* EpilepticTrees: It's not uncommon to find an LDD fan believing that [[spoiler: Terabithia was real all along and that Leslie was really abducted by the Dark Master]].
* FanPreferredCouple: Jess/Leslie is in that weird "Only not an OfficialCouple on a technicality" corner of this trope.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** A few, closely related to the essay that Leslie wrote, though two of the three could also be considered {{foreshadowing}}.
** First, the naming of the essay, "Self-contained ''Underwater Breathing'' Apparatus". [[spoiler:Guess how Leslie dies]].
** The next is the final lines of the essay. "I check my air. [[spoiler:I don't have as much time as I need to see everything, but that is what makes it so special.]]"
** And finally, Jesse asks Leslie if she encountered any sharks when he assumes her scuba diving was for real... [[Film/SoulSurfer Well, maybe not in this film]].
* HarsherInHindsight: Also some:
** First, there is the scene when Leslie, Maybelle and Jess return from Easter mess, They discuss faith and Maybelle says to Leslie: "If you don't believe in Jesus, you go to Hell when you die". [[spoiler:Leslie dies less than a week later.]]
** Then when you finish the book, you find that [[spoiler:Leslie's death is BasedOnATrueStory]].
** Jesse asking Leslie if she encountered any sharks when he assumes her scuba diving was for real becomes cringing after watching Creator/AnnaSophiaRobb's movie, ''Film/SoulSurfer''.
* [[spoiler: HesJustHiding: Most Fanfics for Bridge to Terabithia fall into two categories: "What If Leslie didn't die?", and "Leslie didn't die, period". This is actually done In-Universe as well, with Jesse believing that her death is all lies, believing he saw her over at her house when they went to pay their respects, and finally mistaking May-Belle's voice for Leslie's.]]
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Jesse having a crush on his teacher played by Creator/ZooeyDeschanel becomes funny when she stars in ''Series/NewGirl'' playing a character named ''[[GenderBlenderName Jess]]''. Additionally, said character is also a teacher.
** The name of Creator/JoshHutcherson's (Jesse) mother in ''Film/LittleManhattan'' is [[FreudWasRight Leslie]].
* ItWasHisSled: [[spoiler: Leslie dies]]. Spoilered because it's not as well known as, say [[LukeIAmYourFather Darth Vader]] [[Franchise/StarWars being]] [[MemeticMutation Luke's father]], but since it is one of the most discussed things about the story, it's hard to avoid hearing about it whenever the book or movie is brought up.
* JerkassWoobie: [[spoiler: Janice]] turns out to be one. At the end of the film, it's implied she and Jesse may become friends.
* MemeticMutation, GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Leslie as portrayed in the 2007 movie went memetic on several Russian ImageBoards.
** [[DullSurprise No. I don't believe you. You are lying to me. YOU LIE!]]
* {{Moe}}: Maybelle. Just ... Maybelle. This is even lampshaded by Josh Hutcherson and Creator/AnnaSophiaRobb in their commentary, the former of whom calls her "just the cutest kid ever".
* MoralEventHorizon: Scott and Gary cross it when they up their bullying of Jess following [[spoiler: Leslie's death]], Scott going so far as to outright taunt Jess over it in in class, complete with a smug smile on his face the whole time.
* {{Narm}}: In the 80's film version, the sadness is ruined by the awful acting on Jesse's actor's part. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv-F7a7jgSE The "You lie!" line is particularly laughable.]]
* NightmareFuel: The Dark Master. We don't get a very good look at him in the film, but a promotional still of him exists and [[http://s15.photobucket.com/user/al_finete/media/Bridge%20To%20Terabithia/Wallpaper004.jpg.html holy Hell what is that thing doing in a kids' movie]]?
** It ups the NightmareFuel when we find out that the Dark Master symbolizes [[spoiler: Jess' father played by Robert Patrick, while the father himself isn't that bad of a guy, it does stir up some repressed [[{{Terminator}} T-1000]] memories. ]]
* ParanoiaFuel: There's always a chance someone who is close to you [[spoiler:could die in a freak accident.]]
* TaintedByThePreview: Those who read the book knew that the story isn't a fantasy adventure, but rather the bonding experiences of two kids in a realistic setting. Seeing the 2007 film adaptation's [[NeverTrustATrailer trailers]], which centered around the fantasy world imagined by the kids but now fully populated by CGI creatures, caused them to believe that the filmmakers completely missed the point of the book and were instead trying to make a ''[[Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Chronicles of Narnia]]'' [[ShoddyKnockOffProduct rip-off]] that the marketing strategy seemed to promote. In some cases, this turned them off from seeing the film altogether, even though the film was actually truer to the book than the trailers would lead one to believe.
* ToyShip: Jesse and Leslie.
* ValuesDissonance: In the book, Jess's ''mother'' is worried about his best friend being female. Because ''it means he might be gay''.
** The film on the other hand, Jess seems to get odd looks from his family when they meet Leslie; however, it seems to be that they're surprised he might have a girlfriend.
* WhatAnIdiot: Maybelle, you're a sweetie and all, but if you find a ring of keys lying on the floor of the greenhouse, don't you think you oughtta tell your parents?