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The Ripping Friends
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You might as well want to be Ripping your own toe-nails with a crow-bar and save your Friends´s eyes from witnessing such garbage.
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 30 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 15, 2001 – January 26, 2002
Created by: John Kricfalusi
Starring: Harvey Atkin
Mark Dailey
Michael Kerr
Mike MacDonald
Merwin Mondesir
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 13

The Ripping Friends: The World's Most Manly Men! (also known as The Ripping Friends) is an American-Canadian animated television series, created by John Kricfalusi, The show premiered September 22, 2001 on Fox Kids, but was cancelled in September 2002. Adult Swim later picked up the show.

Why It Rips Itself Apart

  1. Very cringeworthy and cliched concept: What if muscled men became "superheroes" (badly written characters with superpowers)?
  2. Despite being one of John K's, the show hardly looks like John K's signature art style, While some characters do look they were drawn by him, at times it looks like someone else's creation.
    • Quite possibly, the heroes designs look like something you would see from Doug Tennapel (Earthworm Jim creator).
  3. At times the Heroes would just yell, or if there not it sounds like they are. A pretty big example would have to be Slab.
    • We know that may sound racist (considering that Slab is the only black character) but please, see it for yourself.
  4. Mediocre voice acting, even from good actors such as Harvey Atkin and Mark Dailey.
  5. Abysmal and quite creepy character designs (especially with The Ripping Friends).
  6. Random, gross and nonsensically crappy plots:
    • Episode 5 is about Rip's underwear coming to life and controlling people to become evil.
    • Episode 8 is about a recurring villain from the show being banished to hell, and then giving the power to control his farts.
    • The first one actually has the worst plot of all: A little girl's chewing gum, refuses to go to the dentist, so her gum comes to life, and steal saliva from other people's mouths, which is just disgusting in a bad way.
  7. The episode: "Manman and Boyboy" contains child abuse.
  8. Very cringey and unfunny jokes.
  9. The show contained an infamous segment where Crag answers the question "Why do hot dogs come in a packet of 12 but Buns come in a packet of 8?" by flying into an argument involving a bun and a wiener trying to each other from coming together, it ends with Rip tearing off the wiener's shirt to pull out his casing, splashing the bun with water to make it all soggy. You can watch the whole abomination here.
  10. Even if it wasn't entirely the best thing they've ever done, this is one of the reasons, much like Angela Anaconda, as to why Fox Kids ended.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Unlike most of John K's work, the show doesn't involve too much on sex jokes, and gross out humor (despite having some).
  2. The animation is at least passable, for thankfully being animated at Carbunkle Cartoons.


  • Kricfalusi had previously tried pitching the show in the late '80s, but networks considered it "too extreme".
  • An infamous sexual harassment victim of John K., Robyn Byrd used to work in this show.
  • This show also featured Eric Bauza, who would later voice Stimpy in the hideous Ren & Stimpy adult reboot. This show was also the first one that Eric Bauza worked as voice actor.
  • Despite John Kricfalusi directing the actors, he recorded his characters separately at his home in California.



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