- Annoying Video Game Helper: Allied ships have a tendency to fly into your sights during a heated battle, hence causing several unnecessary friendly fire incidents that can turn them, as well as their allies, against you if they are hit hard enough. This is more common in Liberty space, especially in the New York System, where most NPC fighters cannot survive more than three hits from the most powerful weapons in the game.
- Anti-Climax Boss: The bombing run on the Nomad city is almost the same as the rest of the "blow up the shield generators" you are given every other mission.
- Awesome Music: During missions, the music makes flying in a straight line to a waypoint feel absolutely epic.
- Special mention should go to the tracks played for the fringe systems: the Omega, Sigma, Tau, and Omicron battle tracks are amazing.
- And possibly the whole idea of the Itano Circus mod. As seen here.
- Crutch Character: The Anubis-class Very Heavy Fighter in the singleplayer campaign. It is by far the best ship available during the story mode and also the cheapest.
- Executive Meddling: Many of Digital Anvil's projects were killed when they were bought by Microsoft, because MS wanted them to focus more exclusively on Freelancer. The original opening trailer was also significantly altered, removing the scene in which the Nomads blow up Sol some time after the Alliance's Colony Ships warped to Sirius.
- Funny Moments: Has its own page.
- Hell Is That Noise: Quite a few.
"I'm engaging Freelancer Alpha 1.""Okay, drop the cargo. You've got loot, and I want it now.""Danger: Radiation damage/volatile gases/mines detected.""Trade Lane disrupted.""Good job, but you're not done yet. There are more hostiles at the next waypoint.""We read that your primary target's not there. Hold off his cronies until we can locate him.""Shield failed."
- Love It or Hate It: The control scheme. Keyboard-and-mouse users love it, while joystick users who can't use their preferred controls like every other space sim consider it a deplorable Scrappy Mechanic that ruined the game and possibly the whole genre.
- This fight, by natural progression, is still going on over at the Star Citizen forums to this day; although joystick controls are supported, they are considered inferior in performance to the mouse.
- For that matter, just suggesting the addition of a Freelancer-style control scheme in any other space sim community is a great way to start a Flame War.
- Most Annoying Sound: Police cargo-scan announcements. Edges into Hell Is That Noise if you're actually carrying contraband.
"Dock. Dock denied. Destination is too far."
- Anything Mission Commission says, (at least, when heard for the 107th time).
- Oddly, "Hull breach imminent" is not this, since before it could possibly repeat you either use Nanobots or blow up.
- Narm: Klaus Botzler's "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner ... which in turn is followed by Herr von Claussen's Big "NO!".
- Nightmare Fuel: During the Liberty section of the game, most solars (planets or space stations) are green (friendly) to you, and red is reserved for enemy fighters. Then, when Trent and Juni make their escape from Manhattan, everything save for Juni's fighter is red. Including the Newark Station, Trenton Outpost, the trade lanes, and Planet Manhattan itself. What was once the safest place in the universe for you is now the most dangerous.
- The Edge worlds are as far as one can go from civilization and reside within a Sickly Green Nebula, which makes it a creepy part of Sirius to begin with. Then comes the knowledge of Nomad presence in the area and that their homeworld is not far away.
- Paranoia Fuel: The whole first part of the game seems to be a tale of one unlucky man (you) being caught in a hard place by the shifting tides of interstellar politics. Awkward but not terrifying. And then, suddenly, one of your adversaries turns out not to be human. And you're told, matter-of-factly, "The Nomads can infest anyone, mimic anyone. And they've already infiltrated all the human governments. Essentially, they've already won."
- Shipping: Done in fanfiction as a reaction to the lack of romance between Trent and Juni.
- Straw Feminist: Zigzagged with the Golden Chrysanthemums. On the one hand, they are an all-female organization whose stated intention is to overthrow the current Kusari government and establish a matriarchy. On the other hand, they maintain a very close relationship with the masculine Blood Dragons. It's unclear whether this is just a long-running Enemy Mine setup or a true alliance. On the other other hand of this mutant monstrosity, the GC also require all their members to get addicted to Cardamine and treat their founder as an explicitly religious prophet.
- Vaporware: Freelancer was released 4 years after being announced for the first time, with many of the hyped-up features missing. However, the resulting game was still good enough to be enjoyable.