* ActorAllusion: We've certainly seen Creator/JohnTravolta dancing in a couple of movies... (''SaturdayNightFever'', ''{{Grease}}'') ... as well as winning a dancing contest prize he didn't entirely deserve.
* AllStarCast: With Creator/TimRoth, Creator/JohnTravolta, Creator/SamuelLJackson, Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/UmaThurman, Creator/SteveBuscemi, Creator/ChristopherWalken and Creator/HarveyKeitel. It comes across moreso years later because it was a career resurrection or star-making role for several of its cast members.
* BreakthroughHit: Creator/QuentinTarantino's first big hit as a director.
* CareerResurrection: The film put Creator/JohnTravolta back on the A-list.
* TheDanza: Paul Calderón plays Paul.
* DoingItForTheArt: BruceWillis is considered one of the [[TropeCodifier codifiers]] in terms of an A-list actor taking a gigantic paycut to do an independent film.
* FakeNationality: Portuguese actress Maria de Medeiros plays a French character (and, comically, in the Spanish-language dub of ''Pulp Fiction'' she is incapable of speaking Portuguese rather than Spanish).
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Kathy Griffin is the woman willing to testify on Marsellus's behalf after Butch ran him over.
** The Wolf's favored junkyard is run by Creator/RogerCorman favorite Dick Miller and daughter Julia Sweeney.
** The "guy" in the bathroom is Alexis Arquette.
** One of Brett's friends, Marvin, is PhilLamarr, who is later [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace shot in the face]].
** The waiter who serves Vincent and Mia is Creator/SteveBuscemi.
** "Ringo" is expert lie detector {{Li|eToMe}}ghtman
** Jules trades his gun in for a [[Franchise/StarWars lightsaber]].
*** So did [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Marvin]].
** Vincent used to [[LookWhosTalking babysit Butch]] or [[Franchise/DieHard John McClane]].
** Who woulda thought [[Film/IronMan Nick]] [[Film/TheAvengers Fury]] stopped [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk The Abomination]] from robbing a diner.
** Lance is [[Film/SomeKindOfWonderful Keith]], [[TheOtherMarty and almost played]] [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly]].
* TheRedStapler: The [=UC=] Santa Cruz Banana Slugs T-shirt that Vincent wears became a hot seller after appearing in the movie.
* StarMakingRole: For Creator/SamuelLJackson and Creator/UmaThurman
* ThrowItIn:
** Tarantino originally wanted Jules to have an actual afro, but the wig wrangler got a jheri curl wig by mistake. Jackson thought it was perfect for the character and insisted they keep it.
** The scene with [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace Marvin shot in the face]] was also going to be played out differently. It wasn't until a suggestion from Lamarr to Tarantino that the scene was changed to be what happened in the film.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Mainly if you consider the initial casting choices.
** Vincent Vega: Creator/DanielDayLewis actively campaigned for the part, but Tarantino turned him down. He initially wanted Michael Madsen to play the goofy hitman, but the latter chose to pursue other project instead (a decision he later regretted). Now just imagine Vincent being played by those two instead of John Travolta...
** Jules Winnfield: ''The'' quintessential Creator/SamuelLJackson role, but he almost lost this part to Paul Calderón. He eventually kept it, with Calderón playing [[TheDanza Paul]] (Marsellus's right-hand man) instead.
** Ringo: JohnnyDepp could have taken Tim Roth's part, but unlike Jules or Vincent it was always a fat chance.
** Lance/Jody: According to Courtney Love, she and [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]] were specifically offered the role. Apparently (and unfortunately), Cobain turned it down.
** Jimmie: Tarantino had written the role with Creator/SteveBuscemi in mind but Buscemi had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. Tarantino himself ended up filling the role and Buscemi was given a cameo appearance as the Buddy Holly waiter at Jack-Rabbit Slims.
** Butch was written for Creator/MickeyRourke. Rourke turned the role down, since the script was too "out there" and he hadn't seen ''Reservoir Dogs'' yet. He has called the decision to pass as the biggest regret of his career. Tarantino next offered the role to Bruce Willis, who was a long shot, as he was still a big-money, A-list star at that point.
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