YMMV: Mystery Men

  • Adaptation Displacement: The movie really has nothing to do with the great Flaming Carrot comics it takes its name from, but it's easily good enough on its own.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is the spirit of the Bowler's father really in the bowling ball, or does the Bowler have some form of telekinesis (inherited from her father) and an Imaginary Friend and/or schizophrenia?
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The entire skunk-humping-the-Spleen's-leg scene.
  • Cult Classic: There are Alamo Drafthouse screenings of it.
  • Deader Than Disco: Tony P's stake in Casanova's takeover is to resurrect disco in general.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Casanova Frankenstein relishes a hammy moment where he eats an apple.
    • Lance Hunt pretends to be Captain Amazing's sponsor as cover. Currently, Batman's doing the exact same thing.
    • Captain Amazing sporting a superhero costume plastered in corporate logos becomes sort of a precursor to the Product Placement costumes of Tiger & Bunny.
  • It Gets Better: The movie starts out terribly with a scene that's shot and edited so chaotically and with so many purple lighting filter and closeups, you'd think you were watching Batman & Robin. (Possibly a parody?) Thankfully, the movie gets good after that.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The Seinfeldian Conversation before, during, and after Captain Amazing's death
  • Retroactive Recognition: Dane Cook appears as the Waffle Man aka The Waffler during the superhero try-outs.
    • Also Doug Jones is Pencil Head in the aforementioned auditions.
    • Cee-Lo Green to those who have known him post-"Crazy".
    • Gabrielle Conforti is the PMS Avenger
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: What other movie has this broad range of actors including comedians and musicians: Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, William H. Macy, Janeane Garofalo, Kel Mitchell, Paul Reubens, Greg Kinnear, Geoffrey Rush, Eddie Izzard, Tom Waits, Goodie Mob, plus the Retroactive Recognition above.