The Key of Awesome
is a spin-off creation of Barely Political, which creates low-budget but funny parodies of current pop hits, movies or other pop culture phenomena. All things Key of Awesome can be found here
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The Key of Awesome
provides examples of:
- Ambiguous Gender: The Bearded Nun. It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context.
- A Wild Rapper Appears: Mocked in the "E.T." parody.
- Alternate Character Interpretation:
- And You Were There: The episode centering about the creation of the show ends with Mark saying this to his friends after waking up.
- Applied Phlebotinum: The show's creation was supposedly the result of freaky dreams caused by nachos the creator ate right before bed.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Cookie Muncher will sneak into your house, rape your daughters and steal your cookies.
- Bored With Insanity: Lady Gaga, as of the "Bored this Way" video.
- Butt Monkey: Poor Katy Perry becomes one at the hands of Executive Meddling and Kanye West during the "ET" video.
- Justin Bieber's girlfriend in the "Mistletoe" parody.
- Casanova Wannabe: Pitbull in the "On the Floor" parody.
- Celebrity Endorsement: Katy Perry loves the show, according to a recent online interview: .
- Cloud Cuckoolander:
- Lady Gaga. When Donald Trump asks her opinion of who he should fire from The Celebrity Apprentice, Gaga responds by activating a machine that plays her voice, declaring that "Thermal clouds shatter the dreams of a thousand burrito-makers." The others in the room are absolutely clueless as to what this has to do with Trump's question.
- Carly Rae Jepsen.
- Continuity Nod: Anyone notice some Angry Birds in the "Someone Like You" parody?
- Creepy Child: Justin Bieber in "Bieber Fever." In fact, the end of the video implies that he may very well be bringing about The End of the World as We Know It.
- Don't Explain the Joke: From "Twilight Sucks":
"So wake me up ven the vorld grows a pair... of fangs! Ha, you thought I was going to say balls, didn't you?"
- Dawson Casting: Inverted with Justin Bieber, whose actor is thirteen.
- Driven to Suicide: Katy Perry in "E.T."
- Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Eminem towards Dr Dre.
- Ear Worm: Invoked when One Direction sings "Na na na na" multiple times.
You'll wake up at night screaming, "na na na na!"
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Ke$ha accidentally causes one when she leads her fans in performing several of her songs at once.
- Fan Disservice: Mark is somewhat cute, until he takes his shirt off...which is often.
- Fanservice: Lauren and Andrea, two people associated with Barely Political, are considered this by most fans. Heck, they even labl Lauren as the Babe Of Awesome. Especially some of the videos she's associated with.
- Hypnotic Eyes: The reason behind Justin Bieber's success.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: "Da Key of Awesoooome!" is "sung" by a rubber duckie.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In the "Give Me Everything" parody, Ne-Yo ate the woman he was stuck in the elevator with.
- Kawaiiko: Genderflipped with their version of Justin Bieber. "I'm made of cupcakes, icecream and flowers!"
- Older Than They Think: Sometimes, if the song parodied sounds similar to an older tune, the singer lampshades it by singing a part of the older piece. In universe, One Direction couldn't tolerate Mark trying this out with one of their songs.
- Only Sane Man: Will.i.am is the Only Sane Man among the Black Eyed Peas in the parody about them.
- Katy Perry in "E.T". She is Driven to Suicide by her exploitation and the music industry commercialising everything.
- Stasia becomes the only Barely Political member in the "One Thing" parody who doesn't take a shine to any 2010s boy bands.
- Or Was It a Dream?: "The Origin of Awesome"—"Lady Gaga" turns her head around and her eyes dilate, à la "Thriller", complete with the Vincent Price evil laugh.
- Periphery Demographic: In universe, Mark became a fan of One Direction, until he realized their music sounds similar to that of the Backstreet Boys and nearly got killed by One Direction for discovering this. Later, Todd becomes a fan of The Wanted.
- Product Placement: Pointed out in their parodies of "Telephone" ("P-p-p-p-p-p-p-product placement!") and "Give Me Everything" ("Capture that with a Polaroid/Just take it and shake it/Wait, they no longer make it?/Then try Preparation H for your hemorrhoids/Just made a million on that").
- Refuge in Audacity: The "Fireworks" parody has Katy Perry encourage random men not to suppress their Raging Stiffies, but instead proudly show them off to those watching. Pyrotechnics emerge from their crotches as they do so.
- Rule Of Cool: At the end of Commissioner Gordon's Title Drop speech: "'What's that even mean, Dad?'" "'I don't know, son, but it sure sounds cool.'" Not to mention, the page quote.
- Running Gag: Nuns.
- Bearded nuns. The bearded nun is no more, as of episode 42. Time will show whether the Bearded Pope takes over...
- The Gnomes.
- Rhyming With Itself: The "Telephone" parody rhymes "bastard" with itself.
- Satellite Character: In the Black Eyed Peas parody, Apl brags that his entire role in the band is to be a clone of Will I. Am.
- Self-Deprecation: The "Moves Like Jagger" parody has Mark sing about his being overweight, and Todd about his lack of muscle.
- Serious Business: "It's Trick-or-Treat or Die!"
- Shout Out: In "Adele PARODY ft. Angry Birds", when Adele starts becoming one of the Angry Birds, there's a reference to Black Swan when she takes a huge black feather out from her back.
- In "Moves Like Jagger - Behind the Awesome," Mark imitates the voice of the Sauce Boss while filming the scene of him pigging out on burritos and nachos. They also throw up a calorie counter on the screen.
- In "My Drunk Kitchen of Awesome! Ho Hey!" the song's lyrics make reference to Freddie Wong (and collaborator Brandon), with each instance accompanied by a picture *.
- Stylistic Suck: Inevitable at times, with the low-budget production values.
- Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion:
- From "The Dark Knight Is Confused": ''Joker, are you busy/Let's call a truce/I need you to help explain the plot to... Batman."
- "California Gurls": 'Nose jobs, tummy tucks/These are the girls I like to—hang out with.'
- Take That: To an extent, all the spoofs, but the "Emo Vampire Song" does this especially, being sung as a tirade against Twilight by an angry "old-school" vampire.
- And the Glee episode is a big one.
- There are also plenty of Take Thats at Eminem. "Afraid" calls him out for being a Jerkass, and in the "Love the Way You Lie" spoof, he tells Rihanna "I dressed up as Weasley and you were Hermione...you said you had spells that could make me less whiny!"
- The Tetris Effect: In "Adele PARODY ft. Angry Birds", when Adele starts seeing the game in Real Life.
- This Trope is [BLEEP]: Part of the "Moves Like Jagger" parody censors the F-word with seven bleeps, each higher-pitched than the one before it.
- Three Chords and the Truth: Parodied in the "Die Young" Ke$ha parody
Just play those four chords in that FloRida song, There used to be different hits now we recycle one.
- Timmy in a Well: After Ne-Yo gets trapped in an elevator, Lassie is the one who notifies Pitbull so he can be rescued in the "Give Me Everything" parody.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: When the guy that Carly Rae Jepsen met at the club and made out with wakes up the next morning and finds out that she was actually a man in drag. He had too much vodka to realize this earlier.
- Viewers Are Morons: Ke$ha's fans perform the careless, drug-heavy behavior promoted in her songs and become dumb.