* ''YMMV/MagnumForce''
* ''YMMV/TheEnforcer''
* ''YMMV/SuddenImpact''
* ''YMMV/TheDeadPool''

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Many viewers agree with Harry's tough, aggressive methods, whereas others seem to find fascist undertones in the film.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments: When Harry finally kills Scorpio, ending his rampage. Audiences leapt to their feet and ''cheered''.
* CompleteMonster: [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon Charles Davis]], better known as [[SerialKiller The Scorpio Killer]], is a [[AxCrazy psychotic madman]] who kills for money, but mainly [[ForTheEvulz for his own amusement]]. After sniping a swimming woman, he demands $100,000 in payment or he will continue his killing spree. After he is foiled in another killing attempt, he [[WouldHurtAChild murders a young boy]] and then makes an attempt to kill a priest, [[CopKiller killing a police officer in the process]]. He then kidnaps a 14-year-old girl and buries her alive, demanding a ransom in exchange for her life. When [[TheHero Harry Callahan]] arrives with the money, Scorpio strikes him down and reveals [[ILied that he was going to let the girl die anyways]]. The police find the girl, but are unable to save her life. Scorpio's final gambit is to hold a school bus full of children hostage, planning to kill them all. Upon being foiled by Callahan, Scorpio threatens to shoot a young boy fishing. He finally attempts to shoot Callahan before being shot dead. [[DirtyCoward Cowardly]] and {{sadist}}ic, Scorpio provides a contrast with [[CowboyCop loose cannon cop]] Harry Callahan, who, despite his methods, ultimately aimed to give criminals apt punishments when the bureaucratic justice system wouldn't.
* FirstInstallmentWins: The first film is easily the one that has retained the greatest stature in pop culture, to the point that some people forget that "Go ahead, make my day" [[BeamMeUpScotty didn't originate from it]].
* MoralEventHorizon: Scorpio crosses the line when he gleefully shoots children.
* {{Narm}}: The Dirty Harry franchise has had its unintentionally funny moments:
** The torture scene described as "downright horrific" on the main page can just as easily be seen as a tad silly due to Scorpio's [[EvilIsHammy hysterical, overdone blubbering]]. Also, his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONZrE-BjFVI scream when stabbed]] is ''hilarious''.
** The mayor's assurance that Scorpio will not be "molested" in any way (likely an example of HaveAGayOldTime).
* {{Sequelitis}}: General consensus seems to be that each film is successively weaker than the last, although there are some who argue that ''Sudden Impact'' is better than ''The Enforcer'' was.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: The most powerful handgun in the world. In fairness, the claim is only made in the initial movie, but an upgrade is made to the .44 [=AutoMag=] in ''Sudden Impact''. Given that handguns have gone up to impractical calibres even for action movies, he goes back to his famous S&W revolver for ''The Dead Pool''.