- Awesome Music: The opening theme is hauntingly beautiful.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Dr. Raymond is a minor, but faithful ally to Norman Bates. Considering that he's trying to help Norman resume a normal life and derail Lila's Evil Plan to drive him insane again, it's no wonder why this small character somewhat appreciated. By coincidence, he also happens to be the only helpful male character working with Norman.
- Fan-Preferred Couple: Norman and Mary in "Psycho II" was quite popular too. As their chemistry was very believable and Mary was a very likable character.
- Funny Moments: When Norman kills Emma Spool in Psycho II, he whistles nonchalantly while closing the windows.
- Heartwarming Moments: Mary comforting Norman.
- The fact that pretty much the entire town is willing to give Norman a chance to rehabilitate and seem to support him, with only very few being as much as apprehensive. Makes everything that happens really tragic.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Norman's motel is run by a jerkass drug dealer admitting prostitutes, perverts, and drug addicts into rooms. The previous motel manager from Bates Motel was human trafficker who also dealt drugs on the side.
- Jerkass Woobie: Lila in the second movie. She's motivated by Norman murdering her sister, so you can understand her personal grief and why she continues to fill the role of the Hero Antagonist to Norman's Villain Protagonist, as well as filling the role of a Well-Intentioned Extremist due to her methods. However, she is downright vindictive towards a person that paid his debt to society and trying to move on with his life, so she is not that sympathetic.
- Money-Making Shot: The shot of a shadowed Norman standing outside his house in the dark as his "mother" watches by the window.
- Narm: Why does Norma Bates sound like Daffy Duck at the end?
- The Scrappy: The psychiatrist is considered one for his long-winded scene that comes at the end of the first film, which states information that should be largely obvious by the end. He is also happened to be an Unwitting Instigator of Doom in the sequel Psycho II, due to his diagnosis of Norman being permanently insane provokes Lila (who was present at the psychiatrist's hearing) to staunchly believe Norman is this and attempts to drive Norman insane again to get him recommitted when he is released and initially indeed cured of his insanity.
- Averted with the surprisingly-good Psycho II.
- The way things ultimately ended between Norman and Mary. She'd originally been sent by her mother Lila (Marion's sister) to cause Norman to go insane again after he was released from the mental institution. However, while staying with him and seeing that he wasn't the monster Lila had described him as, she began to genuinely care for him and obviously developed feelings for him. This all ended when Mary found Lila's body in the cellar and believed that Norman killed her (it was actually Norman's crazed aunt, Emma Spool. She attempts to kill Norman while dressed as his mother before being gunned down by the police.
- The scenes after the final confrontation; Norman doesn't utter a single word as he sits in the police station and then later returns home alone having lost both Dr Raymond and Mary. He looks so lost and alone when he steps through his front door and into that big empty house. It doesn't help that Tony Perkins' facial expressions really sell just what he's been through.
- The main theme. It sounds so somber and perfectly fits with Norman's loneliness that he feels in the Bates house after all the years of being away.
- The Woobie: The movie trades heavily on this regarding Norman, given what we already know of his abusive past. We see that he served his time and met the requirements to be released. He so desperately tries to get his life in order and maintain his newfound sanity, but he's being pushed over the edge due to a personal vendetta.
YMMV / Psycho II