* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: There isn't much evidence that [[spoiler:Verbal Kint is Keyser Söze]] that doesn't come from the movie's UnreliableNarrator. 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.]]
* AwardSnub: A variant. The film was nominated for, and won, two Usefulnotes/{{Academy Award}}s. No problem there. The problem is that Creator/KevinSpacey was nominated in the Best ''Supporting'' Actor category, despite having more than ''half'' the lines in the film [[spoiler:and very likely portraying the character around whom the entire film revolves]]. One would expect such a performance to be given the main Best Actor category instead. (This may have been done for tactical reasons, as Spacey was not a particularly well known actor at the time, mostly known from ''Film/{{Seven}}'' and with this being his StarMakingRole, and the film's promoters may not have wanted him to go against better known stars such as Creator/NicolasCage, who won the Best Actor award that year; however, it still stands out as strange, given the facts noted above).
** FridgeBrilliance: In putting him up for Best Supporting Actor, both the studio and the academy maanged to conceal the fact that [[spoiler:Verbal is Keyser Soze.]]
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* EightDeadlyWords: In Roger Ebert'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."
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The director mentioned in more than one article that Benicio del Toro took a throw-away character and, just by giving him an [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent unusual way of speaking]], stole every scene he was in!
* 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'' dies in an explosion that blows off half of his face.
* 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 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.
* 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.

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