Series: The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest

And it all starts...now!

World's Dumbest: Why Does This Always Happen?
— Michael Loftus' proposed slogan for the show

truTV Presents: World's Dumbest... (formerly titled The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest...) is a program on truTV, "highlighting" the world's dumbest criminals, drivers, brawlers, encounters, etc., with celebrity commentary. Originally produced by The Smoking Gun, a site profiling known criminals and many celebrities such as Danny Bonaduce, and Leif Garrett, who also were regular emcees on the show. Other emcees include Bryan Callen, Frank Stallone, Tonya Harding, Judy Gold, Todd Bridges, Brad Loekle, Gary Busey, Ted Jessup, Nick DiPaolo, Daisy Gardner, Chelsea Peretti, John Enos, Chuck Nice, Roger Lodge, Loni Love, Daniel Baldwin, Mike Trainor, Kevin and Tom McCaffrey, Jaime Andrews, Marianne Sierk, Michael Loftus, Mike Britt, Brendan Walsh, Greg Wilson, Billy Kimball, Chris Fairbanks, Rachel Feinstein, and Jamie Lee. In 2013, the series experienced an overhaul, letting go a number of the above mentioned emcees, and bringing in new additions to the roster, including Amanda Landry, Mike O'Gorman, and Gilbert Gottfried.

As noted above, the show was formerly known as The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest... until truTV assumed control over the show starting with its tenth season in 2011. All previous episodes have been retroactively rebranded under the truTV title.

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  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range:
    • One of the explanations given for how a little girl in one clip is able to squeeze into a claw game bin via the prize drop chute grab what she wants and get back out the same way.
    • In one "World's Dumbest Partiers" episode, we meet man who is called a "medical freak," because he has the ability to move his Adam's apple around to allow him to drink beer upside down.
    • One episode had a guy who could twist his head 180 degrees, which he does to shock people.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: Played with with Tonya, as she has a recurring Show Within The Show segment, "Physics 101 with Professor Tonya Harding", but otherwise comes off as a dumb blonde; she even draws attention to it in one episode, saying, "I'm not real book-smart. I'm blonde-smart!"
  • Adults Are Useless:
    • 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. Mike B pokes fun at the parents, commenting:
      Mike B. "I'm sorry officer— they said they was goin out to get cigarettes. They didn't say nothin' about stealin'!"
    • 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 hosting.
    • During a clip featuring a security guard stealing from his place of employment, they played a small portion of a song parodying the Cops theme. "Rent-a-cops, rent-a-cops! They never do... they never do what you pay them to do!"
    • They also did one of Most Shocking/Daring involving a clip where a man in a monkey costume slaps someone's burger out of their hands. They even managed to get the narrator of that show to drop plenty of over-the-top melodrama and incredibly lame puns.
    • One time that was "Do You Think You Can Dance", hosted by Todd, with Chuck, Tonya, Leif, Mike T., and Roger as the judges.
    • During an episode of "Drivers," Todd pulls another one of theses with, Todd Bridges's Amazingly Amazin' Race, in which throughout the show, the other commentators compete for a huge lump sum of his estate. Danny and Kevin McCaffrey compete in a bread truck, Brad and Mike B. drive through the ice-slick roads of Turkey, Roger and Ted get stuck in a truck accident in an Irish truck parade, Mike T. and Daniel stop to watch a cop arrest a drunk driver, Chelsea and Chris Strait make little time via a dogsled, and finally Jaime and Leif cross the finish line, only to learn Todd isn't going to give them any money, just a lesson in teamwork and determination (that they're pretty much pointless).
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Often, particularly the reason for most of the World's Dumbest Partiers. And drivers. And brawlers. And...well, let's just say that it's probably the main reason for being featured on the show.
  • All Women Are Lustful:
    • Daisy is quick to point out interest in a hunky, good-looking guy featured in a clip, expresses disappointment and annoyance when a man's private parts are blurred out or censored, and has also commented on collecting and avidly watching porn.
    • With Marianne Sierk, it doesn't even have to be a good-looking guy. In one case, the target of her affection wasn't even human (in her own words, "That puppet could get some ass!"). See also Good Bad Girl below. And Sex Goddess. And Ship Tease. And Ms. Fanservice. And The Tease.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • Frank gives this one to Jessie Cantrell (with himself, no less), when she makes a crack about Russians.
      Frank: Jessie, I'm the original, because I really don't like anybody, I don't like Russians, I don't like Chinese, I don't like the French, I don't like Italians... you're behind, so you're never gonna catch up.
      Jessie: [gives Frank a Death Glare]
    • A viewer once took to Twitter, asking the show if they were ever going to get a better Baldwin brother; Daniel's response:
      Daniel: Let me tell ya something... Grey Gardens got nominated for 17 Emmy's... Series/30Rock got nominated for 22, Alec won. Billy? Billy's wife makes all the money, she's a big singer-songwriter! And Stephen? Stephen's a faggot, he wouldn't do this show, and we wouldn't have him! I rest my case.
  • American Dream: Mike T., on the fact that the breaking of the world's largest piñata was called off due to potential crowd hazards:
    Mike T: This is bullshit! There is candy inside that freakin' brightly-colored papier-mâché donkey, and we're gonna fuckin' eat it! 'Cause this is America!
  • An Aesop: Given every so often. Though it tends to be an odd, crude, or very narrow Aesop due to the nature of the show.
    Brad: Any time your penis touches pavement, it's time to rethink your life.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different:
    • Lampshaded in "World's Dumbest Partiers 4", which features a clip of a party turned into a riot in Panama; the announcer and all of the commentators speak Spanish, and the segment is highlighted by a sock puppet with a sombrero, large googly eyes, and a stereotypical Hispanic mustache named Bill Thompson.
    • An "Outlaws" episode has one clip in the countdown retold in the style of a show-stopping musical number (at the request of Billy Kimball), with Brendan Walsh in the lead, and Judy and two Brads as backups; of course, none of them are actually doing their own singing, though.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • In "World's Dumbest Motorheads 8", an elderly school bus driver is seen on camera smoking a cigarette and sipping on a soda with one hand, and driving the bus with the other, which causes her to lose control of the bus, plow over the center divide, and collide with a car in oncoming traffic. When police arrive, the bus driver is charged with reckless driving, driving without a seat belt... and smoking on a school bus.
    • Kevin McCaffrey on a man who had committed multiple crimes and was fleeing police: "As if stealing a car and aggravated robbery weren't bad enough, I didn't see him signalling for those lane changes, either. Now he's really fucked."
    • A man who had stolen a Krispy Kreme truck was arrested and charged with shoplifting, auto theft, running from police, hit and run, drunk driving, driving on a suspended license, and wasting a bunch of perfectly good doughnuts.
    • Jaime often invokes this trope whenever see a particular rough-looking perp is arrested and charge with a variety of different felonies; she will usually add, "And he was also charged with creeping me out!" Or, "Being really scary-looking!" Or anything along those lines.
    • In "Outlaws 8," a man disputes the fact that he has been taken to the police station without being officially placed under arrest:
    Suspect: Y'all ain't never tell me I was under arrest! Nobody read me my rights! [to the only female officer in the room] Bitch, that's synthetic in yo hair!
  • Artistic License Anatomy: This is Played Straight with a drunk driver, and Played for Laughs with the cast in a "Partiers" clip of a drunk driver being pulled over, but claiming he has a defect in his knee:
    Drunk: The placenta is torn.
    Brad: Wow. We need to get you to a hospital. You're going to have a baby.
    Marianne: Everyone knows only girls have babies in their knees.
    • In the same clip, the drunk corrects himself and says the problem is his "plaselta", which he claims is the membrane that separates the knee cap from the "knee brain."
    Mike T.: Makes sense to me! Knee brain right under the knee cap. (Mimes putting on a hat) Got it!
    • Finally, the drunk feels the officer's questions are inappropriate, and requests to call his lawyer.
    Kevin: (As lawyer) Dude, I would love to help you out, but my knee just went into labor. I'm literally pushing as we speak.
  • As the Good Book Says: Danny invokes this in a clip from a "Brawlers" episode, in which we see him exchanging barbs with another obscure has-been entertainer known as "The Reverend" before they hit the boxing ring. The Reverend smacks Danny on one cheek, to which he asks The Reverend if he's ever read The Bible (he claims he never has) before offering his other cheek to be smacked.
    Daniel: Who knew Danny Bonaduce was a Biblical scholar?
  • Ascended Extra:
    • With his introduction in Season 11, Chris F. made very sparse and occasional appearances on the show, but so far, has been featured prominently in every episode during Season 14 and onward.
    • Same with Rachel and Jamie Lee (the TV personality, not Curtis) - both of whom were introduced in Season 13.
    • Mike T., to a lesser extent. His appearances in earlier seasons were far more limited, but became more and more frequent in later seasons, and has also gotten involved behind the scenes as well, replacing Ted as the show's consulting producer.
  • Awesome but Impractical: One episode of "Criminals" features a woman on hidden camera in a car, soliciting a hitman (read: an undercover police officer) to kill her husband (although we never hear her say anything specific regarding the actual murder of her husband). Instead of simply busting her right there, the police use at least a whole day to stage a fake murder and present the charade to the woman. They go through all the trouble of showing her pictures of the "assassination," bringing her into the station, and then breaking down everything that supposedly happened. Perhaps surprisingly, no one on the cast mentioned the fact that all of this may have been overkill.
  • Awesome McCoolname: "World's Dumbest Drivers 2" features a clip of a man who is arrested for a slew of crimes, including shoplifting and (doughnut truck) auto theft, whose name is revealed to be "Warren G. Whitelightning." Whether or not he was born with this name is not revealed.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Played straight (sort of) during a clip featuring a performance in Japan of a Power Rangers-like battle. One of the actors on the "good" team falls hard after an acrobatic flip and is unable to continue the choreography. As the "bad guy" ad-libs due to the botch, it appears, if one ignores the fact that it wasn't supposed to happen, that the bad guy has won.
    John Enos: Evil wins! Yes, yes!
    Chuck Nice: The moral here is the good guy doesn't always win. Those are the lessons you learn when you live in a post-apocalyptic Japan.
  • Bait and Switch: In an episode of "Drivers", a clip shows a couple being pulled over for speeding. When the officer approaches the vehicle, the man claims that his wife is going into labor, while she wails and screams from the passenger seat. The cast make remarks about, "That old trick again," and continue doing so throughout the clip, despite the fact that it ends with an ambulance arrives, and the woman actually does give birth to a baby.
  • Be a Whore to Get Your Man:
    • During an episode of "Partiers", the viewers are introduced to a woman on a cruise named Celeste. She has a major thing for her karaoke instructor, about whom we know nothing, other than the fact that his name is Denilla. Celeste makes no bones about it and doesn't beat around the bush— she wants to have sex with Denilla, and would do so whenever and wherever he wants. She also wants to "molest" him and lets him know in advance that she's not above "licking balls." She ends the video by showing the camera her naked ass, hoping Denilla will watch it and like what he sees. We never find out if he does.
    • Loni occasionally will offer tips in trying to bribe an officer, or get on a cop's good side (or any man, really), by saying, "Do what I always do: use sex."
  • Beach Episode: This happens whenever they show a clip of someone on the beach.
  • Berserk Button: Mike T. once commented that "It's always a little funnier when a fat guy falls down." Then, as seen during the outtakes, one of the off-screen crew members said "Oh, really? Could you fall for us?" Mike T. responded with a Flat "What?" and then went on an angry rant about how he should leave, and the person who said that can stay there and talk about how fat he is.
  • Big Eater:
    • Mike T. likes to talk or think about food, as does Loni.
    • 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.
      Mike T.: [deadpan] You called 911 for this, you fat fuck?
      Chelsea: You know who the real victim is here? The fish.
  • The Big Guy:
    • As noted above, Mike T. is possibly this personified for this show. Brad, while certainly not morbidly obese, is a little on the chunky side as well, and occasionally pokes fun at himself, usually making references to Chunk from The Goonies.
    • On the female end of the spectrum - Loni.
  • Bilingual Bonus: During a skit in which Judy Gold plays a weather reporter for a Spanish news station, she's introduced as "Judy Oro," oro being the Spanish word for gold.
  • Bi the Way:
    • A lot of Bryan's jokes and dialogue seem to cross into this territory (he once outright referred to Danny as sexy). Michael on occasion plays this trope straight as well.
    • Chelsea goes back and forth between this and Does Not Like Men (see below) - she may express interest in certain guys in the clips (mainly if they display manners and chivalry), but also will comment on how cute certain women in the clips are (and has even called Tonya beautiful).
  • Black Comedy: Being more light-hearted than shows such as Most Shocking or Unsolved Mysteries, World's Dumbest usually avoids this trope. However, during a presentation of an invention that's simply a robot designed to console a person who's dying with loving words ("I am here for you," etc.), Judy wondered what the invention would be like if it "told the truth."
    Robot voice: I'm sorry your husband couldn't be here, but that's what you get when you die during March Madness.
    Robot voice: Knock, knock. Who's dying? You. Joke complete.
    Robot voice: Spoiler alert. You die at the end of this sentence.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Played for laughs in the context of a Mexican man who was gored by a bull whose horns somehow managed to snag and completely remove his pants and underwear.
    Mike T.: It's one thing to get gored by a bull, but to be molested! [holding a small figurine in stereotypical Mexican clothing] Show us on the doll where the bull touched you!
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Chelsea claimed, of a man who botched a cliff dive, "All this guy wants is love... and I'm the girl to give it to him. Oh, wait— I forgot my New Year's resolution. Nevermind." Then, superimposed on the screen next to her is a list of "Chelsea's New Year's Resolutions": Don't date idiots, make more friends, recycle more, stop killing hobos.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Considering this is a celebrity commentary show, there's really No Fourth Wall; however, on a few specific occasions, this cast does actually play this straight, such as:
    Roger: Hey, watch the language, mister! This ain't Springer, this is the Smoking Gun, very classy around here!
    Judy: (Responding to a guy exclaiming the video he shot of his friend is going on YouTube) You know what else it's going on? World's Dumbest..., 'cause you're an idiot!!!
    Nick: I'm waitin' till they give me my own show on truTV!
    Chuck: (Responding to a man using a small hatchet to chop through bullet-proof, tempered glass to rob a bank) Hey, our show's only an hour long...
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Anytime the dialogue has a voice-over dubbed for a clip. Often, if the clip is from a foreign country, an appropriate accent for the culture is dubbed. However, most of the time, the voice actor seems to almost always rely on a Speedy Gonzales-esque accent for just about anyone the clip is focused on.
  • Buffy Speak: During the outtakes of one episode, Ali Landry referred to the dance done by Leif in a clip from the '70s as the "sassy, hip-shakey thing."
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • One episode of "Brawlers" shows a man and his girlfriend getting off the elevator in a hotel. Another man, waiting to board the elevator, makes a move on the girl, which probably went somewhat similarly to this Chuck quip:
    Chuck: Hey, want some of my mardi gras beads? 'Cause I'm drunk and you're beautiful, and I cannot see that your boyfriend is very large.
    • Additionally, Wes Dening astutely opined, of a beachgoer in an argument with a bigger man, that it's "Not wise to accuse someone who looks like The Thing of being 'all talk.'"
    • A good deal of episodes end up having someone attack or doing something illegal in front of a person who's a black belt/martial arts instructor/former Marine/ect. Guess who comes out on top pretty much every time?
  • Butt Monkey:
    • There must be an unspoken motto on this show - "When in doubt, make fun of Leif Garrett." Leif even lampshaded it once by flat out asking "Why does everyone always pick on me?"
    • Tonya seems to be Brad Loekle's personal Butt Monkey, and before that, Judy's.
    • Since around Season 13, Brad himself has seemed to become almost everybody's personal Butt Monkey, especially to Danny, Bryan and John.
    • Frankie seems to think this of himself; he's certain the show features clips from Russia for nothing other than the sole purpose to irritate him, but also, when Judy once implied that "Macho Italian Men" are Not So Above It All, Frankie adds, "I'm gonna quit this fuckin' show, then you all won't have anyone to pick on anymore."
  • By "No", I Mean "Yes":
    • Mike T. on a man who dislocated his shoulder attempting to re-enact a fight scene from Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon:
      Mike T: Small price to pay for fame. And by "small," I mean "big," and by "fame," I mean "humiliation."
    • Jaime on a yearly mud racing competition known as "Tough Mudder":
      Jaime: That sounds fun in a way that I don't mean...
    • After a young man crashes his father's new car while fooling around in the driver's seat (with the car started), the cameraman claims that he's "probably erasing this film."
      Mike T: And by "erase it," I mean "send it to truTV to see what Danny Bonaduce thinks of it."
    • In an "Inventions" episode, the informercial for the Flavor Funnel features a rather large man pumping butter into his bag of popcorn, of which the announcer/inventor says, "Whatever you do, don't be like this guy we caught on camera."
    Kevin: And by, "Caught on camera," we mean, "Blatantly staged in a movie theater."
  • Canon Discontinuity: They regularly comment on how they've never shown a clip of someone successfully stealing an ATM on the show. This is despite the fact that there have been at least two videos of ATMs being successfully stolen, one involving a large group of people working together, and the other featuring a man loading an ATM into his car via a forklift, though he failed to steal a second ATM.
  • Camp Gay: A few of the cast members are openly gay, most notably Brad and Judy, but then we also have some who fall into the Camp Straight category who, despite being straight, often give out gay vibes in their commentary.
  • Captain Obvious: There are moments where the cast members aren't really making jokes at the videos, and tend to just be narrating what's going on, as if we, the viewers, can't figure it out ourselves. This was very prevalent in the early episodes where there were less gags and jabs at the people on the video (and each other).
  • Catch Phrase:
    • During "World's Dumbest Brawlers", expect to hear someone in the clips scream "YOU GOT KNOCKED THE FUCK OUT!" at least once.
    • Bryan has a habit of calling incompetent people in the clips "Dr./Captain No-Help".
    • Brendan used "One punch and down!" as a catch phrase during at least two episodes of "Brawlers".
    • Todd did the same thing, his catch phrase being "In yo face!"
    • Tonya repeats three lines very often: "Hello?" (as in "Hello, what were you thinking?"), "Wham bam, thank you ma'am," and "I mean, oh my GOD..."
    • Judy often uses "Hello?" as well, though she usually delivers it with a lot more bite and snark than Tonya does.
  • Celebrity Star:
    • "World's Dumbest Bracket Showdown", featured "special celebrity guest commentator, Charles Barkley".
    • TV pitchman Anthony Sullivan regularly drops by for the "Inventions" episodes.
    • Vincent Pastore appears in two different episodes, once in an "Inventions" episode to hawk a cologne designed for married men to mask the smell of their mistresses, and another episode where he interrupts the casts' commentaries throughout to intimidate them.
    • "World's Dumbest Partiers 19" featured "special celebrity guest" Crystal the Monkey from The Hangover: Part II. He and Mike T. become friends, and "Party Monkey," as Mike T. named him, uses a handgun to coerce Danny into claiming that a monkey in a featured clip did nothing wrong.
    • Alan Thicke drops by in, "World's Dumbest Drivers 13", to give the cast lessons in safe driving. Natasha Leggero is the only one in class who takes the lessons seriously; in fact, Thicke kicks Nick out of class for continually and intentionally giving the wrong answers. He's also appeared in a couple of other episodes.
  • Character Tic:
    • Kevin often shrugs his arms while commenting on the stupidity in the videos.
    • Danny points at the camera a lot, and also likes to break things with his head any chance he gets.
    • Gary likes to look directly into the camera, and act all philosophical, as if the clip we just watched has An Aesop to it.
    • Brad likes to take his clothes off. A lot.
    • Daisy has a tendency to glance off to the side frequently whenever she comments.
    • Chelsea also tends to look up and to her left (sometimes her right, unless it's a case of the editing team flipping the picture horizontally) when she's trying to think of something. Her eyes are about as big as an anime character's, so it's easy to notice.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Sort of. During the first season, the show not only featured comedians and actors as commentators, but also real life judges, cops, private investigators, security guards for the "Dumbest Criminals" episodes. Throughout the second season they were progressively phased out and later completely gone by Season 3. Every now and again, Ron Kuby makes a random appearance, but that's about it.
    • Most of those dropped commentators appear on another TruTV franchise, Disorder in the Court. Possibly the move towards Lighter and Softer prompted them to shift their more sober commentators to a more sober show.
  • Clip Show: "World's Dumbest Bracket Showdown" was essentially a "best of" special, with extra episode-specific commentary by Charles Barkley.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Of the main cast members, Gary probably qualifies. Tonya, too, as well as Leif.
    • Other cast members have their moments even though they wouldn't qualify overall as a cloudcuckoolander. Chelsea Peretti, for example, noticed in one episode how often off-duty police officers are featured on the show doing something heroic, and suggested that all cops should be off-duty.
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: In one episode of World's Dumbest Drivers, there is a clip where a five-year-old child takes a ride in his grandmother's pickup truck. Gary was the only one to point out that the real dumb person was the one who left the truck unlocked to begin with, not the child who was just following his instincts and curiosity.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Frequently by people shown in the video clips, not unusual from commentators (Judy and Frank seem the most prone to it, but nearly everyone's cut loose a few times).
  • Comedic Sociopathy:
    • Motorheads/Drivers, Daredevils/Thrillseekers, and to an extent, Partiers, are all based almost completely on this trope. Many cast members even express disappointment if no one in a given clip ends up hurt.
    • Taken another step upward in "World's Dumbest Daredevils 8", where a man rides around in a rhino effortlessly for quite some time, to the point that the cast becomes rather bored that nothing is happening; finally, the driver wipes out, and flips his rhino several times, which perks the cast up. Kevin even remarks, "Oh good, I thought no one was gonna almost die for a second!"
    • In "World's Dumbest Pranksters", parents play an April Fool's on their little boy by presenting him a small round cake he has trouble cutting into. When it's revealed that it's actually a roll of toilet paper covered in frosting and sprinkles, the boy bursts into tears... not only are the parents taking pleasure in the outcome of the prank, but the cast is really enjoying the boy's misfortune, and even mock him.
    Jaime: I can't wait to have my own children... to torture!
    Ted: That's what you get for acing that test, you little nerd!
    Michael: [as the boy's father] Your mother and I just took a big shit on all your hopes and dreams... now eat it... eat it!
    • Mike T. had the following to say about a clip in which a young girl (most likely 5-8 years old) was hit by a toy pony when her father (for some reason) threw it in her direction while goofing around:
      Mike T: The first time we made fun of a kid getting hurt on this show, I felt pretty bad, but now that part of me has died. It's fine, though; this show is important. Someone has to keep Leif Garrett off the streets.
  • Compensating for Something: Apparently, Judy believes that every man with an even somewhat expensive car has a small penis.
  • Content Warning: If certain "Daredevils" or "Thrillseekers" episodes feature especially violent stunts that result in people being severely injured, the beginning of the show, as well as halfway through the hour, will feature a viewer discretion advisory asking viewers not to try these stunts themselves.
  • Creepy Child: In a "Performers" episode, a mother dresses as a clown for her kid's birthday party, though a mishap on her part accidentally starts a fire in the room; while she and a bunch of the kids naturally begin to panic, one little boy stands off in the background and seemingly giggles uncontrollably over the entire incident. The cast is deeply creeped out by this, with Brad even suggesting this kid is Damien Thorn.
  • Creepy Uncle: Likely to be mentioned in any clip with someone who's introduced as an uncle, or in an episode of "Hillbillies." Chelsea also once commented that "I miss camping with my very aggressive uncles... I'll explain another time."
  • Crossover:
    • Lou and Sonia Pizarro from Operation Repo once dropped in to offer some commentary of their own.
    • More recently, some of the cast members from this show, including Godfrey, Rachel, and Kevin, among others, have been popping up on one of truTV's other clip showcase series, Upload With Shaquille O'Neal.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Is shown occasionally. Such as the 78-year-old man VS a 20-something pickpocket. Said 78-year-old man was a former Marine, iron worker, and Golden Gloves boxer.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    • Invoked in some clips where whoever is shooting the video gets so excited behind the camera, the cast imply that the person is really enjoying themselves more than they should. One clip in particular of a group of friends jumping off a small cliff into a lake, the final guy about to jump is introduced by the cameraman as, "175 pounds of sexy muscle!" Cut to Michael imitating the videographer by gushing over said 175 pounds of sexy muscle, followed by miming jerking off, to which he apparently catches a bystander's attention.
    Michael: Uh, I'm just encouraging him.
    • In an Inventions episode, where a device can be used to cut hot dogs into figures with smiley faces, some of the cast insist they don't need help playing with their weiners.
    • And another Inventions episode, we have The Drib... a bib made specifically for men to... keep from making a mess... the cast cannot believe it.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Kevin, Chelsea, Brad, Chuck and Billy are pretty much this 100% of the time.
    • In one clip, police officers ask a man pulled over for drunk driving if he is aware of the time. Without skipping a beat, he responds with "half-past monkey's ass, a quarter to his balls."
    • In another clip, a police officer is shown during a traffic stop where he's pulled over a middle-aged woman for speeding. Said woman attempted to talk her way out of the ticket by telling the police officer she thought pretty girls were never issued tickets. In a split second, the police officer responded with, "Oh, so you thought we didn't give pretty girls tickets? You're right, we don't — sign here." Even the professional comedians on the show were impressed.
  • Demoted to Extra: Starting in Season 14, Danny, Leif, Todd, Frank, Tonya, and Tonya have been featured less and less, to the point that one or more of them may only get in one comment/joke during the entire hour. Ironically, Judy was Promoted to Opening Titles during Season 15 before taking a bus trip during Season 16.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • One of the more recent volumes is called World's Dumbest Dummies.
    • Billy makes this remark of a snowboarder crashing onto a road cut in the snow-covered mountain:
      Billy: When you hit asphalt at that speed, it is like hitting solid asphalt. Think about it.
    • In one sketch, Judy Gold plays the owner of the "Fragile Really Fragile Glass Christmas Ornament Store Where Everything is Fragile" store.
    • From an infomercial for the Ace Power Rider (basically a mechanical device to simulate horseback riding or having sex in the cowgirl position):
      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.
    • Rachel Feinstein on an officer telling another officer why he was arresting her:
      Rachel: Why don't you shut your goddamn mouth? I don't need the law tellin' me about the law! That's redundant!
    • From "World's Dumbest Holidays", a clip of a community hunting a leprechan in Alabama includes an excitable fellow exclaiming about witnessing the alleged man in green.
    Bystander: To me, it looked like a leprechan to me!
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Happens to many a criminal who break into stores by falling through the ceiling, and then have no way of getting out of the store via the same method. Sometimes, though rarely, subverted when a thief actually finds a way to build a makeshift ladder (or use an actual ladder) to climb back up through the ceiling to freedom, or breaks through the door/a window from the inside. But mostly, they end up trying this exact strategy and falling back to the floor below, adding injury to insult.
    • One duo attempted to rob a convenience store, but the cash register was empty and the safe could only be accessed by the store's boss, who wasn't due to arrive for several hours. As such, they came up with an idea— leave a phone number so the store owner can call them when his boss arrives, so they can presumably come back to the store to steal the money. As if it needs to be said, when they were called back to the store, plain-clothes police officers were waiting, and they were booked.
  • Dissonant Serenity:
    • On occasion, some of the cast will expressing finding a certain bungling act from a clip to be rather relaxing when played in a continuous loop.
    • One clip of a southern gentleman who politely (yes, politely— used "Ma'am" and ) robs a convenience store, Chelsea finds that the man's way of saying "Regi-shure," note  repeated over and over again is soothing enough to lull her to sleep.
  • The Ditz: Tonya Harding, in the context of the show, as well as Loni Love, despite the fact that Loni doesn't get any grief for her mental screw-ups (maybe because a blonde white woman is an easier target for this particular trait), which include calling Finnish people (Finns, for the curious) "Finlands," ending a message to the people of China with "Konnichiwa," and incorrectly claiming that she doesn't have genitals. She also once referred to Italy as a third-world country.
  • Does Not Like Men:
    • Chelsea often makes snide remarks about how stupid men are when the clip calls for it. She's also, by her own admission, "Almost always on board with watching a guy cry," and she expressed disappointment that a dumb driver in one clip was a woman and not a man.
    • Judy is also openly gay, which causes many of the cast to assume she hates men (which is understandable, based on her commentary).
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: One "Brawlers" clip a guy shoots from his apartment balcony at a brawl taking place on the street below, where the brawlers in question are attacking each other with baseball bats, and as the brawl escalates, the guy taping the action his heard exclaiming, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" in such an excitable, yet breathy manner, that it sounds like the scene is giving him an orgasm.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Danny and Judy are chronic offenders.
    • "If you have to explain the joke... it's gonna get you punched in the face."
  • Don't Try This at Home: One man, before eating the world's hottest jalapeno pepper as a test of endurance, warns the viewer: "Don't try this at home... I'm a trained black-ass professional." It doesn't end well.
  • Double Standard:
    • Danny invokes this in a Criminals episode featuring a clip of Jack - a cat that prowls throughout the neighborhood stealing neighbors' articles of clothing, including underwear and other unmentionables.
    Danny: So when Jack steals a pair of panties, it's adorable; but when I do it, it's harassment?
    • Loni Love, on more than one occasion, notes how verbally belligerent white suspects act towards police, and claims that black criminals would be treated worse for doing so.
    • Usually, if an animal that has to be apprehended is featured, an African-American cast member (usually Todd Bridges) will note that "If that was a black guy, they'd have shot him by now," or something similar.
  • Dramatic Slip: Chuck, on a man who attempted to outrun the police for several minutes, before finally getting caught after tripping and falling:
    Chuck: I watched yo whole chase, man! Then you gon' fall like a B-movie horror queen!
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: As part of a clip featuring US soldiers jumping bikes while stationed in Iraq (with one soldier wiping out), Michael plays a parody of this character:
    Michael: For your injuries sustained in the face of grave gnarliness, we present you with this Purple Heart! And we will now double our efforts to make sure the men and women of our fighting forces have awesome cool places for their wicked sweet jumps. DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?!
  • Drop-In Character:
    • Jared Logan in Season 13.
    • Timmy Williams in Season 15 (and Put on a Bus the very next season).
    • Season 16 brings us Gilbert Gottfried, Amanda Landry, and Mike O'Gorman (all of whom are already Promoted to Opening Titles).
      • Amanda and Mike O'G have even already been inserted into the World's Dumbest App commercial.
  • Dumb Blonde:
    • All the commentors accuse Tonya of being this note . This applies to several of the women shown in clips.
      • This may be why Tonya dyed her hair black before the start of Season 15... probably won't help much.
    • Amanda seems to have replaced Tonya in this department. Who the hell is this dumb blonde anyway?
    • During "World's Dumbest Motorheads 8," a man and his (very attractive) wife are shown taking a road trip. He films himself asking her a simple question— if you're traveling at a constant speed of 80 miles per hour, how long will it take you to go 80 miles? Not only does she struggle to a degree that's almost impossible for anyone over the age of 12, but she starts off by attempting to calculate how long it takes her to run a mile. Her husband does everything but write the words "ONE HOUR" on a piece of paper and shove it in her face; he tells her to think about the phrase "miles per hour," yet she remains as confused as when the question was first posed. Eventually, he tells her that it would take an hour, and she claims he's wrong, on the grounds that, if you were driving 60 MPH, it would take you 30 minutes to go 60 miles. Even Tonya has nothing on this lady.
  • Dumb Enough To Work:
    • Subverted by Kevin McCaffrey regarding a maid who was caught...
      Kevin: Stealing from a detective in his own house? That's so dumb it might actually work... oh, it didn't? Okay, nevermind.
    • In the very next clip of the same episode, a thief breaks into a drug store by busting through the wall with his car. When he goes to leave through the front door, he sees the police before they see him, so he hides in the ceiling's ventilation system. The show's producers add voiceovers of the investigating officers claiming to hear something in the ceiling, but dismissing it, as "that's too stupid— no one would be that dumb." The trope is then subverted when he falls through the ceiling before the police leave.
  • Dumb Muscle: Expect this most of the time if they show a clip of a guy with a muscular physique or a bodybuilder.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Watching earlier seasons can be a disorienting experience for those who are more accustomed to the later ones. The absence of featured fixtures (starting from roughly Season 10) such as Mike B., Jaime, Marianne, and Brendan, among others, is noticeable.
      • Instead, from Season 2 towards about Season 10, a number of the featured commentators include: Dustin Diamond, Jo Koy, Godfrey, Ali, Tom McCaffery, Natalie Desselle Reid, Michel Bryant, and Natasha Leggero (Chelsea, Nick, Roger, Daniel, Gary, and Frank are also introduced during this period, but were the only ones who stuck around up to Seasons 13-16).
    • Earlier seasons feature much darker graphics.
    • In a number of earlier episodes, Brad is without his familiar goatee (and didn't completely shave his head).
    • Daisy had much darker hair, and used to squint a lot in her earliest appearances.
  • The Easy Way or the Hard Way: An ultimatum often offered to criminal suspects by police. Being that this show is about stupid lawbreakers, most of the clips feature the perp choosing the hard way, and paying for it in the form of body slams, pepper spray, shots from a TASER gun, and other painful means of apprehension. As one officer who was featured on the show said, the police force essentially abides by this rule, regarding resistant criminals: "You can do it voluntarily, or you can do it involuntarily, but the end result is you're gonna do it."
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Brad will occasionally call Judy "Sasquatch".
  • Epic Fail:
    • 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!
    • In one episode of "Performers," a young Philadelphia man attempts to bench press more weight than he ever has before. Not only is he unable to complete one press, but because he doesn't have a spotter (someone standing behind him to help if something goes wrong), he's now trapped underneath all the weight he was trying to lift. He frees himself eventually, but not before frantically calling for his father, and then his mother (neither one shows up to help him).
  • Et Tu, Brute?: One clip during an episode of "Outlaws" features a sting that involves using a fake prize giveaway to lure criminals into being arrested. The man in this particular clip thinks he's won tickets to a big-time college football game, and couldn't be happier. When he's told he's being placed under arrest instead, his smile turns into a picture of pure sadness that perfectly symbolized the anguish of betrayal. "Sir... sir?" He looked like he was ready to burst into tears.
  • Even the Subtitler Is Stumped:
    • In a "World's Smartest Inventions" episode, Mike B. complains that the narration of a Japanese commercial doesn't match the subtitles:
    Announcer: Sand storms come from the other side of the sea. Hitting Japan on the sun.
    Subtitles: Sand storms come from the other side of the sea. It hits Japan on the sun.
    • Happens with the show's own subtitles on occasion. A misspelled word, an extra/missing word, or a word that wasn't even spoken can be caught if one pays close attention. For example, one clip features a man bad-mouthing cops for setting up a sting disguised as a free raffle contest. The subtitles read "Y'all pack as dirty as fuck," but it sounds as if he's saying "Y'all crackas dirty as fuck."
    • Similarly, in a "Pranksters" episode, Bryan makes fun of an elderly British choir singer who starts to seemingly serenade a fake alien that had landed on her property; Bryan sings, "You're my alien, you're so cute, you're so white with your black eyes," those closed-captions seem to think Bryan sang "Wise," instead of "White."
  • Everything Is Racist:
    • Upon being introduced to Wiarton, Ontario's Groundhog Day mascot: Willy, the albino groundhog:
      Chuck: Damn, what's up in Canada? Even the groundhogs gotta be white?
    • Mike B. loves to play with this trope any chance he gets; one example includes during an episode of "Performers" that featured a clip of a black bear who escaped a zoo and scared a local woman.
    Mike B: Awwwwww... now why the bear gotta be black? I'm playin', this whole shit is stupid.
    • Again, in an episode of "Outlaws" that featured a clip of thugs ransacking an Apple store, and having trouble fleeing the scene, and eventually being apprehended by the police: dissolve to an insert of Mike B. standing there, holding tablets and iPhones.
      Mike B: Oh, 'cause I'm black, I stole this.
    • In a "Partiers" episode, we see a group of pals hanging around, getting their buddy to down as many drinks as he can in one minute; their buddy is Asian, who goes by the nickname "Chopsticks", to which, Chuck remarks,
      Chuck: That'd be like me hanging out with a bunch of my friends who call me Blackie.
    • "World's Dumbest Brawlers 12" is full of these moments:
      • First we're treated to a clip of an undercover cop (who is black) confronting a shoplifter (white):
        John: Wait... the white guy is the shoplifter?
        Todd: Oh, here we go again. Another day full of racism.
        Brad: I love how all the bystanders are giving color commentary. (Beat) Can I say color commentary?
    • And to top it all off, when backup finally arrives, the cops actually proceed to place the black undercover cop under arrest, much to Loni's annoyance. She even calls Al Sharpton and tells him about it, presumably so he can complain to an annoying extent.
      • 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.
        Mike B: What?!
    • A clip during an episode of "Outlaws" featured a group of people, mostly white, accosting a driver in a parked car. The driver hit the gas, breaking the legs of one of the people in the group. She was the only one who got hurt. And she was black.
      Todd: The black person gets hurt first. What is this, every movie ever?
    • The homemade music video from Average Home Boy, who raps about not living in boxes, not being raised on the streets, not being black, and not doing drugs, all in the first two lines. Mike B. and Loni are not impressed.
    • Loni inverts this during a clips of some Canadian buddies having a watermelon eating contest.
      Loni: A watermelon eating contest, and no black people? Really? (Flips the bird)
    • Hilariously averted and inverted in "World's Dumbest Performers 13", featuring a new hard-beat (as in gunshots) video from the rapper Gil, who sheds some spotlight on his crew, which he refers to as, "My white nigga. My Mexican nigga. And behind the camera, my Asian nigga." Danny is impressed with this being the most ethnically diverse rap video he's ever seen, but Judy points out the exclusion of a Jewish nigga.
    • One clip features a man who is pulled over for drunk driving, and is instructed to recite the alphabet, but after saying a few letters of the alphabet in English, he starts to recite the Greek alphabet; the officer asks him to try again, and recite only, "The normal alphabet."
      Kevin: "The normal alphabet"? What, are we getting racist with our alphabets now?
    • Brad Loekle on a "hoodie pillow" that claims to provide "Coocoonification":
      Brad: "Coocoonification" is not a word... and it sounds mildly racist.
  • Face Plant: It's practically impossible to get through one episode without some poor schmuck falling victim to this.
    Chelsea: Hey, you might wanna get your buddy to water that face plant. [Rimshot]
  • Fan Disservice:
    • Anytime Brad just suddenly pops up with his clothes off... which is quite frequently, yet catches you off guard.
    • Occasionally, Mike T. will lose his shirt, which is something a self-respecting big guy doesn't usually do. He even lampshades it during a clip of a large man who gets into a swimming pool without taking his shirt off:
      Mike T.: Swimming with your shirt on. [gestures towards his own body] Popular look for the big guys.
  • Fat Comic Relief: The cast tends to poke fun at anyone in a clip who appears to be even moderately overweight.
    Brendan: You can't walk around being a big fat guy like that, and not expect people to try and make you fall every once in a while.
    Nick: [on a motorcyclist named "Bubba" who was attempting to set a "fat man" world record for longest motorcycle jump] I love when fat people fall down. There's nothin' funnier!
  • Finger Gun: During an episode of "Outlaws", a man places his hand on the inside of his jacket as he attempts to rob a convenience store, telling the clerk he has a loaded firearm. The clerk doesn't call his bluff, and the crook gets the money. On the way out, he taunts the clerk by pulling his hand out from underneath his jacket, as if to say (as Brad put it) "Na-na-na-na-na-na, I don't have a gun!" Upon seeing this, the customers promptly kick his ass.
  • Flat "What.": Brad gives John one, when a clip features a chubby guy having taken his shirt off.
    John: Whoa, dude, put your shirt back on, you're makin' Brad look good!
    Brad: What?
  • Former Child Star: Danny, Todd, Leif, and Dustin all qualify.
  • Framing Device: Several episodes, starting in Season 13, utilize this, particularly "Performers" volumes. Some examples are as follows:
    • "World's Dumbest Performers 12" has Brad and Judy channel surfing in bed, and almost everything they end up watching are the clips featured in the countdown.
    • "World's Dumbest Performers 13" has "The 13th Annual Performies", an award show hosted by a barefoot Brendan, in which a few of the so-called performers in the clips are nominated for a Perfomie in various different odd categories.
    • "World's Dumbest Partiers 19" features Chuck and Kevin as Drunk Hunters: Party Animal Squad, as they spend a majority of the show tranquilizing particularly destructive or intoxicated partiers, capturing, and at the end of the show, relocating them into their native environment (Florida). Leif also ends up being one of them; this could be an in-universe explanation of his being Put on a Bus.
    • One episode features Billy taking Frank on a trip to Russia in an attempt to open his eyes beyond the stereotypes that put the Russian on the top of Frank's most-hated foreigners list. With each ensuing clip of something dumb happening in Russia, the two slowly start to switch outlooks to the point that in the end, Frankie is, indeed, more open-minded towards Russians, while Billy feels disappointed with what he's seen, and wants nothing more than to leave Russia behind.
  • From Bad to Worse:
    • Happens sometimes, including an instance during which a truck fell through the ice of a frozen lake and flipped over. The owner and his friends try to pull it out with a makeshift tow rope attached to a tractor. The truck folds in half and basically breaks into two pieces. You have to see it to believe it.
      Kevin: It's bad when falling into an icy pond isn't even the worst thing that happens to your truck that day.
    • One clip features a man who is allowing his friend to slap him as hard as he can. The slap knocks the man unconscious, and his "friends" carry his lifeless body into their van and drive off.
      Mike T.: The only thing worse than getting knocked unconscious is getting knocked unconscious and then dragged into a mysterious van. Double thumbs-down!
  • Funny Background Event:
    • In an "Inventions" clip, we see a crappy improv troupe steal their roommate's drink from their refrigerator, and one of the players in the back of the group shot is wearing a huge, fake mustache... and none of the commentators even notice this!
    • In a Partiers episode, we see a clip of a woman on a subway, who falls asleep before eating her hot dog, drops it, wakes up, picks it up, brushes it off, eats, and shrugs the whole thing off. However, in the background, we see two women constantly glancing over in her direction, and after she takes a bite out of the hot dog, one of them buries her face into her hand, and shakes her head.
  • Gangsta Style: Expect to see this at least once during an episode of "Criminals/Outlaws."
  • Gasshole: You will hear at least one commentator burp (mostly Danny) in most episodes of World's Dumbest Partiers (Danny burps in a few other episodes not involving parties, such as an episode of Drivers, Performers, and Inventions). The commentators also tend to burp in general during the outtakes. There are also some clips that is mostly nothing but burping. A few of them are:
    • Guinness World Record holder Paul Hunn tried to break his own record for the world's loudest burp (Record Breakers).
    • A woman tried to break the record of the loudest burp done by a woman (Record Breakers).
    • A reporter at a Brazilian music festival couldn't stop burping during his report (Partiers).
  • Genius Ditz: Tonya. She says a few things of questionable intelligence/logic (and gets picked on by her cast-mates for it), but she knows a lot about cars and motor vehicles in general.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Subverted (and somewhat lampshaded) in a Brawlers episode where we hear a hockey mom absolutely losing it when she sees a rival team member brawling with her son. Not only does she scream like a banshee, she lets the expletives fly, all of which are bleeped.
    Billy: Thanks to the... effing FCC, you are not going to be able to hear a word this woman is saying, it's just going to sound like this—
    Judy: *Goes on a verbal tirade, which is reduced to a series of bleeps*
  • Good Bad Girl:
    • A number of women on the cast fall into this trope at least once in a while, most notably Jaime, Marianne, and sometimes Chelsea. They don't dress or act like cheap whores, but they (especially Marianne) are not afraid to say they'd love to get it on with a hot guy in a featured clip (nor is the openly-gay Brad), or that they've had lots of sex in the past (this is more so Marianne's M.O.). Marianne even brags that she had sex with Jaime' ex-boyfriend.
    • During an episode of "Partiers," several clips were based around a bachelorette party thrown for Christina Pazsitzky by Jaime and Marianne. They travel to at least four different locations, and Marianne tries to have sex with a guy at every single one.
      Christina: (on a man who somehow locked himself in a restroom stall) That guy can't even get out of the bathroom...
      Marianne: As long as he can get out of them drawers, we good to go! [dances]
      [Christina and Jaime give Marianne a "What the hell?" look]
      Jaime: [whispers] You're gross.
      • At the end of that episode, Marianne implies that she rode a mechanical bull to such a sexual extent that it may have impregnated her. Jaime and Christina also praise her for narrowing down the list of men who could be the father of her child to a modest three.
    • An episode of "Motorheads" features a recurring theme of two couples on a road trip— Marianne/Billy and John/Loni. Marianne is said to have had sex with a hitchhiker (Danny) that the group picks up ("I can't believe you had sex with that drifter!"), she shows interest in a pudgy Russian wearing nothing but his underwear at the scene of an accident, and it's implied that an auto mechanic gave the four a discount on the repairs to their car because Marianne had sex with him, too.
    • The other panelists even comment on it sometimes:
      Jaime: [on a boxer who got knocked out in the first round] Jeez, Marianne doesn't even go down that fast...
      Marianne: Actually, Jaime, I go down faster. Just ask your ex-boyfriend.
      • Jaime Andrews on a beer-pouring robot:
        Jaime: Uh... that robot gives more head than Marianne... when she bartends!
    • Judging from Marianne's MySpace page, Twitter feed, and other social media profiles, it's apparent that she's not shy about sharing some of past sexcapades.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!
    • From "World's Smartest Inventions": "Get the fork out of here!"
    • A woman who created a fork made specifically for feeding dogs claimed that her invention is "Forking awesome." Brad responded with "Fork you, you forkin' fork-face."
    • One clip featured a young man falling down a set of stairs in a shopping cart. His reaction after the crash is "Aw, freak..."
      Marianne: [mocking him] "Freak! Dang! Aw, poopycocks!" ... you just bashed your face in. You deserve a little "fuck."
    • Kevin reprimanded a man for his language, after a remark that he "completely borked" the opening of his "How To" video.
  • Gretzky Has the Ball:
    • During an episode of "Thrillseekers" in which a snowmobile racer landed his 400-pound vehicle on top of another racer after a jump.
    Kevin: I don't know too much about snowmobile racing, but that should be a foul. That dude should get free throws or something.
    • One episode features a bar in Wisconsin, where the patrons are watching a pro basketball game.
    Daisy: [as one of the patrons] Touchdown! ... are the Milwaukee Bucks a football team?
  • Groin Attack: In "World's Dumbest Record Breakers 6," an Englishman tries to set a record for the most nut-shots. Just watching is painful.
  • Guys Are Slobs: One has to wonder if Ted ever does laundry.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper:
    • Judy. Plus, most of the criminals and brawlers shown in the video clips.
    • Pretty much the whole point of World's Dumbest Meltdowns.
    • World's Dumbest Brawlers counts too, as it seems the smallest thing is always what starts most of the brawls.
  • Ha Ha Ha No: Dan Cummins, on a dog who suddenly crashed into a woman riding a sled (tied to a pickup truck):
    Dan: Wish I had a dog that fetched women. I got a lot of room in my basement! Hahahaha — [abruptly stops, stares blankly at camera]
  • Half Way Plot Switch: The basic premise used to be commenting on police and surveillance footage of criminals bumbling their acts of crime, or making stupid and otherwise poor moves in the process. Over the years, the focus has shifted more from criminals to the point that the last few seasons of the show rarely, if ever, focused on dumb criminals.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Every episode of World's Dumbest Partiers has at least one example.
  • Have I Mentioned I am Gay?: Brad Loekle is not only unashamed of being gay, but is so comfortable in his own skin that many of his jokes involve mentioning his homosexuality in a comedic light:
    "I know the song 'Hungry Eyes'... because I am a homosexual."
    "If you listen close, you can hear the cop say 'I just got rear-ended at University Place.' You, too? [wink]"
    "That was the gayest thing I've ever seen... and I do stuff with dudes."
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream: John and Kevin invoke this once. In a clip of teen girls robbing a convenience store in Australia, they discover the cashier already deposited the cash for the evening, so in lieu of cash, the girls head straight for the ice cream cooler. John asks if all of their boyfriends broke up with them at the same time, while Kevin also adds that after pulling their heist, the girls will probably celebrate by watching How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: In-universe, the cast loves to play with this trope whenever someone in a clip resembles one of the cast members; a few specific examples are as follows:
    • In a clip where a drugstore employee is attacked by a robber with a knife, a small number of other customers try to intervene, including a man with messy gray hair, heavy stubble, and an undershirt, to which Danny remarks:
    Danny: I just think it was nice of Ted Jessup to help out on his day off.
    • Whenever a pudgy blonde woman is featured in a crowd scene, expect someone to ask, "Hey, wait... is that Tonya Harding?"
    • In a clip of a male fashion show, the winner is a thin, bald-headed man with dark skin, to which one asks, "So, the winner is Todd Bridges?"
      • In another clip, a local furniture store that produces incredibly crappy commercials featured one with two grown men dressed in baby bonnets, one of whom bore a striking resemblence to Todd, which impressed Judy that Todd was apparently doing commercials.
    • One clip features a man, high on spice, with shaggy hair and a beard, running around on the streets naked,
    Marianne: Hey look! It's Brendan Walsh from that show World's Dumbest on truTV!
    • Other cast members also joke that the man in the clip is Brendan, while he comments that not all guys with an awesome beard is him.
    • In the first "Performers" episode, we see a hefty black girl, who aspires to be a singer, practicing for her webcam.
    Brad: Loni Love! I didn't know you could sing! You sound so pretty!
    Loni: That ain't me! It might be one of my cousins.
    • 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 has probably been featured more than anyone, usually getting into a scuffle with another even more obscure celebrity, but we've also seen Chuck partaking in a bra unlatching contest, and Leif's Potato Stick commercial from 1979.
    • In an "Outlaws" clip, Billy and Brad pull up in a convenience store, where Brad says he wants to get a bag of beef jerky - we see in the actual clip the passenger exit the car and enter the store; he shares almost everything with Brad - balding shaved head, goatee, build, and even has similar clothes and similarly placed tattoos.
    • In a "Drivers" clip, a Sassy Black Lady is confronted about tax evasion, and she runs over the foot of an older man with a large bushy mustache who was trying to repossess her car.
    Natalie: Damn! She gangsta! She tried to run over Wilford Brimley!
  • Hilarious Out Takes: Earlier seasons included these during the end titles.
  • Hipster: During a clip featuring a party in a laundromat, Kevin imitates one of the dancers as a hipster:
    Kevin: This is great and all, but I was into laundry way before it was cool...
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Leif once berated a drug dealer clip.
    • Tonya lectures people for lack of humanity. Those are just a couple of examples.
    • Mike T., 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 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 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.
    • During a "Dumb Criminals" episode, cast members will often make fun of the fact that a person in a featured clip attempted to rob the same establishment twice wearing the same clothing, citing the obvious idiocy in doing so. However, if a person robs the same place twice wearing different clothes each time, someone on the cast usually calls him/her stupid for thinking that a wardrobe change would be enough to escape arrest.
    • One clip features two roommates fighting because one thinks the other ate his food, and that the offender refuses to apologizes. Mike Britt plays a third roommate watching the fight, cheering on "Rick" (the one whose food was allegedly eaten):
      Mike B.: [while eating a bag of chips clearly labeled "RICK'S CHIPS"] Yeah! Get him, Rick! That's some shameful stuff— you don't eat nobody food! You know that lasagna you had in the refrigerator? He ate it!
  • Insistent Terminology: Tonya, of all people, plays this straight on occasion:
    Tonya: Women don't fart, we toot.
    Tonya: Women don't fight, we brawl.
  • I Was Quite a Looker:
    • Comments are occasionally made about how nice looking Tonya was when she was younger. Even though she still looks pretty good, especially for a new mother as of February 2011.
    • Leif and Danny too.
      • Played with when people comment on how Leif used to be "such a pretty girl".
      • Ali, who's made a few special guest appearances on the show (and who was a former Miss USA), made some very approving comments on Leif's physical appearance back when he was a teen idol.
      • Danny lampshades this while watching a clip of him performing mixed martial arts from the early '90s, and remarking, "Wow... I'm pretty handsome!" Jaime is impressed with his "flowing locks", while Bryan also admits that he thinks he's sexy.
  • Idiot Ball
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Whenever a clip features one or more cute animals, Kevin sets aside his usual deadpan snarking to gush over the cuteness overload of the clip. He even plays this straight in an "Inventions" episode, where he expresses his disinterest in an invention itself, and would rather have all of the cute little animals that were featured in the clip.
  • Improbably Predictable: Mike T. always knows each "Inventions" episode will include at least one product that the informercial will convince you to buy for your RV.
    Mike T.: It's not an Inventions show until somebody tells me to buy something for the RV they assume I have!
  • Incredibly Lame Pun:
    • Danny is the most prone to these, although everybody indulges now and then. Always accompanied by a rimshot.
    Mike T: (on a group of Turkish criminals who were arrested for stealing sheep) I'm glad these guys are no longer on the lam. Wool just have to see how much time they get. These jokes are probably starting to annoy ewe... and I'm spelling "ewe" E-W-E.
    • And for the love of God, do not let the cast get their hands on a clip with a deer in it. You'll hear everything from "Oh, dear!" to "He just wanted a couple bucks" to "The deer was looking for some dough (doe)."
    • Then there was the clip of the lemon truck that overturned...
    • If anyone in a clip fails at a stunt (somewhat of a common theme), and they say "I'm good!" afterwards (as in "I'm okay, I'm not hurt"), you better believe someone on the panel will reply with something along the lines of "No, you're not good."
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • Brought up in "World's Dumbest Brawlers 13":
    Gary: When you get slapped and knocked out, guess who wins? The guy that got knocked out! Ha HA!
    • From the clips, one drunk pulled over for driving on the wrong side of the road is so blitzed he tries to claim he is tired. Because he works 130-150 hours...In one day.
    • From World's Dumbest Brawlers 10:
    Chuck: I think that's the way rap battles work. Like, when a guy punches you in the face, you win.
    • In one episode of Performers, Brad sarcastically commented that "The Earth seems to be moving a lot more dramatically for him," in reference to a man losing his balance after getting kicked in the face by a martial arts "trick" gone wrong.
    • One clip features a cantankerous old man rambling about a reporter who needs to get from Huntsville, Alabama to Guntersville, Alabama. He tells the reporter to simply walk there— in the old man's own words, "It ain't a far walk. It's just 38 miles." Although he does get credit for knowing the distance almost on the dot, that's still an absurdly long walk. Hell, that would be a long drive.
    • "Partiers 13" features a woman at a fast food restaurant who becomes belligerent when her four-piece chicken nugget order doesn't finish as quickly as she wanted. As she starts to make a scene, the manager offers her a ten-piece box of chicken nuggets. She refuses to accept it on the grounds that it wasn't what she ordered. In her words, "I want what I want! It wasn't no ten-piece, bitch!"
  • Intentionally Missing the Point:
    Jaime: Come on, if a rock is considered a, "Dangerous missile," then Frank Stallone is a "Funny comedian."
    Frank: Thank you.
  • Ironic Echo Cut: During an episode of World's Dumbest Drivers, a clip from an automobile festival in the United Arab Emirates is shown, and the setting is very, very, brown and looks like a stereotypical middle-eastern landscape. Chelsea and Mike T. make the following comments:
    Chelsea: You can't get me to make a culturally ignorant remark! I refuse to do it!
    Mike T: [with a middle-eastern headdress photoshopped onto his head] Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Bring your wife, as long as she's completely covered, down to the big pile of dirt, and watch a jeep blow up by accident!
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY:
    • Many of the cast members pronounce Leif's name as "Leaf," as opposed to the proper pronunciation, "Layf."
    • In one episode, Loni calls Danny "Donny" (more than likely unknowingly).
    • One clip featuring a drag queen beauty pageant, one particular entrant's name is Jamily, and nobody can seem to agree on how to pronounce her name; Chip pronounces it as both "Jah-meal-lee" and "Jah-mill-lee", while Chelsea pronounces it as "Jam-illy".
    • There seems to be two common pronunciations for John Enos's name; some pronounce it the way it's spelled - "E-NOS" (as John himself does) - while others pronounce it "E-NIS".
      • Similarly, Brad Loekle's name is either pronounced "LOW-KLEE" (as Brad himself does), or "LOW-KEH-LEE".
    • In a clip from the "World's Dumbest Shoppers" episode, an elderly (black) woman claims that she's hurt and yells for people to call her an, "Ambalance."
    Jo: It's not an ambalance, it's an ambulance. So the answer is no, an ambalance is not on the way, because those don't exist.
  • Jerkass: Frank.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: One of Frank's postscripts, where he rants about women with tattoos and body piercings.
  • The Khan: From an "Inventions" episode, Brendan has two Imagine Spots as to what the Kwik Sip and the Go Plate will do to the paper cup and table industries, respectively.
    Paper Cup Industry
    Ted: People, I'm sorry to say, that after seventy years, we will be shutting down the paper cup factory.
    Daniel: What? Why?
    Ted: Because of a new invention called the Kwik Sip. It turns your faucet into a fountain.
    Daniel: [pulls out a wallet with a photo of his "family" note ] I guess Kwik Sip doesn't care about my family...
    Ted: I'm afraid not.
    Daniel Baldwin: KWIK SIIIIIIIIIIIP!!!
    Table Industry
    Ted: I'm sorry people, we're shutting down production.
    Daniel: What?! Don't tell me people don't use tables anymore!
    Ted: No, now they just put all their food on Go plates.
    Daniel: GO PLAAAAAAAAAAATES!!!
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Lampshaded in an episode of, "Outlaws". One clip shows a bicyclist who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident, and was left seriously injured, with two broken legs. As emergency personnel tend to him, a police dashcam records a trio of hoodlums arriving at the scene, and actually stealing his bike while everybody is preoccupied.
    • In a more literal sense, a clip shows a pair of elderly men who were rival football players in high school, and still hold a grudge against each other to this day. One of them held it to such an extent that he tells the people attending their ceremony that he had a dog he named after his rival, "And I kicked the shit out of that dog every day." After he says that, someone's cellphone can be heard ringing, to which Roger remarks, "I think that's PETA on line one!"
  • Kids Are Cruel: One episode features a man reporting the weather on a snowy street in England. He moves the broadcast to an area in which children are playing. Big mistake. The kids pummel him relentlessly with snowballs during what was a live taping, all while the anchorpeople at the news studio laugh, apparently finding the whole situation hilarious.
  • The Lad-ette:
    • Tonya drinks lots of beer (and hates wine), loves monster trucks and motorcycles (and knows a LOT about motor vehicles in general), hunts wild animals as a hobby, and has appeared on celebrity boxing more than once. Additionally, on a show riddled with former convicted/unconvicted felons, she's the only female amongst them. Subverted, however, when it's revealed that she took part in a bikini photo shoot during her car-racing days, and actually looked pretty damn good.
    • Jessica Golden has a very manly way of speaking, and not exactly the most feminine-looking woman ever.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude:
    • Various cast members regularly poke fun at Judy for her height (she's 6'3''), and for not being a smoking hot model like Ali. Judy is openly gay, and this probably only makes her even more prone to these jokes.
    • In one episode during the end titles, Judy walks in on Brad's commentary, and we can see the top of her head nearly reaches the top of the door frame. Likewise, in another episode, she walks in on Nick's commentary (off camera), to which Nick exclaims, "Whoa! Look at this - a 6'8'' Jew!" Given Nick's tendency to exaggerate numbers (see Signature Style below), it's probably unlikely that Judy is as tall as LeBron James.
    • In another episode, Brad and Judy play two people attending a play, and Judy tells Brad to stop talking on his cell phone (all part of the scene). Brad tells the person he's talking to, "On nothing, just some giant Sasquatch is telling me to be quiet."
    • "Judy, if you looked any more like a tranny, Bonaduce would try and punch you."
  • Lampshade Hanging: Whenever someone says something to the effect of a clip going viral, a commentator will often respond with something like, "You know where else it's going? World's Dumbest!"
  • Laser-Guided Karma: One clip during an episode of "Brawlers" featured a man at a racing event who was picking on another guy, the latter of whom seemed to just be minding his own business (and clearly didn't want to fight). His friend comes to his aid, however, and the bully catches a beatdown. Once he was done getting his ass kicked, he actually cried in front of everyone in attendance (and even desperately tries to save face after the fact; it doesn't work). Pretty much every cast member who commented on the clip was glad that the guy got his comeuppance.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Used at least twice.
    Billy: When I want to impress a girl, I just reach into my pants and pull out my enormous... wallet.
    Chelsea: If I was a guy, I would not get naked like that unless I had an enormous, ENORMOUS... amount of confidence.
  • Lethally Stupid: Many, many people from the clips shown, especially during "Daredevils/Thrillseekers," and "Partiers" (the latter usually in part due to alcohol). One particular instance features a man attempting to play a harmless practical joke involving a lit match and a gasoline pump. It doesn't end well... for him. The man's friend and the friend's girlfriend escape unharmed, as does their infant child. The jokester ends up the only one burned after the van went up in flames-- he had second-degree burns on 20% of his body.
  • Lighter and Softer: The show is like a softer version of Most Daring/Shocking, as the latter tends to feature very serious clips, such as people being murdered in cold blood.
  • Limited Wardrobe:
    • Jamie Lee (she of Last Comic Standing fame) appears to wear the exact same outfit with almostevery appearance on this show.
    • Rachel seems to like wearing the same tight, sleeveless top, showing off her toned arms and accentuating her figure. And "same shirt" is no understatement. It looks as if she owns multiple shirts that are all exactly the same, just in different colors.
    • Many robbers featured on "Outlaws/Criminals" are shown robbing the same establishment twice, or two separate establishments in one day. One man in Washington robbed a convenience store twice in a week, wearing the same shirt.
      Kevin: He robbed the same store, twice, a week apart, wearing the same shirt. Dude, change your fucking shirt! Steal a shirt from somewhere! Do that!
  • Literal-Minded: John Enos is, "The Literal Dog Whisperer".
    John: (Grabs his Japanese Chin, and whispers to it) Hey, get over here, and we'll have a little talk. No more chewing up Mommy's shoe's, you got it? Don't do that.
  • Logical Fallacies
  • Long Runner: The show lasted for 17 seasons, though to justify the show's longevity, many cable shows such as this will usually crank out about two or even three seasons per year, and the number of episodes per cable show season tend to vary greatly, usually 10-13 most commonly, but can be as little as 5, or as many as 24. If this were a regular network show (which some of the cast have expressed their wishes for), its run (2008-2014) would be very less impressive.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Chelsea comments, on more than one occasion, how she is grateful to have no friends, which helps her avoid bad situations like those featured in the clips.
  • Looks Like Jesus: In one Criminals clip about illegal desert dumping, a criminal is arrested, and in his court video, he appears to be a middle-aged/elderly man with shagy gray hair, and a full beard.
    Billy: Oh my God! They arrested Jesus!
  • Luck-Based Mission: At least two clips in the series feature "Cowboy Pinball," in which contestants at a rodeo stand in small circles made in the dirt, and wait to see which of them is the last man standing when a wild bull is released (if the bull gores you and/or if you leave your circle, you are eliminated). The announcers tend to make it seem as if you have to be brave to win, but really, it's all about hoping the bull goes after you last. Even if you stand your ground in your circle as the bull charges at you, there's a 100% chance the bull will knock you out of it.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: In one episode of "Daredevils," a young man falls backwards off of his skateboard while attempting a rail slide. When he lands, he attempts to break his fall with his arms, but his left arm breaks on impact. The severity of the injury is apparent by the sound of the bone shattering and the fact that one can clearly see that "he can high-five his elbow," according to Brendan. The skater, however, doesn't scream in pain or even utter an "Oh, my God!" He looks at his arm and says to his friends, "Dude, I broke my arm. Look how gnarly it is." Numerous members of the cast were impressed/shocked at how stoic he was.
  • Masochist's Meal: At least two clips feature someone eating an absurdly hot chili pepper (sometimes more than one), and videotaping himself doing so. It usually ends in pain, screaming, regret, more pain, and a desperate plea for milk.
  • Mind Your Step: Mike Trainor, on a coach of a Finnish football team who fell down the steps of the airplane back to Finland, having had too much to drink on the flight:
    Mike T.: Oh, watch that last step. It's identical to all the other ones.
  • Momma's Boy:
    • During "World's Dumbest Outlaws 9," a young man attempts to rob a convenience store until his mother walks in, takes the (plastic) gun away from him, and verbally berates him before forcing him to pay for the Doritos he brought to the counter.
    • Another clip features a boxer who's clearly losing so far in the bout until his mother enters the ring and beats his opponent with her shoe. Somehow, because the other boxer had to get medical attention for the gash on his face from her high heels, the woman's son actually won the match.
    • One clip shows a teenager trying out a skateboard stunt, only for it to go wrong, and result in him breaking his wrist with a very loud and audible snap; he then, understandably, starts wailing for his buddies to call his mom, and even at one point sobs, "I want mommy". Mike T. comments that his wanting his mom is alright for now, considering the circumstances, but once he's healed, he'll never live it down.
      • Averted in a similar clip, another teenager tries to master a skating ramp, only to fall and break his ankle, to which he quickly yells out to his friend to go get his dad. In fact, when the kid is wheeled into the hospital, he actually mouths off at his mother to open the door for him.
  • Memetic Mutation: invoked They show several clips that have garnered meme status, including Latarian "Smoking With Cigarettes" Milton and Bubb "Whoo Whoo" Rubb.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: In "World's Dumbest Performers 13", Brad implies that kids should be worried about Mr. McFeely.
  • Mood Whiplash: There is one cute clip of a cat swiping at a dog from the safety of a jar. During the end credits, the cast is told that the cat had died a few years later, and the cast's faces turn from the usual smirking to gasping sadness. Except for Mike T, who said "Oh. Good!"
    • In some of the earlier episodes, the show shared footage with Most Shocking. This could happen if you saw something that was taken as dead-serious in Most Shocking being spoofed and laughed at in World's Dumbest, or vice versa.
  • Mr. Fanservice: This qualifies if certain male commentators (John and possibly Danny) have their shirt off.
    • John Enos has tendency to show off and bounce his pecs.
    • Chuck Nice appears to be a subversion. He looks to be in very good physical shape, but he almost never shows off his body (one of the only times is when he rolls up his sleeve to show the viewer a tattoo on his arm, and one can see that his biceps muscle is pretty toned).
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Marianne dancing around in a really tight, short-sleeved, lowcut top, a mini skirt, and boots.
      • In another episode, Marianne is once again wearing a tight, lowcut top, but this time, she actually cups her hands under her breasts, and starts bouncing them for the camera.
    • Jaime inside a giant plastic bubble, while wearing a leopard print bathing suit.
    • Amanda, introduced in Season 16, damn near personifies this trope perfectly. During just her first appearance on the show, she appeared in two commercials— one was for the "World's Dumbest" smartphone app (replacing Mike Trainor in the beginning). The other commercial was a new one in which she urged fans to follow the show on Twitter and tweet comments, on the grounds that, if they do, "[She] might just tweet [them] back. wink" She also has a tendency to wear nothing less revealing than a tank top, and it took her about three episodes to tease taking her top off.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Mike Trainor on a stuntman named "Blackaman" who shows his abdominal strength by allowing himself to be run over with a (mediocre) car as he lays on the ground:
    Mike T.: One of Blackaman's greatest powers... [dramatically] knowing a guy with a car he can borrow!!!
  • My Nayme Is: Tonya Harding, Jaime Andrewsnote 

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  • Name McAdjective:
    • During "World's Dumbest Record Breakers 3," Brad 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-U.S. countries, so naturally, stereotypes (sometimes extreme) run rampant, such as Kevin claiming that murder is legal in Australia, and Frank'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: 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 T. 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, 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 that the footage of him from a 1970s Japanese potato stick commercial was filmed "Before I grew the bandana."
    • In one episode featuring Gary, during the opening titles, instead of Gary himself receiving billing, his hat gets billed instead.
    • Kevin 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 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.
        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.
    • When a stunt pilot crashed upside down (on fire!), Judy, Chelsea, and Billy held a vigil, only for the trope to be averted as she walked away without a scratch.
    • One of the earlier episodes features a clip that seems remininscent of the movie Weekend at Bernie's, where a guy drags behind him a dead person in an office chair, with sunglasses on his face.
  • Nonindicative Name:
    • Mike T., on a clip of a woman who attempted to stop a crime at a shopping mall:
    • Mike T. 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 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 and Loni 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 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.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Mike Britt, Mike Trainor, Michael Loftus, and 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 T. and Michael 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.
    • This happens to Chuck Nice on two occasions, but not with other cast members: in an "Inventions" episode, little TV pitchman Chuck Mango makes a guest appearance throughout the episode; in a "Partiers" episode, a guy has his friends punch him to see if any of them can knock him out - at one point he keeps saying, "I want Chuck next," to which Chuck Nice actually responds, "Really? Really, tough guy?!"
    • In "Holidays," one clip features a guy named Kevin who is a real grump at a family gathering, so much so that he locks himself in the bathroom while his older sisters tease him, and later shoves his elderly mother to the floor while they compete at Dance Dance Revolution; the clip ends with Kevin McCaffrey as a fortune teller predicting the other Kevin's future.
    "I predict a future full of problems with women for Kevin."
  • 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 T. 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 T. 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!"
    • And another when Mike T., again, comments that bananas are attacking gorillas and clerks are robbing customers. He asks "What is this, opposite day?" Then, a fantasy sequence starts, in which the show is called "World's Smartest Law-Abiders." During the sequence, Frank compliments a Russian for being "great at crossing the street" and Tonya makes a profoundly intelligent statement using a couple of big words. The fantasy sequence ends, and Mike T. remarks "Oh, man! I don't like opposite day!"
  • 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: (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 was the only cast member who commented on the upskirt.
    • In a "Criminals" episode, a man enters a department store, spots an attractive lady reading a book (while standing at a counter), so he drops to his hands and knees, sneaks up to her, and begins taking upskirt pictures with his cellphone.
    Roger: Let's not jump to conclusions, I'm sure there's plenty of reasons that man was crawling around on all fours looking up that young lady's skirt. (Beat) Can't really think of any right now, but I'm sure there was.
    Billy: Girls, it's like Mom told you, "Always wear clean underwear, because you never know when a pervert may be trying to look up your skirt."
  • Pec Flex:
    • Expect this trope from John 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 fuck 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 fucking 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 fucking new guy, he's taking all of my tips! He doesn't even do this! (Bounces his pecs) What the fuck?!
    • In World's Dumbest Performers 12, Kevin wonders why the man in the center stage of the pageant is hanging around bouncing his pecs, and asks who's enjoying that.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word:
    • In response to a clip of a drunk uncle trying to climb up a stack of cardboard boxes, Danny 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 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 T., 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. Though to be fair one of them invovled the man managing to slip out of his cuffs, through the divider, and find the keys.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Brad 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.
    • Ironically, in an Outlaws clip of a man robbing a cigarette shop in the U.K., the voice-over actor keeps exclaiming, "Fags! Fags! Fags! Fags!" Which is actually a slang term for cigarettes in the U.K.
  • P.O.V. Cam: We're treated to this from time to time; some specific examples are as follows:
    • 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 in the men's room, preparing for filming; Brendan and Leif 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.
    • A "Motorheads" clip features a group of bikers riding through the mountains in North Carolina, each of them wearing helmet cams - on the front and back of their helmets.
    Mike T.: It's like I always say, "Never leave the house with less than two helmet cams!
    • One of the bikers wipes out on a dangerous curve, and falls down the hillside; we're even treated to his wipeout and his attempts to climb back up to the road.
    Danny: This is like Blair Witch for motorcyclists.
    • Another "Motorheads" clip is from a vlogger who records rides he takes on his motorcycle throughout his neighborhood, including an occasion where he accidentally crashes into the back of a UPS truck that has slowed to a stop.
    Mike T.: "Oh, man! These videos are gonna be great to watch later!" Says no one.
  • Prison Rape: Being that this series started exclusively as "World's Dumbest Criminals," this is joked about frequently.
    Chelsea: (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 by name in their commentary, they get bleeped.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: Judy Gold and Bryan Callen for "World's Dumbest Performers 14".
    • Judy for a majority of Season 15.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Nick, Roger, and Wes as of Season 14.
    • Daniel, Chris S., and Jessie Cantrell as of Season 15.
    • Danny, Leif, Tonya, Todd, Chuck, Frank, Loni, Chelsea, and Marianne (or, in other words, 90% of the original cast) as of Season 16.
    • In-universe, some of the cast will occasionally express missing Brad... even though he was still on the show.
  • 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 is so confused, she gives three quizzical head tilts in the span of about ten seconds.
    • Brad and Judy 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 B. and Judy do this in response to the DVD instructions of the ThermoSoles.
  • Read the Fine Print: In-universe. Bryan 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.
  • 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.
    • Leif's 2010 drug arrest was worked into a sketch parodying the incident.
    • The cast members, and once or twice Danny himself, will never let us forget that he was arrested for punching out a transvestite hooker way back in 1991. It was even made into an animated sketch, with Danny himself narrating.
  • 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, 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 Premise: Following this show's 2014 cancelation, Meetinghouse Productions is coming out with a new series for truTV called Chuckler, which is the exact same show. Chuckler is basically Seasons 16 and 17 of World's Dumbest..., though now it combines newer viral videos while recycling all of the same older clips that World's Dumbest... has already shown (including many of the animated segments); and continuing with bus lines, Chuckler prides itself on featuring "Next-Gen Entertainers". In other words, all of the new cast members introduced between Seasons 9 and 16 of World's Dumbest... (Mike B., Brendan, Jessie, Chris F., Jared, Rachel, Jamie Lee, Amanda, and Mike O'G) will be featured on Chuckler; Brad, John, Kevin, Mike T., Michael, Jaime, Gilbert, Chuck and Judy (again) have all been Put on a Bus - Bryan is the only original cast member since the beginning of World's Dumbest... who will be appearing on Chuckler.
  • 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, Leif, Tonya, and Todd) along with others were replaced by new commentators.
    • The last three seasons 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.
  • Revenge:
    • A major plot point of numerous clips, including one during which a man buried a neighbor's car in snow using his snow blower... because she stole his snow shovel. It took the woman four hours to dig her car out.
    • One woman attempted to pay a woman back for repossessing her car by setting the repo agent's car on fire. The car bursts into flames as intended... but so does the vandal. As Chelsea says:
      Chelsea: You know what they say: "Revenge is a dish best served on fire." Oh, wait. That's bananas flambé. Nevermind.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: There's a parody of Goofus and Gallant with two criminals: one who does things the wrong way (Doofus) and one who does things the right way (Valiant).
  • Rule of Three: Averted and lampshaded when a skateboarder tries a trick three times, and on the fourth attempt, is hit by a van.
    Todd: Most people would say "Three strikes and you're out." Lucky for us, this guy's not most people.
  • Running Gag:
    • In the World's Smartest Inventions episodes, with every product that involves cats, Billy will mention that he wants it and doesn't even own a cat.
    • Speaking of cats, Mike T. hates them. A lot. He also hates marriage (as does Chelsea).
    • Many episodes feature little skits in which John and Loni 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's mouth is met with other cast members (most commonly Judy) either rolling their eyes, raising an eyebrow, shaking their heads, or just wearing confused looks on their faces.
    • Whenever Frank 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, however, is by far the most frequent offender.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Loni and Natalie.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: An amateur skier after crashing into a tree.
  • 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 and Todd play out a humorous reenactment of Leif's arrest for possession of black tar heroin (Todd as the cop, John as Leif). After Todd handcuffs "Leif," he remarks "Who do you think you are, Todd Bridges?! Get yo ass outta here!"
    • Danny 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.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness:
    • "Criminals 8" featured a shockingly articulate Genre Savvy DWI suspect.
    Chuck: "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 comments "I don't know what that means, and I have a college degree."
  • Sex Goddess:
    • Marianne. She once even implied that she slept with Jaime'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 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 has remarked that Marianne and Jaime can't even seem to keep their legs closed.
  • Sex Sells:
    • Try to pretend that Karinne and Ali 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 excitedly claimed he'd buy one even though he had no idea what they were saying. Brad and Chelsea 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 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.
    • One early episode of "Criminals" brings in porn star Kelli McCarty as a guest commentator; narrator Chip makes it a special point to bring up her being a former Miss U.S.A., a former model, and even shows a clip from one of her adult movies. Danny then flat-out asks the producers, "So do you guys ever hire anybody you actually think are funny?"
  • Shaped Like Itself: Daisy, on a woman who feigned being hit by a car and called 911, desperately claiming a need for immediate medical help:
    Daisy: "What are my injuries?" They are the injuries you would get if someone hit you with a vehicle!
  • Shape Shifter:
    • Not a literal shape shifter, but Michael noticeably changes his appearance from time to time.
    • Judy 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, 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 (a couple of which don't occur naturally in any part of the world).
  • She's Got Legs:
    • The examples are infrequent, but they are there. Marianne regularly wears hot pants and miniskirts, but it's only if she's used in a skit or super-imposed into a clip in full-bodied shots that we see this.
    • This also happened with Jaime once when she's inside a plastic bubble while wearing a bathing suit.
    • A clip example involves two teen girls brawling while wearing short shorts, which Chelsea comments it's a good idea to wear them to give people more bang for their buck.
    • A rare male example includes a clip where a man is pulled over for drunk driving, and is wearing unusually short (for men) shorts; Brad and Chelsea like what they see.
  • Ship Tease: While Loni and John are perhaps the most obvious example, with Brad and Judy close behind (though in their case, it's more to poke fun at them being gay), other cast members seem to be shipped frequently for certain sketches. On at least two different occasions Billy and Marianne have been paired as a married couple (though Billy frequently expresses his discomfort with Marianne having had sex with other men); similarly in later seasons, Mike T. and Jamie Lee are paired as a couple; Brendan and Jaime are shown as a couple on occasion; and curiously enough, Michael is often paired with... himself.
  • Shirtless Scene:
    • Most of the time it'll be either be Danny or Brad, but a few other male commentators do it a few times as well. Frank only did this once (somewhat), and it was the whole episode of World's Dumbest Brawlers 10. If John 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.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The opening sequence and titles for "World's Dumbest Performers 14" was done in the style of Saturday Night Live.
    • Brad quotes an old Hefty brand garbage bags commercial:
    "Hefty hefty hefty! Wimpy wimpy wimpy!"
    • John showed off his brony pride by wearing a t-shirt of his ponysona in some of the episodes.
    • In the episode World's Dumbest: TV Shows, Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende was featured two times.
    • 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."
    • In the Hilarious Outtakes of one episode, Chelsea positions a blow-up doll to imitates Macaulay Culkin's iconic Home Alone poster face, and even says, "Oh no, my parents left me home for the holidays!"
  • Show Within a Show:
    • In "World's Dumbest Performers 12", we're treated to "Redumocity", hosted by Sum Guy (Mike T. dressed like a skateboarder), who plays dumb clips for his "Pizanel" including Nice-T (Chuck spoofing Ice-T), Jenny Eastside (Jessie as a dumb blonde), and The Didgiri (Mike T. in a dual role as a Australian comedian). Judy even comments, "This is, like, my new favorite show!"
    • Once, Mike T. 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 as Uncle Phil.
    Mike T.: Hey Uncle Phil! Can I borrow the keys to the car tonight?
    Audience laughs
    Chuck: You crashed the car last week, remember?
    Audience oohs
    Mike T.: Now you know the airbags work!
    Audience laughs
    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 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?
    John: No!
    Brendan: What if I show you my ass?
    John: Okay, but just one.
  • Signature Style: Most of the commentators have unique ways of telling jokes they'll often fall back on, considering most are comedians.
    • Todd often acts out the ridiculous stunts that happen, Bonaduce will drop Incredibly Lame Puns, Tonya will try to explain what happened in her own twisted logic, while flanked by confused reaction shots of the other commentators; Michael will use ridiculous sound effects, Frank will swear a lot and bash other countries, and so on.
      • Michael Loftus lampshaded Bonaduce's puns during one clip in which a man bought a meat smoker and found an amputated human leg inside.
        Michael: How much did the smoker cost him? An arm and a leg! BOOYAH! Sit down, Bonaduce! [cut to Danny laughing hysterically]
    • Kevin McCaffery has used the phrase "What kind of [noun(s)] are you [verb]ing?" more than once.
    • Nick 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 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 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 and Frank. 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). Frankie, on the other hand, seems to swear every other second, while saying the most innocuous of sentences.
    • One episode of "Brawlers" features a clip of a little boy, no more than three or four-years-old, who swears like a sailor at his siblings, and his mother; every other phrase out of his mouth is, "Fuck you!"
    Danny: I don't have my contacts in, is that Joe Pesci?
  • 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), "Physics 101 with Professor Tonya Harding" (Tonya using clips to deliver scientific lectures), WDUM News (various castmembers ranging from Billy, Kevin, and Chelsea are anchors; Jaime, Marianne, and Brendan are usually field reporters; Ted is almost always the news editor), "Instant Replay" (Roger on an ESPN-esque sports show, offering blow-by-blow details of a sports or competition related clip), among others.
    • Starting with Season 14, 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.
  • Skewed Priorities: In one episode of "Motorheads", a driver on the run from police loses control of his car and slams through the window of a diner. Kevin plays a patron who's having a meal in a booth next to said window.
    Kevin: Excuse me, waiter? Yeah, I ordered this steak medium rare— this is clearly medium well. [beat] Also, there's a car in my mashed potatoes.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Frank 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.
    • World's Dumbest Brawlers has mention of the Japanese glorifying cannibals.
    • During an episode of "Outlaws" in which a man in Norway basically used his tractor to hold a would-be robber's car hostage:
    Billy: Here's the thing— you don't mess with Norwegians, okay? They are to Scandinavia what Latvians are to the Baltics. (confused reaction shots of other panelists)
  • Soccer Hating Americans: Whenever the show features a clip in which soccer is included - even briefly - much of the cast is quick to add their disdain for the sport in their commentary.
    Nick DiPaolo: Soccer's not boring enough when it's played by humans, let's slow it down even more underwater with fish!
  • Something Completely Different: World's Smartest Inventions.
  • Sophisticated as Hell:
    • Natasha Leggero (who dresses, acts, and talks like an extremely sophisticated woman), after seeing a guy wipe out attempting to snowboard down a staircase while drinking a can of beer:
      Natasha: [gasp] He got beer all over the Berber carpet! ... motherfucker!
    • Adrianne Curry once proclaimed, of an incident in which two fire trucks crashed into one another, that she's "Sorry that any firefighter got hurt, because they're obviously heroes and shit."
  • Sorry Ociffer: Often parodied by the cast, and done legitimately by DUI suspects.
    Officer: Go ahead and stand up for me, man. Where were you drinking tonight?
    DUI suspect: I ain't drinkin'.
    Officer: You're not drinking?
    DUI suspect: I had a couple...
    Officer: Where'd you have a couple at?
    DUI suspect: Chaser's, but uh... I ain't that fucked up... [immediately falls over]
  • Space Whale Aesop: Gary frequently gives these. "When you're drunk, don't try to have sex with an automobile, 'cause it ain't gonna work."
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Greg Wilson.
  • Spoiled Brat:
  • Stalker with a Crush: In "World's Dumbest Lovers 3", a drunken girl calls up a guy she had just met at a bar, and leaves him four long messages, one right after another, gushing about how cute she thinks he is and how she stirs up feelings of chemistry and nervousness inside her, and telling him all the places she works so he has multiple options of calling her back so they can talk together.
  • Stealth Pun: In "World's Dumbest Criminals 21," the title of one clip is "Good Grief!" The clip features a robbery, and while holding up the store, the thief is snacking on... peanuts.
  • Stoners Are Funny: A couple is pulled over in Kansas after the passenger throws something out of the window, and upon inspection of the vehicle, the police ascertain that they're in possession of marijuana. When the male resists the officers' search, they use physical force to get him to cooperate. His girlfriend, almost in a lethargic stupor, deadpans (in a rare instance, unintentionally) "Stop doing that to my boyfriend..." Michael Loftus can only comment that "That's some good dope right there."
  • Stupid Crooks: Especially featured in "Outlaws."
  • 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 would put it), and a girl whose roughly about the size of Loni. At one point, the guy effortlessly lifts the girl up, much to the cast's amazement.
    Brad: Good lord!!! Is he half Jamaican-half carpenter ant? How did he lift eight times his own bodyweight?!
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • Leif pulls this a lot.
      • In a bizarre ending sequence after one episode, Jaime reveals that she had made a bet with Leif. She bet Leif that Todd 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 T. 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 invokes 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]
    • Dan, on a clip of a dumb show-off:
      Dan: A teenage girl dancing in her bra on the internet? I... I've never heard of such a thing or watched it... every night after my fiancé falls asleep.
  • Tastes Like Purple:
    • During "World's Dumbest Employees," Bryan [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?"
  • That Came Out Wrong: Two girls are having fun by taking turns punching each other in the face. One girl lands a straight right hand on the other, directly on the nose. Unsurprisingly, the blow knocks her on her ass immediately. Dan comments:
    Dan: That's like one of the main problems I have with women— they don't know how to take a punch. [beat] Wait, that sounded wrong.
  • The Talk: Mike T. invokes this in a Competitions episode of a snail race, where a few snails stop racing to mate with each other.
    Mike T.: It's always fun when you have to explain things like this to your kids, like... "Why are the snails hurting each other, Daddy?" "Oh God, this is gonna be a long car ride home."
  • 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 makes a crack about them landing in Judy'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 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.
    • An episode of "Partiers" showed a group of English mates sitting around a campfire, doing dumb stuff with their smoldering cigarette butts, like extinguishing them into one of their wrists, while he also eats one (while still burning). As noted above, Danny often likes to pull the stunts we see in the clips, and Brad was well aware of this, begging the producers not to let him see this clip, knowing he would try to eat a smoldering butt; sure enough, we cut to Danny, and we see him eat a smoldering butt. Brad's response? A defeated, "Damnit..."
  • The Tease: Marianne, Jaime, and Daisy tease taking their shirts off at one point, and it took Amanda about two episodes to do so for the first time.
  • 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.
  • Theme Naming: Inverted with Daisy Gardner; Brendan even jokes her name sounds made up.
  • 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 clerk call for an ambulance (he even asks for the phone). He does still take some money, but only thirty dollars. The clerk survives, thanks to the fact that the thief allowed her to call for medical attention.
  • Third-Person Person: When a matador gets gored in the chin by a bull, Frank plays it off by saying "That almost grossed Frank Stallone out, and I've seen some gross stuff." If you think about it, Frank 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 and Mike T., Chuck and Kevin, Jaime and Marianne, male-female pairing Loni and John. Sometimes Michael will play dual roles.
    • Brad and Judy have played lovers at least twice throughout the series, which is likely a parody of the fact that both are openly gay.
  • Threatening Shark/Never Smile at a Crocodile: Every time you see a guy handling a shark or a crocodile, he's going to get bit. Every. Time.
  • Title Please: Season 15 introduces new title cards that don't include episode titles. They also stopped giving (usually punny) names to each individual clip throughout the show after Season 9.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: Happens in one clip. Chuck Nice even references A Christmas Story.
  • Too Dumb to Live/This Loser Is You: Do we need any examples? Of course, it isn't exactly One Thousand Ways To Die, either.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass:
    • Frank 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?
    • Kevin has a subtle moment of this, in which we see Danny getting a "Smokin' Gun" tattoo on his shoulder, though the tattooist messes up from a mini van plowing through the store front (in the accompanying clip), to which Kevin remarks the van hit the store so hard it, "Knocked the 'G' off Danny's chest."
  • Totally Radical: Billy claims that he wants to start using a new phrase he learned (which he heard in a featured clip) during his everyday life.
    Billy: Honey! The faucet is leaking like a bitch!
  • Trademark Favorite Food: One can assume Loni must really her some bacon.
  • 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.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: In one clip, a man is arrested for a major crime during his wedding. Mike Trainor has the following to say:
    Mike T.: You knew he was doing something illegal to be that ugly and have a wife that hot. Something was afoot.
  • The Unintelligible:
    • Frank. 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 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.
  • The Un-Smile: During an episode of "Smartest Inventions", Daisy Gardner commented that one "age-reversing" product would keep her from having to choose which facial expression to use, as she stared blankly at the camera and smiled eerily.
  • Unusual Euphemism:
    • Mike T. 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 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 [he] can do [his] issues."
    Chris S.: "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!
    • A clip from a "Partiers" episode features two girl doing the cinnamon challenge, while "Hammied".
    Judy: YAY! WE'RE HAMMIED! WE'RE DOING THE CINNAMON CHALLENGE!
    Mike T.: Ugh, if only you girls weren't so hammied!
  • 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, Billy, Judy, Kevin, Brendan, and Michael are all very excited by this clip... and what does Mike T. have to add?
    Mike T: Man, I've been living in the city too long... I want a lawn...
    • Although, he may have been saying that if he lived somewhere with a lawn, he'd be able to see this type of thing.
    • 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 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!
    • Mike T. does this again with the ghost bike clip from a "Daredevils" episode, as said ghost bike rides away and crashes right over the barrier into the crowd.
    Mike T.: Oh my God, that's the craziest thing I've ever seen! [points out advertisement on the barrier] A 10% discount at Motel 6?! Oh my God!
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Leif's slight Surfer Dude speech pattern (which he's been using since his Teen Idol days).
    • Billy almost always will pause mid-sentence with either an, "Uhh," or an, "Umm."
  • Visual Innuendo:
    • Brad slaps himself with a cucumber on "World's Dumbest Record Breakers 4". Penis jokes are also made when a record-breaking cucumber is featured in the same episode.
    • 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.
  • Warts and All: Of the original cast, Danny seems to be regarded as the show's unofficial star, particularly in earlier seasons where it's not uncommon for a clip of some of his past exploits or activities are featured in a countdown; his transvestite hooker incident was also spoofed in an animated clip, and promotional images tend to plaster him front and center with Leif, Tonya, and Todd behind him in the background. Leif perhaps comes in second, as photos and clips from his Teen Idol days in The '70s are occasionally featured, and similarly, a drug arrest of his was also spoofed in a re-enactment.
  • We Interrupt This Program:
    • One episode of "Partiers" features a Russian man (Bryan Callen using a Russian accent) interrupting Frank'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 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.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: You could call the show itself "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?" That's how common this trope is during World's Dumbest.
  • What Were You Thinking?:
  • 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 T. 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 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 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 rocks 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: 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.

Alternative Title(s):

The Smoking Gun Presents Worlds Dumbest