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"I baked you a pie!"
"Oh boy, what flavor?"
"PIE FLAVOR."
*[guitar riff]*
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The asdfmovies (pronounced "ass-duff-moo-vee") are a series of short, rapid-fire YouTube web cartoons produced by TomSka, partially adapting strips from asdfcomics, his webcomic.

The skits are short, as are the movies overall, and the humour is random but amusing in its own strange way, often relying on puns (usually of the Literal-Minded or visual sort), Brick Jokes, and straight-up surreal non sequiturs, alongside the occasional dip into the macabre.

If you can keep up, or are similarly insane, you can see almost all of them in this single compilation if you haven't already.

    The Videos (Works in the Series in Bold

The short skits mean that knowing what's in them will spoil the (what can loosely be called) gags very easily, so we recommend you watch the movies before reading the trope list. It won't take long.

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If you'd love to experience asdfmovie in a book form, you're in luck — Tom published an asdfbook called Art is Dead (named after a Bo Burnham song) consisting of over 100 comics of old and new jokes. It was released on 21 October 2015.


This series provides examples of:

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    A 
  • Absurd Phobia: A guy in 8 is afraid of backstories. His psychologist asks when it started, and he begins to scream in terror.
    • Later in the same episode, there's a man that's afraid of "giant flying sheep" (actually clouds).
  • Anticlimax: Seen in this sketch from 8:
    Magician: Would you like to see a MAGIC TRICK?
    (Camera zooms in on excited looking man with dramatic music)
    Man: NO!
  • Accidental Dance Craze: As detailed in "Everybody Do The Flop," the "Do The Flop" Guy started his titular dance craze when a crowd was watching him fall over mid-jump and he shouted "Everybody do the flop!" to save face. Everyone just went with it and he became a sensation.
  • Action Bomb:
    • Mine Turtle.
    • The man in the deleted scenes of 2 who got so upset over someone parking on his sandwich that he exploded.
    • The man named Steven in 9 who will explode if he stops singing. Unfortunately, someone had to stop and say hi.
    "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE. (boom)"
  • Actually, I Am Him: "I am your sandwich."
  • Adaptation Expansion: The asdfmovie songs take a skit that involves a very simple joke and actually gives it a fully-developed backstory, almost turning the featured characters into three-dimensional beings.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Even when they are chairs, women love shoes.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: The I Like Trains Kid is only capable tof saying "I like trains !" and seems to have an obsession with trains. His dedicated song states he never spoke a word until he went to school, and had to take on a ritalin treatment.
  • Ambiguously Gay: The ducks in the fifth movie.
    "...quack."
    "I was just about to say that!"
    "We are so in sync!"
  • Ambiguous Syntax: Exploited in 10. Twice.
    • First time:
      Man 1: You know what I hate? Child murderers.
      Man 2: Oh no, here comes one now!
      Child Wielding A Knife: Heeheehee, I'm gonna get you!
    • Second time:
      Teacher: Hey, kids, who's ready to draw?
      Children all shouting in agreement.
      Teacher: Okay, then! [pulls out a gun] Draw!
      Mass shoot-out between teacher and students.
  • Animate Inanimate Object:
    • While it's never shown to move, the chair in the fourth movie can talk. It is female, by the way.
    • Also the evil tie and parking meter from the first movie.
    • Not to mention the door from the sixth movie.
    • The basketball in the tenth movie who deliberately bounces away from a girl and causes her to get hit by a car.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: The cow pretending to be a man has a very male voice. However, the opening of asdfmovie12 depicts the cow as a girl, so it could just be Larynx Dissonance.
  • Animation Bump: In the "I Like Trains" video: "I FEEL GREAT!"
  • Animesque: The opening to asdfmovie12 is done in an anime style, with all of the show's characters drawn as human anime characters, regardless of whether they were human to begin with.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: The potato.
    • There's also a cake in the first episode, who a guy cuts, but is unaware that the cake is alive. The cake then commits suicide by jumping off the table.
      • Also, the cake's poor children, who had to witness the whole ordeal.
    • In the sixth episode, there is a burger that announces that it used to be a cow.
    • In the seventh and eighth episodes, a muffin who tries to get someone to eat him.
    • Marmite, from the appropriately-named movie, "marmite is terrible"
  • Anti Humour: The Pointless Button scene.
  • Apocalypse How: A deleted scene has a guy spilling a glass of milk. Somehow, the average-sized glass was able to hold enough milk to drown everyone.
  • April Fools' Day: The twenty minute movie was made and released two days before this day.
    • Averted with asdfmovie10, which was released on April 1, 2017 but is not a joke video.
  • Are We There Yet?: In a deleted scene of asdfmovie2, an astronaut that keeps asking this question (presumably) annoys another astronaut so much that he just says yes and then leaves him outside the rocket, stranding him in space.
  • Armies Are Evil: The military in the sixth movie shoots down a magical flying pony for no reason other than being evil.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: The "You know who's gay?" guy turns out to have been this in Deleted Scenes.
  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: Played for laughs in Part 3:
    Hey guys check out my new camera (shoots) oh wait this isn't the camera.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology: Parodied by the sauropod who calls himself a Stegosaurus.
  • Art Evolution: The first three installments were arguably stiff. From the fourth film on, the animation became more fluid and the characters more expressive.
  • Art Shift: The first four asdfmovies (and the "I LIKE TRAINS" music video) were each animated by completely different people, which resulted in a fair few somewhat noticeable aesthetic differences. However, from 6 onwards, all asdf-related media is handled by the same animator - Ben 'Wonchop' Smallman.
    • Most of the 'Drunk Science' backstory in the Mine Turtle song is drawn in a much different style, although this is more of a Continuity Nod; instead of playing off prior asdfmovie skits like the rest of the song, it refers to another TomSka video, done in a different style.
    • In-Universe, a character pulls a switch that causes the entire world to become coloured (and naked), causing an exaggerated freak-out moment.
    • One gag in 10 has the characters being rendered in 3-D.
      Man: It's medication time! (Takes medication and they shift back into 2D) This is better.
  • Ascended Extra: The music videos tend to do this for whoever they're about, taking a one note punchline character (the I Like Trains Kid, Mine Turtle and the Do The Flop Guy so far) and giving them a backstory.
  • Ate His Gun: A fat guy in asdfmovie10 looks like he's about to do this, but proceeds to take a bite of the gun.
  • Ax-Crazy: People fire off guns, attack each other and summon random large objects with complete abandon.

    B 
  • Backing Away Slowly: A notable fan submission (New dog........?) ends with two men growling at each other, with a third man awkwardly backing away. Strangely enough, once the video was adapted into an official asdf sketch, the third man was removed for some reason.
  • Badass Adorable: The Mine Turtle. Cute as a button, but will blow you up if you step on him.
  • Badass Baritone:
    • The potato, during his brief bout of badassery in the second movie.
    • Also the big baby in movie 8, who happens to be voiced by the sultry-voiced Markiplier.
    • The baby in the beginning of "asdfmovie: deleted scenes"
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • A guy is asked to hold a live bomb. The guy who gave him the bomb comes back a few seconds later and takes it back. No explosion, next skit. In fact, the frame before the scene transition contains a flash bug, causing the fuse to grow back.
    • Voice on telephone:"This is a robbery." *dramatic sting and close-up*
      Guy who answered the telephone: *hangs up and walks away*.
    • "WARNING POINTLESS BUTTON" is pointless.
    • In 8, a magician asks a boy, "Would you like to see a magic trick?". The boy, with a smile on his face, says... "No."
    • Also in 8:
      Narrator: And now, a cow pretending to be a man.
      Guy 1: Alan, are you a cow?
      Alan: What? No!
      Cow Pretending To Be A Man: Yeah, me neither. You guys want to go skateboards?
    • In the fifth movie, a man is seen going up to the edge of a cliff. When he gets right to the end, he floats away.
    • Girl 1: Hey, you want to play catch the knife?
      Girl 2: Sure! [gets shot in the face]
      Girl 1: Man, I suck at this game.
    • Since asdfmovie is a comedy series, we have a Banana Peel lying around in 9. And then a banana appears, shocked.
    • In 10:
    Woman: Hey kids! Who's ready to draw?
    Kids: Me! Me! Me!
    Woman: Okay then, (pulls out a gun) draw.
    (bangbangbangbang)
    • In "asdfmovie: deleted scenes"
    Woman: No, Suzy! Don't walk in the road!
    Suzy: (turns) Look Mom, I made i-
    Sauropod: (crushes Suzy) I am a stegosaurus!
    • Also in "asdfmovie: deleted scenes", a man slowly winds up a jack-in-the-box, then the scene zooms out to show him among dead bodies at a crime scene before the jack-in-the-box can open.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: "Hey, babe. Are you an angel? Because I'm allergic to feathers." (Vomit Indiscretion Shot)
  • Baleful Polymorph: The little girl who opens up 11 is capable of this.
    Girl: I want an ice cream!
    Man: What's the magic word?
    Girl: (Black Speech, and the man is turned into an ice cream cone)
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Presumably played straight with Desmond the Moon Bear, who seems to be perfectly fine living and speaking on the moon without a spacesuit. Bluntly subverted the next time we see him, where his reduced-to-bone corpse is still on the moon.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Invoked in the sixth movie.
    • Averted with Desmond, the moon bear.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • From number four, both the boy who wants to be a pie and the girl who wants to go to the moon.
    • And the time-traveler, who gets stepped on by a "Stegosaurus" upon arrival.
    • Number ten features a kid who wishes he could fly and flies off like a balloon... then crashes into the ceiling.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed:
    • The trumpeter in the sixth movie.
    • The guy who's told that he has one year to live in the eleventh.
  • Big "NO!":
    • "No, llama, NOOOOOO!"
    • "Die Potato!" "Nooooooooooooo!"
    • "Oh no, I spilled my milk!" "You've killed us all!" "NOOOOOOOOOO—(drowns)"
    • "Billy, nooo!!!"
      • "Billy, nein!!!"
    • "I AM PUNCHING YOUR SALAD!" "NOOOOOOOOO-"
    • "Oh, NOOOOO--" is quite appropriate just before punching yourself in the face because it's Opposite Day.
      • As well as when someone steps forward for his part in a barbershop quartet and hears a click, followed by 'Hello!'.
    • "I'm going to punch your face... in the face." "NOOOO—(zoom to face within face)—OOOOO!"
    • "Oh no, giant flying sheep!" "...Those are clouds." "NOOOOOOOO!"
    • "I'm sorry, Jim, but I'm going to have to let you go." "No, please! NOOOOOOOOO!"note 
    • "I sentence you...to jazz." "NOOOOO—(trumpet flies into mouth, perfectly matching her note)"
  • Big "YES!": In a deleted scene of 2.
    Astronaut 1: Are We There Yet?
    Astronaut 2: (sigh) Yes.
    Astronaut 1: Yaaaa—(cut to him left outside the rocket)—aaaaay! Aw, crap.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Parodied in asdfmovie12's title card for the opening. While it has a Japanese subtitle often used to translate most English-worded anime titles, it merely reads "Japanese Text".
  • Bishōnen: The Do The Flop Guy and I Like Trains Kid are animated this way in asdfmovie12's anime-styled opening theme. Do The Flop Guy even doubles as a Long-Haired Pretty Boy!
  • Black Comedy: A lot of the jokes deal with death or violence in some way, often involving Suicide as Comedy.
    • The seventh movie has a lot more of this in comparison to the previous six.
    • Likewise, 9 has a noticeably large amount of this (the following being Black Comedy Animal Cruelty):
    "Jimmy, take out the dog."
    "Yes, mother." *YELP!*
    "...for a walk, Jimmy!"
    • 10 kicks off with this.
    *guy is about to jump off a building*
    Bystander: Nooooo! Don't jump!
    *pulls out a camera and starts recording*
    Bystander: OK, now jump!
  • Black Speech: The girl in the opening skit of 11, when advised by her dad to "say the magic word" when she says she wants ice cream, utters a sinister backmasked incantation that turns her dad into an ice cream cone.
  • The Blank: From the fourth movie: "Well, I stole your face!"
  • Blatant Lies: Also doubles as Bad Liar. The puppy in six.
    "Oh, careful, honey; he [the dog] has a knife!"
    "What? No, no, I don't."
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • Tree powers, activate!
    • Invisible Billy. Playing catch with him using a frisbee is difficult (and quite lethal), to say the least.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Especially when a character gets shot in the face. Almost everything is in black and white, even flames, but blood is made red anyway.
  • Boom, Headshot!:
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The very end of asdfmovie9; after a rather dark joke is made, the recipient of the joke laughs briefly before the camera zooms in on his face at which point he looks directly at the viewer and sternly says "Comedy."
  • Breakout Character: Lots of these. Tom has even gone on record as saying that he enjoys creating at least one consistent character for each episode (where the skits typically adhere to Negative Continuity) to see if they'll stoke interest with the fans.
    • Following his debut in the second movie, the "I Like Trains" kid was apparently liked enough to show up in the third movie as well as in taking a starring in LilDeuceDeuce's "I Like Trains" music video. There was even a fad around about the time of the fourth movie where various YouTubers twisted around the wording of the original phrasing.
    • The other big Breakout Character is Mr. Muffin, who also got his own music video (which encompasses the entire series, no less), to the point that the card game based on the series is called "Muffin Time."
  • Brick Joke: Let's just say that if there's an original joke, it'll show up again in another episode with a new twist on it.
    • In the second movie:
      • The "I Like Trains" kid says "I like trains." to his dad. It runs over someone else instead in the next skit.
      • Desmond the Moonbear is questioning why he's on the moon. In the seventh he succumbed to the uninhabitable surface on the moon.
      • A driving llama falls off a cliff. In the fifth movie, it lands on someone.
    • In the third movie, a guy named Joey climbs into a friend's mouth. In the fourth movie, he crawls out.
    • In the fourth movie:
      • the newspaper headline says the potato died.
      • A piano lands on someone. In the fifth movie, someone lands on a piano.
    • In the fifth movie, a kid wonders if his pony can fly, which it does. In the sixth movie, the pony is spotted and shot down by some gunmen. In the Deleted Scenes, the slain pony's head falls on a man, who says "I LOVE IT!" while giving a thumbs up.
  • The Train Came Back: The "I Like Trains" Kid in 9, although in a phone call rather than in person.
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    C 

    D-E 
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: A non-game example in 10, as a father is holding his baby when a woman starts singing "If You're Happy & You Know It (Clap Your Hands)".
  • Dance Sensation: "Everybody do the FLOP!" (thud)
    • A ten-minute video was made out of this two-second gag.
      • Then there was a fan-made "Real Life" version.
  • Darker and Edgier: asdfmovie7 stands out as being the darkest entry in the series by far; notably, there's a lot more jokes involving death and suicide. Doesn't stop it from being over-the-top and silly though.
    • While it is no asdfmovie7, asdfmovie9 is markedly darker than asdfmovie8; while it has nowhere the amount of jokes about suicide, it amps up the Black Comedy to the point it stands firmly as the second darkest asdfmovie.
  • Deadly Euphemism: Jimmy interprets his mother's wish for him to "take out the dog" this way.
  • Death of a Child:
    • The girl drawing a bear... on a real bear. (CHOMP)
    • The girl who jaywalks, thanks to the "Stegosaurus".
    • The same little girl as above gets crushed by a car and falls off a cliff in the 10th episode.
  • Death Seeker: The muffin in asdfmovie 7 and 8. And he looks so happy about it!
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "POINTLESS BUTTON: Warning, pointless"
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Other than the occasional Splash of Color. Lampshaded in episode 7 when the characters turn on the color and are freaked out by it for the rest of the video, presumably because everyone's naked.
  • Depth Deception:
    • In asdfmovie 4, that kid trying to grab a ball thrown at him isn't standing far away. He's just really small. And gets squished under the ball.
    • One deleted asdfmovie9 gag showed two people looking at a paper airplane...that promptly flew down and crushed them both (judging by the splattery blood trails).
  • Deranged Animation
  • Disappeared Dad: The final joke of asdfmovie9.
    Person 1: "Hey! Wanna see an impression of my dad?"
    Person 2: Sure.
    (Person 1 is suddenly gone)
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • "Now, son, don't touch that cactus!" *kid levitates and attaches himself to the cactus* "YOU'RE DEAD TO ME."
    • "Honey, why is the baby on fire?" "BUY ME MORE JEWELRY!"
    • "BANANA FIGHT!" (gunshot) "NO!"
    • "Do you know who's gay? You." (stabbed in the chest) "Aw, come on!"
      • "Do you know who's gay? Y— *Hit by a train*
    • "Nice hat." "Thanks!" "I was being sarcastic." "Well, I stole your face!" *Man grabs his face to find out it is indeed gone*
    • Inverted: "ALIEN ATTACK!!!" "Throw the CHEEEEEESE!!!!!"
    • "Hey, it says 'Gullible' on the ceiling." "... Oh, so it doe— Aww, ye stole my lungs."
    • "Got your nose!" *Door kicked down* "LOOK OUT!!! HES GOT A NOSE!!!!" *Bangbangbangbangbang*
    • In asdfmovie2: deleted scenes, a guy literally explodes when another person admits to parking their car on their sandwich, destroying both of them and the car.
  • Dissonant Serenity: In the deleted scenes, the guy turning the jack-in-the-box in the middle of a murder scene with several bloody corpses strewn about.
  • Don't Try This at Home: At the end of the Ritalin'd movie.
  • The Door Slams You:
    "Knock knock!"
    "Who's there?"
    *slam*
    "THE DOOR!"
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: "Die, potato!" (click) "NOT TODAY."
  • Driven to Suicide: "Goodbye, world." "World: "Okay, Jim, I'll see you around! Where ya goi-AWW OH NO! Aw that's not what I thought he meant by that at all!"
    • The cake in the first one throws himself off of the table in front of his 2 little cupcakes.
    • "Quick, shoot me in the face!" *headshot*
    • "You'll never take me alive!", *trumpet sound*
    • "Wanna eat a muffin?" "No thanks." "But I wanna die!"
    • Every second skit in asdfmovie7 is related to suicide in some way.
    • "I'm afraid you have one year to live." "Ha ha, oh yeah?" *pew*
  • Duck!: A guy in the asdfmovie12 deleted scenes yells "Oh God, DUCK!" The duck yells "Oh God, STEVE!"
  • Dull Surprise: Two guys standing around. One guy crawls out of someone from the previous movie, with another guy watching.
    Other guy: "Oh."
    • A guy walks off a ledge only to fall upward...
      Guy: Oh, okay.
    • Yet another guy wonders whether his pony can fly. It can.
      Guy: Huh.
    • And another wonders what a button does...
      Guy: Ooh, I wonder what this does?
      [presses button]
      Guy: Oh, I'm gay now. Huh.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first three films had significantly slower pacing, stiffer animation and at least one skit that went on longer than five seconds, all of which greatly improved by the fourth one.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The "Mine Turtle" music video ends with the Earth exploding because of the Mine Turtles.
  • Edible Ammunition: "THROW THE CHEEEEEESE!!!'" It doesn't work.
  • Enfant Terrible: The child murderer in 10.
  • Everything's Better With Dinosa-*stomped* "I AM A STEG-O-SAURUS!"
    • This particular skit is repeated in the Mine Turtle music video, resulting in the "Stegosaurus" being blown up by the Mine Turtle. Then a whole army of Mine Turtles comes out of the time machine, leading to a hilarious instance of Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs.
  • Everything's Better with Llamas: Though trying to teach one to drive may not be the best of ideas...
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: "Doctor, I think I might be a homosexual." "How can you tell?" "RAAAINBOOOOOWS"
    • "Doing an internet" makes a rainbow come out of the computer.
    • The trains in "I Like Trains" produce rainbows.
  • Evil Laugh: From the evil tie.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The basketball in 10.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Pointless Button.
  • Exact Words:
    • The Mad Scientist in asdfmovie2 who admittedly did teach a llama to drive... although not very well, judging by the llama driving off a cliff.
    • In the "deleted scenes" video, a doctor tells a man that he has brain cancer, but due to sudden pineapples, he is instantly cured...because his head becomes a pineapple.
    • In 10, a guy says "You want a piece of me?" When the other responds affirmatively, the first guy rips a piece of himself off and gives it to the guy.
    • The doctor in 12 did save his patient's legs; they're just not attached to him any longer.
  • Eye Scream:
    • In 6, a man is told carrots are good for one's eyesight. He jams carrots into his eyes.
    • In the "deleted scenes" video, a man is told by an unseen voice to look towards them. He does so, and his eyes begin pulsating and sizzling is heard, and it's revealed that the voice belonged to the Sun.
    "Ha ha, now you're blind!"

    F-G 
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • "Hey, guys, check out my new camera." *headshot* "Oh, wait, this isn't a camera."
    • "Sir, is this your car?" "Nope, it's yours!" (guy drives off in the cop's car)
  • Fartillery: The butt from 11 farts with enough force to rip people's faces off.
  • Fat and Proud: In 7, the Sun smiles when Saturn calls it fat.
  • Faux Horrific: In the 8th episode, a guy is horrified at the sight of a "giant flying sheep" up in the sky, another guy points out that these are actually clouds, cue the first guy screaming a Big "NO!" in horror.
  • Finger Gun: This is how the kid in the fourth movie mugs the mugger.
  • Flying Saucer: Which gets cheese thrown at it.
  • Food Fight: Defied in 4.
    Guy: Banana fight!
    (guy gets shot from offscreen)
    Offscreen: NO!!
  • Foul Flower: "I'm on my way, I'm on my way, I'm on my way to eat your skin!"
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • In the trailer for the fifth movie, Tom's dog's dog tag briefly shows the face of the "I Like Trains" kid before switching to "TOM'S DOG"
    • In the third movie's skit with the bomb, the fuse goes back to its original height for a single frame at the end, though this is most likely just a Blooper (as it doesn't seem to happen in the Newgrounds version). invoked
    • In the 5th movie, right before the car lands on the guy next to Mine Turtle, you can see a smile on his face for a SPLIT second.
    • The guys who do the flop frown as they fall to the ground.
    • A potato appears by the dragon in the I Like Skyrims video after the dragonborn Ersatz summoned a train with his shout.
    • In the "Mine Turtle" music video, the mad scientist who taught a llama to drive can be very briefly seen in one scene, looking at a llama in a petting zoo.
    • During the "Everybody Do the Flop" music video, a newspaper featuring the Flop mentions an "Increase in Standing Up School Dropouts". Also, there is a book titled "I Wish I Knew How to Come Up with Humorous Book Titles".
  • French Jerk: He won't run out of muffins because he works at ze muffin factory.
  • Freudian Couch: When someone in 11 is stabbed, a doctor rushes to assist him—a doctor of psychology, that is. One cut later, and the now-dead man has been arranged on a couch by the doctor.
  • Fun with Homophones:
    Some Guy: Hey!
    (a horse gallops into the scene, trampling the guy in the process)
    Horse: (excited) Where?
  • Furry Denial: The Cow Pretending to Be a Man.
    Person: Alan, are you a cow?
    Alan: What? No!
    Cow Pretending to Be a Man: Yeah, me neither.
  • Gender Bender: The crying boy in 11 does this out of spite.
    Person: Aw, come on. Boys don't cry.
    Crying Boy: (staring at the person with an angry pout, they suddenly develop breasts)
  • Generation Xerox: It's implied in 2 that the I Like Trains Kid's love for trains is taken from his father.
  • Genius Loci: The Earth in asdfmovie3, the Moon in asdfmovie5, Saturn and the Sun in asdfmovie7, and the Sun again in the deleted scenes.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: Courtesy of the "Stegosaurus." And Johnny Bigfeet.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: In the third music video, The Do The Flop Guy's dance craze starts to go downhill when someone does the flop onto a Mine Turtle, and it only worse from there. Turns out that falling flat onto your face can be bad for your health.
  • Gratuitous German: The fourth movie was made in German... on an English only channel just because.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Two in the third one, namely "I AM PUNCHING YOUR SALAD!" and "YOU'RE DEAD TO ME!".
    • Plus one more at the beginning of the sixth one.

    H-I 
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat:
    • Of a sort. At the start of asdfmovie3, one guy asks another guy to look at his new dog, only for the other guy to realise there is actually no dog, at which point both guys start to yell angrily at each other.
    • We have this exchange in 12:
    Boss: You're fired !
    Guy: You can't fire me, I quit !
    Boss: You can't quit, I quit !
    Guy: You can't quit, you're a frog !
    Boss: You can't frog me, you're wife !
    Guy: I'm not your wife, you're MY wife !
    Boss: Oh hi honey, how was work ?
    Guy: Pretty good, but I quit my job.
    Boss: You can't quit your job, YOU'RE FIRED !
    Guy: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRGGHHHHHHHH !!!!!
  • Having a Heart: From 12:
    Doctor: (to a heavily bandaged patient lying in a hospital bed) Good news, we were able to save your legs! (holds up two severed legs) And here they are!
  • Hemo Erotic: 12. A random man tries to impress another man in front of the other man's girlfriend by making himself explode in a fountain of blood. The woman is horrified, but the other man finds it "hot".
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Do The Flop Guy's real name is revealed to be Dougal Flopguy in the third music video.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hilarious combination of Opposite Day and Big "NO!" in the fifth movie.
  • Hollywood Silencer: Jimmy, from the beginning of 9, uses a pistol with one to take out the dog.
  • Homosexual Reproduction: One of two potential punchlines in 9, where a woman excitedly tells her lover that she's pregnant. We then learn that her lover is a woman, who is understandably confused.
  • Hugh Mann: The Cow Pretending to be a Man in 8. His "disguise" consists of a hat and a skateboard.
  • I Fell for Hours: The driving llama from asdfmovie 2 had been falling for years before showing up in #5.
  • I Have a Family: "AHHH! Why would you do this? I have a wife and family!"
  • I Have No Son!: "Now, son, don't touch that cactus." *son levitates and attaches himself to the cactus* ''YOU'RE DEAD TO ME."
    • Said verbatim by a man in 12 in response to a child coming out as gay. Played with when it is revealed that the boy is in the wrong house.
  • I'm a Humanitarian:
    • Slight variation in asdfmovie3: "Joey, did you eat my sandwich?" "I am your sandwich."
    • The guy in asdfmovie9 who asks "Are you gonna eat that?" and points at something..with the next shot showing that he's pointing at a baby.
      • Considering that she responds with "No, you can have it.", she may be one as well.
    • A weirder example; the girl in 11 that turns her dad into an ice cream cone and promptly begins eating it/him.
    • The living flower from 12. Although his palate may be limited to human skin.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In asdfmovie9, a man getting ready to do a pole vault gets randomly impaled by a jousting knight right before he lifts off the ground.
  • Implausible Deniability: A talking dog claims that he isn't holding a knife. Said knife Sticks to the Back and is not covered in any way. Bonus points for the dog being a Bad Liar.
  • Impossible Theft:
    • "I stole your face!"
    • "Aww, ye stole my lungs."
  • Improbable Infant Survival: Seemingly averted: "Honey, why is the baby on fire?" but actually played straight in that the baby suffers no ill effects and actually smiles whilst still being on fire.
  • Improbable Weapon User: THROW THE CHEEEEEEEESE!
  • Inanimate Competitor: In 12, a cowboy gets into a duel with a toaster. The toaster produces a gun and shoots him in the head.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Two characters try to hold an intervention for Larry who keeps snapping people's necks without realizing it. He denies having such a problem then snaps their necks too.
  • Is There a Doctor in the House?:
    • In the sixth movie, when a guy standing beside someone lying on the ground and choking:
    Guy: Is anybody here a doctor?
    Doctor: I am!
    Guy: Well you're a nerd! *high-fives now-dead choking guy*
    • Also in 11:
    (a man is dying from a stab wound)
    Doctor: Don't worry! I'm a doctor! Of psychology!
    (cut to the doctor sitting on a chair taking notes while the other man lies dead on a couch)
    Doctor: So how does that make you feel?
  • It Only Works Once: Throwing cheese at a Flying Saucer causes an explosion in the twenty minute movie but has no noticeable effect in the fourth movie.

    J-M 
  • Jackass Genie: A nerdy guy in 12 rubs a genie lamp and wishes that people will be nice to him. The genie that subsequently pops out calls his wish stupid and smacks him lightly in the face. Note that the nerd's wish only specified that people would be nice to him.
  • Jerkass: Marmite
  • Killed Mid-Sentence:
    • "You know who's gay? Y-" *run over by a train*
    • "It worked! My time machine wor-" *crushed by a dinosaur*
  • Killed Offscreen: Desmond the Moon Bear dies offscreen (possibly of insufficient oxygen or food) some time after his debut in asdfmovie2. In asdfmovie7, he has been reduced to a skeleton.
  • "Knock Knock" Joke:
    Door: Knock Knock!
    Guy: Who's there?
    *whack*!
    Door: The door!
    • In asdfmovie8:
    Reflection: Knock knock!
    Guy: Who's there?
    Reflection: A mirror!
    Guy: I am lonely.
  • Land Mine Goes "Click!": "Hello! :D" (button on shell is pressed) *BOOM!*, bringing an entirely new meaning to *Click* Hello.
  • Large Ham:
    • "BUY ME MORE JEWELRY !"
    • "Throooooooowww the CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESE !!!!!"
    • "I AM PUNCHING YOUR SALAD !!!!"
    • "OH NOOOOOOOOOOOO-"-thump
  • Larynx Dissonance: If the opening to asdfmovie12 is to be taken as canon, then Cow Pretending To Be A Man and Beep Beep Sheep are actually female, despite being obviously voiced by men.
  • Last Note Nightmare: Two examples in 12:
    • "I'm on my way, I'm on my way, I'm on my way to eat your skin!" (sour piano chord)
    • "A, B, C, D, E, F, gun!" (BANG)
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others:
    Girl: I like singing!
    Boy: I like dancing!
    "I Like Trains" kid: I like trains.
  • Let's Meet the Meat:
    • From asdfmovie6:
    Off-screen voice: Hello, burger!
    Burger: I used to be a cow!
    Off-screen voice: Oh.
    • Non-meat example in 7, but it's still a suicidal muffin asking to be eaten.
  • Literal Genie: The twenty-minute movie provides a meta-example, as rather than being 20 minutes long, it was made in 20 minutes — the commenter who inspired it said to make one for 20 minutes, after all.
    • A kid in 10 wishes to be able to fly. A genie grants his wish, at which point he floats into the air and splatters against the ceiling.
  • Literal-Minded:
    • One character is told carrots are good for one's eyesight. He tries to test it by jamming two large carrots into his eye-sockets.
    • One guy tells another to turn his frown upside-down. He does...along with the rest of his head.
      • But he was smiling when he did that, so...
    • Another character, about to shoot himself, says "goodbye, world". The Earth then says "Okay, Jimmy, where you headed? OH! OH GOD! That's not what I thought he meant by that at all!"
    • A boss tells his employee Jim that he has to let him go. Jim turns out to be a balloon that is literally let go.
    • A sad fat guy moans that he doesn't want to be fat anymore and puts a gun into his mouth...only to start eating it. He literally Ate His Gun.
  • Made of Explodium: The Mine Turtle.
    • A guy in 9 must keep singing or else he'll explode. He's distracted by someone saying hello and has only enough time to say "What have you done!?" before exploding.
    • A guy in 10 jumps off the edge of a pool to do a cannonball and just keeps flying. He ends up flying into and exploding on the side of a pirate ship.
  • Made of Plasticine:
    • Invisible Billy is sliced by a mere frisbee.
    • The guy who asks whether the other guy wants a piece of him... and then casually tears off a piece of his own body.
  • Major Injury Underreaction:
    • The guy with a flower in 1 doesn't seem terribly bothered by the Chest Burster coming out of him.
    • From 2: "Aw, you stole my lungs." Said as though he's merely mildly irritated at the inconvenience.
    • You'd think that being asked to hold a knife and then getting stabbed by said knife would elicit a less silent reaction.
    • In 9, a kid asks a pregnant mother if her child can "come out to play". The baby casually bursts out through the mom's stomach, and no one thinks anything wrong about it.
    • The guy told that carrots are good for his eyesight promptly jams carrots into his eyes. His only response is to remark that the other guy lied to him.
    • The "You Know Who's Gay" guy seems more irritated than anything when he gets stabbed.
    • From 12: (gasp) "A knife! My favorite!"
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: About 99% of the jokes are this.
    • "I AM PUNCHING YOUR SALAD!"
  • Man on Fire:
  • Megaton Kick: "When I grow up, I wanna go to the moon!" "Why wait?"
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: All the memorable non-human characters from the show are drawn as cute anime humans in the opening of asdfmovie12. For bonus points, Desmond the Moon Bear is drawn as a bear.
  • Moment Killer: The Moon in the fifth movie.
  • Mood Whiplash: "I'm allergic to adorableness!" *Kitten lands on face* "Awwwwww." *Cut to his tombstone*
  • Moth Menace: In the ninth movie, a man has his sweetheart stolen away by a small butterfly.
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • In the fourth movie.
    "You're getting mugged, kid."
    "No, you're getting mugged."
    (The kid mugs the mugger with only his fingers. The mugger lampshades it despite throwing his hands in the air and shaking with fear)
    "DAAH! HOW THE HELL'S THAT EVEN WORK!?!"
    • This moment is remixed for IT'S MUFFIN TIME
    "Give me your hand!"
    (Holding a gun) "No, give me your hand..."
    *gasp*
    (The gun is replaced by a wedding ring) "in marriage!"
    "What?"
    (Mugger and victim are at a wedding altar wearing suits while Mendelssohn plays.)
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The Series.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The cake segment. Complete with a Big "NO!" at the end.

    N-O 
  • Naked People Are Funny: An Art Shift gag in 7 reveals every single person so far has been naked this whole time, the monochromatic art style just didn't make it obvious. (With a few exceptions - due to Early Installment Weirdness, people up to 2 and a few in 3 were drawn with visible sleeves.)
  • Neck Snap:
  • Never Learned to Read: "Ahaha, I can't read."
  • Nice Hat: "Thanks." "I was being sarcastic." "Well I stole your face." (Guy slaps his own blank face and finds it gone)
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the seventh movie, when some people are trying to stop somebody from jumping off the building, the flop guy from the sixth movie comes in and does his dance. Everybody flops including the one from the building.
  • Nightmare Face:
    • "YOU'RE DEAD TO ME."
    • "I AM PUNCHING YOUR SALAD!"
  • No Name Given: There usually isn't enough time.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Subverted. Johnny "Big Feet" from 12 protests that his feet aren't that big. While Johnny's feet are not disproportionately big, he himself is still a very big person. As shown by the ending shot of the skit, his left foot is big enough to accidentally crush a normal-sized human.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Marmite is represented by a full-picture photo of a Marmite jar.
    • The magical pony and the talking chair from 4 have a more detailed, pencil-shaded art style compared to the norm.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Some kids seem indestructible; to wit the "I Like Trains" kid and his assumed Spiritual Successor the airplane baby. (Then again, they could be asdf's version of Kenny.)
  • The Noseless: Pretty much everyone, due to the art style. No wonder the cop was so freaked out by the "got your nose" guy.
  • Not Like Other Girls: A girl in the tenth movie claims this. Why?
    "I have..snake arms."
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: Used in the eleventh movie, when a guy runs up to another person that's been stabbed and declares that he's a doctor... of psychology. We then see him attempting to give therapy to the man's decomposing corpse.
  • No, You: See Mugging the Monster.
  • Obliviously Evil: Larry, who keeps breaking people's necks, and doesn't even know he's doing it.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Played with.
    "And now: the funniest thing you've ever seen, from really far away."
  • One Steve Limit: Averted as name as sometimes reused. Even if the character look the same, they never have the same voice.
    • Joey the sandwich "Joey did you eat my sandwich" "I am your sandwich", and Joey who the muffin wants to be eaten by "Hey Joey want to eat me".
    • Johnny the Vaudeville performer "Hey Bobby, play that one about falling down the stairs" "Sure thing Johnny", and John who loses his wife to a butterfly "She's mine now John".
  • Opposite Day: In the fifth movie, a bully goes to punch another guy in the face, but when reminded of what day it is, the bully shouts "OH NOOO—" as he punches himself in the face.
  • Organ Theft: Lungs, specifically. Also a face was stolen in the fourth movie.
  • Orphaned Punchline: The funniest thing you've ever seen, from really far away. The first line is almost impossible to hear properly, the rest of it is much clearer.
    (Explosion)
    "Apples!"
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • The Cake skit in the first movie. It is the longest skit in the entire series, clocking in at a gargantuan twenty seconds, in a series where the other gags range from five to ten seconds.
    • Taking second place is the "You're fired!" "You can't fire me, I quit!" argument in 12, with the two guys going back and forth for about seventeen seconds.

    P-R 
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • The Cow-Pretending-to-Be-a-Man wears a baseball cap backwards and carries a skateboard.
    • One of the sheep in the "Beep Beep I'm a Sheep" video has "COW" written on his side for the "Meow Meow I'm a Cow" stanza.
  • Parental Abandonment: "I think we should just be friends." (beat) "Mother..."
  • Parental Incest: Implied weirdly in the example seen in Parental Abandonment.
  • Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs: Played for Laughs in the Mine Turtle music video; see Everything's Better with Dinosaurs.
  • Piano Drop: "Whose idea was this?!"
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The butterfly in the ninth movie that lifts a girl up by her finger and takes her away.
    "She's mine now, John."
  • Pokémon Speak:
    • The "I Like Trains" kid usually only ever says... well, guess.
    • The deleted scenes from 12 have two dogs who go "Dog! Dogdog!"
  • "Pop!" Goes the Human:
    Woman: Aw, babies grow up so fast.
    Horrified Pregnant Woman: THEY DO?! (Inflates and pops, leaving a baby where she once stood)
    Baby: Hello, I have been born.
    • A man does this to himself intentionally in 12 to impress another man. The other man finds it "hot".
  • Properly Paranoid: "My tie is evil and it's going to kill meeeeeeee..."
  • Rail Enthusiast: The "I Like Trains" kid.
  • Rapid Aging: The opening skit of 7.
    First Person: Hey, what did you get for your birthday?
    Second Person: I got...older!
    First Person: (Laughs)
    Second Person: (Quickly turns elderly)
    First Person: AAAAAAAAAAH- That is weird...
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Especially with skits lasting several seconds on average.
  • Reactive Continuous Scream: The guy whose face got punched in the face. He starts screaming, and it zooms in to his face's face, who is also screaming but at a higher pitch.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Desmond the Moon Bear is seen again in episode 7. He's dead. No air on the moon, you know.
    • In the fourth episode, aliens attack. A onlooker heroically yells, "Throw! The! CHEESE!" People then throw a ton of cheese... and it all just bounces off the spaceship.
    • Partway through the music video "Everybody Do The Flop", the "Do The Flop" guy eventually comes to realize the obvious dangers of falling down onto one's face. He then spends some time to try to come up with a new sensation, only to give up when he realize it's tough to force a new fad onto the public.
    • A living waffle with a bite taken out of his head appears in asdfmovie12 and at first is the set up for a food related skit. Turns out he has brain damage from said bite.
    • asdfmovie4 has someone attempting a robbery over the phone. The guy being robbed just hangs up.
  • Recursive Reality:
    • "I'm gonna punch your face... in the face!"
    • "I baked you a pie!" "Oh boy! What flavor?!" "PIE FLAVOR."
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Mine Turtle.
  • RPG Episode: One skit in the first asdfmovie involves a guy landing a single punch against another person. The punched person gets enraged, while a pop-up stating that the puncher leveled up appears right afterwards.
  • Rubber Man: A man in 11 asks another to pull his finger; he obliges and finds that the finger stretches to abnormal length (complete with rubbery sound effects).
  • Rule of Three: A notable trait in the videos, starting with the "I like trains" kid. These gags appear early in the movie, typically to introduce the character, again towards the middle, and then at the very end to lead into the credits. Sometimes they will make an appearance in the next movie (or movies) as well. Examples include the "I Like Trains" kid, the man punching a salad, the mine turtle, the suicidal muffin, the skateboarding cow pretending to be a man, the sheep, and the pineapples. The potato, while only appearing once in each movie, appears a total of three times. An exception to the rule is the waffle, which only appears twice in its debut.
  • Running Gag:
    "You guys want to go skateboards?"
    • BEEP BEEP, I'M A SHEEP.
    • 11 had a giant rear end that farts so hard people's skin fly off their bodies.
  • Rustproof Blood: Averted in 11 when a man, having been stabbed, is attended to by a doctor of psychology. By the time he's been set up on a couch, the blood has darkened.

    S 

    T-Z 
  • Take a Third Option:
    Drill Sergeant Nasty: "What are you, a man, or a mouse!?"
    (Horse.)
  • Take That!: Deleted Scenes features a nasty one towards The Annoying Orange.
    Father watching son making an orange and an apple talk: Well, we failed. (cocks shotgun) Don't look, honey.
  • Taking the Bullet: Subverted in 12's deleted scenes. One man fires a gun, and another dives... behind the target.
    "Phew! I almost got shot!"
  • Taking the Fight Outside: Played with in a skit which features two rowdy types in a bar with drinks looking like they're about to get into a fight. One of them, in a very serious tone, suggests "taking this outside", to which the other replies in just as serious a tone "Sure!". One cut later, with both of them outside, and the Bait-and-Switch apparent:
    Rowdy guy number 1: [still in pre-fight tone of voice] Wow! What a lovely evening!
    Rowdy guy number 2: [also still in pre-fight voice] This was a really great idea!
  • Talking Animal:
    • Mine Turtle.
    • The ducks are a more unusual case; when one of them quacks like normal, the other remarks (in English) how he was just about to say the same thing.
    • The cow pretending to be a man.
    • The sheep in 10.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Spoofed via inversion:
    Police officer: Ma'am, I'm afraid I've caught your son doing... homework.
    Mom: Where did I go wrong?!
  • Tempting Fate: From 12:
    Guy: Boy, I sure hope I don't get hit by a car!
    (man gets punched in the face... by a car)
    Car: That's for sleeping with my wife!
  • Terrible Pick-Up Lines: Parodied in asdfmovie7. A man says to a woman, "Hey, baby, are you an angel? 'Cuz I'm allergic to feathers." [vomits on her]
  • There Can Only Be One: Unless you like dying from getting stabbed in the chest, don't say your boyfriend said you were the most beautiful girl in the world.
  • There Was a Door: The Trains from the "I Like Trains" kid. Justified because, well, they're trains.
  • They Called Me Mad! / Mad Scientist: They said he could never teach a llama to drive. He probably should have listened.
    • Tom, who created the Mine Turtle.
  • They Killed Kenny Again:
    • Every time The "I Like Trains" Kid appears, he or someone near him gets hit by a train.
    • The Mine Turtle blows up in all but one of the skits it's in. It's shown in the song that there is actually an entire army worth of Mine Turtles (who then go on to explode the dinosaurs).
    • Either The "Die, Potato" Guy, the Potato, or both die in all of their skits.
    • The Deleted Scenes and asdfmovie10 both have a skit involving a girl called Suzie being killed (by the "Stegosaurus" in the former and a car in the latter); given the nature of the series, it's likely that they're the same character.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness:
    • In asdfmovie9.
      "Are you hungry?"
      "No, I'm crazy!"
      (crazy person is staring at cactus with hamburger balanced on it)
    • Also in 10.
      Clay figure 1: What time is it?
      Clay figure 2: It's medication time!
      (art style shifts from 3D figures to usual 2D style)
      Guy 2: This is better.
  • Toilet Humor: The giant butt in 11 provides this, in the form of farts capable of ripping skin and muscle off one's face.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Billy. He wanted to be a pie...so he baked himself into one.
  • Train Song: The "I Like Trains" song, though it's about the "I Like Trains" kid rather than the trains themselves.
  • Transflormation: "Tree powers, activate!" Doesn't really work, though.
  • Trigger Happy: Everybody.
  • Tuckerization: The Mine Turtle was apparently invented by a man named Tom.
  • (Mine) Turtle Power: Technically, he's a tortoise.
  • Unfortunate Names: In asdfmovie9, a girl tells his dad that she's hungry, to which the dad replies with "Hi hungry, I'm dad", a typical "dad joke"...until it's shown that the girl actually is named Hungry.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "holy shirt!", as seen in the end of asdfmovie deleted scenes.
  • Vague Age: Just how old is the "I Like Trains" Kid? He's referred to as a "kid", is seen with kids in most of his early appearances and apparently still lives with his parents, but in his self-titled song, he's shown to be able to get a job, buy a house and get married. Not helped by the fact that he's visually modeled after Edd Gould, who was 22 when he first started voicing the character.
  • Verbal Tic Name: Presumably the "I Like Trains" kid.
  • Visual Pun: From asdfmovie6.
    Mom: Here comes the airplane!
    Boy: *smiles*
    * airplane lands on house*
    • The "asdfmovie Song" video sometimes quickly flashed corresponding pictures of a cow and a bell (cowbell), as well as a drum and a karate kid (drum kick).
  • Vocal Dissonance: The baby in asdfmovie 8 has a deep, grownup voice.
  • Voice of the Legion: "THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE."
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot:
    • Doctor, I think I might be a homosexual." "How can you tell?" "RAAAINBOOOOOWS"
    • "Quick! Don't think about cats!" (BLARRRRGH)
    • "Hey, are you an angel? Because I'm allergic to feathers." *pukes in the girl's face*
    • "Miss, you need to pay for your food!" "Nope." (pukes up an entire burger)
    • "I'm feeling carsick!" (pukes up a car)
  • The Walrus Was Paul: "Random, nonsensical humor" is the name of the game, and asdfmovie plays it very well.
  • Weaksauce Weakness:
    • "I'm allergic to adorableness!"
    • "It's a lovely day to walk down the road, and if I ever stop singing I will explode..."
  • Weird Moon: Doubles as Third Wheel. "HEY, YOU TWO SHOULD KISS!!!"
  • What Does This Button Do?:
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?:
    Lady: "Somebody help me, I'm being robbed!!"
    T-Man: "I'll save you! Tree powers activate!!" *turns into a tree*
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: "Whose idea was this?!"
  • William Telling: Is pulled off successfully in 10 with a little boy, pinning the apple atop his head to the tree behind him... only for the tree to fall on top of him.
  • X Called; They Want Their Y Back: In 11, a guy approaches a Disco Dan character.
    "The '80s called. They want...you dead." (draws gun and begins rapidly shooting the now-rapidly dancing Disco Dan)
  • Yandere: Don't say your boyfriend said you were the most beautiful girl in the world...

"Do you ever get tired of being random?"
*duckbill*
"Me neither."
 
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