The Ripping Friends

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The Ripping Friends
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It's Ripping Time! Yeah right...
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 30 minutes
Country: Canada
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 a 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 Sucks

  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 something you would see from Doug Tennapel
  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.
  4. Mediocre voice acting, even from actors such as Harvey Atkin and Mark Dailey.
  5. Abysmal and quite creepy character designs (Especially on The Ripping Friends).
  6. Random, gross and nonsensically crappy plots.
    • Episode 5 was about Rip's underwear coming to life and controlling people to become evil.
    • Episode 8 was 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" contained child abuse.
  8. Very cringey and unfunny jokes.
  9. Infamously the show contained a 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. Watch the whole trainwreck here.

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".
  • Infamous sexual harassment victim of John K., Robyn Byrd used to work in this show.