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"This game is not for anyone under 17." Just in case the great big, black "M" didn't tip you off.
"It all started.... yesterday. What a day that was! It's what I call... a bad fur day."
Conker, opening cutscene

Conker's Bad Fur Day is one of ten Nintendo 64 games released in 2001. A sequel to the little-known Conker's Pocket Tales, a kid-friendly Game Boy platformer, this game was likewise intended to be a children's game; first under the name Conker's Quest, and later Twelve Tales: Conker 64. However, after too many comments about them making yet another cutesy platformer Rare had enough, and the British developer decided to change course. Going in the opposite direction, instead of yet another colorful all-ages romp in the vein of their other N64 titles, they were going to make a "controversial" game aimed at adults and older teens.

The story begins with Conker, sitting miserably on a throne who tells his tale of how one bad fur day led to this. After a night at the local tavern bidding luck to his buddies heading off to an upcoming war, Conker makes a wrong turn heading home while under a bad hangover. Meanwhile, the Evil Fabled Panther King orders his soldiers to scour the land for a squirrel... just to use it as a replacement stool for his broken table. Conker soon wakes up in a faraway area, setting off on a not-so-easy way back home.


Inspired by South Park, the game was rechristened Conker's Bad Fur Day and promised to be filled to the brim with scatological humour, sexual innuendo (some more subtle than others), cartoon violence, and swearing. Originally thought to be an April Fools joke, the announcement turned out to be completely true.

The game itself is a rather strange one in terms of structure. While still sharing some of the Collect-A-Thon Platformer elements present in its contemporaries, Conker is a rather linear experience. The game is more so broken up into a "chapter" structure rather than a traditional level structure, with the player being shunted into scripted sequences that often radically change the flow of gameplay at a rather brisk pace. Also unique is the game's extreme use of the Context-Sensitive Button: pressing the B button while standing in certain spots will have Conker pull out a random object that will aid his current situation — the very first one, for example, has Conker pull out some Alka Seltzer to help with his crushing hangover.


A few years later, after Rare was bought out by Microsoft, a remake of the game, Conker: Live & Reloaded, came out for the Xbox. Tropes exclusive to that version go there.

A playthrough of the game with commentary from some of the developers can be viewed on YouTube.

At E3 2014, Conker made a surprise appearance to promote Project Spark. On March 19, 2015, a teaser trailer was released, confirming an episodic sequel campaign for Project Spark. Called Conker's Big Reunion, it takes place 10 years after Conker's Bad Fur Day and concerns Conker trying to get himself together to attend a reunion with his friends at the Cock and Plucker while the Tediz try to stop him. The first episode has been released on April 23, 2015. In addition, assets are included in Project Spark to make your own Conker game via the Conker Mega Pack. Unfortunately, in late 2015, all future DLC content for Project Spark was abruptly cancelled, including any future episodes for Conker's Big Reunion, (with the game being shut down and taken offline early in 2016) leaving the squirrel's future uncertain yet again.

In 2015, the original Nintendo 64 version was re-released in the Rare Replay compilation for the Xbox One.note  In 2018, Live & Reloaded was added to the Xbox One's backwards compatibility, making both incarnations of the game available on the same platform for the first time.

Bad Fur Day's tropes include:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: One of the bosses is described by Conker as "a bourgeois, big-bollocked boiler".
  • Alcohol Hic: When Conker tries to jump while he's drunk or hungover.
  • The Alcoholic: Conker likes his booze. In two sections, there is even a powerup where he gets drunk and is able to pee on his enemies.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: The dinosaur Conker uses to defeat Buga the Knut, which Conker gets rid of by tricking it into playing fetch with a bone.
    Conker: Ah. Good. Psychology, always works with these animals.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Conker himself. Even though he has a girlfriend, he can't stop himself from the instinctive Male Gaze whenever a hot lady is mentioned/seen. And one of his Idle Animations is reading a porn magazine.
    Conker: (listening to Bee King complaining about his life) Well, yeh, anyway, I gotta go now.
    Bee King: You're like the rest of them. I ain't gonna tell you about the big-breasted babe.
    Conker: The big...what?
    Bee King: Ah, I thought that might have got your attention.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Poor Conker doesn't get much respect from anyone.
  • All There in the Manual: In the N64 version, the only reference to Ze Professor's past as the Weasel King was in the Panther King's profile in the booklet, where it mentioned the Panther King chopped off his legs.
  • Almighty Idiot: The Panther King. His entire scheme hinges on the fact that he and his minions are so stupid, that they don't even know how to fix a broken table leg.
  • Alpha Bitch: Berri. Although despite her roller-coaster relationship with Conker, she does love him deep down.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Everyone celebrates after the Panther King is killed.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: They're everywhere, from Franky the Pitchfork to the Cogs to the money Conker collects.
  • Anti-Hero: Conker. Despite his appearance as a cute cartoon squirrel, Conker is really cold-blooded. He always works for material gain, he never bats an eyelid when he has to kill to get what he wants, and he's always willing to use people to get what he wants. Despite this, he does have a conscience, and he certainly loves Berri.
  • Artificial Stupidity: The game has adjustable AI for its multiplayer modes, but the Raptor game has some hiccups, no matter what setting its on. For some reason, the Raptor is averse to jumping from high ledges if your caveman jumps off in time, tricking it into walking all the way back around instead of leaping after you, which lets your caveman buy time to carry an egg to his giant frying pan. Its also possible to get the raptor locked in a loop of constantly walking up and falling off of a nearby ledge if you stand in a certain spot near the frying pan's handle. The AI for your bot squadmates is clearly bugged too, and it frequently gets stuck in a certain corner of the level (which can unwittingly get the Raptor stuck in a loop as well).
  • Art-Style Dissonance: The game superficially looks like a colorful, kid-friendly cartoon romp akin to Rare's other series like Diddy Kong Racing, Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64. The content, on the other hand, is as far from kid-friendly as you can get.
  • Ass Shove:
    • When the Fire Imps prepare to fight Conker, one asks what he's supposed to do with the joint he's smoking at the moment. The other tells him to just shove it up his ass, and the first Imp does just that.
    • The Great Mighty Poo threatens to do this to Conker, despite not having a visible butt.
    Poo: ♪Now I'm really getting rather mad, you're like a niggly tiggly shitty little tagnut! When I knock you out with all my bab, I'm going to take your head and ram it up my butt!♪
    Conker: Your butt?
    Poo: ♪My butt!♪
    Conker: Your butt?!
    Poo: ♪That's right, my butt!♪
    Conker: (shudders)
    Poo: ♪My butt!♪
    Conker: (yelps in horror)
  • Awful Truth: The game begins with the given impression that it's a ridiculous tale of how Conker became king and met a bunch of strange people. Which is true, but at the end of the story, it's revealed that the tale is just one big sob story of how Conker was used by a bunch of rude, obnoxious jerks, got involved in wars and heists, risked his life on multiple occasions, and witnessed his girlfriend get killed right before his eyes when up to that point, no one took Conker and Berri as being a serious couple with a solid and sound relationship. The worst part of all was that he had a chance to save her shortly thereafter, but botched it. All he wanted to do is go home after a bad hangover and forget it had ever happened, but in the end his life was ruined, and there was nothing he could do to get out of it. And to top it all off, if he hadn't gotten the habit of getting wasted damn near every night, none of this would've happened.
  • Back from the Dead: The Panther King in the Tediz ending of Live and Reloaded's multiplayer campaign.
  • Badass Adorable: Conker is a cute-looking squirrel and yet he manages to take out a lot of enemies and survive very dangerous situations.
  • Badass Bookworm: Professor Von Kriplespac, who turns out to actually be the main villain.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: You don't even fight the Big Bad at the end, but rather an alien that hatched from his stomach.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Batula transforms Conker into a bat and demands he fetch villagers as victims. The transformation wears off after the Count's death.
  • Bears Are Bad News: The Tediz are essentially Nazi teddy bears.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: If you fall from a high enough distance...! (Ugh)
  • Berserk Button: Never mock Batula's ancestors or their sharp teeth.
  • Big Bad: The Panther King, well, supposedly. He actually seems rather nonthreatening despite his intimidating way of speaking.
  • Big Boo's Haunt: The Spooky chapter.
  • Big "NO!": The Great Mighty Poo gives several of these when being flushed.
  • Binomium ridiculus: Professor von Kriplespac describes Conker's species as Furrius squidgetterius.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: The original Nintendo 64 version has Conker cut the N64 logo in half with a chainsaw and remarking "That's better" after the Rare logo shows up.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Conker ends up becoming king and has all the riches he could ever want, but he realizes that this isn't what he wanted. He'd wanted to go home with Berri (who was killed off by Don Weaso), and now feels remorse that he didn't save her when he could have during the time freeze. He ends the game with the legendary quote: "You don't know what you have until it's gone." Then he repeats "Gone" repeatedly during the credits as tragic music plays in the background.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Most of the people Conker encounters may be obnoxious jerks and genuine villains at worst, and he may be more tactful and level headed in contrast to them and have something resembling a conscience, but Conker himself is by no means a good person, with his goals and acts being entirely self serving, and he isn't above taking lives to accomplish his goals.
  • Black Comedy: There are a lot of dark jokes in this game. As per the trope's former name of Dead Baby Comedy, there is even a puzzle where you have to kill a baby dinosaur in order to progress.
  • Bleached Underpants: Inverted, as it was coming off of Conker's Pocket Tales on the Game Boy Color, which is an inoffensive and lighthearted game. Bad Fur Day was originally touted as Twelve Tales: Conker 64, which would have continued the style from Pocket Tales, but obviously that was not meant to be (to the point that when the game was first hinted at by Electronic Gaming Monthly's April issue, it was perceived as that year's April Fools gag).
  • Bloody Hilarious: The game contains a lot of gory humor.
  • Book-Ends: The game begins and ends with an inebriated Conker stumbling out of a bar.
  • Boom, Headshot!: In both campaign and multiplayer, complete with Calling Your Attacks in the latter.
  • Boom in the Hand: One objective that you are given in the chapter of Uga Buga is to take a bomb and throw it into a volcano as it is ticking down. Failure to get to the inside of the volcano in time will result in the bomb exploding in Conker's hands.
  • Border Patrol: Trying to get inside the Wasps' hive before the Wasps steal the beehive for the second time (which happens after completing the "Ooga Booga" chapter) will cause a massive worm to attack Conker.
  • Boss Arena Idiocy:
    • The Great Mighty Poo has a switch inside of his lair that flushes him down a drain if its pulled. To his credit, its covered by a sheet of glass, but why would he even put the switch there in the first place?
    • The Panther King's throne room in the Feral Reserve Bank (which doubles as a spaceship) has a giant lever under it that opens a nearby airlock.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Many of the weapons in this game never have to be reloaded, and the ones that do have infinite ammo.
  • Bowdlerise: Inverted. The game was originally supposed to be for kids and have an innocent nature. Come the insults that Rare was going to make another "kiddie" game like they always do from the media and fans, however, they decided to have a mature approach of the game instead and crank up the swearing, blood, subtext, and sexual innuendos a whole lot. Played straight in the remake, which censors more swearing.
  • Brass Balls: The boiler boss has a pair of literal brass balls. Polished to the N'th degree.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • All the time, but one line is really blatant. When you are trying to get into the Rock Solid Nighclub, you have to tell the the password, which is Fedelio. The guard asks how you know that, and Conker responds with: "Well, I know everything, I'm the king! Well, I will be. Didn't you see the prologue?"
    • Live and Reloaded has an even more blatant example in the Hungover chapter. You hit the Gargoyle with the Frying Pan of Doom, and...
      Gargoyle: A frying pan? You stupid little twat!
      Conker: (thinking to himself) Hmm... wasn't he meant to fall off here? (out loud) Hey, weren't you meant to fall off here?
      Gargoyle: Yes. But the designer thought it wise to change the training level a bit. To fool the audience into thinking the rest of the game would also be different. I'm afraid you'll have to try something else.
  • Bullet Time: During the Matrix level and when you enter a code to get Matrix-like 360's in multi-player, when you kill someone with a katana or a chainsaw.
  • Butt Biter: Conker mounts a Raptor and uses it to actually bite chunks out of Buga the Knut's butt.
  • Camera Abuse
    • In an It's War mission where you have to escort Rodent, the screen starts getting shot.
    • One of Conker's Idle animations is of him drinking a soda can; sometimes when Conker kicks the soda can to get rid of it after he's finished, it will hit the screen and make the camera shake slightly off screen while making the sound of the impact.
    • Live and Reloaded added the effects of water, blood, and poo staining the screen during certain chapters.
  • Camp Gay: You encounter a cog named Carl in one level who is very angry and demanding. Turn him upside down, however, and he becomes Quentin. Quentin is incredibly pretentious and unbelievably gay.
  • Cash Gate: Some characters ask Conker for a certain amount of money at key points of the game (namely $10 by Birdy, $1000 by two servants of the Panther King, and $2110 by a mysterious character hidden in a barrel). But whenever Conker gives away the money, some seconds later the money literally returns to him, so he ultimately manages to pass through the Cash Gates for free.
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: Which is why Gregg hates them so much.
    "I don't bloody believe it! They've got fish versions of the little bastards now!"
  • Cave Behind the Falls: With money in it too, but you can't go there until after Spooky.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The second half of the game is much more serious in tone from the Spooky chapter on.
  • Chainsaw Good:
    • One of the weapons in multiplayer mode is a chainsaw, which lets you cut other players in half.
    • Conker is also seen using a chainsaw to cut a panicking N64 logo in the opening as the Logo Joke in the original N64 version of the game.
  • Cement Shoes: If you lose in the Heist multiplayer mode, you're treated to Don Weaso 'speculating' on what happened to his men.
    Don Weaso: You know, some people have been asking me 'Where's Frankie? Where's Chicho? Where's Ali? Where's Paulie?' I can say, I think they've gone for a swim. (Camera cuts to Mr. Red / Paulie struggling while sinking into black water.) Well, if you're waiting for 'em, I wouldn't hold your breath. Which is ironic, because I expect that's what they're doing right now. (Camera cuts to Paulie clutching his neck and finally drowning to death while Don Weaso chuckles.) Right, where's the next job..."
  • Chasing Your Tail: The final boss, in a parody of Super Mario 64.
  • Chest Burster: The Panther King falls victim to a blatant rip-off of Alien.
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
    • (Though "fuck" is always censored). Carl deserves special mention.
    Carl: (sees Conker) F**k off!
    Conker: Why is everyone so offensive around here?
    Carl: Either bring me my missing cogs, or f**k off!
    Conker: You don't have to shout.
    Carl: I'm deaf! Speak up or f**k off!
    • He won't even stop cussing at you after you helped him. Instead you get a, "Thanks f**khead. Now go on, f**k off wi' ya." If you keep standing in front of him and jump to his height, he will continuously yell "F**k off!"
  • Color-Coded Multiplayer: The Weasels in Heist. Their codenames are related to color just like Reservoir Dogs.
  • Content Warnings: As shown in the box art, Nintendo did all they could to enforce the game's rating for unwary buyers.
  • Context-Sensitive Button: The Trope Namer. Many parts in the game have pads in the ground marked with letter B, indicating that an action can be performed right there by pressing the B Button. This makes gameplay much simpler and player-friendly than that of the other 3D platformers made by Rare during the N64 era (whose playable characters have a copious amount of moves and abilities, each requiring a specific combo of buttons from the controller to be executed).
  • Copy-and-Paste Environments:
    • The texture in the slime tunnel is the same one as inside the Great Mighty Poo's lair.
    • Besides a few exceptions, swimming in poo and swimming in water is only different in what color the remaining fluid dripping from Conker's body are when he gets out and the color of the splashes he makes jumping in.
  • Crapsaccharine World: The world looks like a colorful, kid-friendly storybook type world at a glance, but there's a swarm of evil wasps flying around, a weasel mafia running wild, a corrupt king with untrained guards and an evil scientist, a completely unguarded Feral Reserve Bank (well, except for the literal Broken Bridge making it nigh impossible to actually get there), a fairly dysfunctional military willing to kidnap civilians for new recruits, a war with Nazi teddy bears, and the list continues.
  • Cruelty Is the Only Option: Almost every chapter in the game except Hungover, Windy and Heist has Conker boxed into at least one situation like these, not that he's conflicted about doing them anyway:
    • In "Barn Boys", you have to kill Marvin the Mouse by feeding him cheese until he blows up. Mavin may be gluttonous and repulsive, but he's not evil at all. And to say nothing of the innocent chunks of cheese that are crying out in terror as Conker feeds them to Marvin. Also, the game is rigged so that the switch to the barn door on the roof won't work if you try to Sequence Break up to it, meaning you absolutely have to kill Marvin. And after that, you have to trick Franky into killing the harmless, benign bouncing bales of hay inside the barn.
    • In "Sloprano", you have to kill the cows with the bull in order to make progress, and also feed a bomb to a giant dung beetle to kill it and move on. Later on, you have to feed innocent Sweet Corn to the Great Mighty Poo to trigger his boss fight.
    • In "Bats Tower", its made clear that the female cogs being attached near Carl/Quentin the cog is akin to being raped, but Conker has to do it as part of opening the catfish's vault.
    • In "Uga Buga", you have to sacrifice a newborn dinosaur by crushing it to death under a stone press.
    • In "Spooky", you have to kill many innocent villagers in order to defeat Count Batula.
    • In "Its War", there's no way to avoid electrocuting the squirrel soldier—either lever pulled will kill him.
  • The Cutie: Rodent may be one of the, if not the, only character who isn't remotely malicious or selfish in any way.
  • Cutscene: Cutscenes can't be skipped the first time you see them. The earliest ones are tutorials on how to use basic items.
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared both to Pocket Tales, the original Twelve Tales beta, and to Rare's other games before this was made. In contrast to Rare's more idealistic heroes and friendly characters, there are very few truly sympathetic characters in this game — everyone is either a nasty, manipulative jerk, cynical, stupid or crazy (and the one character who is truly sympathetic, Rodent, is treated like an idiot). Conker himself is an Anti-Hero at best, who's only out for himself. There is heavy swearing throughout the game, abundant toilet humor (you fight a boss who is a giant mountain of singing poop), blood and gore, downright nightmarish content (one level has you feeding helpless villagers to a vampire, by dropping them into a grinder, the war sequences featuring gruesome character deaths), and Black Comedy that would make South Park proud.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: The shooter portion of the Xbox One emulator has this effect. In porting the controls over, the C buttons become the right control stick, and the N64 control stick translates to the Xbox's left stick. The result of this is, while aiming in shooter mode, the right stick controls movement and the left stick controls aiming, which is the exact opposite from virtually every shooter that utilizes the dual-stick control method. Get used to turning sideways while trying to strafe.
  • Dead Character Walking: If using an infinite health cheat code in multiplayer, the character will remain alive no matter how many hits they take. If, however, they take a hit that should kill them, but thanks to the cheat code, doesn't, which includes many a one-hit kill strike like a run-in with a chainsaw or a headshot by either a knife or a gun, the character will still go through their death animation as well as lose the weapon they had, but they'll be brought back to life, albeit missing bits and pieces of their body depending on how severe an attack it was. They will also still be able to take even more damage and similar normally-one-hit-kills unfazed even after missing most of their body parts. The only thing that can kill a character even with the code on is when they are hit by something that'll make them explode, including a strike from a grenade launcher, a bomb, or falling an incredibly high height (also, if you cheat further, a few characters can't be killed even with this, or maimed otherwise for that matter).
  • Deadly Dodging: In "Barn Boys", Conker exploits this tactic to trick Franky the Pitchfork into killing all the bails of hay bouncing inside the barn.
  • Deadly Gas: The chemical weapons in Multiplayer.
  • Deadly Rotary Fan: The underwater rotating fans encountered during the U-Bend Blues segment.
  • Deader Than Dead:
    • Berri, to a somewhat ludicrous level. She gets mowed down for 20 seconds with a tommy gun, then sucked out into deep space. The Panther King also counts for this, first getting killed by the Xenomorph hatching, then getting sucked out as well.
    • The zombies after you shoot them in the head.
  • Death by Gluttony: How both Marvin the mouse and Count Batula die; Conker feeds Marvin so much cheese that he swells up and explodes, and Count Batula drinks so much of the villagers' blood that the rope he was hanging from snaps under his weight, causing him to fall into and get pulped by his own grinder.
  • Debug Room: You can access the games debug menu by putting in the cheat code XFYHIJERPWAL IELWZS, but it requires catridge tilting on the original hardware to actually access it.
  • Deceptive Disciple: Professor Von Kripelspac when he betrays the Panther King by hatching an alien in his stomach to defeat Conker.
  • Deconstructive Parody: The entire game is a big send-up of video game cliches and typical 3D platformers as well as the trend of cutesy kid friendly games coming out at the time, including ones Rare made themselves.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Buga the Knut, though it's more Defeat By Shame. Conker has Fangy bite off enough chunks of Buga's ass that his loincloth doesn't fit anymore, exposing to everyone his small penis. He runs away after everyone laughs at him.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After Conker humiliates Franky, the pitchfork tries to hang himself, but fails since he doesn't have a neck or esophagus. Conker makes his way up to the barn rafters and uses throwing knives to free him. Frank immediately befriends Conker out of gratitude and helps him fight the Haybot wandering inside the barn.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The Army Captain pulls one when you first meet him:
    The Army Captain: Daaang, boy! We sure is lucky bastards to survive that atrocious atrocity!
  • Description Porn: The boss in the 'It's War' level, 'The Experiment', does this every time Conker attacks its back:
    The Experiment: Now then, lesson 1: Ballistics. This is my mini-gun. It fires 8000 rounds per second, brass cased 8MM with tungsten alloy heads, and high explosive charge. Very, very messy.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • The Pause Screen will always count the correct amount of money Conker has in his person at the exact moment of the pausing, even in cutscenes where he temporarily loses some only to get it back shortly after. For example, when Conker pays $10 for Birdie's manual, the money count will decrease from $100 to $90, going back to the original number once Conker makes contact with the money stack again.
    • In the original version, Gregg would recognize Conker in Spooky even if he managed to avoid dying by that point. In Live and Reloaded, if Conker hasn't already met Gregg he will die after crashing the barrel instead of passing out.
    • In the Raptor multiplayer in the original game, its possible to trick the raptors into walking into the caveman's giant frying pan, which will kill it in seconds, but it won't count towards your score.
    • The Game Over sequence that plays whenever Conker dies with no squirrel tails left has several variations depending where he is in the story: for most of the game, dying will result in Conker being used as the Panther King's table leg, but dying before that point will result in a different cutscene with Conker's face being shown on a milk carton, as it wouldn't make sense with the usual sequence. Similarly, if Conker dies during the Final Boss, the death screen will merely say "game over" on a black screen, as the Panther King is dead by that point.
  • Disney Death: Rodent in the It's War chapter.
  • Deus ex Machina: When the alien is about to kill Conker. Suddenly, the game "freezes", Conker breaks the fourth wall and speaks with the game programmers, then they give him a weapon to kill the alien.
  • The Don: Don Weaso is a mafia don.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: Gregg the Grim Reaper, who is of course hard to take seriously because he's short and speaks in a high-pitched voice.
  • Downer Ending: The game ends on a depressing note, mostly because of Berri's death.
  • Down the Drain: U-Bend Blues may be the most frustrating level known to man.
  • Driven to Suicide: Franky the Pitchfork, who is encouraged to kill himself by the paint pot. He fails because he doesn't have a neck of any description.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The Queen Bee dies offscreen when a piece of the then-exploding windmill falls onto her.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Conker is seen drowning his sorrows at the very end.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Before you even meet him in-game, you can see Birdy leaned against the door of the Cock & Plucker while Conker staggers in, before you can pick a slot to start playing.
    • You can also see Gregg the Grim Reaper and some squirrel soldiers.
    • There's the fire imp near the fire place, whom you can speak to and use cheat codes with. Or cuss at him, your choice.
    • The hands of Sloprano's boss can be seen before you actually fight him.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The game prior to this one, Conker's Pocket Tales, is a children's game played completely straight.
  • Easier Than Easy: There are two cheat codes to make the game easier; one is simply EASY, and the other one is VERYEASY.
  • Electric Torture: Conker finds a squirrel strapped to an electric chair when he invades the Tediz base. He tries to free him by pulling a switch, but inevitably, that only turns the chair on, zapping the squirrel nearly to death. Though terribly charred, he's "not quite dead." Also, there's two switches...but they both electrocute the squirrel. Anyway, after one of them is used, the other will open the door to leave the area, no matter which you picked.
  • Embarrassing Slide: A photo that's presumably of a prostitute ended up in Don Weaso's bomb plan slides. Subverted in that he doesn't draw attention to it and quickly proceeds.
  • Empty Room Psych: The windmill on top of the tall hill in the center of the overworld. It visibly has paths on higher levels, but gets fragged after the war level. Conker was sure it was going to be the last level.
  • Enfant Terrible: A scared little girl is in need of Conker's help during the War chapter. Too bad she's an evil psychopathic demon who controls a giant, cybernetic, destructive Tediz experiment. The weird thing is that she looks like a hand puppet when sitting on the Experiment's hand. No kidding.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: Spooky has nothing but undead enemies, including the dreaded worms from Windy.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The Panther King, the Great Mighty Poo, and Don Weaso are all villainous and have deep voices.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Great Mighty Poo is literally a pile of singing excrement.
  • Exact Words: One of the achievements in the Rare Replay re-release is titled " 'Easy' Does it" and is unlocked through entering a cheat. Indeed "Easy" really does do it as it is a valid cheat.
  • Excuse Plot: Conker wants to get home and the Panther King wants a table leg so he can drink his milk.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The entire game takes place over the course of one day, and the transition between day and night is when Conker gets knocked out.
  • Face on a Milk Carton: Will appear in the game over sequence if you die before the Panther King demands a squirrel to fix his table.
  • Fake Difficulty: A lot of the games challenge comes from either cheap difficulty tricks (like the camera being locked at the most inconvenient times and the fact that Conker will take damage from falling anywhere remotely high) or Trial-and-Error Gameplay and bits where the game gives no indication how to solve a certain situation (the Sunny Days chapter is egregious in this regard). Selecting a chapter individually instead of playing a save file adds another nasty bit of this—you only get three lives, and all other squirrel tails are gone.
  • Falling Damage: Though this was already quite prevalent in previous N64 platformers, Conker seems especially sensitive to this. He can't fall very far at all without losing a piece of chocolate, and falling from especially high up will result in a Ludicrous Gibs death.
  • Follow the Bouncing Ball: The Great Mighty Poo's aria. Better yet, the ball is made of poo.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • While the music that plays in the introduction has been associated with A Clockwork Orange, it was originally written for a funeral procession for Britain's Queen Mary II. Considering that Berri would have likely been Conker's queen at the end had she lived, the context in which the music was used suddenly takes on an appropriately grim tone for players familiar with the piece's origin.
    • While the opening of the game clearly states "starring CONKER and BERRI", the latter is nowhere to be seen in the throne room. Given that the game is a How We Got Here story, it's a massive hint to the fact that Berri ultimately does not stay with Conker at the end.
    • Conker's adventure starts after he spent an evening carousing with a couple friends at the pub, since they're heading off "tomorrow to fight in some war, somewhere". Much later on in the game, Conker gets forcibly enlisted in the War chapter. The intro sequence also shows the Bee's hive being stolen by the Wasps.
  • For the Evulz: The only reason the Panther King has Berri killed is for the sake of it.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Conker's standard weapon for most of the game, as well as Big Reunion. Subverted in Live & Reloaded, where you use the frying pan only in the tutorial level, but Conker switches it immediately after the encounter with the Gargoyle for a baseball bat.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Played for laughs when you beat Buga.
  • Gag Boobs: Conker actually uses the large breasts of a sunflower as a springboard. Jugga also has rather sizeable mammaries.
  • Gainax Ending: The final chapter turns much of the story on its head.
  • Gainaxing: The sunflower's and Jugga's jiggling breasts, and probably, the latter's name is a pun of that.
  • Gameplay Roulette: It's a platformer, racer, shooter, survival horror...
  • Gass Hole: Marvin the Mouse, who you encounter at the barn. His breath and farts are presented as thick, green clouds, and smell so foul, that Conker will vomit if he's unfortunate enough to be in their vicinity.
  • Genius Cripple: The Professor has no legs.
  • Good-Guy Bar: The menu for the original game has Conker enter a bar full of Squirrel soldiers (and Gregg). Averted to a degree in Live & Reloaded when Tediz soldiers join in to go drinking with their enemies, the Squirrels.
  • Giant Mook: Three bosses are larger versions of regular enemies: Haybot to the living haystacks, Buga the Knut to the cavemen, and the Experiment to the Tediz.
  • Giftedly Bad: This hilariously dumb line of dialogue from the paint pot in the Barn.
    Paint Pot: I've seen some kicking ass in my time, but that is the shittest, crappest, crappiest, shittiest, kick ass I've ever seen.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The final boss is not the Fairy Panther King, but a giant Xenomorph named Heinrich.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: Near the end of the Great Mighty Poo fight, he hits a note so high that it shatters a piece of glass thats blocking you from pullling the switch that defeats him.
  • Gorn: The Spooky chapter has a lot of explicit violence. To a lesser extent, the war chapter too.
  • Grass Is Greener: Conker realizes only after becoming rich and powerful like he always wanted to be, that he had everything he wanted all along. Only by then, it was far too late.
    Conker: It's true what they say, the grass is always greener. And you don't really know what it is you have, until it's gone, gone, gone...
  • The Grim Reaper:
    Gregg... the Grim Reaper: "And don't laugh!!"
  • Groin Attack:
    • The boss fight against the boiler requires you to hit a pair of brass balls with a cinder block when he's stunned.
    • In order for Buga the Knut to be open to attack, Conker must have Fangy punt him in the groin.
  • Guide Dang It!: It's sometimes unclear as to what you should do or where you should go next, causing many players to do tasks in a weird order then be confused when they consult a walkthrough.
  • Guns Akimbo: A shortage of this in the remake makes a couple of parodies awkward. In the original, the entire "It's War" chapter (along with the Matrix level) frequently allowed you to dual-wield SMGs. Which is simply badass to the core.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Conker himself, who doesn't wear pants. This is made very weird in the mission where he must piss on fiery demons, as we hear a zipping sound, but he has no pants of which to unzip. The pantsless issue is averted in the Xbox remake, in which he actually does wear pants.
  • Hand Cannon: Not only is it as big as your arm and one shot kill anywhere, it also has a zooming scope and laser sight. Perfect for Scrubs of all ages! If you see that laser sight, you have one second before your head disappears.
  • Have a Nice Death: There are a few different Game Over sequences depending how Conker died on his last life. From being captured, gagged, and used as a replacement table leg as intended, to being listed as missing on a milk carton, to being delivered to the Panther King as a bag full of splattered squirrel bits...
  • The Heavy: Subverted with the Panther King. He doesn't have any direct role in Conker's adventure until he corners him near the end of the Heist chapter. Even the Tediz and the Experiment don't really count as an extension of his will, since they were built by Professor and were meant to be used against the king by him, and Don Weaso is just a hired gun whos interested in money and nothing more. Conker isnt even aware he exists or what his plan is until meeting him in Heist. Conker does encounter two of his weasel guards before entering Uga Buga, but they're so stupid that he easily slips by them after giving them a hefty bribe.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Mr. King Bee "pollinating" the big breasted sunflower. The look on Conker's face says it all.
  • Heli-Critter: Conker himself, when he flies by using his tail as a propeller. He calls it the "helicoptery tail thing".
  • Helium Speech: If you use the B-Pad in front of Birdy again after he teaches you about it, Conker will whip out a helium canister instead of a beer bottle. Birdy will take it and huff it anyway.
    "Reeeeally nice helium, hehehe!"
  • How We Got Here:...showing how Conker came to become the new king of this bizarre world.
  • Herr Doktor: Professor Von Kriplespac has a German accent.
  • Hub Level: Windy Level. It has the least enemies, and acts as a gateway to all the other areas (with the exception of Uga Buga, which has to be accessed via the Sloprano level).
  • Humanoid Female Animal: Berri is supposedly Conker's species, but she looks more like a human woman with an animal face.
  • Hypno Pendulum: At one point, Conker tames a dinosaur by hypnotizing it with a swinging pocket watch.
  • "I Am" Song: The Great Mighty Poo's song.
    "I am the Great Mighty Poo, and I'm going to throw my shit at you..."
  • Idea Bulb: Light bulbs pop up in sections where you have to press B.
  • Idle Animation: Too many to count. Some even only happen if you're in a specific area, such as the dancing one in Rock Solid.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Conker manages to turn even his own urine into a force to be reckoned with.
  • Inexplicably Tailless: Conker loses his tail during the Heist chapter, preventing him from using his hover move. Probably because it would be too dificult to make him wear a Badass Longcoat for the Matrix parody otherwise. If you walk away from the bank, Conker will take off the trenchcoat and regain his tail between scene transitions.
  • It's a Long Story: The whole game is Conker telling the story of his Bad Fur Day, both the day he became a king and the worst day of his entire life.
  • Jerkass: Most of the people Conker meets are, to put it mildly, not very nice, most notably Carl, an unsociable, foul-tempered, foul-mouthed cog with a sour attitude.
    Carl: Either bring me back me missin' cogs, or F*** OFF!
    Conker (annoyed): You don't have to shout.
    Carl: I'm deaf! Speak up or f*** off!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Conker himself. He's a rude drunkard who kills and horribly injures a lot of people on his journey, but he does have a few redeeming moments, such as shutting up the Paintbrush and Paint Pot laughing at him and Franky the Pitchfork, as well as fixing Franky up after he gets broken in two and having that be one of the (very) few good deeds Conker does without asking for the person he's helping (in this case Franky) for anything in return for helping them, and possibly the part where he rescues Rodent from a group of Tediz a little ways into the War chapter that were going to kill him.
  • Jump Physics: Conker has a rather average jump, but he has a bit of mid air control over it. His helicopter tail helps overcome this, but it only lets him hover a couple seconds and won't grant him extra height. Oh, and Conker falls like a rock after he jumps, especially if its high up.
  • Karma Houdini: Don Weaso manages to escape with his cash after killing Berri.
  • Killed Off for Real: Everyone who died (not counting Conker's deaths/game overs in the gameplay) with the sole exception of the rat, including the Big Bad himself stay dead.
  • Killer Teddy Bear: A whole army of them in fact, called Tediz.
  • King Koopa Copy: Parodied with the Panther King. Despite being a big, menacing tyrant with an army of Wicked Weasels, a horrifying voice, and even a similar facial structure to Bowser, he's an incompetent manchild who doesn't even survive long enough to be the Final Boss.
  • Kubrick Stare: Conker imitates an actual Kubrick Stare at the beginning. He does it again during the ending.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Tons of it - mostly concerning gameplay mechanics such as extra lives and context-sensitive buttons.
  • Large Ham: The Great Mighty Poo, in all his opera-singing goodness.
  • Laser Sight: The sniper rifle, the hand cannon, and the crossbow.
  • Lethal Lava Land: Most of the Uga Buga chapter is set over huge pools of lava. Conker later rides through a course full of it on a hover board while trying to get his money back from some thugs.
  • Literal Ass-Kicking: Actually literal ass biting. The Uga Buga boss fight requires you to use a dinosaur to bite chunks of flesh out of his buttocks until he can no longer hold up his loincloth.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: The fate of most of the male golems at the Rock Solid dance club are to be broken.
  • Lone Wolf Boss: The only boss in the game that is related in some way to the Panther King is the Experiment, found and fought in the "Its War" chapter; and even then, its not attacking Conker for the King, is because it and the Tediz were created by Ze Professor so they could defeat the Panther King (Conker still has to defeat them because they are threatening the otherwise peaceful kingdom).
  • Logo Joke: Conker cuts the N64 logo in half with a chainsaw, and replaces it with a shiny Rare logo which he seems to prefer.
  • Lonely at the Top: Inverted. At the end, Conker's adored by most of the cast he assisted throughout the game, but he hates all of them, and the one person he loves the most is dead.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Most of the gun sequences and multiplayer modes deaths are gib-tastic.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Chris Seavor voiced every male character except the Great Mighty Poo, and even a few of the female ones. Louise Ridgeway voiced the rest of the female cast.
  • The Man They Couldn't Hang: Franky the Pitchfork is Driven to Suicide by his heckling companions, the paint pot and the paint brush, after failing to kick Conker's ass. When he decides to hang himself, he fails because he "does not appear to have a neck of any description", and remains stuck hanging from the barnyard ceiling until Conker cuts him down.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Subverted. There are many ways you can die that may not mean much (besides different animations Conker has), but depending on how you die on your last life, you'll trigger different cutscenes as far as what happens between the guard weasels delivering Conker and the Panther King, including Conker being missing and advertised on a milk carton (common), being tied up (alive) as a replacement desk (if Conker runs out of energy), being delivered in pieces in a sack (if Conker was chopped, exploded or otherwise in pieces), delivered in a smoking sack (if burned to death), or being delivered in a wet sack (if he died on the surface of the water or in it, regardless of how he died.)
  • Man Behind the Man: It really seems to be the Weasel Professor rather then the Panther King that calls the shots for the Panther Kingdom.
  • Mature Animal Story: While the game is a comedy with talking animals, none of it is meant to be kid-friendly.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Conker (a homophone of Conquer) T. Squirrel ends up the King of the land, in a sense conquering it.
    • The name of the talking dollar bills you find is Fajo the Money. "Fajo" is Spanish for "Wad". Fajo is a wad of money—you do the math.
    • The big-breasted cave woman is called Jugga.
    • Professor Von Kriplespac. In the commentary, the developers really pat themselves on the back for coming up with that one.
  • Medium Awareness:
    • An example coming from the Xbox remake is when Conker notices the first subtle differences from the N64 version and remarks that he thought the programmer told him it was going to be a straight port.
    • Another example from the Xbox remake has Conker attack the bridge gargoyle with his trademark frying pan, only to find it has no effect. The gargoyle observes it was a change made to fool the players into believing the rest of the game would receive likewise alterations.
    • Also present in the N64 version during the "Haybot" chapter. Before the boss fight, Conker says, "I don't like the sound of that music" and Franky agrees.
  • Mercy Invincibility: More noticeable in a part of It's War where you have to blow up submarines that are constantly firing homing missiles at you. Sometimes, there are two subs at a time, and they fire one immediately after the other in a way that, even if the first missile chips off your chocolate health while you're taking aim, the second one will do you nothing assuming that you are still in your recovery time, even though it'll come dead-on down on you.
  • Mickey Mousing: The entire fight with The Great Mighty Poo is scripted to coincide with his absurd opera song. You defeat him by throwing stuff in his exposed mouth when he opens it to sing harmony with the BGM. A common Player Tic is to wait until just the right moment in the BGM to throw the toilet paper into his mouth.
  • Missing Secret: The game has three of them:
    • A gated cave near the entrance to the Uga Buga chapter, where you pay the toll, that looks like it can be entered but never opens.
    • The top of the windmill looks like it has a path to a pressure switch on top of it. Too bad it gets destroyed before you reach it. Lampshaded by Conker saying "The windmill's been destroyed! I thought for sure that was the final level!" In the unofficial developer's commentary on YouTube, Chris Seavor confirmed it was always intended to be a Red Herring in Bad Fur Day's development (though Twelve Tales footage shows Conker going inside it), hence Conker's comment.
    • Inside the Poo Cabin there appears to be a rather large grate with a piece of chocolate just beyond reach through the bars. It looks as though the tunnel continues off to the left as well, leading players to scour the level to find some way to open the grate and gain access to the tunnel beyond. The grate even managed to appear in the remake, Conker: Live & Reloaded, and once again could not be unlocked to gain access to the chocolate and whatever wild secrets might have been waiting just beyond the corner. The YouTube developer's commentary confirmed that, like with the windmill, it was intended as a red herring meant to mess with the players.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The "catfish" (half-cat and half-fish) and the "bullshark" (half-bulldog and half-shark).
  • Money for Nothing: All the piles of cash you collect in game can't actually be spent on anything (whenever you make an investment, money literally returns to you), and it's never explained why you're getting them other than "money is good". It does serve a purpose to allow progress through the game, but the actual points this happens are quite rare compared to the usual game that has a similar "object collecting" formula.
  • Mood Whiplash: After a relatively lighthearted - if incredibly raunchy - first half, the final leg of the game becomes increasingly depressing, finally culminating in a Downer Ending - which still worked quite well, but was decidedly jarring. The ending's made all the worse when you consider this is a game inspired by South Park.
  • Mooning: Conker gets mooned by cavemen twice: first by the muggers on the hoverboards, and then by the soldiers in the arena (though only in the N64 version).
  • Multiplayer-Only Item: Several weapons and items are exclusive to the Multiplayer mode, and those that appear in the story mode may only be used at specific points rather than full time. Examples include the katana, the silver magnum and the bat.
  • The Napoleon: Gregg is very short for a Grim Reaper.
  • Nerd Glasses: Rodent wears glasses.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: The Spooky chapter with its zombies.
  • No Accounting for Taste: Conker and Berri, but they really love each other.
  • No Fourth Wall: The game delves into a long and hilarious romp that reminds you the fourth wall barely exists. Conker regularly comments on the stranger mechanics and events (even asking the developers to spare him from any more surprises). Conker also ultimately wins in the end because the game freezes as the Xenomorph lunges ("The game's locked up!"), giving him an opportunity to bargain with the developers for a chance to kill the alien in exchange for keeping that last-minute error a secret.
    Conker: I know everything, I'm the king! Well, I will be, didn't you see the prologue?
    Bouncer: What?
    Conker: Eh, nothing. Can we come in?
  • No Name Given: Von Kripelspac was only known as "Ze Professor" in the original game.
  • Noodle Incident: Don't make the Panther King get out the duct tape again. Even the devs don't know what he does with the duct tape.
  • Not Quite Dead: Said word for word by a squirrel that survives you accidentally electrocuting him.
  • Oh, Crap!: Take a shot for every time Conker realizes he's screwed. And that's counting only him.
  • One-Hit Kill:
    • There are many means for someone to instantly die in the multiplayer modes:
      • A headshot from any weapon capable of scoring one.
      • Being hit by the Hand Cannon.
      • Being hit by the Chainsaw.
      • Being hit by the decapitation strike from the Sword.
      • Being hit directly by a Bazooka's rocket.
      • Being hit by the Shotgun at close range.
      • Being too close to an exploding bomb.
      • Falling from too high a height (unless you're a Tediz, in which case you'll only take 1 point of damage).
      • Being hit by the Fire and Electric traps in the Bunker level of Deathmatch mode.
      • In Total War mode, not wearing a gas mask while outside the gas chamber when the gas is released.
      • A non-Raptor character being bitten by a Raptor in the Raptor and Deathmatch modes.
    • Before you get into the mech suit, one hit from Heinrich will kill Conker instantly.
  • Only in It for the Money: Conker, so very much. When the people who ask him for help don't promise him money, he'll either ignore them or hope that he'll somehow get paid for his services anyway.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping:
    • Conker just can't decide if he's American or British. Neither can anyone else, as British Chris Seavor - in addition to writing and directing - also voices nearly every character in the game.
    • Berri also sounds slightly British at a few points, a result of one actress, animator Louise Ridgeway, doing all the female voices.
  • Only Sane Man: Conker himself is perfectly sane and rational compared to everyone else in the game.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Count Batula, who not only has the power to turn into a bat, but turns Conker into one as well. And instead of being killed by a stake or sunlight, he's killed by drinking too much blood, growing fat, and falling into his own grinder.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Zombies are encountered in the Spooky level.
  • Overly Long Gag: The electric chair scene was turned into this in Live & Reloaded, as is Berri being shot.
  • Oxygen Meter: Takes the form of Conker's face (with a stream of bubbles coming out) once you can swim underwater. When the stream of bubbles gets short and his face starts turning blue, you'd better get to the surface right now. Once his head droops, you go from full health to dead in about five seconds. Here's a video of the oxygen meter in action on Youtube.
  • The Parody: Much of the latter half of the game is based off of this.
  • Parrot Expo-WHAT?:
    King Bee: I didn't even get to tell you about the big-breasted babe...
    Conker: The— the big what?
  • Pinball Protagonist: Conker is not a hero, just a pragmatic protagonist who gets caught up in a bunch of random escapades that are often out of his control. He doesn't even have a clue that the Panther King wants him as a table leg until the very end.
  • Pixellation: Used on Buga the Knut's genitalia at the end of the Uga Buga chapter, just after defeating him.
  • Plot Coupon: Wads of cash are this game's equivalent to Jiggies or Golden Bananas. In each area, there are multiple setpieces, and completing them will either award you with or open up the way to some cash. You use it to pay some characters so they can let you progress, but the money then jumps out of their pockets and walks back to Conker.
  • Point of No Return: At the start of Heist, all of the areas except for Barn Boys and Bats Tower are sealed off, railroading the player into going up to the remains of the windmill and thus leading to the Feral Reserve Bank.
  • Poke the Poodle: The Panther King's evil plan amounts to kidnapping a squirrel so he can use him to fix his table.
  • "Pop!" Goes the Human: One quest has Conker getting rid of Marvin the Mouse by feeding him cheese three times. After the third time, the Marvin becomes so gassy he inflates and explodes.
  • Porn Stash: One of Conker's Idle Animations is reading a porn magazine, and suggestively commenting on it.
  • Prehistoria: The Uga Buga chapter has cavemen and dinosaurs.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Eat lead, mother buzzer!"
  • Profane Last Words: Count Batula lets out a "Shit" while falling in his own meat grinder.
  • Punctuated Pounding: When the baseball bat is used as a weapon in multiplayer. Also, when Don Weaso kills Paulie with a bat.
  • Punny Name: The prehistoric, big-breasted woman in the Uga Buga chapter is called Jugga.
  • Railroading: The game is carefully designed to make sure that you complete things in linear story order and ruin any attempts at Sequence Breaking. For example;
    • The Bank is cut off thanks to a literal Broken Bridge. Even if you cheat to bypass it, the cutscenes and final level won't play.
    • You cannot access the Bats Tower until you solve the Switch puzzle. The imps will always move fast enough to keep you from swimming to its entrance in time, knocking you far away from it or killing you. Even if you manage to bypass the guard protecting the switch that kills the other imps without dropping a dung ball on him, the Context Sensitive action wont work.
    • If you you use a cheat device to levitate over the current and try to exit Spooky into Hungover too soon, you’ll find that the exit isn’t even active.
    • Any money that you can levitate to and access prematurely is useless; the cutscene where you actually collect it won’t play.
    • Even if you cheat and get on top of the barn before you kill Marvin the Mouse, you can’t activate the switch to open the Barn door until you go back and kill him.
  • Rainbow Speak: While almost every character has black subtitles with white speech bubbles, Gregg the Grim Reaper has the opposite. Also, the lyrics for Sloprano are (fittingly enough) in brown subtitles.
  • Random Events Plot: The entire game is very episodic in structure, with the only overarching theme being the threat of the Panther King (who Conker isn't even aware of until the very end) and Conker's goal to simply get home. This was probably done to give more leeway for the game's parodic nature.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: The polish level of the Boiler's balls is clearly over 9,000.
    Boiler: (with a ludicrously hammy English accent) BALLS OF BRASS, SIRE! POLISHED TO THE N'TH DEGREEEE."
  • Refuge in Audacity: For crying out loud, one of the bosses is a giant singing pile of feces and there is a section where you get drunk in order to extinguish fire imps by pissing on them!
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: In the beginning of Spooky, Gregg specifically states that the only way to kill the zombies is a shot through the head.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Rodent.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs - "IIII am the grrreat mighty poo!"
  • Ruder and Cruder: Conker started out as a family-friendly franchise. Conker first appeared as a racer in Diddy Kong Racing and had a Game Boy Color game called Conker's Pocket Tales, both of these games being E-rated. Conker was also planned to have his own Nintendo 64 game, Twelve Tales: Conker 64. However, when critics were accusing Rareware of making games for little children, Rareware scrapped the game and retooled it into Bad Fur Day, which was aimed at mature audiences. It uses tons of profanity to distance itself from Banjo-Kazooie. It's remake, Conker: Live & Reloaded used even more profanity for the multiplayer maps, although it's censored until the player completes the campaign mode.
  • Rule of Funny: Pretty much everything absurd in the game is done for comedic effect.
  • Rule of Three: Most bosses are defeated after hitting their weak points three times. So Conker is understandably shocked when the Final Boss comes back after the third hit.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: The Boiler, understandably, after Conker smashes his giant shiny brass testicles with a pair of giant cinder bricks. "MY BAWLS! MY BAWLS! MYY BAWWWWWLLLLLLLLLS!!!!!!!!!!!!"
  • Self-Deprecation: In the Bats chapter, two of the flammable enemies will jump into The Boiler so they can defeat you with it. When they boot him up, he will begin speaking as a living person. The enemies begin arguing about controlling the The Boiler, and he calms them with "Gentlemen, do calm down!" One of the enemies' response is: "He sounds kind of pouncey. Like some English person." Keep in mind that Rare is a British gaming company.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: When the King Bee "pollinates" the flower, we only see Conker's reaction.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: If you die by fire, the weasels will deliver your ashy remains to the Panther King who casually decides to forget about the whole thing.
  • Short-Range Shotgun: In the multiplayer modes, the Shotgun will One-Hit Kill anyone hit by it at very close ranges, at moderately-close ranges it'll deal 3 points of damage (half of someone's full lifebar) while sending them flying, and at any ranges farther than that it will deal only a single point of damage and merely flinch them, while being incapable of getting headshots.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Finally, Conker manages to rescue Berri, only to see her gunned down before his very eyes.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: The Great Mighty Poo's speaking voice and singing voice sound completely different. This was averted in the Xbox remake.
  • Single Malt Vision: When Conker first wakes up and is hungover.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: A good majority of the cast, but Carl (the ruder of the two cogs) takes the cake. Lampshaded by Conker.
    Conker: Why is everybody around here so offensive?
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The game is on the cynical end of it.
  • Sliding Scale Of Linearity Versus Openness: Unlike most Rare platform games, Conker follows a mostly linear design and storyline, with very few collectibles (namely money and items that are specific to the chapters' objectives). However, during the first half of the game, it's still possible to leave a chapter's area and start another (indeed, Windy, Barn Boys, Bats Tower and Sloprano can be played this way, the only condition is that all of them have to be eventually completed). During the second half, which is set in nightime, the linearity dominates the progression completely, and the last three chapters (Spooky, It's War and Heist) have to be played in that order to finish the game (and once the very last one starts, it won't be possible to turn back).
  • Slow "NO!": Private Rodent shouts this in slow motion, just when Conker is about to save the little girl only to be revealed as a boss.
    Private Rodent: Connnkkkerrr, Nooooooooo!
  • Species Surname: Conker signs his name 'Conker T. Squirrel'. The T stands for The.
  • Speech Bubble: Comic book speech balloons accompany the games dialogue.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: The game was deliberately designed to be the polar opposite of Super Mario 64 and its imitators, not just in tone but in gameplay. Wheras Mario 64 was a fluid collect-a-thon designed entirely around Mario's moveset and to be as open as possible (with the story being a complete afterthought), Conker is a very linear platformer (to the point where its designed to be impossible to perform any Sequence Breaking to get through the game) that builds its gameplay entirely around its story, hence the context sensitive buttons and variety of gameplay styles supplanting Conker's very limited default moveset.
  • Split Personality: The two-faced gear Carl and Quentin. Carl is a foul-mouthed and perverted grouch, while Quentin is effeminate, more polite, and hinted to be gay.
  • Squashed Flat: This game puts a bloody twist on this trope. When Conker gets flattened, he bleeds in addition to being flattened in cartoon fashion.
  • The Starscream: Ze Professor. He hates working under the Panther King and even implants a xenomorph egg inside of the king to kill him.
  • Stealth Pun: After defeating the Great Mighty Poo, Conker quips, "now that's what I call a bowel movement!" "Bowel movement" is, of course, another word for feces, but "movement" is also a musical term for a self-contained part of a composition, most commonly used in chamber music, the kind of music that the Great Mighty Poo sings (which itself is a pun on "chamber pots").
  • The Stinger: We have the newly crowned King Conker stumble out of the bar just like in the beginning ...which is both a Here We Go Again! moment and seemingly a Sequel Hook.
  • Subverted Kids Show: Once again, this is not a game for children despite its colorful, cartoony art style.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: Conker kills the Xenomorph ripoff and becomes King, but Berri remains dead. Aside from this, Conker's royalty means absolutely nothing as he's surrounded by people he despises and his kingdom is full of morons. Conker turns to liquor to help but it fails entirely, cementing that Conker literally now has nothing- no love, no future and nothing to dull the pain. Falling into another drunken bender, Conker wanders off from the Cock and Plucker, this time in the opposite direction.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Conker wears them in the Heist chapter. (And they look pretty freakin' awesome!)
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Conker after becoming king, and pretty much throughout the entire game.
  • Talking Poo: The Great Mighty Poo is a huge and sentient pile of feces. He's also an opera singer.
  • Tank Goodness: By the final boss during the War Arc, you're given a tank to defeat them with. If you don't use it, you'll most certainly die instantly outside of it, given the boss' extreme firepower.
  • Teeny Weenie: Buga the Knut's less than impressive tackle, despite his boisterous claims of having the biggest bone. But he probably meant this literally, considering his weapon is a literal bone.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Don Weaso shoots Berri to death with a tommy gun for a few seconds. Her body is then sucked into space.
  • Thrown Out The Air Lock: How Conker fights the final boss, in the style of Super Mario 64. Too bad it doesn't kill him, but fortunately, the game locks up just before he dies in futility.
  • Thong of Shielding: Jugga wears a loincloth made into a thong.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: This is most likely the first time that Nazis are portrayed as teddy bears.
  • Threatening Shark: Combined with an Angry Guard Dog!
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Conker seems to have a thing for taller women, given that he stands maybe up to his girlfriend Berri's kneecaps. But it truly becomes Huge Girl Tiny Guy when he meets Jugga, a literally gigantic cavewoman. However, it doesn't work out between them.
  • Title Drop: Right in the intro when Conker starts to explain how he became King Of All The Lands, he says
    "It all started yesterday. And what a day that was. It's what I call a Bad Fur Day."
  • Toilet Humor: LOTS of it. An entire level dedicated to rolling balls of dung, with the linked boss being a huge singing mound of poo.
  • Tyrannicide: After taking down the Fabled Panther King, Conker is made the new King and everyone seems happy now that they're free, everyone except Conker himself, who doesn't really want to be king, mainly because he's depressed over his girlfriend being killed.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change:
    • Quite a few times, the first example being the lava boarding level. The War levels kinda came out of nowhere as well, turning the game into a shooter.
    • If the Context Sensitive Button appears, be prepared for gameplay changes. What it changes into, that's another story.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Marvin the mouse, who explodes from eating too much cheese early on in the game. He somehow returns fully healed, though badly scarred and stitched together.
  • The Unfought: The Panther King, Don Weaso, and the Professor are antagonists, but they're never faced as bosses.
  • Unusual Euphemism: The sunflower's breasts are referred to as "stamens". Which makes sense, considering she's a sunflower, but on the other hand she's an anthropomorphic sunflower, with very definitely humanoid breasts.
  • Urine Trouble: Conker's main weapon when he's drunk is, you guessed it, his own urine.
  • Vampire Episode: The Spooky Chapter involves Conker making his way to a castle where he meets his Great x4 Grandfather who happens to be a vampire (in a parody of the 1992 version). Conker himself ends up getting turned into a vampire bad and has to feed his great grandfather the villagers that invade the castle.
  • Vampire Vords: Count Batula's speech patterns are sprinkled with this.
  • Valley Girl: Berri has the speech patterns of a valley girl.
  • Variable Mix: Used throughout, but a notable instance is the sequence involving cutting down stray power lines while the water level below you rises - as the water meets the power lines, the music adds a set of "Psycho" Strings to an otherwise simplistic rhythm until you cut all of the current set of power lines. If you fail to cut the lines before it rises high enough for you to be electrocuted, the strings intensify as you flounder about helplessly.
  • Villain Song: The Great Mighty Poo sings during his boss fight.
    Great Mighty Poo: I am the Great Mighty Poo! I'm going to throw my shit at you! A huge supply of tish comes from my chocolate starfish. How about some scat, you little twat?
  • Visual Pun: Seavor reveals in the developers' commentary that he gave the dung beetles Liverpudlian accents because they're beetles.
  • Vulgar Humor: Among other things, there's swearing, Toilet Humor, and a mountain made from poo with the boss being a living pile of poo that sings opera.
  • War Arc: And one that serves as what is probably the game's longest chapter.
  • War Is Hell: What Conker realizes at the end of the It's War chapter, considering all the squirrel soldiers who end up dying horribly.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Conker. He doesn't go looking for any of the insanity the plot thrusts upon him, he just wants to get home.
  • Wham Episode: More like a wham chapter combined with Player Punch which is actually on the final chapter. It starts out like a typical level based spoof. But after grabbing the money, it's revealed that the entire bank robbing was a setup, though not much of a whammer up until Don Weaso kills Berri with Conker finding out too late. And if that weren't enough, after a lengthy cutscene and boss battle, after the game freezes and Conker manipulates it enough to finally defeat the boss for good (via cutscene), Conker finally realizes he forgot to bring back Berri. And the kicker? He had a chance to save her during the game freeze, but didn't. And now he's turned out to be king of all the land, but as they say, "The Grass is Always Greener". How's that for a wham chapter?
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Conker somehow wanders from the bar to the place where he meets Birdy the Scarecrow after a night of heavy binge drinking, and spends the rest of the game trying to get home.
  • What the Hell, Player?: Killing more than five allied NPCs in multiplayer war will cause them to turn on you and start attacking while yelling out insults. The opposing team will no longer attack you. Note that they will revert back to normal if you grab the flag. However, in an Arena mission this can mean that you get to take free potshots at the enemy without getting return fire.
  • White Gloves: Conker wears them in the N64 version. Averted in the Live & Reloaded remake, where his hands are uncovered.
  • Wicked Weasel: The weasels in the game are either members of the mob or bank security guards, both have connections to the Panther King, who rules over the weasels after he overthrew their old monarch. Weasel characters include Professor Von Kriplespac, Don Weaso, and the Panther King's two minions.
  • Wingding Eyes: Conker's dollar sign eyes whenever he sees money.
  • Womb Level: Sort of. At one point you have to go through a living dinosaur statue idol... thing, with a large amount of green slime and multiple uvulas swinging back and forth. Although the only organic part is the slime; everything else is stone.
  • Workout Fanservice: Berri's introductory scene has her doing aerobics in her house, which involves lots of stretches and bending over.
  • World of Ham: Subtlety in a game with a mountain of operatic poop? As if! Almost every character who isn't Conker and Berri are cartoonishly dramatic and extroverted in personality.
  • World of Jerkass: It would be far easier to list the characters in this game who are not selfish jerks towards Conker and each other, and Conker himself is no saint either.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: The plot in a nutshell is that Conker has lost his way home.
  • You Have Failed Me: Don Weaso won't hesitate to throw his soldiers into a river tied to a rock if they fail to rob the Feral Reserve Bank. Weaso is also first seen beating one of his own men to death with a baseball bat in a parody of The Untouchables.
  • You Have Researched Breathing: Conker needs the help of Context Sensitive spots to learn or perform basic things like swinging a frying pan or swimming underwater.


Video Example(s):


Conker's Bad Fur Day

Die early on and the game over screen will show Conker's face on a milk carton.

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