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[[caption-width-right:350:I saw mommy ''killing'' Santa Claus underneath the mistletoe last ''murder''!]]

->'''Dr. Forrester:''' Your movie today Mark is called ''Santa Claus''. [[BlatantLies It's a thoughtful, well shot documentary about the Crimean War.]]
->'''TV's Frank:''' It's a stupid Mexican kids' movie!

Film watched: ''Film/SantaClaus1959''

In the words of the ''MST3K'' producers: "Just when we thought it couldn't get any more bizarre, it did." Its dramatic departure from established Santa Claus legend, combined with B-movie production standards and an awkward dub provide ample source for mockery. ''MST3K'''s send-up first aired on Christmas Eve 1993 as the show's second ChristmasEpisode (following ''SantaClausConquersTheMartians'' two years earlier). The devil Pitch became a recurring character for a while, played by Paul Chaplin, who notably was one of the rare ones to even appear in the Sci-Fi Channel episodes. Plus, it's the ''true'' TropeNamer for NightmareFuel.

!!The Segments:
[[AC:Prologue]]
* Mike and the Bots try their hand in caroling, but gets interrupted by spilled cocoa.

[[AC:Segment 1]]
* Mike treat the Bots' injuries. The Mads exchange gifts. Dr. Forrester gets a watch fob, but Frank gets a savings bond that matures in 2023. Back on the Satellite, Crow gets a Steve Alaimo album, Servo gets the 1991 Drug IV handbook, Mike gets a Joike sweater and Gypsy gets underwear.

[[AC:Segment 2]]
* Performing as Santa Klws, Mike, Crow and Servo play "The Warrior of Christmas". The Mads get psyched.

[[AC:Segment 3]]
* The Bots try to surprise Mike by showing him the Nelsons. It turns out to be a Nelson family in the Green Bay area.

[[AC:Segment 4]]
* Mike, Crow and Servo sing "Merry Christmas...If That's OK".

[[AC:Segment 5]]
* Mike says to the Bots how he misses the winter on Earth. Suddenly, it snows outside the Satellite, which leads Mike and the Bots to go outside and play. Back in Deep 13, Santa and Pitch duke it out. "Merry Christmas...If That's OK" plays in the credits.

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!!The ''Mystery Science Theater 3000'' presentation has examples of:
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: After Santa uses the toy cannon to shoot Pitch in the butt:
-->'''Servo:''' This is funny. I don't care what anybody says.
* AnAsskickingChristmas / BadassSanta: In the last host segment with Kevin Murphy as Santa Claus (credited as "[[AwesomeMcCoolName Krusher Kringle]]").
-->'''Santa:''' I'm here to [[ChewBubblegum eat candy canes]] [[TheyLive and kick ass]], and I'm all out of candy canes!
* BitingTheHandHumor: Crow makes a wise-crack during the movie about how the ComedyCentral competitions are a waste of time.
** HypocriticalHumor: ''[=MST3K=]'' had just run its Turkey Day Contest on Comedy Central.
** During a scene of Santa pulling various things from his sack, Servo jokes that one of them is a [=CableACE=] award, and "worthless". MST3K got nominated for [=CableACE=] awards 8 times during its run, but never won one.
* CallBack: When singing "Merry Christmas...If That's OK", Tom's head is replaced with a snow-globe... the same snow-globe he replaced it with in the ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E21SantaClausConquersTheMartians Santa Claus Conquers the Martians]]'' episode.
** And they make a quip about {{Gamera}} during the movie.
** "[[LastClearChance Why don't they look?]]"
** Gypsy's gift for Mike is a sweater that reads "Joike." She started knitting it for Joel, but changed it after he left.
* CelebrityResemblance: With his head shaved TV's Frank looks like a real-life adult [[{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]].
* ChristmasSongs: Mike and the Bots start singing Jingle Bells, before immediately going to the typical variation:
-->"Jingle Bells, Franchise/{{Batman}} smells, Robin laid an egg..."
* CutenessProximity: Lupita is so adorable even Mike and the bots find it pretty heartwarming.
-->'''Tom:''' ''(Upon seeing Lupita for the first time)'' Awww.... She is aggressively cute.
* EvilLaugh:
** Santa's laughs already sounded like this, so the riffing plays it up even further.
-->'''Crow:''' Santa's laughter mocks the poor!
** Paul Chaplin is able to mimic Pitch's perfectly.
* EqualOpportunityOffender: Mike and the Bots mock every single culture that appears in the multicultural song at the beginning, including several cracks about the United States.
-->'''Crow:''' Children from the USA are too spoiled and lazy to help Santa! There, that makes it better.
* FantasyKitchenSink: [[KingArthur Merlin]] is one of Santa's helpers.
-->'''Crow:''' I didn't know Santa and Merlin were buddies.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
-->'''Santa:''' ''(reading letter)'' Dear Santa Claus: Please bring me a little brother.
-->'''Crow:''' ''(as Santa)'' O-ho-ho-ho! Can do, can do!
* GiftOfTheMagiPlot: Horribly subverted for TV's Frank; He buys a watchfob for Dr. Forrester and, unclear on the concept, shaves his head just for the heck of it.
-->'''Dr. Forrester:''' Oh, you ''sold'' your hair to get me this beautiful watchfob.
-->'''Frank:''' Sold my hair? [[BlatantLies No!]]
** You'd expect Dr. Forrester to have sold his watch and get Frank a gift certificate to a hair salon, but instead he gives him a savings bond--in ''Forrester's'' name, no less--that will mature into $25...in thirty years. [[TheWoobie Poor Frank.]]
* GodwinsLaw: When the name Adolfo appears in the credits, the MST crew remark that "Ah, this is a ''fascist'' Santa!"
* HeavyMetalUmlaut: Santa Klws
* HeKnowsTooMuch: As two kids are about to see Santa deliver some presents:
-->'''Narrator:''' Look out, Santa! They'll see you!\\
'''Crow:''' ''(as Santa)'' [[EvilLaugh Ha ha!]] Well, that's the last thing they'll ever see!
* HomemadeSweaterFromHell: Gypsy makes Mike a sweater with "JOIKE" on it. She explains that she started knitting it back before [[ContinuityNod Joel's escape earlier that season]]. Mike seems to actually like it, though.
* ImGoingToDisneyWorld
-->'''Narrator:''' What are you going to do now Santa?\\
'''Tom:''' I'm going to Disney World!\\
'''Mike:''' [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope All references to Disney World are the property of the Walt Disney Corporation.]]
* LaughingMad: Mike and the Bots' reaction to the Laughing Nightmare Reindeer.
* LemonyNarrator: The narrator calls out to the characters a couple of times, such as urging Lupita to resist Pitch's influence.
-->'''Crow:''' Ah, the classic battle between evil and the narrator.
* LetThereBeSnow: This happens right at the end. [[MST3KMantra In space]].
* MoralDilemma: Underlined when Lupita is thinking of stealing a doll from a street vendor, looking between her mother and the vendor.
-->'''Mike (as Lupita):''' I'm at a moral crossroads, Mummy!
* MyNewGiftIsLame: The gifts that Mike and the Bots give each other are pretty lame, but they genuinely love them anyway.
* NeverSayThatAgain: Mike's reaction to Pitch's strange frustrated mumbling.
-->'''Mike:''' Don't you ''ever'' do that again!
* NightmareFuel[[invoked]]: The reaction to the animatronic Santa is the TropeNamer.
* NotableOriginalMusic: "Whispering Christmas Warrior"
** And the PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad / SantaClausmas ditty, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MioTYWrsVHQ Merry Christmas...if That's Okay: A Politically Correct Christmas Carol]]".
*** Only, don't say Christmas because this is a song for holidays of ALL faiths.
*** And don't call it a Carol because Carol is a woman's name and we want this song to be all-inclusive.
*** And we're not pressuring anybody to sing in public by calling it a song. You could deliver it as a spoken word oration, or with semaphore flags, or, if your social anxiety is disadvantaging you, just think it quietly to yourself.
* ShoutOut:
** Mike and Crow do a quick re-enactment of a ''Series/HogansHeroes'' bit when the children of Germany are shown.
** And the rest...
--->'''Crow:''' [[TheFlintstones It's a living!]]
--->'''Tom:''' [[Series/{{Cops}} Santa is filmed on location with the men and women of Raul County, Florida]].
** Appropriately for a Christmas movie, there's a shout out to ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'':
--->'''Crow''' (as the rich boy writes a letter to Santa): My office instructed to wire you up to twenty-five thousand dollars, stop. Heehaw!
** At the end, Santa makes a reference to ''Film/TheyLive''
--->'''Santa''' (before fighting Pitch): I'm here to eat candy-canes and kick-ass! And I'm all out of candy-canes!
** Also:
--->'''Crow:''' ''(gasping)'' We've got dolls!
--->'''Mike:''' It's the ''Film/TrilogyOfTerror'' dolls!
** When Santa's reindeer starts laughing, Mike and the bots laugh in a way reminiscent of ''EvilDead2.''
* SpecialGuest: SantaClaus and Pitch, at the end of the show.
-->'''Dr. Forester:''' Oh Frank, think of it. A full tilt battle between pure evil and Santa Claus in our own home!
* TastesLikeDiabetes: The SOL crew identify Lupita as this. [[invoked]]
-->'''Mike:''' She is ''aggressively'' cute.
* TheDevilIsALoser: Pitch gets mocked for a lot. Crow sings, "The Devil is a wiener." Servo also belittles Pitch's goofy theme tune.
* WithLyrics: Servo does this to Pitch's theme.
-->"It's the Devil's theme, his goofy little song.\\
Even though he's the embodiment of evil, he's still got a goofy song.\\
In his tights he brings death, despair, destruction and disease.\\
Now, let's all join him and a-laugh along."

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->''[[TheStinger (Mechanical reindeer manically laughs)]]''
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