[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/weirdal.jpg]][[caption-width-right:320:I am Weird Al, and I dare to be stupid!]]

->''"He who is tired of Weird Al is tired of life."''
-->--'''Homer Simpson''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "That 90s Show"

Alfred Matthew Yankovic (born October 23, 1959, in Lynwood, California), is a musical humourist with a career spanning over thirty years.

Al got an accordion and lessons for his seventh birthday; according to him, his parents made the decision because "The world needed one more accordion-playing Yankovic" (the first being polka legend Frankie Yankovic; the two are not related). When he went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for an architecture degree, he worked for the school's radio station as a disc jockey, where he got the nickname "Weird Al".

He sent three songs to the Creator/DrDemento Show, "Belvedere Cruisin'", "Dr. D Superstar" (never aired), and "My Bologna", a parody of "My Sharona" by The Knack. The Knack's lead singer, Doug Fieger, heard "My Bologna", contacted Al, and got "My Bologna" released as a single. After a modest start, including a disastrous opening for Music/MissingPersons, Weird Al released his first album on Scotti Bros. Records in 1983. Al hit it big with his second album, with "Eat It" (a song and music video parody of Music/MichaelJackson's "Beat It") peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1989, Weird Al starred in the film ''Film/{{UHF}}'', and he had a short-lived Creator/{{CBS}} "kids' show" in the 1990s, ''TheWeirdAlShow''. He provided the voice of the Squid Hat on ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' (as well as being the announcer in the fighting game based on the show). He has been involved with the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise twice: his song "Dare To Be Stupid" was played in the [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie 1986 movie]], and he provided the voice of Wreck-Gar in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. He had a cameo (as himself) in the ''ScoobyDoo'' crossover episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', where he [[ImprobableWeaponUser defeated the Joker with his accordion]]. He's also voiced the character Cheese Sandwich in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Pinkie Pride", [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore because this article wouldn't be complete until we mentioned that.]]

Usually releases a new album and goes on tour once every 3-4 years, thus John Garabedian of ''Open House Party'' has stated that "Every album is his comeback album, and then he goes away until the next one..."

Unlike other parodic artists, Al and his band [[LongRunnerLineUp (who have been together since the 80s)]] from the second album on (the first album used accordion on every track in keeping with Al's trademark talent) have kept extremely close to the original melodies and instrumentation of the parodied song. The most extreme example is in "Trapped in the Drive-Thru", based off "Trapped in the Closet" by ''R. Kelly''. To those not in the know, [[{{Detournement}} it sounds exactly like the original.]] Al is [[OneOfUs very sympathetic to geek communities]] and frequently gives them [[ProudToBeAGeek recognition in his songs]].

Responsible for the WeirdAlEffect, where a parody remains popular long after the original, and his habit of using pop cultural metaphors (AKA [[PersonAsVerb "Pulling a Weird Al"]]) led to his being the former trope namer for that.

Since there are a ''lot'' of songs floating around [=LimeWire=] and other peer-to-peer networks [[MisattributedSong falsely attributed]] to Al, [[http://www.weirdal.com/notbyal.html The Not Al List]] was created to catalog these. A lot of these songs are raunchy, offensive, and the lead vocal vaguely sounds like Al, but since [[SmallReferencePools Al is the most-visible parody musician]], his name gets attached to them, despite having subject matter and lyrics he would never touch. Even with the occasional subtext, he still aims to be (in his words) a "more or less family-friendly" performer.

The best way to tell if a given parody song is his is to look for music videos of them on Website/YouTube. Take your heart medication first. Wouldn't want to die laughing.

Studio album discography:
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum "Weird Al" Yankovic]]'' (1983)
* ''"Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D'' (1984)
* ''Dare to Be Stupid'' (1985)
* ''Polka Party!'' (1986)
* ''Even Worse'' (1988)
* ''Film/{{UHF}} – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff'' (1989)
* ''Off the Deep End'' (1992)
* ''Alapalooza'' (1993)
* ''Bad Hair Day'' (1996)
* ''Running with Scissors'' (1999)
* ''Poodle Hat'' (2003)
* ''Straight Outta Lynwood'' (2006)
* ''Alpocalypse'' (2011)
* ''Mandatory Fun'' (2014)

EP discography:
* ''Another One Rides the Bus'' (1981)
* ''Selections from Straight Outta Lynwood'' (2006)
* ''Internet Leaks'' (2009)

Compilation album discography:
* ''{{Greatest Hits|Album}}'' (1988)
* ''The Food Album'' (1993)
* ''Permanent Record: Al in the Box'' (1994)
* ''Greatest Hits (Volume II)'' (1994)
* ''The TV Album'' (1995)
* ''The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic'' (2009)

Videography:
* ''The Compleat Al'' (1985)
* ''Film/{{UHF}}'' (1989)
* ''The "Weird Al" Yankovic Video Library'' (1992)
* ''Alapalooza: The Videos'' (1993)
* ''"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Collection'' (1993)
* ''Bad Hair Day: The Videos'' (1996)
* ''"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Videos'' (1998)
* ''"Weird Al" Yankovic Live!'' (1999)
* ''"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection'' (2003)
* ''TheWeirdAlShow - The Complete Series'' (2006)
* ''"Weird Al" Yankovic Live! - The Alpocalypse Tour'' (2011)


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!!"Weird Al" Yankovic is the TropeNamer for:
* DrivesLikeCrazy ("She Drives Like Crazy")
* Franks2000InchTV
* IndexedAndNerdy (from "White & Nerdy")
** AsianAndNerdy
** BlackAndNerdy
** JewishAndNerdy
* IPulledAWeirdAl, since renamed PersonAsVerb
* WeirdAlEffect [[invoked]]

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!!Tropes associated with "Weird Al" Yankovic include:

* FourOneNineScam: In "Lame Claim To Fame", he claims that the email he got from the Nigerian prince certainly ''sounded'' legit.
* AffectionateParody: Most of his original works fall under Affectionate Parody. It helps that he always asks permission from the source artist to do a parody of one of his/her/their songs (even though legally he's not required to do so).
** Michael Jackson gave Al permission to parody any of his work that he wanted for the rest of his life. The only condition was that Al not record a version of his "Black or White" parody (titled "Snack All Night") as he felt it would cheapen the message of the song. Al agreed and plays the song only at his live shows.
** The only song for which he didn't have permission was "Amish Paradise", but there was nothing malicious about it; a miscommunication led Al to believe he actually did have permission, and by the time it was cleared up, it was too late. Coolio (the original artist), got over it and [[http://yankovic.org/blog/2006/01/08/weird-and-coolio/ gave Al a hug]]. As Al put it, "I doubt I'll be invited to Coolio's birthday party, but at least I don't have to wear a bulletproof vest to the mall anymore."
** With Music/LadyGaga, he announced that his 2011 album was delayed after he was given a flat "no" by her manager when he sent her a recording of "Perform This Way", a parody of "Born This Way" which was intended as the leadoff single. After several hours of InternetBacklash it was revealed that the manager never gave her the song to listen to out of the assumption she would hate it. This of course, turned out to be completely untrue and that upon actually hearing it Gaga said she loved it.
** The only Weird Al parody that ''isn't'' affectionate is the early 1980s demo "It's Still Creator/BillyJoel to Me", which may be part of the reason it didn't appear on his debut album. (Billy did eventually give him permission to use "Piano Man", which became the Spider-Man-themed "Ode to a Superhero".)
** Al has said that "Achey Breaky Song" is pretty harsh, apologized to Billy Ray Cyrus for it and donated the song royalties to the United Cerebral Palsy Association. That song actually bashes several artists, though Billy Ray Cyrus gets the worst of it. Al recalls being asked by Donny and Marie to play the song on their talk show. The looks on their faces made it clear that they hadn't heard the lyrics which include "You can torture me with Donny and Marie." As mentioned earlier, the singer preferred them, among other artists, to Billy Ray. (He would eventually parody one of Billy Ray's [[Music/MileyCyrus daughter's]] songs, giving the world "Party in the CIA".) Donny would later appear in Al's White and Nerdy
** "You're Pitiful' a parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" received Blunt's approval and was all ready to be included on "Straight Outta Lynwood". But at the last minute, Blunt's label, Atlantic Records, stepped in and said Al could not put the song in the album. So instead, he released it for free on the internet. And then performed it in concert, slowly peeling off layers of clothing (in parody of the original song's video), one article of which was a t-shirt saying "Atlantic sucks" (and later "Atlantic still sucks").
** His White and Nerdy video has Al defacing their Wikipedia page with a big YOU SUCK on it. As of 2014, that page is ''still'' locked to prevent vandalism.
** [[Music/HueyLewisAndTheNews Huey Lewis]] brutally [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/e3662085fb/american-psycho-with-huey-lewis-and-weird-al murdered him with an axe]] in an homage to ''AmericanPsycho''.
** Eminem gave Al permission to parody "Lose Yourself" ("Couch Potato")...but then refused to give him permission to do a music video to the song.
* AlbumTitleDrop: "Nature Trail to Hell" ''In 3-D''!
* AllOfThem: In "Jerry Springer": "Baby, I've been sleepin' with your sister." "Which one?" "All of 'em!"
* AllStarCast: Invoked. His music videos are slowly growing into into this, but it really shows in the video for "Tacky" which guest stars JackBlack, MargaretCho, [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Kristen]] [[WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers Schaal]], [[{{Archer}} Aisha]] [[WhoseLineIsItAnyway Tyler]], and [[ModernFamily Eric Stonestreet]]
* AnimatedMusicVideo: Several, including "Skipper Dan", "Another Tattoo", and "Party in the CIA". It's become quite popular lately for professional (and non-professional) animators including Creator/BillPlympton and Creator/JohnKricfalusi to create their own music videos for his songs.
* AntiChristmasSong: "The Night Santa Went Crazy" and "Christmas at Ground Zero".
* AntiLoveSong: He's got five great ones: "Since You've Been Gone", "I'm So Sick of You", "You Don't Love Me Anymore", "One More Minute", and "I Was Only Kidding".
* ArcNumber: [[http://weirdal.wikia.com/wiki/27 27.]]
* AerithAndBob: In "Albuquerque", the two sons, Nathaniel and Film/{{Superfly}}.
* AppropriatedAppellation: While attending Polytechnic, some of his classmates referred to him as "Weird Al" because of his looks. He went on to use it as his DJ handle when he took over the night shift of the school's radio station.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "One of Those Days" is about this. A good illustration:
-->''The bank called me up and told me I'm overdrawn,''
-->''Some freaks are burning crosses out on my front lawn,''
-->''And I don't believe it! All the Cheetos are gone!''
** "Confessions, Part 3" is all about this. Apparently having a babymama on the side was forgivable, but eating the last of the Rice Krispies was the last straw!
** Plentiful in "Virus Alert"
--> ''Then cause a major rift in time and space,''
--> ''And leave a bunch of Twinkie wrappers all over the place!''
* AsHimself: In the series finale of JohnnyBravo, he played himself alongside Don Knotts as himself and Gary Owens reprising his role of the [[DynomuttDogWonder Blue Falcon]].
** Also in an episode of WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold which was doing an homage to an era of Scooby Doo that featured this trope once per episode.
* AuthorAppeal: Most of his parodies are about TV, movies and food.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Al doesn't perform the song "Hardware Store" because he isn't sure he could pull the coda off again, especially live.
** Similarly, "Albuquerque" - he saves it for the encore, as it wrecks his throat and makes it difficult for him to sing anything else afterward.
* BadassBoast: Al's rap parodies tend to be full of these, in keeping with the spirit of the artist being parodied. "It's All About the Pentiums" is a great example. "White and Nerdy" combines this with equal amounts of SelfDeprecation.
** "Word Crimes" has "'Weird Al' Yankovic has a big [[spoiler: dictionary.]]"
* BadSanta: "The Night Santa Went Crazy".
* BadassBookworm: "That Boy Could Dance".
-->''He was kind of a jerk, he was kind of a bore.\\
But the women would scream when he walked in the door.\\
'cause one thing I could tell you for sure -- that boy could dance''
* BaitAndSwitchComparison: From the December 1998 edition of "Ask Al":
-->''Stacy of Louisville, Ky asks: Do you like Barenaked Ladies?'' \\
'''Yes, very much. And I'm a big fan of the band, too.''
* BeamMeUpScotty: [[invoked]] Referenced in "Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me": "And by the way, your quotes from GeorgeCarlin aren't really George Carlin…"
* BestialityIsDepraved:
** "Virus Alert" lists, among the other consequences of the virus, making you physically attracted to sheep.
** The spoken interlude of "Jerry Springer" also mentions this. "That goat doesn't love you!"
*** Don't forget "Woofie" the dog: "WOOFIE YOU [[CurseCutShort BI]][[SoundEffectBleep *bleep*...!"]]
** In "CNR", Charles Nelson Reilly "made sweet, sweet love to a manatee."
* BigEater: Not Al himself, but some of his songs are about this (most obviously, "Fat", "My Bologna", and "Eat It") enough to compile an album in the early 90s. The trope is inverted with his song called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eahmcBn0QLY "Grapefruit Diet"]].
** In fact, Al became a Vegetarian in the 90s, severely lessening his chances of becoming a BigEater in the future.
*** He's also said that watching himself eat while in the fat suit during the filming of "Fat" convinced him he never, ever wanted to be fat himself.
** In "CNR", several lines say that Charles Nelson Reilly is this, and also an ExtremeOmnivore.
--->"He ate his own weight in coal/and excreted diamonds every day."\\
"He can eat more frozen waffles/than any other man I know."\\
"I've seen the man unhinge his jaw/and swallow a Volkswagen whole."
** In "Complicated Song" the singer eats so much pizza he gets [[ToiletHumor severely constipated]].
* BilingualBonus:
** "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" uses {{Yiddish|AsASecondLanguage}} to make puns such as "The parents pay the mohel and he gets to keep the tip."
** "Perform This Way" has « Excusez-moi, qui a pété? », which means [[spoiler: "Excuse me, who farted?"]]
** "Taco Grande", much like the song it parodies, is filled with GratuitousSpanish. While Al's simple phrases are mostly things about foods he wants and paying for them, Cheech Marin's cameo in the bridge is a lengthy recommendation and description of a particularly hot dish and the side effects of eating it, ending by asking if the stupid customer can understand what he's saying.
* BlackComedy: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AKRqDtzOlQ "Mr. Frump in the Iron Lung"]] which should not be funny but really is. In fact, lots of Al's songs fall into this. "I Remember Larry" recounts how the singer was bullied (sometimes quite viciously and dangerously) and how he killed the bully. "You Don't Love Me Anymore" is a ballad about all the ways his girlfriend has tried to kill him. "Christmas at Ground Zero" is about nuclear war, and "The Night Santa Went Crazy" details SantaClaus going on a killing spree at the North Pole. Sometimes it's just a line or two instead of a whole song; "Another One Rides The Bus" is about Al on a ridiculously overcrowded bus and he sings "I haven't been in a crowd like this/Since I [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Who_concert_disaster went to see]] Music/TheWho!"
* BlandNameProduct: Taco Belle, Starbux, Toysaurus and Homey Depot among others in the music video for "I'll Sue Ya".
** Also pretty much every product shown in the "Whatever You Like" video, which is interesting, since many real-world products are named in the song.
* BlatantLies: "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long". The title/chorus might be just six words, but the filler's certainly not. A common fan debate is whether the song's title and lyrics are actually "(This Song ''Is'' Just) Six Words Long", which makes seven words.
* BlindWithoutEm: His eyesight was extremely poor until he got Lasik surgery in 1997. By then, his glasses had become such an iconic part of his look that fans were disappointed.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: When "The Saga Begins" was sent to Radio Disney in 1999, he wanted the song to entertain the kids who were ''Franchise/StarWars'' fans, but Radio Disney felt uncomfortable with the lyric in the second verse about Anakin Skywalker ("Now do you see him hitting on the Queen...?") and wanted to have the part of the second verse removed, since "to hit on" meant something sexual and age-inappropriate. Al, however, had another idea: rather than let them remove the part of that verse that has the lyric and ruin the song, he had to record the whole song from scratch as before, but this time rewriting the lyric in the second verse and changing it to "Now do you see him ''talking to'' the Queen...?" Surprisingly, Radio Disney approved of the idea.
* BrainBleach: "My Own Eyes" is all about this, talking about things the singer wishes he could unsee.
* BrandNameTakeover: Arguably the reason so many non-Al songs are attributed to him. There are thousands of amateur parody artists out there (all you need is an idea and a recorder to make one), but Al is the big guy on the block - no other parody artist comes ''close'' to his success. His name has probably become so synonymous with song parodies that this trope kicked in. Al doesn't like it for the reasons explained in the lead.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: See MotorMouth below for the example.
** "Virus Alert" has many examples.
** "One Of Those Days" features this as well as ArsonMurderAndJaywalking mentioned above:
--> I lost one of my socks in the drier\\
I can't find my wallet and my hair is on fire
** "Tacky" goes on at length about stereotypically tacky clothing and behavior, but towards the end we hear "[[ZombieInfectee If I'm bitten by a zombie, I'm probably not telling you]]".
* BrickJoke: After 11 minutes of insanity, the song ''Albuquerque'' finally winds its way back to the original point: [[spoiler: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis AL...HATES...SAUERKRAUT!]]]].
** In ''Al-TV 2K'', during his interview with Michael Stripe he asks him to say something and he'll make a song using only that sentence, resulting in "Cell Phones". Later in that special, he sings the song to Snoop Dogg.
* ButtMonkey: Ruben Valtierra is often put down by everyone else, probably due to the fact that he was originally added purely to handle keyboard duties on tour while Al (who usually does them on albums) handles other duties. Mostly just played for comedy, though it's notable that he wasn't credited or appeared at all on any albums before ''Alapalooza'' and didn't appear in the band group photo until ''Running With Scissors'' (where he appeared face-down, with scissors sticking out of his back).
** His first non-concert appearance in Weird Al's works was the video for "Headline News", in which he portrayed Crash Test Dummies pianist Ellen Reid. A noble start.
* CallBack: One of "Al'"s costumes in "Perform This Way" has a hat with a train on it; this hat was also seen in "White and Nerdy".
** May also be a ShoutOut to Music/PeterGabriel and his seminal "Sledgehammer" video.
** A lady wearing a hat with a train on it is also in one of the vintage stock video clips in "Dare to Be Stupid".
* TheCameo:
** In Al's work:
*** Al works his mentor, Dr. Demento, into many of his videos.
*** "I Lost On Jeopardy": The music video takes place on a reproduced version of the 1964-75 set and features both Art Fleming and Don Pardo reprising their roles plus cameo appearances by band members, family members, Demento, and even the guy who sang the song Yankovic was parodying (Greg Kihn).
*** Creator/SethGreen, Series/KeyAndPeele, and Donny Osmond make pretty hilarious cameos in the music video of "White and Nerdy"; Weird Al later [[WesternAnimation/RobotChicken returned the favor.]]
*** Drew Carey shows up in "All About the Pentiums".
*** Dick Van Patten shows up in a lot of his videos.
*** Florence Henderson in "Amish Paradise".
*** Heather [=DeLoach=] reprises her role as "Bee Girl" (from Music/BlindMelon's "No Rain" video) for the opening of the "Bedrock Anthem" video.
*** Robert Goulet plays piano in the video for "You Don't Love Me Anymore".
*** The video for "Foil" has Al hosting a cooking show which is directed by Creator/PattonOswalt (who is also secretly an alien). And then he's latter sedated and taken away by [[Series/TheState Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant]].
*** The video for "Tacky" brigs together [[WhoseLineIsItAnyway Aisha Tyler]], MargaretCho, [[ModernFamily Eric Stonestreet]], [[FlightOfTheConchords Kristen]] [[GravityFalls Schaal]] and JackBlack!
** Al in other works:
*** All three ''Film/TheNakedGun'' movies. The first and last were AsHimself. In the second movie, he's [[spoiler:the criminal who Frank opens the door on.]]
*** Music/RobZombie's ''Film/HalloweenII2009''.
*** He performed the theme song for ''SpyHard''.
*** He is Banana Man in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime.''
*** Al has directed several of Ben Folds' videos, and appears as himself in his role as the director in the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34u_3Z9_LUw "Rocking The Suburbs"]]. In return, Ben Folds played piano for "Why Does This Always Happen to Me?"
*** Al has played the tambourine with Music/{{Hanson}} quite a few times.
*** He also got a humorous moment in Michael Jackson's music video for "Liberian Girl", which is a music video about a bunch of celebrities waiting to film a music video...
---->'''Blair Underwood:''' (''Seeing Al's hairdo from behind, and assuming it's Michael'') Mikey?\\
'''Al:''' No, but I think [[CoolPet Bubbles]] is here.
*** He was brought in to discuss [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/auto-tune Autotune]] on Know Your Meme.
*** Appeared in ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' as President Stuncastin and [=SuperMagic PowerMan=].
*** He appeared on the ''WebVideo/SomeJerkWithACamera'' Christmas Special to [[HypocriticalHumor complain about pointless celebrity cameos]].
*** Voiced a new version of Wreck-Gar in ''TransformersAnimated'' (marking his second collaboration with the {{Transformers}} brand since the old animated movie).
*** He played Cheese Sandwich in the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E12PinkiePride "Pinkie Pride"]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', marking his third work with {{Hasbro}}.
*** Played Isaac Newton in ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'', battling against Bill Nye [[spoiler:and later Neil Degrasse Tyson]].
* CameraAbuse: Al breathes on the lens in the middle of "Eat It", accidentally punches it while fist-pumping in the segment spoofing Music/BillyIdol in the "UHF" video, and licks it near the end of the video for "Smells like Nirvana."
* CanadaEh: Parodied in "Canadian Idiot," which is a satire on American nationalism.
** He's also quite fond of Canada, being one of the few artists that actually tours the country instead of just making "obligatory" stops in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.
* CaptainObvious: In "Albuquerque," while [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext flesh-eating weasels are assaulting Al's face]], he meets a girl, who says "Hey. You've got weasels on your face."
* CarefulWithThatAxe:
** During the bridges of "Jurassic Park" and "Nature Trail to Hell" and the end of "Cavity Search."
** The guitarist in "Eat It" ''actually [[StuffBlowingUp explodes!]]''
** "Albuquerque", but a box of one dozen starving, crazed weasels will do that.
* ClassicallyTrainedExtra: "Skipper Dan" is built on this trope. It's the tale of a former up-and-coming, critically-acclaimed Broadway actor... who is stuck giving shows on the "Jungle Cruise" at Disneyland.
* CloningBlues: The premise of ''I Think I'm a Clone Now''.
* CommissarCap: One of the images for the Mandatory Fun album shows Al wearing a commissar cap.... while exposing his GoofyPrintUnderwear with his pants around his ankles.
* ConspiracyTheorist: The entire second verse of "Foil" talks about TheIlluminati finally being primed for world domination, black helicopters coming from across the border, the government's refusal to admit to faking the Moon landing. Just in case aliens get involved, he's got a Tinfoil Hat to protect him, and someday he'll prove there's one giant conspiracy.
* ConspicuousCG: The video for "Perform This Way" features Weird Al's head pasted over a woman's body. The effect works for the most part, but it looks just ''[[UncannyValleyMakeup slightly]]'' off...
* ContinuityNod: "School Cafeteria," the B-side to Al's debut single "My Bologna," includes the lyrics "the cook still hasn't got the knack," a play on the band The Knack and their album ''Get The Knack'' which includes "My Sharona," making both sides contain an homage to the same band.
* CoverVersion: Al very rarely plays straight covers with the lyrics unchanged, but there are a few exceptions, most notably the theme song of ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' on his album ''Dare to Be Stupid''. He also is known to play ElvisCostello's "Radio Radio" in concert when there are technical difficulties, and played an obscure {{New Wave|Music}} song, "I Got Your Number (Written On the Back of My Hand)" by The Jags, during his college coffeehouse days.
* {{Crossdresser}}: Often cross dresses in his music videos.
** Just listen to "Truck Driving Song".
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: The director for Al's cooking show in "Foil" [[spoiler:reveals himself to be an alien after TheMenInBlack drag Al off the set]].
* CurseCutShort: The last part of "Another Tattoo", at the very end, is the closest he ''ever'' comes to swearing in a song (as in, SevenDirtyWords levels of swearing). The line in question? "Ow! Motherf..."
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: To himself in "One More Minute".
-->''I'd rather spend eternity eating shards of broken glass''\\
''Than spend one more minute with you''\\
[...]\\
''I'd rather rip out my intestines with a fork''\\
''Than watch you going out with other men''
* ADateWithRosiePalms: From "One More Minute:"
-->''Cause I'm stranded all alone''\\
''In the gas station of love''\\
''And I have to use the self-service pumps''
* DeadpanSnarker: Watching Al in candid interviews where he drops the act reveals a subdued, deadpan humor and dry, sharp wit. A good example of this is the VH1 ''Behind the Music'' special.
** From the man himself:
-->'''Al:''' I wrote "Eat It" because [[MoneyDearBoy I wanted to buy a house.]] It worked.
** And: "There's enough people that do unfunny music. [[TakeThat I'll leave the serious stuff to Paris Hilton and Kevin Federline."]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: Not by him, but with his participation: the ''Series/BehindTheMusic'' featuring Weird Al -- who's never had any real career adversity (by music-industry standards) or scandal -- deconstructed entertainment behind-the-scenes shows.
--> '''Weird Al:''' "And then... my fourth album only went '''Gold''' instead of Platinum! ''*sobs*'' I had to get the '''medium-sized''' Jacuzzi!!"
* ADegreeInUseless: The aspiring actor in "Skipper Dan" who ends up hating his life as "a tour guide on the Jungle Cruise ride."
-->"I shoulda listened when my grandfather said\\
'Why don't you major in business instead?'"
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Sports Song" can basically be summed up by saying we're great, you suck, you really suck, and in case you missed it, [[RuleOfThree YOU SUCK]].
* DieLaughing: In the video for "Party in the CIA", [[spoiler:some of the agency's enemies have caught up with Al, and Al dies this way]].
* DigitalHeadSwap: Most notably in the video for "Perform This Way", a parody of Music/LadyGaga.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: {{Averted}}. Al doesn't have that many problems with people downloading his songs, and instead has many more problems with [[MisattributedSong false attribution]], the type that labels him as the author of such songs as "Wienie in a Bottle", "Elmo's Got a Gun", and others that he wouldn't be caught dead singing.
** He parodied the phenomenon with "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEmTbpvj9fM Don't Download This Song]]", which, ironically, was DRM-free when most online retailers were stuck with it and can be downloaded legally for free.
** Al also has a habit of leaking one or more songs from his upcoming albums early, usually by posting it to Website/YouTube or some other such site.
** And now for some {{Irony}}. Website/YouTube seems to have blocked one person's upload of his music videos in the U.S. due to copyright concerns from Sony...said person is Weird Al himself.
** Al also mentions in the DVDCommentary for ''TheWeirdAlShow'' coming across a fansite that was distributing episodes of the show, saying that he was fine with it as long as they stopped after the official DVD release by Creator/ShoutFactory.
** Al himself authorized his album ''Alpocalypse'' to be streamed over the internet a week before its release date.
* DisneyAcidSequence: During the instrumental in the middle of the video for "Jurassic Park." This may be a parody of the music videos from the 60's (the era that "[=MacArthur=] Park," the song being parodied, was released).
* DisproportionateRetribution: In "One More Minute", a malt shop was burnt down just so the song's narrator doesn't want to remember his ex.
** In "I Remember Larry" he apparently responds to Larry's constant pranks by murdering him
* DisturbedDoves: These show up in the music video for "If That Isn't Love" during a couple of repeats of the chorus.
* DIYDisaster: "The Plumbing Song".
-->''When I flush the john, it turns the shower on!''
* TheDogBitesBack:
** The last verse of "I Remember Larry". [[spoiler: The singer ends up tying Larry's mouth with a rag, "[dragging] him by the ankles to the middle of the forest and [stuffing] him in a big plastic bag".]]
** The end of "[[JustJokingJustification I Was Only Kidding]]".
* DooWopProgression: The chorus of "Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me" uses it.
* DownerEnding: More than a few of the music videos.
** "Party in the CIA" readily comes to mind, as the protagonist is captured and is about to be executed.
** Averted by "TMZ", which is more of a downer ''song'' with a sort of heroic TheDogBitesBack ending.
** "The Night Santa Went Crazy". Depending on which version you listen to, it ends with Santa Claus either in jail for several hundred years, or dead.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: The subject of "She Drives Like Crazy" (Al's TropeNamer parody of Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy").
* DrunkenSong: "Feel Like Throwin' Up," a parody of Music/BadCompany's "Feel Like Makin' Love" from an early food medley recorded in the same Cal Poly bathroom as "My Bologna."
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: On his first album, Al played accordion on every song, the parodies weren't as close in sound to the originals as they would later be, and only one of the non-parody songs is a style parody.
* TheEighties: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMhwddNQSWQ&ob=av3e "Dare to be Stupid" video]].
* EpicRocking:
** "Albuquerque." Emphasis on "epic".
** "Trapped in the drive-thru" and "Genius in France".
* EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped: The music video for "Smells Like Nirvana," in one hilarious moment:
-->It's hard to bargle nawdle zouss???\\
With all these marbles in my mouth
** And according to the insert for the CD, those are the ''actual lyrics''.
* FacialDialogue: "Jackson Park Express" is about the narrator seeing a woman on a bus. The song is nine minutes long, but describes the "conversations" taking place between a man and a woman discussing the hypothetical process of forming a romantic relationship, engaging in sexual activity, breaking up, and moving on with their lives. All this is implied to all take place over the course of a few seconds.
* FanFlattering: Al and his band (though the band features more prominently; Al only plays accordion) recorded the song "[[http://weirdaltribute.bandcamp.com/track/als-band Al's Band]]". The third to last stanza has:
-->Straight Outta Lynwood we hit top ten\\
White And Nerdy went platinum too\\
We really hope that someday we might do it again\\
If we do we know that it’s all thanks to you\\
All thank you's to you\\
And you're welcome too\\
Come and see us play when you can\\
Then you can see for yourself what is\\
Making all of this happen\\
You're the reason why we play
* FatAndProud: "Fat", of course.
* FatSlob: "Inactive" is about a lazy slob who's completely given up on exercising and keeping himself healthy.
* FilkSong: "Bedrock Anthem" is this for ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', while at the same time parodying the RedHotChiliPeppers' "Give It Away".
** Also "Gump", a parody of the Presidents of the United States of America's "Lump", which is about... [[Film/ForrestGump Yeah, you guessed it.]]
* FlamingEmblem: Done in the "White and Nerdy" video which is a parody of Chamillionaire's "Ridin'" where he's eventually standing on a blacktop in front a a flaming version of his logo. In Al's video, the flaming logo is of Videogame/PacMan.
* {{Foil}}: Music/{{Prince}} is a regular target in Al's works, as he is the only artist who has consistently refused permission for any parodies of his songs, allegedly due to the Purple One having NoSenseOfHumor[[note]]Al once recieved a telegram from Prince's lawyers before the American Music Awards, demanding that he did not make eye contact with Prince[[/note]]. The antagonism is [[ForTheFunnyz played for laughs]] by Al, and typically consists of throwaway song lyrics or quick jokes in interviews.
-->''You should never [=/=] Write words using numbers\\
Unless you're seven [=/=] Or your name is Prince."
--->--Lyrics for "Word Crimes"
* FoodSongsAreFunny: Many examples. Enough to fill an entire compilation album (appropriately named "The Food Album") and then some. You could say that this trope is his [[IncrediblyLamePun bread and butter]].
* FootballFightSong: "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sports Song]]" is done in the style of one.
--> "We're great, and you suck!"
* FourMoreMeasures: Lampshaded in "You're Pitiful".
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: In "CNR", Charles Nelson Reilly goes onstage and starts attacking Weird Al's band, then smashes the "screen".
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** At the beginning of "Word Crimes", a dictionary's pages are turning through the A's. The definition of "Accordion" has a picture of Al next to it. On a shot of a piece of homework paper, the homeroom teacher is listed as "[[TheSimpsons Mrs. Krabappel]]". On the graphic for the lyric "lost cause", which uses a promo graphic from ''{{LOST}}'', the print next to the ABC logo reads "learn your [ABC]s, doofus" instead of the network slogan.
** In the video for "White and Nerdy", the line "I'll ace any trivia quiz you bring on" begins with a closeup of a Trivial Pursuit card with amusing questions. "A&E: What's the deal with Lindsay Lohan? I mean, seriously?"
* FrivolousLawsuit: "I'll Sue Ya" is based entirely upon this.
* TheFunInFuneral: Mentioned in ''Tacky''.
--> ''I would live-tweet a funeral''\\
''Take selfies with the deceased''
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Pretty much every music video has something funny go on behind the action, like the basketball players in "Smells like Nirvana."
* FunWithPalindromes: The lyrics of "Bob" (a style parody of Music/BobDylan) are all palindromes.
* GameShowAppearance: The subject of "I Lost on Jeopardy." Amusingly, he later appeared on ''Rock & Roll Jeopardy!'' in 2001 and lost.
** However, he fared much better on a CelebrityEdition of ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' in May 1994. {{A|rcNumber}}ppropriately, he won $27,800 on his first appearance, and $2,700 more on the "Friday Finals" tournament at the end of the week.
** The lyrics and video for "CNR" fittingly give many nods to ''MatchGame'', arguably Charles Nelson Reilly's most well known gig.
* GemEncrusted: Like a swimming pool.
* GenreRoulette: His band is good enough to play ''any'' type of music and Al himself can sing in a multitude of styles, able to pull off rock (both classic and modern), country, pop, reggae, boyband, soul, rap, folk and more vocals. There is a reason they have sometimes been referred to as "The world's greatest cover band".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Although he's a mostly family-friendly singer, lyrics in several of Weird Al's songs go into grey territory. Notable examples include "You Don't Love Me Anymore", which talks about a woman having sex with an entire hockey team, and "Headline News" which mentions the Lorena Bobbitt incident.
** In the music video of "Amish Paradise", watch the guy churning butter after the girl walks by.
** The singer of "The Truck Drivin' Song" mentions wearing nipple rings and crotchless panties.
** In "One More Minute", the narrator is in "the gas station of love", and he has to use the "[[ADateWithRosiePalms self-service pumps]]".
** His polka medley on ''Straight Outta Lynwood'' includes "Candy Shop" by 50Cent. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Yeah...]]
** "Word Crimes" has numerous examples. "Your participle's dangling" (with appropriate visual), "some cunning linguist", and the video ends with "'WEIRD AL' YANKOVIC HAS A BIG DICTIONARY".
** "Jackson Park Express" has "I like your boobs" and "I want you inside me."
** "Gump" features the line "His girlfriend Jenny was kind of a slut."
* GrammarNazi: See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVqMnbg4Ni0 here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGWiTvYZR_w here]].
** Let's not forget this part of "Close But No Cigar"
--->''She was gorgeous, she was charming''\\
''Yeah, she was perfect in every way''\\
''Except she was always using the word 'infer' ''\\
''When she obviously meant 'imply' ''\\
''And I know some guys would put up with that kind of thing''\\
''But frankly, I can't imagine why''
** The entirety of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc Word Crimes]]" focuses specifically on this trope.
* GratuitousFrench: Parodied in "Perform This Way"
--> ''And for no reason now I'll sing in French''\\
''Excusez-moi, Qui a pété?'' (Translation: Excuse me, who farted?)
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic'', ''Greatest Hits'', ''Greatest Hits II'', and ''Permanent Record'', a four-disc box set of Weird Al's favorite tracks from "My Bologna" to his then-latest single, "Headline News" (which was only available on that box set and ''Greatest Hits II'').
* GreenEggsAndHam: Sung to the tune of Music/{{U2}}'s "Numb", but refused by the [[DrSeuss Seuss]] estate.
* HappinessIsMandatory: His album ''Mandatory Fun'' has Al on the cover standing in military dictator garb with an army at his beck and call.
* {{Handyman}}: "Handy" is all about being one, though louder and less laid-back.
-->I'm so handy\\
You already know\\
I'll fix your plumbing when your toilets overflow.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: The heartbeat monitor in "Like a Surgeon".
* HellOfAHeaven: "Everything You Know Is Wrong" has someone violating Heaven's dress code, and getting stuck with the room next to the noisy ice machine for all eternity. (Suggesting that Heaven is a mid-priced hotel.)
* HereWeGoAgain: From the last verse of "I Lost on Series/{{Jeopardy}}":
--> ''Well, I sure hope I do better''\\
''Next weekend on ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' ''
* HitlerCam: Used in "One More Minute" at the end, where Al rips out 'his' (plastic) heart.
* HollywoodNerd: Al played this image up early in his career with the large glasses, white guy Afro, and cheesy mustache. Once he ditched these, around the time "Running with Scissors" came out (although a few videos before then didn't have them), it was suddenly discovered that Mr. Yankovic is actually very good-looking to go along with his geeky charm.
* HollywoodSilencer: A sound effect in "Party In The CIA"[[note]]A lyrical parody of "Party In The USA" by Music/MileyCyrus[[/note]]. {{Lampshaded}} by the lyric "And my silencer was on".
* HomePornMovie: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S9N1oCX_nI Here]]. [[spoiler:Compare the "White and Nerdy" video]]
* HypocriticalHumor:
** Amish Paradise contains the line "I know I'm a million times as humble as thou art!"
** Al once made a cameo appearance on ''WebVideo/SomeJerkWithACamera'' to rant about how much he hates celebrity cameos.
** In the video for "Word Crimes", a song about [[GrammarNazi proper grammar]], one of the degrees on the wall is a "Bachelor of Writing Good".[[note]]Proper grammar would make it a "Bachelor of Writing ''Well''".[[/note]]
** ''Don't Download This Song,'' a song scolding the listener for downloading songs rather than buying CDs, is only available as a download.
* IAmNotShazam: "Perform This Way"[[note]]A lyrical parody of "Born This Way" by Music/LadyGaga[[/note]] has the line "I'm Literature/{{Frankenstein}}, I'm Film/{{Avatar}}". NotAnExample of CowboyBebopAtHisComputer though, as it was [[InvokedTrope deliberately invoked.]]
* IconicOutfit: Earlier in his career, there was a particular pair of horrendously ugly pants given to Al that he wore at every concert (which can be seen on his first album cover). He eventually ditched them. Later, he was known for his large collection of Hawaiian-print shirts and Vans sneakers. He still pulls these out, though not as frequently.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: In [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Tacky"]]; both described in the lyrics and worn in the video.
* IncendiaryExponent: Parodied in "Perform This Way"
-->''I'll wrap my small intestines round my neck''\\
''And set fire to myself on stage''
* IncrediblyLameFun: "Hardware Store"
* InfantImmortality: Averted in "Albuquerque".
-->"You know, I'd never been on a real airplane before ... And the '''little kid''' in back of me kept throwin' up the whole time ... And, oh yeah, three of the airplane engines burned out / And we went into a tailspin and crashed into a hillside / And the plane exploded in a giant fireball / and '''everybody died'''"
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Frequently among his lyrics. Some of Al's favorites include "weasel" and "uvula".
* InkSuitActor: His roles on ''TransformersAnimated'', ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'', and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Also appeared as himself on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. ''Of course''.
* InTheStyleOf: At least half of Al's non-parodies mimic the style of another significant musician, perhaps the most famous being "Dare To Be Stupid", his take on Music/{{Devo}}. In addition, every album but the first and fifth contains a medley of then-recent hit songs performed as a polka.
** "Dog Eat Dog" parodies Music/TalkingHeads, and even includes modified versions of lines from "Once in a Lifetime". Al even puts on a David Byrne-style giant suit when performing this song live.
** "Trigger Happy" is a take on the style of of ''every [[Music/TheBeachBoys Beach Boys]] song ever.'' Except for the ones he later homaged with "Pancreas".
** "Bob" is a bunch of palindromes sung like Music/BobDylan. The video even parodies "Subterranean Homesick Blues".
** "CNR" is a style parody of Music/TheWhiteStripes.
** "Close But No Cigar" is an absolutely spot-on pastiche of the band Music/{{Cake}}'s signature style, including blurty trumpet, ad-libs (yelled off-mic), and rampant Vibra-Slap abuse.
** "You Make Me" is a parody in the style of Music/OingoBoingo, complete with various percussion, a prominent horn section, and distinct guitar solo, all sounding quite Boingo-esque.
** In a lot of cases, his "style parodies" are a result of not getting permission to do a parody of an actual song by the band. For example, after Trent Reznor refused to let him do any Music/NineInchNails songs, Weird Al came out with "Germs," which clearly borrows from several NIN songs (especially "Terrible Lie" and "Mr. Self Destruct").
*** For similar reasons, he did the song "Traffic Jam" in the style of Music/{{Prince}}, who has consistently refused to parody ''any'' of his songs.
** "Wanna B Ur Lovr" is thought by many to be another Prince hit, but is styled more along the lines of Music/{{Beck}}; Al claimed that the song is himself "trying to sound like Beck trying to sound like Prince."
** "If That Isn't Love" is mostly a style parody of his close friends, the boys of Music/{{Hanson}}, but there's definitely a few jabs at Music/JustinBieber in there too.
** "Mr. Popeil" is a style parody of Music/TheB52s, with Al's female backing vocalists[[note]](one of whom, Lisa Popeil, is the daughter of the "Mr. Popeil" the song's named after)[[/note]] doing a ''perfect'' imitation of Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson and Al himself doing the Fred Schneider part.
** In a slightly less musical example, ''Carnival of the Animals, Part Two'' (the B-side to ''PeterAndTheWolf'') includes recited poetry in the style of Ogden Nash.
** Other examples:
*** "Velvet Elvis"=Music/ThePolice (particularly "Driven to Tears")
*** "Frank's 2000' TV"=Music/{{REM}}
*** "Everything You Know Is Wrong"=Music/TheyMightBeGiants
*** "Why Does This Always Happen to Me"=Music/BenFoldsFive (to the point where Ben Folds himself plays piano on the track)
*** "Skipper Dan"=Music/{{Weezer}}
*** "Ringtone"=Music/{{Queen}} (with the intro nearly matching that of "Don't Stop Me Now")
*** "Craigslist"=Music/TheDoors (more specifically, main verse="20th Century Fox/Soul Kitchen", chorus="The Changeling", and spoken-word interlude="The End". Ray Manzarek, the Doors' keyboardist, plays keys on that track).
*** "I'll Sue Ya"=Music/RageAgainstTheMachine, and the chorus closely resembles the one from "Bombtrack".
*** "Mission Statement"=Crosby, Stills and Nash.
** A rare producer-based instead of artist-based example is "Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me", which emulates Jim Steinman's production style to a tee.
** Less likely, but still possible: "When I Was Your Age"=early Music/AliceCooper, "Young, Dumb & Ugly"=Music/{{ACDC}}.
* ItCameFromTheFridge: The aptly titled "Livin' in the Fridge" provides the page quote.
* ItsAllAboutMe: "Waffle King", "Why Does This Always Happen To Me?", and "If That Isn't Love" all feature this trope in different ways.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Al's first show with his band was opening for Missing Persons. It was a disaster, with people booing them offstage and Al wondering if he should give up music.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: PlayedForLaughs (obviously) in "Party in the C.I.A."
* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife: "Don't Download This Song"
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: "Don't Download This Song"
* JumpingTheShark: [[{{In-Universe}} A line in "Couch Potato"]] says that KingOfQueens did this. In the first minute. Because Richard Simmons [[VeryFalseAdvertising wasn't]] [[IncrediblyLamePun in it]].
* KarmicDeath: "I Remember Larry" which has Larry being murdered by the target of many of his malicious gags, with the target making it sound like it was only another malicious gag.
* KissingCousins: "Complicated Song" includes a man inadvertently dating his cousin.
* LarynxDissonance: Not exactly explicit, but it wouldn't be [[FridgeBrilliance that much of a stretch]] for the narrator of "Truck Drivin' Song" to be a female with a very low voice, a la [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Dr. Girlfriend]].
* KistchyLocalCommercial: The "Handy" video is done in this style, mainly by way of hammy acting and deliberately bad special effects.
* LastSecondWordSwap: At the end of the "Word Crimes" video:
-->''"Weird Al" Yankovic has a big dictionary.''
* LimitedWardrobe: Al has almost always been seen wearing a loud Hawaiian shirt, black trousers, and brightly-patterned Vans shoes since the 1980s. Until Al had his vision corrected with [=LASIK=] eye surgery in the 1990s, his distinctive large wire-rimmed eyeglasses were also part of his trademark look.
* ListSong: Lots. Hardware Store, eBay, Bob ([[SugarWiki/MomentofAwesome a list of palindromes done in the style of Bob Dylan]]), Virus Alert, I'll Sue Ya...
* LiteralMetaphor: On ''Jerry Springer'', that bitch Woofie really is a female dog.
* {{Lobotomy}}: in the song "I Can't Watch This," he proposes that getting one will improve the appeal of HBO, the Playboy Network, Showtime, and MTV.
* LongRunners: He's been around for quite a while. As one Creator/AdultSwim EyeCatch observed, if you went back to 1984 and told people that Weird Al was still relevant in 2006 while Michael Jackson had flamed out, they likely wouldn't believe you.
** And after 30 years in the business, and in an musical landscape where sites like YouTube have made comedy music commonplace, Weird Al's savvy marketing ploy for ''Mandatory Fun'' (debuting each song on a different website) combined with a brilliant batch of music scored him and his bandmates their first-ever #1 album.
* LongRunnerLineUp: Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, Jim West, and Steve Jay have been with him for almost as long. This is an unusual example in that these three are almost totally overshadowed by Weird Al himself.
* LoveMartyr: "You Don't Love Me Anymore" takes this trope to extremes.
* LyricalDissonance:
** "Christmas At Ground Zero".
** "Good Old Days", a James Taylor-esque folk ballad about childhood. However, this particular childhood involved torturing rats with hacksaws, burning down a corner store and brutally beating the shop owner, and taking a girl from highschool to a dance, and shaving her bald and abandoning her in the desert.
** The last verse of "I Remember Larry"
** "Weasel Stomping Day"
** "The Night Santa Went Crazy"
** "One of those Days" combines this with ArsonMurderAndJaywalking.
** "Skipper Dan"
** "You Don't Love Me Anymore"
** "Party in the CIA"
** "Trigger Happy"
** And then there's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdbhfpF3NA0 Happy Birthday]]" - keeps peppy all the way through, but hits ''serious'' dissonance at 26 seconds in.
** "Bohemian Polka", which takes Music/{{Queen}}'s Bohemian Rhapsody about a man facing execution and turns it into, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a polka]].
* MacGyvering: "Handy" is about a MrFixit who mentions this particular skill by name.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: In "A Complicated Song", he is merely frustrated about being beheaded.
* Creator/MCEscher: In "White and Nerdy", Al cites him as his favorite [[PunnyName MC]].
* ManipulativeEditing: ''Al TV'''s fake interviews, where Al adds weird questions to a famous person's answers ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIaO7sRjyxw original]] / [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPwBdnknGIs edited]]). And sometimes, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lepM8VCGN7c the interviewee acts weird enough to help!]].
* ManOnFire: One runs around behind Al during the "Smells like Nirvana" video.
* TheMenInBlack: Two agents come and drug Al, then drag him off the stage at the end of the video in "Foil".
* MeatgrinderSurgery: Both the lyrics and the video (moreso the latter) for "Like a Surgeon."
* MeetCute: Parodied in "Albuquerque." Al meets the girl of his dreams, while being mauled by starving crazed weasels that he inexplicably bought at a donut shop. They immediately become a couple.
* MemeticBadass: [[{{In-Universe}} In-song]] example--[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLnapb-30hA Charles Nelson Reilly]].
* MindScrew: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05av9iJvgiQ Everything You Know Is Wrong]]", among others.
* MinorFlawMajorBreakup: Or, as he likes to put it, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtMU8nvZzOs Close But No Cigar]]."
* MinskyPickup: He throws this into several of his polka numbers.
* MisplacedSorrow: "Why Does This Always Happen to Me?" is all about this.
* MoodWhiplash:
** A perfect example is on the album "Straight Outta Lynwood," after his Music/RageAgainstTheMachine parody "I'll Sue Ya." After an angry song like that one, there's an abrupt guitar chord, which is directly followed by a one-second pause going into "Polkarama," which has the DanceCraze "Chicken Dance" as an intro. Of course, THAT goes into a polka cover of "Let's Get it Started" by The Black-Eyed Peas.
*** A similar example is on the album "Running With Scissors", where the Music/NineInchNails style parody "Germs" is followed by an intensely happy polka (the first track in the medley being the ''Music/SpiceGirls'', for crying out loud). MoodWhiplash at its finest, folks.
** In "Your Horoscope for Today" the prediction for Sagittarius begins like this:
--> ''All your friends are laughing behind your back.'' (beat) '''''[[EvilSoundsDeep Kill them]].'''''
** "Foil" starts out as a typical Music/{{Lorde}} parody about food before suddenly taking a left turn into ConspiracyTheorist territory. The video emphasizes this, with a television director played by Creator/PattonOswalt who reacts negatively to the new topic. [[spoiler:He's in on the conspiracy.]]
* MoonLandingHoax: Al is convinced that the government staged it in "Foil". In the video, there's footage of the landing being interrupted by stagehands clacking the marker and moving a boom mic out of the camera shot.
* MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate: Given the content of the song "I Want A New Duck," one presumes a duck of less-than-ideal behavior was already being dealt with.
* MotorMouth: The middle of "Hardware Store". He speaks at a rate of ''242 words per minute'', or all of the below in ''30 seconds'' and ''in one breath''.
-->They've got Allen wrenches, gerbil feeders, toilet seats, electric heaters\\
Trash compactors, juice extractors, shower rods and water meters\\
Walkie-talkies, copper wires, safety goggles, radial tires\\
BB pellets, rubber mallets, fans and dehumidifiers\\
Picture hangers, paper cutters, waffle irons, window shutters\\
Paint removers, window louvers, masking tape and plastic gutters\\
Kitchen faucets, folding tables, weather stripping, jumper cables\\
Hooks and tackle, grout and spackle, power foggers, spoons and ladles\\
Pesticides for fumigation, high-performance lubrication\\
Metal roofing, waterproofing, multi-purpose insulation\\
Air compressors, brass connectors, wrecking chisels, smoke detectors\\
Tire gauges, hamster cages, thermostats and bug deflectors\\
Trailer hitch demagnetizers, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick automatic circumcisers]]\\
Tennis rackets, angle brackets, Duracells and Energizers\\
Soffit panels, circuit breakers, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers\\
Calculators, generators, matching salt and pepper shakers...
** Let it be known that the aforementioned listing is the main reason Al won't do the song on tour. He apparently doesn't think he can do it again.
** Also in the middle of "Your Horoscope for Today," also all in one breath:
-->Now you may find it inconceivable or at the very least a bit unlikely that the relative position\\
of the planets and the stars could have a special deep significance or meaning that exclusively applies to only you,\\
but let me give you my assurance that these forecasts and predictions are all based on solid, scientific, documented evidence,\\
so you would have to be some kind of moron not to realize that every single one of them is absolutely true.\\
Where was I?
* {{Mockumentary}}: Two, actually. There's the rare "The Compleat Al," made to help promote the ''Dare To Be Stupid'' album, and the Disney Channel combination {{Mockumentary}} / {{Rockumentary}} "There's No Going Home", which was included as an EasterEgg on the ''Running With Scissors'' album.
** There's also the 1985 book ''The Authorized Al'', released as a companion piece to ''The Compleat Al''.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Usually matches the song or style he's parodying, sometimes skewing a point lower, so generally from 1 (e.g. "You Don't Love Me Anymore") to 5-6 (e.g. "I'll Sue Ya", "Germs"). "Bite Me" is the exception - it meets the criteria for a 10.
* {{Mondegreen}}: Done InUniverse in the song "Trapped In The Drive-thru"
-->''I hopped up and said, "I don't know, do you want to get something delivered?"''\\
''And she's like, "Why would I want to eat liver?''\\
''I don't even like liver."''\\
''I'm like, "No, I said 'delivered'."''\\
''She's like, "I heard you say liver."''\\
''I'm like, "I should know what I said."''\\
''She's like, "Whatever... I just don't want any liver."''
* MouthfulOfPi: In ''White and Nerdy'' the title character claims to know Pi to a thousand places.
* MouthScreen: "Dare To Be Stupid" and "Bedrock Anthem" featured Al's mouth, even scenes of him performing in ''Chin Face''.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Lots, but "Hardware Store" sticks out most.
** The subject of ''Waffle King'' presents his waffle recipe as this.
** I present to you the tale of his trip to Albuquerque.
** "Trapped In The Drive-Thru". Al said he picked getting fast food as the topic of the song because it was the most banal thing he could think of.
** Behold! The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmcuoaqdJ9w&feature=relmfu most epic shredding]] ''ever''![[note]]''Paper'' shredding, that is.[[/note]]
** "The Biggest Ball of Twine In Minnesota".
* MysteryMeat: "School Cafeteria"
* NaughtyBirdwatching: "Melanie".
* {{Nerdgasm}}: [[{{In-Universe}} The singer]] in "Hardware Store".
* NerdsAreVirgins: The singer of "White and Nerdy" spends his nights with a roll of bubble wrap...
** The subject of "You're Pitiful" is a 42-year old example. He wears a "homemade StarTrek uniform" and "never had a date he couldn't inflate."
* NerdsLoveToughSchoolwork: ...and he does vector calculus just for fun.
* NiceGuy: Although fair-use law regarding parody mean Al doesn't ''need'' anyone's permission, he makes sure that he does have permission from an artist in order to poke fun. This has worked out for him in several ways, with the originals artists often contributing resources to the final project to thank him for his politeness.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Many of his songs, mostly the ones involving talk shows, are LOADED with this!
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The ''UHF'' video, in which the parodied musicians include Robert Palmer (''Addicted to Spuds" never got its own video), {{Prince}}, and Music/TheBeatles.
* NoseNuggets: "Gotta Boogie". ("Gotta boogie on my finger and I can't shake it off!")
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: In the booklet that came with ''Permanent Record'', Al notes that the song "Midnight Star" (about ridiculous tabloid headlines) contained mostly real headlines from various tabloids. He specifically noted that he held onto one about The Incredible Frog Boy from the WeeklyWorldNews for years.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Part of the reason [[{{In-Universe}} the singer]] in "Hardware Store" is so excited.
* NowHowMuchWouldYouPay: Called out verbatim in "Mr. Popeil."
* OffWithHisHead: the singer in "Complicated Song" gets his head knocked off after [[WhatAnIdiot standing up on a roller coaster.]]
* [[OnceASeason Once an Album]]: Almost every album[[note]]"Weird Al Yankovic" and "Even Worse" are the odd ones out here[[/note]] contains one polka medley of songs popular at the time [[note]]The exceptions being "The Hot Rocks Polka", which is a medley of Rolling Stones' songs from a wider span of time, and "Bohemian Polka" is a double-speed full cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody"[[/note]], and one song in any style ripping on TV shows popular at the time. There's also always at least one song about food.
** Since 1999, every album has included bonus video content that can be viewed on a computer (if not also a DVD player), though ''Alpocalypse'' had it as an extra DVD packaged with the CD.
* OnlyAFleshWound: From ''Trigger Happy''
-->''Oh, I accidentally shot Daddy last night in the den''
-->''I mistook him in the dark for a drug-crazed Nazi again''
-->''Now why'd you have to get so mad?''
-->''It's just a lousy flesh wound, Dad''
-->''You know I'm trigger happy, trigger happy every day''
* ParodyAssistance: Sometimes Al gets more than just permission to parody an artist's songs. Music/MichaelJackson donated the subway set used for "Badder" (the kid version of "Bad" filmed for ''Film/{{Moonwalker}}'') to Yankovic for his parody "Fat", Ray Manzarek of Music/TheDoors played keyboards and bass on "Craigslist", and [[Music/DireStraits Mark Knopfler]] would only allow Al to parody "Money for Nothing" if he was permitted to do the guitar work himself.
** Ben Folds played piano on "Why Does This Always Happen To Me"... which is a parody of Ben Folds songs. "Genius in France", a style parody of Music/FrankZappa features Frank's son Dweezil on guitar.
** Though more of a stretch, singer and voice coach Lisa Popeil has done female backup vocals for Al since 1983. The first song to feature her? "Mr. Popeil", a song that makes fun of her father's products and brother's infomercials in the style of Music/TheB52s.
** James Brown arranged for Al to record the music video for "Living With a Hernia" using the backdrop where he performed the original "Living in America" song in ''RockyIV''.
** On Al's 2011 album Alpocalypse, he did a style parody of Music/{{Hanson}} called "If That Isn't Love." Al and the Hanson brothers are friends, and Taylor Hanson plays keyboards on the song.
** The "Smells Like Nirvana" video actually had some of the actors from the original "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video including the janitor.
** Music/ImagineDragons assisted with the creation of "Inactive", a parody of their own song "Radioactive", to help reproduce as authentic a sound of the original as possible.
* [[PeacockGirl Peacock Boy]]: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iybANfcD8k "Perform This Way"]] (he also wears it in the actual music video)
* PoesLaw: Some people believed that "Don't Download This Song" was actually trying to spread the message that DigitalPiracyIsEvil.
** There is also a faction of gun nuts that take "Trigger Happy" literally.
** Foil, if the YouTube comments are anything to go by.
* PokeThePoodle: "Young, Dumb & Ugly" is a song about this.
* PosthumousNarration: In "Melanie".
* PrecisionFStrike: In "Jerry Springer"; appropriately, Yankovic himself doesn't use the word, but guest vocalist Tress [=MacNeille=] does during a portion of the song parodying a typical episode of the show:
-->'''Tress [=MacNeille=]''': Woofie, you ''bi[[[BleepDammit ineffectual bleep]]]tch!''
** ...and even then it's a pun, because Woofie literally is a bitch.
** Yankovic himself finally gets one in with the comparatively mild "You cheap bastard!" during the outro of "Don't Download This Song".
** He also lets out an uncensored "shit" in "Dead Car Battery Blues", an early demo recording from apparently before he dedicated himself to being a more-or-less family-friendly performer.
** An [[ImpliedTrope implied]] one appears in the liner notes to "Mandatory Fun", which says "AFP appears courtesy of herself". Anyone familiar enough with Music/AmandaPalmer should know what the F stands for.
* {{Pun}}: Real life example: one of his long time band members goes by "Bermuda" Schwartz.
** Another possible example in "I Remember Larry," after he talks about tying the titular pranker's mouth with a rag and leaving him for dead:
-->''If the cops ever find him, who knows what they'll say''\\
''But I'm sure if ol' Lar were still with us today''\\
''He would have to agree with me - it was a pretty good ''gag!''''
** Most of "Party at the Leper Colony", but especially:
-->''There's a guy in the hot tub, I don't know who''\\
''Wait a minute, it looks like Stu!''
** From "Perform This Way," regarding Gaga's meat dress, which the woman in the video also wears:
-->''I'll strap prime rib to my feet, cover myself with raw meat''\\
''I'll bet you've never seen a skirt steak worn this way''
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "I! HATE! '''SAUERKRAUT!'''"
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Briefly worn after he got Lasik. He still uses glasses with fake lenses whenever he performs "Fat" to help the fat mask stay on better.
* QuirkyCurls: One of the few male examples. Despite rumors to the contrary, it is not a perm; he's naturally just that curly (although he has teased it up on occasion to achieve something close to a FunnyAfro).
* RantInducingSlight: "First World Problems" contains a long list of utterly trivial annoyances that induce mouth-foaming rage in Al.
* RandomEventsPlot: "Albuquerque."
* RapRock: "It's All About the Pentiums" parodies a rock remix of "It's all about the Benjamins".
** There's also [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Bedrock]] Anthem, where he parodies the beginning of "Under the Bridge", but then changes to a parody of "Give it Away".
** "I'll Sue Ya", since it's a style parody of Music/RageAgainstTheMachine.
* RealityWarper: The titular computer virus from the song "Virus Alert".
* RecklessGunUsage: The singer in "Trigger Happy" accidentally shoots both his father and his cat.
* RefrainFromAssuming: Usually his parodies turn the original title phrase into something wacky and indicative of the parody's subject matter. If he can't manage that, this trope usually ensues.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Part of the numerous minor confessions in "Confessions Part 3" listed killing his girlfriend's goldfish and replacing it.
* [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated Reports Of My Retirement Were Greatly Exaggerated]]: When it was reported that ''Mandatory Fun'' (His contract with Volcano expires after its release) would likely be his last album, many people took it to mean that he was done making music. In reality it meant that he plans on releasing music in an untraditional manner and not the traditional album.
* RetconningTheWiki: The music video for "White And Nerdy", in which he replaces the entire text for Atlantic Record's wiki page with huge type reading '''YOU SUCK!!!!!''' This was a personal TakeThat from Al for slights the company had done him in the past. His fans thought it was so funny, they started doing it for real, resulting in ThatOtherWiki having to lock the Atlantic Records page.
* RhymingList: "Hardware Store"'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m7SldTq8CY#t=2m30s list of everything the store has in the back]].
* RidiculousFutureSequelisation: "Theme from Rocky XIII".
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: "Headline News" has three verses describing the American kid who got caned in Singapore, the Nancy Kerrigan incident, and Lorena Bobbitt.
** And new verses (from the 2007 tour) about Paris Hilton's DUI and Music/BritneySpears's going commando and head shave.
** "Midnight Star" contains several headlines from actual supermarket tabloids including one about "The Incredible Frog-Boy!"
* RockersSmashGuitars: At the end of the "Smells like Nirvana" video, Al smashes his guitar, the audience smashes plates on a guy's head, and then Al pushes a plunge-detonator to [[StockFootage demolish a building]]. He also used to smash his accordion at the end of his polka medleys in concert when they ended with TheWho's "My Generation".
* RuleThirtyFour: In 2014, pictures were released portraying [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-inevitable-unfortunate-porn-parody-of-weird-als-uhf-arrives-20140724 two women dressed (and undressed) as characters from UHF]] - including one with an Al wig, glasses and Hawaiian shirt.
* RunningGag: The number 27, poodles, hamsters, spatulas, food, and TV.
** Also, a hatred of Prince, especially in his fake interviews.
* RunsWithScissors: The title and image art of his album [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Running With Scissors."]]
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: From "Cable TV,"
-->My friends are getting kinda worried,
-->They think I'm turning into some kind of freak.
-->Aw, but they're just jealous, 'cause I've seen ''Porky's'',
-->[[ArcNumber Twenty-seven]] times this week.
* SelfBackingVocalist: A large amount of the time. Notable exceptions include female vocals, lines low enough to be sung by Steve Jay, and several songs such as "Trigger Happy" and "Don't Download This Song".
** "Since You've Been Gone" is a bunch of Weird Als singing a cappella (except for the bass line, which is Steve Jay).
* SelfDeprecation: Al has admitted (re "Skipper Dan") that he feels a certain sympathy with actual Disney Jungle Cruise tour guides, as his own live shows can get repetitive for him. This makes the following line a bit of a TakeThatMe:
--->''Instead I'm telling these lame jokes again and again and again and again [[OverlyLongGag and again and again and again]].''
** The name of one of his albums: Weird Al Yankovic Even Worse.
* SeriousBusiness: Going through the drive-thru is very serious and don't you dare forget the onions.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: "Mission Statement" is all about using all sorts of overly-sophisticated corporate buzzwords
* ShapedLikeItself: "That snorkel's been just like a snorkel to me!"
** Doubles as a [[ShoutOut Shout Out]] to Creator/CheechAndChong.
* ShaveAndAHairCut: Often appears near the end of the polka medleys.
* ShouldersOfDoom: When performing "Dog Eat Dog", a style parody of Music/TalkingHeads, Al wears a suit with ''massive'' shoulderpads as a spoof of David Byrne's IconicOutfit. He also wears it briefly in the "UHF" video.
* ShoutOut: These lines from "Amish Paradise":
--> ''[[Series/GilligansIsland There's no phone, no lights, no motorcar,]]''
--> ''[[Series/GilligansIsland Not a single luxury!]]''
--> ''[[Series/GilligansIsland Like]] [[Literature/RobinsonCrusoe Robinson Ca-rusoe,]]''
--> ''[[Series/GilligansIsland It's as primitive as can be!]]''
** According to [[http://www.weirdal.com/aaarchive.htm#0400 Word of]] [[WordOfGod Al]], "Slime Creatures from Outer Space" includes a line from an {{SCTV}} sketch and the vinyl of ''Dare to Be Stupid'' had "[[Music/TalkingHeads More Songs About TV and Food]]" etched into the inner groove.
** "Alpocalypse" has a song called "CNR" which contains a shout-out to Jim Croce.
** "Amish Paradise" also includes the line "But I ain't never punched a tourist even if he deserved it", a reference to the movie ''{{Witness}}'', in which Harrison Ford is a police detective placed undercover in an Amish community to protect a murder witness and punches out a tourist who steals his hat.
** There is even a ShoutOut ''to'' Al out there. Chamillionaire's remix of "Ridin'" called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JfHXU0yv-0 Ridin' Overseas]]" mentions "White And Nerdy". (1:59 in the linked video)
---> ''A year later, after "White And Nerdy",''
---> ''On the grind, still tryin', still flyin' birdies.''
** ''Running With Scissors'' has two shout-outs to Monty Python. "The Truck Drivin' Song" is one to "The Lumberjack Song" (both are about a man in a masculine occupation who likes to dress in ladies' clothing) and "Albuquerque" has a donut shop that has no donuts (referencing the "Cheese Shop" sketch). ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' also gets a mention in "White and Nerdy," and is also referenced in "Trigger Happy" with the line "[[OnlyAFleshWound it was just a lousy flesh wound]]."
** As mentioned above, [[ShapedLikeItself Shaped Like Itself]] line in "Albuquerque" is a reference to the Cheech and Chong song, "Basketball Jones."
** The gargling-while-singing and exaggerated gulping on "Smells Like Nirvana" are an homage to SpikeJones, to whom Al is something of a SpiritualSuccessor.
** "Perform This Way" has a shout-out to Music/{{Madonna}}'s "Express Yourself", due to the perception of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" being a SuspiciouslySimilarSong. The video even has a Madonna lookalike dressed in the style of her Blonde Ambition concert tour costume.
** At one point, the video for "Word Crimes" shows some doodles including VideoGame/PacMan and [[Franchise/HomestarRunner Trogdor]].
*** There's also visual references to Doge and the "Use your brains, morans!" picture.
*** There's also a grammar exam for [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Mrs. Krabappel's]] class.
** The computer virus described in ''Virus Alert'' is described to perform increasingly implausible unpleasant things to the life of everyone it comes in contact with, much like the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_Times Bad Times virus hoax.]]
** The song "Tacky" includes the line "If I'm bitten by a zombie, I'm probably not telling you." In the video, Al accompanies this line with a dance move taken from Music/MichaelJackson's "{{Music/Thriller}}" video.
* ShownTheirWork: About the songs and artists he parodies.
** "Trigger Happy" and "Pancreas", his [[Music/TheBeachBoys Beach Boys]] homages; the former song has elements of "Fun, Fun, Fun", "Catch A Wave", "No-Go Showboat", "Surfin USA", and "Little Deuce Coupe" in it; the latter has elements of "Our Prayer", "Do You Like Worms", "God Only Knows", "I Know There's An Answer", "Wind Chimes", "Heroes and Villains", and "Good Vibrations", all in one song.
** In live performances of "Skipper Dan", Al even uses the two-fingered style of ''pointing at things'' required of actual Disneyland cast members.
* SidekickSong: "Al's Band".
* SignedUpForTheDental: According to "Party In the CIA", they have a better dental plan than the FBI.
** Also, "Spy Hard".
* SixDegreesOfKevinBacon: In "Lame Claim To Fame", with 6 degrees, no less.
--> I know a guy who knows a guy\\
Who knows a guy who knows a guy\\
Who knows a guy who knows KevinBacon.
* SmallReferencePools: In addition to the part about parody musicians, there are a number of people to this day (as evidenced by the comments left on videos on [=YouTube=]) that don't realize that about half of Al's output has been original songs, due to his biggest hits all being parodies.
* SomethingBlues: "Buckingham Blues" and "Generic Blues".
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Most of his songs are parody versions of well-known pop/rock songs, or silly polka pieces. "Albuquerque" is a [[EpicRocking ridiculously long]] combination of song and spoken-word story; it's completely original and [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs thoroughly absurd even by Al's standards.]]
* SongParody: What he's best known for making.
* SophisticatedAsHell: "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sports Song]]" is a reimagining of the classic college fight song, except with [[ReasonYouSuckSpeech lyrics that directly insult the opposing team]]. After giving a number of different wordy explanations of how much better the home team is than the visitors, it sums up the argument by repeating "We're great, and you suck!" [[OverlyLongGag Several times.]]
* SoundEffectBleep: Al's rendition of [[Music/NineInchNails "Closer"]] during "The Alternative Polka":
--> I want to ''(POINK!)'' you like an animal!\\
I want to feel you from the inside!\\
I want to ''(CLANG!)'' you like an animal!
** And again in "Angry White Boy Polka"'s cover of Papa Roach's "Last Resort":
---> Suffication, no breathing\\
Don't give a ''(cartoony whistle)'' if I cut my arm bleeding
* SpecialEffectFailure:[[invoked]] Done deliberately in several videos (for example, during the second chorus in "Jurassic Park").
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: He doesn't like it when people pronounce his last name "Yank-o-VITCH" (or spell it with an 'H'). His band elaborates in "Al's Band".
* SpellingSong:
--> A! A! L! L! B! B! U! U!\\
{{Beat}}\\
{{Beat}}\\
Querque!\\
''[[SureLetsGoWithThat Querque!]]''
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Face to Face with "Weird Al" Yankovic'', a WebOriginal which sees Al "interviewing" celebrities, is this to ''Al TV''.
** "Handy" is this to "Hardware Store".
* SpoofedWithTheirOwnWords: Weird Al usually thinks up silly imagery to put into his song parodies, but in "Perform this Way," most of the lyrics mention things LadyGaga has actually done, like being born out of an egg on stage.
* StalkerWithACrush: "Melanie". Complete with peeping into her bathroom with a telescope and being willing to jump out a 16 story window for her love. Even being dead cannot stop him.
** Also, "Do I Creep You Out". PlayedForLaughs, of course.
* StealthPun: "Polka Face" uses a section of [[NamesTheSame Frankie Yankovic's]] "Tick Tock Polka" as a bridge. The next song in the medley? [[Music/{{Kesha}} Tik Tok]].
* StepfordSmiler: at the end of the ''"Skipper Dan"'' animated music video. Keeping the same tone as the rest of the song, [[TearJerker it's one of the saddest examples ever animated.]]
* StockScream:
** There's a portion of "Jurassic Park" that involves a lot of screaming, mainly stock screams.
** During the "Perform This Way" video, after the line, "I'll poke your eye out with a dress like this." S/he [[EyeScream hits a backup dancer]] with the spiky dress and, well... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdbYsoEasio "AAUGH!"]]
* SubliminalSeduction: Parodied (of course) in the backmasked phrases in the songs "Nature Trail to Hell" and "I Remember Larry (Respectively: "Satan eats Cheez Whiz!" and "Wow, you must have an awful lot of free time on your hands.")
** The video for "Foil" intercuts the line "Be aware" with single frame shots of Al covered in blood.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Al does this a couple of times to get around cursing, like in this couplet from "I'm So Sick Of You":
-->You don't have an ounce of class\\
You're just one big pain in the neck!
** Also "This Song Is Just Six Words Long":
--> I know if I put my mind to it\\
I know I could find a good rhyme here [[note]]Probably a rip on the parodied song rhyming the word "it" with ..."it."[[/note]]
** From "It's Still Billy Joel to me"
-->It's a big hit, \\
isn't it, \\
even if [[TakeThat it's a piece of junk!]]
** Used for a different purpose in ''"Word Crimes"'':
--> You should never\\
Write words using numbers\\
Unless you're '''seven'''\\
Or your name is '''[[TakeThat Prince]]'''
* StylisticSuck: "Girls Just Want To Have Lunch". See WriterRevolt for details.
* TakeThat:
** "One More Minute" was written to get over an ex, and he rips her picture in the video.
** He does a lengthy one against Atlantic Records over his James Blunt parody "You're Pitiful," which eventually led to Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} being forced to lock Atlantic's entry due to excessive vandalism. (Which was caused by Al ''pretending'' to deface that entry in his video for "White and Nerdy".)
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGM8PT1eAvY Don't Download This Song]]", mentioned above.
** There's also the unreleased "It's Still Music/BillyJoel to Me" (parody of "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"), which is no more than one long attack on Billy Joel.
** Al generally tries to avoid blatantly making fun an artist who has given him permission to parody their work, but sometimes he does his fair share of good-natured ribbing, example include the above mentioned "It's Still Billy Joel to Me," "Smells Like Nirvana," and "Perform This Way."
** "Brady Bunch" and "Achy Breaky Song" are thematically similar, in that Al would rather do literally ''anything'' than watch/listen to the aforementioned subjects (''TheBradyBunch'' and "Achy Breaky Heart", respectively). In the case of the latter, Al chose to donate the single's grosses to a charity of Billy Ray Cyrus' choice after deciding the song was on the harsh side.
** "My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder" is more sarcastic than harsh, and Al even apologizes in the liner notes.
** "I'll Sue Ya" is about Al's string of frivolous lawsuits. "I sued Delta Airlines, 'cause they sold me a ticket to New Jersey. I went there, and it ''SUCKED''!"
*** When he comes to Ben Affleck, there's silence in the spot where normally he gives the reason for the lawsuit. Finally he just asks "do I even need a reason?"
** Al rags on Pauly Shore every once in a while.
** Apparently, even if you're "the prettiest girl on the planet", he'll break up with you if you own a DVD of ''JoeDirt''.
** Usually, his AlTV fake interviews with music celebrities are [[AffectionateParody Affectionate Parodies]] with just some light ribbing. His Kevin Federline interview, however, is just nine minutes of Al completely ripping into his music, his personal life, and him in general.
** "TMZ" manages to be a TakeThat to both the website and the bad celebrity behavior that ends up on it.
** One of the negative effects listed in "Virus Alert" is that it will "make your TV record Film/{{Gigli}}".
** There's a brief, easily missable one towards [[AlanisMorissette Alanis Morissette]] in "Word Crimes," specifically her song "Ironic." Just pay attention to the animation on screen when Al is talking about what irony is and isn't.
*** He was also more than happy to break the rhyming scheme just to take a shot at Music/{{Prince}}, mentioned in the {{Foil}} entry above.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Invoked.
** "It's All About the Pentiums" almost squeaks by, because so many of the specs Al boasts about are either still a long way from becoming the norm (a hundred gigabytes of RAM) or just absurd by any era's standards (a flatscreen monitor 40 inches wide[[note]]3 feet 4 inches, or just over a meter[[/note]])... the only line that's completely unsalvageable even with creative editing is... well, the title line. The Pentium brand was discontinued in the mid-2000s.
** Similarly, "When I Was Your Age" references fax machines and "Nintendo" ([[BrandNameTakeover aka video games]]) as fancy new technology he didn't have growing up. To a lesser extent, water beds have fallen well out of popularity.
** On ''Bad Hair Day'', Al has a song called "Phony Calls", about the old pastime of prank phone calls - a practice which has been practically killed for the amateur by caller ID and star-69.
** On "White and Nerdy", Al says "My MySpace Page is totally pimped out. Got people begging for my top eight spaces". Back in 2006 when the song was released, MySpace was the top social networking site. However, it was eventually superseded by Facebook- which engages in no such ranking- and now MySpace is much more of a niche site that has nowhere near as many users.
* TeenGenius: Al was one growing up, not only graduating high school at the age of sixteen, but was also valedictorian.
* TheOner: The [[http://www.nerdist.com/vepisode/weird-al-yankovic-gets-tacky-with-pharrells-happy/ "Tacky" music video]]. Which is an {{Homage}} to the song it's parodying, Pharrell's "Happy", as most of the segments of his "24 Hours of Happy" are Oners.
* TheShowMustGoOn: Al went ahead with a concert just hours after learning his parents had passed away in their home from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, explaining later that performing would take his mind off the tragedy, at least for a little while. However, he did cancel the meet-and-greet and autograph sessions afterwards, to give him some time alone.
* TinfoilHat: The second verse of "Foil" focuses around fashioning an aluminum foil hat to protect himself against thought control rays and psychotronic scanning.
* ToiletHumor: Many songs, especially in early albums, have gratuitous fart or belching noises added. In some cases this is done to provide an alternate interpretation for the lyrics.
* ToiletSeatDivorce: Apparently the Columbia Record Club is too big of a commitment for Al.
* TooMuchInformation: The other major component of the humor in "Confessions Pt. III".
--> ''I haven't changed my underwear in 27 days!''
* TrashOfTheTitans: "Trash Day" is about this.
* {{Trekkie}}: "White and Nerdy":
--> ''The only question I ever thought was hard\\
Was do I like [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirk]] or do I like [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard]]
* TurnYourHeadAndCough: In the song "Living With A Hernia," the narrator goes to see his physician, Dr. Jones, who we are told takes off the narrator's pants and tells him to cough.
* TripleNipple: "CNR" claims that Charles Nelson Reilly had a third nipple on the back of his neck.
* TruckDriversGearChange: Appropriately used in "Truck Driving Song". Lampshaded in "I Need a Nap":
--> '''''Change keeeeeeeeey!'''''
** Also occurs in some of his parody songs, but those were based on songs that also had one.
* UmpteenthCustomer: From "Hardware Store:
--> "Every twenty-seventh customer will get a ball peen hammer free!"
* UncannyValley:[[invoked]] Weird Al's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss_BmTGv43M Perform This Way]]'', as his face is digitally subbed over a female dancer. The effect is seriously creepy in a hilarious sort of way, which is certainly intentional, considering [[Music/LadyGaga who]] he's parodying.
* UncommonTime: "Genius in France" shifts time signatures and rhythms incessantly, naturally enough since it's a style parody of Music/FrankZappa (and quite an impressive one at that).
* {{Understatement}}: This bit of "A Complicated Song":
-->I gotta tell ya, life without a head kinda makes me irritated\\
What a bummer
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** Al parodies (or style parodies) artists from all across the musical spectrum, giving equal due to whoever is popular at the time. As a result, his albums end up becoming rather tidy time capsules for the sounds that were popular at the time of their release. Add in the many pop culture references from the era and it completes the portrait.
*** ''In 3-D'', ''Dare to Be Stupid'' and ''Polka Party'' from 1984/85/86 are composed mostly of New Wave, over-the-top electropop and bar rock.
*** ''Even Worse'' and ''UHF: Official Motion Picture Soundtrack and Some Other Stuff'' from 1988/89 are comprised of arena-oriented dance pop, hair metal, hip hop and teen pop.
*** ''Off the Deep End'' and ''Alapaoolza'' from 1992/93 are comprised of heavy metal, hip hop, dance pop, jangle pop with single {{Nirvana}} and NewKidsOnTheBlock parodies symbolizing both the rise of grunge and 80's teen pop acts [[DeaderThanDisco taking their dying gasp]].
*** ''Bad Hair Day'' from 1996 is comprised of hip hop, alternative rock, grunge, college rock and R&B.
*** ''Running With Scissors'' from 1999 is comprised of hip hop, bubblegum pop, adult contemporary, alternative rock and country, with a parody of "Zoot Suit Riot" by the Cherry Poppin' Daddies symbolizing the era's neo-swing revival and "Your Horoscope For Today" representing the rise of third-wave ska.
*** ''Poodle Hat'' and ''Straight Outta Lynwood'' from 2003 and 2006 are comprised of hip-hop, ringtone rap, punk rock, emo rock and R&B, with some ribbing of popular AmericanIdol launched acts thrown in.
*** 2011's ''Alpocalypse'' is composed of hip hop, dance pop and bubblegum teen pop. In addition, the album's title is in reference to the 2011 and 2012 doomsday predictions.
** All of his parodies hark back to some (possibly forgotten) hit or the era it came from. "Headline News", however, is not only a parody but recounts a few of the big news stories of the early 1990's. The song never appeared on a regular studio album possible because of how quickly Al knew it would feel dated. To wit:
*** The "Kid who took a trip to Singapore" is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_P._Fay Michael P. Fay]]
*** The "Girl who swore that someday she would be a figure skating champion" is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonya_harding#Attack_on_Nancy_Kerrigan Tonya Harding]]
*** The "Guy who made his wife so mad one night that she [[GroinAttack cut off his wiener]]" is about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_and_Lorena_Bobbitt John and Lorena Bobbitt]]
** "I Lost on Jeopardy" parodied the original 1964-1974 Art Fleming version of [[Series/{{Jeopardy}} the show]], a mere three months before the current, Creator/AlexTrebek-hosted version began.
** The song "Tacky", with its references to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instagram Instagram]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yelp Yelp]], selfies, the YOLO (You Only Live Once) motto, and twerking, could almost be seen as "Early 2010s Pop Culture: The Song"
* UselessSpleen: "Pancreas" has the line "My spleen just doesn't matter."
* ViewersAreMorons: "I Can't Watch This", and some of the other songs about TV to a lesser extent.
* WackySoundEffect: Present in a few songs, but noticeable in the beginning of the video for "Eat It".
** Hand farts courtesy of "Musical Mike" Kieffer are common, and he can be seen performing in the videos for "I Love Rocky Road" and "Headline News".
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never do find out if Al got his snorkel back or not in "Albuquerque".
** In the uncensored version of "The Night Santa Went Crazy" (in which Santa is killed in the shootout), no mention is made of Vixen and Donner's fates.
* WhenIWasYourAge: The subject of the song of the same name, full of ridiculous claims such as working twenty hours a day in a coal mine, or walking naked to school through a blizzard.
* WikiVandal: He pretends to replace the entire Atlantic Records Wikipedia entry with the phrase "YOU SUCK!" in 72-point letters [[{{In-universe}} during the video]] of "White And Nerdy."
** As mentioned above, the real Wikipedia entry for Atlantic Records had to be locked because of legions of ticked-off Al fans doing the same thing.
* WordSaladLyrics: If an artist is known for obscure lyrics, you can bet Al will have something to say about it in his parody. Notably, "Bob" parodies Music/BobDylan's style by having FunWithPalindromes, and "Smells Like Nirvana" is all about how the singer doesn't even know what the words are but that's OK since it's a Music/{{Nirvana}} song.
* YesVirginia: Now Santa's Doing Time. In a Federal prison, for his infamous crime.
** Or... Yes, Virginia: Now Santa Claus Is Dead. Some guy from the SWAT team blew a hole through his head.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: "Pretty Fly For A Rabbi," among others.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: Al looks almost nothing like the above image nowadays, thanks to laser eye surgery and an image change. Some early videos ("Ricky", "UHF") foreshadowed his modern appearance.
** Al himself has relayed a story of a television appearance he had soon after the surgery and shaving off his moustache (''TheDrewCareyShow'', season 4 episode 4, "Drew Between the Rock and a Hard Place"). The people at the TV studio wanted him in his "classic" look, and got him prop eyeglasses and a fake moustache. Al described the experience as surreal, "like I was wearing a Weird Al Halloween costume". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE3vIE5QBo4 See it here]].
** Averted, however, with an appearance on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' -- the segment Al appears in takes place in 1985, and he looks almost ''exactly'' like he did in those days.
* YourHeadAsplode: Al's head explodes while holding out the last note to the opening theme of ''SpyHard'', a ShoutOut to the rumor that Music/TomJones passed out while holding the last note of the opening theme of ''Film/{{Thunderball}}''.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: Al has described himself as watching too much television. Also the focus of a few songs, like "Cable TV".
** Al has a song about television on nearly every album. Enough for his label to compile them into a full-length album of its own.
** Hell, the song "Jerry Springer" is basically all about this trope.
*** So is "Couch Potato", probably even more so.
*** And "Syndicated Incorporated".
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