However, since its bottom is equally soft, this strategy is never successful. Mernimbler: A fluffy, pink, round Flanimal that transforms into an aggressive, ogre -like adult stage when someone comments on its cuteness. Grundit: A heavily built blue Flanimal with a bump on its head. Puddloflaj: A pink water balloon -like Flanimal often ridden by Grundits for no clear reason. Flemping Bunt-Himmler: A mimic and predator of the baby Mernimbler, only wider and flatter.
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It depicts a world filled with bizarre, inadequate, or just plain useless creatures known as Flanimals and their behavior, accompanied by humor of all kinds , strange terminology , and one hell of a Lemony Narrator. The series consists of four books. The first two, aptly titled Flanimals and More Flanimals, describe most of the life on the planet.
The third, Flanimals of the Deep, details the aquatic life on the world. The final book, Day of the Bletchling, depicts the emergence of the titular creature and takes the series in a very different direction Advertisement: As You Know : Parodied.
Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp" : Gervais manages to find entirely new terms to describe the same body parts over and over. Crapsack World : The Flanimals almost all lead horrible lives in various ways. Lemony Narrator : Up to Eleven. The narrator is incredibly snarky , goes off on insane tangents, waxing philosophically , and has a talent for Comically Missing the Point.
Perfectly Cromulent Word : Enough to rival a Dr. Seuss book. Advertisement: Remember the New Guy? Series Mascot : The Grundit, the dimwitted blue brute with yellow lumps all over its head.
Too Dumb to Live : The vast majority of Flanimals, really. It dies of exhausting in the exact place it started. Big Eater : The Adult Mernimbler is a vicious predator that eats everything it sees, then dies of chronic indigestion. Bizarre Alien Biology : The Print spends its day leaping off of tall rocks and landing on its head with no problem.
If it sprains its ankle, it dies. Bizarre Alien Locomotion : The Plamglotis is born without legs, so it swallows its hands to walk on them. Blob Monster : The Coddleflop. Namely, flipping over and revealing its equally soft bottom. The Puddloflaj is a subversion. The Splunge is a goo bag filled with nerves. Body Horror : The Offledermis is born inside-out. It lives like this to avoid its own smell.
Bystander Syndrome : The Glonk stands around doing absolutely nothing. Then it dies. Cuddle Bug : The Clunge Ambler goes around trying to cuddle things. He never learns his lesson. Early Installment Weirdness : The first book is quite different from the rest, lacking the lemony narration and is comparatively light on the Black Comedy.
By honking, we mean it makes the loudest noise on the planet for absolutely no reason. The Sprot Guzzlor eats sprots. Hoist by His Own Petard : The Underblenge has suckers so powerful that they are impossible to pry off, which is useful for suffocating prey. Jerkass : The Grundit goes around trying to ride Puddloflaj, uses their babies as water bombs, kicks and eats Gum Spudlets, uses Coddleflops as frisbees, and sometimes dips Gum Spudlets into Coddleflop brain juice.
It actually improves the flavor. Metamorphosis Monster : The Mernimbler starts out as a cute little puffball that feeds on honey water and the softer bits of clouds. The adult is a vicious hulking predator with crooked horns, Creepily Long Arms , and an absurdly large mouth. Oculothorax : The Wobboid Mump is an eyeball in jelly. More Flanimals And I Must Scream : The Plappavom, lacking any mouth parts, digests its own body slowly to power its sole bodily function: looking around to see how pointless its existence is.
The Mung Ungler. See Death Seeker. The Horsasi is one of the fastest Flanimals on the planet thanks to its unique attribute: five legs that go absolutely mental, propelling it forward at top speeds of fifty miles per hours in short bursts.
The Edgor, meanwhile, is shaped like a giant blue hand and has a top speed of one mile per day. Death Seeker : The Mung Ungler has large "rear milky puddings" that weight it down, so other Flanimals come to suckle on them against its will.
Internally it screams "Roll on death. The Sprot Oggler just likes to watch them. The Sprot Mungler mimics the Oggler until the last minute, then the Sprot is mungled senseless. This leads to Flanimals coming from all around to poke its eyes for a laugh. When it danger, it expels its gaseous insides to escape.
The predator just has to follow the smell to find the creature completely deflated. Metamorphosis : Parodied twofold. The Grommomulunt is the larval stage of the Munt Fly.
With no mouth, ears, nose, legs or internal organs to speak of, the creature looks forward to its transformation. However, the only change it undergoes is that it loses its eyes. Then it sheds its skin, but since it lacks any skin underneath, its inside just leak into the ground.
After running around wishing it could fly, the Dweezle Muzzbug sheds its legs to get some rest. Since legs falling off is one of the most painful things ever, it completes its transformation into a "screamy death-thing. This one has an image of a skinned one and Unstoppable Rage : The Squat is the angriest creature in the universe. Whenever it meets another Flanimal, it completely slaughters and eviscerates them in seconds.
Born as an Adult : Apparently all Blamps are slow and old. Even the young ones. Crying Wolf : After the narrator goes off on another tangent, he brings up the story about the Groy who cried Molf. Having adapted to live in the ocean, its rear milky pudding have become float baps. This makes it turn upside down in water and drown, finally putting it out of its misery. Dem Bones : The Brones give off this look, being skeletally thin with large jagged teeth. The Skrolls are so thin that each of their ribs is visible.
Flat Character : Literally with the Flambol, according to the narrator. Friend to All Living Things : The Mulon, easily the most intelligent being on the planet, cares about all living beings and would never intentionally hurt another Flanimal. They enjoy coming up to the surface to watch life on land.
Hollywood Acid : The Plumph secretes a corrosive acid sloop to protect itself from predators. Unfortunately, when it retracts its eyes, they come into contact with the sloop and it blinds itself painfully. Kaiju : The Skrakalor, an ancestor of the Mernimbler, was a massive behemoth that preyed on Plugons, the ancestors of Mulons.
Mind Screw The Spryflajer uses this to confuse its prey. Nightmare Fuel : In-universe, the narrator is horrified of Skrolls, but prefers not to get into it.
Sequel Hook : The book ends with the egg and adult diagram of a Bletchling, the most terrifying Flanimal that has ever existed.
Worldbuilding : This book goes into the greatest detail about the Flanimal world and the evolution of life. So much so that consuming the brain of one would turn another Flanimal evil. If you took a Bletchling brain, ground it up, and injected it into a Glonk , the Glonk would smash your face in.
Apocalypse How : A Class 4 at least. The only life left on the planet by the end is the microscopic sploon. Big Creepy-Crawlies : Bletchlings are like huge, bloated green flies with human-ish mouths, long pointed tongues , and take to the sky every thousand years, swarming in the millions and killing anything in their path.
Big Eater : The Bleak is a giant creature that can consume anything, but lacks any digestive fluids. The Flanimals it eats apparently love it inside.
On one hand, all complex life on the planet is dead. On the other, the Sploon is still around and the narrator speculates it could gradually evolve to repopulate the world with brand new life. Blind Mistake : The Hord Shuffler is a blind creature that likes to scuttle around in dark places, but is usually found in bright open spaces. Cerebus Retcon : All the previous books described the Flanimals in present tense. Darker and Edgier : Without a doubt the darkest installment in the series, depicting an Always Chaotic Evil species, the ensuing war against them, and the extinction of all complex life on the planet.
The narration is far more somber and serious as well. It really just exists to be prey, drawing attention to itself by sweating at the first sign of danger. Final Battle : The Flanimals of the world unite to take on the Bletchlings. Unfortunately, both halves grow new tail ends, so the head just watches the blind, double-bottomed sprute sack wiggle around until it starves.
Then the head starves and dies. The Hero : Parodied. A Loan Figger, one of the most populous creatures inside the Bleak, steps out to combat the Bletchings. With all the Flanimals watching, he picks up a rock and hurls it at an approaching Bletching Followed by the Bletching squirting him with acidic goo.