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  • Adaptation Displacement: While the show is by no means obscure, the movie gets reran more frequently than any standalone episodes and is typically most non-fans' first exposure to Beavis and Butt-Head as a result.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Butthead's summary of "This Sucks" when the TV is stolen is likely Failed a Spot Check. However, it's also possible that Butthead assumed Beavis figured out the obvious too.
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  • Award Snub: "Two Cool Guys" wasn't nominated for Best Song at the Academy Awards.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Beavis's peyote-induced hallucination in the desert.
    • After the boys sneak into confessionals and actually take confessions from churchgoers, they walk outside and get struck by lightning. And shrug it off and keep walking.
  • Fridge Horror: Beavis and Butt-Head's love of bombs, explosions and similar forms of chaos, is well-documented in the series. If they knew the X-5 Unit was capable of killing millions, there's a good chance they would've detonated it.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Beavis barging into the cockpit screaming "I AM CORNHOLIO!" was funny in 1996, not quite so funny after 9/11.
    • The whole running gag about cavity searches also smacks of this knowing the unfortunate rise in cavity searches since the early 2000s.
    • Bork finds it hard to believe that Beavis and Butt-Head are terrorists. Fleming then says "you have no idea what kids are capable of!" Fleming had a point: there have since been numerous cases of teenagers committing school shootings and terrorist acts, like the 2015 Paris attack.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Estranged husband-and-wife criminal duo Muddy and Dallas Grimes are voiced by then-Hollywood power couple Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. They split up not long afterwards. Though for them it's probably Harsher in Hindsight.
    • The demon girl dancing around in Beavis's hallucination looks a lot like Kneesock.
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    • Tom Anderson brags about using a tank of butane gas for his trailer. His Spiritual Successor Hank Hill, proprietor of propane and propane accessories, considers butane a "bastard gas".note 
    • The robbers are unable to sell the TV that they stole, leaving them no choice but to leave it on the side of the road and call it a worthless piece of crap. The statement has grown even more true over the years, as CRT television sets have long since gone out of style in favor of high-definition LCD/LED TVs. However, the retro video gaming community treasures CRT sets and will often rescue them from the side of the road, so it goes both ways.
  • Ho Yay: Beavis and Butt-Head mistakenly believe that Dallas is paying them to have sex with her husband, Muddy. While Butt-Head flatly rejects the offer, Beavis responds with "I don't know, Butt-Head; that's a lot of money. Maybe if we just close our eyes and pretend that it's a chick..."
  • Humor Dissonance: Beavis, during the tour of the Hoover Dam, drops this barely-even-a-joke, that earns him dirty looks from the senior citizen tourists, yet it's somehow a fan favorite:
    Beavis: Yeah, uh, I just have a question; um, is this a God dam? [Butt-Head, and only Butt-Head, laughs, while everyone else just glares]
  • Les Yay: While being interrogated, Dallas was given a cavity search by Agent Hurley, a big-boned woman. When Agent Flemming threatens to give her another, she looks at Hurley, who's staring back, with a smug and said "Ooh, is that a promise?". She either enjoyed it and wouldn't mind another, or is trying to psych him out by portraying herself as Too Kinky to Torture.
  • Moe: The old lady the duo constantly run into. She's got big eyes, a sweet, comforting voice and is so innocent that it's hard not to find her adorable.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Chelsea Clinton. On screen for exactly six seconds, doesn't say a word, and still establishes herself as a total badass by hurling Butt-Head out the second-story window.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Future Titmouse founder Chris Prynoski animated the Mushroom Samba scene. He and Judge would collaborate on a proper Animated Music Video for Zac Brown Band's "The Wind" sixteen years later.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Beavis's "We're never gonna score!" rant.
    • Beavis and Butt-Head waking up in the desert to find themselves totally alone, on the brink of death. Considering that the two men in the previous scene were strongly implied to be their fathers, it's a rather sad image.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: This isn't the first time the boys have met the President of the United States, yet somehow that never seems to come up when it happens here. Then again, don't rely on Beavis and Butt-Head to have long memories... or consistent continuity. Also possibly justified in that Bill Clinton might not have remembered them at that point due to having a very busy job that involves meeting a lot of different people on any given day.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome
    • In the director's commentary during the opening dream sequence, Judge marvels at how well the animators could draw Beavis and Butt-Head perfectly in perspective from some very difficult camera angles. Similarly, there's the very smooth turnaround during their dance in the Vegas scenenote , notably one of the film's only used of CGI (this being one of the last American 2D films to use cels).
    • The Rob Zombie-animated Mushroom Samba scene.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Despite the original TV series clearly not being intended for kids to begin with, the movie was actually marketed to children in some countries. It was even rated G in Quebec!
  • The Woobie:
    • Beavis, especially during his "we're never gonna score" speech.
    • Mr Van Driessen, as always. And to an extent, Tom Anderson.


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