Created By: somerandomdude on August 27, 2009

In Soviet Russia Joke

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In Soviet Russia, this page searches for YOU.

Do We Have This One?? The closest I could find was In Soviet Russia, Trope Mocks You, and that is more of a general outline of Americans stereotyping Soviets.

An In Soviet Russia Joke is a joke that portrays an entirely normal situation, the only exception being that the roles are reversed--often producing hilarious outcomes, e.g.: in Soviet Russia, the bank robs YOU. Almost always, the recipient (formerly performer) of the action is a very emphatic "YOU".

You can make just about any of these up, just follow the aforementioned formatting. Popular ones in include: in Soviet Russia, YOU beat up Chuck Norris, in Soviet Russia, Jessica Alba faps to YOU, etc, etc.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • August 27, 2009
    The origin of this trope, I think, is the Schwarzenegger movie Red Heat. IIRC Arnie basically kept spouting lines of this kind all the time.
  • August 27, 2009
    actually it was Yakov Smirnoff. The joke is a form of antimetabole, in egghead grammatical terms.
  • August 27, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    For some reason, the Russian Reversal page is mysteriously blank. It comes up in a search, so maybe we used to have it.
  • August 27, 2009
  • August 27, 2009
    We actually have a forum thread about actually making that name about the joke, and the current trope have a different name.
  • August 28, 2009
    Note that the original Russian Reversals carried a dystopian undertone, such as "In Soviet Russia, TV watches you", "In Soviet Russia, the party can always find you" or "In Soviet Russia, bank robs you".
  • August 28, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Roses are red,/ Violets are blue/ In Soviet Russia/ Poem write you!
  • August 29, 2009

    I addressed that page in the main text. If you read it, you'll see it's just a description of general stereotyping of Russians by Americans.
  • August 29, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    It was popularized by an episode of Family Guy, in which Peter drove a fancy car with a GPS that had a Yakov Smirnoff setting.
  • August 29, 2009
    In Soviet Russia, YKTTW discuss YOU!

    In Soviet Russia, Final Boss S-rank YOU!

    In Soviet Russia, noob pwn YOU!

    In Soviet Russia, Overly Long Gag tire of YOU!
  • August 30, 2009
    • In Futurama, Zoidberg's brief career as a stand-up comedian consisted entirely of this format of jokes about his homeworld Decapodia.
      Zoidberg: On Earth, you enjoy a tasty meal of clams. On Decapodia, clams enjoy a tasty meal of YOU! [no reaction] On Earth, you're looking for a giant squid. On Decapodia- [is booed off-stage].
  • August 31, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Also from Futurama, "Crimes Of The Hot":
    Fry: That ice machine is so big, the ice crushes you. Yakov Smirnof said that.
    Leela: No, he didn't.