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YMMV: Team America: World Police
  • Anvilicious: Dicks (hawks) are necessary because assholes (general threats to people) need to be fucked (dealt with) before they shit on (blow up) everything, but pussies (doves) can get full of shit too, becoming assholes. Pussies are necessary because without them, dicks "fuck too much (There Is No Kill Like Overkill) or fuck when it isn't appropriate (Disproportionate Retribution)." In short, extremism is bad, m'kay?
  • Awesome Music: Harry Gregson-Williams deliberately scored the film completely straight, as if it was a real action movie, to help sell the satire. It works perfectly in the movie, but out of context, the score is genuinely exciting and rousing.
  • Crosses the Line Two Thousand, Three Hundred Fifty Six Times, Then Fucks It and Shits on It, Blows it up, Spits on it, Fucks it some more, pisses all over it, pours Whiteout all over it, stabs it, shoots it, poisons it, nukes it, nukes it again, sends Godzilla to burn it and finally nukes it again just to make sure: The film's stereotypes of foreigners are so ridiculously hilarious it's impossible to take them seriously.
    • And actors, too.
    • Matt and Trey made the sex scene as dirty as possible, dirtier than they wanted it to be knowing the MPAA would want them to cut stuff out of it.
  • Cult Classic
    • With many fans among the US government and foreign policy field, no less.
    • Gerry Freaking Anderson himself loved it! (for those who don't know, he made Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and Thunderbirds. Which this was inspired by). He's claimed it's closer in spirit to Thunderbirds than the live-action Thunderbirds movie was.
    • There's even word that Kim Jong Il himself saw this film and was tickled by it, saying something along the lines of "This is a very funny movie." On the other hand, there's also word he wasn't impressed and tried to convince the Czech Republic to ban the film (for what it's worth, this is what Wikipedia has to say on the matter).
    • Hans Blix referenced his portrayal in the film (which he appears to have found as humorous as it was intended) in a recent lecture.
    • Most of the actors that were parodied loved it, and just about all of those actors stated for the record that they wish Parker and Stone had contacted them so they could voice themselves acting like pussies.
      • Alec Baldwin cracked up when his daughter's classmates quoted Kim Jong Il's, "You are useress to me, Arec Bardwin!"
      • George Clooney said that he would have been insulted had he not been included in the film.
      • In fact, the only one of the film's targets who seems to have taken it personally is Sean Penn, who wrote Parker and Stone a very angry letter (telling them just how angry he was) after the film's release.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The film had a slow opening weekend in America because people of all political stripes assumed they were the target of the lampoon. And they were right (since Matt and Trey consider nearly everyone to be Acceptable Targets). Right-wingers object to being portrayed as dicks, and walked out in the beginning. Left-wingers object to being portrayed as pussies, and walked out in the middle. Even some apolitical critics thought the film's philosophy was too nihilistic to be meaningful or enjoyable.
  • Ear Worm: America! Fuck yeah!
    • Everyone has AIDS! AIDSAIDSAIDSAIDSAIDS!
  • Ending Fatigue: Invoked in the Vomit Indiscretion Shot scene by having the music climax three times whenever Gary continues vomiting.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Kim Jong-Il and Matt Damon.
  • Fan Disservice / Squick: The uncut version of the puppet sex scene gets very...dark.
  • Faux Symbolism: The icon for Team America is an eagle with its beak enclosed around the entire earth. Yummy.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The movie did well overseas, ostensibly from audiences who didn't realize they were being made fun of right alongside Americans.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The song "End of an Act" eviscerates Ben Affleck and praises Cuba Gooding Jr based on their work in Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor. The film was made in 2004, when Affleck was in the middle of his career slump and Gooding still living off the high of his Jerry Maguire Oscar win. Now, Affleck has made a significant comeback with his directorial works Gone Baby Gone & The Town (the latter of which also received praise for his performance) while Cuba is doing straight to DVD schlock after appearing in disasters like Norbit and Daddy Day Camp.
    • Also, Kim Jong-Il's death is finally starting to make sense, but the only difference is that it's just too bad that American dicks never fucked that asshole to begin with.
      • The main character's name is Gary Johnston. Eight years later, the Libertarian Presidential candidate was named Gary Johnson. Seeing how the filmmakers are known for their Libertarian viewpoints, they more than likely voted for a guy who almost had the exact same name as one of their own characters.
  • Jerkass Woobie: "I'm So Ronery" and "You Are Useless Arec Bardwin" are sad enough that you might actually feel a bit of pity for Kim Jong-Il (the character, not the actual person obviously).
  • Memetic Mutation, FUCK YEAH!
    • SURPRISE, COCKFAGS!
    • MATT DAMON! The real Matt Damon has said he gets this constantly.
      • English DJ Scott Mills actually adopted this into his show, and listeners who had never seen the film thought he came up with it. When Chris Moyles (who presents a different show on the same station) was discussing a Matt Damon movie shortly afterwards, they referenced the joke, and people texted in accusing him of stealing the joke from Mills. Moyles remarked that the joke was from Team America and pointed out that the film was several years old at that point).
    • I'm so ronery.
      • This has gone full-on to the point of becoming its own slang, with "ronery" being a term used to describe people who are antisocial jerks who then wonder why no one likes them.
    • "I am serious. This is my serious face."
    • "Derka derka... Muhammad jihad."
    • "Arec Bardrin."
  • Misaimed Fandom: The above derka derka, is today typically used in real life to disparage South Asians or Arabs.
    • The theme song, "America, Fuck Yeah!", ironically gets a lot of use from people who spout pro-American rhetoric, despite the song lampooning their nationalistic views.
  • Narm Charm: "I'm So Ronery" is surprisingly touching.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The sex scene. Puppets are never erotic!
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: This is not a subtle film, but Stone and Parker have some very important points to make about the War on Terror.
    • The final speech by Gary makes an especially profound statement, not just on the War on Terror, but also on conflicts involving opposing viewpoints on the home field against extremists.
  • Special Effect Failure: You can clearly see the marionette strings. This was done so the movie could get extremely violent and graphic without squicking the audience.
    • Also because it's just funnier that way.
    • Not to mention you can see the strings in pretty much every Super Marionation show.
    • Although the puppets having sex was arguably squicky enough. And amusing.
      • Gary (the puppet) taking a tour around the various memorials of (the actual) Washington, DC. Again, done intentionally.
  • Spiritual Licensee: Gerry Anderson himself said this movie was what he wished the Live Action Thunderbirds movie was like. The only thing he disapproved of was the gross parts - it meant kids couldn't watch it.
  • Uncanny Valley: Seriously, just look at the main page's image and you'll see.
    • It also may explain the directorial decision to leave the strings visible, to stop the marionettes looking too human.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The puppets are deliberately off but the sets and practical effects are phenomenal.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?


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