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  • Cash Cow Franchise: Qualifies as this from the Star Wars specials alone. Also the primary reason why Seth Green halted production on his other animated series, Titan Maximum.
  • Casting Gag: Many, many voices are brought on just for the gag. For example, Cree Summer voicing Penny in an Inspector Gadget parody, Soleil Moon-Frye voicing Punky Brewster in "No Need for Glomer", Dana Snyder portrays Master Shake as a critic of the Robot Chicken show, and the late Robert Culp reviving his character Bill Maxwell for a The Greatest American Hero parody.
    Master Shake: People watch this. On TV!
    • And one of the greatest—Mark Hamill coming on to do The Joker for "The Arkham Redemption".
    • Joining in on that greatness is Patrick Stewart reprising the role of Gurney Halleck from Dune, noting how much more awesome and practical riding Dune Buggies are compared to the spice worms. This is actually a double Casting Gag, since it's likely also a reference to the infamous dune buggy scene in Star Trek: Nemesis.
    • A sketch about a musical starring The Avengers has none other than Avengers co-creator Stan Lee lend his voice and likeness to the piano player.
    • Billy Dee Williams regularly reprises his role as Lando Calrissian for the Star Wars skits. Carrie Fisher (Leia), Mark Hamil (Luke), Anthony Daniels (C-3P0), and Ahmed Best (Jar Jar) also reprised their roles for the odd sketch.
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  • Colbert Bump: Pretty much every minor character that appeared in the Star Wars skits have gotten massive boosts in popularity due to how the show portrayed them. Notable examples include "Pruneface", Yarael Poof, Bossk, and Gary the stormtrooper (who is the random stormtrooper who asks Obi-Wan and Luke about R2-D2 and C-3PO).
  • Defictionalization: Mo-Larr, Eternian Dentist!
  • Follow the Leader: Inspired a whole slew of web-based sketch comedy shows revolving around Rapid-Fire Comedy and extremely short sketches. Even those that aren't necessarily directly inspired by it still pay homage to the series by sticking TV static in-between their sketches.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • A season 1 episode featured a Scarface (1983) parody involving cereal mascots. The sketch in question was suddenly replaced for unknown reasons, and the original episode with said sketch hasn't re-aired since, nor does it appear on DVD or on Adult Swim's website. Though it HAS appeared on Hulu's print of the episode.
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    • The "Archie's Final Destination" segment was cut from the Season 2 episode "Veggies for Sloth" and not released on that season's DVD. The litigation was so extreme that the episode had to be retitled "Blankets in a Pig". The segment was eventually released on the Season 5 DVD as a deleted scene, and it is also available for viewing on Netflix and Hulu.
  • Old Shame
    • The creators have said they regret the "Big Boobs" sketch because it doesn't involve a real joke.
    • The Double Dare (1986) sketch involving Helen Keller as a contestant got a similar reaction from the DVD Commentary, with Seth himself saying he's "going to hell" because of it.
  • The Other Darrin: "The Emperor's Phone Call" was originally made before Abraham Benrubi was settled on as the series' official voice of Darth Vader. When the sketch was re-compiled for the first Star Wars special, Vader's sole line within was redubbed with Benrubi's voice.
  • The Red Stapler: [adult swim] released a 5 pound pink gummy bear in honor of the infamous sketch.
  • Referenced by...: In their reviews of The Twilight Zone, the AV Club used the phrase "What a twist" when describing each episode's twist ending.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Due to the extra length nature of the Star Wars specials, the show's creators need permission of the property holders whenever they want to make one. George Lucas, a fan of the show, gave the show his blessing without any issues. However, things became much more complicated when Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise to Disney, as now instead of needing to get permission of one man, the show now needs the permission of a rival company. Not helping matters is the fact that Disney are seemingly not fans of Star Wars parodies, with them shelving Star Wars Detours, a child friendly Star Wars parody show also created by Seth Green, before it could be released. The show is free to continue making short sketches of Star Wars but the chances of a fourth full length special is slim to none.
  • Similarly Named Works: One segment parodied reality and nature by putting a box of monkeys on an island with landmines: "Crazy Monkeys on Landmine Island". Not to be confused with the Monkey Island series of video games.
  • Talking to Himself: In Bad Boy Meets Damaged Chick With Daddy Issues, Seth Green voices Daniel and Daniel's mother while Breckin Meyer provides the voices of Dina/Ali/Lindsay Lohan and Munson, with Munson getting Lindsay pregnant.
    • The Italian dub features 3 voice actors (Oreste, Nanni and Antonella Baldini) doing every character.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Comes with being a Long Runner and topics coming and going. For instance a lot of their earlier sketches knock George W. Bush and Lindsey Lohan, figures that were controversial in early 2000s, but not much relevance nowadays.
  • What Could Have Been:
  • The Wiki Rule: The Robot Chicken Wiki trades expository descriptions for [adult swim] Video clips of the actual sketches! It still could use some help, though.
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