[[caption-width-right:350:Bluto: Making toga parties popular since [[strike:1978]]1962.]]

->''"Animal House, House, House \\
Nobody ever went to class, \\
Then we saw Creator/DonaldSutherland's ass \\
Then they did the end like ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'', \\
[[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue Where you find out what happened to everyone]]."''
-->-- '''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson's]]''' unique summary of ''Animal House'', to the tune of the ''Animal House'' ThemeTune

The best known of all the Franchise/NationalLampoon movies, ''Animal House'' is a 1978 film about the [[WackyFratboyHijinx wacky hijinx]] of the members of the Delta fraternity at "Faber College" in 1962-63, as they fight against the snooty Omegas and the uptight dean Vernon Wormer.

Directed by Creator/JohnLandis, ''Animal House'' launched the film career of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' cast member Creator/JohnBelushi. Inspired dozens of FollowTheLeader takes on the raunchy college frat movie, including some by National Lampoon themselves. Spawned a spinoff TV series called ''Delta House'', which only lasted one season. And perhaps most importantly, [[PopularityPolynomial revived the popularity of movies featuring teenagers and younger twentysomethings, which had been largely absent from movie screens for about a decade]].

Written by a guy from Harvard (who gave himself one line: [[OneSceneWonder "What the hell we s'pose to do, ya mo-RON"]]), advised by a guy from Dartmouth; and if you happen to visit the latter you can buy all sorts of ''Animal House''-themed memorabilia in the co-op.

May hold the record for [[http://blamld.com/DiscoVision/Universal_Pictures/16-007.htm most releases ever]] on the notorious Creator/MCADiscovision label, and also one of the earliest 2-hour videodisc releases.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AboveTheInfluence: Pinto is sorely tempted (literally, by the devil on his shoulder) to have his way with Clorette after [[DudeShesLikeInAComa she's passed out]] but he resists said temptation. This is [[BlackComedyRape played for laughs]]. TheSeventies [[ValuesDissonance were a strange time]].
* {{Acrofatic}}: Bluto, who doesn't look particularly fit, shows his gymnastic prowess in the climax. He also successfully eludes the Omegas in the food fight scene.
* AffablyEvil: Neidermeyer in the opening scene with Larry and Kent. In almost every other scene, he's a belligerent {{Jerkass}} with NoIndoorVoice.
* AllMenArePerverts: This applies to virtually every Delta House member, save Hoover and D-Day. And even those who aren't unscrupulous skirt-chasers don't have any objection to the others doing it. Flounder has a girlfriend he seems to genuinely care about, but isn't above cheating on her (or attempting to). Pinto continues seeing Clorette even after finding out how young she is, and Otter is, well, Otter. Even Boon, the supposed monogamist of the group, goes along with Otter's "Fawn Leibowitz" scheme, but the next day gets angry with [[spoiler: Katy for cheating on him]].
-->"We're willing to trade looks for a certain....morally casual attitude."
* AlphaBitch: Babs.
* AmbiguouslyGay:
** Flounder's older brother, Fred, is referred to as "a real closet case," which may just mean nobody liked him very much, but still...
** D-Day is another interesting case.
** So is Hoover.
** Greg is unable to get an erection, even when being given a handjob by two of the most beautiful girls in the school. Perhaps he's subconsciously gay and doesn't realize it, or is in denial about it? In 1962, people were still pretty repressive about such things...
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Donald "Boon" Schoenstein, Eric "Otter" Stratton's best friend. German last name, short in stature, dark curly hair, unusual nose shape, New York accent, wisecracking personality - ''Come on''! Either he's Jewish, or [[{{Fauxreigner}} he's faking it really well]]. The actor, Peter Riegert, comes from a non-observant Jewish Family.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Even in the pre-Vietnam 1960s, ROTC cadets were not issued live ammunition outside of strictly controlled, on-range training.[[note]]And in any case, .30-06 ammunition can be legally purchased by civilians.[[/note]] Of course, the filmmakers were probably just emphasizing what a SociopathicSoldier (flavor 1) and aspiring ColonelKilgore Neidermeyer is.
* AsideGlance: Bluto, while peeking into the girls' dormitory and right before smashing the guitar, in both cases primarily as an excuse for John Belushi's trademark raised eyebrow.
* AuthorAvatar: Pinto, which was Chris Miller's frat name; underscored by Pinto's future career... as an editor of [[Franchise/NationalLampoon National Lampoon Magazine.]]
* AutoErotica: Interrupted.
* BadassBiker: Daniel Simpson Day/"D-Day"
* BasedOnATrueStory: Chris Miller, whose ''National Lampoon'' stories about Dartmouth College's Alpha Delta Phi frat are the basis for the story, wrote a book detailing the real events. It involves a lot more vomiting. It also notably ''averts'' the films' most famous tropes (SlobsVsSnobs, DeanBitterman, TheNeidermeyer)-- it's pretty obvious that that frat is its own worst enemy.
* BerserkButton: For Bluto, live folk music. For Neidermeyer, a "ppppledge ppppin" on a cadet's uniform.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Otter's rant during the disciplinary hearing; he knows that they"re going to lose, but he manages to accuse the college of being un-American about it.
* BigEater: Bluto, who eats some of pretty much EVERYTHING the cafeteria is serving (including a golf ball!)--although, then again, he doesn't actually wind up eating most of it, and isn't shown indulging in food nearly as much as alcohol throughout the rest of the movie. He may just have been doing it for the gross-out effect--it happens. Jamming an entire quarter-pounder into his mouth in one go is an impressive feat, though.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Dave Jennings is the cool professor at Faber. In the classroom, he's up front with his students about how boring he finds Milton. In private, he calls his own work a piece of excrement. Katie says he's the only professor she likes, and Pinto agrees that he's a wonderful teacher. Then [[spoiler: he turns Katie, Pinto and Boon on to drugs; later, he seduces Katie]].
** Also, GeniusBonus: Jennings said Milton's wife found him boring, too. Milton's wife left him after she'd only been married to him for one day.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Omegas are snobbish, bigoted, mean, and sneaky. The Deltas are not -- but they're still far, ''far'' from model citizens. Let's face it, they're petty criminals at best. On the other hand, the Omegas are also openly elitist, racist and antisemitic. The Deltas have one AmbiguouslyJewish member, are friendly to black people (which is notable considering the movie is set in the early sixties) and Flounder's older brother, Fred, may or may not have been gay (depending on your interpretation of the phrase "closet case"). In short, from the [[FairForItsDay point of view of the late 1970s]], the Deltas have (as one critic wrote of [[Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huck Finn]]) none of the virtues except the essential ones, and all of the vices except the unforgivable ones; the Omegas, just the opposite.
* BlatantLies:
** "Remain calm. All is well! ALL IS WELL!" It also counts as a VillainousBreakdown for Diller.
** "I used to do this with Fawn all the time!" "I know... she told me!" Otter has an AsideGlance when Fawn's roommate says this, as he made up the relationship to get pity sex. He doesn't comment out loud on it because, well, it's proof that it's working.
* BrickJoke:
** Boon accidentally shanks a golf ball through the window of the campus cafeteria's kitchen, where it lands in a big tureen of soup. Later in the cafeteria, Bluto spots the ball in someone's discarded soup, picks it out, and eats it.
** The speed limit sign seen in the background of Delta House could count as a short-term one. A few minutes after it first appears, D-Day rides in on his motorcycle.
** The epilogue reveals that Babs became a tour guide at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Hollywood]]. After the end credits, there's a title card: "When in California Visit Universal Studios Hollywood (Ask for Babs)".
** At the very beginning of the film, Pinto and Flounder walk past a statue of Faber's founder, Emil Faber (including the plaque inscribed with Mr. Faber's famous maxim, "Knowledge is good.") At the very end of the film, the head of said statue adorns the hood of the Deathmobile.
* BookDumb: The Deltas are street smart rogues, but their academic life is dismal and their [=GPAs=] appallingly low. [[RuleOfFunny It goes without saying]] that most of them manage to graduate.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: At the top of a two story ladder, alone, Bluto looks over his shoulder and waggles his eyebrows. Who else could he be looking at?
* BrutalHonesty: Flounder gets this twice in quick succession. As repeatedly noted on this very page, Dean Wormer is correct: Fat, drunk, and stupid ''is'' no way to go through life. And, slightly earlier:
--> '''Otter''': You fucked up. You trusted us.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Otis Day plays at Delta House's unforgettable toga party. When they go to see him at a bar a few days later, he doesn't even remember who they are (or he's unwilling to admit it because the Deltas are white and everyone else in the bar is an AngryBlackMan).
* ButtMonkey:
** Creator/KevinBacon, both in the film and real life. As this was his first role, when he went to the premiere, he wasn't allowed to sit with the rest of the cast because the ushers didn't believe he was in it. He had to sit in the back with everyone else.
** Flounder. The moment his picture appears in the projector [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMENQeCbxfI during his presentation]], the fratboys yell, boo and throw cans at it. He doesn't gain more respect during the rest of the movie. (Although, in the novelization, the Deltas consider him a hero for throwing up on Dean Wormer.)
* CanCrushingCranium: Bluto possibly provides the UrExample.
* CaptainErsatz: Boon, Bluto, Otter, D-Day, and Hoover were based on Creator/HaroldRamis, Creator/JohnBelushi, Creator/ChevyChase, Creator/DanAykroyd, and Creator/BrianDoyleMurray, respectively, though the actors were deemed too old to play college students when the film was made. Bluto subverts this with his classic "seven years of college down the drain" line. ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' is something of a SpiritualSuccessor and was originally intended as a sequel, and contains many similar characters.
* CaptainObvious:
** Flounder's asking "You guys playing cards?" [[DeathGlare Hostile gazes]] ensue.
** Also, Pinto saying, "Boon, we're the only white people here."
* CarFu: The "Delta Deathmobile".
* CheatersNeverProsper: Zig-zagged. Bluto and D-Day steal the answers to an upcoming psychology test, but it turns out the Omegas planted the exam mimeograph and the Deltas get every answer wrong. Their grade-point averages drop so low that Wormer needs only one more incident to revoke the charter that allows them to remain on campus. The Omegas, however, are implied to have used the answers themselves to pass with flying colors.
* ChewbaccaDefense: Otter's "point of parliamentary procedure" during the hearing:
-->[...] And if this is indeed an indictment of our educational system, is it not an attack on our entire American society?! Well, you can do with us what you wish, but we're not gonna sit here and let you ''bad mouth'' THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!
** Subverted as it doesn't help at all, since they just walk out on the hearing. Not that it would have anyway; it was a KangarooCourt to start.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: D-Day and to a lesser extent, Bluto.
* CollegeIsHighSchoolPart2:
** Justified with the Delta fraternity, given their nature as the fraternity for all the burnouts and "dumb kids."
** Averted with the Omega fraternity, whose members act like pretty typical college bullies.
** College professors don't hound you about late papers (and also don't call them "reports"). If you don't turn something in, that's your problem. It's one less paper for them to read. Bells don't ring at the end of class, either.
** Dean Wormer appears to function more as the President of the University than as a real-world Dean. A Dean of Students would be responsible for dealing with discipline problems, but would not have the far-reaching authority that Wormer has: "There is a little-known codicil in the Faber College Constitution which gives the Dean unlimited power to preserve order in time of campus emergency."
* CollegeWidow: Although not literally a widow, Mrs. Wormer.
* CoolCar: Fred Dorfman's Lincoln Continental (even more so after its transformation into the Deathmobile), Otter's Corvette, and Greg's yellow MG roadster.
* CoolTeacher[=/=]HippieTeacher: Mr. Jennings is a mix of both; not a particularly motivating or laid-back teacher in the classroom, but certainly a guy who enjoys hanging around and smoking pot with his students after class. Ultimately {{deconstructed}}, as he [[spoiler: seduces Katie, causing further drama for the Deltas.]]
* CorporalPunishment: "Thank you sir, may I have another?"
* CorruptPolitician: The Mayor of Faber, Carmine De Pasto, in his short but memorable screen time makes Wormer look sympathetic by comparison. De Pasto extorts money from the college to finance the parade and, when Wormer offers a mild protest, replies calmly, "If you mention extortion again, I'll [[KneeCapping have your legs broken]]." This is not typical behavior for most small college-town mayors, but his name and accent suggest strongly that His Honor may be at the very least [[TheMafia well-connected]].
* CoughSnarkCough: Cough*blowjob*Cough*blowjob*!
* CreatorCameo: Stephen Bishop, who wrote the theme song "Animal House", appears in the movie as the folk singer whose guitar Bluto smashes. "I gave my love a cherry..."
* CringeComedy: The entire sequence in the all-black bar. It is, however, worth noting that both at the time the film was made and set historically, people were much less sensitive about things like race-based jokes, and the joke is on the Deltas in this scene, not the people at the nightclub.
* CruelToBeKind: Well, you must admit that fat, drunk, and stupid ''is'' no way to go through life.
* CurbStompBattle: A literal example occurs during the homecoming parade mayhem, with Chip getting trampled into the pavement by a horde of panicked spectators.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Most of the oddly-phrased threats Wormer directs at the Deltas:
--> "Grab the bull by the balls and kick those punks off campus."\\
"The time has come for someone to put his foot down...and that foot is me."\\
"You'll be out of here like shit through a goose."
* DeadlyPrank: Poor Niedermeyer's horse; it [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets worked well enough without bullets]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Basically all the Delta members, especially Bluto.
* DeanBitterman: Dean Vernon Wormer. While not the {{Trope Namer|s}}, Dean Wormer is the TropeCodifier for this type of character. However, since the film is [[UnbuiltTrope much more cynical]] than later WackyFratboyHijinx films, he often comes across as a [[VillainHasAPoint Villain With A Point]], and the Deltas really are engaging in "pranks" that no sane college administration would tolerate.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The movie was made in 1978, but takes place in 1962 (back when yelling "The negroes took our dates!" in public was slightly more acceptable).
* DistantFinale: A DVD extra expands further on the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, explaining what happened to the main characters in more recent years. Otter is a gynaecologist, Hoover was consulted for the OJ Simpson trial, Donald and Katy (eventually) re-married each other, Dean Wormer is living in an old folks home in Florida, where he is going senile [[BerserkButton and goes into a psychotic rage when the Deltas are mentioned]] and Bluto [[spoiler: is the President of the United States]].
* DontExplainTheJoke: "I'm a zit. Get it?"
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Played during the closing credits.
* EyebrowWaggle: Bluto climbs up a ladder to spy on sorority girls, then [[BreakingTheFourthWall turns to the camera]] and waggles his eyebrows.
* FakeFood: The whiskey Bluto drinks just after Delta House is dismantled was actually tea.
* FanDisservice: Oh hi, Creator/DonaldSutherland's ass! Didn't expect to see ''you'' here! Although the only reason why we see Donald Sutherland's ass is because Karen Allen, who was also in that scene, was reluctant to bare her ass. Seeing that she was nervous, Sutherland offered to bare his ass if she bared hers, and she agreed. So you might say that, were it not for Donald Sutherland's ass, the movie would have one less instance of {{Fanservice}} (see below).
* {{Fanservice}}: Way too many examples to mention, and for both sexes.
* FengSchwing: [[HandsomeLech Eric "Otter" Stratton]]'s room.
* FiveBadBand: Dean Wormer and the Omegas
** The BigBad: Dean Wormer
** TheDragon: Greg Marmalard
** TheBrute: [[TheNeidermeyer Doug Neidermeyer]]
** EvilGenius: Chip Diller
** DarkChick: Babs Jensen
* FiveManBand: The Deltas
** TheHero: Otter
** TheLancer: Boon
** TheBigGuy[=/=]{{Mascot}}: Bluto
** TheSmartGuy: D-Day
** TheChick: Hoover
** ThoseTwoGuys[=/=]{{Sixth Ranger}}s: Pinto and Flounder
** [[spoiler:HighHeelFaceTurn: Mandy Pepperidge]]
* FoodFight: Quite possibly the {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* {{Fratbro}}: Bluto is the TropeCodifier, but several characters qualify, thinking of little but sex, drinking, and hijinx.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar[=/=]CensorDecoy: When Pinto and Clorette are about to have sex, she reveals she's only 13. The writers originally intended her to be 16, but didn't think the studio would approve. They believed that if they had her say she was 13, the studio would tell them she needed to be older and in that case, 16 would be okay. However, the studio said nothing about her character being 13, so it was left that way.
* GodwinsLaw: Neidermeyer and the rest of the ROTC are disparagingly referred to as the "Hitler Youth."
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Pinto when he's with Clorette and she passes out, [[DudeShesLikeInAComa leaving her at his mercy]].
-->'''Devil''': Fuck her. Fuck her brains out. Suck her tits, squeeze her buns. You know she wants it. [...] Aw, don't listen to that jack-off. Look at those gazongas. You'll never get a better chance.\\
''(Angel wins)''\\
'''Angel''': I'm proud of you, Lawrence.\\
'''Devil''': You homo!
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Otter is TheCasanova. Greg is saving himself for marriage and can't even get it up for a handjob. The latter may be because Greg is gay, but in his defense he probably can't even conceive of this as a possibility in 1962.
* GreaterScopeVillain: The Mayor, a genuinely evil amalgam of Mafia don and authoritarian plutocrat, is ultimately behind Dean Wormer's actions against Delta.
* HandsomeLech: Eric "Otter" Stratton.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Fred Dorfman, a pretty important character if you think about it.
* HeroAntagonist: Dean Wormer is only the villain because the protagonists are delinquents.
* HilarityEnsues: Virtually the entire premise of the movie is about members of a college fraternity partying and getting away with anything and everything, things that would never be allowed (or, at the very least, severely curbed instantly) at any college in the United States in the new millennium.
* HumiliationConga: The entire homecoming parade is this for the Omegas and Wormer.
* IncessantMusicMadness: At the toga party, Stephen Bishop in [[TheCameo a cameo]] is playing a guitar and singing "The Riddle Song" when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V_hCqO6UQs Bluto happens by]]. After listening to the singing for a while, Bluto takes the guitar away from the guy, smashes it to pieces against a wall and then [[HypocriticalHumor utters a halfhearted "Sorry."]]
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Bluto, after Delta House is cleaned out once their charter is revoked. Bluto starts to panic, when Otter tosses him a wide-mouthed bottle of Jack Daniels. He ''chugs'' the entire bottle. "Thanks; I needed that."
* InitiationCeremony: At Delta House, it involves getting drunk. At Omega House... "Assume the position."
* InsultBackfire: After Delta House is dismantled.
-->'''Neidermeyer:''' How's it feel to be an independent, Schoenstein?\\
'''Boon:''' How's it feel to be an asshole, Neidermeyer?
** A subtle and indirect occurrence in Wormer's office. The Dean says, "Congratulations, Kroger; you're at the top of the Delta pledge class." Bluto smiles and nods proudly, giving Pinto a little pat on the back, over Mr. Kroger's first-semester achievement of a 1.2 GPA. (Pinto himself gets the sarcasm.)
* InsultOfEndearment: Plump and naive Kent Dorfman, the newest member of the Delta house, is given the nickname "Flounder", probably because of his size (in comparison to fish maybe), yet this becomes an endearing name for him over time.
* InUniverseNickname: Numerous, since they're the first thing assigned to freshmen after an initiation. Flounder is the one given most thought.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** It's understandable just ''why'' Dean Wormer wants Delta off campus and out of Faber.
** Also, fat, drunk and stupid ''is'' no way to go through life.
** A minor example: the United States Army does have fairly strict regulations covering jewelry, including pledge pins on uniforms.
* JewishAndNerdy: The Deltas find out from the Jewish house that all of their exam answers were wrong.
* JokerJury: The Omegas throw the book at the Deltas at the latter's probation hearing, even outright making up one of the accusations against them.
* KangarooCourt: The Deltas' disciplinary hearing. They are given no chance to respond to the allegations, and the charge of providing pledges with "diet pills" (amphetamines) is baseless. However, in the novelization (by script co-writer Chris Miller), the latter is quite true. The pills are kept in a dish marked "Study Aids". Pinto takes some to get through writing a term paper, crashes during his exams and fails that class.
* KarmicRape: Greg Marmalard's fate [[PrisonRape in prison]], according to the epilogue.
* LadyDrunk: Mrs. Wormer.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre:
-->''(Otter and Mrs. Wormer are in the supermarket vegetable section)''\\
'''Otter''' : Mine's bigger than that. Oh, my cucumber. It's bigger. Vegetables can be really sensuous, don't you think?\\
'''Mrs. Wormer''' : No, [[YouMakeMeSic vegetables are sensual, people are sensuous]].
* LargeHam: Bluto is a boisterous bruiser who vehemently yells many of his lines.
* LazyBum: With a GPA of "'''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis 0.0]]'''", Bluto is head and shoulders ''below'' the rest of his BookDumb colleagues (even D-Day manages to be better, as he has ''no'' grade point average and doesn't even take classes at Faber). [[TakeThat He gets to be a Senator]]. [[spoiler:When the "documentary" is made, Bluto is unavailable for comment as he's currently serving as ''President'']].
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Greg, each time he takes Mandy to MakeOutPoint. His luck doesn't improve with Babs, who utters the infamous query, "Is it supposed to be this soft?"
* LovableSexManiac: Otter has a lot of affairs with various characters, but he isn't a terrible person, at least compared to [[UpperClassTwit The Omegas]].
* MakeOutPoint: One overlooks the town of Faber. It's frequently visited by the Omegas, or at least Greg, and apparently never by the Deltas (probably because the latter group would rather make out in the "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sex Rooms]]" at their frat house... or the football field... [[AllMenArePerverts or, well, anywhere]]).
* ManChild:
** Bluto, proven by the cafeteria scene.
** Boon, according to Katy. She also believes this to be true of all the Deltas, with the possible exceptions of Pinto and, to an extent, Hoover.
* MayorPain: The Mayor of Faber, Carmine De Pasto, is a perfect example of the "criminally corrupt" version. Although the Dean was already looking for a reason to kick the Deltas out, it's De Pasto who tells Wormer that if he doesn't does it and the Deltas cause any trouble at the parade as a result, ''he will have the Dean's legs broken''. He also strong-arms the Dean to give money to fund the parade, which explicitly will strain the college's budget.
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: At the climax, the Deltas (thanks to some attempted uplifting by Bluto starting it) decide that, if they are going to be kicked out, they are going to make their tormentors suffer.
* MrsRobinson: Mrs. Wormer
* NakedFreakOut: Babs Jansen at the end of the homecoming parade (in her final appearance in the movie). Okay, so it's really FullyClothedNudity, but still...
* NakedOnArrival: We're introduced to Otter as he's about to get dressed for a date.
* TheNeidermeyer: {{Trope Namer|s}}. "Killed in Vietnam [[UnfriendlyFire by his own troops."]]
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The movie's circus-like climax features crashing floats, multicolored smoke bombs, an elephant, clowns on bicycles, Bluto swinging down from the rooftops dressed as a swashbuckler... and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking 10,000 marbles]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Otter gets one from the Omegas after Babs lies to Greg about him and Mandy having an affair.
* NonSequiturDistraction: The former {{Trope Namer|s}}. Towards the end, [[Creator/JohnBelushi Bluto]] gives a stirring speech about not giving up, and builds to the following:
-->'''Bluto:''' Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!\\
'''Otter:''' ''(confused, to Boon)'' Germans?\\
'''Boon:''' Forget it, he's rolling.
* NoodleIncident: Dean Wormer has a pile of files on Delta's.
-->'''Wormer''': Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the varsity swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode.
** During the house clean-out of Delta Tau Chi, a black cow was pulled out. How they got the cow is a mystery.
* OfCorsetsSexy: Mrs. Wormer somehow has one on underneath her dress.
* OhCrap: When the Deltas' prank [[GoneHorriblyWrong Goes Horribly Wrong]]:
-->''(left alone in Wormer's office with Niedermeyer's horse and a gun, Flounder tries to aim the gun at the horse for a moment, then winces, points the gun at the ceiling, and fires; the horse gasps loudly; the scene cuts to D-Day and Bluto outside the office, smiling until they hear an ominous thud, at which point they run inside to see Flounder standing over the horse's body)''\\
'''Bluto:''' Holy SHIT!\\
'''D-Day:''' There were ''blanks'' in that gun!\\
'''Flounder:''' I didn't even point the gun at him!\\
'''Bluto:''' Holy SHIT!\\
'''D-Day:''' ''(checks the gun)'' There ''were'' blanks in that gun!\\
'''Flounder:''' Maybe he had a heart attack!\\
'''Bluto:''' Holy SHIT!\\
''(after a pause, all three scream and beat a hasty retreat)''
** Chip has a great O.C. expression at the parade when he turns to see a crowd of panicked spectators charging toward him.
* OnlySaneMan: Robert Hoover, somewhat. Within the Delta leaders, he's usually the only one not involved in their crazy schemes. He also has the highest GPA in Delta, although that's not saying much.
* OurFounder: Emil Faber. "Knowledge is Good."
* ThePeepingTom: Bluto uses a ladder to peer through the second-story window of a sorority house and looks up the cheerleaders' skirts while under the bleachers.
* PetTheDog: Wormer has one moment in which he speaks to any of the Deltas in a manner that's not threatening, mocking, bullying, or enraged; one instant in which he reveals a glimpse that beneath it all there was (or used to be) a genuine educator; one line in which he very nearly relates to any student as a human being, and that line is directed to Kent Dorfman.
--> '''Dean Wormer:'''Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
* PitySex: Played with: Otter uses a tragic kiln accident to launch the boys' adventures at Dickinson College, but it's heavily implied that he lucked out in the person of Fawn's roommate, the very caring [[EthicalSlut Shelly Dubinsky]].
* PlayboyBunny: Martha Smith, Miss July 1973, played Babs. In universe, a bunch of sorority girls on a float are dressed as Bunnies, and one is flung through an open window into a boy's room.
* {{Politically Incorrect Villain}}s:
** At their rush party, the Omegas humiliate Pinto and Flounder by forcing them sit at a segregated table with a Muslim (albeit one in a Sikh turban), a Hindu, a Jew, and a blind kid in a wheelchair. Oh, and they mispronounce the Hindu guy's name -- on purpose. (They also consistently call Pinto [[MaliciousMisnaming Lonnie instead of Larry]], and his attempts to correct them are rewarded only with a patronising chuckle.)
** Neidermeyer isn't shy about using the word "faggots" to demean his fellow ROTC candidates, either. Note which hand picks up Neidermeyer in Flounder's DeusExMachina moment.
* PrecisionFStrike: Bluto, after the Delta's charter is revoked:
-->They took ''the bar!!' '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THE WHOLE, FUCKING BAR!!!]]'''''
* PrisonRape: The epilogue reveals that [[spoiler: Greg]] went on to become a White House aide during Nixon's presidency, and was subsequently raped in prison. Probably meant to double as a BlackComedyRape, since he's a first-class douchebag (and according to his girlfriend, was saving himself for marriage).
* PutOnABus: A small joke on the newspaper after the toga party reveals that Mrs. Wormer was sent to visit relatives, which more likely than not was a euphemism for rehab.
* ReallySeventeenYearsOld: OhCrap, she's actually only ''thirteen'' years old! [[spoiler:Not only that, but at the end of the movie she introduces Pinto to her parents as "the boy who molested me last month", and then announces "[[ShotgunWedding we have to get married]]." OhCrap times ten.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dean Wormer's recitation of the [[SarcasmMode Rhodes Scholar level academic achievements]] of the Deltas.
* ReCut: The original version of the movie was 175 minutes long. Amongst the scenes which were deleted were some more scenes with Bluto, including scene where a dishwasher (played by Creator/JohnLandis) tries to stop Bluto from eating all the food and gets pulled across the table and thrown on the floor while Bluto says "You don't fuck with the eagles unless you know how to fly" and extended version of the scene where Bluto pours mustard on himself and starts singing "I am the Mustard Man."
* RepeatAfterMe: During the Delta House initiation.
-->"I, state your name ..." "''I, state your name ...''"
* RotatingProtagonist: The film starts out by focusing on Flounder and Pinto, seems to shift toward Otter and Boon in the middle, yet Bluto is the most memorable character and the film's biggest celebrity, both then and now.
* RousingSpeech: "Was it over when the [[ArtisticLicenseHistory Germans bombed Pearl Harbor]]? Hell no!"
* RuleOfThree: After [[ItMakesSenseInContext Flounder inadvertently kills Niedermeyer's horse]], Bluto's only reaction is to exclaim ''[[OhCrap "Holy shit!"]]'' three times.
** Pinto's attempt to get Clorette's attention is to throw three rocks [[SerialEscalation of increasing size]] at her bedroom window, the last one breaking the glass.
* SayMyName: Bluto after the frat's beer bar is taken away.
* SelfDeprecation: Pinto's eventual fate: "Editor-in-chief, National Lampoon".
* SeriousBusiness: Fraternity initiations. Even Delta's whacked-out ceremony. '' "With liberty and justice for all. Amen." ''
* TheSixties: An intentionally TwoDecadesBehind film made in the late seventies and set in the pre-counterculture 1960s.
** Given that it ''is'' in the pre-JFK assassination (check the Omega homecoming float) 60s, culturally it has as much to say about the end of TheFifties.
* SlipperySkid: The box full of marbles Flounder buys. Dumped on the street during the parade, they drop every member of the ROTC platoon on their backs.
* SlipperySlopeFallacy: Used rather awesomely in the court scene where Otter argues that attacking his fraternity is attacking the entire American society.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: In ''spades.''
* SmugSnake: Most of the Omegas, especially Neidermeyer and Marmalard.
* StrippingSnag: The scheming sorority girl, Babs, who hates the guys at Delta Tau Chi Fraternity gets her comeuppance at the end of the film. She is pushed off a parade float and clothes tear off, leaving her in her publicly humiliated amid the busy street.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Some of the stuffier characters (Dave Jennings being a good example) aren't above occasionally using such words as "shit" and "fuck."
* SoundtrackDissonance: Elmer Bernstein was initially confused about why Landis wanted him to score the film. Landis replied that he wanted it scored as if it was a drama.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}''.
* StarterMarriage: At the end, it is revealed that Boon and Katy got back together, and married in 1964, only to divorce in 1969. [[WordOfGod Apparently]], they later [[YoYoPlotPoint marry again, divorce again, and remarry yet again]].
* StealthPun: The full name of the fraternity is Delta Tau Chi. [[DontExplainTheJoke The Greek letters are spelled using the English alphabet as DTX.]]
* StraightMan: Hoover.
* StrawmanU:
** Faber College is a strict, pre-counterculture 1960s wannabe-Ivy League example.
** About three-quarters of the way through the picture, the Deltas take a road trip and make a brief stop at a "progressive" women's college to pick up some dates. The college is a bit staid to qualify as "Berserkeley," but the point is made that the girls are all bleeding-heart liberals. (In order to make it with them, you have to mention that you're into some kind of progressive cause.)
* SuddenlyShouting:
--> '''Neidermeyer:''' What is that on your chest, mister?\\
'''Flounder:''' ''({{beat}})'' A pledge pin, sir.\\
'''Neidermeyer:''' A PLEDGE PIN?! ON YOUR UNIFORM?!
* TeacherStudentRomance: Katy has the hots for Jennings, who spends one night in her house.
* TeachersPet: The Omegas are Dean Wormer's, to the nth degree.
* TeamDad: Hoover, to the Deltas. He's the only one of them who seems to genuinely care about avoiding trouble and staying on Dean Wormer's good side (at least enough to avoid getting thrown out of school), and generally tries to keep the Deltas from going too far off the rails. Granted, they usually ignore his advice...but at least he tries.
* ThemeTuneRollCall
* ThereIsAGod: At the end, when one of the co-eds dressed in bunny ears and a leotard flies into the room of a young teen boy (reading through some Playboys), the boy simply shouts out, "Thank you, God!"
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: When the gang enters the black night club, and everyone inside is instantly silent (including the band), Otter leans forward and says, calmly, "We are gonna die."
* ThoseTwoGuys: Otter and Boon. Also Flounder and Pinto. Even Bluto and D-Day at times.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Marmalard and Neidermeyer.
* TrustMeImAnX:
-->'''Bluto''': My advice to you is to start drinking heavily.
-->'''Otter''': You'd better listen to him, Flounder, he's in pre-med.
** Earlier...
-->'''Otter:''' ''(Rising in a disciplinary hearing)'' Point of parliamentary procedure!
-->'''Hoover:''' Don't screw around, they're serious this time!
-->'''Otter:''' ''(aside)'' Take it easy, I'm pre-law.
-->'''Boon:''' I thought you were pre-med.
-->'''Otter:''' What's the difference?
* UnbuiltTrope: This film actually does a lot in deconstructing WackyFratboyHijinx. Throughout the film, it's pointed out how wild and destructive the Deltas are, doing things that ''no'' sane college administration would allow; things that would get real college students in the new millennium expelled or even arrested. Though the Deltas do ultimately get their revenge on the Dean and the snobbish Omegas by the end, it's a PyrrhicVictory - in spite of it all, they're expelled from the college. As Dean Wormer perfectly puts it, "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son."
** It also shows that the Deltas are not quite CoolLoser or [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority Cool Rebel]] types; they just ''think'' they are. For example, the band they hire to play doesn't ''actually'' like them -- or at least, the band's so shocked to see them in a nightclub that caters to African-Americans they don't acknowledge Boon's friendly greeting. Likewise, Otter, the basis of the teen comedy version of TheCasanova, is not quite as slick a ladies' man as he seems; his only on-screen romantic moves are PitySex resulting in CoitusInterruptus. (Mandy even tells him to his face that sex with him "wasn't that great". He just looks stunned.) Even the OfficialCouple, Boon and Katy, are ultimately shown to be a poor match -- Boon wants to avoid growing up, especially the responsibilities, as long as possible, while Katy can't wait to embrace adulthood -- and the end credits imply that they have a short-lived relationship. Much of this is because the film is actually an irreverent satire of the nostalgia-driven teen dramas of the 1970s, most notably ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'', something later [[SexComedy teen Sex Comedies]] missed because they were merely aping the surface features of ''Animal House.''
** On the other hand, all of the Deltas are listed as members of Faber classes (and as Mrs. Wormer reveals in "Where Are They Now: A Delta Alumni Update", Dean Wormer was fired after the homecoming parade debacle, thus whoever they got to replace him most likely permitted the Deltas to return) in the epilogue. And it was the Deltas who, within their own personalities and limitations, achieved respectable-to-remarkable success: sensitivity counselor, public defender, gynecologist, National Lampoon editor, and United States Senator [[spoiler: and eventually President]].
* UnfriendlyFire: The epilogue mentions that [[spoiler: Neidermeyer was fragged by his platoon in Vietnam]].
* TheUnreveal: Part of what makes "D-Day" so fascinating is how much the movie leaves ambiguous about his true nature. ("Daniel Simpson Day....has no grade point average. All courses incomplete." Okay, so what has he been ''doing'' all this time?) He also gladly stands back and observes during the "Food King" run and the road trip, and was off doing god-knows-what with his motorcycle at the beginning when the party was already in full-swing. Whatever D-Day was up to the whole time, it was bound to be interesting. And at the very end, as he's [[spoiler: roaring off in a stolen police car: "Daniel Simpson Day: whereabouts unknown."]]
* VomitDiscretionShot: Flounder throws up ''on'' Dean Wormer - offscreen. (But we hear the "splat" and see Wormer's secretary's shocked reaction.)
* VillainHasApoint: Dean Wormer is an unpleasant antagonist, and despite abusing his power, he's trying to [[JerkassHasAPoint enforce campus rules]] against hilarious but admittedly proto-delinquents. Part of his problem is that he's under pressure from the town's mayor, who goes so far as to threaten to have Wormer physically crippled if the Deltas do anything to embarrass him.
* WackyFratboyHijinx: The TropeCodifier: toga parties, road trips, food fights.... Not to mention, according to Dean Wormer, dumping an entire truckload of fizzies into the swim meet, delivering the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner, filling the trees with underwear every Halloween, and blowing up the toilets every spring.
* WasJustLeaving:
** Subverted when Mandy says, "He was just leaving," Otter replies, "No I'm not."
** At the Dexter Lake Club: "If I was in your shoes, I'd be ..." "Leaving! What a good idea!"
* WatchThePaintJob: Flounder learns that trusting Delta House with his brother's car is not a good idea. It's repurposed as "The Deathmobile."
* WeNeedADistraction
* WhatADrag: Niedermeyer is dragged behind his horse after Boon and Otter use him as a target for their golf practice.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to the Dickinson College girls after the Deltas left the nightclub? They're seen walking home later, but what transpired in between?
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Perhaps the best known example. The DVD featured a modern-day update on this. The highlights: Otter is a gynecologist with sexy patients, Diller is a missionary thanks to seeing Jesus in his food numerous times (including a shot of Kevin Bacon from ''Film/{{Tremors}}''), Pinto is a filmmaker, Babs is still a tour guide giving ludicrously bad information, Boon and Katy have married, divorced, and reconciled a number of times, Hoover is the Assistant District Attorney of Baltimore, Dean Wormer is senile but the Deltas are still a BerserkButton, D-Day is living off the grid across the border and flees when John Landis tracks him down, and Bluto is ''[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush the President of the United States]]''.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Although WordOfGod has the setting in Pennsylvania, it's never explicitly stated in the film--Flounder is mentioned as being from Harrisburg and there is a Dickinson College in Pennsylvania (though it's not named after Emily Dickinson and it's co-ed), the Nowhere, USA vibe seems to work. (The flag in the student court hearing appears to be that of Tennessee.) Also, Otter identifies himself as "Frank Lymon, from Amherst," which is a bit of a long drive to Pennsylvania to be believable in-universe, though not impossible. Considering the writers were Harvard alumni, it's likely that Emily Dickinson college is a satire of Smith College or Mt. Holyoke, which are just a stone's throw away from Amherst and a quick drive from Harvard.
** The film was shot on the campus of the University of Oregon. Dean Faber's office was the university president's actual office. The Delta House was a former Phi Sigma Kappa frat house, which was then empty; it was torn down in 1986. The club where the Deltas see Otis Day and the Knights again is the Dexter Lake Club, Dexter, OR.
* WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant: This is the entire ethos of Omega House, right down to the way the characters dress and (sometimes) how they talk. Delta House, while almost as monochromatic (they have precisely [[TokenMinority one black member]], which is one more than the Omegas), is at least a blend of more sympathetic and less stereotypical [=WASPs=] and various "ethnic whites" (including one possible Jew).
* WildTeenParty: The Delta House toga party.
* WomenAreWiser: Katy embodies this trope (granted, compared to her boyfriend and his frat brothers, it would be hard not to).
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Otter pretending to be the unaware fiancé of a dead coed in order to get grief/sympathy sex from her roommate, and three dates for his friends.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Clorette. Though the actress playing her ''was'' eighteen.