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A comedy movie series starring Jim Carrey. The first film was 1994's Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and it's the movie that catapulted Carrey into A-list fame when it became a surprise hit. It was followed by a sequel, 1995's Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, and an Animated Adaptation. An adventure video game adaptation was released in 1997.

The entire gimmick of Ace Ventura is that he's a modern-day Sherlock Holmes... mixed with Tarzan and Doctor Dolittle. Using these "skills", Ace becomes a Pet Detective, finding and saving animals. In the first movie he appears as nothing more than a local nut helping people find their lost cats and whatnot, but being the only Pet Detective in the area,note  he gets roped into a high-profile investigation. Possibly due to this, he's become pretty well known in the second movie, where he is hired to recover a sacred bat stolen from two African tribes before war erupts between them.


Notably, while Carrey enjoyed himself in the original, he allegedly disliked the sequel so much that he vowed to never do a sequel again, a vow he kept for twenty years until he made Dumb and Dumber To in 2014.

The first film is pretty well known for its crude humor and vulgar jokes (toned down slightly for the second movie and animated series) as well the hero talking out of his ass, as in he literally talks out of his ass; however, it also featured a fairly intelligent plot and featured Courteney Cox as Melissa Robinson and Sean Young as Lt. Lois Einhorn.

As of 2009 it now has its own Spin-Offspring, the direct-to-DVD Ace Ventura Jr., Pet Detective (with Josh Flitter in the title role).


These films provide examples of:

  • The Alleged Car: Ace's car fails to start, which lets the angry dirtbag man he took the missing dog from catch up to 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 Situation: It's unknown what really happened to the real Louis Einhorn. The article Ace found mentions that she was lost during a hike, but did Ray Finkle kill her in order to steal her identity? It's implied, since Einhorn herself never shows up, but her fate is left ambiguous.
  • Animated Adaptation: Interesting primarily because it once had a two-part Crossover with the animated version of The Mask ("The Aceman Cometh" and "Have Mask, Will Travel"). Triple the Carrey impersonations, double the ham!
  • Artistic License – Sports: Specifically, American Football History. Done deliberately by the writers. A plot point is a 1984 AFC championship ring given to all of the Miami Dolphins players and coaches, yet the resulting Super Bowl between the Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers is mentioned as XVII. That was the 1983 one, where the Dolphins lost to the Redskins (the year before Dan Marino joined the Dolphins), not the 1985\XIX one with the San Francisco 49ers that is shown. Ironically, the actual Dolphins kicker scored most of the Dolphins points in that game after having a horrendous regular season. Also, Miami never lost by a last-second field goal in either game; that was based on the last-second kick missed by Scott Norwood of the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV. (Granted, Norwood never lived down missing that kick, but thankfully, he didn't take things nearly as far as Ray Finkle does in this movie.)
  • As Himself:
    • The Miami Dolphins, including quarterback Dan Marino, all appear as themselves.
    • Death metal band Cannibal Corpse appears as themselves. Jim Carrey is a fan of the band, and he talked the director into putting them in the movie.
  • Ascended Extra: Spike the spider monkey. In the first movie, he’s just one of Ace’s many pets he keeps in his apartment. By the sequel however he has become his official sidekick, staying by his side the whole movie.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do NOT intend to harm any animal around Ace. You will incur his wrath.
    • Also, do NOT mess with his hair... Unless you're a better fighter than him.
    • Do not mention Ray Finkle within earshot of anybody in Collier County, Florida.
  • 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. *beat* No, I have a kinship with them. I understand them.
  • Bi the Way: Among the officers spitting at the end after the Unsettling Gender Reveal, is one female officer.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Ace is attacked by a shark in the first movie, complete with being dragged around in a circle like he was in the opening scene of Jaws. The worst he gets is some torn-up clothes.
  • 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.
    • That scene was a spoof of The Crying Game. And even came with the song (as sung by Boy George) in the background.
    • The next scene, he's in his car, chewing a whole package of Big Red gum.
    • Oh, it gets better. When he reveals the fact to entire SWAT squad, the whole group, both male and female, starts spitting and puking, with emphasis on Tone Loc's character scratching his tongue with his fingers. So does the bottlenose dolphin.
      • There's more to that. When he strips her down to her underwear but she still appears to lack the evidence, a tied-up Dan Marino calls his attention to reveal one more detail. Ace strolls back to her and turns her around, revealing that she still has her equipment...tucked in between her legs, presumably with duct tape. Cue the SWATs doing the retching routine. And they even put in the same music as when he had his own revelation!
  • Brick Joke: The aforementioned "It wasn't a gun!" bit.
  • Bring My Brown Pants:
    Ace: I'm looking for Ray Finkle. (Ray's father points a shotgun at Ace) And a clean pair of shorts.
    • Done again in the Ace/Mask crossover when Stanley whips out two guns- each sporting multiple barrels and a few rocket launchers- pointed right at him.
  • 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: Ace is extremely eccentric, on top of likely being schizophrenic with acute manic episodes. However, he is also a knowledgeable and skilled animal handler, top-notch investigator, ace driver, excellent actor, capable fighter and love-maker par excellence.
  • Bus Crash: Ace's absence from Ace Ventura Jr. was explained away by him dying in a plane crash years ago.
  • The Can Kicked Him: "Do not go in there!" It's not in the actual bathroom, but Ace has to pretend it is to justify his looking the way he does, since he'd just been attacked by a shark.
    "If I had been drinking from that toilet, I might have been killed!"
  • 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 she is the Big Bad.
  • Catchphrase: "Allllllllrighty then!"
    • To the point that "Allrighty then" is made into his meditation mantra in the second movie.
    • "Llllliiiike a glove!"
    • "Unfortunately, in every contest, there must be... a loser. Lu-hoo... zu-her."
    • "Ree-hee-hee-hee-HEEEEAAAAALLY..."
  • 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.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The unexplained disappearance of Melissa Robinson between films.
    • Justified since Ace was in self-exile in Tibet for the second film and then went straight to Africa. One would simply assume none of the former cast decided to shell out the cash to leave the country just to join in on the antics.
    • Melissa does appear in Ace Ventura Jr. (played by a different actress), having married Ace at one point and had a son with him. Ace's disappearance is explained away as him having died in a plane crash.
  • Closer Than They Appear: When Ace sees an angry, baseball bat-wielding maniac in his rear-view mirror. The maniac responds by hitting the mirror off.
    Ace: Warning! Assholes are closer than they appear!
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Ray Finkle's mother. At least you see where her son got some of his dementia.
    • Ace himself, given how he breaks into random impressions, literally talks out of his ass and puts on an Obfuscating Insanity act that's not too much of a stretch for him.
  • Complexity Addiction: Ray Finkle's scheme is to get back at the Miami Dolphins, and Dan Marino in specific, for putting the laces on the ball facing the wrong way when Finkle tried a game-winning field goal in the Super Bowl but missed, making Finkle the laughingstock of the sports world. You would think that a man driven insane would just shoot Marino or something equally simple. Instead, Finkle spends a long time building a fake identity, infiltrating the Miami police department, and escalating in the ranks until he becomes the Mole in Charge of the investigation that will ensue from his crimes. That done, Finkle has to get the resources for both the theft of the Dolphins' mascot Snowflake and the kidnapping of Marino himself during the next Super Bowl that the Dolphins make it to, all so Marino can see the Dolphins lose, humiliating his team and making him watch before killing him. And this is without counting the whole thing about getting a sex change to assume the identity of "Lois Einhorn," a hiker that Finkle killed and made disappear, all to throw people even further off the trail.
  • Corpsing: While the fact that everyone manages to keep a straight face as Jim Carrey is gobbling up all the scenery is commendable, Courteney Cox is clearly struggling in the mental hospital scene (and after Ace hits his head on a bench, the doctor shown from the back is starting to laugh before a cut to Ace in the front).
  • Cranky Landlord: Mr. Shickadance from the movie, animated series and video game, is a cranky old man who hates animals. Despite his warnings for Ace not to bring any work home, Ace secretly keeps more than a dozen housepets in his room, having trained the animals to hide when the landlord appears.
    Mr. Shickadance: Ventura.
    Ace Ventura: [whispering] Yes, Satan? [turns around] Oh, I'm sorry, sir. You sounded like someone else.
    Mr. Shickadance: Never mind the wisecracks, Ventura. [coughs in Ace's face]...You owe me rent.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ace. 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, 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"
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Lois Einhorn in the first film. She was just a hiker, but Ray Finkle killed her to assume her identity.
  • Death Glare: Lois Einhorn communicates entirely in snark, put-downs, and death glares.
  • The Deep South: Ray Finkle's hometown Collier County, Florida.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: According to Word of God, the infamous "Einhorn is a man" gag is built around how, despite being a shameless egotist, excellent detective, and badass enough to catch bullets in his teeth while driving, kissing another man will completely destroy Ace.
  • 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.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Lieutenant Einhorn aka Finkle is apparently one of these, if the reaction of the one female cop during the Unsettling Gender Reveal at the climax is any indication.
  • Description Cut:
    Melissa: Is Ace in trouble?
    Emilio: Don't worry. If there's one thing I know, it's that there's nothing Ace can't handle.
    Ace Ventura: (cut to him sobbing while being held at gunpoint) Please don't kill me!
    • Also:
    Roger: A what?
    Martha: A pet. Detective.
    Melissa: Well thanks, Martha, but we better leave this to professionals.
    Martha: Actually, he was quite good. Pet detection is a very involved, highly scientific process.
    (Cut to Ace attempting to tackle a prized dove on a rooftop, and then falling off and landing in a dumpster)
  • 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!
  • Detective Mole: A murder and two kidnappings (one dolphin and one Dolphin) were investigated by police Lieutenant Lois Einhorn.
  • Disappeared Dad: Ace himself in Ace Ventura Jr., having disappeared while flying a plane full of animals over The Bermuda Triangle.
  • 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. For Finkle's family, it's being driven crazy by a whole town that, even many years afterwards, still "proudly" shows the graffiti that denigrated Finkle (among other methods of harassment).
  • Down to the Last Play: "The Kick Heard Round The World" from the first movie's back story. Too bad for Ray Finkle that he missed the field goal, and the Dolphins lost the Super Bowl by one point.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Ace in both films, more so in the second. In each film, he swerves into parking spots so he can fit "like a glove!" but in the second, he drives straight through a jungle to reach to consulate in Africa. His crazy driving is put to good use when he chases the bad guys in a monster truck.
  • Eureka Moment:
    • In the first movie, there's two. The first is Ace seeing Ray Finkle on a photo of the Miami Dolphins' team, realizing he's a player that Ace hadn't looked into yet. Later in the film, there's "Einhorn is Finkle! Finkle is Einhorn! Einhorn is a MAN!"
    • The second movie has "They have GUANO!" for when Ace realizes what the white man could possibly want with the natives and why they would want to start a tribal war.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: "SO! Animals... CAN sense Evil!" Fridge Brilliance in that the dog doesn't just sense evil, he may very well have witnessed the murder in question and is therefore quite naturally reacting to the sight of someone who harmed his master.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: After realizing he can become a pet detective, Ace Ventura's Jr. has his hair modeled after his father. He also wears an outfit similar to his dad.
    • The song "Ace in the House" by Tone Loc plays during his slow walk.
  • Expy: Ace's egotism, as well as his Catchphrase "Alrighty then!" came from one of Jim Carrey's characters on In Living Color!, The Overly-Confident Gay Man.
  • Fan Disservice: The outline of Lois Einhorn's penis tucked between her legs when Ace finally proves to everyone that she's a pre-operative trans woman who used to be the person that is the main suspect.
  • Fanservice Extra: The former Playmate Ace returns the dog to at the start of the film. She's even listed in the credits as "Sexy Woman."
  • Flipping the Bird: In the first film Ace has a football player give him the finger so he can get a good look at his championship ring.
  • Foreshadowing: There are hints of Lois Einhorn's true identity as Ray Finkle in the first movie. For example, her name means "one horn" in German, also used as the name of the unicorn. Another bonus is the apples and banana on her desk, which make a phallic shape as seen here.
    • When Einhorn first appears, Ace says, "Holy testicle Tuesday!"
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the first movie, when Ace's dog lies on the Photo of Ray Finkle, the newspaper beneath it has a story on it about an alien abduction. The accompanying image is of The Cybermen.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Ace. Though, surprisingly enough, he's not a vegetarian, as he's seen eating a zebra in the second film.
  • Generation Xerox: An episode of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective shows Ace Ventura's medieval ancestor as a pet detective, Guado's ancestor as a corrupt sheriff, and Woodstock's ancestor as the informer of Ace's ancestor (complete with a steampunk computer).
  • Good Is Not Nice: Ace Ventura is a send-up of this sort of character, according to Jim Carrey. 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.
  • Hard-Work Montage: Ace going after the 1984 Dolphins team one by one to see which has a missing stone on their ring, to the sound of Aerosmith.
  • He Knows Too Much: Einhorn killed Roger Prodactor because he discovered her male genitalia on their date.
  • Heroism Won't Pay Shickadance: Ace doesn't always earn enough money to pay rent. Part of this is his reaction whenever a beautiful female customer offers to pay with sex instead of money.
  • If I Do Not Return: "If I'm not back in five minutes... just wait longer."
  • Improbable Parking Skills: Li~ike a glove!
  • Improv Fu: Ace Ventura invokes this when in a tight situation.
  • 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!: Ace may be a fool, but he is the last guy you want near you if you intend to harm an animal.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: The band at Ronald Camp's high-class party abruptly stops playing when Ace exits the bathroom soaking wet with his clothing torn up.
  • Madness Mantra: LACES OUT!
  • Manchild: Ace is one quite often.
  • Meaningful Name: Lois Einhorn ("one-horn" = unicorn)
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective: Dolphin kidnapping -> murder, kidnapping, and attempted murder of NFL star Dan Marino.
    Melissa: What are you thinking, Ace?
    Ace: I'm thinking that this whole thing is connected somehow.
    • Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls: Bat kidnapping -> plot to wipe out two indigenous African tribes and seize their land.
      Ace: (to himself) THINK! Someone wants these two tribes to destroy each other! There must be something valuable in this equation.
  • 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."
  • Mobile Shrubbery: Ace holds a palmetto frond in front of himself in order to sneak past his landlord's window. Then he throws away the frond, onto the pile of fronds from all the previous times he snuck past.
  • Mugged for Disguise: The two actors that were supposed to tackle Dan Marino came staggering out of their dressing room, while the two hired goons kidnapped him during the middle of a commercial shoot.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: In the first movie, Ace sneaking into the dolphin tank, to the tune of Mission: Impossible.
  • Never My Fault: Finkle blames Dan Marino for the missed field goal that cost the Dolphins the Super Bowl, saying that if Marino had held the ball "laces out" like he was supposed to, Finkle would never have missed that kick. Even his parents think so, and his mom believes everyone else knows it.
  • Never Suicide: And Conviction by Contradiction; halfway through the first movie, Ace's client supposedly commits suicide. The police are quick to assume it's suicide brought on by the stress of the upcoming Super Bowl, which the players are becoming increasingly paranoid about due to Snowflake's disappearance. Ace Sherlock Scans the room, finds a spot of blood under the railing, then says murder. Einhorn is quick to dismiss him, but Ace is quick to determine a witness heard the client scream, supposedly as he threw himself from his hotel balcony. He then determines that the police had to open the balcony door when they entered the hotel room. Finally, he goes to the balcony and starts screaming at the top of his lungs while sliding the door open and shut, perfectly silencing his scream.
    Ace: This is double-paned sound-proof glass. There is no way that neighbor could've heard Roger Podacter scream on the way down with that door shut. The scream she heard came from inside the apartment before he was thrown over the balcony and the murderer closed the door before he left.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: How does Ace discover Lt. Lois Einhorn’s connection to the case before discovering she actually is Ray Finkle under her assumed identity? A news article about the disappearance of the real Lois Einhorn as a missing hiker amongst Finkle’s stuff at the mental hospital which he obviously didn’t think to destroy before his escape.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever happened to the real Lois Einhorn? The script and a deleted scene has Ace tell Emilio that the article he found was dated the day before Finkle escaped from the mental hospital, so clearly Finkle has nothing to do with her disappearence.
  • 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.
  • Oh, Crap!: With an epic scream when Ace discovers that the tank that he thinks has Snowflake actually has a great white shark. And when he gets attacked by said shark.
    Ace: That's not Snowflake...that's not Snowflake...THAT'S NOT SNOWFLAKE!!!
  • Only in Florida: The Miami Dolphins' star player, Dan Marino, and the live dolphin team mascot get kidnapped by a vengeful disgraced player who assumed the identity of a missing female hiker after escaping from a mental hospital, and became the (female) police captain in charge of investigating both cases, as part of a convoluted revenge plot. The whole thing is finally solved by an eccentric private investigator who only searches for missing animals.
  • Only in Miami: The first movie's plot revolves around the Miami Dolphins. And involves a story based on their real-life archrivals, the Buffalo Bills, losing Super Bowl 25 on a missed field goal.
  • Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?: An interesting use in the first movie - First Ace feels what he thinks is a gun while Lois Einhorn tries to seduce him, and points it out ("Your gun is digging into my hip."). But later, when he learns who Einhorn really is, Ace gets promptly squicked and begins to cry "It wasn't a gun! It wasn't a gun!", with the Boy George song "The Crying Game" playing in the background. Made even more hilarious if you speak any German, as "Einhorn" means "Unicorn" or, literally, "one horn".
  • Overly Long Gag: Ace opens and closes a soundproof door whilst screaming to make a point. He does it six times, for no discernible reason.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: "He's the best there is. (Actually, he's the only one there is.)"
  • Police are Useless: The Miami police department don't get anywhere in finding Snowflake themselves, and miss an important clue in the investigaton of Roger Podactor's death. Though this may be justified, as Einhorn was behind both events, and deliberately kept the department off-course.
  • Really Gets Around: Implied with Einhorn. When Ace outs Einhorn as a trans woman, every cop in attendance begins spitting in disgust. That includes at least one female cop.
    • So does Snowflake.
    • Ace himself 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.
  • Reveal Shot: Ace drives through what appears to be the African savannah. We pull back to see Ace is the only one hopping in his seat. Then we see they're driving on a flat road and pass a Subway billboard.
  • Room Full of Crazy: Ray Finkle's room in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, 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.
  • Shark Pool: Subverted in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, when Ace stumbles into a literal Shark Pool that turns out to actually vindicate the man he is investigating, who was shaping up before that to be a classic arch-villain. (Ace thought it contained the stolen Miami Dolphins mascot.)
  • 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.
  • Shoot the Television: Lois Einhorn from Pet Detective reveals herself as Ray Finkle when commentary during the Super Bowl halftime show on the "Kick Heard Round The World" that ruined Finkle's career pushes her over the edge:
    Lois Einhorn: THE LACES WERE IN! THEY WERE IN! [shoots the screen]
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shower of Angst: Ace, after realizing the woman he kissed is a trans woman. 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.
  • Single-Issue Landlord: Mr. Shickadance does not like animals in his building.
  • Skeleton Key Card: Done with a door sign.
  • So Much for Stealth: Ace sneaks into the mental hospital's storage room and accidentally steps on bubble wrap (but doesn't get caught).
  • Somewhere, a Mammalogist Is Crying: Melissa and Roger's boss keeps calling Snowflake a fish, though Melissa corrects him that dolphins are mammals. But he doesn't give a damn, he just gives a damn about the Super Bowl and the missing mascot isn't good for the publicity.
    Roger Podacter: It's those goddamn animal rights activists, always with their goddamn signs "Animals Were Born Free", "Stop Torturing Snowflake"! That damn fish lives better than they do!
  • Spin-Offspring: Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective.
  • Spit Take: Ace Junior's hair changes while brushing his teeth.
  • Stalker Shrine: Ray Finkle's room is a stalker shrine to Dan Marino...or at least, to the famous Super Bowl play that made Finkle a goat.
  • The Summation: In the first one, Ace enjoys turning these into the most absurd spectacle imaginable. His first summation involves a drawn-out scream. His second involves stripping a fake woman (who is also a police lieutenant!) to her underwear. In both movies and the animated series, he also does very long summations in a single breath.
  • Tempting Fate: When Ace makes his escape during the second movie, the two poachers offer to go after him, but the Big Bad dismisses this, saying he cannot do anything as their plan is near to fruition. Cue Ace invading the Lovely Room of Death with live animals.
  • Theme Tune Rap: Tone Loc contributed a rap for the credits.
  • Threatening Shark: Ace goes to a tank expecting to find a stolen dolphin. He finds a shark. Hilarity Ensues. Specially when he returns to the main hall entering via the toilet, his clothes all torn and wet: "Do NOT go in there!"
  • Tragic Villain: Ray Finkle a.k.a. Lois Einhorn. All he did was miss a field goal, and had his career ruined and became a pariah in his hometown because of it.
  • Transgender: Done as part of a parody of The Crying Game, with the villain actually being Lt. Lois Einhorn, who this whole time was really the missing football player Ray Finkle, having gone through complete transition (but remaining non-op), adopted the identity of a missing hiker, and became a Lieutenant, seemingly all in the sake of the perfect disguise.note 
  • Trash Landing: 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.
  • Tuckerization:
    • Melissa Robinson was named after original writer Jack Bernstein's daughter Melissa.
    • Ace Ventura's landlord is named Mr. Shickadance. When Jim Carrey was growing up in Toronto, he lived in an apartment building that was managed by Schikedanz Brothers.
    • Sgt. Aguado was named after producer Ken Aguado.
    • "Shady Acres Mental Hospital" is named for director Tom Shadyac.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: "Oh my God! Einhorn is a man?!"
  • Unusual Pets for Unusual People: When Ace's landlord notices unusual noises and questions Ace on them, Ace claims he knows nothing. As soon as the landlord leaves, an entire zoo comes out of hiding.
  • Wait Here:
    Ace: If I'm not back in 5 minutes, just wait longer.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to the real Lois Einhorn, the missing hiker that Ray Finkle apparently stole the identity of?
  • Who Shot JFK?: In Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Ace loudly explains "I CAME TO CONFESS! I was the second gunman on the grassy knoll!" when his (unwanted) presence at the police station is questioned.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: After Dan Marino is kidnapped, Einhorn walks into the office and orders things like an autopsy report, for no one to talk to the press... "And somebody get me some coffee!"
    Ace: "Tonight on Miami Vice, Crockett gets the boss some coffee."

From "When Nature Calls":

  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: The entire plot to claim the Wachati's bat nesting caves seems... just another joke, right? Wrong. The phosphate trade makes 75 billon dollar a year. Throughout the 20th century, the primary source was Pacific islands, which are now almost depleted - some to the point that the islands themselves are all but erased. Any large source of concentrated phosphates would make a gold mine look like a lemonade stand.
  • Ass Shove: A variation. When Ace is trapped in an overheating mechanical rhinoceros, he has to escape by pushing out through the "back door"...only to be spotted by tourists on safari who think the rhino is giving birth.
  • Ax-Crazy: Played for Laughs with Ace and the Wachootoo tribe.
  • Bad Vibrations: Done subtly (at first). As the villain is indulging in a low-key Evil Gloating with a slight What Could Possibly Go Wrong?, everyone falls silent as they feel the house start to vibrate. At first, it's quiet, as if they could possibly be imagining the sound. But it gets louder, and louder, until a horde of animals bursts through the wall, followed by Ace on an ostrich in a Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Bat Out of Hell: Bats are the only animals that Ace hates.
    • "DIE, DEVIL BIRD!!!
  • Battle-Interrupting Shout: At the end, Ace prevents a war between the two neighboring African tribes by running between the armies with their sacred bat in his hands, shouting its name (which according to the tribes' traditions, requires all who hear it to kneel).
  • Berserk Button:
  • Big "NO!": Ace lets one out in the beginning, which is a parody of the opening scene in Cliffhanger when the raccoon he tries to save falls to its death.
  • Bits of Me Keep Passing Out: As Ace is being pelted with poisoned darts:
    Ace: (arms going limp, speech slurred) Startin' to get numb...
  • Black Comedy Rape: The main bad guy, after his plans to bring the Wachati and Wachootoo tribes into war with each other are brought crashing down around his ears, tries to escape their wrath, but is cornered by a silverback gorilla with... amorous intentions. Cue "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."
  • Blow Gun: Ace is shot with dozens of little darts (with hilarious effects) before he passes out.
  • Brick Joke:
    Fulton: I believe they're saying that she's not a virgin.
    Ace: ...*Hushed* They can tell that?
  • Buffy Speak: "I shall slip amongst them like a transparent...thing."
  • Bulungi: The fictional country of Nibia. Oddly enough, the British consulate oversees the local province where the action takes place.
  • Call-Back: When Ace first visits the Wachati village, he comes across a man standing one-legged on a tall pillar. He shakes the pillar but the man doesn't fall off ("He's good."). Later, when Ace meets the Wachati Princess, the two spit paper wads together, and it's revealed that they're spitting them at the man on the pillar.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Ace.
  • Chased by Angry Natives: At the end. Ace deflowered the bride-to-be of the Wachootoo Tiny Warrior that already mopped the floor with him earlier. Ace managed to skate out of being killed by the Wachootoo and was on friendly terms with both them and the Wachati. Then the Tiny Warrior notices... cue everyone chasing Ace in murderous anger.
  • Chased Off into the Sunset: The film ends with Ace being chased through the jungle by the native tribes, after they discover The Chief's Daughter is no longer a virgin.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Ace's initial Sherlock Scan of Cadby alerts him to an abrasion on his palm and a white stain on his shoe, which he uses to deduce that Cadby slipped on some shoddy masonry work. This later clues him in to the fact that the white substance Cadby slipped on was in fact guano, which along with its substantial monetary value made him the true culprit.
    • During the start of his investigation, Ace plays drums with several mushroom heads growing on a tree... the red, fungus-bearing acala.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Early on, Ace makes some obnoxious animal calls to Fulton on the plane. This could initially be seen as Ace being silly, but later in the film, Ace uses these animal calls to lure two poachers away from their hut so he can retrieve the white bat.
  • The Chief's Daughter: The leading lady, who Ace finds very attractive.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Ace is looking for a ride to chase after Cadby, who's escaping into the jungle. The only car in the parking lot with keys oh-so-conveniently left in the ignition is a big honking monster truck with tires half the size of the other guy's jeep. Possibly it could be the Australian poachers' ride, though we never see them use the truck.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Ace's methods of interrogating suspects include rubbing a ceramic plate with a knife and a fork really fast, then poking at his own eye. The eye thing works on the guy he's trying it on. "(retches) Oh God, no! My brother used to do that to me!"
  • Crazy Cultural Comparison: Features spitting in another's face as a form of showing great respect. Ace, naturally, ramps it Up to Eleven.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Ace gets one from the hands of the Wachootoos' best warrior.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: "If curse of Shikaka not lifted by tomorrow sun at top of sky, Wachootoo kill all Wachati, and smash your head on a rock."
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Ace practicing his mantra.
  • Darkest Africa
  • Detective Patsy: He was hired by the true culprit who wanted to start a genocidal war between two African tribes in order to get bat guano from the tribes to sell as fertilizer. Ace being hired was intended to look like the client had done everything to prevent a war.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The villain decides to turn his small jeep into the jungle to escape Ace - who is driving a monster truck.
    • Ace (almost laughing to himself): "He wants to go off-road!"
  • Duel to the Death: Ace vs the Wachootoo warrior is supposed to be this. Subverted, though, when Ace's defeat proves to be so hilarious that the Wachootoo choose to let him live (allowing them to troll him one more time).
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear:
    • The climax seems to imply the villain is not so much pursued by the gorilla as pursued by it.
    • Ace himself is pursued by both tribes in the end after it's learned that he was earlier pursued by the Wachati princess and gave in to her advances.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Subverted by Fulton Greenwald. The only reason he didn't hit the lights for Ace is because he was confused by Ace's Unnecessary Combat Rolling; he gets it together later and knocks out Cadby before the villain can shoot Ace. Although this probably had more to do with the giant windows and it being the middle of the day.
  • Getting Hot in Here: Things got a bit hot for Ace whilst spying on someone from within a tank disguised as a rhino. After stripping bare, he finds that the tank door is jammed, so he crawls out through the rhinobot's vagina, meaning that a safari-going family got to witness a rhino giving birth to a fully-grown, naked human.
  • Give Me a Sword: Ace gets a spear thrown into his leg while fighting a tribal native. He shouts for his sidekick to throw him a spear, which he does... stabbing him in the other leg.
  • GPS Evidence: Ace gets shot by multiple darts and suspects the darts are being shot by the Wachootoo tribe. After the scene with the tribe, he gets shot again and finds out the Wachootoo dart didn't match the original darts. Ace discovers the original dart was carved from a "red, fungus-bearing acala" which is grown only in one area in the jungle where the bat-nappers are hiding.
  • High-Class Glass: The "Monopoly Guy."
  • Hollywood Natives: The Wachoochoo and Wachatis tribes. While the Wachatis are healthy and clean, the Wachoochoo have chalk-white face and body paint, fur loincloths, and bad hygiene.
  • Horned Hairdo: A Wachootoo warrior arranges Ventura's normally surf-wave hairdo like this during his second movie, in mockery of his nickname of "White Devil." Ace does not take it well.
    Ace: All right...that's it! This "White Devil" thing has gone far enough. Nobody! Messes! With the 'do!
  • Incredibly Long Note: When Ace goes off the waterfall, he yells "Spiiiiiiiiiii-" (at his partner monkey Spike) Moments later, when he emerges from the water, he's still screaming: "...iiiiiiiiiiiiiike!"
  • Inevitable Waterfall: Ace is also strapped to a wooden raft at the time.
  • Instant Sedation: Uses the humorous muscle paralysis angle, of course, but he's still blacking out after a rather short chase. Of course, three darts was too much. So were the half-dozen or so that nailed him in the back right after he "thought he lost them".
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Parodied, as the methods Ace uses are Poke the Poodle levels... though they still work.
  • Just Plane Wrong: The opening sequence features Ace climbing some Alpine-looking mountains, dressed in suspenders and shorts often stereotypically portrayed on Swiss alpinists, and there is a helicopter flying around him painted in crimson red with a white cross at each side — the symbol and flag of Switzerland. The aircraft's tail number (license plate)? Canadian registration. Location shooting indeed...
  • Karmic Rape: The fate of the main villain.
  • Lighter and Softer: Zigzagged. While this film has considerably less offensive swearing, sexual jokes, and vulgarity than the original film, there are also some dark or vulgar jokes that rival or even top it (such as two birth-related jokes, Toilet Humor related to bat poop and the aforementioned Black Comedy Rape of its main villain).
  • Misplaced Wildlife: The Indian elephant is excusable, as they're much more docile and easier to train than African elephants. But not a single animal in Quinn's warehouse was African. There were a Bengal tiger (Asian), a jaguar, macaws and a toucan (all South American). Quinn also wasn't surprised to see Spike, a South American black-capped capuchin. He most likely illegally smuggled the animals away from their natural habitat to put on his safari tour. Ace, when he first meets Quinn, points out that his pet raven Tiki isn't even from Africa. Then there is the skunk that Ace somehow gets his hands on for the final battle, how he found a American species in the jungle is anyone's guess.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Ace gets pretty angry when a fight between him and a Wachootoo tribesman sees Ace's hair getting changed into horns. Ace takes exception to that, with the music swelling and Ace getting fired up. Cue a Gilligan Cut, and Ace is getting his butt kicked even worse.
  • No Need for Names: Apparently, at the monastery, no one wears "labels". However, once you start inquiring about "the man who talks with his rear" they know who you're talking about right away.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: "NOBODY. MESSES. WITH THE 'DO!!"
  • Not So Stoic: The monks. When introduced, they're all meditating and peaceful. When they learn that Ace is leaving, they start partying with loud music, wine, throwing toilet paper, and one guy dancing in his underwear.
    Ace: I never seen them act like that before. Denial can be an ugly thing.
  • Parrot Expo-WHAT?:
    Princess: That was the dart of the Wachootoo shaman!
    Ace: The what-nee what-en?
  • Product Placement: An obvious ad of Subway is placed on a highway billboard early in the film. Probably not so much product placement as irony, as literally right before that Ace mentions something about loving being out in the wild, i.e. without things like Subway. A Subway commercial at the time uses editing to make it look like Ace, after passing the Highway Billboard, takes a sharp turn and speeds up to get to the restaurant.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Ace has several of these:
  • Rewind Gag: When doing the summation, Ace rattles off his conclusion towards the accused. He then says "Let me run that back for you", reverses his actions, and speaks like he's rewinding.
  • Sanity Slippage: In the first movie Ace was quite eccentric but had some "sane" moments. In this movie he's devolved more or less into a Psychopathic Manchild and all his antics are definitely crazier than before.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Ouda is oblivious to Ace's annoyance at his "help".
    • When Ace is afraid to go into the bat-infested cave.
    Ouda: Here, take my torch.
    Ace: Spank you, Helpy Helperton.
    • When Ace has been caught by the Wachootoo.
    Ace: I'm sure Ouda is going for help right now.
    Ouda: Hello, Ace. They've captured me. No sweat.
    Ace: Don't beat yourself up.
  • Scary Black Man: The very stoic Hitu.
  • Sequel Escalation: In the first film Ace is just an eccentric, Miami-based private detective who gets sucked into a murder plot. Here, the plot is an attempt to massacre two entire tribes to make billions, the culprit is a wealthy and powerful British official, and Ace is now a legendary international detective who has access to robot rhinos.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: Takes place in Africa.
  • Sexual Karma: The protagonist enjoys a night with The Chief's Daughter, while the unfortunate Big Bad finds love in the bush. With the Extra Points.
  • Sherlock Scan: Ace does this when he meets Cadby for the first time:
  • Smelly Skunk: Ace uses one to subdue some bad guys. "Say hello to my STEENKY LEETLE FRIEND!!!"
  • Smoking Barrel Blowout: Done with the skunk above.
  • Smug Snake: The Big Bad.
  • Solid Gold Poop: The motivation for the bad guys to want to get rid of the peaceful tribe is to get their hands on their guano-rich lands, thereby giving them a chance to make a killing on the fertilizer market.
  • Standing Between the Enemies: At the climax Ace stops two mounting armies by running between them holding the sacred bat they had been about to fight over.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!:
    Ace: I can feel it like it's right...(gets hit with tranq dart) in my NECK! RUUUUUNNNNN!
  • Taxidermy Is Creepy: When Ace is in Quinn's trophy room.
    Ace: This is a lovely room of death...
  • Trolling Translator: Ace gets his Wachati guide Ouda to translate his words into the Wachootoo language...badly.
    Ace: War Is Hell. The last thing we want is a fight.
    Ouda: "I want a fight, so go to hell!"
    • It's left to the viewers' imagination whether Ouda is actually a bad translator, or if he's working to keep Ace alive with his mistranslations; the Wachootoo don't seem like peace-loving people, and might take fatal offense to Ace's cowardice. Though, given that at one point he has Ace calling himself a princess, Ouda is likely either genuinely bad or a giant Troll.
  • Unconventional Vehicle Chase: When Cadby is getting away in his car, Ace looks over several vehicles parked nearby. The only one with a key in the ignition happens to be a monster truck. Watch the ensuing chase here.
  • Virgin Vision:
    "She's not a virgin!"
    "They can tell that?"
  • War Is Hell: Played word for word when the pet detective says the following words to the native Wachoochoo tribe:
    " hell! The last thing we a fight!"
    • Which Ouda, one of the native Wachatis, translates as "I want to fight go to hell!" Which the Wachoochoo reacts in anger, while Ace assumes they agree with him.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?/Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ace loves all animals... except bats. Note that he also apparently likes other various non-cute animals. It's just bats that are his personal Squick.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: When Ace confronts a woman wearing an animal skin across her shoulders, and she pompously says there's nothing wrong with it and that he should try it sometime, he replies by cold-clocking her slightly-less-obnoxious husband and wearing him over his shoulders like an animal skin, rather than her. This may have been the reason, but it's just as likely that Ace just wanted to demonstrate to her face how hypocritical she was being.

Tropes from Ace Ventura: The Animated Series.

  • Aluminium Christmas Trees: Nearly all endangered animals in "Pet Food" are based on real endangered animals, though none of them are down to their last individual (yet). Yes, even the red-handed howler monkey and the pink fairy armadillo.
  • Anachronism Stew: In "Dragon Guy", a Steam Punk computer is used in Robin Hood times.
  • Ascended Extra: Aguado, Mr. Shickadance and especially Emilio get more to do in the animated series.
    • Spike, who only appears in the opening for When Nature Calls.
  • Broken Pedestal: In the episode "Get Piggy", Ace is revealed to be a big fan of Gabe the Pig, a talking pig who's a movie star and who's been kidnapped; so much so that Ace is part of Gabe's fan club, knows the rules of the club by heart, and even offers to take Gabe's case for free. However, after investigating a bit about Gabe, Ace is shocked to learn that Gabe is actually an egotistical, spoiled, violent jerkass who no one can stand. And to top it all off, it turns out, Gabe himself staged his own kidnapping as a way to return to the spotlight, and even kidnaps and tries to kill Ace.
    • Ace even reacts with disgust when he learns that a villain in an episode after that has an autographed photo of Gabe.
  • Clone Degeneration: In "Ace Off", after a particularly intense dance competition, Ace's evil clone starts to melt and is...absorbed by him.
  • Crossover: With The Mask in "Have Mask, Will Travel".
  • Denser and Wackier: Far more than the original films. While they still maintained a semi-realistic tone; the series, especially during the third season, had Ace deal with supervillains, all sorts of evil powers, and even aliens.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In the crossover episode, Ace manages to actually best The Mask - a super-powered entity that can warp reality - at his own game. Said game was limbo dancing, but whatever works.
  • Evil Knockoff: In "Ace Off", the villain of the episode use Ace's hair to create an evil clone of him to kidnap a dog and pin the blame on the real Ace.
  • Exotic Entree: "Pet Food" has a Villainous Glutton who is kidnapping endangered species as part of a planned seven-course meal.
  • Justice by Other Legal Means: In the Christmas Episode, Ace couldn't prove Odora stole Santa Claus' reindeers (she intended to use the secret of their gravity-defying abilities on a cosmetic) but could get her arrested for illegally keeping a crocodile from an endangered breed, which she also intended to use as ingredient.
  • Last of His Kind: The one thing all missing pets in "Pet Food" have in common is that they are the last of their species... and this is exactly why they are being stolen.
  • Lighter and Softer/ Bleached Underpants: While the original film was far darker and had lots of sexual moments, the animated series was understandably toned down for younger audiences.
  • Merging Machine: An episode was based around a scientist whose teleporter combined him with a fly. Later in the episode Ace is combined with Spike.
  • Not Me This Time: Occasionally happens when a crime is so much like an specific member of Ace's Rogues Gallery.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Subverted in one episode. Ace finds a footprint and gives a detailed description of the owner's age, size, health, and appearance. Turns out the guy dropped a drivers' license next to the footprint.
  • Spexico: "The Bull Market" depicts Pamplona, Spain as a South of the Border village of white houses in the desert where the locals wear sombreros, ponchos, and magnificent moustaches. Oh, and did we mention the bad guy is a bullfighter?
  • This Bear Was Framed: In one episode, a Villain of the Week framed a gorilla.
  • Transformation Trinket: In "Howl Of The Weremoose", the original weremoose Drew Talbit has a moose talisman he uses to change into his weremoose form; he is able to transform at will but everyone he bites becomes as Ace puts it... his mindless weremoose slaves. It is also revealed that smashing the talisman will break the curse and turn everyone back to normal. Unfortunately Ace doesn't read the fine print which says he who destroys the tailsman gets the antlers of the grand high moose himself. Ace ends up with moose antlers; it is also said that the antlers can be removed by rubbing moosebane on them- to which Ace exclaims..."Where are we going to get moosebane in Miami!?"

Take care, now! Bye bye, then!

Alternative Title(s): Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Ace Ventura When Nature Calls, Ace Ventura Jr, Ace Ventura The Animated Series


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