* {{Anvilicious}}: War Is Bad, kids. [[ThePowerOfLove "Make love, not war." Making love is much more fun]].
* BaseBreaker
** Ruby Rhod. So much so that Empire Magazine voted Him ''The most annoying character in Film History''. So a base-breaking [[TheScrappy Scrappy.]]
** The Diva, whose performance is either SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic or a BigLippedAlligatorMoment, depending on who you ask.
* BrokenAesop: When Korben is left alone with unconscious Leeloo at Cornelius’ apartment, [[DudeShesLikeInAComa he kisses her cheek]]. She wakes up while he does, aims a gun at his face, and angrily tells him ‘[...] never without my permission!’ Later, during the film climax, [[spoiler:Korben manages to activate her powers by kissing her, despite the fact she said she has never experienced love, and without her giving him permission]].
* ClicheStorm: Justified given Luc Besson was a teenager when he wrote the script. And given the film runs on RuleOfFun, no problem with it.
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments - The little loving smile that appears on Corben's face when he realizes his mom is on the phone, even though she is already in the middle of a thorough rant complaining about her son. It's just nice to see a son loving his mother, and enjoying talking...er...listening....to her, despite the fact that she keeps criticizing him.
* HilariousInHindsight: The multipass, a machine-readable all-purpose identification document? [[http://gizmodo.com/london-will-start-testing-fifth-element-style-multipass-1465894545 It might be coming sooner than you think it is.]]
%%* LoveToHate: Zorg.
* MemeticMutation
** Leeloo Dallas Moool-tii-paass!
** '''"GIMME DE CASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHH!"'''
** Aziz, '''LIGHT!!'''
** BZZZZZZZZZZZZ!.
** "Green?" "Supergreen."
** "Anyone else want to negotiate?"
* {{Narm}}: Leeloo being pushed over the edge into thinking HumansAreBastards by a shot of a nuclear explosion. It loses a lot of power when you realize: A. She has absolutely no context for what the image means, and B. Seeing as it was filmed in the first place, it's probably just a test.
** She does have context. She's being shown images that all follow the theme of humans hurting, killing, and destroying each other and everything, ending in a massive cloud of fire. Even if it's a test, she knows that it's a weapon, and it's meant to kill thousands.
* OneSceneWonder: The alien opera diva.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: A spectacular example. ''The Fifth Element'' PS1 game by the creators of ''VideoGame/NightmareCreatures'' landed on several worst-of lists that year. It got the first ''half-disc out of five'' rating in the ''Official US PlayStation Magazine''. Also counts as a PortingDisaster since the PC version got much better reviews.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Korben's response to Leelo's HeroicBSOD about why life is worth saving in spite of things like war.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The "unbreakable" glass container Leeloo breaks out of clearly has a nice circle of breakaway glass, visible for at least a second before she actually punches it.
** The black stuff running down Zorg's head is creepy and all, but it ''really'' looks like chocolate syrup (or barbecue sauce), especially when smeared.
** The wall Leeloo jumps through after the bit with the glass above is clearly tin foil painted bronze.
** Diva is clearly someone just wearing a bodysuit. The swirly back-of-headpiece moves a lot whenever she moves, making it look more like a foam hat than a body part.
* WhatAnIdiot: No one thinks to tell the police that they are chasing an incredibly valuable lab subject that needs to be preserved. As a consequence she is nearly killed when a trigger-happy cop duo decides to shoot Corben's car down on the mere suspicion of being a car thief.
* WTHCastingAgency: Tiny Lister, President of the World? And he doesn't get [[Film/{{Friday}} a scene with Chris Tucker?]]
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