!!For the movie itself:

* ActorAllusion
** Spartan's (i.e. Stallone's) expression on hearing the phrase "President Schwarzenegger".
** See also the CelebrityParadox entry.
** "Excuse me, Rambo, I need to borrow this."
** Edgar Friendly's rant in the film is almost identical to the rant in the middle of Leary's "Asshole".
* TheCastShowOff:
** This was one of the first movies to show off Snipes' martial arts skills. Much like Creator/BruceLee, he would have to slow down his moves so they would actually show up on camera.
** Creator/DenisLeary, in the 1990's was famous for his motormouth rants in his comedy routine. His character falls into these.
* CompletelyDifferentTitle:
** ''Desolation'' (Slovenia)
** ''Tough Guy'' (Croatia)
** ''Shredder'' (Estonia and Mexico)
* {{Defictionalization}}: The Taco Bell logo seen in this movie was later used as a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oubi9HU8t5o tie-in]] by the restaurant and eventually became the basis for their current logo. It turns out the heads of Taco Bell at the time were big fans of the movie and did so as a shout-out.
* DoingItForTheArt: Nigel Hawthorne, inexperienced in cinema, took the role of Cocteau to prove that he had screen presence for the producers of ''Film/TheMadnessOfKingGeorge''. Hawthorne wanted to reprise the stage role for the movie version. As it transpired this was unnecessary as Hawthorne was the producers' automatic choice for the lead.
* DuelingStarsMovie: Stallone vs. Snipes. Most of the posters had this phrase and nothing more.
* HeyItsThatGun: The "neutron accelerator" is an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckler_%26_Koch_G11 HK G11]] concept rifle from the 1980's.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Creator/DenisLeary is Edgar Friendly. He even keeps the rapid-fire bit from his "Asshole" song in his speeches.
** [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Otho]] has somehow gotten even gayer.
** [[YesMinister Sir Humphrey Appleby]] finally got rid of politicians and turned the West Coast into an utopia?
** [[TheShawshankRedemption Warden Norton]] still working for the police after all these years?
** Apparently someone shipped [[Series/LawAndOrder Detective Curtis]] across the country.
** Creator/JackBlack had a small part as one of the Scraps, appearing alongside Edgar Friendly.
** Creator/RobSchneider had an even smaller part, [[TheScrappy but don't worry]], he gets a bigger role beside Stallone again in ''Film/JudgeDredd''. ([[HilariousInHindsight Hang on, wasn't that kinda like]] ''Film/TheExpendables?'')
** Speaking of which, this was not the only time Simon Phoenix[[labelnote:*]]played by Wesley Snipes[[/labelnote]] featured in the same movie as [[SylvesterStallone John Spartan]]. It took them nearly two entire decades [[Film/TheExpendables for them to finally work together.]]
* ScienceMarchesOn: Among the things listed as "not good for you, hence illegal" are spicy foods. Since the movie came out, though, spicy foods have been shown to help burn calories and reduce blood pressure. Also, dark chocolate has been shown to have antioxidants which can reduce free radicals in the body, lowering risk of cancer.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The whole film's premise of a future society where everything bad you say and do is banned is a pretty clear product of the [[TheNineties Early '90s]] backlash to the concept of "Political Correctness".
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Lenina Huxley was originally revealed to be John Spartan's daughter. Another draft of the script was for Spartan to have a daughter be a resident of the underground city and one of Friendly's Scraps.
** Spartan was written with Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme in mind, while Simon Phoenix was written for Creator/StevenSeagal.
** When Stallone got on board, he tried to convince JackieChan to take the part of Phoenix, which would have made Huxley's SawItInAMovieOnce moment a whole lot funnier. He turned down the role, as he didn't want to confuse audiences by suddenly appearing as a villain.
** Edgar Friendly was originally known as "Thomas Payne" in the original script, which would have made a hell of a shout-out considering the character.
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!!For the pinball table:

* WagTheDirector: According to artist Doug Watson, his backglass artwork proposals were repeatedly rejected by Wesley Snipes, who wanted to ensure his career wasn't jeopardized by having him look like a crazed character. Linda Deal did the final backglass art.