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Pat! Hey, Pat!
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What is it, old sport?

Look what I got us! A brand new TV Tropes page! Just needs a little assembly...

Let's get to it, then. Have you seen my wrench, dear friend?

Not since we've used it to pry the fish from the drinks machine, I haven't.

Oh, pity. How do we open the crate then?

Goodness me, you wanted to open it with a wrench? We've got a perfectly good carjack!

Right. So here we go... Whoopsie daisies!

Worry not, I'll drill it open! Wrrooom!

Hey! There's a huge hole in our page now...


We interrupt the show, since any more self-demonstration would be injurious to the servers. Pat and Mat are two lovably bumbling Czech guys, made of plasticine, which might be for the best, considering the amount of falling on their heads that inevitably occurs to them in the course of boldly improving their living conditions. Their efforts are always hilariously misapplied: if Pat and Mat are trying to make a fish tank, you'd better have your wellingtons on hand.

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Pat and Mat have been messing about with these tropes:

  • Amusing Injuries: They should both be in coma, given how often Pat and Mat hit their heads. Instead they just shake it off and get on with the mayhem.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The best place for a fish pond? In the living room! How to unglue stamps from envelopes? In the washing machine!
  • D.I.Y. Disaster: The drinks machine might have been faulty to begin with, although after all this tossing about, anyone would shoot paper cups.
  • Do-It-Yourself Plumbing Project: Connecting the washing machine, making a fish tank, fixing the faucet...
  • Doom It Yourself: The series.
  • Duct Tape for Everything: Not every episode, but it has been used on leaking pipes and such.
  • Earworm: The series' musical score went memetic in some countries, especially when complicated physical work is being done.
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  • Facepalm: Frequently, when one gets Amusing Injuries and the other gets a "bright" idea.
  • Face Plant: Frequent result of trying to move crates upstairs.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: They don't seem to do much besides tinkering and still move to progressively nicer houses at least twice in the series.
    • There is a very suble hint (very easy to miss) in Rocking chair. Mat arrives home and throws his briefcase onto the hook.
  • Laborious Laziness: The episode with paving stones - if they just carried them in their hands (instead of playing Rube Goldberg), the paving stones would have survived.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Each has a pair of trousers, a sweater and a Nice Hat.
  • MacGyvering: Subverted. These two have the can-do attitude and boxes upon boxes of tools, but no common sense, lest of all mechanical aptitude.
  • Mime and Music-Only Cartoon: Although notably changed in the Netherlands, where the show is dubbed over.
  • Minimalist Cast
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Like catching a cap for a bottle, parking a car to a garage, or making strawberry preserves.
  • The Pratfall: Yet another obstinate crate...
  • Rube Goldberg Device: Whenever something has to be transported, Pat and Mat will do it in the most hilariously complicated way available.
  • Strictly Formula: Some home improvement is needed/wanted, so the boys get to it. Hilarity Ensues.
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