- Critical Dissonance: Both films have rather low scores from professional critics, generally for their absurd premise, but are beloved by audiences for being fun, educational adventure films.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Both Riley and Ian are way more popular in the fandom than Ben or Abigail. Also, the unnamed butcher who lets Abigail hide behind her counter when Abigail claims she's hiding from her ex-husband.
- Follow the Leader: Seems to be a product of the conspiracy craze started by The Da Vinci Code, preceding the movie version by two years.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Meaningful Name: Benjamin Franklin Gates; Abigail Chase, likely after America's most famous Founding Mother, Abigail Adams.
- Memetic Mutation:
- "I'm gonna steal the Declaration of Independence."
- "I'm gonna kidnap the President of the United States."
- Anytime there's discussion of some strange writings or codes that no one can figure out, expect a photo of Nicolas Cage as Ben Gates, posted as a response.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Riley probably elicits this reaction the most in fandom, but Abigail most certainly counts as well.
- One-Scene Wonder: Related to the above, a really pretty fan who goes after Riley in the second film.
- Retroactive Recognition:
- Special Effects Failure: Shaw's Disney Villain Death in the first film. He doesn't actually fall into the blackness below him, but rather he simply fades away out of existence.
- Tear Jerker: The scene at the beginning of the second film where Thomas Gates is shot and killed by Confederate sympathizers in front of his son. The child's reaction is eerily reminiscent of another Disney movie.
YMMV / National Treasure