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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.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Jar Jar Binks being The Man Behind the Man while tricking Palpatine into thinking he's an unwitting pawn.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Technically all of them are this, but skits like J.R.R.Tolkein Jr Jr stands out see why.
    • This is actually invoked in-universe, as the narrator has no idea what he just watched.
  • Colbert Bump: Pretty much every minor character that appeared in the Star Wars skits have gotten massive boosts in popularity due to how the show portrayed them. Notable examples include "Pruneface", Yarael Poof, Bossk, and Gary the stormtrooper (who is the random stormtrooper who asks Obi-Wan and Luke about R2-D2 and C-3PO).
  • 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 that Mesogog wasn't 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.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: 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.
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • It's hard to avoid with their style of comedy.
    • A huge example came with a sketch making fun of the Challenger accident. The episode aired days after the 25th anniversary of said accident. Fans were not amused.
    • Many skits can become this for people by having the situation become disturbingly violent, particularly in the more recent seasons, with the Joker Execution in Season 5's Catch Me If You Kangaroo Jack being a more hated example for this.
    • The Toy Story 4 sketch. It involves Andy and his girlfriend having sex in his bedroom, much to the toys' horror. The worst part, however, is when Andy uses Buzz as a bong, irreversibly damaging the latter's brain. And Woody's the one putting Buzz out of his misery.
    • The NORAD vs. Santa sketch. Especially the ending.
    • The Zombie Idol Sketch. Especially the part where zombie Kurt Cobain blows his head off with a shotgun. Even the writers on the DVD commentary admitted they had reservations about that joke.
    • The "Potter, You Fool" sketch that involved Hogwarts being shut down for teaching dangerous spells. It starts out bad enough, with Neville screwing up a spell that causes his hand to become a flesh-eating ape head that proceeds to gnaw on his face, but also the ending where Harry and Hermione move to a new school, where the latter ends up cyber-bullied and commits suicide causing Harry to hang his head in angst as the muggle classmates cheer over Hermione's death.
    • Does nearly every single 80's Toon character skit have to be some variation of : 1 - Inexplicably Brought Down to Normal ; 2 - 80's type is glued to an Idiot Ball The Size Of Jupiter ; 3 - Horrific violation and/or horrific death, possibly followed by a horrific afterlife?
    • That's two more varieties of joke than 90's character sketches. Point 3- Horrific violence and/or death is the appropriate one, if you're wondering.
    • Two Words: Oz Prison.
    • F***ing Google It, where they mock the fact that the Airwolf helicopter was turned into a flying ambulance and crashed into a mountain while carrying a little girl, killing all of its occupants and the gruesome history of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers uncredited extra Skylar Deleon. They don't even play these incidents for laughs as much as say "Look! This really happened!" for little apparent reason.
    • Basically 90% of the sketches from Season 5 fall under this.
    • The ending of the "Goofy and Clarabelle" sketch, where Walt Disney makes a Nazi salute.
      • Also the ending of the "Fun For All Ages" sketch where he mentions Aryans.
    • The "Celebrity Double Dare" sketch; even the writers themselves viewed that sketch as too mean-spirited, according to the commentary.
  • 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.
    • 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:
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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. See the Dude, Not Funny! entry above? The majority of the specific examples listed come from that season. 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 pokeball. Except that Pikachu never goes inside a pokeball because he hates being inside it.
    • Goku carrying a handgun in the Christmas special. 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.
    • The fact they've occurred seems to have been bad enough to throw the Robot Chicken into the Trope Pantheon as the God of them.
  • 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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