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     Ace Ventura 

  • The Alleged Car: His car fails to start, which lets the angry dirtbag man he took the missing dog from catch up to him, smash in his windshield, and batter his car. Ace, strapped for cash, can't pay to fix the busted windshield, which is so badly shattered he can't see out it anymore and has to stick his head out while driving. It's a wonder he didn't get in trouble with the law for driving like that.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He's highly eccentric, if not insane with acute manic episodes.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT mess with animals, or his hair.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Ace invokes this for a throwaway gag.
    Melissa: You really do love animals, don't you?
    Ace: If it gets cold enough.
  • Brain Bleach: Ace reacts to the realization that a woman who he was sexually attracted to used to be a man by vomiting his entire stomach's contents into the toilet (using a plunger on his face), burning his clothes and then scrubbing himself down in the shower while sobbing. The next scene, he's in his car, chewing a whole package of Big Red gum.
  • Bring My Brown Pants:
    Ace: I'm looking for Ray Finkle. (Ray's father points a shotgun at Ace, whose expression doesn't change one bit) And a clean pair of shorts.
  • Bullet Catch: With his teeth, while driving a car. Accidentally. Immediately after taunting the shooter, "What's wrong, can't ya hit me!?" followed by him pulling out and looking at the bullet with a definite Oh, Crap! expression.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Yes, Ace is a lunatic, but there's no denying he's good at his job.
  • Bus Crash: His absence from Ace Ventura Jr. was explained away by him dying in a plane crash years ago.
  • Cassandra Truth: The local cops don't listen to anything Ace says and dismiss and ridicule him as just a kooky animal lover. Justified with Lt. Einhorn, because s/he is the Big Bad.
  • Catchphrase: He's got quite a few:
    • "Alrighty then!"
    • "Like a glove!"
    • "Loser!" (extended as "Lu-hoo... zu-her.")
    • "Really?" (extended as "Ree-hee-hee-hee-HEEEEAAAAALLY...")
    • "Spank you!" (His way of saying "Thank you".)
    • "Take care now. Bye-bye then."
  • Caught on the Jumbotron: Ace beats the crap out of a bird-suited mascot on a Jumbotron at the end of the first movie. The reason? He shooed away a runaway pigeon that had a cool reward of $25,000 on its head. Good news is, it was the away team's mascot, and the Dolphins were yukking it up, along with Melissa. Gets coupled with Description Cut since the announcer introduced him as a lover of all life's creatures just before he got caught.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his constant goofy, idiotic behavior, he repeatedly demonstrates an astounding amount of knowledge regarding anything related to animals, is shown to work very diligently on his cases (at one point, he notices a picture of the Dolphins team that has one more player, Ray Finkle to be exact, than the picture he was given earlier, and is quick to inquire about him), can put up a decent fight, even if he loses, and is apparently quite the lover as evidenced by Melissa's astounded "THREE times?", and his apologetic, "I must be tired."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's loud, wild, has an affinity for animals, and literally talks out of his ass. You can tell he has more than a couple of screws loose.
  • Delivery Guy Infiltration: Used in the very first scene of Pet Detective, specifically Ace dressing as an Expy of a UPS man to infiltrate the apartment of the ex-boyfriend puppy-napper.
  • Destructo-Nookie: When Ace gets to bed Melissa in the first film, he is REALLY WILD in bed, banging the headboard against the wall. The animals watching and reacting adds to the comedy. As does "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" being used as nookie music.
    Melissa: [exhausted] Oh my God! Three times?
    Ace: I'm sorry, that's never happened before. I must be getting tired. [beat] Okay, I'm ready again!
    Melissa: [delighted] Oh!
  • Drives Like Crazy: In both films, more so in the second.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He loves all animals. Except bats.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's a send-up of this sort of character, whether intentionally or otherwise. He literally talks out of his backside, is inherently immature and even sociopathic, but losing someone he was trying to save drives him into seclusion in a monastery. Said someone was a raccoon... A notable subversion if you realize where his loyalties lie. He's a PET detective and thus, the ones he is nicest to are ALL animals.
  • Incredibly Long Note: In the first movie, Ace has some fun with a soundproof glass door. He starts his psuedo-opera note, and opens and closes the door about six times, just to prove that the door was soundproof, and to annoy Einhorn.
  • Large Ham: Every moment Ace is on screen, Jim Carrey doesn't just chew scenery, he swallows every scene whole and goes back for seconds.
    • "Do NOT... go in there! WHOOO!"
    • Also, when he punches out the Monopoly Guy and wears him like a stole.
    • "I CAME TO CONFESS! I was the second gunman on the grassy knoll!"
    • "That's what you stepped in, that's what was on your shoe, and THAT EXPLAINS THE ABRASION ON YOUR PALM! DAMN I'M GOOD!!"
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He may be a fool, but he is the last guy you want near you if you intend to harm an animal.
  • Loon with a Heart of Gold: Yeah, he's a total lunatic, but he truly cares about animals.
  • Mistaken for Gay
    Ace: I represent the Princess.
    Ouda: "I am a Princess."
    (The Wachootoo tribe murmur in confusion. One of the tribesmen rises up and smiles.)
    • Also happens in the first film when Ace is trying to sneak a peek at a former Miami Dolphin's championship ring while he uses the urinal. The football player, however, is far from offended and Ace makes a hasty retreat from his new "friend."
  • Not Good with People: He's always nice to animals (except bats). With humans, however, he unleashes his full range of insane behavior.
  • Now, That's Using Your Teeth!: Ace catches a bullet in his teeth while driving his car and leaning out the window.
    • One episode of the cartoon has Ace filling in for a James Bond-Expy. As he comes under fire while chasing the villain down in the requisite Cool Car, he notes his ability to catch bullets in his teeth, and prepares to do so. The villain launches a missile at Ace. He still catches it.
  • Really Gets Around: He has this reputation, first with the rich lady that he rescued the dog for in the opening. Then there was Melissa and almost Einhorn. Lastly, it was implied that Ace took the Wachati princess' virginity.
  • Sherlock Scan: "Except of course for that spot of blood on the railing over there!"
    • When he searches the Bat's hut in the second film, he does an extensive version of this one.
  • Shower of Angst: Ace, after realizing the woman he kissed used to be a man. He also chews an enormous wad of gum. And burns all his clothes, uses a toilet plunger on his face, and vomits his entire stomach contents.
  • Trash Landing: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Ace falls and land on his back on a pile of garbage from a roof of a two story building when trying to catch the rare albino pigeon.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Bats are the only animals that terrify him and simply can't stand.

     Melissa Robinson 
Played by: Courteney Cox

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     Lois Einhorn/ Ray Finkle 
Played by: Sean Young
  • Big Bad: Of Pet Detective.
  • The Bad Guys Are Cops
  • Creepy Crossdresser
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Miss a field goal? For Ray Finkle, that means working almost a decade on a plot to get revenge on the team that fired you by stealing (and maybe killing) their mascot and kidnap and kill the player that didn't put the ball with the laces facing the right way.
    • And the level of hatred Einhorn experienced as a result of this, which pushed him into villainy.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Though not immediately obvious, Einhorn's voice has a slightly lower register than the other women in the film. It's actually a clue that the lieutenant is a man disguised as a woman.
  • Foreshadowing: Clues that foreshadow Einhorn's true identity as Ray Finkle:
    • Her hair and eyebrows are not the same color, hinting that her hair is dyed.
    • Her voice has a lower register than the rest of the women in the film.
    • When she arrives at Podacter's apartment, Podacter's dog starts barking and growling at her, which Ace suggests is because "animals can sense evil".
    • When Ace points out the blood stain on the balcony railing, Einhorn touches it with her bare finger.
    • While she usually reacts with snarky disgust at Ace's antics, his sound test on Podacter's back door leaves her momentarily paralyzed.
    • In the group photo where Ace first finds out about Ray Finkle, his chest is somewhat more prominent than the other players.
    • Finkle's nickname as a kicker was "The Mule"; a mule is the offspring of a female horse and a male donkey.
    • When Ace pitches his theory about Finkle to Einhorn, there's a banana between two apples sitting on her desk.
    • Perhaps the most infamous clue is when Einhorn kisses Ace: "Your gun is digging into my hip."
  • Madness Mantra: “Laces Out”
  • Room Full of Crazy: Ray Finkle's room, covered with scrawls of "Laces Out" and "Die Dan Die," left Ace (and the audience) in no doubt that Finkle lost his mind following the disastrous missed field goal that cost the Dolphins the Super Bowl and that he's got some rather ugly designs on Dan Marino, whom he blames for the whole thing. Ace would later say of the room, "Cozy, if you're Hannibal Lecter." It gets even creepier when you remember that his parents house is covered in graffiti that degrades and vilifies him. It's hatred within hatred.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: "Oh my God! Einhorn is a man?!"

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