->''"You gotta be nuts, too. And you're gonna need a crew as nuts as you are! ...Who do you got in mind?"''

This is the story of a crew of expert thieves as they prepare and execute multiple very difficult heists across several movies. It's called ''Ocean's Eleven'' because the leader's name is Danny Ocean, and there are eleven of them. Originally a remake of the 1960 film ''Film/{{Oceans 11}}'' starring Music/FrankSinatra and the Creator/RatPack, it went on to [[AdaptationDisplacement displace]] the original and spawn two sequels. All three films were directed by Creator/StevenSoderbergh. There is an upcoming spinoff, featuring an all-female cast: ''Film/OceansEight''.

* The first film, '''''Ocean's Eleven (2001)''''', involves Danny, an ex-con fresh out of prison, approaching his buddy Rusty about performing a monumental heist. The goal? Rob the central vault of three UsefulNotes/LasVegas casinos at the same time, during a boxing match so that the grand total in the safe would be a little over $160 million. They gather the Eleven and come to learn that the man they are robbing, Terry Benedict, is a man whose principal crime seems to be that he's dating Danny's ''ex-wife'' Tess.
* The second film, '''''Ocean's Twelve (2004)''''', deals with repercussions of their heist, as Benedict tracks down the Eleven and demands recompense in full, plus interest. Seeing as almost none of the eleven were frugal with their money, this means they have to find some other heist that will pay off an equal amount. Because they are too well known in the US, they travel to Europe and receive an offer from a legendary retired ConMan in which they steal a very famous MacGuffin. They are hounded on one side by a cocky acrobat-thief who wants the same loot, and a FairCop Interpol agent on the other.
* The third, '''''Ocean's Thirteen (2007)''''', has a member of the eleven double-crossed by an unscrupulous land-owner, Willy Bank (Creator/AlPacino), with whom he was collaborating on the opening of a new casino. Danny convenes his gang to ruin this casino's opening night. This time, Benedict joins forces with them, [[EnemyMine as he has his own issues with Bank]].
* A SoftReboot, '''''Film/OceansEight (2018)''''', follows Danny's ex-con sister, Debbie Ocean (Creator/SandraBullock), who after getting released from prison herself plans a similar $150 million heist to take revenge on Creator/DamianLewis.

The films are an exercise in cool, with the focus on GentlemanThief characters wearing fashionable suits in exotic locations exchanging witticisms over jazzy music. This goes along with the original, which was little more than an excuse to bask in the coolness of the Creator/RatPack.


[[folder: The crew consist of: ]]

* Danny Ocean (Creator/GeorgeClooney): The gang's mastermind, Ocean knows everything about UsefulNotes/LasVegas and nearly everyone in it. His plan in the first film is to rob the casinos to take revenge on the guy who stole TheChick from him.
* Rusty Ryan (Creator/BradPitt): Ocean's level-headed right-hand man. A jack-of-all-trades, he plays a number of roles in the heists themselves.
* Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould): A crooked venture capitalist and ex-casino owner who loves Vegas and its charms, he joins the gang as their financial backer to get revenge on Benedict for some past business deals. It is he [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong who invests]] in Bank's casino in the third movie.
* Frank Catton (Bernie Mac): A con artist who frequently plays the inside man. In the first heist, he works as a croupier in one of the marked casinos.
* Basher Tarr (Creator/DonCheadle): A Cockney engineer, Basher is in charge of the demolitions and heavy machinery involved in the heists. He speaks in an impenetrable combination of Cockney slang and technical jargon.
* Livingston Dell (Eddie Jemison): A tech expert who specializes in electronics and communications. Neurotic and soft-spoken, he's more comfortable with machines than people.
* Virgil and Turk Malloy (Creator/CaseyAffleck and Scott Caan): A pair of bickering twins from Utah who do all the simple grunt work, but especially act as the wheel men.
* Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner): A cranky old-school con artist, Bloom would rather be enjoying a comfortable retirement than having to pull off one more crazy heist.
* The Amazing Yen (Shaobo Qin): The grease man, Yen is a Chinese acrobat who is in charge of all the dangerous physical stunts. He speaks entirely in Mandarin except when he curses, but appears to understand English well enough. In the first film, Rusty can understand him perfectly, and eventually so can the rest of the gang, but they never speak Mandarin back to him.[[note]]Except once, in ''Ocean's Thirteen'' as part of a cover.[[/note]]
* Linus Caldwell (Creator/MattDamon): A skilled pickpocket and Ocean's new protege. Linus comes from underworld royalty, as both of his parents are famous thieves. He desperately seeks to earn some respect of his own by pulling off big scores.


[[folder: Also appearing as main roles: ]]

* Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia): The BigBad of the first film, he runs the Bellagio, MGM Grand and the Mirage, three of the biggest casinos in Vegas. He provides the impetus for the second film by tracking down the Eleven and demanding repayment (with interest), and later becomes an ad hoc member of the Thirteen, both as a financial backer and TheShill.
* Tess Ocean (Creator/JuliaRoberts): TheChick. Ex-wife of Danny Ocean, who by the first film has shacked up with Benedict. She's the main reason why Danny decides to rob Benedict's casinos. She becomes a member of the Twelve after most of the main crew are jailed during a failed heist; the attempt to complete it involves Tess [[CelebrityParadox impersonating Julia Roberts]].
* Isabel Lahiri (Creator/CatherineZetaJones): a FairCop who is introduced in the second film. She has been hunting down a master criminal, Gaspar [=LeMarque=], for many years, unaware that [[spoiler:he is her father]]. As [=LeMarque=] is the person Ocean's Twelve are stealing the MacGuffin for, she ends up pursuing them as well. Also, Rusty's [[DatingCatwoman former love interest]].
* François Toulour (Creator/VincentCassel): Also known as "The Night Fox," a truly accomplished thief who serves as a one-man GoldfishPoopGang in the second film. Is also hired by Benedict in the third film to perform a double-cross.
* Roman Nagel (Creator/EddieIzzard): A genius inventor who appears briefly in the second film and later becomes a member of the Thirteen.
* Willie Bank (Creator/AlPacino): the BigBad of the third movie, a JerkAss business mogul who partners with Reuben to build a new hotel casino, only to muscle him out of his share. Reuben suffers a heart attack as a result, prompting the rest of the crew to take revenge.
* Abigail Sponder (Ellen Barkin): Bank's [[TheDragon Dragon]] and personal assistant. She's the one who's really in control of everything at his casinos.
!!These films provide examples of:

* ThirtySecondBlackout: With the excuse that AppliedPhlebotinum did it... and with predictable consequences inside the casino.
* AcceptableTargets: In-universe in ''Twelve'' regarding Toulour: "We're not doomed. He's one guy and he's ''French''."
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Benedict allows Livingston to finish his stand-up set because he was enjoying his terrible jokes (you can even hear Andy Garcia laughing in the background).
* AffablyEvil: Terry Benedict is unfailingly polite to everyone, though he's never actually friendly with anyone.
* AsHimself: Creator/BruceWillis is the key to unraveling the Julia Roberts impersonation in the second film. (And, just to throw a wrench through the fourth wall, the credits end with, "AndStarring: Tess Ocean as Julia Roberts.")
%%* AmbiguouslyGay: Reuben
* AndStarring: Parodied with Julia Roberts' credits in ''Eleven'' and ''Twelve''
* AngryBlackMan: In order to help Linus steal the vault codes from Benedict in ''Eleven'', Frank plays an Angry Black Man and pretends to attack Linus.
%%* AvengersAssemble
* BadassFamily: The Caldwells -- Linus' mom and dad are legendary thieves themselves [[spoiler:and save the day in ''Twelve'' and ''Thirteen'', respectively by using their considerably strong connections thanks to their long term cover being ''[[RefugeInAudacity FBI agents]]''. Something Linus notes in ''Thirteen'' while arguing with his father about the strength of his current cover.]]
* BadassGrandpa: Saul may not show it much but there is an exchange in the first film wherein he demonstrates that despite his age, make no mistake, he is a very experienced con man and he is ''not'' to be trifled with.
-->'''Danny:''' Saul, are you sure you're ready to do this?\\
'''Saul:''' If you ever ask me that question again, ''Daniel'', you will not wake up the following morning.\\
'''Danny:''' He's ready.
* BavarianFireDrill: Rusty frees Basher from police custody by pretending to be an ATF agent and ordering the cops around.
-->'''Rusty:''' Go find Griggs, tell him I need to see him.
-->'''Cop:''' Who?
-->'''Rusty:''' JUST FIND HIM, WILL YA?!?
* BecomingTheMask: In ''Thirteen'', Virgil is sent undercover to a dice-manufacturing factory in Mexico to rig the casino dice at the source. He ends up leading the workers in a strike for better conditions. Turk is sent after him (after all, their plan has a time limit), and ends up joining the protest.
* BigEater: Rusty. With the exception of during the actual heist, he's typically eating something every time we see him. To the extent that it could be considered a RunningGag for the films.
* BilingualDialogue: In every film, Yan speaks only Chinese, but no one seems to have any trouble understanding him, and they answer him in English.
* BlackTieInfiltration: Danny Ocean makes an appearance at the Fight Night event, a professional boxing match held in a Las Vegas casino and being attended by numerous celebrities and wealthy guests, before excusing himself to join the rest of the crew in the heist.
* BluntYes:
-->'''Saul:''' I have a question. Say we get into the cage, and through the security doors there and down the elevator we can't move, and past the guards with the guns, and into the vault we can't open. [...] We're just supposed to walk out of there with a hundred and fifty million dollars in cash on us, without getting stopped?
-->'''Danny''': (''{{beat}}'') Yeah.
-->'''Saul''': Oh. (''beat'') Well, all right then. ''(pops antacid'')
* {{Bookends}}: The first movie starts and ends the same way, [[spoiler:a tuxedo-clad Ocean leaving prison]].
** Clair de Lune plays twice in the first movie: At the pool party just before everyone goes inside to hear Danny's plan, and just before the end when [[spoiler:they pull off the heist and have a quiet moment at the Fountains of Bellagio.]]
** The final shot of the crew in the first and third movie is of [[spoiler:them watching the Fountains of Bellagio before one by one walking away.]]
* BrickJoke:
** ''Series/TheOprahWinfreyShow'' in ''Thirteen''.
** While discussing the plans to torment the hotel reviewer, Saul is asked if he'd go through that suffering for ten million. He says no, but he'd do it for eleven million. Guess how much money the hotel reviewer wins at the very end of the movie.
* ButtMonkey:
** Linus.
** The poor hotel reviewer in ''Thirteen'', played by David Paymer. The crew makes his stay a living hell in order to sink Bank's reputation; Rusty makes it worth his while in the end.
* CallBack: In ''Thirteen'', ''Clair de Lune'' playing as Rusty and Danny come to the same spot where the gang gathered at the end of ''Eleven''.
* TheCameo:
** Producer Jerry Weintraub as Denny the whale. First appears as a high-roller in ''Eleven'', accidentally gets the guys in trouble with his bragging in ''Twelve'' and helps them out as an apology in ''thirteen''.
** The young 20-something actors in ''Eleven'': ([[Series/SeventhHeaven Barry Watson]], Creator/TopherGrace, [[Series/{{Charmed}} Holly Marie Combs]], [[Film/AWalkToRemember Shane West]], and [[Series/DawsonsCreek Joshua Jackson]]), all of whom are terrible at TabletopGame/{{Poker}}. Grace appears again in ''Twelve''.
** Oprah Winfrey in ''Thirteen'', who is the source of a pretty darn good BrickJoke [[spoiler:at the expense of Benedict.]]
** From ''Eleven,'' Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko playing themselves in the prize fight taking place during the Bellagio heist. They've never faced each other in the ring during their actual careers; Lewis faced off against the other Klitschko brother, Vitali, in 2003, and won via stoppage.
* TheCaper: Every movie features one or more of these.
* CaperCrew: From ''Eleven,'' there is
** Danny Ocean: The Mastermind / The Distraction
** Rusty Ryan: The Partner in Crime / The Coordinator
** Reuben Tishkoff: The Backer
** Livingston Dell: The Hacker
** Basher Tarr: The Gadget Guy, though his primary expertise is in explosives and demolition
** Saul Bloom: The Conman
** The Amazing Yen: The Burglar, due to his acrobatic skill
** Linus Caldwell: The Pickpocket / The New Kid
** Virgil and Turk Malloy, "The Twins": The Driver / The Muscle
** Frank Catton: The Inside Man
** Played with in the sequels, as some roles get switched around and additional characters join the caper, expanding the roster.
* CaperRationalization: If there is one trope that drives the plot of these films other than TheCaper, it's CaperRationalization. This merry band of crooks all have very good, reasonable, and ''understandable'' reasons for ripping people off for tens of millions of dollars per movie.
* CelebrityParadox:
** Tess, played by Julia Roberts, impersonates Julia Roberts--badly--to pull off the heist in ''Twelve''. And complains that it's "too personal" to impersonate someone else who's out there somewhere. And then she has to interact with several other celebrities like Bruce Willis who know Julia Roberts. The fact that Danny Ocean, played by Creator/GeorgeClooney, couldn't do the same implies that this is a case of OneShotRevisionism.
** In ''Eleven'', in one of the earliest scenes, Danny and Rusty walk out of the club where they've been teaching celebrities to play poker. It's very surreal to see Topher Grace and Joshua Jackson get mobbed by squealing fans, while Creator/GeorgeClooney and Creator/BradPitt stroll by unnoticed.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: When Reuben (who's Jewish) is describing why it's impossible to rob a casino.
--> '''Reuben:''' They've got enough armed personnel to occupy Paris! ...okay, bad example.
* ChekhovsGun: The black backpack the group is carrying in ''Twelve''. [[spoiler:Turns out that the Faberge Egg that was the objective of Toulour's challenge had been stolen by them in transit and been carried around for most of the movie, and the failed heist was just an act.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Multiple examples:
** On the second film, Isabel talks on her briefing about master thief Gaspar [=LeMarque=], who has never been caught (but apparently retired) and taught Toulour how to steal. [[spoiler:Gaspar is her father, is ashamed at the fact that Toulour caused so much grief to the Eleven for the sake of petty revenge, and accepts to help them if they can make Isabel meet him, which they do.]]
** The elder Caldwells. On both ''Twelve'' and ''Thirteen'' early on there is a scene where Linus goes into a [[MyBelovedSmother Beloved Smother]] angst-fest because Danny and Rusty talked to them and he didn't wanted them to know anything about how he was doing as a thief... [[spoiler:and then it turns out that the FBI agents that were after the Eleven on both films were Linus' parents (mom on ''Twelve'', dad on ''Thirteen'') that used their roles within the government to help with the heist, mostly by falsely arresting members of the team and helping them get away, thus misdirecting the mark.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: In ''Eleven'', Virgil and his remote-controlled cars.
* TheChewToy: The hotel reviewer in ''Thirteen'' that gets put through hell secretly by the crew so he would give Bank's new hotel a bad review. They make it up to him afterwards.
* ClockKing: Terry Benedict is described as "a machine" in ''Eleven'', as his schedule is so consistent that he even ''visits the men's room'' at the same time every day.
* ConMenHateGuns: Linus chastises the Night Fox for being so crude as to use a gun in ''Thirteen''. [[spoiler:The Night Fox leaves it unloaded as a concession to the trope]].
%%* ConspicuousCG: In one scene, the statues in the art museum in ''Twelve''.
* {{Contortionist}}: One is needed to sneak into the safe.
* CooperationGambit: In the third film the group gets financial sponsorship from the villain of the first two movies in exchange for the profits. The main characters are happy with this deal, since it's [[{{Revenge}} not about the money]] this time.
* CreditsGag: With the AndStarring credit for Julia Roberts in her appearances. In ''Eleven'', the cast roll call during the closing credits ends with "And Introducing Julia Roberts"; in ''Twelve'', she's credited with "Tess as Julia Roberts".
* CunningLinguist: Linus mentions that Benedict is fluent in several languages, is approaching fluency in Japanese, and in the second film, speaks to Yen in Chinese.
* DeadpanSnarker: Basically [[WorldOfSnark just about everyone in these movies]], but ''especially'' Danny, Rusty, and Reuben.
* DemolitionsExpert: Basher, master of power-cutting and safe-blowing explosions.
* DescriptionCut:
** When Danny and Rusty go to recruit Livingston:
--->'''Danny:''' How are his nerves?\\
'''Rusty:''' OK. Not so bad that you'll notice.\\
''[cut to Livingston being a neurotic, skittish control freak while working surveillance with the FBI]''
** Played with in ''Twelve.'' Linus is complaining about how his father likes to mock him about little things, and he can't quite find the words to express his annoyance, saying "it's a...it's a..." Cut to Tess giving Danny an actual "slap in the face."
* DisproportionateRetribution: Benedict is feared because of his tendency to ''completely destroy'' the lives of anybody who wrongs him, and everybody related to them as well. While doing recon on him, Linus informs Rusty that Benedict not only had the last guy who cheated in his casino put away for ten years, but he also had the bank seize the guy's house before bankrupting the tractor dealership of the guy's brother-in-law. As Reuben describes Benedict:
--> '''Reuben:''' He'll kill you, and then he'll go to work on you.
** Invoked in ''Thirteen'' when the group goes to Benedict for help in their revenge heist.
--> '''Benedict:''' That monstrosity that Bank calls a hotel casts a shadow over my pool. Break him. Break him in half.
** And once he starts insisting that he wants Bank's diamonds (which the Eleven tell him is just not possible):
--> '''Danny:''' And what happens if we don't get them?\\
--> '''Benedict:''' [[ImpliedDeathThreat Do you have your affairs in order?]]
* DolledUpInstallment: ''Twelve'' started out life as a stand-alone heist flick about two dueling master thieves, and was turned into an ''Ocean's'' installment when the first film's massive popularity required a sequel as quick as possible. The role of the protagonist was split between Danny (master thief), Rusty (relationship with Europol agent), and (to a certain extent) Linus.
* TheDreaded: As mentioned above, Benedict is terrifying because of his penchant for DisproportionateRetribution. However, it goes beyond that; Linus mentions that he's as smart as he is ruthless. When faced with losing his money, he immediately [[spoiler:arranges for a [=SWAT=] team while keeping Rusty on the phone for as long as possible, and has the authorities chase down the escape van.]] When he realizes that there's more to the heist than it appears, he [[spoiler:goes straight for Danny and clearly doesn't believe his story. What he didn't realize was that they ''planned'' for him to act this way.]] Even though the movie ends on a positive note, it's revealed that Terry [[spoiler:sent some of his enforcers to follow Danny, Tess, and Rusty.]] This pays off in the opening of ''Ocean's Twelve'', when he personally tracks them all down (and bombs Rusty's car!) and demands his money back... ''with interest''. When he becomes the crew's backer in ''Ocean's Thirteen'', they're all wary of him [[spoiler:and know he'd betray them]] and planned accordingly. The fact that he deals with all of this with almost complete TranquilFury makes it even more unnerving.
* DressingAsTheEnemy:
** [[spoiler:The surprise tactic by which the team escapes with the money in the first film? Coming in ''as the [=SWAT=] team'' summoned to apprehend them, faces concealed by their police helmets, then walking out with the loot in their equipment bags.]]
** Revisited in the second film, when the crew is arrested and hauled off by "FBI agents" who are [[spoiler:led by his con-artist mother.]]
** Used again in the third film, when Linus get hauled off by an "FBI agent" who is [[spoiler:his own con-artist father, who's evidently been maintained the ruse for some time.]]
* DVDCommentary: On the director and writer track for ''Ocean's Eleven'', they comment a few times on the fact that there are probably only three people who bother to listen to these things.
* TheEndOrIsIt: The end of the first movie leaves it open as to whether the crew is really safe from Benedict's retaliation. Turns out, they're not. Of course, it also shows that Danny and Rusty [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow were well aware that Benedict was watching them.]]
* EndOfAnAge: A recurring motif in ''Thirteen'', as several characters at various points ruminate on how casinos and heists in Las Vegas have changed with the times.
* EnemyMine: In ''Thirteen'' Benedict joins the crew in taking down Bank because Bank is an annoying rival.
* EvilIsPetty: In ''Twelve,'' Toulour sets up the entire gang to be targeted by Benedict (and knowing Benedict's reputation, this would also include their families) simply because [[WellDoneSonGuy his mentor didn't automatically tell some random person]] [[ItsAllAboutMe in a conversation he wasn't even involved with]] that he was the greatest thief in the world. Danny calls him out on it, [[JerkAss but Toulour naturally doesn't care.]]
** Tess points out to Benedict that he ''got'' his money back from the insurance company and he's demanding interest from Danny and his crew just because they got away with it.
* EvilVirtues: Benedict may be terrifying, but Linus also describes him as a machine. He's very well-organized, works hard all day at the office, speaks multiple languages - including Japanese lessons to better appeal to his new clientele - and is such a competent businessman that he runs the three most successful casinos in Las Vegas. He makes the effort to remember the names of his employees, most of whom seem loyal to him. He's patient, methodical, and cunning. It's just that the crew are able to predict what he'll do and plan around it. In contrast, Willy Bank in ''Ocean's Thirteen'' is a corrupt SmugSnake [[{{Jerkass}} who doesn't respect anyone]] and is easily fooled despite having far more technological advantages than Benedict. Danny even mocks Bank's threats toward him, saying, "I know the guys you'd hire to come get me, they like me better than you." That line ''definitely'' wouldn't have worked on Benedict.
* ExactEavesdropping: One of the final parts of the ''Eleven'' heist is getting Tess to watch an audible surveillance feed of Benedict, escorting Danny out of the premises, willing to accept to a money-for-Tess trade.
-->'''Tess''': You of all people should know [[IronicEcho that in your hotel, there is always someone watching.]]
* ExactWords: In regards to the heist in ''Eleven'': [[spoiler:"We're just supposed to walk out of there with a hundred and fifty million dollars in cash on us, without getting stopped?"]]
* FailsafeFailure: Subverted in ''Thirteen,'' where the team finds out that the Greco security system automatically shuts down and reboots when it detects a threat to itself, and a side effect of the reboot is that it locks down the control room and cuts off communications for several minutes. [[spoiler:They use this to lock Bank inside his own control room, leaving him unable to stop the team's plans.]]
* FallenOnHardTimesJob: Several members of all the teams are stuck here at the movies' beginnings. Saul is attempting to retire in Florida and Rusty is resorting to teaching young actors how to play poker; both are clearly bored out of their minds. The Malloys are in Utah and similarly "having trouble filling the hours." Frank is working under a false identity because he's been blacklisted by the Gaming Board. Livingston is moonlighting for the FBI.
* FandomRivalry: In-universe: The distraction for swapping the {{MacGuffin}} out is a staged fight between two of the Twelve, one wearing a Boston Red Sox hat, one wearing a New York Yankees hat.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Willy Bank in ''Thirteen,'' especially when he's muscling Reuben out of his share of the casino.
-->'''Reuben:''' ''[sarcastically]'' You gonna throw me off the roof now?
-->'''Bank:''' I don't ''want'' to.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''Eleven'', Saul's rant during the part where the initial plan is unveiled.
-->'''Saul:''' I have a question. Let's say we get into the cages we don't have access to. And down the elevator we can't move. And past the guards with the guns. And into the vault we can't open--
-->'''Rusty:''' All without being seen by the cameras.
-->'''Danny:''' Right, I forgot to mention that.
-->'''Saul:''' ''({{beat}})'' Well, say we do all that. Are we supposed to just walk out of there with a hundred and fifty million dollars in cash on us--without being stopped?
-->''(everyone slowly turns to Danny)''
-->'''Danny:''' ...Yeah.
-->'''Saul:''' ...oh. Well, all right then. ''([[ThisIsGonnaSuck quietly pops an antacid]])''
** About halfway through ''Twelve'', Rusty visits Isabel in what seems like a half-assed attempt to get his phone back and persuade her to join the team. Some of Rusty's statements don't make any sense, to both Isabel and the audience. Once the true heist is revealed, you realize that Rusty was giving her clues that [[spoiler:the eggs had already been switched, they'd already stolen the real one, and that the team planned to "fail" all along.]] He was being deliberately cryptic because he knew [[spoiler:the Night Fox had them under surveillance.]]
** In ''Thirteen'', when talking about the absolute nightmare the crew plans to put the (completely unwitting and entirely innocent) Five Diamond Award reviewer through, Saul says it's so awful he wouldn't do it ''willingly'' for ten million dollars. [[spoiler: They use one of their slot machine tricks to give him an ''eleven'' million dollar jackpot as compensation for his role in the heist.]]
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: Danny and Rusty sometimes don't have to speak in complete sentences to have a conversation.
* FirstNameBasis: Due to their previous relationship, Isabel is the only character to call Rusty by his real name: Robert.
* FreezeFrameBonus: If you look closely at the article Danny is reading before he meets up with Frank, it reveals that Terry plans to demolish the "Xanadu" - which we see happen - and replace it with the "Angkor Wat Casino and Resort."
* FriendshipDenial: The two Malloy twins have this exchange:
-->'''Turk:''' Watch it, bud."
-->'''Virgil:''' Who you calling 'bud', pal?
-->'''Turk:''' Who you calling 'pal', friend?
-->'''Virgil:''' Who you calling 'friend', ''jackass?''
-->'''Turk:''' Don't call me a jackass!
-->'''Virgil:''' I just did call you a jackass!
* FullNameUltimatum: Terry provides a dark version of this in ''Twelve'', when he personally calls and threatens Rusty, whose real name is Robert Charles Ryan.
* GambitRoulette: The plans of the main characters in all three films require everything to interlock absolutely perfectly. However, [[XanatosSpeedChess they have to adjust the plans several times due to unexpected variables]].
* GilliganCut: In ''Eleven.''
-->'''Rusty:''' I wonder what Reuben will say.\\
''[cut to:]''\\
'''Reuben:''' You're outta your God damn minds!
* GiveMeBackMyWallet: In ''Eleven'', Danny watches Linus pick someone's pocket on a train. Later, Linus discovers that Danny has picked his pocket and replaced the wallet with a note complimenting him and offering him a job. Later Linus does Danny one better by lifting a plane ticket that Danny still has his hand on without him noticing.
* GoodForBad:
** ''Twelve'' had them intend to do this to the Coronation Egg before Toulour stole it, and failed, [[spoiler:except not. They actually did it en-route to the museum.]]
** Played with in ''Thirteen'', where Linus swapped the Five Diamond awards for fakes, only to have Toulour steal them from him. [[spoiler:He actually didn't. He had been there to plant bombs around the case so the entire thing could be stolen. Toulour actually stole the fakes. Again.]]
%%* GrandStaircaseEntrance: Tess in the first film.
* HandcuffedBriefcase: As part of the con in ''Eleven,'' the briefcase that holds the "jewels" is handcuffed to one of the titular eleven, until it is turned over to Benedict. When the briefcase is taken down to the casino vault, it is placed on top of the cart carrying The Amazing Yen. When Yen opens the cart, the briefcase almost falls to the floor -- which would trigger the alarm -- but he manages to grab the handcuffs.
%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: Danny and Rusty
* HeyWait: In ''Eleven'', Livingston is stopped after bugging the casino's camera system... because the other employee noticed that he dropped his portable TV (which, unbeknownst to the employee, is what he's using to view the camera feeds).
* HollywoodAtlas: In order to [[spoiler:steal the Pinch]], the crew breaks into the generically-titled "California Institute of Advanced Science." This is actually the Gillespie Neuroscience Research Facility at University of California Irvine. However, it's about a 4 hour drive there from the Las Vegas Strip, so at least it figures into the timing of the story.
* HollywoodDensity: At no point in the movie does anyone bring up or address the fact that $160 million would weigh roughly a ton and a half if it's all in C-notes, and more if it includes a mixture of smaller bills. This is far more than eleven men could possibly carry in one trip unless they're all bodybuilders.
* HollywoodLaw: Especially in the first film, there is a fictitious Nevada Gaming Commission law[[note]]That is, the law is fictitious, not the Commission[[/note]] stipulating that casinos in the state are required to hold a minimum amount of cash on the premises, in the event that a high-roller strikes the grand jackpot. Not surprisingly, the title characters [[TheCaper hatch a plan]] to exploit this. No such law is in place, because casinos would never dole out that much physical cash at once. They would start making payment negotiations for checks or electronic transfers after taxes are deducted, if for no other reason than the fact that the hypothetical high-roller would need a forklift truck to get the money out the door: $160 million in C-notes would weigh about 1.5 tons.
* HollywoodScience: Pretty much everything involved with the Pinch. A real Z-pinch is far too big to fit in the back of a van (it's more like a two story building), requires a much greater power source than car batteries, and doesn't generate anywhere near enough of an EMP to cause a city-wide blackout. A real Z-pinch has been known to occasionally interfere with sensitive electronics like cameras and computers... located right next to the Z-pinch inside the laboratory. The only thing that could [[spoiler:take out Las Vegas]] in such a manner seen in the film is an actual nuke.
%%* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Linus's parents.
* HypocriticalHumor: From ''Twelve,'' Roman is on the telephone with a woman whom he assumes is Danny's assistant. He finishes the call by saying, "And tell him having a sexy female assistant is ''such'' a terrible cliche." After he hangs up, Roman's own sexy assistant enters.
* IdiotBall: Much of the heist in ''Twelve'' seems to be doomed to fail, due to boneheaded mistakes and desperate improvising. Especially when Rusty doesn't tell the others about Isabel, when the crew steal part of the Night Fox's art collection and let themselves be caught on security cameras, and pretty much everything involving Tess. It's not until the end do we find out that [[spoiler:they knew they were under surveillance, stole the egg days before, and that their botched heist and arrests were a huge distraction.]]
* TheInfiltration: ''Eleven'' involves an intricate plan which requires numerous small infiltrations of the casino, all in order to carry out the biggest infiltration at the end.
* InvoluntaryCharityDonation: As payback for an attempted double-cross by [[EnemyMine Benedict]] in ''Ocean's Thirteen'', the crew donates his entire share of the profits to charity. The film ends with Danny, Rusty, and Linus watching Benedict talk to [[Series/TheOprahWinfreyShow Oprah]] about his sudden burst of generosity.
* ItsPersonal: This comes up in all three films.
** In ''Eleven'', Danny doesn't deny that Benedict's relationship with Tess is part of his motivation for the heist. Plus, Danny and Rusty use Reuben's dislike of Benedict to get him to bankroll them.
** In ''Twelve'', Benedict was going after each member of the group, and you can't tell me that blowing up Rusty's favorite car ''wasn't'' personal.
** In ''Thirteen'', Bank nearly killed Reuben and the team took it quite personally.
* IKnowWhatWeCanDoCut: All of the group's planning is done like this.
* KarmicThief: The team targets two unscrupulous casino owners and a thief.
* KickTheDog:
** Tolour in ''Twelve'' messes with Danny's wake-up call just to be a jerk.
--->'''Rusty:''' Oh. (disgusted) ''Oh!'' He's ''mean''...He's just mean-spirited.
** In ''Thirteen'' Bank's first moment comes when he reveals he's screwing Reuben out of his share of the casino. He has plenty more throughout the movie. For example, his right-hand-woman, Abigail Sponder, manages to secure a mobile phone Bank wanted. She shows real delight in being able to get it for him, and sends it to him along with a note saying that it's a thank-you present for all the opportunities he's given her. He starts reading the note and rips it in half, obviously bored.
* TheLancer: Rusty constantly backs up and serves as a foil to Danny.
* LargeHam:
** Andy Garcia is lucky he didn't chip a tooth on the scenes set in a vault. It contrasts his cold, aloof persona for most of the movie up until then.
** Al Pacino, the BigBad of the third movie, is a semi-large ham, which is still pretty subdued for Pacino.
** Basher while impersonating the American stunt man in the third movie.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Seems to befall everyone who tries to pull one over on Danny.
* LaserHallway: The laser grid in the second film. Laser security is based on the beam hitting a photoreceptor and an alarm going off if the beam is interrupted. With the beams going all over like that, there is nothing to receive the beam.
* LenoDevice: Terry Benedict appears on ''Oprah'' at the end of ''Thirteen''.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: It's right in the title, even!
* LostInTransmission: Virtually the canonical example, as a pretty awesome ShoutOut to Hamlet's advice to the players.
--> '''Rusty:''' ''[giving instructions to Linus]'' Don't use three words when one will do; don't shift your eyes. Look always at your mark, but don't stare. Be specific but not memorable; be funny but don't make him laugh. He's gotta like you, and then forget you the moment you've left his sight. And for God's sake, whatever you do, don't, under ''any'' circumstances --\\
'''Livingston:''' ''[off screen]'' Rust, can you come here a sec?\\
'''Rusty:''' Sure thing. ''[leaves]''\\
'''Linus:''' ...
* LovableRogue: An entire crew of them.
* AMacGuffinFullOfMoney: As a caper film, it uses this, though it differs from most thief caper films in that it was very specific money.
* MaleGaze: In ''Thirteen'' the camera is almost always in position to get a good view of Sponder's cleavage.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: The foreground to be exact, but when Rusty is on the phone with Benedict in ''Eleven'', an eagle-eyed viewer will notice before Benedict [[spoiler:the Bellagio logo on the vault floor disappears when the crew replaces it with the spoof footage.]]
%%* MeaningfulName: Willy ''Bank''
* MissionControl: Livingston Dell. [[spoiler:Danny Ocean too, supposedly, but [[ThePlan it didn't quite turn out that way]].]]
* MockMillionaire:
** In ''Eleven,'' Saul pretends to be Limon Zerga, a reclusive international arms dealer. He's referred to as such in Rusty's pre-heist plan as "the Boesky," a con-man's term for someone pretending to be a wealthy man with inside information.
** In ''Thirteen,'' Yen pretends to be a Chinese billionaire named Mr. Weng.
* ModelPlanning:
** In the first movie, they build an exact replica of the vault they're robbing, to practice. [[spoiler:And then for CameraSpoofing as a crucial component in the actual caper.]]
** The second movie features the team planning a job using a model of the Galleria D'Arte di Roma.
* MoneyToBurn: Happens here too, but rather than inside a casket in an oven, it happens during a shootout when it gets caught in the crossfire courtesy of a explosives the Eleven had planeted in the bags previously.
* MotiveRant: Early on in ''Eleven'', before the crew is even assembled.
-->'''Rusty:''' I need a reason. And don't say money. Why do this?\\
'''Danny:''' Why not do it? Because I just left the joint after losing four years of my life and you're cold-decking Teen Beat cover boys. Because the house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes, the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big, and then you take the house.\\
'''Rusty:''' [[LampshadeHanging ...been practicing]] [[RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic that speech, haven't you]]?\\
'''Danny:''' Little bit. Did I rush it? I felt like I rushed it.\\
'''Rusty:''' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments No, it's good, I liked it. Teen Beat thing was harsh]].
* MythologyGag: [[spoiler:The scene where the shootout leads to half of Danny's loot being torched by explosives is almost certain homage to the climax of the original, where Ocean's loot is burned with Bergdorf's body]].
* NPlusOneSequelTitle: ''Ocean's Eleven'' is proceeded by ''Twelve'' and ''Thirteen''
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Linus' stunt during the theft of the pinch leads directly to Yen's hand getting broken.
* NiceToTheWaiter:
** Benedict. Rusty notes that he knows the names of most all of his employees, and we hear him asking about their personal lives as he enters the casino. This is part of Benedict's need to be knowledgeable about everything and everyone associated with his casinos so he can stay CrazyPrepared by being ProperlyParanoid.
** Subverted in ''Thirteen'' by Bank, who is openly rude to his staff - even his right-hand woman - all of which makes it easy for the crew to find helpers breaking his new hotel.
* NoodleImplements:
** The various characters and scenarios Rusty foresees needing for the job in ''Eleven.'' A [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0240772/trivia?tr=tr0745020 little research]] can explain these terms.
--->'''Rusty:''' Off the top of my head, I'd say you're looking at a Boesky, a Jim Brown, a Miss Daisy, two Jethros and a Leon Spinks, not to mention the biggest Creator/EllaFitzgerald ever.
** A similar thing happens in the second movie, with the remaining team members going over all the possible plans with code names like "Lemony Sue" and "Bundle of Joy," but dismissing them all as insufficiently manned.
--->'''Basher:''' Hell in a Handbasket?\\
'''Linus:''' There's no way we can train a cat that fast! Besides...\\
'''Everyone:''' Not enough people.
* NoodleIncident:
** When Danny and Rusty are leaving lunch with Reuben, after he initially turned them down.
--->'''Reuben:''' Look, we all go way back and uh, I owe you from the thing with the guy in the place and I'll never forget it.\\
'''Danny:''' That was our pleasure.\\
'''Rusty:''' I'd never been to Belize.
** Whatever scam got Danny sent to prison. Rusty and Danny discuss it in front of Rusty's poker class as "Incan Ceremonial Headmasks". ("Is there any money in those?" asks a student. "There is ''if you can move them,''" Rusty says, pointedly staring at Danny.) We're never sure if "Incan Ceremonial Headmasks" is code for something -- knowing this crew, it may well not be.
** The reason why it's absolutely beyond the pale to mention that Tess looks like Julia Roberts. When Linus brings it up, Rusty shuts him down in no uncertain terms, and makes it clear that there is a reason but he won't be divulging it under any circumstances.
* NoEndorHolocaust: Just think about what shutting off all electricity in Las Vegas for 30 seconds would do. Think about people with pacemakers, think about cars that crash in the sudden darkness. Even more, an EMP would have permanently fried every single piece of electronic equipment in its radius. That means that everything with an electronic circuit, plugged in or not, in all of Las Vegas would have to be replaced. The damages from the pinch alone have exceeded what the gang stole by several orders of magnitude. Worse, the gang would have lost all the equipment they needed to finish the heist. The movie would have ended with Danny, Linus and Yen suffocated in the vault after all the air exchanging systems went out.
* TheNondescript: Discussed by Rusty while giving instructions to Linus about how not to be conspicious:
--> '''Rusty:''' Don't use three words when one will do; don't shift your eyes. Look always at your mark, but don't stare. Be specific but not memorable; be funny but don't make him laugh. He's gotta like you, and then forget you the moment you've left his sight. And for God's sake, whatever you do, don't, under ''any'' circumstances--
* NoNameGiven: The hotel reviewer in ''Thirteen''. He's credited only as "The V.U.P.", which he sarcastically calls himself at one point.
%%* TheNotableNumeral
* ObstacleExposition: Given by Saul during his rant:
-->'''Saul:''' I have a question. Let's say we get into the cages we don't have access to. And down the elevator we can't move. And past the guards with the guns. And into the vault we can't open--\\
'''Rusty:''' All without being seen by the cameras.\\
'''Danny:''' Right, I forgot to mention that.\\
'''Saul:''' ''[{{beat}}]'' Well, say we do all that. Are we supposed to just walk out of there with a hundred and fifty million dollars in cash on us--without being stopped?\\
''[everyone slowly turns to Danny]''\\
'''Danny:''' ...Yeah.\\
'''Saul:''' Oh. Well, all right then. ''[[[ThisIsGonnaSuck quietly pops an antacid]]]''
* OhCrap: Essentially the reaction of everyone in ''Twelve''--Basher appears to literally say this--when Benedict catches up with them.
* OneHeadTaller: Linus' dad and Linus to his mom.
* ThePerfectCrime: Theme of all three films.
* PlotHole: [[spoiler:In ''Ocean's Eleven'', the bags of hooker fliers appear in the vault elevator without anyone carrying them in.]] WordOfGod admits this was a script error that got overlooked.
%%No, they did not bring full bags with them into the vault. The bags they're carrying on the way in are clearly and obviously empty every time the audience sees them before they come out.
* PopTheTires: In ''Eleven,'' the [[spoiler:fake]] getaway van is brought down by shooting the tires.
* PrecisionFStrike
** Some of Yen's only dialogue in English.
** Also the final conversation with Benedict in Ocean's 13
--->'''Terry:''' You think this is funny?\\
'''Danny:''' Well, Terry, it sure as shit ain't sad.
** Reuben gets one as well early in ''Eleven'', noting that even if somehow Danny and Rusty were able to get into the vault and walk out with $100+ million, "you're still in the middle of the fucking desert!"
* PseudoCrisis: In ''Eleven'', one of the 11 is tasked with sneaking into the vault, jumping to avoid the sensors in the floor, then placing explosives on the door to let the other robbers in. During the last bit, he gets his hand stuck, leaving him without cover, right as the guys are on the other side of the door about to blow it. After playing it for all the suspense they can... the detonator's batteries are dead. Then, once that's been resolved, they blow the door open... and find their inside man safe inside, wondering what took them so long.
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Linus often makes use of these in his pickpocketing. He usually uses large frames to make him look even younger and unassuming.
* PutOnABus: Tess and Isabel simply aren't included in the third film, though at least Danny gives a HandWave to the fact that he kept them out of it on purpose.
* PyhrricVillainy: Benedict in ''Thirteen'': he managed to get one of the things he wanted (humiliate Bank), but his cut of the heist's loot is gone and so may be his reputation as a man who makes anybody who angers him [[DisproportionateRetribution pay with interests]] [[spoiler:because the Eleven picked up on the fact that he hired Toulour to double-cross them and get Bank's diamonds, so [[InvoluntaryCharityDonation they gave all of Benedict's cut away to an orphan camp]] and he can't do anything about it without the threat of the press painting him as a monster.]]
* RealityIsUnrealistic: In ''Twelve'', the priceless Fabergé Egg is transported to Rome by [[spoiler:a courier walking on-foot to a train station and guarded by only a couple of guys, while the decoy is sent via heavy security with a ceremonious display.]] It's very similar to how the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cullinan_Diamond#Journey_to_England Cullinan Diamond]] was transported from South Africa to England in 1905, and that method was even ''more'' risky.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: When trying to cast Yen, the crew looked for anybody who had the right acrobatic skills. They decided to hire Shaobao Qin, who had no acting experience and couldn't speak English, which is why he only speaks Chinese in all three films.
* RefugeInAudacity: Practically all their heists rely on this in some form or another:
** In ''Eleven'', one of Danny's first scenes is him checking in with his probation officer from an out of state pay phone. The gang actually [[spoiler:''ransoms'' Benedict's own money against him, and then manage to smuggle the money out of the vault by ''posing as a SWAT team''. They even use an EMP bomb to black out all of Las Vegas for several seconds]].
** In ''Twelve'', [[spoiler:Linus' mother arrives posing as an FBI agent and ''pulls rank'' Isabel, setting the entire gang free right in front of her due to Isabel illegally obtaining forged arrest warrants.]]
** In ''Thirteen'', [[spoiler:the gang ''creates an artificial earthquake under Bank's casino'' to get all of the gamblers to evacuate. Linus' father also poses as an FBI agent to manipulate Bank and Sponder.]]
* TheRemake: The first movie remakes the original but spawns its own original sequels.
* RemakeCameo: From the original ''Ocean's Eleven'', we have Angie Dickinson and Henry Silva, appearing as themselves.
* RunningGag:
** Rusty is eating something almost every time he's on screen. Pitt said the idea behind this was that Rusty was so busy he didn't have time to eat otherwise.[[note]]In reality, this was inspired by Pitt's habit of eating right before takes, as he was too busy with his project to have time for sit-down meals.[[/note]]
** In the first film Linus is often shown chewing gum to emphasize his youth and inexperience.
** People apparently understanding Yen even though he's speaking rapid-fire Chinese and him understanding them even though they're speaking English. Benedict is the only person who speaks to him in his native language.
* SceneryPorn: Numerous lovely shots of Las Vegas and Europe.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Both the good guy and the bad guy pull this.
-->'''Bank:''' This town might have changed, but not me. I know people highly invested in my survival, and they are people who really know how to hurt in ways you can't even imagine.\\
'''Danny:''' Well, I know all the guys that you'd hire to come after me, and they like me better than you.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Willie Bank's belief that his riches allow him to go against the code amongst guys who "shook [[Music/FrankSinatra Sinatra's]] hand", thus giving Reuben a heart-attack, are what sets of the plot of the third movie.
* SequelGoesForeign: ''Ocean's Twelve'' went to Europe, justified by the title gang being too high profile to work in the USA without raising alarms. Not that it stopped them in ''Ocean's Thirteen''.
* SequencingDeception: In ''Ocean's Twelve'', there's a segment where we see Ocean's team and a rival thief both trying to steal a MacGuffin, but [[spoiler:find out that the rival got there much earlier and the Macguffin is gone]].
* SettingUpdate: The original was made in, and set in, TheSixties.
* ShoutOut:
** In the elevator, Linus hits the floor buttons [[Film/THX1138 1, 1, 3, and 8]]
** Basher tells the others his original plan to knock out the casino's power can no longer work:
--->'''Basher:''' So unless we intend to do this job in Reno, we're in barney. (''the others look blankly at him'') [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Barney Rubble]] - trouble!
** When Danny and Tess both lie to Terry that their meeting was just coincidence, Terry quips, "[[Film/{{Casablanca}} Of all the gin joints in all the world.]]"
** In one scene, Terry is denying the request of a "Mr. Levin" to attend the boxing match, saying that he should just watch it on cable and that "surely he must have HBO." This is a nod to Gerald Levine, the chairman of Time-Warner, of which HBO is a subsidiary, as is Warner Brothers, who distributed the film.
** The password Saul gives to the courier with the briefcase is "ya vas liubliu," which is the same Russian phrase Danny Velinski taught to Louis Sedgwick in ''The Great Escape''. It means "I love you."
* {{Squick}}: Used In-universe in ''Eleven'', Rusty gets a case of this when he pays off the stripper for getting him the keycard for Benedict's casino.
-->'''Rusty:''' Thanks. Say hi to your mother for me.\\
'''Stripper:''' Say it yourself. She's on in five minutes. ''[leaves]''\\
'''Rusty:''' ''[{{beat}}] [pulls face, leaves]''
* SlowElectricity: In ''Eleven,'' when they use the EMP, there is the obligatory shot of the lights going out block by block.
* TheSnackIsMoreInteresting: A running gag is that Rusty is almost always snacking on something, showing his nonchalance.
* SoundEffectBleep: Used extensively in a scene from ''Twelve'', when Tarr is seen in the recording studio; both on his rap song and in his conversation with the recording engineer about the song sounding lifeless with extensive censorship for radio play.
%%* SpecsOfAwesome: Basher.
* SpottingTheThread: From ''Eleven,'' Benedict figures out after the fact what happened when he realizes the vault in the surveillance feed isn't his vault; [[spoiler:a few days before the heist, the Bellagio had its insignia produced on the mat at the vault entrance, a detail that was missing in the replica used by the crew to fool Benedict and his staff.]]
* StolenMacGuffinReveal: In 12, the Egg was [[spoiler:stolen before the events of the movie, and the whole movie was a plot to return the original.]]
* TakeThat: Terry's sarcastic advice to not pay cash for an expensive Newport Beach sports car is undoubtedly a dig at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Wynn Kevyn Wynn's kidnappers,]] who were apprehended when one attempted to buy a Ferrari in Newport Beach with cash.
* TakeThatMe: Creator/TopherGrace's cameo in ''Twelve''.
-->'''Topher Grace''': I totally phoned in that [[Film/InGoodCompany Dennis Quaid movie]].
* ThemeNaming:
** Roman's personal nemesis is named Greco. "Clearly, you've never served time in a British boarding school."
** Also Linus's alter ego's surnames in ''Twelve'' and ''Thirteen'': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SnackWells Snackwell]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepperidge_Farm Pepperidge]], respectively.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Tess in the first movie. She and Isabel are both NeverASelfMadeWoman; Tess is the whole reason the heist is taking place in the first movie; Isabel is both Rusty's love interest and [[spoiler:Gaspar's daughter.]]
%%* ThoseTwoGuys: The Malloy Brothers.
* ThoseWackyNazis: When Reuben (who's Jewish) is describing why it's impossible to rob a casino.
--> '''Reuben:''' They've got enough armed personnel to occupy Paris! ...okay, bad example.
* TitleDrop:
** Happens one film too late:
---> '''Benedict:''' Apparently, I'm not the only one looking for ''Ocean's Eleven''.
** Teased a little in ''Thirteen'' with Yen's big roulette bet. He puts money down on three numbers: 11, 12, and 13.
%%* TitleIn: Played with for shits and giggles in all three films.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Linus.
-->'''Linus:''' Am I the only one here who feels funny about stealing from a handicapped guy?
%%* TrojanHorse: A ''very'' elaborate one. See below.
* TrueCompanions: What drives the crew to avenge Reuben when he's betrayed by Bank in the third film.
* UnfoldingPlanMontage: Rusty explains to Benedict how the money will be transferred and the transfer goes off.
* TheUnintelligible: Yen, who mostly speaks rapid-fire Chinese. The only words he ever says in English are "where the [[PrecisionFStrike FUCK]] you been?" and "shit."
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Both averted and played straight simultaneously. In each film the audience gets to see the gang plan their heists, and see them set up and put together the various facets, so we always know what the gist of the plot is going to be... but there's always something big hidden from the audience - the same big thing that masterfully outwits the villain in the climax. Easily missed hints might appear earlier and totally go over the audience and the villain's head, and things that look like setbacks are almost always revealed to be totally planned. The end result is a con played on both the audience and the villain at the same time, where they think they know everything that's going on only to find that there was an ace in play the whole time they didn't see.
* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: In ''Eleven,'' a trial run of the burglary plays like this.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: If you don't pay attention (and sometimes even if you do) you probably won't understand what exactly the gang is doing for what reason.
* VillainDecay:
** Terry Benedict is a very intimidating BigBad in the first movie, but by the third has become an eyeroll-worthy irritant that the gang is forced to put up with and don't take too seriously. [[spoiler:The gang knew Benedict would betray them over the diamonds, and had planned accordingly.]]
** [[spoiler:Toulour]], who goes from being the BigBad of ''Ocean's Twelve'' [[spoiler:to Benedict's lackey]] in ''Thirteen''.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:Danny takes what would have been Terry's take from the ''Thirteen'' plot and donates it (in his name) to a children's charity sponsored by Oprah, leaving Terry with no choice but to go on her show and publicly accept her gratitude for his "selfless act."]]
* VitriolicBestBuds:
** Danny and Rusty. Danny's whimsical "let the chips fall" style contrasts Rusty's cautious and detailed style, as a result they occasionally have inevitable personality conflicts. They never stop having each other's backs though.
** The Malloy Twins are a more direct example. They do nothing but argue. Poor Linus was driven crazy within minutes of being stuck in a van with them bickering.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Terry's is an ''antique kimono''[[note]]Actually the obi, the thick "belt" that goes around the waist.[[/note]] ''fabric''.
%%* WellDoneSonGuy: Linus has shades of this, mainly in ''Twelve'' and ''Thirteen''.
* WordSaladHumor: In ''Twelve,'' the conversation between Danny, Rusty, Linus, and Matsui is a collection of gibberish that everyone understands -- except Linus.
-->'''Rusty:''' A doctor, who specializes in skin diseases, will dream he has fallen asleep in front of the television. Later, he will wake up in front of the television, but not remember his dream.
-->'''Danny:''' If all the animals along the equator were capable of flattery, then Thanksgiving and Hallowe'en would fall on the same day.
* XanatosGambit: A classic version in the second film. [[spoiler:The heroes had won the contest before the heist even started. Everything else was just window dressing]].
* XanatosSpeedChess: The team has to do this at least once in all three films when something doesn't go according to plan.
* XCalledTheyWantTheirYBack: Danny's response to Rusty's snark about his clothes (a tuxedo) as he's leaving prison for the second time. Danny clearly has to take a moment to think of a comeback.
--> '''Rusty:''' I hope you were the groom.\\
'''Danny:''' Ted Nugent called. He wants his shirt back.