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* SignatureScene: In the original, it is when the Stepfather forgets who he is while talking to Susan.


* JerkassWoobie: The stepfather, in the original at least. The remake averts it.

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* JerkassWoobie: The stepfather, in the original at least. He's absolutely sincere in his desire to build a "perfect family" and genuinely heartbroken when his relationship with Susan and Stephanie starts to fall apart. It's hard not to sympathize with him somewhat, at least until he completely snaps and decides that MurderIsTheBestSolution. The remake averts it.it by making him a complete asshole with no redeeming or sympathetic features.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: All that build and anticipation towards the final confrontation between The Stepfather and Jim Ogilvie has an anti-climatic payoff with The Stepfather just instantly killing him and Jim is all but forgotten in the next scene. WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob pointed out how pointless all that build-up was since the confrontation didn't make the character important to the plot.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: All [[spoiler:All that build and anticipation towards the final confrontation between The Stepfather and Jim Ogilvie has an anti-climatic payoff with The Stepfather just instantly killing him and Jim is all but forgotten in the next scene. scene.]] WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob pointed out how pointless all that build-up was since the confrontation didn't make the character important to the plot.


%%** ''Stepfather III'' is overflowing with it.



%% ZCE ** ''Stepfather III'' is overflowing with it.



* SoBadItsGood: ''Stepfather III''

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* SoBadItsGood: ''Stepfather III''III'' is considered the poorest of the films, where everybody seems to have TookALevelInDumbass in regards to similar characters in previous films, and the stepfather himself comes off as less of a charming sociopath and more of an obviously crazy lunatic, but people still find it entertaining in an ironic way for the same reasons. The one genuinely good thing people seem to like is Robert Wightman as the stepfather, as while he's no Creator/TerryOQuinn, he still gives a good perfomance.



** The first film had [[spoiler: [[AmateurSleuth James]] "[[{{Determinator}} Jim]]" [[VigilanteMan Ogilvie]]]].
** The third film had [[spoiler: [[CoolOldGuy Father Brennan]] and the [[RootingForTheEmpire stepfather]] himself, despite being played by TheOtherDarrin and had undergo VillainDecay]].

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** The first film had [[spoiler: [[AmateurSleuth James]] "[[{{Determinator}} Jim]]" [[VigilanteMan Ogilvie]]]].
[[spoiler:James "Jim" Ogilvie]], an AmateurSleuth {{Determinator}} VigilanteMan who hunts down the stepfather, but unfortunately, [[spoiler:is killed by him just before the climax]].
** The third film had [[spoiler: [[CoolOldGuy Father Brennan]] [[spoiler:Father Brennan]], who helps Andy [[spoiler:before becoming one of the stepfather's victims]], and the [[RootingForTheEmpire stepfather]] [[spoiler:the stepfather himself, despite being played by TheOtherDarrin and had undergo VillainDecay]].


** ''Stepfather III'' is overflowing with it.

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** %%** ''Stepfather III'' is overflowing with it.


* RootingForTheEmpire: At least in the original and in ''Stepfather II''. Terry O'Quinn's charming and likable performance can make the viewer forget that his character is a crazed serial killer. WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob even pointed that out in his reviews of both films.

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* RootingForTheEmpire: At least in the original and in ''Stepfather II''. Terry O'Quinn's Creator/TerryOQuinn's charming and likable performance can make the viewer forget that his character is a crazed serial killer. WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob even pointed that out in his reviews of both films.


* ParanoiaFuel
* RootingForTheEmpire: At least in the original. Terry O'Quinn's charming and likable performance can make the viewer forget that his character is a crazed serial killer. WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob even pointed that out in his review

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* %%* ParanoiaFuel
* RootingForTheEmpire: At least in the original.original and in ''Stepfather II''. Terry O'Quinn's charming and likable performance can make the viewer forget that his character is a crazed serial killer. WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob even pointed that out in his reviewreviews of both films.



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: All that build and anticipation towards the final confrontation between The Stepfather and Jim Ogilvie has an anti-climatic payoff with The Stepfather just instantly killing him and Jim is all but forgotten in the next scene. As Creator/BradJones pointed out how pointless all that build-up was since the confrontation didn't make the character important to the plot.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: All that build and anticipation towards the final confrontation between The Stepfather and Jim Ogilvie has an anti-climatic payoff with The Stepfather just instantly killing him and Jim is all but forgotten in the next scene. As Creator/BradJones WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob pointed out how pointless all that build-up was since the confrontation didn't make the character important to the plot.


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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: All that build and anticipation towards the final confrontation between The Stepfather and Jim Ogilvie had an anti-climatic payoff with The Stepfather just instantly killing him and Jim was all but forgotten in the next scene. As BradJones pointed out how pointless all that build up was since the confrontation didn't make the character important to the plot.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: All that build and anticipation towards the final confrontation between The Stepfather and Jim Ogilvie had has an anti-climatic payoff with The Stepfather just instantly killing him and Jim was is all but forgotten in the next scene. As BradJones Creator/BradJones pointed out how pointless all that build up build-up was since the confrontation didn't make the character important to the plot.






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* CompleteMonster: Unlike the criminally insane original, the stepfather in the 2009 remake is a {{narcissist}}, who [[SerialKiller murders families he joins]] when they fail to meet his expectations. Already having killed at least two previous families, including their young children, the stepfather seduces single mother, Susan Harding and becomes engaged to her. Killing anyone who delves into his past to keep up his façade, the stepfather murders Susan's elderly neighbor, her ex-husband and her sister. After Susan's eldest son, Michael, discovers the stepfather's murderous past, he declares the Harding family has failed him and tries to kill them all before moving on.


* JerkassWoobie: The stepfather, in the original at least.

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* JerkassWoobie: The stepfather, in the original at least. The remake averts it.


* WhatAnIdiot: Susan, [[TooDumbToLive big time!]] You'd expect her to notice something's off with her fiance when the warning signs came up, as obvious as a blaring alarm, but nope. She just swats them off. It's to the point where you'd ''want'' her to die.

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* WhatAnIdiot: Susan, Susan in the remake, [[TooDumbToLive big time!]] You'd expect her to notice something's off with her fiance when the warning signs came up, as obvious as a blaring alarm, but nope. She just swats them off. It's to the point where you'd ''want'' her to die.


** The "Who Am I Here?" scene in the remake, [[LaserGuidedKarma extremely funnier]] when he goes after the dumbass who just pieces together that he was a murder after being told repeatedly about his suspiciousness.

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** The "Who Am I Here?" scene in the remake, remake is [[LaserGuidedKarma extremely funnier]] when he goes after the dumbass who just pieces together that he was a murder murderer after being told repeatedly about his suspiciousness.


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* SoOkayItsAverage: ''Stepfather II'', the remake and the original.

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* SoOkayItsAverage: ''Stepfather II'', the remake and the original.remake.



* WhatAnIdiot: Susan, [[TooDumbToLive big time!]] You'd expect her to notice something's off with her fiance when the warning signs came up, as obvious as a blaring alarm, but nope. She just swats them off. It's to the point where you'd ''want'' her to die.

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* WhatAnIdiot: Susan, [[TooDumbToLive big time!]] You'd expect her to notice something's off with her fiance when the warning signs came up, as obvious as a blaring alarm, but nope. She just swats them off. It's to the point where you'd ''want'' her to die.die.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: All that build and anticipation towards the final confrontation between The Stepfather and Jim Ogilvie had an anti-climatic payoff with The Stepfather just instantly killing him and Jim was all but forgotten in the next scene. As BradJones pointed out how pointless all that build up was since the confrontation didn't make the character important to the plot.


* WhatAnIdiot: Susan, big time! You'd expect her to notice something's off with her fiance when the warning signs came up, as obvious as a blaring alarm, but nope. She just swats them off. It's to the point where you'd ''want'' her to die.

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* TooCoolToLive:
** The first film had [[spoiler: [[AmateurSleuth James]] "[[{{Determinator}} Jim]]" [[VigilanteMan Ogilvie]]]].
** The third film had [[spoiler: [[CoolOldGuy Father Brennan]] and the [[RootingForTheEmpire stepfather]] himself, despite being played by TheOtherDarrin and had undergo VillainDecay]].
* WhatAnIdiot: Susan, [[TooDumbToLive big time! time!]] You'd expect her to notice something's off with her fiance when the warning signs came up, as obvious as a blaring alarm, but nope. She just swats them off. It's to the point where you'd ''want'' her to die.

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