Come with us now on a journey through time and space...to the world of the Mighty Boosh.
The Mighty Boosh is a rather unusual British comedy series about two friends, Howard Moon (Julian Barratt) and Vince Noir (Noel Fielding
), who have bizarre adventures together. Howard is a humorless braggart with a love for jazz and a penchant for getting into trouble, and Vince—the "King of the Mods", the "Mayor of Camden", and the face of Cheekbone
magazine—ends up saving Howard Once an Episode
, which tends to involve him talking to animals and wearing silly outfits. They eventually have to fight a Monster of the Week
(usually in song) while meeting a range of strange characters, many of whom are also played by Barratt and Fielding.
The two work at a zoo and end up living together with the Deadpan Snarker
stoner shaman, Naboo (played by Michael Fielding, Noel's brother, whose hair is the show's namesake
), and Bollo, Naboo's gorilla familiar (Dave Brown). Most episodes focus on Howard and Vince leaving the zoo (first series), their flat (second series), or their second-hand goods shop (third series), for a number of distant locations. Including the Arctic tundra, Monkey Hell, and the planet Xooberon.
The humor of the show is based on a combination of non-sequiturs, pop culture references, psychedelic visuals, and musical interludes. The look of the show is intentionally low-budget but highly creative. The humor ranges from the silly to the surreal, but always stays happy and sweet. Much like a children's show, only with balls jokes.
Part of the show's appeal is its home-made vibe. The visual elements (including the animations) are based on Fielding's art, while Barratt composes all of the music (and plays a mean guitar). Many of the extras are Barratt's and Fielding's friends and family.The Mighty Boosh
was originally a stage act, then a radio series, before it became a TV show. It then returned to the stage between series two and three, and another live tour took place between 2008 and 2009. The whole crew reunited in 2013 for several music-centric stage shows in the UK and one at Festival Supreme on Santa Monica Pier.
If you've ever wondered what would happen if the characters of Bob Fossil and Dixon Bainbridge got their own show, see Snuff Box
This show provides examples of:
- Aerith and Bob: Lampshaded with the Shaman Tony Harrison.
- All Just a Dream, Or Was It a Dream?: Most of the second half of "The Nightmare of Milky Joe".
- Ambiguously Bi: Vince's brain cell is confirmed as bisexual, but Vince himself only shows tendencies of it.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: When they're captured together in "Tundra", Howard tells Vince that he loves him. Vince laughs at the idea, but eventually tells Howard that he loves him as well, after some protests from the latter. This is a platonic example and is never brought up again.
- Anything That Moves: Vince Noir. Pandas, Yetis, Polar Bears, Monsters, anything, although he usually just gives them cuddles.
- Ascended Extra: Bollo. Also, Rudi was initially a one-shot character but had almost a whole episode dedicated to him after series one.
- Asexuality: Naboo "doesn't really do anything". Considering his Barbie Doll Anatomy, it's not like he has a choice...
- Aside Glance
- At Arm's Length
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Vince proudly claims this status. While he doesn't usually dress like a woman, he's frequently mistaken for one. Sometimes he's considered attractive, while other times he's called Howard's ugly wife.
Vince Noir: I'm the great confuser! 'Is it a man? Is it a woman? Oh, I don't think I mind...'
- Awesome Aussie: Joey Moose the Australian zoo keeper gave off this vibe, seeing as how he was an obvious Steve Irwin Expy.
- Badass Bookworm: Dixon Bainbridge, man of action. Dude goes to the Arctic Tundra, alone, survives falling off a cliff (his fall was broken by a wolf, which he then killed with a gun hidden in his mustache, but still), then makes his way back to England, goes off to the Tundra alone again, and somehow finds the fake Egg of Mantumbi, survives being frozen by the terrible "Icy Bastard", who he attempted to fist-fight, thaws himself out with heat hidden in his mustache, goes back to England using a whale's jawbone (he killed the whale, somehow) as a raft to get to another continent, then goes back to England, back to the Tundra, where he finds the real Egg of Mantumbi, and is celebrated as the best explorer and man of action who ever lived. Oh, and he's apparently smart enough to splice together man and snake. Bad. Ass.
- Bamboo Technology: Cars literally made out of bamboo in "Milky Joe".
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Naboo the Enigma has a crotch "as smooth as the bonnet of a Porsche"
- Bears Are Bad News: Ivan the hairy Russian carpet-guy, who saves Howard and Vince from an encounter with the Hitcher. He HATES slap bass.
- Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts
- Berserk Button: Don't criticize Howard's work. Also, if you are in the presence of one of Vince's stalkers and attempt to harm him, you will die. Always.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: A scene from "The Chokes" pokes fun at BBC Three's sister, BBC Four, basically saying it's all documentaries which are boring and intellectualist. And they actually got to use the real BBC Four symbol.
- Big Damn Kiss: A Fake-Out Make-Out example. Vince kisses Howard in "Party" to save their lives, but it turns out to be more meaningful for Howard because he had never kissed anyone before, and causes him to temporarily declare himself as gay.
- Black Comedy Rape:
- Blessed Are the Cheesemakers: Tommy Nooka, the cheese priest
- Brainless Beauty: Vince, almost literally: he has one brain cell.
Howard: Old Comanche Indian saying: the best way to hide a leaf is in the forest.
Vince: You think [Nanatoo] is in the forest?
- Brainwashed: Howard, Vince, Naboo and Bollo in "The Call of the Yeti"
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Bob Fossil's monologues
- Breathless Non Sequitur: Both verbal and visual
- Brick Joke: "Student loans" in "Eels", among others.
- "That flute is worth over 35 euros."
- "Big Leg" in Boosh Live.
- "Howard Moon, Colon, Explorer". Seasons apart, even.
- "I'm King of the Mods." Later, Mod Wolves turn up and dance with him instead of attack.
- Can't Take Criticism: Taken to extremes with Howard. When he attempts to write a book, he comes up with a sentence that he believes is good enough to convince a publisher to commission his book. At even the tiniest hint of criticism from first, Vince, and later, Mrs. Gideon, he goes into fits of rage, even punching the latter.
- The Cameo: Roger Daltrey, Gary Numan, the bands Razorlight and the Horrors, Diva Zappa as Howard's girlfriend
- Card-Carrying Villain: The Hitcher
- The Crack Fox pretty much had no reason for wanting to become all-powerful. (Do you need a reason for that?)
- Catch Phrase:
- Might need a page of its own.
- Howard ending sentences with "sir".
- Celibate Hero: Rudi in "The Priest and the Beast." Assuming you don't count his guitar.
- Chekhov's Gun: about once an episode. For example- Vince's overstuffed suitcase, which kills the Queen Yeti in "Call of the Yeti".
- The Chew Toy: Howard
- Childhood Friends: Vince and Howard have been friends since primary school and were in the same class.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Many characters would qualify, but none as much as the Moon.
- "Some people go awwww, look at the moon up there with his milky white face... he's all gentle. And others go UGH, he's a vanilla rapist, get 'im away from my kids."
- Cloud Cuckoo Land: The place Howard and Vince live in is supposed to be London, but instead of British currency they use euros, all people everywhere go on bizarre rants without police interference, animals attempt to get busy with humans and no one finds it odd, time travel is as simple as hailing a taxi, and strange, immortal Cockney green witches inhabit the streets.
- It would seem this extends to the rest of the solar system, as the Moon is something of an Eldritch Abomination (apparently having driven a man who looked up to the Moon to "[Have] a shit on a salad."), is completely and utterly batshit insane, and often mentions other planets as living beings, with Jupiter showing up to eat a fake moon that inexplicably appeared from nowhere.
- Continuity Nod: Inverted, in numerous moments in all three series, reference is made to the age difference between Howard and Vince; sometimes they are the same age, sometimes they are up to 10 years apart. These moments are invariably followed with a musical cue and pointed looks into the camera.
- After Naboo tells the story of the peacock and the magpie in "The Power of the Crimp", Naboo and Bollo are shown to be watching Peacock Dreams in "Party".
- Crowd Song: Everybody join in! "Bouncy bouncy/Oh such a good time/Bouncy bouncy/Shoes all in a line..."
- Bob Fossil attempts this and fails in the radio series with the "Nicey nicey zoo zoo" song, partly because no-one joins in, partly because, in his excitement, he hurls a small child into the lion enclosure.
- Cute Kitten: Naboo gives Howard a picture of kittens in a barrel to look at, as a form of Anger Management therapy. The one on the right is named Philip.
- Dead Person Conversation: Montgomery Flange in "The Chokes." Could also possible apply to Howard in "Bollo" when he calls Vince from Limbo, though he does come Back from the Dead.
- Deal with the Devil: Howard sold his soul to the Spirit of Jazz in exchange for musical talent.
- Death by Adaptation: In the radio series, Joey Moose turned up alive during the events of "Mutants" and even helped Vince and Howard on their quest. In the TV version, he's Killed Off for Real at the start of the episode. His actor Dave Brown played one of the mutants (Specifically the breakdancing one), so it's possible he was turned into mutant, but the mutant shows no recognition towards Howard and Vince so it's up to interpretation if this was meant to be Joey or not.
- Death Is Cheap: The episode "Bollo" is almost entirely based around the death of the titular gorilla. He becomes a major character in Series 2, and even makes a brief cameo later on in series 1, wherein the fact that he died a few episodes ago is not mentioned.
- Not exactly. The entire premise of "Bollo" is that after the gorilla-suited Howard is mistakenly picked up in his place by a cockney Grim Reaper, the real Bollo feels better, so he never actually dies.
- The episode ends with a shot of Bollo's heart giving out as Phil the reaper watches, so it's pretty safe to say he actually died.
- Also, Saboo and (presumably) Tony Harrison die in Series 2 only to return in Series 3. Not to mention the Hitcher, who was liquefied in Series 2 but returned in the next series perfectly intact.
- Though we never really get confirmation Tony and Saboo die; Saboo just fell over, and we never saw Tony hit the ground. Being powerful shaman it's entirely possible they can survive what would kill most humans.
- Decapitation Presentation: The Hitcher does this with Vince and Howard in the live show. He doesn't just hold them up.
- Deranged Animation: Word of God says that they wanted one animation per episode, but this proved too much work for the animators.
- The Ditz: Bob Fossil, zoo manager doesn't know the names of any of the animals in the zoo, calling them such things as "grey leg-faced man" (elephant), and "black-and-white Chinese person who eats sticks" (panda). Here's his description of a kangaroo:
"Oh. You know those guys, with the little hands? You know, with the big pockets? You know, with the little version of themselves in the front pocket?"
- Doppelgänger: Lance Dior and Harold Boon of "The Flighty Zeus" are dopplegangers of Vince and Howard respectively who copy their styles and personalities, much to the annoyance of the latter two. Naboo, Bollo, and even the moon also end up getting their own doppelgangers in the same episode.
- Double Entendre: "Howard Moon, colon, explorer"
- "Howard Moon, colon explorer?"
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Vince
- Eccentric Mentor: Naboo is an extremely long-suffering and cynical version
- Everyone Can See It: Every single character on the show including one shot extras think that Howard and Vince are in a relationship
- Everyone Is Bi: Minor characters often mistook Vince for a woman, hit on him, and never seemed put off upon the revelation that he was a man. Also, Howard's female crush in season one showed interest in Vince, and Vince went on a date with a female panda. The panda and the crush then end up together. The Hitcher is possibly bisexual too. Vince shows tendencies of this, himself, and his brain cell definitely is.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Vince is frequently hit on by several male characters.
- Everything's Better with Llamas: "Calm a Llama down..."
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Bollo.
- Though he's referred to as a monkey several times - even doing it himself on occasion - he is not actually a monkey, but an ape.
- Evil Laugh: The Hitcher, especially in the live show
- Evil Twin: Played with - the 'Flighty Zeus', consisting of Lance Dior and Harold Boon, who copy Vince and Howard and essentially try to steal their lives.
- They also have evil copies of Naboo and Bollo to round out their troupe.
- Fake Band: The Black Tubes, Kraftwork Orange, Orange Work-Kraft.
- Also Pete Neon, half-flamingo, half-pop star.
- And The Ladder Coins from the radio series.
- And Terminal Margaret.
- Rudi & Spider from "The Priest and the Beast".
- Though many of the fake bands are composed of members of real bands.
- In particular, the Horrors as the Black Tubes.
- Fake-Out Make-Out: Like the fangirls cared that it was fake.
- Fan Nick Name: The Pencil Case girl.
- Fartillery: The Crack Fox uses his bad diet against Vince to render him unconscious.
- "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: "Journey to the Center of the Punk"
- Faux Yay: Vince kisses Howard to folly an angry shaman into thinking they're in a relationship, but despite Howard taking it a bit more seriously than Vince at first, he quickly gets over it when a girl that he's attracted to shows up. Vince then get's jealous for about a minute before another girl shows up, and he leaves with her.
- Flashback: Howard selling his soul to the Spirit of Jazz in exchange for musical jazz talent.
- Flanderization Vince and Howard, in Series 2 and especially Series 3
- Flashback Cut
- Fish People: Old Gregg.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Hello, mirrorball suit! Vince is the only person in the world who even remotely pulls it off.
- Foreshadowing: Howard and Vince's conversations throughout Party set up their Fake-Out Make-Out session and Howard's resulting temporary infatuation with Vince in several ways: Howard practically falls in love with a girl he'd only spoke to once and states that if he doesn't get with a woman soon, he's "going gay". Vince tries to explain that it's not that simple and that Howard is the least gay person he knows. Howard also says he doesn't fancy Vince, but Vince egotistically insists that all men do. Later, Howard is revealed to be a virgin who's never even kissed anyone. He declares that when he finally does "make that leap across the physical boundary, it'll be forever".
- Fountain of Youth
- Friend to All Living Things: Vince can communicate with animals.
- He mainly uses it to chat to them about Gary Numan.
- See, he's a pop star, but he also has a pilot's license. Isn't that crazy?!
- The Gadfly: Naboo acts like this at a party after a bottle (used to play Spin the Bottle) breaks. He claims that it wasn't and ordinary bottle and that they released a demon that's hiding inside one of them, causing everyone to worry. He then clarifies that it will only possess the body of a virgin. This causes Howard to scream in terror. Naboo then says that he was only joking, causing an embarrassing moment for Howard.
- Gilligan Cut
- The Ghost: Vince's friend Leroy.
- He's appeared onscreen a grand total of one time, and even then he was wearing KISS makeup and a wig so we're not entirely sure what he looks like.
- Ghost in the Machine: "Journey to the Center of the Punk".
- The Grim Reaper: "Bollo".
- Groin Attack: How you gets to kill a 'roo.
- Let's not forget the Cockney Cockpuncher.
- "Oof, m'nuts!"
- Also, Dixon Bainbridge's habit of kicking Bob Fossil in the crotch.
- Grotesque Gallery: "Mutants".
- Heel-Face Turn: The Hitcher, after deciding that kids these days don't like eels and Victorian imagery.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Howard and Vince. They're basically Bert and Ernie for the new millennium.
- Hermaphrodite: Old Gregg. He's got a manginaaaa!
- Howard as well apparently. According to Old Gregg he has a "Shenis". And they're going to make sweet, sweet love.
- Historical In-Joke: In the episode where they get lost in the zoo, Howard's mentor sees Vince and shouts "A Mod! I am a Rocker, he is a Mod. We are mortal enemies!" This is a reference to the two eponymous subcultures which clashed in England during the early to mid 60's.
- The odd thing about this is that Vince worships Mick Jagger (no, seriously, he's got a shrine and everything) while calling himself King of the Mods, even though Jagger was very much a rocker.
- Homoerotic Subtext: Between almost all of the characters at one point or another, most prolifically Howard and Vince.
- I Have Many Names: Rudi van DiSarzio: "I go by many names..."
- I Lick Your Hand: Kodiak Jack does this to Vince, considering him a "nubile princess".
- Improbable Hairstyle: well, Vince's hair is always improbable, but it's exceptionally so in "The Nightmare of Milky Joe"
- Not to mention "Journey to the Centre of the Punk."
- Inverted briefly in "The Power of the Crimp", when Vince temporarily has a... er... "probable" haircut, and it's an enormous shock to the system for everyone involved (the audience included).
- Then there's a mullet on a 68-year-old sailor.
- And a perm on the Ape of Death. Not that there's a specific hairstyle you'd expect the "Ape of Death" to have. But if there were, it probably wouldn't be a perm.
- Interspecies Romance: Howard Moon, Fox Bummer.
- That's just a rumor!
- Also Vince and his Panda, the same Panda who eventually steals Miss Gideon away from Howard.
- Intoxication Ensues: Tommy Nookah and his "cheese dreams".
- Jerkass: Dixon Bainbridge tops a long list.
- Saboo is definitely a close second.
- Kill 'em All: (In the stage show) The Hitcher murders the entire main cast, including the off-stage decapitation of Howard and Vince.
- And then he fucked the head stumps.
- Lampshade Hanging: "Party," which has some fun with the age difference between Howard and Vince (and actors Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding).
- Large Ham: Dixon Bainbridge in particular, and Bob Fossil chewing the scenery in every episode he appears. The Hitcher also qualifies here, and the other characters have their moments.
- Lecherous Licking: Both Alan and Kodiac Jack (both played by Rich Fulcher) greet Vince by licking his hand.
- Le Film Artistique: ''The Doctor and the Pencil'' in "The Chokes".
- Leitmotif: Naboo's theme
- Loads and Loads of Characters
- Luke, I Am Your Father: The Spirit of Jazz to Howard in "Journey to the Centre of the Punk". First he's his father, then his uncle, then his second cousin twice removed on his sister's side.
- Magical Realism: The Boosh could definitely qualify as magical realism, as it involves elements of magic that the characters generally take in stride and pay little mind to.
- The Man in the Moon: Is completely insane.
- Meat-O-Vision: Parodied in "The Nightmare of Milky Joe"
Vince: Hey, Howard, why don't we eat this guy? He's made of eggs and sausages.
- Metaphorgotten: How you gets to kill a 'roo. "Grab his balls. Geez you're thick."
- Miles Gloriosus: "Howard Moon: Man of Action... Don't kill me! I've got so much to give!"
- Mind Rape: Again, the Hitcher, in "Eels".
- The Minnesota Fats: Lance Dior and Harold Boon in "The Power of the Crimp".
- Mobile Shrubbery: Parodied brilliantly in "Mutants".
- Modern Minstrelsy: White dudes in blackface and brownface (and playing very broad racial stereotypes). Although the Spirit of Jazz isn't really "blackface", per se. He's supposed to be Baron Samedi as a reference to New Orleans culture.
- Moment Killer: Many, many times, but (usually) not in a romantic way; Howard and Vince are best friends, but since both are stubborn, they find it very hard to admit their affection for each other and it usually takes a near-death experience for them to say they need one another. Vince's distraught speech to Howard in the episode "The Power of the Crimp" seemed to shock them both. It was probably a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
- Monster of the Week: Sandstorm, Evil Tree, Mister Susan, the Black Frost, Old Gregg, the Ape of Death and the Mod Wolves. The Hitcher probably counts as well.
- Mr. Fanservice: Noel Fielding, who has won a 'Sexiest Man' NME, and is also just pretty.
- Julian Barratt has his own dedicated fandom.
- The Munchausen: Howard makes unbelievable boasts all the time, but they're occasionally shown to be true, like his job offer from Walt Disney, or the sale of his soul to the Spirit of Jazz.
- My Card: Old Gregg and Eleanor
- Nice Hat: Howlin' Jimmy Jefferson, a.k.a, the Spirit of Jazz, and no, the hat being on fire is not part of his look
- "OW! Man, my hat's on fire! What's wrong with you, you blind?! Why didn't you tell me?!"
- Also, Jonny Two-Hats, named thus because he wears...two hats. When his confidence is rattled, he wears about five.
- Saboo's hat is really something else.
- The Polynesian feathered headdress Howard gives Vince in The Power of the Crimp. Also, Vince's hair is "virtually a hat", apparently meaning by extension that "all hats suit [him]".
- A mugger wants to borrow Dennis the Head Shaman's hat for his mate Ricky. Ricky's got one of those faces...
- Nice Shoes: Black Frost's cowboy boots.
- Nobody Poops: Dear god, subverted in "The Hitcher".
- Taken further in the first stage show, where he pisses on the audience members.
- Non-Action Guy: Vince. He mostly sits around and looks beautiful, although he sometimes goes to rescue Howard
- No Name Given: The Pencil Case Girl and Vince's love interest at the end of "Party".
- She was revealed to be Old Gregg wearing a disguise in a deleted scene.
- No Fourth Wall
- No Indoor Voice: Bob Fossil and Dixon Bainbridge.
- Noodle Incident: Many many. But, the Incident With The Binoculars. It was in The Guardian.
- The Obi-Wan: Tommy Nookah in "Jungle," Montgomery Flange in "The Chokes".
- Odd Couple: Howard and Vince, and Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding, for that matter.
- Official Couple: If you count the Live show, then it's Howard and Old Gregg.
- Ominous Fog: Heralds the appearance of Old Gregg.
- Ominous Latin Chanting
- Once an Episode: The Moon, the musical numbers... it's got a couple of Once an Episode bits.
- Out of Order: When aired on [adult swim], the network for some reason started on the third season of the show and aired the first two seasons afterward.
- Perky Goth: Vince, temporarily, in "Nanageddon".
Vince: You're going to have to get a bit dark, like me.
Howard: Like you? You're the least dark person I've ever met. You're like candy floss.
- The Philosopher: Rudi van Di Sarzio; subverted with Howard
- Popular Is Dumb: "Prince of Camden" Vince is... not always the sharpest knife in the drawer.
- That's a fairly big understatement:
Howard: I can't be hemmed in. People try to put me in a box.
Vince: Who's trying to put you in a box?
Howard: Oh, people, you know. The man.
Vince: Have you contacted the police about this??
- The Power of Rock: Highlighted in "The Priest and the Beast".
- Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Averted through copious improvisation.
- Relationship Upgrade: Temporarily for Howard and Vince in Party. May have happened earlier off screen: Vince states that Howard throws women he's interested in into a wheelbarrow:
Howard: I was drunk
Vince: I know. So was I. I was in the wheelbarrow.
- Running Gag: Howard's tiny eyes, Vince being mistaken for Howard's wife.
- Anytime someone says "gather round" a person dressed up like an inanimate object gathers around as well.
Not you, naan bread!
- Romantic False Lead: The Pencil-Case girl
- Salt and Pepper: Aversion once with Rudi and Spider. Twice if you count Saboo and Tony Harrison, the latter being more fuschia than white.
- Scary Black Man: Saboo, kind of.
- Lester Corncrake is certainly disturbing and he THINKS he's black.
- Secret Test of Character: "Jungle," the live show, etc.
- Selective Obliviousness: done by Howard. His obstinate refusal to understand that Mrs Gideon has no idea he exists, his denying that he is a vain and shallow man (he thinks himself dark and artistic) and he refuses to accept that fact that people find him and his interest/anecdotes/jokes boring. See John Coltrane, the "Pencil Case" story, and everything else Howard enjoys. His way of wooing women? Trumpets and bookmarks.
- Which apparently could've worked on Mrs Gideon... if it weren't for that meddling panda... and the fact that Howard had just punched her in the face.
- Shout-Out: In the episode "Party", one of the guests on the dance floor looks suspiciously like Faust from Guilty Gear.
- The episode "The Legend of Old Gregg" contains an extended homage to George Clinton and the P-Funk mythology.
- Left the Background Music On: "Lester, will you put that trombone down?"
- Happened at least one on the radio show. In "Jungle", the swelling music behind Howard's dramatic scene cuts out when he stops the cassette tape he was playing it on. May have also happened twice with the mood music in "Mutants."
- Show Within a Show: The Pieface Showcase features in the second series, while the Colobos the Crab appears in the radio variation.
- Peacock Dreams could also be an example, though the show itself is only described rather than shown.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Several characters have mistakenly treated them as a couple, often thinking that Vince is Howard's wife. They usually leave it alone, but Howard denies it in a couple of episodes.
- Sophisticated as Hell: In the live show, Vince tries to get Howard to wear pink pants. Howard refuses, saying he has poise and dignity. Vince says he has poise and dignity, too—while putting the pants on his head.
- Sound to Screen Adaptation: Although, more accurately, Stage to Sound to Screen to Stage and Page Adaptation.
- Spirit Advisor: Montgomery Flange in "The Chokes"
- Stock British Phrases: The Hitcher loves calling people slags.
- He peppers his conversations with a variety of Mockney phrases pretty much constantly.
- Lampshaded by one of his minions who mutters "Apples and pears and other assorted fruits"
- Also, Colin the Death Cab dispatcher, who mutters at one point, "I'm a Cockney, I'm a Cockney", after a (not-quite) stereotypical round of "How's your old woman?" with the cabbie who brought Howard to Limbo.
- Stylish Protection Gear: Vince's 'glam rock ski suit.'
- Suddenly Sexuality: In "Party", Vince kisses Howard in order to convince someone that they're a couple. Howard, who hadn't been kissed before, overreacts to it and declares himself gay, but quickly forgets about it when a girl that he has a crush on shows up, and it doesn't come up again.
- Super Cell Reception: One character receives a phone call on an expedition somewhere in the arctic. We can safely suspend our belief to include it, considering that at the time the expedition, comprised of two zoo-keepers, was trying to defrost the frozen last words of an explorer killed by the Black Frost.
- Surreal Humor
- Swallow the Key: Played with in the episode "Jungle" - Bob Fossil eats a key, slowly biting bits off and chewing them.
- Take That: In the live show, against a cereal mascot they felt had ripped off their pseudo-musical rhythmic spoken-word style. Their vengeance is delightfully depraved.
- Talking Animal: Bollo, various bears, fish, the Crack Fox, etc.
- Ted Baxter: Howard.fw
- Too Kinky to Torture: Bob Fossil.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: There are other hints of this throughout the series, but in "Party", after Vince kisses him to get them out of a situation, Howard declares that he's gay and argues that all their previous arguments and bickering were all just a part of their sexual tension. However, this only lasts a little while, and they both end up with women by the end of the episode, and it doesn't come up again.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Both Howard and Vince - as endearing as they are, Howard's stuffiness and Vince's shallowness are significant.
- Vinyl Shatters: On a dare, Vince bites into one of Howard's records and breaks it into pieces.
- Weird Moon: The moon talks, often rambling about some nonsense mostly unrelated to anything else going on in the plot.
- When Elders Attack: An episode had an army of grandmothers attacking people with different items, such as knitting needles. Made more dangerous by the fact that they're actually demons inadvertently summoned by Vince and Howard.
- Witch Doctor: Naboo again.
- And the Shaman's Council are made up entirely of "super magic men".
Saboo: Kirk, is it true you are still an erotic adventurer of the most deranged kind?
- Yawn and Reach: Between Howard and a coconut.