- Acceptable Targets: Henrik Hanssen is used as a device to show the Scandinavians in a particular way, used for Rule of Funny purposes.
- Anvilicious: Well, that's how some people see it...
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Since late 2008, this show has started using them. Too many to mention.
- Bizarro Episode: The bizarre Christmas fantasy episodes featuring ghosts, time-travel and alternate realities since 2007.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Marie-Claire Carter, an Irish-accented character; a recurring character from 2009 to 2012, she was promoted to full regular status in 2013.
- Also, the appearance of Kate, played by Stirling Gallacher.
- The two recurring anaesthetists, Keith Greene and Paul Rose.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Rosie Marcel suffered a miscarriage a few days after filming scenes where Jac gave birth. Though making it slightly better is that she did successfully give birth a few years later.
- Magnificent Bastard: Cardio Thoracic surgeon Anton Meyer (George Irving) in the first few series. In the first episode he told a patient that if he (the patient) ever smoked again he (Meyer) would personally undo everything he had done on the operating table.
- Memetic Mutation: The female nurses' outfits (i.e. the scrubs worn by the Ensemble Dark Horse extras and Jac Naylor, Mary-Claire Carter and Donna Jackson. Also Jac Naylor's non-medical outfits too.). Certainly popular with students, making the sexy nurse outfit (considered cliched these days) somewhat no longer fashionable or trendy.
- Nightmare Fuel: For a supposedly pre-watershed show, this can contain heavy doses of it.
- This show has tried to emulate Steven Moffat, but hasn't come close to it though. Not that it fails at being scary (certainly for children anyway).
- The Christmas Episode of the show often contains doses of this, even more so than Doctor Who, giving that show a run for its money in the festive season.
- Much of the episodes produced by Jane Wallbank fall into this territory.
- Periphery Demographic: Popular with high-school age, and college-age students, despite being aimed at adults.
- Sending Stuff to Save the Show: Inverted. More like Fandom requests to give background characters into proper characters.
- This isn't that uncommon in the United Kingdom, well, for background characters to be popular.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Too numerous to mention.
YMMV / Holby City