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"Fresh out the box,
Stop, look, & watch,
Ready yet? Get set,
It's Allllll That!"
Soup, later Kenan Thompson, the announcer

Nickelodeon's third ensemble skitcom (following You Can't Do That on Television and Roundhouse), bearing a strong resemblance to the format of Saturday Night Live or MADtv (like its predecessors did to Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and In Living Color!, respectively).

Created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin and produced by Dan Schneider. Ran from April 1994 to October 2005 — a little more than a decade, complete with a full cast exodus about halfway through, followed by four seasons, again like SNL... but without an Eddie Murphy-type cast member to keep things afloat until Lorne came back, which in this case "he" (Mike Tollin & Brian Robbins) never did... at least not until much later.

Launched the careers of: Amanda Bynes (who starred in What I Like About You and several films before retiring from acting due to mental health issues), Kenan Thompson (who actually managed to make the cast of Saturday Night Live in the mid-2000s and is now the longest-running cast member in the show’s history), Kel Mitchell (who auditioned for SNL around the same time as Kenan Thompson but never made it, Nick Cannon, Gabriel Iglesias, and Jamie Lynn Spears. Also launched Dan Schneider into being a major behind-the-scenes headliner for Nickelodeon and arguably, the wave of dueling tween/teen KidComs on both Nickelodeon and Disney Channel.

In 2019, Nickelodeon premiered the second revival of All That, spear-headed by Brian Robbins (newly-installed as President of Nickelodeon) with a brand new cast and with Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell serving as executive producers. This was derailed by the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the revival is on hiatus, future unknown.

Led to (chronologically): KaBlam!, Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show, The Nick Cannon Show, Zoey 101, and Just Jordan. And further down the family tree came Drake & Josh and eventually iCarly, Victorious and Sam & Cat. The 2019 revival would have its own spin-offs: Drama Club (with Nathan Janak as part of the main cast), That Girl Lay Lay (with Gabrielle Green as part of the cast) and Warped! (starring Kate Godfrey).

The NickRewind block on TeenNick was originally named "The '90s Are All That" for it, and thus served as its headliner.

     Cast Members, Past and Present 
  • Angelique Bates (1994-1996)
  • Lori Beth Denberg (1994-1998)
  • Katrina Johnson (1994-1997)
  • Kel Mitchell (1994-1999)
  • Alisa Reyes (1994-1997)
  • Josh Server (1994-2000)
  • Kenan Thompson (1994-1999)
  • Amanda Bynes (1996-2000)
  • Tricia Dickson (featured player, 1997)
  • Leon Frierson (1997-2000)
  • Christy Knowings (1997-2000)
  • Danny Tamberelli (1997-2000)
  • Victor Cohn-Lopez (featured player, 1998)
  • Zach McLemore (featured player, 1997-1998)
  • Nick Cannon (featured player 1998, regular cast member 1999-2000)
  • Mark Saul (featured player 1998, regular cast member 1999-2000)
  • Gabriel Iglesias (2000)
  • Chelsea Brummet (2002-2005)
  • Jack DeSena (2002-2005)
  • Lisa Foiles (2002-2005)
  • Bryan Hearne (2002-2003)
  • Shane Lyons (2002-2004)
  • Giovonnie Samuels (2002-2004)
  • Kyle Sullivan (2002-2005)
  • Jamie Lynn Spears (2002-2004)
  • Christina Kirkman (2003-2005)
  • Ryan Coleman (2004-2005)
  • Kianna Underwood (2005)
  • Denzel Whitaker (2005)
  • Lil' JJ (featured player, 2005)
  • Ryan Alessi (2019-2020)
  • Reece Caddell (2019-2020)
  • Kate Godfrey (2019-2020)
  • Gabrielle Green (2019-2020)
  • Nathan Janak (2019-2020)
  • Lex Lumpkin (2019-2020)
  • Chinguun Sergelen (2019-2020)
  • Aria Brooks (featured player, 2020)

This show contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:
    • At the start of one episode, the cast takes questions from the audience. Dan Schneider appears and is referred to as "the guy from that old show Head of the Class".
    • When Mark Curry drops in for one episode, the cast give Hangin' with Mr. Cooper a Shout-Out.
    • In a "Cooking with Randy" sketch, Chef Farley (Chris Farley) warns Randy about the dangers of his chocolate addiction in a manner similar to Farley's SNL character Matt Foley.
    • One of the Cold Openings had Ed from the Good Burger sketches delivering the cast some food. Kel Mitchell says he looks familiar.
    • In one of the Pierre Escargot skits, one of the phrases that Pierre says is, "The actor who plays Superdude is very handsome".
    • In a Superdude sketch, when he appears, bystanders exclaim, "It's Ishboo!", "It's Miss Piddlin!", and "It's Pierre Escargot!". Like Mark Cant/Superdude, these characters are all played by Kenan Thompson.
      • In another one, which takes place in the Old West, bystanders exclaim, "It's a Martian!", "It's a fancy cowboy!", and "It's Kenan!".
    • In the cold open of season 11’s sixth episode, when Kenan realizes that no one, not even his former castmates, recognize him, he delivers an all-too-familiar Catchphrase.
      Kenan: WHYYYYY?!
    • When Sherman Hemsley portrayed a doctor in a Cold Opening to treat Kenan from weird symptoms, just before starting the show, Kenan says he doesn’t have insurance, and Hemsley says not to worry about it, to which Kenan replies, "You just movin' on up, ain’t you?"
  • Adults Are Useless: Subverted in Good Burger, played straight in everything else on the show.
  • Affectionate Parody: "What Do You Do?" Parody of fellow-Nick show Figure It Out, on which most of the All That cast appeared at least once... Bynes, Denberg, & Tamberelli were even regular panelists. The name itself sounds like What Would You Do? (Nickelodeon).
    • They actually parodied Nickelodeon, having a sketch making fun of The Secret World of Alex Mack by calling it "The Secret World of Alex Sax", with Larisa Oleynik herself playing the title character (and the saxophone).
      Alex Sax: I'm Alex Sax.
      Annie Mack (played on the sketch by Alisa Reyes; traditionally by Meredith Bishop): I'm her smart sister.
      Ray Alvarado (played on the sketch by Kel Mitchell; traditionally by Darris Love): And I'm in no way related.
    • Detective Dan and Cheeseburger Doyle are ones of Dick Tracy, with a helping of Columbo thrown into Detective Dan.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • Baggin' Saggin' Barry experience this when meeting his rival (and later wife) Baggin' Saggin' Mary. Old man Clavis even pointed this out while giving Barry some encouragement.
    • One sketch involved a new student named Robert (Kel) upstaging the local teacher's pet, Bradley (Josh), at every turn. When the teacher's pet gave Ms. Fingerly a Macintosh apple, the new student gave her a potted apple tree with larger (red delicious) apples. When the teacher's pet offered Ms. Fingerly a shoulder massage, the new student has Gunter, a professional masseur, ready at the door.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Tandy Spork started off as a one-off character, being quickly rejected as a replacement for Mandy in "Cooking with Randy and Mandy". She is brought back in Season 4 as Dulmont Junior High's Home Ec teacher and appears alongside the other faculty members.
    • Janitor Gaseous was mentioned by name a few times in early seasons, but never actually appeared. Eventually, he becomes another regular to the Dulmont Junior High faculty in Season 4, being portrayed by Danny.
  • Ascended Fanboy: In the Cold Open to the Season 4 premiere, Danny, Christy, and Leon are portrayed as fans of the show whom the then current cast members (Amanda, Lori Beth, Kel, Josh, and Kenan) invite to join them.
  • Aside Glance:
    • Ishboo will occasionally give a very mischievous smile to the camera when he gets someone to perform some of his weirder foreign customs, a hint that he's really just messing with them.
    • Whenever Coach Kreeton feels like things might go his way, he will chuckle for a couple of seconds before turning his face to the camera and utter a very sinister "Goooood...".
  • Audience Participation: As time went on, during "Ask Ashley", it was not uncommon for the audience to say "Thaaaaaaaat's me!" along with Amanda.
  • Ax-Crazy: Quite a few of the characters.

    • who doesn't really care about property damage and is actively a danger to pretty much everything ("I'm THE Repairman! I can Repairman anything, and everything...AND OTHER STUFF, TOO!").

    • In the same vein, Jack Campbell, FAT COP, is actively incompetent, destroys houses by just walking into them, and eats family pets, all in front of the horrified victims.
    • Mark Saul's most common character—an Ax-Crazy kid named Stuart who ties up people and takes over their jobs with insane gusto before leaving atop some imaginary animal once his charade's found out. It started with him as a nutso hall monitor and just grew more psychotic from there.
    • Miss Piddlin. Her assistant Julio is deathly afraid of her and constantly in a state of panic.
    • From the relaunch era, Jack DeSena's RANDY QUENCH, VOLUNTEER FIREMAN! Slightly justified, as he apparently forgets to take his medication on a regular basis.
  • The Backstage Sketch: The show began each episode with the cast getting up to wacky hijinks in the green room before the show. The sketches even had their own Catchphrase, with the panicked stage manager informing them they have five minutes until the show starts.
    • Season 11 does it as a cold open significantly less than the ten seasons before, but in the second half, these become designed around the musical guest. However, one that falls into neither involves Lori Beth’s reunion with the Big Ear of Corn.
  • Badass Longcoat: Parodied. In a season 11 sketch, a Legion of Doom has been assembled to rob a bank and defeat their archnemesis, Hero-Boy. Each villain takes the time to explain how they would use their superpowers to succeed, but whenever it's the leader's turn, his plan always revolves around strutting about in his black longcoat. The other villains, confused, frustrated, and underwhelmed with his constant fixation on his coat, eventually demand what's so special about his longcoat. The leader obliges and reveals that his longcoat has the power to become even longer (complete with Dramatic Wind). The other villains get fed up and walk out of the meeting.
  • Bag of Holding: Baggin' Saggin' Barry had a baggy pair of pants that functioned like this. He had everything in his pants which could possibly fit, and several that couldn't (e.g., a real airplane, when he kept tripping the airport metal detector until the traditional plane left without him). In the last sketch featuring him, he found a rival, Baggin' Saggin' Mary, who had the same gimmick (at first, she upstages him when they each have a white TV set with red polka dots in their pants, and she also has a matching remote control); she became his Love Interest and later his wife. They are later revealed to live in Baggy, California, where they have three children named Jerry, Sherry, and Gary. Surprisingly, there was rarely any Rummage Fail situation with either.
  • Balloon Belly: Twice. First time was during an original era Okra sketch in which a girl demonstrated a "talent" of being able to drink a huge amount of tomato juice, which first shows her becoming visibly bloated, then lead to squicky results of her stomach apparently exploding, which thankfully wasn't shown on screennote . Then once during a Randy Quench skit during the relaunch era, where Randy mistakenly thinks a girl is having trouble breathing and puts an oxygen mask on her, causing her mid section to become humorously gigantic (this too leads to a "boom!", but thankfully in this case we see the girl a few seconds later being perfectly fine aside from her clothes being both tattered and strangely intact all at once).
  • Bank Toaster: In a Superdude skit involving the superhero having to thwart a bank robbery by an evil Costume Copycat, when Superdude is incapacitated and the the villain has taken all the bank's money, the villain turns around at the last minute to steal one of the bank's free toasters, as well. The villain's balked escape gives Superdude enough time to recover and defeat his foe with his magnetic buttocks that pull the toaster (and the villain who won't let go of it) back to him.
    Superdude: You should've let go of the toaster, but you HAD to be greedy, didn't you?
  • Bat Deduction / Insane Troll Logic:
    • Anything involving Detective Dan, if he even decides to go that far before arresting people.
    • One sketch involved Coach Kreeton accusing Ear Boy of stealing the school mascot because he's got huge ears and goes to school. Miss Fingerly was no better, accusing Ear Boy based on the fact that he eats fish with fish sauce.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Disrespecting, derogating, or deriding peas in front of Ms. Piddlin.
    • Don't ask Ashley a stupid question, and DO NOT ask her why she is so mean to everyone.
    • Randy doesn't like vegetables (he won't even put chocolate on them, except for corn on the cob and squash), and he definitely doesn't like it if anyone claims they like chocolate more than he does.
  • Big Eater: Jack Campbell, Fat Cop
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
    • "Ask Ashley!" Appears to be a sickeningly sweet little girl but has a major temper whenever she is asked idiotic questions (which is all the time).
    • The lemonade stand girl played by Katrina. Another sweet little girl who sells lemonade but finds ways to get people to give her much more than she should be earning through trickery (with Inelegant Blubbering as a last resort).
    • In general, Katrina and Amanda tended to play these types of characters, being the youngest of the cast members at the time. Amanda's debut had her act so obnoxiously cute that it repulsed the rest of the cast until a trap she set for for Kevin revealed that she wasn't so sweet.
    • The revival series has Marie Kiddo, a girl who initially comes across as a helpful person assisting kids with organizing. However, it's eventually revealed she's an Ax-Crazy psychopath who uses her job as an excuse to violently destroy anything that doesn't give the client immediate joy, up to and including the kid's family house.
  • Blessed with Suck: Boring Man, Bucket Man, L.A.M.O.S
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: As the show went on, more and more characters and cast members started borrowing Ask Ashley's "Thaaaaat's me!" including Coach Kreeton and Danny.
  • Breakout Character: Cast-wise, Kenan, Kel, and Amanda were the breakouts of the cast. They eventually got their own spinoffs.
    • Good Burger's main character Ed (played by Kel) originally appeared in a sketch called "Dream Remote" where a boy (Josh) uses said remote to order a large amount of pizzas. Ed was the delivery guy and the creators loved Kel's voice for the character so much that Good Burger was created.
  • Breast Expansion: See the Randy Quench entry under Balloon Belly. The sketch L.A.M.O.S (about terrible superheroes) also featured a heroine called Megabutt who, as her name suggests, inflated her butt like a balloon.
  • Brick Joke: Several sketches had their own Brick Joke, but in a Cold Open for Season 4, Elvis and professional wrestlers ended up coming into the Green Room and attacking the Big Ear of Corn because the scarecrow that was keeping them away was blown up. One of the skits near the end of the episode had recurring teacher Ms. Fingerly unwittingly attract Elvis and professional wrestlers into her class room, leading her to be attacked as well.
  • Bullying the Dragon: Coach Kreeton has a very bad habit of overestimating his own strength. Several sketches have him taunting his would be victim only to realize that they tower over him. He also underestimates Tandy Spork and her "Jujitsu move".
    Coach Kreeton: (Has Tandy in a headlock) Yeah Yeah! I got ya by the scruff of your little neck! What's ya gonna do?! Yeah!
    Principal Pimpell: Careful, Coach Kreeton. Tandy knows the "Jujitsu move".
(After this, "Jutjitsu move" becomes one of Principal Pimpell's catchphrases)
Coach Kreeton: "Jujitsu move"? (Tandy spins Coach Kreeton around and kicks him out of the window)
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: H. Ross Perot, as played by Katrina Johnson, embodies this trope. He's absolutely insane and indulges in habits like riding a tricycle, keeping a homeless person as a pet, and firing arrows at fried chicken legs he's hung on the wall—but his strange schemes to help Earboy win popularity or avoid trouble often work, albeit in unexpected ways.
  • Burger Fool: Ed, of Good Burger. Inverted in that he loves his job.
  • The Butler Did It: A Detective Dan skit has a butler stealing in the background while the detective tries to find the culprit.
  • Butt-Monkey: Stage Manager Kevin Kopelow, Danny Tamberelli (when playing himself) and Coach Kreeton.
    • Just about anyone can be this depending on their role, but the above three especially fall into this trope. A lot of Josh Server's characters do as well.
      • Christy Knowings acknowledged in a recent interview that Josh and Danny were the cast members whose characters were tortured on a regular basis.
    • Don't forget Fuzz from Have a Nice Day with Leroy and Fuzz.
    • Kyle Sullivan from the Relaunch Era.
    • In the 2019 revival, this role typically goes to Nathan Janak (as seen in "The Island Boys") and Chinguun Sergelen (especially as the doomed-to-lose Larry in "Simplicity" and the hapless Benny in the "Unboxing with Benny" sketches).
  • Bystander Syndrome: When Stuart kidnaps Ask Ashley and takes over her show, the cops find her tied up and gagged next to the camera lady.
  • Call-Back: When Kenan makes his first appearance in season 11, none of the current cast members recognizes him, just as with the cast of the seventh season.
  • The Cameo:
    • Chris Farley made a few in one episode (for instance, as Chef Farley on Randy & Mandy, after Mandy has left):

    Chef Farley: Well, well! Howdy-do, Randy?

    Randy: Hey, howdy-do there, Chef Farley? All right; now, I understand you prepared some of your special dishes for us.

    Chef Farley: That's right, Randy. Now, a little birdie told me that you have a special kinda hankerin'...for chocolate!

    Randy: Well, yes. You might say that I enjoy chocolate.

    Chef Farley: Well...

Chef Farley: ...then feast your eyes on this little baby right here. How do you like this one, Randy?
(Chef Farley places an elaborate chocolate cake on the counter.)

Randy: Be still, my chocolate heart!

Chef Farley: This here's a seven-layer chocolate cake with a chocolate mousse center...covered in chocolate icing!

  • Sinbad as Ishboo's dad, Sinboo.
  • Tommy Davidson appeared in "Cooking with Randy" sketch (season 4) as Randy's grandfather.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Most of Superdude's dairy-based foes lack any real motivation for evil acts (Milkman, for example, wants to "bother people all over the world"). It's completely spelled out in "Superdude versus Yogurl":
    Superdude: Why do you wanna harm me, Yogurl?
    Yogurl: Well, you see, I'm evil. And I'm made of milk. And you're a superhero who happens to be harmed by milk, so it just seems like the right thing to do.
  • Cargo Ship: An In-Universe example between Lori Beth and the Big Ear of Corn, a giant stuffed prop. In Season 11, Lori Beth’s reunion with the Big Ear of Corn results in her accepting a marriage proposal.
  • Catchphrase: Like the number of stars in the sky.
    • If there is only one thing originating in this show that will endure in our popular culture for decades to come, it is: "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?"
    • A couple more from Good Burger: "I'm a dude, he's a dude, she's a dude, 'cause we're all dudes!", and "That'll be eight bucks."
    • If not that one then this one: "Five minutes! Five minutes! The show starts in five minutes!"
    • Coach Kreeton has quite a few: "You upset me in ways I can't understand!", "My happiness is a memory!", "Hehe...hehehe...hehehehe...goooooood...", "Oh, the life I live is sad."
    • "REPAIR MAN MAN Man man man...."
      • "REPAIR BOY BOY Boy boy boy...."
    • "Dear Ashley", That's ME!
    • "Jupiter!"
    • "I'm Detective Dan."
    • "This is a classroom, not a X!" or "The classroom is no place for X!" (X is usually a Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness word)
    • "QUIET! THIS IS A LIBRARY!" (Sometimes she would say "libarry")
    • "SQUAT AND ROT!!! (often followed by a loud belch)"
    • "I'm Billy Fuco!"
    • A few from the Relaunch Era: "[Verb] later!" from 'Bridget's Slumber Party', "Incoming!" from '2 Gether 4 Ever', "Kumquat! Jerk." from "Crazy Cab Driver", and "Here comes me!" from 'Randy Quench, Volunteer Fireman'.
    • From the 2019 revival: Marie Kiddo's "DESTROY!"
  • Child Hater: Coach Kreeton can't stand children, referring to them as "evil", "demons" or "communists". With all of the abuse he puts up with at Dullmont Junior High School, who can blame him?

    Coach Kreeton (to the class; he is substituting for Miss Fingerly): Now, today, I'm gonna teach y'all a little somethin' about my sad, wasted life! Now, Coach Kreeton was born in a garbage can...

    Student (Danny Tamberelli): Coach Kreeton?

    Coach Kreeton: WHATTA YA WANT?!!

    Student: Miss Fingerly was gonna teach us about the Leprechaun Massacre today.

    Coach Kreeton (mocking voice): "Miss Fingerly was gonna teach us about the Leprechaun Massacre today".

    Coach Kreeton (normal voice): Well, ask me if I care! Go ahead, boy! Ask me if I care; ask me if I caaaare!

    Student: Do you care?

    Coach Kreeton: Let me see. NOOOOOOOO!!

  • Christmas Songs: In the Christmas episode, Run DMC perform 'Christmas In Hollis', after being introduced by Mavis (Kenan Thompson) and Clavis (Kel Mitchell), who claim to be their uncles. Prior to this, Lori Beth Denberg, Alisa Reyes, Katrina Johnson, and Angelique Bates start to perform their own rendition of 'Deck The Halls':
    Lori Beth (playing the piano): Christmastime is fun and jolly...
    Alisa, Katrina, and Angelique: Dibby dobby doo, da da da da...
    Lori Beth: Kiss the ham and say, "Oh, golly!"...
    Alisa, Katrina, and Angelique: Dibby dobby doo, da da da da...
    Lori Beth: Sniff your goose and roast your chestnuts...
    Mavis and Clavis (in the audience, mocking): Dibby dobby doo, da da da...shut up!
    Lori Beth: Hey, we're trying to sing a song...
    Clavis (he and Mavis come onto the stage): "Tryin'" is right!
    Mavis: Uh-huh; tryin' and failin'!
    Alisa: Oh, and I suppose you two can do any better?
    Mavis: Nope.
    Clavis: But our nephews sure could.
    Katrina: Oh, yeah; well, who's your nephews?
(Mavis and Clavis call for Run DMC, whose members then appear on stage as well)
Lori Beth: Run DMC?
Angelique: They're your nephews?
Clavis: Well, you see, Run is the grandnephew of my cousin Gertris.
Mavis: Yeah, and DMC? He's my next-door neighbor's brother's cousin's chiropractor.
Clavis: Mm-hmm. And, see, we don't know who Jay is.
Mavis: Yeah, but he looks like a fine young man; now, watch your head there, boy.
Clavis: Hey, boy, watch your mouth. Don't talk back to him.
Mavis: Now, if we gonna have some Christmas singin', I suggest we let Run DMC do it.
DMC: Word up; we gonna take that Christmas song and flip it to our style.
  • The City vs. the Country: 'Oven Lovin' with Percy and Buford'
  • Clark Kenting: Exaggerated with Superdude's alter ego "Mark Cant" (note the Meaningful Name). As per the trope namer, he wore frumpy clothes, a bow tie, and large black glasses, only to remove them when he donned his Superdude costume. The trick, though, was that Mark would inevitably end up in a place—including a locked closet, a washing machine, a bank vault, or a bathroom—where he was literally the only person who could possibly turn into Superdude; to draw further attention to it, he often emerged triumphantly after changing mere seconds after Mark disappeared. Despite the extremely obvious clues, though, no one ever connected the dots.
  • Clip Show: There were quite a few.
    • In season 2, there was a Good Burger clip show, where the cast orders takeout from Good Burger, and, of course, Ed screws up the order. During which, some season 1 and 2 Good Burger sketches were showcased. Interestingly, since no season 1 All That episodes have aired on [NickSplat], this is currently the only way to see some season 1 Good Burger sketches.
    • In season 3, Mavis and Clavis joined the cast to showcase some of the great musical acts that have graced the All That stage.
    • The live special from season 5 somewhat qualifies as one, because the cast and celebrities would introduce montages of classic All That characters.
    • At the end of the same season, there were some "Best of" clip shows featuring Amanda Bynes, Lori Beth Denberg, Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, and Josh Server.
  • Cloudcuckooland: Ishboo's "foreign land" has some seriously bizarre traditions.
  • Cloudcuckoolanders: Half of the recurring characters as well as the cast itself.
    Da Brat (she is the musical guest): Why are you throwing sponges at the wall?
    Ishboo: Because I ran out of pork chops.
  • Clueless Detective: Detective Dan.
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship:
    • NickRewind airs this show without the musical guest performances due to rights issues. Since this necessitates the additional removal of sketches leading into the performances, and the cast saying goodbye after the song, several episodes end abruptly.
    • Sharp-eyed viewers will note clothing icons (like Adidas) poorly blurred out from shot to shot, save cases where Nick forgot about them.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Boring Man, the superhero who defeats his enemies by boring them, is able to beat his nemesis Hypno Pants, a villain whose power is to use a hypnotic device located on his pants to hypnotize his victims into doing what he wants, by boring the pants off of him. As Hypno Pants tries to rob a bank, Boring Man is successfully able to bore Hypno Pants with a very dull slide show, causing Hypno Pants' pants to fly off, leaving him in his green boxer shorts.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Many, many examples but Detective Dan had the most.
    Mrs. Whipple (Lori Beth Denberg): THIS IS OUR HOUSE! WE LIVE HERE!
    Detective Dan: So if you live here...then why are you robbin' your own house?
    • Second to Detective Dan is Ed.
    Robber: Uh, yeah, I'd like, Good Burger, uh, Good Cheese, and, uh, all the money in the cash register!
    Ed: "One Good Burger with one Good Cheese, and all the money in the cash register!" (Watching all the other customers flee) Hey, where're you going, dude? (Turns back to robber) You're number 73. That'll be eight bucks.
    Robber: No! This is a robbery!
    Ed: Okay, $2.50.
    • The 2019 revival has this as a Running Gag in the new Loud Librarian sketches—after Mrs. Hushbaum does something outlandish, one of the kids will react not to the bizarre nature of what she's doing, but some minor detail instead (such as complaining about too much garlic butter in the shrimp that she started preparing hibachi style in the middle of the shelves).
  • Comically Serious: Lori Beth Denberg when giving Vital Information (e. g. "If you're lucky enough to have a hammer...please...don't hammer in the mornin'", "It's not...'okay' to eat breakfast cereal out of your underpants", "If your friend's Mom asks you what you'd like to drink, don't say, 'Oh, nothing; my mouth's full of spit', and "When you get out of the shower, soaking wet, it's almost impossible to dry yourself off using a #2 pencil").
  • Companion Cube: The Big Ear of Corn predates the Cube by at least a decade.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: Brie's Beauty Basics in the revival takes this to the extreme, as the host has a bad habit of trying to do hair and makeup tutorials while still high on anesthetic after dental surgery. For example, dabbing eyeshadow all over her face under the belief that it's one big eyeball.
  • Cousin Oliver: Kianna Underwood, Denzel Whitaker, & Lil' JJ, all new cast members for the final season of the show.
  • Crazy Cultural Comparison: The Ishboo sketches. Though it's implied to be an act on Ishboo's part.
  • Crazy Homeless People: Lori Beth Denberg's character Connie Muldoon was conceptualized as one of these, being a crazy woman who tends to wander in and out of establishments at random, though she's a subversion as she apparently has a home, we just never see it. Denberg admits that she thinks Connie Muldoon would probably be institutionalized somewhere if she existed in real life.
  • Crooked Contractor: Repairman is a parody of one. His "fixes" more often than not result in the item in question being smashed into a thousand pieces.
    Repairman (after smashing a sink into pieces): No more broken faucet!
    Student (Amanda Bynes): You mean, "No more faucet, PERIOD"!
  • Crossover: Sometimes characters from certain sketches make appearances in sketches that otherwise have nothing to do with them (examples include Superdude saving Good Burger from a robber, Jack Campbell showing up on Cooking With Randy and eating all the chocolate and Stuart kidnapping Ask Ashley so he can take over her show).
    • While they never interact with each other, one sketch reveals that Clavis and Coach Kreeton are cousins.
    • Taken to it's extreme during the 10th anniversary special in which Coach Kreeton, Abby Rhodes, Principal William Baines Pimpell, Jack Campbell, Detective Dan, Buzz, Caffy, and Randy Quench end up in the same skit. As Principal Pimpell puts it toward the end...
    • In the Season 7 episode where Amanda Bynes guest stars, Penelope Taynt, her number one fan please from The Amanda Show breaks into the All That set to meet her.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ms. Fingerly is a teacher who makes too many bad puns and sings songs clearly meant for preschoolers (e.g. 'Snuggle Me In The Moonlight': "Snuggle me and cuddle me, I think I like-a you; moonlight and the willow tree, dibby...dobby doo; rub my head and hold my feet..."). She is also capable of matching Ishboo's father at the Huki-Du (A type of duel from the Foreign Land), out-rocking a popular punk band, and teaching a class with an arrow in her gut.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Spirit of The Unreal World who is a ghost of a cheerleader who got a barbecue fork stuck in her head.
  • Deconstructive Parody: "Have a Nice Day with Leroy and Fuzz" shows how a normal kid would react to having to deal with an annoying puppet who champions things that children tend to dislike like homework and chores like those seen on shows like Sesame Street.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "I'm Detective Dan." Often inserted randomly in sentences despite him having introduced himself already. In a sketch where he is "investigating a robbery at 2222 Fluff Lane", at the Whipples' residence, he has falsely accused Mr. and Mrs. Whipple (Tim Goodwin and Lori Beth Denberg) and their daughter (Amanda Bynes) of robbing the house. He has ordered the police officers accompanying him to water (with the hose) rather than dust Mr. Whipple for fingerprints.

    Detective Dan: I think we got a confession here.

    Mr. Whipple: No, look; I'm not confessing! I didn't do anything!

    Detective Dan: I'm Detective Dan.
(He has already introduced himself twice)

Mr. Whipple: Stop saying that!

  • Destination Defenestration: A favorite gag across the entire run of the show. Be it hapless people being thrown out of windows, accident prone fools falling out of windows, or most often particularly off-kilter characters throwing themselves out of windows, the writers seemed to think that flying out of a window among the funniest ways you could write a character out of a scene. This occasionally carried over to Kenan & Kel and The Amanda Show as well.
  • Distaff Counterpart: The 2019 revival brings back the Island Girls sketch...only Fran and Kiki finally get off the island by stealing the jet skis from Wyatt and Walter, two teens who came to bring them gifts. The sketch thus becomes the Island Boys. To further the distaff nature, the physical types are reversed: whereas the heavyset Lori Beth Denberg played Straight Woman Fran and the slender Alisa Reyes was The Ditz Kiki, the Island Boys have the slim Nathan Janak as the neurotic, desperate-to-escape Walter and the heavily-built Chinguun Sergelen as Big Fun (and equally stupid) Wyatt.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: At the beginning of a Repairman sketch, a couple (played by Josh and Alisa) are having a date until the boyfriend starts hollering when an (supposedly) attractive woman passes by. The girlfriend is not pleased.
    Josh: Woah! Check her out! Zow-weeee!
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Cheese Police skits are pretty much drug busts with the drugs replaced with cheese.
    • The translations for the various French phrases of Pierre Escargot may come off this way. For example:
      "May I jump up and down on your sausages?" (When Pierre starts saying the English translation, he says, "May I jump up and down on your...", but then stops and says, "I'm not saying it!" before making a silly laugh.)
  • Don't Explain the Joke: One Boring Man sketch used this trope:
    Hypnopants: (After revealing his Hypnobot) That's right, Boring Man. Stare into my bot. Get it? Because that's a robot and bot is short for "robot" and normally, I would say, "stare into..."
    Boring Man: You know what, yes, I get it, I get it, I get it. Bot, butt, yes, yes. Who's the Boring Man around here?
  • Doom It Yourself: Repair Man-man-man-man-man's modus operandi.
  • Duck Season, Rabbit Season: One of the Baby Chat sketches did this so Chester could trick Lulu into expressing disapproval of public funding of private schools.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Discussed in one of the Jimmy Bond sketches, where the villains Hot Toe and Coldfinger intended to cause this to happen (for some reason) by touching their respective temperature-abnormal body parts together. It instead turned Jimmy Bond into a pig.
  • Easy Impersonation: In one Superdude sketch, an impersonator (played by Amanda) was able to make all the people at a bank think she was the real Superdude even though she was a little Caucasian girl without powers while the real deal is a large African American guy who can bend steel. The real Superdude is completely baffled by this.
  • Edutainment Show: Completely subverted in "Everyday French", "Vital Information", "Don't Do This @ Home/School", "Peter & Flem", "Leroy & Fuzz", and every classroom sketch.
    • Although "Everyday French" was peppered with real French words that Pierre says before repeating the phrase, this time in English.
    • And to an extent, "Cooking with Randy & Mandy".
    • Conversely, every kid knew what "lactose intolerant" meant after every Super Dude sketch... thanks to Amanda Bynes (and before her, Katrina Johnson), and many more kids knew who Ross Perot was after seeing the Earboy sketches.
    • The "Lost & Found" sketch stresses the importance of proper security measures.

    Janet (Alisa Reyes; holding a slip as she stands before the woman at the Lost & Found desk): Excuse me?

    Lost & Found woman (Lori Beth Denberg): Number one?

    Janet: Yes; I lost my backpack. Has anyone turned one in?

    Lost & Found woman: Is it canvas bag with lights all around it?

    Janet: Yes; that's the one.

(The woman puts said backpack on her desk)

Lost & Found woman: Ah, ah; wait just a minute. How do I know that this is yours?

Janet: Because I told you so.

Lost & Found woman: I'm instructed to get a detailed description before releasing any item.

Janet: Okay; I'll tell you what's inside.

(As Janet names the items, the woman removes them from the backpack and puts them on her desk)

Janet: A calculator.

Lost & Found woman: Yep. What else?

Janet: A teddy bear.

Lost & Found woman: Anything...unusual about the teddy bear?

Janet: Yes; as a matter of fact, it only has one eye.

Lost & Found woman: So far, so good. Keep going.

Janet: Keep going? Isn't that enough?

Lost & Found woman: Well, there's a lot of stuff in here.

Janet: Okay. There's a glow-in-the-dark Statue of Liberty.

Lost & Found woman (cups her hands around the statue to see if it glows): Doesn't look like it glows to me.

Janet: Well, you have to put it in the light first. There's a big red flashlight in my backpack; use that.
(The woman does so, and again cups her hands around the statue)

Lost & Found woman: Not much of a glow if you ask me, but...I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.

Janet (sarcastically): How generous of you.

Janet: Now, may I have my stuff, please?

Lost & Found woman: Ah, ah, ah; we have not yet established that this is "your stuff".

Janet: What about the hedge clippers? Sausage links?

Lost & Found woman: What about them?

Janet: Well, if this wasn't my backpack, how on Earth would I know they were in there?

Lost & Found woman: Lucky guess?

Janet: Well, that's five lucky guesses in a row.

Lost & Found woman: Look. People pick six winning numbers in the lottery every day. A lot of people. I'm not impressed! Besides...there's still one more thing in here.

Janet: Okay...there's a golden pendant, with an inscription from my grandmother.

Lost & Found woman (holding the pendant open): Which says?...

Janet: "To Janet—I will always have a special place for you in my heart. Love, Grandma Eva".

Lost & Found woman: Aha! Nice try! This says, "Love, Grandma Ethel", not "Eva". Close, but no backpack.

Janet (reading the inscription): You're right. I can't believe it. I guess this isn't my stuff.

Lost & Found woman: That's exactly why we go through this procedure.

Janet: I'm sorry I wasted your time.

Lost & Found woman: Oh, quite all right; it happens all the time.
(She begins to put the items back in the backpack)

  • End-of-Series Awareness: The final episode contains a lot of references to the show's eventual cancellation.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Every question Ashley receives has a Captain Obvious answer. Whenever she finishes reading a letter, she goes from calm to screaming and may occasionally mock the writer.
  • Exact Words: In one cold opening, Kenan uses a magic basketball grants wishes to meet Michael Jordan. When he makes his shot, he is greeted by a plumber with the same name.
    • One episode features the store "We Got Pants!", a hip clothing boutique...which contains exactly one pair of pants. After all, the sign said that they had pants in the singular.
    • At the "Everything Free" store, everything is indeed free—but free is still a price, and that means that you have to "pay" for the items by bringing them to the register and having them scanned. The employees still don't charge, but you have to go through the process regardless.
    • At the end of one "You Can't Win" sketch, it appears that Helga (Danny) actually managed to complete the seemingly impossible task of eating 400 meatballs in ten seconds by finishing the entire bowl. But then Jerry reveals there were actually 403 in the bowl, which means she lost by eating three too many.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The gist of the lyrics is "sit down and watch this show, because we are here to entertain you".
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Well, what do you expect when entering a game show called "You Can't Win"? Even when one of the contestants happens to guess correctly the host just claims he didn't hear him.
  • Flanderization: Detective Dan started off as a by the books police officer who happened to be incredibly stupid. As the show went on, he became a lot more insane, doing things such as going to the bathroom in an air vent and tickling the crooks he was arresting.
    • Ed in "Good Burger" went from making minor mistakes on the orders or was just unsanitary to being completely Literal-Minded. This was for the better though as he became a lot funnier after that.
    • Jerry Futile made only 2 appearances, but he was a lot more wacky and hammy in his second appearance. Also in his first appearance he wasn't vocal about how impossible it was to win.
    Jerry Futile: Oooooo, WRONG! Uh, the answer was nine! Nine shoes.
    Antoine: Why nine shoes?
(buzzer sounds)
Jerry Futile: You spoke out of turn; that's a penalty of 5,000 points, Antoine!
Antoine: But I haven't got any points.
Jerry Futile: AND YOU NEVER WILL! -5,000 for Antoine!
  • The Know Your Stars announcer is relatively subdued and normal in seasons 7-8, rarely breaking from script or arguing with the "star" during the segment, and deadpans most of his lines. In seasons 9 and 10 however he is up to eleven with his insults and regularly breaks the script to insult them further or do even more e.g getting one (Kiana) arrested, attempting to drop a rock on another (Christina) and hypnotizing Kyle Sullivan. He also has a much more exaggerated and high pitched voice, and will often laugh like a supervillain at the end of the segment.
  • Full-Name Basis: Several characters tend to insist that they be referred to by their full name. These include:
    • Connie Muldoon, sometimes adding "of the Muldoons!" Because of how often she appears in Good Burger sketches, Ed subverts the trope by simply calling her Connie.
    • Lester Oaks, who, on top of his full name, insists that his occupation "Construction Worker" be added.
    • Principal William Baines Pimpell, who often puts emphasis on his surname.
  • Fun with Flushing: In a Have a Nice Day With Leroy and Fuzz sketch about bathtime, when Fuzz tells Leroy that he loves taking baths, Leroy decides to give him a bath in his special puppet bathtub, which is really a toilet. Leroy then stuffs Fuzz into the toilet and flushes him down it.
  • Funny Foreigner: Ishboo and Pierre Escargot, both played by Kenan Thompson.
    • Ziegfried (the cab driver from the Relaunch).
  • Gasshole: Janitor Gaseous, as his name would imply, is a generally unpleasant fellow who would often belch loudly after saying his Catchphrase "SQUAT AND ROT!!!".
  • Generation Xerox: Detective Ann takes after her father in profession and mannerisms.
  • Genki Girl: Josh as Tandy Spork. Randy once asked if she was on medication.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: Claudia.

  • Grammar Nazi: Miss Fingerly often correct people's grammar, if not Nazi-style. When she's at Good Burger (because "Teachers love sauce!"), and Ed says, "Can I take your order?", she corrects him: "That's 'May I take your order?'". However, in the first of sketch of the Figure It Out parody What Do You Do?, when she and Principal Pimpell are among the panelists (along with Coach Kreeton and Kevin), she overlooks his grammatical error:

    Principal Pimpell: Kalie, as principal of Dullmont Junior High School, let me ask you this question. Does what you do...have anything to do...with the nasty, bulbous pimple on my forehead?

    Kalie: Uh, no.

He should have said, "I'd like to ask you this question".

  • Gave Up Too Soon: In sketch when a student, Tilly, tries to show her science project, the teacher, Ms. Klump (Christy Knowings), fails to notice her and picks other students, none of whom have bothered to do a science project. She eventually gets fed up with waiting to show her science project (which "turns water into pure gold") and being ignored, then she destroys her science project and jumps out the window only for Ms. Klump to finally call her.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: In the "Ask Ashley" segment, the titular character often peppers her rants with "stinkin'".
  • Grumpy Old Man: Bernie Kibbitz
  • Hair-Trigger Temper:
    • Ashley in "Ask Ashley." To be fair, everyone that writes in really are Too Dumb to Live.
    • Miss Piddlin gets set off every time she feels no one appreciates her peas. The problem is that anything outside an absolute love for them can set her off with one pea lover getting thrashed because she gave him too many peas.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Even though Boring Man's only power is boring people, he's able to defeat Hypno Pants and his goons with little difficulty because he's so boring that anyone he talks to instantly falls asleep.
  • Heroic Bystander: Shows up in a Superdude sketch. Milkman shows up at Dullmont Junior High with both a pair of guards armed with milk-filled squirt guns and a device that can drain superpowers. He uses it to turn Superdude into a little boy, who is then stuffed into a locker. Before Milkman can leave to begin a crime spree, though, several people stand up to him. Mark's and Penny's friend Jimmy (played by Kel) grabs the device and throws it to Penny Lane, who reverses the effects and brings Superdude back to normal. But the real hero of the moment is none other than Miss Fingerly—when Milkman commands his minions to squirt Superdude with milk, she throws herself in front of the hero to deflect the beverage, then charges the men, disarming them and sending them running.
  • Heroic Wannabe: sort of, with Repairmanmanman and Randy Quench, who both believe they're helping people, when they're really just causing chaos.
    • And Detective Dan, though he was a registered police officer.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Mavis & Clavis
    • Kenan and Kel were more real life examples. Their chemistry in the show led to producers greenlighting a spinoff.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Whenever Miss Piddlin feels that her peas are being disrespected, steam will start pouring out of her neck before going off on her unfortunate victim.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Cheeseburger Doyle sketches tend to be filled with food/eating puns.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Ms. Hushbaum, the "Loud Librarian", who constantly screams and kicks people out for "being noisy" when her catchphrase is "QUIET!!!! THIS IS A LIBRARY!!!!!!!!!"
    Ms. Hushbaum (after another character sneezes): QUIET! THIS IS A LIBRARY, NOT A SNEEZE HALL!
(hits the bell)
Other character (Amanda Bynes): You're mighty...loud!
  • There was one sketch from Season 9 involving the Rougenecks that used this trope
Buford: One time, a tick bit me in my butt.
Buford: Oh, Pa, Betty Jo done called me a moron.
Clem: Betty Jo, don't call your brother a moron.
Buford: You tell her, Pa.
Clem: Shut up, moron.
  • Implausible Deniability: One of Ed's catchphrases is "". He says this in response to almost every accusation against him, even actions he did literally a second ago.

    Customer (Katrina Johnson; while Ed is eating a Good Burger): I can't believe you just took another bite! Can I please order?

    Ed (with his mouth full): Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?

(He coughs up pieces of Good Burger onto her face)

Customer: Eeeewwww! You just got Good Burger bits all over my face!


Customer: Yes, you did! You got them in my mouth!

Ed: That'll be eight bucks.

Customer: What?! I'm not paying you for your regurgitated burger bits!

  • Infomercial: Parodied in the Toby Braun products.
  • Informed Judaism: Josh Server tells Santa he's Jewish during the Christmas episode (not that that stops him from asking him for a new computer).
  • Inherently Funny Words: Lampshaded In a sketch with guest star, then-Mayor Richard J. Reardon of Los Angeles, celebrating the show's "millionth use of 'cheese'" (and 30 seconds after that ceremony ended, the "millionth use of 'pants'").

    Mayor Reardon: As Mayor of the great city of Los Angeles, I would like to congratulate the cast of All That...for their one-millionth use of the word "cheese"!

    Amanda: We've said "cheese" 1 million times on our show?

    Mayor Reardon: That's right.

    Josh: Wow...that's great and all, Mr. Mayor, but we are kind of in the middle of a sketch—

    Mayor Reardon: Let's let the celebration begin!

(A band starts playing)

Danny: Mr. Mayor, this is great and all, but can we please get back with our sketch—

Mayor Reardon: Cheese for everyone!

(A group of cheerleaders arrive and distribute cheese to the audience)

Leon: Look, Mayor, enough with the celebratin'; we got a show to do...

  • Innocently Insensitive: When Ed gets startled by the makeup artist trying to get him ready for a Good Burger commercial, an actress tells him that they're just trying to make his face look good. Ed comments that she "should use some". The offended actress screams that she's already wearing makeup, to which Ed reacts with a bewildered "Woah!"
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Lester Oaks, Construction Worker insists on being called by both his name and his occupation.
    Ed: Goodbye, Lester Oaks.
    Lester Oaks, Construction Worker: Construction Worker!
    • Likewise, REPAIR MAN MAN MAN MAN MAN MAN insists on everyone doing the fake echo when saying his name.
    • It is not Principal Pimple. It's Principal William (Wheeze) Baines (Wheeze) Pimpell!
  • Interactive Narrator: "Know Your Stars" (also an Unreliable Narrator), and one particular "Ask Ashley"
  • Jerkass: Coach Kreeton, not to mention Laneesha and Latanya.
  • Karma Houdini: Leroy (Leon Frierson) from "Have a Nice Day with Leroy and Fuzz" always gets away with torturing Fuzz and telling people why the episode's subject (i.e. homework, chores) isn't fun.
  • Kiss-Kiss-Slap: Brad and Heather from '2-Gether 4-Ever'.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Miss Fingerly, the school teacher played by Lori Beth Denberg, who rattles off completely incorrect information in all of her lessons and talks as though they're fact. Subverted in that she's mentioned at least once that she knows it's all totally wrong ("Now, back to my pointless teachings..."); she just doesn't seem to care.
  • Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Parodied with Superdude. He's lactose-intolerant, so of course every single villain he fights is based on a dairy product.
  • Large Ham: So, so, many.
    • REPAIRMAN-MAN-Man-man-man-man-man!!!
    • Pretty much any role Lori Beth played.
    • DESTROY!!!!!
  • Library Episode: The Loud Librarian sketches, which features loud librarian Mrs. Hushbaum screaming at anyone who makes even the slightest of noise.
  • Loony Librarian: The aforementioned Loud Librarian sketches, where the titular hammy librarian Mrs. Hushbaum does wacky inappropriate activities that make constant noise, all while she screams at the kids in the library to stay quiet.
  • Lower-Class Lout: Laneesha and Latanya were dictionary-perfect examples of the ratchet stereotype before it even had a proper name.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Each time Ashley from Ask Ashley answered a letter, she'd say the following: "Our first/next letter comes to us from [sender's name] from [sender's location]. [Sender] writes: 'Dear Ashley'—Thaaaaat's me!"
  • Marshmallow Hell: Ms. Piddlin (Kenan) had a tendency to do this to Julio (Josh) and the students.
  • May–December Romance: Coach Kreeton dating Abby Rhodes in the 10th Anniversary.
    Coach Kreeton: And even though I'm 75, and you're 19! Ahhhaaahahaha!
  • Meaningful Name: Principal Pimpell, Miss Hushbaum, Jerry Futile...
    • To say nothing of Ear Boy and Pizza Face.
    • "Stuart" is a variant of "Steward", someone who fills in for another in their duties, which is exactly what Stuart forcibly does.
  • Middle School: Dullmont Junior High
  • Milestone Celebration:
    • The All That 10th Anniversary Special, recorded in 2004 and aired in 2005
    • In a season 11 “The Island Girls“ sketch, Kiki marks 25 years stranded on the island with Fran.
  • Monster Mash: The Unreal World is a sketch about a pretty boy vampire, a ghostly cheerleader whose head was stuck on a barbecue fork, a Frankenstein's monster, a werewolf accoutant, a frozen decapitated head, a sassy mummy, a wicked blonde witch with long fingernails, and a female zombie sitting on a couch.
  • Mood-Swinger: Happens repeatedly during Ask Ashley. Ashley is nice and gentle, but after reading a letter, she would scream an annoyed and vicious tirade against the author. After this, she’s back to her nice self.
  • The Movie: Good Burger
  • Mr. Fanservice: Kel and Josh. Many sketches have either of them participate in a Walking Shirtless Scene or even strip down to their boxers.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Alisa. She was usually the go-to girl whenever a sketch required someone attractive. More than a few sketches also had her bare stomach visible, most notably Kiki from "The Island Girls".
  • Muppet: Fuzz, Dead Spice, Oswald, Cheeseburger Doyle
  • Nepotism: Lampshaded and Double Subverted when Jamie Spears enters the cast: Shane accuses her of having no talent, but she is able to shrink him down to the size of an avocado just by thinking, as well as styling Lisa's hair by breathing on it. When her powers fail to impress the cast, however, she simply bribes each of them with $5,000.
  • Nervous Wreck: Miss Piddlin's poor assitant Julio is in constant fear of his life from being around her and her bouts of homicidal rage.
  • News Parody: "Vital Information", "Channel 6½ News", and "Channel 6½ Sports".
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Lisa Foiles as Venice Hyatt.
    • Kel as Okrah.
    • Kenan as Bill Cosby.
    • Katrina as Roseanne Barr and Ross Perot.
    Roseanne Barr: I got a wicked rash!
    • Angelique as Jaleel White, and thus as White's character Steve Urkel on Family Matters.
  • No Fourth Wall: From the outset, it's a given, this being a sketch show, but there were a few moments outside of greenroom cold opens when sketches were interrupted due to unusual circumstances.
    • Alisa and Josh attempt to do a dentist sketch, but after she shouts at him, "Ew, no; you're not gonna put your filthy, disgusting hands in my mouth!", they keep getting interrupted by random audience members throwing stuff amongst themselves: first a beach ball, then a rubber shark, and finally, Kevin the Stage Manager, who apparently actually likes getting thrown.
    • At least twice, Katrina and Josh attempt to do a "Squash Boy" sketch, but unfortunately, the cast member who was supposed to play Squash Boy (Kel in the first sketch, Kenan in the second sketch) have trouble finding their Squash Boy costume, so instead, they decide to pass the time by doing something else. The first time, Josh attempts to hit a gong with one of his tomatoes, but he always misses. The second time, they go fishing for stuff from the audience, like watches and toupées.
    • In the beginning of one "Ask Ashley" sketch, Amanda does not appear on the bed, so Josh, Danny and Kenan attempt to look for her and even ask Dan Schneider's "Creepy Announcer Guy" where she is, to which he responds, "IIIIIIIIII doooon't knoooooooooow!" They soon find Amanda sitting in the audience, but she claims to not be Amanda ("I'm Gretchen Reed"), which the cast members don't believe. Of course, the real Amanda shows up, explaining that "the makeup lady fell off the roof".
  • No Indoor Voice: Ms. Hushbaum, taken up to eleven
    • In the later years, SUGAR AND COFFEE!! So much shouting.

    • Frequently on Randy and Mandy.

    Mandy (while Randy is in the chocolate jacuzzi): Randy, isn't it dangerous to swim in chocolate right after you eat?

    Randy: I HAVE NO IDEA!!

    • Ask Ashley's rants.

    • Toby Braun's infomercials.


  • Not This One, That One: Two basketball team captains picking their teammates pass over the Butt-Monkey for various "players" you'd expect to be much worse, including inanimate objects. The final choice of "you" first appears to be him, but it's the cameraman.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Somewhat implied with Ishboo in the early episodes. Whenever he gets someone to do some of the more ridiculous customs, he will look at the camera and give the audience a "Just as Planned" smile.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Ishboo does this with some of his internal organs when he sees Dr. Prober (Kel Mitchell).
    Ishboo: I am having many pains in my fector.
    Dr. Prober: Your fector? Where's your fector?
    Ishboo: Between my splinkus and my diddler...
  • Orphaned Setup: The Superdude sketches gradually featured a meta example of this trope. Lori Beth Denberg's character of the Sweaty Woman appeared in two early skits ("Superdude versus Yogurl" and "Superdude on Okrah", for the curious), where it was explained that one of the teenage superhero's powers was the ability to make women endlessly perspire—at which point the Sweaty Woman would appear (now drenched) and yell "IT'S TRUE!" In later Superdude sketches, though, the superpower explanation was no longer included, making it seem like Denberg's character was sweating profusely for no particular reason (although it's possible that the producers just went with Nothing Is Funnier instead).
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: One Superdude sketch had a villianess, played by Amanda Bynes, impersonating Superdude (Kenan Thompson). Nobody could tell the difference, except Superdude himself, of course.
  • Parody Commercial: The show does this type of sketch frequently, but one episode of the revival plays with it. The commercial revolves around a "lasagna cooler" product that is seemingly just a man played by Mark Saul blowing on people's food. But then the commercial displays a still image of the product showing it as a realistic contraption with fans and it turns out the man is actually Stuart hijacking the commercial.
  • Passing the Torch: The Season 11 premiere with the new revival cast has Lori Beth Denberg pass her role as Vital Information host to new member Reece Caddell.
  • Police Are Useless: Detective Dan, Jack Campbell; Fat Cop, and "Cheese Police".

In one sketch, the Cheese Police have uncovered 65 pounds of cheese at a family's house while the parents are out, and are in the process of arresting the three children. They have already arrested the two daughters (Alisa and Katrina). Lester (Josh), the son, has a cheese bat.

Officer Jack Colby (Kel), of the Cheese Police, through his walkie-talkie: Lester? Can you hear me?

Lester, through another walkie-talkie, given to him by another Cheese Police officer (Kenan): Yeah! I hear ya, Colby.

Officer Colby: Throw down the cheese bat.

Lester: No! You'll grab me.

Officer Colby: I don't wanna grab ya, son. I don't know where you've been. You could be all sweaty. Now, drop the cheese bat. Let's go play some tennis. C'mon.

Lester: Tennis?

Officer Colby: Yeah.

Lester: You mean it? This late at night?

Officer Colby: C'mon, I know where it's lit up. Just you and me.

Lester: No.

Officer Colby: I got my tennis racket in the car.

Lester: No way.

Officer Colby: Let's go. Just you and me. Tennis. C'mon.

Lester: Tennis?

Officer Colby: Yeah. Just hand me the bat. C'mon. Just hand me the cheese bat. C'mon, son. Hand me the cheese bat.

(Officer Colby and the other Cheese Police officer arrest Lester)

Lester: You said we were gonna play tennis, Colby!

Officer Colby: Yeah, yeah, yeah. And I once ate a dog biscuit. But ya don't see me doing this...

(Barking like a dog)

Officer Colby: ya? Get him outta here!

  • Sometimes the officers accompanying Detective Dan fall into this.
  • Potty Emergency: One Good Burger sketch did this joke.
    Ed (to a customer): Where do you live?
    Customer (Bynes): About six blocks from here. Why?
    Ed: Do you have a bathroom at your house?
    Customer: Well, yeah...
    Customer: NO! You're disturbing!
  • Prolonged Prologue: The reboot has them, lasting a whopping nine minutes.
  • Psycho for Hire: "Repairman-man-man-man-man-man!"
  • Race Lift: One of the more notorious aspects of the show. The original cast was hugely praised for being half African-American. The final cast had exactly one member who was African-American.
    • Cupid in '2 Gether 4 Ever' was played by Shane Lyons (a big Caucasian guy) in Season 9 and Denzel Whitaker (a smaller African American guy) in Season 10. Gets lampshaded in one sketch.
      • Penny Lane in the 'Superdude' sketches, going from the African-American Angelique Bates in seasons 1 and 2 to the Latina Alisa Reyes in season 3, then back to African-American with Christy Knowings in seasons 4 and 5.
  • Ragdoll Physics: For scenes that involve characters being tossed around or going through a lot of pain, a very obvious ragdoll is used.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Superdude who makes it a habit of letting villains and civilians know about his favorite hobbies, accompanied with a Squee, during his introduction.
    Superdude: I also enjoy...playing house, and...clipping coupons, and...frolicking through flowers and meadows.
  • Really 700 Years Old: In the Mavis and Clavis class reunion sketch, it is revealed that Miss Fingerly was their English teacher. They ask how Miss Fingerly kept her youthful appearance, and she replies with, "Two words...chicken juice!".
    Mavis: Did you hear that, Clavis? She said "lickin' moose"!
    Clavis: Hey, she said nothin' about lickin' a moose; she said, "chicken...juice".
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Believe it or not, the earliest Dullmont sketches had this with Principal Pimpell—he maintained relative order at the school and, unlike the rest of his insane staff, actually listened to students. Pimpell was largely the Straight Man to kookier characters like Coach Kreeton and Miss Fingerly; his pimple, though noticeable, wasn't nearly as large, and his speech impediment was barely present. Apparently the writers figured this wasn't funny and gradually made him into a blustering buffoon obsessed with his "explosive" blemish.
  • Recognition Failure: In both of Kenan Thompson's guest spots after leaving the show, he's baffled to find that none of the current cast members recognize him. Kenan is especially perplexed by the season 11 cast's ignorance as, not only do the kids know who Kel Mitchell and Josh Server are, but the green room also has a giant portrait of Kenan on one of the walls.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: The 2019 "Literally Liza" sketch is a lift on the Studio C Captain Literally sketch, except in typical All That fashion, they take the concept up to eleven with added zaniness.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Island Girls has Kiki, the hyperactive and dimwitted red oni, and Fran, the serious and well-organized blue oni.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Lori Beth becomes engaged to the Big Ear of Corn in episode 1118.
  • Retcon: In one Green Room sketch, the Big Ear of Corn had babies which would hint to it being female, yet they refer to him as a "he" several times when proposing to Lori Beth Denberg.
  • Reunion Show: Two of them, both still during the show's run:
    • During season 5, the "100th episode" was a live broadcast with Lori Beth Denberg reprising Vital Information one last time, plus interviews with ex-cast members Angelique Bates, Alisa Reyes, & Katrina Johnson.
    • Just before season 10. Server, Thompson, Mitchell, & Tamberelli performed with the current cast, Cannon made a videophone cameo, & several other ex-cast members appeared in backstage party segments.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: The “Life With Peter & Flem” (starring Kel and Josh) sketches; for instance:

    • "Peter sharpens pencils the old-fashioned way. Flem sharpens pencils in different parts of his body."

    • "Peter does his homework making sure he gets all the answers right. Flem hits things with a hammer."

    • "Peter likes to grow nice plants and flowers. Flem grows things under his arms."

    • "After dinner, Peter enjoys a fresh piece of fruit for dessert, like an apple. Flem eats a bag of sugar."

    • "Peter likes to read. Flem can't."

    • "Peter turns off his TV set using a remote control. Flem uses a brick."

  • Rule of Cool: The Big Ear of Corn, as Lampshaded in an intro sketch.
  • Rule of Funny: The green room sketches have this a lot. An example from Season 4 is the scarecrow:
    Kenan: Aw, man. That scarecrow wasn't supposed to protect the Big Ear of Corn from crows, it was supposed to protect the Big Ear of Corn from Elvis and professional wrestlers!
    Lori Beth: Elvis and professional wrestlers?
    Everyone except Kenan: Huh?
    (An Elvis impersonator and two professional wrestlers storm into the room and steal the Big Ear of Corn)
    • And an example from Season 10, Truth or Bear?:
    Christina: Kianna. Do you have... a hamster in your pocket?
    Kianna: Hah, no.
    Christina: You have to tell the truth.
    Kianna: Ok... (fishes a hamster out of her pocket)
    Kyle: I'll take dare.
    Kianna: Sorry Kyle, we're not playing Truth or Dare.
    Christina: Yeah, we're playing Truth or Bear.
    Kyle: Ok... then I guess I'll take bear!
    (he gets mauled by a bear)
  • Rule of Three: TONS of examples.
    • The Okrah sketches usually had three guests per sketch.
    • The Good Burger sketches had three customers per sketch.
    • Repair Man (MAN MAN MAN) usually tried to repair three things.
    • Lori Beth/Danny usually gave three pieces of Vital Information.
    • Ashley would usually answer three questions.
    • Pierre Escargot would give three French phrases, which he would then repeat in English.
    • "Life with Peter and Flem" gave three contrasting examples of what Peter and Flem would do.
    • In the "Complaint Department" sketches, three customers would complain about what they bought.
    • "Know Your Stars" gave three "facts" about the star.
    • "Vocabulary With Lisa and Oswald" from the later seasons had three vocabulary words.
    • Superdude almost always introduces himself by listing three of his special powers followed by three of his hobbies.
    • Dr. Kay had three listeners call in.
  • Sadist Show:
    • The appropriately named game show "You Can't Win!" (which actually was the title of a game show parody done on Saturday Night Live during the 1979-1980 season [season five])
    • Another game show had the loser (Danny) punished in various ways, such as being covered in honey and "tickled" by a polar bear, or being strapped to a rocket and shot into space.
    • The Channel 6½ News sketches tended to see Josh Server playing an on-location reporter being consistently abused by whatever surroundings he happened to be in. (For example, nearly freezing to death in the North Pole and being attacked by a polar bear.)
    • The sketch, "Have a Nice Day With Leroy and Fuzz", which parodies kids shows along the vein of Sesame Street. And which always ends with the sarcastic Leroy (played by Leon Frierson) using some kind of "creative" way of beating up the annoying blue puppet named Fuzz, as a Running Gag.
    • Season 11 has the game show "Simplicity". It's a quiz show that has an incredibly complicated set of rules that the host refuses to repeat or explain more slowly. Any contestant who doesn't answer the question after performing the correct action suffers a variety of physical punishments. Then to rub salt in the wound, it turns out whoever the losing contestant is has to come back and play again and again until they finally win.
  • Sadist Teacher: Coach Kreeton
    "Sit in your seats, and get ready to suffer!"
  • Scary Librarian: Well, not really scary. Just really loud enough to startle everyone.
  • Serious Business: Peas for Miss Piddlin.
  • Severely Specialized Store: A variation appears in a skit with a retail store that sells only a single pair of pants.
  • Shared Universe: Most of the show's sketches are set at the fictional Dullmont Junior High School and center around its bizarre staff members and students.
  • Shout-Out: In addition to the countless pop culture references, Amanda Bynes's father is a dentist; at least 2 green room sketches featured Amanda performing oral surgery, plus 1 "Ask Ashley" has her screaming at one of the writers, Margie Ferber, to brush her teeth in order to take care of her bad breath (in the letter, Margie has written that she breathed on her younger brother a week ago, and he hasn't come back from the hospital yet, and that the student body of her school voted her "the girl with very, very bad breath"), & a one-off sketch features Josh Server as a crazy dentist called "Dr. Bynes".
    • One sketch featured Ishboo going to the doctor's. When taking a look in his ears, the doctor briefly saw none other than The Ren & Stimpy Show.
      • A later sketch shows doctor checking Ishboo's nostrils and again seeing the cartoon duo.
    • One Coach Kreeton sketch was filmed on a set for Gullah Gullah Island. Coach Kreeton acknowledges this after several failed attempts to rescue a cat from a tree.
      "Crazy Gullah Gullah tree!"
    • Coach Kreeton is a fan of Bewitched and anytime he mentions the show, he will attempt (and fail) to do Samantha's nose twitch. He also watches Baywatch and Melrose Place, which he admits he loves because everyone hates each other.
    • The intro originally contained a shout out to SNL and the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" with Soup saying "Not quite live, but ready for prime time."
    • Jimmy Bond sketches are rather obviously James Bond for kids.
    • The Wizard of Cos, for The Wizard of Oz and, at the end The Cosby Show.
    • The Unreal World is a parody of The Real World, but with monsters.
    • In the first Good Burger sketch, when Mr. Bailey tells Ed that he's filming a commercial for the titular restaurant, Ed tells him that he loves commercials, and asks him if he saw the one with the bunny that keeps going and going. Near the end of the sketch, when everyone else is on the verge of quitting due to the numerous times Ed messed up his lines, Ed tells them that the bunny wouldn't quit, which encourages them to keep trying.
  • Special Guest: Every episode has a musical guest. Season 7 was the only season that had non-musical guests weekly (including return episodes for Bynes & Thompson). In the other 9 seasons, though, Chris Farley, Sinbad, Sherman Hemsley, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Tia and Tamera Mowry, and Tyra Banks appeared, amongst numerous others. Drake Bell and Josh Peck made multiple appearances each, including together with Miranda Cosgrove in the 10th anniversary, where Zoey 101's Paul Butcher and Christopher Massey appeared with Alexa Nikolas. Peck had also first appeared with his Snow Day castmates.
    • The revival series starting with Season 11 has also had Lori Beth Denberg, Alisa Reyes, Josh Server and Kevin Kopelow make multiple appearances each. Jamie Lynn Spears and most of the cast of Zoey 101 appeared in one episode with Spears reprising her role as Thelma Stump. Non-alumni appearances include Peyton Manning, Darci Lynne Farmer, pro-dancer Witney Carson, Young Dylan (before he was musical guest), and the casts of Henry Danger sans Jace Norman, and the kids of its spinoff Danger Force.
  • Spin-Off:
    • Though several shows (listed above) exist because of All That, the only true spinoffs are Kablam! (via Action League NOW!) & The Nick Cannon Show (via the LaTanya character).
    • The Amanda Show was created by Dan Schneider (who produced All That) as a vehicle for Amanda Bynes.
  • Spiritual Successor: So Random!, which was produced by Brian Robbins, one of the creators of All That and Incredible Crew, created by Nick Cannon, a former All That cast member.
  • Spit Take: The eleventh season premiere has new cast members Kate, Nathan, and Ryan practicing this with water, but failing (Kate keeps dribbling, Nathan can't spray it right, and Ryan keeps swallowing his). Then Josh Server stops by to wish them luck and the three of them ask for his assistance. They're finally able to do it after his instructions, leaving him drenched.
  • Spot the Imposter:
    • Stuart. The premise is that he would be doing his job, or rather screwing it up in the most craziest way until he is eventually outed as having kidnapped the original job owner and trying to replace him. Hilariously, he's the one who outs himself via a Suspiciously Specific Denial.
    • Parodied in one Superdude sketch, where a tiny white girl attempted to impersonate him and demonstrated her super-strength by tearing a piece of paper in two.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: One of Pierre Escargot's phrases translates to "Oh no! The babysitter exploded!"
  • Superman: Superdude, complete with Clark Kenting form "Mark Cant" (and even Parental Bonus girlfriend "Penny Lane")
    • Speaking of Parental Bonus—Penny Lane, Abby Rhodes, "Heeeere's Johnny!" after Superdude chops a hole through a door,....Nickelodeon has always been chock full of this trope.
  • Super Zeroes: The L.A.M.O.S. Their powers are completely ineffective. In both of their sketches, the villains easily defeat them.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: How Stuart got caught at the end of every sketch.
    Police Officer: (after all the customers complain about the crazy things he did) Is all of this true?
    Stuart: Of course not. I wouldn't dream of kidnapping the real checkout guy, tying him up, stealing his uniform, and hiding him underneath that counter.
  • Take That!: After a caller continuously tries to get the cast to fall for the "Is your refrigerator running?" prank, Kyle angrily tells him to "try your dumb prank on some Disney Channel show 'cause we're too smart to fall for it!"
    • Some early "Everyday French" and "Vital Information" bits take a dig at the "Macarena."
  • The Teaser: An extreme example since the "opening" credits often run after multiple sketches, ten minutes or more into a half-hour runtime.
  • That's All, Folks!
  • Third-Person Person: How Coach Kreeton refers to himself.
  • Those Two Guys: The two old guys Mavis and Clavis.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: It took over twenty years, but in the 2019 revival, the Island Girls Fran and Kiki finally escape their imprisonment on the titular islet. Unfortunately, they do so by stealing the jet skis from two people who dropped by, and thus the sketch takes on new life as the Island Boys.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The people who write letters to Ashley always ask her about blatantly simple things. She lampshades it by screaming about how moronic they are.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chocolate (Randy & Mandy), Peas (Miss Piddlin), Sugar & Coffee (Buzz & Caffy), Bacon (Thelma Stump), Everything (Jack Campbell, Fat Cop), Good Burger (Ed), Pork on a stick (Earboy), Pizza (Ross Perot).
    • Ketchup (Randy's guest chef, played by the late Chris Farley).
  • Translation: "Yes": Pierre Escargot gives us the following:
    "De la pootay le c'est il y a signe de la pootay poo de pootay de Patrick Duffy angion Patrick Swayze a la boonyaie de c'est soir nightcourt." Translation 
  • Translator Buddy: In the Spice Boys, Hairy Spice (Danny Tamberelli) is this to The Unintelligible Mumbly Spice (Josh Server), whose mumbling includes "Blib-blob-a-woo-ba-woo!" and "Vehemina-memina!".
  • Truncated Theme Tune: The theme was presented in its full in the first episode of the 2019 revival, but since then it was truncated to just the final chorus.
  • The Unreveal:
    • We never find out where Ishboo comes from. Though on a T-shirt his dad, Sinboo (played by Sinbad), brought him, it's actually called Foreign Land and the country resembles Antarctica.

      Other character (Denberg): Ishboo—where are you from?

      Ishboo: Thank you for asking!

    • "What's with the echo?"Repairman's responses 
  • Unwinnable: Parodied with the game show "You Can't Win", featuring such tasks as teaching a dog Spanish and eating an entire bowl of pudding within 10 seconds.
    • Zigzagged with "Simplicity", the rules of which are incredibly confusing and non-linear (e.g. in Round 6, the answer is supposed to be divided by 6, whereas in Round 3, it's not clear if the answer is supposed to be multiplied by three-fourths, or if 3 is supposed to be subtracted from the answer). Larry Van Halen (Sergelen) is every bit as confused by the rules as the audience is. In contrast, his opponents, such as Linda Schnutzenberger (Caddell), somehow understand the rules perfectly and cruise to an easy victory. Larry is thus forced to return every show since the rules state the loser comes back each episode.
  • Useless Spleen: Averted in sketch where a character shows and tells about his friend's recently removed spleen. He ends his presentation with something along the lines of "Humans are incapable of surviving without their spleen", at which point his friend gets worried and then collapses.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Superdude is lactose-intolerant. Naturally, his foes include Cow-Boy, Butter Boy, Yo-Girl, the Dairy Godfather, & Arch-Enemy Milkman (the former 3 all played by Kel Mitchell & the latter 2 both being Josh Server).
  • Word-Salad Humor: In "Everyday French with Pierre Escargot", most of the "semi-educational" French phrases are word salads, such as "Kiss me! Squeeze me! Call me Mrs. Beasley!", "Who are you, and why are you wearing my Daddy's panties?", "Pardon me, but this tissue has already been used", and "Excuse me! I am not a drinking fountain!".
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • Josh and Kenan tried to help Kevin pull a prank on the girls for once, only for it to backfire when the girls attack him while he was hiding in the giant object he was supposed pop out of.
    • In one "Simplicity" sketch, Larry finally wins the game. The grand prize is a lifetime supply of egg salad, while his opponent wins a solid gold yacht. Just when he thinks he doesn't have to play anymore, the host reveals every 28th game, the winner comes back rather than the loser forcing Larry to play again.

Mavis: Hey, Clavis! Wake up! The show is over.
Clavis: Oh, yeah; kick it!


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