- Crowning Music of Awesome: James Newton Howard's score.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Anyone familiar with this movie might cringe a little after learning about the Amtrak train crash just outside of Philadelphia.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Elijah loves comics and desperately wants to be like the men he has spent his life collecting images of. Twelve years later, Samuel L. Jackson is playing Nick Fury, a badass Superhero who is head of a team of badass superheroes. Made better by the scene in the comic book store in which The Incredible Hulk and The Mighty Thor are both visible. Both would later be on his team.
- Magnificent Bastard: Elijah. Even after he's been captured by authorities, he still succeeded in his goals.
- Nightmare Fuel: Elijah falling down the stairs. Definitely one of the most disturbing depictions of breaking bones in movie history.
- Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Somewhat averted. While the "Realistic Superman" trope has become very prevalent in pop culture, this film gets a lot of praise for kick-starting it and is commonly viewed as being a good film released at the wrong time.
- Vindicated by History: When this film came out, superhero films were few and far between, and deconstructing something so obscure seemed bizarre. Today superheroes dominate the box office and Unbreakable would fit right in. Not only it is considered one of Shyamalan's best films (the other being The Sixth Sense; though some might argue it's even better than that) but perhaps his most underrated. Most of the critical responses were actually good, but it didn't garner as much attention or as much money as its predecessor. That's not to say that it was extremely unsuccessful or anything; it was moderate at best.
- As for the films that came after... well, let's just say that while they definitely got a lot of attention, it wasn't really for good reasons...
- The Woobie: Due to genetics being a crapshoot, Elijah has spent roughly a third of his life in a hospital bed. In the end, he is revealed as a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.