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YMMV: Monsters, Inc.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Just how sympathetic Waternoose and his motives are? Is he a horrible person who is more than willing to harm children, a Well-Intentioned Extremist that is just trying to save monster's lives (under his perspective), or a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds?
    • Long time fans of the series will be very interested in this psychologist's assessment of the main characters and their relationships with each other. Interesting highlights include attributing Randall's Jerkass behavior to Compensatory Narcissistic Personality Disorder and intentional emotional manipulation by Waternoose, as well as pegging Mike as being a legitimate psychopath. Seems like Epileptic Trees at first, but reading the full article has the potential to blow minds.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "If I Didn't Have You", which won the Oscar for Best Original Song. And after Randy Newman had suffered almost 20 non-winning nominations up to that point.
    • Also Enter the Heroes and The Scare Floor. Setting up for a big job, then having a lot of fun doing it.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Randall. A good number of his fans are convinced that he was just stressed out and didn't really do anything wrong. The more extreme ones see him as an orphan who's descriminated against for being a reptile, both in-universe and out. Any and all material that contradicts these views is immediately deemed non-canon or just ignored.
  • Fridge Logic: Boo's laugh activated all the doors in the Door Factory. Realistically, at least one human would have opened their door at the time to see that they had just entered the monster world; exposing the monster world to the humans.
    • Fridge Horror: What if one of them stepped into their closet, aware too late that their door was now hundreds of feet in the air or in a shredder?
      • If the red light isn't on, the door isn't activated, and the child can't step through the portal.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Randall's behavior in the original film becomes worse, not to mention much pettier, when you watch Monsters University and realize that for months, if not years, he'd been beaten out as Scare Leader by a college dropout!
    • Randall's nastiness towards Mike becomes this after Monsters University: not only did they used to be friends, or at least friendly roommates, Mike's advice to Randall to use his invisibility is what helped him become such a good scarer in the first place.
    • Also, Mike's bitterness over the possibility of losing his job reflects all the hard work and turmoil he had to go through to have his job as a Scare Assistant.
    • For readers of Hollow Fields, Waternoose admitting that he'd be willing to kidnap a thousand children for his Scare Extractor. The Big Bad of Hollow Fields actually does sacrifice thousands of children for her pet project, and would have continued had she survived.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the outtakes, a character accidentally calls Sully "Solomon" and is called out for his mistake. Now rather amusing to those who have read the NES Godzilla Creepypasta and are familiar with the Kaiju named Solomon there...
  • It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: The "cretin" (cree-tin?) line.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Waternoose.
  • Moe: Boo is utterly adorable.
  • Memetic Mutation: Waternoose's line, "I'll kidnap a thousand children before I let this company die!", which was translated in Latin Spanish as "Robare los necesarios para salvar esta compaņia" is wildly popular in Spanish-speaking Latin countries and social webs, particularly Mexico.
    • "Put that thing back where it came from, or so help me!"
    • Mike Wazowski on his own could be considered one on Tumblr.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Randall and Waternoose's plan, which involves kidnapping children and using the Scream Extractor to suck the screams from them, which if the effects on Fungus are considered standard, would kill them through suffocation by sucking the very air from their lungs along with the screams. At least Waternoose has a reason: he wishes to keep the company going to provide monsters with their power, making him more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist than Randall could ever hope to be.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Abominable Snowman.
  • Uncanny Valley: As technology and CGI effects improve, Boo is starting to show signs of this, especially compared to the much more realistic humans Pixar has used since.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Great pains were taken to make Sully's fur look real. To say nothing of Randall's disappearing acts.
  • The Woobie: Boo.

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