* ConsolationAward: Many thought Denzel won Best Actor to compensate many lauded but not awarded performances that preceded. Specially for a [[RussellCrowe fierce]] [[Film/ABeautifulMind competitor]] that year (and ironically both actors faced off against each other in ''Film/{{Virtuosity}}'').
* MagnificentBastard[=/=]ManipulativeBastard: Alonzo, naturally, particularly with respect to Roger.
* MemeticMutation: "KING KONG AIN'T GOT '''SHIT''' ON ''ME''!"
* MoralEventHorizon: Alonzo himself crosses this when he [[spoiler:kills Roger, just so that he can take the money that the latter has]]. And if that wasn't enough, he also [[spoiler:leaves Jake to be killed by Smiley and his gang.]]
* NarmCharm:
** A man screaming "Film/KingKong ain't got '''shit''' on '''me'''!" should make you laugh your ass off. It instead is one of the most dramatic moments of the film.
** When Denzel yells: "I'M SURGICAL WITH THIS BITCH [[spoiler: JAKE!!!!"]]
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Terry Crews plays an unnamed gangbanger.
** [[Series/BreakingBad Tuco]] got his shit pushed in, bro! '''big time!'''
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