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->''"Now that's some high-quality H20."''
-->--'''Bobby Boucher, after being rejuvenated by his [[TrademarkFavoriteFood trademark favorite beverage]]'''

''The Waterboy'' is a 1998 comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, starring Creator/AdamSandler and [[Series/HappyDays Henry Winkler]].

Sandler plays Bobby Boucher (pronounced "''Boo-SHAY''"), a socially inept (but also intelligent), stuttering waterboy for a college football team. Bobby deals with hidden anger issues due to constant teasing and his [[MyBelovedSmother mother's]] (Creator/KathyBates) excessive sheltering. It is discovered that Bobby's [[DisabilitySuperpower anger issues]] make him an extraordinary football player. This transfers to Coach Klein (Winkler) and the rest of the team.

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!!You can mess with him, but don't mess with his tropes:

* AccidentalAthlete: Guess who?
* AlliterativeName: Bobby Boucher, Vicki Vallencourt (the third of Creator/AdamSandler's "V-name" girlfriends), Coach Klein, Farmer Fran, Guy Grenouille.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Invoked by Mama Boucher while having lunch with Vicki Vallencourt. See also NeverMyFault.
* ApologeticAttacker: When Bobby first displays his ability to tackle, he blasts the SCLSU starting quarterback during a practice play, and later, as an official member of the team, does the same to one of the team's receivers. Both times, he immediately apologizes to the player in question.
-->'''Bobby:''' I didn't mean to hurt ya. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Coach told me to pretend]].
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Bobby tackles his biology professor over the fact that alligators get ornery because of their enlarged medulla oblongata, leading to more aggressive emotions, instead of Mama Boucher's explanation that "they got all them teeth and no toothbrush". They're both wrong, because the medulla oblongata has absolutely nothing to do with emotions, being responsible for breathing and heart rate. The amygdala is responsible for emotions.
* ArtisticLicenseSports:
** After interfering with a live practice play despite not being on the roster, dropkicking an opponent during a game, tackling a professor, and being directly linked to the theft of a guest's vehicle, Bobby would have been banned for life from SCLSU after one game at the most. Also, there is absolutely no way that Vicki would have been allowed to attend the Bourbon Bowl, much less watch the game from the field, after having threatened one of Louisiana University's players with a knife to the throat some days prior.
** After it's discovered that the coach forged Bobby Boucher's high-school transcript to get him on the team, making him an ineligible player, the NCAA allows Bobby to still play in the team's bowl game if he passes a high school equivalency exam. In reality, not only would the NCAA not allow that, the whole team would have been forbidden to play in the game, would have had to forfeit back all its wins on the season and probably would have been banned from future bowl games and lost several scholarships for a few years.
* BaitAndSwitch: In the opening, when he sees Meaney attacking Bobby, Red Beaulieu turns to an assistant coach and says "Didn't I tell you as plain as I could speak to get rid of his ass last year?". But it isn't Meaney he's upset with, it's Bobby, [[KickTheDog telling him "You're fired!"]].
* BaldOfEvil: Greg Meaney has a shaved head.
* BerserkButton: The tagline in the poster above says it all. And give insulting his mother a try. [[SchmuckBait Go on.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: "Stop makin' fun of me".
* BigNo: After imagining his old coach berating him, he delivers this word to Casey before tackling him.
* BigShutUp:
-->'''Dan Fouts:''' [[CaptainObvious The Waterboy just needed some water.]]
-->'''Brent Musberger:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Wow, Dan, did you come up with that all by yourself?]]
-->'''Dan Fouts:''' Shut up, Brent!
* BilingualBonus: Guy (pronounced Gey) Grenouille's last name is French for "Frog."
* BlackBestFriend: Derek, the only member of the Mud Dogs who Bobby gets along with from the start.
* BlatantLies: Mama Boucher tells Bobby quite a few, such as that ''she'' invented electricity and that alligators are fierce because "they got all them teeth, but no toothbrush".
* BookDumb: Apparently, Bobby's lack of common knowledge is a result of his sheltered upbringing, rather than some learning disability.
* BrickJoke: When interviewed at the final game, Vicki tells the sideline interviewer (former football great Lynn Swann) that the final score of the Bourbon Bowl will be 30-27, claiming "That ain't no guess-- that's what it's gon be!" in an angry tone when questioned by Swann. [[spoiler: With five seconds left in the game, the Mud Dogs are down 24-27 and are in field goal range, but decide to go for the win rather than the tie (which, if successful, would give them a 30-27 win). Swann looks at Vicki in disbelief, and she responds with a smug "I told you so" look.]]
** In his first game, after the Mud Dogs score a touchdown, Bobby tries to get a high-five from his teammates, saying "Slap hands?", but he gets ignored by them. At the Bourbon Bowl, when they finally get a touchdown after being devastated during the first half, Bobby says "Slap hands?", and he gets some high-fives.
* BrokenRecord: Dan Fouts "Last game of the year, Brent. Can't hold anything back now...", eventually making Brent say "We know." [[spoiler: Then, on the last play of the game, he screams at Brent Musberger "IT'S BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HOLD ANYTHING BACK!"]]
* ButtMonkey: Colonel Sanders (one of Bobby's college professors, [[DeadpanSnarker given the nickname by Bobby himself]] for his resemblance to the KFC icon), who's also TheChewToy.
** Bobby had been constantly abused throughout his life.
* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling Mama Out]]: Bobby just about had it with his mother towards the end of the film.
-->'''Bobby:''' Everything is the devil to you, Mama! Well, I like school, and I like football! And I'm gonna keep doin' them both because they make me feel good! ''[walks towards the door]'' And by the way, Mama, alligators are ornery 'cause of their "medulla oblongata"! ''[walks out, then back in again]'' And I like Vicki, and she like me back! ''[almost in tears by this point]'' And she showed me her boobies and I like them too! ''[slams the door on Mama]''
* TheCameo:
** Director Frank Coraci plays Bobby's father.
** Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher, and Lawrence Taylor show up as themselves.
* CaptainErsatz - If you didn't notice the professor strongly resembled Colonel Sanders, Bobby points it out.
* CatchPhrase: "YOU CAN DO EET!!!"
** "(insert just about anything) is the devil!"
* CharacterDevelopment: Bobby goes from being a spineless [[MamasBoy mama's boy]] to an independent, confident adult who stands up for what he wants and thinks is right. Said confidence also transfers to the football field: Bobby's first game as a Mud Dog ends in disaster, as he doesn't really understand the concept of trying to win-- he just wants to hit people who piss him off, which costs the team the game when they had it won. Eventually, he cements himself as the team's savior on defense, and [[spoiler: in the Bourbon Bowl, he makes the game-winning play on ''offense'', throwing a touchdown pass to quarterback Guy Grenouille]]. His potential as a person and a football player seem limitless.
* ChekhovMIA: Bobby's dad.
* ChekhovsGun: The glacier water Bobby gives to Vicki.
* CloudCuckoolander: Coach Klein, ever since Coach Red stole his playbook. His first reaction was calling his grandma on a disconnected phone while wearing high heels.
* CoattailRidingRelative: Bobby's dad tries to coast on his success at the very end of the movie. [[spoiler: Mama tackles him instead.]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: With a bit of LiteralMinded, when Bobby's at a party:
-->'''Rita:''' Is there a girl you're seein'?
-->'''Bobby:''' Seein'? Uh... ''[looks around the room, having taken the question literally]'' I see a lot of girls... I see a lot of guys too.
-->'''Rita:''' ''[{{beat}}]'' I think that's sexy. You ever been with a guy and girl at the same time?
-->'''Bobby:''' Oh, yeah, plenty of times. The other night I was with my mama and Coach Klein at the same time.
-->''[the other girl flirting with Bobby walks away, disgusted]''
* CrazyEnoughToWork: The second half of the Bourbon Bowl essentially turns into a "Crazy enough to work" contest between the two coaches, concerning their respective strategies. When Bobby shows up at halftime, he forces a fumble on his first play and Robideaux runs it in for a touchdown to make the score 24-7, with the Mud Dogs trailing. So how does opposing coach Red Beaulieu respond? He tells his quarterback to take three knees on the next possession, because they already have the lead and the Mud Dogs' offense has been so bad, they'll need to be completely dependent on Bobby Boucher generating turnovers, so until SCLSU can score on offense, he's content to just try to run out the clock playing defense.\\
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It almost works, until Coach Klein, after being motivated by Bobby, draws up a trick play that fools the Cougars, eliminating their kneel-down strategy. Red Beaulieu then counters ''that'' tactic by placing Meaney, his best ''defensive'' player, at halfback on offense (which, as pointed out by Dan Fouts, is a strategy that NFL teams have used in the past, name-dropping William "The Fridge" Perry of the Chicago Bears). The first time Meaney touches the football on offense, Bobby '''''[[WrestlerInAllOfUs powerbombs]]''''' him (which whirls the crowd into a frenzy and puts a "You've gotta be kidding me" smile on Coach Klein's face).\\
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After this, the Mud Dogs, down 10 with 23 seconds remaining, [[spoiler:line up for a field goal, with Boucher in as a blocker. They fake the kick and hand it to their halfback, and Bobby leads him to the end zone, running out in front of him and blasting any would-be tacklers like they were rodeo clowns.]]\\
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On the ensuing onside kick, [[spoiler:Klein places Bobby on the field]] to help the team recover the ball. Wallace kicks it towards a nervous-looking Cougars player (who probably pissed himself because [[spoiler:[[MookHorrorShow Bobby's on the field]]]]), and [[spoiler:Boucher, for once, is actually NOT the one who lays the big hit, but his remarkable nose for the football leads him to recover the ball after the Cougars can't hold on to it.]]\\
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When a Cougars player [[spoiler: loses his cool and hits Bobby after the play, the resultant penalty]] moves the Mud Dogs into field goal range, but, as was the theme of the second half, [[WhoNeedsOvertime Coach Klein takes a HUGE gamble]]... and [[spoiler:Bobby throws the game-winning touchdown to Guy Grenouille with no time on the clock.]]
* CryLaughing: Captain Insano does this after Bobby calls in offering to be Insano's personal waterboy and revealing that he's 31 years old.
* CutawayGag: Klein worried that the team is messed up since Farmer Fran's involvement. Cut to Farmer Fran.
-->'''Klein''': We better get going. God knows what the team is doing with just Farmer Fran watching them.
* DeadpanSnarker: It may be tough to see it under the speech impediment at first, but Bobby is definitely one.
-->''[Bobby reads a note from the Suggestion Box that says "Eat shit and kill yourself!"]''
-->'''Bobby:''' ... not exactly what I'd call constructive criticism.

-->''[Bobby is watching Dick Clark on New Year's Eve]''
--> '''Bobby:''' Look who's on TV, Mama. [[RunningGag The Devil.]]

-->''[Meaney, a huge defensive end, is called in as a running back in an attempt to neutralize Bobby]''
--> '''Meaney:''' Your ass is mine! WHOOOOOOOOO! WHOOOOOOOOOO! WHOOOOOOOO!
--> '''Bobby:''' You sound like a big choo-choo train.

-->'''Lyle Robideaux:''' ''[after Bobby shows up to his house party]'' Can I get you a drink?
-->'''Bobby:''' I'll have a scotch and water, hold the scotch.
-->'''Lyle:''' ''[smiles slightly]'' You just make a joke, Bobby?
-->'''Bobby:''' ''[smiles]'' Yes, I did.
-->'''Lyle:''' ''[deadpan]'' Heh heh heh. Good one.
* DeepSouth: Specifically, Louisiana.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: All the flashbacks are shown in black and white. During Coach Klein's flashback, everything is black and white [[SplashOfColor except the playbook]] Red Beaulieu takes from him.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Bobby calls Coach Klein "Mr. Coach Klein" (and does the same with Coach Beaulieu).
* DisabilitySuperpower: Bobby's anger issues transfer to super strength, speed, awareness, and the ability to hunt down a ballcarrier like a heat-seeking missile.
* DisappearedDad: Near the beginning of the film, Bobby's mother tells Coach Klein how her ex-husband, and Bobby's father, died of dehydration in a desert while serving in the Peace Corps. [[spoiler: In reality, his dad [[{{Jerkass}} left his mother for another woman]]. He gets his comeuppance in the end.]]
* DoorFocus: It occurs as Bobby Boucher lashes out against [[MyBelovedSmother his overprotective mother]]:
-->'''Bobby''': I like school! And I like football! And I'm gonna keep doing 'em both because they make me feel good! ''[leaves, slams the door, then opens it]'' And alligators get ornery because of their medulla oblongatas! ''[slams door again, then opens it again]'' And I like Vicki and she likes me back! And she showed me her boobies, and I like them, too! ''[slams door for the last time]''
* {{Expy}}:
** Bobby Boucher shares a speech impediment (one which Sandler overcame himself), obsession with water, and a few personality traits with one of Sandler's ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' characters, Canteen Boy. They ''could'' be the same character. He may have done some canteen jobs on the side.
** Strangely, though, Bobby has no traits in common with Cajun Man, another of Sandler's characters.
** Bobby also shares the same voice as The Excited Southerner, a character from Sandler's album ''What the Hell Happened To Me?''.
** Bobby seems to also be an extremely broad parody of Film/ForrestGump, a Southern mama's boy and manchild turned college football star.
** Mama Boucher appears to be an expy of Margaret White from ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', until it's explained that [[JerkassFacade her behavior was only an attempt to cope with her heartbreak]].
** The state-level OpposingSportsTeam, called the Cougars here, appears to be a riff on the LSU Tigers.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Mama Boucher, until Bobby finds out from old letters that her first name is [[spoiler:Helen.]]
* EvilIsPetty: Red Beaulieu not only publicly reveals that Bobby's high school transcripts had been faked, he does so to the whole Mud Dog community, who immediately shun Bobby.
* ExtremeDoormat: Bobby towards the beginning.
* EyePoke: Because "Captain Insano shows no mercy."
* [[FakeUltimateHero Fake Ultimate Sports Hero]]: Red Beaulieu's success as a coach is due to his stealing Coach Klein's playbook years ago to pass off as his own. He frustratedly flips through the pages when Coach Klein's starting to beat him with plays that aren't in the stolen playbook.
* FanDisservice:
** Farmer Fran's pierced nipples.
** Ever wonder what Fonzie's ass looks like, 25 years after the fact? Now you know!
* FireForgedFriends: Bobby and the Mud Dogs.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Mama Boucher argues with Vicki Vallencourt after dinner, Mama says "Nobody's gonna take him away, especially not some godless Jezebel like you!". This sounds like [[MyBelovedSmother yet another attempt to smother Bobby]], but later on, she reveals [[spoiler:that Bobby's father abandoned them to be with "a voodoo woman named Phyllis" while she was still pregnant with Bobby]]
* ForeignQueasine: Mama Boucher's meals, which include grilled alligators, "Louisiana frog cakes," and ''a huge snake''.
** Not to mention bug zappered squirrel for dessert.
* ForTheEvulz: It's never really explained why the Cougars mercilessly tease and torment Bobby to begin with. The Mud Dogs' teasing of him is at least a little understandable (they're frustrated for having not won a game in more than four years and need somebody on which to take out their misery). But the Cougars and their coach seemingly abuse and torment Bobby for no real reason other than... because they're jerks. Never mind that Bobby is the guy who's not only keeping them hydrated but probably preventing them from dying of heat stroke during Coach Red's obviously grueling football practices.
* FreudianExcuse: Bobby's interest in water started because Mama Boucher told him his father joined the Peace Corps, got lost in the Sahara Desert and died from dehydration.
* TheFundamentalist[=/=][[FantasyForbiddingFather Fantasy Forbidding Mother]]: Mama Boucher.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Invoked by Mama at the Bourbon Bowl. When she realizes that she's on TV, behind Vicki (who is being interviewed by ABC), she breaks into dance, at one point doing a can-can and then performing the chicken dance.
* GadgeteerGenius: Vicki is one as she was able to soup up Bobby's lawnmower to make it go faster than it's ever been. [[spoiler: She later fixes up Mama Boucher's fanboat so they could make it to the Bourbon Bowl.]]
* GenerationXerox: Apparently Bobby got his anger and ability to hit like a ton of bricks from [[spoiler:his mother]].
* GoneHorriblyRight: The Mud Dogs football players taunt Bobby relentlessly about his love of water and his overall dorkiness in an attempt to make him angry (as all bullies do). They succeed. What they didn't realize is that [[AccidentalAthlete this would unleash his inner "warrior" (as Klein put it), and earn Bobby a spot on the team]], embarrassing and humbling the other players.
-->'''Guy Grenouille:''' I don't want that ass on the team! Everybody's gonna laugh at us!
-->'''Lyle Robideaux:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Everybody's already laughin' at us. We ain't won a game since 1994.]] (film was released in 1998)
* GuyOnGuyIsHot:
-->'''Rita:''' Is there a girl you're seein'?
-->'''Bobby:''' Seein'? Uh I see a lot of girls... I see a lot of guys too.
-->'''Rita:''' I think that's sexy, you ever been with a guy and a girl at the same time?
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Coach Klein forged Bobby's school transcript so that he could play football, [[NotSoDifferent because he needs a player like Bobby as much as Bobby needs to play.]]
* ItRunsInTheFamily: At the film's end [[spoiler:Bobby's dad]] finds out that Mama has her own little vault of pent up rage.
* {{Jerkass}}: Coach Red [[JerkJock and the whole Louisiana Cougars team]]. Also, most of Bobby's teammates, at first. Especially Guy.
* JerkassFacade: Mama Boucher isn't an EvilMatriarch; she's been pretending to be one due to the pain of [[spoiler:her husband deserting her and Bobby]], and was scared of Bobby deserting her [[spoiler:too.]]
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Bobby's mother tells him absurd lies about the world, such as the fact that she, not Ben Franklin, invented electricity (never mind the fact that electricity wasn't invented, it was discovered), and that "happiness is from magic rays of sunshine that come down when you're feelin' blue. This turns out to be [[ObfuscatingStupidity part of her]] JerkassFacade.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Coach Red Beaulieu, who tormented Bobby in his youth and stole the playbook from Coach Klein for his own purposes. So it's only natural the two of them would take him down in the end. To elaborate: he lost the Championship game to a farm team run by the coach he screwed over, who'd never won a game until they brought on [[ChekhovsGunman the waterboy he'd fired earlier]].
* LastNameBasis: Coach Klein's first name is never revealed.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Mama Bucher is often accompanied by, ironically enough, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" by The Charlie Daniels Band.
* MadLibsCatchPhrase[=/=]RunningGag: This trope is ''the devil!''
* ManChild: Bobby. Although it's mostly due to his mother.
* MeaningfulName: The Cougars' roughest, most ruthless defensive player, who also happens to be a borderline sociopathic bully, is aptly named "Meaney."
* MookHorrorShow: Bobby's reputation as a ruthlessly violent tackler invokes this trope in the eyes of the NCAA quarterbacks he faces.
* MyBelovedSmother: Though not without good reason.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Bobby, after his mother is put in the hospital. He blames himself for lashing out at her and feels guilty because she was the only person to ever care about him. [[SubvertedTrope Turns out she was faking her illness for the sole purpose of getting him to abandon the football team and come back to her.]]
** Also Mama herself, once she finally realizes how much she's hurting Bobby by keeping him away from doing the things he loves.
* MyGreatestFailure: Coach Klein regrets not standing up to Coach Red when he originally stole his playbook.
* NeverMyFault: Mama Boucher acts like this when Bobby has Vicki over for lunch and [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents she humiliates him]] in front of her by telling one embarrassing story after another. Vicki attempts to subvert each one by claiming she doesn't mind all the things Mama says about Bobby... until she shows Vicki his bedsheet. It's covered in (presumably) urine. Vicki has no comeback.
--> '''Bobby:''' Well, if you'll excuse me, ladies, I'm gonna go hang myself...
--> ''[he hastily leaves, while Mama turns to Vicki]''
--> '''Mama:''' You see what you did?
--> '''Vicki:''' ''[enraged]'' What ''I'' did?!
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: It would have been a lot harder for the Mud Dogs to pull off that game-winning play if the other team hadn't put them in field goal distance by dogpiling Bobby after the play, causing a huge mess of penalties. They didn't even know Bobby would be put in the offense, meaning that they didn't know it would potentially put a player out of the game. They just did it as payback. [[spoiler: Bobby [[NoSell no-sold]] it anyway, thanks to "some high-quality H20."]]
** If Coach Red had never fired Bobby from being his team's water boy, he never would have been brought in by the much kinder Coach Klein and figured out how to channel his anger into being a defensive linebacker. The look of shock on Red's face when seeing how many sacks Bobby got in his first game says it all. [[spoiler:The Mud Dogs winning the final game against Red would ultimately prove this trope.]]
* NiceToTheWaiter: In one game, Bobby takes a time-out to give the referee a glass of water.
* NotThisOneThatOne: While looking through Mama's scrapbook, Bobby sees a picture of a young Mama with a hunky guy. When he asks if he was his father, Mama explains he was a guy she dated prior to meeting his father-- "That was lust, not love." She turns to a picture of a dopey-looking man, saying "''That's'' your daddy."
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Helen "Mama" Boucher.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** "The Medulla Ob-Lon-Ga-Ta!" ''[{{beat}} as Bobby meekly sits back down]''
** "Gentlemen, this brings me to my next point: Don't. Smoke. Crack."
* RaginCajun: The "Cajun" part is ''way'' off, but is what they were going for, at least.
* SaltTheEarth: When Bobby arrives for the second half of the Bourbon Bowl Coach Red briefly attempts to not play offensive in an attempt to run out the clock.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Coach Klein, by his own admission, "cried like a ''ten-year-old girl''!" after Coach Red revealed that Bobby's transcripts are a forgery. Getting screwed by Red a second time.
* SeriousBusiness: Bobby takes water very seriously.
-->'''Bobby:''' ''[after being sprayed with a hose by [[MeaningfulName Meaney]], who remarks that Bobby "could use a shower"]'' Listen... you can think what you want about my personal hygiene, but please don't ''waste'' any water! That's bad policy! If you wanna amuse yourself at my expense, just... rough me up or somethin'!
-->'''Meaney:''' Fair enough! ''[does so]''
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Violent tackling tendencies aside, Bobby is an innocent, wholesome NiceGuy and Vicki is attracted to him for these reasons. However, she is a bad girl, but Bobby likes her anyway. She does call him out when he hesitates to sleep with her, but she forgives him shortly after.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: The Mud Dogs from the small, run-down South Central Louisiana State University versus the Cougars from the large, top-tier University of Louisiana.
* SouthernGothic: A comedic example where the decay and depressing state of the world is used to highlight Bobby's cheerful and optimistic Demeanor.
* StageParent: Bobby's dad tries to be this, but [[spoiler: is tacked by his ex-wife Helen]]
* TakeOurWordForIt: Lee Corso replays one of Bobby's prior tackles. We see only Bobby yelling, cutting away before the actual tackle, but apparently, it's too difficult for Lee to watch.
* ThermalDissonance: Bobby has a vial of glacier water that always stays cold.
* ThisLoserIsYou: The Mud Dogs team before Bobby joined. Guy Grenouille is afraid that "everybody's gonna laugh at us," but Lyle Robideaux assures him that everybody's already laughing at them, since the Mud Dogs "ain't won a game since nineteen-ninety-fo'." Guy may have been afraid, however, that Bobby will make them even ''more'' of a laughingstock.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Walter and Paco.
-->'''Paco:''' Look at Bobby tackle. I haven't seen a tackle like that since Joe Montana.
-->'''Walter:''' Joe Montana was a quarterback, you idiot.
-->'''Paco:''' I said Joe Mantegna.
* TimeMarchesOn: Although the film is pinned to 1998, the line "We haven't won a game since 1994." still works, actually making the Muddogs look even more pathetic.
* TrainingFromHell: Red Beaulieu's coaching as seen at the beginning of the film. A player runs past him at damn-near Flash speeds. Red tells Laski to "Cut his ass."
* UnnecessaryRoughness: The cougars dog-piling Bobby at the Bourbon Bowl, which got them a penalty. Bobby also does this quite frequently.
* TheUnintelligible: Farmer Fran, who speaks with an incredibly thick Cajun accent.
-->"We lib a play annundeh."
* UnstoppableRage: It's what makes Bobby such a valuable player. His anger issues make it possible for him to bulldoze guys much larger than himself.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Vicki.
* WartsAndAll: Bobby regards Captain Insano as his all-time favorite wrestler, despite him acting "slightly discourteously" to him recently over a phone call to a live wrestling show.
* WasItAllALie: Mama Boucher revealed the truth about his father: [[spoiler:He left for New Orleans to make some money to support his family. But after two weeks, he "deserted" them to be with his two new loves: big city-livin' and a "voodoo woman named Phyllis." And changed his name to Roberto. She lied to him about his father because she was afraid Bobby would leave her too, thus the reason why she sheltered him all his life.]]
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Coach Klein and Red Beaullieu used to be fellow assistant coaches at Louisiana State, until Red stole Klein's playbook to pass off as his own, firing him once he got the job as new head coach.
* WhatTheHellHero: Bobby criticizes Coach Klein for not just forging a high school transcript without informing him, but leaving him behind when Red Beaulieu exposed the whole thing.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Bobby mixes in wrestling moves at every available opportunity when tackling someone. The crowner has to be "Powerbomb, compliments of Captain Insano."
* YaoiFangirl: Rita.
-->'''Rita:''' Is there a girl you're seeing?
-->'''Bobby:''' Seein'? Uh I see a lot of girls... I see a lot of guys too.
-->'''Rita:''' I think that's sexy, you ever been with a guy and a girl at the same time?
* YourMom: In one game, Bobby wishes an opposing player good luck in the next play, but the player rudely tells him "I'll be playin' with yo mama tonight," making Bobby ominously mutter "62," his jersey's number. In the play, Bobby intercepts the ball, but idiotically gives it back to that player, who takes for a touchdown, beating the Mud Dogs. Though Bobby [[UnnecessaryRoughness literally dropkicks him after he reaches the end zone.]] The logic behind Bobby's actions is that [[FridgeBrilliance he knows that he's only allowed to tackle whichever player on the opposing team has the ball.]] He barely understands the concept of competition and wanting to win, so the fact that he cost his team the game meant nothing to him at the time, because he gained revenge on a player who [[BerserkButton talked bad about his mama.]]
-->'''Bobby:''' ''[after dropkicking #62 and standing over his motionless body]'' I love my mama very much... now you know that.
-->''[camera cuts to players on the sideline walking off the field disappointed, with Coach Klein sitting with his head in his hands, crying his eyes out]''
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