Klay World is a series of stop-motion claymation videos by Robert Benfer (AKA Knox). They showcase a group of clay people (usually blue, but other colors aren't uncommon) and their antics atop the table that is their world. It's generally regarded as the codifier of internet claymation comedy, and most subsequent similar works tend to follow the same pattern.There's usually at least one death per episode. At most, it numbers in the tens. Some of the earlier ones were pretty graphic, giving the Klaymen internal organs that spilled out when they got ripped in half. The later ones toned it down a notch, but you still shouldn't watch if you're really squeamish.Has a straight-to-DVD film.
This series provides examples of:
Aborted Arc: The Rodent, which was intended to be a follow-up to Off The Table.
Art Evolution: Benfer's original animations from 2003 had crudely made characters, were shot with a cheap webcam, and were recorded with a cheap microphone. As his videos became more and more popular, he invested more time and money into better equipment and his clay sculpting skills greatly improved.
The Artifact: Robert Benfer almost never refers to himself by his old pseudonym (Knox) anymore and prefers using his real name. His old website "Knox's Korner" was replaced with "The Benfer" his YouTube channel kept the name "KnoxsKorner1" up until the finale was released. Now it's been replaced with his name "Robert Benfer"
Back for the Finale: Henry, the Armless Guy and the Long Arm Guy, who is revealed to be named Chester.
Big Bad: In KlayWorld: Off The Table, King Womp is this.
In the six-part series "Knox's Klay World", this role is played by a "monster" ( portrayed by a Xenomorph action figure). In a fun bit of fourth-wall breakage, a Klayman explains exactly why the Monster is such a problem:
Klayman 1: Wait, why is this a problem? Klay people die all the time.
Klayman 2: Yeah, but... Y'know how, when the animation's over and the replay button pops up, the dying usually stops? Well, the thing about the Monster is, he keeps on killing after the animation's over.
A helpful "KILLING DURING ANIMATION: GOOD/KILLING AFTER ANIMATION: BAD" diagram even pops onscreen.
In the finale All Gone, it is Doctor Bob of all klaypeople. He reveals to Chip that he was the first klayperson, and the creator of Klay World, but now that he has become bored of watching Klaypeople dying and rebuilding them, he decides to incite one last brawl among the klaypeople, but not rebuild or repair them after it is over, essentially destroying Klay World.
Blue and Orange Morality: There isn't much in the way of "morals" in this world, but apparently doing a dance known as "The Funky Chicken" in public warrants the death penalty.
Body Horror: There's an extended ending to "Trapper" which reveals that the unseen thing that bit the surviving Klayman's hand off at the beginning was a hot dog, and his arm has now also transformed into one that seems to act independently and possibly gain control over his body.
Card-Carrying Villain: The Murderer, Grenade Gregory, and The Trapper don't seem to have much justification for their crimes, although it's implied that they don't know any better.
Continuity Nod: A Red and a Green Clayman appear in a later episode, mentioning that they are the only two left, which leads to several flashbacks to scenes from previous episodes of Red and Green Claymen being killed.
The series finale, All Gone, has references to older Klay World episodes as well as the movie.
Not to mention that in addition to all the cameos, it is revealed or at least implied that Dr. Bob was behind several calamities, which include casually handing out guns to Henry, the murderer, trigger happy cops, the crooks involved with the bank robbery; setting up the pancake mines, somehow contaminating the tainted beverages in "Poison Juice", and the spontaneous explosion at the end of "A Nice Day" (because he didn't want things to start getting normal).
Creepy Cute: It's hard to decide if those talking hot dogs are adorable or terrifying.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Related to the Murderer, who is a recurring plot element (plot?!) in a few later animations. In this video, three Klaymen use the murderer's Catch Phrase ("I'm a murderer!" said in a delighted tone) to identify him. Then they shoot him.
Deadly Doctor: Dr. Bob tries to help, but his remedies are often less-than effective.
Diabolus ex Machina: Though you don't normally see a potential "Happy Ending", there are several cases where one of the Klayman involved manages to survive the episode, only for something to come out of nowhere and kill him just before it ends. In older episodes this role was often filled by the Murderer (who would show up out of nowhere and shoot everybody on screen). Later you get episodes like "Jetpack" where everything seems fine until the giant Klayman shows up and kills everyone while the scene is fading out.
Driven to Suicide: Hotdog Job features a hapless hotdog vendor whose hotdogs are so bad, it causes the two claymen who try them to jump off a cliff in despair.
Every Body Lives: There's one or two episodes out of the couple hundred where no one dies.
Played with in one episode which centered on a Klayman doing a dance known as the "Funky Chicken" in public before being unexpectedly arrested. There are none of the gruesome deaths you would typically see in a Klay World episode, but in the last few seconds the officer states that the Klayman he just arrested is getting the death penalty.
Face-Heel Turn: Dr. Bob in the series finale. Rick also makes one in the movie. Finally, Marv turns against Pick, Rick and Chip after they escape, since he would like the idea of being the last klayman alive.
Fantastic Racism: ... Well, sort of. There was a two-part animation involving the green and red Klaymen trying to join the blues' Klay City (which apparently exists, never being spoken of before or since) and getting excluded violently.
Hoist by His Own Petard: The Trapper gets killed by one of his own traps. Grenade Gregory is blown up by his own grenades. And the Murderer is... murdered.
Insane Troll Logic: The Trapper tries to get someone to stand on a big X because "X is only a one letter word." It very nearly works.
Kill 'em All: In Klay World: Off the Table, 95% of the cast dies. In All Gone, the series finale, Chip is the only Klayman left.
Killedofffor Real: In the movie, Mr. Black, Smiling Gary, the Aliens, one of the Caveman, a News Anchor, and the ax guy. (Marv, the long-armed guy, Vince, the armless guy, and Rick were killed in the movie, but reappeared in the series.)
Everyone in All Gone, except for Chip, who is the only survivor. Although it is very likely he revives everyone.
Lethal Chef: The Hot Dog Vendor's hot dogs are so bad that his customers keep committing suicide upon eating them just to get the horrible taste out of their mouths. It gets even worse later on when he accidentally causes his hot dogs to come to life and start attacking people, though according to "All Gone" Dr. Bob may have had a role in it.
And according to the finale, not many klaypeople actully realise that they are made of clay.
Mouse World: Klayworld is actually just a table in some guy's bedroom. Every now and then a human hand shows up, so there are humans. And The Movie was entirely about them leaving the table and exploring the outside.
Noodle Implements: There's a few episodes that open with Klaymen playing really strange games which we're left to imagine the rules of. A good example would be the "game" where three Klaymen each throw a different colored block on the ground and the spectators all bet on which one will win. Apparently red somehow "won" even though all three blocks remained stationary after being tossed.
"Funny Sticks" apparently involves shoving pointy sticks into someone's body, but apparently there's a way the person being stabbed can win. Also we never do find out where the apples come in.
Planetville: Klayworld is actually just a table in a guy's bedroom. Their idea of space travel is simply visiting other tables in other houses. It doesn't work out too well.
Offscreen Inertia: Taken to an extreme in some of the last episodes before "All Gone" when a failed bank robbery somehow results in a two-person Mexican Stand Off between a police officer and one of the robbers. Several of the episodes following this one showed both Klaymen still in the same position. "All Gone" revealed that both of them eventually starved to death.
Only Sane Man: Chip, in Off the Table, is one of the first Klaymen to be introduced who isn't mind-numbingly stupid or a complete sociopath (He's still whiny and irrational at times though). He frequently laments the idiocy of the other Klaymen.
In the finale, Chip is the sole survivor after everything finally ends and Klay World is destroyed (Read: The table is flipped over), and vows to rebuild Klayworld as the smarter and less violent Clayworld.
Police Are Useless: One officer did nothing as a Klayman was being kidnapped because he was entranced by a shoe. The police are also frequently shown as trigger-happy and irate.
Put on a Bus: Green and red klaymen were often seen accompanying the iconic blue klaymen in the 2004 and early 2005 episodes. They are very rare now with the exception of a few appearances in recent episodes.
Early episodes from 2003 had yellow klaymen and humans that have not been seen in any episodes since. Since it has almost been ten years since the last time an episode featuring them was created; this may be a case of Chuck Cunningham Syndrome.
This trope can also apply to a few recurring characters from the early series that had more than one appearance in separate episodes that have not re appeared anytime recently. (Ex: The Newspaper Monster, Peter the Pickle, the Boogie Monster, etc.)
Smurfette Principle: The Klaymen were considered pretty much a Single Gender Species, and explained why all the manly voiced characters would randomly fall in love with each other and have romances. Until the movie introduced a female klayman. Meaning that there is such thing as girl Klaymen, it's just that it's also a Cast Full of Gay.
In one episode, there's a manly-voiced Klayman named 'Melissa'. So it might be that most female Klaymen just don't look/sound much different than males.
Skewed Priorities: In the first installment of the "Dr. Bob Saves the Day" trilogy, a Klayman voices his desire to go play Halo... while his friend is in an operation after choking on baloney literally right in front of him.
Strange Minds Think Alike: In the episode "Klay Kamping", two different Klaymen figure out the humor in a joke. "What did the robot say to the centipede? Stop being a centipede." Apparently, it's funny because the robot "ain't got no arms."
Too Dumb to Live: Pretty much all of the Klay People are stupid enough to qualify for some form of ridiculous death. See the Glass of Water example above. There are relatively smarter Klaymen mixed in, though. But overall, if the Table is a planet, then Too Dumb To Live is its hat.
Pancake Mines seems to be a most triumphant example of this trope.