YMMV: Big Trouble in Little China

  • Awesome Ego: For all his incompetence and short comings, Jack Burton's confidence and sarcasm are truly awesome to behold.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The... THING in the sewer. The only one who questions what the hell just happened is Jack, because Rule of Funny.
    • The hairy beast-thing that captures Gracie and later hitches a ride with Jack. No explanation for it is ever given.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Biiiiig trouble...In little China!
    • Some of the other music ain't that bad either, with the main title, alley fight and Wing Kong Exchange themes being notable highlights.
  • Cult Classic
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Three Storms, Lightning in particular for being the inspiration for Raiden.
  • Fountain of Memes: It's a movie from the 80's, so it's expected. Jack Burton in particular is extremely quotable.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Or, possible, Awesome In Hindsight, with Lightning, a predecessor to Raiden of Mortal Kombat, complete with Nice Hat. Kitana's famous Kiss of Death fatality also references Thunder's death very closely.
    • Similarly, Rain of the same series not only uses water, but ended up gaining a ponytail and sword-fighting skills to better resemble Rain of the Three Storms. He even gained a fatality in MK 9 referencing Thunder's death!
  • Magnificent Bastard: David Lo Pan indeed!
  • Memetic Badass: Jack Burton.
  • Memetic Mutation: To say the movie is quotable is an understatement.
    • "Indeed!"
    • "Like 'ol Jack Burton says..."
    • The main page quote detailing "light coming out of his mouth."
    • Thunder's death where he inflates. is often considered one of the goofier movie deaths.
    • "It's all in the reflexes."
  • Narm Charm: Much of the movie, some of it deliberately, but probably the most straight-up example is the "Magical Video Game Battle" between Lo Pan and Egg Shen. It is both awesome (as intended) and hilariously ridiculous.
    • Despite how incredibly fake and stupid it is, Thunder blowing up like a balloon somehow works because of how funny it is.
  • Society Marches On: Imagine the thug pulling out the revolver in an airport nowadays. There'd be a whole army of TSA agents on him in an instant.
  • Special Effects Failure: Given the movie is a parody of magical martial arts movies, some of it is bound to be intentional.
    • Thunder's mentioned explosion.
    • The monsters aren't very realistic looking and are obvious effects/men in suits.
  • Vindicated by History: Despite a positive test-screening, the movie bombed at the box office (No doubt due to 20th Century Fox's other film Aliens being released the next week.) and critical opinions were negative enough to make Carpenter leave studio film work. Nowadays it's considered one of his best films by fans and critics alike.