- Awesome Music: Ice Cube's "Thank God", as played in the end credits (symbolically referring to Vin Diesel's return to the film series), and appropriately, Darius Stone's Big Damn Heroes moment.
- Cliché Storm: So many that at certain moments the film looks like a popcorn action movie from the nineties. However, it is not known whether this was intentional.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Despite a mediocre box-office response in the U.S. — albeit it still earned almost as much in its opening weekend alone as xXx: State of the Union did in its entire theatrical run — it did much better elsewhere, with its international gross exceeding the film's budget in just two weeks. It was especially successful in China, where the marketing focused on Donnie Yen.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Xander's line to Serena, "X takes care of his own" midway into the film; while it sets up a Foreshadowing for Darius bailing the team out of a tight spot, it also serves as this considering the entire Triple X Program is deemed disavowed by the US Government at the end of the film. Not that that would matter to them, especially to Xander.
- Narm: Most dialogues in the film are pretty narmy, especially the dialogue between the three characters at the beginning of the film, when almost every phrase is laconic and extremely pretentious one-liners.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Darius Stone has better luck this time around to defeat Marke's assassins.
- So Bad, It's Good: With ludicrous action set-pieces such as skiing through the jungle and riding the on the ocean with motorbikes, an admirably diverse set of actors Chewing the Scenery and a bare bones thin "plot" that exists only to generate explosions, xXx: Return of Xander Cage is 107 minutes of pure, unadulterated, stupid joy.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: While the film got fairly mediocre reviews, it nonetheless fared a lot better critically and commercially than the previous sequel made without Vin Diesel's involvement. Which, funnily enough, was the same trajectory that Diesel's other famous franchise took.
- We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Considering the elapsed time after the release of the previous film, this was simply impossible to avoid. Abrupt rejuvenation cast, characters hackers and plot with space weapons ... Ironically, this again is so similar to the films of the zero years, that this makes the film even more nostalgic and old-fashioned.
YMMV / xXx: Return of Xander Cage