"Of course, the scene for which this film is remembered became famous (around here anyway) is when Paula and her girl gang accost a young couple. The woman they tie up; the slim-hipped young man they lead into the shrubbery after making suggestive comments. The last thing we see is Paula slowly removing- nevermind. ADVICE TO BOYS AND YOUNG MEN: Do not think about this scene. Put it out of your mind. Work at your studies. Concentrate on your prayer life, and don't let your mind wander. Regardless of what you think maybe happens after the fade-out, it's not real. It doesn't exist in this world. Never has, never will. And it certainly won't happen to you."
—Paul Chaplin in the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide
The MST3K presentation of The Violent Years contains these tropes:
- Black Comedy Rape: The MST3K crew taking on the male rape scene, and the aftermath. Quite a few of the jokes were about the rapists getting pregnant, which the movie ended up really using.Tom Servo: My rape victim refuses to come to Lamaze classes!
- Briar Patching: Related to Black Comedy Rape, jokes along the lines of "If all four of you get involved, I understand. It could get rough, and that's fine." "I beg of you, don't lightly kiss my belly and don't nibble on my nipple buds, and don't drag your shiny hair across my body because I HATE that!"
- Bragging Theme Tune: Tom's theme song is just over-the-top adjectives and his name.
- Brick Joke:Forrester: Brooks & Dunn!(Hexfield Viewscreen closes.)Mike: Uhhh...(Hexfield Viewscreen opens.)Forrester: (insistently) Brooks & Dunn?!TV's Frank: (piping in) Wynonna!(Hexfield Viewscreen closes.)
- Call-Back: Two to the short.
- First:Crow: Now here's a girl who takes squishiness and does something about it!
- Then, after all the other girls are dead and Paula has been busted:Crow: And all this started because of their electric kitchen?
- Continuity Nod:
- Credits Gag: Radio FRANK fails and Frank dejectedly reads off all the various artists (and others) the station would have featured over the ending credits.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Forrester and Frank are both completely and utterly giddy at the idea of a radio station being named after a person, taking great pains to explain how awesome a pun it is to the SOL crew.Frank: Don't you see how great it is?! My name is Frank — the radio station's name is Frank! It's totally uncharacteristic to name a radio station Frank!
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: The MST3K crew enforces it, even as the movie itself averts it.
- Downer Ending: Lampshaded.Crow: The feel-good movie of 1956!Servo: Audiences left with a song in their hearts and a smile on their face!
- Ear Worm: Frank immediately starts singing Crow's catchy little Theme Tune for Mike.Crow: Mike, m-m-muh-Mike, m-m-muh-Mike Mike Mike Mike...
- Ending Fatigue: In-universe, the guys start to audibly groan whenever the judge, with his puritan moralizing and drawn-out pauses, begins yet another lecture. Eventually, Servo screams at him to shut up.
- Henway: Servo bemusedly asks Mike how long the Thirty Years' War was.
- Homoerotic Subtext: The lyrics to "Livin' in Deep 13" once again cast Dr. Forrester and Frank's work relationship in an ambiguously romantic light:Dr. F: I was alone with a world to tame
I was evil but feelin' blue [...]
Frank: Workin' the fryer, I was never a crier
I had a void in the shape of you
- It's All About Me: Tom's theme song, as he brags he's "bigger than life, bigger than you..."
- Long List: The many voices of Radio FRANK.
- Lyric Swap: Servo's theme song is "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana.Servo: Won-der-ful Tom
Magnificat Tom Servo!
- Mood Whiplash: After the horror show of Tom's head being ripped off, the Mads sing an upbeat Deep 13 Theme Tune.
- Mundane Made Awesome:
- Frank, the radio station. Turn your crank to FRANK!Frank: MORE REBA!
- But Mike and the 'Bots can't get into it.Servo: ...Am I out of Reba? Do I need more Reba?
Crow: Or any Wynonna...?
- Frank, the radio station. Turn your crank to FRANK!
- Nightmare Fuel: Invoked, as the Mike, Crow and Gypsy react badly to Servo's new head. Crow is reduced to a shambling heap of sobbing while Gypsy says in disgust, "I feel ill!" as she flees.
- Off with His Head!: Tom Servo replaces his head with a very disturbing ventriloquist dummy's head. Mike chases him around over the commercial break, then pins him down and pries his whole head off. Also qualifies as an Eye Scream, as Mike gouges his thumbs into Tom's eye sockets when ripping the head off. See the whole horrorshow here. Played for Laughs, of course.Mike: Out, vile jelly!
- Overly Long Gag:
- The final post-movie host segment has Crow and Mike re-enacting the awkward hold-up scene from early in the film: Crow sticks a gun on Mike and the two just stare at each other in silence. It goes on for about a minute, until Crow finally chops Mike on the back with his gun.
- Frank reads out dozens of names over the ending credits, which start out as the various country singers to be featured on Radio FRANK but then lapses into random famous people, like Dag Hammarskjöld and actor Crispin Glover.
- Rooting for the Empire: Invoked after the Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male scene:Servo: WHAT A GREAT MOVIE!
Crow: WE GOTTA GET GYPSY!
Servo: SHE'S GOTTA SEE THIS!
- Servo's theme song is "O Fortuna" with new lyrics.
- Radio FRANK is a new country format: "More Garth! More Reba!" "...Wynonna!"
- "Brooks & Dunn!?"
- When the judge sits down, Servo says, "Here come da ME!"
- Frank's Long List of names includes country stars Hank Snow, Tex Ritter, Slim Whitman, Marty Robbins, Donna Fargo, Barbara Mandrell, Ernest Tubb, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Gentleman Jim Reeves...
- ...but also actor Pat Buttram (sidekick to Gene Autry, Mr. Haney on Green Acres), UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld, Crispin Glover (who had released his first album by that point, but was decidedly not a country-western singer — Frank mispronounces it "glow-VER"), Zamfir (master of the panflute), talk show host Maury Povich, fashion designer Coco Chanel, Larry Storch (of F Troop fame), Edward Everett Horton (Narrator of the Fractured Fairy Tales segment on The Rocky And Bullwinkle Show), Boss Jim Gettys (governor of New York and Kane's political rival in Citizen Kane), novelty singer Mrs. Miller, Karen Valentine (best known for Room 222), and "Stonewall" Jackson.
- Stonewall Jackson was also the name of a country music star of the 1950s and 1960s.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Tom says he's had his personal theme song ready to go "since infancy!"
- Take That!: Servo trying to sing and collapsing into wracking sobs is a reference to the 1976 remake of A Star Is Born ("Esther... Hoffman... Howard...") In the theater, Servo remarks, "Good news, Streisand killed."
- Theme Tune: Everyone has to come up with one. The Mads sing a perky sitcom opening duet, Tom channels Carl Orff, and Crow throws something together for himself ("La la la la laa... Crow.") but somehow has something ready to go immediately when Mike says he doesn't have one.
- This Is Gonna Suck:
- Uncanny Valley: Everyone is horrified by Servo's new head, a tiny red-cheeked rubber ventriloquist dummy. Gypsy feels ill and exits stage right. Crow shrieks and gibbers. Mike nods along at first, only to yell "Get him!" and pounce.
The Young Man's Fancy short contains these tropes:
- Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head::Judy: I think you're... a stinker.
Crow: (as Bob in monotone) No. Don't.
- Call-Back: "He'll never touch you, Terry. You're dirt."
- Full-Name BasisAlexander Phipps: The name is Alex.
Tom Servo: ...zander Phipps.
- Comically Missing the Point: Crow at the end posits the Aesop of the short was to engage in mushroom growing.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- "Double-bag it, son!"
- Also growing mushrooms in the basement.Crow: And avoiding the narcs!
- Ho Yay: The crew's In-Universe theory explaining why brother Bob is so insistent on Judy not dating Alex:Servo: (as Bob, as they go take a shower) Woo-hoo! I'll soap you first!(later)Servo: (as Alex, checking his neck) You can hardly see where you bit me!
- Likes Older Women: The crew portray Alex as flirting with Judy's mother.Crow: (as Judy's mother) Please, Alex, I'm vulnerable.
- Loveable Sex Maniac: Judy.Servo: (as Judy) Tee hee, I'm horny!
- Never Heard That One BeforeAlexander: Hey, what's a four-letter word for "nuisance"?
Crow: Standard sitcom joke landing on runway 7.
(Mike pretends to wave around marshalling wands, while Servo makes airplane landing noises)
Bob: Oh, that's easy: J-U-D-Y.
(The gang approves of a successful landing.)
- Running Gag:
- "Squishy" is so overtly sexually charged a term that the crew keep referring to it during the entire experiment.
- Alexander as a Sex God who wants to sleep with Bob, Mom and Judy.
- Shout-Out: "Judy: Beyond Thundersquishy."
- Take That!: During the judge's speech sentencing Paula:Crow: Yet still funnier than Night Court.
- Their First Time: "Tonight's the night, Mom!"
- This Is No Time for Knitting: Parodied:Judy: Food? Is that all you can think of at a time like this?
Crow: (as Bob) You mean lunchtime?
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Judy's plan to get Alex's attention by pretending to be helpless in the kitchen gets lampshaded in the riffing.Judy: (exaggeratedly stirs an empty mixing bowl and sighs) Oooh, dear!
Crow: Has anyone noticed that the daughter is PSYCHOTIC?
(Judy unplugs the mixer and covers the socket with a towel)
Mike: This is like Three Days of the Condor, I trust no one in this short!
(Judy goes over to the kitchen door)
Servo: (Ahem) OH, DEAR!!!
Judy: (Louder) Oh, me...
Servo: Did I call that?