YMMV / Big Wolf on Campus

  • Angst? What Angst?: Days after turning into a werewolf, Tommy's still preoccupied with his date with the school hottie tonight.
    • Which is lampshaded when Merton tries to get Tommy to understand exactly how significantly his life has been changed - and then hears the name of the girl that Tommy has a date with and joins in on the dreamy sighing.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Whenever Tommy and Merton's friendship is questioned on the show, it's always on the basis that Merton is taking advantage of Tommy. In at least one episode, however, Tommy is cured of his lycanthropy for a time, and immediately starts ignoring Merton. It's easy to argue that their entire friendship is built on convenience.
  • Cargo Ship: Dean / his TV remote. During the 'Sandman' episode, his dream involves being able to change the channel by blinking and throwing it away. At the end of the episode, he apologizes to the remote. "You complete me!"
  • Fridge Brilliance: The double meaning in the theme song when it asks if "it's just a phase I'm going through". There's the whole puberty metaphor and a reference to phases of the moon (which traditionally affect werewolves).
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: One episode parodies the film Ghost and has ghost Merton telling Lori to "Feel the Swayze". It's not as funny anymore after Patrick Swayze's death.
  • Foe Yay: The episode Invisible Fiend can be quite easily read as the story of Merton's jealous ex-boyfriend. He's constantly around Merton, touching him, talking to him, and refusing to leave him alone, no matter how many times he gets told to. And that's not getting into the very breakup-like dialogue they have together in the final battle.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Not the show itself, but lampshaded extensively in the episode "Fugelhoff".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Corey Haim (yes, that Corey Haim) discusses his plans of working on a DTV vampire movie that is "like a beach party" with Merton. Eight years after this episode, The Lost Boys: The Tribe comes out. This DTV film just so happens to feature surfer vampires.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: In "The Wolf Is Out There", Tommy's appetite begins getting out of control and he starts to gain weight, although he simply developed a noticeably belly and didn't balloon out of size. He loses it by the end of the episode by use of dieting and a Time Skip. Those who watched the episode often complained that they didn't understand why people had been treating Tommy differently in the episode, considering he's a football player and they tend to bulk up.
  • Ho Yay: An episode really didn't go by without Tommy and Merton doing something homoerotic. One episode revolves around an interstellar alignment that would give Tommy the ability to transfer his powers to someone else. After choosing someone (who isn't Merton, much to his chagrin), he is instructed to bite him on the neck, but he chickens out from guilt at the last second. You can imagine what said person and everyone watching (maybe shouldn't have done that in a hallway full of students) thought Tommy was trying to do."
    Guy he tried to bite: "Next time you get that special feeling for a fella, you want to make sure he feels the same way for you. You don't have to explain it to me, Tommy, but maybe this is something you should discuss with your clergyman or the school counselor.
    • Then there was: Merton: "No, Tommy! If you go to the hospital they'll put you in some kind of government experiments and probe you! Of course, I'd do that to you here, but I barely know you..."
      • Of course in a latter episode Merton did exactly that while wearing yellow dish washing gloves. And then had Tommy pose naked for pictures.
    • It has a lot to do with the fact that the two male leads have absolutely no concept whatsoever of personal space, and spend half of every episode clinging, hugging, holding, and otherwise touching one another. In an early episode, at a school dance, Tommy is bothering Stacy about who she came to the dance with. She asks Tommy who his date is and pointedly glances at Merton. Tommy and Merton become immediately self-conscious of the fact that their arms are around each other and quickly decouple.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Spider-People...without their sunglasses. Creepy as all hell.
    • There's also the episode where the Evil Werewolf Syndicate brainwashes Tommy. Nothing quite like seeing a normally friendly guy tied to a chair and put through a Clockwork Orange-esque brainwashing sequence and then sent back to bite people against his will, all so the organization can have more werewolves.
  • The Scrappy: Most fans just did not like Stacey it seems. She has been known to be described on YouTube comments as "A ball of whores".
    • It can't help that Rachelle Lefevre really couldn't act and her character was poorly written for — she was pretty much chained to the Idiot Ball to move the plot along. But every girl on the show who got attention from Tommy or Merton incurred quite a bit of fangirl hate on forums.
      • Hilarious in Hindsight when you realize that Rachelle Lefevre later made it big in Twilight and was featured in Omerta (a film based on a wildly popular old Quebec TV shows, and also starring Rene Angelil - the husband of CÚline Dion)!
  • Special Effects Failure: Oh dear.