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  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • The scene where Nadia was filmed undressing and broadcast over the internet was naturally going to face some backlash and the passage of time hasn't made it any more endearing. The sequels addressed this by showing that the incident had ultimately backfired on Jim for years to come. There's even a scene where Stifler goes through the motions of consent after getting a girl drunk.
    • Oz didn't have much of a character arc in the sequel and didn't even appear for the third. In Reunion he's given plenty of focus and development.
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    • Likewise, Kevin's obsession with Vicky left him with no characterisation when the third movie came out, but the fourth showed that he did eventually marry someone else and his meeting up with Vicky doesn't trigger any lingering feelings in him.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Every film in the main franchise has at least one famous scene featuring female nudity.
    • Nadia's changing/masturbation scene in American Pie.
    • The girl-on-girl teasing in American Pie 2.
    • Everybody really does remember the strippers when it comes to American Wedding.
    • Jim trying to get a drunk, topless teenage girl back into her house without her parents finding out in American Reunion.
  • The Catch-Phrase Catches On: The term "MILF" existed long before American Pie came out, but the movie is the reason it entered everyone's vocabulary.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • The Stifmeister!
    • Dwight Stifler from Naked Mile and Beta House also counts.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Stifler went from being a minor antagonist in the first movie to the main protagonist of the third.
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    • Jim's Dad.
    • Stifler's Mom, to the point where the term "MILF" entered everyone's vocabulary, despite her having less than five minutes of screen time.
    • Jill, the red-headed dominatrix from Naked Mile, was popular enough that her actress returned in a non-speaking cameo in Beta House. Possibly because she got some of the raciest fanservice in the whole movie...
  • Fair for Its Day: The video of Nadia has made the first film come across as having an unenlightened view of sexual harassment as typical of most coming of age comedies like Revenge of the Nerds and Porky's. At the time, American Pie was considered a big step away from films which depicted girls as little more than prizes to be won, as Jim fails to get with Nadia, Kevin and Oz have to put in considerable effort to show their respective girlfriends that they genuinely care for them (with Kevin ultimately having to let go of Vicky anyway) and Finch's attempt to score through lying backfires spectacularly.
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  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Oz and Heather, who do in fact get back together at the end of Reunion.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The Direct-to-Video sequels, even before the fourth theatrical film (released after the DTV sequels) officially erased them from continuity.
  • Fetish Retardant: For some, Nadia's extremely fake-looking breasts.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The webcam scene is a lot less humorous in light of what happened to Tyler Clementi in 2010.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Ironically, considering that the film has the word "American" in its title, American Reunion did pretty poorly in the US, not even managing to make back its budget, but earned the better part of $200 million outside of its home country.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In Wedding, Stifler (pretending to be a super-polite guy) says "I love old people". This becomes literally true when he accidentally has sex with Jim's grandmother.
  • Ho Yay: The MILF guys in Reunion.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Stifler in Reunion when the guys give him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech by telling him he's trapped in the past because things will never be the way they were in high school, and that they didn't bother to catch up with him about the reunion because they knew Stifler would find a way to ruin it. Bonus points because Stifler was aware they were intentionally avoiding him the entire time, but acted like his normal self not to show it.
    • Sherman really did act like a jerk to the guys when he made it appear he slept with a girl before they did, but you have to feel sympathy for him in the sequel when he's still a virgin and discovers his Sherminator act doesn't work. It's fixed at the end of the movie when he hooks up with Nadia.
  • Love to Hate: Stifler, as was intended by Seann William Scott, who refers to him as a "loveable dick."
  • Memetic Mutation/The Catch-Phrase Catches On:
  • Nausea Fuel: In Reunion Jim slams his laptop shut and catches his penis, which immediately starts bleeding. Later on he tries to preserve his modesty with the lid of a crock-pot...that's made of glass.
  • Never Live It Down: Jim will forever be known as the guy who blew his load prematurely with Nadia on cam. The incident is referenced in almost every single film in the series and in Reunion, it has even gone viral on YouTube.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Sequelitis: The Direct-to-Video sequels.
  • Signature Scene:
    • For the first film: Jim's cringe-worthy striptease.
    • The sequel: Jim awkwardly playing the trombone in front of an entire audience.
    • Wedding: Stifler's dance-off with Bear.
    • Reunion: Stifler destroying some jerk's jet-skis.
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  • Strawman Has a Point: In Reunion the guys promptly tell Stifler he's pretty much always been a horrible friend to them. Stifler snaps back they often don't treat him like a friend, and brings up the fact they pointedly didn't invite him to get together with them before the reunion. They reply they did so because they knew he would be, well, Stifler, but he makes a fair point.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: A version of the theme from The Terminator plays as Sherman's about to perform "Shermination". In the second with Nadia, in the fourth with Loni Lipstein.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Stifler's over-the-top sugary sweet nice guy act in the third movie. It briefly comes back in the fourth.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Heather gets a moment of this in the first movie where she gets mad at Oz for making fun of her with his lacrosse buddies...only, he wasn't. Stifler and the others were, Oz just stood there looking mildly uncomfortable, which makes Heather look like kind of a drama queen. Sure, it sucks to have idiots making gross comments about you, but it seems unfair of her to go off on Oz when he didn't do anything.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Oddly enough, Stifler. He's The Friend Nobody Likes, barely tolerated by Jim and the gang, and in Band Camp it's revealed he was hated by pretty much everyone in high school because of his Jerkass attitude. But it goes without saying that he's loved by fans, being one of the main reasons why the franchise was popular.
  • Values Dissonance: As noted above, the Home Porn Movie scene is one that makes Jim and Stifler look terrible in hindsight, especially with the growing controversy surrounding 'revenge porn'. Nowadays, both of them probably would've faced legal reprimand and possibly even jail time. Shannon Elizabeth made note of this in an interview twenty years later.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: In the late 90s and early 2000's, many teens and children, some of whom were elementary-school age, went with their parents or brought a ticket to another movie to sneak in to see it, mistaken that this was just a silly high school teen comedy, when the franchise itself revolves around scenes of a sexual nature.
  • The Woobie:
    • Jim and Finch have their moments in the original: Jim for the webcam incident, and Finch for the Laxative Prank. Jim's prom night manages to be saved when he loses his virginity to Michelle, who just happens to be his future wife, and Finch gets revenge on Stifler by banging his mother, and then going on to do it two more times in the sequels.
    • Jim more so throughout the whole series. The poor guy can never catch a break.

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