The franchise as a whole:
- Adaptation Displacement: Of the original cartoons by the TV series. Also, of the TV series by the movies for even younger audiences.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The song, "The Moon and Me", in the musical since it had nothing to do with the plot.
- Broken Base: The New Addams Family has its fair share of people who like it and people who despise it. It has many detractors because it lacks the famous theme song by Vic Mizzy and many of the episodes are remakes of episodes from the original 1960's show, plus it didn't help that it was made after the widely-panned Addams Family Reunion, which served as a pilot for The New Addams Family. On the other hand, other people enjoy this incarnation because of how much it borrows from the original show and for still retaining the dark humor that has always been important to the franchise.
- Crazy Awesome: Gomez whenever he has to defend his family.
- Applies to the whole family in the movies. Place an Addams - any Addams - in mortal danger. He'll not only survive, but beg to do it again.
- Creepy Awesome: All the Addamses.
- Crosses the Line Twice: Mostly in the original New Yorker cartoons.
- Ear Worm: Come on, be honest. What do you remember most about The Addams Family? Lurch's "you rang?" Fester's lighting a lightbulb in his mouth? Thing? Wrong. Anyone who's only ever even heard of The Addams Family will perk up at any mention of that famous "duh-nuh-nuh-nuh * snap snap* ."
- This, oddly, is what led to the movies getting made - the minds behind it were riding in a car and Tom Sherak's kid started singing the theme song.
- The New Addams Family theme goes for a more samba beat but is still pretty catchy.
- Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: John Zmirak once explained his tongue-in-cheek theory that the Addams clan represents "(A)n aristocratic, trad-Catholic homeschooling family trapped in a sterile Protestant suburb".
- The Scrappy: The Normanmeyers are considered this to some fans of the 90's animated series. Luckily for those fans, they inevitably go through some misfortune in every appearance.
- Tear Jerker: In the musical, the song "Happy/Sad," where Gomez tries to explain his conflicting emotions about Wednesday getting married to her boyfriend. The song will make you want to find your dad, and hug him.
- Angst? What Angst?: Fester is so torn up about "failing" Debbie that he seems perfectly willing to let her kill him. When the tables are turned, he seems positively gleeful as she's electrocuted into a pile of dust. Could practically count as a Brick Joke or Ironic Echo of Gomez's romantic musing about Morticia in the first movie:
"I would die for her. I would kill for her. ... Either way, what bliss."
- It's really a staple of the franchise.
- Critical Research Failure: Bambi and The Little Mermaid are Disney productions. But Joel mentions "But... It's Disney!" right before The Sound of Music, The Brady Bunch and Annie start playing. None of which are Disney productions.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: For some, the Addams being Darker and Edgier from the 1960's Dom Com (and Truer to the Text of the original comic strip) ends up making them come across as less Dark Is Not Evil and more Obviously Evil. While the films clearly mean to portray the Addams as more honest, friendly, and accepting than the hypocritical, judgmental Stepford Smilers of white suburban America, some feel those same suburbanites have every reason to fear/dislike the Addams since they regularly engage in acts of vandalism, destruction of private and public property (smashing windows with golf balls, stealing stop signs to cause accidents), animal abuse (burying a cat alive), manslaughter, murder, arson, and cannibalism with barely a shrug. While this can be chalked up to the Addams being Obliviously Evil, since they themselves enjoy pain/chaos, are virtually unkillable and regularly resurrect/engage with the dead and thus might not understand that for "normals" death is both easy and final, some viewers find that both groups are pretty unpleasant: Obliviously Evil versus Affably Evil (or Faux Affably Evil), and thus in some cases it's hard to vote for anyone. The movies stick pretty close to the original Charles Addams cartoons which potray them as Affably Evil with a very different approach towards good and evil. The humor comes from most of their enemies acting nice, while being greedy and ruthless which the Addamses appreciate having the aforementioned worldview.
- Finger Worm: Admit it, you snap your fingers whenever the theme song comes up. Even if you can't.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Debbie is the best-remembered thing from the movies, next to the camp subplot's climax in Values.
- Flanderization: Before Fester gets his memory back at the end of the first film, he's a street-smart tough guy. But in Values he's regressed into a childlike oddball with No Social Skills. Although the thing is his personality in the second film is probably closer to the original character from the TV series and comic strip, at the beginning of the first film he doesn't know he's Fester and is effectively a different person, as he spends more time with the family he gradually starts to feel more like an Addams. And lets face it even as an amnesiac he was a Psychopathic Manchild just more conniving thanks to Craven's influence. But if you compare the two films it is slightly odd how much he regresses in the sequel.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Morticia's comments on the fragile state of her family in the second half of Addams Family Values includes the woeful line "My husband is dying." Raul Julia would do just that a little less than a year later. In the movie, he is even seen lying sick in bed feebly singing "Swing low, sweet chariot."
- What's more, when Gomez is horrified that his son is turning normal, he calls out to God, "Take me!"
- In 2011, Hurricane Irene struck the east coast of the United States. In the Addams Family film, the book Fester uses at the end is titled Hurricane Irene.
- And then, of course, there's the scene in the second movie where a boy screams in terror at a picture of Michael Jackson. Talk about bad timing...
- What's more, when Gomez is horrified that his son is turning normal, he calls out to God, "Take me!"
- Genius Bonus: In Addams Family Values Joel says that he has all the cards in the serial killer trading card series, except for "Jack The Ripper and that Zodiac Guy". Funny because a) No one knows who they were, so there would be no pictures for the card and b) Even the cards of them can't be caught.
- Also, Debbie says no woman "in her right mind" could love Fester. Dementia, the woman who catches Fester's eye towards the end of the movie, clearly isn't in her right mind.
- Heartwarming in Hindsight: Fester's return in the first movie, after seeing how distraught everyone is when he leaves them in Values.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: In Addams Family Values, after being irritated by Gomez, a police officer asks him, "Who are you? What are you?" The officer was played by Nathan Lane, who would play Gomez on Broadway almost twenty years later.
- Pretty much any time Joel and Gary interact with each other, due to their actors, David Krumholtz and Peter MacNichol, co-starring in NUMB3RS.
- Mary Sue: Parodied in The Movie.
- Festerman is an in-universe example.
- One-Scene Wonder: Cousin Itt in both movies.
- Retroactive Recognition: Mercedes McNab (Harmony in the Buffyverse) appeared as a girl scout in the first movie and had the larger role of Amanda in Addams Family Values.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Addams Family Values was widely considered by critics and fans alike to be superior to the first movie, with more macabre humour and hilarious Rapid-Fire Comedy in effect. Strangely enough, it actually made less than its predecessor (Addams Family made over 191 million worldwide while Values made 48 million), although that could be chalked up to the less-than-stellar reception of the first movie.
- Tastes Like Diabetes: The summer camp in Addams Family Values, which of course makes it a living hell for Wednesday and Pugsley.
Young Girl: And then Mommy kissed Daddy, and the angel told the stork, and the stork flew down from heaven, and left a diamond under a leaf in the cabbage patch, and the diamond turned into a baby!Pugsley: Our parents are having a baby, too.Wednesday: They had sex.
- A little girl explaining how her mommy got a baby, invoking every trite and saccharine "where babies come from" myth of the past few centuries. And it leads to Wednesday's Crowning Moment of Deadpan Snarkery.
- Tear Jerker: It can be hard to watch Fester get emotionally abused, manipulated, and kept from his family in both movies.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The whole time Wednesday and Pugsley are at camp, they try to escape so they can save Fester. When they finally get out and make their way home, they end up tied up, just as helpless as the rest of the family, and Pubert ends up saving them.
The TV series:
- Fandom Rivalry: With The Munsters, persisting to this day.
- Freud Was Right: Charles Addams' original name for "Pugsley" was "Pubert," but the TV network wouldn't allow the name. It was used as the baby's name in the second Addams Family film.
- Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Many of the TV Family's "weird" affectations (home computing, alternative medicine, being Goth).
- Values Resonance: In the TV series, Gomez and Morticia were actually excellent parents, openly involved in their children's lives and showing genuine concern and affection for them. In their creepy but cool way, that is.
- Not to mention, they were among the first TV couples who openly and passionately showed their affection for each other.
The pinball and video games:
- Most Wonderful Sound: Getting multiball on the pinball machine adaptation. Gomez will say "Now you've done it!", all music and sounds cease...and then a slow, low rumbling sound, getting faster and higher-pitched, until BAM! Multiball!!
- Suspiciously Similar Song: The main theme of the pinball table bears more than a passing resemblance to the main theme of Pat Lawlor's previous table, Funhouse.
- The Problem with Licensed Games: Played straight with the console versions, though the SNES game for the first film is quite a fun Mario-esque platformer.
- The Game Boy Color game based on The New Addams Family (released on 2001 and called The New Addams Family Series for some reason) is ugly-looking, complicated, has questionable controls at best, and is quite difficult to play when you have absolutely no idea what you're doing. Once you consult a guide, however (of which there is a whopping total of ONE currently circulating on the Internet... and it's in Spanish), the game can be quite easy and fun, ultimately subverting this trope.
- Completely inverted with the pinball machine, which went on to become the highest-selling table in history and is widely considered to be one of the best tables ever made.