* HilariousInHindsight: Creator/BenedictCumberbatch would play another English intellect with the initials S.H.: Franchise/SherlockHolmes in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''.
** The girl Stephen flirts with/teaches science to at the pub is played by Creator/AliceEve, who would star alongside Cumberbatch in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''.
** The next Hawking biopic, ''Film/TheTheoryOfEverything'', was made in 2014. But this time, ''Theory'' was DuelingMovies alongside ''Film/TheImitationGame'', another biopic about a prominent 20th century English scientist (Alan Turing), starring... Benedict Cumberbatch.
* JustHereForGodzilla: 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 Creator/BenedictCumberbatch being heartbreaking and adorable and acting his socks off.
* {{Moe}}: Stephen has his moments. He looks very boyish and [[TheWoobie vulnerable]] in the hospital scenes, and heart-meltingly cute when he's [[WhenHeSmiles genuinely happy]].
* StoicWoobie: 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.
* WhenHeSmiles: Stephen just ''glows'' when he's really happy. Not uncommon for a Creator/BenedictCumberbatch character, but particularly effective in this case because of [[TheWoobie everything he's had to endure]] throughout the film.