* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Although the movie gives plenty of reason to see it as simply a disguise or a sign of mental disturbance, some viewers see [[spoiler:Finkle/Einhorn]] as actually transgender, and consequently a far more sympathetic character.
** Then again, if she ''is'' genuinely transgender, Einhorn is still using her transition to get away with murder. That could be interpreted as making a mockery of a serious issue, thus arguably making her ''even less'' sympathetic than if Finkle were merely cross-dressing and pretending to be a woman.
** More "Alternative Joke Interpretation," but is Ray Finkle ''just'' UnintentionallySympathetic, or is his resulting insanity from public shaming a [[TakeThat jab]] at obsessive sports fans?
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The opening sequence in ''When Nature Calls'', where Ace rescues a raccoon stranded on a mountain. Appropriately, it's grand in scope and exciting.
* BetterOnDVD: Averted so far. There's never been a DVD release of either film containing all the great deleted scenes we get to see when these films are broadcast on television.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The DestructoNookie scene between Ace and Melissa in the first movie that seemingly came out of nowhere.
* CrazyAwesome: Ace graduates to this in the second movie.
** He has more than just a few shades of it in the first film, especially when he ''catches a bullet with his teeth''.
* CriticalDissonance: The first film was widely panned by critics. Creator/RogerEbert and Creator/GeneSiskel went as far as declaring that Creator/JimCarrey would never have a career as a movie star ([[HeReallyCanAct though they'd eat their words]] after watching him in ''Film/TheTrumanShow''). But audiences found the movie hilarious, and between it, ''Film/TheMask'' and ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' Jim Carrey became the highest paid actor in Hollywood for a while.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Homo[=/=]transphobic as it may be, Ace just ''[[ChewingTheScenery imploding]]'' over the discovery is [[spoiler:Einhorn is actually a man]] arguably saves the joke from being completely unfunny all these years later. If helps if you go by WordOfGod that it's meant to show the irony of how the simple act of [[spoiler:kissing a man]] can destroy someone as badass as Ace.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Ray Finkele/[[spoiler:Lois Einhorn]] tends to get empathy from people who see him/her as transgender, mostly stemming from the RealitySubtext of the injustices towards real-life trans people, ignoring the fact that he/she is a murderous lunatic who [[spoiler:transitioned]] not because [[spoiler:he was a woman who was assigned the male gender at birth]], but as a front for a revenge scheme related only to his/her failed sports career.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Most people would ''really'' like to forget that ''Ace Ventura Jr.'' even exists.
* HarsherInHindsight: Ace's [[spoiler: "Einhorn is a man!" freakout]] in light of the Gay Panic defense and several high profile murders of transwomen by their lovers when said lovers found out about their transition.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** You can't help but view Ace's freakout when he discovers that [[spoiler: Einhorn is really Ray Finkle]] in a whole different way after seeing ''Film/ILoveYouPhillipMorris''.
*** Ironically, Ace was at least partially inspired by a character Jim Carrey played on ''Series/InLivingColor'' called The Overly Confident [[spoiler:Gay]] Man.
*** Speaking of that, [[spoiler:former sports athlete Bruce Jenner would follow in former athlete Finkle's/Einhorn's footsteps 22 years later... as transwoman Caitlyn Jenner.]]
** The scene in the sequel where Ace takes [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim an arrow to the knee]]... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXmPrYEOvM8 twice]].
* JerkassWoobie: Ray Finkle[[spoiler:/Lois Einhorn]].
* MagnificentBastard: Vincent Cadby in the sequel. [[spoiler:He hires poachers to steal the sacred bat of the Wachati tribe after it had been offered as a dowry for a royal marriage to make peace with their rivals, the Wachootoo. Thus, the two tribes take the bat's disappearance as an ill omen and prepare for war. What does Vincent get out of this? With the Wachati and the Wachootoo both dead, the consulate will be able to take possession of their lands, which include lots of caves used as nesting grounds for bats, and their guano is worth billions in the international market as fertilizer. He also hires Ace to investigate the crime so he can avoid suspicion and make it look like he'd done everything he could to prevent the tribe war. Even then, he spends most of the film letting Ace chase false leads and make a fool of himself, because Cadby doesn't need to do anything else for his plan to work; he just has to keep the bat hidden long enough.]] A rather effective and impressive villain for a comedy film.
* MemeticMutation:
** Allllllrighty then!
** LIKE A GLOVE!
** Loo-hoo-zeh-her!
** Reee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee-heeally...
** Who doesn't know at least one person in any group of nerds who will always announce "Do NOT go in there! WOOO!" after returning from the bathroom? Or when someone else returns from the bathroom. Or when the bathroom is mentioned.
** LACES OUT! (specially in every NFL game decided by a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev-PHSd6mxY missed]] [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/01/11/vikings-kicker-blair-walshs-awful-miss-had-everyone-quoting-ace-ventura/ kick]])
** [[spoiler: Finkle/Einhorn]] became memetic enough to get its own ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' NPC.
** "New England Clam Chowder." "Is that the Red, or the White?"
** Briefly "Frankly, that's none of your damn business, and I'll thank you to stay out of my personal affairs." became a catch-all smart-alec answer to any question.
* NeverLiveItDown: In-universe, Finkle's missed field goal.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Ace's landlord is [[Series/BreakingBad Hector]] [[Series/BetterCallSaul Salamanca]].
* {{Sequelitis}}: The second movie is often found inferior, particularly for relying on more ToiletHumor and making Ace more of a {{Jerkass}}.
* {{Squick}}:
** Ace's reaction to finding out that [[spoiler:Einhorn is really Ray Finkle]] makes him take a completely naked really pathetic ShowerOfAngst and chew an entire package of gum.
** The scene in the second movie where his fake rhino's air conditioner fails, forcing him to stick his head out, and when it does people watching the rhino are shocked to see a rhino give birth to Ace. Did we mention that ''he's naked at the time''? The scene actually gets cut in some broadcasts of the movie.
** The scene in the second film in which Ace pounds a heavily pregnant tribeswoman's belly, causing her baby to rocket out of her vagina and land in a fellow tribesman's lap. This scene likewise gets cut in some broadcasts.
* SpecialEffectFailure: The explosive used to flip Ace's jeep in the second film is very conspicuous when it goes off.
* TearJerker: That first scene in the sequel when [[spoiler:a raccoon Ace was determined to save breaks loose and falls]]. It's supposed to be a parody of the opening of ''{{Film/Cliffhanger}}'' but for some people this doesn't help to make the scene funny at all.
* UnfortunateImplications: [[http://articles.latimes.com/1994-02-26/entertainment/ca-27313_1_jim-carrey-ace-ventura-mr-carrey Even in 1994]], the film was derided for its homo- and trans-phobic implications. [[http://freethoughtblogs.com/nataliereed/2012/05/18/ace-ventura-het-perspective/ This article]] analyzes the first film from a transfeminist perspective and it doesn't come off very well at all.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Ray Finkle though how unintentional it was considering his background is open for debate. Really, all the poor guy did was miss a field goal. Did he really deserve to have his career ruined and be branded a pariah by his ''entire hometown''? It's even worse when you see that his parents also suffered serious trauma from the fallout, with his father now paranoid to the point of answering the door armed with a shotgun and his mother clearly driven to permanent insanity.
* ValuesDissonance: [[spoiler: [[UnsettlingGenderReveal The "Einhorn is a man" gag]].]] Back in 1994 it was, at best, a cheap laugh and at worst juvenile and mean-spirited. But after 20+ years of increased visibility for transgender rights and the "trans panic" defense being seriously called into question, it comes off as deliberately cruel. Even Tom Shadyac's already [[WordOfGod questionable defense]] that the gag was more at Ace's expense (that he's tough enough to catch bullets in his teeth but [[DeliberateValuesDissonance goes to pieces from kissing a man]]) wears rather thin.
* WeirdAlEffect: After ''Ace Ventura'' was first released, some moviegoers believed the ''Series/MissionImpossible'' theme (which is used in the movie) originated from it. It was a short-lived effect, fortunately, as Creator/TomCruise set the record straight [[Film/MissionImpossible two years later]].
** Due to the generally different audiences and how often the other film is likely to be on TV, younger audiences can probably be forgiven for not knowing that the [[spoiler: UnsettlingGenderReveal]] scene is a fairly direct parody of [[spoiler: Film/TheCryingGame]], even if it did play the song the parodied film is named after.
** Ace's impersonation of Creator/WilliamShatner in ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Nightmare at 20,000" feet might slip past some younger viewers.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: A retroactive example. Unfortunately, you get this reaction when your raunchy PG-13 comedy get turned into a Saturday morning cartoon.
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