YMMV: The Wiz

  • Angst? What Angst?: Averted in the movie in that Dorothy is deeply upset to be lost in a Magical Land. The fact that her distress is listed below under Wangst makes this a good example of why this trope exists — to quote the page: "...it isn't fun for those real children to read about people like themselves screaming in terror as their lives fall apart, so the fictional children don't."
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The very...uninhibited celebration of the slaves upon gaining their freedom when Evilene is killed. The slaves being misshapen trolls who literally peel off their skins to reveal human bodies underneath is bizarre enough on its own, but why would they be wearing...maize-colored underwear, and why do the guys' undies look disturbingly like loincloths? It doesn't advance the plot, it doesn't correspond to anything in previous incarnations of The Wizard of Oz, and any potential Fanservice is blunted by its utter inexplicability and the filmmakers' jaw-dropping decision to insert a big underwear dance into a G-rated film!
    • To be fair, it is symbolic. Black people celebrating freedom from slavery? Freedom from being thought of as less than human (the troll costumes resemble blackface minstrels)? Freedom in acknowledging that Black is Beautiful, and that they should be proud of what they are?
    • And also to be fair, the G rating back then didn't mean what it means today.
  • Ear Worm: Many of the songs, but "Ease on Down the Road", "Everybody Rejoice (Brand New Day)", "You Can't Win", "Slide Some Oil to Me" and "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News" are the standouts.
  • Ending Fatigue: After Evillene is killed, there's not much story left to tell in both versions, but it still takes several songs to get to the end either way.
  • Fridge Logic: Dorothy repeatedly Fails a Taxi, who don't take black passengers. But if everyone in Oz is black, then who do the taxis drive around?
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The Emerald City is represented by the World Trade Center in the movie.
    • During the second season of American Idol, during the movie theme week, one of the contestants sung "You Can't Win" as their choice which didn't agree with the judges. In the following elimination round, he was knocked out of the running.
  • Most Annoying Sound: In the movie, the Tin Man can be brought to tears by the memory of his fourth wife Teeny, or as he tends to put it, "TEEEEEEENY, TEEEEEEEENY, TEEEEEEEEENY, TEEEEEEEENY, TEEEEEEEEENY..."
  • Nightmare Fuel: The subway scene, from the growing puppets to the living pillars.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Particularly for the stage version. The orchestrations are firmly from the mid-1970s. Times have also changed since then, and performing the show true to its original context can feel pretty degrading; you're far more likely now to see a sexy and sassy contemporary Dorothy who seems to undermine the whole intent of the piece, or the whole "black" concept swapped out in favor of a generic "urban" (i.e., ghetto) concept performed by a mostly-white cast. Whichever of the three ways it's done, you'll be cringing.
  • Vindicated by History: The film is viewed a bit more positively nowadays (especially among the black community), to the point where it has become something of a cult classic. Though there's still plenty of people that view it as a bad film, you're just as likely to find people that like it and defend it.
  • Wangst: Don't do a Drinking Game of how many times Dorothy sobs piteously. You'll be passed out after 30 minutes.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Oz features hookers, an opium den, and a (mostly) clothing-optional musical number.
  • The Woobie: Arguably The Scarecrow who starts out being tortured by the crows and is similarly abused throughout the movie. Being played by a 19-year-old Michael Jackson helped.
    • At the end, the Wiz (aka failed New Jersey politician Herman Smith) reveals he lives a lonely, fearful life, and begs Dorothy and her friends not to leave:
      The Wiz: "Please…please don't…don't go. I li...I live here all alone…in terror…that someone will find out that I'm a fraud. Please…just stay with me a little while and talk. You can talk to me crazy…call me names…"