- Magnificent Bastard: FBI Director Denton Voyles would probably qualify in the book. Fletcher Coal, the President's Chief of Staff, is a wannabe who fails to rise above Corrupt Bureaucrat level.
- Retroactive Recognition: Cynthia Nixon as one of Darby's classmates. If it weren't for the different character names, one could assume that we're seeing Miranda in her law school days.
YMMV / The Pelican Brief