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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: All times, he has the look of a man who's been hit by 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."
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Despite being a fan favorite, this episode was unavailable DVD because Shout Factory found it impossible to get in touch with the film's copyright holders. However, as of November 2013, Puma Man has finally been confirmed for Volume 29.
  • 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 Pleasance."
  • 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 Pleasance 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!
  • 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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