* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** "The Wings of Icarus" by Celldweller.
** The score by DannyElfman.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The scene with Atom seemingly staring at himself in the mirror. It's left to the viewer to determine whether or not he's actually sentient.
* ClicheStorm: A lot.
* DesignatedHero: Charlie. When he hears about his ex girlfriend's death and that his son is left, he reacts with annoyance at the burden to him and indicates he knowingly left his girlfriend while she was pregnant. Then he signs him over to the boy's aunt and uncle for 100 grand, furthering the deadbeat dad vibe. Then he uses the money to buy another robot sight unseen that he knows nothing about, then takes it into a fight and gets it destroyed because he hadn't bothered to learn to operate it first or have the humility to go for a smaller prize. He then gets the nerve to not pay his rent at the gym he works at (and his childhood friend owns), then lambasts her for thinking of selling it, claiming her deceased father would be pissed off at her. He leaves Max in the pouring rain at a junk yard next to a deadly cliff to carry the robot he found after surviving a fall off a cliff. Only after this point, 45 minutes in, does he start to act even remotely decent.
** Though this was deliberate to show just how much of a {{Jerkass}} Charlie was. However, [[CharacterDevelopment he gets better]] as the movie progresses.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Noisy Boy is pretty popular among fans.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Seemingly invoked with the Japanese release, due to the popularity of HumongousMecha in Japan, with what the fact that the first trailer premiered in Japan.
* GeniusBonus: The tactic Charlie uses [[spoiler:in the final fight to nearly defeat Zeus]] is an actual boxing tactic called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rope-a-dope rope-a-dope]], which Muhammad Ali used to defeat George Foreman.
* GrowingTheBeard: The director behind the ''NightAtTheMuseum'' films made this.
* HilariousInHindsight: At the time, it seemed like this movie would fall into {{Zeerust}} turf. Then ''Series/RobotCombatLeague'' came out, featuring eight foot humanoid robots using MotionCaptureMecha technology. While not ''nearly'' as advanced as the film, it's still surprisingly close. Extra hilarity comes from the fact the robot Crash, a more 'kiddy' looking robot with being a StoneWall as its main strength and controlled by a parent child {{Determinator}} team, ultimately could prove to be a pretty good stand in for Atom.
* MoneyMakingShot: The [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil somewhat spoilleriffic shot used in the trailer]] of Atom[[spoiler:, being controlled by Charlie using Shadow Mode,]] ducking under [[spoiler:Zeus']] wild swing and delivering a ''beautiful'' leaping punch back at him from behind.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Ricky already established himself as a {{Jerkass}} by letting Charlies robot be destroyed, but he only truly damned himself when he brings two or three other thugs to jump Charlie and Max and, upon learning that Charlie is now able to pay him back, beats the shit out of him anyway, not even caring about the money. When he learns from Max that Charlie's his father, he [[KickTheDog beats him harder]]. And then he and his boys steal all the money.
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** The film's very premise is ''VideoGame/OneMustFall [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=073gPSx_Jy4 2097]]'', and it's linked to "Steel," the ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode the film is based on. Or the RichardMatheson story ''that'' was based on. The film takes a few elements from the Matheson short story: robot boxers replacing humans, the main character is a former prizefighter, the climactic challenge is between the protagonist's fight and a current champion, and that the protagonist physically fights the robot himself. In the book this last part doesn't end well, while the film is a straight up underdog sports movie.
** The premise of humans being replaced in fighting sports was previously done on screen in 1989 with ''Arena'', with aliens replacing humans instead of robots. ''Film/RobotJox'' also definitely has a hand in the proceedings too.
* SpiritualLicensee: See the internet's pet name for the film: Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots: TheMovie. Alternatively...
* XMeetsY: ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' meets ''Manga/AstroBoy''.[[note]]Atom has a gift separating him from other robots, and with that in mind, the name Atom elevates this to a ShoutOut.[[/note]]
** Separates him from MOST other robots. His advantages are rare, but far from unique. People are surprised to seem them on such an old robot, but know of their existence in general.
** Alternatively, ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' meets ''{{Medabots}}''.[[note]] Both of the main robots are obsolete models, but are able to outmatch their opponents due to rare advantages.[[/note]]
** ''{{MovieBob}}'' describes it as having influences of Pokemon and Megaman.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The robots are realized through a mixture of animatronics and [[SerkisFolk motion capture]], both done perfectly, and the whole thing looks amazing.