- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range:
- One of the explanations given for how a little girl in one clip is able to squeeze into a claw game bin via the prize drop chute grab what she wants and get back out the same way.
- In one "World's Dumbest Partiers" episode, we meet man who is called a "medical freak," because he has the ability to move his Adam's apple around to allow him to drink beer upside down.
- One episode had a guy who could twist his head 180 degrees, which he does to shock people.
- Absent-Minded Professor: Played with with Tonya, as she has a recurring Show Within The Show segment, "Physics 101 with Professor Tonya Harding", but otherwise comes off as a dumb blonde; she even draws attention to it in one episode, saying, "I'm not real book-smart. I'm blonde-smart!"
- Adults Are Useless:
- Affectionate Parody:
- They did one once of the reality show Blind Date complete with Roger hosting.
- During a clip featuring a security guard stealing from his place of employment, they played a small portion of a song parodying the Cops theme. "Rent-a-cops, rent-a-cops! They never do... they never do what you pay them to do!"
- They also did one of Most Shocking/Daring involving a clip where a man in a monkey costume slaps someone's burger out of their hands. They even managed to get the narrator of that show to drop plenty of over-the-top melodrama and incredibly lame puns.
- One time that was "Do You Think You Can Dance", hosted by Todd, with Chuck, Tonya, Leif, Mike T., and Roger as the judges.
- During an episode of "Drivers," Todd pulls another one of theses with, Todd Bridges's Amazingly Amazin' Race, in which throughout the show, the other commentators compete for a huge lump sum of his estate. Danny and Kevin McCaffrey compete in a bread truck, Brad and Mike B. drive through the ice-slick roads of Turkey, Roger and Ted get stuck in a truck accident in an Irish truck parade, Mike T. and Daniel stop to watch a cop arrest a drunk driver, Chelsea and Chris Strait make little time via a dogsled, and finally Jaime and Leif cross the finish line, only to learn Todd isn't going to give them any money, just a lesson in teamwork and determination (that they're pretty much pointless).
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Often, particularly the reason for most of the World's Dumbest Partiers. And drivers. And brawlers. And...well, let's just say that it's probably the main reason for being featured on the show.
- All Women Are Lustful:
- Daisy is quick to point out interest in a hunky, good-looking guy featured in a clip, expresses disappointment and annoyance when a man's private parts are blurred out or censored, and has also commented on collecting and avidly watching porn.
- With Marianne Sierk, it doesn't even have to be a good-looking guy. In one case, the target of her affection wasn't even human (in her own words, "That puppet could get some ass!"). See also Good Bad Girl below. And Sex Goddess. And Ship Tease. And Ms. Fanservice. And The Tease.
- Always Someone Better:
- Frank gives this one to Jessie Cantrell (with himself, no less), when she makes a crack about Russians.
Frank: Jessie, I'm the original, because I really don't like anybody, I don't like Russians, I don't like Chinese, I don't like the French, I don't like Italians... you're behind, so you're never gonna catch up.
- A viewer once took to Twitter, asking the show if they were ever going to get a better Baldwin brother; Daniel's response:
Daniel: Let me tell ya something... Grey Gardens got nominated for 17 Emmy's... Series/30Rock got nominated for 22, Alec won. Billy? Billy's wife makes all the money, she's a big singer-songwriter! And Stephen? Stephen's a faggot, he wouldn't do this show, and we wouldn't have him! I rest my case.
- American Dream: Mike T., on the fact that the breaking of the world's largest piñata was called off due to potential crowd hazards:
Mike T: This is bullshit! There is candy inside that freakin' brightly-colored papier-mâché donkey, and we're gonna fuckin' eat it! 'Cause this is America!
- An Aesop: Given every so often. Though it tends to be an odd, crude, or very narrow Aesop due to the nature of the show.
Brad: Any time your penis touches pavement, it's time to rethink your life.
- And Now For Something Completely Different:
- Lampshaded in "World's Dumbest Partiers 4", which features a clip of a party turned into a riot in Panama; the announcer and all of the commentators speak Spanish, and the segment is highlighted by a sock puppet with a sombrero, large googly eyes, and a stereotypical Hispanic mustache named Bill Thompson.
- An "Outlaws" episode has one clip in the countdown retold in the style of a show-stopping musical number (at the request of Billy Kimball), with Brendan Walsh in the lead, and Judy and two Brads as backups; of course, none of them are actually doing their own singing, though.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
- In "World's Dumbest Motorheads 8", an elderly school bus driver is seen on camera smoking a cigarette and sipping on a soda with one hand, and driving the bus with the other, which causes her to lose control of the bus, plow over the center divide, and collide with a car in oncoming traffic. When police arrive, the bus driver is charged with reckless driving, driving without a seat belt... and smoking on a school bus.
- Kevin McCaffrey on a man who had committed multiple crimes and was fleeing police: "As if stealing a car and aggravated robbery weren't bad enough, I didn't see him signalling for those lane changes, either. Now he's really fucked."
- A man who had stolen a Krispy Kreme truck was arrested and charged with shoplifting, auto theft, running from police, hit and run, drunk driving, driving on a suspended license, and wasting a bunch of perfectly good doughnuts.
- Jaime often invokes this trope whenever see a particular rough-looking perp is arrested and charge with a variety of different felonies; she will usually add, "And he was also charged with creeping me out!" Or, "Being really scary-looking!" Or anything along those lines.
- In "Outlaws 8," a man disputes the fact that he has been taken to the police station without being officially placed under arrest:
Suspect: Y'all ain't never tell me I was under arrest! Nobody read me my rights! [to the only female officer in the room] Bitch, that's synthetic in yo hair!
- Ascended Extra:
- With his introduction in Season 11, Chris F. made very sparse and occasional appearances on the show, but so far, has been featured prominently in every episode during Season 14 and onward.
- Same with Rachel and Jamie Lee (the TV personality, not Curtis) - both of whom were introduced in Season 13.
- Mike T., to a lesser extent. His appearances in earlier seasons were far more limited, but became more and more frequent in later seasons, and has also gotten involved behind the scenes as well, replacing Ted as the show's consulting producer.
- Awesome but Impractical: One episode of "Criminals" features a woman on hidden camera in a car, soliciting a hitman (read: an undercover police officer) to kill her husband (although we never hear her say anything specific regarding the actual murder of her husband). Instead of simply busting her right there, the police use at least a whole day to stage a fake murder and present the charade to the woman. They go through all the trouble of showing her pictures of the "assassination," bringing her into the station, and then breaking down everything that supposedly happened. Perhaps surprisingly, no one on the cast mentioned the fact that all of this may have been overkill.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Played straight (sort of) during a clip featuring a performance in Japan of a Power Rangers-like battle. One of the actors on the "good" team falls hard after an acrobatic flip and is unable to continue the choreography. As the "bad guy" ad-libs due to the botch, it appears, if one ignores the fact that it wasn't supposed to happen, that the bad guy has won.
John Enos: Evil wins! Yes, yes!
Chuck Nice: The moral here is the good guy doesn't always win. Those are the lessons you learn when you live in a post-apocalyptic Japan.
- Bait and Switch: In an episode of "Drivers", a clip shows a couple being pulled over for speeding. When the officer approaches the vehicle, the man claims that his wife is going into labor, while she wails and screams from the passenger seat. The cast make remarks about, "That old trick again," and continue doing so throughout the clip, despite the fact that it ends with an ambulance arrives, and the woman actually does give birth to a baby.
- Be a Whore to Get Your Man:
- During an episode of "Partiers", the viewers are introduced to a woman on a cruise named Celeste. She has a major thing for her karaoke instructor, about whom we know nothing, other than the fact that his name is Denilla. Celeste makes no bones about it and doesn't beat around the bush— she wants to have sex with Denilla, and would do so whenever and wherever he wants. She also wants to "molest" him and lets him know in advance that she's not above "licking balls." She ends the video by showing the camera her naked ass, hoping Denilla will watch it and like what he sees. We never find out if he does.
- Loni occasionally will offer tips in trying to bribe an officer, or get on a cop's good side (or any man, really), by saying, "Do what I always do: use sex."
- Beach Episode: This happens whenever they show a clip of someone on the beach.
- Berserk Button: Mike T. once commented that "It's always a little funnier when a fat guy falls down." Then, as seen during the outtakes, one of the off-screen crew members said "Oh, really? Could you fall for us?" Mike T. responded with a Flat "What?" and then went on an angry rant about how he should leave, and the person who said that can stay there and talk about how fat he is.
- Big Eater:
- The Big Guy:
- As noted above, Mike T. is possibly this personified for this show. Brad, while certainly not morbidly obese, is a little on the chunky side as well, and occasionally pokes fun at himself, usually making references to Chunk from The Goonies.
- On the female end of the spectrum - Loni.
- Bilingual Bonus: During a skit in which Judy Gold plays a weather reporter for a Spanish news station, she's introduced as "Judy Oro," oro being the Spanish word for gold.
- Bi the Way:
- A lot of Bryan's jokes and dialogue seem to cross into this territory (he once outright referred to Danny as sexy). Michael on occasion plays this trope straight as well.
- Chelsea goes back and forth between this and Does Not Like Men (see below) - she may express interest in certain guys in the clips (mainly if they display manners and chivalry), but also will comment on how cute certain women in the clips are (and has even called Tonya beautiful).
- Black Comedy: Being more light-hearted than shows such as Most Shocking or Unsolved Mysteries, World's Dumbest usually avoids this trope. However, during a presentation of an invention that's simply a robot designed to console a person who's dying with loving words ("I am here for you," etc.), Judy wondered what the invention would be like if it "told the truth."
Robot voice: I'm sorry your husband couldn't be here, but that's what you get when you die during March Madness.
Robot voice: Knock, knock. Who's dying? You. Joke complete.
Robot voice: Spoiler alert. You die at the end of this sentence.
- Black Comedy Rape: Played for laughs in the context of a Mexican man who was gored by a bull whose horns somehow managed to snag and completely remove his pants and underwear.
Mike T.: It's one thing to get gored by a bull, but to be molested! [holding a small figurine in stereotypical Mexican clothing] Show us on the doll where the bull touched you!
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Chelsea claimed, of a man who botched a cliff dive, "All this guy wants is love... and I'm the girl to give it to him. Oh, wait— I forgot my New Year's resolution. Nevermind."
Then, superimposed on the screen next to her is a list of "Chelsea's New Year's Resolutions": Don't date idiots, make more friends, recycle more, stop killing hobos.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Considering this is a celebrity commentary show, there's really No Fourth Wall; however, on a few specific occasions, this cast does actually play this straight, such as:
(Responding to a guy exclaiming the video he shot of his friend is going on YouTube
) You know what else it's going on? World's Dumbest...
, 'cause you're an idiot!!!
Nick: I'm waitin' till they give me my own show on truTV!
Chuck: (Responding to a man using a small hatchet to chop through bullet-proof, tempered glass to rob a bank) Hey, our show's only an hour long...
- Brief Accent Imitation: Anytime the dialogue has a voice-over dubbed for a clip. Often, if the clip is from a foreign country, an appropriate accent for the culture is dubbed. However, most of the time, the voice actor seems to almost always rely on a Speedy Gonzales-esque accent for just about anyone the clip is focused on.
- Buffy Speak: During the outtakes of one episode, Ali Landry referred to the dance done by Leif in a clip from the '70s as the "sassy, hip-shakey thing."
- Bullying a Dragon:
- One episode of "Brawlers" shows a man and his girlfriend getting off the elevator in a hotel. Another man, waiting to board the elevator, makes a move on the girl, which probably went somewhat similarly to this Chuck quip:
Chuck: Hey, want some of my mardi gras beads? 'Cause I'm drunk and you're beautiful, and I cannot see that your boyfriend is very large.
- Additionally, Wes Dening astutely opined, of a beachgoer in an argument with a bigger man, that it's "Not wise to accuse someone who looks like The Thing of being 'all talk.'"
- A good deal of episodes end up having someone attack or doing something illegal in front of a person who's a black belt/martial arts instructor/former Marine/ect. Guess who comes out on top pretty much every time?
- Butt Monkey:
- There must be an unspoken motto on this show - "When in doubt, make fun of Leif Garrett." Leif even lampshaded it once by flat out asking "Why does everyone always pick on me?"
- Tonya seems to be Brad Loekle's personal Butt Monkey, and before that, Judy's.
- Since Season 13, Brad has seem to become almost everybody's personal Butt Monkey, especially for Danny, John, and Bryan.
- Frankie seems to think this of himself; he's certain the show features clips from Russia for nothing other than the sole purpose to irritate him, but also, when Judy once implied that "Macho Italian Men" are Not So Above It All, Frankie adds, "I'm gonna quit this fuckin' show, then you all won't have anyone to pick on anymore."
- By "No", I Mean "Yes":
- Mike T. on a man who dislocated his shoulder attempting to re-enact a fight scene from Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon:
Mike T: Small price to pay for fame. And by "small," I mean "big," and by "fame," I mean "humiliation."
- Jaime on a yearly mud racing competition known as "Tough Mudder":
Jaime: That sounds fun in a way that I don't mean...
- After a young man crashes his father's new car while fooling around in the driver's seat (with the car started), the cameraman claims that he's "probably erasing this film."
Mike T: And by "erase it," I mean "send it to truTV to see what Danny Bonaduce thinks of it."
- In an "Inventions" episode, the informercial for the Flavor Funnel features a rather large man pumping butter into his bag of popcorn, of which the announcer/inventor says, "Whatever you do, don't be like this guy we caught on camera."
Kevin: And by, "Caught on camera," we mean, "Blatantly staged in a movie theater."
- Canon Discontinuity: They regularly comment on how they've never shown a clip of someone successfully stealing an ATM on the show. This is despite the fact that there have been at least two videos of ATMs being successfully stolen, one involving a large group of people working together, and the other featuring a man loading an ATM into his car via a forklift, though he failed to steal a second ATM.
- Camp Gay: A few of the cast members are openly gay, most notably Brad and Judy, but then we also have some who fall into the Camp Straight category who, despite being straight, often give out gay vibes in their commentary.
- Captain Obvious: There are moments where the cast members aren't really making jokes at the videos, and tend to just be narrating what's going on, as if we, the viewers, can't figure it out ourselves.
- This was very prevalent in the early episodes where there were less gags and jabs at the people on the video (and each other).
- The Cast Showoff:
- If you see a clip of somebody doing something dumb to try and impress his buddies (or any random clip from a "Record Breakers" episode), expect Danny to try and pull it off himself... and usually not doing too well at it.
- Frankie will occasionally pick a pretty mean guitar, and once provided the song for an animated music video of drunk hillbillies riding their horses into a grocery store Starbucks kiosk.
- Catch Phrase: During "World's Dumbest Brawlers", expect to hear someone in the clips scream "YOU GOT KNOCKED THE FUCK OUT!" at least once.
- Bryan has a habit of calling incompetent people in the clips "Dr./Captain No-Help".
- Brendan used "One punch and down!" as a catch phrase during at least two episodes of "Brawlers".
- Todd did the same thing, his catch phrase being "In yo face!"
- Tonya repeats three lines very often: "Hello?" (as in "Hello, what were you thinking?"), "Wham bam, thank you ma'am," and "I mean, oh my GOD..."
- Judy often uses "Hello?" as well, though she usually delivers it with a lot more bite and snark than Tonya does.
- Celebrity Star:
- "World's Dumbest Bracket Showdown", featured "special celebrity guest commentator, Charles Barkley".
- TV pitchman Anthony Sullivan regularly drops by for the "Inventions" episodes.
- Vincent Pastore appears in two different episodes, once in an "Inventions" episode to hawk a cologne designed for married men to mask the smell of their mistresses, and another episode where he interrupts the casts' commentaries throughout to intimidate them.
- "World's Dumbest Partiers 19" featured "special celebrity guest" Crystal the Monkey from The Hangover: Part II. He and Mike T. become friends, and "Party Monkey," as Mike T. named him, uses a handgun to coerce Danny into claiming that a monkey in a featured clip did nothing wrong.
- Alan Thicke drops by in, "World's Dumbest Drivers 13", to give the cast lessons in safe driving. Natasha Leggero is the only one in class who takes the lessons seriously; in fact, Thicke kicks Nick out of class for continually and intentionally giving the wrong answers. He's also appeared in a couple of other episodes.
- Character Tic:
- Kevin often shrugs his arms while commenting on the stupidity in the videos.
- Danny points at the camera a lot, and also likes to break things with his head any chance he gets.
- Gary likes to look directly into the camera, and act all philosophical, as if the clip we just watched has An Aesop to it.
- Brad likes to take his clothes off. A lot.
- Daisy has a tendency to glance off to the side frequently whenever she comments.
- Chelsea also tends to look up and to her left (sometimes her right, unless it's a case of the editing team flipping the picture horizontally) when she's trying to think of something. Her eyes are about as big as an anime character's, so it's easy to notice.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Sort of. During the first season, the show not only featured comedians and actors as commentators, but also real life judges, cops, private investigators, security guards for the "Dumbest Criminals" episodes. Throughout the second season they were progressively phased out and later completely gone by Season 3. Every now and again, Ron Kuby makes a random appearance, but that's about it.
- Most of those dropped commentators appear on another TruTV franchise, Disorder in the Court. Possibly the move towards Lighter and Softer prompted them to shift their more sober commentators to a more sober show.
- Clip Show: "World's Dumbest Bracket Showdown" was essentially a "best of" special, with extra episode-specific commentary by Charles Barkley.
- Of the main cast members, Gary probably qualifies. Tonya, too, as well as Leif.
- Other cast members have their moments even though they wouldn't qualify overall as a cloudcuckoolander. Chelsea Peretti, for example, noticed in one episode how often off-duty police officers are featured on the show doing something heroic, and suggested that all cops should be off-duty.
- The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: In one episode of World's Dumbest Drivers, there is a clip where a five-year-old child takes a ride in his grandmother's pickup truck. Gary was the only one to point out that the real dumb person was the one who left the truck unlocked to begin with, not the child who was just following his instincts and curiosity.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Frequently by people shown in the video clips, not unusual from commentators (Judy and Frank seem the most prone to it, but nearly everyone's cut loose a few times).
- Comedic Sociopathy:
- Motorheads/Drivers, Daredevils/Thrillseekers, and to an extent, Partiers, are all based almost completely on this trope. Many cast members even express disappointment if no one in a given clip ends up hurt.
- Taken another step upward in "World's Dumbest Daredevils 8", where a man rides around in a rhino effortlessly for quite some time, to the point that the cast becomes rather bored that nothing is happening; finally, the driver wipes out, and flips his rhino several times, which perks the cast up. Kevin even remarks, "Oh good, I thought no one was gonna almost die for a second!"
- In "World's Dumbest Pranksters", parents play an April Fool's on their little boy by presenting him a small round cake he has trouble cutting into. When it's revealed that it's actually a roll of toilet paper covered in frosting and sprinkles, the boy bursts into tears... not only are the parents taking pleasure in the outcome of the prank, but the cast is really enjoying the boy's misfortune, and even mock him.
Jaime: I can't wait to have my own children... to torture!
Ted: That's what you get for acing that test, you little nerd!
Michael: [as the boy's father] Your mother and I just took a big shit on all your hopes and dreams... now eat it... eat it!
- Mike T. had the following to say about a clip in which a young girl (most likely 5-8 years old) was hit by a toy pony when her father (for some reason) threw it in her direction while goofing around:
Mike T: The first time we made fun of a kid getting hurt on this show, I felt pretty bad, but now that part of me has died. It's fine, though; this show is important. Someone has to keep Leif Garrett off the streets.
- Compensating for Something: Apparently, Judy believes that every man with an even somewhat expensive car has a small penis.
- Content Warning: If certain "Daredevils" or "Thrillseekers" episodes feature especially violent stunts that result in people being severely injured, the beginning of the show, as well as halfway through the hour, will feature a viewer discretion advisory asking viewers not to try these stunts themselves.
- Creepy Child: In a "Performers" episode, a mother dresses as a clown for her kid's birthday party, though a mishap on her part accidentally starts a fire in the room; while she and a bunch of the kids naturally begin to panic, one little boy stands off in the background and seemingly giggles uncontrollably over the entire incident. The cast is deeply creeped out by this, with Brad even suggesting this kid is Damien Thorne.
- Creepy Uncle: Likely to be mentioned in any clip with someone who's introduced as an uncle, or in an episode of "Hillbillies." Chelsea also once commented that "I miss camping with my very aggressive uncles... I'll explain another time."
- Lou and Sonia Pizarro from Operation Repo once dropped in to offer some commentary of their own.
- More recently, some of the cast members from this show, including Godfrey, Rachel, and Kevin, among others, have been popping up on one of truTV's other clip showcase series, Upload With Shaquille O'Neal.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Is shown occasionally. Such as the 78-year-old man VS a 20-something pickpocket. Said 78-year-old man was a former Marine, iron worker, and Golden Gloves boxer.
- A Date with Rosie Palms:
- Invoked in some clips where whoever is shooting the video gets so excited behind the camera, the cast imply that the person is really enjoying themselves more than they should. One clip in particular of a group of friends jumping off a small cliff into a lake, the final guy about to jump is introduced by the cameraman as, "175 pounds of sexy muscle!" Cut to Michael imitating the videographer by gushing over said 175 pounds of sexy muscle, followed by miming jerking off, to which he apparently catches a bystander's attention.
Michael: Uh, I'm just encouraging him.
- In an Inventions episode, where a device can be used to cut hot dogs into figures with smiley faces, some of the cast insist they don't need help playing with their weiners.
- And another Inventions episode, we have The Drib... a bib made specifically for men to... keep from making a mess... the cast cannot believe it.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Kevin, Chelsea, Brad, Chuck and Billy are pretty much this 100% of the time.
- In one clip, police officers ask a man pulled over for drunk driving if he is aware of the time. Without skipping a beat, he responds with "half-past monkey's ass, a quarter to his balls."
- In another clip, a police officer is shown during a traffic stop where he's pulled over a middle-aged woman for speeding. Said woman attempted to talk her way out of the ticket by telling the police officer she thought pretty girls were never issued tickets. In a split second, the police officer responded with, "Oh, so you thought we didn't give pretty girls tickets? You're right, we don't — sign here." Even the professional comedians on the show were impressed.
- Demoted to Extra: Starting in Season 14, Danny, Leif, Todd, Frank, Tonya, and Tonya have been featured less and less, to the point that one or more of them may only get in one comment/joke during the entire hour. Ironically, Judy was Promoted to Opening Titles during Season 15 before taking a bus trip during Season 16.
- Department of Redundancy Department:
- One of the more recent volumes is called World's Dumbest Dummies.
- Billy makes this remark of a snowboarder crashing onto a road cut in the snow-covered mountain:
Billy: When you hit asphalt at that speed, it is like hitting solid asphalt. Think about it.
- In one sketch, Judy Gold plays the owner of the "Fragile Really Fragile Glass Christmas Ornament Store Where Everything is Fragile" store.
- From an infomercial for the Ace Power Rider (basically a mechanical device to simulate horseback riding or having sex in the cowgirl position):
My wife always used to turn away, it would upset me very much, and I would stay out late. Now, things have changed. Hahaha, it's funny. Why? I can't tell you. It's funny. Anyway, she is a different person now. It's really funny
- Rachel Feinstein on an officer telling another officer why he was arresting her:
Rachel: Why don't you shut your goddamn mouth? I don't need the law tellin' me about the law! That's redundant!
- Didn't Think This Through:
- Happens to many a criminal who break into stores by falling through the ceiling, and then have no way of getting out of the store via the same method. Sometimes, though rarely, subverted when a thief actually finds a way to build a makeshift ladder (or use an actual ladder) to climb back up through the ceiling to freedom, or breaks through the door/a window from the inside. But mostly, they end up trying this exact strategy and falling back to the floor below, adding injury to insult.
- One duo attempted to rob a convenience store, but the cash register was empty and the safe could only be accessed by the store's boss, who wasn't due to arrive for several hours. As such, they came up with an idea— leave a phone number so the store owner can call them when his boss arrives, so they can presumably come back to the store to steal the money. As if it needs to be said, when they were called back to the store, plain-clothes police officers were waiting, and they were booked.
- Dissonant Serenity:
- On occasion, some of the cast will expressing finding a certain bungling act from a clip to be rather relaxing when played in a continuous loop.
- One clip of a southern gentleman who politely (yes, politely— used "Ma'am" and ) robs a convenience store, Chelsea finds that the man's way of saying "Regi-shure," note repeated over and over again is soothing enough to lull her to sleep.
- The Ditz: Tonya Harding, in the context of the show, as well as Loni Love, despite the fact that Loni doesn't get any grief for her mental screw-ups (maybe because a blonde white woman is an easier target for this particular trait), which include calling Finnish people (Finns, for the curious) "Finlands," ending a message to the people of China with "Konnichiwa," and incorrectly claiming that she doesn't have genitals. She also once referred to Italy as a third-world country.
- Does Not Like Men:
- Chelsea often makes snide remarks about how stupid men are when the clip calls for it. She's also, by her own admission, "Almost always on board with watching a guy cry," and she expressed disappointment that a dumb driver in one clip was a woman and not a man.
- Judy is also openly gay, which causes many of the cast to assume she hates men (which is understandable, based on her commentary).
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: One "Brawlers" clip a guy shoots from his apartment balcony at a brawl taking place on the street below, where the brawlers in question are attacking each other with baseball bats, and as the brawl escalates, the guy taping the action his heard exclaiming, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" in such an excitable, yet breathy manner, that it sounds like the scene is giving him an orgasm.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Danny and Judy are chronic offenders.
- "If you have to explain the joke... it's gonna get you punched in the face."
- Don't Try This at Home: One man, before eating the world's hottest jalapeno pepper as a test of endurance, warns the viewer: "Don't try this at home... I'm a trained black-ass professional." It doesn't end well.
- Double Standard:
- Danny invokes this in a Criminals episode featuring a clip of Jack - a cat that prowls throughout the neighborhood stealing neighbors' articles of clothing, including underwear and other unmentionables.
Danny: So when Jack steals a pair of panties, it's adorable; but when I do it, it's harassment?
- Loni Love, on more than one occasion, notes how verbally belligerent white suspects act towards police, and claims that black criminals would be treated worse for doing so.
- Usually, if an animal that has to be apprehended is featured, an African-American cast member (usually Todd Bridges) will note that "If that was a black guy, they'd have shot him by now," or something similar.
- Dramatic Slip: Chuck, on a man who attempted to outrun the police for several minutes, before finally getting caught after tripping and falling:
Chuck: I watched yo whole chase, man! Then you gon' fall like a B-movie horror queen!
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: As part of a clip featuring US soldiers jumping bikes while stationed in Iraq (with one soldier wiping out), Michael plays a parody of this character:
Michael: For your injuries sustained in the face of grave gnarliness, we present you with this Purple Heart! And we will now double our efforts to make sure the men and women of our fighting forces have awesome cool places for their wicked sweet jumps. DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?!
- Drop-In Character:
- Jared Logan in Season 13.
- Timmy Williams in Season 15 (and Put on a Bus the very next season).
- Season 16 brings us Gilbert Gottfried, Amanda Landry, and Mike O'Gorman (all of whom are already Promoted to Opening Titles).
- Amanda and Mike O'G have even already been inserted into the World's Dumbest App commercial.
- Dumb Blonde:
- All the commentors accuse Tonya of being this note . This applies to several of the women shown in clips.
- This may be why Tonya dyed her hair black before the start of Season 15... probably won't help much.
- Amanda seems to have replaced Tonya in this department. Who the hell is this dumb blonde anyway?
- During "World's Dumbest Motorheads 8," a man and his (very attractive) wife are shown taking a road trip. He films himself asking her a simple question— if you're traveling at a constant speed of 80 miles per hour, how long will it take you to go 80 miles? Not only does she struggle to a degree that's almost impossible for anyone over the age of 12, but she starts off by attempting to calculate how long it takes her to run a mile. Her husband does everything but write the words "ONE HOUR" on a piece of paper and shove it in her face; he tells her to think about the phrase "miles per hour," yet she remains as confused as when the question was first posed. Eventually, he tells her that it would take an hour, and she claims he's wrong, on the grounds that, if you were driving 60 MPH, it would take you 30 minutes to go 60 miles. Even Tonya has nothing on this lady.
- Dumb Enough To Work:
- Dumb Muscle: Expect this most of the time if they show a clip of a guy with a muscular physique or a bodybuilder.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- Watching earlier seasons can be a disorienting experience for those who are more accustomed to the later ones. The absence of featured fixtures (starting from roughly Season 10) such as Mike B., Jaime, Marianne, and Brendan, among others, is noticeable.
- Instead, from Season 2 towards about Season 10, a number of the featured commentators include: Dustin Diamond, Jo Koy, Godfrey, Ali, Tom McCaffery, Natalie Desselle Reid, Michel Bryant, and Natasha Leggero (Chelsea, Nick, Roger, Daniel, Gary, and Frank are also introduced during this period, but were the only ones who stuck around up to Seasons 13-16).
- Earlier seasons feature much darker graphics.
- In a number of earlier episodes, Brad is without his familiar goatee (and didn't completely shave his head).
- Daisy had much darker hair, and used to squint a lot in her earliest appearances.
- The Easy Way or the Hard Way: An ultimatum often offered to criminal suspects by police. Being that this show is about stupid lawbreakers, most of the clips feature the perp choosing the hard way, and paying for it in the form of body slams, pepper spray, shots from a TASER gun, and other painful means of apprehension. As one officer who was featured on the show said, the police force essentially abides by this rule, regarding resistant criminals: "You can do it voluntarily, or you can do it involuntarily, but the end result is you're gonna do it."
- Embarrassing Nickname: Brad will occasionally call Judy "Sasquatch".
- Epic Fail:
- Et Tu, Brute?: One clip during an episode of "Outlaws" features a sting that involves using a fake prize giveaway to lure criminals into being arrested. The man in this particular clip thinks he's won tickets to a big-time college football game, and couldn't be happier. When he's told he's being placed under arrest instead, his smile turns into a picture of pure sadness that perfectly symbolized the anguish of betrayal. "Sir... sir?" He looked like he was ready to burst into tears.
- Even the Subtitler Is Stumped:
- In a "World's Smartest Inventions" episode, Mike B. complains that the narration of a Japanese commercial doesn't match the subtitles:
Announcer: Sand storms come from the other side of the sea. Hitting Japan on the sun.
Subtitles: Sand storms come from the other side of the sea. It hits Japan on the sun.
- Happens with the show's own subtitles on occasion. A misspelled word, an extra/missing word, or a word that wasn't even spoken can be caught if one pays close attention. For example, one clip features a man bad-mouthing cops for setting up a sting disguised as a free raffle contest. The subtitles read "Y'all pack as dirty as fuck," but it sounds as if he's saying "Y'all crackas dirty as fuck."
- Similarly, in a "Pranksters" episode, Bryan makes fun of an elderly British choir singer who starts to seemingly serenade a fake alien that had landed on her property; Bryan sings, "You're my alien, you're so cute, you're so white with your black eyes," those closed-captions seem to think Bryan sang "Wise," instead of "White."
- Everything Is Racist:
- Mike B. loves to play with this trope any chance he gets; one example includes during an episode of "Performers" that featured a clip of a black bear who escaped a zoo and scared a local woman.
Mike B: Awwwwww... now why the bear gotta be black? I'm playin', this whole shit is stupid.
- Again, in an episode of "Outlaws" that featured a clip of thugs ransacking an Apple store, and having trouble fleeing the scene, and eventually being apprehended by the police: dissolve to an insert of Mike B. standing there, holding tablets and iPhones.
Mike B: Oh, 'cause I'm black, I stole this.
- In a "Partiers" episode, we see a group of pals hanging around, getting their buddy to down as many drinks as he can in one minute; their buddy is Asian, who goes by the nickname "Chopsticks", to which, Chuck remarks,
Chuck: That'd be like me hanging out with a bunch of my friends who call me Blackie.
- "World's Dumbest Brawlers 12" is full of these moments:
- First we're treated to a clip of an undercover cop (who is black) confronting a shoplifter (white):
John: Wait... the white guy is the shoplifter?
Todd: Oh, here we go again. Another day full of racism.
Brad: I love how all the bystanders are giving color commentary. (Beat) Can I say color commentary?
- And to top it all off, when backup finally arrives, the cops actually proceed to place the black undercover cop under arrest, much to Loni's annoyance. She even calls Al Sharpton and tells him about it, presumably so he can complain to an annoying extent.
- A clip during an episode of "Outlaws" featured a group of people, mostly white, accosting a driver in a parked car. The driver hit the gas, breaking the legs of one of the people in the group. She was the only one who got hurt. And she was black.
Todd: The black person gets hurt first. What is this, every movie ever?
- The homemade music video from Average Home Boy, who raps about not living in boxes, not being raised on the streets, not being black, and not doing drugs, all in the first two lines. Mike B. and Loni are not impressed.
- Loni inverts this during a clips of some Canadian buddies having a watermelon eating contest.
Loni: A watermelon eating contest, and no black people? Really? (Flips the bird)
- Hilariously averted and inverted in "World's Dumbest Performers 13", featuring a new hard-beat (as in gunshots) video from the rapper Gil, who sheds some spotlight on his crew, which he refers to as, "My white nigga. My Mexican nigga. And behind the camera, my Asian nigga." Danny is impressed with this being the most ethnically diverse rap video he's ever seen, but Judy points out the exclusion of a Jewish nigga.
- One clip features a man who is pulled over for drunk driving, and is instructed to recite the alphabet, but after saying a few letters of the alphabet in English, he starts to recite the Greek alphabet; the officer asks him to try again, and recite only, "The normal alphabet."
Kevin: "The normal alphabet"? What, are we getting racist with our alphabets now?
- Brad Loekle on a "hoodie pillow" that claims to provide "Coocoonification":
Brad: "Coocoonification" is not a word... and it sounds mildly racist.
- Face Plant: It's practically impossible to get through one episode without some poor schmuck falling victim to this.
Hey, you might wanna get your buddy to water that face plant. [Rimshot]
- Fan Disservice:
- Fat Comic Relief: The cast tends to poke fun at anyone in a clip who appears to be even moderately overweight.
Brendan: You can't walk around being a big fat guy like that, and not expect people to try and make you fall every once in a while.
Nick: [on a motorcyclist named "Bubba" who was attempting to set a "fat man" world record for longest motorcycle jump] I love when fat people fall down. There's nothin' funnier!
- Finger Gun: During an episode of "Outlaws", a man places his hand on the inside of his jacket as he attempts to rob a convenience store, telling the clerk he has a loaded firearm. The clerk doesn't call his bluff, and the crook gets the money. On the way out, he taunts the clerk by pulling his hand out from underneath his jacket, as if to say (as Brad put it) "Na-na-na-na-na-na, I don't have a gun!" Upon seeing this, the customers promptly kick his ass.
- Flat "What.": Brad gives John one, when a clip features a chubby guy having taken his shirt off.
John: Whoa, dude, put your shirt back on, you're makin' Brad look good!
- Former Child Star: Danny, Todd, Leif, and Dustin all qualify.
- Framing Device: Several episodes, starting in Season 13, utilize this, particularly "Performers" volumes. Some examples are as follows:
- "World's Dumbest Performers 12" has Brad and Judy channel surfing in bed, and almost everything they end up watching are the clips featured in the countdown.
- "World's Dumbest Performers 13" has "The 13th Annual Performies", an award show hosted by a barefoot Brendan, in which a few of the so-called performers in the clips are nominated for a Perfomie in various different odd categories.
- "World's Dumbest Partiers 19" features Chuck and Kevin as Drunk Hunters: Party Animal Squad, as they spend a majority of the show tranquilizing particularly destructive or intoxicated partiers, capturing, and at the end of the show, relocating them into their native environment (Florida). Leif also ends up being one of them; this could be an in-universe explanation of his being Put on a Bus.
- One episode features Billy taking Frank on a trip to Russia in an attempt to open his eyes beyond the stereotypes that put the Russian on the top of Frank's most-hated foreigners list. With each ensuing clip of something dumb happening in Russia, the two slowly start to switch outlooks to the point that in the end, Frankie is, indeed, more open-minded towards Russians, while Billy feels disappointed with what he's seen, and wants nothing more than to leave Russia behind.
- From Bad to Worse:
- Happens sometimes, including an instance during which a truck fell through the ice of a frozen lake and flipped over. The owner and his friends try to pull it out with a makeshift tow rope attached to a tractor. The truck folds in half and basically breaks into two pieces. You have to see it to believe it.
Kevin: It's bad when falling into an icy pond isn't even the worst thing that happens to your truck that day.
- One clip features a man who is allowing his friend to slap him as hard as he can. The slap knocks the man unconscious, and his "friends" carry his lifeless body into their van and drive off.
Mike T.: The only thing worse than getting knocked unconscious is getting knocked unconscious and then dragged into a mysterious van. Double thumbs-down!
- Funny Background Event:
- In an "Inventions" clip, we see a crappy improv troupe steal their roommate's drink from their refrigerator, and one of the players in the back of the group shot is wearing a huge, fake mustache... and none of the commentators even notice this!
- In a Partiers episode, we see a clip of a woman on a subway, who falls asleep before eating her hot dog, drops it, wakes up, picks it up, brushes it off, eats, and shrugs the whole thing off. However, in the background, we see two women constantly glancing over in her direction, and after she takes a bite out of the hot dog, one of them buries her face into her hand, and shakes her head.
- Gangsta Style: Expect to see this at least once during an episode of "Criminals/Outlaws."
- Gasshole: You will hear at least one commentator burp (mostly Danny) in most episodes of World's Dumbest Partiers (Danny burps in a few other episodes not involving parties, such as an episode of Drivers, Performers, and Inventions). The commentators also tend to burp in general during the outtakes. There are also some clips that is mostly nothing but burping. A few of them are:
- Guinness World Record holder Paul Hunn tried to break his own record for the world's loudest burp (Record Breakers).
- A woman tried to break the record of the loudest burp done by a woman (Record Breakers).
- A reporter at a Brazilian music festival couldn't stop burping during his report (Partiers).
- Genius Ditz: Tonya. She says a few things of questionable intelligence/logic (and gets picked on by her cast-mates for it), but she knows a lot about cars and motor vehicles in general.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Subverted (and somewhat lampshaded) in a Brawlers episode where we hear a hockey mom absolutely losing it when she sees a rival team member brawling with her son. Not only does she scream like a banshee, she lets the expletives fly, all of which are bleeped.
Billy: Thanks to the... effing FCC, you are not going to be able to hear a word this woman is saying, it's just going to sound like this—
Judy: *Goes on a verbal tirade, which is reduced to a series of bleeps*
- Good Bad Girl:
- A number of women on the cast fall into this trope at least once in a while, most notably Jaime, Marianne, and sometimes Chelsea. They don't dress or act like cheap whores, but they (especially Marianne) are not afraid to say they'd love to get it on with a hot guy in a featured clip (nor is the openly-gay Brad), or that they've had lots of sex in the past (this is more so Marianne's M.O.). Marianne even brags that she had sex with Jaime' ex-boyfriend.
- During an episode of "Partiers," several clips were based around a bachelorette party thrown for Christina Pazsitzky by Jaime and Marianne. They travel to at least four different locations, and Marianne tries to have sex with a guy at every single one.
Christina: (on a man who somehow locked himself in a restroom stall) That guy can't even get out of the bathroom...
Marianne: As long as he can get out of them drawers, we good to go! [dances]
[Christina and Jaime give Marianne a "What the hell?" look]
Jaime: [whispers] You're gross.
- At the end of that episode, Marianne implies that she rode a mechanical bull to such a sexual extent that it may have impregnated her. Jaime and Christina also praise her for narrowing down the list of men who could be the father of her child to a modest three.
- An episode of "Motorheads" features a recurring theme of two couples on a road trip— Marianne/Billy and John/Loni. Marianne is said to have had sex with a hitchhiker (Danny) that the group picks up ("I can't believe you had sex with that drifter!"), she shows interest in a pudgy Russian wearing nothing but his underwear at the scene of an accident, and it's implied that an auto mechanic gave the four a discount on the repairs to their car because Marianne had sex with him, too.
- The other panelists even comment on it sometimes:
Jaime: [on a boxer who got knocked out in the first round] Jeez, Marianne doesn't even go down that fast...
- Judging from Marianne's MySpace page, Twitter feed, and other social media profiles, it's apparent that she's not shy about sharing some of past sexcapades.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!
- Gretzky Has the Ball:
- During an episode of "Thrillseekers" in which a snowmobile racer landed his 400-pound vehicle on top of another racer after a jump.
Kevin: I don't know too much about snowmobile racing, but that should be a foul. That dude should get free throws or something.
- One episode features a bar in Wisconsin, where the patrons are watching a pro basketball game.
Daisy: [as one of the patrons] Touchdown! ... are the Milwaukee Bucks a football team?
- Groin Attack: In "World's Dumbest Record Breakers 6," an Englishman tries to set a record for the most nut-shots. Just watching is painful.
- Guys Are Slobs: One has to wonder if Ted ever does laundry.
- Hair-Trigger Temper:
- Judy. Plus, most of the criminals and brawlers shown in the video clips.
- Pretty much the whole point of World's Dumbest Meltdowns.
- World's Dumbest Brawlers counts too, as it seems the smallest thing is always what starts most of the brawls.
- Ha Ha Ha No: Dan Cummins, on a dog who suddenly crashed into a woman riding a sled (tied to a pickup truck):
Dan: Wish I had a dog that fetched women. I got a lot of room in my basement! Hahahaha — [abruptly stops, stares blankly at camera]
- Half Way Plot Switch: The basic premise used to be commenting on police and surveillance footage of criminals bumbling their acts of crime, or making stupid and otherwise poor moves in the process. Over the years, the focus has shifted more from criminals to the point that the last few seasons of the show rarely, if ever, focused on dumb criminals.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Every episode of World's Dumbest Partiers has at least one example.
- Have I Mentioned I am Gay?: Brad Loekle is not only unashamed of being gay, but is so comfortable in his own skin that many of his jokes involve mentioning his homosexuality in a comedic light:
"I know the song 'Hungry Eyes'... because I am a homosexual."
"If you listen close, you can hear the cop say 'I just got rear-ended at University Place.' You, too? [wink]"
"That was the gayest thing I've ever seen... and I do stuff with dudes."
- Heartbreak and Ice Cream: John and Kevin invoke this once. In a clip of teen girls robbing a convenience store in Australia, they discover the cashier already deposited the cash for the evening, so in lieu of cash, the girls head straight for the ice cream cooler. John asks if all of their boyfriends broke up with them at the same time, while Kevin also adds that after pulling their heist, the girls will probably celebrate by watching How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: In-universe, the cast loves to play with this trope whenever someone in a clip resembles one of the cast members; a few specific examples are as follows:
- In a clip where a drugstore employee is attacked by a robber with a knife, a small number of other customers try to intervene, including a man with messy gray hair, heavy stubble, and an undershirt, to which Danny remarks:
Danny: I just think it was nice of Ted Jessup to help out on his day off.
- Whenever a pudgy blonde woman is featured in a crowd scene, expect someone to ask, "Hey, wait... is that Tonya Harding?"
- In a clip of a male fashion show, the winner is a thin, bald-headed man with dark skin, to which one asks, "So, the winner is Todd Bridges?"
- In another clip, a local furniture store that produces incredibly crappy commercials featured one with two grown men dressed in baby bonnets, one of whom bore a striking resemblence to Todd, which impressed Judy that Todd was apparently doing commercials.
- One clip features a man, high on spice, with shaggy hair and a beard, running around on the streets naked,
Hey look! It's Brendan Walsh from that show World's Dumbest on truTV
- Other cast members also joke that the man in the clip is Brendan, while he comments that not all guys with an awesome beard is him.
- In the first "Performers" episode, we see a hefty black girl, who aspires to be a singer, practicing for her webcam.
Brad: Loni Love! I didn't know you could sing! You sound so pretty!
- Hilarious Out Takes: Earlier seasons included these during the end titles.
- Hipster: During a clip featuring a party in a laundromat, Kevin imitates one of the dancers as a hipster:
Kevin: This is great and all, but I was into laundry way before it was cool...
- Hypocritical Humor:
Danny: [rolls up sleeves to reveal his family's names tattooed on his shoulders] Like my daughter, Isabella; and my son, Dante; and possibly my wife, Amy.
- I Was Quite a Looker:
- Comments are occasionally made about how nice looking Tonya was when she was younger. Even though she still looks pretty good, especially for a new mother as of February 2011.
- Leif and Danny too.
- Played with when people comment on how Leif used to be "such a pretty girl".
- Ali, who's made a few special guest appearances on the show (and who was a former Miss USA), made some very approving comments on Leif's physical appearance back when he was a teen idol.
- Danny lampshades this while watching a clip of him performing mixed martial arts from the early '90s, and remarking, "Wow... I'm pretty handsome!" Jaime is impressed with his "flowing locks", while Bryan also admits that he thinks he's sexy.
- Idiot Ball
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Whenever a clip features one or more cute animals, Kevin sets aside his usual deadpan snarking to gush over the cuteness overload of the clip. He even plays this straight in an "Inventions" episode, where he expresses his disinterest in an invention itself, and would rather have all of the cute little animals that were featured in the clip.
- Improbably Predictable: Mike T. always knows each "Inventions" episode will include at least one product that the informercial will convince you to buy for your RV.
Mike T.: It's not an Inventions show until somebody tells me to buy something for the RV they assume I have!
- Incredibly Lame Pun:
- Danny is the most prone to these, although everybody indulges now and then. Always accompanied by a rimshot.
Mike T: (on a group of Turkish criminals who were arrested for stealing sheep) I'm glad these guys are no longer on the lam. Wool just have to see how much time they get. These jokes are probably starting to annoy ewe... and I'm spelling "ewe" E-W-E.
- And for the love of God, do not let the cast get their hands on a clip with a deer in it. You'll hear everything from "Oh, dear!" to "He just wanted a couple bucks" to "The deer was looking for some dough (doe)."
- Then there was the clip of the lemon truck that overturned...
- If anyone in a clip fails at a stunt (somewhat of a common theme), and they say "I'm good!" afterwards (as in "I'm okay, I'm not hurt"), you better believe someone on the panel will reply with something along the lines of "No, you're not good."
- Insane Troll Logic:
- Brought up in "World's Dumbest Brawlers 13":
Gary: When you get slapped and knocked out, guess who wins? The guy that got knocked out! Ha HA!
- From the clips, one drunk pulled over for driving on the wrong side of the road is so blitzed he tries to claim he is tired. Because he works 130-150 hours...In one day.
- From World's Dumbest Brawlers 10:
Chuck: I think that's the way rap battles work. Like, when a guy punches you in the face, you win.
- In one episode of Performers, Brad sarcastically commented that "The Earth seems to be moving a lot more dramatically for him," in reference to a man losing his balance after getting kicked in the face by a martial arts "trick" gone wrong.
- One clip features a cantankerous old man rambling about a reporter who needs to get from Huntsville, Alabama to Guntersville, Alabama. He tells the reporter to simply walk there— in the old man's own words, "It ain't a far walk. It's just 38 miles." Although he does get credit for knowing the distance almost on the dot, that's still an absurdly long walk. Hell, that would be a long drive.
- "Partiers 13" features a woman at a fast food restaurant who becomes belligerent when her four-piece chicken nugget order doesn't finish as quickly as she wanted. As she starts to make a scene, the manager offers her a ten-piece box of chicken nuggets. She refuses to accept it on the grounds that it wasn't what she ordered. In her words, "I want what I want! It wasn't no ten-piece, bitch!"
- Intentionally Missing the Point:
Jaime: Come on, if a rock is considered a, "Dangerous missile," then Frank Stallone is a "Funny comedian."
Frank: Thank you.
- Ironic Echo Cut: During an episode of World's Dumbest Drivers, a clip from an automobile festival in the United Arab Emirates is shown, and the setting is very, very, brown and looks like a stereotypical middle-eastern landscape. Chelsea and Mike T. make the following comments:
Chelsea: You can't get me to make a culturally ignorant remark! I refuse to do it!
Mike T: [with a middle-eastern headdress photoshopped onto his head] Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Bring your wife, as long as she's completely covered, down to the big pile of dirt, and watch a jeep blow up by accident!
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY:
- Many of the cast members pronounce Leif's name as "Leaf," as opposed to the proper pronunciation, "Layf."
- In one episode, Loni calls Danny "Donny" (more than likely unknowingly).
- One clip featuring a drag queen beauty pageant, one particular entrant's name is Jamily, and nobody can seem to agree on how to pronounce her name; Chip pronounces it as both "Jah-meal-lee" and "Jah-mill-lee", while Chelsea pronounces it as "Jam-illy".
- There seems to be two common pronunciations for John Enos's name; some pronounce it the way it's spelled - "E-NOS" (as John himself does) - while others pronounce it "E-NIS".
- Similarly, Brad Loekle's name is either pronounced "LOW-KLEE" (as Brad himself does), or "LOW-KEH-LEE".
- In a clip from the "World's Dumbest Shoppers" episode, an elderly (black) woman claims that she's hurt and yells for people to call her an, "Ambalance."
Jo: It's not an ambalance, it's an ambulance. So the answer is no, an ambalance is not on the way, because those don't exist.
- Jerkass: Frank.
- Jerkass Has a Point: One of Frank's postscripts, where he rants about women with tattoos and body piercings.
- The Khan: From an "Inventions" episode, Brendan has two Imagine Spots as to what the Kwik Sip and the Go Plate will do to the paper cup and table industries, respectively.
Paper Cup Industry
Ted: People, I'm sorry to say, that after seventy years, we will be shutting down the paper cup factory.
Daniel: What? Why?
Ted: Because of a new invention called the Kwik Sip. It turns your faucet into a fountain.
Daniel: [pulls out a wallet with a photo of his "family" note ] I guess Kwik Sip doesn't care about my family...
Ted: I'm afraid not.
Daniel Baldwin: KWIK SIIIIIIIIIIIP!!!
Ted: I'm sorry people, we're shutting down production.
Daniel: What?! Don't tell me people don't use tables anymore!
Ted: No, now they just put all their food on Go plates.
Daniel: GO PLAAAAAAAAAAATES!!!
- Kick the Dog: Lampshaded in an episode of, "Outlaws". One clip shows a bicyclist who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident, and was left seriously injured, with two broken legs. As emergency personnel tend to him, a police dashcam records a trio of hoodlums arriving at the scene, and actually stealing his bike while everybody is preoccupied.
- Kids Are Cruel: One episode features a man reporting the weather on a snowy street in England. He moves the broadcast to an area in which children are playing. Big mistake. The kids pummel him relentlessly with snowballs during what was a live taping, all while the anchorpeople at the news studio laugh, apparently finding the whole situation hilarious.
- The Lad-ette:
- Tonya drinks lots of beer (and hates wine), loves monster trucks and motorcycles (and knows a LOT about motor vehicles in general), hunts wild animals as a hobby, and has appeared on celebrity boxing more than once. Additionally, on a show riddled with former convicted/unconvicted felons, she's the only female amongst them. Subverted, however, when it's revealed that she took part in a bikini photo shoot during her car-racing days, and actually looked pretty damn good.
- Jessica Golden has a very manly way of speaking, and not exactly the most feminine-looking woman ever.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude:
- Various cast members regularly poke fun at Judy for her height (she's 6'3''), and for not being a smoking hot model like Ali. Judy is openly gay, and this probably only makes her even more prone to these jokes.
- In one episode during the end titles, Judy walks in on Brad's commentary, and we can see the top of her head nearly reaches the top of the door frame. Likewise, in another episode, she walks in on Nick's commentary (off camera), to which Nick exclaims, "Whoa! Look at this - a 6'8'' Jew!" Given Nick's tendency to exaggerate numbers (see Signature Style below), it's probably unlikely that Judy is as tall as LeBron James.
- In another episode, Brad and Judy play two people attending a play, and Judy tells Brad to stop talking on his cell phone (all part of the scene). Brad tells the person he's talking to, "On nothing, just some giant Sasquatch is telling me to be quiet."
- "Judy, if you looked any more like a tranny, Bonaduce would try and punch you."
- Lampshade Hanging: Whenever someone says something to the effect of a clip going viral, a commentator will often respond with something like, "You know where else it's going? World's Dumbest!"
- Laser-Guided Karma: One clip during an episode of "Brawlers" featured a man at a racing event who was picking on another guy, the latter of whom seemed to just be minding his own business (and clearly didn't want to fight). His friend comes to his aid, however, and the bully catches a beatdown. Once he was done getting his ass kicked, he actually cried in front of everyone in attendance (and even desperately tries to save face after the fact; it doesn't work). Pretty much every cast member who commented on the clip was glad that the guy got his comeuppance.
- Last-Second Word Swap: Used at least twice.
Billy: When I want to impress a girl, I just reach into my pants and pull out my enormous... wallet.
Chelsea: If I was a guy, I would not get naked like that unless I had an enormous, ENORMOUS... amount of confidence.
- Lethally Stupid: Many, many people from the clips shown, especially during "Daredevils/Thrillseekers," and "Partiers" (the latter usually in part due to alcohol). One particular instance features a man attempting to play a harmless practical joke involving a lit match and a gasoline pump. It doesn't end well... for him. The man's friend and the friend's girlfriend escape unharmed, as does their infant child. The jokester ends up the only one burned after the van went up in flames-- he had second-degree burns on 20% of his body.
- Lighter and Softer: The show is like a softer version of Most Daring/Shocking, as the latter tends to feature very serious clips, such as people being murdered in cold blood.
- Limited Wardrobe:
- Jamie Lee (she of Last Comic Standing fame) appears to wear the exact same outfit with almostevery appearance on this show.
- Rachel seems to like wearing the same tight, sleeveless top, showing off her toned arms and accentuating her figure. And "same shirt" is no understatement. It looks as if she owns multiple shirts that are all exactly the same, just in different colors.
- Many robbers featured on "Outlaws/Criminals" are shown robbing the same establishment twice, or two separate establishments in one day. One man in Washington robbed a convenience store twice in a week, wearing the same shirt.
Kevin: He robbed the same store, twice, a week apart, wearing the same shirt. Dude, change your fucking shirt! Steal a shirt from somewhere! Do that!
- Literal-Minded: John Enos is, "The Literal Dog Whisperer".
John: (Grabs his Japanese Chin, and whispers to it) Hey, get over here, and we'll have a little talk. No more chewing up Mommy's shoe's, you got it? Don't do that.
- Logical Fallacies
- Long Runner: The show lasted for 17 seasons, though to justify the show's longevity, many cable shows such as this will usually crank out about two or even three seasons per year, and the number of episodes per cable show season tend to vary greatly, usually 10-13 most commonly, but can be as little as 5, or as many as 24. If this were a regular network show (which some of the cast have expressed their wishes for), its run (2008-2014) would be very less impressive.
- Loners Are Freaks: Chelsea comments, on more than one occasion, how she is grateful to have no friends, which helps her avoid bad situations like those featured in the clips.
- Luck-Based Mission: At least two clips in the series feature "Cowboy Pinball," in which contestants at a rodeo stand in small circles made in the dirt, and wait to see which of them is the last man standing when a wild bull is released (if the bull gores you and/or if you leave your circle, you are eliminated). The announcers tend to make it seem as if you have to be brave to win, but really, it's all about hoping the bull goes after you last. Even if you stand your ground in your circle as the bull charges at you, there's a 100% chance the bull will knock you out of it.
- Major Injury Underreaction: In one episode of "Daredevils," a young man falls backwards off of his skateboard while attempting a rail slide. When he lands, he attempts to break his fall with his arms, but his left arm breaks on impact. The severity of the injury is apparent by the sound of the bone shattering and the fact that one can clearly see that "he can high-five his elbow," according to Brendan. The skater, however, doesn't scream in pain or even utter an "Oh, my God!" He looks at his arm and says to his friends, "Dude, I broke my arm. Look how gnarly it is." Numerous members of the cast were impressed/shocked at how stoic he was.
- Masochist's Meal: At least two clips feature someone eating an absurdly hot chili pepper (sometimes more than one), and videotaping himself doing so. It usually ends in pain, screaming, regret, more pain, and a desperate plea for milk.
- Mind Your Step: Mike Trainor, on a coach of a Finnish football team who fell down the steps of the airplane back to Finland, having had too much to drink on the flight:
- Momma's Boy:
- During "World's Dumbest Outlaws 9," a young man attempts to rob a convenience store until his mother walks in, takes the (plastic) gun away from him, and verbally berates him before forcing him to pay for the Doritos he brought to the counter.
- Another clip features a boxer who's clearly losing so far in the bout until his mother enters the ring and beats his opponent with her shoe. Somehow, because the other boxer had to get medical attention for the gash on his face from her high heels, the woman's son actually won the match.
- One clip shows a teenager trying out a skateboard stunt, only for it to go wrong, and result in him breaking his wrist with a very loud and audible snap; he then, understandably, starts wailing for his buddies to call his mom, and even at one point sobs, "I want mommy". Mike T. comments that his wanting his mom is alright for now, considering the circumstances, but once he's healed, he'll never live it down.
- Averted in a similar clip, another teenager tries to master a skating ramp, only to fall and break his ankle, to which he quickly yells out to his friend to go get his dad. In fact, when the kid is wheeled into the hospital, he actually mouths off at his mother to open the door for him.
- Memetic Mutation: They show several clips that have garnered meme status, including Latarian "Smoking With Cigarettes" Milton and Bubb "Whoo Whoo" Rubb.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: In "World's Dumbest Performers 13", Brad implies that kids should be worried about Mr. McFeely.
- Mood Whiplash: There is one cute clip of a cat swiping at a dog from the safety of a jar. During the end credits, the cast is told that the cat had died a few years later, and the cast's faces turn from the usual smirking to gasping sadness. Except for Mike T, who said "Oh. Good!"
- In some of the earlier episodes, the show shared footage with Most Shocking. This could happen if you saw something that was taken as dead-serious in Most Shocking being spoofed and laughed at in World's Dumbest, or vice versa.
- Mr. Fanservice: This qualifies if certain male commentators (John and possibly Danny) have their shirt off.
- John Enos has tendency to show off and bounce his pecs.
- Chuck Nice appears to be a subversion. He looks to be in very good physical shape, but he almost never shows off his body (one of the only times is when he rolls up his sleeve to show the viewer a tattoo on his arm, and one can see that his biceps muscle is pretty toned).
- Ms. Fanservice:
- Marianne dancing around in a really tight, short-sleeved, lowcut top, a mini skirt, and boots.
- In another episode, Marianne is once again wearing a tight, lowcut top, but this time, she actually cups her hands under her breasts, and starts bouncing them for the camera.
- Jaime inside a giant plastic bubble, while wearing a leopard print bathing suit.
- Amanda, introduced in Season 16, damn near personifies this trope perfectly. During just her first appearance on the show, she appeared in two commercials— one was for the "World's Dumbest" smartphone app (replacing Mike Trainor in the beginning). The other commercial was a new one in which she urged fans to follow the show on Twitter and tweet comments, on the grounds that, if they do, "[She] might just tweet [them] back. wink" She also has a tendency to wear nothing less revealing than a tank top, and it took her about three episodes to tease taking her top off.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Mike Trainor on a stuntman named "Blackaman" who shows his abdominal strength by allowing himself to be run over with a (mediocre) car as he lays on the ground:
Mike T.: One of Blackaman's greatest powers... [dramatically] knowing a guy with a car he can borrow!!!
- My Nayme Is: Tonya Harding, Jaime Andrewsnote