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Western Animation / Pat and Mat

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Pat! Hey, Pat!

What is it, old sport?

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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.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Many of the boys' contraptions qualify under this, such as a window-repairing conveyor belt or a large, hand-powered musical device.
  • Bald of Awesome: Pat & Mat lack any hair whatsoever, and do many awesome things.
  • Catchphrase: In the Dutch dubbed version of the show, Buurman en Buurman, the boys will often exclaim "A je to!"note  after accomplishing the day's task, or completing an integral step in it.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The best place for a fish pond? In the living room! How to unglue stamps from envelopes? In the washing machine!
  • Diet Episode: The Slim Figure episode, in a rare self-motivated example. After the duo dine on a hefty lunch, they sit down stuffed, only to find some conveniently-placed fitness magazines on their coffee table. After a good look at their guts, they decide to cobble up their own gym equipment made of various household items, to rather mixed results. What ultimately dooms their plan is their secret midnight snacking, which negates all their hard work.
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  • 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.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The early episodes of the show (from 1979 to 1985) had Mat wearing a gray sweater as opposed to his much more iconic red one. This was due to the Communist government deeming the duo's shirt colors as a tasteless jab at tense Soviet-Chinese relations at the time. Also of note were the fact that Pat & Mat had no names yet, and the characters had (very limited) facial expression changes, something that would be phased out by 1989.
    • The very first episode, Kuťáci, does feature the unaltered shirt colors (which in turn got the censors involved in the first place), but has much more vibrant array of expressions for the characters, and depicts Pat and Mat without their beloved hats.
  • 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 subtle hint (very easy to miss) in Rocking Chair; Mat arrives home and throws his briefcase onto the hook.
    • Other episodes, such as Winegrowers and Strawberries, have Pat and Mat working in crop gardens, cultivating fruits, suggesting they may have this as a source of income.
  • Genius Ditz: While the duo's ideas are often ill-conceived due to a lack of foresight and common sense, when the going gets tough it's shown they can indeed makes some pretty ingenious (if overly specific) inventions.
  • Laborious Laziness: Pat and Mat seem to be prone to this. Often, a lot of their inventions are made to streamline the labor process of an overly specific task.
    • In Paving Bricks, the duo construct a conveyor belt to deliver paving stones from the truck to their backyard, but it ends up damaging the stones due to a lack of safe, drop-off.
    • Painting the Windows (Natírají okna) has Pat and Mat build a similar conveyor belt that has various arms that paints, sands, and replaces glass on the windows. It ends similarly.
    • Stairs has this as its focal point—the pair try to make moving books from one room to another quicker by using a rope and carriage, boards and skis, and yet another conveyor belt (using a carpet, no less!). Unlike the previous attempts of using the conveyor system, however, this one actually succeeds.
  • 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: In all versions except the Netherlands and South Korean versions, where the characters are dubbed, to varying degrees of quality.
    • Averted with the episode Playing Cards, which features David Nykl portraying both Pat and Mat.
  • Minimalist Cast
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Like catching a cap for a bottle, parking a car to a garage, or making strawberry preserves.
  • The Pollyanna: Pat and Mat, natch. Very rarely do the duo get angry or sad, usually opting to keep on smiling while striving towards their goals, no matter how unlikely their success is.
  • 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.
  • Squashed Flat: In Rocking Chair, Pat suffers this after Mat is sent flying through the door after being flung out of a makeshift rocking chair, rebounds into some power lines, and crashes back in. Thankfully, Mat has a bike pump on him and revives Pat.
  • Strictly Formula: Some home improvement is needed/wanted, so the boys get to it. Hilarity Ensues.

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