* AcceptableTargets: Male models, clothing executives, and the fashion industry as a whole.
* CultClassic: See VindicatedByHistory below.
* FashionVictimVillain: Mugatu looks like an unholy mixture of Satan, Cruella [=DeVille=], and a poodle. He also inexplicably dresses up as a young German boy during the brainwashing scene.
** Katinka is only slightly better; she wears a business suit made of plastic, a very angular nurse's outfit and a lot of other weird things.
* FountainOfMemes: Let's just say this movie, like ''MeanGirls'' and ''ThePrincessBride'', is "very quotable" and leave it at that.
** "Blue Steel" has probably gotten more pop-culture nods than any other joke in the movie.
** "I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!"
** "What is this, a center for ANTS!?!"
** "Well you can dere-LICT my balls!"
** "Cool story, Hansel!"
** "Orange Mocha Frappecino!"
** "You think I don't know what a eugoogoly is?"
** "Hansel is so hot right now!"
** "Mer-MAN!"
** " ...But why male models?"
** " Listen to your friend Billy Zane, he's a cool dude!"
** "The files are ''in'' the computer?!''
* FridgeBrilliance:
** Zoolander's breathless accent probably sounds strangely familiar. It is: Ben Stiller is impersonating Marilyn Monroe.
** Derek is from New Jersey and can't turn left. Anyone who has driven in New Jersey would find this alternately funny and infuriating - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jughandle they use Jughandles]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Mugatu's defense of child labor sounds patently absurd, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR83FSRTPB4 Newt Gingrich seriously used that as an argument]].
** Looks like someone is taking Mugatu's "Derelicte" idea [[http://www.newyorkfirst.com/gifts/lucky-beggar-walletcoin-purse-99/ seriously]]...
** Derek's 'Blue Steel' look is essentially the same as the notorious duckface, which slowly took over young girls' social network profiles a few years after the film.
* HollywoodHomely: Matilda. (Probably a deliberate joke; the DVD Menu has Derek refer to her as one of the "good-looking" ones)
* OneSceneWonder: DavidBowie is the judge during the walk-off, and the movie even takes a moment to [[BossSubtitles put his name on the screen]]. Befitting the trope, Bowie's one scene is awesome.
** [[TooDumbToLive Don't forget Brint, Meekus, and Rufus. Particularly Brint.]]
* RetroactiveRecognition: Is that [[TrueBlood Eric Northman?]]
** [[GenerationKill Sergeant Colbert?]]
* SerialNumbersFiledOff: Zoolander is basically TheManchurianCandidate and/or BretEastonEllis' ''Literature/{{Glamorama}}'' on laughing gas. Whether this is intentional or a coincidence is unconfirmed.
* VindicatedByHistory: The film disappointed in theaters, having the misfortune to come out a few weekends after 9/11. Over the years, however, it became a hit on home video.
* TheWoobie: Derek.