!! YMMV tropes that apply to the originals:
* {{Anvilicious}}: From ''[[ThoseWackyNazis I'll Never Heil Again]]'' "The characters in this picture are all fictitious. [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Anyone resembling them]] is better off dead." [[SarcasmMode Subtle.]]
** SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Especially since that film's predecessor, ''You Natzy Spy!'', was one of the first films to openly mock Hitler.
* ArchivePanic: 191 shorts in total: 97 with Curly (85 pre-stroke), 78 with Shemp (74 if we don't count the FakeShemp shorts) and 16 with Besser. There's also the five shorts and film with Ted Healy, as well as various film cameos, TV appearances and post-shorts projects. That's a lot of [[EyePoke eye pokes]] and [[DopeSlap slaps]].
* BrokenBase: The short ''[[Recap/TheThreeStoogesCuckooOnAChooChoo Cuckoo in a Choo-Choo]]'', hands down. This is the short in which Larry is playing a Marlon Brando-esque character who [[CrazyAwesome stole a passenger car off a moving train]], just so his girlfriend's sister can get her [[UpperClassTwit rich drunken boyfriend]] Shemp to propose, because then ''they'' can get married. Unfortunately Shemp is in love with [[InterspeciesRomance Carey the giant canary]] who exists only in his booze-sodden dreams, and who is played by some poor soul in an [[NightmareFuel utterly hideous]] suit. And Moe is a railroad detective in love with Larry's girlfriend's sister (the one they want to get hitched to Shemp) who finds them and tries to get rid of Shemp so he can marry the sister. There is no middle ground on this one, every Stooges fan either [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome thinks it's terrific]] or sees it as the worst thing they ever did.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: In ''Ants in the Pantry'', the short involved the Stooges trying to rid a house of pests (that they pre-infested to get business). Long story short, a mouse ends up crawling down the back of an unfortunate party guest, who promptly starts jumping and stomping in an attempt to get it out. The Stooges approach and, seeing a rhythm in the poor man's stomping, start clapping along and quickly start dancing, seemingly abandoning their search until the mouse reappears.
** Tended to be a RunningGag, as anyone doing this could distract the boys. It could also be from singing.
* EarWorm: Watch "Punch Drunk", and you '''will''' get "Pop Goes The Weasel" embedded into your head!
** Three words: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8Pk1UYkB3I Swinging. The. Alphabet.]] "B-A-bay, B-E-bee, B-I-bicky-bi, B-O bo, bicky-bi bo, B-U bu, bicky bi bo bu..."
** There's also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeHe3aoS8qk the song]] Larry and Curly play in ''Idiot's Deluxe'' as The Original Two-Man Quartet (featuring Larry on clarinet and hi-hat and Curly on trombone, tin pan and bass drum), which is most unwelcome to Moe who is suffering from the after-effects of a nervous breakdown.
** The song that Curly sings in "I Can Hardly Wait"
--> "She was bread in old Kentucky, but she's only a crumb up heeeerree. She's knock-kneed, double-jointed, with a cauliflower ear."
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Three words. Nyuk nyuk nyuk.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: ''Bedlam in Paradise'', where Shemp has a nightmare that he dies and comes back as a ghost, was released just a few months before Shemp died in real life. Even more upsetting is that this was a re-release of their earlier film, ''Heavenly Daze'' with some new scenes added in; ''Daze'' starts out with Shemp already in Heaven, but ''Bedlam'' includes a scene that actually shows his character's death.
** Remember the Stooges' blatant disregard of gun safety in the shorts? In reality, Curly Howard accidentally shot himself in the ankle at age 13 while toying with a rifle. The injury was never properly treated, and caused him pain for the rest of his life. In some shorts where his bare legs are shown, one calf is noticeably thinner than the other.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The Three Stooges are fairly popular in Spanish speaking countries, where they are called "Los Tres Chiflados".
** When it comes to the US, the Three Stooges are immensely huge in New England due to the fact that several New Englanders grew up with the Three Stooges playing every Sunday morning. Billy West and the Farrelly Brothers are amongst those New Englanders who have grown up with the Stooges and were influenced heavily by their comedic stylings.
* HarsherInHindsight: In "Oil's Well That Ends Well", Moe breaks the fourth wall and says to the audience, ''"I hate him!"'' referring to then-Stooge [[TheScrappy Joe Besser]] for laughs. Years later, during an interview, Moe revealed that he hated working with Joe, and wasn't the least bit charitable with his comments.
** The short ''Heavenly Daze'' where Shemp dies and goes to heaven, particularly the parts where we see Moe and Larry mourn for him, is harsher in hindsight since Shemp would die for real in only a few short years.
** The angry husband/drill sergeant from ''Boobs in Arms'' frequently laments his terrible luck with a frustrated "Everything happens to ''me!''" Sadly, his actor, Richard Fiske, was later drafted into service and killed in action during WorldWarII.
* HilariousInHindsight: When Curly was forced to retire, producer-director Jules White attempted to recruit Joe De Rita to take his place. Joe refused, however, because he believed that being associated with a low-class act like the Stooges would kill his career. Yes, this is the same man who would later happily accept a chance to become "Curly Joe".
** In the short "Men in Black", a deranged hospital patient (played by Billy Gilbert) claims to see "great big giant green CANARIES!" . About two decades later, "Cuckoo on a Choo-Choo" is released and guess what a hallucinating Shemp is in love with?
** The short "What's the Matador?" has the trio put on a comedy bullfight down in Mexico. The crowd goes wild for them, which is apropos given the Stooges' popularity among Spanish-speaking audiences (see GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff above).
* HoYay: In ''The Brideless Groom'', where Moe and Larry are trying to find Shemp a wife so he can get an inheritance, Moe gets so happy after it seems like they've succeeded that he kisses Larry. A random person walking down the hall as it happens gives them a very disturbed look, and Moe promptly slaps Larry. This was GettingCrapPastTheRadar in those days.
** ''A Snitch in Time'' gives us this gem:
-->'''Larry''': "I finished the drawer!"
-->'''Moe''': "Whattaya want me to do, kiss you?"
-->'''Larry''': "[[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder Well...]]"
-->[''Moe slaps Larry'']
** In ''Dizzy Pilots'', as their plane is about to crash, Moe and Curly end up hugging each other. Larry quips "Hey, you two guys goin' steady?", for which he gets slapped by Moe.
* HollywoodHomely: The women who go after Curly and Shemp tend to be this.
** Invoked when Shemp called himself "The Ugliest Man in Hollywood" as part of a publicity stunt.
* JerkAssWoobie: Moe becomes this whenever he seems to get more abuse than the other stooges, but most of all in ''Dizzy Pilots'' where he gets knocked into a tub of rubber cement ''twice'' and becomes a human balloon.
** StoicWoobie: Quiet, dedicated Moe was this in real life; he lost both his brothers under the same boss within a few years of each other.
* NightmareFuel:
** Several of the shorts entail the Stooges' contending with genuinely spooky dolls/statues/puppets/etc. In ''A Gem of a Jam'', for example, Curly eye-pokes a truly [[CreepyDoll creepy-looking clown bust]], and Moe and Larry run away from a [[CreepyDoll creepy Jack-in-the-box]]. Meanwhile, in ''If a Body Meets a Body'', the Stooges are awoken in bed by a parrot which hides inside a human skull and flies around with its wings protruding through the ear holes, clutching a sheet with its claws and cackling maniacally. If you saw such a thing in a strange dark house in the middle of the night, you'd probably scream in horror too.
** Don't forget a number of times when the boys ran into [[DemBones living skeletons]], haunted suits of armor, and yet more flying skulls. [[Film/TheThingFromAnotherWorld Oh yes, and the Goon from Venus as well]].
** Once in a while the Stooges' AmusingInjuries could become a bit hard to watch, as in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jocRd-aajW0 this scene]] from 1943's ''They Stooge to Conga'', in which Curly steps on Moe's face wearing a spiked shoe, with the spikes going [[EyeScream into Moe's eyes]]. This scene was eventually censored from TV broadcasts, only becoming available through the video and DVD releases.
* OlderThanTheyThink: In the 1935 short "Hoi Polloi", two wealthy businessmen argue over whether heredity or environment makes a gentleman, and they prove it by taking a bum off the street and making them sophisticated. [[TradingPlaces Why does that sound so familiar?]]
* ReplacementScrappy: Opinions on Shemp vary, but Joe Besser is universally reviled. Even Joe called his shorts "The Two Stooges featuring Joe Besser." It didn't help that he showed up at a bad time in the series, when the budgets were lowering and the drive of their earlier works as diminishing. "Curly" Joe De Rita, who played the third stooge during their comeback, mostly avoided the trope.
** The stipulation that Moe couldn't hit Besser was what did it; people would've tolerated him only so long as his stupidity was punished accordingly, which it never was. Fans, then and now, are bewildered at Moe's lack of violence towards Besser.
** It's quite telling that "Quiz Whizz", where Besser has a scene where he is force-fed cigars until he turns pale, is one of the better-received in his run.
* RetroactiveRecognition: The short "Three Little Pigskins" features a young Creator/LucilleBall in one of her earliest Hollywood gigs.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Most of the time, such as when a stooge falling from a large height is obviously a stunt dummy, this only serves to add to the hilarity.
** Particularly obvious in a scene in which the boys use Curly as a battering ram to break out of prison. The dummy appears about 80 pounds lighter and has a full head of hair.
** Some of the editing when they were using StockFootage got pretty bad, to the point where Curly makes unintentional cameos in some of the remade Shemp shorts because of it.
* UncannyValley: After watching these shorts for years in black and white, actually viewing the colorized version looks eerily surreal.
* ValuesDissonance: In ''The Yoke's on Me,'' the plot centers around "Japs" (read: Japanese-Americans) hiding on the Stooges' farm after escaping from a nearby relocation center. The short ends with Curly killing them with a grenade. Quite possibly the most controversial Stooges short ever, this has only recently resurfaced on television after being out of circulation for decades.
** First of all, those "Japs" were stated in the short to be [=POWs=], not interned civilians. Secondly, Curly didn't kill them with an exploding ostrich egg. Moe tossed it, and they weren't killed, period (if someone died from an explosion without showing them flying in heaven playing harps, you're not watching the Stooges). That stated the depiction of Asians in classic Stooges shorts can be grating by modern standards.
** Interestingly enough, despite the ([[WorldWarTwo somewhat justified]]) anti-Japanese sentiment in their shorts, they seem to have not bothered using yellowface or faux-Asian gibberish. In one short, "No-Dough Boys", they were mistaken for Japanese soldiers because they were simply wearing the uniforms. A publicity still suggests they might be wearing eye makeup, but it's a ''lot'' less grotesque than most yellowface of the era (or, sadly, [[Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys later]]).
* VindicatedByCable: The Stooges ended up becoming more popular than they ever had been before in the 1960s once their shorts were moved to television.
** In 2011 the cable channel Antenna TV started airing nightly [[MarathonRunning marathons]] of the shorts on the weekends.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: The bizarre 1952 short ''Cuckoo on a Choo Choo''.
** And ''Dizzy Pilots'', particularly the sequence where Moe becomes a human balloon.

!! YMMV tropes that apply to the 2012 film:
* CatharsisFactor: Seeing Moe beat the ever-loving crap out of the ''Jersey Shore'' cast is a great relief for anyone who despised that show.
* CriticalResearchFailure: The Three Stooges were all Jewish, so, in TheMovie, they get dropped off at a convent. On the other hand, the baby Stooges obviously didn't get a say in where their real parents ditched them, NunsAreFunny, and the classic shorts had [[NegativeContinuity no set backstory to draw from]].
* CrossesTheLineTwice: In the modern-day movie, one of the nuns has a ring tone that sounds like a flat-lining heart monitor.
* [[JustHereForGodzilla Just Here To See Moe Beat Up The Cast Of]] ''[[JustHereForGodzilla Jersey Shore]]'': Don't act like you weren't.
* {{Narm}}: Any of the more emotional scenes. CharacterDevelopment does not sit well with {{Slapstick}}.
* NauseaFuel: This is a Farrelly Brothers' production, after all.
** The diaper-changing scene halfway through the movie, [[spoiler:babies start [[TinkleInTheEye urinating on the Stooges, prompting them to squirt one another]] with the babies]]. Granted, [[ItMakesSenseInContext it's meant to parody the original "PieInTheFace" routine the trio used to pull off]] but it doesn't work out so well...
** Larry offers to clean a young woman's pair of nice-looking glasses... by [[WhatAnIdiot licking them]].
* TheScrappy: The ''Jersey Shore'' cast, [[{{Hatedom}} for obvious reasons]]. Luckily, Moe [[TakeThatScrappy deals some classic slapstick]] on them later in the film.
* SoOkayItsAverage: General consensus is that the three leads do an excellent job portraying Moe, Larry and Curly, but the so-so plot and loads of already dated pop culture references bog the movie down. One review likened it to "watching a really, really good Three Stooges 'cover band'."
* TakeThatScrappy: Moe using slapstick and physical comedy on the ''Jersey Shore'' cast.
* WereStillRelevantDammit: Seems to be behind the choice of having the cast of ''Jersey Shore'' involved. Most people wouldn't have minded modernizing the Stooges a little, but this is where the film seemed to be trying to go out of its way to safeguard itself from being seen as irrelevant.
* WTHCastingAgency: While the three [[TheOtherDarrin new actors]] in the 2012 film do a great job with their impressions (especially Will Sasso as Curly and the kid actors who play the Stooges as children aren't too bad), the cast of ''Jersey Shore'' seems pretty glaring. Mind you, the only reason the ''Series/JerseyShore'' cast is even '''in''' the movie is for Moe to physically abuse all of them (besides the usual slapping, Moe grates Ronnie's feet with a cheese grater, pokes Snooki's eyes, microwaves Ronnie's head, and burns J Woww's tongue with a hair curler. Sadly, those parts are cut in the United Kingdom for being "too imitatable"). Sure, they're all terrible actors and they pretty much appeared as themselves, but seeing Moe [[CatharsisFactor slap, eye poke and head-bonk each and every member of the cast was hilarious.]]
** That will definitely make it an UnintentionalPeriodPiece, but then again, the original shorts count as that, too.
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