- Awesome Music: Game On by Hans Zimmer. DuBois is introduced with an intense tango theme. Later on, the violins that play as she leaps from one apartment block to the other, on her motorbike, gives you chills.
- Base-Breaking Character:
- Stefano is one between those who find him funny and amusing or annoying and feels more like a Kid-Appeal Character.
- Although Captain DuBois is a fan favorite because of how Crazy Awesome she is, she also has developed some detractors for the same reason as it instead makes her come off as annoyingly over-the-top.
- Crazy Awesome: Captain DuBois.
- Ear Worm: Da da dada dada dada CIRCUS, da da dada dada dada AFRO, circus afro, circus Afro, polka dot, polka dot, polka dot, AFRO!
- And the ads. Never. Stop. Playing it.
- And it got worse (or better) - both the ads and the end of the 3rd movie combined that AND Move It. The last track on the OST CD was a much longer version of said song.
- Ensemble Dark Horse:
- Some viewers (and critics) found Capitaine DuBois more interesting, or at least more rounded, than the heroes due to simply being so determined and motivated.
- Vitaly has also become a huge fan favorite, with his popularity often eclipsing that of the Zoosters (note how many more tropes they have on the character page than the others). Being voiced by a beloved actor such as Bryan Cranston certainly helps.
- Even Better Sequel: The film scored rather well with critics than what the first two films did. The film scored a 79% on Rotten Tomatoes compared to the first film's 55% and the second film's 64%. On top of that, the film holds a 73% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, while the first two film's both have an audience score of 66%, which are still positive ratings. The third film also became highest-grossing film in the franchise.
- Genius Bonus: Those "drunk French-Canadians" who ditched animals in their circus, with multiple troupes (even with one in the nude), is Cirque du Soleil.
- Growing the Beard: In keeping with Dreamworks Animation's consistently good quality from Kung Fu Panda-on, this seems to be one of the rare threequels that are more well-liked than their predecessors.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: A certain R-rated film would unintentionally parody Afro Circus five years later.
- "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
- The things Capitaine DuBois does. There is nothing this woman would not do to get to Alex.
- Also, Vitaly's ring act. There is no ring too small for this tough tiger, not even a keyhole.
- Ho Yay: Alex is given a Love Interest in the form of Gia, but considering their relationship could just as easily be interpreted as a friendship, and Alex is... rather close to the gruff, butch tiger Vitaly, nothing is really resolved. Alex and Vitaly have a few moments like this, in fact (like the tiger calling Alex a lioness). And one of the more common promotional images for the third movie, of Vitaly thanking Alex for the loan of the mane conditioner for his act, looks very bad out of context◊ since it looks like he's holding a bottle of lube...
- LGBT Fanbase: Vitaly. Being a strong looking tiger with that speedo, you could have seen this a mile away...
- Memetic Mutation: "Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-CIRCUS! Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-AFRO!" In no small part to the fact almost every commercial used it.
- Moral Event Horizon: Chantel DuBois crosses this after firing a poisoned dart at Alex while he's in his cage.
- Most Wonderful Sound: In spite of its overexposure in trailers, you will cheer when you hear "Afro Circus" being used by The Cavalry as they arrive to save the main characters.
- Signature Song: "Afro Circus".
- Trailer Joke Decay: Also "Afro Circus", as established earlier.
- Wangst: Stefano is good at this.But...I want to do a solo act WITH MARTY!!
- Win Back the Crowd: Many fans of the first film who disliked the second film saw the third film as this.
YMMV / Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted