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[[caption-width-right:244:[-And they're here to get the job done.-] ]]

->''"[[IWantSong I wanna be]] [[BadassArmy a Starship Ranger]]\\
[[TheFederation I wanna have the things they've got]]\\
[[IWantSong I could be]] [[EliteArmy a Starship Ranger]]\\
[[HumanityIsSuperior But there's just one little thing they are]]\\
[[BigCreepyCrawlies That I'm not...]]"''

On a planet of BigCreepyCrawlies, a young bug named Bug is just another worker for the Overqueen, but he dreams of leaving Bug-World behind and joining the Starship Rangers, an elite group of humans who explore the galaxy. Bug has spent his whole life exploring the wreck of a Ranger starship that crashed many years ago, watching their video logs so often that he's even learnt the human language, but after the Overqueen decrees that Bug should become an eggplanter instead, it seems as though his dreams will never come true. That all changes when another starship arrives on Bug-World bearing a new team of Starship Rangers, among them the beautiful [[TooDumbToLive science officer February]]. It's Bug's chance to live his dream of being a Starship Ranger, but first he'll have to face off against robots, scorpions, corrupt traitors and true love in order to save his new friends and his entire world.

'''''Starship''''' is a science-fiction musical theatre comedy from TeamStarKid, the creators of ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' and ''MeAndMyDick''. Written by Matt Lang, Nick Lang, Brian Holden and Joe Walker, from a pitch by Walker and Creator/DarrenCriss ("''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Film/{{Aliens}}''") and with music written by Criss, it was performed in early 2011 and released on DVD and Website/YouTube on April 30. Within a few days of the soundtrack's release on iTunes, it rose to #3 on the iTunes sales charts in the US, the UK, Denmark and the Netherlands, #2 in Australia, Canada and Ireland, debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Cast Albums chart (beating the record set by ''MeAndMyDick'', which reached #11), and even cracked Billboard's overall album sales chart, coming in at #134 after only three days of sales. It's distinct from other TeamStarKid shows because the performance, which took place in Chicago, charged for the tickets, and a DVD of the performance was later released through their online store.

You can [[http://www.youtube.com/user/StarKidPotter#grid/user/C6A915952D67F112 watch the entire show on YouTube]] or [[http://teamstarkid.com/starship.html buy the DVD and the soundtrack from their website]].

And no, they did not [[IThoughtItMeant build this city]] [[Music/JeffersonStarship on rock and roll]].
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!!''Starship'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ActionGirl: Taz; Megagirl
* ActingForTwo: Brian Holden, Nick Lang, Lauren Lopez, Jim Povolo and Dylan Saunders. In fact, except for Joey Richter, everyone plays at least one major character and miscellaneous ensemble parts.
* ActorAllusion: [[MeAndMyDick The universe seems to like giving Joey Richter the one thing he could ever love and then taking it away.]]
** Invoked by pretty much everyone who commented on Junior's DarkReprise:
--->''...[[AVeryPotterSequel Lupin]] ''can'' sing!''
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Pincer]] at first, but then it evolves into FauxAffablyEvil.
* AIIsACrapshoot: The robots rose up and took over future earth, and all of them want to KillAllHumans. [[spoiler:Later averted by Megagirl.]]
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Well, just [[spoiler:Bug]].
* AllWomenLoveShoes: Referenced by February.
* AlmostKiss: [[spoiler: Bug and February.]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
** Up saved Taz from killer robots, helped her beat up bullies... and taught her calculus. "Calculus was TOUGH!!"
** The Overqueen bans Bug from making contact with humans, from ever leaving the hive again, and singing and dancing. Cue gasps of horror from the bugs.
** During the end credits, the Special Thanks ends with "...and those mysterious Poopy Bottom Boys."
* AscendedExtra: Resident EnsembleDarkhorse Jim Povolo, previously known for his much smaller roles, gets much more stage time in this show.
* AsideGlance: Joey during [[spoiler:Bug and February's kiss.]]
* AudibleSharpness: Taz's knife is so badass it has two: one provided by Taz, the other pre-recorded.
* ArousedByTheirVoice: Comments on the videos where Brian Holden and Dylan Saunders sing indicate that they have this effect.
* BadassMustache: Up has one. When it becomes apparent to Taz that he isn't the BadAss he once was, she rips it off and puts it on herself... only for Up to take out another one from one of his pouches and slap it on.
* BadBadActing: In the opening video.
-->'''Starship Ranger:''' We come to conquer... in peace!
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler:Up and Taz.]]
* BeYourself
* BetaCouple
** [[spoiler:Tootsie Noodles and Megagirl.]]
** [[spoiler:Krayonder and Specs to an extent, as well.]]
** Much of the Krayonder/Specs interaction and [[spoiler:eventual romance]] was cut out of the recorded version but was present in the live-stage version.
** [[spoiler:Taz and Up also.]]
** Roach and the Overqueen.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: When it looks like the Rangers are going to be killed by the bugs, it's Tootsie Noodles who immediately turns on Krayonder and wants to kill him.
* BigBadDuumvirate: [[spoiler:Pincer and Junior.]]
* BlindAndTheBeast: When February and Bug first meet, February has been blinded [[spoiler:by a mammal-wrangler's mucus and so she can't see that Bug is not really human.]]
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Hive's code of ethics is a little... different. Many bugs very happily sacrifice themselves to be eaten alive by the Overqueen to nourish the eggs. Bugette's proposal to Bug about eating his head and planting her larvae in him is treated like being asked to have sex. In fact, most of this trope with the Hive revolves around happily eating things alive.
* BreakingTheFourthWall
** In one scene, a beetle punches Bug. Then, ''another beetle's puppeteer punches Joey.''
** After [[spoiler:the mosquitoes die, Brian and Jim lower the puppets to the floor (making death noises the entire time), and then just walk off.]]
** Joe's wink to the audience after the [[spoiler:"Damn that G.L.E.E.! Always making twisted abominations out of everything!"]].
** When February says she sees no signs of intelligent life anywhere, she's looking directly at the audience.
** During the big finish of Pincer's song "Kick it up a Notch," the ''puppeteers'' are doing a kickline.
** When Bug is about to sing to Bugette, he gets the band's attention by calling "Maestro".
** Joey's AsideGlance when Bug and Feburary kiss.
** Bug high fives the bee's actor during "Beauty".
* TheCameo: Many of the TeamStarKid regulars show up in bit roles during the pre-recorded segments. Tyler Brunsman, Brian Rosenthal, Britney Coleman, Arielle Goldman, Nicholas Joseph Strauss-Matathia, Devin Lytle ([[CreatorInJoke as a]] SouthernBelle!) and Lily Marks all cameo as Starship Rangers in the opening ad, Richard Campbell is a blue-headed alien, and A.J. Holmes is the captain of the crashed starship.
* CaptainErsatz: Up for [[Franchise/MetalGear Snake]]. Specifically Old Snake from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''.
* CardCarryingVillain: Pincer and [[spoiler:Junior]].
* {{Catchphrase}}
** "My name's Junior, maybe ya heard of me."
** And of course "We're here to get the job done!"
* ChekhovsClassroom
** The [[spoiler:orientation speech at the hatchery -- all newly hatched larvae eat the nearest mammal for nourishment. This is the fate that befalls Junior after he kills Bugette and her eggs hatch from inside her.]]
** At the hatchery, Bug is warned that the gag reflexes of mammals makes it more difficult to implant eggs. [[spoiler:When February figures out that Junior used her for egg implantation, she lists the possible reasons why -- one of these being that she barely has a gag reflex, which would make egg implantation very easy.]]
* CoconutSuperpowers: In the live-stage production, the actor shooting the zapper had to say "pew" to signify shooting. In the Internet version, lasers were added... but the actors still say pew.
* CombatTentacles: After being captured by Autobots during the war, Up was held spread-eagled by tentacles while he was [[spoiler:cut in half]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint
** [[spoiler:February vomiting after "Beauty"]]: "She's excreting her filth for him! WE DID IT!!"
** When Bug goes to Up for girl advice.
-->'''Up:''' Well then, who is it?\\
'''Bug:''' It's February.\\
'''Up:''' Oh February! ...She's an idiot.\\
'''Bug:''' Yeah, isn't she the greatest?
** When Bug is being reprimanded by the Overqueen for [[spoiler:helping February.]]
-->'''Bug:''' But I swear, I never thought I'd get ''caught and yelled at for it!''
* CoolStarship: Of course.
* CurseCutShort: [[spoiler:Averted. In the intro recruitment video, the captain's log is filled with static. The captain says "Somebody F*static*KED UP BIG TIME!" When Bug and February watch a non-staticy version, the captain says "Somebody... FIRETRUCKED UP BIG TIME!]]
* DarkReprise: "Kick It Up a Notch" is a pretty evil song to begin with, but [[spoiler:Junior]]'s take on it is even more so. While Pincer displayed some kind of understandable motivation, [[spoiler:Junior]] seems to be doing it mostly ForTheEvulz [[spoiler:(weed money notwithstanding)]]. Could also count as a kind of TriumphantReprise since, at that moment, he seems to be [[TheBadGuyWins winning]].
* DealWithTheDevil: Pincer offers Bug the chance to become a human through use of a brain leech that can psychically link him to the mind of a Starship Ranger (who is brain-dead due to a malfunction in a cryotube that was in a starship crash 18 years prior, but whose body is still very much alive). Pincer's only condition? Bug must befriend the humans and bring them to him. Bug accepts, believing that Pincer only wants to be friends with them- not knowing that Pincer intends to [[spoiler:eat them and let the Mosquito Brothers suck their blood)]].
* TheDitz
** February big time.
** Bug gets some of this too, particularly when he and February re-explore the crashed Starship.
** Junior too.
-->'''Junior:''' [[spoiler:Bug is a ''BUG?!?'']]
* EldritchAbomination: The Overqueen
* EvenEvilHasStandards
** Dr. Space-Claw, the most evil villain in the galaxy is not pleased that his son [[spoiler:Junior is smoking pot.]]
** [[spoiler:Also, Pincer seems genuinely hurt that Bug is supposedly not living up to his end of the deal, despite not really caring for Bug at all.]]
* EverythingSensor: Specs' spectrometer.
* {{Expy}}
** Mega-Girl looks an awful lot like Music/LadyGaga.
** Joe Walker is a dead ringer for [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4 Old Snake]].
** All the ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' expys:
*** Taz for [[SpicyLatina Vasquez]].
*** Krayonder for [[ButtMonkey Hudson]].
*** Junior for [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Burke]].
*** Megagirl for Ash/Bishop.
** Pincer is what would happen if you turned [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula]] into a male scorpion.
** Richard Campbell's alien in the recruitment video looks like WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}.
** Bugette seems to be a parody of [[Theatre/LesMiserables Eponine]], with a [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome rhotacized]] Marge Simpson voice. She also looks quite a bit like a [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Caterpie]].
** Brian Holden once said that the Mosquito Brothers were basically the weasels from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
** The Overqueen looks suspiciously like Lavos.
** Mega-Girl and Tootsie Noodles' designs are based on Eve and WesternAnimation/{{Wall-E}}.
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether
** [[spoiler:Junior is at least the third generation of villain in his family.]]
** The Mosquito Brothers certainly count as well.
* {{Fanservice}}: Joe Walker as Commander Up. That grey top may also count as FormFittingWardrobe.
** Lauren Lopez in a tank top counts too.
** Joey Richter in a deep V-neck.
* FantasticRacism
* AFatherToHisMen: Up
* TheFederation: [[FunWithAcronyms The Galactic League of Extraterrestrial Exploration]] is this, with shades of TheEmpire.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Junior smoking pot.
* FiveManBand: The Starship Rangers.
** TheHero -- Up
** TheLancer -- Taz
** TheSmartGuy -- Specs
** TheBigGuy -- Krayonder, though Taz also qualifies
** TheChick -- Tootsie Noodles and February
** TheSixthRanger -- Megagirl, Bug
* FrickinLaserBeams: In a ''musical theatre comedy''.
* FreudianExcuse: See WellDoneSonGuy below.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Taz (referring to Up): You are a sad, spayed little puppy!
** Roach (referring to Bugette): Then there's the wonder of the caterpillar/ The best show in town - The ending is killer...
* FunWithAcronyms: [[Series/{{Glee}} The Galactic League of Extraterrestrial Exploration.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: February seems very assertive in her claim she has ''no gag reflex''.
* GodIsDead: Yeah, that happened a while ago.
-->'''Junior:''' Thank Dead God I caught you!
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Up smokes cigarettes because he's {{Badass}}. [[spoiler:Junior starts smoking pot.]]
* GratuitousSpanish: Taz says a lot of Spanish words. [[BilingualBonus Many of which make no sense in context.]]
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Why? Because a combination of it and breathing exercises [[spoiler:can make three human-sized mosquitoes take in too much blood and violently explode.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Up:''' Bug was right! I just needed to learn to kill with my heart!]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Up (has his blood sucked out by the Mosquito Brothers), Krayonder, Bug (has himself and Pincer ThrownOutTheAirlock by February to stop Pincer from killing the other Starship Rangers-sacrificing his human body in the process), Bugette (takes a bullet for Bug after Junior tries to shoot him). The first three get better (for example, Bug's mind goes back to his real body, similar to what happens in James Cameron's Avatar when Spellman's Avatar is killed in the final battle of the movie) [[TearJerker but poor Bugette doesn't.]]]]
* HughMann: While Bug actually is in a human body, he frequently forgets it in casual conversation, leading to lines like "you humans." No one notices.
* HumansAreMorons: A view held rather strongly by Megagirl.
* IncrediblyLamePun: After the Rangers get stuck on a web:
-->'''Up:''' Well... at least we stuck together!\\
'''Other Rangers:''' ''(collective groans and "WTF?" stares)''
* InterspeciesRomance
** Bug and February.
** And Tootsie Noodles and the Stack of Hay.
** And [[spoiler:Tootsie Noodles and Mega-Girl]].
* InsultBackfire:
-->'''Mega-Girl:''' All human beings are imbeciles in comparison with robot intelligence. However, you have made all human beings seem like geniuses.\\
'''Tootsie:''' I do like to make people feel good.
* IronicEcho
** "No, that probably wouldn't work. It sounds stupid, and if I say it you'll think I'm stupid and then I'll be embarrassed."
** The reply to above statement as well: "You don't have to be embarrassed in front of me, we're friends."
* IWantSong: Bug's part in "I Wanna Be" is one, but it's turned into the IAmSong at the end of "Status Quo" after Bug [[spoiler: becomes human through a brain leech that psychically links him to a brain-dead Starship Ranger in a cryotube whose ship crashed on Bug World 18 years prior.]]
* JustFriends: Hinted at, Commander Up says that he likes [[spoiler:Taz]], but aside from almost [[spoiler:losing his life to save hers]], which it's probable he would do for any of the crew, there isn't any actual evidence. Her reaction to this could be construed as evidence that the feeling's mutual.
* LargeHam: Damn near ''everyone''.
* LarynxDissonance: The mosquito sister is quite the baritone.
* LearntEnglishFromWatchingTelevision: Bug learnt English from watching old recordings on the starship.
* LiteralMetaphor: Up's injury that caused him to go soft [[spoiler: involved having his balls cut off.]] It also applies later when Up [[spoiler: kills with his heart... by speeding up his heart rate and causing a surge of blood that causes the mosquitos to explode.]]
* LogicBomb: "I'm faster than the two of us combined"
* [[LoveAtFirstSight Love at First "Sight"]]
** February and Bug, as explained above at BlindAndTheBeast.
** Tootsie also gets this the first time he sees Mega-Girl.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: [[spoiler:February is disgusted by (and terrified of) bugs, and falls in love with Bug's human form.]]
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler:Megagirl]].
* MagicCountdown: The dropdown countdown takes ten real minutes to get from three story minutes to one second... then it backs up a bit to twenty seconds, before going down to ''negative numbers''.
* MamaBear: [[spoiler:Commander Up]], especially when [[spoiler:saving Taz from the Mosquito Brothers.]]
* AManIsNotAVirgin
** Tootsie when attempting to talk to Megagirl for the first time; she says that she is not a woman, and he responds by [[NoIndoorVoice yelling]] that not many people regard him as a man as he [[TooMuchInformation has never slept with a woman.]]
** Also [[AvertedTrope averted]] for ''every'' member of the Starship Rangers, who all thought that they were going to die virgins when captured by Mr. Spider.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Commander Up and Taz.
* MeaningfulName: Every person born on Farm World, including Tootsie, names themselves after what they do and what they love. [[spoiler:If either of those change, they even change their name.]]
* MemeticBadass: Up in-universe, before his injury.
* MoodWhiplash
** After [[spoiler:Bugette]]'s death.
** When Up tells Bug that he is [[spoiler:half robot]].
** [[spoiler:Junior finding out his mom died, and then meeting his new stepmom immediately after.]]
* MrFanservice
** As with every other [=StarKid=] production, Joe Walker. It helps that he's wearing a tight grey muscle-defining shirt.
** Brian Holden looks damn fine in that costume of his.
* NaiveNewcomer: Tootsie Noodles to the Rangers, and Bug to humanity in general.
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: A major philosophy on Bug World, and repeated often. Bug doesn't understand what it means until he [[spoiler:sacrifices himself to save February and the other Starship Rangers from Pincer.]]
* NoLovesIntersect: With the exception of Bugette's love for Bug, this is the case.
* NonHumanLoverReveal: Bug eventually has to admit to February that's he's actually a... bug.
* NoodleIncident:
-->'''Taz:''' It's your gun, stupid!\\
'''Tootsie:''' That's not what I was using it for earlier, sorry.
* NotSoDifferent: Pincer and the Overqueen. Particularly that while he is a villain because he wishes to feast on human brains, this is actually not that different than the Overqueen routinely snacking on members of ''her own Hive''.
* ObviouslyEvil
** [[spoiler:Pincer and Junior]]. They're {{Lampshaded}} quite thoroughly.
** Early on, Mega-Girl repeatedly demonstrates she'd like nothing more than to KillAllHumans.
* OhCrap: Joey's face at the end of this exchange:
-->[[spoiler:'''Junior:''']] We have a saying where I come from too... God save the queen.\\
'''Bug:''' Oh, great.\\
[[spoiler:'''Junior:''']] ...Lucky for me, God is ''dead''.\\
'''Bug/Joey:''' OhCrap.
* PopularSayingBut:
-->'''[[spoiler: Junior]]:''' We have a saying where I come from too... God save the Queen.\\
'''Bug:''' Oh, great.\\
'''[[spoiler:Junior:]]''' ...Lucky for me, {{God is dead}}.
* PowerOfLove: [[spoiler:It stops Megagirl from killing all the Rangers.]]
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: "Hey, [[spoiler:Pincer]]? You like shish kabob? 'Cause you should always like yourself!"
* PrecisionFStrike: See CurseCutShort above.
* PuppyDogEyes
** Joey Richter has them.
** Up thinks Tootsie Noodles has these when asking him to save Mega Girl.
* RecordNeedleScratch: Twice as Krayonder puts his foot in his mouth discussing the rumors about Up. Complete with booing.
* RestrainingBolt: All robots have them, because their natural instinct is to KillAllHumans. However, just because robots ''can't'' kill humans, doesn't mean they don't ''want'' to.
* RunningGag: Thank Dead God that there's a running gag.
* SayMyName: MEGAGIIIIIIRRRRLL!
* ScaryScorpions: Pincer. Duh.
* [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Sensitive Guy and Manly Woman]]: Up and Taz.
** Also Tootsie & Megagirl, so much so that the former taught the other to feel.
* SharePhrase: "Tough(est) son of a bitch" is a phrase used repeatedly by Taz, Up, and February.
* ShipperOnDeck
** Up for Tootsie and Megagirl.
** Also for "that candy-ass Krayonder" and Specs.
* ShoutOut: Common in TeamStarKid shows.
** "[[Film/{{Aliens}} Game over, man! Game over!]] [[OverlyLongGag I'm talking goodbye, buddy! Hasta luego, dude!]] [[Film/TheKarateKid Konnichiwa, Daniel-san!]]"
** The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' references fly thick and fast, from the Xenomorphs and chestbursters to Taz, who is basically an {{Expy}} for Vasquez.
** Someone discovering an abandonded room in a collectivist society, which he runs away from after being assigned to a job he hates, sounds a lot like ''{{Anthem}}''.
** [[FunWithAcronyms The Galactic League of Extraterrestrial Exploration]].
** The Robot War was apparently fought against [[Film/TheMatrix Sentinals]], [[Franchise/MetalGear Metal Gears]], [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Gundam Wing Zeroes]], and [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Autobots]] led by Optimus Prime. According to Up, they were powered by [[VideoGame/MetroidPrime Phazon]].
*** "All hail Manga/AstroBoy!"
** During the DarkReprise of the VillainSong, [[spoiler:Junior]] is wearing some [[Creator/DarrenCriss familiar pink sunglasses.]]
** The inhibitor chip for Megagirl was also used by the enemy of [[Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} another famous bug]].
** Bug, [[MeAndMyDick Joey Richter]] and [[Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical Ron Weasley]] all shop at the same place for headwear.
** "Yeah, he used to be all that and a bag of [[OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank Flavofives]]!"
** "And that time you taught me [[Film/StandAndDeliver calculus!]] Calculus was TOUGH!"
** [[Film/StarshipTroopers "One day somebody like me is gonna kill you and your whole f'ing race, man!"]]
** The amount of ''Franchise/StarshipTroopers'' references are mind-boggling. The opening certainly counts as one.
** According to ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', "eep opp ork ah ah" really does mean "[[spoiler:I love you.]]"
** [[VideoGame/StarCraftII 6 Pool Zergling Rush]]
** Jr. calls Megagirl a [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic toaster]].
** During [[IWantSong the show's opening number]], Bug says, "I'll admit it's all in my head, but [[Literature/HarryPotter who says it can't be real?]]"
** "You better un-fudge yourself, or Up will unscrew your head and drop the wishing pennies down your throat" is a family-friendly paraphrase of dialogue from ''Film/FullMetalJacket''.
** Dr. Spaceclaw is [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Dr. Claw]] [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]]
** Junior is trying to get [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} one million spacebucks]].
** "[[Franchise/StarTrek Boldly go where no man]] -- Hey! -- woman -- Bark woof! -- or [[Anime/CowboyBebop data-dog]] has gone before. Sorry [[Series/DoctorWho K-90x!]] is similar to the "[...] every man -- gasp! -- woman -- gasp! -- or child -- gasp! -- [...]" Voldemort quote in ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical''.
** "You did a very good job today... [[LukeIAmYourFather son]]!" DUN, DUN, DUN "Gasp!... [[SubvertedTrope Thanks, dad.]]"
** "The needs of the many bugs outweigh the needs of the few bugs. Or the one bug." comes from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', except the line didn't include the word "bugs" when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa6c3OTr6yA Spock said it]].
** One mammal says "Pika Pika" and guess what it looks like... [[spoiler:a Pikachu, duh!]]
** "Status Quo" seems to be a lot like "Defying Gravity" from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''. "Kick It Up a Notch" has some shout outs to ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', too, to "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished".
** "Kick It Up a Notch" thematically resembles "Feed Me/Get It" from ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''.
** The entire sequence with Bug and the Mosquito Brothers going to [[spoiler:visit Pincer]] is a direct reference to ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
** Not only that, but Pincer also sings part of the MagicalIncantation song from Disney's ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''. "Put 'em together and what have you got?"
** The "Swimming pool full of brains" is a reference to the Brain Room in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', of which Ron was attacked by.
*** There is also one to ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' during I Wanna Be:
-->And I'll admit it's all in my head
-->But who says it can't be real
** Pincer's voice sounds quite a bit like [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Aragog's]].
** During the Captain's SOS video he says "The hunters have become the hunted, and it's [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes wabbit season]]."
* StealthPun: Dylan Saunders played Dumbledore in ''AVPM'' and ''AVPS''. In ''Starship'', he appears in an early scene as a bumblebee. "Dumbledore" is an Early Modern English word for "bumblebee".
* TakeThat: An absolutely ''epic'' one is given [[spoiler: to ''Series/{{Glee}}'']]. To clarify, this quite clearly refers to [[spoiler:Creator/DarrenCriss, who had to cut back on his involvement in [=StarKid=] productions after being cast on the aforementioned show]].
-->'''Up:''' Damn that [[spoiler:G.L.E.E.]]! They're always making twisted abominations of everything!
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Bugette when Junior attempts to zap Bug.]]
* TearJerker: In-universe example: Up can't listen to "Christmas Shoes" anymore.
* ThinkingOutLoud: Junior does this A LOT.
* TooDumbToLive: A lot of the Humans seem to come across as not working with a full deck of cards.
* TranslationConvention: While on the [=BugWorld=], the bugs speak a bug language to each other, though it's translated (for the audience's convenience) to English. Only Bug himself is fluent in both. There are times when it's pointed out that Bug is switching between Bug and English and that the characters of the opposite race can't understand him while he's speaking the other language. The only times the Bug language is spoken untranslated is when Bug first meets February and eloquently says "Wagaglolgalogal!" and at the end when Bug teaches February how to say [[spoiler:"I love you."]]
* TriangRelations: Type 4 with Bugette as Alice, Bug as Bob, and February as Claire.
* TriumphantReprise: of [[spoiler: "I Wanna Be", after Bug becomes human.]]
* VillainSong: "Kick It Up A Notch" and its reprise.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Junior wants Daddy to say he did a good job... at first.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Played with.
-->'''Junior:''' Yeah, he's about to have an accident with his head and my zapper. Heheheheheh... AND THEN I'LL SHOOT HIM!!
* WorldOfHam: Well, it ''is'' a [=StarKid=] production and it ''does'' have Joe Moses, Joey Richter, Joe Walker, and Lauren Lopez in it in prominent roles.
* WritersCannotDoMath: Possibly; It's been two years since Up's famous injury which happened in the final battle of the robot war. The robots who had ruled earth with a fist of iron for 100 years. You wouldn't have thought then, that 18 years ago anyone would have been able to go on space exploration jaunts to uncharted planets. Especially not with Up's description later that gives the impression it was more a rebellion than a war. Although, if you remember that Tootsie is from Farm World and there are presumably ''many'' planets in the Galactic League, it could stand to reason that ''Earth was lost'' to the Robot forces during the war and humanity briefly relocated its government elsewhere. [[FridgeBrilliance This would explain why they were so desperate 18 years ago to secure new planets to colonise.]]
* YearX: According to the Starship Captain's log, the first starship crashed on "Stardate 30XX".
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