* {{Anvilicious}}: War Is Bad, kids. [[ThePowerOfLove "Make love, not war." Making love is much more fun]].
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The song ''"Little Light of Love"'' by Eric Serra, for a start.
* BaseBreaker
** Ruby Rhod. So much so that Empire Magazine voted Him ''The most annoying character in Film History''. So a base-breaking [[TheScrappy Scrappy.]]
** The Diva, whose performance is either SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic or a BigLippedAlligatorMoment, depending on who you ask.
** To a lesser extent, Tiny Lister as The President of the Federated Territories. Some thought he did, at the very least, an okay job in the role while others thought he gave the worst performance in the movie.
* BrokenAesop: When Korben is left alone with unconscious Leeloo at Cornelius’ apartment, [[DudeShesLikeInAComa he kisses her cheek]]. She wakes up while he does, aims a gun at his face, and angrily tells him ‘[...] never without my permission!’ Later, during the film climax, [[spoiler:Korben manages to activate her powers by kissing her, despite the fact she said she has never experienced love, and without her giving him permission]].
* ClicheStorm: Justified given Creator/LucBesson was a teenager when he wrote the script. And given the film runs on RuleOfFun, no problem with it.
* GeniusBonus: The dark, oily PsychicNosebleed that affects the battleship commander and Zorg is consistent with a subarachnoid hemorrhage seeping through a rupture in the skull; basically, it's a downplayed YourHeadAsplode caused by the BrownNote of Mr. Shadow's anger.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The movie has a huge [[CultClassic cult following]] in Russia, with largest TV channels broadcasting it at least once a year.
* HarsherInHindsight: Terrorists shooting up an airport hits a little close to home nowadays...
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: The little loving smile that appears on Corben's face when he realizes his mom is on the phone, even though she is already in the middle of a thorough rant complaining about her son. It's just nice to see a son loving his mother, and enjoying talking...er...listening....to her, despite the fact that she keeps criticizing him.
* HilariousInHindsight: The multipass, a machine-readable all-purpose identification document? [[http://gizmodo.com/london-will-start-testing-fifth-element-style-multipass-1465894545 It might be coming sooner than you think it is.]]
%%* LoveToHate: Zorg.
%%* MemeticMutation
%%** Leeloo Dallas Moool-tii-paass!
%%** Aziz, '''LIGHT!!'''
%%** Thank you Aziz.
%%** "Green?" "Supergreen."
%%** "Anyone else want to negotiate?"
* {{Narm}}: Leeloo being pushed over the edge into thinking HumansAreBastards by a shot of a nuclear explosion. It loses a lot of power when you realize: A. She has absolutely no context for what the image means, and B. Seeing as it was filmed in the first place, it's probably just a test. A large part of the narm comes from the confusion as to ''how the hell hasn't she heard of war before?''. She's in the W letter of her encyclopedia, so presummably she's already learned the words "Battle" "Bomb" "Nuclear" "Atom" "Radiation" "Massacre" "Slaughter" "Soldier" "Gun" "Bullet" "Missile" and a pretty long list of warfare-related words that by all means ''should'' have familiarized her with war before.
* OneSceneWonder: The alien opera Diva.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: A spectacular example. ''The Fifth Element'' [=PS1=] game by the creators of ''VideoGame/NightmareCreatures'' landed on several worst-of lists that year. It got the first ''half-disc out of five'' rating in the ''Official US [=PlayStation=] Magazine''. Also counts as a PortingDisaster since the PC version got much better reviews.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Korben's response to Leelo's HeroicBSOD about why life is worth saving in spite of things like war.
* SpecialEffectFailure: Most of the effects work is at least good, but there are a few noticeable hiccups:
** The "unbreakable" glass container Leeloo breaks out of clearly has a nice circle of breakaway glass, visible for at least a second before she actually punches it.
** The black stuff running down Zorg's head is creepy and all, but it ''really'' looks like chocolate syrup (or barbecue sauce), especially when smeared.
** The wall Leeloo jumps through after the bit with the glass above is clearly tin foil painted bronze.
** Diva is clearly someone just wearing a bodysuit. The swirly back-of-headpiece moves a lot whenever she moves, making it look more like a foam hat than a body part.
** After Right Arm fails to get aboard the plane, Zorg detonates a bomb to kill him. After the explosion, you can clearly see the mannequin meant to be Right Arm still intact.
* WhatAnIdiot: No one thinks to tell the police that they are chasing an incredibly valuable lab subject that needs to be preserved. As a consequence she is nearly killed when a trigger-happy cop duo decides to shoot Corben's car down on the mere suspicion of being a car thief.
* WTHCastingAgency: Tiny Lister, President of the World? And he doesn't get [[Film/{{Friday}} a scene with Chris Tucker?]]