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Franchise: The View Askewniverse
The Verse of the six films in Kevin Smith's New Jersey Trilogy. It is virtually identical to the "real" world save for a few key differences — some hidden (active divine and infernal forces) and some visible ("Mooby's" fast food chain and several other multinational corporations). And the occasional giant poop monster.

The Askewniverse films are as follows:

Three animated adaptations:
  • Clerks
  • Clerks: The Lost Scene
  • Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie (2013)

The Askewniverse comics are also:
  • Clerks (comic)
  • Clerks Holiday Special
  • Chasing Dogma
  • Bluntman and Chronic
  • Jay and Silent Bob in Walt Flanagan's Dog

Some features of the View Askewniverse:

  • Acting for Two: All over the place, of the You Look Familiar variety.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • The comic series Chasing Dogma, which bridges Chasing Amy and Dogma, and explains just how Jay and Silent Bob ended up in Illinois;
    • Various director commentaries point out things never explained in the film, like Brodie Bruce and Randal Graves' relationship (they're cousins), or that Rick Derris is Jay's older brother.
  • Ambiguously Gay: "When you do it, you think about guys!"
  • Anachronic Order: Mallrats is the second film in the series, but actually occurs on the day before the events of Clerks. The rest of the films are chronological, but the comics are set at points throughout the history (one of them is actually the earliest occurring story). And no one knows when - or even if - the animated series fits in.
  • Anti-Hero: Jay and Silent Bob.
  • Anything That Moves: Jay proudly proclaims this in Clerks.
  • Arc Number: Thirty-Seven!!!
  • Aside Glance
  • Back to School: See below under What Could Have Been.
  • Bad Boss: Apparently, Dante and Randal's boss. In Clerks, he went to Vermont, leaving Dante stuck on work despite assuring him he'll only be working a few hours. In Episode 4 of the cartoon, he didn't hire a lawyer for Dante.
  • Book Ends: The 'Verse begins with Clerks and ends with Clerks II and as a result, begins and ends with scenes filmed in black-and-white.
  • Brand X ("Nails" cigarettes, Chewlie's gum and Mooby's restaurants, among others)
  • Cameo: Jay and Silent Bob have a short cameo on the movie set of the Show Within a Show "Stab" in Scream 3. Then, when in ...Strike Back, they interrupt the filming of a fictional Scream sequel to rescue their monkey.
    • That scene is a lot funnier since Scream 4 was released.
  • Catch Phrase Spouting Duo
  • Continuity Snarl: In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Matt Damon appearing As Himself references acting in Dogma, while several other references in the same film clearly establish the events of that film as having happened. Presumably Damon and Affleck did a completely different film of the same title in The View Askewniverse.
  • Cluster F-Bomb
  • Deconstruction Fic: The fandom tends to explore the dark side of Jay and Silent Bob, who are generally considered a simple comic relief duo. Themes include tragic back-stories to explain Jay's outlandish behavior and Bob's silence, the realities of drug use/abuse, and the angst of being secretly in love with your best friend. The Reality Subtext also comes into play.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Just pay attention to many of the conversations involving characters or locations from other films, and you'll pick up on this real quick.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys (Suzanne the orangutan)
  • The Ghost: Cousin Walter mentioned by Randal and Brodie is the subject of many stories but is never actually seen or heard from in any of the films.
    • Probably because he died sometime before the films' continuity takes place. Randal's first story about him actually details the events of his death.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Usually played for laughs of the 'ex-girlfriend cheated on the hapless hero' variety - Caitlin cheated on Dante a lot (mostly with painters), as did Gwen with T.S, though Gwen at least seems too feel a bit guilty.
  • Fanservice: Joey Lauren Adams topless in Mallrats.
    • Eliza Dushku, Ali Larter, Shannon Elizabeth and Jennifer Schwalbach-Smith in Spycatsuits in ...Strike Back.
    • Jay doing a Silence of the Lambs tribute striptease in Clerks 2. Sadly instantly becomes Fan Disservice when it cuts to him fully nude and posing like Buffalo Bill, but the start ... Ooh, chapstick.
    • Salma Hayek playing a muse turned stripper in Dogma.
    • Lee and Affleck's lip-lock in Chasing Amy
  • Finagle's Law
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? (Jay)
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners (The Trope Namer)
  • High School Rejects
  • Interspecies Romance - It's not bestiality. It's interspecies erotica, fucko!
  • Invisible to Normals
  • It Will Never Catch On / Vindicated by History (Kevin Smith was told during production of Mallrats that a gag where semen gets stuck in Joey Lauren Adams' hair had to be cut. Because it was gross, would never sell and it would doom the movie, etc. Except for, you know, that other movie that did it three years later and grossed over 350 million freakin' dollars.)
  • Jerkass (Shannon Hamilton)
  • The Jester (Randal)
  • Joisey - Portrayed sympathetically, as Kevin Smith and most of the cast are natives.
  • Last Het Romance: All of Randall's exes discovered they were lesbians.
  • Noodle Incident The events from Julie Dwyer's wake in Clerks are never clear after we see the two main characters running from the family.
    • Subverted in the comic, and later when the wake was animated and added to the Clerks X 10th anniversary edition.
  • Once an Episode: Silent Bob will speak.
  • One Degree of Separation: Ooh boy. All the characters either know each other from high school, or from past events in other films. Jay and Silent Bob are the centerpiece of the View Askewniverse, being the only characters to appear in every film. Where to begin:
    • Randal Graves and Brodie Bruce are cousins.
    • Dante Hicks is related to Gil (Suitor #3 on Truth or Date), Jim (the exec who wants to make Bluntman and Chronic into a cartoon series), and Grant (the reporter who is killed by Bartleby and Loki). To better identify all the Hicks cousins, well, notice that they're all played by Brian O'Halloran.
    • Caitlin Bree and Alyssa Jones were best friends in high school, cheated on Dante while he was dating Caitlin.
    • Alyssa's two sisters are Heather, who goes out on a date with Rick Derris in the original Clerks, and Tricia, the 15-year-old from Mallrats who wrote... you know. Further confirmed when Alyssa and Tricia exit the Bluntman and Chronic movie premiere together in ... Strike Back.
    • Speaking of Rick Derris, he managed to nail sisters Alyssa and Heather, and was also one of Caitlin's flings while she cheated on Dante. In Mallrats, it's mentioned he also slept with Gwen, who had previously gone out with T.S. Quint.
    • Shannon Hamilton also had sex with sisters: Alyssa and Tricia; a video of his encounter with each was produced. He also slept with Gwen.
    • Brandi Svenning, T.S. Quint's girlfriend in Mallrats had previously been involved with Banky Edwards from Chasing Amy.
  • Only Six Faces - The small number of actors involved in Clerks caused a live-action version of this trope.
  • Physical God (Somewhat subverted)
  • Powers That Be
  • Punny Name: In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly is named for the characters Marshall, Will and Holly on the 1970's children's TV show Land of the Lost.
  • Reference Overdosed
  • Santa Claus: Clerks Holiday Special
  • Seinfeldian Conversation (Several, with memorable inquiries such as the Moral Dissonance of the Rebels in Return of the Jedi, and the merits of not/going ass-to-mouth)
  • Shout-Out: Even the entries that aren't so over-the-top get their share, like the pastiche of a memorable Jaws scene in Chasing Amy.
    • A substantial portion of the dialogue in Dogma is either quoted from or referring to several movies and shows, including Indiana Jones, Star Wars, The Karate Kid, and The Six Million Dollar Man.
    • Also, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is essentially one long parade of cameos, with nearly every single one of them accompanied by a Shout-Out to that person's most famous previous movie role. That, and the bong-lightsaber scene.
      • Look kids, it's Mark Hamill! [applause]
      • In fairness, he did that because test audiences failed to recognize Hamill.
  • Shrug Take
    Silent Bob: I got nothing.
  • Silent Bob (Also the Trope Namer)
  • The Slacker: Pretty much every single male character in the universe.
  • The Animated Series
  • The Stoner (Jay)
  • Thematic Series: The only direct sequel in the series is Clerks II. The rest of the series is loosely knit around New Jersey and the citizens of Red Bank.
  • Those Two Guys: Jay and Silent Bob; Steve-Dave and Walter.
  • Translator Buddy: Jay to Silent Bob.
  • Transparent Closet: Jay to the point that a deleted scene in Clerks II had Silent Bob get fed up and break his silence for the sole purpose of calling him out on it.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Dante Hicks and his sundry cousins, all played by Brian O'Halloran.
  • The Voiceless (God, Silent Bob)
  • What Might Have Been: If Jason Mewes had not continued to play Jay (see above under Executive Meddling), he would have been replaced by either Seth Green or Breckin Meyer.

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