YMMV: Big Hero 6

The Disney film:

  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Subverted. While Baymax is round and soft, the jokes about him being fat are not at his expense. They are all focused on the fact that Hiro is trying to force Baymax into a role (and armor) he was never designed to fill; he's a medical robot, not a fighting robot.
    • Alastair Krei, the unscrupulous big-business mogul who turns out to be a Red Herring.
  • Adaptation Displacement: Similar to Guardians of the Galaxy, the comic book (like a lot of licenses, sadly) remained relatively unknown until it was announced that Disney was doing an adaptation of it.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • In the book, Hiro's Journal, Hiro calls murdering Yokai a win. Kind of makes you question his loose morals. Alternatively, this could just be the mindset of an angry, confused, and rather upset teenage boy. Tadashi's death upset him badly, and the idea that Yokai is behind it would be something anyone would be mad at, especially given how it's quickly revealed Yokai's secret identity was someone he looked up to and trusted and that someone outright said that Tadashi's death was Tadashi's own mistake. So rather than appearing like he just has loose morals, this could be argued as the thought process of a teenager who doesn't have a good outlet for his sadness.
    • The junior novelization reveals that Hiro saw Baymax as a giant battle bot. Did he actually care about Baymax's original programming?
    • Callaghan's expression at the end when he's arrested is up as a matter of debate, mainly over whether he feels guilt over his actions as Yokai or disappointment at being sent to prison and separated from the daughter he tried to avenge or possibly both.
    • With the amount of information given to the audience about the Silent Sparrow project (fairly little) it's impossible to tell if Callaghan was right about Krei cutting corners, or if Abigail was simply the victim of a horrible accident resulting from testing a hazardous new technology, and Callaghan wanted someone to blame.
    • Did Callaghan start the fire in the science fair, or did he just take advantage of it to steal the nanobots? They seem to imply he started it, but it's never officially said and he seems visibly distraught in the brief flashback to him protecting himself with nanobots. Then again, this could be a "My God, What Have I Done?" expression.
    • If one pays attention to Hiro's behavior around Honey, you can see him blushing after she kisses him and he looks and sounds lovestruck when she demonstrates her chemistry skills. Does he have a crush on her?
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The gummy bears scene. Presumably Hiro was feeling peckish.
  • Base Breaker: Honey Lemon. While she has plenty of fans for her energetic, adorable personality and cool superhero outfit, others are turned off by her strong resemblance to Rapunzel, which many perceive as Disney getting lazy with character designs, or because she's supposed to be Hispanic, but has a very faint accent and extremely light skin.
  • Broken Base:
    • Whether Disney adapting a Marvel property into an animated film is a revolutionary step for the Disney Animated Canon, or just an example of them forcing the Marvel Cinematic Universe into everywhere. For its part Disney has made little mention of Big Hero 6 being a Marvel property (aside from mentioning been "based on the Marvel comic series" in the trailer), and explicitly said it's not part of the MCU.
    • The mixed heritage the film shares between White and Japanese - notably the immigration of the comic's Japan focused setting to the now fictionalized amalgamation "San Fransokyo" and the apparent Race Lift with some of the cast (notably Honey and Wasabi). While some view this as a bold change by Disney to become the first animated film to prominently feature individuals of a mixed heritages, others compare the change unfavorably to The Last Airbender.
    • After the film's release, some people don't like how the only characters to get any Character Development are Hiro and Baymax, while others are glad that the movie didn't try to bite off more than it could chew by trying to tell too many stories.
    • Netting Disney yet another Oscar at the 2015 Academy Award didn't sit well with a lot of fans of The Lego Movie which wasn't even nominated, but many felt that that film was much more deserving to win it and that the Awards were just catering to Disney just for being a brand name and the enduring success of Frozen, to the extent that they're finally pandering to a superhero movie!.
  • Cargo Ship: Many shipped Baymax with soccer balls as soon as the first trailer was released.
  • Crossover Ship:
    • Tadashi and Nani Pelekai from Lilo & Stitch.
    • People have taken to shipping Hiro with Tip from the upcoming movie Home. It also counts as Toy Ship.
    • Same case with Hiro and Vanellope.
    • As of chapter 16 of Hottie 5: Fifty Shades of Epic, Aunt Cass and Drax the Destroyer.
    • Tadashi and Elsa from Frozen for having that common thread that these two are the very popular older siblings that have even came close to overshadowing their respective younger siblings where they are the real main characters!
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • GoGo Tomago has been compared to several people.
      • People noticed several similarities between her and Nikki Wong from Sixteen. Both of them being Asian, sarcastic, purple haired, tomboys with brown eyes.
      • Shortly before the movie's release, the TV show Scorpion premiered, which has Happy Quinn, an intelligent dour East Asian vehicle enthusiast tomboy who also tends to wear shiny black jackets.
      • She's also been compared to Ryuko Matoi.
      • GoGo is also the latest in the "Asian girl with colored hair" trope.
      • A non-Asian example is Captain America, as they both have high morals, natural superhero skills, and a good heart. Oh, and they use large metal discs as their main weapons against their enemies.
      • Cora from Astro Boy. Both of them have dark hair with purple highlights.
      • Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie, as both have black hair with highlights and both have cool bikes.
    • Comparisons have been made between Hiro and Hiccup, in that they're both Adorkable genius inventors with alliterative names, a Badass Adorable companion by their side (Baymax and Toothless respectively), and having the same tooth gap.
    • A few people had compared Honey to Princess Uni-Kitty. Both female characters are openly feminine with big eyes and Hidden Depths. Plus their voices sound somewhat similar and they bounce when they walk.
    • Within the Disney Animated Canon; the fact that one of the core elements of this film is the relationship between two brothers hasn't escaped critics notice, considering that its immediate predecessor, Frozen was entirely centered around two sisters. Not necessarily compared in a bad sense, however.
    • Another within Disney Animated Canon: how about that really cool and likable older family member who rescues our mischievous and young hero early on, gives them a lecture on being a better person, then dies and spurs on the hero's character development for the rest of the film, even beyond the grave. Mufasa, or Tadashi?
    • And then from its step-parent Marvel, a goofy big budget blockbuster film starring a mixed ethnic cast superhero team based on a relatively obscure comic series with a non-human sidekick that completely steals the show?: "Hello, I AM GROOT/BAYMAX!"
    • To some people, Baymax either looks like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, or the Michelin Man (whose real name is Bibendum).
    • Baymax can also be compared to Mr. Pump from Going Postal. Both are autonomous Gentle Giant s whose concerns are the safety of the people they are obliged to protect (Hiro and Moist von Lipwig, respectively).
    • Due to Hiro being a combination of Peter Parker and Tony Stark, the film's plot sounds like a combination of Spider-Man and Iron Man films.
    • With an older A Boy and his Giant Robot film, starring a child prodigy with no friends his own age, raised by a single woman (with a very similar look and hairstyle) who works in a cafe, and a Gentle Giant of a robot who, at one point, is forced to submit against his will to programming that makes him kill people, despite his desire not to be used as a gun. There's not enough room to list all the parallels in the films' climaxes alone
    • A scientist steals robots meant for a mundane purpose and uses them for evil. In response, a harmless servant robot is fitted with a metal exoskeleton and re-purposed as a combat robot. Sound like anything else? Not to mention the art style is comparable. A couple more rewrites and this could have been a fantastic adaptation.
    • Two siblings, one much older than the other, their parents died before the events of the movie, and the younger sibling becomes best friends with a science experiment and go on adventures together. This is further cemented that there are quite a few Lilo & Stitch merchandise lying around their house.
  • Crack Pairing: Baymax/Dulce Osuna thanks to this interview.
  • Ear Worm:
    Cause we could be immortals, immortals
    Just not for long, for long
    And if we meet forever now, pull the blackout curtains down
    Just not for long, for long
    We could be immortals, immortals, immortals, immortals
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Mochi, the pet cat and "hairy baby" of the Hamada household.
    • Tadashi has become popular, even though he is only in the first act, due to being a very likable Nice Guy whose death is a huge Tear Jerker.
    • Aunt Cass was popular just on looks before the movie came out, after its release her adult Genki Girl personality and loving relationship with Hiro and Tadashi cemented her dark horse status.
    • Krei's secretary. Yes, really, likely due to her looks.
    • Technicians 1 and 2 due to them being voiced by two well-known YouTube users in the UK version of the film.
  • Fanon: Since Honey and GoGo are only known by their nicknames, fans have speculated that their respective real names are Aiko Miyazaki and Leiko Tanaka, much like their comic counterparts. Though this is highly unlikely due to their Race Lift to Latina and Korean.
    • Much of the fanfiction and fanart out there depicts Tadashi as being alive with severe burn scars, but not much more, likely due to his Ensemble Dark Horse status. It's become a joke within the members of the fandom that the movie's canon must have been false. Tadashi's obviously just in some hospital healing, and will definitely be back in the sequel, if there is one.
    • Honey Lemon being a Disney princess, or even being descended from Rapunzel (which would make her a Disney princess by lineage anyways).
    • In addition to the green (healthcare) and red (attack mode) chips, we see a blue and a yellow one on Hiro's table. Makes you wonder what they would be used for (and the same scene shows Baymax has enough slots for all four!)
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Summed up perfectly in this Tumblr post regarding Tadashi's death.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Surprisingly enough, Hiro/Tadashi is currently the most popular ship in the fandom, followed by Hiro/Gogo, Honey Lemon/Gogo, Tadashi/Honey Lemon, Tadashi/Gogo and Tadashi/Callaghan.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With the Marvel Cinematic Universe fans. They have come up with possible crossovers that involve Hiro joining S.H.I.E.L.D. or Baymax greeting the Avengers.
    • Despite living under its shadow, the Big Hero 6 fandom gets along with the Frozen fandom surprisingly well. Maybe it has something to do with the emotionally powerful moments of sibling bonds in both films, yes?
  • Genius Bonus:
    • When Hiro and Baymax are in the half-portal realm trying to save Abigail, you may see a beautiful landscape in the background constantly changing. This is a Mandelbulb set, a three-dimensional analogue to the Mandelbrot set.
    • Yokai's kabuki mask has red streaks on it. In kabuki theater, red symbolizes passion, alongside anger and cruelty. This makes much more sense after Yokai is revealed to be Callaghan, whose crimes are driven by passion for revenge, in anger over his daughter's death.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff/Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: The film takes many aspects of its setting from Japanese culture. The Japanese are apparently delighted by this, as it's been at the top at the Japanese box office for more than seven weeks, especially after lagging behind the other big competitor, Yokai Watch: Tanjo no Himitsu Da Nyan! which both films came out at the same time.
  • He Really Can Act: Ryan Potter as Hiro, especially when he's angry or sad.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Tadashi/Baymax is known as Roasted Marshmallow.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: Much like Frozen before it, Hiro/Tadashi has become an incredibly popular ship.
  • Informed Wrongness: Alistair Krei's status as a Corrupt Corporate Executive all comes from Professor Callaghan's point of view, himself an Unreliable Narrator due to his daughter presumably dying in one of Krei's experiments.
    • Though there is a moment in the beginning of the film where he almost walks off with one of Hiro's microbots, and he did ignore the Silent Sparrow flaw. Either of these instances are pretty open to interpretation, however. He could just as easily have just forgotten about the microbot, providing further proof to the Red Herring .
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Let's face it, few people thought Baymax's Heroic Sacrifice would stick. Doesn't make the scene any less a Tear Jerker, though.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Comparisons have already been made between GoGo and Ryuko about their similar designs.
    • Baymax calling Mochi, the Hamada family's pet cat, a Hairy Baby...
    • Hiro suddenly saying "Gummy bears!" while testing out Baymax's fighting program.
    • Hiro having an obsession with Pop Tarts.
    • Callaghan being known as 'The Cat Diddler' by some on Tumblr
    • Some have taken to calling the movie Big Hero Sixteen.
    • Comparing the Big Hero 6 to the Teen Titans.
    • Tadashi Lives, Callaghan Lies.
    • "Bata-lata-la!"
    • Baymax? More like Baemax!
    • I can't go see Big Hero 6! I haven't even watched the first five yet!
    • Making puns about Tadashi's death (likely in an attempt to ease the pain)
    • On Tumblr, changing the text on Tadashi's numbering boards during the Baymax testing scene as a variation of the "pet shaming" meme has been christened "Tadashi Shaming" (some NSFW).
  • Memetic Psychopath: Hiro during his fit of anger.
  • Moe:
    • Honey, with her cheery and bright disposition that can put a smile on anyone's face.
    • Hiro, the adorkable child genius.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Callaghan crosses this upon his Redemption Rejection. Instead of listening to Hiro, he still insists on trying to murder Krei and tearing down his entire company, along with Hiro and his team. The ending hints, however, he may not be beyond redemption.
    • Hiro himself nearly crosses this when ordering Baymax to kill Callaghan, then when he fails plotting on finding him and finishing the job. Ultimately subverted when Tadashi's video has him come to his senses.
  • Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize: Let's be honest: did you REALLY think Disney was going to hire James Cromwell to voice a character for less than a dozen lines of dialogue, then kill him off in the prologue?
  • One-Scene Wonder: Stan Lee as Fred's father - and he's a superhero to boot!
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • Honey Lemon/Fred aka Fredzilla = HoneyZilla
    • Honey Lemon/GoGo = HoneyGoGo
    • Hiro/Baymax = Hiromax
    • Hiro/Tadashi = Hidashi
    • Tadashi/Honey Lemon = TadaHoney
    • Hiro/Honey Lemon = HiroLemon
    • Tadashi/GoGo = Tomadashi
  • Shipping: Running rampant due to no canon couples. Hiro and Honey are particularly popular in this field.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Getting between the HiroLemon and Hirogo shippers will be the last thing you do. On the bright side, since they usually also ship Tomadashi or Tadahoney respectively, there is generally very little hate towards the characters. And Hidashi is, of course...controversial.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Revenge and hatred will only make everything worse.
  • Squick: Where does GoGo get so much gum? She doesn't. The junior novelization implies that she keeps chewing the same gum for days to weeks on end, and that being on the dashboard of a car and having floated up from the San Fransokyo bay will not stop her from putting it back into her mouth.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: In the original Marvel comics the movie is inspired by, the team was based in Tokyo and everyone was Japanese. Disney's decision to change most of the characters' races is the biggest point of controversy (only their names are still the same), and there's also the setting being moved from Tokyo to the entirely fictional hybrid city San Fransokyo.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Hiro and Baymax's teammates didn't really get much development and had rather one-note personalities, but the film would probably go in a very different direction without their inclusion, especially since they were able to stop Baymax from killing Yokai.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Hiro was holding the kabuki mask when he got angry at Callaghan. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if he put it on.
    • The illegal bot fighting rings taking place in San Fransokyo. Only one scene is dedicated to it, and that was the beginning of the movie, and was never mentioned again.
  • Too Cool to Live: Tadashi was a good older brother, a noble worker, and intelligent student - which ultimately means that he dies at the end of the first act of the film.
  • Tough Act to Follow: As well received as the film was, what with about 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossing more than $500 million worldwide on a $165 million budget, the fact that BH6 came off the heels of another Disney Animated Canon film that unexpectedly blossomed into a huge box office juggernaut/pop culture phenomenon, as well as another underdog film based on an obscure Marvel property, has definitely made it pretty hard for BH6 to get out of both of their shadows.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Disney invented the Hyperion engine for this movie and the results look amazing for its first outing. The half-portal realm near the end of the film stands out in particular, and becomes one of the scariest and jerkiest places in the entire Disney canon.
  • The Woobie: Hiro, especially after Tadashi's death.