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21st May '18 8:48:29 AM urbancannibal
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* RobotDog: Rags.
-->'''Rags:''' Woof, woof, woof. Hello, I'm Rags! Woof, woof, woof.
21st May '18 8:42:22 AM urbancannibal
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* InstantSedation: Played with in the Creator/WoodyAllen film ''Film/{{Sleeper}}'':
-->'''Dr. Melik:''' ''listing items Miles had requested for breakfast'' ... wheat germ, organic honey, and... Tiger's Milk.\\
'''Dr. Aragon:''' Oh, yes. Those are the charmed substances that some years ago were thought to contain life-preserving properties.\\
'''Dr. Melik:''' You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or... hot fudge?\\
'''Dr. Aragon:''' Those were thought to be unhealthy... precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true.\\
'''Dr. Melik:''' Incredible!
** Miles ownes a health food store - he claims the awful food served in 2173 would've sold well there.
26th Mar '18 2:03:57 AM Arivne
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* PerfectlyCromilentWorld: Luna describes a friend's painting as "pure keane. No, it's greater than keane...it's cugat." (The made-up words are a ShoutOut to '60s schlock artist Walter Keane and bandleader-turned-cartoonist Xavier Cugat, respectively.)

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* PerfectlyCromilentWorld: PerfectlyCromulentWorld: Luna describes a friend's painting as "pure keane. No, it's greater than keane...it's cugat." (The made-up words are a ShoutOut to '60s schlock artist Walter Keane and bandleader-turned-cartoonist Xavier Cugat, respectively.)
26th Mar '18 2:03:29 AM Arivne
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* BreadEggsMilkSquick[=/=]BreathlessNoSequitur: Miles desperately tries to keep Luna from turning him in:
-->I'm a good person, I've got good life drives! I don't smoke, I don't drink, I would never force myself sexually on a blind person...

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* BreadEggsMilkSquick[=/=]BreathlessNoSequitur: BreadEggsMilkSquick: Miles desperately tries to keep Luna from turning him in:
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-->I'm a good person, I've got good life drives! I don't smoke, I don't drink, I would never force myself sexually on a blind person...
* BreathlessNonSequitur: Miles desperately tries to keep Luna from turning him in.
-->I'm a good person, I've got good life drives! I don't smoke, I don't drink, I would never force myself sexually on a blind person...
20th Feb '18 2:37:37 AM JamesAustin
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* AfraidOfNeedels: Miles is approached by a technician with a huge hypodermic...he stares in horror as the man walks by him to inject a potted plant, and promptly blacks out.

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* AfraidOfNeedels: AfraidOfNeedles: Miles is approached by a technician with a huge hypodermic...he stares in horror as the man walks by him to inject a potted plant, and promptly blacks out.
25th Jan '18 12:30:00 AM AmuckCricetine
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* AlterKocker: Jackie Mason and voice two old Jewish ''robots'' who run a clothing shop, complete with yamulke-like head covers.

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* AlterKocker: Jackie Mason and and Myron Cohen voice two old Jewish ''robots'' who run a clothing shop, complete with yamulke-like head covers.
21st Jan '18 5:23:30 PM ClintEastwood
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* AffectionateParody: Of 1970s sci-fi films.
* AfraidOfNeedels: Miles is approached by a technician with a huge hypodermic...he stares in horror as the man walks by him to inject a potted plant, and promptly blacks out.
* TheAllegedCar: Turned completely on its head. While on the run from future dystopian authorities, Miles and Luna discover what appears to be a dust-covered, 200-year-old, mid-Sixties vintage Volkswagen Beetle. When Miles turns the key in the ignition the car starts without a millisecond's hesitation and purrs happily. Miles observes, "Wow, they really built these things, didn't they?"
* AlliterativeName: '''M'''iles '''M'''onroe.
* AlterKocker: Jackie Mason and voice two old Jewish ''robots'' who run a clothing shop, complete with yamulke-like head covers.



* BangFlagGun: Miles threatens the Leader's nose with such a gun.
* BeautyContest: Miles is captured and made to assimilate through mental manipulation, put in a beauty contest scenario in a lab. It works, as a switch is thrown and he breathily spouts a banal speech about using the title to promote peace and brotherhood.



* {{Confessional}}: A computerized parody version.

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* BreadEggsMilkSquick[=/=]BreathlessNoSequitur: Miles desperately tries to keep Luna from turning him in:
-->I'm a good person, I've got good life drives! I don't smoke, I don't drink, I would never force myself sexually on a blind person...
* CluckingFunny: While searching for food, Miles encounters a giant chicken.
* {{Confessional}}: A computerized parody version.After being captured by the Evil government, Miles goes to confession. He admits to various minor acts of disloyalty and asks for forgiveness. The priest is revealed to be a robot, which flashes "Absolved" on its screen and delivers a Kewpie doll.



--->"My God... I just beat a man senseless with a strawberry!"

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--->"My --->"My God... I just beat a man senseless with a strawberry!"



* {{Dystopia}}: Remarkably, Allen uses the setting of a future dystopia to pay homage to the style of old silent comedies.



* EveryCarIsAPinto: Miles pushes a Volkswagen Beetle he'd used as a getaway car off a tall cliff into a lake to throw off pursuit. The car lands almost completely intact and the water turns out to be only a few inches deep.



* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Miles is cryogenically frozen when he doesn't recover from routine surgery, then revived 200 years later. He unwillingly becomes a key figure in a revolution as someone who has no identifying records.
* TheFoodPoisoningIncident: Miles is cryogenically frozen and revived 200 years later as a fugitive. He pleads that he never did anything wrong, that he was just an owner of a health food store—"''occasionally'' a customer got botulism, but that was very ''rare''!"
* FruitOfTheLoon: Miles searches for food and comes across a farm where insanely large fruit is being grown. He picks a banana the size of a canoe, and when a guard runs up to catch him, the two slip repeatedly on the carpet-size banana peel.
* FullCircleRevolution: At the end, Miles has deliberately facilitated a communist takeover but fully expects a follow-up revolution.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: While Miles is disguised as a robot butler, he attempts to deal with an out of control, sentient gelatin mold while Luna and one of her party guests have an obliviously-mundane conversation.
* FutureCopter: In 2173 we'll have helicopter backpacks...but they won't work very well.



* {{Homage}}: Creator/WoodyAllen wanted to do a Creator/CharlieChaplin-styled movie. ''Sleeper'' was to be a silent film; instead, the film has a lot of slapstick comedy with no dialog. Allen also did something only Chaplin did: write, direct, star, produce, ''and'' write and perform the music in the soundtrack.

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* {{Homage}}: Creator/WoodyAllen wanted to do a Creator/CharlieChaplin-styled movie. ''Sleeper'' This was to be a silent film; instead, the film has a lot of slapstick comedy with no dialog. Allen also did something only Chaplin did: write, direct, star, produce, ''and'' write and perform the music in the soundtrack.



* IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou: Played with:
-->'''Dr. Melik:''' ''listing items Miles had requested for breakfast'' ... wheat germ, organic honey, and... Tiger's Milk.\\
'''Dr. Aragon:''' Oh, yes. Those are the charmed substances that some years ago were thought to contain life-preserving properties.\\
'''Dr. Melik:''' You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or... hot fudge?\\
'''Dr. Aragon:''' Those were thought to be unhealthy... precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true.\\
'''Dr. Melik:''' Incredible!
** Miles owned a health food store - he claims the awful food served in 2173 would've sold well there.
* ImprovisedWeapon: In a fight with a guard at a futuristic farm, Miles knocks him cold with a strawberry the size of a medicine ball. Earlier he subdued another guard by asphyxiating him with a block of blue cheese.



* InstantSedation: Played with in the Creator/WoodyAllen film ''Film/{{Sleeper}}'':
-->'''Dr. Melik:''' ''listing items Miles had requested for breakfast'' ... wheat germ, organic honey, and... Tiger's Milk.\\
'''Dr. Aragon:''' Oh, yes. Those are the charmed substances that some years ago were thought to contain life-preserving properties.\\
'''Dr. Melik:''' You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or... hot fudge?\\
'''Dr. Aragon:''' Those were thought to be unhealthy... precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true.\\
'''Dr. Melik:''' Incredible!
** Miles ownes a health food store - he claims the awful food served in 2173 would've sold well there.



* LostCommonKnowledge: Played for laughs. Miles Monroe wakes up in the year 2173 after spending 200 years as a HumanPopsicle. The people of that time have lost most of their historical knowledge due to a nuclear war, so they ask him questions about 20th century artifacts (e.g. "chattering teeth") and people. Miles makes up a bunch of lies about them for his own amusement ("Creator/BelaLugosi...was the mayor of New York for a while" and "Charles de Gaulle...was a very famous French chef.").
* MirrorRoutine: At one point, Miles does the routine shaving at a futuristic mirror, where he notices his reflection is just a bit off-sync.
* MumblingBrando: Miles is undergoing a deprogramming - something goes wrong and he assumes the persona of Blanche du Bois from ''Film/AStreetcarNamedDesire''. To give them time to sedate him, Luna plays Stanley Kowalski.
** Funnily enough, Diane Keaton starred opposite Creator/MarlonBrando in ''Film/TheGodfather''.



* NakedApron: On a male butler, no less.

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* NakedApron: On a male NakedApron: At one point Miles finds himself in an apartment where some gay men live. Enter the butler, no less.clad only in an apron.
* NakedOnArrival: Played with when Miles claims he will clone the dictatorial leader from his remains (his nose) directly into his suit (he's bluffing).
* NobodyHereButUsStatues: While Miles is on the run from the authorities, he ducks into a van full of domestic servant robots and hastily makes himself up as one. Maybe it's a sign of intelligence in the future that everyone who sees him is fooled.



* {{Orgasmatron}}: An elevator-like machine is used to make people have orgasms. Another device, an orb, gives orgasmic sensations to whoever holds it.



* PerfectlyCromilentWorld: Luna describes a friend's painting as "pure keane. No, it's greater than keane...it's cugat." (The made-up words are a ShoutOut to '60s schlock artist Walter Keane and bandleader-turned-cartoonist Xavier Cugat, respectively.)
* PlungerDetonator: There's a RunningGag involving a laser cannon that's fired using a plunger detonator. Each time part of the weapon is destroyed, instead of what's in front of it.



* ReliablyUnreliableGuns: A RunningGag involves a different part of a laser cannon blowing up every time they try to fire it at Creator/WoodyAllen.

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* RagnarokProofing: Parodied. After 200 years, a VW Beetle is still in perfect working condition. Miles then [[LampshadeHanging remarks]], "Wow, they really built these things, didn't they?"
* ReliablyUnreliableGuns: A RunningGag involves a different part of a laser cannon blowing up every time they try to fire it at Creator/WoodyAllen.Miles.



* RidiculousFutureSequelisation: A UsefulNotes/{{McDonalds}} sign shows the number of hamburgers served as 1 followed by a hundred zeroes (a googol). In real life, the chain ended the count at 100 million in 1994, replacing it with "billions and billions served."



* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: Miles wakes up 200 years after he was put to sleep to find a completely different world. One in which it was finally found out that smoking was good for you, and 200 year old VW bugs (the old model) started instantly.



* StrawberryShorthand: Giant strawberries make surprisingly good bludgeons.
* TakeThat: The gay couple's super-effeminate robot is named "[[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Reagan]]", then-Governor of California.

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* SquashedFlat: The Leader of the futuristic dictatorship — or what's left of him, his nose — ends up flattened under a steamroller.
* StrawberryShorthand: Giant strawberries make surprisingly good bludgeons.
Miles is foraging at a farm growing enormous produce, and knocks out a guard with a strawberry the size of a beachball.
-->My God... I beat a man sensible with a strawberry!
* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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The gay couple's super-effeminate robot is named "[[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Reagan]]", then-Governor of California.



* TheTalk: Miles recalls his childhood.
-->When I asked my mother where babies came from, she thought I said "rabies". She said you get them from being bitten by a dog. The next week, a woman on my block gave birth to triplets... I thought she'd been bitten by a great dane.
* TheyDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo: Interior cave - day: Luna—“What is it?” Miles—“It’s a 200-year-old Volkswagen.” (Turns key; car starts) “Ah. They really built these things, didn’t they?”
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Miles and Luna have infiltrated Big Brother HQ to bring down the dictatorship. She produces a gun, he asks "Where were you hiding that? ...don't tell me."




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* YourNormalIsOurTaboo: Hinted at:
-->'''Luna''': "I wanted to have sex, but we didn't invite enough people."
4th Sep '17 8:08:52 PM AnotherGuy
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--->"My God... I just beat a man insensible with a strawberry!"

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--->"My God... I just beat a man insensible senseless with a strawberry!"



* GiantFood: Advances in agriculture result in comically immense fruits and veggies. Miles notably and quotably "Beats a man insensible with a ''strawberry''."

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* GiantFood: Advances in agriculture result in comically immense fruits and veggies. Miles notably and quotably "Beats a man insensible senseless with a ''strawberry''."
1st Feb '17 7:00:45 AM speedyboris
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* SilentFilm: It's not one, but some of the sequences where Miles escapes the soldiers are set to that bouncy jazzy score and lack sound effects and dialogue, evoking the "feel" of a silent film.
4th Dec '16 8:01:14 AM AnotherGuy
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* InsaneTrollLogic:
-->'''Luna:''' ''(amazed)'' Miles, do you know that "God" spelled backwards is "dog"?\\
'''Miles:''' So?\\
'''Luna:''' It makes you think.\\
'''Miles:''' [[SureLetsGoWithThat Luna, help me push the car.]]
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