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* AwesomeMusic: The theme is so funkalicious it can [[Series/FatherTed make suicidal priests recover from their depression]].
* AdaptationDisplacement: While the film has been overshadowed by its own theme song, the novels have faded into complete obscurity. (Which is actually rather a shame - they're pretty good.)
* EarWorm: The theme song.
* FairForItsDay: Sure, the TV movies [[{{Badbutt}} stripped out much of what made John Shaft cool]], but it still made Roundtree/Shaft the first black lead of a primetime procedural show.
* JustHereForGodzilla: The film is one of the best Blaxploitation flicks, and was a huge hit that saved its studio from bankruptcy and led to two sequels and a TV series. But that theme song all by itself is what people remember.
* MemeticBadass: Shaft.
* MemeticMutation: ''Daaaaamn right.''
** ''A bad mother-- [[BigShutUp shut your mouth!]]''
** We can dig it!
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