* JustHereForGodzilla: Never mind the physics (though virtually any movie will be improved with ''limericks about relativity''), a fairly high percentage of the audience is watching for {{Benedict Cumberbatch}} being heartbreaking and adorable and acting his socks off.
* {{Moe}}: Stephen has his moments. He looks very boyish and [[TheWoobie vulnerable]] in the hospital scenes, and heart-meltingly cute when he's [[WhenHeSmiles genuinely happy]].
* StoicWoobie: Stephen's general attitude after he's diagnosed is to carry on as normally as possible and keep his fears to himself. Although there are a few instances where he's clearly upset, and it's heartbreaking.
* WhenHeSmiles: Stephen just ''glows'' when he's really happy. Not uncommon for a BenedictCumberbatch character, but particularly effective in this case because of [[TheWoobie everything he's had to endure]] throughout the film.