Trivia / RiffTrax

  • The Cast Showoff: Usually inverted. Kevin Murphy and Mike Nelson can both sing but they usually get Disembaudio to sing (badly) during the closing credits. Sometimes they play it straight and let Kevin show off.
  • Hollywood Homely: There are many, many jokes about Lisa in The Room not being the beauty all the characters say she is. Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight gets it too, though not as badly.
  • Hype Backlash: The intro and outro to The Dark Knight is all about how people, especially on the Internet, were proclaiming it to be the Greatest Film Ever Made. Bill ties a rope around his ankle, like priests in the book of Exodus, in case the splendor of the movie literally kills him and they have to yank his corpse out of the recording booth. Kevin warns the others that he may weep openly, though it later turns out he thinks they were going to watch First Knight, and says that The Dark Knight sucked.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Their VOD riff of Wizards Of The Lost Kingdom, which was taken down possibly due to rights complications. Interestingly, the film would later be used for Season 11 of Mystery Science Theater 3000 with completely different jokes.
  • Missing Episode: The guys couldn't get the rights to release their live action riff of Starship Troopers on DVD, necessitating a separate audio recording.
    • This seems to be the default situation for the live episodes from Sony, as Godzilla won't receive a DVD release; instead, they included a gift certificate for the Rifftrax site for supporters in a certain tier to compensate for them having to get a DVD of Godzilla to play the riffs. In the case of Sony's films, it seems, according to Word of God, that the problem lies in them having to negotiate with and pay rights to two different departments within Sony for both the live show and VoD/DVD rights. Since the expense in time and money is significant, they've gone the live-only route for them.
    • The DVD release of their "Manos" The Hands of Fate live show removed all references to Manos 2: The Search for Valley Lodge.
    • Ditto for the live action riff of The Room "due to a certain litigious cast member who will remain nameless".
    • Comments from Rifftrax seems to indicate that their live show of The Five Doctors will also not get a VOD or DVD.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content:
    • The jokes for the Batman & Robin trax. The live showing of Santa Claus (1959) had one riff by a fan for a contest as well.
    • 2017 saw uploads of pre-existing fanmade riff compilations.
  • One of Us: The commentaries feature frequent references to nerdy or geeky activities/interests, unsurprising considering we're their target audience. In the Harry Potter Rifftrax, several jokes were made referencing things that were either only in the books, or hadn't been introduced yet in the films (like a joke involving Horcruxes before the Half-Blood Prince film had been released). In the Lord of the Rings rifftrax, the guys gushed about Middle Earth and its rich history, like Mike giving a detailed explanation of the meaning behind Aragorn's war cry "Elendil!" Video game references are the most frequent and generally occur with the least provocation. Mike makes jokes several times that hint he spent most of his teen years playing NES games, and jokes about more modern video games like Portal get brought up as well, though they have more of a We're Still Relevant, Dammit! feel to them sometimes.
    • It seems that Bill Corbett is a dyed-in-the-wool Whovian — during the riff of Dr. Who and the Daleks, he was the one who made riffs about the movie not being canonical, and during a Christmas live-riff show was seen wearing the Fourth Doctor's scarf.
  • Padding: The guys never fail to mock examples of this each and every time they see it. And since they riff a lot of low-budget movies with paper-thin plots, they have many, many opportunities to do so.
  • Technology Marches On: Extrapolated backwards in Captain America: The First Avenger with a giant metal disc that holds ten thousand bits of information.
  • Throw It In!: If they think a joke is particularly funny the crew will leave their laughter in as opposed to editing it out. During live shows, it can go on for several minutes and almost derail the commentary.
    (After Kevin's "Whoa!" when Santa says to Rudolph "I need you tonight" gets an especially huge response)
    Bill: Well, we lost three lines in that.
    Kevin: It was worth every moment.
  • What Could Have Been: The guys wanted to riff Baffled! and Moment by Moment but they couldn't get the rights.
    • Similarly, they tried to make a live show of The Room but Tommy Wiseau wouldn't let them, not right away at least (Apparently he called their office and yelled at whoever answered the phone.). However, this changed, as they were able to finally do a RiffTrax Live for the movie on May 6th, 2015, having raised enough money with the Kickstarter project.
    • They really want to live-riff Miami Connection but Alamo Drafthouse didn't want to license the film to them. As with The Room this changed in 2015, as they raised enough money in a Kickstarter to successfully negotiate with Alamo Drafthouse for the rights for an October 1 live show.
    • Moment by Moment was never released on home video due to its poor reception so a normal Rifftrax mp3 commentary is impossible due to that which is why they would need to license it.
    • The Starship Troopers live show happened because the guys couldn't get permission to riff their original choice; Twilight.
      • And even that's still well in the realm of What Still Could Be — according to Mike, Bill and Kevin, the response from the licensor was not "hell no!" but instead "We'd love to, but we're not done with it yet. Come back to us in a few years."

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