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* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Quite literally in this case. The scene where Erika Eleniak pops out of a giant cake while topless is one of the most-remembered scenes from the first film.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Krill's acts of hostility towards Ryback, beginning with spitting in the chef's soup.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Many of Casey Ryback's improvised actions count as these, including but not limited to blowing up a Chinook using paint thinner and blowing up the submarine with a little help from his friends. Also Ryback kissing Jordan when he's asked to "show us some moves" by his crew.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny:
** Krill in a dress and makeup, asking Strannix if he needs psychological help, to which Strannix shakes his head.
** And in the second film, Travis Dane using the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower for his threat video.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Ryback working with his mates, and their sadness over the deaths of some of their number. Also Ryback's DueToTheDead moment, taking a few moments to cover the captain's body in a show of respect to his murdered friend even with the situation around him still dire.
* GodModeSue: At ''no'' point does it ever look like Ryback is in trouble, and yet it's still remarkably subdued compared to Seagal's usual characters - Ryback is far less respected than the standard Seagal protagonist, for starters. The hostages are supporting cast are usually in a lot more danger, so the movies still manage to have some tension.
* {{Narm}}: Penn's SayMyName in the second film: "'''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wyOg0btC7w RAAAAH RYBACK!!!]]'''"
** Now used in {{Website/Botchamania}} to introduce some good ol' {{Ryback}} botching.
* RetroactiveRecognition: A young [[GreysAnatomy Katherine Heigl]] as Ryback's niece (and DistressedDamsel) in the sequel.
* TearJerker: Ryback draping the dead Captain's uniform over his body, after Ryback finds the captain killed in cold blood.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Just like BestKnownForTheFanservice above, the spectacular train crash is '''THE''' most-remembered scene from the second film.
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