Film / Super Troopers

Farva: License and registration... chicken fucker!

Broken Lizard's Super Troopers is a 2001 comedy film about highway troopers in the state of Vermont. They're on the verge of being shut down and are engaged in a turf war with the local Spurbury Police. Over the course of the movie, they discover a marijuana shipping operation, and tracking down the culprits may be the key to proving their worth to the state and keeping their jobs.

The squad of troopers play a lot of pranks on each other, and a lot of the comedy comes from their wacky on the job hijinks and laid back attitude. The movie generally has a "snobs versus slobs" attitude comparing the lighthearted, mellow Highway Patrol to the uptight, mildly bigoted local police. A running theme is that both departments are pretty much incompetent, but at least the highway cops are honest about it.

It was an unexpected hit for Fox Searchlight and has since become a Cult Classic. A sequel titled Super Troopers 2 will be released on April 20, 2018. Watch the teaser here.

Unrelated to the ABBA song "Super Trouper".

This film provides examples of:

  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Canadians using Vermont's wilderness and small towns as waypoints to run drugs is actually a common problem dealt with by both state and local police. It's actually to the point where heroin has become a serious problem in areas like St. Johnsbury and St. Albans.
  • Ambiguously Brown: A Running Gag about Ramathorn (who is of course actually Indian).
    They think I'm Mexican.
  • Asian Animation: The term (and an example of) "Afghanistanimation" is used the same way the term "Japanimation" is was used.
  • Badass Mustache: Having one is standard operating procedure, apparently. The others pick at Rabbit for being unable to grow one, and in the epilogue scene, the wispy mustache he's got on is actually fake, which he rips off when it's time to get serious.
    • They actually pick on Foster to "grow a goddamned mustache" and Foster responds that he hasn't shaven in two weeks.
  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: You don't want either group of these cops protecting and serving in your area but at least the troopers aren't drug traffickers.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Ursula, the only female officer in either group, is treated as a secretary by the Spurbury Police. She presumably gets better treatment as part of the new police force when the Troopers have replaced her colleagues in the epilogue.
  • Berserk Button: Farva has many, not the least of which is messing around with his fast food order.
  • Bi the Way: Ramathorn.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Ursula uses a voice modulator to make Foster think he's about to be raped.
    Foster: Oh, god, please don't shoot me. I'm naked.
    Cop: Drop your coat and grab your toes.
    Foster: What?
    Cop: I'm gonna show you where the wild goose goes.
  • Black Sheep: Farva is this to the highway troopers.
  • Bittersweet Ending: After all they'd done, the station still gets shut down. In the epilogue, when they appear to be delivery men delivering a keg of beer, but they actually took over the Spurbury Police who had been left with one person, Ursula.
  • Brick Joke: "Give my regards to Bobby Baboon."
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Foster quips about this after Ursula pranks him with a shotgun, a voice modulator, and a threat of Black Comedy Rape.
  • Butt-Monkey: Toyed with. Farva tries to make Rabbit (the squad Rookie) the Butt-Monkey, but Farva himself is the real one and doesn't realize it.
  • California Doubling: Although set in Vermont, certain scenes were shot on roads in Westchester County, NY.
  • The Cameo: Lynda Carter is the Governor of Vermont.
  • Canada, Eh?: Spurbury is supposedly close to the Canadian border.
  • Car Chase: Obligatory.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: The German couple notes that Rabbit looks like Shaun Cassidy.
  • Comically Small Bribe: The two stoners from the opening try to bribe the beer delivery guy with a five dollar bill.
  • Communications Officer: Farva is given this job at the highway department as punishment after the school bus incident.
  • Da Chief: O'Hagan.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Mac. And while on duty, no less. And while checking himself with the radar speed gun.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everybody gets their moments.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Both of the Germans, although it's largely played for laughs, and at least one of the heroes (Thorny) is implied to be bi himself.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Uttered by Mac after the highway cops get shut down.
  • Diner Brawl: When the police department is introduced, they pick a fight with the troopers inside a diner.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Rod Farva lives and breathes this trope. He assaults a cashier at Dimpis Burger because of a prank played on him (which he totally deserved), and there was an incident before the film involving a bus of grade school kids which is shown during the credits.
    • Also played for laughs as Ramathorn and Rabbit are about to punish a trio of stoners.
      Thorny: We're gonna watch you smoke the whole bag.
      Stoner: Please no.note 
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Rabbit while trying to arrest the extremely hot German lady.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Foster. Pranking your crush by flashing her works in Real Life, right?
  • Do I Really Sound Like That?: Farva quotes O'Hagan's favorite expression using the same fake Irish accent. The very drunk O'Hagan turns to the other cops and asks them if he sounds this stupid. The other drunk cops make it clear with their expressions that he does.
    I'll believe that when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Ursula tazes Foster at one point (and threatens to rape him at another) and it's Played for Laughs. He was being a bit of a jerk, but it would have been less amusing the other way around.
  • Driving Stick: Mac and Foster fail to try to get the semi started. They claim they can't drive stick. Thing is, Mac is shown to be perfectly capable of operating a manual car early in the film (we're even shown a close-up of him shifting gears).
  • Drunken Master: All the troopers are wasted in the final brawl when they fight the Corrupt Cops, especially O'Hagen. It helps that, drunk or not, they are far better fighters than the local cops, as shown earlier in the film.
    Grady: What are you, drunk?!
    O'Hagen: Drunk enough to kick your ass!
  • Dull Surprise: Often played up by the troopers while on-duty to unnerve the people they're questioning or arresting.
    Thorny: Mother of God.
  • Enhance Button: Parodied by Ramathorn while photoshopping security camera footage.
    Ramathorn: [types random keys] Enhance... [types random keys] enhance... [types random keys] enhance...
    O'Hagan: Just print the damn thing!
  • Europeans Are Kinky: the German couple.
    • Not much kinkier than Ramathorn and his hippie girlfriend, although the German guy does get off on watching his wife with other men.
  • Everybody Calls Him "Barkeep": Farva, to his chagrin.
    And stop calling me Radio!
  • Everyone Has Standards: Thorny would totally be for Rabbit having sex with the German woman - except the car she and her husband are in is stolen. As he says - "Any other day I'd step in and show you how to swing but the car is stolen!" Doesn't stop him from having the Germans over to his house for some bi fun later, but, emphatically, after they've been arrested and charged with the theft.
    • Farva is an obnoxious, Jerkass creep, but he's not a dishonest cop.
  • Exact Words: In the epilogue, Thorny and Rabbit tell the stoners from the opener that their station is shut down. The boys assume it means they're no longer cops. Except they don't tell them that they, instead, took over the local cops' station.
  • Face–Heel Turn: For a moment, Farva, until he reveals that he did it because he never got to do anything, and everything is back to normal.
  • Fan Disservice: Farva's "delousing"
    • Kevin Heffernan insists in the commentary that his penis wasn't supposed to be visible, but they decided to Throw It In! and horrify us all.
  • Fanservice: When Rabbit and Ramathorn first encounter the German couple, the camera gives a few close-ups of the woman's assets as Rabbit ogles her.
  • Fat Idiot: Farva.
  • Foreshadowing: One of the guys finds it curious that the local cops beat them to the scene of a highway murder when they themselves (the highway cops) just found out about it. It's because the local cops are the murderers, or at the very least were covering it up when they arrived because they're part of the same drug-trafficking ring.
  • Freudian Excuse: Farva's brief Face–Heel Turn was due to him feeling unappreciated and never having the chance to do any real police work.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Farva, mostly because of how dumb, socially inept, and mean-spirited he is.
  • Funny Foreigner: The Germans.
  • Going Postal: When Mac says that he applied for a guard job at a post office, Thorny jokes that he'll finally get a chance to shoot someone.
  • Gratuitous French: "Litre is French for 'gimme some fuckin' cola before I break vous fuckin' lips'!"
    • He pronounces "vous" (plural/formal "you") incorrectly; the final "s" should be silent. Not to mention that, in French, "your" should actually be "vos" here.
  • Groin Attack: Mac gets shot in the groin to test a bullet-resistant cup.
    • Made all the more eyebrow-raising when O'Hagan says: "In my day, the rookie got naked." (shoots the gun and discovers they are using real bullets, accidentally destroying one of his cruiser's windows) "And we used blanks."
      • It's more likely he either knew or suspected they were using real bullets because if he actually thought they were using blanks, why'd he fire in the first place? He probably intentionally shot something to to see if there would be some impact.
      • He fired to "prove" to Rabbit they were blanks, but knows better than to tempt fate. Good thing, too.
    "You're a sick mother fucker, Mac..."
  • Hypocritical Humor: The troopers arrest the stoners, but later are seen getting high off confiscated weed while watching Johnny Chimpo cartoons with the crazy German guy.
    • At least they weren't littering, which is one of the reasons for the arrest.
  • Interservice Rivalry: Between the troopers and the local police.
  • Jerk Ass: Farva, along with most of the Spurbury police officers.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: Over the drug-related cases. The police have good reason to keep the troopers out of it, though.
    • Ditto for the murder case, which the local cops are trying to muscle in on despite it happening on the highway. Eventually, Ramathorn gets tired of it and lets the locals have the case, much to O'Hagan's chagrin. Not only do the locals take the case (because they either killed the woman or covered it up), but they also file a jurisdictional grievance against the highway cops.
  • Karma Houdini: Sure Farva helped the gang out during the drug bust but that doesn't change the fact that he recieved no punishment for his contribution in getting the department shutdown
  • Let's Get Dangerous!:
    • In the epilogue.
    • Also an Oh, Crap! from two of the stoner kids from the beginning, when they see Rabbit and Ramathorn are the St. Anky delivery guys.
  • Manchild: Basically all the troopers have the sense of humor of dopey teenagers.
  • Mind Screw: An unusual case of most of the characters being fans of this trope. Starting right at the beginning of the film, they mess with the heads of stoners by pulling them over a second time after having already pulled them over. They're still pulled over from the last time and desperately exclaim that they can't pull over any further. It helps that one of the stoners is obviously tripping balls, so it's even weirder for him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Ursula, as well as the German guy's wife, who we get to see quite a lot of.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: Seems to be the German guy's attitude:
    Crazy German Guy: Officer, zis is a major problem because I can't afford another ticket with mein Porsche. Is zere maybe something I can do for you...or maybe my wife can do for you, to avoid zis dilemma?
  • Never Heard That One Before: Ursula being called "Charlie's Angel" by Foster.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Played with; Farva's run-in with the school bus is actually shown during the ending credits.
    • Also;
    Mac: "And that was the second time I got crabs.
  • Not So Above It All: O'Hagen chastises the troopers for their various shenanigans, but when their department gets shut down he gets wasted and goes out to raise some hell along with them.
  • Noun Verber: "Bearfucker! Do you need assistance?!"
  • Oh, Crap!: The "snozzberries" stoner (played by Geoffrey Arend) gets an epic one in the opening scene, enhanced by the fact that he is high off his ass.
    Stoner: I'm freakin' out, man!
    Rabbit: You are freaking out, man.
  • Only Sane Man: Ursula. O'Hagan also qualifies for most of the film.
  • Pistol-Whipping: Invoked and then defied by O'Hagan "I swear to God, I'll pistol-whip the next guy who says 'shenanigans'!". He just didn't go through it because Mac made Farva say a restaurant's name, which happens to be named 'Shenanigans', when O'Hagan is offered the pistol to whip, he told them to put those away.
  • Raging Stiffie: After arresting the German tourists:
    Thorny: All right Arlo, why don't you hop up on Uncle Rabbit's lap?
    Rabbit': I don't think that's such a good idea, Thorny!
  • Rule of Funny: The billboard scene would never happen in Vermont, being as there are no billboards in the state (they're illegal).
    • Technically, advertising for a business on its' own site is exempt, but something with "billboard" form factors would run afoul of any local sign ordinances, and would be unlikely to pass Act 250 environmental review.
  • Show Some Leg: Taken to the extreme with the German couple; the husband is totally willing to let his wife screw the highway cops to get out of a ticket. Justified, of course, since the car is stolen, and the couple is later shown to be swingers.
  • Smug Snake: Chief Grady.
  • Sorry Ociffer: The troopers pull over some kids. The kids had to get rid of their drugs, so one of them eats all their weed before they throw out what was left. The troopers notice this, and play mind games to screw with the stoners before the arrest. (And after.)
    Littering and... littering aaaaand...
    ...smokin' the reefer.
  • The Squadette: Ursula.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: The other squad members don't let Ursula do anything, since she's not involved in their criminal activities. However, at least one treats her disrespectfully because she's a woman.
    I'm not your wife, Smythe.
    No, and if you were, I'd take ya down a peg or two.
  • Stealth Pun - Who wants some St.Anky beer?
  • Straight Man: O'Hagan. If he's not exasperated from all the shutdown drama, he's exasperated at the overgrown children he's appointed to be state troopers.
  • Suddenly Sober: Averted. The troopers are all wasted during the climax, except for Rabbit.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "Don't spit in that cop's burger..."
    Farva: *opens his burger* "That look like spit to you?"
    Ramathorn: Yeah.
    Farva: Fuck it. *eats burger*
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Nobody within the State Troopers likes Farva, and not without reason. He's loud, obnoxious, and his hot-head antics has put the State Troopers into some hot water. The only member of the group who'd tolerate him is Rabbit.
  • The Team:
  • True Companions: The Troopers are just a big band of buddies at heart.
    Rabbit: "I don't wanna get transferred... Have to be a rookie again with some random dudes."
    Foster: "Don't worry about it bro. If it happens, we'll, uh, we'll all just... Stay here. Open up a... Roller disco."
  • Under Cover Cop Reveal: Subverted at the end of the movie: The party-goers (and the audience) are lead to believe that the main characters are no longer cops, until they remove their beer delivery coveralls to reveal the Spurbury Police Department uniforms.
  • Villainous Incest: Grady is implied to have had sexual relations with his cousin in the past.
    Grady: She's not my cousin!
  • Waif-Fu: Ursula can't weigh more than 110 pounds, but she's a better fighter than all of the troopers except for O'Hagen, who was a Navy boxing champion.
    • Though to be fair, they were all wasted.
  • We Can Rule Together: Grady promises Farva a more exciting and dignified job as a local cop, causing him to make a brief Face–Heel Turn.
    • Interestingly, Grady does give Farva a cruiser of his own, but only so that Farva would stay away from their criminal activities.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: In the course of the movie, hints are dropped that Spurbury is in the southern, central, or northern part of Vermont.

I swear to God, I'll pistol-whip the next guy that adds more tropes!