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  • Awesome Music: The score by John Ottman.
  • Designated Hero: David Kujan. He’s rude, condescending, abusive and borderline corrupt. Granted he’s dedicated to his job and wants to make sure the case is solved properly but you really couldn’t tell him from the criminals he’s trying to put in prison . Yes Verbal is lying through his teeth about everything but Kujan’s actions which includes strong arming him, threatening to plant false evidence on and of course vowing to put a contract on his life if he doesn’t tell him the truth was very excessive. In the end you can’t help but feel a little bit happy that Kujan got taken down huge a peg as Verbal/Keyser Söze gets away scott free.
  • Designated Love Interest: Edie and Keaton to each other. Verbal is the only person in the whole movie who seems to believe they cared for each other, even though Edie doesn't seem to be all that fazed by Keaton's complete disappearance from her life, and Keaton ignores essentially all attempts at connection from his girlfriend.
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  • Eight Deadly Words: In Roger Ebert's famously negative review of the film, in description of the film's complex plot he wrote "To the degree that I do understand, I don't care." Ebert is one of the few critics who did not like this film at all, and put The Usual Suspects on his most hated film list.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Bryan Singer mentioned in more than one article that Benicio del Toro took a throw-away character and, just by giving him an unusual way of speaking, stole every scene he was in!
  • Evil Is Cool: Keyser Söze is clearly a monstrously evil man if even half of the things said about him are true, but his coolness in doing them is indisputable, particularly given the famous twist ending has made him a by-word for the Diabolical Mastermind.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Several times Söze is referred to as the Devil. The main character (and one of the prime suspects as to who Söze is) later played the Devil in End of Days. One of his minions in the latter is played by "Hockney" (Kevin Pollak).
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  • It Was His Sled: Practically everyone, with or without seeing the movie, has heard of the twist.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Keyser Söze is a mysterious Diabolical Mastermind who lives a double life as the disabled Roger "Verbal" Kint. Söze organized a hit on a drug gang to kill one of their prisoners before killing his accomplices and setting fire to the scene. Arrested by the police, Söze, as Kint, successfully spun lies to the investigators to pin everything on accomplice Dean Keaton. Once he got his bail, Söze practically waltzed out the police station and vanished before the investigators could realize the truth. For years, Söze has kept his own existence under wraps, and those who know of his existence know nothing else about him.
  • Memetic Badass: Keyser Söze. But then again with a reputation like his, the title is downright inevitable.
  • Memetic Mutation: "And just like that, he's gone," referring to Kevin Spacey's sudden fall from grace in 2017.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Keyser Söze. He scares almost every criminal in the film.
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  • Signature Scene: The line-up, to the point it's the movie poster and the Vanity Plate for Bryan Singer's company.
  • Tough Act to Follow: While Bryan Singer would go on to have great success directing blockbusters (most notably the X-Men Film Series), none of his films would be as highly acclaimed as this.


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