* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: Most people nowadays have heard of this movie because it's "that movie with the exploding head", and if they're watching it, it's so they can [[WatchItForTheMeme see the part with the exploding head]].
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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Revok's moment is [[YourHeadASplode obvious]]. Vale's is probably the final twist in the film.
** Blowing up an entire computer room with nothing but his mind probably counts as well. It's a pity the gas station and phone booth had to get caught in the crossfire.
* EvilIsCool: Revok, that MagnificentBastard
* FirstInstallmentWins: Did you know there's four more Scanners films? No? Not surprising, considering the {{sequelitis}}.
* HilariousInHindsight: "Nobody's ever 'switched off' a scanner before."
** Arguably also the name of Dr. Ruth, considering this was just before ''that'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Ruth_Westheimer Dr. Ruth]] started becoming more well-known. Cronenburg possibly knew about her, as the Dr. Ruth in Scanners was once [[spoiler:a biochemist researching drugs for pregnant women.]]
* MemeticMutation: The infamous YourHeadAsplode scene is used as a reaction image, especially on Website/{{Cracked}} and ToplessRobot.
* {{Narm}}: The sequels increasingly narm things up in general. Scanner duels also seem to gradually devolve into "whoever makes the weirdest face wins".
* {{Sequelitis}}: The sequels did not involve any of the original cast or crew, and rapidly decrease in quality.
* SignatureScene: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY-03vYYAjA Guess.]]
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Dick Smith's makeup effects are still very impressive over thirty years after the film's release.
** And, of course, the exploding head.
* WatchItForTheMeme: Many have sat down to watch the film purely for the head explosion scene.
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