- Complete Monster: Parodied
- Crack Pairing: Jones and Garcia. The African American Jones and Latin American Garcia are partners when out on patrol, although Garcia is depicted as racist. In spite of this, the two are halfway competent as partners and have their own Running Gag of extended chase scenes throughout the show.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: By definition, Terry. The character appeared in 27 episodes (out of a total 88), and was easily the most popular recurring character not in the main cast. He even got screen time in the movie.
- Fan Disservice: Dangle and his shorts.
- Weigel at one point expresses her happiness that he's getting promoted because "he's been wearing those plum-smugglers for years now."
- Harsher in Hindsight: Anything that has to do with this show and airplanes, given the September 2011 plane crash at the Reno Air Race and Air Show. Although there is no real "Reno Sheriff's Department," (there is a Reno Police Department and a Washoe County Sheriff's Department), the fact that the show is set in Reno makes it hard to watch any episode involving airplanes or air travel.
- The film actually does have an airplane in it, but it's not very integral to the plot.
- Hollywood Homely: Deputy Trudy Weigel. She's supposed to be extremely repulsive. The stings involving her playing a prostitute or a stripper never work.
Garcia: "She's a 'triple-bagger'. One bag over her head, one over mine, and one extra for any unlucky bastard that might accidentally walk by."
- Magnificent Bastard: Usually Dangle, occasionally everyone on the force, but the best example being "Spanish Mike" Alvarez.
- Retroactive Recognition: Subverted with Niecy Nash, who hosted the Style Network's "Clean House" for seven seasons; she was the only one to have a steady gig simultaneously with Reno 911!. Her hosting outlasted her role on "Reno" by one season. She also spent a season on Dancing With the Stars.
- Carlos Alazraqui voiced Rocko on the 1990's Nickelodeon cartoon Rocko's Modern Life. Of course, the two roles are completely different.
- Wendi Mc Lendon-Covey had a major supporting role in "Bridesmaids".
- Nick Swardson went on to have mainstream success as a comedian and a film actor, an interesting note since he was not in the main cast.
- Cedric Yarbrough had a bit part in Black Dynamite as the aptly named pimp Chocolate Giddy-Up.
- The Scrappy: Declan and Rizzo.
- The latter has the potential of being rescued from the heap.
- Unfortunate Implications: Played for Laughs, without mercy.
- Just as often inverted, subverted, or averted, though: for example, it's hard to name another show where a character is openly homosexual, in a role of some authority, and has an active sex life. OK, he's a total idiot, but he's still the smartest guy in the station, and not even the rednecks like Junior or Garcia have a problem with his personal life.