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"The opening credits sequence basically tells you: you are the chicken, forced to watch this shit."
Michael Ian Black, "1987"

A Stop Motion series on [adult swim], from Williams Street Productions. Created by Seth Green and Matt Senreich (editor of Toyfare, a magazine for action figure collectors), the show features a rapid-fire series of stop-motion shorts (inspired by Toyfare's Twisted Toyfare Theatre comics), ranging in length from a few seconds to several minutes long. The comedy in these shorts tends to vary wildly between Black Comedy, pop-culture parody and satire, out-and-out surrealism, or some combination of the three.

Most sketches are Dark Parodies involving "mashups", a collision of two pop-cultural items (one innocent, and the other "mature") degenerating into chaos, like Mario and Luigi travelling to Vice City, Beavis and Butt-Head joining the Teen Titans, the team from Scooby-Doo encountering Jason Voorhees, The Smurfs doing their version of Se7en, or Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd reenacting a rap battle from 8 Mile.


Following the cancellation of The Venture Bros. in 2020, the show took up the mantle of being the longest-running series on [adult swim]. Other networks have ordered more serialized stop-motion comedies from Green and company’s Stoopid Buddy Studios; the medieval peg-people epic Crossing Swords came out on Hulu in 2020, and AMC has picked up the urban baby-doll “Mega City Smiths” for 2021.

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  • Acid-Trip Dimension: A blatant parody of Yellow Submarine complete with an entire skit and an Art Shift that doesn't use dolls, and it's even lampshaded by Ringo, who, when asked how he knew to use the hole in his pocket to stop the glove from destroying the submarine, responds "I didn't, I'm on acid".
  • Action Insurance Gag: In one episode, the producers of a theatrical play version of The Avengers watch as a full costume rehearsal goes wrong when the giant mechanical Hulk goes haywire and the actors all get injured. The producers look on in horror for a moment.
    Producer 1: Uhh... We're insured, right?
    Producer 2: Yes! Soup to nuts!
    [both light up Molotov cocktails to add to the destruction and run]
  • Adam and Eve Plot: After Fraggle Rock is destroyed, the core five Fraggles are the only ones left; once they find a safe spot, they turn their attention to re-population. Mokey and Red are not pleased.
  • Adam Westing: Many of the skits poking fun at celebrities are voiced by the actual person.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Played for Laughs with Bossk. He was portrayed as a nasty piece of work in the old EU, which was the official canon when the Star Wars sketches were made. Here he's so Affably Evil that it's hilarious on its own.
  • Aerosol Flamethrower: In the "Bake-Off Beatdown" sketch, a brawl between Betty Crocker and Sara Lee ends with Crocker using this to set Lee's head on fire, which instantly burns it down to just her skull and she screams in pain before a passing ambulance hits her.
  • Affably Evil:
    • Bossk in the Star Wars parodies comes off as a classy, well-mannered gentleman who takes off his boots when visiting the imperials, equips them again while the other bounty hunters rush for the hunt and takes out a tavern brawl while wearing a suit.
      Bossk: Manners are their own reward, gentlemen!
    • While Palpatine is for the most part portrayed as Faux Affably Evil, there are times where he shows genuine camaraderie and/or appreciation with a select few individuals. This is demonstrated especially in his interactions with his barber Alfonso, in which he outright calls the guy a lifesaver for coming up with the idea of Bounty Hunters after Vader failed to capture the Rebels. He is also seen joking around with Mas Amedda and Sim Aloo about his battle with Yoda, and there is no evidence to suggest any underlying malice in either of the two examples.
    • One sketch depicts Jason Voorhees as being this, living a relatively normal life outside of murdering teenagers on Friday the 13th.
  • The Afterafterlife: "Super Heaven", Jesus files a complaint to God about how impractical The Grim Reaper (both in his appearance and execution of his job) is after he unceremoniously reaps an old lady named Gladys. When Gladys is asked her opinion, she says that she finds that death is scary enough without a skeleton coming at her as she's dying, prompting the Grim Reaper to reap her in Heaven. When Jesus questions this, God remarks that this means that she has now gone to Super-Heaven.
    Jesus: You can't die in Heaven! Dad, tell him!
    God: Actually, you can. You see if you die in Heaven, you go to Super-Heaven.
    Jesus: What?!
    Gladys: Super-Heaven is awesome!
  • All Men Are Perverts:
    • This trope occasionally appears in the show. In The Bionic Woman sketch, The Six Million Dollar Man uses a life-threatening injury as an opportunity to give her breast implants, built-in knee pads, and an automatic hand jerking feature.
    • Another example parodies the Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females trope, in which Gadget decides to ditch her usual jumpsuit for a skimpy jacket and no lower clothing whatsoever. When they object, she points out that her fellow male Rescue Rangers have never worn trousers. But all of them are so aroused that they rush off to masturbate (even Zipper), leaving Gadget confused and annoyed.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Done several times in-universe, whether with fictional characters or real people.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Spoofed during the DC Comics special. The audience is reminded that an alien squirrel Green Lantern named B'Dg, a douchebag with no fashion sense named Firestorm, and Mr. Banjo actually exist, all while the show mocks them right in front of their faces. Firestorm doesn't take too kindly to it.
  • Anal Probing:
    • Inverted when a group of flannel-wearing, toothless rednecks in a pickup truck abduct an alien from his home planet. Then later, in a simultaneous parody of this trope and Deliverance, the hicks gleefully surround the alien, bent over and tied to a tree stump, and bluntly announce how they're going to perform "scientific experiments" in his backside.
    • Another sketch has an alien (that has just participated in a kidnapping of a human for — apparently — experimentation) lament the PR problem they have, and wonder how the false anal probing rumor got started (turns out one of the other aliens is a sick, sick bastard).
  • And I Must Scream:
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: The citizens of Pastryville celebrate Bitch Pudding's supposed death by volcano with a "The Bitch Is Dead" festival, complete with Toss-a-Bitch and Whack-a-Bitch carnival games, a Bitch Pudding-shaped piñata, volcano-fried Bitch Pudding on a stick, and a giant painted mural of Bitch Pudding falling into the volcano with the words "Bye Bye Bitch!"
  • Animation Bump: The animation became much more elaborate and expressive for Season 5. It gained another bump for Season 6, when the series switched animation teams from Shadowmachine and Screen Novelties to Seth Green's own Stoopid Buddy Studios.
  • Art Shift: Though the vast majority of sketches are in Claymation, the show occasionally dips into live-action, animation, puppets, and even Synchro-Vox.
  • As You Know: There are plenty of sketches where the (often) lead character from a franchise will either introduce themselves or be introduced by another character already on screen. This is especially true of cult or lesser known franchises.
  • Ascended Meme: "Mo-Larr, Eternian Dentist" was so popular that Mattel created a figure of him as a convention exclusive. It includes, amongst other things, his drill and a Skeletor figure with a missing tooth.
  • Ass Shove: During a prostate exam.
    "Take it easy, OK, Doc?"
    "You got it, Sal!" [winds up and jams his fist inside]
  • Asshole Victim:
  • Assimilation Backfire: The Borg attempt to assimilate Captain Jake of the Enterprise night crew, but his beer-filled blood and love of partying instead corrupt the collective.
  • A-Team Firing: Invoked in one of the G.I. Joe shorts. A soldier hits three perfect shots, two to the center body, and the third to the head. The Joe was shocked by the shooting, saying, "If you shoot like that, your enemy could end up dead!." It later bites the Joe in the ass when a suicide bomber isn't scared off with the missed bullets.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Palpatine closes out the third Star Wars special with a bleeped-out Slow "NO!" version of one of these:
    Palpatine: Well, if you want some final words of wisdom, here it is. (Turns to the camera while Flipping the Bird as the second Death Star explodes) Fuuuck yooouuuu!'
  • Attending Your Own Funeral: Green Arrow in the second DC Comics Special, being shown after Batman goes on a rant about how Death Is Cheap when it comes to Superheroes. Batman was at his funeral giving a eulogy, when he stopped and assured the audience that the whole death thing in the comic book world is total bullshit, and that given a, most likely, short period of time, Green Arrow will be back, and then we cut to the audience applauding Batman for his speech, along with Green Arrow, who, all of a sudden, shows up at the funeral as one of the mourners, much to Ice's surprise.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Invoked by the ThunderCats.
    Panthro: You FORGOT the Sword of Omens!?
    Lion-O: I'm a cat, Panthro. I get distracted easily.
    Panthro: So am I, but you don't see me— (hears a crow fly overhead) BIRD BIRD BIRD BIRD BIRD!
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Apparently, the Doc can hold his own against the Chicken, who wiped the floor with every other character that had a recurring appearance on the show.
  • Bad Boss: Ernest lets some of the Keebler elves get eaten alive by a rampaging Cookie Monster so he doesn't have to give them overtime.
    Random Keebler Elf: But you owe me overtime! (sees Cookie Monster approaching, and both run for their lives) Which is no big deal!
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • In "I Know What the Bratz Did Last Summer," the Bratz (accidentally) kill Barbie by running her over, and are soon hunted down and killed one-by-one by a shadowy figure in a pink trench coat. We're led to believe that it's Barbie, either Back from the Dead or Not Quite Dead in the first place, but it's actually Draculaura from Monster High.
    • One Karate Kid sketch has Johnny point out how easily telegraphed and out of place the crane kick looks to Daniel, who continuously denies the move will be performed. When the next round begins, he immediately kills Daniel with a Hadouken.
  • "Balls" Gag: A sketch in the episode "Celebrity Rocket" had an overweight gym teacher shocked to see that all of his footballs, basketballs and soccer balls have been flattened and exclaiming "My balls! What happened to my balls? Why would anyone do this to my balls?" We then see two children observing him, one of them sarcastically remarking "This show is so clever".
  • Balls of Steel: In a short titled "Ode to the Nut-shot", we see two instances of this, one straight and one played with; in one case, a lumberjack repeatedly punches himself in the nuts to no effect, and in another, one robot kicks another in the groin, at which the victim simply stands there and shrugs.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy:
    • Providing the quote for the image on the page itself:
      Ken: I'm sorry, this never happened to me before.
    • This is lampshaded in the Fight Club parody where Ken and all of Barbie's other boyfriends over the years let out all their frustration over how Barbie always got the attention.
      "Rule #4 of the Fight Club: Hitting in the groin is allowed, because, let's face it: we're all pretty much smooth down there."
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Linus wants so badly to see the Great Pumpkin that he conducts a Satanic ritual to summon him. The Great Pumpkin appears...and promptly kills him.
    • In the short "Christmas 1914", Private Doyle asks Santa to bust through the German line, but before Santa comes to do it, the Christmas Truce is initiated.
    • In a Fraggle Rock/Watership Down parody, after being brutally mauled by a dog, one of the Fraggles' dying wish is for the others to put him out of his misery...which they do via collectively bludgeoning him to death over his desperate pleas.
  • Berserk Board Barricade:
    • When a priest sees a family playing "Humping Robot" he boards up the door and pours gasoline on the ground. Before he throws a match inside, he changes his mind and decides to join them.
    • In a He-Man sketch, Evil-lyn and Beast Man board up the doors in Skeletor's castle after the three kill He-Man and fear the consequences.
    • In "The Twist", M. Night Shyamalan boards up his door after he finds his house on the moon and aliens trying to get in, and when one tries to reach under the door, cuts off its fingers with a kitchen knife. Turns out they just wanted to borrow a cup of sugar.
  • Be the Ball: One skit uses a variation of this trope when Ash punishes Pikachu for pissing on his rug by stuffing him in his Poké Ball and using it as a tennis ball in a game with Misty.
  • "Better if Not Born" Plot: In a Popeye-themed sketch parodying It's a Wonderful Plot, Wimpy's guardian angel tries to deter him from committing suicide by showing him what would happen if he died. However, it is then instead shown how much better the world is without his existence. Popeye has a full head of hair, he and Bluto open up their own bank, Olive Oyl has much sexier & curvier figure, Alice the Goon found a cure for cancer, there is no pollution or war, and hamburgers are free. After seeing all this, his guardian angel then kicks him off the bridge himself.
  • Big "NO!": In the "Heimlich Begins" sketch, the titular character lets out a Big "NEIN!" when his father chokes to death on candy.
  • Big "WHAT?!": In a parody of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, this is Daniel's response to being told he has dwarfism as the explanation for why he looks like a kid despite being at the age where tigers are fully grown.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Corey Haim's shirt in "Federated Resources" says ばか ("baka"), which is Japanese for "idiot".
  • Black-and-White Morality: Santa Claus gets a song that lampshades that nobody can be purely naughty or nice. It leaves him doing some soul searching after realizing how much life sucks and how most naughty children are only so because their lives suck.
  • Black Comedy: All over the place. If you watch this show long enough, there's a very big chance it'll ruin your childhood. There's even a playlist for it for those who want to streamline the process.
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: A sketch in the episode "S&M Present" features two cows eating hamburgers. One of them comments "Damn, Jonathan is really tasty."
  • Black Comedy Rape: Crosses the Line Twice (or forty times) example with "Pimp My Sister", a Pimp My Ride spoof where the host kidnaps a teenage girl at the request of her younger brother and trains her to become a prostitute so he can win money. It ends with her vomiting at the prospect of having "unconventional" sex with the neighbor.
  • Blah Blah Blah: In the "Villain Car Pool" skit, Lex Luthor says he should have taken the teleporter instead of getting stuck in traffic. Mumm-Ra says this as he's heard Lex say it a million times before.
  • Body Surf: Quantum Leap is parodied when Sam leaps into the body of a woman doing a sex tape. "Ziggy says you have to work the shaft!"
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: While preparing for her quinceanera, a 15-year-old Dora asks the audience which beer has the most alcohol (and runs out without paying), where to find her drug dealer, and who she should make out with at the party.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: At Granny Grahamcrackers' funeral, Raspberry Parfait recalls how she knit Black Cherry Pie's favorite scarf, fixed Fudge Turnover's leaky roof (while he watched Tango and Cash on Netflix), and drove Buttermilk Biscuits all the way to the big city to get an abort—er, her tonsils out.
  • Breast Expansion: In the "No Need For Glomer" sketch (based on the animated version of Punky Brewster), where Punky asked an abused Glomer to make her boobs bigger except Glomer kept going to the point where it was absolute Body Horror. This actually happened to Soleil Moon Frye. She developed breasts so huge she had to have breast reduction surgery.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The Season 3 Christmas Episode was The Robot Chicken Half-Assed Christmas Special. The Season 4 Christmas Special is The Robot Chicken Full-Assed Christmas Special.
    • The joke mentioned under Too Soon? It came back to bite Owen and Beru in a big way.
      Stormtrooper: Oh, and I have a message from Lord Vader. He says - "You may now laugh about the 'Little Orphan Ani' joke."
    • The season 4 premiere opened with Seth & Matt being attacked by Joss Whedon and Ron Moore, believing Seth to be respectively a werewolf (as he was on Buffy) and a Cylon. The last sketch of the episode is "Just the Good Parts", which ends on a segment dedicated to Galactica - basically every major character nonchalantly announcing themselves to be a Cylon. Including Seth, who confusedly states "uh, I'm-I'm a Cylon," and then immediately gets his head blown off by Ron Moore.
    • The season 4 finale had a pretty clever joke as well. In one sketch, Seth Green and Matt Senriech mentioned that co-head writer Doug Goldstein bought a timeshare. At the end of the episode, when Keith Lazzo says that the show is cancelled, Doug himself is seen on the phone, begging his wife to sell the timeshare.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: When the Keebler Tree is being attacked by Cookie Monster:
    Keebler Soldier #1: I didn't sign up for this! I just wanted to make cookies!
    Keebler Soldier #2: I'm making cookies in my pants right now!
  • Broke the Rating Scale: The finale of season 8 has Doug Goldstein revealing that he put up a poll asking people if they want a finale about him or Seth & Matt. When the poll is 100% for the latter, Doug claims that his finale involves him "wearing a dope jacket from Wet Seal, kicking ass on a flying motorcycle and open-mouth kissing Christie Brinkley with [his] whole tongue". The counter for his ending changes from 0 to negative infinity.
  • Brown Note: One sketch features a young Seth Green acting in a Burger King commercial and repeatedly flubbing his line, his attempts getting increasingly less coherent as he takes more bites from the Whoppers he's provided until he gets sick and throws up since he declined the director's suggestion to spit his bites into a bucket after every take. In the present day, he can't hear or even say the word "cheeseburger" without throwing up.
  • Brutal Honesty: When it's Bitch Pudding's turn to give a speech at Granny Grahamcrackers' funeral, she remembers Granny's smiles, her sugar cookies...and also her chronic farting problem, gambling addiction, and habit of Going Commando.
  • Buried Alive: A sketch featuring the Shirt Tales fighting in World War II has them being mistaken for Axis pilots and shot down by the American forces. When their shirts are laid on their graves, most of them change to read "R.I.P.", while Bogey's begins rapidly blinking and reads "I'm Buried Alive!".
  • Butterfly of Doom: Used in episode 17 to a ridiculous degree. As in causing earthquakes or volcanic eruptions just by killing an insect.

  • Call-Back:
    • Palpatine's trip to the Death Star included a throwaway gag where a surfboard is shown on the luggage conveyer belt (a reference to the "Beachtrooper" in the LEGO Star Wars games.) In the last skit of the Star Wars special, where Palpatine is falling to his death, he passes the Beachtrooper (who he'd also told earlier to "Go fuck yourself!") dressed in his usual bathing suit and Stormtrooper helmet on a balcony within the Death Star, drinking from a coconut. When the Emperor falls past him, he says hello again, to which the Emperor yet again yells for him to go fuck himself.
    • In Death Star Orientation a Private Perkins is shown as an example of someone who Vader thinks he killed, but just goes around with a false beard and glasses. In Jar Jar Returns, Vader gives orders to the same Perkins, not realizing that he's supposed to be dead.
  • Captive Audience: The chicken in the opening credits for the first five seasons, then the Mad Scientist in seasons 6 and 7, and then the chicken again in season 8.
  • Casting Gag: Many, many voices are brought on just for the gag. For example, Cree Summer voicing Penny in an Inspector Gadget parody, Soleil Moon-Frye voicing Punky Brewster in "No Need for Glomer", Dana Snyder portrays Master Shake as a critic of the Robot Chicken show, and the late Robert Culp reviving his character Bill Maxwell for a The Greatest American Hero parody.
    Master Shake: People watch this. On TV!
    • And one of the greatest—Mark Hamill coming on to do The Joker for "The Arkham Redemption".
    • Joining in on that greatness is Patrick Stewart reprising the role of Gurney Halleck from Dune (1984), noting how much more awesome and practical riding Dune Buggies are compared to the spice worms. This is actually a double Casting Gag, since it's likely also a reference to the infamous dune buggy scene in Star Trek: Nemesis.
    • A sketch about a musical starring The Avengers has none other than Avengers co-creator Stan Lee lend his voice and likeness to the piano player.
    • Billy Dee Williams regularly reprises his role as Lando Calrissian for the Star Wars skits. Carrie Fisher (Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke), Anthony Daniels (C-3P0), and Ahmed Best (Jar Jar) also reprised their roles for the odd sketch.
  • Catchphrase:
    Fidel Castro: I love doing that!

    Bitch Puddin: Blam! You just got a taste of the Bitch Puddin'!
  • Chew-Out Fake-Out: In "Bring a Sidekick To Work Day", The Flash reprimands Kid Flash for stripping Wonder Woman in public, then whispers "Superspeed high-five!"
  • Chunky Salsa Rule: A skit with a tabletop RPG subverts this trope. A werewolf is reduced to goo by a Gatling gun and cremated. His ashes are snorted and subsequently shat out. He's still alive because it wasn't a silver bullet.
  • Clucking Funny: One sketch was a version of "Law & Order"... with chickens.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb:
    • In the Bitch Pudding Special, Bitch Pudding lets out a long string (23 seconds long, to be precise) of F bombs as she rolls down the side of a volcano. Almost every time she bounced, she swore, finally ending with one long, drawn out "FUUUUUCK!" at the end (If you listen closely, you can hear some of the echos between the bleeps).
    • Also previously done in a sketch where Mumm-Ra pulls a Mrs. Doubtfire, only for his bandages to get caught on the stuffed body of Snarf (long story), gets unraveled, and BLEEPs up a storm.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: During the FUCK Rogers skit and when Dick Cheney got his hands on the prototype Iron Man armor.
    Dick Cheney: Go fuck yourself! Go fuck yourself! Go fuck yourself! Go fuck yourself! [continues ad nauseum]
  • Cold Sniper: Fumbles in one of the G.I. Joe sketches, though he'd started as a Friendly Sniper.
  • Constructive Body Disposal: One segment has Bob the Builder dealing with a gang of thugs who tell him he doesn't have the right equipment for the job and proceed to beat him up. Bob and his crew retaliate by killing all of them and burying them and covering the hole with concrete.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Rambo recalls all the terrible punishments he suffered through while he was locked up by the enemy. Tortures include having Twilight read to him, being forced to play E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, being forced to listen to Rick Astley, and engaging in dance numbers, among others.
  • Companion Cube: Wilson the Volleyball ends up getting washed away from Chuck Noland, and soon finds himself being passed around a series of other people, each of whom act like he's a real person. He is.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: In-Universe. Robot Chicken once held a contest to win a PlayStation 3 in between seasons. At the start of the next season, the winner of the contest got stabbed to death by Seth Green.
  • Couch Gag Vanity Plate: The Stoopid Monkey at the end of every episode until Season 5.
  • Creator Cameo: Happens with a lot of the show's personnel during the Season 2 finale. They get killed. And then return as zombies.
  • Creator's Pet: Parodied in-universe. One sketch featured the producers of Star Trek: The Next Generation figuring out how to get people to like Wesley Crusher, after the fans paid for a billboard threatening to ass rape Wil Wheaton if they didn't kill Wesley. The producers decide to add in an annoying alien character, ala Great Gazoo, called "Snirkles", so Wesley would look better in comparison (although one writer suggested they try to make Wesley a better character...and is promptly fired). The episode airs, and all Snirkles does is play a "space banjo song". The fans change the billboard to read "Kill Wesley. Keep Snirkles". Wil Wheaton, after seeing the skit, said he would've loved to voice Wesley if they'd asked him.
  • Credits Gag: The most common end credits gag is on the fourth-to-last screen, which always includes something flattering or positive written next to "Sarah Gellar" and "Mila Kunis" and something humorous written next to another crew member. This is an example from the episode "Maurice Was Caught":
    Amazing: Sarah Gellar
    Great: Mila Kunis
    Ew...: Andrew Racho
    • Many of them are similarly silly:
    Buffy Summers: Sarah Gellar
    Meg Griffin: Mila Kunis
    Matt Peake: Matt Peake
    • One of the crueler variations from "The Ramblings of Maurice":
    Girl: Sarah Gellar
    Girl: Mila Kunis
    Cup: Andrew Racho
    • A complete list of the "special credits" is on the Robot Chicken wiki. Additionally, the "original dialogue mixer" is always credited as Kate "Superkate" Slepicka.
  • Crippling the Competition: Sinestro (accidentally) cuts off both of Green Lantern's hands. Green Lantern counters by finding someplace else to wear his ring.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Kevin McAllister undergoes one when the traps he invented to keep out burglars backfire horribly on him.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: One sketch has a girl ask her mom if her curfew can be midnight. Her mom says, "When pigs fly". The girl was prepared and has a pig attached to a rocket shoot into the sky. The mom then agrees her new curfew is midnight.
  • Curbstomp Battle:
    • "The World's Most One-Sided Fist Fights Caught On Film"
    • The Season 5 finale, the Robot Chicken kills nearly every single character with ridiculous ease, the one exception being Bitch Pudding.
  • Dance Off: A Voltron sketch has the team's robot face a Robest this way. They beat it the old fashion way, but gets "served" beforehand.
  • Dark Parody:
    • In the Wonder Pets! parody, the pets accidentally send a calf to the slaughterhouse because they thought it was a comedy club due to the missing "S" making it read "laughterhouse".
    • In one parody of The Jetsons, George is killed, presumably by Rosie, and in another, Elroy brings home a pet alien who kills him.
    • In the Calvin and Hobbes parody, Calvin kills his parents and blames it on Hobbes.
    • In their Happy Days parody, Ralph dies and Fonzie tries to resurrect him but turns him into a zombie. Richie asks to be killed so he doesn't get zombified.
    • Their attempt at a Toy Story 3 trailer, which happened before the movie, followed the same premise of Andy being grown up but the difference is he's a junkie and used Buzz as a makeshift bong, so Woody has to give him a Mercy Kill.
    • They make an epilogue of Revenge of the Nerds that shows the nerds being arrested and then killed in jail.
    • The two G.I. Joe sketches show them being so useless they get instantly killed.
    • The iCarly skit starts with Carly getting her nudes leaked online and ends with her father nuking Iran.
    • The Beauty and the Beast sketch in "Garfield Stockman in: A Voice Like Wet Ham" has Belle singing a song about the high mortality rate and unsanitary living conditions of France in the time period that the movie takes place in, then it ends with her sneezing blood and acknowledging that such a thing was a death sentence back then.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Any time a male character has to quickly excuse himself, this is usually the reason.
    • Gadget takes issue with the rest of the Rescue Rangers being allowed to walk around without any pants, and changes her outfit to nothing but the top half of her jumpsuit. Chip, Dale, Monty, and even Zipper can't help but go seek privacy while trying to gently explain the double standard of that trope.
    • One of the Nerd's friends decided to skip on their Dungeons & Dragons session in order to wank it to A Shot of Love with Tila Tequila.
    • In a crossover skit of Mrs. Doubtfire and ThunderCats (1985), Mumm-Ra walks in on Cheetara giving herself a tongue bath. Mumm-Ra tries to make up an excuse to get out of the awkward situation before just telling the truth.
  • Deadpan Snarker: They tend to pop up in sketches to hang a lampshade on the movie/series being parodied. Especially popular is Emperor Palpatine in their Star Wars parodies.
  • Death by Gluttony: When Cookie Monster attacks the Keebler Tree, the elves defeat him by pouring more and more cookies into his open mouth until his stomach explodes.
  • Death Is Cheap: Mocked in the second DC comics special. Batman stops a eulogy for Green Arrow and proceeds to rant about this trope. After getting gasps from the congregation, Bruce then proceeds to call them out on it, pointing out many of them themselves came back from the dead, which several of them concede, and he proclaims he's done with arranging and attending their funerals—which everyone applauds. To hammer this point home, Ollie himself, the man they're supposed to be mourning, is attending his own funeral and is among those clapping.
  • Decapitated Army: Lampshaded at the end of the second Star Wars special. It doesn't matter how many thousands of ships the Empire has, the Rebels just blew up the second Death Star AND killed the Emperor, which means the Rebels won and the Empire is no more — all delivered in the same matter-of-fact way a 12-year-old would use to explain the rules of a game of tag.
  • Deconstructor Fleet: Everything cute and cuddly gets deconstructed and/or subverted. No exceptions.
  • Decon-Recon Switch: "G.I. No" has the Joes deployed in Afghanistan, where there are terrorists with actual guns who are willing to kill, and they're all slaughtered as a result. That also means that COBRA is pitted against actual Navy SEALs who dispatch them with little effort.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    Bitch Pudding: Some asshole just tried to kill me, so now that asshole's gonna get my boot, up his asshole!
  • Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: In a Supergirl sketch, the main protagonist's enemies build an assault vehicle out of kryptonite to defeat her, but it goes comically slow and falls apart before reaching her. Then they go to plan B: have Livewire give her a kryptonite vibrator. She claims that it's just a regular vibrator with glow-in-the-dark paint, then Supergirl dies using it one night when it turns out Livewire lied and it was kryptonite after all.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: Several, especially the host of Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego, who turns into one immediately after being dumped by his girlfriend while in the middle of the show.
  • Determinator: Max Rebo don't never miss no gig.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Parodied in the "Randy's Halloween" sketch, where Randy is given the Pink Power Ranger for a Halloween costume, and a frilly women's hand-bag to hold his candy. The humiliation only begins there, when the school bully abducts him (thinking he's a girl) and drives off to parts unknown. His friends think that he's going to rape "her". The bully just wanted someone to listen to his problems that led him to turn the way he did. Eventually, a police officer shows up, the bully finds out who Randy is, and Randy is told that his mom died in a house fire just before killing his dog, and all she left behind was a note saying how she never loved him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Sonic the Hedgehog starts off his last life in Green Hill Zone by speeding through a 35 MPH zone with no rings on him. The police lay down a spike strip to kill him.
      Officer 1: Uhh, couldn't we have just pulled him over and given him a ticket?
      Officer 2: Heheh, we could have, but we didn't.
    • In the "Apocalypse Pony" sketch, the children and their parents are killed by the ponies as "punishment for their sins" because the kids drew on the wall.
    • "Fumbles" the sniper quits The Joes, joins Cobra, and kills all but one of his former squadmates because they gave him an embarrassing nickname and proceed to mock him mercilessly over it. Cobra ends up giving him an even worse name, but giving Cobra's ignorant sincerity to it, "Fumbles" didn't really care.
      Duke: You motherfucker! You killed everything I loved! Take me too! TAKE ME TOO!!!
      Fumbles: No... no, you'll live with it.
    • One sketch has Batman and Robin bullying, tormenting, and murdering a group of kids for singing the "Batman smells" song. This is all just a story being told by the music teacher for shutting up the kids singing it during rehearsal. Which also counts as this trope as well.
    • Cobra Commander executes a guy for making oral sex jokes about him at his roast. But then, he is a bad guy.
    • The other citizens of Pastryville trying to kill Bitch Pudding for being a bitch, specifically after she gave an extremely rude speech at Granny Grahamcrackers' funeral. She's mean, but she previously never did anything to warrant getting killed.
    • Strawberry Shortcake sentencing Huckleberry Pie to be hanged after she suspects him of sleeping with the Purple Pieman (who actually was fucking a huckleberry pie...the dessert, that is).
    • One sketch involves three cowboys holding down their buddy and sticking him with a branding iron that says "Jew Lover". All because he bought a jar of Picante sauce in New York City.
    • The "Farting and Retards" sketch involves a guy shooting his roommate just because he didn't want Robot Chicken on their DVR anymore.
    • In the "Superman's Marriage" sketch, Clark forgets to remind Lois to TiVo Top Chef, and she asks him to go back in time like he did at the end of his first movie to remind her. When Clark refuses, Lois threatens to divorce him.
    • In the "Where is Mordor?" sketch, the Nerd is arrested by the FBI, waterboarded, and sent to prison, all because he accidentally hacked into the Pentagon while trying to find cheats for his Lord of the Rings game.
    • When Abby declines an invitation to join the Baby-Sitters Club, they get her boyfriend to dump her by telling him that she has AIDS, seduce him into having a four-way with them, throw a brick through her window, put a rabid wolf in her closet, gun down her parents with sniper fire and finally blow up her house.
    • The cast of Schoolhouse Rock! beating the shit out of random people for making basic grammar and math mistakes.
  • Distracted from Death:
    • In the Peanuts sketch where Linus summons the Great Pumpkin, the Pumpkin kills the entire Peanuts crew until just Charlie Brown and Lucy are left. Charlie Brown is talking to Lucy at her "psychiatrist" stand, and briefly looks away while talking. During that moment, the Great Pumpkin kills and eats Lucy.
    • Inverted with Smokey the bear, who murdered a baby. Despite placing a baby in a furnace, the judge only gave him "7 million hours of community service" as opposed to the Death Sentence or Life Imprisonment.
  • The Dog Bites Back: The Robot Chicken gets his revenge on the Mad Scientist by doing the exact same punishment to him that he suffered through for the first 5 seasons.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: In "Horror Movie Big Brother".
    Freddy Krueger: If Ghostface got voted out, take it from Freddy, that would be a dream come true. You get it? A dream? I kill people in their nightmares, man, it's what I do, it's my thing.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: The beliefs at work behind this are played totally, unironically straight in one skit where it shows a victory screen for Street Fighter II where Ryu just defeated Chun Li and she's acting like a stereotypical battered spouse making excuses for why her "partner" beat her, while Ryu suddenly realizes with horror that he's "severely beaten a woman".
  • Drive-Thru Antics: The "Hissing Noise" skit has Cobra Commander, Destro, Major Bludd, and Baroness stop at a drive through. When attention is brought up to Cobra Commander's Snake Talk, the others have a laugh at his expense.
    Cobra Commander: Yess, I'll have a sssssssssssssssssmall Sssssssssssssprite and a-
    Employee: Could you repeat that sir, I'm getting a... hissing noise.
    CC: I ssssssssaid I'll have a ssssssssssmall Sssssssssspite and a-
    Employee: Could you speak more clearly, sir?
    Destro: Tell him I want seven super sized special sandwiches.
    Baroness: With sweet and sour sauce.
    CC: You're all doing this on purpossse!
  • Driven to Suicide: Shows up all over the place, from Dora the Explorer jumping off the roof at her quinceanera (after admitting "I've never been able to hear you" to the audience) to Lionel Richie shooting himself after the media reminded the entire world that Nicole Richie, currently in the midst of a prison escape with Paris Hilton, is his daughter.
    • Suicide as Comedy: The Bloopers host would close out the sketches with him committing suicide in different ways. In the show's first episode he hung himself, then later episodes show him OD'ing on prescription drugs and immediately chasing with alcohol, suffocating himself with a plastic bag, and getting in a bathtub before dropping a toaster in.
  • Dumbass DJ: Dr. Ryan Stone accidentally calls a couple of these while trying to reach NASA. They annoy her so quickly that she just ends it all by jumping into the vacuum of space.

  • Easily Forgiven: Brought up during the "Smurfatar" sketch, by one irate Smurf towards Gargamel.
    Smurf: People! He beat Clumsy to death with a pipe!
  • Electrified Bathtub:
    • The fourth Bloopers sketch ends with the host killing himself by dropping a toaster in a bathtub.
    • The "Baby Terminators" sketch ends with the Terminator Baby destroying the Terminator Puppy by throwing it into an automatic washer before ripping out the control panel and throwing it in.
    • One sketch features a guy using The Brave Little Toaster to off himself this way.
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy Is Torture: In a short parodying Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin is sent to therapy because he thinks his stuffed toy is a real tiger. He's given shock therapy when he begins showing violent thoughts. Ominous music plays as Calvin is shocked against his will and left twitching afterwards.
  • Emergency Transformation: A couple of The Six Million Dollar Man parodies use this:
    • One has Pablo Rodriguez, a Mexican test pilot, crash a donkey into a cactus. He's transformed into the "Six Million Peso Man". As soon as he has the chance, he hops the US border.
      General: There's 283 American dollars we won't see again.
    • In one directly parodying the show, Steve brings in his injured wife so she can be saved with bionic technology. While the scientists are in there, he has them add features that make her superhumanly good... at giving handjobs. She proceeds to use him as a bludgeon to beat the other scientists and Steve himself into pulp. A doctor then bluntly informs all three that bionics cannot save them and they'll die before the night is out.
  • Enemy Mine: The Scientist and the Robot Chicken join forces in the Season 7 finale to put a stop to the Scientist's son, who took Presidents Carter, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama hostage.
  • Enfant Terrible: The unnamed little girl from the "Sunny Muffins" sketch who cuts off a pegasus' wings, drugs him, paints him to look like a My Little Pony, and repeatedly whips him until he agrees that his name is "Sunny Muffins". She is also shown to have done the same thing to a griffin whom she named "Honey Flake".
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Dr. Ball may work for the Empire, but he will not be party to torture, because he's a doctor.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In "A Certain Point of View", Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda spend the entire skit screwing with Luke and singing about how everything is true from a certain point of view, even when Luke asks them if Leia is his sister. After Luke mentions that he and Leia made out, Obi-Wan immediately cuts it out and gives Luke a straight answer while Yoda apologizes.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: One skit involves Michael Bay meeting with Hasbro executives to discuss Transformers 5. One of his ideas involves Optimus Prime having met all the Autobots and Decepticons in high school in spite of years of continuity.
  • Everything Except Most Things: The show parodied Franklin Roosevelt's famous "All we have to fear is Fear Itself" speech, where people keep popping up and adding their own fears and phobias to the list. By the end of the gag, it's quite a Long List indeed.
  • Evil Counterpart: Dark Meat, an evil version of the Robot Chicken, who was built by the Scientist's evil son.
  • Evolving Credits:
    • Season 6's opening involves the Robot Chicken strapping the Mad Scientist to the bench, turning him into a robot, and making HIM suffer what the chicken was forced to go through for the first 5 seasons.
    • Season 8 opens with a now frozen Robot Chicken being thawed out and put through the same hell he went through in the early seasons, only with more advanced technology and a descendant of the Mad Scientist.
    • Season 10 has both the Robot Chicken and Mad Scientist digging up the Nerd's corpse and turning him into a robot.
  • Exact Words: In a sketch involving Ted Turner running around dressed as Captain Planet and screaming his name at the top of his lungs, he holds a Corrupt Corporate Executive out a window and says he'll let him go if he signs a pledge to not pollute anymore. He does so, and Ted makes good on his word. By letting him go while he's still hanging out the window.
  • Excrement Statement: This is how a man in one skit announces his resignation.
    Boss: So this is your two weeks, then? [man pisses directly in his face] I see.
  • Executive Meddling: Defied In-Universe. Steven Spielberg knows that Hollywood only wants him to make remakes for movies these days, but he's convinced that making movies is still what he should be doing anyway. He decides to make the mother of all remakes by combining pretty much every movie he ever directed into a remake of Saving Private Ryan.
  • Explosive Decompression: Little Orphan Annie is given Mars for her sweet sixteen party, and upon visiting it, trips and loses her space suit helmet, leading to her head exploding.
  • Eye Poke: In one Star Trek spoof, Spock tries to knock out Scotty with a Vulcan nerve pinch. When that doesn't work, he goes for the eye poke.
  • Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: A woman walks into a pharmacy with a face hugger attached to her face and asks for a Morning-After pill.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Aquaman joins the Legion of Doom after being mistreated for so long. The only reason he was able to join was because he knew the codes to get into the Justice League's headquarters.
  • The Faceless: Master Chief ends up screwing up one of his missions because he's too obsessed with the fact that his face is hidden behind his helmet. Even though nobody even cares what he looks like, he keeps bringing up the issue that his face is too important to show anyone.
  • Facial Horror: Described in needlessly grim detail in one sketch parodying The Brady Bunch revealing the fate of Carol's first husband, who was a scientist who suffered an accident involving radioactive materials, and initially survived the explosion of the laboratory's core but was left with a hole where his face was.
  • Fair-Weather Mentor: Palpatine to Vader, whose growing incompetence causes him to resent and belittle his supposed apprentice.
  • Faking the Dead: Wile E. Coyote becomes suicidally depressed after failing to catch the Roadrunner so many times, so he tapes a bag around his head and suffocates to death. At his funeral, he knocks down a trompe l'oeil of a casket, revealing that he faked his death, and fries the mourning Roadrunner at point blank with a flamethrower.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: The G.I. Joes mock the US military for loading actual bullets into their guns instead of lasers and for training soldiers to shoot to kill their targets instead of "harmlessly herding them back to the enemy line." A taste of real combat in Afghanistan quickly proves their own downfall. And Cobra's as well immediately afterward.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • A Smurfs parody of a Carl's Jr Fanservice burger ad has the elderly warlock Gargamel wearing a bikini and sloppily eating a blue (possibly made out of Smurfs) burger. It does not look good.
    • The Fairy Godmother stripping naked as part of a Satanic ritual to create Cinderella's dress, shoes and carriage.
      Cinderella: What the—? Stop that!
      Fairy Godmother: You want to go to the ball, dear, right?
      Cinderella: Well, yeah, but...
      Fairy Godmother: Well, my spell wasn't working, so I had to go with Plan B. O, PRINCE OF SUFFERING! FREE YOUR MINIONS FROM THE DARKEST CROTCH OF HELL AND SEND CINDERELLA TO THE BALL!
  • Fantastic Drug: The fearsome career of the Dread Pirate Roberts is shown snorting iocaine powder.
  • Fantastic Fantasy Is Mundane: One sketch had a group of fantasy races playing an RPG about working in an accounting firm.
  • Fantastic Racism: When a salt shaker introduced her new boyfriend to her family, they were all shocked to learn he was pepper.
  • Faux Affably Evil: While Emperor Palpatine is humanized by his amusing and vulnerable reactions to the various setbacks his Empire experiences during the Original Trilogy, he still does terrible evil and relishes in his own wickedness.
  • Favors for the Sexy: The characters of The A-Team won't help an obese and homely young woman rescue her kidnapped father, they reject her because of her appearance and she runs away sobbing. Then comes a blonde, shapely beauty with a similar story, the A-Team gladly offer their help.
  • Five Stages of Grief: One of the more famous sketches, where a giraffe is trapped in quicksand and goes through all five stages until reaching acceptance...when he hits the bottom of the quicksand. With his neck still above ground.
  • Flaming Emblem: One skit mocked the scene in Daredevil where he forms his iconic symbol with fire from a lit cigarette. In the skit, he visits the site hours earlier just so he can meticulously set up his "flaming Ds".
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Most depictions throughout the show look like this. According to a Season 5 sketch, it's possible for people in Heaven to die and go to Super Heaven, which is Fluffy Cloud Heaven with more rainbows, fireworks, motorcycles, and electric guitars.
  • Foe Yay: invoked
    • A Star Wars sketch has some very unambiguous such from Boba Fett for Han Solo.
    • Superman decides that he suddenly has the ability to induce short-term memory loss by kissing Lois in order to make her forget that Clark Kent is Superman. Lois questions how he just suddenly has this ability, but he snaps back that he's Superman and that's just the way it works. Why should he stop there though? He uses his new "ability" to start making out with ALL of his villains. Luthor, Brainiac, Darkseid... all of them. And then they show up at the Fortress of Solitude with flowers.
  • For the Evulz: The Mad Scientist, made especially clear the way he taunts Robot Chicken by kidnapping his wife.
  • Forced to Watch: The chicken in the opening for Seasons 1 through 5. As of Season 6, the Mad Scientist takes the chicken's place. In Season 8, the chicken is forced into this role again by a descendant of the Mad Scientist.
  • Free-Fall Fight: One sketch begins as a skydiving marriage proposal but eventually becomes this.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • The episode "Suck It" includes "If You Are Reading This You Are Too Close = Crappy Bumper Sticker / Robot Chicken Hearts You for Paying Attention to Details" and "The Puppet Dept. Is the Land of Cute Girls / Matt Has Cool Toys / Fasolo Is the Man of the People but Tom Root Is My Hero" during the Six Million Peso Man sketch.
    • Season 3 opener "Werewolf vs. Unicorn" has descriptions for each of the cast members shot during the Season 2 Kill 'Em All finale on their tombstones.
  • Fruit Cart: Parodied in one sketch in "Vegetable Funfest" where a guy avoids having his fruit cart destroyed during a high-speed chase, only for a safe to fall out of nowhere and flatten him.
  • Future Imperfect: The Robot Chicken The Walking Dead special starts with the Nerd visiting a museum dedicated to how the zombie outbreak has been cured, both the zombie saliva and the "we were all infected all along" thing, and how they believe it's all thanks to the efforts of "Rick Gremlin" and his daughter, "Carlisle."
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral":
    • Another sketch had Diablo Cody delivering a long eulogy only for the deceased to come out of her coffin and question Diablo's presence and whether or not her mom even read the suicide note.
    • Yet another had Casper's cousin, Jasper the Douchebag Ghost, possessing the corpse at a funeral for some hijinks.
    • In the first DC Comics special, Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern attend the funeral of Captain Carrot of the Zoo Crew, and Green Lantern is trying his best not to laugh when he sees that the members of the Zoo Crew are all cartoon animals. Batman also lets out a snicker when he finds out that one member is a mouse named Little Cheese.
    • The second DC Comics special sees Batman stop his eulogy for Green Arrow, then (to the horror on those attending) rant about how Death Is Cheap in the DC Universe and noting Green Arrow will probably be back in some fashion considering everyone attending the funeral have themselves died and came backat some point. Not only do those in attendance applaud to this fact, but sure enough, one of the people attending Green Arrow's funeral is Oliver Queen himself, proving Bruce's point.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • In one sketch, two music producers turn off the sound to a recording booth and don't hear the performer as he's attacked and ultimately killed by a zombie, an alien, and a wolfman.
    • There was also an episode where the Playmobil characters were inside the airport, talking about how silly the set was. If you watch the luggage conveyor belt in the corner, you can eventually see a Playmobil kid figure (which came with the set) rolling through.
    • In another sketch, a woman is sitting in a subway car, while in another car behind her a man is getting slapped and throttled by a monster.
  • Gambit Roulette: The Inuyasha sketch, where a father goes FAR out of his way to make his daughter hate Inuyasha so that he can watch football, which is on at the same time, in peace.
  • Games of the Elderly: At the beginning of the sketch, "Senior Mutant Ninja Turtles", a game of Bingo is played at a retirement center. When the Bingo caller calls "I-16", an elderly Leonardo shouts, "Cowabingo, dude!" and holds up his winning bingo card.
  • Genius Bruiser:
    • The Mad Scientist. Where after Robot Chicken storms the castle and slaughters everyone in his path, the Scientist is able to block all of Chicken's attacks with no effort.
    • Faker for He-Man. He only acts stupid for the sake of the show, but is both physically stronger and more intellectual than He-Man behind the camera.
  • Genre Savvy: The Nerd usually knows the source material of whatever the hell is happening to him. Sometimes it doesn't always go as planned, but he knows well enough.
    • When he finds the Pool of the Drowned Girl, he imagines how awesome his life will be to have the same "curse" that Ranma has. It didn't turn out as well as he hoped.
    • When he dreamed he was in The Wizard of Oz, his knowledge of his companions allowed them to defeat all the flying monkeys.
    • When he dreamed he was riding around in Knight Rider, he complains how much it sucks that he got stuck with the remake version. Even his own dreams had limitations though, but he was able to get what he wanted eventually.
    • When his Christmas was stolen, he soon realizes that the thief had to be the Grinch. He was annoyed to learn it was the Jim Carrey version instead of the cartoon version, but the Grinch says that it doesn't really matter since a Grinch is a Grinch. In response, the Nerd pushes him off a cliff and kills him.
    • When the TARDIS and the Doctor show up, he acknowledges that he's never seen the show, but feels he's absorbed enough information about it through nerd osmosis. Being a companion isn't as fun as he expected it to be. He wasn't impressed with the TARDIS being Bigger on the Inside because Snoopy did it first with his dog house. He thinks that the locations that they travel to are sound stages, and solves the problem of the Doctor's greatest enemy by effortlessly knocking over a Dalek.
    • Sometimes this is just generally played for laughs. A good example is when a museum in the DC Universe is showing off a priceless diamond, and the curator says, "All right, we all know what's coming, so let's try to get through a round of h'ors d'eurves before the first ice-themed supervillain shows up."
    • When the Child Catcher is caught by Chris Hansen, he is familiar with all of the trappings of the show, up to knowing that when Hansen calmly lets him leave it means that the cops are outside waiting for him.
  • Genre Throwback: Surprisingly yes. Introducing Dr. Ball, M.D., perfectly in the style of typical 1970's television show openings. Disco music, funky text graphics and everything. Co-Starring Larry Elsworth as Sam.
  • Godwin's Law: Gargamel invokes this upon himself after he is found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for racial crimes against The Smurfs. He tries to clarify in his defense that all he was trying to do was completely wipe out and eradicate every last Smurf off the face of the Earth. The judge points out that he just gave the textbook definition of "Genocide".
    Gargamel: Oh... soooo... me and Hitler, huh?
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Discussed in one sketch when Mario and Bowser are golfing and Bowser mentions how it's weird that he used to kidnap Mario's girlfriend.
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • In a sketch in "Crushed By a Steamroller On My 53rd Birthday", some scientists decide to bring back a dinosaur, similar to the movie Jurassic Park. Disturbingly enough, the dinosaur is the Totally Radical Robbie Sinclair from Dinosaurs. The scientist's horrified reaction is to shoot him in the head and destroy all of the equipment and research to make sure that never happens ever again.
    • Linus is fed up with the Great Pumpkin never appearing on Halloween, so he attempts to summon him by drawing a pentagram, lighting some candles and sacrificing a chicken. The Great Pumpkin appears...cue the Gory Discretion Shot.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Played with. It's revealed that Grandma Gramcrackers drove Buttermilk Biscuits to the city to get an abortion. Biscuits does not appreciate this bring brought up at Grandma Gramcrackers's funeral.
  • Gratuitous English: The show's name came from a dish on the menu of a West Hollywood Chinese restaurant the show's creators ate at.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: The MacGuffin that Goku gets from Mrs. Claus in "A Very DBZ Christmas" is called the Tenkaichi Budokai.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm:
    • "Bake-Off Beatdown" has Sara Lee breaking a beer bottle against her head to use as a weapon.
    • In the Blue's Clues sketch, when Steve tries to kill Blue to stop her from replacing him with Joe, she breaks a beer bottle and attacks him with it.
  • Groin Attack: Or "Nut Shot" as they like to call it. There's a song about it. This includes a literal one in which a squirrel knocks over a bunch of acorns. Some of the many other examples are listed here.
    • In the Nerd's dream about Game of Thrones, he's conscripted into service as a handmaiden to Daenerys Targaryen and gives her sex advice, and...well...
      Daenerys: (runs outside the tent) I think I broke his dick!
      The Nerd: You broke his dick?
      Khal Drogo: (speaking Dothraki with subtitles) She broke my dick!
      The Nerd: You broke his dick?
      Daenerys: I broke his dick!
      Khal Drogo: She broke my dick!
      The Nerd: You broke his dick?
      Daenerys: I broke his dick!
      Khal Drogo: She broke my dick!
      Daenerys: I did everything you said!
      The Nerd: ...OK, full disclosure, I don't know how sex works.
      (Khal Drogo chases him, screaming angrily)
  • Grossout Show: If it's not being offensive or bloody, it's usually being this. Major examples being the "Cat and Booger" and the "Captain Jack Fantasy" sketch.
    • "Nice wang!" *squeek squeek squeek* "Nice poodle!" *squeek squeek squeek* "Nice pretzel!"
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: The inversion from the Death Star prison scene is taken Up to Eleven in one sketch. Han keeps coming up with more and more elaborate excuses, only for the guard on the other side to keep reaching out to check Han's story each time. It gets to the point where he even manages to get Darth Vader on the line to see if there really is a reactor down in the prison (there isn't.)
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Gadget from Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers decides to alter her wardrobe a little, turning her jumpsuit into nothing more than an enticing jacket that barely covers up her breasts, leaving her entire (featureless) bottom exposed. Dale and Monterrey Jack both find excuses to run off and masturbate, while Chip tries to remain the voice of reason and tell her that she's not dressed. Gadget points out the Double Standard presented by this trope, but Chip is quickly overcome and also runs off. Gadget asks Zipper what's going on with all of them, only to see him masturbating as well.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The G.I. Joe sketch "A Giant Hand" has Duke pulling off the sheet on a traumatized Cobra Commander in bed to reveal that the latter has been bifurcated from the waist down by the toys' owner.
  • Hands Go Down:
    • This sketch involving Saved by the Bell and Saw: the cast can escape if they press a button that will torture Screech. They refuse to do so, until they are told they will receive free Corvettes. When Belding explains that it was just a trust exercise, the cast beats up Screech and end up in detention.
      Slater: So we really don't get Corvettes?
      Belding: No. Are there any other questions?
      [hands go up]
      Belding: Are there any other questions not pertaining to Corvettes?
      [hands go down]
    • Another great example is a sketch where a school teacher asks if anyone knows the answer to a question. A boy in the front row raises his hand. The teacher freaks out and screams and yells at the kids while flinging away his desk and making death threats. The kid then slowly lowers his hand.
  • Has Two Thumbs and...: In the Star Wars special, Lando Calrissian tries to lighten the mood during the dinner with the rebels and Darth Vader with the quip: "Who has two thumbs and betrayed his friends? THIS GUY! *beat* Too soon?"
  • Heads or Tails?: Two-Face determines EVERYTHING he does with the flip of a coin. Flip a coin, go to the bathroom. Flip a coin, walk into the stall. Flip a coin, sit down. Flip a coin, release his bowels. Flip a coin, DON'T WIPE. Flip a coin, DON'T FLUSH.
  • Hellish Horse: "My Little Pony, Apocalypse Pony! Punish mankind for their sins!"
  • "Help! Help! Trapped in Title Factory!": Half of the Season 4 episode titles make up a note from a man named Maurice who is trapped in a DVD factory. The other half is a response from the factory claiming that Maurice was trying to unionize the factory.
  • Hermaphrodite: One sketch has a cheerleader who says "Come on team, you really rock", than turns to lift her skirt to the audience while saying "Check it out, I have a..."
  • Hidden Depths: For all Munson's mocking of the nerds, he's honestly as nerdy as they are: he knows enough about RPG mechanics to accurately fill out a character sheet, and he's actually farther along in The Walking Dead than The Nerd is.
  • High-Altitude Interrogation: One sketch revolving around Ted Turner becoming Captain Planet sees him smash through the window of a corporate office while two executives are contemplating dumping polluted waste in the Grand Canyon. Turner then proceeds to hold one of the two men out the window until he agrees to sign a clause agreeing to not dump waste in the Grand Canyon at which point Ted Turner would agree to let the guy go.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Spoofed in recurring sketches over the first few seasons.
  • Hipster: While not specifically called as such, one woman who claims to be a vegetarian, refuses to eat a burger even though she knows that by not doing so, she is dooming the entire human race to be conquered by the Bovine uprising in the future. The only man who can convince her to change her mind stops everyone in the middle of a gunfight to confront her issues with it, revealing that she only chooses to claim herself as a vegetarian because she feels that it makes her different enough, and as such, superior to others just so she could have something for herself. She eventually gives in and eats the burger, thus saving humanity's future.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: Several examples; see the trope page for details.
  • Holy Ground: In a Highlander parody, Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff have to call off their fight when Hilary mentions that The GAP is holy ground. They later attack each other elsewhere.
  • Hope Spot: In the Bitch Pudding Special, the villagers escape the burning church only to find a vengeful Bitch Pudding waiting outside for them with a minigun. Cue the massacre.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: One skit has The Wuzzles asking themselves how they came to be, with all the fathers being the bigger animals (Bumblelion's lion father was stung by an attractive bee and wanted to have sex with her, Eleroo's elephant father warned his kangaroo mother she'd hurt during sex, and Donkeyhuman's origin is rejected).
  • Hummer Dinger: In an episode parodying Richie Rich, Richie states he drives a hybrid. Half monster truck, half limousine, that is. It has a mileage of three meters on a full tank.
  • Hurricane of Euphemisms: Done in a therapy session.
  • Hollywood Nerd: The Nerd, as well as "Gyrorobo" the LARPer and Go-bots fanboy.

  • I Approved This Message: Parodied: "My name is George W. Bush and I approve this message: Tacos rule!"
  • An Ice Person: Mister Freeze, Captain Cold, Icicle, and Chillblaine all each decide to rob the same museum at once, though nobody told any of the others and Captain Cold forgot Chillblaine existed ("You and America, buddy"). Before Ice has a chance to stop them all with her amazing freeze powers, the museum collapses in on itself after Icicle notices that all four of them demolished a lot of load-bearing walls in the process.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The titles of Season 1 episodes are rejected titles for the show. The titles of the first half of Season 4's episodes form a letter written by someone trapped in a DVD factory who's missing his thumbs:
    Help me. I'm trapped in a DVD factory. They took my thumbs. Two weeks without food. Tell my mom I love her, but not in that way. Love, Maurice PS: Yes, in that way.
    • And the titles of the second half form the DVD factory's response:
      Dear Consumer: We are a humble factory. Maurice was caught unionizing our labor. President Hu forbids it. Due to constraints of time and budget, the ramblings of Maurice cannot be erased, so sorry. Please do not notify our contractors, especially the animal Keith Crawford.
    • Season 5's episode titles seem to be mashup of two completely different films that have nothing to do with the episode, one known for being really good, the other known for being awful, leading to titles like Catch Me If You Kangaroo Jack, Schindler's Bucket List, and Saving Private Gigli.
    • Season 6 (for the most part) seems to be named after ways to die (i.e., "Executed by the State", "Punctured Jugular", etc.) Which ends with "In Bed with Loved Ones", revealing it to be a Trauma Conga Line.
  • I Do Not Drink Wine: Dracula is kind of a mood-killer at parties.
  • I Got a Rock: Parodied in one Peanuts sketch in which the gang has been assigned to different countries for geography class. Linus Van Pelt got Italy and Lucy Van Pelt got Russia. As for Charlie Brown... "I got Iraq."
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!:
    • The nerd fantasizes about what he'll do with the Most Common Super Power before he jumps into the "Spring Of Drowned Girl" from Ranma ½. Naturally things don't work out the way he expected.
    • Also in the "Narnia" sketch, the Nerd has doubts when the White Witch asks him to kill the Jesus-allegory lion. She sighs, then flashes him, causing him to hypnotically pledge to do whatever she wants.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: In the "Cyberdyne" skit, while Penny and Brain escape from Terminator uncle Inspector Gadget, she uses her browser to get a map for safety leading to this exchange:
    Penny: I'll plot us a map to safety...Who bookmarked dog-on-dog porn on my browser? (looks at Brain, who smiles) As if I have to ask!
  • I Love the Dead:
    • In "How The Nerd Saved Christmas", the Nerd pushes the Jim Carrey version of The Grinch to his death. A member of a circle chanting to exact revenge on him for robbing them finds his corpse and they agree to rape it.
    • A song about the Boglins has the lyric "They also eat and fuck their dead!"
  • Impact Silhouette: In the "Cat Court" sketch, Garfield uses Nermal as a Cat Shield against Heathcliff before the latter knocks him through a window to his death, leaving this behind.
  • Improbable Weapon User: A TMNT sketch had Shredder killing the Turtles with plastic straws after reading online about how plastic waste kills turtles, ending with him impaling Michaelangelo with an enormous bendy straw and drinking his blood.
  • Inconvenient Summons:
    • One skit had Beetlejuice's wife accuse him of liking Lydia more than her since he had to appear when she said his name three times.
    • Pikachu when summoned from his Poké Ball.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Darth Vader, who constantly fails to capture the Rebels, gets relentlessly bullied by the Emperor, and even lacks the ability to Force Choke people.
  • I Want My Jetpack: Directly addressed in-universe in a Season 4 sketch. Apparently, the prototype jetpacks would keep catastrophically malfunctioning, so the world's scientists gave up on jetpacks and moved on to making iPods smaller. Which also blew up.
  • Jerkass: The Hyena, labeled as "Nature's Asshole", who laughs at other people's misfortunes, such as a drowning hippo. Taken Up to Eleven when he frames a lion for domestic abuse, and then starts hitting on his traumatized wife.
  • Joke and Receive: Upon arriving in Gilead, Bitch Puddin' is incredulous that she's about to become "Ofdylan", on the grounds that the "Dylans" of the world are already locked up at 19 on some very specific criminal charges she pulled out of her ass. The woman dictating is taken aback about hearing how she somehow knows Commander Dylan's "...difficult criminal past."
  • Joker Immunity: Subverted with the invokedTrope Namer. In a sketch the Joker lampshades the trope and then Batman testifies against him in court, and the Joker gets the death penalty. During execution by electric chair his head explodes.
  • Just Here for the Free Snacks: The characters from Punch-Out!! attend Doc Louis' funeral. While some of them gave a eulogy out of respect, Mike Tyson states that he didn't know who Doc was, only showed up to steal food from the catering table, and dared anyone to try and stop him.
  • Karmic Death: The Mad Scientist is crushed underneath the television sets he forced the chicken to watch after one of his hands is strapped to the Robot Chicken's torture chair.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Dora does this to Swiper when he's freezing to death and she gives him an unloaded pistol.
      Swiper: You bitch.
    • A Wizard of Oz sketch has the Wizard waiting for Dorothy to go home so he can come back and take back the Scarecrow's brain, which he rips out of his head, and the Tin Man's heart, which he retrieves and then eats after compacting the Tin Man into a cube. The Cowardly Lion pleads him that his courage is a concept instead of something tangible, so the Wizard has him made into a rug. At the end when he's told that Glinda has come to see him, he declares his intention to rape her.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In one sketch, when the Nerd starts to do his typical drifting off to sleep routine, he quickly wakes up to mention that he might want to get himself tested for narcolepsy.
  • Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: A sketch revolving around movie plot twists included a reference to the obscure 1983 slasher movie Sleepaway Camp. The director of Sleepaway Camp shows up at the end, amazed that anyone would decide to spoof the movie, or even remembered that it even existed.
  • Laser-Guided Broadcast: Played with in an episode where Lex Luthor uses Superman's hypersonic hearing to broadcast a message only he can hear about a bomb the villain has planted in the city. The joke comes in that while the human population may be ignorant of the broadcast, Metropolis's ANIMAL population is acutely aware of what's being said and are taking the opportunity to get the heck out of Dodge.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • The Robot Chicken gets his revenge on the Mad Scientist in the Season 6 opening credits by taking the scientist's body and tossing him onto a table, turning him into a robot, strapping him to the chair, and forcing him to watch the show, just as RC had been forced to do for the first 5 seasons.
    • The Billy Joel parody, which turns "Pianoman" Up to Eleven from a humblebrag to an unhinged psychotic rant. Billy gets his comeuppance later when one of the bar patrons he's taunting stabs him to death—and then receives everything he's ever dreamed of.
      Man: POETIC JUSTICE!!!
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Mafia-installed union reps are brutally killed... by Bob the Builder and crew.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: In a sketch showing the sun from Teletubbies growing from a baby to a teenager to an old woman and lamenting that she wasted her life watching them, she gloats that she'll get the last laugh when she finally burns out. As soon as she does, the planet freezes over and the Teletubbies promptly freeze to death and shatter.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: First off, the show itself has created and established a wide cast of characters who are frequently used for sketches. Almost all of them show up during the Roaring Rampage of Rescue scene in the 100th episode. More than that, this trope is exaggerated in a spoof of Ocean's Eleven, where a team is assembled for The Caper consisting of so many random celebrities that it takes over a minute to prattle off all the names in quick succession.
  • Logic Bomb: A pair of robots planning to kill a human want him to finish going to the bathroom first. He tells them that he can't go if he knows they're going to kill him. A logic paradox kicks in and they explode. Later on, Robin Hood realizes that by robbing from the rich and giving to the poor makes the poor rich, which means he has to rob from them and make them poor again, only to give them riches again. The robots explode again.
  • Logo Joke: The tenth season highlights the T in "Robot" and EN in "Chicken" with lightning to celebrate that it's the tenth season.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight:
    • In the "Wizards In Heat" sketch, Dumbledore tells Harry, Ron, and Hermione that they can't defeat Pubertus because he's inside of them, just as his own demon, Wandus Limpus, prevents him from having meaningful relationships.
    • Peter Parker's spider sense attempts to warn him of this, but he brushes it off.
  • Long Title:
    • The 2014 Christmas episode is called "The Robot Chicken Lots of Holidays but Don't Worry Christmas is Still in There Too so Pull the Stick Out of Your Ass Fox News Special."
    • The 2017 Christmas episode is "Freshly Baked: The Robot Chicken Santa Claus Pot Cookie Freakout Special: Special Edition"
  • Low-Speed Chase:
    • The baby Terminator and Terminator Puppy battle one out on a toddler-sized fire truck toy.

  • Malaproper: The Sailor Earth sketch ends with him accidentally breaking a sewage pipe and flooding a food court with waste, then saying the phrase "Never eat where you shit" as "Always shit where you eat." One of the other Sailor Scouts is quick to point out that that's not the saying.
  • Man on Fire:
    • A man's telling of why he converted to Judaism reveals that as a child, he accidentally set his church on fire along with his grandfather.
    • The Fraggle Rock sketch has the Fraggles trying to cross a road, but one of them catches fire when they make two cars crash.
    • When Betty Crocker battles Sara Lee, she finishes her off by setting her head on fire, causing it to quickly burn down to just her skull.
    • The Little Match Girl sketch ends with the girl dousing her father with alcohol and using one of the matches he made her sell to set him on fire as he declares "I never dreamed you would learn to use the matches for your own purposes!"
    • In the Island of Recalled Toys sketch, one of the toys is one of the old Easy-Bake ovens that would get hot enough to burn the user. While singing, it accidentally sets an Elmo toy (which was recalled because it had Tourettes syndrome) on fire.
  • Mauve Shirt: Gary the stormtrooper is given enough characterization that he survives through the entirety of episodes 4 - 6. He avoids Darth Vader's wrath after confessing that it was "Bring Your Daughter To Work" day, and he loves his daughter.
  • May the Farce Be with You: The Robot Chicken Star Wars specials.
  • Meaningful Name: The Mad Scientist seen in the intro is named Fritz Huhnmörder. His last name means "Chicken Killer" in German.
  • Medium Blending:
    • The 100th episode has Yogi Bear stealing another picnic basket, but the park ranger stops him by transforming into a live-action five-man Super Sentai-esque team. It was a proposal to bring Yogi Bear into Japan. The Japanese execs were not pleased.
    • The "updated" release of 2001: A Space Odyssey simply involves the actress Robin Bain jumping around naked and pretending she's part of the movie.
    • One skit involves the G.I. Joe team taking down the kid who was torturing and injuring them. They shot him in the back with the aid of a tank, but Roadblock voices his concern.
      Roadblock: Did we just kill a kid? I mean, Yo Joe, but I think that was a kid.
  • Metaphorically True: In the second Star Wars special, Obi-Wan's claim that what he said was true "From a certain point of view" becomes the refrain of a musical number for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda as they explain themselves to Luke.
  • Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Parody: All the writers are "killed" at the end of season 2, at the start of season 3, one survived. The network renewed the show, causing the others to come back as zombies. He manages to keep them from eating him while his cell phone ringtone plays "Thriller" causing the zombies to dance instead, until he can give them jobs, causing them to lose interest in eating him.
  • Mirror Monster: This show likes to spoof the "Bloody Mary" urban legend in its own ways.
    • Saying "ho ho ho" in front of a mirror in a dark bathroom will summon Composite Santa to snatch you away.
    • When three boys each tweet fake news about Donald Trump in front of a bathroom mirror, Donald himself shows up and starts saying fake news about them in return. This rightly freaks them out. The next day at school, all three of them show up for class dressed up and acting like Trump. The entire classroom starts screaming in terror.
    • In one sketch, a girl successfully summons Bloody Mary, who is surprised that it worked and summons Candyman, who summons Beetlejuice, who tries to summon God and nothing happens, disproving his existence.
  • Mob-Boss Suit Fitting: This spoof of Star Wars has Emperor Palpatine flipping out at Darth Vader over the phone for losing the Millennium Falcon, only for Alphonso the barber to cheerfully suggest hiring a bounty hunter.
    Palpatine: (hangs up) I just want to sit in a hot bath and cry!
    Alphonso: You're looking for some guys? What about a bounty hunter? You know, a guy who looks for a guy for money! My sister's dating one!
    Palpatine: Alphonso, you're a lifesaver!
  • Mocking the Mourner: In "Real Boy, Real Death", after Pinocchio ends up dying of an auto-immune disorder brought on by a peanut allergy, the Blue Fairy callously says at the former's funeral that if Gepetto hadn't wished for Pinocchio to be a real boy, he would have survived as a wooden puppet, before offering half hearted condolences when Jiminy Cricket clears his throat to subtly rebuke her for her lack of decorum.
  • Mood-Swinger: In "Dolly Hates You Too", a young girl says to her father, "I hate you, and Dolly hates you too" after being told to go to sleep. The father violently tears Dolly to shreds while screaming insults at her and impaling her severed head on the bedpost before lovingly tucking his traumatized daughter into bed.
  • Most Writers Are Male: Go ahead and compare the amount of Transformers, G.I. Joe, ThunderCats, Masters of the Universe, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sketches to the amount of My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, Barbie, Jem, and Care Bears sketches.
  • Motor Mouth: Micro-Machines Man shows off the product... and tosses in some info about his life.
  • Multiboobage: In "Kramer vs. Showgirls", an Enterprise crewmember is enticed by the description of alien women with ten breasts apiece.
  • Mundane Utility: When Blanka's cellphone runs out of energy in the middle of a business call, he charges it up with his own electricity.
  • Mushroom Samba: Santa ends up eating pot cookies in "Freshly Baked: The Robot Chicken Santa Claus Pot Cookie Freakout Special: Special Edition", and comes to reflect upon his life from the ensuing trip.
  • Musical Number Annoyance: In the Bitch Pudding Special, she gets annoyed when the Shlorps sing their "Get To Know You" song. When they finish, she grabs their banjo and sings "Shut The [Bleep] UUUUUP!"
  • Must Be Invited: One sketch has a vampire get around this weakness by impaling a man with a harpoon gun and dragging him out of his home.
  • My Future Self and Me: A parody of Star Trek (2009), where Old Spock meets Young Spock, and tells him of certain future events that would help him avoid certain injuries and other minor inconveniences. Other Spocks from the future show up to warn Spock about other things that will happen, including one Spock who had a sex change. (Old Spock changed back because he didn't like it, though not without consequences). When Spock asks why all these Spocks are showing up, it's revealed that this is the only point in time when they could all meet up to give Ancient Spock a surprise 2000th birthday. He nearly dies from a heart attack.
  • My Little Panzer:
    • A kid playing with his Bop-It is quite surprised to learn that he transformed it into a sniper rifle. The toy insisted on him loading the gun with the bullets supplied inside the box, had him memorize a target that he was assigned to kill, and goaded the kid into pulling the trigger. At the trial, the kid testified against the toy and sent him to prison, where he was immediately raped.
    • One sketch features the Island of Recalled Toys, populated by some infamous real-life examples such as a Lawn Dart and an old Easy-Bake oven.
  • My Little Phony: The Parody Commercial sketch advertising My Little Pony: Apocalypse Ponies, a toyline modeled after the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Peter Parker's spider-sense ends up tingling just for the most mundane of reasons, including trying to tell him his cereal's milk was spoiled, that he was about to step into a water puddle, and he was suffering from erectile dysfunction. A doctor later tells him that it was a brain tumor that was causing it and Peter immediately tells him to remove it, but he ignores his spider-sense frantically going off to warn him that the tumor is inoperable and dies during surgery.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Cheetara's reaction to guys trying to flirt with her using "pussy" double entendres.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If the Mad Scientist hadn't equipped the Chicken with so many cybernetic weapons, he wouldn't have been able to escape, much less kill his former captor. Heck, the opening even shows the Mad Scientist finding the chicken dead on the road. He'd still be dead if the Mad Scientist hadn't revived him in the first place.
  • No Ending: Some sketches simply end without exactly providing a payoff.
  • No Endor Holocaust: Averted with the titular theory in the DVD of the second Star Wars special.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Popeye to Wimpy when he didn't pay him on Tuesday for his hamburger.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: In one of the Star Wars skits, the heroes are forced to eat dinner with Darth Vader and Boba Fett after Lando betrays them. The atmosphere at the meal is tense at best.
  • No-Sell: Bitch Pudding is completely immune to a ghost's attempts to haunt her house, eventually insulting him so much that he leaves.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: A sketch involving the Airwolf helicopter crashing into a mountain while acting as a flying ambulance in "Caffeine-Induced Aneurysm" ends with the message "F***ING GOOGLE IT" to assure audiences that it actually happened. Followed with the same for the crimes of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers "actor"note  Skylar Deleon.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Lampshaded in "Smurfatar" over the distinct lack of nipples on Smurfette when Garglesmurf sees her bathing.
    "I don't know what you're censoring. Smurfs don't have nipples... Not arousing."
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Martian Manhunter's invisible sidekick, "Martian Boyhunter".
  • No, You: Subverted in the above-mentioned Highlander sketch: Duff tells Lohan "Your album sucks!" and Lohan retorts "My album sucks!" before landing a killing blow.
  • Oblivious Janitor Cut: Made into a Running Gag in the Star Wars specials.
  • Oblivious Mockery: Combined with Actually, I Am Him in the DC Comics special—Sinestro draws "Leonard Snart" for the Legion of Doom's Secret Santa, thinks he's the mailroom clerk with body odor, and starts expostulating about it.
    Captain Cold: [standing behind him with the name-drawing hat] I'm Leonard Snart!
  • Only Sane Man: Despite a clean handicap indication, the kid from the Cookies sketch is this. When it's announced that the cookies are poisoned, look at said kid at the right closely: He's the only one who doesn't take a bite.
  • Off the Chart: There's a quick take of a boardroom with a chart like this, going off the bottom, and a guy with a pointer panicking: "What did I tell you? This is bad!!!"
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: A Hannah Montana sketch had Miley get shot by an overzealous fan and her friends having to pretend that she's still alive, until her father reveals her secret identity to her class and her friends throw her corpse out the window. It then turns out the whole thing was a threat to the actual Miley Cyrus of how the show would end if she let herself get pregnant.
  • Oh, Crap!: In the Gooey Louie sketch in season 10, the guy he's sitting next to has this reaction when the former decides to watch Up for the first time, unaware of its Downer Beginning.
  • Older Than They Look: Twilight's Edward tells Bella that's he's really 109 years old, despite how young he looks. Bella soon finds out that he acts like a typical old person, including driving 30 miles under the speed limit with your right blinker on, and being completely behind the times when it comes to knowing how modern society works.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: In a short parodying Final Fantasy VII, the main characters run a fast food restaurant. When Sephiroth enters the room, his theme is parodied with the chanting being "Hamburger! Hamburger!"
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: One example involves a new member getting inducted into G.I. Joe, and ruining first impressions by tripping over. He is mercilessly mocked by the crew and given the nickname "Fumbles". This backfired horribly, because after too much abuse he ends up joining Cobra, and turns out to be an ace sniper.
  • The Other Darrin: invoked The Harry Potter film series' having to recast Dumbledore was parodied in the "Pubertus" sketch, where Dumbledore is suddenly a young, hip black man.
    Harry: Who are you?
    Dumbledore: Aw, Harry, it's me! Dumbledo'!
    Harry: But Dumbledore isn't-
    Dumbledore: Listen, I'm a different actor in every movie!
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • Once the second season started, the show switched from "machine-gun comedy" to "drag the jokes out as long as humanly possible".
    • "Fridge Smell" starts off with Paul and John from The Green Mile literally walking the Green mile. For the entire episode, it shows them walking an entire mile in a small box while the rest of the episode played out.
    • Darth Vader's "I've altered the deal, pray I don't alter it any further".

  • Parental Favoritism: Odin's parenting is most inequitable. In this skit, he even says "I love my son Thor and not my son Loki" to Loki's face.
  • Parody Assistance: The show goes to great lengths to get actors just to sometimes participate in one skit.
  • Parody Magic Spell: Frequent in this Harry Potter parody. When Snape tries to seduce Hermione in his "magical jacuzzi", he calls it forth with the spell, "Barry Whiteus, candlelightus, girl-exciteus!" She dispels his lecherous advance with the counterspell, "Pedophilius repelus!"
  • Papa Wolf: The neighbor in this Grinch spoof. If you steal his kid's iPad, he will pray to the spirit of vengeance to come out of hell and rip your guts out with a spear.
  • The Peeping Tom: Ben Tennyson gets a spy-glass for his 14th birthday. His "real" present was the ability to peep at the naked girl showering next door.
  • Perpetual Smiler: The scientist never stops smiling, even when about to be killed by falling televisions.
  • Pin-Pulling Teeth: One skit averted it. The soldiers are thrown the pin; we briefly hear "You idio-" before the shack the soldiers were firing at explodes.
  • Place Worse Than Death: When the Care Bears ethnically cleanse Care-A-Lot of the Carebear Cousins, the great Cloud Keeper in the Sky turns the place into New Jersey. New Jersey's governor is rather proud of his state's history.
  • Plane Awful Flight: They depict B.A. Baracus' dislike of flying through a flashback. He was all happy and eager to take his first flight. The pilot commended him for going all alone, moments before mentioning to the passengers that they discovered that all the in-flight meals had gone bad, and all the bathrooms were occupied. Cue everyone trying and failing to hold in their bowel movements, and one severely traumatized B.A.
  • Pluto Is Expendable:
    • A scientist announces that Pluto is no longer a planet, then goes mad with power and starts coming up with many other ridiculous declarations, such as that the letter A is no longer a vowel, Mt. Fuji is no longer a mountain, and bullets are no longer lethal. Unfortunately for him, he turns out to only have the power to make these decisions in theory.
    • And also, when Earth asks Pluto if he feels he's been rehabilitated, he just faces everything with a grin and says, "This room must be huge!"
  • Police Code for Everything: In a sketch based on Beauty and the Beast Belle calls the cops to report her kidnapping. When they arrive the Beast defends himself and the cops call in a "Code 4-5-9: Giant hamster throwing household items."
  • Politically Correct History: Painfully averted in the Robin Hood sketch where the narrator details that the evil King John was forgiven by King Richard, that King Richard died a stupid and avoidable death and King John was a Karma Houdini whose only punishment was dying of dysentery.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis: The Nerd recognizes the TARDIS and jumps at the chance to become the Doctor's companion, despite openly saying that he's never seen the show, yet feels he's absorbed enough knowledge about it through nerd osmosis.
  • Positive Discrimination: Discussed in the "12 Angry Little People" sketch.
    Black Juror: Yeah, then the five-oh plant the DNA evidence, you can't trust the po-lice! One time a po-lice take my shoe shine box, beat me with it! My lawdy! ... What? Every black man on the TV gots to be a positive role model?
  • Power Perversion Potential: When the nerd becomes the new Green Lantern member, Kilowog teaches him that his powers are limited only by his imagination. He summons Selena Gomez to start slapping Kilowog, so he summons a girl in return. Cue the summoning of lawn chairs by both of them while using the rings to start making both girls strip and make out with each other.
    • During "Bring Your Sidekick to Work Day", Kid Flash used his Super Speed to strip Wonder Woman.
  • Prehensile Hair: In The Cabin in the Woods skit in "Immortal", one of the cursed items in the cabin is a copy of Watchmen, which when picked up will cause Alan Moore to appear and attack the characters with his beard.
  • Pulled from Your Day Off: One episode had a Final Fantasy VII parody set at a fast food joint. Sephiroth the manager arrives, complete with Ominous Latin Chanting, and tells Cloud that he needs to come in on Saturday, but Cloud has Lakers tickets! In the ensuing battle, Sephiroth hits Cloud with the Unpaid Overtime attack and Cloud levels the restaurant with a meteor.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: A recurring sketch parodying This! Is! Sparta!, starting with "This. Isn't. FUNNY!!", regarding Two and a Half Men. The episode also featured Leonidas shouting at other people in this manner, usually kicking them afterward for no reason. The kick was averted when he shouted "This... is... SCRUMPTIOUS!" when having dinner with his family.
  • Pungeon Master: The Crypt Keeper is frustrated that the role of "spooky franchise full of puns" has been taken by Monster High.
  • Pushed at the Monster:
    • In a sketch involving Scooby-Doo investigating Crystal Lake, they naturally run into Jason after the split up. When he confronts Fred and Daphne, Fred pushes Daphne into Jason for him to kill while he escapes. Scooby himself does this when Jason stabs at the barrels Shaggy and he were hiding in and manages to hit Shaggy. He tries to run, but Jason grabs his tail before he can get far.
    • The season 3 premiere involved Seth Green, who was murdered in the previous season, and several regulars of the series coming back as zombies and attacking the studios. When Co-Creator Mathew Senreich and producer and (at the time) head of Adult Swim, Mike Lazzo, get stuck at an elevator with the zombies closing in on them, Mat pushes Mike into the crowd to buy himself time for the elevator to come.
    • In the Archie Comics/Final Destination sketch, when Death personally comes after Archie, Reggie, Betty and Veronica, Veronica offers Death a large sum of money as long he spares her and kills the others. Death accepts.
  • Quarter Hour Short: Normal episodes of the show run 11 minutes, though specials are sometimes 22 and the third Star Wars special is 44 minutes long.
  • Rape and Revenge: Occurs a few times.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: No sketch in the show (originally) lasted longer than two or three minutes, and many of them were just a few seconds long. Case in point: one sketch of a kung-fu Benjamin Franklin. The entire sketch.
    Benjamin: "HA! HIYAH! For America!"
  • Read the Freaking Manual: In a Street Fighter II sketch, Ryu specifically wrote a manual for all the characters, giving detailed schedules of which character was to fight who. Ryu's fighting Sagat, who gives every excuse he can to claim he never got the manual right in front of Ryu. Guile calls up and complains about how E. Honda's stage is a men's bathhouse, and he doesn't want to see everyone's sushi rolls hanging out. Blanka complains about the hotel he wants to check into not allowing his dog. Ken complains about how his opponent is 20 minutes late. He thought he was fighting E. Honda, but Ryu corrects him by saying he's fighting a Honda. Ken ends up finding the joy in destroying a car anyway. M. Bison somehow found his way into Q*bert, though he has no problems with casually punching out the titular character.
  • The Real Spoofbusters: MythBusters' Jamie and Adam investigate the myth of whether or not masturbation causes blindness by driving to a kid's house in Ecto-1 and catching him like a ghost.
  • Reality Ensues: Nearly every episode has at least one instance of a cartoon's characters coming face to face with a problem that would be faced by ordinary people, and having no idea of what to do. See this page for these examples.
  • Reality Warper: When the crew of the show is trying to find a way to get their show Un-Canceled, they find that Seth MacFarlane is capable of changing reality by way of Family Guy style Flashback Twists. As an example:
    Seth: Robot Chicken? I haven't heard about that show since it got renewed.
    Executive: Robot Chicken's renewed. [stamp]
    • They can't convince him to "offhandedly refer to the time we all ended world hunger", though, probably because he hadn't heard a more stupid idea since "Scooby Jew".
  • Really Gets Around: Captain Kirk learns that he has Class-3 Space Herpes, and needs to go tell everyone he's slept with in the last 5 years that they may have been infected. In the end though, Kirk wonders who gave him the disease in the first place. Afterward, a tribble tells him that they need to talk.
    Kirk: Scottie, here are the coordinates of every place my wang has made contact.
    Scottie: [looks at the list] Oh, me mother's house!?
    Kirk: I wouldn't kiss her on the mouth from now on. Or the butt. You want to slide those knobs there, or do you want me to keep going? [beamed out]
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Dark Meat, the Evil Counterpart to the Robot Chicken, has red feathers and black robotic enhancements.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning:
    Kid: Mommy, there's a monster in my closet!
    Mom: I know...
  • Red Shirt: A Red Shirt gets his revenge upon Kirk, Spock, Bones, and Uhura. The Enterprise blows up because Kirk traded all the dilithium crystals for holographic pornography, and there was only enough energy left to transport an away team. Toby the red shirt points out that he has to go because you just gotta have a red shirt. After the others realize that they may have to resort to cannibalism to survive, on behalf of all the red shirts who died before him, he's proud to announce he was the only one who brought a gun.
  • Reference Overdosed: Pretty much the point of the series.
  • Rejected Marriage Proposal: Played for comedy in the sketch "A Modest Proposal", where a guy attempts to propose to his girlfriend on top of a stopped Ferris Wheel. She rejects him, leading to an awkward silence, as the two are now stuck together on the not-moving Ferris Wheel.
  • Relax-o-Vision: A woman imagines herself dancing with a pony from My Little Pony, only to be snapped back to reality to find a prostitute who's delaying having sex with a donkey. She does the deed, but the viewers go back to seeing flowers being thrown against her face.
  • Replacement Goldfish: One Alvin and the Chipmunks sketch reveals that the band members have died repeatedly and simply been replaced with identical chipmunks every time, as real chipmunks only live for an average of 3 years. At a press meeting, Dave states that he can legally do whatever he wants with them because they're rodents and unashamedly admits that he ran over one of the Simons and replaced him with a chipmunk from a crate of chipmunks that he keeps in his Jeep.
  • Ret-Gone: Happens to Skeletor in one sketch where he goes back in time (in the process accidentally giving himself a baby body) to kill King Randor and prevent He-Man's birth. He's successful, but also kills Randor's mistress, who was Skeletor's mother, resulting in his own erasure.
  • The Reveal: The audience in front of the blond, Stepford Smiler Bloopers host? There's not a single person in the seats; just monstrous disembodied voices, laughing and taunting him.
  • Ridiculous Exchange Rates: One sketch poofed The Six Million Dollar Man with the Six Million Peso Man (who upon being completed immediately disappears past the US border).
    Mexican Government Man: "That's 283 American dollars we won't see again..."
  • Road Sign Reversal: In the spoof of The Cannonball Run, Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane does this to trick "them Duke Boys" as an homage to The Dukes of Hazzard. Unlike the original, this causes them to have a fatal accident.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: In the 100th episode, the Robot Chicken finally escapes. The Mad Scientist wasn't pleased about this, so he kidnapped the chicken's wife and forced her to start watching the show in the same manner that he did for the last 5 years. On his way up through the castle, he fights nearly every character who had ever shown up in the series (killing off most of them in the process) before finally confronting the Mad Scientist himself.
  • Rule of Three:
    • A Batman sketch features Two-Face getting his face burnt a second time, turning him into Three-Face, who replaces his coin with a three-sided dice that he uses to decide if he kills Batman, lets him live, or they have hot chocolate together. He gets burnt a third time and becomes Four-Face, who makes Batman draw straws to decide if he lives, he dies, he gets bleach thrown on his costume, or they have hot chocolate together. He draws the hot chocolate straw and accidentally burns Harvey's face a fourth time, and the sketch ends.
    • One sketch features an inventor building a time machine and intending to go back in time to see a T. rex. He instead ends up accidentally getting shot during the presidential assassinations of Lincoln, JFK, and Reagan, then when he finally does meet a T. rex, it pulls out a handgun and shoots him again.
  • Running Gag: Several.
    • The Humping Robot.
    • The show getting cancelled at the end of each season, and then renewed at the start of the following season.
    • During the end credits, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mila Kunis, and Shannon Gold get quite a few interesting roles, such as Arah-say Eller-gay, Ila-may Unis-kay, and Pig Latin Translator, respectively. It varies between episodes.
    • When Snoop Dogg makes the scene.
      Snoop: Hey y'all, snibbity diggity! [gets mauled]
    • People receiving a "Shark BJ" in Season 8.
    • Composite Santa refers to everything used to kill him as his only weakness.
    • All throughout the DC Comics special:
      • Lex Luthor keeps getting smacked in the head with a dodgeball.
      • Batman lampshades the Rule of Three after Bane sneaks up behind him and breaks his back for a fourth time.
      • Two-Face decides EVERYTHING he does in life with the flip of a coin. Flip a coin, punch himself out.
      • Superman kissing villains to make them forget why they're villains.
      • "BLAM! You all get a taste of the Bitch Pudding!"
  • Runs with Scissors: In one episode featured Cobra try to ape G.I. Joe's And Knowing Is Half the Battle segments. Storm Shadow was going to do a "don't run with scissors message," but he pointed out that he ran with katanas all the time. Then a kid on set runs with scissors, trips and falls on them. Storm Shadow promptly apologized.

  • Safe Under Blankets: In one sketch, a couple of monsters sarcastically lament that they can't get a kid under the covers... and then bust out the baseball bats.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: When the Archie characters are dying off in the style of the Final Destination movies, Veronica pays the Grim Reaper a million dollars in exchange for not killing her, and he accepts.
  • Secret Santa: The Legion of Doom holds one in the DC Comics special. Luthor has to make a rule against exploding toys, and Toyman complains that he's being persecuted.
  • Self-Deprecation: Co-Head Writer Doug Goldstein likes to put himself down in a few of the sketches.
  • Series Fauxnale: Every season actually ends in this manner. Season 5's actually takes the cake, with the Robot Chicken escaping and killing nearly every reoccurring character in the series.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: In the Season 5 finale the Robot Chicken reveals his bionic arm is capable of forming whatever weapon he wants: sword, hammer, fist, etc.
  • Shout-Out: Maybe not the most affectionate ones, sure...
    • The most affectionate, probably, being the end credits music, a chorus of chickens singing "The Gonk" from Dawn of the Dead (1978) soundtrack. The Star Wars specials have the chicken chorus singing the film series' standard end credits theme.
    • "The Rescue" took The Oner from Tony Jaa's Tom-Yum-Goong, and had one of the two recurring nerds lampshade this fact in the middle of the chicken's rampage.
    • A reporter in "Junk in the Trunk" is named Jerry Poppendaddi, after the similarly named ska band Cherry Poppin' Daddies.
    • Season 10 episode 6's opening credits is a recreation of the opening to Monty Python's Flying Circus.
  • Shrunk in the Wash: In the "Big Horror Movie Brother" segment, Ghostface pisses off Freddy by shrinking his iconic sweater.
    Freddy: YOU FOOL! The label CLEARLY says permanent press!
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: The message of the "Revised Lessons of Dr. Seuss", where in The Lorax learns that morals are lame and ultimately it's better just to sell out.
  • Sir Verb-a-Lot: One skit actually features Sir Mix-A-Lot as a member of King Arthur's court. He's the one who suggests the concept of the Round Table, via the song "Table Be Round" (a parody of "Baby Got Back").
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
    • Bill Clinton often serves as this towards George W. Bush.
    • Santa Claus and Superman also share this role with each other in a few skits.
  • Smuggling with Dolls: A short documented that Santa Claus from Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer was a coke pusher, with his preferred method of hiding the coke inside toy bears.
  • Smug Super: Superman. Robot Chicken takes Superdickery to a whole new level.
  • Space Opera: The page image is one of the most brilliant parodies of this.
  • Spin-Off: The Stoopid Monkey videos seen here could be counted as a spin off.
  • Squashed Flat: In one sketch where Zordon selects the Teletubbies to be his new Rangers, they get crushed on their first mission. Unlike most examples, it's fatal.
  • Staging an Intervention:
    • One sketch had Popeye's friends confronting him over his addition to spinach.
    • A parody of Adventures of the Gummi Bears had the bears holding an intervention for Tummi over his addition to gummiberry juice.
  • Stealth Pun: In one skit, Woody smothers a brain-damaged Buzz with a pillow after Andy uses him as a makeshift bong. What a buzzkill.
  • Stealth Pun: Season 9 episode 11 is titled "Never Forget".
  • Stop Motion: Animated using a mix of action figures and claymation.
  • Storyboarding The Apocalypse How: If you give a mouse a cookie, the world ends in nuclear holocaust. And that's why Mommy had to stab Daddy.
  • Story-Breaker Team-Up: All the time and played for laughs. The Mario Brothers in Vice City, and Yoshi in Raccoon City.
  • Stylistic Suck: The Mrs. McNally's Third Graders Present sketches.
  • Subverted Kids Show: While many of the sketches are based on family-friendly source material, the content itself is about as far from family-friendly as you can get.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: Among other examples, the Care Bears decide that to save their ratings, they must kill all of the Care Bear cousins in an act of genocide. Not even Don Cheadle offering to put all the cousins in a hotel could stop them. And, to punish the Care Bears for genocide, the Cloud Keeper turns Care-a-Lot into Hell on Earth.
    "Mmm, that's good rainbow."
    • "My Little Pony, Apocalypse Pony! Punish mankind for their sins!"
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Charlie Brown defeats The Great Pumpkin by siccing The Kite-Eating Tree on it.
  • Suspect Existence Failure: Unnecessarily lampshaded just before the end of "Michael Jackson vs. Michael Jackson" sketch.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Invoked.
    • Lampshaded in a sketch about Libertarians from an episode in Season 4. During multiple election years, they chose similar-but-not-copyrighted versions of popular songs such as "We Are The Victors Of The Globe" instead of "We Are The Champions" by Queen and "We Are Close In Group" instead of "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge. They ended up getting sued for copyright violations anyway.
    • Earlier on, it was used twice, and both times for the same reason—and it was even mentioned in the commentary. Used for a Season 1 sketch about Voltron getting served, where the aired version used a similar version of the DMX song "Get It On The Floor" (which the crew even made lyrics for) for the dance-off, which was apparently so similar to the actual song that it THEN had to be dubbed over with a generic production song (that they recorded more new lyrics for) for the DVD. One of the behind-the-scenes extras even shows a couple of seconds of Seth and another crew member recording "WHAT? WHOA!" for the original version of the dance-off theme.
    • Also, "Playing with a Car" ("Playing with the Boys") from Season 1 (and the Season 2 DVD menu) when the valets joyride KITT instead of parking it.
    • "Let's Have a Party" ("Let's Get It Started") from Season 4 (and the DVD menu) during Castle Greyskull's dance party where Faker goes in place of real He-Man.
    • In a crossover of Super Mario Bros. and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, they used takeoffs of the music from both games.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In the Bitch Puddin' Special, a new character named Raspberry Parfait appears to be a replacement for Strawberry Shortcake. American Greetings has gone after people who they feel have misused the character in the past, or alternatively, the licensing fee might have gone up.
  • Synchro-Vox: One of the Star Wars episodes spoofs Conan O'Brien's use of this.
  • Take That!: What the show more or less revolves around.
    • There's a pretty epic one against the comedian Gallagher. He gets his niece a Teddy Ruxpin doll, and goes to put a tape of his comedy performance into it. The doll comes to life, tries to fight him off, and eventually commits suicide via Cyanide Pill rather than do it. Gallagher then comments that they'll just have to listen to the performance on the family's stereo, at which point his 5-year-old niece also tries to commit suicide. And it's one of the highest-rated videos on Robot Chicken's site.
    • Following in MAD's footsteps, not even Robot Chicken can resist making fun of The Annoying Orange. In this case, showing what each of The Avengers weapons do in their spare time, with Thor's hammer being exceptionally annoying.
    • Though if anyone is gonna be portrayed as a moronic drunk mess of an idiot by the Robot Chicken guys, it will always be Lindsay Lohan. Not even Lohan's family was safe in one sketch.
    • The last sketch of "Help Me" shows a service that allows you to skip the boring parts of a movie or TV show and watch only the good parts. For Peter Jackson's King Kong, it just goes straight to the end credits.
    • In "The Arkham Redemption" sketch, when Batman searches a sewer pipe thinking that the Joker escaped through it, he comments that it smells like Batman Forever.
    • In the Zombie Apocalypse sketch in "Collateral Damage in Gang Turf War", to learn what caused the outbreak, Gyro Robo consults the "zombie backstory generator" (an 8-ball) and the result is "supervirus"... then he sees that every message on it says the same thing, as a potshot at how often works use a supervirus as the origin of a zombie outbreak.
    • In one sketch in "Babe Hollytree in: I Wish One Person Had Died", the Ark of the Covenant, the Sankara Stones, and the Holy Grail are having breakfast and are hesitant to let the Crystal Skull of Akator join in.
    • In one sketch where an e-sports player starts masturbating on live ESPN, the announcer yells to "cut to a real sport". Cut to a paunchy middle-aged golfer slowly putting a ball.
      Announcer: Wow. A true athlete, folks.
    • Their lone Doctor Who sketch amounted to them openly hating on the entire franchise, and the writers have dropped a few mentions in various sketches that they also do not like NCIS.
  • "Take Your Child to Work Day" Plot: Taken to a funny extreme when Gary the Stormtrooper takes his daughter to work ... to the Devastator ... where she meets Darth Vader, participates in the boarding of Leia's Blockade Runner, and ends up with her father on Tatooine where he's the subject of Ben's Jedi Mind Trick.
  • Technologically Advanced Foe: Two rival gangsters stop fighting during an Alien Invasion (apparently the Chitauri from The Avengers (2012)) and decide it really doesn't seem worth it in light of the scale of things. Then The Punisher busts into the room and spends a few seconds chasing them with guns blazing before he also notices the invasion. He also concludes this changes everything, but adopts the use of one of the aliens' vehicles to pick up where he left off, otherwise.
  • Tempting Fate: In the second Star Wars special, referred to by name. Emperor Palpatine has arrived on the Death Star and is having a crappy day. He turns to a nearby Red Guard and says, "Wanna see me tempt fate? Could this day get any worse?" It does.
    Palpatine: I did it ironically so I think I'm safe.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman:
    • One skit involving GI Joe has Snow Job getting rejected for missions for not only wanting to go to places where skis wouldn't work, but also for wearing bright white, making him a very shootable target.
    • invokedAverted with the Trope Namer where despite having a series of rescues in the ocean, Superman still rejects the idea of letting Aquaman tag along since he could still handle the situation fine without him.
  • 30 Minutes, or It's Free!: Astronauts on the Space Station call a pizza place with this policy in order to get unlimited free pizza for the guys at NASA.
  • Those Two Guys: Tom Root and Doug Goldstein, who appear in a few sketches once in a while.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill:
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Subverted when Percival tries returning Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake and it keeps falling into the lake before even getting close to her arm. He lampshades that a sword's weight balance completely throws off any attempt to properly calculate a throw.
  • Throw the Pin: Seen from the outside; two G.I.s sitting in a foxhole with a bunker in the background. One is hit on the helmet with a pin, looks at it quizzically, and a shout of "You idiot—" then the bunker explodes.
  • Time-Compression Montage: Played with in a sketch that featured a Jamaican superhero named Montage, whose power was to dilate time by invoking montages. His archenemy is End Credits Man.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Justified in the "Toy Story 4" sketch, where Buzz actually becomes mentally retarded as a result of a college-aged Andy turning him into a makeshift bong. Suffice it to say that the way he acts afterwards is a far cry from the noble, heroic and decently intelligent space ranger he was beforehand.
    Retarded!Buzz: "Hello, Woody! (gasp) Do you know what my daddy did? (Beat) Poop! He pooped! Poop-de-doop-doop-poop! Ah, somebody left some poop in his pants."
  • Too Kinky to Torture:
    • The creator of Girls Gone Wild had become so desensitized that the only way to excite him anymore was to summon Pinhead to help him out.
    • Bill Clinton is more than willing to become part of a Human Centipede.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth:
    • Boba Fett and the other guy he was with both got spit out of the Sarlacc beast because it just couldn't take their annoying activities anymore.
      Sarlacc: Umm, hey guys, I don't mean to be a prick, but... you guys gotta get the fuck out. [belches them out]
    • In a different skit, Bitch Pudding's house is invaded by a ghost. Instead of being scared, she curses it out and trash-talks its parents until it agrees to leave town.
  • Toyota Tripwire: A businessman does this on a passing motorcyclist. Why should the cyclist be able to move between the cars while he's stuck in traffic?
  • Transformation Sequence: Sailor Moon's transformation sequence provokes an obvious physical reaction in her opponent, much to their mutual embarrassment, and going a long way towards explaining why the monsters she fought were Always Female.
    Sailor Moon: Should we still fight? Because I don't really want to anymore.
  • Trojan Horse: The Legion of Doom tries this on the Justice League. It doesn't work out well for either side.
  • Trolling Translator: In a Star Wars parody, Evazan does this for Ponda Baba's innocent question to Luke Skywalker. (The two are architects, according to the skit.)
  • Turn Your Head and Cough:
    Doctor: Okay, turn your head and cough... It's just as I had suspected; you let a stranger grab your balls.

  • Un-Canceled:invoked A running joke. Every season finale they get canceled, and the next season they get "uncancelled". One wonders when this trick is going to backfire. Discarded in the 100th episode in favor of a bloody lampshading the show's Adored by the Network status.
  • Unfortunate Names: Lando tells Boba Fett that while the Slave I is a pretty neat ride, he's not crazy on the name.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: A producer for one of Justin Bieber's music videos exclaimed how big a hit this singer will be. She's a teenage lesbian who's open about it in her music and videos, and there's nothing the public won't like about this. Then a stagehand tells him the truth.
  • Vampire Doctor: One sketch focused on vampires taking over media. One show involved a hospital where all the doctors and nurses are vampires. They try to treat a patient by giving him a blood transfusion, but since they're, well, vampires, they keep drinking all of it. Ultimately, they just decided to drain the patient of his blood, instantly turning him in the process.
  • Victory Sex: In "Welcome to the Golf Jam", Cleo promises Tiger Woods a blowjob if he wins. She has a little Oh, Crap! moment when she realizes she has to keep her promise.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: Played With. The Doctor is standing on the first base of a baseball diamond. After a few seconds, he just asks "Do you get it?!"
  • Villains Out Shopping: Loves this trope. Famous examples are the obvious "Villains in Traffic" and "Darth Vader Calls" skits, both of which are frequently considered a Funny Moment by many people.
    Emperor Palpatine: "What the hell is an aluminum falcon?!"
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: In the Bitch Pudding special, the villagers sing a hymn about her supposed death after celebrating all day with a "The Bitch Is Dead" festival.
    "She made our lives a living hell / So nasty and so mean / And when Bitch Pudding hit the lava / You should have heard her scream!"
  • The Voiceless: The Mad Scientist never talks.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Happens quite frequently.
  • Voodoo Shark: A mobster interviews the assassin "Waffle Face", who has a waffle for a face. The mobster asks for how he got a waffle for a face. Waffle Face explains an incident with the Triads and a waffle iron but mentions he'd had a pancake for a face. The mobster becomes irritated and guarantees him no one who asks wants to hear him walk back to the time he had a pancake for a face and threatens him if he tries to say. Waffle Face, with irritation and haste, says he got run over and that's how he had the pancake head; this seems satisfactory until he mentions that it was another breakfast food before that. The mobster screams bloody murder and shoots him where he sits.
  • Vorpal Pillow: In a skit parodying Toy Story 3, Woody has to smother Buzz to death with a pillow after Andy used Buzz as a bong, burning out the insides of his head and making him mentally retarded as a result.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: After a flood wipes out the Smurfs' village, Gargamel finally achieves his goal of eating them. As it turns out, they taste really bad. He throws the food out, and orders Chinese.
  • Warm Water Whiz: When the Nerd is telling stories to his niece and nephew, he falls asleep to dream about his stories, as he does. The kids decide to just pee on him, but he wakes up and thinks that they pranked him with the hand-in-the-water prank... before wondering where the cup of water is.
  • We Are as Mayflies: The characters from A Bug's Life cannot get any sleep because the Mayflies themselves are partying, having sex, giving birth, going through a midlife crisis as husband and wife, and finally dying in the span of three hours. Just when they think they can finally get a moment's rest, the eggs hatch and it starts all over again.
  • Weapon of Choice: Seth Green's is the Bat'leth.
  • We Will Meet Again: Promptly turned into a Sedgwick Speech with two bullets to the head during a G.I. Joe skit where the US military gets involved.
    Cobra Commander: "You haven't seen the last of me, Seal Team Si-" *blam* *blam*
  • Weird Aside: From the cliffhanger of the Enter the Fat One sketch: "Will Joey win the tournament? Will he avenge his former bandmates? Does this look infected to you? Find out next time, on Enter the Fat One!"
  • Wham Episode: "Fight Club Paradise", mainly because it's the only season finale other than the finale of season 7 to end with the series not getting canceled.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Aquaman from Superfriends awkwardly makes his way to a board meeting at the BP oil company (even after nearly spraining his ankle when the secretary tripped him) in order to send the CEO to jail for all the sea life they killed with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The CEO tells him that he can't go to jail because the court case was already settled and BP paid a fine. He asked if Aquaman was going to kick his ass, to which Aquaman responded that he wasn't really planning that. The CEO tried to sincerely but sarcastically insisted they were sorry, and Aquaman returned home. The sea life didn't take the news that well, so they beat him up and killed him.
  • Where da White Women At?: A black scientist programs his Afrobot to say this.
  • Whip It Good: In the Castlevania sketch, two werewolf servants and Dracula mock Simon Belmont's weapon of choice. They proceed to get the piss whipped out of them.
  • White Glove Test: In the "Bitch Pudding" sketch, Bitch Pudding does this.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The "Of Moose and Squirrel" sketch is Of Mice & Men with the cast replaced with characters from Rocky and Bullwinkle. The sketch ends the same as the original, with Rocky about to shoot Bullwinkle in the back of the head with a shotgun to spare him from getting lynched for accidentally killing Natasha, followed by a parody of their show's Find Out Next Time at the end of every episode.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: It's "Fumbles"... it was always "Fumbles"...
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: In the "Pokémon Bloopers" sketch, Pikachu and Squirtle are having a conversation until Squirtle loses his composure, and, to Pikachu's horror, says "Squirtle! Squirtle squir- what the fuck am I saying?! No, I mean it! This shit makes no sense at all!"
  • Womb Horror: Played for Laughs in one sketch, where a giant monster hand comes out of a woman's womb and drags the doctor inside.
  • World of Ham: Boy howdy. This show is filled to the brim with it, since many of the sketches tend to be notorious for overdramatic reactions to the slightest of actions.
  • Worst News Judgment Ever: In the "Voltron Dance Battle" sketch, a news report focused more on the Voltron team getting "served" in a Dance Off against a Robeast, than the robot defeating it in a traditional battle shortly after.
  • Worthy Opponent: The only person who can match the Robot Chicken's power is Bitch Pudding.
  • Would Harm a Senior: When Strawberry Shortcake gets the chance to confront her old adversary the Purple Pieman, it turns out that he's now elderly, blind, diabetic and using a walker. She beats the stuffing out of him anyway, and ends up in jail for it.
    Strawberry Shortcake: I told that motherf***er I'd bury him. And that's not some fruit-related speech impediment. B-U-R-Y. Bury. Like in the f***ing ground.
  • Wrestler in All of Us/Professional Wrestling:
    • In a Season 1 episode (guest-starring Conan O'Brien), there was a wrestling sketch (the Historical Wrestling Federation), featuring Benjamin Franklin and Gandhi in a tag team match against the Wright Brothers. Noted for using ACTUAL Jakks Pacific WWE figures (instead of the standard figures) for the 4 wrestlers (though their original heads were indeed replaced); the 2 commentators (voiced by Seth, doing his cheesiest impersonation of a color commentator and Conan as the driest play-by-play historian you could imagine) were regular figures.
    • A Season 2 episode guest-starring Hulk Hogan featured the sketch Hogan's Heroes, where the gang was replaced by (more Jakks Pacific figures, this time from the "WWE Legends" line) Hulk Hogan and his fellow pro wrestlers "Rowdy" Roddy Piper (voiced by Piper himself), "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart, The Iron Sheik, and Randy "Macho Man" Savage.
    • Also, since every standard Robot Chicken action figure is animated in stop-motion, and any aerial shots are on wires, many of the close-range combat stunts you see are usually a wrestling-type maneuver.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In "Annie's Super Sweet 16", Annie Warbucks (who is now a Spoiled Brat and Rich Bitch) seemingly invites some young orphans to her Sweet 16 birthday party, but it turns out she just wanted to use them as part of her "super special invitations" idea.
    Orphan Girl: Thanks for the invite, Annie.
    Annie: Oh, you didn't get an invitation, you are the invitation! Isn't that clever? Your own little orphan!
  • You All Look Familiar: There are only a couple different character models for generic people, so viewers will end up seeing the same faces on different minor characters.
  • You Just Had to Say It: In the second Star Wars special, Emperor Palpatine has a terrible day when he visits the Death Star. He says things couldn't possibly get any worse. Cut to a couple hours later and we see the Return of the Jedi scene of Darth Vader throwing him over the balcony.
  • You Keep Using That Word: (dork voice) Technically speaking, the eponymous fowl is actually a cyborg and not a robot, technically speaking.
  • You Must Be This Tall to Ride: Subverted and lampshaded in the sketch, "Attack of the Giant Midget". A midget, turned into a giant by a Mad Scientist, goes on a rampage through an amusement park. It comes to a "you must be this tall" sign, then pauses a moment to let the irony sink in before continuing on its rampage.
  • Your Head Asplode:
    • The above-mentioned Explosive Decompression example.
    • "Raiders of the Magic Garden" has Paula's head exploding when the Story Box is opened.
    • "Hogwarts Lessons" has Ron putting an extra drop of wolfsbane extract in a potion, which causes his teeth to rocket out of his mouth and his head to explode. As Harry and Hermione point out, the ridiculously slim margin for error and result of a botched attempt aren't proportionate for a potion that was just supposed to change their eye color.
    • "I Know What the Bratz Did Last Summer", Chloe's head explodes when her elephantiasis medication is stolen.
  • Your Mom: Robot Chicken isn't above doing these every now and then. One notable example is a pull-and-say children's toy.
    "The cow says "MOOOOOOOO"."
    "Your mom says "Wabglwgaw" because my cock's in her mouth."

Stoopid Monkey.

Palpatine's Phone Call

The iconic Robot Chicken Skit where Emperor Palpatine gets a bad phone call from Darth Vader.

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