YMMV / Kickboxer

  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Regarding the entire series, the main protagonists tend to suffer Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome, and the main antagonist, Tong Po, tends to make Villain Sue-style comebacks despite his brutal defeats. This more or less seems to make the series one big Shoot the Shaggy Dog story. Also, makes Tong Po come out as a Karma Houdini since he never really faced any serious consequences for his previous actions.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Fans of the first film tend to ignore all of the numbered sequels made after it. Vengeance and Retaliation are the exceptions as they're are a reboot of the original series.
  • Moral Event Horizon: No matter how badass one thinks of Tong Po, the scene where he beats and rapes Mylee is his way of reminding the viewers how much of a bastard he is and why one should root for Kurt to win.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Kurt seems way angrier at Mylee for not telling him she got raped than he is at Tong Po for, you know, raping her.
  • The Woobie: Mylee's quite possibly the most tragic character in this franchise.