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Les Kassos (The Dorks in English) is a French series of animated shorts created by Balak (one of the guys behind Lastman), broadcasted on YouTube. Accessible here outside of North America.

The series is about a social worker who just happens to take care of a wide array of parodies of fictional characters, from every sort of medias. Hilarity Ensues. The shorts typically takes the form of said characters being received as appointments in said social worker's office and describing her their problems.

An English dub titled The Wakos was available on Vice in the United States, but has been taken down.


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Les Kassos provides examples of:

  • Accent Relapse: Jacques Sparreau usually speaks with a snobbish French accent, but as soon as he discovers that the social worker and him have a common relative, he relapses in a thick French-Caribbean accent.
  • Affably Evil: The Predators are presented as a very friendly group who organize get-together to hunt the Alien every Sunday, kill the xenomorph that knocks on the door (it's the social worker's next appointment), offer her the best part of it, and, when she refuse it, switch to Space Marine sausage.
  • The Alcoholic: Aspégix and Grodébilix's problem. That... "magic potion" of theirs might contain a little bit of alcohol.
  • Anime Hair: The main point of tension in the "Dragon Boule" episode: Sanduku is furious that Veguetta messed up his Super Saiyan 3 brushing.
  • Anything That Moves:
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    • So far, Sandy has only targeted humans, but it might just be a question of time. She even came on the social worker at one point.
    • Not-Olaf in the "Frozen Yogourt" episode. He uses his carrot nose to have sex with Anita's corpse, just after she has been frozen to death by her sister's powers.
  • Art Evolution: Between the first and the second seasons. Especially glaring for Aspégix, whose design changed drastically, despite his season 1 appearance still being used in the opening.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Sanduku and Veguetta aren't actually speaking Japanese, but rather Japanese-sounding gibberish.
  • "Be Quiet!" Nudge: Leya Sodo punches her father Dark Papy when he starts saying "You're not his father—" to Yann about their son. The fact that he growls like a wookie might be a hint....
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Yann Sodo (the Han Solo parody) has a unibrow big enough that it covers his eyes (most of the time — Eye Takes are still possible).
  • Black Comedy Rape: Happens very frequently, mostly in regards to Disney parodies, like the not-Olaf and Not-Anna sketch and the not-Beast and not-Belle one.
  • Blinding Bangs: Grouchy Proumpf has his cap obscuring his eyes; taking it off reveals a head of curly hair that still mask them. (Although he later shaves it.)
  • Break the Cutie: The Canard Juniors get hit hard by this when they move in the 4000 Pâquerettes (4000 Daisies, a parody of the 4000, one of the worst urban ghettoes of France) and get bullied to insanity by the local thugs. They somewhat get better... by becoming thugs themselves.
    Social worker: Wait, the 4000 Pâquerettes, that's the Seine-Saint-Denis...!
  • Catch-Phrase: Dark Papy, being a Darth Vader parody, naturally has "I am your father..." as a catchphrase, to Yann Sodo's mounting annoyance.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Scoully to Muldor, obviously, trying to defuse the latter's obsession with Alien Abduction. And making sure he's taking his medication.
  • Darth Vader Clone: As his film counterpart, Yann and Leya's kid idolizes his grandfather very, very much.
    Yann: We didn't have the time to miss [Dark Papy], we already have the new model.
    [...]
    Leya: But we have to look at the bright side, he's making his grandfather's spirit live on.
    Yann: Wonderful. He dresses like Papy, he makes things move like Papy, and he smells like Papy too.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The social worker usually tries to be helpful, but from time to time she can't help but letting the sarcasm come out.
    Social worker: Okay, so, that's what you're going to tell at the tribunal: that you confused two Chinese women dressed as prostitutes. Eh, no doubt, you're saved...
  • Destination Defenestration: Muldor, at his most paranoid, jumps through the window despite Scoully's efforts at calming him down.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Grokouak does a good job of this when mentioning that they live in dark times, then trying to explain that he wasn't saying it about the social worker, who is Black.
  • Dirty Cop: Inspector Gadjètte, re-imagined as a lonesome, violent and racist cop.
  • Dirty Old Man: Papi Fougasse, in all likehood, since he cannot tells a riddle that doesn't involve his genitals.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Gadjètte is brought before the social worker because he beat up to death an old lady and a little kid who were respectively jaywalking and stealing some candies.
  • Dodgy Toupee: Yann Sodo wears one, as revealed when his father-in-law (Dark Papy) moves it with telekinesis.
  • The Door Slams You: For "Moc & Darty 2", in 1955 Moc is crushed behind the office's door by another time-traveling Moc opening it suddenly.
  • Double Entendre: Poor Sandy. Her sex addiction therapy is going well, but she has to have a conversation with the social worker that is filled with them....
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Wilson (the volleyball from Cast Away), finally shoots itself in the... ball since Chuck refuses to acknowledge their former "relationship".
    • Charles Lee, too, ends up hanging himself after complaining that nobody notices him... not even the social worker.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Diesel and Unleaded keep getting into accidents and, when they're seeing the social worker, have to get their driving licence back for the seventh time. Although their driving ends up saving the social worker when they crash into her office, running over Charles Ingalls who was about to kill her.
  • Dub Name Change: The English dub changes most of the characters' names, usually because the original names are based on French wordsnote , a Punny Name based on the original character's own Dub Name Change from English to Frenchnote , to add a new punnote , or because of a reference that wouldn't translatenote .
  • Everyone Has Standards: The social worker usually remains calm or professional even in the worst cases, but when the Proumfs are in their hipster phase...
    Social worker: I don't know why, but I suddenly feel an urge to beat up some blue things.
  • Eye Scream: The leader of the Elfen has an Eyepatch of Power and his daughter is holding Froton and not-Sam at arrowpoint. A sudden movement, a few improbable ricochets later and he's screaming he's afraid of the dark.
  • Follow the Bouncing Ball: The intro has one over the lyrics of the theme song. Although on the last syllable, the ball falls from the words and hits Dark Papy in the helmet.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Pause at a strategic moment, and for one frame, you'll see the Red Roger's "package".
  • Funny Background Event: Happens sometimes when the social worker has an appointment with more than one person. For example, try concentrating on what not-Dinky Winky is saying after you realize that, behind him, not-Dipsy is playing with his rectum...
  • Gag Boobs:
    • Ariel's breasts are so large, she can't lean forwards without them hitting the social worker's desk (with a "pof" sound effect, even).
    • Still not as big as Leya Sodo's, though.
  • Gag Nose: Not-Magneto. In fact, Aimanto looks like a proboscis monkey.
  • Gainaxing: Leya Sodo in the opening. Especially jarring, considering her assets are never actually addressed in the episodes.
  • Groin Attack:
    • A particularly wincing example occurs with the Subway Bunny, who puts his testicles on a mousetrap. Voluntarily.
    • There's also Hello Kiki punching Zizimir in the groin when the latter starts flirting with her.
    • "Go-go-gadgeto-taser-in-your-balls!"
  • Hearing Voices: Charles Ingalls's problem. His Axe told him to punish his family and now they're buried under a concrete floor.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Naio, Trinité and not-Morpheus are dressed in dark leather coats, pants and clothes. Reality Ensues as it's the middle of August: the leather keeps squeaking when they move a single bit (thus ruining not-Morpheus speech about the Matrice and forcing him to restart each times) and they're way too hot and uncomfortable. So Naio and Trinité gets clothes appropriate to the weather and immediately ruins not-Morpheus's effect.
  • Hollywood Tourette's: Porkypute's affliction.
  • An Ice Person: Elisa, just like the character that inspired her.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted with not-Mei, who gets decapitated by an enraged Totogro.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: Aimanto and Miss Trique's marriage suffers that the latter shapeshifts in her sleep.
    Social worker: Don't you think you're overreacting?
    Aimanto: Yeah, well, this morning, I woke up next to Gérard Jugnot!
  • I See Dead People: Invoked by Monsieur Man, who is indeed seeing ghosts...
  • Kill It with Ice: Happens incidentally when Anita and Elisa see each other again. Cue to Elisa fleeing the social worker's office saying she is a monster.
  • Lighter and Softer: The Jokerini are a duo of magician who makes a pencil disappear in various way and then retrieve it. The Social worker is amazed that, despite looking carefully, she still hasn't found the trick.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Just after Anita got accidentally frozen to death by her sister.
  • Living Toys: The non-Toy Story characters and Andy's new (sex-)toy...
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Sandy is a female variant of this. Yes, she clearly suffers from sex addiction, but when she's not in her "nymphomaniac" mode, she's sweet and nice.
  • Madness Mantra: After all she went through, not-Arya is reduced to recite the names of all the people who died in her series.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: The Proumpf with Glasses gets burned alive during his "buddhist monk" phase, and later gets stabbed by an arrow in the ass during his "Na'Vi" phase. The former causes him to declare that it stings a bit, the latter that he's experiencing excruciating pain, both times in a completely neutral tone.
  • Mean Boss: Froton, who has not-Sam carrying him around for no good reason while he badmouths him.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kassos" is a contraction of "cas sociaux" ("social instances"), a term that was used to describe people in serious need of social help, but which quickly developed a derogatory meaning.
  • Meaningless Meaningful Words: How Sachatte tries to convince the social worker that Pokémon battles are not just animal pit fights mixed with animal cruelty and doping. It somewhat works until he tries to give a "little pick-me-up" to his Pokémon by stabbing it with a syringe of steroids and makes it explode by trying to shove it in its Pokéball...
    Sachatte: Oh shit.
  • The Mermaid Problem: Sharon, being an inverted mermaid, mercilessly taunts Ariel about it.
    Sharon: So, so? At least I got a pussy! A pussy! Not a hole full of scales that smells like winkle.
  • Miniature Senior Citizen: Dark Papy (the Darth Vader parody) is a geriatric midget.
  • Misplaced Accent: Not-Wolverine has a very thick Quebecois accent. Yes, we know Logan is Canadian, just not French-Canadian... Justified as he is likely also a parody of Garou, a French-Canadian singer who was part of the French The Voice jury.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Often used for comedic purposes.
      Social worker: Please stop with the riddles, I don't have much time left!
      Papi Fougasse: Me neither... Me neither...
    • The "Pirate of the Antilles" begin with the social worker berating Jacques Sparreau for being a smuggler, only for them to realize some of their family members are married to each others and partying. Jacques's face also goes Super-Deformed.
  • Mushroom Samba:
    • Weird LSD pills taken at high doses, and bam! The Teleboobiz experienced one that lasted for 10 years straight. Not-Dinky Winky is starting to come down, but the others are still tripping balls...
    • In their second episode, while the other three are still tripping balls, not-Dink-Winky is apparently still having a bad time coming down and they found a girl that tried to go through a rabbit hole, and then a keyhole.
  • My Own Grampa: Darty ends up becoming his own father... and ends up with heavy mental retardation as a result.
  • National Stereotypes: The show sometimes plays with regional stereotypes in France:
    • The Britons Aspégix and Grodébilix are full-blown alcoholics.
    • After their Corrupt the Cutie phase, the Canards Joyeux talk like Parisian surburb thugs, including the occasional Arabic word.
    • Ouai-Ouai speaks with a chti (northern French) accent and is an unrefined dumbass that cares more about his car than about his family.
    • The Predators speaks with a Marseilles accent and satirize the good-natured, prone-to-eat-disgusting-things and trigger-happy hunters from rural France.
    • As soon as the social worker and Jacques Sparreau discover a common relative in the Caribbean Islands, they start drinking rhum and dancing on tropical music.
    • The social worker herself has a heavy Antilles accent due to the cliché that Antilles natives mostly work in administration or as civil servants.
  • Ninja Prop: The intro has a bouncing ball over the lyrics of the theme song while some characters are singing and dancing beneath them. On the last syllable, the ball falls from the words and hits Dark Papy in the helmet.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Elves that refuse to let pass Frodo and Sam because they are Hobbits are thinly veiled parodies of the Le Pen family who leads the French far-right party. Marionde (parody of Marion Maréchal-Le Pen) only expresses herself through bleats.
    Not-Jean-Marie Le Pen: We let one or two pass and in ten years everyone speak Hobbit, smokes hashish and walks around barefoot.
  • Ocular Gushers: In the "Yu Gi Uno" episode, not-Joey reacts to losing the card game with streams of tear.
  • Off with His Head!: The ultimate fate of not-Mei.
  • Oh, Crap!: The social worker has this reaction when she realizes she's facing someone or something dangerous, such as Totogro.
  • Older Than They Look: Hello Kiki looks like she's 6 years old; she's actually nearly 40. This has disastrous effects on her love life.
    Hello Kiki: The only persons who are interested in a cute little cat are little girls and disgusting pedophiles!
  • On Second Thought: At first, Aimanto says he doesn't want Miss Trique to change shape and that he wants to be with the "true Miss Trique". Then, she reveals her blue-skinned-woman form is also a construct, and that she actually looks like a spawn of Shub-Niggurath. So he quickly asks her to forget what he said and to shapeshift back to her iconic form.
  • Pædo Hunt: Zizimir the gentle monster claims that he's the victim of one. Of course, the accusations might be not entirely unfounded...
  • Pimped-Out Car: Ouai-Ouai's car, which is taking him so much time that he doesn't provide for his wife and baby.
  • Punny Name: As we're dealing with parodies of famous characters (and in order to avoid copyright infringement claims), all the names are altered to varying degrees. As a result, this frequently crops up.
    • For example, Kirikou becomes Ptiripou, which means "Li'l rotten/corrupt guy".
    • A subtle one, however, is with their Little Mermaid parody: she's named Ariel, just like the Disney one, however the episode focuses on her rivalry with her sister Sharon...
  • Quest for Identity: The three Proumpfs are basically going through a variant of this. They ran away from the Proumpf Village (which is depicted as a sect), but now they have a hard time deciding what they should be now.
  • Rabid Cop: Lieutenant Gadjètte. There's a reason he's nicknamed "Dirty"...
  • Riddle Me This: Parodied with Papi Fougasse.
    Papi Fougasse: My taste is not lethal, but I sometimes hurt. Often I'm erect, and smell like the tide. Who am I?
    The social worker: I don't know... A lighthouse, maybe?
    Papi Fougasse: Wrong! It's my dick.
  • Self-Deprecation: Coupled with The Cameo: The I-Men episode has a character named Irrito, "the boy with the most annoying voice in the world". He's actually voiced by the French YouTuber Squeezie, who is often criticized... for his annoying voice.
  • Sexophone: The "'70s porn soundtrack" variant plays whenever Sandy's nymphomania kicks in.
  • She Who Must Not Be Seen: The social worker is of The Voice variant. The show is always shot from her point of view, so the most we see of her is her hands. We do know she's a portly Black woman with a French-Caribbean accent, but that's all.
  • Shovel Strike: The Tortues Clodos making a demonstration of their ninjustu involves a shovel, and a lethal strike to the brain....
  • Shown Their Work: Hello Kiki being nearly 40 isn't random; the Hello Kitty franchise was indeed 39 years old at the time of the episode.
  • Smurfing: The Proumpfs, naturally, exchange another word with "proumpf" now and then.
  • Straight Man: The social worker, of course. She's firmly grounded in reality, only to better contrast with the utter wackiness coming from every one of her visitors. She only slips twice, once described under Yaoi Fangirl below, and once when partying with Jacques Sparreau, but then again they're family....
  • Stripperiffic: Gilles explains that he beat up a random Chinese prostitute because of this trope: he thought she was Chun Li, as "all the female Street Fighters are dressed like hookers".
  • Subverted Catch Phrase: Dark Papi subverts his usual catchphrase ("I am your father...") when the Sodos present their son to the social worker, as he starts saying to Yann "You are not his father!", but he's interrupted by Leya punching him.
  • Super Zeroes: The I-Men are trying to audition to be accepted by the X-Men, but they all have lame costumes, names, and especially powers. Polystiro is a mutant of class 1.5 with control over Styrofoam. Brise can create small gusts of wind (strong enough to close a window). Graviton experiences 25 times Earth's gravity (which makes him barely able to move). Irrito is a Manchild with the most irritating voice in the world. And finally Pr. Genealogio can read in your family tree. The Professor X and Wolverine parodies aren't impressed, although not-Storm gives them points for trying.
  • Take That!: "50 Shades of Greyjoy". With Ramsay and Théo as Christian and Ana.
  • Tattooed Crook:
  • This Is Gonna Suck: The social worker, when she realizes The Little Prince is one hell of an annoying brat.
  • Too Important to Walk: Froton doesn't walk, but rides on not-Sam's shoulders everywhere.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Some of the parodies, compared to their inspirations, such as not-Huey, not-Dewey and not-Louie, who quickly adapted to their new (violent and difficult) neighborhood...
  • Too Kinky to Torture: The Subway Bunny. In real life, he's a mascot used for warning children about letting their fingers on the doors of the subway cars and getting them stuck in. In this parody, he's actively trying to get parts of him stuck in things because he gets off on the pain.
  • Unfortunate Implications: In-Universe — the Yellow Power Roger is an Asian woman. She's perfectly aware of this, understandably pissed, and chews the Red Roger out about this. When said Red Roger ensures her it's merely a coincidence, the Black Roger opens up his visor and reveals he himself is a Black man.
    Black Roger: Oh yeah? A coincidence? You're sure about that?
  • Wimp Fight: The Knights of the Horoscope fight between themselves with light slaps — fittingly, as they're very much Camp Gay.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Gadjètte, because in his eyes, All Crimes Are Equal and shoplifting candy deserves capital punishment.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: When not-Mario and not-Luigi (in this setting, not brothers, but gay lovers who use the 'brothers' lie as a cover story) start having sex in front of her, the social worker not only doesn't stop them, but offers to join.
  • You Need to Get Laid: The social worker's conclusion about the "Yu Gi Uno" youths is that they need to give up playing their card game and start looking for girlfriends. She's so fed up with them that she finally calls on Sandy herself (who is happy to help).

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