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* OverlyLongGag: The last scene of Homer headbutting the ranger drags on a couple of seconds too long.

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* OverlyLongGag: The last scene of Homer headbutting the ranger drags on a couple of seconds bit too long.


* UpToEleven: When the family has finally finished cleaning the house, how long does it take for it to get messed up again? ''The time it takes for the double-hinged kitchen door to swing open''.


* MajorInjuryUnderReaction: Barney barely reacts after [[TooDumbToLive setting himself on fire.]]

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* MajorInjuryUnderReaction: MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Barney barely reacts after [[TooDumbToLive setting himself on fire.]]



** The shot of Stampy looking through Marge's window parodies the T-rex looking through a car window in ''Film/JurassicPark''.

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** The shot of [[GiantEyeOfDoom Stampy looking through Marge's window window]] parodies the T-rex looking through a car window in ''Film/JurassicPark''.


* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: While acting like a jerk to him over the episode, Stampy finally shows some compassion with Bart and lets him ride on his back.



* ComfortingComforter: Subverted when Stampy first comforts Bart who's sleeping in the treehouse but then tries to eat him.



* CruelElephant: Stampy. The family initially assume he's just unhappy and end up sending him to a sanctuary, but he bullies the other elephants there. Like people, some elephants are just jerks.

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* CruelElephant: Stampy. The family initially assume assumes he's just unhappy and end ends up sending him to a sanctuary, but he bullies the other elephants there. Like people, some elephants are just jerks.



* DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud: The Simpsons are left unharmed in their car next to the tornado.



* GettingTheBoot: When Bart insists on getting his elephant at the radio station, the scene cuts to him and Homer getting thrown out of the door.



* MagicSkirt: Patty and Selma's skirts inside the tornado are neatly down.



* OverlyLongGag: The last scene of Homer headbutting the ranger drags on a couple of seconds too long.



* UpToEleven: When the family has finally finished cleaning the house, how long does it take for it to get messed up again? ''The time it takes for the double hinged kitchen door to swing open''.

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* UpToEleven: When the family has finally finished cleaning the house, how long does it take for it to get messed up again? ''The time it takes for the double hinged double-hinged kitchen door to swing open''.


* PoliceAreUseless: Chief Quimby replies with heavy sarcasm to all the calls his station gets, which includes those of people reporting Stampy's rampage and ''an officer saying he's down'' (this one gets the most cruel of the retorts, with Quimby hollering to the injured or maybe dying man "[[AndImTheQueenOfSheba ...and I'm Edward G. Robinson!]]" then hanging up on him).

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* PoliceAreUseless: Chief Quimby Wiggum replies with heavy sarcasm to all the calls his station gets, which includes those of people reporting Stampy's rampage and ''an officer saying he's down'' (this one gets the most cruel of the retorts, with Quimby Wiggum hollering to the injured or maybe dying man "[[AndImTheQueenOfSheba ...and I'm Edward G. Robinson!]]" then hanging up on him).

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** The Mr. Cleanser hallucination says "I must destroy you" in a Russian accent a la [[Film/RockyIV Ivan Drago]].

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* JobStealingRobot: Bill and Marty are forced to give Bart the elephant when their boss gives them the ultimatum: find a way to give it to him, or they will be replaced with an automated DJ with a bunch of pre-recorded quips.


* CardCarryingVillain: The signs at the Republican party meeting: "WE WANT WHAT'S WORST FOR EVERYONE" and "WE'RE JUST PLAIN EVIL."

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* CardCarryingVillain: CardCarryingVillain:
** Mr. Blackheart the GreatWhiteHunter admits to [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals having done animal cruelty]] for money when Lisa asks him. He also has a whole lot of ivory in his outfit -- even the ''check'' is made of ivory.
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The signs at the Republican party meeting: "WE WANT WHAT'S WORST FOR EVERYONE" and "WE'RE JUST PLAIN EVIL."


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* MeaningfulName: A man with a name like Mr. ''Blackheart'' can't be anything but ObviouslyEvil.


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* PoliceAreUseless: Chief Quimby replies with heavy sarcasm to all the calls his station gets, which includes those of people reporting Stampy's rampage and ''an officer saying he's down'' (this one gets the most cruel of the retorts, with Quimby hollering to the injured or maybe dying man "[[AndImTheQueenOfSheba ...and I'm Edward G. Robinson!]]" then hanging up on him).

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* LoopholeAbuse: Moe offers free peanuts with beer. Homer takes advantage of this to feed Stampy.
-->'''Moe''': I think you're takin' unfair advantage of my generous offer.\\
'''Homer''': Shut up!


** Barney. Not only did he ''also'' sink into the tar pit, but the first thing he does after Stampy saves him is light up a cigarette while he's still covered in highly flammable tar. [[ManOnFire Three guesses as to what happens next]].

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** Barney. Not only did he ''also'' sink into the tar pit, but the first thing he does after Stampy saves him is light up a cigarette while he's still covered in highly flammable tar. tar, [[ManOnFire Three guesses as to what happens next]].burning himself]].

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* {{Jerkass}}: When introduced to other elephants, Stampy's first reaction was to headbutt them until they pass out.

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* MoodWhiplash: Stampy coils his trunk around Bart as he goes to sleep. It's a sweet moment... which goes right to comedy as Stampy yanks Bart into his mouth for a second and puts him back.
--> '''Bart''': ''(shaken)'' Thanks, bud. 'Preciate it.


'''Maude''': That's Horseman, Ned.\\

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'''Maude''': That's Horseman, Horsemen, Ned.\\



* IntoxicationEnsues: While cleaning the basement, Homer ignores the "Use only in a well-ventilated area" warning on the [[WritingAroundTrademarks Mr. Cleanser]] bottle . Sure enough, the fumes cause him to hallucinate Mr. Cleanser and other cleaning product mascots attacking him.

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* IntoxicationEnsues: While cleaning the basement, Homer ignores the "Use only in a well-ventilated area" warning on the [[WritingAroundTrademarks Mr. Cleanser]] bottle .bottle. Sure enough, the fumes cause him to hallucinate Mr. Cleanser and other cleaning product products mascots attacking him.



** Also, after Stampy pulls Homer into his mouth, he then says in amazement that he has now had his head in the mouth an elephant, a hippo and a giant sloth.

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** Also, after Stampy pulls Homer into his mouth, he then says in amazement that he has now had his head in the mouth of an elephant, a hippo and a giant sloth.



* ShownTheirWork: The bird that lands on Stampy to groom him is a [[SeldomSeenSpecies cattle egret]], a species that is known to have a symbiotic relationship with large land mammals such as elephants. It also shows that elephants can be intelligent and dangerously aggressive towards people (though putting people in their mouth is not an elephant habit, and Stampy's hostility to other elephants can be explained as being a result of the inadequate care he got from the Simpsons)

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* ShownTheirWork: The bird that lands on Stampy to groom him is a [[SeldomSeenSpecies cattle egret]], a species that is known to have a symbiotic relationship with large land mammals such as elephants. It also shows that elephants can be intelligent and dangerously aggressive towards people (though putting people in their mouth is not an elephant habit, and Stampy's hostility to other elephants can be explained as being a result of the inadequate care he got from the Simpsons)Simpsons).

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* IntoxicationEnsues: While cleaning the basement, Homer ignores the "Use only in a well-ventilated area" warning on the [[WritingAroundTrademarks Mr. Cleanser]] bottle . Sure enough, the fumes cause him to hallucinate Mr. Cleanser and other cleaning product mascots attacking him.
--> '''Mr. Cleanser''': ''(in a Russian accent)'' I must destroy you!

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Bart wins a radio contest and picks the gag prize (a full-grown African elephant) instead of the cash prize ($10,000), which puts the family in financial turmoil once again.

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* AndImTheQueenOfSheba: Chief Wiggum's reaction after several reports of a rampaging elephant and a liquor store robbery with an officer down. "And I'm Creator/EdwardGRobinson!" Which, in fact, he is.
* AndroclesLion: Inverted when Stampy lifts Homer out of a tar pit, and Homer, in turn, decides not to sell him to the ivory dealer.
* BaitAndSwitch:
** When Homer, Marge, and Lisa are looking for Bart and Stampy, they [[FollowTheChaos follow a trail of destruction]] that seemed to be caused by the elephant. But then it's revealed it was because of a tornado, much to Homer's chagrin...until he sees that it had swept up Patty and Selma.
** Also when children coming to the door offer to pay money to see Stampy, Homer, who's just been complaining about how much it's costing them in order to keep him, states that that gives him an idea...to nail a "GO AWAY" sign to the front of the yard to stop people from bothering him about wanting to see the elephant.
* BitingTheHandHumor:
--> '''Blackheart''': Little girl, I've had lots of jobs in my day: Whale hunter, seal clubber, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking president of the Fox network]], and, like most people, yeah, I've dealt a little ivory.
* CardCarryingVillain: The signs at the Republican party meeting: "WE WANT WHAT'S WORST FOR EVERYONE" and "WE'RE JUST PLAIN EVIL."
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Lisa says that Bart and Stampy were gone thanks to Homer making a deal with Blackheart, Homer thinks she means the ivory dealer took ''Bart'' too.
* CrazyPrepared: More on the crazy side, but the manager of a peanut butter factory insisted the workers spent two hours a day preparing themselves for elephant raids. Too bad he wasted time bragging to the workers. Amusingly, Stampy just ran through the factory without doing anything to the peanuts.
* CruelElephant: Stampy. The family initially assume he's just unhappy and end up sending him to a sanctuary, but he bullies the other elephants there. Like people, some elephants are just jerks.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: For both ends of the deal:
** Bill and Marty offer Bart either $10,000 or a full-grown African elephant for winning the radio contest. Bart chooses the elephant. Bill and Marty are caught off guard because they never expected anyone to actually choose the gag prize, and don't have an elephant to give to Bart. This error nearly costs the two their jobs, as they're forced to get Bart an elephant or risk being replaced by the DJ 3000.
** The same goes for Bart himself, who repeatedly turns down a $10,000 prize for an elephant that neither he nor his family is equipped to take care of.
* ElectricTorture: Snake does this to Chief Wiggum and the other police officers when he takes over the department and restrains the officers while taking their uniforms, guns, and tasers. Bill and Marty don't take it seriously. Wiggum doesn't seem to mind much either, actually enjoying it after a moment.
* EpicFail:
** The family messes up the newly cleaned home in the time frame of the kitchen door swinging back and forth.
** The police department ends up being overpowered by the inmates to the point of them wearing their uniforms (but given it's the ''[[PoliceAreUseless Springfield]]'' [[BadCopIncompetentCop police]], this shouldn't be too surprising).
** The Springfield Shopper Newspaper Headline about Bart: "KBBL Cheats Straight-A Student".
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Bart got an elephant.
* {{Facepalm}}: Marge does this when Bart and Lisa get stuck to a tar-covered Homer.
* GetOut:
--> '''Homer''': Um, Milhouse saw the elephant twice and rode him once, right?\\
'''Luann''': Yes, but we paid you four dollars.\\
'''Homer''': Well, that was under our ''old'' price structure. Under our new price structure, your bill comes to a total of $700. Now, you've already paid me four dollars so that's just $696 more that you owe me.\\
'''Kirk''': ...Get off our property.
* GiantEyeOfDoom: Marge is horrified when she wakes up and sees Stampy's eye peeking through her bedroom window.
* GoToYourRoom: When the family discusses taking the elephant as the prize:
--> '''Lisa''': You all seem to be forgetting the most important thing! Which is, that it's wrong to imprison an animal!\\
''({{Beat}})''\\
'''Homer''': Lisa, go to your room.
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: When Stampy charges through the Flanders' yard:
--> '''Ned''': ''(wakes up)'' It's the Four Elephants of the Apocalypse!\\
'''Maude''': That's Horseman, Ned.\\
'''Ned''': Well, getting closer. ''(goes back to sleep)''
* InsaneTrollLogic: When Homer was considering selling Stampy the Elephant to an ivory dealer, he pointed the dealer's ivory-made stuff as evidence he'd be less likely to harm Stampy than one whose ivory reserves were low.
* MajorInjuryUnderReaction: Barney barely reacts after [[TooDumbToLive setting himself on fire.]]
* NoodleIncident: After Stampy rescues Homer from the tar pit [[WhatAnIdiot and Bart and Lisa go to hug him,]] Bart explains that they're stuck to him. As Marge goes to pry them off of him, she mutters, "This is just like what happened at the caramel factory." Although Homer fantasizes about the food, no further details are given.
** There's also the matter on how Barney ended up in the tar pit in the first place, who after being rescued by Stampy (right before he rescued Homer) then lights a cigarette and ''[[UpToEleven his whole body catches on fire]]''. His only reply to this is [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction "Ouch!"]]
** Also, after Stampy pulls Homer into his mouth, he then says in amazement that he has now had his head in the mouth an elephant, a hippo and a giant sloth.
* ObviouslyEvil: The ivory dealer's name is Mr ''Blackheart''.
* PapaWolf: While Homer was all for giving Stampy to Mr. Blackheart, he is ''pissed'' when he thinks he took Bart as well.
-->That wasn't part of our deal, Blackheart. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis That! Wasn't! Part!]]
* RealityEnsues: As outlandish as this episode was accused of being at the time, the episode did have glimpses of realism, like The Simpsons (a lower-middle-class family) not having the money to keep a full-grown African elephant as a pet and Stampy getting sick from eating just peanuts (which, in most cartoons, wouldn't happen).
* RiddleForTheAges: ''How'' did Barney end up in the tar pit anyway?
* SheetOfGlass: Parodied. A pair of workers carrying a big piece of glass across the street narrowly dodge both Bart and Stampy, and bring it to its destination: a recycling bin.
* ShoutOut:
** The original 1950s version of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'': A contestant was told he had won an African elephant and then told he could decide (later) whether to take a $4,000 cash substitute. The contestant much like Bart did more than 35 years later chose the elephant, and when legal and other threats arose, the producers complied.
** ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'': The "Do-Re-Mi" song when Homer crashes the car into a statue of a deer.
** The shot of Stampy looking through Marge's window parodies the T-rex looking through a car window in ''Film/JurassicPark''.
* ShownTheirWork: The bird that lands on Stampy to groom him is a [[SeldomSeenSpecies cattle egret]], a species that is known to have a symbiotic relationship with large land mammals such as elephants. It also shows that elephants can be intelligent and dangerously aggressive towards people (though putting people in their mouth is not an elephant habit, and Stampy's hostility to other elephants can be explained as being a result of the inadequate care he got from the Simpsons)
* SkywardScream: "That wasn't part of our deal, Blackheart! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis THAT! WASN'T! PART!]]"
* TakeThat:
** The Republicans convention has them describing themselves as "plain evil" people who "want what's worse for everyone" and the Democrats are showing brawling while signs proclaim they "can't govern" and "hate life and our[them]selves".
** Mister Blackheart lists among his previous occupations whale-hunter, seal-clubber and [[BitingTheHandHumor president of the Fox Network]].
* TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity: Moe offers free peanuts to his customers, so Homer brings Stampy to the bar to feed him unlimited peanuts. Even Moe lampshades how unfair this is.
* TemptingFate: Lisa, after Helen Lovejoy notes that Stampy seems ill-tempered, comments that "you'd be grumpy too if you were taken out of your natural habitat and gawked at by slack-jawed yokels." Cue a debuting Cletus pointing at Lisa and laughing at her pointy hair.
* TooDumbToLive:
** While he might not have been able to free himself anyway, Homer's method for getting out of the tar pit only made him sink ''faster''.
** Barney. Not only did he ''also'' sink into the tar pit, but the first thing he does after Stampy saves him is light up a cigarette while he's still covered in highly flammable tar. [[ManOnFire Three guesses as to what happens next]].
* TrashOfTheTitans: The beginning of the episode has the home in complete disarray, including a messy sandwich left on the stairs, underwear in the refrigerator and ''footprints on the ceiling''.
* UpToEleven: When the family has finally finished cleaning the house, how long does it take for it to get messed up again? ''The time it takes for the double hinged kitchen door to swing open''.
* WaxingLyrical: When Homer hits a deer statue, the dialogue quotes the "Do Re Mi" song from ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''.
-->'''Homer:''' D'oh!\\
'''Lisa:''' A deer!\\
'''Marge:''' A female deer!
* YourTelevisionHatesYou: Bart turns on the radio while doing household chores to get the song "Sixteen Tons".
--> '''Tennessee Ernie Ford''': You load sixteen tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt.
-->'''Bart:''' Amen, Ernie.
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