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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Tiffany telling Sean that him being a witness for the prosecution is "hot" after making him uncomfortable by talking about Eddie Kim's evil deeds. Maybe she's trying to make him feel less nervous by flirting more openly.
  • Awesome Music: "Bring It (Snakes on a Plane)" by Gabe Saporta, before he founded Cobra Starship (in fact, the reason the band was named Cobra Starship was because he thought this would be a one-off alias for this soundtrack). It also features Maja Ivarsson from The Sounds, William Becket from The Academy Is... and Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes. The music video is pretty awesome too.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: The business man who feeds a dog to the python. As mentioned in Moral Event Horizon, many were upset at the scene & found the man's subsequent death cheerful. But there's another portion of fandom who feel said man was justified in sacrificing an animal to save his own life. It can & has sparked heated debate on animal vs. human life value.
  • Complete Monster: Eddie Kim is a feared international crime boss who, in his very first scene, beats a guy prosecuting him to death with a baseball bat, taunting him about how his son will grow up without a father. Then, to kill the witness to his crime, he releases the titular snakes on the plane, killing dozens of people without a twinge of remorse for either the passengers killed by an entire swarm of venomous serpents or any potential collateral damage for a plane crash.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Mean businessman getting a Karmic Death by hungry python - after he had a Kick the Dog moment by throwing a defenceless chihuahua to the snakes - is hilarious.
    • The snake going up the sleeping woman's skirt, causing her to have...pleasant dreams is darkly hilarious.
    • Oversexed couple getting killed in the bathroom and the woman getting bitten on her giant tits? Hilarious. Ditto to the obnoxious guy who talks to his dick dying by a snake biting him.
  • Ham and Cheese: Many people were initially surprised at Samuel L. Jackson agreeing to work on a movie like this.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Ten years after its release, an actual snake was spotted on a plane. Though thankfully there were no injuries.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The fact that Samuel L. Jackson is reporting directly to a superior who looks and sounds like Barack Obama should count.
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    • Julianna Margulies plays a flight attendant who's leaving to start law school. She later played a lawyer in the short-lived Canterbury's Law and in the much more successful The Good Wife.
    • Nathan Philips's last scene in Wolf Creek shows him being taken on board a plane to be part of a murder investigation. Here's hoping that flight didn't have the same problems.
  • Idiot Plot: Granted, the very concept of "Snakes on a Plane" is hardly Shakespeare, and the film is not meant to be taken too seriously...even so, Eddie Kim's plan is Stupid Evil on crack, as he is trying to kill one murder witness by killing everyone on an entire plane with snakes, including an FBI agent no less. He could possibly have blabbed his way out of the original murder charge, but even if he went to jail for it, he would be in much more serious trouble if he is tied in any way to a mass murder incident, and this crime would definitely prompt a massive investigation for which he is the prime suspect. His plan might have been to Make It Look Like an Accident somehow, but even if he can't be tied to it his name and face would be plastered all over the news and his criminal empire would crumble as nobody would want to work with someone so well known for something so heinous.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Most viewers were just here to watch Samuel L. Jackson get mad about snakes.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Almost exemplified with Jackson's now (in)famous One-Liner: "Enough is enough! I have had it with these muthafuckin' snakes on this muthafuckin' plane!" The line was written by fans online and placed into the movie as an Ascended Meme.
      • The sanitized TV version of the line became a meme itself for its sheer absurdity. "I have had it with these monkey-fighting snakes on this Monday-to-Friday plane!"
    • The title of the movie itself led to many variants, such as "Snakes on a Tit", "Snakes on a Dick", etc.
    • Some people have put pictures of snakes on plane graphs.
    • Pick any Metal Gear protagonists (named with variations of Snake) and put them on a plane. Slap the movie's title on it. Instant meme.
    • This also works with Harry Potter: "Snapes on a plane".
    • A non-title based meme can also be found in a certain Product Placement: "ALL PRAISES TO THE PLAYSTATION!!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Kudos to the unnamed businessman who killed the dog in order to save his own skin. This allows the audience to feel no sympathy and revel when the python slowly eats him and gets sucked out of the plane while he's halfway eaten.
  • Narm Charm: The movie is just so silly, but that makes it better.
  • Nightmare Fuel: If you're scared of snakes, this is a given and perhaps may prevent you to even watch the movie and enjoy its silliness because you're overtaken with your fear of snakes biting people to death in the first place.
    • Of special notice is the gruesomeness of the passengers' deaths. Having a wide variety of snakes around and attacking leads to a variety of results, ranging from rapid putrefaction to limbs severely swollen with fluid to foaming from the mouth or eyes to being squeezed to the point that all the blood goes to the victim's head, blood leaking from all orifices Dragon Kiss-style. The only one to have received a relatively clean death was the flight attendant who saved a passenger's baby.
    • The premise itself, if played straight, is Nightmare Fuel incarnate. Imagine this: Snakes are usually defensive creatures that avoid humans and only started biting whenever they felt like they're being threatened. Flip that around and turn the snakes into more offensive creatures that would bite you just because you're near and not even provoking them, and you're pretty much trapped with a bunch of killer creatures that goes against their otherwise defensive nature.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The martial artist. People wished he got more scenes.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The idea of snakes getting released onto a plane where you can't escape them is pretty unnerving.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Almost certainly an intentional example.
    • The director initially wanted a more serious movie with "Snakes on a Plane" being a working title, but after seeing the title, Jackson requested to keep it and everything it entails. With all the free internet hype for a Ham and Cheese B-movie (and no interest otherwise), it was probably a wise decision as the original would likely fall into no better than So Okay, It's Average.
    • The song above is so god awful in the lyrics and video that by rights it should tank, but Cobra Starship are so self aware of how bad it is that given the tone of the film they pull it off.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Eddie Kim, evil gangster martial artist? Check. Heroic kickboxer who risks his own life to save a stranger? Check. Shoehorning in a Hong Kong-esque fight at or near the end? ...Not check.
  • Tough Act to Follow: For a good year before the film was released, it received a ton of memes. For some, the memes were more entertaining than the film itself, although that's not to say the actual film was bad, just that the memes were so funny.
  • Watch It for the Meme: Watch it to see SLJ have enough with these muthafuckin' snakes on this muthafuckin' plane. And also because of the title itself.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Someone on the Malaysian censorship board decided to grant the film the U Rating (Universal rating, meaning that it is suitable for everyone, even babies), apparently because the title of the movie sounds like it's a clean family comedy outing. It was eventually reclassified as a 18+ movie, but not before a horde of angry parents wrote in to the local press complaining. The Censor? He's most likely out of a job.


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