* AdaptationDisplacement: The movie is ''loosely'' based on little known book by Sol Yurick. In fact, it's more faithful to Xenophon's ''Anabasis'' than Yurick's modernized (and deconstructed) version.
* AntiClimaxBoss: [[spoiler: Luther, both in the film and in the game.]]
** "Last Of An Ancient Breed" by Desmond Child is a powerful song complete with an appropriate TitleDrop.
** "In The City" by Joe Walsh, while it sounds relaxing, sums up Swan's attitude at the end of the movie perfectly.
** Arnold [=McCuller=]'s version of "Nowhere To Run" is timed nicely as a threat to the Warriors.
* BaseBreaker: With no pun intended, the Baseball Furies. Some viewers think they're [[RuleOfCool awesome]]; others [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment wonder what the filmmakers were thinking]].
* CriticalDissonance: When it came out, the movie was roasted by critics, who lambasted it as a mindless, plotless, absurdly unrealistic violent schlockfest. However, it attracted considerable popularity, largely for being [[SoBadItsGood a mindless, plotless, absurdly unrealistic violent shlockfest.]]
* CultClassic: The film was popular in its day, especially due to the controversy it created, but has found a second wind as a campy, violent cult classic.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The Baseball Furies are easily the most recognizable and popular gang from the movie.
* FashionVictimVillain: Even for the 70's, the Boppers' shiny purple vests and hats stick out like a sore thumb.
* HamAndCheese: The entirety of David Patrick Kelly's performance as Luther.
* HilariousInHindsight: The main fight is Warriors vs. Rogues. What, the [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Warlocks]] and [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Clerics]] couldn't show?
* HoYay: A street gang with a ratio of nine physically fit men to one rather homely woman? Almost all of whom bare their chests? [[ManlyGay And insist on fighting hand-to-hand]]? And are BashBrothers? And the movie's loosely based on an ancient Greek legend? It's almost inevitable - and, in particular, hard to resist the temptation to "slash" Ajax and Cowboy.
-->'''Cowboy:''' He saved my ass back there. We have to go back for him.
* IAmNotShazam: In the original Sol Yurick novel, the main gang was actually called the Dominators. The film avoided this trope by renaming them "the Warriors."
** Cyrus's rallying cry of "Can you dig it?" and Luther's taunt, "Warriors, come out to play!" pop up all over the place.
** The poster on the main page.
** "Shit the chicks are packed!!! THE CHICKS ARE PACKED!!!"
** "You see what you get when you mess with the Orphans!?"
** [[spoiler: Cleon's]] death. Getting mauled to death by a gang? Horrific. Being surrounded and attacked with synchronized elbows? Pretty hilarious.
** The action sequences in general seem more suited to a performance of ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' than anything.
* OneSceneWonder: Cyrus holding his speech to rally all the gangs.
** The opening introduced the Hi-Hats, a gang that dress like mimes, but we never got to see the Warriors beat up any mimes.
** Same goes for The Boppers, a gang that dress like stereotypical pimps
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Cyrus' plan of uniting the gangs and taking over the city sounds like it would have made a great movie, but it's a red herring that is quickly scrapped and forgotten.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Particularly ironic since - at least according to director Creator/WalterHill - the film was supposed to be set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.
* MoralEventHorizon: After Virgil has new Warrior initiate Ash murdered, Cleon decides to finally deal with the Destroyers, once and for all.
** Chatterbox (and his art gallery) are creepy as fuck.
** The entire Baseball Furies mission. Being chased by ruthless gang members with baseball bats and face paint would freak anyone out.
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: Among fans of the film, and even gamers in general, this is a much beloved adaptation of the film.
* UnwinnableByMistake: Taking too long on the final battle with Luther will result in your AI controlled team mates throwing all the available debris, meaning you can't use it yourself.
** The boss fight against Birdie as well, as he can knock out your allies by shooting at them. if he knocks them all out, there is nobody to chuck bricks at him to get him to move into your line of sight for attacking him, making it impossible to defeat him.