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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. It's also notable for being renewed twice, despite that many online and offline critics have trashed the show for being like South Park and Family Guy.

Tropes:

  • 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 de-program her with electro-shock therapy. In "Gay Bomb" Connie's parents choke the pet dog and another church goer to death during the course of the episode.
  • 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.
  • 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, has been disbarred from practicing medicine, yet everyone goes to him and his practice and he is willing to perform very questionable medical procedures. 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.
  • 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 a redneck who is a rapist (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 complete addict (to EVERYTHING) who takes advantage of people.
  • Bury Your Gays: Connie's parents are this.
  • Butch Lesbian: Connie.
  • 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 (except for the episode "Trailer Park," though five minutes into the episode, they change the opening into one where the rednecks scramble outside the ranger station and Firecracker Jim bites BoDean's leg instead of Malloy biting Steve's leg after Bobby discovers that Brickleberry Park belongs to him). 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 and Flesh Devil The Leather Midget from The Comeback appearing behind Woody on "My Favorite Bear."
  • 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.
  • 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 competance at anything, but he doesn't "work" for the park. 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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