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  • Acceptable Political Targets: Both left and right-wing news media, with Fox News host Tucker Carlson copping the most memorable jabs. "Black & Blue" is a shining example of how the show rips into both sides; both spectrums of the Strawman News Media are shown to be manipulative for their own sake at the price of dividing the populace on their opinion towards the police, and they are both stumped as to how to demonize Rusty and Gina pretending to be a smorgasbord of Acceptable and Unacceptable Targets all at the same time.
  • Acceptable Targets: Though not quite to the extent of Brickleberry, they still make fun of any race, religion, and sexual orientation that comes into question.
    • Lower-class Americans are all portrayed as aimless drug addicts whose penchant for bestiality has spawned an entire race of dolphin-people.
    • As the token black guy, Fitz is a surrogate for the black jokes, being a stereotypical, jive-talking thug who owns a pit bull (like all black people) and acts like he was raised in the hood.
      • But don't worry, it's not one-sided. Fitz spouts out plenty of offensive cracks about white people, which is also an acceptable target.
    Fitz: I don't do pranks, Ikea, or cargo shorts. That's all white people shit. [Gets a text] Oh, shit! Michael Buble's playing in concert! Who wants to see some Buble?
    • Dusty is an extremely offensive fat stereotype, being a cartoonishly obese man note  who eats tons of junk food and suffers from several real-life medical symptoms such as diabetes, heart attacks, and even retinopathy just because of his weight.
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    • Old people are all senile and sexual deviants.
    • Female on male sexual harassment is played for laughs with Gina and Dusty and in the workplace, Dusty's complaints to HR are not taken as seriously as the typical male on female variant.
  • Adorkable: Kevin can be very charming when doing nerdy stuff like reading comics, watching anime, cosplaying, and playing with action figures.
  • Anvilicious: The series did make heavy references to the relations between police and community, especially the issues on how the latter began to have negative reaction to the former due to its heavy-handed policing.
  • Awesome Music: The quality of the show is up for debate, but the music is one of the few things that's enjoyed unironically.
  • Crack Pairing: The crossover with Brickleberry canonizes a few interseries sexual relationships.
    • Connina - Connie falls in love with Gina and even tricks her into fucking him, under the guise of being Dusty.
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    • Denzopson - Hopson finds Denzel sexually attractive and tricks him into fucking him, via three-way with Bullet.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The show runs on this type of humor.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Gina Jabowski is a fan favorite among most and fanart and fanfictions will depict her as a typical badass action chick and completely ignore the fact that she's a mentally ill rapist, who sexually harasses Dusty and has permanently injured and even killed several innocent people just for shits and giggles.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Subverted. Roger Black and Waco O'Guin created Hobo Cop with the intent of making him the show's "breakout character", having him being a silly catchphrase-spewing joke character, who'd make random appearances in episodes that don't call for him or just shoehorning him into plots to make him appear as though he serves a purpose, but he never really resonated with the fans as expected. In Season 2, Hobo Cop, while still there, kind of just kept quiet and took the back seat for the rest of the ride.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The episode "Black & Blue", makes for a perfect and eerily on the nose satire of the death of George Floyd, which happened two years after the episode first aired. The story of black man (Gerald Fitzgerald) getting shot in the dick by a cop (himself, when he was frightened by his own reflection) becoming a widespread craze on the news, prompting Black Lives Matter supporters to call racism where racism isn't and to riot and loot in the streets, causing way more harm than good. Sound familiar? The phrase "No Not My Dick!" (which was called out by Fitz, when he was shot) is used in all the exact same contexts as "I Can't Breathe!".
    • In fact, the name of said character, Gerald Fitzgerald, has the same first letters of the name George Floyd. Coincidence? Yes.
  • Iron Woobie: Dusty is sexually harassed, falsely incarcerated and at one point stabbed, yet never seems affected by any of it outside of mild annoyance.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The main complaint about Paradise is that it's basically a rehash of Brickleberry, except that it takes place in a police station instead of a national park. At the very least, the writing is generally regarded as being better due to the use of continuity.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Gina Jakowski is a Rabid Cop who is prone to violence at the drop of a hat, but it turns out she's that way because she was shot in the head when she was only 10 years old when her own father used her as a human shield..
    • Randall is also kind of this, especially when you realize that he wasn't even that much of a jerkass, until Kevin shot him in the testicles and his whole life went to shit.
  • Nausea Fuel: Now has its own page.
  • Older than You Think: The character model for Gerald Fitzgerald is not exclusive to the show, as it's been used as a background character in a couple of assorted Brickleberry episodes, such as "Steve's Bald", where his model was used for an actor for Malloy's porn flick, Chocolate Covered Bigfoot, where he, and a bunch of other black guys, gang bang Steve. As for a less grossly out-of-character appearance, Fitz's soon-to-be-model was also used in "Amber Alert" as a professional basketball player who let a young Steve win because his mom slept with him.
  • Padding: Despite the reveal of the Kingpin at the end of Season 1, most of the second season is extra-reliant on gross-out humour regardless of how relevant to the plot it may be.
  • Shallow Parody: "Who Ate Wally's Waffles?" serves primarily as a Take That! towards Disney, with one scene having Robby and Delbert distract Disney's lawyers by setting free Disney characters that were notorious for not being politically correct. Among them is Donald Duck dressed as Adolf Hitler, which is clearly a reference to Der Fuehrer's Face, but conveniently disregards that the original short was about Donald Duck merely dreaming that he is a Nazi and that the short itself was very much condemning the Nazis.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: As a Spiritual Successor to Brickleberry, Paradise is neither critically lauded nor positively received, but viewers and fans of the former still consider the latter to be an improvement thanks to its writing and music.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The song about Argyle Meth in Episode 1 sounds similar to "I've Got A Dream" from Tangled, but that's most likely intentional, what with the whole scene being meant to serve as a Disney-esque parody or as Randall put it, "Mickey Mouse Shit".
    • Kev-Man's theme song is almost identical to Jesus' theme song from the Brickleberry finale.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Predictably, the show received some criticism for being too much like Brickleberry.
    • The trailer for Season 2 manages to spoil every surprise twist and major plot point the season has to offer in just over 2 minutes.
  • Unacceptable Targets: In Season 2, sexual harassment is treated like the epidemic it is. (if it's happening to a woman). In "Paradise Found", Harvey Weinstein was hired as a member of a villain team but Fitz swiftly cut him from the crew, claiming even ''he'' is too disgusting for them. Harvey Weinstein serves as the butt of the joke, rather than the women he harasses when the final zinger of the episode is him getting slapped across the face by a houseplant.
    • At the end of the season, The Legion of Dooooom has a big musical number about how "Bad Guys Don't Have to be Bad at Being Guys", wherein they detail how they'll proudly indulge in just about every other sickening act; murdering police, kidnapping babies, mutilating people to death, but sexual harassment of any kind is a step too far. Sadly, it sort of turns back into a joke again, when Fitz, Thester, and Edna all do immediate self-contradiction jokes after expressing their distaste for such the matter.
  • The Un-Twist: Fitz being the Kingpin. The issue is that he is the only person left without an alibi at the night of Two Toes' murder, when Kevin finally cleared up everyone else but the blame still falls on Dusty. The fact he is putting on a coma act is also not surprising.
    • This then looped back into itself with the reveal in the Season 2 finale that the Kingpin was a split personality brought on by Fitz' PTSD, which retrospectively makes his characterization more consistent.
  • The Woobie:
    • Kevin. His dad hates him, his mother barely notices him and to top it all off, he ends up getting a holiday where the whole town treats him like shit.
    • Fitzgerald has PTSD that makes him a liability on stakeouts, and he has a split personality that's based on a crime boss he failed to catch. After going into shock halfway through Season 1, his personality is overtaken and he becomes the Kingpin up until the Season 2 finale.


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