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Accent Interest
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Accent Interest: Ladonna Compson has a Southern-American accent, which the other kids describe as "cool."
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Rouge Angles of Satin: Muffy writes this way, as shown in "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone", when she tries to fake a love letter written from Nigel Ratburn to Ms. Turner. Ms. Turner immediately recognizes the errors and gives Muffy the letter back and a book on how to write poetry.
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Mexican Standoff
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Mexican Standoff: A family-friendly, non-weapon version is used in S8's "Desk Wars" where it's obnoxiously hot in the classroom and everyone is agitated. If George sharpens one of Brain's pencils for Muffy, Brain will drop a book on George's bubble-gum stegosaurus model, so Sue Ellen will throw Binky's rubber-band ball out the window, Muffy will put Francine's Judo Kitten stickers on Brain's desk, so Francine will cut up Fern and Muffy's shared desk ruffle, Fern will tear all of the pages out of Buster's Bionic Bunny comic book, Buster will eat all of Arthur's chocolate chip cookies. Then Brain accidentally knocks the book onto the stegosaurus model and chaos ensues. Principal Haney hears the noise, opens the door, and is nearly hit by a flying rotten sandwich.
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin
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This is the plot point of the episode "Arthur Babysits", where he has to babysit the dreaded Tibble Twins.
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Free-Range Children
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Free-Range Children: Arthur and co. are only about eight years old, and are in third grade, yet they run around Elwood City much like teens several years older. None of their parents seem concerned with the exception of what happens in S2's "Lost!" where Arthur accidentally rides the bus line to the city limits.
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Prank Call: Francine and Muffy try to prank call Francine's new neighbor in "Francine Goes to War" with the "Is your refrigerator running?" gag but they mess it up horribly. First Francine, giving a false name, asks if her refrigerator is on, then Muffy calls back and asks the question properly but give Francine's name and identity away. Francine's father is not to pleased to know Francine tried the prank call.
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Pygmalion Snap Back
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Pygmalion Snap Back: D.W. experiences this when she makes a bet with Emily that she can teach Tommy Tibble to be good and thus win the Good Behavior Award in preschool. It seems to work, but by the end of the episode, Tommy is his original self again.
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Losing Horns
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Losing Horns: The earlier seasons had a Type 1 "wah-wah-wah-wah" sound for actual fail moments but they also had a similar sting for weird or awkward moments.
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What Happened to the Mouse?: In "The Cave," Francine and D.W. both mock Arthur for being scared of a trip to a cave. While we see that Francine is actually scared and Arthur helps her out, we never see how D.W. reacts to hearing that Arthur wasn't scared. In "He Said, He Said," the Reads' cable goes out, and when last we see Jane, she's on hold with the company. We never find out whether Jane reached a representative to discuss the outage or if the company noticed the problem on their own and fixed it. In "D.W. and Dr. Whosit," Bud assists D.W. with her plan to watch the forbidden show Dr. Whosit. He distracts D.W.'s parents while she gets the password for the parental controls. They watch the show together, and while D.W. gets punished with a week of no TV, Bud runs off when he is caught and it is never shown if he faced any consequences at home.
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Jerk Jock
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"Meek for a Week" sort of subverts it, since the kids don't want Francine to be a jerk, but they do need her to be aggressive enough to win a hockey game for them against the Tough Customers.
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Lifelines
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Lifelines: In "Fifteen," George is trying to win $500 for Lakewood Elementary in a game show and calls Arthur for help with a question. Thanks to Arthur, he wins the game show.
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Cultured Badass
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Cultured Badass: Rattles is shown to be this after a handful of seasons since he first appeared; despite being a Tough Customer, he's an expert chess player, has a mind for business, and apparently is quite a cheese connoisseur. note  He later says he's lactose intolerant. Binky as well, especially in later seasons. Traits include his gifts for ballet and the clarinet, as well as his appreciation for opera (he's the one who introduced Muffy to the story of Carmen.)
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Parental Bonus
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Parental Bonus: S4's "The Contest" included obvious parodies of WWE, South Park, Beavis And Butthead, and Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. They referenced Beavis and Butthead twice - in the above instance, and in a comic called Peabrain and Nuthead. S12's "Bats in the Belfry" , which dares to reference the movie Child's Play. "Nicked by a Name" has Brain daydreaming being Don Draper, minus the smoking, drinking and Values Dissonance of course. In "Arthur Rides the Bandwagon", Grandma Thora tries to help Arthur feel better by showing the Pet Rock fad from the 70s and how it was a big deal during Mr. Read's time. This was an actual fad that many parents from that time can relate to.
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Chained to a Railway
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Chained to a Railway: In "Kiss and Tell", while at the mall, D.W. watches a situation on TV where a man saves a woman from a railroad, ending in a kiss. She tries to imitate this by spinning herself on the merry-go-round and getting James to save her; he stops it and she falls on the ground.
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Truth in Television
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Truth in Television: Cats can't digest lactose, which explains why both Nemo and Jenna are allergic to milk.
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Censorship by Spelling
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Censorship by Spelling: In "Prove It", Francine spells a word out loud when talking with Arthur while D.W. is in earshot.
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Bait-and-Switch
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Bait-and-Switch: In "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone", the audience is led to believe that Mr. Ratburn will be marrying the uptight, stickler female rat Patty. Arthur, Buster, Francine, and Muffy are worried about this, so they try to break up the two, and even try to set him up with Ms. Turner. Actually, Patty is his sister, and Mr. Ratburn is actually marrying a male aardvark, Patrick, who runs the chocolate shop.
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Friendly Tickle Torture
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Friendly Tickle Torture: S2's "Sue Ellen's Little Sister" focuses on Sue Ellen and her feeling lonely at being an only child. She meets up with the Frensky sisters, practicing cheering. Catherine gets her to put her arms higher over her head, and then...
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Adaptation Decay
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Adaptation Decay: In-universe example — S10's "Unfinished" has Arthur finding and enjoying an old out-of-print book 93,000,000 Miles in a Balloon. However the last few pages are missing and he desperately tries a number of ways to find out the ending including renting an old 16mm film adaptation. But whereas Arthur's book is a fantasy exploration, the film is a backstage musical about a starlet in a Broadway show also named 93,000,000 Miles in a Balloon. It goes so far as to turn the balloon explorer in the book into a Broadway producer in the movie.
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Trend Aesop
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Trend Aesop: "Arthur Rides the Bandwagon". For bonus points, a Woogle appears in a later episode as a useless item that Kate is trying to trade. To further drive the point home, the Woogle was placed in a yard sale in "Desperately Seeking Stanley" before Kate tried to trade it. "D.W. and Dr. Whosit" has everyone obsessed with a new TV show called Dr. Whosit. When D.W. sees it, she thinks it's boring and doesn't want to watch it anymore.
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New Year Has Come
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New Year Has Come: "Arthur's New Year's Eve," the finale of the first season. PBS airs this episode every New Year's Eve.
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Denser and Wackier
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Denser and Wackier: Retroactively, the first season is this compared to later seasons. There's a lot more Zany Cartoon-like animation (such as Buster's nightmare in "Arthur's First Sleepover" where he comically reacts in an extremely exaggerated manner, complete with eyeballs popping out of his sockets), and in particular the show was a lot more willing to occasionally forego the Willing Suspension of Disbelief for the sake of humor, such as all the outlandish pets in "Arthur's Pet Business." Special mention goes to the Imagine Spot sequences, which were a lot more outlandish in the first season than any other.
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Even the Dog Is Ashamed
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Even the Dog Is Ashamed: Towards the beginning of "Is There a Doctor in the House?" when Arthur and D.W. and even Mr. Read are being particularly rambunctious at dinner and Mrs. Read is getting a cold, she imagines them as clowns and then shouts out "Can't we just have a little peace and quiet for once?!" Everyone looks shocked, even Pal, who whimpers and scampers out of the room.
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Audience Surrogate
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Audience Surrogate: Used as a plot device whenever the writers want to explore typical reactions to real-life phenomena. Some episodes, such as "The Great MacGrady" and "April 9th", have an ensemble cast exemplify a range of reactions.
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Deconstruction
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Deconstruction: You would think that a series that is founded on the "Reading Is Cool" Aesop would support programs on the vein of Book Adventure. However, S16's "Buster's Book Battle" points out serious flaws: the program is not guaranteed to have listings on "the classics" or books children actually want to read; the prizes might be lackluster; the participants try to "game" the system: most importantly, the program would not teach people to read for the fun/utility of reading itself, instead reading just to earn prizes. "D.W.'s Library Card" goes over some realistic problems with libraries. D.W. is disappointed when a book she wants has already been taken out, and it isn't even returned on time. When she does get it, the book is in bad condition and D.W. is afraid that she'll ruin it if she opens it.
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Camping Episode
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Camping Episode: Many. You have one guess as to what "Arthur Goes to Camp" is about. "Home Sweet Home" has Buster camp at a different summer camp than he's used to. "Adventures in Budylon" is about D.W. and Bud camping in the front yard. "D.W.'s Deer Friend" and "Cast Away" have the entire Read family on a camping trip. "Staycation" has Jane and David camp in the backyard. "Arthur's First Sleepover" has Arthur, Buster, and Brain camp out near Arthur's house.
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I Was Told There Would Be Cake
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I Was Told There Would Be Cake: Ongoing gag with Mr. Ratburn in S3's "Dad's Dessert Dilemma." When Arthur brings one his father's cakes to a class party, it turns out to be a hit with the entire class, especially with Mr. Ratburn. Mr. Ratburn soon takes to turning up at other events where Mr. Read's cakes are being served, under the increasingly flimsy excuse that he just wanted to hand out a reading list. "Oh, are you having cake?!"
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Crying Critters
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Crying Critters: Downplayed. The anthropomorphic animals cry, but not the pets.
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Digging to China
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Digging to China: One forlorn summer project according to S2's "The Short Quick Summer." Presumably repeated every year.
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Death by Newbery Medal
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Death by Newbery Medal: S1's "So Long, Spanky" has D.W.'s one-off pet bird die. She is sad and tries to cope, even looking for another pet. D.W. eventually accepts a toad that likes to stay near Spanky's grave as her pet.
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Out-of-Character Moment
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Out-of-Character Moment: Discussed in the opening to "Take a Hike, Molly." Binky talks about how "there are some things that you'll never hear certain people say." He gives examples.
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I Need to Go Iron My Dog
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I Need to Go Iron My Dog: In season 2's "D.W.'s Very Bad Mood" Brain tries to get out of helping Arthur find what is wrong with D.W. by saying he needs to clean his garage. Binky adds in an excuse of his own. In Seaons 2's "Francine Frensky Olympic Rider," Arthur bails out on playing Horse with D.W. by saying that he needs to sort through his socks. Buster and Brain actually agree to join him but Francine agrees to play with D.W. In S4's "To Beat or Not to Beat", Francine is planning to sing while playing the drums at the school talent show. Unfortunately, while she's very good at both things individually, when she tries to do them together, the results are unlistenably awful. When Arthur, Buster, and Brain stumble on her first practice after hearing the noise from several blocks away, she offers to start the song over, leading to this exchange: In the S4 episode "That's a Baby Show!", Arthur is still trying to hide his secret fondness for toddler-oriented series The Love Ducks from his friends, and claims he cannot play soccer with them because he cannot miss Dark Bunny (which is scheduled opposite The Love Ducks). When Buster points out that Dark Bunny was moved to Saturdays only a week earlier, Arthur changes his excuse:
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Good Angel, Bad Angel
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Good Angel, Bad Angel: Played with in "Night of the Tibble." James gets a buzzing-winged figure of himself that says he's his conscience and another identical figure that says he's the conscience of his conscience. Later, the original conscience returns and admits he may have been wrong. In "Brain's Shocking Secret," Brain gets two versions of himself - a "bad" version dressed in a red and a "good" version in yellow. In "Do You Believe in Magic?" when Arthur is jealous of Buster, he gets a mean looking cat clown as his "bad" angel and his favorite superhero Bionic Bunny as his "good" angel.
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Identical Grandson
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Identical Grandson: "Clarissa is Cracked" has D.W. curious of Thora's antique doll, prompting a story on how she got it. In the flashback, Thora a spitting image of D.W. right down to the voice. Thora's three brothers also resemble Arthur to an extent. This may also explain several episodes in which D.W. seems particularly close to Grandma Thora ("D.W. Tale Spins," for instance, where Grandma comforts D.W. after Arthur teases her for not being able to write a story). Grandma is one of the few cast members who seems to "get" D.W.'s personality aspects, even the brattier ones. Francine is another one of these (ex.: "D.W.'s Very Bad Mood.") In fact, one could say D.W. and Emily are mini-versions of Francine and Muffy, with D.W. as the bossy one and Emily as the Spoiled Sweet rich girl. (Though Muffy is definitely NOT Spoiled Sweet). Binky's great grandfather looked exactly like him as a child.
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Child Prodigy
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Rattles in S16's "Brain's Chess Mess", where he's revealed to be an amazing chess player, and even tutors Brain and the Chess Club how to play a proper game. While he's not a Child Prodigy like Brain, Rattles does know how to pronounce a lot of words that are too advanced for his grade level. In the same episode, it's also subverted with Brain at first - while he's smart and does know how to play chess, he didn't have anyone good enough to practice with, letting his skills get rusty. It's after he meets Rattles does he become good again.
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Lawyer-Friendly Cameo
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Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: S14's "The Agent of Change" shows Molly having a green Domo-kun doll lying around her room.
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The Voiceless
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Maria (a rabbit girl in the same class as the main characters who has never spoken) received her own episode in Season 19. Jenna also gets some focus here, and is depicted as a good friend and confidant of Maria's. Maria also has a big role in Season 22's "Binky Can't Always Get What He Wants".
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Lies to Children
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Lies to Children: Mrs. Tibble lies that Tommy and Timmy were born at the same time, so that the boys will stop obsessing over the fact that Tommy is two minutes older.
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Self-Serving Memory
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Self-Serving Memory: Arthur sometimes does this when it comes to D.W., especially if he thinks he's going to have to compete with her for affection or attention. "D.W.'s Snow Mystery" had one of these, where Arthur's memory is that, when Grandma Thora came over, D.W. acted like a hyperactive brat. "Arthur's Family Feud" has a scene where Arthur and D.W. each tell their versions of an incident and how a souffle collapsed. Arthur's story portrays D.W. as being really mean while he's innocent, while D.W. has Arthur getting mad really easily.
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Blinding Bangs
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Blinding Bangs: Molly and later Slink have vision-obscuring fringes. One must wonder how they skateboard without accidents.
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Justified Trope
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D.W. thinks many things which are smaller in comparison are this, such as naming her new toys. Justified in that she's four.
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Laser-Guided Karma
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Laser-Guided Karma: This being a kid's show made by PBS, it's generally subverted by being used to teach kids An Aesop that seeking retribution against the people who wronged you isn't often the best choice of action. However... In "The Rat Who Came to Dinner" Arthur's friends relentlessly mock him for the fact that Mr. Ratburn is staying at his house while his roof is being fixed, convinced that Arthur is receiving special treatment over them. Once Mr. Ratburn finds out what’s going on, he announces to all of the kids that he is going to stay at each of their houses as he continues to supervise the repairs. This results in all of them panicking and seeking Arthur's advice on how to get through it. A more notorious example is "Arthur's Big Hit", when Arthur hits D.W. when she destroys his model plane, and is later hit himself by Binky as part of a dare with the Tough Customers, which finally gets Arthur to see the error of his actions.
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Art Shift
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Art Shift: Used frequently when they are parodying another work. The episode "The Contest" is composed of a series of such shifts, including parodies of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Dexter's Laboratory, Beavis And Butthead, WWE, and even South Park. The former and latter were animated in Squigglevision and construction paper, respectively. The beginning of the episode "Binky Rules" is mostly drawn in the artistic style of Edward Gorey, in a parody of the introduction to the PBS series, Mystery!. The show shifts to Stylistic Suck when showcasing the kids' drawings. ("Crushed", "Arthur's Family Feud", "Team Trouble", "Draw!" "The Substitute Arthur", "Arthur vs. the Very Mean Crossing Guard", "Love Notes for Muffy", and more.) Dark Bunny is styled after Batman: The Animated Series. Arthur has an Alice in Wonderland-esque dream in "Arthur and the Big Riddle". Arthur is known for staying on-model a majority of the time and rarely if ever having any sort of cartoony elements in its visual style. So Buster's nightmare in "Arthur's First Sleepover"—where he has a Wild Take complete with a Jaw Drop and an Eye Pop—is definitely a sight to be seen.
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Arc Number
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Arc Number: Every episode in Season 10 has the number 10 hidden in various places and mentioned in the dialogue at some point. The first episode of the season, "Happy Anniversary", plays this trope Up to Eleven, with the titular anniversary being Mr. and Mrs. Read's tenth, and the Reads have a Plot-Driven Breakdown outside a restaurant called "The Ten Spot Diner".
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To Be Continued
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To Be Continued: Subverted on this show, however, in that it picks up after "A Word From Us Kids" instead of in the next episode. Binky pulls a fire alarm in the middle of "April 9th," and "Stay Tuned" flashes on the screen. This also happens in the middle of "Happy Anniversary".
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You Keep Using That Word
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You Keep Using That Word: Unlike in "Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper", "gleep" is not related to theft. It's closer in meaning to "idiot".
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Similar Item Confusion
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Similar Item Confusion: In the episode "What's Cooking?", Arthur enters a cooking competition at school, hosted by famous chef Ming Tsai, with plans to make a chocolate cake. His dad insists on wanting to help, even thought it's a kids-only competition. Arthur makes a mistake by adding baking soda instead of baking powder, resulting in a batch of brownies instead of a chocolate cake. He wants to throw them out at first, but then his brownies become a huge hit with the class, and he learns from Tsai that many great foods were created by accident.
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Unmoving Plaid
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Unmoving Plaid: One of the Plutonians in "Carried Away" has a brick wall texture that does not move.
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Dream Episode
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Dream Episode: "Arthur's Underwear" (which is also a book) focuses on Arthur having frequent Not Wearing Pants Dreams. A large portion of "Buenas Noches, Vicita" is about Vicita dreaming she's in her favorite story.
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"You!" Squared: Arthur and Francine, who aren't getting along at the time, in "Locked in the Library!"
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"Getting My Own Room" Plot: In "Francine Redecorates", Francine and Catherine get into a feud over how they should have their bedroom redecorated, Catherine decides to move into the living room. Francine soon finds it dull having no one to share her bedroom with, and she and Catherine form a compromise near the end. In the same episode, D.W. imagines what it would be like if she had her own bedroom in the garage, away from Kate, her baby sister.
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Wild Take
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Arthur is known for staying on-model a majority of the time and rarely if ever having any sort of cartoony elements in its visual style. So Buster's nightmare in "Arthur's First Sleepover"—where he has a Wild Take complete with a Jaw Drop and an Eye Pop—is definitely a sight to be seen.
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Not Me This Time
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Not Me This Time: After Francine's bike was allegedly stolen, Muffy and the others suspected that Binky may have stolen the bike. During a meeting, Binky stormed over to Muffy and asked if she was the one who is accusing him of stealing her bike. After she confirms it, Binky then reveals, while looking timidly to the others, that he's innocent.
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Interclass Friendship
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Interclass Friendship: There's rich girl Muffy Crosswire and Francine Frensky, whose father works as a garbage man. The two are squarely in the Vitriolic Best Buds territory with Muffy's snobbish behavior periodically irritating Francine. Another example includes Muffy and her butler Bailey. "The Butler Did... What?" deals with the two's friendship, with a worried Muffy trying to find a missing Bailey. Francine would point out that the two weren't really friends despite what Muffy thought since she didn't knew his personal life. Though that changed afterwards and future episodes do see the two sharing a close relationship. The friendship between Arthur, Muffy, and their parents is probably the best example. Even though David and Jane Read make the majority of their money providing services to the Crosswires, the latter don't brag about it, and Arthur and Muffy are on friendly terms. Jane even proposed that the two families take turns hosting joint birthday parties, since Muffy and Arthur apparently share the same birthday.
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Behind the Black
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Behind the Black: In S1's "D.W. Gets Lost", D.W. doesn't notice that Emily's ears have turned green until the camera pulls back.
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Anti-Climax Boss
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Anti-Climax Boss: In-universe. In "Arthur Loses His Marbles," Arthur constantly worries about facing Grandma Thora, especially since she is the one who actually taught him out to play in the championship, and makes every attempt to sabotage himself to please her, but she throws the championship herself, citing an archaic rule in which players are not allowed to step in the marble circle.
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Barefoot Cartoon Animal
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Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Nadine doesn't wear shoes like a lot of other characters.
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Obsessive Hobby Episode
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Obsessive Hobby Episode: In "Binky Barnes, Wingman", Binky becomes obsessed with butterfly catching but there's a clear reason for his obsessiveness: he wants to catch a certain blue one. In "Play it Again, D.W.", D.W. annoys her family (unintentionally) by playing her favourite song "Crazy Bus" on repeat.
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Message in a Bottle
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Message in a Bottle: Buster finds one in "Buster Baxter & the Letter from the Sea." It's from an old sea captain who now resides on the beach, but Buster thinks it's from Atlantis.
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Tickle Torture
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Tickle Torture: Parodied in a Dream Sequence in S1's "Buster's Dino Dilemma." Played straight in S11's "Baby Kate and the Imaginary Mystery" in a Dream Sequence where the Tibble Twins do this to Nadine.
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Medium Blending
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Medium Blending: "Prunella's Prediction" features flash pants which may very well be rendered in Adobe Flash. "Phony Fern" features Buster (appropriately) having a foil hat that looks like an inserted photograph of a triangular piece of tin foil.
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A Weighty Aesop
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A Weighty Aesop: "Arthur Weighs In" is about Arthur freaking out over becoming "husky" (despite not looking any fatter than usual).
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Soda Can Shakeup
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Soda Can Shakeup: In the episode "Meek for a Week", Brain compares a person cracking after suppressing their emotions to a soda can exploding after being shaken up.
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Talking Typography
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Talking Typography: The EpisodeTitleCards, in an open acknowledgement that younger viewers can't quite read them yet. Voiceovers were retroactively added into the oldest episodes.
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Not So Different
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Not So Different: In S14's "Arthur Unravels", Arthur spends the entire episode trying to hide his knitting hobby from everyone, fearing he'll be shunned and bullied for it. At the end he learns that Rattles is a member of Dr. Fugue's knitting club, a fact that he kept secret from the other Tough Customers until Dr. Fugue reveals it himself. Rattles' response to the Tough Customers looking at him in surprise is to smile and shrug sheepishly as if to say, "Guilty as charged."
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Conveniently Timed Distraction: In "Best of the Nest," when the Brain asks Arthur why he isn't playing the eponymous game anymore and going camping instead, he says that on Level 10, his goose was destroyed by "a cruel force of nature." A flashback then shows that when he got to that point, he was confronted with this question:
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When You Coming Home, Dad?
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When You Coming Home, Dad?: A variant occurs in "Shelter from the Storm." Ladonna's dad, who is part of the Army Corps of Engineers, is sent to help clean up after a hurricane hits Elwood City. Ladonna misses him and worries that he won't make it back in time for her birthday. He does.
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Informed Species: Many of the characters do not resemble the species they're supposed to be. Without a long nose, Arthur looks more like a mouse or bear rather than an aardvark, although the original books had him with a long snout. Out of all, it's easiest to tell which species Buster is, since his long ears clearly peg him as a rabbit.
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Hurt Foot Hop: In "D.W. Blows the Whistle," Arthur is astounded when he hears that D.W. was called a hero for stopping a little boy from dangerously crossing the street. He winds up dropping a wrench on his foot and cries out in pain while hopping up and down. Arthur kicks a bowling ball in "D.W. Tricks the Tooth Fairy" and jumps around in pain.
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Broke Episode
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Broke Episode: Downplayed in "Arthur Read: Super Saver": Arthur's parents have been making less money than usual, so Arthur tries to help them save money. His ideas such as cutting the grass with scissors instead of using the lawnmower, are not the most helpful.
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Screw the Rules, I'm Famous!
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Screw the Rules, I'm Famous!: "Buster Baxter, Cat Saver" had Buster saving a cat from a tree, the fame had gotten to his head when we see him using his new "hero" status to cut in line at the movies.
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I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!
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I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!: Big Boss bars in "To Eat or Not to Eat."
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A Day in the Limelight
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A Day in the Limelight: "Tipping the Scales" gives some screen time to Dr. Fugue. "The Play's the Thing," "The Last Tough Customer," "Slink's Special Talent," and "Take a Hike, Molly" are all about the Tough Customers. "Slink's Special Talent" in particular is about Slink, who hadn't been the main focus of an episode since "Buster and the Daredevils" ninteen seasons earlier. "Maria Speaks" and "Binky Can't Always Get What He Wants" include Maria, a silent girl in Mr. Ratburn's class, as a major character.
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Eye Pop and Jaw Drop: In "Arthur's First Sleepover," Buster does highly exaggerated, cartoony versions of both in his nightmare in which he discovers that Arthur and Buster are aliens, only to wake up, comment "That was scary," and flop back over to sleep.
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Whole Episode Flashback: "Arthur's Eyes" has D.W. discover a picture of Arthur without his glasses, prompting a flashback of how he got them. In "Tales from the Crib," Vicita is scared of moving into a bed from her crib, and D.W. shares her own experience. "Arthur's Baby" and "D.W.'s Baby" are the same story of Kate being born, but from different perspectives.
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Continuity Nod: There's a number of episodes that recall events that have happened in seasons earlier. Such as... "The Contest" has an Imagine Spot into the future where Arthur and the gang are teens; they reminisce about when they first learned Mr. Ratburn was their teacher ("Arthur's and the Real Mr. Ratburn"), when Buster moved away ("Arthur's Faraway Friend"), and when Francine taught Arthur how to play baseball ("Arthur Makes the Team"). "The Boy with His Head in the Clouds": George pulls Wally out of his closet, and mentions how he got dumped with D.W. ("Arthur's Dummy Disaster"). Both "Fernkenstein's Monster" and "D.W. Dancing Queen" has Arthur obsessing over the incident in which his pants rip, revealing his underwear in "Arthur's Underwear". "The Blackout" contains many references to "The Blizzard", mostly regarding Dr. Jake's predictions and forecasts. note Even Mr. Molina comments on how Dr. Jake's predictions are always wrong, even though "The Blizzard" took place well before the Molinas moved to Elwood City "The Great MacGrady" recalls the events of "Room to Ride", as both episodes featured Lance Armstrong (Both episodes are now banned as a result of Armstrong's scandals). "D.W. Unties the Knot" also recalls events from "D.W. Thinks Big." "Grandpa Dave's Memory Album" has Francine's Bubbe mention Arthur's pizza party from "Is That Kosher?" "Opposites Distract" has Arthur temporarily staying and studying with Buster while the leak in his ceiling is fixed; Francine and Muffy warn this will cause problems for both of them, citing the events of "Poor Muffy," in which Muffy stays with the Frenskys while the Crosswires replace their carpet that Muffy is allergic to. "The Ballad of Buster Baxter" calls back "Arthur and the Square Dance" (he has trouble keeping up in square dancing), "How the Cookie Crumbles" (he stumbles across the Muffy and Friends cookies while in the supermarket) and "Finders Key-pers" (he finds Mr. Morris' key for the sprinklers without knowing what it's for) when Buster tries to re-adjust to being back in Elwood after being gone for so long. There's even a call back to Arthur and Buster's Robin Hood story (which the Brain helped Arthur write while Buster was gone) from "Arthur's Faraway Friend". In "Bleep", Arthur is seen working on a model plane, only to drop and break it when he hears D.W. swear. The aforementioned plane was apparently the same one from "Arthur's Big Hit", and broke in both of those episodes. D.W. lampshades this. It could also be a cross-reference, since it wasn't the first time that DW's swearing caused someone to drop something. The Brain's model biplane that was seen in "What is that Thing?" reappears in "Nerves of Steal" and "The World Record" (in the latter, the plane even crash-lands just as it did in its first appearance.) Brain's memory in "Brain's Brain" has paintings of scenes from "The Contest" and "Friday the 13th." In "The Substitute Arthur," Arthur mentions that Buster was a part of the bird-watching club, which happened in "For the Birds." In "When Rivals Came to Roost," Buster has jellybeans from Patrick's Chocolates, which previously appeared in "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone." In "Locked in the Library!" Arthur reminds Francine of when she made fun of him for not having lost a baby tooth, which is exactly what happened in "Arthur's Tooth."
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Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Twice, with Lydia Fox and Marina Datillo. Averted with Marina; she's blind, but it's treated as a normal part of her character after "Prunella Sees the Light," where the latter learns not to make a big deal of Marina's disability. We also know, for example, that Marina plays soccer, quilts, is a Henry Skreever fan, and is great at yoga—more character development than most characters with disabilities ever get. However, the trope seems to have been played straight with Lydia Fox, who uses a wheelchair and has only been seen in an episode where said wheelchair figured prominently. Her main purpose seemed to be showing Brain that being in a wheelchair didn't have to slow him down, therefore making her a type B. Discussed and averted in Season 18's "Little Miss Meanie." Muffy and Lydia enter the Little Miss Crocus pageant, and Muffy assumes Lydia will "get the sympathy vote" because of her wheelchair. She even considers asking Lydia to drop out because she can't win on her own merits—but then hears another girl tell Lydia the same thing, and realizes how mean it is. Muffy and Lydia then defeat the mean girl, tying for first runner-up, while their nemesis receives no honors. Also averted with George, who has dyslexia. Other than the episode featuring the learning disability—justified in that the cast didn't know he had it until that point—his dyslexia rarely comes up. He does mention it in "Do You Speak George?" as a reason for why he has problems with secret languages, but in a refreshing aversion, he goes on to make up his own, non-word-based language. Double points, considering George's language has strong ties to American Sign Language. "He Said, He Said" is a Type B example. Carl is able to help Arthur, Buster, and George, but only because he can remember the details of a Bionic Bunny special better than they can. The latter three are usually sharper than that.
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Resident Cloud Cuckoo Lander Buster losing interest in Bionic Bunny in favor of a reality show about grocery store workers in "Buster Gets Real" because it's more true to life. The events of the episode happen solely for Arthur to learn that you can still be friends with someone with different interests than you. To top it off, Buster's interest in the reality show didn't last beyond this episode and he has since been shown still enjoying Bionic Bunny.
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Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
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"D.W., the Picky Eater": D.W. throws a big tantrum in a restaurant after ordering salad and screaming "I! HATE! SPINACH!" Arthur and his friends try to get her to try different foods, and in the end, D.W. is brought along to Arthur's favorite restaurant, where she declares that she loves spinach after unknowingly eating it.
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New York Is Only Manhattan
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New York Is Only Manhattan: Averted in "Postcards from Buster" (not the show), where the characters visit NYC. They go to different boroughs and take real-world footage.
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Acting Out a Daydream: In "Bitzi's Break-up", Buster imagines his mom's new date as a boring dude named Martin Spivak, which leads to Buster shouting aloud, "I hate Martin Spivak!". Arthur is confused and asks "Who?" Muffy imagines being famous and repeats "thank you, thank you." Francine's response is, "Quit thanking the ketchup and pass it to me!".
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Desert Skull
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Desert Skull: At the start of the episode "Feeling Flush," there's an Imagine Spot where the kids are walking through the desert. The very first shot we see is of a skull.
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Get Out!
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Get Out!: Arthur to Binky after he interrupts his fantasy sequence in Arthur's Perfect Christmas to join in calling him a doofus. In "D.W. and Dr. Whosit," D.W. is trying to get the parental controls password from Arthur... and thinks it's both "no" and "get out."
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What Are Records?
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What Are Records?: Played straight in the episode "Francine Frensky, Superstar." (Note: This was one of the earliest episodes of the show, from 1996.) The kids shot blank looks at Mr. Ratburn when he talked about Thomas Edison's invention, the phonograph, and prompted the following exchange: Two seasons later, in "Popular Girls," when one group of kids brings in various antique or "old-fashioned" devices, Jenna demonstrates a record player, and all the kids "ooh" and "aah" over it.
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Screen Tap
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Screen Tap: In the episode "You Are Arthur," Busters asks Arthur if there is someone in his head watching him through a TV screen. He proceeds to tap on the screen and we hear the sound of knocking on glass. In "The Silent Treatment," George asks if the audience can see him and knocks on the screen.
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Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
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Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Binky and Rattles play it straight, with Binky making a point to never allow people to insult his mother in when he's in earshot. Molly is a gender-inverted example; she loves her Mom and adores her brother James.
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Rock–Paper–Scissors
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Rock–Paper–Scissors: In "Is There a Doctor in the House?" Arthur and D.W. try using this as their means to decide which of them will have to change Baby Kate's diaper. It turns out to not be a good means of deciding things for them, as after 15 minutes (shown via a clock on the wall), D.W. is asking for a best-of-35 and they end up not doing it all because Baby Kate has fallen asleep.
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Living Prop
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A S19 episode features Maria, a Living Prop who appears in most episodes but rarely ever interacts with Arthur or the rest of the main cast. Her Day in the Limelight episode actually focuses on why we never hear her talk, as fans have been speculating different theories for years why she never talks... despite the fact that she's a background extra. It turns out she's embarrassed of her Speech Impediment, specifically, a stutter.
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Left the Background Music On: One episode has a singing narrative when Buster returns from extended traveling with his father. Twice the singing Moose is acknowledged. In an Imagine Spot from S4's "To Beat or Not to Beat," Arthur and Francine are dressed in early 19th-century costumes on a windswept clifftop as a string quartet plays on the soundtrack. As Francine sobs that Arthur doesn't believe in her, we discover that the string quartet is playing right behind Arthur, and they interrupt their performance to start crying and asking how Arthur could be so cruel. In the opening teaser to S4's "That's a Baby Show!", Mary Moo Cow takes over the introduction to the episode and sings a chorus of "F-U-N Spells Fun!" in Arthur's bedroom. When Arthur orders her out, he extends the order to the musicians accompanying the song, who are playing just off camera.
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Imagine Spotting
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Imagine Spotting: The show adores this trope - it is not at all unusual for characters to have a good idea of what happened in a character's fantasy sequence or imagine spot, even though there surely wasn't enough time for the character to have described it in that much detail. In one example, when Arthur isn't getting enough sleep because D.W. keeps crying and screaming at night, he fantasizes a show called Tantrum 911 and Binky walks by and comments how cool such a show would be.
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Early Personality Signs
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Early Personality Signs: Arthur once imagines Buster eating groceries, Mr. Ratburn drawing an equation and Mrs. Read ordering an unknown person to clean their room as babies, but it's unknown if they really did act that way as babies. The Cold Open to "Operation: D.W.!" shows that D.W. was already taunting towards Arthur as a newborn.
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And That's Terrible
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And That's Terrible: S6's "For Whom the Bell Tolls". D.W. loses her voice to a case of laryngitis. Arthur celebrates not having to deal with a noisy sister for a few days, but Francine annoyingly scolds him several times throughout the episode: "You're mean, Arthur Read! M-E-A-N, mean!" "That's what you get for being mean, Arthur!" D.W. gets better earlier than expected, and pretends to continue to be sick in order to milk other characters for sympathy.
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Furry Reminder
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Furry Reminder: It's very rare, but some lines reference their species. This mostly happens in the first season.
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Parental Obliviousness: Binky's parents seem completely unaware of his bad traits. Played straight with the Tibbles' grandmother, who consistently refers to her children as "angels" completely oblivious to all the trouble they constantly get themselves into and cause others.
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Eek, a Mouse!!: The opening teaser of "Pets and Pests" has the entire Read family, sans Baby Kate, demonstrate a highly over-exaggerated version of this when David unveils his banana bread and there's a mouse on it. It ends with them all running out of the kitchen screaming, only for Mrs. Read to run back in and grab Baby Kate. In S4's "Hide and Snake", when Arthur and his friends (correctly) guess the snake Arthur brought home is loose in his room, they immediately climb on anything higher than the floor. Binky in particular chose a stepping stool. This is justified because there was a distinct possibility that it was a highly venomous coral snake.
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"Begone" Bribe: In "The Scare Your Pants Off Club", the kids circulate a petition to get the Scare Your Pants Off books, an Expy of Goosebumps which a group of parents had removed, back in the library. Brain's way of soliciting signatures involves giving a long lecture to Innocent Bystanders. This prompts one to say, "We'll sign if you promise to stop explaining why we should!".
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Royal
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Royal "We": Prunella speaks this way in an Imagine Spot at the beginning of "Prunella Gets it Twice."
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Election Day Episode
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Election Day Episode: An episode titled "The Election" sees Arthur and Muffy running against each other for class president of Mr. Ratburn's class. Arthur is pretty meek and awkward, while Muffy promises the class the world and that her father's wealth will pay for everything they could ever want. In the debate, Arthur proves to be more interested in issues like cleaner school grounds and raising funds for better school assemblies and field trips, while Muffy advertises her father's car dealership. However, Binky ends up becoming a third write-in candidate (after falling asleep during the debate) and proposes some pretty basic platforms like no homework and snacks in class. Binky ends up winning the election in a landslide, and though he immediately begins ordering his demands, Mr. Ratburn has to remind him that it was a mock election.
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Mood Whiplash
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Mood Whiplash: S15's "Grandpa Dave's Memory Album." Joan Rivers → Alzheimer's Disease → Joan Rivers In "Buster Makes the Grade," Buster imagines himself as a grown-up still in the third grade, visiting Principal Arthur. Arthur tells Buster the good news that Buster will be going somewhere that he can eat, sleep, and play all day: preschool! Buster then breaks down and begs Arthur for a second chance, knowing he can do better the next time.
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Circus Episode
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Circus Episode: "Francine's Big Top Trouble" focuses on Francine and her friends becoming acrobats in a circus.
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Joisey
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Rattles would gain a Joisey-like accent after Season 14, when Scott Beaudin started voicing him.
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Still Sucks Thumb
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In "All Thumbs", Arthur and Buster are embarrassed because the former caught the latter sucking his thumb.
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Ascended Extra
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Both Fern and George have become a lot more outgoing and socialize with other kids a lot more over the years, but are still a little shy, though nowhere near as reclusive and withdrawn as they originally were. It helps that they're both Ascended Extras.
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Amicable Exes
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Amicable Exes: Buster's parents are divorced, but still like each other and keep in contact.
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Karma Houdini
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Karma Houdini: D.W. is an interesting example. She's well-known for several episodes where she acts particularly bratty and doesn't get punished, but the amount of times she does get punished actually outweigh those instances. It just happens that the cases where she doesn't get punished are so infamous that it's the only cases people remember. Specifically: "Play it Again, D.W.": She consistently drives Arthur and the rest of the family up the wall by overplaying her Crazy Bus CD, and faces no repercussions for distracting Arthur from trying to do his homework or for falsely accusing him of taking her CD. "D.W. Goes to Washington": She acts extremely bratty and ungrateful for their entire trip to Washington, bringing up how much she'd rather be at Ponyland. When she ends up meeting the president, he loves her and her parents completely forget about all the frustration they just dealt with. "D.W.'s Very Bad Mood": Possibly the worst offense. She screams and yells through the entire episode, regularly insulting her family and friends while David and Jane do absolutely nothing about any of it. Worse yet, not only is she not punished, she's rewarded with an invitation to Francine's party. "Arthur's Big Hit": The other most known example. She breaks Arthur's model plane after ignoring multiple warnings not to touch it, and the most we hear is a throwaway line where David and Jane tell Arthur "We'll deal with what she did, but what you did is bad too." This happens offscreen though and her lines toward the end of the episode suggest she was barely called out for it. "Arthur's Perfect Christmas": She kicks and screams over not getting the one toy she really wanted, and rather than Jane calling her out for her ungratefulness, she rubs her and sympathizes with her. She has a quick attitude adjustment, but it's still far and off from what could be considered unpunishable. "The Pageant Pickle": After fake-crying, D.W. tricks Arthur into acting like a monkey, embarrassing himself in front of the play's audience. The episode ends with Arthur's friends making fun of him for it. "D.W., the Picky Eater": D.W. throws a big tantrum in a restaurant after ordering salad and screaming "I! HATE! SPINACH!" Arthur and his friends try to get her to try different foods, and in the end, D.W. is brought along to Arthur's favorite restaurant, where she declares that she loves spinach after unknowingly eating it. D.W. is not the only one that has gotten this though. In the episode "Arthur Accused!" Mrs. MacGrady absentmindedly mixes in a bag of quarters Arthur had donated for a school fundraiser into a brownie batter. Arthur winds up taking the blame for the misplaced quarters and winds up in trouble at school. At the end of the episode Buster solves the case freeing Arthur's name but Mrs. MacGrady is never punished for her absentminded mistake that got Arthur falsely accused in the first place. Buster steals a fossil from a dig site. He asks if he can take it home, and when the rangers specifically explain to them why he can't, he smuggles it in his hat. Buster does feel bad about it and tries to give it to Arthur, but when they both return it to the museum, they get rewarded with a name plate saying they both discovered it.
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S3's "Meet Binky" has Arthur not buying his ticket for a big concert on time so he gets a much worse seat than all his friends. He has various fantasies about how bad a seat it will be. Luckily for him, his father is catering the event so Arthur can get to go backstage and meet the band, and Binky, the resident Jerk with a Heart of Gold, offers Arthur one of his tickets, which are in a great section.
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Useless Security Camera: Subverted. A store that Buster steals an action figure from has a broken camera, but Buster thinks it's working and confesses.
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Stock Sound Effect: Arthur's gasp and screams. Baby Kate's cry, which is also used for Mei Lin and a younger D.W. in "Arthur's Eyes". Kate's laughing also counts. Many episodes use a sound of kids cheering where you can distinctly hear a boy shouting "We win!" Another commonly-used sound is that of kids "wowing" in amazement. D.W. can easily be heard among them, though this sound is often used in scenes where she is not present. The show frequently recycles small character soundbites such as gasps, screams, and moans. Sometimes these are even used for characters other than who they were originally recorded for. One of many examples is in "D.W. Thinks Big", where Cousin Cora gasps...like Mrs. Read! There was also that one high female Stock Scream used frequently during the first season, most famously involving a nightmare Prunella's sister Rubella has about the Tibble Twins. Francine's gasp as well.
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"Brave the Ride" Plot: "D.W. & Bud's Higher Purpose" is about D.W. and Bud wanting to ride an intense roller coaster called The Buzzard, hearing from their older siblings Arthur and Ladonna, respectively, about how scary it is. The two agree to go on the ride no matter what, and after numerous attempts, they are finally let in despite not being old enough. As the ride is about to start, they realize that it's too intense for them and get off at the last minute. They do a much tamer ride instead.
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Seldom-Seen Species
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Seldom-Seen Species: Arthur is an aardvark, though in the show he doesn't look like one. He looks more like one in the original books◊, but the look was changed because it was hard to see his mouth. Brain's Imagine Spot in "Nicked By a Name" had an anthropomorphic tapir named Tom. The Cold Open for "On This Spot" featured an alvarezsaurid of all things, complete with stubby claws and a fuzzy coating of feathers. At the end of "Buster's Dino Dilemma," a paleontologist makes mention of the tyrannosaurid Daspletosaurus. A Komodo dragon and a narwhal appear in the Cold Open of "Francine and the Feline." A great spangled fritillary is featured in the Cold Open of "Binky Goes Nuts." "Hide and Snake" prominently features a scarlet kingsnake, with its mimicry of the venomous coral snake being a plot-point. Sea hares make a brief appearance in "The Shore Thing." Yellow-billed oxpeckers are featured in "Flea to You and Me." Peregrine falcons are a major plot point in "Muffy's House Guests."
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Separated by a Common Language
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Separated by a Common Language: In "Follow the Bouncing Ball," an argument between Muffy and Vicita is based around this. Vicita refers to a soccer ball as a "football," confusing Muffy. Later, Muffy mentions squash, which Vicita knows as a vegetable.
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Adaptational Jerkass: In the book "Arthur Goes to Camp", the boys and the girls at Camp Meadowcroak turn out to be mistaken when they figure each group played pranks on the other, and then learn the campers from Camp Horsewater were responsible for the pranks all along. In the TV episode based on the book, Binky plans to prank the girls, and the girls prank the boys before they all find out the kids from Camp Horsewater are much nastier.
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Odd Friendship: Binky and D.W., starting from S3's "The Chips are Down"; Arthur and his friends are completely baffled by this. Binky would later befriend D.W.'s classmate Emily in S13's "The Good, the Bad, and the Binky."
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Holiday Volunteering
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Holiday Volunteering: In Arthur's Perfect Christmas, we learn that Binky and his family volunteer at the shelter on Christmas. He spends the special giving out practice desserts he's made and getting feedback - like you're supposed to shell pecans before making them into pie.
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Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult: One episode has Mr. Ratburn confiscating a toy Buster brought to school, and when the kids are theorizing what goes on in the teachers' lounge, one of them suggests they might be playing with the confiscated toys. That turns out to be correct.
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Wedding Episode
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Wedding Episode: Aunt Lucy gets married in the episode "D.W. Thinks Big." "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone" focuses on Mr. Ratburn's wedding.
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Spell My Name with a
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Spell My Name with a "The": Arthur's smart friend went by "The Brain" in the earlier seasons, although just "Brain" has been in use since "Arthur Makes the Team" from the 1st season. The change to just "Brain" is best reflected by the trading cards on the website; the old ones had him labeled as "The Brain," while a 2019 update changed the text to say "Brain."
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Disappointed in You: In "Arthur the Wrecker," Mrs. Read is "not mad, just disappointed" that Arthur disobeyed her by playing on her computer when she asked him not to. And this isn't the only instance of her using this or a similar line in the series.
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Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Downplayed, as there isn't a specific format the episode titles follow nor do all episodes fall under this rule, but the show will typically state the character of focus somewhere in the title of the episode. This is something of The Artifact, as many of the early episodes were named after the original books, all of which fell under "Arthur['s]..." or "D.W.['s]...", but the pattern stopped after the production team stopped adapting episodes from books.
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Cartoon Creature: One of the most frequently asked questions about the show is the subject of which animal the characters are supposed to be. Arthur and the rest of the Read family are the most confusing since they do not even resemble aardvarks at all. Arthur looks more like a human with abnormal looking ears at the top of his head instead of where his glasses are. The characters frequently wear headphones where humans' ears are, instead of on the top of their heads. Slink wears earbuds in his actual ears in "Slink's Special Talent", and D.W.'s ears are checked in "Operation: D.W.!" Given the diversity of the show's cast, there are a number of characters that are actually mixed species. For example... Emily's parents are a bunny and a monkey; Emily herself has the ears and the complexion of a bunny, though she has a very slight monkey snout. Molly and James's parents are a dog and a bunny; James more closely resembles a bunny for the most part, and while Molly has an overall bunnyish appearance, her ears are more rounded, and she has the nose of a dog. At first glance, Marina appears to be a bunny, but according to Marc Brown, she's actually a "Variation of a dog." Patrick, Mr. Ratburn's husband, has a long head and looks more like a horse than an aardvark.
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Non-Nude Bathing: D.W. wears a yellow bathing suit with pink fringe while in a bubble bath in "Hic or Treat."
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Trademark Favorite Food: Both Arthur and Mr. Ratburn love them the hell out of some cake! Francine and her family seem to particularly like Chinese food. Eating it is one of their big Hanukkah traditions, and Muffy tries to tempt Francine to eat meat using several of her favorite (meaty) Chinese dishes in "Sue Ellen Vegges Out." Binky is also a huge fan of Chinese food, particularly egg rolls.
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P.O.V. Cam: "You Are Arthur" is drawn from Arthur's point of view to fit the premise that the viewer and Arthur are pretending to be each other for the day, with the viewer inside Arthur's head looking out and Arthur outside his own head looking in.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Buster has had a very consistent voice since the beginning of the show, however, throughout the first season, Buster would have moments of deadpan snarking, with his voice dropping a bit, sounding more like a teenager. Also, for some reason, throughout much of the second season, his voice got rather nasally/throaty (think similar to Barney Gumble).
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Soap Within a Show
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Soap Within a Show: A few times, various characters are seen watching a soap opera on TV.
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Caustic Critic
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Caustic Critic: After Fern tries writing a book, Francine immediately criticizes it for being a Sugar Bowl. Thankfully, Fern doesn't give up, and when she makes it more action-packed and dramatic, Francine gives the book her approval. That counts as Pandering to the Base, too.
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Summer Campy
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Summer Campy: "Arthur Goes to Camp". The episode features a rival summer camp. Its campers gift Arthur and his friends a really hard time, compelling them to band together to beat them in the annual scavenger hunt.
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Sentimental Music Cue: You can tell D.W.'s upset because they always play the same music. However, this has evolved; the music has also been used when any other character is upset (see "Arthur's Faraway Friend" for a non-D.W. example, among several others).
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All for Nothing: In "Francine's Split Decision," Francine attempts to go between a bowling tournament and her cousin's bar mitzvah, with Brain forming an elaborate plan to do so. However, there are so many hitches that she ends up missing the best parts of the bar mitzvah, and she is so late to the tournament that Muffy ends up winning the game for them. And then Francine gets found out and is punished.
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Be Careful What You Wish For
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S1's "Arthur's Substitute Teacher Trouble" is the "We Want Our Strict Teacher Back" variant - after Mr. Ratburn comes down with laryngitis, his class is initially happy... but then they get saddled with so many incompetent substitute teachers that they cheer when Mr. Ratburn arrives completely healed and his voice restored.
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Extreme Doormat
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Extreme Doormat: "George Blows His Top" turns on this trope. Buster starts taking advantage of George and "borrowing" all his stuff, until George loses it. There's also "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" in which George goes completely quiet throughout the whole story because Binky thinks that George saw him holding his mom's hand and doesn't want him to say anything about it and embarrass him. Fern showed shades of this in the early seasons. In fact, she was once worried about being so quiet that eventually no one would know she was around.
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Viewer Gender Confusion
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Viewer Gender Confusion: In-universe example; in D.W. and the Beastly Birthday, Arthur accidentally buys a birthday card for D.W. that says "To the world's best little brother," not realizing that the character depicted on the front was actually a little boy. Of course, he could have avoided that if he had actually opened the card. In "Meet Binky," one of the four mysterious bandmates has long blonde hair and a very feminine facial design and voice. No doubt many will be shocked to learn this band member is actually a boy named Nero.
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Artistic Age
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Artistic Age: Every single character. Seriously, they're supposed to be elementary schoolers, but most of the characters behave like they're between the ages of 13 and 15, with some of the kids such as Binky and the Tough Customers acting like they're as old as 17. The preschoolers who are D.W.'s age are the ones who behave more like elementary school kids. To make matters worse, whenever a character has an illusion of the future, when the characters are supposed to be in high school, they are drawn to look like they're in their early twenties at the least.
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Retcon: A few: S1's "Arthur & the True Francine" showed that Muffy officially joined the gang in 2nd grade. Later episodes have stated that she's known them since kindergarten. In the original book, Muffy joins the other kida on their first day of third grade. S1's "So Long Spanky" established D.W.'s toad Toady Wartface as a male. S7's "The Great Sock Mystery" showed that Toady is a female. In his first appearance in S2's "Buster and the Daredevils," rabbit bully Slink had a bear friend named Toby, and both were students of Mighty Mountain. A few seasons later, Slink now attends Lakewood Elementary and is a member of the Tough Customers. "Binky vs. Binky" featured a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Lance Armstrong called Vance Legstrong, but in the "The Great MacGrady" he was retconned into his real life counterpart, only he's still a rabbit, but his design was changed to closely resemble Lance Armstrong. In "That's a Baby Show!" when first introducing Dark Bunny, Buster says he is Bionic Bunny's cousin. "Happy Anniversary" shows that Dark Bunny and Bionic Bunny were twins, separated at birth. In the teaser of "Francine Redecorates," some of the kids describe their favorite things. Binky names macaroni and cheese as his. A few seasons later, in "The World of Tomorrow," he despises the stuff. A minor one, but in earlier seasons, Rubella is shown to be Prunella's older sister, however later, they appear to be about the same age, even appearing to be twins.
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Santa Ambiguity
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Santa Ambiguity: There's lots of talk about Santa Claus visiting in "Arthur's Perfect Christmas", but it's heavily implied that it was Mrs. Read who was looking for Tina the Talking Tabby. However, Santa still may have brought the other gifts.
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Widget Series
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Widget Series: In universe, the show Love Ducks is basically four ducks flying through psychedelic, pop-art, Yellow Submarine/Peter Max-esque backgrounds, all with duck versions of classical music.
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However, for Added Alliterative Appeal many of the characters have names that start with the same letter as their species (Arthur is an aardvark, Buster is a bunny, Muffy is a monkey, Binky is a bulldog, Prunella is a poodle, and so on).
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Take That!
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Take That!: Most Arthur fans know the S8 episode "Bleep" as a stab at censorship. S12's "The Chronicles of Buster" poke fun of The Lord of the Rings extended edition DVD sets and similar products, though it's not really bashing them so much as fans' obsessions with watching the features on them. S13's "Brain Gets Hooked" has Brain becoming obsessed with a Lost-style show. He berates the characters for forgetting facts between episodes. Supposedly a gesture towards the show's former head writer, Joe Fallon: after Fallon's depature, "Crazy Bus" was dropped as D.W.'s favorite song. Fallon had written and performed the song for the show. "All the Rage" features a not so subtle take that at crocs, and, to a lesser degree, Paris Hilton. "Caught in the Crosswires" is a satire of reality TV, through and through. The episode has Mr. and Mrs. Crosswire being forced to include some extremely blatant Product Placement shilling for their car dealership, and the producer demands a bunch of fabricated drama between Muffy and Bailey, to the point where it effectively turns into a stereotype of a typical "dysfunctional household" reality show.
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ColdOpen
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A great spangled fritillary is featured in the Cold Open of "Binky Goes Nuts."
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Prejudice Aesop
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Prejudice Aesop: "Dear Adil" is about Arthur having assumptions about his Turkish pen pal (assuming he wears a turban, lives in a tent, etc) and learning that he shouldn't make assumptions about cultures.
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Author Filibuster
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Author Filibuster/Take That!: Parodied. In S3's "Buster's Growing Grudge", Buster ends up replacing his comedy act for the school talent show with a long tirade against Binky (whom he blames for the poor grade he got on a report). He doesn't even try to make it funny. When George wins the talent show, Buster proceeds to pin this on Binky as well.
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"Groundhog Day" Loop: Discussed in the opening sequence for "The World of Tomorrow." Arthur wonders what it would be like if he had to relive a bad day over and over again.
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Awkward First Sleepover: A minor character in class is invited to Muffy's sleepover, and she is worried because she wets the bed.
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Eleventy Zillion
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Eleventy Zillion: In the episode "Arthur Babysits", he flashes back to D.W. jumping on the couch as Arthur attempts to read to her. She chants "Forty-eleven, forty-twelve, forty-thirteen..." while doing so. Additionally, in the episode "I'd Rather Read It Myself," the Tibble Twins try to prove to D.W. they can tell time. They point to the grandfather clock in Arthur's living room and say the time is "eleventy-twelve," when the clock actually reads ten past four.
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Everything's Better with Cows
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Everything's Better with Cows: D.W.'s favorite TV show Mary Moo Cow seems to be built on this trope. Also, one of the stranger running gags of the earlier seasons was the occasional appearance of cows, often out of nowhere amidst the kids' adventures for no reason. They appear in "Arthur's Family Vacation" and "Meet Binky", among others. A board game called Tower of Cows makes a frequent appearance in the series. The rules aren't explained aside from stacking plastic cows, but its popular enough that even France has its own version.
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Mondegreen
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Mondegreen: In the episode "Tales From the Crib" D.W. points out that the Tibbles once told her the story of Arachnar, the spider lord that haunts children that have just gotten a big-person bed. When Vicita becomes scared of sleeping in her new bed, D.W. says Arachnar is just an "Irving legend", or the kind of story one's Uncle Irving would tell, rather than an urban legend. When Vicita points out she does not have an Uncle Irving, D.W. dismisses him as an Irving legend as well! D.W.'s home-made New York City postcards in "Postcards from Buster" aren't the most accurate. Her landmarks include the "Vampire State Building," "Rocks-of-Falling Center," and the "Stature of Liver Trees." D.W. is very prone to this. In "D.W. Thinks Big," she asks her mom if she can have "the oderant" like her cousin. D.W. doesn't want to be an "organ." She means "orphan."
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Ink-Suit Actor: MANY real life guests appear as Furry versions of themselves, from Mr Rogers, to Yo-Yo Ma, to the Backstreet Boys, to Neil Gaiman. They have more celebrity cameo appearances than The Simpsons. Frank Gehry, Michelle Kwan, Larry King, Alex Trebek, and Lance Armstrong have the distinction of guest-starring on both Arthur and The Simpsons. Lance Armstrong and Neil Gaiman have the distinction of appearing as both themselves and as a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo. Jane Lynch appears in rat form in "Mr. Ratburn And The Special Someone".
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Short-Distance Phone Call
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Short-Distance Phone Call: In the season 1 episode "Poor Muffy", Muffy is forced to spend a weekend at Francine's house. One scene has her on her cell phone with Francine's dad, who is on the house line in the same room.
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It's the Best Whatever, Ever!
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It's the Best Whatever, Ever!: Arthur's parents share a Smooch of Victory after a family reunion at their house gets this reception.
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Valley Girl
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Muffy's voice starts out a bit softer and has less of a Valley Girl undertone; she also has a slight lisp, probably due to originally having buck teeth. It got slightly higher around season 9 as well.
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Her Code Name Was
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Her Codename Was Mary Sue: D.W.'s character "B.W." in "I'd Rather Read It Myself" is, in her own words, "a great kid, a princess, a genius, and a cool person" (though too polite to brag about it) who owns a pony. She can fix almost any problem with the slightest of effort. Agent Double X the Action Girl character created by Molly, Francine and Muffy in "The Agent of Change" is an unintentional example.
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It Makes Sense in Context
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"Best of the Nest" ends with the kids and Mr. Ratburn doing the Hokey Pokey to scare off something in the woods, with no conclusion.
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Ironic Echo Cut
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Ironic Echo Cut: In "Buster's Green Thumb" three different characters mention having the best tomato they've ever had from Buster's community garden.
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Very False Advertising
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Very False Advertising: In "Arthur Sells Out" Arthur saves up for a new video game and Muffy encourages him to twist the truth when selling his toys online. In the end, the hyped-up video game turned out to be an example of this too; high quality graphics in the trailer, but 8-bit graphics in the actual game. To be fair, it was a Super Mario Bros. clone with Chiptune music and voiceover. In D.W. Goes to Washington Arthur flashes back to a time when D.W. made a request to visit a place she had seen on TV. The ad appears to be for a Christmas-themed resort called "Santa's Igloo: Where Santa spends the summer." A billboard they pass on the way over there is an ad saying "Share a sundae with Santa". When they arrive the real igloo is just a regular house with a crude looking igloo cutout on the front. They get greeted by a man half-dressed in a cheap Santa suit who laments that they didn't bring him any sundaes to share, saying "How can you share a sundae with Santa, if you don't bring a sundae to Santa?" In Arthur's Family Vacation this is subverted because the motel that the family winds up staying at is called the "Ocean View Motel" but there is no site of the ocean. The motel manager admits that they should have been there a few years before.
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Sweet Tooth
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Mr. Ratburn is often seen by the class as a cruel teacher who has no life outside of making kids miserable. He also goes giddy over cake, likes the Scooby-Doo stand-in, Spooky Poo, and volunteers as a puppeteer for children's puppet shows. He does extra research in his spare time to better educate his students ("Francine's Pilfered Paper"). As seen in "Lend Me Your Ear" and "The Buster Report," he even plays in a band. The episode "Desk Wars" indicates Mr. Ratburn has a niece or nephew. He had stepped out during that episode to take a phone call and came back to report that it was his sister calling to say he was an uncle.
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No-Tell Motel
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No-Tell Motel: The Ocean View Hotel in "Arthur's Family Vacation" (which always has a vacancy) is like this; there's no view of the ocean, the room has pictures coming off the hinges, lousy mattresses on the bed that sink under weight, leaky ceilings, and an abnormally small pool (to which D.W. comments "Our bathtub is bigger than this!") But being a kids' show, there are no sexual references.
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Pandering to the Base
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Pandering to the Base: The show is actually pretty good at incorporating fan input when the opportunity presents itself - other times, it's more or less just to make certain fans happy. Some specific examples are as follows: Lydia Fox was originally an OC created and designed by fan Connor Gordon. In-universe, Lydia's last name was eventually changed to Gordon in reference to her creator. On occasion, the show will have contests for fans to submit ideas that are eventually worked into actual episodes of the show. "The Contest" from S4, as submitted by a girl named Holly Holland, was essentially working the idea of the contest into the story itself, having Arthur and his friends enter a story contest for one of their favorite TV shows as well. "D.W. and Bud's Higher Purpose" from S18 was the result of a contest held on Facebook - a fan submitted the idea of D.W. and Bud being too short to ride a new roller coaster at Wonder World, and scheming to try and heighten themselves to get on. "The Tattletale Frog" (S18) features a major plot point of Bud taking off his hat, mainly to satisfied one crazed fan who has an obsession of seeing Bud take off his hat. No, really. A S19 episode features Maria, a Living Prop who appears in most episodes but rarely ever interacts with Arthur or the rest of the main cast. Her Day in the Limelight episode actually focuses on why we never hear her talk, as fans have been speculating different theories for years why she never talks... despite the fact that she's a background extra. It turns out she's embarrassed of her Speech Impediment, specifically, a stutter. It's not just the fans that have given input. Season 4's "Buster's Breathless" was written by one of the show's writers after her son was diagnosed with asthma and she wanted an easy way of explaining it to children.
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We Sell Everything
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We Sell Everything: The All-in-One Mart in S1's "D.W. Gets Lost."
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So Proud of You
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So Proud of You: At the end of "Muffy's Soccer Song," an adaptation of "Muffy's Soccer Shocker" featured on the Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix album, Ed Crosswire tells Muffy "I'm so proud of you."
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Clear My Name
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Clear My Name: "Arthur Accused!" is one of these plots. Arthur is falsely accused of stealing quarters that were part of a fund raiser. This happens as a result of everyone getting the wrong idea when Buster brings up Arthur becoming the pinball champion in the arcade the day before.
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Remaster
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Remaster: The intro, starting in S16, was remastered and expanded to a 16:9 aspect ratio.
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Drop-In Character
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Drop-In Character: The Molina family, Carl, Lydia Fox, Cheikh, Ladonna Compson and her little brother Bud... the list goes on.
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DIY Dentistry
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DIY Dentistry: In the episode "Arthur's Tooth," when he finds out that he is the only one in his class who hasn't lost a tooth yet, he tries to pull his loose tooth out by doing the doorknob method, eating crunchy food, and other methods employed. He then goes to the dentist when all methods fail, and the dentist assures him that all baby teeth fall out naturally and the age of falling baby teeth vary from person to person. At the end of the episode, Arthur's baby teeth finally fall out when Francine throws a soccer ball at his face.
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Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?
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Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Brain discusses this trope with Binky once a supervillain sets up an elaborate deathtrap for Bionic Bunny.
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Genius Sweet Tooth
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Genius Sweet Tooth: Mr. Ratburn, who likes cake.
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Secret Ingredient
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Secret Ingredient: Arthur and Buster enter a cooking competition and bake a cake; their secret ingredient is double the amount of chocolate the recipe calls for.
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Hologram
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Hologram: Binky (the band, not Binky Barnes).
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Negative Continuity
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Negative Continuity: In season 19, Arthur and his class finally move up to 4th grade. In the following seasons, they are back in 3rd.
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Mini-Golf Episode
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Mini-Golf Episode: "Spar for the Course" is about Binky, Buster, and Muffy trying to build a mini golf hole. Binky wants a musical hole, Buster wants a space-themed hole, and Muffy wants one where the ball drops into a car and drives through the mountains. In the end, they combine all their ideas into one.
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Peking Duck Christmas
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Peking Duck Christmas: The Frenskys eat Chinese food and go to the movies on Christmas Day.
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Alliterative Name
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Alliterative Name: Non-PBS news tend to refer to the show Arthur and Arthur Read as "Arthur the Aardvark".
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Married in the Future
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Married in the Future: Arthur and Francine, shown in "Arthur and the Square Dance" and "And Now Let's Talk to Some Kids."
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Yes-Man
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Yes-Man: In the special "D.W. and the Beastly Birthday," D.W. has an extended fantasy in which her friends all become monsters in the style of Where the Wild Things Are and she's the queen. However, they all bow to her whims, and so the only monster only the island she ultimately finds interesting is the one that represents her brother Arthur, simply because he has his own personality and won't do everything she says.
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Big Applesauce
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Big Applesauce: There's an episode where Arthur has an Imagine Spot about going to a town whose symbol is a banana, a reference to how New York is often called the Big Apple.
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Mind Screw
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Mind Screw: In-Universe, the movie Arthur and Buster see in "The Long, Dull Winter." It's a series of random clips that they don't understand. The opening to "Arthur's Toy Trouble." Arthur is walking on the Earth when he sees a present with a tag reading "Do not open 'til midnight." He then floats past various strange objects to his room, and sleeps until midnight. The present starts convulsing rapidly, and D.W. pops out. D.W. clones flood the house, as D.W. says that she's rich as Arthur screams "How could I let this happen?"
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Recap Episode
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Recap Episode: The end of S1's "Arthur's New Years Eve," S3's "D.W.'s Perfect Wish," and S16's "The Best Day Ever."
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Atlantis Is Boring
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Atlantis Is Boring: D.W. thinks so.
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Black Bead Eyes
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Black Bead Eyes: Arthur without his glasses in the post-1997 episodes (in the first season he had normal eyes when he wasn't wearing his glasses), and Prunella in most cases.
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Gang of Bullies
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The Tough Customers, of course. But subverted come "The Last Tough Customer", where they all take a level in kindness.
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Unwanted Rescue
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Unwanted Rescue: In "Tibbles to the Rescue," D.W. saves the Tibbles from a fall. They feel the need to repay the favor, resulting in this trope to D.W. In Arthur the Brave, one of the Arthur's Family Values books, Arthur decides to try to be a hero after D.W. tells him that he's nothing like Bionic Bunny and that he's "Arthur the Silly." When he smells smoke, he throws a bucket of water at Mr. Read, only to ruin dinner. He encounters Grandma Thora and insists on helping her cross the street, only for her to say that she didn't want to cross the street, as she was waiting for a friend at the park on the side she was already on.
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Celeb Crush
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Celeb Crush: In "Arthur - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll", Muffy has a huge thing for the Backstreet Boys, and can't even make up her mind on which of them she's "meant to be with." This also later serves as Continuity Nod when Muffy brings the subject up again in "Bitzi's Break-up", in her attempts to sympathize with Buster over Bitzi and Harry's breakup.
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Wrong Restaurant
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Wrong Restaurant: Subverted in "Locked in the Library". Muffy calls the library to inquire with Miss Turner about a few books but when Francine answers the phone, Muffy assumes that she has called Francine's apartment by mistake and hangs up.
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Outnumbered Sibling
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Outnumbered Sibling: Grandma Thora lived this growing up, being the youngest sibling to three older brothers; the flashback in, "Clarissa is Cracked," show that at times, Thora was not particularly content with not having her own (gender-appropriate) toys, and having to settle with playing hand-me-downs from her brothers (which were mostly things like toy soldiers, miniature log forts, and toy airplanes). D.W. sympathizes with Thora for not only being the younger sister (like herself), but having three older brothers (on the grounds that three brothers isn't as bad as having one Arthur).
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'90s Hair
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'90s Hair: Nadine's high pigtail, which was also an '80s Hair do.
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Academic Athlete
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Academic Athlete: Prunella's friend Marina, who is a Book Worm but also quite good at yoga and gymnastics. She plays soccer at her school as well. Brain is academically brilliant and great at chess. However, he's also great at basketball and soccer. Francine may be a mild case. In addition to being a Passionate Sports Girl, she generally makes pretty good grades; Mr. Ratburn has singled out her work as "superb" before, and she was one of Buster's main tutors in "Buster Hits the Books."
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