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-->''"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGcfHvUTfac He rode a blazing saddle]],''
-->''He wore a shining star,''
-->''His job, to offer battle''
-->''To bad men near and far!''
-->''He conquered fear, and he conquered hate,''
-->''He turned dark night into day...''
-->''He made his blazing saddle,''
-->''A torch to light the way!"''

'''''Blazing Saddles''''' is another comedy masterpiece from Creator/MelBrooks (with writing help from none other than Creator/RichardPryor) which mercilessly spoofs TheWestern.

Railroad construction runs into quicksand, and the path needs re-routing -- but the tiny town of Rock Ridge stands in the way of progress. State Attorney General [[strike:Hedy]] '''Hedley''' Lamarr schemes to get his hands on the now-priceless real estate by hiring thugs to kill the sheriff and terrify the locals into leaving. When they don't leave, Lamarr appoints a black man named Bart -- awaiting a death sentence for striking a white man -- as the new sheriff, a move calculated to result in Bart being killed by the racist townspeople and said townspeople leaving in disgust (which would give Lamarr free rein over the land). Once Bart arrives in Rock Ridge, HilarityEnsues.

''Blazing Saddles'' is completely, offensively, and unapologetically politically incorrect -- and it also skewers damn near every [[TheWestern western]] trope listed on this site (and likely a few we haven't thought of yet).
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!!The town of Rock Ridge provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: One that was such a RunningGag the "target" even sued. See BrickJoke.
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler: Mel Brooks did have to mock the Führer...
** [[AnachronismStew A (heavily implied) Jewish actor playing the dictator appears briefly]]. They lose him after the bunker scene. He's also visible repeatedly giving Nazi salutes in the background of the Great Pie Fight, as well as being obliquely referenced during the swearing in scene:
--> '''Hedley''': RIGHT hands!
** Just before Lili von Shtupp is introduced, you hear a few notes from "[[Film/TheProducers Springtime for Hitler]]".
* AffectionateParody: Westerns.
* TheAlcoholic: Jim, aka the Waco Kid, ever since his LiteralAssKicking described below.
* AnachronismStew: Well, it ''is'' a Mel Brooks film.
* ApologeticAttacker: Reverend Johnson, after [[GroinAttack kneeing a bandit in the groin]], prays "Forgive me, Lord!"
* ArmyOfThievesAndWhores: The villain invokes this trope when dictating a "help wanted" ad. See RhymingList.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Hedley's list of bad guys, listing Methodists as apparently the worst of the bunch.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Parodied with the Indian chief, played by Mel Brooks, speaking Yiddish.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption
** First, when the preacher is commencing his sermon:
-->"We will now read from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and--''[bundle of dynamite is thrown through the window]''--Duck!"
** Later:
-->"As chairman of the welcoming commitee, it is my privilege to extend a [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy laurel, and hearty handshake]] to our new... ''[sees Bart]'' nigger."
** And of course, with the salesman...
-->"Gather round here, folks, and--''[Mongo approaches]''--HOLY SHIT!"
* AsYouKnow: "I don't have to tell you people what has been happening to our beloved town..."
* AttackPatternAlpha: With regards at to what to do to Rock Ridge, Taggart gets a EurekaMoment and decides they'll whip up a Number 6 on them, which is that the men go riding into town, a-whomping and woomping every living thing to within an inch of its life, except the women folk (whom they will later [[BlackComedyRape rape the shit out of]] at the subsequent Number 6 dance).
* BaitAndSwitch: "Excuse me while I whip this out." (Bart proceeds to reach for a speech letter in his pocket, while the townsfolk gasp and cower in fear, thinking he's going to whip something else out instead).
* BarSlide: During the battle in the Warner Bros. commissary, Taggart slides down the buffet counter.
* BatmanGambit: Hedley tries to exploit the fear and racism of the townsfolk of Rock Ridge by sending them a black sheriff, and it almost works. (The only reason why it doesn't work is that "They are so dumb!")
* BeamMeUpScotty: "We don't need no stinking badges!" was actually in ''this'' movie. ''The Treasure of the Sierra Madre'' had the longer "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!" [[invoked]]
* BiggusDickus: Bart, as discovered by Lili von Shtupp. The scene was originally going to be subverted with Bart saying that she's actually sucking on his elbow.
* BilingualBonus: The Indian chief played by Mel Brooks has "Kosher for Passover" written in Hebrew on his headdress (but with the letters arranged in such a way as to translate as "Posher for Kassover").
* BlackComedyRape: The rape jokes.
--> "You said 'rape' twice."\\
"I like rape."
* BlackIsBiggerInBed
** Lili is seducing the new, black, sheriff. We hear this in the dark:
--->'''Lili von Shtupp:''' Tell me, schatze, is it [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome twue]] what they say about the way you people are... gifted?
--->[sound of zipper opening]
--->'''Lili von Shtupp:''' Oh, it's twue. It's twue. It's twue, it's twue!
::::In the original script, this was followed by Sheriff Bart saying, "You're sucking my elbow."
** In another scene:
--->'''Charlie:''' They said you was hung.[[labelnote:*]][[GrammarNazi Charlie means]] "hanged," the proper past tense of "to hang" in the sense of an execution.[[/labelnote]]
--->'''Bart:''' And they was right.[[labelnote:*]]Bart doesn't.[[/labelnote]]
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: The Waco Kid
** Someone blasts Reverend Johnson's bible out of his hands when he attempts to make peace between the mob and Waco Kid.
* BoobyTrap: The fake town of Rock Ridge filled with explosives as a trap for Hedley Lamarr's army.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Racial slurs + profanity = a lot of changes when it's shown on TV.
* BreakingTheFourthWall
** At least 8 examples (9 if you count the [[spoiler: end fight scene, where they break through the wall of the studio and continue the fight across several sets, culminating in Hedley Lamarr fleeing to Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and dying next to Douglas Fairbanks's footprints]]).
** The final scene in the movie escalates directly to NoFourthWall, in which [[spoiler: The two main characters watch the end of their own movie together at the Chinese Theatre.]]
* BrickJoke: At the Chinese Theater, a couple is looking at the actor and actresses' signatures in front of it.
-->'''Female touriset:''' Look, Irv. I'm in Hedy Lamarr's shoes!
-->'''Hedley:''' ''(running by)'' '''''HEDLEY!'''''
* BunnyEarsLawyer
** Hedley could be considered this as he has a fixation on always bathing with his froggy and freaks out when he doesn't.
--> '''Hedley''': Daddy love Froggy. Froggy love Daddy?
--> '''Froggy''': *Squeek Squeek*
** Bart was originally handed the job of Sheriff [[BatmanGambit in order to disgust and offend the residents of Rock Ridge]]. Unfortunately for Hedley, he's far better at the job than he was expecting.
* BusbyBerkeleyNumber: "The French Mistake" rehearsal.
* ButNotTooBlack: Parodied. "They're darker than ''us!'' Woof!"
* ButNowIMustGo: Provides the title quote.
* ButtMonkey: Several. Lamarr, Taggart, Buddy Bizarre, most of Rock Ridge's townsfolk... the list just keeps going on.
* {{Cameo}}
** Mel Brooks, in the line of outlaws waiting to join Hedley Lamarr's army. He's a UsefulNotes/WorldWarI airplane pilot. He also appears as the Yiddish-speaking Indian chief, AND Governor William J. [=LePetomane=].
** Count Basie's Orchestra shows up in one scene.
** It seems the musical being filmed one sound-stage over from the set for Rock Ridge is being directed by Dom Deluise.
--> '''Dom:''' Not in the face - not in the face!! ''(receives punch to the gut)'' Thank you!
* CampGay: The dancers in "The French Mistake" rehearsal.
* CasualDangerDialogue: From the opening sequence, as Bart and Charlie are trapped in quicksand:
-->'''Charlie''': (nonchalantly) Bart?
-->'''Bart''': Hmmm?
-->'''Charlie''' ''(as the cart starts to sink)'': Am I wrong, or is the world... ''(voice rises a few octaves)'' ''rising?''
* CelebrityParadox:
** Taggart saying "I'm working for Mel Brooks!" (writer/director), who also appears in the movie.
** Hedley [=Lamarr=], Sheriff Bart and the Waco Kid attending a premiere of the movie ''Film/BlazingSaddles''.
** The famous RunningGag regarding Hedley Lamarr's name is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the governor when he points out that it's 1874, meaning that "You'll be able to sue [[Creator/HedyLamarr her]]!" Made even funnier by the fact that [[Creator/HedyLamarr she]] did in fact sue Brooks.
* TheChessmaster: Hedley Lamarr. [[GuileHero Bart]] as well.
* ChessMotifs: "Mongo only pawn in game of life."
* ChildrenAreInnocent: This belief was the undoing of the Waco Kid way back when.
* TheChosenZero: The sheriff.
* ClintSquint: Lyle. This is character actor Burton Gilliam's trademark look due to his narrow eyes.
* CompanionCube: Hedley Lamarr's froggy.
* CouldntFindALighter: Mongo lights a cigar by sticking it into a fire, while it's in his mouth.
* CrowdPanic: When Mongo first arrives in Rock Ridge.
* CurseCutShort:
** Subverted. The governor says, "Can't you see that man is a ni-" before realizing that he's talking to Bart. When he speaking to Hedley, he repeats the same statement - and it turns out the word he cut off was 'nit'.
** When Bart rides into Rock Ridge and their lookout is trying to tell the townsfolk what he a n-*DONG!*, only to be drowned out by the church bells.
* DeadpanSnarker: The Waco Kid
--> '''The Waco Kid''': What did you expect? "Welcome, sonny"? "Make yourself at home"? "Marry my daughter"? You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... '''morons.'''
* DeathSeeker: The Waco Kid
--> '''Bart''': A man [[TheAlcoholic drinks like that]] and he don't eat, he is going to ''die''.
--> '''The Waco Kid''': (''appallingly hopeful'') ''When?''
* DeconstructorFleet: Western movie tropes. At one point Hedley complains, "'Head them off at the pass?' I HATE THAT CLICHÉ!"
* DefeatMeansFriendship: The cause of Mongo's HeelFaceTurn.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The constant and blatant racism from everyone but the two leads. Perhaps most dissonant is the sudden racism the townsfolk display toward the Irish, who are not seen as an abused minority in modern times (nor were they in the 1970s when the movie was first released).
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: One hired goon's qualifications are rape, murder, arson, and rape. He likes rape.
* DinerBrawl: A brawl between the Western characters and Hollywood actors spills into a back lot cafeteria.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Hedley Lamarr shoots Taggart in the foot for using a stupid cliche, along with shooting one of his prospective henchmen for chewing gum and "not bringing enough for everybody".
--> '''Jim''': [[LampshadedTrope Boy, is he strict!]]
* DoubleEntendre: "They said you was hung!" "And they was right!"
* TheDragon: Taggart is this to Hedley Lamarr.
* TheDreaded: "Never mind that shit, here comes Mongo!"
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Sheriff Bart and the Waco Kid, after they mug two Ku Klux Klan members.
* DumbIsGood[=/=]DumbMuscle: Mongo. Subverted with one line though.
--> Mongo: I don't know... [[ThousandYardStare Mongo only pawn in game of life.]]
* DynamicEntry: Mongo hinging off the double door on entering the saloon.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Lili von Shtupp.
** "I'm not a wabbit! I need some west!"
** On the note delivered to Bart, she asks to meet him in her "dwessing woom". As Bart reads it aloud as this, it's entirely possible she spelled it this way.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Hedley Lamarr's "Thugs Wanted" ad.
* EurekaMoment: Almost all of Hedley's plots to drive the citizens out of Rock Ridge are a result of these.
* EuropeansAreKinky: Lili von Shtupp is an example of this.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Hedley may be an evil, corrupt, heartless man who hires scum of the earth. But he has no tolerance when a robber comes to sign up, whilst chewing gum, and ''did not bring enough for everybody''.
-->'''The Waco Kid:''' Boy, is he ''strict!''
* EveryoneIsRelated: All of the inhabitants of Rock Ridge have the last name Johnson.
** Lampshaded, as the ice cream parlor advertises that it has exactly one flavor. This is a reference to the (now nearly extinct) restaurant chain [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Johnson%27s "Howard Johnson's"]], which proudly advertized "28 Flavors!". Had to start somewhere. See its [[DeaderThanDisco/RealLife folder in here]].
** ... It's not also ''Johnson'', [[SoylentGreen is it]]?
* EvilChancellor: Hedley Lamarr to Governor Lepetomane
* EvilLaugh: Hedley Lamarr, when he comes up with the idea of sending a black sheriff to Rock Ridge. It becomes an UnevilLaugh when he chokes on the hard candy he's been sucking on.
* {{Expy}}: Madeline Kahn for MarleneDietrich
* FemmeFatale: Lili von Shtupp.
* FightingForAHomeland: All the railroad workers want in return for fighting is a piece of land to homestead.
* [[FlashBack/{{Film}} Flash Back]]: Sheriff Bart's story about how his parents came out West in a covered wagon and dealt with hostile Indians.
* FollowTheLeader: According to film critic Dave Kehr, this was the first major motion picture to include a fart joke. That fact, assuming it's true, makes it the most influential comic film of all time.
* FourthWallObserver: At one point, the characters go to a movie theater and watch ''Blazing Saddles'' [[MindScrew to find out what is happening to them.]] Yeah, this film pretty much ''[[BreaksTheFourthWall demolishes]]'' [[BreaksTheFourthWall the fourth wall.]]
* FridgeLogic: Jim's slow revelation that while his name is Jim, most people call him [[CaptainObvious "....Jim"]] sounds like it's just a ShoutOut to MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail at first, until Bart, and subsequently the audience, learns that he was known as the Waco Kid, but is now ashamed of that title.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Despite the foul language, no one says "fuck," which apparently would not have stood past the censors. However, when Lamarr exits the men's room during the DinerBrawl, he clearly mouths, "What the fuck?"
** Lili von Shtupp's name. "Shtupp" is Yiddish for "fuck." Some TV broadcasts have blanked it out, amazingly.
** Although it's never openly identified as one, Bart and Waco Kid are clearing sharing a reefer in the midst of amiable chatter.
* GonnaNeedMoreX: "Somebody's gotta go back and get a shitload of dimes!"
* GoodShepherd[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Reverend Johnson can be a bit of a hassle but he's about the only member of the community who at least ''tries'' to defuse the racist townsfolk after Bart makes his entrance. [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere He gives up the moment he realises their guns will beat his Bible]], granted, but at least he tried.
* GratuitousNazis: Among the people who apply for Hedley Lamarr's henchmen call are a bunch of Nazi soldiers. Yes, in the Old West. (not that surprising given Mel Brooks is known for [[AdolfHitlarious making a mockery out of the Third Reich]])
* [[GroinAttack/{{Film}} Groin Attack]]: Happens to a cowboy, a {{mook}}, a film CampGay director (just for laughs) and Hedley Lamarr (who's ''shot'' in the groin).
--> Male Performer to a large group of male performers: HE HIT BUDDY! LET'S GET HIM, GIRLS!
* GuileHero: Bart.
* GunsAreWorthless: At least they are against Mongo, as when Bart heads out to deal with him is warned that shooting the brute will only make him mad. Which forces Bart to get... ''creative''.
* TheGunslinger: The Waco Kid - a ludicrously over-the-top type D with shades of type A.
* HaveAGayOldTime: the film's use of racist language (particular the N-word) has made it a hot potato for many modern broadcasters, and with some modern viewers misunderstanding that the use of the word (in a film where Creator/RichardPryor was one of the writers) was intended as an attack on racism, rather than an attempt to generate cheap laughs. As one of those behind the film's production states in the DVD featuette, Brooks intended the film to walk up to racism and punch it in the face. That said, the film is rarely broadcast unedited anymore.
* HeelFaceTurn: Lili von Shtupp (Hedy ("That's ''Hedley!''") Lamarr's henchwoman) and Mongo (Taggart's henchman).
* HeroicBSOD: Bart gets a minor one after his encounter with the RacistGrandma.
* HesBack: The Waco Kid.
* HiddenDepths:
-->'''Mongo:''' ''(sadly)'' Mongo only pawn in game of life.
* HostageSituation: Sheriff Bart takes ''himself'' hostage.
-->'''Bart:''' Oh, baby. You are ''so'' talented! *{{beat}}* And they are so ''dumb!''
* {{Hulkspeak}}: Mongo, with a few exceptions.
* HumanShield: See HostageSituation above.
* ImmuneToBullets: Mongo. So they say.
-->''Bart starts putting on his gun belt.''
-->'''The Waco Kid:''' No no, don't do that. Don't do that, if you shoot him you'll just make him mad.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Hedy/Hedley Lamarr.
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: The villagers of Rock Ridge hold off Hedley's men... by installing a tollbooth. "Somebody's gotta go back and get a shitload of dimes!" Yes, absurd, as the booth is set up in the middle of a stretch of desert, but since Taggart thinks that his boss installed the thing, it actually almost makes sense that he doesn't go around.
* IShallTauntYou: "Hey, where da white women at?"
* ISurrenderSuckers: Hedley Lamarr during his confrontation with Sheriff Bart.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: ''Hedley'' Lamarr, not "Heddy."
** Made all the more hilarious in that if you pay attention to the dialogue, the heroes (and at least one person from Rock Ridge) actually ''do'' say his name correctly, but always scenes in which Hedley Lamarr himself is not present.
* KickTheDog: Mongo prefers punching horses in the face.
* KirksRock
* LargeHam: Creator/MelBrooks, of course, with a serious contender in Harvey Korman as Hedy (''Hedley!'').
** He's only risking an almost certain AcademyAward nomination for Best Supporting Actor, after all.
** And then there's Madeline Kahn as Lili von Shtupp... hammy enough to ''actually be nominated as Best Supporting Actress''.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: The church congregation was revealed to have been singing "The Ballad of Rock Ridge," and then there's Count Basie and his orchestra.
* ListingTheFormsOfDegenerates: See RhymingList.
* LiteralAssKicking: After getting burned out on quick draw duels, this is what drives The Waco Kid to be an alcoholic after a confrontation with an armed six-year-old boy:
-->'''The Waco Kid''': "I threw my guns down, and walked away... the little bastard ''[[ShotInTheAss shot me in the ass]]!''"
* LogoJoke: The film opens with the WB shield burning away a la the map of the Ponderosa in ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''.
* LostInTransmission: As Bart approaches Rock Ridge, Gabby Johnson's shouts of "The sheriff is a n____r!" are obscured by the tolling of a bell, and misheard by Sam Johnson as "The sheriff is near".
* MagneticHero: Bart manages to get Mongo and Lili on his side through friendship and sex, respectively.
* MeaningfulName
** Lili von Shtupp. "Shtupp" is the Yiddish word for "fuck."
** Also Governor William J. Le Petomane. "Le Pétomane" was a performer from the 1890s famous for being able to fart at will.
* MistakenForGay: "Aw, Mongo ''straight!''"
* {{Mondegreen}}: Show of hands: How many people thought The French Mistake was actually "The Christmas Thing?"
* MountainMan[=/=]{{Prospector}}: Gabby Johnson
* MsFanservice: The Governor's secretary.
-->'''Governor Le Petomane:''' Hello boys, I missed you...
* MuggedForDisguise: Bart gets the attention of two Klansmen by asking WhereDaWhiteWomenAt, then he and Jim ambush them and steal their outfits.
* NoFourthWall: See BreakingTheFourthWall above.
* NoodleIncident: At some point Richard Dix apparently tried to take over the town.
* NotInTheFace: Taggart punches him in the groin instead.
* NWordPrivileges
** No way anyone but Creator/MelBrooks could have gotten away with half of the jokes in this movie.
** It helped having Richard Pryor on board as co-writer. But Mel Brooks has confirmed that most of the n-word jokes came from himself and Richard Pryor was largely responsible for the character of Mongo.
** It helps that those in the know are well aware that, much like Norman Lear's ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', the use of the word (and other racial and sexual-preference epithets uttered by characters) was intended as a direct attack on racism by illustrating how stupid it is.
* ObsessiveCompulsiveBarkeeping: The bartender who "always kept things nice and clean" by spitting in them and shining them.
* OnlySaneMan
** Bart, to an extent.
** The Waco Kid as well, who's pretty level-headed once he's sober.
** And the Reverend, who combines this with ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* PassFail: The "one-drop rule" is inverted for laughs near the beginning of the film:
-->'''Bart (to Lyle):''' Sir, ah, he specifically requested two 'nig-gers'... well, to tell a family secret, my grandmother was Dutch!
* PieInTheFace: The "Great Pie Fight" near the end. No-one is spared. Hedley Lamarr tries to avoid it by ducking back into a restroom. Someone pies him in there.
* ThePigpen: Gabby Johnson; his breath is bad enough he can use it as a weapon.
* PlanetOfSteves: All of the inhabitants of Rock Ridge have the last name Johnson.
* PlotBasedVoiceCancellation: When Hedley Lamarr comes out of the bathroom during the giant brawl, you can see his lips form the words "what the fuck?" before he quietly retreats back into the washroom.
* PlungerDetonator: Sheriff Bart tries to use one to detonate the explosives in the fake Rock Ridge and blow up the villains, but it doesn't work. The Waco Kid has to set them off with a shot from his revolver.
* PopculturalOsmosis
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8ciVBQixpU Candygram for Mongo!]]
** Bart actually delivers the Candygram, has Mongo sign for it, then walks away as the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes theme plays. The box doesn't actually ''explode'' until Mongo opens it. [[BeamMeUpScotty Imitators just yell it as they throw the bomb.]]
* {{Postmodernism}}
* PottyDance: When Taggart gets an idea he gets excited and jumps around. Hedley Lamarr thinks he's doing one of these.
* PrematureEjaculation: Alluded to in Lili's "I'm So Tired" number:
--> '''Lili''': They're always coming and going, and going and coming... ''and always too soon''.
* ProductPlacement
** "Howard Johnson's right!"
** Bart's Gucci saddlebags.
* ProsceniumReveal: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zagged]] in the climax, where the action is somehow "real" even though it's shown to be happening on a Hollywood soundstage — and eventually most of the backlot — during the climactic FinalBattle.
* PunnyName: The Johnson clan in Rock Ridge includes [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Johnson%27s Howard Johnson]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Johnson Van Johnson]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Johnson Dr. Samuel Johnson]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olsen_and_Johnson Olson N. Johnson]].
* PurpleProse: Lamarr talks like this sometimes: for example "My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives."
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: Sheriff Bart to the people of Rock Ridge, while taking himself hostage.
* QuicksandSucks: "What is it that's not exactly water, and it ain't exactly earth?"
* RacistGrandma: "UP YOURS, NIGGER!" Slightly subverted later when Bart helps save the town from Mongo, as she bakes him a pie and apologizes for slurring him, but doesn't want anyone to know about it.
* RealEstateScam: Hedley Lamarr's plan.
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: The Indian chief speaking Yiddish to Sheriff Bart's parents and Sheriff Bart and Lili von Shtupp speak German to each other.
* RecycledTheSeries: The failed TV {{pilot}} ''Black Bart''.
* RefugeInAudacity
** Versus racism. (Notably, one of the co-writers was Creator/RichardPryor).
** "All right! We'll take the niggers and the chinks. ''But we don't want the Irish''!"
** See HostageSituation above.
** "And Methodists!"
** The farting scene was this at the time. That's the first time farting was depicted on the big screen and it was a big hit. Mel Brooks stated in the DVD commentary that cowboys drinking coffee and eating beans all the time would make the place quickly unlivable.
* RepeatAfterMe: Hedley Lamarr to his army of criminals.
--> "''Schmucks!''"
* RetiredBadass: The Waco Kid
* RetiredGunfighter: The Waco Kid
* RhymingList:
-->'''Hedley Lamarr''': I want rustlers, cutthroats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswagglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers, and Methodists!\\
'''Taggart''': ''[finding pen and paper]'' Could you repeat that, sir?
* RidingIntoTheSunset: The two leads, first on horses and then in a chauffeured car.
* RoadSignReversal: The re-edited-for-TV version includes a originally-cut scene like this, when Bart and the Waco Kid are being chased by the villains; the duo come to an arrow-sign mounted on a post, smack it so that it starts spinning in circles, and run on. The villains ride up, wait for the sign to finish spinning, and charge off in the indicated direction.
* RousingSpeech: Played with a couple of times. Gabby Johnson successfully does one despite being TheUnintelligible, while Bart's later attempt falls flat until he invokes the name of western acting icon RandolphScott.
* RuleOfFunny: The whole movie runs on this.
* RunningGag
** "That's ''Hedley''!"
** Also the cattle.
** The fact that nearly everybody in Rock Ridge has the last name "Johnson" is also played for laughs throughout the film.
** Hedley hitting his head on the window.
* SaltAndPepper: Sheriff Bart and the Waco Kid.
* SchmuckBait: "Mongo like candy!" Mongo open box...
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The Reverend tries to shame the mob into not lynching Bart. They shoot the Bible out of his hand.
-->'''Reverend:''' Son... you're on your own.
* SecurityBlanket: Hedley Lamarr's "Froggy"
* SecurityCling: Taggart does a "single glomp" version on Hedley Lamarr when a scaffold trap door releases outside.
* SelfDeprecation: In the Italian dub, instead of saying "We don't want Irish" they said "We don't want Italians".
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Hedley Lamarr, as in this lampshaded example:
--> '''Hedley Lamarr''': My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.
--> '''Taggart''': God darnit, Mr. Lamarr, you use your tongue prettier than a twenty dollar whore.
--> '''Lamarr''': *sighs* [[SophisticatedAsHell Shitkicker]]...
* SexFaceTurn: Lili von Shtupp, with Sheriff Bart.
* SexGod: Spoofed.
--> Bart: I hate to break this to you ma'am, but you are sucking on my arm...
* ShamingTheMob: The Reverend tries, at least, but is quickly intimidated out of doing so.
* [[ShoutOut/{{Films}} Shout Out]]: "I must have killed more men than Creator/CecilBDeMille." [=DeMille=] was known for his epic action films.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''The French Mistake'' and ''Blazing Saddles''. [[NoFourthWall Wait,]] [[MindScrew what?]]
* SissyVillain: Hedley Lamarr.
* SlipIntoSomethingMoreComfortable: Parodied. Lili von Shtupp says this to Sheriff Bart, and slips out of her naughty showgirl outfit into... another naughty showgirl outfit.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: [[StealthPun Played with]] when Bart and the Waco Kid play chess against each other. While neither man is particularly smart, they're geniuses compared to the ''other'' characters in the film.
* SniperPistol: The Waco Kid manages to set off dynamite from a few hundred yards away, using a single shot from his revolver.
* SomeCallMeTim: Inverted, then subverted.
-->'''Bart:''' What's your name?\\
'''Jim:''' Well, my name is Jim, but [[{{Foreshadowing}} most people call me]]... Jim.
* SoundEffectsBleep: A church bell when Bart approaches the town.
--> "Hey! The sheriff is a N-*DONG!*
--> "What was that?"
--> "He said the sheriff is near! *cheers*
--> "NO, GODRUM DAGNABBIT! I SAID THE SHERIFF IS A N-*DONG!*
** Done more often in televised versions. For example, censoring out the word 'shit' from the final line of the Ballad of Rock Ridge by having the organist mangle a chord. Since it's pretty obvious what they were going to say, this actually makes the movie funnier. In particular, in the televised versions of the farting scene, the farting was replaced with the horses neighing. Let me repeat that: they used a sound effects bleep on ''another sound effect''.
* SpitTake: The Waco Kid, after Sheriff Bart reads the note from Lili von Shtupp.
* {{Spoonerism}}: "Sheriff murdered, crops burned, stores looted, people stampeded, and [[BestialityIsDepraved cattle]] [[BlackComedyRape raped]]." Although, considering the bandits in question...
* SpringtimeForHitler
** Lamarr convinces the governor to appoint a random black man as Rock Ridge's new sheriff, in the hopes that the racist townspeople will be so demoralized that they give up and run off. He certainly wasn't counting on the sheriff actually helping them and winning them over.
** The Trope Namer song is actually referenced slyly in the film, as a few bars of the song are played when we first see Lili von Shtupp's name.
* StealthPun
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongo_Santamar%C3%ADa "Mongo! Santa Maria!"]]
** One of the many Johnsons of Rock Ridge has the unfortunate first name of Anal. [[DoubleEntendre He always keeps things nice and clean.]]
** Most of the townspeople. Howard Johnson, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Samuel_Johnson Dr. Samuel Johnson]], [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004496/ Van Johnson]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olsen_and_Johnson Olson N. Johnson]]
-->'''Olson Johnson:''' What are we made of? Our fathers came across the prairies, fought Indians, fought drought, fought locusts, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Dix fought Dix]]. Remember when Richard Dix came in here and tried to take over this town?
** "... it is my pleasure to present a [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy laurel and hearty]] handshake..."
** The main character is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Bart_(outlaw) black man named Bart.]]
* StopOrIShootMyself: Bart puts himself into a HostageSituation, causing the townsfolk who were about to lynch him to panic and plead for his safety.
* StraightGay: One of the cowboys stops fighting a CampGay dancer to ask him out, then they leave together.
* StrollingThroughTheChaos: Hedley Lamarr during the Great Pie Fight.
* SurpriseCheckMate: During Sheriff Bart's game with the Waco Kid.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Everyone but Bart himself in the failed TV {{pilot}}.
* TakeThat: Howard Johnson and his orange-roofed outhouse.
* TapOnTheHead: Bart to Taggart with a shovel after being left to die in quicksand.
--> '''Taggart:''' I want you to send a wire to the main office, and tell them I said-''[Is hit hard on the head by a shovel]'' [[AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption Owwww!]]\\
"Send wire, head office, tell them I said 'OW!' Gotcha!"
* ThoseWackyNazis: They first raise the wrong hands for the swear. Then they get drunk and start singing with Lili.
* TitleThemeTune: Frankie Laine, who sings the film's opening song, was told the film was "a Western dealing with racism"; nobody told him ''the film was a comedy''. [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously After he gave an amazing performance,]] Mel Brooks couldn't bring himself to tell the truth. Brooks had set out to get the theme performed by "a Frankie Laine type," thinking he couldn't afford the real thing. Thank goodness he was mistaken!
* TrashTheSet: At the very end of the movie, the cast trashes the fake Rock Ridge, the set of a musical, and the WarnerBros commissary. And a tour group. Which [[ImplacableMan walks out of the cafeteria as if nothing had happened]], despite the pie stains.
* TheTropeKid: The Waco Kid
* UncertainDoom: Mongo punches Taggert so hard that he's sent flying headfirst into a cash register. It's unclear if he dies or merely loses consciousness, but it's the last we see of him.
* UncleTomfoolery: Inverted, as the black Sheriff Bart has a white sidekick, the Waco Kid.
* TheUnintelligible: Gabby Johnson's authentic frontier gibberish.
-->'''Olson N. Johnson''': Now who can argue with that?
-->"Rerrit!"
* UnreliableNarrator: "The town saloon was always lively/But never nasty or obscene/behind the bar stood Anal Johnson[=/=]He always kept things nice and clean". *SPIT* *BELCH*
* UntrustingCommunity: The town of Rock Ridge vs. Sheriff Bart.
* TheVonTropeFamily: Lili von Shtupp
* WaxingLyrical
** Before firing the starting pistol for the attack on Rock Ridge, Hedley motivates his army thus:
--> "Now, '''[[ColePorter go do that voodoo that you do so well!]]'''"
** When people knock on Lili's door, she tends to bud them inside with a "[[{{Cabaret}} Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome...]]"
* WhatADrag: An unfortunate man during the first attack on the town.
-->'''Man:''' ''[while being dragged through the mud by a horse]'' Well, that's the end of this suit!
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Sheriff Bart tells his friend to bring his fellow railway workers and a load of equipment to a specific spot at midnight.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]], but the scene that gives us the trope name doesn't use the trope itself. The line is used to [[IShallTauntYou distract some Klansmen.]] Bart's relationship with Lili von Shtupp, however, may be an example of this trope.
* WhiteMaleLead: Part of what makes the very racially-charged comedy of the movie work is that it averts this trope. Bart is the hero.
* WhosOnFirst: "Meeting is adjourned." "It is?" "No, you say that, Governor." "What?" [repeat]
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: In a rare justification of this trope, the villains actually try this. They end up looking stupid, grasping their hands in pain.
* TheWildWest: The movie parodies just about every known Western trope in one way or another.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Mel Brooks as the Indian chief.
* YouHaveFailedMe: The bubble gum affair.
* YouNoTakeCandle: [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Mongo perfect example of trope]].
* ZergRush: After softening up Hedley's army with explosives, the townsfolk's plan is simply, "Let's get 'em!"
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