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[[caption-width-right:300:"[[BadassBoast They'll never catch us. We're on a]] MissionFromGod."]]

->'''Elwood''': ''It's 106 miles to Chicago. We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses.''
->'''Jake''': ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvKs2VLmVnY Hit it.]]''

Perhaps the greatest ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' act to spin off from the show into the realm of movies. Back when Creator/DanAykroyd wasn't fat and JohnBelushi wasn't dead, they starred together in an occasional sketch-cum-musical-act featuring the two of them in dark suits and [[CoolShades sunglasses]] as "'''''The Blues Brothers'''''"; Belushi was Jake Blues, and Aykroyd was Jake's silent brother Elwood. What made the skits good? The duo were skilled at both the comedy (which was obvious) and the music (which was surprising). Aykroyd and Belushi spun off their own band with established musicians (members of the ''SNL'' house band as well as experienced R&B musicians) and served as the frontmen, in character as Elwood and Jake; their 1978 album ''Briefcase Full of Blues'' was a big success in its own right, topping the ''Billboard'' album chart and producing a Top 20 hit single with their remake of the Sam & Dave classic "Soul Man".

In 1980, they got a musical-extravaganza feature film -- titled ''The Blues Brothers'' -- that quickly and deservedly became a CultClassic. "Joliet" Jake Blues has [[JustGotOutOfJail just been released from prison]], with Elwood there to pick him up in a battered piece of crap that used to be a police car. (Elwood is not silent in this film; he gives some serious lectures.) Fulfilling a promise made before Jake began serving his sentence, the brothers go to the Chicagoland orphanage where they grew up and visit "The Penguin", the nun who runs the place. During this meeting, the brothers learn that the orphanage is about to be closed down if its $5,000 property tax bill cannot be paid off by the end of the month.

The brothers head to a nearby church as they try to figure out a way to save their childhood home. While listening to a sermon from JamesBrown, Jake sees the light ([[NaturalSpotlight literally]]) and has an epiphany in the form of a MissionFromGod: the Blues Brothers must [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether get their band back together]] so the band can raise the money to save their old orphanage -- ''no matter what''. Along the way, they meet up with CabCalloway, Creator/CarrieFisher, Music/ArethaFranklin, Music/RayCharles, John Candy, Twiggy, [[TheMuppetShow Frank Oz]], Chaka Khan, Creator/JohnLandis, Paul Reubens, and Creator/StevenSpielberg. HilarityEnsues, some damn good music gets played, and [[RefugeInAudacity every last police car in the state of Illinois is destroyed]].

There was a sequel titled ''Blues Brothers 2000'' (which was actually produced in 1998). The sequel didn't go over as well as the original, in part because some important players (most notably JohnBelushi) had died in the interim. (The death [[RealLifeWritesthePlot was actually worked into]] [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim the film's plot]]; it didn't really help, but it was at least respectful to Belushi.) Some admit that though the plot wasn't as up to snuff as the original, the music at least was pretty good. Creator/JohnLandis helmed the director's chair on both movies.

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* AbsurdAltitude: The Nazis chasing the Brothers are launched from an unfinished highway ramp... fly as high as the Sears Tower... and fall several miles away, just in time for the Blues Brothers to dodge the hole they made and another Nazi to fall into the hole.
** The phone booth containing the brothers shoots straight up into the air when the adjacent propane tank explodes, with a hang time of several seconds.
* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: Everyone knows church properties can't be taxed, but that wouldn't make for a plot. Or a nun on rails. Or the best car chase ever put on film.
* {{Acrofatic}}: John Belushi. The only thing they needed a body double for was the backflips in the church. Big Mack in the sequel.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny
-->'''Mercer:''' You know, I kinda liked the Wrigley Field bit.
-->'''Mount:''' [[SarcasmMode Yeah.]] ''Real'' cute.
* TheAllegedCar: Mystery Woman's banged up 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix. Which is odd, considering it's practically brand new. Or considering her daily activities, maybe not so much.
** The Bluesmobile in the original movie subverts this trope. It's a beat-up surplus police cruiser with a missing cigarette lighter (thanks to Jake throwing it out the window after he found out it didn't work), but it can jump over an opening drawbridge and hold its own through several high-speed chases. It only falls apart when the brothers reach the tax assessor's office in Chicago.
* AllThereInTheManual: Information about the brothers' background comes from the liner notes of their first album, ''Briefcase Full of Blues'', while fictional backstories are included for the rest of the band members and some other characters found their way into a book written by John Belushi's wife.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: The Illinois Nazis might seem to a latter-day viewer to be a random bit of craziness. In fact those scenes were inspired by a RealLife Supreme Court case (''National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie'') in which the American Nazi Party won the right to march through the largely Jewish suburb of Skokie, IL. (The Nazis eventually marched through Chicago instead.)
* AnimatedAdaptation: In 1997, 6 animated episodes were produced (with Peter Aykroyd and Jim Belushi) for the UPN network but were never aired.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: There's two things wrong with the scene where Elwood is pulled over, then chased around the mall:
** The police who pull him over are State Troopers, not Chicago Police, so pulling someone over for running a red light within Chicago city limits is beyond their jurisdiction (they also go all the way to Wisconsin to arrest the Blues Brothers, which is even worse);
** The light was yellow, and Illinois state law states that as long as the light is still yellow when the front tires cross the white line, the car has legally passed through the intersection. In this instance, the light did not change to red until after he had left the intersection. [[LampshadeHanging Elwood actually points this out]], which suggests that the cops (and by extension the writers) knew just wanted to pull Elwood over and used that as an excuse.
** Let's not forget the fact that he had over 50 traffic violations without ever going to jail for it.
* ATeamFiring: Everyone's a crap shot, except when they're not aiming ''directly'' for the Blues Brothers. Vaguely justified with Holy Protection, but mostly played for RuleOfFunny.
* BackupTwin: Jim Belushi filled in for his late brother in a handful of live shows. Averted in the sequel, where he wasn't cast, due to scheduling and contract issues. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen It could have worked quite nicely]].
** Belushi and Aykroyd currently perform in the [[{{Expy}} Have Love Will Travel]] blues revue.
* BashBrothers: They don't fight a lot, but when they do...
* BattleOfTheBands: Where the band is ultimately headed to in the sequel.
* BavarianFireDrill:
** In the original, Jake stalls the Good Old Boys by posing as union rep "Jacob Stein... from the American Federation of Musicians."
** In the sequel, Elwood's "puffball bacteria". John Goodman's [[LargeHam intentional hamming it up]] and Evan Bonifant's over-the-top screaming is hilarious, but the rest of the band ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny completely ignoring them]]'' is what sells it.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' use unacceptable language in front of The Penguin. Taking the Lord's name in vain is even worse.
** Also, you shouldn't go to a country and western bar and try to play the blues. It never ends well.
* BigEater: For lunch, Jake orders four fried chickens. And a Coke.
** The brothers order five shrimp cocktails at Chez Paul.
* BigWhat: The whole band delivered this when Curtis told them they need to raise the money for the orphanage.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The orphanage is saved, but the Brothers get tossed back into jail.]] The sheer hilarity of the buildup, however, overshadows it.
** Makes it more of a downer in the sequel when its revealed [[spoiler: the orphanage closed down during Jake's second stint in the clink making all their efforts pointless]]
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Jake threatens to reveal their agent's infidelity to his wife.
* BloodBrothers: According to supplemental materials, the brothers are not biologically related, but sealed their blood brotherhood at the orphanage by cutting their fingers with Elmore James' guitar string.
* BloodlessCarnage: Despite the ''gazillions'' of dollars in property damage throughout the first movie, nobody dies. Even the Nazis only get slammed into a giant pothole, after falling a cartoonishly long way.
* BookEnds: The first movie opens and closes with Jake in jail. He's just being released in the beginning and performing while re-incarcerated at the end.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Jake's personal effects, being returned to him at the beginning of the movie, include a ''used condom.''
* BrickJoke: Elwood mentions early in the film that he spoofed his address forms to show the address for Wrigley Field. Later in the film, the Illinois Nazis find his information and meet up to discuss tracking him down... in front of Wrigley Field.
** During the mall chase, one of the officers in the flipped police car laments that he broke his watch in the chase. During the pileup on the highway shortly after dawn in the finale chase, one of the officers in the background is heard complaining of a broken watch as he climbs out of the wrecked car.
** In the first film, Elwood's favorite meal is two pieces of dry white toast. He orders it at the soul food restaurant, tries to cook some in his apartment and even pulls some out of his pocket in Ray's music store to try out a toaster oven with. In the second film, the police invade Bob's Country Kitchen to look for the Blues Brothers, they notice the table where they were sitting. One of the plates has two pieces of dry white toast on it.
* BulletproofFashionPlate: The boys' suits. True to the trope, ending up covered in mud signals that their situation has gone to hell.
* ButtMonkey: The Illinois Nazis; ''all'' of them.
** AcceptableTargets
* CarFu: Taken to an exorbitant amount in ''both'' films, as both contain 50+ car pileups.
** The first film held the Guinness World Record for most cars destroyed in a single movie (reports vary, but the number's about 75 to 80) for ''18 years'', finally being surpassed by the ''sequel'', (over 100, as reported by Guinness) for another 11 years. That's almost 200 cars destroyed and almost 30 years of car-totaling supremacy.
* CarPorn: From [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTOg4aYGtdY an early scene]]:
-->'''Jake''': What the hell is this?
-->'''Elwood''': This was a bargain. I picked it up at the Mt. Prospect City Police auction last spring. It's an old Mt. Prospect Police car. They were practically giving them away.
-->'''Jake''': Well, thank you, pal. The day I get out of prison, my own brother picks me up in a police car.
-->'''Elwood''': You don't like it?
-->'''Jake''': No, I don't like it.
-->''(Elwood guns the motor and jumps the car over an opening drawbridge on the Chicago River)''
-->'''Jake''': Car's got a lot of pickup.
-->'''Elwood''': It's got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant. It's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters, so it'll run good on regular gas. What do you say? Is it the new Bluesmobile or what?
-->'''Jake''': Fix the cigarette lighter.
* CastingGag: Paul Shaffer was the band's original keyboardist, but wasn't in the original film because -- in addition to his ''SNL'' commitments -- he was also working on ''Gilda Radner: Live from New York'', a one-woman stage show which starred fellow former ''SNL'' regular Gilda Radner. He finally appeared in ''2000'' as Queen Mouset's assistant, and asks Murph if he wouldn't mind letting him have a crack at the keyboard.
* CasualDangerDialogue: While driving through the mall, Jake and Elwood remark on the variety of stores the mall has. "This place has everything."
** Happens again just after the Mystery Woman blows up a nearby fuel tank with a flamethrower while the two are making a phone call.
--> '''Elwood''': Hey Jake! There's got to be at least seven dollars worth of change here!
* CatchPhrase: "We're on a MissionFromGod."
* CelebrityStar: Many famous musicians appear in various roles to sing their hits.
* ChaseScene: Several times. The last half of the first movie is one ''giant'' ChaseScene.
** "We're in a truck!"
* CheckPlease: Bob's Country Kitchen in the second movie.
* ChekhovsGun: The benefits of a cop car prove necessary.
** A more-literal example, when the Mystery Woman is seen reading the manual for a US Army flamethrower.
* ChezRestaurant: Mr. Fabulous (trumpeter Alan Reuben) is maître d' at Chez Paul, which (at the time) was the name of an actual high-class restaurant in Chicago.
* CloserToEarth: Aretha Franklin's character, who tries to dissuade her husband (Matt "Guitar" Murphy) from rejoining the Blues Brothers in both films.
* ClusterFBomb: The scene with The Penguin, who hits Jake and Elwood whenever they swear, [[DiggingYourselfDeeper at which point they swear even more]].
-->'''Curtis:''' Boys, you gotta learn not to talk to nuns that way.
* ComfortingComforter: Elwood does this for Jake in the flophouse.
* ConceptVideo
* CoolCar: At the beginning of movie, it's WhatAPieceOfJunk; at the end of movie it's TheAllegedCar.
** It survives jump after jump, being driven through a [[TheMall shopping mall]], and a high-speed chase with a thrown rod, among other things - and then it ''literally'' falls apart upon reaching the property tax office. Elwood briefly pauses to pay his last respects to the wreck while the cops are still chasing them.
*** [[FridgeBrilliance They no longer needed the car, so it was no longer under God's protection.]]
** The car in the sequel can drive ''underwater''.
* CoolOldGuy: Curtis, the janitor at the orphanage played by CabCalloway, who taught Jake and Elwood about the blues.
* CoolShades: Which they almost never take off.
** Flat-out parodied, like everything else, in ''2000'' when Cabel tells Elwood to take his hat and glasses off in the office. The camera pans to Cabel, then back to Elwood - covering his eyes with his arm to avoid being blinded by normal indoor light.
*** What light?
* CrashingThroughTheHarem: The brothers sneak through the window of a ladies' room to get into the Palace Hotel Ballroom for their gig.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: In the sequel, they shrug off a bunch of Russian gangsters chasing them by dumping out a bag of [[strike:thumb tacks]] [[strike:carpenter nails]] [[InsistentTerminology drywall nails]], which they drive directly into. It works.
* CrazyPrepared: Elwood produces various props that are all exactly perfect for whatever needs to be done, from spare white bread for toasting to the materials needed to sabotage elevators and vehicles.
** One of the restored scenes (included in every home video release since 1998) reveals where Elwood got some of those materials - from the aerosol-products factory where he worked.
* CreatorCameo: John Landis is the cop driving the second car that shows up to chase the Blues Brothers through the mall.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: As soon as Jake and Elwood exit the car at the end of the ChaseScene, it literally falls to pieces. Elwood even takes off his hat as a gesture of respect.
* DancePartyEnding: To the Jailhouse Rock, of course.
* DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes: See CoolShades
* DebutQueue
* DescriptionPorn: The famous scene when Elwood introduces the Bluesmobile to Jake after jumping the bridge.
-->''"It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters, so it'll run good on regular gas. What do you say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?"''
* DestructiveSavior: Elwood and (to a lesser extent) Jake. To wit: the Blues cause what has to be almost a million dollars worth of damage to ''just'' the Chicago Police by wrecking all of their cars just to save an orphanage by paying a bill of $5,000.
* {{Determinator}}: Do ''not'' mess with the Blues Brothers when they're on a MissionFromGod, because they ''will'' kick your ass.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The Nazis go gunning for the Brothers just because they forced them to jump off a bridges into a lake during one of their hate rallies.
* DreamTeam: The Blues Brothers band in-universe, as well as the Louisiana Gator Boys in the second film.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: "''ELWOOD.''"
** [[LemmingCops And so do the cops.]]
*** "We're in a truck!"
* DrivingIntoATruck: ''Literally''. A police squad car jumps off the side of a freeway, smashing into the side of a passing truck.
* TheElevatorFromIpanema: A John Landis trademark, starting with this film. Possibly the TropeNamer.
** WordOfGod is that its use here was intended as a TakeThat against its composer by Landis. Years later, it occurred to Landis just [[InsultBackfire exactly how much the composer must have made in royalties thanks to him]].
* EtherealChoir: Heard by Jake when he sees the light.
** Also heard by Cab in the sequel when he similarly has an epiphany.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Averted(!), and later becomes a full-blown subversion when the Illinois' Nazis red wagon (which actually ''is'' a Ford Pinto) [[spoiler:drops thousands of feet and punches a neat hole into the pavement without suffering so much as a scratch, let alone exploding]]. Their green wagon, also a Pinto, [[spoiler:drives neatly into the same hole and lands on top of the red one.]]
* FallenOnHardTimesJob: Most of the band is recruited from one of these.
* FascinatingEyebrow: John Belushi as Jake Blues.
* FastRoping: How the SWAT team comes in near the end of the first movie. "Hut hut hut hut!" Exactly why is anyone's guess since they don't go through any of the building's windows.
* FatAndSkinny: Jake and Elwood in the first film, and Elwood and Mighty Mack in the second.
* FemmeFatalons: Carrie Fisher in the original.
* FiveFiveFive: "KL5" on the card that John Candy leaves for Elwood at the flophouse.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A weird case. The reason for the Brothers' murderous stalker is alluded to when one of them propositions a lady to meet after the big show - of course, he can't make it, on account of the murderous stalker and the cops.
* FriendlyEnemy: The police detective played by John Candy seems honestly amused by Jake and Elwood's ability to trick the police; he even insists on waiting to arrest them until he's heard them play.
** Hell, even when he ends up with his car embedded in the back of a semi near the end, he doesn't seem the least bit angry about it.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent / PunnyName: The name of Carrie Fisher's beauty salon is "Curl Up And Dye"
* FunWithAcronyms: It's never shown or mentioned on-screen, but there's a very subtle one. Think about the [[ThoseWackyNazis American Socialist White People's Party]] for a moment.
* GenerationXerox: Cabel Chamberlain sings and dances just like Curtis, and by the end of the second movie, Buster has turned into a mini-Elwood.
* GenreShift: While the first film has more than its share of goofy, over-the-top humor, the sequel goes more in the direction of outright fantasy, including a performance of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" causing the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to appear, Cabel being transformed into a Blues Brother by God, and the climax revolving around a 130 year-old voodoo lady who temporarily transforms the Blues Brothers into zombies and the pursuing bad guys into rats.
* GhostlyGlide: At the end of the scene with the "Penguin" (Sister Mary Stigmata) and Jake and Elwood Blues, she moved back through an open door into a room as if she were floating on air. Along with the other magical effects she demonstrated earlier in the scene, this was the crowning moment of creepiness.
* GlassesPull: Jake does this to talk Carrie Fisher out of murdering them. It's the only time in the original theatrical release of the whole movie when either of them take their sunglasses off.
** During the factory scene (restored to all home video releases since 1998), Elwood wears a pair of transparent safety glasses when he goes in to quit his job at the factory. It's the only time during either movie when his eyes are visible.
* GoodOlBoy: The Good Ol' Boys band, and Tucker [=McElroy=] in particular.
** Elwood Blues: "We're the Good Ol' Blues Brothers... Boys. Band."
* HammerSpace: Elwood's briefcase and pockets. At various times he produces Cheez Whiz, plain white bread, Spray glue ("strong stuff"), flammable spray to blow out the police cruisers' tires, and all of the tools he needs to quickly disable an elevator including a fairly exotic Yankee spiral ratchet screwdriver.
* {{Hatedom}}: An in-universe example; the regulars at Bob's Country Bunker don't react too favourably to "Gimme Some Lovin" (but they're placated by the theme song from ''{{Rawhide}}'' and "Stand By Your Man").
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Sorry about the massive collateral damage! ''It's for orphans!''
* HeyLetsPutOnAShow: To save the orphanage... twice, since the first time only netted them $200 (and a $300 bar tab, which they ran out on).
* HilarityEnsues
* HollywoodPoliceDrivingAcademy: And how. If the cops' driving were any worse, [[EpicFail they would burst into flame as soon as they got in]].
* HollywoodVoodoo: Queen Mouset in the sequel.
* HotBloodedSideburns: Jake.
* HurricaneOfExcuses: Jake's list of excuses as to why he failed to show up to marry Carrie Fisher.
-->"No I didn't. Honest... I ran out of gas. I, I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood! ''Locusts!'' '''IT WASN'T MY FAULT I SWEAR TO GOOOD!'''"
* IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect: ''"If my estimations are correct, we should be very close to the honorable Richard J. Daley plaza." [[CasualDangerDialogue "That's where they got that Picasso!"]]''
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The police, the Nazis, the Good Ol' Boys, and the crazy woman trying to kill Jake are all terrible shots. Especially funny in the case of the crazy woman, who's played by [[StarWars Princess Leia]].
** Subverted or spoofed or ... something ... by letting ''Ray Charles'' fire a gun with incredible precision.
* ImprobableParkingSkills
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: After telling Bob that Elwood is in the car writing out a (nonexistent) American Express Travelers Cheque to cover the band's extensive bar tab, Jake says, "I'd better check up, see how he's doing. See, I have to sign it too...I usually sit in the car and write it out on the glove compartment lid." Then he beats a hasty retreat for the car.
** See also HurricaneOfExcuses above.
* IronButtMonkey / IronWoobie: A rare live action film example. The boys manage to take a building collapsing on them and dust it off. Their shades are ''that'' cool.
* IsItAlwaysLikeThis: Upon entering Elwood's noisy apartment, Jake asks how often the train comes by. Elwood replies, "So often that you won't even notice it."
* JustGotOutOfJail: The movie begins with "Joliet" Jake Blues being released on parole from Joliet State Penitentiary.
** The sequel begins with Elwood getting out of jail, though [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Jake did not join him]].
* JustTakeThePoster: One of the Nazis brings a poster promoting the band's gig at the Palace Hotel Ballroom, which he had obviously torn off a wall somewhere, to the leader of the Illinois Nazi Party.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The horn intro from "I Can't Turn You Loose", originally recorded by Otis Redding, could very easily be retitled "The Blues Brothers Theme" by now.
* LemmingCops: And how! Leads to spectacular car crashes.
** '''HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT'''
* LimitedWardrobe: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Willie Hall. "At least we've got a change of clothes, sucka. You're wearing the same shit you had on three years ago!"
* LiteralGenie: The car chase through the mall started with Jake being a little vague:
--> '''Jake:''' You got us into this parking lot pal, so you get us out.\\
'''Elwood:''' You want out of this parking lot? OK.
* LongList: In the second movie, Elwood runs down the list of musical genres the Blues Brothers are capable of performing. It includes just about every genre imaginable (except Caribbean music, for whatever reason).
* LoungeLizard: Murph turned into this. Too-Big, Colonel, Duck, and Bones seem to be mostly in it for the paycheck.
* MafiaPrincess: Carrie Fisher's character, which is why she wants to kill Jake for leaving her at the altar.
* MagicRealism: The car, the Blues Brothers' invulnerability, etc.
* MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber: "Jailhouse Rock" in the first movie, "New Orleans" in the second movie.
* TheMenInBlack: Jake and Elwood get mistaken for this after inquiring about one of the bandmates at his ex-landlady's apartment:
-->'''Landlady:''' Are you the police?\\
'''Elwood:''' ''[Perfect deadpan]'' No ma'am. We're musicians.
* MetallicarSyndrome: Played with by the "black and white 1974 Dodge Monaco". It ''sounds'' like it should be a straight example, but it's actually an ex-police cruiser still in CPD colours, and the lack of a light-bar or the emblem on the doors isn't immediately noticeable from some angles. This doesn't actually help very much in the end, though.
* MickeyMousing
* MissionFromGod: TropeCodifier. The phrase ''did'' exist long before, but the film put it into pop culture, and nowadays, using MissionFromGod can be a reference to this film.
* MistakenForSpecialGuest: The band impersonate the "Good Ol' Boys" at Bob's Country Bunker, adding to yet another long-ass list of pursuers during the climax when both the Good Ol' Boys and the bar owner realize they've been had.
* MotivationalLie: Elwood tells Jake that he's staying in touch with the band while Jake is in prison, this way Jake will have some hope to hang onto.
* MotorMouth: Elwood. In ''both'' movies (and indeed, in the gigs prior to the movie's creation)!
** This is Dan Aykroyd's trademark, as a tribute to Jack Webb.
* TheMusical
* NaturalSpotlight: Lampshaded.
* NoEnding: The second film ends with [[spoiler:Elwood and Buster on the run from authorities; whether they escape is uncertain.]]
* NoEndorHolocaust:
** Parodied; after the car crash in ''2000'', every police officer is shown climbing safely out of the mountain of wrecked cars.
** An inferred, more straightforward variant happens in the first film, when Jake's ex-fiancee blows up the hotel where the brothers are staying. Immediately afterwards, we see the brothers, and then the cops climb out of the debris none the worse for wear, presumably meaning that everyone else there survived too.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: Invoked by the dispatcher in the final chase scene of the first film.
-->"Use of unnecessary violence in the apprehension of the Blues Brothers...has been approved."
* NoNameGiven: Carrie Fisher's stalking killer is never referred to by name. The script refers to her as "Mystery Woman."
* NunsAreSpooky: [[NunsAreFunny Parodied.]] The Penguin ''floats'', and the doors leading to her office open and close completely by themselves.
** And it even gets a laugh from the Vatican, who've called it a Catholic Classic.
* OhCrap: Jake and Elwood, when their car starts breaking down during the epic chase at the end.
** Also when the Good Ol' Boys start firing on them.
-->'''Elwood''': "Our lady of blessed acceleration don't fail me now!"
** And when the car finally does die, we get some quick shots of the statues on the building looking down with shocked expressions.
** When the Mystery Woman finally confronts the brothers following the concert and Jake unleashes his HurricaneOfExcuses, Elwood's immediate reaction is to duck-and-cover in preparation for his presumably imminent death.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Jake takes off his sunglasses exactly once: When he begs his jilted lover not to murder him.
* OrphanageOfLove: St. Helen of the Blessed Shroud, where Jake and Elwood grew up and what they risked everything to save. More thanks to Curtis than the Penguin, though she seems fairly reasonable. Jake really needs to learn [[BerserkButton not to swear in front of a nun]].
* OverlyLongGag: The car chase in the second movie.
* OverlyPolitePals: The brothers invoke this trope when they go into Mr. Fabulous' restaurant, taking each other's arms.
* PerformanceVideo
* PlotArmor: They get shot at with a rocket launcher, caught in a collapsing building, launched sky-high in a phone booth, splattered with beer, and shot at with an automatic rifle from point-blank range and ''never get wounded''. And five seconds later [[DirtForceField their suits are clean and pressed again]] - in all but the last situation, anyway, when they go face-down in the mud to avoid the shots.
** This is because, as they constantly remind you, they are on a MissionFromGod.
* ProducePelting: Although it's beer bottles instead of vegetables.
** And that's even ''after'' they please the crowd!
* PoliceBrutality: "Use of unnecessary violence in the apprehension of the Elwood brothers has been approved."
* ThePowerOfRock: The original R&B in this case.
* PsychoExGirlfriend: Jake's fiancee, whom he dumped at the altar. ''Seriously''. This one packs a '''[[NoKillLikeOverkill four-barreled ROCKET LAUNCHER]]'''.
* PuppyDogEyes: Jake Blues may have executed the most epic use of this trope ever in order to ''not'' get blasted in the face by his ex-fiancee.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: The TropeNamer.
* RealMenLoveJesus: The boys are on a Mission from God, and would like to remind you that "the Lord works in mysterious ways."
* RealPlaceBackground: "This is definitely Lower Wacker Drive."
** "1060 West Addison? That's Wrigley Field."
** "IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect, we should be very close to the Honorable Richard J. Daley Memorial Plaza."
* RecklessGunUsage: Imagine the prop people handing Ray Charles, a blind man, a pistol with blanks, and telling him to fire it in the direction of two actors, a cameraman, assorted production staff...
* ReusableLighterToss: Non-reusable in this case, as Jake throws the one in the Bluesmobile out the window after he finds that it doesn't work.
* "Music/RideOfTheValkyries": Played by the Nazis, no less!
* RoadBlock: Both films.
** In ''The Blues Brothers'', the Blues brothers escape the cops by driving into a mall.
*** They also humiliate the Illinois Nazis' protest - blocking a bridge - by ''driving straight at them'', to the crowd's applause.
** In ''The Blues Brothers 2000'', a RoadBlock has been set up; Elwood gets around it by driving ''under'' a river.
* RousingSpeech: ''Blues Brothers 2000'' has Buster verbally kicking Elwood's rear end, followed up by this gem:
--> '''Elwood''': You may go if you wish. Remember this: Walk away now and you walk away from your crafts, your skills, your vocations; leaving the next generation with nothing but recycled, digitally-sampled techno-grooves, quasi-synth rhythms, pseudo-songs of violence-laden gangsta-rap, acid pop, and simpering, saccharine, soulless slush. Depart now and you forever separate yourselves from the vital American legacies of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Jimmie Reed, Memphis Slim, Blind Boy Fuller, Louie Jordan, Little Walter, Big Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson I (and II), Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Elvis Presley, Lieber and Stoller, and Robert K. Weiss.
--> '''Duck Dunn''': [[DevelopmentGag Who is Robert K. Weiss?]]
--> (Duck, Cropper and Bones Malone shrug)
--> '''Elwood''': Turn your backs now and you snuff out the fragile candles of Blues, R&B, and Soul, and when those flames flicker and expire, the light of the world is extinguished because the music which has moved mankind through seven decades leading to the millenium will wither and die on the vine of abandonment and neglect.
* [[RunawayBride Runaway Groom]]: Jake turns out to have left Carrie Fisher at the altar.
* RunningGag: Lots of them ranging from the obvious ("We're on a mission from God") to the subtle (Jake constantly checking his watch, which was declared broken in the first scene). There's also the ones in the sequel referring to the first movie, from Elwood throwing the cigarette lighter out the window to all the cops being [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy terrible shots]].
** "He broke my watch!"
** "The Lord works in mysterious ways", said by Jake, becomes the running gag of ''2000''.
** Elwood stealing things (the windshield wipers from the gas station in the first movie; the toilet paper from Bob's Country Kitchen in the second).
* SavingTheOrphanage: The basis for the entire plot.
* SceneryPorn: This is the film that put Chicago back on the map. Averted though in the exterior shots of the orphanage.
* SenselessViolins: A Russian gangster at the country fair hides his sniper rifle in a guitar case.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Jake's conversation with Elwood when they come to dine at Chez Paul.
** Elwood's RousingSpeech to the band in ''2000'' takes this one UpToEleven.
* ShopliftAndDie: It's a risky proposition at Ray's Music Exchange.
* ShoutOut: When Carrie Fisher's character fires off a bazooka, the sound effect is the same as the blasters in ''StarWars''.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: Jake and Elwood are deliberately crude at Chez Paul and threaten to come back every day until Mr. Fabulous rejoins the band.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Matt knows Jake and Elwood by their food orders: four fried chickens and a Coke for Jake, and dry white toast for Elwood.
* SpontaneousChoreography: The crowd outside the music store breaks out into spontaneous dance once Ray Charles starts up "Shake A Tail Feather".
* StairsAreFaster: The brothers take the elevator up to the floor the Assessor's office is on, then disable the one elevator they came up in. The combined might of the Chicago Police, SWAT, National Guard, etc. try to follow up the elevator, but after waiting a few seconds they decide to charge up the stairway instead.
* TheStoic: Both Jake and Elwood are, for the most part, utterly unflappable and deadpan. Except when singing.
* StraightGay: "I've always loved you." From a Nazi. Right before the car they're in gets smashed into the ground.
* SummonBackupDancers: Though they were often there before.
* SunglassesAtNight: More like sunglasses ALL the time.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Averted by John Goodman in the sequel, who distinguishes himself from Belushi in his performance ''and'' his singing.
* SpinOff
* TakeThat[=/=]AffectionateParody: The scene with John Popper in the sequel reads like an affectionate parody, verging on a TakeThat, of the fans and the unease felt by Landis and Aykroyd whenever blues fans and musicians tell them that the Blues Brothers are these really great blues musicians on par with B.B. King or other well known names.
* TelevisionGeography: Averted; most of the exteriors really were shot in Chicago.
** Perhaps one of the most interesting ones being that they found a closed-off shopping mall (Dixie Square Mall) and set up some fake stores in it for that scene. The abandoned mall remained abandoned for over thirty more years until demolition commenced in 2012.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Elwood gets an unconvincing one in the sequel.
* {{Thememobile}}: The Bluesmobile.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: "Use of unnecessary violence in the apprehension of the Blues Brothers has been approved." This line alone annoyed the Chicago Police Department so much that they refused to be in any films for years afterwards.
* [[ThoseWackyNazis Those Wacky Illinois Nazis]]: We hate them.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: In addition to Elwood ordering dry white toast at Matt's diner, when he and Jake are in his SRO hotel room he heats a piece of white bread over a hotplate, and at Ray's pawn shop he gets distracted examining a small toaster-oven, the better to toast his white bread with.
** He even pulls a piece of bread out of his pocket to try it out. Apparently he just carries white bread around with him.
** When the police invade Bob's Country Kitchen in the sequel to look for the Blues Brothers, they notice the table where they were sitting. One of the plates has two pieces of dry white toast on it.
** "Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Orange Whip?"
* TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot: Somehow, despite being being only 106 miles away from Chicago at midnight, and traveling at a high rate of speed, the Blues Brothers do not arrive in Chicago until 8 a.m. or so when the Cook County Assessor's Office is open.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: People seem rather unfazed by things like someone blowing up a hotel front with a rocket launcher. Followed by blowing up the building the next morning.
** Jake and Elwood treat the mystery woman's attacks this way. After each occurrence of being shot at and/or blown up, the two simply get up nonchalantly and dust themselves (and each other) off, without saying so much as a word to one another. Only in their very last confrontation does Elwood finally give any indication they consider this unusual.
--> '''Elwood''': Who ''is'' that?
* VehicularSabotage: On their way to sneaking in to their concert, Elwood makes Jake wait while he sprays glue onto the gas pedal of the Good Ol' Boys' RV and fills the police cars' tires with a gas that will expand and burst them (although the latter is a deleted scene that didn't quite fit the rest of the film).
* VideoCredits: And a great song, too!
* TheVoiceless: Sort of. Elwood was initially introduced in the SNL sketches as Jake's "silent brother." He later sang back up and, by the time of the first film, had graduated to a [[MotorMouth full speaking role]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Jake's murderous ex-fiancee disappears after the Blues Brothers make their escape from the big performance.
** It's not obvious what happened to the other hotel occupants after the "Mystery Woman" blew the place up. Common sense would say that they all died horrifically, but there's a good chance that they survived since the Blues Brothers, the state troopers, and Burton Mercer all emerged from the rubble dazed but unhurt. The film, however, doesn't let us know either way.
* TheWindyCity (They even got the accent right: "We're on a mission from ''Gaaahd''.")
* AWizardDidIt: A deleted scene was intended to HandWave why the Bluesmobile can do so many fantastic stunts. The Brothers parked it under a bunch of power transformers, allowing it to get "charged up". Since this scene was removed (and never really explained, even in versions that include it), Landis has offered the following explanation: "It's just a magic car."
** Could possibly also be explained by Elwood simply being that much of a BadassDriver.
*** They are on a MissionFromGod. Maybe that has something to do with it.
* WomanScorned: Taken to hilarious extremes by Jake's jilted fiancee, who's turned into a PyroManiac in the process and tries to blow the Brothers up several times. [[spoiler:Just when it looks like Jake's about to take her back, he drops her. Again. This time, literally as well.]]
* WorthyOpponent: John Candy's character.
* YourFavorite: Inverted. Jake and Elwood order a meal in a soul food restaurant. The cook, one of their former bandmates, recognizes the order (dry white toast for Elwood, four fried chickens and a Coke for Jake) and goes out front to greet them.

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