* ActorAllusion:
** Multiple layers of it in a single short conversation. First, Happy asks Chubbs why a guy his size isn't playing a "real sport" like football or something. (Carl Weathers, who played Chubbs, used to be a pro football player). Chubbs answers the question by claiming that his mother wouldn't let him play anything dangerous. Happy comments that maybe that's a good idea. (Weathers also played Apollo Creed in the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' movies, who died in the ring during the fourth film). Then, Happy discovers that Chubbs is missing a hand, and in ''Film/{{Predator}}'' Weathers' character had an arm cut off just before being killed.
** The character of Mr. Larson is referred to as 'Frankenstein' at one point. Richard Kiel who plays him was in a Monkees episode as a 'Frankenstein' type creature.
** Mr. Larson is also an strong, intimidating giant who has a heart of gold. Kinda like [[Franchise/JamesBond Jaws]]
* AwesomeDearBoy: Bob Barker wasn't interested in the extended cameo until he was informed he would win the fight against Happy (he was actually friends with and trained by Creator/ChuckNorris).
* BeamMeUpScotty: Some people, particularly ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' fans, think Bob Barker says "The price is wrong, bitch!", even though it was Happy when he thinks he's beaten Bob in his brawl. After the fight, Bob says "Now you've had enough... bitch."
* ColbertBump: Because of Bob Barker's cameo, ratings for ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' rose considerably amongst college-age viewers.
* {{Defictionalization}}: The NHL Shop has sold [[http://shop.nhl.com/search/hockey%20stick%20putters hockey stick putters]] for many years.
* LifeImitatesArt: There are a number of aspects to Happy's character that seem eerily prescient of Tiger Woods, who turned pro several months after the movie was released. First and most obviously, there is the emergence of a new and apparent "outsider" to the sport of golf which causes viewership to skyrocket: although Woods was nowhere near the outsider that Happy was (having practiced and competed in the sport for years before turning pro), he was undeniably unlike any other golfer that had come before him, and caused non-golf-fans to tune in regularly to watch him. Second, there is Happy's skill at the long drive, which Tiger did so well in his early career that courses actually started to add yardage to their holes in an attempt to "Tiger-proof" them (although Woods' game was always far more balanced than Happy's). Third, there are Happy's bouts of rage and cursing fits, which Tiger has been known to break into from time to time (another aspect of him that brought in viewers), though again, never to the extent that Happy did.
* OldShame: Lee Trevino said that had he read the script and seen the salty language, he would've passed. One would presume he did his signature disbelieving head shake while watching the film.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: When appropriate, the score switches to something like "Money (That's What I Want)" by Barrett Strong, enough to warrant a credit during the ending crawl.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/BruceCampbell was almost Shooter [=McGavin=].
** The script called for an immediate scene transition after Happy slugged Barker, but then they got the idea to turn it into a full-blown fistfight instead. Initially, Bob Barker didn't want to appear in the fight against Happy until he was informed he was going to win it.
* WrittenInInfirmity: Mr. Larson is always leaning on something, as years earlier Richard Kiel suffered a head injury in a car accident which severely affected his balance, causing him to spend much of the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
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