- Awesome Music/Ear Worm:
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Several gags, but most memorably what interested Gangrene in experimentation in "Give a Little Whistle", the animated series' first episode.Gangrene: At the age of six I ate an entire lawnmower! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
- Ensemble Dark Horse:
- Doctor Gangrene. A given since he's played by John Astin.
- Wilbur Finletter for the good guys. He became so popular that he returned in the sequel and the animated series.
- Matt. Sure, he was a main character in Return but that was the only time he appeared in the franchise and what isn't there to love about a young, womanizing George Clooney with a mullet?
- Judging from recent fanart and because she is very remembered from the animated series, it's safe to say that tomato girl Tara Boumdeay is this.
- Fridge Brilliance: Why can't Michael die during his suicidal Heroic BSoD? Because he burned the pages of the script that contained his actual death halfway through the movie!
- Why was there a Hulk expy in the animated series? Because Marvel Productions, a subsidiary of Marvel at the time, help make the series.
- Fridge Logic: In the first sequel (and animated series), Wilbur is trying odd replacements for tomato sauce, and usually failing miserably. Why didn't he just sell white pizza, a real-life variety which uses cheese (usually ricotta) in place of the tomato sauce?
- Ham and Cheese: Just about everyone. But especially John Astin.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- The song Puberty Love sounds a certain modern day high pitched teen singer.
- As mentioned, a young George Clooney appears in the second film, in the role of the heros horndog best friend. In one scene, he is found running a fake "Win a date with Rob Lowe" contest to trick attractive young women into going out with him. Naturally, this scene is now hysterically funny for a dozen reasons nobody involved could have imagined.
- In another scene the director stops the movie to announce they're out of money until George (seated away from the rest of the cast near some hot girls) casually suggests they do product placement to make up the difference. The whole thing oddly predicts George's rise to leading-man heartthrob fame while the actor playing the hero gets no respect.
- Intended Audience Reaction: Yes, they couldn't possibly have made a movie this bad without doing it on purpose. And then they did it again and...
- Misaimed Hatedom: It seems that the majority of the people who hate the film think that killer tomatoes are too stupid an idea to take seriously, not understanding that it's not a serious film.
- Retroactive Recognition:
- Sequelitis: Killer Tomatoes Strike Back and Killer Tomatoes Eat France aren't considered to be entirely terrible, but they're both regarded as being markedly weaker than the first two films.
- So Bad, It's Good: Entirely on purpose.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Many people consider the second film better than the first.
- Values Dissonance: In the first movie the Intrepid Reporter is given the job because, among other reasons, she has a great ass. As the DVD Commentary notes, "You could say that in The '70s!"
YMMV / Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!