YMMV: Pretty in Pink
- Director Displacement: Pretty in Pink was directed by Howard Deutch, but it's viewed as a John Hughes film.
- Draco in Leather Pants: James Spader, at his smarmiest.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Ducky, despite being simply a supporting cast member, is considered by many to be the most memorable character in the film.
- Fan-Preferred Couple: An interesting example; the test audience disliked the original ending, where Andie ended up with Ducky, because they felt it created a Broken Aesop about not crossing class lines (which was arguably what the film was about). When the film was released, it had a new ending in which Andie ended up with Blaine, but this was also met with a poor reaction, and Ducky/Andie has been a Fan-Preferred Couple ever since.
- Informed Ability: Andie's sewing skills and fashion sense. Come on, that prom dress is hideous! And the fuschia tights and baby pink shoes...Even in The '80s that was a fashion "don't."
- Retroactive Recognition: You know the kid who almost gets hit in the eye with a staple? That kid grew up to be MC Bat Commander.
- Stoic Woobie: Andie is this when you consider the fact that her mother left the family and that she always knew her mother didn't love them. SINCE SHE WAS FIVE.
- Unintentional Period Piece: Even by 1980s teen dramedy standards, this is pretty damn 80s. So much that if people showed up dressed like these people in a movie today, the audience would assume the characters were satirizing the 80s. There's also a lot of Duckie's dialogue (such as him saying "bogus" unironically).