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"There's a time and a place for everything. It's called 'college'."
Chef, South Park

Fiction in which much of the humor comes from fratboys getting highly intoxicated and doing incredibly stupid, risky, and dangerous things and getting away with it. It usually has the main characters as a bunch of loveable rogues pitted against the evil aristocratic old money frathouses or oppressive deans. Expect drinking, Mooning, and panty raids. Lots of panty raids.

May overlap with Stoner Flick. Generally parallels with College Is "High School, Part 2". Almost always includes a Wild Teen Party, with college officials replacing the parents. Often set at a Strawman U. Compare All Guys Want Sorority Women and Sinister Sorority Sisters, the two stereotypical portrayals of the fraternity's Distaff Counterpart, the sorority.

Interestingly a variant of this behaviour also tends to happen in the military, which on base often functions much like a fraternity, only with access to lethal force.

Do not do this stuff in Real Life (please only include fictional examples here); people who do will be in serious legal and disciplinary trouble. After all, (most) college students are legally adults, and these actions have true disruptive consequences.

If Played for Drama or horror, this can be expected to become a Fiendish Fraternity instead.


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  • In My Little Pony Micro Series Issue #3 during Rarity's after party, involving a stallion with Bluto's likeness, (he even has Delta Tau Chi as his cutie mark) Lyra Heartstrings, Octavia and Pinkie.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: The Holliday Girls spend far more time participating in wacky sorority girl hijinx, and beating up Nazis, than they do going to class. This gets them in real trouble on occasion such as the time two of the Heyday triplets were kidnapped from the Girls' Haunted House mostly because the place was incredibly unsecured and no one knew where they were since the older girls grabbed them and tossed them in a truck to bring them there on a whim.

    Films — Animated 
  • Monsters University, even though it's the different frats competing against each other rather than causing mischief.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • American Pie Presents: Beta House: The frat guys engage in wild parties, hazing rituals, keg stand competitions, playing pranks on rival fraternities, etc. You kind of wonder if they passed ordinances to turn the college into a legal brothel and just forget about studying.
  • Animal House is the Trope Codifier. By the start of the film, Delta House has already earned such a notorious reputation that Dean Wormer puts them on "double-secret probation". Highlights include killing Neidermeyer's horse (accidentally, in their defense), an attempt to cheat on an exam that backfires because Omega House saw it coming and switched the answers, Otter sleeping with Wormer's wife at the toga party, and trashing the homecoming parade after Wormer finally expels them.
  • Accepted, which features an entire college set up for this sole purpose (at first).
  • Revenge of the Nerds: When the Jerk Jocks kick the freshman nerds out of their dorm after burning their frathouse down, the only solution is to form a frat of their own and beat them at their own game.
  • In Euro Trip a Five-Man Band of four high school graduates go on a wacky hijinx tour of an amazingly stereotypical Europe, culminating in nothing less than (accidentally) faking the death of and impersonating the replacement for the pope on live international television. And getting away with it.
  • PCU - Though the protagonists weren't technically a frat (the bad guys were, even though frats had been banned, forcing them to become a secret society scheming to reclaim their old house from the riff raff)
  • Across the Universe (2007) has a bit of screen time devoted to Max's college antics. Put to song.
  • Monsters Crash the Pajama Party has a group of frat boys and a group of sorority initiates having to spend the night in what is supposedly a haunted mansion. The guys look for masks to use to scare the girls, not knowing that something actually scary is really there.
  • Neighbors is a Deconstructive Parody of such, showing what they look like to other people.
  • This is what Johnathan and his crew cause in Tyler Perry's "Boo! A Madea Halloween" and its sequel "Boo! 2 A Madea Halloween". In the first one the party is stopped by Madea while in the second one the party was stopped by Brian.
  • Most of the killings in The Initiation take place during a sorority initiation that goes horribly awry.
  • Much of the first half of Killer Party is devoted to the boys of Beta Tau playing pranks on the girls of their sister sorority, and the hazing of the girls pledging. Then it turns into a Slasher Movie.
  • In The Hazing, several college kids go on a Scavenger Hunt and then spend the night in a spooky mansion in an attempt to pledge fraternities and sororities. And then people start dying...

  • In The Pale King, the confrontation between Fat Marcus the Moneylender and Diablo the Left-Handed Surrealist.
    Didn't anybody at your school ever have names like Joe or Bill?
  • In Edgar Allan Poe 's "William Wilson," the eponymous character is implied to be in an early form of one of these, and spends a lot of time drinking and gambling, and chasing women. (Overlaps with Write What You Know — Poe is known to have incurred large gambling debts while attending the University of Virginia.)
  • Unseen University in Discworld doesn't have fraternities, because it's based on British universities, but student life is implied to largely consist of drinking and pranks. The Unseen University Diary lists a number of student traditions, all of which are basically pub crawls, and the page about the Junior Common Room states that the main purpose of this student organisation is "to get well and truly ratted".

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Happy Days episode "Hard Cover" has Richie, Fonzie, and pals trapped in a girls' dorm after curfew with much hilarity ensuing.
  • In an early episode of Quantum Leap, Sam Beckett finds himself as part of a rowdy fraternity in the body of a popular football player (with two girls in bed when he leaps in).
  • An episode of The Fall Guy has Colt Seavers hiding out in a frat house to escape a hitman, with a fair amount of this ensuing.
  • Greek deals with this quite often due to the rivalry between the Kappa Taus and Omega Chi (with each house separately embodying a different side of the frat stereotype, the slovenly party boys and the uptight preppies respectively).
  • That's My Bush! parodies this trope in an episode ("A Poorly Executed Plan") by portraying George W. Bush's well-over-fifty year old friends as immature manchildren still engaging in stereotypical fratboy behavior.
  • One episode of Community has Abed going through a college experience checklist filled with these sort of antics; Troy eventually goes along for the ride.
  • CSI: NY: Played for drama in "Get Me Out of Here!". What starts out with a pledge master making up a scavenger hunt that sends two pledges thru a series of cemeteries to find a third, turns fatal when the pledge master is found dead in an open grave - while the hidden guy is actually trapped in a stone crypt and fast running out of oxygen because the others can't figure out the clues.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer had a few of these with supernatural twists. The frat boys were usually worshipping ancient demons that the slayer had to take care of.
  • In How I Met Your Mother, it is revealed that Marshall once got roaring drunk and streaked across campus for what he thought was a pledge. Turned out one of his friends, who was either not in a frat or incorrectly assumed he was, was screwing with him.
  • A subdued example is seen in a Columbo episode where the murderers are in a fraternity together - there is drinking and weird parties, but not the insane kind typically seen (the party was having formal wear and swimming shorts).
  • The insane and ill-advised stunts on shows like Jackass can lead to the suspicion that if they didn't start out as inane, humiliating and dangerous fraternity initiations, somewhere at some college in the United States, they would become so.
  • The Glades: In "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves", a pair of pledges are dumped in the swamp in their underwear as part of their hazing. While trudging their way out, they stumble on the Body of the Week.
  • One part of an episode of MacGyver (2016) involved the team infiltrating a frat party to figure out which frat brother had just received an email from a terrorist recruiter. Bozer had to distract all the partiers by doing a two minute keg stand so Mac and the girls could break into their rooms and search their computers (Bozer spent the rest of the episode wasted and/or hung over).
  • Given a very dark Deconstruction in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit via the Tau Omega Fraternity, which the SVU team has clashed with several times. Tau Omega's hazing rituals are horribly sadistic, the frat's reputation for sexual assault is an open secret, and the authority figures turn a blind eye due to the clout and money the members carry.


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  • Although there are no fratboys and wackiness is technically treason, the entire reason the Death Leopard society exists in Paranoia is to perform these hijinx, with high explosives, all the while talking in an excruciatingly Totally Radical fashion.

    Video Games 
  • Kingdom of Loathing has Orcish Frat Boys as enemies. Most of their attacks and adventures are somehow related to this trope, whether fighting by spraying beer at you, hazing you, or stealing your underwear. They are, naturally, associated with the element of Sleaze.
  • Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude: At least half of the point of the entry, with the original Larry's ambiguously-canonical nephew frequently butting heads with or ingratiating himself with the Delta Iota Omicron house in his never-ending quest to get laid.
  • The fraternity households in The Sims 2 University and The Sims 3: University Life certainly can be played this way, depending on the player's inclination, and some of the game mechanics (e.g. toga parties) are obviously meant to invite it.
  • The Spellcasting Series has this as part of the plot in the second and third games. The second game centers around the main character having to perform various hijinks as part of his frat initiation, while the third centers around the main character's frat competing against a frat from a rival university over who is king of the beach. The first game references this trope by having every frat on campus throwing a wild party every night.
  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell has demon fratbros engaging in this kind of behaviour, such as trying to smack each other into goal rings to score points in some side missions and taking over and vandalizing Ivan the Terrible's castle.

    Web Animation 
  • Episode 40 of Bonus Stage is about a fraternity (played by the cast of Waterman) moving into the house next door. The initiation ritual involves dragging one's bed outside and peeing in it wearing a dress. Joel apparently mishears and instead pees in their beds. Then there are the frat party games: "Extreme Spelling Bee", "Bingo Pac-Man", and "Throw the Screwdriver at Someone's Face".

  • El Goonish Shive has featured an un-named "college party comedy".
  • Exists even in fantasy worlds, as Roy Greenhilt has to learn in the Order of the Stick prequel "On the Origin of PCs".
  • Shredded Moose attempts to mix this with vulgarity and gets Moral Event Horizons.
  • At one point in 'Schlock Mercenary the Toughs have to get information out of a computer center in a college library. While they're there, some frat boys decide to play a game of 'taunt the human'. Their leader gets the brilliant idea of punching a man who outweighs him roughly 3:1, all of it in muscle, starting a brawl in which the frat boys get clobbered, along with the riot squad they call in.

    Web Original 
  • In Shadowrun Storytime, fratbro Terrence Jackson seemingly gets up to this, and at one point organizes an epic fraternity party with the help of Adversary. Deconstructed in that Terrence is on last warning after beating up too many nerds and Adversary wanted to damn souls by facilitating a "truly epic amount of date rape".

    Western Animation 
  • Parodied in a Futurama episode where Bender lives out this trope.
  • Likewise parodied in an episode of The Simpsons, where Homer has to go back to college and complete his degree, and blindly assumes that college in real life is like college in the movies, going so far as to watch various Animal House knock-offs as "research". It isn't.
  • Undergrads: Rocko joined a frat expecting this trope, but his frat brothers are just a bunch of regular guys who aren't like movie fratboys at all. Rocko either doesn't care or doesn't notice (maybe a bit of both) and simply gets up to Wacky Fratboy Hijinx on his own, much to his frat brothers' annoyance.
  • In Dexter's Laboratory, "Copping an Attitude" has Dexter sent to college, where everyone but him is this. He eventually defrosts and become like one of them...too late, because every hipster Frat Bro has gone back to studying hard, much to his annoyance, so he stages up a massive party that gets him booted.
  • Bob's Burgers: Subverted in "My Big Fat Greek Bob". The guys in the underdog Beta house think they're involved in a prank war with the popular Alpha house, but they're being tricked by a house alumnus who's jealous of Bob bonding with them. The guys in Alpha spend their free time doing charity work.
  • One episode of The Real Ghostbusters had them called to a college to deal with the ghosts of a spectacularly unruly fraternity seeking revenge against the college for expelling them. The Ghostbusters eventually tricked them into thinking that they could convince the dean to graduate them if they jumped through a few hoops, the last of which was to pose for a graduation photo on bleachers with traps planted underneath.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated has an episode where the parents have their kids see what the local college is like. It almost seems like the episode is about to go this way until the monster-of-the-week shows up.
    • Fred's father, Mayor Fred Jones Sr., is clearly very fond of his college days and urges his son to see his old frat, which is currently full of Frat Bros. It gets implied that Mayor Jones went through one of these stages, as he's considered a legend in his frat, there's an unsubstantiated rumor circulating in his frat that he ate a live bear, and Word of God implying that he liked toga parties. A flashback from a later episode suggests that he was just a charismatic smart guy that liked the attention rather than being a typical dumb Frat Bro.
  • The Alvin and the Chipmunks episode "From Here to Fraternity" has the Chipmunks mistakenly going to a frat house to deliver a singing telegram. Hilarity Ensues when the bored frat kids enlist the Chipmunks to pull pranks for them.
  • Dean from Code Monkeys lives and breathes this; in one episode, after accidentally shooting his dad in the face, he briefly takes charge of the company, and brings in his frat brothers from Alpha Sigma Sigma to "help"; as per usual for the show, chaos reigns, until Mr. Larrity and several of the others enter into a "Fight for the Frathouse" and win; Dean was being manipulated by secretary Claire to kill his dad and take control (with the promise of sex); Larrity quickly shoots Dean and things return to normal.
  • In the South Park season 19 premiere, Stunning and Brave, PC Delta, a fraternity themed around PC culture, engages in hijinks such as waking up Kyle with air horns and putting pigs in his bedroom.

Alternative Title(s): Wacky Fratboy Hijinks