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* MadLibsCatchPhrase: Dan's SkywardScream in the opening of each episode counts despite not containing one consistent word -- just its delivery.
* TheMafia: Dan's plan to get revenge on Elise's parents involves convincing the police that her father is part of it, which leads to real Mafiosi trying to kill him. [[spoiler: It's a lie, of course, but it turns out Elise's mother is secretly working for a rival Family.]]
* MaleGaze: In "Technology", once Elise [[spoiler: is put under mind control and]] gets into that chrome skin-tight suit, the camera doesn't hesitate to get as many shots of her from the rear as possible.
* MarriedToTheJob: Jeff the Burgerphile manager, to the point where he would rather lie about getting Dan's order wrong than admit to the mistake and blemish his otherwise perfect service record.
* McNinja: Ninja Dave. (Not just because he now runs a cookie restaurant.)
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: In "The Family Cruise", as the guide asks which of the group are parents, Elise looks downward sadly. It has been implied a few times she wants children.
* MechaMooks:
** The Dentobots.
** The androids. They may look human, but they're hard as a rock and surprisingly brittle.
* MindControlDevice: Barry Ditmer's plan in episode "Technology" is to create a long-range wireless mind control device to force people to buy his products. He also has a smaller short-range headband device [[spoiler: that he uses to turn Elise into his minion]].
* MissingStepsPlan:
-->'''Chris:''' So, do we have a plan?
-->'''Dan:''' Of course. We go to Canada and make them pay for what they did to me.
-->'''Chris:''' That's not really a plan, so much as a goal.
-->'''Dan:''' Fine! You wanna plan? Here we go:
--->Step 1: We go to Canada.
--->Step 2: We make them pay for what they did to me!
-->'''Chris:''' Now, it's a checklist.
* MistakenForGay: In "The Bank" a clerk asks Dan and Chris if they want to open a joint account.
* MistakenIdentity: A cop mistakes Dan for a homeless guy in the Shakespeare episode. Hilarious that the trope page says that this trope was a favorite ''of'' Shakespeare's.
* MoralityChain: Subverted. Chris tries to be this for Dan, but Dan just refuses to listen.
* MoralityPet: Mr. Mumbles. Dan flies into a vengeful rage when someone scratches his car up, but isn't even slightly irked when the cat scratches ''him'' up on bath day.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Jerkface, Dan's supervillan identity.
* MotionlessChin: On everybody.
* MouthCam
* MuggingTheMonster: Every episode begins with someone messing around with Dan's life, thinking that he's just some crazy, misanthropic jerk. Dan quickly shows them that he's a determined, obsessive, occasionally intelligent, crazy, misanthropic jerk.
* MundaneFantastic
* MushroomSamba: Chris starts hallucinating after a ninja shoots him with a "poisonous" dart.
* MysteryMeat: According to Elise, Burgerphile's "chicken" nuggets are actually made from soybeans and recycled newspaper.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: "Good news friends ... and Elise."
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: [[EldritchAbomination Agzegoth the Devourer]] from "The Monster Under The Bed" even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Chris.
* TheNapoleon: Dan
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Crunchy, as well as all the hippies from "The Beach".
* NiceMeanAndInBetween: Dan is Mean, Chris is nice, and Elise is usually somewhere between them
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Magnifico from "The Magician" is an obvious parody of [[Series/CrissAngelMindfreak Criss Angel]]. And Barry Ditmer from "Technology" is based on Creator/SteveJobs. (Which makes [[spoiler:the crazy guy they meet in the woods Steve Wozniak]].)
* NoIndoorVoice: Dan
* NoirEpisode: "The Catburglar", complete with PrivateEyeMonologue narration by Dan, a FemmeFatale named Honey O'Houlihan, and a sepia tone filter over most of the scenes.
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: In his first appearance, Imposter Dan looked like a really badly drawn Dan, making him really stand out. For his later appearance, minor tweaks were made to his design so he didn't look so out of place.
* NoodleImplements: Dan's plan for destroying Chris "involves two Bengal tigers, an albino child, and five... no, ''six'' gallons of hummus." He hasn't worked out the details yet.
* NoodleIncident: Dan's grandmother died at some point (offscreen). Since then, Dan has expressed his dislike of her and made mention of some unspecified unpleasantness which he does not regret.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: Dan got angry at a squirrel for an unspecified reason and was unable to find afterwards, so he decides to hijack some nuclear missiles and destroy all life on Earth to make sure that he kills the right squirrel. [[spoiler:Elise stops him from going through with it though.]]
* NoSeatBelts:
** Averted. Dan even refuses to let Chris drive away from an imminent ''explosion'' until he puts on his belt.
** Played straight in "Technology" when they get in a wreck and Dan is thrown through the windshield resulting in a NonSequiturThud.
---> '''Dan:''' Rainbows are nature's rainbows.
* NoThemeTune: The beginning of the episodes tend to have something terrible happen to Dan, and then Dan screaming skyward about the episode's subject. There actually is an ending theme, but it's not heard on TV since, like nearly all networks, the Hub runs promos over the end credits.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Dan is... a mild example of this. Not to say that he only somewhat hates humans, of course, but he appears to have a soft spot in his heart for cute fuzzy animals, such as Mr. Mumbles and the monkey in 'Common Cold'.
* NotSoDifferent:
** Dan and Elise on occasion, since Elise also has a pretty vindictive side.
** In "The Dinosaur", Dan bonds with the dinosaur when he sees her enjoying television, eating burgers, and yelling angrily at people. Just like Dan. He can't bring himself to kill her after that [[spoiler:and settles for sending her his car repair bill. She responds with a SkywardScream. Just like Dan.]]
** Imposter Dan may be nicer than the real Dan but "The Telemarketer" reveals that [[spoiler:he's just as vengeful as Dan is.]]
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Well, Not So Imaginary Enemy, but Chris and Elise are pretty sure Dan has lost his mind in "Dan".
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:The governor and his work release employee]] in "Stupidity". [[spoiler: The governor is a British villain pretending to be an uneducated hick in order to bring down the education system in America while the employee is a government agent working undercover to stop him.]]
* OddCouple: [[NiceGuy Chris]] and [[HeroicComedicSociopath Dan]].
* OfCorpseHesAlive: Dan drags along an unconscious Chris to help him exact his revenge in "The Animal Shelter."
* OffscreenTeleportation: Dan's boss in "Dan vs. The Boss".
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Elise.
* OnceKilledAManWithANoodleImplement: In "The Salvation Armed Forces", Dan tells his friend Chris that the bell ringer knows twelve ways to kill a man with a bell. Chris thinks about it, but can only come up with one.
* OncePerEpisode: Dan is wronged (or perceives that he has been wronged) and [[SkywardScream yells the name of the perpetrator]]. Cue title card.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: In an argument with a pitcher, Dan can be heard ranting about how he didn't learn how to tie his shoes until he was twelve.
* OnlyFriend: Chris is Dan's only friend. Ted is occasionally mentioned, but has yet to actually appear on the show, probably because Dan is usually mad at him.
* OnlyOneName: Dan, although given that Chris' last name is Pearson, and named after one of the show's writers, it's quite probable that Dan's last name is Mandel, after his own namesake.
* OnlySaneMan: So far, Chris is the most normal of the cast aside from the fact that [[spoiler: he's apparently a werebear or something. Dan really should rethink his habit of sticking his fingers in Chris's mouth.]]
* OriginsEpisode: "Summer Camp", where Dan recounts to Elise how he and Chris met and how he embarked on his first revenge mission ever against the corrupt camp director, Mr. Tedesco.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The Wolfman in the eponymous episode doesn't seem to know about being a werewolf, as evidenced by wondering aloud [[spoiler: who shot him in the butt with a silver arrow]]. The Wolfman itself is a general troublemaker, but isn't seen doing anything worse than damaging cars.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: They're dance-fighting monsters.
* OutOfGenreExperience: Happens a few times, with "The Dentist" being one of the more jarring examples.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: Dressing Chris while he's lying unconscious in a hospital bed is "the third most uncomfortable thing I've had to do all week."
* PacManFever: Chris is shown playing a video game by holding an Xbox controller [[http://i.minus.com/jbuLX9xgiSLRFb.jpg upside-down]]. The quickness with which Dan beats the ... level? Stage? ... when he takes over (also holding the controller upside-down) might also count, depending on what kind of game it's supposed to be.
* PaletteSwap: Often done as a cheap way to make background characters. For instance, the guy who gets hit by the bus in "New Mexico" is clearly seen with new hair and shirt colors in "Baseball" as one of the members of the seating feud.
* PaperThinDisguise: Used by Dan and Chris on several occasions, but probably most hilariously in "Elise's Parents", when a very-obviously male undercover cop poses as Dan's girlfriend and Elise's parents don't seem to notice.
* PredatoryBusiness: Gigundo-Mart.
* PeoplePuppets: Dan does this to an unconscious Chris in "Dan vs. the Animal Shelter" in order to use his credit card to buy explosives.
* PerpetualFrowner: Dan
* PersonalitySwap: Dan and Chris toward the end of "Anger Management".
* PetTheDog: In "The Animal Shelter", Dan "adopts" a kitten and released all the animals before blowing up the shelter.
* PinkBoyBlueGirl: Chris and Elise.
* PoisonousFriend: Dan to Chris (literally in "The Animal Shelter").
* PoliceAreUseless: In "Burgerphile", when Jeff tries to have Dan arrested, the cops try asking Dan nicely to unchain himself from the cash register, and when he refuses, they immediately give up and leave.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as this takes place in America, and Dan was exercising his 1st Amendment right of a non-violent protest. He wasn't doing anything illegal, so they couldn't arrest him.
** Neatly subverted in "The Wolfman"--Dan and Chris are chasing after a child, and pass right by a Donut Eating Cop. He ignores it but then does a DoubleTake, proclaiming "Oh, right, I'm a cop." SmashCut to Chris and Dan in a jail cell.
* PoliceBrutality:
** Those Canadian security guards are friendly, but violent.
** In "The Wolf Man," a police officer does taze Dan, but only after Dan made a scene at the station and took his hat after being warned not to.
* PottyEmergency: Why Dan is so harried at the beginning of "Traffic".
* PottyFailure: What sets Dan off against traffic.
* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: Dan thinks in "The Animal Shelter".
-->"I didn't ask you to build an animal jail across the street. Shut your prisoners up, warden!"
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Played with and Inverted. [[DependingOnTheWriter While the scripts are occasionally favorable to him]], it's made very clear that Dan is nearly always in the wrong... and is sometimes blamed for doing things that aren't his fault. Dan is berated by Elise for sending an innocent man to prison for his crimes... when that "innocent man" ''stole Dan's identity.'' In "Family Cruise," Elise's Mom notes how it's Dan's fault the ship is sinking... when she and Elise broke the navigation system.
* PurpleEyes: Elise and the androids[[spoiler:, brainwashed Elise has a different shade of purple]] in "Technology" have these.
* RecognitionFailure: In "Dan Vs. the High School Reunion", '''''NO ONE''''' remembers Chris.
* RecurringCharacter: Several, the most prominent being Crunchy.
* RefugeInAudacity: In "New Mexico" Dan and Elise murder several innocent people with a death ray, but it's downplayed by how the death ray works like a video game.
* {{Revenge}}
** RevengeBeforeReason
* RoswellThatEndsWell: The end of "New Mexico".
* RunningGag: Several.
** The SkywardScream at the beginning of every episode.
** Dan taking out his revenge list and adding something new to it in the middle of revenge missions.
** Dan knocking a glass off the table and breaking it at Chris and Elise's house whenever Chris contradicts him.
** Dan unsuccesfully working on inventing a jet pack.
** Chris eating things laced with poisons, toxins, intoxicants, etc.
** Dan leaving messages for Chris which always contain a rebuttal to something Dan succesfully predicted Elise would say.
** The subject of the episode somehow damaging or messing with Dan's car. ''Especially'' if it's a location, abstract concept, long-dead historical figure, or something else that shouldn't be physically capable of it.
* SamusIsAGirl: As revealed in "Art," Mr. Mumbles is female.
* {{Satan}}: [[spoiler:Chris' boss.]]
* SceneryCensor: Done with Elise's head on a naked Chris [[spoiler: painting]].
* ScreamDiscretionShot: Hilarious in that nothing actually ''happens'' to Dan, but he screams anyway, while ordering Chris to hot glue his tooth back in or just sitting in the dentist's chair.
** Used in the same episode at the dentist's office. When Chris comes in to check what's going on, they say they haven't done anything yet.
* [[spoiler: ScarecrowSolution]]: Used by Chris in "The Monster Under The Bed" [[spoiler: to scare Dan away long enough for him and Elise to enjoy their weekend.]]
* SecurityCling: Dan and Chris have a tendency to do this.
* SeriousBusiness: Chris takes cocoa preparation very seriously, and he does ''not'' appreciate being woken up at three in the morning to make it only to have it wasted. He actually manages to intimidate Dan into sitting down and drinking it.
** To be fair, if you were woken up in the middle of the night and asked to do something, and the person tried to leave before you could finish doing it (like make them a sandwich), [[JustifiedTrope Wouldn't you be a little angry too?]]
* ShaggyDogStory: "The Wolfman", as Dan and Chris go thorough a month of preparation just [[spoiler: so Dan could key his car back.]]
* SharkPool: One in "Baseball". With squeaky rubber sharks! Dan is not amused. Then there's one with a ''real'' shark in "The Beach", which Dan and Chris attempt to "borrow" from the aquarium.
* ShoutOut:
** Dan has a poster of TheRamones in his apartment. (Though, sometime in the second season, it's replaced by a poster for a fictional band with a suspiciously similar logo.)
** Chris & Elise have ''SpaceInvaders'' lampshades in their room.
** After Chris runs over a road runner in "New Mexico," Dan is pretty sure that it's [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner THE Road Runner]]. Also, There's also a blue screen of death on the Librarian's computer in the beginning.
** When Dan is puppeteering an unconscious Chris to buy explosives, he says [[Series/ILoveLucy "I've got some 'sploding to do!"]]
** The comic book store in "Canada" has posters of ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} and ComicBook/ScottPilgrim in the window.
** In "The Beach," while looking for the free toy in his cereal, he asks "[[Film/{{Se7en}} What's in the box! What's in the bo-ox!]]". Also the theme and the attacking of Dan's boat when they release the aquarium shark into the ocean is pretty much a homage to Film/{{Jaws}}.
** A similar version of Quincy Jones' "Series/{{Ironside}}" plays during Elise's fight with the android in "Technology".
** Also in "Technology," puppet versions of Dan and Chris are named [[Series/{{Supernatural}} "Dean" and "Moose"]] respectively.
** In the restaurant episode, a family named Dufresne is kidnapped, which is a reference to a Creator/MitchHedberg routine.
** In "The Family Camping Trip," Dan mentions ''[[WesternAnimation/SlackerCats Slasher Cats]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/EekTheCat Eek! The Murderer]]'' as movies featured at the horror festival.
** "Burgerphile" has two employees named Mac and Carl, likely references to real-life fast food franchises UsefulNotes/McDonalds and Carl's, Jr.
*** Hortense's Burgerphile uniform is very similar to that of Hooters waitresses, save for the oversized burger-shaped hat.
*** Jeff states that employees are to toss out the burgers when they get that 'rancid rainbow', which my be a reference to an episode of Spongebob Squarepants.
** In "The Lemonade Stand Gang", Dan quotes [[Film/ThePrincessBride "inconceivable!"]].
** In "Ye Olde Shakespeare Dinner Theatre", Dan [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera sneaks around a theatre while wearing a cape and white mask covering only part of his face.]] The mask also has a large nose, referencing ''CyranoDeBergerac''.
** In "Baseball", Dan and Chris disguise themselves as bat boys to elude security, but Dan actually dresses in a mask and cape.
--->'''Dan:''' [[Film/{{Batman}} I'm Batboy!]]
** "The Salvation Armed Forces" has one to ''Film/TheProfessional''.
--->'''Dan:''' Gather the troops. We attack in two hours.
--->'''Crunchy:''' What troops?
--->'''Dan:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis EVVV-REEE-OOOOONNNNEEE!]]
** In "The Magician", as Dan plots how to break into the Magic Manor, he refers to the building as the [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Sanctum Sanctorum]].
** In "Monster Under The Bed", Chris makes reference to a monster called Ugrigoth of the DeviantArt.
** When we finally get a good look at the monster under the bed, it's drawn in an imitation of [[{{Comicbook/Hellboy}} Mike Mignola]]'s art style.
** In "The Dinosaur", the government have a box that contains "[[SpiderMan someone who shouldn't exist, he's half spider, half man, and he fights crime]]."
** Also in "The Dinosaur", [[JurassicPark "SHOOT HER! SHOOT HER!"]] (of course you couldn't expect an episode with a dinosaur to ''not'' have some sort of reference like that).
** After the feed on the [=TVs=] behind Elise cuts out in "The Dinosaur", the "Breaking News" logo is written in a [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid distinctive font]].
** In "The Telemarketer", after Dan breaks into Chris and Elise's living room, he starts watching ''Series/TheHauntingHour'' on their TV.
** An instrumental song that sounds a lot like [[Franchise/{{Rocky}} "The Eye of the Tiger" shows up in training montages]], both in "Dancing" and "The Mechanic".
** In "Gigundo-Mart", Dan calls Chris [[{{Transformers}} Bulkhead.]]
** Also from "Gigundo-Mart", Chris is talking about the great deals they have and mentions this deal:
--->'''Chris:''' [[{{Peanuts}} ...Psychiatric help... five cents, the doctor is in...]]
** In "Anger Management", the meditation chant is "[[TransformersTheMovie Ba weep granna weep nini bong.]]"
** In "The Mummy", one of the Neanderthal models at the museum is clearly [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]] with a beard.
** In "The Mechanic", when Dan has fight in a robot made from his car, he mentions all the [[Film/RobotJox B-grade movies involved with giant robots was actual training.]]
** Possibly unintentional but one of Dan's main weapons in the robot battle was his units own torn-off arm, similar to the Gundam Ez8 in the 08th ms team.
** In "The Family Cruise", Dan uses the phrase "[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Make it so, Number Two.]]"
** In "Summer Camp," after Dan and Chris escape from the gate, one of the boys calls ''[[Film/RedDawn1984 Avenge me, boys! Avenge me!]]''
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: The entirety of "Ye Olde Shakespeare Dinner Theatre."
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy: In "The Wolf-Man".
-->'''Dan''': Come on, get after him! [[BigEater Pretend he's a sandwich]]!
-->'''Chris''': What kind of sandwich?
* [[SilverBullet Silver Arrowhead]].
* SkewedPriorities:
** In "Burgerphile", Jeff is so focused on having a perfect customer satisfaction record that he'll completely piss off a customer in order to claim that his record is still spotless. Jeremiah Burger calls him out on this at the end of the episode.
** The vegans and vegetarians in "Vegetables". It's not stated whether they're on that diet for health or moral reasons, but either way they completely missed the point. The ones in it for health reasons never considered that starving themselves was far worse for their health than eating a steak. And the ones in it for moral reasons had no qualms about eating a broccoli monster, even though it was an intelligent, speaking creature.
* SkywardScream: Dan does one just before each episode title is shown. Occasionally his enemies will do the same after Dan's retribution.
** Almost does it a second time in Gigundomart, but realizes halfway through that [[LampshadeHanging he already did that]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: Dan.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Dan is well versed in Shakespeare's works, even naming his teddy bear [[Theatre/JuliusCaesar Brutus]]. In ''Dan vs. George Washington'' it is pointed out that Dan's knowledge can be very intricate, but random. For example when asked who carved Mount Rushmore, he gave the correct name immediately without even thinking about it, as well as the fact that his son had to complete it. However, when asked which U.S. state Mount Rushmore was in, Dan threw out a random guess, Ecuador.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: All but one of the chefs that Dan rescues in "Fancy Restaurant" are men. Justified as this is TruthInTelevision, ever see ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''?
* SomethingPerson: Terriffi-Guy.
* SoulSuckingRetailJob: "Gigundo-Mart".
* SpoiledBrat: Timmy.
* StabTheSalad: In "Ski Trip" the Pleasant family does this three times. [[spoiler:It later turns out they really are psychotic.]]
* StealthPun: In "The Bank," we learn that Dan's Pin Number is 5375. This spells "JERK" on a numberpad.
* StepfordSmiler: The family Chris meets in "The Ski Trip" [[spoiler: are mental patients that escaped and planned on [[ImAHumanitarian eating Chris]].]]
* StickySituation: Dan gets covered in maple syrup in "Canada", and with lemonade in "The Lemonade Stand Gang".
--> '''Elise:''' Oh, that Dan. Always covered in ''something''.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: In "Elise's Parents," when Dan presents a very poorly edited recording of a conversation with Don as evidence that he's a mob boss, he tries to pass off the phrase "cupcake him" as slang for murder. Later, an actual mob boss uses the same phrase.
* StupidSexyFlanders: Elise's ex, Colby, from "The Family Camping Trip", elicits this reaction in Dan, if Dan's comments are anything to go by.
* StupidStatementDanceMix: Of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=N2cZkRwXbIw I want to see the governer]], of all things.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Dan gives one at the end of "Ye Olde Shakespeare Dinner Theatre" with an impromptu victory poem, having spoken most of his dialogue in this episode in iambic pentameter.
--> ''It lies in ruin, plain for all to see!\\
... That should teach you not to mess with - '''DAN!'''''
* SuperheroesWearCapes: Dan-Man has a cape, despite Dan's inability to fly. He trips over the cape in action.
* SuperVillain: Turns out dentists are evil and want to take over the world. (At least one, anyway.)
** Dan takes the identity of Dr. Jerkface in order to gain revenge on Terrifi-Guy in "The Superhero".
* SwordFight: Probably the most inactive sword fight ever animated is in "Ye Olde Shakespearean Dinner Theatre".
* TakeThat:
** ''The Monster Under the Bed'' has Chris tell Dan that he should be lucky he's not being visited by [[EldritchAbomination Uggragoth]] of the DeviantArt.
*** And if that does not convince you of this trope, then Dan's disturbed reaction to the images surely will.
** In ''The Magician,'' the antagonist was modeled after ChrisAngel.
** In ''Stupidity,'' one of the leading causes of Dan's crusade against the subject matter is a parody of ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', complete with the tagline "give up on story, more explosions."
** another,smaller, instances of "Take That" in stupidity: "Tv shows just quote older tv shows" a very possible take that to Family Guy.
** In ''Reality TV'', Dan dates a woman who he mentions is "the only female wrestling fan he knows that's graduated high school."
** A few are directed towards places in southern California.
-->'''Chris''': City of Industry? What's in City of Industry?\\
'''Dan''': Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: In "The Fancy Restaurant", Dan writes a message on the cheesecake Chris and Elise ordered for dessert, telling Chris to meet him in the men's room. Elise comments, "This is weird," and the waiter immediately appears with another cheesecake reading, "It's not weird. Don't listen to Elise."
* ThereWasADoor: After infiltrating the Salvation Armed Forces store to get the file on his accidentally-donated car, Dan breaks the window to get back out, only to remember he'd left the file inside and casually go back in and out through the unlocked door. Revealing not only the broken window but the infiltration plan itself (he had hidden in a chair Chris donated) as pointless.
* ThisIsReality: Played with in "The Wolfman".
* ThoseTwoGuys: The two paramedics.
* TitleOnlyOpening / NoThemeTune'
* TooDumbToLive: In "Stupidity", the antagonist's goal is to lower educational and entertainment standards so that all Americans are too dumb to live. [[spoiler:Chris and Dan's near terminal stupidity at the end of the episode (Chris managed to set himself on fire and Dan tried to remove fire ants by beating himself with a two-by-four) convinces him that his job is done and he moves the operation to China.]]
* ToTheBatNoun
-->'''Dan:''' To the [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Carmobile!]]
-->'''Dan:''' To the Danmobile!
* ToonPhysics: Used sometimes, like when Dan hid an entire car behind a scrawny tree.
* TrashOfTheTitans: Dan's apartment.
-->"How can a human being live like this? It's like a giant petri dish."
** Even Dan acknowledges how filthy it is.
---> "Man...I really need to vacuum..!"
---> "How does this place get ''messier'' when I'm not even ''here''?"
* {{Tuckerization}}: Dan and Chris are named after the show's creators, Dan Mandel and Chris Pearson.
* TheUnfavorite: In "The Family Camping Trip," Don states that Elise's ex Colby is the closest thing he has to a son. Elise Sr. then asks him about their actual son.
* TyrannosaurusRex: Featured in the episode "The Dinosaur", of course.
--> '''Dan:''' "A mid-sized tyrannosaurid theropod, probably female."
* UngratefulBastard:
** Dan himself, like 95% of the time.
** Even though Chris saved everyone from a serial killer and proved himself a man, Elise's father STILL hates him and swears to get back at him. He's probably angry that Chris one-upped Colby, who's more of a son too, but Colby was ready to let everyone but Elise die.
* UnstoppableRage: Impressively, Dan, in a state of berserker rage, hits a pane of bulletproof glass with his head hard enough to ''crack it'' in "Vs. The Bank".
* UnwillingSuspension: Dan does this to a costumed kid in "The Wolf-Man" and to the commissioner of baseball in "Baseball".
* VanityLicensePlate: Chris's car has a license plate that reads, "PUSHOVR".
* VersusTitle
* VitriolicBestBuds: Dan the {{Jerkass}} is best friends with NiceGuy Chris.
* VocalDissonance: In flashbacks to Elise's childhood she still has the same voice.
** As do Dan and Chris in the flashback to their childhood in "Summer Camp".
* WeaksauceWeakness: Terrifi-Guy's is [[spoiler: hot sauce]].
* WeirdnessMagnet: Dan. In at least three episodes random beings (including a ''dinosaur'' of all things) mess with his car for no reason whatsoever, prompting him to hunt them down, and in another episode he has to deal with a giant tentacled Monster hiding under his bed [[spoiler:(this one was actually averted since it was only Chris pulling a prank)]].
* WeWantOurJerkBack: Subverted in "Dan". [[spoiler: When Dan seems to have given up on busting the fake Dan and takes the pleasant personality of Biff, Chris is excited and wants it to stay that way. Elise is skeptical, and it seems as if she's going to play the trope straight, but all she really does is remark that "she knew he hadn't changed" when the cops take the Fake Dan away.]]
** Then played straight in "Anger Management". Chris is horrified that Dan (having taken the lessons in Anger Management to heart and found inner peace) won't get payback against Amber for extorting him. When Dan invites him over for herbal tea, Chris says that he doesn't even know who Dan is anymore. Of course, when Dan does go back to normal at the end of the episode, Chris seems more resigned than happy.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Specifically, at the end of "Dance", ''[[FridgeHorror what happened to Mr. Mumbles?]]'' Mr. Mumbles was left alone at Dan's place long enough that, by Chris' account, she was emaciated and not moving. ''Before'' a week-long TimeSkip. Chris asks what happened to her at the end of the episode, but Dan only turns on TV to show the dance hall getting blown. And she's not seen until two episodes later.
** Made explicitly clear what happened to Mr. Mumbles by Chris' remark of "I thought we got rid of all the explosives," and Dan turning on the TV right after Chris asked what happened to Mr. Mumbles. [[spoiler: In case you didn't figure it out, Mr. Mumbles went and put them back, continuing the trend of Dan's personality rubbing off on her.]] And considering Mr. Mumbles is seen again alive and well...
** "Elise's Parents" ends up establishing that Elise Sr. is actually a Crime Lord. Even though there are other times it would have been relevant, this doesn't come up again until the next-to-last episode of the third season, "Family Cruise."
* WhatIsThisFeeling: Whenever someone shows Dan kindness, he is often left dumbfounded and not sure how to react.
* WhatTheHellHero: In "Dance", Chris expresses shock that Elise [[spoiler:stuffed Dan in a box and mailed him to a ghost town populated by fight-dancing madmen]] to keep Dan from endangering her chances of winning a dance contest. Doesn't really go anywhere since Elise pacifies him with a shoulder rub.
* WhatWouldXDo: Dan asks himself "What would Mr. Mumbles do?" when trapped on a roof. He then displays cat-like agility by scaling a drainage pipe, landing on the stairway railing, then jumping the remaining distance to the sidewalk. [[AchievementsInIgnorance He is amazed it actually worked.]]
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Averted; Chris's ID in "The Animal Shelter" places the setting in Van Nuys, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles.
* WholesomeCrossdresser:
** Ty, from "Ye Olde Shakespeare Dinner Theatre."
--> [[BlatantLies "It's for a play."]]
** Vinnie, from "Elise's Parents", wears a dress even when no longer undercover [[spoiler:though since he's actually part of the mob, he may also qualify as a CreepyCrossdresser]].
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Crunchy.
** Chris, to a lesser extent.
* Creator/WilliamShatner: is on Dan's enemies list.
* WomenAreWiser: Elise. [[NotSoAboveItAll Not always, however...]]
* WontTakeYesForAnAnswer: "Baseball":
-->'''Chris''': Okay, I'll go.\\
'''Dan''': I don't want to hear your excuses, you miserable-- wait, did you say "okay?"
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: One of the actors at Ye Olde Shakespearean Dinner Theatre keeps misusing archaic grammar. This really pisses Dan off.
-->'''Actor''': Have at thou!
-->'''Dan''': Have at ''thee'', you beslubbering canker-blossom!
* YesVirginia: "The Mall Santa" has elements of this, though only so far as Dan admitting his genuine belief in SantaClaus.
-->"Of course I do! Read your Bible!"
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: Don't mess with Dan. [[HairTriggerTemper Ever.]] If you're lucky, [[DisproportionateRetribution he'll only burn your house down.]]
** Elise is a super-spy with deadly combat training and expertise in all sorts of powerful sci-fi technology. She's not as quick to anger as Dan is, but she can hold as well as he can -- and her plans usually work. Messing with her doofy, oblivious, average-looking husband is [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend not a good idea.]]
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