!!The TV series has examples of:
* CreatorsPet - Debbie, who goes on to dominate many of the second season episodes, and is eventually the one who kills the lead Morthren in the season finale.
* FridgeLogic - It's discovered in the first episode that the bacteria that put the aliens into hibernation is killed off by radiation. It looks the creators forgot that each one of the war machines had an UNSHIELDED nuclear reactor powering it.
* SeasonalRot: Most diehard fans tend to hold the opinion that the changes from the first to second season (which included the deaths of several major and supporting characters - including the villains of the first season, the world flipping over TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture and most of the first-season plot threads dropped in favor of standalone episodes) caused the show's death.

!!The 2005 movie:
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Robbie an idiotic LeeroyJenkins for obsessing over fighting the aliens instead of escaping, or is he a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass who simply refuses to run and will rather be DefiantToTheEnd?
* BaseBreaker: Rachel is either an adorable [[TheWoobie woobie]] you can't help but feel sorry for, or just an annoying brat who screams too much.
** Others feel that the character as written might have been annoying, but Dakota Fanning's performance was good enough to redeem her.
** Robbie is viewed as either impressively brave or just plain stupid.
* DesignatedHero: Robbie especially is seen as this. Ray starts out as this, but [[CharacterDevelopment he gets better]].
* EsotericHappyEnding: During the course of the film, the implication is that a very sizeable proportion of the human race has been exterminated and much of the planet has been laid to waste by the invaders. Yet with possibly millions/billions of people dead in the most gruesome ways and the earth in ruins, one gets the impression we're supposed to find the ending [[spoiler:in which the family we've been following all somehow survive and reunite with the mother]] [[AMillionIsAStatistic to be a happy one.]]
* FauxSymbolism: When Ray and Rachel arrive in Boston, one of the first things they see there is a statue of a [[LaResistance Minuteman]] covered in dying alien weeds.
* {{HSQ}}: Spielberg keeps this as high as possible. One scene, a clever nod to the original story, involves a crowd of people, including our protagonists, walking through town, when a railroad crossing signal sounds. Everybody clears the tracks as the gate comes down. Then the train passes. [[spoiler:It is ''on fire''.]] It leaves, the gates go up, and it is not commented on ''by anyone''. Creator/RogerEbert, who gave the film a mixed but mostly negative review, called this scene "unforgettable".
* MadeOfIron: Even without the shields up, it still takes '''no less''' then FIVE Javelin Missiles, and 2-3 Carl Gustav shots to bring down just ONE Tripod.
* TearJerker: When Rachel sings "Hushabye Mountain."
* TheScrappy: Robbie. His detractors point out he spends a lot of the movie being an [[{{Jerkass}} asshole]] whilst seemingly wanting to get himself killed charging off into harms way.[[spoiler: The fact his [[TooDumbToLive suicidal actions]] don't get him killed, and his survival is never explained, only annoyed his critics more.]]
** Fans are often irritated by Rachel too, largely for being TheLoad.
* WTHCastingAgency: When people think "blue-collar New Jersey single father", ''TomCruise'' is probably not the first name that comes to mind.