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'''All versions:'''
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: All versions of this story have the friendship between the main characters being portrayed as organic, yet more than a passing viewer couldn't help but wonder if Sophie is in fact suffering from StockholmSyndrome. Given that she is snatched away in the middle of the night by a large shadowy creature that she is (understandably) terrified of and is under the impression he is going to devour her... suffice to say their reasoning isn't entirely preposterous.
* HilariousInHindsight: [[Manga/AttackOnTitan There's a race of huge humanoid giants that only care about eating people. Nobody knows where they came from or how they work, and they can go anywhere they want without anyone being able to stop them. But it's going to be OK, because one of them's on our side...]]
* ParanoiaFuel: There exist Giants that can run anywhere in the world in a single night without being detected, in spite of their size. They reach through your window, snatch you from your bed as you sleep and ''eat you''.
* TheWoobie: Sophie and the BFG. One is an abused orphan, the other is a midget amongst his kind and is constantly bullied, both physically and verbally because of it.

'''The 1987 animated feature:'''
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: While occasionally unnoticed by viewers and having virtually no available soundtrack, the movie has what is arguably one of the most beautiful scores to be heard in a film. Notable examples are when the BFG makes the nightmare for the queen and when the BFG leads the RAF to Giant Country. Pretty funny, considering that one of the composers was one of the members of Herman's Hermits.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: As the soldiers fly into Giant Country, they pass a random family of dinosaurs. There are no dinosaurs in the original book and their appearance is never addressed.
* EarWorm: The song "Whizzpopping" ''will'' get stuck in your head for hours on end. So will "Sometimes Secretly".
* HeartwarmingMoments: The ending, where [[spoiler: Sophie decides to stay with the BFG, even though, as he himself states, he has no palace or other comforts to offer her.]]
* UncannyValley: Due to being rotoscoped, the queen, the Paras and the Royal Guards look very unnatural in the cartoonish setting of the story.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Despite it getting a "suitable for general audiences" rating, younger children will no doubt find scenes of the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin monstrous children-eating giants]], from the movie adaption, ''terrifying''.

'''The 2016 live-action film:'''
* AdaptationDisplacement: This film takes a few cues from the 1987 AnimatedAdaptation - such as Sophie having short brown hair (it's long and blonde in the book), a scene where Sophie witnesses the death of a child, the BFG giving Sophie a new dress to wear and the ending [[spoiler: where BFG goes back to live in Giant Country instead of England]].
* MemeticMutation: When the Spielberg film's trailer came out, people unfamiliar with the source material started to make tongue in cheek speculations about the meaning of the acronym title. The Big F*cking Guy and Big F*cking Giant being the most popular ones. And of course, ''Videogame/{{Doom}}'' fans complaining that it's impossible not to hear that title [[http://i.imgur.com/jIKzPMr.png and think of]] [[{{BFG}} The Big Fucking Gun]].
* OneSceneWonder: Penelope Wilton as the Queen - who doesn't appear until well over an hour in and has maybe fifteen minutes of screentime.
* SlowPacedBeginning: For some, the film starts off rather slowly but kicks into gear around the time Sophie and the BFG enter Dream Country.
* ToughActToFollow: This was following the 1987 animated film, which is considered a children's classic and the only Roald Dahl adaptation to get a standing ovation from the author.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The entire film, particularly the Giants, who at times it's genuinely hard to tell they're CGI at all. In particular is when Sophie and the BFG share the screen together.