* AwesomeMusic - "Canned Heat" by Jamiroquai (used for THAT DANCE SCENE) and "We're Going To Be Friends" by The White Stripes.
** "The Promise" by When In Rome.
*** Coincidentally, Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez appeared in a movie with the [[Film/WhenInRome same name as that group]].
** "Music For a Found Harmonium" used at the end when everything is being tied up. More like Crowning Music of ''Heartwarming'', but still.
** This list can't be complete without "Forever Young" by Alphaville, which is played at the school dance. Or "Time After Time" by Music/CyndiLauper for that matter.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment (InUniverse): Napoleon's dance scene at the finale is this to his audience. It somehow manages to win them over, though.
* SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome: The state of Idaho [[http://web.archive.org/web/20070204150715/http://www3.state.id.us/oasis/2005/HCR029.html passing a resolution]] honoring the filmmakers for portraying Idaho so positively.
* FunnyMoments: Oh, so many. The crotch zapping time machine, Napoleon's dance near the end, Kipp's attempt to demonstrate the strength of a Tupperware bowl using Rico's van, the list goes on.
* FountainOfMemes: Everything Napoleon says. "Gosh!" "Frickin' idiot!" "I like your sleeves." "''Fine!''"
** Also, Kip's "Your mom goes to college!"
** "Tina you [[DepartmentofRedundancyDepartment fat lard]] come get some dinner!"
** [[OneSceneWonder BOW TO YOUR SENSEI]]!
* HypeBacklash: Some have found the film to simply be boring and awkward (even though that's sort of the point).
* LoveItOrHateIt: Netflix's recommendation system, which is generally quite accurate, just can't predict how people will rate this movie. [[http://whimsley.typepad.com/whimsley/2009/10/netflix-prize-was-the-napoleon-dynamite-problem-solved.html]]
* NerdsAreSexy: Napoleon developed a ''huge'' bevy of fangirls. Enough that some newspapers and magazines ran articles about the phenomenon.
* SoBadItsGood: Done intentionally, which is part of the appeal.
* WatchItForTheMeme: Or at least, the lines all your friends have been repeating ad nauseum.
!! Animated Series
* JerkassWoobie: Uncle Rico. In the AnimatedAdaptation he is despised by pretty much by everyone. At the end of one episode is revealed that he is a very sad and lonely guy.
* SoBadItsGood: In a manner similar to the movie it was based on.