YMMV / Robot Chicken

  • Acceptable Targets: Lindsay Lohan has almost constantly been the subject of parody on the show, and is depicted as a drunken person whose speech is made entirely out of a slurred screech.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Done several times in-universe, making some sketches funnier or scarier.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The "Piano God" number, although short is indeed quite awesome.
    • Le Wrath di Khan. I need not say more.
    • The music playing when the chicken storms the scientist's castle, Tales of the Electric Romeo by Immediate Music.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Technically all of them are this, but skits like J.R.R. Tolkien Jr. Jr. stands out; see why. This is actually invoked in-universe, as the narrator has no idea what he just watched.
  • Crazy Awesome: George W. Bush as he appears in this series is completely out of touch with reality. Hence sketches like "Jedi Master George W." and "Captain Texas is Coming", proving this version of him would have been the best President ever.
    George W. Bush: I'm the motherfuckin' President of this planet! (notices the lizard-alien corpses) Uh, did I miss something?
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • In the "90's Revisited" skit, Michael Moore interviewed the Power Rangers villain Mesogog, despite Mesogog not being introduced until Power Rangers Dino Thunder in 2004.
    • The ending of the "Potter, You Fool" skit where Hermione committed suicide after being cyber-bullied on Facebook, even though Facebook didn't exist in the early-mid 1990s when the Harry Potter books take place.
    • The "Ballad of Gay Tony" skit where Cloud Strife talks about his fetish for crossdressing. In Final Fantasy VII, however, Cloud was forced by Aerith to crossdress against his will, but he reluctantly did so because he wanted to rescue Tifa.
    • J.R.R. Tolkien never had a grandson known as "J.R.R. Tolkien Junior Junior". In fact, both of the grandchildren of Mr. Tolkien that do have a "J." for a first initial are female.
    • Clearly, whoever wrote the "Martian Boyhunter" sketch never heard of Miss Martian.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Gary the Stormtrooper, from... quite a few of the Star Wars shorts.
    • Bitch Pudding has a sizable following despite only appearing in 3 shorts. So much so that she got her own special.
    • Ted Turner as Captain Planet.
    • Yarael Poof went from background alien to many people's favorite member of the Jedi Council.
    • Fumbles from "Our Newest Member, Calvin."
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: "Hollywood Spotlight of the Incredible Hulk" focuses on the Hulk's career and how it plummeted after his show was cancelled. This was before the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Hell Is That Noise: "Mars is amazing...Mars is amazing." Also Lampshaded in "I Dream of Jeannie" skit by a NASA scientist facing a gigantic living Victorian doll that screeches at him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • (kick to the nuts) CAPTAAAAAAAAAAAAIN PLANET!!
    • Protect the environment.... OR I'LL FUCKING KILL YOU!
      • Oddly enough, they follow this up with something akin to a parody of this phenomenon, with the sketch going into a weird truTV-type commentary show thing where a bunch of D-list "celebrities" take affectionate potshots (and some not so affectionate ones, especially Master Shake's lines) at Robot Chicken itself. The first scene features Hal Sparks basically willing the "CAPTAIN PLANET" shout-nutshot combo to go Memetic.
    • What a TWEEST!
    • I'm Lindsay...Luhhhn...
    • DICKS, WITH TIME MACHINES!
    • Boba Fett's, "BACK FROM THE DEAD ASSHOLES!" has become a minor one.
    • "THIS! ISN'T! FUNNY!"
    • Bitch Pudding! BLAM!
    • DARKEST SKETCH! DARKEST SKETCH! DARKEST SKETCH!
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Jon Arbuckle refusing to pay for Garfield's life-or-death operation.
    • The Great Pumpkin's brutal murder of Linus.
    • The Care Bears massacring the Care Bear Cousins.
    • The Mad Scientist forcing The Robot Chicken to watch the show.
    • Barney Rubble killing Dino and all the living appliances who were witnesses to his Accidental Murder of Fred.
      • Well, except for the bidet. That was probably a mercy killing.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Calvin and Hobbes parody that ends up with Calvin locked in a padded cell. Mars is amazing...
    • There's a segment with Lil Hitler where he tells his teacher that he needs a Polish boy's desk. Cut to a Polish boy next to him, sweating. You'd think sweating wouldn't be funny, but when someone's sweating clay (or whatever that is), it really IS unsettling. This is also Nausea Fuel.
    • The Gummy Bear has...a rather horrifyingly painful scream for some.
    • Go, go, Gadget Terminator.
    • Dear God, the Sunny Muffins skit.
    • The freaking bungee jumping skit.
    • The Joker under the electric chair. Until he shouts "FUCK YOU, DORK KNIGHT!"
    • The video in which The Mad Scientist kidnaps the Robot Chicken's wife.
    • Darkwing Duck being cooked alive in the oven with Gosalyn, his daughter, watching in horror. Then at the end, he is served to her and Michael Moore and is decapitated and Gosalyn's scream echoes into the credits!
    D.W.: AT LEAST SLIT MY THROAT FIRST!!!
    Fireman: THEIR FACES! THEIR HORRIBLE FACES!
    Astronauts: *Perpetual Smiler* *screaming*
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Whether or not this applies to the second season has inspired many a Flame War.
    • Season 5 is almost universally agreed upon by fans of the show as the absolute low point of the series, since it seemed that the entire focus of that season was to be as blatantly offensive as humanly possible at the expense of actual comedy. Nearly every sketch was horrifically insulting and in poor taste. Thankfully the creators got the hint, and season 6 has seen a massive improvement all around.
    • Then you have fans who think the show has devolved into "Family Guy with action figures and puppets." Not in any way helped by increased appearances by Seth MacFarlane.
  • Shallow Parody:
    • One sketch spoofing Pokémon had Ash wondering what it's like for Pikachu to be inside his Poké Ball. Except that Pikachu never goes inside a Poké Ball because he hates being inside it.
      • In a much later skit, Ash has Pikachu inside his Poké Ball as he uses it to play tennis with Misty in retaliation for Pikachu urinating on Ash's carpet, and the resulting motion sickness gets Pikachu to throw up. In canon a Poké Ball places the Pokémon in a virtual environment, so the ball being shaken up on the outside would have no effect on the Pokémon inside.
    • Goku carrying a handgun in one Christmas skit. Guns of almost any caliber are inane, insane jokes in the DBZ universe. Goku as a kid kicked missiles and rockets back at the ones who launched them. Buu's puppy and the farmer who greeted Raditz in the pilot are about it for gunfire casualties in almost 300 episodes.
    • An episode had the Nerd hanging out with the Doctor, and a lot of the jokes revolved around the show's effects being cheap. It seems like the writers of the sketch only watched the Pre-Revival era of the show, but even that is questionable considering the Doctor in the sketch didn't look like any of the ones in the series (the closest resemblance being Peter Capaldi).
    • The skit with the Nerd in Team Fortress 2. Other than the use of weapons that clearly are not from TF2, it also features the Medic shooting the Nerd with a submachine gun, which in-game is only used by the Sniper, and friendly fire is only possible if a server admin enables it through a console command, which they almost never do for obvious reasons. Less egregious is that the camera doesn't change to a third-person view when the Nerd is killed.
  • Shocking Swerve:
  • "Weird Al" Effect: The series has become sort of a Weird Al Effect making machine almost on the level of Alice in Wonderland. It doesn't help that a fair portion of its audience has never seen the 80's cartoons it parodies.
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