* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: In the 1992 movie, Curley's wife is [[AdaptationalHeroism far more sympathetic than in the book]] - specifically, the scene in which she arguably crosses the MoralEventHorizon by threatening to have Crooks lynched is omitted. The director wanted her depicted more as a "sad angel" rather than the vampish character she appeared to be in the novel.
** [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leighton-meester/im-not-a-tart-the-feminis_b_5587422.html Steinbeck]] once wrote to the original actress portraying Curley's wife in theater that she was sympathetic.
-->[[MadonnaWhoreComplex She was told over and over that she must remain a virgin because that was the only way she could get a husband]] ... She only had that one thing to sell and she knew it. [[HiddenDepths She is a nice, kind girl and not a floozy]]. No man has ever considered her as anything except a girl to try to make ... As to her actual sex life -- she has had none except with Curley and there [[SexlessMarriage has probably been no consummation]] there since [[ItsAllAboutMe Curley would not consider her gratification]] and would probably be suspicious if she had any.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Lennie has a bizarre dream where he gets berated by his aunt Clara and a talking rabbit.
* HolyShitQuotient: Goes up ''exponentially'' in the final two chapters with Lennie accidentally killing Curley's wife and George killing Lennie.
* ItWasHisSled: Lennie dies.
* JerkassWoobie: Curley's wife. Loses most of the Jerk part in the movie.
* MemeticMutation: Lennie's love of rabbits sprung from this novel, with PopCulturalOsmosis thanks to WesternAnimation/BugsBunny.
* TheScrappy: Nobody both in and out-of-universe likes Curley for a [[TheNapoleon good]] [[{{Jerkass}} reason]].
* {{Squick}}: Curley's glove. It's not that it's full of Vaseline, it's that he's using it ''for his wife''.
* ValuesDissonance: The extremely sympathetic character Candy freely using the N word is pretty jarring now.
* WeirdAlEffect: George and Lennie are far better known to modern audiences as characters regularly spoofed in WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and Creator/TexAvery cartoons ("Which way did he go, George? Which way did he go?") Tex Avery even made a cartoon based on the character Lennie called "Lonesome Lenny".
* TheWoobie: George. The man constantly loses his job and seems like he actually is a pretty nice guy, but he has to endure a lot of pain since he travels with Lennie. He causes George to frequently lose his job and be on the run and George can't have a social life because he always has to take care of Lennie AND [[TearJerker he forced]] [[MercyKill himself to]] [[ShootTheDog shoot Lennie]]. You gotta feel a LITTLE sorry for him because of that.
** Lennie, too. However goofy it may be, the scene in which he gets internal dialogue (with the aunt who raised him and with a [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment rabbit]]) is utterly heartbreaking; he blames himself for everything that goes wrong in George's life (and he might even be right), and his biggest fear is being abandoned. And all he really wants to do is [[ChronicPetKiller hold little animals]].
** Curley's wife, to an extent. She's married to a badly-tempered man who is extremely possessive of her, and keeps her as a trophy wife. She's obviously lonely, but all the workers are too scared of her husband to speak with her. She later tries to chat up Lennie, which ends with her panicking when he won't stop stroking her hair and, when she starts to scream, him killing her by accident.
** Crooks. He's a lonely black man that isn't allowed to befriend the other workers because of his race. He receives no respect despite being one of the few, at least we know of, who once lived on his "own" land. He's now jaded due to racism and loneliness, explaining his attitude toward Lennie initially.
** Candy. The poor man lost his hand years ago, and he loses his beloved dogs, and eventually his dream...

* BrokenBase: Between those who welcome the NuMetal elements added and those who miss the {{Metalcore}} of the previous albums. This doesn't even begin to describe the reaction to ''Cold World''.
** Subverted with Aaron's move to being the sole vocalist. The fans were very supportive of him and even highly praised his vocal ability.
* FaceOfTheBand: Austin, then Aaron after Austin's departure.
* HarsherInHindsight: "Pain" is a song entirely made of Austin's anger at the constant pain Marfan syndrome causes him. A few months after it was released Austin had to leave the band for good after doctors told him that due to his health issues, if he kept screaming he'd be causing himself permanent spine and nervous system damage.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The reason Jerry gave in an interview as to why he was only in the band for a year. Prior to joining the band he was under an exclusive contract with a different record label and they would not let him make any arrangements to terminate it.
* SignatureSong: "Second and Serbing" for their earlier work, "Would You Still Be There" for their later material.
* WinBackTheCrowd: Their post-Austin songs have been well-received for toning the NuMetal down to a more manageable level a la ''Restoring Force'' and bringing back more prominent {{Metalcore}} elements, making their music recognizable as their own again as opposed to sounding completely different.