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Rin: You ready, Haru? Better say bye to your boyfriend.
Haru: He’s not my boyfriend. The pool and I are just friends. With benefits.

An Abridged Series of Free! created by Octopimp and written by SparkyTheAndroid, 50% OFF is a little different than than usual; rather than full episodes of the show, episodes of the series are three-to-five-minutenote  shorts. The series covered most of Iwatobi Swim Club, but fell to the wayside before going on unofficial hiatus, and eventually being outright cancelled in 2020. The spoof as it currently stands ends on Episode 19. However, in early 2023, Octopimp began uploading more 50% OFF content in the form of short skits.

It's well-known in the fan community for its extreme characterization, resulting in Thugisa. There are also swimming puns and lampshades abound and the show's popularity is now growing beyond the fan-base.

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  • 420, Blaze It: Nagisa resists making a joke about the joint swim practice with Samezuka for being "low-hanging fruit", but when Gou tells him it begins at 4:20, he says "You're killin' me right now!"
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: Utilized in the cover of "Splash Free!", inserting a rap by Nagisa in between two verses filled with Gratuitous Japanese.
  • All Gays Love Theater: Referenced in the Discriminate and Switch joke below.
  • All Just a Dream: Bonus 14 contains a deleted scene which would have revealed the whole of Episode 15 to have been Rin's dream. Then that would have been revealed to be also Rin's dream.
  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: While he and Haru are swimming, Rin wonders what's going on through Rei's head to keep him so focused in swimming. Haru's just running through the DuckTales theme song.
  • Author Filibuster: Episode 19 has Nagisa give a long one about the problems with Gou's real life gay shipping habits, and then extends it to the fetishization of gays by Yaoi Fangirls.
  • Big Brother Bully: Inverted. Gou once threatens and bullies Rin into meeting Haru, Makoto, and Rin during an early episode.
  • Big Brother Attraction: Downplayed. Gou seems to enjoy the thought of Rin getting it on with Haru, even though she's Rin's sister. And her reaction to the actual encounter between the two boys is one of disappointment.
    Gou: That wasn't hot, it was just *seagull noise*-ing weird!
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Miho looks like a nice and harmless literature teacher, when in fact she's a full-blown thug.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Played with in the Halloween special, between Nagisa and Makoto:
    Nagisa: Let's wrap up, I don't like being alone up here.
    Makoto: Why? Because if this was a horror movie you'd die first.
    Nagisa: (Beat). Whyyyy?
  • Bottle Episode: Most of Episode 15 is spent in an abandoned lighthouse. Of course, this trope is lampshaded by Nagisa, leading to a conversation about the meaning of the term.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    Rin: Nagisa, I feel like you're running out of solid shark references to call me.
    Nagisa: I may have blown the good ones in the early episodes, yeah.
  • Brick Joke:
    • A scene which was cut from episode 11 contains the punchline to the Demon!Haru Running Gag from episode 10.
    Nagisa: He [Rei] can do everything but swim. Like the opposite of Haru. Nega-Haru!
    Haru: The sunken depths of the screeching horde-
    Makoto: Cut it out! He's had enough!
    • In episode 7, one of the Harus gets in an argument with the other Harus and storms out, slamming the door behind him, which does raise the question as to where he could've gone. Episode 16 reveals he somehow wound up in Rin's head.
  • Broken Aesop: The filibuster Nagisa goes on in Episode 19 rings a bit hollow when it comes from his mouth— something that he even recognizes— but it's even more hollow when you realize that it comes from a show that takes handsome characters who were Ambiguously Gay at most in the source material and turns them all into dysfunctional misfits and loud gay stereotypes for the sake of comedy and playing into fangirls' stereotypes, with one of the comparatively sane characters of the bunch being the same kind of gay fetishizing Yaoi Fangirl Nagisa's condemning.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Haru is godly at swimming, but he's also mentally ill, having long-running conversations with himself inside of his own head, and frequently disappearing to God-knows-where for hours at a time.
  • Camp Gay: Played for Laughs in one instance where Rin in shown to be running, saying "You can't catch me, gay thoughts!", and his thoughts reply in a camp voice, "Yes we caaaaan!"
  • Cast Full of Gay: With Gou as the obvious exception, pretty much all of the main characters are depicted as gay. Given the source material, though...
  • Censored for Comedy: The worst of the curse words are all censored. Each character is censored by an accompanying aquatic animal noise, and every character's is different. Nagisa, for instance, always has his swearing covered by a seal's bark.
  • Character Exaggeration: Makoto has been made from a Lovable Coward to full-blown wimp and Haru's ambiguous disorder is played up to Rain Man levels. Rin is also much more of a jerk.
    • All the boys go from "Ambiguously Gay" to "So Gay That They Might As Well Have Billboards Advertising Their Gayness" and Gou goes from having a small thing for muscles to being an extremely horny fangirl.
    • Makoto, Nagisa and Nitori's respective interests in Haru, Rei and Rin are also exaggerated from "possible crush" to "obsession".
  • Characterisation Marches On: Haru doesn't start talking to his other selves until a few episodes into the series. Before then, in one of the early bonus videos, he's freaked out when he hears a creepy voice in his otherwise quiet head.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Makoto, whenever Gou seems to be expressing attraction towards Haru:
    Gou: He's so hot but so crazy! That makes him even more hot!
    Makoto: Back off! I've already called dibs like 5 years ago!
  • Credits Gag: In Episode 16 Nagisa twice interrupts the opening title card, first to complain about Haru's Quip to Black, and then to complain about the title card playing over from the beginning and cutting him off.
  • Crossover:
    • An ever-so brief one with Danganronpa Abridged Thing. Nagisa apparently went to Hope's Peak at some point and killed every student in the building for scholarship money.
    • Happens again in PalletTownChampion's Fairy Tail Abridged, getting broken out of jail by Easter Dave AKA Makarov for illegally breeding Roskhopper penguins.
  • Cutaway Gag: The Danganronpa Abridged Thing Crossover in episode 11 rather plays out like one; Nagisa off-handedly mentions how he "enrolled at a different school" and then it cuts away to him talking to Monokuma.
  • Dark Parody: It's a parody of Free! (which is relatively optimistic) that gives the main character split personalities, turns the cheerful Cloudcuckoolander into a trash-talking Gayngster, and rewrites the Comically Serious new recruit as a serial killer.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    Rei: I would like to join your team. To swim. On the team.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Nagisa, obviously Played for Laughs. An escaped convict for whom violence seems to be the answer for everything. He's also not the least bit subtle with his attraction towards Rei.
  • Discriminate and Switch: Between Nagisa and Makoto during episode 5:
    Makoto: ...And I'm not allowed to watch Glee. My dad says it might turn me into something bad.
    Nagisa: Something bad?
    Makoto: A musical theater major.
    Nagisa: Oh. Right.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Gou, regularly.
    • Nagisa, whenever Rei is around.
    • Makoto is distracted by Haru's sexy when he emerges from the bath in episode 2, leading to the inevitable Freudian Slip.
    Makoto: ...We're gonna be date- late!
    • Makoto, again, when Haru tries on a new swimsuit at the store. This time, though, he merely stares and drools for close to thirty seconds.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: When Nagisa refers to Makoto and Haru as "Sherlock" and "Wetson" respectively.
    Haru: I get it- "Wetson". I like water. Wet. Haha.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Just like the original series, the performers sing "Splash Free!" at the end of the episodes.
  • Dreadful Musician: Nagisa, judging by his mixtape in this bonus video.
  • Duck Season, Rabbit Season: Like in the original series, but lampshaded.
    Nagisa: Ha, your ass just got Looney Tuned!
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Nagisa complains about Makoto's 'Be Yourself' advice by making a jab at Makoto's lack of luck with Haru. Makoto replies by asking about Nagisa's mother's drinking problem.
    Nagisa: Below the belt, Makoto.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Nagisa's speech to Gou in episode 19 about how fetishizing gay men isn't helping actual gay men, and that it's actually kind of gross. Gou admits that it was "astute" of Nagisa.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Gou when she sees Haru taking off his shirt.
    Gou: (getting out a camera phone) I HAVE TO TUMBLR THIS!
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    Nagisa: What up, sluts? Guess who just got out of prison?!
    Haruka (thinking): I always thought swimming was kinda like doing somebody.
    Makoto: Is it weird for me to think that he looks good in that swimsuit? I mean, really good. It's totally not weird, right?
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Nagisa and Rin have much deeper voices, although neither are, per se, evil. Miho's voice also gets a bit deeper when she drops the "nice teacher" act and snaps at Makoto and Nagisa for not working on the pool to distract the other teachers from her "extracurricular chemistry project."
    • Satan Haru. Nobody seems to take this into account but Rei.
  • Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: "Translator's Note: I have no idea what this says."
  • Everyone Can See It: Makoto's one-sided interest in Haru is treated as this by everyone except Haru himself, naturally.
  • Everyone Knew Already: That Haru can't read, as revealed in Episode 12.
  • Failed a Spot Check: As everyone is giving their encouragement to Haru in order for him to come home via phone messages, Rei then suddenly finds that Haru's cellphone is in his living room.
  • Fell Off the Back of a Truck: Nagisa has a TiVo from Easter Dave, and said they were found 'abandoned on the side of the road'.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: "Man, wouldn't it be crazy if we ran into Rin? Oh look, there he is."
  • Foe Yay Shipping: invoked Directly referenced and stated when Gou ships two swimmers:
    Gou: They hate each other, but they also f-*gull squawk* each other!
  • Fratbro: How Seijuurou is characterised.
  • Freudian Slip: "Let me help you out of that swimsuit- POOL!"
    • And later on, during the race between Haru and Rin:
    Makoto: Come on Haru, you can do me! IT! It. You can do it.
    Nagisa: I heard that one.
    Makoto: Shut up! You're high as balls!
    Nagisa: Heh, yeah, I am!
    • Makoto makes so many of these that he might just be the Tobias of 50% Off.
    Makoto: I'd do anything to you, Haru- for you!
  • Friendship Denial: Sometimes, when someone calls Makoto and Haru Nagisa's friends, he gets very defensive that they're simply teammates.
  • Gayngster: Nagisa, who is both involved in gangs and has a certain fascination for Rei.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: If Haru is to be believed, Rin is a bipedal shark-person.
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": Nagisa has this as a Running Gag.
    Nagisa: Alright, time to learn the titty stroke.
    Rei: Breast stroke.
    Nagisa: Heheh, still funny.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: "Easter Dave" is one, and has been referenced by both Miho and Nagisa, and seems to be some sort of gangster they both work with.
  • Hidden Depths: Nagisa has a surprisingly poignant speech in episode 19 on how Go's consumption of yaoi doesn't mean she supports gay people, and that gay men are depicted as either devil-like bad boyfriends or submissive weaklings in her media, saying both interpretations are bad, since gay people are human beings.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Makoto, apparently. What we've seen of his father so far corroborates this.
    Makoto: I learned to swim the old-fashioned way: when I was five, my dad took me out to a lake and tossed me right in the water! Making it to shore was easy! Making it out of the gunny sack was hard, though.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: The various locations listed in episode 13 as being part of the swim team's training regimen, including Camp Killateen and the village of Witchpyre.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Nagisa has apparently killed someone with a Speak and Spell once.
  • In-Universe Nickname: Nagisa loves giving Rin shark-related nicknames, like "Jaws" and "Deep Blue Sea". He's not unjustified.
    • It's later lampshaded when Nagisa greets him by calling him "Jaws 3D."
    Rin: Nagisa, I feel like you're running out of solid shark references to call me.
    Nagisa: I may have blown the good ones in the earlier episodes, yeah.
  • Lame Comeback:
    Rin: Hey, Haru. You still hang out with these losers? (laughs) I guess you'll never learn.
    Haru: You still hang out in...abandoned...buildings? ...Got 'im.
    Haru: What, do you still... walk around with your... legs? ...Good one, Haru. Thanks, Haru.
    Haru: What, do you still... wear a... hat? ...Fuck!
  • Laughably Evil: Thugisa. Breaking and entering has never been as hilarious.
  • Laugh Track: Crops up in episode 15 as a Running Gag.
    50% OFF is filmed in front of a live Studio Audience.
  • Make-Out Point: Haru tricks Makoto into driving him to other towns' swimming pools by telling him they're going to one of these. It speaks volumes about Makoto's naive nature (and his feelings for Haru) that this trick works five times.
  • Medium Awareness: All of the characters seem to be vaguely aware that they're in a show, although Nagisa seems to be the most disturbed by how little he can remember of what goes on off-screen.
  • Metaphorgotten: This hilarious monologue from Nagisa in Bonus 14, after Haru and Makoto get into trouble while swimming:
    Nagisa: Haru and Makoto? Dead? Let me tell you somethin'. Those two are literally impossible to kill. To prove a theory, I one time tried to just straight-up shoot 'em with a real-ass gun. The bullet missed, ricocheted off a frying pan on the wall, and broke open a cabinet full o' bottles which I then tripped on and fell over. Hurt my pride more than anything... 'cept my tailbone, which I bruised. Did you know that the scientific term for "tailbone" is "coccyx"? Hehe... that's funny. Anyway, I don't remember why I was talking about this - they're probably fine.
  • Monster Clown: Nagisa brought a Juggalo friend to Makoto's fifteenth birthday. He apparently set the pinata on fire.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: When suggesting ways to find out if Rin goes to their school, Nagisa says that he has an idea, but Makoto tells him that they can't kill anyone. Nagisa is out of ideas.
    Nagisa: Oh, I think I know how we can find out.
    Makoto: We're not gonna kill anyone.
    Nagisa: Well then I got nothing.
  • Never Learned to Read: All but one of the Harus in Haru's brain. And then one of the Harus had to go and shoot him.
  • Nice Guy: Makoto, to the point of being the only nice guy if you don't count Seijuurou or Nitori, who are both pretty considerate too. But Makoto takes the cake.
    Seijuurou: (to Nagisa when he pulls out a knife after Nitori takes Rei away) Calm down little dude, Nitori is just borrowing him. Bro...rrowing him. Bor...bro-ing him...
    Seijuurou: Brobrowing him.
    Makoto: You got it, buddy!
  • Not Even Bothering with an Excuse: Rin to Nagisa in episode 10.
    Rin: I've got to go... not talk to you any more.
  • Not Quite Dead: The Haru that can read returns in Episode 18.
  • "No More Holding Back" Speech: Haru links up to Rin's mind and gives him one to tell him that he's more determined than ever after Haru's recent loss against him.
  • Noodle Incident: There are a LOT of these involving Nagisa. He's apparently drowned a guy, burned down the old Iwatobi swim club, been in (and broke out of) prison, got Gou sent to prison, and has connections with someone called "Easter Dave".
    • Add Makoto's "I regain consciousness, there's cops everywhere, Nagisa's covered with blood, got an ice-pick..." story to this.
    Makoto: It was kind of a weird Tuesday.
    • The first few scenes of this.
    • Gou apparently can't go back to sewing club on account of the fact that she threatened some of the members with sewing needles.
    • Miho also seems to be getting a few of these, with the "chemistry project" mentioned in Episode 5 and something involving killing a man interfering with her profits. She also seems to know who "Easter Dave" is.
    • Haru has a problem with dolphins, because one once stole his penis.
    • Nagisa has apparently killed someone with a Speak and Spell once.
    • Nagisa's birthday party exemplifies this trope. He, Rei and Haru all go to an Iggy Azalea show. A matter of hours later, they're driving a possibly-dead Momotaro to the hospital, while Nagisa tries to call Makoto to tell him to burn everything inside a certain desk drawer in his house.
    Makoto: He never invites me to his birthday parties.
  • Oblivious to Love: Haruka seems to have no idea that Makoto has feelings for him, no matter how incredibly obvious Makoto gets. Though of course, Haruka is oblivious to pretty much everything not relating to water in this series.
    • Hell, Makoto even admits his feelings for Haru directly to his face in Episode 15, only for Haru to barely even notice.
  • Offing the Offspring: Played for Laughs. Apparently, Makoto's father tried to drown him as a child.
    Makoto: Don't worry about it, Rei. This is easy. I learned to swim the old-fashioned way. When I was five, my dad took me out to a lake and tossed me right in the water. Making it to shore was easy! Making it out of the gunny sack was hard though...
  • Only Sane Man: Rei, for a given definition of "sane".
    • Gou plays with this trope. She's very much the Team Mom towards the guys in the Iwatobi Swim Club and is intelligent enough to pick up on some of their secrets (such as Haru being unable to read), but boasts habits such as breaking into men's locker rooms or rooting through random people's garbage.
  • Planet of Hats: The entire Samezuka swim team is apparently emotionally unstable and joined to swim their problems away, if the member at the front desk is to be believed.
  • Plot Armor: Discussed/parodied in Bonus 14, where Nagisa claims that Haru and Makoto are completely unkillable, and that he once tried to prove the point by firing a gun at them. The bullet missed, ricocheted, and smashed a glass cabinet instead, ultimately bruising Nagisa's tailbone.
  • Raging Stiffie: To Nagisa's embarrassment, Makoto gets one after fantasizing about the guys trying on tight swimsuits.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: The Haru that can read says this word-for-word when he returns in Episode 18.
  • Running Gag: Plenty.
    • People, usually Makoto, wondering what Haru is thinking about, followed by an Answer Cut. Said thoughts are invariably bizarre (and hilarious).
    • Nagisa giving Rin shark-related nicknames.
    • Makoto making Freudian slips.
    • Episode 12 features a Running Gag of having "translator notes" that read: "[insert word] means nine-tailed fox".
    • Variations on the phrase "Shut up, Makoto!"
    • Bonus 14 has a Running Gag of Octopimp trying to deliver Rei's "fart-smeller, fart-smeller" line only to crack up laughing halfway through.
  • Scary Black Man: Nagisa has the personality and speech patterns of one.
  • Script Breaking: Back when Nagisa attended another school, he decided the best way to kill someone without getting caught was to leave no one around to convict him.
    Nagisa: Can't prove nuthin' if they all dead.
  • Shipper on Deck: Gou is one, and has one moment in Episode 6 where she ships people together who just happen to be next to one another.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Haru seems to only be attracted to bodies of water, a la Mako Tsunami.
    Haru: Oh, you like that, don't you? You dirty *dolphin noise*-ing ocean. Oh, you can't wait for me to get inside you, huh? Huh? Oh, you *dolphin noise*-ing slut! You're so wet!
    • Meanwhile, Makoto seems to be exclusively Harusexual.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Nagisa.
  • Skyward Scream: "WHY CAN I NOT SWIIIIIIM?!"
  • Slash Fic: In episode 11 we learn Gou has written one about Supernatural. Makoto is later seen reading it and decides to "keep it for later".
  • Something Else Also Rises: Haru's reaction to Makoto telling him that there is a pool in both his old swim club and Samezuka Academy, complete with slide-whistle sound effect.
    • Makoto himself gets one in episode 11 when he starts thinking about all of the possibilities of seeing the others in new, tight swimsuits.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Primarily animal cries based on the team's Animal Motifs. Haru's are dolphin noises, Nagisa's are seals barks, and so on.
  • Split Personality: Haruka. There are several "Haru(s)" inhabiting his psyche, each with their own unique personality and characterization. Apparently, only the main Haru can read. He gets shot in Episode 8 and the others have to improvise, but he returns in Episode 18.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: For the sake of jokes, many lines in a given episode end up going to Nagisa and Rei. In fact, a lot of times you forget that the main story was ever about Haru, Rin, and Rin's estrangement from his former friends at all.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Nagisa, towards Rei, to the extent where he takes the time to memorize the route he takes to school so he can jog up to him and hit on him.
    • And Nitori, towards Rin. He holds onto a towel, recently used by Rin, in order to make a "Rin quilt" out of it.
  • Straight Gay: Makoto, although he is bit of a wimp.
    • And he does take ballroom dancing lessons.
    • Nagisa mostly counts, but he does TiVo Glee.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: In the 9th Bonus video.
  • Talking to Himself: Haru.
  • Tattooed Crook: Nagisa. He has several, including a massive back-tat (the details of which have yet to be revealed), a Bowie knife on his right bicep, the words "Swim Life" bordered by barbed wire wrapping around his left wrist, and the words "Thug Seme" written over his collarbones.
    • Furthermore, Rei has a tramp stamp that says, "Property of Nagisa". Although Rei's status as a criminal is a little more ambiguous than Nagisa's.
  • Tempting Fate: Rin's introduction to Haru in episode 1 is made of this.
    Rin: I sure hope we become best friends! But I don't hope we have a falling-out over a race, leading us to having a tense, emotion-heavy, dramatic, competitive, love/hate relationship later on!
    Haru: Yeah, that'd be awful.
  • That Came Out Wrong: "If he makes me late again, I'm going to give him such a tongue-lashing! There's got to be a better phrase for that..."
  • Training from Hell: Gou arranges the boys' trip to Camp Guillotine for this purpose, thinking that the dangerous waters will motivate them to be better swimmers.
  • Transparent Closet: Makoto, to the point that you wonder why he even tries to hide it.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Makoto, to Haru.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Haru's demonic personality in episode 10. However, only Rei is concerned.
    Makoto: Still doing that weird demon thing to him?
    Demonic Haru: (deadpan) Totally.
    Makoto: Cool.
  • The Voiceless: Rei, at least until episode 8. The only "line" prior to that point is him inhaling, then getting cut away before he could say anything.
  • Waxing Lyrical: The beginning of Rin and Nitori's conversation in episode 9 has them saying the lyrics to "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap.
    Rin: Blood and tears...
    Nitori: They were here first.
    Rin: Hmm, whatcha say?
    Nitori: Oh, I only meant well.
  • Wicked Cultured: Surprisingly enough, Nagisa turns out to be this. Apparently, he draws his inspiration for the swim-club posters he makes from Wassily Kandinsky, a famous Russian painter and theorist.
  • Yandere: Nagisa's attraction to Rei borders on this, given that he drew a knife when Nitori took Rei into the dressing rooms.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Gou is definitely one. Her immediate reaction upon entering the Samezuka Academy swimming pool area during practice is to geek out and start shipping everyone in her head. She also writes Supernatural fanfiction in her spare time.

Alternative Title(s): Fifty Percent Off