Film: Muppets Most Wanted
The follow-up to 2011's The Muppets
, Muppets Most Wanted
follows...well, The Muppets
(who else?) as they tour Europe, only to become ensnared in a caper as they encounter Constantine, a crime boss who bears an incredible resemblance to Kermit. The film sees the return of Flight of the Conchords
alumni James Bobin and Bret McKenzie, as well as The Muppets
co-writer Nicholas Stoller. Jason Segel
is completely unaffiliated with this movie. The film stars Ricky Gervais
, Tina Fey
, and Ty Burrell
It was released in theaters on March 21, 2014.
Watch the first trailer here
and the second trailer here
Muppets Most Wanted includes the following tropes:
- Affably Evil: For an international jewel thief, Dominic is quite a polite chap, in contrast to his boss Constantine who holds everyone in contempt. When he's in jail he even thanks the cafeteria worker for his meal.
- Adam Westing: Danny Trejo.
- The Alleged Car: Napoleon's police cruiser is roughly the size of a pregnant roller skate, runs about as well, and the floorboards break very easily.
- The Artifact: The opening song contains a lyric referring to the movie's original title, The Muppets... Again.
- As does the new version of "Together Again," "Together Again Again."
- Artistic License – Geography: Oy, where to even begin...
- The Muppets begin their world tour by taking a train from Los Angeles to Berlin. Across the north pole, no less.
- This makes it only slightly less ridiculous when they take the same train from Madrid to Dublin later on.
- Fozzie, Walter, and Animal somehow manage to reach the Siberian Gulag where Kermit is being held within roughly a day. By walking. From Dublin.
- All of the above makes it seem even stranger that it takes Napoleon and Sam over 30 hours to drive from Geneva to Madrid (normally about a 13-hour trip). Of course, they are driving The Alleged Car.
- And That Would Be Wrong: When Fozzie is told that Dominic is bribing critics for good reviews his response is "Why didn't we ever think of doing that?" Beat. "I mean, that's terrible!"
- Ascended Extra: Link Hogthrob, slightly. Going from being a part a musical number in the last movie to being part of a musical number and having actual dialogue in this one, this is Link's biggest role in a Muppet movie yet.
- Sam the Eagle has a much larger role, working with Ty Burrell's character to solve Constantine's crimes.
- A pair of real-life examples: Ricky Gervais and Danny Trejo both had (deleted) cameos in The Muppets, only to receive a major and supporting role, respectively, in this movie.
- As Himself: Apparently the badass gulag prisoner played by Danny Trejo is... Danny Trejo.
- The guest stars on each of the venues: Christoph Waltz in Berlin, Salma Hayek in Madrid, and Saoirse Ronan in Dublin.
- Usher appears as... a wedding usher.
- Sean Combs appears as himself playing craps with the Muppets on a train; Pepé calls him "Diddy".
- Aside Glance: Performed by Dominic as Constantine struggles to say "burglary."
- Award Bait Song: "Something So Right", complete with a Céline Dion cameo.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Kermit and Piggy in a nutshell. Piggy seems more in love with the concept of being married to him and Kermit's definitely not as gung-ho to rush into things (this was a minor subplot in the previous film, and a Running Gag through the series), but Constantine's manipulation of Piggy causes her a lot of doubts, and Kermit is seen with a rather...interesting...pin-up of Piggy in his cell. Not to mention how Kermit manages to tell Constantine off.
- The Baroness: Nadya, of the Sexpot variety.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Kermit vetoed a lot of his crew's ideas due to being way too long (Electric Mayhem's marathon jam session), inappropriate (Piggy's Giftedly Bad singing), or just plain nuts (an indoor Running of the Bulls, Gonzo?!). With Kermit gone, Constantine impersonating him, and Dominic not caring, the whole show goes Off the Rails, and only Dominic's bribery hides how awful it truly is.
- Likewise, Constantine plays Piggy for a fool by pretending to be the willing suitor Kermit usually isn't. Piggy is really happy to be getting what she wanted...but starts to have second thoughts about it all when it's nearly too late.
- Big Bad: Constantine.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Dominic Badguy , AKA "The Lemur." His attempt to betray Constantine was seen a mile away, especially by Constantine and his lemur theme (with full costume) earned him nothing but mockery.
- Bittersweet Ending: While Constantine is re-incarcerated and Kermit happily reunited with his friends, by the end of this movie the whole "nobody cares about the Muppets" thing that's been going since the first movie, from what we can tell, is still going strong. The final musical number is simply an act of kindness by Kermit for Nadya, not a triumphant finale for the Muppets' world tour.
- Blatant Lies: Dominic Badguy, about his surname: "It means... good man."
- Bluff the Impostor: Piggy does this when both Constantine and Kermit show up at the same time. The one who hesitated over the marriage proposal, she concluded, had to be the right one.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Used by Danny Trejo, whose talents make him a triple threat: "Singing, dancing, and murder."
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: A significant amount of the jokes and scenes will frequently do this and overlap with Leaning on the Fourth Wall. Heck the first five minutes is the entire Muppets cast singing about how this movie is going to have Sequelitis and ending with what the plot for the movie is going to be
- A quick blink and miss it scene is where Constantine is trying (and seriously failing) to say "burglary". The ensuing shot of Dominic has him looking exasperated and briefly glancing at the camera in a "my boss is a twit" kind of way.
- The Fourth Wall is thoroughly demolished in the extended cut, when Fozzie, Walter, and Animal rescue Kermit from the gulag:
Kermit: "The weakest point in the gulag is over there, by the fourth wall."
[Kermit, Fozzie, Walter, and Animal turn and stare at the camera for several long seconds.]
- In fact, the very beginning where they just finished filming the first movie it's hard to tell where the fourth wall starts and ends.
- Brick Joke: The "maximum security prisoner" gets to come out of his cell for the finale and turns out to be Josh Groban.
- In the extended cut, we see one of Gonzo's runaway bulls tackle the Muppet Newsman after he announces "Kermit" and Piggy's wedding.
- Bride and Switch: Constantine pulls this, distracting Piggy with a marriage proposal, and then telling the rest of the crew that he's disbanding the Muppets to settle down with her.
- Bungling Inventor: Bunsen, as usual. In reference to his bomb-attracting suit, Kermit asks, "WHY would you ever invent something like that?" Subverted in that this utterly insane invention saves the day when Constantine tries to blow up Miss Piggy.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite their eccentric personalities and quirks, both Sam the Eagle and Jean Pierre are rather good at their jobs. They do manage to make good deductions based on logical reasoning, making the connection between the Muppets and the heists. They do question the Muppets, and while they do rule out that there is nothing implicitly linking them to the crimes, they still believe that there has to be some connection. It's only when they are given false evidence that the pair are led astray, but even then it backs up their theory that one of the Muppets was responsible.
- Police Are Useless: Despite all of this, Sam and Jean are of no real help in actually defeating and capturing Constantine.
- The Bus Came Back: Louise Gold returns to the Muppet cast after a fifteen-year absence, to bring back her character Annie Sue after an absence nearly twice as long.
- Also Mildred Huxtetter (the purple upper-class woman Muppet) made a couple of cameos in the movie after not being seen properly as a main Muppet since the Muppet Show ended.
- Pops makes his first appearance in a Muppet movie since The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984).
- Call Back: The very beginning of this movie begins with the very ending of the last movie, or rather, on the "The End" title, where we hear the last two bars of "Life's a Happy Song". We even see Gary and Mary, but their backs are turned to the camera to hide the fact that they couldn't get Jason Segel or Amy Adams to return.
- In the end, everyone sings the hit song from The Muppets Take Manhattan "Together Again"...again.
- Blind Pew and some of the other pirates from Muppet Treasure Island appear as inmates at the Gulag.
- Miss Poogy, the obnoxious Moopet who briefly takes the place of Miss Piggy in The Muppets, pops up here as one of the inmates in the Russian gulag.
- Walter briefly uses his whistling again - Not for entertainment purposes this time, but to get everyone's attention so he can ask about the strange behavior "Kermit" has been displaying lately. We also see Walter wearing his Kermit the Frog wristwatch, an item shown to be of great importance to him in The Muppets.
- During the end, in which the Muppets tell Nadya that if Kermit goes back to the gulag, then so do they, one can't help but think of the similar "Kill Jim and you'll have to kill me!" scene in Muppet Treasure Island.
- Like The Muppets Take Manhattan, Piggy has a wedding at the end, only here it's with Constantine instead of Kermit. And this time, it's Piggy who hesitates on saying "I do", but the Muppet crowd still leans forward in anticipation.
- In the extended cut:
- Cutting off Nadya's solo at the very end, Kermit did the same thing to Carol Burnett in the original show, cutting her off before she can do her final act.
- Hobo Joe is at Piggy and Constantine's wedding.
- Angel Marie from Muppet Treasure Island is the chef at the gulag.
- It's not quite the same visually (nor is the same term used), but the Muppets are clearly traveling by map when their train initially heads to Europe.
- The Cameo: As in The Muppets, we hear Jerry Nelson's voice introducing The Muppet Show (as a tribute, as he had passed away a few months before filming began).
- Camera Abuse: Constantine literally smears vaseline on the camera to achieve a romantic effect while he promises he can give Miss Piggy "anything you want".
- Card-Carrying Villain: Parodied—one of the villains is named Dominic Badguy and has a literal card with his name on it. And justified, because the business card is due to him posing as a promoter.
- The Cast Show Off: Constantine gets a couple of flashy musical numbers, "I'm Number One" and "I'll Get You What You Want", and especially sounds good in the latter. It makes sense, because in addition to being a Muppet performer, Matt Vogel is also a singer and musician, and even had his own band (The Mighty Weaklings). Being the Spiritual Successor to Jerry Nelson (who also did a lot of singing during his heyday and was a talented musician in his own right) helps a lot.
- Character Focus: Sam the Eagle who was little more than an extra in the previous film is much more prominent this time around.
- Chekhov's Gun: Bunsen's bomb-attracting vest.
- Chekhov's Skill: The throwaway comment about the "Muppet Ladder" trick.
- Comically Missing the Point: Walter, upon seeing Dominic bribing critics with suitcases full of money: "Where does he keep all those suitcases?"
- Creator Cameo: Steve Whitmire, Kermit's puppeteer, appears as one of the prisoners at the gulag Kermit gets taken to, for the sole purpose of not having to figure out how to hide Whitmire when a mob of prisoners carries Kermit away.
- Credits Gag: Three of them.
- When the credits begin to roll, Sweetums is seen pulling them up on a rope slowly. Fozzie enters to help him by pulling on another rope, followed by Rowlf and the Swedish Chef. By the time the cast list almost completes, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew arrives with an invention made to make the credits scroll up on their own. He pushes the button, but the credits scroll up way too fast.
- In the middle of the credits, Fozzie comes in and says, "Check this out!" He then puts his hat on the "LOS ANGELES UNIT" text, which scrolls up.
- At the very end, Fozzie returns and says, "The movie's over. You can go home now, Ma."
- Criminal Doppelgänger: Constantine to Kermit.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Constantine vs Dominic/The Lemur.
- Miss Piggy vs Constantine
- Damsel out of Distress: When Constantine tries to make off with Miss Piggy after their wedding was interrupted by Kermit, she quickly frees herself from her restraints and proceeds to beat the crap out of the impostor.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Constantine. He correctly assumes Dominic will try to double cross him from the way he voices his displeasure and comes prepared for when he tries to make off with the crown jewels.
- Demoted to Extra: Depressingly lampshaded by Rizzo and Robin before they just leave the movie entirely.
- Poor '80s Robot doesn't even get a single line of dialogue. Grody to the max!
- Didn't See That Coming: Gonzo, after his "indoor running of the bulls" goes horribly wrong - "The bulls are out of control! Who could've foreseen this?!"
- Distinguishing Mark: The difference between Kermit and Constantine is the mole on Constantine's face.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Jean Pierre Napoleon and Sam the Eagle (here a CIA agent) get quite adamant over proving who has the bigger badge.
- The Dragon: Dominic, to Constantine.
- Epic Rocking: Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem's "jam session" in Madrid, which was among many of the ideas Kermit vetoed before being replaced by Constantine. Animal performs a drum solo that goes on for hours.
- Every Man Has His Price: Turns out Dominic has been greasing the palms of critics and audience attendees alike to fake the success of the world tour and keep the Muppets happy.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Animal is the only one not fooled by Constantine, causing Constantine and Dominic to spend the rest of the movie under the impression he's a canine.
- And no, Rowlf doesn't detect a thing.
- Fake Shemp: Done for Jason Segel and Amy Adams at the very beginning of the movie.
- Faux Affably Evil: Constantine, he's only trying to be polite for the caper and it shows.
- Foreshadowing: The fact that Constantine constantly calls Dominic #2 and that the notorious criminal "The Lemur" is the second greatest thief in the world should get people to add two and two together.
- Also that his e-mail address (shown on the business card) is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Did you wonder where they got multiple copies of the Lemur's calling card?
- Spain's critics/papers on the show being printed so fast.
- The song "I'm number one" continuously reminds Dominic that he will always be The Dragon and nothing more as long as Constantine's pulling the strings. The lines "Dance Monkey Dance" and "Now step aside, this ain't your show" foreshadow Dominic being the Lemur, his attempt at usurping the roll of Big Bad from his boss, and the Curb-Stomp Battle that ensues.
- Celine Dion's appearance during "Something So Right" is heavily foreshadowed by Miss Piggy's requests to perform her songs (even performing "My Heart Will Go On" during the Dublin show) and a signed photo of Dion appearing just before the number starts in Piggy's dressing room.
- Funny Background Event: While Jean and Sam are watching the Muppets perform at Dublin, one can see that Jean parked his car in the theater, and it fits perfectly in the aisle.
- When Nadya prepares to sing her (cut) solo at the end of "Together Again Again," Kermit makes a face, as if trying not to laugh at the knowledge of the upcoming gag.
- Fozzie is playing with the lamp in the interrogation room while Jean and Sam admit that the Muppets are too stupid to be the thieves.
- Gaussian Girl: Played Straight until you notice it's because Constantine is smearing Vaseline over the lens of the camera that represents Miss Piggy's point of view in order to make her see him like that.
- Gender Equals Breed: Subverted. In Piggy's Imagine Spot, she and Kermit have a pig daughter and a frog son, but the daughter is green and the son is pink- unlike in The Muppet Christmas Carol.
- Genius Ditz: Dr. Honeydew.
- Genre Savvy: Nadya is able to anticipate all of Kermit's escape attempts because she has watched every prison escape movie ever made, even the ones in space.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Pretty much every scene involving the inmates rehearsing for the revue, what with the insanely tight undergarments and midriff baring shirts.
- For that matter, the pin-up of Piggy Kermit kept in his cell. Um...that's an awfully racy picture for a kid's movie.
- Go Through Me: The scene where the Muppets tell Nadya that Kermit's not going back to the gulag without them.
- Hammerspace: While bribing some Irish newspaper writers, Dominic seems to pull money-filled suitcases from nowhere. Lampshaded by Walter.
- Happy Ending Override: Those millions of Muppet fans that appeared at the end of The Muppets to lend their support to the gang at their time of need? Yeah, those were just extras and paid dancers. Nobody still cares about the Muppets, as said multiple times throughout the first movie (and, as far as we can tell, they still don't by the end of this one).
- Historical-Domain Character: Thomas Blood, who really did steal the crown jewels.
- Human Ladder: The Muppet Ladder routine, which is first mentioned as never working out, then pulled off successfully to help rescue Kermit and Piggy.
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: Dominic does more than the lion's share of work, both on the actual heists and keeping the charade going.
- Hypocritical Humor: Miss Piggy is furious that Constantine tried to trick her into marrying him ignoring how often she tried that on Kermit.
- Pepe, concerning Constantine (in the extended cut):
Scooter: "Two Kermits?! ...Well, that explains a lot."
Rowlf: "I knew no one could have a cold for that long."
Pepe: "Or have that cheesy an accent, okay."
- Idiot Ball: Virtually all of the Muppet cast who isn't Animal and eventually Walter. In all fairness the physical differences between Constantine and Kermit are pretty subtle, but "having a cold" in regards to having a different voice doesn't make sense. If Kermit had a different voice because of said cold, shouldn't he be resting instead of doing a weeks/months long tour? Even if Kermit was being a Determinator and overcoming his "cold" then how does that explain how un-Kermit-like he's been acting, going from being tough yet reasonable to "do whatever the hell makes you happy" attitude? The real Kermit is justifiably pissed off at the rest of the cast.
- Immediate Sequel: The movie literally opens as the gang finishes singing the reprise of "Life's a Happy Song" from the end of the previous film.
- Interpol Special Agent: Jean Pierre Napoleon.
- It's Pronounced Tro-PAY: Dominic's last name Badguy is actually pronounced badjee, on account of being French.
- Jurisdiction Friction: Sam the Eagle with the CIA and Napoleon with INTERPOL.
- Karma Houdini: Bobby Benson's babies help Constantine and Dominic at one point, but don't get any consequences. Though they are shown in the gulag with the Muppets and various celebrity cameos during the finale, but it's not said whether they are there because of their crime or just there to be part of the finale.
- Although, the fact that they do not get to come down from the wall with the other Muppets, implies that they might be prisoners.
- Floyd, Janice, Rowlf, Rizzo, '80s Robot, Sweetums, and other innocent Muppets remain on the wall as well. So probably not. Besides, the're not dressed in Gulag attire like the prisoners are.
- Kill and Replace: Constantine pulls off a family-friendly variant of this trope; he disposes of Kermit by sending him to the gulag and subsequently masquerades as him for the majority of the movie.
- Mad Bomber: Constantine loves his explosives.
- Even more so, Crazy Harry, who literally devoted his life to the stuff.
- Meaningful Name: Dominic Badguy.
- Metronomic Frog-Flailing: Piggy vs. Constantine.
- Mirror Routine: When Kermit breaks into Constantine's room.
- Mondegreen: When practicing Kermit's voice while singing "Rainbow Connection", Constantine's rendition ends with "The lovers, the dreamers, and cheese."
- Also, he seems to mistakes Kermit's signature, "Hi-ho!" greeting for, "Hi-llo!"
- He mispronounces most of the Muppets' names, notably calling Fozzie "Fonzie" and Gonzo "Zongo".
- Musicalis Interruptus: In the end, Kermit says it's time for Nadya's big solo, but the screen cuts to "The End" before she can sing a single note.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Every single Muppet pretty much has this on their face when they realized that they didn't realize that Constantine switched places with Kermit at the Tower of London.
- Not So Different: Sam says this word-for-word when he and Jean start to get along better.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Sam and Napoleon decide Fozzie must be this, which is how they settle on him as a prime suspect. (He's not, of course.)
- Obviously Evil: Dominic Badguy. As Rowlf later lampshades:
Rowlf: "The bad guy is Dominic Badguy!"
- Offscreen Teleportation: When Jean says he's going on vacation with his family, his family is suddenly standing beside him wearing and holding vacation gear, with no-one else there the previous scene, or any indication they were nearby.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Uncle Deadly plays one at Constantine and Miss Piggy's wedding, albeit innocuously—he has no more idea what's happening than anyone, and it seems to simply be a natural outgrowth of his love of Horror Tropes.
- Out of Focus: Lampshaded by Rizzo, who comments about how Walter's inclusion has pushed more established characters like himself (and Robin) into the background.
- Walter himself, as well. Until he and Fozzie discover the truth about Constantine at the beginning of the final act, he's barely in the movie, with only a few lines here and there.
- Also Bobo and Uncle Deadly, who go from fairly major characters to just brief cameos near the end.
- Aside from the opening song, the running of the bulls gag, and keeping Constantine's helicopter from taking off with his nose, Gonzo doesn't really do much in this film.
- Overly Narrow Superlative: Constantine, the world's most dangerous frog... is still a frog, which Piggy points out before beating the snot out of him.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The entire plot hinges on the fact that absolutely no one, human or Muppet alike, can see that Kermit and Constantine are completely identical, apart from Constantine's mole (and slight underbite).
- Patter Song: Interrogation Song. Ty Burrell even confirmed this in an interview.
- Performance Anxiety: Constantine gets hit hard with this on the Muppets' opening night, to the point of passing out onstage.
- Product Placement: Fozzie is eating a meal from Subway (with the drink cup's logo prominently displayed on screen) and this is actually a plot point. The avocado from his sandwich landed on the picture of Constantine in the newspaper he was reading, which helped him and Walter to realize that "Kermit" was Constantine the whole time.
- Coincidentally, in Real Life, Subway did a tie-in for the movie offering bags.
- Also, UPS delivers Sam's biggest badge, a moment after it seemed Jean had the biggest badge.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Fozzie, Walter and Animal, arguably, as they go to break Kermit out of prison and then all go to stop the wedding.
- Reality Ensues: Nadya arrests Kermit for escaping from the gulag (though it seems his arrest has more to do with leaving before the gulag revue ended). She only lets him go after the other Muppets ask her to arrest them, too.
- Red Baron: "I am Constantine... World's most dangerous frog."
- Red Herring: The whole subplot about Dominic being the Lemur. All it amounts to is a Curb-Stomp Battle between Constantine and Dominic.
- Running Gag: When it's time for Jean's breaks, he takes them, no matter where he is, or what is happening. Up to and including his vacation.
- Constantine blowing things up with a remote detonator. Could double as a Chekhov's Gun or a Brick Joke, except that, by then, is no longer played for laughs.
- Constantine twisting some of Kermit's more famous lines into sinister one-liners ("It's not easy being mean... hehe.")
- Self-Deprecation: Par for the course with any Muppet movie.
Dominic: I want every seat in the house filled. Give tickets away if you have to.
Critic: Well, it's the Muppets. It won't be easy.
- Sequelitis: Lampshaded to hell-and-back in the opening number, "We're Doing a Sequel". The first verse ends with "everybody knows the sequel's never quite as good", and it only escalates from there.
- Bunsen Honeydew points out in the same song that this is actually "the seventh sequel to our original motion picture," though an argument can be made that the number is even higher should one count multiple Made-for-TV Movies.
- The sequel idea the Swedish Chef suggests at the beginning of the film is really just The Seventh Seal.
- Constantine watches footage from Sesame Street, The Muppet Show and The Muppet Movie to nail Kermit's voice down. The fact he studied the Street may also explain why he expects the Muppets to learn "something about sharing, or waiting your turn, or the number 3".
- Matt Vogel, Constantine's performer, took over the Count von Count character when Jerry Nelson died in 2012, so the "number 3" may be a reference to that as well.
- It might simply be referring to how most people don't know the difference and usually consider Sesame Street and The Muppet Show the same thing.
- During the fight on the train, Constantine wears a metal mouthpiece and a bowler hat, trying to bite his confronters.
- Kermit's cell, with its sexy Piggy poster hiding a partly-finished escape tunnel is awfully familiar. (Then again, Nadya says it's the first escape everyone tries.)
- Nadya says goodnight to the gulag prisoners one by one, and they back to her, like The Waltons.
- The gulag audition montage is "I Hope I Get It" from A Chorus Line, even using Michael Bennett's original choreography.
- The scene where Constantine attempts to steal the Crown Jewels reeks of Mission: Impossible complete with Dominic descending from the ceiling and doing acrobatics to avoid the moving lasers.
- The poster contains a Shout-Out to Austin Powers: it shows Constantine mimicking Dr. Evil's signature hand gesture.
- Skyward Scream: "KEEEEEEERMIIIIIIIIIEE!!!"
- Something Only They Would Say: Or not say in this case. The gulag inmates instantly realize it's not Constantine when Kermit thanks them for the improvised crown. Constantine never thanks anyone for things.
- And again when Piggy identifies the correct frog as the one whose response to "Will you marry me?" is not a confident yes, but an inability to spit it out.
- Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Yup.
- Spinning Paper: A series of British Newspapers announcing the wedding culminating in a copy of The Times which lampshades the News Monopoly with a headline about how it's such a slow news day the Muppets are getting the front pages. Other sequences start with the spinning, blurred newspaper, but end with a TV on which the Muppet Newsman reads a report.
- Squashed Flat: Fozzie, after posing as a bear-skin rug and having heavy luggage placed on top of him.
- Stalker Shrine: See also the trope entry below.
- Stalker with a Crush: It seemed Nadya quickly figured out Kermit wasn't the criminal that belonged in her gulag. But her Stalker Shrine to Kermit in her locker implies she had her own reasons for keeping him in her gulag.
- Take That: Lyrics for "We're Doing A Sequel" that were cut from the theatrical version of the movie but remain in the soundtrack as well as the film's extended cut:
Muppets: "We're doing a sequel! How hard can it be?"
- The Starscream: Dominic does more of the heavy lifting and footwork on their caper while Constantine is rubbing in his face how he's a subordinate. No guesses for how Dominic planned to repay the treatment.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Jean and Sam at first, but it leaves them as dear friends by the time the film ends, and they exchange tearful goodbyes.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Every single Muppet falls for Constantine's charade, except Animal. Kermit pretty much blows up in Walter and Fozzie's face regarding this.
Kermit: "You mean all this time I've been locked in a Russian gulag, the one - not one single person from the Muppets except Animal noticed I'd been replaced by an evil criminal mastermind?!"
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Again the Muppets, letting their own egos getting the better of them to the detriment of their stage show. Both of these elements are specifically being encouraged by Dominic to prevent them from noticing that Constantine is not Kermit.
- Trailers Always Spoil: A lot of the trailers and commercials showed bits and pieces of the wedding. One TV spot released at the very beginning of 2014 even had Miss Piggy in the background, visibly wearing a veil. Entirely justified, since that climax was where most of the action was, but it's still jarring and could also be a factor in the film's underperformance.
- Traveling at the Speed of Plot: Both Muppet and human characters have the apparent ability to transport themselves clear across Europe at the drop of a hat, while at other times their trips between locations are explicitly shown to take more than a day. See Artistic License – Geography for the absurd details.
- Averted, mostly, in the extended version, where Kermit makes an offhand comment that he has been in the gulag for months, explaining the plot. However, Fozzie, Walter, and Animal are able to get from Dublin to Siberia and back again with Kermit in two days time, so not completely averted.
- Villain Decay: At the start of the movie, Constantine takes out a small army of armed Russian soldiers. By the end, Piggy simply grabs hold of him and thrashes him against the walls of his helicopter's cockpit.
- Justified by Piggy's CMOA: "You may be the world's most dangerous frog, but you're still just a FROG!"
- Villain Song: Constantine and Dominic have a Villain Duet with "I'm Number One [You're Number Two]" which is both about the bad guys' plan to pull off their heists and frame the Muppets, but Constantine reminding Dominic that he's nothing in Constantine's eyes.
- The Voice: The prisoner inside the metal box in the gulag, who is only heard whenever his hatch is opened. He is finally let out in the end, played by Josh Groban.
- Waif-Fu: A male variant. Constantine takes out several guards during his prison break in a decidedly Black Widow -esque manner, despite weighing only as much as a two-and-a-half-foot-tall felt frog.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Kermit gives a big earful to Walter and Fozzie about how, out of all the Muppets, only Animal was the one who actually knew that Constantine wasn't him.
- Why Didnt I Think Of That: When Walter tells Fozzie that Dominic has been bribing their audiences and critics into liking the show, Fozzie wonders why they'd never tried that before.
- Will They or Won't They?: Lampshaded by the Muppet Newsman, who calls Kermit and Miss Piggy one of the most famous "will they or won't they" couples in the Muppet world.
- With This Ring: The ring Constantine proposed with was also a bomb. Honeydew conveniently had Beaker in a bomb attracting suit, which resulted in a tug-of-war to get Piggy out of the ring before the bomb went off.
- Wrongful Accusation Insurance: Defied. Nadya goes to arrest Kermit after he leads the biggest prison breakout in Russian history, but she decides to let him stay free after seeing how devoted his friends were to him.