!! The Film

* AwesomeEgo: For all his incompetence and short comings, Jack Burton's confidence and sarcasm are truly awesome to behold.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The... THING in the sewer. The only one who questions what had just happened is Jack, because RuleOfFunny.
-->'''Egg:''' You will come out no more!
-->'''Jack:''' ''WHAT'' will come out no more?!
** The hairy beast-thing that captures Gracie and later hitches a ride with Jack. No explanation for it is ever given.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D03E9kUTTtQ Biiiiig trouble...In little China!]]
** Some of the other music ain't that bad either, with the main title, alley fight and Wing Kong Exchange themes being notable highlights.
* CultClassic: This film has become a huge cult hit as time has passed, to the point of being VindicatedByHistory.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The Three Storms, Lightning in particular for being the inspiration for [[MortalKombat Raiden.]]
* FountainOfMemes: It's a movie from the 80's, so it's expected. Jack Burton in particular is extremely quotable.
* HilariousInHindsight: Or, possible, Awesome In Hindsight, with Lightning, a predecessor to Raiden of ''MortalKombat'', complete with NiceHat. Kitana's famous KissOfDeath fatality also references [[spoiler: Thunder's death]] very closely.
** Similarly, Rain of the same series not only uses water, but ended up gaining a ponytail and sword-fighting skills to better resemble Rain of the Three Storms. He even gained a fatality in ''MK9'' referencing [[spoiler: Thunder's death!]]
* MemeticBadass: Jack Burton.
* MemeticMutation: To say the movie is quotable is an understatement.
** "Indeed!"
** "Like 'ol Jack Burton says..."
** "You leave Jack Burton ALONE! We are in his debt!"
** The main page quote detailing "light coming out of his mouth."
** [[spoiler: Thunder's death where he inflates]] is often considered one of the goofier movie deaths.
** "It's all in the reflexes."
** "Son of a bitch must pay!"
* NarmCharm: Much of the movie, some of it deliberately, but probably the most straight-up example is the "Magical Video Game Battle" between Lo Pan and Egg Shen. It is both awesome (as intended) and ''hilariously ridiculous''.
** Despite how incredibly fake and stupid it is, [[spoiler: Thunder blowing up like a balloon]] somehow works because of how funny it is.
* OlderThanTheyThink: It actually predates many of the titles audiences might think it's referencing, as Robin Laws points out in ''Literature/BlowingUpTheMovies'':
--> TsuiHark's {{Wuxia}} [[GenreTurningPoint game-changer]] ''Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain'' (1982) exists as a reference at this point, along with such early kung fu ghost comedies as ''Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind'' (1980, Creator/SammoHung) and ''The Dead and the Deadly'' (1982, Wu Ma). But as the film is being written (...) most of the HK supernatural fu classics have yet to be made. No ''MrVampire'' (q.v.), no ''AChineseGhostStory'' (q.v.), no ''The Swordsman'' (1990, credited to King Hu). The western fandom for HK films extant in 1986 revolves around Creator/BruceLee, Creator/ShawBrothers [[ChopSockey Chop Socky]], and real-world martial arts practice. It sure isn't ready for lightning-throwing warriors or ghostly sorcerors. Accordingly, ''Big Trouble'' flops on its theatrical release, joining the roster of [[CultClassic fan favourites that slowly grows its popularity on home video.]]
* SocietyMarchesOn: Imagine the thug pulling out the revolver in an airport nowadays. There'd be a whole army of TSA agents on him in an instant.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The film's age means that many of its special effects looked dated to modern audiences, though were pretty good for their era.
** [[spoiler: Thunder's]] explosion is obviously a suit pumped full of air.
** The monsters are obviously suits and puppets.
** You can see the rings that fix Lightning's spinning blades to his fingers.
* VindicatedByHistory: Despite a positive test-screening, the movie bombed at the box office ([[ScrewedByTheNetwork no doubt due to 20th Century Fox's other film]] ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' [[WhatAnIdiot being released the next week]]) and critical opinions were negative enough to make Carpenter leave studio film work. Nowadays it's considered one of his best films by fans and critics alike.

!!The Comic

* TearJerker: Issue 4's revelation about the ''first'' Mrs. Burton is actually surprisingly sweet, and sad.
--> She was [[OneTrueLove the one]]. Does it matter how we met? How we fell in love? How she made me feel special because if someone like her loved me, well, I must be alright. Because no one as amazing as her would just take up with any jerk.\\
None of those things matter. The only thing that matters is she's gone, and like Miao and Wang, all I want to do is reach out and touch her one more time.\\
It seems like yesterday, or a century ago that she came home and collapsed in the doorway. Seems like merely two hours or a millennia ago that I sat with her day after day in that hospital. It could be five minutes or an eternity ago that she gripped my hand with all the feeble strength she could muster. Just seconds ago she looked in my eyes with all the fear and love possible in the human soul and told me goodbye.\\
As she faded away I kissed her and felt her last breath escape her lips.\\
That's the last time I ever kissed a woman goodbye, and it will always be the last kiss goodbye.
** It makes his refusal to kiss Gracie goodbye in the film even more heartbreaking.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: In the [[ComicBook/BigTroubleInLittleChina comic book series]]. The new villain kidnaps Wang Chi but leaves Miao Yin behind. You'd think maybe this bit of SwappedRoles for the two would allow her to travel with Jack to get her fiancee back, allowing the writers to give the SatelliteLoveInterest from the movie a little bit of CharacterDevelopment. You'd think that... but you'd be wrong.