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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Lev's [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} cookiness]] attributable to his [[GoMadFromTheIsolation having spent eighteen months alone on the space station]], or might he be on the autism spectrum?
* {{Anvilicious}}: '''''Lots''''' of comments are made about [[IWantMyJetpack how pathetic our space technology is]], and [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped how utterly screwed we'd be if it happened for real]]. Somewhat justified in that our poor ability to detect and almost total inability deal with a potential asteroid collision is sadly very much TruthInTelevision.
-->'''Dan Truman:''' Our object collision budget's a million dollars. That allows us to track about 3% of the sky, and beg'n your pardon sir, but [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale it's a big-ass sky]].
-->'''Dan Truman:''' Even if [[ColonyDrop the asteroid itself hits]] the water, it's still hitting land. [[StoryboardingTheApocalypse It'll flash boil millions of gallons of sea water and slam into the ocean bedrock.]] Now if it's a Pacific Ocean impact, which we think it will be, it'll create a [[GiantWallOfWateryDoom tidal wave 3 miles high, travel at a thousand miles an hour, covering California, and washing up in Denver]]. Japan's gone, Australia's wiped out. [[DepopulationBomb Half the world's population will be incinerated by the heat blast]], and the rest will [[AfterTheEnd freeze to death from nuclear winter]].
-->'''Harry Stamper:''' And this is the best that you c - that the-TheGovernment, the '''''[[{{Eagleland}} U.S. government]]''''' can come up with? I mean, you-you're UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} for cryin' out loud, you put a man on the moon, you're geniuses! You-you're the guys that think this shit up! I'm sure you got a team of men sitting around somewhere right now just thinking shit up and somebody backing them up! You're telling me you don't have a [[TimeForPlanB backup plan]], that [[MillionToOneChance these eight boy scouts right here]], that is the world's hope, that's what you're telling me?
-->'''General Kimsey:''' [[CrazyPrepared We spend 250 billion dollars a year on defense]]. And here we are. The fate of the planet is in the hands of [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits a bunch of retards I wouldn't trust with a potato gun!]]
-->'''Rockhound:''' Yeah, I remember this one. It's where the, uh, the [[RoadrunnerVsCoyote coyote sat his ass down in a slingshot]] then he strapped himself to an [[AcmeProducts Acme rocket]]. Is that - is that what we're doin' here?
-->'''Rockhound:''' You know we're sitting on [[MadeOfExplodium four million pounds of fuel]], one [[DeusExNukina nuclear weapon]] and a [[RubeGoldbergDevice thing that has 270,000 moving parts]] built by the lowest bidder?
* CrazyAwesome:
** The Russian cosmonaut. Also counts as an EnsembleDarkhorse.
** The movie's ''physics''. It's not quite accurate, but it makes for an exciting movie.
* CriticalResearchFailure: There are so many scientific errors in this film that even the LowestCommonDenominator is bound to notice them.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Lots of people complained about the science goofs and the plot holes. Film critics were absolutely merciless and wrote scathing reviews. But the Trevor Rabin soundtrack may have been worth the price of admission all by itself.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In the first ten minutes of the film, New York is decimated by a meteorite shower (see HarsherInHindsight). It's kind of worth mentioning that in the middle of this scene there's a cabbie that screams something with each impact: "Look at that! Whoa! We're at war! SaddamHussein's bombing us?" Oh, the innocent irony of 90s catastrophe films.
** Made even more ironic by the fact that, despite Saddam Hussein's lack of involvement in 9/11, America still ended up going back to war with him less than a decade later...
* HarsherInHindsight: Very disturbing to see the World Trade Center twin towers with huge gaping holes in them after the events of 9/11.
** Not to mention the destruction of the Space Shuttles ''Atlantis'' and ''Independence'' after the ''Columbia'' disaster.
** In the beginning of the movie, Truman mentions that NASA does not have the power to detect all incoming objects. On February 15, 2013 a previously undetected asteroid 20 meters in diameter and weighing over 10,000 tonnes exploded above Russia in the largest airburst since the Tunguska event of 1908. Furthermore, videos of the airburst looked very similar to scenes of meteors falling in Armageddon.
* RootingForTheEmpire: Some people were hoping the asteroid would win.
* SoBadItsGood: This is considered to be Michael Bay at his best-worst.
* NightmareFuel: Those are '''people''' falling out of the Chrysler Building during the meteor shower in New York City. For additional {{squick}}, watch the movie frame per frame. That thing that just fell on a cab's trunk, severely deforming it? ''Not'' a piece of building.
* TearJerker: For a testosterone-fueled action movie, there are several, but the tearjerking scene mostly involved [[spoiler:Grace and Harry]].
** Special mention for the music video for the song ''I Don't Want to Miss a Thing'', where they mirror the most tear jerking scene in the entire movie, only with [[Creator/LivTyler Liv]] and Steve Tyler...
** [[spoiler:Chick's reunion with his son is another.]]
** FOR ALL MANKIND
** "That salesman is your daddy."
** Naming off the casualty list for the mission alone is enough to bring tears.
--> [[spoiler: Oscar]]
--> [[spoiler: Max]]
--> [[spoiler: Fred]]
--> [[spoiler: Gruber]]
--> [[spoiler: And of course, Harry]]
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