Scott Pilgrim Vs The World / Tropes Q to Z

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  • Reality Ensues:
  • Really Gets Around: 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.
  • Refrain from Assuming:
    • In universe, Scott introduces the first song Sex Bob-omb plays as "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.
  • Rule of Three: Scott's relationship with Knives was mocked by his friends because she's 17, Asian and a Catholic School Girl.
  • Running Gag: 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."
  • The Runt at the End: 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.

  • Satellite Character: Almost everyone to Scott. Possibly intentional - see Pragmatic Adaptation above and Unreliable Narrator below.
  • Save Scumming: 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.
  • Say My Name: Matthew Patel to MISSSSTER PILGRIM!!!
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Knives dons one for the final showdown. She even uses it to disarm Gideon, turning the tide of the battle.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: You can see a digitized "X" in Gideon's glasses during the final fight, and it even shimmers when he adjusts them.
  • The Scottish Trope: Stacy refers to Envy as "She Who Shall Not Be Named" in reference to the trope's use in Harry Potter, while Wallace informs Other Scott that said woman's name is not to be used in the apartment.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: 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.
  • Self-Deprecation: The movie itself.
    Comeau:" The comic book is always better than the movie.
  • Sequential Boss: Gideon has a second form—he just uses a different, cooler sword and wears Cool Shades.
  • Serial Escalation: 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.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: 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.
  • She's Got Legs: Ramona and Envy.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: The creature summoned by Sex Bob-Omb against the Katayanagis was officially named the "Green-Eyed Monster," after the Shakespearean phrase to describe jealousy. Also notice that Scott's eyes are glowing green in this scene.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Brie Larson (Envy Adams).
  • Smash Cut: Edgar Wright continues to display his love for these.
  • Smug Snake: Really most of the exes, but especially Gideon. When Gideon summons his second sword, one of his bonuses is a +7 to cockiness.
  • Smug Straight Edge: Todd Ingram.
  • Left the Background Music On: 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.
  • Sound Effect Bleep:
    • 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 lampshades this and asks "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.
  • Stalker with a Crush:
    • All three points of the Love Triangle 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 Up to Eleven after they break up. Scott stalks Ramona both prior to meeting her (partially in a sequence lampshaded with subtitles calling him out on it), and during their early courtship. Finally, Ramona admits that she was the equivalent of Knives in regards to 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.
  • Stealth Insult: 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.
  • Stealth Pun: In one of the subtler examples of Arc Number 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.
  • The Stinger: 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.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: "That doesn't even rhyme!"
  • Storming the Castle/The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: The Chaos Theatre , Act II.
  • Straight Gay: Wallace in particular (although slightly effeminate and very mellow), but really no gay character in the movie even approaches Camp Gay.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike:
    Scott: Do you know a girl with hair like this? [holds up a picture of a shapeless squiggle]
    Comeau: Yes, that's Ramona Flowers.
  • Stylistic Suck: 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.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: Scott lampshades this after the offense in Matthew Patel's Villain Song (although it was the other way around in the graphic novel).
  • Summon Backup Dancers: Matthew Patel's Demon Hipster Chicks, who disappear when he is defeated.
  • Summon Magic: 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 The Power of Rock.
  • Symbolic Blood: 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.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Scott cheats on Knives when he starts dating Ramona. See Your Cheating Heart below.
  • Super Window Jump: Scott does this to escape his tiny apartment when Knives comes calling. And then reaches back inside for his coat.

  • Take That:
    • 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 clearly doesn't understand hipsters.
    • Gideon and Sex Bob-Omb play a big part in a Take That 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 Jerk Ass. 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 Up to Eleven.
  • Take That, Us: Comeau can be heard telling someone "The comic book was better than the movie" when Scott enters the Chaos Theater the second time
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Parodied during the Patel and Roxy fights but turned on its head for the Gideon fight.
  • That Came Out Wrong: 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."
  • Theme Tune Cameo/Mundane Made Awesome: The full orchestrated Universal theme plays when Lucas Lee first steps out of his trailer. (Complete with synchronised neck cracks!) And it is glorious.
  • The Dragon: Co-Dragons, literally. The last but one boss not counting Nega-Scott is a pair of Japanese twins who use synthesiser keyboards to summon twin dragons.
  • There Was a Door: 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 Offscreen Teleportation.
  • This Cannot Be!: Matthew Patel before Scott delivers the final blow.
    Patel: This is impossible... How can this be?
    Scott: Open your eyes. Maybe you'll see!
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "Milk and eggs, bitch."
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself:
    • Scott vs. the Bonus Boss, 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! ... Or possibly his feet!"
    • As the Exes grow more powerful, Scott needs a lot of help to deal with them- 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).
  • Three-Point Landing: Matthew Patel, during his battle with Scott.
  • Title Drop: 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Scott gaining The Power of Self-Respect in Chaos Theatre Round 2 is the culmination of his Character Development. 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 Theme Music Power-Up version of the crew's theme song.
  • Toronto: Openly shown as the setting of the film for once, as in the comic.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The trailers do a good job of obfuscating the Sorting Algorithm of Evil of The Evil Exes, with Lucas Lee being by far the most prominent.
  • Trailers, TV Spots, and Theatrical Posters Always Spoil: Ramona has an ex-girlfriend. It's cool, not like it was supposed to be a plot twist or anything.
  • Troperiffic: It is an Edgar Wright movie, after all.
  • T-Word Euphemism
    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.
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: Used extensively to transition between scenes.

  • Up to Eleven: Hard to catch, but the Twins actually turn a dial to the setting 十一 (11) during the battle.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Many critics, 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 Flanderized version of Gideon.
  • Verbal Backspace: 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.

  • Versus Title
  • Videogame Tropes: Notable because... this is a film, based on a comic.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Gideon. He even starts glitching out as he rants, as if his graphics code were falling apart.
  • Villain Song: "Slick," sung by the first evil ex and his chorus of demon hipster chicks.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Ramona after Roxy attacks Scott.
    Ramona: (breaking out her hammer) Do that again and I will end you!
  • Visual Pun: "What are you doing?" "Getting a life." *bloop*
  • The Voice: Bill Hader's narrator is credited as "The Voice."
  • The Voiceless:
    • 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 bespectacled bionic-armed drummer is also completely silent for her brief time on screen.
  • Wall Slump: Scott, the depressed variation, against a fridge.
  • Weirdness Censor: Nobody seems to give much thought to people having incredible martial arts skills, exploding into coins, or being able to summon giant monsters with The Power of Rock.
    • 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?"
  • When She Smiles: Kim, for a few seconds near the end.
  • White Void Room: Slight variation, after Scott breaks up with Knives, everything around them vanishes, replacing it with black instead of white.
  • Whip It Good: Roxy in her fight with Ramona.
  • Words Can Break My Bones: On his second visit to the Chaos Theatre, Scott destroys the first door-guy by insulting his hair.
  • World of Badass: And it is del... wait...
  • World of Chaos: And it is deli - hang on.
  • World of Ham: And it is delicious.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Scott gives one in the deleted scenes. This is basically an outline of The Hero's Journey.
    Scott: "Wallace, when my journey began, I was living in an ordinary world. Ramona skated through my dreams and it was like a Call to Adventure, a call I considered refusing. But my mentor, thatís 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 I totally seized the sword. Sadly, I died. Then I resurrected! Now I realize what I should have been fighting for all along."
  • World of Pun: The film is full of them. For example:
    Scott: You once were a ve-gone, and now you will be gone.
  • World of Weirdness: 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 beyond brutal world with a very jaded view of life and death, where murder seems to be no worse than a school yard fight. And there are Vegan Police.
  • Would Hit a Girl: 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.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Scott, who has to come up with an unconventional method of beating Roxy.
  • Wrecked Weapon: The first Deus ex Machina magic sword wasn't enough to defeat Gideon. Neither was the second.
  • Written Sound Effect: One of very few live-action films to use the trope.
  • Wrong Girl First: Played with. Scott has a sweet chemistry with Knives (while retaining his Jerk Ass 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 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 growing up on the part of Scott, 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, I Want My Beloved to Be Happy kicks in about this point, leaving Knives as The Woobie, albeit an Iron Woobie.
    • In the alternate ending contained in the DVD deleted scenes, Ramona initiates an I Want My Beloved to Be Happy at the end of the movie and leaves so that Scott can be with Knives.

  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
    • 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.
  • Your Cheating Heart: 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 (considering he was killed before either Ramona or Knives could really chew him out for it), unlike in the books...
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: With 20 minutes left in the film, 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.
  • Zettai Ryouiki:
    • Ramona's skirt and stocking combo in the "changing scene."
    • Knives's Ninja Ninja Revolution avatar.