YMMV / Kick-Ass

YMMVs for the comics:

  • Broken Base: Red Mist's Alas, Poor Villain moment in Volume 3. Some feel it does humanize Chris somewhat, and he get's a Redemption Equals Death hammered in by the fact that even though he's sorry, Hit Girl dismisses his apology because of all the harm he's caused. Others feel it's a cringeworthy attempt to try to ring out sympathy for a truly hateful character, and tries to bank more on his film portrayal than the monster he's always been in the comics.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Anyone who seems to be in the right is quickly revealed to be naive or secretly an asshole; the main character is a spineless worm who's deluding himself into thinking he can be a hero, while the primary hero character is an utter tool who has turned his daughter into a violent criminal to live out his own dreams. And yet the people they fight against are even worse. There's a reason a lot of people prefer the movie's significantly more idealistic take on the story.
  • Foe Yay: Red Mist being... Red Mist: "...and if I'm absolutely honest, I've wanted to see you in pain since the first night we met. I've even jerked off about it. Does that sound weird?" Yes, Red Mist. Yes it does.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The end of Volume 1, where Chris sets up his Avenging the Villain story-line by quoting The Joker, with volume 2 crossing the Moral Event Horizon by causing a mass shoot-out in a suburban area. The Aurora Theater shootings make this uncomfortable to some. The fact that he started with a group of children makes it even worse after the Newtown shootings.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: After the Motherfucker's defeat in Volume 2, he promises to never bother Dave again if he lets him live. Volume 3 shows that he very well kept his promise.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the Hit-Girl interquel, Hit-Girl mentions that she hopes to gain friends in school with knowledge on The Hunger Games. Not only was Chloe Moretz considered for the part of Katniss, but Aaron Johnson for Peeta.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Red Mist and his father manage to cross it at the same time, after setting up Kick-Ass and the others. First, they beat the shit out of them. When Hit Girl tries to fight back, Johnny G orders his men to shoot her in the back, which they gladly do, sending her flying out a window. Red Mist then raves about how awesome that was, demonstrating that he's either a total sociopath or at least isn't very good at separating comic books from reality. In either case, that's the moment when both of them stop being mere villains and cross the line. Interestingly, the film turned this into a humanising Even Evil Has Standards moment for Red Mist by having him instead be suitably horrified.
    • Also the revelation that Big Daddy isn't an ex-cop and dragged his daughter into the lifestyle after running away from her and lying to her about the fate of her mother. This is one point where a decent amount of people seem to prefer the film version of the character over the comic due to the absence of this.
    • In Volume Two, they pull out all the stops to make the villains seem unstomachably cruel, clearly in an attempt to eradicate any surrogate thrill the reader might get from their exploits. Don't-give-a-shit wanton violence is such a primal power-fantasy, they really wanted it to seem as disgusting as it would in real life. Most common criticism is that they went too far in this, parts of the book are just really unpleasant to read.
  • The Scrappy:
  • Squick:
    • After Kick-Ass gets hit by the car, if you look at his legs, you can see part of the bone sticking out.
    • Kick-Ass shoots John Genovese in the tunk. You get to see the end of his dick fall to the floor.
  • Wangst: Dave's narration can be accused of this. But everyone else has their moments too.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Dave Lizewski wants to become a real-life superhero. After a few weeks spent walking on walls and wearing his costume under his clothes, he decides he wants to start fighting crime for real. His first attempt to do so ends as well as you might expect with him getting beaten up by a trio of vandals, stabbed, and finally getting hit by a car. Ultimately he manages to survive and recover from all of this, and although he tries to give up the superhero lifestyle, he soon gets drawn back into it.
      You'd Expect: That if Dave was insistent about being a superhero, he'd try and take some martial arts/self-defense classes, or do something to give himself more chance in a fight, as soon as reasonably possible.
      Instead: He does absolutely nothing of the sort until the next series.
    • The Motherfucker wants revenge on Dave because of the latter's role in the death of his father. He decides to go after the people Dave cares about.
      You'd Expect: The Motherfucker to try and limit his victims to those connected to Dave, and not cause unnecessary bloodshed.
      Instead: While going to attack Dave's crush, he and his supervillain friends massacre an entire suburb, respectively killing and injuring about 30 and 100 innocent people, including children. This results in the Motherfucker's friend Vic Gigante withdrawing police protection from The Motherfucker. And then, he decides to start another massacre in Times Square, seemingly for no other reason than it sounding cool. Ultimately, this course of action leads to his downfall, and his actions turn him, and his secret identity, into figures of public hate.
    • Pointed out by Kick-Ass in Volume 2, after he & Hit-Girl find out that the Mother Fucker's plan is to burn New York to the ground - Chris is asthmatic, so what's he going to do when he blows up all of the pharmacys & hospitals, and he needs his medication?
  • The Woobie: Dave and Mindy suffer a whole lot through the story. Angie Genovese becomes this in Volume 3 where she becomes a social pariah for the crimes Chris did.

YMMVs for the film:

  • Adaptation Displacement: Most people seem to know more about the film more than they know about the comic.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Frank D'Amico a subtle case of Even Evil Has Loved Ones?
  • Better Than Canon: The opinion of the movies from some, thanks to making the characters more sympathetic. Including Mark Millar.
  • Cant Unhear It: Aaron Taylor Johnson as Dave Lizewski, Nicolas Cage as Big Daddy and Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit Girl to name a few.
  • Crazy Awesome: Hit Girl, Big Daddy, Frank D'Amico and Kick-Ass himself, for, you know, beating the living manshit out of people while wearing scuba gear.
  • Critical Backlash: Roger Ebert hated this movie. He was one of the few critics to thoroughly pan it - and for mostly moral reasons, as he was disgusted at a child being brutally beaten after killing a whole lot of people. He got a lot of backlash for it, and even predicted that would occur in the review itself.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A lot more than twice actually. Single scene example: Dave gets stabbed in the gut. The audience winces. He then staggers out into the street and gets flipped by a car. The audience starts laughing.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The movie is lighter than the comics, but can still fall into this.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Red-Mist has a lot of fanart. Granted, most of it is from the movie rather than the comics.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Hit-Girl.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Hit-Girl getting shot in the chest when the singer Mindy McCready committed suicide of self-inflicted gunshot wound may be difficult to watch.
  • HSQ:
    • Hit Girl's first fight to the Banana Splits song is pretty high up on the Quotient.
    • All the time from when Hit Girl enters D'Amico's stronghold and ends when she and Kick Ass make an exit with a jet pack.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • During the torture scene, Dave reflects on the fact that he would miss out on seeing what he and Katie's kids would look like. However, in Kick-Ass 2, they break up early in the film.
    • During Dave's opening narration, he mentioned that since his mother died of Aneurysm in the kitchen, the viewers won't be expecting an "I will avenge you mother!" storyline. This is exactly what happened in the sequel when Chris/The Motherfucker had his father brutally tortured to death.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • He Really Can Act: Nicolas Cage surprised a lot of people with his portrayal of Big Daddy. It helps that the movie character is much more sympathetic then the comic book character.
  • It Was His Sled: The movie makes no secret of the fact that Red Mist is The Mole, whilst it was a twist in the comic.
  • Love to Hate: Red Mist, in contrast to his comic self who became a complete Scrappy.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Big Daddy/Damon McCready, also lean towards Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds territory.
    • Red-Mist to a lesser extent. He's much more sympathetic in the movie in comparison to the comic.
      • This will evidently continue in the sequel, as Red-Mist as Motherfucker's more violent acts are going to be removed, particularly the rape, to which Christopher Mintz-Plasse flat-out said "Thank God." He's still pretty evil in the sequel though as he murders Dave's father, kills Colonel Stars And Stripes, and attempts to rape Night Bitch (and when that fails, he puts her in the hospital).
  • Memetic Badass: Hit-Girl, and in some circles, Mr. Bitey.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Shut up, kick ass.
    • Okay, you cunts... Let's see what you can do now!
    • The scene of Big Daddy testing the bulletproof vest on Hit-Girl by shooting her with a Beretta 92FS became a popular staple of meme comics because of how disturbing it is out of context.
  • Moral Event Horizon: D'Amico is most firmly established as a complete psycho-ass when he murders both some guy unfortunate enough to be wearing a Kick-Ass costume and an innocent witness to said murder. He did believe it was the real Kick-Ass and that he'd been killing D'Amico's men. He really crosses the line when he finds out Kick-Ass had nothing to do with it but still insisted on him being beaten and executed on a live webcast. The sheer look of sadistic pleasure on his face and the disgusted look Chris gives him when they're both watching it said it all.
    • Actually, there was a brutal logic to Frank ordering Kick-Ass' death. As he explained to Chris, no one knew who Big Daddy was, while everyone knew Kick-Ass. Hence, killing Kick-Ass alongside BD would send a far more powerful message to any would-be costumed vigilantes. Still doesn't take away the fact that it was also For the Evulz.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Mr. Bitey had probably less than 30 seconds of screen time, and is still one of the most remembered and oft-quoted parts of the movie.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Pretty much everyone due to the movies making the characters actually sympathetic rather than a bunch of jerkasses. Of particular note are Big Daddy and Red Mist.
  • Ron the Death Eater: The fanbase tends to prefer the Dave/Mindy ship over the official Dave/Katie, and thus tends to vilify Katie. The sequel makes this vilification canon by making her a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing all along.
  • Rooting for the Empire: It can be hard not to root for the villains during the climax of the first movie, simply because you know they don't have the writers on their side, and they are barely worse than the protagonists.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: One for "In the House in a Heartbeat" plays over the tape of Big Daddy's attack on the warehouse, then Hit Girl's Big Damn Heroes scene doubles up on the Danny Boyle/John Murphy with one for "Capa's Jump."
  • Wangst: Same reason as the comics, as mentioned above.
  • What an Idiot!: For the Armenian Kid With A History Of Mental Issues, there's no way wings that size could generate enough lift to allow a person to fly.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: While the theatrical trailers for the film show plenty of foul language, violence, and countless other clues that this is not a kid's film, the television trailers are censored. Because of the young ages of the superheroes, there's a chance some parents may get a nasty surprise if they took their child to see it. Since the title of the movie is Kick-Ass, they'd sort of deserve what they got if they did that, especially since the movie is rated R.