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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Rednecks get made fun of a lot.
    • Russians are shown once an episode whenever they "showcase" partiers. Frank Stallone always has an insult for them.
    • In addition to Russians, Poles are frequently the subject of international ridicule as well; you can almost always expect one of more of the cast to reference the age-old light bulb joke.
      Kevin screws in a light bulb by sitting in an office chair (holding the light bulb in place in the socket) while Mike T. and Brad rotate him
      Brad: [fake accent] Or when we build submarine with screen door!
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    • Gamers, comic book/sci-fi fans, or anyone who enjoys things that are considered to be "nerdy". They're described as being lonely, socially retarded, repulsive to women, and otherwise subhuman.
    • Any elderly person appearing in a "Drivers" episode will become a magnet for snide remarks about how the elderly shouldn't drive. They also tend to attract unpleasant commentary on any sex-related topic.
    • Whenever a clip features a red-headed person being beaten, or gets involved in some kind of brawl, expect the obligatory, "Red-headed stepchild" cracks (followed by an insert of Danny Bonaduce, and sometimes Judy Gold, looking unimpressed).
      Mike T.: [on Danny Bonaduce's fight against Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco, who's roughly a whole person bigger than Danny] Oh-ho, Danny! He is beating you literally like a red-headed stepchild!
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    • Usually averted when a clip features either US troops or someone with a legitimate physical disability (such as a wheelchair-bound man who performs extreme-sports stunts). The cast generally avoids insulting the intelligence of anyone who belongs to either group, despite the fact that putting them on the show is already calling them dumb to begin with, so why not have at it?
      • Also, if anyone in a clip insults a member of the United States troops, Frank Stallone will be (verbally) on his ass immediately.
  • Acceptable Religious Targets:
    • During an episode of "Motorheads," the cast discusses a clip of a pastor crashing his motorcycle during a church service. When the narrator tells us that he's recovered, apparent atheist-slash-agnostic Jaime Andrews asks "He has since recovered from the accident, or from religion...?"
    • From a "Performers" episode, a man dressed as Elmo to take pictures with kids in Central Park starts hurling out Anti-Semitic epithets at the crowd. When the cops proceed to arrest the man, he explains his rant to them that Jews are always out to keep Christian people from making some decent money; Judy argues that's not true, but admits Mel Gibson is the exception, while Billy says he used the incident as a lesson to his kids about Jewish control of the media.
      Bystander: Hey, Elmo! What's your problem, man?!
      Mike B.: Now there's something I bet you thought you'd never hear.
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • In an "Inventions" episode, one invention is essentially a headset with a suction cup on it for any kind of phone (to which Greg sarcastically boasts, "Are you tired of technology going forward? Well, get ready to take a step back with the power of suction!")
      Jaime: This thing's got more suction power than Tonya.
      [Audience "Ooh"ing sound effect]
      Jaime: I don't mean that as a dirty joke, I mean because she sucks.
    • In a "Daredevils" episode, an Australian BASE jumps, and accidentally lands in a thicket of woods below.
      Roger: There's nothing quite like a face full of bush. [Beat] Let me rephrase that...
  • Base-Breaking Character: Many of the show's regular female commentators - Chelsea, Jaime, Daisy Gardner, and Marianne Sierk in particular - fall into this category, somewhat. They have their share of fans, but many of those fans feel they don't really add anything to the show (or are otherwise not as funny as the male commentators) other than sex appeal. This is more of less played straight with Daisy (see Ensemble Dark Horse below); while some fans enjoy her on the show, others complain she's the "Weakest Link" of the entire cast and rarely says or does anything funny.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In "World's Dumbest Partiers 5", we see a clip of Rob D'Alessandro, an incredibly drunk New York Giants fan, who blubbers like a baby over the team losing... so much so, the Smoking Gun brings Rob in for an interview, and he's still very emotional about it... until they bring in the Giants' Osi Umenyiora to cheer him up. Finally, TSG just makes it weird by super-imposing the two of them into a scenery of floating clouds, and playing slow, romantic music in the background.
  • Crazy Awesome: The guy who did a backflip off the top of a house, landed face down on the ground. He got up and walked away like it was nothing. This is the same show that has seen people hospitalized after falling from heights of seven feet or less. After hitting the ground, he rolled into a ninja-style kneeling pose that almost looked convincing before getting up and walking away.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • One man in a clip pulls up in his car and badgers an injured skateboarder who just wiped out. Eventually, during his rant, he randomly spouts, "I ain't Muslim, mothafucka, I'm American!", despite the fact that "Muslim" defines one's religion and "American" defines one's citizenship. In other words, a person can be both... not to let this guy tell it.
    • A "Performers" clip features a mascot performing at halftime of a high-school basketball game in Indiana. The narrator claims that the mascot is that of the visiting team, but anyone who follows the NBA closely would recognize it as the mascot of the local Indiana Pacers. And why would the visiting team's mascot attend the game anyway?
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The 5th Performers episode starts with a clip of an eccentric German DJ. Mike Trainor comments that he's "Available for weddings, birthdays, and bar mi— ... weddings and birthdays!"
    • One of the sequences features a father throwing his baby (in a car seat) out of the car while it's still moving. The commentators were not amused.
    • In fact, this is generally the commentators' reaction whenever there are children involved in a crime. Judy especially seems to get ticked off.
    • A number of viewers felt this way when the show featured a clip of a man, who may or may not have been mentally ill/disabled, walking into a convenient store in the middle of the night, stealing bags of chips, while wearing nothing but a diaper.
    • In-universe, Mike T. was met with boos and jeers in an Inventions episode, when he suggests Chelsea Peretti should try out a small contraption that changes the profile shape of a person's nose.
    • In a "Daredevils" episode featuring a clip of a pair of bikers playing chicken, and crashing into each other, Michel Bryant remarks they should have been wearing helmets, adding, "Who do you think you are, Gary Busey?" Cut to Gary wearing an unamused look on his face; Michel actually admits, "That was not good."
  • Crowning Moment of Funny:
    • O-P-E-N. Open!
    • Something old, something new, something black, something blue.
    • When someone was trying to escape a transvestite prostitute without paying, Brad said "If you order a taco, even if it's got a hot dog in it, you gotta pay for it."
    • During a clip of people trying to push open a door that clearly says "Pull" on it, Leif Garrett comments, "People, if the door doesn't push, what does it do?" Everybody chimes in with "PULL!"
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Daisy Gardner, even though she's not used often as a commentator, has quite the fanbase.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • "World's Smartest Inventions 6" features My Kid's Pack, a bullet proof shield that fits into childrens' backpacks; much of the cast have a field day (no pun intended) making fun of the dangers kids face at school each day, such as rough lunch tables, among other things... however, fast-forward to today, where mass school shootings, such as Sandy Hook, are problems multiple times a year (and the number has, in fact, tripled since this episode aired).
    • Remember those two teenage girls who robbed that girl scout of the money she earned selling cookies, and then they later returned to the scene of the crime to brag about their petty theft for the local news? Well, one of those girls was actually arrested and charged with even more serious crimes since then, including attempted murder. And even then, she still was totally indifferent about her acts of crime.
    • In 2013, an episode of "Motorheads" featured an eldery school bus driver who somehow lost control of her bus, hopped over the median, and crashed into oncoming traffic, without somehow not injuring anybody. A year later in Knoxville, two school buses crash into each other when one of the drivers lost control and collided with the other one coming from the opposite direction. Two kids and a bus monitor were killed.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: When 1970s' stuntman, the Human Fly attempted to do a motorcycle stunt in his native Canada, Frank Stallone sympathizes with him. The Human Fly gathered crowds that numbered in the thousands in other countries, his motorcycle stunt in Canada was performed in an almost empty stadium, while Stallone claims that he performs to sold out crowds in Australia, but in the U.S., he fails to fill even the smallest venues he's booked in.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: An "Inventions" episode featuring the Hatcam: an adjustable baseball cap with a tripod-compatible screw on the bill for cameras so people can film their activities... which is pretty much what GoPros were invented for.
    • A 2011 episode of "World's Dumbest Lovers" has the gang mocking an old "Farmer's Only" dating ad. Apparently, everyone thought the idea of a dating site for country people wouldn't catch on or was too ridiculous. As of 2016, that dating company has expanded, and is about as popular as "eHarmony".
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: One clip in the "World's Dumbest Brawlers 12" features the "Oh-Shit-O-Meter."
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Generally if any member of the cast has any kind of criminal background, it will be dragged out into the open. Usually with a dose of Hypocritical Humor if they were getting especially preachy about a certain criminal or crime.
    • The controversies surrounding Tonya Harding are constantly brought up by the other cast members.
    • Leif's past issues with drugs are frequently made fun of.note  In fact, Leif was featured in one of the clips which shows him getting arrested for hiding crack in his shoes.
    • And speaking of Leif, there's his days as a teenage pop star, with the other cast members comparing Past!Leif to a teenage girl.
    • Danny and his punching transvestites are brought up from time to time, mostly whenever a transvestite is in a clip. His "adventure" was even the subject of one (animated) clip, which he himself narrated.
    • Whenever an "Inventions" episode features Richard Heene hawking one of his ridiculous products, expect the cast, especially Kevin and Mike T., to start making comments about his infamous Balloon Boy hoax.
  • Pop-Culture Isolation:
    • As noted in Cowboy BeBop at His Computer and Nerds Are Virgins, the cast consists of mostly middle-aged comedians, and whenever the show features clips that take places at a fan convention, they often times don't seem to know, exactly, what the convention is for, and almost always refer to them as, "comic book conventions," even if they're anime/manga conventions or gaming conventions. They also seem to assume that only socially awkward outcasts who don't know how to interact with other people, especially when it comes to the opposite sex, attend the conventions.note  During a clip at a gaming convention, Jared Logan and Mike T. are added to the clip, dressed as Mario and Pac-Man, and in another, Kevin McCaffrey likens one kid's behavior to that of Q-Bert. Chuck Nice, however, seems to be pretty familiar with Comic Con.
    • One clip features a public access televangelist, whom must live under a rock (as John puts it): he gets two separate emails in one telecast, the first comes from someone who basically quotes the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
      Off-screen PA: That's from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
      Televangelist: Okay... Fresh? Okay, I think we have some Mongolians in the system.
      Chris F.: Mongolians? The old rulers of China?
    • The next email he reads is from someone who claims that a man named Ben Kenobi taught him all about the force that spirituality has; the televangelist then goes on to explain that the man's claims are not Biblical, and that he needs to re-read his Bible regarding spirituality. Kevin even remarks, "Whoever's writing these emails needs to write for us!"
  • Replacement Scrappy: Pretty much everyone that took over for nearly the entire original cast in Season 16. It also doesn't help that pretty much all of the new cast members, save for Gilbert Gottfried, are comedians that most people have never even heard of before. Not that anyone on this show is a big A-lister or anything, but many of the comedians who were already on this show are at least obscure celebrities as opposed to being unknowns.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 16 is starting to look like a completely different show.
  • Snark Bait:
    • The dumb criminals (and people in general) who are highlighted.
    • The commentators too, especially Frank and Tonya.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Any ad starring Richard Heene (aka Balloon Boy's dad, and the cast helps ensure that he'll Never Live It Down). The guy is an obnoxious Large Ham on steroids.
  • Squick:
    • So many examples, but a few that come to mind are a guy getting his finger snapped off and another guy having sex with a backyard table.
    • "World's Dumbest Daredevils 12" has a matador take a horn through the bottom of his jaw and out his mouth. They show it several times, in slow mo.
    • Guaranteed to happen at least twice an episode of "World's Dumbest Partiers". Specific examples include a guy who drank six hard lemonades/cruisers and projectile vomited like the devil had a hold of him and a guy who drunkenly passed out in a pond of what was basically raw sewage.
    • In a "World's Dumbest Thrillseekers" episode, a unicyclist tries to balance on top of a rod iron gate. Guess what happens from there.
      • That same episode features a clip of a Revolutionary War reenactment, where a man is struck in the face with a real sword; we see his nose practically just dangling off of his face while blood pours from the wound.
    • "World's Dumbest Performers 14" features a clip of a girl, whose claim to fame is sewing things, like her name, into her tongue. Leave it to Danny Bonaduce to give it a try himself.
    • "World's Dumbest Dummies" features surveillance footage of a kitchen employee in a taco shack, who stops preparing food to change her dog's diaper. She actually picked up the dog, placed him on the preparation table, and set aside the soiled diaper just inches away from the food she was preparing.
    • One clip shows a DJ who is blindfolded while others in the radio station bring him a woman with a nice body for him to grope. It turns out to be a prank, and the woman that he groped was his own mother.
    • In "World's Dumbest Thrillseekers 5", Chuck Nice takes joy in announcing the show no longer has to blur out clips of people vomitting, and sure enough, we follow with a clip of some Brazilian friends on a roller-coaster, where one of them does, indeed, throw up on one of her friends. Even Chelsea announces, "I can't watch people vomitting, so I quit."
    • In "World's Dumbest Brawlers 3", we're treated to a clip from the B-grade martial arts movie Undefeatable, where one of the brawlers loses both of his eyes - one after being struck against a wall really and his eye somehow sticks to the wall, and other after he gets caught on a giant hook and is lifted into the air.
    • One "Motorheads" episode has a guy who sustains a nasty injury when falling off a mattress being pulled by a speeding car: his thigh has such a huge gash in it that the layer of fat under the skin is literally spilling out of the open wound.
      Michael Loftus: That's leg meat! (singing) That's fat-boy leg meat, hangin' off his leg! (fakes vomiting)
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The general reaction from the fandom after a mass exodus of cast members for Season 16, most notably Danny, Tonya, Todd Bridges, Leif, and Frank.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: At least once a year, truTV practically makes a carbon copy of this show, utilizing the exact same clips seen on this show, and maybe changing up the format slightly (though they're all still countdown shows).
    • 2009 saw It Only Hurts When I Laugh, which was the first truTV show to feature laughing audience members in the background. Narrated by Thom Kikot, then Frank Nicotero.
    • 2012 saw Clipaholics, and instead of celebrity commentary, we were treated to witty and sometimes sarcastic narrations provided by Jason Alexander.
    • 2012 also saw Upload with Shaquille O'Neal, where the celebrity commentary and Jason Alexander narrations are replaced with Shaq and his buddies sitting around and watching the clips.
    • 2013 introduced Top 20 Funniest, where instead of celebrity commentary, Jason Alexander narrating, or Shaq and his buddies sitting around, we're treated to a low-key announcer who basically gives a play-by-play of each of the clips. His comments, and some of the dumb antics in the clips, are accompanied by a Laugh Track.
    • 2016 saw the premiere of Almost Genius, produced by the same company and features a few comedians previously from World's Dumbest as if it's meant to be a successor, only rather than poking fun of people in the clips, they now mock praise for the "Almost Geniuses", and feature no countdown or a theme for each episode.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • There are quite a few people who would enjoy watching the idiots in the videos if the "celebrities" weren't there making comments. Though then, the show would be too much like Most Daring and Most Shocking.
    • There are also some who would prefer the clips more if they didn't occasionally dub in childlike voice acting.
    • There is also a show called Top 20 Most Shocking, which is basically the original Most Shocking, but with the announcer being much more snarkier. And a lot more episodes where the theme is something you would expect on World's Dumbest...
      • Worlds Wildest Vacation Videos is very similar to this as well.
  • Uncanny Valley: "World's Dumbest Performers 12" includes a CGI retelling of an incident in a retirement home, in which during a rehersal of the play Of Mice and Men, the man playing George ends up actually shooting the man playing Lenny in the back of the head, since the propmaster didn't know the pistol was actually loaded. The incident in and of itself is terrible to think about, luckily the man survived, but the overall animation of the clip and the resemblance to the people involved is eerie. We also have Uncanny Brad and Marianne, as they play the director and the script supervisor in the reenactment.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • There are too many examples in this series to count, but a particularly good one took place at the University of Massachusetts. The Giants had just beaten the Patriots in the Super Bowl, and a mob of at least 200 Patriots fans were pissed off. The idiot? A lone Giants fan in the middle of the crowd, taunting all of the Patriots fans who surrounded him. As Michael Loftus put it, he was lucky that he was able to walk away from this incident.
    • One daredevil breaks his arm while attempting a stunt. 24 hours later, he's back out trying another stunt only to break his other arm.
    • Leif doesn't know that "holler" is a real word; this could be justified, as "holler" is probably more of a regional term.
    • Jaime must have never seen any of the Austin Powers movies if she thinks a furniture salesman who dresses like Dr. Evil in his commercial is dressed like a penis.


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