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Broken Lizard's Super Troopers is a 2001 comedy film about highway troopers in the state of Vermont. They're on the verge of being shut down and are engaged in a turf war with the local Spurbury Police. Over the course of the movie, they discover a marijuana shipping operation, and tracking down the culprits may be the key to proving their worth to the state and keeping their jobs.

The squad of troopers play a lot of pranks on each other, and a lot of the comedy comes from their wacky on the job hijinks and laid back attitude. The movie generally has a "snobs versus slobs" attitude comparing the lighthearted, mellow Highway Patrol to the uptight, mildly bigoted local police. A running theme is that both departments are pretty much incompetent, but at least the highway cops are honest about it.

It was an unexpected hit for Fox Searchlight and has since become a Cult Classic. A sequel titled Super Troopers 2 was released on April 20, 2018. Watch the teaser here.

Unrelated to the ABBA album Super Trouper and its title track.

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  • All for Nothing: How it seems at first: The attempt to prove the station is necessary by busting an entire drug ring does nothing to stop the governor from shutting it down. (However, since the drug ring was abetted by local cops, that leaves an entire other department with job vacancies.)
  • Ambiguously Brown: A Running Gag about Ramathorn (who is of course actually Indian).
    They think I'm Mexican.
  • Artistic License – Law Enforcement:
    • During the banquet scene all of the highway officers are wearing their ceremonial uniforms. However the chevrons or arrows on the shoulder all point down. In the US, the chevron or arrow insignia should be pointing upward (inverted). Grady's uniform even has 3 chevrons/arrows which indicates that he is a sergeant and not a captain. Likewise, the two chevrons/arrows on the other men's uniforms indicate the rank of corporal. Furthermore, the chevrons should also appear on the officer's day-to-day uniform as well as his/her ceremonial attire.
    • When the State Police barracks are shut down, the troopers along with the captain would not have been fired or let go. They would have been assigned to another barracks or division around the state, but not fired.
  • Asian Animation: The term (and an example of) "Afghanistanimation" is used the same way the term "Japanimation" is was used.
  • Auto Erotica: Foster and Ursula have sex inside the impounded Winnebago, which inadvertently leads to them discovering more hidden marijuana.
  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: You don't want either group of these cops protecting and serving in your area but at least the troopers aren't drug traffickers.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Ursula, the only female officer in either group, is treated as a secretary by the Spurbury Police. She presumably gets better treatment as part of the new police force when the Troopers have replaced her colleagues in the epilogue.
  • Berserk Button: Farva has many, not the least of which is messing around with his fast food order.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Ursula uses a voice modulator to make Foster think he's about to be raped.
    Foster: Oh, god, please don't shoot me. I'm naked.
    Cop: Drop your coat and grab your toes.
    Foster: What?
    Cop: I'm gonna show you where the wild goose goes.
  • Black Sheep: Farva is this to the highway troopers.
  • Bittersweet Ending: After all they'd done, the station still gets shut down. In the epilogue, when they appear to be delivery men delivering a keg of beer, but they actually took over the Spurbury Police who had been left with one person, Ursula.
  • Brick Joke: "Give my regards to Bobby Baboon."
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Foster quips about this after Ursula pranks him with a shotgun, a voice modulator, and a threat of Black Comedy Rape.
  • Butt-Monkey: Toyed with. Farva tries to make Rabbit (the squad Rookie) the Butt-Monkey, but Farva himself is the real one and doesn't realize it.
  • California Doubling: Although set in Vermont, certain scenes were shot on roads in Westchester County, NY.
  • The Cameo: Lynda Carter is the Governor of Vermont.
  • Canada, Eh?: Spurbury is supposedly close to the Canadian border.
  • Car Chase: Obligatory.
  • Casting Gag: Kevin Heffernan's parents kept asking for a cameo, so he finally gave them one...where he calls them "chicken fuckers."
  • Celebrity Resemblance: The German couple notes that Rabbit looks like Shaun Cassidy.
  • Comically Small Bribe: The two stoners from the opening try to bribe the beer delivery guy with a five dollar bill.
  • Communications Officer: Farva is given this job at the highway department as punishment after the school bus incident.
  • Da Chief: O'Hagan.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everybody gets their moments.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Both of the Germans, although it's largely played for laughs, and at least one of the heroes (Thorny) is implied to be bi himself.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Uttered by Mac after the highway cops get shut down.
  • Diner Brawl: When the police department is introduced, they pick a fight with the troopers inside a diner.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Rod Farva lives and breathes this trope. He assaults a cashier at Dimpis Burger because of a prank played on him (which he totally deserved), and there was an incident before the film involving a bus of grade school kids which is shown during the credits.
    • Also played for laughs as Ramathorn and Rabbit are about to punish a trio of stoners.
      Thorny: We're gonna watch you smoke the whole bag.
      Stoner: Please no.note 
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Rabbit while trying to arrest the extremely hot German lady.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Foster. Pranking your crush by flashing her works in Real Life, right?
  • Do I Really Sound Like That?: Farva quotes O'Hagan's favorite expression using the same fake Irish accent. The very drunk O'Hagan turns to the other cops and asks them if he sounds this stupid. The other drunk cops make it clear with their expressions that he does.
    I'll believe that when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Ursula tazes Foster at one point (and threatens to rape him at another) and it's Played for Laughs. He was being a bit of a jerk, but it would have been less amusing the other way around.
  • Driving Stick: Mac and Foster attempt to go undercover in the semi, but neither can operate the more complicated stickshift on the rig and give up.note 
  • Drunken Master: All the troopers are wasted in the final brawl when they fight the Corrupt Cops, especially O'Hagen. It helps that, drunk or not, they are far better fighters than the local cops, as shown earlier in the film.
    Grady: What are you, drunk?!
    O'Hagen: Drunk enough to kick your ass!
  • Dull Surprise: Often played up by the troopers while on-duty to unnerve the people they're questioning or arresting.
    Thorny: Mother of God.
  • Enhance Button: Parodied by Ramathorn while photoshopping security camera footage.
    Ramathorn: [types random keys] Enhance... [types random keys] enhance... [types random keys] enhance...
    O'Hagan: Just print the damn thing!
  • Europeans Are Kinky: the German couple. Not much kinkier than Ramathorn and his hippie girlfriend, although the German guy does get off on watching his wife with other men.
  • Everybody Calls Him "Barkeep": Farva, to his chagrin.
    And stop calling me Radio!
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Thorny would totally be for Rabbit having sex with the German woman - except the car she and her husband are in is stolen. As he says - "Any other day I'd step in and show you how to swing but the car is stolen!" Doesn't stop him from having the Germans over to his house for some bi fun later, but, emphatically, after they've been arrested and charged with the theft.
    • Farva is an obnoxious, Jerkass creep, but he's not a dishonest cop.
  • Exact Words: In the epilogue, Thorny and Rabbit tell the stoners from the opener that their station is shut down. The boys assume it means they're no longer cops. Except they don't tell them that they, instead, took over the local cops' station.
  • Face–Heel Turn: For a moment, Farva, until he reveals that he did it because he never got to do anything, and everything is back to normal.
  • Fan Disservice: Farva's "delousing". Kevin Heffernan insists in the commentary that his penis wasn't supposed to be visible, but they decided to Throw It In and horrify us all.
  • Fanservice: When Rabbit and Ramathorn first encounter the German couple, the camera gives a few close-ups of the woman's assets as Rabbit ogles her.
  • Fat Idiot: Farva.
  • Foreshadowing: One of the guys finds it curious that the local cops beat them to the scene of a highway murder when they themselves (the highway cops) just found out about it. It's because the local cops are the murderers, or at the very least were covering it up when they arrived because they're part of the same drug-trafficking ring.
  • Freudian Excuse: Farva's brief Face–Heel Turn was due to him feeling unappreciated and never having the chance to do any real police work.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Nobody within the State Troopers likes Farva, and not without reason. He's loud, obnoxious, and his hot-head antics has put the State Troopers into some hot water. The only member of the group who'd tolerate him is Rabbit, and only because he doesn't have a choice.
  • Funny Foreigner: The Germans.
  • Going Postal: When Mac says that he applied for a guard job at a post office, Thorny jokes that he'll finally get a chance to shoot someone.
  • Gratuitous French: "Litre is French for 'gimme some fuckin' cola before I break vous fuckin' lips'!"
    • He pronounces "vous" (plural/formal "you") incorrectly; the final "s" should be silent. Not to mention that, in French, "your" should actually be "vos" here.
  • Groin Attack: Mac gets shot in the groin to test a bullet-resistant cup.
    • Made all the more eyebrow-raising when O'Hagan says: "In my day, the rookie got naked." (shoots the gun and discovers they are using real bullets, accidentally destroying one of his cruiser's windows) "And we also used blanks."
      • He fired to "prove" to Rabbit they were blanks, but knows better than to tempt fate. Good thing, too.
    "You're a sick mother fucker, Mac..."
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Discussed by the troopers when they are plotting to steal a winnebago from the police department's impound yard. The troopers note that most of the police officers will be at the Governor's ceremony, leaving only the two dumbest officers at the station, allowing the troopers to easily distract them.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: Ursula and Foster meet again at a baseball game after the Winnebago fight with Foster sporting a bandaid on his nose. She offers to even things by giving him a free hit. She closes her eyes thinking it'll be a flirtatious tap and then gets smacked in the eye by a foul ball.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The troopers arrest the stoners, but later are seen getting high off confiscated weed while watching Johnny Chimpo cartoons with the crazy German guy.
    • At least they weren't littering, which is one of the reasons for the arrest.
  • Interservice Rivalry: Between the troopers and the local police.
  • Jerkass: Farva, along with most of the Spurbury police officers.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Farva is right that it was suspicious for the cashier to say he was a cop to the guys preparing his burger at the fast food joint. You wouldn’t think that would be relevant.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: Over the drug-related cases. The police have good reason to keep the troopers out of it, though.
    • Ditto for the murder case, which the local cops are trying to muscle in on despite it happening on the highway. Eventually, Ramathorn gets tired of it and lets the locals have the case, much to O'Hagan's chagrin. Not only do the locals take the case (because they either killed the woman or covered it up), but they also file a jurisdictional grievance against the highway cops.
  • Karma Houdini: Sure Farva helped the gang out during the drug bust but that doesn't change the fact that he recieved no punishment for his contribution in getting the department shutdown
    • Though in the Epilogue it seems like he's still the team Butt-Monkey.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!:
    • In the epilogue.
    • Also an Oh, Crap! from two of the stoner kids from the beginning, when they see Rabbit and Ramathorn are the St. Anky delivery guys.
  • Manchild: Basically all the troopers have the sense of humor of dopey teenagers.
  • Manly Facial Hair: Having a manly 'stache is standard operating procedure, apparently. The others pick at Rabbit for being unable to grow one, and in the epilogue scene, the wispy mustache he's got on is actually fake, which he rips off when it's time to get serious. They actually pick on Foster to "grow a goddamned mustache" and Foster responds that he hasn't shaven in two weeks.
  • Mind Screw: An unusual case of most of the characters being fans of this trope. Starting right at the beginning of the film, they mess with the heads of stoners by pulling them over a second time after having already pulled them over. They're still pulled over from the last time and desperately exclaim that they can't pull over any further. It helps that one of the stoners is obviously tripping balls, so it's even weirder for him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Ursula, as well as the German guy's wife, who we get to see quite a lot of.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: Seems to be the German guy's attitude:
    Crazy German Guy: Officer, zis is a major problem because I can't afford another ticket with mein Porsche. Is zere maybe something I can do for you...or maybe my wife can do for you, to avoid zis dilemma?
  • Never Heard That One Before: Ursula being called "Charlie's Angel" by Foster.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Played with; Farva's run-in with the school bus is actually shown during the ending credits.
    • Also;
    Mac: "And that was the second time I got crabs.
  • Not So Above It All: O'Hagen chastises the troopers for their various shenanigans, but when their department gets shut down he gets wasted and goes out to raise some hell along with them.
  • Noun Verber: "Bearfucker! Do you need assistance?!"
  • Oh, Crap!: The "snozzberries" stoner (played by Geoffrey Arend) gets an epic one in the opening scene, enhanced by the fact that he is high off his ass.
    Stoner: I'm freakin' out, man!
    Rabbit: You are freaking out, man.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Ursula. O'Hagan also qualifies for most of the film.
    • Downplayed with Thorny and Foster, who serve as the straight men to Farva's and Mac's wise guys.
  • Pistol-Whipping: Invoked and then defied by O'Hagan "I swear to God, I'll pistol-whip the next guy who says 'shenanigans'!". He just didn't go through it because Mac made Farva say a restaurant's name, which happens to be named 'Shenanigans', when O'Hagan is offered the pistol to whip, he told them to put those away.
  • Police Brutality: Favra was put on radio because of an incident involving a schoolbus. When he's put back onto the road, he immediately gets himself into trouble when he picks a fight with a fast-food cashier over a harmless joke at his expense.
  • Raging Stiffie: After arresting the German tourists:
    Thorny: All right Arlo, why don't you hop up on Uncle Rabbit's lap?
    Rabbit': I don't think that's such a good idea, Thorny!
  • Rule of Funny: The billboard scene would never happen in Vermont, being as there are no billboards in the state (they're illegal). Technically, advertising for a business on its' own site is exempt, but something with "billboard" form factors would run afoul of any local sign ordinances, and would be unlikely to pass Act 250 environmental review.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: When Mac goes through the Dimpus Burger drive-thru and drunkenly impersonates Farva, the kid working there who Farva assaulted earlier drops his headset and makes a run for it.
  • Show Some Leg: Taken to the extreme with the German couple; the husband is totally willing to let his wife screw the highway cops to get out of a ticket. Justified, of course, since the car is stolen, and the couple is later shown to be swingers.
  • Smug Snake: Chief Grady.
  • Sorry Ociffer: The troopers pull over some kids. The kids had to get rid of their drugs, so one of them eats all their weed before they throw out what was left. The troopers notice this, and play mind games to screw with the stoners before the arrest. (And after.)
    Littering and... littering aaaaand...
    ...smokin' the reefer.
  • The Squadette: Ursula.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: The other squad members don't let Ursula do anything, since she's not involved in their criminal activities. However, at least one treats her disrespectfully because she's a woman.
    I'm not your wife, Smythe.
    No, and if you were, I'd take ya down a peg or two.
  • Stealth Pun - Who wants some St.Anky beer?
  • Straight Man: O'Hagan. If he's not exasperated from all the shutdown drama, he's exasperated at the overgrown children he's appointed to be state troopers.
  • Suddenly Sober: Averted. The troopers are all wasted during the climax, except for Rabbit.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "Don't spit in that cop's burger..."
    Farva: *opens his burger* "That look like spit to you?"
    Ramathorn: Yeah.
    Farva: Fuck it. *eats burger*
  • The Team:
  • True Companions: The Troopers are just a big band of buddies at heart.
    Rabbit: "I don't wanna get transferred... Have to be a rookie again with some random dudes."
    Foster: "Don't worry about it bro. If it happens, we'll, uh, we'll all just... Stay here. Open up a... Roller disco."
  • Under Cover Cop Reveal: Subverted at the end of the movie: The party-goers (and the audience) are lead to believe that the main characters are no longer cops, until they remove their beer delivery coveralls to reveal the Spurbury Police Department uniforms.
  • Villainous Incest: Grady is implied to have had sexual relations with his cousin in the past.
    Grady: She's not my cousin!
  • Waif-Fu: Ursula can't weigh more than 110 pounds, but she's a better fighter than all of the troopers except for O'Hagen, who was a Navy boxing champion.
    • Though to be fair, they were all wasted.
  • We Can Rule Together: Grady promises Farva a more exciting and dignified job as a local cop, causing him to make a brief Face–Heel Turn.
    • Interestingly, Grady does give Farva a cruiser of his own, but only so that Farva would stay away from their criminal activities.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: In the course of the movie, hints are dropped that Spurbury is in the southern, central, or northern part of Vermont.

    Super Troopers 2 
  • Actually Pretty Funny: After Farva is knocked over in the Port-O-John by the bear, he makes a bear-themed joke. The guys chuckle as it is a surprisingly clever joke by Favre. When he keeps going though, they quickly change their mind. After the fifth one:
    O'Hagen: "Shoot him."
  • Actor Allusion: When he brings them to the derelict station, Mac asks O'Hagen if he's going to make them "put the lotion in the basket." Brian Cox once played Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
  • Ambiguous Time Period: The sequel takes place two years after the first, which was released nearly 2 decades earlier. This isn't that much of a problem since the first movie makes no reference to the time period, though the sequel makes reference to iPhones, texting, video chat, and making America great again, stuff that wasn't in use during the era of the first movie.
  • Ascended Extra: While still pretty small, Governor Jessman has more screen time and more to do with the plot than the first movie.
  • Artistic License – Chemistry: Farva attempts to light a joint right next to a balloon he's inhaling helium from for a high pitched voice. Said balloon ignites right in his face despite helium being inert.
  • Artistic License – Law: The iconic red uniforms commonly associated with RCMP officers are actually their dress uniforms for formal events only. Mounties wear much more practical (and less gaudy) light blue uniforms for day-to-day patrol.
  • Bits of Me Keep Passing Out: The drug Farva tries is some kind of tranquilizer. He's completely incapacitated for a while, and rides a scooter until all of his motor functions return.
  • Bottled Heroic Resolve: Thorny saves a Mountie during the shootout, he attributes his sudden bravery to his "maternal instinct," as he's been taking estrogen pills.
  • Call-Back:
    • In the first film O'Hagan mentions that the Troopers' "...nuts are this close to the band saw." In this movie Rabbit's nuts actually wind up in peril from a timber saw.
    • "Glittering and, glittering and..."
    • We get a close up of Mac's mouth saying "Un, deux, trois, let's do it!" Which mirrors the beginning of the suryp sequence in the first movie.
    • Jim Gaffigan's character from the "cat game" is back in this one, and he lampshades it.
    • Farva is back on the radio.
    • Farva finally got his liter of cola.
    • Farva Expy Lonnie Laloush makes coffee and pokes his head back in asking if anyone wants cream the same way Farva did in the first movie.
    • Earlier in the movie, the guys threaten to shave Rabbit's nuts. At the end, he has to have them shaved for a surgical procedure.
    • The Canadians assume Thorny is Mexican.
  • The Cameo Sean William Scott and Damon Wayans Jr. appear briefly as the two state troopers in Rabbit's dream
    • Jim Gaffigan returns as Larry Johnson
    • Also Fred Savage
    • Lynda Carter returns as Governor Jessman.
    • Marisa Coughlan is reduced to a cameo as Ursula.
  • Canada, Eh?: The boys have been brought in to transition the police force of a Canadian town that turned out to be part of the U.S.A. Expect hockey, exaggerated Quebec accents, and the Metric System. Hilarity Ensues
    • The Mounties spend the film in their Red Serge, as do the Troopers when impersonating them note 
  • Canadian Equals Hockey Fan: The mayor is a former hockey star, hockey pucks and other gear make frequent appearances, and the Mounties are shown gathering to watch hockey the same way Americans gather to watch football.
  • Celebrity Casualty: Fred Savage is killed by a speeding fire truck.
  • Celebrity Paradox: This is probably one of the first films that Rob Lowe and Fred Savage worked on after The Grinder was canceled. Though Rob Lowe doesn't play himself, Fred Savage does.
  • Conveyor Belt o' Doom: Rabbit is chained to a plank of wood that slowly advances him towards a circular saw, crotch-first. It does nick him accidentally after they turn it off.
  • Cultural Posturing: Done shamelessly by both sides. Farva does not help the situation, though the rude Canadians started it—not that they didn't have good reason to be upset, but insulting O'Hagen when he's trying to be conciliatory was still not cool.
  • Death by Cameo: Fred Savage plays a rare As Himself version of this trope.
  • Demoted to Extra: Ursula has almost no involvement in the film's plot.
  • Eagleland: The brand of America that Farva intends to bring to the town. He recites the pledge, and the national anthem (both extremely wrong) aggressively to the townsfolk, demanding they learn the words. Unsurprisingly they react by turning violent and hurling garbage and hockey pucks at all of the Americans.
  • Expy:
    • Lonnie Laloush for Farva, they actually have an eerie stare down at one point where they realize it.
    • Guy LeFranc is basically Rob Lowe doing his best Justin Trudeau impression. Even more hilariously is he claims at one point to be good friends with said prime minister.
  • Fauxreigner: While impersonating the Mounties, they spout gibberish made of random French and French sounding words to mess with two Americans who don't speak a word of French.
  • French-Canadian Jerk: The trio of mounties who are their rivals. Most of the locals are not much better.
  • Guns Do Not Work That Way: Suffice it to say, everything about the fictional "AK-48" is completely and utterly wrong. But still funny.
  • Intoxication Ensues: Subverted. While the troopers knowingly take drugs, they have no idea which drugs they are. See Mushroom Samba below.
  • Jerkass: Farva, of course. Most of the Canadians are total pricks as well, though suddenly finding out they have to either leave or change nationalities wouldn't put most people in a great mood. Especially after Farva tried to force them to say the American Pledge of Allegiance (wrongly, of course).
    Bellefuille: You gonna come up here talking all that "Make America Great" crap, you're bound to catch a face full of Canadian tomato!
  • Hypocrite: The old man who pulls over to shout at Thorn and Mac while they are replacing the metric speed limit signs goes on about how he hates all things American, while driving a Ford pickup truck.
    • The mounties make fun of Farva for being fat, despite the fact that two of them are even fatter than he is.
  • Immune to Drugs: Subverted. Mac seems to be unaffected by the pill he took. When asked if he's feeling any effects and looks normal, he mater-of-factly replies, "Oh, I'm on acid." But it kicks in right as O'Hagen starts screaming at them. He hallucinates O'Hagen and the other troopers as Geisha, and then runs naked out of the building doing cartwheels.
  • Naked People Are Funny: The whole scene at the brothel, complete with Rob Lowe using a gigolo's penis as a punching bag.
    • Mac strips down and does cartwheels on acid.
    • Rabbit is stripped as the guys attempt to shave his nuts, but the afflicted area is covered by shaving cream.
  • The Mole: Genevieve is working for the Big Bad and taking advantage of Rabbit. Then she turns out to be a Canadian cop on a deep-cover assignment to infiltrate his operation, and she actually does like Rabbit.
  • Mushroom Samba: As neither the American nor the Canadian lab will accept jurisdiction over the town, the troopers find out what the pills are the old fashioned way... they take them. We're then treated to a montage of the boys freaking out on speed, steroids, tranquilizers, acid, and estrogen pills. Mac starts to hallucinate severely on the acid.
  • Noodle Incident: Similar to the first film with Farva's Bus Incident, it’s stated throughout the film that the guys, minus Captain O’ Hagen and Ursula, were fired from the Spurberry police force for something involving Fred Savage. it's later stated that they got him killed
    • Like the first film we actually see it happen. Fred Savage is hit by a firetruck on their watch.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Ramathorn's baby mama and son are absent.
  • Shout-Out: At one point, Rabbit complains about menthol shaving cream burning his skin. This is in reference to the gag in the first movie where Rabbit is doused from head to toe in shaving cream, which resulted in Erik Stolhanske experiencing burns across his body because no one had any idea what would happen if skin is exposed to menthol for too long.
  • Take That!: Naturally it has a lot, aimed at both the United States and Canada. Probably the most savage one of the movie, if only because there's no comeback to it whatsoever and he very matter-of-factly says it, comes from Guy explaining his motive:
    Well I'm sorry, what was I gonna do? Being the mayor of a small Canadian town sounds romantic and cool. Being the mayor of a small American town sounds like you're a loser.
  • Troll: The Troopers' favorite pastime remains fucking with random motorists. Among the Mounties, Archambault likes to get Podien spun up over Danny Devito's filmography, which provoked the latter into a Quebec-accented Angrish Cluster F-Bomb.
  • Shown Their Work: The Mountie's french profanities, known as Sacres, are all entirely accurate to what you'd hear if a French-Canadian started swearing. "Aw tabarnak" is the equivalent to "aw fuck", "câlice" is effectively "goddammit", and "merde" is basically "oh shit"note . And yes, French-Canadians use these all the time even when speaking English.
  • Truth in Television: The Halifax explosion was indeed a real event. And was the largest man-made explosion til Hiroshima, just as Guy says.
    • When one of the troopers' clip-on tie comes away during a fight, the other guy laughs at that. Except that's precisely why cops wear clip-on or break-away ties (or no tie at all), so the bad guys can't grab onto them during a fight.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: The guys spend the movie convinced that the local cops are the bad guys. Just like the first movie. They wind up very, very wrong.

I swear to God, I'll pistol-whip the next guy that adds more tropes!