Disney / Big Hero 6


"Our origin story begins. We're gonna be SUPERHEROES!"

Big Hero 6 is the 54th Disney Animated Canon film, inspired by the superhero comic book series of the same name by Man of Action with Marvel Comics.note  It is Disney's first animated film featuring Marvel characters.note  Interestingly after years of dabbling in fantasy, mythology, and even video games; without counting Pixar's The Incredibles, this is their animated canon's first superhero film.

In fictional San Fransokyo (a portmanteau of San Francisco and Tokyo in form as well as name), robotics prodigy brothers Hiro and Tadashi Hamada live with their aunt over a coffee and bakery shop. Tadashi attends the prestigious university San Fransokyo Tech, and wants his brother, who spends his time hustling illegal robot fights, to do the same. Tadashi invents a huggable learning robot named Baymax for assisting in healthcare, and hopes it can be used in hospitals in the future, but a sad fate halts that dream. When a threat to the city arises caused by the mysterious criminal Yokai, Hiro upgrades Baymax into a fighting, flying machine and recruits Tadashi's four best friends to form the ultimate superhero team to stop him.

Big Hero 6 was released in theaters on November 7th, 2014, preceded by the animated short Feast. Each received an Academy Award, for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Animated Short Film, respectively.

A post-film San Fransokyo will be featured as a world in Kingdom Hearts III.

Additionally, a television series based on the film is set to air on Disney XD in 2017, headed by the creators of Kim Possible.

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  • 20 Minutes into the Future: A banner marking the 95th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge on one of the streetcars puts the film as being set around 2032. While there are Metropolis/Blade Runner-style skyscrapers, giant turbines floating in the sky, and robots are common enough that nobody looks twice at the sight of Baymax, the neighborhoods look like old brownstones and the cars are mostly boxy subcompacts from the late '80s to early '90s, including the one that Wasabi drives.
  • Accidental Murder: Tadashi Hamada wasn't meant to die in the explosion, it just happened when he tried to save Callaghan. Not that Callaghan has regrets about it.
  • Acid-Trip Dimension: One way to describe the world between portals.
  • Adaptational Nationality: The characters go from Japanese to American, albeit living in an alternate universe version of America with a heavy Japanese influence.
  • Adapted Out: Silver Samurai and Sunfire do not appear in this movie, as they are both X-Men allies and the film rights to the X-Men franchise are owned by 20th Century Fox, not Disney or Marvel. Not that they would fit in anyway, since the film's world is now a more tech-based sci-fi world, and mutants with superpowers would seem very out of place.
  • Aerith and Bob: Subverted. There are names like Cass, Abigail, Fred, Hiro, and Tadashi alongside GoGo, Honey Lemon, and Wasabi—but the latter three are nicknames. Wasabi makes it clear he doesn't particularly like his.
  • An Aesop: It wouldn't be a Disney film it it didn't include a couple:
    • When you're suffering don't try to bottle it up, your friends are there to support you and you should let them. Even Baymax tells him this.
    • You should not let revenge turn you into a monster.
    • Don't judge people from their appearances - everybody has Hidden Depths.
  • Aesop Amnesia: At the beginning of the film, Hiro's participation in illegal bot fighting gets himself and Tadashi arrested. What's the first thing he does after Aunt Cass takes them home? Jumps on his computer and looks for another fight. Thankfully, he gets over this trait.
  • Affectionate Parody: Appears to be one to token anime hero archetypes, such as The Kid with the Remote Control, Master Swordsman, Magical Girl Warrior, Ace Pilot and a Kaiju.
  • Agony of the Feet: A piece of Hiro's fighting robot falls off and lands squarely on his foot, with the usual result.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Played with but ultimately inverted, with Baymax disobeying an order from Hiro to prevent harm to others.
  • All There in the Manual: A good chunk of the characters' backstories are only mentioned in pre-release materials as well as the Alternate History of San Francisco. Also, antagonist Yokai is never named in the film. They mention his real name, but not the "Yokai" codename. It only shows up in the subtitles the first time he talks.
  • Alternate History: While not stated in the film, Word of God is that the movie is set in an alternate timeline where, after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the city was rebuilt by Japanese immigrants using techniques that allow movement and flexibility in a seismic event. Afterwards it was renamed San Fransokyo due to the mix of Japanese and American architecture.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song/Award-Bait Song: The Japanese version of the movie uses Ai's "Story" as the ending theme. Strangely enough, even though the artist originally sang it in Japanese, it instead uses the English version of the song. That said, it's more of the latter trope than the North American theme "Immortals".
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Projection keyboards such as the one Hiro is seen typing on at one point in the film are very real.
  • Always with You: Baymax tells this to Hiro as he allows the latter to leave the dimension with Callaghan's daughter. He literally means it, as he hides his healthcare chip in the rocket fist he launches to push the pod back into normal space, allowing Hiro to rebuild him later on.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: Rare inversion. The American trailer focuses more on action and comedy, while the Japanese trailer delves more into the drama of the story. This has the resulting effect of Japanese film goers being unprepared for the amount of action found within the movie.
  • Americasia: San Fransokyo. The creators confirm it is San Francisco during an alternate future rebuild after the 1906 earthquake by Japanese immigrants.
  • And Starring: "And Stan Lee As Fred's Dad."
  • And the Adventure Continues: The film ends on this note, with the Big Hero 6 now established, on to their next crime fighting patrol together.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Tadashi, when he rescues Hiro from some thugs at the robo-fight. Shortly after, Aunt Cass when she has to bail Hiro and Tadashi out of jail. They even use similar phrasing.
  • Animesque:
    • Downplayed in the film itself, which keeps the traditional Disney style for the most part, though there are still hints that it's influenced by anime (Hiro's hair comes to mind). However, as far as marketing is concerned, several toys and plushiesnote  are made ostensibly in this style and it even has its own official Manga adaptation through Yen Press.
    • The Creative Closing Credits definitely apply here, as the characters are drawn in typical anime and manga format with Marvel comics pastels and printing.
    • In a way, this represents a coming full-circle, as the anime style copied that of manga, which in turn copied that of early Disney.
  • Another Dimension: Entirely ambiguous as to what is up with the dimension within the portal.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Not exactly recounting the apocalypse, but the tie-in book Hiro's Journal shows us the events of the movie from the perspective of diary entries.
  • Arc Words:
    • "Will X improve your emotional state?" When Baymax takes Hiro's mental health into consideration.
    • "Are you satisfied with your care?"—Baymax again, used in a lighthearted scene at first and coming back throughout the movie.
    • In the manga, "Just as I predicted" with varying levels of seriousness depending on the situation.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: After Hiro upgrades Baymax to do karate, he guides him through a series of attack moves...
    Hiro: Hammer Fist. Side Kick. Knife Hand. Back Kick. Gummy Bears!
  • Artificial Gill: Downplayed. One exhibit at the SFTT Showcase is a man underwater breathing through such a device.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Delivered by Baymax in the wake of Hiro's attempted murder of Yokai/Callaghan.
      Baymax: Will terminating Callaghan improve your emotional state?
    • As well as:
      Baymax: Is this what Tadashi would have wanted?
  • As You Know:
    • Tadashi when talking about Hiro: "You graduated high school when you were 13, and this is what you're doing?"
    • Near the beginning of the movie, Hiro reminds his own brother (who he's been living with for years) when their parents died.
    Tadashi: What would Mom and Dad say?
    Hiro: I don't know. They died when I was three, remember?
  • A-Team Montage: Showing each of the team members exercising their skills on Heathcliff.
  • Beeping Computer: The holoscreen in Hiro's garage produces sounds when interacted with.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Hiro turns Baymax into a killing machine when Yokai/Callaghan says Tadashi's death was his own fault.
    • Yokai/Callaghan doesn't take it well when Krei calls the loss of his daughter a setback.
  • Big Fancy House: Fred's parents own one.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The villain's name, Yokai, means "spirit" or "phantom" in Japanese.
  • Black Site: The entire island where the teleportation experiment was carried out gets quarantined after the accident. It is not clear whether Abigail's death was classified and thus not public knowledge.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: How did the Taiwanese translator manage to translate "Baymax" in to "Cup Noodle"?
  • Bloodsport: A family-friendly version with the bot fights Hiro is partaking in.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Baymax's sole motivation is the survival and physical health of his patients, making him hard to work with at first. He becomes much more co-operative when he adds Mental Health to the list and is convinced that helping Hiro will improve his mental health. He also considers just about everyone he encounters a potential patient, even scanning the Big Bad and determining (among other things) his blood type during their first encounter.
  • Bookcase Passage: The secret room Fred discovers in The Stinger.
  • A Boy and His X: Hiro and Baymax. It used to be Tadashi with Baymax until he dies during the fire incident.
  • Brain Bleach: The others' reaction to seeing some of the items in Fred's rec room, notably a Boris Vallejo-esque painting of a hugely muscled Fred riding a dragon-winged sabretooth.
    Wasabi: If I wasn't just attacked by a guy in a kabuki mask, I think this would be the weirdest thing I've seen today. [...] My brain hates my eyes for seeing this.
  • Brain–Computer Interface: The microbots are controlled by a headband neural interface, which Yokai incorporated into his kabuki mask.
  • Break the Cutie: Hiro, after Tadashi's death. Baymax after being forced to attack Callaghan.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The picture of Fred's parents may look familiar to Marvel fans. It shows up again in The Stinger and his dad really is a Stan Lee cameo.
    • Baymax takes a Scotch tape dispenser from a cop's desk while patching himself up. During the credits, Hiro gives the cop a ribbon-wrapped new one.
  • Bring It: Played for Laughs during the training montage when Heathcliff does this to Honey.
  • Broken Pedestal: When Hiro meets Professor Callaghan, he clearly idolizes him. Which makes the realization that Callaghan was responsible for Tadashi's death even harder to take. The others feel the same way, given their shocked expressions.
  • But Not Too Foreign: A rare non-character example with the city of San Fransokyo, a mash-up of California and Japan.
  • Call-Back:
    • When Hiro first meets Baymax, he suggests to Tadashi that Baymax would charge faster if he used supercapacitors instead of a lithium-ion battery. Later in the movie, Baymax recharges in mere seconds—apparently Tadashi took his brother's advice!
    • At the end of the movie, Hiro hurls himself into the Portal because "someone needs help" despite the possibility of it exploding, just like Tadashi did when he ran into the fire.
    • Baymax gives Hiro his I Cannot Self-Terminate instructions when they first meet. Those words come back in the climax.
    • "Tadashi is here," said by Baymax. He has a video of Tadashi in his memory, which he uses to snap Hiro out of his Heroic B.S.O.D..
    • "Megabot, Destroy", the command Hiro gave to his fighting robot in the beginning used to a chilling effect when he told Baymax to kill Callaghan.
    • "Last hug."
    • "Try looking at things from a different angle," said whenever Hiro is trying to find a solution to his problems.
    • "Flying makes me a better healthcare companion" First said as a question by Baymax and later as an affirmation of knowing what Hiro needs him to do.
    • "I'm not giving up on you." Spoken by Tadashi to Hiro when Hiro is trying to come up with a presentation for the tech-show, and again by Tadashi to Baymax when he was trying to iron out the bugs in Baymax's programming.
  • Calling Your Attacks:
    • Fred always seems to enjoy doing this and by the climax, Wasabi even joins in with his "Green Blades of Fury".
    • Hiro does this whenever Baymax attacks, though it's justified because Baymax doesn't know when to attack, so Hiro is giving him instructions on what to do. Until the climax when Baymax masters the timing and begins calling his own attacks.
  • The Cameo:
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Thanks to Disney's new Hyperion rendering engine, not only does every named character have a unique face, but so does every unnamed character.
  • Chase Scene: The team's first encounter with Yokai, before they've built their super-suits, ends with them fleeing in a car with Yokai pursuing. Starts out very comedic, with Fred geeking out and Wasabi insisting on obeying red lights and road rules, but gets more serious and dramatic as it progresses.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Tadashi's advice to "look at things from a different angle" initially helps Hiro figure out what to make to get into a science college. In the final battle, it helps the heroes escape Yokai's clutches when he has each of them cornered.
    • Baymax's medical scanner gets upgraded with a much higher range, so they can use it to locate the Big Bad. It's what allows him to realize that Abigail Callaghan is still alive inside the Krei portal.
    • Hiro's Megabot in the beginning of the movie, which would inspire him to create the micro-bots.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: There are only 14 named characters in the ENTIRE film. 15 if you include Stan Lee in the stinger. Now subtract the titular six big heroes, and the mystery villain himself. Now remove the four who are obviously supporting characters or extras. That leaves exactly three characters who could be the villain. The first guy is Tadashi, would require some extremely out-of-character justification to make him the villain, and he very definitely dies heroically early on. The second guy is Alistair Krei, who is blatantly implied to be a bad guy through the whole movie. The third guy is Professor Callaghan, who exists only to be idolized by the hero and warn him that, no, really, that second guy is REALLY bad, and then he dies as well. Except his body isn't seen. As a result, he is the ultimate villain.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Hiro's friends' areas of scientific expertise are all shown in their introductory scene—GoGo's maglev bike, Wasabi's plasma laser cutter, and Honey's chemical know-how—and all of these end up as the focuses of their respective suits. Fred, on the other hand, has no scientific knowledge, but he sure knows how to spin a sign, which becomes useful in the climax.
  • Clark Kenting: At the end of the story, at least according to the news, "the whole city of San Fransokyo is asking, who are these heroes"? Well, maybe if the people of San Fransokyo just looked at them, they'd figure it out. I mean, come on, everyone's costume still has their face fully exposed, except for Fred's mascot outfit and Baymax's (and the large white inflatable Baymax is fairly distinctive). Honey Lemon even uses one of the oldest tricks in the book by not wearing her glasses when she's in her tech-suit.
  • City of Adventure: San Fransokyo, obviously.
  • Close on Title: The movie's title is the last thing to appear before the credits, following a shot of the team jumping towards the screen and Hiro narrating, "Who are we?"
  • Comfort Food: Cass is stress eating a doughnut after picking up Tadashi and Hiro from the police station early on.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: The movie is getting a Manga adaptation. Also counts as a Recursive Adaptation, since the film itself is based on a comic book series.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Inverted. We never learn the real names of Wasabi, GoGo and Honey Lemon.
  • Connected All Along: Abigail turns out to be Yokai/Robert Callaghan's daughter.
  • Conversation Cut: After Tadashi shows his lab to Hiro, they stand in front of the building with Hiro asking: How do I get in? — Cut to the next scene at home where Tadashi tells Hiro about the student showcase, as if they couldn't have talked about it on their way there.
  • Cool Down Hug: Hiro, still clearly upset with himself for wanting revenge against Callaghan, apologizes to the others for going off the deep end. GoGo surprises everyone by shutting Hiro up with a hug, showing that she forgives him.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The closing credits include a Where Are They Now epilogue drawn in the style of Japanese anime mixed in with Marvel comics textures.
  • Cultural Translation: GoGo's name in Chinese is a reference to a Chinese Super Speed folk hero.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check:
    • Hiro at the beginning of the movie is using his superior robotics to trounce other bot fighters and grab up the winnings. Tadashi convinces him to put his smarts to use on something productive.
    • At first, we are led to believe that the Big Bad Yokai is Krei, which leads to the question why he would go through the trouble of stealing Hiro's microbots and start using them for supervillain schemes instead of patenting them and selling them. However, this is subverted later on when the true identity of Yokai is revealed as Callaghan, who is motivated by revenge, not profit.
      • Though, if he had been the one who stole them, then selling them openly would have been as good as an admission of guilt.

  • Dare to Be Badass:
    • Tadashi invokes this in a subtle manner when, instead of taking Hiro to another robo-fight, he takes him to his lab at San Fransokyo Tech and introduces him to Professor Callaghan and the other students in his "nerd lab", and then shows him Baymax. He hopes to inspire Hiro to do more with his life than compete in illegal robo-fighting, and by the time they leave the lab, Hiro makes it his goal to attend San Fransokyo Tech.
    • During the visit, Callaghan does the same thing, noting the winning robot fights with Hiro's bot is easy, while his course is hard and its students go on to change the world.
  • Dead Hat Shot: A closeup of Tadashi's baseball cap on the ground after the burning building he has run into explodes.
  • Death by Irony:
    • Yokai attempts to invoke this on Alistair Krei by killing him with the same teleporter that enveloped Yokai's daughter.
    • Similarly, Yokai narrowly avoids this happening to him when Hiro, the brother of the student whose accidental death he caused, attempts to murder him in revenge.
  • Death by Origin Story: At its core, the film is a Disney Deconstruction of both the hero and villain variants of this trope. Hiro is deeply affected by Tadashi's death, not even eating or going to the school he just got accepted to, despite that being what both he and Tadashi wanted. And when he finds out that the person (Callaghan) Tadashi died trying to save not only survived, but actually caused his death and then coldly dismissed it, Hiro loses it and tries to kill Callaghan immediately afterwards. For Callaghan, even though Abigail turns out to still be alive, her perceived death is enough to turn him into a revenge driven supervillain who has no regard for the people he hurts along his path of revenge. The only difference is that Hiro has the support of his friends and family to keep him from going through with revenge, while Callaghan has no one and thus is not as easily convinced to give it up.
  • Death Glare: Tadashi gives Hiro one at the beginning of the movie when they're both arrested.
  • Death Is Such an Odd Thing: Baymax is momentarily perplexed by how a young man in good physical health like Tadashi could suddenly die.
  • Detachment Combat: Hiro's battle robot in the beginning appears to be easily bisected in the first round. In the second, it pulls itself together, then pulls itself apart to wrap around the opposing robot and unscrew its arms.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: When Hiro and Baymax are helping Abigail out of hyperspace, one last chunk of debris that they didn't see coming crashes into them, disabling Baymax's rocket boosters and forcing him to perform a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Hiro runs on this trope; heck, in his Establishing Character Moment, he enters a dangerous bot fighting tournament and nearly gets the tar beaten out of him for winning.
    • Callaghan given that he is doing an Indy Ploy from the moment Hiro reveals his microbots. He didn't consider that Hiro would track him down, or that the teenager would try to kill him once learning half of the truth. Also, he destroys Krei Tech Industries in broad daylight, and unmasks himself to Krei. All of this leads to him getting arrested.
    • The team going to Akuma after only practicing individually on Heathcliff. When they fight Yokai, they keep getting into each other's way while attempting to unmask him.
  • Disastrous Demonstration: Of the teleportation device.
  • Disney Death:
    • At the climax, Baymax sacrifices himself to save Hiro and the person they're rescuing. He's lost forever in the void—except he gave Hiro the chip containing his programming, memory, and consciousness, so Hiro can build him a new body and bring him back.
    • Averted in Tadashi's case, as his death does happen when there's nothing nearby that can save his life, not even the microbots, due to Callaghan using them to save himself that day.
  • Disorganized Outline Speech: Cass gets lost in her scolding after picking up Hiro and Tadashi from the police station.
    "Have I been perfect? No. Do I know anything about children? No. Should I have picked up a book on parenting? Probably! Where was I going with this? I had a point.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: When Tadashi scolds Hiro for participating in illegal bot fighting, Hiro insists that bot fighting isn't illegal... just betting on it, which he was doing.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Baymax on low battery power comes off a lot like drunkenness.
  • Don't Eat and Swim: At some point, the only reason for which Baymax keeps Hiro from blindly walking off a ledge and falling in the water is that he ate a too short time beforehand.
  • Dramatic Space Drifting: Baymax during his Heroic Sacrifice as he drifts away from the pod deeper into hyperspace.
  • Dramatic Unmask: When Yokai loses his mask and his true identity is finally revealed.
  • Drunk on Milk: When Baymax is losing energy, his body starts deflating and he moves, walks, and talks as if he's incredibly drunk.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: invoked Hiro has this reaction when Tadashi tells him that his fly was down for his entire presentation.
  • Easily Forgiven: After Baymax helps Hiro get over his need for revenge, he sees the error of his ways and goes to apologize to the rest of the team. He's barely even began when Go-Go hugs him and assures him that they're all going to help him take Callaghan down the right way.
  • Easter Egg: One of Fred's comics is published by "DPIX (Disney Pictures) Comics".
  • Edible Theme Naming: Wasabi, GoGo Tomago (corruption of Japanese tamago), and Honey Lemon. The cat's name is Mochi. The odd nature of them is lampshaded by Hiro; Tadashi mentions the names being given by Fred. Wasabi's in particular came from a Never Live It Down incident, while the origins of the ladies' respective nicknames goes unsaid.
  • Emerging from the Shadows: Fred's dad in The Stinger.
  • Enhance Button: Security footage was drastically magnified to reveal plot sensitive information. More reasonable than most cases of this trope as it was a state of the art research facility with expensive cameras.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Fred's theory that Alistair Krei was Yokai was made via a mix of smarts and circumstantial evidence. Krei is not the Big Bad himself, but Fred is partially correct that Krei was connected to events.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Hiro starts the movie by entering a "cute" robot into a bot fight, putting on a Deliberately Cute Child act and Obfuscating Stupidity, and then crushes his opponent after two rounds.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: How would you feel if the Big Bad turned out to be your mentor? The entire team was visibly shocked that the masked villain wasn't Alistair Krei in disguise, but actually Professor Robert Callaghan, who not only survived the fire that killed Tadashi, but also sought revenge against Krei for experimenting with a massive teleportation machine that seemingly killed his daughter.
  • Eureka Moment: While trying to come up with a project to demonstrate at the student expo, Hiro notices his battle-bot, which is composed of three units that are magnetically bound together. He comes up with the idea of constructing millions of miniature versions of his battle-bot units, which he calls "micro-bots".
  • Everything Is An I Pod In The Future: Played with; while the rest of San Fransokyo looks like early 21st century America, Baymax invokes this trope with his all-white body, minimalist design, and rounded surfaces. (He's more cuddly than your average Apple product, though.) The San Fransokyo Tech labs also have a similar look, albeit a little more colorful.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Twice in the finale—not just GoGo spinning in her microbot bubble to cut her way out, but Fred's sign-spinning. Yes folks, SIGN-SPINNING saves the day!
  • Evil Makeover: The microbots themselves. When Hiro demonstrates their use, the batch has a gray scheme and they reform themselves into various hard architectural shapes, emphasizing their use as beneficial machines. Yokai's collection, however, is all encompassing black, stretches and spreads, and generally comes off more alien and menacing.
  • Face Palm: Hiro adopts this pose at the end of the first trailer after his attempt to suit up Baymax ends in failure.
  • Failure Montage: Hiro watches video footage of Tadashi working on Baymax but failing each time until he finally succeeds.
  • Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: Played for Laughs. Tadashi tosses an oversized helmet on Hiro during the initial escape from the disgruntled bot-fighters. Later, the ever-helpful Baymax gently advises that Hiro put on his seat belt while they're in the midst of a car Chase Scene, and buckles it for him.
  • Feedback Rule: When Hiro insecurely begins his microbot demonstration, he gets a harsh feedback from the microphone.
  • Finale Title Drop: The last line of the movie is Hiro asking "Who are we?", then the scene cuts to a title card showing "Big Hero 6".
  • Flashback Cut: When Callaghan explains how he escaped the explosion using the microbots, there is a quick flashback to the scene.
  • Fly-at-the-Camera Ending: Hiro and Baymax do this at the end of the movie as well as at the end of the closing credits, right before The Stinger.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In the scene where Krei tries to buy Hiro's microbot technology, Callaghan comments that he wouldn't trust Krei with such an important technological advancement. Or with anything else. This foreshadows Callaghan's motivation—he did trust Krei with something important, once.
    • It's funny when Hiro changes the face on his fighting robot from smiley to angry. When he does the same to Baymax, it's not nearly as funny.
    • The way Baymax catches Hiro when they're tumbling out of a warehouse window. It physically demonstrates Baymax's heroic spirit (and by extension, Tadashi's) showing he considers the life of his patient important enough to risk his own personal well-being. It's the same general sequence of shots as when Baymax protects Hiro from the debris in the portal dimension which leads to Baymay's Heroic Sacrifice.
    • When Hiro figures out that the fire wasn't an accident, the background music becomes darker, indicating a possible Start of Darkness.
    • When Baymax first asks "On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your pain?", Hiro quips "Physical? Or emotional?" Later, Hiro says how much Tadashi's death is hurting him, and has to tell Baymax—who senses no physical injuries—that "It's a different kind of hurt." Baymax then downloads data on how to treat patients who are suffering with emotional trauma.
    • It's established right off that Hiro's specialty is taking existing technology and miniaturizing it. His first battle bot miniaturized Callaghan's magnetic bearing servos and everything he invents in the film is shown to be an example of this expertise.
    • In his first scene, Callaghan talks with Hiro about bot-fighting, and how his daughter used to love it. The relaxed tone of the past-tense conversation leads you to assume that he's implying that this was just a phase she grew out of...
    • When one watches the first scene in Tadashi's lab area again, you can see Baymax's storage case. It mimics the design of Baymax's 2.0 armor, not only including the color scheme, but it is standing on two little legs, has a big midsection and even includes a "helmet" that you can see Baymax's face in.
    • The scene where Hiro first equips Baymax for battle. He draws a skull and crossbones on his combat chip card. And considering what happens when Tadashi's healthcare card gets removed...
    • In the science expo scene, some of the characters are wearing clothes that foreshadow their future. GoGo wears a yellow/black ensemble and Wasabi wears a green/bluish-grey ensemble that match their respective supersuits. Fred's shirt has an image of a kaiju that is the basis for his supersuit and Tadashi is the only one who's wearing a black shirt foreshadowing his death.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • Guess who's wanted by the SFPD? Prince Hans! In the same scene, when the shot cuts to Hiro and Baymax fleeing the station, pictures of Bolt and Ester (who ran the pound in the same film) can be seen on the officer's desk.
    • On the left side of that background, there is a wanted poster for Flynn Rider as well. And there are likely several in Hiro and Tadashi's room with all the action figures and posters. A prominent one appears to be a large clock using either Gigantor or a Mazinger, though the arms seem to always be showing the same time throughout.
    • Prince Hans appears again in the training scene as the statue that Baymax destroys with his rocket fist.
    • One of Fred's throw pillows features the face of Stitch, as does one of the framed photos in Hiro's house. The other pillow features Splodyhead, Stitch's "cousin."
    • When the gang is talking in Fred's den, there are models of the Marvel villains Black Talon and Orka in the background.
    • It's easy to miss, but a statue of Olaf can be seen in the city during the flying scene.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Hiro tries to sneak Baymax past Cass while she's not looking.
    • At the very end of the scene where Hiro describes his first encounter with Yokai to the police officer, the officer's computer monitor can be seen. He's playing a game of solitaire on it.

  • Genre Savvy: Fred. He invokes all the comic book tropes involved with masked men trying to kill civilians, though he's Wrong Genre Savvy about a Corrupt Corporate Executive being the villain, and not considering the possibility of a Mad Scientist.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • While Baymax analyzes that Hiro is going through puberty, this… interesting dialogue comes up.
      Baymax: You should be expecting an increase in body hair. Especially on your face, chest, armpits, and—
      Hiro: Thank you, that's enough!note 
      Baymax: You may also experience strange and powerful new urges—
      Hiro: Okay, let's get you back into your luggage!
    • Earlier on, the movie has Aunt Cass telling Hiro this:
      Cass: Mrs. Matsuda's in the café, she's wearing something super inappropriate for an eighty-year old.
    • When Baymax tries to make the group share their feelings, Fred (the chill, stoner archetype) volunteers, and:
      Fred: My name is Fred, and it's been 30 days since my last—
      Fred: [seconds later, and purely because it's Fred saying it] Am I the only one seeing this?
    • While Hiro is in the middle of his coverup ploy, Cass in the foreground is muttering about the celebratory spicy chicken wings she's made for him:
      Cass: We are going to feel these things tomorrow....Ya know what I'm saying?
    • When Hiro and Baymax infiltrate the abandoned warehouse, Baymax gets stuck in one of the windows and needs to activate his auto deflate system in order to get in. This results in a clearly recognizable flatulence sound and a creative way for Disney to sneak a fart joke.
    • Baymax on low battery basically acts like a heavily inebriated human.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: The girl losing the opening bot fight wears goggles for no apparent reason.
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • In one story of the Comic-Book Adaptation, Fred asks Hiro to make an invisible suit. Hiro does such a good job that neither he nor Fred can find it afterwards.
    • Almost when Hiro removes Baymax's healthcare chip to get him to 'terminate' Yokai.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Both the protagonists and antagonists have flaws and legitimate reasons for their actions.
  • Hacker Cave: Hiro has two of them: a small one in the corner of his bedroom, and a larger more elaborate setup in his aunt's garage.
  • Handshake Substitute:
    • With Tadashi — A fistbump followed by both of them making exploding noises.
    • With Baymax — Hiro teaches his robot Baymax the fist-bump. Baymax makes an adorable noise when he bumps, as he can't properly make an explosion noise. Instead he goes: 'Ba-la-la-la-la-la-la!
  • Happily Adopted: Hiro and Tadashi are both on good terms with their Aunt. Hiro even mentions that he never knew his parents since they died when he was three, but it's obvious he considers Cass his mom.
  • Hard Work Montage: Subverted when Hiro sets out to design something impressive for the expo. "Eye of the Tiger" plays, he sets up his drafting space—and then it comes to an abrupt halt when he can't think of anything to design. Then played straight when he comes up with his project, and the scene cuts to a fast-forward montage of Hiro filling up several recycling bins with his microbots.
  • He Knows Too Much: Fred postulates this is why Yokai tried to kill them, because they saw the microbots and Hiro was tracking them.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: This is what could have happened if Hiro had succeeded in killing Yokai/Callaghan. However, Baymax helps him defy this trope by reminding him of Tadishi and bring him back to his senses.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Tadashi dies trying to save Professor Callaghan from a fire. Since Callaghan was never in danger to begin with (although Tadashi didn't know that), it doubles as a Senseless Sacrifice.
    • Baymax performs this in the end, launching Hiro and Abigail out of the portal at the cost of stranding himself in hyperspace.
  • Heroic Second Wind: In the Final Battle all of our heroes have been incapacitated by the villain. But then Hiro remembers his brother's word to look for a new angle which marks a turning point in the battle.
  • Head Desk: Hiro does this when he fails to come up with any ideas for the student expo.
    Hiro: Nothing! No ideas! Useless, empty brain!
  • Hollywood Magnetism: GoGo's discs are shown to boomerang back to her when thrown. It's implied that her arm-cuffs are capable of generating a magnetic field that pulls the disc back to her. However, the movie shows the disc being pulled back regardless of how far away she throws it and the attraction only affects the disc instead of all other metal objects in the area.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • Tadashi's sense of nobility is what ultimately leads to his death. It's certainly very courageous that he goes into a building completely engulfed in flames to save Callaghan, but this is especially lacking in reason because of two things: not only is there nothing but one account that Callaghan is still inside that leads Tadashi to go in, but Tadashi doesn't even consider that his hot-headed 14-year-old brother will go in after him, which Hiro does in fact attempt to do after a moment's hesitation.
    • Krei. When Callaghan slanders him about "cutting corners with science" in front of Hiro, whom Krei wants to hire, the businessman only says that he and Callaghan agree to disagree. No mention of the fact that their grievance is over a genuine - if somewhat forewarned - lab accident that was overseen by many experts. It's implied that Krei feels some measure of guilt about Abigail being a casualty and decided not to defend himself - but nevertheless does his best to sway Hiro into his employ.
  • Hustling the Mark: Hiro does this in the introduction sequence.
  • Hypocrite: When Hiro points out that Tadashi died trying to save him, Callaghan responds by pointing out that Tadishi knew the risks yet chose to run into the fire and endanger his life which was his mistake and thus has No Sympathy for Hiro turning his grieving anger on him. Yet Callaghan has turned his own grieving anger toward Krei, planning revenge on him over his daughter's death even though she willingly participated in Krei's teleportation experiment, fully knowing the risks as a test pilot.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: One of the reasons Baymax needed Hiro to give the command. Otherwise, Baymax's desire to stay with Hiro and Abigail would have been stronger than his capability to fire his fist.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: The lab where the portal testing was done (and where the team has their first big fight) is on an island called Akuma Island. "Akuma" is Japanese for "demon."
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: After almost having Baymax destroy Callaghan, Hiro learns that he would be no different from Callaghan if he killed him out of vengeance for Tadashi like Callaghan is trying to kill Krei out of vengeance for his daughter, so Hiro chooses to spare Callaghan instead of delivering the final blow at the end of their final battle.
  • "I Know What We Can Do" Cut: After the team sinks their car and gets all wet, Fred announces "I know a place." — Cut to them arriving at Fred parent's Big Fancy House.
  • Improvised Microgravity Maneuvering: Baymax uses this rocket fist to thrust the pod toward the opening of the hyperspace portal.
  • In-Name-Only: Aside from the names, the film has very little in common with the comics it's inspired by. A case of Tropes Are Not Bad, as the source material is not as well looked upon due to being a rather Shallow Parody of Japanese media tropes.
  • Inspired by...: In as much as Frozen could be considered "adapted" from Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale, Big Hero 6 takes massive strides with its characters and source material. Marvel has even gone on record that they wanted Disney to make it an original film of their own and have no plans to rerelease the comics which may interfere with the film.
    The characters and stories that have appeared in our comics are very different from what they are in the film. We wanted the Disney folks to be able to create their own unique style and story, unencumbered by those older stories.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong:
    • When Baymax makes noises upstairs, Cass wonders who it was but Hiro blames it on Mochi. Cue Mochi snuggling up against his legs.
    • At the pier, Hiro assures his team that Baymax can handle Yokai. Cue Baymax come flying through the air and landing on the car roof.
  • It Always Rains at Funerals: It rains while Hiro's family attends Tadashi's funeral.
  • It's a Small World After All: The group drives off a pier into the water within convenient won't-get-hypothermia-yet walking distance from Fred's house.
  • It's Personal: Hiro switches into revenge mode when learning that his brother's death was only a collateral damage to Callaghan.
  • The Joy of First Flight: Hiro takes Baymax out for a test drive after outfitting him with jets, and when they reach the top of the city, Hiro is overcome with awe.
  • Jumped Off The Slippery Slope: Callaghan. Stole Hiro's microbots and staged a fire to do so? Bad, but not terrible. Staged a fire that caused an Accidental Murder? Still bad but again not Moral Event Horizon worthy. Attempting to murder the microbots' maker, who is fourteen twice, as well as his former students? He goes way too far.
  • Just Between You and Me: Yokai unmasks himself before Krei while rebuilding the portal, monologuing how he's going to deliver poetic justice.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: During Baymax' karate Training Montage, Hiro is commenting: Hammerfist! ... Side kick! ... Knifehand! ... Back kick! ... Gummy bears! (cut to a vendor machine)
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The trailers never really tried to hide the fact that Tadashi dies, although it happens early in the film.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: The Big Bad has snuck up on the heroes for a surprise attack. Wasabi wants to know what their plan for subduing him is. Fred simply charges at the guy after delivering the line:
    Fred: It's Fred time!
  • Lonely Piano Piece: Is playing after Tadashi's funeral, when Hiro sits lonely at the top of the stairs at home.

  • Mascot: Fred describes himself as "school mascot by day, but by night...I am also a school mascot."
  • Meaningful Echo:
    • Early on in the film, when Hiro is struggling for ideas for the showcase, Tadashi tells him to "look for a new angle." During the film's climax, when it appears that the team is about to be defeated by Yokai's microbots, Hiro tells them to "look for a new angle."
    • Tadashi's last words to his brother are, "Somebody has to help!" before he enters the burning building. When Hiro decides to risk himself and Baymax to rescue the person trapped beyond the portal, he repeats this line to his team.
    • The tearjerker line from Baymax: "I cannot shut down until you say you are satisfied with your care."
    • In a heartwarming scene in The Stinger, Fred's father repeats the line about wearing the pans inside out, front and back.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Yokai is a creepily quiet villain, but given to sweeping gestures that indicate the commands he is giving to the microbots.
  • Mobstacle Course: Hiro constantly bumps into people when trying to follow Baymax through the streets of the city.
  • Mook Horror Show: Yokai AKA Professor Callaghan isn't a mook but the villain, but he's scared for his life when Hiro removes the healthcare memory card and makes Baymax operate solely on the combat card.
  • Morality Chain Beyond the Grave: Baymax asks Hiro if killing Yokai would have been what Tadashi would have wanted.
  • Mr. Exposition: The two scientists working the consoles during the Project Silent Sparrow demonstration fill this role despite their highly limited screen time.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • A subtle one at the end when Callaghan is being led into a police car. He wears a defeated, disturbed expression when he realizes his daughter was alive and he threw away everything else that mattered in his life for nothing.
    • Baymax apologizes to the team after Honey Lemon gives him back his healthcare chip saying "I regret any distress I may have caused".
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Fred once asked Honey Lemon to devise a formula for him that would allow him to turn into a giant lizard monster at will. This is pretty close to his superpower in the Big Hero 6 comics. Also serves as Foreshadowing.
    • Honey kissing Hiro is a nod to the fact she and Hiro were love interests in the original comic book, before he met someone closer to his own age.
    • The costumes of several obscure Marvel characters can be seen in Fred's room. These include Sleepwalker, Black Talon, Orka, and Manphibian.
    • There is a statue in Fred's house that looks almost identical to his Kaiju form in the comics, just with an extra pair of arms.
    • Prince Hans from Frozen has two easter egg appearances: first on a "wanted" poster at the San Fransokyo police station behind the police officer's desk, and later on, as a statue in the garden of Fred's mansion that gets smashed by Baymax's rocket fist.
  • Nanomachines: The microbots act like them, though individual units are quite visible with the naked eye.
  • Never Found the Body: Tadashi and Callaghan's bodies are never recovered from the fire, so it's presumed that they both died. In reality, only Tadashi died; Callaghan used Hiro's microbots to shield himself from the fire and faked his death in order to plot his vengeance against Krei. Later, Yokai thinks he's killed the kids by sending their car careening into the bay, not knowing that Baymax functions as a flotation device.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe, Wasabi's nickname comes from having spilled the condiment on his shirt just once.
  • Never Say "Die": A downplayed example occurs after Hiro learns that Yokai is Callaghan who has dismissed Tadashi's sacrifice as being a mistake. In his grief and rage over what he now knows is his brother's Senseless Sacrifice, he orders Baymax to "destroy" him and in a later conversation they use the term "terminate". Even though the intention of causing Callaghan's death is very clear, it is dealing with the case of the hero being willing to commit murder that shifts the dialog into slightly more vague terminology. However, this is primarily done to allow the story to deal with Hiro's grief even as his actions have skirted close to a moral event horizon.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Odd variants—while Hiro's wrath does allow Callaghan to get away, it does allow his ultimate plan, using the portal that sucked in Callaghan's daughter to succeed... and if it hadn't, Baymax would have never detected Callaghan's daughter on the other side of the portal, leaving her forever lost in the void.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Well, lots of hugging and a couple of cheek kisses, but as far as romance goes, there is none.
  • Noodle Incident: We know that Wasabi got his nickname because he spilled wasabi on his shirt, but no explanation is given for how Honey and GoGo got their nicknames.
  • Not-So-Abandoned Building: The run-down warehouse in a back alley of San Fransokyo where Yokai is producing his microbots.
  • Not So Different: When Hiro confronts Yokai as he's destroying Krei Headquarters,Hiro tries to talk Callaghan down asking if Abigail would have wanted him to do what he's doing. Hiro then acknowledges their joint hurt at having lost a loved one saying "This won't change anything. Trust me, I know".
  • Not What I Signed On For: Wasabi invokes this trope almost verbatim when confronting Hiro after he attempts to have Baymax kill Callaghan.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Baymax non-emotional "Oh no" when noticing the army of microbots rising behind Hiro at the secret factory.
    • Fred's outburst "Holy mother of Megazon!" when seeing Yokai lifting a huge container at the pier.
  • On a Scale from One to Ten: "How would you rate your pain?"
  • Only Sane Man: Wasabi frequently plays this role for the team, remaining grounded when everyone else is getting overly enthusiastic or excited. However, this gets played with, as GoGo is the only one who remains calm and collected during a dangerous scenario, whereas Wasabi tries to obey traffic laws during a car chase.
  • Open-Fly Gag: After Hiro's presentation, his brother Tadashi informs him that his fly was down the whole time. Cue Hiro embarrassingly zipping it up.
  • Overly Long Gag: Several from Baymax:
    • The first two times he activates, he takes forever to cross the room to Hiro and we get to see every glorious second of it: he looks down, considers, sidles left, looks down, considers, turns, looks down, considers, sidles left again...
    • When stuck in a window, he slooooowly deflates.
    • While at the police station, he has some holes in his left arm, which begin deflating... loudly. He then very slowly borrows some tape from a policeman's desk and plugs the holes one by one. Once he finishes, his right arm starts leaking...
  • Parental Abandonment: Hiro and Tadashi's parents were both killed in an unspecified accident when Hiro was three.
  • Parental Obliviousness: In one scene, it's painfully obvious that Hiro is trying to hide something, yet Aunt Cass doesn't notice at all. CinemaSins called this out: "Aunt Cass apparently has never seen anyone act suspicious before."
  • Personal Arcade: Fred has several arcade video game cabinets among the action figures and comic books in his mansion.
  • Personality Chip: Baymax has a base personality/medical one installed by Tadashi with more slots in the port for more skills. This comes in handy when Baymax gives it to Hiro before his Heroic Sacrifice at the end, allowing Hiro to restore his personality when his original body is lost.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Honey Lemon wears a lot of pink as part of her superhero persona. Plus, when Tadashi introduces her to Hiro, she demonstrates her metal embrittlement compound, which turns a four-hundred pound ball of tungsten carbide pink before converting it to dust.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Hiro's Megabot, which (intentionally) looks small and pathetic in comparison to the large, intimidating battle bots of the San Fransokyo gambling rings, but dismantles Mr. Yama's giant bot with ease.
  • Playing Games At Work: When Hiro leaves a police office after unsuccessfully trying to convince a bored policeman about a supervillain being about, a game of Solitaire can be noticed on the policeman's computer screen.
  • Please, I Will Do Anything!: Alistair Krei offers this to get Yokai to spare him at the climax, but it backfires due to the nature of Yokai's motivation (he believes that Krei needlessly risked his daughter's life for profit, so he sees Krei's implicit offer of money as further evidence that Krei regarded her life as nothing more than a commodity).
    Krei: Listen to the kid, Callaghan. Please, let me go. I'll give you anything you want.
    Yokai: I want my daughter back!
    [Yokai attacks]
  • Police Are Useless: Downplayed
    • When Hiro goes to the police station to report his encounter with Yokai, the desk officer is naturally skeptical of his claim that a man in a kabuki mask attacked him with an army of flying mind-controlled microbots. However, the officer does not dismiss Hiro out-right, displays remarkable patience going through his account, and is even shown filing a report. It's only when Hiro is unable to produce any evidence for his statements and Baymax begins to lose power and behave like he was "drunk" that the officer turns his focus toward contacting Hiro's parents.
    • After the final battle once Hiro gets Abigail out of the portal, the police arrive to stabilize the situation at Krei Tech HQ, and take Callaghan into custody. They also call the paramedics who immediately help Abigail.
  • Popping Buttons: The first trailer has Hiro learning what happens when you try to stuff a large, squishy robot like Baymax into armor that he could barely fit into.
  • Portal Door: The teleporter is an opening into hyperspace.
  • The Power of Friendship: Yokai is defeated by the power of team work.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • GoGo at the start of the car chase: "Hiro. Explanation. Now!"
    • "There are no! Red! Lights! IN A CAR CHASE!"
    • "I spilled wasabi on my shirt one time, people! One! TIME!"
  • Reality Ensues:
    • What happens (in the teaser) when Hiro tries to shove the squishy, pear-shaped Baymax (who is essentially a hugging robot) into a suit of armor. After a few seconds of looking heroic in it, all the armor promptly pops off.
    • In the movie proper, it turns out that just making Powered Armor and practicing a bit won't actually prepare you to fight a supervillain willing to kill you, especially as a team.
    • The video clip of Tadashi shows that it took dozens of attempts just to get Baymax to start up right, with him having to repeatedly work out the various kinks that kept popping up each time. Almost any engineering student can attest to the Truth in Television.
    • After his first encounter with Yokai, instead of investigating Yokai on his own, Hiro goes straight to the police station and asks a cop on duty to investigate. Further Reality Ensues happens when the cop doesn't seem at all interested in Hiro's story, because it simply sounds too outlandish to an adult. At the same time, the cop does file a report, which is another nice tidbit of reality.
  • Red Herring: Krei is not the Big Bad. And he's voiced by Alan Tudyk, who hardcore Disney fans will remember was the voice of villains in two preceding Disney animated films.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Tadashi averts this; with Baymax he hopes to help millions of people, and he left enough schematics around for Hiro to rebuild the Baymax he knew. Hiro was going to avert this with his microbots as well, before the fire destroyed his prototype and he lost his motivation with Tadashi dead. Maybe once he applies himself, though . . .
  • Revenge: A driving theme of the movie is that vengeance, while an understandable desire, is a corrupting emotion and generally leads to compromising your own moral principles: Professor Callaghan became Yokai to avenge his daughter's apparent death, becoming He Who Fights Monsters in the process, and this almost happens to Hiro as well in his desire to avenge Tadashi on first Krei, and later Callaghan.
  • Rewind, Replay, Repeat: When Hiro and company find the footage from Project Silent Sparrow, they rewind several parts and replay them as they try to piece together who Yokai is and what his motive could be.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Baymax replying to Wasabi's question.
    Wasabi: "Quarantine"? Uh, do you people know what "quarantine" means?
    Baymax: "Quarantine." Enforced isolation to prevent contamination that could lead to disease, or, in some cases, death.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Played straight for Yokai. Deliberately deconstructed in Baymax's gentle questioning after Hiro is tempted to follow this trope.
  • Robot Athlete: Among other uses for technology, the movie opens with Hiro using robots for the technological equivalent of Beastly Bloodsports.
  • Running Gag:
    • Baymax fistbumping and saying "Bata-lata-la". (An Enforced one, as well: Scott Adsit made the sound and the directors included it every last chance they got.)
    • Stan Lee's habit of inserting himself as cameos into Marvel movies, comics and cartoons.

  • Sarcasm-Blind: Baymax during the first part of the film. This ends up playing into Hiro discovering the Big Bad and his Evil Plan, as Hiro sarcastically suggests that Baymax figure out where his last microbot is trying to go in order to improve his mental health.
  • Scenery Porn:
    • San Fransokyo is gorgeous. The rendering was so intensive to get the level of detail that was achieved (with special computational engines designed to create both the background characters and all the trees as well as the texture modelling and lighting) that Disney had to create their own supercomputer cluster just to get what they were after.
    • The world beyond the portal, a vast cloud of brilliant colours with rubble from Krei Industries making some nice Scenery Gorn to go with.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Tadashi went into the burning science hall to save Professor Callaghan at the cost of his own life. It's later revealed that the microbots protected Callaghan who set the fire in the first place. Hiro is barely able to keep it together as he learns his brother died for nothing, but Callaghan saying that Tadashi made a mistake for even trying sends Hiro right off the deep end.
  • Shadow Archetype: Callaghan/Yokai is one to Hiro—brilliant, but driven by revenge to the point of throwing away his morals because of the loss of a family member, which both of them perceive to be someone's "fault". While Hiro is pulled back from the edge before he goes too far, Callaghan isn't.
  • Ship Tease: Honey gives Hiro cheek kisses and he looks stunned. And if one looks closely, you can see him blushing.
  • Shout-Out: Plenty. So we gave them their own page.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • In creating the film's version of Baymax, Disney's Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter had the Big Hero 6 team do a lot of research into robotics, with the help of places like Caltech. Baymax being made from inflatable vinyl is an actual thing, being developed by engineers at Carnegie Mellon, and even more so for his field of work—"soft robotics" with vinyl won't injure patients when they're picked up or touched.
    • San Fransokyo is a mashup of San Francisco and Tokyo, and it incorporates a lot of accurate native details from both cities.
    • A McMaster-Carr catalogue is shown on the lab table at the end of the film, found in science and engineering labs around the world.
    • Honey Lemon mentions actual chemical names. Not only that, but Tungsten Carbide is actually capable of being made into powder quite easily. Her "four hundred pound" ball of it, however, would really be about four thousand (unless it's hollow). Tungsten Carbide is very, very dense.
    • Honey occasionally pronounces Hiro's name in a manner closer to how it would be pronounced in Japanese, although her voice actress states it to actually be a usage of Latina accent instead.
    • The 3D printer Hiro uses to make Baymax's first suit of armor is completely realistic apart from being incredibly fast. It prints columns of support material to hold up the parts as they're being printed and the parts' surface finish is exactly what you'd expect from fused deposition modelling. We also see a futuristic (but plausible) 3D printer building up metal parts layer by layer.
  • Shrine to the Fallen: Downplayed. Tadashi's part of the room is kept the way he left it with his baseball cap placed on top of his bed.
  • Slow-Motion Fall: When Baymax and Hiro fall from the window at the secret microbot factory, the scene goes into slow motion.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: To The Incredibles, which featured a predominantly white, nuclear Badass Family (and a token minority) with innate superpowers facing a tech-based villain, his gun-wielding mooks and his robot. Their setting is retro fifties-flavored suburbia, and while they don't deliberately kill the villains, if they die while attacking the heroes no one's upset. This movie, on the other hand, features a racially diverse line-up of friends united by an orphan, as heroes with their powers derived from technology and individual expertise—with a robot among their ranks—while the villain is definitely a solo act and motivated by the loss of his daughter. Their setting is neon, skyscrapers and advanced cybernetics, Thou Shalt Not Kill is in play, and high technology is central to all elements of the plot.
  • Spoonerism: At one point, when Baymax's batteries are low, he says, "I am health care, your personal Baymax companion."
  • Squick: In-universe. After Fred regales the group with how he manages to get 4 days out of his underwear, Wasabi visibly and audibly heaves.
  • Staircase Tumble: After Hiro lunges at Yokai and successfully knocks his mask off, they both fall down the stairs.
  • The Stinger: A somber moment with Fred with a cameo from Stan Lee, who is both Fred's dad and a superhero!
  • String Theory: When Hiro investigates the warehouse where Yokai is manufacturing his microbots, he briefly glances over to a wall map of San Fransokyo covered with articles, blueprints and the "silent sparrow" symbol, all connected by red string.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Honey Lemon REALLY likes explosions.
  • Superhero Origin: The story of how a young robotics genius, three advanced technology students, a school mascot, and a lovable balloon robot come together to do battle against Yokai and his army of microbots.
    Fred: Ha-ha! Can you feel it?! You guys, do you feel this?! Our origin story begins! WE'RE GONNA BE SUPERHEROES!
  • Take a Third Option: In the climax, Hiro has to encourage the other four to do this to get away from the microbots attacking them, since their normal attacks don't seem to work. Wasabi, pinned between slabs on concrete on either side, cuts into the concrete at his feet to escape. GoGo, trapped in an orb of microbots, starts circling inside them to build up enough heat to burn her way out. Honey, trapped in her own dome of chemicals to protect herself while it is failing, attached her chemicals to the attacking microbots instead to pull herself out. And Fred, with the limbs of his suit seized, realizes that it's like his mascot costume and pulls his arms out of the suit's arms to grab debris to free himself with.
  • Take My Hand: Hiro and Baymax reach out for each other's hand when drifting in hyperspace.
  • Taught by Experience: Baymax locks Hiro out of accessing his healthcare chip after Hiro removed it to make him murder Callaghan.
  • Team Shot: Used when they get inspired to create a superhero team, while looking at some of Fred's superhero art. And again after the climax, with a notable gap where Baymax should be.
  • Team Title: Like the comic counterpart, the six heroes will don the superhero team title "Big Hero 6".
  • Technicolor Science: Honey Lemon's chemicals have various bright colors.
  • Teleporter Accident: Involving Professor Callaghan's daughter, and what motivated him to revenge.
  • Tempting Fate: Hiro is too sure of himself after winning the bot fight in the prologue.
    Hiro: I'm on a roll, big brother! And there is no stopping me!
    Cue the police cars blocking their way.
  • That Poor Cat:
    • During the sequence where Baymax is following the microbot and Hiro is running after him, occasionally tripping over or running into things.
    • When Aunt Cass hears a sound from upstairs and wonders what it was, Hiro makes up the excuse that it was Mochi, until he looks down and sees the cat rubbing up against his legs. While Cass' back is turned, Hiro then tosses Mochi upstairs.
  • There Are No Therapists: Zig-zagged. There's no mention of Hiro receiving therapy or counselling after Tadashi's death, even though he's showing obvious signs of severe depression for several weeks. However, after he tells Baymax that his pain is emotional rather than physical, Baymax downloads information on grief counselling and makes it his objective to improve Hiro's emotional state. Also, with Hiro's excellent presentation you would assume more than one company/college would be coming to him and offering support coping with his loss, even if it was just to recruit him at a weak moment.
  • They Fight Crime!: He's a boy genius reeling from the loss of his big brother! He's an inflatable medical robot! Together, they fight a supervillain!
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Baymax has this built in as a primary protocol. It can be removed, as Hiro later demonstrates, though upon reinstalling Baymax locks the access port to prevent it from happening again. The rest of the team was also less than thrilled when Hiro does the above, and are adamant about catching Yokai, not killing him, especially when he's defenseless.
  • Three-Point Landing: Practically a given in a superhero movie.
    • Hiro's fighter bot does one after it effortlessly takes down "Little Yama".
    • Baymax does this after rescuing Hiro during the final battle.
  • The Thunderdome: The movie begins with Hiro taking part in a robo-fight. The emcee even announces, "Two bots enter, only one bot leaves!"
  • Thwarted Coup de Grâce: Happens twice during the battle at the island.
    • First Hiro interrupts Yokai when the latter is about to smash his teams mates with a giant fist of nanobots.
    • Later Fred stops Baymax from launching his rocket fist at Yokai who is escaping the site.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tadashi. He doesn't just run into a burning building—he runs into a multi-story building that's engulfed in flame from end to end, pouring out noxious black smoke and visibly on the cusp of exploding, intending to save Professor Callaghan even though he doesn't know where he is. It ends as tragically as you'd expect
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The advertising in the UK shows Hiro wanting to kill Yokai.
  • Train Escape: During the car chase, the team manages to put a moving train between them and Yokai. It doesn't throw him off for long though.
  • Translation Style Choices: There are a lot of interesting differences between the mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan translations. None of them tried to phonetically translate Baymax: mainland used "Big White", Taiwan (somehow) got "Cup Noodle", and Hong Kong is the only version to incorporate his original purpose: "Medical God", which is incidentally the same name as the translated name of House. Another case is Honey Lemon: Taiwan translated it fully phonetically, resulting in a name that has no apparent meaning but definitely looks pretty, Hong Kong literally made her share her name with the honey lemonade drink, and mainland is stuck in between the two with "Honey" translated phonetically and "Lemon" by its meaning and is left with a rather awkward name.
  • Trapped in a Sinking Car: The group drives off a pier, although they don't stay underwater for long since the car is missing one of its doors at this point, and Baymax can act as an emergency flotation device.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Go Go and Honey are the only two girls of Big Hero 6.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The citizens of San Fransokyo brake for an inflatable robot jaywalker, but there's no indication that they regard this as an unusual problem.
  • Van in Black: Subverted. While Hiro and Baymax explore a pier at night where Yokai kept the microbots. They are being tailed by a slow-moving SUV, with no clue who's driving. Turns out the driver of the SUV was Wasabi, with GoGo, Honey and Fred riding along, all wanting to help Hiro.
  • Verbal Backspace: Honey Lemon during the car chase.
    Honey Lemon: We don't know that he's really trying to kill us.
    Fred: Car!
    [car smashes into the ground nearby]
    Honey Lemon: HE'S TRYING TO KILL US!!
  • The 'Verse: This universe is designated Earth-14123 in the overall Marvel Multiverse.
  • Villain Has a Point: Callaghan is brutally honest in that Tadashi was Too Dumb to Live, but his timing couldn't have been worse when unmasked and depowered and Hiro is vengeful.
  • The Von Trope Family: GoGo mentions a dubious character named "Baron von Destruct".
  • Wall of Weapons: Amusingly, Fred's Nerf guns.
  • Watching the Sunset: Hiro and Baymax sit on top of a zeppelin and watch the sunset after just having experienced The Joy of First Flight.
  • Wham Line:
    • When Yokai is revealed to be Callaghan, who was alive all the time.
      Hiro: It's over, Krei. [Without his mask, Yokai stands up and turns around to Hiro, revealing him to be Callaghan. Hiro and the gang are visibly shocked.] P-Professor Callaghan? The explosion... you died.
      Robert Callaghan: No. I had your microbots. [a flashback shows Callaghan using Hiro's microbots to protect himself from the fire earlier in the film]
      Hiro: But... Tadashi... You just let him die...
      Robert Callaghan: [coldly] Give me the mask, Hiro.
      Hiro: He went in there to SAVE you!
      Robert Callaghan: That was HIS mistake! [Baymax comes over to Hiro, who is feeling betrayed and angry that Callaghan would coldly dismiss Tadashi's death as his own fault.]
      Hiro: [pointing to Callaghan, darkly] Baymax... destroy! [Callaghan looks at Baymax and Hiro, horrified]
      Baymax: My programming prevents me from injuring a human being.
      Hiro: Not anymore. [opens Baymax's access port, removing Tadashi's health care disc and leaving only the fighting disc]
      Baymax: Hiro, this is not what... [Hiro slams the access port closed, Baymax's eyes turn red]
    • When the teleportation device is collapsing in the climax.
      Baymax: My sensors are indicating human life.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Hiro gets called out big time by the others for reprogramming Baymax to try to kill Callaghan. Baymax is the first one to get through to him, by asking if this is what Tadashi wanted and if killing Callaghan would improve Hiro's mental state.
  • What Would X Do?: Tadashi at one point: "Oh, what would Mom and Dad say?"
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Hiro presumably gets funding for his Cool Garage from hustling robot fighters. Notably, his build quality improves when Fred chips in with his ludicrously large amount of money and the rest of the team helps.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises:
    • When Callaghan and his microbots descend on Krei's press conference during the climax, Krei's eyes go wide with terror, and his irises visibly narrow.
    • Happens with Honey Lemon after she replaces Baymax's personality chip during his rampage; we see a shot of her from Baymax's point of view once his personality is restored, breathing hard and staring up at him in terror and uncertainty.
  • Within Parameters: While conducting the teleporter test, one of the technicians notes that some readings are off, but his boss brushes it off with this trope, likely because military is watching the experiment. It ends up sucking in Callaghan's daughter and prompting his Face–Heel Turn.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Tadashi wants Hiro to go to college and apply himself instead of wasting his talents on scamming robot fights for cash.
    Tadashi: When are you gonna start using that big brain of yours?
  • You Are Not Alone: Honey, Fred, Gogo, and Wasabi tell this to Hiro as they console him after Tadashi's death.
  • You Can See That, Right?: Fred says this when he first notices Yokai.
  • Zeppelins from Another World: Presented here not as lighter-than-air transport, but as self-supporting wind turbines that (presumably) meet a lot of San Fransokyo's energy needs. In another burst of cultural fusion, they're painted in the style of paper lanterns and carp streamers.

"I am satisfied with my care."