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'''Stan Laurel''' (June 16, 1890 -- February 23, 1965) and '''Oliver Hardy''' (January 18, 1892 August 7, 1957) were an early 20th century comedy double-act famous for visual-slapstick humour. Among the most enduringly famous of Laurel and Hardy's works are ''Film/TheMusicBox'', which features two workers' Sisyphean attempts to move a piano up several flights of stairs, and ''Film/BabesInToyland''.

Laurel and Hardy got their start as a duo with director Hal Roach's Hal Roach Studios in the late 1920s, and occasionally worked with bigger studios such as RKO and MGM. They are notable for their successful transition from silent-era film to "talkies", and were extremely prolific throughout the late '20s and the '30s. In later years they also toured extensively as stage performers.

Though the pair's sketches were often the result of a team of writers, Stan Laurel was something of an "idea man" who rewrote segments of scripts and did a lot of improvising.

They are remembered in popular culture today, thanks to constant television showings, inspiring many other comedy duos and the techniques they pioneered in their films.

Many of their films can now be seen on Youtube due to them now being in the public domain, as many of their copyrights were never renewed. However, caution is needed as full uploads are removed sometimes due to "third-party violations."

!!Works Featured on This Wiki:

* ''Film/BigBusiness'' (1929)
* ''Film/TheMusicBox'' (1932)
* ''Film/SonsOfTheDesert'' (1933)
* ''Film/BabesInToyland'' (1934)
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!! There's some other fine tropes you've gotten us into!

* ActionGirl: Thelma and Rubie from ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ_JZBCkqvA Two Tars]]'', who beat up the sweet shop assistant when he fights Ollie and Stan.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Oliver Hardy was a talented physical comedy performer and a graceful dancer, despite his size.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: The Riffs in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnLrLyPIWyE Beau Hunks]]'' have tacks assaulting their feet while Ollie gets a nail stuck in his foot in ''Film/TheMusicBox.''
* AllJustADream: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AV2eqOJ3kY The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case]]'' and ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaq3g5P88ck Oliver the Eighth]]'' end like this.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: The films being made and set in TheRoaringTwenties and TheGreatDepression give a lot of interesting details about that era:
** From ''[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xt0rmc_laurel-and-hardy-sugar-daddies-1927-silent-full_shortfilms Sugar Daddies]]'', amusement parks used to have rides where people were rolled around in spinning cylinders with no seatbelts or seats, which must have caused loads of injuries, leading to its discontinuation.
** From ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvN4Tm5fvu4 Putting Pants on Phillip]]'', pants were not often mass produced in assorted standard sizes, so men had to often go the nearest tailor for a custom fitting.
** Laughing gas was commonly used by dentists.
** Men slept in nightshirts a lot more frequently than today.
** To start a Ford Model T, a crank needed to be turned, like a clockwork robot toy.
** 78 RPM records were fragile and broke easily, as seen in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cyKRNCWZN8 Liberty]]''.
** It was necessary to strike a match in order to turn on a stove, as seen in ''[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xt0rxi_laurel-and-hardy-unaccustomed-as-we-are-1929-full_shortfilms Unaccustomed As We Are]]''.
* AmusingInjuries: Frequently. It's mostly Ollie who gets injured, though.
* AsideGlance: One of Hardy's trademarks, turning to the camera with an expression that just reads, "Why always me?" Also used when he was baffled by Laurel's actions, when it means "What is he doing ''now''?"
** While uproariously funny in itself, it was often used to pad out a gag to give the audience time to finish laughing so they wouldn't miss the next bit of dialog.
** Stan himself would sometimes direct a befuddled gaze at the camera.
* {{Badass}}: Both of them. They're practically MadeOfIron, have huge strength and once ''defeated an entire army of angry Arabs'' with nothing but tacks scattered on the desert floor.
* BadassBoast: Courtesy of Stan in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ_JZBCkqvA Two Tars]]:'' "You're flirtin' with Death, son!"
* BedsheetLadder: In ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtyVA7zMs84 Laughing Gravy]]'', Stan tries to hoist Ollie up via one of these, with the expected results.
* BigGuyLittleGuy as well as FatAndSkinny. Oliver Hardy disliked being overweight, but the studios insisted upon his ''not'' dieting to maintain this trope.
** In Spanish they are literally known as "El Gordo y el Flaco" (The Fat and the Skinny).
** In Dutch too: "De Dikke en de Dunne" (The Fat and the Skinny)
*** Same in Brazillian Portuguese, "O Gordo e o Magro".
*** In European Portuguese, "O Bucha e o Estica" (The Chub and the Stretch).
*** And in German as "Dick und Doof" (Fat and Stupid).
*** And in Finnish as "Ohukainen ja Paksukainen" (Skinny and Fatty).
*** Just say, "Remember in those old movies, those two funny guys Fatty and Skinny?" and many people know exactly who you mean.
* BlackWidow: In ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaq3g5P88ck Oliver the Eighth]]'' (though ''she's'' the rich one, not her husbands).
* BloodKnight: In ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ_JZBCkqvA Two Tars]]'', Stan and Ollie's girlfriends urge them on during the car wrecking and personally go to kick the ass of the sweet shop assistant when he beats both of the boys up.
* BloodlessCarnage: In ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnLrLyPIWyE Beau Hunks]]'', two Legionnaires are gunned down and fall off the battlements with no blood seen at all, despite the fact they're dead.
* TheBoxingEpisode: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZayFC6MCqsw Any Old Port]]'' and the first half of ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlIXByXcUHw The Battle of the Century.]]''
* {{Brotherhood of Funny Hats}}: The eponymous brotherhood/lodge in ''Film/SonsOfTheDesert''. (Both men were Freemasons in real life.)
* TheCastShowoff: Ollie had quite a set of pipes. (For those who don't know what that means, it means that he sings really well.) Plus, both the boys frequently got to show off their dancing, especially in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlIXByXcUHw Way Out West.]]''
* CarFu: Seen in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ_JZBCkqvA Two Tars.]]''
* CatchPhrase: "Well, here's ''another'' fine mess you've gotten me into!", often said by Ollie to Stan after things went awry. One of their shorts was even called ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZfg9rk_9iQ Another Fine Mess]]''.
** Actually this is a case of BeamMeUpScotty. Ollie would sometimes say it was "another ''nice'' mess", but never fine. The confusion probably comes from the title of that short.
*** Furthermore, people often misquote the phrase as, "...another fine mess you've gotten ''us'' into!"
** Laurel's tearful, high-pitched whimper of, "Well, I couldn't help it!", often in response to the above accusation.
** Also, Hardy's "Why don't you do something to ''help'' me?" and agonized bellow of "''OOOHHH!''"
* CementShoes: PlayedForLaughs in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOc9BCVfOTw Our Relations.]]''
* CharacterTics:
** Ollie's bashful tie-twiddling.
** Stan's idiotic grin and befuddled head-scratching.
** The forceful "Take ''that!''" nods both would give to punctuate an EscalatingWar.
** Ollie's AsideGlance at the camera.
* ChasedOffIntoTheSunset: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c0m_vCBxw0 Pack Up Your Troubles]]'' plays this trope straight. Early on, Stan and Oliver get an Army cook in trouble. He vows that if he ever comes across the duo again, he'd come after them with a knife. At the end of the film, when they've happily resolved everything, they're asked to stay to eat. The cook turns out to be the former Army cook from before - and he makes good on his threat as he chases Laurel and Hardy off into the distance.
* TheChewToy: Ollie, always on the receiving end of most injuries.
* ClothingDamage: Also very frequently, with Fanservice and non-Fanservice examples. One Fanservice example is in ''[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xt0rxi_laurel-and-hardy-unaccustomed-as-we-are-1929-full_shortfilms Unaccustomed As We Are]]'', where Thelma Todd had her clothing set on fire, while non-fanservice examples occur in plenty of the duo's movies when they engage in an EscalatingWar.
* ComedicSociopathy: Very, very, ''very'' frequent.
* ConstructionZoneCalamity: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cyKRNCWZN8 Liberty]]''
* CrazyEnoughToWork: In ''Way Out West'', when it's revealed they've handed the deed to the ''wrong'' Mary Roberts, the duo make a plan to ''hoist a mule into the top floor of the saloon to get the deed back.'' ''And it actually works.''
* CreditsGag: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZfg9rk_9iQ Another Fine Mess]]'' has its credits recited aloud by a pair of twin usherettes (Beverly and Bettymae Crane).
** This was a common practice during Hal Roach films from 1930 to 1931. It was short-lived. (Another set was recorded for ''Pardon Us'', but scrapped.)
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: At the end of ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEVRkrZ81O4 One Good Turn]]'', Stan snaps and starts physically attacking Ollie while shouting threats. The boys added this in because Stan's little girl was scared of her "Uncle Ollie" (she thought the way he bullied Stan in the films was ''real''); seeing a movie where her dad finally stood up to him completely fixed the problem.
** This was also an example of SerendipityWritesThePlot: The ending was improvised because Stanley's daughter was actually on the set that day and he wanted her to be happy.
** In ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvxEytUO1pU Block-Heads]]'', the boys have a run-in with a bratty little kid (played by Tommy Bond, aka "Butch" in ''TheLittleRascals''). This leads to the kid's father twice kicking Ollie in the rear...for which Stan retaliates in turn by landing a punch on the guy's chin that ''knocks him out cold.''
* CrustyCaretaker: Seen in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AV2eqOJ3kY The Laurel and Hardy Murder Case]]'', although PlayedForLaughs.
* CurbStompBattle: Seen in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnLrLyPIWyE Beau Hunks]]''. Once Ollie and Stan unleash tacks on the Riffs, the battle is immediately won by the French Foreign Legion.
* CueTheRain: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmKM1clRzE4 Helpmates]]''
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZPvuoG_su0 The Flying Deuces]]''. It has several moments of GallowsHumor, contains long drawn-out scenes that have just as many contemplative and depressing moments as they do funny moments, and [[spoiler:kills off Ollie at the climax, leaving Stan all alone...until the next scene where he comes back as a talking horse]].
* DashinglyDapperDerby: [[CaptainObvious Both of them wear one.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Ollie, usually towards Stanley when he says or does an idiocy. He can also be [[SilentSnarker a silent one]].
* DecoyProtagonist: Eddie Smith in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c0m_vCBxw0 Pack Up Your Troubles]]''. Initially, it seems as though he'll be something of an underdog hero (his wife left him, he has a little toddler he has to take care of, he's been estranged from his father) while Stan and Ollie act as the comic relief. Then, [[spoiler:[[MoodWhiplash he is killed]] while serving in WWI]], and the focus stays on Stan and Ollie for the rest of the movie as they [[spoiler:try to take care of his daughter and reunite her with her grandparents; thankfully, the comedic tone returns after this shift of focus]].
* DisasterDominoes: Often. Very often, in fact.
* DistractedByTheSexy: This happens to Ollie in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ_JZBCkqvA Two Tars]]'' when he spots Thelma and Rubie in the middle of an argument with Stan.
* DownerEnding: There were several films with a Downer ending (known as the body terror ending) where the boys' bodies are tortured, and ends with Ollie telling Stan "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" And Stan whines in a high-pitched voice "But I couldn't help It, you always picked me!"
** ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQEFWyaQSe4 Going Bye-Bye]]'' has Stan and Ollie sitting in a couch with their legs tied to their neck.
** ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6LBPBEcYss The Live Ghost]]'' has Stan and Ollie's heads backwards.
** ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bohemian_Girl_(film) The Bohemian Girl]]'' has Stan as a dwarf and Ollie as a giant from after being in the torture chamber.
** ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzC3f_vHtF0 The Bullfighters]]'' has Stan and Ollie are being skinned alive and become [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dWbrQDx-WMI/UtsmAyvm28I/AAAAAAAAkdk/h2rSwfFJaeg/s1600/tumblr_lt74iczjXo1qiz3j8o1_500.gif skeletons]].
* {{Dreadful Musician}}s: They appear to be this in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z_Tl-1CthM You're Darn Tootin]]'' and ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCPnoqygngg Below Zero]]''.
* DrivenToSuicide: The boys' landlord, in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtyVA7zMs84 Laughing Gravy]]''.
* DriverFacesPassenger: In ''Two Tars'', Stan is so busy talking to Ollie that he nearly hits a light pole. A disgusted Ollie takes the wheel, says to Stan "first rule of the road--drive straight ahead", and immediately after he says this, hits a light pole.
* DumbassHasAPoint: In ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqG5EP-Tsh4 Brats]]'', Stan mentions that treating kids with kindness is better than yelling at them-and Ollie agrees! Bonus points to Stan for using what seems to be another {{Malaproper}} saying-"You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead." However, Ollie doesn't pull off an AsideGlance, he chuckles and nods.
* EpicFail: '''''IN SPADES'''''. [[UpToEleven Nearly everything they do often turns into one big fail.]]
* EscalatingWar: A frequent occurrence. Some good examples are the pie fight in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlIXByXcUHw The Battle of the Century]]'' and the second half of ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ_JZBCkqvA Two Tars]]''.
* ExtremeOmniGoat: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgbN73lQkWU Angora Love]]''
* FatAndSkinny: The TropeNamer.
* FatBastard: Ollie is a ''huge'' JerkAss to Stan in almost all the films.
* FatComicRelief: Ollie is always the ButtMonkey.
* FatIdiot: Ollie. While Stan is quite stupid Ollie is equally idiotic as him and his actions only makes the situation worse.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Very few of the comedy team's films end with them achieving success, usually because Stan does something utterly boneheaded to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
* FingerSnapLighter: Stan is able to do this in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDrYVzb5KAU Way out West]]'', which baffles Ollie. Ollie is able to do this after many tries, except he ScreamsLikeALittleGirl when he does.
* SeparatedAtBirth: ''Our Relations'' featuring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy meeting their identical twins, Alf Laurel and Bert Hardy.
* FourthWallPsych [=/=] MirrorMonologue: Ollie, in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmKM1clRzE4 Helpmates]]''.
* FromBadToWorse: Very frequently.
* GainaxEnding: ''Come Clean'' is fairly standard comedy involving the eponymous duo hiding a strange woman from their wives while trying to get rid of her. The short ends when the police arrest the woman for an unnamed crime and ask who brought her to the apartment. Oliver claims that Stan is responsible, and the policeman says he'll receive a $1000 reward. Ollie then pulls the plug on the bath that Stan is sitting in, causing him to be sucked down the drain. When his wife asks where he's gone, Ollie answers "To the beach."
* GreatEscape: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cyKRNCWZN8 Liberty's]]'' first half.
* GoodHairEvilHair: Hardy is the only one aside from Creator/CharlieChaplin [[GrandfatherClause who gets a free pass]] for using the toothbrush mustache that AdolfHitler made infamous.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Stan and Ollie were masters of improvised comedy. They rarely rehearsed a scene because they wanted to capture the "magic" on film. Once when a guest star asked if they were going to rehearse, Stan Laurel shot back, "Do you want to ''spoil'' it?"
* HenpeckedHusband: Including one feature titled ''[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xt0rn3_laurel-and-hardy-should-married-men-go-home-1928-silent-full_shortfilms Should Married Men Go Home?]]''
* HeterosexualLifePartners: The characters they portrayed, more often than not, and the actors themselves.
** [[http://www.hollywoodusa.co.uk/HollHillsObituaries/stanlaurel.htm From Stan Laurel's obituary]]:
--> On August 7, 1957, Oliver Hardy died. Due to his own poor health, Stan did not attend his funeral, stating "Babe (Hardy's nickname) would understand". After that, Stan realized he would never act again, but he did write gags and sketches for fellow comedians. People who knew Laurel said he was absolutely devastated by Hardy's death and never fully recovered. On one occasion following Hardy's passing, a casual fan mistook Laurel for his late partner. "Aren't you Oliver Hardy?" the fan asked. Laurel obliged, claiming he was indeed Oliver Hardy. The fan then asked whatever happened to "the other guy". Laurel tellingly replied: "Oh, him? Well, he went quite mad".
* IAteWhat: Ollie pulls this off when he realizes he's just eaten the billiard chalk in ''Brats''.
* IdentityAmnesia: In ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvO0E_8JUk0 A Chump at Oxford]]'', Stan is revealed to actually be one "Lord Paddington", a brilliant and snobby university scholar who lost his memory (and most of his intelligence) and left campus when a window [[TapOnTheHead closed on his head]]. He temporarily becomes his alter ego in ''Chump'' when that same window drops on his head again, but the accident is naturally repeated once more just before the film's end, thereby returning Stan to his usual stupid self and [[StatusQuoIsGod maintaining the status quo]].
* JerkAss: Ollie can come off across as this sometimes.
** Charlie Hall plays a overbearing husband in ''[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xt0s2a_laurel-and-hardy-them-thar-hills-1934-full_shortfilms Them Thar Hills.]]''
** Lord Paddington.
** The cop, nurse and professor in ''Film/TheMusicBox.''
** James Finlayson usualy plays this kind of guy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite going as far to hit and outright bully Stan, Ollie will not hesitate to help Stan when he's in danger, and in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cyKRNCWZN8 Liberty]]'', he takes Stan's hand and helps him walk across the girders, when Stan's sobbing and shaking because he's terrified that they'll fall.
* KarmicTrickster: Ollie and Stan pull this off in ''[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xt0s2a_laurel-and-hardy-them-thar-hills-1934-full_shortfilms Them Thar Hills.]]''
* LargeHam: Hardy, who shouts a lot at Stan.
* LegionOfLostSouls: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnLrLyPIWyE Beau Hunks]]'' and ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZPvuoG_su0 The Flying Deuces]]'' have the boys joining the French Foreign Legion.
* {{Leitmotif}}: ''"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snnCKVFzjHE&list=RDaQqC6_6Wf0M The Cuckoo Song.]]"''
* LethallyStupid: Stan. And ''how!''...
** Ollie can be this also. Their natural gift for self-inflicted disasters is topped by Film/TheThreeStooges alone.
*** Oliver Hardy once remarked that his character was actually the more thickheaded of the two, because he would always place his complete faith and trust in Stan no matter how invariably Stan led them into disaster.
*** He also never admitted that it was his fault if he did something wrong, always [[NeverMyFault blaming it on Stan.]]
* MadScientist: ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_Work_(1933_film) Dirty Work]]''
* MadeOfIron: Both of them in most of their films. They can take pianos crushing them, ladders in the eye, houses collapsing on them and [[GroinAttack truncheons to the groin]] with only minimal pain, then go back to what they were doing in the first place.
* {{Malaproper}}: Stan, often.
--> "[[Film/SonsOfTheDesert We floundered]] ''in a typhoid.''"
--> "A terrible ''cat's-after-me!''" (Instead of a terrible ''catastrophe''.)
* ManInAKilt: Stan's title character in ''Putting Pants on Philip''.
* ManChild: Laurel. And Hardy too. Actually, the entire premise on why they're so funny is that they are basically both man-children.
* MsFanservice: Thelma Todd as Lady Plumtree in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZfg9rk_9iQ Another Fine Mess.]]''
* MurphysBed: Plays a role in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuschOPvh_8 Be Big!]]''
* NameAndName: Laurel & Hardy were their own names. That way they could control copyright over their public image.
* NeverMyFault: Whenever things invariably went wrong, Ollie would tell Stan "Well, here's another [[strike:fine]] nice mess you've gotten me into!" This was Ollie's CatchPhrase.
* [[NiceHat Nice Hats]]: Their bowlers.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In the last Warner Bros. BoskoTheTalkInkKid short, "Bosko's Picture Show", one of the films shown features Laurel and Hardy caricatures, dubbed as "Haurel and Lardy".
* NoFourthWall: Ollie [[AsideGlance broke the Fourth Wall]] in nearly ''every single film'', while Stan pulled off an AsideGlance a few times.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Everybody in the restaurant subjects the boys to this in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCPnoqygngg Below Zero.]]''
* OffscreenCrash: Frequently.
* OnOneCondition: An alternate, three-reel version of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laughing_Gravy Laughing Gravy]]'' has Stan getting a letter informing him he's inherited $1,000 from a deceased uncle...provided he severs all connections with Ollie.
* OverlyLongGag: The boot routine that takes up the majority of ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuschOPvh_8 Be Big]]''. Because of it, ''Be Big'' is generally considered the worst of their shorts and sometimes even the worst film they ever made ''period'' prior to leaving Hal Roach.
* ThePratfall: There's even a fan magazine for the pair called ''Pratfall''. It's also one of their trademarks.
* PieInTheFace / FoodFight: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlIXByXcUHw The Battle of the Century]]'' has what is reportedly the TropeCodifier of PieInTheFace and the biggest pie fight ever recorded on film.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Stan, who can punch a man in the chin hard enough to ''knock him out.''
* ReallyGetsAround: [[JeanHarlow "Jeanie-Weenie"]], in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4017sOFyOFM Beau Hunks]]''.
* RecycledSoundtrack: In ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4017sOFyOFM Beau Hunks]],'' the French Foreign Legion's March is a brass band version of Stan and Ollie's theme, the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snnCKVFzjHE&feature=kp Cuckoo Song]].''
* TheRemake / RecycledScript: Their first non-Roach feature, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZPvuoG_su0 The Flying Deuces]]'', plays with this. It's generally called a ''partial'' remake of their earlier four-reeler, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4017sOFyOFM Beau Hunks]]'', using the same basic set-up - Stan and Ollie enlisting in the foreign legion after a woman breaks Ollie's heart - but not any of the earlier film's gags or plot developments.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtyVA7zMs84 Laughing Gravy]]'' is basically a remake of the silent ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgbN73lQkWU Angora Love]]''.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayUjkSvdrug The Music Box]]'' is a remake of the (lost) silent ''Hats Off''.
** The first reel of the feature length version of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvO0E_8JUk0 A Chump at Oxford]]'' is a remake of the 1928 silent short ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFDZJntqPmU From Soup to Nuts]]''.
* RumpRoast: Happens to Ollie in ''[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xt0s2a_laurel-and-hardy-them-thar-hills-1934-full_shortfilms Them Thar Hills]]''.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Stan and Ollie. It shows in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AV2eqOJ3kY The Laurel & Hardy Murder Case]].''
* ServileSnarker: The butler in ''Dirty Work''.
* ShoutOut:
** They are depicted as Roman legionairies in ''Recap/ObelixAndCo''.
** They appear in the Mickey Mouse cartoon ''Mickey's Polo Party''.
* ShowSomeLeg: How Stan stops the stagecoach in ''Way Out West'', parodying ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight''.
* SingleIssueLandlord: In ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtyVA7zMs84 Laughing Gravy]]''.
* {{Slapstick}}: Appears a lot, and is also one of the things the duo is primarily remembered for. Even after they switched to sound, loads and loads of slapstick appeared in their shorts and features.
* SquirrelsInMyPants: The crab in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cyKRNCWZN8 Liberty]]''.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Exaggerated in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqG5EP-Tsh4 Brats]]'': Stan and Ollie's kids are basically miniature versions of them, although Ollie's son doesn't have a mustache.
* SuperStrength: Both are surprisingly strong-they can haul pianos up stairs again and again, tear down doors and push a man into a car hard enough for the car to tip over as well.
* SuperhumanTransfusion: Variant-- in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1KUDRouGcI Thicker Than Water]]'', a botched blood transfusion (too much donated from Stan to Ollie, then too much put back from Ollie to Stan, and so on) results in Ollie's excess weight being transferred over to Stan. (Of course, in reality, Hardy had simply shaved his mustache and Laurel had grown one, to appear as each other.) [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_U5OmWgNVk8k/S8lxHLfDMNI/AAAAAAAABe4/9cbOV4wz9cw/s1600/Laurel+and+Hardy+-+Thicker+Than+Water.jpg See here.]]
* SweetDreamsFuel: An ''excellent'' source here, as they're so utterly hilarious any NightmareFuel will be smashed to bits within the first 5 minutes of any of their movies.
* TheTake: In various forms, including all manner of {{Spit Take}}s and the hilarious DelayedReaction take that was Laurel's specialty.
* ThrowThePin: Stan (naturally) in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4017sOFyOFM Beau Hunks]]''.
* TookALevelInJerkass: When Stan becomes Lord Paddington in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvO0E_8JUk0 A Chump at Oxford]]'', he makes Ollie his manservant, and aims a lot of jokes about his weight and his double chin at him. This leads to Ollie angrily leaving.
* TranquilFury: Stan, even in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEVRkrZ81O4 One Good Turn]]'' when he snaps-he shows no external anger whatsoever.
* TooDumbToLive: Both of 'em. Although they (almost) never die, they often end up with lots of injuries.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqG5EP-Tsh4 Brats]]'' has Stan and Ollie babysitting their [[IdenticalGrandson lookalike children]]; ''[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xt0ry3_laurel-and-hardy-twice-two-1933-full_shortfilms Twice Two]]'' has them married to each other's [[DistaffCounterpart lookalike sisters]]; ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOc9BCVfOTw Our Relations]]'' has them mixed up with their [[TwinSwitch identical twins]].
* VagabondBuddies
* VandalismBackfire: In ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z_Tl-1CthM You're Darn [=Tootin'=]]]'', Stan and Ollie knock each other's hats off as part of an EscalatingWar. Then Ollie stamps on what he thinks is Stan's hat. It turns out to be his own.
* VitriolicBestBuds: The second variety. Stan and Ollie spend a lot of time engaging in ComedicSociopathy around each other. In RealLife, this too was the case--but unlike many duos that went without with the "best buds" part, Laurel and Hardy omitted "vitriolic". This was perhaps a great part of their appeal: the actors themselves were dear friends, and it showed.
** ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCPnoqygngg Below Zero]]'', when Ollie is desperate after he gets kicked out and some bad guys hold Stan prisoner (for failing to pay their dining bill) is practically AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther.
* WorkOffTheDebt: Averted in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCPnoqygngg Below Zero]]''; the duo treats a cop to a meal in return for helping them earlier. It turns out that if you can't pay your bill in said restaurant, you don't wash dishes; [[DisproportionateRetribution everyone in the restaurant subjects you to a]] NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. Guess what happens to Laurel and Hardy when it's revealed that they can't pay their check?
** Played straight in ''Swiss Miss'', with the added caveat that the boys must work an extra day for any dishes broken in the course of their work. The chef they are put to work under, whom they had earlier subjected to a barrage of insults for not having apple pie, is only too happy to take advantage of this.
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