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--> ''That's numberwang!''

''That Mitchell and Webb Look'' is a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC Two]] SketchShow starring Creator/DavidMitchell and Robert Webb, best known for their characters Mark and Jeremy in the BritCom ''PeepShow''. Run from 2006 to 2010. Recurring characters tend to be limited to one series, although some (such as [[TheFullNameAdventures The Surprising Adventures of Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar]]) have run for longer. The sketches are occasionally intercut with FauxDocumentary "[[TwoForOneShow behind-the-scenes footage]]" of the comedians, featuring much LampshadeHanging and SelfDeprecation, and [[ZigZaggingTrope zigzagging]] between mocking and playing up their respective SmartGuy & ManChild personas.

The series was [[SoundToScreenAdaptation adapted from the radio show]] ''That Mitchell And Webb Sound'', and the pair had previously made a short-lived TV SketchShow called ''The Mitchell And Webb Situation''.

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!!This show contains examples of:
* AcceptableProfessionalTargets: The radio show has the Little Old Lady Job Justification Hearings, in which two very prim and polite old ladies interrogate people on how their jobs do any good for society, invariably talking them into "opening a little shop" instead. Subverted in regard to one particularly Acceptable Target; when a traffic warden comes in (getting an audience laugh just on being introduced), they come to the conclusion he does a very important and worthwhile job indeed.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Played with and parodied in the stage show ''The Two Faces of Mitchell and Webb,'' where James Bachman and Abigail Burdess take the stage to "fill in the gaps" when Mitchell and Webb are doing costume shifts. They treat the situation as if they've got their own show, even singing their own theme song.
* AfterTheEnd: The Quiz Broadcast takes place after "[[NoodleIncident The Event]]" which caused TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. (Remain indoors)
-->'''Host''': God, imagine The Event happening again...''[{{beat}}]''...'''NO! DO NOT IMAGINE THE EVENT HAPPENING AGAIN. IT WILL CAUSE DISTRESS. THE EVENT IS IN THE PAST.'''
* AIIsACrapshoot: During the "history of Numberwang" sketch, it is revealed that Colosson the Numberwang robot has gone insane and wants to destroy everything that isn't Numberwang.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: See PlayingCyrano below.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: The "Dinner Party Guests" sketches play this for laughs {{in-universe}}, revealing why people such as Film/JamesBond, [[ScoobyDoo Scooby and Shaggy]] and {{Gandhi}} would be a nightmare at a party, whilst AdolfHitler [[AdolfHitlarious would be a delight]]. They also suggest that [[TheScrappy Scrappy-Doo]] would be a charming guest, if a little bit impetuous ("I think you can forgive that of a talking puppy").
** Also applies to the scarecrow sketch.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: ''Fatally'' so - the kid was literally [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QO5aPAmTKg embarrassed to death.]]
* AmoralAttorney:
** The Inebriati sketch has Webb's character exclaim "Yes! I got that guy off that vicious sex murder, even though he obviously did it!"
** There's also "Speedo", a hybrid of ''Series/{{House}}'' and ''Series/{{Shark}}'', a former defence barrister now working prosecution. When asked why he defended known rapists, he replied:
--->'''Speedo''': I don't know. I guess I just liked rapists.
*** He does, however, then say that he was only joking.
* AnachronismStew: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTchxR4suto "Posh Dancing"]] puts conga lines and freestyle disco into ''PrideAndPrejudice''.
* AncientConspiracy: An episode presents a trailer for ''[[TheDaVinciCode The Number Wang Code]]'', where we learn that all numbers are part of a conspiracy. Also, the above-mentioned Inebriati (or Knights Tippler), a select cabal of people who have shaped the world for the better for centuries, all on the principle that "everything is much, much easier if you're ever-so-slightly ''drunk''." Being completely drunk, however...
* AndManGrewProud: An awful lot of knowledge appears to have been lost barely two and a half years after The Event.
* AnyoneCanDie: Parodied in the backstage show:
--> "If this show's going to mean anything at all, somebody has got to die!"
* ArtImitatesArt: A creepy version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test_Card_F Test Card F]] is shown during breaks in the Quiz Broadcast. It features Bubbles the clown with a sad face, Carole wearing a gas mask, and depressing phrases such as "Mummy won't wake up" and "It is the mercy" written on the blackboard.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: One ''The Quiz Broadcast'' sketch has the Test Card Girl writing "Revelation 6 13 15" [[FreezeFrameBonus on the blackboard]].
-->'''[[Literature/TheBible Revelation 6:13-15]] reads:''' "and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
--> Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains."
-->(remain indoors)
* AwesomeButImpractical: The doorbell replacement product, a cannon that fires small dogs at your window with a note attached to their collar. If you visit multiple people in one go, you may need to carry more than one dog.
--> "I estimate you can shoot the same dog through twenty four windows before it becomes a terrifying lump of mutilated flesh."
* TheBackstageSketch: The show frequently featured the stars lounging around on set in-between takes. One particularly memorable instance lampshades how the supposedly documentary-esque content of these sketches were in fact just as scripted as the rest of the show.
* BadBoss:
** Hennimore's boss is not really mean-spirited or a bad man, but he never fails to give Hennimore two simultaneous tasks with instructions so confusing that no one could possibly handle both without screwing them up in the most comedic way possible. Needless to say, HilarityEnsues.
** Mitchell and Webb themselves during the Behind-The-Scenes skits, where they decide in order to create a [[SpaceWhaleAesop meaningful message]], they are going to kill off one of the extras. Cue them setting their sights on [[KickTheDog uber-cheerful]] James Bachman.
--> ''James Bachman 1972-2010. Tragically got [[CruelAndUnusualDeath put into a woodchipper]] for narrative reasons. [[SpaceWhaleAesop SOD CANCER]].''
* BerserkButton: The TV Realtor ''really'' doesn't like non-white...[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything bathroom suites.]]
* BigNo: Professor Death every time one of his inventions [[BerserkButton is proposed for a military application]].
* BigWordShout: "HENNIMOOOOORE!"
* BilingualBonus: The man who wants to make a cup of tea for everyone in Belgium tries talking to them in French. The police car in the background says 'politie' (the ''Dutch'' word for police) meaning he's in Flanders. No wonder they're ignoring the guy speaking terrible French.
* BiTheWay:
** In one of the 'Behind the Scenes' segments, Robert was implied to have been in a long term relationship with a man before marrying his wife.
** Also, in an earlier episode, he tells David that he 'tried the gay thing... remember my earring?'
* BitterWeddingSpeech: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2Eqk2Uppe4 A sketch]] has a well-intentioned best man slowly screwing up a wedding speech and [[BrutalHonesty disparaging the wedding]], and then trying to fix it ineffectually.
* BlackComedy: All the Quiz Broadcast segments, and a few of the one-offs too.
--> "Pre-Event sources talk about 'hope'. What was hope?"
* BondOneLiner: Parodied in one of the [[CampGay Party Planners]] sketches, in the middle of an extended WhatTheHellHero aimed at Bond.
-->'''Mitchell:''' Everyone's in shock, except for [[Film/JamesBond James]], who strolls over to the window, glances down, and says "What a piercing bore."
-->'''Webb:''' "A piercing bore"? There's no such expression!
-->'''Mitchell:''' Well, right ''next'' to the railing was a rock crusher. It's pretty clear he'd wanted to say "what a crushing bore" but missed and was making the best of a bad job...
** The 'Agent Suave' sketch revealed that all of the titular superspy's quips and {{Double Entendre}}s came from a pair of lazy comedy writers sitting in a van outside reading from a book called '1001 Super Spy Jokes'. [[spoiler: They were also providing this service for the villain. This backfired on them.]]
* BrickJoke: In series 4 episode 5, the 'backstage' sketches talk about the idea of [[DramaBombFinale ending the show]] [[DownerEnding in an emotionally affecting way]], but ultimately determine that the announcer would just talk over the credits and ruin the mood. In the next episode, the last of the series, the final sketch is a genuine TearJerker featuring an elderly SherlockHolmes... ''and the announcer doesn't talk over the credits''.
* BrownNote: "I've got a Red Tuba that makes you shit yourself!" And from the same sketch, the eponymous green clarinet which makes you sing embarrassing truths to the tune of "I Saw Three Ships".
* BulletproofFashionPlate: The host of The Quiz Broadcast (remain indoors) starts out looking remarkably well groomed, all things considering -- and then progressively unravels as things get worse and worse.
* ButtMonkey: Julie would always lose Numberwang. The only time she won was when there was a sudden death round, and the [[ExactWords first person to die won]]. That's Numberwang! for you. In fact, in their live show, the host started verbally abusing Julie in the last round and showing blatant favouritism towards Simon.
* ByNoIMeanYes: The interviewer in the "Realistic Film Director" sketch asks questions like this.
-->'''Interviewer:''' Peter, what would you say -- and apologies if this seems like a crass question -- is the horniest bra size on a woman?
-->'''Director:''' ''What?''
-->'''Interviewer:''' By which I mean, what, if anything, is the message in your films?
* ByTheBookCop: Parodied in one sketch, with one police officer who's fanatically by-the-book and extremely in-your-face about it when his superior calls him in because he's completely inefficient:
-->'''Officer:''' Oh, ah, that's what it's all about these days, isn't it? League tables and conviction rates! Listen, Sunshine, I may not get results, but by God I do things by the book!\\
'''Chief:''' Nobody ''cares'' about the book, O'Munroid! I don't even know where you got that book! All I know is you're supposed to be in charge of tracking down this killer, and I want you concentrating on nailing him, not reporting your fellow officers for uniform infractions!\\
'''Officer:''' I see, so a few old ladies are bumped off and suddenly epaulettes are optional? Listen, Son, when I joined the police force -- round about the time you joined the cub scouts -- I didn't do it for the glamour, and I sure as Hell didn't do it for the dough. I did it for one reason only: To follow correct procedure and document it appropriately!
* CallingCard: The Identity Killer, who leaves photo identification of himself, his driver's license, his passport and, on one occasion himself, at his crime scenes. The police have no leads for this MagnificentBastard.
* {{Callback}}: A series four sketch parodying Cash For Gold adverts has a Cash for Plutonium commercial that says it's "Definitely not a front for a maniacal supervillain" at which point a picture of Leslie, the Bond villain parody from earlier series, flashes up on the screen.
* {{Calvinball}}: Numberwang, the maths quiz that simply ''everyone''! Is talking about? Yes.
** Also the similarly-themed Wordwang and the German spinoff, [[GratuitousGerman Nümberwang]].
** Parodied when it is revealed that Numberwang is decided through complicated mathematics by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r6NY4Kl8Ms Colosson]].
** In the live show, Julie somehow managed to achieve Numberwang ''while bantering with the host''.
* CatchPhrase: "That's Numberwang!" and "Let's rotate the board!" for Numberwang; "Hello, good evening and remain indoors!" for The Quiz Broadcast.
** Also "That's a bad miss" from the the snooker radio commentator.
** Worth noting that their most notable catch phrases are usually set right at the start of the sketch, rather than having them as the 'pay-off' at the end. This is due to the show's origins on radio, where a catchphrase at the beginning would let the audience know which characters they were listening to right away.
** "Henni-MORE!"
** The News live broadcast: "What's your reckon?"
** The Posh Waiter, Scary Vicar and Intimidating Tailor all introduced themselves in a similar fashion:
-->'''Person:''' Sorry, what happened to the [much nicer previous occupant of the position in question]?\\
'''Waiter/Vicar/Tailor:''' ''[With an alarming maniacal glint in the eye:]'' (S)he's ''gone'', sir/madam/child. They've ''all gone''. And we're ''back''.\\
'''Person:''' Who?\\
'''Waiter/Vicar/Tailor:''' The [incredibly hostile and inappropriate] people who still unaccountably [do X].
* ChekhovsBoomerang: Episode 5 of Series 4 has a series of "behind the scenes" sketches about the pair trying to create an serious thought-provoking ending akin to the ending of [[Series/{{Blackadder}} Blackadder Goes Forth]]. ("I think we desperately need to show maturity with something with something tacked on and mawkish. Like we care about MS ... doesn't have to be MS, just people and their relationships and their disgusting problems, like we give a shit.") This is apparently fulfilled when the episode ends with one of the cast members being killed off, fading to the message "SOD CANCER". However, [[spoiler: Episode 6, the series finale, then ends in a [[TearJerker desperately sad]] depiction of Sherlock Holmes with dementia, showing the inevitability of losing one's former glory in old age. This time, it's not played for laughs.]]
* CircularReasoning: The justification for keeping aliens a secret in the Roswell Conspiracy sketch.
* CloudCuckoolander: Sir Digby Chicken Caesar. "You mean, you detect the dread hand of my nemesis' arch-rival, Viscount von Sausagerolls?" "No, I can smell sausage rolls!"
* ComesGreatResponsibility: The Green Clarinet. Subverted when the EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity comes to claim the clarinet back for misuse, as the owner just uses the clarinet to embarrass him into running away in floods of tears. Played straight again when he meets the guy with [[BrownNote the Red Tuba]].
* ComicalOverreacting: While discussing how to make a ''{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth''-style DownerEnding, the duo discover the tea urn is empty and a new one will take five minutes. Cue ''Film/{{Platoon}}''-esque slow-mo SkywardScream.
* ConspiracyTheories: Parodied and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in series 4, with a shady government cabal discussing how to fake the moon landings and assassinate Princess Diana. [[spoiler: It turns out that it's easier and cheaper to fly to the moon than it is to fake flying to the moon, and that any assassination involving car crashes and paparazzi would be so improbable that it's more likely to happen by accident.]]
* CoolOldLady: The old dears who are in charge of the "Old Lady Job Justification Hearings". Is is impossible to listen to those sketches without wishing they were in charge of the world.
* CounterfeitCash: A forger proudly displays his work: "ten punds" scrawled in marker pen on an oversized piece of orange paper displaying the image of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
* CrazyHomelessPerson: Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar and Ginger.
* CriticalResearchFailure: [[invoked]]Parodied when Mitchell and Webb play a couple of screenwriters that know nothing about [[MedicalDrama medicine]], [[LawProcedural American law]], {{Cricket}}, or [[BreadEggsMilkSquick prostitution]], but write scripts about them anyway.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4zANH21ck4 The sketch]] where the Host refuses to accept the correct answers from his contestants... before the reveal that he's got 6 months left to live and he's imprisoned the contestants on a spaceship heading into the Sun. And he's going to drag it out for as long as he can...
** Mitchell and Webb conspiring to stuff one of the supporting actors into a woodchipper.
* CursedWithAwesome: Parodied: [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Biscuit telekinesis]] can ''ruin your life''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: A lot of the sketches in Seasons Three and Four seemed to be a lot darker than the sketches in the first two series.
* DeadlineNews
* DeadlyEuphemism: "'Have him removed'? 'Take him out of the picture'? I thought we agreed that these terms were needlessly ambiguous? We all agreed that when we want someone ''murdered'', as in ''deliberately killed to death'', that's what we were going to say!"
--->"This is going to be another 'let's hope Professor Ritsom meets with a little accident' again! We spent ''nine months'' "hoping" that Professor Ritsom would meet with a little accident until Leslie made it clear it was an accident ''we were supposed to arrange!''"
* DeconstructorFleet: Just try to count the number of tropes this show parodies, subverts, deconstructs or otherwise [[PlayingWithATrope plays with]]. Often examples of [[DontExplainTheJoke Don't Explain the Sketch]] being scathingly accurate and funny.
* DisproportionateRetribution: One sketch featured a man who [[GrammarNazi shot anybody who made a grammatical mistake dead.]]
* DoubleEntendre: A doctor working at a typical [[Film/CarryOn 'bawdy 1970s hospital']] has a bit of trouble grasping the nature of Double Entendre, with unfortunate results ("Shall I rub them against my cock?").
* DownerEnding: Played with in the "Sod Cancer" sketch, and played straight with SherlockHolmes suffering with dementia at the end of season four. With a CreditsGag -- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtiIpIJ5J2Q "Meditation"]] from the opera ''Thais'' by Jules Massenet instead of the normal theme song.
* DramaBombFinale: Discussed in Series 4 ep 5 as a way to shoehorn some depth and maturity into the program -- they finally go with TonightSomeoneDies, with a ReallyDeadMontage involving a minor player who makes the mistake of showing off his [[FatalFamilyPhoto beloved girlfriend's Facebook page]].
* ElectricTorture: One of the contestants on the Remain Indoors quiz show is taken away to be "voltage-calmed".
* EleventyZillion: Parodied in a Numberwang skit involving "imaginary numbers." The contestants offer "twentington" and "frilve hundred and neeb" as their numbers, followed by "shinty-six." The host then stops the contestant and says, "Oh, I'm afraid shinty-six is a real number. As in the popular phrase, 'I only have shinty-six days left to live." Behind him, a board displays the number shinty-six (fifty-six with a reversed five). (Given the nature of the Numberwang board, we could have been looking at frilve hundred and neeb, or even Nova Scotia, for all we know.)
* EmbarrassingSlide
* EntendreFailure: The Bawdy 1970s hospital sketch.
* EpunymousTitle: {{Comedy Duo}}s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B80SyRmtbdI Fish & Chip and Pin & Cushion]] split up to form [[WeAreStillRelevantDammit Chip & Pin]]... but [[WordSaladTitle Fish & Cushion]] end up being more successful. And even get the gig to promote the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chip_and_PIN Chip & PIN]] system.
* EverybodysDeadDave: Twice in the [[AfterTheEnd Quiz Broadcast]] statements - first when everyone but the main three has simply succumbed to the harsh conditions of the collapsing society, then, after being found again, when [[ZombieApocalypse They]] kill everyone but Peter and the host before inexplicably disintegrating, leaving the two of them alone and extremely disturbed.
* EvilIsSexy: A woman in a Christie-esque detective drama gets progressively better hair and make-up, and more cleavage, as she confesses to murder. This is, [[DeconstructorFleet of course,]] lampshaded and invoked.
* EvilSoundsDeep: The cannibalistic creatures known only as "Them".
* ExactWords: Numberwang's "Sudden Death" round.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Parodied in the 'Mad Scientist' sketch, where the Giant Death Ray is aptly named... but not for the reason the President of the United States and the head of the US Army think, which prompts this reaction when they discover it's not quite as lethal as they expected:
-->'''Major''': One question that obviously leaps to mind, Professor [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Death]], is why on Earth you elected to name this contraption of yours the Giant Death ''[[YouAnsweredYourOwnQuestion ohIsee]]''.
* ExasperatedPerp: Parodied with regard to ''Series/{{Poirot}}'', who admits that he only knows the murderer for sure when they "do the evil voice". When the murderer [[SelfDisposingVillain shoots herself]], he remarks, "It is better zis way. Some courts, zey do not accept ze Evil Voice as evidence."
* {{Facecam}}: "The Surprising Adventures of me, Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar!"
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: [[invoked]]To "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", [[AlternateAesopInterpretation discussed]] in a courtroom scene following the boy's death.
* FatalFamilyPhoto: Poor James Bachman's fate is sealed in the penultimate episode of Season 4 when he turns up happily showing off a photo of him and his girlfriend.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: In a 'behind the scenes' conversation discussing {{Drama Bomb Finale}}s, MoodWhiplash and TonightSomeoneDies, Mitchell and Webb reserve their greatest venom for [[CommercialPopup announcers who talk over the credits.]]
* FirstNameBasis: The final sketch of the show, which features Dr. Watson visiting an aging, senile SherlockHolmes in a nursing home, Holmes addresses Watson as "John" in his final speech, [[TearJerker where he admits that he knows his mind has gone, but he can not do anything about it.]]
* FiveTokenBand: "Let me introduce you to my team, Disabled Ethnic, Teenage Poofter and Woman. Don't talk to them, they're just here to tick boxes!"
* ForScience: A MadScientist named Dr Death has created a Death Ray for the US government. Although it's actually harmless and just named [[UnfortunateName after him]]. At the first mention of [[PotentialApplications weaponising any of his inventions]] he begins to destroy them with a wrench.
-->'''Dr Death:''' NOOOOO! The [[NonIndicativeName Giant Death Ray]] was intended to ''help'' people!
* GambitRoulette: Parodied with lashings of SarcasmMode in a sketch ridiculing the {{conspiracy theory}} that Princess Diana's death in a high-speed crash was set up by the royal family;
-->'''Conspirator 1:''' Plus, people ''always'' die in car crashes, don't they?
-->'''Conspirator 2:''' Yes, always, and people who drive over the limit ''always'' crash. What we're organizing here, my friends, is a watertight hit. [...] Induced-tipsy-car-crash it'll have to be, then. It simply can't fail - unless she wears a seatbelt.
-->'''Conspirator 1:''' She won't. She's unprovably pregnant, remember? Women recently impregnated by the only man they've ever loved are notoriously slapdash about their personal safety.
* GenreBlindness: Hennimore's boss never seems to learn to either stop making his instructions to Hennimore so confusing, contradictory and overlapping or just get someone other than or as well as Hennimore to do it instead.
* GenreSavvy: In the SS sketches, and again in the Series/{{Poirot}} sketch in series three.
* GermanicEfficiency: Parodied in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylz-uUIBuqY Reports Mode]]'' - a Bavarian entertainment show centering around graphs and charts, even featuring a break from all those reports so we can take a look at how the show is doing in terms of efficiency.
* GoingNative: In a garden center.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Parodied in a series of sketches which deconstruct conspiracy theories around Roswell, the Moon landing and Princess Diana's death, lampshading the inherent ludicrousness of them by having a trio of government spooks play them perfectly straight. In the Roswell sketch, even the agents seem unsure how the conspiracy benefits anyone:
-->'''Agent 1:''' I hate to be a skeptic, but... why are we ''doing'' any of this?\\
'''Agent 2:''' Doesn't really make sense, does it? But it's... ''[shrugs]'' it's just the sort of thing that generally, governments ''do''.
* GrailInTheGarbage: A recurring sketch involves a man at a garage sale casually selling incredibly valuable artifacts for a low price. The Holy Grail itself, for instance, was sold for five pounds, as having already gained eternal life from drinking it, he sees no reason to keep it around. Then there's the wardrobe that's the entrance to Narnia, as now that he has a garden at his new house, he doesn't really need the extra space.
* GrammarNazi: A boss who [[DisproportionateRetribution shoots his staff dead]] when they make errors. Ironically, his misuse of the word "acronym" goes unnoticed.
* GratuitousFrench: The Agent Suave sketch, being set in a Monaco-esque casino offering a selection of country fete games, has such treats as "Frappez le Rat".
* GratuitousGerman: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJs3Tsx-3Ak&feature=related Das ist Nümberwang!]] Even better; they referenced the JFK "I am a jelly doughnut" legend[[note]]i.e. referring to Simon and Julie as literally being food rather than residents of Frankfurt(er) and Hamburg(er)[[/note]], and Simon got a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff photo of David Hasselhoff]] as a prize. Turns out that the German is {{Surprisingly Good|ForeignLanguage}}.
* GretzkyHasTheBall: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3sjVSE-gfQ The cricket version.]]
* HeartwarmingMoments: Parodied and [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] with "Sod Cancer!"
* HeelRealization: One of ThoseWackyNazis is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEle_DLDg9Y starting to think that maybe they are the bad guys.]]
** "Hans... are we the ''baddies?''"
** "It's just all these skulls, good guys don't wear skulls do they?"
* HideYourPregnancy: Averted with actress Olivia Colman, whose prominent belly was visible no matter what sketch she was in. They never talked about it directly, but they didn't really try and hide it either. Not hiding it made at least one sketch DarkerAndEdgier than it was intended to be when written, when Colman's heavily pregnant character is [[spoiler:: strangled to death by her husband]].
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar's sidekick, Ginger: On the good days, his father would attempt to hang him, on the bad days, he would attempt to have sex with him.
* HypocriticalHumor: One of the behind-the-scenes sketches has David and Robert get into an argument about cheese that gets progressively heated, eventually turning into a shouting match. This involves David at one point screaming at Robert "You've got a ''lot of anger! A LOT OF ANGER!!!''"
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Lampshaded and averted, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin naturally]], in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vNJ5Krj7SQ "The Man Who Has A Cough And It's Just A Cough And He's Fine".]]
* IndecisiveParody: Obviously they couldn't end the episode where they heartily take the piss out of SuddenDownerEnding with a genuine example, so they parody it instead. The ''next'' episode ends with a proper one, with an elderly SherlockHolmes [[IronicHell descending into dementia]].
* InfantImmortality: Averted in The Quiz Broadcast when the host asks the contestants what they wished they had learned prior to the event.
-->'''Sheila:''' I think if I'd taken in more survival tips for children, that would have been helpful.
-->'''Host:''' (chuckling) Oh, yes. Post-Event, the world would have been a different place if we'd managed to keep...even ''some'' of the children alive.
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: Word for word, on a knowingly badly-researched medical show, when a doctor has to... [[MundaneMadeAwesome pull off a plaster]].
* ItWillNeverCatchOn:
** A cook at a medieval feast trying to introduce a new side dish of "some-leaves-and-a-carrot-chopped-up-very-small".
** A renaissance inventor who invents the wireless mouse... several hundred years before the computer. His boss puts it in the "special cupboard", along with a windscreen wiper, a "device for extracting food which has somehow become encased in metal", and a Sky Digibox.
** Creator/GilbertAndSullivan being reluctantly forced to go back to writing "[[MoneyDearBoy low-brow operettas]]" when their more serious work about a [[Film/{{Jaws}} shark with large teeth]] and [[Film/TheExorcist a teenage girl getting a demon removed by a priest]], fail to capture the public's imagination.
* ItsBeenDone
* IWantMyJetpack: Both the attitude, and the concept of jetpacks, are spoofed in-universe [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDIojhOkV4w here]].
* JustTheIntroductionToTheOpposites: A sketch where a husband and wife are arguing because he's just returned from a business trip and she finds a bra in his suitcase. She asks, mildly annoyed, if he's cheating on her, which he cops to absent-mindedly. The fight escalates as she brings in other "minor" issues such as her desire to have a baby and secret gambling addiction, until she suddenly bursts into tears and he figures out what this is ''really'' about — that time he left the fridge door open and a whole quiche and some milk went bad.
* JustThinkOfThePotential: Professor Death made a Giant Death Ray and an Armoured Scorpion of Death for peaceful purposes, damnit!
* JuxtapositionGag: The Quiz Broadcast and Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar are both versions of this.
* KillTheOnesYouLove: At the end of the "Avocado Bathroom" sketch, the husband kills his (pregnant) wife because she's revealed that she not only doesn't mind an avocado bathroom, but quite likes it.
-->'''Webb:''' That was for the best. Now, come on. Let's go and look at the guest bedroom. It's got flock wallpaper. You'll know what to say.\\
'''Mitchell:''' ''[sobbing]'' "I couldn't live with it."\\
'''Webb:''' ''Could you live with it?''\\
'''Mitchell:''' I couldn't live with it!
* KillThePoor: One sketch was based around contemplating this as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owI7DOeO_yg an easy solution to revitalizing the economy.]]
* LampshadeHanging: They are growing increasingly fond of using their 'out of character' segments of the show to do humourous lampshade hanging, a recent example being hanging a lampshade on the fact they weren't using Southern accents in a sketch highlighting the absurdity of KKK costumes by reflecting (out of character) on how bad it would be if they tried.
* [[FirstNameUltimatum Last Name Ultimatum]]: HENNI''MOOOOOORRREE!!!''
* LaughTrack: Surprisingly, it doesn't kill the humor as it would on a programme like ''PeepShow''.
* LawOfDisproportionateResponse: Demonstrated in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB_1kAFK9oU this sketch]] about a couple arguing.
* MadScientist: Subverted with Professor Death, who doesn't want his Giant Death Ray, Armoured Scorpion of Death, or Doom Melon used for military applications.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Parodied in the sketch about the GovernmentConspiracy to kill Princess Diana;
--> '''Agent 1''': So we're all agreed, that's the best way to do it.\\
'''Agent 2''': Absolutely. [[ASimplePlan It's so simple]]. No messing around with [[ProfessionalKiller poison-tipped umbrellas or snipers]] -- we just get a chauffeur drunk.\\
'''Agent 1''': ''Slightly'' drunk.\\
'''Agent 2''': And ''assume'' he crashes the car.
:: Then ultimately subverted;
--> '''Agent 1''': Well, you can stand down everyone. That all just happened by ''[[FramingTheGuiltyParty accident!]]''
--> '''Agent 2''': Well don't tell [[BritishRoyalFamily Prince Philip]], we'll still get our fee!
* MagicalDefibrillator: "Nurse, fetch me the electric paddles that can make you better if you're really sick but can make you sort of ill if you're fine!" Moments later: "Oh no... he was fine. [[{{Narm}} And now he's poorly]] [[StylisticSuck from too much electric]]."
* MagicMusic: The Green Clarinet and the aforementioned Red Tuba.
* MaximumFunChamber: "[[TemptingFate Come on, what's the worst torture story you've got?]]"
* TheMeanBrit: [[TheWeakestLink Anne Robinson's]] hosting persona is parodied in "Hole in the Ring".
--> '''Host''': So, at the end of that round, you've scored a pathetic, a ''gay''; one point. Which is ''shit''. So...you ''idiots''.
* MemeticSexGod: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the Behind-The-Scenes skits, where a RunningGag is that David Mitchell is apparently a master of cunnilingus.
* MenBuyFromMarsWomenBuyFromVenus: Utterly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9fFOelpE_8 destroyed]].
* MiseryPoker: Inverted in a sketch in which a paediatric consultant tries ever so hard to be sympathetic to his boyfriend's problems at his own job as an ice cream taster, despite the boyfriend's insistence that his job "somehow feels... ''less important'' than taking care of terminally ill children."
* MoodDissonance: The "elderly SherlockHolmes" sketch, in which Holmes' obvious mental deterioration -- and Watson's equally obvious desperation to pretend for his sake that nothing is wrong -- is played for laughs... until Holmes, in a moment of lucidity, [[TearJerker reveals he knows only too well what's happening to him]].
* MoonLandingHoax: In one of a series of Conspiracy Theory sketches, a shady government office plans to fake the moon landings. When they realize that no one will be fooled unless they really do build a massive rocket, and they'll have the cost of film crews and catering on top of that, they decide that it'll be cheaper just to pop to the moon and fake the footage there.
* MsFanservice[=/=]SheCleansUpNicely: Sarah Hadland. Take note of her appearance in the Quiz Broadcast sketches as "Sheila" and then in season 4's "Dog Poker" and "Reports Mode" sketches. She also plays the Agatha Christie villainess in the EvilIsSexy example
* MundaneMadeAwesome - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF_uOgyBK1c So That's The Football Coming Up Watch It Watch The Football Watch It IT'S GONNA MOVE!]]
* MundaneUtility: One sketch on ''That Mitchell And Webb Sound'' has a boss telling his employees off for using the {{Stargate}} as a supply cupboard and somewhere to take cigarette breaks.
* NameAndName
* NamesakeGag: The Giant Death Ray is in fact a SteamPunk barcode reader invented by Dr Death.
* NarrativeFiligree: Parodied by the "realistic director" sketch. His films include ''Sometimes Fires Go Out'' and ''The Man Who Has A Cough And It's Just A Cough And He's Fine''.
* NeverSayDie: Parodied in one of the evil genius skits. "This is gonna be 'Let's hope Professor Ritson meets with a little accident,' all over again! We spent nine months ''hoping'' that Professor Ritson would meet with an accident before Leslie made it clear it was an accident we were supposed to make happen!"
* NobodyPoops: "No one goes for a piss in ''Franchise/StarWars'', you can watch the whole of ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' and no-one brushes their teeth, and in ''LostInTranslation'', nothing happens. [[TakeThat At all]]."
* NobleBigot: Of all people, ''Jesus'' is called out on this for his racist attitude to Samaritans.
--> "The fact ''you'' wouldn't expect goodness from a Samaritan belies your inherent racism!"
* NoodleIncident: A decidedly grim one in "[[ApocalypseHow The Event]]", as featured in the Quiz Broadcast sketches.
* NoOSHACompliance: Deconstructed with the EvilGenius trying to persuade a contractor to disregard the impracticalities of his plans.
-->''Muahahaha! I think you'll find that neither Health nor Safety are among my primary concerns...''
** Later on, the fully-compliant TrapDoor (complete with flashing red light, warning alarm and fencing off of the area) gives the BoardToDeath guy in the chair plenty of time to escape.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The Ku Klux Klan founder and his costume designer speak in Mitchell and Webb's natural accents. {{Subverted|Trope}} and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when the costumer's wife enters and speaks with a southern American accent, to which the costumer replies, "We said we're not doing the accents."
* NotUsingTheZWord: Them.
* ObviouslyEvil
-->'''Nazi''': [[SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset They've got skulls on them.]] Have you noticed that our caps actually have little pictures of skulls on them?
-->'''Hans''': Uh - I don't... uh-
-->'''Nazi''': Hans... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEle_DLDg9Y Are we the baddies?]]
** Series/{{Poirot}} always knows when he's identified the murderer when they start doing the "evil voice", [[GoodSmokingEvilSmoking among]] [[EvilIsSexy other]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9iQ1yU5Ops things]]...
* OfficeGolf: One of the Hennimore sketch mix-ups involves a set of golf clubs and a drinks cabinet in the shape of a set of golf clubs.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Parodied in the Inebriati sketch. "Were you just hiding behind that pillar?"
* OhCrap:
** In one Get Me Hennimore! sketch, Hennimore [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sEkrjzYQOI imagines the results of the instructions Mr. Boss is giving him]] (though we never hear what the exact instructions are) and knows that things are going to badly, as usual. His face gets more and more distressed as the sketch goes on. Unusually for a Hennimore sketch, things go just fine and no problems occur... [[spoiler:until the nuclear warhead detonates.]]
** During the Quiz Broadcast when the Host realises that "They" have gotten in.
* OnTheNext: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg4z7mzaVco The "Gift Shop Sketch" sketch]] makes fun of excessive previewing (to the point of [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil revealing the entire story]]) and [[PreviouslyOn recapping]] of TV shows.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping:
** Usually averted, as the cast have a handle on many regional dialects, as well as Mitchell and cast member James Bachman being quite good at affecting American accents.
** Parodied with a sketch set in the American Deep South: The 'behind-the-scenes' footage beforehand shows Webb trying and failing to put on a convincing American south accent. The duo play the sketch entirely with their normal voices until Sarah Hadland, playing Webb's wife, comes on at the end to deliver her one line in an appallingly bad accent; Webb reminds her 'we said we weren't doing the voices.'
* TheOtherDarrin:[[invoked]] Played for laughs with Speedo, in which the actor playing the white main character died, only to be replaced by an African American actor. The (fictional) writers were too lazy to rewrite the scripts, resulting in the now black Speedo [[CrowningMomentOfFunny telling a young black client he knows he doesn't want a "big white guy in a suit" like him defending him.]]
* OurSloganIsTerrible: One sketch involves a business whose entire purpose is to supply people with "hand-holding accompanying phrases."
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Them, from the Quiz Broadcast. It's never made clear if these cannibalistic former humans are zombies or just atrocious mutants, but they are unquestionably terrifying.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Deliciously {{exaggerated}} in the sketches about the Angel Summoner and BMX Bandit duo.
-->'''BMX Bandit''': Well, we're supposed to be a partnership, but, to be honest, I'm starting to feel a bit overshadowed here.
-->'''Angel Summoner''': Oh, right... Why is that?
-->'''BMX Bandit''': Well. I think the thing is, that your ability to summon a horde of celestial super-beings at will... Is making my BMX skills look a bit... redundant...
* ThePerryMasonMethod: Speedo, parodying American legal dramas.
-->''(Speedo in a courtroom.)''
-->'''Speedo:''' Did you rape this woman?!
-->'''Perp:''' No.
-->'''Speedo:''' Did you rape this woman?!
-->'''Perp:''' No.
-->''(Speedo pulls out a gun and fires it above the perp's head.)''
-->'''Speedo:''' Did you rape this woman?!
-->'''Perp:''' Yes, yes, whatever you say!
* PlayingCyrano: A sketch revolved around Cyrano himself popping up to help a man woo a woman in the modern day. However, the man in question is a [[DoggedNiceGuy sensitive, good-natured fellow]] and the woman is, well, a slapper. Cyrano's advice is to be brash and offensive, and downright insulting, which the man in question takes only grudgingly -- [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys but it works perfectly]]. As the scene progresses, he realizes that he has absolutely ''no'' interest in going out with a woman who actually likes being treated that way. Cyrano convinces him to go on anyway, since at least he can sleep with her tonight. Eventually the man refuses to continue, but Cyrano keeps shouting out the lines for him, and jams a bag of cocaine into his hands, which the girl mistakes for his continued efforts and she drags him inside.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: Ginger to Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar when he is 'poisoned' by a cloud of poisonous gas (read: candyfloss).
-->'''Ginger:''' Don't leave me, sir! Don't leave me...
* PoisonousFriend: Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar is clearly one to Ginger. In one episode we discover that [[spoiler: Ginger's real name is Guy Reilly, and he has a wife and daughter, both of whom he lost and seemingly forgot about due to his drinking. When an accident causes him to temporarily recover from his alcoholism, he reunites with them and even settles into a stable job, only to be tricked into drinking an ale by Sir Digby, immediately returning back to his life as a tramp.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: Parodied in one sketch with an incompetent Scotland Yard detective tracking down a serial killer ''a la'' the ''LawAndOrder'' franchise.
-->'''Detective''': We call him the identity killer, because he leaves details of his identity at each crime scene.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Not political correctness, but the backlash against it, is parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnKk6lb0YVI a sketch]] where some people organizing a church panto are told they can't include "traditional" scenes like dwarves being gassed and Cinderella fellating a horse, and react as if this is hypersensitivity.
-->"I'm afraid we're going to have to cut the dame rape scene."
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZOmH3SsyKc Captain Todger]], whose emblem is a crude drawing of a penis and ends up going to prison for statutory rape, to the horror of General Drayfox (the opposite of a PoliticallyIncorrectVillain).
* PoorCommunicationKills: The recurring sketch "Get me Hennimore!" has the hapless titular character requested to do various tasks by his boss. These tasks always involve two objects that are ''never'' to be confused, yet look exactly the same. Naturally, the worst possible result occurs every time.
* PrecisionFStrike:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6_5A6eKbNc From the Numberwang board game skit]]: "No, Timmy, because that would be ''shit.''" It looks like a polite, family-friendly scene at first, which is why it qualifies.
** [[PrideAndPrejudice Mr. Darcy]] of all people gets a good one when he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTchxR4suto finally gets sick of Caroline Bingley]].
** A literal example from the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtWrRGExtg8&feature=player_detailpage#t=30s "Mrs Patricia Wilberforce Programme" sketch]]:
-->'''Mrs Patricia Wilberforce:''' Mr Compton, do be seated.
-->'''Mr Compton:''' Oh, I don't like to make a fuss.
-->'''Mrs Compton:''' ''(sobs)'' Oh, he's always like this.
-->'''Mrs Patricia Wilberforce:''' I'm sorry, but we'll have to stop it there as Mrs Compton has said "''fuck''".
-->''(crew member whispers in her ear)''
-->'''Mrs Patricia Wilberforce:''' Oh, I do beg your pardon viewers, Mrs Compton didn't say "''fuck''" after all!
* PromotedToScapegoat: Karl Dönitz is thrilled to learn that he's been named the next ''Fuhrer'' after the death of AdolfHitler. Unfortunately, his underlings have to patiently explain that this means ''less'' that he gets to implement his various ideas about pensions and the housing shortage and ''more'' that he gets to call General Eisenhower and surrender to the Allies.
--> '''General''': So... here's General Eisenhower's telephone number, here's the English for "We give up!", and here's an analysis of our military situation... in one rude word.
* RamblingOldManMonologue: Anything the snooker commentators say that isn't "That's a bad miss."
* ReadingAheadInTheScript: The series features fly-on-the-wall style sections with the actors having chats as themselves on the set. In one of them, David Mitchell points out that these are as scripted as the rest of the show, and shows Webb the script for the sketch they're in, which includes the direction "Cut to a close-up of the script. It reads: cut to a close-up of the script. It reads:..."
--> '''Webb:''' Just put that away.
--> '''Mitchell:''' [[RealityWritingBook It says I don't.]]
* ReallyDeadMontage: James Bachman (he wasn't, either [[ActorExistenceFailure in real life]] or [[NegativeContinuity in-show]]) in a parody of {{Drama Bomb Finale}}s.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** How the Incredibly Intimidating And Aristocratic Person Who Still Unaccountably Sells Clothes justifies being horrible to his customers:
--> Because I'm trying to help you! I'm trying to help you have standards! I'm trying to make you know that the world ''isn't'' pleased to see you, you ''aren't'' needed or included or loved! You're ugly! And superfluous! And ignorant! And you should be frightened. And meek. And grateful. That's better. Now, first things first; [[NiceHat let's get you a hat]].
** Also, the "Little Date" man, who gives these to women, reducing them to tears so they'll go out with him to feel better.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The cannibalistic "Them" in the Event sketches have glowing red eyes.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless:
** Monsieur Garnier (who is inexplicably a [[OopNorth North-of-England]] mill owner rather than a French guy) suppresses the invention of a cure for Alzheimer's and a perpetual motion machine because he doesn't want his scientists to get distracted from hair products.
** Also, whoever built a ''sentient supercomputer'' and used it to determine what is, or is not, Numberwang.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots:
** Parodied in a RobotWar sketch. Robots have infiltrated the base, and are supposedly indistinguishable from humans. Cut to a particularly clunky robot (who could conceivably be [[ContinuityNod Cheezoid]] Mk 9), who is absolutely not humanoid. He even makes ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic toast]]''
** Cheezoid itself, a robot built for the purpose of determining what something smells like, was inexplicably given sentience that eventually led it to attempt suicide as a result of its incompetence at its intended function.
* SapientTank: Subverted in that The Giant Death Scorpion was designed with peaceful if bizarre intentions.
* {{Scandalgate}}: Rob refers to the original scandal as "Watergategate" on the grounds that, otherwise, what would you call a scandal about water?
-->'''Mitchell:''' ...Aquagate?
* ScareEmStraight: "If your children touch dirt, they'll explode."
* SelfDeprecation: One of the "Little Old Lady Job Justification Hearings" sketches sees Mitchell and Webb themselves get very politely grilled on how worthwhile it is for two men in their mid-thirties to be dressing up and doing silly voices for a living.
* ServiceSectorStereotypes: The Posh Waiter (cousin to the Scary Tailor and the [[SinisterMinister Bad Vicar]])
-->'''Customer:''' What happened to the friendly Australian girl who used to work here?
-->'''Posh Waiter:''' She's ''gone'', [[WithDueRespect sir]]. They've ''all'' gone, and we're ''back''. The incredibly posh people who are still unaccountably waiters...and I'm afraid we've changed the rules.
* ShapedLikeItself: "You know sheep? A bit woolly? It's WOOL!"
* ShoutOut:
** In the German version of Numberwang, the host wishes one contestant "Good luck!" only to furiously disqualify her when she responds in English with "Thanks very much!", a reference to how one of the escapees blows his cover in ''Film/TheGreatEscape''.
** In another ''Great Escape'' reference, a chef who loses his keen sense of smell tries to prove he still has it by putting a clove of garlic on the floor, only to end up getting caught out. This is identical to one of the [=POW=]s putting a pin at a certain place on the floor to show he's not going blind. Even the dialogue ("You can't smell your hand in front of your face!") is taken from the film ("You can't see your hand" etc.)
** The announcer talking over the Quiz Broadcast {{Eyecatch}} mentions "our new topical entertainment show ''[[MockTheWeek Mock the Event]]'', which [[ContentWarnings may offend viewers]] who were affected by The Event."
* TheSimpleLifeIsSimple: Parodied with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5RrGFBbbSY a recurring sketch]] featuring a guy under the impression that farming is a super-secret GetRichQuickScheme he's sharing with the audience. "You know sheep? A bit woolly? It's WOOL! Pull it off, sell it... fuckin' grows back again! You CANNOT lose!"
* SinisterMinister: "We're back." "Who?" "The incredibly horrible and twisted people who are still unaccountably vicars." (the full sketch is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRujuE-GIY4 here]])
* SoundToScreenAdaptation: Adapted from Radio 4's ''That Mitchell And Webb Sound''.
* StealthPun: [[BusmansHoliday Busman]] and Christmas.
* StepfordSmiler: The host of the quiz broadcast.
* StoryBreakerTeamUp: Angel Summoner and BMX Bandit are a parody of this trope. TheyFightCrime.
* SuddenDeath: First one to die wins. This round is also announced in one Quiz Broadcast, at which point one of the contestants immediately keels over. If he were on Numberwang, that would've been a victory, but The Quiz Broadcast evidently operates under different rules.
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: Colosson, the robot with the job of determining whether or not something is Numberwang, was given mobility and laser cannons. This was apparently the result of the scientists who were creating him wondering late in development whether he could be used for the war effort. Because this didn't change what they used him for, it achieved nothing but creating a problem when he decides to [[RobotWar take over the world.]] [[EpilepticTrees Maybe]] he was designed by [[MadScientist Doctor Death]]? He does have trouble spotting the PotentialApplications of laser cannon...
* SuperpowerLottery: [[SummonMagic Angel Summoner]] and [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway the BMX Bandit]].
* SurrealHumour:
** Numberwang's hilarity derives from the complete lack of sense, not just [[CalvinBall in the rules]], but in ''everything''.
--> '''Host''': Joining me tonight are Julie, who's from Yorkshire, and Simon, who's from a factory and [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots made of a special metal]]. So, Julie, ever killed a man?
--> '''Julie''': No.
--> '''Host''': Simon?
--> '''Simon''': ''Yes''.
--> '''Host''': Great! Let's play [[{{Spinoff}} Wordwang]]!
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylz-uUIBuqY Reports Mode]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Done in the Dosh 4 Gold and Cash 4 Plutonium skits:
--> '''Presenter''': ''Remember, we are a [[EvilInc multi-billion dollar multinational company]] [[BlatantLies and not a transparent front for a greedy dragon.'']]
* TakeThat:
** A sketch about a comedian making a cup of tea for everyone in Belgium as the result of a bet, and as a result writing a bestselling book about his exploits, was a dig at comedians who did similarly unlikely things [[TheBet supposedly as the result of bets]], such as Tony Hawks (played the entire Moldovan football team at tennis, hitchhiked round Ireland with a fridge) David Gorman (flew around the world meeting [[NamesTheSame people called Dave Gorman]]), and Danny Wallace ([[Film/YesMan spent a year saying yes to everything]]).
** They delightfully skewer Film/JamesBond in their "Friends of Moneypenny" sketch:
--->Remember that drinks do I had just before Christmas, Moneypenny brings James along - Oh God, but Christmas spirit and all that. So I said, "hi James there's some mulled wine and I think there's some beer in the fridge." Cock asked for a martini...what does he think it is? 1973?
** There's also a sketch about how ''Series/TheApprentice'' was created. "So, it's coverage of idiots behaving idiotically for an audience of idiots?"
** "[[FishOutOfWater Fishmonger out of Watermonger]]" mocks every aspect of {{Reality Show}}s like ''Faking It'', with a fishmonger trying to produce a reality show in 2 days. "Tim has just five minutes to come up with his arbitrary deadline".
** "My Shags as a Whore," a series by the incompetent screenwriting duo that refuse to do research or make any kind of an effort, is an adolescent male fantasy where being a prostitute is sexy, empowering, and consequence-free. It's also pretty clearly aimed at ''SecretDiaryOfACallGirl''.
** "Coverage Of People Buying A House And Then Living In It" skewers ''Location, Location, Location'' and similar property programmes. Both the host and the prospective buyer clearly believe there is nothing exciting about watching complete strangers buying houses and then living in them, and make no effort whatever to appear interested in making a television programme about the process.
--->So, to sum up, Geoff, who you don't know, has bought a house and is now living in it, having put up some shelves, and I think we can agree that that's basically a good thing.
* TalkingToHimself:[[invoked]] Played with. In a sketch Mitchell plays both the captain of a cruise liner and a [[Literature/HerculePoirot Poirot]]-esque detective who are on screen at the same time. Webb angrily enters the set, and demands a role, to which both(!) of the Mitchells answer that David is best at detective and captain kind of roles. As Webb retorts that it is just a bad excuse for Mitchell to fulfill his narcissistic fantasies, another Webb (in drag) enters the set and tells the first Webb that he is ready for [[ScrewYourself their sex-scene]].
* {{Technobabble}}: Parodied by "Now he's poorly from too much electric"
* TheyFightCrime[=/=]ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbzUfV3_JIA BMX Bandit and Angel Summoner]].
* TheyLookLikeUsNow: Parodied - they ''[[TinCanRobot really]]'' don't.
* ThisAintRocketSurgery: A sketch has a neurosurgeon mingling at a party and boasting that what other people do "isn't exactly brain surgery". [[AlwaysABiggerFish Then:]]
--> "Brain surgery? Huh. Not exactly rocket science, is it?"
* TinCanRobot
** Cheezoid, given that he was actually built out of a hoover.
** In the TheyLookLikeUsNow sketch, this is what the "infiltrating" robots actually look like.
* TragicDream: Mercilessly lampshaded in "Talent Dredge" sketch, where Robert delivers a lengthy [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech putdown]] to contestants who apply for talent shows, who try to excuse their lack of obvious talent by claiming they gave it their "heart and soul" instead.
--> '''Robert''': Sincerity is no excuse for failure!
* TuxedoAndMartini: Parodied with 'Agent Suave'.
* TypeCasting:[[invoked]] a sketch where a ship captain was being interviewed by a detective had David Mitchell playing both roles - when Webb [[NoFourthWall storms on set]] to complain about it, Mitchell replies "captains and detectives are my thing"
* UmpteenthCustomer: Parodied; the three eccentric businessmen offer a prize for the millionth visitor to their website, and are confused to find that he completely ignores all the banner ads and pop-ups telling him what he's won.
* UnfortunateImplications: Invoked and subverted.
** "I advise you to march in step with the rest of the white-bathroom loving nation -- [[RefugeInAudacity REMEMBER, LIKE RACISM!]]"
** The Civil War reenactment sketch depicts a group of reenactors who grow bored of Roundheads VS Cavaliers and switch to "the government forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo" VS "rebel militiamen representing Sudanese tribal interests" - in BlackFace.
--> "Are you ''absolutely'' sure that this isn't... racist?"
--> "Yeah. It's a historically accurate recreation of a landmark global conflict!" [[spoiler:They subsequently come to the conclusion that it is indeed racist when the "battle" begins with Webb's character yelling "I AM GOING TO KILL YOU WITH THIS BIG MACHETE" in a horrible fake accent.]]
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Despite the laugh track, many of the sketches are surprisingly intellectual or reference obscure material - how many comedy shows would get away with making a sketch about Karl Dönitz?
* VillainBall: Parodied in the Conspiracy sketches; when a member of the conspiracy asks ''why'' exactly they're doing this conspiracy in such a convoluted way -- or why they're even bothering at all -- the answer's usually along the lines of "it's just what we government types ''do''."
* WhamLine:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp02ubGuTIU&t=4m18s "I know, John. I do know."]]
** "Yes... they used to be... us."
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong - Get Me Hennimore!
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway:
** Telekinesis. Which only works on biscuits. And no, [[TruthInTelevision Jaffa Cakes]] ''[[TruthInTelevision are not true biscuits]]''.
** The [[BadassNormal BMX Bandit.]] (Also counts as an example of the warrior side of the LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards issue).
* WhosOnFirst: Used in the sketch skewering the people [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJRRpozCVWo who pick music to go with idents]].
* YearInsideHourOutside: Spoofed in the Narnia sketch.
* YouBastard: The "Holmes with dementia" sketch goes from funny if very dark humor to the sudden realization that the audience has been laughing at the heartbreaking wreck of a brilliant mind.
* ZombieApocalypse: In the later installments of "The Quiz Broadcast," the survivors (who'd been whittled by scarcity and disease down to the host, Peter, and Sheila) are found by soldiers fighting "Them," cannibals who, according to the CouchGag, know what caused [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The Event]].

!!The Mitchell and Webb Situation contains examples of:
* BadBoss: The lead scientist in the virus research lab.
* TheCaper: ''Hons, Dons and Two Smoking MA Oxons''
* CouchGag: The two homeless people in the closing credits.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The poisoning sketch.
* GodwinsLaw: Comes up as two debaters compare each other to [[http://youtu.be/x8nmeNcFefI Stalin and Hitler respectively.]]
* HarmlessVillain: The poisoning sketch revolves around a man attempting to murder another with poison but becoming increasingly transparent with his attempts until finally...
-->'''Webb''': I thought you might like an ''injection''.
* HistoricalReCreation: The Early 1990s House, where you have to cope with 28k dialup.
* ItsBeenDone: Parodied with a possible inversion in the 'two writers' SeinfeldianConversation sketch; the two writers seem to be setting one of these up, but from the way they eagerly begin to start typing once the 'original' idea has come together, it's suggested that they are either amazingly sheltered or that they're the ones who came up with the idea in the first place. Played straight in the final episode, where all their ideas get this response.
* MasterOfIllusion: Two barmen who can make people believe something is happening just by making the proper sounds.
* PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo: The revolving table. A murderer's worst enemy.
* SeinfeldianConversation: About religions, fairytales and the human reproductive system.
* ShoutOut: The poisoning sketch is a parody of ''Suspicion'', a movie directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock in the 40s.
* XMeetsY: 'German Dad's Army' is essentially ''Series/DadsArmy'' meets ''Film/{{Downfall}}''.
* {{Zeerust}}: The iMac G3 and Clamshell iBook used in the abovementioned SeinfeldianConversation, looking back on the show from the present day.
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