* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Although the movie gives plenty of reason to see it as simply a disguise or a sign of mental disturbance, some viewers see [[spoiler:Finkle/Einhorn]] as actually transgender, and consequently a far more sympathetic character.
* BetterOnDVD: Averted so far. There's never been a DVD release of either film containing all the great deleted scenes we get to see when these films are broadcast on television.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The DestructoNookie scene between Ace and Melissa in the first movie that seemingly came out of nowhere.
* BrokenBase: Jim Carrey allegedly dislikes the sequel, while many fans consider it to be funnier than the original. Of course, funnier doesn't always mean better; it certainly cashed in on dirty humour. According to Jeff Daniels, Carrey had explained to him the reasons why he didn't like the sequel much. He disliked the whole "Ace is afraid of bats" angle, as he found it to be a cheap AssPull, and even fought with the director about changing the script so that Ace was merely ''allergic'' to bats. Carrey was also very nervous about the film's depiction of the native characters, and that people might take offense to them. He's even surprised the film hasn't been outright banned!
* CrazyAwesome: Ace graduates to this in the second movie.
* CriticalDissonance: The first film was widely panned by critics. Creator/RogerEbert and Creator/GeneSiskel went as far as declaring that Creator/JimCarrey would never have a career as a movie star ([[HeReallyCanAct though they'd eat their words]] after watching him in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'').
* FanonDiscontinuity: Most people would ''really'' like to forget that ''Ace Ventura Jr.'' even exists.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** You can't help but view Ace's freakout when he discovers that [[spoiler: Einhorn is really Ray Finkle]] in a whole different way after seeing ''Film/ILoveYouPhillipMorris''.
** The scene in the sequel where Ace takes [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim an arrow to the knee]]... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXmPrYEOvM8 twice]].
* JerkassWoobie: Ray Finkle/Lois Einhorn.
* MemeticMutation:
** Allllllrighty then!
** LIKE A GLOVE!
** Loo-hoo-zeh-her!
** Reee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee-heeally...
** Who doesn't know at least one person in any group of nerds who will always announce "Do NOT go in there! WOOO!" after returning from the bathroom? Or when someone else returns from the bathroom. Or when the bathroom is mentioned.
** LACES OUT!
** Finkle/Einhorn became memetic enough to get its own ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' NPC.
** "New England Clam Chowder." "Is that the Red, or the White?"
** Briefly "Frankly, that's none of your damn business, and I'll thank you to stay out of my personal affairs." became a catch-all smart-alec answer to any question.
* NeverLiveItDown: In-universe, Finkle's missed field goal.
* NightmareFuel: Ace's visit to Ray Finkle's bedroom in the first movie.
* {{Squick}}:
** Ace's reaction to finding out that [[spoiler:Einhorn is really Ray Finkle]].
** The scene in the second movie where his fake rhino has the air conditioner fail, forcing him to stick his head out and when it does people watching the Rhino are shocked to see a Rhino give birth to Ace. Did we mention that ''he was naked at the time''? (The scene actually gets cut in some broadcasts of the movie.)
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The explosive used to flip Ace's jeep in the second film is very conspicuous when it goes off.
* TearJerker: That first scene in the sequel when [[spoiler:a raccoon Ace was determined to save breaks loose and falls]]. (It's funnier if you've seen ''{{Film/Cliffhanger}}'', which the scene parodies.)
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Ray Finkle. Really, all the poor guy did was miss a field goal. Did he really deserve to have his career ruined and be branded a pariah by his ''entire hometown''? It's even worse when you see that his parents also suffered serious trauma from the fallout, with his father now paranoid to the point of answering the door armed with a shotgun and his mother clearly driven to permanent insanity.
* ValuesDissonance: TheReveal in the first movie about Lois Einhorn and Ace's grotesque reaction to it. Yeah, transphobic jokes don't fly so well these days.
** It didn't even go over that well in ''those'' days. Tom Shadyack defended this joke after some anti-defimation groups got on his case about it, saying that it was less about making fun of transpeople and more about [[DeliberateValuesDissonance how easily Ace will break from simply kissing another man despite all of his]] CrazyAwesome [[DeliberateValuesDissonance endeavors]].
* WeirdAlEffect: After ''Ace Ventura'' was first released, some moviegoers believed the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' theme (which is used in the movie) originated from it.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: A retroactive example. Unfortunately, you get this reaction when your raunchy PG-13 comedy get turned into a Saturday morning cartoon.
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