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"Fucking Auschwitz would get a better Yelp review."note 
Brickleberry was an animated series that aired from 2012 to 2015 on Comedy Centralnote , produced by Daniel Tosh. It features a group of incompetent park rangers operating a national park called Brickleberry and a hateful, spoiled pet bear named Malloy who was adopted following his parents' death (that was caused by one of the rangers Steve himself). The show takes many nods from Seth MacFarlane's shows (specifically Family Guy), mainly for its similar art style and use of heavy vulgar humor. The series was created by Roger Black, best known for his previous work as Yucko the Clown on The Howard Stern Show, and Waco O'Guin, who both worked previously together on MTV with their sketch comedy series Stankervision.

Brickleberry is notable for being one of the few animated series to switch from Adobe Flash to traditional animation (most animated shows go the other way around, due to budget cuts or Executive Meddling of some kind). It's also notable for being renewed twice, despite many disparaging reviews. Despite this, the show was eventually canceled by the network in January 2015, with the last three episodes (see Recap) being burned off between late March and mid-April.

In July 2016, Dynamite Entertainment began publishing a 4-issue comic book miniseries that continues where the season three finale left off. Creators Waco O'Guin and Roger Black expressed interest in finding a new home for the show to have created a Season 4 and continue off from where the series had ended. They announced the comic book material is what they planned out for Season 4.

Black and O'Guin later went on to create Paradise PD for Netflix, which is like Brickleberry humor-wise, but does develop the characters more and has a running story rather than being episodic. After 5 years of a hiatus from new episodes, Brickleberry returned in a crossover episode in Season 2 of Paradise PD.

Tropes in this series include:

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  • Abusive Parents:
    • Connie's parents are raging, church-going homophobes who disowned her and replaced her with a Saint Bernard, took her back after her sexuality was inverted from the gay bomb blast, then rejected her again when the bomb's effects wore off. Her mother pushed her to do beauty pageants and used extreme measures (drugs, bulimia, and emotional manipulation) to keep her thin and performing (which didn't last, as she still became fat when she hit puberty).
    • Woody's mother is incredibly overbearing, forcing him to breastfeed until his late teens and locking him in a closet full of birds and bees (rather than give him The Talk, which is often referred to as "the birds and the bees") for masturbating. She also bought him a prostitute for his 8th birthday so he "wouldn't turn into a queer". He has mentioned his father dressing him up in women's underwear after his mother died, but since she has been revealed to still be alive, it's uncertain if this is true or not (or if Woody's father remarried or was a widowed bigamist).
    • In one episode, Steve talks about some of the awful things that happened to him when he was a kid, including not getting any presents for Christmas, his college fund being gambled away, a car backing over his dog, and his mom getting two black eyes on her birthday. It's made quite obvious that Steve's dad did all these things, but he would always tell Steve that a ghost did it, and Steve believed him. Subverted at the end of the episode when it turns out that the culprit really was a ghost.
  • Accidental Misnaming: In "In Da Club", Steve meets lesbians named Leslie, Lydia, and Colette. He immediately calls them Lezzie, Labia, and Clit.
  • The Ace: Ethel. It gets subverted here and there that she isn't perfect as she shows to be (the first episode reveals that she is an alcoholic and she got fired from Yellowstone for drinking on the job — and not wearing pants to work), but she is still the only person good at their job.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: This is what makes Steve the ranger of every month. Well that, and the fact that his mom has sex with Woody every month
  • Actor Allusion:
    • In the episode where Woody gets lost and goes psycho, he meets a crab he calls "Mr. Crab" and a rock with a similar face to SpongeBob's next to it. Both being voiced by Tom Kenny seals the allusion.
    • Malloy mentioning that Daniel Tosh is a bigger asshole than Woody is.
  • Adam Westing: When Woody claims that he's just made friends with someone who's actually even more corrupt and abusive than he is, Malloy asks "Daniel Tosh?"
  • Adopted to the House: When Woody is demoted by the Secretary of the Interior, he's forced to leave his cabin. Since all the rangers refuse to take him and Malloy in, they end up staying at Firecracker Jim's place.
  • Adults Are Useless: If an adult isn't an unscrupulous sociopath, they are a complete idiot who frequently causes more harm than good with their incompetence and recklessness. While Ethel is technically the only responsible adult in the show, even she gets roped up in the others' shenanigans every now and then and has little control over their antics.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Played for Laughs examples.
    • Whenever Ethel gets drunk, chances are she'll do something unintelligent, like going to work while literally only being half-dressed.
    • After Steve gets drunk in "In Da Club", he takes off much of his clothes, apparently puts a living lobster up his butt, etc. Also, this was while he was in public.
  • All Gays are Promiscuous: In one episode, Connie detonates a Gay Bomb and turns everyone gay and her straight. At the same time, those who got affected become hyper sex maniacs while Connie doesn't seem to have much a drive while straight in comparison.
  • Alliterative Title: A couple episode titles (namely "Scared Straight" and "Amber Alert") have alliteration.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: "Trailer Park" has Bobby Possumcods taking over Brickleberry Park through inheritance documentation from his ancestors dating back to the American Civil War, so he kicks out the rangers and converts it into a trailer park for other meth-addicted rednecks like himself to dwell there rent-free.
  • Always Someone Better: In the first episode, Ethel proves herself to be a vastly superior ranger to Steve.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: When the Secretary of the Interior tells Woody that he couldn't manage a blowjob in a dick factory, he asks her if she means a factory that makes dicks, or a factory made out of dicks.
  • Amusing Injuries: The show's version of Smokey the Bear (Flamey the Bear) gets set on fire and tossed in a vat of acid. He's still inexplicably okay for his own episode in season 2 however (unless that was a different actor in the Flamey the Bear costume in the first episode and the Flamey the Bear in "My Favorite Bear" was the original actor who was brought out of retirement for the park re-opening ceremony).
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: A rare example in which both parties are male occurs in "Scared Straight" when Meat Hammer tries to force Denzel to marry him so he can subject him to Prison Rape.
  • Animal Wrongs Group: The PETA ersatz in episode 4, who get killed by the animal they were trying to protect. One even accepts his fate as they're only doing what nature intends them to do.
  • Animated Shock Comedy: The show features plenty of adult humor and Black Comedy.
  • The Antichrist: Connie gives birth to him in "Aparkalypse".
  • Apology Gift: A Played for Laughs variant. Steve seemed like he was trying to help make amends with Denzel in "Race Off!" via giving him, a black man, a pimp cup.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • In "Scared Straight", Malloy gets arrested for "Three counts of Grand Theft Auto, a hundred and thirty seven moving violations, twelve counts of attempted vehicular homicide, and he called my partner a f***ing dipshit".
    • In "My Favorite Bear", Flamey the Bear's crimes as loudly announced by the angry mob he stirred up claim that he forced a bar patron to pay for a whole round of drinks, burnt down Jorge's strip club, sent a real bear to maul some man's children for their birthday party, and for his hospital visit with Dr. Kuzniak his crappy health insurance provider failed to fully cover the deductible.
  • Asian Rudeness: While Played for Laughs, this show stereotypes Asians as rude. For instance, while playing an online game in "Miss National Park", a Bratty Half-Pint who happened to be Chinese disses Malloy. And gloats to him after he kills and starts tea-bagging his Player Character. Also, before publishing a video of it on YouTube, said kid also basically gloats to Malloy that he can't do anything about it.
  • Asteroids Monster: The Squabbits, even though they were bred together by Steve rather than from another planet.
  • Attack of the Political Ad: Done when Woody and Ethel compete against each other for Governor. Then when they learn whoever wins the race will be assassinated, they do attack ads on themselves to get people to elect the other guy.
  • Attempted Rape:
  • Baby Talk:
  • Back-Alley Doctor: Dr. Kuzniak is the only doctor in town, despite being disbarred from practicing medicine. Still, everyone goes to him and his practice and he is willing to perform very questionable medical procedures (he makes Krieger from Archer look like Dr. Hibbert). He's even his own malpractice attorney.
  • Bad Boss: Woody isn't exactly the greatest guy to work for but his jerkness goes up to eleven in "Hello Dottie" when he cuts pay, benefits and safety measures to all the employees and then outsources all the ranger positions to Indian call centers who communicate through robots.
  • Bar Brawl: Woody and Denzel initiate one as a way to bond.
  • Bawdy Song: Flamey the Bear sings one about how much he loves drinking.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Malloy, but not because he's big and intimidating. It's because he's a spoiled, viciously sarcastic jerk with no regard for others always looking to destroy their self-esteem. Though Malloy can pose a huge threat if he wants to, he is known to steal cars and guns and has used both to kill civilians.
  • Bee Afraid: In "Trailer Park," when Ethel mentions being stung by a bee before getting her picture taken, accompanied by a quick cut to her grotesquely swollen face on the cover of a magazine.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Steve and Viggo Mortensen of all people in Scared Straight.
    • Malloy in "Woody's Girl" with a jetpack.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Woody yells "No!" in "My Way Or The Highway" when Brickleberry ends up having the Woody Johnson Is A Sexist Asshole Memorial Highway run through it. He also does another, complete with a Skyward Scream, in another episode when he learns his Abusive Mom was coming to visit.
    • Kinda downplayed but Malloy exclaims "No!" when Denzel becomes the head ranger.
  • Black Comedy: Loads. For starters, the season 2 finale revolves around Denzel trying to kill Connie's son, the anti-Christ. As he throws it into a volcano he's dancing a little jig for victory.
  • Black Comedy Animal Cruelty: Some instances have characters mistreat animals (e.g. Denzel poaching squabbits in "Squabbits")...and they're Played for Laughs!
  • Black Comedy Rape:
  • Blatant Lies: It's normally obvious when Steve is lying, not that the characters pick up on it.
  • Blunt "Yes": When Malloy becomes a porn director, Ethel asks him if he knows how demeaning it is to women. His response isn't a surprise.
  • Body Horror: Towards the end of "Amber Alert", the titular Amber gets horribly disfigured in a fire.
  • Break the Cutie: It's shown in flashbacks that Malloy was a rather nice Cheerful Child who was even cuter than he is now. One of them also reveals that he once found both of his beloved parents after they were gunned down, with his father having already died and his mother giving him her Famous Last Words ("Son, never forget us. Never forget where you came from.").
  • Break the Haughty: While the show's favorite target is Steve, he's not the only one. For instance, in "Little Boy Malloy", some smug schoolyard bully gets a Humiliation Conga courtesy of Malloy, who he bullied and claimed he couldn't get a girlfriend. The bear takes all his friends via outclassing him at trash-talking and he mocks him for the former. During a school play with a large audience, he tauntingly winks at him, steals his girlfriend, and flips him off. Not only does he gloat to him that he stole his lover, he even gets mocked by one of his former friends!
  • Break Them by Talking: Mainly because it seems one of the only things that makes Malloy happy is ruining people's self-worths, he loves trying to use his words to break other characters.
  • Breast Expansion: In "Write 'Em Cowboy", Connie wishes for Ethel to have larger breasts. And it (temporarily) worked!
  • Bring It: Before "fighting" his childhood bully, Steve tells him, "Don't worry... I'll try not to kill you.". He then starts getting owned.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: The show being what it is, this happens multiple times. Notable moments include Steve crapping his pants in fear while having a massive freakout due to his fear of flying while piloting a helicopter... as in, one of those motorized helicopter toys outside grocery stores, and Connie getting explosive diarrhea on the set of Wheel Of Fortune when she gets to meet Pat Sajak.
  • Brick Joke: A recurring Running Gag of the series. For example, in S 1 E 5, When Steve and Denzel switch ethnicities, Denzel asks the doctor if he has any black skin left and he tells him that all he has is Mexican. When the duo get their skin burned off again at the end of the episode they both become Mexican.
  • Broken Pedestal: When Steve meets Flamey the Bear he finds out he's a raging alcoholic, drug addict, sex addict, and a horrible human being on top of everything else.
  • Broken-Window Warning: In "Miss National Park" a rock gets thrown through the ranger station window. It says "You're a dead man, fatso." Woody thinks it's for Connie.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: In "The Dam Show", Ethel planned to force this upon the two last Philadelphia Eagles when they were babies.
  • Bury Your Gays: Connie's parents are this, as they tried and failed to convert her to being straight, which resulted in them disowning her and removing her from all their family photos.
  • Butch Lesbian: Connie. Most of the patrons at the lesbian bar in In Da Club.
  • Butterface: Inverted with the Indian callcenter employee who falls in love with Steve in "Hello Dottie." All Steve can see of her is a face on the monitor. When he flies to meet her, she has a cute face, but a heavy body and hairy arms and in a rascal scooter.
  • Call-Back: The episode "Baby Daddy" makes references to a bunch of plots from previous episodes that cause Woody, Denzel, and Connie to end up in a lunatic asylum, because they weren't believed.
  • The Cameo: Tommy Margaretti and Manuel Sanchez, the main characters of Murder Police, a FOX animated series that was cancelled and shelved without airing any of it's episodes make cameos as stuffed heads in the episode "Cops and Bottoms".
  • Camp Gay: The gay man who was mistakenly being interviewed for the job of Park Ranger in the second episode.
    • Steve, Woody, and Denzel under the effects of the gay bomb.
  • Cassandra Truth: In "Gay Bomb", Connie tells Malloy about the gay bomb, which he doesn't believe of course. But after finding a gay Woody more annoying a straight Woody, he helps Connie try to make everyone straight, without say that he's sorry for not believing in her as he's more concern with making Woody straight again.
  • Cat Up a Tree: Steve tries to get one down in one episode. It lands in a wood chipper.
  • Celeb Crush: Steve has a man-crush on Viggo Mortensen, Denzel has one for Betty White, Judge Judy, Queen Elizabeth, etc... and Connie has one for Pat Sajak.
  • Censorship by Spelling: In the first episode, Woody defends Denzel's bad behavior by saying, "I can't fire him because we work for the government and he's b-l-a-c-k."
  • Chain Pain: Denzel and Woody's mother get into a fight with rusty bicycle chains. They both just happened to have one on hand.
    Denzel: "Bitch, you think you're the only one that has a chain?!?"
  • Chased Off into the Sunset: The pilot ends with a very angry Ethel chasing Steve after she learns he drugged her coffee.
  • Comforting the Widow: Woody claims that this is why he didn't look for Steve's father after he went missing. His wife needed comforting. In her uterus.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In the first episode, Malloy complains that Woody got him chocolate bars that are 75% cacao, when he asked for a minimum of 85%. In season three, when Woody's mother shows up she gives Malloy chocolate bars that are 99%.
    • In "The Animals Strike Back", Steve notices that it's the anniversary of the death of Malloy's parents. Also written on the calendar is "Squabbit Apocalypse Remberence Day".
    • In "That Brother's My Father", Woody has a stroke when he finds out that Denzel married his mother exactly like he did in "Woody's Girl".
    • In "Trailer Park", Woody complains that taking over the park is the worst thing Bobby has ever done. Malloy sarcastically says, "Really?" with a cut back to "Welcome To Brickleberry" when Bobby raped Malloy. Woody retorts, "He gave you chocolate."
  • Couch Gag, Funny Background Event, and Freeze-Frame Bonus: Starting in season two, the openings would have something different about it to reflect the episode's plot note . Some examples include: the lake glowing in "Miracle Lake," the skeleton of Malloy's hanged horse on "Ranger Games,", Mt Brickleberry spewing smoke in Aparkalypse, Flesh Devil The Leather Midget from The Comeback appearing behind Woody on "My Favorite Bear," Denzel stumbling in with a baseball bat on his head in "Miss National Park," and Steve dressed in the slave Leia costume in "That Brother's My Father."
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: Subverted. Malloy says "*cough* slut" when referring to Ethel, and then apologizes because he had something caught in his throat before he said "slut".
  • Courtroom Episode: The last part of "Cripple Berry" takes place in court.
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: During Steve's first performance at a birthday party of his "wholesome country songs", the parents end up covering their children's ears.
  • Crappy Carnival: One comes to Brickleberry in "Cripple Berry". Attractions include "Meth Eating Contest", "Poke The Rabbit In The Eye". "Donkey Kicks" and "Bobby's Heavy Petting Zoo". Its main attraction is a rollercoaster named The Paralyzer, which is unsafe even by carnie standards. It doesn't even loop back the whole way, it just slam into a barricade in the middle of a loop.
  • Crapsack World: The titular setting of Brickleberry is prone to forest fires, pollution, destruction, the endangerment or disorganization of animals, violence, explosions, destruction, sex and hate crimes, etc. Not to mention the severely underhanded and incompetent staff members who are responsible for most of the chaos.
  • Cringe Comedy: It attempted to be this in season one but didn't quite go all the way, with seasons two and three, it was a full-blown cringe comedy.
  • Cure Your Gays: Inverted by Connie with the Gay Bomb, turning everyone in the blast radius gay. Then it's Played Straight when Connie realizes the bomb also reversed her sexuality.
  • Cuteness Proximity: The rangers use Malloy dressed in a sailor suit to invoke this trope and lure Pamela Anderson into a horde of squabbits.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Steve pretends to be Flamey after the jerkass died.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: Flamey the Bear murdered two men dressed as fire on his show and is also a drunken hedonist and a horrible human being.
  • Desecrating the Dead: In one episode, Steve runs over Flamey's corpse. Given this is a black comedy, it's Played for Laughs.
  • Deus ex Machina: In episode 4 when the rangers are about to be killed by the Squabbits Pamela Anderson appears when the rangers need something toxic enough to kill all of the Squabbits from the inside.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: A Played for Laughs example when Steve accidentally confesses he spiked Ethel's coffee when he brags about it out loud. He even something to this effectnote  upon realizing it wasn't his inner monologue.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: A few times Malloy has done this. For instance, his response in "Scared Straight" when someone was eating his moonpie? He had him shanked to death. Not that this is played seriously.
  • Dirty Kid: In "Two Weeks Notice", one of the blind kids Ethel tries to supervise gropes her ass while grinning.
  • Dodgy Toupee: One episode revolves around the reveal that Steve wears a toupee. Misuse of an experimental hair tonic results in him growing hair all over his body, and he's soon mistaken for Bigfoot.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: There are a few scenes involving male-on-male sexual violence, which are all played as Black Comedy Rape. Special note, however, goes to the first episode; when Bobby rapes Malloy, it was considered a "misdemeanor" and it's basically dismissed afterwards by everyone who isn't Malloy.
  • Do Wrong, Right: "Steve, don't you EVER hit Connie with a chair! Use the Connie Club, that's what it's there for".
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Connie's SEAL team drill instructor from "Race Off".
  • Drunken Master: "Frozen Toes" Cruthers tells Denzel that the secret to ice-skating is getting stinking drunk beforehand. When Denzel actually tries it, he vomits and falls flat on his ass. Turns out that Cruthers is dead, and Denzel was just talking to an old guy with Alzheimers.
  • Egopolis: When the cast apparently winds up on an island in "The Dam Show", Steve declares himself leader and decides to name the place "Steveland", after first rejecting the name "Steveistan".
  • Electrified Bathtub: Woody is seen killing a potential member of a club he wants into this way. After he throws the toaster in, Pop-tarts pop out and he tries to grab. Because they're hot, he drops them into the tub and when he tries to get them, he shocks himself.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: One of the things Anita does in "That Brother's My Father" to be Jerkass to her son? She shows Malloy, Steve, and Ethel a picture of him after soiling himself when he was a child. And they start laughing after she talks about it.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Ethel can't stand Amber in the episode "Amber Alert", but still ends up having sex with her, because Amber was so beautiful, Ethel couldn't help but turn gay.
  • Everything Makes a Mushroom:
    • A mushroom cloud appears when Connie sets off a gay bomb. It actually looks like a penis and balls.
    • In another episode, when Ethel accidentally expresses Malloy's overflowing anal glands, the result is what can be best described as an atomic poop explosion.
  • Excrement Statement: Being a Gross-Out Show set in a park, this has happened multiple times, both with animals and with humans.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Parodied, within the universe of the show, the more extreme right-wing conspiracy theories of Fox News are actually TRUE, such as Obamacare requiring donator organs to be given to gay illegal immigrants first and the Gay Mafia secretly running the media.
    Denzel: You're the Gay Mafia? Holy shit, Fox News was right!
    Gay Mobster: Yah, they're right about everything!
  • Explosive Breeder: The squabbits, squirrel/rabbit hybrids, end up overflowing the park.
  • Eye Am Watching You: Steve does this to a bear eating garbage. Strangely, the bear is intimidated.
  • Eye Scream: In one episode, BoDean got some pencils stuck in his eye. The fact this is Brickleberry should tell you how much of this isn't Played for Laughs.
  • Face Palm: After experiencing Denzel's friends be pathetic excuses for criminals, Malloy facepalms.
  • Facial Horror: Several cases. It's revealed in a flashback from "Squabbits", for instance, that one time part of an old man's face got ripped off. This being Brickleberry, these are Played for Laughs examples.
  • Fan Disservice: It could have its own page. For starters, in "Old Wounds" we see the Secretary of the Interior's crotch uncensored. While it may sound like Fanservice, there's also the fact said crotch looks like a disgusting monster...
  • Fantastic Racism: When Malloy hooks up with the park animals and rejects his human upbringing, he takes a bite out of a fish. He then apologizes to the elder moose for killing a living creature, but the moose says it's okay, because "Fish are ASSHOLES! *spit*".
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Sorta. Despite forming an enmity with Steve in the first episode, Ethel eventually was willing to bury the hatchet and hug him. He then exploits this so he could spike her coffee to get her fired.
  • Fingore:
    • In "Trip to Mars", Dr. Kuzniak is watching the Mars landing while doing surgery. Distracted, he accidentally cuts off his assistant's fingers. Later, he tells her they can reattach them, but when an alien (actually Steve) appears on the TV, he throws his hands up in shock and they end up hitting the ceiling fan.
    • Pirate Steve cuts off several of Woody's fingers in "Steve The Fearless Pilot".
  • Fish out of Water: Denzel Jackson fled the concrete jungle of Detroit for a much less familiar environment.
  • Flaw Exploitation: A couple times Steve has used this tactic. After learning Ethel was fired from Yellowstone because of her alcoholism, for instance, he tries his damndest to exploit this to get her fired.
  • Flipping the Bird: Several cases. In the first episode, for example, Steve flips Ethel off.
  • Force Feeding: As punishment for hiding Thanksgiving dinner inside her bunkers during U.S. Navy SEAL training, Connie was forced by her colonel Kirk Sanders to eat Thanksgiving dinner 24/7! That means instead of water, she must drink gravy. When she's crawling through barbed wires, she must eat pumpkin pie. After her horribly bloated weight ends up killing her fellow trainees, she must eat a huge Thanksgiving dinner worth dozens of courses.
  • Forgot to Feed the Monster: Woody had apparently been keeping some Oompa Loompas in his basement. When he tries to summon them to fix the park, camera pan to a bunch of rotting Oompa Loompa corpses that depict them having resorted to cannibalism.
    Woody: GOD DAMMN IT! Forgot to feed 'em.
  • Forceful Kiss: Played for Laughs, but still. Because Steve thought his partner Briggs and him were playing "good cop, gay cop", he forcibly smooches a criminal while trying to "break him".
  • Freudian Threat: The Antichrist threatens to rip off Denzel's dick and feed it to the demons of hell.
    • The Gay Mafia strongarms Denzel by saying that if he doesn't manage Steve's music career according to their specifications, he'll wind up in a ditch with his dick in his mouth.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: While yelling at her son (the Anti-Christ) in "Aparkaylse", Connie refers to him with his full name.
    Connie: Donald Sutherland Cunaman! What do you think you're doing, young man? I did not raise you to end all creation!
  • Goodbye, Cruel World!: When Woody and Malloy are discussing Malloys poor history as a pet owner, Malloy says that the hamster suicide wasn't his fault. Woody says he left behind the cutest suicide note, and produces a piece of paper with a small, bloody pawprint on it.
  • "Good Luck" Gesture:
    • When Woody says he's hired a new ranger, Denzel crosses his fingers and chants "Old lady, old lady, old lady..."
    • When Steve says that he has good news, Woody crosses his fingers and says "Cancer, cancer, cancer..."
  • Good News, Bad News: After sticking his wang in a hive of yellow jackets, Steve says that the bad news is that they crawled up his urethra and made a nest out of his prostate. The good news? He's pissing honey and his small penis is now 13 inches...wide.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: In "Miss National Park", Malloy briefly speaks Chinese. Apparently justified because he was in China, where Chinese is commonly spoken.
  • Grave Robbing: While pretending to be Ethel's husband, Connie gives Ethel a necklace she's always wanted. Ethel's sister says that it looks like their grandma's necklace, which she thought was one of a kind. Guess where Connie got it?
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: What Denzel hopes is in space. Specifically those of the Multi Boobage variety.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up:
    • In "Old Wounds" we get several, repeated close-ups of Jack's mutilated crotch.
    • In "Fearless Pilot" we get a close-up of Woody's poorly reattached severed fingers.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: At least a couple times a character has been split in half. In the first episode, for instance, Ethel accidentally cuts a landscaper in half when she was piloting a helicoptor while drunk. These examples are also from a show that loves its grim humor.
  • Hand Rubbing: A paw-equivalent; Malloy rubs his paws together during a scheme in "Miss National Park".
  • Hands Go Down: Denzel's plan to break Steve out of a government base involves poofing in and out. Woody asks "Well, does anybody have a plan that DOESN'T involve Nightcrawler from the X-Men?" *Connie raises her hand* "Or any of the other X-Men?" *Connie lowers her hand*.
  • Harmful to Minors:
    • Played for grim laughs several times. For instance, the first episode has Steve show some children an animal orgy.
    • Malloy's backstory reveals that, when he was a cub, he found his parents after they were shot in their heads. He even watches his mother die as she gives him her Famous Last Words.
  • Height Insult: After becoming significantly bigger in "Write 'Em Cowboy", Malloy calls all the rangers (sans Steve as he wasn't nearby) "squirts".
  • Here We Go Again!: In episode 4 after Steve's previous Mix-And-Match Critter goes wrong the episode ends with him inventing the Wolverinigator.
  • Hobos: Malloy adopts one as a pet. His name is Hobo Larry (who is the same hobo from "Two Weeks Notice" that Steve paid to eat his sandwich).
  • Homemade Sweater from Hell: When Woody's mother comes visiting, he puts on a sweater that has the words "Don't touch your dirty pecker" stitched on it.
  • Human Popsicle: In "Miracle Lake", Denzel finds a four-hundred-thousand-year-old Neanderthal woman frozen in a glacier, who he unthaws and has sex with.
  • I Am a Humanitarian:
    • In episode 10 "Dam Show", the rangers and other survivors eat a FEMA agent AFTER he saves them.
    • In "In Da Club", it turns out the fancy Country Club's sandwich involves killing and eating a black man in their recipe.
  • I Banged Your Mom: After sleeping with Woody's mother (Anita), Denzel gloats to him about it. Woody clearly wasn't fond of it...
  • I Call Him "Mr. Happy": Antagonist Kurt Thoreau is revealed to call his penis the "USS Enter-thighs". Denzel thinks he's a loser...for naming his junk after Star Trek. He named his "Hung Solo".
  • I Have No Son!:
    • After killing his own son, Nikolai says thisnote  vertabim.
    • A variant in "Squabbits" when Woody disowns Malloy, who he took in when he was a cub. Granted, it didn't last.
    • It's revealed in Connie's backstory that her parents disowned her when she was a child.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: A male-on-male example, of sorts. In the first episode, Bobby "tricks" Malloy into going into his trailer and then rapes him there, with it being implied the former locked the door. Not that it's taken seriously, given how this show loves its black comedy.
  • I'll Kill You!: A few examples. For instance, Malloy once told a schoolyard bully something like thisnamely.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: After he first meets Anita, Denzel kisses her hand. Unlike some cases, he did this inside rather than outside. Otherwise, this example didn't follow the rules.
  • I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: "If you want to find out where he's hiding, you can ask himself. Hey Bobby, tell this girl where you're hiding!" "I ain't gonna tell her I'm hiding in your bathroom!" "He said he ain't gonna tell you nothing, sorry about that."
  • Imagine the Audience Naked: Denzel gives this advice to Steve when he's scared of speaking to an audience. However, since he's speaking to a class of grade schoolers, it's not the best advice.
  • In Case of X, Break Glass: In Case of Connie, Break Glass.
  • Incompatible Orientation:
    • Connie is in love with Ethel, who is straight.
    • As well as Connie and Barack Obama. Barack says he likes a challenge. Apparently Michelle was also gay when they met.
  • Incompetence, Inc.: Brickleberry National Park. Woody is ethically questionable; Connie is clumsy; Denzel is unproductive; Steve has the IQ of a peanut; and Malloy is spoiled and uncaring. The only consistently competent worker is Ethel, as long as she is sober. In "Squabbits", Woody mentions that they had 25 campers die in one month.
    The Secretary of the Interior: Fucking Auschwitz would get a better Yelp review!
  • Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: A discussed example. According to Malloy, a Bratty Half-Pint who was a jerkass to him in an online game uploaded a video of him pwning and tea-bagging his Player Character on YouTube.
  • Insult Misfire: When Malloy drives a motorcycle with a girl on the back into the ranger station, Woody asks him what he's doing with that death trap. Malloy says that she's been tested.
  • In-Universe Factoid Failure: Sorta, though it's justified. In "Miracle Lake", Malloy didn't recongize snow (or "white, cold stuff" as he originally called it) until Ethel told him. Makes sense because he, like most bears, hibernates during the winter and this was his first time seeing snow.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: When the head of the rangers in Yellowstone says to Woody that they'll let any psychopath into the Ranger Games, Woody says "I will rip the head off your mother's rotten corpse and make her go down on herself!!...Hey, who are you calling a psychopath?"
  • It Won't Turn Off: When Malloy makes a wish at a wish machine to be big, the machine activates but nothing happens. After Malloy walks away, we see that the machine wasn't plugged in.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: When Malloy makes a smartass remark to a prison warden, the warden punishes him by having a guard whack Denzel. When Denzel makes a rude comment about the warden's tie, he still gets whacked. The warden was just being an asshole.
  • Jetpack: Denzel gets a jetpack in "Woody's Girl" after getting a large sum of money in the will of a granny he boned.
  • Jizzed in My Pants: A running gag with Ethel's latest boyfriend (known as "Pre-Jack Ken") in "Little Boy Malloy". Doesn't take much.
  • Jumping on a Grenade: When Woody was in Iraq, a grenade landed near him and his partner, Jack. Woody saved himself by throwing Jack on it. It turns out that Jack survived the experience, but the grenade blew his crotch off, and he started posing as a woman instead.
  • Karmic Death: In the series finale, after Woody unleashes tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere without believing that global warming is real, alien cows land on earth deciding the planet got hot enough for them to live in and they use laser guns to start zapping humans to death, with Woody being their first victim.
  • Karmic Injury: For all the times Malloy has attacked Steve in the groin, Malloy himself gets hit in the groin at least twice.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Steve complained that everyone in his youth bullied him for his baldness in "Steve's Bald".
    Steve: Kids can be so cruel.
    Denzel: So can adults you bald motherfucka! [rubs Steve's bald scalp]
  • "Knock Knock" Joke: When Malloy gets threatened by a prison inmate, this happens.
    Malloy: Knock, knock.
    Paco: Uh...who's there?
    Malloy: Amish Hank.
    Paco: Uh...Amish Hank who?
    Malloy: Amish Hank you! (I'm-a Shank You!) *Malloy stabs him*
  • Klingon Promotion: Likely Played for Laughs. In "Scared Straight", Malloy kills the leader of a prison gang called the Latin Kings. The next scene we see him in, he's... the leader of said gang.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Literally involving lasers, in the series finale "Global Warning" Woody gets disintegrated by a laser gun from a cow since he heated up the earth so much the cows decided now they can take over and subjugate the human population.
  • Last Disrespects: When Flamey the Bear dies, Steve runs over his body several times with his car. Given that his dying words were about how he banged Steve's mom in their car, it's hard to blame him.
  • Leitmotif: The hospital has a brief musical cue... which features a sultry sax for some reason.
  • Limited Animation: Similar to Family Guy's animation style, all the characters mostly have stiff movements, limited facial expressions, and mostly stand still in 3/4 profile view.
  • "Lion King" Lift: Done in the episode "Squabbits" where Woody raises a squabbit in the air while tourists watch and African chanting is heard.
  • Loud Gulp: Steve loudly gulps in horror in "Cops and Bottoms".

  • Matricide: In one episode, Nikolai guns down his own mother, which is played for Black Comedy!
  • May–December Romance: Denzel and any old white woman he can find. Best examples are in season 1's "Two Weeks Notice" and season 2's "Miracle Lake".
  • "Metaphor" Is My Middle Name: When his new friend Mayor Todd Ford thinks that his poker game is too high stakes for Woody, Woody says that "high stakes" is his middle name.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: What a baby elephant dressed as Superman does to Denzel in "In Da Club".
  • Mirthless Laughter: A downplayed Type V in "Miss National Park" when Steve giggles nerviously. According to Denzel, this isn't the one time he's done this.
  • Mistaken for Dying: Steve in the episode "Two Weeks Notice" after his medical report gets mixed up. Ethel is the first to find out, and she hesitates in telling Steve because he's become a much nicer person.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: The unintentionally suggestive songs Steve sings at a birthday party in "Write 'Em Cowboy" get Steve in trouble, with a song about his pet rooster causing people to think he's a pedophile due to the lyric "Raise your hand if you wanna see my cock".
  • Mistaken for Racist: Happens to Steve at the end of "Write 'Em Cowboy", where his song dedicated to his fan Billy Black gets him in trouble due to the lyrics sounding unintentionally racist.
    Steve: I'm so sorry, Billy Black, people suck.
    It's not your fault, Billy Black, people stink.
    Don't worry, Billy Black, people are animals.
    I'd like to tie them to my pickup truck and drag them down the road.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: In episode 4 Steve attempts to get a squirrel to mate with a rabbit to produce a hybrid of the two. It works.
  • Mixed Ancestry Is Attractive: Woody admits to believing this trope despite (or precisely because of) his ardent racism, believing races should interbreed as long as they produce hot babes he can lust afterwards later.
    Woody Johnson: Marriage is the sacred union of Man and Woman. Not Man and Man. And certainly not between the races. Except Spaniards and Asians. They make Filipinos who are great looking and desperate for cash!
  • Motor Mouth: BoDean (in season two. In season one, he spoke clearly and sounded almost like Bobby Possumcods) is a mumbling version.
  • Mushroom Samba: Steve overdoses on an Indian "food of the Gods" which is full of peyote.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Despite clearly being a bear, Malloy normally acts human, which is justified as he was Raised by a Human for most of his life. However, when he snaps in "Little Boy Malloy" after a kid pushes him, he loses any humanlike restraint he displayed previously; he roars and begins savagely attacking the boy like a wild animal.
  • National Geographic Nudity: A flashback shows Woody masturbating to National Geographic.
  • Negative Continuity: Some episodes end with one of the main characters dying or in a condition where it would be really difficult or even impossible to restore the status quo. In addition, Ethel mentions that she's had 11 abortions in a flashback of the first episode, but in the season 1 finale she states that she is incapable of having children and implies that her infertility is a result of penetrating herself with a rolling pin when she was a child.
  • Nepotism: Steve was the victim of this in "Amber Alert" as because his mother freed up his mandate to achieve through effort by having sex with the decision-makers, Steve became a hopelessly ignorant buffoon.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • The drill instructor from "Race Off" looks and sounds a lot like R. Lee Ermey.
    • The corrupt mayor acts just like Rob Ford.
  • No Infantile Amnesia: According to Steve in "Two Weeks Notice", his first memory was back when he was a sperm.
    Steve: [to an unnamed woman] My earliest memory was being the vastest sperm in the balls...
  • Offing the Offspring: Played for grim laughs when Nikolai shoots and kills his own son.
  • Off with His Head!:
  • Oh, Crap!: Steve's horrified expression when he realizes he accidentally confessed to tampering with Ethel's coffee while she and the other rangers were nearby says it all.
  • Oh No You Didn't: What a formerly tough army guy says after Connie sets off a gay bomb.
  • Oh, Wait!: After Steve gets paralyzed, he says to the rangers "Thanks for coming to visit me in the hospital. Oh wait, no one did."
  • Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List: Woody's grocery list gets stuck in a book of black baby names in "Aparkalypse".
    Malloy: Bacardi? Listerine, arugula.
  • Old Shame:invoked
    • Woody's past as porn star "Rex Erection". He isn't ashamed of the porn, just his humiliating fall from grace after getting addicted to cocaine.
    • Ethel's alcoholism cost her her first job, when she came to work drunk and pantsless. Is also shown drunk and naked on a photo in "My Way Or the Highway" and had beaver videos of herself online on "My Favorite Bear," almost all of which have been deleted
  • On Second Thought:
    Denzel: I don't want to hear another word about that ghost!
    Malloy: Woody used to be a seventies porn star named "Rex Erection"!
    Denzel:...Tell me more about that ghost, Steve.
  • Organ Theft: A gambling debt with Malloy results in Woody losing both of his kidneys.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: The last episode "Global Warning" has cows prove they are actually highly intelligent aliens and they take over the world. Steve wakes up in a hospital thinking he dreamed it. But instead, the talking cows are real and take him away.
  • Out with a Bang: When Denzel gets involved in a love triangle between a mother and daughter, he solves the situation with a threesome. Unfortunately for him, both expire as soon as they're done.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Inverted. The female bear, Mallory, has slightly darker fur than Malloy the male bear.
  • Parental Incest:
    • Downplayed yet played for grim laughs when Steve's father starts forcibly humping his son's leg. Subverted as it's later revealed he wasn't Steve's father.
    • In "Campin' Ain't Easy", Woody has sex with Tiffany, who he learns later, is almost certainly his daughter.
  • Parent with New Paramour: One episode has Steve discovering his long-lost father, who then becomes intimate with Ethel until it's revealed he isn't actually Steve's father, he's a bear with a serious case of mange. Another episode has Denzel getting involved with Woody's mother.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: In "Obamascare [sic]" Steve exploits Woody's severe allergy to crab cakes to sabotage his ceremony and get revenge on him. While it was rather cruel, you still can't really feel sorry for Woody considering: he abuses his employees (with Steve getting the worst of itnote  and that episode is no exception), has killed many people, etc.
  • Pedophile Priest: One shows up several times.
    • In "Two Weeks Notice" (his debut), he's revealed to be the clown that was trying to kidnap blind kids at the start of the episode. Later on, we find out that Steve's fatal medical report was a mix-up with a priest, who dies in the middle of service. After several long seconds, all the altar boys around him drop dead too.
    • In "Little Boy Malloy", he masturbates to Malloy (who's disguised as a human child) while he's trying to perform a provocative dance.
  • Pink Is Erotic: Steve's album, "Wholesome Country Songs", features all sorts of innuendos and erotic wordplay. Steve wears a sparkly pink and white cowboy suit while performing, his band wears pink suits, and they all perform on a pink stage.
  • Post-Stress Overeating: Due to being stressed over her job as the head of Brickleberry's ranger station, Ethel starts overeating in "Woody's Girl".
  • Psychotic Smirk: Although Steve has a few moments of making devilish-looking smirks, Malloy out-does him as he makes them more frequently.
  • Pre-emptive Declaration:
    • When Steve tries to use his position as a park ranger to cut in line at a carnival rider, the operator is glad to see him, because someone just got a skull fracture. When Steve asks who, he gets whacked in the head with a wrench and is told to go to the back of the line.
    • In "High Stakes"
    Steve: Ha ha, Malloy can't get laid!
    Malloy: Ha ha, Steve has rabies!
    Steve: No I—*Malloy bites him*
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: A couple times Malloy says something before killing someone.
    • Before killing a schoolyard bully, he tells him, "Here comes three.".
    • After realizing a Chinese kid (who he was seeking revenge on) was in a wheelchair, Malloy says, "Oh. My. God. I had no idea, it was gonna be this easy!". He then kills him.
  • Prison Episode: While this series overall isn't a prison-focused one, major characters Denzel and Malloy (plus several one-shot characters) get thrown in prison in "Scared Straight".
  • Prison Rape: Several Played for Black Comedy examples.
    • Due to a complicated series of events, Woody ends the episode "My Way or the Highway" stuck in "The Woody Johnson Prison For Criminally-Insane Man-Rapists".
    • Part of "Scared Straight" has Denzel trying to avoid being raped in prison by an enormous convict called Meat Hammer.
  • Psycho Lesbian: In "Gay Bomb", Ethel becomes one after being affected by the gay bomb, she tells the now-straight Connie that she's gonna come after her whether she likes it or not.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": While making a porn flick, Woody ends up naked and chained up. The cast brings in an elephant, and he starts to protest.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Parodied. A schoolyard bully once tried (and failed) to roast Malloy via saying he's mayor of "Ugly Town" and "Diarrhea Town" and that he'll never get a girlfriend. You can see why Malloy wasn't broken by talking.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: A couple times Denzel throws his friend Steve under the bus...and gets betrayed himself.
  • R-Rated Opening: In the first episode, naturally, with all the animals in the park humping each other.
  • Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: In "Amber Alert", Ethel does this when making a commercial for the park.
    Ethel: Why would you want to work at Brickleberry National Park? Here's two reasons. Now jump and down and shake that sweater meat. Boing Boing.
    Woody: Cut! That's not your lines, that's your direction. Now get those B-cups bouncing.
  • Real After All:
    • That ghost that Steve's father blamed for numerous misfortunes during his childhood? Turns out he's real.
    • When Woody gets involved with a cult, they eventually try to jump off a cliff under the belief that a mothership will show up and take them to paradise. Malloy saves Woody's life, only for it to be revealed that the mothership is real, and Woody missed his chance.
  • Rhetorical Request Blunder: When Connie seemingly finds herself on an island of gorgeous women who think she's a goddess, she says "Somebody pinch me!" When one of the women does, Connie says that she meant "finger bang me until I squirt all over your breasts."
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Squabbit, a hybrid of squirrel and rabbit that Steve creates. It quickly turns to nightmare fuel when it gains the ability to breed.
  • Sapient Pet: Malloy is kept as a pet, but is able to talk and think like a human.
  • Scary Stinging Swarm: Steve sticking his penis in a yellow jacket's nest, which sting him and end up nesting in his prostate.
  • Second-Person Attack: When Woody punches Steve in "The Dam Show". Happens again in "Trailer Park" to the judge when Denzel tells his grandmother that he watches "Roots" backwards so it has a happy ending, when Malloy gets knocked out by the elder moose in "The Animals Strike Back", and when Connie kidnaps Pat Sajak in "That Brother's My Father".
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • In "Trip to Mars", Woody Johnson wonders if he is an actor and if he is now on TV after learning that all of NASA's missions were staged. He concludes that nobody would "watch this shit" in the time slot he's in.
    • At the end of the second season finale "A-Park-alypse", a Native American remarks that Brickleberry lasted more seasons than he thought it would.
    • In "High Stakes", when Woody claims to have made friends with a bigger asshole than himself, Malloy asks if he means Daniel Tosh. Daniel Tosh happens to be Malloy's voice actor.
  • Self-Harm: In "That Brother's My Father", Steve peels his own face off. Also, it's Played for Laughs!
  • Series Fauxnale: "The Dam Show" and "Aparkalypse" were written as if they were last episodes. The real last episode is "Global Warming" from season three.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Ethel is sure that she will win the Miss National Park pageant, as the other contestants "look like park rangers."
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: In "Crippleberry" when Woody gets handed the bill from Malloy for making the entire park handicapped accessible:
    Woody: Why do I have to call a phone number to find out how much I owe?
    Malloy: That is not a phone number. That is the amount due.
  • Shout-Out: Steve collects Pez dispensers and is a fan of Viggo Mortensen and The Lord of the Rings.
    • Ethel's sister is named Lucy.
    • In "The Comeback" Woody has his own table set up at a porn convention right next to a butt bongo and rectal ring toss table. Co-producer of Brickleberry Roger Black made numerous appearances on Howard Stern's radio show as Yucko The Clown and both butt bongo and rectal (formally anal) ringtoss games were played on the show many times.
    • Connie's flashbacks to boot camp re-enact the "jelly doughnut" scene from Full Metal Jacket. Except instead of a jelly doughnut, it's a full course Thanksgiving dinner.
    • Malloy's pet hobo gets bitten by another hobo, and when he's told he'll have to put him down like Old Yeller. Malloy even builds a pen for him like in the movie, in the hopes that he'll turn out okay.
    • In "Little Boy Malloy," Woody offers to kill Ethel's sister, saying that it's been a while since he's fed his "Dark Passenger."
    • Inebriated the Koala appears on a poster in the ranger station in "Aparkalypse". The character is from Stankervision, another show the creators worked on.
    • Steve does a The Dukes of Hazzard slide across the hood of his ranger car in "Write 'Em Cowboy" when he and Denzel run from the angry parents who hated his songs.
    • In numerous episodes where characters use methampetamine it has a distinctive blue color.
  • Shovel Strike: When Steve accidentally sets Flamey the Bear on fire on the pilot episode, he tries to put him out by beating him with a shovel.
  • Shower of Angst:
    • Steve has one when Woody won't let him compete in the Ranger Games. As a show of support, Connie strips down and joins him.
    • Ethel has one after she thinks she slept with Steve.
  • Shrug Take:
    • After moving out, Malloy gets a job at a diner. After he gets fired for being Malloy, he tells the customers that he jerked off in the silly sauce. They just shrug and continue eating.
    • In one episode Dr. Kuzniak runs an abortion mobile/taco truck. At one point he tells everyone that there's been a terrible mix-up and they shouldn't eat the salsa. While the other customers gasp, BoDean just shrugs and pops a chip into his mouth.
  • Shown Their Work: The gay bomb was actually made, (well proposed) during the cold war. In Ohio 1994, they asked for the funding to build it. The suggestion, however, was rejected because logic behind it was deemed offensive at worst and laughable at best. In short: Too ridiculous.
  • Skewed Priorities: In the first episode, everyone is more interested and focused on the controversy of Steve getting Ethel drunk to win Ranger of the Month rather than attend to Malloy who was just raped. Malloy naturally lampshades it, by pointing out that he was raped and they really should be concerned about that.
  • Skyward Scream: Woody when he realizes his mother is coming to visit has one of these with a Big No.
  • Soap Punishment: When Ethel accuses Woody of being too soft on Malloy, Woody says that the last time Malloy said a dirty word, he washed his mouth out with a bar of chocolate.
  • Something Only They Would Say: While out ghost hunting, Denzel scares Steve by putting on a bed sheet. When he throws it off, Steve just thinks that the ghost morphed into Denzel. Denzel tells Steve to ask him only something he would know, and when Steve asks him what his last name is, Denzel says "I don't f***ing know". This convinces Steve.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The scene transition music is often It's Always Sunny-esque light music, juxtaposing with the Black Comedy.
  • Spiritual Sequel: "Miss National Park" to "Gay Bomb" both feature Connie's horrible childhood and the prospect of Steve and Denzel having a "threeway".
  • Squirrels in My Pants: When Steve is faking being crippled, an infestation of lice in his pants is how he gives himself away.
  • Status Quo is God: Like Family Guy, American Dad! and The Simpsons, continuity has little impact on the show's setting, very few things carry on between episodes and character deaths are common. However, there are a lot of callbacks from past episodes in the form of recurring and background characters note  and freeze frame bonuses (in "Write 'Em Cowboy," the newspaper with the front-page story about Woody and Denzel being mistaken for pedophiles at the father-son picnic appears during the sequence where Malloy tries to get into the strip club).
  • Stealth Pun: A dark example. In the first episode, Malloy says he's stuffed due to eating junk food Bobby gave him, who responds via telling him he's "about to be". This was also before Bobby subjects the bear to anal rape.
  • Suicide as Comedy: A couple instances have someone commit suicide on-screen. During the Founder's Day Tournament in "In Da Club", for instance, somebody kills himself on-screen. You can guess how much of it is played seriously considering this show's nature.
  • Suicide Dare: Malloy tells Ethel and Denzel to hang themselves in "Miracle Lake".
  • Survival Mantra: Attempted in "Daddy Issues" when Steve tries to tell himself to "be a man" to give himself courage.
  • Swear Jar: Woody apparently uses an urn filled with an ex-girlfriend's ashes as a swear jar.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: While pretending to be "Connor" in "Little Boy Malloy", Connie disguises herself as a man.
  • Swiper, No Swiping!: When Donnie the Anti Christ summons his demons to end the world, Connie saves the day by telling him to stop. He may be the Anti Christ, but she is still his mother, damn it!
  • Sworn Brothers:
    • When Steve visits Dr. Kuzniak in "Two Weeks Notice", the doc reminds him of how many times he's told him not to engage in risky behavior. We see a montage of flashbacks demonstrating Steve's incredibly poor health decisions, one of which is asking an African tribe "Who wants to become blood brothers?"
    • Woody did this on the battlefield with a member of his old military squad. They're still clasping hands when a grenade lands near them, so Woody yanks him onto the grenade to protect himself.
  • Tail Slap: A beaver whacks Steve in the nuts using their tail in the first episode.
  • Take That!:
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: A non-lethal case in "Welcome to Brickleberry" when Steve drugs Ethel's coffee.
  • Tantrum Throwing:
    • After he loses his chance to get in a country club in "In Da Club", Woody angrily throws at least one object. Your typical five-year-old losing in Fortnite would be shocked at his tantrum.
    • Once or twice Malloy has done this. After getting owned in an online game in "Miss National Park", for example, he angrily throws his controller against the wall. While doing so, he hit a picture and broke it.
  • Tap on the Head: Denzel repeatedly finds ways to knock out the park judge in "Trailer Park" to keep him from visiting the park before it's ready. Eventually Denzel worries that he might get brain damage if he keeps knocking him out, which is what ends up happening.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine:
  • Tastes Like Purple: The moose elder can't tell Malloy which ranger killed his parents, because humans all look the same to him. The wolf claims that it was the purple one. The moose elder tells him to shut up because he's color blind and doesn't know what he's talking about, and the wolf mutters "He sounded purple..."
  • They Know Too Much: An attempted example. Officer Briggs decides to kill Ethel, Connie, and (potentially) Denzel for knowing he was going to kill Steve so he could steal credit for his work. However, he never gets to do this...
  • Teeny Weenie: "The Comeback" reveals that Woody has a small pecker.
  • Tempting Fate: For starters, in "Miss National Park", a Bratty Half-Pint basically gloats to Malloy that he couldn't do anything about him humiliating in an online game. Eventually, however, Malloy comes to said kid's residence and kills him.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: Woody goes through one while trying to hire a new ranger. One is a biker who's hooked on angel dust, one is a pyrophiliac, one is mentally handicapped, one is an animal rapist (Bobby the redneck rapist from the first episode), and one is qualified for the job, but is turned down for being Canadian.
  • That Came Out Wrong: The plot of "Write 'Em Cowboy" is started when Steve attempts to provide entertainment by singing country songs at the birthday party of Denzel's girlfriend's grandson, only to get himself in trouble because of suggestive lyrics. Denzel has the ingenuity to help Steve become a star after realizing that the songs are liked by the gay community.
    Steve: He's big, he's red, he's got a big ol' head
    Why don't I just show you instead
    Raise your hand if you wanna see my cock!note 
  • That Liar Lies: Steve calls Ethel a liar in the first episode. When Ethel says that she's not a liar, Steve accuses her of lying.
  • That Man Is Dead: After Malloy asks Steve how long he's going to pretend Bigfoot, he says his old self is dead and he's forever going to be Bigfoot.
    Steve: [to Malloy] What are you talking about? Steve is dead, I'm going to be Bigfoot forever.
  • That's What I Call "X"!: A variant. Malloy states, "Now, THIS is what I call a pageant." while watching beauty pageant contestants kill each other. Makes sense given he's a Sadist.
  • That Was Objectionable: Part of Malloy and Steve's court case against Woody in "Cripple Berry" is for pain and suffering resulting from having to look at Woody's fat and fucked-up face. Woody objects, saying that his face is neither fat nor f***ed up. The judge overrules it, stating that his face is indeed fat and fucked up.
  • The All-Solving Hammer: It turns out that the park animals have their own doctor, Dr. Goose-niak (who, unlike Dr. Kuzniak, is somewhat competent). His solution to any injury? Lick it.
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: Connie argues with her reflection several times in "Daddy Issues" about her feelings for Ethel. During one particularly heated argument, Denzel walks by and asks why they're yelling into a puddle of deer piss.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Doesn't usually happen to the main or supporting cast, but sometimes in a recurring character's first appearance, they will die at the end.
    • Steve is shot into the lake that melted a bunch of people at the end of "Miracle Lake," and in the second episode, he is shot to death and ends up in Hell, which turns out to be Brickleberry Park.
    • Flamey was thrown into a bat of acid in the first episode, and in his first episode of his own, he has a heart attack and Steve runs him over.
    • Hobo Larry was shot by Malloy to put him out of his misery, after Dr. Kuzniac believed he had rabies.
    • Firecracker Jim is blown up in his first episode.
    • Woody, Malloy, Bobby, and BoDean are killed by volcano lava in the second season finale, possible because it could have been the end of the series, so it wouldn't have mattered if they were alive.
    • Bobby is shot when he accidentally steps on a cockroach by Pita.
    • Yucko the clown dies in the second episode.
  • Throat-Slitting Gesture:
    • To threaten Malloy in "Woody's Girl", Astral runs her pointer finger along her neck.
    • During his plan to get even with Denzel in "In Da Club", Steve runs his index finger alongside his neck while glaring at him.
  • Tickle Torture: After Steve is crippled, Woody assumes he's faking it and tries to prove it. After cooking his feet in grills and shooting him in the leg with a crossbow don't work, Woody resorts to his ultimate weapon: A feather. Woody states that the treatment was banned by the Geneva Convention, and his actions performing it in Vietnam technically made him a war criminal.
  • Title Theme Tune: "Briiii-ckle-be-reeeeeee!"
  • Toad Licking: When trying to one-up Ethel in the first episode, Steve kisses a toad after seeing her do it to one she just saved. His toad ends up being more hallucinogenic.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Used when Steve is mistaken for Bigfoot at a party. He gets accused of murdering Steve and gets chased out causing him to wonder "Who brings pitchforks and torches to a ball?"
  • Tongue Trauma: Likely Played for Laughs but Woody once slammed a door on Denzel's tongue.
  • Trailer Park Tornado Magnet: The solution to the redneck squatters in "Trailer Park". Bobby says "It's a scientific fact that trailer parks make tornadoes horny as shit."
  • Traitor Shot: Before (both literally and figuratively) drugging Ethel's coffee behind her back, Steve makes a Psychotic Smirk.
  • Twisting the Words: In "Crippleberry", Woody claims he's done giving money to Malloy just so that the greedy cub can blow it all on cotton candy and snow cones and tells him to make his own money by getting a job instead. Following Woody's advice, Malloy becomes a lawyer and sues Woody for money.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Subverted. Only one of the girls is attractive and feminine, the other is a fat hideous lesbian.
  • Two Men, One Dress: What Steve and Denzel go to the Lord of the Rings convention as, dressed as Shadowfax, Lord of All Horses. When Denzel is thrown in prison for partaking in a crime wave along with his former gang member friends, Steve replaces him in the costume with Jorge, who quickly proves inept at the task, and soon abandons the costume to go flirt with Peter Jackson whom he had confused for a man in a fetish furry costume.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Being a cartoon, whenever a character gets stabbed, skinned or even shot in the hand, they almost always bounce back to being unharmed. "Crippleberry" has Steve stay handicapped for most of the episode from a roller coaster injury but in "That Brother's My Father", Steve cuts his own face with a knife and the next shot he's fine.
  • Unishment: Woody once tried to leave Malloy (who got arrested) in prison so he'd learn his lesson and become a better person...only for him to make himself at home and take charge of a gang there. Also, he didn't become better, and he outright states he loves being in prison.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Pretty much the entire main cast. From all outward appearances, it seemed like Malloy would be the only unsympathetic cast member (or at the very least, Woody and Malloy) while the rest are mostly sane with some character flaws, but after a few episodes, viewers do see that most, if not all, of the main characters (and some side and one-shot characters, like Dr. Kuzniak, Bobby the redneck, and Flamey the bear) are some of the worst/most depraved people ever.
  • Urine Trouble:
    • In the pilot, a deer whizzes on Steve.
    • During Malloy's Humiliation Conga in "Write Em' Cowboy", a dog pees on him. Then Hobo Larry does the same.
  • Vanity Plate: A particularly odd one: Damn! Show Productions's logo is the two co-creators, one in a wig and a woman's dress and making a pained grunt, and the other shirtless, wearing a fez and nipple tassles while smiling and wiggling at the camera.
  • Vulgar Humor: The driving force of the show (which has a lot of critics trashing it for being a wannabe Family Guy). It does not help it airs right after Tosh0, another show of Daniel Tosh fame that revels in this trope.
  • Walk the Plank: When Woody loses the fight on Captain Steve's pirate ship, Steve forces him to walk the plank. Since they're in Brickleberry Lake, the water's only a few inches deep. Unfortunately, the drop is high enough that Woody ends up breaking his ankles.
  • Wardens Are Evil: Warden Smalls. A big fan of Disproportionate Retribution, his favorite punishment for infractions is the electric chair.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: In the pilot, Ethel thought she was too hard on Steve when she gave him a What the Hell, Hero? and told him she didn't want to celebrate with him.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: When Denzel seeks out the famous black ice skater "Frozen Toes" Carruthers to teach him how to ice skate, Carruthers makes him do several humiliating chores. As you can probably guess, none of these end up having to do with actual training, mainly because the man wasn't actually Carruthers, but an Alzheimers patient named "Silly" Willie. The actual Cruthers had died in 1995.
  • Western Terrorists: In "Ranger Games", Steve suspects that Magnus could be a terrorist, but Woody laughs this off since Magnus is Swiss and that the Swiss are neutral. However, Magnus actually does turn out to be a terrorist since he got fed up with the world picking on Switzerland for being neutral so he vows to destroy "both sides". Ethel complains his motives are confusing, which makes Magnus claim he's "new to the terrorist thing".
  • What Would X Do?: After Steve takes the identity of Flamey the Bear, a forest fire breaks out. Steve asks himself what Flamey would do. We then cut to Steve high on crack at a strip club. Strangely enough, this probably is what Flamey would do.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: In "High Stakes", Woody sees an Eskimo screwing a coconut and asks "Who writes this shit?". Camera cuts to Bobby and Bodean writing this out so excited they expect an Emmy.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: Woody pokes fun at the show's absurdly late time slot of 10:30 pm on Tuesdays in "Trip to Mars".
  • Why Won't You Die?: In fit of anger, Malloy says this verbatim after his all attempts at killing a squabbit fail.
    Malloy: Why won't you die!?
  • Would Rather Suffer: Malloy says that he'd rather die than have sex with Mallory, his creepy female counterpart. When Ethel pulls a tranq gun on him, he quickly says he wasn't serious.
  • Wrong Assumption: Steve incorrectly deduces in the pilot that Ethel became a ranger so she could take his Ranger of the Month badge.
  • You Must Be This Tall to Ride: Jorge has a cardboard cut-out of a woman outside of his strip club, and if you aren't as tall as her C-section scar, you can't get in.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: It's not actually set at Christmas, but the episode "Old Wounds" contains a parody of the story when Denzel is shown by his imaginary friend, Reefer Sutherland, what will happen if he never smokes pot again. Among other things, his drug dealer will be unable to pay for medical treatment for his son, Whiny Tim.
  • You Just Ruined the Shot: A Played for Laughs one. As revealed in "Cops and Bottoms", Steve once thought there was a Zombie Apocalypse... when it was actually some people filming a TV show.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: A subverted case in "Two Weeks Notice". While Dr. Kuzniak diagnoses Steve with a terminal illness that was going to kill him in two weeks, it's eventually revealed he wasn't actually going to die and his blood sample was mixed up with another patient's.
  • You're Just Jealous: The titular character of "Steve's Bald" tells Ethel something like thisnamely when she disses him.