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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.


This film provides examples of:

  • Abuse Is Okay When It's 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.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: Farva has many, not the least of which is messing around with his fast food order.
  • 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."
  • 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.
    • Actually, he does realize it. Which is why he picks on Rabbit and which leads to his brief Face-Heel Turn. See Below.
  • California Doubling: Although set in Vermont, certain scenes were shot on roads in Westchester County, NY.
  • Canada, Eh?: Spurbury is supposedly close to the Canadian border.
  • Car Chase: Obligatory.
  • Casting Gag: Daniel von Bargen (Grady) played a prison guard in The Silence of the Lambs, while Brian Cox (O'Hagan) played Hannibal Lector himself in Manhunter''.
    • Kevin Heffernan's parents kept asking for a cameo, so he finally gave them one...where he calls them "chicken fuckers."
  • 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.
  • Defictionalization: The Bulletproof Jockstrap. Body armor designed to protect the groin area is now being fielded in Iraq and Afghanistan, nicknamed "Bulletproof Boxers" or "Blast Boxers". Along with painful puns about the military protecting their Privates.
  • 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.
  • Development Hell: The sequel has been here for several years.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Fake American: Though he does an extremely convincing job with the accent, Brian Cox is actually Scottish.
  • Fake German: The male tourist is actually Dutch.
  • 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.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • 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'!"
  • Groin Attack: Mac gets shot in the groin to test a bullet-resistant cup.
    "GOOD ENOUGH TO FUCK YOUR MOTHER!"
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: 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.
  • 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!
  • Screwed by the Network: Sort of. Bobbi, Thorny's girlfriend and mother of his son has two of her three scenes cut from some television edits. While her second scene where Throny and her have fun with the german couple is edited out obviously because of nudity, her introduction scene where they watch their son Arlo play baseball was probably cut for time contraints leaving almost no introduction of her. Her only remaining scene being where the troopers get a letter from the Governor. Besides a mention of her in an earlier scene TV viewers may be confused on exactly who she is.
  • 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?
  • Suddenly Sober: Averted. The troopers are all wasted during the climax.
    • It's pointed out that Rabbit is actually sober.
  • 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*
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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