- Just Here for Godzilla: Never mind the physics (though virtually any movie will be improved with limericks about relativity), a fairly high percentage of the audience is watching for Benedict Cumberbatch being heartbreaking and adorable and acting his socks off.
- Moe: Stephen has his moments. He looks very boyish and vulnerable in the hospital scenes, and heart-meltingly cute when he's genuinely happy.
- Stoic Woobie: Stephen's general attitude after he's diagnosed is to carry on as normally as possible and keep his fears to himself. Although there are a few instances where he's clearly upset, and it's heartbreaking.
- When He Smiles: Stephen just glows when he's really happy. Not uncommon for a Benedict Cumberbatch character, but particularly effective in this case because of everything he's had to endure throughout the film.