"All you have to do is follow three simple rules: One, never underestimate your opponent. Expect the unexpected. Two, take it outside. Never start anything inside the bar unless it's absolutely necessary. And three, be nice."''
Beware the Nice Ones: For someone who can (and does) rip someone's throat out with his bare hands, Dalton is actually a really nice guy. A good example is when he pays the owner of a restaurant to allow a homeless guy to sleep there for the rest of the night.
He also encourages politeness among the other bouncers working under him, telling them to "Be nice! It's nothing personal."
Chekhov's Gun: Ketchum's knife. Pulled from Wade's corpse by Dalton, it's used to pin down the accelerator on his car, and recovered by Ketchum. He uses it later in an attempt to kill Dalton, who manages to get the knife away from him and kill him with it.
Corrupt Hick: There's a no-gooder trying to take over the bar and businesses in a little backwater town with his hired redneck muscle.
Creative Closing Credits: The Jeff Healey Band play the bar's resident band, and perform "When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky" on screen behind the entire end credit roll.
Death by Looking Up: Wesley's sole surviving mook gets conked out by a stuffed polar bear which topples. Rather than step out of the way, he screams and fires his gun at it. (He doesn't actually die, though, and gets the last line of the film, trapped under the bear.)
Mike Nelson: Yes, feathered hair and a mullet! His hair came to play.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Brad Wesley loves his sister enough to promise her to look after her only son by forcing the owner of the Double Deuce to make him the bartender, even if his nephew is a stupid failure.
Everybody Laughs Ending: A polar bear falling on Tinker added enough levity to an intense scene to evoke some weary laughter.
Every Car Is a Pinto: Wesley's goon sets a speeding car on fire with a single shotgun blast. And by "fire", I mean a fireball that can be seen from space.
Evil Counterpart: Jimmy to Dalton. The only thing they have in common is the martial arts knowledge.
Fanservice: Want to see the bare butts of Patrick Swayze and Kelly Lynch? You've come to the right place. (Also, lots of barely-dressed ladies in the bar.)
Except for background extras, the pixie-like waitress/singer may be the only woman in the film who never gets at least topless.
Forgotten First Meeting: Wesley and Dalton first encounter each other on the road, while Wesley is weaving back and forth carelessly and almost runs Dalton off the road. Dalton probably thinks he's an asshole drunk driver and Wesley pays him no mind at all.
For the Evulz: Brad Wesley's actions all seem to be justified—if at all—by, "Because I can."
Originally his motive is keeping all the businessmen cowed and paying into his town-wide protection racket; he can't afford to let any of them start bucking him by doing things like firing his nephew. He loses it and makes it personal after watching the woman he was obsessed with having sex with Dalton on the barn roof across the lake one night.
Freudian Slip: Wade Garrett's mispronunciation of "Double Deuce".
Good Is Not Soft: Dalton, who teaches his fellow bouncers to "Be nice, until it's time to not be nice."
Idealized Sex: There is a sex scene involving Swayze's character, Dalton, and his love interest (played by Kelly Lynch) that reveals that either Swayze's package is located somewhere in the vicinity of his belly button, or else Mr. Swayze is a very, very fortunate man.
Ironic Echo: "This is OUR town, and don't YOU forget it".
Karmic Death: Wesley at the end gets killed by the same men he terrorized and extorted over the years.
Local Hangout: The Double Deuce is where the locals like to hang out.
Minion with an F in Evil: Tinker. The only thing the poor guy ever manages to do is show up, fail at whatever he came to accomplish, and get the crap knocked out of him repeatedly by Dalton. He's ultimately defeated by a stuffed polar bear, and given the consolation prize of being the only goon to survive the movie.
Taxidermy Terror: Tinker, the only survivor among the Big Bad's Mooks, is so freaked out by the various stuffed animals surrounding him that he can't testify to the Sheriff about what happened in the climax.
The Worf Effect: Despite showing himself as a badass bouncer, Dalton gets in big trouble trying to take on Wesley's mooks, simply so his friend/mentor Wade Garrett's own badass bouncer credentials can be established.