Clouseau is now so famous that the head of the French mob, to prove his mettle to the American Mafia, puts out a hit on him... or rather three of them, as Clouseau's luck saves him from death each time. The thing is, the third time appears to have been the charm to everyone else, leaving Clouseau to go undercover with Cato (Burt Kwouk) to figure out who wanted him dead. Oh, and Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) is "cured" by the news of Clouseau's death, and set free again.
This film provides examples of:
- Actor Allusion: When Clouseau first goes into Prof. Balls's costume shop and puts on his midget costume he states, "I can walk".
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: Dreyfus is unsurprisingly overjoyed to learn of Clouseau's "death".
- Arc Words: Clouseau's repeated use of "the old...ploy."
- Cool Car: Clouseau has "The Silver Hornet" that is intended as this, but it's "overdue for its service" and only falls apart on him.
- Corpsing: In-Universe: At Clouseau's funeral, Dreyfus is giving his eulogy at what appears to be Inspector Clouseau's grave. He cries to cover up his laughter. All part of The "Fun" in "Funeral".
- Cry Laughing: In-Universe: Dreyfus at Clouseau's funeral, to cover up his in-universe Corpsing.
- Fainting: Dreyfus, after Clouseau reveals that he's alive after all.
- Faking the Dead: Clouseau is thought to have been finally murdered. He goes undercover to capture or destroy the French mob.
- The "Fun" in "Funeral": Clouseau's apparent death leads to a long sequence involving this (see trope entry).
- House Squatting: Inspector Clouseau is declared dead in an assassination attempt (which actually killed the hijacker who had just stolen his car). Upon returning home the next day, he finds that his manservant has taken over his apartment and turned it into a brothel.
- Large Ham: When Clouseau is disguised as a "Salty Swedish Seadog" complete with a peg leg and inflatable parrot, his mangling of the sea shanty "Dead Man's Chest" climaxes in a really hammy manner deviating from the true lyrics even more than the first three lines:Sixteen chests on a dead man's rumYo-ho-ho in the bottle of the chestDrink to the devils and done for the rumsHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
- For those who are wondering, the last line coincides with Clouseau accidentally walking off the pier and falling into the water.
- No Matter How Much I Beg: The film confirms that Cato follows Clouseau's instructions about surprise attacks to the letter, much to Clouseau's frustration.
- Non-Fatal Explosions: They're not just for cartoons anymore! And Revenge takes the charred-and-smoking reveal to a new level when Clouseau's state is enough to set paper on fire, and his attempt to put it out sets a whole office aflame in a case of Disaster Dominoes.
- Not Helping Your Case: Early in the film, during one of Clouseau and Cato's duels:Landlord: (to some prospective tenants) It's a very substantial building, but we're doing a great deal to it. I'm sure when it's finished, you'll find it peaceful and delightful.
(he opens the apartment door and a screaming Clouseau and Cato run out)
- Special Effects Evolution: Compare the car bomb from A Shot in the Dark — which was realized by just shaking the camera and having someone shine an orange spotlight at Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom — with the much more impressive explosion that destroys Professor Balls' shop in this film, and it's clear that the studio was pouring a lot more money into the series by this point.
- Unexplained Recovery: Despite being disintegrated by the end of the last film, Dreyfus is still alive in this one.