YMMV / Puma Man

  • Applicability: Some viewers have suggested that the movie is in fact a clever parody of the superhero genre, claiming that there's no way it could be this bad by accident. MST3K writer Paul Chaplin is in this camp, but says that "everyone else believes they were dead serious from the get-go."
  • Awesome Music: No, really. In spite of having one of the most hysterically unfitting superhero themes ever (if not the most), the opening theme is actually pretty epic. And whether or not the rest of Renato Serio's score fits the film, it's pretty undeniably said movie's most competent and engaging technical aspect.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Do you know anything at all about Aztec Mythology? Congrats, you're ahead of the filmmakers.
    • Tony and Jane aren't particularly good paleontologists either. Jane can't even pronounce "paleontologist" correctly.
      Jane: So, dinosaurs died out because they forgot how to love each other, is that correct?
      Servo: In a wrong kind of way, yeah.
  • Designated Hero: Tony whines, gripes, runs away, plays dead, and generally leaves anything difficult, like asskicking, to his "sidekick/mentor" figure, Vadinho. Maybe once in the film he manages to do anything remotely heroic by himself, when he rescues Vadinho after he's been captured by Kobras's mooks and is used as bait to lure Tony into a trap. And even then he mostly just frees Vadinho so Vadinho can do most of the fighting while he leaps about in the background like he's performing rejected Adam West Batman fight scene choreography.
  • Ear Worm: My, but that "Puma Man" theme is catchy. Seriously. It will get stuck in your head and never EVER leave, (MST3K quips or not).
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Vadinho. Kobras and Martin to a lesser extent.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Poor Donald Pleasence.
  • Follow the Leader: This movie was made to cash in on the success of the first Superman movie.
  • Ho Yay: Tony and Vadinho make a more believable couple than Tony and Jane. Not that this says very much.
  • Narm
    • "I get this way when I sense danger." To the actor's credit, he managed to say it with a straight face in a ridiculous setting. Kobras isn't much better:
      Kobras: Because you are made of earth... ...and to earth you shall return!
    • Puma Man in flight. AKA: How to make flying look completely undignified. Will almost always cause you to chuckle.
  • Older Than They Think: Believe it or not, this film was released BEFORE The Greatest American Hero.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: With some of the worst innuendo ever, like Tony's line about his "primitive instincts."
  • The Scrappy
  • So Bad, It's Good: You think?
  • Special Effect Failure: Puma Man in flight. Then again, pumas aren't really known for their flying.
    Crow: The Gods are dragging him around by the elastic waistband in his BVDs.
    • There's also the scene where he captures a villain to get him to speak about his boss. When he refuses, Pumaman drops him and the guy falls normally while the camera is angled!
      Mike: Help! I'm falling at a sixty degree angle breaking all laws of physiiiiiiics!
    • The flying scenes make use of green-screen-type effects. Fair enough, but it's extremely obvious and cheap.
      Mike: He has the power to rear-project major cities!
  • Take That, Scrappy!: When Vadinho punches Tony hard enough to knock him out.
    Tom: Yes! The Aztec speaks for all of us!
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Say what you will about the rest of the movie, but Donald Pleasence really brought his A-game as Kobras.
  • Wangst: As Mike mutters, "Are pumas also known for their whining?"
  • What an Idiot!: For all that he is otherwise the best character in the movie, Vadinho has a moment of pure idiocy when he tells Tony's mind-controlled girlfriend, in the middle of Kobras' lair that Tony is alive.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Super strength, teleportation, sort-of-flying... the potential is there for a mighty hero. Unfortunately, said hero is Tony Farms.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Seriously, one of the worst superhero costumes ever. According to the actor who played Tony, the original costume design was even worse!
    "Dah, I gave him the Captain Dork costume by mistake."