Works in this franchise with their own YMMV pages:

* ''YMMV/MissionImpossibleII''
* ''YMMV/MissionImpossibleIII''
* ''YMMV/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol''
* ''YMMV/MissionImpossibleRogueNation''

!!The TV series:

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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Lalo Schifrin's iconic theme tune, still used in parodies and commercials to this day.
** Special mention to Schifrin's scoring during the church climax of "The Heir Apparent" with Cinnamon trying (with some previously supplied help from Barney) to open a puzzle box that only the woman she's impersonating - [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed who is absolutely not Anastasia]] - could have opened; this particular cue gets reused often in later episodes. [[spoiler: And yes, she does get it open.]]
*** You can now get a boxset of music from throughout the series, via La-La Land.
* EarWorm: It goes hand-in-hand with the Crowning Music of Awesome. '''Everybody''' knows the ''Mission Impossible'' theme song.
** If you watch a few episodes, you'll also find the incidental music running through your head.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Landau quickly eclipsed star Steven Hill, even though he was only intended as an occasional guest star.
* FairForItsDay: Barney Collier, played by [[ Greg Morris]], was TheSmartGuy in a band of geniuses. Also, while Cinnamon's primary task was to provide distractions, everyone treated those distractions as vital, and Cinnamon was clearly a respected team member.
* HarsherInHindsight: "Action!" centered around [[FramingTheGuiltyParty a staged film purporting to show atrocities committed by American troops in Vietnam]]. In light of what was later revealed, it gets uncomfortable fast. On the other hand, the episode also takes some self-deprecating jabs at the movie business and this part resonates as well as it ever did. Some things never change.
* HilariousInHindsight: In "Encore," William Shatner plays a 60-year-old gangster who's de-aged by the IMF for several hours. The show's idea of an old William Shatner is a bit at odds with how he really turned out...
* HollywoodHomely: "Homecoming" features a mystery concerning the murders of young, beautiful women. [[spoiler: It turns out that the killer is a local barmaid, ostensibly unattractive, who is jealous of how much attention the pretty women get from a man she is in love with. The homely barmaid is played by [[Series/{{MASH}} Loretta Swit]].]]
* MagnificentBastard: So ''very'' many.
** Special mention has to go to Briggs, however. This was a guy who, in "The Carriers," left an entire town of Russian spies ''to die from bubonic plague.''
* MemeticMutation:
** The show's whole concept - ImpossibleMission is a trope of its own.
** The theme tune still represents clever operations to outwit a target, from jewel heists to squirrels looking for nuts.
** "[[ThisPageWillSelfDestruct This tape will self-destruct in five seconds]]" - especially popular for parodies, where the self-destruct is often over-powered and bad news for the person close to it.
* MomentOfAwesome: Many - for instance, in "The Legend" Rollin pulls the rug out from under the villain of the week and his scheme to resurrect the Nazis through a dummy impersonating Martin Bormann by... ''impersonating Martin Bormann.'' The OhCrap expression on the BigBad's face as everyone else ''heil''s "Bormann" is '''priceless'''.
** In "Death Squad," when Barney and his cellmate are about to be hanged by a corrupt police force for crimes they (certainly Barney) didn't commit, Mr. Collier's refusal of a blindfold drives his formerly nervy colleague to take his punishment like a man and similarly decline. [[spoiler: Fortunately this doesn't become a DyingMomentOfAwesome for either of them, as the rope has been rigged to break by the IM Force as part of the rescue.]]
*** Several instalments, like "The Killer," "The Council" (parts one ''and'' two) and "The Mind Of Stefan Miklos," are basically [[MomentOfAwesome Episodes Of Awesome]].
*** In "Robot," Leonard Nimoy plays (in addition to Paris) Gemini - the double of a deceased premier; usually when he or Martin Landau play multiple characters in an episode with makeup on there's still a touch of IdenticalStranger, but Gemini/the premier genuinely doesn't look anything like Paris. The makeup department (specifically Bob Dawn)'s CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the series.
* {{Narm}}: "Some of that dialogue is terrible, isn't it?" - ''Mission: Impossible'' writer-producer William Read Woodfield. Example, from "A Game Of Chess" (which Woodfield and his partner Allan Balter, in fairness, did ''not'' write):
-->'''Jim''': Then we're all set except for the typhoid. Who's got it?
-->'''Rollin''': I do.
* NarmCharm: The series is ridiculous and often centers around problems governments would generally solve in a far more straightforward way (as Martin Landau pointed out, "In reality, there'd be an assassination"). But it's still a lot of fun to watch.
* ReplacementScrappy: Dr. Doug Robert for Willie Armitage in most of the fifth season. He was written out early on in season 6 while Willie returned to the IMF team full time.
* ValuesDissonance: Originally, the IMF were a group of people choosing to use their specific talents in spy work purely for the good of their nation. (Starting in 1966, still the era of "[[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country]].") This wouldn't have worked in the 1996 movie, so it made the IMF a deeply covert part of the US intelligence services. Even in the time of UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, the idea of American agents covertly manipulating foreign countries as heroes was going out of fashion, and in later seasons the IMF spent most of their time working their wiles on organised crime at home. (Although in the revival and the movies they got to travel around the world again.)

!!The films in general:

* AdaptationDisplacement: Many don't know that the films are based on a TV series.
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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
** The ''Mission: Impossible'' theme. The version in the first film even made it onto top-ten charts around the world. The movie version is so closely associated with Tom Cruise that it's the background music in the infamous "Happyology" award video that kicked off the Anonymous protests against "Happyology". If you listen closely you'll notice there's no looping, someone is actually strumming the ''Mission Impossible'' theme for about fifteen minutes. ''Ghost Protocol'''s version, "[[ Light the Fuse]]", is just ''insane.''
** Once you get beyond the theme tune, the films's scores are pretty awesome as well (DannyElfman did the first one, HansZimmer the second, Creator/MichaelGiacchino the third and fourth and Joe Kraemer the fifth). Of particular note is "Kremlin with Anticipation" from ''Ghost Protocol'', with the Ominous Russian Chanting.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Fans of the original series like to pretend the films never existed mainly due to [[spoiler: Phelps turning out to be a villain.]]
* EarWorm: You're now hearing the theme song in your head, and it will be stuck there for quite some time.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Ving Rhames who is the only actor besides Tom Cruise to appear in all of the films.
** Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner have become the only actors aside from Cruise and Rhames to appear multiple times as a team member.
* EvenBetterSequel: An unusual case where each film has (bar Creator/JohnWoo's entry, see below) received better critical reviews than the last one, with many calling ''Ghost Protocol'' the best installment. ''Rogue Nation'' was also just as critically acclaimed.
* RecycledScript: Both the first and third movie involve [[spoiler: Ethan being set up by [[TheMole a mole]] in [=IMF=] who isn't revealed until near the end, and who tries to frame the boss of the organization who spends time as an AntiVillain trying to [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment hunt down Hunt]], with the audience left unclear if its because the boss really thinks Hunt is a traitor or because the boss ''is'' the traitor. In both their actions force Ethan to go rogue and steal the MacGuffin that the bad guys are after for them, and in both TheMole is in league with an arms dealer. Each movie sees Hunt's family being dragged into the plot to get at him, sees a fairly traditional [=IMF=] plot go off without a hitch only for the team to be ambushed after the fact, and features a reference ot Ethan evading airport security despite [=IMF=] putting "a guy at the airport".]]
* SophomoreSlump: While some moviegoers appreciated the easier-to-follow storyline, the second movie is considered inferior despite the flashy action. The third film was seen as much better and getting things back on track. The fourth and fifth are the best reviewed films in the series.

!!The first film:

* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[spoiler:Did Phelps betray his country because he simply thought they weren't paying him enough (with spy work not living up to his expectations), or was Phelps [[ShellShockedVeteran on the verge of a psychotic breakdown during his missions as a field agent]], before eventually snapping and becoming a treacherously delusional, AxCrazy, [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] {{mole}} that led to the events of the first film?]]
* BetterOnDVD: When it was released in theaters, many people regarded the first film as being extremely difficult to follow, albeit with a great final act making up for things, which in no small part was responsible for the ActionizedSequel nature of the second film. With the benefit of home video releases however, a lot of people have come to appreciate the more nuanced plot of the first film.
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* NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize: [[spoiler:Jon Voight turns out to be the first film's villain.]]
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: The UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}} game. It was a stealth adventure that very loosely followed the movie's plot. Though a [[SoOkayItsAverage fairly decent]] game with some neat ideas, it suffered from bland (and often OffModel) graphics, [[ObviousBeta numerous bugs and glitches]], and frustrating TrialAndErrorGameplay.
* SelfInsertFanFiction: The film arguably comes across as this since Tom Cruise was a fan of the television series and Ethan Hunt, a character created specifically for the movie, steals the main character spotlight away from Jim Phelps.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: William Donloe, the CIA operative in charge of handling the NOC list at Langley. He gets spiked with a saline solution making him throw up uncontrollably, and he gets ReassignedToAntarctica when the team gets away with it in his incapacitated state.