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Western Animation: Brickleberry

Brickleberry is a 2012 animated series on Comedy Central, produced by Daniel Tosh. It features a group of incompetent park rangers and their pet bear, Malloy. It is notable for being one of the first animated series to switch from Flash to traditional animation (most animated shows go the other way around for cost reasons). It's also notable for being renewed twice, despite that many online and offline critics have trashed the show.


  • Abusive Parents: Connie's parents are raging, church-going homophobes who flat out do not talk to Connie or see her when they can't deprogram her with electroshock therapy and even disowned her and replaced her with a Saint Bernard.
    • Her mother pushed her to do beauty pageants and used extreme measures (drugs and bulimia) to keep her thin (which didn't last, as she still became fat when she hit puberty).
    • Woody's mother is incredibly overbearing, forcing him to breastfeed until his late teens and locking him in a closet full of birds and bees for masturbating. She also bought him a prostitute for his 8th birthday so he "wouldnt turn into a queer". He has mentioned his father dressing him up in womens underwear after his mother died, but since she has been revealed to still be alive, its uncertain if this is true or not.
  • The Ace: Ethel. It gets subverted here and there that she isn't perfect as she shows to be (the first episode reveals that she is an alcoholic and she got fired from Yellowstone for drinking on the job — and not wearing pants to work), but she is still the only person good at their job.
  • All Adult Animation Is South Park: Though most critics find the comparison to be an insult to South Park and even Family Guy, the show has its fans and does do its Black Comedy fairly well (at least in seasons two and three. Season one was very touch-and-go).
  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: In one episode, Connie detonates a Gay Bomb and turns everyone gay and her straight. At the same time, those who got affected become hyper sex maniacs while Connie doesn't seem to have much a drive while straight in comparison.
  • Achievements in Ignorance/The Fool: This is what makes Steve the ranger of every month.
  • Amusing Injuries: The show's version of Smokey the Bear (Flamey the Bear) gets set on fire and tossed in a vat of acid.
    • He's still inexplicably okay for his own episode in season 2 however (unless that was a different actor in the Flamey the Bear costume).
  • Animal Wrongs Group: The PETA ersatz in episode 4, who get killed by the animal they were trying to protect.
  • Asteroids Monster: The Squabbits.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: Dr. Kuzniak is the only doctor in town, despite being disbarred from practicing medicine. Still, everyone goes to him and his practice and he is willing to perform very questionable medical procedures (he makes Krieger from Archer look like Dr. Hibbert). He's even his own malpractice attorney.
  • Bad Boss: Woody isn't exactly the greatest guy to work for but his jerkness goes Up to Eleven in "Hello Dottie" when he cuts pay, benefits and safety measures to all the employees and then outsources all the ranger positions to Indian Callcenters who communicate through robots.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Malloy, but not because he's big and intimidating. It's because he's a spoiled, viciously sarcastic jerk with no regard for others.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Steve and Viggo Mortensen of all people in Scared Straight.
  • Black Comedy: A lot. The season 2 finale revolves around Denzel trying to kill Connie's son, the anti-christ. As he throws it into a volcano he's dancing a little jig for victory.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Malloy staying with Bobby Possumcods, who is a sexual offender (despite denying it. He has duct tape, chloroform, bondage gear, and, most tellingly, a court order stating that he stay 50 feet away from children and small animals) all because he was starving for junk food. When the other rangers find him, he's stuck on the redneck.
    • And in "The Dam Show", Denzel gets raped in his sleep by Judy.
    • In Scared Straight, Denzel almost gets this from a prison inmate named Meat Hammer, he only manages to save himself because the forced gay marriage the warden of the prison puts him in gets delayed.
    • In the Flamey the Bear episode, one of the rednecks in the bar is called Super Rape. But he denies that he's good at it, "he's just a regular rapist".
  • Brick Joke: When Steve and Denzel switch ethnicities in episode 5, Denzel asks the doctor if he has any black skin left and he tells him that all he has is Mexican. When the duo get their skin burned off again at the end of the episode they both become Mexican.
  • Broken Pedestal: When Steve meets Flamey the Bear he finds out he's a raging alcoholic, drug addict, sex addict, and a horrible human being on top of everything else.
  • Bury Your Gays: Connie's parents are this.
  • Butch Lesbian: Connie. Most of the patrons at the lesbian bar in In Da Club
  • Butterface: Inverted with the Indian callcenter employee who falls in love with Steve in "Hello Dottie." All Steve can see of her is a face on the monitor. When he flies to meet her, she has a cute face, but a heavy body and hairy arms and in a rascal scooter.
  • Camp Gay: The gay man who was mistakenly being interviewed for the job of Park Ranger in the second episode.
    • Steve, Woody, and Denzel under the effects of the gay bomb.
  • Cringe Comedy: Or at least it's attempting to be.
    • By season 2, it is.
  • Cross Dressing Voice: Connie.
  • Couch Gag, Funny Background Event, and Freeze-Frame Bonus: Starting in season two, the openings would have something different about it to reflect the episode's plot note . Some examples include: the lake glowing in "Miracle Lake," the skeleton of Malloy's hanged horse on "Ranger Games,", Mt Brickleberry spewing smoke in Aparkalypse, Flesh Devil The Leather Midget from The Comeback appearing behind Woody on "My Favorite Bear," Denzel stumbling in with a baseball bat on his head in "Miss National Park," and Steve dressed in the slave Leia costume in "That Brother's My Father."
  • Cure Your Gays: Inverted by Connie with the Gay Bomb, turning everyone in the blast radius gay. Then it's Played Straight when Connie realizes the bomb also reversed her sexuality.
  • Deus ex Machina: In episode 4 when the rangers are about to be killed by the Squabbits Pamela Anderson appears when the rangers need something toxic enough to kill all of the Squabbits from the inside.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: Flamey The Bear.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Connie's SEAL team drill instructor from "Race Off".
  • Everyone Is Gay: The Gay Bomb does this to people.
  • Fish out of Water: Denzel Jackson fled the concrete jungle for a much less familiar environment.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The Squabbits.
  • Gosh Hornet: In "Trailer Park," when Ethel mentions being stung by a bee before getting her picture taken, accompanied by a quick cut to her grotesquely swollen face on the cover of a magazine.
  • Grotesque Cute: The Squabbits.
  • Here We Go Again: In episode 4 after Steve's previous Mix-And-Match Critter goes wrong the episode ends with him inventing the Wolverinigator.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: In episode 10 "Dam Show", the rangers and other survivors eat a FEMA agent AFTER he saves them.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Connie is in love with Ethel, who is straight.
  • Incompetence, Inc..: Brickleberry is run badly by the ethically questionable Woody and staffed by Connie who is clumsy and prone to mood swings where she runs off crying and punching things, Denzel who is literally good for nothing, but if fired can sue for being the sole black employee of a government funded park and Steve who only achieves a level of satisfaction because of his peer's lack of any skill short of Ethel who is great at her job as long as she doesn't drink. Malloy is the only one who comes close to true competence at anything, but he doesn't "work" for the park nor does he care about nature, since he's a spoiled house bear who loves junk food, video games, and making people's lives a living hell. How bad is Brickleberry? In "Squabbits" Woody mentions that they had 25 campers die, this MONTH.
  • May-December Romance: Denzel and any old white woman he can find. Best examples are in season 1's "Two Weeks Notice" and season 2's "Miracle Lake".
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: In episode 4 Steve attempts to get a squirrel to mate with a rabbit to produce a hybrid of the two. It works.
  • Mushroom Samba: Steve overdoses on an Indian "food of the Gods" which is full of peyote. Cue Ninja T-Rex.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The drill instructor from "Race Off" looks and sounds a lot like R. Lee Ermey.
  • Old Shame:invoked
    • Woody's past as porn star "Rex Erection". He isnt ashamed of the porn, just his humiliating fall from fame after getting addicted to cocaine.
    • Ethel's alcoholism cost her her first job, when she came to work drunk and pantsless. Is also shown drunk and naked on a photo in "My Way Or the Highway" and had beaver videos of herself online on "My Favorite Bear"
  • R-Rated Opening: In the first episode, naturally, with all the animals in the park humping each other.
  • Really Gets Around: Ethel.
  • Rich Bitch: Ethel's sister in "Little Boy Malloy."
  • Sapient Pet: Malloy
  • Series Fauxnale: Two, so far ("The Dam Show" and "Aparkalypse")
  • Shout-Out: Steve collects Pez dispensers and is a fan of Viggo Mortensen and Lord of the Rings.
    • Ethel's sister is named Lucy.
    • In "The Comeback" Woody has his own table set up at a porn convention right next to a butt bongo and rectal ring toss table. Co-producer of Brickleberry Roger Black made numerous appearances on Howard Stern's radio show as Yucko The Clown and both butt bongo and rectal (formally anal) ringtoss games were played on the show many times.
  • Skewed Priorities: In the first episode, everyone is more interested and focused on the controversy of Steve getting Ethel drunk to win Ranger of the Month rather than attend to Malloy who was just raped. Malloy naturally lampshades it, but pointing out that he was raped and they really should be concerned about that.
  • Status Quo Is God: Like Family Guy, American Dad! and The Simpsons, continuity has little impact on the show's setting and very few things carry on between episodes and character deaths are common. However, there are a lot of callbacks from past episodes in the form of recurring and background characters (the biker who loves angel dust in "Two Weeks Notice" is the same man from "My Way or the Highway" who stopped at the ranger station/roadside convenience store to use the bathroom, the Asian hooker with pigtails has appeared in "The Comeback," "The Animals Fight Back," "My Favorite Bear," and "Write 'Em Cowboy") and freeze frame bonuses (in "Write 'Em Cowboy," the newspaper with the front-page story about Woody and Denzel being pedophiles at the father-son picnic appears during the sequence where Malloy tries to get into the strip club).
  • Two Girls to a Team
  • Unexplained Recovery: In episode 1 Steve shoots Ethel in the hand and she passes out from blood loss. In the next scene her hand has neither a hole in it or a bandage around it.
    • Let's not forget Malloy shooting Steve into Miracle Lake in the eponymous episode, immediately after said lake melted an entire crowd of people due to sheer toxicity...
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Pretty much the entire main cast. From all outward appearances, it seemed like Malloy would be the only unsympathetic cast member (or at the very least, Woody and Malloy) while the rest are mostly sane with some quirks/character flaws, but after a few episodes, viewers do see that most, if not all, of the main characters (and some side and one-shot characters, like Dr. Kuzniak, Bobby the redneck, and Flamey the bear) are some of the worst/most depraved people ever.
  • Vulgar Humor: The driving force of the show (which has a lot of critics trashing it for being a wannabe Family Guy). It does not help it airs right after Tosh0, another show of Daniel Tosh fame that revels in this trope.

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