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* CreatorsPet: Vick, to a T; heck, he’s even played by Creator/MNightShyamalan himself!
* DesignatedVillain: Farber the critic. We’re supposed to dislike him, because what kind of person would be arrogant enough to presume the intention of someone else? He ''didn’t'', though. [[spoiler:When Cleveland asked him whom he should seek to fill the various roles in Story’s guard, he expressed it as a hypothetical question and Farber only gave qualities he’d expect each person to have. Cleveland nominated each tenant to a given role himself.]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** The critic, whom many viewers consider the only likable character in the whole movie. It’s quite ironic, given the effort expended to make him [[{{Jerkass}} an unlikable jerk]].
** Also Story, but that’s mainly because she’s played by Creator/BryceDallasHoward, whose performance in M. Night’s previous film, ''Film/TheVillage'', many critics liked.
** Anna Ran, Vick’s cheerful, funny sister who warms to Story right away.
* HilariousInHindsight: As ludicrous as the rest of the movie is, this is genuine. Vick’s ''Cookbook'' is supposed to inspire a Midwesterner with prodigious oratorical gifts to become President of the United States. The film was released to U.S. theaters on July 21, 2006. Two years and change later, [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama guess who was elected to the presidency from relative obscurity in Illinois]]?
* HypeBacklash: One of the main reasons ''Lady'' caught so much heat was that audiences had started getting tired with Shyamalan’s formulas and {{Mandatory Twist Ending}}s. The other was that Shyamalan tried ''way'' too hard to [[BullyingADragon antagonize film critics]]. As a result, people pronounced this his career nadir … until he made ''Film/TheHappening'' and ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', which got even worse reviews.
* LoveItOrHateIt: To be fair, the movie does have positive reviews (if Amazon has anything to go by) despite being considered by others to be one of M. Night Shyamalan’s weakest films (before ''Film/TheVisit'' revived his career).
* {{Moe}}: Obviously Story, a shy, innocent outsider who bonds with one of our heroes in the film.
* {{Narm}}:
** Did somebody say [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain “NARF!”]]?
** The kid who predicts the future by interpreting ''cereal boxes''.
* PuritySue: Vick.
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Shyamalan, obviously, but also Creator/PaulGiamatti, who gives a much more convincing (nominal) lead performance than the plot in which his character finds himself.
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