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* BrokenBase: The different cuts, Deckard's true nature, the unicorn etc.
* CultClassic: Has become so ubiquitous in pop culture that it's hard to picture now, but at one time the film was very much this.
* DeathOfTheAuthor: One of the reasons Deckard's being a replicant or not is still hotly debated is because no definite answer was given in the film, and the multiple script writers give contradictory answers when asked.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Roy Batty is an AntiVillain with sympathetic motivations, but he's still a ruthless murderer who's willing to resort to ColdBloodedTorture. His villainous traits tend to get overlooked by fans, especially given his [[spoiler:RedemptionInTheRain and moving FinalSpeech]].
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Gaff. In the Westwood Studio's video game, he's something of a StealthMentor.
* EvilIsSexy: Roy and Pris. Or Zhora.
* GenreTurningPoint: The film's unique and widely praised visualization of the future was not only widely copied by other films (sci-fi and otherwise), it either influenced or anticipated the way large cities would look, particularly at night, in the early 21st century.
* HarsherInHindsight: The "Blade Runner Curse" is a bit of folklore developed around the film centered on how many of the companies with proeminent ProductPlacement in the film would go bankrupt or go through disastrous setbacks in the following decade:
** Atari was hammered by TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, barely survived, and is now a shadow of its former self.
** Pan-Am is long extinct.
** Coca-Cola launched the infamous New Coke shortly after the movie was released, but managed to survive anyway.
** Bell was broken up for monopolistic practices.
** Cuisinart went bankrupt and was bought out by a rival company, living on only as a brand name.
** [=RCA=] (big neon sign out Deckard's apartment window), as a company, bit the dust in '86. (The name is still trademarked by Technicolor, however, and sometimes used on products that come from its licensees.)
** Polaroid photos are seen in the movie -- the Polaroid company still exists today but has ceased making cameras and film.
** TDK, whose sign appears on the building opposite the Bradbury near the end, seems to have made it through more or less OK--although its sign is partially obscured.
** Bryant referring to Replicants as [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined "skin jobs."]]
** In one of the interviews recorded for the Director's Cut Blu-Ray set, Olmos slips up and calls the replicants "Cylons" before correcting himself.
* MostAnnoyingSound: [[MachineMonotone "CROSS NOW. CROSS NOW. CROSS NOW. CROSS NOW. DON'T WALK. DON'T WALK. DON'T WALK. DON'T WALK."]] WordOfGod says the traffic signals were intentionally made to sound annoying.
** The unicorn from Deckard's dream sequence.
** It was supposed to be terrifying, but Roy Batty chasing after Deckard, howling like a wolf, and smashing his head through walls like a cartoon character? Amusing.
** Roy biting his own fist.
** [[spoiler: The dying Pris thrashing on her back as if she's throwing a temper tantrum]]. Even between viewings, this scene doesn't necessarily age well. It does not help that the female stunt actress was too exhausted to do the preceding scenes and they had to get a ''man'' in poor makeup to do it.
*** As noted on the [[NightmareFuel/BladeRunner Nightmare Fuel page]], though, many people find that scene disturbing because of how [[UncannyValley unnatural and jerky her movements are]]. That is, she really does look like a robot shorting out or something.
* SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames: Westwood Studios released a lovingly faithful AdventureGame based on this movie in 1997. The game featured randomized plot points and the player's actions could lead the game towards thirteen different alternate endings.
** The 1985 game for the 8-BIT home computers, on the other hand, was nothing special.
* QuestionableConsent: Deckard kisses Rachael and she gets up and says she has to go, visible distressed. The Deckard forcibly stops her from leaving, pins her to the wall and encourages her to say she wants him. She says she does, and she admitted to an attraction to him prior to that moment, but she's still a little traumatized by shooting a man and finding out she's a replicant, and doesn't trust her emotions. Additionally, considering Deckard's job, it's hard to say consent was freely given when he could have legally killed her if she turned him down.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Giant buildings, neon lights, multicultural cities, film noir aesthetics, and lots and lots of rain? Meh, we've seen it all before.
* [[SpecialEffectFailure/LiveActionFilm Special Effects Failure]]
** The skies above Batty when he releases the dove were supposed to be grimly grey, causing an unintended CueTheSun moment. This was changed in the 2007 "Final Cut." Crew members stated in a behind-the-scenes documentary that this error occurred because they couldn't get the dove to fly in the rain. The water soaked the bird's feathers and made it too heavy to take off, so they eventually had to resort to filming the scene without the rain.
** In many scenes featuring a Spinner (flying car), the cables lifting the car up are clearly visible. Like the dove, these are fixed in the Final Cut.
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler:Roy Batty]].
-->'''Tyrell:''' You were made as well as we could make you.
-->'''[[spoiler:Roy]]:''' But not to last.
-->'''Tyrell:''' The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long. And you have burned so very, very brightly, [[spoiler:Roy]].
* UncannyValley: Sebastian's toys are played by little people in prosthetics, and make some very inhuman, jerky movements. The replicants avert this trope as they are so human, physically and emotionally, but the scene where Pris disguises herself as one of the toys has her wearing some pretty UncannyValleyMakeup.
* ValuesDissonance: The whole initial meeting with Zhora reeks of this, as it's treated as an IKnowYouKnowIKnow, with Deckard asking if she was asked to do anything unsavory to get her job as a stripper, and the unsavory nature of her job in general making such questions a joke. In the 21st century the view of sex workers has changed enough that such questions would actually be quite normal, making sure her consent was never violated.
* VindicatedByHistory: Upon its initial release, the film was advertised as an action movie, met with mixed reviews and an underwhelming box office performance. In the ensuing years it became a CultClassic, and is now generally considered one of the greatest science fiction films of all time.
* TheWoobie: Rachel and Sebastian.
** JerkassWoobie: Roy and Pris.