- Alternate Character Interpretations: Carmen can be either seen as a strong, independent and willed woman or a mindless hedonistic bimbo led by her hormones, depending on viewer.
- Adaptation Displacement: Everyone knows the opera but few have read the novella by Prosper Mérimée the opera was based upon.
- Awesome Music: "Toreador Song" and "Habanera". They are two of the most overused, parodied opera songs in popular consciousness for a reason.
- Vindicated by History: It was critically and publicly reviled upon its premiere, because of the questionable moral choices made by the main characters. Bizet died thinking it was a failure. It is now one of the most famous and most beloved operas of all time.