YMMV / Dennis the Menace

  • Bizarro Episode: The episode Trembly Assembly in the 1986 series.
  • Ear Worm: The theme music for both the animated series and the live-action series.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The last episode shown before Joseph Kearns's death was about Mr. Wilson's will.
  • Memetic Mutation: "HEY MR. WILSON!!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: Dennis riding his bike through the woods at night, followed by Switchblade Sam emerging from the darkness in front of Dennis.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The 1986 series has an in-universe example. In "The Price of Stardom", Dennis becomes the prop man for a Heidi-esque play starring Margaret and Mr. Wilson. During the performance, Dennis turns on a giant fan, has Mr. Wilson dress in a swimsuit for a costume change, drops a bag of fake snow on Margaret and opens a trap door that Mr. Wilson happens to be standing on at the time. The audience laughs throughout the entire performance and cheers when the play ends.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Yep, there was a video game for the Super Nintendo, based on the 1993 film. Everything about it was messed up, from the controls to the graphics (Mr. Wilson especially looks horrible). The Game Grumps had a ball with it.
  • The Scrappy: Dennis in the film for some. Mostly for the fact that he's more irritating than in the TV series, and the fact that he has a very squeaky voice than can be annoying and/or irritating (despite rumors, the little boy playing Dennis was not dubbed by June Foray - that is his actual voice which was just high-pitched and awkward-sounding). John Hughes claimed that the actor, Mason Gamble, was cast because he had the best on-air chemistry with Walter Matthau, who played Mr. Wilson. Amusingly, Mason's father, Tim Gamble, had himself previously worked with John Hughes, when he played Mr. Standish in The Breakfast Club.
    • A lot of critics (Ebert included) felt that Switchblade Sam was entirely unnecessary and too disturbing for the movie.
  • Tearjerker: Mr. Wilson's speech to Dennis is a particularly cruel Kick the Dog moment. Yes, Dennis is something of The Scrappy, but he never meant any malice toward Mr. Wilson, and just before the speech was actually trying to warn him. It's pretty heartwrenching to watch this five-year-old boy being told how horrible he is by a man he looks up to. It's almost immediately followed by Mr. Wilson realizing how cruel he was, Dennis running away, and the entire neighborhood looking for him while Margaret cries.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: It's hard not to feel bad for Mr. Wilson, especially just after the bloom scene.
  • Villain Decay: For great part of the movie, Sam Switchblade, the thief, is a quite sinister and creepy villain with great Knight of Cerebus qualities. Once he takes Dennis as an hostage he immediately becomes a goofy Butt-Monkey on the same level of Harry and Marv.