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-> '''Bret''': I don't think we're going to get sex ''and'' get paid.
-> '''Jemaine''': Why not?
-> '''Bret''': Because we never get sex ''or'' get paid.
-->-- ''On the prospect of making ends meet via prostitution'', "The New Cup"

Flight of the Conchords are [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo]], trying to make it big in America. The group is made up of Jemaine Clement and Bret [=McKenzie=]. They have had a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC radio]] series and an {{Creator/HBO}} TV series.

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!!This duo (and their skits) provides examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Mel has an insatiable lust for both members of the band. They are repulsed by her advances, but can't spurn her outright because she's their only fan.
* AffectionateParody: "Bowie" is an over-the-top, yet still somehow spot-on parody of Music/DavidBowie; "Inner City Pressure" takes on the Music/PetShopBoys; "Fashion" - the entire [[TheEighties New Romantic]] genre; "You Don't Have to be a Prostitute" - "Roxanne" by Music/ThePolice; "I'm not Crying" - "I'm not in Love" by 10CC; "Hurt Feelings (Reprise)" is a dead-on take of the "Wise Up" [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aimee_Mann Aimee Mann]] montage in ''{{Magnolia}}''.
* AlienLunch: In "Bret Gives Up the Dream", Bret brings home a bag of food that he found on the street. Jemaine first goes to spit it out, then decides that he'll just eat it.
* AmericanAccents / UsefulNotes/BritishAccents: Depending on the genre being pastiched, such as in "Hurt Feelings", "Inner City Pressure", and many others.
* AnalogyBackfire: in "Rambling Through the Avenues of Time"
--> '''Bret''' (singing): She was comparable to Cleopatra...
--> '''Jemaine''' (talking): Quite old?
--> '''Bret''' (singing): She was like Shakespeare's Juliet...
--> '''Jemaine''' (talking): What, thirteen?
* AngryDance: In "The Third Conchord", this is how Bret expresses himself.
* AnxietyDreams
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: From "Think About It"
--> "Children on the streets using guns and knives, taking drugs and each other's lives. Killing each other using knives and [[ImprobableWeaponUser forks]] and calling each other names like dork."
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Lampshaded in "Foux Du Fa Fa", where the title hook is described as a "Nonsensical French-sounding phrase".
* BlatantLies:
** "They call me the Hiphopopotamus, my lyrics are bottomless. [[{{Beat}} ... ...*ahem*]]"
** When auditioning for the Tough Brets, Dave claims that he was in the Navy SEALS for 15 years. To make things doubly obvious, his pawned camouflage jacket has "U.S. Army" written on it.
* BrickJoke: One episode features the Concords playing a couple gigs in an elevator at an office complex. The first time, many of the business people are looking on in utter confusion. The second, they manage to get a male and female employee to dance.
* BritishBrevity: The TV series lasted all of two seasons, a total 22 episodes, and was ended by the actors.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: In-universe, Brett and Jermaine are complete losers who couldn't draw a crowd with their music to save their lives. In real life, however, they are some damn fine musicians with an ear for witty songs and clever rhymes.
* ButtMonkey
** Murray is constantly humiliated and beaten down.
** Greg is Murray's ButtMonkey, constantly sabotaged and treated poorly.
** Doug, Mel's UnwantedSpouse who placidly puts up with all of her craziness and abuse.
* CallingYourAttacks: Amazingly and subtly employed thanks to an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PHg1SMP0a0&feature=related epic maneuver]] busted out by Dave. Of course, if grilled by the cops, he would probably maintain that he was only there to [[BlatantLies water the geroniums.]]
* CanisLatinicus
--> '''Murray:''' The ''per diem'' [[CompletelyMissingThePoint I gave you was for the week!]]\\
'''Jemaine:''' ''Per diem'' means "for the day," though.\\
'''Murray:''' Well, I don't know Latin.\\
'''Jemaine:''' ''Per weekum'' would be the correct term.
** And again:
--> '''Murray:''' I can't go back there. I'm ''persona non regatta''. You know what that means?\\
'''Jemaine:''' You're not at a yacht race?
* CannotTellFictionFromReality: The NZ Prime Minister thinks two people in the same costume is actually a glitch in ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* CasanovaWannabe: Both Jemaine and Murray insist that Jemaine is the ladies' man of the group, while Brett is shown to have much more frequent on-screen success romantically than he does.
** Even Mel seems to find Bret more attractive, at least in the episode "Bowie". Jemaine asks her to act like Bret's more attractive than him to build up his self-esteem. She manages to be too convincing, detailing almost every way Bret is more handsome than him.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The entire main cast, as well as everyone from New Zealand, right up to Prime Minister Brian.
* ComplimentBackfire:
** "Sure you're weedy (and kind of shy), but some girlie out there must be needy for a weedy shy guy."
** And all of "Most Beautiful Girl in the Room".
* {{Crazy| Jealous Guy}}[=/=]ClingyJealousGirl: Mel.
* CulturalCringe: Completely ignored by New Zealand's TV networks, until they made it big in America. Averted, however, by their New Zealand fan base, who've backed them from the very start.
* CuteAndPsycho: Mel is definitely this. Stress on the "psycho" part.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: "I'm gonna juice the mutha 'ucker!/He's gonna wake up in a smoothie!"
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Bret leaves Murray's car thinking he put the parking brake on without realizing that the shift is on the other side in American cars.
* DescentIntoDarknessSong: The song "Petrov, Yelyena, and Me": The lyrics get more disturbing as the singer catches on that Petrov and Yelyena are eating him piece-by-piece.
* DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch: Played for laughs in-universe. Bret and Jemaine are completely unfamiliar with American swearing and Dave has to teach them how to flip someone off.
* DiscriminateAndSwitch: In "Drive-By", Bret and Jemaine are harassed by a racist greengrocer. The situation is resolved when they explain that [[spoiler: he's confusing New Zealand with Australia]].
* DirtyCoward: Bret is accused of being one after running away from a pair of muggers and leaving Jemaine behind when Jemaine got his clothing stuck on the fence.
* DisneyAcidSequence: Some of the song sequences.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale:
** Just try keeping a straight face during "Carol Brown" after the line "Britney... Britney hit me."
** The ending of "Girlfriends" can be read as this.
* DownerEnding:
** The Season 1 finale could apply. [[spoiler:"The Crazy Dogggz", a band formed by Todd and [[Creator/DemetriMartin Demetri]] (two musicians who quit the Conchords), has hit the big time with a song Bret and Jemaine refused to play. Their manager, who also manages the Dogggz, has almost totally stopped managing them. And, possibly worst of all, their former LoonyFan, Mel, has lost all interest in them.]] However, as this ''is'' the Conchords we're talking about, it's all played for laughs.
** The Season 2 ending is a subversion: [[spoiler:Murray, Bret and Jemaine are all deported and resume their careers as shepherds. However, they seem just as happy to play their music in the fields as in their apartment or in empty clubs.]]
* DreadfulMusician: Averted. Brett and Jermaine are not bad musicians, they're just too lame for anyone to care.
* DullSurprise: Bret and Jemaine portray themselves as very understated and dim-witted people who rarely show any emotion. This is aided by their Kiwi accent, which is described as sounding flat and robotic.
* EccentricMentor: Music/DavidBowie, at least in Bret's dreams. He appears in various costumes, each time explaining, "Hello, Bret, it's 1973 David Bowie, from [as one example] the Ziggy Stardust tour!" Bret points out that he "looks a lot like Jemaine", but Bowie denies they are one and the same. Bowie does cop to the dreams being dreams, hoping Bret finds them sufficiently freaky.
* EpicRocking: Often parodied. For example, when the duo tries writing a jingle for a thirty second commercial for Femident Toothpaste, they come up with an eighteen minute long song. Another notable example is when Bret initially writes "Song For Coco" (which Jemaine helps him rewrite to "If You're Into It"), the song is ''two hours'' long.
* EyepatchOfPower: Bret decides to use one because of Bowie's advice. He feels cooler, but it backfires soon, as he [[AwesomeButImpractical loses the sense of depth and stumbles into things.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Or FanDisservice - "Business Time".
* FriendsRentControl: Dealt with in "Evicted", when the landlord realizes that he's been receiving checks in New Zealand dollars, not US dollars.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The New Zealand tourism poster in Murray's office changes every episode, usually saying something along the lines of "New Zealand: It's not Australia," or "New Zealand: Worth a visit."
* GenderFlip: In "Girlfriends", a girl [[BlackComedyRape coerces Bret into sex]] by saying she's going to ship out to Iraq, causing Bret to later [[HeroicBSOD curl up into a ball]] and [[ShowerOfAngst take a shower with all of his clothes on]]. Even the reason Bret didn't want to sleep with her too soon is a gender flip of MyGirlIsNotASlut.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Summer and Rain attempt to invoke this in "Girlfriends" by [[{{Fanservice}} randomly making out]] in front of Brett and Jermaine. [[NotDistractedBySexy It doesn't work]].
* GratuitousFrench: "Foux de Fa Fa," which is basically the fragments of French that they remember from school shoehorned into song form to try to impress women.
--> ''[[InherentlyFunnyWords Pamplemousse!]] ...Ananas! ...Jus d'orange! ...Boeuf!\\
Soup du jour! ...Camembert! ...Creator/JacquesCousteau! ...Baguette!''
* HammerSpace: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY8jaGs7xJ0 where Jemaine gets his instruments from, evidently.]] Since the show really blurs the lines of whether or not the musical numbers are really happening or not, instruments come and go fairly at random; the only time it's completely averted is at the beginning of "Boom", when Bret remarks that he needs his 1987 Casio electric guitar set to mandolin, and someone walking by hands it to him.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: The song "Bret, You've Got It Going On" is full to the brim with this, with such lines as "Why can't a heterosexual guy tell a heterosexual guy / That he thinks his booty is fly?" This leads to a discussion of the fact that, when Jemaine puts a wig on Bret while he is sleeping and spoons him, it's not gay because he's imagining he is a woman. Of course.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Bret and Jemaine, of course. It occasionally drifts into HoYay territory.
-->"No Doubt about it, we'd be gettin' crazy / if one of us was lucky enough to be born a lady..."
* HollywoodDateless: The boys often mention their woeful love lives, but half the episodes are about one or both of them dating, [[RuleOfFunny for obvious reasons]].
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Mocked in "Robots," in which robots kill all the humans for making them work unreasonable hours. However, [[NotSoDifferent one line suggests that, by killing the humans, the robots are becoming like the humans.]]
-->"Robo-Captain, do you not realize that by destroying the human race because of their destructive tendencies we, too, have become like... well it's ironic because we-"
-->"Hmmm. ''SILENCE! DESTROY HIM!"''
* HurricaneOfEuphemisms: "My sugarlumps are two of a kind..."
* HypocriticalHumor: Mel gets jealous and this happens.
** One example:
--> '''Mel''': Those girls I don't trust them Bret. They have no interest in you as musicians. They just wanna...
--> '''Bret''': Just wanna what?
--> '''Mel''': They just wanna do it with you, Bret.
--> '''Bret''': Sex?
--> '''Mel''': Yes, and I know your policy on sexual relations with fans, Bret.
--> '''Bret''': I got to go to the bathroom.
--> '''Mel''': Bret, I know...
--> ''(Bret goes to bathroom)''
--> '''Mel''': ''(opens bathroom door while he's still going)'' It's just that Bret, I just hope that they respect your boundaries.
** Mel looks jealous again because Bret is watching a girl from the pet store. She responses by saying "Bret, if you really love someone, you have to get to know them as a person. You can't just watch them from afar." But it's later subverted when Mel uses the idea of "getting to know them better" to encourage them to invade her privacy.
* IceCreamKoan: Most of the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_tDNKYOwSI Sellotape/Pencils in the Wind]]:
-->People are like paper dolls\\
Paper dolls and people, they're a similar shape
* ImAHumanitarian: "Petrov, Yelyena and Me," a song about a man lost at sea who is slowly eaten by his shipmates.
* IntercourseWithYou: "It's business... it's business time!" and "I'm the Boom King!"
* KillAllHumans: What {{Robot|War}}s did in the distant future ([[{{Zeerust}} the year 2000]]) before the song "Robots."
* KnowNothingKnowItAll:
** Dave, though the guys are [[TheBlindLeadingTheBlind always seeking his advice]] anyway. Particularly impressive when he works on the tourist information point for New Zealand Town, which is odd because at no point during the series does he remember where New Zealand is...or what its name is.
** Murray, whose misconceptions about the music business and American culture are largely responsible for the Conchords' lack of success.
* LampshadeHanging: An amazing number of first season episodes involved Bret quitting the band, and in a later season 1 episode Murray quits the band, prompting Jemaine to tell him, "You can't quit the band. Bret normally quits the band!"
* LetsGetDangerous:
** Bret is a very shy and sensitive guy who usually feels uncomfortable around women, and if he gets laid is mainly because it's DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale. However, ''BEWARE'' if you are his fancy and [[MakesSenseInContext he gets freak-ay]]: you may end bodypainted to match the wall, photographed with a goat on a boat, dressed as a squirrel in order to steal his nuts or performing foreplay with cardboard silhouettes of yourselves...
** [[invoked]][[DracoInLeatherPants Leather outfits]], [[RollerbladeGood roller skates]], [[EightiesHair hair gel]] or just [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench conversational French]] will make the Conchords feel more dangerous.
** The "gangsta raps" of the Conchords try to be this... and fail miserably.
--> ''Bret'' (singing):
----> Eminem! Is not very good...
----> Fifty Cent! Is not very good...
----> ''But the Rhymenocerose is very very good!''
--->(insert your facepalm here ______)
** Also "Hurt Feelings", a rap about some times when their feelings were hurt: Jemaine cooked a meal for his friends and none of them said anything nice about it; Bret was told he should try on a women's size scuba-suit...
--->I'm not a lady--I'm a man! Bring me a small man's wetsuit, please!
* ListSong: "Carol Brown", being a PerspectiveFlip parody of "Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover".
* LoonyFan: Mel.
* MagicFeather: Subverted.
-->'''Murray:''' Do you wanna know a secret? It wasn't the hair gel that made you cool. It was the confidence the gel gave you!
--->''[[GilliganCut [one terrible gig later]]]''
-->'''Murray:''' Yeah, it was the hair gel, guys. Sorry...
* MistakenForGay: In one way or another, this happens throughout the entire series.
** In the Season Two episode "Love Is A Weapon Of Choice" in which Brahbrah admits she had remained oblivious to both Bret and Jemaine's advances because she thought they were a gay couple.
** Also "Bret, you've got it going on"...
** "But how can that be gay, if you're pretending he's a woman?"
* MomentKiller: There have been a couple of moments Jemaine or Bret will ruin the each other's dates by not realizing that the girl wants some alone time with the other one.
* MrFanservice: The guys have their share of admirers in the real world, especially for their song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ozSSseCh3U Sugar Lumps]].
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Reading the lyrics to the songs, or just hearing them described, you'd think they'd be terrible. But Bret and Jemaine put an awful lot of talent and brilliant homage into them, even their most ridiculous songs about the most trivial topics are great.
* MushroomSamba: "I'm the pretty Prince of Parties, you're a tasty piece of pastry!"
* MusicalWorldHypotheses: One of those musicals that are ''not'' Alternate Universe. Some of the songs are diegetic, such as "Robots," "If You're Into It" and "Albi the Racist Dragon"; some of the songs are All In Their Heads, like "Business Time" and "Prince of Parties", and some of the songs are musical adaptations of events that really do happen, such as "Foux da Fa Fa, "Most Beautiful Girl in the Room," "I Told You I Was Freekie" and "Hurt Feelings." Sometimes, it's not really clear what happened. After the two spend a few minutes doing a ridiculous performance of ''Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros'' in front of two muggers, the only response they get is, "Were you guys dancing a little bit?"
* MyNaymeIs: "Her name is Barbara!" "No, it's Brahbrah" "There's no such name as Brahbrah!" - yeah, [[BrickJoke turns out]] her name really is Brahbrah.
* NegativeContinuity: The second season, where for instance the Conchords lose all their furniture in episode five and have it back without any mention of how in episode six, Bret dates an admittedly rather loony woman at the end of episode six who has vanished without a trace in episode seven, and Bret and Jemaine fall down to "strangers" on Murray's friendship graph in episode four with him even remarking that the next band meeting will be awkward because "you're strangers!", but in episode five communications between them and Murray are back to exactly how they were before. The first season at least had a couple of developing subplots and included {{Snap Back}}s to restore the status quo before the end of each episode.
* NiceHat: In episode one, Bret is working on a helmet that looks like his hair. He wears it on several occasions.
* NoodleIncident: "Albi" is apparently "part 6" of a children's TV program, and it starts "...[[PersonaNonGrata and so all the people of the village chased Albi the Racist Dragon into a very cold, very scary cave]]". The song also mentions "the badly-burnt Albanian boy from the day before", whom Albi tried to kill.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative:
** The band often introduces themselves in live performances as "formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo". (The third-most-popular is claimed to be "Like of the Conchords," a [=FotC=] tribute band.)
** The song "Most Beautiful Girl in the Room" is filled with these, serenading the subject with the fact that she's the most beautiful girl in the whole wide room, and could become an airline stewardess or a part-time model.
* PerpetualPoverty: Many jokes are made about their permanently dire financial situation.
-->'''Jermaine:''' "We're poor and we've got no gigs."
-->'''Bret:''' "We're slightly poorer."
-->'''Murray:'''"Are you really?"
-->'''Jermaine:''' "Yeah, Bret's only got one shoe."
* PissTakeRap: Pretty much any time the Conchords try to rap, it turns into this. Notably, "Hiphopapotamus vs. Rhymenocerous."
--> "There ain't no party like my nana's tea party\\
Hey! ho!"
* PoorMansSubstitute: In-Universe. at one point, Bret and Jemaine got a gig as replacement Music/SimonAndGarfunkel lookalikes. They look nothing like Simon and Garfunkel, but Murray claims they're practically identical to the Simon and Garfunkel lookalikes they were sitting in for.
* PrecisionFStrike:
** "Go fuck yourself, Bret." From Murray, whose usual version of this is "Stuff you" or "Stuff you twice" if he's particularly mad. It makes you go "Whoa, he's serious."
** "It's not a ''fucking'' school play production. It's the bird."
-->-- '''Dave''', Episode 7, "Drive By"
* RealDreamsAreWeirder: Mel singing "Why can't the world be more like in my dreams" leads to a DisneyAcidSequence including Singing SynchroVox cookies, human airplane propellers, Bret and Jermaine as adult infants, and teeth falling out.
* RefugeInAudacity: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY8jaGs7xJ0 "If You're Into It"]]
* RhymingWithItself: "Hurt Feelings", especially.
--> I call my friends, say let's go into town,\\
But they're all too busy, to go into town,\\
So I go by myself, I go into town,\\
Then I see all my friends, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment they're all in town]].
* RobotWar: The setting of the song "[[KillAllHumans Robots]]." It [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters didn't end well]] for [[CaptainObvious humanity]].
* SandInMyEyes: The entirety of the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64a_1fWTsls "I'm Not Crying"]]:
--> There's just a little bit of dust in my eye\\
Dust from the path that you made when you said your goodbye\\
I'm not weeping 'cause you won't be here to hold my hand\\
For your information there's an inflammation in my tear gland
* ShesGotLegs: The titular girl from the song "Leggy Blonde". Murray even mentions one of the things he likes about her is her legs before singing the song.
* ShoutOut: The episode where Jemaine becomes a prostitute includes several references to ''Film/MidnightCowboy''
* SitcomArchNemesis: Australians in general. In one episode, the guys become nemeses of a racist greengrocer, but it's discovered that he thought they were Australian. They unite against their common enemy.
* SlidingScaleOfContinuity: The second season had several episodes end with the guys having, say, lost all their furniture, or fallen below zero on Murray's friendship graph, with the next merrily restoring the status quo without so much as a mention. The first season, however, is level 2-3, making it an example of {{inverted|Trope}} ContinuityCreep.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Dave thinks that he's a cool ladies man, but really he's a pawn shop owner who lives with his parents.
* SmallReferencePools: The show frequently references ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' due to the fact that just about the only thing most Americans know about New Zealand is that the movie adaptations were filmed there. One of the promotional posters in Murray's office is a shot of a grassy rock formation with the words "New Zealand ... Like Lord of the Rings"
* SnapBack: First ten minutes of the second season reverse all of the big changes that happened in the first season finale.
* SoundToScreenAdaptation: Originally a Creator/{{BBC}} radio series set in London and narrated by Rob Brydon. The {{Creator/HBO}} TV series reuses a lot of the same plots and songs, [[CulturalTranslation adapted (where necessary)]] to fit into [[TransatlanticEquivalent a NYC setting]]. Rhys Darby's character is exactly the same, but changes name from Brian to Murray.
* SpinningPaper: Used in the [[ShowWithinAShow musical-within-a-show]] Bret and Jemaine perform in the last episode. To get this effect in real time, they just have Dave walk slowly to the front of the stage while spinning a newspaper around.
* SpoofAesop:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-jVAHAuiS4 "Albi the racist dragon"]]. The Aesop delivered ("racism is bad") is a perfectly good one, they just deliberately delivered it in the most ridiculous way possible.
** The protest song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmLHOGT0v4c&feature=related "Think About It"]]. Again, the Aesops themselves are perfectly reasonable ("sweatshops are bad ...") but the song misses the point completely ("... because they don't actually make their products cheaper").
* StalkerWithACrush: Mel stalks the pair and hits on them shamelessly in front of her husband in spite of the band's obvious disinterest. In a later episode, it's revealed that this was her original relationship with Doug before they got married.
* StarvingArtist: The Conchords.
* TheStateroomSketch: Jemaine moves into a new apartment, which is really just an empty cleaning supply closet. The first thing he does is invite over everyone he knows for a housewarming party, which naturally spills out into the hallway.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Used straight and.... not. While the basic premise is always restored by the episode's end, some subplots (such as Bret and Coco's relationship) develop from episode to episode. [[spoiler:The season 1 finale leaves some minor loose ends, most notably the fact that Mel, their one fan, has moved on and become obsessed with another band. This leads to a very quick SnapBack in season 2.]]
* TheStinger: In the "Bowie" episode, the second half of the credits run alongside Bret and Jemaine performing an arrangement of the song based on Bowie's ''Let's Dance'' period, complete with matching pastel suits and funky dance moves.
* StylisticSuck: If you can't understand how Bret and Jemaine are [[CelebrityParadox so unknown]] in-universe, just listen to the songs they actually ''perform''.
* SublimeRhyme: "Carol Brown" is full of rhymes.
--> Jan met another man\\
Liza got amnesia, just forgot who I am\\
Felicity said there was no electricity\\
Emily, no chemistry\\
Fran, ran, Bruce turned out to be a man\\
Flo had to go, I couldn't go with the flow\\
Carol Brown just took the bus out of town
* SubvertedKidsShow: ''Albi, the Racist Dragon''.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: From "Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros"
--> They call me the Hiphopopotamus
--> Flows that glow like phosphorous
--> Poppin' off the top of this esophagus
--> Rockin' this metropolis
--> I'm not a large water-dwelling mammal, where did you get that preposterous hypothesis?
--> Did Steve tell you that, perchance?
--> Hmph, Steve...
* TakeThat: Parodied with Brett's 'Diss track'
--> 'Eminem is not very good'
--> 'Jay-Z is not very good'
--> 'Snoop Doggy Dogg is not very good'
--> 'Dr Dre is not very good'
* TechnologyMarchesOn: [[invoked]] New Zealand is shown to be completely behind the times, including their technology. Bret gets VHS cassette tapes of TV shows sent to him from his family. Brian the Prime Minister buys a VHS version of ''Film/TheMatrix''. According to a commercial on Bret's tape, New Zealand is still in the process of adopting the telephone.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Used off and on in the TV show. Some episodes were written specifically to avert the trope, like making epileptics dogs a major plot point just so that the song about them would fit. Other times they don't even try, like the "Mermaid" song. Other times, the songs coming from nowhere and not making any sense any sense actually works, like "Prince of Parties" (played when Bret takes drugs for the first time) and "Petrov, Yelyena, and Me" (played when Bret has a bad dream).
* TimeyWimeyBall: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR2L98gobTQ This]] introduction to "Bowie," they claimed to have gone back in time and taught DavidBowie his ''own songs'', using an ''Easy-to-Play Bowie songbook''.
* TrainingMontage: In "Drive By", when Dave attempts to train Bret and Jemaine in the art of extremely rude gestures. It takes a while.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: In the second season song "Carol Brown", there's "[[TheUntwist Bruce]] turned out to be a man"...
* UnusualEuphemism:
** "Sugarlumps".
** Not to mention "mutha'uckas" and "mother-flipping."
* WhatTheHellHero: Bret left Jemaine behind with the muggers to save himself. Everyone calls him out on this even one of the muggers.
* WholeCostumeReference: In the "Fashion is Danger" music video, Bret and Jemaine are dressed as [[Series/BabylonFive EarthForce]] and [[Series/{{Crusade}} Excalibur]] officers. It's unknown if this is a case of PropRecycling.
* WrongGenreSavvy: "I saw it in a sitcom." (Where it didn't work.)
* YaoiFangirl: Mel
* YokoOhNo: In-universe. Parodied and lampshaded when Bret dates Coco.
--> (coughs) Yoko.
--> Did you just say Yoko?
--> Ohno, I was just coughing.
* {{Zeerust}}: Their "The Humans Are Dead" takes place in the distant future of 2000. They wrote the song in the 90s, but kept the line intact in the 21st century because it provided an easy parody of ExtyYearsFromNow and IWantMyJetpack.

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''Who wanna rock the party?! Who wanna rock the party?!''

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