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  • Acceptable Targets: The entire premise of the show is based on the idiocy of teenage boys.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Although Carli is hated by many fans, Emily Head, who plays her disagrees that she is a bitch saying she gets exasperated around Simon because he "is such an idiot around her. She never sees the sweet, lovelorn side of him."
      • A reasonable interpretation may be that she is Drunk with Power around Simon only. She knows she has complete power over him and can make him do anything she wants because his love has made him blind, and she can't help taking advantage of this power. Around Will, Jay, Neil and other characters she seems fairly friendly or at least tolerable, though she doesn't really seem to like Jay. She evens stops Donovan when he gives Will a wedgie in The Movie.
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    • Charlotte Hinchcliffe is viewed by some as an Alpha Bitch and others as a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
    • Will's dad. At the start of the movie, he is played up as a Jerkass just like Jay's dad. But at the end of the movie, when Will sends him a text with a picture of himself and Alison, he seems genuinely happy on his son's behalf, showing that he may not be so bad after all. So it's up for interpretation whether he didn't invite Will to his wedding for assholish reasons, or if he did it to protect the socially awkward Will from humiliation from socializing with that many people. Of course, there's always him suddenly abandoning Will's mother to marry a woman who could be Will's big sister, but that tale is told from Will's subjective point of view. All in all, Mr. Mackenzie probably is flawed, but it cannot be discerned if he really is that big of a jerk.
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    • Jay. He cockblocks Simon with Carli, which makes him seen like an asshole. However, given how Carli seems to be only leading Simon on, Jay's actions (backed up by the fact that he tries to set him up with another girl at one point) can be seen as him trying to keep Simon from getting his heart broken by Carli, which does happen.
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    • Is Mr. Gilbert's more dickish behaviour towards Will just because he's an asshole, or to give Will an exercise in humility? Or does he still have a grudge towards Will over his "impression" in episode one? Despite being hostile to Will the most, he rarely sets out to antagonize him unless Will actually does something to provoke him (although this can also be considered Disproportionate Retribution).
      • There's also him marrying Will's mother. Does he actually care about Will, or does he look forward to tormenting him as his new stepfather?
    • Did Simon start "Friend!" just because it was funny and annoying Jay, or was he actually jealous that Jay had a new friend and it was a roundabout way of getting Jay back?
    • Is Alistar Scott a Jerkass with no redeeming qualities, who Jay was completely right about? Or does he only become a dick to Will after the latter essentially tries to ruin the night for his own reasons? A bit of both?
    • Is Neil's dad really gay? Or is he just victim to a lot of unfortunate coincidences?
  • Americans Hate Tingle: The films Rotten Tomatoes 'Approval Rating' dropped from 75% to 55% after it opened in America. Subsequently, The Inbetweeners 2 never even received a DVD release in the USA.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Neil's not the least bit disturbed by the fact that "Paedo" Kennedy repeatedly attempts to sexually assault him. In fact, he simply brushes off one attempt with a cheerful "Oh, right" before instantly falling asleep.
  • Base-Breaking Character: While Carly often became a borderline Hate Sink in much of the fandom for her supposedly manipulative treatment of Simon, some fans come to her defense for having a rather beleviably exasperated reaction to Simon's borderline obsessive and often awkwardly expressed crush towards her, and that some of her hate is based on the usual expectations of the main Female Love Interest and how she's somehow a bitch just because she doesn't returns the affections of the show's resident Dogged Nice Guy (pointing out how she's frequently harped on for being a tease and her Informed Attractiveness). Though judging by her actions in the first film it really seems that the writers are siding with the former by pushing her into full on Scrappy territory.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The protagonists are all Jerkasses obsessed with getting laid, their peers aren't that much better and the universe just loves to kick them in their collective crotches. Not to mention the sheer amount of cringe comedy can turn a lot of people off.
  • Designated Hero: Despite being the two characters the audience is most frequently meant to root for, both Simon and Will are prone to being callous, selfish and idiotic dickheads who are more than deserving of the punishments that they almost end up facing. Of course, given the sadistic nature of the show, they're both clearly invoking the Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist trope.
  • Designated Monkey: Will, after he tells Kerry that they are not in a relationship. While his ensuing rant is inappropriate for the situation (a birthday party for Neil) and rather tactless, it is true that Kerry lied to everybody about his intentions, and the fact that her father recently died does not guarantee her the right to date him. Despite this, everybody seemingly takes Kerry's side, and Neil's dad even orders Will out of the house; however, most fans believe him to be in the right even though he could have handled the situation better.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The inimitable Mr. Gilbert. Greg Davies so embodies a teacher who is hilariously tired of his idiot students so much, he starts to turn up a little more often during the show. (Likely because Greg Davies actually used to be a teacher.)
    • Will's mum. You know why.
    • Jay's dad, for his constant mockery of Jay; Simon's dad, for his laid-back wisecracking attitude and constant sexual oversharing; and Neil's dad, because of the Running Gag of his being Mistaken for Gay.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The second film to many, due to the vicious Happy Ending Override.
  • First Installment Wins: Apparently MTV didn't learn the lesson from their Skins remake in that when you try to blatantly copy a popular cross-atlantic show at a time when creating international hype and finding episodes to watch are just a short mouse click away, you're just going after an audience that's already been widely exposed to the original product. There's instantly a built-in been there, done that apathy, and needless to say the American remake didn't last long.
    • There are those who consider the first movie to be the better of the two.
  • Fountain of Memes: Jay is so quotable (with lines such as "Bus wankers!" and "Completed it, mate") that he just oozes memes.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Simon's romantic moments with Lucy in light of the second movie.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Simon and Tara's relationship, given that the actors are now engaged in Real Life!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Jay's use of the phrase "Fuck off, you fat wanker" is made all the more funny when you consider that his American counterpart is a fat wanker.
    • In the first episode of series three, Mr. Gilbert tells Will "It's not the First World War and he can't conscientiously object" out of the fashion show. Fast forward to 2013, and Simon Bird (Will's actor) is in a show about WWI conscientious objectors, though his character was medically ineligible.
    • In the first episode, Jay has a fake I.D that says he is from Australia and he starts speaking in a hilariously terrible accent. Guess where Jay ends up going in the second movie?
    • In the first movie, Jane, Lisa and Nicole are Love Interests to the boys. Later on, the actresses playing them went on to do a show described as the "female Inbetweeners."
    • In the first movie, a Jimmy Carr poster can be seen in Simon's room - Jimmy is a Big Name Fan of the show and hosted the 10-year anniversary special.
  • Hollywood Homely: Although the guys are markedly unpopular they aren't bad-looking by any means (with only Will plausibly fitting the usual nerd stereotype) as it's more their complete lack of social graces, frequent public Idiot Ball moments and Jay's often repulsive behavior that seems to doom them.
    • In the American remake this is played straight... with the major exception of Jay.
    • Will finds Kerry and specifically her height as unattractive but by anybody's standards she's fine.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • All over the place. Specifically, their goal of having sex is pretty much ruined every time by their own actions.
    • Will would have lost his virginity to Charlotte if he had even the most basic knowledge of how to have sex. Later, he even has a pretty punk girl come up to him and flat out tell him she wants to have sex with him, and suddenly he feels like 'sliding' around a lame dance hall party in his socks which turns her off completely. Finally, he also blows it with Kerry who is more than willing to sleep with Will before he coldly tells her to go away at Neil's birthday party. To be fair, though, he had no interest in Kerry, despite the guarantee of a blowjob.
    • Simon agreeing to take the guys with him when Tara wants to go to her sister's flat to have sex with him. Without this, Simon gets laid. No question about it.
    • More minorly, Simon being incapable of realising that when you park the wrong side of a petrol pump, the pump will not reach.
    • During the movie, when Simon asks what the All Day Boat Party is.
    • Simon again; when trying to make conversation with Tara for the first time, he continues to ask her if she buys NME Magazine every week even though she's already told him that she does. He only stops asking when she becomes exasperated with him.
  • Informed Wrongness / Strawman Has a Point: Although he handles it in the worst possible way that leads to him even being more abhorred by Neil's entire birthday party in Will's Dilema, Will was doing the right thing to stop leading Kerry on by continuing to date her even if he didn't want to just in the hopes of receiving sexual favors, and that he wasn't obligated to keep doing so against his will just because of Kerry's admittedly sad death in the family.
    • Will wasn't wrong: that disabled woman in the first film technically did not need a sun lounger nor did that family have any right to use their towels to reserve them given how there was a sign warning against exactly that.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Jay. He's a little stuck up and arrogant, but clearly has several emotional issues, not to mention that his dad is disgracefully cruel to him at times.
    • Alistair is portrayed as a total arsehole, and while he clearly crosses the line by hoping Will gets a life-threatening illness, he's still a young teenager whose life has been seriously impacted by a horrible ailment, and Will certainly didn't help matters by being incredibly condescending, aggressive, and hypocritical in his behaviour regarding the fashion show.
  • Memetic Molester: Mr Kennedy is an in universe example. The fact that he attempts to sexually assault Neil on a couple of occasions and is actually nicknamed "Paedo" Kennedy speaks volumes about his reputation.
    • To a lesser extent, Jay could be considered one as well, as Will considers him a borderline sex pest. Especially in series 2, where he tries in vain to find a sexy older housewife by propositioning every woman over thirty he meets (including an old woman at an ice cream stall), and in series 3, when he attempts to harass a Dutch student because he was told she likes younger guys.
  • Memetic Mutation: Tons of examples. Try counting how many Facebook groups there are titled after quotes from this show. Lampshaded/discredited by Simon Bird (Will's actor) during a stand-up routine he did on the student circuit. Before going onstage, he set up a presentation telling the audience what hosts of gameshows are supposed to do. "And now for things gameshow hosts DO NOT do: Spout out quotes from The Inbetweeners. Things gameshow audiences DO NOT do: Shout out quotes from The Inbetweeners. Such as: Clunge. Bus Wankers. Football Friend. Right, that's all you're getting!"
  • Misaimed Fandom: At the time of original broadcast the show became popular with young people who thought Jay was meant to be imitated and admired, rather than despise the douchey, perpetually-horny Jerk with a Heart of Jerk he is (at least initially) in canon. This was enough to turn some people off the show for a while, although some have revisited it and realised that it is actually quite a funny show set in a World of Jerkass.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Although Alistair is partially disabled due to a previous kidney failure and comes across as a bit of a selfish prig, it's when he wishes a serious illness upon Will that he really becomes irredeemable.
  • One-Scene Wonder: In the movie: Will's dad, played by Anthony Head.
  • The Scrappy: Jay in the MTV remake is disliked for being an obnoxious Jonah Hill wannabe.
  • Squick:
    • In the Big Damn Movie, Jay is caught masturbating. By his mother. And his prepubescent sister. Wearing a diving mask. And oven mitts. And using slices of ham. Ham. As in: slices of the dead flesh of animals. He's practically made of this trope.
    • Neil's this even moreso. In the sequel to the movie he shits in Will's face and pisses in Simon's. He also goes commando while wearing a skirt, which leads to a dog licking his balls.
    • Simon puking all over Carli's little brother.
    • The lads eating uncooked sausages during a camping trip, then Neil vomits when they're all trying to sleep, thus setting off a puke chain reaction while Jay panics and fails to unzip the tent flap.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Parodied a bit with Will/Rachel in A Night Out In London with Will suddenly thinking she's into him after only asking him a question despite no evidience of any previous interactions and her role mainly just consisting of being a Satellite Character to Carli, though perhaps he's directed to that assumption thanks to a bit of ( ultimately incorrect) Fridge Brilliance by Neil. It's quickly and brutally revealed to be a one-sided crush.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: It seems like they couldn't decide if Tara is supposed to be a Deadpan Snarker, a borderline Genki Girl or just a Generic Girl counterpart to the rest of the Inbetweeners. Her line about Simon's car is one of her funnier moments, but other than the one instance she's mostly just a Satellite Love Interest for Simon who gets little interaction with the rest of the group
    "Actually, I like Simon's car. It's so tragic at least I know he's not out picking up other girls in it."
    • Girls in general have this problem in the TV series, as most of them aside from possibly Charlotte are not characters in their own right but lust objects for the lads. The movie does a somewhat better job with fleshing out the female parts into actual people, though Lisa and Lucy still suffer a bit and Lucy turns into a total psychopath by the second movie.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Jay in the first movie is treated like he went too far throwing a little kid in the pool, (and it turned out he wasn't lying when he said he couldn't swim) but considering the little shit would not stop pestering Jay, threw cold water on him and then pantsed him in public (and made fun of his cock) after Jay let him go the first time, he really had it coming.
  • Wangst: Will is guilty from time to time, but the real expert is Simon.
  • The Woobie:
    • Simon: a good portion of his suffering may be self inflicted, but a lot more of it comes out of Carli leading him on and the other three pressuring him into things he otherwise refuses to do.
    • Will gets a turn when Charlotte just dates him to get back at Donovan, and when Simon tells him this he refuses to believe it and storms off in a huff...only for his heart to get broken when Charlotte goes on a Blind Date-esque show at school, leaving Will to run off crying to his mum.
    • Kerry is constantly mocked and humiliated for her height, is nothing but kind to Will (at least until he dumped her), and her dad died recently; even Will doesn't want to be seen with her. While blatantly lying about Will trying to have sex with her pushes her towards Jerkass Woobie territory, that was actually what the rest of the group encouraged Will to do, and he later tells everybody she's "handing out blowjobs like they're going out of fashion" while she cries in front of him. She also seems to have some kind of learning difficulty, judging by her rather socially awkward actions.
    • Lisa gets relentlessly strung along by Neil, only to get pushed aside as Neil gets off with some cougars then we find out that not only did he lie to her about his girlfriend dumping him, but that she's become a Sequel Non-Entity.


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