Left to right: Murderface, Skwisgaar, Nathan, Pickles, Toki.
"We are here to make coffee metal. We will make everything metal. Blacker than the blackest black, times INFINITY."
Dethklok, Dethklok, Dethklok, Dethklok!
No other band in the world comes close to touching the extraordinary popularity of Dethklok. The heavy metal musicians command an exceptionally (and often psychotically) loyal fanbase, and the group's immense wealth has turned the Five-Man Band into the world's seventh-largest economy (right above Belgium) — but their success could become a harbinger of global doom...An animated series from the mind behind Home Movies, Metalocalypse focuses on the adventures (mundane or otherwise) of the five members of death metal band Dethklok:
"Lyrical visionary" (i.e: Singer and Frontman) Nathan Explosion (yes, "Explosion" is his real last name)
The world's fastest guitarist, from Sweden, Skwisgaar Skwigelf (taller than a tree)
The world's second fastest guitarist, from Norway, Toki Wartooth (not a bumblebee)
Bassist William Murderface (Murderface Murderface)
Pickles the drummer (doodily doo, ding dong doodily doodily doo)
Each band member possesses their own naively sociopathic tendencies, and they generally fail at doing anything not related to music, partying, or contract negotiation. (Hell, they can't even get grocery shopping right.) The five generally leave most of their business and legal affairs in the hands of their longtime manager, CFO Charles Foster Offdensen. Once Dethklok gets on stage, however, they put on a hell of a show — one which may or may not result in the violent deaths of their fans and other innocent victims, as the group tends to leave a trail of death and destruction anywhere they travel. (Dethklok even requires fans who attend concerts to sign "pain waivers" that absolve the band of legal liability for these occurences.)The Tribunal, an Illuminati-esque organization of various world leaders, attempts to curb Dethklok and their widespread influence at every possible step once they learn of the group's connection to prophecies in the Dead Sea Scrolls telling of an event known only as "the Metalocalypse". The mysterious leader of the Tribunal, Mr. Salacia, often forces The Tribunal to wait for Dethklok's actions to play out in full — and while he appears to have a role in their rise to power and glory, his true motives (as well as his ultimate connection to Dethklok and the Metalocalypse) remain unclear...The series aired fifteen-minute episodes over the first two seasons (with the exception of two special half-hour episodes in Season Two), switched to a full half-hour format for Season Three, and returned to the fifteen-minute format for Season Four. A one-hour movie special, The Doomstar Requiem -- A Klok Opera, aired in October 2013 and picked up the Metalocalypse storyline directly from the Season Four finale. While Brendon Small once said he once intended to make four seasons and a movie, Doomstar's ending sets up a fifth season; a recent interview with Brendon Small indirectly confirmed it.This show has an episode recap guide.
Metalocalypse contains brutal examples of the following f*guitar*ing tropes:
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A Day in the Limelight: Several — "Go Forth and Die" (Nathan), "Rehabklok" (Pickles), "Fatherklok" (Skwisgaar), "Dethdad" (Toki), "Birthdayface" (Murderface), and also the episodes focusing on Doctor Rockso.
A Gods Ams I: Skwisgaar, in relation to the vast number of children he's fathered.
In "Fatherklok", it's implied that Skwisgaar might actually be a demigod himself, his absent and untraceable father being (perhaps) one of the Norse gods.
The drum machine from "Rehabklok" cites this once he realizes he's famous.
A Date with Rosie Palms: In "Going Downklok", this is what the band does in order to alleviate any sexual tension they may have from not having a single woman on board for months. Not only does it fail, but it backfires quite hard. They all contract Advanced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome because of excessive masturbation.
When Murderface considers a career in politics, Toki bumbles up and releases a whole series of pictures showing Murderface jerking off to the media, thus ending Murderface's political career before it even begins.
Abusive Parents: Four of the band members had abusive relationships with their parents. Nathan is the only one who has a good relationship with his parents (he mentions in "Fatherklok" that he loves spending time with his dad). The only fault Nathan's parents have is being your stereotypical embarrassing parents.
Technically, Murderface had abusive grandparents — though the death of Murderface's parents in front of his infant self (in a murder/suicide committed by his chainsaw-wielding father) certainly had an effect on him, as seen in "Performanceklok".
Affectionate Parody: Creator Brendon Small is an avowed fan of Death Metal (and metal generally) — and every true metalhead knows the genre is ripe with excesses and silliness worth poking some lighthearted (if slightly dark) fun at.
The Alcoholic: This could potentially describe all of Dethklok, but it applies most obviously to Pickles, whose drinking manages to put even the other members of the band to shame. It seems to be a holy calling for him: when his former band reforms without him and headlines an anti-alcohol event, he takes it as a mortal offense.
When tabloids speculated that he doesn't get as drunk as he acts, he vows to get even more drunk just to show them up.
All Part of the Show: The accidents, destruction, and mass deaths really happen — and the fans don't care.
Ambiguously Brown: Leonard Rockstein/Doctor Rockso, the Rock and Roll Clown (he does cocaine). Dethklok's new producer Abigail qualifies, too.
Ambiguously Gay: Murderface plays this trope hard — to the point where he flips out if it's even hinted that he is gay, yet his behavior in certain episodes (e.g. "Dethfashion", "Dethhealth") suggests that he is.
And Zoidberg: It is repeatedly stated that Murderface is the least popular and respected member of the band, to the point where many fans don't even recognize him as an actual band member at all. There are even times where the others turn off Murderface's amp for entire concerts without anyone noticing. Runner up for least popular band member is Toki, who is considered the worst player in the band. This is why Murderface and Toki are frequently hanging out together. On the other hand, when Nathan, Skwisgaar and Pickles try to write songs without them, they manage to knock out 47 songs in a short time — but end up dismissing them all as crap because they lack the sort of pure anger and hatred that songs written with Murderface and Toki have.
When Murderface discusses a solo television special with Dick Knubbler, Knubbler refers to him as "almost part of Dethklok".
One of the many factors (legitimate or otherwise) keeping Murderface and Toki on the outs is Skwisgaar. He's very likely the most talented guitarist on the planet and has an ego to match; his attitude seems to be that anyone else playing a guitar in his band is redundant. He may be right. Skwisgaar also seems determined to keep Toki in his shadow.
Apocalypse Maiden: The Tribunal believes Dethklok has a connection to the eponymous end-of-the-world prophecy. Dethklok's music itself seems to cause insanity and chaos to ensue. The process that Dethklok's scientists developed for Dethklok to record music onto water causes entire landscapes to turn to blight.
Skwisgaar: "Dude, where's are we's?! What the *pinch harmonic* we just flies in?! ...what the hell was wrong with your guitar sounds tonight?"
Art Evolution: The quality of the animation gets much more fluid and improved with each season, with much more movement as opposed to standing rigidly in place at all times.
Artist Disillusionment: The band hates their fans. All of them. (Even the hot ones.) They also hate other people in the music industry. They even despise working on new albums. Offdensen has to keep forcing them to work so they meet release dates and don't slack off all the time.
Actually, they really speak Swedish/Norwegian, though the actors' horrible accents make it sort of hard to make out.
Skwisgaar's name is an example in itself, as Swedish doesn't even have W's other than a few exceptional cases.
Asshole Victim: Some Dethklok fans tend to be real assholes. An example is when the fans congregate inside a Dethklok-themed coffee shop. Two in particular share stories of how dedicated fans they are. One stole his child's entire college fund to pay for a ticket to see Dethklok perform, while the other tried to poison his little sister by forcing her to drink motor oil "until she got sick". The Revengencers blow up the coffee shop shortly afterwards, killing the former and irreversibly disfiguring/maiming the latter.
Battle Butler: Offdensen will personally kill someone if he must.
Skwisgaar: Ands listens, yous the best butler wes ever had so, we no want yous to quit. Offdensen: I'm not a butler...never mind.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Dethklok is not the sixth/seventh largest economy in the world, just above Belgium. In the first season, "[Dethklok is] now the twelfth largest economy in the world, having just surpassed Belgium", in the second season they are declared the seventh largest economy in the world, in the third season, "[Dethklok is] now the sixth largest economy in the world". It can be assumed that they have become the World's Top Economy by Season Four, since they send the entire planet's economy spiralling downwards after all the copies of their new album end up lost/destroyed.
Bedmate Reveal: Played with. In "Tributeklok", Nathan lies in an unfamiliar bed, speaking to someone beside him about the band (uses 'we' and 'us'). The shot lingers on Nathan for awhile before abruptly revealing him to be speaking to a room full of naked, passed out supermodels.
Murderface: TOKI, I'LL KILL YOU! MOTHERF*pinch harmonic*ER! (Murderface comes across Toki stomping the face of an obnoxious concert goer who got on his last nerve, while Nathan and Skwisgaar stand by watching in shock) Toki: WHATS THE F*pinch harmonic* DO YOU WANT, MOTHERF*pinch harmonic*ER?!?! Murderface: (scared shitless) ...what's up, bro? What's happenin'?
In "Dethkids", he shows his disdain for being the "kid-friendly" band member by speaking in a raspy voice, covering himself with blood, and setting things on fire.
One episode has Toki take notice of how he's always being excluded from the group's activities, and demands that they show him some attention to make up for it. When they finally say yes, Toki manipulates Murderface into changing his hairstyle and mustache and convinces the other three to let him handle all the costume designs for their big "we're not racist" publicity event. Toki's bandmates have a massive Oh Crap moment when they realize that they just walked out on stage dressed up as Klan members with a big burning cross behind them — and Murderface was made to look like Hitler. But the real kicker? Toki didn't even get to enjoy it because they left him behind again.
Big Beautiful Man: According to the Tribunal's chart in "Dethvanity", Nathan is considered the second-most attractive member of the band in-universe — even though the show often refers to him (and shows him) as overweight. In the same episode, he lets himself go hard and ends up breaking the hot tub.
Big Damn Heroes: Offdensen, of all people, shows up at exactly the right time to prevent Dethklok from signing a new contract with a corrupt record executive at the end of "Renovationklok".
Also Pickles at the end of "Rehabklok".
Big Bad: Mr. Salacia. Especially as of the season 4 finale.
Big "NO!": The series is peppered with Big "NO!"'s from Nathan, so much so that it could nearly be considered a catch phrase.
Nick Ibsen: You are all going to be reunited with your families. (A panel opens up, revealing the families of each of the five band members) Nathan Explosion: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! You're going to pay for this! Ibsen: Pay for what? Journalistic integrity?''
When Nathan tries to record the entirety of Shakespeare's works for books on tape in a single session and a very drunk Pickles tells him he forgot to press 'Record', his Big "NO!" turns into a Little "No" because he's all out of voice.
Big "Shut Up!": Murderface utters one during the band's interrogation about his sensitivity to penis-shaped food.
Bilingual Bonus: The Jomfru brothers. Jomfru is the word for "virgin" in some Scandinavian languages such as Icelandic and Danish, although it usually refers to female virgins.
Offdensen is Danish for "son of the house" or, literally, "homeboy".
In "Dethstars", Pickles is wearing a karate headband with his name written on it in katakana.
Of the two Scandinavian band members, Toki is the only one seen speaking or writing his native language. In "Dethdad", he speaks with his mother in Norwegian note Hellos? Mor, han dør kreft? Han er nesten død? Han hoster opp blod? Okay, hadet bra. (Hellos? Mother, he dies of cancer? He is almost dead? He coughs up blood? Okay, goodbye.), and in "Dethsiduals", he drafts a contract with the blanks filled in with (seemingly absurd) Norwegian words.
In "Detharmonic", the laser console has some Russian text on it. The first word means "military" and the second word is an English cognate: "lazer." Another Troper who understands Russian better should probably help with this translation.
Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: "Subpoena, subpoena, subpoena, Netflix. Huh, yeah, awesome, naked lady fan mail — possibly awesome, possibly horrible. Subpoena..."
Bishōnen: Skwisgaar is the definition of this, being slender, pale, pretty, has long flowing blonde hair, and is an unstoppable sex god. Toki has most of these traits too, though he doesn't seem to exploit it as much as Skwisgaar does.
Black Comedy: In "Dethkomedy", this is taken half literally.
Break the Badass: Despite their apathy toward all the death and destruction they cause, Dethklok has been shown to be visibly disturbed when they witness unexpected gore up close. Special mention goes to the scene at the very end of "Dethhealth" where Nathan and his dentist are on a hunting trip: when the dentist blows his head off in a sudden act of suicide, Nathan's expression is priceless.
Break the Cutie: Toki in the second season, though it's all played for (very dark) laughs.
Brick Joke: Too many to count. Basically, any item or element that seems like a silly throw-away gag in the beginning of the episode will reappear, usually to hilariously destructive ends, by the end of the episode.
Broke Episode: Without Offdensen around to protect them, Dethklok find themselves cut off from their income by the record company until they renegotiate their contract in "Doublebookedklok".
Brown Note: Dethklok's music tends to drive the listeners into a bloodthirsty frenzy. They seem to get more violent whenever Dethklok doesn't release an album over long periods of time.
Calling the Old Man Out: Inverted in "Dethfam"; the band members' parents call them out on the way they've been treated throughout the episode:
Stella Murderface: Oh, you gutless pieces of living garbage! You think you know what it's like to be brutal?! Can you imagine cleaning the feculent crud off this moron's diapers every morning?? Well let me tell you billionaire lowlifes something. There's nothing — NOTHING! — in this world more brutal and grotesque than raising children!!!
Pickles does this to his mother after she expresses disapproval in everything he did for a job.
Cannot Spit It Out: When Nathan tries to apologize to Pickles for being the asshole that he is, it causes him to vomit blood before he's finally able to show any emotion and say he was sorry.
Cartwright Curse: Anyone or anything that Toki loves will die before the end of the episode. Fans, music teachers, pets, and even his father after he finally forgave him for a lifetime of abusive parenting. Only Doctor Rockso seems to have avoided this, though Joker Immunity may be preventing his death by Toki friendship.
The Cameo: Major players in heavy metal have voiced a variety of minor characters. The list of cameos include Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield of Metallica, Marty Friedman of Megadeth, King Diamond of Mercyful Fate, George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher of Cannibal Corpse, and event the actual band members who play on Dethklok's live tours.
From a fictional character standpoint, Goat from Megas XLR appears in the first episode as a fan that lost an eye during a Dethklok concert.
For a promo for the videogame Brütal Legend, the game's lead character, Eddie, saves Dethklok from a "Bouncer"-style enemy from the same game.
Mike Patton voiced Rikki Kixx in "Snakes n' Barrels II".
Season Three gets maybe the weirdest cameo ever: Kirk Hammett as Toki's penis.
While Slash gets vocal credits in a few episodes, he doesn't speak much in public, so it would be hard to spot him...
The Cassandra: Dethklok won't listen to Offdensen, or their band physician, for even the most basic common sense advice.
Caught with Your Pants Down: Dethhealth has a variation on this with Murderface. While he is getting the infamous "turn your head and cough" test administered, he imagines that a hot woman, not the doctor, has their hands on his penis. Hilarity Ensues.
Celebrity Power: The overarching theme of the show is the deconstruction of this trope and how fans who worship celebrities hurt both themselves and society at large.
Cerebus Syndrome: The series became far more plot-oriented after Season One's ending.
Chekhov's Gun: Hilariously subverted and then played straight in "Dethtroll" via the Dethphones.
There tend to be quite a few of these in the series, with many of them also acting as Chekhov's Brick Jokes. Toki's diabetes from all the candy he ate during "Swkisklok" seemed like a one-off joke (as it's never brought up again over the rest of Season One), but it becomes a major plot point in an episode three seasons later...
The 5$ Hot Topic gift card, arguably for the whole series. It was originally given to the Blues Devil and then passed hands to Liz Bane, who gave it to Pickles. It is then converted into an explosive and used to help the band escape from the trap set up by the Revengencers in The Doomstar Requiem.
Chekhov's Skill: Nathan punching Damien in the first few minutes of "Renovationklok". He later does it again to stop Damien from attacking the recently-returned Offdensen.
Cliff Hanger: The finale of Season Two — Mordhaus burns to the ground, and no one knows if Offdensen will make it out alive.
The finale of Season Four sure as hell counts. Salacia kills the band's label's CEO and reveals himself to them. The Revengencers strike at Dethklok during said CEO's funeral. Magnus Hammersmith grabs Toki from behind and stabs him with a knife, a Revengencer runs Abigail through from the back, then the two Revengencers escape with their new hostages. The episode ends with the Church of the Black Klok saying they believe that both Toki and Abigail are still alive, but the viewer is given no further indications that they could be — until the trailer for The Doomstar Requiem shows them to be alive, anyway.
Continuity Porn: After Season One, virtually every episode of the show contains a subtle Call Back to a previous episode, from the Dethphones to the diamond codpiece to the hideously-scarred host of the Dethklok Minute.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: Subverted in "Dethsources". The band hires a second manager because they start to think that Offdensen is ripping them off financially, but the second manager plans to gain power of attorney over the band so he can steal their fortune for himself. He never gets that far because Offdensen kills him in a fencing duel.
Played straight in "Renovationklok". Damien, the son of the executive that gave Dethklok their contract, had been holding a grudge against them (particularly Nathan) for punching him years prior. When he took power from his ailing father, he cut off both Dethklok's finances and the power to their concert so he could force the band to sign a new contract that would benefit him more than it would the band. When Offdensen intervened, Damien tried to attack him — only to get punched by Nathan again.
Crapsack World: This appears to be the work of the Tribunal, as most of their efforts are conducive to keeping the world's masses dull and controllable.
Dethklok's presence tends to exacerbate this. Their fans probably wouldn't be so dangerous if it weren't for their current malleable state. On more than one occasion, the opposite has been true, as the Tribunal fears that Dethklok's antics could stimulate the masses' minds in a positive manner.
With the exception of General Crozier (whose primary worry is that Dethklok stirs the world to ridiculous levels of ultraviolence) and Salacia (who wants Dethklok to cause the Metalocalypse), the Tribunal is primarily worried that because Dethklok does what they want, how they want to do it, regardless of any consequences or obstacles, they will actually improve the life of the common folk by setting an inspirational example. The potential release of "Blood Ocean" stirred up fears of a return of creative control to artists, and Nathan's pursuit of his GED stirred fear that people would realize that the working class is just as smart as the upper class.
Nathan's lack of leadership resulted in the entire state of Florida becoming a lawless no-man's land. He introduced a state currency that became immediately worthless due to inflation, named the upcoming hurricane instead of alerting any citizen to its incoming arrival (due to the pillaging of the emergency systems), and allowed things to get so bad that every police officer abandoned their service. Nathan was still voted as "the best governor Florida ever had".
Season Four starts off with Nathan announcing that he's dating one of his fans, an attractive girl who has a complete obsession with him. Not just Nathan, but EVERYONE WHO LOOKS LIKE HIM. They're all Nathan in her eyes, and she's willing to blow herself up with a bomb if it'll mean getting the "perfect explosion" to show her love to him.
"Nice work, guys," is another favorite of his. Which is what makes his angry outburst in "Doublebookedklok" all the more unsettling when he says it with such bile.
Deal with the Devil: Subverted — the band proves so remarkably adept at contract negotiation that instead of trading their souls, they offer a $5 Hot Topic gift card for blues fame and a 7% backend of the Blues Devil's soul. He decides to sleep on it.
Death by Looking Up: This always seems to happen to some unlucky person when the freak accidents erupt.
A Running Gag, actually. Not only does it keep happening, it keeps happening to the same person, with different clothes and skin tone. At one point it was physically impossible. He got impaled by a blunt picket sign which would have bounced off a normal person.
Double subverted in "Dethfashion": when a fashion model's blade-adorned armcuff flies off, it seems as if it'll impale the usual victim's face — but then the blade smashes a tank of electric eels, which then fall onto the guy (and electrocute him).
Defictionalization: Brendon Small has done several live tours as Dethklok, not to mention released The Dethalbum, which has the honor of being the highest-charting Death Metal album in Billboard's history. There have since been two more Dethalbums and a fourth for The Doomstar Requiem.
Diabolus Ex Machina: Toki would have given Doctor Rockso a well-deserved beatdown had Murderface's grandmother not run into a cross, making it crash on them both.
Dethklok finally finished their newest album and explicitly produced it in the 100% Piracy-proof water format. On the day that the album was meant to be shipped out, horrible stormy weather all across the globe ended up sinking the entire fleet of cargo ships containing every copy — except for the master copy in Mordhaus. Nathan, in a drunken (and whale-influenced) stupor, realizes that the album needs to be destroyed and takes an axe to it. However, this actually turned out to be a Deus ex Machina, as it's later revealed that had the shipping been successful, the Tribunal would have obtained enough funds to start up the Falconback Project (which is potentially part of the Metalocalypse).
The one in "Dethhealth" is even MORE of an acid sequence, with everyone singing at some point — Pickles becomes a giant head in the sky with his dreadlocks acting like tentacles as he sings about how he's not actually going to die, Nathan he sings about how his dentist doesn't want to commit "Hamburger Time" (which is quickly subverted right before the Titmouse logo), and Murderface sings happily about how he "jacked off on a doctor's face". Skwisgaar, being the only member of Dethklok who didn't get a major event that episode, joins Murderface, singing "He jacks offs on a doctor's face!" with the same amount of glee.
Disproportionate Retribution: This happens to the rap/rock band Get Thee Hence in "Dethsiduals" for simply being allowed to open for Dethklok in concert. The fans immediately rushed to the stage and killed them all. Even Nathan, who said that he hated Get Thee Hence, was shocked to see this happen.
On the other hand, the band members of Get Thee Hence had been nothing but obnoxious assholes up to that point. So although it was disproportionate on the fans' part, since they could not have known, it had shades of Karmic Death from the viewers' point of view.
Distaff Counterpart: Ladyklok, one of the various Dethklok tribute bands the guys see in Tributeklok.
Orlaag: Yet there is no warm port waiting for Dethklok, no matter what size the vessel.
Also, Mr. Salacia's chair in his private room looks more than a little bit yonic.
Doing It for the Art: While recording his guitar parts for a new album, Skwisgaar hears a buzzing noise. It only happens while he stands on the ground, though. To avoid the buzzing, Skwisgaar skydives out of the Dethklok airship and records his guitar parts in mid-air. When Toki accidentally erases the only copy of Skwisgaar's track, guess what he has to do again...
Skwisgaar: It may be the most dangerous thing I'll ever do in my lifes.
Drowning My Sorrows: Toki, still dealing with his father's death (which the band accidentally caused), is drunk throughout the whole season 2 finale.
Pickles, Murderface and Nathan do this in the episode Mordland, the night before Fan Day. Totally justified.
Nathan: *groaning* Why do I drink so much before Fan Day? Murderface: I believe you drink because it's Fan Day.
Although Pickles is widely (rightfully) regarded as the most hard drinking member of the band, Toki seems to have the biggest problems with alcohol. In Dethwedding, Skwisgaar references past experiences where he needed to babysit a sloppy drunk Toki. And during the Pentuplemint Gum party scene in Tributeklok, he's visibly hammered again. Even Skwisgaar notices, though it's never mentioned.
This can also apply to Pickles at an early age, who became an alcoholic at age 6 due to mental (and probably physical) abuse from his brother and parents.
Drunk Driver: Nathan almost kills Murderface in Religionklok.
Skwisgaar and Toki in Dethrace.
Drunk with Power: Toki, any time he has (or thinks he has) any amount of authority. Particularly in "Dethgov":
Toki: You dos what I say or I haves you all killed! Now shits your pants! Nathan: Toki, your boner is showing.
Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Nathan dated a famous actress named Rebecca Nightrod, who fell into a coma after falling down several flights of stairs. Nathan stayed with her throughout it all, claiming she was "the perfect girlfriend".
She later breaks up with him and gets a new boyfriend while still in a coma.
Early-Bird Cameo: Ishnifus Meaddle is quoted on the back of the Season 3 box set. It also mentions the Church of the Black Klok by name.
Magnus Hammersmith showed up in a flashback in "Renovationklok".
Eats Babies: One of the anti-Dethklok prisoners in Dethecution.
Ephebophile: Doctor Rockso, who got busted with a fourteen-year-old girl. And possibly with her daughter of the same age, twenty years later.
Eskimos Aren't Real: The guys don't like that Toki has befriended Dr. Rockso the Rock and Roll Clown and has him over - Nathan angrily exclaims "Clowns aren't real!!!
Evil All Along: Magnus Hammersmith has been a member of the Revengencers from the very start.
Evil Laugh: Facebones. In one of the DVD extras, Facebones offers a tour of Mordhaus; when he comes to the secret hallway where the Jomfru brothers were shot, he can't stop laughing...
Executive Meddling: Season 3 was shockingly tame compared to the first season; this was due to the fact that Adult Swim ordered the carnage be toned down, since Superjail (which had a similarly bloody tone) had debuted and they wanted to avoid people comparing it to Metalocalypse as far as ripping off it's tone.
All of the members of the band are intended to be expys of real life musicians. Murderface, as stated, is Geezer Butler, Nathan is an expy for George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, Pickles is very clearly an expy for Devin Townsend, Skwisgaar is an expy for renowned guitar virtuoso, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Toki is intended to be an expy for Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth.
Rockso is a curious one; his speaking voice is much closer to KISS singer Paul Stanley than Roth, as the original idea was just a glam-metal clown.
Although in most cases, it's just visual similarities rather than personality or professional ones. For example, bass player William Murderface feels inadequate because he doesn't contribute creatively to Dethklok and often tries to take credit for writing when he's practically incapable of doing so, and fails every project he attempts. By contrast, bass player Geezer Butler was Black Sabbath's primary lyricist during his time with the band, and successfully led the band G/Z/R.
Eye Scream: Performanceklok has a video of an eye operation going on in the background of the band meeting. The video even references what happens if said surgery goes wrong:
Narrator: When squozen with considerable pressure, the hard, marble-like lens can jettison back into the patient's eyes, blinding them.
Dick Knubbler's explosive decompression incident at the end of "Dethwater".
The Faceless: The Klokateers. All wear hoods and we rarely see their faces.
Face Palm: Murderface's reaction upon Dr. Rockso's first appearance.
Fan Disservice: Anytime Murderface's ass is shown and Toki's hideous internet date, especially since the season 3 DVD set doesn't have the black censorship bars.
Fan Nickname: After Charles returns at the end of the third season premiere with his newly acquired hero scar, several fans dubbed this even more badass version of him "Scarles".
Murderface's attempt to connect as a father figure to Skwisgaar in Fatherklok has earned this version of him the nickname "Dadderface".
Rehabklok, due to about half the episode being sung by or to Pickles, earned the nickname "Pickles: The Musical".
Fanservice: Toki poledancing at a strip club for extra cash in Renovationklok.
If you like groupie tits, you'll be happy to know that the season 03 DVDs are uncensored. But there are Skwisgaar's preferencesto consider. And Toki's date, as stated above.
Going Downklok, an episode largely focused on sexual frustration, takes this trope all the way over the top. Trapped in a submarine with only one technically-off-limits woman - and banned from masturbation - the boys take it upon themselves to either break out the dressy bolo tie (Pickles), bulk up (Nathan and Skwisgaar) or roller skate around in a ponytail and tight pink underwear (Toki).
Faux Horrific: Several episodes open with Dethklok making a petty, trivial decision, with ominous music and Hostile Weather happening at the same time. These petty choices usually put the Tribunal on alert and have massive economic and cultural repercussions and set the topic for the episode:
Female Feline, Male Mutt: At the start of the concert where Dethklok make neutering pets metal, Nathan growls: "You probably know that dogs have balls. And if you're like us, you just found out that cats have balls."
Foreshadowing: In "Dethwater", the 2nd episode of the 1st season, Toki comments that the the recording "picks up the whales saying hello". Fast forward to season 4, where the whales on the recording actually become a plot point!
In "Murder Outside The Box", when Agent 216 is first introduced, a tattoo is seen on his left arm. It's the Falconback Project logo.
"Mordland" has Offdensen, while accompanying the Jomfru brothers to the elevator, press both buttons with a certain hand gesture. He does the same in the season 3 finale, which takes him to the imprisoned Edgar Jomfru.
"Writersklok"'s Tribunal segment predicts Abigail driving Dethklok apart, which actually happens in Going Downklok and Dethdinner.
Several of Werner Herzog's opening voiceovers in season 4 predict things that happen during the episode.
"And the ocean was at once the destroyer and the savior." from "Prankklok", predicts the album being destroyed completely, plus the revelation that it was meant to be destroyed, as it was not "the right song".
"And the harvest did dry and wither, and the sun did cease to shine. The hour of forebodement was upon us." from "Motherklok", predicts the dire aftermath of the album being destroyed.
"And the death song of the man who stands behind shadows began." from "Dethcamp", predicts Magnus Hammersmith's return. In addition, as the voiceover plays, his shadow can be seen overlapping the moon. Additionally, it predicts his death during "The Doomstar Requiem".
Freudian Excuse: The reason Pickles drinks so much is revealed to be because his brother burned down their garage and blamed it on him. His parents believed it.
Funny Foreigner: Toki and Skwisgaar are humorously out of touch with...pretty much everything, really.
They also ams speakings like this constantslys.
Gagging on Your Words: Nathan's apology to Pickles in the season four finale. The effort it takes him to say "I'm sorry" is comparable to another person uprooting a tree stump with their bare hands.
General Ripper: Crozier was originally a mostly-sane example of this trope, later losing the 'sane' part thanks to Mr. Salacia.
Genius Ditz: Basically the entire group. In the first episode, they couldn't figure out how to make their own food at all. Each character has shown at least one moment of genuine superior intelligence though.
Skwisgaar: "I believe they calls this a food libraries."
Satan demands their souls in exchange of blues music mastery. They bargain it down to a five dollar Hot Topic coupon, while demanding a percentage of Satan's soul as part of the bargain. Satan wisely decides to walk away and think it over.
Gentle Giant: While not a straight example, Nathan's is more amiable and warm-hearted than his reputation and appearance would have you believe.
"This is MY band. You're MY stupid, dumb, *pinch harmonic* up, dysfunctional family, alright?!"
Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When Murderface's unfathomably bizarre scheme to to get in good with Serveta Skwigelf makes Pickles and Toki start directing all their pent-up daddy issues at him, Nathan slaps the crap out of them both and tells them to wake the (pinch harmonic) up.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: A particularily noteworthy example even for THIS show. "Going Downklock" ends with them showing Nathan making an advance on their new producer, who was the only woman onboard the entire submarine. Then they show him ducking down and he begins to orally pleasure her while the camera remains focused on her.
Also during Season 4: It's never shown on screen, but during Dethklok's mad rush to prove how not racist they are, Toki's made-up clique is called "Special Peoples Invites Club", ie SPIC.
Gonk: Murderface. One of the five wealthiest men on Earth and no woman will touch him.
"The perfect specimen of devolution: —cro-magnon brow, distended jaw, clammy hands, buckled stomach, back pimplage, hitchhiker thumbs, hammer-assed, fallen arches, chicken-plucked legs, sandpapery, eczema-styled skin, dry, unkempt triangle hair."
Murderface: Gas means your wiener's being played with by a suicidal weirdo! Gas means you're gay!
Pickles: Dude! Who cares if he plays with your dick?? You'll totally be out!
In Rehabklok, Pickles is confronted with this after the drum machine kidnaps the rest of the band in order to kill them, locking Pickles in a room with an entire table's worth of alcohol after he had just completed his last rehabilitation step. The devil tells him to get drunk; the angel tells him to save the band. Pickles decides to just do both.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: Offdensen sports one on the left side of his face after being brought back to life. (Although it disappears as the series continues)
Murderface's NASCAR-type-theatrical-hybrid-event was apparently trying for this effect, with the wizard narrator and the dragon-based decor and medieval-themed racers. Pity that it didn't actually make any sense.
Heel-Face Turn: Dick Knubbler; the power of Dethklok's metal brings him into their fold in an instant.
Later on, John Twinkletits was brought in as an advisory role (with two cybernetic arms to replace the ones ripped off by the yard wolves).
Nathan: (to Murderface) YOU consistently make us look like a bunch of dumb, rich, sheltered assholes! *cue zoom-out to show them being pampered by Klokateers*
They get Doctor Rockso to give up cocaine, when they regularly use drugs themselves. Though, at least they know their superhuman limits, and are not obnoxious about it.
They are uncomfortable with the concept of death, and demand that it be referred to as "Hamburger Time". This is despite the fact that they are a death metal band.
The existence of the Church of Atheists...who are often prone to physical assaults by agnostics.
In Rehabklok, the rest of the band criticize Pickles for his heavy drinking...while drinking large amounts of beer themselves.
Skwisgaar, of all people, teasing Pickles for being a "beautiful ladies" during his glam days.
Icy Blue Eyes: Toki, Doctor Rockso, and General Crozier's are an icy pale blue.
Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Nearly all of the episode names include either "Deth" or "Klok". The exceptions being the Snakes and Barrels episodes, Black Fire Upon Us, Go Forth and Die, The Metalocalypse Has Begun (which is a Title Drop), and The Doomstar Requiem.
The second season finale actually has two names, one not following the naming convention (Black Fire Upon Us), and one that does (Dethrelease). The Revengencers also has a second name that followes the Idiosyncratic Episode Naming, Sickklok.
The Illuminati: The Church of the Black Klok has existed for thousands of years, watching upon the various developments of the world, all waiting for the moment when Dethklok would rise up to prevent the Metalocalypse. They're the ones who brought Offdensen back to life.
Charles: Alright moving on, your new producer should be here any minute.
Pickles: Yeah okay, what's his name?
Knubbler: I'm still here in the room!
Immune to Drugs: During Pickles' reunion tour with his old band Snakes n' Barrels, a radical new drug is introduced to the band, who then asks Pickles to do the drug with them before their first show. Snakes n' Barrels is completely destroyed by the drug; Pickles remains unharmed, however, since his growing up "smoking government weed every day" made him immune to just about any hard drug in existence and any drug to be invented. The only exception, for the sake of that episode, is the Yopo plant that the Amazonian natives use in Dethcarraldo.
In Dethrace, Murderface is nervous about a press release, so Pickles gives him a drug that he himself takes to relax...and gives him the same dose he uses on himself. Murderface spends the rest of the episode completely unaware of where he is and literally incapable of seeing straight.
Less mundane example: Nathan's description as "lyrical visionary" doesn't hold a lot of water if you look at the lyrics too closely. This could, arguably, also be linked with Toki and Murderface) as their parts are canonically re-recorded by Skwisgaar and their skills are repeatedly stated to be lacking), as well as the entire band, which is unable to tune instruments without breaking them.
Although how good Toki and Murderface are varies a lot throughout the series. In a recent episode, they recorded an entire album by themselves.
In Medias Res: Aside from Toki confirmed as the Replacement Goldfish, no explanation is given about how these five men came together to form Dethklok, or how they picked up Offdensen to be their manager.
The season four episode "Dethcamp" did explain why the former rhythm guitarist, Magnus Hammersmith, was kicked out of the band, while "The Doomstar Requiem" covers how Toki joined.
Instrument of Murder: The season 2 finale has Skwisgaar kill invading Revengencers with his guitar. Pickles is shown a couple feet away, choking another Revengencer with a drum stick.
Insult Backfire: The comic at Toki's birthday party/roast joked that Pickles was so high he thinks he's watching the roast on YouTube. Pickles (only a few feet away) says that he actually DOES think he's watching it on YouTube.
Its Pronounced Tro Pay: John Twinkletits. It's not pronounced the way it's spelled (Twinkle-tits); the accent is on the "let" part of his name (Twink-LET-its).
Jerk Ass: While most of the band members fulfill this trope (usually unintentionally), Murderface is an unrepentant asshole to everyone he meets.
Let's be honest here. Every single member but Toki is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold to various degrees. Especially Murderface, who at one point even all-out apologizes for being a jerk, claiming he just can't resist it, and then proceeds with asking everybody present to just kill themselves so he would not have to be one. Toki, however, is the complete opposite of this trope. He is a nice guy most of the time, but harbours a deeper, darker side.
When Dethklok confronts their therapist Dr. Twinkletits, Murderface admits that he prides himself on being a Jerk Ass but that he is in awe of the doctor's ability to constantly antagonize everyone. He adds that he really respects that personality trait.
Seth definitely qualifies. He's a complete dick to EVERYONE.
Just a Stupid Accent: Skwisgaar. Toki speaks Norwegian in Dethdad when on the phone with someone from Norway, but Skwisgaar spends most of Fatherklok in Sweden with his mother and stepfather, who speak broken English the entire time.
Just for the Heli of It: One episode had Nathan say; "Guys, I think we need to build a space helicopter!" He's immediately shot down with "That's impossible!" The band also frequently uses a helicopter the size of a good-sized house to travel with, when they're not using their longship car.
Karma Houdini: Dr. Rockso in Dethmas. He breaks parole, steals Toki's christmas gifts for coke money, ruins Murderface's Christmas special, gets a handjob from Skwisgaar's mom, and escapes a well deserved Pissed!Toki beatdown due to a freak accident.
Not to mention Pickles' brother Seth, who makes every other character in this show look like a saint and continuously gets what he wants. Even when they try to shove him right in karma's path, he twists it to his advantage.
Every member of the band is a sociopath in some way or another, and they are responsible for countless deaths. They almost never have to deal with long term consequences for their actions.
Karmic Death: The sultan and his men in "Writersklok" are killed in a harem uprising.
This is a literal Shout-Out to American death metal band Suffocation being charged in England in the early 1990s with their music being obscene and vulgar. The entire case hinged on the fact of whether or not the songs could 'damage' the youth. Their defense attorney's argument is VERBATIM what Nathan regurgitates in the response.
Lesser Star: It's a running joke that neither Toki nor Murderface have any real input into the songwriting process. Their parts are written by Skwisgaar, and usually also performed on the records by Skwisgaar, when they aren't just being mixed to inaudible levels during production.
However, Murderface does contribute one major element to the recording process: his dickish behavior. In his absence, the rest of the band is too happy to make properly angry-sounding death metal.
It's not really explained why Toki is excluded from the creative process. Toki seems to be perfectly able to take over Skwisgaar's lead guitar parts both when Skwisgaar leaves for Sweden and in the Dethklok covers band. It's quite plausible that he's just not the creative sort, or that Skwisgaar's legendary arrogance and Toki's lack of assertiveness combine to kill any idea Toki might have.
Lethal Klutz: Dethklok manage to kill fans at every show, the faulty and badly-conceived products they endorse cause countless deaths, and that's not even getting into the times when either they or their fans have people murdered intentionally.
Long Title: Dethalbum II contains a song titled "I Tamper With the Evidence at the Murder Site of Odin". So long that it takes up a several lines of text on the album's track list, while most other songs have titles that are two or three words in length.
Another example would be the third longest title, "Crush My Battle Opponent's Balls". The length of the title belies the fact that the track is only about a minute long, contains no lyrics, and is almost completely unknown by name to fans because it was released on neither CD and was only seen in a Blip Vert on a little TV screen when featured on the show.
The second longest title, "My Inner Child Tied and Beaten in My Trunk" from Performanceklok has two less words ( and 5 less syllables) than "I Tamper with the Evidence at the Murder Site of Odin".
Lust Triangle: Nathan, Abigail, and Pickles. Triang Relations type 3. She picks Nathan, but only after her vibrator dies. The aftermath leads to Pickles quitting Dethklok.
Mad Artist: Pretty much anyone who shows any form of creativity (including Dethklok themselves), and often applied humorously.
Man Hug: Nathan and Pickles share one in the fourth season finale, after Nathan apologizes for destroying the master record and pursing Abigail, telling Pickles that what he wants more than anything is for the band to stay together. That means that man hugs are officially Metal.
Masochist's Meal: In Dethecution, Toki sprays mace on a turkey after the band decides they're not going to eat any more of it. At the end of the episode, Toki and Skwisgaar get hungry and decide to eat the rest of it anyway. It tastes "stingy".
Mass "Oh, Crap!": Nathan, Skwisgaar, Murderface, and even Charles share one in "Dethdinner" when Pickles quits the band.
His first and middle name come from "Charles Foster Kane" of the movie Citizen Kane. To those who haven't seen the movie, Offdensen is an entrepreneur whose practices follows much along the line of his namesake. Additionally, Offdensen is the band's Chief Financial Officer.
Men Don't Cry: Pickles tells Toki that none of the band will talk about missing Offdensen because "Admitting sadness...makes you gay."
Skwisgaar: So f*pinch harmonic*kings expensive that it makes me horny.
Monumental Damage: Dethklok fans torch The Louvre after Murderface says all 30,000 pieces of art stink.
The Sphinx is decapitated during a Detklok concert in Egypt. It's being repaired at the end of the episode, but is crushed when the coffin (inside a coffin inside a coffin) with Toki's dead cat inside falls on it.
Mr. Exposition: Offdensen spends the beginning of the season 4 finale explaining EVERYTHING that has happened throughout the series in relation to Mr. Salacia from since when Mordhaus was attacked by the Revengencers and he was first thought to have died.
Mr. Fanservice: Offdensen, surprisingly enough. Especially in Papa Wolf mode. Fangirls everywhere let out a collective squee when he showed up at the end of Renovationklok dressed in an awesome leather jacket, no glasses, hair all mussed and out of place...
Toki has his fair share of female fans as well, being the most fit member of the band, as well as The Woobie.
"Let the blackness that is the fashion industry take its intended path."
The Dethklok Home for Wayward Kitties. "Release...the KITTIES!"
Dethwater: it's metal — for fish.
This is Nathan's reaction to Christmas in Dethmas. He's initially turned off by the idea of Toki wanting to put up a tree, etc., until he takes a moment to really look it over. He sees it as the corpse of a tree, further humiliated and desecrated by being strung up in Mordhaus and decorated. He feels the whole thing is pretty brutal.
"Ok, hold on now, so you're telling me that you put these little guys in boiling water and they shriek and they turn red, and they die. ...That is the most metal thing I ever heard in my whole life."
Musical Episode: "Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem — A Klok Opera" picks up where the end of the 4th season left off, only everyone is singing everything.
Myspeld Rökband: 'Death Clock' is A Good Name For AB And. So good, they had to spell it 'Dethklok' because there is a Real Life thing named 'Death Clock' already! By the way, it's a website that counts down to the day you die based on lifestyle choices and other factors.
Murderface: Now that he's dead, it's easier to say...emotional things about him.
Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer for Dethvanity implied that Murderface's facelift would successful. The scene was actually just an imagine spot, and Murderface's surgery turns out as expected.
N.G.O. Superpower: Dethklok has the power to enforce the copyrights on their music, engage in horrendous acts of violence without any authorities so much as batting an eye, and possesses a fleet of jumbo-jet sized helicopters not to mention the rockets in the season 2 finale.
Doctor Rockso at the end of Snakes n' Barrels II.
Nightmare Fetishist: Murderface is interested in "morbid crap". The other band members might qualify as well, given their fondness for brutal things.
Doctor Rockso appears to be partially inspired by David Lee Roth, in terms of his music and outfit. Fittingly, his former band, Zazz Blazzymatazz, appears to be based on Van Halen, complete with matching logo.
Nick Ibsen is clearly a parody of Larry King.
Toki is apparently based on Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt.
Pickles' former band Snakes n' Barrels is based on Guns n' Roses.
A number of the band's exploits seem taken from the real world's biggest heavy metal band, Metallica, including going to band therapy, cracking down on MP3s, and once kicking out a band member for being violent and abusive before they got famous.
Murderface is based (quite obviously, if you compare the two) on Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, at least appearance-wise.
Nathan himself is visually based on Cannibal Corpse vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher.
Jean-Pierre: Got shot out of a helicopter and hacked to pieces like a tomato in a blender by said helicopter's blades. Is still alive, after being sewn back together.
Dr. Twinkletits: Fell out of a window many stories up and then attacked by yard wolves. Survived with prosthetic limbs and voice.
The Dethklok Minute host: Struck by a meteor. Survived only with disfigurement and still cheerfully hosting Dethklok Minute.
Offdensen: Shot through the chest with an arrow, then savagely beaten by the Metal Masked Assassin, getting his glasses shattered and cut up in the process. Revealed that he faked his death, for reasons currently unknown.
Doctor Rockso: Nose fell off after doing a little too much cocaine. Both he and Offdensen have recovered completely from their Amusing Injuries.
Not So Stoic: Offdensen has never let his calm demeanor slip in front of the band. Then they double book a gig in Syria and Israel in Doublebookedklok. He manages to stay mostly calm, albeit with a very angry tone in his voice and a noticeable eye twitch.
This is also how they know they fucked up, too. He never raises his voice, but the change in tone prompts the question "Why are you yelling at us?"
"Dethdinner" shows him visibly nervous for the first time. Even Nathan notices how odd that is.
Not What It Looks Like: After Skwisgaar and Murderface get freaked out and too scared to sleep after a marathon of sugar and horror movies, they ask Pickles if they can just sleep in his bed for safety. Nathan walks in on Pickles and sees Skwisgaar and Murderface cuddling up on either side of him.
Pickles shows various degrees of being this in the band.
From season 2 onwards, however, Pickles has become increasingly neurotic, and Nathan has proven much more reasonable, socially adjusted, and intelligent. Lately, Skwisgaar seems to be sharing this status as well.
Opening Shout-Out: Senator Stampingston's descriptions of Dethklok's members in the first episode are taken verbatim from the opening lyrics. He concludes by saying that that's all they know. Of course, this was literally all the viewers knew about them at that point, too.
Or So I Heard: Nathan claims this in regards to how he knows so much about previous failed Zazz Blammymatazz reunions.
Do NOT bully Toki. After a bully harassed Toki and took advantage of his diabetes, Nathan chased him down and destroyed any musical future the guy may have had by cutting up the nerves in his hands with a broken snow globe.
Pass the Popcorn: Nathan and Murderface watching Pickles beat the living crap out of his brother at his own wedding.
What about the band watching Twinkletits being eaten by wolves? To top it all off, Nathan was filming it.
Pickles: Gosh, maybe this is weird to say, but...am I the only one who's being made to feel hungry by watching this?
Nathan: Let's eat.
Periphery Demographic: In-universe, children everywhere are becoming avid fans of Dethklok's music because of Toki.
The Pete Best: Magnus Hammersmith, Dethklok's original rhythm guitarist, was eventually kicked out of the band for being violent and abusive. Toki Wartooth now holds his place in the line-up.
Pluralses: Skwisgaar Skwigelf and Toki Wartooth do this alls the times to reminds yous that they're from Europes. Hilariously, one of the only things they don't pluralise is Pickles' name, which is supposed to have an 'S' at the end.
Portmanteau Couple Name: In-Universe. During the time Nathan dated Rebecca Nightrod, the media referred to them as 'Natebecca' or 'Rebasplosion'.
Toki and Murderface's label in Dethsiduals was known as 'Murdertooth Records'.
The Tribunal's whole problem with Dethklok is that they're apparently going to cause an "apocalypse of metal" (or, more succinctly, a "metalocalypse") with their music.
President Evil: Nathan's term as governor of Florida ends with the depopulation of the entire state as the result of his gross disregard for human life. Though to be fair, he eventually tried to resolve things with a song from the band...only for them to summon a hurricane.
And he's still regarded as the best governor Florida ever had.
Prison Rape: Implied in Dethzazz; Rockso is shown shaking in his sleeping cellmate's arms.
Product Placement: Gibson guitars and Krank amplifiers (later replaced by Marshall), in addition to the band's in-show endorsement of Duncan Hills Coffee and other fictional products.
In a DVD extra showing one of Skwisgaar's guitar tutorials, he takes the first few minutes to fully explain all of his gear (from the guitar to the pedals and everything in between), and names every brand associated with his equipment.
In a combination of this and Defictionalization, season 4 has Skwisgaar and Toki using the "Thunderhorse" Explorer and "Snow Falcon" Flying V, both real guitars sold by Gibson as Metalocalypse tie-ins.
Quarter Hour Short: For the first two seasons. Season 3 expanded it to a half hour, but Season 4 switched it back.
Facebones: And most important, remember - death is an everyday part of the workplace! If you see a dead body, don't freak out! Toki: *is taking out the trash and comes across a rotting corpse* Wowee! Facebones: Just...ring your Deth-bell! Toki: *rings his Deth-bell*
Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Hoo boy. This was evident from the very first episode where they struggled to understand the concept of "grocery shopping", but it really hit the fan in the season 3 premiere, where, without Offdensen to manage them, they blow all their money on things like a giant Dorito-themed amusement park (not open to the public) and "the Super Tits Candy Snake Project", which was never completed or defined.
Renovationklok is just loaded with poor spending decisions. Skwisgaar's ruby metronome and champagne humidor, Pickles' endangered species furniture room, scream-activated lighting, the list goes on and on.
Rule of Cool: The band make all their decisions based on how "brutal" they perceive a course of action to be. ALL of their decisions. For example, there is an extended scene in which they will fully accept that they have conditions in which their employees are dying and rotting on-site at great numbers as long as the situation is "metal". They even refuse to care about this suffering specifically because doing so is also metal.
Not to mention when Skwisgaar played an electric guitar solo while skydiving just to avoid audio feedback in Dethrecord. Twice.
Rule of Funny: Dethklok's general level of competency is dependant entirely on what makes for the funniest situation.
Sexual Karma: Averted. Despite the fact that the members of Dethklok are pretty much sociopaths, they have legions of women who want to sleep with them (well, except for Murderface, that is).
Shower of Angst: Murderface takes one after he accidentally ejaculates on his male doctor during a hernia check in Dethhealth, thinking that it makes him gay. Later, when he finds out the doctor jacked him off on purpose and that he's not gay, he takes a Shower of Relieved Joy.
Senator Stampingston: Gentlemen, it's clear that we're in a universally precarious situation. Dethklok has summoned a troll.
General Crozier: That's impossible, there's no such thing as trolls.
Senator Stampingston: Then how do you explain the dead unicorns? *The screen behind him shows butchered unicorns*
The Slow Path: Time Travel Face Bags. You can move through time at the speed of regular time with the use of plastic bags.
Snap Back: Whenever something bad happens to a character at the end of an episode (generally Murderface), he is completely recovered by the next episode and no mention of the recovery is ever made. This includes being infested with parasites, dropped from a height of several stories into a mob of angry fans, having his junk broken, shaving his moustache, and having his face infected by a botched surgery.
The Southpaw: Possibly Murderface, in the flashback in Renovationklok, he signs his contract with his left hand. Magnus Hammersmith also signs with his left hand.
Also, Ofdenson and Melmord both fence left-handed.
Murderface and Toki also jack off left-handed.
Musically they're all right-handed; all the guitarists play right-handed guitars (not that uncommon for lefties either), Pickles has his drum kit set up for a right-handed player, and Nathan holds his mic in his right hand.
Start of Darkness: Start of Alcoholism, anyway. Rehabklok reveals that Pickles became the drunk he is now as a way to cope with being blamed for the burning down of his family's garage. (Seth did it.)
Stepford Smiler: Toki seems to have developed this trait when talking about his father now that he's dead (he mentions that he's come to peace with his father's death while a clip of Toki watching his father drown and freeze to death at the same time under a lake of ice while a horrible Scare Chord plays).
Sweet Dreams Fuel: Every song sung by Toki. Complete with sugarcoated acid sequence music videos, frequently involving candy, rainbows, and bunnies.
Sword Fight: Two so far: one was a (presumably) staged one for a music video between Skwisgaar and Toki, and the other was a very real fencing match between Offdensen and Melmord with the position of band manager at stake.
Take That: The Dethsiduals episode contains a very obvious Take That against Papa Roach and other Rap Metal Alternative bands.
The fashion designer from Dethfashion is a hilarious exaggeration/parody of Karl Lagerfeld, head of Chanel and real-life supervillain.
An entire episode is devoted to shitting on Florida's Good Ol' Boy population.
Go on, look at Doctor Rockso. Doesn't he look like a thinly-veiled insult at a certain 1980s cartoon series about music and its similar character designs?
In the episode where the band visits Los Angeles, the band makes it a point to say that every single person in the city is incredibly stupid, and that every single TV network based out of LA is "a piece of shit." This is a gag on the fact that Adult Swim, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the few TV networks NOT based in LA.
Talking to Himself: Brendon Small, Tommy Blacha, Mark Hamill, Up to Eleven. Go ahead, check out Wikipedia. See how many characters these people voice, not including background characters. Regular voices are more than double the regular voice actors. The entire band and CFO are voiced by two people.
So was the Tribunal, at least for the first season.
Team Dad: Offdensen, though when he's not around, Nathan is the substitute. Murderface believes himself to be this, even though he is the least qualified.
It can be argued that Nathan has been established as the Team Dad since season one (beginning with his interactions with Toki in Skwisklok and Dethclown and confirmed in Fatherklok). Charles, with his nagging and usually clumsy attempts at comfort, is more the Team Mom.
In the B Plot of Dethcamp, Charles acknowledges that Nathan and Pickles are the most responsible members of Dethklok. Even though they're initially offended by the remark, their actions in the episode (such as Nathan making sure Toki has everything packed before going to camp and going after the bully that attacked Toki and broke his snowglobe, as well as Pickles letting Skwisgaar and Murderface sleep in his bed after they were having nightmares) basically read as trading off Team Dad and Team Mom duties. Pickles even accuses Nathan of "overparenting Toki just a little bit."
In Rehabklok, a line in one song confirms that Pickles considers Dethklok his family, and he worries that they'll replace him while he's in rehab. Which they do. But that turned out to be a bad idea.
After the chaos surrounding the last few episodes of season four, the guys seem to have agreed that they are sticking together, no matter what. Even if it means going in themselves to track down the Revengencers once and for all to get Toki and Abigail back, which they eventually do in "The Doomstar Requiem".
Tsundere: Murderface, specifically in Performanceklok.
Toki can't seem to decide whether he hates Skwisgaar or idolizes him.
Unfortunate Implications: Invoked and parodied in "Diversityklok". A news reporter asks some questions about the demographics of their fanbase and what that says about their commitment to diversity, before dropping the "Implications" part and asking outright "Are you racist?" Then, at the end of the episode, they invoke it again by coming out to the opening of an urban center dressed in Toki's special club outfits. Skwisgaar say it bestnote and first, since the others are initially oblivious:
Murderface only makes it worse by stumbling out at that exact moment with an unintentional Hitler 'stache and the hair to match, while the lights reveal Toki's fan club symbol to be a white lowercase t. Then, while the band is fleeing from the angry mob, said lowercase t gets set on fire.
Unpleasable Fanbase: (In-Universe example) The little boy calling Dethklok, as the Dethklok tribute band called Thunderhorse, sellouts even after they decided to go back to their roots as a tribute band in Tributeklok.
Also a Brick Joke and Hypocritical Humor; that was the same kid from the beginning of the episode who told Dethklok, before being a tribute band, that they were sellouts (the former for doing a health benefit, the latter for doing an ad for European gum).
The Un Reveal: We never did find out who Skwisgaar's father is in Fatherklok (though it's hinted that he is divine).
Also, as mentioned above, Nathan. Though his unintelligibility is pretty standard fare for a death metal band.
Unusual Euphemism: Dethklok isn't too comfortable when talking about dying "Hamburger Time", despite the fact that they have witnessed and/or caused Over Nine Thousand "Hamburger Time"s. They're just uncomfortable about their "Hamburger Time".
In Dethsiduals, Nathan, Pickles, and Skwisgaar kick out Toki and Murderface (who never write music for the band) only to discover that their creative process simply doesn't work without Murderface's constant negativity.
Villainous Rescue: Salacia, of all people, pulls this off when he saves Nathan, Pickles and Murderface from Crozier and Ravenwood.
Vitriolic Best Buds: The whole band, specifically Toki and Skwisgaar. Skwisgaar constantly belittles Toki for his guitar playing, among other things, and on numerous occasions Toki and Skwisgaar openly state they "hate" each other. It really hits home in the season 1 finale when Toki states "I've always hated you, Skwisgaar," and Skwisgaar responds with "I know, Toki. I know,", in an affectionate tone. Their odd relationship often ventures into Ho Yay territory.
Vocal Evolution: While everyone's voice slightly changed over the seasons, Toki's is the most extreme, having started out fairly low-pitched, laidback, and with a thicker Norwegian accent. It is now very high-pitched and sometimes manic.
The most notable has to be Murderface, as it took several episodes before Tommy Blacha could create an acceptable sound without stuffing his mouth with paper towels.
Music-wise, Nathan's singing voice started out as deeper and more gutteral than it is now. This is Truth in Television - most death metal vocalists pitch up over time due to the stress being put on their vocal cords.
We Wait: Mr. Salacia tells the Tribunal to do this every time they want to do something to curb Dethklok's growing power. When Cardinal Ravenwood and General Crozier try to assassinate Dethklok, Salacia kills Ravenwood and eventually brainwashes Crozier for their refusal to follow orders.
Wham Episodes: "The Metalocalypse Has Begun" (Season 1), "Black Fire Upon Us" (Season 2), "Renovationklok" (Season 3), "Doublebookedklok" (Season 3), "Breakup Klok" (Season 4), and "Church of the Black Klok" (Season 4) all advanced the Myth Arc of the show with major events related to — or revelations about — said Myth Arc. "The Doomstar Requiem" was an hour long Wham Episode.
Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Where is Mordhaus? Early on, it seems like their methods of travel to various countries may hold the answer. And then you see Dethklok travel to Finland and parts of the USA in their bus, and Norway by Dethcopter (twice). The only places that we're sure it isn't are Los Angeles (Snakes n' Barrels II), the Southern US (Bluesklok), Wisconsin (Dethwedding), Florida (Dethgov), South America (Dethcarraldo), Connecticut, Canada, Scandinavia, France, Germany, or Jordan (Dethdad for Canada and Conneticut, Dethdad, Dethtroll, and Fatherklok for Scandinavia, Birthdayface for France and Germany, and Performanceklok for Jordan).
Somewhere in Scandinavia until the third season, where it really could be anywhere (and likely does move around regularly).
Not in Australia either; Seth was given the job of head of Dethklok Australia to get him as far away from them as possible.
Returning from space at the beginning of "Fanklok".
Word of God had it in Arizona at one time, but it's not clear if this is still the case, and at any rate the show seems inconsistent (at best) about showing that.
World of Weirdness: This is the only way to possibly explain why a death metal band is wealthy enough to be considered one of the top 10 world economies, and why that no one seems to be bothered by the sheer number of casualties during Dethklok's concerts, public appearances, etc.
Worst Aid: When the band catch colds, they try to cure themselves with leeches and bloodletting, in a sauna, with predictable results.
Although it is shown that Murderface got that idea from the book about medieval medicine.
Writing Around Trademarks: When the show was first pitched, it was titled Deathclock Metalocalypse, later shortened to Deathclock; when it was discovered that there was already a band with that name in existence, the band became Dethklok and the show's name eventually became Metalocalypse.
You No Takes Candles: Skwisgaar and Toki, whose speech routinely involves sounding out words, making up new ones, misinterpretation, and most commonly the addition or subtraction of s's. However, seeing as the last is more a trait of Swedish than of Norwegian accents, it could be inferred that Toki has taken to copying Swisgaar in this aspect, as well. Toki is generally slightly stronger in English, though his naïvete undermines this.
Played hilariously in Dethcarraldo when Toki and Skwisgaar have a conversation where the former repeatedly says similar things to the latter, which soon devolves into an episode-spanning argument consisting mostly of repeated synchronous shouting of "Stops copies me!"
You Bastard: The band really hates their fans, as noted in the special "Fan Day" song; Nathan regularly ends messages to fans (and others) with "Go die". If they are ever asked to care about their fans (including those who have been killed/mutilated attempting to buy from them), their reactions range from indifference to rage.
"Fansong" is 2 minutes and 53 seconds of Dethklok insulting their fans. Nathan calls them "brainless mutants" and "hunched and blinded eunuchs" (among other things), and says that "they're a bunch of banks that [he'd] like to rob".
When musing on what their lives would be like if they stopped being famous, the process is referred to as becoming "a regular old jack-off".
Subverted slightly with Toki, in that there are times where he'll connect with a fan enthusiastically. However, he generally resumes his hatred for everyone shortly thereafter.