* AdaptationDisplacement: Inverted- a lot of people tend to assume that the film is based on a comic book, it being a superhero movie and all, but in fact, this is Darkman's first appearance. A ComicBookAdaptation ''did'' come later, which may have worsened the confusion.
* CompleteMonster: Durant is a crime boss turned PsychoForHire who is introduced having a potential obstacle's entire outfit executed before he tortures the boss by chopping off all his fingers with a cigar cutter. Durant later attacks Dr. Peyton Westlake, setting him on fire and ruining his life by turning him into the titular AntiHero Darkman. Durant thinks nothing of betraying and killing allies and when [[NotQuiteDead he returns in the second film]], he shows himself as even nastier than before, even having a reporter killed for insulting him in a story.
* HoYay: Between Peyton and David in the second film.
* IronWoobie: Peyton evolves into this after becoming Darkman.
* {{Narm}}:
** "Take the [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] elephant!"
** The "fingers broken, everybody screams" scene, the "funny hat" scene, the "man sticking out of a manhole" scene... There's a lot of it. [[NarmCharm Not that there's anything wrong with that]].
*** Justified; Westlake's body is constantly pumping itself full of every chemical a human body is capable of generating, in an attempt to compensate for the total loss of his sense of touch. With all the crap running rampant in his bloodstream, it's little wonder his perceptions would be a bit...''skewed.''
** [[LargeHam Strack]] is no slouch in this department either.
*** "HIGH STEEL!"
*** "Look...look about you. It's all mine...because I built it! I BUILT IT ALL!!!"
* NarmCharm: Some people like the movie because the above-mentioned examples are so full of {{Narm}}.
* NightmareFuel: Peyton's mutilation.
* OlderThanYouThink: Starting with this movie LiamNeeson had been playing brutal anti-heroes before he was known for his action role status in movies like {{Film/Taken}}.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: Bad controls, bad graphics, bad mechanics (the quality of the pictures you take affects how long the masks you make last, rather than how well they fool people), silly levels (a ''circus'' level), and AWinnerIsYou ending.
* SpecialEffectFailure: The first film contains several very poorly-executed green screen and matte painting effects.
** When Ricky is lifted up through the manhole, a lot of shots use what's quite obviously a barely-mobile stunt dummy.
* SpiritualLicensee: To some hardcore WWII comics fans, this film and the sequels would be the closest thing to a film adaptation of the DC war hero [[ComicBook/UnknownSoldier the Unknown Soldier]], except the action would shift from the Second World War to TheNineties and TheHero was a generic crime fighter rather then a U.S. military soldier.
* TearJerker: ''They took my hands!''
** When [[spoiler:Darkman says goodbye to Julie, before disappearing into the crowd.]]
* TheWoobie: Darkman.
** Julie and then some. She really can not catch a break.

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