Acid Trip Dimension: A blatant parody of Yellow Submarine complete with an entire skit and an Art Shift that doesn't use dolls! It's even lampshaded by Ringo, who states that he was on acid after using the hole in his pocket to stop the glove from destroying the submarine.
Action Insurance Gag: In one episode, the producers of a theatrical play version of The Avengers watch as a full costume rehearsal goes wrong when the giant mechanical Hulk goes haywire and the actors all get injured. The producers look on in horror for a moment.
Producer 1: Uhh... We're insured, right?
Producer 2: Soup to nuts!
*Both light up Molotov cocktails to add to the destruction and run*
Adam and Eve Plot: After Fraggle Rock is destroyed, the core five fraggles are the only ones left; once they find a safe spot, they turn their attention to re-population. Mokey and Red are not pleased.
Adam Westing: Many of the skits poking fun at celebrities are voiced by the actual person.
Santa Claus is either a drug lord or a Bad Ass that kicks Coco-Cola executives' asses for using his likeness without his consent. He is not jolly at all. In fact, Santa Claus should be feared in the Robot Chicken universe.
The Robot Chickenstaff, of all people - Seth Green's a corporate shill, Matthew Senreich is a sociopath, Breckin Meyer is Small Name, Big Ego personified...
Inverted when a group of flannel-wearing, toothless rednecks in a pickup truck abduct an alien from his home planet. Then later, in a simultaneous parody of this trope and Deliverance, the hicks gleefully surround the alien, bent over and tied to a tree stump, and bluntly announce how they're going to perform "scientific experiments" in his backside.
Another sketch has an alien (that has just participated in a kidnapping of a human for — apparently — experimentation) lament the PR problem they have, and wonder how the false anal probing rumour got started (turns out one of the other aliens is a sick, sick bastard).
And I Must Scream: The actual state of the Robot Chicken character until the 100th episode.
Ascended Meme: "Mo-Larr, Eternian Dentist" was so popular that Mattel created a figure of him as a convention exclusive. It includes, amongst other things, his drill and a Skeletor figure with a missing tooth."
Palpatine: Well, if you want some final words of wisdom, here it is. (Turns to the camera while Flipping the Bird as the second Death Star explodes)Fuuuck yooouuuu!'
Attending Your Own Funeral: Green Arrow in the second DC Comics Special, being shown after Batman goes on a rant about how Death Is Cheap when it comes to Superheroes. Batman was at his funeral giving a eulogy, when he stopped and assured the audience that the whole death thing in the comic book world is total bullshit, and that given a, most likely, short period of time, Green Arrow will be back, and then we cut to the audience applauding Batman for his speech, along with Green Arrow, who, all of a sudden, shows up at the funeral as one of the mourners.
Panthro: You FORGOT the Sword of Omens!? Lion-O: I'm a cat, Panthro. I get distracted easily. Panthro: So am I, but you don't see me— (hears a crow fly overhead) BIRD BIRD BIRD BIRD BIRD!
Authority Equals Asskicking: Apparently, the Doc can hold his own against the Chicken, who wiped the floor with every other character that had a recurring appearance on the show.
Balls of Steel: In a short titled "Ode to the Nut-shot", we see two instances of this, one straight and one played with; in one case, a lumberjack repeatedly punches himself in the nuts to no effect, and in another, one robot kicks another in the groin, at which the victim simply stands there and shrugs.
Providing the quote for the image on the page itself:
Ken: I'm sorry, this never happened to me before. Barbie: NOT HAVING A PENIS NEVER HAPPENED TO YOU BEFORE!?
This is lampshaded in the Fight Club parody where Ken and all of Barbie's other boyfriends over the years let out all their frustration over how Barbie always got the attention.
Rule #4 of the Fight Club: Hitting in the groin is allowed, because, let's face it: we're all pretty much smooth down there.
Black Comedy: The series is LOADED with it! If you watch this show long enough, it WILL ruin your childhood. There's even a playlist for it for those who want to streamline the process.
Body Surf: Quantum Leap is parodied when Sam leaps into the body of a woman doing a sex tape. "Ziggy says you have to work the shaft!"
Breast Expansion: In the No Need For Glomer sketch (based on the animated version of Punky Brewster), where Punky asked an abused Glomer to make her boobs biggerï¿½except Glomer kept going to the point where it was absolute Body Horror. This actually happened to Soleil Moon-Frye. She developed breasts so huge she had to have breast reduction surgery.
Brick Joke: The Season 3 Christmas Episode was The Robot Chicken Half-Assed Christmas Special. The Season 4 Christmas Special is The Robot Chicken Full-Assed Christmas Special.
To the skit featured under Too Soon: The stormtroopers before executing the Lars' deliver a message from Darth Vader that NOW Owen can laugh about the Little Orphan Ani joke.
Palpatine's trip to the Death Star included a Throwaway Gag where a surfboard is shown on the luggage conveyer belt. In the last skit of the Star Wars special, where Palpatine is falling to his death, he passes a Stormtrooper (who'd also earlier been told to "Go fuck yourself!") dressed in beach clothing on a balcony within the death star, drinking from a coconut.
Joining in on that greatness is Patrick Stewart reprising the role of Gurney Halleck from Dune, noting how much more awesome and practical riding Dune Buggies are compared to the spice worms. This is actually a double Casting Gag, since it's likely also a reference to the infamous dune buggy scene in Star Trek: Nemesis.
A sketch about a musical starring The Avengers has none other than Avengers co-creator Stan Lee lend his voice and likeness to the piano player.
Chunky Salsa Rule: A skit with a tabletop RPG subverts this trope. A werewolf is reduced to goo by a gatling gun and cremated. His ashes are snorted and subsequently shat out. He's still alive because it wasn't a silver bullet.
Cluster Bleep Bomb: In the Bitch Pudding Special, Bitch Pudding lets out a long string of F bombs as she rolls down the side of a volcano. Almost every time she bounced, she swore, finally ending with one long, drawn out "FUUUUUCK!" at the end. The entire sequence is 23 seconds long!
Companion Cube: Wilson the Volleyball ends up getting washed away from Chuck Noland, and soon finds himself being passed around a series of other people, each of whom act like he's a real person. He is.
Contest Winner Cameo: Robot Chicken once held a contest to win a PlayStation 3 in between seasons. At the start of the next season, the winner of the contest got stabbed to death by Seth Green.
Creator Cameo: Happens with a lot of the show's personnel during the Season 2 finale. They get killed. And then return as zombies.
Creator's Pet: Parodied in-universe. One sketch featured the producers of Star Trek: The Next Generation figuring out how to get people to like Wesley Crusher, after the fans paid for a billboard threatening to ass rape Wil Wheaton if they didn't kill Wesley. The producers decide to add in an annoying alien character, ala Great Gazoo, called "Snirkles", so Wesley would look better in comparison (although one writer suggested they try to make Wesley a better character...and is promptly fired). The episode airs, and all Snirkles does is play a "space banjo song". The fans change the billboard to read "Kill Wesley. Keep Snirkles". Wil Wheaton, after seeing the skit, said he would've loved to voice Wesley if they'd asked him.
Credits Gag: The most common end credits gag is on the fourth-to-last screen, which always includes something flattering or positive written next to "Sarah Gellar" and "Mila Kunis" and something humorous written next to another crew member. This is an example from the episode "Maurice Was Caught":
Amazing: Sarah Gellar Great: Mila Kunis Ew...: Andrew Racho
Many of them are similarly silly:
Buffy Summers: Sarah Gellar Meg Griffin: Mila Kunis Matt Peake: Matt Peake
One of the crueler variations from "The Ramblings of Maurice":
Girl: Sarah Gellar Girl: Mila Kunis Cup: Andrew Racho
A complete list of the "special credits" is on the Robot Chicken wiki. Additionally, the "original dialogue mixer" is always credited as Kate "Superkate" Slepicka.
Decapitated Army: Lampshaded at the end of the 2nd Star Wars special. It doesn't matter how many thousands of ships the Empire has, the Rebels just blew up the 2nd Death Star AND killed the Emperor, which means the Rebels won and the Empire is no more —all delivered in the same matter-of-fact way a twelve year old would use to explain the rules of a game of tag.
Deconstructor Fleet: Everything cute and cuddly gets deconstructed and/or subverted. No exceptions.
Deus Angst Machina: Parodied in Randy's Halloween sketch, where Randy is given the Pink Power Ranger for a Halloween costume, and a frilly women's hand-bag to hold his candy. The humiliation only begins there, when the school bully abducts him (thinking she's a girl) and drives off to parts unknown. His friends think that he's going to rape "her". The bully just wanted someone to listen to his problems that lead him to turn the way he did. Eventually a police officer shows up, the bully finds out who Randy is, and Randy is told that his mom died in a house fire just before killing his dog, and all she left behind was a note saying how she never loved him.
One sketch has Batman and Robin bullying, tormenting, and murdering a group of kids for singing the "Batman smells" song. This is all just a story being told by the music teacher for shutting up the kids singing it during rehearsal. Which also counts as this trope as well.
Cobra Commander executes a guy for making oral sex jokes about him at his roast. But then, he is a bad guy.
The other shortcake characters trying to kill Bitch Pudding for being a bitch. She's mean, but she previously never did anything to warrant getting killed.
Distracted from Death: In the Peanuts sketch where Linus summons the Great Pumpkin, the Pumpkin kills the entire Peanuts crew until just Charlie Brown and Lucy are left. Charlie Brown is talking to Lucy at her "psychiatrist" stand, and briefly looks away while talking. During that moment, the Great Pumpkin kills and eats Lucy.
Inverted with Smokey the bear, who murdered a baby. Despite placing a baby in a furnace, the judge only gave him "7 million hours of community service" as apposed to the Death Sentence or Life Imprisonment.
The Dog Bites Back: The Robot Chicken gets his revenge on the Mad Scientist by doing the exact same punishment to him that he suffered through for the first 5 seasons.
Freddy Krueger: "If Ghostface got voted out, take it from Freddy, that would be a dream come true. You get it? A dream? I kill people in their nightmares, man, it's what I do, it's my thing."
Driven to Suicide: Shows up all over the place, from Dora the Explorer jumping off the roof at her quinceanera (after admitting "I've never been able to hear you.") to Lionel Richie shooting himself after the media reminded the entire world that Nicole Richie is his daughter.
Easily Forgiven: Brought up during the "Smurfatar" sketch, by one irate Smurf towards Gargamel.
Smurf:People! He beat Clumsy to death with a pipe!
Enemy Mine: The Scientist and the Robot Chicken join forces in the Season 7 finale to put a stop to the Scientist's son, who took Presidents Carter, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama hostage.
Evil Counterpart: Dark Meat, an evil version of the Robot Chicken, who was built by the Scientist's evil son.
Evolving Credits: Season 6's opening involves the Robot Chicken strapping the Mad Scientist to the bench, turning him into a robot, and making HIM suffer what the chicken was forced to go through for the first 5 seasons.
Boss: So this is your two weeks, then? (man pisses directly in his face) I see.
Executive Meddling: Defied In-Universe. Steven Spielberg knows that Hollywood only wants him to make remakes for movies these days, but he's convinced that making movies is still what he should be doing anyway. He decides to make the mother of all remakes by combining pretty much every movie he ever directed into a remake of Saving Private Ryan.
Face-Heel Turn: Aquaman joins the Legion of Doom after being mistreated for so long. The only reason he was able to join was because he knew the codes to get into the Justice League's headquarters.
The Faceless: Master Chief ends up screwing up one of his missions because he's too obsessed with the fact that his face is hidden behind his helmet. Even though nobody even cares what he looks like, he keeps bringing up the issue that his face is too important to show anyone.
Faking the Dead: Wile E. Coyote becomes suicidally depressed after failing to catch the Roadrunner so many times, so he tapes a bag around his head and suffocates to death. At his funeral, he knocks down a trompe l'oeil of a casket, revealing that he faked his death, and fries the mourning Roadrunner at point blank with a flamethrower.
Fantastic Racism: When a salt shaker introduced her new boyfriend to her family, they were all shocked to learn he was pepper.
Five Stages of Grief: One of the more famous sketches, where a giraffe is trapped in quicksand and goes through all five stages until reaching acceptance...when he hits the bottom of the quicksand. With his neck still above ground.
Flaming Emblem: One skit mocked the scene in Daredevil where he forms his iconic symbol with fire from a lit cigarette. In the skit, he visits the site hours earlier just so he can meticulously set up his "flaming Ds".
Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Most depictions throughout the show look like this. According to a Season 5 sketch it's possible for people in heaven to die and go to super heaven, which is Fluffy Cloud Heaven with more rainbows, fireworks, motorcycles, and electric guitars.
A Star Wars sketch has some very unambiguous such from Boba Fett for Han Solo.
Superman decides that he suddenly has the ability to induce short-term memory loss by kissing Lois in order to make her forget that Clark Kent is Superman. Lois questions how he just suddenly has this ability, but he snaps back that he's Superman and that's just the way it works. Why should he stop there though? He uses his new "ability" to start making out with ALL of his villains. Luthor, Brainiac, Darkseid... all of them. And then they show up at the Fortress of Solitude with flowers.
From A Certain Point of View: In the second Star Wars special, the dialogue that named this trope becomes the refrain of a musical number for Obi Wan Kenobi and Yoda as they explain themselves to Luke.
The Mad Scientist. Where after Robot Chicken storms the castle and slaughters everyone in his path, the Scientist is able to block all of Chicken's attacks with no effort.
Faker for He-Man. He only acts stupid for the sake of the show, but is both physically stronger and more intellectual than He-Man behind the camera.
Genre Savvy: The Nerd usually knows the source material of whatever the hell is happening to him. Sometimes it doesn't always go as planned, but he knows well enough.
When he finds the Pool of the Drowned Girl, he imagines how awesome his life will be to have the same "curse" that Ranma has. It didn't turn out as well as he hoped.
When he dreamed he was in The Wizard of Oz, his knowledge of his companions allowed them to defeat all the flying monkeys.
When he dreamed he was riding around in Knight Rider, he complains how much it sucks that he got stuck with the remake version. Even his own dreams had limitations though, but he was able to get what he wanted eventually.
When his Christmas was stolen, he soon realizes that the thief had to be the Grinch. He was annoyed to learn it was the Jim Carreyversion instead of the cartoon version, but the Grinch says that it doesn't really matter since a Grinch is a Grinch. In response, the Nerd pushes him off a cliff and kills him.
And in his crowning moment of genre savviness, in The Rescue he's the second to last character to face the chicken during his bloody invasion of the castle... and promptly gets out of his way.
Nerd: "Let me just get that for you." (Opens the door)
When the TARDIS and the Doctor show up, he acknowledges that he's never seen the show, but feels he's absorbed enough information about it through nerd osmosis. Being a companion isn't as fun as he expected it to be. He wasn't impressed with the TARDIS being Bigger on the Inside because Snoopy did it first with his dog house. He thinks that the locations that they travel to are sound stages, and solves the problem of the Doctor's greatest enemy by effortlessly knocking over a Dalek.
Genre Throwback: Surprisingly yes. Introducing Dr. Ball, M.D., perfectly in the style of typical 1970's television show openings. Disco music, funky text graphics and everything. Co-Starring Larry Elsworth as Sam.
Godwin's Law: Gargamel invokes this upon himself after he is found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for racial crimes against The Smurfs. He tries to clarify in his defense that all he was trying to do was completely wipe out and eradicate every last Smurf off the face of the Earth. The judge points out that he just gave the textbook definition of "Genocide."
Groin Attack: Or "Nut Shot" as they like to call it. There's a song about it. This includes a literal one in which a squirrel knocks over a bunch of acorns. Some of the many other examples are listed here.
Grossout Show: If it's not being offensive or bloody, it's usually being this. Major examples being the "Cat and Booger" and the "Captain Jack Fantasy" sketch.
Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Gadget from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers decides to alter her wardrobe a little, turning her jumpsuit into nothing more than an enticing jacket that barely covers up her breasts, leaving her entire (featureless) bottom exposed. Dale and Monterrey Jack both find excuses to run off and masturbate, while Chip tries to remain the voice of reason and tell her that she's not even wearing any pants. Gadget points out the Double Standard presented by this trope, but before long, Chip finds himself unable to hide his sexual arousal and also runs off. Gadget asks Zipper what's going on with all of them, but he's just sitting in the corner masturbating as well.
This sketchinvolvingSaved by the Bell and Saw: the cast can escape if they press a button that will torture Screech. They refuse to do so, until they are told they will receive free Corvettes. When Belding explains that it was just a trust exercise, the cast beats up Screech and end up in detention.
Slater: So we really don't get Corvettes? Belding: No. Are there any other questions? (hands go up) Belding: Are there any other questions not pertaining to Corvettes? (hands go down)
Another great example is a sketch where a school teacher asks if anyone knows the answer to a question. A boy in the front row raises his hand. The teacher freaks out and screams and yells at the kids while flinging away his desk and making death threats. The kid then slowly lowers his hand.
Has Two Thumbs and...: In the Star Wars special, Lando Calrissian tries to lighten the mood during the dinner with the rebels and Darth Vader with the quip: "Who has two thumbs and betrayed his friends? THIS GUY! *beat* Too Soon?"
Heads or Tails: Two-Face determines EVERYTHING he does with the flip of a coin. Flip a coin, go to the bathroom. Flip a coin, walk into the stall. Flip a coin, sit down. Flip a coin, release his bowels. Flip a coin, DON'T WIPE. Flip a coin, DON'T FLUSH.
Hellish Horse: "My Little Pony, Apocalypse Pony! Punish mankind for their sins!"
High-Altitude Interrogation: One sketch revolving around Ted Turner becoming Captain Planet sees him smash through the window of a corporate office while two executives are contemplating dumping polluted waste in the Grand Canyon. Turner then proceeds to hold one of the two men out the window until he agrees to sign a clause agreeing to not dump waste in the Grand Canyon at which point Ted Turner would agree to let the guy go.
Hipster: While not specifically called as such, one woman who claims to be a vegetarian, refuses to eat a burger even though she knows that by not doing so, she is dooming the entire human race to be conquered by the Bovine uprising in the future. The only man who can convince her to change her mind stops everyone in the middle of a gunfight to confront her issues with it, revealing that she only chooses to claim herself as a vegetarian because she feels that it makes her different enough, and as such, superior to others just so she could have something for herself. She eventually gives in and eats the burger, thus saving humanity's future.
Also in the "Narnia" sketch, the Nerd has doubts when the White Witch asks him to kill the Jesus-allegory lion. She sighs, then flashes him, causing him to hypnotically pledge to do whatever she wants.
I Want My Jetpack: Directly addressed in-universe in a Season Four sketch. Apparently, the prototype jetpacks would keep catastrophically malfunctioning, so the world's scientists gave up on jetpacks and moved on to making iPods smaller. Which also blew up.
An Ice Person: Mister Freeze, Captain Cold, Icicle, and Chillblaine all each decide to rob the same museum at once, though nobody told any of the others and Captain Cold forgot Chillblaine existed ("You and America, buddy"). Before Ice has a chance to stop them all with her amazing freeze powers, the museum collapses in on itself after Icicle notices that all four of them demolished a lot of load-bearing walls in the process.
Help me. I'm trapped in a DVD factory. They took my thumbs. Two weeks without food. Tell my mom I love her, but not in that way. Love, Maurice PS: Yes, in that way.
And the titles of the second half form the DVD factory's response:
Dear Consumer: We are a humble factory. Maurice was caught unionizing our labor. President Hu forbids it. Due to constraints of time and budget, the ramblings of Maurice cannot be erased, so sorry. Please do not notify our contractors, especially the animal Keith Crawford.
Season 6 (for the most part) seems to be named after ways to die (i.e., Executed by the State, Punctured Jugular, etc.) Which ends with ï¿½In Bed with Loved Ones, revealing it to be a Trauma Conga Line.
Jerk Ass: The Hyena, labeled as "Nature's Asshole", who laughs at other people's misfortunes, such as a drowning hippo. Taken Up to Eleven when he frames a lion for domestic abuse, and then starts hitting on his traumatized wife.
Joker Immunity: Subverted with the Trope Namer. In a sketch the Joker lampshades the trope and then Batman testifies against him in court, and the Joker gets the death penalty. During execution by electric chair his head explodes.
Karmic Death: The Mad Scientist is crushed underneath the television sets he forced the chicken to watch after one of his hands is strapped to the Robot Chicken's torture chair.
Kick the Dog: Dora does this to Swiper when he's freezing to death and she gives him an unloaded pistol.
The Robot Chicken gets his revenge on the Mad Scientist in the Season 6 opening credits by taking the scientist's body and tossing him onto a table, turning him into a robot, strapping him to the chair, and forcing him to watch the show, just as RC had been forced to do for the first 5 seasons.
Done in a sketch about Billy Joel who kills a sailor after getting inspired by his story and later insulting the patrons of the bar he works at through song about how he's better then them, especially targeting one such individual whom wife he's sleeping with and that the novel the man is writing will bomb. As Billy leaves for the night, the man ambushes him, stabs Billy repeatedly, then throws him into the ocean just as Billy did the sailor. What's more the man gets a phone call telling him his book is a success, meaning he can leave his blue collar job. And that his wife died from a fatal STD. The man lampshades it instantly...
Loads and Loads of Characters: First off, the show itself has created and established a wide cast of characters who are frequently used for sketches. Almost all of them show up during the Roaring Rampage of Rescue scene in the 100th episode. More than that, this trope is exaggerated in a spoof of Oceans Eleven, where a team is assembled for The Caper consisting of so many random celebrities that it takes over a minute to prattle off all the names in quick succession.
Logic Bomb: A pair of robots plan on killing a human, but they want to wait for him to finish going to the bathroom first, but he tells them that he can't go if he knows they're going to kill them. A logic paradox kicks in and they explode. Later on, Robin Hood realizes that by robbing from the rich and giving to the poor makes the poor rich, which means he has to rob from them and make them poor again, only to give them riches again. The robots explode again.
Medium Blending: The 100th Episode has Yogi Bear stealing another picnic basket, but the park ranger stops him by transforming into a live action 5 man Luchadore Sentai Team. It was a proposal to bring Yogi Bear into Japan. The Japanese execs were not pleased.
Multiboobage: In "Kramer vs. Showgirls", an Enterprise crewmember is enticed by the description of alien women with ten breasts apiece.
Mundane Utility: When Blanka's cellphone runs out of energy in the middle of a business call, he charges it up with his own electricity.
My Future Self and Me: A parody of Star Trek, where Old Spock meets Young Spock, and tells him of certain future events that would help him avoid certain injuries and other minor inconveniences. Other Spocks from the future show up to warn Spock about other things that will happen, including one Spock who had a sex change. (Old Spock changed back because he didn't like it, though not without consequences). When Spock asks why all these Spocks are showing up, it's revealed that this is the only point in time when they could all meet up to give Ancient Spock a surprise 2000th birthday. He nearly dies from a heart attack.
My Little Panzer: A kid playing with his Bop-It is quite surprised to learn that he transformed it into a sniper rifle. The toy insisted on him loading the gun with the bullets supplied inside the box, had him memorize a target that he was assigned to kill, and goaded the kid into pulling the trigger. At the trial, the kid testified against the toy and sent him to prison, where he was immediately raped.
My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Peter Parker's spider sense ends up tingling just for the most mundane of reasons, including trying to tell him his cereal's milk was spoiled, that he was about to step into a water puddle, and he was suffering from erectile dysfunction. A doctor later revealed that it was a brain tumor that was causing it, which as it turned out couldn't be removed without killing him.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If the Mad Scientist hadnt equipped the Chicken with so many cybernetic weapons, he wouldnt have been able to escape, much less kill his former captor
Captain Cold, standing behind him with the name-drawing hat:I'm Leonard Snart!
Off the Chart: There's a quick take of a boardroom with a chart like this, going off the bottom, and a guy with a pointer panicking: "What did I tell you? This is bad!!!"
Older than They Look: Twilight's Edward tells Bella that's he's really 109 years old, despite how young he looks. Bella soon finds out that he acts like a typical old person, including driving 30 miles under the speed limit with your right blinker on, and being completely behind the times when it comes to knowing how modern society works.
Ominous Latin Chanting: In a short parodying Final Fantasy VII, the main characters run a fast food restaurant. When Sephiroth enters the room, his theme is parodied with the chanting being "Hamburger! Hamburger!"
The Other Darrin: invoked The Harry Potter film series' having to recast Dumbledore was parodied in the "Pubertus" sketch, where Dumbledore is suddenly a young, hip black man.
Harry: Who are you? Dumbledore: Aw, Harry, it's me! Dumbledo'! Harry: But Dumbledore isn't- Dumbledore: Listen, I'm a different actor in every movie!
Overly-Long Gag: Once the second season started, the show switched from "machine-gun comedy" to "drag the jokes out as long as humanly possible".
In this skit, he even says "I love son Thor and not my son Loki" to loki's face.
Parody Magic Spell: Frequent in thisHarry Potter parody. When Snape tries to seduce Hermione in his "magical jacuzzi", he calls it forth with the spell, "Barry Whiteus, candlelightus, girl-exciteus!" She dispels his lecherous advance with the counterspell, "Pedophilius repelus!"
Place Worse Than Death: When the Care Bears ethnically cleanse Care-A-Lot of the Carebear Cousins, the great Cloud Keeper in the Sky turns the place into New Jersey. New Jersey's governor is rather proud of his state's history.
Power Perversion Potential: When the nerd becomes the new Green Lantern member, Kilowog teaches him that his powers are limited only by his imagination. He summons Selena Gomez to start slapping Kilowog, so he summons a girl in return. Cue the summoning of lawn chairs by both of them while using the rings to start making both girls strip and make out with each other.
Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: A recurring sketch parodying This! Is! Sparta!, starting with "This. Isn't. FUNNY!!", regarding Two and a Half Men. The episode also featured Leonidas shouting at other people in this manner, usually kicking them afterward for no reason. The kick was averted when he shouted "This... is... SCRUMPTIOUS!" when having dinner with his family.
Rapid-Fire Comedy: No sketch in the show (originally) lasted longer than two or three minutes, and many of them were just a few seconds long. Case in point: one sketch of a kung-fu Benjamin Franklin. The entire sketch.
Benjamin: "HA! HIYAH! For America!"
Read the Freaking Manual: In Street Fighter II, Ryu specifically wrote a manual for all the characters, giving detailed schedules of which character was to fight who. Ryu's fighting Sagat, who gives every excuse he can to claim he never got the manual right in front of Ryu. Guile calls up and complains about how E. Honda's stage is a men's bathhouse, and he doesn't want to see everyone's sushi rolls hanging out. Ken complains about how his opponent was 20 minutes late. He thought he was fighting E. Honda, but Ryu corrects him by saying he's fighting a Honda. Ken ends up finding the joy in destroying a car anyway. M. Bison somehow found his way into Q*bert, though he has no problems with casually punching out the titular character.
A woman wants her husband to ravish her like Captain Jack Sparrow...and he proceeds to (in his smarmiest Jack Sparrow voice) explain the actual hazards of being a seafaring pirate in the time of the Black Pearl. Needless to say, the wife finds herself extremely turned off soon after.
"Captain Jack:" I've been brushing me teeth for 30 years with rum and seawater (smiles and displays a mouth full of nastiness). Give us a kiss!
G.I. Joe is recruited by the US government to train forces in Afghanistan in counter-terrorism tactics. It turns out that their anti-Cobra tactics are completely useless in real-world combat and all of the Joes are quickly massacred. On the other hand, a group of SEALs, using their real-world training, is successfully able to defeat Cobra.
Seth: Robot Chicken? I haven't heard about that show since it got renewed. Executive: Robot Chicken's renewed. *stamp*
They can't convince him to "Offhandedly refer to the time we all ended world hunger", though, probably because he hadn't heard a more stupid idea since "Scooby Jew."
Really Gets Around: Captain Kirk learns that he has Class-3 Space Herpes, and needs to go tell everyone he's slept with in the last 5 years that they may have been infected. In the end though, Kirk wonders who gave him the disease in the firstplace. Afterward, a tribble tells him that they need to talk.
Kirk: Scottie, here are the coordinates of every place my wang has made contact. Scottie:(looks at the list)Oh, me mother's house!? Kirk: I wouldn't kiss her on the mouth from now on. Or the butt. You want to slide those knobs there, or do you want me to keep going? (beamed out)
Kid: "Mommy, there's a monster in my closet!" Mom: "I know...."
Red Shirt: A Red Shirt gets his revenge upon Kirk, Spock, Bones, and Uhura. The Enterprise blows up because Kirk traded all the dilithium crystals for holographic pornography, and there was only enough energy left to transport an away team. Toby the red shirt points out that he has to go because you just gotta have a red shirt. After the others realize that they may have to resort to cannibalism to survive, on behalf of all the red shirts who died before him, he's proud to announce he was the only one who brought a gun.
Roaring Rampage of Rescue: In the 100th episode, the Robot Chicken finally escapes. The Mad Scientist wasn't pleased about this, so he kidnapped the chicken's wife and forced her to start watching the show in the same manner that he did for the last 5 years. On his way up through the castle, he fights nearly every character who had ever shown up in the series (killing off most of them in the process) before finally confronting the Mad Scientist himself.
During the end credits, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mila Kunis, and Shannon Gold get quite a few interesting roles, such as Arah-say Eller-gay, Ila-may Unis-kay, and Pig Latin Translator, respectively. It varies between episodes.
When Snoop Dogg makes the scene.
Snoop: Hey y'all, snibbity diggity! *gets mauled*
WHAT A TWEEST!
All throughout the DC Comics special:
Lex Luthor keeps getting smacked in the head with a dodgeball.
Batman lampshades the Rule of Three after Bane sneaks up behind him and breaks his back for a fourth time.
RULE OF THREE, ASSHOLE, NOT RULE OF FOUR!
Two-Face decides EVERYTHING he does in life with the flip of a coin. Flip a coin, punch himself out.
Superman kissing villains to make them forget why they're villains.
"BLAM! You all get a taste of the Bitch Pudding!"
Secret Santa: The Legion of Doom holds one in the DC Comics special. Luthor has to make a rule against exploding toys, and Toyman complains that he's being persecuted.
Self-Deprecation: Co-Head Writer Doug Goldstein likes to put himself down in a few of the sketches.
Series Fauxnale: Every season actually ends in this manner. Season 5's actually takes the cake, with the Robot Chicken escaping and killing nearly every reoccurring character in the series.
Shout-Out: Maybe not the most affectionate ones, sure...
The most affectionate, probably, being the end credits music, a chorus of chickens singing "The Gonk" from Dawn of the Dead soundtrack. The Star Wars specials have the chicken chorus singing the film series' standard end credits theme.
Lampshaded in a sketch about Libertarians from an episode in Season Four. During multiple election years, they chose similar-but-not-copyrighted versions of popular songs such as "We Are The Victors Of The Globe" instead of "We Are The Champions" by Queen and "We Are Close In Group" instead of "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge. They ended up getting sued for copyright violations anyway.
Earlier on, it was used TWICE...and for the SAME REASON both times—and it was even mentioned in the commentary. Used for a Season 1 sketch about Voltron getting served, where the aired version used a similar version of the DMX song "Get It On The Floor" (which the crew even made lyrics for) for the dance-off, which was apparently so similar to the actual song that it THEN had to be dubbed over with a generic production song (that they recorded MORE new lyrics for) for the DVD. One of the behind-the-scenes extras even shows a couple of seconds of Seth and another crew member recording "WHAT? WHOA!" for the original version of the dance-off theme.
Take That: What the show more or less revolves around.
There's a pretty epic one against the comedian Gallagher. He gets his niece a Teddy Ruxpin doll, and goes to put a tape of his comedy performance into it. The doll comes to life, tries to fight him off, and eventually commits suicide rather than do it. Gallagher then comments that they'll just have to listen to the performance on the family's stereo, at which point his 5 year old niece tries to commit suicide too! And it's one of the highest rated videos on Robot Chicken's site.
Following in MAD's footsteps, not even Robot Chicken can resist making fun of The Annoying Orange. In this case, showing what each of The Avengers weapons do in their spare time, with Thor's hammer being exceptionally annoying.
Throw the Pin: Seen from the outside; two G.I.s sitting in a foxhole with a bunker in the background. One is hit on the helmet with a pin, looks at it quizzically, and a shout of "You idiot—" then the bunker explodes.
Time-Compression Montage: Played with in a sketch that featured a Jamaican superhero named Montage, whose power was to dilate time by invoking montages. His arch enemy is End Credits Man.
Doctor: Okay, turn your head and cough... It's just as I had suspected; you let a stranger grab your balls.
Un-Canceled:invoked A running joke. Every season finale they get canceled, and the next season they get "uncancelled". One wonders when this trick is going to backfire. Discarded in the 100th episode in favor of a bloody lampshading the show's Adored by the Network status.
Unsettling Gender-Reveal: A producer for one of Justin Bieber's music videos exclaimed how big a hit this singer will be. She's a teenage lesbian who's open about it in her music and videos! There's nothing the public won't like about this! Then a stage hand tells him the truth.
Vorpal Pillow: In a skit parodying Toy Story 3, Woody has to smother Buzz to death with a pillow after Andy used Buzz as a bong, burning out the insides of his head.
Wanting Is Better Than Having: After a flood wipes out the Smurf's village, Gargamel finally achieves his goal of eating them. As it turns out, they taste really bad. He throws the food out, and orders Chinese.
We Are as Mayflies: The characters from A Bug's Life cannot get any sleep because the Mayflies themselves are partying, having sex, giving birth, going through a midlife crisis as husband and wife, and finally dying in the span of three hours. Just when they think they can finally get a moment's rest, the eggs hatch and it starts all over again.
Weird Aside: From the cliffhanger of the Enter the Fat One sketch: "Will Joey win the tournament? Will he avenge his former band mates? Does this look infected to you? Find out next time, on Enter the Fat One!"
Cobra Commander: "You haven't seen the last of me, Seal Team Si-" *blam**blam*
Wham Episode: Fight Club Paradise, mainly because it's the only season by far to end with the series not getting canceled.
What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Aquaman from Superfriends awkwardly makes his way to a board meeting at the BP oil company (even after nearly spraining his ankle when the secretary tripped him) in order to send the CEO to jail for all the sea life they killed with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The CEO tells him that he can't go to jail because the court case was already settled and BP paid a fine. He asked if Aquaman was going to kick his ass, to which Aquaman responded that he wasn't really planning that. The CEO tried to sincerely but sarcastically insisted they were sorry, and Aquaman returned home. The sea life didn't take the news that well, so they beat him up and killed him.
In a Season 1 episode (guest-starring Conan O'Brien), there was a wrestling sketch (the Historical Wrestling Federation), featuring Benjamin Franklin and Gandhi in a tag team match against the Wright Brothers. Noted for using ACTUAL Jakks Pacific WWE figures (instead of the standard figures) for the 4 wrestlers (though their original heads were indeed replaced); the 2 commentators (voiced by Seth, doing his cheesiest impersonation of a color commentator and Conan as the driest play-by-play historian you could imagine) were regular figures.
Also, since every standard Robot Chicken action figure is animated in stop-motion, and any aerial shots are on wires, many of the close-range combat stunts you see are usually a wrestling-type maneuver.
You Keep Using That Word: (dork voice) Technically speaking, the eponymous fowl is actually a cyborg and not a robot, technically speaking.
You Must Be This Tall To Ride: Subverted and lampshaded in the sketch, "Attack of the Giant Midget." A midget, turned into a giant by a Mad Scientist, goes on a rampage through an amusement park. It comes to a "you must be this tall" sign, then pauses a moment to let the irony sink in before continuing on its rampage.
Your Mom: Robot Chicken isn't above doing these every now and then. One notable example is a pull-and-say children's toy.
The cow says "MOOOOOOOO".
Your mom says "Wabglwgaw" because my cock's in her mouth.