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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mascots.jpg]]''Mascots'' is a Creator/ChristopherGuest mockumentary, with most of his ensemble cast returning, this time targeting the world of mascot performances. In the vein of ''Film/BestInShow'', several mascot performers from far and wide come together for a competition. As usual, HilarityEnsues. !! Tropes present in the film:* TheBusCameBack: [[Film/WaitingForGuffman Corky St. Clair]] reappears as Cindi's acting coach, marking the first time a character in Guest's films has returned.* CanadaEh: Averted completely. The Fist, the Canadian mascot, and his performance are the most hardcore of the group, and would typically be considered stereotypical of an ''American'' mascot. Tommy, the performer in The Fist suit, avoids it by being originally from Ireland ([[ActorSharedBackground just like his actor]], Creator/ChrisODowd).* CompensatingForSomething: A. J. Blumquist, one of the judges, in the past made the first anatomically correct mascot outfit of a donkey, and a rather large censor bar in the groin area. He admits that he's was overcompensating and is in therapy for it.* CoolTeacher: Mike, [[InformedAbility apparently.]] He states that his students will miss him when he's gone for the competition.* CringeComedy: The entire sequence involving Jack The Plumber's routine at a school. spoiler: It's a very thinly veiled attempt at wooing an ex, who works as a teacher. This could have worked, but [[spoiler: she's married now, and he's asked to perform his mascot routine - which is silent - to a class of blind kids.]]* {{Cyberpunk}}: Cindi's armadillo costume evokes a cyborg-like appearance characteristic of the cyberpunk genre.* ADegreeInUseless: Cindi studied [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible "Postmodern Dance"]] in college, and could not find work until her alma mater called her up to be the mascot.* DownerEnding: The disastrous relationship between the baseball mascots' performers seems to have improved by the end, but then we see that they've hired a very attractive "nanny", who seems to interest the man more. * HappilyMarried: The relationship between Owen Golly Jr. and his wife Sarah is very much this. Most of the sincere moments in the movie are between them and in particular the moment where Owen refers to Sarah lovingly and emphatically as his best friend to Tommy "The Fist".** [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] with Mike and Mindy. They ''seem'' to be this at first, as they both love their performance work, have successful jobs outside of them, and love their children, but the competition and [[spoiler:[[YourCheatingHeart Mike's multiple affairs]]]] unfortunately get to them.* KavorkaMan: Mike is a tall, skinny, socially awkward nerd who works as a teacher, but he is not only HappilyMarried but has had [[spoiler: ''several'' [[YourCheatingHeart affairs]]]]. [[ActorAllusion Not the first time Zach Woods]] played a guy who ''[[Series/SiliconValley fucks.]]''* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: Ron sarcastically claims this in response to Gammons' complete insensitivity.* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Mike and Cindi both have moments of this during their threesome. * OralFixation: Cindi and Laci are never seen without chewing gum.* TakeOurWordForIt: The routine by the pair from the Israeli camp isn't shown, but [[spoiler: it's apparently good enough for second place.]]* TakingTheVeil: [[spoiler: The SpearCounterpart happens with Tommy in the epilogue; he joins [[TheHermit a Catholic order of monks with a vow of silence]] (that he breaks by taking part in the epilogue).]]* ToiletHumor: Jack the Plumber's routine has a good deal of it, and it appears in several other spots as well. * TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Cindi's interpretive dance has shades of this, as the audience is very confused by it.* ValuesDissonance: Discussed in-universe when Cindi is almost disqualified for her team being called the Leaping Squaws [[ComicallyMissingThePoint ''decades'' ago]]. The judges debate about the offensiveness of the term, with Monkhouse declaring that "leaping" is more offensive, as she perceives it as homophobic.* WellDoneSonGuy: Owen Golly (Jr.) just wants his father to appreciate and accept his changes to the Sid routine, but it doesn't happen until he actually performs it on stage. [[spoiler: And ''wins''.]]* YourCheatingHeart: Back when Mike was a solo performer, he had an affair with Cindi at a mascot convention. [[spoiler:And then he has one with Cindi's sister Laci. Which turns into a threesome with Cindi. And his wife catches them doing it.]]

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