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  • Adaptation Displacement: Many people know about the existence of the books, but the movies are more well-known.
  • Contested Sequel: The first two movies are remembered as classic, but opinions about all the other 8 sequels may definitely vary. Some people say "only the first two movies are good, the rest is unwatchable", others say "only the first three are good", or even "the first five". Other people enjoy most of the saga, except the last two movies. The only movie that is universally considered terrible by everyone is the tenth and final one, Fantozzi 2000.
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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Despite being a comedy, the Cosmic Plaything of these movies is very mean-spirited and pessimistic. Some people find it too cruel to be funny.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Many. Cecco the Baker from the third movie and Loris Batacchi from the fourth movie are both memorable due to their Refuge in Audacity. The former only appears in two scenes and the latter in one scene.
  • Even Better Sequel: The second film, Il secondo tragico Fantozzi, is often considered even superior to the original.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The saga became quite popular in Soviet Russia, with the popularity enduring long enough Paolo Villaggio received the Nikolaj Gogol' Award for the novels in 2011.
  • Hollywood Homely: Fantozzi's "ugly" wife Pina. Especially when played by Milena Vukotic, who was and still is a good-looking woman. Averted with Mariangela (who is played by a man and looks genuinely ghastly) and inverted with Miss Silvani (who is never called ugly and is considered attractive by Fantozzi, despite not being exactly a looker).
  • Jerkass Woobie:
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    • The movies make it clear that Fantozzi is not a good person, but he doesn't deserve all the horrible and humiliating things that happen to him every second. He's like a disgrace magnet in a Crapsack World.
    • Mariangela is just The Woobie in almost all the movies, until the 8th movie Fantozzi in Paradiso where she is a total Jerkass. But her horrible behavior as an adult is understandable, if you consider that she Used to Be a Sweet Kid who was horribly mistreated by everyone her whole life.
    • Fonelli from the fourth movie Fantozzi subisce ancora. The only one of Fantozzi's Bad Bosses who has a somewhat sympathetic backstory, as before his promotion, he spent 20 years as a pitiable Butt-Monkey employee who is picked on by everyone, even Fantozzi himself.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Liù Bosisio, who plays Pina Fantozzi in the first, second, and fifth films, will later become the Italian voice of Marge Simpson, another long-suffering wife.
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  • Sequelitis: Except with the second film, the subsequent eight movies get progressively worse. The tenth and final film is universally considered the worst of the saga.
  • Tear Jerker: Quite a few moments. The most famous is the Christmas scene in the first movie when Fantozzi's "superiors" cruelly make fun of the ugly Mariangela (who was just a child) after she reads a Christmas poem, so much that they make her cry. Fantozzi, realizing what is happening, leads his daughter away and just by looking at his supposed "superiors", he manages to make them stare down in shame.
  • The Woobie: Fantozzi and his family. Especially Mariangela. Just because she looks like a monster doesn't mean she should be treated as one, as the aforementioned scene makes painfully clear.


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