* AdaptationDisplacement: Of both the novel and the stage play based on it.
* MemeticMutation: "I vant to be alone," thanks to it fitting so well with Creator/GretaGarbo's sudden retirement from public life.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Presying]] crosses this when he [[spoiler:kills [[GentlemanThief the Baron]] just because he was trying to steal his pocket book.]]
* SoOkayItsAverage: This movie has been used as an example of the Academy's questionable judgment in early years -- not exactly bad, but it didn't age well.
* TheWoobie: [[SecretlyDying Kringelein]] and [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide Grusinskaya]], [[InterruptedSuicide initially]].]]