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Acceptable Targets: Male models, clothing executives, and the fashion industry as a whole.
Cult Classic: See Vindicated by History below.
Fashion-Victim Villain: Mugatu looks like an unholy mixture of Satan, Cruella DeVille, and a poodle. He also inexplicably dresses up as a young German boy during the brainwashing scene.
Katinka is only slightly better; she wears a business suit made of plastic, a very angular nurse's outfit and a lot of other weird things.
Fountain of Memes: Let's just say this movie, like and Mean Girls , is "very quotable" and leave it at that.
The Princess Bride "Blue Steel" has probably gotten more pop-culture nods than any other joke in the movie.
"I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!"
"What is this, a center for ANTS!?!"
"Well you can dere-LICT my balls!"
"Cool story, Hansel!"
"Orange Mocha Frappecino!"
"You think I don't know what a eugoogoly is?"
"Hansel is so hot right now!"
" ...But why male models?"
" Listen to your friend Billy Zane, he's a cool dude!"
"The files are in the computer?!''
Zoolander's breathless accent probably sounds strangely familiar. It is: Ben Stiller is impersonating Marilyn Monroe.
Derek is from New Jersey and can't turn left. Anyone who has driven in New Jersey would find this alternately funny and infuriating - they use Jughandles.
Hilarious in Hindsight:
Mugatu's defense of child labor sounds patently absurd, but Newt Gingrich seriously used that as an argument.
Looks like someone is taking Mugatu's "Derelicte" idea seriously...
Derek's 'Blue Steel' look is essentially the same as the notorious duckface, which slowly took over young girls' social network profiles a few years after the film.
Hollywood Homely: Matilda. (Probably a deliberate joke; the DVD Menu has Derek refer to her as one of the "good-looking" ones)
One-Scene Wonder: David Bowie is the judge during the walk-off, and the movie even takes a moment to put his name on the screen. Befitting the trope, Bowie's one scene is awesome.
Retroactive Recognition: Is that Eric Northman?
Serial Numbers Filed Off: Zoolander is basically The Manchurian Candidate and/or Bret Easton Ellis' on laughing gas. Whether this is intentional or a coincidence is unconfirmed.
Glamorama Vindicated by History: The film disappointed in theaters, having the misfortune to come out a few weekends after 9/11. Over the years, however, it became a hit on home video.
The Woobie: Derek.