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  • Contested Sequel: The film was not as well received as the original, holding a 54% "rotten" rating compared to the 78% "fresh" rating of the original. However, some fans still appreciate its quirkier and more bizarre choices.
  • Crazy Awesome: The actual makeup of the band:
    • Lead singers/guitarists are time traveling rock and roll messiahs.
    • Bass player is Death. Literally.
    • Bongos played by the most intelligent being in the universe, which happens to be two (sometimes) Martians.
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    • Drummer and Keyboardist are medieval princesses
    • Backup dancers are super-strong robot versions of the leads, built by the bongo player(s).
  • Critical Research Failure: The picture that accompanies the "Wyld Stallyns to Play Mars" has a picture of Jupiter's moon Io.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: William Sadler as Death, constantly struggling to hold on to the remains of his shattered dignity. The later half of the film even manages to add some depth to the character, showing Death as a deeply insecure, lonely person who for the first time in his existence has friends.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • How ironic that Jim Martin of Faith No More, "founder of the Faith No More Spiritual and Theological Center", quit Faith No More only two years after his appearance in Bogus Journey.
    • William Sadler plays Death in the second film and performs a Heel–Face Turn when Bill and Ted defeat him. A few years later in Demon Knight, he plays The Chosen One that battles the forces of Hell to stop them from conquering the universe.
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    • The name of Ted's future son? "Little Bill"
  • Retroactive Recognition: This film was released between Pam Grier's heyday in blaxploitation fare and Career Resurrection in Jackie Brown, so many audience members might only recognize her long after seeing the film in 1991.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • The greyscale makeup on Bill and Ted when they are ghosts is evident when they're in direct light.
    • When Station is loading the robot parts into the back of the van, you can clearly see the rather wide seam between the costumes' removable faceplates and the rest of the suit. In other angles, this seam is concealed by fur.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • The prominent Product Placement of Pepsi cans with their old design. Ironically, the Miller Lite can that Ted drinks has become current again now that Miller went back to their retro design.
    • A scene takes place at Builder's Emporium, which went out of business two years after the film was released.
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    • The boys drive by a Geo car dealership. The brand was discontinued in 1997 (though some models were integrated into sibling Chevrolet's lineup and lingered on until 2004). They also pass a Sav-On Drugs store, which was sold to CVS/Pharmacy in 2006 and only survives in the form of in-store pharmacies at Albertson's and Acme Markets stores (and even then, the name is on the way out).
    • Jim Martin quit Faith No More a few years after the film's release.
    • Even moreso than in the first film, the style of metal Bill and Ted love had already begun to be supplanted by Grunge music by the time the film came out.
  • Values Dissonance: As with the first installment, the film's casual use of a gay slur as a punchline dates it.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The effects used for Hell, Station and the robotic Bill and Ted duplicates (both good and evil) still hold up well by today's standards.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: While the first movie is a lighthearted, family-friendly Totally Radical comedy with only one dramatic moment (when Bill appears to be killed), the sequel adds scary scenes, gross-out humor, Disney Death, alcohol, more profanity, and more sexual dialogue and incest references. As a result, the target audience of the sequel skews older than the first. Perhaps the filmmakers anticipated that fans of the original film would have aged two years since the previous film came out.

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