Web Animation / asdfmovie

"I baked you a pie!"
"Oh boy, what flavor?"
*guitar riff*

The asdfmovies (pronounced "ass-duff-moo-vee") are a series of short, rapid-fire, surreal YouTube web cartoons produced by TomSka, partially adapting strips from asdfcomics, his webcomic. The skits are short, as are the movies overall, and the humour is random, but amusing in its own, strange way. If you can keep up. Or are similarly insane. You can see them all in this compilation if you haven't already.

    The Videos (Works in the Series in Bold

The short skits mean that knowing what's in them will spoil the (what can loosely be called) gags very easily, so we recommend you watch the movies before reading the trope list. It won't take long.

If you'd love to experience asdfmovie in a book form, you're in luck — Tom published an asdfbook called Art is Dead (named after a Bo Burnham song) consisting of over 100 comics of old and new jokes. It was released on 21 October 2015.

This series provides examples of:

  • Absurd Phobia: A guy in 8 is afraid of backstories. His psychologist asks when it started, and he begins to scream in terror.
  • Action Bomb:
    • Mine Turtle.
    • The man in the deleted scenes of 2 who got so upset over someone parking on his sandwich that he exploded.
    • The man named Steven in 9 who will explode if he stops singing. Unfortunately, someone had to stop and say hi.
    "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE. (boom)"
  • Actually, I Am Him: "I am your sandwich."
  • All Women Love Shoes: Even when they are chairs, women love shoes.
  • Ambiguously Gay: The ducks in the fifth movie.
    "I was just about to say that!
    "We are so in sync!"
  • Animate Inanimate Object: While it's never shown to move, the chair in the fourth movie can talk. It is female, by the way.
    • Also the evil tie and parking meter from the first movie.
    • Not to mention the door from the sixth movie.
  • Animation Bump: In the "I Like Trains" video: "I FEEL GREAT!"
  • Anthropomorphic Food: The potato.
    • There's also a cake in the first episode, who a guy cuts, but is unaware that the cake is alive. The cake then commits suicide by jumping off the table.
    • In the sixth episode, there is a burger that announces that it used to be a cow.
    • In the seventh and eighth episodes, a muffin who tries to get someone to eat him.
  • Anti Humour: The Pointless Button scene.
  • Apocalypse How: A deleted scene has a guy spilling a glass of milk. Somehow, the average-sized glass was able to hold enough milk to drown everyone.
  • April Fools' Day: The twenty minute movie was made and released two days before this day.
  • Are We There Yet?: In a deleted scene of asdfmovie2, an astronaut that keeps asking this question (presumably) annoys another astronaut so much that he just says yes and then leaves him outside the rocket, stranding him in space.
  • Armies Are Evil: The military in the sixth movie shoots down a magical flying pony for no reason other than being evil.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: The "You know who's gay?" guy turns out to have been this in Deleted Scenes
  • Artistic License – Paleontology: Parodied by the sauropod who calls himself a Stegosaurus.
  • Art Evolution: The first three installments were arguably stiff. From the fourth film on, the animation became more fluid and the characters more expressive.
  • Art Shift: The first four asdfmovies (and the "I LIKE TRAINS" music video) were each animated by completely different people, which resulted in a fair few somewhat noticeable aesthetic differences. However, from 6 onwards, all asdf-related media is handled by the same animator - Ben 'Wonchop' Smallman.
    • Most of the 'Drunk Science' backstory in the Mine Turtle song is drawn in a much different style, although this is more of a Continuity Nod; instead of playing off prior asdfmovie skits like the rest of the song, it refers to another TomSka video, done in a different style.
    • In-Universe, a character pulls a switch that causes the entire world to become coloured (and naked), causing an exaggerated freak-out moment.
  • Ascended Extra: The music videos tend to do this for whoever they're about, taking a one note punchline character (the I Like Trains Kid, Mine Turtle and the Do The Flop Guy so far) and giving them a backstory.
  • Ax-Crazy: People fire off guns, attack each other and summon random large objects with complete abandon.
  • Badass Adorable: The Mine Turtle. Cute as a button, but will blow you up if you step on him.
  • Badass Baritone:
    • The potato, during his brief bout of badassery in the second movie.
    • Also the big baby in movie 8, who happens to be voiced by the sultry-voiced Markiplier.
  • Bait and Switch: A guy is asked to hold a live bomb. The guy who gave him the bomb comes back a few seconds later and takes it back. No explosion, next skit. In fact, the frame before the scene transition contains a flash bug, causing the fuse to grow back.
    • "This is a robbery." *dramatic sting and close-up* *hangs up and walks away*. Next skit.
    • "WARNING POINTLESS BUTTON" is pointless.
    • In 8, a magician asks a boy, "Would you like to see a magic trick?". The boy, with a smile on his face, says... "No."
    • Also in 8:
      Narrator: And now, a cow pretending to be a man.
      Guy 1: Alan, are you a cow?
      Alan: What? No!
      Cow Pretending To Be A Man: Yeah, me neither. You want to go skateboards?
    • In the fifth movie, a man is seen going up to the edge of a cliff. When he gets right to the end, he floats away.
    • Girl 1: Hey, you want to play catch the knife?
      Girl 2: Sure! *gets shot in the face*
      Girl 1: Man, I suck at this game.
    • Since asdfmovie is a comedy series, we have a Banana Peel lying around in 9. And then a banana appears, shocked.
    • Bait-and-Switch Comment: "Hey babe. Are you an angel? Because I'm allergic to feathers."
  • Bears are Bad News: Invoked in the sixth movie.
    • Averted with Desmond, the moon bear.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: From number four, both the boy who wants to be a pie and the girl who wants to go to the moon.
    • And the time-traveler, who gets stepped on by a "Stegosaurus" upon arrival.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: The trumpeter in the sixth movie.
  • Big "NO!":
    • "No, llama, NOOOOOO!"
    • "Die Potato!" "Nooooooooooooo!"
    • "Oh no, I spilled my milk!" "You've killed us all!" "NOOOOOOOOOO—(drowns)"
    • "Billy, nooo!!!"
      • "Billy, nein!!!"
    • "Oh, NOOOOO--" is quite appropriate just before punching yourself in the face because it's Opposite Day.
      • As well as when someone steps forward for his part in a barbershop quartet and hears a click, followed by 'Hello!'.
    • "I'm going to punch your face... in the face." "NOOOO—(zoom to face within face)—OOOOO!"
    • "Oh no, giant flying sheep!" "...Those are clouds." "NOOOOOOOO!"
  • Big "YES!": In a deleted scene of 2.
    Astronaut 1: Are We There Yet?
    Astronaut 2: (sigh) Yes.
    Astronaut 1: Yaaaa—(cut to him left outside the rocket)—aaaaay! Aw, crap.
  • Black Comedy: A lot of the jokes deal with death or violence in some way, often involving suicide.
    • The seventh movie has a lot more of this in comparison to the previous six.
    • Likewise, 9 has a noticeably large amount of this:
    "Jimmy, take out the dog"
    "Yes, mother." *YELP!*
    "...for a walk, Jimmy!"
  • The Blank: ASDF Movie 4: "Well, I stole your face!"
  • Blatant Lies: Also doubles as Bad Liar. The puppy in six.
    "Oh, careful, honey; he [the dog] has a knife!"
    "What? No, no I don't."
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • Tree powers, activate!
    • Invisible Billy. Playing catch with him using a frisbee is difficult (and quite lethal), to say the least.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Especially when a character gets shot in the face. Almost everything is in black and white, even flames, but blood is made red anyway.
  • Boom, Headshot:
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The very end of asdfmovie9; after a rather dark joke is made, the recipient of the joke laughs briefly before the camera zooms in on his face at which point he looks directly at the viewer and sternly says "Comedy."
  • Breakout Character: Lots of these. Tom has even gone on record as saying that he enjoys creating at least one consistent character for each episode (where the skits typically adhere to Negative Continuity) to see if they'll stoke interest with the fans.
    • Following his debut in the second movie, the "I Like Trains" kid was apparently liked enough to show up in the third movie as well as in taking a starring in Lil Deuce Deuce's "I Like Trains" music video. There was even a fad around about the time of the fourth movie where various You Tubers twisted around the wording of the original phrasing.
  • Brick Joke: Let's just say that if there's an original joke, it'll show up again in another episode with a new twist on it.
    • In the second movie:
      • The "I Like Trains" kid says "I like trains." to his dad. It runs over someone else instead in the next skit.
      • Desmond the Moonbear is questioning why he's on the moon. In the seventh he succumbed to the uninhabitable surface on the moon.
      • A driving llama falls off a cliff. In the fifth movie, it lands on someone.
    • In the third movie, a guy named Joey climbs into a friend's mouth. In the fourth movie, he crawls out.
    • In the fourth movie:
      • the newspaper headline says the potato died.
      • A piano lands on someone. In the fifth movie, someone lands on a piano.
    • In the fifth movie, a kid wonders if his pony can fly, which it does. In the sixth movie, the pony is spotted and shot down by some gunmen. In the Deleted Scenes, the slain pony's head falls on a man, who says "I LOVE IT!" while giving a thumbs up.
  • The Bus Came Back: The "I Like Trains" Kid in 9, although in a phone call rather than in person.
  • Call Back:
    • All over the place in the Mine Turtle music video.
    • The "Stegosaurus" returns in the deleted scenes.
    • The I Like Trains Kid returns in asdfmovie9, via a call.note 
  • The Cameo:
  • Carnivore Confusion: Inverted. The muffin from episode 7 wants to be eaten, but none of the people he meets want to eat him.
  • Centipede's Dilemma: One man is told to not think about cats. He immediately begins spewing cats from his mouth.
  • Character Level: *punches a random guy in the face* LEVEL UP!
  • Chest Burster: "Hey guy, hey, smell my flower."
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The Breakout Character "I Like Trains" kid disappears after the third movie. Enforced, as his voice actor Edd Gould passed away, and presumably The Character Died with Him. He's made cameo appearances since though, which are either voiceless or use archived audio.
    • The potato from the "Die Potato" skits, a recurring skit in the first 3 movies, is absent from the fourth movie onward.
      • Killed Off for Real: If you look closely at the newspaper the man's reading in the fourth movie, the headline story reads "Potato Found Dead". Meaning someone finally did kill him.
  • Cloudcuckooland: All of the characters are completely out of touch with the reality we know. For good reason.
  • Comedic Sociopathy
  • Continuity Cavalcade: The Mine Turtle song.
  • Cool Shades: The potato in the second movie, as well as the "I Like Trains" kid in the I Like Trains song. Additionally, the "Do the Flop" guy.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Vibrant, whimsical, erratic, and casually murderous are all fitting descriptors.
  • Creator Cameo: Twice in Mine Turtle: two versions of Ridgewell appear - his Eddsworld Author Avatar (as a sphinx in one of turtle's photos) and the "realistic" version, which created the first Mine Turtle.
  • Creepy Child: The "I Like Trains" kid.
  • Cuteness Overload: "I'm allergic to adorableness!"
  • Dance Sensation: "Everybody do the FLOP!" (thud)
    • A ten-minute video was made out of this two-second gag.
      • Then there was a fan-made "Real Life" version.
  • Darker and Edgier: asdfmovie7 stands out as being the darkest entry in the series by far; notably, there's a lot more jokes involving death and suicide. Doesn't stop it from being over-the-top and silly though.
    • while it is no asdfmovie7, asdfmovie9 is markedly darker than asdfmovie8; while it has nowhere the amount of jokes about suicide, it amps up the Black Comedy to the point it stands firmly as the second darkest asdfmovie.
  • Death Seeker: The muffin in asdfmovie 7 and 8. And he looks so happy about it!
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "POINTLESS BUTTON: Warning, pointless"
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Other than the occasional Splash of Color. Lampshaded in episode 7 when the characters turn on the color and are freaked out by it for the rest of the video, presumably because everyone's naked.
  • Depth Deception:
    • In asdfmovie 4, that kid trying to grab a ball thrown at him isn't standing far away. He's just really small. And gets squished under the ball.
    • One deleted asdfmovie9 gag showed two people looking at a paper airplane...that promptly flew down and crushed them both (judging by the splattery blood trails).
  • Deranged Animation
  • Disappeared Dad: The final joke of asdfmovie9.
    Person 1: "Hey! Wanna see an impression of my dad?"
    Person 2: Sure.
    (Person 1 is suddenly gone)
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • "Now, son, don't touch that cactus!" *kid levitates and attaches himself to the cactus* "YOU'RE DEAD TO ME."
    • "Honey, why is the baby on fire?" "BUY ME MORE JEWELRY!"
    • "BANANA FIGHT!" (gunshot) "NO!"
    • "Do you know who's gay? You." (stabbed in the chest) "Aw, come on!"
      • "Do you know who's gay? Y— *Hit by a train*
    • "Nice hat." "Thanks!" "I was being sarcastic." "Well, I stole your face!" *Man grabs his face to find out it is indeed gone*
    • Inverted: "ALIEN ATTACK!!!" "Throw the CHEEEEEESE!!!!!"
    • "Hey, it says 'Gullible' on the ceiling." "... Oh, so it doe— Aww, ye stole my lungs."
    • "Got your nose!" *Door kicked down* "LOOK OUT!!! HES GOT A NOSE!!!!" *Bangbangbangbangbang*
  • Dissonant Serenity: In the deleted scenes, the guy turning the jack-in-the-box in the middle of a murder scene with several bloody corpses strewn about.
  • Don't Try This at Home: At the end of the Ritalin'd movie.
  • The Door Slams You:
    "Knock knock!"
    "Who's there?"
    "THE DOOR!"
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: "Die, potato!" (click) "NOT TODAY."
  • Driven to Suicide: "Goodbye, world." "World: "Okay, Jim, I'll see you around! Where ya goi-AWW OH NO! Aw that's not what I thought he meant by that at all!"
    • The cake in the first one throws himself off of the table in front of his 2 little cupcakes.
    • "Quick, shoot me in the face!" *headshot*
    • "You'll never take me alive!", *trumpet sound*
    • "Wanna eat a muffin?" "No thanks." "But I wanna die!"
    • Every second skit in asdfmovie7 is related to suicide in some way.
  • Dull Surprise: Two guys standing around. One guy crawls out of someone from the previous movie, with another guy watching.
    Other guy: "Oh."
    • A guy walks off a ledge only to fall upward...
      Guy: Oh, okay.
    • Yet another guy wonders whether his pony can fly. It can.
      Guy: Huh.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first three films had significantly slower pacing, stiffer animation and at least one skit that went on longer than five seconds, all of which greatly improved by the fourth one.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The "Mine Turtle" music video ends with the Earth exploding because of the Mine Turtles.
  • Edible Ammunition: "THROW THE CHEEEEEESE!!!'" It doesn't work.

"Do you ever get tired of being random?"
"Me neither."

Alternative Title(s): ASDF Movie