* ActorAllusion:
** When one cop advises another to kill Hartigan without hesitation, they're quickly dispatched and Hartigan quips "Good advice". In ''Film/DieHard'', a terrorist who tells John [=McClane=] to kill without hesitation is offed, with [=McClane=] snarking "Thanks for the advice". Both played by Creator/BruceWillis, lying on his back and shooting upwards both times. FrankMiller even said that he thought of that very scene from ''Die Hard'' when he drew that scenario in "That Yellow Bastard". [[HilariousInHindsight Little did he know…]]
** In the film of ''A Dame to Kill For'', the way Hartigan's ghost talks to Nancy is very reminiscent of Bruce Willis's role in ''Film/TheSixthSense''.
** Creator/ChristopherMeloni playing a cop with marital problems, anger issues, has [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]] as a BerserkButton, and eventually JumpsOffTheSlipperySlope? Gee, [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit where have we seen this before?]]
** Gail calls Dwight 'Lancelot.' Around this time Clive Owen had also starred in ''Film/KingArthur'', though playing Arthur and not Lancelot.
** Jamie Chung takes up a sword to become a fearsome warrior in the second movie, around the time she was doing it in [[Series/OnceUponATime another show]].
* AllStarCast: The poster alone features Creator/BruceWillis, [[Film/ShootEmUp Clive Owen]], [[Film/TheUsualSuspects Benicio Del Toro]], Creator/JessicaAlba, Creator/RosarioDawson, and [[Film/TheWrestler Mickey Rourke]]. And the [[HeyItsThatGuy supporting cast is just as big]].
* AwesomeDearBoy: Some of the cast of ''Sin City'' signed on after seeing the test footage which would eventually become the opening scene. In the making-of it's noted that a lot of them had wanted to play FilmNoir characters for a long time, such as Creator/BruceWillis. Also, many cast members signed on due to other actors being in talks. Considering the [[AllStarCast large cast of famous faces]], this seems reasonable.
* BannedInChina: Malaysia.
* CastingGag: Ava and Damien Lord as an estranged husband and wife. They're played by Eva Green and Marton Csokas, former lovers who had already broken up.
** Creator/AlexisBledel plays a young woman with deep love and concern [[Series/GilmoreGirls for her mother]].
* ContractualPurity: It appears as if Elijah Wood and Alexis Bledel were attempting to break out of it. Wood had just come off playing Frodo Baggins, while Bledel had been known for ''Gilmore Girls'' and ''The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants''.
* CreatorCameo: Creator/FrankMiller himself appears as the corrupt priest Marv kills in confession.
* DevelopmentHell:
** The movie sequels, until 2012.
** In the past Frank Miller has promised several new stories, including a Hartigan prequel, a Jackie Boy prequel, a story set in 1940, and a story set in the Sin City's founding during the Gold Rush. So far, the only new stories written are the two featured in ''Sin City 2''.
* FakeAmerican: Englishman Clive Owen as Dwight.
* FanNickname: Roark Jr. is only ever referred to as Junior in the books, never as the Yellow Bastard.
* HeyItsThatGuy: I guess [[Film/PlanetTerror Dakota Block]] felt guiltier about her son's death than she let on. Also, [[Series/{{Carnivale}} Ben Hawkins]] is a sick son-of-a-bitch.
** [[Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete Endless Mike Helstrom]] is Mr. Klump, and [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Ron Swanson]] is Mr. Schlubb.
** Apparently, [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Detective Stabler]] decided to transfer to Sin City.
** In the second movie, Music/LadyGaga makes a [[TheCameo cameo]] appearance as a waitress in a GreasySpoon. The unglamourousness of the part makes her almost unrecognizable.
* TheOtherDarrin: Several characters from the first Sin City movie have now been recast due to either the untimely deaths or retirements of their previous actors.
** Dennis Haysbert replaces Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan as Manute.
** Jamie Cheung replaces Devon Aoki as Miho.
** Josh Brolin replaces Clive Owen as Dwight [=McCarthy=], as the story is set before ''"The Big Fat Kill"'' [[TheNthDoctor and Dwight's facial reconstruction.]] Owen was intended to return as Dwight post-surgery (with Brolin pre-surgery), but his schedule prevented it.
* PlayingAgainstType:
** Man, it is surprising to see [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Frodo Baggins]] playing a [[TheVoiceless mute]], psychopathic, [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] SerialKiller.
** Seeing one of the ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' as a prostitute.
** ''A Dame to Kill For'' has a cameo by [[Film/SpyKids Alexa Vega]] as a stripper.
** Dennis Haysbert has built such a reputation playing ReasonableAuthorityFigures (police officers, military officers, [[Series/TwentyFour the President of the United States]], the spokesman for Allstate Insurance) that he's not entirely believable as a ScaryBlackMan.
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Ron Swanson]] is Schlubb!
* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: The sequel is finally going to be in [[http://www.flickeringmyth.com/2012/04/sin-city-2-is-go-at-last.html production.]]
** In the back of ''Lost, Lonely and Lethal'' (published in December 1996) Miller announced a story called "The Hard Good-Bye" that would feature Nancy teaming up with Marv to avenge Hartigan. The title ended up being used as a {{Retronym}} for the first arc while the story itself finally saw the light of day in ''A Dame to Kill For'' as "Nancy's Last Dance," 18 years later.
* TypeCasting: Mickey Rourke as an ugly, down on his luck bruiser with a heart of gold? He was born to play Marv. In fact, when FrankMiller met Rourke, the only thing he wrote down in his notes was, "Met Mickey Rourke -- HE IS MARV."

!!These comicbooks have [[TropeNamers named the following tropes]]:

* BornInTheWrongCentury
* DelusionsOfEloquence

!!These comicbooks and films [[ImageSource provide the page image]] for:

* Comicbooks:
** ArrowGram
** DecapitationPresentation
* Films:
** CradlingYourKill
** FourEyesZeroSoul
** GratuitousSpecialEffects
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