- Accidental Innuendo: Harry's reaction to the crash-landing on the asteroid surface: "I blew the tranny." (Though actually referring to a vehicular transmission.)
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Lev's kookiness attributable to his having spent eighteen months alone on the space station, or might he be on the autism spectrum?
- Anvilicious: Lots of comments are made about how pathetic our space technology is, and how utterly screwed we'd be if it happened for real. Somewhat justified in that our poor ability to detect and almost total inability deal with a potential asteroid collision is sadly very much Truth in Television (albeit, nowhere near as bad to detect as this movie depicts).
President: Dan, we didn't see this thing coming?
Dan Truman: Our object collision budget's a million dollars. That allows us to track about 3% of the sky, and beg'n your pardon sir, but it's a big-ass sky.
Dan Truman: Even if the asteroid itself hits the water, it's still hitting land. It'll flash boil millions of gallons of sea water and slam into the ocean bedrock. Now if it's a Pacific Ocean impact, which we think it will be, it'll create a tidal wave 3 miles high, travel at a thousand miles an hour, covering California, and washing up in Denver. Japan's gone, Australia's wiped out. Half the world's population will be incinerated by the heat blast, and the rest will freeze to death from nuclear winter.
Harry Stamper: And this is the best that you c - that the-The Government, the U.S. government can come up with? I mean, you-you're NASA for cryin' out loud, you put a man on the moon, you're geniuses! You-you're the guys that think this shit up! I'm sure you got a team of men sitting around somewhere right now just thinking shit up and somebody backing them up! You're telling me you don't have a backup plan, that these eight boy scouts right here, that is the world's hope, that's what you're telling me?
General Kimsey: We spend 250 billion dollars a year on defense. And here we are. The fate of the planet is in the hands of a bunch of retards I wouldn't trust with a potato gun!
Rockhound: Yeah, I remember this one. It's where the, uh, the coyote sat his ass down in a slingshot then he strapped himself to an Acme rocket. Is that - is that what we're doin' here?
Rockhound: You know we're sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder?
- Crazy Awesome:
- The Russian cosmonaut. Also counts as an Ensemble Darkhorse.
- The movie's physics. It's not quite accurate, but it makes for an exciting movie.
- Critical Dissonance: Despised by critics, it was more well-received by audiences and became the highest-grossing film of 1998.
- Critical Research Failure: There are so many scientific errors in this film that even the Lowest Common Denominator is bound to notice them. Allegedly, NASA even uses the film as part of its training program to see how many errors new recruits are able to spot. So far, they've found 168; 1.12 inaccuracies per minute.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Lots of people complained about the science goofs and the plot holes. Film critics were absolutely merciless and wrote scathing reviews. But the Trevor Rabin soundtrack may have been worth the price of admission all by itself.
- "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith definitely counts.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: A NASA doctor comments on Bear's shockingly bad cholesterol levels. Not as funny after Michael Clark Duncan died of a heart attack in 2012.
- Harsher in Hindsight:
- In the first ten minutes of the film, New York is decimated by a meteorite shower. It's kind of worth mentioning that in the middle of this scene there's a cabbie that screams something with each impact: "Look at that! Whoa! We're at war! Saddam Hussein's bombing us?" Oh, the innocent irony of 1990s catastrophe films. Made even more ironic by the fact that, despite Saddam Hussein's lack of involvement in 9/11, America still ended up going back to war with him less than a decade later.
- Speaking of 9/11, you see some of the meteor impacts leaving huge gaping holes in the original World Trade Center towers. After 9/11, those can be kinda hard to look at.
- So can the shot of screaming people plummeting directly at the camera when the Chrysler Building's top is knocked off. On 9/11, long-distance footage of WTC jumpers had aired repeatedly, until the networks heard that it was terrifying people and mercifully withdrew it.
- Not to mention the destruction of the Space Shuttles Atlantis and Independence after the Columbia disaster.
- In fact, this movie was going to be shown on TV the night the disaster occurred.
- Still shots of the Atlantis explosion from the film are often used as fake pictures online, claiming to be pictures of Columbia.
- In the beginning of the movie, Truman mentions that NASA does not have the power to detect all incoming objects. On February 15, 2013 a previously undetected asteroid 20 meters in diameter and weighing over 10,000 tonnes exploded above Russia in the largest airburst since The Tunguska Event of 1908. Furthermore, videos of the airburst looked very similar to scenes of meteors falling in Armageddon.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Max yelling "The Cubs win the World Series!" into a microphone during his psych becomes this when the Chicago Cubs win the world series 18 years after this movie premiered.
- Narm Charm: The animal crackers scene. As silly as the dialogue is, it's actually kind of sweet.
- Nightmare Fuel: Those are people falling out of the Chrysler Building during the meteor shower in New York City. For additional squick, watch the movie frame per frame. That thing that just fell on a cab's trunk, severely deforming it? Not a piece of building.
- The pilots of the Independence getting sucked into the vacuum of space, with their bodies slamming into the Freedom before tumbling into open space. Worse still, they were not sealed inside their suits but seeing how they would've had no hope of recovery, perhaps it was merciful that they didn't.
- Every city destruction scene, but Paris in particular stands out, as it is wiped out by a single meteor that strikes with a force greater than that of a nuclear bomb. Suffice to say, it is a miracle that anybody survived the destruction.
- Rooting for the Empire: Some people were hoping the asteroid would win.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: Physical implausibilities aside, THAT is one impressive asteroid.
- The space scenes in particular as well as the meteors themselves are also worthy of note.