Web Animation: asdfmovie

aka: 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 Tom Ska, 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 is publishing an asdfbook called Art is Dead (named after a Bo Burnham song) consisting of over 100 comics of old and new jokes. It's due to release at the end of 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
    • "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!"
  • 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 the dog out"
    "Yes, mother." *BANG!*
    "...for a walk, Jimmy!"
  • The Blank: ASDF Movie 4: "Well, I stole your face!"
  • Blatant Lies: 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!
  • 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 LIKE 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 absolutely insane.
  • 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 sociopathic are all fitting adjectives.
  • 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: asdfmovie 7 has much more dark humor than the previous entries. Doesn't stop it from being over-the-top and silly though.
  • 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.
  • Edible Ammunition: "THROW THE CHEEEEEESE!!!'" it doesn't work.
    • Earlier in the video, one guy declares a "banana fight" before being shot in the head.
  • Everything's Better With Dinosa-*stomped* "I AM A STEG-O-SAURUS!"
    • This particular skit is repeated in the Mine Turtle music video, resulting in the "Stegosaurus" being blown up by the Mine Turtle. Then a whole army of Mine Turtles comes out of the time machine, leading to a hilarious instance of Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs.
  • Everything's Better with Llamas: Though trying to teach one to drive may not be the best of ideas...
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: "Doctor, I think I might be a homosexual." "How can you tell?" "RAAAINBOOOOOWS"
    • "Doing an internet" makes a rainbow come out of the computer.
    • The trains in "I Like Trains" produce rainbows.
  • Evil Laugh: From the evil tie.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Pointless Button.
  • Eye Scream: In 6, a man is told carrots are good for ones' eyesight. He jams carrots into his eyes.
  • Facepalm: More like no-face palm.
  • Failed a Spot Check: "Hey, guys, check out my new camera." *headshot* "Oh, wait, this isn't a camera."
  • Finger Gun: This is how the kid in the fourth movie mugs the mugger.
  • Flying Saucer: Which gets cheese thrown at it.
  • Follow the Leader: asdf in Real Life, asdf in LEGO, asdf in Minecraft, asdf in Happy Wheels, asdf in Modern Warfare 3, asdf in Black Ops 2. All of them play the audio of one or multiple of the asdf videos and attempt to get them to look as close to possible as the original. They meet with varying degrees of success. It got a point where they made a website with all the best remakes and remixes of the various videos and spin-offs.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • In the trailer for the fifth movie, Tom's dog's dog tag briefly shows the face of the "I Like Trains" kid before switching to "TOM'S DOG"
    • In the third movie's skit with the bomb, the fuse goes back to its original height for a single frame at the end, though this is most likely just a Blooper (as it doesn't seem to happen in the Newgrounds version). invoked
    • In the 5th movie, right before the car lands on the guy next to Mine Turtle, you can see a smile on his face for a SPLIT second.
    • The guys who do the flop frown as they fall to the ground.
    • A potato appears by the dragon in the I Like Skyrims video after the dragonborn Ersatz summoned a train with his shout.
    • During the "Everybody Do the Flop" music video, a newspaper featuring the Flop mentions an "Increase in Standing Up School Dropouts".
  • French Jerk: He won't run out of muffins. He works at the muffin factory.
  • Fundamentally Funny Fruit: Suddenly, Pineapples!
  • Genius Loci: The Earth in asdfmovie3, the Moon in asdfmovie5, Saturn and the Sun in asdfmovie7, and the Sun again in the deleted scenes.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: Courtesy of the "Stegosaurus."
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: In the third music video, The Do The Flop Guy's dance craze starts to go downhill when someone does the flop onto a Mine Turtle, and it only worse from there. Turns out that falling flat onto your face can be bad for your health.
  • Gratuitous German: The fourth movie was made in German... on an English only channel just because.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Two in the third one, namely "I AM PUNCHING YOUR SALAD!" and "YOU'RE DEAD TO ME!".
    • Plus one more at the beginning of the sixth one.
  • His Name Really Is Barkeep: Do The Flop Guy's real name is revealed to be Dougal Flopguy in the third music video.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hilarious combination of Opposite Day and Big "NO!" in the fifth movie.
  • Hollywood Silencer: Jimmy, from the beginning of 9, uses a pistol with one to take out the dog.
  • Homosexual Reproduction: One of two potential punchlines in 9, where a woman excitedly tells her lover that she's pregnant. We then learn that her lover is a woman, who is understandably confused.
  • Hugh Mann: The Cow Pretending to be a Man in 8. His "disguise" consists of a hat and a skateboard.
  • I Fell for Hours: The driving llama from asdfmovie 2 had been falling for years before showing up in #5.
  • I Have a Family: "AHHH! Why would you do this? I have a wife and family!"
  • I Have No Son: "Now, son, don't touch that cactus." *son levitates and attaches himself to the cactus* ''YOU'RE DEAD TO ME."
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The guy in asdfmovie9 who asks "Are you gonna eat that?" and points at something..with the next shot showing that he's pointing at a baby.
    • Considering that she responds with "No, you can have it.", she may be one as well.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In asdfmovie9, a man getting ready to do a pole vault gets randomly impaled by a jousting knight right before he lifts off the ground.
  • Implausible Deniability: A talking dog claims that he isn't holding a knife. Said knife Sticks to the Back and is not covered in any way. Bonus points for the dog being a Bad Liar.
  • Impossible Thief: "I stole your face!"
    • "Aww, ye stole my lungs."
  • Improbable Weapon User: THROW THE CHEEEEEEEESE!
  • Infant Immortality: Seemingly averted: "Honey, why is the baby on fire?" but actually played straight in that the baby suffers no ill effects and actually smiles whilst still being on fire.
    • No One Could Survive That: Some kids seem indestructible; to wit the "I Like Trains" kid and his assumed Spiritual Successor the airplane baby. (Then again, they could be asdf's version of Kenny.)
    • Averted with the girl drawing a bear... on a real bear. (CHOMP)
    • The girl who jaywalks.
  • I Resemble That Remark: Two characters try to hold an intervention for Larry who keeps snapping people's necks without realizing it. He denies having such a problem then snaps their necks too.
  • Is There a Doctor in the House?: In the sixth movie, when a guy standing beside someone lying on the ground and choking:
    Guy: Is anybody here a doctor?
    Doctor: I am!
    Guy: Well you're a nerd! *high-fives choking guy*
  • I Thought It Meant: The opening skit of the ninth movie has a mom asking her son to take out the dog, to which the son obliges...with a gun. And it's only after this that the mom rewords herself. ("For a walk, Jimmy.")
  • It Only Works Once: Throwing cheese at a Flying Saucer causes an explosion in the twenty minute movie but has no noticeable effect in the fourth movie.
  • Jerkass: Marmite
  • Killed Mid-Sentence:
    • "You know who's gay? Y-" *run over by a train*
    • "It worked! My time machine wor-" *crushed by a dinosaur*
  • "Knock Knock" Joke:
    Door: Knock Knock!
    Guy: Who's there?
    Door: The door!
    • In asdfmovie8:
    Reflection: Knock knock!
    Guy: Who's there?
    Reflection: A mirror!
    Guy: I am lonely.
  • Mine Turtle Goes Click: "Hello! :D" *BOOM!*
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others:
    Girl: I like singing!
    Boy: I like dancing!
    "I Like Trains" kid: I like trains.
  • Let's Meet the Meat:
    • From asdfmovie6:
    Off-screen voice: Hello, burger!
    Burger: I used to be a cow!
    Off-screen voice: Oh.
    • Non-meat example in 7, but it's still a suicidal muffin asking to be eaten.
  • Literal Genie: The twenty minute movie provides a meta-example, as rather than being 20 minutes long, it was made in 20 minutes — the commenter who inspired it said to make one for 20 minutes, after all.
  • Literal-Minded: One character is told carrots are good for one's eyesight. He tries to test it by jamming two large carrots into his eye-sockets.
    • One guy tells another to turn his frown upside-down. He does...along with the rest of his head.
      • But he was smiling when he did that, so...
  • Made of Explodium: The Mine Turtle.
  • Made of Plasticine: Invisible Billy is sliced by a mere frisbee.
  • Major Injury Underreaction:
    • You'd think that being asked to hold a knife and then getting stabbed by said knife would elicit a less silent reaction.
    • In 9, a kid asks a pregnant mother if her child can "come out to play". The baby casually bursts out through the mom's stomach, and no one thinks anything wrong about it.
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: About 99% of the jokes are this.
  • Man on Fire:
  • Megaton Kick: "When I grow up, I wanna go to the moon!" "Why wait?"
  • Moment Killer: The Moon in the fifth movie.
  • Mood Whiplash: "I'm allergic to adorableness!" *Kitten lands on face* "Awwwwww." *Cut to his tombstone*
  • Mugging the Monster: In the fourth movie.
    "You're getting mugged, kid."
    "No, you're getting mugged."
    • The kid mugs the mugger with only his fingers. The mugger lampshades it despite throwing his hands in the air and shaking with fear:
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The Series.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The cake segment. Complete with a Big "NO!" at the end.
  • Naked People Are Funny: An Art Shift gag in 7 reveals every single person so far has been naked this whole time, the monochromatic art style just didn't make it obvious.
  • Neck Snap:
  • Never Learned to Read: "Ahaha, I can't read."
  • Nice Hat: "Thanks." "I was being sarcastic." "Well I stole your face."
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the seventh movie, when some people are trying to stop somebody from jumping off the building, the flop guy from the sixth movie comes in and does his dance. Everybody flops including the one from the building.
  • Nightmare Face:
    • "YOU'RE DEAD TO ME."
  • No Name Given: There usually isn't enough time.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Marmite.
  • Obliviously Evil: Larry, who keeps breaking people's necks, and doesn't even know he's doing it.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Played with.
    "And now: the funniest thing you've ever seen, from really far away."
  • Opposite Day: In the fifth movie, a bully goes to punch another guy in the face, but when reminded of what day it is, the bully shouts "OH NOOO—" as he punches himself in the face.
  • Organ Theft: Lungs, specifically. Also a face was stolen in the fourth movie..
  • Orphaned Punchline: The funniest thing you've ever seen, from really far away. The first line is almost impossible to hear properly, the rest of it is much clearer.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The cow.
  • Parental Abandonment: "I think we should just be friends." (beat) "Mother..."
  • Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs: Played for Laughs in the Mine Turtle music video; see Everything's Better with Dinosaurs.
  • Piano Drop: "Whose idea was this?!"
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The butterfly in the ninth movie that lifts a girl up by her finger and takes her away.
    "She's mine now, John."
  • Pokémon Speak: The "I Like Trains" kid usually only ever says... well, guess.
  • Properly Paranoid: "My tie is evil and it's going to kill meeeeeeee..."
  • Rail Enthusiast: The "I Like Trains" kid.
  • Rapid Aging: The kid's birthday present is got older to turn an elder.
    First Person: Hey, what did you get for your birthday
    Second Person: I got...older!
    First Person: (Laughs)
    Second Person: (Quickly turns elderly)
    First Person: AAAAAAAAAAH- That is weird...
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Especially with skits lasting several seconds on average.
  • Reactive Continuous Scream: The guy whose face got punched in the face. He starts screaming, and it zooms in to his face, who is also screaming but at a higher pitch.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Desmond the Moon Bear is seen again in episode 7. He's dead. No air on the moon, you know.
    • In the fourth episode, aliens attack. A onlooker heroically yells, "Throw! The! CHEESE!" He throws a ton of cheese... and it all just bounces off the spaceship.
  • Recursive Reality:
    • "I'm gonna punch your face... in the face!"
    • "I baked you a pie!" "Oh boy! What flavor?!" "PIE FLAVOR."
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Mine Turtle.
  • Rule of Three: A notable trait in the videos, starting with the "I like trains" kid. These gags appear early in the movie, typically to introduce the character, again towards the middle, and then at the very end to lead into the credits. Sometimes they will make an appearance in the next movie (or movies) as well. Examples include the "I Like Trains" kid, the mine turtle, the suicidal muffin, and the skateboarding cow pretending to be a man.
  • Running Gag:
    "You guys want to go skateboards?"
  • Schmuck Bait: The "Pointless Button". It does absolutely nothing.
  • The Scottish Trope / Speak of the Devil:
    • "I like trains."
    • "Piano!" *Piano Drop* "Whose idea was this?!"
  • Serial Killer: Larry, who keeps snapping people's necks without realizing it. When two characters try to hold an intervention for him, he denies having such a problem then snaps their necks too.
  • Shaped Like Itself:
    • "PIE FLAVOUR!!!"
    • "I'm gonna punch your face! IN THE FACE." The victim turns out to have a tiny face on his face.
  • Shipper on Deck: The Moon in asdfmovie 5.
    "Hey! You two should kiss!"
  • Shoot the Dog: Literally! The 9th movie opens with a boy misinterpreting his mother's request to "take out the dog".
    "...for a walk, Jimmy!"
  • Shout-Out:
    • One of the people shown doing the Flop in the EVERYBODY DO THE FLOP music video is a LEGO Minifig with a shirt reading "I ♥ Chase McCain".
    • "Honey, why is the baby on fire?" "BUY ME MORE JEWELRY!" from ASDF 3 is a reference to The Sims.
    • Tom's asdf-comic book Art is Dead is named after a Bo Burnham song.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender:
    • "When I grow up I want to go to the moon!" "Why wait?"
    • Many of asdfmovie 7's gags involve women and death.
  • Something Completely Different: "And now, Ducks."
  • Spiritual Successor: To the Eddsworld videos Tom's Tales Of Awesome, Edd's tales of Boredom, and Tom's Tales of Brilliance. Tom even admitted it on Eddsworld's twitter.
  • Splash of Colour:
    • Apart from blood, rainbows, and Marmite, and the Evil Tie flash, everything is black and white.
    • The Stylistic Suck-filled THE TWENTY MINUTE ASDFMOVIE]] has foodstuffs colored in.
  • Spontaneous Choreography: "Everybody do The Flop!"
  • Staging an Intervention: Two characters try to hold an intervention for Larry who keeps snapping people's necks without realizing it. He he denies having such a problem then snaps their necks too.
  • Staircase Tumble: In the ninth movie...until it's revealed that the person's falling up the stairs.
    • "Hey, Bobby! Play that one about falling down the stairs!"
  • Standard '50s Father: The "I Like Trains" kid has one.
    • Apparently so does the little girl in the sixth movie.
  • Stealth Pun: In the sixth film, the kid doesn't say it, but he likes planes.
  • The Stinger: "You ever get tired of being random?" *Beat* "Me neither."
  • Stuff Blowing Up: All over the Mine Turtle music video. Justified because, you know, Mine Turtles.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: Everybody do the flop!
  • Stylistic Suck: The Ritalin'd and twenty minute movies.
  • Subverted Trope: A lot of the humor is derived by doing the complete opposite/something different than what you're expecting to see. Also, the second and third movie repeat and subvert some earlier skits.
    • Two women prepare to play "Catch the Knife." The first woman shoots the other instead.
  • Suicide by Cop: "Quick! Shoot me in the face!"
  • Superdickery: "Save me, Superguy!" "No." "You're a diiiick!" *splat*
  • Surreal Humor: Tons.
  • Take a Third Option:
    Drill Sergeant Nasty: "What are you, a man, or a mouse!?"
  • Take That: Deleted Scenes features a nasty one towards The Annoying Orange.
    Father watching son making an orange and an apple talk: Well, we failed. (cocks shotgun) Don't look, honey.
  • Talking Animal: Mine Turtle. The ducks are a more unusual case; when one of them quacks, the other remarks (in English) how he was just about to say the same thing.
    • The cow pretending to be a man.
  • There Can Only Be One: Unless you like dying from getting stabbed in the chest, don't say your boyfriend said you were the most beautiful girl in the world.
  • There Was a Door: The Trains from the "I Like Trains" kid. Justified because, well, they're trains.
  • They Called Me Mad! / Mad Scientist: They said he could never teach a llama to drive. He probably should have listened.
    • Tom, who created the Mine Turtle.
  • They Killed Kenny Again:
    • Every time The "I Like Trains" Kid appears, he or someone near him gets hit by a train.
    • The Mine Turtle blows up in all but one of the skits it's in. It's implied in the song that there is more than one Mine Turtle.
    • Either The "Die, Potato" Guy, the Potato, or both die in all of their skits.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: In asdfmovie9.
    "Are you hungry?"
    "No, I'm crazy!"
    (crazy person is staring at cactus with hamburger balanced on it)
  • Too Dumb to Live: Billy. He baked himself into being a pie ("I want to be a pie").
  • Train Song: The "I Like Trains" song, though it's about the "I Like Trains" kid rather than the trains themselves.
  • Trigger Happy: Everybody.
  • Tuckerization: The Mine Turtle was apparently invented by a man named Tom.
  • (Mine) Turtle Power: Technically, he's a tortoise.
  • Unfortunate Names: In asdfmovie9, a girl tells his dad that she's hungry, to which the dad replies with "Hi hungry, I'm dad", a typical "dad joke"...until it's shown that the girl actually is named Hungry.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "holy shirt!", as seen in the end of asdfmovie deleted scenes.
  • Verbal Tic Name: Presumably the "I Like Trains" kid.
  • Visual Pun: From asdfmovie6.
    Mom: Here comes the airplane!
    Boy: *opens mouth*
    * airplane lands on house*
    • The "asdfmovie Song" video sometimes quickly flashed corresponding pictures of a cow and a bell, as well as a karate kid and a drum (karate kick).
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: "Doctor, I think I might be a homosexual." "How can you tell?" "RAAAINBOOOOOWS"
    • "Quick! Don't think about cats!" (BLARRRRGH)
    • "Hey, are you an angel? Because I'm allergic to feathers." *pukes in the girl's face*
  • The Walrus Was Paul
  • Weaksauce Weakness: "I'm allergic to adorableness!"
  • Weird Moon: "HEY, YOU TWO SHOULD KISS!!!"
  • Wham Line: In asdfmovie9.
    "I think we should just be friends."
  • What Does This Button Do?:
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?:
    Lady: "Somebody help me, I'm being robbed!!"
    T-Man: "I'll save you! Tree powers activate!!" *turns into a tree*
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: "Whose idea was this?!"
  • Yandere: Don't say your boyfriend said you were the most beautiful girl in the world...

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

Alternative Title(s):

ASDF Movie