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->''[[CatchPhrase AALLLLLLL-Righty then!]]''

A comedy movie series starring Creator/JimCarrey. The first film was 1994's ''Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'', and it's the movie that catapulted Carrey into A-list fame when it became a surprise hit. It was followed by a sequel, 1995's ''Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls'', and an AnimatedAdaptation. An [[AdventureGame adventure video game]] adaptation was released in 1997.

The entire gimmick of Ace Ventura is that he's a modern-day Franchise/SherlockHolmes... mixed with Franchise/{{Tarzan}} and Literature/DoctorDolittle. Using these "skills", Ace becomes a Pet Detective, finding and saving animals. In the first movie he appears as nothing more than a local nut helping people find their lost cats and whatnot, but being the only Pet Detective in the area [[note]]and possibly existence [[/note]], he gets roped into a high-profile investigation. Possibly due to this, he's become pretty well known in the second movie, where he is hired to recover a sacred bat stolen from two African tribes before war erupts between them.

Notably, while Creator/JimCarrey enjoyed himself in the original, he allegedly disliked the sequel so much, that he vowed to never do a sequel again, a vow he kept for twenty years, until he made ''Film/DumbAndDumberTo'' in 2014.
The film is pretty well known for its crude humor and vulgar jokes (toned down slightly for the second movie and animated series) as well the hero talking out of his ass; no, ''literally'' he talks out of his ass. However it also featured a fairly intelligent plot and featured Creator/CourteneyCox as Melissa Robinson and Creator/SeanYoung as Lt. Lois Einhorn.

As of 2009 it now has its own SpinOffspring, the direct-to-[=DVD=] '''''Ace Ventura Jr., Pet Detective''''' (with Josh Flitter as the title role).

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!!These films provide examples of:

* TheAllegedCar: Ace's car fails to start, which lets the angry dirtbag man he took the missing dog from catch up to smash in his windshield and batter his car. Ace, strapped for cash, can't pay to fix the busted windshield, which is so badly shattered he can't see out it anymore and has to stick his head out while driving. It's a wonder he didn't get in trouble with the law for driving like that.
* AnimatedAdaptation: Interesting primarily because it once had a two-part {{Crossover}} with the animated version of ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' ("The Aceman Cometh" and "Have Mask, Will Travel"). Triple the Carrey [[NotQuiteStarring impersonations]], double the [[LargeHam ham]]!
* ArtisticLicenseSports: Specifically, American Football History. Done deliberately by the writers. A plot point is a 1984 NFC championship ring, yet the resulting Super Bowl is mentioned as [=XVII=]... the ''1983'' one the Dolphins lost to the Redskins, not the 1984\XIX one with the San Francisco 49ers that is shown. Also, Miami never lost by a last second field goal in either game; that was based on the last-second kick missed by Scott Norwood of the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl [=XXV=]. (Granted, Norwood [[NeverLiveItDown never lived down]] missing that kick, but thankfully, he didn't take things nearly as far as Ray Finkle does in this movie.)
* AsHimself:
** Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino playing Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino.
** Also any and all members of the Miami Dolphins at that time.
** Death metal band CannibalCorpse appears as themselves. Jim Carrey is a fan of the band and he talked the director into putting them in the movie.
* BerserkButton:
** Do NOT intend to harm any animal around Ace. You ''will'' incur his wrath.
** Also, do NOT mess with his hair.
* BestialityIsDepraved: Ace [[InvokedTrope invokes this]] for a throwaway gag.
-->'''Melissa:''' You really do love animals, don't you?\\
'''Ace:''' If it gets cold enough.
* BiTheWay: Among the officers spitting at the end after the UnsettlingGenderReveal, is one female officer.
* BrainBleach: Ace reacts to the realization that [[spoiler:a woman who he was sexually attracted to [[UnsettlingGenderReveal used to be a man]]]] by vomiting his entire stomach's contents into the toilet (using a plunger on his face), burning his clothes and then scrubbing himself down in the shower while sobbing.
** That scene was a spoof of[[spoiler: ''Film/TheCryingGame''. And even came with the song (as sung by Boy George) in the background]].
** The next scene, he's in his car, chewing a whole package of Big Red gum.
*** "Your gun is digging into my hip. Eyuh!"
*** [[BrickJoke "It wasn't a gun! IT WASN'T A GUN!"]]
** Oh, it gets better. When he reveals the fact to entire SWAT squad,[[HilarityEnsues the whole group, both male and female, starts spitting and puking]].
*** [[AnimalReactionShot SO DOES THE GODDAMN DOLPHIN!]] (er, both of them).
*** There's more to that. [[spoiler:When he strips her down to her underwear but she still appears to lack the evidence, a tied-up Dan Marino calls his attention to reveal one more detail. Ace strolls back to her and turns her around, revealing that she still has her equipment...''tucked in between her legs'', presumably with duct tape. Cue the [=SWATs=] doing the retching routine. And they even put in the same music as when he had his own revelation!]]
* BrickJoke: The aforementioned "It wasn't a gun!" bit.
* BringMyBrownPants:
-->'''Ace:''' I'm looking for Ray Finkle. ''(Ray's father points a shotgun at Ace, whose expression doesn't change one bit)'' And a clean pair of shorts.
** Done again in the Ace/Mask crossover when Stanley whips out two guns- each sporting multiple barrels and a few rocket launchers- pointed right at him.
* BulletCatch: With his teeth, while driving a car. ''Accidentally''. Immediately after taunting the shooter, "What's wrong, [[TemptingFate can't ya hit me!?]]" followed by him pulling out and looking at the bullet with a definite OhCrap expression.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Ace is extremely eccentric, on top of likely being schizophrenic with acute manic episodes. However, he is also a knowledgeable and skilled animal handler, top-notch investigator, ace driver, excellent actor, capable fighter and love-maker ''par excellence''.
* BusCrash: Ace's absence from Ace Ventura Jr. was explained away by him dying in a plane crash years ago.
* TheCameo: Dan Marino.
* TheCanKickedHim: "Do ''not'' go in there!" (it's not in the actual bathroom, but Ace has to pretend it is to justify his looking like he ''survived a shark attack'')
--> "If I had been drinking from that toilet I might have been killed!"
* CassandraTruth: The local cops don't listen to anything Ace says and dismiss and ridicule him as just a kooky animal lover. [[spoiler:Justified with Lt. Einhorn, because s/he is the BigBad]].
* CatchPhrase: "Allllllllrighty then!"
** To the point that "Allrighty then" is made into his meditation mantra in the second movie.
** [[DrivesLikeCrazy "Llllliiiike a glove!"]]
** "Unfortunately, in ''every'' contest, there must be... ''a loser.'' Lu-''hoo''... zu-''her''."
** "Ree-hee-hee-hee-HEEEEAAAAALLY..."
* CaughtOnTheJumbotron: Ace beats the crap out of a bird-suited mascot on a Jumbotron at the end of the first movie. The reason? He shooed away a runaway pigeon that had a cool reward of $25,000 on its head. Good news is, it was the away team's mascot, and the Dolphins were yukking it up, along with Melissa. Gets coupled with DescriptionCut since the announcer introduced him as a lover of all life's creatures just before he got caught.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The unexplained disappearance of Melissa Robinson between films.
** {{Justified|Trope}} since Ace was in self-exile in Tibet for the second film and then went straight to Africa. One would simply assume none of the former cast decided to shell out the cash to leave the country just to join in on the antics.
** Melissa does appear in ''Ace Ventura Jr.'' (played by a different actress), having married Ace at one point and had a son with him.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Ray Finkle's mother. At least you see where her son got some of his dementia.
* {{Corpsing}}: While the fact that everyone manages to keep a straight face as Jim Carrey is gobbling up all the scenery is commendable, Courteney Cox is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7g-K0bvmOs clearly struggling]] in the mental hospital scene (and after Ace hits his head on a bench, the doctor shown from the back is starting to laugh before a cut to him in the front).
* CrankyLandlord: Mr. Shickadance from the movie and video game, is a cranky old man who hates animals. Despite his warnings for Ace not to bring any work home, Ace secretly keeps more than a dozen housepets in his room, having trained the animals to hide when the landlord appears.
--> '''Mr. Shickadance:''' ''Ventura''.
--> '''Ace Ventura:''' ''[whispering]'' Yes, Satan? ''[turns around]'' Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I thought you were someone else.
--> '''Mr. Shickadance:''' Never mind the wisecracks, Ventura. ''[coughs in Ace's face]''...You owe me rent.
* CreepyCrossdresser: Ace gets particularly grossed out when he learns that [[spoiler:the "woman" he kissed earlier in the film is actually a guy who had [[DeadPersonImpersonation stolen the identity of a missing hiker]]]].
--->[[spoiler:'''Ace Ventura''': "Einhorn is Finkle...Finkle is Einhorn! [[UnsettlingGenderReveal Einhorn is a man!]] Oh, my god! Einhorn is a ''man?!''"]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Ace. Despite his constant goofy, idiotic behavior, he repeatedly demonstrates an astounding amount of knowledge regarding anything related to animals, is shown to work very diligently on his cases, can put up a decent fight, even if he loses, and is apparently quite the lover as evidenced by Melissa's astounded "THREE times?", and his apologetic, "I must be tired"
* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler:Lois Einhorn]] in the first film.
* DeathGlare: Lois Einhorn communicates entirely in snark, put-downs, and death glares.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The infamous "Einhorn is a man" gag is built around how, despite being a [[SmallNameBigEgo shameless egotist]], [[BunnyEarsLawyer excellent detective]], and [[CrazyAwesome badass]] enough to ''catch bullets in his teeth while driving'', kissing another man will [[WeaksauceWeakness completely destroy Ace]].
* DeliveryGuyInfiltration: Used in the very first scene of ''Pet Detective'', specifically Ace dressing as an Expy of a UPS man to infiltrate the apartment of the ex-boyfriend puppy-napper.
* DepravedBisexual: Lieutenant Einhorn aka [[spoiler: Finkle]] is apparently one of these, if the reaction of the one female cop during the UnsettlingGenderReveal at the climax is any indication.
* DescriptionCut:
-->'''Melissa:''' Is Ace in trouble?
-->'''Emilio:''' Don't worry. If there's one thing I know, it's that there's nothing Ace can't handle.
-->'''Ace Ventura:''' (cut to him sobbing while being held at gunpoint) Please don't kill me!
** Also:
-->'''Roger:''' A ''what''?
-->'''Martha:''' A ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis pet. Detective.]]''
-->'''Melissa:''' Well thanks, Martha, but we better leave this to professionals.
-->'''Martha:''' Actually, he was quite good. Pet detection is a very involved, highly scientific process.
--> (Cut to Ace attempting to tackle a prized dove on a rooftop, and then falling off and landing in a dumpster)
* DestructoNookie: When Ace gets to bed Melissa in the first film, he is REALLY WILD in bed, banging the headboard against the wall. The animals watching and reacting adds to the comedy. As does "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" being used as nookie music.
-->'''Melissa:''' ''[exhausted]'' Oh my God! ''Three times?''
-->'''Ace:''' I'm sorry, that's never happened before. I must be getting tired. ''[beat]'' Okay, I'm ready again!
-->'''Melissa:''' ''[delighted]'' Oh!
* DetectiveMole: A murder and two kidnappings (one dolphin and one Dolphin) were investigated by [[spoiler:police Lieutenant Lois Einhorn]].
* DisappearedDad: Ace himself in ''Ace Ventura Jr.'', having disappeared while flying a plane full of animals over TheBermudaTriangle.
* DownToTheLastPlay: "The Kick Heard Round The World" from the first movie's back story.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Ace in both films, more so in the second.
* EurekaMoment: [[spoiler:"Einhorn is a ''MAN''!" and "They have ''GUANO''!"]]
* EvilDetectingDog: "SO! Animals... CAN sense Evil!" FridgeBrilliance in that the dog doesn't just sense evil, he may very well have witnessed the murder in question and is therefore quite naturally reacting to the sight of someone who harmed his master.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: After realizing he can become a pet detective, Ace Ventura's Jr. has his hair modeled after his father. He also wears an outfit similar to his dad.
** The song "Ace in the House" by Tone Loc plays during his slow walk.
* {{Expy}}: Ace's egotism, as well as his CatchPhrase "Alrighy then!" came from one of Jim Carrey's characters on Series/InLivingColor, The Overly-Confident Gay Man.
* FanDisservice: The outline of [[spoiler:Ray Finkle's]] junk tucked between his legs when Ace finally proves to everyone that he's a man.
* FlippingTheBird: In the first film Ace has a football player give him the finger so he can get a good look at his championship ring.
* FreezeFrameBonus: In the first movie, when Ace's dog lies on the Photo of Ray Finkle, the newspaper beneath it has a story on it about an alien abduction, the accompanying image is of [[Series/DoctorWho The Cybermen]].
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Ace
* GenerationXerox: An episode of ''Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'' shows Ace Ventura's medieval ancestor as a pet detective, Guado's ancestor as a corrupt sheriff, and Woodstock's ancestor as the informer of Ace's ancestor (complete with a steampunk computer).
* GoodIsNotNice: Ace Ventura is a send-up of this sort of character, [[WordOfGod according to Jim Carrey]]. He literally talks out of his backside, is inherently immature and even sociopathic, but losing someone he was trying to save drives him into seclusion in a monastery. Said someone was a raccoon... A notable subversion if you realize where his loyalties lie. He's a PET detective and thus, the ones he is nicest to are ALL animals.
* HardWorkMontage: Ace going after the 1984 Dolphins team one by one to see which has a missing stone on their ring, to the sound of Music/{{Aerosmith}}.
* [[HeroismWontPayTheBills Heroism Won't Pay Shickadance]]
* IfIDoNotReturn: "If I'm not back in five minutes... just wait longer."
* ImprobableParkingSkills: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPM7ugLeXhY Li~ike a glove!]]''
* ImprovFu: Ace Ventura invokes this when in a tight situation.
* IncrediblyLongNote: In the first movie, Ace has some fun with a soundproof glass door. He starts his psuedo-opera note, and opens and closes the door about six times, just to ''prove'' that the door was soundproof, and to annoy Einhorn.
* [[LargeHam Largest Ham Ever]]: Every moment Ace is on screen, Jim Carrey doesn't just [[ChewingTheScenery chew scenery]], he swallows every scene whole and goes back for seconds.
** "Do NOT... go in there! ''WHOOO!''"
** Also, when he punches out the Monopoly Guy and wears him like a stole.
** "I CAME TO CONFESS! [[BlatantLies I was the second gunman on the grassy knoll!]]"
** "''That's'' what you stepped in, ''that's'' what was on your shoe, and THAT EXPLAINS THE ABRASION ON YOUR PALM! ''DAMN I'M GOOD!!''"
* LetsGetDangerous: Ace may be a fool, but he is the last guy you want near you if you intend to harm an animal.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: The band at Ronald Camp's high-class party abruptly stops playing when Ace exits the bathroom soaking wet with his clothing torn up.
* MadnessMantra: '''LACES OUT!'''
* ManChild: Ace is one quite often.
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: Lois Einhorn ("one-horn" = unicorn)]]
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: ''Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'': Dolphin kidnapping -> murder, kidnapping, and attempted murder of NFL star Dan Marino.
-->'''Melissa:''' What are you thinking, Ace?\\
'''Ace:''' I'm thinking that this whole thing is connected somehow.
** ''Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls'': Bat kidnapping -> plot to wipe out two indigenous African tribes and seize their land.
--->'''Ace:''' ''(to himself)'' THINK! Someone wants these two tribes to destroy each other! There must be something valuable in this equation.
* MistakenForGay
-->'''Ace:''' I represent the Princess.\\
'''Ouda:''' "I am a Princess."\\
''(The Wachootoo tribe murmur in confusion. One of the tribesmen rises up and smiles.)''
** Also happens in the first film when Ace is trying to sneak a peek at a former Miami Dolphin's championship ring while he uses the urinal. The football player, however, is far from offended and Ace makes a hasty retreat from his new "friend."
* MobileShrubbery: Ace holds a palmetto frond in front of himself in order to sneak past his landlord's window. Then he throws away the frond, onto the pile of fronds from all the previous times he snuck past.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: In the first movie, Ace sneaking into the dolphin tank, to the tune of ''Series/MissionImpossible''.
* NeverMyFault: Finkle blames Dan Marino for the missed field goal that cost the Dolphins the Super Bowl, saying that if Marino had held the ball "laces out" like he was supposed to, Finkle would never have missed that kick. Even his parents think so, and his mom believes everyone else knows it.
* NowThatsUsingYourTeeth: Ace catches a bullet in his teeth while driving his car and leaning out the window.
** One episode of the cartoon has Ace filling in for a Film/JamesBond-{{Expy}}. As he comes under fire while chasing the villain down in the requisite CoolCar, he notes his ability to catch bullets in his teeth, and prepares to do so. The villain launches a missile at Ace. [[UpToEleven He still catches it.]]
* OnlyInMiami: The first movie's plot revolves around the Miami Dolphins. And involves a story based on their real-life archrivals, the Buffalo Bills, losing Super Bowl 25 on a missed field goal.
* OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe: An interesting use in ''Ace Ventura Pet Detective'': First Ace feels what he thinks is a gun while Lois Einhorn tries to seduce him, and points it out ("Your gun is digging into my hip."). But later, when he learns [[GenderBender who Einhorn really is]], Ace gets promptly squicked and begins to cry "It wasn't a gun! ''It wasn't a gun!''", with the Boy George song "[[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame The Crying Game]]" playing in the background. Made even more hilarious if you speak any German, as "Einhorn" means "Unicorn" or, literally, "one horn".
* OverlyLongGag: Ace opens and closes a soundproof door whilst screaming to make a point. He does it six times, for no discernible reason.
* PoliceAreUseless: The Miami police department don't get anywhere in finding Snowflake themselves, and miss an important clue in the investigaton of Roger Podactor's death. Though this may be justified, as [[spoiler: Einhorn was behind both events, and deliberately kept the department off-course.]]
* ReallyGetsAround: Implied with Einhorn. [[spoiler:When Ace reveals to the police that Einhorn is really a man, ''every'' cop in attendance begins spitting in disgust. That includes at least one [[BiTheWay female]] [[HoYay cop]].]]
** [[spoiler:So does ''Snowflake''.]]
** Ace himself has this reputation, first with the rich lady that he rescued the dog for in the opening. Then there was Melissa [[spoiler: and almost Einhorn. Lastly, it was implied that Ace took the Wachati princess' virginity]].
* RevealShot: Ace drives through what appears to be the African savannah. We pull back to see Ace is the only one hopping in his seat. Then we see they're driving on a flat road and pass a Subway billboard.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Ray Finkle's room in ''Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'', covered with scrawls of "Laces Out" and "Die Dan Die," left Ace (and the audience) in no doubt that Finkle lost his mind following the disastrous missed field goal that cost the Dolphins the Super Bowl and that he's got some rather ugly designs on Dan Marino, whom he blames for the whole thing. Ace would later say of the room, "Cozy, if you're [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]]." It gets even creepier when you remember that his parents house is covered in graffiti that degrades and vilifies him. It's hatred within hatred.
* ScaryBlackMan: The very [[TheStoic stoic]] Hitu, from ''When Nature Calls.''
* SharkPool: Subverted in ''Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'', when Ace stumbles into a literal SharkPool that turns out to actually vindicate the man he is investigating, who was shaping up before that to be a classic arch-villain. (Ace thought it contained the stolen Miami Dolphins mascot.)
* SherlockScan: "Except of course for that spot of blood on the railing over there!"
** When he searches the Bat's hut in the second film, he does an extensive version of this one.
* ShootTheTelevision: Lois Einhorn from ''Pet Detective'' [[spoiler: reveals herself as Ray Finkle]] when commentary during the Super Bowl halftime show on the "Kick Heard Round The World" that ruined Finkle's career pushes her over the edge:
-->'''Lois Einhorn:''' THE LACES WERE IN! THEY WERE '''IN!''' ''[shoots the screen]''
* ShoutOut:
** In the first movie, Ace quotes ''{{Film/Poltergeist}}'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** In the second: "[[Creator/WilliamShatner There's...something on]] [[Series/TheTwilightZone the wing...some...thing!]]"
** While driving crazily through the African jungle, he takes the time to sing the title song of ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''.
** Ace is hiding in a mailbox when he tries to grab a ring, just like an Eastern cult member from ''Film/{{Help}}''.
** And of course, there's Ace finding out Einhorn is Finkle, with a scene reminiscent of ''Film/TheCryingGame''.
* ShowerOfAngst: Ace, after realizing the woman he kissed [[spoiler:[[AcceptableTargets used to be a man]].]] He also chews an enormous wad of gum. And burns all his clothes, uses a toilet plunger on his face, and vomits his entire stomach contents.
* SingleIssueLandlord: Mr. Shickadance does not like animals in his building.
* SkeletonKeyCard: Done with a door sign.
* SocietyMarchesOn: It's a mark of just how far trans awareness has come that the UnsettlingGenderReveal scene instead of being funny now comes across as blatantly transphobic and uncomfortable viewing for many people in modern audiences instead of being humourous.
* SoMuchForStealth: Ace sneaks into the mental hospital's storage room and accidentally steps on bubble wrap (but doesn't get caught).
* SpinOffspring: ''Ace Ventura '''Jr.''': Pet Detective''.
* SpitTake: Ace Junior's hair changes while brushing his teeth.
* StalkerShrine: Ray Finkle's room is a stalker shrine to Dan Marino...or at least, to the famous Super Bowl play that made Finkle a goat.
* TheSummation: In the first one, Ace enjoys turning these into the most absurd spectacle imaginable. His first summation involves [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE0fzoEJa1Y a drawn-out scream]]. His second involves stripping a [[spoiler:fake]] woman (who is also a police lieutenant!) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFL1UXuHJ-A to her underwear]]. In both movies and the animated series, he also does very long summations in a single breath.
* ThemeTuneRap: Tone Loc contributed a rap for the credits of ''Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.''
* ThreateningShark: Ace goes to a tank expecting to find a stolen dolphin. He finds a shark. HilarityEnsues. Specially when he returns to the main hall entering via the toilet, his clothes all torn and wet: "[[Funny/AceVentura Do NOT go in there!]]"
* TragicVillain: Ray Finkle [[spoiler:a.k.a. Lois Einhorn]]. All he did was miss a field goal, and [[DisproportionateRetribution had his career ruined and became a pariah in his hometown because of it]].
* {{Transsexual}}: Done as part of a parody of ''Film/TheCryingGame'', with the villain actually being [[spoiler: Lt. Lois Einhorn, who this whole time was really the missing football player Ray Finkle, having gone through complete transition (but remaining non-op), adopted the identity of a missing hiker, and became a Lieutenant, seemingly all in the sake of the perfect disguise]].[[note]]According to WordOfGod, the script for ''Ace...'' was nearing completion when ''Film/TheCryingGame'' was released. The inclusion of the song was the filmmakers' way of venting their frustration over someone else using the [[UnsettlingGenderReveal "He's a she"]] twist before the got a chance to.[[/note]]
* TrashLanding: ''Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'', Ace falls and land on his back on a pile of garbage from a roof of a two story building when trying to catch the rare albino pigeon.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: "Oh my God! [[spoiler:Einhorn is a ''man?!'']]"
* UnusualPetsForUnusualPeople: When Ace's landlord notices unusual noises and questions Ace on them, Ace claims he knows nothing. As soon as the landlord leaves, an entire zoo comes out of hiding.
* WaitHere
-->'''Ace''': If I'm not back in 5 minutes, just wait longer.
* WhoShotJFK: In ''Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'', Ace loudly explains "I CAME TO CONFESS! I was the second gunman on the grassy knoll!" when his (unwanted) presence at the police station is questioned.
* YouGetMeCoffee: After Dan Marino is kidnapped, Einhorn walks into the office and orders things like an autopsy report, for no one to talk to the press... "And somebody get me some coffee!"
--> '''Ace''': "Tonight on ''Series/MiamiVice'', Crockett gets the boss some coffee."

!! From "''When Nature Calls''":
* AssShove: A variation. When Ace is [[ItMakesSenseInContext trapped in an overheating mechanical rhinoceros]], he has to escape by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh2iyPmucFk pushing out through the "back door"]]...only to be spotted by tourists on safari who think the rhino is giving birth.
* AxCrazy: PlayedForLaughs with Ace and the Wachootoo tribe.
* BadVibrations: Done subtly (at first). As the villain is indulging in a low-key EvilGloating with a slight WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong, everyone falls silent as they feel the house start to vibrate. At first, it's quiet, as if they could possibly be imagining the sound. But it gets louder, and louder, until a horde of animals bursts through the wall, followed by Ace on an [[ItMakesSenseInContext ostrich]] in a BigDamnHeroes moment.
* BatOutOfHell: Bats are the only animals that Ace hates.
** "DIE, DEVIL BIRD!!!
** "TAKE THAT, YOU WINGED SPAWN OF SATAAAN!!!"
* BattleInterruptingShout: At the end, Ace prevents a war between the two neighboring African tribes by running between the armies with their sacred bat in his hands, shouting its name (which according to the tribes' traditions, requires all who hear it to kneel).
* BerserkButton:
** A subversion. In a fight with [[PintSizedPowerhouse a crazed Wachootoo tribesman]], the tribesman grabs Ace and rearranges his hair into horns, mocking Ace's reputation as the "White Devil." Ace gets up and says that this has gone far enough, "Nobody... messes... with the DO!"... [[NegatedMomentOfAwesome and then proceeds to get further pummeled by the tribesman]].
** Harming animals is, naturally, a big one for Ace... unless they're bats.
* BitsOfMeKeepPassingOut: As Ace is being pelted with poisoned darts:
-->'''Ace''': ''(arms going limp, speech slurred)'' Startin' to get numb...
* BlackComedyRape: The main bad guy, after his plans to bring the Wachati and Wachootoo tribes into war with each other are brought crashing down around his ears, [[ChasedByAngryNatives tries to escape their wrath]], but is cornered by a silverback gorilla with... amorous intentions. Cue "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."
* BlowGun: Ace is shot with dozens of little darts (with hilarious effects) before he passes out.
* BrickJoke:
-->'''Fulton:''' I believe they're saying that she's not a virgin.
-->'''Ace:''' ...''*Hushed*'' They can ''tell'' that?
* BuffySpeak: "I shall slip amongst them like a transparent...''thing''."
* {{Bulungi}}: Nibia.
* CallBack: When Ace first visits the Wachati village, he comes across a man standing one-legged on a tall pillar. He shakes the pillar but the man doesn't fall off ("He's good."). Later, when Ace meets the Wachati Princess, the two spit paper wads together, and it's revealed that they're spitting them at the man on the pillar.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Ace.
* ChasedByAngryNatives: At the end. Ace deflowered the bride-to-be of the Wachootoo Tiny Warrior that already mopped the floor with him earlier. Ace managed to skate out of being killed by the Wachootoo and was on friendly terms with both them and the Wachati. Then the Tiny Warrior notices... cue ''everyone'' chasing Ace in murderous anger.
* ChasedOffIntoTheSunset: The film ends with Ace being chased through the jungle by the native tribes, after they discover TheChiefsDaughter is no longer a virgin.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Ace's initial SherlockScan of Cadby alerts him to an abrasion on his palm and a white stain on his shoe, which he uses to deduce that Cadby slipped on some shoddy masonry work. This later clues him in to the fact that the white substance Cadby slipped on was in fact guano, which along with its substantial monetary value made him the true culprit.
** During the start of his investigation, Ace plays drums with several mushroom heads growing on a tree... the red, fungus-bearing acala.
* ChekhovsSkill: Early on, Ace makes some obnoxious animal calls to Fulton on the plane. This could initially be seen as Ace being silly, but later in the film, Ace uses these animal calls to lure two poachers away from their hut so he can retrieve the white bat.
* TheChiefsDaughter: The leading lady.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Ace is looking for a ride to chase after Cadby, who's escaping into the jungle. The only car in the parking lot with keys oh-so-conveniently left in the ignition is [[CoolCar a big honking monster truck]] with tires half the size of the other guy's jeep.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Ace's methods of interrogating suspects include rubbing a ceramic plate with a knife and a fork really fast, then poking at his own eye. The eye thing ''works'' on the guy he's trying it on. "''(retches)'' Oh God, no! My brother used to do that to me!"
* CrazyCulturalComparison: Features spitting in another's face as a form of showing great respect. Ace, naturally, ramps it Up To Eleven.
* CurbStompBattle: At the hands of the Wachootoos' best warrior in the second movie.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: "If curse of Shikaka not lifted by tomorrow sun at top of sky, Wachootoo kill all Wachati, and smash your head on a rock."
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Ace practicing his mantra.
* DarkestAfrica
* ExitPursuedByABear:
** The climax seems to imply the villain is not so much pursued by the gorilla as ''pursued'' by it.
** Ace himself is pursued by both tribes in the end after it's learned that he was earlier ''pursued'' by the Wachati princess and gave in to her advances.
* FaceHeelTurn: Subverted by Fulton Greenwald. The only reason he didn't hit the lights for Ace is because he was confused by Ace's {{Unnecessary Combat Roll}}ing; he gets it together later and knocks out Cadby before the villain can shoot Ace. Although this probably had more to do with the giant windows and it being the middle of the day.
* GettingHotInHere: Things got a bit hot for Ace whilst spying on someone from within a tank disguised as a rhino. After stripping bare, he finds that the tank door is jammed, so he crawls out through the rhinobot's vagina, meaning that a safari-going family got to witness a rhino giving birth to a fully-grown, naked human.
* GiveMeASword: Ace gets a spear thrown into his leg while fighting a tribal native. He shouts for his sidekick to throw him a spear, which he does... [[HilarityEnsues stabbing him in the other leg]].
* GPSEvidence: Ace gets shot by multiple darts and suspects the darts are being shot by the Wachootoo tribe. After the scene with the tribe, he gets shot again and finds out the Wachootoo dart didn't match the original darts. Ace discovers the original dart was carved from a "red, fungus-bearing acala" which is grown only in one area in the jungle where the bat-nappers are hiding.
* HighClassGlass: The "Monopoly Guy."
* HollywoodNatives: The Wachoochoo and Wachatis tribes, complete with chalk-white face and body paint, fur loincloths, and bad hygiene.
* HornedHairdo: A Wachootoo warrior arranges Ventura's normally surf-wave hairdo like this during his second movie, in mockery of his nickname of "White Devil." Ace does not take it well.
-->'''Ace:''' All right...''that's it!'' This "White Devil" thing has gone far enough. ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Nobody! Messes! With the 'do!]]''
* InevitableWaterfall: Ace is also strapped to a wooden raft at the time.
* InstantSedation: Uses the humorous muscle paralysis angle, of course, but he's still blacking out after a rather short chase. Of course, three darts ''was'' too much. So were [[UpToEleven the half-dozen or so]] that nailed him in the back [[HopeSpot right after he "thought he lost them".]]
* JustPlaneWrong: The opening sequence features Ace climbing some Alpine-looking mountains, dressed in suspenders and shorts often stereotypically portrayed on Swiss alpinists, and there is a helicopter flying around him painted in crimson red with a white cross at each side -- the symbol and flag of Switzerland. The aircraft's tail number (license plate)? Canadian registration. [[CaliforniaDoubling Location shooting indeed...]]
* KarmicRape: The fate of the main villain.
* LighterAndSofter: Has considerably less offensive swearing, sexual jokes, and vulgarity than the original film.
* MisplacedWildlife: The Indian elephant is excusable, as they're much more docile and easier to train than African elephants. But not a single animal in Quinn's warehouse was African. There were a Bengal tiger (Asian), a jaguar, macaws and a toucan (all South American). Quinn also wasn't surprised to see Spike, a South American black-capped capuchin. He most likely illegally smuggled the animals away from their natural habitat to put on his safari tour. Ace, when he first meets Quinn, points out that his pet raven Tiki isn't even from Africa.
* NoNeedForNames: Apparently, at the monastery, no one wears "labels". However, once you start inquiring about "the man who talks with his rear" [[IdiotHero they know who you're talking about right away]].
* NobodyTouchesTheHair: "NOBODY. MESSES. WITH THE '''DO!!''"
* NotSoStoic: The monks. When introduced, they're all meditating and peaceful. When they learn that Ace is leaving, they start partying with loud music, wine, throwing toilet paper, and one guy dancing in his underwear.
-->'''Ace:''' I never seen them act like that before. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Denial can be an ugly thing.]]
* ParrotExpowhat:
-->'''Princess:''' That was the dart of the Wachootoo shaman!
-->'''Ace:''' The what-nee what-en?
* ProductPlacement: An obvious ad of Subway is placed on a highway billboard early in the film. Probably not so much product placement as irony, as literally right before that Ace mentions something about loving being out in the wild, i.e. without things like Subway.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Ace has several of these:
** "PLEASE.... don't..... get up."
** "Must... have... AIR!"
** "Vhere. Is. Ze bat?"
** "DO NOT! GO IN THERE. ''WHOOOO!''"
** "'''[[BerserkButton NOBODY! MESSES! WITH THE]] ''[[NobodyTouchesTheHair DO!!!]]'''''"
* RewindGag: When doing the summation, Ace rattles off his conclusion towards the accused. He then says "Let me run that back for you", reverses his actions, and speaks like he's rewinding.
* SanitySlippage: In the first movie Ace was quite eccentric but had some "sane" moments. In this movie he's devolved more or less into a PsychopathicManchild and all his antics are definitely crazier than before.
* SarcasmBlind
-->'''Ouda:''' Here, take my torch.\\
'''Ace:''' Thank you, Helpy Helperton.\\\
'''Ace:''' I'm sure Ouda is going for help right now.\\
'''Ouda:''' Hello, Ace. They've captured me. No sweat.\\
'''Ace:''' Don't beat yourself up.
* SequelGoesForeign: Takes place in Africa.
* SexualKarma: The protagonist enjoys a night with TheChiefsDaughter, while the unfortunate BigBad finds love in the bush. With the Extra Points.
* SherlockScan: Ace does this when he meets Cadby for the first time:
* SmellySkunk: Ace uses one to subdue some bad guys. "[[ShoutOut Say hello to my]] '''[[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} STEENKY LEETLE FRIEND!!!]]'''"
* SmokingBarrelBlowout: Done with the skunk above.
* SmugSnake: The BigBad.
* SolidGoldPoop: The motivation for the bad guys to want to get rid of the peaceful tribe is to get their hands on their guano-rich lands, thereby giving them a chance to make a killing on the fertilizer market.
* StandingBetweenTheEnemies: At the climax Ace stops two mounting armies by running between them holding the sacred bat they had been about to fight over.
* TaxidermyIsCreepy: When Ace is in Quinn's trophy room.
-->'''Ace:''' This is a lovely room of death...
* TrollingTranslator: Ace gets his Wachati guide Ouda to translate his words into the Wachootoo language...''badly''.
-->'''Ace:''' WarIsHell. The last thing we want is a fight.
-->'''Ouda:''' "I want a fight, so go to hell!"
** It's left to the viewers' imagination whether Ouda is actually a bad translator, or if he's working to keep Ace alive with his mistranslations; the Wachootoo don't seem like peace-loving people, and might take fatal offense to Ace's cowardice.
* UnconventionalVehicleChase: When Cadby is getting away in his car, Ace looks over several vehicles parked nearby. The only one with a key in the ignition happens to be a monster truck. Watch the ensuing chase [[https://youtu.be/BaqIALamCz8?t=24s here]].
* VirginVision:
-->"She's not a virgin!"
-->"They can tell that?"
-->(Cue being ChasedByAngryNatives)
* WarIsHell: Played word for word when the pet detective says the following words to the native Wachoochoo tribe:
-->"War...is hell! The last thing we want...is a fight!"
** Which his partner, one of the native Wachatis, translates as "I want to fight you...so go to hell!"
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute[=/=]WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Ace loves all animals... except bats. Note that he also apparently likes other various non-cute animals. It's ''just'' bats that are his personal {{Squick}}.
* WouldntHitAGirl: When Ace confronts a woman wearing an animal skin across her shoulders, and she pompously says there's nothing wrong with it and that he should try it sometime, he replies by cold-clocking her slightly-less-obnoxious husband and wearing ''him'' over his shoulders like an animal skin, rather than her. This may have been the reason, but it's just as likely that Ace just wanted to demonstrate to her face how hypocritical she was being.

!! Tropes from ''Ace Ventura: The Animated Series''.
* AnachronismStew: In the animated series episode "Dragon Guy", a computer is used in Robin Hood times.
* AscendedExtra: Aguado, Mr. Shickadance and especially Emilio get more to do in the animated series.
** Spike
* BrokenPedestal: In the episode "Get Piggy", Ace is revealed to be a big fan of Gabe the Pig, a [[TalkingAnimal talking pig]] who's a movie star and who's been kidnapped; so much so that Ace is part of Gabe's fan club, knows the rules of the club by heart, and even [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules offers to take Gabe's case for free]]. However, after investigating a bit about Gabe, Ace is shocked to learn that [[NiceCharacterMeanActor Gabe is actually an egotistical, spoiled, violent jerkass]] who no one can stand. [[spoiler: And to top it all off, it turns out, Gabe himself staged his own kidnapping as a way to return to the spotlight, and even kidnaps and tries to kill Ace.]]
** Ace even reacts with disgust when he learns that a villain in an episode after that has an autographed photo of Gabe.
* CloneDegeneration: In "Ace Off", after a particularly intense dance competition, Ace's evil clone starts to melt and is...[[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext absorbed by him.]]
* DenserAndWackier: Far more than the original films. While they still maintained a semi-realistic tone; the series, especially during the third season, had Ace deal with supervillains, all sorts of evil powers, and even aliens.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In the crossover episode, Ace manages to actually best The Mask - a super-powered entity that can warp reality - at his own game. Said game was limbo dancing, but whatever works.
* EvilKnockoff: In "Ace Off", the villain of the episode use Ace's hair to create an evil clone of him to kidnap a dog and pin the blame on the real Ace.
* ExoticEntree: One cartoon episode has a VillainousGlutton who is kidnapping endangered species as part of a planned seven-course meal.
* JusticeByOtherLegalMeans: In the ChristmasEpisode of the AnimatedAdaptation, Ace couldn't prove Odora stole Santa Claus' reindeers (she intended to use the secret of their gravity-defying abilities on a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive cosmetic]]) but could get her arrested for illegally keeping a crocodile from an endangered breed, which she also intended to use as ingredient.
* LighterAndSofter/ BleachedUnderpants: While the original film was [[BlackComedy far more dark]] and had lots of sexual moments, the animated series was understandably toned down for younger audiences.
* MergingMachine: The animated series had an episode based around a scientist whose teleporter combined him with a fly. Later in the episode Ace is combined with Spike.
* NotMeThisTime: Occasionally happens in the AnimatedAdaptation when a crime is so much like an specific member of Ace's RoguesGallery.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Subverted in the Ace Ventura animated series: Ace finds a footprint and gives a detailed description of the owner's age, size, health, and appearance. Turns out the guy dropped a drivers' license next to the footprint.
* ThisBearWasFramed: In the AnimatedAdaptation, a VillainOfTheWeek framed a gorilla.
* TransformationTrinket: In the ''Ace Ventura'' cartoon series episode "Howl Of The Weremoose", the original weremoose Drew Talbit has a moose talisman he uses to change into his weremoose form; he is able to transform at will but everyone he bites becomes as Ace puts it...his mindless weremoose slaves. It is also revealed that smashing the talisman will break the curse and turn everyone back to normal. Unfortunately Ace doesn't read the fine print which says he who destroys the tailsman gets the antlers of the grand high moose himself. Ace ends up with moose antlers; it is also said that the antlers can be removed by rubbing moosebane on them- to which Ace exclaims..."Where are we going to get moosebane in Miami!?"

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-->Take care, now! Bye bye, then!