->''"If you only see one movie this year... you've got to get out more often."''
-->-- '''''The Naked Gun 2½'' trailer'''

A film SpinOff of ''Series/PoliceSquad'', following Police Lt. [[TheFool Frank Drebin]] (Creator/LeslieNielsen) as he continues to get into trouble. The films serve as parodies of the cop genre and (initially) film noire, and [[RuleOfFunny let nothing]], including the blatant warping of reality and [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks in the fourth wall]], get in the way of a good gag. The genius of the Drebin character is that Nielsen plays him almost totally straight: he's a buffoon, but he acts like a completely serious film detective even as lunacy explodes all around him, almost as if he's wandered in from a different movie.

Features slapstick, {{Visual Pun}}s and {{Shout Out}}s by the bucketful. At three movies, this actually lasted longer than the TV series it was based on. In all three Frank's love interest is Jane Spencer (Priscilla Presley).

The films are:

* ''The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!'' (1988) -While trying to clear the name of Officer Nordberg, Drebin uncovers a plot to assassinate [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]]
* ''The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear'' (1991) - Drebin meets the new man in Jane's life, who is involved in a kidnapping scheme.
* ''Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult'' (1994) - Drebin comes out of retirement and infiltrates a gang in prison. He must also save his faltering marriage.

!!''The Naked Gun'' series provides examples of:


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* AccidentalHero: Due to Frank's [[TheKlutz klutzy tendencies]], he often foils crimes completely by accident and [[CaptainOblivious without being aware of what's going on]]. In the second film, it's noted that he's killed one thousand drug dealers, the last three of whom he accidentally backed over with his car.
* AffectionateParody: Of cop shows, and later spy movies.
* AmusingInjuries: With or without [[GoryDiscretionShot Injury Discretion Shots]].
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: It's to be expected, really.
* AsideGlance: The standard reaction from characters when another character they are in conversation with says something nonsensical. Which, in this movie series, means almost every conversation, and often switches between who is talking nonsense and who is giving the AsideGlance.
* AscendedExtra: Nordberg - originally used for one-shot gags in ''Series/PoliceSquad'', he became the recurring ButtMonkey for the ''Naked Gun'' movies, played by [[TheOtherDarrin O.J. Simpson]].
* AutomobileOpening: The credits sequence.
* BigBad: Ludwig from ''Police Squad'', [[spoiler: Quentin]] from ''The Smell of Fear'' and Rocko from ''The Final Insult''.
* BiggerBad: Papshmir, TheManBehindTheMan in ''Police Squad'' and ''The Final Insult'' is the over-arching antagonist of the series but has less screen time then the main villains of each movie.
* BitCharacter: Tons of them throughout all three movies, to the point where many characters in the credits are simply identified by the one line they say.
%%* BlackBestFriend: Nordberg.
* BrickJoke:
** "Hey, it's Enrico Palazzo!"
** The corpse in the meat factory reappears as a still-ringed finger found in the {{Big Bad}}'s hot dog.
** The villain of the second film is [[spoiler: taken out by the lion that had accidentally been released from the zoo earlier]].
* ButtMonkey: Nordberg, especially in the first two films. Given how O.J. Simpson's life turned out, the commentary track laughs at the LaserGuidedKarma.
* TheCameo: Music/WeirdAlYankovic in all three films:
** In the first film, Frank's dramatic speech is cut short when Ed informs him that the massive crowd gathered outside his plane is actually for Weird Al. They go ecstatic when he departs the plane.[[note]]When he appeared on ''I Love The 80s'' to discuss this movie, he responded to this scene by excitedly exclaiming "...AND THEN ''WEIRD AL'' GOT OFF THE PLANE!!"[[/note]]
** In ''The Smell of Fear'': As a criminal who has taken Ed, Nordberg, and the rest of the station hostage. Frank accidentally incapacitates him when opening a door too fast.
** ''The Final Insult'': AsHimself as [[Series/WheelOfFortune Vanna White]]'s escort at the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardsCeremonies Oscars]].
** Dr. Joyce Brothers makes a wordless appearance in the first film as a member of the announcing crew at the baseball game.
* CasualDangerDialog: Usually Drebin, but the driving instructor in the first movie puts Hindu cows to shame.
* ChalkOutline:
** Spoofed by type and position. For type, there's a stick figure and an Egyptian, and for position, there's {{Chalk Outline}}s that appear on a building's walls, or ''roof'', or one that appears ''floating on the water''.
** The second movie has outlines of [[GoryDiscretionShot body]] [[FridgeHorror parts]]...
** There was also an outline on an ''elevator door''.
* TheComicallySerious:
** The villain often fills this role.
** Drebin as well, since Creator/LeslieNielsen's shtick is saying the most absurd lines with a straight face.
** Really, everyone in all three movies has to behave this way, since they're ostensibly appearing in a series of ''film noir'' crime dramas.
* CreatorCameo: David Zucker (director of the first two films) appears as UsefulNotes/DavyCrockett and later as the teleprompter operator in ''2½'' and ''33⅓'', respectively.
* CreditsGag: Happens in all three films. They include people getting credited by their single spoken line, people getting credited for made-up roles like "Second Second Assistant Director," "{{NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED}} DURING THE FILMING... HOWEVER, SOME SPECIES DID BECOME EXTINCT DURING PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY", and the safety warning, "In Case of Tornado: SOUTHWEST CORNER OF BASEMENT."
* DenserAndWackier: The series as a whole. All parodies aside, the first movie actually has some moments of realism. By the second film this has dropped off considerably, being completely gone by the third.
* TheDitz: Frank, despite his FeigningIntelligence.
* DrivesLikeCrazy:
** Whenever Drebin gets behind the wheel, something bad happens. The scene when Drebin tags along in a driving school car is especially notable, when the driving instructor instructs the student how to flip the bird.
** Drebin gets into a tank; When Cpt Hocken tells him that Frank doesn't know how to drive it, he means it.
** The opening credits are also built on this. A cop car (presumably containing Drebin) viewed from the emergency lights shows absolutely insane or just plain nonsensical driving behavior, including driving on sidewalks, into people's homes, on rollercoasters, into bullfighting arenas, restaurants, hockey rinks, [[FlyingCar the air]], the surface of the [[Franchise/StarWars Death Star]], and [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs prehistoric times]].
** (to Jane) "After I met you I noticed things I never saw before. Birds singing, dew glistening off a leaf, stop lights."
** Jane driving the humongous semi in 33 ⅓; When she stops at Rocco's place, she has a road worker stuck at the grill.
** In a Film/ThelmaAndLouise nod, Jane and her lady friend practically pack their whole house on the trunk of their convertible, constantly spilling appliances down the road.
** Drebin notes when he is being awarded a citation for his [[OneManArmy 1000th drug dealer killed]] that he accidentally backed over the last three with his car and only found out they were drug dealers after.
* DisneyVillainDeath: All three movies have them, including the bad guy from the first movie and a close call for the one in the second.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Everything that happens concerning the aftermath of Drebin hitting something with his car.
* HurricaneOfPuns: It's a ZAZ movie, there are some even hidden in the background.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Lt. Frank Drebin. Mostly because he is a very blunt person.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Papshmear from parts 1 and 3 who was a liaison for a mysterious organization who's only purpose is to spread mayhem around the world. [[spoiler:You can hear him utter "Gaddafi" over the phone in the 3rd movie.]]
* ManChild: Frank and Jane. "Their song" is "100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall."
* MayDecemberRomance: Jane and Frank. Leslie Nielsen was 20 years Priscilla Presley's senior.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Sadly, she is (we're talking about Drebin's first girl).
* MythologyGag:
** Dozens, the best known of which would be the AutomobileOpening.
** The second movie homages the four-foot shootout from the series.
* OncePerEpisode: A visit to the lab to view the new [[Film/JamesBond Q]]-worthy gadgets
* PrivateEyeMonologue: Frank is constantly doing this. A particularly memorable one in the first movie had monologuing while walking through town, culminating in "And where the hell was I?" as he notices he's wandered all the way to the foothills outside L.A.
* PunnyName: [[TheManBehindTheMan Papshmear]] (Pap-Smear).
* RaceLift: Nordberg, who is played by O.J. Simpson in the movies, was white in ''Series/PoliceSquad''.
* RuleOfFunny: Given it's a ZAZ comedy, any nonsensical thing is this.
* RunningGag:
** [[CaptainCrash Drebin's bad driving.]] Specifically, his actual driving while on the road usually isn't too bad, but he almost ''always'' hits something or causes trouble of some kind when parking or pulling up in front of a building. The second half of the gag is that he's almost always completely oblivious to what he's done.
** After saving the day, Drebin being mistaken for a celebrity. In the first, Enrico Palazzo. In the third, Phil Donahue.
* SecondLove: A throwaway line in the first film indicates that Jane is this to Frank, and a flashback in the third film confirms it.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Frank Drebin tries to live this trope from time to time, sadly with more realistic consequences than most BigDamnHeroes.
* StatusQuoIsGod: played straight in ''2 1/2'' (Frank's promotion to Captain ''and'' proposal to Jane didn't stick) but averted in ''33 1/3'' (not only are they married, but he's left the force).
* TakeThat: Constantly. ("It'll be more embarrassing to the US than Tonya Harding.")

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* AccidentalPervert: Drebin escapes a [[NiceJobBreakingItHero burning room]] through the window, climbing along a row of anatomically-correct male and female statues. Between two statues is an open window, and a woman in her underwear just ''[[RuleOfFunny happens]]'' to be standing there. Drebin accidentally... well, [[ThanksForTheMammary guess]]. He then falls off the building, just saving himself by grabbing a statue's stone GagPenis. In trying to save himself he manages to [[CrossesTheLineTwice break the penis off the statue and fall into the woman's room through the window, brandishing it at her while loudly groaning from exhaustion]]. He's later before a very angry mayor who reads off the charges against him, which includes "sexual assault with a concrete dildo."
* AcousticLicense: An aversion is played for laughs when a hitman tries to deliver a "message" to Drebin from the BigBad by cursing and opening fire on him. Drebin's response:
-->''"Sorry, I can't hear you! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Don't fire the gun while you're talking!]]"''
* AcquittedTooLate: Frank finds a plastic box while cleaning his files.
-->'''Frank Drebin:''' Hey! The missing evidence in the Kellner case! My god! He really was innocent!\\
'''Captain Ed Hocken:''' He went to the chair two years ago, Frank.\\
[box goes back to the drawer].
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Drebin beats the tar out of America's enemies in the first movie's cold open.
* AndAnotherThing: Frank to Jane:
--> '''Frank''': Oh by the way, I faked every orgasm.
* BalconyEscape: Frank Drebin does this. He needs to grab hold of the carvings of naked men and women to maintain his balance. HilarityEnsues.
* BearTrapBed: Nordberg's bed. He also manages to step in an actual BearTrap as well.
* BloodKnight: Drebin.
--> '''Frank''': Yes. [[Film/DirtyHarry Well, when I see five weirdos dressed in togas stabbing a guy in the middle of the park in full view of 100 people, I shoot the bastards]]. That's ''my'' policy.
--> '''Mayor''': That was a Shakespeare in the Park production of ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', you moron! You killed five actors! ''Good'' ones!
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The infamous "Nice beaver!" quote was dubbed with the less funny "Nice one!" in TV airings. Which ruins the gag.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The villain's various victims.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Or in Frank's case, burglary, arson, and sexual assault with a concrete dildo. Though the last one was NotWhatItLooksLike, so it falls somewhere between this trope and ArsonMurderAndJaywalking.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Or in Frank's case, walking around it. As when he first goes to the lab the doctor and the captain walks through the door where he walks around it.
* ButtMonkey: Enrico Palazzo is BoundAndGagged and impersonated by Frank, and then the TV captions display his name during Drevin's horrible interpretation of the national anthem, adding insult to injury.
* TheCameo: [[spoiler: Reggie Jackson]] is the one brainwashed into trying to assassinate the Queen.
* ChekhovsGun: The cuff links.
* ComedicSociopathy: During the romance montage, Frank and Jane come laughing out of a movie only for it to turn out to be ''Film/{{Platoon}}''.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Drebin meets a {{Mook|s}} standing at a distance:
-->'''Mook''': Drebin!\\
'''Frank''': Yeah, I'm Drebin!\\
'''Mook''': I have a message for ya from Vincent Ludwig! [firing gun] Take that, you lousy cop!\\
'''Frank''': I'm sorry, I can't hear you! Don't fire the gun while you're talking!
* CosmopolitanCouncil: In the beginning of the movie. It includes Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran, Ugandan President Idi Amin, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, Col. Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, among others. As of Christmas Eve 2017, all of these people are dead except Gorbachev. That's right, it took 19 years for the opening sequence of ''The Naked Gun'' to be completely outdated.
* CrazyPrepared: When Frank and Jane meet, they use condoms during their first bedroom encounter to guarantee "safe sex." Not too strange in itself, until you see that the condoms ''cover their entire bodies''.
* CrushParade: At the end, Vincent Ludwig falls off the upper deck of a baseball stadium to the parking lot below where he gets hit by a bus, flattened by a steam-roller, and then trampled by a marching band playing "Louie Louie."
-->'''Ed:''' Oh, Frank! It's horrible. It's so horrible!\\
'''Frank:''' ''(comforting Ed)'' I know...\\
'''Ed:''' My father went the same way...
* DisasterDominoes: Both Nordberg in the beginning and later Drebin.
* DrivingTestSmashers: In the first movie, Frank does a FollowThatCar... on a driving school car.
-->'''Driving instructor''': All right, Stephanie, gently extend your arm. [[FlippingTheBird Extend your middle finger.]] Very good. Well done.
* EmptyFridgeEmptyLife: Inside Frank's fridge is nothing but [[WayPastTheExpirationDate spoiled milk, expired mustard and a Chinese takeout box]].
-->'''Jane:''' ''(reads the takeout box)'' Wong Wu's reopened? I thought they went out of business three years ago.\\
'''Frank:''' Gee, has it been that long? l don't feel like Chinese tonight anyway. ''(sniffs inside the box and briefly passes out)''
* EveryCarIsAPinto: A car-chase ends with the pursued [[BrainwashedAndCrazy villain]] crashing his car into the side of a tanker truck. Explosion #1. Then, straddling the flaming remains of his vehicle, he runs into an army missile being towed on a trailer. Explosion #2. Now riding the missile, he plows in through the front door of a fireworks factory. EXPLOSION NUMBER THREE, as Frank Drebin unsuccessfully attempts to shoo away gawking spectators: [[NothingToSeeHere "Move along! There's nothing to see here!"]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Creatively named locations such as "The Hospital" and "The Police Station" are prominently signed as such. WordOfGod is that the hospital was supposed to be called "Our Lady Who Never Got The Pickle" but Creator/RicardoMontalban, a devout Catholic, requested the change. The hospital is name dropped as "Our Lady of the Worthless Miracle."
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Her "Mayor"]]: Mayor Barkley ([[Series/LouGrant Nancy]] [[Series/TheSopranos Marchand]]) is never referred to by name, her surname only appearing in the ending credits. Ironically, her {{Expy}} in the sequel, Comissioner Annabell Brumford, is introduced by her full name early on.
* TheFaceless: Al from the first movie, a carry-over character from ''Series/PoliceSquad''.
* FallingInLoveMontage: Parodied. (Among other things, the montage appears to contain at least a week's worth of activities, but occurs right after Drebin is told he has 24 hours to clear Nordberg and save the Queen.)
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: At the airport, when Frank addresses the crowd of reporters he's mistaken to be for him, a suitcase is seen being chucked from his plane, missing the baggage cart below and joining several others already on the ground.
* GenreBlindness: The Mayor berates Frank as if they are living in a perfectly normal universe like ours - oblivious to the fact that it's LikeRealityUnlessNoted.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Drebin has apparently killed at least a thousand drug dealers, any number of fleeing suspects, and an entire Shakespeare In The Park production of ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar''. Throw in his reckless incompetence and inability to drive or park, and he's probably as big a menace as any of the villains.
* HesGotAWeapon: Thanks for [[CaptainObvious that update]], Jane.
* HiddenDepths: The Queen of England throws a mean curve ball.
* HistoryMarchesOn: Mikhail Gorbachev is among America's enemies. Yet his role in causing TheGreatPoliticsMessUp soon gave him a HistoricalHeroUpgrade.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Frank Drebin. Made worse by the fact that he was impersonating a famous opera singer, Enrico Palazzo, while the said singer was tied up and forced to watch.
* HumiliationConga: Only in the ''Naked Gun'' series can you have the villain fall off a stadium ledge, be hit by a bus, flattened by a steam-roller and ''then'' have a marching band playing "Louie Louie" [[RasputinianDeath trample over him.]]
* IKnewIt: InUniverse, what Frank says after he puts Mikhail Gorbachev in a headlock and rubs off his famous "wine stain" birthmark.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler:Frank to Jane near the end, when she's hypnotized into trying to kill him]].
* InnocentInnuendo: The first meeting with Frank's future love interest Jane, including one right after she [[SkirtsAndLadders climbs up a ladder]]. Later innuendo gets a lot less innocent.
-->'''Drebin:''' Say, ''nice'' beaver.\\
'''Jane:''' Thanks, I just had it stuffed.\\
''(hands down a literal stuffed and mounted beaver)''
* IsThisThingStillOn: Frank's microphone stays on as he goes to the bathroom after a press conference. HilarityEnsues.
* ItCameFromTheFridge: Frank makes the mistake of sniffing an example of this.
* JunglesSoundLikeKookaburras: Frank hears a Kookaburra shouting when he gets lost in the hills of Los Angeles.
* LastNameBasis: Even Nordberg's wife doesn't seem to know his first name.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: Burglary, arson, and sexual assault with a concrete dildo.
* LaughOfLove: PlayedForLaughs with Frank and Jane, who are smiling and laughing in every part of their FallingInLoveMontage, like when they're at the movies together (the movie in question being ''Film/{{Platoon}}'').
* LiteralMinded: Frank is searching Ludwig's office for clues, opens a drawer and shouts "Bingo!"... Has he found a smoking gun? No, he's found a literal bingo card.
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords
-->''"The problems of two little people don't amount to a hill of beans, but this is our hill and these are our beans."''
* MistakenForGay: When trying to gain access to the baseball field, Drebin knocks out one of the umpires so he can steal his outfit. He throws the unconscious umpire on a table and undoes both their pants, when a cleaning guy happens to walk in. He just shrugs it off with "sorry, fellas," and continues his rounds.
* MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere: In front of an exploding fireworks factory.
* MultipleGunshotDeath: Subverted for laughs in the opening of the first film. All the gangsters on the boat unload their guns on Nordberg, but not only does he fail to die from it, he subsequently [[ButtMonkey suffers a torrent of abuse]] so prolonged that even the gangsters look a bit stunned at it.
* NebulousEvilOrganisation: Drebin beats up the world's most evil men. Also, whoever Papshmear is working for.
* NervesOfSteel: John Houseman's driving instructor.
* NotWhatItLooksLike:
** Frank is swapping clothes with the knocked out umpire. The janitor walks in and assumes something sexual (understandably so, since the umpire's ass is propped up on the table) and says, "Whoops. Sorry, fellas." and backs out.
** The "sexual assault with a concrete dildo" incident.
* OffhandBackhand: While beating up Ayatollah Khomeini.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Nordberg is shot up in the beginning, but luckily "The bullets missed every major organ". He spends the movie recovering and is just fine in the next movie. Most of the damage that he receives is unwittingly caused by himself or Frank.
* OnlySaneMan: The Mayor, who plays the StraightMan when speaking to Frank.
* PerformerGuise Drebin disguises himself as opera singer Enrico Palazzo.
* PoliceCodeForEverything: A deleted scene (which is seen in most TV airings) involves Frank informing the front desk of the hospital that they've got a 411 in progress. The woman replies, "411? Oh my God, ''fire''!" Frank corrects her: "No no, 1411." She replies, "My God, a poison gas leak!" Frank tries again, "No no, a 1414." [[RuleOfThree The woman screams and jumps out the window.]]
* ThePrecariousLedge: Drebin escapes a burning room from a window onto a ledge filled with anatomically correct male and female statues. HilarityEnsues.
* RansackedRoom: Frank wreaks havoc when he ''sneaks'' into Ludwig's office.
* RasputinianDeath: Hapsburg, as listed on HumiliationConga. And apparently Capt. Hocken's father also died like this!
* RedHerring: The Swiss Army Shoe never gets used.
* {{Sexophone}}: When we first meet Jane.
* SexyShirtSwitch: Played for laughs.
* ShoutOut:
** The scene revealing the induced hypnosis is almost identical to a similar scene from the Creator/CharlesBronson classic ''Film/{{Telefon}}'': Same setup, dialog, camera angles, you name it.
** "I shoot the bastards. That's *my* policy." is a parody of a similar scene of ''Film/DirtyHarry'' about CowboyCop antics.
** Jane's introduction at the top of the staircase is from ''Film/FarewellMyLovely''.
** Frank describing the creation of the universe when he's asked to "start at the begining" is a nod to ZAZ's earlier masterpiece, ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', which has a similar scene after Jonny is asked for a summary of what's happened so far.
** Olson shows Drebin some [[Film/JamesBond familiar]] gadgets including [[Film/FromRussiaWithLove a knife shoe]] and [[Film/{{Moonraker}} tranquilizing cuff-links]].
** Speaking of Film/JamesBond, the opening sequence is meant as a reference to the nefarious organization SPECTRE.
* SickbedSlaying: A VorpalPillow against Nordberg is thwarted by Frank, but not without inflicting some damage to the target.
* SlipIntoSomethingMoreComfortable: Parodied. After Frank Drebin arrives home late at night, he finds Jane (then working for Ludwig) [[SexyShirtSwitch wearing one of Drebin's shirts]]. After some suggestive dialog, Frank, who is wearing a collared shirt, slacks, and a tie, says that he will go slip into something more comfortable. He emerges wearing a suit. Then he slips out of it completely by just pulling the collar.
* StealthPun: In the bathroom scene, Frank hums "Deep River" as he urinates.
* TranquillizerDart: Frank Drebin's cufflink tranquilizer darts. However, they're not ''quite'' instant enough, since the bad guy staggers around long enough to fall over a railing to a CruelAndUnusualDeath.
* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: Goes further than usual with flips and cartwheels while Drebin is searching his house.
* VandalismBackfire: Frank melts down and start sweeping things off a desk and scratching it up with a paperweight, while Al keeps trying to get his attention. When he finally does, he calmly explains that it's ''his'' desk Frank is destroying.
* VerbalBackspace: Done by all the other baseball umpires who are arguing against Drebin's (flagrantly incorrect) call, when he draws his gun.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** The Queen seems to be entirely forgotten about after the assassin is foiled. Technically she doesn't ''need'' to appear since she's out of danger but it's strange that we don't see her reaction to Frank talking down a hypnotized Jane despite multiple reaction shots from the other people in the stadium.
** To say nothing of the fact that Nordberg was never actually cleared of the crime he was accused of.
* WhoAreYou: At the beginning, after beating up the various Arab leaders, Idi Amin and UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev:
-->"I'm Lieutenant Frank Drebin, Police Squad! And don't ever let me catch you guys in America. ''(Drebin then falls out the window)''
* WillTalkForAPrice: Parodied. Frank Drebin questions the dock manager during his investigation of the attempted murder on Nordberg. The guy's memory is foggy, so Frank gives him a twenty. When the guy subsequently asks Frank an innocuous question, he gives Frank his twenty back to persuade him to answer, gives him another twenty for another question, and has to borrow an additional twenty from Frank because he's out of money.
* YouJustRuinedTheShot: Frank Drebin defends his CowboyCop behavior by mentioning the time he saw a bunch of men stabbing someone to death in the park and he shot them. The mayor says that it was a stage-in-the-park production of ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', and Frank shot five actors--[[SelfDeprecation good ones]]!

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* AccidentalHero: Frank has a habit of pulling this, especially in the second film: He responds to his award for "One Thousandth Drug Dealer Killed" by remarking that he accidentally ran over the last two with his car. In a later scene, he unknowingly saves his colleagues from a crazed gunman.
* AlmostDeadGuy: Two of them, no less. The second guy asks [[HisNameIs where the first one left off]]. [[ParodiedTrope "All right, who else is almost dead?"]]
* AmbiguousSyntax: Subverted:
--> '''Dr. Meinheimer''': You're thinking about ''him'' again, aren't you? What was his name? "Frank"?
--> '''Jane''': Yes.
--> '''Dr. Meinheimer''': You just can't forget about him, can you?
--> '''Jane''': Who?
--> '''Dr. Meinheimer''': ...''Frank''.
* BaitAndSwitch: Lampshaded; Frank asks the bartender to give him the strongest thing he's got, to which a muscle-heavy man walks up. Frank says, "On second thought, how about a Black Russian." The bartender looks at the camera and shakes his head, indicating that he's not going to perform the obvious punchline.
* {{BFG}}: Nordberg's cannon.
* BiggerOnTheInside: Jane's fridge is deep enough to fit her whole on a single shelf while laying face down, and ample enough for her to turn and knock on the door when it closes behind her.
* BigStupidDoodooHead: Frank:
--> '''Frank''': Oh it's all right, I'm sure that we can handle this situation maturely, just like the responsible adults that we are. (to Quentin) Isn't that right, Mr. Poopy Pants?
* BrickJoke: The zoo animals.
* ButtMonkey: Dr. Meinheimer and Barbara Bush.
* TheCameo: Zsa Zsa Gabor slaps the police siren during the opening credits.
* CaptainObvious: Frank sometimes falls into this, sometimes overlapping with MathematiciansAnswer:
--> '''Frank''': I told Jane to meet us at the hotel's rear entrance.
--> '''Ed''': Where's that, Frank?
--> '''Frank''': In the back.
* ChalkOutline: After the failed assassination attempt on Dr. Meinheimer, the bombing victims are given chalk outlines all over the room, including on the lift door.
* ComicallyCrossEyed: The first AlmostDeadGuy, because Frank stepped on his groin.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
-->[Frank reads a business card]\\
'''Frank''': That's the red-light district. I wonder why Savage is hanging around down there.\\
'''Ed''': Sex, Frank?\\
'''Frank''': (beat) Uh... no, not right now, Ed.
* CrazyPrepared: Nordberg begins to add accessories to his handgun during a shootout; the next scene shows him pulling parts out of nowhere as he puts together a gun mount; by the time Drebin calls out to him for cover, he has already put together a full-fledged cannon and proceeds to shoot down a massive chunk of wall, disabling every one of Hapsburg's cronies.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Ticked off when he sees Jane and Hapsburg together, Frank starts slinging juvenile insults.
* CrowdPanic: Happens at the end, when everyone learns about the bomb.
* DirtForceField: Parodied. Frank falls through a roof window of the building where the villains are. He gets up, all dusty and dirty, and begins to wipe his hair. In the next cut, Frank is completely clean.
* DramaticUnmask: Drebin attempts this with the impersonator, not knowing that the real Dr. Meinheimer had been freed and taken his place while the impersonator had been arrested. Made worse when the means of unmasking involved pulling down the poor doctor's pants because of a [[DistinguishingMark Distinguishing Birthmark]] on his backside. When discovering it ''is'' there, he assumes it's a fake and tries to remove it with a buffing machine in front of the entire award banquet audience.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:The villain (played by Robert Goulet) survives falling out of a window. When he gets up, [[KarmaHoudini it seems like Goulet is going to escape]]. Just then, a lion appears out of nowhere and kills him on the spot. It is however incredibly funny and a great BrickJoke since earlier in the film Drebin released a bunch of animals from the zoo.]]
* EscapedAnimalRampage: Frank accidentally causes a break out at the zoo, and animals are seen running around in the background of some scenes. In the end, the Big Bad is dispatched by an escaped lion.
* ExitPursuedByABear: Robert Goulet's character manages to escape, only to be pounced on [[BrickJoke by a lion]].
* ExpositionParty: The dinner scene at the White House in the beginning, which establishes that representatives from the coal, oil, and nuclear companies are leery about a renewable energy plan that could jeopardize their profits.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: There's a series of framed pictures in the background of the bar Frank's in, all of which are various disasters (the ''Hindenburg'', the sinking of the ''Titanic'', and....[[TakeThat Michael Dukakis]][[note]]Dukakis was the former governor of Massachusetts, who had recently lost the 1988 election to George HW Bush by one of the biggest margins ever, only carrying 9 states total[[/note]]). Also included: the Hubble Space Telescope, which [[DatedHistory isn't that much of a disaster anymore]].
** Later, Dr. Mainheimer's double got flung out of the window (see Shout-Out) as some ladies are talking in the foreground.
* FunWithAcronyms: The acronyms of the coal, oil, and nuclear companies.
--> '''Chief of Staff''': Thank you. Mr. President, tonight I am extremely proud to welcome our distinguished guests from the nation's energy suppliers. From the coal industry, chairman of the Society for More Coal Energy, or "SMOCE", Mr. Terence Baggett. Representing the oil industry, head of the Society of Petroleum Industry Leaders, better known as "SPIL", Mr. Donald Fenswick...\\
'''Fenswick''': Thank you, thank you very much.\\
'''Chief of Staff''': And from the nuclear industry, president of the Key Atomic Benefits Office of Mankind - "KABOOM", Mr. Arthur Dunwell.
* GPSEvidence:
** Parodied when the scientist involved outlines his plan to do an exhaustive study and analysis of the city's soil sample from a footprint found at the crime scene. When the police tell him that they don't have time for him to run his tests, the scientist helpfully suggests getting the criminal's address from the driver's license in his wallet, also found at the crime scene.
** And again when Ted the lab guy tries to analyze the wood fiber in a message from their suspect and determines that it came from a specific tree found only in one region and used as raw material in only one paper mill. The trail unfortunately went cold from there, so it's a good thing the message had their suspect's address on the letterhead, eh?
* GroinAttack:
** Nordberg winds up under a bus that just happens to keep running over road cones, signs, random cactuses...
** As Frank pushes Dr. Meinheimer's double's electric wheelchair, he accidentally bumps into a waiter serving hot coffee, which spilled on the double's crotch (and on his wheelchair).
* HiddenWire: Frank infiltrates Hapsburg's hideout while wearing one of these. As expected, Frank's not very subtle about saying the codeword into the vest mic to signal the rest of the team to infiltrate the lair.
--> '''Mook''': What's that smell?!\\
'''Frank''': Oh, that would be me. I've been swimming in raw sewage. I love it. ({{Beat}}) ''I love it''. (later...) ''I LOVE IT!!!''
* IKEAWeaponry: Nordberg pulls out a Desert Eagle and starts adding more and more pieces onto it until he has a mounted cannon complete with army helmet.
* ImprobableWeaponUser:
** When the hitman who came to kill Jane fights with Frank, they use a whole series of these, including a hair dryer and a towel thrown in Frank's face (a CallBack to the VorpalPillow?), and culminating with a firehose that Drebin accidentally breaks while it's shoved in the hit man's mouth, leading to an off-screen [[YourHeadAsplode Your Body Asplode]]. CrossesTheLineTwice!
** Not mentioning that before the fight, the mook fits a revolver... with a silencer (not entirely impossible, but tremendously impractical).
** Nordberg's accessorized gun-to-cannon upgrade.
* IntimateMarks: Dr. Meinheimer is identified by a birthmark on his buttcheek. When a criminal disguises himself as the scientist, Frank yanks down the man's pants to expose him... only he grabbed the scientist and not the criminal.
* IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney: The phrase is used by Jane, but that's not what Frank Drebin was looking for.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: "The president of the United States!" No it's not.
* LiteralMinded: When the big bad is described as having "a moustache, about six-foot-three", Frank retorts with "awfully big moustache."
* MistakenForGay: Frank is dwelling in a bar with Hocken when they receive a couple of heavily decorated drinks from Jane, who beckons Frank to come closer. Absentmindedly, Frank sits and declares "This is not easy to say. I'm lonely. I'm lost. I need someone to hold," not realizing that he sat in a table next to Jane's, getting a sneer from the butchy guy sitting on the table.
* MistakenForPedophile: "I haven't had this much sex since I was a Boy Scout leader!"
* NegativeContinuity: Played for laughs, of course. Frank crashes through the villain's window and is shown appropriately dirty and battered. But in the very next shot, he stands up and is completely clean.
* NoodleIncident: After surviving an assassination attempt:
-->'''Jane:''' Oh Frank! Who would want to kill you?\\
'''Frank:''' Before tonight? Only the cable company...
** Also this:
-->'''Frank:''' Oh congratulations, I understand that Edna's pregnant again.\\
'''Hocken:''' Yes, and if I catch the guy who did it--
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: A very subtle one. Quentin Hapsburg is playing Solitaire at a gala and begins to get fed up with the cards he's being dealt; he gives up and picks up the pile to look for the cards he needs. He doesn't even have the respect for the rules or the patience for a game where he has no opponents and there's nothing at stake. Also, HiddenDepths, considering how buffoonish the environment of the movies plays out.
* NotHelpingYourCase: All three major energy industries (coal, oil, and nuclear) produce commercials that defend their energy brand. However, all are filled with ironic imagery that, if it weren't played for comedy, wouldn't convince people that their energy policy is the way to go. (for example, the nuclear ad features a mutated, two-tailed dog). Add in that the acronyms for the industry organizations for coal, oil, and nuclear are SMOKE, SPIL, and KABOOM
* ObfuscatingDisability: Dr. Meinheimer's double.
* OedipusComplex: Played for laughs as Frank's internal monologue describes Jane as an alluring goddess when he meets her, only to end with noting that she reminds him of his mother. Then when the captain sees Frank's face he tells him [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike to wipe that look off his face as it looks like he just saw his mother.]]
* PoliceBrutality: Hilariously averted when Ed tries to beat up a goon whom he thought beat up Prof. Meinheimer.
* PoliticallyCorrectVillain: When holed up in a building, Hector Savage demands a car, a plane ticket to Jamaica, and "A nice hotel! Nothing touristy! Something really indicative of the people and their culture!"
* PrecisionFStrike: Zsa Zsa Gabor's cameo during the opening credits.
--> "This happens ''every'' fucking time I go shopping."
* SayYourPrayers: A punk points a gun at multiple police officers and says this. Luckily, he's knocked out by Frank opening the door and knocking the punk unconscious in the process. Amusingly, Frank doesn't even realize he thwarted a crime when thanked for it.
* SevenMinuteLull: [[spoiler: "[[ItMakesSenseInContext I haven't had this much sex since I was a Boy Scout leader!]]"]]
* ShaggyDogStory: Dr Meinheimer finally gives his White House speech endorsing clean energy near the end of the movie, the speech the villains went to murderous lengths to prevent...and it [[NapInducingSpeak puts everyone to sleep]] because it is so dry and boring.
* ShoutOut: There is a parody of the sexual pottery scene from ''Film/{{Ghost}}''. ''Ghost'' was directed by Jerry Zucker, who co-created ''Police Squad'' and co-wrote the first film.
** Even better, it shouts out the infamous continuity error--Frank and Jane get completely spattered with clay only to be perfectly clean in the next shot, just like Sam and Molly's hands were.
** A shot of Dr. Mainheimer's double flown out the window with the full moon in the background, a la ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''.
* ShowerScene: See "Toplessness from the Back" below.
* StuntDouble: Parodied; suddenly, Leslie Nielsen can do multiple front flips and perform a complicated dance with Priscilla Presley.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: When Frank was talking to Jane about how out-of-character Dr. Mainheimer was acting.
-->'''Frank:''' Have you noticed anything different about him?\\
'''Jane:''' Well, only that he's a foot taller, and he seems to be left-handed now[=--=] Frank, what are you trying to tell me? That Quentin has somehow found an exact double for Dr. Mainheimer and that tomorrow that double will give a fraudulent report to the president?\\
'''Frank:''' ''({{beat}})'' Why that's brilliant, that's a lot better than what I came up with!
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Lampshaded or subverted depending on how you want to look at it - Frank and Jane are having a heartwarming moment when Ed reminds Frank about the huge bomb that's set to explode any second
* ThatCameOutWrong: Jane walks out on Frank at the restaurant, and Frank replies with:
--> '''Frank''': I'm single! I, I love being single! I haven't had this much sex since I was a Boy Scout leader!\\
[Music and conversation stops; everyone stares]\\
'''Frank''': I mean, at the time, I was dating a lot.
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: Hector Savage is about to shoot Jane in the shower, only for Frank to stop him at the last second. During their struggle, the shower curtain is pushed aside, leading to this shot. They stop fighting just to stare, much to Jane's annoyance.
* UnconventionalSmoothie: Jane's "protein shake" in the second movie.
* YouAreTooLate: Two of the henchmen tell this to Frank as he interrogates them.
* YourCheatingHeart:
--> '''Frank''': Congratulations, Ed; I understand that Edna's pregnant again.\\
'''Ed''': (angrily) Yes, and if I catch the guy who did it...

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* AccidentalPervert: Drebin is at the store squeezing grapefruits to test for ripeness while looking the other way. A woman in a low cut dress walks by, and Drebin [[ThanksForTheMammaries mistakes her breast for a grapefruit and squeezes it]]. He gets slapped. (For added hilarity, it's the same actress he accidentally groped in the first film.)
* AcclaimedFlop: An in-universe example occurs at the Oscars. ''Sawdust And Mildew'' was a BoxOfficeBomb, but got nominated for Best Picture and is mistaken for having won when Frank announces that he's found the bomb.
* AdultFear: The scene where Jane's harassed by the truck driver who keeps insisting, [[NoMeansYes "I know when a woman says "no", she really means "yes"]], then actually grabbing her when she gets fed up and tells him "Yes", angrily demanding, "What do you mean, telling me "no"?, forcing her to defend herself. PlayedForLaughs of course, but it undoubtedly struck a chord with any woman who's ever had to put up with someone hassling them.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: The inmates at the state prison (where Frank has gone undercover) riot in the cafeteria simply because they don't like the food they're being served. As depicted in the film the gag is quite funny, but in fact something like that ''did'' once happen at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco (it was known as "The Spaghetti Riot"). In the movie, this culminates in the prisoners ''making the guards eat the awful food''!
* BabiesEverAfter: Although its reveal is unpleasant to Frank...
* BabyCarriage: The first scene, which includes Nordberg (O.J. Simpson) almost spiking the baby after catching it.
* BlandNameProduct: The keeper of the Oscars' envelops works for [[strike:Price Waterhouse]] Bryce/Porterhouse.
* BrutalHonesty: From the climax:
-->'''Jane:''' I was wrong. Taking you away from Police Squad was a mistake. I know now that's why you couldn't perform decent sex with me.\\
''(Frank looks very confused)''
* TheCameo: Thanks to the abovementioned Oscars, the third movie has a whole pile of these.
* CatapultNightmare: Frank wakes up this way from the DreamIntro.
* CelebrityParadox: Anna Nicole Smith also appears on a ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' cover in the third movie... which lampshades this at the same time by [[spoiler:giving Anna's character a GagPenis. [[FridgeBrilliance Think about it for a second]]]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: During the Academy Awards sequence, when Frank and Jane are looking for a bomb hidden inside the winner envelopes and one of the presenters says, "This is going to be dynamite."
--> '''Jane''': Are you thinking what I'm thinking?\\
'''Frank''': Yes! Florence Henderson's gonna win it! It's about time!
* ComicBookTime: There's a bit of it early on when the characters remember having seen Tanya Peters in a dance club sometime during the disco era of the late '70s (lets say, 1978). Since Leslie Nielsen and George Kennedy were already middle-aged in '78, seeing them looking more or less the same (except for the SeventiesHair, of course) in the disco setting isn't too much of a stretch. But when we see Tanya herself, she's blatantly the same age as in the present day (about her mid-20s); if she had aged along with everyone else, she'd be at least 40 years old throughout most of the movie, which she is not. (Interestingly, Tanya's portrayer, Anna Nicole Smith, was not even a teenager when the disco era ''ended''.)
* CommonplaceRare: Used as a joke. In reality, the "rare" [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_canariensis Canary Island Pine]] is actually one of the most common trees in the world.
* ContinuityNod:
** The car Frank and Jane drive in the flashback to their wedding is the same solar-powered car that Hapsburg shows to his co-conspirators in the previous film. This scene was meant to be the previous film's ending, hence [[RunningGag Nordberg getting dragged with it]].
** The flashback also features Frank's previous love mentioned in the beginning of the first film.
** A deleted scene (which aired in the TV broadcast) showed Frank walking past a cell in the state prison containing a lion. This could be the same lion that [[spoiler: mauled Hapsburg to death at the end of the second film; given the "logic" of this series, it's conceivable that the lion would've been charged with homicide]].
* CutHimselfShaving: Jane removes Frank's shirt to discover whip marks on his back.
--> '''Jane''': Frank! What's ''this''?!\\
'''Frank''': I... fell. On a rake.\\
'''Jane''': You're lying! Now I know why Ed's been calling every half hour; you've been back on the case, haven't you?\\
'''Frank''': No, I swear, [[DiggingYourselfDeeper it's another woman]]!\\
'''Jane''': In your wildest dreams!
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Frank at the fertility clinic.
* DeadMansTriggerFinger: Performed by one of the mafia goons in the ''Untouchables'' parody opening sequence.
* DeathByLookingUp: Rocko's mother gets hit with a falling APPLAUSE sign. [[NegativeContinuity Which changes to STANDING OVATION as she's struggling]], and makes the crowd indeed applaud.
* DistinctionWithoutADifference:
--> '''Frank''': Cheer up, Ed, this is not goodbye; it's just I won't ever see you again.
* {{Dominatrix}}: Frank Drebin has an encounter with one after he mistakes a sperm bank for a regular doctor's office and asks for "help."
-->'''PA System:''' Dr. Rosenblat, foreplay in room 7 please, Dr. Rosenblat.\\
'''Dr. Rosenblat:''' ''*cracks whip*''
* DreamIntro: Turns out the opening shootout was just a nightmare Frank was having.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Rocko Dillon.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Tanya who is a prostitute walks into a room of the Dillon's house [[EvilIsSexy wearing a bathing suit to flash her body to everyone there with]], Mrs. Dillon tells her "That's no way to walk around. Put some clothes on. [[BreadEggsMilkSquick And what are you doing in my bathing suit?]]"
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Sent up when a flashback to the characters in TheSeventies, and they all have longer hair (but don't look otherwise any younger), culminating in OJ Simpson's character, whose FunnyAfro is so big that it gets stuck in the door. A character then says in the present "That's right! You were one of the first test subjects for Minoxidil!"
* FacePalm: Happens when Frank attempts to get the gun from Rocko while holding on the bomb in the envelope only for them to switch places causing everyone including the audience to facepalm.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: When Frank is re-introduced to Tanya, the camera pans up her long legs... and goes past ''two'' sets of knees.
* FiveBadBand (in the third movie):
** BigBad: Papshmir
** TheDragon: Rocko Dillon
** TheBrute: Tyrone (though only in the prison scenes)
** EvilGenius: Ma Dillon
** DarkChick: Tanya Peters
** SixthRangerTraitor: "Slasher" [=McGurk=]
* FunnyAfro: '70s Nordberg had one so big, he couldn't get past the disco's door with it.
-->'''Ed:''' I ''do'' remember! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint You were one of the first test cases for Minoxidil, weren't you?]]\\
'''Nordberg:''' [[FlatWhat Wha?]]
* FunnyAnsweringMachine: Frank and Jane's answering machine ends with:
-->'''Frank:''' Which button do I press?\\
'''Jane:''' No, not that one!
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** Nordberg celebrating with a baby in his hand in the background when Frank shoots the postal workers in the opening scene.
** One part had a Funny ''Foreground'' Event.
-->''(Frank walks back into the police office)''\\
'''First Cop on Phone''': Now calm down, ma'am. How many dead bodies did you say you found in your swimming pool?\\
'''Second Cop on Phone''': Don't worry, sir. In this state, killing a gang member is an $18 fine. Just mail it in.
* GoingPostal: Parodied. While Frank is dealing with a number of threats (itself a parody of ''Film/TheUntouchables''), a man screams "Oh my god, look! It's disgruntled postal workers!" and he sees a number of mailmen firing assault rifles.[[note]]"Disgruntled" was the media's preferred euphemism for going postal at the time.[[/note]]
* GroinAttack: The scientist introduces a rather horrifying anti-carjacking device. It places a metal clamp on the carjacker's groin and detaches, leaving it there while the victim drives off. "We call it the Boston jock-strap."
* HospitalHottie: Tanya goes undercover as one.
* IAteWhat: [[PoliceAreUseless Frank]] goes to the crime lab where [[TheLabRat Ted]] has been examining the explosive used in the bombing their investigating. Frank [[SniffSniffNom dips his finger in the petri dish on Ted's desk, tastes it, and begins to deduce what it tastes like,]] when Ted informs him that the petri dish contains Fertilizer, evidence relating to a completely separate case. Frank makes a "yuck" face and while Ted continues his monologue, Frank grabs a random beaker full of [[GenreSavvy yellow]] liquid off his desk to wash the taste out of his mouth with. In a double-whammy of this trope, Ted then takes the beaker off Frank's hands saying, "Let me take that urine specimen from you, Frank.", leading to the mandatory SpitTake.
* IgnoreTheFanservice: Tanya's failed attempts to distract a guard. She ultimately pulls it off with [[WeaksauceWeakness bubble wrap]].
* InnocentInnuendo: A good example is [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110622/quotes?qt0217125 when Frank goes to a sperm bank thinking it's a regular hospital.]]
* InsaneTrollLogic: Drebin and Rocko's argument over who should have the gun and who should have the bomb. The audience actually does a collective FaceFault.
* {{Irony}}: In the climax, Jane tells the women in the audience to hold onto their mates, because "good men don't just fall out of the sky". Cue Frank doing just that and incapacitating Rocco.
* JailBake: Lampshaded.
* JugglingLoadedGuns:
-->'''Rocko Dillon:''' ''([[FiringInTheAirALot firing a gun over the heads of the audience]])'' Freeze, and nobody gets hurt!\\
''(a grip falls from the rafters into the orchestra)''\\
'''Rocko Dillon:''' Well... from now on!
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Tanya Peters]] never gets punished (at least not onscreen) for being affiliated with Rocko Dillon's terrorist gang, which is particularly odd since [[spoiler:in the end she is the last surviving member of the gang]]. Sure, we know that [[spoiler:[[HighHeelFaceTurn she switched sides to the good guys]] by telling Frank where the bomb had been hidden, but that shouldn't absolve her from punishment for having knowingly collaborated with killers]].
* LameComeback: Jane is so mad with Frank she calls him a "[[ShapedLikeItself white Anglo male]]!" Jane's subplot is a massive spoof of feminist tropes (and one big ShoutOut to ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise''), so such insult is only to be expected.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Tanya has a sultry one.
* LethalKlutz: Drebin has accidentally killed his fiancee, a fact he remains unaware of.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Subverted; Frank and Jane ''are'' a married couple, but Rocco and co. aren't aware of it.
--> '''Tanya''': Hey, look at this. She's married. What if her husband comes looking for her?\\
'''Frank''': He probably will. He must be a great guy.\\
'''Jane''': He breaks promises.\\
'''Frank''': Well, look at you traipsing all over the countryside just to spite a big, wonderful guy.\\
'''Jane''': He left me.\\
'''Frank''': More like you left ''him''.\\
'''Jane''': You should talk.\\
'''Frank''': Well, listen to you.\\
'''Jane''': Listen to you.\\
'''Frank''': Listen to you.\\
'''Jane''': LISTEN TO YOU!\\
'''Frank''': LISTEN TO YOU!\\
'''Rocco''': Jeez, you two knock it off! You'd think you were married or something.
* LIsForDyslexia: In the first scene, Frank Drebin is reading a newpaper with the headline: "Dyslexia For Cure Found".
* LiteralMinded: When asked by Frank to "start at the beginning," the scientist in the forensics lab starts to describe the creation of the universe.
* MistakenForGay: Drebin goes to the Sperm Bank he mistakes for a regular doctor's office and describes an injury he sustained in the back yard with his uncle. He thinks he's talking about his arm describing a football injury. They... don't.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: At the beginning, Frank has a nightmare (which at first is presented as if it's really happening) in which he's at a train station and finds himself trying to stop a Mafia shootout. Things quickly become even more complicated when President UsefulNotes/BillClinton and Pope John Paul II wander into the crossfire....and then a gang of [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece deranged postal workers]] show up....
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Although some species went extinct during principal photography, but those are fictional species such as Northern Horned Barn Owl (15 died in a sounstage fire), Red-Striped Heinied Tapir (2 died when a grip truck ran over them) and Woolly Fettered Squirrel (100 killed and served as lunch for the crew).
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: "Best Actor in a Columbus movie?"
* PrisonRape: Played for laughs ''and'' averted.
* PrisonRiot: Frank starts one to divert guards' attention from Rocko's escape plan. For completely silly reasons:
-->'''Frank Drebin:''' Hey! You call this slop? Real slop has got chunks of things in it! This is more like gruel! And this Château le Blanc '68 is supposed to be served slightly chilled! This is room temperature! What do you think we are? Animals?
* RaceLift: Played for laughs when Tyrone (an ostensibly black prisoner stereotype) points out that prison can change a man, because he used to be white... and played drums for TheOsmonds.
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: Done when Frank is on stage with Raquel Welch. Amusingly, he not only reads the stage directions, but also ''Raquel's lines as well as his own''.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: When Jane catches Tanya kissing Frank:
--> '''Jane''': How could you!
--> '''Tanya''': Well, you just shove your tongue as far down his throat as you can.
* SarcasmBlind:
--> '''Frank''': Sergeant Frank Drebin, Detective Lieutenant, Police Squad.
--> '''Guard''': [[AndImTheQueenOfSheba Yeah, and I'm Robert De Niro.]]
--> '''Frank''': Mr. De Niro, we've got to get inside!
* ShesGotLegs: Parodied--Tanya's introduction has the camera scrolling upwards for about 6 solid feet of leg, with two sets of knees.
* ShoutOut:
** The AutomobileOpening shows the car driving through [[StarWars Death Star]] and Film/{{Jurassic Park}}.
** After experiencing marital problems, Jane goes with a girlfriend on a ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise''-style road trip. The friend is even named "Louise" and dresses just like Susan Sarandon did in that movie.
** The film begins with a [[TheTeaser Cold Open]] that sends up ''Film/TheUntouchables'' (and, by extension, ''Film/TheBattleshipPotemkin'') (see BabyCarriage above)
** The Dillon gang go to a bunker to test their atomic weapon. After the detonation, the explosion blows their hair straight up, making them look like the main characters from ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', which Rocko himself further alludes to by muttering: "Huh-huh-huh, huh-huh-huh, cool..."
* SickeninglySweethearts: Frank and Jane reconcile while at the therapist's office:
--> '''Jane''': Oh, honey, it's just that I love you so much.\\
'''Frank''': My little lover sparrow.\\
'''Jane''': My puppy wuppy wuvver.\\
'''Frank''': My little love biscuit.\\
'''Jane''': My little snookie wookums.\\
'''Frank''': My little lady cheesy puffy.\\
'''Therapist''': Mr. and Mrs. Drebin, please, [[TastesLikeDiabetes I'm a diabetic]]. I really think you two ought to go now.
* SlapOnTheWristNuke: The bomb that was said to be powerful enough to destroy the Academy Awards [[LaserGuidedKarma only destroys the bad guy's helicopter]].
* StatuesqueStunner: Tanya
* TheUnreveal: Rocko thinks that [[spoiler: the Academy Awards show]] is "a pretty big target", but we have no way of knowing until much later.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: [[spoiler: Tanya's]] silhouette reveal in her final scene.
* UnusualEuphemism: [[GroinAttack "Denver jockstrap"]], anyone?
* VomitDiscretionShot: Frank vomits into a tuba, but it's not shown.
* WesternTerrorists: The Dillon gang. Granted, they ''are'' secretly taking their orders from Arabs, but they're obviously plotting bombings more for the money than for hatred of the United States.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Anna Nicole Smith drops out of the film after Drebin discovers [[spoiler: she has a penis]]. Thus, making her a KarmaHoudini.
* WholePlotReference: Romantic subplot aside, ''33⅓'' is a comedic retelling of ''Film/WhiteHeat''. A police officer infiltrates a prison, befriends a violent criminal who loves his mother, and helps him escape in order to determine the site of his next crime.
* YouAreTooLate: When the police squad arrives at the Academy Award ceremony while Frank is already on the stage, causing mayhem. When they declare they are there to stop a disaster, one of the people behind the stage assumes they are talking about Frank and states "you're too late".