* AbilityOverAppearance: Cardinal Roark is a dwarf in the book, and Creator/RutgerHauer isn't. Needless to say, he's a OneSceneWonder and most don't care that he's different.
* 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. Frank Miller even said that he thought of that very scene from ''Die Hard'' when he drew that scenario in "That Yellow Bastard". 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 Creator/BruceWillis's role in ''Film/TheSixthSense''.
** Creator/ChristopherMeloni playing a cop with marital problems, anger issues, has a dim view of rape and eventually JumpsOffTheSlipperySlope? Gee, [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit where have we seen this before?]]
** Gail calls Dwight 'Lancelot.' Around this time Creator/CliveOwen 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]].
** Creator/MichaelMadsen amusingly shows up right after someone else gets their [[Film/ReservoirDogs ear blown off]]. Although this time ''he's'' the cop.
* ActorInspiredElement: Jackie Boy's makeup was Creator/BenicioDelToro's idea. It was also his idea to have Jackie Boy pry the hands of his gun with his teeth.
* AllStarCast: The poster alone features Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/CliveOwen, Creator/BenicioDelToro, Creator/JessicaAlba, Creator/RosarioDawson, and Creator/MickeyRourke.
* 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, respectively playing a cannibal and a hooker. 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.
* CreatorInJoke: Both Nancy and Wendy drive cars with the licence plate 'LEV 311'. Creator/RobertRodriguez gives that to his favourite female characters in all his movies. It's a reference to his wife Lynn Varley, whose birthday is March 11th.
* DawsonCasting:
** Nancy is said to be nineteen years old. Creator/JessicaAlba was twenty four.
** Becky is implied to be much younger than the rest of the Old Town girls, possibly still a teenager. Creator/AlexisBledel was twenty four, and only two years younger than Creator/RosarioDawson.
* 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 Creator/CliveOwen as Dwight.
* FakeShemp: Used a lot due to how the movie was shot. Since most of it was green screen, characters could be added in after certain scenes had already been shot. For example, when Marv takes Wendy to Nancy's apartment, Jessica Alba had not been cast yet - so she was added in later. Likewise, Mickey Rourke and Elijah Wood never met until the premiere - despite their characters interacting prominently in the movie.
* FanNickname: Roark Jr. is only ever referred to as Junior in the books, never as the Yellow Bastard.
* FreezeFrameBonus: A newspaper in "The Hard Goodbye" segment indicates that the film takes place in 1993.
* 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.
** Creator/JeremyPiven replaces Creator/MichaelMadsen as Bob.
** Creator/JoshBrolin replaces Creator/CliveOwen 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 mute, psychopathic, 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.
* PlayingGertrude: Hartigan tells Nancy that he's old enough to be her grandfather. There's only twenty six years between him and Creator/JessicaAlba.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Creator/JessicaAlba signed on not knowing that Nancy dances completely naked. She asked for the nudity to be removed. Creator/RobertRodriguez and Creator/FrankMiller agreed, feeling there was no need for it.
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Ron Swanson]] is Schlubb!
* SelfAdaptation: Creator/FrankMiller was a co-director on ''Sin City'', as Creator/RobertRodriguez felt that being such a direct adaptation of the original comics (the visual compositions usually being directly lifted from the panels) meant that most of his directorial work had already been done for him by the creator.
* 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.
* ThrowItIn: One of the biggest examples of this trope. Creator/MichaelMadsen reportedly approached Robert Rodriguez at the ''Film/KillBill'' wrap party and asked why he hadn't been cast in ''Sin City'' yet. Rodriguez then gave him the role of Bob, the only part that hadn't been cast yet.
* 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 Creator/FrankMiller met Rourke, the only thing he wrote down in his notes was, "Met Mickey Rourke -- HE IS MARV."
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/JohnnyDepp was the first choice for the role of Jackie Boy. But Creator/RobertRodriguez saw Creator/BenicioDelToro at the Academy Awards with long hair and immediately knew he was perfect. Creator/AdrianBrody auditioned for the role.
** Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio was in talks for the role of Junior. But he eventually declined, and Nick Stahl was cast instead.
** Creator/SteveBuscemi was considered for Junior.
** Creator/MichaelDouglas turned down the role of Hartigan. Creator/MattDillon was also considered.
** Music/JessicaSimpson auditioned for Nancy Callahan.
** Creator/WillemDafoe and Creator/ChristopherWalken turned down the role of Senator Roark.
** Creator/AnthonyMichaelHall was considered for Dwight.
** Creator/KateBosworth was the first choice for Gail.
** Creator/UmaThurman, Creator/SarahJessicaParker, Creator/AshleyJudd, Creator/CarrieAnneMoss and Creator/NaomiWatts were considered for Lucille.
** The first film was planned to include the "Hell And Back" sequence with Johnny Depp as Wallace. It was eventually scrapped and didn't materialise in the sequel.
** Creator/RobertRodriguez originally asked Creator/HansZimmer to score the music, but Zimmer couldn't accept it, as he was in England at the time preparing Film/BatmanBegins.
** Creator/SalmaHayek, Creator/RoseMcGowan, Creator/AngelinaJolie, Creator/RachelWeisz, Creator/MichelleWilliams, Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, Creator/ScarlettJohansson, Creator/AnneHathaway and Creator/JenniferLawrence were all considered for Ava Lord in the sequel.

!!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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