* AccidentalInnuendo: Harry's reaction to the crash-landing on the asteroid surface: "I blew the tranny." (Though actually referring to a vehicular transmission.)
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Lev's [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} kookiness]] attributable to his [[GoMadFromTheIsolation having spent eighteen months alone on the space station]], or might he be on the autism spectrum?
* {{Anvilicious}}: '''''Lots''''' of comments are made about [[IWantMyJetpack how pathetic our space technology is]] and [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped 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 TruthInTelevision (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 [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale it's a big-ass sky]].\\
'''Dan Truman:''' Even if [[ColonyDrop the asteroid itself hits]] the water, it's still hitting land. [[StoryboardingTheApocalypse 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 [[GiantWallOfWateryDoom 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. [[DepopulationBomb Half the world's population will be incinerated by the heat blast]], and the rest will [[AfterTheEnd freeze to death from nuclear winter]].\\
'''Harry Stamper:''' And this is the best that you c - that the-TheGovernment, the '''''[[{{Eagleland}} U.S. government]]''''' can come up with? I mean, you-you're UsefulNotes/{{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 [[TimeForPlanB backup plan]], that [[MillionToOneChance these eight boy scouts right here]], that is the world's hope, that's what you're telling me?\\
'''General Kimsey:''' [[CrazyPrepared We spend 250 billion dollars a year on defense]]. And here we are. The fate of the planet is in the hands of [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits a bunch of retards I wouldn't trust with a potato gun!]]\\
'''Rockhound:''' Yeah, I remember this one. It's where the, uh, the [[RoadrunnerVsCoyote coyote sat his ass down in a slingshot]] then he strapped himself to an [[AcmeProducts Acme rocket]]. Is that - is that what we're doin' here?\\
'''Rockhound:''' You know we're sitting on [[MadeOfExplodium four million pounds of fuel]], one [[DeusExNukina nuclear weapon]] and a [[RubeGoldbergDevice thing that has 270,000 moving parts]] built by the lowest bidder?
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** Lots of people complained about the science goofs and the {{plot hole}}s. Film critics were absolutely merciless and wrote scathing reviews. But Music/TrevorRabin's score may have been worth the price of admission all by itself.
** "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Music/{{Aerosmith}} definitely counts.
* CrazyAwesome:
** The Russian cosmonaut. Also counts as an EnsembleDarkhorse.
** The movie's ''physics''. It's not quite accurate, but it makes for an exciting movie.
* CriticalDissonance: Despised by critics, it was more well-received by audiences and became the highest-grossing film of 1998.
* CriticalResearchFailure: There are so many scientific errors in this film that even the LowestCommonDenominator 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''.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Lev and Rockhound both have some extremely fun and memorable dialogue.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: A NASA doctor comments on Bear's shockingly bad cholesterol levels. Not as funny after Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan died of a heart attack in 2012.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** The movie has several scenes that are uncomfortable to watch after 9/11 and the War on Terror:
*** 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! UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein'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.
** The destruction of the Space Shuttles ''Atlantis'' and ''Independence'' after the ''Columbia'' disaster, to the point that still shots of the ''Atlantis'' explosion from the film are often used as fake pictures [[MemeticMutation online]], claiming to be pictures of ''Columbia''. In fact, this movie was going to be ''shown on TV'' the night the disaster occurred.
** 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 TheTunguskaEvent of 1908. Furthermore, videos of the airburst looked very similar to scenes of meteors falling in this movie.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Harry being so disapproving of A.J. becomes this when you know that, in the Latin American Spanish dub of the film, Harry and A.J.'s voice actors are famous for [[Franchise/DragonBall another work]] in which [[Characters/DragonBallVegeta A.J.'s voice actor's character]] is the one who famously has none of [[Characters/DragonBallSonGoku Harry's voice actor's character's]] antics.
** 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.
** All the critical wailing and gnashing of teeth about how this film was going to lead to Hollywood's destruction, and since Michael Bay was first a music video director, some claimed it would turn Hollywood into MTV. In less than two decades, MTV suffered massive NetworkDecay, while Hollywood still makes movies.
* NarmCharm: The animal crackers scene. As silly as the dialogue is, it's actually kind of sweet.
* NightmareFuel:
** 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 fate of the ''Atlantis'' and its crew, particularly that of the astronaut working alone on repairing a nearby satellite and is clearly uneasy doing it. He sadly never makes it back to his ship and we last see him screaming as his visor is shattered and he's left tumbling into the void of space.
** 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, [[FateWorseThanDeath 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.
** Truman's [[StoryboardingTheApocalypse description of what will happen if the asteroid hits]]. If it lands in the Pacific, as it's projected to, it will cause a three-mile high tsunami that will wipe out Australia, Japan, and anything in the US that's west of Denver. Half the world's population will be incinerated in the heat blast, and the other half will die in the colossal nuclear winter.
* RootingForTheEmpire: Some people were hoping the asteroid would win.
* SignatureScene:
** Harry's final goodbyes to Gracie and the subsequent destruction of the asteroid probably count as such.
** The sight of the Chrysler Building's severed spire smashing into the streets below, taking every poor soul trapped inside with it.
** And of course, the city of Paris being wiped out in a single strike.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome:
** Physical implausibilities aside, ''THAT'' is one impressive asteroid.
** The space scenes in particular as well as the meteors themselves are also worthy of note.