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[[caption-width-right:250:[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment An epic of]] [[YouKeepUsingThatWord epic]] [[BuffySpeak epicness]].]]

''Scott Pilgrim vs. The World'' is a 2010 {{film}} directed by Creator/EdgarWright, his first American film, and based on the [[ComicBooks comic series]] ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' by Bryan Lee O'Malley. The film, like its source material, is about a twenty-something UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} slacker named Scott Pilgrim who meets an American named Ramona Flowers, and must defeat her seven evil exes in order to date her. In a universe that acts like a real-life version of ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom'' where there are [[{{Combos}} combo meters]], {{written sound effect}}s spelled out in midair, [[ScoringPoints points]], and [[VideoGameLives extra lives]].

Since the comic was as yet unfinished during filming, the film moves in a slightly different direction to the comic, though core elements remain the same.

While the critics and audiences loved the film, it wasn't able to make back its budget in the box office market, more than likely due to the humor being targeted to a certain demographic. However, it fared far better in the home market.

Now with its own [[ShoutOut/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld Shout Out]] page, [[ReferenceOverdosed as it was starting to take up a lot of room.]]
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!!The movie provides examples of the following tropes:

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[[folder: Tropes A to H]]
* AbsurdlyCoolCity: UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}, a city so cool that {{Animesque}} fights can occur in the coolest night clubs and at least one girl is so hot that ice and snow literally melt beneath her feet.
* AccidentalMisnaming: The Members of Sex Bob-Omb are the only people in the film that can seemingly say their band's name right. Even fangirl Knives is the slightest bit off every time she tries.
* AdaptationDistillation: The movie pares down many subplots and extraneous characters (for example, the relegation of Lisa to the animation allows them to get rid of a lot of Volume 4 without impacting the plot too much), and compresses the time-frame to somewhere around four and a half weeks (Ramona re-dyes her hair every week and a half, and goes through three dye-jobs over the course of the movie), rather than the year-ish of the comic.
* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: Without an explanation playing into the climax (as it did in Volume 6, which was being written while the movie was in production), the concept of "subspace" is essentially downgraded to a {{handwave}} for why Ramona appeared in Scott's dream. Subspace, and its random doors popping up, could probably have been cut altogether if it wouldn't have caused the fans to revolt.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Envy Adams is a redhead in the books and a blonde in the film. Knives also dyes her hair blue in the film instead of red. The back cover of book two shows Todd with brown hair opposed to the film's grey color (although that appears to be a literal dye-job). Also, Young Neil was blond in the books, but in the movie he is dark haired.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the novel, Lucas Lee was a PunchClockVillain who took a break in a middle of a fight with Scott to shoot the shit and share his snacks. In the movie, [[EvilIsHammy he's as evilly hammy]] as all the other evil exes.
* AdaptedOut: Mr. Chau (Knives' deadly father who hunts down Scott in Volume 4) never appears in the film, as his entire subplot was omitted. Knives' mother was originally going to appear in a flashback just like the comic, but the scene was cut out of the final film.
* AdvertisingByAssociation: The DVD case of the film also reminds you that it's "[[AC:from the director of Film/ShaunOfTheDead and Film/HotFuzz]]".
* AgeLift: Inverted some of the characters are a year younger then the they are in the books such as Scott and Stacy.
* AffablyEvil: Lucas has shades of this, making small talk with Ramona [[strike: [[NeverTrustATrailer after]]]] before tossing Scott into a castle, signing an autograph for Wallace, and remarking that Scott seems like a nice guy. This is a holdover from the comic, where he was more of an "edgy" than "evil" ex.
* AffectionateParody: "Ninja Ninja Revolution."
** By extension, the entire movie is a parody of old-school video games, and comic books themselves.
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: Played fairly straight (no pun intended), albeit [[PlayedForLaughs For Laughs]] - see DoubleStandard below.
* AlliterativeName: Wallace Wells, Stephen Stills, Lucas Lee, Roxy Richter, Kyle and Ken Katayanagi, Gideon Graves...
* AllPartOfTheShow: During the Lucas Lee fight scene, no one seems to realize that this isn't part of the script. After [[spoiler:Lucas dies]], someone has the audacity to say, "And that's a wrap, everybody!"
* AllThereInTheManual: The film makes vague references to the backstories of its supporting characters. The details given line up with what's presented in the graphic novels, so it can be inferred that those character histories can be taken as true within the movie's continuity as well. One assumes, for instance, that the reason the film's Julie and Envy seem close (at least, relative to Julie and everyone else) is that, as true in the books, they were roommates in university (though in the novels, Julie hated Envy at the time, and is only being friendly now because she's famous). Perhaps the biggest omission in the movies is the fact that Scott is the best fighter in the province. It makes sense that he can fight so well if you know that, but given it was a one-time line in the books and not in the movie at all, his combat prowess seems to come, not out of nowhere, but from [[IKnowMortalKombat playing video games]].
* AndThatsTerrible: When Gideon kicks Ramona, sending her falling down a set of stairs the announcer from "Ninja Ninja Revolution" repeatedly exclaims "Bad!"
* AndTheAdventureContinues: Possibly what that continue screen at the end means.
* AnimatedAdaptation: The night before the movie opened, [adult swim] aired a short two part animated prequel between episodes of WesternAnimation/RobotChicken.
* AnswerCut: After Scott first encounters Roxy.
-->'''Scott''': Oh, someone help me!\\
(''cut to Scott calling Stacey'')
* AntiClimax: When Scott defeats Lucas Lee's stunt team, he and Lucas start running towards each other as the music and sound effects intensify, and everything dies out as we hear only thumping heartbeats. The two jump into the air...and Lucas effortlessly gives a flying kick that sends Scott flying through the backdrop.
* ArcNumber: Subtly, for each Evil Ex and Scott himself - see NumerologicalMotif.
* ArousedByTheirVoice: Envy Adams. The sultry voice she has from her introductory phone call gets dropped in the aftermath of the Todd Ingram fight (see BecomingTheMask).
* ArtShift: Ramona's flashbacks are done using the corresponding panels from the comics. As well as the doodles that appear throughout the film.
* AscendedExtra:
** Neil is featured more prominently in the film, being treated more as the band's roadie than as just a hanger on. [[spoiler: He even takes over on bass after Scott quits.]]
** Knives' role is also greatly increased compared to her role in the novels. As explained by Edgar Wright, Knives' arc in the novels reached something of a climax when she battled Ramona in the second volume; the film, by tying this into the final fight against Gideon, increases Knives' significance almost by accident.
* AskAStupidQuestion: Knives asks Julie if the music store has any Clash at Demonhead [=CDs=]. Julie's sarcastic response of "Did you check the section marked 'Clash at Demonhead'?". Furthermore, in her very first scene, Knives also asks Kim, "And you play the drums?" while Kim is sitting at the drums holding drum sticks.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption: When Scott sees Envy in the coffee shop.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: The back of the knees, in this case.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Knives Chau.
* BattleDiscretionShot: During the fight against Lucas Lee, the stunt doubles start ganging up and kicking the crap out of Scott, and Lucas himself walks off to get some coffee. The camera follows him for the twenty seconds it takes to get to the production assistant and get the coffee, and when Scott calls his name, the camera pans back over to Scott standing over the bodies of all the stunt doubles. No indication is given how Scott turned the situation around.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: No one in this movie ever really receives any lasting visible injuries, and this is especially heinous for Scott, who gets the ever living beat out of him throughout the movie.
* BecomingTheMask: Apparently, Envy, but Scott pierces the facade after the fight with Todd.
-->'''Scott''': Yeah, well, you kicked my heart in the ass, so...guess we're even... Natalie.\\
'''Envy''': Natalie? No one calls me that anymore...\\
'''Scott''': ...Maybe they should.
* BerserkButton:
** YOU WILL PAY FOR YOUR INSOLENCE!
** "[[BreastAttack You punched me in the boob!]]"
** Although him clocking Knives probably helped, once Todd insults Toronto, Scott tries to attack him.
-->''That's it, you cocky cock!! You will pay for your crimes against humanity!!''
** "You made me swallow my gum...! It'll be in my digestive tract for [[ArcNumber SEVEN]] YEARS!!!"
** "Do that again and I will END you"
* BettyAndVeronica: Betty - Knives, Veronica - Ramona.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler: Scott, as shown in his first round at the Chaos Theatre. Okay, so he isn't exactly a paragon of virtue, but if this movie teaches anything about him that the comic didn't, it's that if you cross the line twice with him, things will definitely not be pretty. He even displays hostility towards his old band.]]
* BigDamnMovie: With the title, sort of. The League of Evil Exes isn't exactly "the world," but one imagines the title says that to make it seem bigger.
** It takes its name from the second book. The title probably deals with the fact that Scott is up against the world in a metaphorical sense. The fifth book is titled "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The Universe." by contrast.
** The original title of the movie took it from the first book titled Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life but was changed later in production.
* BittersweetEnding: Particularly tricky example, since almost every element of the resolution has a good and bad interpretation, [[spoiler: The League are defeated and Scott and Ramona are free to pursue a relationship less hindered by the ghosts of the past, they make a good couple to begin with and the continue screen suggests an intentionally ambiguous resolution. Our poor woobie Knives is left out in the cold, but, as she says, she's probably better off in the long run without Scott. The band lost out on their big break, but then again, being contracted to a guy like Gideon probably wouldn't have ended well anyway (and besides, there's all those coins left over in the Chaos Theatre to be scooped up). What kind of ending we have is all in how you slice it. Though there ''is'' an alternate ending on the DVD that has Ramona and Scott go their separate ways and while Scott goes off with Knives instead. Does't make the end any less bittersweet, but at least the alternate ending exists.]]
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Scott's exes Envy, Knives, and Kim. (For varying definitions of "Brunette," of course.)
** Then Ramona is Pink/Blue/Green. For whatever that's worth.
* BloodlessCarnage: The film gets around this by having people explode into coins[[note]]If you look closely, it's actual Canadian legal tender[[/note]] when they are killed. Subverted when [[spoiler: Scott cuts Gideon's face with the Power of Self Respect.]]
* BloodFromTheMouth: Or rather, [[MoneySpider Coins From The Mouth.]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}}: Patel becomes a Bollywood stand-in for the movie, indulging in a song and dance number when unleashing his mystical powers and modeling his mannerisms after various hammy Bollywood bad guys.
* BookEnds:
** The film begins and ends with snippets of 8-bit music; it begins with the {{Universal}} LogoJoke (see below), and ends with an 8-bit rendition of Sex Bob-omb's "Threshold".
** Internally, the Street Fighter "K.O.!" announcements only occur on Scott's [[WarmUpBoss first]] and [[FinalExamBoss final]] victories.
** The Alternate ending [[spoiler: features Knives and Scott together playing ''Ninja Ninja Revolution''.]]
** Scott giving Neil his bass. Literally during the fight with Patel (by throwing it at him), then figuratively during the fight with Gideon (by officially giving Neil his spot as The Sex Bob-Omb's bassist).
** In Scott's first fight with Matthew Patel, the latter yells Scott's name when he first arrives to fight. The same happens when Scott arrives at the Chaos Theatre.
* BossBattle: The Evil Exes, obviously. Conveniently, they all meet established boss tropes!
** WarmUpBoss: Matthew Patel
** WakeUpCallBoss: Lucas Lee
** PuzzleBoss: Todd Ingram
** BreatherBoss: Roxanne Richter[[invoked]]
** DualBoss / BackgroundBoss: Ken and Kyle Katayanagi
** FinalBoss: Gideon Gordon Graves
** FinalExamBoss: [[spoiler:Gideon Round 2]]
** PostFinalBoss / AnticlimaxBoss / MirrorBoss: [[spoiler:Nega-Scott]]
* BossRemix: "We Are Sex Bob-Omb" is redone as "We Are Sex Bob-Omb (Fast)" ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin faster]] and without vocals) and "Death To All Hipsters" ({{chiptune}}-style) for the Gideon fights.
* BossRush: As might be expected from the previous list, the entire movie is kind of a film-style BossRush. The only {{mooks}} Scott ever fights are Lucas' stunt doubles and Gideon's random dudes who come out of nowhere.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Ramona [[LongList listing the various types of tea]] - "We have blueberry, raspberry, ginseng, sleepy time, green tea, green tea with lemon, green tea with lemon and honey, '''liver disaster''', ginger with honey, ginger without honey, vanilla almond, white truffle, blueberry chamomile, vanilla walnut, constant comment and... Earl Grey."
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Scott: "Did you make some of those up?"
* BrickJoke in three steps:
** The setup:
-->'''Wallace''': Step up your game, Scott. Break out the 'L' word.\\
'''Scott''': Lesbian?\\
'''Wallace''': ''[exasperated]'' The ''other'' 'L' word.\\
'''Scott''': ''[beat]'' Lesbians?
** And, much later, the payoff:
-->'''Scott:''' I'm in lesbians with you.\\
'''Ramona:''' ''[beat]'' What?
** Finalized by the final brick shortly after:
-->'''Scott:''' I said lesbians.
** Bonus points for when he actually fights a lesbian.
* BringMyBrownPants: When Scott lands on the ground after being thrown high up into the air: "If I peed my pants, can we just pretend I got wet in the rain?"
** When G-Man compliments Sex Bob-Omb on their set, the lead guitarist wets himself, though it's more from overwhelming joy than fear. From the look on his face he could be having a spontaneous orgasm, but that might have pushed the movie past a PG-13 rating.
* BroughtDownToNormal: Todd, which provides the turning point in Scott's fight with him.
* BurningRubber: In one scene, Ramona's casual skating cuts a melting trail through several inches of snow and ice. One wonders what would happen if she really booked it. This, in addition to her use of the Subspace Highway, is probably why she's such a good delivery girl. Of course, this is more likely meant to signify that she is smoking hot. As if anyone needed a hint.
** Although commentary says this was done to give Ramona an air mystery and magic from the start.
* CacophonyCoverUp: While Crash and the Boys play "We Hate You, Please Die", Stephen Stills (in the midst of a panic attack) tries talking to Kim and Scott, but he's barely audible over the song. Thankfully, there are subtitles.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Averted -- The movie is filmed in Toronto, set in Toronto, and stars an actor from Toronto. The fact that this is unusual is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] while fighting the second ex: Scott gets hurled through the backdrop matte painting of the Empire State Building on the movie set. The [=CN=] Tower[[note]]For the uninitiated, it's an iconic Toronto landmark[[/note]] is briefly visible through the hole thus made.
--> "They make movies in Toronto?"
* CallBack: A whole lot of stuff from the Ninja Ninja Revolution game (HUD elements and the announcer) appear again during the fight with [[spoiler: Gideon and then Nega Scott's appearance is also a call back to the fact that Scott can't beat Nega Ninja in the game]]
* CallForward: the first time Ramona appears onscreen, the BGM is a pre-vocals version of "Garbage Truck", the love(?) song Sex Bob-Omb play at The Rockit just before Matthew Patel appears.
* CallingYourBathroomBreaks: Scott does this a ''lot'', probably to express how profoundly socially inept he can be despite everything.
** At one point, his [[ItMakesSenseInContext mental spinner for responding to awkward situations]] gets stuck between "I have to pee" and "Who, her?" resulting in the unfortunate "I have to pee on her."
* CameBackStrong: Scott Pilgrim and arguably Gideon Graves
* TheCameo: Thomas Jane and Clifton Collins Jr. as [[spoiler: The Vegan Police]].
* CanadaEh: The most Canadianest movie in ''years''. (Well, [[BonCopBadCop a few years.]]) The film, with American audiences in mind, lampshades the fact that the story takes place "In the faraway land of Toronto, Canada." Something the book does not.
** However it is averted in many ways as well, with no stereotypical Canadian accents, Mounties, and Scott only says "eh?" once.
*** ... [[RealityIsUnrealistic thus making it seem as though the movie were actually set in Canada]].
* CantBelieveISaidThat: Coincides with the aforementioned BrickJoke and below mentioned CantSpitItOut:
--->'''Scott:''' ...I said [[CrowningMomentOfFunny lesbians]].
* CantSpitItOut: Scott ''is'' able to spit it out, [[ItMakesSenseInContext but his brain is still stuck on "lesbians."]]
* CantYouReadTheSign:
** It's hard to make out, but a sign in the background of Stacey's workplace states that people on cellphones will be refused service. [[HypocriticalHumor It's mostly seen while she's on her cellphone while working]].
** In a shot taken from the graphic novel, Scott sits down on a store's couch, right next to a "DO NOT SIT" sign.
* CardCarryingVillain: The self-identified Seven Evil Exes.
* TheCasanova: Both Scott and Ramona fit this trope in their respective circles. Having them fall for each other is somewhat played as LaserGuidedKarma.
** Julie suggests early on that Scott is this (or was, prior to his breakup with Envy, and may resume the title if he courts Ramona while still dating a high schooler). She has the list of women to back up the claim, so Scott seems to be in denial about it.
** Wallace seems to be more of a [[{{Pun}} straight-forward]] example - he wrangles every guy he sets his eyes on (except Lucas Lee for obvious reasons), including Stacey's boyfriend. It's implied that this has happened before.
--> '''Stacey:''' Wallace! ''Again?!''
* CatapultNightmare: The basis of a RunningGag. Though his dreams are never nightmares, they cause Scott to wake up by catapulting into frame, which then causes Wallace, Other Scott, and eventually Jimmy to be woken up in the same manner.
* CatchPhrase: Whenever Stacey calls Scott interrogating him about something personal, Scott asks where she got this information. Her response is always "Wallace, duh!"
* ChalkOutline: Gideon's mooks.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The 1-up Scott obtains after he defeats the Katayanagi Twins allows him to "reload" from that point after Gideon kills him.]]
** There's a reason Ramona keeps correcting Scott every time he says "your ex-boyfriends"
* ChekhovsSkill: Scott and Knives [[spoiler:playing Ninja Ninja Revolution]].
* TheChewToy: Both Scott (for his JerkAss leanings) and [[spoiler:[[StalkerWithACrush Knives]], who goes through quite the HumiliationConga (nearly injuring herself trying to look [[AnimeHair more like Ramona]], then getting said highlights knocked out of her hair by one of the aforementioned girl's Evil Ex's) before establishing herself as an IronWoobie and proving to be close to Scott and Ramona's equal.]]
* ClusterFBomb: Julie [[ClusterBleepBomb just barely averts it with]] SoundEffectBleep and black boxes.
** Lampshaded:
--->'''Scott:''' How are you doing that with your mouth?
* CombinationAttack: During the FinalBattle, Gideon has to defend a double attack by Scott and Knives.
* TheComicallySerious: Crash and the Boys.
-->'''Crash''': This song' dedicated to the guy who keeps yelling from the bleachers. It's called "We Hate You, Please Die".
* ComingOfAgeStory: Played with. Scott is already of age, technically, but he (and many other characters) exist in a state of arrested adolescence[[note]][[JustForPun Some could call it Arrested Development.]][[/note]] that he has to grow out of if he wants to resolve his various conflicts.
* CompositeCharacter:
** Considered and averted. WordOfGod says Roxy and Envy were combined into a single character for an early draft, until the release of Volume 4 convinced the screenwriters to split the characters again. Might explain how Roxy inherits Envy's weakness from the graphic novel - [[spoiler:the back of her knee]]. The entire Ramona against Roxy fight is basically the fight with Envy, right down to the dialogue.
** Also regarding Roxy, the gag of Ramona controlling Scott's body because he won't hit a girl was originally used in the Free Comic Day comic against the character Winifred Hailey, who didn't make it into the movie.
** Played out similarly with Gideon, [[spoiler: Ramona's role in the final fight is actually reduced to the point of mirroring Envy's almost completely. She pretends to hug Gideon only to knee him and even uses Envy's "Let's both be girls" line.]]
* ConditionalPowers: Todd Ingram has telekinetic powers that only work if he remains vegan.
* CoolBigSis: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. Stacey "Rated T for Teen" Pilgrim is 4 years younger than Scott but much more mature than him, and so WiseBeyondHerYears that Scott constantly turns to her for advice. She even calls him "little brother".
** Plus, considering Anna Kendrick is three years older than Michael Cera, looks and acts like it, and is best known for her role in ''Film/UpInTheAir'' which paints her considerably more adult, it's an easy mistake to make.
* CoolSword: A couple: Roxy Richter has a studded belt/WhipSword... thing, Gideon's cane sword [[spoiler:and Digitana, Scott's Power of Love and Power of Self Respect.]]
* CreatorCameo: Bryan Lee O'Malley (as well as his wife) appears at the bar of Lee's Palace after Sex Bob-Omb's performance.
** Co-writer Michael Bacall is seen talking with Comeau at the opening party.
** Second unit director Walter Gasparovich plays the director of Lucas Lee's film.
* CreditsGag: [[spoiler:Michael Lazarovitch is credited as “Some Guy”.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: For the most of the film, Scott appears to be really wimpy and nonthreatening. However, whenever an Evil Ex shows up, Scott suddenly [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] and beats the crap out of them. This is a departure from the graphic novel, where it's explicitly stated early on that Scott is the "Best Fighter in the Province". In the movie, he could very well still be an accomplished martial artist, but his nebbish personality makes it seem unlikely.
* DamselInDistress:
** Ramona, after it's revealed that [[spoiler:Gideon is manipulating her through a microchip, robbing her of any resistance to him.]] There was a bit of slave Leia to her near the end, possibly unintentional.
*** It might look unintentional due to AdaptationDecay, but this imagery is a lot more explicit in the books, including a subtle StealthPun on the word "[[spoiler:subspace]]".
* DanceBattler: Matthew Patel, with his Michael Jackson-esque moves. Slick, indeed.
* DarkIsNotEvil: [[spoiler:Nega-Scott is genuinely frightening looking (proving that with the right special effects and makeup, ''anyone'' can be scary), but turns out to be one heck of a nice guy.]]
* DarkReprise: Scott's StylisticSuck love song to Ramona plays again when [[spoiler:Ramona leaves him.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Much of the supporting cast like to knock Scott down a peg, but Kim and Wallace are the new poster children.
--> Kim: That poster needs more exclamation marks.
--> Wallace: Is that girl a boy too?
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Crash and The Boys]] are killed by an errant fireball during the fight with Matthew Patel.
* DeathBySex: Roxy, Sort of. Scott defeats her by hitting her weak point, which happens to be the inside of her knee. Apparently, this is an erogenous zone for Roxy, and results in an intense orgasm before she explodes into coins.
* DeathGlare: Todd's default expression. Takes the form of the KubrickStare when he's first seen, sans-smile. Kim Pine, especially as played by Allison Pill, looks like she could melt steel with her eyes much of the time, especially during the Battle of the Bands.
** Envy's entire group does this in unison backstage when Knives tries to speak up. Topped off with a large "GLARE" subtitle above them.
* DefensiveWhat: Gideon to Scott and Knives after [[spoiler:he beats up Ramona]].
* DemotedToExtra: Kim Pine, compared to her more involved role in the books (mostly because her backstory has been moved to the Creator/AdultSwim AnimatedAdaptation). Envy Adams gets quite a bit cut out as well, since her fight with Ramona is cut and is compacted into Ramona's fight with Roxy Richter. She is completely absent in the climax and her role is merged with Ramona's. Richter herself gets quite a bit cut out; she almost got a complete axing when Edgar Wright considered depositing Envy into her role as Ramona's 4th ex. Nega-Scott gets the axe from playing a pivotal role in the books to being reduced to a mere punchline in the movie. Lynette Guycott although having a minor but pivotal role gets barely minutes of screen time, and her punching the highlights out of Knives' hair was designated to Todd. Finally the Twins are almost cut out entirely, as they have zero lines (their actors don't speak English), zero backstory, and probably the least screen-time of any of the exes, only seemingly being in the movie because they are exes number 5 and 6 respectively.
* DesignatedGirlFight:
** Roxy Richter and Ramona. [[spoiler:Scott still has to deliver the [[FinishingMove killing blow, however...]]]]
** Later on, Knives vs Ramona.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** The tagline.
** These wonderful two lines, from separate scenes:
-->''(after watching a live performance)'' '''Young Neil''': "Yeah, they're better live, you have to see them live."\\
'''Comeau''': "Yeah, but their first album isn't as good as their ''first'' album."
** Roxy's "Because next time... I'll be deadly serious next time!" Met with a suitably confused response from Scott.
* DepravedBisexual: Roxy, with her violent outbursts and penchant for loud, abrasive yelling, is more than a ''little'' bi-furious.
* DidYouJustHaveSex: Except he didn't.
* DisneyDeath / [[spoiler: DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist[[note]] Which is appropriate, since it's a movie based on a comic based on ''video games''[[/note]]]]: [[spoiler:Scott]]
* TheDitz: Todd Ingram, also fits neatly into DumbMuscle. The subtitles that accompany every new character poke fun at this.
-->'''Todd:''' (''After [[MoralEventHorizon punching Knives]]'') What? [[WouldHitAGirl I'm not afraid to hit a girl.]] I'm a rockstar.\\
'''Envy:''' Oh, you're incorrigible!\\
'''Todd:''' I don't know the meaning of the word. ('''SUBTITLE: HE REALLY DOESN'T.''')
** "Chicken isn't vegan?"
* DontExplainTheJoke: Todd doesn't seem to get this:
--> '''Scott''': I dislike you, capiche?\\
'''Todd''': Tell it to the cleaning lady on Monday.\\
'''Scott''': What?\\
'''Todd''': Because you'll be dust by Monday.\\
'''Scott''': Um...\\
'''Todd''': Because you'll be pulverized in two seconds. And the cleaning lady... She cleans up... dust. She dusts.\\
'''Scott''': ...So... so what's on Monday?\\
'''Todd''': ...Because... it's Friday now... she has weekends off, so... Monday. ''(to Envy)'' Right?
* DoorClosesEnding: At the end, Scott and his love interest walk through a [[TheLonelyDoor lonely door]] to hyperspace and it closes behind them.
* DoubleStandard: Wallace tells Scott to break up with Knives if he's going to date Ramona. Scott promptly points out that Wallace is dating two men. Wallace ignores him.
--> '''Wallace:''' I didn't make the gay rule book. If you have a problem, take it up with Liberace's ghost.
** Considering the scene with all ''four'' of them at same time it can be fairly assumed that they all aware and it is a open relationship.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: How Scott first "meets" Ramona.
* DualWielding: Knives fights with twin [[StealthPun knives]].
* TheDulcineaEffect: Scott commits to this whole evil exes thing after two dates, before even reaching [[strike:second]] first-and-a-half base.
** He doesn't really have a chance: Matthew Patel challenges him to a duel before he even has his first date with Ramona.
* DynamicEntry: Roxy starts her fight with Scott by diving in and kicking him in the back of the head.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler:The Power(s) of Love/Self-Respect, which take form as the sword Scott uses in the final battle. Neither of them actually last very long, although Self-Respect gives Gideon a run for his money.]]
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Gideon is the only person in the film to call Kim Pine "Kimberly." Her look of distaste is ''amazing.''
* EpicMovie: Parodied in the tagline.
** The movie is also quite epic.
* EstablishingSeriesMoment: The first song heard in the film is ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' theme barely heard coming out of Young Neil's DS. It's a very sly but effective setting of tone.
* EthicalSlut: Wallace. Of course, he does technically cheat on Other Scott, but Other Scott seems fine with it, so no harm no foul.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Knives reeeeally likes Envy.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Young Neil says that Scott, Stephen, Kim and himself went to the same high school together. Scott also went to college with Julie and Natalie. Ramona went to junior high with Matthew, High school with Lucas & Todd and College with Roxy.
* EvilCounterpart: Subverted. [[spoiler: Nega Scott turns out to be pretty much the same as regular Scott.]]
** Further subverted [[spoiler: if you think that Scott is a jerk, while Nega Scott seems like a genuinely nice guy.]]
* EvilDiva: Envy Adams oozes this trope.
* EvilIsHammy: All of the exes are some of the most deliciously hammy villains in recent memory.
** Also, Envy Adams. A FemmeFatale played so straight that it almost becomes a parody.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Compared to the books, which takes place during the span of approximately a year, the movie condenses its events to roughly a month or so.
* FakeBand: Several. Sex Bob-Omb (songs written by Beck); The Clash at Demonhead (song written by Metric); Crash and the Boys (songs written by Broken Social Scene); and the Katayanagi Twins (instrumental by Cornelius).
* FamousLastWords:
** "This is impossible. How can this be?" [[spoiler:Matthew Patel]]
** "Why wouldn't you be?"[[note]]in response to Wallace saying that he's a big fan[[/note]] [[spoiler:Lucas Lee]]
** "Vegone?" [[spoiler:Todd Ingram]]
** "You'll never be able to do this to her!" [[spoiler:Roxy Richter]]
** Averted by [[spoiler:the Katayanagi Twins,]] who don't have any lines at all.
** "You can defeat me Scott. But can you defeat yourself?" [[spoiler:Gideon Graves]]
* FanDumb: Parodied in-universe a couple times:
** First, when Young Neil tells Knives after the Clash at Demonhead concert, "You should hear them live. They're much better live." (This is also LeaningOnTheFourthWall, since the "live" performance takes place in the film, not live.)
** Second, Comeau is talking to someone at the Chaos Theater and says, "Their first album isn't as good as their ... first album." (He's later seen saying, "[[SelfDeprecation The comic book is much better than the movie]].")
* {{Fanservice}}: Namely:
** They put in a comparatively long shot of Ramona taking off her boot which was apparently there just for Creator/QuentinTarantino, friend of Edgar Wright and notorious foot fetishist.
** Ramona's BlackBraAndPanties scene when she and Scott are in her bed.
** Envy's sexy performance on stage in that black dress and those legs.
** The fight between Ramona and Roxy is quite sexy. See Male Gaze.
** Kim is seen wearing a french maid outfit in the Chaos Theater after the Sex Bob-Ombs "sell out" to Gideon.
* FauxActionGirl: Ramona is an entirely capable combatant. She just [[DesignatedGirlFight only fights girls]] and spends the last quarter of the movie [[DamselInDistress held hostage.]]
** In fairness, Ramona was supposed to be more active in the final fight. The troubles of staging a four-way battle on a pyramid forced the filmmakers to cut back.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Gideon during Scott's appearance at the Chaos Theatre. He treats Scott like an honored guest and even offers him Coke Zero. Scott rejects Gideon's attempt at friendliness, which quickly causes it to vanish.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: "You made me swallow my gum! That's going to be in my digestive tract ''for SEVEN YEARS!''"
** "You punched me in the boob! Prepare to die, obviously!"
** "Do you know how long it took to get all the evil ex's contact information so I can form this stupid league? Like two hours. [[ChewingTheScenery TWO HOURS!!!]]
* FemmeFatale: Envy Adams, taken to such a gloriously hammy extreme by Brie Larson that it becomes a parody.
* FictionalVideoGame: The movie shows a "Ninja Ninja Revolution" arcade game.
* FinalExamBoss: Gideon [[spoiler: is defeated through the tag-team skills Scott and Knives learned through [[IKnowMortalKombat Ninja Ninja Revolution]].]]
* FirstGirlWins: Teased. [[spoiler: The original ending until quite late in production of the film had Scott getting back together with Knives, but this was changed after O'Malley had a better handle on how he wanted to end the series.]]
* FiveFiveFive: Averted with Ramona's number: it's an actual number that {{Universal}} owns, for films that are too cool to use 555 numbers. It can also be seen in ''Film/{{Munich}}'' and ''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau''.
** Played straight, however, in the Lucas Lee movie (''Cold Call'') that Wallace watched.
* FlatWhat: Stacey gives one when Matthew Patel starts singing. It's the only time in the movie anyone acknowledges that anything strange is going on. Of course, she is the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Younger Sister]]...
* FlippingTheBird: Done twice:
** Trasha (the girl drummer for Crash and the Boys) gives it to Wallace for heckling them.
** When Gideon tells Kim to play right before the [[spoiler:first]] battle, she scratches her face with her middle finger.
* {{Flynning}}: The [[spoiler: second]] battle with Gideon.
* FocusGroupEnding: Audiences didn't like the original ending with [[spoiler: Scott and Knives getting together because, as Knives says in the ending actually used, she's "too good for him", and it made the whole fight for Ramona pointless.]] So the ending was changed and [[spoiler: Scott and Ramona hook up.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The last thing Scott does before he begins fighting Ramona's evil exes is unplug his bass and throw it to Neil. At another moment, Scott leaves with Ramona in the middle of a rehearsal, and says Neil knows his parts. Later in the film, [[spoiler:Scott formally quits the band, and Neil replaces him]] as a ''direct result'' of Scott's fights.
** During the title sequence, each billed actor has images of their character traits and motifs in the background during their card (corresponding numbers for the evil exes, cell phone battery for Kieran Culkin as Wallace, sai for Ellen Wong/Knives, etc.)
** When Scott is asking people at the party for information on Ramona, one person say [[spoiler: "She has men dying at her feet" which pretty much happens to Scott and maybe some of the other exes.]]
** The one boss Scott can't beat in Ninja Ninja Revolution is the Nega-Ninja. And then Knives add "Don't beat yourself up about it".
** After the Roxy fight, [[spoiler: Ramona grabs the back of her neck and we hear a metallic whine just before she tells Scott "I think we should split".]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Gideon.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** During Scott's fight with Matthew Patel, if you pay attention, one of the fireballs burns Crash and the Boys, turning them into skeletons; explains why Sex Bob-Omb won by default.
** The excuses that come to Scott's mind in the form of a wheel of fortune when Ramona asks how old Knives is are mostly unreadable without pausing the movie. They include: "She's nobody", "She's forty!", "Idiot!", "No speaka English", "When's dinner?", "Uh...", "[[RuleOfThree Tell Pac Man story]]", "No, you are", "Pass out" and "It was nothing".
** In the record store, in addition to the "Pop/Rock" label you'll see in any record store, you'll also see things like "Math Rock" and "Sadcore", both of which are ''[[AluminiumChristmasTrees real]]'' sub-genres of indie rock.
** In that same store the only visible CD between Knives and Scott when he breaks up with her is Beck's Modern Guilt. Funny coincidence, because Beck wrote and composed many songs for the movie, and performed the full version of the Ramona song.
** During the scene between Scott and Ramona on the bus, look carefully behind each character's head when the camera focuses on them. All the lights in the background on Ramona's shots are X-shaped, while in Scott's shots they are heart-shaped.
*** Until Scott asks if they are actually dating. Then it's hearts on both sides.
** During the fight with the Katyanagi twins, when the camera pans up to see the hole in the roof, the audience gets a view of the moon with a hole in it as described in earlier exposition.
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* FunWithSubtitles - styled after the books:
** At the start of the film, most of the characters (and one location) are introduced with subtitles spelling out their name and briefly describing them.
** Along similar lines, a sequence after Scott first talks to Ramona has subtitles describing the scene: "[[AC:AND THEN. [[StalkerWithACrush HE STALKED HER]]. UNTIL SHE. LEFT. THE PARTY.]]"
** The venue where Sex Bob-Omb battles Crash 'n' the Boyz is described as such: [[AC:Fun Fact--This Place is a Toilet]].
** Another sequence has an on-screen inventory of most of the items in Scott and Wallace's apartment, and who they belong to (hint: bet Wallace).
** Yet another transcribes word-by-word Stephen's nervous breakdown prior to playing at a Battle of the Bands, as the rival band's music drowns him out.
** Various scenes have words appearing on-screen as chapter names (taken from the book), or respond to a character's dialogue, for example:
--->'''Stephen Stills''': "'Amp vs. amp?' We'll be on stage at the same time?"\\
'''Scott Pilgrim''': "That's impossible!"\\
Subtitle over next shot, showing two stages across from each other: '''[[AC:Actually, no]].'''
** When Ramona first comments on Scott's shaggy hair, a series of subtitles explain that Scott's been cutting his own hair ever since Envy broke up with him, then goes on to explain the true circumstances surrounding their break up. Especially awesome because it uses the comic's art style.
** After Todd [[spoiler:hits Knives so hard her highlights came out of her hair]], Envy coos to him:
--->'''Envy:''' You're incorrigible.\\
'''Todd:''' I don't know the meaning of the word. \\
'''SUBTITLE:''' '''HE REALLY DOESN'T.'''
** The part where [[spoiler:Stephen pees his pants when Gideon shows up to promote Sex Bob-Omb]], and then an arrow appears on-screen pointing to his crotch with text reading, "PEE"?
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: This movie is ''loaded'' with them.
** To the director at least, a melanistic squirrel running through the background is one of the most consistently interesting parts of the movie.
** Scott's desperate dive through the window of his apartment to evade Knives. Then reaching back in the window to grab his coat. ''Then'' walking down the sidewalk right behind her. All while Wallace is nonchalantly telling her she just missed him.
** At Gideon's party, you can hear Comeau say "[[AdaptationDecay The comic book is always better than the movie.]]"
** The amps during band practice at Stephen Stills' house are apparently of the "Lame Brand" company, with the logo emulating the ''VideoGame/RockBand'' font. Once they [[spoiler:move up to the Chaos Theatre]], the amps are adorned "Sweet Brand".
** While on the bus after the first evil ex fight, the street lights are shaped as X's behind Ramona, and like hearts behind Scott. After the shot where Scott understands that he and Ramona are actually dating, the street lights behind Ramona change into hearts as well.
** After [[spoiler:Gideon blows up]], whilst Stephen Stills is scrabbling around to collect as much of Scott's winnings as he can, Neil simply bends down, picks up [[spoiler:Gideon's gum]], then puts it in his mouth. In fact, pretty much any time Neil is in the background is an example of this. Watch the movie once just to pay attention to him.
** After Scott [[spoiler:kills Todd]] the vegan police can be seen in the background giving each other a high five and shouting "Yeah!" triumphantly as they walk back to their Smart car in slow motion.
** Plenty of sound-related gags. Many scenes have significant moments underscored by scene-relevant sound effects; for example, Sonic Boom's alarm goes off every time Envy is shown on-screen. [[spoiler:Negascott]] whistles "We Are Sex Bob-Omb" after he walks out of frame.
** When Scott's in the bathroom, part of the pee gauge can be seen in the mirror.
* GeckoEnding
* GenkiGirl: Knives, who is almost always hyperactive and overexcited.
* GenreSavvy: Scott displays this [[spoiler:during his fight with Todd - Not only does he figure out that he could weaken Todd by getting him to consume non-vegan food & drink, but when he makes this move, he thinks ''very'' hard about putting the half & half milk into the cup he's holding to his chest after already putting soy into the cup he was offering Todd, to confuse Todd's telepathy and get him to fall for it.]]
** Even earlier in that fight, he asks Ramona for the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CliffsNotes CliffsNotes]]" on the guy in the hopes that some crucial detail in his backstory may be helpful.
** Wallace too; when Matthew Patel comes crashing in, he's the one who yells for Scott to fight. By the time the second ex comes along, Wallace already has an attitude of SeenItAll indifference (or he could just be sad that Scott has to defeat his "hetero crush").
-->'''Wallace''': Scott. Evil Ex. Fight.
* GenreShift: Starts off a standard cute hipster comedy with Michael Cera... and then all of a sudden it becomes, well, ''[[ShapedLikeItself Scott Pilgrim]]''.
* GenreThrowback:To 90s/Generation X slacker comedies such as Film/ChasingAmy and Clerks.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Keeps happening to Stephen Stills.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler:Nega-Scott. It was thinly foreshadowed earlier in the movie when Scott faced the Nega-Ninja boss in the arcade game he was playing with Knives.]] There are several deleted scenes with [[spoiler: Nega-Scott showing up in a mirror whenever Scott is being a particularly horrible person, which tends to shock him out of his asshole-ness.]] Edgar Wright says in the commentaries of these outtakes that they were cut because they distract too much from scenes that already have a lot up in the air.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: When Scott finds out that [[spoiler:one of Ramona's exes was a woman]], he refers to it as her "sexy phase". Though he's noticeably Squicked out when [[spoiler:Ramona's about to explain just how she knows Roxy's weak point.]]
** He's not [[{{Squick}} squicked]], he's just realized [[spoiler:what Roxy's weakpoint means based on how Ramona started explaining it]].
* GlassesPull: The Vegan Police do this. [[ExaggeratedTrope A lot.]]
* GodwinsLaw: In a DeletedScene, Ramona smokes on her and Scott's first "date"[[note]]if it had been included in the theatrical cut, the MPAA would've bumped them up to an R-rating.[[/note]], and Scott (shocked) says "No-one smokes anymore! [[HitlerAteSugar Hitler smoked! Satan smoked!]]"
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Scott considers himself innocent when he cheats on Knives, yet he is "acutely aware" of when Envy/Natalie cheated on him over a year ago.
* GreenEyedMonster: [[spoiler: The Yeti in the fight with the Twins is in part a manifestation of Scott's jealousy once he sees Ramona with Gideon at the show, more apparent when both it and his eye glows brightly green in Scott and the Yeti's split-screen close-up.]]
* GroinAttack: Ramona does this to Gideon during the final confrontation.
-->'''Ramona''': [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Let's both be girls]].
* GuileHero: Scott uses his wits to defeat both Lucas Lee and Todd.
* HammerSpace:
** Played with: Ramona stores her HyperspaceMallet in a BagOfHolding.
** Parodied: Ramona gives Scott a paper slip with her number within a second of his asking; Gideon pulls a pen and [[spoiler:contract for Sex Bob-Omb]] out of nowhere; while off-screen for two whole seconds, Ramona apparently walks out of the club, creates a ''laminated'' list of her exes per Scott's request, and returns to hand it to him.
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* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Carries over from the books with Wallace. A perceptive viewer will note that he is almost always carrying a cup or glass of some kind, and presumably it's not coffee he's drinking.
--->'''Wallace''': Guess who's drunk!
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower / WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Scott's Power-of-True-Love Sword, following by his Power-of-Self-Respect one.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Or wanted, past tense, in the case of Kim. Ramona's true hair color remains a mystery.
* HeroicBSOD: "Your hair's starting to get long."
* HeroWithAnFInGood: Scott is a basically nice guy, but, much like in the comic, can be kind of a dick through oblivious callousness (see: his treatment of Knives after he meets Ramona).
* HeroOfAnotherStory:
** Edgar Wright stated that in his mind, there's an entire other movie going on - which he described as "Stephen Stills' ''Film/AlmostFamous''" - that the audience only occasionally intersects with.
** The Vegan Police are apparently shooting their own SummerBlockbuster, the climax of which comes when they locate and de-veganize Todd Ingram (note [[FunnyBackgroundEvent the two of them doing a slow-motion jumping high-five after Pilgrim offs him]]).
* HilariousOuttakes: The film has such a high level of energy you can only imagine what filming the movie must have been like. As well, the aggressive editing and surreal nature of the film makes the outtakes seem like it belongs to a different movie altogether. As for something more traditional, Scott's "tossing the package into the garbage can behind him" took ''33'' tries.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Lucas Lee.
* HologramProjectionImperfection: Gideon goes through some flickering after taking a good beating in the final battle.
* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler:Scott suffers this - In the space of around a minute, his girlfriend leaves him, his bandmates sign with the guy she's leaving with, and when Scott refuses, he's immediately replaced by their other friend who plays bass. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh, and his bass is stolen too. Followed by him seeing some guy's junk, presumably.]]]]
* HyperspaceMallet: Ramona pulls one out in the fight against Roxy.
* HypnotizeThePrincess: [[spoiler: Gideon's mind-control chip which makes Ramona go back to him.]]
* HypocriticalHumor:
** When Scott's sister is talking on her cell phone where she works, you can see a sign warning customers not to talk on cell phones on the wall behind her.
** Scott [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] how Wallace berates him for two-timing Knives and Ramona, despite being an incorrigible manwhore himself.
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[[folder: Tropes I to P]]
* IAmYourOpponent:
** [[spoiler: Ramona]] intervening in Scott's fight against Roxy.
** Inherent in the challenges Scott recieves from the various exes.
* IKnowKarate: The movie starts out as a hyper-stylized RomanticComedy until the first evil-ex arrives, and suddenly Scott is showing proficiency in martial arts and {{Improvised Weapon}}s. It then returned to Romantic Comedy, then the action quotient finally takes hold with the second evil-ex and Scott realizing that this is going to be a constant battle.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Though the movie isn't clear where Scott's skills come from, Scott and Knives are able to [[spoiler:double team Gideon]] so well because of a VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution style fighting game they play.
* {{Identical Twin ID Tag}}
* IdiosyncraticWipes: The movie doesn't so much ''transition'' from one scene to another as MindScrew from one scene to another.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: [[spoiler:Roxy has one after being hit in her weak point (the back of her knees), causing her to explode in a shower of coins.]]
* IncomingHam:
** "MIS-TER ''PIL''GRIMMMM!"
** "Guess who's drunk~!"
* INeedAFreakingDrink: After the fight with Roxy, which leaves Scott incredibly embarrassed:
--> '''Scott''': Two gin & tonics, please?\\
'''Ramona''': I thought you didn't drink.\\
'''Scott''': Only on special occasions. [[IllTakeTwoBeersToo Why, did you want one]]?
* InfinityMinusOneSword: [[spoiler: Scott's Power of Love sword]]
* InfinityPlusOneSword: [[spoiler: Scott's Power of Self Respect sword]]
* InsistentTerminology: Every time Scott refers to her "evil ex-boyfriends", Ramona corrects him with "exes". [[BiTheWay With a good]] [[ChekhovsGun reason.]] In fact, the reveal occurs right in the middle of Scott finally asking why.
* InstantCostumeChange: Scott pulls this off at several points with his hat whenever someone brings up his hair. He also changes clothes completely at one point just by walking into and out of a room, not even interrupting the conversation he was having with Wallace.
* IntoxicationEnsues: Scott gets tipsy after finishing half a drink. This makes sense if he NeverGetsDrunk, like in the comic.
* InvincibilityPowerUp: [[spoiler: Considering the Power of Self Respect has its own little theme tune, and tears though Gideon's mooks like nothing else, it has a couple of Super Star elements. Shame it gets shattered during Round Two with Gideon.]]
* IronicEcho: In a DeletedScene Ramona smokes on her first date with Scott stating that she smokes "only on special occasions." Scott takes this as a good sign. Skip a few scenes, Scott orders two alcoholic beverages and Ramona states she thought he didn't drink. He comes back with, "Only on special occasions," the occasion being [[{{wangst}} angsting over having to fight her evil exes.]]
* IronicEchoCut:
** After Ramona agrees to go to the first round of the battle of the bands for Scott, Scott shouts as she's leaving that the round is "tonight! At the R--" before it cuts to a sign of the Rockit.
** When Scott tells Ramona about his previous haircut that he got before Envy broke up with him, he tells Ramona that it was so long ago that he barely remembers it. Cut to a narrator informing us that Scott knows exactly when he got the cut in relation to the present day and when Envy broke up with him (431 days and 3 hours respectively).
*** These exchanges:
-->'''Ramona''': Sounds like a bad time.\\
'''Scott''': Bad time? Not really.\\
'''Narrator''': ''It was.''\\
'''Scott''': It was a mutual thing.\\
'''Narrator''': ''It wasn't.''\\
'''Scott''': I mean, she told me it was mutual.\\
'''Narrator''': ''She dumped him. It was brutal.''
* IronicName: Crash and the Boys has a girl drummer.
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: Todd has superpowers because he's vegan. And something about the Vegan Academy [[spoiler: and Vegan Police who monitor all their members to make sure they stay vegan.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler: Ramona tries to pull this, but Knives throws herself in front of the bullet instead.]]
* JerkAss: This seems to be a defining trait of the kind of people Ramona used to date, including Scott himself ([[AnAesop he gets better]]).
* JumpScare: When Scott calls Knives inside a glass phone booth, Knives manages to tell everything he's wearing. When Scott asks how she knows that, we hear the fairly startling loud sound of Knives pressing herself against the booth.
* KickTheDog: Two of these involving Knives: when Todd punches the highlights out of her hair, and when Gideon busts out his little "kung pao chicken" nugget (complete with video game captions saying "BAD!").
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Except in one instance: Gideon's cane sword, which appears double edged. Played straight in every other instance.
* KnuckleCracking: Lucas Lee, in-synch with the Universal theme tune.
* LameComeback: Scott's trash talk is not quite as lame as in the comic, but still pretty bad. "You cocky cock!"
* LargeHam: '''''EVERYONE'''''. But of ''notable'' hammy-ness is Ex #3, Todd Ingram.
-->'''Todd''': Looks like someone wants to get... ''funky''.
** Todd was second only to Ex #1, MATTHEW PATEL!
* LaserGuidedKarma: Stacey, [[{{Troll}} with a big smirk]], tries to manipulate the conversation so that Ramona and Knives discover that Scott is dating them both. A moment later, Wallace steals her boyfriend.
* LastNameBasis: Comeau.
* LastSecondWordSwap: Inverted when Envy shows up:
-->'''Scott:''' I don't think anything can get in the way of how I- SHIT!
* LetsGetDangerous: Scott acts goofy, but shows some of this in the Evil Exes fights, especially against Patel:
-->'''Matthew Patel''': ''(flying and crashing through a wall to make his entrance)'' '''''[[SayMyName MISTER PILGRIMMMM]]!!!''''' ''(lands in front of Sex Bob-Omb)'' It is I, Matthew Patel! Consider our fight... BEGUN!\\
''(Matthew leaps into the air, intent on punching/landing on Scott.)''\\
'''Scott''': What did I do? ''(pause)'' What do I do?\\
'''Wallace''': ''[[BigWordShout FIIIIIGHT]]!''\\
''(Scott glares at Matthew, then disconnects and hands off his bass. Cue retaliation.)''
** One for Sex Bob-omb as a group (they're little more than a garage band) when they face off against the Katayanagi Twins, whose amps and keyboard music are so awesome that they blow off the roof and summon twin dragons with ThePowerOfRock to blow away Sex Bob-omb's stage. Surely it's all over for them, but suddenly they get back up, continue their song, and ''[[SummonBiggerFish summon a giant yeti]]'' to pound the crap out of the dragons.
* LikeRealityUnlessNoted: The fact that you can kill people without leaving behind a body to examine, and that they turn into money, and that no one seems to notice or care about the bodycount or the destruction caused, doesn't seem to have affected anything. And then there's extra lives...
* LockAndLoadMontage: Scott gets one near the end, but simply for [[MundaneMadeAwesome putting on his outdoor clothes]]. Comes complete with an amazing gag, as the montage pauses for him to do up his shoes.
* LogoJoke: We are treated to the Universal logo and fanfare in ''glorious'' 8-bit. See also CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
* LostLoveMontage: During Envy's phone call, we see the progression of Scott and Natalie's relationship as a series of photobooth pictures.
* LoudGulp: Scott Pilgrim does this when he's about to be beat up by Lucas Lee's stunt doubles.
* LoveDodecahedron: Scott, who has previously been with Kim and Envy (who brutally broke up with him), leaves Knives for Ramona. Knives dates Young Neil in an attempt to get Scott jealous and notice her. Ramona also has the seven evil exes who want to control Ramona's love life, one of whom Envy left Scott for. Near the end it seems Ramona's falling back for the 7th evil ex, which leads Scott to fight him for Ramona and Knives to to fight Ramona for revenge for stealing Scott from her.
* LoveMakesYouDumb / [[LoveMakesYouCrazy Crazy]] / [[LoveMakesYouEvil Evil]]: Essentially the theme, appearing to various degrees in the Evil Exes (with, um, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Evil being the most prominent there]]), Scott (potential future Evil Ex, StalkerWithACrush), and exemplified to their extremes in Knives - who is in denial that Scott ''jumped out of a window to avoid her'' (dumb), dyes her hair to look more like his new girlfriend (crazy), and [[spoiler:becomes an Evil Ex, attacking Ramona to win Scott back]] ([[CaptainObvious . . . evil]]).
* LuckyTranslation:
** Wallace tells Scott to break out the L-word, which is "love", not "lesbians". This is rendered effortlessly into Japanese with breaking out the re-word, which is "ren'ai" (true love), not "rezu".
** The Polish version has the original L-word, with "lesbijka" and the word "miłość" (love) replaced with "loffciam" - a slang word used by [[DumbBlonde Dumb Blondes]], which actually originated from the English "love".
** Horribly done in the Hebrew subtitles, which change "lesbian" into "girl love" to make them start with the same word. Later Scott confesses to Ramona: "I'm in girl love with you" (which makes her puzzled expression even more appropriate). Then again, in Hebrew the movie is titled "My Girlfriends' Exes", which is an appropriate, but terrible title.
** That part's French translation is "the A-word" because "love" is "amour" in French. Replacing "lesbian" is "abstinence", which somehow works in practice (translated back):
--> '''Wallace''': You have to break out the A-word.\\
'''Scott''': Abstinent?\\
'''Wallace''': The other A-word.\\
'''Scott''': ... abstinence?\\
(later, to Ramona)\\
'''Scott''': I'm abstinent with you.\\
'''Ramona''': What?
** In Finnish, no letter is mentioned at all:
--->'''Wallace''': Päästä se sana ilmoille. (Get the word out.)
--->'''Scott''': "Lesbo", vai? ("Lesbian", or...?)
--->'''Wallace''': Se toinen. (The other one.)
--->'''Scott''': "Lesbot"? ("Lesbians"?)
--->'''Wallace''': Hain sanaa "rakkaus". (I was looking for the word "love".)
** In Danish, they keep it as the L-word by translating "lesbian" into "lesbisk" and saying "love" in English.
** Icelandic has it as the Á-word - "Álagalessa" (what Scott says) vs. "Ást" (what Wallace says).
* MagicRealism
--> '''Scott''': This is happening, right?
--> '''Wallace''': Oh yeah. Kick her in the balls!
* MaleGaze: During the fight between Ramona and Roxy, Ramona somersaults into the air and we get a very good look up her skirt. We see her shorts and her legs in tights.
* ManInWhite: Todd Ingram, Kyle Katayanagi. Gideon Graves's white blazer is suitably iconic as well.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Somewhat arguable, since Ramona tends to keep Scott at a distance, but [[http://www.cinematical.com/2010/08/12/interview-scott-pilgrim-vs-the-world-co-star-mary-elizabeth/ an interviewer]] has suggested this trope is true of Ramona. If going by the idea that the film [[UnreliableNarrator is from Scott's perspective]], thus robbing other characters of CharacterDevelopment due to his self-obsession (see the PragmaticAdaptation entry), then it's certainly possible ''Scott'' sees Ramona as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and this shallow idea of her thus spills into the film's depiction.
* MaybeEverAfter
* McNinja: Roxy who can teleport and has a lack of self-confidence.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent:
** In Matthew Patel's battle, Crash and the Boys get burnt to a crisp.
** During Envy's phone call to Scott, their relationship is spelled out in photo booth photography behind him.
** When Todd catches Scott's punch with his Vegan Telekinesis; if you pay attention behind them; you can see Lynette Guycott [[MythologyGag blending into the wall like an awesome ninja]] to get away.
* MeaningfulEcho:
** Just before meeting Roxy for the first time, Scott is haunted by a number of earlier, throwaway lines (e.g. "it's sudden death now," "she's got battle scars") when the seven evil exes thing is really starting to sink in.
** This also happened when Scott [[spoiler: came back from death due to the extra life that he picked up after the fight with the Katayanagi Twins. Right before he realized this, Ramona's first line in the movie ("You're not alone.") is echoed.]]
* MeaningfulRename: In perhaps the briefest example of this trope ever, [[spoiler:Young]] Neil.
* MesACrowd: Lucas Lee's 'ability' is having a small army of stunt doubles.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: "I'll be your garbage man. I'll take out your junk and I'll crush it down."
* MickeyMousing: See LogoJoke above. The only time we hear that Universal theme normally is when Lucas Lee is introduced... and ''he's synchronised to it.''
* MidBattleTeaBreak: Too many to count.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: Matthew Patel's body is every bit as hammy as his voice.
* MinisculeRocking: "I Am Sad, So Very, Very Sad", on the soundtrack album it is listed as only 13 seconds long, and that includes dialogue introducing the song '''and''' the following song. The actual song is about 3 seconds at most.
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* ModestyBedsheet: played with in the ''His'n'Hers Bedsheet'' flavor; one scene has Scott's torso covered by a sheet, whereas it only reaches Ramona's waist (though she is still "censored" by wearing a bra, hence the playing with).
* MoodWhiplash: Todd punching Knives is a genuinely shocking moment, which makes the humorous lines immediately afterward a little awkward. Really though, Mood Whiplash is what this movie is all about, with jarring over the top action sequences suddenly slamming into the middle of otherwise benign scenes, usually with no warning. Hilariously showcased with the cut between the night at Ramona's and... Seinfeld.
* MotorMouth: When Scott asks Ramona what kinds of tea she has, she casually rattles off all of the types available at a breakneck pace while a tea kettle's screech gradually intensifies in the background.
* TheMovie
* MultipleEndings: Reshoots were done in early 2010, partially to address poor test screening responses to the original ending. The current ending, in which [[spoiler:Scott ends up together with Ramona]], was part of this reshoot. The original ending, in which [[spoiler:Scott goes back to Knives]], is included on the DVD. As well, director Edgar Wright hoped to film a DVD-exclusive gag ending, never intended to be taken seriously, in which the whole movie was AllJustADream...until a news report reveals that [[spoiler:a certain Toronto resident and his girlfriend have been arrested in connection with the murders of seven people, including a film star, a record producer, and three beloved musicians]]. Time ran out before this could be shot, unfortunately.
* MusicalisInterruptus: Used several times for comic effect.
** The Lucas Lee rail trick scene cuts between Lucas and his musical accompaniment gradually increasing in speed as well as Scott watching the event and casually saying "Wow".
** After Wallace gives Scott a quick pep talk about how he should let Ramona know he loves her, with swelling music, the music suddenly cuts out before Wallace says that Scott needs to move out.
* MusicalWorldHypothesis:
** Deconstructs the AU hypothesis very slightly during the Patel battle.
** Alternatively, the whole movie could be employing a variation of the hypotheses using "video game rules" instead of "musical numbers," i.e.: There is no high-score table in real life. Dead people don't burst into coins. Power-ups don't exist. So how do you make sense of a work of fiction where they ''do''?
* MusicalSpoiler: Take the [[spoiler:Rolling Stones]] song ''literally!''
* MusicalAssassin: The fight with the Katayanagi Twins. Also the bass battle.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: "Soon it won't just be Knives wearing a Sex Bob-omb T-shirt. It'll be the cool kids, too."
* MyGirlIsNotASlut:
** Kim's apparent disapproval that Ramona dated twins (at the same time), and a drunken Scott asking if she's slept with everyone in the room. [[WhatTheHellHero Ramona takes it very personally.]] Probably not brought up because Scott has a sizable number of exes himself: Lisa, Holly, Kim, [[spoiler: Natalie/Envy]], [[spoiler:Knives]], and [[spoiler:Ramona]].
** Scott's sister mistook Ramona for having eleven evil ex's, which Scott corrects to seven. "Oh, that's not that bad then."
* MyHeroZero: Just like all of the evil exes are associated with a number, our hero Scott is associated with zero.
* MythologyGag:
** The outfits Sex Bob-omb wear at the end are identical to what they're wearing for their show in Volume 3.
** Multiple cameos by Honest Ed's, an historical bargain store that served as a major location in the graphic novel but wasn't written into the film.
** The two dragons summoned by the film's Katayanagi Twins were not involved in the book's version of their battle with Scott, but resemble the dragons surrounding Volume 4's logo (itself a reference to a logo for VideoGame/DoubleDragon).
** Julie lists a Lisa and a Holly as the girls Scott has had flings with, with both names taken from supporting characters of the graphic novels cut from the film (though neither had previous sexual history with Scott). Lisa Miller was Scott's platonic best friend in high school, who came to Toronto in a major subplot of Volume 4 and almost hooked up with Scott; their past is partially seen in the Creator/AdultSwim AnimatedAdaptation. Holly was Kim's roommate.
** Scott's mug in the beginning has the picture of Ramona's cat from the comic, Gideon, on it.
** Flashbacks and Stephen Stills's drawings are done in O'Malley's art style.
** When the Vegan Police show up during the Todd fight [[spoiler:to strip him of his powers]], Todd asks what he's done wrong (other than half-and-half). [[spoiler:The Police mention gelato (how he broke veganism in the comics) and chicken Parmesan (which Envy asked them about in the comics).]]
** Wallace mentions that Lucas Lee is in Toronto filming a "Winifred Hailey movie," referring to a female teenage movie star featured in a 2006 short ''Scott Pilgrim'' story released for [[http://www.freecomicbookday.com/ Free Comic Book Day]]6.
** The hair colors Ramona go through are a reference to Edgar Wright's ''BloodAndIceCreamTrilogy.''
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Scott was utterly defeated and would have remained so, had Gideon not called him to gloat, inspiring him to fight back.
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* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: Todd claims his psychic powers are the result of vegans having access to the parts of the brain that would otherwise be full of "curds and whey." [[UnreliableExpositor He's not the sharpest knife in the drawer]] and the whole thing is meant to be nonsensical.
* NoSmoking: As a running joke in the comics, Scott considers smoking to be a habit indicating pure evil. The film attempted to adapt the gag: Scott would react to Ramona's own smoking habit with shock, and Lucas Lee would constantly smoke with a floating black censor bar (similar to Julie's when she swears) covering up the cigarette. The former ended up a deleted scene; the latter was abandoned after test footage (found on the Blu-Ray) proved it looked too silly. As a result, no one smokes in the film.
* NotSoDifferent:
** When the relationship between Scott and Ramona begins to deteriorate, in a moment of frustration, Ramona tells Scott that he's just another Evil Ex waiting to happen.
** On a related note, when Scott busts into the Chaos Arena to confront Gideon, he does so in a manner identical to that which many of the Evil Exes have attacked him over the course of the movie.
** It slowly becomes clear throughout the course of the movie that Scott has nearly as many Evil Exes as Ramona. It wouldn't have been too difficult for the movie to be centered around Scott moving to Ramona's city, and her having to fight his exes.
* NumerologicalMotif
** Director Edgar Wright has confirmed that Scott and each of the Evil Exes has their rank number featured during their respective scenes. Appearances known thus far:
-->'''0: Scott'''. Drinks Coke Zero and wears a shirt with [[Music/TheSmashingPumpkins "Zero"]] on it. Gideon refers to him by saying "you're zero, you're nothing!" in the final fight.\\
'''1: Matthew Patel'''. Identifies himself as "first", has his one eye covered by his emover, keeps pointing with one finger. Has a single chevron on his sleeve. Poses with one arm in the air, looking like the number one. Wallace also refers to him as "It's that one guy!"\\
'''1 1/2'''. Ramona claims that she went out with Matthew Patel (#1) for "a week and a half". Her next boyfriend was Lucas Lee (#2). She dyes her hair a different color every week and a half. Scott tells Wallace that he got to "first and a half base" with Ramona.\\
'''2: Lucas Lee'''. Just prior to his scene, Scott and Ramona pass two "X crossing" signs, and a crosswalk sign that counts down from 2. During the scene proper, the number appears on a prop car, as a tattoo on his neck, and on a trailer. Lee notes that Scott must be "seeing double," and that it will take "two minutes... to kick your ass" (which he says twice). Lee punches Scott twice to knock him out before the fight. The woman who sprays Lee's fist does so twice. Lee's ringtone is two beeps. Wallace notes that the stunt doubles get Lee's "sloppy seconds." Lee points at Scott with two fingers, and has two X's on his belt buckle. "2" is tattooed on his neck. In the "Cold Call" film-within-the-film we see, Lee's character refers to the two clicks his opponent will hear. Ramona dated Lucas in the 9th grade, two years after Patel. Lee claims there are "like, two hundred steps" on the grind rail. Before facing Lee, Scott learns the bassline to ''Final Fantasy II''.\\
'''3: Todd Ingram'''. The Clash At Demonhead has 3 members. Wears the number on his shirt; has three stripes on each sleeve; has three stripes on each wristband; there's a particularly noticeable three on the wall of the dressing room; hurls Scott through three walls; Scott is thrown into a number of garbage cans with multiple 3's spray-painted on them; the words "Bass Battle" flash three times on screen; both Scott and Todd one-up each other three times before the end of the bass battle. Envy wears a shirt with three stripes as well. Also had three strikes against Vegan Law. Although oddly, he says "You'll be dust in ''two'' seconds."\\
'''4: Roxy Richter'''. The fight takes place in a club simply called "4". The club itself is full of four-bulb light fixtures. Also, instead of being called "Roxie" like in the books, her name was changed to "Roxy" to have four letters. Her battle(s) with Scott is in four parts (in the snow, versus Ramona alone, versus Ramona-Scott, and versus Scott alone). The two girls are/were bisexual (2x2). The DVD trivia track points out she has four tears in her lace tights. Additionally the floor, disco ball, and Roxy's weapon are comprised of squares.\\
'''4 1/2'''. Scott is wearing a t-shirt featuring the Fantastic Four's "4" logo with an additional "1/2" doodled on it, halfway between battles 4 and 5.\\
'''5 & 6: Katayanagi Twins'''. he Twins turn the dial on their music UpToEleven (though the numbers are in Japanese).The first two notes they play on their keyboards are an E (the fifth letter after A) and a Bb, a tritone (or 6 half-steps) above E. Additionally their names and last name start with K, the eleventh letter of the alphabet (5 + 6 = 11).
--> Interestingly, one of them has the rising sun on his shirt and with a total of seven beams. However, this is Ken, who is number 6. Possibly symbolic of them working for Gideon.
--> '''7: Gideon Graves'''. G is the seventh letter of the alphabet. The Chaos Theatre is [[FunWithSubtitles introduced on-screen]] as "level 7." The [[spoiler:second run]] scene is filled with bonus points and multipliers that use the number 7. Gideon becomes upset that his swallowed gum will be in his system for 7 years. Gideon activates a x7 multiplier when he summons his digi-tana and gets [[strike:+7]] '''x7''' bonuses to his 'stats'.
** In addition, each Ex's number briefly flashes in the background when their respective actor's name is listed in the opening credits sequence.
** Also along similar notes, the score for defeating each ex is the proper multiple of 1000, at least till the very end. Played twice after the battle with the Katayanagi Twins, where the score starts at '''5'''000 and slowly climbs to '''6'''000. [[spoiler:Defeating Gideon the first time earns 7000 points, and for the final time earns 7 billion (!) points, which may include the multipliers Scott earned after using his 1-UP. His minions are all worth 700 points when defeated, and minor boosts during the scene result in half that (350).]]
** This has some FridgeBrilliance regarding Nega-Scott. The reason why the two ''don't'' end up fighting? Negative zero ''is still zero''.
* ObviousStuntDouble: Invoked when Scott has to battle Lucas Lee's stunt doubles, some of which are roughly [[OneHeadTaller one head shorter]] than Lucas Lee himself and a few of which appear to be of different ethnicities. Note that the Lucas Lee's stunt doubles are played by Chris Evans' actual stunt doubles.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: See BattleDiscretionShot.
* OffscreenRealityWarp:
** Basis of a running gag, in which Scott will put on a hat when embarrassed by his shaggy hair. In fact, he retrieves and puts on the hat in the ''split-second'' between the other person commenting on his hair and the cut back to Scott.
** In the ''Seinfeld'' scene, Scott enters a room and promptly exits the room wearing an entirely different shirt.
* OffscreenTeleportation: The characters do this ''constantly''. Envy and Ramona manage to enter a coffee shop and get behind Scott undetected, Stacey does the same leaving said coffee shop, Todd somehow moves from behind two broken walls to a door the ''moment'' the camera moves from him, and so forth.
** Though at that particular moment there was ''smoke was leaking out of his eyes''. [[ArbitrarySkepticism At some point]], it's [[SeenItAll just another]] Vegan power.
* OhCrap:
** "Wait... ''mystical powers''?!"
** A light-hearted version occurs when Scott makes garlic bread for Ramona.
--->'''Ramona:''' "Bread makes you fat."\\
'''Scott:''' "Bread makes you fat?!"
** Wallace has one of these moments when Scott gets a phone call from a [[TheVamp certain someone...]]
--->'''Scott:''' (''hears the voice on the line'') Envy?\\
'''Wallace:''' Oh [[PrecisionFStrike shit.]]
** While in the coffee shop talking to Ramona...
--->'''Scott:''' Nothing can get in the way of how I- SHIT! (sees Envy standing behind Ramona)
** When Scott and Ramona go to see The Clash at Demonhead, during the intro to "Black Sheep".
--->'''Scott:''' That guy on bass? ('''Envy:''' Oh yeah.) That's Todd.\\
'''Ramona:''' I know. ('''Envy:''' Oh yeah!)\\
'''Scott:''' (Looks at Ramona) You ''know''!?! ('''Envy:''' ''OH YEAH!'') Oh no.
** Gideon gets one at the end of his fight with Scott, after he backhands Ramona. He turns around to see a very, ''very'' pissed off Scott and Knives, who proceed to beat the shit out of him.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: Gideon, complete with x7 multiplier. Gideon's first defeat was worth 7,000 points, while his defeat in this form was 7 billion!]]
* OneSteveLimit: Averted briefly, as in the comics, with Wallace's bedmate "Other Scott".
* OnlySaneMan: Stacey Pilgrim is the only one who acts surprised, confused, or incredulous by Patel's sudden entrance or the talk of evil exes.
* OnlyMostlyDead: Two different people. One saved by a [[spoiler:1UP]], the other by metaphorically [[TurnsRed turning red]].
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative:
** Many people [[http://movies.nytimes.com/2010/08/13/movies/13scott.html (including a NY Times reviewer)]] have described this film as the best video game movie ever made without actually being based on a video game.
** [[http://kotaku.com/5611367/scott-pilgrim-vs-the-world-movie-review-youre-gonna-get-it Kotaku]]: The reviewer explains that yes, it is based on a comic book, but that its heavy use of gaming culture in-jokes and tropes makes it a good video game movie, particularly if one thinks ''TheWizard'' or ''Film/{{Gamer}}'' are also video game movies.
** Within the film, Ramona describes Scott as "the nicest guy I've ever dated". She's only dated seven other people, and she repeatedly calls all of them evil. Well, she's dated seven people who turned out to be evil. She may have dated others who just...didn't end up evil.
** In the comic she briefly mentions dating a guy who wasn't evil, he was just a dick.
* PacManFever:
** Averted--Young Neil appears to be accurately playing ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' on his DS, and Scott's lame pick-up monologue about the history of ''VideoGame/PacMan'' is mostly accurate.
** Apart from all the random video game noises, this is also averted with the one game we see: "Ninja Ninja Revolution" actually looks like a real arcade game (although some of the moves the characters use to play it are unrealistically acrobatic and, frankly, unnecessary).
* PaintingTheMedium:
** Stylistic elements, captions, and {{Unsound Effect}}s--for actual sounds--are projected on screen and treated as if they're physically real. In one fight scene, a "SMAK" caption comes up and shatters. In the next shot, the remains of it can be seen scattered behind Scott.
** A more conventional example is when the movie keeps cutting from one scene to another, with the implication Scott has been ''completely'' zoned out for the intervening time. This mirrors the graphic novels, where if the reader doesn't see it happen, Scott doesn't know about it.
** "[[CensorBox How are you doing that with your mouth?]]"
** When Ramona blocks Roxy's kick, in the shot where she reaches towards the camera, her fingers extend ''past'' the letterbox, giving the illusion she's reaching through the screen.
* PaletteSwap: Nega Scott
* PantyShot: Subverted. Ramona has a few of these while battling Roxy, but her tights cover everything. Same thing when Roxy spin kicks Scott in the head.
** Also, Ramona has one when she's fighting Knives.
* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: The camera pans up from the [[DoorClosesEnding closed door]] to the sky, giving us a "Continue?" and countdown, evoking arcade games. At zero, the credits begin.
* PeggySue: [[spoiler:Scott, via SaveScumming.]]
* PeoplePuppets: A mundane version. Scott is unwilling to hit a girl, which is a big disadvantage in his fight with Roxie. So, Ramona helps him by spinning him, twirling him, and hitting him in pressure points to get him to attack Roxie.
* PetTheDog:
** Lucas Lee has a lot of faith in his stunt doubles, claiming he'd be nothing without them. One in particular he seems especially fond of, Lucas stating he'll let him do the occasional wide-angle shot when Lee is...indisposed. It helps that Lucas is probably the least "evil" of all the exes and seems to be fighting Scott out of obligation more than anything else.
** Wallace seems genuinely fond of Knives for some reason. He's one of the [[OnlySaneMan few sane men]] and knows that Scott isn't doing right by poor Knives.
* PlayingPictionary: Subverted. Scott draws a blank circle with scribbles at the top, and Comeau immediately recognizes it as a picture of Ramona.
* PlayingWithFire: Part of Matthew Patel's overall mystical powers.
* PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo: "You just drank half-and-half, baby." Particularly impressive because the guy he tricked was ''psychic'', but then again, he was a ''dumb'' psychic.
* PolarOppositeTwins: The Katayanagi Twins are literally Yin and Yang / Black and White themed.
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: Todd's hair spikes up when he unleashes his psychic powers.
* PowerOfFriendship: When Scott finally battles the BigBad [[spoiler:Gideon]], his only chance to win is when his friend Knives steps in and battles alongside him.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:Scott Pilgrim gains this "superpower", in the form of a sword popping out of his chest, but he loses it in the process of the final battle. Then he dies, and tries again with the Power of Self-Respect. He does better, but still can't cut it: in the end it's ThePowerOfFriendship (teaming up with Knives) that wins the day.]]
* ThePowerOfRock: It can [[SummonMagic Summon]] glowing Dragons and a Yeti. In solo duels, Scott's power of rock is sadly lacking compared to his opponents, both in how cool it sounds as well as what it actually accomplishes.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The supporting cast, especially the female characters (with the exception of Knives), don't get much of their character development from the books. But when you cram a six-volume graphic novel series into a two-hour movie, something's gotta give. Notably, one of the major themes of the books is Scott learning that other people have their own lives outside of his, while in the film, [[SatelliteCharacter everyone's moon orbits Planet Scott]] to such a degree that reviews and [[WordOfGod cast members]] have suggested the film [[UnreliableNarrator takes place entirely within his own head]].
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Plenty, but there is one notable instance when ''Kim'' does it for Scott as they're about to play the fight's background music:
-->'''Kim:''' ''WE ARE SEX BOB-OMB, AND WE'RE HERE TO WATCH SCOTT PILGRIM KICK YOUR TEETH IN!''
** "MISTER LEE!" [Camera pans around]. "You're needed back on set."
** "You once were a ''vegone'', but now you will ''be gone.''"
* PrecisionFStrike: "I don't think anything could get in the way of how I--SHIT!" Of course, "shit" is an incredibly minor swear in Canada, and this movie is incredibly Canadian.
* PreMortemOneLiner: Scott's quip before killing Todd after he gets de-veganized.
-->'''Scott''': You once were a ve-gone...but now you will [[IncrediblyLamePun be gone]].\\
'''Todd''': [[LamePunReaction Ve-gone?]]\\
(''Scott headbutts Todd, turning him into a shower of coins'')
* PrepareToDie: Said by Roxy. She adds "...obviously."
* PrepositionalPhraseEqualsCoolness: The League of Evil Exes.
* ProductPlacement: Seemingly all over the place (Coke Zero?). ''Every'' product, store, and service featured in the movie except for the Chaos Theatre are actual Canadian brands. Scott rides the TTC (they even managed to work in a joke that only works if you know that a TTC ticket costs $2.75 in 2010), goes to Pizza Pizza (Nine six seven.. eleven.. eleven!), shops at Goodwill and Drug Smart, wears a CBC t-shirt, plays gigs at Lee's Palace, uses Beatrice brand half-and-half, reads the ''Now'' newspaper, and his sister works at Second Cup. Even Creator/SpikeTV airs in Canada. However, according to the director/screenwriter/comic author commentary, the only company that actually paid to have its product placed in the film was Research In Motion, the ''Canadian'' company that is the maker of Blackberry smartphones. Everything else was an artistic choice on the part of the filmmakers.
* PsychoLesbian: Roxy Richter.
-->'''Ramona''': I was just a little bi-curious.
-->'''Roxy''': Well, honey, I'm a little Bi-[[{{Pun}} Furious!]]
* {{Pun}}: It is chock full of these, particularly coming from Roxy and Gideon. And they are all amazing.
** "Chau down" is carried over from the comic, and paired with "Ciao, Knives" for maximum abuse.
** "Ve-gone" is so bad it gets [[IncrediblyLamePun lampshaded]].
** And who can forget "What are you doing?" "[[OneUp Getting a life!]]"
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
-->'''Gideon''': Scotty, you can cheat on my girls as you like. [[spoiler: But you can't. Cheat. Death.]]
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* RealityEnsues:
** Scott knocks Gideon away, then stops to have a chat. [[spoiler: [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice He is then stabbed through the chest by Gideon.]] Clearly [[TalkingIsAFreeAction Talking Is]] [[DeconstructedTrope NOT]] [[TalkingIsAFreeAction A Free Action]].]]
** When Gideon [[spoiler: is defeated]], $7 billion in coins falls all over the characters and their equipment. It appears to be painful.
* ReallyGetsAround: Quite a few characters, but Ramona in particular. Wallace Wells is the homosexual version. Scott is actually worse than Ramona, though the movie only alludes to it.
* RefrainFromAssuming:
** In universe, Scott introduces the first song Sex Bob-omb plays as "[[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Launchpad [=McQuack=]]]", to which Stephen Stills replies "Uh, that's not actually the name of the song..." (The song is actually called "We Are Sex Bob-omb"). (Of course, the lyrics don't contain the words "Launchpad [=McQuack=]", making one wonder where Scott got that name from).
** An out-of-universe example, the second song Crash and the Boys play is NOT called "We Hate You, Please Die" - that song was actually cut from the movie, despite the announcing of it being left in. The song that plays in the movie after the announcement of that song is actually called "Last Song Kills Audience" - this can be found in a deleted scene on the DVD.
* RuleOfThree: Scott's relationship with Knives was mocked by his friends because she's [[JailbaitWait 17]], [[MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow Asian]] ''and'' a [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule Catholic School Girl]].
* RunningGag: Exclusive to the film we have such things as:
** In the movie, Scott's hat instantly appearing on his head anytime someone mentions his long hair.
** Wallace's increasing number of bedmates.
** Wallace's frequent interjections, especially during the fight scenes. "Hey!...."
** Kim consistently interrupting Stephen Stills with ''"WE ARE SEX BOB-OMB! '''ONE TWO THREE FOUR!!!'''"''
** Scott sure does pee a lot.
** Scott constantly assumes that Ramona is too cool to actually come to events or show up on time... only to discover that it's not so.
** "You know X?" "I know of it."
* TheRuntAtTheEnd: Lee's stunt doubles. In the middle are five (much like Lee) chiseled, brunet white guys. The ones at either end, though, are a short, squat guy and a little Filipino-looking guy.
* SatelliteCharacter: Almost everyone to Scott. Possibly intentional - see PragmaticAdaptation above and UnreliableNarrator below.
* SaveScumming: [[spoiler: Scott's extra life restarts him from where he picked it up after the Katayanagi fight, allowing him to better deal with the situations he finds himself in the second time around.]]
* SayMyName: Matthew Patel to '''''MISSSSTER PILGRIM!!!'''''
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Knives dons one for the final showdown. [[spoiler: She even uses it to disarm Gideon, turning the tide of the battle.]]
* ScaryShinyGlasses: You can see a digitized "X" in Gideon's glasses during the final fight, and it even shimmers when he adjusts them.
* TheScottishTrope: Stacy refers to Envy as "She Who Shall Not Be Named" in reference to the trope's use in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', while Wallace informs Other Scott that said woman's name is not to be used in the apartment.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: When Scott storms the Chaos Theatre for the second time, already knowing much of what will happen, he yells to Knives, telling her, "don't attack from behind!" What does Knives do just as Scott is finishing the sentence? She attacks Ramona, from behind.
* SelfDeprecation: The movie itself.
-->'''Comeau''':" The comic book is always better than the movie.
* SequentialBoss: [[spoiler:Gideon has a second form--he just uses a different, cooler sword and wears CoolShades.]]
* SerialEscalation: The entire film. Parodied when an exasperated Scott blows up on Ramona and tells that when he dated Kim, he had to fight 96 guys and an 80-foot tall purple robot and "I kicked him so hard, he saw the curvature of the Earth!" Turns out, he wasn't being sarcastic.
* SheatheYourSword: [[spoiler: Nega-Scott]], though it happens off-screen. It's foreshadowed that Scott should have no chance against him, but according to Scott, this trope happened, they talked, and made plans to go out for breakfast in a few days.
* ShesGotLegs: Ramona and Envy.
* ShoutOut: Has [[ShoutOut/ScottPilgrim its own page]].
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: The creature summoned by Sex Bob-Omb against the Katayanagis was officially named the "GreenEyedMonster," after the Shakespearean phrase to describe jealousy. Also notice that Scott's eyes are glowing green in this scene.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Brie Larson (Envy Adams).
* SmashCut: [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Edgar]] [[Film/HotFuzz Wright]] continues to display his love for these.
* SmugSnake: Really most of the exes, but especially Gideon. When Gideon summons his second sword, one of his bonuses is a +7 to cockiness.
* SmugStraightEdge: Todd Ingram.
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: Happens more than once.
** When Scott is staring at Ramona in the real world for the first time, and a low bassline is playing, the scene then shifts to when Scott is performing. Stephen replies "Scott! You played one note for that entire song!"
** And again when Scott realizes he never broke up with Knives at the Rock It and she shows up in front of Ramona. It sounds like his heart is racing and he runs away. The beat is the host hitting the microphone.
* SoundEffectBleep:
** Julie's profane rant at Scott in the Second Cup uses this, as well as a bar blocking potential lip reading. Becomes even more hilarious when Scott [[LampshadeHanging lampshades this]] and asks "[[MediumAwareness How are you doing that with your mouth?"]] (even though Scott was able to do this himself in ''Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation''...).
** Amp feedback in the scene before the Katayanagi Twins battle obscures Stephen's use of "cock" in the sentence "You know how I feel about girls cock-blocking the rock." The DVD trivia track reveals this was done to avoid an R rating.
* StalkerWithACrush:
** All three points of the LoveTriangle exhibit this trait - Knives is this with Scott (even while dating, though that could simply be her way of trying to bond with her boyfriend) at first, and then it is turned UpToEleven after they break up. Scott stalks Ramona both prior to meeting her (partially in a sequence {{lampshaded}} with [[FunWithSubtitles subtitles calling him out on it]]), and during their early courtship. Finally, Ramona admits that she was the equivalent of Knives in regards to [[BigBad Gideon]] and that she moved to Toronto to escape that mindset.
** Wallace does this somewhat, outright telling Scott that he's off to stalk Lucas because he's attracted to him.
* StealthInsult: Even after signing onto Gideon's contract, Kim flips him off very subtly, by using her middle finger to "rub under her eye."
-->'''Kim:''' We are Sex Bob-Omb. We are here to make money and sell out and stuff.
-->'''Young Neil''': (After the Clash at Demonhead plays) Yeah, you should see them live, they are so much better live! Think about that one.
* StealthPun: In one of the subtler examples of ArcNumber in this movie, Roxy Richter ("Evil '''Ex #4'''") is represented by four X's in the opening credits, and Ramona repeatedly tells Scott that she has "'''four exes'''" whenever Scott incorrectly says "four ex-boyfriends". Ramona's relationship with Roxy was her sole lesbian relationship--in other words, the only relationship between '''two people with two X-chromosomes''', or '''"four X's"'''.
* {{Sting}}: Kim does this sometimes with her drums (by miming shooting herself in the head and collapsing onto her drumset, no less) when Young Neil, Scott, or Stephen are acting particularly stupid.
* TheStinger: Stay through the credits and watch the words "The End" come up...then watch Scott Pilgrim from the video game come in and punch the shit out of it! Doubles as a cross-promotional shout out.
* ShutUpHannibal: "That doesn't even rhyme!"
* StormingTheCastle: The Chaos Theatre [[spoiler: , Act II.]]
* StraightGay: Wallace in particular (although slightly effeminate and very mellow), but really no gay character in the movie even approaches CampGay.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike:
-->'''Scott:''' Do you know a girl with hair like this? [holds up a picture of a shapeless squiggle]\\
'''Comeau:''' Yes, that's Ramona Flowers.
* StylisticSuck: Sex Bob-Omb, Scott's song about Ramona, Matthew Patel's Bollywood song "Slick", and visually, Gideon's pixelated katana. Doesn't mean they're not awesome in their own lo-fi way.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Scott [[LampshadeHanging lampshades this]] after the offense in Matthew Patel's VillainSong (although it was the other way around in the graphic novel).
* SummonBackupDancers: Matthew Patel's Demon Hipster Chicks, who [[NoOntologicalInertia disappear when he is defeated]].
* SummonMagic: The aforementioned Demon Hipster Chicks, as well as the Green-Eyed Monster and the double-headed dragon summoned in the battle between Sex B-Bomb and the Katayanagi Twins through ThePowerOfRock.
* SymbolicBlood: The coin drops pretty much become this by the end of the movie. At one point, someone on the verge of dying actually coughed up coins.
* SympatheticAdulterer: Scott cheats on [[RomanticRunnerUp Knives]] when he starts dating Ramona. See YourCheatingHeart below.
* SuperWindowJump: Scott does this to escape his tiny apartment when Knives comes calling. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And then reaches back inside for his coat]].
* SwordCane: Gideon has one.
* TakeThat:
** Although many conflate the movie with hipsterism, others consider it a Take That against hipsters, what with Gideon's "I'm cooler/better than you" villain rant, and Todd/Natalie explaining that "being a vegan just makes you better than everyone." Not to mention the final battle theme is titled "Death to All Hipsters". Of course, anyone who thinks it isn't possible to both be hipstery and be anti-hipster [[HypocriticalHumor clearly doesn't understand hipsters]].
** [[spoiler:Gideon and Sex Bob-Omb play a big part in a TakeThat against big stereotypical music labels that pump out music for the sake of money without caring about artistic integrity. Stephen signs the band to Gideon simply cause they're offered loads of cash and recognition, even though Gideon is pretty obviously a big JerkAss. Scott, knowing better, quits the band cause he doesn't want to sell out to him. The song Sex Bob-omb plays when Scott first enters the club is aptly titled "No Fun". When the first round of Scott's final battle with Gideon begins, Gideon demands Sex Bob-Omb to play a pretty cool but still largely generic tune while Kim, completely unmotivated, proclaims they're playing to sell out. Once Round 2 begins however, witnessing Scott finally gain his own self-respect and ultimately become the better man, the band finally comes to realize that there is more than just money and fame, and with their own freedom, they play the same song but this time taken UpToEleven.]]
* TakeThatUs: Comeau can be heard telling someone "The [[ComicBook/ScottPilgrim comic book]] was better than the movie" when Scott enters the Chaos Theater [[spoiler: the second time]]
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Parodied during the Patel and Roxy fights [[spoiler: but turned on its head for the Gideon fight.]]
* ThatCameOutWrong: When the issue of Knives' age comes up in front of Ramona, Scott's brain switches to an excuse wheel which settles between "Gotta pee." and "Who, her?". Scott subsequently mangles this to "I gotta pee on her."
* ThemeTuneCameo: The full orchestrated Universal theme plays when Lucas Lee first steps out of his trailer. (Complete with synchronised neck cracks!) [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome And it is glorious.]]
* TheDragon: CoDragons, literally. The last but one boss [[spoiler: not counting Nega-Scott]] is a pair of Japanese twins who [[spoiler: use synthesiser keyboards to summon twin dragons.]]
* ThereWasADoor: Subverted. Todd knocks Scott through quite a few walls and looks through the resulting holes menacingly...and then proceeds to use the door to reach Scott anyways. By OffscreenTeleportation.
* ThisCannotBe: Matthew Patel before Scott delivers the final blow.
-->'''Patel''': ''This is impossible... How can this be?''\\
'''Scott''': ''Open your eyes. Maybe you'll see!''
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "Milk and eggs, bitch."
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself:
** Scott vs. [[spoiler:the BonusBoss, Nega-Scott. Who turns out to be a pretty cool guy, so the drama wasn't necessary.]] Technically, Scott had to defeat all of the exes himself.
-->Roxy: "Give it up Ramona, this is a League Game!"\\
Ramona: "Meaning?"\\
Roxy: "Meaning that your precious Scott must defeat me with his own fists! [[BeatPanel ...]] [[DeletedScene Or possibly]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny his feet!]]"
** As the Exes grow more powerful, Scott needs a lot of help to deal with them- [[spoiler: The Vegan Police strip Todd of his powers, Ramona tells him Roxy's secret weakness, and the rest of Sex Bob-Omb help him take out the Katayanagi Twins. Scott actually ''dies'' when he tries to take on Gideon himself the first time, and it's only with Knives' help he defeats Gideon the last time.]]
** It seems that Scott needs help for every fight. Wallace assists in the first two by heckling/demoralizing Patel and setting up Lee's undoing (he even hands him the fatal skateboard).
* ThreePointLanding: Matthew Patel, during his battle with Scott.
* TitleDrop: According to the cast commentary on the DVD, a cut line had Scott saying "Yeah, I guess I'm just... Scott Pilgrim vs. the world" towards the end of the movie.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Scott gaining The Power of Self-Respect in Chaos Theatre Round 2 is the culmination of his CharacterDevelopment. Suddenly he blazes through the crowd of mooks like a hot knife through butter all while his former band now with newly gained respect for him play the ThemeMusicPowerUp version of the crew's theme song.]]
* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailers do a good job of obfuscating the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil of The Evil Exes, with Lucas Lee being by far the most prominent.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: [[spoiler:Ramona has an ex-girlfriend.]] [[SarcasmMode It's cool, not like it was supposed to be a plot twist or anything]].
* {{Troperiffic}}: It is an EdgarWright movie, after all.
* ThwartedCoupDeGrace: Happens twice in the FinalBattle. First Scott saves Ramona from being finished off by Knives and later he himself is saved by Knives from being finished off by Gideon.
* TWordEuphemism
-->'''Roxie:''' Your BF's about to get F'd in the B!
** When Scott awakens from his first Ramona dream, Other Scott asks if the dream was Envy-related. Wallace then says that they don't use "the E word" in their apartment.
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: Used ''extensively'' to transition between scenes.
* UpToEleven: Hard to catch, but the Twins actually turn a dial to the [[GratuitousJapanese setting]] 十一 [[BilingualBonus (11)]] during the battle.
* UnreliableNarrator: Many critics, [[WordOfGod cast members, and even creator Bryan Lee O'Malley]] have claimed that the film, to a certain degree, may be from Scott's point of view, explaining all the weird, video game stuff happening and why nobody seems to react to supernatural powers and people dying (because it didn't really happen.) O'Malley even told Jason Schwartzmann not to worry about crafting a realistic character, but instead playing Scott's [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] version of Gideon.
** Other possible effects of Scott's viewpoint perverting the film include InnocentInaccurate, in-universe {{Flanderization}} of the entire cast, to Scott (and the film) being oblivious of any CharacterDevelopment or HeroOfAnotherStory in those around him (turning everyone into a SatelliteCharacter who live only to worry about him), and, [[StockEpilepticTrees of course]], maybe it was AllJustADream and none of it ever really happened.
* VerbalBackspace: Lucas Lee pulls one.
-->'''Lucas''': Are you serious? There's like 200 steps and the rails are garbage.
-->'''Scott''': Well hey, if it's too hardcore...
-->'''Lee''': You really think you can goad me into doing a trick like that?
-->'''Scott''': There are girls watching.
-->'''Lee''': [[IdiotBall Someone get me my board.]]

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* VideogameTropes: Notable because... [[CaptainObvious this is a film]], based on a comic.
* VillainousBreakdown: Gideon. He even starts glitching out as he rants, as if his graphics code were falling apart.
* VillainSong: "Slick," sung by the first evil ex and his chorus of demon hipster chicks.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Ramona after Roxy attacks Scott.
-->'''Ramona:''' ''(breaking out her hammer)'' Do that again and I will end you!
* VisualPun: "What are you doing?" "Getting a life." [[OneUp *bloop*]]
* TheVoice: Bill Hader's narrator is ''credited'' as "The Voice."
* TheVoiceless:
** The Katayanagi Twins prefer to let their music speak for them. Apparently, the casting office forgot to write "identical mid-twenties attractive ''English-speaking'' Japanese twins" into the casting call.
** Lynette, The Clash at Demonhead's [[ScaryShinyGlasses bespectacled]] [[ArtificialLimbs bionic-armed]] drummer is also completely silent for her brief time on screen.
* WallSlump: Scott, the depressed variation, against a fridge.
* WatchingAVideoGame: The film is heavily inspired by and features numerous references to Nintendo, such as the use of names, imagery, sound effects and music from classic Nintendo games, and scenes featuring various Nintendo video game consoles.
* WeirdnessCensor: Nobody seems to give much thought to people having incredible martial arts skills, exploding into coins, or being able to summon giant monsters with ThePowerOfRock.
** The ''one'' point in the movie where someone thinks something genuinely weird is going on is when Stacey sees Matthew Patel break into song and dance. And that's mostly because it's ''genuinely weird''.
** That, and when Julie starts swearing and a black Censorship rectangle covers her mouth, the others do take notice. "How are you doing that?"
* WhenSheSmiles: Kim, for a few seconds near the end.
* WhiteVoidRoom: Slight variation, after [[spoiler:Scott breaks up with Knives]], everything around them vanishes, replacing it with black instead of white.
* WhipItGood: Roxy in her fight with Ramona.
* WithMyHandsTied: In the final battle, Gideon willingly fights with one hand behind his back.
* WordsCanBreakMyBones: On his second visit to the Chaos Theatre, Scott destroys the first door-guy by ''insulting his hair''.
* WorldOfBadass: And it is del... wait...
* WorldOfChaos: And it is ''deli'' - hang on.
* WorldOfHam: And it is ''[[RuleOfThree delicious]]''.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Scott gives one in the deleted scenes. This is basically an outline of TheHerosJourney.
--> '''Scott''': "Wallace, when my journey began, I was living in an ordinary world. Ramona skated through my dreams and it was like a CallToAdventure, [[RefusalOfTheCall a call I considered refusing]]. But my mentor, that’s you, told me if I want something bad enough, I have to fight for it. So I did. There were tests, allies, enemies. I approached a deep cave and went through a crazy ordeal, during which [[spoiler:I totally seized the sword. Sadly, I died. Then I resurrected!]] Now I realize what I should have been fighting for all along."
* WorldOfPun: The film is full of them. For example:
-->'''Scott''': You once were a ve-gone, and now you will be gone.
* WorldOfWeirdness: The world of the film is governed by rules of video games (Especially from the 8-Bit era and Coin-Ops) with a dose of surrealism and pure fantasy. It's also a [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting beyond]] [[CrapsaccharineWorld brutal]] [[WhatMeasureIsaMook world with a very jaded view of life and death]], where murder seems to be no worse than a school yard fight. [[MyFriendsandZoidberg And there are Vegan Police]].
* WouldHitAGirl: Todd, who punches Knives so hard he knocks the highlights out of her hair, and Gideon, who is not afraid to show Knives and Ramona that he's the boss.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Scott, who has to [[LoopholeAbuse come up with an unconventional method]] of beating Roxy.
* WreckedWeapon: The first DeusExMachina magic sword wasn't enough to defeat Gideon. Neither was the second.
* WrittenSoundEffect: One of very few live-action films to use the trope.
* WrongGuyFirst: Played with. Scott has a sweet chemistry with Knives (while retaining his JerkAss tendencies, he even comments to his sister that he's not sure if he's doing it because he wants to or because he's going crazy) until he sees [[LastGirlWins Ramona Flowers]] for the first time. After that he grows even more callous with Knives until he finally (sort of) dumps her. Towards the end of the movie, after some serious [[CharacterDevelopment growing up]] on the part of Scott, [[spoiler: he and Knives work in-tandem to brutally beat the snot out of Gideon. Ironically, Scott is finally grown up enough to be with the 17-year old girl. Of course, IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy kicks in about this point, leaving Knives as TheWoobie, albeit an IronWoobie.]]
** [[spoiler: In the alternate ending contained in the DVD deleted scenes, Ramona initiates an IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy at the end of the movie and leaves so that Scott can be with Knives]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair:
** Ramona has pink hair when she first meets Scott; she changes her hair color twice more before the end of the film, to blue and green, but never to a standard color.
** Knives also puts blue highlights in her hair to compete with Ramona, but these are knocked out before the third fight.
* YourCheatingHeart: Scott on both Knives and Ramona, or more specifically, Scott cheated ''on'' Knives ''with'' Ramona ("What's the difference?" "You weren't wronged?"). Scott got off the hook relatively easy ([[spoiler:considering he was killed before either Ramona or Knives could really chew him out for it]]), unlike in the books...
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: With 20 minutes left in the film, [[spoiler: Scott "defeats" Gideon... then Gideon gets back up and kills him. After he restarts at the checkpoint, he beats Gideon for good. ''Then'' Nega-Scott shows up.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki:
** Ramona's skirt and stocking combo in the "changing scene."
** Knives's Ninja Ninja Revolution avatar.
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