* ActorAllusion
** Spartan's (i.e. Stallone's) expression on hearing the phrase "President Schwarzenegger".
** See also the CelebrityParadox entry.
** "Excuse me, Rambo, I need to borrow this."
** Edgar Friendly's rant in the film is almost identical to the rant in the middle of Leary's "Asshole".
* TheCastShowOff: This was one of the first movies to show off Snipes' martial arts skills. Much like BruceLee, he would have to slow down his moves so they would actually show up on camera.
* CompletelyDifferentTitle:
** ''Desolation'' (Slovenia)
** ''Tough Guy'' (Croatia)
** ''Shredder'' (Estonia and Mexico)
* {{Defictionalization}}: The Taco Bell logo seen in this movie was later used as a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oubi9HU8t5o tie-in]] by the restaurant and eventually became the basis for their current logo. It turns out the heads of Taco Bell at the time were big fans of the movie and did so as a shout-out.
* DoingItForTheArt: Nigel Hawthorne, inexperienced in cinema, took his role to prove that he had screen presence for the producers of ''Film/TheMadnessOfKingGeorge''. Hawthorne wanted to reprise the stage role for the movie version. As it transpired this was unnecessary as Hawthorne was the producers' automatic choice for the lead.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Creator/DenisLeary is Edgar Friendly. He even keeps the rapid-fire bit from his "Asshole" song in his speeches.
** [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Otho]] has somehow gotten even gayer.
*** Actually, not quite. [[spoiler: Bob's a eunuch.]]
** [[YesMinister Sir Humphrey Appleby]] finally got rid of politicians and turned the West Coast into an utopia?
** [[TheShawshankRedemption Warden Norton]] still working for the police after all these years?
** Apparently someone shipped [[Series/LawAndOrder Detective Curtis]] across the country.
** Creator/JackBlack had a small part as one of the Scraps, appearing alongside Edgar Friendly.
** Creator/RobSchneider had an even smaller part, [[TheScrappy but don't worry]], he gets a bigger role beside Stallone again in ''Film/JudgeDredd''. ([[HilariousInHindsight Hang on, wasn't that kinda like]] ''Film/TheExpendables?'')
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Lenina Huxley was originally revealed to be John Spartan's daughter.
*** Another draft of the script had John Spartan's daughter be a resident of the underground city.
** The part of John Spartan was written with JeanClaudeVanDamme in mind, while Simon Phoenix was written for Creator/StevenSeagal.
*** HilariousInHindsight: Seagal does play a villain in ''Film/{{Machete}}''.
** When Stallone got on board, he tried to convince JackieChan to take the part of Phoenix, which would have made Huxley's SawItInAMovieOnce moment a whole lot funnier. He turned down the role, as he didn't want to confuse audiences by suddenly appearing as a villian.
** These casting choices would have made more sense when the film was intended to be a more straight action film rather than the satire it eventually became.
** Edgar Friendly was originally known as "Thomas Payne" in the original script, which would have made a hell of a shout-out considering the character.