!!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.
** At least the surface dwellers of San Angeles aren't entirely squeaky clean.
* CompleteMonster: [[AxCrazy Simon Phoenix]] hails from a {{dystopia}}n era of Los Angeles when the city was being overrun with violent criminals in the late 20th century, where he indulged in theft, kidnapping, rape, arson, and murder to his heart's content. He starts the movie by holding 30 people hostage and demanding a ransom, when in fact he already killed them all for his perverse amusement before the cops even arrived. He manipulates the CowboyCop John Spartan into making a misjudgment that makes him seem responsible for their deaths in the raid on Simon's compound, sending them both to a [[HumanPopsicle cryo-prison]] for decades. He's woken up in 2032, when the rebuilt megacity of San Angeles has been turned into a crimeless nanny state after a great calamity. Simon indulges in his freedom to be a maniac and spread chaos again, casually murdering almost everyone who gets in his way by beating people to death, [[EyeScream gouging out someone's eye]] to [[BorrowedBiometricBypass bypass a retinal scan]], hacking into a computer to [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impale someone to a wall]], or simply shooting them. He was unfrozen by the new society's [[WellIntentionedExtremist benevolent dictator]] Dr. Raymond Cocteau to assassinate Edgar Friendly, the major rebel leader trying to undo the oppressive system. Simon sets out on this task with murderous glee, killing many innocent bystanders in the process. He teams up with his old gang after they're unfrozen and eventually [[TheStarscream murders Cocteau]] to [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans start a new lawless dystopia]] where he and his minions can commit crimes all day. He starts by unfreezing every criminal locked up in the cryo-prison, including murderers, rapists, and serial killers, and gunning down all the technicians because [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he no longer has any use for them]]. Phoenix is one of the poster boys for the malicious type of ChaoticEvil villain, inherently hating rules simply because they hold him back from being a murderous psycho.
* CultClassic: At the time of it's release the film wasn't a box office hit and got mixed reviews. But with the advent of the internet and the progress of filmmaking, these days it comes across as an AffectionateParody of 80s and 90s action films. There's a good amount of LampshadeHanging, a mix of {{Deconstruction}} and {{Reconstruction}} about John Spartan's CowboyCop image, and some of the satire about unhealthy things being illegal is reminiscent of communities today taking the same measures.
* EarWorm: In the future, the only music that exists are commercial jingles. Armor Hot Dogs is the most popular. (This is likely because [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad real music might offend someone, or stir up emotions that are taboo in the new society]].)
* 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 [[Film/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: Wesley Snipes 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. Additionally, Stallone, along with Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Demi Moore backed the opening of the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain.
** When Spartan steals the Oldmobile 442, the elevator crashes up into an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldsmobile#2000s Oldsmobile Dealership.]]
** Spartan is horrified when he learns that they've banned table salt. [[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30352252/ Guess what New York state is trying to ban?]]
** 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}}''.
** The plot: the most powerful man in a modern city hires the most AxCrazy/psychotic criminal around to take down their most powerful enemy, [[EvilerThanThou only for them to turn against him]], killing him and disposing of his body in a fire. The criminal then calls upon all other criminals to wreak utter havoc upon the city. It's like the plot of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', with Cocteau as the Gotham Mafia, Simon Phoenix as The Joker, and the Scraps as Batman.
** Stallone played a maverick cop set in a highly restrictive world with many many laws. A place ComicBook/JudgeDredd might feel right at home in, who Stallone would [[Film/JudgeDredd play two years later]]. Further to this, Spartan's car uses a substance very similar to riot foam as a safety device.
** Verbal Morality Statute ends up at least affecting one town in Massachusetts fining those cursing in public.
** Taco Bell may not be the only restaurant to exist yet, but they experiment on entering the upscale market opening up casual restaurants. The logo even changed after the movie came out.
** The film became easily relatable by modern time due to uncanny comparison between San Angeles and Website/{{Tumblr}} [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad social justice blogs]].
* OneSceneWonder: [[Creator/DenisLeary The Edgar Friendly speech]], regarded by most as the best part of the movie.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: The year 2032 before Phoenix shows up that is.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames:
** The 3DO game is definitely an example, judging by [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment The Spoony One's]] [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/2008/09/01/demolition-man-review/ review]].
** The SNES[=/=]Genesis[=/=]SegaCD version is NintendoHard with a few instances of FakeDifficulty but is [[NoProblemWithLicensedGames actually quite good]] once you get past that.
** The [[Pinball/DemolitionMan 1994 pinball game]] is [[NoProblemWithLicensedGames well-received]] by pinball enthusiasts and it even has a home ROM set with [[ClusterFBomb full swearing]].
* ProtagonistTitleFallacy: Inverted, as "Demolition Man" is indeed the protagonist's RedBaron, but many viewers believe ''Phoenix'' is the Demolition Man, going so far as to call any blond-haired black guy a "Demolition Man" in {{Homage}}.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Free will and freedom of choice are necessary for society, and there's a fine line between order and chaos.
* SpecialEffectsFailure:
** When the future cop car was jumping through the * S A P D * 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]]
* WhatAnIdiot: The fact that they have loaded weapons in the museum, or Cocteau unaware that Phoenix could order someone else to kill him.
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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.