Western Animation: Brickleberry

Brickleberry was a 2012 animated series on Comedy Central, produced by Daniel Tosh. It features a group of incompetent park rangers and a hateful, spoiled pet bear named Malloy who was adopted following his parents' death. The show takes many nods from Seth MacFarlane's shows (specifically post-2005 revival Family Guy), mainly for its similar art style and use of heavy vulgar humor which had made the show somewhat poorly received since its premiere. The series was created by Roger Black, best known for his previous work as Yucko the Clown on The Howard Stern Show, and Waco O'Guin, who both worked previously together on MTV with their sketch comedy series Stankervision.

Brickleberry is notable for being one of the few current animated series to switch from Adobe Flash to traditional animation (most animated shows go the other way around due to budget constraints or Executive Meddling of some kind). It's also notable for being renewed twice, despite its many disparaging reviews. Despite being Adored by the Network, the show was eventually canceled in January 2015, with the last three episodes (see Recap) being burned off between late March and mid-April.

Tropes in this series include:

  • Abusive Parents: Connie's parents are raging, church-going homophobes who disowned her and replaced her with a Saint Bernard, took her back after her sexuality was inverted from the gay bomb blast, then rejected her again when the bomb's effects wore off. 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 "wouldn't turn into a queer". He has mentioned his father dressing him up in women's underwear after his mother died, but since she has been revealed to still be alive, its uncertain if this is true or not (or if Woody's father remarried or was a widowed bigamist).
  • 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.
  • Adopted To The House: When Woody is demoted by the Secretary of the Interior, he's forced to leave his cabin. Since all the rangers refuse to take him and Malloy in, they end up staying at Firecracker Jim's place.
  • 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. Well that, and the fact that his mom has sex with Woody every month
  • Ambiguous Syntax: When the Secretary of the Interior tells Woody that he couldn't manage a blowjob in a dick factory, he asks her if she means a factory that makes dicks, or a factory made out of dicks.
  • 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.
  • The Antichrist: Connie gives birth to him in "Aparkalypse".
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Malloy gets arrested for "Three counts of Grand Theft Auto, a hundred and thirty seven moving violations, twelve counts of attempted vehicular homicide, and he called my partner a f***ing dipshit".
  • Asteroids Monster: The Squabbits, even though they were bred together by Steve rather than from another planet.
  • 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 call centers who communicate through robots.
  • Bar Brawl: Woody and Denzel initiate one as a way to bond.
  • Bawdy Song: Flamey the Bear sings one about how much he loves drinking.
  • 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 what's worse, everyone casually dismisses the fact that Malloy was raped after sentencing Bobby to picking up litter around the park (since same-sex bear molestation is a misdemeanor).
    • 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".
  • Blood Brothers: When Steve visits Dr. Kuzniak in "Two Weeks Notice", the doc reminds him of how many times he's told him not to engage in risky behavior. We see a montage of flashbacks demonstrating Steve's incredibly poor health decisions, one of which is asking an African tribe "Who wants to become blood brothers?"
    • Woody did this on the battlefield with a member of his old military squad. They're still clasping hands when a grenade lands near them, so Woody yanks him onto the grenade to protect himself.
  • Blunt "Yes": When Malloy becomes a porn director, Ethel asks him if he knows how demeaning it is to women. His response isn't a surprise.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: The show being what it is, this happens multiple times. Noteable moments include Steve crapping his pants in fear while having a massive freakout due to his fear of flying while piloting a helicopter... as in, one of those motorized helicopter toys outside grocery stores, and Connie getting explosive diarrhea on the set of Wheel Of Fortune when she gets to meet Pat Sajak.
  • 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.
  • Cat Up a Tree: Steve tries to get one down in one episode. It lands in a wood chipper.
  • Celeb Crush: Denzel has one for Betty White, and Connie has one for Pat Sajak.
  • Chain Pain: Denzel and Woody's mother get into a fight with rusty bicycle chains. They both just happened to have one on hand.
  • Camp Gay: Every single male gay character appearing on the show.
  • Comforting the Widow: Woody claims that this is why he didn't look for Steve's father after he went missing. His wife needed comforting. In her uterus.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In the first episode, Malloy complains that Woody got him chocolate bars that are 75% cacao, when he asked for a minimum of 85%. In season three, when Woody's mother shows up she gives Malloy chocolate bars that are 99%.
    • In "The Animals Strike Back", Steve notices that it's the anniversary of the death of Malloy's parents. Also written on the calendar is "Squabbit Apocalypse Remberence Day".
    • In "That Brother's My Father", Woody has a stroke when he finds out that Denzel married his mother exactly like he did in "Woody's Girl".
  • 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."
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: Subverted. Malloy says "*cough* slut" when referring to Ethel, and then apologizes because he had something caught in his throat before he said "slut".
  • Courtroom Episode: The last part of "Cripple Berry" takes place in court.
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: During Steve's first performance at a birthday party of his "wholesome country songs", the parents end up covering their children's ears.
  • Crappy Carnival: One comes to Brickleberry in "Cripple Berry". Attractions include "Meth Eating Contest", "Poke The Rabbit In The Eye". "Donkey Kicks" and "Bobby's Heavy Petting Zoo". Its main attraction is a rollercoaster named The Paralyzer, which is unsafe even by carnie standards. It doesnt even loop back the whole way, it just slam into a barricade in the middle of a loop.
  • Cringe Comedy: It attempted to be this in season one, with many of the jokes either being too dark or uncomfortable to be funny, falling flat, or trying too hard to be like Seth MacFarlane's oeuvre. Seasons two and three, it was a full-blown cringe comedy.
  • Cross Dressing Voice: Connie.
  • 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.
  • Cuteness Proximity: The rnagers uses Malloy dressed in a sailor suit to invoke this trope and lure Pamela Anderson into a horde of Squabbits.
  • 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.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Steve accidently confesses that he spiked Ethel's coffee when he brags about it out loud thinking it was his inner monologue.
  • Dodgy Toupee: One episode revolves around the reveal that Steve wears a toupee. Misuse of an experimental hair tonic results in him growing hair all over his body, and he's soon mistaken for Bigfoot.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Connie's SEAL team drill instructor from "Race Off".
  • Drunken Master: "Frozen Toes" Cruthers tells Denzel that the secret to ice-skating is getting stinking drunk beforehand. When Denzel actually tries it, he vomits and falls flat on his ass. Turns out that Cruthers is dead, and Denzel was just talking to an old guy with Alzheimers.
  • Egopolis: When the cast apparently winds up on an island in "The Dam Show", Steve declares himself leader and decides to name the place "Steveland", after first rejecting the name "Steveistan".
  • Electrified Bathtub: Woody is seen killing a potential member of a club he wants into this way. After he throws the toaster in, Pop-tarts pop out and he tries to grab. Because they're hot, he drops them into the tub and when he tries to get them, he shocks himself.
  • Everyone Is Gay: The Gay Bomb does this to people. Except people who are already gay, it turns them straight.
  • Everything Makes a Mushroom:
    • A mushroom cloud appears when Connie sets off a gay bomb. It actually looks like a penis and balls.
    • In another episode, when Ethel accidently expresses Malloy's overflowing anal glands, the result is what can be best described as an atomic poop explosion.
  • Excrement Statement: Being a Gross Out Show set in a park, this has happened multiple times, both with animals and with humans.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Parodied, within the universe of the show, the more extreme right-wing conspiracy theories of Fox News are actually TRUE, such as Obamacare requiring donator organs to be given to gay illegal immigrants first and the Gay Mafia secretly running the media.
    Denzel: You're the Gay Mafia? Holy shit, Fox News was right!
    Gay Mobster: Yah, they're right about everything!
  • Explosive Breeder: The squabbits, squirrel/rabbit hybrids, end up overflowing the park.
  • Eye Am Watching You: Steve does this to a bear eating garbage. Strangely, the bear is intimidated.
  • Fantastic Racism: When Malloy hooks up with the park animals and rejects his human upbringing, he takes a bite out of a fish. He then apologizes to the elder moose for killing a living creature, but the moose says it's okay, because "Fish are ASSHOLES! *spit*".
  • Fingore:
    • In "Trip to Mars", Dr. Kuzniak is watching the Mars landing while doing surgery. Distracted, he accidently cuts off his assistant's fingers. Later, he tells her they can reattach them, but when an alien (actually Steve) appears on the TV, he throws his hands up in shock and they end up hitting the ceiling fan.
    • Pirate Steve cuts off several of Woody's fingers in "Steve The Fearless Pilot".
  • Fish out of Water: Denzel Jackson fled the concrete jungle of Detroit for a much less familiar environment.
  • Forgot to Feed the Monster: Woody had apparently been keeping some Oompa Loompas in his basement. When he tries to summon them to fix the park, he realizes that he forgot to feed them.
  • Freudian Threat: The Antichrist threatens to rip of Denzel's dick and feed it to the demons of hell.
    • The Gay Mafia strongarms Denzel by saying that if he doesnt manage Steve's music career according to their specifications, he'll wind up in a ditch with his dick in his mouth.
  • Goodbye, Cruel World!: When Woody and Malloy are discussing Malloys poor history as a pet owner, Malloy says that the hamster suicide wasn't his fault. Woody says he left behind the cutest suicide note, and produces a piece of paper with a small, bloody pawprint on it.
  • "Good Luck" Gesture:
    • When Woody says he's hired a new ranger, Denzel crosses his fingers and chants "Old lady, old lady, old lady..."
    • When Steve says that he has good news, Woody crosses his fingers and says "Cancer, cancer, cancer..."
  • Good News, Bad News: After sticking his wang in a beehive of Yellow Jackets, Steve says that the bad news is is that they crawled up his urethra and made a nest out of his prostate. The good news? He's pissing honey and his small penis is now 13 inches...wide.
  • 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.
    • Steve sticking his penis in a yellow jacket's nest, which sting him and end up nesting in his prostate.
  • Grave Robbing: While pretending to be Ethel's husband, Connie gives Ethel a necklace she's always wanted. Ethel's sister says that it looks like their grandma's necklace, which she thought was one of a kind. Guess where Connie got it?
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: What Denzel hopes is in space. Specifically those of the Multi Boobage variety.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up:
    • In "Old Wounds" we get several, repeated close-ups of Jack's mutilated crotch.
    • In "Fearless Pilot" we get a close-up of Woody's poorly reattached severed fingers.
  • Grotesque Cute: The Squabbits.
  • Hands Go Down: Denzel's plan to break Steve out of a government base involves poofing in and out. Woody asks "Well, does anybody have a plan that DOESN'T involve Nightcrawler from the X-men?" *Connie raises her hand* "Or any of the other X-men?" *Connie lowers her hand*.
  • 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.
  • Hobos: Malloy adopts one as a pet. His name is Hobo Larry (who is the same hobo from "Two Weeks Notice" that Steve paid to eat his sandwich).
  • Hookers and Blow: Part of Woody's porn star past.
  • Homemade Sweater From Hell: When Woody's mother comes visiting, he puts on one that has the words "Don't touch your dirty pecker" stitched on it.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: In episode 10 "Dam Show", the rangers and other survivors eat a FEMA agent AFTER he saves them.
  • I Call Him Mr Happy: Antagonist Kurt Thoreau is revealed to call his penis the "USS Enter-thighs". Denzel thinks he's a loser...for naming his junk after Star Trek. He named his "Hung Solo".
  • I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You: "If you want to find out where he's hiding, you can ask himself. Hey Bobby, tell this girl where you're hiding!" "I ain't gonna tell her I'm hiding in your bathroom!" "He said he ain't gonna tell you nothing, sorry about that."
  • Imagine the Audience Naked: Denzel gives this advice to Woody when he's scared of speaking to an audience. However, since he's speaking to a class of grade schoolers, it's not the best advice.
  • Incompatible Orientation:
    • Connie is in love with Ethel, who is straight.
    • As well as Connie and Barack Obama. Barack says he likes a challenge. Apparently Michelle was also gay when they met
  • 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, and only has the job because there's a chance he'll sue the park for racial discrimination, 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.
  • Insult Misfire: When Malloy drives a motercycle with a girl on the back into the ranger station, Woody asks him what he's doing with that death trap. Malloy says that she's been tested.
  • I Resemble That Remark: When the head of the rangers in Yellowstone says to Woody that they'll let any psychopath into the Ranger Games, Woody says "I will rip the head off your mother's rotten corpse and make her go down on herself!!...Hey, who are you calling a psychopath?"
  • It Won't Turn Off: When Malloy makes a wish at a wish machine to be big, the machine activates but nothing happens. After Malloy walks away, we see that the machine wasn't plugged in.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: When Malloy makes a smartass remark to a prison warden, the warden punishes him by having a guard whack Denzel. When Denzel makes a rude comment about the warden's tie, he still gets whacked. The warden was just being an asshole.
  • Jetpack: Denzel gets one in "Woody's Girl" after getting a large sum of money in the will of a granny he boned.
  • Jizzed in My Pants: A running gag with Ethel's latest boyfriend (known as "Pre-Jack Ken") in "Little Boy Malloy". Doesn't take much.
  • Jumping on a Grenade: When Woody was in Iraq, a grenade landed near him and his partner, Jack. Woody saved himself by throwing Jack on it. It turns out that Jack survived the experience, but the grenade blew his crotch off, and he started posing as a woman instead.
  • "Knock Knock" Joke: When Malloy gets threatened by a prison inmmate, this happens.
    Malloy: Knock, knock.
    Paco: Uh...who's there?
    Malloy: Amish Hank.
    Paco: Uh...Amish Hank who?
    Malloy: Amish Hank you! (I'm-a Shank You!) *Malloy stabs him*
  • Last Disrespects: When Flamey the Bear dies, Steve runs over his body several times with his car. Given that his dying words were about how he banged Steve's mom in their car, it's hard to blame him.
  • 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".
  • Metaphor Is My Middle Name: When his new friend Mayor Todd Ford thinks that his poker game is too high stakes for Woody, Woody says that "high stakes" is his middle name.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: What a baby elephant dressed as Superman does to Denzel in "In Da Club".
  • Mistaken for Dying: Steve in the episode "Two Weeks Notice" after his medical report gets mixed up. Ethel is the first to find out, and she hesitates in telling Steve because he's become a much nicer person.
  • 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.
  • Motor Mouth: BoDean (in season two. In season one, he spoke clearly and sounded almost like Bobby Possumcods) is a mumbling version.
  • Mushroom Samba: Steve overdoses on an Indian "food of the Gods" which is full of peyote.
  • National Geographic Nudity: A flashback shows Woody masturbating to National Geographic.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The drill instructor from "Race Off" looks and sounds a lot like R. Lee Ermey.
    • The corrupt mayor acts just like Rob Ford.
  • N-Word Privileges: When Denzel and Steve switch races due to a mix-up with skin grafts, the cast acts like Steve gets these while Denzel's have been revoked.
  • Oh No You Didn't!: What a formerly tough army guy says after Connie sets off a gay bomb.
  • Oh Wait!: After Steve gets paralyzed, he says to the rangers "Thanks for coming to visit me in the hospital. Oh wait, no one did."
  • Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List: Woody's grocery list gets stuck in a book of black baby names in "Aparkalypse".
  • Old Shame:invoked
    • Woody's past as porn star "Rex Erection". He isn't ashamed of the porn, just his humiliating fall from grace 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," almost all of which have been deleted
  • On Second Thought:
    Denzel: I don't want to hear another word about that ghost!
    Malloy: Woody used to be a seventies porn star named "Rex Erection"!
    Denzel:...Tell me more about that ghost, Steve.
  • Organ Theft: A gambling debt with Malloy results in Woody losing both of his kidneys.
  • Out with a Bang: When Denzel gets involved in a love triangle between a mother and daughter, he solves the situation with a threesome. Unfortunately for him, both expire as soon as they're done.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Inverted. The female bear, Mallory, has slightly darker fur than Malloy the male bear.
  • Parent with New Paramour: One episode has Steve discovering his long lost father, who then becomes intimate with Ethel until its revealed he isnt actually Steve's father, its a bear with a serious case of mange. Another episode has Denzel getting involved with Woody's mother.
  • Pedophile Priest: One shows up in "Two Weeks Notice", revealed to be the clown that was trying to kidnap blind kids at the start of the episode. Later on, we find out that Steve's fatal medical report was a mix-up with a priest, who dies in the middle of service. After several long seconds, all the altar boys around him drop dead too.
  • Pinch Me: When Connie seemingly finds herself on an island of gorgeous women who think she's a goddess, she says "Somebody pinch me!" When one of the women does, Connie says that she meant "finger bang me until I squirt all over your breasts."
  • Pre-emptive Declaration:
    • When Steve tries to use his position as a park ranger to cut in line at a carnival rider, the operator is glad to see him, because someone just got a skull fracture. When Steve asks who, he gets whacked in the head with a wrench and is told to go to the back of the line.
    • And in "High Stakes"
    Steve: Ha ha, Malloy can't get laid!
    Malloy: Ha ha, Steve has rabies!
    Steve: No I—*Malloy bites him*
  • Prison Rape: Due to a complicated series of events, Woody ends the episode "My Way or the Highway" stuck in "The Woody Johnson Prison For Criminally-Insane Man-Rapists".
    • Basically the entire main plot of "Scared Straight", with Denzel trying to avoid this at the hands of an enormous convict named Meat Hammer.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": While making a porn flick, Woody ends up naked and chained up. The cast brings in an elephant, and he starts to protest.
  • R-Rated Opening: In the first episode, naturally, with all the animals in the park humping each other.
  • Real After All:
    • That ghost that Steve's father blamed for numerous misfortunes during his childhood? Turns out he's real.
    • When Woody gets involved with a cult, they eventually try to jump off a cliff under the belief that a mothership will show up and take them to paradise. Malloy saves Woody's life, only for it to be revealed that the mothership is real, and Woody missed his chance.
  • Really Gets Around: Ethel.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Squabbit, a hybrid of squirrel and rabbit that Steve creates. It quickly turns to nightmare fuel when it gains the ability to breed.
  • Rich Bitch: Ethel's sister in "Little Boy Malloy."
  • Sapient Pet: Malloy
  • Second Person Attack: When Woody punches Steve in "The Dam Show". Happens again in "Trailer Park" to the judge when Denzel tells his grandmother that he watches "Roots" backwards so it has a happy ending, when Malloy gets knocked out by the elder moose in "The Animals Strike Back", and when Connie kidnaps Pat Sajak in "That Brother's My Father".
  • Series Fauxnale: "The Dam Show" and "Aparkalypse" were written as if they were last episodes. The real last episode is "Global Warming" from season three.
  • 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.
    • Connie's flashbacks to boot camp re-enact the "jelly doughnut" scene from Full Metal Jacket. Except instead of a jelly doughnut, it's a full course Thanksgiving dinner.
    • Malloy's pet hobo gets bitten by another hobo, and when he's told he'll have to put him down like Old Yeller. Malloy even builds a pen for him like in the movie, in the hopes that he'll turn out okay.
    • In "Little Boy Malloy", Woody offers to kill Ethel's sister, saying that it's been awhile since he's fed his "Dark Passenger".
    • Inebriated the Koala appears on a poster in the ranger station in "Aparkalypse". The character is from Stankervision, another show the creators worked on.
    • Steve does a Dukes Of Hazzard slide across the hood of his ranger car in "Write 'Em Cowboy" when he and Denzel run from the angry parents who hated his songs.
  • Shovel Strike: When Steve accidentally sets Flamey the Bear on fire on the pilot episode, he tries to put him out by beating him with a shovel.
  • Shower of Angst:
    • Steve has one when Woody won't let him compete in the Ranger Games. As a show of support, Connie strips down and joins him.
    • Ethel has one after she thinks she slept with Steve.
  • Shrug Take:
    • After moving out, Malloy gets a job at a diner. After he gets fired for being Malloy, he tells the customers that he jerked off in the silly sauce. They just shrug and continue eating.
    • In one episode Dr. Kuzniak runs an abortion mobile/taco truck. At one point he tells everyone that there's been a terrible mix-up and they shouldn't eat the salsa. While the other customers gasp, BoDean just shrugs and pops a chip into his mouth.
  • 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, by pointing out that he was raped and they really should be concerned about that.
  • Soap Punishment: When Ethel accuses Woody of being too soft on Malloy, Woody says that the last time Malloy said a dirty word, he washed his mouth out with a bar of chocolate.
  • Something Only They Would Say: While out ghost hunting, Denzel scares Steve by putting on a bed sheet. When he throws it off, Steve just thinks that the ghost morphed into Denzel. Denzel tells Steve to ask him only something he would know, and when Steve asks him what his last name is, Denzel says "I don't ***ing know". This convinces Steve.
  • Squirrels in My Pants: When Steve is faking being crippled, an infestation of lice in his pants is how he gives himself away.
  • Status Quo Is God: Like Family Guy, American Dad! and The Simpsons, continuity has little impact on the show's setting, 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 note  and freeze frame bonuses (in "Write 'Em Cowboy," the newspaper with the front-page story about Woody and Denzel being mistaken for pedophiles at the father-son picnic appears during the sequence where Malloy tries to get into the strip club).
  • Swear Jar: Woody apparently uses a urn filled with an ex-girlfriend's ashes as one.
  • Swiper, No Swiping!: When Donnie the Anti Christ summons his demons to end the world, Connie saves the day by telling him to stop. He may be the Anti Christ, but she is still his mother, damn it!
  • Tail Slap: Steven gets whacked in the nuts by a beaver in the first episode.
  • Tap on the Head: Denzel repeatedly finds ways to knock out the park judge in "Trailer Park" to keep him from visiting the park before it's ready. Eventually Denzel worries that he might get brain damage if he keeps knocking him out, which is what ends up happening.
  • Tastes Like Purple: The moose elder can't tell Malloy which ranger killed his parents, because humans all look the same to him. The wolf claims that it was the purple one. The moose elder tells him to shut up because he's color blind and doesn't know what he's talking about, and the wolf mutters "He sounded purple..."
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: Woody goes through one while trying to hire a new ranger. One is a biker who's hooked on angel dust, one is a pyrophiliac, one is mentally-handicapped, one is an animal rapist (Bobby the redneck rapist from the first episode), and one is qualified for the job, but is turned down for being Canadian.
  • That Liar Lies: Steve calls Ethel a liar in the first episode. When Ethel says that she's not a liar, Steve accuses her of lying.
  • That Was Objectionable: Part of Malloy and Steve's court case against Woody in "Cripple Berry" is for pain and suffering resulting from having to look at Woody's fat and fucked-up face. Woody objects, saying that his face is neither fat nor ***ed up. The judge overrules it, stating that his face is indeed fat and fucked-up
  • The All Solving Hammer: It turns out that the park animals have their own doctor, Dr. Goose-niak (who, unlike Dr. Kuzniak, is somewhat competent). His solution to any injury? Lick it.
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: Connie argues with her reflection several times in "Daddy Issues" about her feelings for Ethel. During one particularly heated argument, Denzel walks by and asks why they're yelling into a puddle of deer piss.
  • Tickle Torture: After Steve is crippled, Woody assumes he's faking it and tries to prove it. After cooking his feet in grills and shooting him in the leg with a crossbow don't work, Woody resorts to his ultimate weapon: A feather. Woody states that the treatment was banned by the Geneva Convention, and his actions performing it in Vietnam technically made him a war criminal.
  • Toad Licking: When trying to one-up Ethel in the first episode, Steve kisses a toad after seeing her do it to one she just saved. His toad ends up being more hallucinogenic.
  • Trailer Park Tornado Magnet: The solution to the redneck squatters in "Trailer Park". Bobby says "It's a scientific fact that trailer parks make tornadoes horny as shit".
  • Two Girls to a Team
  • Two Men, One Dress: What Steve and Denzel go to the Lord of the Rings convention as, dressed as Shadowfax, Lord of All Horses. When Denzel is thrown in prison for partaking in a crime wave along with his former gang member friends, Steve replaces him in the costume with Jorge, who quickly proves inept at the task, and soon abandons the costume to go flirt with Peter Jackson whom he had confused for a man in a fetish furry costume.
  • 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 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.
  • Walk the Plank: When Woody loses the fight on Captain Steve's pirate ship, Steve forces him to walk the plank. Since they're in Brickleberry Lake, the water's only a few inches deep. Unfortunately, the drop is high enough that Woody ends up breaking his ankles.
  • Wardens Are Evil: Warden Smalls. A big fan of Disproportionate Retribution, his favorite punishment for infractions is the electric chair.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: When Denzel seeks out the famous black ice skater "Frozen Toes" Carruthers to teach him how to ice skate, Carruthers makes him do several humiliating chores. As you can probably guess, none of these end up having to do with actual training, mainly because the man wasn't actually Carruthers, but an Alzheimers patient named "Silly" Willie. The actual Cruthers had died in 1995.
  • What Would X Do?: After Steve takes the identity of Flamey the Bear, a forest fire breaks out. Steve asks himself what Flamey would do. We then cut to Steve high on crack at a strip club. Strangely enough, this probably is what Flamey would do.
  • Window Pain: In "Miss National Park" a rock gets thrown through the ranger station window. It says "You're a dead man, fatso." Woody thinks it's for Connie.
  • Would Rather Suffer: Malloy says that he'd rather die than have sex with Mallory, his creepy female counterpart. When Ethel pulls a tranq gun on him, he quickly says he wasn't serious.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Malloy says it to the squabbit, who proves to be nearly indestructible.
  • You Must Be This Tall To Ride: Jorge has a cardboard cut out of a woman outside of his strip club, and if you aren't as tall as her C-section scar, you can't get in.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: Its not actually set at Christmas, but the episode "Old Wounds" contains a parody of the story when Denzel is shown by his imaginary friend, Reefer Sutherland, what will happen if he never smokes pot again. Among other things, his drug dealer will be unable to pay for medical treatment for his son, Whiny Tim.