"There's a time and a place for everything. It's called 'college'."A movie in which much of the humor comes from fratboys getting highly intoxicated and doing incredibly stupid, risky, and dangerous things and getting away with it. Usually has the main characters as a bunch of loveable rogues pitted against the evil aristocratic old money frathouses or oppressive deans. Expect panty raids. Lots of panty raids. Suffice to say, when this happens in real life, people either get into serious legal trouble or neglect studying and drop out (or, at best, have a rude awakening). May overlap with Stoner Flick. Generally parallels with College Is High School Part 2. Almost always includes a Wild Teen Party, with college officials replacing the parents. Often set at a Strawman U. Compare All Guys Want Sorority Women, the stereotyped portrayal of the fraternity's Distaff Counterpart, the sorority.
— Chef, South Park
open/close all folders
- Animal House
- Accepted, which features an entire college set up for this sole purpose (at first).
- Revenge of the Nerds.
- National Lampoon's Van Wilder.
- In Euro Trip a Five-Man Band of four high school graduates go on a wacky hijinx tour of an amazingly stereotypical Europe, culminating in nothing less than (accidentally) faking the death of and impersonating the replacement for the pope on live international television. And getting away with it.
- Old School
- PCU - Though the protagonists weren't technically a frat (the bad guys were, even though frats had been banned, forcing them to become a secret society scheming to reclaim their old house from the riff raff)
- Across the Universe has a bit of screen time devoted to Max's college antics. Put to song.
- The genre got turned upside-down in Sorority Boys.
- Monsters University, even though it's the different frats competing against each other rather than causing mischief.
- Monsters Crash the Pajama Party has a group of frat boys and a group of sorority initiates having to spend the night in what is supposedly a haunted mansion. The guys look for masks to use to scare the girls, not knowing that something actually scary is really there.
- Neighbors is a Deconstructive Parody of such, showing what they look like to other people.
- This is what Johnathan and his crew cause in Tyler Perry's "Boo! A Madea Halloween" and its sequel "Boo! 2 A Madea Halloween". In the first one the party is stopped by Madea while in the second one the party was stopped by Brian.
- In The Pale King, the confrontation between Fat Marcus the Moneylender and Diablo the Left-Handed Surrealist.
- Didn't anybody at your school ever have names like Joe or Bill?
- In Edgar Allan Poe 's "William Wilson," the eponymous character is implied to be in an early form of one of these, and spends a lot of time drinking and gambling, and chasing women. (Overlaps with Write What You Know — Poe is known to have incurred large gambling debts while attending the University of Virginia.)
Live Action TV
- The Happy Days episode "Hard Cover" has Richie, Fonzie, and pals trapped in a girls' dorm after curfew with much hilarity ensuing.
- The Spike TV series Blue Mountain State lives on this.
- In an early episode of Quantum Leap, Sam Beckett finds himself as part of a rowdy fraternity in the body of a popular football player (with two girls in bed when he leaps in).
- An episode of The Fall Guy has Colt Seavers hiding out in a frat house to escape a hitman, with a fair amount of this ensuing.
- Greek deals with this quite often due to the rivalry between the Kappa Taus and Omega Chi (with each house separately embodying a different side of the frat stereotype, the slovenly party boys and the uptight preppies respectively).
- That's My Bush! parodies this trope in an episode ("A Poorly Executed Plan") by portraying George W. Bush's well-over-fifty year old friends as immature manchildren still engaging in stereotypical fratboy behavior.
- One episode of Community has Abed going through a college experience checklist filled with these sort of antics; Troy eventually goes along for the ride.
- CSI had one or two storylines that started out as this and ended up with someone dead by the start of the episode.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer had a few of these with supernatural twists. The frat boys were usually worshipping ancient demons that the slayer had to take care of.
- In How I Met Your Mother, it is revealed that Marshall once got roaring drunk and streaked across campus for what he thought was a pledge. Turned out one of his friends, who was either not in a frat or incorrectly assumed he was, was screwing with him.
- The TV series version of Animal House: Delta House.
- A subdued example is seen in a Columbo episode where the murderers are in a fraternity together - there is drinking and weird parties, but not the insane kind typically seen (the party was having formal wear and swimming shorts).
- The insane and ill-advised stunts on shows like Jackass can lead to the suspicion that if they didn't start out as inane, humiliating and dangerous fraternity initiations, somewhere at some college in the United States, they would become so.
- The Glades: In "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves", a pair of pledges are dumped in the swamp in their underwear as part of their hazing. While truding their way out, they stumble on the Body of the Week.
- The Onion parodies it with Fraternity In Danger Of Losing House Launches Hairbrained Scheme To Fix Economy.
- Several Cracked articles (usually about, surprise surprise, college) note that the people who thought college was the kind of party central seen in eighties movies (i.e., Cracked columnists) were very disappointed.
- Kingdom of Loathing has Orcish Frat Boys as enemies. Most of their attacks and adventures are somehow related to this trope, whether fighting by spraying beer at you, hazing you, or stealing your underwear. They are, naturally, associated with the element of Sleaze.
- The Delta Iota Omicron house in Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude.
- The fraternity households in The Sims 2 University certainly can be played this way, depending on the player's inclination, and some of the game mechanics (e.g. toga parties) are obviously meant to invite it.
- The Spellcasting Series has this as part of the plot in the second and third games. The second game centers around the main character having to perform various hijinks as part of his frat initiation, while the third centers around the main character's frat competing against a frat from a rival university over who is king of the beach. The first game references this trope by having every frat on campus throwing a wild party every night.
- Episode 40 of Bonus Stage is about a fraternity (played by the cast of Waterman) moving into the house next door. The initiation ritual involves dragging one's bed outside and peeing in it wearing a dress. Joel apparently mishears and instead pees in their beds. Then there are the frat party games: "Extreme Spelling Bee", "Bingo Pac-Man", and "Throw the Screwdriver at Someone's Face".
- El Goonish Shive has featured an un-named "college party comedy".
- Exists even in fantasy worlds, as Roy Greenhilt has to learn in the Order of the Stick prequel "On the Origin of PCs".
- Shredded Moose attempts to mix this with vulgarity and gets Moral Event Horizons.
- At one point in 'Schlock Mercenary the Toughs have to get information out of a computer center in a college library. While they're there, some frat boys decide to play a game of 'taunt the human'. Their leader gets the brilliant idea of punching a man who outweighs him roughly 3:1, all of it in muscle, starting a brawl in which the frat boys get clobbered, along with the riot squad they call in.
- Parodied in a Futurama episode where Bender lives out this trope.
- Likewise parodied in an episode of The Simpsons, where Homer has to go back to college and complete his degree, and blindly assumes that college in real life is like college in the movies, going so far as to watch various Animal House knock-offs as "research". It isn't.
- Undergrads: Rocko engages in various kinds of these, particularly odd hazing rituals, to the embarrassment of his fratmates.
- The irony is that Rocko is the only one that fills in the fratboy stereotype. His other fratmates don't go for drinking, ogling at girls, or pulling pranks (Well, except for parties).
- Subverted in Bob's Burgers. The guys in the underdog house think they're involved in a prank war with the popular house, but they're being tricked by a house alumni. The guys in the popular house spend their free time doing charity work.
- One episode of The Real Ghostbusters had them called to a college to deal with the ghosts of a spectacularly unruly fraternity seeking revenge against the college for expelling them. The Ghostbusters eventually tricked them into thinking that they could convince the dean to graduate them if they jumped through a few hoops, the last of which was to pose for a graduation photo on bleachers with traps planted underneath.
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated has an episode where the parents have their kids see what the local college is like. It almost seems like the episode is about to go this way until the monster-of-the-week shows up.
- Fred's father, Mayor Fred Jones Sr., is clearly very fond of his college days and urges his son to see his old frat, which is currently full of Frat Bros. It gets implied that Mayor Jones went through one of these stages, as he's considered a legend in his frat, there's an unsubstantiated rumor circulating in his frat that he ate a live bear, and Word of God implying that he liked toga parties. A flashback from a later episode suggests that he was just a charismatic smart guy that liked the attention rather than being a typical dumb Frat Bro.
- The Alvin and the Chipmunks episode "From Here to Fraternity" has the Chipmunks mistakenly going to a frat house to deliver a singing telegram. Hilarity Ensues when the bored frat kids enlist the Chipmunks to pull pranks for them.
- Dean from Code Monkeys lives and breathes this; in one episode, after accidentally shooting his dad in the face, he briefly takes charge of the company, and brings in his frat brothers from Alpha Sigma Sigma to "help"; as per usual for the show, chaos reigns, until Mr. Larrity and several of the others enter into a "Fight for the Frathouse" and win; Dean was being manipulated by secretary Claire to kill his dad and take control (with the promise of sex); Larrity quickly shoots Dean and things return to normal.