Video Game: Conker's Bad Fur Day
"Not for anyone under the age of 17." Just in case
the great big, black "M
" didn't tip you off.
Conker's Bad Fur Day
"It all started.... yesterday. What a day that was! It's what I call... a bad fur day.
— Conker, opening cutscene
is one of ten Nintendo 64 games released in 2001. Originally developed as a kiddy game under the name of ''Conker's Quest''
and later Twelve Tales: Conker 64
, Rare's next game in the Conker
series (following Conker's Pocket Tales,
a kid-friendly Game Boy
platformer) was heading to become another run-of-the-mill platform game. Apparently, Rare changed their mind during production, and instead set out to create a "controversial" game aimed at adults and older teens.
Inspired by South Park
, the then newly renamed Conker's Bad Fur Day
promised to use scatological humour, sexual innuendo (some more subtle than others), cartoon violence, and excessive swearing. Originally thought to be an April Fools joke, the announcement turned out to be completely true.
A few years later, after Rare was bought out by Microsoft, a remake
of the game, Conker: Live and Reloaded
, came out.
A playthrough of the game with commentary from some of the developers can be viewed on YouTube
At E3 2014, Conker made a surprise appearance
to promote Project Spark
. On March 19, 2015, a teaser trailer
was released, confirming an episodic sequel campaign for Project Spark
. Called Conker's Big Reunion
, it takes place 10 years after Conker's Bad Fur Day
and concerns Conker trying to get himself together to attend a reunion with his friends at the Cock and Plucker. The first episode is set to release on April 23. In addition, assets will be included in Project Spark
to make your own Conker game.
Bad Fur Day's tropes include:
- Added Alliterative Appeal: One of the bosses is "a bourgeois, big-bollocked boiler".
- Adorkable: Rodent is qualified to be this.
- Alcohol Hic: When Conker tries to jump while he's drunk or hungover.
- All Animals Are Dogs: The dinosaur Conker uses to defeat Buga the Knut, which Conker gets rid of by tricking it into playing fetch with a bone.
Conker: Ah. Good. Psychology, always works with these animals.
- All Men Are Perverts: Conker himself. Even though he has a girlfriend, he can't stop himself from the instinctive Male Gaze whenever a hot lady is mentioned/seen. And one of his Idle Animations is reading a porn magazine.
Conker: (listening to Bee King complaining about his life) Well, yeh, anyway, I gotta go now.
Bee King: You're like the rest of them. I ain't gonna tell you about the big-breasted babe.
Conker: The big...what?
Bee King: Ah, I thought that might have got your attention.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Poor Conker.
- All There in the Manual: In the N64 version, the only reference to Ze Professor's past as the Weasel King was in the Panther King's profile in the booklet, where it mentioned the Panther King chopped off his legs.
- The Alcoholic: Conker of course.
- Alpha Bitch: Berri. Although despite her roller-coaster relationship with Conker, she does love him deep down.
- Animate Inanimate Object: They're everywhere, from Franky the Pitchfork to the Cogs to the money Conker collects.
- Anti-Hero: Conker. Despite his appearance as a cute, cartoon squirrel, Conker is really cold blooded. He always works for material gain, he never bats an eyelid when he has to kill to get what he wants, he's always willing to use people to get what he wants. Despite this he does have a conscience, and he certainly loves Berri.
- Art-Style Dissonance: The game superficially looks like a colorful, kid friendly cartoon romp akin to Rare's other series. The content on the other hand is as far from kid-friendly as you can get.
- Awful Truth: The game begins with the given impression that it's a ridiculous tale of how Conker became king and met a bunch of strange people. Which is true, but at the end of the story, it's revealed that the tale is just one big sob story of how Conker was used by a bunch of rude, obnoxious jerks, got involved in wars and heists, risked his life on multiple occasions, and witnessed his girlfriend get killed right before his eyes when up to that point, no one took Conker and Berri as being a serious couple with a solid and sound relationship. The worst part of all was that he had a chance to save her shortly thereafter, but botched it. All he wanted to do is go home after a bad hangover and forget it had ever happened, but in the end his life was ruined, and there was nothing he could do to get out of it. And to top it all off, if he hadn't gotten the habit of getting wasted damn near every night, none of this would've happened.
- Back from the Dead: The Panther King in the Teddiz ending of Live and Reloaded's multiplayer campaign.
- Badass Adorable: Conker, who in his previous appearances was just adorable, not badass.
- Badass Baritone: One of the bosses. You know who.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: You don't even fight the Big Bad at the end, but rather an alien that hatched from his stomach.
- Baleful Polymorph: Batula transforms Conker into a bat and demands he fetch villagers as victims. The transformation wears off after the Count's death.
- Bears Are Bad News: The Tediz.
- Beat Still, My Heart: If you fall from a high enough distance...! (Ugh)
- Berserk Button: Never mock Batula's ancestors or their sharp teeth.
- Big Bad: The Panther King, well, supposedly. He actually seems rather nonthreatening despite his intimidating way of speaking.
- Big Boo's Haunt: The Spooky chapter.
- Big "NO!": The Great Mighty Poo gives several of these when being flushed.
- Bittersweet Ending: Conker ends up becoming king and have all the riches he could ever want, but he realizes that this isn't what he wanted. He'd wanted to go home with Berri (who was killed off by Don Weaso), and now feels remorse that he didn't save her when he could have during the time freeze. He ends the game with the legendary quote: "You don't know what you have until it's gone." Then he repeats "Gone" repeatedly during the credits as tragic music plays in the background.
- Bleached Underpants: Inverted, as it was coming off of Conker's Pocket Tales on the Game Boy Color, which is an inoffensive and lighthearted game. Bad Fur Day was originally touted as Twelve Tales: Conker 64, which would have continued the style from Pocket Tales but obviously that was not meant to be (to the point that when the game was first hinted at by Electronic Gaming Monthly's April issue, it was perceived as that year's April Fools gag).
- Bloody Hilarious: Contains a lot of gory humor.
- Book Ends: An inebriated Conker stumbling out of a bar.
- Boom, Headshot: In both campaign and multiplayer, complete with Calling Your Attacks in the latter.
- Bottomless Magazines: Many of the weapons in this game never have to be reloaded, and the ones that do have infinite ammo.
- Bowdlerise: Inverted. The game was originally supposed to be for kids and have an innocent nature. Come the insults that Rare Ware was going to make another "kiddie" game like they always do from the media and fans, however, they decided to have a mature approach of the game instead and crank up the swearing, blood, subtext and sexual innuendos a whole lot. Played straight in the remake, which censors more swearing.
- Brass Balls: The boiler boss has a pair of literal brass balls. Polished to the N'th degree.
Conker: Oh no... A bourgeois big-bollocked boiler. That's all I need.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: All the time, but one line is really blatant. When you are trying to get into the Rock Solid Nighclub, you have to tell the the password, which is Fedelio. The guard asks how you know that, and Conker responds with: "Well, I know everything, I'm the king! Well, I will be. Didn't you see the prolouge?"
- Bullfight Boss: Conker encounters a bull during the Sloprano level.
- Bullet Time: During the Matrix level and when you enter a code to get Matrix-like 360's in multi-player, when you kill someone with a katana or a chainsaw.
- Bull Seeing Red: One of the boss battles is against a bull that hates the color red. Conker just so happens to be a red squirrel (or light orange on the Xbox remake). You don't need a flowchart here.
- Butt Biter: Conker mounts a Raptor and uses it to actually bite chunks out of a giant caveman's butt.
- Camera Abuse
- In an It's War mission where you have to escort Rodent, the screen starts getting shot.
- One of Conker's Idle animations is of him drinking a soda can; sometimes when Conker kicks it to get rid of the soda can after he's finished, it will hit the screen and make the camera shake slightly off screen while making the sound of the impact.
- Live and Reloaded added the effects of water, blood, and poo staining the screen during certain chapters.
- Camp Gay: You encounter a cog named Carl in one level who is very angry and demanding. Turn him upside down, however, and he becomes Quentin. Quentin is incredibly pretentious, unbelievably gay, and quite possibly even a pedophile.
- Capture the Flag
- Cash Gate: Some characters ask Conker for a certain amount of money at key points of the game (namely $10 by Birdy, $1000 by two servants of the Panther King, and 2110 by a mysterious character hidden in a barrel). But whenever Conker gives away the money, some seconds later the money literally returns to him, so he ultimately manages to pass through the Cash Gates for free.
- Cats Have Nine Lives: Which is why Gregg hates them so much.
"I don't bloody believe it! They've got fish versions of the little bastards now!"
- Cave Behind the Falls: With money in it too, but you can't go there until after Spooky.
- Cerebus Syndrome: The second half of the game is this from the Spooky chapter on.
- Chainsaw Good:
- One of the weapons in multiplayer mode is a chainsaw, which lets you cut other players in half.
- Conker is also seen using a chainsaw to cut a panicking N64 logo in the opening as the Logo Joke in the original N64 version of the game.
- Chasing Your Tail: The final boss, in a parody of Super Mario 64.
- Chest Burster: The Panther King falls victim to a blatant rip-off of Alien
- The Chew Toy: Nothing goes Conker's way. Ever.
- Cluster F-Bomb: (Though "fuck" is always censored). Carl deserves special mention.
Carl: (sees Conker) F**k off!
Carl: Either bring me my missing cogs, or f**k off!
Conker: You don't have to shout.
Carl: I'm deaf! Speak up or f**k off!
- He won't even stop cussing at you after you helped him. Instead you get a, "Thanks f**khead. Now go on, f**k off wi' ya." If you keep standing in front of him and jump to his height, he will continuously yell "F**k off!"
- Color-Coded Multiplayer: The Weasels in Heist. Their codenames are related to color just like Reservoir Dogs.
- Context-Sensitive Button : Trope Namer.
- Copy And Paste Environments:
- The texture in the slime tunnel is the same one as inside the Great Mighty Poo's lair.
- Besides a few exceptions, swimming in poo and swimming in water is only different in what color the remaining fluid dripping from Conker's body are when he gets out and the color of the splashes he makes jumping in.
- Crapsaccharine World: The whole game pretty much takes place in one. The world looks like a colorful, kid friendly storybook type world at a glance, but there's a swarm of evil wasps flying around, a weasel mafia running wild, a corrupt king with untrained guards and an evil scientist, a completely unguarded Federal Reserve Bank, a fairly dysfunctional military, a war with Nazi teddy bears, and the list continues.
- The Cutie: Rodent may be one of the, if not the, only character who isn't remotely malicious or selfish in any way.
- Cutscene: Cutscenes can't be skipped the first time you see them. The earliest ones are tutorials on how to use basic items.
- Darker and Edgier: Compared both to Pocket Tales, the original Twelve Tales of Conker beta, and to Rare's other games before this was made. In contras to Rares more idealistic heroes and friendly characters, there are very few truly sympathetic characters in this game—everyone is either a nasty, manipulative jerk, cynical or stupid. Conker himself is an Anti-Hero at best, who's only out for himself. There is heavy swearing throughout the game, abundant toilet humor (you fight a boss who is a giant mountain of singing poop) blood and gore, downright nightmarish content (one level has you feeding helpless villagers to a vampire, by dropping them into a grinder, the war sequences featuring gruesome character deaths) and Black Comedy that would make South Park proud.
- Dead Baby Comedy: Quite literally, at one point.
- Dead Character Walking: If using an infinite health cheat code in multiplayer, the character will remain alive no matter how many hits they take. If, however, they take a hit that should kill them, but thanks to the cheat code, doesn't, which includes many a one-hit kill strike like a run-in with a chainsaw or a headshot by either a knife or a gun, the character will still go through their death animation as well as lose the weapon they had, but they'll be brought back to life, albeit missing bits and pieces of their body depending on how severe an attack it was. They will also still be able to take even more damage and similar normally-one-hit-kills unfazed even after missing most of their body parts. The only thing that can kill a character even with the code on is when they are hit by something that'll make them explode, including a strike from a grenade launcher, a bomb, or falling an incredibly high height (also if you cheat further, a few characters can't be killed even with this, or maimed otherwise for that matter).
- Deadly Gas: The chemical weapons in Multiplayer.
- Deadly Rotary Fan: The underwater rotating fans encountered during the U-Bend Blues segment.
- Deader Than Dead:
- Berri, to a somewhat ludicrous level. She gets mowed down for 20 seconds with a tommy gun, then sucked out into deep space. The Panther King also counts to this, first getting killed by the Xenomorph hatching, then getting sucked out as well.
- The zombies after you shoot them in the head.
- Deceptive Disciple: Professor Von Kripelspac when he betrays the Panther King by hatching an alien in his stomach to defeat Conker.
- Defeat by Modesty: Buga the Knut, though it's more Defeat By Shame.
- Description Porn: The boss in the 'It's War' level 'The Experiment' does this every time Conker attacks its back:
The Experiment: Now then, lesson 1: Ballistics. This is my mini-gun. It fires 8000 rounds per second, brass cased 8MM with tungsten alloy heads, and high explosive charge. Very, very messy.
- Disney Death: Rodent in the It's War chapter.
- The Don: Don Weaso
- Don't Fear the Reaper: It's only Gregg, after all.
- Downer Ending: Mostly because of Berri's death.
- Down the Drain: U-Bend Blues may be the most frustrating level known to man.
- Driven to Suicide:
- Franky the Pitchfork, who is encouraged to kill himself by the paint pot. He fails because he doesn't have a neck of any description.
- The original ending was going to have Conker shoot himself during the bar scene after the credits, but the creators decided they wanted to eventually do a sequel. Ironically, the developers stated that Conker would have been killed in the opening of the sequel, and the main game focusing on the Tediz and Army Squirrel War instead.
- Dropped a Windmill On Her: The Queen Bee.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Conker is seen doing so at the very end.
- Early-Bird Cameo:
- Before you even meet him in-game, you can see Birdy leaned against the door of the Cock & Plucker while Conker staggers in, before you can pick a slot to start playing.
- You can also see Gregg the Grim Reaper and some squirrel soldiers.
- There's also the fire imp near the fire place, whom you can speak to and use cheat codes with. Or cuss at him, your choice.
- The hands of Sloprano's boss can be seen before you actually fight him.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The game prior to this one, Conker's Pocket Tales, is a children's game played completely straight.
- Electric Torture: Conker finds a squirrel strapped to an electric chair when he invades the Tediz base. He tries to free him by pulling a switch, but inevitably, that only turns the chair on, zapping the squirrel nearly to death. Though terribly charred, he's "not quite dead." Also, there's two switches...but they both electrocute the squirrel. Anyway, after one of them is used, the other will open the door to leave the area, no matter which you picked.
- Empty Room Psych: The windmill on top of the tall hill in the center of the overworld. It visibly has paths on higher levels, but gets fragged after the war level. Conker was sure it was going to be the last level. The windmill was intended to be a building you could go into when the game was still the kid friendly Conker's Quest/Twelve Tales Conker 64; you could open it and go inside, as seen in this video. As for what purpose going in there served, it's pretty much a mystery by now. Another one is the slightly destroyed stone and brick building structure near where you rescue Rodent in the War Chapter.
- Enfant Terrible: A scared little girl is in need of Conker's help during the War chapter. Too bad she's an evil psychopathic demon who controls a giant, cybernetic, destructive Tediz experiment. The weird thing is that she looks like a hand puppet when sitting on the Experiment's hand. No kidding.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies
- Everything's Nuttier With Squirrels
- Excuse Plot: Conker wants to get home and the Panther King wants a table leg so he can drink his milk.
- Extremely Short Timespan: The entire game takes place over the course of one day, and the transition between day and night is when Conker gets knocked out.
- Face on a Milk Carton: Will appear in the game over sequence if you die before the Panther King demands a squirrel to fix his table.
- Falling Damage: Though this was already quite prevalent in previous N64 platformers, Conker seems especially sensitive to this. He can't fall very far at all without losing a piece of chocolate, and falling from especially high up will result in a Ludicrous Gibs death.
- Fat Bastard: Buga the Knut.
- Felony Misdemeanor/Ass Shove:
Great Mighty Poo: I'm going to take your head and ram it up my butt!
Conker: Your butt?
—That's right, my butt!
- Follow the Bouncing Ball: The Great Mighty Poo's aria. Better yet, the ball is made of poo.
- Foreshadowing: While the music that plays in the introduction has been associated with A Clockwork Orange, it was originally written for a funeral procession for Britain's Queen Mary II. Considering that Berri would have likely been Conker's queen at the end had she lived, the context in which the music was used suddenly takes on an appropriately grim tone for players familiar with the piece's origin.
- For the Evulz: Pretty much the only reason the Panther King had Berri killed.
- Frying Pan of Doom: Conker's standard weapon for most of the game. Subverted in Live & Reloaded, where you use the frying pan only in the tutorial level, but Conker switches it immediately after the encounter with the Gargoyle for a baseball bat.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Played for laughs when you beat Buga.
- Gag Boobs: Conker actually uses the large breasts of a sunflower as a springboard. And then there's Jugga.
- Gainax Ending: The final chapter turns much of the story on its head.
- Gainaxing: The sunflower's and Jugga's jiggling breasts, and probably, the latter's name is a pun of that.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Apparently, squirrels get a new life with every tail they collect, and seemingly start off with 3 - but not if you're one of the countless Squirrel soldiers.
- Red squirrels get to have new lives with each tail. The grey ones are completely out of luck.
- Gameplay Roulette: It's a platformer, racer, shooter, survival horror...
- Genius Cripple: The Professor.
- Genius Programming: How'd they stuff so many voice files onto one cartridge?
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Inverted. The game basically takes a ginormous shit on every radar in sight. Then that shit breaks into the most awesome song. No, really — that actually happens.
- They don't get "fuck" past the radar, though. It is the only word censored consistently throughout the game.
- Averted with the Xbox remake Conker: Live and Reloaded; all swears are censored, making the game tamer than the original. Playing online in Live and Reloaded allowed players to unlock the swearing in the multiplayer, including fuck.
- Giant Mook: Three bosses: Haybot to the living haystacks, Buga the Knut to the cavemen, and the Experiment to the Tediz.
- Giftedly Bad: This hilariously dumb line of dialogue from the paint pot in the Barn.
Paint Pot: "I've seen some kicking ass in my time, but that is the shittest, crappest, crappiest, shittiest, kick ass I've ever seen."
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The final boss is not the Fairy Panther King, but a giant Xenomorph named Heinrich.
- Gorn: The Spooky chapter. To a lesser extent, the war chapter too.
- Grass Is Greener: Conker realizes only after becoming rich and powerful like he always wanted to be that he had everything he wanted all along. Only, by then, it was too late.
Conker:"It's true what they say, the grass is always greener. And you don't really know what it is you have, until it's gone, gone, gone..."
- The Grim Reaper:
Gregg...the Grim Reaper: "And don't laugh!!"
- Groin Attack: One of the boss battles requires you to hit a pair of brass balls with a cinder block. Another has to be bitten in the groin by a dinosaur.
- Guide Dang It: It's sometimes unclear as to what you should do or where you should go next, causing many players to do tasks in a weird order then be confused when they consult a walkthrough.
- Guns Akimbo: A shortage of this in the remake makes a couple of parodies awkward. In the original, the entire "It's War" chapter (along with the Matrix level) frequently allowed you to dual-wield SMGs. Which is simply badass to the core.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Conker himself, who doesn't wear pants. This is made very weird in the mission where he must piss on fiery demons, as we hear a zipping sound, but he has no pants of which to unzip. The pantsless issue is averted in the Xbox remake, in which he actually does wear pants.
- Hand Cannon: Not only is it as big as your arm and one shot kill anywhere, it also has a zooming scope and laser sight. Perfect for Scrubs of all ages! If you see that laser sight, you have one second before your head disappears.
- Have a Nice Death/It's a Wonderful Failure: There are a few different Game Over sequences depending how Conker died on his last life. From being captured, gagged, and used as a replacement table leg as intended, to being listed as missing on a milk carton, to being delivered to the Panther King as a bag full of splattered squirrel bits...
- Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Mr. King Bee "pollinating" the big breasted sunflower. The look on Conker's face says it all.
- Heli Critter: Conker himself, when he flies by using his tail as a propeller. He calls it the "helicoptery tail thing".
- How We Got Here:...showing how Conker came to become the new king of this bizarre world.
- Herr Doktor: Professor Von Kripplespac.
- Hub Level: Windy Level. It has the least enemies, and acts as a gateway to all the other areas (with the exception of Uga Buga, which has to be accessed via the Sloprano level).
- Humanoid Female Animal: Berri.
- "I Am" Song: The Great Mighty Poo's song.
- I Believe I Can Fly: At the end cutscene of the "It's War" chapter, Rodent wakes up from his "death" nap right at the end of the self-destruct sequence. Thanks to his invincible armor, he survives getting sent flying all the way across the river by the blast. Unfortunately, he crashes into and breaks the windmill, but he's still alive.
- Idea Bulb: And you have to press B whenever it pops up.
- Idle Animation: Too many to count. Some even only happen if you're in a specific area, such as the dancing one in Rock Solid.
- Improbable Weapon User: Conker manages to turn even his own urine into a force to be reckoned with.
- It's a Long Story
- Jerk Ass:
- Most of the people Conker meets, most notably Carl, an unsociable, foul-tempered, foul-mouthed cog with a sour attitude.
: Either bring me back me missin' cogs, or F*** OFF!
Conker (annoyed): You don't have to shout.
Carl: I'm deaf! Speak up or f*** off!
- There's also Conker himself, though he does show a few acts of kindness. They're few and far between though, such as shutting up the Paintbrush and Paint Pot laughing at him and Franky the Pitchfork, as well as fixing Franky up after he gets broken in two and having that be one of the (very) few good deeds Conker does without asking for the person he's helping (in this case Franky) for anything in return for helping them, and possibly the part where he rescues Rodent from a group of Tediz a little ways into the War chapter that were going to kill him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Conker.
- Karma Houdini: Don Weaso manages to escape with his cash after killing Berri.
- Killed Off for Real: Everyone who died (not counting Conker's deaths/game overs in the gameplay) with the sole exception of the rat, including the Big Bad himself.
- Killer Teddy Bear: A whole army of them in fact, called Tediz.
- Kubrick Stare: Conker imitates an actual Kubrick Stare at the beginning.
- Lampshade Hanging: Tons of it - mostly concerning gameplay mechanics such as extra lives and context-sensitive buttons.
- Large Ham: The Great Mighty Poo, in all his opera-singing goodness.
- Laser Sight: The sniper rifle, the hand cannon, and the crossbow.
- Let's Play: There are a few of them online, including one by members of the game's development team.
- Lethal Lava Land: Most of the Uga Buga chapter is set over huge pools of lava. Conker later rides through a course full of it on a hover board while trying to get his money back from some thugs.
- Lighter and Softer: The Conker: Live & Reloaded remake for Xbox compared to the original game for 64. The content itself is intact, but most, if not all, swear words are censored (in the 64 version, only "fuck" was censored). Some of them aren't even swear words, just vulgar words, like fellatio. Although this is just by default; the online mode for Live & Reloaded allows you to remove the censor bleeps.
- Literal Ass Kicking: Actually literal ass biting. The Uga Buga boss fight requires you to use a dinosaur to bite chunks of flesh out of his buttocks until he can no longer hold up his loincloth.
- Literally Shattered Lives: The fate of most of the male golems at the Rock Solid dance club.
- Logo Joke: Conker cuts the N64 logo in half with a chainsaw, and replaces it with a shiny Rare logo which he seems to prefer.
- Lonely at the Top: Inverted. At the end, Conker's adored by most of the cast he assisted throughout the game, but he hates all of them, and the one person he loves the most is dead.
- Ludicrous Gibs: Pretty much most of the gun sequences and multiplayer modes deaths are gib-tastic.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Chris Seavor voiced every male character except the Great Mighty Poo, and even a few of the female ones. Louise Ridgeway voiced the rest of the female cast.
- The Man They Couldn't Hang: Franky the Pitchfork is Driven to Suicide by his heckling companions, the paint pot and the paint brush, after failing to kick Conker's ass. When he decides to hang himself, he fails because he "does not appear to have a neck of any description", and remains stuck hanging from the barnyard ceiling until Conker cuts him down.
- The Many Deaths of You: Subverted. There are many ways you can die that may not mean much (besides different animations Conker has), but depending on how you die on your last life, you'll trigger different cutscenes as far as what happens between the guard weasels delivering Conker and the Panther King, including Conker being missing and advertised on a milk carton (common), being tied up (alive) as a replacement desk (if Conker runs out of energy), being delivered in pieces in a sack (if Conker was chopped, exploded or otherwise in pieces), delivered in a smoking sack (if burned to death), or being delivered in a wet sack (if he died on the surface of the water or in it, regardless of how he died.)
- Man Behind the Man: It really seems to be the Weasel professor rather then the Panther King that calls the shots for the Panther Kingdom.
- Mature Animal Story: While the game is a comedy with talking animals, none of it is meant to be kid-friendly.
- Meaningful Name: The big-breasted cave woman is called Jugga.
- Medium Awareness: Very much so. An example coming from the Xbox remake is when Conker notices the first subtle differences from the N64 version and remarks that he thought the programmer told him it was going to be a straight port.
- Also present in the N64 version during the "Haybot" chapter. Before the boss fight, Conker says, "I don't like the sound of that music" and Franky agrees.
- Mercy Invincibility: More noticeable in a part of It's War where you have to blow up submarines that are constantly firing homing missiles at you. Sometimes, there are two subs at a time, and they fire one immediately after the other in a way that, even if the first missile chips off your chocolate health while you're taking aim, the second one will do you nothing assuming that you are still in your recovery time, even though it'll come dead-on down on you.
- Mickey Mousing: The entire fight with The Great Mighty Poo is scripted to coincide with his absurd opera song. You defeat him by throwing stuff in his exposed mouth when he opens it to sing harmony with the BGM. A common Player Tic is to wait until just the right moment in the BGM to throw the toilet paper into his mouth.
- Money for Nothing: All the piles of cash you collect in game can't actually be spent on anything (whenever you make an investment, money literally returns to you), and it's never explained why you're getting them other than "money is good". It does serve a purpose to allow progress through the game, but the actual points this happens are quite rare compared to the usual game that has a similar "object collecting" formula.
- Mood Whiplash: After a relatively lighthearted - if incredibly raunchy - first half, the final leg of the game becomes increasingly depressing, finally culminating in a Downer Ending - which still worked quite well, but was decidedly jarring. There IS a reason for the Tear Jerker tab.
- The ending's made all the worse when you consider this is a game inspired by South Park. That's fatal Mood Whiplash.
- How about the whole game in general? The first Conker game for the Game Boy Colour was a kid-friendly Puzzle/Adventure game.
- Mooning: Conker gets mooned by cavemen twice: first by the muggers on the hoverboards, and then by the soldiers in the arena (though only in the N64 version).
- The Napoleon: Gregg.
- Night of the Living Mooks: The Spooky chapter with its zombies.
- No Accounting for Taste: Conker and Berri, but they really love each other.
- No Fourth Wall ("The game's locked up!")
Conker: I know everything, I'm the king! Well, I will be, didn't you see the prologue?
Conker: Eh, nothing. Can we come in?
- No Name Given: Von Kripelspac was only known as "Ze Professor" in the original game.
- Noodle Incident: Don't make the Panther King get out the duct tape again. Even the devs don't know what he does with the duct tape.
- Oh, Crap: Take a shot for every time Conker pulls one off. And that's counting only him.
- One-Hit Kill: If you see someone with the Hand Cannon, then GET THE !@#$ OUT!
- Only in It for the Money: Conker, so very much.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Conker just can't decide if he's American or British.
- Neither can anyone else, as British Chris Seavor - in addition to writing and directing - also voices nearly every character in the game.
- Berri also sounds slightly British at a few points, a result of one actress, animator Louise Ridgeway, doing all the female voices.
- Only Sane Man: Conker himself.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Count Batula, who not only has the power to turn into a bat, but turns Conker into one as well. And instead of being killed by a stake or sunlight, he's killed by drinking too much blood, growing fat, and falling into his own grinder.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Type F, pretty much.
- Overly Long Gag: The electric chair scene was turned into this in Live & Reloaded, as is Berri being shot.
- Oxygen Meter: Takes the form of Conker's face (with a stream of bubbles coming out) once you can swim underwater. When the stream of bubbles gets short and his face starts turning blue, you'd better get to the surface right now. Once his head droops, you go from full health to dead in about five seconds. Here's a video of the oxygen meter in action on Youtube.
- The Parody: Much of the latter half of the game is based off of this.
- Parrot Expo-what?:
King Bee: I didn't even get to tell you about the big-breasted babe...
Conker: The— the big what?
- Pixellation: Used at the end of the Uga Buga chapter, just after defeating Buga (Live & Reloaded only).
- Porn Stash: One of Conker's Idle Animations is reading a porn magazine, and suggestively commenting on it.
- Prehistoria: The Uga Buga chapter.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Eat lead, mother buzzer!"
- Punctuated Pounding: When the baseball bat is used as a weapon in multiplayer. Also, when Don Weaso kills Paulie with a bat.
- Punny Name: The prehistoric, big-breasted woman in the Uga Buga chapter is called Jugga.
- Random Events Plot: The entire game is very episodic in structure, with the only overarching theme being the threat of the Panther King (who Conker isn't even aware of until the very end) and Conker's goal to simply get home. This was probably done to give more leeway for the games parodic nature.
- Readings Are Off the Scale: The polish level of the Boiler's balls is clearly over 9,000.
Boiler: (with a ludicrously hammy English accent) BALLS OF BRASS, SIRE! POLISHED TO THE N'TH DEGREEEE."
- Refuge in Audacity
- Trrrilling Rrrs - "IIII am the grrreat mighty poo!"
- Rule of Funny
- Rule of Three: Most bosses are defeated after hitting their weak points three times. So Conker is understandably shocked when the Final Boss comes back after the third hit.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: The Boiler, understandably, after Conker smashes his giant shiny brass testicles with a pair of giant cinder bricks. "MY BAWLS! MY BAWLS! MYY BAWWWWWLLLLLLLLLS!!!!!!!!!!!!"
- Self-Deprecation: In the Bats chapter, two of the flammable enemies will jump into The Boiler so they can defeat you with it. When they boot him up, he will begin speaking as a living person. The enemies begin arguing about controlling the The Boiler, and he calms them with "Gentlemen, do calm down!" One of the enemies' response is: "He sounds kind of pouncey. Like some English person." Keep in mind that Rare is a British gaming company.
- Sexy Discretion Shot: When the bee "pollinates" the flower.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Finally, Conker manages to rescue Berri, only to see her gunned down before his very eyes.
- Shout-Out: Has its own page.
- Single Malt Vision: When Conker first wakes up and is hungover.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: A good majority of the cast, but Carl (the ruder of the two cogs) takes the cake. Lampshaded by Conker.
Conker: Why is everybody around here so offensive?
- Slow No: Private Rodent shouts this in slow motion, just when Conker is about to save the little girl only to be revealed as a boss.
Private Rodent: Connnkkkerrr, Nooooooooo!
- Sound Effect Bleep: In the remake, The Great Mighty Poo's song is bleeped with farts. Apparently, the words "twat" and "shit" are far too naughty for a rated-M game on the Xbox.
- Species Surname: Conker signs his name 'Conker T. Squirrel'. The T stands for The.
- Speech Bubble
- Split Personality: Carl/Quentin.
- Squashed Flat: This game puts a bloody twist on this trope. When Conker gets flattened, he bleeds in addition to being flattened in cartoon fashion.
- The Starscream: Ze Professor. He hates working under the Panther King and even implants a xenomorph egg inside of the king to kill him.
- The Stinger: We have the newly crowned, King Conker, stumble out of the bar just like in the beginning ...which is both a Here We Go Again moment and seemingly a Sequel Hook.
- Subverted Kids' Game
- Sudden Downer Ending: Conker kills the Xenomorph ripoff and becomes king, but Berri remains dead. Aside from this, Conkers royalty means absolutely nothing as he's surrounded by people he despises and his kingdom is full of morons. Conker turns to liquor to help, but it fails to, cementing that Conker literally now has nothing- no love, no future and nothing to dull the pain. As he becomes drunk, Conker wanders off, this time in the opposite direction.
- Sunglasses at Night: Conker wears them in the Heist chapter. (And they look pretty freakin' awesome!)
- Surrounded by Idiots: Conker after becoming king, and pretty much throughout the entire game.
- Talking Poo: The Great Mighty Poo. He's also an opera singer.
- Tank Goodness: By the final boss during the War Arc, you're given a tank to defeat them with. If you don't use it, you'll most certainly die instantly outside of it.
- Teeny Weenie: Buga the Knut's less than impressive tackle.
- After his boisterous claims of having the biggest bone. But he probably meant this literally, considering his weapon is a literal bone.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Conker seems to have a thing for taller women, given that he stands maybe up to his girlfriend Berri's kneecaps. But it truly becomes Huge Girl Tiny Guy when he meets Jugga, a literally gigantic cavewoman. However, it doesn't work out between them.
- Title Drop: See quote.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Don Weaso shoots Berri to death with a tommy gun for a few seconds. Her body is then sucked into space.
- Thrown Out The Air Lock: How you fight the final boss, in the style of Super Mario 64. Too bad it doesn't kill him, but fortunately, the game locks up just before you die in futility.
- Thong of Shielding: Jugga wears a loincloth made into a thong.
- Those Wacky Nazis: This is most likely the first time that Nazis are portrayed as teddy bears.
- Title Drop: Right in the intro when Conker starts to explain how he became King Of All The Lands, he says
"It all started yesterday. And what a day that was. It's what I call a Bad Fur Day."
- Toilet Humor: LOTS of it. An entire level dedicated to rolling balls of dung, with the linked boss being a huge singing mound of poo.
- Laughably Evil: The Fire Imps. "EHAHAHAH! I GOT PEE IN MY MOUTH! HEY, MISTER FURRRRRRY GUYYYYYYYYYY!!!"
- Unexpected Gameplay Change:
- Quite a few times, the first example being the lava boarding level. The War levels kinda came out of nowhere as well, turning the game into a shooter.
- If the Context Sensitive Button appears, be prepared for gameplay changes. What it changes into, that's another story.
- Unexplained Recovery: The mouse, who explodes from eating too much cheese early on in the game. He somehow returns fully healed, though badly scarred.
- The Unfought: The Panther King, and to a lesser extent, Don Weaso.
- Urine Trouble: Conker's main weapon when he's drunk is, you guessed it, his own urine.
- Vampire Vords: Count Batula's speech patterns are sprinkled with this.
- Valley Girl: Berri.
- Video Game Remake: By the time the Xbox remake was released, much of the parody was decidedly out of date, and the profanity was mostly censored - which is odd, considering the Mature rating and the fact that the uncensored track could be unlocked by playing through the game once. The game's multiplayer was also changed to be decidedly less, shall we say, good.
- To put in perspective: In the original, MP included Lava Boarding, 2 War levels (1 of which was an Assault map with a giant microwave sudden death), tank fighting (co-op if you wanted, 1 gunner 1 driver), and Dinosaurs vs Humans (every bit as awesome as it sounds, essentially 1 team captures the eggs and returns them to the frying pan at base, whereas the 1-3 dinosaurs on defence have to eat the humans, and the humans just have crossbows). The remake? Just some shooter levels, whilst good at the time for having an unlock system, were nowhere near the original's quality, almost becoming Quake with squirrels+Teddiez (which had very good AI but lacked online).
- Villain Song: The best one ever.
- Visual Pun: Seavor reveals in the developers' commentary that he gave the dung beetles Liverpudlian accents because they're beetles.
- Vulgar Humor: Among other things, there's swearing, Toilet Humor, and a mountain made from poo with the boss being a living pile of poo that sings opera.
- War Arc: And one that serves as what is probably the game's longest chapter.
- War Is Hell: What Conker realizes at the end of the It's War chapter.
- War Is Glorious.
- Weirdness Magnet: Conker. He doesn't go looking for any of the insanity the plot thrusts upon him, he just wants to get home.
- Wham Episode: More like a wham chapter combined with Player Punch which is actually on the final chapter. It starts out like a typical level based spoof. But after grabbing the money, it's revealed that the entire bank robbing was a setup, though not much of a whammer up until Don Weaso kills Berri with Conker finding out too late. And if that weren't enough, after a lengthy cutscene and boss battle, after the game freezes and Conker manipulates it enough to finally defeat the boss for good (via cutscene), Conker finally realizes he forgot to bring back Berri. And the kicker? He had a chance to save her during the game freeze, but didn't. And now he's turned out to be king of all the land, but as they say, "The Grass is Always Greener". How's that for a wham chapter?
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Conker somehow wanders from the bar to the place where he meets Birdy the Scarecrow after a night of heavy binge drinking, and spends the rest of the game trying to get home.
- What the Hell, Player?? Killing more than five allied NPCs in multiplayer war will cause them to turn on you and start attacking while yelling out insults. The opposing team will no longer attack you.
- Note that they will revert back to normal if you grab the flag. However, in an Arena mission this can mean that you get to take free potshots at the enemy without getting return fire.
- White Gloves: Conker wears them in the N64 version. Averted in the Live & Reloaded remake.
- Wicked Weasel: The weasels in the game are either members of the mob or bank security guards, both have connections to the Panther King, who rules over the weasels after he overthrew their old monarch. Weasel characters include Professor Von Kripplespac, Don Weaso, and the Panther King's two minions.
- Except, of course, for the musicians at the local bar!
- Wingding Eyes: Conker's dollar sign eyes whenever he sees money.
- Womb Level: Sort of. At one point you have to go through a living dinosaur statue idol... thing, with a large amount of green slime and multiple uvulas swinging back and forth. Although the only organic part is the slime; everything else is stone.
- You Can't Go Home Again: The plot in a nutshell.
- You Have Failed Me: Don Weaso won't hesitate to throw his soldiers into a river tied to a rock if they fail to rob the Federal Reserve Bank.
- Weaso is also first seen beating one of his own men to death with a baseball bat in a parody of The Untouchables.