Video Game: Scott Pilgrim aka: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
A 2010 downloadable game by Ubisoft Montreal for PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade based off the comic book series of the same name, it was made in conjunction with the movie adaptationof the series and released onto PlayStation Network the film was due out in theaters; the Xbox LIVE Arcade version of the game came out a week later.Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is a side-scrolling brawler that was made in retro-style to harken back to the 8-bit and 16-bit era of video gaming. The game's plot is the same as the series it was based on; the story follows a slacker who falls head-over-heels when he meets an out of town delivery girl, Ramona V. Flowers, and he must battle with her seven evil exes in order to continue dating her. Players can play as Scott Pilgrim, Kim Pine, Stephen Stills, and Ramona Flowers and alsoNegaScott as they battle their way across countless goons in a video game version of Toronto and ultimately take down Ramona's seven evil exes. Like the classic beat 'em up River City Ransom, the game features RPG Elements that allows Scott and his friends can earn money to purchase various items from various stores all throughout Toronto, and gain new abilities and level-up as they beat up enemies.Both the series' author Bryan Lee O'Malley and the film's director Edgar Wright were heavily involved in he creation of the game. The sprites were made by famed sprite-artist and animator Paul Robertson with music provided by Anamanaguchi, a chiptune punk band. There are a few changes from the comic to help fit the game.On November 20th, 2010, the PlayStation Network version of the game received its first add-on pack to coincide with the film's DVD and Blu-ray release; the Xbox 360 version later received the add-on pack on December of the same year. The first add-on pack adds Knives Chau as a playable character, a Dodgeball Mode that is exactly what its name suggests, a Battle Royale Mode that allows players to battle each other, a drop-in and drop-out multi-player function, and other bug fixes for $2.In 2012, originally planned to coincide with the full-color re-release of the comic books, the game is getting its second add-on pack that will add Wallace Wellsas a playable character and online multi-player, was slated for August 19th, 2012, but was pushed back for a 2013 release; it finally came out late in March 2013 and is available for $5 on both systems.
Ass Kicks You: Kim's and Knives' strong dash attack has them throwing out her tushy to hit people. It's pretty funny to watch when you could actually use that attack to destroy a car as well as cement blocks.
Awesome, but Impractical: The higher your strength gets, the harder you throw items. It gets very easy to have a rebounding item hit you in the face.
Bloody Murder: In 'Subspace Highway?', right before you fight Gideon's second form, Gigadeon, blood droplets will rain down upon your group as you make your way through. Also, this appears to be one of said boss form's attacks, in the form of blood-red skulls.
Given the creatures that appear near the end of this area, the droplets could be interpreted as bloody tears.
Body Horror: Two instances: Todd Ingram from Stage 3 has an attack where he uses his arm to transform in to an array of different vegetables similar to a certain scene in AKIRA with great power; using it causes him to be exhausted. The second one is Gigadeon Graves from Stage 7, whose whole body is covered in veins that connect to his external heart. The lower half of his body consists of the heads of the previously defeated Evil Exes that spit out electrical spheres.
Bonus Boss: Mr. Chau. Becomes an assist character if you beat him.
Bootstrapped Theme: "Another Winter" is quickly approaching this, "Rock Club" being a close second due to the raw awesome tonnage invoked.
Boss Remix: Nega Scott's battle theme is a more malevolent version of the main menu music.
Cute Little Fangs: Butas, the fat ninja-chicks in Level 4 has them if you squint hard enough.
Dark Reprise: Appropriately, Nega-Scott's is a dark version of the main theme.
Also, we could say that "Leave The Past Behind" is a sad version of "Another Winter" since both use the same structure and have the same intro. Besides, they are the only songs in the game to have a chiptune version.
Degraded Boss: Robot-01 becomes a regular enemy in the final level.
Downer Ending: Scott's ending has Ramona gone, and him supposedly dating three girls at once. There is an ambiguous ending regarding his being happy. This is nowhere in the ending montage or the comics, though.
Downloadable Content: Tying in with the movie's release on DVD and Blu-ray, Knives Chau as a playable character, two new game modes, drop-in co-op and it fixes the bugs. For $2.00.
Seemingly coinciding with the re-release of the comic books in color, an upcoming $5 DLC pack adds Wallace Wells and online multi-player.
Everything Is Trying to Kill You: True to the old-school beat-em-ups it's based on, almost everything can hurt you. Trash cans can be thrown at you, dogs will bite you and most people you meet are trying to beat you up.
Flunky Boss: If playing with multiple players, almost all of the bosses become this. But even in single player mode, Matthew Patel and Lucas Lee play this trope in two different ways. Matthew takes cover in the middle of the fight to Summon Backup Dancers, whereas Lucas and his mooks fight together.
Mirror Boss: Nega-Scott subverts this, in that he has many moves that Scott can't use. Particularly his fireballs.
...at least until you unlock Nega-Scott for your own use- though he can't launch fireballs nearly as rapidly.
Money Spider: Dogs, owls and wolverines all drop money for some reason. Subverted through robots, which (in keeping with the comic) don't explode into money.
Moral Dissonance: Scott's ending... is definitely questionable compared to what happens in the canon ending in the comic book, literally showing he has NOT learned anything at all, much less not getting Ramona to stay with him.
Multiple Endings: Different endings depending on what character you are playing as.
Amusingly, of the original four playable characters, only Scott's is not compatible with the other endings. Kim ends with her getting together with Knives, Steven Stills' ending is the Sex Bob-Ombs rocking out loud, and Ramona's ending is Ramona and Scott walking into the sunset together. Meanwhile, Scott's ending is getting together with Envy, Kim, and Knives.
One-Man Army: Obvious, given the genre of the game, but it's also the name of one of one of the trophies.
One-Winged Angel: The fight with Gideon. First, Gideon grows to twice his size for the first part of the battle, and when the fight goes into Subspace, Gideon plays the trope for all it's worth - He's bigger than the screen, the Gideon parts of him are frankly demonic looking, and from the waist down his body consists of the faces of the other six exes. Also, in the first part of the battle, when Gideon attacks, his sprite turns into a literal One Winged Angel.
In the online DLC pack, Wallace is a headswap of Stephen who shares almost the exact same moveset as him, but with rainbow effects.
Panty Shot: Kim, Envy and Lynette all do this. Ramona's technically wearing a bikini bottom, though.
Please Wake Up: If you're playing multi-player and one of the characters is KO'd, another player has to go and revive them before a timer runs out. If they fail to do so, said character loses a life. The Katayanagi Twins do this as well if you knock just one down.
The Power of Friendship: This is actually the name of one of the trophies you are awarded in the game when you fulfill a certain condition during multiplayer mode.
Sickeningly Sweethearts: Cutscenes after the first four stages have Scott and Ramona making out while Kim and Stephen Stills stand around.
Sigil Spam: The 3G Heavy Industries logo (The inverted Triforce with the G's) is everywhere!
Sound Test: And you'll be thankful. To unlock it, go to the Score Ranking menu on the world map and press L1x2, R1x2, L1x3, R1x3, L1, R1.
Left the Background Music On: The Dragon's Den music is very eerie in comparison with the other stages themes. But then, when you reach the Twins' Lair, you see them playing on an organ, and the bgm stops just as they stop playing it.
If one were to use the cheat code to get to the Sound Test area, it's revealed that it's Joseph's bedroom, and he's been broadcasting all the background music in the game except for places like the Katayanagi lair and Chaos Theater.
Stealth Pun: The 6th level has almost no background characters, save for Stacey and every single non-playable gay guy. Combine this with the elf that gives you coins and you've got yourself a fairy forest!
Wake Up Call Boss: Todd Ingram. While Matthew and Lucas weren't too hard to deal with, Todd will murder you if you try the same tricks you used on them. It also doesn't help that he's the first boss you meet that's nigh impossible to beat if you've been neglecting your stats: if you haven't been building your strength up, all you get is a nice bunch of 1's when you hit him.
Wife Husbandry: Gideon isn't kidnapping girls to make them his girlfriend in the video game, he's growing them from test tubes and People Jars.
Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: During the boss battle with Todd, You get into a bass battle reminiscent of Rock Band or Guitar Hero playing tables. Todd's is hopelessly complicated, while Scott's is mostly blank. When Scott finally does get a note, he decides to cut out the middle man and hits Todd with his bass!
Zombie Apocalypse: There are a couple of Zombies in the park, but they're relatively easy; especially if you throw them into the convenient open graves. However, there's also "Survival Horror" mode (unlockable by code), where you are in one non-scroll screen, and more and more zombies keep coming out of the wood work without any easy way to "kill" them.
And when they fill the entire screen, that's when Nega-Scott's Dark Reprise starts playing. And they just keep coming. Until you survive for 30 real world minutes.