!!YMMV tropes and audience reactions for the comic book:

* {{Anvilicious}}: Depends largely on the storywriter, but many stories (such as the very second issue - They Called Him Coward!) absolutely want you to understand, usually through heavy repetition, that war has no place for cowards (who eventually turn out to be [[TheSoCalledCoward so called cowards]] after all). Themes of friendship through hardship; Two people hate each others guts at the start of the story, are friends by the last page, and not judging people based on appearances are also frequently dropped anvils.
* BizarroEpisode: At least two issues have involved TimeTravel. No, really.
** ''#3888 Time Of Fear'' is one example. Though to be fair, the device that caused it was supposed to have a completely different function.
** And at one point, His Majesty's Armed Forces [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja fought ninjas]].

!!YMMV tropes and audience reactions for the movie:

* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: JamesHorner's steel drum score. It is no surprise that the score album sold out in one day (still the record for the fastest sellout in the history of La-La Land Records).
** This was actually the second time an album of music from the movie sold out, as VareseSarabande's release also flew out of outlets (the La-La Land disc has more music, including [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v4F_SBy69Q the Power Station song - actually written for the film - over the end credits]]).
* CrazyAwesome: John Matrix. The whole film, actually.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Arnie slaughtering an island full of soldiers? Hilarious.
* CultClassic: While nowhere near as popular as films Arnie would later star in, it's a perfect example of 80s ham and over the top action which has gained it a following.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Sully. The dude is a CasanovaWannabe with a [[UndignifiedDeath humiliating]] [[MemeticMutation memetic]] death.
** [[TheDragon Bennett]] counts too, especially [[TrueFinalBoss for being far more awesome]] than [[AnticlimaxBoss the disappointing]] BigBad of the film.
* FoeYay: Bennett gets very excited over the prospect of [[FreudWasRight sticking his knife]] in Matrix.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: This movie is [[http://www.amazon.co.jp/product-reviews/B003N0GC88/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_helpful?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending extremely popular in Japan.]]
* HarsherInHindsight: The brief mall shootout, as such a thing has been alarmingly happening more and more in real life.
* HoYay: Perhaps the most unintentionally homoerotic movie ever made, particularly where Bennett is concerned. "I DON'T NEED THE GIRL!"
* MemeticMutation:
** ''"You're a funny guy, X. I like you... That is why I'm gonna KillYouLast."''
*** ''"Remember when I said I would kill you last?"'' ...''"ILied."''
** ''"[[PreMortemOneLIner Fuck you, asshole.]]"'' [''[[ItWorksBetterWithBullets Click.]]''] ''"[[NoYou Fuck]] '''[[NoYou you]]''', [[NoYou asshole]]."'' [''[[MegatonPunch Smack!]]'']
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: John Matrix runs into a lot of these.
* TheScrappy: Cindy's clearly there for sex appeal and comic relief. How successful she is at either of those WILL vary depending on the viewer.
* SpecialEffectsFailure:
** When Arnie is holding Sully over a cliff, you can ''clearly'' see the wire running up his pants. It's that kind of movie.
*** And when he ''does'' drop Sully, there's no "thud" sound effect to indicate his less-than-stellar landing... for the rest of the scene. [[TethercatPrinciple For all we know]], [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou he's STILL plummeting to his doom by the time the credits roll]].
** Several of Arnie's grenades send soldiers flying through the air. Not only is the explosion itself a) a huge distance from the soldiers and, b) relatively small in comparison to the results, but the soldiers are ''clearly'' shown being launched off hydraulic platforms, with the propulsion rods on obvious display, as well as the grass mats used to disguise them shown flying as well.
** All the guns in this movie practically have no recoil. At ''all.'' Arnie fires a machine gun ''one handed,'' and he ''barely misses.''
** When Matrix wraps Cindy's car around a telephone pole at the end of the car chase with Sully, the head on a dummy filling in for Cindy separates from the rest of the dummy body and flies into the air. (watch it frame-by-frame)
** Did anybody notice the dummy soldiers standing at attention outside the island's buildings throughout the massive explosion near the end of the movie? There are multiple opportunities to see the obvious mannequins, since this explosion is shown multiple times from multiple angles, and several of the shots are duplicated.
*** Those same explosions are supposed to have been caused by a few claymore mines that Matrix placed ''outside'' a few buildings... but all the buildings are seen exploding '''from the inside'''.
** During the mall scene there is a part where Matrix swings down from the top floor to the ground floor. During this scene it's very obvious that a stunt double was used.
*** Arnie's stunt double can also be spotted if one looks closely at shots of (1) Matrix being hit by Sully car in the mall parking garage, (2) certain shots where Matrix drives Cindy's red convertible, (3) Matrix driving a bulldozer through the front entrance of the military surplus strore.
*** A quick shot of Matrix throwing Cooke through a motel room door features actor Bill Duke replaced by either a dummy or a stuntman in a very obvious rubber mask.
* WTHCastingAgency: Bennett is supposed to be John's only rival when it comes to being a OneManArmy. So why did they cast a guy whose muscle mass is at most ''a tenth'' of Arnold's?
** You don't need huge muscles in order to fire a gun... but of course, Bennett [[MemeticMutation DON'T NEED NO GUN!]] [[HilarityEnsues I'M GONNAH KILL YOU NAAAAOOOO!!!!]]

!!YMMV tropes and audience reactions for the video game and ''Mercs'':