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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The basketball scene from the second. Good lord the basketball scene, which many also consider the best/funniest scene in the whole movie.
    • The "Twins" scene and the Michael Jackson Shout-Out to The Others in the third movie.
  • Cargo Ship: Doofy and the Vacuum Cleaner in the first one, and Ray and the Clown Doll in the second.
  • Contested Sequel: Different fans can easily find any given movie the worst or the best. Generally speaking, the biggest fan divide is between those who prefer the Wayans films (the first two) and those who prefer the Zuckers (the latter two). And then there's the fifth movie...
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
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    • A girl living with her drug-dealing father? Not funny. Having them talk about how cutting crack with baking powder will have people growing muffins out of their noses? Funny.
    • A white guy saying "nigger" usually won't score many laughs, but when said white guy is a priest and he's singing "Shake Your Ass" it's a riot!
    • In the third movie, the President and his bodyguard succumb to paranoia and beat up a roomful of "aliens disguised as humans," a.k.a. handicapped people. And if that wasn't enough, the second line is definitely crossed when the bodyguard opens up an exit...by grabbing a shotgun and blasting through a giant picture of Mother Teresa.
    • The first film's Scream 2 parody. A woman being stabbed to death in a movie theater? Horrific. A woman being stabbed to death by all the other theater patrons (including Mother Teresa and the Pope) because they got sick of her talking during the movie? Hilarious.
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    • A parrot saying dirty words? Not very funny. The parrot getting into a smacktalk argument with Shorty? Hysterical.
    • Hanson getting aroused while dressing the turkey by licking it? Pure Squick. Hanson mounting the bird, humping it, having The Immodest Orgasm, and then serving it? Pure hilarity.
    • The end of Cindy and Bobby's sex scene in the first film, where Cindy is launched to the ceiling by a geyser of semen.
    • Getting dragged under a bed by an animate clown doll? Standard horror movie schtick. Being tough enough to beat the shit out of the doll? Badass. Lassoing the fleeing doll with one's six-foot-long prehensile Gag Penis and sodomizing it to death? That's this trope.
    "Here's a little balloon animal! Dada-da-dada, da-dadada-da!"
    • Leslie Nielsen is probably the only person to make racist jokes in front of the entire UN Assembly in the fourth movie so insanely hilarious.
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    • Greg beating up Cindy while her friends and boyfriend do nothing? Not funny. Finishing her off with an elbow drop after telling the killer to bring it on? Hilarious.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Shorty in the first two movies. Also, CJ and Mahalik in the third and fourth movies.
  • First Installment Wins: The first movie was obviously the best and most remembered besides the sequels.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Shorty making light of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's substance abuse issues in the second movie becomes this after the former died of an overdose eleven years later.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Watch the sex scene in the first movie. Then read the infamous Chapter 16.5 of Sword Art Online.
    • The scene where the priest played by James Woods starts coming onto a possessed girl, given that he would later have a girlfriend decades younger than himself.
    • Brenda's movie theater murder in the first film was a parody of the scene in Scream 2 with Maureen's own. Their respective actresses, Regina Hall and Jada Pinkett-Smith, went on to star in Girls Trip together.
  • Hollywood Homely: Very much played for laughs with Cindy Campbell who is played by the obviously attractive Anna Faris yet is constantly criticized over her appearance (this joke is dropped in the Zucker films which portray Cindy as more of a Brainless Beauty type.)
  • Les Yay: Jody and Kendra in Scary Movie 5.
  • My Real Daddy: Fans of 3 and 4 sometimes consider Craig Mazin to be this, as he was the main writer on those two films (and Superhero Movie), which did better among general audiences than 2 did. Tellingly, when he left to do the sequels to The Hangover, the quality of the fifth film dropped like a brick.
  • Nausea Fuel: The climax of Cindy and Bobby's sex scene in the first movie.
  • Older Than They Think: What this movie does in two hours, Shasta McNasty did in a 30 minute Halloween Special: "I Know What You Did To My Feathers"
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: A fair number of fans feel this way about the Wayans Brothers, appreciating their cruder, more pop-culture savvy style over the more general spoof style used by David Zucker in the latter films, although the latter films do have fans of their own.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Kevin Hart as CJ in the third and fourth movies.
  • Rule of Sean Connery: Tim Curry's role in Scary Movie 2. Unfortunately, it's also the worst of the franchise (unless you dislike 5 even more) so your appreciation of his performance depends on how much you can stomach the rest of it.
  • Sequelitis: While the second movie was seen as a step down from the first, the fifth one is unanimously agreed to be the absolute worst, with only 4% on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Shallow Parody: Increasingly so as the series progressed. The first film took flack for how it was a parody of a franchise that was already a parody.
    "Damn, that is some quantum shit!!"
  • Shocking Swerve: Parodied at the end of the first movie, where the killer is revealed to be the retarded Doofy, who has already gotten away and is shown taking off his disguise, and is then picked up by his girlfriend and drives off into the sunset. Earlier in the film the girlfriend had no idea that he was even the mastermind, but they're revealed to have been working together in the ending.
  • Signature Scene: It's a tie between the "Wassup" phone sequence and the rap scene where the killer murders everyone, except Shorty.
  • Special Effect Failure: From the first film's scene where the teacher commits suicide by jumping off of the school, it's an obvious dummy falling onto an obvious soft pad which is then quickly edited to look like he landed on the flat grass.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Scary Movie 3 was generally considered a great improvement on 2, with the gross-out humor being replaced by more straightforward humor reminiscent of Airplane! and The Naked Gun - helps that it has one of its stars (Leslie Nielsen) and directors (David Zucker) of both.
  • Vindicated by History: The second film was highly panned when it was first released. Now, it's considered a classic and is viewed as one of the better films in the franchise (and one of the more better parody movies overall).
  • "Weird Al" Effect: $157 million worth of tickets were sold at the US box office to see Scary Movie, compared with $103 million for Scream (1996). But this was only at the time; which has been seen by more more people since release is completely untrackable, and both films retain large fandoms.
  • Woolseyism: The Russian dub of the first 2 movies, due to cultural differences and the audience being unfamiliar with many of the spoofed movies, often invented its own jokes to great effect.

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