* ActorAllusion:
** One sketch ended with [[NamesTheSame Michael Myers turning out to be Mike Myers]] as Seth Green was in the Film/AustinPowers movies. There was also a parody of ''Film/IdleHands'', which Seth was in as well.
** In the "Princess Battle" segment in "Stone Cold Steve Cold Stone", Ginnifer Goodwin once again voices [[Series/OnceUponATime Snow White]].
*** "Bad Boy Meets Damaged Chick with Daddy Issues" makes reference to "Film/HerbieFullyLoaded" starring Lindsay Lohan and Breckin Meyer. Guess who voices Lohan in the sketch? (And the series)
* CashCowFranchise: Qualifies as this from the Star Wars specials ''alone''. Also the primary reason why Seth Green halted production on his other animated series, ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum''.
* CastingGag: Many, many voices are brought on just for the gag. For example, Creator/CreeSummer voicing Penny in an ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' parody, Soleil Moon-Frye voicing Series/PunkyBrewster in "No Need for Glomer", Dana Snyder portrays [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Master Shake]] as a critic of the Robot Chicken show, and the late Robert Culp reviving his character Bill Maxwell for a ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' parody.
-->'''Master Shake:''' People watch this. On TV!
** And one of the greatest--''Creator/MarkHamill'' coming on to do SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker for "[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum The Arkham]] [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption Redemption]]".
** Joining in on that greatness is ''Creator/PatrickStewart'' reprising the role of Gurney Halleck from ''Film/{{Dune}}'', noting how much more awesome and practical riding [[JustForPun Dune]] Buggies are compared to the spice worms. This is actually a double Casting Gag, since it's likely also a reference to the infamous dune buggy scene in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''.
** A sketch about a musical starring Franchise/TheAvengers has none other than ''Avengers'' co-creator Creator/StanLee lend his voice and likeness to the piano player.
* ColbertBump: Pretty much every minor character that appeared in the ''Star Wars'' skits have gotten massive boosts in popularity due to how the show portrayed them. Notable examples include "[[FanNickname Pruneface]]", Yarael Poof, Bossk, and Gary the stormtrooper (who is the random stormtrooper who asks Obi-Wan and Luke about R2-D2 and C-3PO).
* {{Defictionalization}}: [[http://www.amazon.com/Mattel-Universe-Classics-ComicCon-Exclusive/dp/B003X2T530/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1377415738&sr=1-1&keywords=mo-larr Mo-Larr, Eternian Dentist!]]
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: A season 1 episode featured a ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' parody involving cereal mascots. The sketch in question was suddenly replaced for unknown reasons, and the original episode with said sketch hasn't re-aired since, nor does it appear on DVD or on Adult Swim's website.
* OldShame: The creators have said they regret the "Big Boobs" sketch because it doesn't involve a real joke.
* TheOtherDarrin: [[Franchise/StarWars "The Emperor's Phone Call"]] was originally made before Abraham Benrubi was settled on as the series' official voice of Darth Vader. When the sketch was re-compiled for the first ''Star Wars'' special, Vader's sole line within was redubbed with Benrubi's voice.
* TheRedStapler: Creator/AdultSwim released a 5 pound pink gummy bear in honor of the infamous sketch.
* ReferencedBy: In their reviews of ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 The Twilight Zone]]'', the Website/AVClub used the phrase "What a twist" when describing each episode's twist ending.
* TalkingToHimself: In ''Bad Boy Meets Damaged Chick With Daddy Issues'', Creator/SethGreen voices Daniel and Daniel's mother while Breckin Meyer provides the voices of Dina/Ali[=/=]Creator/LindsayLohan and Munson, with Munson getting Lindsay pregnant.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** For the Creator/DCComics special, the show's staff asked Creator/MarkHamill to appear as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, but since Hamill has retired from the role following ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' he turned them down. As a result, Joker is TheVoiceless and his one joke doesn't involve him talking.
** Creator/PeterCullen was asked to reprise his role as Optimus Prime for a skit involving Optimus getting prostate cancer. Peter declined because he takes the role of Optimus ''very'' seriously.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://robotchicken.wikia.com/wiki/Robot_Chicken_Wiki The Robot Chicken Wiki]] trades expository descriptions for Creator/AdultSwim Video clips of the actual sketches! [[WikiMagic It still could use some help, though.]]