YMMV for the film Red
- Acceptable Targets: In both films, the protagonists usually refrain from killing law enforcement officers and other mooks simply doing their jobs. However, in the sequel, they freely gun down numerous Iranian embassy guards, who are described as hardcore Revolutionary Guard extremists.
- Accidental Innuendo: The first film has the tagline, "There's no substitute for experience." They were referring to fighting, but it did costar Helen Mirren...
- Adaptation Displacement: Loosely based on the the comic miniseries of the same name. The movie is less serious and gory.
- Cargo Ship: Han really likes his plane.
- Crazy Awesome: Boggs, he keeps a grenade launcher in a stuffed pig he carries everywhere; and even uses the grenade launcher as a baseball bat to hit a grenade back at an attacker - and that's before he shoots an RPG round dead-on. Also, his Properly Paranoid streak helps the group anticipate and deal with or escape several encounters.
- Foe Yay: Frank and Cooper. Slightly disturbingly, though arguably less foe-ish, Cooper and the elderly archivist.
Frank: Six one, cute hair?Archivist: Hair was cute!
- They could quite easily just be mocking the younger agent, who clearly spends a bit of time in front of the mirror every morning styling his hair.
- Fridge Brilliance: If you know your cars or watch Top Gear, the fact that the team visits Dunning's mansion in a Mercedes-Benz 600 is incredibly appropriate for the dictator disguise, as the list of former owners is overwhelmingly populated by dictators and other unsavory rulers, including Park Chung-hee, Josip Broz Tito, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Pol Pot, Enver Hoxha, Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Idi Amin, Robert Mugabe, Ferdinand Marcos, Kim Il-sung, Saddam Hussein and perhaps in particular, Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier.
- Fridge Horror: Cooper asked his supervisor why Frank and the others were marked for death. His supervisor stated angrily that she was not read into it. Which means that they could have been killing all these people because someone high up didn't like them for all they knew, and they didn't have a problem with that.
- Genius Bonus: The reason feet are such a common fetish is because the feet and the erogenous zones connect to sections of the brain which are very close together, and it's not uncommon for wires to get crossed occasionally. This puts Victoria's toe curling in an entirely different light.
- Rule of Sean Connery: Warren Ellis said any changes from the comic were justified by the presence of Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle.
Ellis: I mean, if you donít want to see a film with Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle, Iím not sure I want to know you.
- Too Cool to Live: Joe. Twice.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: Both movies run heavily on this trope, with aging, serious, Academy Award nominated/winning actors like John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins kicking ass in an action-comedy.
YMMV for the comic book Red
- Anvilicious: Expected of Warren Ellis' work. This one has one for each major character:
- Paul Moses screams how fanaticism is as self-destructive as it is generally destructive.
- Michael Beesley screams how Democracy Is Especially Bad when intelligence is vital to a job.
- Adrian Kane screams how refusing to acknowledge the past condemns people to repeat it.
- Sally screams how painful being Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance always turns out to be.
- Informed Attractiveness: Sally
- Tear Jerker: Too many to list. Most notably Sasuke being caught with Sakura in her family's basement and being dragged away to the concentration camp, Itachi being betrayed by the doctor he thought he could trust and escaping back to his hideout only to find his sick lover has been murdered and Yahiko's death.
- Itachi's death in chapter 21 takes the cake.
- Just when you think it's safe, just when you think the story will head in a different path from The Book Thief, just when things are starting to look up again, the bombs drop.
YMMV for the band Red
- Alternate Aesop Interpretation: "Breathe Into Me" is clearly supposed to be about giving yourself over to God when you're in your Darkest Hour, but to some it could just as easily be interpreted as a person Slowly Slipping Into Evil and crossing the Moral Event Horizon by willingly surrendering their mind and body to a malevolent force that only wants to use or possess them.
- Author's Saving Throw: The Re-Calibrated version of Release the Panic. It added their signature strings back to a number of tracks, possibly in a realization of the negative fan reception of the original Release the Panic album. Songs like the title track, "Hold Me Now", and "Glass House" are the largest benefiters.
- Dork Age: Release the Panic, most notably for dropping their signature strings in exchange for being 'RED-lite' and having more mainstream accessibility.
- Growingthe Beard: Innocence & Instinct, which was highly praised and rated for improving upon their already good debut End of Silence. Arguably done a second time from Release the Panic to Of Beauty & Rage.
- Sophomore Slump: Inverted. Innocence & Instinct, their second album, is widely considered by the fandom to be one of RED's best albums.