Earthworm Jim (animation)

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"Earthworm Jim! We think he's mighty fine!
Earthworm Jim! A hero for all time!"

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Yes, it's every bit as messed up as the video game on which it's based.

A Saturday Morning cartoon adapted from the side-scrolling action game for the Super Nintendo and Genesis, Earthworm Jim is the saga of Jim, once an ordinary earthworm until a super-suit fell from space, and he crawled inside it and was mutated into a slightly-goofy superhero. With the assistance of his sidekick Peter Puppy (who has a tendency to turn into a hulking purple monster when provoked) and the beautiful Princess What's-Her-Name - who was changed from her typical Damsel in Distress role in the games (with backstory portraying her as a ditzy stereotypical beauty type) into an Action Girl - Jim battles an assortment of oddball villains, including The Evil Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-Filled, Malformed Slug-For-A-Butt (Princess What's-Her-Name's evil sister); the bird-headed mercenary Psy-Crow; the aptly-named Mad Scientist Professor Monkey-For-A-Head (and his sidekick, Monkey Professor-For-A-Head); Evil The Cat, the diabolical feline ruler of Planet Heck; and Bob the Killer Goldfish.

Rife with Post Modernism, this show played with and subverted about five tropes per week. The first season included mid-interval shorts, usually revolving around a brief glimpse of some villain not involved in the main story, but the second season dropped this.

A DVD set has finally been announced for a North American release!

Tropes used in Earthworm Jim (animation) include:
  • Acting Unnatural: A scientist observes the fibers in an evil sofa that brainwashes people into becoming couch potatoes. Said fibers turn out to be alive, and one of them shouts "We're being watched! Act natural!", followed by the fibers indulging in Not So Innocent Whistling.
  • Action Girl: Princess What's-Her-Name
  • Adaptation Decay: In transition from the video game to the TV series, two villainous characters were lost: Major Mucus and Doc Duodenum for being an athropomorphic booger and an anthropomorphic body organ, repsectively. (For some reason Snott got to stay, though.) Evil the Cat's status as one of the Demon Lords and Archdevils is reduced to him simply being the ruler of a firey planet who wants to destroy the universe. They also put clothes on Peter Puppy who is a naked anthropomorphic in the game.
  • Adorkable: Peter Puppy. So. Very. Much.
  • Affably Evil: Most of the villains (despite their card-carrying nature) possess this to an extent (Evil the Cat especially likes to balance movie nights and romantic affairs alongside the torturing of minions and attempted complete and utter destruction of the universe, for example).
  • Ambiguously Gay: Peter is incredibly obsessed with Jim (to the point where after being separated from Jim in Sidekicked, he even performs "interpretive dance" in a dress just to show Snott how much he misses Jim) and also seems to be quite fond of cooking and cleaning for Jim and complaining about how "hideous" Jim's wallpaper is. He also wears an outfit that exposes his bare feet and partially makes him a Walking Shirtless Scene.
  • Ascended Extra: Peter Puppy is now Jim's right hand man.
  • Badass Adorable: Peter Puppy
  • Badass Santa: The epsiode "For Whom The Jungle Bell Tolls" reveals that Santa is actually the Norse God of Judgment. "May the Naughty tremble!"
    • In the same episode, while under the Queen's Mind Control, Santa shows some espionage and gadgetry knowledge, attempting to destroy Jim with "The Kissing Ball of Death" which Jim averts, then steps on.
  • "BANG!" Flag Gun: In "Bring Me the Head of Earthworm Jim", after Jim gets the weak suit:
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Jim: Eat dirt, nefarious--
(Jim pulls the trigger, and a flag pops out of the gun. It says, "YOU LOSE, WORM")
Jim: ...Whoa.

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  • Berserk Button: Peter had lots of these.
    • Inverted slightly as Peter himself expresses in the first episode he has no control over his Berserk Button induced alter ego and spends most of it trying to apologize vigorously for brutally attacking Jim earlier on.
    • In the episode "Upholstered Peril" it is revealed Professor Monkey-for-a-Head really hates fruit carts. Why? Because a fruit cart-A STINKING fruit cart-killed his pa!
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
  • Bigger on the Inside: Jim's suit, which has tunnels big enough for Jim and Snot to casually crawl through, complete with giant killer security robots wandering them.
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Jim: You're right! This IS a violation of the laws of physics! I'll make sure to notify the Physics Police at once!

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  • Boisterous Bruiser: Jim; the Sword Of Righteousness tries to be one of these but sorely lacks the "actually being good at fighting" part of the trope.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Happens at practically every possible opportunity in this show, believe us.
  • Brief Accent Imitation:
    • In Upholstered Peril, there is a scene in which Jim blasts an evil killer beanbag using his ray gun before then using a bowl to catch all of the beans that end up coming out of said beanbag as a result. Peter has been zombified into a couch potato, so Jim encourages him to eat healthier by giving him the beans. "Here, little buddy! Try some RAY-FRIED BEANS. Them's good eatin'!"
    • In fact, several of the show's episodes seem to wish that its version of Jim had kept the original version's Texan accent:
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Jim: That'll learn ya... (Opposites Attack)
Jim: Vaya con Juevos, ya ornery varmint! (Darwin's Nightmare)

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  • Brought Down to Normal: relatively speaking, to the extent that a hyper-evolved worm in a super-suit can be: Jim once had his super-suit replaced with one that one that gave him the strength of a normal person. A normal, really big person, as professor Monkey-for-a-Head found out the hard way.
    • Played more straight in "The Origin Of Peter Puppy" when Jim tries to cure Peter's transformations by disposing of the demonic spirit possessing him. This unfortunately also empowered his anthropomorphic abilities and turned him back into a normal non-anthro dog.
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Jim: I think I pulled a stupid...

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  • Brown Note: According to 'Book of Doom', if all of the Reeking Beasts of the Malodoron system see a fondue fork, they will emit a sound that will shatter the universe. Thankfully for the universe, there's one Reeking Beast who's not only near-sighted, but possibly bonkers.
  • Butterfly of Doom: In "Sword of Righteousness", Jim learns of the eponymous sword's "Portal of Time" ability and decides to play a trick. He hands Peter a penny and tells him to watch Lincoln's face change. He then travels back to the Gettysburg Address and interrupts Lincoln mid-speech, shaving his beard off (to which Lincoln says "That's a big goodbye to my credibility.") When he returns to the present, expecting everything except the penny to the be the same, he instead finds that Peter is now a southern gentleman who looks like Colonel Sanders and Jim himself is now known as "Earthworm Bubba." The sword orders Jim to go back and fix everything, and forbids any further time traveling. The whole fiasco lasts less than two minutes.
    • Also provides a nasty bit of Fridge Horror when you realize the implication of Peter suddenly being from Dixie: in this timeline, the South won the civil war, and Peter owns a plantation, which likely means that Peter Puppy is a slave owner.
  • Catch Phrase: "Guh-roovy!"
    • "EAT DIRT, [Blank]! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
    • "By the Great Worm Spirit" etcetera...
    • Evil has "A minor setback..."
  • Cats Are Mean: Evil the Cat
  • Canon Immigrant: Snott was worked into Earthworm Jim 2, and Evil Jim later became the villain of Earthworm Jim: Menace 2 The Galaxy.
    • Actually, Snott was in EWJ 1 (as the platforms in the final boss fight). Henchrat was in Menace 2 The Galaxy, though.
      • Menace 2 The Galaxy was based more on the cartoon rather than the original games.
  • Captain Obvious: Jim most especially.
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Jim (after seeing Psy-Crow's brain): PSY-CROW'S BEHAVIORAL CONTROL CENTER!

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Jim: ...Well? Are they clapping?
Peter: A few of 'em, most of them are just changing the channel.

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Peter: They'll strip the flesh from your bones in seconds!
Jim: Good thing worms don't have bones! ...wait, that's not going to help, is it?

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  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Professer Monkey-For-A-Head tried to get another Battery of the Gods, and the gods turned him into a living breadmaker as a result.
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Professor Monkey-For-A-Head: Actually, it's kind of handy. If I twist the monkey's tail I can make pumpernickel.

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  • Couch Gag: The many, many variations of the "cow falls on somebody" closing gag. Sometimes it would fall on Jim, sometimes on the villain, sometimes on the very thing Jim spent the entire episode trying to save. And let's not forget the Evil Cow:
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Evil cow: You fools. I shall destroy you all. Starting with the lactose-intolerant. Moo moo. Moo.

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  • Crack! Oh, My Back!: Lower Back Pain Man.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Peter Puppy.
  • Death Glare: In "Sword of Righteousness", Jim learns of the "Eye of Truth", which requires him to simply stare at anyone in order to force them to admit their darkest secrets. Jim attempts this on Peter, but Peter thought he was being challenged into a staring contest and unwittingly shoots a Death Glare right back at him.
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Jim: (breaks down crying) When I was young, I wet the burrow!
Peter: Um... thanks for sharing.
Sword: You stink at this magic power stuff, you know.

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    • Later, Jim tries the Eye of Truth again, this time on Psycrow. Psycrow is unaffected and throws an anvil on top of him.
    • Also in "Book of Doom", when Peter makes a highly inappropriate comment about the tape player and Jim is about to snatch it out of his hands.
  • Denser and Wackier: When compared to the first two Earthworm Jim games.
  • Description Porn: "Professor Monkey-For-a-Head's patented Reducing Cream, in lotion or ointment form".
  • Determinator: Jim in general counts for this, but especially when he's trying to win the Princess' affections.
  • Disney Death: Averted with Bob's henchcats 1, 2 and 3. They went to the place where all cats go, Kitty Heaven.
  • Disability Immunity: Jim cannot be defeated by really bad sounds or smells, as he has no ears or nose. Overlaps with Forgot I Could Fly as this rarely comes into effect until one of the characters explicitly mentions this. Note that this doesn't ever stop Jim from being able to hear or smell normally.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Evil the Cat gets one . . . in Malice the Dog.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: Death, in his standard "Grim Reaper" garb, becomes an affable semi-regular character in the second season of the show, first appearing in "Opposites Attack" snapping his fingers when Jim survives jumping a chasm on his Wormcycle. Later on he becomes "The Tin Reaper" in the episode "Wizard of Ooze" taking departed souls to the mall of eternity, secretly coveting the free frozen yogurt the eternals enjoy. He later appears as himself in Jim's house in the same episode, assuring Jim "Don't worry it's just a social call." Finally, he appears among a variety of mythical characters in "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls" expressing jealousy over Santa Claus being everyone's favorite.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: Jim loves these.
  • Drop the Cow: literally, Once an Episode, also the Trope Maker. Even lampshaded when he told Psy Crow that there would not be a Here We Go Again ending in his show. Psy Crow asked what Jim would prefer as an alternative and he drops the cow.
  • Earthworm Jim Can Breathe in Space: And so can the entire cast. But they can't breathe underwater, obviously. Even Bob the Killer Goldfish must remain in his bowl.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Queen.
  • Everyone Calls Her Princess: Well, it's a lot easier than always having to say "Princess What's-Her-Name."
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Especially with Princess What's-Her-Name.
  • Evil Twin: Evil Jim.
    • There was one episode where Evil Jim got hold of a gun that made Evil Twins of anything it hit (he wanted to make duplicates of the sidekicks so he would have some friends); unfortunately, the opposite of an Action Girl isn't particularly useful, and pissed off Evil Peter Puppy becomes a civilized monster. Eventually it was discharged against all the villains; Evil Evil The Cat becomes Good The Cat who neutralizes acid furballs, Evil Professor Monkey-For-A-Head becomes Monkey Professor-For-A-Head (they run away together), Evil Queen Slug-For-A-Butt is an old lady more concerned about knitting, and since evil Jim is already the opposite of Jim blasting him with the gun creates another Jim, lots and lots of other Jims.
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Evil Jim: I should warn you, this is going to hurt like the dickens.
Other Villains: We figured.

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    • Evil Jim at one point lampshades the illogical nature of the 'copy that stands for everything the hero doesn't.'
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Jim: I've been thinking about this whole "exact opposite" thing. Since I hate losing, YOU must LOVE it! So why not give up right now?
Evil Jim: Oh, don't be so literal-minded.

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  • Evilutionary Biologist: The series two episode "Darwin's Nightmare" revolves around Bob the Goldfish's trying to "evolve" himself into a higher lifeform, recognizing that his fishy body is a physical limitation in his particular line of work. What makes this a bit strange is the fact that Doug TenNapel, is a creationist and the fact that Bob talks like a caricature of a fire 'n' brimstone Southern Baptist preacher (with a slight Mexican accent).
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Bob: Ah still believah that fish are the highest form of life, but I gotta get me some arms and legs!

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Jim: Quick, little buddy! Whip me! Whip me!
Peter: ...I beg your pardon?
Jim: I mean use me as a whip!
Peter:Oh! Right!

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    • Censors were taking a nap during the production of the episode "Peanut of the Apes." First, Jim attempts to increase his show's ratings by appearing, together with Peter, on a beach dressed in thong bikinis complete with Peter commenting "My suit is giving me a snuggie." Later in the same episode Jim barges in on Professor Monkey-For-A-Ahead shouting "Just what do you think you're doing?!" The professor quickly yanks a french maid outfit off of the monkey on his head and counters "Nothing! Nothing at all!"
    • A one-time character's name "Ethel" is pronounced incorrectly due to a lisp, sounding like "asshole".
    • And then there's this dialogue exchange (from The Book of Doom), which occurs when Jim is literally right next to Psy-Crow's brain and is about to shove Peter's tape player into it:
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Jim: Quick! Your TAPE player!
Peter: You're not gonna get CUSTARD on it again, are you?

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    • And then there's this line, which is also from The Book of Doom:
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Jim: NO ONE touches my Fuzzy Wuzzy!

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    • Not to mention this line from Upholstered Peril:
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Random Girl on Peter's TV: Mom, do you ever feel...not so fresh?

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  • Giant Foot of Stomping: One of Psy-Crow's feet becomes one of these at the end of The Book of Doom's intro (due to Jim and Peter being bug-sized).
  • Gone Horribly Right: Bob has this happen to him on numerous occasions, especially in the mid-intervals. Two of the more notable examples are when he finally manages to make his fishy minions intelligent enough to understand him by mutating them to have giant brains (they become intelligent enough to realise he is a dangerous megalomaniac who must be destroyed and blast him with psychic powers) and when he tries giving them an actual demonstration of what he means by destroying things (a bigger fish leaps out and starts beating him up).
    • The episode "Exile of Lucy" has Queen Slug-For-A-Butt dethroned by her henchmen for having no compassion for others. She is exiled to earth where she makes friends with Jim's Nosy Neighbor and returns, having learned her lesson about friendship, only to kick her henchman off the throne herself.
  • Gonk: Walter (the guy who uses Jim as dental floss in Conqueror Worm), who is ridiculously fat and has some of the ugliest teeth in the universe.
  • Green Lantern Ring: The Orb of Quite Remarkable Power.
  • Gross-Out Show: Surprisingly averted (for the most part) despite the original Earthworm Jim being a Gross-Out Game.
  • Gross Up Close-Up: Psy-Crow's gorgeously detailed ear canal that looks like the interior of a giant whale's intestines in The Book of Doom.
  • Grumpy Old Man: The Puce Dynamo takes this trope to the point where he says that he "invented invention" during Hyper Psy-Crow.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Jim, Peter and Snot sneak into a research facility to get Jim's suit back by...walking right through the front entrance, past a pair of security guards. And greeting them.
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Guard 1: ...did a giant worm, a talking dog and a smiling booger just walk by?
Guard 2: Yep.
Guard 1: *picks up the phone* Hello, DNA lab? Whatever you guys are doing in there, cut it out!

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Jim: EAT DIRT, EVERYBODY IN THE GENERAL VICINITY! *begins shooting wildly* AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

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    • "Note to self: do not throw super-villains at buses full of orphans."
  • Hilarity Ensues
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: During the introduction scene of The Book Of Doom, this somehow manages to happen twice; first, Psy-Crow shrinks Jim and Peter to microscopic sizes so that he can crush them "like some easily crushed thing", only for Jim and Peter to then use their new sizes to fly into one of his ears and then hijack his brain in order to make him dance...and then Psy-Crow's resulting (very bad) dancing ironically results in him crushing Jim and Peter beneath one of his massive feet after the two of them fly back out of his head through the same ear canal that they entered it through (whether or not Psy-Crow did that on purpose is unknown, however).
  • How We Got Here: One episode starts with Psycrow and Professor Monkey-For-A-Head gloating over how they defeated (and taxidermied) Jim, and most of the episode is spent in flashbacks explaining how they got to that point. Turns out their taxidermist was Peter in disguise, and Jim wasn't really taxidermied at all.
  • Hulking Out: Peter Puppy is normally a good guy, but if he gets scared or hurt, his monstrous alter ego takes it out on whoever is in the vicinity, which usually is Jim.
  • Hypocritical Humor: At the end of the intro to The Book of Doom, after Jim and Peter use the “microscopic” size that Psycrow has shrunk them to to fly into one of his ear canals and then take control over his brain in order to make him dance, Peter tells Jim that “once again, villainy is as a bug beneath his mighty heel”; surely enough, one of Psycrow’s massive feet crushes both him and Jim not even a minute later.
  • Ice Cream Koan: The Master of Wow-Lin, whom Jim claims to have studied under. He spouts nothing but useless platitudes so nonsensical even Jim is quick to realize he's "a senile old bat-nugget"
  • Idiot Hero: Jim has four incredibly advanced worm brains.
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Brain One: I'm hungry.
Brain Two: I'm cold.
Brain Three: I'm itchy.
Brain Four: Where are the girls?

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    • The fact that they can form coherent sentences makes them advanced for worm brains.
  • Infinity+1 Sword: The Sword of Righteousness claims to be a legendarily powerful sword. Subverted, as it turns out that none of said sword's wielders have ever actually won a fight with it.
  • In One Ear, Out the Other: Subverted in "The Book Of Doom"; when Jim and Peter enter Psy-Crow's right ear, an extremely large amount of light seems to be going into his head through his left ear, but Jim and Peter also exit Psy-Crow's head through his right ear once they've finished playing with the brain between Psy-Crow's ears.
  • Interspecies Romance: Jim (male mutated giant Texan Earthworm) insists that he and Princess Whats-Her-Name (female deformed Insektikan -- an alien race descended from insects) are a couple. The Princess makes it fairly clear that she is not interested in him and has never given him reason to believe that she is, Jim merely chooses to ignore her denials to fit in with his own delusions, which results in her being more openly irritated by his claims in the second season. There is also Peter Puppy (male Earth dog possessed by a demonic spirit) and Grogamel the Destroyer (female alien) in one first season episode, and Evil the Cat (male demonic feline) and Malice the Dog (female demonic canine) in a surprisingly romantic relationship in one second season episode.
  • Jerkass: Most of the villains, but Psycrow and the Queen really stand out here.
  • Kid Sidekick: Peter Puppy.
  • Killer Rabbit: Again, Peter Puppy, but a heroic variant.
  • Klatchian Coffee: Becomes the source of Psy-Crow's "hyperactivity" superpower(s) in Hyper Psycrow.
  • Lame Comeback: "Don't play dumb with me, you... dumb guy."
  • Large Ham: Jim, Psy-Crow and Professor Monkey-For-a-Head, even by the show's standards.
  • Laughably Evil: The ENTIRE Rogues Gallery is friggin' hilarious.
  • Lighter and Softer: When compared to the first Earthworm Jim game.
  • Madness Mantra: Peter often keeps himself calm by reciting the first few lines of the "Litany Against Fear" from Frank Herbert's Dune
  • Mad Scientist: Professor Monkey-For-A-Head (and his close associate, Monkey Professor-For-A-Head).
  • Manchild/Psychopathic Manchild: Jim, to the point where he still reads (Fuzzy Wuzzy's Funny Animals) pop-up books.
  • Meaningful Name: Pretty Much everyone/thing/where has one of these, whether it's the Boulevard of Acute Discomfort, or Henchrat, or the Orb of Quite Remarkable Power
    • Whats-Her-Name's name was retconned into being meaningful when a flashback revealed she got her name from being The Unfavorite.
  • Metaphorgotten: "Superheroes and evil twins go together like peanut butter and...evil peanut butter!"
    • In the same episode, Peter's interpretive puppet show using condiments describing his Heroic BSOD devolves into something like this, until Peter's just having everybody throw up by dumping the condiments onto the table.
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Peter: 'I'm just the sugar, but I'm gonna barf too, and the JELLY, JELLY BARF, JELLY BARF!

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Jim: That Reducing Cream will wear off shortly; before it does, we have an urgent mission to accomplish! WE MUST(!!!)...clean that hard-to-reach place under the fridge!

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Peter: You just made that up, didn't you?
Jim: Don't question it.

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  • Nosy Neighbor: In "The Egg-Beater" Mrs. Bleveredge, Jim's next-door neighbor demands Jim return the Egg-Beater he borrowed, only to become a Chew Toy as Jim takes her from planet to planet in search of it.
    • She returns in the episode "Exile of Lucy" becoming friends with Queen Slug-For-A-Butt. (they share the same voice actress.) The very next episode "Hyper Psy-Crow" shows her sitting in a throne to the right of the Queen.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Subverted. Professor Monkey-For-A-Head can replicate the super suit at will. It's just that he can't power the damn thing without another Battery Of The Gods and when he went to them to try and get a new one, they turned him into a bread maker.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Dan Castellaneta's interpretation of Jim lacks the thick southern drawl of his games counterpart, replacing it with a cliched hammy superhero dialect.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: A scene from The Sword of Righteousness. Jim gets sent flying all the way into outer space by a giant golf club that has been summoned by Psy-Crow's Orb of Quite Remarkable Power. Up there in outer space, right above Earth, there is a spaceship crew worker chatting with one of his crewmates on the spaceship.
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Spaceship Crew Worker: You know, after a few days in space, some people see strange things but, not me, pal. (Jim flies by, screaming as he does so) Like, uh... just now, for instance. I definitely did NOT see a big worm. (Jim bounces off of a planetary ring and flies back to Earth, still screaming as he does so) NOTHIN' HERE IN SPAAAACE, NO SIRREE, LALALALALALA!

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  • Odd Job Gods: When Jim goes to get a replacement for the Battery of the Gods, he meets the God of Puns, the Goddess of Disco, and the God of Nasal Discharge.
  • Once Per Episode: Peter Puppy eats haggis, the one food that he doesn't like, and states verbatim that it is "the heart, lungs and liver of a sheep boiled in its own stomach." The origin being that he loved haggis until finding out what it really is.
    • Also, most episodes has Peter Puppy turning into a monster whenever he gets hurt or scared.
    • Every episode ends with a cow falling from the sky for no reason. It usually lands on Jim.
  • One-Shot Character: Grayson, immediately dubbed as "Turlawk's Resident Boy Genius and President of the Earthworm Jim Fan Club" only appears in the episode "Upholstered Peril," convieniently providing scientific explanations for the evil furniture, and subbing for Peter, who is turned into a zombified couch potato.
  • Only Sane Woman: Princess What's-Her-Name.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: The president in this series, as he points out in every episode he appears in, is one of those generic presidents TV shows use to keep from being dated.
  • Overly Long Name: The Queen's full name is Queen Bloated, Pulsating, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-Filled, Malformed, Slug-For-A-Butt, which is said in full at least once in every episode she's in.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: One of Psycrow and Professor Monkey-For-A-Head's plots to steal Jim's suit involves setting up a fake dry cleaners next to his house. Said dry cleaners is just Psycrow's spaceship with a sign on it, and the guy running the front desk is the Professor with a mustache and a cowboy outfit, complete with ludicrously large hat to hide the monkey. The Professor then talks like he normally does, except with added cowboy slang. Then a banana peel falls out of his hat, which he blames on head lice. Jim completely falls for this.
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"Hiss, Hiss! Hello, I am a steam pipe. The intruders went that way. Hiss, hiss! Steam!"

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    • From Hyper Psy-Crow:
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Peter: Aren't you going to take your helmet off for a lady?
Psy-Crow: A lady?
Peter: Okay, okay, a dog in a dress, JUST TAKE OFF YOUR HELMET PINHEAD!

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  • Parental Bonus: Peter reading a framed letter from President Truman. "Thank you for your kind offer to end World War II, but we have a bomb we wanna try out."
  • Planet of Hats: Almost every planet in the universe is one, from the Planet of Very Tall Things to the Planet of Easily Frightened People (Psycrow loves this planet)
  • Play-Along Prisoner: Jim only stays in prison because he's convinced that all the evil deeds Evil Jim committed were done by a split personality. Once he finds out he really does have an evil twin, he promptly burrows underground and escapes.
  • Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner: Jim's assorted variants on his "Eat dirt!" line
  • Prison Episode: Jim turns himself in to the police in one episode after hearing about his Evil Twin committing crimes and coming to the conclusion that he's actually developed a Jekyll and Hyde-style Split Personality.
    • Including all the amenities of your basic old-timey prison, such as the chain gang and "completely pointless rock breaking."
  • Prison Rape: Parodied. In said Prison Episode, Jim's cellmate uses him as dental floss.
  • Red-Headed Heroine: Princess What's-Her-Name.
  • Redundant Rescue: In "Sidekicked", as Princess What's-Her-Name insists. Jim seems to be too busy giving a hero monologue to hear her.
  • Relax-O-Vision: In the opening - just as Peter Puppy's about finished transforming and about to maul Jim, there's a sudden shift to a shot of Jim relaxing in a hammock and napping. It cuts back to a rather mangled Jim after a few seconds.
  • Rogues Gallery
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Princess What's Her Name.
  • Rule of Funny
  • Running Gag: What is haggis made from again?
  • Sanity Slippage: Peter Puppy's ludicrously over-the-top reaction to Jim's wrongful imprisonment in Conqueror Worm.
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Peter: I appreciate the fact that you're taking the time to discuss my feelings, Snott. How do I feel? Well, perhaps this little puppet play I've written will explain. (sticks two forks into the table) (waves salt shaker between the prongs of the forks) I am Earthworm Jim. Woe is me, for I am wrongfully imprisoned. (grabs mustard bottle) I am Peter. Sad and unhappy am I without Jim. BOO HOO! BOO HOO HOO HOO!!! My life is without purpose. Emptiness wells up in my tortured soul. I'm going to...GOING TO...(squirts mustard all over the table) (grabs ketchup bottle) I am Snott; I also am indeed BLEAUGH! (squirts ketchup all over the table) (grabs the sugar and a jar of jelly) I'm just the sugar but I'm gonna barf too, and the JELLY, JELLY BARF, JELLY BARF!!! (soaks his hands in the mixture and then ridiculously-theatrically displays them to the audience) BEHOLD the GOOEY SLOP of our SORROW! (smears the mixture all over his face with his hands) IT IS...SLOBBER...DAMMERUNG!!! THE TWILIGHT OF THE CONDIMENTS! WEEP FOR THEM, WEEP FOR THEIR SORROW-HO-HOHO-HOHH!!! (dunks his entire face into the mixture)
Snott: (unintelligible noises)
Peter: Yes, Snott; my delicate psyche has come horribly unglued!

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Jim: Peter, you keep a look out while Snot and I...journey to the center of the suit!
Snot: *gibberish*
Jim: I dunno, Snot. Who's Jules Verne?

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  • Single Biome Planet: La Planeta de Agua! Arriba!
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The Princess and The Queen.
    • Moreso in the fact that by alien standards Queen Slug-For-A-Butt is considered the pretty one while her sister Princess What's-Her-Name is considered hideously deformed. An unrelated episode featured the Princess being okay with being hit by a ray gun that turned her fat as "this look is very popular on her planet."
  • Small Name, Big Ego: The Sword of Righteousness, so freaking much. Also, Psy-Crow and Professor Monkey-For-a-Head (to an extent, at least).
  • Spinoff Babies: One of the mid-interval shorts was a trailer for Young Earthworm Jim.
  • Suddenly Shouting: Most-notably this example from Conqueror Worm:
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Peter: I'm just the sugar but I'm gonna barf too, and the JELLY, JELLY BARF, JELLY BARF!!!

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Psy-Crow: I will now crush you like...some easily crushed thing! (The Book of Doom)
Peter: We're gonna fry like...Jim, what're those things that get really hot and then burn up?
Jim: Us? (The Egg Beater)
Professor Monkey-for-a-Head: With this freeze ray, I shall freeze you AS SOLID AS(!)...a solid, freezy-frozen thing. What's that, Monkey? Oh, right, thank you! A block of ice. (The Egg Beater)
Jim: This blanket of evil will cover the earth like...a huge blanket that's really...hideous! (Upholstered Peril)

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"Ahhhh, something green! Ahhhh, something not green!"

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