- Critical Dissonance: It's difficult to find words for how much these guys were despised by critics. They were all highly skilled session musicians who aimed for polished production styles and precise songwriting, which was at odds with what the critics liked at the time. When Toto IV won six Grammys, they were accused of fixing the awards.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: "Africa" and "Hold the Line" are this for quite a few people.
- Ear Worm: The four-note main theme from David Lynch's Dune.
- Epic Riff: The triplet piano motif and guitar riff in "Hold the Line" are probably the best known. There's also the tribal drum beats in "Africa", and the drum intro of "Rosanna".
- Face of the Band: Fans of the band will identify Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather and maybe Joseph Williams as the face, but Paich has explained that one factor in the band's persistent disputes with their record companies has been their distinct lack of a "pretty boy rock star" to front the group.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Like a few Arena Rock groups, their popularity in Europe probably eclipses their popularity in their native United States. This is particularly true in the Netherlands; their albums continued to chart well there long after their success had diminished in their home country, and their 25th anniversary show was filmed in Amsterdam.
- Misattributed Song: "Hold the Line" and "I'll Supply the Love" were big hits, but a lot of people thought they were by Foreigner, Journey or Boston. This was a big problem for Toto; the fact that they'd played on just about every record to come out of Los Angeles meant that they'd practically defined the sound of the eighties and As a result, they struggled to find a unique sound of their own.
- Replacement Scrappy: Averted by Joseph Williams, who was quite well-received by Toto fans, but played straight by one album singers Fergie Frederiksen and Jean-Michel Byron.
- Retroactive Recognition: Patrick Swayze played one of the gang members in the "Rosanna" video. His face is visible near the end of the video, during the gang fight. The girl in the red dress was played by Swayze's future dancing partner Cynthia Rhodes.
- Signature Song: "Africa".