[[folder:The Comics]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The subplot about the two Doctors Light and the demon torturing them.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome:
** Amanda Waller staring down Batman is probably the big one (loosely adapted into the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' cartoon with Waller offhandedly calling him "rich boy"), but the gradual reveal of Oracle proved to be the one with the most disproportionate effect on the DCU.
** For perspective, following [[StuffedIntoTheFridge her crippling]] in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', Barbara Gordon had been all but written out of the Bat-books and the DCU in general, and most people remembered her as Creator/YvonneCraig in the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV show from the 60s. After this, Oracle's become big enough to get several comic series including ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'', her own TV show of [[Series/BirdsOfPrey the same name]], repeat Justice League memberships, and inspired the resurrection of a cheesy villain named the Calculator just to be her evil counterpart. She's generally considered one of the sexiest women in the DCU, and it's primarily for her personality and mind.
** Amanda Waller herself was a walking mine of awesome moments. Laughing as her rebellious subordinate desperately held a gun to her face, and ''daring'' him to shoot. Utterly crushing Kobra's Janus Directive plans. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Easily mending the relationship between her son-in-law and her daughter by force of pure, unadulterated]] {{Sassy Black Woman}}hood.
** Shattering the Thinker helmet counts. To wit, she's destroying a powerful piece of technology simply because it made her ''doubt'' if she was in charge of her life.
%%** The [[PieInTheFace Mad Pie Thrower]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Deadshot. The series put the character on the map (he had less than a dozen pre-Squad appearances) and is largely credited for his popularity amongst fans. Because of this, he became the team's de facto field leader in the New 52 series.
** The squad itself in appearances in other books. Virtually every time they've shown up in guest spots, it's someone's depiction of a "classic" line-up, leading to people hoping for a revival.
* HarsherInHindsight: In an early issue Rick Flag and Waller get into a fight over mind-wiping old Suicide Squad members so they don't reveal information about the squad. Mind-wiping to hide secrets would become a much more serious problem when regular heroes start doing it in ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis''. Even weirder, Waller of all people eventually relents and decides mind-wiping is too extreme.
* HilariousInHindsight: Count Vertigo and Kanto wind up fighting each other in Issue 35, which is funny considering that both characters would later be voiced by Michael York in the {{DCAU}} shows (the former appearing in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and the latter in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'').
* MagnificentBastard: '''AMANDA WALLER'''. There are VERY few people in the DCU who beat her at this.
* NightmareFuel: [[spoiler:As of issue 6, Yo-yo is still alive inside King Shark's stomach and he appears briefly to beg for help.]]
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: The guy's name is Captain Boomerang, for crying out loud, yet he's one of a handful of characters to survive the whole series while going on most every mission, even ones where his teammates actively try to kill him.
* TaintedByThePreview: The New 52 reboot of Suicide Squad didn't make the best first impression. A lot of the people who would have eagerly supported such a book were put off by ComicBook/SecretSix getting cancelled seemingly to be replaced by the new Squad, and the new costumes (particularly for Harley Quinn) were... not well-received. Since the book officially launched, it has attracted a fair share of complaints for its characterizations that seem a bit off and for, what some consider to be, pointless design changes, such as Amanda Waller's slimming-up.

[[folder:The Movie]]
* AuthorsSavingThrow: The second trailer helped dispel fears that this movie (as well as the entire DC Cinematic Universe as a whole) would be all doom and gloom.
* AwesomeMusic: The second trailer is beautifully cut around [[Music/{{Queen}} "Bohemian Rhapsody"]].
* BrokenBase:
** DC's higher ups pulling ExecutiveMeddling on ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' over their usage of Deadshot, ComicBook/{{Katana}} and Harley Quinn which resulted in the characters being killed off, PutOnABus and written out of planned scripts respectively (presumably this is true with Captain Boomerang as well, though fans don't seem to mind as the show's Boomer was SoOkayItsAverage and not as interesting or true to the source material as the film's colorful [[LowerClassLout bogan]]). Either you don't watch it so it's OK, or you're annoyed that DC is interfering with a show that's doing extremely well.
** The Joker being in the movie, primarily because of not being part of the Squad in the comics. However, a notable amount of fans are excited for Jared Leto and his interpretation of the role, or are just interested in how it'll play out.
** That the Joker has tattoos is also a source of division.
** The moment the Comic-Con trailer came out, people were complaining about what little was heard of Harley's voice.
** The fact the studio is aiming for a PG-13 ranting, have people spilt, with those that are okay with this and those that wanted an R-Rated movie.
%%* CreepyAwesome: The Joker.
* FandomBerserkButton: In terms of reactions pre-release the fan theory about Jason Todd being this movie's Joker instead of the actual Joker from the comics himself has become this. It started out as a particularly small fan theory that DC fans thought was interesting but no one really took it seriously. Then it [[HypeBacklash spread like wildfire amoungst people who aren't very familiar with the comics, and has become so popular and widespread]] that some people even think [[UpToEleven it's a fact that got leaked by someone working on the movie.]] Batman fans don't like the theory because they feel it ruins Jason's character, Jason's fans dislike it for the same reason, and Suicide Squad fans hate it because it would make this more of a Batman film than a Suicide Squad film. The theory has become so hated it has spawned a minor meme in which believers in the theory will have something [[DisproportionateRetribution comedicly horrible]] happen to them the second they begin talking about it.
* FandomRivalry: A pretty big one with the Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}, mainly because this movie more than any other takes so many villains and characters off the table for the [=CW=] shows, [[spoiler: Harley Quinn, DeadShot, Katana, and Amanda Waller]] have all been either killed off or written out thanks to this movie and fans have not been happy. It also made sure that there was little chance of there ever being any new Suicide Squad episodes.
* EvilIsSexy:
** Harley Quinn as always. Being played by Creator/MargotRobbie definitely [[MsFanservice contributes more to the sexiness factor]].
** The Enchantress as well, though there's a definite element of FanDisservice.
* FridgeBrilliance:
** The Joker having all those silver fillings over his teeth is more than just an attempt to make his appearance different from previous incarnations. Given how he's fought Batman numerous times before, it would make perfect sense for him to have lost a lot of teeth from being beaten repeatedly by him through the years.
** Another one concerning Joker. Many people have criticized his overall look in this movie as "ridiculous". Really though, that's what the Joker excels at: being ridiculous... until he kills you.
* HilariousInHindsight: Jai Courtney and the actor playing the ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' version of Captain Boomerang, Nick Tarabay, are both alumnae of the show ''Series/{{Spartacus}}''. Also, the announcement of Courtney's casting happened close to Tarabay's first major appearance on ''Arrow''.
* JustHereForGodzilla: A lot of people are interested in seeing how an anti-hero/villain-led superhero movie will turn out, along with what this means for the DCEU. There are even several fans that are looking forward to this ''more'' than to seeing Batman and Superman fight and team up on film. Others just want to see a live-action version of Harley Quinn, or Leto's interpretation of the Joker.
* MemeticMutation:
** "So that's it then. We're the patsies. We're some kind of [[TitleDrop Suicide Squad]]."
** Looks like Boomerang jumping out of a body bag and punching out the first guy he sees is becoming one too, same with him lifting his eyebrows in amusement.
** The immense amount of hype from the director towards Jared Leto's performance, however legitimate it may be, has to lead many jokes about him doing random, [[PokeThePoodle "edgy"]] things and scaring the crew.
** Let's not forget the many, '''many''' parodies of [[WTHCostumingDepartment this movie's take on Joker's appearance]].
* MoralEventHorizon: If beating Jason Todd - a ''[[WouldHurtAChild minor]]'' - to death before the events of the ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' didn't make Joker enough of a monster already, torturing Dr. Harleen Quinzell probably removes any kind of sympathy to the character.
* {{Narm}}: A number of people think the film is trying ''way'' too hard to be DarkerAndEdgier, with [[http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/05/suicide-squad-has-dc-shot-itself-in-the-foot/ some viewers snarkily comparing the film's aesthetic to Hot Topic.]]
* NarmCharm: Joker's tattoos and wardrobe may be absurd, but Jared Leto's performance as the character is absolutely '''terrifying''' regardless.
* NightmareFuel:
** This movie's take on the Joker.
** From the trailer: the sinister rendition of "I Started a Joke" by the Bee Gees.
* ToughActToFollow:
** Like Creator/HeathLedger before him, Creator/JaredLeto has his work cut out for him to establish his own version of the Joker without being seen as too derivative of his predecessor. At the least, Leto has a Academy Award to his name before he got the part (for Best Supporting Actor, the same category where Ledger won posthumously for his Joker performance), so his ability to act isn't so much the question as much as the impact he can leave as the character.
** To a lesser extent, Creator/WillSmith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Karen Fukuhara as Katana following after Michael Rowe, Nick Tarabay and Creator/RilaFukushima, respectively, in ''Series/{{Arrow}}''.
** Creator/MargotRobbie was fortunate enough to avert this, due to portraying a character that hasn't appeared in the film medium previously (although Harley did feature in the short-lived ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' television series and a cameo in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'') and receiving acclaim in her recent projects.
* WinTheCrowd:
** Fans who were concerned that Warner Bros. would play it safe by churning out movies starring Superman, Batman, and the Justice League were pleasantly surprised to hear that this was the first project that they would release on after ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' hits theaters. Many fans are also happy that they're trying to do something different with their shared universe.
** The announced cast has also been generally well-received in contrast to the casting of Batman, Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor, which all proved immediately contentious among fans for various reasons. The casting of Viola Davis as Amanda Waller was particularly praised, even by detractors
** The five seconds of Jared Leto's performance as the Joker in the SDCC trailer has had this effect on a lot of people.
** The first full trailer follows the lead of the third for ''Dawn of Justice'', showing that the film actually has a sense of humor rather than being the over the top grimdark fest implied by the teaser.
** Jai Courtney generally has his fair share of detractors in any movie he's been in, but his performance as Captain Boomerang in the trailer has drawn something of a HeReallyCanAct response. It helps that he also gets some of the funnier moments.
* WTHCastingAgency:
** Downplayed in one case. While most fans were good with the main cast when they were announced, a few were surprised that Will Smith landed the role of Deadshot due to the RaceLift involved. Furthermore, since initial buzz for the film centered on the actors approached while the characters were yet unknown, some expected he was going to play [[CaptainEthnic Black Manta]] or another black supervillain as opposed to a character who has appeared prominently on ''Arrow''. It should be noted that the role was met without controversy, unlike [[Film/FantasticFour2015 Michael B. Jordan being cast as the Human Torch]], but a bit of surprise from fans. Meanwhile, some are just unsure if he can pull off a villainous role that's so heavily against type.
** Largely averted with the rest of the cast, who have been more well-received as a whole than other casts hired for Film/DCExtendedUniverse productions.
* WTHCostumingDepartment: Between his tattoos, his metal grill teeth, and his [[http://www.movienewsguide.com/suicide-squad-update-check-new-look-jared-letos-joker/114871 overall outfit]], reactions to the appearance of Jared Leto has been...mixed, to say the least. [[http://www.adweek.com/fishbowlny/empire-mag-publishes-suicide-squad-covers/358121 The costumes for Harley Quinn and the Enchantress]] also faced criticism, mainly for being skimpy and impractical.