truTV and TV Tropes Presents: World's Dumbest Tropes
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 Harding, 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: One clip shows a mother who apparently didn't think she had enough room for a plastic drawer unit in her trunk. So, she put the item in the back seats, and made her kids (one of them, a baby) ride in the trunk. In another clip, a careless father stuck his baby daughter on a jet ski and let it take off. There is also one clip where a father gets so drunk in a strip club, he forgot where he parked his big purple semi truck, where his son was alone.
Another clip shows a pair of very young children (as in younger than four years old) who go into a candy store and attempt to walk out with some candy. It is later discovered that they evidently managed to get out of the house without either of their parents noticing. One of the commentators even pokes fun at this by saying "I'm sorry officer, they were only supposed to be out getting cigarettes, they didn't say anything about getting candy".
The number one clip of "World's Dumbest Motorheads 6" features a man who decided to let his nine-year-old daughter drive him home since he'd had too much to drink. They pull into a gas station, and not only does he tell the attendant everything (also while being recorded by the gas station's surveillance camera), he actually seems proud of himself. Eventually, a bystander calls police and the father is arrested for child abuse.
"Listen... we're leaving. And she's driving!" It's almost like he wanted child protective services to take his daughter.
Admittedly, being able to drive at nine years old is an impressive feat. However, it only worsens the case, as it implies this wasn't the first and only incident.
Affectionate Parody: They did one once of the reality show Blind Date complete with Roger Lodge 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!"
One time that was "Do You Think You Can Dance", hosted by Todd Bridges, and Chuck Nice, Tonya Harding, Leif Garrett, Mike Trainor, and Roger Lodge 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 Bonaduce and Kevin McCaffrey compete in a bread truck, Brad Loekle and Mike Britt drive through the ice-slick roads of Turkey, Roger Lodge and Ted Jessup get stuck in a truck accident in an Irish truck parade, Mike Trainor and Daniel Baldwin stop to watch a cop arrest a drunk driver, Chelsea Peretti and Chris Strait make little time via a dogsled, and finally Jaime Andrews and Leif Garrett 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.
Daisy Gardner 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.
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 Trainor, 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 number, with Brendan 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 seatbelt... and smoking on a school bus.
Kevin McCaffrey: 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.
Ascended Extra: Prior to 2013, Chris Fairbanks 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 Feinstein and Jamie Lee (the TV personality, not Curtis).
Mike Trainor, 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 Jessup as the show's consulting producer.
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 Love 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 Trainor 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?" Trainor 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: Mike Trainor likes to talk or think about food. As does Loni Love.
One clip featured a woman breaking into a candy store, and stealing so much fudge that she experiences a sugar high, and continues eating massive amounts of fudge before checking into a hotel, and getting arrested shortly thereafter.
Another clip featured a huge hillbilly who visited an all-you-can eat fish buffet, where he chows down on more than twenty pieces of fish, of which the restaurant refused to serve him anymore; after he's escorted from the restaurant, he returns the very next day to protest, accusing the restaurant of false advertising.
Chelsea Peretti: You know who the real victim is here? The fish.
The Big Guy: As noted above, Mike Trainor is possibly this personified for this show. Brad Loekle, while certainly not morbidly obese, is a little on the chunky side himself, and occasionally pokes fun at himself, usually making references to Chunk from The Goonies.
On the female end of the spectrum - Loni Love.
Bi the Way: A lot of Bryan Callen's jokes and dialogue seem to cross into this territory. Michael Loftus on occasion as well.
Chelsea Perretti 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 chivarlry), but also will comment on how cute certain women in the clips are (and has even called Tonya beautiful).
Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Chelsea Peretti 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:
Judy Gold: (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 DiPaolo: I'm waitin' till they give me my own show on truTV!
Chuck Nice: (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 Garrett 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 Nice 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.
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 Harding seems to be Brad Loekle's personal Butt Monkey, and before was Judy Gold's.
Just Leif and Tonya in general.
Since the end of 2012/beginning of 2013, 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 Trainor 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 Andrews 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."
Canon Discontinuity: They regularly comment on how they've never shown a clip of someone successfully stealing an ATM on the show. This 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 the man loading an ATM into his car via a forklift, though he failed to steal a second ATM.
Camp Gay: Practically half the cast of commentators is made up of gay personalities.
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: Every once in a while, someone among the cast will get to showcase one of their hidden talents. On one such occasion, Frank Stallone concludes an episode with his guitar-pickin' skills, dedicating a song to British amateur singer/songwriter known as Treeman.
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 Callen has a habit of calling incompetent people in the clips "Dr./Captain No-Help".
Brendan Walsh used "One punch and down!" as a catch phrase during one episode of Brawlers.
Todd Bridges did the same thing, his catch phrase being "In yo face!"
Tonya Harding 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 Gold often uses "Hello?" as well, though she usually delivers it with a lot more bite and snark than Tonya does.
Celebrity Star: One episode, "World's Dumbest Bracket Showdown", featured "special celebrity guest commentator, Charles Barkley".
TV pitchman Anthony Sullivan in "World's Dumbest Inventions 7".
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 Party Monkey from The Hangover: Part II. He and Mike Trainor become friends, and "Party Monkey," as Trainor named him, uses a handgun to coerce Danny Bonaduce 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 DiPaolo out of class for continually and intentionally giving the wrong answers.
Character Tic: Kevin McCaffrey often shrugs his arms while commenting on the stupidity in the videos. Danny Bonaduce points at the camera a lot.
Gary Busey likes to look directly into the camera, and act all philosophical, as if the clip we just watched has an Aesop moral to it.
Danny Bonaduce likes to break things with his head, any chance he gets.
Brad Loekle likes to take his clothes off. A lot.
Daisy Gardner has a tendency to glance off to the side frequently whenever she comments.
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. By the 2nd season, they were all dropped.
Every now and again, Ron Kuby makes an 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.
Cloudcuckoolander: Of the main cast members, Gary Busey probably qualifies. Tonya, too, as well as Leif.
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 Gold and Frank Stallone 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 McCaffery 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.
Mike Trainor 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.
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.
Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: A certain "Dumbest Partiers" episode featured a video clip from a video game convention and people dressed up as video game characters such as Mario, Luigi, Link, etc. The narrator and commentators, however, kept referring to the footage as being of a "comic book convention", with people dressed up as "comic book characters".
One episode of "Pranksters" features Kevin McCaffery as Superman (suit open, costume showing underneath), waiting as two young men attempt to set up a prank at a pay phone. This is despite the fact that Clark Kent was known to make the transformation into Superman in a phone booth.
Creepy Child: Albert, the four-year-old hip-hop prodigy, whose music video for his signature single, "Booty Pop," was featured in, "Dumbest Performers 14". In a nutshell, he basically raps about wanting to... get it on with women who are old enough to be his mother (with lyrics, "We can have some fun tonight / 'Cause we both feelin' right"). Some of the cast are, indeed, disturbed - Daisy Gardner even suggests the title of Albert's album is C.S.I.: Child Services Investigates - though John Enos seems to think Albert will look back twenty years from now, and reflect on how good he had it.
In another "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 Loekle even suggesting this kid isDamien 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 Peretti also once commented that "I miss camping with my very aggressive uncles... I'll explain another time."
More recently, some of the cast members from this show, including Godfrey, Rachel Feinstein, and Kevin McCaffrey, among others, have been popping up on one of truTV's other clip showcase series, Upload With Shaquille O Neal.
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 Bonaduce, Leif Garrett, Frank Stallone, and Tonya Harding 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.
Billy Kimball makes this remark of a snowboarder crashing onto a road cut in the snowcovered mountain:
Billy: When you hit asphalt at that speed, it is like hitting solid asphalt. Think about it.
Judy: Hi, and welcome to the Fragile Really Fragile Glass Christmas Ornament Store Where Everything is Fragile!
From an infomercial for the Ace Power Rider (basically a mechanical device to simulate horseback riding or having sex in the cowgirl position):
Customer: 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.
Does Not Like Men: Chelsea Peretti 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 Gold 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.
"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.
Dramatic Slip: Chuck Nice, 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 Loftus plays a parody of this character:
Loftus: 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?!
Amanda Landry and Mike O'Gorman have even already been inserted into the World's Dumbest App commercial.
Dumb Blonde: All the commentors accuse Tonya of being this note ALL of them. Including Tonya.... 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 Landry 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 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 Trainor, Mike Britt, Jaime Andrews, Marianne Sierk, Billy Kimball, and John Enos, 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 Landry, Tom McCaffery, Natalie Desselle Reid, Michel Bryant, Ron Kuby, and Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Peretti, Nick DiPaolo, Roger Lodge, Daniel Baldwin, Gary Busey, and Frank Stallone 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 Loekle is without his familiar goatee (and didn't completely shave his head).
Daisy Gardner had much darker hair, and used to squint a lot in her earliest appearances.
Edited for Syndication: Some episodes are now experiencing minor trims in jokes or dialogue to make room for even more commercials.
Epic Fail: Of course this show thrives on it. One example is a robber who put a clear plastic bag over his head, using is as a mask.
One clip shows two men attempting to set off a "soda bomb." Not only does it take them numerous tries to actually get it to go off, but when it does, it hits the man holding the camera as if someone had aimed it at him.
In San Francisco, a man tried to steal a bicycle, and was stopped by several other bystanders. During the (minor) scuffle, he dropped the key to HIS bike lock. The police seized it and told him that he could pick it up any time he wanted, if he comes to the police station.
Mike T: He stole negative one bike. That's World's Dumbest material right there!
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 Britt 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."
Everything Is Racist: Lampshaded by Mike Britt 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.
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 Nice 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 Love's annoyance. She even calls Al Sharpton and tells him about it, presumably so he can complain to an annoying extent.
From the same episode, another clip shows a drunk guy having lost his keys, trying to break into his car with a newspaper machine, only to realize, a half-hour later, that it's not his car.
John: Hey, it's not his fault, all black cars look alike.
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 Bridges: 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, raised on the streets, not being black, and not doing drugs, all in the first two lines. Mike Britt and Loni Love are not impressed.
Loni Love 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 Bonaduce is impressed with this being the most ethnically diverse rap video he's ever seen, but Judy Gold points out the exclusion of a Jewish nigga.
"World's Dumbest Performers 13" has "The 13th Annual Performies", an award show hosted by a barefoot Brendan Walsh, 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 Nice and Kevin McCaffrey 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 Garrett also ends up being one of them, this could be an in-universe example as to why he was Put on a Bus.
One episode features Billy Kimball taking Frank Stallone 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 McCaffrey: It's bad when falling into an icy pond isn't even the worst thing that happens to your truck that day.
Funny Background Event: In a "Smartest 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).
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 Kimball: 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 Gold: *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 Andrews, Marianne Sierk, and sometimes Chelsea Peretti. 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 Loekle), or that they've had lots of sex in the past. Marianne even brags that she had sex with Jaime Andrews' ex-boyfriend.
During an episode of "Partiers," several clips were based around a bachelorette party thrown for Christina Pazsitzky by Jaime Andrews and Marianne Sierk. 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 draws, we good to go! *dances*
*Christina and Jaime give Marianne a "What the hell?" look*
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.
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...
Hair-Trigger Temper: Judy Gold. 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 there are so many different themes episodes focus on, that rarely, if ever, do we focus on dumb criminals anymore.
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 Bonaduce 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 Gold 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,
During an episode of "Brawlers," a young man who's large and blonde with short hair tells his friend he can't knock him out, and lets him try. Guess what happens.
Mike T And the streak is over! Down goes fatter version of me! DOWN GOES FATTER VERSION OF ME!
On occasion, some clips actually do feature the cast in some of their own past dumbest moments. Danny Bonaduce has probably been featured more than anyone, usually getting into a scuffle with another even more obscure celebrity, but we've also seen Chuck Nice partaking in a bra unlatching contest, and Leif Garrett's Potato Stick commercial from 1979.
Hipster: During a clip featuring a party in a laundromat, Kevin McCaffrey imitates one of the dancers as a hipster:
Kevin: This is great and all, but I was into laundry way before it was cool...
Hot Gypsy Woman: Rachel Feinstein once dressed like one for integrated in-show bumpers. Why Mike Trainor didn't reach for a gallon of ice cream at that point is a mystery.
Hypocritical Humor: Leif Garrett once berated a drug dealer clip. Tonya Harding lectures people for lack of humanity. Those are just a couple of examples.
Mike Trainor, on the above mentioned obese hillbilly who was kicked out of the all-you-can-eat fish buffet:
Mike T.: You called 911 for this, you fat fuck?
One clip features a man attempting to rob a bait car is easily identified, not only because he unknowingly keeps showing his face to the camera, but he's got his name and birthdate tattooed on his neck. Danny Bonaduce comments that people who tattoo their personal information on themselves should feel ashamed, and are probably an embarrassment to their family as well...
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.
Hypocrite: The cast regularly berates the people in the clips for not putting the camera down to help an injured friend, but will also berate them if they do exactly that, usually claiming that continuing to record is imperative, no matter what, since the show needs the footage. However, if a person manages to continue recording and properly help a friend, someone on the cast usually gives them credit for it.
Frank Stallone uses any footage of this show that comes from Russia (or neighboring countries) to prove how stupid foreigners (usually Russians) are, despite the fact that the majority of the footage on the show is of Americans.
Played with when people comment on how Leif Garrett used to be "such a pretty girl".
Ali Landry, 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 Garrett's physical appearance back when he was a teen idol.
Bonaduce lampshades this while watching a clip of him performing mixed martial arts from the early '90s, and remarking, "Wow... I'm pretty handsome!" Jaime Andrews is impressed with his "flowing locks", while Bryan Callen also admits that he thinks he's sexy.
I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Whenever a clip features one or more cute animals, Kevin McCaffrey 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 knowns each "Inventions" episodes 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 Bonaduce 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."
Gary Busey: 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 Nice: 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 Loekle 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.
During a clip in which a model fell through a hole in the runway, Kevin McCaffrey sarcastically commented that "She couldn't be bothered to look where she was walking; she was too busy modeling." Models actually are taught to never look down, or really in any direction other than straight ahead.
Jaime Andrews: Come on, if a rock is considered a, "Dangerous missile," then Frank Stallone is a, "Funny comedian".
Frank Stallone: 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 Peretti and Mike Trainor 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 Garrett's first 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; the narrator pronounces it as both "Jah-meal-lee" and "Jah-mill-lee", while Chelsea Peretti 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".
Jerkass Has a Point: One of Frank Stallone's post-scripts, where he rants about women with tattoos and body piercings.
The Khan: From an "Inventions" episode, Brendan Walsh has two Imagine Spots as to what the Quick Sip and the Go Plate will do to the paper cup and table industries, respectively.
Paper Cup Industry
Ted Jessup: People, I'm sorry to say, that after seventy years, we will be shutting down the paper cup factory.
Daniel Baldwin: What? Why?
Ted Jessup: Because of a new invention called the Quick Sip. It turns your faucet into a fountain.
Daniel Baldwin: *Pulls out a wallet with a photo of his "family"* This... this Quick Sip doesn't care about my family?
Ted Jessup: I'm afraid not.
Daniel Baldwin:QUICK 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.
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 Harding drinks lots of beer (and hates wine), loves monster trucks and motorcycles, hunts wild animals as a hobby, and has appeared on celebrity boxing more than once.
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 Gold for her height (she's apparently very tall for a woman. This is hard to tell since the cast members are sitting most of the time), and for not being a smoking hot model like Ali Landry. 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 DiPaolo's tendency to exaggerate numbers (see Signature Style below), it's probably unlikely that Judy Gold is as tall as LeBron James.
In another episode, Brad Loekle 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."
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 hoping the guy got his comeuppance.
Rachel Feinstein 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 McCaffrey: 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!
Long Runner: As of this writing (January 2014), the show has started its 17th season... 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-present) would be very less impressive.
Loners Are Freaks: Chelsea Peretti 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 Walsh. 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.
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 Trainor 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: invoked They show several clips that have garnered meme status, including Latarian "Smoking With Cigarettes" Milton and Bubb "Whoo Whoo" Rubb.
Money, Dear Boy: In the outtakes of the first World's Dumbest Partiers episode, Danny Bonaduce says "Why do I even come here? Oh, the money, that's right!" Danny even mentions in another episode that he's only paid $700 to appear on the show.
Leif: I'm so broke, I can't even afford to pay attention.
On occasion, usually during the end titles, the cast will complain that they're not paid enough, or about the show's budget in general (including Brad and Judy complaining about a turkey sandwich prop not having any lettuce, tomato, mayo, etc; or a piece of the set coming within inches of Loni's head after she comments on the show's budget).
One of the clips shown in "World's Dumbest Performers" was an old clip of Leif appearing in a Japanese commercial for a potato snack. He defends himself with "it paid the bills."
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 Trainor, 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.
Ms. Fanservice: Marianne Sierk 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 Andrews inside a giant plastic bubble, while wearing a leopard print bathing suit.
Amanda Landry, introduced in Season 16, damn near personifies this trope perfectly. During 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 urged fans to follow the show on Twitter and tweet comments, on the grounds that, if they do, "[She] might just tweet you back. *wink*" She also has a tendency to wear nothing less revealing than a tank top, and teased taking her shirt off during one clip.
Name McAdjective: During "World's Dumbest Record Breakers 3," Brad Loekle uses the name "Titsy Boobenheimer" to refer to Sheyla Hershey, a woman who attempted to break the record for largest augmented breasts.
In an episode of "Drivers," the narrator refers to a Russian man pulled over for DUI as "Ivan Drunkovich."
National Stereotypes: The show uses a lot of footage from non-US countries, so naturally, stereotypes (sometimes extreme) run rampant, such as Kevin McCaffrey claiming that murder is legal in Australia, and Frank Stallone's overall xenophobia (usually targeted at Russia). The cast tends to poke fun at Europe in general, either for country-specific stereotypes (British food/teeth) or just for being backwards culturally (mostly third-world countries).
Michael Loftus: See that girl on the swing? (off-screen voice: Hmm?) I'm going to roofie her later. (Really?) Is legal! (No...) Yes! (Yes?) Is Slovakia! (Ah!)
Averted by Mike Trainor during an episode of "Motorheads," which featured a motorcross rally in France.
Mike T: (using a French accent) It is a beautiful French day to do things not normally associated with our country, is it not?
Nerds Are Virgins: Pretty much all of the cast thinks this whenever a clip is shown that takes place at a fan convention. Given that most of the cast are middle-aged comedians, they probably aren't aware there's a lot more hitting going on at those things than they may realize or that a lot of the people who attend are in relationships.
Never Trust a Title: While it holds true almost all the time for other iterations (Partiers, Drivers, Criminals/Outlaws, Daredevils/Thrillseekers, etc.), "World's Dumbest Performers" tends to feature people who aren't really doing something dumb... just making an embarrassing mistake that could happen to anyone.
In addition, many "pranksters" featured on the titular episodes aren't really pranking people as much as they're just physically assaulting them when they least expect it.
Brad: A prank is when you "trick" someone. Not when you wait for them to turn around and sucker punch them with a medicine ball!
Danny: This isn't so much a prank as it is... whimsical domestic abuse.
Nice Hat: Leif Garrett, who has lost a lot of his hair (compared to the long hair he had when he was younger), almost always wears a hat, bandana, or some kind of garment on his head. He even lampshaded this in one episode, telling Brad Loekle that the footage of Leif from a 1970s Japanese potato stick commercial was filmed "Before I grew the bandana."
In one episode featuring Gary Busey, during the opening titles, instead of Busey himself receiving billing, his hat gets billed instead.
Kevin McCaffrey, on a thief who attempted to escape from police custody (while wearing a hat with a fake $100 bill on it):
Kevin: Nothing says class like a hat of pretend money.
John Enos was surprised that the producers of the show were able to let the cast use an imitation of said hat, with a real $100 bill, and not get it stolen by Todd Bridges.
Todd: That's a real $100 bill, isn't it?
Producer: [off-screen] Don't even think about it, Todd.
Nobody Can Die: None of the individuals in the clips end up dead as a result of their actions in the clip, but with one exception, from way back in the first episode, it was never mentioned that the person died.
Trainor again, on a woman named Bernadette Music, who called 911 because she couldn't get a man. Hearing her talk is less than pleasant.
Mike T: You would think, last name "Music," her voice might not make me wanna kill myself. And yet, here we are!
Noodle Incident: Jonny McGovern, on a man who attempted to smuggle a power tool from a hardware store by hiding it in a... sensitive area.
Jonny: Don't put a saw down your pants right near your wiener! I... I did that once. It wasn't good...
Not so Above It All: Happens to Frank Stallone on one occasion. In a clip "World's Dumbest Pranksters 2", a woman tapes her daughter-in-law's reaction to finding a cornish game hen stuffed in the Thanksgiving turkey she's carving; the daughter-in-law freaks out at the thought of having cooked a pregnant turkey, until it's revealed to her it's a payback prank, and that turkeys don't get pregnant, they lay eggs. Frankie admits that he would have fallen for the prank too, because it didn't occur to him that turkeys lay eggs.
Obvious Stunt Double: In an episode of "World's Dumbest Partiers", John Enos and Loni Love watch "their" wedding video (a couple's wedding video with their faces plastered over the bride and groom) involving an accident with the bride and groom crashing into each other on a zipline. Loni comments, "Good thing I used that white woman as my stunt double!"
Older than They Look: In one clip, a cop arrests a young man for DUI; during the ride, the young man starts up some, "Meaningless, hallow ass-kissing", and when the cop asks what he does, he tells him he's the governor's campaign manager.
Mike T: You're his campaign manager? Why are you twelve?
For the cast, when Brendan Walsh first started appearing on the show, his hair and beard were considerably gray, which probably, understandably, prompted him to start coloring them dark brown shortly afterwards.
Once an Episode: In the first few episodes of Season 15: "A Postscript with Frank Stallone".
One-Hit Kill: Sometimes shown in World's Dumbest Brawlers or Partiers, where a person gets knocked out in one hit.
Mike Britt, Mike Trainor, Michael Loftus, and now Mike O'Gorman.
In fact, watching the show in closed captions, the former two are identified as "Mike B." and "Mike T.", respectively.
Also unintentionally lampshaded in "World's Dumbest Dummies", where Mike Trainor and Michael Loftus do a spoof of morning drive radio show Mike and Mike.
Occasionally, Kevin McCaffrey and Tom McCaffery.
Likewise, occasionally Jaime Andrews, Jamie Kaler, and Jamie Lee.
Chris Strait, Chris Fairbanks, and Chris Williams.
Dan Cummins, Daniel Baldwin, and Danny Bonaduce.
In clips featuring women from Russia, inevitably one of them women is refered to as Sveltlana.
Only in Florida: At least one of the things on each episode takes place in Florida. The narrator even acknowledges this during one episode.
Also, it seems like each episode features one or a few clips that take place in Wisconsin.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In one of the "Redumbocity" segments from "World's Dumbest Performers 12", The Didgeri (Mike Trainor as an Australian comedian) "dies", though after an epi-pen resuscitates him, his accent is gone, and is even pointed out.
Opposite Day: Occurs at least twice. Once when Mike Trainor comments (on an incident in which a woman attempted to make a fraudulent slip-and-fall claim in a supermarket) "There's healthy people falling down, people in wheelchairs rising to their feet! It's like the Bermuda Triangle in there!"
Ornamental Weapon: Many suspects in the "Criminals/Outlaws" episodes, whether through ignorance, bravery, apathy, or intelligence, will call the bluff of an armed police officer with his gun pointed at the suspect. Sometimes the suspect will even brandish his/her own weapon (and in at least one clip, the inverse occurred— an off-duty cop brandished his weapon at a criminal attempting to rob a store, who already had his gun in his hands). No cop on the show ever shoots anyone with an actual firearm (always just rubber bullets or tasers), so the criminals may be on to something (could be considered Genre Savvy).
Ron Kuby: (on a woman who emerged from her car aiming a gun at an armed officer) 99 times out of 100... that will get you dead.
Out of Order: When new episodes first air on truTV, they appear to be broadcasted out of order. For example, when Season 15 first aired, "World's Dumbest Performers 14" was the first to air, but according to episode numbers/production codes, it's the third episode of Season 15.
Panty Shot: Happens in the video clip featuring the model who falls through a hole in the runway. Chelsea Peretti was the only cast member who commented on the upskirt.
Pec Flex: Expect this trope from John Enos if he has his shirt off, because he does this 5 times in separate episodes, except in the first World's Dumbest Lovers, where he does this twice (The clip was about a guy who broke into a sex store and stole a mannequin and some clothes. In the middle of the clip, the man's shirt came off when stealing the stuff.).
John: Didn't this guy have a shirt on, and then like... *Snaps his fingers, then his own shirt disappears* ...suddenly it just disappeared? What the f**k is with that? *Starts bouncing his pecs*
*a little later into the clip*
John: *still bouncing his pecs* If you have sex with a mannequin, you wake up with a f**king splinter. ....It's not pretty.
The third time was in World's Dumbest Partiers 18 (The clip in question was about a night club in a laundromat.).
John: I'll make you my specialty drink. It's called a "Lint Trap," 'cause you're gonna have to empty yourself out after you have a few of these, you know what I'm saying? Eh? *Bounces his pecs*
The fourth time was in "World's Smartest Inventions 6" (the invention was about sauna pants).
The fifth time was in "World's Smartest Inventions 10" (the invention was about the Asahi Robocco BeerBot).
John (as a shirtless bartender): Man, this f**king new guy, he's taking all of my tips! He doesn't even do this! *Bounces his pecs* What the f**k?!
In World's Dumbest Performers 12, Kevin McCaffrey wonders why the man in the center stage of the pageant is hanging around bouncing his pecs, and asks who's enjoying that.
In response to a clip of a drunk uncle trying to climb up a stack of cardboard boxes, Danny Bonaduce explains, "There are so many drunk uncles in my family that we've actually condensed the word down to, 'Drunkle'." Afterwards, the show uses this word anytime a clip features somebody's uncle being completely wasted.
In a clip where a bunch of drunk partiers build a little pyramid out of their empty beer cans, Chelsea Peretti takes pride in inventing a new word: Beeramid.
Piss Take Rap: Numerous instances, including "Taxi Dave" (a rapping cab driver from Sacramento), another man who's literally a rapping real-estate agent, and a guy who literally urinates on himself during a rap battle (making the name of this trope oddly appropriate). In case you're wondering, pretty much every terrible rapper featured in the show's clips is white.
Pluralses: Mike Trainor, on a man who berated the parents of a pee-wee football league for fighting in the stands (the man claimed that "It's not our game, it's the kidses' game"):
Mike T: Man, this is s'posed to be the kidses' game. Why can't anyone think of the kidses when they do these thingses?
Police Are Useless: You don't see it often, but this does occasionally turn up in the episodes about dumb criminals. The most notorious example involved three police cars chasing a fugitive, the fugitive turns his getaway car around, goes in circles for several moments, and the cops...follow suit.
A different clip featured a police officer pulling into a McDonald's drive-thru with a criminal in his backseat. The criminal bails as the cop is waiting for his food, and gets away.
Another clip showed the blatant cheating in an Indian college, as well as the cops who were there to watch for cheaters getting bribed by the families of the teachers.
At least three clips feature a cop getting his car stolen by a suspected criminal.
Political Correctness Gone Mad: Brad Loekle was once bleeped for saying "Arab", even though the criminal viewed in the present clip was Arab. Brad was also once bleeped for "faggot", even though Brad himself is gay. Guess he doesn't have N-Word Privileges.
As noted above (see Cowboy Bebop at His Computer and Nerds Are Virgins), the cast consists of mostly middle-aged comedians, and whenever the show features clips that take places at a fan convention, they often times don't seem to know, exactly, what the convention is for, and almost always refer to them as, "comic book conventions," even if they're anime/manga conventions or gaming conventions. They also seem to assume that only socially awkward outcasts who don't know how to interact with other people, especially when it comes to the opposite sex, attend the conventions (though Brendan Walsh once commented, "Oh look, there's the one girl at this convention all the nerds are gonna wanna try and bang!"). During a clip at a gaming convention, Jared Logan and Mike Trainor are added to the clip, dressed as Mario and Pac-Man, and in another, Kevin McCaffrey likens one kid's behavior to that of Q-Bert. Chuck Nice, however, seems to be pretty familiar with Comic Con.
One clip features a public access televangelist, whom must live under a rock (as John puts it): he gets two separate emails in one telecast, the first comes from someone who basically quotes the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Off-screen PA: That's from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Televangelist: Okay... Fresh? Okay, I think we have some Mongolians in the system.
Chris F.: Mongolians? The old rulers of China?
The next email he reads is from someone who claims that a man named Ben Kenobi taught him all about the force that spirituality has; the televangelist then goes on to explain that the man's claims are not Biblical, and that he needs to re-read his Bible regarding spirituality. Kevin even remarks, "Whoever's writing these emails needs to write for us!"
P.O.V. Cam: An "Inventions" episodes features the Hat Cam, which is a baseball cap with a built-in camera. Various different cast members try it out, and as such, we're treated to Frank Stallone in the men's room, preparing for filming; Brendan Walsh and Leif Garrett meeting each other, and Brendan (on his first day at Meetinghouse Productions) assuming Leif is, "The New Guy," while Leif informs him that he's the new guy; and an unknown woman riding Danny Bonaduce.
Prison Rape: Being that this series started exclusively as "World's Dumbest Criminals," this is joked about frequently.
Chelsea Peretti: (on a pair of criminals who were arrested for stealing breast pumps) I'd like to see how this plays out in prison. They're like 'What are you in for? Oh, really? That's what you do? Please drop your soap immediately.'
Product Placement: Subverted in "Dumbest Employees", where a clip features a guy who brought marijuana with him to work - at McDonald's. We, as viewers, pretty much know it's McDonald's, as Happy Meals are frequently mentioned throughout the segment, not to mention we can see the golden arches on the Happy Meal boxes, however, whenever the cast actually mention McDonald's in their commentary, they get bleeped.
Nick DiPaolo, Roger Lodge, and Wes Denning as of Season 14.
Daniel Baldwin, Chris Strait, and Jessie Cantrell as of Season 15.
Danny Bonaduce, Leif Garrett, Tonya Harding, Todd Bridges, Chuck Nice, Frank Stallone, Loni Love, Chelsea Peretti, and Marianne Sierk (or, in other words, 90% of the original cast) as of Season 16.
In-universe, some of the cast will occasionally express missing Brad Loekle... even though he was still on the show.
The Bus Came Back: Chuck Nice returns at one point later in Season 16, and Judy Gold appears to be returning for Season 17.
Quizzical Tilt: During an episode of "Performers," a man making a survival video states that drinking one's own urine is a healthy form of sustenance if necessary. He then tells the viewer "I've never drank my own urine. Never had to, and I don't have to now." At that point, he actually drinks a cup of his own urine, stating that he would never tell the viewer to do something he wouldn't do himself. Chelsea Peretti is so confused, she gives three quizzical head tilts in the span of about ten seconds.
Brad Loekle and Judy Gold both do this when watching a clip of an elderly lady and a younger lady singing gospel music (rather poorly) on a late-night public access show.
In an "Inventions" episode, Mike Britt and Judy Gold do this in response to the DVD instructions of the ThermoSoles.
Read The Fine Print: In-universe. Bryan Callen presents one sequence of clips during "World's Dumbest Lovers 3" as "Vlad, professional photographer." He claims to provide "Premium results without headache or complication" as the words "PREMIUM PHOTOS!" are superimposed on the screen. At the bottom of the screen, in smaller print, the viewer is warned that (verbatim) "photos" may not be premium.
Stephen Baldwin appeared on the show once, when Daniel instructed viewers to turn their phones around with recording video to get all of the action... as a result, we pan out and see that Stephen had been sitting next to Daniel the entire show.
Danny Bonaduce's current wife, Amy, makes a very brief cameo while on the subject of older men and younger lovers (Danny is 24 years her senior).
Real Life Writes the Plot: Have you seen something really bizarre in the news lately, whether it's local, national, or international? Well, starting with Season 14, expect to see that news coverage on this show at any given moment; almost all of the clips featured on every episode since Season 15 are this.
Recurring Character: Amongst all the commentators that appear regularly on this show, there are some whose appearances are limited at best, yet those appearances span over a number of seasons. This would definitely apply to Gary Busey, but could also apply to Jimmy McMillan.
Also applies to some of the subjects in the featured clips, which is sometimes lampshaded by the panelists:
Mike T: (on Ashrita Furman, a man who has been featured trying to break numerous obscure world records) This asshole AGAIN?! He's on this show more than I am!
Rachael Starr, whose webvideos of various different "daring" stunts she tries to accomplish get featured on "Performers" episodes from time to time.
Recycled Script: Not so much script, but the show has been recycling clips more than usual in Season 15.
Retool: Done a bit prior to Season 16 with more skits being added, but beginning with Season 16 many of the original cast members (Danny Bonaduce, Leif Garrett, Tonya Harding, and Todd Bridges) along with others were replaced by new commentators.
Season 15 (and continuing into Season 16) also introduced several short, variously-themed clips that are separate from the actual countdown, such as "That's Nuts," showing a short clip of men (and once a woman) suffering groin-based damage, and also segments called Wait For It, Holy $#!@, That's Gonna Leave A Mark, An Old Drunk Guy Trying To Walk, and How Not To Drive A Bike Off A Truck.
Running Gag: In the World's Smartest Inventions episodes, with every product that involves cats, Billy Kimball will mention that he wants it and doesn't even own a cat.
Speaking of cats, Mike Trainor hates them. A lot. He also hates marriage (as does Chelsea Peretti).
Many episodes feature little skits in which John Enos and Loni Love play lovers.
In some episodes, there will be a running gag that is used frequently through the duration of an episode, usually related to one of the early clips of the countdown.
Almost every single fricken thing that comes out of Tonya Harding's mouth is met with other cast members (most commonly Judy Gold) either rolling their eyes, raising an eyebrow, shaking their heads, or just wearing confused looks on their faces.
Whenever Frank Stallone starts bashing other countries, be prepared for the American flag to wave behind him, and in some cases, his comments will be accompanied by patriotic music.
Sanity Slippage: One clip showed a baseball player suddenly acting as if he were in a war zone. Even pretending to throw objects at people as if he were throwing hand grenades.
Another showed a police officer pulling over a woman for speeding. At first, she is cooperative and friendly to the officer. Then the officer asks her an innocent question, only for her to suddenly start screaming "you don't talk back to me" and trying to physically assault said officer with repeated kicks to the the groin.
Sarcasm Mode: Almost everyone on the cast is guilty of this at time. Judy Gold, however, is by far the most frequent offender.
Screwed by the Network: Somewhat. With as many episodes and volumes this series has, truTV seems to only air a certain handful over and over again for a few months, before switching them out for another handful for a few months, and so on and so forth.
Self-Deprecation: The cast members insult themselves, one another and the show itself, as much as they do the dumb people shown on this program.
Mike T: (on a domesticated cat who attacked a balloon that looked like it) No one wants to see a fat, bloated version of themselves comin' at them. That's why I stay away from mirrors.
During the outtakes of one episode, John Enos and Todd Bridges play out a humorous reenactment of Leif Garrett's arrest for possession of black tar heroin (Bridges as the cop, Enos as Garrett). After Todd handcuffs "Leif," he remarks "Who do you think you are, Todd Bridges?! Get yo ass outta here!"
Danny Bonaduce does this to himself quite a bit, but it his also doubles as Unfortunate Implications, as more often than not, he will indirectly remark that he has a small penis.
Chuck Nice: "If you are sober enough to use the word obstreperous and use it correctly, which he did, I say let him go."
During one clip, a man is arrested for DUI and angrily hurls insult after insult at the officer, eventually claiming that he looks like a "morphodite." Brad Loekle comments "I don't know what that means, and I have a college degree."
Sex Goddess: Marianne Sierk. She once even implied that she slept with Jaime Andrews's ex.
Karrine Steffans has also made numerous appearances on the show, although her "exploits" were never mentioned by anyone, not even herself.
In one episode of World's Smartest Inventions, Jaime Andrews wondered if a featured breathing apparatus would help her give better blow jobs. She quickly scoffed at the thought, proclaiming "I couldn't possibly give better blow jobs."
On two different occasions, John Enos has remarked that Marianne and Jaime can't even seem to keep their legs closed.
Sex Sells: Try to pretend that Karinne Steffans and Ali Landry made it onto the show, in the early seasons, because they're funny and witty. Go ahead.
The commercial for The Little Dolphin Easy-Pushing Mop from an "Inventions" episode, featuring a number of women of different cultures, each scantily-clad in white lingerie, and each demonstrating the mop speaking in a slow and seductive voice. They had heavy accents and it was somewhat difficult to understand them. John Enos excitedly claimed he'd buy one even though he had no idea what they were saying. Brad Loekle and Chelsea Peretti also commented:
Brad: Wow... cleaning's never been so dirty.
Chelsea: If this is an ad for an international prostitution ring... they nailed it.
truTV could not possibly make it any more obvious that this is almost the sole reason Amanda Landry is part of the cast. As far as what airs on the show, she probably just does something sexually provocative without saying anything more than she actually comments on the clips. See also Ms. Fanservice above.
Judy Gold has gone through a number of hairstyle changes over the years, and depending on how intense the lighting is (causing her to look either rather fair-skinned, or really tanned), she can almost look like a different person.
Marianne Sierk, meanwhile, appears to change colors more often than a chameleon. It's not an exaggeration to say that her skin tone has been everywhere from yellow to orange to pink to peach, and maybe some others (most of which don't occur naturally in any part of the world).
Shirtless Scene: Most of the time it'll be either be Danny Bonaduce or Brad Lokele, but a few other male commentators do it a few times as well. Frank Stallone only did this once (somewhat), and it was the whole episode of World's Dumbest Brawlers 10. If John Enos has his shirt off, expect him to bounce his pecs.
Some men in World's Dumbest Partiers or Brawlers will usually take or have their shirt off.
You will also see any man shirtless if a clip is in the New Jersey Bikes and Babes Festival or on a beach.
Just expect this trope if they show a clip and a guy has his shirt off.
In a Hillbilly clip, a hillbilly concludes his outdoor hot tub video by quoting Red Green's signature Catch Phrase, "If women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy."
Show Within a Show: In "World's Dumbest Performers 12", we're treated to "Redumocity", hosted by Sum Guy (Mike Trainor like a skateboarder), who plays dumb clips for his panel of personalities including Nice-T (Chuck Nice spoofing Ice-T), Jenny Eastside (Jessie Cantrell as a dumb blonde), and The Didgiri (Trainor in a dual role as a Australian comedian). Judy Gold even comments, "This is, like, my new favorite show!"
Once, Mike Trainor shares a clip from his new show he says will be his golden ticket off of World's Dumbest...; cue a clip from The Fresh Prince of Baltimore, starring Mike T. as White Will Smith, and Chuck Nice as Uncle Phil.
Mike T.: Hey Uncle Phil! Can I borrow the keys to the car tonight?
Chuck: You crashed the car last week, remember?
Mike T.: Now you know the airbags work!
Chuck: *Shakes head* What am I gonna do with you, White Will Smith?
Mike T.: Gimme a hug?
*Audience awws while the two share a hug, allowing Mike T. to slip his hand into Chuck's back pocket, and swipe his keys, as the audience laughs and cheers*
In response to a clip of a female reporter dropping her pants for a soccer champion, hoping he'll autograph her ass reminds Brendan Walsh of his webseries, What If I Show You My Ass?, where he offers to show people his ass.
Brendan: Hey man, those mini muffins look good, can I have one?
Nick DiPaolo also tends to exaggerate, especially when numbers are involved, such as claiming that someone was driving 500 miles an hour, or that a robber was stopped by an elderly man "in his late hundreds."
Brad Loekle will either use pop cultural references or insult one of his fellow commentators.
Almost every cast member impersonates a racial/age/etc. stereotype at one point or another, but Rachel Feinstein does it so much that an entire show can go by without the viewer hearing her actual voice. She seems to favor impersonating Russians and stereotypical New York Jews.
Sir Swears-a-Lot: Judy Gold and Frank Stallone. Actually, Judy's habit of swearing seems more natural as she does it only when she's pissed off (which seems to be most of the time). Stallone, on the other hand, seems to swear every other second, while saying the most innocuous of sentences.
Sketch Show: While not an actual sketch show, this show does include a number of recurring segments, including "911 Center" (with a random cast member listening to a dumb 911 call), "Chemistry 101 with Professor Tonya Harding" (Tonya Harding using clips to deliver scientific lectures), "The World's Dumbest News" (Kevin McCaffrey is the anchor, Ted Jessup is the newseditor, various different cast members are field reporters), "Instant Replay" (Roger Lodge on an ESPN-esque sports show, offering blow-by-blow details of a sports or competition related clip), among others.
With Season 14 and onward, the show has been utilizing such sketches, among others, more and more to the point that it's almost as if the producers are trying to turn this into a sketch show.
Small Name, Big Ego: Frank Stallone seems to believe this of not only himself, but all musicians, including getting angry at a cop for not treating an obviously drunk David Cassidy with the respect Frank felt he deserved.
Small Reference Pools: Sometimes averted. Occasionally jokes are made that reference things from World War II to Shakespeare, to obscure trends of the 1940s, and even certain parts of many religions, that most viewing audiences wouldn't know about.
Super Strength: In a "Partiers" clip, we see a dance party being held in Jamaica, specifically the skillz of a guy who looks to weight about a buck twenty soaking wet (as Roger Lodge would put it), and a girl whose roughly about the size of Loni Love. At one point, the guy effortlessly lifts the girl up, much to the cast's amazement.
Brad Loekle: Is he half Jamaican-half carpenter ant? How did he lift eight times his own bodyweight?
As well as many drunks who get pulled over by cops and are asked "Have you been drinking?"
In a bizarre ending sequence after one episode, Jaime Andrews reveals that she had made a bet with Leif Garrett. She bet Leif that Todd Bridges would actually pay her for winning a race, which he had created with the promise of a cash prize. Todd didn't pay her, so Leif won the bet and got to "have his way with [Jaime]." We then see Jaime and Leif in Leif's car — she says she can't believe they're doing this in his car, and he replies with "It's not like I live in it or anything."
In one clip, we see a guy trying to break into a closed convenient store, and trying almost every way you can imagine: breaking the door down with his body, breaking the door down with his truck, knocking on the door, and even trying to pick the lock with a credit card; Mike Trainor states picking a lock with a credit card only works when you're trying to see your sister naked in the shower, to which he quickly adds, "Not that I've ever done that..."
Frank Stallone inverts this during a clip of a Revolutionary War reenactment.
Frank: See, now this shit I love, 'cause you know me, I love shooting people. Stabbing them. (Beat) Y'know, in movies, not in real life.
Brad: (Darts eyes back and forth, raises eyebrow and smirks)
Tastes Like Purple: During "World's Dumbest Employees," Bryan Callen (while impersonating a small child on the lap of a mall Santa, who had been seen peeing behind the building and smoking) remarked that "Santa smells like tobacco, pee-pee and failure."
From the same episode, a clip of a hair stylist breaking into the salon he works at to pee into the coffee machine; Bryan remarks, "This tastes yellow. (Beat) Why does my coffee taste yellow?"
The Tape Knew You Would Say That: In a clip of a couple of dumbasses trying to BASE jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, and getting caught in crosswinds, Nick DiPaolo makes a crack about them landing in Judy Gold's hair; he chuckles briefly, before imitating Judy with, "Fuck you, Nick!" Sure enough, cut to Judy:
Judy: Fuck you, Nick! You wish you had my hair!
Frank Stallone is very much aware that the editors super impose a waving American flag behind him, a Patton helmet on his head, an Eisenhower jacket on his chest, among other things, whenever he makes a crack about other countries, or remarks about how great America is.
The Teaser: The show always had 'em, usually a sampling of the kinds of clips you're about to see in the episode, however, since about Season 13 the cast started putting on skits, or set up running gag to kick off the episode. By Season 15, these skit teasers became a Once an Episode thing.
Thief with a Heart of Gold: One clip featured a robber who triggered a heart attack in an elderly clerk. The robber actually shows compassion by apologizing, saying he does not want to hurt her, and letting the other clerk call an ambulance (he even asks for the phone). He does still take some money, but only thirty dollars. The clerk survives.
Third-Person Person: When a matador gets gored in the chin by a bull, Frank Stallone plays it off by saying "That almost grossed Frank Stallone out, and I've seen some gross stuff." If you think about it, Frank Stallone ended up making himself look stupid.
Those Two Guys: Whenever the cast reenact certain clips, or act out little skits to compliment clips, often times the pairings are as follows: Brad Loekle and Mike Trainor, Chuck Nice and Kevin McCaffrey, Jaime Andrews and Marianne Sierk, male-female pairing Loni Love and John Enos. Sometimes Michael Loftus will play dual roles.
Brad Loekle and Judy Gold have played lovers at least twice throughout the series, which is likely a parody of the fact that both are openly gay.
Took a Level in Dumbass: Frank Stallone admits to falling for a prank in which a woman stuffs a Thanksgiving turkey with a Cornish game hen, and leading her daughter-in-law to believe she bought and cooked a pregnant turkey, because it didn't don on him that turkeys lay eggs.
Frankie: I didn't even think of that! Turkeys lay eggs, they don't give birth! Man, am I a dumbfuck. You got the Stallonester on this one.
Loni: I don't have genitals! (Beat) Do I?
Totally Radical: Billy Kimball claims that he wants to start using a new phrase he learned (which he heard in a featured clip) during his everyday life.
Trailers Always Spoil: Done with the opening sequence of the show, during which a number of snippets of the clips featured are shown. The viewer sometimes gets to see the payoff of the clip (i.e., someone inevitably getting hurt) before they even see the whole clip itself. They'll also sometimes, prior to a commercial break, freeze a clip right before the part that makes the clip entertaining in the first place... even though they've already shown what happens during the opening.
The Unintelligible: Frank Stallone. But not for the same reason as his brother, Sylvester. It's because Frank swears a lot, requiring many bleep sounds, rendering most of what he's trying to say incomprehensible.
A drunk sitting in a police car in one clip seems to be so pickled he's reduced to barking out in angry, drunken babbling. It gets to the point where Brad wonders if the man isn't speaking in tongues.
Unlimited Wardrobe: Sometimes the commentators will be wearing different outfits within the same episode. Heck, sometimes, they'll wear different outfits within the same segment.
Frank Stallone brags about being the best dressed cast member on the show. Cue a brief montage of all the various different outfits he's worn over the years.
Unusual Euphemism: Mike Trainor claims, of a clip from a porno that featured a part of the set falling and hitting one of the actresses, "They had a blooper while they were filming it, and I bloopered when I watched it.
Tonya Harding on a clip of a man who secretly takes upskirt pictures of a woman in a department store.
Tonya: You're gonna go to jail, and then you can look at somebody else's whoa-whoa instead of my hoo-hoo.
From a "Performers" episodes, a candidate running for governor of the state of Tennessee asks in his campaign video for people to vote for him, wanting to be placed in the state capital building, "So I can do my issues."
Chris Strait: "Do my issues" sounds like some kind of bathroom euphemism.
In a clip from Canada of a couple of teens stealing a bait car, one of them asks the other for a "hoot" to smoke.
Brad: A "hoot"? God, even Canada's words for drugs are weird!
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: So, we have two really hot teenage girls (a blonde and a brunette), both wearing tight short-sleeved tops, and short shorts, brawling with one another; the brunette, at one point, even takes off her top, and continues fighting the blonde, and pulling on her hair. Chelsea Peretti, Judy Gold, Kevin McCaffery, Brendan Walsh, and Michael Loftus are all very excited by this clip... and what does Mike Trainor have to add?
Mike T: Man, I've been living in the city too long... I want a lawn...
A Russian woman makes a provocative video for her boyfriend (and yes, she's actually very sexy), and as she pulls some suggestive moves for the camera, Daisy Gardner seems rather distracted:
Daisy: This is the best Russia has ever looked on this show! Look at that apartment, they must have gotten it from Ikea!
A pink, condom-shaped, hot air balloon named Vrij Veilig appears on "Worlds Dumbest Record Breakers 5".
Vocal Evolution: Throughout the first season, Chip Bolcik's narrations are delivered in a little more deadpan and wooden manner, as well as his voice in general is a little deeper, and slightly gruff too.
We Interrupt This Program: One episode of "Partiers" features a Russian man (Bryan Callen using a Russian accent) interrupting Frank Stallone's umpteenth xenophobic rant, opening with "Don't be alarmed, fat Americans— we have taken control of this broadcast." He then proceeds to play several clips from countries other than Russia to prove that Russians aren't as stupid as Stallone claims.
Becomes a Running Gag in an "Outlaws" episode, where Billy Kimball continually interrupts commentary with a late-breaking World's Dumbest News Flash; when we're returned to our regularly scheduled programming, the cast is either still rambling incoherently, or display obvious confusion and annoyance at being interrupted.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: One clip from a "Record Breakers" episode features a man at a Taiwanese mall breaking a record of kissing the most king cobras without getting bitten; Mike Trainor attempts a similar record, simply by kissing one (obviously fake) cobra - the cobra attacks, prompting an animal control officer to wrangle the snake, and a paramedic to tend to the fallen Mike T. As the paramedic applies pressure to Mike's wound, and calls for anti-venom, Mike wails, "Ahhh! Fuck this show! I never even got to meet Leif Garrett!" At the tail end of that episode's end titles, we see a bloody bandage wrapped around Mike's neck, and he mumbles about the last thing he remembers thinking about was apples in orange sauce.
Wise Beyond Their Years: One episode featured a clip, which was number one on the list, where a nine-year-old girl was able to drive her drunk father to a convenience store. The girl's father even tells the store clerk how well his daughter drove for her age.
With Friends Like These...: As Chuck Nice once explained, "If your friends are laughing and giggling as you are being swept away by rapids... they're not your friends."
Another clip involves a group of friends getting another friend drunk. Then the guy whose house it was gets mad and demands the drunken friend leave, "accidentally" pushing the drunk backwards down a flight of stairs, the drunk ending his fall unconscious. One of the friends suggests they give him a pillow and leave him there. They call paramedics (eventually).
Often, if a person is shown having injured themselves seriously and the camera keeps rolling, at least one of the commentators will question why they won't just put the camera down and call for help.
A guy eats a flaming Dorito, and his mouth (understandably) hurts. His "friend" convinces him to eat kitty litter from a litter box, and then begs him to eat one of the cat turds in the litter box.
One man's response to his friend falling head-first down a flight of stairs? "Hey, hey! What happened? Are you bleeding? I'm busy recording, so I can't really help him."
One of the clips featured is this video which involves a guy, having passed out from drinking, being taken outside and sent into the middle of a pond on an inflatable raft. It's only when his "friends" start throwing water balloons at him that he wakes up and swims for shore. Bonus points from the guy that says "Fuck that." when the cameraman says "If that raft tips and he doesn't wake up, one of us is going in after him.".
You Know What They Say About X: Subverted during a clip featuring a large black man at a pool, tripping and falling from a makeshift diving board (AKA a lawn chair):
Billy Kimball: I guess what they say about black people is true... some of them are overweight.
You No Take Candle: Sometimes used by the narrator when introducing a clip that takes place in Russia, and also used by the cast when impersonating someone from Russia or another neighboring country (as well as the dubbed-in voiceovers of the people featured in the clips).
Your Cheating Heart: Many "World's Smartest Inventions" episodes feature products that were made specifically with infidelity in mind, from cologne for men to mask the scent of another woman, to cellphones for women to change their voices when they call their husbands/boyfriends, to wedding rings where the engraving of "I'm Married" is embedded into the husband's finger.