YMMV / Kill Bill

  • Accidental Innuendo: Taken out of context, Gogo Yubari's line before fighting Black Mamba sounds like something straight of an S&M porno.
    Gogo: You call that begging? You can beg better that that!
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Beatrix's fight with Bill is the shortest fight in the entire film; lasting less than ten seconds before she kills him with the Five-Point Palm.
    • Budd and Bea don't even fight. He shoots her, buries her alive, and is dead before she gets back to the trailer.
    • Vernita dies from a single thrown knife after she tries to shoot The Bride.
  • Award Snub: Both films were completely ignored come Oscar season.
  • Better on DVD: There are so many small details that can only be caught after several viewings.
    • And thanks to the advent of blu-ray, there's a cheapie release that allows you to watch both volumes back to back, without even having to change discs. What it lacks in special features, it makes up for with said gimmick.
  • Complete Monster: Boss Matsumoto from Volume I is a sadistic Yakuza boss and a pedophile. When O-Ren Ishii was around 9 years old, Matsumoto and his henchmen confronted her father (apparently, a Chinese-American soldier stationed in Okinawa), and despite him putting quite the fight, he is ultimately murdered by the mooks, while Matsumoto laughs on a couch. Then Matsumoto gets up, grabs the man's Japanese wife, tosses her on a nearby bed...and uses his own katana to stab her to death, narrowly missing child!O-Ren, who was hiding under said bed. Then, they set the place on fire and leave, laughing about it. An 11-year-old O-Ren poses as a child prostitute in order to kill him.
  • Creepy Awesome: A few examples from both films. There's O-Ren, Go-Go Yubari and the Yakuza man who kills O-Ren's father, as well as Elle Driver and Budd to a degree.
  • Critical Research Failure: Either on the part of the writers or on the part of Bill himself, but his speech about Superman and how Clark Kent is the disguise, not Superman, is something anybody with even a passing knowledge of Superman will know is wrong, since he was raised as a human on earth and the Clark Kent identity predates the Superman identity by roughly two decades.
    • Actually, Bill had it exactly right. Superman is his true personality, his real self, he only pretends to be Clark Kent. He is not really human, he is really an alien, so his human persona is his disguise.
    • But that personality was not inherited from aliens, but from human upbringing. The kind, caring, unwaveringly just, but a little dorky personality was imbued by his human foster parents. Batman on the other hand, does fit this description, as Batman is disguised as Bruce Wayne, not the other way around.
    • This particular tropes example depends on what you believe more: Nature vs. Nurture.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The Crazy 88 fight. A guy gets his foot sliced off; seconds later he's seen pressing it back to the bloody stump, as if it's going to magically reattach. Another guy gets his eye snatched out (in a bit of Foreshadowing concerning where she learned this from); when The Bride is overlooking the carnage, he's still stumbling around blindly (and rumored to be a cameo by Tarantino). The uncensored fight shows the Bride taking said eye and throwing it down another man's throat.
  • Ear Worm: "Twisted Nerve", "Battle Without Honor Or Humanity," and The Green Hornet theme.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Gogo Yubari. Some even felt sorry for the Psycho for Hire when she was killed.
  • First Installment Wins: Everyone knows there are two films however the original is the more iconic one.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Bill's line about shooting the Bride being him at his most masochistic, considering how David Carradine died.
    • Although she didn't get at much development as the other Vipers, Vernita is actually Not So Different than the Bride. She left the Assassin order for the same exact reasons as Beatrix. When you consider that her own daughter is around the same age as B.B., Vernita may have also been pregnant when she played her role in the Church Massacre. That may explain why the Bride got ticked when Vernita attempted to use being a mother as a reason not to be killed.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Lucy Liu aka O-Ren Ishii would later go on to provide voiceovers in Kung Fu Panda, where her character was proficient in kung fu and viper; which in China is known as a Bai-Bu-She or "Hundred-Step-Snake" (the amount of time it takes the venom to kill you), or more colloquially in the west as a "Cottonmouth."
  • Narm Charm: Really just the whole movie: notable scenes include O-ren's decapitation of a Yakuza boss, which is promptly followed by High-Pressure Blood, and O-ren's death, where the Bride chops off the top of her skull, leaving her brain exposed and unharmed.
    • Some of the dialogue is just so cheesy, over-the-top anime, but this is Quentin we're talking about, so it still comes off as badass either way.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Bride being buried alive in Volume II.
  • Older Than They Think:
  • One-Scene Wonder: Samuel L. Jackson as Rufus, the pianist. He quite literally only appears in one scene before he is killed off screen along with everyone else in attendance for the wedding rehearsal.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Comatose patients being raped.
  • Squick:
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Vernita Green has the least screen-time, lack characterization compares to the other DVAS and is killed off early into the film (despite actually being the second DVAS to go down). The fact that she is probably pregnant herself during the time she killed the Bride is also never addressed.
    • Sofie Fatale disappeared after part I despite being very much alive and has justified reason to team up against the Bride.


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