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  • Ear Worm: Herbie's theme song. Not the movie's theme song, but Herbie's personal Recurring Riff.
  • Fanon: Given his childish personality, even across decades, and Super Speed, it's common for fans to think that Herbie is a Cybertronian child that was lost on Earth.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Fans go back and forth whether or not the 1997 film or Fully Loaded should be subject to this.
  • First Installment Wins: Though Rides Again was better received critically, the first film is by far the most beloved by the fanbase.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Is on relatively good terms with Cars, Thomas the Tank Engine, and even Transformers (see Fanon), especially after Bumblebee.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the first film, Mr. Wu's full name is Tang Wu, which means in Chinese, his name is Wu Tang.
  • Narm Charm: Arguably the series as a whole. The villains are all rather serious sorts but everything is written in such a delightfully charming way.
  • Never Live It Down: Lindsay Lohan's digitally Suppressed Mammaries in Fully Loaded.
  • Old Shame: Fully Loaded might be this to Disney given that it was released right before Lindsay Lohan's rather public Creator Breakdown.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • The 53 gum-ball on Herbie's door is absent in the original film's "balancing" scene. It was a conscious choice: the bottom of the door had to be cropped so the car could clear the ground to do the stunt, which including the number would have called attention to. An odd example in that it isn't conspicuous in the film itself (it's excusable for the time period and barely noticeable in the scene itself), but a still from the scene was heavily circulated promotion and merchandising of the film, even continuing to be used when the movie was released on video.
    • In Rides Again, the scene where Herbie drives up in the warehouse so he can trap the security officers among seized property features a blatant stop motion model.
    • The 1997 film contains quite a bit of Conspicuous CG, mostly involving Horace. It also shows up in some of Herbie's stunts (the lighting of those stunts even renders him as the wrong year of Beetle), and the reveal of Simon's factory.
    • It got better in Fully Loaded but some of Herbie's stunts are clearly CGI.
  • Uncanny Valley: Horace and its facial expressions. Repeated later on with Herbie's in Fully Loaded.
  • Values Dissonance: A lot of the humor involving Mr. Wu and Chinese culture.
  • Vindicated by History: The 1997 film was much better received by the larger fanbase after Fully Loaded.
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