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[[caption-width-right:350:Agents 86 and 99.]]
->''"Missed it by ''that'' much."''

Spy fiction parody from TheSixties created by Creator/MelBrooks and Buck Henry. Definitely a SitCom. It starred Don Adams as CONTROL agent 86 Maxwell Smart, a [[TheFool bungling but perpetually optimistic]] secret agent who often managed to save the day and defeat the bad guys almost despite himself, and Barbara Feldon as his partner, Agent 99, a slighty daffy MataHari. They received their assignments from CONTROL's hapless [[DaChief chief]].

Offered a tremendous number of {{Catch Phrase}}s, largely at the insistence of star Don Adams, who knew they would help make the series succeed. The series ran from September 1965 to September 1970, a total of 138 episodes in five seasons, with the first four airing on NBC and the fifth on CBS.

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* ''The Nude Bomb'', a [[TheFilmOfTheSeries feature film]] released in 1980. ExecutiveMeddling hurt it; the producers wanted a titillating plot involving a bomb that dissolved clothing, allowing PG-appropriate nudity. [[CreativeDifferences The writers were so angered at the imposition that they were banned from visiting the set.]] Did not feature Feldon, who reportedly was not exactly crushed by the omission, although said omission was probably the leading cause of FanonDiscontinuity.
* ''Get Smart, Again!'', a 1989 TV movie following the adventures of old, married, retired Max and 99. Much better received than "The Nude Bomb" (by fans of the original series, at least).
* A short-lived 1995 {{revival}} series focusing on one of their twin offspring (played by Andy Dick) following in Max's footsteps. Don Adams and Barbara Feldon were still around, except this time Max was DaChief, running CONTROL.

In June of 2008, a ''Film/GetSmart'' feature film [[TheRemake remake]] was released, starring Creator/SteveCarell as Max and Creator/AnneHathaway as 99.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AcronymConfusion: In "A Man Called Smart", Max is looking for someone known only as 'T.B.O.'. While standing at a catering truck, this exchange occurs:
-->'''Maxwell Smart:''' Bediyoskin told us to contact you. He even wrote your initials on a slip of paper. T.B.O.
-->'''Tom Orlando:''' T.B.O. can mean a lot of things.
-->'''Maxwell Smart:''' Oh really? For instance, give me another T.B.O.
-->'''Caterer:''' One T.B.O. forty cents.
-->'''Maxwell Smart:''' T.B.O.?
-->'''Caterer:''' Tomato and bacon on an onion roll.
* ActuallyNotAVampire: In "Weekend Vampire", the eponymous vampire isn't a vampire, he uses a musical blowgun to blow two small Poison Darts that he aims at his victim's neck. But he still has a Creepy Castle and uses a coffin as a bed (and secret stairway to his underground lair).
* AdiposeRex: The episode "Survival of the Fattest" featured a fat Arab prince who had to maintain his weight to maintain his rulership.
* AlmostDeadGuy: Spoofed regularly, usually along the lines of Max leaning over to hear the dying man's LastWords.
-->'''99:''' "What did he say?"
-->'''Max:''' "He told me to get my knee off his chest."
* [[AmusingAlien Amusing Automaton]]: Hymie
* ArgentinaIsNaziland: The "glorious fatherland of South America".
* ArmedLegs: The sea captain in "Ship of Spies" had a gun concealed in his wooden leg. He had a spare leg that contained a hidden blade.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: "The Amazing Harry Hoo", played by a Caucasian man.
* ArtAttacker: One villain uses "[[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray]]" paint -- he retouches photos of his victims (adding gray hairs and wrinkles) to make them rapidly age and die.
* AscendedExtra: Larabee's only dialogue for the first couple of seasons was always something similar to "Right, Chief." Later on, his character was expanded into the only employee at CONTROL that's dumber than Max.
* BananaPeel: A major clue in the black and white pilot is a rubber banana peel.
* BandagedFace
* BattleCouple: One of the most memorable.
* BigLittleMan: In the pilot episode, KAOS is run by the mysterious "MisterBig" (as opposed to Siegfried). It's only when Mr Big and Maxwell Smart are in the same room do we realise that Mr Big is actually a dwarf.
* BloodlessCarnage: In, "The Girls from KAOS," Miss Formosa shoots her two comrades, and not only do they not bleed, they don't appear to experience any kind of pain or agony from their fatal wounds: one of them manages to shoot her in return, which kills her on contact, and again, she doesn't bleed at all.
* {{Bowdlerise}}:
** In the 1980's ''Get Smart'' movie ''TheNudeBomb'', Max puts his gun in his pants. It goes off, he turns around, you hear the sound of him pulling his zipper down and up again, and he then turns around again with his CatchPhrase "Missed it by that much". Oddly enough NBC dubbed in "Missed the bone by that much" which oddly sounds dirtier than the original.
** The episode "Washington 4, Redskins 3" had its title changed to "Washington 4, Indians 3" for reruns and for the DVD, also curing a bit of FridgeLogic in the process. The only pro sports team, then or now, called the Redskins was the NFL's Washington Redskins. The replacement title makes more sense, evoking a game between Washington's baseball team at the time, the Senators, and the Cleveland Indians.
* BreakupBreakout: For Don Adams and Bernie Koppell. The others... not so much.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Max is remarkably proficient despite his GeniusDitz personality.
* TheCameo: Various stars appeared on the show, but one that stands out is [[Series/TheTonightShow Johnny Carson]] doing a rare guest-acting turn as the conductor on the episode "Aboard the Orient Express".
* CarnivalOfKillers: "Someone Down Here Hates Me"
* CaptainErsatz: Comedian Joey Forman twice appeared as the CharlieChan-based character, [[AlliterativeName Harry Hoo]].
* CasanovaWannabe: As KAOS is well aware, Max ''thinks'' he's a Film/JamesBond-level [[TheCharmer Charmer]].
* CatchPhrase: '''MANY.''' Including:
** "Sorry about that, Chief."
** "Missed it by that much."
** "Would you believe...", a more complex one that signals a form of inverted InflationaryDialogue. For example:
---> '''Max:''' At the moment, seven Coast Guard cutters are converging on us. Would you believe it? Seven.\\
'''Villain:''' I find that hard to believe.\\
'''Max:''' Would you believe six?\\
'''Villain:''' I don't think so.\\
'''Max:''' How about two cops in a rowboat?
*** [[spoiler: In one late episode, it was subverted in that the Chief actually HAD surrounded the building with CONTROL agents!]]
** "Of course! It's X! It's obvious it's X! Uh, just one question, Chief... What is X?
*** At one point, the Chief actually recites that last part with him.
** "[insulting crack about x]"; PunchPunchPunchUhOh; "I hope I wasn't out of line with that [insulting crack about x] comment..."
** "...and ''loving'' it."
** "Oh, Max..."
** "That's the second biggest [whatever] I've ever seen."
** "That's the second time I've [occasionally they've] fallen for that this month/week/year!"
** "99, don't tell me [something bad has happened or is about to happen]" "[Statement of that explicit thing which has happened or is about to happen.]" "I asked you not to tell me that, 99."
** "[[FunetikAksent Zis is KAOS. Ve do not [onomatopoeia] here]]!"
** "If you don't mind, ''I'd'' like to handle this, 99." [[GladIThoughtOfIt Followed by a repetition of whatever she just suggested.]]
** [after an {{Expodump}}] "Would you mind repeating that last bit?", "Which bit?", "That bit after 'Ok, now listen here, Max...'"
** "Of course, the old [incredibly specific description of what just happened] trick!"
** Variants of the following conversation:
---> '''Max:''' Wait a minute, chief. Isn't this classified information?\\
'''The Chief:''' Yes, Max.\\
'''Max:''' Shouldn't we activate the Cone of Silence?\\
'''The Chief:''' Max, do we have to?
*** Common responses from Max being "I demand the Cone of Silence!" and reminding the Chief about CONTROL regulations. (The joke, of course, is that the Cone of Silence never works properly).
** [after a KAOS agent meets a [[KarmicDeath karmic death]]]: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen "If only he used his talents for good/niceness, instead of evil."]]
* ChekhovsGunman: In ''Tequila Mockingbird'', a figure wearing a sombrero can be seen slumped against a wall before the climax. When a shootout starts, the man turns out to be the Chief when he pulls a gun.
* ChekhovsSkill: Early in "The Hot Line", the Chief breaks a mirror with his voice. He later uses this skill to break the glasses of a KAOS agent holding him, Max, and 99 hostage.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: 99 (Barbara Feldon) not only doesn't appear in "The Nude Bomb", Max's dialogue (and to some extent his personality) imply that she doesn't, and never has, existed. She did return in "Get Smart Again", which seemed to ignore "The Nude Bomb" itself.
* CloakAndDagger
* ComedicHero
* ComicBookAdaptation: Dell Comics did a title based on the series for several issues, with art from Creator/SteveDitko.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: In the short-lived 90's revival, right at the end of the Cold War and before the War on Terror, KAOS didn't have anything to be but an evil, mostly-legitimate business out to rule the world through financial domination.
** In Get Smart! Again! KAOS has been taken over by a corporate raider... who turns out to be a publisher, out to use the WeatherControlMachine to create massive bad weather so people will have nothing to do but read.
* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: Max pretends to be in the greeting card business.
* CrazyJealousGuy[=/=]ClingyJealousGirl: Max or 99 become one of these whenever the other is assigned to be a HoneyTrap.
* CrazyPrepared: Max apparently keeps plastic lips on his person at all times, just in case some beautiful KAOS killer tries to kiss him with poisoned lipstick.
* CyanidePill: "It will kill in nine seconds." "But how do I get them to take it?"
** In one episode, KAOS and CONTROL have pretty much captured all the agents from the other team. Max and Siegfried meet to discuss trading. As they strip themselves of their weapons, Max pulls out a Cyanide pill, says it's "Raspberry flavored this month," and offers Siegfried a taste. Siegfried counters that he has a suicide ''ring'': If he takes it off, his wife will kill him.
** In another episode Max admits he's taken Cyanide Pills, but "only two or three times, as a favor to the Chief."
* DarkerAndEdgier: An unusual trope to invoke with regards to a sitcom, but the fact remains that, while the series was never violent or bloody, nonetheless it was a sitcom in which ''people got killed'', sometimes at the hands of the heroes.
* DeadpanSnarker: Max, of course.
-->'''The Chief:''' All right, Max, I'll tell you, but I don't want you to worry about it. I've sent 99 on a top-secret mission. At this very moment, her life may be in jeopardy.
-->''beat''
-->'''Max:''' Okay, now tell me the part you don't want me to worry about.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
-->'''Siegfried:''' Twenty years I've been with [KAOS]- stealing, robbing, lying, killing, murdering...
** And from "The Laser Blazer":
--> '''Chief''': Let's see it.
--> '''Max''': See what?
--> '''Chief''': The blazer you brought back from Hong Kong.
--> '''Max''': The blazer I brought back from Hong Kong?
--> '''Chief''': That blazer is the secret weapon you were sent to Hong Kong for.
--> '''Max''': That blazer is the secret weapon I was sent to Hong Kong for?
--> '''Chief''': That's no ordinary blazer.
--> '''Max''': That's no ordinary blazer?
--> '''Chief''': It's a laser blazer.
--> '''Max''': It's a laser blazer? Do you know what you're saying?
--> '''Chief''': I'm positive! I keep hearing it twice!
* DirectedByCastMember: several fourth- and fifth-season episodes directed by Don Adams.
* DisappearingBox: The Chief is captured in this way in the episode "A Spy For A Spy".
* DIYDisaster: Maxwell Smart would have cars with crossed wiring, so a button meant to operate one thing instead operated another. His apartment was also crosswired that way. This turned out to be a subversion, since only Max knew which switch did what, meaning he alone could effectively negotiate his own home.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Max.
* DrivingADesk: A literal example in ''The Nude Bomb'' - Max has a high speed chase in a car disguised as an office desk.
* DrowningPit: One episode revolves around a villain who uses a booby-trapped water-fillable phone booth to kill people. Leading to the priceless line "I'm sorry, sir, your party has been drowned."
* DruggedLipstick: Once a bad girl wears some and tries to kiss Max; once 99 wears some and uses it to knock out (not kill) a bad guy who was about to kill her and Max.
* DuelingScar: Siegfried has a large scar on his cheek, revealed in TheMovie to be from a duel with his brother in Heidelberg.
* EasySexChange: By implication. In Get Smart! Again! Max is surprised to learn that Marcus Hottentot used to be Marcia Hopkins. ("Looks like he changed more than his NAME.")
* EmergencyImpersonation: "The King Lives?"
* EnemyMine: On one episode Max Smart from [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction CONTROL]] and Siegfried from [[NebulousEvilOrganisation KAOS]] team up against a man conspiring to destroy the world, since if he succeeded they would have nothing to fight about and would be out of a job.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Parodied when a KAOS agent says that he may be a murderer, but he's no Peeping Tom ([[ItMakesSenseInContext when it comes to birds at least]]).
** And when a doctor about to give Smart a lethal injection tells his nurse to sterilize the hypodermic: "I may work for KAOS, but I'm still a doctor!"
* EvilInc: KAOS is a Delaware corporation for tax purposes.
* ExactWords: Hymie, regularly.
* FacePalm: The Chief grasps the bridge of his nose with his fingers whenever Max does something egregiously stupid. Max is puzzled that the Chief seems to get headaches so frequently whenever he's around.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Known at CONTROL as Emergency Park Procedure R-17.
* FictionalCounterpart: CONTROL and KAOS.
* FlirtingUnderFire: In a late episode, Max and 99 are caught in a death-trap with no apparent means of escape. Thinking they are about to die, Max realizes that he's in love with 99 and declares that if they could get out he'd marry her. She immediately thinks of a way to escape and they get married a few episodes later.
* TheFool
* FlockOfWolves: In "The Double Agent", Smart is assigned to infiltrate a KAOS cell which turns out to consist entirely of other double agents, the real KAOS man who founded it having since died.
* FriendlyEnemy: Max's "good friend and bitter enemy" Siegfried.
* FriendsRentControl: It is never really explained how Max can afford a luxurious duplex on a government salary. (When 99 is impersonating a society girl, the Chief even suggests that she pass it off as her apartment because it looks more like a place where her cover identity would live.)
* FunWithAcronyms: Subverted, as CONTROL and KAOS don't actually stand for anything.
** The third Spy network the ACB (Atrocities, Cruelties, Brutality) does stand for something, but not the main two.
*** This is really only supported by Smart's reasoning that anything so Atrocious, Cruel and Brutal must be the work of ACB.
* GlassShatteringSound: Da Chief uses his voice to break a mook's glasses.
* {{Glamour}}: Simon the Likeable.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: CONTROL
* GuileHero: While Max does have occasional [[BunnyEarsLawyer moments]] of [[LetsGetDangerous genius]], ''99'' fits this trope to a T. Max was ([[RuleOfFunny usually]]) the better hand-to-hand combatant, but 99 almost always had a good idea to hand.
* {{Hammerspace}}: The only way poor Agent 13 could ''possibly'' have fit into some of those hiding places.
* HeelFaceMole: Siegfried tried this in one episode, going so far as turn his own sister in to CONTROL. His actual plan was stopped by Max at the last minute.
** Likewise, in two episodes ("Double Agent" and "Cutback at CONTROL") Max becomes a HeelFaceMole.
* HollywoodMagnetism: Siegfried used a giant magnet to pull the entire Seventh Fleet to his island.
* HotScientist: [=CONTROL=] employed solely this type of gadget-making scientist in Seasons 3-5. All 3 of them also worked undercover as showgirls, with their lab hidden in their dressing room.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame and EgomaniacHunter, parodied ("Island of the Darned")
* ICantHearYou: The Cone of Silence is meant to keep anything said while it's lowered strictly confidential. This it does very well, provided that the other guy in the Cone is the guy you want to keep secrets from. Nevertheless, it does have its uses; in one episode, Smart mentions he likes when the Chief uses the Cone in hot weather, because it's twenty degrees cooler inside.
** Max is meeting his contact in a record store, so he plays a record up high in case they're being bugged. They end up shouting so loudly everyone in the store can hear what they're saying.
** In the tv movie ''Get Smart, Again!'' the Cone of Silence has finally been ditched and replaced with Hover Cover, which involves standing on a rooftop between three hovering helicopters (causing the participants to get blown off their feet) and the Hall of Hush which only leads to a WallOfBlather. In the end the Chief tosses the CONTROL regulations in his waste bin and insists Max just talk to him normally.
* IDontPayYouToThink: In "Smart the Assassin," Devonshire tells someone "KAOS doesn't pay you to think, you men were sent here to obey."
* IncrediblyLamePun: Many of the episodes' titles.
* InflationaryDialogue: Maxwell Smart is a big fan of these. It usually starts with him telling something impressive. As the other party finds it hard to believe, he changes it to a slightly less impressive, asking if they'd believe that. As they don't, he changes it to something lame. In later episodes, they STILL don't believe him, and he changes it to something that is somehow even lamer.
* InstrumentOfMurder: Different episodes had a gun hidden in a violin, and a double-barrelled flute that acted as an airgun.
* InvincibleIncompetent: Max. He once disarmed an atomic bomb by getting his tie stuck in the timer.
* {{Irony}}: In an episode when the Chief gets demoted and Max ends up in his position, Max comments on the former Chief's work with the line "Give a man an inch, and he immediately thinks he's a ruler." The irony is such a statement only applies to Max himself.
* JackTheRipper: In "House of Max", Jack the Ripper is an animated wax dummy.
* KindaBusyHere: Probably the TropeMaker.
* KnifeThrowingAct: Max is going undercover in a circus when his identity is blown. The circus strongman seizes him while the knife-thrower chucks his knives, but as he's trained himself to just miss the target they miss Max and stick in the arms of the strongman holding him. Max naturally responds with his CatchPhrase, "Missed me by that much!"
* LaughTrack
* LetsGetDangerous: As bumbling as Max is, when it's do or die with the world in the balance, he can become ''unstoppable'' saving the day.
* LikeASonToMe: While under the influence of TruthSerum in the episode "Smartacus," the Chief tells Max this is the only reason he hasn't fired him.
** The Chief also says this regarding Max in the episode "The Mess of Adrian Listenger". After he says this, Max adds, "More than that, the Chief is like a father to me!"
* MadLibsCatchPhrase: "That's the second [adjective]est [noun] I've ever seen!" and "This is KAOS! We don't [action] here!"
* MeaningfulName: 86 means "to decimate", reflecting how destructive Max tends to be.
** More like "cancel" or "terminate", which still fits the point. "Decimate" is closer to "thin out the ranks".
** 86 as a slang term comes from New York State Liquor Code 86 which allows a patron to be refused service or "removed from the premises".
** The reason why the third spy network was called ACB is as easy to see as Creator/{{ABC}}.
** Inverted in the case of Fang. Co-Creator Buck Henry has stated that he insisted that the dog's agent number NOT be K-9.
* MotorcycleJousting: In "The Mild Ones", Max has to infiltrate a biker gang called the Purple Knights. The initiation test is jousting on motorcycles.
* MurderousMannequin: The animated wax dummy of JackTheRipper in "House of Max".
* MyHorseIsAMotorbike: The medievel-themed biker gang which jousted on motorbikes.
* NebulousEvilOrganisation: KAOS
* NoNameGiven: Agent 99 and DaChief.
** The Chief's first name is given as Thaddeus eventually, although his last name remains a mystery. However, he frequently uses the alias "Harold Clark".
** 99, too - it's a running gag. In one episode [[spoiler: where she was about to marry a KAOS agent]] Agent 99 says her name is Susan Hilton...then later when Max calls her Susan tells him that was an alias. In another episode Max calls her by a name and 99 replies he never used that name for her..."...if only that was my name!" When Max and 99 are married, when they're about to say 99's name, [[TheUnreveal the camera cuts away to a man snoring on the floor when it's said]].
*** In one episode where 99's mother appeared, she was addressed as ''Mrs.'' 99.
*** And in the last season, the Smarts being married at least a whole year, someone asks Max why he called her '99'; he matter-of-factly replies "I don't know her name."
*** In the sequel, 99 has been elected to Congress... and her name is STILL withheld from the viewers.
* NoSenseOfDirection: Max.
-->'''Max:''' But even if they do get a man into the Pentagon, that's not saying he'll be able to get out. I remember one of our own agents was lost in there for three days.\\
'''Chief:''' Three days? Max, no agent could be that confused.\\
'''Max:''' Well, let me see now. I went in there on a Thursday...
** Then again, ThePentagon has a total of ''17.5 miles (28.2 km) of corridors''... with a ''very'' confusing layout. Some of those corridors turn out to be ramps, and before you know it, you're a floor up from where you need to be...
*** [[TruthInTelevision Been there, done that]]. And that was on a ''guided tour'', mind you.
** [[InterserviceRivalry Maybe they sent him in the wrong direction?]]
* TheNotSecret: Just about all of CONTROL's and KAOS' "top secret information" is common knowledge to the other.
-->'''Max:''' If you couldn't find CONTROL, how did you know where to find me?
-->'''Albert Pfister:''' Oh, I telephoned KAOS, and they gave me this address.
* TheNudifier: It's in the title of ''The Nude Bomb''.
* ObfuscatingDisability: The crippled Portugese polo player in "Ship of Spies". Who "isn't crippled, isn't Portugese, and probably isn't even a polo player."
* ObliviousMockery:
-->'''Max:''' But even if they do get a man into the Pentagon, that's not saying he'll be able to get out. I remember one of our own agents was lost in there for three days.\\
'''Chief:''' Three days? Max, no agent could be that confused.\\
'''Max:''' Well, let me see now. I went in there on a Thursday...
* OneHeadTaller: Barbara Feldon was taller than Don Adams, requiring the use of every trick in the book to create the illusion of the opposite. On the bright side, this made Agent 99 probably the only woman in all SpyFiction to wear practical footwear, as she almost never appears in high heels.
* OnlySaneMan: The poor Chief. Even 99 [[GreenEyedMonster had her moments]].
* OrientExpress: "Aboard the Orient Express"
* {{Parody}}: Get Smart was purportedly a parody of TheManFromUNCLE, itself supposedly a parody of James Bond movies (ironically, James Bond was originally meant to be a parody itself, of even earlier "series" spy-genre films). And according to some quarters, Get Smart was in turn parodied by InspectorGadget! It's a change of parodic proportions!
* PlayingDrunk: Max has to pretend to be an alcoholic in one episode. He is issued a pill to keep under his tongue that absorbs all the alcohol he drinks. As he puts it, "I'll look drunk, act drunk, even smell drunk, but I'll be stone sober!" Then he accidentally swallows the pill, causing all the alcohol it absorbed to be introduced into his system at once.
* PreciousPuppies: Fang aka Agent K-13.
-->'''Buck Henry''': While writing the pilot episode, it took all the restraint I could muster to keep from calling Fang 'Agent K-9'.
* PrisonEpisode: In "The Not-So-Great Escape" two-parter, CONTROL agents are being kidnapped and held in a KAOS prison (located in New Jersey). Max goes undercover as a KAOS official, but after getting found out, he leads repeated breakout attempts.
* TheProfessor: Carlson
-->"Hidden inside the tape recorder is a tiny camera. And hidden inside the camera is a tiny tape recorder."
-->"Why not just take pictures with the camera and record conversations with the tape recorder?"
-->"Because my mind doesn't work that way!"
* PublicSecretMessage: The Chief (disguised as a singing waiter) communicates a message to Max and 99 by slipping code phrases into the song he is singing.
* PunchClockVillain: This also came up in one of the books, when it turned out that KAOS' sinister "Doomsday Plan" was in fact [[spoiler:the "Dooms Day Plan" -- that is, a retirement party for longtime KAOS agent Arthur Dooms]].
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Max is infiltrating a camp of desert nomads when he bumps into a massive guard
---> '''Max''': "Where I come from, we have a saying. 'The bigger they are, the harder they fall.'"\\
''Fires off a judo chop, two body blows, and a punch to the jaw that have no effect''
---> '''Max''': "Haven't heard of that one, eh? Well, maybe you know this one. 'The quality of mercy is not strained...'"
* TheDitz: Larabee is the proto-TheDitz.
* RecycledINSPACE: The animated ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' was basically ''Get Smart'' with wacky gadgets and a [[AdultsAreUseless little girl to save the day]]. Inspector Gadget was even voiced by Don Adams.
* ResignationsNotAccepted: Not from KAOS, that is.
* {{Revival}}
* RoadTripAcrossTheStreet
* RobotBuddy: Hymie
* RunningGag: Quite a few, but the Cone of Silence (used almost once an episode) deserves special mention.
* {{Ruritania}}: Max is a dead ringer for the King of Coronia - leading to an elaborate WholePlotReference to ''ThePrisonerOfZenda''.
* SafetyInMuggles
* SherlockScan: Max may be TheDitz, but he can nonetheless correctly deduce that, say, a bomb has been planted in a vehicle by the position of leaves on the windshield, or that a villain is planning an attack using knockout gas based on a comment he makes about how a flower smells.
* ShoePhone: Trope namer, from Smart's literal shoe phone.
* ShoutOut: A couple of KAOS agents involved in the episode "Run, Robot, Run" are clearly [[{{Expy}} expies]] of the main characters of ''Series/TheAvengers'' spy series.
* SignedUpForTheDental: A few mooks.
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: Larabee apparently remained at CONTROL headquarters after it was shut down sometime after the cancellation of the original series until Max picked him up partway through ''Get Smart, Again'', having failed to notice that CONTROL had been disbanded. He did this because he had been given an executive order to remain at his post. This order had been issued by President Nixon. The movie takes place at either the very end of the Reagan administration or the very beginning of the G. H. W. Bush administration.
* SpyDrama: A spoof of one, anyway.
* StarMakingRole: For Don Adams.
* StiffUpperLip: The British spy in "Aboard the Orient Express" holds a fairly casual conversation before mentioning that he has a knife in his back, which is quickly followed by him collapsing and dying.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: In ''The Nude Bomb'', Max's co-agent starts to ask him something, but he interrupts her and explains that while he understands, it's a firm rule of his never to have sex with his co-workers during a mission. It turns out that, yes, that was exactly what she was going to ask for.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Agent 13 for Agent 44, and Dr. Simon for Dr. Steele.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: See WarriorTherapist trope below.
* ThrillerOnTheExpress: "Aboard the Orient Express"
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Don Adams was short, Barbara Feldon was not. In one retrospective interview, Feldon joked that she was the only actress in Hollywood who had calluses on her ankles, since she would roll her ankles, throw out her hip, bow her head, anything she could do to not tower over him.
* TitleDrop: Often at the end of the episode's intro.
* ThemeTuneCameo: At the end of Part 2 of "The Not So Great Escape".
* UltimateJobSecurity: Max does not fear being fired. If he is, CONTROL's seniority regulations will force the Chief to promote Larabee into Max's job.
* UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: Max and 99 fall into and escape this trap in "Dr. Yes". It was in a mobile home, so the trap was portable, too.
* WeatherControlMachine: The Hottentot Formula in GET SMART! AGAIN!
* WeirdTradeUnion: Both CONTROL and KAOS agents have unions. KAOS agents have a better union, or at least one able to give them better benefits. This becomes a plot point a number of times. Imagine CIA agents going on strike for greater benefits!
* WhereDoYouThinkYouAre: Again, "This is KAOS! We don't [action] here!"
* WimpFight: In the 1989 TV movie, a sidekick and a {{Mook}} grab decorative swords to fight each other, but they can barely lift them above waist level.
** TruthInTelevision: Unlike actual swords for combat, which tend to be only a few kilograms at most, decorative swords can be as heavy as the particular maker likes.
* WithMyHandsTied: Played with in one episode, where Max and his friend Sid are shackled by their hands in front of a deathtrap. Max frees himself by releasing the fake hands that were bound by the shackles.
-->'''Sid:''' "Oh, the old false-hands-in-the-chain trick!"
* WorthyOpponent: Hinted between Siegfried and Max: whenever the two meet, Siegfried always gives Max a formal salute to which he replies (usually damaging his ShoePhone in the process).
** [[GenreSavvy Then again, maybe Siegfried does this to trick Max into breaking his phone...]]
* YellowFace: Most notably, Leonard Strong as "The Craw".
** Also Joey Forman as "Harry Hoo", though somewhat justified in that it was a parody of {{CharlieChan}}.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: The entire show can be taken as a riff on Jewish stereotypes of the time being applied to the spy genre - almost everything from the name of the robot (Hymie) to Max's "Would you believe...?" is, in essence, taken straight from the Yiddish-speaking Borscht Belt comedians.
** Actually, Adams had already used the "Would you believe...?" shtick for his character on the Bill Dana Show.
** No surprise at all, given that the show was created by the great Creator/MelBrooks.
*** [[TheSimpsons "Mel Brooks is Jewish?!"]]
* YouAreNumberSix: Both agents, but applies to 99 much more than 86, given that the former's real name is never said once in the whole series.

!!The 1995 sequel series provides examples of:

* BananaPeel: Zach finds one at the scene of KAOS's latest crime, takes it to his father's office for his debriefing, and discards it on the floor when he's done. His father's secretary points out that it ought to be picked up before someone slips on it, then moments later slips on it herself.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: The Brain's trained chimp.
* GenerationXerox: Zach Smart is a bumbling CONTROL agent who has romantic tension with his glamorous female partner, Agent 66. Also, in one episode the villain turns out to be the daughter of Siegfried.
** Which leads to a lovely ShoutOut, when she tells him for years she thought her father was really a [[TheLoveBoat doctor on a cruise ship]]
* HonoraryUncle: One of Max's colleagues from the original series makes a cameo appearance and is addressed by Zach as "Uncle Agent 13".
** Considering that [[TheManFromUNCLE Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin]] had the numbers 11 and 2 respectively, this also makes him an Honorary U.N.C.L.E.
* MadScientist: The Brain.
* ManchurianAgent: In one episode, Agent 66 is brainwashed to assassinate the foreign dignitary she's assigned to protect.
* MegaCorp: KAOS, Inc.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: The Brain's real name is Brian.
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