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YMMV: Black Swan
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Much of the movie runs on this.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Okay, there is a lot of bizarre happenings in this film, but the one scene that qualifies for this trope is Beth stabbing herself in the face at the hospital, simply because the character disappears from the film after that point and the events never brought up again. Most of Nina's experiences can be sorted relatively easily into "reality" and "delusion", but what really happened at the hospital remains unclear. It's also a case of What Happened to the Mouse? in regards to Beth.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Nina smashes (breaks?) her mom's fingers in a door partly by accident...and then again on purpose the next day!
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: Nina's dance at the end of the film. Damn.
  • Double Standard: Both this film and Blue Valentine had sex scenes of similar length and graphicness, but only Valentine was threatened with an NC-17 rating.
  • Everybody Remembers The Part Where Mila Kunis Eats Out Natalie Portman: As Natalie Portman put it: "Everyone was so worried about who was going to want to see this movie. I remember them being like, ‘How do you get guys to a ballet movie? How do you get girls to a thriller?’ And the answer is a lesbian scene. Everyone wants to see that."
  • Fetish Retardant: Remember that lesbian scene in the trailer? Some people may find it horrifying.
  • Freud Was Right: Nina could use a few hours on the couch with the good doctor. No, not doing that!.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    Thomas Leroy: We're going to do Swan Lake. Done to death, I know, but not like this. We strip it down, make it visceral and real.
  • Fridge Logic: Presuming that Nina actually stabbed herself, how did she manage to dance with a piece of glass stuck inside her?
  • Hate Dumb: Many people are angry that Natalie Portman won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for the film because she didn't do all of her own dancing. Because, you know, the Best Actress Oscar has nothing to do with acting or anything.
    • For many, the issue wasn't that Portman won the award, but that publicists tried to cover up the fact that part (it's debated how much exactly) of the dancing in the film was done by a dance double. Sarah Lane (the double in question) states in this interview that Portman deserved the Oscar for her acting performance, but feels that it's degrading to the ballet industry to insinuate someone can master dancing skills like hers in just a year and a half. After Lane did a small interview for Glamour magazine, one of the film's producers rang her up to tell her to keep quiet about her role in the film until after the Oscars.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Thomas watching Nina's dance rehearsal and noting her lack of seductiveness, asks her dance partner "Would you fuck that girl?" He just laughs, indicating no. The dance partner is played by Natalie Portman's choreographer Benjamin Millepied, with whom she began a Romance on the Set. They are now married and have a child together.
    • Portman addressed this in her Golden Globe acceptance speech: "He's the best actor! It's not true! He totally wants to sleep with me!"
  • Jerkass Woobie: Beth.
  • Les Yay: What most people are talking about in regards to the movie, sadly. Played straight or subverted, depending on if you think that Lily really is coming on to Nina or if Nina is just projecting her repressed urges onto the more adventurous woman.
  • Magnificent Bastard: One interpretation of Thomas.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I'M THE SWAN QUEEN!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: And loads of it!
  • Paranoia Fuel: Fucking mirrors are everywhere. And your new coworker? Don't trust her. Well, actually you can, but your delusional mind may convince you otherwise.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Watching the movie a second time after learning that Nina is having a nervous breakdown the entire film, there's clear but subtle signals of what's reality and what's all in her head.
  • Tear Jerker: "I was perfect."
  • Uncanny Valley: The final Black Swan makeup, and Erica's creepy paintings.
  • The Woobie: Poor Nina. Sexually repressed, emotionally stunted, self-abusing, smothered by her mother, suffering from an apparent eating disorder, and, oh yeah, she's also completely batshit insane!

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