- Ear Worm: "Deepest! Bluest! My hat is like a shark's fin!"
- Ensemble Dark Horse: LL Cool J's character Preacher spends most of the movie alone, separated from the main cast, who never even seem to remember he's there. This makes one wonder if he was even originally intended to be in the movie, but eventually he turns out to be a lot more intelligent and even more likable than the other characters. Apparently he was popular enough that the movie was rewritten to have him survive at the end.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Sorta. The special effects company involved with making the animatronic sharks would create the shark animatronics (some of them even look identical) in Shark Night nearly twelve years later.
- Memetic Badass: The shark killed Jules Winfield, Mace Windu, Nick Fury and a boatload of badass muthafuckas that Samuel L. Jackson have ever played. Clearly it has had it with these muthafuckin' humans on this muthafuckin' film.
- Narm: "You just knocked us down to the bottom of the food chain!", said in response to the idea that sharks now have enhanced intelligence. Putting aside that we still possess abilities that they lack (tool-making etc), the fact remains that humans don't even form part of the aquatic food chain. And even if there's some kind of united food chain, are we really below rabbits?
- Narm Charm: "You ate my bird!" Simultaneously the most awesome and goofiest Pre-Mortem One-Liner ever.
- Retroactive Recognition: The team include The Punisher, Victoria Hand, Nick Fury, Dr. Selvig.
- The Scrappy: Susan. Test audiences hated her so much they were shouting "Die bitch!" during the screenings. The studio went back and reshot the ending just to kill her off. She would end up Vindicated by History by modern viewers, however.
- So Bad, It's Good: A cast of highly gifted actors giving totally ridiculous performances + every shark movie cliche ever + the incredibly ridiculous death scenes = pure B-movie cheese.
- Signature Scene: Samuel L. Jackson getting munched by the shark mid-Rousing Speech.
- Special Effects Failure: Renny Harlin challenged audiences to notice when the mechanical sharks ended and the CGI ones began. Form a line, folks...
- Took the Bad Film Seriously: A review of the film said that it works because everyone isn't taking it seriously, making it quite fun. The exception is Saffron Burrows, who "behaves as it was an art film" (and unlike most of the examples here, gives a bad performance).
- Vindicated by History: Susan was really hated during the show's airing that test audiences were cheering for her death. Latter viewers, however, noticed just how severe the Alzheimer's disease that she was fighting thus giving her grounds on how she was desperate with the illegal actions; and when she realized that everything was All for Nothing as she killed the second shark, she had a brief My God, What Have I Done? moment and she finally pulled a Heroic Sacrifice after telling Carter that it's OK to kill the shark, allowing the menace to finally end. In the end, modern viewers usually sees Susan as a Base-Breaking Character that could end up Unintentionally Sympathetic.
YMMV / Deep Blue Sea