* BackdoorPilot Sort Of. Notice how the last 2 episodes of Series 2 feature Max & Paddy much more heavily than the rest of the series. Fast forward a few years and the duo get their own SpinOff in ''Max & Paddy's Road To Nowhere'' which revolves around the motor home Max buys at the end of ''Phoenix Nights.''
* MemeticMutation (It's Peter Kay, who is MemeticMutation incarnate)
** As well as call-backs to established Peter Kay memes, ''Phoenix Nights'' notably started the association of Peter Kay with the classic Tony Christie song "(Is This The Way To) Amarillo", which culminated in the song being re-released with a new video starring Peter Kay and a parade of British pop culture icons and getting to number 1. Max and Paddy are singing along to the song whilst driving a minibus, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny much to the bafflement and/or disapproval of their passengers, an Asian Elders group.]]
* ParanoiaFuel For the first few episodes of his employment, Brian's convinced that Ray Von is a psychotic murderer and the evidence just seems to keep piling up.
* UnfortunateImplications: Played with in the first episode with the racist folk band.
* SharedUniverse: Set in the same universe as ''CoronationStreet'', if the floral tribute to Alan Bradley on the Promenade at Blackpool is anything to go by.