* 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 Steven Spielberg. He has only producer and story credits.
* EarWorm:
** The NES' rendition of ''Goonies R Good Enough'' in the first NES game (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.
* 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!!!"'''
* NightmareFuel:
** The [[MadwomanInTheAttic "It" in the basement]]....[[SubvertedTrope at first, anyway]].
** The pirate ship has a bunch of these with all the surprises and skeletons.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: Subverted. Both games by {{Konami}} were quite good.
* 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 Richard Donner for one unfortunate bluescreen shot of the kids standing in front of the beach coastline.
-->'''Corey Feldman:''' Hey I saw ''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. Doubles as {{Narm}}.
* UglyCute: Sloth
* 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 ''TheElectricCompany''.
* 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 and a whole scene dedicated to a statue's penis. When the SpecialEdition was released celebrating it's 25th Anniversary with a PG-13(12A) rating some were surprised, until they viewed the film [[ParentalBonus through adult eyes]].
* 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.
----