* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_TKXPPjhRk Hope For The Best, Expect The Worst]]" sounds like one of the most profound songs Mel Brooks ever wrote for one of his movies.
* CreatorsOddball: This is the furthest from Mel Brooks' usual brand of farce as he could get. It's the closest he's ever come to doing drama.
* MagnificentBastard: Ostap Bender.
* MemeticMutation: Many Bender's phrases became what essentially amounted to pre-internet memes.
* ThoseTwoActors: Mironov and Papanov duo in one of the adaptations.