* ConsolationAward: Many thought Creator/DenzelWashington 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}}'').
* EsotericHappyEnding: Jake survives the day's events on his first day as a narcotics officer, with Alonzo [[spoiler:now dead]]. However, he has to give a report on how his supervisor was killed, and provide evidence of his criminal actions...to the Three Wise Men, the very same corrupt high-ranking police officials gave Alonzo carte blance to do as he pleased.
* HilariousInHindsight: In this movie directed by Antoine Fuqua, Creator/DenzelWashington's character is in debt with the Russian mafia. Come 2014, Fuqua directs ''[[Film/TheEqualizer The Equalizer]]'', with Washington playing the main character who fights the Russian mafia!
* MagnificentBastard: Alonzo, naturally, particularly with respect to Roger.
* MemeticMutation:
** "My niggah..." Ascended when Creator/DenzelWashington dropped it during a Comic-Con panel for ''TheBookOfEli''.
** "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. Instead, it is one of the most dramatic moments of the film.
** When Alonzo 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!'''

!!TV Show:

* EvilIsSexy: Artemis, the female sicario working for Los Muertos.
* TheWoobie: Both Frank and Kyle, due to Bill's death.