!!YMMV: Drive Webcomic
* IronWoobie: The Veetan race. They only live 25 years at most, suffer chronic leg and hip pains, have recurring digestive troubles, yet remain unflaggingly cheerful throughout their lives.

!!YMMV: Drive Series
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: So, it's a show about an illegal cross-country car race. As it turned out, in spite of Fox's promotion, nobody seemed to find the premise interesting enough to watch.
* RetroactiveRecognition: While Creator/NathanFillion was the headline member of the cast at the time, nowadays people are far more likely to notice Creator/EmmaStone from before her StarMakingRole in ''Film/{{Superbad}}''. J. D. Pardo, who plays Sean Salazar, also went on to play Jason Neville on ''Series/{{Revolution}}''.

!!YMMV: Drive Film
* AdaptationDisplacement: The novel of the same name by James Sallis.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: One propagated by posters on ImageBoards holds that the Driver is actually [[AmbiguousDisorder autistic]], although given the general tenor of content posted on the boards this is in all likelihood intended to be PlayedForLaughs or jabbing at how he doesn't speak much.
* AwardSnub: Much to everyone's surprise the only nomination this movie got was Best Sound Editing at the Oscars. Notably left off were Creator/RyanGosling and Creator/AlbertBrooks for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively. Brooks' omission was particularly surprising, given how he had won a slew of the major critics' awards and had earned nominations at the BFCA and the Golden Globes.
* CreepyAwesome: The driver never blinks, has only a few lines of dialogue, and ''barely'' expresses any emotion. The only thing keeping him from being TheSociopath outright is his obvious affection for [[MoralityPet Irene.]] In spite of being walking NightmareFuel, however, he's still a badass.
* CriticalDissonance: Critics and festival audiences have loved this movie, however its box office success did not reflect the massive internet buzz this generated. Though to be fair, crime movies by Danish directors released by small-time distributors don't make $20 million in two weeks. Just ask the people who distributed ''Film/{{Bronson}}''. To put it into perspective: the film cost $15 million to make. It made just over $76 million. So while it was very much a critical and financial success, it was still expected to do ''much'' better prior to release.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Most of the score and the song "Real Hero". One of the first works to highlight {{Synthwave}} artists to a wider audience.
* EarWorm:
** "He's a real human being... and a real hero... He's a real human being..."
** "There's something inside you... It's hard to explain... They're talking about you, boy... But you're still the same..."
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Virtually every critic, whether they liked the film or not, praised Creator/AlbertBrooks' performance as Bernie.
* FridgeHorror: Since Irene probably [[spoiler:didn't call the police after Driver smashed a hitman's head in]], the body would probably have remained there, scaring any poor resident of the apartment block who uses the elevator.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Late in the film, Shannon (played by Bryan Cranston) mentions a character [[Series/BreakingBad fleeing to Belize]].
** The [[MemeticMutation memetic song]] with the lyrics "A real human being. And a real hero." gains a prophetic twist when you consider one of [[Film/BladeRunner2049 Ryan Gosling's later roles]]. Not to mention that both movies end with [[spoiler:a quiet, slow scene of Gosling's character [[DiesWideOpen Dying Wide Open]], [[GainaxEnding or at least coming close to it]].]]
* MemeticMutation:
** A real human being. And a real hero. And the Mondegreen version: A real human bean.
** "I drive."
* {{Narm}}: For some people, the MoodWhiplash of the elevator scene.
* NightmareFuel: The entire beach scene, as well as [[spoiler:Blanche [[YourHeadAsplode getting her]] [[BoomHeadshot head ]] ''very realistically'' [[{{Gorn}} blown apart]] by a shotgun blast.]] Really, everything [[SociopathicHero The Driver]] does during [[spoiler:his RoaringRampageOfRevenge once he goes after Nino]] counts.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To 70s flicks like ''Film/TheDriver'' and ''TaxiDriver''.
** The use of Riz Ortolani "Oh My Love" during the beach scene, and the artful but brutal nature of the violence is highly evocative of Italian {{giallo}} films of the same period.
** The presence of Laurene Landon (of ''ManiacCop'' fame), the synthesizer score, [[{{squick}} squicky violence]], and the gritty, neon-lit cinematography recall the 1980's exploitation films of directors like William Lustig.
* {{Squick}}:
** [[spoiler: Driver stomping on a man's face until it's basically mush]].
** Also [[spoiler: Blanche's head getting blown to smithereens by a shotgun blast]].
** [[spoiler: It's subtle, but when Standard is first shot, he's hit in the neck and if you listen closely you can hear him gasping for air.]]
** Really, pretty much any of the violence in this movie.
* TearJerker: Irene and the Driver are alienated from each other seconds after their first kiss when he kills a thug in front of her. She returns to knock on his door some time later with a look of reconciliation, [[spoiler: but he's gone. They're never going to meet again]]. The look on his face in the end says it all...
* TheWoobie: Irene; hard not to be when you're played by Creator/CareyMulligan.
** The Driver as well by the end of the movie.

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