* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: [[spoiler: Chiba and Tokita bonding in the lengthened elevator scene.]]
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The entire soundtrack, by SusumuHirasawa, "Parade" and "Mediational Field" in particular.
** Special honors go to "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMc2EW6Pmkk The Girl in Byakkoya]]" though. The crazy juxtaposition of acoustic and electronica make for a song that's memorable, enjoyable and strangely romantic.
* EarWorm: "Mediational Field", the opening theme, the ending arrangement, and "The Girl in Byakoya".
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe4NYtELlGg Parade]]'' will instantly [[NightmareFuel invade your mind.]]
* FanNickname: Tokita = [[Creator/ValveSoftware Gabe Newell]]. They both have messy brown hair, wear polo shirts, love technology, and are BigFun.
* FanPreferredCouple: Some viewers have lots of trouble accepting [[spoiler: that Chiba loves Tokita, and would rather have had her [[RescueRomance end up with Konakawa.]] This ignores how the [[MisaimedFandom fake ending with Konakawa and Chiba kissing in the sunset is supposed to be making fun of trite, cliché movie endings, which implies that pairing them together would have made for a really, really bland and predictable ship.]]]]
* FridgeBrilliance: Chiba's first foray into the DreamWorld is interrupted by her falling in real life. Also known as: myoclonic jerk.
* FridgeHorror: In the room where [[spoiler: Osanai]] peels the skin off [[spoiler: Paprika/Chiba]], there are hundreds of dead butterflies under the glass. [[spoiler: Paprika]] is wearing butterfly wings during this scene. [[SerialKiller You do the math]].
* HarsherInHindsight: All the talk about Konakawa's incomplete film. ''Paprika'' was Satoshi Kon's last completed project; he died partway through making another film called, coincidentally enough, ''The Dream Machine''.
* HilariousInHindsight: See FanNickname.
* MemeticMutation: Thanks to WebOriginal/AMVHell, "I'M ON SHROOMS!"
* NightmareFuel: The mad dream parade, the scene where Dr. Osanai peels off Paprika's skin, the laughing doll (''Brrrrr...''), and [[HellIsThatNoise the buzzing sound]] that appears when the doll is first shown in [[spoiler:what appears to be]] the real world, or when Paprika sees Tokita asleep.
** The parade does this especially well, considering it's an AmazingTechnicolorPopulation of GrotesqueCute with an upbeat, cheery-sounding EarWorm theme. There's something to be said of how the film makes terrifying a somersaulting frog whipping out drumsticks.
* SubbingVsDubbing: A rare case where both sides have merits. The first meltdown dialogue comes off like a poorly translated metaphor in the subbed version, while the dubbed version makes it clear that the speaker's lost his mind. Interestingly, the dubbing goes for the spirit of the script rather than the translation, leading to entirely different but still effective dialogue.
* UglyCute: Tokita, who may be morbidly fat, but has an expressive, cute baby face.