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-->''MACGRUBER! Making life-saving inventions out of household materials!''
-->''MACGRUBER! Getting in-and-out of ultra-sticky situations!''
-->''MACGRUBER! The guy's a freaking genius! '''MACGRUBER!'''''

'''''[=MacGruber=]''''' is an AffectionateParody of ''Series/MacGyver'' originating on ''SaturdayNightLive'', in one of the better segments that have shown up in the years since the departure of TinaFey as head writer. The title character, [=MacGruber=] (played by Will Forte), is ([[InformedAbility supposedly]]) a Special Ops agent versed in the most deadly forms of everything, the most infamous being his ability (or inability) to deactivate deadly explosives. This makes him somewhat of an IdiotHero, who is ironically lauded for his expertise and viewed as a skillful agent, yet his bumbling goes unnoticed by some, including himself. Most sketches involve him being locked in a room (pretty much the exact same room each time) with some sort of explosive, his female assistant (originally Casey, played by Maya Rudolph; later Vicki, played by Kristen Wiig), and [[NoodleImplements a strange assortment of tools and items]]. He happens to be able to use them to deactivate the bomb, but something personal always comes up to distract him before he can.

There is usually a third person in the about-to-explode room, making the sketches rather more interesting. Richard Dean Anderson himself was once said third person; apparently, Series/MacGyver is [=MacGruber's=] dad. Hm.

Anyway, the sketch was sufficiently successful that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacGruber_%28film%29 it got its own theatrical-release movie]], with Val Kilmer as the villain and RyanPhillipe as his HypercompetentSidekick. Quality wise, it ranks below ''WaynesWorld'' and ''BluesBrothers'', but above ''{{Coneheads}}'' or ''ItsPat''.
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!!General tropes:

* AffectionateParody: Of ''Series/MacGyver'' and ''Rambo''. Its clear Forte knows and loves these characters, even as he mercilessly deconstructs them.
* BrickJoke / RealLifeWritesThePlot: An odd case of this occurs. When Maya Rudolph left SNL, Casey's disappearance was left unexplained...until the movie, at which point we learn what happened to her.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: [=MacGruber=]. Unlike Series/MacGyver, it's because he doesn't know how.
* IdiotHero
* InformedAbility: [=MacGruber=]'s status as a deadly {{badass}} who can get out of any jam. {{Played for laughs}}.
** One sketch series had [=MacGruber=] find out that everyone secretly thought he was incompetent, causing him to become needy and touchy-feely. And, of course, even worse at his job.
** Taken to the extreme in TheMovie where [=MacGruber=] is apparently a highly-decorated soldier who had accumulated numerous medals of honour during his years in service - despite not even understanding how to use a gun.
* {{MacGyvering}}: But of course.
* OnlyOneName: The trailer for the movie even references this.
-->'''''Narrator:''' He's so top secret, we don't even know his first name.''
** The sketches with Richard Dean Anderson suggest [=MacGruber=] ''is'' his first name and that his full name is [=MacGruber=] [=MacGyver=].
* ParodyNames
* PottyFailure: After a shootout Vicki says, "I peed my jeans. I peed 'em."
* SmallNameBigEgo
* TimeBomb
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!!Tropes used in the ''[=SNL=]'' sketch:

* CouchGag: The final shot of the intros for each sketch differs, and tends to fit the context of Mac's current predicament (In one sketch series, we see [=MacGruber=] giving a thumbs up to the camera, proud of being sober for fifteen years, then drinking a beer, and then finally, drunkedly walking past the camera.)
** The intro song also changes this way, starting pretty close to the page quote and drifting for each skit.
* CureYourGays: [=MacGruber=] tried to do this with his son, played by guest host Shia [=LaBeouf=].
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Will Forte (the actor who plays [=MacGruber=]) sings the theme.
* IncestIsRelative: When Betty White guest hosted and appeared as [=MacGruber's=] grandmother, who liked to tell embarrassing stories about him, he made peace with her in the last sketch. It seemed like a typical heartwarming speech, telling her what a wonderful person she was, but then things took an alarming turn with the line, "Too bad you can't marry your grandmother. Or can you?"
* EveryEpisodeEnding: The location exploding, accompanied by a shout of "[=MacGruber=]!", with the same superimposed over the shot of the explosion.
** In the second of the Pepsi [[ProductPlacement sketches]], the "[=MacGruber=]" shout and title are replaced with "Pepsuber."
** In the sketches featuring [=MacGyver=], the flashbacks to when [=MacGruber=] was a baby end with a "[=MacGyver=]" shout and title.
* JitterCam: Used in the sketches, but not TheMovie.
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard
* MagicCountdown: [=MacGruber=] nearly always has "twenty seconds" to disarm the bomb, but the sketch runs a good deal longer.
* OnlySaneMan: In some of the latter sketches, Vicki is the only character to not seemingly forget that there's a, you know, bomb about to go off. Sometimes, the second companion, usually played by the guest host, will join her in begging him to remember the bomb.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: "I just log into the website, put in my password, '[=MacGruber=]'. Do not tell anyone, you guys, I'm serious."
* PleaseKeepYourHatOn: When [=MacGruber=] was worried about aging, he wore a bandana over his head and it turned out he was bald underneath it. ([[NegativeContinuity He has a full head of hair in every other appearance, of course.]])
* ProductPlacement / EnforcedPlug: Severely lampshaded in a [=MacGruber=] skit-cum-Pepsi ad from 2009's Super Bowl. In the first one, Mac is unable to defuse the bomb because he's too busy talking about or drinking a Pepsi, and announces he's legally changed his name to "Pepsuber." A later one (broadcast during an [=SNL=] ''commercial break'') has changed the opening theme song, replacing most of the lyrics--and all of [=MacGruber=]'s dialogue during the sketch--with a repetition of "Pepsi" (which oddly enough still works as an EarWorm).
--->''MACGRUBER! Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi!''
--->''MACGRUBER! Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi!''
--->''MACGRUBER! Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi!''
--->'''''MACGRUBERRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!'' (PEPSI!!!)'''
* RecycledSet: Every sketch takes place on the same set, meant to be the "control room" of various places, with absolutely no effort made to disguise this. A RunningGag is that such a control room does not even make sense for some of the settings, such as a monastery.
* SensitivityTraining: [=MacGruber=] has to go to this when he makes a racist joke.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Sometimes, the intro details how [=MacGruber=] is screwing up his personal life this week. Thus, the narrator will be describing what a loser [=MacGruber=] is while backed by macho music with shouts of "[=MacGruber=]!" The actual sketch has tense, adventure music playing on a loop which usually continues when [=MacGruber=] becomes sidetracked by some petty issue.
* StockFootage: The intro and the exterior of the location. Some of the intro footage is lifted from ''[=MacGyver=]'' itself.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Vicki replacing Casey when Maya Rudolph left the show. Vicki, therefore, gets to be in TheMovie, where her last name (St. Elmo) is given for the first time.
* TheyKilledKenny: Each sketch ends with the bomb going off and presumably [[KillEmAll killing everyone]]. Then they appear unharmed in the next segment only to be killed again. Oddly, the continuity of what was happening ''before'' the bomb went off is continued into the next segment.
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!!Tropes used in TheMovie:
--> ''MACGRUBER! They made a fucking movie!''

* ActorAllusion: [[spoiler:Why else would Val Kilmer's character come back from the dead with [[Film/BatmanForever the left side of his face scarred]]?]]
* AdaptationExpansion
* AintTooProudToBeg: [=MacGruber=] eventually has to get down on his knees and tearfully beg him to join his team. [[spoiler: He even offers to suck Piper's dick and allow him to fuck him, all while sobbing]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: At the beginning of the movie, when meeting Mac, Piper gives a rundown of our hero's many, ''many'' impressive achievements, and ends with "...and starting tight end for the University of Texas, El Paso."
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Most of Mac's team of American heroes; Tanker Lutz, Brick Hughes, and Vernon Freedom stand out in particular.
* AvengersAssemble
* BadassCrew[=/=]TheCameo: Comprised of ChrisJericho, [[WorldsStrongestMan Mark Henry]], [[FunWithAcronyms Montel Vontavious Porter]], [[TheGiant The Great Khali, and Kane]].
* BrickJoke: When crashing Cunth's party, [=MacGruber=] briefly excuses himself to take an "upper-decker" (defecating in the water tank of a toilet, rather than the bowl). Later, during the climax, Cunth says "By the way, thanks for the upper-decker you left in my toiler."
** [=MacGruber=] repeatedly threatens to [[CruelAndUnusualPunishment rip off Cunth's dick, and shove it in his mouth]]. He finally gets the chance to say "Hey Cunth... suck your own dick!" [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Cunth's genitals were burned off while escaping the explosion. [=MacGruber=] is crushed that he lost his opportunity for ultimate revenge.]]
* BulletproofHumanShield: Done literally to escape some thugs; [=MacGruber=] uses Piper as a human shield, and they both survive as Piper was wearing bullet proof vest, but [=MacGruber=] didn't know that.
* ClusterFBomb
* ContinuityNod:
** When Mac goes to recruit Vicki for his team, a photo in Vicki's house shows both Vicki and Casey in their costumes from the [=SNL=] sketches.
** The climactic scene where [=MacGruber=] is attempting to disarm the missile is staged just like one of the skits, right down to the background music.
* CoolCar: [=MacGruber=]'s red Mazda Miata.
* CountryMatters: The villain is named "Cunth". It kind of sets the tone for the whole movie.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: von Cunth makes it very clear to his men that however idiotic Mac might seem, he's not to be underestimated under any circumstances. After all, he won all those medals fighting in conflicts all over the world without ever using a gun, and stopped an assassination plot on Jimmy Carter.
* DaddysLittleVillain/ PutOnABus: In one scene, Cunth is playing a poker game with a beautiful ''femme fatale'' and [=MacGruber=] asks if they are screwing; it turns out this is Cunths daughter. Oddly, other than standing around in another scene about a minute later, she is never seen again.
* DamnedByFaintPraise: The ads like to run a quote praising this film for being the best ''[=SNL=]'' movie since ''Wayne's World''. That is not saying a lot.
* [[spoiler: DeathByCameo]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: After visiting his dead wife's grave, [=MacGruber=] finds the car of the guy who laughed at him in Vegas. He smashes its windows and sets it ablaze.
** Also Diether von Cunth, who's hatred for MacGruber all started because [=MacGruber=] [[spoiler: stole his girlfriend... while she was pregnant with Cunth's child... Which MacGruber convinced her to abort without telling Cunth. You know what? Screw "disproportionate", MacGruber's a JerkAss.]]
* DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm: [=MacGruber=], twice when mocked by Cunth. The second time, Cunth actually becomes exasperated at his stupidity.
* DoubleEntendre: "Time to pound some Cunth."
* FanDisservice: Equal-opportunity!
* FinishingMove / SignatureMove: [=MacGruber's=] MortalKombat-esque throat ripping ability.
* FreudianSlip:
-->'''[=MacGruber=]''': If rippin' throats gets that warhead back, I'll suck as many dicks as I got...uh...rip as many throats as I have to.
* FunWithSubtitles / GratuitousSpanish:
-->'''[=MacGruber=]''': You're loco, man!
-->'''Subtitles''': You're crazy, man!
* HeyItsThatGuy: [=MacGruber=]'s team that he assembles [[spoiler: and subsequently blows up!]] are all played by WWE wrestlers. [=MacGruber=], the character, even guest hosted WWERaw to promote the movie.
* HowDidYouKnowIDidnt:
-->Piper: "How did you know I was wearing a bulletproof vest?!"
-->[=MacGruber=]: "You were wearing a bulletproof vest? Awesome!"
* InstantMarksmanJustPullTrigger: Averted. [=MacGruber=] has atrocious aim, shoots excessively and can't even keep his eyes open while firing. Just as someone who has never used a gun would react if in a firefight.
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: [=MacGruber=] tries to catch Cunth with one of these after the stolen nuclear warhead is brought up. "I never said it was a ''nuclear'' warhead". Cunth's response? "[[SarcasmMode Oh that's right, because most warheads are filled with air]]."
* InformedAbility: Averted. [[OnlySaneMan Lieutenant Piper]] thinks [=MacGruber's=] penchant for throat rips is a load of hot air...until Mac rips a throat right in front of him during their attack on Cunth's headquarters.
** Possibly played straight with [=MacGruber's=] various military honours in the beginning of the film. We never see how Mac earned such achievements at all.
* InsultBackfire: [=MacGruber=] compliments the attractive woman present at Cunth's poker game. Then tells her to have fun getting date raped by Cunth. The woman turns out to be Cunth's daughter.
* IronicEcho: "The game has changed!" "But the players are the same!" - Spoken respectively as [=MacGruber=] refusing Colonel Faith asking him to help locate the X-5 and bring down Cunth, and then as [=MacGruber=] begging to be kept on the case after he blows up his team.
* JerkAss: Despite being a highly-decorated soldier, [=MacGruber=] is an asshole, who's not above destroying the car of someone who laughed at him, and using Lt. Piper as a human shield.
** He's a pretty big jerk in the [=SNL=] sketch as well, which has at various times portrayed him as petty, racist, alcoholic, vain, homophobic, and possibly sexist.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: [[spoiler:How Dieter flees the destruction of his headquarters to attack [=MacGruber=] one last time.]]
* LockAndLoadMontage: Spoofed, as he arms himself with floss, thumbtacks, and bottle caps. And celery.
* OnlySaneMan: Amongst the three lead characters, Piper is by ''far'' the most competent and level-headed.
* RealityEnsues: Mac learns the hard way that C4 isn't something You store unsafely in Your trunk and setting up an elaborate trap and taunting Your villain aren't great ideas in a time sensitive espionage mission.
* RearrangeTheSong: The [=MacGruber=] theme song is redone as a film epic version, complete with orchestral choir in lieu of the rock 'n roll macho singing from the skits. And Mac gets to show off his saxophone skills, too.
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: Played with a couple of times. Both times involved [=MacGruber=] not liking the music playing the on car radio and changing stations to something lame.
* StunnedSilence: Piper, when [=MacGruber=] explains his and Cunth's history [[spoiler: and showing in no uncertain terms that Cunth has every reason to want to seek his revenge]].
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [=MacGruber=]'s final revenge on Dieter von Cunth involves throwing him over a cliff, shooting him as he falls, launching a grenade into his corpse, ''pissing on his corpse'', and later taking a dump on his body bag.
* UnflinchingWalk: Grubes does this after destroying the "[=KFBR392=]" car, but is interrupted by the owner of said car.
-->'''Car owner''': Hey, what the fuck?
-->'''[=MacGruber=]''': Fuck you, asshole!
-->''*[=MacGruber=] runs to his car*''
* UnstoppableRage: Grubes goes into this right as [[spoiler: Cunth cuts off his trademark mullet and verbally mocks him.]]
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* ViewersAreMorons: PlayedForLaughs, see FunWithSubtitles above.
* VillainOpeningScene: Played very, self-consciously straight in contrast with the rest of the movie.

--> '''''MACGRUBER!'''''
--> ''[Explosion]''
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-->''MACGRUBER! Making life-saving inventions out of household materials!''
-->''MACGRUBER! Getting in-and-out of ultra-sticky situations!''
-->''MACGRUBER! The guy's a freaking genius! '''MACGRUBER!'''''

'''''[=MacGruber=]''''' is an AffectionateParody of ''Series/MacGyver'' originating on ''SaturdayNightLive'', in one of the better segments that have shown up in the years since the departure of TinaFey as head writer. The title character, [=MacGruber=] (played by Will Forte), is ([[InformedAbility supposedly]]) a Special Ops agent versed in the most deadly forms of everything, the most infamous being his ability (or inability) to deactivate deadly explosives. This makes him somewhat of an IdiotHero, who is ironically lauded for his expertise and viewed as a skillful agent, yet his bumbling goes unnoticed by some, including himself. Most sketches involve him being locked in a room (pretty much the exact same room each time) with some sort of explosive, his female assistant (originally Casey, played by Maya Rudolph; later Vicki, played by Kristen Wiig), and [[NoodleImplements a strange assortment of tools and items]]. He happens to be able to use them to deactivate the bomb, but something personal always comes up to distract him before he can.

There is usually a third person in the about-to-explode room, making the sketches rather more interesting. Richard Dean Anderson himself was once said third person; apparently, Series/MacGyver is [=MacGruber's=] dad. Hm.

Anyway, the sketch was sufficiently successful that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacGruber_%28film%29 it got its own theatrical-release movie]], with Val Kilmer as the villain and RyanPhillipe as his HypercompetentSidekick. Quality wise, it ranks below ''WaynesWorld'' and ''BluesBrothers'', but above ''{{Coneheads}}'' or ''ItsPat''.
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!!General tropes:

* AffectionateParody: Of ''Series/MacGyver'' and ''Rambo''. Its clear Forte knows and loves these characters, even as he mercilessly deconstructs them.
* BrickJoke / RealLifeWritesThePlot: An odd case of this occurs. When Maya Rudolph left SNL, Casey's disappearance was left unexplained...until the movie, at which point we learn what happened to her.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: [=MacGruber=]. Unlike Series/MacGyver, it's because he doesn't know how.
* IdiotHero
* InformedAbility: [=MacGruber=]'s status as a deadly {{badass}} who can get out of any jam. {{Played for laughs}}.
** One sketch series had [=MacGruber=] find out that everyone secretly thought he was incompetent, causing him to become needy and touchy-feely. And, of course, even worse at his job.
** Taken to the extreme in TheMovie where [=MacGruber=] is apparently a highly-decorated soldier who had accumulated numerous medals of honour during his years in service - despite not even understanding how to use a gun.
* {{MacGyvering}}: But of course.
* OnlyOneName: The trailer for the movie even references this.
-->'''''Narrator:''' He's so top secret, we don't even know his first name.''
** The sketches with Richard Dean Anderson suggest [=MacGruber=] ''is'' his first name and that his full name is [=MacGruber=] [=MacGyver=].
* ParodyNames
* PottyFailure: After a shootout Vicki says, "I peed my jeans. I peed 'em."
* SmallNameBigEgo
* TimeBomb
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!!Tropes used in the ''[=SNL=]'' sketch:

* CouchGag: The final shot of the intros for each sketch differs, and tends to fit the context of Mac's current predicament (In one sketch series, we see [=MacGruber=] giving a thumbs up to the camera, proud of being sober for fifteen years, then drinking a beer, and then finally, drunkedly walking past the camera.)
** The intro song also changes this way, starting pretty close to the page quote and drifting for each skit.
* CureYourGays: [=MacGruber=] tried to do this with his son, played by guest host Shia [=LaBeouf=].
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Will Forte (the actor who plays [=MacGruber=]) sings the theme.
* IncestIsRelative: When Betty White guest hosted and appeared as [=MacGruber's=] grandmother, who liked to tell embarrassing stories about him, he made peace with her in the last sketch. It seemed like a typical heartwarming speech, telling her what a wonderful person she was, but then things took an alarming turn with the line, "Too bad you can't marry your grandmother. Or can you?"
* EveryEpisodeEnding: The location exploding, accompanied by a shout of "[=MacGruber=]!", with the same superimposed over the shot of the explosion.
** In the second of the Pepsi [[ProductPlacement sketches]], the "[=MacGruber=]" shout and title are replaced with "Pepsuber."
** In the sketches featuring [=MacGyver=], the flashbacks to when [=MacGruber=] was a baby end with a "[=MacGyver=]" shout and title.
* JitterCam: Used in the sketches, but not TheMovie.
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard
* MagicCountdown: [=MacGruber=] nearly always has "twenty seconds" to disarm the bomb, but the sketch runs a good deal longer.
* OnlySaneMan: In some of the latter sketches, Vicki is the only character to not seemingly forget that there's a, you know, bomb about to go off. Sometimes, the second companion, usually played by the guest host, will join her in begging him to remember the bomb.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: "I just log into the website, put in my password, '[=MacGruber=]'. Do not tell anyone, you guys, I'm serious."
* PleaseKeepYourHatOn: When [=MacGruber=] was worried about aging, he wore a bandana over his head and it turned out he was bald underneath it. ([[NegativeContinuity He has a full head of hair in every other appearance, of course.]])
* ProductPlacement / EnforcedPlug: Severely lampshaded in a [=MacGruber=] skit-cum-Pepsi ad from 2009's Super Bowl. In the first one, Mac is unable to defuse the bomb because he's too busy talking about or drinking a Pepsi, and announces he's legally changed his name to "Pepsuber." A later one (broadcast during an [=SNL=] ''commercial break'') has changed the opening theme song, replacing most of the lyrics--and all of [=MacGruber=]'s dialogue during the sketch--with a repetition of "Pepsi" (which oddly enough still works as an EarWorm).
--->''MACGRUBER! Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi!''
--->''MACGRUBER! Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi!''
--->''MACGRUBER! Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi!''
--->'''''MACGRUBERRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!'' (PEPSI!!!)'''
* RecycledSet: Every sketch takes place on the same set, meant to be the "control room" of various places, with absolutely no effort made to disguise this. A RunningGag is that such a control room does not even make sense for some of the settings, such as a monastery.
* SensitivityTraining: [=MacGruber=] has to go to this when he makes a racist joke.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Sometimes, the intro details how [=MacGruber=] is screwing up his personal life this week. Thus, the narrator will be describing what a loser [=MacGruber=] is while backed by macho music with shouts of "[=MacGruber=]!" The actual sketch has tense, adventure music playing on a loop which usually continues when [=MacGruber=] becomes sidetracked by some petty issue.
* StockFootage: The intro and the exterior of the location. Some of the intro footage is lifted from ''[=MacGyver=]'' itself.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Vicki replacing Casey when Maya Rudolph left the show. Vicki, therefore, gets to be in TheMovie, where her last name (St. Elmo) is given for the first time.
* TheyKilledKenny: Each sketch ends with the bomb going off and presumably [[KillEmAll killing everyone]]. Then they appear unharmed in the next segment only to be killed again. Oddly, the continuity of what was happening ''before'' the bomb went off is continued into the next segment.
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!!Tropes used in TheMovie:
--> ''MACGRUBER! They made a fucking movie!''

* ActorAllusion: [[spoiler:Why else would Val Kilmer's character come back from the dead with [[Film/BatmanForever the left side of his face scarred]]?]]
* AdaptationExpansion
* AintTooProudToBeg: [=MacGruber=] eventually has to get down on his knees and tearfully beg him to join his team. [[spoiler: He even offers to suck Piper's dick and allow him to fuck him, all while sobbing]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: At the beginning of the movie, when meeting Mac, Piper gives a rundown of our hero's many, ''many'' impressive achievements, and ends with "...and starting tight end for the University of Texas, El Paso."
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Most of Mac's team of American heroes; Tanker Lutz, Brick Hughes, and Vernon Freedom stand out in particular.
* AvengersAssemble
* BadassCrew[=/=]TheCameo: Comprised of ChrisJericho, [[WorldsStrongestMan Mark Henry]], [[FunWithAcronyms Montel Vontavious Porter]], [[TheGiant The Great Khali, and Kane]].
* BrickJoke: When crashing Cunth's party, [=MacGruber=] briefly excuses himself to take an "upper-decker" (defecating in the water tank of a toilet, rather than the bowl). Later, during the climax, Cunth says "By the way, thanks for the upper-decker you left in my toiler."
** [=MacGruber=] repeatedly threatens to [[CruelAndUnusualPunishment rip off Cunth's dick, and shove it in his mouth]]. He finally gets the chance to say "Hey Cunth... suck your own dick!" [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Cunth's genitals were burned off while escaping the explosion. [=MacGruber=] is crushed that he lost his opportunity for ultimate revenge.]]
* BulletproofHumanShield: Done literally to escape some thugs; [=MacGruber=] uses Piper as a human shield, and they both survive as Piper was wearing bullet proof vest, but [=MacGruber=] didn't know that.
* ClusterFBomb
* ContinuityNod:
** When Mac goes to recruit Vicki for his team, a photo in Vicki's house shows both Vicki and Casey in their costumes from the [=SNL=] sketches.
** The climactic scene where [=MacGruber=] is attempting to disarm the missile is staged just like one of the skits, right down to the background music.
* CoolCar: [=MacGruber=]'s red Mazda Miata.
* CountryMatters: The villain is named "Cunth". It kind of sets the tone for the whole movie.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: von Cunth makes it very clear to his men that however idiotic Mac might seem, he's not to be underestimated under any circumstances. After all, he won all those medals fighting in conflicts all over the world without ever using a gun, and stopped an assassination plot on Jimmy Carter.
* DaddysLittleVillain/ PutOnABus: In one scene, Cunth is playing a poker game with a beautiful ''femme fatale'' and [=MacGruber=] asks if they are screwing; it turns out this is Cunths daughter. Oddly, other than standing around in another scene about a minute later, she is never seen again.
* DamnedByFaintPraise: The ads like to run a quote praising this film for being the best ''[=SNL=]'' movie since ''Wayne's World''. That is not saying a lot.
* [[spoiler: DeathByCameo]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: After visiting his dead wife's grave, [=MacGruber=] finds the car of the guy who laughed at him in Vegas. He smashes its windows and sets it ablaze.
** Also Diether von Cunth, who's hatred for MacGruber all started because [=MacGruber=] [[spoiler: stole his girlfriend... while she was pregnant with Cunth's child... Which MacGruber convinced her to abort without telling Cunth. You know what? Screw "disproportionate", MacGruber's a JerkAss.]]
* DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm: [=MacGruber=], twice when mocked by Cunth. The second time, Cunth actually becomes exasperated at his stupidity.
* DoubleEntendre: "Time to pound some Cunth."
* FanDisservice: Equal-opportunity!
* FinishingMove / SignatureMove: [=MacGruber's=] MortalKombat-esque throat ripping ability.
* FreudianSlip:
-->'''[=MacGruber=]''': If rippin' throats gets that warhead back, I'll suck as many dicks as I got...uh...rip as many throats as I have to.
* FunWithSubtitles / GratuitousSpanish:
-->'''[=MacGruber=]''': You're loco, man!
-->'''Subtitles''': You're crazy, man!
* HeyItsThatGuy: [=MacGruber=]'s team that he assembles [[spoiler: and subsequently blows up!]] are all played by WWE wrestlers. [=MacGruber=], the character, even guest hosted WWERaw to promote the movie.
* HowDidYouKnowIDidnt:
-->Piper: "How did you know I was wearing a bulletproof vest?!"
-->[=MacGruber=]: "You were wearing a bulletproof vest? Awesome!"
* InstantMarksmanJustPullTrigger: Averted. [=MacGruber=] has atrocious aim, shoots excessively and can't even keep his eyes open while firing. Just as someone who has never used a gun would react if in a firefight.
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: [=MacGruber=] tries to catch Cunth with one of these after the stolen nuclear warhead is brought up. "I never said it was a ''nuclear'' warhead". Cunth's response? "[[SarcasmMode Oh that's right, because most warheads are filled with air]]."
* InformedAbility: Averted. [[OnlySaneMan Lieutenant Piper]] thinks [=MacGruber's=] penchant for throat rips is a load of hot air...until Mac rips a throat right in front of him during their attack on Cunth's headquarters.
** Possibly played straight with [=MacGruber's=] various military honours in the beginning of the film. We never see how Mac earned such achievements at all.
* InsultBackfire: [=MacGruber=] compliments the attractive woman present at Cunth's poker game. Then tells her to have fun getting date raped by Cunth. The woman turns out to be Cunth's daughter.
* IronicEcho: "The game has changed!" "But the players are the same!" - Spoken respectively as [=MacGruber=] refusing Colonel Faith asking him to help locate the X-5 and bring down Cunth, and then as [=MacGruber=] begging to be kept on the case after he blows up his team.
* JerkAss: Despite being a highly-decorated soldier, [=MacGruber=] is an asshole, who's not above destroying the car of someone who laughed at him, and using Lt. Piper as a human shield.
** He's a pretty big jerk in the [=SNL=] sketch as well, which has at various times portrayed him as petty, racist, alcoholic, vain, homophobic, and possibly sexist.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: [[spoiler:How Dieter flees the destruction of his headquarters to attack [=MacGruber=] one last time.]]
* LockAndLoadMontage: Spoofed, as he arms himself with floss, thumbtacks, and bottle caps. And celery.
* OnlySaneMan: Amongst the three lead characters, Piper is by ''far'' the most competent and level-headed.
* RealityEnsues: Mac learns the hard way that C4 isn't something You store unsafely in Your trunk and setting up an elaborate trap and taunting Your villain aren't great ideas in a time sensitive espionage mission.
* RearrangeTheSong: The [=MacGruber=] theme song is redone as a film epic version, complete with orchestral choir in lieu of the rock 'n roll macho singing from the skits. And Mac gets to show off his saxophone skills, too.
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: Played with a couple of times. Both times involved [=MacGruber=] not liking the music playing the on car radio and changing stations to something lame.
* StunnedSilence: Piper, when [=MacGruber=] explains his and Cunth's history [[spoiler: and showing in no uncertain terms that Cunth has every reason to want to seek his revenge]].
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [=MacGruber=]'s final revenge on Dieter von Cunth involves throwing him over a cliff, shooting him as he falls, launching a grenade into his corpse, ''pissing on his corpse'', and later taking a dump on his body bag.
* UnflinchingWalk: Grubes does this after destroying the "[=KFBR392=]" car, but is interrupted by the owner of said car.
-->'''Car owner''': Hey, what the fuck?
-->'''[=MacGruber=]''': Fuck you, asshole!
-->''*[=MacGruber=] runs to his car*''
* UnstoppableRage: Grubes goes into this right as [[spoiler: Cunth cuts off his trademark mullet and verbally mocks him.]]
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* ViewersAreMorons: PlayedForLaughs, see FunWithSubtitles above.
* VillainOpeningScene: Played very, self-consciously straight in contrast with the rest of the movie.

--> '''''MACGRUBER!'''''
--> ''[Explosion]''
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13th Aug '13 5:07:12 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ThisTropeIsBleep: "He had to take some [bleep]ing class because of stupid corporate bull[bleep]."
22nd Jul '13 1:26:30 AM PaulA
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'''''MacGruber''''' is an AffectionateParody of ''{{MacGyver}}'' originating on ''SaturdayNightLive'', in one of the better segments that have shown up in the years since the departure of TinaFey as head writer. The title character, [=MacGruber=] (played by Will Forte), is ([[InformedAbility supposedly]]) a Special Ops agent versed in the most deadly forms of everything, the most infamous being his ability (or inability) to deactivate deadly explosives. This makes him somewhat of an IdiotHero, who is ironically lauded for his expertise and viewed as a skillful agent, yet his bumbling goes unnoticed by some, including himself. Most sketches involve him being locked in a room (pretty much the exact same room each time) with some sort of explosive, his female assistant (originally Casey, played by Maya Rudolph; later Vicki, played by Kristen Wiig), and [[NoodleImplements a strange assortment of tools and items]]. He happens to be able to use them to deactivate the bomb, but something personal always comes up to distract him before he can.

There is usually a third person in the about-to-explode room, making the sketches rather more interesting. Richard Dean Anderson himself was once said third person; apparently, {{MacGyver}} is [=MacGruber's=] dad. Hm.

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'''''MacGruber''''' '''''[=MacGruber=]''''' is an AffectionateParody of ''{{MacGyver}}'' ''Series/MacGyver'' originating on ''SaturdayNightLive'', in one of the better segments that have shown up in the years since the departure of TinaFey as head writer. The title character, [=MacGruber=] (played by Will Forte), is ([[InformedAbility supposedly]]) a Special Ops agent versed in the most deadly forms of everything, the most infamous being his ability (or inability) to deactivate deadly explosives. This makes him somewhat of an IdiotHero, who is ironically lauded for his expertise and viewed as a skillful agent, yet his bumbling goes unnoticed by some, including himself. Most sketches involve him being locked in a room (pretty much the exact same room each time) with some sort of explosive, his female assistant (originally Casey, played by Maya Rudolph; later Vicki, played by Kristen Wiig), and [[NoodleImplements a strange assortment of tools and items]]. He happens to be able to use them to deactivate the bomb, but something personal always comes up to distract him before he can.

There is usually a third person in the about-to-explode room, making the sketches rather more interesting. Richard Dean Anderson himself was once said third person; apparently, {{MacGyver}} Series/MacGyver is [=MacGruber's=] dad. Hm.



* AffectionateParody: Of ''Macgyver'' and ''Rambo''. Its clear Forte knows and loves these characters, even as he mercilessly deconstructs Them.

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* AffectionateParody: Of ''Macgyver'' ''Series/MacGyver'' and ''Rambo''. Its clear Forte knows and loves these characters, even as he mercilessly deconstructs Them.them.



* DoesNotLikeGuns: MacGruber. Unlike MacGyver, its because he doesn't know how.

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* DoesNotLikeGuns: MacGruber. [=MacGruber=]. Unlike MacGyver, its Series/MacGyver, it's because he doesn't know how.



* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Will Forte (the actor who plays MacGruber) sings the theme.

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* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Will Forte (the actor who plays MacGruber) [=MacGruber=]) sings the theme. theme.



* ProductPlacement / EnforcedPlug: Severely lampshaded in a MacGruber skit-cum-Pepsi ad from 2009's Super Bowl. In the first one, Mac is unable to defuse the bomb because he's too busy talking about or drinking a Pepsi, and announces he's legally changed his name to "Pepsuber." A later one (broadcast during an [=SNL=] ''commercial break'') has changed the opening theme song, replacing most of the lyrics--and all of MacGruber's dialogue during the sketch--with a repetition of "Pepsi" (which oddly enough still works as an EarWorm).

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* ProductPlacement / EnforcedPlug: Severely lampshaded in a MacGruber [=MacGruber=] skit-cum-Pepsi ad from 2009's Super Bowl. In the first one, Mac is unable to defuse the bomb because he's too busy talking about or drinking a Pepsi, and announces he's legally changed his name to "Pepsuber." A later one (broadcast during an [=SNL=] ''commercial break'') has changed the opening theme song, replacing most of the lyrics--and all of MacGruber's [=MacGruber=]'s dialogue during the sketch--with a repetition of "Pepsi" (which oddly enough still works as an EarWorm).



* AintTooProudToBeg: MacGruber eventually has to get down on his knees and tearfully beg him to join his team. [[spoiler: He even offers to suck Piper's dick and allow him to fuck him, all while sobbing]].

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* AintTooProudToBeg: MacGruber [=MacGruber=] eventually has to get down on his knees and tearfully beg him to join his team. [[spoiler: He even offers to suck Piper's dick and allow him to fuck him, all while sobbing]].



* BrickJoke: When crashing Cunth's party, MacGruber briefly excuses himself to take an "upper-decker" (defecating in the water tank of a toilet, rather than the bowl). Later, during the climax, Cunth says "By the way, thanks for the upper-decker you left in my toiler."
** MacGruber repeatedly threatens to [[CruelAndUnusualPunishment rip off Cunth's dick, and shove it in his mouth]]. He finally gets the chance to say "Hey Cunth... suck your own dick!" [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Cunth's genitals were burned off while escaping the explosion. MacGruber is crushed that he lost his opportunity for ultimate revenge.]]

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* BrickJoke: When crashing Cunth's party, MacGruber [=MacGruber=] briefly excuses himself to take an "upper-decker" (defecating in the water tank of a toilet, rather than the bowl). Later, during the climax, Cunth says "By the way, thanks for the upper-decker you left in my toiler."
** MacGruber [=MacGruber=] repeatedly threatens to [[CruelAndUnusualPunishment rip off Cunth's dick, and shove it in his mouth]]. He finally gets the chance to say "Hey Cunth... suck your own dick!" [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Cunth's genitals were burned off while escaping the explosion. MacGruber [=MacGruber=] is crushed that he lost his opportunity for ultimate revenge.]]



* CoolCar: MacGruber's red Mazda Miata.

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* CoolCar: MacGruber's [=MacGruber=]'s red Mazda Miata.



* DaddysLittleVillain/ PutOnABus: In one scene, Cunth is playing a poker game with a beautiful ''femme fatale'' and MacGruber asks if they are screwing; it turns out this is Cunths daughter. Oddly, other than standing around in another scene about a minute later, she is never seen again.

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* DaddysLittleVillain/ PutOnABus: In one scene, Cunth is playing a poker game with a beautiful ''femme fatale'' and MacGruber [=MacGruber=] asks if they are screwing; it turns out this is Cunths daughter. Oddly, other than standing around in another scene about a minute later, she is never seen again.



* HeyItsThatGuy: MacGruber's team that he assembles [[spoiler: and subsequently blows up!]] are all played by WWE wrestlers. [=MacGruber=], the character, even guest hosted WWERaw to promote the movie.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: MacGruber's [=MacGruber=]'s team that he assembles [[spoiler: and subsequently blows up!]] are all played by WWE wrestlers. [=MacGruber=], the character, even guest hosted WWERaw to promote the movie.



-->Mac Gruber: "You were wearing a bulletproof vest? Awesome!"
* InstantMarksmanJustPullTrigger: Averted. MacGruber has atrocious aim, shoots excessively and can't even keep his eyes open while firing. Just as someone who has never used a gun would react if in a firefight.

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-->Mac Gruber: -->[=MacGruber=]: "You were wearing a bulletproof vest? Awesome!"
* InstantMarksmanJustPullTrigger: Averted. MacGruber [=MacGruber=] has atrocious aim, shoots excessively and can't even keep his eyes open while firing. Just as someone who has never used a gun would react if in a firefight.



* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: Played with a couple of times. Both times involved MacGruber not liking the music playing the on car radio and changing stations to something lame.
* StunnedSilence: Piper, when MacGruber explains his and Cunth's history [[spoiler: and showing in no uncertain terms that Cunth has every reason to want to seek his revenge]].
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: MacGruber's final revenge on Dieter von Cunth involves throwing him over a cliff, shooting him as he falls, launching a grenade into his corpse, ''pissing on his corpse'', and later taking a dump on his body bag.

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* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: Played with a couple of times. Both times involved MacGruber [=MacGruber=] not liking the music playing the on car radio and changing stations to something lame.
* StunnedSilence: Piper, when MacGruber [=MacGruber=] explains his and Cunth's history [[spoiler: and showing in no uncertain terms that Cunth has every reason to want to seek his revenge]].
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: MacGruber's [=MacGruber=]'s final revenge on Dieter von Cunth involves throwing him over a cliff, shooting him as he falls, launching a grenade into his corpse, ''pissing on his corpse'', and later taking a dump on his body bag.
19th Jul '13 12:21:11 PM Degradingseeker
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* PottyFailure: After a shootout Vicki says, "I peed my jeans. I peed 'em."
3rd Jun '13 7:14:23 AM SeptimusHeap
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* BadassLonghair: MacGruber.
19th Mar '13 4:01:10 PM SeptimusHeap
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* RefugeInVulgarity
10th Mar '13 4:34:49 PM thenightmareman
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* DoesNotLikeGuns: MacGruber. Unlike MacGyver, its because he doesn't know how.
6th Feb '13 11:58:06 AM thenightmareman
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* InstantMarksamanJustPullTrigger: Averted. MacGruber has atrocious aim, shoots excessively and can't even keep his eyes open while firing. Just as someone who has never used a gun would react if in a firefight.

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* InstantMarksamanJustPullTrigger: InstantMarksmanJustPullTrigger: Averted. MacGruber has atrocious aim, shoots excessively and can't even keep his eyes open while firing. Just as someone who has never used a gun would react if in a firefight.



* RealityEnsues: Mac learns the hard way that C4 isn't something You store unsafely in Your trunk and setting up an elaborate trap and taunting Your villain aren't great ideas in an espionage mission.

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* RealityEnsues: Mac learns the hard way that C4 isn't something You store unsafely in Your trunk and setting up an elaborate trap and taunting Your villain aren't great ideas in an a time sensitive espionage mission.
1st Feb '13 8:43:57 AM thenightmareman
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* InstantMarksamanJustPullTrigger: Averted. MacGruber has atrocious aim, shoots excessively and can't even keep his eyes open while firing. Just as someone who has never used a gun would react if in a firefight.


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* RealityEnsues: Mac learns the hard way that C4 isn't something You store unsafely in Your trunk and setting up an elaborate trap and taunting Your villain aren't great ideas in an espionage mission.
16th Jan '13 3:37:42 AM thenightmareman
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* AffectionateParody: Of ''Macgyver'' and ''Rambo''. Its clear Forte knows and loves these characters, even as he mercilessly deconstructs Them.
* BadassLonghair: MacGruber.


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