* AccidentalInnuendo: "One-Eyed Willy", the legendary pirate.
* CultClassic: Another of the well loved 80's kid adventure films.
* DirectorDisplacement: It's very common for people to think that the film is directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg. He has only producer and story credits.
* EarWorm:
** The rendition of ''Goonies R Good Enough'' in the two NES games (the first only available on [=PlayChoice-10=] machines in the US, sadly) is surprisingly catchy.
** The CyndiLauper original is no less an Ear Worm. ''Ah-ay-yi-yi-yi-YEEEAH!!''
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Sloth.
* FoeYay: Between Mouth and Steff.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Chunk's lie about Music/MichaelJackson supposedly stopping over at his house to use the bathroom becomes wince-worthy in light of his accusations of pedophilia.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The joke about Creator/MartinSheen being a president (despite having played Kennedy in a mini series) is funnier after he played President Bartlet in ''Series/TheWestWing''.
** Mikey's speech about how the quest and the danger they're marching into is necessary because is all about saving their homes and staying together so they can't give up before it's finished is a bit Narmy in the film, but seeing as that's the future [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Samwise Gangee]]? It can be a bit hard not to picture The Shire instead of the Goon Docks.
* HypeBacklash: It's a good movie but its fans have a habit of talking it up to such huge degrees that when new audiences finally sit down to watch it, it can't possibly live up to their expectations.
* HypocriticalHumor: Not in the film, but in the ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' magazine satire. One panel of it shows the Goonies prominently holding Pepsi cans while making a jab at the movie for all the ProductPlacement in it. In the movie, Mikey is seen flipping through a copy of ''MAD'' (one reader called them out on this in the "Letters and Tomatoes" column the following month).
* LesYay: The scene where Stef is comforting Andy when the gang encountered the skeleton of Chester Copperpot. Highlighted by Martha Plimpton in the commentary: "This is our ''love'' scene right here..."
* MagicFranchiseWord: "Hey you guys!"
* MemeticMutation:
** Recently spawned a string of indie T-shirts in the UK, bearing slogans such as 'Sloth love Chunk' and 'Do the Truffle Shuffle!'
** And on [=YTMND=], there are various sites based around Chunk, like "Chunk is Indestructable", where [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard]] from ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' tries to shoot down Chunk, and "Chunk Addresses Congress", where Chunk chastises the US Congress over the War in Iraq.
** '''"HEY YOU GUYS!!!"'''
* MoralEventHorizon: The Fratellis, specifically Mama, cross this once we learn their MadwomanInTheAttic treatment of Sloth -- and her nonchalant line about repeatedly dropping him as a baby.
* {{Narm}}: The kids occasionally act more like three year olds than tweens, especially their insistence on calling the treasure "rich stuff."
* NightmareFuel:
** The [[MadwomanInTheAttic "It" in the basement]]... [[SubvertedTrope at first, anyway]].
*** Afterward, the Fuel shifts toward the Fratellis for treating him that way to begin with.
*** And their willingness to kill the kids just made them more monstrous.
** The scene where they almost mutilate Chunk's hand in the blender to make him talk.
** The pirate ship has a bunch of these with all the surprises and skeletons.
* SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames: Both games by {{Creator/Konami}} and the ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions'' Level Pack were quite good, surprisingly.
* PainfulRhyme: Justified since they're just kids, but the Goonies Oath includes the lines, "Through heaven and hell, and nuclear war / Good pals like us, will stick like tar."
* SpecialEffectFailure:
** The reason for [[DefiedTrope cutting]] the scene of the octopus, which was about as threatening as a bathtub toy.
** On the DVDCommentary, Jeff Cohen berates Creator/RichardDonner for one unfortunate bluescreen shot of the kids standing in front of the beach coastline.
-->'''Corey Feldman:''' Hey I saw ''Film/{{Superman}}'', and I believed a man could fly.
-->'''Jeff Cohen:''' You could show a man flying through the air, but couldn't show a bunch of kids standing in front of a coast?
** The bats are clearly fake in their looks and movements, and in wider shots they're replaced with ''bowties''. Doubles as {{Narm}}.
* UglyCute: Sloth -- he may be horribly disfigured, but his expressions and personality still make him downright adorable to see.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Despite the one noticeable greenscreen, mentioned above, almost everything else: the stunts, set pieces and fantastic sets (especially the location of Willie's ship) were all done practically and have aged fantastically well as a result. A fact proudly pointed out in the SpecialEdition commentary.
* WeirdAlEffect: People are more likely to assume "Hey you guys!" is from this movie rather than ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The film is generally remembered as a kids film, what with it centering on the adventures of a bunch of kids. However, the film features a man hanging from a noose, a child stuck in a closet with a corpse, a deformed man chained up in a basement, panty shots of a teenager, jokes about drugs, a whole scene dedicated to a statue's penis and several scenes of adolescents swearing. When the SpecialEdition was released celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a PG-13(12A) rating some were surprised, until they viewed the film [[ParentalBonus through adult eyes]].
** Lampshaded on the DVD commentary when the "statue's penis" scene comes up.
-->'''Sean Astin:''' "We're teaching kids culture!"
* TheWoobie: Poor Sloth. Even when we and Chunk still assume he's a dangerous [[MadwomanInTheAttic Madman in the Attic]], it's impossible not to feel bad for him as he sits chained to his seat, begging for food from his {{Jerkass}} brother.
** Speaking of which, Jake Fratelli is a JerkassWoobie. He's an ass towards Sloth, not to mention a killer, though it's hard to not feel sorry for him as the TheUnfavourite in the Fratelli family.
---> '''Jake:''' "Francis was always your favorite, Ma, you always liked him best!"
---> '''Ma:''' ''*slaps Jake*'' "That's ''right!''"
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