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"Once a spy, always a spy, forever..."

Spies are Forever is a full-length Musical Comedy created by the Tin Can Brothers (Corey Lubowich, Joey Richter, and Brian Rosenthal)), set during the Cold War period.

It is a loving parody of the spy film genre, and also a more serious work than their usual sketch comedies.

Spies are Forever contains examples of:

  • Adolf Hitlarious: Appears in puppet form, no less!
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Barb.
  • Angrish: "and you grew that fucking, UGH, this..! this...!" "Beard?!" "YES! The fucking BEARD!!!"
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Agent Curt Mega
  • Badass Gay: Both Owen and Curt.
  • Bait-and-Switch Gunshot: When Owen pretends to be about to shoot Curt but instead shoots out both of Oleg's knees.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Curt grows one after Owen's death and then it is shaved off (forcibly) to symbolise his return to heroism.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: "Introduce him to his death. I will await my cheeseburger, in my bedroom." Justified in that he is leaving him in the hands of The Deadliest Man Alive, who is way more Badass and a much more serious threat than he is.
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: "Didn't you hear the audience chanting?". And also Owen's "we haven't even reached our second act climax yet" is a subtle one.
  • Can't Believe I Said That: "Did he really just use that line?" "Did I just use that line?"
  • Cast as a Mask: Joseph Walker being cast as the Deadliest Man Alive.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Owen's line "personal history does have its benefits Mega" reveals his identity at the end of the show.
    • Also the bomb Curt is sent to retrieve early on in the show is later used to blow up the surveillance compound, along with the rocket shoe.
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: The Deadliest Man Alive's henchmen both wear these.
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  • Dances and Balls: The World Peace Gala.
  • Dance Battler: Curt and Owen in the first scene, but fair enough this is a musical.
  • Dark Reprise: 'The Coldest Goodbye' is an immediate one to 'Spies Are Forever' with the latter accompanying Owen and Curt working efficiently as partners while the former directly follows Owen's 'death'. It gets arguably an even darker reprise in after 'One Step Ahead' with Owen singing it as he's about to shoot Curt.
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  • Dirty Communists: "No, no, no! Cut it out with that Commie bullshit." While the Russians aren't the primary enemy in the story, this is set during the cold war.
  • The Dragon: The Deadliest Man Alive is this coupled with Dragon-in-Chief until he kills the Baron to become the Big Bad and reveals himself to be Owen.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: The Deadliest Man Alive/Owen.
  • Drink Order: Parodied
  • Economy Cast: The show has a cast of only 9, with many of the actors doubling up on roles.
  • The Eleven O'Clock Number: 'One Step Ahead'
  • Entendre Failure: Curt in the Casino Scene - "We are talking about fighting right?"
  • Evil Brit: Zig Zagged- the Cockney accented DMA is shown as the baddest character until the thickly German accented Dr Baron von Nazi is revealed to be his employer, but then it is revealed that The DMA was pulling von Nazi's strings all along. At the same time we find out that the cockney accent isn't his real voice, however, his real accent is ALSO British, just of the upper class variety.
  • Evil Gloating: "How does it feel to know you'll never catch up with us?"
  • Expecting Someone Taller: "I was looking forward to working with the 'Great Curt Mega,'' but clearly you are not that man." and "I thought you'd be taller y'know?"
  • Face–Heel Turn: Owen
  • Fauxshadow: Tatiana and Curt are teased as a couple throughout Act 1 but decide to stay friends early in Act 2.
    • Similarly, it seems like Barb's crush on Curt might become a major plot point, but it never really gains any significance or develops due to Curt being gay.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: Tatiana, especially in the Casino Scene.
  • Foe Yay: Played with with Owen/Curt in the end.
  • Get It Over With: Curt in 'The Torture Tango'.
  • Good Is Old-Fashioned: "You're a cave man, and I've invented fire."
  • Grief Song: "Spy Again"
  • Groin Attack: Tatiana and Cynthia are both fond of these. Or perhaps Curt just has a tendency to provoke them in people.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Tatiana, although she never was truly evil.
  • "Hey, You!" Haymaker: "Oh, and Curt?"
  • shoots him when he turns back*
  • Foreshadowing: A subtle one, but the Deadliest Man Alive frequently calling characters 'love' foreshadows that he's actually Owen.
    • There are multiple hints towards Curt's sexuality and relationship with Owen, such as Owen calling him 'love' in the opening number, Curt hesitating before referring to him as 'partner' when talking to Tatiana and the lines "you're not my type" "so you're into-" in 'Doing This'.
  • Hotline: Cynthia has a phone that she uses to contact everyone from Secret Agents in the field to the President of the United States.
  • "I Am" Song: 'Prisoner of My Past' for Tatiana. 'Barb's Lament' has both aspects of this and "I Want" Song for Barb. 'Somebody's Gotta Do It' is this for minor character Sergio and Deadliest Man Alive.
  • Incredibly Conspicuous Drag: "You have a mustache!"
  • Incredibly Long Note: The last 'goodbye' in 'One Step Ahead', as well as Barb's "meeee" in 'Pay Attention!'
  • Ironic Echo: Owen singing the line "spies never die" as he's about to shoot Curt. He even laughs a little.
  • Irony: Curt and Owen's exchange of "you'll be the death of me" "I'll never let you down" just before Curt indirectly causes Owen's death.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: The Informant "I guess this is where my story ends. In the Old... Socialist... New... Democratic... *dies*"
  • Latex Perfection: Owen uses one to disguise himself as the Deadliest Man Alive (played by Joseph Walker).
  • The Man Behind the Man: The Baron is this in his first appearance.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Curt and Tatiana are often the victim of this, especially by Curt's Mum.
    • Also the Informant assumes this as well-"Your boyfriend doesn't seem to think so", much to Barb's horror.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Taken to ridiculous levels in 'Pay Attention!', a portion of which is just the scientists parading ordinary objects that are secretly guns, including an apple.
  • My Greatest Failure: Curt's view of Owen's death.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Deadliest Man Alive.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: "How in the flippity flappity FUCK did a dangerous weapon of mass destruction end up in the hands of a Russian spy, while we are in the middle of a cold war with Russia you fucking dumb-dumb?"
  • Not So Stoic: Tatiana's tearful gratitude after Curt destroys the compound, erasing her history and leaving her free to be with her family.
  • Oblivious to Love: Curt to Barb.
  • Ode to Intoxication: 'One More Shot' doubles as this as well as a Friendship Song and Misfit Mobilization Moment.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Curt and Tatiana .
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Taking your advice." and "Here's another thing we don't need."
  • Quick Nip: Curt in the opening number.
  • Reprise Medley: 'The Torture Tango' reprises parts of 'Spies Are Forever', 'Spy Again' and 'Somebody's Gotta Do It'.
  • Shipper on Deck: Curt's mom, most notably in 'Doing This' ("They're gonna do it!")
  • Ship Tease: For Tati and Curt in 'Doing This'. Parodied when they decide to be Just Friends.
  • Sinister Surveillance: the advanced Nazi surveillance network.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Cynthia. "Aren't you the artful fucking dodger?
  • Spy Versus Spy: Curt vs Owen in the climax.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Heavily invoked with Dr Baron Von Nazi with his Villain Song containing the lines 'The Nazis were not so bad'.
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  • Triumphant Reprise: The reprise of 'Spy Again'.
  • Tuxedo and Martini: Curt in the casino scene.
  • Villain Song: 'Not So Bad'
  • Villainous Advice Song: 'Not So Bad' to an extent in the first act (even though it fails). The reprise definitely counts.
  • When Harry Met Svetlana: Curt and Tatiana
  • You Should Have Died Instead: "When I got the news that Owen died and you lived..."

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