—Epitaph of Lewis Moffett
This film uses the following tropes:
- Acceptable Targets: Fat people. In-Universe, and presumably out as well.
- Cat Scare: Subverted, in that it's the cat scare that actually does Lewis in.
- Played straight with a tree branch.
- Dawson Casting: Exaggerated with the "22"-year-old Lewis; actor George Mather was twice that age. The other students don't look to be much younger themselves.Servo: Son, can you get that-? Oh, right. I'm a college student.
- Framing Device: The creepy caretaker.
- Fearless Fool / Miles Gloriosus: Zig-zagged; Lewis seems genuinely fearless, even watching a (purportedly) gruesome autopsy without flinching; but it turns out that due to a childhood incident involving his dead grandfather, he's deathly afraid of the dark.
- Initiation Ceremony: Based upon Lewis' Fearless Fool persona, his fraternity sends him to collect a ring from a recently interned corpse.
- Lost Aesop: Lewis' soliloquy about "They".
- Overly Long Gag: see Acceptable Targets.
- "Pu-ma? Pu-ma!"
- Satellite Love Interest: Pretty much all of them, but Lewis' girlfriend stands out (mainly because she's given the most attention in the film).
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Plenty of 'em during the autopsy.
- Gypsy has one during the MST3K autopsy segment.
- ..."Youth" Is Wasted On The Dumb: College hazing is bad.