* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: The Trial sequence: Pink's personal despairing nightmare of being judged, or his subconscious' moment of personal triumph in having the strength to look at himself honestly at last and then destroy the Wall with the help of the "Bleeding Hearts and Artists" outside who never lost faith in him?
** The album ''runs on it''. Pink's biggest failing is that he never really stopped to think about ''why'' his bricks acted the way they did.
** The film does this with "Young Lust." On the album, the song (which details Pink having casual sex with groupies while on tour) ends with Pink calling his wife from America only to have a man answer the phone and the phone operator having a very concerned reaction to the situation. In the film, the song ''starts'' with the phone call, which leads Pink to attempt to have sex with a groupie rather than already having him cheat.
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: In [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-pink-floyd-the-wall-1982 a retrospective review]], Creator/RogerEbert wrote that only a very specific audience could really enjoy the film: "one familiar with filmmaking techniques, alert to directorial styles, and familiar with Roger Waters and Pink Floyd." Despite liking the film, he couldn't imagine an average rock fan enjoying it very much.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: While the entire album is a good contender, some song examples include: Another Brick in the Wall (Parts All); One Of My Turns; Hey You; Comfortably Numb; and The Trial.
** And don't forget "Bring The Boys Back Home", [[WordOfGod the central song of the album according to Roger Waters]]. The gloating chorus delivering its hopeful message over a flamboyant orchestral march constitutes for half a minute the most optimistic moment of an otherwise dark album... [[MoodWhiplash right up until the point that the choir drops out and reveals that Pink has been singing along the whole time in a voice that communicates pure agony]]. [[AdaptationExpansion And the film version makes it even better]].
*** Unfortunately, it quickly turns out that it's not enough to redeem Pink from his eventual isolation-induced breakdown.
* BreakawayPopHit: "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2", a #1 in the US and UK. The film is well known, but the song even more so. It's also the band's BlackSheepHit, since they never did anything as dancey as "ABITW Part 2" before or since.
* CreatorWorship: The reason this album was created. Roger (and the audience) started seeing himself as a godlike being, above and disconnected from the fans. This culminated in the spitting incident that inspired this album. As the analysis linked to on the main page put it:
-->Waters was obviously horrified both by his own actions and the idea of an audience so blindly obedient to the idea of celebrity that they would gladly be "blown to bits"...or even spit upon.
** The original demo lyrics of "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1", as heard on the 2011 ''Immersion'' box set edition make the theme more obvious.
-->'''First verse''': ''We don't need your adulation''
-->''We don't need your starry gaze''
-->''How the years have come between us''
-->''You should have seen them in the early days''
-->'''Second verse''': ''They don't need your reminiscing''
-->''They don't need your memories''
-->''They don't want to hear who's missing''
-->''Ya should have seen them when the boys were young''
* {{Fanon}}: Though [[WordOfGod Roger Waters]] has never confirmed or denied this, many fans believe that the titular song in ''The Final Cut'' is also told from Pink's perspective, and that it serves as a sort of epilogue to ''The Wall''.
* FauxSymbolism: A relative aversion in that the mind screw imagery actually has well thought out meaning behind it.
* FreudWasRight: TheMovie. The massive amount of phalic/yonic-looking forms, [[OedipusComplex particularly in the scenes involving Pink's mother]].
* FridgeBrilliance: Why is there a long pause in "In the Flesh" between the rock section and the start of the singing? In the plot, this song is played at the start of the Neo-Nazi rally Pink hallucinates himself to be performing at. UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler was known for taking up to a minute before beginning his speeches at rallies, just to keep his audiences in suspense.
** When Pink sings, "If I had my way, I'd have ''all'' of you shot!" in "In the Flesh", he's not talking about just the minorities. He means ''all'' of his fans.
** These fascists which are represented by marching hammers? They're just mindless, destructive ''tools'' in someone else's hands.
*** And what are hammers best used for, aside from pounding in nails and pounding things into shape? Tearing down walls, as shown in the "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" sequence. The symbolism couldn't be more fitting.
** In the film, the Judge during the Trial section is both represented by a giant worm and as a talking pair of buttocks. It could be that "the law is an ass", but there's an even better interpretation: The "worms" are symbolic of the worst in human beings, what pushes them into hatred and fascism and violence. Therefore, the double form of the judge could say that the worms are what releases each person's inner asshole.
* FridgeHorror: Those are ''real'' neo-Nazi skinheads in the movie smashing up an Indian-owned cafe and attacking an interracial couple.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In the revived live show, "In The Flesh" ends with a film of Roger Waters gunning down the audience, which is really uncomfortable after the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: Now has [[Funny/TheWall its own page]].
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Although "Goodbye Blue Sky" was about UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, it could equally apply to [[TheWarOnTerror 9/11]], especially since it happened on a beautiful clear day.
** Waters' worries about unruly audiences at rock concerts in 1977 would be even more ominous with the incident in Cinncinnati in 1979 at a [[Music/TheWho Who]] concert.
** All the stuff about drugs, and the part where Pink nearly dies of an overdose, since Bob Geldof's daughter, Peaches, died of a heroin overdose, as well as her mother and Geldof's ex-wife, Paula Yates.
** In the years since the album was released, neo-Nazi "white power" rock became an actual genre. In TheNewTens, the "alt-right" has become popular among right-leaning youth, with open racism and sympathy for fascism.
** One of Roger Waters' original ideas for the movie was having the audience blown up. This is really uncomfortable in the wake of the terrorists attacks in Paris, which included an attack on an Music/EaglesOfDeathMetal concert.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: Bob Geldof playing the lead role of Pink seems even more fitting today, since he's the man who managed to reunite the four core members of Music/PinkFloyd on stage in 2005 for the Live 8 concert.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Music/{{Pink}}, anyone?
** Not only that, but Michael Ensign, who plays the Hotel Manager. It's funny if you consider that he might have quit LA and moved to New York City, where he would suffer another series of migraines as manager of [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} the Sedgewick Hotel.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/AssyMcgee'', a cartoon about a cop who's a walking, talking pair of buttocks.
** "The Trial" has the [[LargeHam judge]] say the line "[[ChewingTheScenery TEAR DOWN THE WALL!]]". Ten years later, although said in a different context, USefulNotes/RonaldReagan said something similar to Mikhail Gorbachev when the former told the latter to tear down the UsefulNotes/BerlinWall.
* LessDisturbingInContext: Sometimes understanding the meaning behind the bizarre imagery makes it a little less disturbing, or in some cases, just makes it more fucked up.
** [[http://www.thewallanalysis.com This should help.]]
* MisaimedFandom: Although the last quarter of The Wall was an attack on neo-Nazis, regrettably some individuals failed to grasp this, as [[http://www.adl.org/Learn/Ext_US/Hammerskin.asp the ADL's page concerning the Hammerskin Nation]] makes abundantly clear.[[note]]It doesn't help that Alan Parker used real-life Neo Nazi skinheads in the film.[[/note]]
** When Roger Waters took his solo Wall tour to Europe in 2013, concertgoers misinterpreted Waters' use of the Star Of David (along with other logos and symbols such as the Christian cross, [=McDonald=]'s logo, hammer and sickle, Shell Oil logo and the Mercedes logo being dropped like bombs from airplanes) during the "Goodbye Blue Sky" visual, along with a Star Of David printed on the inflatable pig which is destroyed, and the Hammers/Nazis scenes, as being Anti-Semite and Pro-Nazi. [[https://www.facebook.com/notes/roger-waters-the-wall/an-open-letter-from-roger-waters/688037331210720 Waters denied this]], stating he was protesting it as a "symbol of the state" rather than the Jewish religion, and that his issue was with Israel conducing a state of Apartheid within its borders since 1967.
** To a lesser extent, grungy teenagers who use songs like "Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2" as an actual rallying cry for their own social isolation are [[MisaimedFandom kind of not getting the message.]]
** "We don't need no education." has several meanings, to believe it is a song against learning or education is to miss the subtlety. In fact, the sentence is a double negative, which literally means "We need education", suggesting that yes, education can be a good thing in developing well-rounded individuals. The song is a protest, however, against cruel teachers and systems who mold the school children into mindless drones of society. It is saying "We don't need '''this type''' of education." It's a criticism against the types of teachers and systems that, as in Pink's case, ridicule an imaginative child for writing poetry, and are aimed mainly at crushing students' individuality to mould them into an "acceptable" shape.
*** [[WordOfGod Roger Waters]] explains that "[=ABITW2=]" isn't anti-education, but against the kind of strict, demoralizing, condescending, conformist schooling like Waters suffered through, which discourages free thought and expression in attempts to keep its students in line and keep them subservient. This was more evident in the demo, where the original lyric was "We don't need ''your'' education".
-->'''[[http://www.angelfire.com/ok2/wall/interview.html Waters]]''': "Obviously not all teachers are what we have to fear. The school I was at -- they were really like that. They were so fucked up that what they had to offer was their own bitterness and cynicism. Some of them, I may say, were very nice guys and understood what was going on."
* MoralEventHorizon: Pink, when he forms an actual white supremacist movement. (This is if we take his perspective at face value.)
* {{Narm}}: In a movie filled with horrific and visceral imagery, the "meat" coming out of the grinder the kids fall into in "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" is remarkably unconvincing.
* NightmareFuel:
** The Gerald Scarfe animation sequences, namely "The Trial".
** The flowers animation for "What Shall We Do Now?"
** The meat grinder.
** The Teacher in the live show. The sheer size of it changes it from being a simply creepy character into a particularly horrifying one, while simultaneously being a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome in the show.
*** During "Another Brick," the puppet visibly deflates when the kids stand up to him. He reinflates, as if trying to get his power back up, but keeps deflating until the song ends.
** When seeing the film with someone who's seeing it for the first time, gleefully await their reaction to the moment in the "Don't Leave Me Now" sequence when the shadow of Pink's wife suddenly transforms into a Freudian monster, complete with LastNoteNightmare.
* {{Squick}}: Those dang genital flowers in "What Shall We Do Now?" (though they ''are'' beautifully animated!)
* TearJerker: "Hey You", "Comfortably Numb", "When the Tigers Broke Free", "Is There Anybody Out There?" and [[CrapsackWorld many]] [[RealitySubtext more]].
** In the live tour, the footage of soldiers being reunited with their children in "Vera" and the memorial images of people who'd died in wars during the first half of the show are bound to have the audience in tears.
** "Mother."
** "I've got a strong urge to fly, but I've got nowhere to fly to..."
** When Waters sings, "Some stagger and fall", he's referring to the friends he's lost because they just had enough of his bullshit and couldn't handle him anymore.
** In the film, the scene with little Pinky alone on the playground, watching the other kids playing with their loving fathers. At the end he actually tries to grab one of the leaving fathers by the arm to go home with them, and is predictably shooed away. Similarly, the later scene on the train depot, again with children reuniting with their fathers and Pinky being all alone.
* UnfortunateImplications: In the revived tour, "Goodbye Blue Sky" featured an animation of symbols of war and greed like the Shell logo and Mercedes logos being dropped out of planes like bombs. The juxtaposition of the dollar sign and the Star of David unintentionally invoked the "GreedyJew" stereotype. This, along with Roger Waters' support for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement against Israel, lead to [[http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/.premium-1.580138 charges of antisemitism from Jewish groups]].
* UnfortunateNames: Let's be honest here, ''you'd'' have issues if everyone called you "Pink" or "Pinky" your entire life.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Both the original Pink Floyd version as well as Roger Waters' revival featured impressive stage shows.
* WhatAnIdiot: It has to be noted that Floyd Pinkerton is an idiot, both young and old, starting off with the reason he got violently ill as a child - taking care of a diseased rat. (It's hinted in the film his getting into bed with his mother while sick ''killed her''.)
* TheWoobie:
** Pink really needs a hug. Of course, as his descent into madness and fascism progresses, he slides from a standard woobie into a JerkassWoobie and, [[UnreliableNarrator if he actually did manage to raise a small army of fascists and terrorize the countryside]], a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.
** The teacher is also a JerkassWoobie, as several songs on ''The Final Cut'' show him to be a ShellShockedVeteran. Not to mention the abuse he suffers from his wife.
** Pink's wife. All she wanted was a normal relationship with her husband.
** Rounding it all out, we have Pink's mother; lost her husband and clung to her son (who was all she had left) only for [[MyBelovedSmother her protectiveness]] to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero cause MORE problems than it solved]].