!!For the movie:

* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The naked woman who pops up on John Spartan's video screen in his apartment. He's just as confused, too. The novelization indicates the purpose of the scene is to demonstrate to him that video-calling is the norm in the future.
* ChaoticEvil: Simon Phoenix is a very pure example of ChaoticEvil; he just wants to see the world burn for fun.
* ChaoticGood: Edgar Friendly is a slovenly man who flouts the saccharine tighly-controlled society of 2032 because he believes strongly in people being allowed to make their own choices. Unfortunately this puts him at odds with the LawfulEvil extremist leader who unfreezes a psychotic criminal to kill him.
-->--'''Edgar Friendly''': ''(To Spartan)'' You see, according to *Cocteau's* plan. *I'm* the enemy. Because I like to think, I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech, freedom of choice. I'm the kind of guy who would sit in the greasy spoon and think "Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the big rack of barbecued spare ribs with the side order of gravy fries?" I *want* high cholesterol. I want to eat bacon, butter, and buckets of cheese, alright? I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinatti in a non-smoking section. I wanna run around naked with green jell-o all over my body reading a Playboy magazine. Why? Because maybe I feel the need to, okay, pal? I've ''seen'' the future, you know what it is. It's made by a 47 year-old virgin in gray pajamas soaking in a bubble bath, drinking a broccoli milkshake and thinking "I'm an Oscar-Meyer Wiener". You wanna live on top, you gotta live Cocteau's way. [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill What he wants, when he wants, how he wants.]] Your other option: come down here, maybe starve to death.
* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Simon Phoenix]], an AxCrazy criminal from the gang-ruled era of Los Angeles in the late 20th century, indulged in theft, kidnapping, rape, arson, and murder to his heart's content. He holds 30 people hostage and demands a ransom when in fact he had already killed them all, and {{frame|up}}s hero cop [[CowboyCop John Spartan]] for their deaths. They are both sentenced to [[HumanPopsicle cryo-statis]] and only woken up in 2032 when the new city of San Angeles has become a crime-free nanny state. Simon breaks out of confinement by [[EyeScream gouging out a guard's eye]] to bypass the retinal scanner and indulges in his freedom to [[ChaoticEvil be a maniac]] and [[ChaosIsEvil spread chaos again]], brutally murdering almost everyone who gets in his way. It turns out he was unfrozen by the [[WellIntentionedExtremist benevolent dictator]] Dr. Raymond Cocteau to assassinate Edgar Friendly, the underground RebelLeader who has been trying to undo the oppressive system. Simon sets out on this task with murderous glee, killing many innocent bystanders in the process. He eventually teams up with his old gang after they're unfrozen and [[TheStarscream murders Cocteau]] to [[ToCreateAPlaygroundForEvil start a new lawless dystopia]]. He starts by unfreezing every violent criminal locked up in the cryo-prison, before gunning down all the technicians because [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he no longer has any use for them]].
* CultClassic: At the time of its release the film wasn't a box office hit and got mixed reviews. But these days it comes across as an AffectionateParody of action films from TheEighties and [[TheNineties Nineties]]. There's a good amount of LampshadeHanging, a mix of {{Deconstruction}} and {{Reconstruction}} about John Spartan's CowboyCop image, and most of the satire, whether about PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad and unhealthy things being illegal or iconoclasts actively chafing at rules just for existing and deliberately living in grungy filth, has, if anything, actually gotten ''sharper''.
%%* EvilIsCool: What do you expect from Creator/WesleySnipes as the BigBad Simon Phoenix.
* FoeYay: Phoenix to Spartan in 1996. When they both got arrested he implied he planned on [[PrisonRape raping him in prison.]]
--> '''Simon Phoenix:''' We're gonna spend a lot of quality time together. See you [[TermsOfEndangerment sweetie, honey, SUGAR!]]
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** Looking through the Cryo-Prison inmate list, Phoenix exclaims "Jeffrey Dahmer? I ''love'' that guy!" In 1994, Dahmer was bludgeoned to death in prison; the line was subsequently cut from a number of broadcasts.
** The name "Scott Peterson" comes up during Huxley's access of the parole hearings. Presumably, this is not [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Peterson the man who]] kidnapped and murdered his pregnant wife in 2003.
** Spartan crashes the 1970 442 through the floor of an Oldsmobile dealership in 2032. Oldsmobile was discontinued by GM in 2004.
* HamAndCheese: Creator/WesleySnipes gleefully chewing the scenery as Simon Phoenix.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger is briefly mentioned as a former President, with Huxley explaining that his popularity forced an amendment to the Constitution to allow him to run. Now, Schwarzenegger is a former governor of California, and there is a serious and fairly popular movement to amend the Constitution to allow naturalized citizens to become president.
** Gamers may find it difficult to hear the name John Spartan, Prisoner 117 without thinking of John-117 the SPARTAN-II SuperSoldier of ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}''.
** In 2015, the supposed year of the Franchise Wars, Taco Bell's parent company reported a generous upturn in earnings, while [=McDonalds=] and Burger King started to go into a slight decline.
* MemeticMutation: [[SwearJar You are fined One credit for violation of the verbal morality statute.]]
* RomanticPlotTumor: Spartan and Huxley.
* SpecialEffectsFailure:
** When the future cop car was jumping through the SAPD sign, the letters and symbols were each engraved on a separate plate of glass. Just before the car hits it, all but one of the plates are pre-broken; the unbroken one has a broken one on the other side of it, making it obvious it wasn't the car that did it.
** While it's more Makeup Failure, but [[IncrediblyLamePun keep an eye]] on Phoenix's Heterochromia. Several times in the film his blue and brown eye noticeably switch sides between shots.
** When Simon's hideout is blown up at the beginning, you can clearly hear people in the background cheering at this extraordinary demolition. [[note]]While in-universe, it could be other criminals cheering at the destruction, in real life, it's probably the noise of onlookers or crew; they actually destroyed a real building for that shot, an old Power & Water in Los Angeles that was in fact scheduled for demolition at any rate[[/note]]
* TastesLikeDiabetes: San Angeles in the year 2032 is squeaky-clean to the point of absurdity, with commercial jingles from TheFifties as the most popular genre of music and everyone relentlessly cheerful at all times. You're almost cheering Phoenix on, at least at first, if for no other reason than you want to see some chaos inflicted on this smiley, chipper city.
* VindicatedByCable: Wasn't particularly popular in its day, but now it's a CultClassic that's beloved by fans of [[TheNineties 90s]] action movies.
* WhatAnIdiot:
** The museum's [=20th=] century weapons exhibit has functional and ''loaded'' weapons on display with relatively light security. Even discounting Simon Phoenix as an OutsideContextProblem for the setting, Edgar Friendly could have done a lot of damage if he'd ever decided to do a smash-and-grab on them.
** Cocteau feels comfortable freeing Phoenix because Phoenix' conditioning prevents Phoenix from killing Cocteau... but Cocteau never considered that Phoenix could order someone ''else'' to kill him.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: Some have described ''Demolition Man'' as being one of the most libertarian movies ever made. One of the film's villains is a scientist who has basically created the ultimate nanny-state, where everything deemed bad for you has been outlawed. And Edgar Friendly and his followers, who are initially portrayed as terrorists, turn out to be sympathetic freedom fighters who want to make their own decisions without the overbearing government's influence.
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!!For the pinball:

* ComplacentGamingSyndrome: Some players will always select the "Freeze" award on the Cryo-Claw -- it provides progress towards multiballs.
* SoBadItsGood: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgG8wQ3Msqw promotional video]] for the [[Pinball/DemolitionMan pinball,]] which attempts to duplicate the atmosphere and special effects of the movie on a shoestring budget, while hyping up the game's gun grip controllers, all intermixed with actual film clips. It fails spectacularly, but has an innocent appeal, like watching an eight-year-old attempt to duplicate a Creator/MichaelBay film in his backyard.
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