This movie provides examples of:
- Another Dimension: Grouchland.
- Audience Participation: The audience is encouraged to help Elmo at certain points.
- Award Bait Song: "Precious Wings."
- Bad Boss: Huxley to Bug, naturally.
- Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: It's against the law to ask for help in Grouchland, and their likes and dislikes are backwards to ours.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Elmo's simple act of saying Bug is "very nice" for giving him (false) directions, and giving the latter a hug before continuing on his way, is what initiates Bug's Heel-Face Turn in the end.
- Big Damn Movie: The second one for Sesame Street.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Huxley has these. Appropriate enough, given that he lives among grouches.
- Bigger on the Inside: Oscar's trash can.
- Blowing a Raspberry: The Queen of Trash demands one hundred of these "raspberries" in a set time.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Huxley.
- Celebrity Cameo: Vanessa Williams as the Queen of Trash.
- Companion Cube: Elmo's blanket.
- Continuity Porn: The contents of Oscar's trash can, while briefly seen, are full of items and objects mentioned on the show.
- Darkest Hour: After narrowly escaping being eaten by a giant chicken, Elmo starts to give up on getting his blanket back.
- Embodiment of Vice: Huxley embodies Greed, though he denies that in his song:"Some may call it greed;
it's not, it's need.
A need I love to feed;
The need to have a lot!
- Grumpy Bear: The Grouches, particularly Grizzy.
- Heel-Face Turn: Bug does this.
- The Hero's Journey: Elmo goes through one, almost by the numbers.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Bug.
- Jerk Realization: Elmo has one when the Queen of Trash compares him to Huxley. Just to drive the point home, we even get a flashback of Elmo's behavior at the beginning of the movie, screaming at Zoe that his blanket is "Mine!" when Zoe asked him to share...which is the same way Huxley acts.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Elmo and Bug.
- Large Ham: Huxley.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Bug.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Combined with Because You Were Nice to Me above. After being a Butt Monkey for most of the film, Bug is the one to return Elmo's blanket, after telling off an incapacitated Huxley, and then forces Huxley to promise to give back everything he stole or claimed as his own.
- Music for Courage: "Take the First Step," although it's sung to only one person. By a plant and some woodland critters.
- Naked People Are Funny: Bert first appears in his shower cap.
- No Fourth Wall: Ernie and Bert pause the movie at certain scary points to comment on it, and to reassure the audience that everything will be alright.
- Elmo directly addresses the audience a few times, asking for help and advice.
- Not So Different: Elmo has this realization thanks to the Queen of Trash. Specifically, Huxley's constant attitude is "Mine!", because he can't share anything. Elmo acted the same way at the beginning of the film, refusing to share his blanket with Zoe "because it's mine!"
- Parental Bonus:
- Psychopathic Man Child: Huxley.
- Rousing Speech: Oscar gives one to the Grouches while in prison.
- Toilet Humor: Grizzy's Soggy-Pants Sandy doll.
- Villain Song: Huxley's song, appropriately titled "Mine!"