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?
  • 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:
    • The skit where a pegasus is tortured and enslaved by a little girl shares many uncanny similarities to the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fan Fic Cupcakes. Even more uncannily, one of her previous victims was a griffon.
    • The Lance Armstrong sketch is this now that he has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.
    • The second season Highlander parody involving Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan is less funny now in light of their recent breakdowns.
    • A season 1 skit Citizen Spears, had Jamie Lynn Spears as a highly successful actress while her older sister went into obscurity. A couple of years afterwards, Jamie Lynn found herself at the center of a teenage pregnancy scandal that caused Nick to torch her show.
    • The "Forgotten 90s Cartoon Characters" skit includes a poster that says "Flint, Michigan: We'll try harder". This came out years before the massive water contamination crisis there.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the sketch where the Sarlaac pit spits out Boba Fett, Fett ends the sketch by pointing at the screen and telling Han Solo to watch his ass in Episode VII. Um... yeah. Lighthearted joke in 2012, somewhat less so come December 2015.
  • 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 an I Dream of Jeannie skit by a NASA scientist facing a gigantic living Victorian doll that screeches at him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • A season 4 sketch featured Dakota Fanning challenging Triple H to a wrestling match in John Cena's place, claiming she was only at the event to promote her new movie. The sketch debuted on a episode of WWE Raw, where Seth Green had placed himself into a tag team match with Cena & Triple as his partners, when he was only at the show to promote Robot Chicken as one of Raw's first Guest Hosts (Celebrities appearing on the show in order to promote their latest works, or because they were Local Sporting Heroes).
    • The "Transporter 3" sketch, released a few years before the actual Transporter 3 came out.
    • That sketch on board games becoming movies. Guess what got a movie in the Summer of 2012? In said sketch, one of the board games being made into a movie was Hungry Hungry Hippos. Looks like Hollywood thought that was a good idea.
    • How about the 3Fast 3Furious sketch? There's now six movies in the franchise.
    • The "Lizzooney Tizzunes" sketch, where Daffy says that he and Bugs are going to appeal to the demographic by being more hip. The following decade after this sketch premiered, The Looney Tunes Show came out, where Bugs and Daffy are roommates living in a suburb and plenty of pop culture references and Getting Crap Past the Radar moments are in there.
    • In the GPS Dating sketch, Scarlett Johansson provides the voice of the navigation system attempting a relationship with her driver. This was seven years before she provides the voice of another A.I. attempting a relationship with a human male.
    • In the season 6 Thomas the Tank Engine sketch "Blow Some Steam", Harold the helicopter flies through a railway tunnel, and his blades hit the side of the tunnel wall, causing him to crash and explode. A year later, a Thomas episode aired where Harold did go through a railway tunnel, and his blades hit the wall (though with less deadly results).
    • All the sketches relating to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles become this when you find out that not only is Seth Green voicing Leonardo, but shortly after it was announced, there was a sketch with Greg Cipes reprising his role as Michelangelo.
    • In a sketch spoofing The Fast and the Furious, there's a moment where Batman threatens to give Robin a "bat bitchslap" when he chastises him for cheating. Later on, an image of Batman slapping Robin became a popular meme.
    • The Lance Armstrong sketch where he dreams of becoming president of France if he wins the latest Tour De France, which ended in him cheating by kicking over a fellow biker. Few years after the sketch, it was revealed that he took steroids.
    • When an Imperial Officer tries to rally his fleet to attack the rebels in retaliation for blowing up the Death Star and killing Emperor Palpatine, one of his peers shoots him down, citing that those two events means the Empire lost and they they all have to throw down their guns and go home. While the original Expanded Universe already turned this into a case of Reality Ensues, this trope hits even harder now that The Force Awakens is coming out, where The Empire still exists in some form despite the events of Jedi.
      • Also, Disney recently confirmed that, yes, Boba Fett did survive the Sarlacc pit... somehow.
    • The 1776 Sketch, a parody of 300, becomes funnier with the recent announcement that Zack Snyder wants to do a film about George Washington.
    • As Palpatine descends to his doom, he decides to make amends with Jar-Jar and apologizes for manipulating him into giving him the emergency powers which did a great deal of paving the way for the Empire. Jar-Jar responds by laughing at the idea that Palpatine manipulated him, and dons a Sith cloak and laughs maniacally. In the days leading up to the release of The Force Awakens, an incredibly detailed theory suggesting that Jar-Jar was the true evil Sith antagonist of the franchise reached huge Memetic Mutation standards.
    • One episode has two meth cooks killing a blue-colored crystal alien and smoking his shattered remains. This aired several months before the premiere of Breaking Bad.
  • 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.
    • 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.
      • Another sketch featured an Overly Long Gag of Pikachu and Squirtle carrying on a conversation in Pokémon Speak, only for Squirtle to become enraged and yell at the audience to "read a book."
      • 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 Harry Potter sketch that parodied Breaking Bad took random scenes from the latter without any indication of knowledge of their context. Examples include Dumbledore (who is the stand-in for Walter White) being in his underwear for no explained reason (Walter only did it in one episode because he didn't want his clothes smelling like a meth lab), Ron getting half of his face blown off in a lab accident (when in the scene it was spoofing, the explosion was intentional so Walt could get rid of Gus), the severed-head-turtle bomb, leading to Dumbledore dying for getting shrapnel in his abdomen (which not only wasn't done by Walter, but wasn't the cause of his death either).
    • The Team Fortress 2 parody in season 6, despite the game having been out for 5 years and still extremely popular by the time the episode aired. The skit starts out promising with a recreation of the class selection screen, then it goes downhill from there. The Demoman and Pyro are generic white mercs, when their defining traits is that the Demoman is the Token Minority and the Pyro is The Faceless, the characters all have realistic weapons when the game is well-known for its cartoonish art style, the Soldier and Medic both wield SMGs, a weapon used only by the Sniper, and the Medic shoots the Nerd to death when they're on the same team; friendly fire is possible in-game, but it needs to be turned on by a server admin, and it never is due to the game's griefer population. Less reprehensible is that the camera doesn't switch to third-person when the Nerd is killed.
  • Shocking Swerve:
  • Squick: Michael Bay drinking a martini through his prehensile penis.
  • "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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