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  • Adult Fear: Some scenes of Rocko and his cowboy relative Gib in "The Good, The Bad, and The Wallaby" could be viewed as Gib abusing Rocko.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Tends to happen fairly regularly, but possibly the most notable instance is the scene with the naked fairies in "A Sucker for the Suck-O-Matic".
    • Heffer being abducted by aliens who look like him in the episode Cruisin. Even though they went into the Bermuda Triangle and went through a time warp, this makes no sense in relation to the rest of the episode.
      • Also, the following exchange in "Bye Bye Birdie":

 Heffer: Hey Rock, do you want to move to France? (not taking eyes off TV)

Rocko: Not really. No. (eyes also glued mindlessly to TV)

Heffer: Yeah, me neither. (and they just continue watching TV)

  • Cargo Ship: Canon: Spunky's forbidden romance with a mop.
    • The Psychiatrist was shown later to be wining and dining said mop.
      • And how does Spunky get over it? He falls in love with a fire hydrant!
  • Ear Worm: R-E-C-Y-C-L-E, recycle! (It's also a handy way to remember how it's spelled...)
    • God, that song will be popping up in your head even if you haven't seen the show in years.
      • Hey, Rocko told you it was catchy, didn't he?
    • "Rocko, the wallaby of the West!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Gib Hootsen from "The Good, The Bad, and The Wallaby," who reportedly started the renaissance of the Furry Fandom in the '90s.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Heffer the meat eating bull, now there is a Dinosaur with that name. Carnatarus.
    • In one episode there's a plumber named Dr. Phil. In the fourth Scary Movie Dr. Phil claims he's really an electrician.
    • Filburt...the Awkward Turtle
    • Episodes written by Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh like to feature characters named "Ferb".
    • "Fishsticks!" Also, Al the alligator and a little kid character both sound like the Sponge. (In fact, Stephen Hillenburg reminded Tom Kenny of his Al voice when they were developing the show. However, SpongeBob's voice sounds more like a kleptomaniac chicken from an episode of Cat Dog.)
  • Hollywood Homely: Bev Bighead. Well, she is a toad, after all.
  • Ho Yay: In one episode, Rocko gets married to Filburt to become a legal immigrant in the USA.
    • Heffer is shown getting jealous of Rocko having a life outside of him and can be especially clingy, and many of his Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments involve Rocko.
    • Filburt and Heffer arguably have a bit of Foe Yay, but are also shown embracing tenderly on a few occasions.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Ed Bighead suffers even when he doesn't really deserve it (i.e. Teed Off).
  • Memetic Mutation: I am the cheese. I am the best character on the show. I am better than both the salami and the bologna combined!
  • Moe: Rocko, no doubt. He's the cutest cartoon character ever.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The episode "Fish 'n' Chumps" where the gang goes fishing, only to discover that the fish are fishing for them using ever more elaborate bait, including the life jackets and ending with Rocko's house being reeled in.
    • Specifically, here. The Eye Take when Filbert "finds" his dive-watch again is unbeatable.
    • See Adult Fear above.
    • Rocko getting appendicitis in "Tickled Pinky" (more specifically, A BIG RED BUMP THROBBING AT HIS SIDE) was known to have scared more than a few people in their youth, making them think that was going to happen to them if they got appendicitis.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Rocko was Tom Kenny and Carlos Alazraqui's big break into voice acting.
  • Tear Jerker: Tickled Pinky.
    • The scene in Cruisin' where an old guy explains to Rocko about how old people are grumpy because they lost loved ones and Rocko starts getting tears in his eyes.
    • The scene in Sand In Your Navel where Rocko thought he had lost Spunky forever. Of course, the Black Comedy filled denizens of the Internet have turned this scene into a meme.
  • What Do You Mean It's for Kids?: Aside from the hidden dirty jokes and crude humor, the show's premise itself seems more relatable to an adult audience: dealing with themes of job troubles, home ownership, reclaiming an impounded vehicle, immigration and dating.
  • The Woobie: Rocko, arguably.
    • Arguably? It's hard not to feel sorry for him in pretty much every single episode he's in. He's a total Iron Woobie.
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