- Faux Symbolism: Jimmy's relationship with drugs throughout the thing has elements of this.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Seeing Sting fighting the police.
- Moment of Awesome: In the movie's ending, Jimmy steals Ace Face's scooter, rides it along Beachy Head (to "I've Had Enough", no less), before throwing it off onto the rocks below, having come to terms with himself. Also, his moment of enlightenment before chucking the scooter, when he screams a single word that sums up the entire point of the story: "ME!"
- Retroactive Recognition: Mainly for Sting, Ray Winstone and Timothy Spall in The Movie.
- Tough Act to Follow: Widely considered to be Pete Townsend's masterpiece and described by the man himself as "the last truly great Who album." Indeed, while they continued to have hits, none of their albums were anywhere near as ambitious.
- Values Resonance: Despite being written in The '70s and being about The '60s, the themes of teenage angst, drug use, popularity, and identity are applicable to any generation. The only thing that's changed is the drugs being used, and even then those haven't changed all to much.
YMMV / Quadrophenia