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->''There's a lotta things about me you don't know anything about, Dottie. Things you wouldn't understand. Things you couldn't understand. Things you shouldn't understand.''
-->-Pee-wee, describing himself

The 1985 [[TheMovie big-screen adaptation]] of Paul Reubens' nightclub comedy act (which later inspired ''Pee-wee's Playhouse''), starring Pee-wee Herman AsHimself.

One day, Pee-wee's treasured bike is stolen by a rival ManChild. Desperate to get it back, he embarks on a cross country journey, meeting many bizarre characters along the way (and considering the sort of guy Pee-wee Herman is, that's one ''hell'' of a mouthful).

Notable for launching the careers of Creator/TimBurton and DannyElfman (his film composer career, [[Music/OingoBoingo anyway]]), though Reubens was the real person in-charge. A lesser-known factoid is that much of the film's atmosphere is based on the 1982 no-budget cult film ''Film/ForbiddenZone'': Burton and Reubens were both huge fans of the film, and their decision to hire DannyElfman was based on his work with the ''Forbidden Zone'' group. The movie was written by Reubens and the late great Creator/PhilHartman.
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!!''Pee-wee's Big Adventure'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* AllBikersAreHellsAngels: "Satan's Helpers". Subverted when Pee-wee makes friends with them.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Yes, Creator/MrT breakfast cereal [[http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=244 actually existed]].
* ApatheticCitizens: The movie clearly establishes the strip mall Pee Wee visits is busy - with hordes of people walking around, riding bikes and skateboards. However evidently no one seems to have said anything about a person cutting a hundred pounds of chain off of a bike and leaving with it.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Pee Wee tries to sneak a file to Mickey at the end of the film. The police officer who catches it merely says "nice try", though actually attempting to break someone out of jail is fairly serious.
** Especially considering that the whole story of the "tag removal" was thought up by Mickey at the last second to cover up whatever he '''really''' did with the knife.
* BadBadActing: In the ShowWithinAShow that ends the film, Pee-Wee mouths the actor's lines along with him and keeps [[AsideGlance glancing at the camera]]. At one point he can be seen glancing at the director off camera and then sliding partially out of frame.
* BadGuyBar: Home of "Satan's Helpers".
* BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts: Inverted. The passenger isn't a ghost, but ''the driver'' is. And she's actually pretty nice, although frightening.
* BullSeeingRed: Andy goes after Pee-Wee, who is riding a bull. The bull sees Andy's red shirt and chases him right out of the movie.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Pee-wee, when hitchhiking through the desert at night.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Most of the "Texas" scenes are shot in California. The Dinosaur Park is located in Cabazon, while the rodeo scenes were shot at the L.A. County Fairgrounds. Scenes done inside The Alamo were shot at The Mission San Fernando Rey de Espaņa in Mission Hills but the shots of Pee-Wee entering and exiting The Alamo are of the real [=McCoy=].
* TheCameo:
** Music/TwistedSister is recording a music video during Pee-wee's chase across the backlots.
** Pee-wee hides in Milton Berle's entourage while he tells the punchline to a joke.
** James Brolin and Morgan Fairchild play "P.W." and Dottie, respectively, in the fake movie at the end.
** In-Universe Pee-Wee has a cameo as the bellhop in the movie based on him.
* ChekhovsArmoury: The magic shop. The only item to not see use in the movie was the Boomerang Bowtie (it's a DeletedScene).
* ContrivedCoincidence: All the so-called "clues" just happen to lead Pee-Wee to where he needs to go.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment:
-->'''Lead biker:''' I say, we kill him.\\
'''Rest of the gang:''' Yeah!\\
'''Biker #2''': I say we hang him then we kill him.\\
'''Rest of the gang:''' Yeah!\\
'''Biker #3:''' I say we scalp him!\\
'''Gang:''' Yeah!\\
'''Biker #3:''' Then we tattoo him!\\
'''Gang:''' Yeah!\\
'''Biker #3:''' Then we hang him!\\
'''Gang:''' Yeah!\\
'''Biker #3:''' And then we kill him!\\
'''Gang:''' Yeah!\\
'''Pee-Wee''' ''(in a tiny voice):'' I say we let him go.\\
'''Biker gang:''' NO!
* CoolBike: The driving force of the whole movie is Pee-Wee's quest to find his. The bike itself has rocket boosters, an EjectionSeat, can unleash an OilSlick, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking has spare handlebars pop out]] if one gets pulled off. Pee-Wee's about to add a truck horn when the bike gets stolen.
* CreatorCameo:
** Tim Burton is a thug in the alley way.
** Co-writer Creator/PhilHartman is a reporter at the drive-in theater.
* DannyElfman: Started his and Burton's long & glorious partnership.
* DeadAllAlong: Large Marge.
* DeadpanSnarker: As goofy as Pee-Wee acts, there are actually people out there that exasperate even him.
* DemonHead: Large Marge.
* DisguisedInDrag: Pee Wee. Both the policeman ''and'' Mickey seem to like what they see.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Subverted. Pee-wee hitchhikes with a guy on the run from the law, and helps him sneak through ''a police roadblock''. When asked what his crime was, he begins to talk about doing something terrible with a knife, then realizes that he's frightening Pee-wee, so he claims that [[MattressTagGag he cut the tag off his mattress]]. The naive Pee-wee nods in sympathy, saying, "I always thought that was the dumbest law."
** The main plot plays it straight. Francis, the spoiled rich kid, has Pee-wee's custom bike stolen just because Pee-wee wouldn't sell it to him. After he sees Pee-wee's determination to get his bike back, he pays the thief he hired extra to get rid of it.
--> '''Francis''': "You'll be sorry, Pee-wee Herman."
* {{Drive-In Theater}}: Where Pee-wee and Dottie finally go on their date.
* EurekaMoment: "Everyone wanted my bike. This morning, before it got stolen, Francis offe- Francis!"
* FakeStatic: Pee-wee does this to avoid asking Dottie out to the drive-in.
* FatBastard: Francis Buxton, Pee-wee's arch-nemesis.
-->'''Pee-wee:''' I want to see Francis!
-->'''Butler:''' Francis is busy.
-->'''Pee-wee:''' Busy doing what?!
-->'''Butler:''' He is taking his bath.
-->'''Pee-wee:''' Oh really, WHERE ARE THEY HOSIN' HIM DOWN?!
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: The boomerang bow tie, even after it gets more dialogue than the things that ''were'' used.
-->'''Mario:''' And direct from Australia... The Boomerang Bow-Tie!
-->'''Pee-wee:''' Come in red?
-->'''Mario:''' [Mario pulls out a red boomerang bow-tie]
* HissBeforeFleeing: Inverted. At night in a storm, a deranged Pee-wee is walking through an alley, when he's accosted by a group of hoods ([[CreatorCameo one of whom is Burton]]):
-->'''Hooligan:''' Hey, you're new around here! We don't take kindly to strangers on our turf!
-->''[Pee-wee hisses as a flash of lightning lights up the night; the gangbangers flee in terror]''
* IMeantToDoThat: The TropeNamer
* ImprovisedParachute: The roof on a convertible.
* InformedLoner: A running gag has people who try to ditch someone claim to be "a loner, a rebel..." Pee-wee says it to worm out of a date with Dottie, which is mirrored in the FilmWithinAFilm. Mickey also ditches Pee-wee with the same words in an IronicEcho.
* InnocentInnuendo: Simone, the GreasySpoon waitress, is overheard by her boyfriend talking to Pee-wee, and he assumes something else "Everyone I know has a big 'but' ''[read: excuse for not following their dream]'' Come on, Simone, let's talk about your big 'but.'"
* JailBake: Not in a cake, but in a footlong hot dog.
* LemmingCops: The security guards at Creator/WarnerBros, who take chase (and crash rather impressively), rather than just cutting off all the studio exits.
* LineOfSightName: How Pee-wee gets duped by a fortune teller into going on a wild goose hunt to the Alamo.
* ManChild: Pee-wee and his archnemesis Francis Buxton.
* MatchlightDangerRevelation: Taken to the extreme, when Pee-wee discovers that he's surrounded by every animal in the desert.
* MattressTagGag: The reason Mickey is a wanted criminal, or so he tells Pee-Wee.
* MissedHimByThatMuch: Pee-wee's bike is being towed on a trailer, as he's riding alongside it.
* MonsterClown: Pee-wee's nightmares are full of them.
** Especially the clown Pee-Wee chained his bike to. It has an evil smile (resembling Francis) and laughs at Pee-Wee.
* TheNameIsBondJamesBond: "P.W." Herman announces himself this way in the movie of the movie. "Reservation under Herman... P.W. Herman."
* NightmareFace:
** Large Marge
** The various evil clowns
* NightmareSequence: Pee-wee's nightmares.
* NumberOneDime: Pee-wee's bike.
* OhCrap: Accident or not, Pee-wee knows that knocking over the {{badass biker}}s Harleys is forfeiting his life.
* OneOfTheKids: Pee-wee, as well as Francis.
* PrisonsAreGymnasiums: Pee-wee asks Mickey what "the big house" is like.
-->'''Mickey:''' You get to lift weights, watch TV, write up appeals, take long showers, lift weights. You get used to it.
* RentAZilla: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] here, as during Pee-wee's backlot chase scene the monster movie set he rides through features the actual Franchise/{{Godzilla}} fighting the actual King Ghidorah, for which Creator/WarnerBros was sued by Creator/{{Toho}}.
* RubeGoldbergDevice: What Pee-wee uses to make his breakfast.
* RulesOfTheRoad: Pee-wee passes increasingly absurd signs while driving at night.
* SantaClaus: Santa Claus and Godzilla. Together at last!
* ShoutOut: Large Marge is an homage to the classic ghost story of Big Joe (also the subject of an old song called "Phantom 309"). Unlike Marge, Joe is a friendly fella who doesn't try to scare his passengers and gives them money to eat at the diner where he drops them off.
** Pee-Wee's "I'm a loner, a rebel" speech is from ''RebelWithoutACause''.
* ShowWithinAShow: The movie based on Pee-wee's life at the end.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In the DVD commentary, Reubens points out that Pee-wee's flyer incorrectly capitalizes the "W" in "Pee-wee."
* SurvivorsGuilt: During the scene when Pee-wee is wheeled out of the bike shop on a gurney, actress Elizabeth Daily's face went completely white. After filming the scene, Reubens asked her what was wrong and she replied to him that the scene had brought back painful memories of seeing her then-boyfriend, Jon-Erik Hexum, being wheeled off of a set on a gurney after accidentally and fatally shooting himself.
* TooDumbToLive: Pee-wee, in a bar full of murderous bikers: "Shhhh! I'm ''trying'' to use the ''phone''!"
* UncannyValleyMakeup: The doctor who eviscerates Pee-wee's bike in his nightmare.
* VocalDissonance: Pee-Wee's voice is dubbed when he makes his cameo in the movie based on his life. [[RuleOfFunny Needless to say]], it sounds ridiculous.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: One of the animals sold in the burning pet shop are snakes, which Pee-Wee is rather squeamish about touching. When there's no other animals left to be saved (except for the fishes), he grabs as many as he can and runs out of the building screaming.
* WorkOffTheDebt: Pee-wee washes dishes for his meal at a diner after discovering that he left his wallet at Madam Ruby's.
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