YMMV / McDonald's


  • Accidental Nightmare Fuel: Happy, the Happy Meal mascot has been viewed by many as absolutely terrifying. It's Uncanny Valley incarnate, with wiry arms and a huge Slasher Smile. See it and weep... forever.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Give me back that Filet O Fish! Give me that Fish!"
    • "Ba-da-ba-ba-ba, I'm Lovin it!" That's Justin Timberlake, by the way.
    • "Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun!"
    • "You deserve a break today! So get up and get away—to McDonalds! McDonalds! McDonalds!"
    • "When the clock strikes... half past six, babe... time to head for... golden lights... hey!"
  • Fandom Rivalry: Ronald McDonald and The Burger King. And in the Philippines, with Jollibee.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The McRib is a popular sandwich with a cult following, but in most countries that serve it, it is only served periodically. In Germany, meanwhile, the McRib is so popular, it's the only country to serve the sandwich year round.
    • McDonalds also includes (or excludes) certain items based on local tastes and customs. Israeli stores are kosher, Indian stores don't use beef, and stores in China and Hong Kong include wings on the menu. Also, French stores have wine and German stores have beer!
  • Memetic Molester: Ronald McDonald gets this treatment sometimes (though not nearly as often as the Burger King).
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Misaimed Marketing: The 1986 Fievel Christmas stockings; because Christmas always brings to mind Jewish mice.
  • Newer Than They Think: Several times:
    • They didn't use drive-through windows until the mid-70s or so. In fact, the first one was installed at a location near a military base, to serve soldiers who couldn't leave their cars while in fatigues.
    • The Big Mac was introduced in 1968, meaning that it's six years newer than even the Filet-O-Fish. Chicken McNuggets didn't come along until 1983.
  • Never Live It Down: He may have made it big in Seinfeld later, making it so very hard to believe that the guy in this old commercial was actually Jason Alexander.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Some Japanese commercials show him hiding under a woman's bed. This was apparently meant to convey McDonald's being open 24/7 in Japan, but still.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The guy wearing the big Mac Tonight head quickly became very famous for not having a word of complaint about working under unbelievably heavy prosthetics. That's right, Mac was Doug Jones.
  • Uncanny Valley:
  • Values Dissonance: When McDonald's first arrived in China, its citizens were baffled by the concept of drive-thru restaurants. In fact, many Chinese simply parked in the drive-thru area and walked into the restaurant to get their food!
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: The dodo in the newer commercials is a girl?
  • "Weird Al" Effect: McDonaldization.


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