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A 2006 film starring Tenacious D founders Kyle Gass and Jack Black, known in the story as Jables and Kage. It's a spin off of a lesser known HBO series that premiered back in 1997. In it, the explicit details of the band's origins are explored, and a strong change in dynamic is observed (from just sitting around doing random shit to sitting around doing random shit and going on an adventure on the big screen).

The film has two main parts to the plot. The first part deals mainly with the formation of the band. In the beginning, Jables, a young rocker living in an oppressive, religious household, prays to a poster of Ronnie James Dio, and is given a vision of his future. He is bidden to run away from home to California, where he is to meet his best friend and band partner. After traveling far, he meets this man, Kage, who turns out to be something of a bum wanna-be. Kage gives him extensive rock "training."

The second part involves the two trying to create a masterpiece song to pay their rent. During a jam session, they stumble onto the secret of an ancient rock artifact known as the Pick of Destiny. It happens to be Satan's tooth. The two then go on an adventure to retrieve said artifact, and get into all sorts of trouble along the way.

The movie, like the band itself, has a strong cult following.


Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny provides examples of:

  • Animated Credits Opening
  • Badass Boast: "I DO NOT NEED. - (he does not need...) - A MICROPHONE - (a microphone...) MY VOICE IS FUCKING - (fucking) - POWERFUL!!!"
  • Big Brother Mentor: Kage.
  • Big Eater: Kage, who orders fried chicken, steak, and chicken fried steak during the diner scene.
  • Big No: Jables lets one out after realizing that the Devil has him and Kage outmatched. By the end of the rock-off, the Devil ends up having an even bigger 'no' while being sent back to Hell.
  • Big Red Devil: Provides the page image.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: JB and Kage have matching birthmarks, one says "TENAC" and the other says "IOUS D"
  • Black Sheep: JB by his own admission: he's an aspiring rock star in a family of anal-retentive fundamentalist Christians.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In the diner scene:

  "Let me have the fried chicken, and a steak, and the chicken fried steak."

 Satan: I AM COMPLEEEEEEEEETE!

Tenacious D: Fuuuuuuuuuuu-uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!

Satan: YES, YOU ARE FUCKED! SHIT OUT OF LUCK!

NOW I'M COMPLETE, AND MY COCK YOU WILL SUCK!

    • Satan gets one a few seconds later:

 Jables: "Wait! Waiit, you muthafucka! We challenge you to a rock off! Give us one chance to rock your socks off!"

Satan (realizing he can't decline because of the demon's code): *angrily* "FUCK! FUCK!! *dramatically* FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK..."

    • Satan gets yet another one when after accidentally blowing off his own horn, he realizes that he has given Jables a way to send him back to Hell.
  • Parental Favoritism: "You disobeyed my orders son, why were you ever born?/Your brother's ten times better than you, Jesus loves him more!"
  • Double Standard Rape (Male on Male): Suggested between Satan and Kage.
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus
  • Rule of Cool: Overused in the songs to the point that it becomes funny how much it's overused. Particularly in the Master Exploder dream sequence.
  • Rule of Funny
  • Satan
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll: During the reunion, Kage says it was supposed to be in that order. Kage goes off to a party, Jables into the forest and eats mushrooms, and then they both get the Pick together.
  • Shout-Out: The Devil's guitar is Dimebag Darrell's famous lightning bolt Dean ML.
  • Slasher Smile: Jack Black shows his off a few times, revealing that it looks like a cross between the Joker and the Grinch.
  • Tarot Motifs: The opening sequence is based around them.
  • The Quest
  • The Power of Rock: Obviously. Taken to ridiculous extremes in "Master Exploder" and "Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)".
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Jables does some while breaking into the Rock and Roll History Museum, and yet the camera continues to see him (and only the camera).
  • What Do You Mean It's Not Awesome?
    • "It's a sign...a legacy. *proceeds to show birthmark on ass*
    • "Taste my lightning, fuckers!"
    • Power sliding past the security guards under the security door.
  • When You Snatch the Pebble: "When you snatch the remote control out of my hand, you will have earned the right to change the channel."
  • Your Head Asplode: In the "Master Exploder" Imagine Spot, Jables causes a man's brain to fly out by singing epically.

 Jables: "I did not mean . . ."

Kage: (He did not mean)

Jables: "To blow your mind!"

Kage: (To blow your mind!)

Jables: "But that shit happens to me . . . all the tiii-yiii-hiiiime!"

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