This set itself apart from other abridged series by focusing more on playing around with the characters rather than mocking the tropes of the shows. It has plenty of the latter kind of humor, though.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Practically everyone.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In the movie.
George the Ogre: Lord Koenma, we have a big problem.
I'll say we do, dude. The power went out and now the only TV that's working is this one, and I can't change the friggin channel, man. I can't get anything. No topless car washing, topless volleyball, PBS
- Awesome but Impractical: Kuwabara's "Spirt Sword Monster Beast Donut" move. It is, of course, lampshaded by Yusuke:
Yusuke: How often could you possibly have a use for that technique?
Kuwabara: More than you, you son of a bitch!
- Bat Deduction: Kurama gets interrupted while he's in the middle of an especially insane one while trying to figure out the proper door to enter in Maze Castle. Kuwabara just picks the one with the strongest energy behind it, which is apparently the same door Kurama was building up to.
- Beat: Used by Kuwabara against himself
(After seeing Kurama use his rose whip for the first time)
Kuwabara: Now that's what I call flower power.
Kuwabara: Shut up Urameshi.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Kurama obviously, but he does have less patience for stupidity than in the normal series.
Kurama: If you say or do anything to annoy me in the next 24 hours, I swear to Koenma I will cut you in half with a fucking rose! Or do I need to remind you I have that capability?
- Book Dumb: Kuwabara is even dumber than in the series, to the point that he doesn't even know what a book is.
Kuwabara: What the hell are these things?
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The characters have referred to Lani by name several times, and also frequently lampshade the show's Schedule Slip, such as wondering if Kuwabara will be able to hold onto a ledge for the the year or so it'll take for the next episode to come out.
- Brick Joke: Koenma looking like a bad carnival prize.
- Butt Monkey: Kuwabara, Chin-Po, and
maybe Keiko especially Keiko.
- Bystander Syndrome: Episode 19 has Keiko, as far as Yusuke's concerned:
Yusuke: (called by Botan) What is it?
Botan: Yusuke, we have a problem. The Makai-
Yusuke: HA HA! You're stuck with Keiko! (hangs up)
- Calling Your Attacks: Kuwabara PUUUNCH! (And also nearly everyone else.)
- Catch Phrase: "Dude, Halo!" as an excuse not to do anything important.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Keiko.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Hinageshi. (I drawed a squirrel! It goes "Peep! Peep! Peep!")
- Compensating for Something: Koenma's castle. Yusuke calls him out on it.
- But given how short Koenma is, it's probably a more innocent compensation.
- Compliment Backfire:
Suzaku: You and I seem to be of an even intemellect, detective.
: You take that back right the fuck
- Curse Cut Short: "You know what, Botan? You can suck my co—!"
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Yusuke.
"My alone time hand is falling asleep."
- Deadpan Snarker: The butler Giles.
Giles: Oh joy. It's nice to know we keep such fine company around here, sir.
Giles: Oh snap, sir.
- Yusuke, Hiei, and Kurama, too.
Kurama: I'd say I'm disappointed, but in order for that to be true I'd have to be surprised.
- Description Cut: Episode 15
Hiei: Kurama's a ruthless fighter, and he's even more cutthroat than I. I doubt that thing will even touch him.
Kurama gets stabbed.
Kurama: Son of a whore!
- Deus Ex Go F*ck Yourself: Where Yusuke got all that power in episode 20.
- Double Entendre: Kurama and Kuronue's fight is full of 'em. Which doesn't sit well with Kuwabara.
- Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: "Attention everyone! This is the neighborhood watch committee reminding everyone that necrophilia is still illegal. Thank you and have a pleasant day."
- Eleventy Zillion: Subverted.
Sakyo: $20 billion on the intruders.
Tarukune: Sakyo, quit bustin' my balls. Stop makin' up numbers.
Giles: A billion is a real number, sir.
Tarukune: I've just been informed that a billion is a real number.
- Enemy Mine: Yusuke and Kuwabara.
Yusuke: That was for Kuwabara. Nobody breaks his bones but me.
- Fantastic Racism: Yukina. Technically. She was a demon, but still hated humans that weren't white.
- Faux Affably Evil: Elder Toguro who, much like Melvin and Freeza, takes his despicableness Up to Eleven and flat out annihilates the line.
- Faux To Guide: Five tips for a better, and safer, Halloween.
- Filler Villain: The Trope Namer. What Yusuke called the king of the Underworld in The Movie.
- Foe Yay: Parodied.
Kuwabara: Please, Urameshi, you're my only reason to live! [...] I'm not gay!
- Don't forget Botan's fanfiction.
- For the Evulz: The older Toguro brother isn't far off from his canonical personality.
- Foreshadowing: Botan mentions a spirit detective that went insane, and says they probably won't have to deal with him... She's talking about Sensui, who becomes a future Big Bad.
- Upon meeting Botan for the first time, Kuwabara asks her out. Yusuke makes a joke about him actually hitting on a girl, to which Kuwabara replies with "I just have a thing for girls with blue hair." Yukina.
- Genre Savvy: A number of characters, but no one more so than Kurama. He lampshades tropes and genre conventions left, right, and center.
- Gilligan Cut:
Koenma: Something about terror and discord and the Makai whistle... just put Yusuke on the case. (cut to Yusuke)
Yusuke: What the hell is a Makai whistle?
- Goddamn Bats: Invoked by Yusuke in Episode 9.
- Go Look at the Distraction: Zig-zagged:
Yusuke: Alright, plan B. Look! A distraction!
Rando: What? Where? Man, what the hell you talking about? There ain't nothing there.
Yusuke: Really, I could've sworn it was right there, wait a minute I was supposed to do something. Run that was it. Aw f$%k. I don't suppose you'll fall for that again, would you?
- Gonk: Yusuke describes Tarukane as a walking ballsack.
Kuwabara: Dear god, that is the fastest I've ever lost a boner!
- Hulk Speak: "Mummy Cyclops MAD!"
- Husky Russkie: This series' take on Gouki.
- I Have the High Ground: Parodied. In the movie, Hiei stands on top of a tree in a training montage. Cut to Kuwabara punching a tree down. Guess which one he punched.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Why does Seiryu sound like Hank Hill? Because he's a dealer in strict and cold pain. note
- Insane Troll Logic: Yusuke hits himself with this.
Yusuke: I'm not stupid like Kuwabara. I'm a whole different kind of stupid.
Yusuke: Wait a minute...
- Insult Backfire: Kuwabara is too stupid to get it.
I'm trying to insult you, you stupid fu-
- Interspecies Romance: Suzaku and Miruku (A redneck demon and a bird, respectively) are married. He has a microsized penis.
- Is This Thing Still On?: Koenma doesn't notice that he continued recording after outlining Yusuke's mission, so it also has him talking about sucking in his gut and the itch you always get once you can't scratch it.
- Jerkass: Many of the Character Exaggeration aspects of the series turns the characters into even bigger jerks than they originally were. Especially Yusuke, who wanted to watch his canonical girlfriend be hunted down and killed by Suzaku's insect-human army.
Suzaku: As we speak, the horde of all the-
Yusuke: Shh! I'm trying to watch the movie.
Suzaku: But I-
- Lampshade Hanging: Many, surprisingly often by Yusuke.
- "Well that was oddly relevant."
- "His pants sure know just where to stop ripping."
- Kurama seems to have a lot of knowledge of "Anime Law".
- Larynx Dissonance: Necessary, since Lanipator does virtually all the voices.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Kurama had a case of this in The Movie in relation to what happened with his old partner Kuronue for no adequately explained reason. He was better by the end.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In regards to the series' Schedule Slip.
Hey, Kurama, how's that wound
It's been almost a fucking
year; I'm sure he's fine!
Yusuke: So how long do you think Kuwabara can hold like that?
Kurama: Well, knowing Lanipator, let's hope he can hold on for a year or so.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Kuwabara in both rounds of his fight with Byakko. Causes normally calm Kurama to scream "Oh for F*** sake!!!"
- Left the Background Music On: "This is The Neighborhood Watch Committee, playing the best hits of Billy Joel, all day!"
Kurama: Hold on, where the hell is that music coming from?
Kuronue: Oh, that? It's just my...iFog.
- Lock and Load Montage: Lampshaded in The Movie.
Genkai: Anyway, you realize there's only one way for you to win?
- Locked Out of the Loop: Yusuke often is the only one who isn't told important information, especially when the information is relevant to his own survival.
- Lolcats: Kuwabara thinks Byakko is one.
- Look Behind You: Parodied
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Again, Lani does virtually all the voices. Most of which are actually quite good. His Kuwabara and Yusuke are notably spot-on.
- Medium Awareness: Kurama is quite versed in "anime law".
- Metaphorgotten: "Rubber is like...anti-lightning."
- Mistaken for Gay: Kuwabara. It also happens to be his Berserk Button.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Blue Collar Comedy Beasts.
- To elaborate, Genbu is essentially Larry the Cable Guy, Byakko seems to be Billy Bob Thornton's character from Sling Blade, Seriyuu is a flat out expy for Hank Hill, and Suzaku sounds like Jim Varney's Ernest character, right down to calling everyone "Vern."
- Fred Tennedy of the Black Black club is Ted Kennedy.
"Err um uh, hiya."
- Non Sequitur Thud: In The Movie, Yusuke gets knocked through one of Genkai's walls and states the following:
Yusuke: I swear to ass I'm gonna kick your God.
- Oh God, with the Verbing!: Yusuke in episode 2. (flying)
- Only a Flesh Wound: Lampshaded in Kurama's case after the fight with Hiei. It was just a flesh wound in the original series... not so much for this one.
- Only Sane Man: Kurama and Kazamaru.
- Pass the Popcorn: These are Yusuke's sentiments after finding out Yukina is Hiei's sister.
Yusuke: This is a train wreck I need to see for myself!
- Precision F-Strike: "Git-er-done, motherfucker."
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Rando.
- Quote Swear Unquote: Kurama quoting "Git-er-done, motherfucker."
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Hiei is about to start one of these, but Yusuke takes the opportunity to attack him.
- Right Behind Me: Occurs in the remastered episode 1 with a student who stole Pokemon cards.
- Running Gag: Kuwabara's not gay; The Neighborhood Watch Committee; Yusuke's "Ooh, shiny."
- Sarcasm-Blind: Tarukune never notices that many of Giles' lines are insults.
- Self-Deprecation: The end of the new episode 17 has The Stinger where the YYH gang wonders if Kuwabara can hold on to that platform for a year. Might also count as a Crowning Moment of Funny.
- Servile Snarker: Tarukune's butler Giles.
- Shirtless Scene: According to Kurama, another clause of Anime Law states that when a male Shonen hero removes his shirt, his attributes increase exponentially.
- Show Within a Show: Poems With Hiei on DTV. Canceled to make room for Rhymes with Rando, which in turn was cancelled to make room for The Blue Collar Comedy Beasts. However, Hiei has to wait until the Dark Tournament to get his show back on the air.
- Spanner in the Works: Kuwabara, to Kurama's plans.
- Special Guest: Hiei's FUNimation dub VA, Chuck Huber, voices the villain who battles Hiei (who's voiced by Lanipator in the Abridged series) in Part 3 of The Movie.
- Stalker with a Crush: Keiko has quite the obsession with Yusuke. Unfortunately for him, he has a hard time getting rid of her.
- Stealth Insult: Yusuke, to Rando.
Yusuke: Just tell me something: are your fighting skills as good as your rapping skills?
Rando: Hell yeah!
Yusuke: Oh, thank God.
- The Stoner: Lord Koenma.
George: Uh, sir...what are you on?
Koenma: I don't even know anymore, dude.
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: For the movie.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Hiei in part three of the movie. It is, of course, lampshaded by Kurama.
Hiei: Well I didn't float here downriver if that's what you're asking.
Kurama: Nobody insinuated that, Hiei.
Hiei: Good, because that's not what happened!
- Episode 'Rescue Yukina' as well (Hiei again)
Yusuke: What are you doing this for, anyway? Isn't this supposed to be Botan's thing?
Hiei: I'm not hurting for work, I don't know what you're talking about.
Yusuke: ...good to hear, I guess...
- Technology Marches On: Played with. Obviously, at the time of the original episode's airing, a VHS tape would be a commonplace thing for Spirit World to use, but much fun is made of the fact that they're now practically obsolete.
- Fridge Brilliance when you realize that the best way to keep humans from watching something that you feel the need to have recorded is to, you know, keep it in a format that almost nobody would even know how to operate in a decade or three.
- Thematic Theme Tune: "Karate" by Tenacious D, and occasionally the Mortal Kombat theme, remixed.
- And as of Episode 17, "Asterisk", the first Bleach opening. Oddly fitting despite the different series.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Referenced by name when Suzaku first clones himself.
- Totally Radical: Koenma has shades of this. He tends to overuse the words "dude" and "man". Of course this fits his character, being The Stoner.
- Unsound Effect: Dagoon!!
- Verbal Tic: Suzaku has a tendency of calling everyone "Vern", Vern.
- Voice Acting Impersonator: Lani does impeccable Justin Cook (Yusuke, the first Raditz), Christopher Sabat (Kuwabara, Piccolo, Vegeta), Kurama, Shaggy (as Koenma) and Hank Hill impersonations.
- It should be noted that the Justin Cook voice is his natural speaking voice. It's amazing if you listen to them back to back.
- We Do Not Know Each Other: After Sakyo and Toguro exchange greetings, they claim that they've never seen each other before in their life. At the same time.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Kuwabara. Being attacked by a woman is no reason to hit back, though it's alright once Yusuke informs him their opponent was actually a dude.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Kibano thinks he's in 300.
- And after being beaten by Yusuke, he thinks he's in Superbad.
- Yandere: Keiko doesn't react well to Botan spending time with Yusuke. At all.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Botan.
- You Are Already Dead: Hiei pretty much says this to Seriyuu, bordering on a Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
"You've been dead for 20 seconds."
- You Have GOT To Be Kidding Me:
: This'll be easy. I'm the only one who knows the Torguro's power. There's no way he'll-
Sakyo: 66 trillion, 200 million, on the intruders.
Tarukune: ...you're just f***ing with me now, aren't you?