* AdaptationDisplacement: See AdaptationExpansion.
* AwesomeMusic: Music/JerryGoldsmith, natch. Two examples: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OuwuBejQuQ Swallow It/The Big Jump]]".
* BestKnownForTheFanService:
** The one thing that ''everybody'' remembers about this movie is the prostitute with three boobs.
** To some people, this is the movie where Arnold Schwarzenegger got [[GroinAttack ballbusted]] not one, not two, but ''[[RuleOfThree three]]'' times. By [[EvilIsSexy Sharon Stone]], no less. He also got another one albeit non-violently by another woman who squeezes his balls softly. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Bf4VoIsVuQ See here]].
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: The human shield scene. A poor bystander getting caught in the line of fire and shot by Richter's men when they're trying to kill Quaid is horrible. Quaid grabbing his corpse, using it to protect himself from several more rounds of gunfire, and then throwing his now completely bloodied up body onto his pursuers on the other hand? Hilarious.
* EvilIsSexy: Lori, played by the ever-so-lovely Sharon Stone.
* HilariousInHindsight: A man is offered a [[RedPillBluePill red pill]] because it'll help him enter the real world. [[Film/TheMatrix That sounds familiar]]...
** An advertisement for Fuji Film is seen in the background of one scene. The film's creators couldn't have predicted that analog photography would be all but killed off by digital photography long before 2084 (the year in which the movie is set).
** Compare Creator/RobertPicardo's mindless robot here to his snippy, sarcastic Doctor from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
** Quaid decides to have a memory implant of a vacation on Mars as a secret agent instead of as tourist, only to discover he is a secret agent. In ''Film/TrueLies'', Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger plays a secret agent whose wife and daughter thinks he is a computer salesman.
* MemeticMutation:
** YOU BLUU MAI CUVAH!!!
** GET YOAH AHSS TO MAHS!
** GEEVE DEESE PEEPLE AYAH!
** DIE [[spoiler:BENNY]]!!!
** SCCCREEEEEEWWWWWW YYYOOOOUUUUUU!!!!!
** BUT I KILLED DEM!!!
** Start the reactor, Quaid...
** Consider that a divorce.
** See you at the party, Richter!
** Hey man, I got five kids to feed!
** Get ready for a surprise!
** TWO WEEKS!
** The characters' decompression faces, [[spoiler:Quaid and Cohaagen's in particular]].
* MoralEventHorizon: Cohagen crosses it when he leaves all the people in the dome to suffocate
* OneSceneWonder:
** Dr. Edgemar (the bald guy who offers Doug the red pill).
** Priscilla Allen's performance as the "Two Weeks" woman.
** The unforgettable three-breasted hooker.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Dean Norris plays Tony, the mutant who helps Quaid and Melina escape.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: [[http://www.joueurdugrenier.fr/total-recall-et-predator-nes-2/ The NES game.]] With the most epic [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative fight against a hat-launching hobo]] you'll ever see in a video game.
* UncannyValley:
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since the Johnny Cab robot is a Howdy Doody parody with a deliberately phony, chipper personality, modeled and voiced by Robert Picardo.
** The scenes when Quaid takes the tracker out of his nose and when he takes off his fat lady mask. In both scenes, it's pretty easy to tell that Quaid's face is being rendered in stop-motion.
** The characters when their eyes bulge out of their heads when getting decompressed by Mars' atmosphere, which for some either can come off as {{Narm}} or [[NightmareFuel/TotalRecall1990 Nightmare Fuel]].

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