!!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.
** AdaptationDistillation: The film has received ''much'' more acclaim than the book, which is a relatively standard pulp-crime novel.
* 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 ''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".
* 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]].
* 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''.]]
*** [[spoiler:While Irene sees it as out of nowhere, the viewer is given the actual reason- while in the elevator, Driver notices a gun in the man's jacket, and puts together that the man's there to kill them.]]
* 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.]]
** 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]].
* TheWoobie: Irene; hard not to be when you're played by Creator/CareyMulligan.

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