- Acceptable Targets: Aside from drug dealers and murderers there's misogynists, unfaithful husbands, guys that harass women in bars, etc. This fits very well with the whole "strong women kicking ass" theme the movie has going on.
- Awesome Music: Kimbra's "Come Into My Head" playing over the end credits
- Jerkass Woobie: Mullins: She's rude, violent, and very snarky to everyone around her, but when you realize her cold demeanor is caused by the mistreatment her family gives her for turning her brother in for drugs, despite the fact her brother understands why she did so, you tend to see why she is how she is.
- Les Yay: Mullins and Ashburn most definitely. Played for Laughs when Mullins and Ashburn are slow dancing though that could be because they were drunk.
- She Really Can Act: Usually Melissa McCarthy gets a lot of flack by some reviewers/fans for being the "the same fat, obnoxious comedian" in her films, but this one really proved she can pull off some drama.
- Squick: The failed attempt at a tracheotomy, at least for those who are Afraid of Blood.
- Memetic Mutation: Mullins throwing that phone book at Julian is very popular in fandoms of books turned movies, usually with a "READ THE BOOK!" caption to it. Watch here◊, just because we love it so much.
- Spiritual Licensee: This film can be considered an unofficial spin-off of Demolition Man that follows Sandra Bullock's character Lenina Huxley, which Bullock's character Ashburn is an Expy of. Both Bullock's characters are By-the-Book Cop characters who were raised in a Gosh Darn It to Heck! environment before venturing into the Cowboy Cop territory under influence of their partners (Spartan in Demolition Man and Mullins in this film). When Ashburn goes into her Cluster F-Bomb, Bullock's character used it awkwardly much like Huxley's use of swearing (who at one instance praised Spartan for kicking ass by saying he "licked ass"). The only difference between Bullock's characters Huxley and Ashburn is while Huxley was willing to venture out of her Gosh Darn It to Heck! / By-the-Book Cop zone in favor of Spartan's Cowboy Cop lifestyle that she was always fascinated by before his arrival, Ashburn, in contrast, in this film is initially unwilling and reluctant to leave her wholesome comfort zone until Mullins convinced her to do so in order to be an effective cop.
YMMV / The Heat