* BaseBreakingCharacter: LJ is either an offensive EthnicScrappy or someone who's ActuallyPrettyFunny. Thankfully, he drops the UncleTomFoolery in the next movie.
* ContestedSequel: ''Apocalypse'' is either a good follow-up to the first film (or at least about the same quality, that is, rather low) with increased action and improved visual effects, or an overall step down that gleefully stomps on the games's established canon.
* CriticalDissonance: The film is the lowest ranked installment of the franchise in Website/RottenTomatoes yet the ''highest'' ranked in Website/IMDb, while other reviewing sites take middle positions.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Jill Valentine, in no small part due to Creator/SiennaGuillory's dedicated performance.
** Nemesis to a degree.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: While the first film avoided stepping on the games thanks to having its own original characters and playing with them in manner that was realistic to the franchise's universe, ''Apocalypse'' based itself on ''[=RE3=]'''s storyline and imported characters from it, ensuring the rest of the film saga would mandatorily intrude in the games's canon and butcher it with its increasingly divisive Alice arc. Most notably, this film was the one who turned Alice into an unbeatable GodModeSue and kicked off the tradition of including fan favorite characters from the games to be outlcassed and overshadowed by her in every possible field.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Many watch the movie simply to see Nemesis blasting people away with a minigun and saying his CatchPhrase "S.T.A.R.S."
* MemeticMutation: The line "My name is Alice".
* {{Narm}}: The action sequences try just a bit ''too'' hard to be spectacular, to the point that the storyboarding feels like it was done by an overcaffeinated fourth-grader. WebVideo/RedLetterMedia's ''Half in the Bag'' analysis of the series includes several clips of Mike, Jay and Rich reacting to these scenes with raucous laughter.
* SignatureSong: Even though it is only heard in the marketing, Music/PapaRoach's "Not Listening" definitely counts.
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Sienna Guillory spent a lot of time studying Jill's movements in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' and putting a lot of effort into her role, and it showed in her performance's universal praise. Notably on the DVD commentary, she keeps things serious while Creator/MillaJovovich and Creator/OdedFehr are goofing off.
* VillainDecay: As pointed out in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2y1vteQKwI&t=21m2s this review of the movie:]]
-->'''Deusdaecon''': Because every fan when they played ''Resident Evil 3'', every single one of them, when they saw Nemesis killing people and being a scary enemy, all of them said in unison: You know what would make him better? '''A tragic fucking backstory'''. [[SarcasmMode Because he's not a scary, inhuman monster unless you care about him.]]
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