Dethroning Moment / Robot Chicken

Leonidas, during a 300 sketch.

Considering that Robot Chicken's a show that bases its results on many random sketches that can last from a few seconds to a few minutes, you're more likely to find a sketch or two that you didn't like on an episode that you pretty much enjoyed otherwise. These are those sketches.

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  • Don East: The final skit of the episode Kramer Vs. Showgirls was another follow-up to Michael Moore's "where are they now" skit. This one was about 90's cartoons and boy does it feel like they have something against the decade. Shallow Parody doesn't even begin to describe the scene with Daria, the Pinky and the Brain part was disgusting beyond words. But the thing that pushed me into writing this entry is what they did to Darkwing Duck. Long story short, financial issues force DW to sell his body to a Chinese restaurant (just roll with it) and gets cooked in an oven alive, and on top of that this all happened in front of his daughter, Gosalyn. If that wasn't enough, at the end of the sketch, Michael Moore and Gosalyn were at said restaurant and the cook served them the now cooked Darkwing, with his head still attached. It then gets chopped off in a gag that they ripped off wholesale from A Christmas Story. You know what? Fuck you, Robot Chicken writers. You don't mess with a man's childhood like that. This is one of the worst skits in the history of the show and that's saying something!
    • Super Saiya Man: It's because the Robot Chicken writers grew up with 80's toons, and hold them up with reverence and respect (hence why they give good satire on them). However, by the 90's they had grown out of cartoons and despite the quality of the stories and animation, they thought they were kid stuff. They thought that we who grew up in the 90's would feel the same way; hence instead of making good satire of the 90's toons like they do with the 80's, they do spiteful crap.
  • The Z Mage: While the show has always been a bit dark, the entire episode Kramer Vs. Showgirls was nothing but unfunny mean-spirited joke after unfunny mean-spirited joke. In addition to the "where are they now" segment mentioned above, we have Garfield dying from diabetes (too much lasagna), and Buzz Lightyear being scalped and turned into a bong, followed by Woody smothering him to death. All of these sketches could have been funny with a Gory Discretion Shot (like the Chinese restaurant jokes in a previous "where are they now" sketch, which ended with Snarf being pulled through a door) or just flat out making the entire sketch shorter.
  • Dsneybuf: This troper couldn't stand the Where Are They Now sketch of the episode because of the inclusion of Mesogog. Apparently, someone writing the sketch knew the Power Rangers had more than two villains over the years, and yet didn't know that Mesogog fought the Rangers in 2004! A real grown-up '90s kid no doubt scratched their head at the inclusion of a villain they had never heard about. I don't consider myself a big fan of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, but I can't help but wonder how much of the target audience became displeased after failing to see Lord Zedd (admittedly, one of my favorite villains of '90s TV) in an MMPR-related sketch.
  • bobdrantz: There's a May/June 2011 episode with a particularly awful scene between Batman and The Joker. It starts out decent enough with The Joker pointing out how Batman's code of honor to never kill his enemies works to his advantage and then Batman somehow convincing the courts to put The Joker on death row. They could've ended the skit right there and it would've been hilarious for its dark irony. Instead, they go for this absolutely gruesome death scene where we see The Joker's flesh slowly melt off of his face and his eyeballs explode until his head explodes completely. And, the joke Batman and Commissioner Gordon share at the end makes no sense at all. How do you go from a relatively funny skit to something as over-the-top, unfunny, and disgusting as this? Hmm? How, Robot Chicken, how?
    • Tropers/Bedrockperson Just to add some clarity that joke at the end is about how Batman and Gordon removed parts of a wet sponge from the electric chair. You see, the wet sponge is used to conduct a bolt straight to the brain and make a quick and painless death. Without it...well yeah. This.
  • fluffything: The Oprah parody sketch is one of those moments that starts off hilarious and then turns into a huge DMOS right at the end. To elaborate, the sketch starts off with Oprah filling people's wishes from giving some guy a sandwich to giving away free cars to raising the dead so they can see their loved ones one last time. That in and itself could've been hilarious. But, nope. Instead the sketch ends with a little girl asking if Oprah could help make "her daddy stop hitting her mom" and Oprah just stares awkwardly. Hey, uh, writers at Robot Chicken? Here's a little tip. Domestic abuse is not funny! Look, Robot Chicken has gone downhill over the past few seasons with so many terrible gross-out and downright mean-spirited jokes. But, to me, the lowest they've gone is thinking that a joke about a child witnessing domestic abuse is funny.
  • Crazy Luigi: Well, while we're on the subject of sketches from Robot Chicken that we hate, I might as well add my two cents on the 60's Batman sketch with monkeys. While I didn't mind it for the most part, there were two scenes in particular that made me want to throw up due to how fucked up they are. The first was where the hostage monkeys try to call on Monkey Batman and Monkey Robin to stop Monkey Joker from robbing a bank or whatever. (I realize how repetitive saying "Monkey *dadada*" is, so from here on out, I'm referring to these characters as "M. *dadada*".) While M. Batman goes off to save the day, M. Robin... just stays and urinates and then drink his own urine! The second scene comes at the very end, where M. Batman puts M. Joker in prison. M. Batman "scolds" M. Joker for what he did, M. Joker throws his feces at M. Batman... and then M. Batman eats said feces and enjoys it!! Whenever those nasty scenes show up, I usually just turn my head away from those two scenes and probably drown out the sounds from them.
  • kablammin45: Yoshi stumbling upon Raccoon City and being shredded and eaten by zombies caused this troper to not ever watch the show again.
    • Sponge Pore: My gosh, yes. I've never really liked any of the sketches involving Mario, but this in particular was extremely scarring for me.
    • Thepenguinking2: I'll gladly third that. I get that they were trying to be creepy there, and while they did a good job, it was too good of one at that. Especially since I had the displeasure of seeing the event at age 9...
    • eCockpit89: Seth Green must have some irrational hatred of the Mario franchise, because all of the sketches involving it suck. The one that made me swear off the show for good, however, was the most recent one, called "Mario Party". The only good thing in it was the fact that Mario and Luigi didn't get brutally murdered at the end. But the reason it sucks so badly? It's not the sketch itself, which was just as unfunny as any other Mario sketch on the show. It's because they use a lot of toys of the Mario characters that I know for a fact are fake. Counterfeit toys on Robot Chicken. What. The. Fuck. I'd expect this sort of thing from The Irate Gamer, not someone who claims to be a lover of action figures and has an actual TV show. Y'know what, Seth Green? You can go take all those fake products you bought for this, and shove them all where the sun don't shine!
  • Dynamite XI: The Unwrapped parody featuring the origin of the ice cream sundae. The entire sketch was just one guy talking bad about Christians, and that's it! It was just another bigoted rant about Christians, which isn't surprising given that Seth Green is also a voice actor on the equally bigoted Family Guy. What's worse is that they actually got Marc Summers himself to lend his voice to this travesty. Focus on amusing deconstructions, Robot Chicken! Drop the meanspiritedness!
  • The Dog Sage: The "Potter, You Fool" skit from the Some Like It Hitman episode pretty much embodies all of these. A potentially funny skit ruined by unnecessary gorn (Neville's hand transforming into a monkey head that mauls him and Ron's teeth shooting from his gums/head exploding), They Just Didn't Care (Hermione and Harry moving to America to go to a public school), and Critical Research Failure (Hermione being cyber-bullied on Facebook, even though Facebook didn't exist in the early-mid 1990s when the Harry Potter books take place), and Dude, Not Funny! (Hermione commits suicide due to the aforementioned cyber-bullying.)
  • Alex Sora 89: Definitely the "Toy Story 4" sketch, that is, without a doubt, the worst sketch to ever come from the shownote , which is saying something. Basically, Andy comes back home with a girlfriend, and has sex with her in his bedroom. The toys being horrified by that would have been more than enoughnote , but no, Seth Green felt obligated to go further beyond that (much like the Joker's execution sketch could have ended in court as well), and had Andy turn Buzz into a makeshift bong. Sounds fun? No, the sketch had to have Buzz brain-damaged-beyond-repair as a result. The sketch ends with Woody putting Buzz out of his misery. It'd be a Tear Jerker, if only the sketch didn't have the same "ha ha, we raped your childhood!" feel every sketch seems to be mandated to have. Not to mention that Andy's utter disregard towards his toys (yeah, gettin' laid is one thing, but doesn't justify kicking Slinky - heh - aside) due to him being a grown-up has been portrayed far more realistically in the movie, since, if the writers actually gave a damn about the movie without exaggerating the whole "grown-up" thing, they could have noticed, you know, Andy being mad at his mom for mistakenly giving away his toys even while he's going to leave for college. This is offensive to the people who enjoyed Toy Story 3, and to those who noticed the Unfortunate Implications about how a real-life brain damaged person supposedly has to be euthanized. Combine the two, and you almost feel the need to start a petition for the show's cancellation. Thankfully, thanks to the ending of the actual Toy Story 3, this skit makes no fucking sense (and even then, Seth Green, the self-appointed "lover of action figures", should know a whole lot better), and this soften things a bit.
  • Disney23: A skit from Book of Corrine where a Mad Scientist creates a robot that comes to life and is happy that he's alive. He goes skipping through town causing destruction and death along the way and this is where the bad part comes in. He finds a adorable little poodle barking at him and he tries to hug it and squeeze it, causing blood and black goo to come out of it. And to think this was in the same episode with one of my favorite sketches (Big Bird getting the bird flu).
  • Philipnova798: The skit that got me was season three's "The Sad Fate of Soundwave". While I will at least commend them for bringing back the original actor for both Soundwave and Megatron, the whole skit is pretty much "He transforms into an outdated piece of technology, let's make fun of it!" Add in both, a pointless testicle joke and bringing up the "Rumble is Red" argument and killing him, and this becomes a slap to the face for anyone who likes Soundwave. Even Michael Bay treated the character with more dignity, and we all know what happened with that, don't we?
  • JamesShade: Dear god, the season five sketch where the pizza shop is closing down. The guy gets the very last pizza, and then when he accidentally drops it in the street and leaves it, two homeless bums show up and fight over it. The really bad part is where one of the bums takes a "If I can't have it, no one else can" approach and takes a dump all over it. All of this in full view of the owner of the pizzeria and his granddaughter, with a narrator then coming out of nowhere and saying "The old man later died" for no fucking reason whatsoever. Talk about combining heartbreak and Toilet Humor in the worst way possible.
  • Silvermoon424: Recently, in the season 6 premiere, there was a skit that was a very obvious Take That aimed at vegetarians; the plot is convoluted but says vegetarians are only vegetarians because it makes them feel different and special. Although I'm not a vegetarian now, I know several and I was a vegetarian myself for a while. I wouldn't have minded if it weren't so completely hamfisted and obvious.
  • Leofan93: There are many bits that I consider to be a DMOS, most of them having animal abuse. (Really? Weasel Stomping Day?) But the one I consider to be the worst is from Season 3's More Blood, More Chocolate. It starts with this kitten who curls up next to this guy sleeping on the couch. Then the man rolls over and squishes the kitten with a large splatter of blood. That's it, next sketch. Is that funny? No! I was scared to sleep with my cat for weeks because of that! Guess what, Seth? Animal cruelty isn't funny!
  • Animeking1108: The musical for The Ballad of Gay Tony, which points out gay video game characters. For starters, putting Pac-Man on the list because "he eats balls" was really juvenile. Then there was putting Cloud Strife on there because of the cross-dressing mission. This comes off as a Critical Research Failure because: 1. Cloud only did it because he wanted to rescue Tifa (his love interest, BTW). 2. It wasn't even Cloud's idea. It was Aerith's. He was against it.
    • Super Saiya Man: Its even worse considering that they go straight into the Gay Stereotypes in the 'musical'. Is it just me or are shows and writers trying to show 'gay support' don't even know how to portray them in the first place?
    • Ninetails2000: As a gay gamer, I found the Ballad Of Gay Tony musical to be hilariously bad with only one of the participants past Tony (Zangief) even being under suspicion of being gay....Until I saw Parappa. At first I was impressed that they knew about the Romantic Karate thing in the second game, but then I noticed that was ALL they talked about, ignoring that 80% of Parappa's motives in any given appearance revolves around impressing Sunny Funny. While it's par for the course with this musical number, the fact that it was included meant that they were SERIOUSLY grasping at straws for gay video game characters to riff on which, which is absolutely absurd and speaks depths about the amount of effort they actually put into this thing. (Read: Not that much) Seriously! They skipped over Birdo!?
  • Dark Lady Celebrian: I've rescinded my original entry for one that actually made me physically ill while watching it. In one of the newer episodes, there's a short skit involving a little boy making words with alphabet soup. He says something like, "I want more alphabet soup, so I can spell all the Star Wars words in the world!" or something along those lines, and then his father grabs his hair and repeatedly waterboards him in the soup until he drowns! The mother then says something like, "You waited too long to do that" or some mess. What kind of sick person actually finds this funny?! There's Dead Baby Comedy, and there's just going way too far.
  • Samuel: Originally, I was going to list the sketch that is a parody of Teen Titans featuring Beavis And Butthead (one of my most despised sketches of all time). However, I decided to put a hold on that in favor of a mini sketch from season 3. It involves a father and a son, and the father tells him, "Son, this is going to hurt me more than it hurts you." Then he drills a hole in his head with a driller, screaming in agony while the son watches in horror. I'm sorry, Seth Green, but seriously, this is one of the most dumb, disturbing sketches I have ever seen in an otherwise hilarious show. Even a similar gag from Cyanide & Happiness is more tasteful than this!
  • Man Called True: In the second season, one of the sketches is a vampire who tries to scare someone who's driving. He gets caught in the bumper and the next two minutes is him being slowly and horribly mutilated. And that's when I realized the show was no longer funny; the only joke in the entire sketch was that the vampire was being brutalized.
  • Tehrannotaur: The "Humping Robot Flatscreen" sketch in season 5. First it appears funny, with the robot humping the flatscreen TV, which it falls and breaks. It would have been funnier if the robot just simply ran off after breaking the TV and the sketch ends right there, but no, Seth Green felt obligated to go further beyond that (similar to the Joker's execution sketch and the Toy Story sketch), and have the robot get an infant child named Alfonse to blame him for the flatscreen TV being broken by placing him next to it, and leave off afterward. Alfonse's father arrives after the robot left, sees the broken TV, and scolds Alfonse that his college funds will be used to buy a new flatscreen TV, with Alfonse crying as a result. The sketch ends with "Alfonse would never attend college". The remaining runtime between when the robot gets the child to blame on the broken TV and the end is where this sketch simply stopped being funny and went to being tasteless and patronizing. Then there's also Unfortunate Implications of how an upset parent in Real Life would use his own child's college funds just to buy a new flatscreen TV as a response to seeing a broken flatscreen TV though the child didn't even do that at all. Combine those two, and you'll see that this show is starting to patronize the audience. There are moments where this show is trying to cross the line twice, and there are moments like these where the show's insulting my fucking intelligence. Seriously, Seth Green, your sketches are starting to descend to the levels of Seltzerberg in terms of funniness, creativity and talent of any kind, and becoming more & more tasteless, vulgar, offensive, vapid, pandering, spiteful, mean-spirited, poisonous, aggressively unfunny, unbearable, unwatchable, sickening, loathsome, detestable, soul-sucking, puerile, obnovious, crass, intelligence-insulting, patronizing, and catering to the very lowest forms of society.
  • Ninetails2000: I'm usually able to tolerate low-brow humor if it's good natured enough, but there is one skit that convinced me that Robot Chicken has gone the way of Family Guy and gone over the hill. It begins with a husband and wife changing their child's diaper. While the woman is cooing and coddling the baby, the husband is aloof and agitated by the whole thing. The wife then leaves to get something and...the father instantly begins cooing and coddling the baby the exact same way. End of sketch, right? No. The baby begins to pee on his face, barf all over him, projectile-poop right into his crotch and then begins spinning around on the table, pissing, pooping and barfing while making sprinkler noises while the text "Babies Are Jerks" pops up on the screen. ...What? Not only was it incredibly, stupidly, absurdly gross, it was pointless filler for what could have been a really nice cut and dry joke. They were obviously trying to cross the line twice, but they only managed to cross it once and fall flat on their a puddle of piss, crap and vomit.
  • Ecclytennysmithylove: “Goofy and Clarabelle”. The skit starts off decently hilarious with Mickey Mouse and his friends taking on sexual politics after they felt very uncomfortable with Goofy dating Clarabelle because a dog cannot have sex with a cow. Mickey, along with various Disney cartoon characters, was about to vote to ban mixed-species couples from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, when Walt Disney himself steps in and gives an awesome short speech that he created the characters to spread happiness, not bigotry. Now the skit would have been overall hilarious had it ended there, but no, Seth Green felt obligated to go further beyond that (similar to the Joker's Execution skit, the Toy Story 4 skit, and the Humping Robot Flatscreen skit): after Uncle Remus (from the classic Disney film Song of the South) agrees with Disney and praises him for spreading happiness ("Sure did. Just look at me, Uncle Remus. You tells 'em, Massuh Disney!"), Disney gives Uncle Remus an awkward blank look, does a facepalm, tells all the Disney characters that he’s going back to his grave, and, right before he disappears, he makes a Nazi salute! Seth Green, you should really be ashamed of what you done! Don’t you even remember that infamous scene in the Family Guy episode “Road to the Multiverse” where poor Mort Goldman was attacked by the Disneyverse characters because of those stupid fucking rumors of Walt Disney’s alleged anti-Semitism!? Shame! On! You! Seth Green!
  • Thy Dark Lord Of Awesomeness: I cannot believe nobody has talked about the sketch in the early episode Toys in the Hood, "Tooth and Consequences". It starts off with the Tooth Fairy doing her usual work in a house of a kid who's parents are arguing, eventually the father shooting (and probably killing) the mother. Then the endings appear. In these endings, the creators take every way to end it. The fairy killing the dad, The dad killing the fairy, saying they are going to Disneyland, ignoring the kid asking if mom will be there, and the final one actually makes fun of how dark this is by giving them a huge check saying how this is the darkest sketch in history. Last ending aside, the sketch isn't the darkest in all media history, but it is really dark, tackling the subject of relationship abuse and trying to make a joke out of it, but guess what? the ending wasn't even supposed to be there. The sketch probably would have ended with the Disney one. Many people probably think otherwise, while searching this sketch I got a site saying it was one of the best sketches ever, but it is not one for me. Also, I bet they were gonna show what happens between the father and the mother.
  • White Rose Samurai: Really? No mention goes to the "Cole Slaw" sketch from Malcolm X: Fully Loaded? It's less than 30 seconds long, but I'm never eating coleslaw again because of it. Allow me to elaborate. A kid is enjoying a bowl of coleslaw at a restaurant and asks his mother how it's made. Cut to the kitchen, and a cook puts a Cabbage Patch Kid in a blender and turns it on. It's unnecessarily violent and just painful to watch, with blood filling up the blender with a little spraying out, and the girl keeps screaming the whole time. The way I see it, there are two halves to Robot Chicken. Sometimes they're legitimately funny and the kick to the childhood isn't so bad. Then there's stuff that really makes me question the mental health of the staff. This falls into that latter half. I'm already a picky eater, and I can't even eat one of my only favorite foods without thinking about this sketch and getting sick to my stomach. Fuck you, Seth Green. Just... Fuck you.
  • Skullsnsouls91: Removing my former entry for this fucking sickening sketch. This isn't all "MY CHILDHOOD WAS RAPED!" shit. No. This was because it was taking a show involving little babies, and having domestic violence involving one of the mothers (who was one of the nicest characters on the show most of the time) beat the one of the fathers (also one of the nicest) because of neglect that even SHE was fucking guilty of at times, while the babies stood outside of the room they were in. As a person who's had to deal with my father abusing my mother at a young age, usually late at night, and it'd keep me awake too while I cried and shook in fear hoping it'd be over soon; this is a sketch that disgusted and engraged me more than any other moment on this show. Fuck you, Seth, whoever helped write the sketch, and fuck you, Robot Chicken. Peace the fuck out.
    • Toonguy: I second the one above me. Not only does this seem rather mean spirited, not only is it unfunny, it doesn't even make sense in the context of the show. I mean, perhaps it would have been funny if they had stopped it after the one time that the Rugrats actually talk, I'd actually find it funny. It's not even a case of pointing out certain problems with the original source material (e.g Star Wars Robot Chicken), it's just a domestic abuse joke and it's just.....there. Added to that, it doesn't work with the two characters. Maybe it would have been somewhat more understandable with some of the other parents, but Didi and Stu were always pretty much one of the happier couples. So yeah, not only does it seem really offensive just for the sake of it, but it doesn't even make sense.Bravo writers. Just, just really bravo.
  • RabidBadger1632: I stopped watching Robot Chicken around the third season when I noticed that the majority of the sketches were immature dick jokes and rape jokes. However there was one episode that I was watching just so that I could get to Aqua Teen and Squids, (it was a freaking chore to do so mind you). The episode contained two sketches that were painful to watch. The first one was so incoherent that I can barely even remember what all happened in it (something about two women moving next door to the recurring fat nerd) so I'll use the second one as my DMOS. It was a very poorly written parody of the Powerpuff Girls being made with using the normal four ingredients but also with cocaine for some unexplained reason. The sketch contains no joke. All it is is just three scenes, the first being the girls bouncing around the room, the second them ripping off the head of a Mojo Jojo wannabe, and the last is them fighting a dragon, which generously gives us the obligatory Ass Shove joke, which the writers just can't seem to get enough of.
  • Mudapa: For me, it's "Anime Christmas". The amount of Critical Research Failure in this towards Dragon Ball is ridiculous. The plot follows Goku and Goten/Gohan enjoying Christmas. Santa comes and tells them that the Nutcracker, Drummer Boy & Composite Santa are causing trouble. Goku and Goten/Gohan are told to stop them. So, they get spotted by those Villains and engage in a fight. When the Drummer Boy attempts to attack (By drumming),Goku yells "Spirit Bomb!" and Gohan/Goten yells some sort of Gibberish,even though it looks like a Kamehameha! But, it gets worse. So, Ms.Claus is revealed to be the villain, transforming into a monster, Which they end up defeating. Ms.Claus explodes into a Snowflake. Which, Goku responds "The Tenkai Ichi Budokai is finally complete." What?! Do you mean the "Tenkaichi Budokai"?! Which means the "Strongest Under The Heavens" and is the name of the Martial Arts Tournament? Did they even know anything about Dragon Ball? In fact, it has nothing to do with Anime either! Has a Dragon Ball fan, this is just insulting.
  • cricri3007: The Star Wars sketch where Boba shows up drunk for the confrontation at Jabba's barge (Can't remember wich season, sorry). There is Black Comedy and then there's skinning Chewbaccka, wearing his still bloody back as a cape and taunting a blind Han about it. And no, the fact that Boba was piss drunk or that it was All a Dream does 'NOT'' make it better.