[[folder: The webcomic ''Webcomic/HERO'' ]]

* [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Crowning Moments of Heartwarming]]
** The Duck is a constant source of these.
-->'''The Duck (to Valentine)''': I will always go and do dumb things for you (like going to look for you, even if you are a big stupid head and go off without me!)--and it means to say I love you.
** Right before Valentine and Lost escape through the Serpent/Venice's door:
-->'''Valentine''': Will you just let me apologize! I have never done anything for you and you have always done ''everything'' for me, even stupid dumb stunts you ''know'' you can't do--
-->'''Serpent''': You're my brother. I'll always do dumb things for you. And whatever I choose to do, you owe me nothing.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Holy ''crap'' are there a lot of pretty dudes in this comic.


[[folder: The film ''Film/Hero'' ]]

* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Fading Moon's relationship to Broken Sword. In Nameless's version of events, he explicitly describes them as lovers and how she and Flying Snow hated each other. The king cannot imagine such a relationship and in his version her relationship with Broken Sword is platonic. The third, ostensibly true scenario, does have her devote herself to Broken Sword (noting she looked up to him since she was eight); but there is no overtly romantic overtone to their relationship. Similarly there is no enmity between her and Snow over Broken Sword's affections. Moon's devotion can be seen as she being in love with Broken Sword or it could be that she looks up to him like a parent or teacher.
* {{Anvilicious}}: Broken Sword spells out {{Aesop}} in a speech to Nameless, who then tells it to the Emperor once he believes it.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Every. Single. Fight scene.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: The entire [[TearJerker Blue]] flashback. It's interesting that the ''King'' is the one telling this flashback, describing his two mortal enemies as tender, selfless lovers.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Many [[ValuesDissonance Western critics]] saw the fundamental message of the movie as, "[[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37325-2004Aug26.html Despotism and brutal military conquest of your neighbors is acceptable if it's done in the name of unity and peace.]]" However, in China this message isn't particularly unusual: China's long history of civil wars is partly responsible.
* JustHereForGodzilla: It's not as prominent to Western viewers, but the promise of a Creator/JetLi / Creator/DonnieYen rematch was a ''huge'' deal to {{wuxia}} aficionados.
* SpecialEffectFailure: Being the Wuxia genre, WireFu is to be expected, and most of the movie is absolutely stunning. However two examples stand out, and both involve the separate instances when Nameless proves himself to Broken Sword and Flying Sword. In the first instance he throws a cup into the air before catching it on the flat of his sword. The effect looks almost 2D as Jet Li stands there, completely motionless, while an equally motionless cup doesn't so much "land" as descends onto his sword. The second instance involves Nameless flinging a hundred black arrows into the air, and piercing the single white arrow amongst them. The effect is well done, until the camera pulls out. Instead of seeing a fairly uniform cloud of black arrows falling, someone has obviously just taken two buckets of arrows and dumped them in front of Jet Li.
* TearJerker: Each of the three tales explaining how Nameless got to the throne room is a tear-jerker, and the film ends on a fourth.
-->[[spoiler:"He was executed as a traitor. And buried as a hero."]]
* ValuesDissonance: Many Western viewers see the film as an open endorsement of despotic rule, while Eastern viewers are more likely to see it as a question of whether the end justifies the means, or whether your goals and/or their potential aftereffects are more important.


[[folder: The Rock Opera ''Music/Hero'' ]]

* WhatTheHellCastingAgency- Rebecca St. James (Poster girl for Christian Abstinence!) as Maggie the prostitute, full stop.
* RootingForTheEmpire- When you have the most prominent antagonist played by the lead singer of Music/{{Skillet}}, and turn his VillainSong at the end into an epic metal number, this is bound to happen for some Christian metal fans.