YMMV / Commando

YMMV tropes and audience reactions for the comic book:

  • Anvilicious: Depends largely on the storywriter, but many stories (such as the very second issue - They Called Him Coward!) absolutely want you to understand, usually through heavy repetition, that war has no place for cowards (who eventually turn out to be so called cowards after all). Themes of friendship through hardship; Two people hate each others guts at the start of the story, are friends by the last page, and not judging people based on appearances are also frequently dropped anvils.
  • Bizarro Episode: At least two issues have involved Time Travel. No, really.
    • #3888 Time Of Fear is one example. Though to be fair, the device that caused it was supposed to have a completely different function.
    • And at one point, His Majesty's Armed Forces fought ninjas.

YMMV tropes and audience reactions for the movie:

  • Awesome Music: James Horner's steel drum score. It is no surprise that the score album sold out in one day (still the record for the fastest sellout in the history of La-La Land Records).
  • Crazy Awesome: John Matrix. The whole film, actually.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Arnie slaughtering an island full of soldiers? Hilarious.
  • Cult Classic: While nowhere near as popular as films Arnie would later star in, it's a perfect example of 80s ham and over the top action which has gained it a following.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Sully. The dude is a Casanova Wannabe with a humiliating memetic death.
  • Evil Is Cool: Henchmen Bennett (for being Matrix's Psycho for Hire Blood Knight equal in combat, especially hand to hand combat), Sully (a Laughably Evil Smug Snake) and Cooke (an ex-Green Beret who is also efficient in hand to hand combat).
  • Foe Yay: Bennett gets very excited over the prospect of sticking his knife in Matrix.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This movie is extremely popular in Japan.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The brief mall shootout, as such a thing has been alarmingly happening more and more in real life.
  • Ho Yay: Perhaps the most unintentionally homoerotic movie ever made, particularly where Bennett is concerned. "I DON'T NEED THE GIRL!"
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Retroactive Recognition: Bill Paxton is a radio operator.
  • The Scrappy: Cindy's clearly there for sex appeal and comic relief. How successful she is at either of those WILL vary depending on the viewer.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • When Arnie is holding Sully over a cliff, you can clearly see the wire running up his pants. It's that kind of movie.
    • Several of Arnie's grenades send soldiers flying through the air. Not only is the explosion itself a) a huge distance from the soldiers and, b) relatively small in comparison to the results, but the soldiers are clearly shown being launched off hydraulic platforms, with the propulsion rods on obvious display, as well as the grass mats used to disguise them shown flying as well.
    • All the guns in this movie practically have no recoil. At all. Arnie fires a machine gun one handed, and he barely misses.
    • When Matrix wraps Cindy's car around a telephone pole at the end of the car chase with Sully, the head on a dummy filling in for Cindy separates from the rest of the dummy body and flies into the air. (watch it frame-by-frame)
    • Did anybody notice the dummy soldiers standing at attention outside the island's buildings throughout the massive explosion near the end of the movie? There are multiple opportunities to see the obvious mannequins, since this explosion is shown multiple times from multiple angles, and several of the shots are duplicated.
      • Those same explosions are supposed to have been caused by a few claymore mines that Matrix placed outside a few buildings... but all the buildings are seen exploding from the inside.
    • During the mall scene there is a part where Matrix swings down from the top floor to the ground floor. During this scene it's very obvious that a stunt double was used.
      • Arnie's stunt double can also be spotted if one looks closely at shots of (1) Matrix being hit by Sully car in the mall parking garage, (2) certain shots where Matrix drives Cindy's red convertible, (3) Matrix driving a bulldozer through the front entrance of the military surplus strore.
      • A quick shot of Matrix throwing Cooke through a motel room door features actor Bill Duke replaced by either a dummy or a stuntman in a very obvious rubber mask.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Bennett, who is stated to be John's only rival when it comes to being a One-Man Army. So why did they cast a guy whose muscle mass is at most a tenth of Arnold's? It even made number 1 on this list of "Biggest Mismatches in Movie Fight History".

YMMV tropes and audience reactions for the video game and Mercs: