[[quoteright:330:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/195483_1312.jpg]]
-->''NERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRDS!''
-->--'''Ogre''' when he first spots Gilbert and Lewis at Adams College

'''Revenge of the Nerds''' (1984) is a classic [[TheEighties '80s]] teen sex comedy, one of the rarer breed that takes place in college instead of HighSchool. After the football team accidentally burns down their shared house in an ill-conceived '[[BoozeFlameThrower fire breathing]]' stunt, they commandeer the freshman dorms as their own. The Freshmen are allowed to pledge fraternities earlier than usual so they'll have a place to live, but your typical frats' well-known aversion to scholarly types leaves the nine nerdiest new students out in the cold.

Not to be discouraged, the nerds decide to [[StartMyOwn start their own frat]], and through an oversight are given permission to set up a branch of the normally all-black fraternity Lambda Lambda Lambda. But all is not well; the existing frats, not to mention the resident jocks, don't appreciate nerds horning in on their territory, and so begins a war of attrition that involves vandalism, nude photos, the liberal application of 'liquid heat' to jockstraps, and various other [[HijinksEnsue wacky hijinks]].

Was followed by three more sequels, one a theatrical film and the last two {{Made For TV Movie}}s:
* '''Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise''' (1987). The second movie sends the nerds to a national fraternity conference in Florida where they once again have to put up with a JerkJock fraternity that gives them no end of grief.
* '''Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation''' (1992). The third movie focuses on a new batch of nerds going to the same college as the first, which has become a paradise for geeks, nerds and outcasts. However, an alumnus of the college isn't happy with this and, teaming with a former nemesis from the first movie, proceeds to try to change the pecking order of the school. The new cast, of course, goes on the offensive.
* '''Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love''' (1994). The fourth and final movie finds one of the original nerds getting married, but the father of the bride objects to the union and tries to break them up. It's up to the original cast to keep the wedding going as scheduled.

The series was going to have a remake in 2007, but complications with shooting ultimately shelved the project.

----
!!This movie provides examples of:

* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: When the Nerds are victims of vandalism and property damage the [[PoliceAreUseless local police inform them that civil authorities are powerless to oppose a fraternity]] and if they want justice they need to talk to the Greek Council (who apparently can out-vote the Dean of Students).
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Averted with Betty Childs
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Played With. The haughty Pi cheerleaders are certainly considered hot, but the plain jane Omega Mus seem to get just as much tail.
* AlphaBitch: Betty though unusually she is only seen picking on boys not other girls
* AmbulanceChaser: Dudley "Booger" Dawson from the first film is an attorney by the third film, and when they call him for legal help, he is tailgating an ambulance.
* AndStarring: John Goodman as Coach Harris.
* AnnoyingLaugh: Lewis Skolnick and Gilbert Lowe possess epic examples.
** It's contagious too, with all the Tri-Lambs eventually doing it. Even ''Ogre'' after his HeelFaceTurn in the second film!
* BeautyIsBad: Partially subverted in that Betty and Stan eventually have {{Heel Face Turn}}s, but played straight in the most part.
* BedTrick: Lewis engages in covert seduction via a Darth Vader mask. She finds out it's not her boyfriend when he unmasks halfway through, and is briefly upset - but then decides he's a great lover and is in heat for him thereafter.
-->--'''Lewis''': All jocks ever think about is sports. All we [nerds] ever think about is sex.
* BeefBandage: In ''Part IV'' Booger's fiancee's mother faints when she meets him and bangs her head, so he gets her a steak to put on the wound.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: And played by [[HeyItsThatGuy Jefferson]] [[MarriedWithChildren D'arcy!]]
* BlowingSmokeRings: During the Lambda Lambda Lambda party, one of the [[HollywoodHomely Mu]]s coaxes Lewis up to his room to have sex. Later, he's seen at the top of the stairs wearing a red [[Magazine/{{Playboy}} Hugh Hefner]] robe, smoking a [[DistinguishedGentlemansPipe pipe]] and blowing smoke rings.
* BrickJoke: Booger demands to see "bush" after the nerds plant hidden cameras in the girls dorm. In the second movie Booger comes across a giant marijuana plant and drops to his knees in awe, exclaiming, "Bush...."
* BurpingContest: Dudley "Booger" Dawson vs. Ogre. Point goes to Booger, thanks to a belch that lasts [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FwPbKLEGOc a full twelve seconds]].
** Ogre starts crying when he loses.
* CampGay: Lamarr
* CanCrushingCranium: Ogre
* CaptainErsatz: Snotty in the second film is a pretty obvious parody of [[TheKarateKid Mr. Miyagi]].
* CarloadOfCoolKids: The Alpha Beta fraternity let loose a bunch of pigs at the Lamda house. When the Lamdas run outside to see what's going on, the [=ABs=] moon them from the back of the pig truck and then drive off.
* TheCavalry: The Tri-Lambda ScaryBlackMan backup dancers.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Gilbert in the third movie. In all of sequels, Coach Harris, Burke, and all the other Alpha Betas aside from Stan and Ogre are never seen again.
** Lampshaded in the 4th film when Ogre asks where the hell is Gilbert during that party early in the film.
* CollegeIsHighSchoolPart2: Played straight until the third film, where it's inverted at first.
* CoolOldGuy: Master Snotty
* {{Corpsing}}: In the Belching Contest scene in the first film, keep an eye on John Goodman as the coach. He keeps studying his shoes while simultaneously making sure his hat doesn't come off, all to keep from laughing out loud on camera from the antics of actors Donald Gibb and Curtis Armstrong.
* CozyCatastrophe: In a small-scale example, the Alpha Betas seem remarkably cheerful about having just lost everything but the clothes on their backs to a fire their own recklessness started.
** They were probably very, very drunk when they were watching the dorms burn.
* DawsonCasting: Robert Carradine (Skolnick) and Curtis Armstrong (Booger) were thirty and thirty-one when the movie came out, playing eighteen year olds.
** Not to mention that the actor playing the Dean of the college is only two months older than Armstrong.
* DemotedToExtra: Gilbert is a protagonist of the first movie, a supporting character in the second, makes a cameo in the third, and is entirely absent from the fourth.
* DeusExMachina: Jefferson and several national Tri-Lamb brothers arrive when Gilbert is about to get the crap beat out of him by the Alpha Betas in the CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* DisproportionateRetribution: What kicks off the whole conflict when the jocks burn down their frat house then take over the dorms the nerds were staying at. And even then, when the nerds find a place of their own and are living peacefully, the jocks still won't quit.
* DistaffCounterpart: The Omega Mu's to the Lambda guys.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Lewis smokes one after having sex with one of the Mus during their party.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Lambda Lambda Lambda is usually an all-black Fraternity. Without even realising this, The Jocks leave a burning sign on their lawn, sending pigs in to their party, all because they are nerds. Its implied UN Jefferson was thinking along the same lines.
* DorkHorseCandidate: The heroes want to take over the school council and get revenge on the jocks.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the Alpha Beta's ForTheEvulz attitude.
* DrugsAreBad: Inverted; Booger brings pot to the Lambdas' party, and the weed gives the party the kickstart it so ''desperately'' needed.
* ForTheEvulz: When the Nerds move into their own off-campus house, the Alpha Betas continue to try to force them out for its own sake.
* GargleBlaster: The "fireball" liquor, which is ridiculously high proof. Stan can't get through a single shot of it without spewing it out in a cloud of liquor vapor. Another brother then starts doing fire blowing tricks with it [[spoiler: which ends up burning down the AB house]].
* GiveGeeksAChance: Lewis Skolnick and Betty Childs.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Lewis is apparently good enough to win Betty over after one tumble; Stan is shown on several occasions to not care for sex at all, being too busy with football. The way Lewis describes the difference to Betty thusly:
-->'''Lewis''': ''All jocks ever think about is sports. All we [nerds] ever think about is sex.''
* {{Hachimaki}}: Takashi dons the Kamikaze headband before going on the panty raid.
* HeelFaceTurn: Betty, after Lewis pulls the BedTrick on her. (In her case, it's more a SexFaceTurn.)
** And Ogre in the sequel.
** Stan himself does it in the third movie.
* HollywoodLaw:
** In real life, college campus police ''do'' have jurisdiction over "Frat Pranks" and ''so do the regular police!'' So both sides of this feud could have gotten in serious legal trouble. A ''RobotChicken'' DeconstructiveParody even showed this to be true.
** And the parents could and ''should'' have sued Adams College for evicting their sons from the double dorm rooms they'd paid considerable money for, particularly as the eviction proceedings involved the residents and their possessions being bodily ''flung out doors and windows'' by the jocks.
** In the third movie, when the nerds claim their basic human rights, the judge replies "Nerds don't have rights!". Turns out they do, Chester.
** The only thing that Coach Harris would really get from punching the dean in the face in front of large crowd would be a prison term for assault.
* JerkJock: There's a whole frat full of them, but in due course, the nerds get their revenge. And again in the second movie...
** And the ultimate revenge when the AlphaJock [[spoiler:makes a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* LargeHam: Both Coach Harris and Ogre in the first movie. Ogre: "NERDS!!!"
* LetXBeTheUnknown: Spoofed in the third movie. A white nerd meets a black nerd wearing an [[MalcolmX X]] hat:
--> '''Black nerd:''' Don't you know what this writing on my hat means?
--> '''White nerd:''' Malcolm ten?
* LongLostRelative: In ''Part IV'' Booger is accused of having a 12 year old daughter out of wedlock in order to scuttle his upcoming wedding. It isn't true, and ultimately doesn't work.
* LovableNerd: Most of the protagonists.
* MadeForTVMovie: The third and fourth movies.
* MasqueradeBall: Lewis takes a page from [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet Judge Turpin's]] Creative Uses For Awesome Costumes manual. See RapeIsLove, below.
* MookCarryover: The character Ogre from the first movie shows up in the sequel in a different chapter of the Alpha Beta fraternity. The brothers he had in the original film are all gone, apparently defeated.
* MookFaceTurn: Ogre, in the 2nd movie.
* {{Mooning}}: The Alpha Betas. All of them at the same time.
* {{Nerd}}: Present and accounted for, in mass quantities.
* NerdsAreVirgins: Played with. Some of the nerds are virgins, but others are clearly more "experienced."
* NerdInEvilsHelmet: Ogre is revealed to be one at the end of the second movie.
* NWordPrivileges: When used by non-nerds, the word "nerd" is generally offensive.
** In ''Part IV'' NouveauRiche is considered offensive to the Nouveau Riche father of the bride. At the end of the film he embraces it.
* PantyThief: The Panty Raid.
* APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy
* ThePeepingTom: The Lambdas in ''RevengeOfTheNerds'' take this trope to an extreme by installing surveillance cameras in all the bedrooms and showers of the sorority house. They literally stay awake all night, just watching women sleep.
* PlayingAgainstType: John Goodman has almost always been associated with kind and affable [[TheBigGuy Big Guys]], here he plays the petty, cruel, and almost criminally negligent Coach Harris.
* PoliceAreUseless: AND HOW! The jocks do things like drop people off buildings (likely killing them), and commit various acts of assault with facing any punishment. While the nerds' actions would be considered illegal in RealLife, the jocks would gotten arrested long before then. Even the Coach doesn't face the punishment he would have in real life, would at least constitute getting him fired.
* ProudToBeAGeek: The epiphany speech at the end of the movie, given to an audience entirely composed of jocks.
* QueerPeopleAreFunny: Lamaar's sexuality is often played for laughs.
* RevivalByCommercialization: {{Queen}}'s ''We Are The Champions''.
* SadisticTeacher: The coach actively encourages the jocks to assault the nerds, berates them when they fail to beat them, strong arms and bullies the dean into giving him what he wants and actually threatens to punch him in the face in front of a large crowd of people when the Dean remembers that as his boss the Coach must do what 'he' says and stand up to the brute.
* ScaryBlackMan: The 'reinforcements' that accompany U. N. Jefferson when he comes to the aid of the Adams College Tri-Lambs.
* SeriousBusiness: School politics and fraternities are portrayed this way.
* SocietyMarchesOn: Lamar's gayness would not make him as much of an outcast as the rest of the Lambdas today.
* StacysMom: The sister of the father of the bride in ''Part IV'' gets it on with a college-aged Next Generation nerd.
* StartMyOwn: Fraternity in this case, the premise of the entire movie.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The Alphas in the second film. Except Ogre, of course.
* TarAndFeathers: Lewis and Gilbert are tarred and feathered by the Alpha Betas in response to their attempt to seek admittance to the fraternity.
* TheBrute: Ogre in the first movie, though he becomes TheBigGuy and even levels up to GeniusBruiser in the second film.
* TheDogBitesBack: You can only pick on a nerd so much...
* TheOtherDarrin: A pilot for a TV series was produced in 1991 and the returning characters were all recast. Rob Stone played Lewis, Lightfield Lewis was Gilbert, Grant Gelt was Harold and Jeff Benson was Ogre.
** Anthony Edwards did not return for the third movie, so he was played by Mike Greenwood in a one scene.
* ThreeDimensionalEpisode: ''Part IV'', which was also presented in Smell-O-Vision using Scratch-and-Sniff cards.
* TitleThemeTune: Revenge of the Nerds! (NERDS!) Revenge of the Nerds! (NERDS!)
-->''Won't be long, mark my words! The time has come for'' Revenge of the Nerds!
* TwoferTokenMinority: Lamar - the only gay nerd, the only black nerd, and the only nerd with a date to the dance!
* TwoTeacherSchool- The entire staff seems to consist of the Coach and the Dean.
** And nobody is ever shown in a classroom. The closest they get is when Gilbert meets Judy in a computer lab.
* VaderBreath: Louis, when wearing Stan's helmet and gas mask disguise.
* VanityLicensePlate: In ''Part IV'' Lewis rolls up in an 18-wheeler with the plate "NERD MAN".
* VillainousCrossdresser: The Alpha Betas dress like cheerleaders for their Greek Games musical skit, and are still in drag when their coach chews them out for the "unmanliness" of losing to nerds.
* WackyFratboyHijinx
----