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  • Ass Pull: The much-maligned Ancient Conspiracy. It isn't foreshadowed at all in any of the films unless you count the nebulous description of Century Comics #117 from Unbreakablenote  and is felt by some as wholly unnecessary to the film.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The second trailer starts off with an instrumental version of the widely loved Unbreakable theme.
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    • "David & Elijah", a Dark Reprise of the Unbreakable theme, benefits massively from combining both the industrial atmosphere of Split with the iconic theme from James Newton Howard.
    • Origin Story, the central theme of the film, notably used heavily in the emotionally charged climax and ending.
    • Brick Factory is notorious for being essentially a remix of both David Dunn's theme from Unbreakable and The Beast's theme from Split, creating a fascinating contrast perfectly suited for their fight scenes.
    • The music playing while Glass snoops around the hospital during the shift change appears to be based at least in part on the Blondie song "Heart of Glass."
  • Contested Sequel: Fans are...split on the movie, some liking it and seeing it as a good sequel, while others hate it and feel Shyamalan has fallen back into his 'What a twist!' habit especially with fan favorite David Dunn suffering a unceremonious death in a puddle.
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  • Critical Dissonance: Currently, the critic score on Rotten Tomatoes lies at a mixed 37%, while the audience score is at a pretty-good-to-great 75%.
  • Cry for the Devil: The death of Elijah and Kevin is a big Tear Jerker despite what both did.
  • Epileptic Trees: The fact that Split was sold as a separate project and its connection to Unbreakable was a twist, some are wondering if this film will reveal other Shyamalan works are part of this growing universe. See also WMG.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending:
    • So the brilliant plan to expose the anti-superpower Illuminati Ancient Conspiracy is to upload a super fight to the internet, where it can be easily discredited by them? It is not as well-thought out as M Night Shyamalan expects us to think.
    • Alternatively, if it isn't discredited due to elements like all the confirmed victims of Kevin, then Mr. Glass' plan will succeed...but that means that there will most likely be more people like Kevin and Glass coming forth, dangerous supervillains who will cause even more destruction and causalities no matter how much any new superheroes try to stop them.
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  • Fridge Brilliance: David never touches Dr. Staple and she deliberately never let it happen. At least not until before he's killed.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Magnificent Bastard: Mr. Glass, as per the norm. He's been playing the Asylum like a bunch of fools nearly over the course of 20 years and instead of a typical supervillain scheme like he suggests that he and The Beast do (going to Osaka Tower and blowing it up to show the world the existence of super-beings), his real plan to expose the world to supers is actually to stage a fight between himself, The Overseer and The Beast so that he can upload the footage to the world and show the world that beings of this power truly exist.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Ancient Conspiracy crosses it at the same time it reveals itself; by cold-bloodedly drowning David Dunn even though he's never done anything but try to stop Elijah and Kevin's rampage with as little collateral damage as possible, and wasn't even particularly uncooperative as a patient.
  • Narm:
    • We get a brief shot of the Beast galloping on all fours like, well, a beast. Maybe it's because the shot is so short, but he looks faintly ridiculous kicking his 'back' legs out like that, a bit like a frog.
    • One of the punk teens early on threatens David with "We're gonna Salt Bae your ass" and "Superman punch him, Ronald!"
      • Though, this could swing right back into Narm Charm when David and Joseph spend the entire scene afterward making fun of this.
    • David getting drowned in a puddle, of all places. Yes, water is his weakness - but a puddle?
    • The significance that characters place on comic books can get rather Narmy, especially when someone cites "Did you know that in the first Superman, he couldn't even fly? And Metropolis was actually New York!" as convincing evidence that superpowers are real. Of particular note is the exchange between Glass and his mother near the end, which doesn't work very well with the tone of Glass dying:
      Mr. Glass: It wasn't a limited edition, Mama... it was an origin story all along!
    • Many find the entire premise of the ancient, 10,000 year old Cape Buster conspiracy completely ridiculous, both due to how out of nowhere it comes and that despite being able to suppress the existence of superhumans worldwide to such a degree everyone believes they're fictional they somehow managed to let David Dunn run around fighting crime for 19 years without him even knowing they existed.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has it’s own page.
  • The Scrappy: The Ancient Conspiracy. Many negative reviews cite its inclusion and everything surrounding it as the downfall of the film due to coming completely out of nowhere, making little sense and seeming to only exist to give David Dunn an anticlimatic death, and generally being seen as another of Shyamalan's much maligned Shocking Swerves. Even a fair number of positive reviews cite it and what surrounds it as dragging the rest of the film down.
  • Sequelitis: Early critical reviews have stated that the film is overall a major letdown from its predecessors. While fans have initially received it better, even many who liked it feel it's an inferior sequel to the previous two, with most citing the Plot Twist and ending as bringing the rest of the film down.
    Rotten Tomatoes critics' consensus: Glass displays a few glimmers of M. Night Shyamalan at his twisty world-building best, but ultimately disappoints as the conclusion to the writer-director's long-gestating trilogy.
  • Shocking Swerve: As with many Shyamalan films, many feel this way about the Plot Twist. Particularly the fact that despite supposedly existing for 10,000 years, the Ancient Conspiracy was never acknowledged, mentioned, or foreshadowed in either of the previous films unless you count what is brought up under Ass Pull above, seems to come out of nowhere, let David Dunn run around doing superheroics for 19 years despite their given motive making that choice make no sense, and are dealt with so quickly within the film's narrative that their sole purpose for existence is to kill David and Kevin off.
  • So Okay, It's Average: This tends to be the most common opinion of the film held by fans. Honest Trailers lampshades this by, rather than putting it in the "Oooh, what's happening?" category of good Shyamalan films or "Uh, what happening!?" category of bad Shyamalan films, describing it as a "Well, that happened" film.
  • Tough Act to Follow: It's the sequel to two films that are considered to be some of M. Night Shyamalan's best work, but if the critical consensus is any indication, it failed to live up to expectations. While fans are a bit kinder, many still feel it's inferior to those two films, primarily due to the ending.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Due to the film focusing on David, Elijah, and Kevin, Casey doesn't get as much screen time as the others, and what she does get is mostly spent in service of Kevin's storyline. A bit disappointing, considering that the previous film suggested that she now had the potential to become a hero herself.
    • There was a lot of mileage in making Dr. Ellie Staple the Anti-Elijah Price; a Nurse Ratched-esque psychiatrist with a severe case of Tall Poppy Syndrome. Who - either through personal tragedy or something deeper - tries to "keep order in an insane world." Price representing fantasy to Staple's representing mundane. Instead, she's revealed to be member on a clandestine order of ancient Cape Busters — a twist that had almost no foreshadowing and seemingly came of out of nowhere.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Oddly enough, the major thrust of the film might have been better off if it was an original movie not building off anything else, so there could be a genuine question of whether the powers were real rather than just waiting for the side we know is right to be proven right.
    • A good many viewers have said that they were quite looking forward to the clash between David and Kevin at the skyscraper that was being built up by Elijah, and were immensely disappointed that this showdown never happens because David, Kevin and Elijah all die before it can.
    • Also, the Ancient Conspiracy of Cape Busters actually could have been a serviceable twist for many had it actually been foreshadowed beforehand. Imagine if tertiary characters like police offers or hospital orderlies had actually been shown to have the black clover tattoo throughout the film, making what it means a mystery, or if Elijah had dropped cryptic clues about a villainous union that the audience might think refers to him teaming up with Kevin until realizing that he's actually talking about the secret society upon a rewatch. This could have gone a long way in making the ending more acceptable to many, since as it stands the Ass Pull nature of the twist is the ending's biggest offender.


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