Film watched: ''Film/SantaClaus''

In the words of the ''MST3K'' producers: "Just when we thought it couldn't get any more bizarre, it did." Its dramatic departure from established Santa Claus legend, combined with B-movie production standards and an awkward dub provide ample source for mockery. ''MST3K'''s send-up first aired on Christmas Eve 1993 as the show's second ChristmasEpisode (following ''SantaClausConquersTheMartians'' two years earlier). The devil Pitch became a recurring character for a while, played by Paul Chaplin, who notably was one of the rare ones to even appear in the Sci-Fi Channel episodes. Plus, it's the ''true'' TropeNamer for NightmareFuel.

!The ''Mystery Science Theater 3000'' presentation has examples of:

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: After Santa uses the toy cannon to shoot Pitch in the butt:
-->'''Servo:''' This is funny. I don't care what anybody says.
* BadassSanta: in the last host segment with Kevin Murphy as Santa Claus (credited as "[[AwesomeMcCoolName Krusher Kringle]]").
-->'''Santa:''' I'm here to [[ChewBubblegum eat candy canes]] [[TheyLive and kick ass]], and I'm all out of candy canes!
* BitingTheHandHumor: Crow makes a wise-crack during the movie about how the ComedyCentral competitions are a waste of time.
** HypocriticalHumor: ''[=MST3K=]'' had just run its Turkey Day Contest on Comedy Central.
** During a scene of Santa pulling various things from his sack, Servo jokes that one of them is a [=CableACE=] award, and "worthless". MST3K got nominated for [=CableACE=] awards 8 times during its run, but never won one.
* CallBack: In one segement, Tom's head is replaced with a snow-globe... the same snow-globe he replaced it with in the ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E21SantaClausConquersTheMartians Santa Claus Conquers the Martians]]'' episode.
** And they make a quip about {{Gamera}} during the movie.
** "[[LastClearChance Why don't they look?]]"
** Gypsy's gift for Mike is a sweater that reads "Joike." She started knitting it for Joel, but changed it after he left.
* CelebrityResemblance: With his head shaved TV's Frank looks like a real-life adult [[{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]].
* ChristmasSongs: Mike and the Bots start singing Jingle Bells, before immediately going to the typical variation:
-->"Jingle Bells, Franchise/{{Batman}} smells, Robin laid an egg..."
* EvilLaugh: Santa's laughs already sounded like this, so the riffing plays it up even further.
* FantasyKitchenSink: [[KingArthur Merlin]] is one of Santa's helpers.
-->'''Crow:''' I didn't know Santa and Merlin were buddies.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
-->'''Santa:''' ''(reading letter)'' Dear Santa Claus: Please bring me a little brother.
-->'''Crow:''' ''(as Santa)'' O-ho-ho-ho! Can do, can do!
* GiftOfTheMagiPlot: Horribly subverted for TV's Frank; He buys a watchfob for Dr. Forrester and, unclear on the concept, shaves his head just for the heck of it.
-->'''Dr. Forrester:''' Oh, you ''sold'' your hair to get me this beautiful watchfob.
-->'''Frank:''' Sold my hair? [[BlatantLies No!]]
** You'd expect Dr. Forrester to have sold his watch and get Frank a gift certificate to a hair salon, but instead he gives him a savings bond--in ''Forrester's'' name, no less--that will mature into $ thirty years. [[TheWoobie Poor Frank.]]
* HeavyMetalUmlaut: Santa Klws
* HeKnowsTooMuch: As two kids are about to see Santa deliver some presents:
-->'''Narrator:''' Look out, Santa! They'll see you!\\
'''Crow:''' ''(as Santa)'' [[EvilLaugh Ha ha!]] Well, that's the last thing they'll ever see!
* HomemadeSweaterFromHell: Gypsy makes Mike a sweater with "JOIKE" on it. She explains that she started knitting it back before [[ContinuityNod Joel's escape earlier that season]]. Mike seems to actually like it, though.
* ImGoingToDisneyWorld
-->'''Narrator:''' What are you going to do now Santa?\\
'''Tom:''' I'm going to Disney World!\\
'''Mike:''' [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope All references to Disney World are the property of the Walt Disney Corporation.]]
* LaughingMad: Mike and the Bots' reaction to the Laughing Nightmare Reindeer.
* LemonyNarrator: The narrator calls out to the characters a couple of times, such as urging Lupita to resist Pitch's influence.
-->'''Crow:''' Ah, the classic battle between evil and the narrator.
* LetThereBeSnow: This happens right at the end. [[MST3KMantra In space]].
* MoralDilemma: Underlined when Lupita is thinking of stealing a doll from a street vendor, looking between her mother and the vendor.
-->'''Mike (as Lupita):''' I'm at a moral crossroads, Mummy!
* MyNewGiftIsLame: The gifts that Mike and the Bots give each other are pretty lame, but they genuinely love them anyway.
* NeverSayThatAgain: Mike's reaction to Pitch's strange frustrated mumbling.
-->'''Mike:''' Don't you ''ever'' do that again!
* NightmareFuel[[invoked]]: The reaction to the animatronic Santa is the TropeNamer.
* NotableOriginalMusic: "Whispering Christmas Warrior"
** And the PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad / SantaClausmas ditty, "[[ Merry Christmas...if That's Okay: A Politically Correct Christmas Carol]]".
*** Only, don't say Christmas because this is a song for holidays of ALL faiths.
*** And don't call it a Carol because Carol is a woman's name and we want this song to be all-inclusive.
*** And we're not pressuring anybody to sing in public by calling it a song. You could deliver it as a spoken word oration, or with semaphore flags, or, if your social anxiety is disadvantaging you, just think it quietly to yourself.
* ShoutOut: Mike and Crow do a quick re-enactment of a ''Series/HogansHeroes'' bit when the children of Germany are shown.
** And the rest...
--->'''Crow:''' [[TheFlintstones It's a living!]]
--->'''Tom:''' [[Series/{{Cops}} Santa is filmed on location with the men and women of Raul County, Florida]].
** Appropriately for a Christmas movie, there's a shout out to ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'':
--->'''Crow''' (as the rich boy writes a letter to Santa): My office instructed to wire you up to twenty-five thousand dollars, stop. Heehaw!
** At the end, Santa makes a reference to ''VideoGame/DukeNukem''.
--->'''Santa''' (before fighting Pitch): I'm here to eat candy-canes and kick-ass! And I'm all out of candy-canes!
* SpecialGuest: SantaClaus and Pitch, at the end of the show.
-->'''Dr. Forester:''' Oh Frank, think of it. A full tilt battle between pure evil and Santa Claus in our own home!
* TastesLikeDiabetes: The SOL crew identify Lupita as this. [[invoked]]
-->'''Mike:''' She is ''aggressively'' cute.
* TheDevilIsALoser: Pitch gets mocked for a lot. Crow sings, "The Devil is a wiener." Servo also belittles Pitch's goofy theme tune.
* WithLyrics: Servo does this to Pitch's theme.
-->"It's the Devil's theme, his goofy little song.\\
Even though he's the embodiment of evil, he's still got a goofy song.\\
In his tights he brings death, despair, destruction and disease.\\
Now, let's all join him and a-laugh along."