- Adaptation Displacement: Many know of the films but not the source. This is in part due to the Darker and Edgier tone of the movies.
- Cargo Ship: Isao Oota gets a Nosebleed from seeing a gigantic machine gun mounted on his Ingram as a thank you from the US military.
- Common Crossover: Gotō gets loads of physical comparison to Koi wa Ameagari no You Ni's Kondou Masami, to the point where many crossover fanarts would have the two men meet or their peers confusing the two of them with each other. It gets so prominent that the character designer for Patlabor ended up drawing an obi for the manga.
- Memetic Mutation: In a 2019 response to a Simpsons meme "So you want a realistic, down-to-earth show...that's completely off the wall and filled with magic robots", the comeback answer was "This show exists. It's called Pat Labor."
- Never Live It Down: Shinobu's past came back to haunt her during the second film, which finally revealed why a woman of her talent wound up settling for a position with the SVU, rather than a management position with the top brass (see the Didn't Think This Through entry in her character section).
- So Bad, It's Good: The voice acting in the English dub of the TV series (including Dan Green). Most of the actors, frankly, sound like a bunch of untrained yahoos the studio pulled in off the streets, though they do try. There's actually a bit of Fridge Brilliance with the voicework, though, as the shoddy quality actually fits with the bored, underfunded, under-disciplined nature of Section 2.
- Superlative Dubbing: The first two films' Manga Entertainment dubs are excellent, but especially the dub for the second film, and Peter Marinker's turn as Goto is the best of any English voice actor. Bandai Visual's 2006 redubs were technically quite good, if never quite spectacular, and certainly not nearly as memorable as the original mid-90s efforts.
YMMV / Patlabor