* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: Probably the first thing anyone hears about the film nowadays is TheReveal in the TwistEnding.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: There isn't much evidence that [[spoiler:Verbal Kint is Keyser Söze]] that doesn't come from the movie's UnreliableNarrator. Because of how much we ''don't'' know about what happened, it's quite possible that [[spoiler:he's just a conman trading on the name and reputation of a legendary crime lord to get what he wants.]]
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* EightDeadlyWords: In Creator/RogerEbert's famously negative review of the film, in description of the film's complex plot he wrote "To the degree that I do understand, I don't care." Ebert is one of the few critics who did not like this film at all, and put ''The Usual Suspects'' on his [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList most hated film list.]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Creator/BryanSinger mentioned in more than one article that Creator/BenicioDelToro took a throw-away character and, just by giving him an [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent unusual way of speaking]], stole every scene he was in!
* EsotericHappyEnding: Inverted. Initially, the film might come off as having a DownerEnding, with [[spoiler: Verbal getting off scott-free and escaping just before Kujan twigs on... but the authorities now know what Keyser looks like. Considering Verbal's entire goal was to kill a man [[HeKnowsTooMuch who could identify him]], and also taking into account Dave Kujan's [[InspectorJavert more obssessive tendencies]] which pretty much guarantees he will always chase after him even out of spite alone, it looks like he might not be in the clear just yet...]]
* EvilIsCool: Keyser Söze is clearly a monstrously evil man if even half of the things said about him are true, but his coolness in doing them is indisputable, particularly given the [[spoiler:famous twist ending has made him a by-word for the DiabolicalMastermind.]]
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* HarsherInHindsight:
** The Hungarian that Jack Baer is interrogating has [[TwoFaced half his face]] bandaged from severe burns. Baer is played by Creator/GiancarloEsposito, whose character Gus Fring in ''Series/BreakingBad'' [[Recap/BreakingBadS4E13FaceOff dies in an explosion that blows off half of his face.]]
** It's impossible to view the film the same way after Creator/BryanSinger and Creator/KevinSpacey were both hit with numerous accusations of molesting young boys. Especially uncomfortable because Kobayashi [[spoiler: pretends to]] threaten Verbal's nephew with castration if he doesn't follow along Soze's plan.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Several times Söze is referred to as the Devil. The main character (and one of the prime suspects as to who Söze is) later played [[{{Satan}} the Devil]] in ''Film/EndOfDays''. One of his minions in the latter is played by [[spoiler:"Hockney" (Kevin Pollak)]].
** If you are GenreSavvy, it is very easy to guess that [[spoiler: Verbal is Keyser Söze]]. This makes the rest of the movie [[InvertedTrope hilarious in foresight]].
* ItWasHisSled: Practically everyone, with or without seeing the movie, has heard of the twist.
* MagnificentBastard: "Keyser Söze" has become a byword for diabolical masterminds.
* MemeticBadass: Keyser Söze. But then again with a reputation like his, the title is downright inevitable.
* MemeticMutation: "And just like that, he's gone," referring to Creator/KevinSpacey's sudden fall from grace in 2017.
* NightmareFuel: Keyser Söze. He scares almost every criminal in the film.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** [[Film/IronMan Agent Coulson]] is a doctor in the San Pedro hospital.
** [[Series/{{Mom}} Alvin]] as Hockney.
** [[Series/BreakingBad Gus Fring]] is an FBI agent.
* SignatureScene: The line-up, to the point it's the movie poster and the VanityPlate for Creator/BryanSinger's company.