In a way, gross moments are what made Ren & Stimpy the show that it was. When you tuned in to the Nick TV show, you pretty much expected disgusting Ren and Stimpy visuals. All these years later, you might not remember them off the top of your head, but you definitely remember the sense of deep revulsion these scenes inspired.
Whether it’s because you were too young or you were simply too squeamish, you may have missed or forgotten about the most disgusting, off-putting revolting Ren & Stimpy images.
Ren’s Rotting Teeth
On the season two episode, “Ren’s Toothache,” it’s revealed that Ren has never brushed his teeth, so, naturally, he has a toothache. Dental horror makes most people cringe, but this show takes oral unpleasantness to the maximum. Ren refuses to brush his teeth and they steam, crack, and are eventually ground into powder. His rotten gums and nerve endings are revealed in all their horrifying glory and it’s just a truly gag-worthy scene that’s widely considered too off-putting to be humorous or enjoyable.
The Self-Mutilating Jester
If you’re looking for evidence that this show was more interested in disgusting audiences than providing humor or entertainment, this might be the top candidate. For some unknown reason, a jester takes a cheese grater to his arm, raking his skin off. Then he rubs lemon on it and pours a bunch of salt on top for good measure. This is quite possibly the most horrific scene in the history of cartoons.
Stimpy’s Sticky Boogers
In only the second episode of the series, “Nurse Stimpy,” the show effectively announced its disgusting intentions, showcasing boogers known as “Magic Nose Goblins.” These boogers belonging to Stimpy are stuck under a stool. They communicate with him and, for some reason, they’re featured in multiple episodes. Having sticky boogers as characters on your series is pretty much an admission that you’re really trying to be gross.
Ren Eats Cat Litter
In “The Cat That Laid The Golden Hairball,” there’s just so much nastiness. Ren steps on a wet hairball, which his toes mush onto, and that’s just the start of the grossness. A newsflash on TV reveals that hairballs are rising in value, so Stimpy tries to make precious hairballs by licking his and other people’s hair to create more and cash in on the craze.
Bees Stinging Ren’s Tongue
Ren drinks a flask full of bees, which is more of an unpleasant thought than a disgusting one. The extra gross factor comes with a closeup of his lumpy tongue and the bees stabbing away at it with their stingers.
Stimpy helps give a shaved Ren a thorough scrubbing, and it just looks hideous seeing all that soft, lovingly rendered pink flesh. In defense of this moment, hairless creatures tend to be peculiar looking as it is, but this cartoon’s reputation for grossness earns it the gagging nod for doing what it does best – being disgusting in a peculiar way that’s hard to put your finger on exactly.