!!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: Sean Salazar is [[Series/{{Revolution}} Jason Neville]]. Also, Violet Trimble is a pre-''Film/{{Superbad}}'' Creator/EmmaStone.

!!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.
* 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 ''{{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".
* 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.
* FridgeBrilliance: The Driver's scorpion jacket and verbal reference to the parable of "The Frog and the Scorpion". If you don't know it, the story goes that a frog agreed to carry a scorpion across a river on his back despite knowing its predatory nature. After all, as the scorpion pointed out, if it were to sting him then they would both sink and die. Halfway across the river, the scorpion stung the frog anyway, and when the frog asked why, the doomed scorpion simply said "It's in my nature". The Fridge Brilliance comes in when you realize the Driver's jacket doesn't paint him as the scorpion, but as the frog, literally ''carrying the scorpion symbol around on his back''. He's ultimately a good person but is knowingly dealing with evil criminals who repeatedly try to betray him, such as in the pawn shop heist, and wears the jacket(mainly during heists) to show that the irony of his situation is not lost on him. The best example comes with [[spoiler: Nino, whom the Driver offers a free pass: pick up the stolen million dollars and leave him and his friends alone. The brutish, insecure Nino can't resist, however, and attempts to have the Driver killed anyway, dooming himself. The Driver even attempts to point this out to the next scorpion, Bernie Rose, who once again fails to grasp its meaning and "stings" the Driver rather than just walk away with the money, immediately dying in the process. Fortunately, the semi-ambiguous ending implies that this frog happened to survive.]]
* 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]].
* MemeticMutation: A real human being. And a real hero.
** and the Mondegreen version: A real human bean.
* {{Narm}}: The [[MoodWhiplash elevator scene.]] [[spoiler:How do you follow a very dramatic, slow motion kiss? Apparently with the Driver rapidly stomping on a mook's head ''until his skull visibly caves in.'']]
** It ''heavily'' depends on the person though. For those who are sensitive to [[{{Gorn}} graphic violence]], this scene goes straight into NightmareFuel territory, especially considering that [[spoiler:up until that point, the Driver had only demonstrated TranquilFury, even when he was clearly ''very'' angry about everything that had transpired. In this scene, he finally truly [[NotSoStoic blows]] [[RageBreakingPoint his stack]] and commits an act of horrific violence ''out of nowhere''.]]
* 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.
* {{Padding}}: The movie would be an hour long if it weren't for all the shots of characters staring off into space for long periods of time.
** [[TropesAreNotBad On the other hand, a lot of the movie's emotional impact and]] SceneryPorn [[TropesAreNotBad comes from these shots.]]
* {{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.]]
* 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]].
* TheWoobie: Irene; hard not to be when you're played by Creator/CareyMulligan.

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