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. In fact, Baymax being round and soft is treated as a good thing in the actual movie.
    • 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:
    • 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?" moment.
      • And regarding the fire at the science expo: was Tadashi's death really an accident? Did Callaghan actually murder him after catching him stealing the micro-bots? When Hiro confronts Callaghan, the man's response ('That was his mistake') could be interpreted as the Professor removing a witness.
    • Two aspects from Alister Krei regarding his villainy:
      • He tried to walk off with a single micro-bot, but given that Hiro had thousands of them, and would have started selling them in bulk eventually, this is a crime akin to video piracy. Wanting a six month head start on everyone else trying to copy the tech is industrial espionage, but it isn't evil.
      • There are three statements relating to the transporter failure. "There is an irregularity." "It's within parameters." "You knew it wasn't ready." Given that Yokai obviously thought the machine was ready when he HELPED HIS DAUGHTER INTO THE CAPSULE the balance of evidence indicates that Yokai was being an unreliable narrator here, and that Krei was simply doing his job; which in this case is to proceed if the machine is within its safety limits.
    • Is Fred's father really a super hero, or just a Cloud Cuckoolander full of hero worship (not unlike his son)? There's no mention of other heroes in the setting, and the man is clearly a Cloud Cuckoolander to some degree, as his underpants scene demonstrates.
  • Ass Pull:
    • The teleporter pod having a hypersleep function. Not only is hypersleep not mentioned at all in the setting, considering was meant to go all of 20 feet combined with Krei's supposed "cutting corners" makes its inclusion even more surprising.
    • Baymax's Disney Death cheapens the particularly heavy "death scene" he had just had, since only minutes later, Hiro has successfully brought him back. It's even more jarring that he was still able send his memory chip without deactivating himself.
  • Base-Breaking Character: 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 has "too light" skin (even though that leads into the debate about Hispanic people being widely varied in appearance).
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The gummy bears scene. Presumably Hiro was feeling hungry.
  • 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 other movies, such as The LEGO Movie and How to Train Your Dragon 2, who felt that either movie was more deserving and 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 pandering to a superhero movie for the first time since The Dark Knight. Others feel that the movie genuinely deserved the Oscar regardless of Disney's name on it, leading to some Internet Backdraft.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Krei is such an obvious choice for Yokai's true identity that the movie wouldn't even try to make it a twist if it was true. Subverted in that although many of them suspected it was Tadashi rather than Callaghan, Tadashi stayed dead.
  • Cargo Ship: Many shipped Baymax with soccer balls as soon as the first trailer was released.
  • Cliché Storm: General consensus is that it's a good story backed by some nice visuals, but pretty by the books when it comes to superhero films with many tropes done beforehand.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • GoGo Tomago has been compared to several people.
      • People noticed several similarities between her and Nikki Wong from 6teen. 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.
      • 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 positively 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 released in 2014 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!"
    • 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. Also of note, Baymax's counterpart both here and in the previous mentioned film were voiced by the same guy.
    • 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 Giants 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.
    • 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? And 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 is a large amount of Lilo And Stitch merchandise lying around their house.
    • For another Disney comparison, Hiro also resembles Jim Hawkins from Treasure Planet: A protagonist, with a Disappeared Dad, who starts off the movie as a teenage delinquent, using his Gadgeteer Genius skills to get himself into trouble time and again. Over the course of the film, his father figure ends up steering his life back on the right track (although Tadashi primarily does it through Baymax), and they end the film being honoured in their chosen educational path.
    • A once-respected genius falls into insanity after his (grand)daughter's life is taken away. Gerald Robotnik, anyone?
    • Speaking of 6teen, Fred can be compared to Jude.
    • Also, Wasabi can be compared to Wyatt.
  • Crossover Ship:
  • Crack Pairing: Baymax/Dulce Osuna thanks to this interview.
  • Ear Worm:
    • 🎶 Fred's Angels! 🎶
    • This song, which is remade in [1]. It's already well loved in Japan.
    • The film's theme song "Immortals", courtesy of Fall Out Boy.
    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.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • There have been many alternate fanfics written about Tadashi revealing to have survived the fire and losing his memory in some way.
    • A popular fanfic topic has Hiro meeting a girl his age and (sometimes) falling in love with her.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Despite the large amount of controversy and No Yay reactions surrounding it, Hiro/Tadashi remains the pairing with the overall most fanfiction dedicated to it.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Frozen. Fans of the movie feel like it was a victim to Tough Act to Follow and that Frozen overshadowed it.
  • 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. This is highly unlikely due to their Race Lift to Latina and Korean, and in GoGo's case, it was Jossed when Jamie Chung stated on Twitter that her first name was Ethel.
    • 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. Alternatively or additionally, he'll return as Sunfire.
    • 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, there's 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!)
    • Hiro is frequently portrayed as claustrophobic, often having this revealed by jerks at the university shoving him in a locker and being discovered by one of the team. If any explanation is given for the phobia, it's usually because Hiro was stuffed in lockers during his high school days or, rarely, because he was in the car when his parents died and got trapped in his car seat.
    • Due to the manga adaptation and Hamadas' nationality it's fairly common to find stories where the two speak to each other almost entirely in Japanese or use Japanese words intermingled with English, despite the fact that neither of them did so at all in the movie (though this was likely to keep the audience from getting confused).
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Summed up perfectly in this Tumblr post regarding Tadashi's death.
  • 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.
  • 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: China loves Baymax.
  • He's Just Hiding: It's become a fandom Running Gag to pretend that Tadashi survived the fire somehow. Not surprising, considering the other victim of the fire turned out to be just fine. And the Big Bad.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: Baymax is considered to be a huge Ho Yay magnet due to his relationship with Hiro and masculine voice. He talked to Hiro about male puberty, gave him the Bridal Carry after Hiro fell between his lamp stand and book shelf. He lied on top of Hiro to warm him up with a built in heating system and Wasabi, Fred, Gogo and Honey all joined in. Them there was a scene where Hero was designing and fitting armor on Baymax and fitted one of the plates to cover Baymax's butt. Then there was that scene where Baymax is about to perform a Heroic Sacrifice and Hiro protests and weeps over Baymax's decision. Hiro later affectionately hugs Baymax after reconstructing his body, using the medical chip as a backup unit.
  • 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.
  • It Was His Sled: Tadashi dies. This is pretty much promoted in the movie's marketing and can't even be considered a twist.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
  • Like You Would Really Do 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. And they pull of each other's outfits surprisingly well.
    • 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 6teen.
    • 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).
    • Those who are happy about Big Hero 6 winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature thank the Stonecutters (because they rig every Oscar night).
  • Memetic Psychopath: Hiro during his fit of anger (aka; Anti-Hiro).
  • 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, Yo-kai Watch: Tanjo no Himitsu Da Nyan! (both films came out at the same time).
  • Moe:
    • Honey, with her cheery and bright disposition that can put a smile on anyone's face.
    • Hiro, the adorkable child genius.
  • Misaimed Fandom: There are actually people who think that it was the right thing for Hiro to try to kill Callaghan due to the latter being responsible for Tadashi's death.
  • 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/GoGo = Hirogo
    • Hiro/Baymax = Hiromax
    • Hiro/Tadashi = Hidashi
    • Tadashi/Honey Lemon = TadaHoney
    • Hiro/Honey Lemon = HiroLemon
    • Tadashi/GoGo = Tomadashi
    • GoGo/Fred aka Fredzilla = GoGoZilla
    • Honey Lemon/Wasabi = Honeybi
    • GoGo/Wasabi = Gogosabi
    • Tadashi/Fred = Fredashi
    • Wasabi/Fred = Fredsabi
    • Tadashi/Wasabi = Tadasabi
  • Ron the Death Eater: A strange variation with Tadashi. While he's rarely outright villainous in fanfic, his protectiveness of Hiro is often twisted into a disturbing and sometimes even violent Yandere-like obsession, especially in darker Hidashi fics.
  • 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.
  • Squick:
    • Wearing your underwear forwards and backwards and inside out just moves the sweaty, yucky bits around.
    • 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.
    • While most characters being changed from superpowered to just relying on technology seems to have been overall accepted, most fans of the comic didn't particularly like Fred being changed from actually turning into a Kaiju to just wearing a monster suit.
  • 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 in Disney terms, means he's a goner.
  • Tough Act to Follow: This is the film that had to follow up on Frozen. If you look at the raw numbers and critical response - it did admirably; even outperforming it in some circles. Thing is, the sheer runaway success of Frozen meant that at the end of the day, it was still getting a huge push even during Big Hero 6's run; look at any Disney Store today and it's easy to notice that while Frozen still has a coveted spot on the racks (even as other characters and films rotate out) - Big Hero 6 has all but disappeared.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Hiro trying to kill Yokai/Callaghan in Revenge for Tadashi's death is treated as a near-Moral Event Horizon In-Universe. However, some fans actually support Hiro on this, given (1) Yokai/Callaghan's Unintentionally Unsympathetic (see below) implications and (2) Hiro — unlike Yokai/Callaghan — attacking only a deserving target instead of innocent bystanders as well.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Yokai / Professor Callaghan can come across as this after his No Sympathy reaction to Hiro over Tadashi's death, as the former's Start of Darkness involved his own daughter's Disney Death. Hypocrite much? Plus, there are theories that Callaghan actually murdered Tadashi because He Knows Too Much upon witnessing his theft of Hiro's micro-bots after going in to save him and Make It Look Like an Accident, therefore having crossed the Moral Event Horizon. From that point on, it seems Callaghan's Roaring Rampage of Revenge had devolved him into The Sociopath not unlike Lotso from another Disney animated movie when he shows zero remorse towards his actions. However, this might be subverted after his genuine My God, What Have I Done? reaction upon being arrested at the end.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Mochi, the Hamada cat has a calico fur pattern, but is confirmed to be male, even though his gender is never outright mentioned once in the film. Calico cats are nearly always female due the calico gene being found on the X chromosome. However, it is possible for male cats to be born calico, though they are exceptionally rare. About 1 out of every 3000 cats is a male calico.
  • What an Idiot: Sure, Tadashi, run into the burning building. Maybe you can save Callighan. It's not like you have any training, equipment, or even idea where he is. See where that gets you.
  • The Woobie: Hiro, especially in any scenes relating to Tadashi's death, as well as when he loses Baymax.

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