I Am Weasel

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It would be my job... no, duty. FOR! I. Am. Weasel!

You don't need pants for the victory dance
Cause baboon better than weasel
I.R. Baboon is big star of cartoon
"I AM WEASEL!"

I.R. Baboon reigns king in his mind
He's just as good as the weasely kind
But 'round any corner he's likely to find

"I am Weasel! I am Weasel! I...AM...WEASEL!"
Show's theme song

This cartoon was originally a bunch of shorts in Cow and Chicken. Later on, it became a self-contained Spin-Off. 79 episodes were released between 1997 and 2000.

The show centered around a polite, hypercompetent, socially savvy weasel named I.M. Weasel in his daily life attending to many people's needs. Weasel is incredibly accomplished in countless fields, including medicine, law, politics, music, science, and more. And behind him is his 'friend', the extremely dim-witted I.R. Baboon, who is jealous of Weasel's talents and is constantly plotting to ruin him. Weasel is aware of this, but remains pals with Baboon anyway, possibly because he realizes Baboon is far too stupid to pose any real threat. After the first series of episodes, The Red Guy from Cow and Chicken also joined the main cast.

Tropes used in I Am Weasel include:
  • The Ace: I.M. Weasel (more noticeable in the early seasons), bordering on God Mode Sue.
    • Broken Ace: Later episodes start to show some dents in Weasel, he often shares the Butt Monkey role with Baboon, and gains a more neurotic and ego driven attitude as a result of being several times more intelligent (and usually far more considerate) than everyone else around him.
  • Animated Actors: "I Am Cliched", essentially a Take That on old cartoon tropes.
  • Anvil on Head: Mercilessly parodied in "I Am Cliched" (see Animated Actors above). Weasel and Baboon get hit by an anvil, a piano, five more anvils, an elephant, a whale, and a kitchen sink. It eventually becomes the running gag for this episode, where every scene ended with someone getting an anvil dropped on their head.
  • Big Eater: Lullabelle is shown to be this in the ice fishing episode.
  • Breakout Character - Full series spun off from Cow and Chicken
  • Butt Monkey: I.R. Baboon (more noticable in the early seasons). Quite literally, too.
  • Charlie Adler: I.R. Baboon and The Red Guy
  • Characterization Marches On: I.R. Baboon was much more overtly antagonistic towards Weasel in the earlier seasons, usually trying to (unsuccessfully) upstage or sabotage him. Once the Red Guy was transplanted from Cow and Chicken, Baboon and Weasel started gravitating towards Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Baboon hates it when Weasel saves him, because he knows that's only going to make Weasel even more beloved by the public.
  • Crapsack World: Often the show's universe appears to almost equally brainless as Baboon, with Weasel usually playing the Only Sane Man.
  • The Ditz: Baboon.
  • Wicked Weasel: averted with I.M. Weasel
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar
    • This Bridge Not Weasel Bridge"

Bridge Worker: I'll get to see my wife and kids! I've never even seen my little Johnny, he was born two years after I took this job!

I.R.Baboon: *sobs* I.R. bad person....I.R PERSON BAADDD!!!

  • Naked People Are Funny: I.R Baboon and his big red butt.
  • Nice Guy: IM Weasel
  • Niche Network: The Airplane Channel.
    • At the end of a Wright Brothers documentary, the brothers decide to toast with a root beer float, after which the channel inexplicably becomes the Root Beet Float Channel.
  • Nurse with Good Intentions: Loulabelle herself.
  • Parody Sue: In early episodes, Weasel played The Ace rather genuinely. As the seasons progress however he becomes a more pretentious Small Name, Big Ego that suffers due to living in a world of fools.
  • Personality Swap: The brain-switching episode.
  • Piano Drop: Parodied in "I Am Cliched" (see Anvil on Head above).
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Sort of. The melody is similar to the nursery rhyme Pop Goes The Weasel.
  • Rules of the Road: In the opening credits, Weasel's driving a convertible with a hot blonde. But he passes a road sign that reads "LOGO". He leaps out of the car in the direction the sign indicates, and jumps into the logo for the show.
  • Satan: The Red Guy, he's also referred as "I.B. Red Guy", an allusion to names of Weasel and Baboon.
  • Spin-Off
  • Shrunken Organ: Weasel and Baboon get in an accident which causes their brains to fall out. Weasel has a huge brain and Baboon has a tiny brain, both disproportionate to their respective head. Understandably, the doctors get them mixed up.
  • Take That: "I Am Cliched" is pretty much a slam on Tiny Toon Adventures.

Weasel: Your'e using old scripts! You crossed out Bugs Bunny, then Buster, then scribbled in Weasel!