* AdaptationDisplacement: While it's more of a [[SpinOff spin-off]] than a [[TheMovie film version]], the original TV series did not last very long and was not as popular as the movies, leading many people to believe that the franchise only exists as a movie trilogy.
* AcceptablePoliticalTargets: The Beirut council seen in the first film is a practical who's who of AcceptablePoliticalTargets--communists, Islamists, military dictators, and... whatever the hell [[CloudCuckoolander Gaddafi]] was.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** In ''33⅓'' the music in the background during the starting of the ''[[Film/TheUntouchables Untouchables]]'' shootout parody.
** The main theme that plays during the opening credits counts as well.
* CreatorInjoke: In ''The Naked Gun: From The Files of Police Squad!'', the montage of Drebin and Jane dating featuring "I'm Into Something Good" ends with [[http://warmbutter.com/img/web/wheelo.jpg a freeze-framed credit saying it's on The Naked Gun Soundtrack on Wheelo Records.]] The movie didn't have a soundtrack album came out[[note]] VareseSarabande issued a 35:46 compilation of tracks from the first two movies a few years later[[/note]], but when La-La Land Records issued all three scores on a 3-disc set, [[http://www.warmbutter.com/cds/nakedgun.php# they have a logo for Wheelo Records on the packaging]]. (And yes, "I'm Into Something Good" ''is'' on the first disc.)
* CrossesTheLineTwice: The reason many of the gags work. {{Mook}} getting offed in a vat of... ''stuff'' in a hot dog factory? Not terribly funny. BigBad later finds the mook's finger in his hot dog? Hilarious!
* EarWorm: In the first film, the fast ragtime piano piece that plays on the piano when Frank's wrecking Ludwig's apartment.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** The repeated torment Nordberg (played by O.J. Simpson) suffers is either this or becomes [[HilariousInHindsight even funnier]], depending on your viewpoint. Especially the line that he "wouldn't hurt a fly" spoken by his on-screen wife. In the network TV version, when Frank, after unknowingly shutting down Nordberg's life support system and not noticing where the rushing hospital staff are headed, says "Just be glad you're not that guy's wife."
** During the cop car opening credits in ''33⅓'' at one point it's flying around LA and headed straight for the tallest building only to sideswipe it at the last moment. Still very disturbing.
** The Jewish man and Arab man being among the feuding parties at the ballgame to embrace each other after seeing and hearing Franks emotional plea to Jane. Obviously referencing a conflict that had been raging for decades at that point...and is still raging today.
** Three times a person falls out of the top deck at the baseball stadium. It's played for laughs each time, but is significantly less funny after a man died in 2011 from falling from the upper deck at a Texas Rangers game while reaching for a ball. Just to make matters worse this happened right next to his six year-old son.
* HarsherInHindsight
** It features O.J. Simpson, so this is pretty much a given for some people.
** In the third film, a scene at a Los Angeles high school features every kid with a gun. Not so funny given the myriad of school shootings over the years.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** O.J. Simpson playing a cop.
** The Hubble Space Telescope appearing on a "Wall of Failures" back before its mirror was fixed.
** In ''2½'', Frank casually mentions that he and Jane are ancient history, like the Democratic party. Guess who got elected only one year after this movie came out?
** Drebin mangling the American national anthem only got funnier when Christina Aguilera did it in Super Bowl XLVII.
** One man butchering his own national anthem? How about a army orchestra [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdY7D75XK5w butchering other nations' anthems]], three times, [[CrossesTheLineTwice with their heads of state listening?]]
** The scene with Drebin going to the bathroom with his radio mic on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRHVIcesOH4 has happened in real life]]. Note the woman speaking trying valiantly not to laugh... and failing miserably.
** Tanya attempting to distract the Price Waterhouse accountant becomes even funnier in the wake of the Best Picture mix-up at the 2017 Academy Awards. A Price Waterhouse accountant was apparently distracted by Creator/EmmaStone to the point that he handed the wrong envelope to Creator/WarrenBeatty.
** [[UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev Gorbachev]] at the Beirut council saying the Americans "[believe he's] a nice guy". The film was released before his policies of ''perestroika'' and ''glasnost'' unintentionally [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp led to the fall of]] [[UsefulNotes/IronCurtain the Iron Curtain]], ironically [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade improving his reputation]] in the West even more.
** Frank "[shooting] the bastards" in the Shakespeare-in-the-Park's production of ''[[Theatre/JuliusCaesar Julius Caesar]]'' is now this, thanks to the same production's recent controversy for its perceived violence by right wing supporters and sponsor Delta Airlines.
* NightmareFuel: The "Manchurian candidates" for Vincent Ludwig's plot in the first movie, who go blank-faced and robotically intone: "I....must kill....[Name]" once they're "triggered." It's fairly frightening for younger viewers - particularly when it's revealed that Ludwig's final sleeper agent is [[spoiler: Jane]]!
* OneSceneWonder: Numerous examples, though John Houseman's driving instructor from the first film is a particular standout. Also, Music/WeirdAlYankovic appears in all three films in this capacity.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAMqMErPIIY The trucker who tried to rape Jane in the third movie]]? A certain [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Gul Dukat]]. (Also counts as PlayingAgainstType- he's more known as a MagnificentBastard alien, not a sleazy trucker/attempted rapist.)
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the lady who sings the hilariously depressing blues number in the second film. There's an urban legend that it's Colleen "[[Music/VitaminC Vitamin C]]" Fitzpatrick in heavy makeup; actually, she's another performer also named Colleen Fitzpatrick.
* SeasonalRot: It seems that every movie is relying on sexual/toilet humor more than the last.
* SoBadItsGood: In-universe. On the DVD commentary, the creators state the reason Frank and Jane come out of ''{{Film/Platoon}}'' laughing their heads off is that an acquaintance thought the movie was hilariously bad and couldn't stop laughing at it.
* {{Tearjerker}}: [[spoiler: Frank's pleas for Jane to snap out of her hypnotic state at the end of the first film. Particularly this line:]]
--> "If you don't love me, you might as well pull that trigger, because without you, I wouldn't want to live anyway."
** While overall being very funny, the shots of ''everyone'' in the ballpark embracing because they're so moved by what they're seeing and hearing can be quite touching, especially of the Jewish man and the Arab man...and the mailman and the dog.
* VindicatedByHistory: In ''The Naked Gun 2 1/2'', a museum put the Hubble Space Telescope, which had been launched with a flawed reflector mirror, with the ''Hindenberg'' and the ''Titanic'' as one of the biggest disasters in human history. Corrective optics installed in 1993 fixed the problem, and it's now considered one of the most successful satellites ever launched.
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