YMMV / Hellboy

The comics:

  • Anti-Climax Boss: Despite years of build up, staying off screen and being the cornerstone by which much of Hellboy's mythology is based, Satan goes down incredibly easily. Of course, it's a Justified Trope, because he dies like just like King Duncan, in his sleep.
    • Despite his key role in Hellboy's origin, Rasputin also comes across as this to the point that he almost seems to be going through a Humiliation Conga from the point he's introduced.
  • Can't Unhear It: Due to playing Hellboy in all other media, Ron Perlman's voice is very easy to imagine while reading his lines. It helps that he was Mignola's original choice for the role too.
  • Complete Monster: In the dark world of Hellboy, Nimue, the Queen of Blood, reigns supreme as the greatest monster. Once a mighty sorceress who betrayed the great Wizard Merlin and imprisoned him to live eternally in his own grave, Nimue was imprisoned for 1,500 years by the witches of Britain. Upon her revival to lead the Wild Hunt, Nimue destroys the other witches of Britain and sets about marshaling an army of the Fae. When one ambassador comes to her to say his king will stand with her, Nimue forces him to murder his king, come out his heart and forge her a new crown with it. Nimue launches vicious purges to ensure there is no threat to her rule, intending to exterminate humanity to the last man. When defeated and being dragged to hell by the witches she'd murdered, Nimue spitefully tears out Hellboy's heart to ensure she won't face damnation alone.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Kate Corrigan was the first, as the team's resident Everyman.
    • Karl Ruprecht Kroenen because of his distinctive design (and the fact that he became an Adaptational Badass didn't hurt).
    • Agents introduced in more recent years, like Howards and Giarocco, get a lot of fan love.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The vision of the apocalypse in King of Fear, not to mention Hellboy paying back the Baba Yaga... with his *own* eye.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: You ultimately do have a choice on what to do with your life, no matter how many times you're told otherwise.
  • Values Dissonance: A given in the Hellboy stories set in the 1950s, a time when racism was widespread in the US, where non-white BPRD agents like Susan Xiang (Chinese-American) and especially Woodrow Fairfield (African-American) are subjected to racist prejudice.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Read the "Our Angels Are Different" entry.
  • The Woobie: Hellboy and Abe inform the captured Daryl that they will have to keep him imprisoned indefinitely, because killing him will only move the curse. They also tell him that his memories of his family will probably start to slip away, and leave him with a family photograph so he can try to remember.

The films:

  • Awesome Music: The score for The Golden Army is very good. Then again it is Danny Elfman, what did you expect?
    • Same goes for the first movie. The music playing during the funeral and the end kiss scene alone are great.
    • "Mein Hertz Brennt" by Rammstein, used in the trailers, is especially noteworthy. It fits extremely well with the setting and tone.
  • Better on DVD: The first film had an extended edition, which added on some character development.
  • Broken Base:
    • In Spain, Santiago Segura's role at dubbing Johann Krauss (which was specially requested by Guillermo del Toro, a close friend of Segura) was met with very divided reactions. Some found it surprisingly well done for a non-professional voice actor and very adequate, while others saw it as a disgrace and claimed that other actors would have nailed the character better.
    • The news of the reboot. Some are willing to give it a chance, citing the promising creative team and the implications it may be Truer to the Text than Del Toro's films, given the R-Rating and the announcement that Mignola will be writing the script. Others are less receptive, saying it is unfair to both Del Toro and Perlman, who had long been vocal about their desire to finish the original trilogy. Notably, the majority of the fanbase does agree that a third Del Toro/Perlman film would have been preferable, the debate is simply whether the promise of the reboot makes up for the former's cancellation.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Prince Nuada, naturally enough for an expy of Elric. It helps that he does have something of a point, the magical beings are being forced out.
  • Engaging Chevrons: Parodied in the first movie, a guy with a high-tech flamethrower backpack goes through a long, drawn-out start-up sequence, only to be eaten by the thing he's trying to kill before he can use it.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Kroenen, for being an Adaptational Badass and Creepy Awesome clockwork zombie.
  • Even Better Sequel: Despite diverging even more from the source material, The Golden Army is liked just as much as, if not more so, than the first film.
  • Ho Yay: It says something about the writers (or maybe the actors) that one of the most romantic scenes in the either of the films is two dudes getting drunk and singing "Can't Smile Without You" to each other.
  • Internet Backdraft: Many fans were NOT happy when the third film was cancelled in favour of a reboot and that Mignola was responsible for it. Let's leave it like that.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Nuada.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Nuada again. He's a genocidal dick, but you can see where he's coming from.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Prince Nuada starts off by unleashing a swarm of ravenous tooth fairies in a room full of people, the tooth fairies ate every last bit of everyone in that room till there was nothing left of them. There is absolutely no purpose to this either, as he already has what he came for. He does it just because they're humans.
  • Narm Charm: In the first film when Hellboy's fighting Sammael in the subway, he also has to protect a lady's box of kittens. It's completely ridiculous and contrived, and yet very endearing.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Angel of Death in the second film is only on screen for a couple of minutes, but is one of the most memorable. Not only does its distinctive look lead it to be heavily featured in promotional materials, but it very potently reminds everyone, in- and out-of-universe, just what Hellboy is.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Narrowly averted. The reboot initially cast the white British Ed Skrein as Ben Daimio, an American of Japanese descent, and which led to an outcry and accusations of whitewashing, seen as particularly bad in light of multiple recent instances of similar casting controversies. Skrein admitted that he had no idea of Ben's ethnicity and stepped down immediately, leading to Daniel Dae Kim, who was much better received, being cast in the role and preventing the film from being hit with the controversy that damaged the aforementioned films.
  • Periphery Demographic: The first film received a good review from Focus on the Family, of all people.
  • Tear Jerker: Nuala's sacrifice, particularly because it makes Abe of all people shed a tear.
    • The death of Professor Broom in the first film.
  • Ugly Cute: "I'm not a baby, I'm a tumour."
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: And relatively small budgets.

The animated films:

See here.

The video games:

  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Both Hellboy games had outdated graphics and repetitive gameplay, and the first one was full of bugs. Although The Science of Evil was supervised by Mignola and Del Toro, it didn't make up for the programming shortcomings.