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->''"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!"''
-->--'''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGcfHvUTfac Theme Song]]'''

''Blazing Saddles'', released in 1974, is another comedy masterpiece from Creator/MelBrooks (with writing help from none other than Creator/RichardPryor) which mercilessly spoofs TheWestern.

The year is 1874. Railroad construction runs into quicksand and the path needs re-routing, but the tiny town of Rock Ridge stands in the way of progress. Territorial Attorney General [[strike:Hedy]] ''Hedley'' Lamarr (Harvey Korman) 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 convinces bumbling Governor William J. [=Le Petomane=] (Brooks) to appoint a black man named Bart (Cleavon Little) – 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/or said townspeople leaving in disgust (which would give Lamarr free rein over the land). Once Bart arrives in Rock Ridge, HilarityEnsues. Adding to the fun are alcoholic gunslinger The Waco Kid (Creator/GeneWilder) and sexy German chanteuse Lili Von Shtupp (Creator/MadelineKahn), among others.

''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). Instead of making a serious movie saying "racism is bad", Brooks decided to make a movie where all the racists are idiots – a similar philosophy he used when dealing with the Nazis in his movies.

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!!The town of Rock Ridge provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: One that was such a RunningGag the "target" even sued. See CelebrityParadox.
* AdolfHitlarious: 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!
* AntagonisticGovernor: Gov. William J. Le Petomane isn't exactly antagonistic, but he is incompetent and an easy mark for State Attorney General Hedley Lamarr, who acts as his EvilChancellor. Le Petomane's assigning of a black man as sheriff (under Hedley's suggestion, as part of his plan to clear the residents of Rock Ridge) is what sets the plot in motion.
* AffectionateParody: Westerns.
* AgonyOfDeFeet: Hedley shoots Taggart in the foot [[DisproportionateRetribution for using a stupid cliché]].
* TheAlcoholic: Jim, a.k.a. The Waco Kid, ever since his LiteralAssKicking described below.
* AnachronismStew: Nazis (and Arabs and bikers) in the Old West for one thing.
** And Bart having to invent the Candygram to deal with Mongo. Bonus points for the movie soundtrack sampling the Looney Tunes theme right before it blows..
* ApologeticAttacker: Reverend Johnson, after [[GroinAttack kneeing a bandit in the groin]], prays "Forgive me, Lord!"
* ArchEnemy: Bart and the Waco Kid have Hedley Lamarr, who is trying to take over their town.
* ArmyOfThievesAndWhores: The villain invokes this trope when dictating a "help wanted" ad. See RhymingList.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Hedley's list of bad guys to recruit, culminating with Methodists as apparently the worst of the bunch.
* AsideComment: Several examples of BreakingTheFourthWall don't explicitly acknowledge the audience.
** After Sheriff Bart takes ''himself'' hostage, he retreats to his new office and says, "Oh, baby you are so talented...''(looks into the camera)'' and they are so ''dumb''."
** When Bart hears the Waco Kid moaning in his bunk, he turns to the camera and says "The drunk in number two must be awake."
** After boring the Waco Kid to sleep, Sheriff Bart looks at the camera and says, "I like to keep my audience riveted."
** While Mongo is talking with Sheriff Bart and the Waco Kid he turns to face the audience and says "Mongo only pawn in game of life".
** As two thugs assault a little old lady, she turns to the audience and asks, "Have you ever seen such cruelty?"
** Harvey Korman as the villain, is pondering his next move out loud and looks to the camera and says "Why am I asking you?"
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Parodied with the Indian chief, played by Mel Brooks, speaking Yiddish. His headdress also has Yiddish written on it as a BilingualBonus
* 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 committee, it is my privilege to extend this [[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, [[IThoughtItMeant thinking he's going to whip something else out instead]]). Then they all go "Awwww…"
* BarSlide: During the battle in the Warner Bros. commissary, Taggart is knocked out and slides down the buffet counter, where the cashier rings him up for the food splattered all over him.
-->"Yankee bean soup, coleslaw and tuna surprise...!"
* 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:[[invoked]] "We don't need no stinking badges!" is actually from ''this'' movie. The original quote from ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre'' went like this…
-->"Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!"
* BigBad: Hedly Lamarr, the CorruptPolitician planning to destroy Rock Ridge.
* 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 "[[{{Spoonerism}} Posher for Kassover]]".
** Most of the Indian Chief's dialogue is in Yiddish.
** Lili's last name "Shtupp" is Yiddish slang for having sex.
* 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:
** Spoofed with the Waco Kid, who is sitting on his horse with his arms crossed, shoots the guns out of the hands of seven men like an impossibly accurate machine gun the instant the camera cuts away from him. When the camera cuts back to him afterwards he's still just sitting there with his arms crossed; only this time his guns are smoking in their holsters.
--->'''Sheriff Bart:''' Well, don't just stand there looking stupid and holding your hands in pain. How 'bout a little (DramaticGunCock) applause for the Waco Kid?
** Someone blasts Reverend Johnson's bible out of his hands when he attempts to make peace between the mob and Bart.
* 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.
** The infamous fart scene is, depending on what channel you're watching it on, edited. You'll either get the fart noises intact, or the farts replaced by belches, or no noise at all. Several cinemas in 1971 also cut that scene out.
** In addition to the standard edits for television, stations such as The Family Channel and its Creator/ABCFamily followup changed Taggert's "Kansas City faggots" line to "Kansas City horses". Makes one wonder why they bothered showing it in the first place.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The movie has a pretty flimsy fourth wall to begin with, but by the end of the movie it completely collapses.
** During a speech, Hedley Lamaar says "You will only be risking your lives, while I will be risking an almost certain Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor."
** The big fight towards the end of the movie breaks out of the set and ruins a neighboring BusbyBerkeleyNumber. This would be breaking the ''third'' wall.
** Taggart: "I'm working for Creator/MelBrooks!" (writer/director).
** The 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.
* BrickJoke: At the Chinese Theater, a couple is looking at the actor and actresses' signatures in front of it. Hedley corrects them, as he always does. Later, after Hedley is killed, we see that he's signed his face impression in the cement and underlined the DL in his name.
* BunnyEarsLawyer
** Hedley could be considered this as he has a fixation on always bathing with his toy frog and freaks out when he can't find it.
--->'''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, Bart's far better at the job than he was expecting.
* BusbyBerkeleyNumber: "The French Mistake" rehearsal.
* ButNotTooBlack: Parodied. "They're darker than ''us!'' Woof!"
* ButNowIMustGo: {{Lampshaded}} by the town with a mass PrecisionFStrike.
-->'''Bart:''' Work here is done. I'm needed elsewhere now. I'm needed wherever outlaws rule the West, wherever innocent women and children are afraid to walk the streets, wherever a man cannot live in simple dignity, wherever a people cry out for justice.\\
'''Entire town:''' ''(in unison)'' '''''BULLSHIT!'''''\\
'''Bart:''' ''(shrugging)'' All right, you caught me. Tellin' the plain truth, it's getting pretty damn dull around here.
* ButtMonkey: Several. Lamarr, Taggart, Buddy Bizarre, most of Rock Ridge's townsfolk… the list just keeps going on.
* {{Cameo}}: Several.
** 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. Also its director.
* CarnivalOfKillers: Invoked for laughs:
--> '''Hedley Lamarr:''' "I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking METHODISTS!]]
* 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 she did in fact sue Brooks (they settled out of court).
* 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.
* CommunityThreateningConstruction: The plot gets started when the corrupt Hedley Lamarr learns that his planned railway course has to be detoured because of some [[QuicksandSucks quicksand]], and conspires with an easily-bribed governor to hire a gang of baddies to rough up the remote town of Rock Ridge so that they can get the land on the cheap.
* CompanionCube: Hedley Lamarr's froggy.
* {{Corpsing}}: Little could barely restrain himself during the "common clay of the new West" speech.
* 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 thinks he's talking to Hedley and gets out, "Can't you see that man is a ni–" before realizing that he's talking to Bart. When he takes Hedley aside, he repeats the same statement… and it turns out he really was just saying, "Can't you see that man is a ni?"
** When Bart rides into Rock Ridge and their lookout is trying to tell the townsfolk that the sheriff is a n-*DONG!*, only to be [[SoundEffectBleep drowned out by the church bells]].
** This happens later with a prop when Hedley Lamarr comes out from the lavatories, and says to himself "What the fu-", only to be caught by [[ItMakesSenseInContext the surprise of a pie landing near him.]]
* 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).
** This is because it was perfectly acceptable to be racist towards the Irish during the time period the movie takes place in, i.e. the '''18'''70s.
* 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''': Boy, is he ''[[LampshadedTrope 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 is generally a dumb brute, [[DownplayedTrope but he has flashes of insight]].
-->'''Mongo:''' Mongo don't know… [[ThousandYardStare Mongo only pawn in game of life.]]
* DynamicEntry: Mongo breaking off the double doors 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 literally ends with "Equal Opportunity Employer".
* 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 advertised "28 Flavors!". Had to start somewhere. See its [[DeaderThanDisco/RealLife folder in here]].
* 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.
* ExactWords:
-->'''Taggart''': Send a wire to the main office and tell them I said ''[Bart brains Taggart with a shovel]'' Ow!\\
'''Lyle''': ''[writing]'' "Send wire.. main office.. tell them I said 'ow'." Gotcha!
* {{Expy}}: Madeline Kahn's Lili von Shtupp for Creator/MarleneDietrich
* FemmeFatale: Lili von Shtupp.
* FightingForAHomeland: All the railroad workers want in return for fighting is a piece of land to homestead.
* FiveBadBand
** BigBad: Hedley Lamar
** TheDragon: Taggart
** EvilGenius: Lyle (kind of; he oversees the railroad workers)
** TheBrute: Mongo ([[HeelFaceTurn it doesn't last]])
** TheDarkChick: Lili Von Shtupp ([[HeelFaceTurn like Mongo, it doesn't last]])
* [[FlashBack/{{Film}} Flash Back]]: Sheriff Bart's story about how his parents came out West in a covered wagon and dealt with hostile Indians.
* 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]].
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Hitler practicing his salute during the DinerBrawl.
* {{Gasshole}}: Farting cowboys.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Despite the foul language, no one says "fuck", which apparently would not have stood past the censors even with the film's "R" rating. 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 clearly sharing a reefer in the midst of amiable chatter.
** "The French Mistake" song is about… er… let's just say "wrong hole" and leave it at that.
* 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 somebody puts a bullet through his upheld Bible]], granted, but at least he tried.
--> "Son, you're on your own."
* GratuitousNazis: Among the people who apply for Hedley Lamarr's henchmen call are a bunch of [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Wehrmacht]] soldiers. Yes, in the Old West. (not that surprising given Mel Brooks is known for [[AdolfHitlarious making a mockery out of the Third Reich]].) It doesn't hurt there are some UsefulNotes/WorldWarI German soldiers also in line.
* [[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).
* 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 – [[ParodiedTrope 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 featurette, 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.
** It is implied that he never really lost the shakes in his hand, though. He just ''[[FridgeBrilliance learned to shoot with his other hand]]''.
* HiddenDepths:
-->'''Mongo:''' ''(sadly)'' Mongo only pawn in game of life.
* HostageSituation: When the townspeople begin cocking guns in a threatening manner during Bart's inauguration speech as Sheriff, he defuses the situation by taking ''himself'' hostage, invoking both UncleTomfoolery and ScaryBlackMan behaviour. Amazingly, it ''works''.
-->'''Bart:''' Oh, baby. You are ''so'' talented! *{{beat}}* And they are so ''dumb!''
* {{Hulkspeak}}: Mongo, with a few exceptions.
* HumanoidAbomination: Jim implies this when asked by Bart who Mongo is.
-->'''Bart:''' Who's Mongo?\\
'''Jim:''' Well Mongo ain't exactly a who he's more of a ''what''.
* HumanShield: See HostageSituation above.
* ILied: When Sheriff Bart confronts Lamarr at the climax and draws a gun on him, Hedley protests that he is unarmed, leading Bart to throw down his gun to settle things with GoodOldFisticuffs. Hedley then mentions that, wait, he ''is'' armed and reveals a Derringer in his coat, but Bart retrieves his gun and [[GroinAttack shoots Lamarr in the crotch]].
* 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.
* InformedAbility: Lili von Shtupp, the Teutonic Titwillow, isn't all that good a singer. Then again, men aren't necessarily paying to [[MsFanservice listen to her]].
* 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 where they can easily go around it, but since Taggart thinks that his corrupt money-grubbing boss installed the thing, it actually 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: Yup, this movie was shot there too.
* LargeHam: Creator/MelBrooks, of course, with a serious contender in Harvey Korman as Hedy (''Hedley!'').
** He's only risking an almost certain UsefulNotes/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}}''.
* LongList[=/=]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?
* 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.
* TheMelBrooksNumber: A big song-and-dance routine full of HoYay lyrics performed by a chorus of AmbiguouslyGay men.
* MistakenForGay: "Aw, Mongo ''straight!''"
* MoodWhiplash: Jims story on how he quit being the Waco Kid. It seems to start out as a typical tragic gunslinger story, implying a dark ending even for a parody like Mel Brooks, but the punchline turned it into one of the most funniest scenes in the movie.
-->'''Jim:'''Well, it got so that every piss-ant prairie punk who thought he could shoot a gun would ride into town to try out the Waco Kid. I must have killed more men than Cecil B. [=DeMille=]. It got pretty gritty. I started to hear the word "draw" in my sleep. Then one day, I was just walking down the street when I heard a voice behind me say, "Reach for it, mister!" I spun around… and there I was, face to face with a six-year old kid. Well, I just threw my guns down and walked away. Little bastard [[ShotInTheAss shot me in the ass]]. [[INeedAFreakingDrink So I limped to the nearest saloon, crawled inside a whiskey bottle]], [[TheAlcoholic and I've been there ever since]].
** Happens again a little later after Bart tried and failed to win over the racist townsfolk, and is staring blankly at the wall in a depressed state. [[EnforcedMethodActing Cleavon Little didn't know what Gene Wilder was going to say at the end of the speech]].
--> '''Jim''': : 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''.
* MountainMan[=/=]{{Prospector}}: Gabby Johnson
* MsFanservice: The Governor's secretary.
-->'''Governor Le Petomane:''' ''[looks at her breasts]'' 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.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Given the HurricaneOfPuns, a few: Sam(uel) Johnson, Howard Johnson, Governor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_P%C3%A9tomane LePetomane]], and of course, Hedley Lamarr (which even inspired Creator/HedyLamarr to sue Warner Bros. and Mel Brooks for unauthorized use of her name).
* NinjaProp: The ending. ''All of it.''
* NoFourthWall: The final scene in the movie, in which [[spoiler:the two main characters watch the end of their own movie together at the Chinese Theatre.]]
--->'''Waco Kid:''' Ooh. I hope there's a HappyEnding.
* NoodleIncident:
** At some point someone named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dix Richard Dix]] apparently tried to take over the town.
** A man in a wheelchair is about to be hung and Lamarr references the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calling_Dr._Gillespie Dr. Gillespie killings]]".
* 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 Creator/RichardPryor 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.
** Actor Burton Gilliam, in one of the DVD release featurettes, says he was very uncomfortable about having to use the word and sought out Cleavon Little's blessing. Little reassured Burton that it was just acting and he knew it didn't reflect Burton's own attitude.
* 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.
* ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest: The Waco Kid is essentially this trope being PlayedForLaughs instead of drama.
* 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.
** Or, it may be because right before, he [[GargleBlaster takes a swig from a jug]].
* 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: The climax of the film literally falls apart and spreads outside itself.
* 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: PlayedForLaughs, naturally.
** "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: In addition to Hedley Lamarr, 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."
-->'''Taggart:''' Ditto!
* 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!" Downplayed 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.
* RailroadPlot: Blazing Saddles starts with this when the local railroad runs into quicksand, forcing the company to attempt to tear down a nearby town to make sure construction runs on schedule.
* 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.
* 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
* 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
** Hedley Lamarr being addressed as "Hedy" and him snapping, "That's ''HEDLEY''!"
** Rock Ridge being infested with 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: Reverend Johnson does this twice:
** After the first bandit attack on Rock Ridge, he was one of the quickest to argue for abandoning the town.
** When Bart becomes the new sheriff, 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.
** Towards the end of the film, Hedley flags down a Burbank taxi driver to "Drive me off this picture."
* SecurityBlanket: Hedley Lamarr's "Froggy"
* SecurityCling: Taggart does a "single glomp" version on Hedley Lamarr when a scaffold trap door releases outside.
* SeizeThem: Sheriff Bart and the Waco Kid try to infiltrate Hedley Lamaar's army of thugs. When they're revealed they run away and Hedley Lamaar yells "Seize them!" to his minions.
* SelfDeprecation: In the Italian dub, instead of saying "We don't want the 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 with a line that was deleted from the film.
-->'''Bart:''' I hate to break this to you ma'am, but you are sucking on my elbow.
* ShamingTheMob: The Reverend tries, at least, but is quickly intimidated out of doing so.
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/BlazingSaddles Numerous]].
* ShovelStrike: Bart to Taggart, after the latter leaves him to die in quicksand.
* 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.
* SophisticatedAsHell: The final verse of "The Ballad of Rock Ridge":
-->''Now it's a time of great decision''\\
''Are we to stay or up and quit?''\\
''There's no avoiding this conclusion''\\
''Our town is turning into shit!''
* SoundEffectsBleep: A church bell when Bart approaches the town.
-->'''Gabby Johnson''': Hey! The sheriff is a N-*DONG!*\\
'''Howard Johnson''': What'd he say?\\
'''Olson Johnson''': He said the sheriff is near! *cheers*\\
'''Gabby Johnson''': 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. To repeat: 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 TropeNamer 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_Santamaria "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 privilege to extend to you 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: During the massive climatic fistfight, one of the cowboys pairs up with a CampGay dancer and they leave together.
* StrollingThroughTheChaos: Hedley Lamarr during the Great Pie Fight. At least at first…
* SucksAtDancing: During the work song in which the "niggers" are in perfect harmony and perfectly coordinated in their choreography, they get rudely interrupted and shown a questionable routine by their slave-drivers.
* SuddenlyShouting: The school marm. "Forgive me. [[UnaccustomedAsIAmToPublicSpeaking I'm not used to public speaking]]. Ahem... '''''WE, the God-fearing citizens of Rock Ridge...!'''''"
* SuperSpeed: The Waco Kid's superpower. To test his skills, Jim has Bart put his hands about 6 inches apart, on either side of a chess piece, to see if he can grab it before Jim (Who is five feet away, on the other side of the table). At the word 'draw!' Bart claps his hands together, while Jim makes no appreciable movement. Needless to say, the chess piece is not in Bart's hands, but rather found concealed in Jim's ''gun holster''.
* SurpriseCheckMate: During Sheriff Bart's game with the Waco Kid.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Everyone but Bart himself in the failed TV {{pilot}}.
* TakeThat: "I must have killed more men than Creator/CecilBDeMille." [=DeMille=] was known for his epic action films, and, in the early days of film before standards were put in place, for his total disregard for the safety of anyone on set. His original 1926 ''Film/BenHur'' is infamous for how many animals were killed and maimed during production and how many cast and crew avoided death by literally inches.
* 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!]]\\
'''Lyle:''' Send wire, main 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 it was "a Western dealing with racism" [[FromACertainPointOfView (technically true).]] Nobody told him ''the film was a comedy''. [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously After he gave an amazing performance]], Mel Brooks couldn't bring himself to tell Frankie 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!
* ToiletHumor: Most notoriously in the campfire scene.
* TrashTheSet: At the very end of the movie, the cast trashes the fake Rock Ridge, the set of a musical, and the Creator/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
* UnaccustomedAsIAmToPublicSpeaking: The school teacher who writes the telegram to Governor [=LePetomane=] starts off very quiet, then gets very loud.
* 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.
* {{Undercrank}}: Parts of the pie fight.
* TheUnintelligible: Gabby Johnson's "authentic frontier gibberish".
-->'''Olson N. Johnson''': Now who can argue with ''that?''
-->'''Gabby Johnson''': 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.
* UnwantedAssistance: At the film's climax, when the Waco Kid is trying to pull off an impossible shot, the preacher starts (loudly) praying for God to guide him. Thankfully, the other residents of Rock Ridge shut him up by beating him with their hats.
* VisualGag: Since Bart's family is ostracized by the rest of the wagon train, when the Indians attack, circling the wagons with only one wagon means they go in circles by themselves.
* TheVonTropeFamily: Lili von Shtupp.
* WaxingLyrical
** Before firing the starting pistol for the attack on Rock Ridge, Hedley motivates his army thus:
-->"Now, '''[[Music/ColePorter go do… that voodoo… that you do… so well!!]]'''"
** When people knock on Lili's door, she tends to bid them inside with a "[[Theatre/{{Cabaret}} Wilkommen, 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: TropeNamer, 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 not only the hero, but has a [[BlackBestFriend White Best Friend]] as the sidekick.
* 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.
* WorseWithContext: While masquerading as a member of the Ku Klux Klan, Sheriff Bart tells Hedley Lamarr why he should be a part of Lamaar's criminal army.
-->'''Lamaar''': Qualifications?\\
'''Bart''': Stampeding cattle.\\
'''Lamaar''': That's not much of a crime.\\
'''Bart''': Through the Vatican?\\
'''Lamaar''': Kinky! Sign here.
* 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 wipe 'em out!"
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