* AdaptationDisplacement: While it's more of a [[SpinOff spin-off]] than a [[TheMovie film version]], the original TV series did not last very long and was not as popular as the movies, leading many people to believe that the franchise only exists as a movie trilogy.
* AcceptablePoliticalTargets: The Beirut council seen in the first film is a practical who's who of AcceptablePoliticalTargets--communists, Islamists, military dictators, and... whatever the hell [[CloudCuckoolander Gaddafi]] was.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: In ''33⅓'' the music in the background during the starting of the ''[[Film/TheUntouchables Untouchables]]'' shootout parody.
** The main theme that plays during the opening credits counts as well.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The repeated torment Nordberg (played by O.J. Simpson) suffers is either this or becomes [[HilariousInHindsight even funnier]], depending on your viewpoint. Especially the line that he "wouldn't hurt a fly" spoken by his on-screen wife. In the network TV version, when Frank, after unknowingly shutting down Nordberg's life support system and not noticing where the rushing hospital staff are headed, says "Just be glad you're not that guy's wife."
** Basically true with all things OJ in the series.
** During the cop car opening credits in ''33⅓'' at one point it's flying around LA and headed straight for the tallest building only to sideswipe it at the last moment. Still very disturbing.
** The Jewish man and Arab man being among the feuding parties at the ballgame to embrace each other after seeing and hearing Franks emotional plea to Jane. Obviously referencing a conflict that had been raging for decades at that point...and is still raging today.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** O.J. Simpson playing a cop.
** The Hubble Space Telescope appearing on a "Wall of Failures" [[HistoryMarchesOn back before its mirror was fixed]].
** In ''2'', Frank casually mentions that he and Jane are ancient history, like the Democratic party. Guess who got elected only one year after this movie came out.
* NightmareFuel: The "Manchurian candidates" for Vincent Ludwig's plot in the first movie, who go blank-faced and robotically intone: "I....must kill....[Name]" once they're "triggered." It's fairly frightening for younger viewers - particularly when it's revealed that Ludwig's final sleeper agent is [[spoiler: Jane]]!
* OneSceneWonder: Numerous examples, though John Houseman's driving instructor from the first film is a particular standout. Also, Music/WeirdAlYankovic appears in all three films in this capacity.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Believe it or not, the woman who sings the hilariously depressing blues number in the second film is a heavily made-up Vitamin C.
* SoBadItsGood: In-universe. On the DVD commentary, the creators state the reason Frank and Jane come out of ''{{Film/Platoon}}'' laughing their heads off is that an acquaintance thought the movie was hilariously bad and couldn't stop laughing at it.
* {{Tearjerker}}: [[spoiler: Frank's pleas for Jane to snap out of her hypnotic state at the end of the first film. Particularly this line:]]
--> "If you don't love me, you might as well pull that trigger, because without you, I wouldn't want to live anyway."
** While overall being very funny, the shots of ''everyone'' in the ballpark embracing because they're so moved by what they're seeing and hearing can be quite touching, especially of the Jewish man and the Arab man...and the mailman and the dog.

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