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->''Oh, life on the outside ain't what it used to be\\
You know, the world's gone crazy and it ain't safe on the streets\\
Well, it's a drag, I know\\
There's only one place to go\\
I'm coming home, oh yeah, I'm coming home!''

Part of the Creator/AdultSwim lineup, ''Superjail!'' is a surrealistic and ''very'' [[{{Gorn}} gory]] comedy series about a magical jail and its deranged staff. The show takes place in the eponymous prison, built inside an extinct volcano inside an ''active'' volcano, and home to endless numbers of ultra-violent RedShirt prisoners. The series started in 2008 and has aired four seasons to date.

In its first season alone, it easily trumped the death counts of all other Adult Swim shows by at least three times. The series's trademark is that by the end of each episode, there will be a long sequence of nothing but surreal carnage from corner to corner of the screen.

Controlling the jail is [[RealityWarper the Warden]] ([[InkSuitActor David Wain]]), an eccentric and twisted Willy Wonka lookalike with a flair for the dramatic and a face like Josef Mengele. Joining him are:

* Jared: The Warden's vertically challenged, neurotic, and formerly alcoholic assistant. Often the ButtMonkey of both the prison and his co-workers. He harbors a crush on the Warden that he sublimates into sycophantic behavior.
* Alice: The muscular, {{transsexual}} prison guard. The Warden has a crush on her (though is initially unaware of her trans status), but regulations prevent them from dating... not that Alice would want to, anyway.
* Jailbot: The jail's DoAnythingRobot. He usually starts the episode off by capturing Jacknife.
* Jacknife: A random, knife-wielding psychopath who gets captured at the start of every episode, only to conveniently escape by the end.
* The Twins: CreepyTwins with a Eurobeat theme song, whose sole purpose appears to be to cause as much havoc as possible inside the jail for their own amusement, sabotaging everything the Warden cooks up.
* Jean and Paul: ThoseTwoGuys in the show, Jean and Paul are two gay prison inmates who, despite playing almost no importance to the plot or episodes at all, are still popular and important ''[[PlotArmor just enough]]'' to avoid being killed off.
* Gary and Bird: The unofficial head of the prisoners. Gary is a surprisingly clean-looking man devoid of tattoos or facial hair and seems to be mute, only communicating with Bird, a small canary that constantly accompanies him. Although he hasn't shown it in the show, the Superjail database logs him as highly dangerous. He's also an obvious ShoutOut to Robert Franklin Stroud.
* The Doctor: A MadScientist with a German accent, he is in charge of Superjail's scientific and technological advancements (mostly horrifying [[HalfHumanHybrid hybrids]]). He gets a much more prominent role in Season 2.
* The Mistress of Ultraprison and her crew: Superjail's DistaffCounterpart.
* Lord Stingray: A supervillain who once tried to take over Superjail but is now one of the prison inmates.

The first season was animated by Augenblick Studios in Brooklyn, New York. A second season began airing on April 4, 2011 at midnight, with animation this time being handled by Titmouse, Inc, in California, and the new Titmouse, Inc. branch opening in Manhattan, New York. It had episodes devoted to fleshing out the characters and their backstories, and shifted its focus to creative close-up gore rather than mass bloodbath sequences. A third season aired on September 30, 2012, and brought back the bloodbaths, furthered the CharacterDevelopment, as well as changing the animation back to a style that was a little more reminiscent of Augenblick's episodes.

The fourth season aired June 15th, 2014. Unlike the previous three seasons, there were six episodes and not a full order of ten. Regardless, a season five is in the cards, if ratings are high enough.

Has [[Characters/SuperJail a character sheet]] in need of WikiMagic.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Alice.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Jean and Paul, the gay inmates, get an entire episode dedicated to them in the second season. Happens again in season 3.
** This happened as early as season 1, where "Mr. Grumpy-Pants" was in part focused on Ash. He also gets plots in "The Budding of the Warbuxx" and "Burn Stoolie Burn".
** Every episode in season 3 gave a different character a day in the limelight. Rather than focusing on just the Warden, each episode centered around a different supporting character. Warden fans fear not, however, as he was still the focus of a few episodes.
** Turban (the Middle-Eastern inmate) was given a spotlight episode in season 4.
* AdobeFlash: The show was initially animated in a much earlier version of Flash (for the pilot and season 1), since the line quality was much better than the more recent versions. But they eventually had to switch over to the later versions by Adobe, and it was remarked that it was trickier to work with due to the different brushes and line quality.
** Adobe After Effects is also utilized for the compositing of the introduction sequences, as well as being used for some of the glowing effects in season 1.
* TheAlcatraz: The eponymous prison. See the trope entry for more details.
* AllGirlsLikePonies: Parodied in "Burn Stoolie Burn", when both the Warden and Ash (both male characters) express their liking towards ponies.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Alice certainly does. And Jacknife is, apparently, quite the charmer when he's not in jail.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: [[WordOfGod Alice's profile]] states that she wants the inmates to love her and see her as gorgeous, but that she terrifies them and so she brutalizes them for not returning her feelings. The Warden has a crush on Alice, who won't give him the time of day as she has no interest in him (and that dating coworkers is against the regulations anyway). Alice has her eye more on "Sweet Cheeks", who is terrified of her and is regularly assaulted by her.
** The Warden and the Mistress are self-proclaimed archenemies (although it's lampshaded that they rarely get to see each other) who once slept together (to Mistress' disgust), and who Jared and Charise wanted to pair together in order for THEM to be closer to each other. The Mistress had previously slept with Lord Stingray (aka: Warden's ''other'' archenemy) but broke up with him, and later slept with [[spoiler: Alice]], who only really bothered to have sex with her because Jared and Charise's plan failed.
** Jared may or may not have repressed feelings for the Warden ("Dream Machine"), although it's made clear that Warden is disgusted by the idea when he sees Jared's fantasy.
** In one episode ("Hot Chick"), the Warden temporarily gives up his crush on Alice in favor of Hunter, but Hunter's clearly uninterested in him and only wants to know the whereabouts of the Twins.
** Alice's backstory also involves this: [[spoiler: She started undergoing her sex change because she had feelings for the warden she worked for, but was fired when he discovered she was doing so, and she in turn discovered that he was a gay man.]]
* AllThereInTheScript: Some characters, specifically Ash, only had their names listed in the scripts. Although this is averted in some cases if the character becomes more recurring, or in other cases, didn't start with a name but actually received one with their increased role (such as Jean and Paul).
** The Amazon-esque warriors in "Vacation" are called the "Zamzazons" in the season 2 commentaries.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Jared, reading off D.L. Diamond's rap sheet to the Warden: "...impersonated the handicapped, [sexually] assaulted a donkey, graffiti'd the elderly, swallowed gum..."
* ArtEvolution: The art and animation in season 2 became more fluid, but this was also subverted to a degree as Titmouse used Adobe Flash [=CS3=], which made it a little more difficult to replicate the hand-drawn look (while Augenblick had used Flash MX). The new, more rubbery style was met with mixed reception. The scene transitions and camera angles were mostly absent, but were brought back in full force for season 3 (in an attempt to bring back the Augenblick style).
** The color palette in the series is generally more saturated when compared to the pilot, where Warden's suit was slightly duller in shade.
** The Twins' teleportation effect changed considerably by season 3, with the animation for it being tweaked (a different noise effect) and the color brightened.
** Artists around season 2 began drawing Jared with much larger eyes, although his general appearance (with other characters) [[DependingOnTheArtist is up to whoever is drawing him for a shot]].
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Combaticus, who after his death becomes a constellation hanging around in the sky at the jail.
* AsceticAesthetic: What happens to Superjail when Jailbot 2.0 starts rebuilding it.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: "Terrorarium" with insects, and "Nightshift" with vegetables.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Hunter, the hunter of the twins in "Hotchick". Only in the end a CensorBox covers her breasts when she's finally trapped (although the DVD shows that there's still nothing under it).
** Alice suspects this of the twins in the same episode. A throwaway line in "The Budding of the Warbuxx" suggests that ''something'' (or perhaps nothing at all) might be down there, when Alice is confused on what orifice the twin will birth from.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Jared. Poor, poor Jared.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Do NOT mess with Gary and Bird.
* BigBrotherBully: The Triplets.
* BigDamnHeroes: Alice almost single-handedly saves Superjail in "Lord Stingray Crash Party".
* BizarreAlienBiology: One of the twins unexpectedly buds a life-form, which they feed with bleach and other household cleaners. Once it grows large enough, if falls off his stomach then hatches like an egg. [[spoiler: The two then proceed to ''eat it'' as a delicacy.]]
* BlackComedyRape: Quite often. Alice regularly forces prisoners to have sex with her, including her favorite "Sweet Cheeks". Early on in the series, the Mistress rapes the Warden due to the bite of a Spanish fly (although he doesn't mind and ''she'' winds up being the one disgusted and horrified). As for what happened in the first season finale, [[spoiler:the Twins don't want to talk about it]].
** One of Jean and Paul's arguments involves the latter accusing the former of "mind-cheating" on him, after he catches him staring at two inmates involved in a shower rape.
** There's a quick bit in Jared's flashbacks in "Hot Chick" where it suggests that he was dared on by fellow fraternity members to sodomize a sheep.
* BlandNameProduct: Season 1 has Chubsteaks, with its logo being a clear stand-in for Burger King. There's also an Orange Julius knockoff called Lemon Jeff. The episode "Superfail" features a parody of Livestream, called Jailstream.
* BloodSport: In "Combaticus".
** Picking a new prison guard in "Hot Chick"
* BloodyHilarious: Happens a lot in the show, mostly to the inmates unlucky enough to be involved in the latest chaos.
* BodyHorror: The Season 4 episode "Jean, Paul, Beefy and Alice" has this happen to everyone in Superjail when the Twins hook Jailbot up with a bizarre creature that infects everyone and mutates them into horrific abominations.
* BookEnds: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm4xx62jNjU&feature=related "Time]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhkHW77Qdl4 Police"]] has one.
* BrainBleach: Lord Stingray and some of the inmates walk in on Alice [[spoiler: having sex with the Mistress]]. The rest of the session is a DisneyAcidSequence of all of them trying to forget what they're seeing.
* BreastAttack: Alice does this [[spoiler: to Lord Stingray's wife by sticking her hands into her chest, grabbing her implants, then ripping her entire body in half.]]
* BuryYourGays: Inverted, as the gay couple are two of the few inmates that survive episode to episode. The few exceptions include "Dream Machine" (where they're crushed to death by the Warden) and the end of "Planet Radio" (where they're slaughtered by Jailbot).
* ButNotTooGay: Oh boy, does Gay Wedding ever avert it.
* ButtMonkey: Jared, most often. Ridiculed, humiliated, left to be beat up by inmates, horribly mutilated...the guy can't get much a break. Ash is this to other inmates who like mistreating him, especially Nicky.
* CallBack: True to form, Season 3 starts off with one of the male prisoners thinking back to when all the inmates were taken by The Mistress. She joined forces with Lord Stingray, and integrated both male and female prisoners together.
* CampStraight: The Warden, despite his flamboyant personality he has only ever shown an attraction to women. With Alice he never seems to understand her transsexual status, although he does get a glimpse of her genitalia in the season 2 finale and either [[SnapBack completely forgets]] or [[IfItsYouItsOkay doesn't mind that at all]] (with him referring to her as his "Chef Aphrodite" in "Nightshift").
* CastHerd: Subverted at times if the writers want to integrate the different groups of characters together more for specific events and interactions: There's the Warden and the rest of the staff (Jailbot, Jared, Alice, and the Doctor [[note]]Who seems only counted as a regular member in the later seasons[[/note]]) for a good portion of scenes, followed by a specific group of recurring inmates (Jean and Paul, Ash, Nicky, Fatty, Turban, Gary and Bird) who are sometimes partnered off with Lord Stingray. There tend to be other inmate herds as well, for either the general population or specific divisions seen in certain episodes. And then there are the Twins, who the writers tend to keep isolated from the rest of the cast save for a moment or two.
* CardboardPrison: Jacknife gets out sometime between each episode, usually during an episode's final moments.
* CensorBox: A GIGANTIC one that covers almost half the screen when [[spoiler: Alice has sex with the Mistress.]] [[note]]Unlike most examples in the show though, there was nothing animated or drawn beneath it[[/note]]
** Season 1 had these placed in "Ladies' Night", although it's not known if anything was actually drawn beneath. Season 2 had a few cases of censor boxes used to cover up scenes that the censors found objectionable for broadcast, but were removed in the uncut DVD release (save for the one in "Vacation" that was always meant as a gag). In the case of season 3, there were censor boxes added last minute (except for the aforementioned giant one) when the censors got cold feet, although the DVD release used the broadcast edits and not the uncensored versions of the episodes that lacked these.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: In the season 2 finale, many references to [[spoiler:Ultraprison result in getting all the characters and inmates captured by the Ultraprison characters]].
** Season 3 had a lot of rats placed in episodes at different points. This is given significance when [[spoiler: Gary's vocal cords are eaten by a rat, causing it to gain the ability to speak. The resolution would fully pan out towards the end of the season, when the rat tries to take over Superjail with his pirate radio station.]]
** The Mistress is seemingly forgotten after the third season premiere, aside from a cameo in "Oedipus Mess". Then suddenly comes the finale [[spoiler: and Alice and Lord Stingray are headed on an unwilling trip towards Ultraprison.]]
* ChildHater: The Warden, big time. His first reaction to seeing the LittlestCancerPatient? Ordering Jailbot to ''[[KickTheDog burn her alive]]''.
** Subverted in season 3, where he seems all too happy about Jacknife's illegitimate son. He's still clueless about children however, and doesn't really bother to respond to the baby's needs.
* ChurchOfHappyology: D.L. Diamond's cult/motivational program from "Don't Be A Negaton".
* CirclingBirdies: After taking a blow to the head, Jackknife has stars as well as knives, pills, and booze circling his head.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Aside from the inmates' typical coveralls, the characters have had specific colors assigned to them for stock artwork, or in their usual wardrobe or overall theme.
** The Warden: [[PurpleIsPowerful Purple]]
** Jared: Brown
** Alice: [[TrueBlueFemininity Blue]], [[PinkMeansFeminine sometimes pink]]
** The Doctor: Green
** Lord Stingray: Gold
** The Twins: [[EmeraldPower Green]] or Cyan, though their clothing itself is usually a deep blue
* ComedicSociopathy: Exhibited in many characters, considering the show. The Warden most of all, but Alice and the Twins qualify for some moments, as well as a ton of the inmates. Jared seems like he's comparatively innocent with how he's bullied and put-upon, but even he's not so above it all.
* ContinuityNod: [[spoiler:The last two-and-a-half minutes of the season finale, as shown [[http://www.adultswim.com/video/?episodeID=8a2505951df2bc7b011e085607bc026b here.]]]]
** "Mayhem Donor" includes a FreezeFrameBonus when the drill robot is digging underground. [[spoiler:It's the burned inmate chatting with the ghost of Cancer, who's reading a book.]]
** The talking vegetables from the pilot return briefly in "Best Friends Forever" and "Superjail! Grand Prix", and play a part in "Nightshift" [[spoiler: when the Twins transform them into giant monsters.]]
** "Best Friends Forever" has a scene where if you watch the TV monitors closely in the surveillance room, you can make out the Time Police on one of the screens, as well as the cave painting of Alice from the legend of "Su'Jael".
** The constellation of Combaticus is briefly shown in "Hot Chick", where it disintegrates a flock of birds by firing stars at them.
** In "Ghosts", The lost society of Pummelonia becomes a plot point along with [[spoiler:Jacknife's father, Gerald (Prison Mogul's accountant) and Cancer]].
** The jail that Alice used to work at in "Jailbot 2.0" appears to be the same one that Jacknife was released from in the pilot. The giant gingerbread men from "Superbar" are also visible in Jared's flashback sequence.
** The Doctor's human experimentation subject from "Combaticus" is shown briefly in a scene-panning detail in "Ladies' Night". Somewhat identical men also appear in "Gay Wedding" and "Ghosts".
** The Grand Prix episode has cameos of many bit characters, including dead ones such as the serial killer from "Cold-Blooded". It even includes the dinosaurs with firearms for heads which appeared in one of the earlier season 2 intros.
** The Asian inmate with half a face in "Special Needs" [[WordofGod is the same man who had half his face]] [[http://adammodiano.tumblr.com/post/34947867349/jareds-better-half-returns transplanted on to Jared's in "Mayhem Donor".]] [[spoiler: Unfortunately for him, he proceeds to lose the rest of his face]].
** From "Oedipus Mess": The "Cancer Memorial Park" statue. The Time Police also later reappear in an outer space shopping mall, along with several of the aliens that were seen in the Time Court. The guard aliens seen in "The Trouble with Triples" even appear.
*** The Mistress is also shown to still be a hippie in that episode. Although by the time of season 4, [[spoiler: it appears she's gone through another change.]]
** "Planet Radio" has several, including D. L. Diamond on TV, Bobo from "Terrorarium", the discarded robots from "Jailbot 2.0" and [[spoiler:Peedee the evil puppet coming again to life]].
** While Ash's love of ponies in "Burn Stoolie Burn" may seem sudden to some, look back to the ending of "Gay Wedding" and you can see him cheerfully riding a unicorn as Jean and Paul are married off.
** Season four almost becomes a ContinuityCavalcade of sorts, referencing characters from every season such as Hunter, the rats, the Warden's eyeball-headed assistants and his troops from the future, the Triplets and even things like "Jailpup". It also has a more consistent internal continuity despite the usual NegativeContinuity taking place.
* CouchGag: Every time Jailbot takes Jacknife back to Superjail, various different scenery and locations are shown on the way there. Unfortunately season 4 does not feature them, with the beginning of the episode directly cutting to the title card.
** [[WordOfGod These worlds, according to Christy Karacas]] [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/kristinchirico/things-about-superjail-you-may-not-know were also designed by the Warden to keep the inmates from leaving and to keep normal people out of the dimension.]]
* CreationMyth: The tale of "Su'Jael" in "Time Police", part 2.
* CreatorCameo: Aside from Christy Karacas voicing Alice and Jacknife and Stephen Warbrick voicing various inmates and bit parts, there are moments in the show where several of the production crew members have been drawn and slipped into scenes, either as inmates or other characters.
* CreepyMonotone: As if the Twins weren't creepy enough!
** The same creepy monotone is shown to extend to their family members, such as the Triplets and their father.
* CreepyTwins: The Twins.
* CrossoverCosmology: The episode "Ghosts" features some kind of ancient [[{{Mayincatec}} Mayan civilization]], a [[HollywoodVoodoo witch doctor]], Hindu deities and the concept of reincarnation.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Jared is actually a pretty decent [[ColdSniper sniper]].
** Some of the inmates qualify. When things start going to hell, many of them show all manner of skills, from lassoing bugs with giant shoelaces and discus-throwing that would make CaptainAmerica jealous to improvising weapons to deal with whatever mayhem is coming their way.
* CuteMonsterGirl: The [[HalfHumanHybrid alligator girl]] the Warden gets in love with, in the season 4 finale "The Superjail Six". Well, cute until she gets pregnant.
* DarkReprise: The theme song, "Comin' Home", gets one in the season one finale "Time-Police, Part Two".
* DependingOnTheArtist: Pretty much the entire cast is subjected to this, as the art team and animators are encouraged to go off-model. Sometimes the only thing consistent in a character will be their general color scheme, and even ''that'' can vary. Seen most often with Alice, Jared, The Twins, and some of the inmates, although the Warden (though usually more subtly) can also display artistic differences.
** Newly-designed characters also tend to be up to the layout artists to decide their final look (unless the creators have a better idea), and so they have no references given beforehand. However, the main and recurring characters [[http://superjail.tv/post/35910942818/superjail-sundays-at-12-15a-adult-swim do]] [[http://superjail.tv/post/35408183603/superjail-sundays-at-12-15a-adult-swim have model packs]] used for the animators to reference or outright paste in to a scene, or to play around with the colors of to see how lighting would affect them.
** In particular, Alice's stubble and body hair can come and go between shots, she may or may not have sideburns, and her mole will sometimes switch places (or not even be there at all). Jared's hands vary from having [[FourFingeredHands just four fingers]] to the usual five digits on each hand. The length and width of his head also shift about. The Twins are either significantly short (but obviously not as much as Jared), around the height of the Warden, or even Alice's height[[note]]Note that this is when they're actually depicted alongside other characters and are able to have their height compared[[/note]].
** Lord Stingray's mask sometimes acts more like a mask, with his eyes being depicted behind the lenses, or sometimes the lenses ''are'' his eyes [[ExpressiveMask and his mask is a lot more expressive]]. The colorists in "Stingstress" also had him depicted with a fair skin tone commonly used for the white inmates, although the colorists for the season 4 premiere [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation appear to have made him yellow]].
** In a color example, Gary and Nicky usually have plain black hair, but some colorists on the show will occasionally make their hair a brown-highlighted black, or even a flat-out brown (seen in some season 2 episodes).
*** Gary's bird is either small and about the size of a canary, or much larger and looking about the size of a parrot.
* DerangedAnimation: That's putting it mildly.
** It pretty much looks like they took what an 8th grader doodled in his notebook and animated it.
*** Provided that said 8th grader watched far too many slasher films and was a ''huge'' fan of the imagery of death metal...so it would be your typical 13- to 14-year-old if he was in 8th grade between 1979 and 1983.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu:
-->"I am Ghor, the war god of Pummelonia."
-->[=Jailbot shoots him in the chest before he can finish talking*=]
-->"Yep, I'm a goner... I'm just.. I'm just gonna lay down here..." [[note]]Although it could be somewhat justified, as he was reduced back to his MORTAL form.[[/note]]
* DistaffCounterpart: Ultraprison is a women's prison staffed by female counterparts to the characters, including a [[SpearCounterpart female-to-male transsexual counterpart]] for Alice.
** It's kind of "blink and you'll miss it", but one of the Ultraprison inmates is a DistaffCounterpart to Gary (complete with her own Bird!)
** Season 3 opens up with a female version of Jackknife causing havoc in a male strip joint, eventually getting carried off to Ultraprison by the female version of Jailbot.
* DistractedByTheSexy: PlayedForLaughs when Paul catches Jean staring at another inmate.
--> '''Paul:''' Hey! No staring at other men. You know I forbid mind-cheating!
--> '''Jean:''' How do you not stare at a shower rape?
** Jared's idea of implementing a computer lab for the inmate's enjoyment results in all of them looking at porn, not even noticing their impending doom from the ensuing chaos that's taking over Superjail. Even ''Jailbot'' is distracted, as he's busy looking at photos of copy machines.
* DoAnythingRobot: Jailbot, Nova.
* ADogNamedDog: Gary's bird, Bird.
* DoomMagnet: Superjail itself, and possibly the Warden.
* DontExplainTheJoke: "Hey, Gary! I've got a worm for you right here! I'm talking about my ''penis''!"
* DoubleEntendre: "Sticky Discharge" is about, you guessed it, [[NonIndicativeTitle Paul getting his parole]].
* DreamLand: The centerpiece for an entire episode, during which the Warden peeks into everyone's dreams on suspicion that someone is planning [[PrisonRiot a riot]]. The dream world also happens to be the site of the once-an-episode brawl (in this case, the entire population of Superjail confronting the Warden), made supernatural by the fact that everyone knows they're dreaming and can do just about anything, including transforming into things like a human tank, a motorcycle, and [[VideoGame/{{Contra}} Bill Rizer]].
* EldritchLocation: [[TimePolice Time Court and Time Jail]] in "Time Police", and Superjail itself, which lays host to a number of out-of-place locales.
** Much of the setting borders on AcidTripDimension. The worlds shown in each of Jackknife's capture sequences, called the Outer Zones, are this especially.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Warden, the Doctor and the Twins.
* EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture: Jailbot 2.0 looks a lot like an ipod touch.
* EvilOverlord: Lord Stingray. The Warden has potential to become this too, as seen in the dark future timeline in "Time-Police part 1".
** In an alien case, there's the Twins' father.
* ExcitedShowTitle: If the "!" is any indication.
* {{Expy}}: Lord Stingray is an obvious parody of [[GIJoe Cobra Commander]].
* EyepatchOfPower: Jared gets one in the dystopian future.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Of course, they're ''not'' family friendly, just like everything else in ''Superjail!'', but it should be noted that Lord Stingray's soldiers use laser rifles as weapons. Justified in that Stingray and his army are a send-up of typical "evil overlords" in MerchandiseDriven cartoons.
* FantasticRacism: In ''Bunny Love'', Jared tries to order bunny suits for everyone, but the Twins end up messing with the order so that half the prison population gets bunny suits and the other half gets wolf suits.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Vacation" has a photo of Charise displayed in Jared's bedroom at the start, as well as a cameo of Ultraprison on the videophone when he calls for help. It all leads up to that sudden twist cliffhanger with the UP crew bridging seasons 2 and 3.
** A rat wearing Gary's glasses and hairstyle is seen among Warden's menagerie of vermin inmates in "Stingstress". In "Uh-Oh, It's Magic", [[spoiler: the end twist is that Gary's vocal cords have possessed a rat, which begins identifying as him with his own Fly in the place of Bird.]]. By the time of "Planet Radio", [[spoiler: Rat has ditched his Gary guise, and upon his death, the vocal cords wind up finding their way back into Prison Peedee's marionette shell]]. In the season 4 premiere, [[spoiler: Peedee has risen once more]].
* ForWantOfANail: The in-universe equivalent of a ''fast food hamburger'' results in [[FutureBadass the Warden]] [[EvilOverlord conquering Earth]] simply because he discovered the concept of ''franchises''. [[spoiler:Thankfully, the TimePolice show up before it happens.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: Many examples, mostly in the insanely detailed backgrounds seen in the intro sequence.
** Some of these are also combined with various odd events going on in the background during certain scenes. Sometimes, there will even be injokes about crew members or the characters themselves placed in a scene.
* FunWithAcronyms: The '''A'''mphibious '''S'''ecretly '''C'''onstructed '''R'''apid '''A'''scape '''C'''raft in "Superbar".
** "I ain't climbin' inside no ASCRAC!"
** And in "Ladies Night":
-->'''Warden''': Women are nothing but a pack of hormonally insane vixens!
-->'''Jailbot''': ''(flashes '''HIV''' on his screen)''
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Well, often it is more like Creepy Background Event.
* GeniusDitz: The Warden, as he built Jailbot waaay back when he was younger[[note]]Although it's implied this is faulty memory or unreliable narration on his part, as "Jailbot 2.0" shows that he had a bunch of prototype robots that he threw away, one after the other[[/note]]
* GeniusLoci: It's [[{{WMG/Superjail}} speculated]] that the jail has a mind of its own. Maybe more than one.
* GainaxEnding: One per episode, often bordering on NightmareFuel.
** ''"Often bordering"?'' It's totally blown out. "Terrorarium" is one of the weirdest, at least.
*** To say nothing of "Dream Machine".
** The first season finale's ending is the greatest example for the show.
* GenderIsNoObject: Both male and female prisoners are temporarily integrated together at the start of season 3. You'd think the males would be more than eager to just have sex with the women, but no... Both genders just want to beat the crap out of each other.
** Although we do see that at least one Ultraprison inmate got pregnant... only for her to be instantly incinerated to a charred skeleton and a pile of organs that the Doctor collects.
* GenerationXerox: Jackknife's briefly seen father looks exactly like grown up Jackknife, with no hair.
* GeographicFlexibility: Aside from the events of episodes usually being reset, the outside surroundings of the jail and its very size are also subject to change depending on the need for the plot or the artist's rendition. Sometimes there seems to be just a plain desert outside the jail gates [[note]]see "Time-Police part 2", "Uh-Oh, It's Magic", and "Sticky Discharge"[[/note]], some grassy plains [[note]]"Mr. Grumpy-Pants" and "Special Needs"[[/note]], buildings and a town [[note]]"Don't Be a Negaton", and the Chinatown in "Mr. Grumpy-Pants"[[/note]], or a beach and pathway leading to the gates [[note]]"Best Friends Forever"[[/note]]. There's also the matter of how the jail can be entered through the smaller volcano. The inside of the jail and its scale also varies about.
* {{Gorn}}: Creator/AdultSwim has gone on record that Superjail has more deaths in one season than {{Metalocalypse}} did in its first two. In other words, it's pretty gory. Although after the switch to Titmouse (the studio behind Metalocalypse) for season 2, one of the criticisms was that it looked ''less'' gory.
** Lampshaded in the episode "Ghosts", where it's said that the jail newspaper has 50 pages of obituary!
* GrossoutShow: Blood, guts, bodily fluids, and crude sex jokes all have their place in the episodes. Seasons 2 and 3 have a bit of increase in the toilet humor department.
* GrotesqueCute: Jailbot and the bugs in Terrorarium, when not [[KillerRabbit tearing you to shreds.]]
* HandicappedBadass: The crippled inmates from "Special Needs".
* HeroicComedicSociopath: A possible case in the Warden. While dedicated to his job and perfecting the art of incarceration, he is AT LEAST a psychopathic sadist. Most of the people he ends up killing - generally indirectly - are dangerous inmates who pose a clear threat to society.
* HiveMind: The monstrosity from "Mayhem Donor" is this. [[HerrDoktor The Doctor]] becomes the [[HiveQueen hive king]], and wants to [[AssimilationPlot unite the populace of Superjail]] to end world suffering. He gives a speech about abolishing [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill class, race, etc.]]
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: In ''The Superjail Inquisitor'', the Triplets make it so that the newspaper tabloids become real. One of them includes the horsemen. Incidentally, Conquest is among the four, but Pestilence is part of the Apocalypse.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: [[spoiler: Jared]] to [[spoiler: The Warden]] in ''Ghosts''. Also, the Warden to Jailbot.
* HumanNotepad: "Salty", the old captain seen in the "Vacation" episode, has the map of the floating islands tattooed on his back. Of course when he dies Lord Stingray rips the skin off of his back to keep the map.
* HumongousMecha: Superjail is revealed to have one in "Mayhem Donor" (made to look like the Warden, of course). It has two huge [[ThisIsADrill drills]] but it's almost completely ineffective against the Doctor's experiment.
** In 'Lord Stingray Crash Party', there's a [[MechWarrior Jenner]]-type spherical mech that looks like the Warden's head with legs, with guns sticking out of the pupils that walks across the background shooting at things [[EverybodyDoTheEndlessLoop multiple times]].
** In "Uh-Oh, It's Magic", there's an example of MetaMecha: a giant robotic version of [=PeeDee=], piloted by the ventriloquist puppet itself [[spoiler: and itself piloted by Bird]].
* HypocriticalHumor: This too can often pop up in episodes.
* ILikeMyXLikeILikeMyY: Lord Stingray likes his coffee the way he likes his minions: strong and simple.
* IdiotBall: In an early example, Alice and all of the inmates basically get hit by it in "Mr. Grumpy-Pants". When Ash finds the little girl with cancer, he reads her bracelet and assumes that the word "Cancer" is her name (pronounced San-Ser) and that her estimated date of death is her birthday. Alice gets it even worse when the girl coughs up blood, with her assuming that the young girl had her first period.
** The Mistress gets hit with it big-time when she easily believes that the shady Lord Stingray is the seafaring "Captain Stingray", and immediately falls head over heels in love with him afterwards. She still believes him to be a captain when she kicks him out of their room and doesn't bother demoting him to captivity and inmate coveralls (as she had with the Warden, Jared, and the Doctor).
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: The Warden used a special serum to shrink five of the inmates in "Terrorarium" and placed them in an insect-infested snow globe in a race to find a serum that would bring the victor to normal size.
** The Twins display shrinking as part of their power set, most notably in "Terrorarium", "Cold-Blooded", as well as in at least five of their season 3 appearances.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: The Warden eventually gets a full view of Alice's genitalia. After the initial surprise, he absolutely doesn't mind, partly since he's more concerned about getting back to the jail. It's left up for debate if he completely forgot about that detail afterwards (owing to the negative continuity in the show, or with being kept in captivity by the Mistress for so long), or if he just doesn't care what Alice might have.
** Played with earlier in "Jailbot 2.0", when the titular replacement attempts to out her bulge to the Warden. The Warden becomes appalled, but only because it "curves and droops".
* IncestIsRelative: [[{{Twincest}} The Twins.]] Maybe.
* InVinoVeritas: Jared.
* InfantImmortality: Averted ''horribly''. However, in one of these cases, it is babies killing other babies, so...
** Played straight and weaponized in "Oedipus Mess" by Jacknife, who throws newborn babies to Jailbot, knowing that he'll stop pursuing him to save them. Jailbot then rescues them and still kicks Jacknife's ass.
* InkSuitActor: Put David Wain in a Willy Wonka costume and you've got the Warden.
** NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Replace the Warden's top hat with a military cap and you've got '''''Josef Mengele'''''. Cane, gloves, haircut, gap between his teeth, sadistic streak, and occasionally whistling a merry tune.
* InexplicablyAwesome: Initially, we never really hear who the twins are or why they have RealityWarper powers. In an old interview for season 1, however (before it was removed from Adult Swim's site), it is said that they were originally supposed to be outright inmates, "super criminals", and some kind of experiment GoneHorriblyWrong.
** Answered in the season 2 episode "Hotchick": [[spoiler: they're aliens]].
** The next question is how the Warden has RealityWarper powers.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Hunter of "Hot Chick". Subverted as she's a lethal woman that takes no prisoners.
** Then completely and utterly subverted when we find out what she REALLY is: [[spoiler:the Twins' alien childhood pet.]].
* InstitutionalApparel: Of the orange variety, but like everything else in Superjail subject to change according to the Warden's whims (the pilot episode centered on the Warden putting all the prisoners in bunny and wolf costumes).
* ItAmusedMe: The main reason behind almost everything The Twins do.
* TheJailer: The Warden.
* {{Jerkass}} The Warden and Alice, to some different extents. A lot of characters basically fall under this trope, since they're either hardened criminals or have other repugnant actions and behavior. Even Jared can have a moment of this.
* {{Kaiju}}: The huge vegetables in season 3 episode "Nightshift".
* KarmaHoudini: The false health guru DL Diamond, after robbing Superjail blind and doping everyone up with hallucinogens, gets kidnapped by the aliens he claims to have been contacted with... who invite him to their awesome intergalactic party.
** The Twins usually manage to evade consequences of the chaos they cause, but this is somewhat averted in "The Trouble with Triples" [[spoiler: when they lied to their brothers about conquering Superjail, in an attempt to stay there. Instead, through a series of events, they wind up inadvertantly impressing their father and whisked away home to become REAL overlords, despite their protest. Until the SnapBack.]]
** Lord Stingray manages to evade any punishment at the end of "Planet Radio", as well as in "Burn Stoolie Burn".
** JackKnife might count since almost every episode has him somehow escape Superjail only in the next episode to get his ass kicked in by Jailbot and sent back there and then escape again, this is a constant repeating cycle.
* KickTheDog: Oh dear God yes. From Jackknife stealing the crucifix from a little girl in the hospital, to everyone's treatment of Jared in "Terrorarium," to the casual brutality of the prisoners, to Jailbot's ever increasing proclivity for collateral damage.
* KillerRobot: Jailbot. His counterpart Nova can also be this, if the season 3 premiere is any indication.
* KungFuJesus: At the beginning of "Special Needs", Jacknife is robbing a church, when suddenly the Jesus figure detaches himself from the Cross, jumps down and begins beating the snot out of the thug. It's actually Jailbot in one of his many disguises.
* LadyLand: The airborne, space-themed "Ultraprison" (save for Bruce, technically the only man around). There's also the society of the snake-riding "Zamzazons" from "Vacation".
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler: The Twins. They're actually the last of their own race from another planet.]]
** [[spoiler: Or not, as that was a lie to get the residents of Superjail to help them escape Hunter. They're just aliens who went on a year abroad, and apparently don't want to go back. They're later revealed to even have older brothers (Triplets).]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: The Twins have a eurodance-esque beat every time they're onscreen.
* LetThePastBurn: In the third season finale, the Warden manages to burn down his entire prison to the ground with Jared, Ash, and others inside. And due to the jail burning and the chaos within, ''another'' aspect of the past winds up being let loose: The highly-dangerous demons stored in "Superhell".
* LimitedWardrobe: The main cast and inmates usually just wear the same clothing throughout (though justified with the inmates). When they do wear different outfits, the staff will still sometimes have the same basic color schemes (Warden wearing purple clothing, Alice wearing blue, etc.)
* LittlestCancerPatient: Cancer ([[{{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}} San-ser]]). The fact that she's also the little girl whose father Jacknife killed in the first episode doesn't help -- [[WordOfGod the creators confirmed this.]]
** She was [[TearJerker only 4, too...what a life]].
* LizLemonJob: Jared's job description in a nutshell.
* LyricalDissonance: The pilot uses the song "Rubber Bullets" by 10cc, which is very upbeat for a song about shooting people during a PrisonRiot (although the guard it's sung from the perspective of [[PsychoForHire is certainly enjoying himself]]).
* MakingASpectacleOfYourself: The Warden's large, yellow, John Lennon glasses. The Mistress wears similar glasses in pink, while her assistant Charise wears hers in lavender.
* MadeOfIron: Alice and Jailbot (though he gets a bit weaker in seasons 2 and 3). Also Jacknife, as shown by the intros.
* MadeOfPlasticine: '' '''Everyone.''' ''
* ManChild: The Warden. He's even been called this in the show.
* MauveShirt: Jacknife and the gay couple avoid death for pretty much every episode. In fact, the gay couple made up two of the 7 controls (Along with the Warden, Alice, Jailbot, Gary and Bird, and some unknown bearded inmate) of a Superjail {{Voltron}}-esque giant mecha in "Mayhem Donor".
** A group of six or so inmates in season 2, including an Arab guy in a turban and sunglasses, an Asian-looking fellow and a goateed guy named Nicky.
** The horribly burned inmate from "Mr. Grumpy-Pants" gets some minor character development and a few lines over the course of season 2, which escalates further by the end of season 3.
* {{Mayincatec}}: In "Combaticus", they unearth the ancient city of [[PunnyName Pummel-onia]], a shrine to war and bloodsport, complete with typical Mesoamerican structures and a war god in traditional regalia trapped in animal form.
** Also in season 2 episode "Ghosts" where it is revealed that Superjail [[Film/{{Poltergeist}} was built over an ancient Mayincatec sacred place]] where human sacrifices were performed.
* MeaningfulName: The names of the gay couple are revealed in "Gay Wedding" as being "Jean-Baptiste Le Ghei" and "Paul Guaye".
** The burned inmate's name was first revealed as Ash in the season 1 scripts, and spoken in the later episodes. His surname? "Firin".
** To further add to the puns, a temporary cellmate for Jean in "Sticky Discharge" is shown to be named "Charlie Streyt".
* MediumBlending: Live action hobo Warden at the end of "The Dream Machine".
** Also in "The Dream Machine", the Warden discovers that Jailbot dreams about being friends with him, and that sequence is animated in [[UncannyValley very creepy CGI.]]
* MegaMicrobes: One of the various course obstacles in "Superjail Grand Prix".
* MesACrowd: Jacknife is cloned 10,000 times in "Oedipus Mess", as a part of the Warden's ZanyScheme to determine the paternity of his son.
* MindScrew: The ending of "Ghosts". So Jared destroyed the root of the problem and...wait, why are all the souls in a spiral around the temple of some seven-headed deity? And why are they getting reincarnated as plants? And WHY THEY ARE STILL ABLE TO TALK?
** That's probably the mildest possible example from the show. Any of the rampant, rapid-fire surrealism or the Gainax Endings of "Time Police (Part 2)" or "The Dream Machine" screw the mind much more powerfully.
* MisterSeahorse: The rage the Warden gets at seeing Cancer causes him to spontaneously give birth to his "Inner Child", a demonic fetal version of himself.
** The Twin's budding situation in season 2 also counts, although the resulting lifeform (resembling a fetal version of them with crystals in its back) is not treated as a child.
** Bird is stated to be male, though he winds up laying an egg containing the first human/bird hybrid in "Time-Police part 2".
* MirrorScare: The spirits of the deceased pull this trick on the Warden in "Ghosts". He doesn't even notice.
* MushroomSamba: The ending of "Don't Be a Negaton" and Warden's hallucinogenic trip in "Nightshift".
* MoodSwinger: The Warden, the Warden, [[CrystalDragonJesus THE WARDEN]].
* MoodWhiplash: The episode "Mr. Grumpy Pants" for many fans.
* MonsterIsAMommy: Seen in "Vacation". That little creature Lord Stingray found [[ChekhovsGun came in handy]]...
* NauseaDissonance: This happens a lot, as disgusting and violent deaths are commonplace.
* NeverMyFault: The Warden's general attitude towards Jared.
** He eventually realizes that he's [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone done something wrong]] after [[spoiler:ruining Jean and Paul's wedding, thus causing the gang wars within Superjail to start again.]]
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: [[spoiler: In the first season finale]].
* NegativeContinuity: Partly explained by the supernatural nature of the jail, otherwise the creators just say to consider the show like a M-rated version of ''LooneyTunes'' or like ''TheSimpsons''. Of course, there sometimes ''is'' some minor extent of continuity, seen in season 3, the season 2 cliffhanger that preceded it, and the season 4 premiere building off of season 3's own cliffhanger.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: DL Diamond, who greatly resembled a glamrock Music/DavidLeeRoth, including his voice, appearance, and his tendency to scat while he talks in a similar fashion to Roth's scatting in his cover of "Just a Gigolo".
** His scam involving aliens affecting human emotions is obviously based on Creator/LRonHubbard.
** There's also the random Music/{{Slipknot}}-looking inmates shown in one episode.
*** Music/InsaneClownPosse makes an appearance in the same episode. The Violent J expy actually has several lines and a semi-important role in saving Jared from a malfunctioning Jailbot. "Yo boss! We got a way for you to beat that overgrown toaster!"
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: The Warden compared to the other characters. Obviously intentional, to show how weird he is.
* NoOntologicalInertia: Parodied in "Paul, Jean, Beefy and Alice". The Doctor explains that, to end the mutagenic plague that is turning the inmate into weird blob monsters, the source of the plague must be eradicated, and to demonstrate that he kills a vampire in his laboratory, instantly stopping any instance of vampirism. However this does not work even after having destroyed said source, and the episode ends with everyone but the Doctor infected. Thanks to NegativeContinuity, all is fine in the next episode.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The mastermind of the breakout in "Uh-oh, Its Magic" is [[spoiler:Gary and his bird]]. Whether the punishment of [[spoiler:Gary's vocal chords being removed for orchestrating the breakout by controlling the Warden's ventriloquist dummy]] is [[DisproportionateRetribution too harsh]] or justified is up to the viewer.
* OffModel: Justified with the character designs due to the crew intending for artists to not stick to models. However, there are times where the show plays the trope straight due to layouts and bits of animation being done on crunched deadlines. Sometimes these will be corrected during production, but other times they'll just run with the mistakes as a gag (such as Jared's varying finger count, or coloring blips).
** There's also an intentionally-invoked example in "The Budding of the Warbuxx", where Paul complains about all the continuity errors in a movie that the inmates have to watch- while his skintone suddenly matches that of the white inmates', and his tattoos vanish.
** Layering errors tend to happen every now and then, along with clean-up artists sometimes not using the correct line width for some characters and objects within a scene.
* OffTheWagon: Jared, on occasion. PlayedForLaughs
** And he's got a ''lot'' of wagons to fall off of. Alcohol, junk food, gambling, sex, drugs, you name it.
* OnceAnEpisode: Jacknife is captured at the beginning and escapes at the end of every episode, with some exceptions:
** Jailbot accidentally brings in a serial killer wearing Jacknife's face as a mask in "Cold-Blooded".
** Jacknife is taken to regular jail in the season 1 finale when Superjail is out of commission.
** Jailbot is shot down in the season 2 premiere while transporting Jacknife and later lets him escape.
** Jacknife gets killed by the ghost of his own father and reincarnated as a flower in "Ghosts", averting the "escapes later" part of the episode formula.
** Inverted in "Jailbot 2.0" where Jailbot malfunctions and winds up taking Jacknife OUT of prison and to the streets, after which he proceeds to kill INNOCENT people.
** He doesn't appear at all in "Stingstress", with his female counterpart being the one to be captured instead (although we don't get to see her escape).
** Neither he nor his counterpart appear at all in "Last Pack", strangely since it's an episode about cigarettes and he's a heavy smoker.
* OnlySaneMan: Jared, and even ''he'' is a bit nutters.
* OutOfFocus: The Twins became a case of this in season 2 aside from their two focus episodes, only receiving brief cameos or being completely missing from the plots. Part of this was due to the crew having trouble with trying to develop the characters[[note]]The other part being that Christy Karacas felt that they no longer worked effectively as rivals to the Warden, and admitting that Lord Stingray basically replaced them.[[/note]] . This was also the case at the start of season 3, but was subverted in the second half.
** Jailbot, to a lesser extent.
* PacManFever: All of the "video games" the twins play in ''Cold-Blooded'' have 8 bit graphics or worse, and are single-screen games with minimal interaction. Clearly gameplay has not evolved much in this universe.
** Or the twins are retro gaming enthusiasts. They seem to be able to "achieve the {{kill screen}} " with little effort.
** Probably the first one, since in "The Trouble With Triples" all the games shown are of the 8-bit variety, including references to VideoGame/{{Centipede}}, VideoGame/DonkeyKong and SpaceInvaders.
* PetTheDog: In the first few minutes of the Pilot, Jacknife is released from (normal) prison, and immediately hijacks a car, killing the driver... before noticing a little girl in the back seat. Seeing a bunny on her shirt, he drives up to a pet store and tries to steal one for her. Aww...(?) Somewhat ironically, Jailbot apprehends Jacknife for the first time as he commits what is probably the only good, unselfish act he's ever done.
** Although considering how Jacknife crashed the car and shoved the rabbit down his pants.... it's more than likely he just wanted to fuck it.
** Jailbot's attempts to cheer up children.
* PietaPlagiarism: [[spoiler: Done in ''Mr. Grumpy-Pants'' when the prisoners and Alice discover that the LittlestCancerPatient is dead.]]
* PrisonRiot: Recurring source for carnage.
* PsychopathicManChild: The Warden.
* QuarterHourShort: 11 minutes of pure madness per episode.
* RefugeeFromTVLand: In one episode the Warden wakes up as a bum in the real world.
* {{Reincarnation}}: Many of the inmates who were killed off by ghosts ended up being reincarnated as blades of grass. They ask themselves "Is this Heaven?" just moments before the Warden mows over the with a lawnmower.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: Giant rats with cybernetic implants that Alice fights in "Jailbot 2.0". A pair of giant rats are also shown in the Grand Prix episode, and kill some inmates.
* RuleOfFunny: It pretty much runs on this for its stories and twists. What matters most to the writers is how effectively funny a story can be.
* RunningGag: Jailbot catching Jacknife at the start of every episode.
** Season 3 had the gag of having rats randomly placed into scenes in various episodes, setting up for "Planet Radio"'s plot. Even so, a rat appears in the episode after it (the season finale), as it was originally scripted to fall much earlier in the season.
** While most inmates tend to die in a given episode, Fatty's deaths and mutilations are a constant gag in themselves (see "They Killed Kenny Again").
* SadistShow: Very much so. A lot of endings are bleak or very mind-screw (even if things get reset anyway), the characters are all failures in some way or have severe issues, and spilled blood and guts abound. There are even points where recurring characters aren't spared the misfortune that the inmates usually suffer from.
* SeriesContinuityError: As the show is mostly [[NegativeContinuity episodic]] and gag-oriented, with continuity only used for certain situations, many episodes' differences would not fall under this. However, it is played straight with the ending of "Vacation" and the flashback of the same scene in "Stingstress": At the end of the first, the Doctor is shown with the other staff members being confronted by Ultraprison. However, in the "Stingstress" flashback, the Doctor is shown lying among the inmates and wearing a sailor coverall (as opposed to his work uniform), also sporting a bit of a different appearance.
* SequelHook: Season 2 finale: [[spoiler:After the cruise, the Warden and the inmates come back to Superjail at the end of "Vacation", only to discover that the Mistress took possession of the place with her robot army.]]
** Season 3 finale: [[spoiler: As Superjail gets burned down by the Warden and Ash at the end of "Burn Stoolie Burn", Alice and Jared make their escape using Jared's escape pod, only for Alice to discover that Jared was pushed away at the last second by Lord Stingray, and the two discovering that Jared had programmed his escape pod to take him to Ultraprison. Meanwhile, a place beneath the jail called "Superhell" has also erupted, releasing its demonic creatures to attack everyone within the burning jail.]]
* SerialKiller: In the episode "Cold Blooded"
* ShipSinking: "Stingstress" did this to the titular pairing of Lord Stingray and the Mistress, as well as throwing some cold water on the idea of the Warden and the Mistress being a romantic couple. "Superhell!" proceeded to (temporarily) torpedo another ship when [[spoiler: Charise gave up on trying to find Jared and believed him to be dead, accepting his death and deciding to make out with the Doctor and hook up with him. The two got back together in "Superstorm!", but with the relationship hinted to be unsatisfying due to Charise not wanting to have sex with Jared and only "talk".]]
* ShoutOut: Has its [[ShoutOut/{{Superjail}} own page]].
* SigilSpam: Imagery of the Warden is everywhere in Superjail.
** This also appears to be the case for the Mistress and Ultraprison, with her different machines and spaceships (and soldiers) being modeled after her. When she briefly converted Superjail to "Ultrajail", she replaced the Warden's tower with her own.
* SingleMindedTwins: The Twins
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Men and women get butchered in over the top gory ways, unless they're the main cast or recurring. When Superjail inmates are mixed with Ultraprison ones, they can both be seen killing each other and getting killed by the prison.
* SlidingScaleOfContinuity: Very generally set at Level 1 (Negative Continuity), owing to its gag nature. However, it sometimes can be anywhere from a Level 2 (with some episodes actually employing StatusQuoIsGod or an in-story reset) to Level 3 (changes that stick through a season or longer, such as "Hippie Mistress" and the introductions of Lord Stingray and Peedee).
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Alice. Although, there are some lunch ladies, but they're much more minor characters and not given as much personality or importance.
* SofterAndSlowerCover: The opening song is given a slower, softer acoustic treatment when Jacknife is being sent to real jail in the season finale.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The episode "The Budding of the Warbuxx" has no opening sequence, no Jacknife, almost no violence and is almost entirely focused on the Twins and Alice (aside from a B-plot about Ash overcoming his fear). This is due to the fact they had to cut the opening sequence for time purposes. An incomplete storyboarded version can be seen on the season 2 DVD, though the opening idea was later reused for "Oedipus Mess".
* SoundtrackDissonance: While the opening song is suitably rocking, it's about going back to prison on purpose because "life on the outside ain't what it used to be" over Jacknife being ''forcefully brought back into'' jail. Funnily enough, the full version has three more verses that have the singer saying that it's not even as good as he remembers it ''inside'' jail, so he tries to break out, but that doesn't work out and he's going to be executed soon.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The show's had a few cases of this trope over time.
** Jared's DistaffCounterpart had a lot of confusion over the spelling of her name at first, and the official sources weren't very clear for a while themselves: Adult Swim's website spelled her name "Sharice", while the season 1 DVD subtitles spelled it "Charise". The later spelling was confirmed by season 3's "Stingstress" (and the subtitles for both later DVD releases). Of course, some fans just TakeAThirdOption and use "Charice", and IMDB had the name misspelled as "Chareese".
** The Prison Mogul's assistant has had his name spelled by fans as "Jarrell", "Jarum", or "Gerald". The season 1 DVD goes with "Gerald", but as the DVD also had some grammatical errors and his name is rarely brought up otherwise, it remains up in the air (unlike Charise above).
** The name of the lost ancient society is given as "Pummelonia" on Adult Swim's site (and reinforces the pun in the name), while the season 1 DVD spells it "Pamelonia".
** The giant fish monster in "Vacation" has had its name spelled as both the "Krynok" and "Crynoc".
** Before the Twins' father's name was confirmed as "Ozzal" on the season 2 DVD subtitles and later media, fanworks usually used "Ozoe" or "Ozal".
** "Jacknife"'s name is spelled as one word, although some fans (and even a moment in "Oedipus Mess") will occasionally use "Jack Knife".
** The name given to the LittlestCancerPatient by the ignorant inmates is "Cancer", although some fans will spell it "Sanser" after the inmates' pronunciation and to lessen the awkwardness of having to list a disease as her name.
** The head lunch lady's name is either spelled as "Janice" or "Janis" in fan sites. The official spelling given by the writers [[http://adammodiano.tumblr.com/post/60999964189 would appear to be "Janice"]].
** The Twins' bud is either the "Warbuxx" or "Wurbuxx", with both spellings seeming to be used for the season 2 DVD release (Adult Swim's site uses the former).
* SpiesInAVan: The Warden in "Cold-Blooded".
* SpiritualPredecessor: Karacas and Warbick's own ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxMuUYMmNac Barfight]]''.
* SquirrelsInMyPants: Twice. The first time, a rat did this to deliver an invitation to the gays wedding, the second time was when evil rats did this to make a prisoner open his mouth so that rats can climb in and [[EyeScream make his eyes pop out of his head]]
* StableTimeLoop: One possible explanation for the ending of "Time Police, Part 2." After the space-time continuum shatters, the camera pans back to reveal a shot of a deep-fat fryer, which is identical to the first shot of part 1.
* TheStinger: [[spoiler:Jailbot repairing itself and racing to the Warden's rescue after the credits of season 2's finale]].
* StockFootage: Although they attempt to avert this trope, the production crew does wind up re-using backgrounds and special effects (and even entire character models/stock art) if there's a need to recycle them, or if they're in a pinch.
** [[http://superjail.tv/post/32327322008/superjail The promotional]] [[http://superjail.tv/post/32592375616/superjail-sundays-at-12-15a posters]] [[http://superjail.tv/post/36600504676/superjail-mural-in-brooklyn and murals]] for season 3 made extensive use of stock footage, recycling clip art of character models and poses from the various episodes that were set to air, along with general stock art for other characters.
** The last bit of the opening, with the Warden-shaped cloud and Jacknife being taken through it, is pretty much always stock footage (while everything before is different).
* StylisticSuck: Those weird, [[BloodyHilarious gory]] cartoons the Warden is always watching in "Jailbot 2.0".
* SurrealHorror: Present in many episodes, "Dream Machine" and "Don't Be A Negaton" being two to note in particular for the first season.
* SwarmOfRats: Planet Radio.
* TalkingHeads: Averted.
* TheDogBitesBack: Jared, in "Terrorarium."
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Several inmates' deaths can be this, as well as [[spoiler: the death of Cancer, who was already dying of her disease but wound up nearly strangled and then crushed by falling gift boxes.]]
* TheyKilledKenny: Gary and Bird's fat, balding, lecherous cellmate (the one who wants to show everyone his penis) gets killed several times but is always shown as a recurring character.
** The inmate who committed suicide to avoid going on a date with Alice in the first season is shown being abused by Alice in the second season episode "Hot Chick". Though he hasn't experienced death again, he does continue to fear Alice's advances.
** [[spoiler:Jacknife is killed and reincarnated as a flower. Gary is reincarnated as a blade of grass and then mowed down]] in "Ghosts".
** The second season is especially guilty of this, with NegativeContinuity taken to the extremes and many characters always coming back from the dead.
** Nicky (the prisoner that masterminded the escape attempt in "Superbar") has become a recurring character in the later seasons despite dying like everyone else on the ASCRAC. He usually manages to survive most later bloodbaths, except for being impaled by Jailbot 2.0 (in the episode of the same title), as well as Jailbot killing him at the end of "Planet Radio".
** Guns (an inmate with shrunken legs) died at the end of "Special Needs", but is seen alive again in "The Trouble With Triples".
** Janice, the head lunch lady, has been killed or maimed many a time.
** Ash has been killed on a few occasions, most notably in "Superjail! Grand Prix", "Sticky Discharge", and "Planet Radio".
** Jean and Paul haven't even been immune to the trope, as they both died in "Dream Machine", as well as Jean briefly implied to be dismembered and slaughtered in "Cold-Blooded" ([[NegativeContinuity He got better]] later in the episode anyway), the two being pulled through a shower drain and dismembered in a brief gag in "Mayhem Donor" (They got better in the next scene), and the two being ripped apart by Jailbot at the very end of "Planet Radio".
** A new record is set in season 4's "Jean, Paul, Beefy and Alice" where the muscular convict "Sweet Cheeks" dies by head removal and then is suddenly alive and well in the second half of the episode.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The gay couple.
** In a more minor example, there were two bored inmates in "Combaticus" and two similar (but differently designed) inmates in "Dream Machine". The ones from the former episode can be seen occasionally as background characters in later episodes, sometimes still paired alongside each other or shown separately.
* TimePolice: [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext the most catchy-sounding one ever.]]
--> [[EarWorm "Hey! Wait! You cannot, escape!]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVyBG_aNFLE Never run away from the time police! You will not survive!"]]
* TongueOnTheFlagpole: The Warden gets his tongue stuck on Alice's frozen body, while trying to lick her breasts...
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Cancer.
-->She was so innocent.
-->A little angel.
-->And now she's gone forever.
* TookALevelInBadass: The Warden, Jared, and Jailbot's future selves in "The Time Police".
** The Doctor, the Warden and Jared in the second season finale, "Vacation". Definitely Jared and the Doctor in season three.
* TriangRelations: Type 5. Jared has a closeted crush on The Warden, The Warden lusts after Alice, and Alice is too good for them.
** Really Alice is only interested in rough and tumble vicious killers, i.e. the inmates..
* TheUnintelligible: Bird.
* UnreliableNarrator: Anytime Alice talks about her past, she makes it sound like she had always realized she was a woman.
** The Twins in "Hot Chick".
** The Warden acts if he always had Jailbot with him in Superjail, but "Jailbot 2.0" suggests this isn't the case, revealing him to have had several prototype robots that he abandoned for their failure and seemed to forget all about.
* VanityLicensePlate: At the beginning of the pilot Jacknife hijacks a car and kills its driver (Sanser's dad) with it. The plate reads DOUCHE.
* VocalEvolution: Jared had more of a lisp at first, and his voice wasn't as shrill.
** Alice's voice in the pilot and some earlier season 1 episodes was somewhat quieter and less rough.
** Jacknife's grunting was initially deeper and didn't sound as wacky.
** Jean had a raspier voice, while Paul's voice was less flamboyant and a bit lower.
** The Twins started out with even more of a monotone type of voice, but were slightly more nasal in the pilot. Any vocal evolution or changes are more apparent with the higher-voiced of the two.
** Sally Donovan started voicing the Mistress a little more youthful in season 3, compared to her earlier appearances.
** Fatty's voice in the pilot was more snide and nasal, but as the creators emphasized his creepy childish behavior, Stephen Warbrick has performed the voice in a much higher pitch.
* TheVoiceless: Jacknife, Gary, Jailbot.
* WackyRacing: The Super Jail Grand Prix, held every year, promises the freedom of whoever crosses the finish line first. They just have to survive through a whole myriad of different deathtraps at literally every turn. To maintain [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]], Jackknife ends up crossing the finish line first when he wasn't even participating in the race. Jailbot immediately threw him out.
* WalkingDisasterArea: The main cast to the inmates.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Jackknife, if his flashback to his childhood is any indication.
** The Warden to, of all people, in is flashback in "Time Police" part 2. It crosses into GenerationXerox when his father is called [[EveryoneCallsHimBarKeep The Prison Mogul.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Warden. He believes in "perfecting the art of incarceration", but uses less-than-legal methods of capture. As for what he actually ''does'' to the prisoners once he has them...
** The Warden was on the verge of the becoming a VisionaryVillain of the antagonistic variety when [[spoiler:he hit upon the idea of [[TheEmpire "incarcerating" the entire human race]]]]...[[spoiler:until the TimePolice intervened]].
* WeirdnessMagnet: The Superjail, and every one and thing associated with it.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Don't you mean ''my'' Ultraprison?"]]
* WhatTheHellHero: In Gay Wedding, Jared rightfully calls the Warden out for running away with planning the Gay Couple's wedding when they wanted a simple affair after Jared warned him not to, leading to their break-up and going back to their old gangs, leading Superjail into chaos.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Aside from their monotone, the Twins speak in rather vague European-sounding accents. [[http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2012/10/24/nycc-creative-team-takes-superjail-in-new-direction/ However]], [[WordOfGod according to their voice actor Richard Mather]], it's not so much European as it was him doing an impression of gay men and merging it with a robot voice.
* WonderTwinPowers: The Twins do everything together and do ''not'' like being separated, as shown when Alice and Jared try to force them apart in "Hot Chick".
* XanatosGambit: A plan by the Warden to have the inmates kill each other in the Pilot. Turning inmates into werewolves is bound to kill at least a few of them, and so remove a few threats to society regardless of whatever else happens.
* YearInsideHourOutside: [[spoiler: A couple of hours of being held by the Time Police is equivalent to many years in the real world.]]
** Likewise, when the Warden is abducted by the Time Police in the season finale the inmates ''somehow'' manage to interbreed with a single bird (A single ''male'' bird) and create a race of humanoid bird-people while at most only five years has passed outside Super Jail.
* YesMan: Jared could give [[TheSimpsons Smithers]] a run for his money.
** Aside from being a sycophantic lackey, his dream sequence [[spoiler: [[{{Squick}} had him and The Warden kissing passionately]].]]
*** In the same dream, Jared was tall and the boss, while The Warden was his short assistant who he verbally abused.

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