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Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 09 E 03 Puma Man
Film watched: Puma Man

"You know, I have almost no respect for pumas now. I now know that if I ever run into a puma, I can just push it the hell over."

Tropes:

  • Ass Pull: The bots, when convincing Mike of his role as Coatimundi Man, clearly haven't thought out his power suite: invoked
    Crow: Yeah...you can shoot....uh....magnetic...uh, laser....beams...from....from your nose! Yeah! Yeah!
  • Blackmail: The 'bots envision this being done to Tony by a fly.
  • Chroma Key:
    Mike: Help, I'm falling at a 60 degree angle breaking all the laws of physics!
  • Continuity Nod: Mike's Coatimundi Man hat resembles his cowboy hat from the barbecue sauce sketch in The Starfighters. Crow even lampshades it when he wears it back into the theater:
    Crow: Bold, Mike.
  • Designated Hero: Discussed. invoked
    Crow: I'll go mess up, and you save me!
  • Dull Surprise:
    Crow: At all times, he has the look of a man who's been hit with a fish.
  • Evil Laugh: Crow and Servo because they control Roger Whittaker.
  • Ho Yay: In-Universe between Tony and Vadinho.
    Crow: (as Tony) Please get off, I'm feeling funny down there.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: Every time Kobras says "Puma Man" the British way ("Pyooma Man", as opposed to "Pooma Man", Mike and the bots 'correct' him (Mike: "Oh, is that right, Dyonald?"); then when he says "human being", Servo says "That's 'hooman being'... oh, no, wait..."
    • One riff plays on this as well:
    Vadinho: I say put it on.
    Mike: And you say "pyoot it oon".
    • This was going on from the opening riff (with a dash of Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable thrown in) where the mashed-together title was read "pyoo-MAY-min."
    • And broadcast on the Internet as part of the MST3K Turkey Day Marathon in 2014.
  • Mind-Control Device: Tom and Crow attempt to mimic the film's method of Brainwashing to make the perfect assassin by building a bust of... folk singer Roger Whittaker!
  • Never Say That Again: Mike tells Servo this after the latter makes a joke related to The Mask.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Roger Whittaker played by Kevin Murphy, although it's not a literal example of the trope, since poor Roger might have been harmed a little when Pearl brained him with his own guitar.
  • Notable Original Music: Mike and the 'bots add their own lyrics to the jingle-istic "Puma Man Theme":
    Servo: (singing) The fat-free yo-gurt that's not short on fla-vor!
    Mike: (singing) Dick's... Red Owl... selection and service...
    Servo: (singing) Snyder Drug.. .we're busting up prices!
    Crow: (singing) When... you want... the fla-vor of ba-con in a dip!
    Crow: (singing) Burn an old man, singe all his flesh off!
    Crow: (singing) Now... they're going... to boff in the air...!
  • Paranoia Fuel: In-Universe, as the 'bots warn Mike and the audience.
    Crow: Roger Whittaker could be on you at any moment.
    Servo: There he is! I'm kidding... this time.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Mike's Coatimundi Man costume quickly turns into this. Justified in that it was all a ploy by the bots to make him look silly.
    • Which backfires when Gypsy and Mike eat all the cold sesame noodles, and none is left for them.
  • Running Gag: The heroic declaration of "Puma Man!" whenever Tony's being decidedly un-heroic. Also, the spoofing of Pleasence using the British pronunciation of "Puma". Much fun was also had at the expense of "Vadinho's" name sounding like a type of onionnote .
    • Culminating in the final scene at the Stonehenge-like monolith structure with Mike (as Tony) saying to Vadinho, "Hey, Vidalia would you mind just worshiping for us? I think we'll just get going...."
    Vadinho: Kneel.
    Crow: I told you, my name's Tony!
    • They even do a preview of the pronunciation gag before it's even established:
    Vadinho: I say put it on.
    Mike: And you say "pyoot it oon".
    • As usual, Mike and the 'bots keep making reference to Pleasence's baldness.
    Kobras: Comb the area.
    Crow: Donald's only use for the word "comb", right there.
    • "I am a wood sprite! Tee Hee!"
    • Crow saying "Do the hustle!" any time Puma Man's very disco-esque action music would play.
    • Once again Bobo is singing songs by Asia.
    • "Look! It's a (insert unflattering comparison)! No wait, it's just Donald Pleasence."
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: By the end of the movie, Crow's had enough and he's planning on quitting. He doesn't, but still...
  • Shout-Out: Pearl's moving mole is a reference to Robin Hood: Men in Tights with the King's mole... which in turn was a Shout-Out to Eye-Gor's moving hump in Young Frankenstein.
    • Brain Guy can't attend Pearl's ball because he's having people over to watch Sliders.
    • Why does Donald Pleasence want the mask? So he can be smokin'!
    • At one point the bots sing the theme tune to The Greatest American Hero with altered lyrics.
    Crow: Believe it or not, this movie's still on/It should have ended two hours ago-oh-ohhh!
    • As Vadinho watches some extremely indecisive Mooks from behind a brick wall built to have a lot of holes in it: "You won't get my Amantillado!"
  • Sidekick Ex Machina: "So the hero is really...this guy."
  • Take That, Scrappy!: In-Universe, after Vadinho punches out Tony.
    Servo: Yes! The Aztec speaks for all of us!
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Crow gets fed up with the movie and decides to "quit". He walks away... then barely gets off-screen before running back and asking if Mike is hiring.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: With her ball a complete failure, Pearl asks for someone up there to give her a break "just this once." Enter Roger Whittaker (controlled by Servo).
    • Subverted when Whittaker decides to join the action (the Sliders party with Observer, Bobo & friends) in the back room. Pearl creams him with his guitar.
  • With Lyrics: "Puma Man, he flies like a moron..."

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