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->''"Bring forth my doom-spawn from your stink-crevice AND PROVE THE GYPSY WRONG!"''
-->-- '''Patton Oswalt''''s way of declaring to his wife his delight at her pregnancy.

Hobbit-like stand-up comic and actor, born January 27, 1969, known for his "nerd-philosopher" comedic style, and working with fellow alternative comedians such as Creator/BrianPosehn, Creator/DavidCross, Zach Galifiniakis, Maria Bamford, and Blaine Capatch. He has a daughter named Alice, and was married to crime writer Michelle [=McNamara=], until she suddenly passed away in April, 2016.

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[[folder:Comedy albums]]
* ''222'' (2003)
* ''Feelin' Kinda Patton'' (2004)
* ''Werewolves and Lollipops'' (2007)
* ''My Weakness Is Strong'' (2009)
* ''Finest Hour'' (2011)
* ''Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time'' (2014)
* ''Talking for Clapping'' (2016)
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[[folder:Comedy specials]]
* ''HBO Half Hour Comedy Hour'' (1997)
* ''Comedy Central Presents'' (1999)
* ''Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain'' (2006)
* ''Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong'' (2009)
* ''Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour'' (2011)
* ''Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time'' (2014)
* ''Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping'' (2016)
* ''Patton Oswalt: Annihilation'' (2017)
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[[folder:Film and television roles]]
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' as Agent Eric Koenig (and Sam and Billy and Thurston Koenig).
* ''WesternAnimation/AxeCop'': Sockarang, Axe Cop's overenthusiastic friend and ally.
* ''Film/BigFan'': Paul Aufiero, a lonely Giants fan who is beaten up by one of his favorite players in a nightclub. A good example of TomHanksSyndrome.
* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'': Pinky Penguin, plus multiple one-shot roles.
* ''Series/{{Caprica}}'': Baxter Sarno, an {{Expy}} of both Jay Leno and Creator/JonStewart (ItMakesSenseInContext.)
* ''Film/{{The Circle|2017}}'' as Tom Stenton
* ''Series/TheGoldbergs'': The narrator.
* ''Series/TheHeartSheHoller'': Hurlan Heartshe, a [[WildChild feral man]] made mayor of an isolated Southern hamlet.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'': Space Cabbie, a taxi driver in space.
* ''{{Series/Justified}}'': Constable Bob Sweeney, an underpaid, small-town constable with a big ego.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Professor Dementor, a MadScientist with a NapoleonComplex.
* ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'': Spence Olchin, Doug's nerdy friend.
* ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'': Pops up as Delmer Darrion the blackjack dealer in one of the opening vignettes.
* ''WesternAnimation/MilesFromTomorrowland'' - Hubie the robot
* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'': Jesse, the main character.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Quibble Pants, an in-universe [[FanDumb obsessive, nitpicky fan]] of ''JustForFun/DaringDo'' books.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': TV's Son of TV's Frank, a MadScientist.
* ''Film/OddThomas'': as Ozzie
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'': Rémy, the protagonist; a rat who isn't content with eating garbage, and yearns to become a professional French chef.
* ''[[Series/{{Reno911}} Reno 911 Miami]]'': Jeff Spode, the acting mayor of Miami, who has to oversee the Reno sheriffs, and has a dark secret.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotomy}}'': Thrasher, a slim, [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]], teenage robot from the planet Insanus.
* ''WesternAnimation/MarvelsSpiderMan'' - Uncle Ben
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' - Jim the original fry cook
* ''Series/{{Veep}}'': Teddy Sykes, [[DepravedBisexual unabashedly]] [[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale perverted]] Chief of Staff for VP Andrew Doyle.
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'': [[{{Jerkass}} Nom Nom]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'': Theodore "Tobey" [=McCallister=] III, a ten-year-old supervillain.
* ''Film/YoungAdult'': Matt Freehauf, the nerdy former classmate of Mavis (Creator/CharlizeTheron) whom he forms an unusual bond with.
* ''Series/{{Happy}}'': Happy, the titular imaginary friend of Hailey, who resembles a small blue unicorn with wings.
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!!This comedian's material contains examples of the following tropes:
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: One segment of ''My Weakness Is Strong'' has him talk about people who are "b-word" fat, meaning you can just hear it in their voice, then goes into such a sentence.
* AdultFear: He describes the worst day of his life - it was not the day his wife passed, it was the day after when he had to tell his daughter.
* TheAlcoholic: Tends to be drunk on his comedy albums, and often does bits about drinking and being drunk.
-->"REFILL THE '''FLAGON OF CHUCKLES!'''"
* TheAntiNihilist: Patton talks about his wife developing this mentality in "Annihilation." As a true crime writer, one of the things [[BerserkButton that absolutely annoyed her]] was the phrase "everything happens for a reason." According to Patton, she insisted that the world was pure chaos, and that good or bad things were mostly just luck; the only way to stave off some of the darkness was to be kind to everyone. She later condensed it into a SurvivalMantra: "it's chaos, be kind."
--> She won (the argument) in the ''SHITTIEST WAY POSSIBLE''!
* ApocalypseWow: One bit about how much cooler people who died in the apocalypse would be compared to those that died more mundane deaths in heaven.
* AscendedFanboy:
** He got to write a ''Justice League'' one-shot comic called ''JLA: Welcome to the Working Week'', and it's pure background-reference continuity porn.
** He absolutely leaped at the offer to play the son of TV's Frank on the revival of ''Mystery Science Theater 3000'', telling Joel Hosgson on Twitter "I am ready to push the button."
* TheAtoner: After a lifetime of making fun of and sneering at people who wear sweatpants in public, he had a kid. Suddenly he totally understood, and dedicated a bit to how wonderful they are.
* AwfulWeddedLife: His take on the Stella D'Oro commercial couple.
* BaitAndSwitchComparison: Brilliantly done in this [[http://www.avclub.com/article/patton-oswalt-won-twitter-over-the-weekend-with-a--101788 series of]] [[Website/{{Twitter}} tweets]].
* BerserkButton: Plagiarism. In 2010 he had bits of his stolen by both an upstart comedian and a Columbia University valedictorian. Internet based smackdowns ensued. Also, do not call him a "SadClown."
** Also, don't interrupt his set - you might find yourself on the receiving end of an OverlyLongGag if you do.
** On a less funny note, insulting or dismissing his late wife, Michelle [=McNamara=].
* BigFatFuture: A side joke in his bit about time-traveling to visit himself 10 years ago and what his past reaction would be.
-->"''Look, you can't eat fried rice for breakfast every day.''"
* BlackComedy: Quite often.
** A particular example is his "Uncle Touchy's Naked Puzzle Basement" song: ''"You won't wear a shirt and you'll cry."''
** And who can forget this line from his Stella D'oro Breakfast Treats joke:
-->''"Your twat smells like a baby's coffin!"''
** In "Annihilation," he visits his wife's gravestone to try and talk to her, only to be interrupted by an arguing Armenian family and another group blasting "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion with all treble. From the same special, he talks about how his wife insisted that the world was completely chaotic and random, "an argument that she won in the shittiest way possible" by unexpectedly dying.
* CallBack: To his infamous KFC bowls bit below. The president of KFC actually commented on it and attempted to defend the product, and he made a whole second bit out of it.
* CloudCuckoolander: Patton sent in over-the-top movie reviews to Ain't It Cool News under the pen name "Neill Cumpston." No one figured out who it was until Oswalt admitted it months later. It was definitely GushingAboutShowsYouLike, and you only wish they printed his quotes on the posters.
-->'''Neill, in a review of ''Film/ThreeHundred''''': I can’t spoil the plot because THANK GOD THERE ISN’T ONE. Just ass kicking that kicks ass that, while said ass is getting kicked, is kicking yet more ass that’s hitting someone’s balls with a hammer made of ice but the ice is frozen whiskey.
* DramaticIrony: Deconstructed; when discussing what'll be the [[CallForward "little ironic moment"]] in a biopic of his life (such as Music/PaulMcCartney looking at a guitar in a pawn shop window), Patton hopes it'll be someone sarcastically saying he's a comedian, rather than him drawing a rhino with a huge boner as a kid, and then, as an adult, [[BlackComedyRape falling into the rhino enclosure at the zoo and getting humped to death]].
* DrivenToSuicide:
** From "Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time": Being in a nearly empty grocery store at 11:00 AM on a Tuesday, looking at the Lean Cuisines? Perfectly fine. Being in a nearly empty grocery store at 11:00 AM on a Tuesday, looking at the Lean Cuisines, as Music/{{Toto}}'s "Africa" starts playing over the speakers? He'd have put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger if he had one, without even feeling any despair or sadness. Also, he feels that the cops would understand ''exactly'' why he did it, in a "[[SeenItAll oh yeah, we see this all the time]]" kind of way.
** In college he took a class called "Physics for Poets," where the head of the science department struggled through his hatred of the liberal arts students to get them the minimum science credits. Patton angrily correcting a ''Star Trek'' based word problem on the final exam apparently pushed him over the edge: "I'm going home and slitting my wrists, because I don't want to be on the same planet with you people anymore."
* EverythingIsRacist: Discussed in his Creator/{{Netflix}} special ''Talking for Clapping'' in which he recounts a story about his formerly closeted friend, who finally came out after years of internalized homophobia and self-loathing due to attending a very anti-gay high school. As a result, he was very [[PapaWolf overly protective]] of his openly gay nephew, who was attending the same school. When he asked the nephew if the school was still as oppressive as he remembered it, the nephew's eyes filled up with tears and said that it was: "My LGBT group was trying to book the gay prom the same night at the straight prom, and we just found out that it's being pushed to two weeks later, and it just feels really oppressive, y'know?"
-->'''Patton''': And my friend told me later that "At that point I was really struggling with the urge to tell him 'You need to shut the fuck up, because I don't think you know what oppression is.'"
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: In "Annihilation," he talks about taking his daughter Alice to school the Monday after his wife died. Alice's classmates all came up to Patton to ask questions, which revealed more about their home life than Patton wanted to know.
-->'''Patton''': ''(as a kindergartner)'' Is Alice going to get a step-mom? 'Cause after my mommy moved out, I got a step-mom right away.
* GermanicDepressives: Patton claims that this stereotype is true, based on the people he met during his own trip to Germany. He theorizes that Germans act this way on purpose, because they feel like if they don't stamp out all attempts at humour as quickly as possible, ''someone'' will eventually break out the AllGermansAreNazis jokes.
-->'''Patton:''' ''[seeing a nightclub with red laser pointers shining on the outside walls]'' Oh, [[LaserSight looks like the snipers are out tonight]].\\
'''German Cab Driver:''' No, zose are not sniper rifles, vhat zey have done is zey have pointed many small laser pointers at zee outside of zee nightclub to create a sort of visual effect. ''[{{beat}}]'' But even if zey ''vere'' sniper rifles, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial you vill notice zat zey are in no way pointed at any Jews]]!
* HeavyMeta: Has a few bits about stand-up comedy, including one famous bit where he reenacts a heroin addict's open mic act.
** In ''Werewolves and Lollipops'', he starts off by making fun of comedians who brag how "edgy" they're going to be in their act and then proceed to do the same tired material that's been done 100 times.
** His story about headlining a week of gigs in Canada early in his career as chronicled in his book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland is all about this.
** In his ''Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time'' special, he recounts being hired by a casino to do a gig for an insane amount of money, and ''didn't get to tell a single joke'' in his entire half-hour set, because the incredibly drunk audience kept interrupting him by yelling out the names of TV shows and movies they recognized him from. Pretty much all he did was say "yes, I was in that" over and over again for half an hour, and when his half hour was up, he got a roaring standing ovation. According to him, he has ''never'' made an audience happier than he did at that show, and the casino said he could come back and do a show there ''whenever he wanted'', for the same insane amount of money.
%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Creator/BrianPosehn.
* HypocrisyNod: During his second bit about the KFC Famous Bowls, he acknowledges that his setup - talking about how "for some reason" people connect him to the product - was quite stupid as he'd spent ''ten minutes'' talking about the product the last time around.
* ImmediateSelfContradiction: In ''Talking for Clapping'', he describes how his daughter is getting into ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' the same way that he got into ''Franchise/StarWars'', describing it as "her own thing" that he simply doesn't have time to watch or absorb since he's older. Patton then spends a good two minutes describing the premise of the show. [[HilariousInHindsight He eventually guest starred in]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E14StrangerThanFanFiction an episode]].
* JustJokingJustification: With a bit of {{Lampshade Hanging}} and {{Refuge In Audacity}} thrown in.
-->"''Yeah, boo robot I just made up!''"
* TheLostLenore: Detailed in painful detail in his special ''Annihilation,'' where he talks about his wife's death, trying to help his young daughter through the loss, and his moving on from the trauma.
* LullDestruction: Lampshaded in "Wackity Schmackity Doo." He relates how script doctoring for animated movies usually involves this, and shows the absurdity of it by applying it to [[CrossesTheLineTwice The Holocaust and the destruction of the World Trade Center.]]
** An audience member inserts one of these during a moment of silence in ''Werewolves and Lollipops.'' [[BerserkButton He]] [[AuthorFilibuster does not]] [[OverlyLongGag get away with it.]]
* LyricalDissonance: Oswalt deconstructs the lyrical dissonance of "Christmas Shoes" by New Song in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq10bz3PxyY this comedy skit.]]
* MistakenForRacist: Discusses in ''Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time'' how his toddler daughter, after seeing a black man while at Starbucks, yelled "Monkey"! Turns out she was referring to Rafiki from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. He then picked up his daughter, put her in front of his face and ran out, which, from a distance, isn't any better. In fact it might be much worse, as it looks like he's "protecting" his daughter from a black man.
* MoralGuardians: He hates them. He even has a sequence about how replacing 'adult' words with euphemisms results in a sentence even creepier than the original [[note]]possibly because using language suitable for children implies that you're speaking ''to'' a child.[[/note]] (see it under Narrative Profanity Filer, below).
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: "I'm gonna fill your hoo-ha with goof juice!"
* NostalgiaFilter: Mocks this when discussing how his "Whole Foods" friends kept telling him to have a home birth because "that's how the pioneers did it". He says that it wasn't that great back then, and if they're going to say that, they might as well go all the way and have the baby outside in a "birthing trench" during a hailstorm, and to make sure to have at least 9 children, since 5 of them will die of the rickets.
* TheNothingAfterDeath: As an atheist, he's talked about how this is his belief, to the point that he doesn't care at all what happens to his body and anyone can have any piece of it they want.
* OverlyLongGag: Tends to combine this with GeniusBonus for some truly hilarious bits; ie. his bit about the [[ApocalypseHow Apocalypse]]. His impression of Dr. Pepper the heroin addict comedian goes on for quite a while. The audience gives a big applause towards the end, assuming that he's reached the punchline, but it keeps going.
* PetHomosexual: Mocked in ''Finest Hour'', where he was offered to play the role of the "Gay Best Friend" in a romantic comedy. He offered to do it only if he could portray the character as really stupid, which made the director turn him away.
--> "I might as well put on {{Blackface}} and tap-dance, that's how old that [the gay best friend] cliche is now."
* PlatonicProstitution: In "Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time", he mentions he wound up doing this by accident during a tour. A madame (or [[InsistentTerminology web administrator of an online escort service]]) offered him a prostitute. He accepted, then took the [[strike: hooker]] escort to lunch because he wasn't aware one could go straight to having sex, but ultimately didn't have the nerve to go through with it. Mostly because she told him her life of horrific domestic abuse and drug addiction. "She went from fake name to Creator/WernerHerzog film."
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: [[http://www.avclub.com/article/patton-oswalt-wrote-53-masterful-tweets-welcoming--217368 "Welcome to comedy in 2015, Trevor Noah!"]]
* RefugeInAudacity: The track "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kw4IE8Sr1Q Wackity Schmackity Doo!]]" on ''Werewolves And Lollipops'', where he talks about [[ItMakesSenseInContext adding jokes to footage of the Holocaust and 9/11]].
* SelfDeprecation: He frequently says that he looks like a lesbian.
** Take a look at the description of Randy Tugman (in his roles list) again.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Intellectual alternative comedy peppered with swear words.
* TakeThat:
** Patton is NOT a fan of Yoshinoya Beef Bowl, ending his 2008 [=BlizzCon=] performance with a hilarious diatribe asserting that the chain must be a front for heroin distribution.
** And if he had a TimeMachine, he would travel back to the mid-nineties and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDCjIjsZp_Y kill George Lucas with a shovel]].
** One of his hallmark bits is a takedown on KFC's Famous Bowls.
** His mocking of Black Angus Steakhouse's ads for its [[{{Understatement}} hearty]] meals actually won him the lead for ''Ratatouille''; Brad Bird loved the way Oswalt talked in hilarious detail about the smorgasbord of food in that routine.
-->"I'll suck a cock on the Golden Gate Bridge before I serve you any mixed greens, buddy!"
** He outright calls Creator/{{NPR}} unlistenable, noting that racist, fascist conservative talk radio seems to have taken all the rock music, leaving NPR with boring jazz music and/or weird foreign stuff.
* TheyFightCrime: His bit about UsefulNotes/BarackObama and UsefulNotes/JoeBiden when they first came into office.
* ToneShift:
** Throughout his book ''Zombie Spaceship Wasteland''. More of a collection of essays vice a straight narrative, some of them autobiographical (working in a movie theater as a teen, recalling his schizophrenic uncle), some just silly and goofy (a fake collection of old hobo songs, a more realistic wine menu), some a mix. The tone shift from the humor you'd expect from him to some dead serious and often depressing chapters can be disconcerting, especially if you just went in for the funny.
** The story from his early career about a week of gigs he did in Canada manages to cover the entire spectrum.
** Halfway through ''Annihilation'', he stops doing bits and talks about his wife's death, including having to tell his daughter that her mother was gone. While he does insert a few jokes and gags, it's mostly a straight-laced story about how awful he felt.
-->'''Patton''': The second-worst day of my life was the day my wife passed away. The worst day was the day after, when I had to tell my daughter. (...) I had to look at this little girl who means everything to me, and take everything away from her.
* TranquilFury: His description of a comedy-magician when he was just starting out, when they'd both been shorted $5 - Oswalt had to accept it, but the magician was ''not'' pleased.
-->'''Patton''': But he doesn't scream and yell, he does that thing where you get so god damned angry you begin speaking very quietly, but you [[PunctuatedForEmphasis over-enunciate every fucking word that comes out of your mouth]]...
* UnknownRival: The tactic that the president of KFC ''should'' have used in defense of the KFC Famous Bowls, according to Patton:
-->'''Patton Oswalt''': All this guy needed to say was, "Who the fuck is Patton Oswalt? I'm a BILLIONAIRE!"
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Lampshaded heavily. Will often make an obscure reference in his act, then start topping himself, ie, making references to Creator/HPLovecraft and Music/ThisMortalCoil, then end up talking about Creator/FrankBelknapLong. He lampshades the trope on one album, laughing about how he's expecting the audience to know such obscure references. He makes another obscure reference and [[IsThisThingOn pretends to bomb]].
* WordSaladLyrics: Most of his "old hobo songs" in his book ''Zombie Spaceship Wasteland.'' (In the audiobook version, they're actually sung with accompanying instrumentation)
-->Got a pecker made-a cigarettes
-->And eight dead wives
-->My ass is full of soup
-->- Opening lyrics of “Squirrel House Christmas”
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