YMMV / Revenge of the Nerds

  • Character Rerailment: In the first movie Booger calls the Mus "pigs" but comes to love them, then in the second movie he only hits on the conventionally attractive girls. And in the third and fourth movie he's back to Ugly Cute Mu's.
    • Invoked with Lewis in the third film. He's become successful and has ditched his nerd persona, only to take it up again towards the end of the movie.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Again, the musical number at the Talent Show.
    • The use of Queen's "We Are The Champions" at the end of the first movie, arguably the most effective use of the song in any media.
    • The "No on 15" song in the second movie.
  • Designated Hero: The Tri-Lambs' revenge on Betty Childs is hardly the actions of the nice guys characters they are supposed to be. Granted she was a Grade A bitch but putting secret camera's in her bedroom, selling naked photos of her taken without her knowledge or permission to the ENTIRE SCHOOL and tricking her into having sex by making her think she's having sex with her boyfriend - which actually fits the legal definition of Rape by Deception - is, to say the least, grossly Disproportionate Retribution and would easily get someone registered as a serious sex offender in real life.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ogre.
  • Hollywood Homely: Both the Triple Lambda guys themselves and the Omega Mu girls. Lampshaded by Booger:
    The Omega Mus?! But they're pigs!
  • Life Imitates Art: While the film series as a whole still has a devoted following; younger, casual movie fans may see the premise as outdated, now that Bill Gates and Paul Allen masterminded the true "Revenge Of The Nerds" in real life. Nerd/geek culture is far more mainstream among men and women today than in the 1980's and early 1990's.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "My son, soon you will take over."
    • "To truly hock a loogie, one must not retrieve the phlegm from the throat, but from the soul."
    • All together now - "NERRRRRRRRRDS!"
  • Playing Against Type: John Goodman has almost always been associated with kind and affable Big Guys, here he plays the petty, cruel, and almost criminally negligent Coach Harris.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Gilbert became Doctor Mark Greene.
  • Revival by Commercialization: Queen's We Are The Champions.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: This movie was a huge hit back when it was released and basically kickstarted the teen sex comedy genre, but it has not aged well at all. Changing social attitudes and general Fridge Logic has transformed the plucky, Nice Guy protagonists into sociopathic rapists in the eyes of viewers. And that's not getting into all the stuff that other movies stole from this one, making Revenge Of The Nerds come off as rather stale to some.
  • Values Dissonance: Putting cameras in womens bedrooms to spy on them naked, taking photos of someones breasts and selling them in a carnival and tricking someone into sex by pretending to be their boyfriend would definitely not be considered a justifiable response to bitchy behavior these days but in 1984 we were expected to cheer out "heroes" on for this. It was even pointed out by Bill Maher in one of his editorials.
    • There's also the fact that they have a minor involved in all of this: Harold, the child prodigy.