- Awesome Music: The soundtracks for 2 and 3. It is to be expected when you have Jimmy Page being the composer.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The movies are very popular in Mexico, to the grade the Spanish title of the movie, El Vengador Anonimo (The Anonymous Avenger) is synonymous of a cop who fights crime outside the law.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The killers in the first film targeting Kersey' s wife and daughter after spotting them in the grocery store and following them home. 33 years later, this is exactly how the horrific rape and murder of Dr. William Petit' s wife and daughters began.
- Iron Woobie: The only woman who survived being related to Paul Kersey is the one who abandoned him. Being a friend of Paul is no guarantee of survival, either. But Paul Kersey only grieves for a short while... and then gets even. With interests.
- Moral Event Horizon: The three unnamed thugs from the first movie rape Kersey's wide and daughter, killing the former.
- The Woobie: Kersey's poor daughter just could not catch a break...