Paradise PD / YMMV - TV Tropes (2024)

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  • Adorkable: Kevin can be very charming when doing nerdy stuff like reading comics, watching anime, cosplaying, and playing with action figures.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: About Fitz's actions as the Kingpin. Was this the real Kingpin controlling him? Or did the Split Personality happen to be an alter-ego resembling the Kingpin? The real Kingpin appearing in his mind in season 2 finale and revealing he wants revenge on Fitz suggests it's the former, however.
  • Anvilicious:
    • The series did make heavy references to the relations between police and community, arguing that latter began to have a negative reaction on the former due to its demands for accountability.
    • Then, of course, there's "Trigger Warnings", which was one of the most blatantly biased gun control episodes of anything in TV history.
  • Awesome Music: The quality of the show is up for debate, but the music is one of the few things that's enjoyed unironically.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Literally in "Fetal Attraction" when there was a short scene of Kevin being approached by an alligator dressed as his father, telling him he loves him. It had nothing to do with the plot, didn't really function as a joke, and the reason this happened was never explained and Gina saved Kevin from this alligator, ending the random scene as quickly as it started.
  • Crack Pairing: The crossover with Brickleberry canonizes a few interseries sexual relationships.
    • Connina — Connie falls in love with Gina and even tricks her into f*cking her, under the guise of being Dusty.
    • Denzopson — Hopson finds Denzel sexually attractive and tricks him into f*cking him, via three-way with Bullet.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The show runs on this type of humor. So much so, it has its own page.
  • Designated Monkey: Like with Steve Williams, Kevin is treated like a Butt-Monkey in several episodes. Unfortunately, this joke doesn't work as well in this show, since Kevin is written to be more upstanding and heroic than Steve, making him undeserving of this abuse and leaving many fans feeling bad for him and wishing for the Kevin torture to stop.
  • Diagnosed by the Audience: Some of Edna's scenes seem to imply that she's not entirely there, specifically, where she suddenly announces that does things with her feet.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Gina Jabowski is a cruel, violent, disgusting sexual assailant in the TV show. However, lots of fans make artwork of her being cute, cool, friendly, lovable, and above all, sexy. They usually cite Gina's childhood trauma as an excuse for her heinous actions and treat her character like a misguided woobie with a good heart in their fan works.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Prop Cop is a beloved fan favorite, who many fans agree died too soon . He won the fanbase's hearts with his comedic styling of visual puns, delightful personality contrasting with everyone else's, and overall, just being a great guy. The creators must have felt the same way, seeing as how they ceremoniously brought him back as a ghost in "What Happens in Twatemala", trying to find some way to work the deceased character back into the plot even just for one episode.
    • Chassidy shows up in a lot of fanart, despite only being in one episode just because she's so hot.
    • Kevin's girlfriend, Stacy, from "Karla" appears in a lot of shipping fanfictions, even though she only appeared in one episode and dumped him before the cold opening even ended. Her name wasn't even mentioned in the episode, itself.
    • In fact, lots of "hot girl" characters from the show become fan favorites simply because of their appearances, including Crystal, Mrs. Clappers, and the Puerto Rican from "Police Academy".
    • Kevin's Eskimo kids, Nanook and Atanarjuat are popular for being such funny characters with such an interesting relationship with Kevin, who unfortunately got so little screen time.
    • For being the upcoming second child of the Crawford family, the unborn fetus child character is very popular with fans, despite only really appearing in one episode and not having an official name yet.
    • The U-Store employee, Brian, is also fairly popular solely because he's voiced by The Gaming Terrioriser.
  • Fan Nickname: "CSI Brickleberry: The Knockoff Edition" and "Brickleberry With Cops" are among the common names used to describe the series. Coincidentally, there was a Brickleberry/Paradise PD crossover episode in season two, so the latter nickname is apt.
  • Growing the Beard: Though some people hate the show for being similar to Family Guy with a focus on offensive, gross-out humor and random cutaway gags. These issues are mainly only prominent in Season 1. By the second season, the show takes a shocking upturn in quality and suddenly becomes more story-driven and varies its gross-out jokes with different kinds of humor, much of which is actually pretty clever.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In "Karla", (airdate: August 30th, 2018) Dusty collected the skulls of all three of the dead golden girls and had them all preserved in glass display cases, but lacked that of the then-alive Betty White. Dusty caressed his empty display case and creepily crooned, "Sooooon ... Sooooon." On December 31st, 2021, Betty White would be found dead in her apartment, just weeks shy of what would have been her 100th birthday.
    • The final episode ends on a cliffhanger, but the fourth wall is broken by Robby and Delbert to announce that it wasn't planned this way, and they will wrap the series up on sister show Farzar...which fell headfirst into this trope when Season 2 of Farzar was cancelled, meaning that they won't be wrapping the series up after all.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "How the Cookie Crumbles", which aired on March 12th, 2021, Hopson got fired from the show and had to find a new job on a different adult animated TV show. One of the shows he worked on was Rick and Morty, playing the role of Morty, despite there already being an actor in that role. In 2023, Morty's voice actor Justin Roiland got fired from his job and they actually did need to find a new actor to play Morty.
  • Ho Yay: There has been a few of these, mostly pertaining to Gina.
    • In "Showdown at the O-bese Corral", Gina looked around town and saw a bunch of naked fat people, which got her wet. Some of the fat people in these shots included women. She later rubbed off to a bunch of hot naked fat people in the Golden Corral and squirted all over them. Again, this group of naked fatties included other women. In the same episode, Dusty mentions that his cult offered their bodies to him for sex, since this includes men, it's likely he slept with male followers as well as female.
    • In "Blimp City", Dusty had a wet dream about Mayor McCheese. This could be seen as a fat joke, showing that Dusty is so much of a fat*ss, he gets turned on by food. However, when you realize Mayor McCheese is a guy, it raises some questions.
    • In "What Happens in Twatemala", Gina used a standee of a very pregnant Karen Crawford to get her aroused during sex with Kevin. Gina claims that this is only supposed to tap into her fat people fetish but since Karen was clearly a woman and she made no attempts to "masculate" this standee, one wouldn't be taking too big a leap-of-logic to assume she might be a little bit bi.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The main complaint about Paradise is that it's basically a shameles rehash of Brickleberry, except that it takes place in a police station instead of a national park. At the very least, the writing is generally regarded as being better due to the use of continuity and clever humor.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Gina Jakowski is a Rabid Cop who is prone to violence at the drop of a hat, but it turns out she's that way because she was shot in the head when she was only 10 years old when her own father used her as a human shield.
    • Randall is also kind of this, especially when you realize that he wasn't even that much of a Jerkass, until Kevin shot him in the testicl*s and his whole life went to sh*t.
  • Nausea Fuel: Now has its own page.
  • Older than You Think: The character model for Gerald Fitzgerald is not exclusive to the show, as it's been used as a background character in a couple of assorted Brickleberry episodes, such as "Steve's Bald", where his model was used for an actor for Malloy's p*rn flick, Chocolate Covered Bigfoot, where he, and a bunch of other black guys, gang bang Steve. As for a less grossly out-of-character appearance, Fitz's soon-to-be-model was also used in "Amber Alert" as a professional basketball player who let a young Steve win because his mom slept with him.
  • Padding:
    • Despite the reveal of the Kingpin at the end of Season 1, most of the second season is extra-reliant on gross-out humor regardless of how relevant to the plot it may be.
    • Season 3 was the worst with this, mostly because it had so many episodes to fill up. This problem was so noticeable, that Dusty even broke the fourth wall in "Blind Drunk" to address it.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Dobby being an adorable little mutant who only says his own name is clearly the writers fishing for one of their characters to be a breakout character/series mascot but most fans think he's kind of forced, as he's not plot-relevant and his only purpose is to be funny, despite really only being able to provide one joke.
    • Miss Whiskers is also this to some fans, being a one-trick pony with an annoying voice, who does nothing but make stupid sex puns and unfunny rhymes that are trying to be passed off as catchy and quotable. She was initially designed to just be a one-time character, as one joke was all she was useful for, but someone on the writing team decided to bring her back ... several times, to the point of majorly overusing her.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Some fans consider the last good season to be Season 2, since after this, the show became "directionless", in that it lacked an overarching plot that pertained to the Paradise Police Department. While Season 1's story arc was a "Who Done It?" story of finding the argyle meth kingpin and Season 2's story arc was taking down The Legion of Dooooom and the houndstooth corporation, Season 3 never really established a clear and concise police case that PPD was supposed to be solving and aside from a few plot threads on the side, the show was kind of episodic in nature and fell more in line with the Status Quo Is God kind of series that Brickleberry was.
    • Season 4 is considered to be the absolute worst season by even the show's most loyal fans for a myriad of reasons. This season saw the police department getting abolished, which not only went against what Paradise PD was all about, but also made this season even more directionless than Season 3, since now not only was there absolutely no police case to serve as a seasonal story arc, but now the show was so loosely based on an overall plot, every episode was basically just the characters screwing around and doing whatever random nonsense the writers came up with for them. This allowed for many pointless random events plots such as "A Star is p*rn", "The Butt Cut", and "Boat!". Worst of all, there was also the fact that [[spoiler:this season ended the series on a cliffhangernote.
  • Shallow Parody: "Who Ate Wally's Waffles?" serves primarily as a Take That! towards Disney, with one scene having Robby and Delbert distract Disney's lawyers by setting free Disney characters that were notorious for not being politically correct. Among them is Donald Duck dressed as Adolf Hitler, which is clearly a reference to Der Fuehrer's Face, but conveniently disregards that the original short was about Donald Duck merely dreaming that he is a Nazi and that the short itself was very much condemning the Nazis.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Many people who don't outright dislike the show or aren't fans just find it to be another run-of-the-mill adult cartoon with occasional moderately funny jokes. That being said, it is considered to be a little bit better than Brickleberry.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: As a Creator-Driven Successor to Brickleberry, Paradise is neither critically lauded nor positively received, but viewers and fans of the former still consider the latter to be an improvement thanks to its writing and music.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • The song about Argyle Meth in Episode 1 sounds similar to "I've Got A Dream" from Tangled, but that's most likely intentional, what with the whole scene being meant to serve as a Disney-esque parody or as Randall put it, "Mickey Mouse sh*t".
    • Kev-Man's theme song is almost identical to Jesus' theme song from the Brickleberry finale.
  • Tainted by the Preview:
    • Predictably, the show received some criticism for being too much like Brickleberry.
    • The trailer for Season 2 manages to spoil every surprise twist and major Plot Point the season has to offer in just over 2 minutes.
  • Ugly Cute: Dobby and Jerry.
  • The Un Twist: The Reveal that the Kingpin is Fitz can be predictable; sans Bullet, he's the only person left without an alibi at the night of Two Toes' murder. The fact he was pretending to be in a coma also isn't surprising. This then looped back into itself with The Reveal in the Season 2 finale that the Kingpin was a split personality brought on by Fitz' PTSD, which retrospectively makes his characterization more consistent.
  • The Woobie:
    • Kevin. His dad hates him, his mother barely notices him and to top it all off, he ends up getting a holiday where the whole town treats him like sh*t.
    • Fitzgerald has PTSD that makes him a liability on stakeouts and he has a split personality that's based on a crime boss he failed to catch. After going into shock halfway through Season 1, his personality is overtaken and he becomes the Kingpin up until the Season 2 finale.
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