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Angry Boys is a dramedy mockumentary miniseries created by and starring Australian comedian Chris Lilley. The third show done in Lilley's familiar mockumentary style, the series follows the titular fictional documentary production chronicling the lives of young adult boys in three continents. Once again, Lilley plays multiple characters, including:

  • Daniel and Nathan Sims: A pair of identical twins living with their family on a farm in rural Australia who were previously recurring characters from We Can Be Heroes. The documentary focuses on Daniel organizing a farewell party for Nathan whose going off to a 2-year program at a deaf school, inviting all of their favorite celebrities in their "Wall of Legends", namely Tim Okazaki, S.mouse and Blake Oakfield. Daniel describes Nathan as "mostly deaf, and a little bit retarded".
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  • Ruth "Gran" Sims: A prison officer at a boys juvenile penitentiary and Daniel and Nate's grandmother. A hardass and a racist, but she cares about her charges. Daniel and Nathan consider her so badass, they even put her in the "Wall of Legends".
  • Shwayne Booth Jr. a.k.a "S.mouse": An American rapper most famous for his Dance Sensation song, "Slap My Elbow". A Soulja Boy Expy.
  • Blake Oakfield: A former surf champion, and a member of the Mucca Mad Boys, expies of the infamous Maroubra Bra Boys.
  • Jen Okazaki: Mother and manager of a teenage skateboard star, Tim Okazaki. In pursuit of increasing his notoriety in Tokyo, she wants to market him as a gay skater, despite his actual orientation. Described by Lilley as "the meanest, most awful character I've ever done."

A co-production between The ABC and HBO, the same way HBO worked with the BBC on Extras. Like Lilley's previous shows, Angry Boys mixes Crosses the Line Twice, Refuge in Audacity comedy and surprisingly insightful satire of modern culture.


Not to be confused with Angry Birds.

This show provides examples of:

  • Acting for Two: invoked Or six.
  • Attention Whore:
    • S.mouse
    • Nathan and Daniel could also apply.
    • And Jen Okazaki.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: A new inmate becomes known as "Dog Wanker".
  • Black Face: Chris Lilley used this in his depiction of S.mouse. Naturally, many people found it disgusting and offensive.
  • Character Development: Everyone except for Jen Okazaki goes through some sort of character development.
  • Coming-Out Story: Inverted with Tim.
  • Cool Old Guy: Shwayne Booth Sr., S.mouse's dad.
  • Cool Old Lady: Gran is a prison guard.
  • Dumbass Teenage Son:
    • Nathan still has a reputation throughout the Sims household as being "a spastic".
    • Shwayne Sr. sees S.mouse as this.
  • Expy: S.mouse is one of Soulja Boy and the Bra Boys.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: Daniel and Nathan's little sister Julia more than keeps up with their profanity at the ripe old age of eight.
  • Ghetto Name: S.mouse's posse send this up mercilessly — includes father "Shwayne", best friend "D'anthony", and his awesomely named girlfriend "Lasquweesha".
  • Groin Attack: Blake had his balls shot off.
  • Hate Sink: Jen has been outright stated by Chris to be one of his most reprehensible characters ever, a horribly narcissitic person who lords over her children's lives in the name of fame and profit.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: Invoked by Tim Okazaki at the behest of his mother as his in-universe Catchphrase seems to be "I'm gay" or a variation thereof. Subverted when he later publicly reveals he's heterosexual and has a girlfriend.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Poor, poor Tim Okazaki.
  • Identical Grandson: Daniel and Nathan to Gran.
  • Idiot Ball: S.mouse should've known better than to poo on police property, upload a music track on the internet when he's been told not to, and leave under house arrest. Talk about a great role model.
  • Karma Houdini: Kerry routinely lets Nathan off the hook for many, many things that she'd pester Daniel over, even right as Nathan is antagonising him with rude gestures in plain sight. He manages to get away with pooing on a police car in Episode 2 (although it's what hints his mother to send him to deaf school). Played straight through Episode Five however.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Jen Okazaki.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Slap Your Elbow" is an in-universe example.
  • Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: Zigzagged with Gran. She is aware of what her charges have done and isn't afraid to be hard on them. On the other hand, she knits them superhero pajamas.
  • Promotion to Parent: Daniel has been looking over the family since his father's death.
  • Refuge in Audacity: As always with Chris Lilley.
  • Shock Value Relationship: What Jen is trying to do with Tim.
  • Surfer Dude: Deconstructed with Blake. The Mucca Mad Boys are a violent gang and the entire town hates them.
  • Talking to Himself: While this is just one of Chris' works where he plays multiple characters, it's also one of the few where there's actually interaction between them - Daniel and Nathan video call Gran a couple of times throughout the series, and of course the twins by themselves are an example.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Obviously, a fair amount of the inmates at Garingal aren't the most pleasant people to be around - and as Talib found out, you can and will be relentlessly bullied over your reputation.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist:
    • Another Chris Lilley staple.
    • Debatable. Gran, Daniel, Nathan and Blake are clearly presented as sympathetic as the series goes on, and even S.mouse mellows. The only clearly evil character is Jen.
  • Volleying Insults: S.Mouse does this with his girlfriend and dad.
  • Yellowface: Used by Lilley in his portrayal of Jen Okazaki. Again, like S.mouse above, many also found it disgusting and offensive.