* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: It's been argued that the whole thing is simply a fairy tale the old woman is telling her grandchild. This seems to be a case of [[spoiler: some people failing to understand Burton's little twist at the end - i.e., the opening is supposed to give the viewer the impression that an old lady is recounting a mere story to her grandchild but in the end that story is revealed to be true as the old lady reveals herself to be Kim. The alternate explanation not only negates the twist but makes the old lady rather strange given that she's therefore getting all emotionally attached to, and involved with, a fiction.]]
* AwesomeMusic: It's called "The Grand Finale" on the soundtrack album for a reason.
** Creator/DannyElfman has named the whole score as his personal favorite of his work.
* TheCutie: Edward, with his innocence.
* EpilepticTrees: Is this a huge metaphor for mental disorders? If so, that makes it ten times more upsetting and depressing.
* [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct He Really Can Act]]: Johnny Depp.
* HilariousInHindsight: Johnny Depp plays a guy with scissors for hands. When you consider that he was one of Freddy Krueger's victims in his first film, it's kinda funny.
** It's even funnier when they were casting the remake of ''Nightmare on Elm Street''. Depp was one of the original choices to play Freddy.
** The film has this effect on ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', as it's a bit jarring to see Anthony Michael Hall go from a sweet, picked-on nerd to a slightly more psychotic version of John Bender.
* MisaimedMarketing: In the mid-'90s, this was repackaged on [=VHS=] as one of Fox's "Family Features", even though it's rated PG-13. Guess that makes [[spoiler: Jim's death at Edward's blades a FamilyUnfriendlyDeath]].
* MoralEventHorizon: Jim was always a mundane creep and one of the least remarkable or interesting Burton villains but once he attempts to murder Edward and hits Kim for daring to stand against him he shows that he is as vile as they come, and they come very vile.
** Joyce started a smear campaign that ruined an innocent person's life accusing Edward of rape for the crime of not giving in to her seductive techniques. This is one insecure human being.
** Edward [[spoiler:ripping apart the curtains and tapestry in a fit of jealousy over Kim and Jim.]]
** Edward can get a pretty unsettling expression whenever he's scared or angered, particularly the latter.
* OneSceneWonder: Though he was in a few scenes, his screen time was still short, but Creator/VincentPrice as the inventor just about steals the film from Johnny Depp.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The makeup for [[spoiler:Winona Ryder]] as the old woman is a little unconvincing.
* TearJerker: If you've seen it, you know why.
** This exchange, used in most of the trailers, sums it up perfectly.
-->'''Kim''': Hold me.
-->(Edward fails to put his arms around her)
-->'''Edward''': I can't.
** At the very end, [[spoiler:Kim kissing Edward and telling him she loves him before they separate forever. The reaction shot of Edward's eyes upon her confession is what really seals it.]]
* UglyCute: This trope applies to Edward both in-story and outside it.
* UncannyValley: Intentionally so with Edward.
* TheWoobie: Edward.