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->''If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.''
-->-- '''[[EccentricMentor Patches O'Houlihan]]'''

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, ''Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story'' revolves around amiable [[{{Dismotivation}} underachiever]] Peter [=LaFleur=] (Creator/VinceVaughn), who owns a rundown gym called "Average Joe's" with a less-than-average clientèle, including a [[TalkLikeAPirate self-styled pirate]] (Alan Tudyk), an [[CollectorOfTheStrange ultra-obscure sports aficionado]] (Stephen Root), and a pining high-school {{Nerd}} (Justin Long).

Despite the gym posing little threat to Globo Gym, a fitness goliath owned by White Goodman (Creator/BenStiller), Peter's humble recreation centre becomes a subject of much controversy when Goodman learns of his rival's less-than-meticulous bookkeeping. Determined to crush his rival and build a new parking area for Globo Gym, Goodman hires [[HelloAttorney attorney]] Kate Veach (Christine Taylor) to initiate a hostile takeover of the gym.

However, not all hope is lost: if Peter and his [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits ragtag group of regulars]] can raise the $50,000 needed to cover Peter's deficit payments, then Average Joe's will be saved from both the corporate and literal bulldozers. With little talent and a great deal of misplaced enthusiasm, their last hope rests in a national Dodgeball tournament with a cash prize of exactly $50,000. Unfortunately, Goodman learns of their plans and enters [[OpposingSportsTeam his own elite squadron]], the Globo Gym Purple Cobras, into the tournament to take home the gold themselves and thwart their heart-warming underdog victory.

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!!Tropes in this film:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: White Goodman to Kate.
** He also tries to awkwardly seduce his real life wife throughout the movie.
* AdamWesting: [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff David Hasselhoff]], ChuckNorris, and Lance Armstrong.
* AllForNothing: It almost looks like this was the case for Average Joe's in the match against Globo Gym, until a referee says that White stepped over the line in his throw, which allows the match to continue. Interestingly, an "alternate ending" gag on the DVD ends the movie right after Globo Gym appears to win.
** Also, the WoundedGazelleGambit pulled by the girl scouts who played against the Average Joes.
* AlphaBitch: [[LovableAlphaBitch Subverted big time]] with Amber, who is a genuinely nice person who is attracted to Justin and really likes him.
* AmbiguousTimePeriod: WordOfGod has it that the movie was supposed to take place in the early 1990s, but the case of AnachronismStew including Peter renting Film/MonaLisaSmile on DVD, as well as digital cable being in existence would suggest otherwise; it pretty much looks as if it could have been set in the present day.
* AmoralAttorney: Averted, Kate falls for the lovable losers and eventually joins them.
* APirate400YearsTooLate: Steve the Pirate.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** Peter's phone call from the video store. "The following videos are now overdue: ''Drunken Hussies 3'', ''Backdoor Patrol 5'', and ''Film/MonaLisaSmile''."
* BabiesEverAfter: While only a supporting character, Amber is pregnant in the Average Joe's ad at the end of the movie.
* BeautyIsBad: The Cobras are all athletic and (with a single exception) [[Film/{{Zoolander}} really, really ridiculously good-looking]], and believe they are superior to people who aren't as good looking solely on the basis of their appearance.
* BerserkButton[=/=]MinorInjuryOverreaction: "Nobody makes me bleed my own blood. ''Nobody''!"
** Also Gordon seeing his mail-order bride with another man.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Kate attacks White for harassing her at her home.
* BigOlUnibrow: Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky.
* BiTheWay: Kate. "I am not a lesbian. I'm ''bisexual!''"
** A deleted scene reveals that Joyce, Kate's supposed girlfriend, is bisexual as well and really seems to like Peter.
* BookEnds: The movie begins and ends the owner of a less-successful gym watching a commercial for a successful gym.
* BrawnHilda: Fran.
** In the epilogue, she ''is'' shown to be [[ProgressivelyPrettier substantially more attractive]], though.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs
--> '''White''' (''introducing his team''): "Blade... Laser... Blazer..."
** Later lampshaded by Dwight. "They've got Razor and Taser and all sorts of 'azer's!"
* BreakTheCutie: "You are ''not'' a pirate."
* BrickJoke: Peter tells Owen that there's a right person for everyone. Sometimes, there are two right people for one person; he calls that "The Jackpot." [[spoiler:The ending suggests that Peter may end up with [[BiTheWay Kate]] and [[GirlOnGirlIsHot her girlfriend Joyce.]]]]
** I thought it was that [[spoiler: ''Kate'']] had it with [[spoiler: her girlfriend and Peter?]]
** It's pretty minor, but apparently a few of the bondage enthusiasts decided to stick around and watch the tournament after switching uniforms with the Joes.
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Mocked with Goodman's offer.
* ButtMonkey: Nearly all of the Joes, but Justin takes the most abuse throughout.
* CaptainObvious: When Peter blindfolds himself, the announcers are astute enough to note "Peter has blindfolded himself." "He's not going to be able to see very well." In fact, the announcers have several of these moments throughout the film, with Pepper usually being the prime suspect.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Me'Shell walks in on White trying to do something with a slice of pizza.
* ChekhovsGun: For a quick-fire comedy film, ''Dodgeball'' is surprisingly well-scripted as a story. Every single significant plot point is foreshadowed in advance, from the obvious (Gordon quoting the exact double-fault-elimination rule that comes into play during the finale) to the ridiculous ("Man, she gotta be a lesbian.") to the subtle (White's throwaway boast that Globo Gym is worth "over four million dollars", which later confirms [[spoiler:that Peter ''would'' have the funds to purchase a controlling stake with his $5 million win]]).
** Averted with the lawyer specializing in sexual harassment cases who doesn't sue the creep who sexually harasses her through a large part of the film.
* TheCheerleader: Played with; Justin is a male cheerleader and a nice guy and his cheerleader girlfriend is a total sweetheart but the (male) head cheerleader fits the evil, manipulative head cheerleader sterotype in every way except [[GenderFlip gender]].
* TheChewToy: Justin. None of the scripted dialogue could hope to be half as funny as seeing Justin Long get hit by a flying wrench. Or a ball, for that matter. Or a fat cheerleader's... pom-pom... [[spoiler:His moment came in the finals by finally catching a dodge-ball and help bring back the two main players in the game, though his chew toy status is retained after his moment was over.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: White Goodman shows occasional signs of this, as does color commentator Pepper Brooks ("I sure do like pumpkins, Cotton!"). But the prize-winners are Owen and Patches.
** And Steve the Pirate.
* CreatorCameo: Director Rawson Marshall Thurber as the guy who voices what he thinks of the Joe's in their [[ItMakesSenseInContext bondage gear]].
-->"Hey assholes! You guys suck!"
** He also appeared later as the drive-by guy who pelts Steve the Pirate with a milkshake and yells at him to go back to TreasureIsland.
** Ben Stiller could count as well, considering his production company made the movie, and he, of course, plays White Goodman.
* CuckoolanderCommentator: Pepper Brooks.
* DatingCatwoman: Fran and Owen.
* DeadpanSnarker: Peter
* DeathByIrony: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d with Patches O'Houlihan's death by the "Luck o' the Irish" sign.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The American Dodgeball Association of America, as well as Patches' 5 Ds of Dodgeball: Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and Dodge.
** Although it's not shown, the former makes some sort of sense if you consider that there's more than one school of play, as with pool or swimming, since the sport is American Dodgeball, so presumably the German team pays dues to the American Dodgeball Association of Germany.
* DeusExMachina: Lampshaded. After [[spoiler:Average Joe's wins the dodgeball tournament and Peter receives his betting winnings,]] the money is revealed in a treasure chest that reads 'Deus Ex Machina'.
** Also, ChuckNorris.
* DirtyOldMan: Patches.
* {{Dismotivation}}: Peter feels that a goal is just the first step to disappointment, while Goodman takes an incredibly unhealthy approach to "personal improvement".
* DodgeballIsHell: The entire premise.
* DoubleEntendre: The motto(?) of the ADAA tournament, shown on a huge banner above the court, is "GO BALLS DEEP!"
** Enough involving balls, such as "It's time to put your mouth where our balls are!" that you will laugh every time someone says the word "balls".
** Near the beginning of the film, the Average Joe's gang goes to a Mexican cantina called "Dirty Sanchez's."
* DownerEnding: The creators had a joke "original ending" on the DVD that some took seriously. It just ends before the sudden death match, implying that TheBadGuyWins, and doesn't go into any detail about what happened to the characters. If it wasn't a joke it would have been a terrible ending since it would have left many plot threads left dangling open as mentioned above in the Brick Joke and Foreshadowing sections. (There are rumors the Joes were originally intended to lose but ExecutiveMeddling put a stop to it, making the DVD extra a bit of WriterRevolt.)
* DownToTheLastPlay
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Patches literally dies from getting something dropped on him.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: You learn pretty much everything you need to know about White in the opening Globo Gym infomercial.
* EvilInc: Globo Gym. Hell, their company slogan is "We're better than you, and we know it."
* EvilIsHammy: White, big time.
* {{Expy}}: The basic plot is somewhat similar to ''GoodBurger'' - that is, a modest long-time neighborhood establishment in danger of being put out of business by a fancy new joint across the street.
* {{Fanservice}}: The Dodgeball dancers.
--> '''Cotton''': [[BlatantLies That's good, clean family fun right there.]]
** The cheerleading routine with Amber and Justin as well.
* FeigningIntelligence: White Goodman. And he's fooling exactly no one.
* FiveBadBand: The Purple Cobras
** TheBigBad: White
** TheDragon: Me'Shell
** [[TheBrute The Brutes]]: Blade, Laser and Blazer
** TheDarkChick: Fran
* FiveManBand: The Average Joes
** TheLeader: Peter
** TheLancer / TheSixthRanger: Kate
** TheSmartGuy: Gordon
** [[TheBigGuy The Big Guys]]: Dwight and Steve the Pirate
** TheHeart: Justin
** TheChick: Owen
** [[TheObiWan Team Mentor]]: Patches
* GangOfHats: The dodgeball teams that Average Joe's and Globo-Gym compete against include a team of Girl Scouts (who play in full uniform), a team of German bodybuilders, a team of lumberjacks, a team of break-dancers, and a team of Japanese martial artists who play in their underwear. Hilariously, Average Joe's unintentionally becomes one when a botched package delivery forces them to play their first match wearing S&M gear.
* GarnishingTheStory: Steve the Pirate.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: InUniverse and applied literally here. The German team gathers around a picture of David Hasselhoff before their match, after their match [[spoiler: they're scolded for their defeat by their coach, [[AdamWesting David Hasselhoff]]!]]
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: The finale.
* GirlScoutsAreEvil: One of the dodgeball teams.
* GirlsWithMoustaches: The Girl Scout who had been taking steroids.
* GroinAttack: The Average Joe team always got hit in the groin with the dodgeballs.
* HappyEnding: The real cut of the film, in contrast to the "original conclusion" on the DVD (which was a joke).
* HighHeelFaceTurn: Fran, [[LoveRedeems as a result of Owen]]. The ending shows her at Average Joe's.
* HugeSchoolgirl: One of the Girl Scouts, as the result of numerous steroids.
** And a [[{{Squick}} low grade beaver tranquilizer]].
* IKnowWhatWeCanDoCut: Subverted with Average Joe's trying a car wash to raise money.
* ImprovisedTraining:
-->'''Patches:''' "If you can dodge a {{wrench|Whack}}, you can dodge a ball."
-->'''Justin:''' "What?"
-->('''''THWACK''''')
-->(''Justin Long's eyebrow was cut open'')
* InsaneTrollLogic: How do you argue with anyone who claims "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball"?
** And if you ''do'' argue with such a man, you promptly get a wrench thrown at you.
* IronicEcho: "Spare me" is said by both Peter in the beginning after watching Globo Gym's ad, and by White at the end after watching Average Joe's ad.
* KickTheDog: Early in the film, White orders one of his workers to manually increase the women's scales by 3 pounds.
* {{Jerkass}}: White Goodman and ''how''. A prime example of one of Ben Stiller's few non-ButtMonkey characters.
* LargeHam: Creator/BenStiller as White Goodman.
* LaserGuidedKarma: White Goodman gets struck by this at the end of the movie.
* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: The Average Joes also form one of these.
** TheHero: Peter
** TheLancer: Kate
** [[TheBigGuy The Big Guys]]: Dwight and Steve the Pirate
** TheSmartGuy: Gordon
** [[TheObiWan The Old Guy / The Mentor]]: Patches
** [[NaiveNewcomer The Young Guy]]: Justin
** [[CloudCuckooLander The Funny Guy]]: Owen
* {{Malaproper}}: White Goodman does this sometimes, along with having some trouble with spelling and [[BluntMetaphorsTrauma metaphors]].
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:[[DiabolusExMachina Patches gets crushed by a falling sign before the final match.]]]] A sign that reads "[[{{Irony}} The Luck o' the Irish!]]"
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: [[TrainingMontage The training montage]].
* {{Narcissist}}: White Goodman.
* NiceGuy: Justin
* NiceBirl: Kate.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: While training the team, Pete sees that Kate has a strong throw, and lobbies her to join his team. Kate rebuffs him, explaining that since she's working for the bank that's trying to foreclose on his gym and sell it to Globo Gym, it would be a conflict of interest for her to join. Then White Goodman, wanting to romance her (despite her having zero interest in White), arranges for her to get fired so that he can pursue her without being accused of sexual harassment. Suddenly, Kate no longer has a conflict of interest (not to mention a LOT of motive) to join the Average Joes.
* NoBisexuals: A RunningGag throughout the movie is that everyone except Peter insists that Kate is a lesbian. Then at the end of the game she kisses another girl. [[AvertedTrope Turns out she's still not a lesbian, though.]]
* NoodleIncident: The Helsinki episode of 1919, when the last double-fault final-play elimination occurred.
* TheObiWan: Patches is a deliberate subversion.
* OnTheMoney
* OpposingSportsTeam
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: White claims that Fran is the deadliest woman in the world... with a dodgeball.
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler:Fat]] Goodman has one.
--> '''White Goodman:''' "Spare me... I won that tournament... fuckin' ChuckNorris!"
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Peter to the Average Joes crew.
* RefugeInAudacity: Patches' character is completely built around this.
--> ''"Necessary? Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine? No, but I do it anyway because it's sterile and I like the ''taste''."''
* SaveOurTeam: Well, Save Our Gym anyway.
* ScaryBlackMan: Me'Shell.
* ShoutOut: The final matchup is the Average Joes' Gym versus White Goodman's Purple Cobras. You read it right. [[GIJoe Joes vs Cobras]].
** A more subtle ShoutOut occurs at the start of the Cobras vs. Kamikazes highlight clip. The team logos shown are a cobra and a bonsai tree, which are the tournament logos for the Cobra Kai dojo and Daniel [=LaRusso=] from ''TheKarateKid''.
* SpitTake: Justin's reaction to seeing Fran for the first time.
* TalkLikeAPirate: Steve!
* TakeAThirdOption: Before their match, Goodman, confident that he'll beat Peter, offers him a BriefcaseFullOfMoney to sell him Average Joe's instead. [[spoiler: He takes the money, but then is inspired to use it to bet on his team to win, using the winnings to buy a controlling share in Globo Gym and steal it right out from under Goodman.]]
* TakeThat: White Goodman gives one to the ''audience'' at the end of the credits.
* TakingTheBullet: Kate makes a diving save to protect Peter from getting hit in the final match. [[spoiler:This angers White so much that he reams her in the face after.]]
* TemptingFate: In the "Luck of the Irish" scene, one of the team members remark "What will we do without Patches?" Cue Patches getting hit with the "Luck of the Irish" sign.
* TookALevelInBadass: Upon seeing his MailOrderBride getting flirted with in front of his children, Gordon hits the BerserkButton and in a Crowing Moment of Awesome wipes out the entire Poughkeepsie State Flying Cougars on his own with [[ScreamingWarrior warrior cries]] and rapid precision strikes that have the other team cowering in fear.
* TotallyRadical: "ESPN 8-''The Ocho!''"
** This is a reference to ESPN 2, which was originally referred to as "The Deuce".
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The '''poster''' spoils Kate joining the Joe's team.
* TrainingFromHell: Patches O'Houlihan trains the team by tossing wrenches at them, making them run through traffic, a "pitching machine" that launches dodgeballs...
** "If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball!"
* TheTriple: Dodgeball announcer Cotton [=McKnight=] is good at these. "It's an event greater than TheWorldCup, [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} World Series]], and WorldWarII combined!" and "Tomorrow we separate the men from the boys, the wheat from the chaff, and the awkwardly feminine from the [[CanadaEh possibly Canadian]]" -- culminating in "Ladies and gentlemen, I have BEEN to the Great Wall of China, I have SEEN the Pyramids of Egypt ... [[BreadEggsMilkSquick I've even seen a grown man satisfy a camel]]!"
* TrueCompanions: The Average Joe's regulars.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: The creators used a subversion of the trope in an alternate ending (making the subtitle ''A True Underdog Story'' a lot more meaningful), but the "alternate ending" ends abruptly and has no character resolution and was nothing more than just a joke.
* UnusualEuphemism: "You're going down like a bran muffin!"
* UnstoppableRage: Four words: "You gotta get ANGRY!!!!"
* WholePlotReference: This film surprisingly has a lot in common with the SylvesterStallone film ''Film/OverTheTop''. Examples include: main character entering a tournament for an obscure sport (dodgeball in this, arm wrestling in ''Over The Top'') in Las Vegas, the grand prize being $50,000, the main character trying to win back an item (the gym in this, the custody of the main character's son in ''Over The Top''), a scene where the hero and villain meet in a hotel room where the villain tries to get the hero to quit and a scene where the hero ponders on if to quit or keep going. Though it's never been mentioned by the director, you have to think that there was some inspiration.
** Probably because the film was also the subject of [[http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=12639668907950856677 a somewhat successful copyright-infringement lawsuit]] by two writers of an unproduced screenplay about a dodgeball tournament with some [[http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/22/nyregion/22dodgeball.html interesting similarities]] as well. They were allowed to proceed because the judge found that they could make a credible argument that that the screenwriter of ''DodgeBall'' had seen their script.
* WouldntHitAGirl: A Girl scout member of a dodgeball team tries to invoke this trope to their team's advantage. It worked.
* WouldHurtAChild: At the end of the movie, White Goodman pushes a child out of his way and steals the child's hot-dog.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: The girl scout hit by Peter pulled one to distract him while the other girls hit him. It worked but it was AllForNothing since her team was disqualified.
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