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''The Brak Show'' (2000-2003) was a ''very'' surreal QuarterHourShort on Creator/AdultSwim, [[TheParody parodying]] {{Dom Com}}s, set (sort of) in the ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' [[TheVerse universe]]. The show starred Brak and Zorak as [[HighSchool high school students]] in a suburban neighborhood.

It was animated by Wild Hare Studios, which animated ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' for its first two seasons. Clay Martin Croker, who played Zorak, was also the animation director for both series. It ran for two fourteen-episode seasons before it was unexpectedly cancelled, with viewers not finding out till the end of the final episode.

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!! The Brak Tropes:

* AliensAndMonsters: The inhabitants of Brak's planet.
* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler:Thanks to Mobab forcing her into a cocoon, Mom ends up as a giant butterfly in "Mobab"]].
* BasementDweller: Mobab is revealed to be one, still living with his mother, despite his suave demeanor.
* TheCameo: A blink-and-you-missed-it [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Meatwad]] riding a scooter/moped.
* TheChewToy: Zorak, and [[LaserGuidedKarma he deserves it.]]
-->'''Zorak:''' Nobody likes me. That's the way I like it.
** There's also Clarence, who seemed to grow into this role as he made more appearances. This is considering he was dropped down a trapdoor, [[ItMakesSenseInContext was set on fire by a mutated Zorak while carrying gasoline]], was nonchalantly gunned down (off-screen) by Zorak with a machine gun (Clarence thought they were playing squirt guns),got EatenAlive by a giant ant, had his body turned into sausages, and lost a chunk of his head to a shoulder rocket.
* CloudCuckooLander: Brak demonstrates this on a regular basis.
** Interestingly, so does Dad, usually through his various nuggets of wisdom. Or emptying a shotgun into an ice cream display case because it "tried to rob him".
* DarkerAndEdgier: Season two compared to season one, justified in that season one aired before Creator/AdultSwim had "officially" split from Creator/CartoonNetwork.
* DirtyOldMan: Marlon the Wizard
** Despite being a PosthumousCharacter, Poppy is shown to be one, considering his advice to Brak about girls essentially amounts to sexual harassment. Amusingly, Marlon and Poppy shared the same voice actor.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: [[spoiler:Despite the androgynous voice and vaguely feminine appearance, Pepper is actually a guy. Zorak is quite disturbed and pissed off when he finds out]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Everyone calls Brak's parents "Dad" and "Mom". Including campaign advertisements and newspapers.
** In an Creator/AdultSwim New Year's Eve bumper, he revealed his name to be Javier.
* EvilVersusEvil: Of a sort, as one episode revolved around Zorak having his booth ([[RefugeInAudacity wherein he had people pay him to beat them up, since they'd "be getting it anyway"]]) stolen by a new bully named "Butchy" Toughington. Of course, Zorak's attempts to fight Butchy [[CurbStompBattle end with an ass-beating]].
* FreeTheFrogs: Brak tries to get out of dissecting a clam. The clam eventually manages to free himself.
* FurryConfusion: Used in the {{pilot}}.
* GroinAttack: Referenced when Butchy is mentioned in passing as threatening to kick Zorak's biscuits. Dad's reaction heavily suggests this trope.
-->'''Zorak''': Stop talking about my biscuits!
* GroundedForever: In an episode, [[CloudCuckoolander Dad]] grounded Brak for 3 years.
** In another, he grounded Brak with these words:
---> "... and you can rot up there, for all I care!"
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Zorak, somewhat muted by the fact that he is TheChewToy.
* HeyLetsPutOnAShow: ''Film/{{Psycho}}[[{{Oklahoma}} klahoma]]''!
* HumongousMecha: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in that Thundercleese is based off one, but he's certainly not as tall.
* IceCreamKoan: Dad has ''a lot'' of these.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Not the official titles, but episodes from early in the show's run started with a parody of a Dom Com, but with Brak's name, much like ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''.
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: Parodied with the original pilots, ''Brak Presents The Brak Show Starring Brak.''
* {{Jerkass}}: Zorak.
** Dad also, though a bit more passive-aggressive about it.
* KillItWithFire: Zorak is seen discharging a flamethrower in the opening credits, and appears in one fantasy sequence turning that same flamethrower onto an auditorium. He also undergoes an inexplicable "metamorphosis" in one episode that gives him pyrokinesis, which he uses to set Thundercleese, Wunderbird, and Clarence aflame.
* KnightOfCerebus: Brenda, Mom's lookalike and replacement in "Splat", was easily the darkest character in the series, with a [[NightmareFetishist disturbing sense of humor]] and [[AxCrazy a violent temper]].
* LargeHam: '''"I AM RHONDA, FROM THE SEVENTH LEVEL OF YAR!"'''
** Thundercleese as well.
-->'''Thundercleese:''' "Is that the best you can do?"
-->'''His Adversary:''' "... yes."
-->'''Thundercleese:''' "THEN PREPARE TO TASTE MY RAGE!"
* MusicalEpisode: A majority of the episodes in the first two seasons. But ''Psychoklahoma'' especially.
** Same goes for ''Brakstreet''.
* NegativeContinuity, caused by {{Snapback}}s.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Rhonda, of the Seventh Level of Yar, is a freaky entity in a box that tried to encourage her son's attempts at cannibalism. There's also Brenda, Mom's very disturbing lookalike and replacement.
* NoIndoorVoice: Rhonda of the Seventh Level of Yar.
* NoNameGiven: Brak's parents. [[spoiler:In an Adult Swim bumper during New Year's, his name is Javier and he's not Brak's dad.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Parodied in one episode when Zorak reveals he's actually forty years old
* OnceAnEpisode: Brak sings, and Thundercleese blows up Zorak.
* PaperThinDisguise: Dad (rather poorly) dresses up his new vacuum cleaner with a wig, a pair of fake lips, a bra, and a skirt, and tries to pass it off as his mother. Brak and Thundercleese buy it (although Thundercleese was already smitten with the vacuum cleaner).
* ProductPlacement: Papa John's Pizza appeared through stock photos in a few episodes. The company was even thanked in the credits of an episode.
** At the end of ''Braklet, Prince of Spaceland'', after both Brak and Zorak have been decapitated.
-->'''Brak:''' Well, what are we gonna do now?
-->'''Zorak:''' ''(Looking into the camera)'' Watch the PowerpuffGirls Movie on DVD!
* RuleOfFunny: The show essentially runs on it. How else do you [[ItMakesSenseInContext make the jump from fish food to]] ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext ham]]'' in less than five seconds?
* ShoutOut: As seen in his "grandma prison" flashbacks, Zorak shared the same prison number as [[Film/AClockworkOrange Alex [=DeLarge=]]].
** Merlin, the more serious wizard, shares the same garb colors as [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone another wizard with the same name]].
** Brak has a jar containing a "Charlie Daniels Gland", which he named because of the hat it inexplicably possesses.
* SpinOff: From ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast''.
* StockFootage: From ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost & Dino Boy.'' One episode used StockFootage from ''Huckleberry Hound''.
** "So you're saying that Huckleberry Hound, a dog who has held several jobs and can tie his own bow-tie, has somehow, for reasons unknown, reverted to a primal doglike state... and he's taken to eating noses."
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Zorak has been killed a few times, but always manages to return (although "Splat" required some magical assistance for that to happen). Clarence has also been killed or grievously injured a few times, as well (such as in the aforementioned "Splat").
** Not of the show itself, but Dad once hosted a series of "We will kill you" Halloween bumpers in 2003. The RunningGag involved him being killed in almost every one of them.
* ToServeMan: Zorak surmises that the mothership that appears in "Pepper" is a lunch wagon that'll take the "lucky one" and feed them to a giant worm. [[spoiler:It turns out he was not far off when they abduct Sisto and ask how long it takes to "prepare themselves"]].
* TokenHuman: Dad, although he could be a humanoid, [[AliensAndMonsters given the setting]]
* TooDumbToLive: Subverted in that Zorak always dies.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: [[spoiler:It turns out that Pepper is actually male, when the mothership speaker outright says that it's time to return home to his wife and children. Zorak, who had spent the episode in a relationship with Pepper, was understandably angry to find this out]].
* TheVoiceless: Sisto, Brak's brother who tended to appear OnceAnEpisode in Season One (until he was [[spoiler:abducted and presumably eaten by aliens]]).
* WhamLine: The show's final line is Brak revealing that the show has been cancelled.
** Parodied in "All That I Desire You" (which made fun of soap opera tropes) with the revelations that Dad was really the tumor-bearing millionaire Drake Gainway the entire time, Brak's wife was actually his half-sister due to being Dad's legitimate daughter, and that Zorak, and Clarence were the illegitimate children of Dad's mistress, Cynthia (who Zorak and Clarence both married).
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: The series gets a lot of mileage out of Mom's unpleasant marriage to Dad (although she seems to desire him when she's tanked). Amusingly, he even seems aware of this.
--> '''Mom''': No, Brak, dear. Your father is just being an ass.
--> '''Dad''': Well, you should know. You married one!
* WholePlotReference: ''Braklet, Prince of Spaceland'' is a take on ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Of course, this is still The Brak Show so everything is completely insane. For example, there is a [[Franchise/StarWars lightsaber battle]] at the end, and a plug for ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
** The way that episode ended could qualify as a GainaxEnding.
* WidgetSeries: Also parodies this very trope in "Sexy New Brak Show Go".
* AWizardDidIt: A literal example, as apparently everything that exists in the ''Brak Show'' was brought into existence by Marlon and Merlin.
* YouDoNotWantToKnow: Zorak apparently discharges some kind of disgusting goop, as seen when he forcefully stays in Brak's bed. He asks Brak if he really wants to know where his "funk" came from.

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