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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 He'd already eaten a bag of pot and a bag of shrooms and was tripping balls.
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...
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.
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 "your" should be "votre" in French.
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.
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. It helps that one of the stoners is obviously tripping balls, so it's even weirder for him.
Ms. Fanservice: The German guy's wife, who we get to see quite a lot of.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.