YMMV: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Works with their own YMMV pages:

The franchise in general:

  • Badass Decay: Freddy never joined the good guys (who would want him?) and always was a serious threat to them, but as the series went on, he became quite the jokester, and became goofier and more playful with people's dream sequences than he was in the first few films. This came to a head in Freddy's Dead, where he turned someone's dream into a Nintendo game, where you can tell he's having a great time.
  • Complete Monster: Freddy Krueger, known as the "Bastard-Son-Of-A-Hundred-Maniacs", is the dream-invading, Serial Killer antagonist of the franchise who was a child killer before he became a ghost. He kept a scrapbook of the "Have you seen this..." pictures of his child victims and licked them. After his death he makes a deal with demonic forces to become, in his own words, "the stuff nightmares are made of." He uses his newfound powers to find increasingly creative ways to torture and murder his dozens of victims for his own amusement by using their primal fears against them, all the while cracking sick jokes. Then he harvests the teenagers' souls and keeps them in a perpetual And I Must Scream state inside his body to drain them for energy. Even in the utterly Narm-filled Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, he had his moments, like when he taunts Tracy by appearing as her sexually abusive father ("Give daddy some honey...no one has to know..."). By the end of that same film his bodycount is already numbering in the hundreds, as he has turned all of Springwood into a children's graveyard and driven the adult survivors to madness. He makes clear his intent to continue his killing spree until he simply runs out of victims, since "every town has an Elm Street". Freddy is one of the few Slasher Movie killers with a distinct and talkative personality, and has always simply been a sadistic monster who extends his victims' suffering for its own sake.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Believe it or not, Freddy has an extraordinarily high amount of fangirls. The fandom likes to portray him as a woobie whose terrible past and upbringing were responsible for his psychosis, and that his love for his daughter was genuine enough to push him off the deep end when she was taken away from him. The fact that Robert Englund has said on multiple occasions that Freddy represents neglect doesn't help this image either. Even the lead actresses have admitted that Freddy has a seductive charm due to Englund's portrayal, albeit in a molester sense.
    • The remake's version of him is starting to rapidly gain a reputation for this as well. Despite being a child molester who sleazily reminisces on his deeds and an Ax-Crazy murderer, particularly delusional fans portray him in a far more sympathetic light in fanfiction where his obsession with Nancy (and any lead female OC for that matter) is downgraded to Stalker with a Crush status.
    • Should probably be noted that the Pseudo-Freddy of New Nightmare actually does wear tight black leather pants.
  • First Installment Wins: First film is hailed as a horror classic. Opinions on the sequels vary.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In perhaps the only time this particular method of death would apply here, Wes Craven passed away in his sleep.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Depending on how you define ‘hilarious’, the strong resemblance between his design and that of the Titans.
    • The nursery rhyme about Freddy becomes more amusing when one realises how well it fits with Freddy Fazbear from Five Nights at Freddy's.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Freddy might have a sympathetic backstory, but his monstrous actions outweigh The Woobie side, however.
  • Misaimed Fandom: It is truly disturbing how many 12 year old girls on DeviantArt draw cutesy anime-esue fan art about Freddy Krueger falling in love with their Distaff Counterpart OC of him they made. Who knew skinless demonically powered child rapists are so "cute"?
  • Misaimed Marketing: Though the marketing of his R-rated movies to said 12 year olds doesn't help. This was particularly prevalent with the heavy promotion leading up to the fourth movie, which downplayed his more gruesome aspects for mainstream appeal as a comic villain. This included an "interview" on MTV, his own rap number, and even a cheesy pop album (because "happy feet dancing to the beat" is apparently fitting music for a serial child killer).
  • Moral Event Horizon: Freddy Krueger crosses the line when he murders his own wife for discovering he was the Springwood Slasher.
  • Narm Charm: Freddy's make up isn't exactly a realistic despiction of what a burnt person would look like, but the look has become so iconic fans love it anyway. To the point that when the remake tried to go for a more realistic make-up, it was criticized as "generic".
  • Nausea Fuel: Freddy just loves invoking this, in the most ghoulishly creative of ways.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • The whole concept becomes significantly less scary when you remember that Freddy only kills in one suburb (a fictional one at that), though it does get worse in Freddy's Dead, in which he states that "every town has an Elm Street" and makes clear that he's planning to expand his reach to the whole world.
    • As the original series goes on, Freddy's burned skin goes from horrfying to looking like a mild skin condition.
    • Physical combat isn't Freddy's forte, as whenever he tries to go up-close-and-personal with his victims, he loses. Freddy vs. Jason averts this by making him able to have an even fight with Jason.
  • Only The Creator Does It Right: The installments with Wes Craven's involvement tend to gather more praise from fans and critics.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The premise alone qualifies, obviously. It's one thing when you fall off a cliff in your dreams and wake up safe at home seconds later. But it's completely different when that can cross over into the real world.
  • Periphery Demographic: Despite Freddy getting most of the attention, and the slasher genre being typically marketed towards teenage and young adult men, the series has a notable feminist following due to its strong female protagonists who teenage girls easily relate to. This includes their lead actresses who encourage this demographic.
  • Sequelitis: Outside of primarily Dream Warriors and New Nightmare, every one of the sequels receives a sizeable amount of dislike. It didn't help that they were rushed so they could come out every year or two (Nightmare 4's script had to be written in 7 days due to the writers' strike).
  • Villain Sue: From about the third film onwards, Freddy was pretty much undefeatable except when he chose to be. It got to a point where audiences met Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare with total cynicism (note how hard the title has to work to establish that he's really going to die in this movie).
  • The Woobie:
    • Amanda Krueger.
    • Alice Johnson. Has all her friends and her brother killed by Freddy the first time out. Convinced she had him beat, he instead comes back and kills her boyfriend/father of her child, then he sets his sights on corrupting and possessing her unborn child? Life is not good to her. What's worse, all those deaths happen as an indirect result of her own dream power.
    • Freddy's victims in general tend to be portrayed more sympathetically than usual for the genre, featuring troubled teenagers whose problems are only exacerbated by the adults refusing to acknowledge Freddy's threat. This is especially evident in Dream Warriors in which the main crew are stuck in a mental institution due to being accused of self-harm.