* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Ladies and gentlemen, Red will now take a break from bounty hunting to massacre an army of midget circus clowns with a Gatling gun...mix it up a little.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The soundtrack is exceptionally good. Especially the main theme, the music from the 'Hell Pass' and 'Ugly Streetfight' levels, and the brassy theme from the end of 'Range War'.
** The soundtrack is good. Some of Music/EnnioMorricone's work is on it.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: "YOU'RE GONNA BLOW UP '''REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAL''' GOOD, COWBOY!"
** "I hear stories of men waking up dead."
* FashionVictimVillain: Mr. Kelley, "the sharpest shooter - and dresser - in the territory!"
* GameBreaker: Jack Swift's deadeye special combined with pistols akimbo becomes this in multiplayer mode.
* GoodBadBugs: Most of them in multiplayer, thanks to the single-player mechanics not accounting for all the possible eventualities.
** Lots of enemies have a special melee attack where they [[HoistHeroOverHead lift you above their head, hold you for a second and then throw you]]. If they get killed at any point during this, you stay floating in mid-air and are then thrown as if nothing had happened.
** Anyone who gets killed by a shotgun will get [[BlownAcrossTheRoom blasted back several metres]]. In multiplayer, you can randomly get hold of a [[IncendiaryExponent burning shotgun]] - and if someone hit by it later burns to death, they'll get blasted away in a random direction too!
* OneSceneWonder:
** Besides Red, all of the different playable characters are only usable for one level.
** Some of the quirkier multiplayer characters, such as Cooper and Manny Quinn, don't even appear in single player.
* SequelDisplacement: This game is much less known than its sequel. Calling the third game ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'' became a FandomBerserkButton, [[HilariousInHindsight until its title was revealed to be just that]].
* ThatOneBoss:
** Mr. Kelly, since he uses the crowd to prevent you from shooting him.
** Pig Josh is something of a WakeupCallBoss. You can only hurt him if you catch him by surprise. If he sees you, he [[LeeroyJenkins charges right at you]], [[{{Acrofatic}} deceptively quickly]] and ''[[StuffBlowingUp blows you up]]'' at close range. Even taking high ground won't save you from the blast. Forget about using the [[GatlingGood Gatling gun]], as mobility is the key here.
* ThatOneLevel: The flashback mission where you play as General Diego has caused many a player to throw the controller across the room in frustration. You're bombarded with waves of enemy, artillery and the end of the mission as an EscortMission where you need to keep a pair of sappers alive long enough to destroy the bridge.