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* SlippingIntoStink: This is a bit of a RunningGag of the series, as usually, whenever Marty tangles with a Tannen, manure will be involved in some fashion.
** In the first movie ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Marty cause Biff to crash into a manure truck and dump the contents on his convertible.
** In the second movie ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', Marty manages it again, this time distracting Biff long enough to get the Almanac back that he once more crashes into a manure truck. The ''same'' one from the first movie to boot. Meaning in the context of the 50's timeline, it happened ''twice in one week''.
** In the third movie ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', Marty defeats Mad Dog Tannen by punching him out and causing him to fall on a manure wagon.

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** In the first movie, when Doc and Marty are preparing for the storm, they're listening to the radio, and the weather report is saying it'll be clear skies all night. Doc asks "Are you sure about this lightning?" Marty responds, "Since when can weathermen predict the weather, let alone the future?" Then, in the second movie, once they arrive in 2015, Doc is able to tell Marty down the the exact second when a rainstorm will end.

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--> '''Marty''': I dreamed that I went back in time.

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* PostWakeUpRealization: A RunningGag in the trilogy is Marty getting knocked out, thinking ItWasAllJustADream, and then suddenly getting startled awake when Lorraine or Maggie tells Marty that he's now safe and sound in 1955/on the 25th floor/on the [=McFly=] farm.


** The first piece of audio heard in the first movie is an ad for a Toyota dealer, which plays on Doc's radio. In 1955, this dealer instead sold Studebakers.

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** The first piece of audio heard in the first movie is an ad for a Toyota dealer, which plays on Doc's radio. In 1955, this dealer instead sold Studebakers. In 2015, the dealer was selling Pontiac (which no longer existed by Real Life 2015).


* TheAllegedCar: The films don't hide the fact that despite the cool looks the [=Delorean=] DMC-12 was a troublesome car which broke frequently.[[note]]Albeit this detail is lost for foreign audiences because [[NoExportForYou none of the cars of that brand were sold outside the U.S.]][[/note]] It's particularly bad in the first movie, so maybe Doc worked some of the kinks out with the hover conversion?

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* TheAllegedCar: The While these films don't hide the fact that despite the cool looks made the [=Delorean=] DMC-12 ''the'' coolest of the {{Cool Car}}s, they also showed that it was delicate and prone to a troublesome car which broke frequently.[[note]]Albeit number of problems (e.g. stalling on a hot start, sticky doors)[[note]]Albeit this detail is lost for foreign audiences because [[NoExportForYou none of the cars of that brand were sold DMC didn't sell outside the U.S.]][[/note]] It's The [=DeLorean=] misbehaves particularly bad badly in the first movie, so maybe Doc worked some of the kinks out with the hover conversion?



* AluminumChristmasTrees: The [=DeLorean=]. The [=DeLorean=] Motor Company went bankrupt in 1982, well before the film was made, and Robert Zemeckis had to argue with Universal to use the car since DMC wouldn't be able to give them any commercial endorsements. At the time the car was considered a failure--underpowered, unreliable, generally just a crappy car, which is why DMC went out of business. Indeed this joke is played on in the film as the [=DeLorean=] has a habit of stalling on Marty at the worst possible times. It's now entirely thanks to this series that anyone remembers it.
** The use of the word "Dude" as an insult in the 1885 segments. Back then it was pretty much equivalent to "City slicker" or "Dandy", and meant someone from an urban environment trying to play cowboy. (It is still used this way when referring to a "dude ranch.") Its use as a term of affection only goes back as far as TheSixties.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The [=DeLorean=]. The [=DeLorean=] Motor Company went bankrupt in 1982, well before the film was made, and Robert Zemeckis had to argue with Universal to use the car since DMC wouldn't be able to give them any commercial endorsements. At the time the car was considered a failure--underpowered, unreliable, generally just a crappy car, which is why DMC went out of business. Indeed this joke is played on in the film as the [=DeLorean=] has a habit of [[MyCarHatesMe stalling on Marty at the worst possible times.time]]. It's now entirely thanks to this series that anyone remembers it.
** The use of the word "Dude" as an insult in the 1885 segments. Back then it was pretty much equivalent to "City slicker" or "Dandy", and meant someone from an urban environment with no experience of horses or cattle trying to play cowboy. (It is still used this way when referring to a "dude ranch.") Its use as a term of affection only goes back as far as TheSixties.

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* RemovedAchillesHeel: Initially, the first version of the [=DeLorean=] required literal plutonium to generate enough electricity to power the time circuits. A later trip to 2015 where Doc got the hover conversion for the [=DeLorean=] also had him buy an energy converter, allowing him to simply use trash instead of plutonium and the hovering allows it to travel anywhere without road issues. {[[BagOfSpilling At least until the third movie, where the hover circuits got fried and brought back the road issue]].) Eventually the [[CoolTrain Time Train]] simply used steam.


The films are notable for their running gags, based on [[IronicEcho similar events occurring across time]], and solidified the career of Creator/RobertZemeckis. The series itself is very successful beyond the films, later spawning [[WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture a cartoon]], a Ride/UniversalStudios ride[[note]](Later replaced by a ride based on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.)[[/note]], [[VideoGame/BackToTheFuture a video game]] (or [[VideoGame/BackToTheFuture1989 two]]), [[Pinball/BackToTheFuture a pinball game]], [[TabletopGame/BackToTheFuture a card game]], a cinematic re-release in 2010 (to celebrate the 25th anniversary), once again in 2015[[note]]In the second movie, Marty goes to October 21st, 2015.[[/note]], an {{interquel}} comic book series from Creator/IDWPublishing, and several spinoff products.

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The films are notable for their running gags, based on [[IronicEcho similar events occurring across time]], and solidified the career of Creator/RobertZemeckis. The series itself is very successful beyond the films, later spawning [[WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture a cartoon]], a Ride/UniversalStudios ride[[note]](Later replaced by a ride based on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.)[[/note]], [[VideoGame/BackToTheFuture [[VideoGame/BackToTheFutureTheGame a video game]] (or [[VideoGame/BackToTheFuture1989 two]]), [[Pinball/BackToTheFuture a pinball game]], [[TabletopGame/BackToTheFuture a card game]], a cinematic re-release in 2010 (to celebrate the 25th anniversary), once again in 2015[[note]]In the second movie, Marty goes to October 21st, 2015.[[/note]], an {{interquel}} comic book series from Creator/IDWPublishing, and several spinoff products.


* TimeIsDangerous: The [=DeLorean=] has to be traveling at 88 miles per hour. Which means that unless you know what's going to be in front of you when you arrive in the new timeline, you're going to crash. By the third movie, Doc seems to be acknowledging this. Marty's a little less sure, but both times Doc assures him that the obstacle he's seeing in the present won't be there in the destination time.

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* TimeIsDangerous: The [=DeLorean=] has to be traveling at 88 miles per hour. Which means that unless you know what's going to be in front of you when you arrive in the new timeline, you're going to crash. By the third movie, Doc seems to be acknowledging this. Marty's a little less sure, but both times Doc assures him that the obstacle he's seeing in the present won't be there in the destination time. (Which wouldn't prevent something else being there by coincidence. Like, say, real Indians on horses instead of a ''billboard'' painted with Indians....)


* LightningCanDoAnything

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* LightningCanDoAnythingLightningCanDoAnything: Including making a time machine travel the required 88 MPH from a standing start... in mid air....


** "Clint Eastwood", on the other hand, is played completely straight. Marty can't even back out of a duel because not only would it tap his personal BerserkButton, but it would also preemptively ruin [[Creator/ClintEastwood the actor]]'s career in Westerns by associating his name with cowardice, and keep the ''Dollars'' trilogy or ''Franchise/DirtyHarry'' from featuring him.

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** "Clint Eastwood", on the other hand, is played completely straight. Marty can't even back out of a duel because not only would it tap his personal BerserkButton, but it would also preemptively ruin [[Creator/ClintEastwood the actor]]'s career in Westerns by associating his name with cowardice, and keep the ''Dollars'' trilogy or ''Franchise/DirtyHarry'' ''Film/DirtyHarry'' from featuring him.


* ToiletHumour: All members of the Tanen family have a custom of crashing with manure trucks.

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* ToiletHumour: All members of the Tanen Tannen family have a custom of crashing with manure trucks.


* MeanwhileInTheFuture: Once Marty goes to a time period, we stay there with him and don't see any changes he's made to the timeline until he gets back and sees them himself.

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* MeanwhileInTheFuture: Once Marty goes to a time period, we stay the movie stays there with him him, and don't see doesn't show any changes he's made to the timeline until he gets back and Marty sees them for himself.



** After locking Marty in the trunk, one of Biff's gang calls one of the Starlighters a "spook", which is a largely forgotten racial epithet for a black person. In kind, the band members respond by calling him "peckerwood", which was likewise a racial slur for a white person.
** In Part 3, one of the old timers sees Marty in his hideous outfit and says "Must'a got that shirt off'n a dead Chinee..."
* RetroactivePreparation: Apparently does not work. (If it did, after Marty got stuck in 1955, his future self would have popped in with some plutonium, easy-peasy, problem solved. Ditto 1885 and a gallon of gas.)

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** After locking Marty in the trunk, one of Biff's gang calls one of the Starlighters a "spook", which is a largely forgotten racial epithet for a black person. In kind, the band members respond by calling him the bully "peckerwood", which was is likewise a largely-forgotten racial slur for a white person.
** In Part 3, one of the old timers sees Marty in his hideous outfit and says "Must'a got that shirt off'n a dead Chinee...Chinee."
* RetroactivePreparation: Apparently Apparently, this does not work. (If work in this movie's universe. If it did, after Marty got stuck in 1955, his future self would have popped in with some plutonium, easy-peasy, problem solved. Ditto 1885 and a gallon of gas.)


* AluminumChristmasTrees: The [=DeLorean=]. The [=DeLorean=] Motor Company went bankrupt in 1982, well before the film was made, and Robert Zemeckis had to argue with Universal to use the car since DMC wouldn't be able to give them any commercial endorsements. At the time the car was considered a failure; it's now entirely thanks to this series that anyone remembers it.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The [=DeLorean=]. The [=DeLorean=] Motor Company went bankrupt in 1982, well before the film was made, and Robert Zemeckis had to argue with Universal to use the car since DMC wouldn't be able to give them any commercial endorsements. At the time the car was considered a failure; it's failure--underpowered, unreliable, generally just a crappy car, which is why DMC went out of business. Indeed this joke is played on in the film as the [=DeLorean=] has a habit of stalling on Marty at the worst possible times. It's now entirely thanks to this series that anyone remembers it.

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