- Crowning Moment of Funny
(Daphne walks in, clothes disheveled)Mike: After my date with Prince, I went straight home.Amy: Honestly, couldn't Nick wait?(Hobgoblin pounces on Daphne)Tom Servo: Now who's this "Nick?" Is there another man in your life?
- Mike: (singing) "It's the '80s! Do a lot of coke and vote for Ronald Reagan!"
- Servo's alternate lyrics to
Pig Licker Ice Snickers"Kiss Kicker":Lead Singer: (imperceptible singing)Tom Servo: (singing) LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT OUR DRINK SPECIALS TONIGHT!Lead Singer: KISS! KICKER!Tom Servo: (singing) DON'T PARK IN THE ALLEY OR YOU'LL GET TOWED!Lead Singer: KISS! KICKER! (imperceptible singing) KISS! KICKER!Tom Servo: (singing) WHILE I'M UP HERE, LET ME POINT OUT THE RESTROOM!
- Crow's "documentary" where he "proves" that women do not exist. This is mostly a joke on how The Smurfette Principle applies to the show.
- "Hobgoblins. Hobgoblins. What'cha gonna do with those hobgoblins..."
- "Meet the Hobgoblins - Frankie, Sniffles, Bounce-Bounce and The Claw!"
- The aforementioned Cardboard Pal moment.
- This may have been unintentional, but anytime Cardboard Mike's pointing finger gets in range of someone's nose...
- The interview with cardboard Rick Sloane, especially Crow doing the voice. Even Mike is cracking up.
- "Pig Licker! A man who licks pigs... or perhaps liquor made from pigs!" "...I would not want Pig Liquor."
- DON KING!
- *as a Hobgoblin pounces on Daphne* "Can't you see what I'm trying to tell you, I love you!"
Mike: "Oh, big man! You strangled a plush toy!"
- Pretty much every time they pull out their 'hobgoblin' voice:
- Ear Worm: Mike's lyrics to "It's The Eighties" mentioned above.
- Also the Hobgoblins song sang by Mike and the Bots. So much so that Rick Sloane included a cover of it in the sequel's trailer.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In one scene, when a character remarks that "[Being a security guard] is not that difficult," Mike riffs: "JFK Jr. could do it." This was intended to poke fun at the George magazine he founded, which was losing money and not taken very seriously as a publication. A little more than a year later, John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a private plane crash he himself was piloting (the crash was attributed to pilot error caused by his inexperience). Suddenly, this riff sounds a lot more mean-spirited than it was meant to be. (Hobgoblins originally aired: 6/27/98. JFK Jr's plane crash: 7/16/99)
- And another one: a character picks up a gun, and Tom Servo riffs: "If found: please return to Hunter Thompson," a reference to Thompson's vast collection of firearms. About six and a half years later, Hunter Thompson committed suicide with a handgun.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: You may recognize bouncer Road Rash from the business end of Butch Coolidge's katana. Although this movie came out quite a while before Pulp Fiction, the MST3K episode that made it well known came out a few years afterwards.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Servo's riff on Daran Norris' emcee, "Proof that there's no life after drama club!" is ironic when you consider that Norris was one of two guys to have a career after acting in this stinkbomb. (The other was the guy who played
Toe Cheese Back Sweat Sweat Gland Butt CrackRoad Rash, who you may remember as Zed's pal Maynard in Pulp Fiction)
- Magnum Opus: This, alongside Space Mutiny, Werewolf and Puma Man, is frequently cited as one of the best episodes of the series.
- Memetic Mutation: The "Hobgoblins" song sung by the cardboard duplicates is one, while Mike's "It's the 80s" song riff is used both straight and as a snowclone.
- Mondegreen: Mike and the 'bots attempts to figure out the title of
"Pig Sticker" "Pig Licker/Pig Liquor" "Kids Snickers" "Iced Chicken" "Swiss Knickers" "Lint Kicker" "Fish Picker""Kiss Kicker"
- Squick: The Ship Tease moment for Bobo and Pearl. Even in-universe the Bots are rightfully horrified.
- The creepy David Lee Roth-esque woman that appears in Kyle's fantasy got this reaction.