!!The franchise as a whole:
* AdaptationDisplacement: Of the original cartoons by the TV series. Also, of the TV series by the movies for even younger audiences.
* AwesomeMusic: The theme song.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The song, "The Moon and Me", in the musical since it had nothing to do with the plot.
* BrokenBase: 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 1960s 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.
* CrazyAwesome: 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, [[WasntThatFun but beg to do it again]].
* CreepyAwesome: All the Addamses.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Mostly in the original ''New Yorker'' cartoons.
* EarWorm:
** 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 "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFD7KGBUtKI 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 [[http://mentalfloss.com/article/59800/13-creepy-kooky-facts-about-addams-family 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.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: John Zmirak once [[http://www.catholicity.com/commentary/zmirak/08634.html explained his tongue-in-cheek theory]] that the Addams clan represents "(A)n [[BlueBlood aristocratic]], [[ChristianityIsCatholic trad-Catholic]] homeschooling family trapped in a sterile Protestant suburb".
* MemeticMutation: It's impossible not to listen to the theme and not go * snap snap * along with it.
* NightmareFuel: Thing in most adaptions, if you aren't expecting him.
* TheScrappy: The Normanmeyers are considered this to some fans of the 1990s animated series. Luckily for those fans, they inevitably go through some misfortune in every appearance.
* TearJerker: 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.

!!The magazine cartoons:
* ChaoticEvil: The whole family- pouring boiling oil on Christmas carolers, fondly watching the kids trip the mailman, embracing Friday the thirteenth -but especially the son and the uncle.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The whole family was this, which gave rise to all the adaptations.
* EvilIsSexy: The mother.
* {{Moe}}: The daughter.

!!The films:
* AngstWhatAngst: 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 BrickJoke or IronicEcho 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.
* CriticalResearchFailure: ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' and ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' are Disney productions. But Joel mentions "''But... It's Disney!''" right before ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' and ''Theatre/{{Annie}}'' start playing. None of which are Creator/{{Disney}} productions.
** Except that the tape that is announced last and inserted into the machine by the councilor is ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: After the summer camp has been set alight, Wednesday has advanced on the bound Amanda with the implication she's going to burn her at the stake, and the two gagged counsellors are being roasted over a fire, with the distinct possibility the Loser kids are going to ''eat'' them -- cut to Wednesday being canoed across the lake by Joel, complete with romantic music.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: For some, the Addams being DarkerAndEdgier from the 1960s DomCom (and TruerToTheText of the original comic strip) ends up making them come across as less DarkIsNotEvil and more ObviouslyEvil. While the films clearly ''mean'' to portray the Addams as more honest, friendly, and accepting than the [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocritical]], judgmental {{Stepford Smiler}}s 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), [[CruellaToAnimals animal abuse]] (burying a cat alive), manslaughter, murder, arson, and [[IAmAHumanitarian cannibalism]] with barely a shrug. While this can be chalked up to the Addams being ObliviouslyEvil, since they themselves enjoy pain/chaos, are virtually unkillable and regularly resurrect/engage with the dead and thus [[BlueAndOrangeMorality might not understand that]] for "normals" death is both easy and final, some viewers find that both groups are pretty unpleasant: ObliviouslyEvil versus AffablyEvil (or FauxAffablyEvil), 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 AffablyEvil with a [[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad 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.
* [[EarWorm Finger Worm]]: Admit it, you snap your fingers whenever the theme song comes up. Even if you ''can't''.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Debbie is the best-remembered thing from the movies, next to the camp subplot's climax in ''Values.''
** Creator/ChristinaRicci's hilariously [[TheStoic deadpan performance]] as Wednesday is generally considered the BreakoutCharacter in the films, surprising people to see that she was a relatively normal, cheerful girl in the TV show.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** 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." Creator/RaulJulia 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''.
** Then, of course, there's the scene in the second movie where young Joel Glicker screams in terror at a picture of Music/MichaelJackson. What was originally meant to be a teasing in-joke[[note]]he was originally supposed to provide the lead single from the film's soundtrack -- that honor went to Tag Team instead[[/note]] turned into a case of ''seriously'' bad timing when Jackson was accused of child molestation the same year ''Values'' was released.
* GeniusBonus:
** 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.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: Fester's return in the first movie, after seeing how distraught everyone is when he leaves them in ''Values''.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** 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 Creator/NathanLane, 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 ''Series/Numb3rs''.
* LGBTFanbase: ''Addams Family Values'' has become a cult favorite among gay audiences, thanks largely to Creator/JoanCusack's over-the-top performance as Debbie.
* MarySue: Parodied in TheMovie.
** Festerman is an in-universe example.
* NightmareFuel: In addition to the Thing mention above, the way the Pubert almost dies multiple times in the second movie. Not to mention they [[AdultFear hang KNIVES over his crib as a mobile]].
* OneSceneWonder: Cousin Itt in both movies.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Mercedes [=McNab=] (Harmony in the Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}) appeared as a girl scout in the first movie and had the larger role of Amanda in ''Addams Family Values''.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: ''Addams Family Values'' was widely considered by critics and fans alike to be superior to the first movie, with more macabre humour and hilarious RapidFireComedy 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.
* TearJerker: It can be hard to watch Fester get emotionally abused, manipulated, and kept from his family in ''both'' movies.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: 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, [[spoiler: they end up tied up, just as helpless as the rest of the family, and Pubert ends up saving them.]]
* TheWoobie: Uncle Fester for the reasons listed under TearJerker. Also, in the second film, we can see that the poor guy only wants what [[HappilyMarried his brother and sister-in-law have.]]
** Joel Glicker. Unlike Uncle Fester, Wednesday and Pugsley, he doesn't have anyone looking out for him or even a happy home to go to, as his parents are just as big as the insensitive jerks that everyone else at the camp are. Things start to look up for him once he befriends Wednesday, Pugsley and soon the rest of the Addams, but then there is [[JumpScare that ending...]]

!!The TV series:
* In ''Wednesday Leaves Home'', the agent dealing with missing children tells the mother of a boy that has run away for the seventh time that locking him in the broom closet won't help, and he could be running away because of her. [[Franchise/HarryPotter Sound familiar?]]
* FandomRivalry: With ''Series/TheMunsters'', persisting to this day.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Many of the TV Family's "weird" affectations (home computing, alternative medicine, being Goth).
* ValuesResonance: In the TV series, Gomez and Morticia were actually ''[[GoodParents excellent]]'' [[GoodParents parents]], openly involved in their children's lives and showing genuine concern and affection for them. [[CreepyGood 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:
* AwesomeMusic: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAWUSzovFjs remix of the main theme]] heard on the title screen of ''Fester's Quest''.
* GoodBadBugs: On the pinball machine, entering mansion rooms gives you awards in a fixed order. The thing is that the game is programmed to give awards only up to the 255th room. Entering mansion rooms from the 256th and onwards will instead give ''massive'' amounts of points (as it's getting data from code meant for other aspects of the game). That being said, only a handful of people in the world would be good enough to enter that many mansion rooms before a Game Over, and these people only became that good decades after the machine was first released.
* SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound: Getting multiball on the pinball machine adaptation. Gomez will say "Now you've done it!" (or, alternately, "It has to warm up... so it can ''kill you!''"), all music and sounds cease...and then a slow, low rumbling sound, getting faster and higher-pitched, until BAM! Multiball!!
--> "SHOWTIME!"
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: 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 in 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 [[GuideDangIt 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.
** [[NoProblemWithLicensedGames Completely inverted]] with [[Pinball/TheAddamsFamily 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.
* ScrappyMechanic: "[[CreatorThumbprint The Power]]", a magnet located roughly in the center of the playfield which will pulse as certain times (mainly during "Seance/Super Seance" and the multiball modes), flinging the ball in wild and unpredictable directions. Some of these directions include the drain or a ricochet to the drain with nothing the player can do about it. It is so bad that all major competitions, and most minor competitions, where ''The Addams Family'' is present will have this magnet physically removed so it never bothers the competitors, with the alternative being players spending inordinate amounts of time holding balls on the flippers waiting for the Power to disable itself temporarily.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The main theme of the pinball table bears more than a passing resemblance to the main theme of Creator/{{Pat Lawlor}}'s previous table, ''Pinball/{{Funhouse}}''.