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"There is a small town of 5000 people in midwestern Ontario called Letterkenny. It consists of hicks, skids, hockey players, and Christians.
These are their problems."

Letterkenny is a Canadian sitcom written by Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney, and starring Keeso, Nate Dales, K. Trevor Wilson, and Michelle Mylett. It began as a series of web videos released on YouTube in 2013 under the name Letterkenny Problems, where Keeso and Dales played a pair of good ol' boys from the small town of Letterkenny, Ontario who list off their daily problems. They later produced a few sketch videos.

In 2015, domestic streaming service Crave announced that they were developing a full sitcom from the series as their first original program. The series expands the focus to the daily lives of Letterkenny's residents, including:

  • The hicks Wayne (Keeso), his sister Katy (Mylett), and his friends Daryl (Dales) and Squirrely Dan (Wilson), who try to run their farm while dealing with the usual town weirdness and helping Wayne retain his title as the Toughest Guy in Letterkenny.
  • The hockey players Jonesy (Andrew Herr) and Reilly (Dylan Playfair), the biggest idiots on the town's team, who are also both in a relationship with Katy (to Wayne's general dismay).
  • The skids Stewart (Tyler Johnston), Devon (Alexander De Jordy), and Roald (Evan Stern), a gang of punks, greasers, and drug addicts who dance, make drugs and commit acts of petty vandalism.
Eventually Stewart begins to try and rekindle a romance he had with Katy in high school, and his plans begin inciting old grudges between all the town's groups. Hilarity Ensues.

The above is the setup for Season 1. Season 2 and onward would continue to adjust the status quo accordingly to accomodate the change of seasons (i.e. fall, winter, etc..., as well as TV seasons), relationships, and both new and old characters.

The first season of the Crave series premiered in February 2016 and was met with rave reviews. A second season was announced shortly after the show premiered, and premiered on Christmas Day 2016. There are currently 11 seasons of the show; all of the seasons are six episodes long save for seasons 8 and 9 (which contain seven episodes), and over half of the seasons premiered on Christmas Day. There have also been seven specials released in between seasons and centered around various holidays: St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, Easter, Christmas, Valentine's Day, International Women's Day, and Victoria Day. It's been estimated that nearly one in three CraveTV users watches the show. In 2023 it was announced that the show's 12th season would be its last.

The original videos can be found on their YouTube channel here, with promos for the television show available on Crave's channel here.

In 2022, a Spin-Off series, Shoresy, premiered on Crave.

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  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • Stewart towards Katy for most of the first seasonnote  and toward Tanis in season 3.
    • Gail towards basically everyone in the bar. Particularly Wayne. Wayne is also on the receiving end from Gail's co-workers Glen and Bonnie McMurray.
    • Daryl towards Tanis, Bonnie, and just about every other good-looking woman except Katy and Anik.
    • Roald towards Stewart from the third season onward.
  • The Ace:
    • Wayne's one of the best farmers in Letterkenny and the Toughest Guy In Letterkenny, so he fits this by the town's standards. In almost every situation, if Wayne says or does it, it's the position of the series.
    • Katy, perhaps even more so than Wayne because Women Are Wiser. She comes out on top in every situation either because she's just that cool, confident, smart and sexy or because Wayne let her win in appreciation of her.
    • Uncle Eddie was apparently one when he was alive.
  • Action Girl: Katy, Bonnie, and Tanis are all good in a fight, though the old-fashioned standards of the town often have them standing on the sidelines watching their men fight for them. Betty-Anne and Mary-Anne are also tough as nails on the rink.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The webseries was just two unnamed hicks talking about their problems. The show gave them names (Wayne and Daryl), expanded the cast to include the other hicks, skids, hockey players, and Christians mentioned in the show, and gave an actual storyline to the series.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal:
  • Ambiguously Christian: Or at least some form of conservative Western faith in the case of Wayne and Katy: their parents wouldn't let them celebrate their birthdays growing up, which implies that they were raised as Jehovah's Witnesses. As adults, they seem to be apathetic towards religion in general.
  • Ambiguously Gay: In the first two seasons, Devon and Roald behave as if they're dating, but it's never outright stated or denied. It becomes irrelevant in Season 3 when Devon suddenly vanishes without explanation. Roald is appropriately distraught.
  • Anti-Climax: A large part of the show's DNA. A lot of drama gets resolved peacefully and quickly, very often off-screen after playing up the stakes. The season finale cliffhangers elevate it to an art form. For example:
    • Season 1 ends with Wayne getting knocked out in one sucker punch by Tyson, which implies that his title of The Toughest Guy in Letterkenny is in jeopardy... only for season 2 to reveal that Wayne literally came to right after and kicked Tyson's ass.
    • Season 2 ends with Wayne simultaneously getting smitten with newcomer Rosie, Angie wanting to get back with him and Tanis informing him she's pregnant. Season 3 quickly explains Wayne and Rosie entered a steady relationship, Tanis wasn't even sure Wayne got her pregnant and got an abortion anyway (which Wayne doesn't mind at all), while Angie was a non-issue and she moved to trolling the hockey players.
    • Season 3 ends with Wayne about to fight Bradley, Rosie's cousin, because he knocked out Daryl and Squirrely Dan for annoying him, which threatens their relationship... season 4 starts with Wayne and Rosie broken up and Wayne in a massive funk... until Bradley calls him to say that the fight was fair and justified, that there are no hard feelings and that Rosie and Wayne should get back together - so they do.
    • Season 4 finishes with possibly the show's greatest Bait-and-Switch: Wayne apparently leaves to cheat on Rosie with Tanis, with whom he has a lot of Unresolved Sexual Tension. Turns out he actually left to talk it out with Rosie, because "you can't be with one woman and have feelings for another"... only for Rosie to reveal they have to break up because she's leaving Letterkenny for Vancouver, so this never comes up and Wayne just starts dating Tanis... only for them to break up in the next episode because they aren't compatible.
    • Season 8 ends with a whole bunch of characters running toward Dierks with the intention of beating the crap out of him. However, the episode ends on a shot of Katy standing there looking heartbroken; the fight is not shown, and there are no flashbacks in season 9, either.
    • Season 9 ended with the BroDude rep going after Tanis for ripping off their copyright by getting the Eagles' championship revoked because several of the players were not Natives, thus making their status on the team illegitimate, and the reveal that Anik and Dierks are now dating. In the next episode, Anik realises what a scumbag Dierks is and dumps him, and the Letterkenny crew welcome her back with open arms, while Tanis manages to get the BroDude rep to back off by fucking her. About the only thing that isn't resolved peacefully is the Dierks situation, and the Hicks do fight him and his cousins.
    • Season 11 ended with Jivin' Pete trying to ruin Wayne's reputation; as a result, the Hicks and the degens had a fight, but the Hicks seemed to realise that it hadn't changed or fixed anything, especially since everyone else in town was having fun. Season 12's opener takes place after an unspecified Time Skip, and none of the events of "Degens" are referenced.]]
    • After the course of Season 12 implied Katy was going to move to Mexico, Squirrely Dan was going to join the Mennonites (Fuck, can they run) and Darry would join the Degens for good, "Stuck" shows Wayne sitting alone at the produce stand, having just been broken up with by Rosie and likely needing to run a Suicide Mission to save Darry... only for Katy and Dan to come back and tell him they're staying, and for the others to show up ready to help out a friend.
  • Arc Words: "When a friend asks for help, you help them."
  • Artistic License – Medicine:
    • In 'A Fuss At The Ag Hall', Stewart, Roald and Devon repeatedly stab each other with multiple Epi Pens, and while Devon notes that they're overdosing, there's no mention of any ill effects other than that they now have nothing to counter any allergic reactions they might have. Even correct usage of an Epi Pen requires the patient to see a doctor afterwards to make sure they're OK, and overdosing can be lethal. The Skids should have spent the rest of the episode in hospital.
    • 'Rave' combines this with a bit of Artistic License – Biology: Daryl gets bitten by a possum and gets sick from the bite. Katy points out that possums can carry rabies, and later on, Daryl thinks he does have rabies, but it's not taken remotely seriously throughout the episode. To start with, it's extremely rare for Virginia opossums (the only marsupial in Canada) to carry rabies, and if Daryl had needed to get treated for rabies, it would have involved getting a lot of shots, because if it's not treated, rabies is almost always fatal in humans, and is not something to be joked about.
    • In 'Prostate', Daryl, Wayne, Coach and Tyson get their first prostate exams. Prostate exams are usually given to men aged 50 and up, though exceptions are made for younger men (40 generally being the youngest) who are at high risk for prostate cancer. While none of their ages are known, they all look to be around their mid-thirties, and there's no mention of any of them being at a higher risk for prostate cancer.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Jonesy and Reilly, the hockey players, only appeared in one sketch of the webseries. However, the two are involved in the show's marketing as much as Wayne and Daryl are.
    • After Devon apparently moves away in season 3, Roald becomes Stewart's right hand man in the skids, as well as the only other skid with a speaking role besides Gae, who's only a recurring character.
  • Author Filibuster: Wayne's speech in "Kids With Problems", which boils down to Wayne telling the kids that kids are spending too much time feeling pressured to live up to astronomical expectations set by social media instead of actually aspiring to truly live their lives. It puts the story on hold and is pretty clearly a message the writer wants to impart upon the audience.
  • Author Tract: The show repeatedly asserts an uncompromising view on adultery. When Wayne gets cheated on, he immediately breaks up with his girlfriend, proclaiming, "If she cheats, it's over. No exceptions!" Several other characters echo this statement exactly. Later, Katy gets cheated on and immediately dumps the guy. The whole main cast beat the guy up, and then Katy delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech in rap form about her ex for his cheating ways.
  • Avengers Assemble: Wayne will on occasion summon his friends and allies together to provide an epic beatdown to any person or persons who 1) harms his sister Katy, or 2) harms the citizenry of Letterkenny.
    • Best exemplified by the Season 8 finale when Wayne goes to his friends and wordlessly expresses the need to defend Katy's honor when Dierks betrays her. Inside of two seconds every one of them rushes to their pickup trucks to drive to Dierks' place for said epic beatdown.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Bradley tells the Hicks to get really, really drunk because they're on a break from degen-deterring duty. Unfortunately, as Katy had warned him, the Hicks are incredibly annoying when they're drunk.
    • The Skids decide to help Gae get sent back to her parents by causing as much trouble as possible. They achieve their goal, but by that point, they've all become great friends and don't want to be parted.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Joint Boy was willing to not fight Wayne for the title of Toughest Guy in Letterkenny because in the previous episode Wayne fought a guy who was picking on Joint Boy's mentally-challenged second cousin. Wayne says that he wasn't doing him a favour since he doesn't know him, though he does later invite him to Daryl's super-soft birthday party.
    • Stewart briefly quits meth and tries to restart his music career because Katy told him she thought he was cool in the past.
  • Berserk Button:
    Wayne: You got a problem with Canada gooses, you got a problem with me, and I suggest you let that one marinate!
    • Wayne also really doesn't like people honking at girls, or hollering at girls, and don't talk to 'em if they don't wanna talk to ya.
    • Squirrely Dan has a surprising one involving the idea of sedating Wayne's (female) dog so she can successfully be mated, which sets Dan off bigtime about how it's pretty much the same as giving her a date rape drug.
    • The entire group of hicks, skids, and hockey players all hate degens from up-country. It's something they have in common with their Quebec counterparts.
    • Skipping leg day is one for the senior hockey team.
    • Using a gear bag with wheels is one for Jonesy and Reilly.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Boots and/or The Ginger fucked an ostrich (allegedlys).
    • Gail skirts disturbingly close to this when talking about finding a stud for Wayne's dog, before jumping straight into this trope.
    • Darry's second cousins' house has, "...what could only be a gloryhole... on the side of the goat pen."
  • Big Brother Instinct: Wayne has it, and tries to teach Dan's nephew the same.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Katy thinks this, and gets upset when she finds out that Stewart is extremely well hung, and she dumped him before they could have sex.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Season 8 ends with Katy pulling up to see Dierks, her boyfriend through the season, and discovering he's seeing someone else on the side, being exactly the unfaithful sleazeball Wayne imagined he was. All Katy's friends from Letterkenny show up for the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown Dierks so richly deserves, but it happens off-screen, as we close the season on a shot of Katy just staring straight ahead, looking heartbroken.
  • Blood Knight: Wayne, as he puts it, just loves a good scrap. They don't call him the "toughest guy in Letterkenny" for nothing.
  • Book Ends: The first season begins and ends with Wayne defending his title as the Toughest Guy in Letterkenny.
  • Brief Accent Imitation:
    • Tanis does this to Wayne when she meets him for the first time.
    • Everyone gets real British whenever someone says "to be fair..."
  • The Bus Came Back: Gail returns, as horny as ever, in Season 6.
    • Gae reappears in Season 5 for Stewart's intervention, and is present for the first half of season 6.
    • Mary-Anne reappears for the International Women's Day special and season 11, but Betty-Anne doesn't (Kelly McCormack had scheduling conflicts).
  • Butt-Monkey: Daryl.
    Squirrely Dan: It's fuckin' weird, Darry, and you're fuckin' weird, Darry.
    • Roald, after he becomes Stewart's right hand man.
    • Stewart himself for most of the town.
  • Call-Back:
    • Wayne says that one of his cousins sounds like a dial tone in the third episode of the webseries. The next "Problems" episode has him mention that said cousin stuck a dead catfish in his glove compartment because he heard that Wayne called him a dial tone.
    • The series reuses some punchlines from the "Problems" videos.
  • Call-and-Response Song: A couple of non-musical examples.
    Person 1: How're ya now?
    Person 2: Good, 'n you?
    Person 1: Oh, not s'bad.
    • The senior team hockey players always speak in turn, and always pass to the next person to speak by saying their name. Boomtown gets very distressed when the order isn't followed!
    • F.A.K.U. have their own:
    Stewart: Give me three reasons why you feel you must rebel.
    All: I hate the world, I hate my parents, and I hate myself!
  • Catchphrase: A lot of the comedy is catchphrase-driven.
    • Wayne and his main crew all share a small lexicon of phrases that they say frequently:
      • Pitter patter," short for "Pitter patter, let's get at 'er," meaning either "let's go" or "hurry up."
      • "That's a Texas-sized ten-four," an affirmative.
      • "You wanna take about 20% off that, eh?"
      • "Can confirm."
      • "Hard no!"
      • "Someone get this guy a Puppers," meaning something like "relax" or "don't get so worked up."
      • "Too be fair." A Running Gag has the group repeat the phrase in "fancy" accents whenever someone says it, sometimes even singing the last note until Wayne calls a stop.
      • "Fuck can they run:" Wayne's fascination with how fast the Mennonites are whenever they're brought up.
    • The hockey coach makes sure in all of his rants to point out that his boys are "FUCKIN' EMBARRASSING!!!" while kicking a trash can.
    • Reilly and Jonesy often say "Wheel, snipe, celly, boys!" "Dirty fuckin' dangles, boys!" and "Ferda!" Their Verbal Tic of saying "boys" at the end of just about every sentence borders on a catchphrase.
    • "Give your balls a tug, titfucker!" for Shoresy. He's also a Phrase Catcher for people shouting "Fuck you Shoresy!" at him.
    • Gail frequently finishes her sentences with a "fuck outta here", verging on a Verbal Tic.
    • Stewart likes to say "Wondrous!" whenever he finds an outcome to his liking.
    • Roald's pronunciation of Stewart's name as a monosyllabic squeak, usually transcribed as 'Strt'.
  • Captain Obvious: The nicknames of some of the guys that Wayne fights in "Super-Soft Birthday Party", mainly Sled Ted (his name's Ted and he likes sleds). Most of them go over Daryl's head.
  • Cathartic Chores: In the first episode of season 4, Wayne tries to distract himself from his breakup with nonstop farm work, running everyone else ragged in the process.
    "Back to chorin'."
  • Celebrity Paradox:
    • A minor one. In 2.3 "Relationships" cold open, Squirrely Dan mentions a comedian talking about Americans having six different kinds of Captain Crunch. Dan later remarks that he can't remember his name but he was "a pretty good guy". "Six Different Kinds of Captain Crunch" is one of K. Trevor Wilson's stand up routines.
    • In "The Letterkenny Leave," passing references are made to Hulu and Crave, the streaming services that hosts Letterkenny.
  • Character Development: Jonesy and Reilly go from being two posers who just want to mooch off of the hockey player lifestyle to being hard working and dedicated players. Too bad the rest of their team sucks.
    • Tanis and the boys from the Rez mellow out over time, becoming less of a gang and occasional allies to the hicks. Which works out well, since they often find themselves with common enemies.
  • Character Tics:
    • Wayne:
      • He frequently stands and walks with his thumbs hooked into his belt loops. This fades as the seasons go on, though he continues to avoid wearing a belt, keeping his belt loops hookable.
      • He frequently makes abrupt, decisive, and almost robotic movements, usually when jumping to his feet or mechanically jerking a bottle almost upside down to drink from it.
      • He's prone to dumping out the dregs of his beer on the ground, either because he needs to do something apart from drinking or because it's almost done (and therefore "50% spit").
    • Gail constantly undulates and thrusts her hips in a manner she believes to be irresistibly sexy.
    • Tanis parts her hair and smoothes it down.
  • Child Hater:
    Wayne: Well, there's nothing better than a fart. Except kids falling off bikes, maybe. Fuck, I could watch kids fall off bikes all day; I don't give a shit about your kids.
    • That being said, he is the guy who gives out full sized chocolate bars in Letterkenny on Halloween, and is the hero of Squirrely Dan's cousin, Samuel.
  • Clint Squint: Wayne's default expression.
  • Cloud Cuckooland: Almost all of the people in town have at least one significant quirk. It makes the few Only Sane Man characters like Katy stand out as quirky themselves because they lack such a quirk.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: All over the place. In fact, this show abuses this trope at times. It's extremely rare to pass a full 10 seconds without "Fuck" being said in any purpose.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Quebecers who are coded as 'bad' (aka friends of Jean-Claude and any other anti-the rest of Canada people) wear blue and black plaid shirts.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When Wayne brings him along to defend Jonesy and Reilly during their hockey match against the natives, Joint Boy dispatches a particularly mean looking guy by swiftly kicking him in the groin and punching him before he could recover.
    • Booting someone between the legs is also Katy's go-to opening move in a fight.
    • Multiple characters are seen using bottles as weapons during donnybrooks.
  • Compensating for Something: "You drive a jacked up truck but not so jacked that people start to question the size of Big Jim and the Twins."
  • Courteous Canadian: Played with. Letterkenny is portrayed as an average Canadian farming town where everybody greets each other with a polite "How're ya now?" "Good, 'n you?" "Not so bad," no matter the circumstances. However, everyone in town ALSO loves a good violent scrap and are perfectly willing to throw fists if the moment calls for it. Best exemplified by Wayne, who is neatly dressed, polite, and stolid, yet is also the toughest badass in town who proves it by fighting all comers.
  • Crass Canuck: In the small Ontario town of Letterkenny, the main characters, made up of farmers, drug addicts and hockey players, are constantly "chirping" at each other with colorful insults when they aren't all-out brawling. See the first scene of the first episode for a prime example.
  • Cut Your Heart Out With A Spoon: Shoresy's colorful descriptions of what he does to Reilly and Jonesy's moms.
    • Squirrely Dan's warning to the audience at the Letterkenny Adult Spelling Bee: "If I hear one fucking heckle, I will staple your tongue to your taint, so you can watch me kick your ass!
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied with Daryl and Dan, as they reference an extensive history of "hoovering schneef."note 
  • Dating Catwoman: Wayne sleeps with Tanis in Season 2. In fact, in Season 5 they become a real couple. Briefly.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Wayne and Daryl.
  • Deconstruction: Shoresy is a deconstruction of trolls and jerkasses, especially the kind who play sports. Is he talented? Yes. Is he hilarious? Yes. But he does nothing but be an asshole, and he even plays like an asshole, so it's not surprising that nobody in town except Betty-Anne and Mary-Anne likes him. He will happily insult and troll everyone, especially his own teammates, so it's not surprising that the team only tolerates his presence because he can play. He's so focused on pissing people off that when he runs into an opposing player who just shrugs off his insults, Shoresy gets so angry that his playing skills rapidly decrease and he gets himself benched for hitting said opposing player behind the knees with his hockey stick. The TSN commentators even point out that he may be skilled, but he's such a dick that he's actually a liability to the team.
  • Deep South: Actually southern Canada, which is about as far north from the southern States that one can get, but they play into a lot of the tropes present in the setting — the hick towns, farmers, Kissing Cousins, drug issues, and the like.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Joint Boy gets beaten up by Wayne, and afterward gets invited to Daryl's super soft birthday party. He also shows up to help fight off Tanis' crew, as well as take on the degens who messed up the sled shack. He's almost a regular now.
    • Also applies to Tyson, who is friendly to Wayne after being headbutted into unconsciousness.
    • Katy and Tanis get along OK even after Katy kicked Tanis in the box for insulting Stewart.
    • Shania, one of the two women who stole Axe and Slash from Tanis, is repeatedly seen as part of Tanis' crew in the later seasons even after all her guys went back to Tanis.
  • Delinquents: The skids. Even more so when Gae shows up.
    • The degens from up-country are implied to be this, but other than trashing the sled shack, they don't seem to get up to much. Until Season 12.
  • Disgusting Public Toilet: The MoD3an's men's rooms, apparently, if the janitor's comments are any indication.
    Alexander: You should shave more'n once. We know what you're doin'.
    Wayne: How long you been at it?
    Alexander: Forty-eight fiscal hours.
    Wayne: Boy, that's more'n enough time to see a nightmare or two around here, eh?
    Alexander: Sometimes there's shit on the outside'a the torlet.
  • The Ditz: Daryl's a little slow on the uptake.
  • Dope Slap: In the webseries, Wayne says he had to give one to a friend's brother for calling his John Deere a "John Queer".
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": More applicable to Real Life.
    • Kamilla Kowal does not appreciate people saying "Oh, Bonnie McMurray" in real life. She does not tolerate it even at meet and greets, or on her social media. Michelle Mylett is the only person allowed to use the quote in real life.
    • K. Trevor Wilson doesn't mind being called Squirrely Dan at fan events or having quotes from the show directed at him. But he does not tolerate it on social media and posted an angry response to people asking if his fiancee "paid attention to his butts hole" after their engagement was announced.
  • Double Entendre:
    • Gail's modus operandi, bordering on single entendres.
    • Also Dax and Ron, starting in season 4. They also love a Hurricane of Puns.
    • The Mennonite family the Dycks live on this. Their names are one thing. But in "Holy Sheet" (8.6) just about every line of their dialogue is an entendre.
      • The father is Noah Dyck.
      • His wife is Anita Dyck. Her maiden name is Snatch. Her father was Seymore Snatch, and her mother was Ada Snatch.
      • Then there are their daughters Charity Dyck, and Chastity Dyck. Their sons Jedidiah and Ezekiel were the only ones spared.
    • In 'Letterkenny vs. Penny', the Hicks are collecting pennies for charity. They come across a young woman, with a very nice chest, which she recently bought as a conversation piece. She also has a pair of huge jugs, which her grandpa used to make moonshine in. She brings out her girls, just to say hello, and presents her puppies, which she recently rescued. She hands the hicks her cans, which is where she keeps her pennies. The guys barely know how to react to each turn of phrase.
  • Double Knockout: Tyson and Joint Boy get into an argument over who would win in a fight; one headbutt later and both are on the floor.
  • Downer Ending: "In It To Win It" ends with the reformed Letterkenny Irish losing their bet with the Natives, Wayne and Dan drunkenly sabotaging their final cable-access call-in show, Daryl starting a brawl with the Quebec hicks over a woman who doesn't want him, and Wayne finding out his fiance Marie-Fred is cheating on him, ending season 7 on a downer as well. The only two people who make out well are Stewart and Tanis.
    • The end of season 3: Gae successfully goes home to her parents, but she and the skids are devastated to be parted. Wayne winds up getting in a fight with Bradley, Rosie's cousin, which results in them breaking up. And Katy decides to get back with the hockey players, but she only wants to be with Reilly, resulting in his and Jonesy's friendship suffering for the first part of season 4.
    • Season 11 ends on a suprisingly dark note. Jivin' goes and ruins Wayne's reputation as payback for having fired him for his incompetence. While Wayne is lucky enough to have the support of his closest friends, he goes and lays an ultimatum to Jivin' and the other Degens, and Jivin' suggests that he might have done more than what the McMurrays, Roald and Katy let onto him. Wayne gathers up the boys and gives them the traditional No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, but at this point, the damage is done, and they decide not to go to Reilly's birthday party. The final shot of the episode is the Hicks sitting in complete silence in front of the produce stand in the dark (contrasted with shots of the rest of the town enjoying Reilly's party), it becoming clear that the beatdown did absolutely nothing and they're falling into an old routine.
  • The Dreaded:
    • The Native hockey players. The Letterkenny team are so scared of them that half of them call in sick on account of not wanting to play against them, known in-universe as 'the Native flu'.
    • The Ginger and Boots, on account of their reputation as ostrich fuckers.
  • Dumb Jock: Jonesy and Reilly the hockey players.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • Letterkenny is introduced as being made up of "hicks, skids, hockey players and Christians", but the Christians basically disappear after the first episode, aside from the occasional reminder that Glen happens to be a pastor. Episodes after the first change the opening to "There are 5,000 people in Letterkenny. These are their problems."
    • In the first episode, Katy seems annoyed by Daryl's presence without explanation. This is never addressed again and they're both perfectly amicable by the second episode.
    • In the web-series, Wayne had two sisters, neither of whom were Katy; in the show, there's only Katy. He also called out to his father at one point, implying that at least one of his parents was alive; in the show, his and Katy's parents are never mentioned, implying that they're dead.
    • Early on, Stewart can be seen taking part in a donnybrook against the Natives. Later seasons would establish him as a pacifist.
    • McMurray and Wayne had no trouble landing their greetings until Season 2.
  • Emo Teen: The skids have this vibe with an extra dose of pretentiousness and petty crime. It's never said how old they actually are, though.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • "See the biggest fuckin' garter snake by the back door. Fuck, ya almost wanna let it in ya got so much mouses."
    • Also happens in the first season finale, with everyone in Letterkenny teaming up to chase Tanis and her crew out of town.
    • Turns out Quebec hiques "fuckin' hate degens from up-country" just as much as Ontario hicks (Up-country in Quebec is Laval, apparently).
    French!Wayne: Bienvenue au Quebec!
  • Epic Fail: Stewart was apparently a big local DJ back in the day, and decides to book the Ag Hall for a comeback performance of all his old DJ personas. Thanks to some sabotage, after stealing thousands of dollars from his friends to make costumes and get the stage show set up, he shows up for his big comeback performance only to be greeted by an audience of two people.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Bonnie McMurray, Tanis, Katy, Mrs McMurray, Anik (YEW!), and the Brodude Rep. Can confirm.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The hockey coach is known only as "Coach".
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Tanis never sold cigarettes to anyone below high-school age, and emphasised that she checked IDs.
    • Shoresy sounds embarrassed when he realizes that the hockey team he's been grandstanding against is composed of women.
  • Evil Laugh: Coach shows that he has a pretty pronounced one in the Easter special.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Sled Ted likes sleds. Joint Boy smokes a lot of joints. The Ginger is a redhead. Basic J is a fuckin' basic. Hard Right Jay is far-right politically. Rat Ass has a hairy ass like a rat, Darry.
  • Face, Nod, Action:
    • At a hockey faceoff in Season 3, several of the opponent Loggers makes sexual comments about the Ferda duo's ex-girlfriend, to the effect of "Who brought the fuckin' rocket, boys?" and "Who's billet sister's a fuckin' rocket, boys?" Reilly, Jonesy, Tyson and Joint Boy glance at each other, going "Yup." *nod* "Yup." *nod* "Yup" *nod* "Yup" *nod*, and after this sequential nodding-while-yupping, they drop gloves and start a bench-clearing brawl against the Loggers.
    • During the Shamrockettes' championship game in Season 5, Betty-Anne and Mary-Anne do this before the faceoff. Then they hit Shoresy in the junk and skate down to score the winning goal.
  • The Faceless: Shoresy, by necessity to cover up the fact that he's played by Jared Keeso.
  • Failed a Spot Check: In season 6, Gae, Roald and Stewart are covertly selling drugs at a club. However, despite chiding Roald for showing off the drugs they're selling, Gae and Stewart fail to see a rival dealer watching them as they make a transaction, which leads to the events of the next episode.
  • Gargle Blaster: "Donkey Juice," when you mix all the alcohol you have together to get drunk. But it'll make ya spit.
  • Gasshole: Squirrely Dan can do it on cue. Real cheek-splitters.
    • While having dinner with Wayne, Tanis lets out a belch that prompts an entire discussion about acting ladylike.
  • Genre Savvy: Wayne clearly knows that Tanis won't stop destroying Letterkenny until she gets her money, so he sneaks it to her while everyone else is distracted by the fight so that she doesn't come back.
    • Wayne is well aware that dating Marie-Fred is going to get him in a shit-ton of trouble with her brother, the aggressively English-hating Jean-Claude.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Tanis reacts to Wayne calling in Boots and the Ginger for the fight against her and her crew, on account of them fucking an ostrich. (Allegedlys).
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Inverted by bad-girl Tanis at the start of season 3. "You're goddamn right it's my choice!"
    • In fact, Tanis decides on it so early that she smokes a cigarette while she calls Wayne to tell him she's pregnant.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Wayne is extremely polite and good-natured, but he can also beat up pretty much anyone.
  • Good Ol' Boy: In a town that has plenty of these, Wayne stands out as a gentleman.
    Wayne: It's not polite to kiss and tell.
  • Go Seduce My Archnemesis: Katy does this to Angie of all people, before kicking her right in the clam. It's ostensibly to get puck bunny Angie away from Jonesy and Reilly's team, but she's really doing it as revenge for breaking Wayne's heart.
    • In the Easter special, Roald seduces Glen the preacher in front of the hockey bros in order to secure a perfect "Zombie-Jesus Day" for Stewart.
  • Goth: The skids, who wear black, hide inside, hold raves, and cook meth.
  • Groin Attack:
    • How Katy takes out Tanis in the Season 1 finale, and Wayne's ex Angie in Season 3. And then Wayne's ex Marie-Fred in Season 8.
    • Mary-Anne and Betty-Anne hit Shoresy in the junk with a hockey stick during a game in season 5.
  • #HashtagForLaughs: McMurray and his buddies apparently come up with obscene hashtags for their yearly vacations/glorified fuckfests in Las Vegas.
    McMurray: [belches] I oughta tell you's a story about #CuntCripple2016.
  • Hate Sink: There is no one that doesn't hate the degens from up-country.
    • Season 5 has Hard Right Jay. At first it looks like he's going to slide by without acknowledgment, but by the end of the episode he gets a well-deserved beatdown from Tanis.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: Roald and the show itself takes every opportunity to remind people he's gay, particularly when the other skids use homophobic insults.
    Roald: This is really awkward for me, you guys.
    Stewart: Hey, it's okay.
    Devon: We know, and we support you.
    • Dax and Ron drip with this. Constantly.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Wayne discusses in a Season 6 episode that whenever McMurray finds out someone's gay, he gets really... weird about it, invoking this trope. A few episodes later, we see McMurray do it for real when he finds out Roald is gay, and a textual medium cannot possibly convey how awkward it is.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Wayne broke up with Angie "almost a month" before the show begins, and he was so down in the dumps that he lost the title of "Toughest Guy in Letterkenny". Even after he reclaims it, the breakup still affects him several times throughout the first season. In the first episode of season 4, he's heartbroken over Rosie, and spends his days working himself and everyone else ragged on the farm so he doesn't have to think about it.
    • After he finds out that Marie-Fred cheated on him, Wayne holes up inside the sled shack, constantly drinks and smokes, and watches a sitcom he watched as a child on repeat for several months.
  • Heel–Face Turn: By season 4, Tanis and her boys from the Rez actually become less antagonistic and more approachable.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Wayne, surprisingly, has a weakness for dogs, especially three-legged dogs. Which Tanis exploits to get him to lift the ban on the Natives from Letterkenny. He shows particular affection for Stormy, his German Shepherd. In season 6, Katy bribes him with a trip to the SPCA to play with the dogs in exchange for helping Stewart.
  • Heroic BSoD: Wayne spends the first part of season 8 holed up in the sled shack, drinking and smoking non-stop and watching an old show he loved as a kid after discovering that Marie-Fred cheated on him at the end of season 7. He won't talk to anyone, and his friends spend a lot of time trying to help him.
  • He's Back!: In the first episode, after moping for "almost a month" since breaking up with his sweetie Angie, Wayne begins to reclaim his title as Toughest Guy in Letterkenny — starting with Angie's new boyfriend.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Jonesy and Reilly kind of push the limits of this.
  • Hidden Depths: Devon the Skid is also a skilled Shakespearean actor, and both he and Stewart read philosophy seriously.
    • In the Easter special, Glen and the hockey bros walk in on Roald contentedly painting an enormous self portrait.
    • Wayne starts off showing incredible insight, and the humor in his character in later seasons is from his being hilariously off the mark.
    • In the Halloween special, Daryl reveals he's an expert at beer tasting, though no one really cares.
    • Squirrelly Dan takes Gordon Ramsay's steak advice seriously and knows the grades for sushi and sashimi, takes a women's studies class at the local college, is remarkably articulate about anatomy, and occasionally eats at trendy restaurants.
    • In the Valentine's special, Wayne and Stewart bond over hockey, with Stewart being a huge fan with reams of knowledge, to the point that the two of them go to the rink for some shots.
    • An offhand comment by Katy reveals that her favorite actress is Indie film star Chloë Sevigny, hinting at a surprising knowledge of film (especially compared to everyone else, who picked much more well known actors.)
    • Even Jonesy and Reilly have their moments, such as when they reference Serge Gainsbourg and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
    • Bonnie McMurray spends most of "The Haunting of MoDean's 2" taking part in various charity events (and one protest).
    • Shoresy practices hockey intensively every day, and keeps going until he's repeatedly throwing up.
  • Honor Before Reason: In the finale of season 7, Daryl declares that he's going to Quebec to try to get Anik back even after she cheated on him and asks the other Hicks to come with him. They all refuse because of the nature of their falling out, so Daryl heads off by himself (he picks up some help on the way, but the Hicks don't know that). After McMurray calls them out for it, the Hicks come to Daryl's aid- but instead of trying to talk him out of what they all think is a stupid idea, they follow him into a fight with a group of people who are their friends and allies, for a really stupid reason (i.e. Daryl trying to get back with a woman who cheated on him and doesn't want to be with him anymore.)
  • Hot-Blooded: Reilly and Jonesy's hockey coach, who is constantly screaming at his players and throwing or kicking any object that happens to be in his way.
  • Hotter and Sexier: While it was hardly chaste to start with, as the seasons roll on, the show has become a lot raunchier- though there's still almost no instances of physical intimacy on-screen.
  • Hurricane of Euphemisms: Wayne and Daryl, alongside Rapid-Fire Comedy, usually throw this at somebody who's pissing them off.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Wayne dislikes actor French Stewart because "the guy squints too much." Wayne is famously squinting 90% of the time.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Prior to portraying Wayne in 2016, Jared Keeso played Constable Ben Chartier in the 2014 show 19-2. Dan Petronijevic, who played J.M. Brouillard in 19-2, has a recurring role as McMurray in Letterkenny. In the season 3 finale, Adrian Holmes, who played Keeso's co-star Constable Nick Barron in 19-2, is introduced as Gail and Rosie's male cousin Bradley.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Discussed by Wayne and the gang, eventually culminating in Wayne, Daryl, Katy and Squirrelly Dan all doing orgasm impressions. Revisited again in "Nut", with similar results.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Roald is in love with Stewart, who supports him but doesn't reciprocate his feelings.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Wayne and Daryl's MO when it comes to shutting down Jonesy and Reilly.
    Wayne: What's up with your body hair, big shoots? Ya look like a 12 year old Dutch girl.
    • Just about everyone in the show isn't afraid to throw around some language.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • The gang insist that Canadian geese be called Canadian gooses.
    • Facebook is always refered to as "Fuckin' Facebook".
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • In season nine, the BroDude rep hits Tanis where it hurts by getting the Eagles retroactively disqualified, thus losing their championship, on account of them having non-Native players on their team. This is seen as a dick move as the team genuinely worked hard for the win, but she had a point- even if Shoresy cheated the tests without anyone else knowing, Tanis did put a bunch of non-Native players on a team that was always meant to only have Native players.
    • Coach is undeniably being a condescending jerkass (to put it politely) when he lectures Betty-Ann and Mary-Ann on why "women can't do everything men can do." However, he is correct in that male and female sports are separate for a reason: male athletes are much taller, heavier, and stronger than women, and male athletes manage to injure each other all the time. These injuries would be catastrophically worse if they were competing against players who were a foot shorter and almost half their weight.
    • In season twelve, Mick is emotionally manipulative and an absolute degen, but he's completely right when he points out that it was their own treatment of Daryl that made him ditch them to hang out with degens.
  • Jerk Jock:
    • Jonesy and Reilly start off as examples, trading insults with the hicks whenever they're around. Through flanderization, they quickly become more childlike and harmless.
    • Shoresy is a jerk jock amongst jerk jocks, hurling insults and threats at virtually everyone within earshot.
  • Kissing Cousins: Wayne and Daryl try to avert this, though they mention coming close a few times.
  • The Lad-ette: Tanis proves to have a little of this going on. Also, the Letterkenny Shamrockettes.
  • Lame Comeback: In the pilot.
    Reilly: Nice onesie. Does it come in men's?
    Wayne: Oh I think you come in men enough for all of us.
    Reilly: You better come in my—I mean, you better come—
    Jonesy: I think you better come and say that to his face you fuckin' hicks.
    Daryl: Nice execution.
    Wayne: Yer doin' terrific.
  • Large Ham: Stewart and the rest of the skids tend to be as hammy as possible.
  • Left the Background Music On: A very memorable scene in 'Scorched Earth', featuring 'Trespasser' by Art d'Ecco.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Whenever Wayne's about to kick some ass, he prepares himself by taking a swig of the nearest alcohol, flicking away a cigarette (which he often lit just seconds before), and unbuttoning his shirt cuffs.
  • Long List: Wayne and Daryl give one of umbrella drinks to the skid in "Produce Stand".
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • How Tanis manages to get most of the Letterkenny Irish onto the Native team, despite few if any of them having an ounce of Native blood in them. Lampshaded by several hockey players from Newfoundland when they chirp the Native team.
    Tommy: You don't look jus' right native t'me, b'y.
    Teddy: Bit mauzy on de rules, b'ys, but I'm told t' play fer de Native team, well, ye gotta be right... Native.
    • In the opening episode of season 5, the Hicks repeatedly say that they don't fight at weddings, no matter how much they've been provoked. However, there's no rule that says that they can't lure the people provoking them to a location away from the wedding and then beat the shit out of them.
  • Love Triangle:
    • Between Stewart, Katy, and Jonesy and Reilly.
    • Then, as of the Season 3 finale, Katy, Jonesy and Reilly after she informs them she only wants to date one of them. They eventually mutually decide to call it off.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Gail, the bartender, seems to have a permanent girl-boner for everyone. The one she really wants is Wayne, but she comes on so strongly that it makes Wayne visibly uncomfortable.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Wayne spends the whole first episode in this situation after he's caught looking up Grindr.
  • Motor Mouth: Jim Dickens, the local auctioneer, as is typical of those in his profession. He doesn't seem to be able to control it either.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Katy is so much this that Reilly and Jonesy actually ask her to stop coming to their hockey games, after the other players constantly leer at her.
    • Bonnie McMurray as well, particularly during the Halloween episode.
    • In Season 6, Anik.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The Letterkenny Adult Spelling Bee.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits: The standard attitude with residents of Letterkenny.
    • Wayne with regards to Katy dating Jonesy and Reilly — and especially when he finds out that Stewart is flirting with her as well. There's also the running gag of Wayne having to warn Squirrely Dan off of flirting with her, even though she eggs him on.
      • Episode 6 of season 1 has Squirrely Dan blurts out "Your's sister's hot, Wayne! There, I said it! I Regret Nothing, I Regret Nothing!" and runs off while the quartet are assembled after he says yet another "That's what I appreciates about you." in response to Katy bringing them all lemonade. He lasts about 10 seconds before getting out of breath and yelling that he's too fat to run. Wayne doesn't seem too perturbed, though.
    • Subverted with McMurray, who almost obsessively tries to get Wayne to date his sister during the first season.
  • Mystery Meat: Daryl bought so-called venison off a street meat vendor, but quickly realized it wasn't genuine.
  • Myth Arc: Done subtly, but the most prevalent recurring plot is Wayne's struggle to find love and deal with his relationships.
  • Named by the Adaptation: None of the characters appearing or mentioned in the webseries were ever named. This is rectified in the show.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Wayne at one point decides it's impossible for the Ginger and Boots to have fucked an ostrich, and demands they cease perpetuating the rumor because "the only way they could have fucked an ostrich would be if it were a dead ostrich". A passing Glen catches only part of the exchange and immediately begins spreading a new side of the tale: "The Ginger and Boots fucked a dead ostrich."
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: While it's never a good idea to get on Wayne's bad side, a lot of the more memorable examples come from the hicks as a group. Such as the season 5 premiere, "We Don't Fight At Weddings," where the city boys finally get what's coming to them. (Away from the wedding, of course.)
    • There's also the fate of Hard Right Jay and the Hard Right protesters, who quickly get their shit ruined by the hicks, Tanis and the boys from the Rez, and other tough guys from around town.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: An interesting case: while the characters regularly talk about sex and romance, and characters have relationships, break up, get together, hit on each other and so on, there are almost no instances of kissing or other physical intimacy on screen, even with the established couples.
  • No Indoor Voice: The coach of the hockey team Jonesy and Reilly are in is constantly pissed off and yelling.
  • Noodle Incident: Some of the problems Wayne and Daryl mention spring from these.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Hard Right Jay tries to pull this on Tanis, but his equation of the real problems indigenous people face (ie, trying to frame colonization and immigration as the same thing) with his own goals, plus him undercutting his case by calling her "Sacagawea", is so clumsy, strained, and superficial that it only draws scorn and amused offense. Tanis responds by personally punching his lights out in one hit.
  • N-Word Privileges: Brought up by Reilly and Jonesy when members of various minorities used slurs pertaining to that minority- the hockey players aren't sure that doing so is PC, but then again, when it's someone from the minority in question saying it...
    • In particular, when running several gay terms (such as "fruit," "queen," and "poofter") past Ron and Dax to check if they're acceptable, they refuse to even say "fag" out loud. Ron and Dax do the honours.
  • Odd Friendship: As part of the show's Character Development, the different cliques gradually begin to warm up to one another. By Season 9, Reilly, Jonesy, Ron, Dax, Roald, and Stewart are casually drinking together at MoDean's, and are later joined by the Hicks.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Everyone joining forces to beat up Dierks in the season 8 finale. Word of God explained that they thought that twelve people beating the shit out of one guy wasn't keeping with the show's themes of fair fighting, so it would be better to let the audience imagine what happened.
    • When the Hicks, Bonnie and Tanis beat up the cidiots in "We Don't Fight At Weddings", the actual beatdown isn't shown, but everything immediately before and after is.
  • Oh, Crap!: The end of season 2. Reilly, Jonesy and Stewart (plus the rest of the Skids) all decide that they want to get back with Katy, and nearly start a fight at the Hicks' house. Gail's hot cousin Rosie shows up with her dog to try to breed him with Wayne's dog. Then Angie shows up and tells Wayne she wants to get back together. And then Tanis calls Wayne to tell him she's pregnant. Wayne ends the season by saying "Oh. Oh, fuck."
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Boots and The Ginger are so tainted by their reputation of (allegedly) fucking an ostrich that nobody wants to go near them in the donnybrook in the Season 1 finale. In Season 3, their mere presence keeps degens away from the sled shack.
  • One-Hour Work Week: Wayne, Katy and Daryl are all farmers, but we hardly ever see them working, and even then it's usually picking stones or moving hay bales. Daryl in particular seems to do more work on Wayne's farm than his own.
  • Only One Name/ Only Known by Their Nickname: This trope abounds in this show. It would be easier to count the characters who have full names than to specify the ones that don't. note 
  • Only Sane Woman: Katy and Bonnie are most consistently the ones Closer to Earth, with Tanis being close to them when she isn't scheming.
  • Overly Long Gag: Alexander and the explanations of how sometime's there's shit on the "torlets" and "uriness" in the MoD3an's men's room. Lampshaded by Wayne and McMurray.
    Alexander: Well, remember how I said sometimes there's shit on the outside'a the torlet?
    McMurray: Feel like you told me that nearly a year ago now.
    Wayne: Yeah, we're kinda burnin' daylight here, eh?
  • Pluralses: As hicks often do, but Squirrely Dan does it the most. The one time he doesn't is when he, Wayne and Daryl are discussing sushi and sashimi, and Wayne and Daryl start pluralizing all of them to Dan's growing frustration as he tries to explain that you don't pluralize "sushi" and "sashimi".
  • Polyamory:
    • At the beginning of the series, Katy is in a relationship with both Jonesy and Reilly at the same time, and the two boys are fine with that. At the end of season 3, Katy declares she just wants to be in a relationship with one of them — but winds up cutting ties with both of them.
    • Season 4 reveals, to pretty much no one's surprise (except Squirrely Dan's), that the McMurrays are swingers.
    • Ron and Dax have an open marriage and are both bisexual.
    • In Season 6, this seems to be the solution Mary-Anne, Betty-Anne and Shoresy settled on.
  • Phrase Catcher:
    • "Fuck you, Shoresy!" In response, of course, to Shoresy telling Reilly and Jonesy that he bonestormed their moms. Of course, Shoresy just says "fuck you" back and keeps making more Your Mom jokes.
    • Roald keeps calling Stewart "Strt" (pronounced exactly as it looks), in an extremely squeaky voice and varying levels of distress.
    • "McMurray's a piece of shit." Whenever any of McMurray's antics are witnessed or discussed.
  • Punny Name: The entire Mennonite Dyck family. There's father Noah Dyck, mother Anita Dyck (nee Anita Snatch) daughters Charity and Chastity Dyck and cousin Lovina Dyck. Any scene with one or more members of the family is chalk full of Dyck jokes.
    • Half the Rez, apparently. Examples include Zack Russell Terrier, Ty Food, Sue Casa, Art and Mac Book, and Ash Wednesday.
  • Put on a Bus: Devon moves away in Season 3.
    • Gail disappears to a singles retreat in season 5, after Modean's II burns down. Her absence is short lived; she returns in season 6 and remains a recurring character for the rest of the series.
    • Gae leaves at the end of season 3, but returns for one episode of season 5 and a couple in season 6.
    • Shoresy is traded to a team up north in season ten, though he does make one (unexplained) appearance in season 11.
  • Raging Stiffie: An in-universe Old Shame of Daryl's.
    Katy: Dan? Did you know that Daryl used to get boners every morning in grade 9 during "O Canada?" (Daryl hangs head in shame)
    Squirrely Dan (chuckling): No shit!
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: The whole show runs on this.
    • Wayne and Daryl can trap a person in a constant barrage of insults before they have a chance to retaliate.
    • Jonesy and Reilly's constant bro-slang is borderline impenetrable.
    • Most of the town combines this with Long List when they really get going.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Daryl's super-soft birthday parties, which are designed to be the most girly and effeminate parties that Wayne and Katy can make. The episode involving it also has Wayne reclaiming his title of "Toughest Guy in Letterkenny", which leads to him having a fight while wearing a pink party hat in front of a cupcake decoration station. Dan theorizes that the party is really for Wayne and Katy, since their parents never allowed them to have birthday parties growing up.
  • Really Gets Around:
    • Katy engages in two polyamorous relationships; one with Reilly and Jonesy in series 1, and a brief fling with a couple of toy-boy models she brings back from the city in series 3. In s02eo7 St. Perfect's Day, Katy breaks her Lenten fast by hooking up with Mrs. McMurray. Also in series 3, Gail points out that Katy's had a "busy winter," specifically citing some gossip going around town about the models, Bonnie's hot tub party, and the Hicks' encounter with their Québécois counterparts, Les Hiques. She also shamelessly pursues any guy she set's her eye to. Even her protective older brother Wayne doesn't really seem fazed by it.
    • The McMurray's are active swingers. For some reason this seems to put off the Hicks (likely because Wayne, Daryl, and Squirrely Dan are very sick of hearing McMurray (and, often, his wife as well) drunkenly launching into yet another tale of "Vegas, Hard Rock, rooftop, poolside villas, you never seen so much cunt in your life"), but Katy did hook up with Mrs. McMurray on St. Patrick's Day. Later, Katy is invited and very tempted to go on a Spring Break trip with Mrs. McMurray.
    • Bonnie McMurray is implied to have hooked up with Katy, Daryl, and Squirrely Dan (perhaps even at the same time) in her hot tub.
    • Jonesy and Reilly were in a polyamorous relationship with Katy and never seem to be at a loss for female companionship after they break up with her. Usually in the form of "Big City Slams".
    • Ron and Dax have an open marriage, according to their bet with Jonesy and Reilly. They are both bisexual as well, and are extremely interested in Katy at the speed dating event. (The interest is mutual.)
    • After the Shamrockettes' championship game, it's revealed that all of Shoresy's talk about Riley and Jonesy's moms isn't just chirping.
      • Betty-Anne and Mary-Anne appear to be in a polyamorous relationship with Shoresy in Season 6.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • In the season 1 finale, Tanis gives a blistering one to Stewart, even though she'd already gotten her money. It's what causes Katy to give her a box shot, inciting the fight all over again.
    • Gae proves herself to the skids by delivering one to Tanis and her boys in season 3.
    • Katy gives Stewart and the Skids one in 'VidVok' after they try to go viral by posting videos of them creatively doing drugs. She points out that not only was this a ridiculously stupid and highly illegal move, it could have influenced local kids to start doing drugs as well.
    • Katy delivers one in rap form about an adulterous ex-boyfriend.
  • Ripped from the Headlines:
    • Season 5 introduces Hard Right Jay (played by Jay Baruchel) and his fellow protestors, clearly meant as Letterkenny's answer to the alt-right. When he first shows up in town, he has a tiki torch with him, referencing the tiki torch march of neo-Nazis at the infamous Unite the Right rally of 2017.
    • Invoked with McMurray's attack ad for the Ag Hall presidential election, as Devon blatantly rips off the Conservative Party's "He's just not ready!" ads from the 2015 Canadian election, subbing in Wayne for Justin Trudeau.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: As part of the general wordplay, puns and general linguistic calisthenics the characters engage in, they will often go on long strings of rhymes.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Tanis goes on one against the entirety of Letterkenny when the skids screw her out of a large sum of money.
  • Running Gag: The show runs on these, both within episodes (usually starting with the Cold Open) and throughout the series.
    • The Mennonites’ fleetness of foot, and Wayne’s preoccupation with it, is literally a Running Gag.
    Wayne: Fuck can they run.
    • People bringing up how Boots and The Ginger fucked an ostrich.
    • The tale of how the Ginger fucked an ostrich. Dan will always insists on stipulating, "Allegedly!"
    • Dan paying Katy a compliment by noting something he appreciates about her, causing Katy to coquettishly respond, "Oh, is that what you appreciate about me?"
    • Wayne urging Katy to put some clothes on when seeing her latest stripperific ensemble.
    • The Letterkenny Irish only talk in a specific order, each prompting the next in line by name to speak.
    • Poor Jim Dickens, the auctioneer. For whatever reason, everyone in town keeps calling him "Jimmy Dickskin," and no amount of correcting people seems to help.
    • Jim Dickens lapsing into auctioneer speak in inappropriate moments.
    • The hockey coach gets worked up about something until finally shouting "It's fucking embarrassing!" and kicking a trash can. He even takes one along on his golfing trips so he can kick it if he gets angry. He gets strangely frustrated when the Shamrockettes win the championship and looks at the garbage can longingly.
    • If someone says "To be fair" during a discussion, everyone will stop a moment to start repeating the phrase in a fancy accent. This gets embellished more and more to the point that the group starts singing the final note until Wayne calls a halt, and the conversation resumes.
    • Someone will say they don't like a particular word that just came up in conversation. In concert, everyone else will unleash a Hurricane of Puns using that word.
    • Every holiday episode includes several:
      • Halloween includes Wayne's "Let me make a call" and Dary listing the qualities of the beers they're drinking to no one's interest. There's also Bonnie McMurray stepping out of the Modean's backroom in a revealing outfit, Squirrely Dan, Daryl, and Katy saying her name and fawning over her, followed by Dan commenting on her "costume", and Bonnie saying "costume?" After which Wayne, completely unfazed, correctly summizes the actual reason she's wearing the outfit, before wishing her well.
      • Christmas includes Wayne giving a gift to someone, that person being shocked that Wayne would give them a gift, and Wayne replying "Yeah, well, it's tradition, so yeah. (trailing off) Yeah...yeah..."
      • Valentine's Day includes Ron (and Dax at one point) exchanging increasingly ridiculously Single Entendres with whoever he's sitting with a speed dating, and always ending with the other person gasping and saying ''"Fuck."'' quietly.
    • Riley and Jonesy giving presentations with graphics on a screen. Beforehand, they'll run the same vocal warm-up: "The tip of the teeth, the tongue, the lips..."
    • Whenever Wayne tries the 'How're you now?' call and response with Tanis, it's always off somehow.
    • Whenever Wayne and McMurray try to speak, they start out awkwardly talking over each other, pausing, and then talking over each other again.
    • In winter episodes, people will make fun of Wayne for wearing a turtleneck. Wayne will always protest, "You lose a lot of heat in the neck!"
    • Modean's burning down, presumably to justify using a new location to shoot in.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation:
  • Serious Business:
    • The seniors hockey team never skips leg day.
    • Wayne and Daryl nearly get into a fist fight over the proper method for cooking steak.
    • The Letterkenny Adult Spelling Bee. People take that very seriously, to the point that Tanis wins $600 off the betting (and she wasn't even in the competition.)
    • Never eat the whole tart when you already agreed to go halves on the tart!
  • Sex God: Stewart. Not only does he have a massive horn (it looked like a fuckin' policeman's flashlight from the 1980's hangin' there), but Gae's moaning prompts Aly and Bianca to remark that there must be "some of that good fuckin" going on. Later they find out as he very capably pleasures them both at the same time, multiple times.
  • Sexiness Score: In "Crack N Ag", Mr. McMurray gets a Prank Call about his wife during their agricultural call-in show:
    Prank Caller: Why the fuck would Mrs. McMurray marry a piece of shit like you? She's an 11 out of 10, but that decision downgrades her to an even dime.
  • Share Phrase: The town of Letterkenny has a few of these.
    • "Pitter patter, let's get at 'er".
    • "How're ya now?" "Good n'you?" "Oh, not s'bad."
    • "Ohhhh, Bonnie McMurrrraaaay!"
    • "Just kidding, I don't give a fuck."
    • As of Season 6, "Yew!"
  • Shout-Out: There's a dizzying amount of pop culture references littered throughout the dialogue. One scene with the skids starts with a reference to "Hey Boy Hey Girl" by The Chemical Brothers, to name one particularly left-field example.
    • In one of the web shorts, Wayne mentions taking his girl "for a nice supper at Pizza Delight" — a pizza chain that in Ontario is exclusively rural. It's not bad for what it is.
    • in "Letterkenny vs. Penny", Gail and Katy do the same secret handshake from The Parent Trap.
  • Show Within a Show: Miss Fire, an antiquated sitcom about a gruff general commanding a base full of effeminate soldiers and his beleagured secretary that Uncle Eddie apparently used to watch. Most of the Hicks note the simplicity of the humor, how homophobic, problematic, corny, repetitive, and poorly-aged the show is in general, but Wayne holds great nostalgia for the show that is mostly tied to Uncle Eddie and spends months watching it on repeat during his depressive crash at the start of Season 8.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
    • Wayne and Daryl vs. the hockey players Jonesy and Reilly.
    • Wayne and the gang vs. the degens from up-country.
    • Jonesy and Reilly vs. Shoresy.
  • Slut-Shaming: Highly and refreshingly averted. The show features several promiscuous characters and there's very few times it's remarked upon at all, much less as a negative. The only reason that the McMurrays get shit for it is because they habitually subject anyone within their vicinity to incredibly graphic and vulgar accounts of their conquests whenever they are drunk, and also tend to act inappropriately in public.
    • Angie is the only character who really does get this. But it's more for breaking Wayne's heart than her actual promiscuity.
    • Devon tried slut-shaming Katy a few times in season two, but she always came out on top in their chirp fights.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: The hicks to each other and most everyone else. Except Jonesy and Reilly, who are too dim to keep up.
    • Season 5 gives us heaping helpings of this from the Letterkenny Shamrockettes.
  • Soft Glass: Beer (and other) bottles are frequently used as weapons in scraps. They all break relatively easy and don't do realistic damage.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Wayne peppers a lot of large words into his speeches, which are often about fighting and usually contain plenty of cursing as well.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Nothing like a little La Rondine by Puccini while the entire cast beats seven shades of shit out of Hard Right Jay and his gang of losers.
  • The Stoic: Wayne is not exactly the emotional type, which makes his anger at the end of the first episode and the reveal of his impending proposal to Marie-Fred at the end of the sixth season all the more impactful.
  • The Stoner: Subverted with Joint Boy: while he smokes an absurd amount of weed, he's the exact opposite of a typical stoner character. Season 5 reveals that he's incredibly intelligent when he's stoned, but he's quickly eliminated from the Adult Spelling Bee when he runs out of joints.
  • St. Patrick's Day Episode: In the aptly-named "St. Perfect's Day," the hicks help Daryl recall an amazing St. Patrick's Day party.
  • Stripperific: Katy's outfits, or when she's just walking around in her swimwear. Wearing clothes is not her forte.
  • Subverted Catchphrase:
    • The above-mentioned town greeting gets subverted when Wayne confronts Tanis.
    Wayne: How're ya now?
    Tanis: Good, n' you?
    Wayne: *Beat* Deadly.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: Season 5. Just when Wayne finds a cute Qwee-bec girl he thinks he can fall in love with... she's the sister of Jean-Claude, one of the Qwee-bec hicks, whose ex-fianceé Anik just dumped him for Darry.. Smash to Black.
    • Season 7: Wayne and the Hicks go to Quebec to back Daryl up in a fight. The fight starts... and Marie-Fred, Wayne's fiancee, is revealed to be kissing another man nearby.
  • Team Power Walk: The Hicks do it frequently, normally in preparation for a fight. Expect Wayne to be lighting a cigarette, Darry strutting with his hands in his pockets, and Squirrely Dan holding his overalls like a pugilist.
    • Played with in the season 6 episode 'Bush Party Season', where several degens try to interrupt the Power Walk... only to be quickly beaten down by Tyson and Joint Boy.
  • Tempting Fate: At the end of the first season, Wayne says he's looking forward to some peace and quiet in town. Cue Tyson walking into the bar.
    "Who the fuck is the toughest guy in here?"
  • Take That!: "Uncle Eddie's Trust" to reality TV (most pointedly, Dragons' Den).
  • Take That, Audience!: Hand-in-hand with Take That Us as the seasons go on, starting with the "citiots" in season 5, the Crack An Ag plot in season 7, and the discussion of Miss Fire in season 8.
  • Theme Naming: All the named male characters from Quebec have names starting with 'Jean'.
    • Everyone in the Letterkenny Shamrocks has either a surname or a nickname that ends with the '-ie' sound, and everyone in the Letterkenny Shamrockettes is called [Name]-Anne.
    • All the female hockey teams in the show are the name of the local male team with '-ettes' on the end.
  • There Are No Police: While Bonnie calls the cops on Glen, the hockey players and the Skids in season 4, the cops otherwise just don't appear in the show, which is a bit odd given all the fights that take place and the fact that everyone knows that the Skids are making, selling and using hard drugs.
  • This Means War!: Tanis after she gets screwed over by the skids. "Let the burning of Letterkenny begin", indeed.
  • Those Two Guys: Reilly and Jonesy.
    • Stewart and Roald once they become the only speaking members of the skids.
    • The other speaking members of the senior hockey team could be considered those five guys.
    • Joint Boy and Tyson.
    • Axe and Slash, Tanis' main associates/occasional enforcers.
    • Dax and Ron, especially after their wedding.
    • Mary-Anne and Betty-Anne are Those Two Girls.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Jonesy and Reilly often challenge Wayne and Daryl to fights, and the latter usually talk them out of it or just get them so mad that they leave. They also mention this being done on their behalf by a family member or first date after somebody insults them, and they're not too keen on actually going through with it.
  • Toilet Humour: "Fartbook", which is entirely about the hicks and skids developing a fart-sharing social media site and testing it in Letterkenny.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Subverted in the Season 3 opener. Formerly-useless Reilly and Jonesy are now the top scorers on their team... but their team is dead last with zero wins.
    • Stewart takes one over the course of season 8, first by putting on a lot of muscle, then by Tyson and Joint Boy teaching him to fight.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Of all people, Aly and Bianca (Stewart's sort-of-girlfriends) in season ten, when they make it clear that they're only interested in riding the coattails of whoever could be the next social media star by jumping from Stewart to Reilly and Jonesy and then to Lady C.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: All-Dressed Chips.
    • Daryl also loves yogurt, and frequently annoys the rest of the gang with it.
  • Transparent Closet: Glen, the local minister, who not-so-subtly flirts with the local men.
  • Trash Talk: "Chirping", as the hockey players call it, is practically the show's lifeblood. Shoresy is particularly adept at it; see Your Mom for details.
  • True Companions: Originally, just the four Hicks, who are a family (literally in Katy and Wayne's case). Later on, this expands to include Rosie, Reilly, Jonesy, Roald, and Stewart too.
  • Unfortunate Names:
    • In Season 6 we meet a local Mennonite family, the Dycks. With a Y. Of course, this is Letterkenny, so their presence usually just inspires a long series of dirty jokes.
    • Gae's name is pronounced the same as "gay." It causes a bit of confusion with the Skids until they realise it's actually her name.
  • The Unintelligible: McMurray. He even uses it to cheat in the town's adult spelling bee. His wife isn't any easier to understand.
    • The two hockey players from Newfoundland, as their thick Newfie accents and dialect utterly baffle the Native team. Lampshaded by the Native Coach.
    Native Coach: Ho-ly fuck.
  • Unusual Euphemism: The show is a big fan of it- in the very first episode Wayne and Daryl use a barrage of those to piss off Jonesy and Reilly.
    Daryl: How many times you've pulled your horn today bud?
    Reilly: *visibly confused* What?
    Daryl: Oh, she's bashful.
    Wayne: Oh, come on kitten, I won't tell anyone. Ballpark, six to eight? You're a fuckin' animal.
    Daryl: Play a little five-on-one.
    Wayne: Hit the kitchen, mix a batch.
    Daryl: Feed the ducks.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: There's a girl from the next town over who got the stinker removed from a skunk and now she keeps it as a pet — pretty much par for the course there.
  • Vague Age: Very few of the characters' ages have been specified. This leads to some discrepancies- for example, at the start of the series, Wayne broke up with Angie, his high-school sweetheart, after dating her for five years, so one can assume that Wayne's in his early twenties. Wayne is played by Jared Keeso, who was around 32 at the start of the series, and definitely does not look like he's in his early twenties. (In addition, Wayne thinks that Bonnie McMurray is too young for him, but Bonnie's canonically 20, which wouldn't be much of an age gap if he was in his early twenties.) Similarly, Gae's comments that she was sent to Letterkenny for things like breaking curfew and kissing boys suggest that she's in her late teens, but she looks more like she's in her twenties.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Mrs. McMurray can't seem to go a minute without shoehorning the word "cocksucker" into whatever she's saying.
    • Dan justs loves to adds an "s" tos the ends of words thats don'ts needs an "s". This is inverted in one scene where Wayne and Daryl repeatedly say "sushis," and Dan vainly tries to tell them that they don't need to add an "s" to pluralize the word.
    • Jonesy and Reilly (along with all the other hockey players) end just about every sentence they utter with "boys."
    • Sholtzy ends every statement to Jonesy and Reilly with an explosive "pussy!" He does this no matter the context of what he's saying.
    • The Mennonites pepper the word "once" into their speech, which is Truth in Television.
  • The Voiceless: Two of the Skids, Connor and Darien, got no lines until the later seasons (and even then, it was the grand total of three words between them in one scene).
  • Wedding Episode: "We Don't Fight At Weddings", but the actual ceremony isn't shown- most of the episode takes place at the reception.
  • We Used to Be Friends: The Hicks and the Hiques become friends after the latter's introduction in season 3, but end up having a fight in season 7.
  • Wham Line:
    Tanis: Wayne, I'm pregnant.
    Wayne: [deadpan] Oh. *Beat* Oh fuck.
  • Wham Shot: The final scene of Season 6. Wayne meets Marie-Fred outside a dance club and says he has a question, but she tells him to ask it inside. Said question may have something to do with the engagement ring in Wayne's pocket.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Devon abruptly moves out of Stewart's basement in season 3. The other Skids wonder where he is for a couple of episodes, but never mention him again, and no explanation is given for why he left.
    • Gae and Stewart have to break up in season 6 after there's a serious threat to their safety. Gae's whereabouts are unknown, and she's not mentioned after season 7, even after the threat is dealt with in season 8, thus theoretically making it safe for her and Stewart to get back together.
    • Jean-Claude, Anik's once-fiancé and Marie-Fred's brother, appears once in the season 6 opener to make it clear that he's opposed to Marie-Fred and Wayne's relationship and then doesn't appear again, despite Wayne becoming engaged to Marie-Fred, then beating the shit out of the guy she cheated on him with. He also never tries to target Daryl after he and Anik date and later break up.
    • Joint Boy disappears with no explanation after season 11, due to his actor developing... problematic political opinions.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: According to the pilot, Letterkenny is somewhere in midwestern Ontario, but that's a pretty big area. The web series implies that it's in the distant proximity of Thunder Bay. 'Bock Et Biche' calls this into question, as the episode is implied to take place all in one night, but the Hicks have to drive to Quebec, which from 'midwestern Ontario' would probably be somewhere around a 10 hour drive at least. 'Crack N Ag' has a caller taunt McMurray about a buck-and-doe in Drayton, which is over in the southeastern corner of the province. Shoresy makes reference in 'Miss Fire' to getting banned from Canada's Wonderland (which is in the Toronto metro area) for inappropriate behavior on two separate weekends. Rosie lives in Tobermory, which is about two hours away from the Listowel area. In 'Great Day For Thunder Bay', we're told that Letterkenny's sports teams apparently have away games in Peterborough, which is east of Toronto. 'Rave' reveals there are opossums in the area, but opossums only live in southern Canada. A couple episodes feature the cast driving to and from Toronto in a single night, which would probably infer a distance of a couple hours from the city at most. That and 'Bock Et Biche' mean that the most likely location is southeast Ontario, likely in a rural area like Haldimand-Norfolk or Keswick (or areas nearby).
  • Whole-Plot Reference: Subverted. Devon thinks that the episode "Fartbook" is one to The Social Network and is constantly quoting Mark Zuckerberg's lines from the movie. However he does so without any prompting and in situations where it doesn't make sense, and eventually stops when Wayne Dope Slaps him.
  • Women Are Wiser: While all of the male characters have humorous foibles that often put them in awkward or unflattering positions, most of the main women are effectively flawless and always portrayed as cool, poised and on top of it. The exceptions are Mrs McMurray, Gail, and early seasons of Bonny McMurray, though Bonny ultimately goes through Character Development when she becomes an adult and joins the ranks of Letterkenny's unflappable women.
  • You Just Told Me: When Katy confronts the boys about their infidelity:
    Katy: Piss off, you were getting squeezers from each other's billet sisters the entire time.
    Reilly: Dude, did you tell her about those handys?
    Jonesy: Who told her about those glovers, bro?
    Katy: You just did.
    Reilly: Shit.
    Jonesy: Fuck.
  • You Go, Girl!: Deconstructed. The Coach is resurrecting the Letterkenny Irish hockey team, and wants Betty-Ann and Mary-Ann to coach them. Not to play, of course. When asked what the hell he means by that, he explains in the most condescending and mocking tone possible that male hockey players are a foot taller and 100lbs heavier than female hockey players, male results at the Olympics eclipse female results every single time, and there's a real possibility the women wouldn't just lose against men but get seriously injured or even accidentally killed. The women declare anything men can do, women can do better, and challenge the men's team to a hockey match. The female team gets completely destroyed, and have to call the game halfway through.
  • Your Mom: Has Shoresy mentioned lately that he fucked both Reilly and Jonesy's moms? He'd be happy to remind you.
    • "Fuck you Reilly, your mom keeps trying to slip a finger in my bum but I keep telling her I only let Jonesy's mom do that you fuckin' loser."
    • "Hey Reilly, I made an oopsie, can you ask your mom to pick up Jonesy's mom on the way over to my place? I double booked it by mistake, you fuckin' loser."
    • "Fuck you Jonesy, tell your mom to leave me alone, she's been laying on my waterbed since Labour Day."
    • "Fuck you Jonesy, I made your mom cum so hard, they made a Canadian Heritage Minute out of it and Don McKellar played my dick."

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