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->''If you only see one movie this year... [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs you've got to get out more often.]]''
-->-- '''Naked Gun 2½ trailer'''

A film SpinOff of ''Series/PoliceSquad'', following Police Lt. [[TheFool Frank Drebin]] (Creator/LeslieNielsen) as he continues to get into trouble. The films serve as parodies of the cop genre, and [[RuleOfFunny let nothing]], including the blatant warping of reality and [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks in the fourth wall]], get in the way of a good gag. The genius of the Drebin character is that Nielsen plays him almost totally straight: he's a buffoon, but he acts like a completely serious film detective even as lunacy explodes all around him, almost as if he's wandered in from a different movie.

Features slapstick, {{Visual Pun}}s and {{Shout Out}}s by the bucketful. At three movies, this actually lasted longer than the TV series it was based on. In all three Frank's love interest is Jane Spencer (Priscilla Presley).

The films are:

* ''The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!'' (1988) -While trying to clear the name of Officer Nordberg, Drebin uncovers a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II
* ''Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear'' (1991) - Drebin meets the new man in Jane's life, who is involved in a kidnapping scheme.
* ''Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult'' (1994) - Drebin comes out of retirement and infiltrates a gang in prison. He must also save his faltering marriage.
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!!''The Naked Gun'' series provides examples of:

* AccidentalHero: Frank has a habit of pulling this, especially in the second film: He responds to his award for "One Thousandth Drug Dealer Killed" by remarking that he accidentally ran over the last two with his car. In a later scene, he unknowingly saves his colleagues from a crazed gunman.
* AccidentalPervert:
** Drebin escapes a [[NiceJobBreakingItHero burning room]] through the window, climbing along a row of anatomically-correct male and female statues. Between two statues is an open window, and a woman in her underwear just ''[[RuleOfFunny happens]]'' to be standing there. Drebin accidentally... well, [[ThanksForTheMammary guess]]. He then falls off the building, just saving himself by grabbing a statue's stone GagPenis. In trying to save himself he manages to [[CrossesTheLineTwice break the penis off the statue and fall into the woman's room through the window, brandishing it at her while loudly groaning from exhaustion]]. He's later before a very angry mayor who reads off the charges against him, which includes "sexual assault with a concrete dildo."
** In the third movie, Drebin is at the store squeezing grapefruits to test for ripeness while looking the other way. A woman in a low cut dress walks by, and Drebin [[ThanksForTheMammaries mistakes her breast for a grapefruit and squeezes it]]. He gets slapped. (For added hilarity, it's the same actress in both scenes.)
* AcousticLicense: An aversion is played for laughs when a hitman tries to deliver a "message" to Drebin from the BigBad by cursing and opening fire on him. Drebin's response:
-->''"Sorry, I can't hear you! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Don't fire the gun while you're talking!]]"''
* AcquittedTooLate: Frank finds a plastic box while cleaning his files.
-->'''Frank Drebin:''' Hey! The missing evidence in the Kellner case! My god! He really was innocent!\\
'''Captain Ed Hocken:''' He went to the chair two years ago, Frank.\\
[box goes back to the drawer].
* ActingForTwo:
** Joe Grifasi plays the dock worker in the first movie and the Oscar director in the third.
** Also, Richard Griffiths in the second movie; justified in that one of the characters he played was actually a professional impersonator, hired specifically to pose as the other one.
** Jeff Wright plays three characters: the head usher in the first movie, the sex shop assistant in the second and the grocery store manager in the third. Of course, it could be the same guy holding down different jobs in each movie.
** Music/WeirdAlYankovic appears in all three movies. In the first and third movies, he plays himself. However, in the second movie, he plays a criminal holding the police station at gunpoint.
* AffectionateParody: Of cop shows, and later spy movies.
* AlmostDeadGuy: In part 2. Two of them, no less. The second guy asks [[HisNameIs where the first one left off]].
** [[ParodiedTrope "All right, who else is almost dead?"]]
* AluminumChristmasTrees: In the third movie, the inmates at the state prison (where Frank has gone undercover) riot in the cafeteria simply because they don't like the food they're being served. As depicted in the film the gag is quite funny, but in fact something like that ''did'' once happen at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco (it was known as "The Spaghetti Riot"). In the movie, this culminates in a SugarWiki/FunnyMoment / SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome when the prisoners ''make the guards eat the awful food''!
** Although in this case, Frank's reasoning when yelling to the guards was that it didn't resemble crappy stereotypical prison food enough.
** Precisely. Chateau [=LeBlanc=] '68 is supposed to be served slightly chilled, ''not'' room temperature!
* AmbiguousSyntax: Subverted in the second film:
--> '''Dr. Meinheimer''': You're thinking about ''him'' again, aren't you? What was his name? "Frank"?
--> '''Jane''': Yes.
--> '''Dr. Meinheimer''': You just can't forget about him, can you?
--> '''Jane''': Who?
--> '''Dr. Meinheimer''': ...''Frank''.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Drebin beats the tar out of America's enemies in the first movie's cold open.
* AmusingInjuries: With or without [[GoryDiscretionShot Injury Discretion Shots]].
* AndAnotherThing: Frank to Jane, in the first film:
--> '''Frank''': Oh by the way, I faked every orgasm.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: It's to be expected, really.
* AsideGlance: The standard reaction from characters when another character they are in conversation with says something nonsensical. Which, in this movie series, means almost every conversation, and often switches between who is talking nonsense and who is giving the AsideGlance.
* AscendedExtra: Nordberg - originally used for one-shot gags in ''PoliceSquad'', he became the recurring ButtMonkey for the ''Naked Gun'' movies, played by [[TheOtherDarrin O.J. Simpson]].
* AutomobileOpening
* BabiesEverAfter
* BabyCarriage: The first scene of the third movie, which includes Nordberg (O.J. Simpson) almost spiking the baby after catching it.
* BaitAndSwitch: Lampshaded in ''Naked Gun 2½''; Frank asks the bartender to give him the strongest thing he's got, to which a muscle-heavy man walks up. Frank says, "On second thought, how about a Black Russian." The bartender looks at the camera and shakes his head, indicating that he's not going to perform the obvious punchline.
* BalconyEscape
* BearTrapBed: Nordberg's bed in the first movie. He also manages to step in an actual BearTrap as well.
* {{BFG}}: Nordberg's cannon in ''2½''.
* BigBad: Ludwig from ''Police Squad'', [[spoiler: Quentin]] from ''The Smell of Fear'' and Rocko from ''The Final Insult''.
* BiggerBad: Papshmir, TheManBehindTheMan in ''Police Squad'' and ''The Final Insult'' is the over-arching antagonist of the series but has less screen time then the main villains of each movie.
* BigStupidDoodooHead: Frank, from ''2½'':
--> '''Frank''': Oh it's all right, I'm sure that we can handle this situation maturely, just like the responsible adults that we are. (to Quentin) Isn't that right, Mr. Poopy Pants?
* BitCharacter: Tons of them throughout all three movies, to the point where many characters in the credits are simply identified by the one line they say.
* BlackBestFriend: Nordberg.
* BloodKnight: Drebin.
--> '''Frank''': Yes. [[Film/DirtyHarry Well, when I see five weirdos dressed in togas stabbing a guy in the middle of the park in full view of 100 people, I shoot the bastards]]. That's ''my'' policy.
--> '''Mayor''': That was a Shakespeare in the Park production of ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', you moron! You killed five actors! ''Good'' ones!
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The infamous "Nice beaver!" quote from the first film was dubbed with the less funny "Nice one!" in TV airings. Which ruins the gag.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The villain's various victims in the first movie.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Or in Frank's case, burglary, arson, and sexual assault with a concrete dildo. Though the last one was NotWhatItLooksLike, so it falls somewhere between this trope and ArsonMurderAndJaywalking.
* BrickJoke:
** The zoo animals in the second movie.
** In the first film, "Hey, it's Enrico Pallazzo!"
** Also in the first film, the corpse in the meat factory reappears as a still-ringed finger found in the {{Big Bad}}'s hot dog.
* BrutalHonesty: From the climax in ''33-1/3'':
-->'''Jane:''' I was wrong. Taking you away from Police Squad was a mistake. I know now that's why you couldn't perform decent sex with me.\\
''(Frank looks very confused)''
* ButtMonkey:
** Nordberg, especially in the first two films.
** Dr. Meinheimer and Barbara Bush in ''The Smell of Fear''.
** Enrico Pallazzo in the first film. He's BoundAndGagged and impersonated by Frank, and then the TV captions display his name during Drevin's horrible interpretation of the national anthem, adding insult to injury.
* TheCameo:
** Music/WeirdAlYankovic in all three films.
** In the first film, Frank's dramatic speech is cut short when Ed informs him that the massive crowd gathered outside his plane is actually for Weird Al. They go ecstatic when he departs the plane.
** In ''The Smell of Fear'': As a criminal who has taken Ed, Nordberg, and the rest of the station hostage. Frank accidentally incapacitates him when opening a door too fast.
** ''The Final Insult'': AsHimself as VannaWhite's escort at the [[AcademyAward Oscars]].
** Thanks to the abovementioned Oscars, the third movie has a whole pile of these.
** In the first movie, [[spoiler: Reggie Jackson]] is the one brainwashed into trying to assassinate the Queen.
* CasualDangerDialog: Usually Drebin, but the driving instructor in the first movie puts Hindu cows to shame.
* CelebrityParadox: AnnaNicoleSmith also appears on a ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' cover in the third movie... which lampshades this at the same time by [[spoiler:giving Anna's character a GagPenis. [[FridgeBrilliance Think about it for a second]]]].
* ChalkOutline:
** Spoofed by type and position. For type, there's a stick figure and an Egyptian, and for position, there's {{Chalk Outline}}s that appear on a building's walls, or ''roof'', or one that appears ''floating on the water''.
** The second movie has outlines of [[GoryDiscretionShot body]] [[FridgeHorror parts]]...
** There was also an outline on an ''elevator door''.
* ChekhovsGun: The cuff links in the first movie.
* ComedicSociopathy: During the romance montage of the first movie, Frank and Jane come laughing out of a movie only for it to turn out to be ''Film/{{Platoon}}''.
* TheComicallySerious:
** The villain often fills this role.
** Drebin as well, since Creator/LeslieNielsen's shtick is saying the most absurd lines with a straight face.
** Really, everyone in all three movies has to behave this way, since they're ostensibly appearing in a series of ''film noir'' crime dramas.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Very frequent.
** In ''The Naked Gun'', when Drebin meets a {{Mook|s}} standing at a distance:
-->'''Mook''': Drebin!\\
'''Frank''': Yeah, I'm Drebin!\\
'''Mook''': I have a message for ya from Vincent Ludwig! [firing gun] Take that, you lousy cop!\\
'''Frank''': I'm sorry, I can't hear you! Don't fire the gun while you're talking!
** Also, in ''2½'':
-->[Frank reads a business card]\\
'''Frank''': That's the red-light district. I wonder why Savage is hanging around down there.\\
'''Ed''': Sex, Frank?\\
'''Frank''': (beat) Uh... no, not right now, Ed.
* ComicBookTime: There's a bit of it early on in the third movie when the characters remember having seen Tanya Peters in a dance club sometime during the disco era of the late '70s (lets say, 1978). Since Leslie Nielsen and George Kennedy were already middle-aged in '78, seeing them looking more or less the same (except for the SeventiesHair, of course) in the disco setting isn't too much of a stretch. But when we see Tanya herself, she's blatantly the same age as in the present day (about her mid-20s); if she had aged along with everyone else, she'd be at least 40 years old throughout most of the movie, which she is not. (Interestingly, Tanya's portrayer, Anna Nicole Smith, was not even a teenager when the disco era ''ended''.)
* CommonplaceRare: Used as a joke in the third movie. In reality, the "rare" [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_canariensis Canary Island Pine]] is actually one of the most common trees in the world.
* ContinuityNod:
** The car Frank and Jane drive in the flashback to their wedding in ''33 1/3'' is the same solar-powered car that Hapsburg shows to his co-conspirators in the previous film. This scene was meant to be the previous film's ending, hence [[RunningGag Nordberg getting dragged with it]].
** The flashback also features Frank's previous love mentioned in the beginning of the first film.
** A deleted scene from the third film (which aired in the TV broadcast) showed Frank walking past a cell in the state prison containing a lion. This could be the same lion that [[spoiler: mauled Hapsburg to death at the end of the second film; given the "logic" of this series, it's conceivable that the lion would've been charged with homicide]].
* CosmopolitanCouncil: In the beginning of the first movie. It includes Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran, Ugandan President Idi Amin, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, Col. Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, among others.
** As of October 2011, all of these people are either dead or no longer in power. That's right, it took 23 years for the opening sequence of ''The Naked Gun'' to be completely outdated.
* CrazyPrepared: When Frank and Jane meet in the first movie, they use condoms during their first bedroom encounter to guarantee "safe sex." Not too strange in itself, until you see that the condoms ''cover their entire bodies''.
** In the second movie, Nordberg begins to add accessories to his handgun during a shootout; the next scene shows him pulling parts out of nowhere as he puts together a gun mount; by the time Drebin calls out to him for cover, he has already put together a full-fledged cannon and proceeds to shoot down a massive chunk of wall, disabling basically every one of Hapsburg's cronies.
* CreatorCameo: David Zucker (director of the first two films) appears as DavyCrockett and later as the teleprompter operator in ''2½'' and ''33⅓'', respectively.
* CreditsGag: Happens in all three films. They include people getting credited by their single spoken line, people getting credited for made-up roles like "Second Second Assistant Director," "{{NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED}} DURING THE FILMING... HOWEVER, SOME SPECIES DID BECOME EXTINCT DURING PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY", and the safety warning, "In Case of Tornado: SOUTHWEST CORNER OF BASEMENT."
* CrowdPanic: Happens at the end of ''2½'', when everyone learns about the bomb.
* CrushParade: At the end of the first film, [[BigBad Vincent Ludwig]] falls off the upper deck of a baseball stadium to the parking lot below where he gets hit by a bus, flattened by a steam-roller, and then trampled by a marching band playing "Louie Louie."
-->'''Ed:''' Oh, Frank! It's horrible. It's so horrible!\\
'''Frank:''' ''(comforting Ed)'' I know...\\
'''Ed:''' My father went the same way...
* CutHimselfShaving: In 33 1/3, Jane removes Frank's shirt to discover whip marks on his back.
--> '''Jane''': Frank! What's ''this''?!\\
'''Frank''': I... fell. On a rake.\\
'''Jane''': You're lying! Now I know why Ed's been calling every half hour; you've been back on the case, haven't you?\\
'''Frank''': No, I swear, [[DiggingYourselfDeeper it's another woman]]!\\
'''Jane''': In your wildest dreams!
* DeadMansTriggerFinger: Performed by one of the mafia goons in ''33⅓'''s ''Untouchables'' parody opening sequence.
* DeathByLookingUp: Rocko's mother gets hit with a falling APPLAUSE sign.
** [[NegativeContinuity Which somehow changes to STANDING OVATION]] after the cut to the crowd indeed applauding.
* DirtForceField: Parodied. In the second film, Frank falls through a roof window of the building where the villains are. He gets up, all dusty and dirty, and begins to wipe his hair. In the next cut, Frank is completely clean.
* DisasterDominoes: Both Nordberg in the beginning of the first movie and later Drebin.
* DisneyVillainDeath:
** Hapsburg from ''2½'' would've died from the fall out of a tall building window, had it not been for an awning cushioning his fall. However, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments he was killed by a lion immediately after anyway.]]
** The bad guys from all 3 films die like this.
* TheDitz: Frank.
* DramaticUnmask: Drebin attempts this with the impersonator in 2½, not knowing that the real Dr. Meinheimer had been freed and taken his place while the impersonator had been arrested. Made worse when the means of unmasking involved pulling down the poor doctor's pants because of a [[DistinguishingMark Distinguishing Birthmark]] on his backside. When discovering it ''is'' there, [[HumiliationConga he assumes it's a fake and tries to remove it with a buffing machine in front of the entire award banquet audience]].
* DrivesLikeCrazy:
** Whenever Drebin gets behind the wheel, something bad happens. The scene when Drebin tags along in a driving school car is especially notable, when the driving instructor instructs the student how to flip the bird.
** The opening credits are also built on this. A cop car (presumably containing Drebin) viewed from the emergency lights shows absolutely insane or just plain nonsensical driving behavior, including driving on sidewalks, into people's homes, on rollercoasters, into bullfighting arenas, restaurants, hockey rinks, [[FlyingCar the air]], the surface of the [[Franchise/StarWars Death Star]], and [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs prehistoric times]].
** (to Jane) "After I met you I noticed things I never saw before. Birds singing, dew glistening off a leaf, stop lights.
* DrivingTestSmashers \ BackseatDriver: In the first movie, Frank does a FollowThatCar... on a driving school car.
-->'''Driving instructor''': All right, Stephanie, gently extend your arm. [[FlippingTheBird Extend your middle finger.]] Very good. Well done.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: In the second film, [[spoiler:the villain (played by Robert Goulet) survives falling out of a window. When he gets up, [[KarmaHoudini it seems like Goulet is going to escape]]. Just then, a lion appears out of nowhere and kills him on the spot. It is however [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments incredibly funny]] and a great BrickJoke since earlier in the film Drebin released a bunch of animals from the zoo.]]
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Rocko Dillon in the third film.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the third film, when Tanya who is a prostitute walks into a room of the Dillon's house [[EvilIsSexy wearing a bathing suit to flash her body to everyone there with]], Mrs. Dillon tells her "That's no way to walk around. Put some clothes on. [[BreadEggsMilkSquick And what are you doing in my bathing suit?]]"
* EveryCarIsAPinto
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Creatively named locations such as "The Hospital" and "The Police Station" are prominently signed as such. WordOfGod is that the hospital was supposed to be called "Our Lady Who Never Got The Pickle" but RicardoMontalban, a devout Catholic, requested the change. The hospital is name dropped as "Our Lady of the Worthless Miracle."
* ExitPursuedByABear: Robert Goulet's character manages to escape in the second movie, only to be pounced on [[BrickJoke by a lion]].
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange
* FacePalm: Happens in Naked Gun 33 ⅓ when Frank attempts to get the gun from Rocko while holding on the bomb in the envelope only for them to switch places causing everyone including the audience to facepalm.
* FallingInLoveMontage: Parodied.
* FeeFiFauxPas: Played with in a deleted scene from the first movie:
--> '''Frank''': Why you sniveling scum! You're no better than your old man!
--> '''Johnny''': My old man's dead!
--> '''Frank''': Oh, sorry, Johnny, I forgot.
--> '''Johnny''': Yeah, well, maybe this will help refresh your memory a little. (slips Frank a bill)
--> '''Frank''': Oh yeah, he ''is'' dead.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: In the third movie, when Frank is re-introduced to Tanya, the camera pans up her long legs... and goes past ''two'' sets of knees.
* FiveBadBand (in the third movie):
** TheBigBad: Papshmir
** TheDragon: Rocko Dillon
** TheBrute: Tyrone (though only in the prison scenes)
** EvilGenius: Ma Dillon
** DarkChick: Tanya Peters
** SixthRangerTraitor: "Slasher" [=McGurk=]
* FunnyAfro: '70s Nordberg had one so big, he couldn't get past the disco's door with it.
-->'''Ed:''' I ''do'' remember! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint You were one of the first test cases for Minoxidil, weren't you?]]\\
'''Nordberg:''' [[FlatWhat Wha?]]
* FunnyAnsweringMachine: Frank and Jane's answering machine ends with:
-->'''Frank:''' Which button do I press?\\
'''Jane:''' No, not that one!
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The king of this form of humor. For example, in ''Naked Gun 2½'', there's a series of framed pictures in the background of the bar Frank's in, all of which are various disasters (the ''Hindenburg'', the sinking of the ''Titanic'', and....[[TakeThat Michael Dukakis]]).
** Also included: the Hubble Space Telescope, which [[DatedHistory isn't that much of a disaster anymore]].
* FunWithAcronyms: In the second film, the three major energy lobbies (coal, oil, and nuclear) are given incredibly ironic acronyms: Society For More Coal Energy (S.M.O.C.E.), Society of Petroleum Industry Leader (S.P.I.L.), Key Atomic Benefits Office Of Mankind (K.A.B.O.O.M.).
* GoingPostal: Parodied in the third movie. While Frank is dealing with a number of threats (itself a parody of ''Film/TheUntouchables''), a woman screams "disgruntled postal workers!" and he sees a number of mailmen firing assault rifles.[[note]]"Disgruntled" was the media's preferred euphemism for going postal at the time.[[/note]]
* GPSEvidence: parodied several times
* GroinAttack: Repeatedly
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Drebin has apparently killed at least a thousand drug dealers, any number of fleeing suspects, and an entire Shakespeare In The Park production of ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar''. Throw in his reckless incompetence and inability to drive or park, and he's probably as big a menace as any of the villains.
* HiddenDepths - The Queen of England from part 1 throws a mean curve ball.
* HiddenWire: In the second film, Frank infiltrates Hapsburg's hideout while wearing one of these. As expected, Frank's not very subtle about saying the codeword into the vest mic to signal the rest of the team to infiltrate the lair.
--> '''Mook''': What's that smell?!\\
'''Frank''': Oh, that would be me. I've been swimming in raw sewage. I love it. ({{Beat}}) ''I love it''. (later...) ''I LOVE IT!!!''
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Drebin
* HospitalHottie: Tanya goes undercover as one.
* HumiliationConga: Only in the ''Naked Gun'' series can you have [[RasputinianDeath the villain fall off a stadium ledge, be hit by a bus, flattened by a steam-roller and ''then'' a marching band playing "Louie Louie" walk over him.]]
** Also poor Dr. Meinheimer in "Naked Gun 2½." When he and Drebin are tied up in a warehouse, Drebin tries to saw through the ropes binding his hands behind his back by repeatedly scraping them up and down the sharp corner of a shelf. However, the vibrations send all sort of loose objects falling off the shelf and onto Dr. Meinheimer's head. By the end, he's barely conscious when the police come to his rescue.
** See also the DramaticUnmask above.
** Also in the second movie, First Lady Barbara Bush.
* HurricaneOfPuns
* IAteWhat
* IgnoreTheFanservice: Tanya's failed attempts to distract a guard in ''33 and 1/3''. She ultimately pulls it off with [[WeaksauceWeakness bubble wrap]].
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler:Frank tries this on the now brainwashed Jane]].
* ImprobableWeapon: When the hit man who came to kill Jane fights with Frank in ''2 1/2", they use a whole series of these, including a hair dryer and a towel thrown in Frank's face (a CallBack to the VorpalPillow?), and culminating with a firehose that Drebin accidentally breaks while it's shoved in the hit man's mouth, leading to an off-screen [[YourHeadAsplode Your Body Asplode]]. CrossesTheLineTwice!
** Not mentioning that before the fight, the mook fits a revolver... with a silencer (not entirely impossible, but tremendously impractical).
** Also, Nordberg's accessorized gun-to-cannon upgrade in the second film. This and the previous example also serve as ImprobableUseOfAWeapon
* InnocentInnuendo: The first meeting with Frank's future love interest Jane, including one right after she [[SkirtsAndLadders climbs up a ladder]]. Later innuendo gets a lot less innocent.
-->'''Drebin:''' Say, ''nice'' beaver.\\
'''Jane:''' Thanks, I just had it stuffed.\\
''(hands down a literal stuffed and mounted beaver)''
** A good example is [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110622/quotes?qt0217125 when Frank goes to a sperm bank thinking it's a regular hospital.]]
* InsaneTrollLogic: Drebin and Rocko's argument over who should have the gun and who should have the bomb in part 3. The audience actually does a collective FaceFault.
* IsThisThingStillOn: In the first movie, Frank's microphone stays on as he goes to the bathroom after a press conference. HilarityEnsues.
* ItCameFromTheFridge: In the first film, Frank makes the mistake of sniffing an example of this.
* IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney: The phrase is used by Jane in one of the movies, but that's not what Frank Drebin was looking for.
* JailBake
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Lt. Frank Drebin. Mostly because he is a very blunt person.
* JugglingLoadedGuns:
-->'''Rocko Dillon:''' ''([[FiringInTheAirALot firing a gun over the heads of the audience]])'' Freeze, and nobody gets hurt!\\
''(a grip falls from the rafters into the orchestra)''\\
'''Rocko Dillon:''' Well... from now on!
* KarmaHoudini:
** [[spoiler:Tanya Peters]] never gets punished (at least not onscreen) for being affiliated with Rocko Dillon's terrorist gang, which is particularly odd since [[spoiler:in the end she is the last surviving member of the gang]]. Sure, we know that [[spoiler:[[HighHeelFaceTurn she switched sides to the good guys]] by telling Frank where the bomb had been hidden, but that shouldn't absolve her from punishment for having knowingly collaborated with killers]].
* LameComeback: In the third movie, Jane is so mad with Frank she calls him a "[[ShapedLikeItself white Anglo male]]!"
** Jane's subplot is a massive spoof of feminist tropes (and one big ShoutOut to ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise'', so such insult is only to be expected.
* LastNameBasis: Even Nordberg's wife doesn't seem to know his first name.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: Burglary, arson, and sexual assault with a concrete dildo.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Tanya from the third movie has a sultry one.
* LethalKlutz: The third movie shows that Drebin has accidentally killed his fiancee, a fact he remains unaware of.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: "The president of the United States!" No it's not.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Subverted; Frank and Jane ''are'' a married couple, but Rocco and co. aren't aware of it.
--> '''Tanya''': Hey, look at this. She's married. What if her husband comes looking for her?\\
'''Frank''': He probably will. He must be a great guy.\\
'''Jane''': He breaks promises.\\
'''Frank''': Well, look at you traipsing all over the countryside just to spite a big, wonderful guy.\\
'''Jane''': He left me.\\
'''Frank''': More like you left ''him''.\\
'''Jane''': You should talk.\\
'''Frank''': Well, listen to you.\\
'''Jane''': Listen to you.\\
'''Frank''': Listen to you.\\
'''Jane''': LISTEN TO YOU!\\
'''Frank''': LISTEN TO YOU!\\
'''Rocco''': Jeez, you two knock it off! You'd think you were married or something.
* LiteralMinded: Frank, in so, so many ways:
** In the first movie Frank is searching Ludwig's office for clues, opens a drawer and shouts "Bingo!"... Has he found a smoking gun? No, he's found a literal bingo card.
** In the second movie, when the big bad is described as having "a moustache, about six-foot-three", Frank retorts with "awfully big moustache."
** In the third movie, when asked by Frank to "start at the beginning," the scientist in the forensics lab starts to describe the creation of the universe.
* [[CaliforniaDoubling Los Angeles Doubling]]: The baseball scenes in the first film, which take place at an Angels home game, were actually filmed in Dodger Stadium. (Los Angeles is doubling for Anaheim here.)
* LIsForDyslexia
* TheManBehindTheMan: Papshmear from parts 1 and 3 who was a liaison for a mysterious organization who's only purpose is to spread mayhem around the world. [[spoiler:You can hear him utter "Gaddafi" over the phone in the 3rd movie.]]
* MayDecemberRomance: Jane and Frank. Leslie Nielsen was 20 years Priscilla Presley's senior.
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords
-->''"The problems of two little people don't amount to a hill of beans, but this is our hill and these are our beans."''
* MistakenForGay: When trying to gain access to the baseball field in part 1, Drebin knocks out one of the umpires so he can steal his outfit. He throws the unconscious umpire on a table and undoes both their pants, when a cleaning guy happens to walk in. He just shrugs it off with "sorry, fellas," and continues his rounds.
* MistakenForPedophile: "I haven't had this much sex since I was a Boy Scout leader!"
* MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere: In front of an exploding fireworks factory.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Sadly, she is (we're talking about Drebin's first girl).
* MythologyGag: Dozens, the best known of which would be the AutomobileOpening.
** The second movie homages the four-foot shootout from the series.
* NebulousEvilOrganisation - Drebin beats up the world's most evil men in the first movie. Also, whoever Papshmear is working for.
* NegativeContinuity: Played for laughs, of course. In the second film, Frank crashes through the villain's window and is shown appropriately dirty and battered. But in the very next shot, he stands up and is completely clean.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: At the beginning of the third movie, Frank has a nightmare (which at first is presented as if it's really happening) in which he's at a train station and finds himself trying to stop a Mafia shootout. Things quickly become even more complicated when President BillClinton and Pope John Paul II wander into the crossfire....and then a gang of [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece deranged postal workers]] show up....
* NoExceptYes: In the third film:
--> '''Frank''': Cheer up, Ed, this is not goodbye; it's just I won't ever see you again.
* NoodleIncident: In ''2½'', after surviving an assassination attempt:
-->'''Jane:''' Oh Frank! Who would want to kill you?\\
'''Frank:''' Before tonight? Only the cable company...
** Also this:
-->'''Frank:''' Oh congratulations, I understand that Edna's pregnant again.\\
'''Hocken:''' Yes, and if I catch the guy who did it--
* NotHelpingYourCase: In the second movie, all three major energy companies (coal, oil, and nuclear) produce commercials that defend their energy brand. However, all are filled with ironic imagery that, if it weren't played for comedy, wouldn't convince people that their energy policy is the way to go. (for example, the nuclear ad features a mutated, two-tailed dog).
* NotWhatItLooksLike: In the first film, Frank is swapping clothes with the knocked out umpire. The janitor walks in and assumes something sexual (understandably so, since the umpire's ass is propped up on the table) and says, "Whoops. Sorry, fellas." and backs out.
** Also, the aforementioned "sexual assault with a concrete dildo" incident. See AccidentalPervert.
* ObfuscatingDisability: Dr. Meinheimer's double in ''The Naked Gun 2 1/2''.
* OedipusComplex: Played for laughs as Frank's internal monologue describes Jane as an alluring goddess when he meets her, only to end with noting that she reminds him of his mother.
* OffhandBackhand: While beating up Ayatollah Khomeini.
* [[OncePerEpisode Once per Movie]]: A visit to the lab to view the new [[Film/JamesBond Q]]-worthy gadgets
* OnlyAFleshWound: Nordberg is shot up in the beginning of the movie, but luckily "The bullets missed every major organ". He spends the movie recovering and is just fine in the next movie.
* PoliceBrutality: Hilariously averted in part 2 when Ed tries to beat up a goon whom he thought beat up Prof. Meinheimer.
* PoliceCodeForEverything: A deleted scene from the first film (which is seen in most TV airings) involves Frank informing the front desk of the hospital that they've got a 411 in progress. The woman replies, "411? Oh my God, ''fire''!" Frank corrects her: "No no, 1411." She replies, "My God, a poison gas leak!" Frank tries again, "No no, a 1414." [[RuleOfThree The woman screams and jumps out the window.]]
* ThePrecariousLedge: Drebin escapes a burning room from a window onto a ledge filled with anatomically correct male and female statues. HilarityEnsues.
* PrisonRape: Played for laughs ''and'' averted in the third movie.
* PrisonRiot: Frank starts one in the third film to divert guards' attention from Rocko's escape plan. For completely silly reasons:
-->'''Frank Drebin:''' Hey! You call this slop? Real slop has got chunks of things in it! This is more like gruel! And this Château le Blanc '68 is supposed to be served slightly chilled! This is room temperature! What do you think we are? Animals?
* PrivateEyeMonologue
* PunnyName: [[TheManBehindTheMan Papshmear]] (Pap-Smear).
* RaceLift: Nordberg, who is played by O.J. Simpson in the movies, was white in ''Series/PoliceSquad''.
** In the third movie, played for laughs when Tyrone (an ostensibly black prisoner stereotype) points out that prison can change a man, because he used to be white... and played drums for TheOsmonds.
* RansackedRoom: Frank wreaks havoc when he ''sneaks'' into Ludwig's office.
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: Done in the third film when Frank is on stage with Raquel Welch. Amusingly, he not only reads the stage directions, but also ''Raquel's lines as well as his own''.
* RedHerring: The Swiss Army Shoe from the 1st film never gets used.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: From the third movie, when Jane catches Tanya kissing Frank:
--> '''Jane''': How could you!
--> '''Tanya''': Well, you just shove your tongue as far down his throat as you can.
* RuleOfFunny
* RunningGag: [[CaptainCrash Drebin's bad driving.]]
** After saving the day, Drebin being mistaken for a celebrity. In the first, Enrico Pallazo. In the third, Phil Donahue.
* SarcasmBlind: In the third film:
--> '''Frank''': Sergeant Frank Drebin, Detective Lieutenant, Police Squad.
--> '''Guard''': [[AndImTheQueenOfSheba Yeah, and I'm Robert De Niro.]]
--> '''Frank''': Mr. De Niro, we've got to get inside!
* SayYourPrayers: In the second movie, a punk points a gun at multiple police officers and says this. Luckily, he's knocked out by Frank opening the door and knocking the punk unconscious in the process. Amusingly, Frank doesn't even realize he thwarted a crime when thanked for it.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Frank Drebin tries to live this trope from time to time, sadly with more realistic consequences than most BigDamnHeroes.
* SevenMinuteLull: in the second movie. [[spoiler: "[[ItMakesSenseInContext I haven't had this much sex since I was a Boy Scout leader!]]"]]
* {{Sexophone}}: When we first meet Jane in the first film.
* SexyShirtSwitch: Played for laughs.
* ShesGotLegs: Parodied--Tanya's introduction has the camera scrolling upwards for about 6 solid feet of leg, with two sets of knees.
* ShoutOut:
** The scene revealing the induced hypnosis is almost identical to a similar scene from the Creator/CharlesBronson classic ''Telefon'': Same setup, dialog, camera angles, you name it.
** In the second film, there is a parody of the sexual pottery scene from ''Film/{{Ghost}}''. ''Ghost'' was directed by Jerry Zucker, who co-created ''Police Squad'' and co-wrote the first film.
** The AutomobileOpening shows the car driving through [[StarWars Death Star]] and Film/{{Jurassic Park}}.
** After experiencing marital problems, Jane goes with a girlfriend on a ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise''-style road trip in the third movie. The friend is even named "Louise" and dresses just like Susan Sarandon did in that movie, [[ViewersAreMorons in case you couldn't catch the reference]].
** The third film begins with a [[TheTeaser Cold Open]] that sends up ''Film/TheUntouchables'' (and, by extension, ''Film/TheBattleshipPotemkin'') (see BabyCarriage above)
** Also in the third movie, the Dillon gang go to a bunker to test their atomic weapon. After the detonation, the explosion blows their hair straight up, making them look like the main characters from ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', which Rocko himself further alludes to by muttering: "Huh-huh-huh, huh-huh-huh, cool..."
** "I shoot the bastards. That's *my* policy." is a parody of a similar scene of ''Film/DirtyHarry'' about CowboyCop antics.
** Frank describing the creation of the universe when he's asked to "start at the begining" is a nod to ZAZ's earlier masterpiece, ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', which has a similar scene after Jonny is asked for a summary of what's happened so far.
** Jane's introduction at the top of the staircase is from ''Film/FarewellMyLovely''.
* SickbedSlaying: A VorpalPillow against Norbert is thwarted by Frank, but not without inflicting some damage to the target.
* SickeninglySweethearts: In the third film, Frank and Jane reconcile while at the therapist's office:
--> '''Jane''': Oh, honey, it's just that I love you so much.\\
'''Frank''': My little lover sparrow.\\
'''Jane''': My puppy wuppy wuvver.\\
'''Frank''': My little love biscuit.\\
'''Jane''': My little snookie wookums.\\
'''Frank''': My little lady cheesy puffy.\\
'''Therapist''': Mr. and Mrs. Drebin, please, I'm a diabetic. I really think you two ought to go now.
* SlipIntoSomethingMoreComfortable: Parodied in the first film. After Frank Drebin arrives home late at night, he finds Jane (then working for Ludwig) [[SexyShirtSwitch wearing one of Drebin's shirts]]. After some suggestive dialog, Frank, who is wearing a collared shirt, slacks, and a tie, says that he will go slip into something more comfortable. He emerges wearing a suit. Then he slips out of it completely by just pulling the collar.
* StatuesqueStunner: Tanya
* StatusQuoIsGod: played straight in ''2½'' (Frank's promotion to Captain ''and'' proposal to Jane didn't stick) but averted in ''33⅓'' (not only are they married, but he's left the force).
* StuntDouble: Parodied; suddenly, Leslie Nielsen can do multiple front flips and perform a complicated dance with Priscilla Presley.
* TakeThat: Constantly.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Lampshaded or subverted depending on how you want to look at it - In ''2½'' Frank and Jane are having a heartwarming moment when Ed reminds Frank about the huge bomb that's set to explode any second
* ThatCameOutWrong: In the second film, Jane walks out on Frank at the restaurant, and Frank replies with:
--> '''Frank''': I'm single! I, I love being single! I haven't had this much sex since I was a Boy Scout leader!\\
[Music and conversation stops; everyone stares]\\
'''Frank''': I mean, at the time, I was dating a lot.
* TranquillizerDart: Frank Drebin's cufflink tranquilizer darts in the first movie. However, they're not ''quite'' instant enough, since the bad guy staggers around long enough to fall over a railing to a CruelAndUnusualDeath.
* UnconventionalSmoothie: Jane's "protein shake" in the second movie.
* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: Goes further than usual with flips and cartwheels while Drebin is searching his house.
* TheUnreveal: Rocko thinks that [[spoiler: the Academy Awards show]] is "a pretty big target", but we have no way of knowing until much later.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: [[spoiler: Tanya's]] silhouette reveal in her final scene.
* UnusualEuphemism: [[GroinAttack "Denver jockstrap"]], anyone?
* VomitDiscretionShot: In the third film, Frank vomits into a tuba, but it's not shown.
* WesternTerrorists: The Dillon gang in the third movie. Granted, they ''are'' secretly taking their orders from Arabs, but they're obviously plotting bombings more for the money than for hatred of the United States.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the first movie the Queen seems to be entirely forgotten about after the assassin is foiled. Technically she doesn't ''need'' to appear since she's out of danger but it's strange that we don't see her reaction to Frank talking down a hypnotized Jane despite multiple reaction shots from the other people in the stadium.
** To say nothing of the fact that Nordberg was never actually cleared of the crime he was accused of.
** In the third film, Anna Nicole Smith drops out of the film after Drebin discovers [[spoiler: she's a man]]. Thus, making her a KarmaHoudini.
* WhoAreYou: At the beginning of the first ''Naked Gun'' movie after beating up the various Arab leaders, Idi Amin and UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev:
-->"I'm Lieutenant Frank Drebin, Police Squad! And don't ever let me catch you guys in America. ''(Drebin then falls out the window)''
* WholePlotReference: Romantic subplot aside, ''33⅓'' is basically a comedic retelling of ''Film/WhiteHeat''. A police officer infiltrates a prison, befriends a violent criminal who loves his mother, and helps him escape in order to determine the site of his next crime.
* WillTalkForAPrice: Parodied. Frank Drebin questions the dock manager during his investigation of the attempted murder on Nordberg. The guy's memory is foggy, so Frank gives him a twenty. When the guy subsequently asks Frank an innocuous question, he gives Frank his twenty back to persuade him to answer, gives him another twenty for another question, and has to borrow an additional twenty from Frank because he's out of money.
* YouAreTooLate: Two of the henchmen in the second movie tell this to Frank as he interrogates them.
** Also in the third movie, when the police squad arrives at the Academy Award ceremony while Frank is already on the stage, causing mayhem. When they declare they are there to stop a disaster, one of the people behind the stage assumes they are talking about Frank and states "you're too late".
* YourCheatingHeart: In the second film:
--> '''Frank''': Congratulations, Ed; I understand that Edna's pregnant again.\\
'''Ed''': (angrily) Yes, and if I catch the guy who did it...
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