- Adaptation Displacement: No really, a novella, not just a movie.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: "Moon River", which was apparently written specifically to fit Audrey Hepburn's singing range.
- Ethnic Scrappy: Mickey Rooney's character. With yellowface makeup, silly accent, thick glasses and buck teeth (along with being a general Butt Monkey Up to Eleven), Mr. Yunioshi is one of the most notoriously racist caricatures in American film. In Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story it is used as an example of how Asians were depicted in Hollywood and how Lee was about to provide something better. In retrospect, both producer Richard Shepherd and director Blake Edwards expressed their regret for casting Rooney. Rooney himself stated he was heart-broken over this and has never received a complaint about his portrayal.
- I Am Not Shazam: The protagonist's name is "Holly", not "Tiffany". "Tiffany's" is a jewelry store and the breakfast in question consists of consuming a pastry and coffee while browsing the shop window display.
- Memetic Mutation: The "little black dress", which has become a fashion term in its own right.
- Narm Charm: Holly's nightmare about Fred borders on this if it doesn't fall straight into the Narm category.
Where are you, Fred? It's so cold... The snow, and...
- Retroactive Recognition: Paul Varjak is played by George Peppard, later known as Hannibal Smith.
- Values Dissonance: Mickey Rooney in Yellowface rubs many modern viewers the wrong way.
- Values Resonance: This particular line of Holly's from the original novella might be more true today:
I'd settle for [Greta] Garbo anyday. Why not? A person ought to be able to marry men or women or— listen, if you came to me and said you wanted to hitch up with a Man o' War, I'd respect your feeling. No, I'm serious. Love should be allowed. I'm all for it. Now that I know what it is.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: Ms. Hepburn has stated that she was terribly miscast (Truman Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe for the role). And yet she made it work. Mickey Rooney as a Japanese man, on the other hand...