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[[caption-width-right:308:We do anything, anywhere, anytime.]]

''Goodies! Goodie goodie yum-yum!''

A groundbreaking 1970 British comedy series, not nearly as well-known outside of the UK as its contemporary, ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus.'' (Some view it as ''TheMonkees'' to the Pythons' Beatles -- while others view it as the Beatles to the Pythons' ''[[Music/TheRollingStones Rolling Stones]]''.) Born from the same generation of comic talents that infused British TV in the 1960s and 1970s with such innovative work, ''The Goodies'' was far more plot-oriented than ''Python'' (it was nominally a SitCom when it premiered), but at the same time it was also far more anarchic and surreal.

''The Goodies'' starred Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie as three flatmates who run an agency that promises it can do "anything, anywhere, at any time". The BBC's own historical reference for the show describes it as a "live action version of a typical Warner Brothers cartoon", which is quite accurate, although sidestepping completely much of the thinly veiled social satire the show was inclined towards. Entire episodes were devoted to poking fun at topical subjects as diverse as TV censorship Nazis like Mary Whitehouse, nuclear testing, police brutality, ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' and the general crappiness of the British Post. Central to the show were the exaggerated versions of themselves that the leads played -- conservative royalist Tim, twisted gadgeteer Graeme, and Earth-child proto-hobbit Bill. The intersection of these three personalities generated as much comedy as the increasingly-bizarre situations that they found themselves in. Their trademark was the "Trandem" -- a bicycle-built-for-three which they invariably mounted and fell off of once per episode before riding to their next adventure.

More inclined to vaudeville-like humour than the Pythons, the Goodies never quite got the respect they deserved -- despite the fact that they lasted at least three times as long on the air. The series can be found -- albeit rarely -- on public television in the United States, as well as on [[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+goodies&search=Search YouTube]]; and some of their recordings (such as "The Funky Gibbon") can occasionally be heard on the Dr. Demento show.

Perceptive viewers will know Tim Brooke-Taylor from the 1971 film ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', where he played the computer operator trying to get the location of the golden tickets from a computer that refuses to tell him.

Notable for having someone [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/laughing.asp die laughing]] whilst watching it.

Not to be confused with ''Film/TheGoonies''.

Tropes for their music can be found [[Music/TheGoodies here]].

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AccidentalUnfortunateGesture: Tim, as WinstonChurchill, gives the "two fingered salute" gesture when he was actually indicating that he wanted a cigar. Graeme then has the idea of turning his hand around to create the iconic "V for Victory" symbol.
* TheAce: Tim
* AchievementsInIgnorance: In "The Lost Tribe", Graeme builds a canvas television that works perfectly. Then he is told that a canvas television is a scientific impossibility so he throws it away.
* {{Adorkable}}: Graeme, although Bill qualifies as this sometimes.
* AffablyEvil: PlayedForLaughs with Dr. Wolfgang von Petal (Creator/PatrickTroughton), a Mad Scientist who just wants to be liked. Unfortunately for him, he seems to have a bit of a skewed idea of how to actually go about getting people to like him.
-->"All I've ever done is tried to help people! I helped the Russians with their nerve gas, I helped the Americans with their H-Bomb, I helped the British with their anthrax I even helped the Nazis! Now how generous can you get?"
* AmusingInjuries
* AndZoidberg: From "Frankenfido", when it's revealed Graeme has been gathering body parts from celebrities, following his "chopping list", to create the perfect dog:
-->'''Graeme:''' Look. Teeth. You wouldn't find teeth like these on a mere dog.
-->'''Tim:''' What are they? Horse, alligator, tiger...
-->'''Graeme:''' Look at them.
-->'''Tim:''' No! Not Donny Osmond!
-->'''Graeme:''' Yep.
-->'''Tim:''' You...you've been using people! ...And Donny Osmond!
** From "Rome Antics" which opens with Graeme as TheNarrator.
-->"The Roman Empire spreads itself across the civilised world. And England."
* TheApartheidEra: Skewered in the episode "South Africa".
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: From "Kung Fu Kapers", where Tim and Graeme are trying to provoke Bill.
-->'''Tim:''' You nasty, spotty, unpleasant little dwarf!
-->'''Graeme:''' Weirdo! ...''Chelsea supporter!''
** [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne (Note that the latter is the remark that comes closest to pushing Bill over the edge...)]]
* TheArtifact: The Goodies started out as an agency that would do any kind of work. This was pretty much forgotten by series five, but the "Anything Anytime" slogan remained in the title song.
* AsbestosFreeCereal: On "It Might as Well Be String" (a spoof of the advertising industry), their ad campaign for Sunbeam Sliced Bread claims that "nine out of ten doctors agree that people who eat Sunbeam Sliced Bread are less likely to be trampled to death by elephants". Graeme does mention that it was a struggle to find [[MadDoctor the right nine doctors]], however. And the elephants.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J6uUMeAVW8 Kitten Kong]] and later [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKcApI6uiSY Dougal and Zebedee]] from ''TheMagicRoundabout''.
* BaguetteBeatdown: "Kung-Fu Kapers" has Tim briefly make use of a French martial art called Oh-Hon-Hee-Hon that involves hitting the opponent with a baguette... it has no effect whatsoever!
** Ecky Thump: it's a "martial art" Bill learned when he was younger that basically revolves around hitting people with black pudding.
* BananaPeel: In the episode "Cunning Stunts", Bill is seen throwing several banana peels on the floor just so he can slip all over them as part of his entry in the Eurovision Loony Contest. Graeme and Tim also slip all over the skins.
** And a mimed banana peel causes a nasty accident in "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express".
* BarSlide: Occurs in "Bunfight at the O.K. Tearooms". The surly barmaid slides two dainty teacups down the bar to Tim and Bill, who fail to catch them.
* BawdySong: In "Wacky Wales"
* BearerOfBadNews: In the episode "[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Earthanasia]]":
-->'''Bill''': As you well know tomorrow never comes and do you know why? Because, little dewy eyed Timbo, tomorrow we'll all be dead! Dead, dead! D! E! D! D! ''DEAD''!
-->'''Graeme''': You might have broken it to him gently.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: In "Bigfoot", it is revealed that Bigfoot is actually Tim with his foot swelled up to gigantic size (ItMakesSenseInContext).
* BigShutUp: Graeme does one in "Kitten Kong", to quiet down Tim and Bill bickering LikeAnOldMarriedCouple.
* BigWhat: When their flat is encased in concrete in "The End", the Goodies are told that the Ministry of Works can only get them out [[SkewedPriorities once several different roads have been laid]], starting with the Brighton to Birkenhead freeway. Then this comes up on the news:
-->'''Newsreader''': In the light of the increasing poverty of the nation, the government have decided that work on the new Brighton to Birkenhead freeway will be suspended indefinitely.\\
'''Bill''': '''''WHAAT?!'''''
* BitingTheHandHumor: ''The Goodies'' contains numerous swipes at the BBC, most notably in the episodes "Alternative Roots" and "The End", during which a service announcement warns of "cutbacks of a hundred percent" - and the screen immediately goes black! And in "Gender Education" they blew up the BBC Television centre!
* BitterAlmonds: Played straight and subverted in "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express":
-->'''Graeme''': ''(sniffs a bottle)'' A characteristic smell of bitter almonds...\\
'''Tim''': That's cyanide, isn't it?\\
'''Graeme''': Yes. This bottle of arsenic's been poisoned!
* {{Blackface}}: Tim in "South Africa". A somewhat unusual example in that it was being used to criticise racism (the joke was that no actual black people would be in a pro-apartheid PSA).
** This trope popped up several times, such as in "Kung Fu Kapers" when Bill fights a black boxer (played by Graeme as an obvious parody of MuhammadAli). Perhaps the most outrageous example is in a scene in "The End", [[ItMakesSenseInContext in which the Goodies all find religion]]. Graeme becomes a Christian monk, Tim becomes a Jew, and Bill enters the room covered in boot polish and announces, in an exaggerated accent, that he has become a Muslim.
--->'''Graeme''': What have you done?
--->'''Bill''': I gone got religion, I's become a black Muslim!
--->'''Tim''': Don't be ridiculous, Bill!
--->'''Bill''': Now don't call me Bill! I's no longer Bill Oddie, that is an unholy name and I done rejected it! From now on you will address me kindly by my holy name, Rastus Watermelon!
* BloodSport: Cricket has become this in "2001 and a Bit".
* BoomerangComeback: In the infamous scene in "Kung Fu Kapers", where Bill is proving "Ecky Thump" is superior to other martial arts. Graeme misses with a boomerang, but later when Tim has disarmed Bill with some bagpipes, it comes back and clouts Tim from behind.
* BottleEpisode: "The End" and "Earthanasia" feature very few special effects and no guest stars, and are performed entirely on the one set. The latter episode in fact consists of one real-time 25-minute scene, and both are regarded as among the series' best moments.
* BrokeEpisode: Several occasions.
* BuccaneerBroadcaster: "Radio Goodies"
* ButtMonkey: Tim becomes this on occasion.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: In the episode "South Africa".
-->'''Tim:''' Look at those stars. They look like hundreds of tiny little eyes.
-->'''Graeme:''' They are hundreds of tiny little eyes...
* ByWallThatIsHoley
* {{Calvinball}}: "Spat", which seemed to be made of rules that led to Bill always losing and being injured.
** Bill mentions in the commentary that he really didn't have any idea what the other two were doing.
* TheCameo: Plenty of celebrities spoofed themselves, and the series virtually invented the NewscasterCameo. Averted with Prince Charles who considered it but had to decline, and Rolf Harris who was never asked to appear in the episode spoofing him, much to his disappointment.[[note]] Bill Oddie, whose personal contempt for Harris was part of the motivation behind the frequent mockery of him on the programme, assumed Harris would refuse if asked to appear in the episode, and so didn't bother to ask.[[/note]]
** In one episode, Creator/JohnCleese cameos, deriding the Goodies as a "Kid's show." (In real life, the [[Creator/MontyPython Pythons]] and the Goodies were (mostly) friendly rivals.)
* CampingACrapper: In "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express", the Shafts are killed when the lavatory on the train blows up while they're using it.
* CantYouReadTheSign: In "Holidays", Bill pulls down a list of ridiculously strict rules on the wall of their holiday chalet. Underneath is a sign saying '250 pound penalty for removal of notice'. Bill hurriedly sticks it back.
* CapturedByCannibals: One episode had the lads placed in a native cooking-pot. They got out of it by encouraging the natives to cook "human clear soup" - the point being that when cooking clear soup you remove the meat before serving.
* CardboardPal: The fake Graeme in "Bunfight at the O.K. Tea Rooms".
* CargoShip: Graeme's relationship with his computer was a RunningGag that popped up occasionally, starting in "Women's Lib". In "2001 And A Bit", it's mentioned that Graeme was put away for having an "unnatural relationship" with his computer -- also, this is scribbled on a note in ''The Goodies Book Of Records'': [[invoked]]
-->Dear Computer -- have gone out for an hour or so. Your programme is in the safe. Love you! Graeme\\
P.S. Hope your transistors are feeling better.
* TheCastShowoff
* CatapultNightmare: In "Kitten Kong", Tim returns home determined to wreck vengeance on [[FluffyTheTerrible Twinkles the kitten]] after his disasterous attempt to walk the over-active purrball. Graeme and Bill caution him that it's not a very good idea, then open the door to reveal that thanks to Graeme's growth formula the kitten has [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever grown to enormous size]]. Tim screams hysterically, and then wakes up in bed crying: "Get it off me! Stop licking me!" (Bill: "I'm not licking you!") Unfortunately it's not AllJustADream.
* TheCatCameBack: Bill's attempts to dispose of the eponymous robot in "Robot". At one point he seals the robot in a box, which he places inside a larger crate suspended from a crane, only to turn around and find the robot is now driving the crane.
* CaveMouth: In "The Stone Age" the Goodies go caving. They find a remarkable CaveMouth. They note the curving rows of stalagmites and stalactites and treat the odd red thing [[note]]uvula[[/note]] like a punching bag. The giant dinosaur, naturally, closes its mouth on them.
* CentralTheme: While there is no real lesson to any episode, an overall antiauthoritian streak runs through the program. Antagonists are frequently characters who have [[DrunkWithPower let power go to their head]], usually one of the trio.
* ChandelierSwing: Graeme attempts one in "Snow White 2" and ends up crashing into the wall.
* ChewingTheScenery: Many a guest star (and the leads on occasion), but the height of this is reached by Creator/JonPertwee playing somewhat against type in "Wacky Wales".
* ClownCar: In "Skatty Safari", the Rolf Harris plague has a take-off of the Pied Piper of Hamlin, which includes the Rolf Harris "attacking the babies in their cradles". Later when the Goodies draw them out of the city by playing "Waltzing Matilda" on didgeridoos, an endless stream of Rolfs are seen clambering out of the one baby carriage.
* CluelessAesop: Parodied in "Gender Education" with their Mary Whitehouse expy-approved sex education film, which avoids any mention of anything related to sex:
-->'''Narrator:''' This is a man. And this isn't.
* CoatFullOfContraband: Parodied in "Hype Pressure". Experiencing a 1950s revival, Tim turns into a quick-talking, quick-walking, shady spiv. "Wanna buy a nice pair of fluorescent socks?"
* ComicTrio: Played with -- usually ''someone'' would fill the roles, but no one character could or would have total claim to it.
* ComplimentBackfire: The show was once praised by well-known MoralGuardian Mary Whitehouse. The boys took it poorly, making an entire episode spoofing her and, when she didn't rise to the bait, inserting rude gags until they finally earned her public disapproval.
* ComputerEqualsTapedrive: Graeme's computer, naturally. Spoofed in the 2005 "Return of the Goodies" documentary where a now middle-aged Graeme tries to insert an enormous disk in his computer.
-->"I'll pop it on the laptop. Hang on, it's not compatible. I shall give it an upgrade." ''([[PercussiveMaintenance hits it with a mallet]])''
* ContinuityCavalcade: In "Change Of Life", the Goodies feel old and useless, and decide to do a Goodies standard test. It's filled with references to classic episodes, including Ecky Thump, Kitten Kong and even the old gag of getting on the trandem and falling over.
* {{Corpsing}}: Bill was especially prone to this, pointing it out on the commentary tracks.
* CowboyEpisode: "Bunfight at the OK Tearooms"
* CreatorProvincialism: Though a lot of this is satirical. See the song "Cricklewood" - after mentioning [[Music/TheBeatles Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane]], they sing about Cricklewood, possibly the most boring place on Earth, if you believe the song.
* CreditsGag: "It Might as Well be String" ends with the camera looking through the backwards credits on the TV screen at the Goodies, who are sitting on a couch making snide remarks about the episode they've just watched.
* CrossDresser: Tim in "Cecily".
** Tim in quite a few episodes - to the point that, after the Goodies have taken over the film industry, Graeme says to Tim "You'll play the woman - you always play the women."
* CruellaToAnimals: The Endngered Species Club from "Dodonuts". They only hunt endangered species because their small numbers make them hard to find. Common species of animals and birds are too abundant and therefore too easy to hunt.
* DanceSensation: Spoofed in "The Music Lovers" where they were being tasked by a musical Mad Hatter, no less with writing a hit song. They belted up a squaredance tune, and Bill improvised fairly ordinary squaredance lyrics which were being followed exactly by the Mad Hatter's goons, ending with this (paraphrased):
-->Back to the windows, turn about,
-->Are you ready, all jump out
** In universe there is "The Bounce" from "Goodies Rule - Ok?"
** And Dr. Demento listeners will remember "The Funky Gibbon".
* DeadpanSnarker: Bill and Graeme. Tim would snark occasionally, but he's usually playing it up too much for it to be deadpan.
* DemBones: In one episode the Goodies are operating their own hospital. Graeme gets a patient to step behind an X-Ray screen, which naturally displays his skeleton. The skeleton then walks out from the other side of the screen, causing Graeme to flee in terror (this scene is included in The Goodies opening montage).
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Rather hilariously done in the original form in the episode "Come Dancing". Graeme has built a gadget controlling their "dancing suits", and a female leader of a dancing mafia is hassling him about the importance of the Goodies losing the dance competition they've entered. [[AbsentMindedProfessor Distracted]], he mumbles that he wasn't listening, and then this ensues:
-->'''Graeme:''' Look, I'm in a terrible hurry to set the control box...
-->'''Leader:''' ''Set the control box?''
-->'''Graeme:''' Yes, the box that--the--uh--the suits, the settings, we--''[makes vague hand gestures]''--anyway, I ''must'' dash!
-->'''Leader:''' ''[catching on somehow]'' ...But this is ''cheating!''
-->'''Graeme:''' Yeah, well, it is, a bit, but--''[grinning]''--long as nobody knows about it, eh? ''[thumbs up]'' See you later! ''[leaves]''
-->'''Leader:''' ''[stunned silence]''
-->'''Graeme:''' ''[just outside, stopping and [[OhCrap staring into open space, realizing]]]'' ...''WHAT'VE I DONE?!''
* DieLaughing: "Kung Fu Kapers" caused Alex Mitchell to laugh non-stop for nearly a half-hour. The strain on his body was too much and he suffered a fatal heart attack. His widow sent a letter to the Goodies thanking them for making her husband's last moments so happy.
** [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-18542377 Mr. Mitchell's condition was more fully explained recently]], when his granddaughter had a narrow escape from a similar incident (she survived and has had preventative surgery since)
** InUniverse this is the fate of anyone who sees [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Bigfoot]] (Tim Brooke-Taylor with a foot that's swelled up to enormous size) in "Bigfoot".
* DodgyToupee: Several appear in "Scoutrageous" when Graeme and Bill are trying to earn their Wig Spotter's Badge.
* DogWalksYou: In "Kitten Kong" Tim gets dragged along by a kitten (and over some dog poo that happened to be there when they were filming the scene, what makes it worse is that that shot was filmed with stop motion, so Tim was dragged through the dog poo slowly).
** Strange to think that in the 1970s- before the introduction of anti-fouling laws- nobody seems to have thought of ''removing'' the poo from the grass!
* DontTouchItYouIdiot: This is played with in the very first episode, as the Crown Jewels have a sign placed by them reading "Please Do Not Steal". It doesn't do much good.
* DontTryThisAtHome: "We would like to point out that Ecky Thump is the ancient Lancastrian art of self defence. When practised by the untrained, it could be dangerous."
* DopeSlap: Frequent -- often in the visual gag sequences, one or two characters will make a mistake with comedic results, stand around looking sheepish for a while, and get slapped or shoved (usually on the arm or shoulder) several times by whoever of them watched the mistake happen.
* DoubleEntendre
* DownerEnding: A few episodes had these, but they were always PlayedForLaughs, so they only really occur to you as Downer Endings if you think about them. [[spoiler:For example, "Kung Fu Kapers" ends with the Goodies (presumably) plummeting to their deaths off a cliff after an epic martial arts battle. At the end of "The End", they die of old age [[ItMakesSenseInContext having never been freed from their office]]. "Earthanasia" ends with [[EarthShatteringKaboom the world being blown up]], killing ''everyone''.]]
* DramaticDrop: Parodied. Bill's not really shocked, he's just into loud noises.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Tim becomes one after joining the Salvation Army in "Scoutrageous!".
* DrivingADesk: "Punky Business" parodied this and then subverted it, the three Goodies are in the back of a van and we see the road in the vans back windows via backscreen projection, then it starts playing footage of punks. The subversion comes when Bill shoves Graeme and Tim out of the back of the van and we see a screen being watched by several policemen with the punk footage projected onto it.
* DrunkWithPower:
** In "Radio Goodies", Graeme's plan to set up a pirate radio station (and pirate post-office) and the resulting success soon turns him into a raging fascist dictator, complete with uniform and ranting Germanic accent, and he develops a mad plan to drag the entirety of Britain outside of the five-mile limit so that he can rule over it as a 'pirate state'. When Bill and Tim walk out on him in disgust, he eventually resorts to trying to tow Britain away single-handedly in a rowboat.
** In fact this sort of thing happens rather a lot in ''The Goodies'', for instance it happened to Bill in "Kung-Fu Kapers", Graeme AGAIN in "Bunfight at the OK Tearooms", and ''all three of them'' in "The Movies".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Seasons 1 and 2 have a much different feel, with episodes revolving around the lads having to help someone in need, and most villains being played by guest stars. From season 3 onwards, they started working more for their own benefit, until Season 4, where the "Anything Anytime" agency had almost been completely faded out, and the boys simply did whatever took their fancy (or [[GetRichQuickScheme whatever was profitable]]).
* EarthShatteringKaboom: In "Earthanasia", the governments of the world agree to put the world out of its misery by blowing it up.
* EekAMouse: Referenced in "Kitten Kong", where a black housekeeper (suspiciously similar to the one in Tom and Jerry, we even hear her shouting for "Thomas") jumps on the table and shrieks at the sight of the team dressed as mice.
* EdibleAmmunition: The ketchup squeeze bottles in "Bunfight at the OK Tearooms".
* EdibleBludgeon: The black pudding used in the Lancastrian Martial Art "Ecky Thump".
* EgomaniacHunter: "Dodonuts" has Tim and Graeme as leaders of the Endangered Species Club who hunt down endangered species, including a dodo protected by conservationist Bill Oddie.
* EleventyZillion: In the episode "Culture for the Masses" Tim buys a painting at an auction for "one million billion quintillion zillion pounds and two and a half new pence", which it goes without saying that he does not have. They leave thirteen pence as a deposit. By ContrivedCoincidence, the National Gallery have all their paintings insured for exactly one million billion quintillion zillion pounds. HilarityEnsues.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "Earthanasia" centres on the impending destruction of the world and the Goodies' preparation for it.
* EnemyMime: "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express".
* ExoticEntree: In "Dodonuts", Bill attempts to stop Tim and Graeme from hunting and eating the last dodo.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: In the later seasons; the earlier ones had a SurrealThemeTune instead.
-->G (Gee) You need a helping hand\\
O (Oh!) You know we understand\\
O -- We'll be there to the end\\
Everyone needs a friend!
* EyePoke: In "Kung Fu Kapers", Tim is learning kung fu from a book and is instructed on how to perform this attack in a TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat moment.
* FacialCompositeFailure: "Lighthouse Keeping Loonies" has two identikit pictures of suspects for some crime who resemble some high-up members of the Royal Family.
** The composites are identified as two people seen in the vicinity of the missing lighthouse, and, in fact, in an earlier scene, the couple were established as having been nearby.
* FatalFamilyPhoto: Parodied and Lampshaded in an episode of The Goodies. When one Nazi sentry starts showing his partner a photo of his girlfriend in Dusseldorf, the other starts telling him to put it away and ends up screaming at the top of the lungs to the British commandos he is certain are about to leap and murder them that he is not with this guy.
* {{Fauxreigner}}: Done more than once, usually as a part of a ZanyScheme. {{Lampshaded}} when Graeme is on the phone to Tim and pretending to be an Australian named 'Kerry Thwacker':
-->"No! This is not Graeme doing a silly accent! Mister Garden would do a much sillier accent than this!"
* FauxtasticVoyage: "Daylight Robbery On The Orient Express".
* FingertipDrugAnalysis: Played for laughs with smell instead of taste.
-->'''Tim:''' Hang on a minute--''(sniffs)''--dang! That's certain substances, that is! How stupid...Graeme, have a sniff of that.
-->'''Graeme:''' Huh? Oh, that's--''(sniffs -- collapses, then gets up, looking completely spaced out)''--hooh! Where'd you get the stuff, man? Cool, baby, cool...
* FoodSlap:
** In "The Goodies and the Beanstalk", Bill has gone to sell the beloved trandem -- however, it's rated as worthless by the bike buyers, who jokingly buy it for a tin of beans. When he comes back, Tim and Graeme inspect it, surprisingly calm, before pouring all the beans over Bill's head.
** In "Punky Business", Graeme has gotten to work as a waiter in a punk restaurant. When Tim orders the sauce, he gets it all over his head.
** In "Black And White Beauty", there's a literal food slap. Exposition: Graeme's running a place that takes care of old animals. Bill, after watching some of their behavior (nothing), starts doubting that they're alive. Bill watches a very unmoving cat, then this ensues:
-->'''Bill:''' Alright, Graeme. ''(produces a fish)'' I want to see that cat eat that kipper.\\
''(nothing happens)''\\
'''Graeme:''' Er--yes--oh, look! ''(points)'' The hamster's doing a handstand!\\
''(Tim and Bill look away for a bit -- when they look back, the kipper bone is sticking out of Graeme's mouth. Tim slowly pulls it out)''\\
'''Graeme:''' Er...''(turns to the cat)'' I'm sorry, Kenneth, I was just so--''(Tim slaps him with the kipper)''
** After the Goodies start robbing banks, a policeman comes to arrest them. The Goodies ask if he wants them to "spill the beans and hand over the dough." No guessing what happens next...
* FootballHooligans:
** ''The Goodies'' had an episode about soccer hooliganism, in which ''ballet'' eventually replaced soccer as the national pastime but was then ruined by - yep - ''ballet hooligans''.[[note]] This is likely a CallBack to a sketch on ''Series/AtLastThe1948Show'' featuring Tim, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Marty Feldman, and guest cast member Barry Cryer as rival Scottish and English ballet fans at a performance by troupes from both countries which eventually degenerates into a football riot.[[/note]]
** This was quite probably a reference to ''Music/TheRiteOfSpring'', which actually did have hooligans beating each other and gendarmes called in to quell the riot on its premiere.
** They also had a milder parody in one episode, where Tim and Graeme ran in, cheering, chanting, and dressed in red-white scarves and wooly hats.
-->'''Bill:''' [[SarcasmMode So where've you two been?]]
-->'''Graeme:''' ''[[SmartPeoplePlayChess The chess championships!]]''
* FootprintsOfMuck: In "Kitten Kong", the ComicTrio follow the huge paw prints of Tinkles the Kitten across London on their three-seater bicycle, and keep running into things because the giant purrball can just step over objects they can't.
* ForTheEvulz: A rather light example in "Gender Education": Bill's just signed up to do a row of extremely violent shows for the BBC. Graeme and Tim, bewildered, simply ask why he'd join up for such 'immoral, gratuitous violence'.
-->'''Bill:''' Oh, don't worry, I have a perfectly good reason.\\
'''Graeme:''' Oh really? What's that?\\
'''Bill:''' ''I like violence! (jumps Graeme, beginning to strangle him)''
* FourTemperamentEnsemble:
** Bill: Sanguine (very outgoing and easygoing)
** Graeme: Melancholic (driven to the solution of the problem)
** Tim: Phlegmatic (neurotic, naive and social)
* FreePrizeAtTheBottom: One of the spoof ads was for Goodies Plastic Spacemen, which came in a cereal box with a free corn flake.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: After Tim Brooke-Taylor becomes Bigfoot (his right foot has swollen from walking around the sides of mountains, looking for legendary creatures) he retreats to the wild (so people will stop laughing themselves to death over the sight of his enormous foot) and becomes friends to all the animals, who join him in a rendition of the "Bigfoot" theme song.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In "U-Friend Or UFO", Tim and Graeme discuss their sensitive UFO sensing equipment. Meanwhile, Bill is abducted.
** In another UFO gag, Graeme (spoofing ArthurCClarke) completely fails to notice a UFO refueling behind him at Stonehenge or the Yeti eating his latest book.
* FunWithAcronyms: Bill runs for PM as the leader of "The Worker's Revolutionary Party...not just ''A'' Worker's Revolutionary Party, but ''The'' Worker's Revolutionary Party!" An unimpressed Tim notes that the acronym is "Twerp".
** There was a ''real'' Workers' Revolutionary Party at the time. Its members had a disproportionate representation in the acting profession. They were said to make nuisances of themselves on set trying to convert other actors, like a Trotskyite version of the Jehovahs' Witnesses. [[note]] the WRP was known for this reason as ''[[FunWithAcronyms The West End Revolutionary Party]]'' and was indeed ''TWERP'' for short.[[/note]]The boys are perhaps making an unflattering TakeThat here.
* GadgeteerGenius: Graeme. Sometimes verging into MadScientist territory as well.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] after a fashion in "The Race". (Granted, he makes more of a simulation, but still...)
--->'''Bill:''' There's still one problem. We don't have a car, do we?
--->'''Graeme:''' That's no problem -- get me a plate, a spoon, and a mirror.
--->'''Bill:''' [[DeadpanSnarker This is]] ''[[DeadpanSnarker no]]'' [[DeadpanSnarker time for juggling.]]
--->'''Graeme:''' ''(annoyed)'' Get them.
* GaussianGirl: Parodied, Bill and a woman are in soft focus whilst kissing, when he suddenly stops, runs up to the camera and wipes the petroleum jelly off the lens.
* GayCowboy: Tim as the Rhinestone Cowperson in "The Goodies Almost Live".
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Played for comedy in one episode. Tim is in hysterics. Graeme lightly slaps him. Tim is silent for about two seconds...and then slaps back much harder, sending Graeme tumbling into a nearby pile of boxes.
* GiantFootOfStomping / DeadlineNews: In "Kitten Kong", newsreader Michael Aspel (appearing as "Michael Aspirin") is squashed by Kitten Kong's huge paw.
* GibberishOfLove: The first time the Goodies meet their dancing partners in the episode "Come Dancing", this ensues. Simultaneously. To both trios. How else to explain this exchange?
-->'''Girls:''' We are Norma. We are a hair artiste.\\
'''Goodies:''' We are Cyril. We are a bank clerk.\\
'''Girls:''' That's interesting.\\
''({{Beat}})''\\
'''Girls:''' ''[awkwardly]'' Our vision is to own our own hair dressing salon.\\
'''Goodies:''' How interesting. Our ambition is to own our own bank.
* TheGirlWhoFitsThisSlipper: In "Punky Business", Graeme turns Tim into a punk by cutting his leg off. After reattaching it, he warns Tim that the catch won't last much past midnight. Tim goes to the Trendsetter's Ball, where he loses his leg at midnight. Caroline Kook vows to marry the man whom the leg fits. Cue punks cutting off their own legs.
* GlassShatteringSound: Cilla Black's singing in "The Stolen Musicians".
* GoofyPrintUnderwear:
** Tim's Union Jack boxers make several appearances in ''The Goodies'', most notably in "The End" and "Scoutrageous".
** And in "Saturday Night Grease" he dons a pair of underpants that have a large carrot on them (a scene which ''finally'' provoked the much-sought ire of Mary Whitehouse).
** The others had them too, such as the scene where Graeme tries inflating a tyre and ends up blowing up his own trousers.
* HelpingGrannyCrossTheStreet: In the episode "Silly Scouting", Graeme and Bill, playing overage boy scouts, are trying to earn a proficiency badge for Helping Old Ladies Cross the Street. A sequence of madcap visual humour ensues, where Graeme is seen chalking a billiard cue and setting up trick shots involving Old Lady Number One with side-spin off the cushions into old Lady Number Two....
* HilariousOuttakes: Included on the first DVD, showing several takes of the "breaking the record" scene from "The End". Notable among them is the one where Bill takes the record off and smashes it against the desk, and...it doesn't break. He smashes it against the desk ''four more times'', until Tim takes it from him...and attempts to smash it himself.
* HiveMind: In "Gender Education" all three Goodies disguise themselves as one person...all at once...and talk in synch. Something similar happens with both the Goodies and their dance partners in "Come Dancing".
* HomoeroticSubtext: Frequent. In one episode, Tim and Graeme replace Bill with a robot, which they treat like a son, and end up acting like a dysfunctional married couple.
** And lampshaded, notably in "The End", when they're concreted into their office.
-->'''Tim:''' We shall make a new world...a better world for our children.\\
'''Bill:''' What d'you mean, children--we're not going to have any children, are we? I mean, think about it, y'know...face it, from now on we three are doomed to be [[HaveAGayOldTime bachelors gay!]] ''(puts his hand on Tim's shoulder while Graeme starts stroking his hair)'' That's, uh...that's an idea, innit?\\
'''Tim:''' ''(thoughtful pause)'' ...No! Get off!
* HospitalHottie: Spoofed in "Hospital For Hire", where the nurse turns out to be a bearded man. Then they're informed she's not a man.
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: Bill's 'lemon sherbet' in the early seasons.
* IdenticalGrandson:
** Tim plays his own eccentric, rich uncle in "Hunting Pink".
** In "2001 and a Bit", all three Goodies play their own sons (by Raquel Welch) - except that Bill plays Tim's son, Tim plays Graeme's son, and Graeme plays Bill's son.
* IKnowKungFaux: Ecky-Thump, the ancient Lancastrian art of self-defence. It involved the use of black puddings as weapons.
* ImplausibleDeniability: In "Scoutrageous", Graeme and Bill have been terrorising the country as 'the Lone Scout, Plus One'. When they are finally cornered by Tim and the Salvation Army, Tim orders them to take off their masks. Upon seeing their faces, Tim lets out a shocked "It was you all along!". Graeme and Bill look sheepish and Bill mutters "No". Tim then says "Oh well, that's alright then" and starts to leave.
* IneptTalentShowContestant: In "Hype Pressure" Graeme and Bill form a folk duo called 'the Twofolk'. They appear on Tim's cruel talent show ''New Faeces'' (a parody of the similarly cruel actual talent show ''New Faces''[[note]] Judge "Tony Bitch" is a parody of the equally vicious ''New Faces'' judge Tony Hatch[[/note]]) and perform a hideous song called "The World Is Full Of Women and Men". Despite being booed by the audience, they are a hit with the supposedly unscrupulous panelists, who admire the song's naivety and purity. Tim's theatre of cruelty series is cancelled as a result.
* InstitutionalApparel: The arrow variation uniform can be seen in the episode "Goodies in the Nick".
* InstrumentOfMurder: "The Stolen Musicians".
* InterrogationByVandalism: In the episode "Scoutrageous", the two renegade Scouts whittle Tim's staves until he relents (they also damage his hat and threaten to take a Brillo pad (steel wool) to Tim's shiny shoes. ''[[SeriousBusiness They threatened the shiny shoes]]'').
* ISophagus: Graeme, unable to turn off a foghorn in "Lighthouse-Keeping Loonies", swallows the main component.
* IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow: Used, albeit not with the exact phrasing.
-->'''American Officer:''' Well, I'll be hornswoggled!\\
'''Graeme:''' Your personal life is no concern of ours.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Subverted in "Caught In The Act". Context: [[ItMakesSenseInContext Tim is in drag, calling himself 'Mitzi',]] [[ZanyScheme and has gotten into a fight with a woman named Ms. Heffer regarding Graeme who Tim pretends is his lover.]]
-->'''Ms. Heffer:''' He doesn't want you! You're fat and old and ugly!\\
'''"Mitzi":''' Fat and old I may be, but ugly--''(hissing)--ugly...'' ...you're absolutely right, that's why he loves me. C'mere...
* ItMakesSenseInContext: Graeme pulls this in "The Clown Virus" due to his less-than-helpful explanation of what's going on.
-->'''Bill:''' ''(seeing the first signs of Tim's transformation into a clown)'' Hey, Gray, Gray...he looks like Coco the Clown!\\
'''Graeme:''' Good grief, of course...that's it!\\
'''Tim & Bill:''' What?\\
'''Graeme:''' Wh--can't you see--Coco the Clown! The Americans! The tomato soup! Nerve gas! It all makes sense!\\
'''Tim & Bill:''' ...No, it doesn't.
* ItWontTurnOff: A RuleOfFunny version happens in "Lighthouse Loonies", with a foghorn which won't stop blaring even after Tim and Graeme have switched it off, pulled the plug, jumped up and down on it and [[ISophagus swallowed the pieces]].
* KillThePoor: An annual cull of the poor was one of Tim's policies when running for Prime Minister.
** HilariousInHindsight - in a black way - given that this was BEFORE Thatcher's gov't in 1979 and the current Cameron administration, both of whom virtually made this a manifesto promise to their faithful.
* LandInTheSaddle: In "Animals", Graeme leaps out of the window of the farmhouse and lands in the saddle of his horse, who is actually a man (ItMakesSenseInContext), before galloping off.
* LarynxDissonance: Tim in "Cecily", talking on the phone (using the same voice he used for Lady Constance on ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain''). It might not be convincing, but, credit where its due, he slips into the voice like an evening gown (as he should, given how many years he's been using the voice by then).
* LaserBlade: In "Snow White 2", Tim and Graeme have a duel with light sabers.
* LastBreathBullet: "Bunfight at the OK Tearooms".
* LeFilmArtistique: Ken Russell's outlandish composer biopics, especially ''Mahler'', are parodied in "The Movies" with ''The Life of Pablo Casals''. The film of a nun stripping to a frenzied cello accompaniment, but revealing a whiteface mime, is especially bizarre.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Tim's habit of giving inspirational speeches to a background of patriotic music -- which he is seen starting up himself on a tape deck before beginning his speech.* LighthousePoint: The whole of "Lighthouse-Keeping Loonies", all because the advert said, "[[TheProblemWithPenIsland A little light housekeeping]]"
* LettingTheAiroutOfTheBand: Happens on the Christmas song, ''Father Christmas, Do Not Touch Me''. Tim-Brooke-Taylor carries on enthusiastically ringing the chimes and singing long after the others have packed in, and his jolly "ho-ho-ho!" descends into a bleating ''Hello?" as he realises he is alone in the recording studio.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: In "Kitten Kong" Tim and Bill bicker about dinner in this fashion, complete with snarky hissing and turning their backs on one another. Context: Bill was giving a gourmet meal to a guinea pig ([[ItMakesSenseInContext It Makes Sense In...uh...]]further...[[BuffySpeak contexty...things...]])
-->'''Tim:''' ...Ruddy 'ell!\\
'''Bill:''' ''Surely'' you're not resentful toward a little kindness for one of our dumb friends?\\
'''Tim:''' The only dumb friend I've got is you!\\
'''Bill:''' Well, ''thank'' you, after I make supper for you--\\
'''Tim:''' Look, we can hardly afford to feed ourselves, and you start giving four-course meals to ''flaming guinea pigs''!\\
'''Bill:''' ''[turns his back]'' Temper, temper...\\
'''Tim:''' Well, since when have we eaten that well!\\
'''Bill:''' Since when indeed, yes...what did we get last time ''you'' cooked supper, eh? ''[Tim turns his back as well] A bowl of corn flakes!'' Yes, and [[EpicFail they were burnt]]...\\
'''Tim:''' Well, better than your soggy lettuce and potato peelings...\\
'''Bill:''' ''[turns back around, snapping]'' On the money you give me you're very lucky to get anything at all, I can tell you! ''[turning his back, hands on hips]'' Oh, I've a good urge to go back to mother's...\\
'''Tim:''' Well go.\\
'''Bill:''' I shall.\\
'''Graeme:''' ''Now listen!''\\
'''Bill and Tim:''' ''AND YOU KEEP OUT OF THIS!''\\
'''Graeme:''' Tim, you are being very, very silly!\\
'''Tim:''' Oh, you always take sides with ''him'', don't you...
* LimitedWardrobe: Played straight with Tim and Graeme but averted with Bill, who had the same outfit for the first two seasons but went through several groovy outfits after that.
* LipstickAndLoadMontage Tim getting ready for the disco in "Saturday Night Grease".
* LockedInARoom: "The End" features the Goodies' office being encased in a block of concrete - with them inside.
* LostTribe: In "The Lost Tribe of the Orinoco", the Goodies go in search of the eponymous lost tribe and find it in a most unexpected location.
* LotteryOfDoom: When the Goodies are sealed inside a block of concrete in "The End", they draw straws to see which one of them will be eaten by the other two. Tim and Graeme don't tell Bill that this is what they are drawing for.
* MadeOfExplodium: PlayedForLaughs. In "Robot", the household appliances (the stove, computer, etc.) explode when they collide.
* ManInAKilt:
** The Goodies wore kilts in a totally failed attempt to blend in in Scotland in "Scotland".
** In "Alternative Roots", the kilt is worn by the clan of Graeme's ancestor Keltic Kilty. The clan's initiation rite includes the joke "What's worn under a Scotsman's kilt? Nothing, it's all in perfect working order!".
* MartialArtsAndCrafts: "Kung Fu Kapers"
* MasterOfDisguise: Nasty Person, who got his [[IncrediblyLamePun Master of Disguise from Sussex University]].
-->'''Tim:''' You say you're the Most Naughty Man in the World, how come we've never heard of you?\\
'''Nasty Person:''' Because I am a master of disguises. Look, these are some of my greatest triumphs! ''[unveils pictures of Richard Nixon, Enoch Powell, Idi Amin and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking David Frost]]]'' All me!
** Later they fool Nasty Person's brainless henchman into thinking he's disguised himself as the Goodies, all three of them. At the same time.
* MayContainEvil: The 'tomato soup' in "Clown Virus".
* MeadowRun: Done between Bill Oddie and his new gal. Then done in the same meadow between Graeme Garden and...his computer. He also tries to push it on a swing, which...doesn't work so well.
* MediaWatchdog: Parodied in the form of Mrs Desiree Carthorse, an obvious NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Mary Whitehouse, in the episode "Sex and Violence". The real Mrs Whitehouse had said how much she liked the show, and the boys [[ComplimentBackfire took offense]].
* MedicineShow: The Goodies performed a scene as part of "The Goodies Travelling Medicine Show" in the episode "Hospital For Hire". The scene included a plant from the audience (Tim) being pulled from the audience to 'prove' that the mystery elixir cured all ailments.
* MegaNeko: Kitten Kong
* MentalPictureProjector: Bill's brain hooked up to Graeme's computer. It took a sherbert fountain to make it work. Bill's train of consciousness lagely revolved around football and naked ladies (the picture cut out when he ran out of sherbert, or else CensorBoxes intruded), but generally managed a revelation of worth to Graeme and Tim.
* MeritBadgesForEverything: The "Scoutrageous!" episode features the World Domination badge (up to that point only ever awarded to Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and David Frost. But Frost stole his).
** It also features a montage of two of the characters earning badges they are blatantly making up as they go, including the Wig Spotters Badge, the Stealing A Pair Of MargaretThatcher's Bloomers Badge, and the [[CheatingWithTheMilkman Cheering Up Lonely Housewives Whose Husbands Are Away At Work]] badge.
* MiracleGroMonster: Kitten Kong
* MonumentalDamage: The episode "Sex and Violence" concludes with the CrossesTheLineTwice climax of Bill (accidentally) ''blowing up the BBC Television Centre''.
** Stories have it that this scene was repeatedly screened at BBC parties, where it attracted huge cheers every time.
** Kitten Kong took down the Post Office Tower (now known as the BT Tower) in a clip that ended up in the TitleSequence of later seasons.
* MostDefinitelyNotAVillain (In one episode, the Goodies ran a pirate radio station inside a submarine attached to a rowboat. The rowboat itself had a sign saying 'Not A Pirate Radio Station'.)
** And earlier on, in "The Greenies", there was a military base with a sign saying (paraphrased): "Not A Germ Warfare Station Or A Nuclear Weapon Testing Site Or A Place Where People Are Hurt In Any Way". And below it, a small sign saying "So There".
* MotorcycleJousting: In "Camelot Capers", The Goodies had to joust a horseback knight while mounted on their iconic three-seater bicycle. It doesn't go well for them.
* MundaneObjectAmazement: Graeme becomes enthralled by the process of making a cup of tea in "Holidays". This results in him making several hundred cups of tea.
* MushroomSamba: In some of the early episodes Bill Oddie's hallucinations are crucial plot points. They are induced by
-->'''Graeme:''' LEMON SHERBET?\\
:: Whenever the [[GRatedDrug sherbet]] comes up, it's often mentioned that his ''grandmother'' sends him it. It's also described as "Not dangerous, but it turns him on".
* MusicalAssassin: Everyone at the end of "The Stolen Musicians". The organ cannon. Or the orchestra using their violins as bows. [[StealthPun And their bows as arrows.]] And finally, Cilla Black against the Goodies in the last scene.
* TheNativesAreRestless: In "South Africa", Tim observes that "the jockeys are restless tonight".
* NewscasterCameo: BBC News presenter Richard Baker, Michael Aspel, Corbet Woodall, and ''Nationwide'' presenter Michael Barratt were among the more frequently seen guest stars to appear as themselves.
* NiceHat: In "Kung Fu Kapers", mastery in the Lancastrian martial art of Ecky-Thump is shown by the size of the flat cap worn by the fighter.
* NineOutOfTenDoctorsAgree: Parodied when The Goodies go into the advertising business in "It Might As Well Be String".
-->'''Tim''': Look at this! Nine out of every ten doctors agree that people who don't eat Sunbeam sliced bread will get squashed by elephants!\\
'''Graeme''': That's right. Mind you, it did take us a long time to find the right nine doctors, woo hoo hoo ''(makes loony signal)'' ... and the elephants!
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: There were several thinly-disguised parodies of media personalities, usually with punny names.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Grundy Bill Grumpy]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Whitehouse Mrs. Desiree Carthorse]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Coon Caroline Kook]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Aspel Michael Aspirin]] (Played by the real Michael Aspel!)
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Nabarro Sir Reginald Wheelbarrow]]
* NoMoreForMe: In "Frankenfido" a man walking out of an optometrist takes off his new glasses after seeing the giant mutant pup...and promptly walks into a lamppost.
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: When the office is sealed in concrete in "The End", Tim and Graeme's thoughts immediately turn to cannibalism to survive, with Bill their intended target.
* NoPronunciationGuide:
** "Bunfight at the OK Tea Room" has an OverlyLongGag about the pronunciation of the word "scone". The joke is that both the long-O and short-O pronunciations are correct, and it's slightly region-dependent which one is favoured.
** Also done in "The Clown Virus" when they're meeting with an American general.
-->'''General:''' Gentlemen, we want to employ you to dispose of this small canister of harmless substance.\\
'''Graeme:''' Oh, no, no, no. We're not dumping your...poison gas or whatever it is.\\
'''General:''' Poison gas!? This is not poison gas, this is...tomayto soup!\\
'''Goodies:''' ''(incredulous)'' Tomato soup!?\\
'''General:''' Yes, tomayto soup! ''(points to the label)''\\
'''Bill:''' Oh, ''tomato'' soup...
* TheNudifier: In "The Lost Tribe", the Goodies enter their quick-change cupboard, and leave the cupboard in the correct type of clothing for their coming adventure. When Hazel enters the cupboard, she thinks that it is not working properly because, when she emerges from the cupboard, she is only dressed in a large-size bath towel.
* OnTheMoney: In "Culture for the Masses", Tim buys a painting for one million billion quintillion zillion pounds and two and a half new pence. Looking for a way to pay this off, they later learn that the art in the National gallery is insured for one million billion quintillion zillion pounds.
* OrgyOfEvidence: "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express" where the evidence left behind by the murderers includes a Union Jack waistcoat, a pair of glasses and a beard...which Bill proceeds to put on.
* OrientExpress: "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express"
* OurSloganIsTerrible: Multiple examples
* OverlyLongGag: The sound of Bill walking up the stairs in "Change of Life". It goes on so long that Tim and Graeme fall asleep in the middle of it.
* OverlyLongName: When The Goodies travel to Wales via train, the name of the station is seen outside the window continuing for the entire journey to their destination. This is a parody of the railway station at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llanfairpwllgwyngyll Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch]] (usually abbreviated to Llanfair PG), which is the longest train station name in the world.
* PaintedTunnelRealTrain:
** In "Invasion Of The Moon Creatures", Bill, dressed as a rabbit (ItMakesSenseInContext, promise) runs next to a hole and jumps down the rabbit hole to get rid of Graeme, who is chasing him. Graeme attempts to jump in also, but hits the ground. Confused, he touches the hole, and manages to ''pick it up'' -- it's just a piece of round, black paper. Frustrated, he throws the hole away as he stomps off-screen. When the hole lands, Bill crawls out of it again.
** Taken to a truly ''manic'' extent in "The Movies": Characters jump in and out of the cinema screen, then in and out of the cinema screen which is on ''another cinema screen'', then running off screen, appearing in the cinema screen inside the cinema screen, then jumping through all the cinema screens. The amazing thing is that it manages not to look obviously fake despite the episode being from 1975, and ''live action television''.
* PaperThinDisguise:
** At one point, all three Goodies disguise themselves as one man. No, they aren't wearing identical disguises -- they're wearing one very large mustache and speaking all at the same time. When they take it off:
-->'''Man''': Good Lord! There are three of you in there!
** This is inverted in another episode when they attempt to bluff a villain's henchman by pretending to be the villain disguising himself as all three of them at once.
* [[{{Parody}} Parodies]]: Too many to list, so we'll just list ''Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World''.
* ParodyCommercial: From the start of season 1 to the end of season 4, episodes were split into two parts, divided by parody commercials. They made a return in the season 6 episode "It Might As Well Be String", which was a parody of the advertisement industry in general.
* PinPullingTeeth: In reference to this trope, while on a desert island Graeme bites the top off a pineapple which then explodes [[RuleOfFunny for no apparent reason]].
* PokeThePoodle: When the end of the world is nigh, Tim panics, worrying about his sins and the possibility he may go to hell. His sins, in the order he confessed them to Bill and Graeme: forgetting to put the turkey in for Christmas, tucking his shirt inside his underpants, and farting in the bath. When he has a FreakOut and tries to be sinful, he wears a t-shirt showing-off his belly button (and mocks Bill and knees him in the groin, which actually ''is'' pretty douchey.)
* PoliticalStereotype: Not a major part of their characters, but the three Goodies each had elements of being stereotypical members of the three main political parties in the UK at the time: Bill for Labour, Tim for the Conservatives and Graeme for the Liberals.
* PolkaDotPaint: The Goodies acquire the nation's art collection to stop wealthy Americans buying it, but end up stuck with the bill. After all their efforts to foist the cost off to the National Gallery fail, Tim invites the Americans back in, but now they're only interested in a single painting, ''The Monarch of the Glen'' by Sir Edwin Landseer which Bill refuses to part with. Graeme then produces a roller brush which paints ''Monarch of the Glen'' over every painting they have.
* PowerTrio
* PressurePoint: Spoofed in "Kung Fu Kapers": Reading from a book of martial arts instructions, Graeme delivers a large number of light taps and pokes to various spots on Tim's body. After several seconds of nothing happening, Tim suddenly spasms and jerks back and forth before collapsing unconscious.
* ProducePelting: Happens to the xylophone player in "Snow White 2".
* ProjectileToast: Tim is pelted by toast fired from the toaster when the household appliances rebel in "Robot".
* {{Pseudolympics}}: "A Kick in the Arts'' had Tim converting the Olympics from sports alone to a combination of sports and arts, leading to such events as the 'Snatch and Limerick' (combining poetry and weightlifting).
* RealVehicleReveal: One of the early episodes has them leave their office and move behind a Rolls Royce, looking as if they are about to get in it. They then emerge from behind the Rolls riding their "trandem" bike.
* RingRingCRUNCH: Hilariously spoofed in "Lighthouse Keeping Loonies". Seeing the fog closing in around the Jolly Rock lighthouse Graeme switches on the foghorn, startling an over-sensitive Tim who yells at him to turn it off. Graeme does so but the foghorn [[ItWontTurnOff continues to blare, even after they repeatedly flick the switch, pull out the power cord]], rip the foghorn to bits and [[AgitatedItemStomping jump up and down on it]]. Finally in desperation Graeme swallows the part emitting the most noise, whereupon silence ensues. [[ISophagus Until he opens his mouth to speak]].
** Also present in the second episode, "Snooze", with a radio. It seems that Graeme has built a hammer into his wall for the primary purpose of smashing his radio.
* RiverOfInsanity: "The Lost Tribe"
* RubeGoldbergHatesYourGuts: MadScientist Rat Fink Petal tries to kill the Goodies with a simultaneous pair of deathtraps: a bathtub slowly filling with water in which sits a man-eating alligator, and a candle burning a rope holding a tub of concentrated acid, so they'll be tormented over which horrible death they'll experience. After a comical CliffhangerCopout in which they make an unseen escape thanks to Graeme's fruit peeler, their escape is foiled by Rat Fink who's GenreSavvy enough to be waiting outside the door. He then straps them to an enormous CartoonBomb, which if moved will open a canister of poison gas.
* RunningGag: Many. Bill's "lemon sherbet" in early episodes, for example. They also had several that only lasted for one episode, such as Graeme always adding a deadpan 'boom' to their radio station's theme song (ItMakesSenseInContext...ah...sort of...) in "Radio Goodies".
** The Heenz Meenz Beenz add, featuring Tim as a ButtMonkey boy who keeps messing up an add for baked beans.
* TheRuntAtTheEnd
-->'''Head Dwarf:''' Sleepy. Happy. Grumpy. Soppy. Grotty. And Tim.
* SadClown: Years after the show had ended, Bill Oddie [[http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/features/profiles/637257/An-Oddie-but-a-Goodie revealed that he had a lifelong battle with depression]].
* TheSecretOfLongPorkPies: In "Animals", Graeme runs out of animals to serve in restuarant and concocts a scheme to farm humans and sell their meat for human consumption.
* SheetOfGlass: In "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express", the mimes wreak havoc with a mimed sheet of glass that has [[YourMimeMakesItReal exactly the same effect that real sheet of glass would have had]].
* ShootOutTheLock: In "U-Friend or UFO" Bill is being chased by what he thinks is an alien, but Tim won't let him in the door, so he orders Graeme's robot to open it. The robot promptly disintegrates the door, so Bill can't lock it after him.
* ShoutOut:
** In "Invasion Of The Moon Creatures", there's a shout out to ''Series/DoctorWho'' ("''(while in space)'' I'll just step outside to the telephone booth." "What telephone booth?" "That one! ''(points to the TARDIS)''"), ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' (Spock shows up on their screen briefly, and Graeme records his thoughts in a captain's log la Kirk), and ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''.
--->'''Graeme:''' Captain's log...stardate, February 18th...time, 10:15...It is with deep regret that I--10:15?! Hey! ''[turns TV on, the opening titles to Flying Circus roll]'' [[TakeThat Ah, blast! ...Missed Moira Anderson.]]
** Also, the cast of ''Series/TheSootyShow'' leading a '[[IncrediblyLamePun puppet government]]'. And the giant [[TheMagicRoundabout Dougal and Zebedee...]]
** They had another ''Python'' reference at the end of the beanstalk episode; after rubbing the empty bean tin that started the havoc, a genie (played by Creator/JohnCleese) rises out and proclaims it to be time for Something Completely Different, before realising that he's in a "[[TakeThat Kids' Program!"]] and disappearing.
** In "Kitten Kong", the Goodies rush into an office dressed as mice, the cleaning lady [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry leaps up onto a nearby stool and starts shouting "Thomas".]]
** Also, "Saturday Night Grease" is filled with references to musicals. At first, it's just ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' and ''{{Grease}}'' with Tim striking John Travolta's famous pose and a brief rendition of "Summer Lovin'". Then, at the end, there's ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', ''Film/SinginInTheRain'', and even a bit of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
** "U-Friend Or UFO" has ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', ''{{Superman}}'', ''TheFlyingNun'' and ''Franchise/StarWars''.
** In the "gymnasium" sketch from an episode of ''Engelbert and the Young Generation'' which was later gathered into "A Collection of Goodies", the trio set down a wooden vaulting horse when they hear knocking coming from inside. When they lift off the top of the vaulting horse, a series of six men in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII POW uniforms exit with picks and shovels, followed a moment later by a German officer with a revolver. This is a reference to ''The Wooden Horse'', the (mostly) true story of the second most famous mass escape from Stalag Luft III[[note]] after Film/TheGreatEscape[[/note]] in which the entrance to the escape tunnel was hidden under a wooden vaulting horse (rather than the exit, as in the Goodies sketch).
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: "Bunfight at the Ok Tearooms" climaxes with a showdown between Tim and Bill on one side, and "Greedy Graeme" on the other, with ketchup squeeze bottles as weapons.
* SnakeOilSalesman: In "Hospital For Hire".
-->'''Graeme:''' My friends, this here bottle contains a guaranteed all-purpose remedy for prostration, inflation and frustration! Pneumonia and old monia! Distemper, dat temper and bad temper! Sunburn, heartburn, and [[TakeThat Tony Blackburn]]!
** [[CreatorBreakdown Tony Blackburn]], in fact, portrays one of the onlookers.
* SneakyDeparture: Graeme does this in "Bunfight at the O.K. Tea Rooms", sneaking off to register the clotted cream claim while the other two are asleep. Tim and Bill spend some time talking to the CardboardPal he left in his place before they realise anything is wrong.
* SomethingThatBeginsWithBoring: While encased in concrete.
* SoundToScreenAdaptation: The roots of the show lie in manic 1960's ensemble comedy show ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'', which starred the three Goodies with JohnCleese and Jo Kendall, who both performed TV cameos in the series. Several ISIRTA sketches were recyled into ''The Goodies'', and fans of the radio series can be heard in the studio audience, knowingly cheering mentions of Spot The Dog and all references to gibbons (funky or otherwise). The TV show also gave Tim Brooke-Taylor ample opportunities to reprise his Lady Constance [=deCoverlet=] voice.
* SpinOff: At the height of their fame, they had a comic series in ''Cor!!'' magazine -- although it wasn't penned by them, it got their yea or nay as the 'final test' before publishing. A well-known fansite has [[http://www.goodiesruleok.com/gallery.php?gallery=cor some scans.]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'', to some extent, especially the earlier episodes where Bill was a regular along with Tim and Graeme. Which, in turn, would make ''The Goodies'' itself a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain''.
** Well spotted that Gibbon. Have an OBE.
* SpotTheImposter: In "The Baddies", where robot doubles of the lads were made by someone trying to give them a bad image. Tim eventually yells that they should try and unscrew the doubles' heads, to which the inventor of the doubles panicked, revealing them, The Goodies then begin to chase the duplicates. HilarityEnsues.
* StartMyOwn: The basis for several episodes, including "Radio Goodies" and "Hospital for Hire".
* StewedAlive: The Lost Tribe of the Orinocco attempt to cook Tim and Bill in a pot. They escape by fooling the tribe into making "human clear soup", which involves removing the meat before serving.
* StopMotion: The Goodies often used the live action version of this effect during the action scenes.
* StrappedToABomb: In an episode, the Goodies fall foul of a mad scientist who ties them to a bomb (after they escape his first inescapable death trap, which involved rising water, an alligator, a candle burning through a rope, and an acid bath).
* SurroundedByIdiots: In "Radio Goodies":
-->'''Graeme:''' ''(enraged)'' How can I create a new world when I'm surrounded by fools?!\\
'''Tim & Bill:''' ...He's flipped. He's flipped, he's gone, he's completely gone...
* SurrealHumor: On occasion, the most notable occasions being the endings of certain episodes -- "The Movies" (which ended with Tim, Bill and Graeme running back and forth between movie sets and into television screens in an epic battle between an epic, a silent comedy, and a western), "Daylight Robbery On The Orient Express" (which ended with EvilTwin Goodies entering the French Le Boring competition, and using the power of mime to stop the Goodies from interfering), and "It Might As Well Be String" (which ended with switches to several different commercials in which Bill and Graeme tried to stop Tim from telling the world that string was evil). None of these endings offered any attempt at closure, even for a show with NegativeContinuity, all of them [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext make just as much sense in context]], and it was even lampshaded in the [[CreativeCredits credits]] of "It Might As Well Be String", with Tim, Bill and Graeme looking at a television screen.
-->'''Bill:''' ...Huh, I didn't quite get that.
-->'''Graeme:''' Surrealism.
-->'''Bill:''' Suh--what?
-->'''Tim:''' [[IncrediblyLamePun 'Suh lot of rubbish.]]
-->'''Bill:''' Oh.
* TakeThat:
** They took a few playful shots at Creator/MontyPython.[[note]] The Pythons and the Goodies' 1960s careers have a lot of overlap. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, and Eric Idle had been in the Cambridge Footlights with the Goodies (Idle succeeded Graeme (who himself succeeded Tim) as Footlights president in 1964-65), and Chapman and Idle wrote for ''I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again'', while Cleese was a cast member. Graeme and Bill went on to appear in a (now wiped) sketch series called ''Twice a Fortnight'' with Terry Jones and Michael Palin.[[/note]]
*** In "Invasion of the Moon Creatures", Graeme switches on the television and sees the opening credits to ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. He immediately switches off again, fuming at having missed Moira Anderson.
*** "Scatty Safari" features four Gumbys as exhibits in the "Star Safari Park", accompanied by Sousa's "Liberty Bell" March (used as the ''Flying Circus'' theme tune).
*** In "The Goodies Rule... OK?", the down-and-out Tim and Bill pass two Gumbys rummaging through a dustbin; Bill addresses them as John and Eric.
*** Meanwhile, the Pythons returned fire in John Cleese's cameo at the end of "The Goodies and the Beanstalk". He appears as a genie from the tin of beans and declares, "[[CatchPhrase And now for something completely different.]]" An annoyed Tim snaps, "Push off!" To which Cleese sneers, "Kids' programme!"[[note]] A favourite term of derision for ''The Goodies'' by the Pythons' more militant fans.[[/note]]
** DJ Radio/TonyBlackburn was a frequent target.[[note]] Bill in particular disliked Blackburn, but had to mend the bridge he was burning when he realised Blackburn was the most likely Radio 1 DJ to play the Goodies' music.[[/note]]
*** In "Chubby Chumps", Radio/TerryWogan (voiced by Graeme) is announcing a contest, the second prize for which is a night out with Tony Blackburn, and the third prize for which is ''two'' nights out with Tony Blackburn.
*** In "Scatty Safari", Tony (who appears as himself) is the safari park's main attraction. He doesn't do well in captivity, and after Tim can't bring himself to put the poor fellow out of his misery ("I couldn't do it! Those big brown eyes looking up at me. I swear he could understand every word I said!"), they decide to release him into the wild, and he makes his glorious run for freedom... at which point he is promptly shot dead by a hunter.
*** In "The Goodies Rule... OK?", when the Goodies are driving through the streets rounding up the UK's now unemployed entertainers to stage a coup against the tailor's dummy government, they pick up Tommy Cooper, Ken Dodd, Rolf Harris (all seen only from behind, of course), and begin pulling up to Tony Blackburn (appearing as himself again), only to turn around and zoom away when they realise who he is. Tony takes out a hankie and begins weeping.
** Frequently to Rolf Harris.
*** In "The Stolen Musicians", being locked into a cell with Rolf Harris is considered a FateWorseThanDeath. Now a colossal FunnyAneurysmMoment due to his prison sentence in 2014 for historical sex offences.
*** They even devoted a whole episode to mocking Rolf Harris - in "Scatty Safari", they capture Rolf Harris, who becomes the star attraction at the Goodies' celebrity safari park. Unfortunately, their captive breeding program works a little too well, and Great Britain is soon overrun by a plague of Rolf Harrises.
** Other favourite targets: singers Max Bygraves and Des O'Connor, journalist/comedian David Frost (fondly[[note]] Frost having given the Goodies some of their first breaks as television writers[[/note]]), then-Opposition leader Margaret Thatcher, "Clean Up TV" and "Festival of Light" campaigner Mary Whitehouse, actress and political activist Vanessa Redgrave, and television presenter Nicholas Parsons.
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Practically a CharacteristicTrope. Every time something is being read out or listened to, somebody (usually Bill) will pass a [[DeadpanSnarker smartarse]] or confused comment, which the tape, record, TV show or piece of paper will have a response.
** The height of the trope is reached when the characters are learning kung fu -- Graeme is reading aloud from the book, Tim is trying what it says.
-->'''Graeme:''' Now lift up your index and middle finger and make a V.\\
''(Tim makes the rude V sign)''\\
'''Graeme:''' ''(still reading aloud)'' No, not like that.\\
''(Tim flips his hand around to a less rude gesture)''\\
'''Graeme:''' Yes, like that.
** In "It Might as Well Be String", Graeme and Bill have apparently planned ahead when recording the tapes to simulate their voices for the tailor's dummies of themselves they use to fool Tim. When he discovers the ruse, this exchange occurs:
-->'''Tim:''' I should have known something was wrong when you didn't laugh at the Chelsea result!\\
'''Bill:''' ''(on tape)'' How did they get on?\\
'''Tim:''' Lost 3-0 at home to Derby.\\
'''Bill:''' ''(on tape)'' HA HA HA HA HA!
* [[TandemParasite Trandem Parasite]]: The Trandem is a three-man variation of a Tandem. The original version was an ordinary (sic) tandem with an extra seat at the back. Tim and Graeme pedalled, Bill being shortest was at the back in the non-pedalling seat. Later on the BBC prop department actually built a version with three sets of pedals.
** Apparently it was roughly made (with plenty of sharp edges), hard to steer, hard to pedal and ridiculously prone to overbalancing.
** The first time they tried the trandem they were unable to pedal it, so they had to write that into the scene (the bike falls over and they have to push it along). This ineptitude then became a RunningGag.
* TeamTitle
* TenLittleMurderVictims: Parodied in "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express".
* TenPacesAndTurn
* ThiefBag: "Alternative Roots"
* ThisIsNoTimeToPanic: Usually Graeme will say calmly, "Who votes that we should panic now?" followed by everyone putting up their hands, then Bill and Graeme start running about shouting hysterically while Tim pretends he's a Teapot.
* ThrillerOnTheExpress: "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express".
* TitleMontage: Updated almost every series with new clips from the preceding series, or with a new theme tune (or version of the existing one).
* TodayXTomorrowTheWorld: Played [[NightmareFuel chillingly]] straight by Graeme in "Radio Goodies", after he went DrunkWithPower.
-->'''Graeme:''' Today...the post office...tomorrow...''the worrrld.''
* TotemPoleTrench: In "South Africa" with a mannequin.
* ToTheBatpole: The Quick Change Cabinet.
* TradingBarsForStripes: In "Scoutrageous", Tim is arrested for being a scout, but is let off by the judge because he went to a good school. However, he joins the only organisation left for someone like him: the Salvation Army.
* TrashCanBand: The boys form one in an attempt to relieve their boredom in "Holidays".
* TribalCarry: After being captured by the huntsmen (who are all attractive young women) in "Snow White 2", the boys are carried back to the castle in this fashion.
* TrickBomb: The Goodies once visited a U.S. Airforce base, where they were shown a large variety of trick bombs, including tear gas, laughing gas, sleeping gas, and ''clown gas.''
--> "This is the worst one."
--> "What does it do?"
--> "It blows their heads off."
* TrouserSpace: Tim in "Scoutrageous".
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Mocked in-universe in "The Movies", where Tim eventually fires all the film directors for making films of this type. Specifically, he says 50% of them are either "very boring or extremely pretentious", and the rest are unnecessarily violent or sexy.
* {{Uncanceled}}
* UniversalAdaptorCast: In those episodes inexplicably set in alternate times or places, where the trio play different characters.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal:
-->'''Bill:''' Tell you something, I'd rather have Edna Everage. [[CrossDresser At least she's a real woman.]]
* VisualPun: All the time.
-->'''Graeme:''' They'll probably send us a message on the drums. ''(promptly has a drum thrown at him with a message written on it)''
* WackyRacing: "The Race".
* WaxingLyrical:
** "Scoutrageous" started off by quoting the White Rabbit's song from Disney's ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''. Bill and Graeme are sitting around the office:
-->'''Graeme''': He's late.\\
'''Tim''': ''(walking in)'' I'm late.\\
'''Bill''': For a very important date.\\
'''Graeme''': No time to say hello.\\
'''Tim''': ''(leaving)'' Goodbye.\\
'''Graeme and Bill''': ''(together)'' He's late, he's late, he's late, eeh eeh!
** And from an early season episode comes this exchange:
-->'''Graeme:''' Well, that's love. Who can explain it? Who can tell you why?\\
'''Bill:''' ''(singing)'' Fools give you reasons...\\
'''All:''' ''Wise men never try!''\\
'''Tim:''' Some enchaaaanted evening--''don't change the subject!''
** And all the time in "Saturday Night Grease"!
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Tim's Union Jack waistcoat and boxers.
* WeHelpTheHelpless
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Graeme in "Scoutrageous". So tight that he can't bend over in them. Almost certainly intended as FanDisservice.
* WidgetSeries: Or, more accurately, Wibbit Series.
* WilliamTelling: The boys are challenged to a medieval battle by a team of black knights. One of them successfully shoots a melon off of Graeme's head, nailing it to the tree behind him. Bill then has to one-up them by shooting an olive off Tim's head he does, but nails most of Tim's hair to the tree as well.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: When Moral Guardian Mary Whitehouse praised the show, they retaliated by making an episode mocking her.
* YourMimeMakesItReal: This is the primary weapon of the mimes in "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express". Mimed guns allow them to shoot musical instruments out of the Goodies' hands, miming carrying a sheet of glass across a road causes nasty accident, a mimed tack on the road causes a blow-out on a wheelchair, etc.
* YouSayTomato: A RunningGag in "Bunfight at the O.K. Tearooms" has the characters arguing over the correct pronunciation of 'scone'; with one pronouncing it 'sc-ON' and the other 'sc-OWN'. (In truth, both are accepted regional pronunciations.)
* ZanyScheme: What the boys do when there's no helpless to help!
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