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The Nutty Professor is a 1963 comedy, starring Jerry Lewis as an Absent-Minded Professor who, after being bulied and taunted, invents a serum that turns him into an incredibly handsome, strong and popular man named Buddy Love, his new personality gives him the confidence to pursue one of his students, Stellar Name Purdy. Was remade in 1996 starring Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Eddie Murphy, and co-starring Eddie Murphy, Eddie Murphy, and Eddie Murphy. The success of the remake led to a sequel, with Janet Jackson amid the various Eddie Murphys.


Tropes featured in these films include:

  • Ass Shove: Grandma Klump threatens to dish out this trope to Papa Klump after the latter crudely implied he was "calling" her by farting at her.

Grandma Klump: Keep insulting me. [turns knife blade down and picks it upright by the blade in a threatening manner] I'll toss this between the crack of yo' ass!

  • Absent-Minded Professor
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Grandma Klump to Buddy.
    • Also, the hamster to Dean Richmond.
  • Acting for Two: In the original, Jerry Lewis plays the lead, which is sort of two separate characters who happen to share a body that changes a little between the two of them.
    • In the 1996 film, Eddie Murphy plays the lead. He also plays the alternate persona. And a celebrity fitness instructor... And his entire family (barring one child and one of the two grandparents).
      • The sequel was actually called The Klumps, making Eddie Murphy's scenes with one actress and several of his own characters into the core of the film.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: The Klumps when Sherman brings Carla over. They talk openly about sex, bodily functions, marriage, and other embarassing topics (not to mention Papa Klump proceeding to fart at the table), so much so that Sherman tries to slit his wrists with a butter knife.
    • Downplayed in the sequel, where Sherman is shown to be a bit more tolerant of his family's foibles, even remarking "boys will be boys" when Ernie Jr. tried to eat directly from the swirly machine and laughing with Cletus when the latter crudely tells Anna that he could "put a trumpet up [his] ass" and walk around the restaurant to the tune of "Hallelujah, Yankee Doodle" if he wished, yet he wouldn't do it while telling his grandson off for belching in public. That said, he does get horrified when Cletus and Ida are about to get into their usual rows and very quickly tries to prevent it from escalating by making a toast to Cletus due to it being his retirement party (only to unwillingly make it worse by making a tasteless comment to his father that caused his father to nearly choke to death).
  • Attractive Bent Species: During the Attack Of The 50 Foot Hamster in the second film, the dean tries to hide under a fur coat, making him resemble a giant hamster himself. This works out for him just as you'd expect.
  • Battle Cry: After his first transformation in the remake. He proudly stands up on ontop of the college he works in shouting this.

 Buddy Love: I'm THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Buddy Love in The Klumps allegedly has this based on his remark upon forcibly de-aging to a toddler (albeit retaining his ability to speak):

 Buddy Love: What the hell are you looking at ? This is an impressive package for a toddler.

    • Apparently inverted regarding Cletus Klump, based on Ida's comparing Cletus's scrotum to a piece of spaghetti.

 Ida Klump: Hey, Cletus. What that piece of spaghetti remind you of? // Anna Klump: Oh! // Sherman Klump: Oh, Grandma, now, come on. That's enough now. // Ernie Klump Sr.: Sure enough. // Ida Klump: Maybe Mr. Johnson perhaps? // Anna Klump: (Under her breath while looking up in anguish) Oh, Lord have mercy. // Cletus Klump: Let me tell you, old woman. What I do in my bedroom is my business. You understand? // Ida Klump: Only thing you do in your bedroom is pull the lint off your scrotum.

  • Bowdlerise: The first dinner scene was largely toned down in the Televised airings, where most of the references to "ass" and "asshole" is replaced with "butt" and "rear end."
  • Butt Monkey: Dean Richmond whenever there's a hamster around.
  • Casanova: Buddy Love.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: In the sequel, after Ida makes a smart remark regarding Cletus's "love tackle", Sherman and the others, in an obvious attempt to avoid Ida and Cletus having their usual feud against each other due to it being at a restaurant, decide to talk quite a bit about the potatoes they're eating and how tasty they are, with Cletus also joining in. Ida doesn't take it, instead making another smart remark where she compares Cletus's scrotum to a piece of spaghetti.
  • Cute but Cacophonic: In the remake, Buddy Love's charm is inversely proportional to how loud he is... and he's a loud guy.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Klumps had a few moments of that range from dark humor to horror. Buddy Love in the second movie is more evil than he ever was in the first nor its predecessor. Going from trying to take Sherman's place to downright trying to stalk and destroy Sherman and anyone else that got in the way. Even before his DNA was separated from Sherman's he even found many ways attacking him on the inside. From giving him a terrible nightmare to alienating him from his father and love interest. That aside there were Tear Jerker moments too, from relationship problems between Sherman's parents mirroring Sherman's relationship with Denise, as well as breaking off the marriage under the belief that he can't be a good husband after his intellect is deteriorating, especially due to an incident where Buddy Love sabotaged the fountain of youth formula and stole the actual sample, causing a test gone awry. The audience was also almost fooled with a Bittersweet Ending, when we including Denise and Cletus thought Sherman was brain dead for good.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As vile and perverted as Buddy Love is, even he was disgusted with Granma Klump stripping before him and giving him a French kiss.
    • On that note, during the disastrous presentation of the Fountain of Youth formula that Buddy Love sabotaged earlier, Granma Klump, who is not the most sexually moral of anyone, is just as disgusted as the rest of the Klumps when seeing Jumbo the Horny Hampster… "mating" with the Dean on TV.
  • Evil Laugh: Buddy Love's screeching, loud laughter in the remake.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Inverted in the remake, where various scenes make it clear that the increasingly nasty Buddy Love has a noticeably higher-pitched voice than the gravelly Sherman Klump.
  • Face Death with Dignity: In the remake -- as in, the first movie -- of all possible characters, Buddy Love. He fights like hell to keep control over Sherman, but when it becomes clear that Sherman no longer feels like he wants or needs him anymore, and that he is going to win, he finally stops yelling that Sherman needs him, can't win, or is fat, calls him by name, and goes out with, "No matter what, you got to strut!" before he apparently disappears..
  • Fan Disservice: Grandma Klump leaping through a field of daisies in a see-through nightgown in the second film.
  • Fartillery: In the Deep Impact/Star Wars nightmare Sherman Klump had in the sequel that hinted at his deteriorating brain from his forcibly removing Buddy Love from his system, when his father (acting as Obi-Wan) tells him to use the Force, Sherman proceeded to fart forcefully enough to reach the cockpit, with his father briefly choking on the resulting stench while stating it was strong with this one. Somewhat justified, as Sherman was in space at the time.
  • Farts on Fire: Papa Klump pulls this off thanks to a conveniently placed birthday candle during a retirement party, though in his defense, he could not help it as he was choking at the time.
    • A darker example of this was shown in the first Nutty Professor (the 1996 remake) during Sherman Klump's "fatzilla" nightmare, where after eating a drumstick, he proceeds to fart, and a beggar, despite a police man's attempts at stopping him, ends up lighting a match, causing his town to be destroyed in a manner similar to a nuclear explosion.
  • Fantastic Drug
  • Fat Idiot: Inverted with Sherman Klump. Although grossly overweight, Sherman is an undeniable genius, if a bit clumsy due to his girth. Almost played straight in The Klumps, however, thanks to nasty side-effects caused by Sherman Klump attempting to forcibly remove Buddy Love from his system such as becoming brain damaged.
  • Heavy Voice: Inverted; Buddy Love has a lighter voice than Sherman Klump.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: In the 1996 version.
  • George Jetson Job Security: In the sequel, Sherman Klump ended up fired from the university by the Dean. To be fair to both of them, the Dean was pretty much justified in firing him because, aside from the fountain of youth demonstration turning into a massive disaster that ended with an enlarged hamster and the Dean being raped by said hamster, the Dean also discovered that Klump was undergoing severe brain damage; and as for Sherman Klump, the only reason the formula turned into a disaster was because Buddy Love sabotaged the formula by adding fertilizer into it and stole samples for a rival company.
    • Earlier in the same movie, Sherman Klump, or more accurately, Buddy Love speaking through Sherman, rudely implies that the real reason Cletus Klump is no longer working is due to this trope instead of him retiring on his own terms. Let's just say that Cletus didn't take the implication too well.

Sherman Klump: ...And I'd like to say, in front of everybody here tonight–[in Buddy Love's voice] When you gonna quit jiving and tell everyone you got laid off?!

  • Gollum Made Me Do It: This trope is in full effect for the beginning of The Klumps, as Sherman Klump ends up making extremely and uncharacteristically rude statements toward people thanks to Buddy Love, his alter ego, attacking him from the inside, with Buddy Love laughing in his head as he snaps out of it. Although Klump largely manages to cover himself with more innoculous statements in the beginning, it progressively gets worse when he ends up nearly killing his father during a retirement party with a terrible comment in his toast implying that his father actually ended up fired instead of actually retiring that leaves Papa Klump understandably shaken, and eventually came to a head when his attempted proposal to Denise Gains was spoiled by a very ill-timed comment about grabbing a bite to eat via nachos that likewise implied that he considered her to be fat (with the Mexican band he hired making the comment even worse by singing that exact insult, meaning he couldn't even try to deflect the comment). These last two events in particular were what ultimately drove Sherman Klump to forcibly remove Buddy Love and nearly get himself killed and ultimately almost suffer permanent brain damage (among other things relating to Buddy Love) that made up the rest of the film.
  • I'll Kill You!: Dean Richmond, in the remake, in that weird way he has of barely altering his way of speaking no matter what he's saying.

Dean Richmond: Do you know how I know all these things? I know them because if you're not perfect, never mind the "yelling, the screaming and the firing", if anything goes wrong, for any reason, I'm going to kill you. And I don't mean that as a euphemism. I am going to literally kill you. I'm going to strangle you and choke off your air supply until you pass away.

  • Ignoring by Singing: Mama Klump does a variation where she sings "Amazing Grace" as her mother is rattling off all the men she was... infatuated with on the subject of Oprah, as this apparently comes up often enough.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: When Buddy Love turns up unexpectedly on an important night, Sherman's lab assistant makes a good show at this, only for Buddy (who's gone through at least two partial transformations already) to fake Sherman coming through and trick him into getting locked in the closet.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: Sherman Klump ends up breaking off the marriage because he believes that he can't be a good husband while his intellect was deteriorating after removing Buddy Love from his system.
  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • Jerkass: The insult comic Reggie Warrington.
  • Large Ham: Buddy and most of the Klumps.
  • Mean Boss / Dean Bitterman: Richmond, the dean of the university that Sherman Klump works at, frequently insults Sherman Klump's obesity and makes no secret of his contempt of Klump.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite this, he did ally with Sherman Klump to stop Buddy Love from stealing the patent for the fountain of youth formula in the climax of The Klumps.
  • Meaningful Echo: Buddy to Dean Richmond: "Who you think you talkin' to, Sherman Klump? Man, if you ever talk to me like that again, I'll kill you. And I don't mean it as euphemism, I'm gonna literally kill you. I'm gonna strangle you and cut off your air supply until you pass away."
  • Meaningful Name: The fact that the last name of the universally overweight Klumps sounds like plump is obvious. More so is that the slender love interest in the 2nd film is named 'Gains', especially when we're shown that Mrs. Klump's old wedding dress fits her.
  • Mythology Gag: In the remake, Reggie mocks a nerdy-looking fellow bearing a definite resemblance to PRofessor Kelp from the original movie.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: In the 1990s film, Lance Perkins is a clear Expy of Richard Simmons.
  • No Indoor Voice: Buddy.
  • Oh Crap: Sherman in the first film when he wakes up next to three hookers after a night of partying (as Buddy).
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Cletus and Ida actually agree on something (something they're not exactly known to do), you know that something is very serious. For example, when watching the disastrous Fountain of Youth presentation at Wellman College on live TV, both of them agreed that what Jumbo did to the dean was just nasty.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Cletus and Ida (the husband and mother of Anna, respectively) are shown to have a pretty big feud with each other.
  • Papa Wolf: After an alumnus reveals publicly that Buddy Love is trying to kill Sherman Klump, Cletus Klump draws a knife out with the clear intention of harming Buddy Love as payback for what the latter is going to do to his son.

 Cletus: That's it! I'm glad I brought my knife!

    • He alongside Sherman's fiancée also attempted to aid Sherman Klump in stopping Buddy Love and ensuring he is absorbed back into Sherman to restore his intellect.
  • Pay Evil Unto Evil: Buddy's putdown of Reggie Warrington.

 Buddy: I've heard of dreadlocks, but shitlocks?

  • Punctuated for Emphasis: The climactic scene where Sherman Klump and Buddy Love battle for control of the same body.

 Buddy Love: "You can't beat me!"

Sherman Klump: "YES. I. CAN!"

  • Reboot Discontinuity: The animated movie ignores the Eddie Murphy remake and its sequel and picks up where the Jerry Lewis movie left off. 
  • Refuge in Vulgarity: In the 1990s film, there was the infamous dinner scene that properly introduces the rest of his family.
  • Sexier Alter Ego - In both versions, the titular professor invents a way to change him from a nerdy looking fellow in the original film (and a rather overweight guy in the remake) into a smooth ladies man.
  • Sexual Karma: The Jerkass dean gets more than his share of this, courtesy of "Jumbo the Horny Hamster".
  • Showing Off the New Body: In the remake, the whole "I'm thin!" sequence.
  • Squirrels in My Pants: Variation: During a demonstration test on the fountain of youth serum on a hamster, it initially works, but thanks to Buddy Love sabotaging the serum earlier, the hamster ends up basically turning Godzilla on them, forcing the audience to evacuate and the guards to fire on "hamsterzilla" before it dispatched them with turds. It then sees Dean Richmond (wearing a fur rug over himself in a failed attempt to hide) and, mistaking Richmond for a potential mate, gets very interested in him and is also strongly implied to have raped him. As the cameras were still rolling, this was also shown on TV across the state, if not the nation or the world, as the scene in the Klumps' living room revealed.
  • Stab the Salad: In the "Fatzilla" nightmare for the 1996 remake, Sherman Klump (which, as indicated in the nightmare, is now so fat that he is practically Kaiju-sized) approaches the apartment complex of Carla Purty and, upon looking through the window, proceeds to lick his chops and reaches into the window as she backs away screaming (making it look as though he was about to eat her), when he was really just interested in getting a conveniently nearby turkey in the room, or more specifically, its drumstick.
  • Stealth Pun: In the first film, after Granma Klump demands to know who is calling her name, Papa Klump responds with "Yeah, I've been calling you if your name is..." before promptly breaking wind. One of the slang terms for expelling gas, "fart", also happens to be a crude reference to an elder.
  • Synchronized Swarming: In the 1990s film, the professor proposes to his girlfriend by attracting fireflies into the words "Marry me?" using a synthesized firefly pheromone.
  • Talking to Himself: All members of the Klump family (barring Ernie "Hercules" Klump, Jr.), Buddy Love, and Richard Simmons expy Lance Perkins are played by Eddie Murphy.
  • Technicolor Science: Zig-Zagged in the remake. Though you can see multicolored beakers and test tubes in the background and the formula itself is glowing, the scene where Sherman creates it for the first time seems to involve a combination of realistic, unremarkable-looking chemicals. One of them's a little greenish.
  • That Came Out Wrong: "Pardon me ladies and gentlemen, but I cannot go on living unless I have this man inside me right now!"
  • That Man Is Dead

 Buddy Love: SHERMAN IS DEAD!! HE'S GONE!

  • This Ain't Rocket Surgery: In the 1990s film, Sherman, whose mind is decaying rapidly and is just about to meet Denise's parents, assures himself that he won't make a fool of himself because Denise's parents are probably not rocket scientists. Turns out that's exactly what they are.
  • Toilet Humor: The 1990s movie has a lot of fart jokes, as well as implied soiled pants.
  • Villain Protagonist: Buddy at first, until it becomes clear that he's a completly separate persona and plans to take over Sherman's life.
  • Your Mom: When Reggie Warrington the insult comic is thrown off-balance by Buddy Love standing up and insulting him back, all he can come up with is something about Buddy's mom being fat. With that setup, Buddy promptly lays into him and his absent mama with what sounds like a lifetime's worth of accumulated fat jokes.
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