* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Hans Zimmer's "A Grave Injustice", "Hummel Gets The Rockets", and "Shower Room Massacre".
* CompleteMonster: [[CoDragons Captains Frye and Darrow]] attempt to extort money by threatening San Francisco with DeadlyGas. While [[BigBad their superior]] AntiVillain [[WellIntentionedExtremist General Hummel]] wants to distribute the money to families of soldiers whose deaths went unrecognized and without compensation, they only [[{{Greed}} want it for themselves]]. When it becomes apparent Hummel is bluffing, they act swift to remove Hummel from command and eventually kill him while proceeding with the attack. Even when it becomes apparent they've lost, Frye and Darrow try to send a rocket at the city armed with poison gas to kill every civilian they possibly can and attempt to kill the 81 tourists they have locked in Alcatraz to ensure a lack of witnesses. Their whole motivation for this is as Darrow sums up himself: "I want my fucking money!"
* {{Fanon}}:
** There's a fairly popular theory that "John Mason" is simply the latest codename of a British agent whose real name is...[[spoiler: Bond. Film/JamesBond.]]
** Alternately, [[spoiler: "James Bond"]] is a codename, and Mason was just one of the more notable people to adopt the mantle.
* FreudWasRight: "Possible penetration point in the shower room."
* FridgeBrilliance: "The Rock" refers to the main characters.
** Hummel seems to have iron will but falters at the fateful moment.
** Mason is hard physically but has no honor or code. He is an opportunist at best.
** Goodspeed isn't physically strong but his will is the hardest compared to the other two.
* HilariousInHindsight: Mason hands over the microfilm with the truth behind WhoShotJFK and other secrets to Goodspeed. NicolasCage would later get his hands on ''the original copy'' in ''NationalTreasure: Book of Secrets''.
** Hummel is German for "bumble bee". [[TransformersFilmSeries Gee, that sounds familiar]]...
* JerkassWoobie: General Hummel. [[MonsterSobStory His backstory]] wasn't particularly happy.
* MagnumOpus: This is the one Michael Bay film that most people can agree is a good action flick.
* MoralEventHorizon: When Frye and Darrow [[spoiler: provoke a gunfight with the Navy [=SEALs=] in the shower room and wipe them all out in the process.]]
* MST3KMantra: It's best not to complain about VX being corrosive when it's not in real life; [[RuleOfDrama it's pretty much there for the sake of drama]].
* {{Narm}}:
** "'''I want! My! Fucking! Money!!!!!'''"
** '''"IT! WAS! CLASSIFIED!"'''
** The deadly poison is bright green and kept in glass balls the size of ping-pong balls. There's a reason for that related to their dispersal, but it's hard to take seriosuly something so gosh darn pretty.
* OneSceneWonder - Gen. Pederson.
-->"Seventy. Seventy thousand dead. A drop of VX hits the floor is lethal up to a hundred feet. One teaspoon of this shit detonated on the atmosphere will kill every living thing within an 8 block radius. Get the point?"
* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/JimCaviezel as "Rear F-18 Pilot". [[{{Scrubs}} Dr. Cox]] as Captain Hendrix
* SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery: It's widely considered Bay's best movie, and [[http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/michael_bay/ his only "Fresh"]] on RottenTomatoes. Considering it stars the guy who names the trope...
* SoCoolItsAwesome: As mentioned above, it's considered to be Michael Bay's best movie, and it even has SeanConnery in the movie, as well as getting a "Fresh" on RottenTomatoes. There's something of a 'hey, it's that famously idiosyncratic actor' value as well - Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery both starring.
* SpiritualLicensee:
** Play ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' and substitute "Hummel" every time someone talks to "Hudson." The character (voiced by Ed Harris), is so close to Vietnam-era Hummel that it might as well be a prequel. It even [[spoiler: includes a plot to attack the United States with horrible, face-melting green gas and a character named Mason learning the truth about the JFK Assassination.]] It's worth noting that ''Black Ops'' was released right after ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2]]'', which included several blatant homages to this movie. [[note]] The first part of the Gulag level, where Task Force 161 storms the Gulag by blowing open a wall in the shower room, is an almost exact recreation of the shower room shootout in Alcatraz; likewise, the climax of the Washington D.C. level, where Ramirez has to rush to the roof of the White House with flares to stop a squadron of fighter planes from bombing it, is a recreation of the climax of ''The Rock'' where Goodspeed does the same thing on the roof of Alcatraz.[[/note]]
** And of course, it can also be seen as an unofficial Film/JamesBond installment, since (as mentioned on the main page) Mason is pretty consciously written as an {{Expy}} of Bond, right down to [[Creator/SeanConnery his actor]]. If you believe [[{{Fanon}} the popular theory that "James Bond" is a codename passed down by MI6 agents]], it's easy to believe that Mason actually ''is'' Bond.
* TearJerker: [[TearJerker/TheRock Here]].
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