* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** First movie: The whole "Santa Claus" speech in the first film comes out of nowhere, and has absolutely no reason to be in the movie [[NightmareFuel than to be disturbing.]]
*** Though if you listen closely about almost mid-way in the movie (it is easy to miss), she ''does'' mention she hates Christmas, and so she told the story about ''why'' she hates Christmas.
*** It does, however, nicely adhere to the theme of trying too hard to make Christmas great (as Billy's dad did,) with a result of horrible consequences.
** Second movie:
*** Firstly, there's the sequence at the beginning where Daffy Duck takes over the Warner Brothers logo from Bugs Bunny, attempts to move it back into place, and then ends up with it around his waist.
*** Later, while Billy is heading to the Clamp Building, policemen in body armour armed with rifles escort an armoured van, which opens up to let out mimes. This is given absolutely no explanation whatsoever and has no relevance to the plot.
*** When the conversation between Dr Catheter and Billy begins to skip, slow and distort, then revealing Gremlins [[CelebrityParadox in a theatre showing the film]] playing shadow puppets. A woman with her daughter comes out to complain to the theatre manager, then the projectionist, looking bruised and bloodied, comes down, stating he is not performing that task without heavy compensation.Then, the theatre manager goes into the theatre and speaks to a patron, who turns out to be Hulk Hogan, and manages to get the movie running again by threatening to beat up the pesky Gremlins.
*** For the home versions, the scene was replaced with a similar bit where the Gremlins ruin the tape the viewer is watching. This prompts JohnWayne to gun down a few of them and return us to our movie. "I don't need varmints on my ranch, and you folks don't need them in yer TV set.
*** And finally in the novelisation, the Brain Gremlin locks the author out of his study and swipes his typewriter, briefly taking control of the narrative until taking off when the author takes a fire-axe to the door.
* ChaoticNeutral: Greta, she's more interested in inspiring chaos than doing chaos via competition of love interests.
* CreepyAwesome: Stripe.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eicf5TbIM1g Jerry Goldsmith strikes again]].
** The question is, which is better? The original [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBEYCbamxIQ Gremlin Rag]] or the more up-tempo [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0PbjKZGYxg Gremlin Theme]] from the sequel?
** Brain Gremlin in the sequel singing "New York, New York".
** The NES video game of the second film has a pretty damn good soundtrack too.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Brain Gremlin.
* EvilIsCool: Stripe, probably the only gremlin in the first film who's both totally evil and [[GenreSavvy wickedly smart]].
* FridgeBrilliance: Mohawk's tormenting of Gizmo isn't just the standard Gremlin-being-mean, but because [[{{Reincarnation}} he remembers that Gizmo killed him the last time.]]
* FridgeHorror: What would have happened if each of the Gremlins took the Sunblock solution? (Pun not really intended.) This could also count as FridgeLogic directed at the Brain Gremlin for not even considering the idea after injecting it in Bat Gremlin.
** Gremlins+Ocean=OhCrap!
** An offhand radio broadcast in the first film implies that the Marines were going to hose down the gremlins if it weren't for Billy and Gizmo killing them all first.
** Who would eat a salad of vegetables freshly plucked from Vegetable Gremlin?
* FridgeLogic: How does a gender-flipping serum work on an ''asexual'' creature?
** You can't feed them after midnight, but he is never told what time in the morning he can start feeding them again - it's *always* after midnight!
** Why haven't these creatures taken over the world á la [[Franchise/StarTrek tribbles]]? Surely some time in the past some wild mogwais would have got caught in the rain...
*** [[AdaptationExpansion In the novel, it is explained as]] [[LastOfHisKind Gizmo being the only Mogwai]], falling from space many years ago.
** The sequel actually devotes a scene to people quibbling over the rules. What ''would'' happen if a Mogwai was eating on an airplane that changed time zones?
** How can the Gremlins drink beer and dig through snow and not multiply?
* HarsherInHindsight: At the end of the first movie, the old Chinese man says (to the American family), "You have done with the mogwai what your society has done with ALL of nature's gifts!" Fast forward 30 years to the ecological nightmare that is modern China…
* HilariousInHindsight: The extremely overspecialized channels of the Clamp network have become reality. Who knew?
* HoYay: Between George and Lenny.Then again,all Gremlins are asexual...
* HilariousInHindsight: John Glover plays Daniel Clamp, an honest, likeable Millionaire who subverts many of the stereotypes about corporate executives. Ten years later, he played [[{{Smallville}} Lionel Luthor]] who may just be the trope codifier for the CorruptCorporateExecutive.
* IAmNotShazam: For the record, the main gremlin's name is "Stripe" not "Spike", and the lead gremlin in the sequel is officially named Mohawk (though WordOfGod suggests that they are indeed the same character, reincarnated).
* LawfulEvil: Brain Gremlin, he is vey disciplined and believes by civilizing the Gremlins that they can gain enlightenment, though he still engages in ForTheEvulz at some points.
* {{Narm}}: Kate's story about [[spoiler:how her father died in the chimney as he tried to climb down it while dressed as Santa Claus]] may have been intended to be creepy and/or sad, but the simple absurdity of the situation can also make it a little hard to take seriously. (And the creators apparently recognize this and [[SelfParody make fun]] of it in the second movie where this time Kate starts narrating why she hates Lincoln's Day and she gets interrupted by Billy who tells her they don't have the time for it.)
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/{{Gremlins}} Has its own page]].
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: The NES game adaptation of the sequel by {{Creator/Sunsoft}} is fondly remembered for its active gameplay,its faithfulness to the movie it was based on and its amazing soundtrack as well as its advanced graphics.
* {{Squick}}[=/=]UnfortunateImplications: Forster's smile at his "bride" at the end of the second film.
* TearJerker: [[spoiler: Gizmo saying goodbye to Billy]] at the end.
** Likewise, the sight of Gizmo huddled in a cage in the second movie.
** Poor Gizmo grieving the death of Mr.Wing.Gee,everytime [[BreakTheCutie Gizmo is sad]] in both films will make you feel like this.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: The Atari video game based on the first film is rather badly done.Likewise,the Game Boy adaptation of the second film wasn't well received.
* UglyCute: Greta, the female gremlin, especially in a wedding dress.
** Daffy and Lenny are somewhat less uglier than the other gremlins,maybe because of their highly cartoony designs.
* UnfortunateImplications: Several critics [[http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/05/the-50-most-racist-movies/gremlins argue]] that the film is an extended metaphor for white suburbia's fear of black culture.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The mogwai and gremlin puppets have aged quite well.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: This movie, along with ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' led to the creation of the PG-13 rating.
** The trailers presented this picture as much more lighthearted than it was. Reviewing it for ''Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine'', Creator/HarlanEllison described it in terms more suited to NightmareFuel. He deplored its many instances of wanton cruelty played for laughs, and said he "heard little children scream and cry" in the theater. The manager later told him he'd never had so many patrons walking out and demanding their money back.
* TheWoobie: Gizmo in both films, being abused by his spawned offspring, taken from Billy and Mr. Wing dying in the second film. And then the mad scientist cages Gizmo to start the whole mess all over again.