YMMV / Ernest P. Worrell

  • Adaptation Displacement: A number of gags from the original commercials were written into episodes of the series. Also done on a regular basis with the commercials themselves; the same basic script would be used in commercials for different brands (but the same product). At one point, the same commericial could've been done about 25 different times, for different Carden & Cherry clients.
  • Ear Worm: The theme (warning: low volume) to Hey Vern, It's Ernest!
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment/Irony: Ernest appeared in several anti-smoking commercials, where he tried to get Vern to quit smoking. Jim Varney died of lung cancer due to a two-pack a day cigarette habit which, unfortunately, started in his early teenage years. If only Jim had followed Ernest's advice...
    • Similarly, in Ernest Goes to Jail, Ernest is mistaken for a criminal and is due to be electrocuted. He is offered a blindfold or a cigarette, and replies "No, I'm scared of the dark... and cigarettes can kill you!"
    • Reportedly Jim skipped on cancer treatments to continue filming Treehouse Hostage, one of his last movie roles before his passing. Knowing that can make the film harder to watch, especially since he looks a bit rough during it.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Jim Varney frequently donned the Ernest costume and visited sick children as part of the Make a Wish Foundation. In fact, up until he passed away, he had several hundred requests, and Varney never missed a one.
  • Karma Houdini: The bullies who set Ernest's hat on fire in Ernest Goes to School receive no known consequences.
  • Memetic Mutation: Ernest's "eww" sound, which he often says slowly as his jaw swivels from side to side.
  • Misblamed: After this death, Carden & Cherry, the advertising company behind Ernest, continued to use footage of him from his commercials. There was a great internet outcry over them exploiting his death... until the company revealed that Varney, before his death, had requested they show those commercials regardless.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Two attempts at rebooting the Ernest character after Varney's passing—one an animated version and another in live-action with a replacement actor—never caught on.
    • None of Chuck's replacements in the later films, such as Tom Tulip or Greta, were liked as much by fans.