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Series: Delocated

"What happens when you take a family from the Witness Protection Program, move them to New York City, and give them their own reality show?"

Delocated is a live action [adult swim] show about a man in the Witness Protection Program who's starring in his own Reality Show. He's targeted by a Russian stand-up comedian/hit man. Jon wears a mask all the time and uses a voice harmonizer, and he expects his family to do the same. The entire show and premise are chock-full of absurd Fridge Logic, likely entirely intentional.

The Real Life show produced by PFFR, which also produced The Heart She Holler, Wonder Showzen, and Xavier: Renegade Angel. Unlike their previous shows, Delocated isn't based on Black Humor; rather, it, like The Office, uses deadpan humor. It also has no CGI mixed in with the Live Action, which is odd for a show on the Cartoon Network.

Its pilot premiered on April Fools' Day in 2008, which confused or pissed off some people who were expecting The Boondocks. Its first season ran in 2009 with six episodes, a second in 2010 with 12 episodes, a third with ten episodes in 2012, and its series finale aired on March 7th 2013.


Tropes:

  • Anyone Can Die: Season 2, thanks to Yvgeny's brother. So far we have the crooked producer from season 1, an assistant, Jon's parents(Jon lied about them being killed) and 2 body doubles. And that's just episode one....
    • Jon's bodyguard and best friend, Mike is killed in episode 2.
    • Jon's parents are Killed Off for Real in episode 4.
    • Mighty Joe Jon, The Black Blonde bites the bullet(Literally) in the Season 2 Finale.
    • Qi-qang, leader of the Wang Cho Chinese mob, is killed by Sergei in the 3rd season finale.
    • Finally David, TB and Sergei in the series finale
  • Attention Whore: Jon, who's so desperate for attention that he puts himself in a reality show and risks getting his family killed by the mob just so he can be famous. Deconstructed, as his behavior starts to cause increasingly worse things to happen, cause nothing but harm to everyone around him, and by the end of the show, his pathetic attempts to get attention fail and the show gets cancelled.
  • Ax-Crazy: Sergei, who wants to kill all of "Jon"'s loved ones and drive him insane because it's "more fun" than just killing him.
  • Badass Decay: Deliberately invoked. Yvgeny is no longer nearly as dangerous in season 2 when his brother Sergei takes the reigns as antagonist.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Pretty much everyone save Jon and Yvgeny is dead by the end of the finale. John goes into himself because he's "tired of show business" despite the fact it was his stupidity that resulted in the death of his family. He sends the network a tape explaining this but they don't care pretty much rendering the whole series pointless in the long run.
  • Black Best Friend: Charlie, an affable old black man with a similar sense of humor to Jon, becomes his best friend for a while in an episode of season 3. He soon dies of old age, though.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Jon in the series finale where it's revealed Sergei tortured and programed him to kill his son. Jon breaks out of it but by then it's too late.
  • Break the Haughty: Jon throughout the second season.
  • Bubble Boy: Jon makes himself invulnerable by walking around in a multimillion-dollar bulletproof bubble in the next-to-last episode of season 3.
  • Cameo: Paul Rudd in the pilot.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The ending of season 2, episode 2.
    • Season 3 isn't much better.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mighty Joe Jon, The Black Blonde goes to some depraved and blatantly illegal lengths to improve the show's ratings. Sergei ends up killing him for it at the end of season 2.
  • Crapsack World: Apparently, no one objects to giving an hit man a show, or arranging for more murders to get more ratings.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: The aptly named "Mighty Joe Jon, The Black Blond" (though his hair color is technically white).
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Jay the Doorman. Poor Jay.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: In the fictional world it's set in, recognizes Susan & Yvgeny as this.invoked
  • Eviler than Thou: Sergei is a straight up cold blooded murderer who got right to work forcing Jon into a breakdown, and then kept trying to shatter him. Compare that to Yvgeny who did try killing Jon, he just sucked at it.
  • The Faceless: Everyone in the pilot, but later just Jon. Soon transcended in that Jon's ski mask itself has become the face of his fame. He eventually removes it in the series finale.
  • The Fool: Mishka generally has little understanding of what's going on around him. However, he ultimately comes out better than most show's principal characters in the season 3 finale.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In the episode "David's Girlfriend", David runs away with a girl from the Mirminsky family. Mighty Joe Jon, The Black Blonde comes up with the idea to hire Hollywood writers to think of places that they might have gone. Jon eventually angrily dismisses the writers.
    Jon: "This isn't a Hollywood movie, this is life! I don't need a bunch of writers coming up with fake lines, I need someone to GIVE ME BACK MY SON!"]
  • Irony: Throughout the whole series, Jon's in the witness protection program yet goes on reality show pretty much negating the whole purpose of it. In the finale, by the time his show's cancelled and his family and friends dead. He decides to go into hiding to escape show business not that his network really cares.
  • Jerk Ass:Jon, who cares nothing for his family or girlfriends saftey and only for his popularity.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:While it was supposed to scare Jon who was already at a low point, it was EXTREMELY satisfying to see Mighty Joe Jon, The Black Blonde get shot in the Season 2 finale, especially after he manipulated Kim's ex-husband into trying to win her back and actually made a reality show out of Jon being in a coma. And that's not counting all the other crap he's done this season.
  • Killed Off for Real: See Anyone Can Die above.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Sergei in his season 2 introduction makes the show's tone much darker. Though more like a darker shade of Black Comedy as the show didn't actually cease being one.
    • Lampshaded when he first meets with Mighty Joe Jon
    Sergei: "Is no longer quirky comedy. Is quirky drama."
  • Lame Comeback: Jon, a lot.
    Ross: "You might wanna think about changing that mask before the big tournament next weekend. It'd be a shame if my driver accidentally slipped out of my hands and hit you in the head."
    "Jon": "(Beat) Yeah it'd be a shame if my driver slipped out of my penis and hit YOU in the hands."
  • Long List: By multiple people after Paul Rudd's death, of all the movies he has been in.
    • Sergei lists all of Jon's loved ones that he has killed near the end of the series.
  • The Mafiya: The Mirminsky Family
    • Comedian Todd Barry, though pretty much just hangs out at their social club.
      • Implied that he joins them for real after he gains a taste for killing people under Sergei's tutoring.
  • Manchurian Agent: Sergei turns Jon into one during the series finale. He kills his son, TB, and ultimately breaks free to kill Sergei himself.
  • Mood Whiplash: Again, Season 2 Episode 2, which swing wildly between tragic and funny in the last five minutes.
  • Mushroom Samba
    Jon: The suicide pills turned out to be Ecstasy.
  • No Respect Guy: Jon. Then again he is a Jerkass.
  • Only Sane Man: Kim has the patience of a saint. Her patience runs out when at the end of season 2 when Jon emphatically tells her that he'll never marry.
  • Papa Wolf: One of the few positive traits John has, he truly does love his son. So much so that he threatens Sergi when Sergi vows to go after him next.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The show parodies the hell out of this. For the first season, Jon's black mask and modulated voice are ridiculously conspicuous by themselves, in a "why do you even bother?" sort of way. Not only this, but as a celebrity with a reality show, witness relocation becomes meaningless, which Delocated lampshades. His ex-wife and son soon ended up taking off their masks as they had become pointless, but Jon kept his and flaunted it everywhere as the face of his fame. Season two added the Jon decoy program which flooded New York with masked decoys so that Jon would be harder to snipe in public, which would be a more effective solution if only Jon didn't constantly hang out in the same places. This became a literally paper thin disguise when Jon decided to wear a paper bag over his head as a disguise during the stand-up comedy contest, but then took off the bag in front of Yvgeny. Not that Yvgeny was all that dangerous anymore.
  • The Parody: Reality shows.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Jon gets possibly the most epic one in Season 3 episode 5 ending with "I hope the Mirminsky does all of us a favor and finally kills you!"
  • The Reveal: Yvgeny in the pilot.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Jon loves sandwiches, so much that it gets him in trouble.
    • And got Jon in several Real Life Subway commercials.
  • Running Gag: An in-universe example, Yvgeny's standup act consists entirely of jokes about vodka (but his audience never seems to care). This is Lampshaded by both Sergei and Jon.
    • At one point, he decides he needs some "fresh material" for his act. Later in the episode, we see him with what appears to be a vodka dummy.
      Mighty Joe Jon, The Black Blonde: "I don't know, Yvgeny, I mean...just keep doing vodka jokes, I guess. It never gets old."
  • Sex God: The Glaze, Jon's exotic self-help guru from Season 3.
  • Sleepwalking: Sleepcooking, to be precise. Jon becomes a master TV chef while non-awake in the episode "Midnight Munchingtons."
  • Spell My Name with an "S": It's Yvgeny, not Yevgeny.
  • Spin-Off: Both Susan and Yvgeny get (a fictional) one.
  • Totally Radical: Jon sometimes talks in a manner used by nobody else, even in serious situations.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Possibly one, at the end of S 03 E 08, [[spoiler:"Jon" goes to the dry cleaners where Eun Mi works, only to find her mom explain to him that she died. He's very skeptical, as he thinks this is all a cruel joke that she set up. It ends without a full explanation of whether she really did die or not, but it's heavily implied that she did until the next episode where she comes back, alive and well, and it's never mentioned again.
  • The Unreveal: Jon's face in the season one finale was blurred when he took off his mask.
  • The Vamp: Susan. She actually seemed more sympathetic at first because Jon was such a jackass. But as the series progressed, she proved she could be at least as petty and glib as Jon.
  • Word Salad Title: Jon's (unknown to him, but fake) prank show entitled "Jon He Does It".
    • Lampshaded by Mighty Joe John, the Black Blonde after Jon finds out it was fake. "You really think I'd greenlight a show called 'Jon He Does It'?"
  • Wham Episode: The season three finale, during an interview for a talk show. Sergei stages an escape and manages to take John to an isolated area intending to kill him nice and slow. The police manage to find the warehouse but by the time they bust in, Sergei and Yvgeny have escaped with John.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Yvgeny, who just can't seem to make his dad/The Mafiya happy.
    • Hilariously averted when Sergei confesses to Papa that he thought about killing him once. Papa then congratulates Sergei, saying that he would have been disappointed if he hadn't thought about killing him.

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