The Nightly News at Nine is a stop-motion animated comedy series about a team of reporters in a world made of plastic bricks.
This show provides examples of:
- Alliterative Title: Nightly News at Nine
- Built with LEGO: The show is made using stop-motion animation with LEGO bricks.
- Characters are shown removing and reattaching limbs with ease.
- Characters refer to real-life LEGO product lines
- Cape Snag: One of Malifios's numerous attempts to destroy New Block City fails due to his cape getting stuck to the propeller of a plane.
- Complexity Addiction: Malifios's schemes tend to be either something that clearly doesn't work (such as making a machine that spins Octopi without doing any noticeable damage to New Block City, seeming pretty sure that it will), or too needlessly complex to work (he plans on setting a fire to a farm... By having a cow kick it as opposed to starting the fire himself. Amusingly, he gets kicked as soon as he gets initiative to start it on his own). Persephone Verada states that he could just get his degree in villainy if he just went for a more simple approach.
- Dada Ad: The "Orange Beats Binary" commercial.
Who needs binary when there is orange?
- Deadline News: Steve Deepsea gets eaten by a legshark after trying to interview him.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Orange and green have declared war on each other, all because a Figurian decided he preferred orange over green as his favorite color.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Grabbor cannot stand the idea that Report-O-Bot-O-Phelia is interviewing him "on behalf of the Figurians."
Grabbor: You are allied with the flesh BLOBS!?! Are you not a robot?
ROBOphelia: I was built to protect, not invaaaaade!
Grabbor: Then you were built wrooooooong!
- Expy: K0P-3R is this to ROBOphelia. Not only do they share the exact same head and a similar model, but K0P-3R even interrogates one of the Cowboybots in the exact same manner as ROBOphelia did to a Pinchbot in "ROBOphelia vs. Grabbor":
K0P-3R: "Ha ha ha ha! Where is your leaderbot?"
Chuck Malarkey: "And don't give us no malarkey!"
- This gets lampshaded in the next episode, in which Phil points out how similar the two are, even showing a comparison on both "interrogation" scenes to prove his point, in which Sherry brushes it off since many robots can be built similarly.
- Extreme Omnivore: Legsharks eat almost anything that's in front of them.
- Duckbot from the "Robots! Robots! Robots!" segment eats: 2 white plates, 3 fish, 1 radio, 3 gold cups, 2 parts of the table, 1 orange bowl, 1 mushroom, 2 wine glasses, 1 yellow book.
- Funny Background Event: You can find a lot of wreckages or weird going-ons in the background of any given episode.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Malifios.
Persephone Verada: Malifios' plans are always miraculous displays of failure.
- Insistent Terminology: Robert Vylan is a sportsmaster, not a sportscaster.
- Kent Brockman News: The show embodies this trope. Phil and Sherry bicker constantly and spend most of the show reporting on what matters to them personally.
Phil and Sherry: Only on the Nightly News at Nine: Bringing you the stories that matter to us.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: The colors green and orange keep trying to prove that they're superior to one another in the form of propaganda commercials.
- The Magic Touch: One of the chiselbots in "Orange Beats Binary" gains the power to make the depressingly gray factory happy and orange after touching a contagiously orange brick.
- New Neo City: New Block City.
- Noodle Implements: At the end of a Deleted Scene, Robert Vylan checks his to-do list regarding his evil plan, which reads "Escape Prison, Join NNN, Ice Blockey, Destroy City." Robert then attempts to talk about Ice Blockey in "The End of Sports," only to be stopped by Sherry before we can learn anything about it, meaning we still have no idea what "Ice Blockey" is.
- Noodle Incident: When arguing about whether or not Robert Vylan should be hired as the new sportscaster, Sherry brings up an incident involving a tree.
- One Steve Limit: Averted: There's Steve Flatwise and Steve Deepsea.
- Only Sane Man: Sherry is the only one who thinks that it's a terrible idea to hire Robert Vylan, as well as a Legshark that just ate their last reporter.
- Parody Commercial: Alternating with the fake news segments are fake commercials. They tend to be thematically or directly related to the top news stories.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: ROBOphelia tells Grabbor this after an interview with the Pinchbot leader:
ROBOphelia: I have one last question: "Are yoooou ready to be destrooooooyeeed?"
- Punny Name: Phil Brickley and Sherry Tiles both of whose last names reflect the fact that they're Built with LEGO.
- RockPaperScissors: Parodied in "ROBOphelia vs. Grabbor" where the two robots' programs keep being in sync when they're trying to introduce themselves to one another, and so they play Nut-Bolt-Washer to decide who's going to start. Washer beats bolt.
- Shaped Like Itself: Police Show!, Police Show! It's a show about police.
- Show Within a Show: Police Show.
- Spiritual Successor: To an old HBO series from the 80's, Not Necessarily the News, which featured a similar mix of a fake newscast and skits parodying commercials.
- Spreading Disaster Map Graphic: Zundar uses a map of Figuria to illustrate the consequences of the Orange-Green War.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Phil loves pizza. He even states that he could eat all the pizza he wanted if he could.
- Legsharks are also very fond of anything shaped like a minifigure head, except pumpkins, as they're allergic. That is, unless you give them a green wizard hat. Then they basically go to town on those pumpkins with no reaction!
- The Unintelligible: Q'#!*, one of the interviewees appearing in "On the Street with Steve Deepsea".
- We Interrupt This Program: In "The End of Sports" the Toymaster General of Figuria interrupts Robert Vylan to advertise the new mini-pinchbots.