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Troopers is an online series of short videos created by CollegeHumor. The series is a parody of the Star Wars franchise and centers around a pair of Dread Troopers.

In 2019, a new series called Troopers Rise Of The Budget was announced for the Dropout.TV service.


This series contains examples of:

  • Bad "Bad Acting": Lord Sinister orders Rich and Larry to act and pretend to have lost all their love ones when their moon exploded. The result is a cringed-inducing performance.
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  • Bad Boss: Dread Lord Sinister will kill his minions for the slightest reason, reasons vary from mistaking a mash potato manikin for a prisoner, to him simply assuming someone's suggestion will be terrible.
  • The Chew Toy: Chase seems to be shaping up as a Kenny-style Chew Toy, having already died more than once.
  • Commander Contrarian: Almost literally with Dreadlord, who disagrees with the commander aboard at every opportunity.
    Admiral: (To a trooper) Eyes forward!
    Dread Lord Sinister: Eyes backward!
    Admiral: March!
    Dread Lord Sinister: September!
  • Darth Vader Clone: Dread Lord Sinister is one. Wears all black, a cape, a face-concealing helm and surrounded by white-clad Dread Troopers.
  • Duct Tape for Everything: Larry has strapped duct tape at his gun and himself to make sure the princess wouldn't steal it. Next thing you know, the princess has inexplicably stolen the gun without Larry noticing while he was conversing with her.
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  • Even Evil Has Standards: Lord Sinister is definitely not a good guy, but even he felt the princess' casual willingness to let billions of her own people die was cold.
  • Force-Field Door: The episode Force Field Door.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Rich and Larry:
    • The princess escapes in almost every episodes she appeared when Rich and Larry are tasked of guarding her.
    • Rich removes the handcuffs of an alien lizardman (who's been imprisoned for rape) thinking he's friendly. It goes as well as you imagine.
    • A prisoner escaped under Larry's watch and placed a dummy in his place. It took three months before Lord Sinister got wind of this.
    • Rich opens the door for Insurgency troops to storm-in thinking it was the pizza delivery guy knocking.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Larry tries to hit on the princess several times, but without any success.
  • Juggling Loaded Guns: "Gun Privileges" is full of this.
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  • Laser Sword: Lord Sinister is all excited because he received his brand new laser sword... Except it doesn't come with a fusion core, so it has to be plugged to an electric outlet with a power cord. On the upside, it can change the blade's color on the fly, the blade's length can be adjusted if needed, has various blade shapes and can inflict various effect (such as cancer or kill ghosts).
  • Macguffin: The Orb in Rise of the Budget. Lampshaded, of course. Everyone takes great pains to avoid mentioning what it actually does.
    I kinda feel like the Orb is this vaguely defined macguffin.
  • Once per Episode: Every time the princess makes an appearance, she has a different hairstyle.
  • Potty Emergency: It becomes the plot of Bathroom Run when Larry really need to go and can't find a free bathroom in the whole Dread Cruiser.
  • The Resistance: The Insurgency which the princess is part of.
  • Riddle for the Ages: The princess repeatedly tried reveal the secret weakness of the Dread Cruiser to the Insurgency, but is interrupted every time by Larry. Viewers never got to know what the weakness was.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Spoofed in "Coffee Run", where Dread Lord Sinister keeps constantly sending one of his Dread Troopers back and forth for coffee from a coffee shop on the other end of the Dread Cruiser, forgetting that the Dread Cruiser is the size of a small planet. Each coffee run takes three days. By the time Dread Lord Sinister finally gets his coffee, he's forgotten that he asked for it in the first place.
  • Single-Biome Planet: Satirized in "The Swamp Planet".
    "50 years ago Dread Trooper scouts landed in a swamp on our planet and for some reason didn't bother exploring anywhere else! If they'd gone one mile to the left, they would have found some beautiful beach front condos. But they didn't. And now we're the "swamp planet". How do you think that makes me feel?"
  • Skewed Priorities: Lord Sinister is amazed by his brand new holopad and doesn't seem too concerned by an escaped prisoner going on a rampage.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Chase is routinely killed, only to reappear the next time for his next trip to oblivion.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Rich and Larry. We can't never see them separately.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Rich and Larry.
  • Tractor Beam: Rich and Larry are assigned to bring ships into the Dread Cruiser by using tractor beam, with disastrous results.
  • The Unreveal: Lord Sinister orders Rich, Larry and Chase to remove their helms. We don't see any of their faces.
 
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Bathroom Run

It takes the Dread Lord a few seconds to come to terms with the fact that he just got urinated on.

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