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  • Anvilicious: All of the adults are intentionally made to come off as this.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Lavagirl losing her leg; this came out of the blue and never mentioned afterwards.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The Conspicuous CG is one of those tropes that breaks the illusion, and therefore the viewer has no suspension of disbelief... but that's the point; you're not supposed to think Planet Drool is real. The audience is just like the rest of the adults in the film that think Max's dreams are ultimately fake. It's not until Sharkboy, Lavagirl, and Mr. Electric come to Earth at the end that their existence is validated.
    • Lavagirl's representation in the real world (besides Max's mother) is a lava lamp.
    • When Sharkboy and Lavagirl first arrive in Max's classroom, Sharkboy pretty blatantly attacks Linus and rips up his paper. Now, that could just be his shark instincts acting up, but why would Linus have that effect on him? Well, considering the Big Bad for most of the film is Linus's counterpart...
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    • The reason why the protagonists can't defeat Mister Electric with the Crystal Heart is because it can only be used by the Ice Princess, whose father won't let her out of the castle. At the climax, Mr Electricidad has to let Marissa go out to defeat Mister Electric.
    • Why could Max not do anything special like Sharkboy and Lavagirl until towards the end? Simple. He didn't realize he was asleep and dreaming until then. It's a lot like lucid dreamers, since, unless you realize you're dreaming, you're bound to how you are in real life in your dreams. Then again, he's surprised when they tell him he's dreaming afterwards, so...
    • Max is a lucid dreamer without knowing it. The flashbacks with him hanging out with Sharkboy were in his dreams, as well as meeting Lavagirl. He was having stress dreams about his parents' fighting, which is why they still take place in his home and you can hear them arguing, as it blurred in his memory as being reality. This is also why he thinks they're real with no proof until they show up. Linus is also a lucid dreamer and knows it. Lucid dreaming is usually where people realize they're dreaming during dreams and affect their dreams as a result, usually with a sign letting them know. Until then, when you're regular dreaming, you just think everything is normal, or are otherwise unable to affect the dream. When he realizes he's dreaming, he gets super powers just like many lucid dreamers would.
  • Ham and Cheese:
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    • Those who don't like the movie will love Linus/Minus' overacting. Those who like the movie will definitely love his overacting.
    • George Lopez was clearly under no illusions about the kind of movie he was in, and naturally the entirety of his screentime as Mr. Electric is an extended hamfest. Of course, that's not to say he isn't hammy as Mr. Electricidad as well.
    • Special mention goes to Taylor Lautner for literally Chewing the Scenery at several points.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Iron Woobie: Lavagirl.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Linus/Minus. He only wants to destroy the dream world because his dreams are broken, which explains his negative attitude.
  • Memetic Mutation: The entire shouting match between Max, Linus, and Mr. Electricidad.
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    • "HE RUINED MY DREAM JOURNAL!"
    • "I did NOTnote  ! Mr. Electric, send him to the principal's office and have him expelled!!"
    • "You're in MY class, not the other way around! I know EVERYTHING! And you... know nothing."
    • "At the end of class, both of you will report to the principal's office...WITH YOUR PARENTS!"
    • Some people on tumblr also had the idea of mixing up the words in the title, so they came up with "Lavashark and Boygirl".
  • Narm: Several instances, mostly the ridiculous faces Mr. Electric keeps making. Though it could be justified as his faces seem to be on purpose.
    • Also, Max's parents' horrendous acting when admitting their love for each other in the climax of the movie. Dear God...
  • Narm Charm: To some, the cheesiness is part of what makes the movie entertaining.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Is that Taylor "Jacob Black" Lautner as Sharkboy?!
  • So Bad, It's Good: To a fair amount of viewers. Yes, it's beyond cheesy, but that's part of the fun.
  • Tear Jerker: Max crying over Sharkboy and Lavagirl, who appear to be dead.
  • Toy Ship: In-universe examples: Max with Marissa and Lavagirl with Sharkboy.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: So Sharkboy gets his own origin story, having been raised part of his life by sharks. What's Lavagirl's backstory? Never explained in the movie.
    • The psychological aspects of Max and his dreams aren't really explored much outside of surface references. The movie's overall message is supposed to be, "as long as you work hard, dreams can come true" as well, so this helps muddle it, but Max's parents are fighting a lot and thinking about getting a divorce. Max is cognizant of this and it's represented in his dreams that he's worried about them. He even imagined Sharkboy, Lavagirl, and an entire planet to escape reality and convinced himself they're real. Until they show up, the movie treats them as such, so the setup of the movie could've involved what a kid goes through when they're worried about their parents splitting up, but the film gets wrapped up in dealing with Max's bully and proving to him his dreams were real.
  • The Woobie: Max. He's a bully magnet and just wants to be left alone to dream in peace. Interestingly inverted at the end when his own invention makes him realize that he's only been dreaming for himself and didn't care enough about others, implying that everyone else needed his help and The Woobie was actually all of them.

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