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->''Who is the man in the suit?''\\
''Who is the cat with the beak?''

''Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law'' (2000-2007) is a comedic American animated television series created by Williams Street for Creator/CartoonNetwork's Creator/AdultSwim block starring Gary Cole and Stephen Colbert.

The series follows the adventures of Harvey Birdman (Gary Cole), now an attorney at a law firm run by his former boss (Phil Ken Sebben, voiced by Creator/StephenColbert) and other Hanna-Barbera characters (most notably Peter Potamus as well as Birdman's sidekick Birdboy, now called "Peanut", who was now an ultra-competent sociopath). Their clients, in their cases, are mainly their fellow Hanna-Barbera characters, in cases that tend to address longstanding fanon theories about them (like Race Bannon and Doctor Quest are lovers or The Scooby Gang are stoners). Most of Birdman's enemies from his 60s era show turn up as opposing lawyers or even judges, most notably LargeHam Mentok the Mind Taker (a judge) and Myron Reducto (also voiced by Colbert), who turns into a frienemy of Birdman before his untimely death.

The show was arguably the break-out hit of the original batch of Adult Swim shows that debuted in 2001, but suffered mightily after the initial six episode run. The series fell victim to a massive case of ScheduleSlip with huge gap between airings and only 2-3 episodes airing within a single year. The series retooled itself after the first season as well, becoming a workplace comedy instead of a law show, with the cases taking the backseat to the antics of the law firm itself. Particularly those of Phil Ken Sebben and his wacky schemes, which almost all involved [[BreakTheCutie humiliating and tormenting Harvey]]. Birdgirl was also introduced (as Phil's daughter) as Birdman's unwanted female sidekick, who while competent in the courtroom, almost married her father due to her slavish devoting to the old school rules about never revealing one's secret identity.

The reformat ultimately backfired on the show, when Colbert, whose characters were now front and center and drove most of the show's plots, dropped the show to focus full-time on ''Series/TheColbertReport''. This meant [[PutOnABus getting rid of]] Reducto and Phil Ken Sebben, who, despite being [[EnsembleDarkhorse fan favorites]], were ultimately killed. In the end, the show was finally cancelled, and ended with [[spoiler:Harvey saving the city from a rampaging monster, only for Sebben to come BackFromTheDead and accidentally crush him with a bus.]]

The series received little merchandise from Adult Swim, which included figures of Sebben and the giant bear. A PSP game was also created by {{Capcom}}), that used the ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' game engine; it suffered mightily, however, as the absence of Colbert and his voice double forced Capcom to cast a poor replacement voice, who was widely disliked.

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!! '''''Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law''''' '''contains the following tropes:'''

* AchillesHeel: Mentok's mind-taking can be blocked both by aluminum foil and by metal skull plates.
* AlternateAesopInterpretation: Phil Ken Sebben seems to think that the moral of ItsAWonderfulLife is that S&L's are sound investments, and that George Bailey was the villain.
-->'''Phil:''' Didn't you see "It's a Wonderful Life?" Even that Bailey bastard couldn't screw it up!
* AnalProbing: Phil Ken Sebben mistakenly believes TheJetsons are Greys--not time travelers--and that they're out to give him an anal probe.
-->'''Phil:''' Ha! Ha! Third kind.
* AnythingThatMoves: Gigi.
** Except Harvey, who married her more or less for that purpose.
* ArousedByTheirVoice: The female member of Shoyu Weenie does a ''Serge Gainsbourg''-esque number when she takes the stand.
-->'''Mentok:''' Forget mind-taking, I'm taking up lip-reading.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: One scene in "Blackwatch Plaid" has Reducto try to prove to Harvey that his phone is bugged by saying terrorist buzzwords into it, before devolving into less serious things (the last one is actually accompanied by a [[TheSting Sting]]).
-->'''Reducto:''' Hello. Mail bomb. Assassination. Fertilizer. Same-sex marriages. Patagonia. Nader for president.
* ArtEvolution: Potamus went from having ordinary humanoid hands to flat hippo limbs in season 3.
** The show went through three different art/animation styles: The pilot, which was animated by J.J. Sedelmaier Productions in New York; then eight episodes which were outsourced to Rough Draft Korea; and finally, domestic again using Flash animators.
* AscendedExtra: Various characters from the original ''Birdman'' cartoon, especially Mentok, Reducto, Birdgirl and X the Eliminator.
** Within the show itself, Peter Potamus and to a lesser extent the bear.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Phil Ken Sebben. "Ha HA! Final episode [[StuntCasting stunt casting]]!"]]
* BaitAndSwitchCredits
* BarackObama: He often appears as a background juror--before running for president, even!
* BattleDiscretionShot: In "Very Personal Injury", Harvey Birdman shows various clips of Apache Chief thwarting evil, except the video footage only shows various spectators commenting on the heroic feats; Apache isn't on-camera. In one instance, the camera focuses on a dog licking himself instead of Apache Chief.
--> '''Birdman''': ...It's on here, right?
* BeamOWar: "Get ready to feel the power... OF ATTORNEY!"
* BerserkButton: Don't let Peter Potamus find out you got that thing he sent you without telling him. Later in the series, he even goes so far as to turn into the [[Comic/TheIncredibleHulk "Incredible Hippo"]] due to his frustration over opening a little mustard pack.
** Mentok isn't too fond of other people using mental powers in his court.
** Don't let Reducto see "the perfectly miniature" Inch High Private Eye.
* {{BFG}}: Parodied with X's death ray, which is far too big and unwieldy to be used practically (there's also the fact that it's a giant console that he drags around with him.)
* BiTheWay: Harvey has had relationships with both genders. As usual for the show, it's mostly played to make things bizarre. A frequent male lover of his is Boo-Boo.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: "Blackwatch Plaid" has Phil install cameras and blatantly spy on everyone in the office after someone apparently steals all of the (non-existent) things from his office.
* BittersweetEnding: The Birdteam save the town, and possibly the world, but [[spoiler: Harvey is killed in a literal bus crash]].
* BreakTheCutie: Harvey Birdman is the poster child for this trope, especially after the retool.
* BrickJoke: Reducto running and screaming like a mad man to something that freaked him out earlier in the episode.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Peter Potamus. He's perverted and lazy to operatic heights, but the few times we actually see him lawyering, he's amazing.
** Judy works very hard to become one on purpose.
* ButtMonkey: Harvey, in some episodes.
** Often taken UpToEleven
** Hell, in the Sopranos opening parody in "The Dabba Don", he had ''fifth'' billing. ''Peanut'' got higher billing than him.
* TheCameo: A ''StreetFighter'' character is hidden in each chapter of the video game.
* CampStraight: Peanut, through all his effeminate mannerisms and pink sweater vests, is not only straight, but quite the player.
* CatchPhrase: Many. The Season 3 DVD has a feature that lists all the common gags and plays all occurrence when selected. Also an excellent example of playing with a trope, as there is a lot of humor derived from altering or recontextualizing the catch phrases. As an example, Peter Potamus' catch phrase is, "Did you get that thing I sent ya'?", one episode has him worshipped as a god named "Sentcha", and another has a scene where Harvey makes him cry by saying he's never received any of the things Potamus sent him.
** Also,
--> '''Phil''': Ha ha! Double entendre!
** Not ''there'', '''there!'''
** "In my/your/his pants..."
** I'LL take the case!
** Back off!
** Mind Taker. Beeoooo-wwweeeeeeoooo~
** Crest on Birdman's helmet!
** Deedle-eedle-ee.
** *zips-up pants*
** That's Mind Taking, baby!
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: A good portion of the characters, but especially ''Phil Ken Sebben''.
** Oh, and Peanut.
*** "Who's feeling Peanutty?"
---> '''Peanut:''' Who's getting made?
---> '''Birdman:''' What?
---> '''Peanut:''' So, what, you don't think they're going to open the books for me?
---> '''Birdman:''' Why does it always feel like we're having two different conversations?
---> '''Peanut:''' Let me tell you one thing, Petroni. When Peanut comes heavy, he comes '''HARD'''.
---> '''Birdman:''' Ah, much better.
** And of course, Judy Ken Sebben, aka Birdgirl. It runs in the family.
* ComedicSociopathy: Phil Ken Sebben and Peanut.
--> '''Peanut''': In America, it is customary to celebrate business deals by blowing things up.
* ContinuityNod: In "Gone Effiecien...t", Phil threatens to take Harvey's furniture away if his performance doesn't improve, using the line, "Chairs are for earners." In "Sebben and Sebben Employee Orientation", when the perks of working for Sebben and Sebben are listed, one of them is "Chairs (for earners)".
* {{Crossover}}s: Arguably the entire premise of the show
* CourtroomAntic: Every one in the book.
* CrowdedCastShot: Former TropeNamer.
* CrapsackWorld: A running theme of the series.
* CryingIndian: Apache Chief in "Back to the Present".
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Judy/Birdgirl and her megaphone.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Frequently, particularly any episode involving Apache Chief.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Harvey
* DomesticOnlyCartoon: The pilot by J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, and episodes 10 to the end (done in Flash).
* DoubleEntendre: Phil Ken Sebben just ''loves'' these, preceding each one with a hearty "Ha! HA!"
-->'''Phil:''' Ha ha! Multiple entendre!
-->'''Phil:''' [[OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe Roll of quarters]]... Wait, that's not a roll of...
** "Deedle-deedle-ee."
** "Blackwatch Plaid" is jam packed with these whenever Secret Squirrel and his accusations of flashing are involved. A few are even lampshaded during Harvey's defense speech, when Mentok starts yelling "I'll say!" whenever he says one.
** The case in "SPF" is about Hanna Barbera characters' names being used for porn sites.
--->'''Harvey''': "And, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, there are more. Many more. I give you: Big Duke... Bigger Duke... Kwicky... Schnooker... The Magic Rabbit... Fluid Man..."
--->'''Peanut''': "That would be ''eww''."
--->'''Harvey''': "Dirty Dog... Mother Load... and Galtar."
--->'''Courtroom''': "Huh?"
--->'''Harvey''': "... ''and'' his Golden Lance." <[[SomethingElseAlsoRises Galtar's lance rises]]>
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Reducto is absent in the last few episodes. As far as anyone can tell, he died when he was hit by that clown car]].
** They compacted him. Inch High was at the funeral.
** [[spoiler:Harvey]] also died in this manner in the series finale.
* TheEeyore: Droopy Dog.
* EnhanceButton: Parodied in "Blackwatch Plaid":
-->'''Phil Ken Sebben''': "Enhance! Contrast! Tint! Bright! Sleep mode! Vertical hold!"
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even the Deadly Duplicator can't stand $28 chimichangas!
** Phil has no intention of shooting a baby dinosaur and looks appalled when Cheney raises his gun at it.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Parodied. People will laugh at the end of an episode for absolutely no/very little reason... except at the one when Scrappy was taken away to be eaten by Avenger.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: In "Dabba Don", a scene showed Harvey waking up with Jabber Jaw's head on his bed.
* {{Expy}}: Mentok's father is an expy of both MarlonBrando and [[{{Superman}} Jor-el]].
* EyepatchOfPower: Maybe. It does not help that Phil's uncovered eye isn't particularly good either.
* {{Flanderization}}: Peter Potamus' first lines were "You get that thing I sent you?" As he turned into a major cast member, this phrase became a significant part of his characterization.
* FoeYay: Invoked and played with a lot with X's feelings towards Harvey. Also was the focal point of ''Peanut Puberty'', where fighting supervillains is used as a direct metaphor for sex.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Done by Phil [[spoiler:about his death]], complete with lampshade. "Ha ha ha! Foreshadowing."
** Also done more subtly by the doctor in SPF, telling Harvey [[spoiler:that some day he will die. Maybe from the sun, maybe not tomorrow, but some day! Probably painfully, too.]] Doubles as a [[visual pun]], as you can see the doctor take out his golf clubs and go for a walk outside after telling Harvey to shade himself. (Get it? Fore-Shadowing? Come on, now.)
* ForgotICouldFly: Harvey, while contemplating a way to break out of prison and ''watching birds''. He remembers in the finale.
** The trust fall was also high enough off the ground that Harvey's ability to fly should have made the window a non-issue.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Often. It was even lampshaded in the episode "Free Magilla", with a parodic list of side-effects for a medication, which scroll by very fast and end with, "You are very fast with the pause button. Congratulations."
** Doubles as a VisualPun. In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=n0CmqdivcaY#t=8s opening sequence,]] if you pause right after "Who is the man in the suit?," RAY RANDALL in huge letters can be seen for a split second behind Birdman's silhouette. Ray Randall is Birdman's secret alter-ego in the original series, and is thus, the man in the suit.
*** Doubles as a MythologyGag. In one episode, Birdman's mugshot reveals his full name, "Harvey R.R. Birdman," implying that this is the same Birdman from the original series.
** In one episode, Phil loses his eyepatch in a game of gin, and a few jokes are made about [[TakeOurWordForIt the now-visible eye being disgusting (even though the viewer can't see it]]). Freeze frame in one quick shot of him walking towards the camera reveals [[spoiler:Inch-High PI, in an otherwise empty eye-socket]].
** Birdgirl's Birdray console in "Grodin" flashes various messages throughout its startup sequence, including "Welcome Judy Ken Sebben, [[RunningGag uh, I mean Birdgirl]]" and "If you are reading this, [[TakeThatAudience you have way too much free time]]". A true freeze-frame bonus, since they're not just displayed for fractions of a second but also mirrored.
* FruitCart: After Harvey is [[DistractedByTheSexy distracted]] by Birdgirl's short skirt, he accelerates away while still looking at her. There is an offscreen crash and bananas fly into the frame.
* FunSize: Reducto's constant threats to shrink his enemies ("I'll make you fun-sized!") [[TropeNamer named this trope]].
* GagPenis: Inch High, Private Eye
-->'''Phil:''' Ha ha! ''(shakes head sadly)'' Not to scale...
** Apache Chief apparently qualifies as well.
* GenderBender: ''Phil'' of all people, though it was only a SpoofAesop about plastic surgery.
* GenderInvertedTrope: G.G., and all her husbands.
* GenkiGirl: Birdgirl, [[UpToEleven turned up to 11]].
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: "And you're fired!"
** "Ha HA! Right to work state."
** Gone Effcnt. [[spoiler:Firing everyone [[GlengarryGlenRoss except the top three earners]]]].
* GRatedDrug: The tanning crème in "SPF". With Peanut playing the part of drug dealer:
--> '''Peanut''': First taste is always free, with P to the N-U-T.
* GrumpyBear: That angry cop that told Harvey to get down in "Booty Noir".
* GroinAttack: One of the few times Harvey uses his beam attack, it's straight into Reducto's crotch for shrinking him in the middle of an oral argument -- and doesn't skip a beat. Also, any episode involving Apache Chief.
--> '''Apache Chief''' [[spoiler:(when he wasn't the victim for once)]]: Doesn't feel so great, does it?
* HangingJudge: "Let's convict ourselves a bear!"
* HilaritySues
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: Azul Falcone is introduced as partner at the law firm. After his first appearance he slides down the firm's pecking order until he is a mere bathroom attendant.
* HoYay: InUniverse, in the episode "Juror In Court", Peter Potamus' copy of ''Kama Sutra for Dum-Dums'' shows Quick Draw [=McGraw=] and Baba Louie in the "cowgirl" position.
* IdentityAmnesia: Spoofed.
* IdiosyncraticWipes: Scene changes are marked by a quick shot of a gavel banging, or briefcase opening, etc on a brightly-colored background.
** Woo-Ka!
* InsanityDefense: Harvey tried to use this to get Devlin off (the first time). [[YouFailLawForever He forgot this was a lawsuit trial.]]
** Arguably used earlier when he argued that Fred Flintstone was not guilty of violating the RICO Act because he had IdentityAmnesia. This one, he was more successful. [[spoiler: Then it turns out Fred never ''was'' the mob boss, ''Barney'' was.]]
* InstrumentOfMurder: {{Quick-Draw McGraw}}'s 'El Kabong' guitar.
* InsufferableGenius: Spyro, Mentok. Lampshaded when Harvey tries to make small talk with Spyro, and quickly understands why none of Spyro's school buddies kept in touch.
* KavorkaMan: Potamus.
* KnifeThrowingAct: In a moment of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, Peanut is trapped in a genie's lamp with a woman. He says they're going to go on a "magic carpet ride" and asks her to hand over a roll of nearby rope. Later on, when said genie releases his captives, Peanut appears with the woman tied to a giant target, having apparently been doing such an act the whole time.
* LampshadeHanging: In the last episode, the judge FINALLY figures out that every trial since the start of the series has had the same jurors. Since this is illegal in the real world, the judge has to [[RealityEnsues throw out all of the cases Harvey did]] (except the first?)
* LargeHam: Mentok the Mind Taker, when he's not being a DeadpanSnarker.
** Not to mention X! the Eliminatorrrrrrr! When he's not being a clingy Harvey-stalker.
** And Spyro, who is apparently an actual actor, is overly theatrical in and out of court, at one point staging a scene from ''Pagliacci'' while prosecuting a mob boss.
** Lest we forget Birdgirl, who is usually the most vocal and eager member of what she, and she alone, calls the "Birdteam". Also... her inner monologues about her secret identity are not so inner, and tend to actually end up being broadcasted to everyone. Over a loudspeaker. Or on the Jumbotron at a sports game.
** "I am '''SHADOOOOOOO''' The Brain Thief!"
** Also, [[TheRival Vulturo]], another bird-themed lawyer, who always initially comes across as a WickedCultured aristocrat, but eventually degenerates into [[TheUnintelligible mwoh hohn hon hnyaaaaaooonn]]...
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: One scene in "Blackwatch Plaid" has Phil announce to the company that one of his new security measures is to install a news ticker in the lunchroom. Cut to the next scene in the lunchroom, where there's now a news ticker on the bottom of the screen, which even sticks around to the courtroom scene afterwards, with Mentok trying to read off of it for a few seconds before finally turning it off.
* LetsGetDangerous: The SeriesFinale where Birdman actually gets to have heroic moments.
* LostInTransmission: The "Sebben & Sebben New Employee Orientation / Juicer Instruction" video
* MaleGaze: When Harvey is trying to get Birdgirl off his back, he drops her off at her house. She gets out of the car in a manner which Birdman can't help but notice.
-->'''Birdman:''' Now you stay out of my office until you're all grown u- ''(sees her skintight costume as she's exiting)'' uh, uh, gone to LAW SCHOOL!
* MatchCut: In the new employee training episode, a shot of a helicopter fading into a shot of Phil Ken Sebben with a similarly shaped pipe in his mouth.
* MesACrowd: Done in one episode by the Deadly Duplicator.
* MetaTwist: Prior to the final episode airing, it was announced that said episode would be a single half-hour episode instead of two fifteen-minute episodes. They advertised an ending in which the viewer wouldn't believe that it's the ending. [[spoiler:It was a regular fifteen-minute episode]].
* MauriceLaMarche: Various guest characters.
* MediumBlending: The show will occasionally throw in a short live-action scene.
* MythologyGag: The episode "Turner Classic Birdman", which is in the style of a classic ''Birdman'' episode. Introduced by TurnerClassicMovies' Robert Osbourne.
** In "X the Exterminator" Harvey recalls the exultant "Birrrrrrrrrdman!" shout of the old Birdman show... after taking a dump.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Apache Chief batting away an approaching meteor in "Very Personal Injury":
--> '''Apache Chief''': that fireball won't be hurting anyone now.
-->
** Among fandom, this is applied to Stephen Colbert as far as the show's downfall. After retooling it into, effectively, "The Phil Ken Sebben Show", Colbert quit and the show frantically and ultimately failed, to fix things after putting all of their eggs into Colbert's basket.
*** In particular, Colbert's refusal to contribute voice work to the PSP version, led to the game's failure.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Caricatures of George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Antonin Scalia appear as extras in a few blink-and-you'll-miss-it scenes and (then-future) President BarackObama is often a juror.
* NoIndoorVoice: Mentok and Phil Ken Sebben.
** '''Phil Ken Sebben:''' ''I'M SORRY I CAN'T HEAR YOU. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU NOTICED, BUT I'VE GOT JUST THE'' '''''ONE EYE!'''''
** '''Shado, the Brain Thief''' has no indoor ''monologue''. Everything he thinks is broadcast like a reverberating PA system cranked UpToEleven. This results in ''everyone'' covering their ears in an attempt to quiet the noise (even though it's being spoken directly to their heads), and at one point, a custodian even takes a broom and starts poking an actual PA system, thinking that's actually the case.
* OhCisco: Every episode ends like this.
* OmnidisciplinaryLawyer: Harvey will take the case. Any case. From criminal defense to setting up a business to civil defense to being the plaintiff. There seems to be a slight bit of specification with the other lawyers (Freezoid is explicitly an excellent criminal defense attorney, but even he is shown representing people in civil suits).
* OnlySaneMan: Poor Harvey.
* ParentalIncest: Phil is overwhelmingly attracted to Birdgirl. He is apparently the only person in the world that doesn't know she's his daughter. Birdgirl, [[LawfulStupid always a slave to the Superhero Sidekick Code of Conduct]], is willing to marry him in order to maintain her secret identity. Thankfully, Phil finds someone else he's more attracted to before the marriage can go through: [[OppositeSexClone Aunt Phillis]]. [[spoiler: He figures it out in the final episode and promptly accuses Judy of deliberately hitting on him.]]
* PhonyDegree: Birdman's law degree came from a diploma mill.
* ThePlan: Mentok. Especially with Shado in the episode ''Harvey's Civvy'', but really pretty much anything he does.
** ''"That's mind-taking, baby!"''
*** ''"Accept no substitutes!"''
* PoliticiansKissBabies: In the episode "Guitar Control", Phil tries this during one of his Presidential Election rallies, but mixes things up a bit.
-->Shake hand, kiss baby, shake hand, kiss baby, shake hand, [[BlackComedy shake baby, kiss hand, shake baby, kiss hand...]]
* PowerHigh: Harvey, who gets his power from sunlight, discovers that suntan lotion can provide the same effect. He quickly becomes addicted to the rush, and starts spending all his money on lotion, until his friends are forced to stage an intervention.
** Peanut shooting off his beams in the bathroom.
* PowerPerversionPotential: How Zan knew Wonder Woman was taking a bath at one point.
* [[strike:PsychicPowers]] [[PsychicPowers Mind Taking]], baby! Booo-WEE-oooh!
** Also "Shadoooooo! The Brain Th..."
---> "Oh no you don't. No "brain thieving" in ''my'' courtroom, you understand?. This is ''mind taking'' country, partner. You got it? ''Good''."
* PunchClockVillain: Many of the villains in this series live their lives as if their villainy is part of their daily jobs. Most of the time it actually is.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: In one episode, Potamus has to [[ItMakesSenseInContext represent Harvey in court]]. He starts giving a speech to the jury and focus on one them in particular. It heavily suggests blackmail.
---> "Let me ask you one thing: Did you. Get that. Thing I. Sent'ya!?"
* ReferenceOverdosed: Too many [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to count, and more than just the obvious ones covered by {{Crossover}}. Just about every scene contains a reference to something else, be it other shows (an ActorAllusion ad for ''Series/TheColbertReport''), movies (Harvey reenacting the dance scene from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''), politics ("Guitar Control") or recent (Boo-Boo Bear as Elián González) or historical (Magilla Gorilla as Patty Hearst) events.
* RefugeInAudacity: Seriously, how did they get away with some of those jokes?
* RunningGag: "Cookies/noses on dowels", "In your pants", "Snackerdoodle?", "Did you get that thing I sent ya?", Phil's poor vision, etc.
** ...I think.
** Huh. I wonder what that means?
** Did... did a lobster just fly past?
** Ha ha! Double entendre!
** I couldn't hear that, with the one eye!
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: BEUOOOOWEEEEUOOOOOOOOOOP!
** In the pilot, when Dr. Quest says he says baseball isn't as important as doing hard work to make things more decent, Vulturo replies: "More decent than ''baseball''?! Dun dun dunnnnnn! Nothing further!
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Spoofed. The Jetsons claim to be from the "far off year of 2002" while standing next to a calender marked "2004".
* SelfServingMemory: At the end of one episode, Harvey has a flashback of a scene at the beginning of the episode, except the scene looks incredibly different, with characters present that weren't there the first time and elements that don't even seem possible such as a scuba diver floating in the middle of the room.
* SerialEscalation: The terror threat level chart in Blackwatch Plaid. At first, it's just a five-level Green/Yellow/Red/Polka Dot/Plaid chart. Later in the episode, the threat level gets so high that it has to be raised even higher...to [[TitleDrop BLACKWATCH PLAID!]] Eventually, the threat level gets raised even higher...to [[Music/{{Rush}} the cover of Rush's seminal album Moving Pictures.]]
* ShoutOut: One episode has Reducto playing a MobyDick fighting game.
** The scene in "Unabooboo", where Harvey uses his typewriter and discovers that it matches the writing of the Unabomber-esque notes, is adapted almost scene for scene from an 80's thriller named ''Jagged Edge'' which had a similar premise.
* SignatureLaugh: Phil's "Ha ha! Double entendre!"
* SleepsWithEveryoneButYou: Harvey is the only person Gigi isn't eager to make out with[=/=]screw.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Apache Chief
** Harvey, too, in "Shoyu Weenie."
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Elliott Taggart, the Deadly Duplicator. That's ''two'' L's and ''two'' T's!
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: When the Deadly Duplicator, now working in a printing office, complains about his nametag:
-->'''Elliott''': They made a mistake on the tag, and I had to send out for a new one!\\
'''Harvey''': Wait, isn't that the sort of thing you do--\\
'''Elliott''': (dramatic chord) '''SILENCE.'''
* StealthPun: At the end of SPF:
-->'''Peanut''': "Wait a minute... that's not a mole! It's gravy! *tastes it* No, it's chocolate. No, it's gravy."[[note]]What's both gravy and chocolate? Mexican ''mole''.[[/note]]
* StockFootage: The vast majority of "Blackwatch Plaid" is made up of recycled footage from earlier episodes, most notably "Deadomutt".
** "Turner Classic Birdman" contains many old ''Birdman and the Galaxy Trio'' clips with new dialog.
* TakeThat: Blackwatch Plaid is pretty much a satire of the US' draconian post-9/11 national security practices (especially the color-coded chart that the episode is named after.)
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Spoofed with X's death ray, which is a button-covered, desk-sized console that uses vacuum tubes and takes half a minute to charge up (once X can find an electric outlet) before firing (or a vacuum tube blows out) that he nonetheless treats as a portable weapon.
** Also spoofed when TheJetsons (from the far off year of 2002) try to sue the present. George convinces the court room that a punch card reading "Jury-O-Matic" computer is more efficient and reliable than an actual jury.
** Presumably deliberately with the [=DVDs=] that Mr Peebles (...ssssssssssssssssssss) receives in "Free Magilla". They're inserted into and played on a ''[=VCR=]''. Complete with segments that have been recorded over.
* TonightSomeoneDies: The last episode is titled [[spoiler: "The Death of Harvey Birdman".]]
* TrustBuildingBlunder
* TheUnintelligible: Vulturo's line of questioning towards Doctor Quest quickly devolves into gibberish mumbling.
* TheUnreveal: How Phil Ken Sebben lost his eye, in "Sebben & Sebben Employee Orientation".
* UnsoundEffect: Birdgirl has done this, Batman-style on at least one occasion.
* WaxingLyrical:
--> '''Quick Draw [=McGraw=]:''' I'm a sheriff. A cowboy sheriff.
--> '''Harvey:''' [[BonJovi On a steel horse you ride.]]
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: X the Eliminator's introductory episode starts with a flashback where he's first hired to steal the crest on Birdman's helmet. X wonders why they didn't just hire him to, you know, '''[[LargeHam KIIIIIIIIIILL HIM?]]''', to which they react with shock and horror.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Birdgirl.
* YouALLLookFamiliar: [[spoiler:The same people are in the jury in every case; this leads to Judge Mentok overturning all of his previous rulings at the end of the second to last episode and letting all of the convicted run amok]].
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