- Awesome Music: James Brown's soundtrack, notably "The Boss", which is essentially a Badass Boast set to funky song.
- Designated Hero: See Misaimed Fandom below. Tommy is really no better than the Mafia goons he takes out en masse, with the only notable difference being that he cares about his children. Otherwise, he's a loathsome human being who alienates almost everyone close to him, doesn't care much about Helen, and only thinks of himself in the long run. Yet, he is presented as the hero audiences can root for.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Tommy (Fred Williamson) is seen running and jumping through an airport during one of the chase scenes in Harlem. Just a few short years later, another African-American football player, O.J. Simpson, would do much the same thing during his commercials for Hertz Rent-a-Car.
- Misaimed Fandom: Audiences believed that Tommy was the hero of the story, in spite of the fact that he's a conniving, loathsome womanizer who sold out his own family to become the king of his own empire.
YMMV / Black Caesar